Successful decade for GAS

Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) celebrated a successful 10 years at its AGM at the Tankerville Arms Hotel in Wooler.

Wednesday, 10th April 2019, 11:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th April 2019, 11:59 am
Rachael Tait, secreyary of Glendale Agricultural Society

Andrew Walton, of Preston Mains and Wandylaw Farms, was appointed chairman, and Ian Murray, of East Wrangham Farm, as new company director and vice chairman.

Helen Wood was also appointed as a new committee member.

Rachael Tait, secretary, said: “To be able to look back on just how much we have achieved, not only across the last 12 months, but across the last 10 years, was very special. Considering we are only a small society, our achievements and highlights have been big. The society goes from strength to strength, and I’d like to personally thank each and every one of our committee and members who give up their time.”

Ronald Barber, chairman, embraced the best moments of the last year; their best ever Children’s Countryside Day, an informative visit to A&J Scott Wood Yard at Powburn, the Glendale Show and their chosen theme of “Living Off the Land”. Concluding, Ronald thanked everyone for their commitment throughout the year and support shown towards the Society.

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“Living Off the Land” focused on educating children on how farmers and producers help put food on people’s plates, and the importance of land to their day-to-day living. With this theme at the fore, the society offered a ‘Classroom in the Countryside’ to over 1,600 children aged between 8 and 10 from across the region.

Stepping down from chairman, after three years of tremendous work, was Ronald Barber, whom of which was thanked by Lord Joicey, President of the Society and commended for his support and effort that he shown across the duration of his role. Also stepping down was Margaret Brown and Nick Hargreave, previous company directors.

Following formal proceedings of the AGM, Rachael Tait and Barbara Huddart, committee member, offered a look back at the last ten years of the Society. Touching on key highlights, the ups, the downs, what happened in the news then, and the best memories, the presentation was well-received by all and portrayed the triumphant years Rachael has had in office and what the exciting future holds for the society.

Elodie Straker, from Belford, also delivered a detailed presentation about her attendance at the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) Conference, held in Canada. Originally from North Northumberland, and graduate from Harper Adams University, Elodie was the fourth “RASC Next Generation” candidate that the society has supported to attend this bi-annual conference and received key knowledge from the event.

This year’s key events, the Children’s Countryside Day, is being held on Thursday, June 6, and the Glendale Show on Monday, August 26. For further details see the society website on To join as a member please contact the Glendale Agricultural Society on 01668 283868 or email