The 75th Tockwith Show
Sunday August 2nd 2020
DUE TO COVID19 RESTRICTIONS
If you have booked a Trade or Catering Stand at the 2020 show then we will be in touch with you.
The charity dinner celebrating 75 years of the show raised over £1,500 for Diabetes UK. Thank you to all those who supported it.
Following consultation between the Directors and the advice from the Government regarding the Covid-19 corona virus and social distancing we have regrettably taken the decision to cancel the Car Boot Sale on Sunday 3rd of May. If it did go ahead it would be likely that the attendance would be low in number, it is therefore difficult to assess what food etc to buy in.
It is possible once the Corona Virus is not an issue that we look at holding the car boot on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August.
In this our 75th Anniversary year we would like to be able to present a theme at this year’s show of what life was like in the Tockwith district in 1945. This could include coming to the show in period costume, or a display of photos, maps, letters, newspaper articles, ration books, recipes, fashion, clothing, show schedules etc.
In fact anything that has any connection with Tockwith Show, the district and 1945 onwards would be of interest.
This is where you come in.
If anybody has anything that we could have, borrow or copy, or if you know someone who may have any information then could you please let me (Chris Nottingham) know by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org .
As one of the region’s longest-running agricultural shows prepares to celebrate its 75th year, the show President has warned there’s a vital need for more volunteer helpers to see the show through another 75 years.
Michelle Lee, this year’s President of the Tockwith and District Agricultural show says it’s becoming increasing difficult to get sufficient support from the local community.
“Although it’s only held on one day there is a tremendous amount of work goes into the organization to ensure that it all runs smoothly and safely,” she said.
“We have more than six hundred individual classes on that day ranging from farm animals and pets to children’s poems and show-jumping and although we are blessed with having a fantastic committee, the problem is there’s a limit to what a small group can do on their own so we desperately need more support if the show is going to continue, and continue to get better every year,” she added.
“Sometimes it’s simply having enough people around to physically create the showground, rather than looking for any longer-term commitment”, she said.
Last year around eight thousand people attended the show but Michelle stressed this was not about the numbers. “As a registered charity our aim is to ensure that our community is able to share in the rich agricultural heritage we have and have a great day out: in short to educate and entertain.”
Currently the Committee are looking for four new stewards to help organize the dressage section, the farmers market, the horticultural classes, and agricultural produce and rural crafts as well as an overall Show Secretary.
Michelle has been involved with the show for more than fifteen years, initially helping to oversee cakes and jam before becoming one of the first Directors of the society’s limited company, a trustee of the charity, and this year chosen as the Show President.
“Farming has faced many challenges since this event was first held as a horticultural show way back in 1945,” said Michelle, “but each year since then Tockwith Show has been able to reflect the importance of the industry in this region. Farming is still a major part of our economy and our community so it would be a tragedy if the show couldn’t continue in the future because of a lack of volunteer helpers.”
This year’s show will be held on Sunday August 2nd.
For further information contact:
Michelle Lee, President, Tockwith Show (07889 584206)
Allan Robinson, Chairman, Tockwith and District Agricultural Society (07970 956940)
Tockwith & District Agricultural Society
Car Boot Sale
Sunday May 3rd
Following consultation between the Directors and the advice from the government regarding the coronavirus and social distancing we have regrettably taken the decision to cancel the Car Boot sale on Sunday 3rd of May. If it did go ahead it would be likely that the attendance would be low in number, it is therefore difficult to assess what food etc to buy in. It is possible once the Coronavirus is not an issue that we look at holding the car boot on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August. Watch this space.
Tockwith Show Field (Cattal Moor Lane, Tockwith, York, YO26 7QH) Sellers from 7am, Buyers from 8am
Sellers – Cars £8, Vans £10
Buyers – free admission (donations welcomed)
Homemade cake stall & refreshments – local bacon/sausage/burger rolls For more info contact Maureen 07960 990242
Charity No: 1105149
As a lot of you will know we unfortunately had to cancel the bonfire & firework display due to very wet ground conditions. This did leave us with one problem though, a rather large pile of wood on the show field! This couldn’t be left, and people were refusing to come and take their wood back, so on Wednesday morning we did light it. We didn’t think that the stack of hay bales to the side of the bonfire would burn as they were soaking wet but after a while they started to smoulder and eventually burst into flames. It wasn’t till I got home and downloaded the photos that I saw the image of the bales and what appears to be a dragon/devil trying to get out!
After an inspection this morning and with the threat of more rain to come it has been decided (regrettably) to cancel this year’s bonfire and firework display. The main concern was in getting people off the carpark in such wet conditions and in the dark. It was felt that there was too much risk to people and vehicles if cars were needed to be towed off after becoming bogged down, which given the conditions was very likely. Damage to the Alton’s field was also a concern.