Stranraer Show chairman stands down

Stranraer Show's new vice-chairman Alan Ramsay, new chairman William Barrowman and retiring chairman Charles Service.
Stranraer Show's new vice-chairman Alan Ramsay, new chairman William Barrowman and retiring chairman Charles Service.
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Stranraer and Rhins of Galloway Agricultural Society held its AGM on Monday, December 2, at Wigtownshire rugby club.

There was a good turn-out to hear retiring Stranraer Show shairman Charles Service give his final report.

He said: “It was hard to believe it is two years since I was elected to the post of chairman. How times flies when you’re enjoying yourself!

“After the wet summer of 2012 everyone was looking forward to a better year in 2013. The cheese and wine evening was held in early March and good night was had by all. Thank you to the Caledonian Cheese Company for supplying the cheese. Little did we realise then what the weather had in store for us later in the month with the worst snow for 50 years resulting in the horrendous loss of livestock in Wigtownshire.

“Thankfully, the summer did arrive and show time beckoned. The forecast on the Sunday before was grim, with heavy rain predicted but show day dawned bright and dry. Livestock numbers were up, helped by the Beltex Scotland National Show with exhibitors as far away as Orkney and Aberdeen attending. Playing host to the Beltex Scotland National Show was a very worthwhile exercise which will hopefully be repeated sometime in the future. There was an excellent show of livestock in all sections and a huge thanks must go to all the exhibitors for the hard work they put in to support the show, especially this year after such a difficult spring.

“To entertain the crowds in the main arena we had the Bolddog Lings Motorbike Display Team, Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue Centre, who were joined by members of several local dog agility teams, the Blue Bombshells and Glenluce Vintage Tractors.

“Outside trade space was in high demand and the craft tent was jam packed with local crafts, produce and plants. Douglas Lisi entertained the crowds with a cookery demonstration, and later in the day with a Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook feature where he had his work cut out keeping contestants Tom Buchanan and Danny Hair in line. Next door the homecraft marquee was very busy with the children’s section proving very popular and successful.

“The sheep shearing feature again proved popular and a big thank you to the local shearers for their help and participation. The rain did arrive around 4pm when most of the main events were past but a little rain didn’t dampen spirits with many dancing and singing in the rain to the great music supplied by local band Transmission.

“The day after the show there was an excellent turnout of helpers to clean up the field and grateful thanks to all the volunteers and our show yard contractor Richard.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years as chairman. It has been made easy with the hard-working committee and the guidance of the directors. I thank sponsors, exhibitors, stewards and each and every one of you for all for your support but I would like to single out a few people: my vice-chairman Willie for his unfailing support, Karen for keeping the books in order and to our secretary Kathryn for all the time and effort she puts into the show – she even got this old chairman texting!

“Finally, may I thank you, the members of Stranraer and Rhins of Galloway Agricultural Society, for giving me the chance to be chairman. May I wish the new chairman and his team every success for next year and many more after, and I look forward to helping them to make the show even more successful.”

Following Charles’s report, treasurer Karen Bonaccorsi presented the accounts for the year and was pleased to report a small surplus for the year ending October 31. Everyone agreed this was encouraging considering that the show had hosted a national show and made some investment in equipment. Karen pointed out, however, that running costs were continuing to rise and a close eye must be kept on the finances.

Nominations for office-bearers and committee members were then taken, with William Barrowman being appointed as the new chairman and Alan Ramsay appointed as the new vice-chairman. Kathryn Jamieson and Karen Bonaccorsi agreed to continue in their roles as secretary and treasurer respectively. Charles announced that William Stevenson senior was standing down as a society director and on behalf of the society Charles thanked Willie for his service. Alan Ramsay was appointed as a director and Lord Stair, John Barrowman, John Agnew, Ian Beck, Hugh Kirkpatrick, Martyn Hastings, Charles Service and William Barrowman were all reappointed as directors.

Committee members retiring in 2013 were Angus Brown, Seamus Donnelly and John Watson, and new committee members appointed were Wilma Benson, David Bodle, Ian McKnight and Irving McKnight.

Before the adjournment of the meeting thoughts turned to the 2014 show, with nominations for judges being taken.

Homecrafts schedules are now available for the 2014 show and can be obtained by contacting Kathryn Jamieson on 01776 870242 or they can be downloaded from the show website