New Forest Agricultural Society Elects Royal President
Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex has been elected as 79th President of the New Forest Agricultural Show Society at their Annual General Meeting. The meeting took place at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst on Wednesday 24th February.
The election of Her Royal Highness as President of the New Forest Agricultural Show Society follows a previous visit to the Show by The Earl and Countess of Wessex in 2013. The Countess of Wessex also attended a Next Generation meeting at the showground in Brockenhurst in July 2014. The Society is proud to be the first Agricultural Show Society to have a Next Generation Committee.
As part of her role as President of the Society, The Countess of Wessex will be attending the 2016 New Forest and Hampshire County Show in July. Her Royal Highness will be taken on a tour of the showground and have the opportunity to visit a variety of different sections of the Show. The Countess of Wessex succeeds The Very Reverend James Atwell, Dean of Winchester who was the Society’s president for 2015.
Her Royal Highness is Patron of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) of which The New Forest and Hampshire County Show is a member. The ASAO represents many of the UK’s agricultural, horticultural, equine and countryside events and provide its members with advice on legislation, health and safety, operations, marketing and best practice.
Chris Whitlock, Chairman of the New Forest Agricultural Show Society said “We were graced with the presence of HRH The Countess of Wessex at our recent AGM and not only were we delighted to elect her as our President for the ensuing year but we also very much look forward to future visits she is able to make during that time, as her helpful suggestions and instant rapport, particularly with our Next Generation Committee members, is a great pleasure for us all”.