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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 .

Kind regards


Published 31st Jul 2020
By Don Johnson

Brian Tighe

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.

Brian Tighe on the right.
Brian Tighe on the right.

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.

Published 17th Feb 2019
By Winterton Agricultural Society

WAS Fun Dog Show

Fun Dog Show
Fun Dog Show

This year we are adding to our Sunday programme a fun dog show. The Dog show is for all the family, they don't have to be pedigree or beautiful!

Starting time 2.30 listen for announcements on the day.

The main categories are:-

Dog which looks most like its owner

Appealing eyes

Best child handler

Waggiest tail

Noisiest dog

Best dressed

Best paw shaker

Best in the show

The dog the judge most wants to take home

Prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd including rosettes. Best in show wins a selection of doggy treats

Great family fun, see you on the day.

Published 31st Oct 2018
By Ken Cross

Bonfire 2018 Latest

The Grand Bonfire
The Grand Bonfire

This year the annual bonfire will take place on Monday 5th November at the Showground. Gates open at 5pm with the lighting of the bonfire at 6:45pm. Firework displays follow at 7:20 & 7:30, ending at 8pm.

Entrance prices are as follows:-

Car & all occupants - £10.

Adults walking - £5.

Children (5 to 16) - £2.

Under 5s - Free.

Free Car Parking for 2000 cars (please don't park on the road, follow road-signs), VIP Parking for Blue Badge Holders, 25 Acre Showground, fully floodlit, The Premier Event in the area, Please do not bring sparklers, Please arrive early as queues develop.

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