The President’s Charity 2018
An update from the outgoing president:
It has been an honour and a great pleasure to act as Show President for the year, a year that has simply flown by.
From the moment I received the crook the support I’ve received from everyone has be magnificent. Whenever I needed to do anything there was someone there to let me know when and where I needed to be, making the task no task at all. My thanks to you all for that support which helped make the role so pleasurable.
The show day itself passed in a blur, no sooner had we arrived than we found ourselves hosting guests and friend or judging stand and more. We were also truly blessed with the weather and it was a great relief that the rain held off until it did.
Everyone I spoke to talked with great fondness of the show, even when cajoling them into entering the raffle to win the giant teddy. I’m also pleased to report most seemed to be planning to come back again next year. As the sun set on that day and we shared a glass of something in the Presidents tent I found it was hard to reflect on how the day could be improved.
I’m also extremely grateful for the support provided by my wife Sally-Anne and my girls, Laura, Vicky & Sophie. Sadly the burden of the Three Peaks Walk fell very much on their shoulders after my missed steps in Venice and I was incredibly proud that they and friends not only did the walk within time but in doing so also raised over £5000 for the shows charities. Thank you girls for that and all the other things you do.
After 12 month it will be strange not to see the crook at home but the fear of the dogs chewing it will have passed come Wednesday night as I hand it over still unchewed to Fiona. I wish her well in her year of office and hope she’ll have as much fun as I had.
For the 2017/2018 year Tockwith & District Agricultural Society would like to welcome Fiona Harris as our new president. Fiona was elected at the recent society AGM and is pictured below receiving the ceremonial crook from the outgoing president. The president’s charity for the 2018 year is The British Heart Foundation.
The British Heart Foundation – fighting for every heartbeat
THE BHF is the biggest funder of cardiovascular research in the UK. Helping scientists to undertake pioneering research into many different heart conditions, their diagnosis and treatment.
Having moved to Tockwith in the early 70’s I have been to many Tockwith Shows. Originally to spectate, then over the years I competed in various children’s and pony classes. My mum, Janet Green (nee Likely) was asked to help with the trophies one year and that’s where my volunteering journey began!
Having helped mum for several years, I became a member of the committee in the early 90’s and have been Trophy Steward, Assistant Secretary, Friends Secretary and then finally Treasurer for nine years. I was also one of the original directors when the show became a registered charity and limited company.
The show is so much a part of my family life, each year my husband and son have ably assisted with the role in hand and mum still flies over from Australia every summer to be part of the team.
Sadly my dad passed away in 1998, dying of heart attack. For this reason I have chosen The British Heart Foundation as my charity for the year. Every 3 minutes someone in the UK is struck by a heart attack. Around 30% of these will be fatal.
Throughout the year we hope to hold fundraising events for this amazing charity, which we hope you will help us support. Ian & Aidan will become quiz masters for a quiz night in 2018 and as soon as a date is set, we will let you know.
If we don’t see you before, then we look forward to seeing you on August 5th 2018 at Tockwith Show.
Fiona has now had her first fundraising event which was a quiz night at Bramham Village Hall. The evening was a great success with the 91 contestants raising just over £1000 for the BHF. Fiona would like to thank everyone who took part and also all of the people who helped run and make it such a succesful event.
Fiona’s next fundraising event is a 70 mile bike ride from Bramham to Bridlington in June this year. Currently Fiona has only managed 17 miles so any donations to her JustGiving page would be a great motivator https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fionacharris