Do you have what it takes to be area’s Rural Heroine?

The ladies of the Glendale Agricultural Society.
The ladies of the Glendale Agricultural Society.

An agricultural society and a north Northumberland-based marketing firm have teamed up to find a Rural Heroine of Glendale.

The Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) and rural marketing and PR agency, Glendale PR and Marketing, both recognise the vital contribution women make to farming, rural life, countryside businesses and agriculture.

Glendale has a host of female farmers, business owners, entrepreneurs, ambassadors and volunteers, and the aim of the 2016 Rural Heroine of the Year award is to recognise this. The contest is open to women of all ages living in the Glendale area who have made their mark on this rural community.

All nominations will be reviewed by a team of judges including award sponsor. The panel will be looking for entrepreneurship, inspiration, innovation or community involvement. They will take into account what makes this individual remarkable and the impact that they have had in terms of their business or community.

The winner will be announced at the Glendale Show and will receive the Rural Heroine Trophy.

Barbara Huddart, managing director of Glendale PR, said: “The Oxford Dictionary definition of a heroine is ‘a woman admired for her courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities’.

“This is exactly what we are looking for and I know that Glendale has many, so I do hope that we will receive the nominations to reflect this.”

Women can either be nominated, or nominate themselves, and entry forms are available from www.glendale or at The Glendale Show Office.

Final nominations must be made by Friday, August 19, and can be either emailed to or posted to The Glendale Show Office, The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, NE71 6BL.

A number of other initiatives are planned for this year’s Glendale Show as part of the Year of the Lady theme.

These include: Ensemble of lady judges at the show; Sheep Tales wool display; artist Anna Turnbull weaving a life-size horse; a sheepdog demonstration from Katie Cropper (the first woman to win One Man and His Dog) and her daughter Henrietta; Best Dressed Lady Competition, sponsored by Wooler-based Stephanie Louise Designs; GAS Ladies’ Choir Performance.

Rachael Tait, who heads the female team that organises the Glendale Show, said: “I would like to thank Glendale PR and Marketing for supporting this award. Women have always played a crucial role in our community in Glendale; this award gives us an opportunity to highlight this.