The organisers of the Aylsham Show handed out an impressive £31,500 to a range of charities on January 17.
After a lean couple of years on the back of awful weather at the August bank holiday event in 2014 and 2015, last summer’s event was a huge success and created a healthy surplus.
The Aylsham Agricultural Show Association held its distribution of cheques at Aylsham Lodge, with representatives of 36 groups invited to attend, pick up their money and give their thanks.
Chairman and outgoing president Simon Evans said he was handing out the cheques on behalf of two former presidents Tony Bambridge and Phillida Hurn, who had not had the opportunity to make such presentations in their years because of the inclement conditions.
“I am delighted to be giving cheques out this year, it is hugely rewarding to those who work so hard to put the show on that we can start this annual tradition again,” added Mr Evans.
“We all look forward to the 2017 show and hope to be back here in a year handing out more charity cheques.”
Cheques of various amounts were given to a range of charities.
Reepham Rotary Club received £2,500; Norfolk Army Cadets £2,000 and Rotary Club of Aylsham and East Anglian Children’s Hospice £1,500.
£1,000 each went to Aylsham and District Flower Club, Aylsham Boxing Club, Aylsham Youth Club, Norwich and District Group RDA, Alzheimer’s Society, Farming Community Network, Marie Curie, Diabetes UK North Norfolk Group, Aylsham and District Care Trust, the YANA Project, RABI, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Blood Wise, Norfolk Heart Trust, Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind and Nelson’s Journey.
£500 each went to Aylsham Football Club, Sainsbury’s North Walsham Fundraising, 3rd Aylsham Guides, North Walsham Young Farmers’ Club, the Market Surgery, Aylsham Recreation Ground, Aylsham Community Partnership, Benjamin Foundation, Fishing 4 Schools, Happisburgh Owl Trust, Multiple Sclerosis, Thornage Hall, SSAFA, Blickling Church, 1st Aylsham Scout Group and Banningham Crown Defibrillator.
Among those saying thankyou for the cheques was Alisdair Ryding of Norfolk Heart Trust, who explained the money would be used to create videos to help educate patients.
Rob Wright of Aylsham Boxing Club, which helps with the perimeter fencing security during the show, said the money would go towards a planned extension.
Jenny Manser of Aylsham and District Care Trust said: “The many hundreds of people we support on a daily basis are extremely grateful for this contribution.”
Gemma Strange of 3rd Aylsham Guides said the money would help continue their work towards encouraging the independence and self-esteem of their young members.
Will De-Feyter of North Walsham YFC said: “We do enjoy parking the horse boxes at the show, whatever the weather! And we look forward to helping in the future.”
And Peter Dawes, of 1st Aylsham Scout Group, said the donation would help install external floodlights.
After the handout the annual general meeting was held. Retiring show secretaries Chris and Ann Self were awarded life vice presidencies in recognition of their 40 years of service to the event.
And with Mr Evans finishing his year as president, John Wootten was elected president for the next year.
Outgoing Show Secretaries Chis and Ann Self with their Life Vice President awards.
Simon Evans (left) hands over the presidency to John Wootton.
Around 40 charities, clubs and good causes received donations from Aylsham Show President Simon Evans.