The weekend set off for Council members with a formal meeting, late Friday afternoon. The evening then saw all members enjoy their evening meal either in the hotel restaurant or some ventured out into Ripon City centre. This followed celebrations in the bar which included the South Wales Club celebrating their flock competition results with Champagne.
Saturday was blessed with dry weather. With the party loaded into two coaches they arrived at David & Christine Thompson's at Helmsley. Tractors and trailers took the group around the fields of sheep whilst enjoying the autumn colours of the landscape. Topped off with a good cup of Yorkshire tea and homemade cakes. Thank you to the Thompson Family and their helpers for hosting this enjoyable visit.
The afternoon saw the group embark a steam train at Pickering which took them along the North York Moors Railway to Goathland, the home of ITV's Heatbeat.
The Annual General Meeting took place that evening back at the hotel. This saw president Nia Williams and Vice President Wynne Davies re-elected. Rhys Davies, Adam Kelly, Gill Adams, Daniel Rowbottom and Ivan Belton were all re-elected onto the Society Council.
The following presentations/announcements of awards were made:
H.E. Roberts Memorial Cup – awarded for the most points at three of the North Wales Shows – presented by Mrs Gwenda Roberts to Mr Wynne Davies
The Noel Baseley Memorial Show Points Cup – for the most points at three county/royal shows – presented by Mrs Patricia Baseley to Mr Edward Adamson on behalf of C & A Kennedy
Barnard Cup for the highest priced ram/ram lamb at the Ruthin Sale 2016 – presented by Miss Nia Williams on behalf of Miss Linda Barnard to Mrs Gill Adams for G & J Adams
Lleyn Sheep Society’s Cup for the highest price ram/ram lamb at Ross on Wye 2016 – was presented by Mr David Knowles to Mr Derek Steen
Morgan Evans’ Cup for the highest priced pen of eight or more females at Ruthin 2016 - was presented by Mr Ifor Jones to Alun Bennett for DN Bennett & Son
Roseland Cup for the highest priced ram/ram lamb at Exeter 2016 – was presented by Mrs Gill Adams to Mr Llew Thomas on behalf of J & R Twose
Lluest Wen Cup for the highest priced ram/ram lamb at Welshpool 2016 – presented by Mr David Knowles to Mrs Terry Fort on behalf of T & B Fort
There was a presentation of certificates for those members who had been honoured to judge at one of the Royal Shows during 2016:
Royal Ulster Show – Miss Linda Barnard
Royal Highland Show – Mr William Williams
Royal Welsh Show – Mr David Alexander
The results of the 2016 Photo Competition were announced. Judge Mr Dewi Ellis presented the prize. It was Mr David Knowles, flock 886 who came out as the champion. He has won £75 Mole Valley Farmers Vouchers.
The meeting was rounded off by Mr Meurig Williams giving the Vote of Thanks seconded by Mr John Dugdale.
Other formalities saw Mr Ifor Jones elected as Society Chairman, Mr John Dugdale was elected as Vice Chairman. Mr David Knowles was elected as Treasurer.
The evening then saw 90 gather for the Annual Dinner. Great food and great company. The entertainment was provided by Mr Ted Ogden, Auctioneer at Skipton Auction Mart. With the clocks going back one hour there was much socialising done well into the night.
Sunday saw a small group travel to Askham Bryan College where Mr Ian Snowden very kindly gave a guided tour of the farm.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the weekend from hosting visits to making cakes. THANK YOU