Meeting reviews success of children’s countryside days

THE Glendale Agricultural Society annual general meeting is being held next month.

The AGM, open to all members of the Society, takes place on Tuesday, May 1, at the Tankerville Arms Hotel, Wooler.

It starts with formal proceedings at 7.30pm, followed by a presentation about the hugely successful Children’s Countryside Days, and what has been achieved since they were first introduced seven years ago.

The Society’s AGM is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the work of the GAS. Education and creating awareness in the wider community is one of its key aims as it promotes the economic survival of Glendale and its country-based industries.

The committee believes that the Children’s Countryside Days are as important as Glendale Show in helping to achieve those aims. Children get a hands-on experience of the countryside – direct learning about the rural community and how it produces food and preserves the countryside.

This year, the focus of the Children’s Countryside Days theme will be 60 years of Food and Farming in Glendale and aims to link the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the transformations to farming and the countryside that have occurred during her reign.

Society secretary Rachael Smith is hoping that as always the AGM will be well supported.

She said: “This has been another busy year for us all. The AGM is chaired by our president, Michael Walton, and he will introduce Nick Hargreaves, our chairman, who will report on the main achievements of these past 12 months.

“During the Countryside Day review, members will hear first-hand about the work that goes into making this such a success, and about some of the ideas that children from non-rural areas have about the countryside that they hope they have managed to alter.”

The Glendale Agricultural Society, one of the smallest in the UK, has 300 members, many of whom give an enormous amount of their time to help organise and steward these two key rural events in the area.

They also promote a programme of their own events throughout the year including farm visits, social evenings and the annual stock judging competition, and these will also feature in the AGM’s business during the evening.

Rachael adds that for further details about the society, or joining as a member, please contact her at the Glendale Agricultural Society on 01668 283868, or email Further information can be found on