Showground happenings

Kevin Everett presents Life Member badges to Peter Monro and John Ritter. Photo supplied
Kevin Everett presents Life Member badges to Peter Monro and John Ritter. Photo supplied

The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Gloucester AH and P Association was held on Saturday, November 21 when the audited financial report and sub-committee reports were presented and life members badges were awarded.

As outgoing president, Alan Luscombe recounted the achievements for the year, thanking members for their support and wishing the incoming executive a successful term which, hopefully, will include a "bigger and better" show in March 2021.

Alan noted that a number of projects were completed at the showground in the past year courtesy of COVID stimulus funding provided by the State Government, with some added funding from the association.

These projects included two new wash bays; the installation of a tank and pump to reuse collected water in the wash bays, stables and campdraft arena; new LED ring lights; levelling and top-dressing of the main arena; replacement of the existing ring fence with steel fencing; new guttering on the horse stables; water and power to the campdraft arena; as well as a new roof on the main pavilion and painting of the Produce and Fine Arts pavilions.

At the conclusion of the AGM Life Member, Kevin Everett, presented Life Member badges to Peter Monro, John Ritter and John Relf (unfortunately John was unable to attend).

Peter Monro has had a long association with the AH and P courtesy of his many years transporting cattle to the Gloucester Show (from 1960 to 2000) and then as caretaker of the facility (14 years).

Peter also served as a member of the management committee up until the end of 2019.

Peter said he will "still be available to help with finding the underground water leaks!"

John Ritter has continued to produce hybrid corn which was first introduced in the 1950s by his father and grandfather.

He still provides corn and sorghum to the Royal Agricultural Society for the Royal Easter Show.

His contribution to the Central District exhibit is much appreciated.

John has been in charge of the produce section at each Gloucester Show for many years and also exhibits his produce each year.

In 2012, he was presented with an award for 50 years of service to the association.

John has served as a member of the Management Committee for many years, choosing not to re-nominate for a position this year.

John Relf has been involved with the association for many years, including a long term as treasurer from 1995 to 2017.

He is still an active and interested member of the management committee, offering his services for working bees and providing input for showground projects.

In August 2020 nominations were called for vacant management committee positions.

However, as the number of nominations received did not exceed the number of vacant positions, all those who nominated were duly elected to the committee.

A number of casual vacancies still exist on the management committee, and any person interested in joining should contact the secretary, Lorraine Forbes on 6558 2468.

The committee needs a broad cross section of community-minded people who wish to contribute to the preservation of the agricultural heritage of the area, and the organisation of annual show as one of the major events on Gloucester's social calendar.