Rural ambassadors step down from lead roles

The Glendale Agriculture Society (GAS) said a fond farewell to stalwarts and countryside ambassadors Michael Walton, and Nick Hargreave at its annual meeting.

Saturday, 7th May 2016, 10:19 am
Updated Saturday, 7th May 2016, 11:25 am
Back Row (left to right) Ronald Barber, Lord James Joicey, Nick Hargreave, Michael Walton.

Michael Walton, former president, has been involved with GAS since he was seven years old, showing sheep alongside his father.

Throughout his six years as president, Michael has been a lynch pin, ensuring everyone pulls together through the challenges faced by the society. “I’ve done a lot of presenting,” laughs Michael. “It’s been an honour to be part of such an innovative and supportive society. I will certainly miss it, but will certainly not be a stranger.”

Serving seven years as chairman, Nick Hargreave has without a doubt seen the extreme highs and lows. During his time in the hot seat, Nick has been faced with many issues to consider such as ongoing regulations and legislation and the wettest show day for many decades. He has been involved in some tremendous events, and was especially delighted with the record breaking crowd numbers at the 2013 show.

In handing over the role, Nick said: “The last seven years have certainly been challenging, but it’s always reassuring knowing you’ve got the support of an enthusiastic committee behind you, so thank you to everyone for your support.”

Board member, Margaret Brown, gave a presentation to a busy AGM, highlighting Michael and Nick’s achievements over the years.

Margaret said: “Both Michael and Nick have been instrumental in the success of the society over the last decade. Their support has been invaluable and we are certainly sad to see them step down.

“They have been a great influence to others on the committee, and I’m sure they will remain part of the society in their own way.”

Newly elected president is Lord James Joicey; newly elected chairman is Ronald Barber.

Whilst GAS may be one of the smallest agricultural societies in the UK, it is also one of the most progressive. Currently supported by around 300 members, many of whom give an enormous amount of their time to help organise and steward events, it is without a doubt the society is going from strength to strength.

For further details see the Society Website on To join as a member please contact the Glendale Agricultural Society on 01668 283868 or email [email protected]