Melissa is new show secretary

Delighted: Melissa Wood
Delighted: Melissa Wood

Marketing professional Melissa Wood is the new secretary for the Garstang Show.

She has been appointed following the retirement of previous secretary Sue White.

Melissa, who runs a marketing business called I Certainly Wood, lives on Lancaster Road in the town and has previously helped as a show volunteer.

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking on the post. The show is such an important occasion for the local community and I hope to work closely with the show committee and all the volunteers involved to take it from strength to strength.

“Basically my role is anything to do with the organisation and administration of the show, through to the marketing and promotions side of it, booking all the entertainment and issuing all the schedules.

“I have been involved in agricultural shows from a very young age. I was a member of the BSJA and showjumped up until my early 20s. I came on board the committee to help out with the light horse section and then with the show’s marketing.”

Melissa said she would run the post alongside her business, which offers consultancy to small and medium sized enterprises. Her local clients include ADF Energy, a renewable energy firm based in Garstang and Advanced Nutrition, which provides local dairy farmers with management and nutritional solutions.

A graduate of Lancaster University, where she studied management and marketing, Melissa hails from the north east, but relocated her business to Garstang after settling with partner Ian Hayhurst, of IH Plumbing and Heating, some three years ago. Melissa hopes to increase young people’s involvement in the show.

Show chairman David Hewitt said: “We are happy to have brought Melissa on board and are looking forward to working with her. Melissa has been a member of the society for two years and has already helped with her marketing knowledge.”

Melissa created a website for the show last year -

Her first role as show secretary was to organise the society’s pre-Christmas event – The Showdown, held at the Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club when 200 guests came together to celebrate the show and enjoy a wonderful evening. Guests included the show committee, headed by this year’s president William Fowler, as well as exhibitors, sponsors and their guests. This year’s show – the 198th – is on August 3 with planning already well underway.

l If anyone would like to be involved in the show, the committee is always looking for new members and stewards.

You can find out information direct from the website or contact the new show secretary on 07867 313346 or email