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'Farmer John' to be this year's show president

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

By Richard Wevill

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A MAN with a voice which will be familiar to many Westcountry farmers will be the president of this year's Mid Devon Show.

John Greenslade was announced as the choice of the show society at its recent annual meeting.

Mr Greenslade was one of the initial instigators of the show when the event was revived in 1994.

His well-known voice has been heard as 'Farmer John' on BBC Radio Devon on a regular basis for many years.

He has been active in the Young Farmers movement since his days as a member and served several years as a magistrate.

Mr Greenslade now runs his farm near Bickleigh, which his late father took over nearly a century ago, on an environmental basis and regularly hosts charity events there.

At the meeting the chairman, Peter Pugsley, gave a report on another extremely successful show in 2012, which has been fortunate as one of the few summer county events that had actually gone ahead on the set date. Mr Pugsley gave tribute to the team of volunteers who had worked especially hard in the first week, in very difficult conditions, in order that the show could go ahead.

The retiring President, David Fursdon, referred to his pride at having been president of such a great event. The show was last year acknowledged as one of the best shows in the country through a competition run by Farmers Guardian. Mr Fursdon also recognised the commitment of all of the volunteers, especially during such a terribly wet summer. He sought to emphasise the importance of linking farming to the general public and considered the educational value should not be underestimated.

Children's Hospice South West was announced as the show charity for 2013 and Paula Hullett and Sally Mundy gave a presentation of the charity's work, advising that proceeds from the show year were to go towards a fully equipped wendy house which could accommodate youngster's wheelchairs for their Devon base, Little Bridge House.

One of the show's scholarship recipients, Andrew Radford, gave a comprehensive presentation of his studies over the last few years which had enabled him to obtain a good position of employment with Vapormatic in Exeter.

The Tiverton Camcorder Club presented a high quality DVD of the 2012 show to those attending which was very well received and may be purchased via the show organiser at a cost of £5.

The show date for 2013 is Saturday, July 27. The event will once again be held at Hartnoll Farm, Post Hill. Visit www. middevonshow.co.uk for more information.

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