The 2016 President

Many thanks to Stuart Coggrave for his excellent work as president in the 2014/2015 year. This is Stuart\’s report on how his year went.

Sam (Blacker) – what an act to follow!  Hundreds of miles over mountain and fell, even graphic pictures of swollen feet.  I took the crook with trepidation and immediately started thinking what can I do to support the Presidents Charity.  Fortunately Pam loves gardening and feeding the hungry and I was able to provide her with the perfect outlet.  The Open Garden Weekend was a great success thanks to all your support.

Show day came round with a Presidents Tent, a Presidents Car Parking Place, a reserved table in the Friends Marque (not that I ever got there) and a ride in Bobs Presmobile (when it started).

I felt like a King for the day.

Judging – aah well! -they were all so good, almost personal friends of Jane and then Maureen, how could I select just one, then when I did I was told they had won it last year – Oh dear!

Yes it was a full day which I shall remember for a long time.  My only regret was that I could not get round the whole show – perhaps we could make it a two day event then it would give future president a chance.

The day ended sat outside the Presidents Tent with friends and committee members (maybe they were all friends) watching the sun go down with a glass in hand.  Thank you.


For the 2015/2016 year the society would like to welcome Sarah Burckhardt as our new president. Sarah was elected at the recent society AGM and is pictured below receiving the ceremonial crook from outgoing the president.


Sarah\’s charities for the year are the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Farming Community Network. Sarah’s first fundraising event will be a wine tasting evening in The Forge (behind the Spotted Ox) on February 6th 2016? More details to follow.

Sarah was involved with the running of Tockwith show for many years as a committee member and director. Sarah also ran the very successful Farmers Market and helped with various other fundraising activities.

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