Charitable grant have been awarded in 2012 to (1) Joseph Williams, 2nd year student at Harper Adams College studying for a BSc(Hons) Agriculture, to assist with his third year international placement in New Zealand. Joe is the son of a local farming family, a Young Farmer, and provides great support to the Show. We wish him well. (2) The Boys’ Brigade, Wovlerhampton & Shropshire Battalion, who for a great many years have provided invaluable support on Show day and are active participants in the DofE Award scheme.
The Society also supports the work of the Country Trust which is an educational charity that enables children from deprived inner city areas to experience the countryside and learn about farming, food and management of the environment through a programme of visits to farms and other rural locations. Last year tickets were provided for a party of children from the West Midlands to visit the Show and the positive feedback received has resulted in a further allocation of tickets this year.
Similarly, the Society actively supports the work of Oak Farm, a smallholding situated in Ditton Priors which is home to a vibrant and successful day service, providing essential vocational training and work related experience for adults with learning disabilities living throughout South Shropshire.
The Burwarton and District Agricultural Society Limited has limited funds available to make grants to assist in the furtherance of any of the following objects of the Society:
- The improvement of livestock, the advancement of breeding and the prevention and eradication of animal diseases.
- The advancement of science and research in connection with agriculture and rural industries.
- The development and improvement of crops and prevention and eradication of plant diseases and pests.
- The development and improvement of agricultural machinery and equipment.
- The holding of demonstrations and lectures on modern agricultural methods and processes.
- The promotion of agricultural education and training.
- The encouragement of Young Farmers Clubs and of activities related to agriculture by other youth organisations.
- The encouragement of rural crafts and industries of interest to the farming community.
- The promotion of co-operation between farmers and other land users with special reference to conservation.
- The promotion of co-operation between rural and urban communities.
Application for grants to assist projects that further any of the above objects should be made in writing to the Sceretary of the Society at The Show Office, Burwarton, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 6QJ by 14 February 2013.