The Cheshire Agricultural Society, the charity behind the well renowned Royal Cheshire County Show, made two announcements last week at their AGM. The Right Reverend Libby Lane – Bishop of Stockport, was introduced as show President and Louise Allen-Taylor – editor of Cheshire Life magazine, as Patroness of the show.
Held at Dunham Massey the location created an incredible backdrop for the election of officials for the 2017 Royal Cheshire County Show on June 20-21st.
Bishop Libby, who made history as the first female Bishop in England, said of the announcement, “It is an unexpected honour to be asked to be President this year, and I accept the invitation with a clear desire to learn more from this community and be an advocate for them. My husband George and I look forward to being on the Showground throughout the Show this year, and I hope that this role might enable me to better serve Cheshire, not just for those few days in June but all year and beyond.”
Louise Allen-Taylor, Editor of Cheshire Life, says she is delighted to have been appointed as this year’s patroness. “ I was thrilled and honoured to be invited to take up this role. The Royal Cheshire County Show is such an important part of the annual calendar and it’s an event we at Cheshire Life always look forward to immensely. I’ll be delighted to attend the show on both days, but of course, it is much more than a marvellous social event. Agricultural shows are a big shop window for the rural and countryside communities and industries. This show attracts visitors from far and wide, so it helps educate urban communities about farming, food production and all the hard work that involves. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to get to know Cheshire’s agricultural community better.”
Charity delegates were well looked after at the AGM with a tour of the impressive grounds prior to a light lunch with the AGM taking place at 2pm. Tony Garnett DL, FRAgS the Show Chairman said, “We are delighted to have both Bishop Libby and Louise on board to support the show and bring their unique personalities to the event.”