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Published 11th Feb 2021
By Don Johnson
It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death of one of our most popular members, Richard (Dick) Fletcher. Dick has been a member of the Winterton Agricultural Society for many years, he was always a “hands on” person who much preferred to get on with the job rather than sitting in Committee meetings. Over the years he made valuable contributions to the infra structure of the show using his engineering skills to the full.
Dick and his late wife Fran loved entertaining and their pre Show Dinner get togethers were a joy to attend, he was looking forward to the end of Lockdown and the revival of the dinner so that he could start entertaining his friends once again.
Dick was a local business man who was highly regarded by the local farming community who would call on Dick when their machinery needed urgent repairs. Whatever was wrong with a machine Dick would use his skills to design and make the replacement part in his workshop. But he was also respected by the wider local community whom he helped in a quiet and unassuming way. Dick had built up a successful business over the years, with his Fran, and was looking forward to settling into his bungalow which he was in the process of renovating.
In his younger days Dick was a top motorcycle racer, specialising in sidecar racing, and had a passion for Japanese motorbikes, although he recently bought a British Triumph which he used to ride throughout the year. Recently he had taken up cycling and only a few days before his death he had been on a 25 mile bike ride.
Dick leaves behind two daughters who have inherited their parents strong character and tenacity, our thoughts are with Laura and Megan and the rest of the Fletcher family in these very difficult times.
We all have our own fond memories of Dick, I shall miss seeing him walking down North Street at a quarter to eight in the morning, ready for work, with a mug of tea in one hand and the lead of his alsation dog in the other taking their morning constitutional.
Don Johnson, President
Published 31st Jan 2021
By Don Johnson
At a recent meeting of the Winterton Agricultural Society the members were rather concerned that some Winterton youngsters may be disadvantaged during the present Lockdown. Therefore the Winterton Agricultural Society members voted to donate three thousand pounds (£3000) to enable Winterton Junior and Infant Federation School to purchase tablets for the children to use at home during the current Lockdown. The tablets will be owned by the school and distributed to those children who have the greatest need. The schools are desperately short of electronic equipment for primary age children to use while they are at home doing on-line learning, and once the children return to school they will be able to use the tablets in their day to day learning.
At the moment the Show Committee are making tentative preparations for the Annual Winterton Show which would fall on the 3rd and 4th of July this year, but nothing is finalised and the Committee will be guided by what would be in the best interests of the health of the community and government guidelines prevailing at the time. A further meeting will take place in early March.
Published 18th Aug 2020
By Nigel Ogg
Grand Bonfire Cancelled
Sadly this year's Grand Bonfire is cancelled.
The rules at the moment would not allow a large gathering of this kind.
The idea of a drive-in type event does have rules attached - people are not allowed to get out of their vehicles. If people did leave their vehicles in the DARK this would make it very difficult to monitor.
Food would make people want to get out of their vehicles so again not allowed.
I agree that our schools have done a brilliant job of trying to keep our children safe. The school environment is controlled with very low numbers and plenty of teaching support. The Bonfire attracts HUNDREDS of visitors with different ideas on social distancing! This could create a serious health and safety problem for us all.
My other concern is that we would still attract people from Winterton walking to the edge of the ground , causing large crowds who are not social distancing. We would not get all the cars in, therefore the streets of Winterton would be congested and we would be in trouble with the emergency services.
I will of course organize a show meeting when it is allowed. The rules at the moment are for a maximum number of 6 people in an outside environment only.
We have a heavy responsibility to protect the public and ourselves. I want nothing more than to get back to normal and provide Winterton people with their Bonfire event but not with any risks. Please keep safe everyone .
Published 31st Jul 2020
By Don Johnson
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one our long serving members, Mr Brian Tighe.
Brian epitomised the very spirit of the Winterton Agricultural Society, always hard working, cheerful and full of ideas. In 1993 he negotiated the purchase of our present show ground and has watched it develope into one of the best venues for all manner of outdoor events.
As chairman of the Society he led by example , be it putting out signs advertising the Show or Bonfire weeks before the day, litter picking after an event or entertaining our sponsors over the Show weekend he could always be found doing some job or other. He was a perfect role model, encouraging younger members, recruiting new helpers and supporting the working Committee members.
After his term of office as Chairman, Brian became the President of the Society, again throwing all his extensive knowledge and management skills into the role and steering the Society forwards to become one of the highest respected organisations in the world of agricultural shows.
As we approach our 150th Anniversary there have been many notable characters in the history of Winterton Agricultural Society and Brian will always be remembered as one of the best of them.
Don Johnson BEM
President of Winterton Agricultural Society.
Published 25th Mar 2020
By Winterton Agricultural Society
2020 Show Cancelled
It is regret we find it necessary to cancel the above Show due to the Coronavirus Crisis.
After speaking to our agent and interested parties the feeling is we would cut our losses by deciding earlier, as against later, to cancel. This saving would be from Printing, Advertising, Marquee and other major costs. Also, with your approval, we are looking at carrying forward the Acts booked for this year to next year.
We did consider moving the date to September, but with an already full Show Programme Nationally, and the Schools not operational, which affects Enterprise Entries (85%), it is not viable.
Many thanks for your support, long may it continue and we hope to see you all on 3rd & 4th July 2021, at our next Show.