Wooler agricultural society receives Royal recognition
Volunteers with the Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) have received a much-prized accolade for their invaluable work.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest accolade given to local volunteer groups across the UK.
With the help of over 360 volunteers, the society annually hosts two major events; the Glendale Show and Children’s Countryside Day (CCD).
In 2016, an impressive total of 5,669 hours was packed in by volunteers, come rain or shine, helping to organise and run them. Both of these days create a huge sense of camaraderie in the local community.
In honour of their achievement, the society was recently presented with a domed glass crystal, as well as a certificate signed by The Queen, by The Duchess of Northumberland.
Ronald Barber, chairman of GAS who, alongside CCD chairman James Dixon, received the award, said: “This is a wonderful achievement, and one all of our volunteers and members should be proud of. Without their hard work and dedication the society would not be able to service the Glendale community, as well as schools across Northumberland, the way they do today.”
GAS secretary, Rachael Tait, said: “It is a huge honour to have been awarded The Queen’s Award. It is fantastic for our volunteers, who give their time so freely to help, being recognised for the incredible work they do.”
The GAS is one of the smallest agricultural societies in the UK, however is without a doubt one of the most progressive. With only three employees, the society is extremely well supported by members and volunteers, many of whom have given their time freely for a number of years.
For countless local families, this is something that has been carried out for generations, and their involvement in the society has simply become a way of life. On the other hand, for people relocating to the area, the society provides a welcoming hub for meeting new people and socialising.
With its roots firmly established in farming, the Glendale Show began as a local livestock show, however over the years has grown and expanded to become the largest country show in North Northumberland.
With plans in full swing for this year’s show, which will be held on Monday 28th August, volunteers have already begun rallying together; from stuffing envelopes to social media.
This year, the Children’s Countryside Day was attended by 1500 children from 35 schools across the North East. For many children, this is their first taste of farming and the countryside and it is clear to see that this day has a long-lasting impact and is one part of their education that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
In addition to the area’s two key rural events, the Children’s Countryside Day and Glendale Show, the society also promotes a programme of social events throughout the year including quizzes and social evenings.
For further details see the society website on www.glendaleshow.com. To join as a member please contact the Glendale Agricultural Society on 01668 283868 or email [email protected]