Show made a profit – despite rainy day

Honour: Margaret Rich
Honour: Margaret Rich

Poor weather at last year’s Chipping Show led to a fall in numbers but, thanks to “excellent planning and execution” the event went ahead as planned – even making a small profit.

At the show’s recent AGM more than 40 members heard retiring chairman Len Rogerson welcome everyone and invite them to examine the year’s accounts, which showed the small profit, despite a large drop in gate receipts due to poor weather on show day.

He pointed out that 2012 president David Heane, of Graphic House Printers, Preston, kindly donated printing services for the catalogues and schedules free of charge, which significantly contributed to the financial result.

Len thanked all who had helped put on what turned out to be a very successful show in August last year.

Although the wet weather meant the ridden horse and pony classes had to be cancelled, it was thanks to the investment in showground infrastructure in recent years, that the remainder of the show went ahead as planned.

During the meeting David handed over the president’s chain of office to Malcolm Kenyon, saying it had been a privilege to be president and a real eye-opener to walk around the entire show.

He felt it was thanks to “excellent planning and execution a fantastic event was staged” and said everyone should be very proud of what they had achieved.

He wished Malcolm well in the role for 2013 and in turn the new president said he was honoured to take the post and to carry on the tradition that is Chipping Show and was looking forward to working with everyone.

Several new committee members took up office, including Anne Seed, Mandy Hamlet, Liz Cliff, David Heane, Angela Heane, Kay Towers and Helen Newell.

Officers for 2013 are: vice-president – Francis Mercer, chairman – William Pye, vice -chairman – Paul Morris, treasurer – Margaret Rich, assistant treasurer – Angela Heane, secretary - Paul Hunt, assistant secretary – Holly Wheater-Adams, safety officer – Michael Newell, entries secretary – Margaret Rich, assistant entries secretary – Mandy Hamlet.

Honorary members are: doctor – Dr Ian Forrester, veterinary surgeon – Glyn Davies, solicitor – George Mercer and accountant - Grace Hore.

Margaret Rich was elected a new life member, recognising the years of dedicated service she has given to the show and the many hours of work she continues to put in as treasurer and entries secretary.

The show committee wishes thanked all at the Derby Arms for hosting the AGM and putting on an excellent meal.

It is now “all systems go” for this year’s event, to be held on Saturday, August 24, and preparation starts in earnest at the committee meeting next Monday, January 14.