Charities and good causes shared a total of £31,500 at the latest cheque presentation evening at the Aylsham Lodge Hotel.

A highly-successful one-day August Bank holiday show had generated a sufficient surplus to make a distribution possible after two years of losses caused by poor weather.

Retiring show president Simon Evans welcomed representatives from across north Norfolk and rest of the county on Tuesday, January 17. And he thanked everybody for coming along and especially for all the hard work done by so many for the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association.

Mr Evans, who was also later re-elected chairman of the association’s council, was delighted to have the opportunity to hand out so many cheques to 36 different organisations and charities. And given that the association had lost money in two of the previous years during the presidencies of Phillida Hurn and Tony Bambridge, it was great that the association was back on track.

He invited representatives to receive their cheques, starting with Reepham Rotary Club. The club’s president, the Ven Arthur Hawes said that three charities had been chosen for support this year and the £2,500 would be split between Prostate Cancer, Mind and Sobs, which supports families in the aftermath of suicide.

A £2,000 cheque was then presented to the Norfolk Army Cadets and Rebecca Medler highlighted the opportunities for youngsters, which would now be possible.

Cheque presentations

Cheque presentations

Two £1,500 cheques were presented – with John Shenton, of the Rotary Club of Aylsham, saying that three charities would benefit, the British Red Cross (Norwich branch), the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Alzheimer’s Society. Peter Rusher, on behalf of East Anglian Children’s Hospices at Quidenham, said that a total of 131 children had been helped.

A total of 16 awards, each of £1,000, were made plus 16 cheques, each of £500.

£1,000 – A cheque to Aylsham & District Flower Club was accepted by Heather Monks, who said that the funds would help to support the work of the Cavell Nurses Trust.

Other cheques – Aylsham Boxing Club, Aylsham Youth Club, Norwich & District Group of Riding for the Disabled said that the funds would mean that young more youngster would not be able to take part this spring.

Awards were made to farming charities, Jimmy Fowell, a former AASA president, received a cheque as did Philip Talbot, of the Farming Community Network.

The Alzheimer’s Society and Marie Curie, which provided 33,000 hours of home care, both received £1,000. Retired doctor Piers Reinhold, who is chairman of YANA Project, which aims to raise the profile of mental health in farming and the rural community and prevent suicide, was given £1,000.

Cheques were presented to the Diabetes UK, North Norfolk Group, and Aylsham & District Care Trust, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Blood Wise, the Norfolk Heart Trust, the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind and Nelson’s Journey.

And £500 cheques were presented to the following – Aylsham Football Club; Sainsbury’s North Walsham fund raising for Mundesley Coast Watch; 3rd Aylsham Guides; North Walsham Young Farmers’ Club; The Market Surgery, Aylsham; Aylsham Recreation Ground; Aylsham Community Partnership; Benjamin Foundation; Fishing 4 Schools; Happisburgh Owl Trust; Multiple Sclerosis; Thornage Hall; SSAFA; Blickling Church; 1st Aylsham Scout Group; Banningham Crown Defibrillator.

John Wootten President of Aylsham Show 2017
Aylsham Show President I am very pleased and honoured to be President of the Aylsham Show in 2017. We moved to Aylsham in 1978, but as a ship’s captain, my job took me abroad for several years. In 1982 my wife’s uncle, John Thornton, then local director of Barclays Bank was President of the Show and he persuaded me to get involved. When illness forced me to retire from the sea, I became Assistant Showground Director to Tom Elwes for several years until 1992. After some years building up Eastern Events, in 2010 I took over as Show Director from Jamie Jamieson. My grandfather farmed at Horsham St Faith and I like to think that he may have visited the show in its formative years. My wife Charlotte certainly competed at the Show in the 1960’s, majoring on the gymkhana. Up until the end of last year I was a director of Revival Productions who have staged very successful concerts in Blickling Park for the past 5 years. All of us who work for the Show have special moments. As Show Director I was always on site by 5 am – a magical time with the mist rising and everything just stirring. The stockmen are washing down their cattle, and sheep are calling to one another. But soon it is all go and you look at your watch and discover it is 2 o’clock in the afternoon before you know it. One of the things I will really enjoy as President is actually being able to see the Show and to meet and thank all the people who make it such a success. The Show is a fantastic organisation where people give their time and energy to raise money for local charities and I am very proud to be a part of it and to be President in 2017.
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