New programme to 'inspire and develop' young farmers
THE Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is setting up a Young Members Forum as a means of promoting the society’s aims and objectives to the younger generation.
Brief details about the forum were revealed by the chairman of the Royal Welsh board of directors, Pembrokeshire’s John Davies, at the end-of-year meeting of the society’s council held at Builth Wells.
Members of the new organisation must be under 40 years of age and former winners of RWAS scholarships, bursaries and student awards have been invited to join, together with past Royal Welsh Lady Ambassadors and two representatives from each of the society’s county advisory committees from across Wales.
“The aim of the programme is to inspire and develop a new generation of leaders in rural Wales,” said Mr Davies, who was appointed as the new board chairman of the Royal Welsh board in October.
In his first report to the society’s governing body he paid tribute to Breconshire’s retiring president John R. Davies, for his inspirational leadership during its featured county year which raised more than £246,000.
Around £47,000 of the money has been spent on upgrading the former Welsh Government Pavilion which is now called the Green Pavilion, while go towards providing additional sheep accommodation and much-needed and promised improvements to the equine facilities at Llanelwedd.
Expressing the board’s gratitude to the sponsors of the three main Royal Welsh events for their support in what are challenging times, the chairman reported that income from letting the showground and its facilities for various events during the year had amounted to some £350,000 - £20,000 more than the budget.