Share memories of Countryside Day’s decade of events

A north Northumberland event that teaches children from across the North East about the countryside wants people to share memories from its decade-long history.

For 10 years, youngsters have gone to the Glendale Showfield, outside Wooler, to take part in the Glendale Agricultural Society’s annual Children’s Countryside Day, which this year takes place on Thursday, June 5.

The organisers have hoped that the experiences and activities will have left a lasting impression on the minds of more than 15,000 pupils who have attended.

Now, the event manager, Ruth Oldfield, is seeking the many memorable experiences she hopes have been imprinted into the children’s minds from the past ten years.

She is asking for anyone who has ever attended the event to send in their memories and experiences and these will be uploaded to an online archive of impressions they are collating.

Ruth adds: “We would really appreciate it if children and young people with memories of the day could send them in with their name and contact details to ruth@glen, or post them to Glendale Agricultural Society, The Cheviot Centre, 12 Padgepool Place, Wooler NE71 6BL.”

She is looking for both words and pictures. If you are under 18, your ideas and pictures must be accompanied by a statement of permission from your parents.

Katie, who is now 18, remembers two Children’s Days she attended when she was at first school.

“I remember the sheepdog shepherding the ducks round an obstacle course – that was fun. There were all kinds of fun stuff in the ring and activities.

“And we learnt loads too – about cows and milk, and chicken and eggs, and about sheep and their wool and how it was processed after it left the country. The days were great fun.”