LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN

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G&S Show Chairman Giles Simpson

This year the G&S show has taken on a new format, moving from one day to two. The ever-increasing cost associated with putting on a show of this size means it makes financial sense for the show to span over two days, in the hope that the Great British weather is on our side for at least one of them! Along with the transition to a longer show we have seen a complete change of team in the office, with Nick Hill our new secretary supported by the Show Team. A huge amount of work has been done this year to ensure the show is a success.
There are some new additions this year – the sheep shearing demonstrations have moved to incorporate a new shearing competition, which is set to be a crowd-pulling spectacle. The Heavy Horse Village is even bigger this year – more room for them, and even better for watching these gentle giants. We will also see them join the Grand Parade, sponsored by Strutt and Parker and The Environmental Farmers Group, on both days in the Main Ring, sponsored by Gritchie Brewing Company; I’m pleased to say that the parade’s re-introduction last year after a 15 year absence proved to be a huge success.
The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Extravaganza will thrill you with a stunning motorcycle display in the Main Ring, and the Reme Lightning Bolts display team will float from the skies again on Wednesday this year. A procession of new and old farm machinery is a striking physical demonstration of its changes through the years.
The agricultural trade stands go from strength to strength and we greet many first-time stands this year as well as welcoming back all the familiar ones. The new 2022 layout stays – being able to walk completely around the outside of the main ring worked perfectly – and there is a big range of food and drink, enough to cater for every taste!
The show only comes together through the hard work of more than 300 volunteers and 100 paid contractors – they put so much time and effort in throughout the year, not just during August, to bring the show to you. Without them it really would not happen and we are so grateful for their support. I hope you enjoy your day (or two days) at the show!
Giles Simpson, Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show Chairman

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