The President’s Charity
A message from 2020 President Michelle Lee
I am delighted to have been invited to be President of the Tockwith & District Agricultural Society for 2020, especially as it’s our 75th year.
I have lived in Tockwith for 26 years, and joined the TADAS Committee in the early Noughties, like most, thanks to Norman Waller and Sam Blacker. I started out overseeing cakes and jam (Produce & Preserves), and took on the Treasurer’s role, when David Padgett retired from the committee. As we chartered new territory, literally in buying our own field, I was one of the early Directors of our limited company and a trustee of our Charity.
You’ll probably have seen me over the past 15+ years in the Secretary’s tent on Show Day, as Treasurer, then Trophy Steward and more recently in a co-ordination role, supported by my partner Paul. The Secretary’s tent is a focal point to see and hear the fun, enjoyment and appreciation that our exhibitors, judges and visitors experience year in-year out, and that is all down to the hard work, commitment and organisation of our committee/volunteers through the year, especially the run up to the big day itself. I’m always truly amazed and inspired. It will be a different perspective for me next year – moving from the Secretary’s tent to the President’s tent next door!
Throughout my involvement, and I guess since 1945, the Society has taken a pragmatic, forward-looking approach to ensuring there is broad appeal to educate and entertain. At times we’ve taken some significant (and well-debated) decisions like investments, changing days and cancelling events. There is always positivity and creativity in ensuring “the show must go on”. The support of our Friends, the established good-will from contacts across the District and of course the strong team-work of our “army” of helpers, is a cornerstone of our longevity.
I’d like to acknowledge our “retiring” 2019 President, Dee Alton, for her enthusiastic and gracious approach. Her Cascade Coffee Mornings (which didn’t necessarily include coffee!) brought a wide range of people together and raised over £7,000 for Cancer Research UK. Well done Dee!
My charity for the year is Diabetes UK – it is a cause close to my heart. I recently celebrated 25 years taking insulin (I have type 1 diabetes). When first diagnosed, in my mid-20s, I was uncertain about what lay in store. My consultant was encouraging and explained that I wasn’t poorly or ill, but that, with a little care and attention, I would be able to positively manage my condition and lead a normal and fulfilling life. His words inspired me, and he was right (well, so far at least!). My nephew was also diagnosed with the same condition on the eve of his 17th birthday, and my niece, expecting her first child in February, is being closely monitored for gestational diabetes.
It’s surprising – diabetes, in its various types, affects around 1 in 15 people across the world; you probably know at least one in your family or social circle. Raising money can help to support people with the condition, develop new treatments and fund research that one day might lead to a cure. But what’s equally important to me is raising awareness –
- knowing the symptoms for prompt diagnosis – often it’s the complications of sustained high blood sugar that cause problems. It’s estimated there may be up to 1 million adults in the UK who have diabetes but don’t yet know it
- understanding how it can be successfully managed as part of a balanced lifestyle
As there is no Committee Dinner planned this year, I will be hosting a Ball to celebrate 75 years of the Society and to raise funds for Diabetes UK. This will be in mid-March – more details to follow. I’m also planning to hold an informal, fun wine tasting evening in the Summer. I hope that you will be able to join me on at least one occasion.
13 March 2020, 7pm Wetherby Golf Club.
In aid of DiabetesUK
Michelle will host a celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the show.
A message from outgoing President Dee Alton
I would like to thank everyone of you who is involved with Tockwith Show, directors, committee members, Friends, Friends for life and all the faithful followers of the show. Without this community we wouldn’t have our show, which I consider to be the “greatest little show in England”.
Throughout the year everyone has been such a support and shown great friendship to Edward and I. Bonfire night, show dinner, car-boot sale ,fundraising events and just meeting in the street with a smile and a jovial comment. That is what has made the year for me, the friendship of our community.
I do hope that Michelle enjoys her year as much as I have. Maybe with a little less rain though! I know she will be fantastic president as she has been involved with the running of the show for many years. She knows how much work so many people put into the society over the year and how much pleasure everyone gets from being involved.
That brings me to Steve and Alison Ross who are leaving the area for pastures new. They have given so much to the show over the years and will be sorely missed by everyone. We do hope that they enjoy their new home and community; but remember you are both always welcome back! I would like to thank them for all time they have given to the show, and at the same time encourage anyone who feels they would like to join the team to contact Steve, Norman, Michelle or myself to hear about the fun that goes with the various roles.
Thank you for asking me to be President for the year, I have had a wonderful time with wonderful people.