George Hutchinson named as new Northumberland County Show chairman

Northumberland businessman George Hutchinson, of Wark-based Hutchinson Environmental Solutions, is the new County Show chairman

George Hutchinson
George Hutchinson

Tynedale Agricultural Society, the organisation behind the Northumberland County Show has a new president.

George Hutchinson takes over from John Woodman for a three-year tenure in the role and is joined by several new committee members.

John Woodman, who has held the post since 2010, said: “I’m delighted to hand over the reins to George. He is a marvellous asset to the show and I know he’ll do a great job.

“For myself, I have had a fantastic time as president, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone for many years to come.”

In appreciation of his commitment Mr Woodman was honoured with life membership to the show, along with fellow committee member and past stick dressing secretary Wilf Laidlaw.

Despite retiring in 2011, Mr Hutchinson is well-known locally as owner of Wark-based Hutchinson Environmental Solutions.

The business, which operates across Scotland, the North East and as far south as Lancashire and the M62, is now managed by his son-in-law, but Mr Hutchinson still takes an interest.

He became involved in the County Show many years ago when his father showed Clydesdale horses.

Later his four daughters competed in the working hunter pony classes and this led to a close involvement with the equine section.

In a speech at the show’s AGM this week, Mr Hutchinson thanked committee members for his appointment.

Chairman Chris Chomse gave a motivating address to the 50-strong audience that congratulated the team on a successful first year at Bywell.

The event saw increased numbers of entrants in all sections, greater attendance by the general public and higher revenue from traders and sponsors.

He particularly thanked secretary Gaynor Scandle, and her assistant Vicky Ridley, for their hard work in attaining a substantial Defra grant that allowed major improvements to be made in advance of the 2013 show.

He said: “I want to see more new people coming into the show and being given real responsibility.

“We have a duty to build a secure future for this great event by preparing for our own succession.

“When necessary, we older members of the general committee should be planning to step down to make way for younger people.”

He then welcomed three new members to the committee, Teresa Sparke, Jamie Crozier and David Parkin.

Teresa has helped in the secretary’s office of the cattle section for several years and will increase her responsibilities in this role.

Jamie, 21, is the nephew of show manager Anthony Crozier and has already proved himself invaluable in the set-up of this year’s show and also over the past 10 years, working in the car parks and other visitor services.

He will be involved in operations and logistics supporting the site preparation and maintenance.

David Parkin is a vet and the director of Intake Vets, one of the two Hexham veterinary practices that support the show.

He will oversee animal health and welfare and ensure consistent high standards in this area.

The Northumberland County Show takes place on May 26 at Bywell, near Stocksfield. For information on volunteering or getting involved, contact the office on 01434 604216, or email Gaynor Scandle on gaynor@northcountyshow.co.uk

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