• Grey fergie, photo by Eddie Heaviside
  • Felters, photo by Anne Winship
  • Childrens baking, photo by Anne Winship
  • Roots, photo by Anne Winship
  • Crossing safely, photo by Anne Winship
  • Brushstrokes, photo by Anne Winship
  • Afternoon tea, photo by Anne Winship
  • Bilsdale tree services, photo by Anne Winship
  • Shearing display - before and after, photo by Anne Winship
  • Trials bikes 2, by Graham Mee
  • Art display, photo by Anne Winship
  • Trade stands, photo by Anne Winship
  • Millbry Hill, photo by Anne Winship
  • Flowers in car, Photo by Anne Winship
  • Candlelighter setting up, photo by Anne Winship
  • In the shade, photo by Anne Winship
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Bilsdale Show

Chop 'Yat'

Saturday 31st August

Thornhill Farm, Chop Gate, Bilsdale
(on the B1257 Stokesley-Helmsley Rd)

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The 110th Bilsdale Agricultural Show will be held on Saturday 29th August 2019.

Bilsdale Agricultural Show

Chairman’s Report 2019

It has been a challenging year, differences of opinion between committee members resulted in mid-term resignations and I am immensely thankful who those who stepped up to fill the gaps and ensure the show ran smoothly. There was a lot of meeting time to sort out our new data protection and safeguarding policies which are now in place and working well although we will continue to review these regularly as we do with our health and safety policy. 

Peter and I had a wonderful day out at York Machinery Sale and bought a new storage trailer which will enable faster and more efficient setting up of the sheep section which continues to require more hurdles each year as it grows in popularity.

The horses and ponies section was well supported with new showing classes for breeds such as the Cleveland Bay and Shetland breeds replacing the gymkhana which has become less popular over recent years.

There was a drop in rabbit and cavy numbers in the Fur and Feather section due to some of our regular competitors being under disease restrictions which prevented them from showing. Hopefully they will be back with us next year. There was however again a rise in the poultry numbers with some of the popular classes being split due to high entry numbers.

New hessian table covers in the General Tent looked extremely smart and as these can be reused for many years, significantly cut the amount of waste produced. Entries in the General section exceeded the 1000 mark for the first time, with the new bygone classes proving very popular.

The craft display tent was again full and the telephone printing box was an unusual and popular addition. Members of the public loved being able to talk to the crafts people and see products being made and in some cases being able to have a go themselves.

Vintage car numbers were up due to a relaxing of the rules on age with several interesting vehicles. Static engine and Vintage tractors numbers were also up with tractors classes being split into restored tractors and tractors “in working clothes”.

The dog and terrier classes were well supported with members of the public being able to enter their dogs on the day. There was a new class for sheepdogs but this may be altered next year to border collies to avoid confusion. There was also some confusion over prizes so we will be looking to try and get a new pet food or animal product supplier to sponsor the dog classes. Following the showing classes there was a terrier racing competition. Hound trails took place across the dale and The Bilsdale Hunt held their hound and beagle classes.

In the rings, the crowd were entertained by The Mount Grace Gundog Display Team and Equistry, a historical equine display team who also talked to members of the public from their medieval style gazebo. Our own Bilsdale Hunt Hounds and the Ampleforth Beagles also paraded in the ring, this year on foot, but we hope to have mounted riders with them again next year. Adam Collier was our MC for the day. The show rings also hosted the children’s sports and quoits competition for both children and adults. The Northallerton Motor Club provided a trials bike display in the top corner of the field and fell runners enjoyed beautiful views from the top of the moor. New for this year was the children’s and pets fancy dress which we hope to continue.

Trade stands were very popular with some having to be put on a waiting list due to lack of space. Whilst I realise that due to having 5 Saturdays in the month we had less competition from other events, this is still a good position to be in. Many local community groups were also represented including the church and history society stands and The Bilsdale Silver Band.

Roseberry Catering again provided food. The Vice-presidents lunch was well supported and I had the pleasure of welcoming Robin Wood, Ron Knaggs and Albert Kirk as new honorary life members in recognition of all they have done for the show. Next door in the Dudley Arms Bar area we were treated to singing from the Old Humpy Band.

The weather put a bit of a dampener on things with a heavy shower around lunchtime, although it got out in the afternoon. Part of the general was opened early to provide extra shelter for the public. This particularly caused problems for the band who ended up playing under the shelter of the secretary’s tent which was not a very satisfactory arrangement. Thought will have to be given to alternative arrangements in future years.

All that remains is for me to thank my hard-working committee, those who gave up their time to help with setting up and taking down, the stewards and judges and our show presidents, Kevin and Carol McGee and all the gate and car park helpers and anyone else who helped in any way.

I would also like to thank our sponsors and advertisers for their financial help and all who purchased raffle tickets and gave donations. I also need to thank all our exhibitors, trade stands and competitors for their support. Lastly, I would like to thank our vice-presidents and members of the public for supporting the show, I hope you were entertained and educated and enjoyed your day. We look forward to celebrating our 110th show next year and are proud to carry on this wonderful tradition.

 

 

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