Celebrating 50 Years of the Lleyn Sheep Society in 2020

Lleyn Sheep Society AGM 2019

Southern England – Portsmouth

Another successful AGM Weekend, this year hosted by the Southern England Lleyn Breeders Club.  The group were based at The Langstone Hotel, Portsmouth for the weekend.  A beautiful location looking over Harling Harbour.

Saturday saw the group embark on a coach to Goodwood Estate.  Here we were met by Nick Page, Head Shepherd who took the group on a tour of the Southdown flock, parklands, horse racing track and stables, hotel, Bentley factory and Chichester town.  The highlight of the morning was a visit to the car racing track where a test day was being held for car enthusiasts, cars of all makes and models from Clio to a Ferrari were spinning around the track.  Then came our moment, a coach full of Lleyn Breeders were allowed to take a spin around the track, at 2min 40, not bad!

Lunch was served in the shooting lodge, tasty meat and cheese supplied from the estates own pantry followed by homemade cakes.

The weather had been fair but now the rain had caught up with us, this did not dampen the spirits as the afternoon saw a guided tour around Goodwood House.  Absolutely amazing and over the top architecture and history which was an honour to have seen.

On to the business with the AGM back at the hotel before dinner.  Wynne Davies was re-elected as your President and John Geldard as Vice President.  Ivan Belton and Daniel Rowbottom stood down from Council with Alan McDonald and Martin Harris elected on.

It was proposed and accepted to increase the annual membership fee to £30, the first increase for many years.

The presentation of awards saw the following results:

HE Roberts Memorial Trophy – Wynne Davies

The Noel Baseley Memorial Trophy – C & A Kennedy

Barnard Cup – E & D Jones

Lleyn Sheep Society’s Cup – Lionel Organ

Morgan Evans Cup – Wynne Davies

Roseland Cup – RHS Turner

Lluest Wen Cup – E & D Jones

The presentation of certificates to members who have judged at one of the Royal Shows was made:

Royal Highland Show – John Dugdale

Royal Welsh Show – William Williams

Royal Ulster Show – John Morton

The Champion of the Photo Competition was announced as David Knowles, he was presented with the Rumenco £250 vouchers by judge Ruth Dugdale.

Sian Hughes and Gill Adams rounded off the business with the vote of thanks.

Further business in the special Council Meeting saw Ifor Jones stand down after three years as Society Chairman.  Mr John Dugdale was elected as the new Chairman.  Bethan Vaughan was elected as Vice Chairman.  David Knowles continues as Treasurer.

The Annual Dinner took place in the stunning Spinnaker Room at the hotel.  Admiral John Lipiett finished the evening by providing an interesting and amusing presentation.

Sunday morning was very relaxed with some taking time to watch the rugby.  Others if they hadn’t already been travelled to Portsmouth to take in the navel theme with the Mary Rose Museum and other attractions.

A huge thank you to the Southern England Members for hosting a great AGM weekend to be remembered.