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05 February 2020

£25 annual membership means free admission!

We really enjoyed adding two extra events to the showground calendar last year but did you know about the great deal we can offer you and your family?

Admission is free to all showground-managed events if you take out an annual membership for £25!

Yes, it’s true. Our membership has become increasingly popular and we are now taking membership applications for 2020. So if you come along to our events at the showground on a regular basis then why not think about this offer.

Showground-managed events at the showground

Shropshire County Show
Frestival
Shrewsbury Live
Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza - double fireworks display
Antique fairs

Yes, there’s something going on throughout the year at the Greenhous West Mid Showground to suit all ages and tastes!

The membership deal makes quite a saving. A one-off payment of £25 means the member gets free entry to all of our events over the year. There is also the option of family membership for £55 which includes two adults and three children.

This includes Frestival and Shrewsbury Live - two brand new events in 2019 but both proved so successful we are already making plans for this year’s events and hope they will be with us well into the future.

Frestival focused on giving visitors the chance to see and learn about anything ‘free-from’ while Shrewsbury Live was an extra event for the family featuring monster trucks and other entertainment during the summer holidays.

The big event of the year is, of course, Shropshire County Show, still a massive attraction on the local agricultural calendar but one that also appeals to those with interests outside of the farming community.

Being a member grants access to the members’ pavilion on show day with its private food and bar and the grandstand which offers the best view of main ring attractions.

Anyone wanting further information about becoming a member of the society can call us on 01743 289831 or simply buy online by clicking here

30 January 2020

New sponsorship opportunities launched

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could have the name of your business seen by about 100,000 people each year? Well now you can.

We have launched sponsorship packages encompassing the whole showground meaning we can help you by you helping us! It’s a new coordinated approach to sponsorship in which we can provide options to sponsor areas and buildings at the showground or have advertising boards in the main ring.

A great way to spread the word

The showground is ideally located within 58-acres making it one of the largest public venues in the county and you may not be aware of everything that goes on here. Each year we host:

  • Shropshire County Show
  • Frestival
  • Shrewsbury Live
  • Bonfire and double fireworks displays
  • Craft fairs, antique fairs and car boot sales

We are also welcoming a growing number of tourists to Shrewsbury each year who are using our facilities for camping and caravanning, and from this spring we will be renting out our new glamping pods.

All of this adds up to 100,000 people visiting the showground each year which provides a wonderful opportunity for you to have your company branding seen regularly by a massive audience. The showground also has a huge reach through our social media channels with about 10,000 followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We're on our way

Our new sponsorship packages were launched at a special reception and we were delighted to welcome our first two corporate sponsors at that event, IT support specialists PC Net and leading law firm Lanyon Bowdler, who received a guided tour of the showground. We thank them for agreeing to help us in this way.

Amanda Jones, marketing director at Lanyon Bowdler, said: “The showground is a well-used space throughout the year, we particularly enjoy offering our clients and contacts hospitality at the County Show each May.

“We felt it was beneficial to sponsor the showground and are pleased to now have a promotional banner on the arena.”

Katy Jones, managing director of PC Net Solutions, said: “We really enjoyed looking around the showground and hearing about the plans for the future during the sponsor’s reception.

“We are looking forward to enjoying this year’s events and spending some more time at the showground.”

Sponsorship has been available for individual events in the past but the new deal will now include the whole site, helping us to maintain the showground and assist our main aims each year, Shropshire County Show and The Rural Charity.

Packages last for 12 months and include exclusive sponsorship of the main ring grandstand, sponsorship of the Berwick Pavilion, Darwin View & Glamping Area and road sponsorship along with other possibilities.

Anyone wanting further information can call us on 01743 289831 or email enquiries@westmidshowground.com and we would be happy to talk through the available options.

17 January 2020

Helping to support the rural community in Shropshire

A picture of young children from Bayston Hill Beavers showing their gardening equipment

The Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society has been part of the local rural community for more than 100 years, and we are continuing to support a range of groups and organisations through a series of grants and donations each year.

Through The Rural Charity, the society has helped countless worthy causes in recent years. The society was recently shortlisted for an award at the 2019/20 Rural Business Awards in the Best Rural Enterprise, Charity or Community Project category.

The society’s original objectives of education, encouragement and support for the people who make up that economy have never been more relevant than now. Our mission is central to our Rural Charity ethos and we achieve this in various ways:

The Rural Charity shops form an integral part of our organisation by receiving donations of unwanted goods and other items from within communities they serve.

The recycling of furniture, clothing and collectables help to provide employment, act as a local hub for the society’s activities and raise the necessary funds to enable our objectives to be realised.

The Rural Charity also provides numerous opportunities for charity organisations to hire the facilities at the showground.

Ian Bebbington, chief executive officer of the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society, said: “Our most recent main donations and grants have included the Shropshire Rural Communities Charity. It has been running for more than 55 years with a commitment to making Shropshire a great place to live.

“The charity delivers a wide range of quality services and local projects, often in partnership with other organisations.

“The Rural Charity provides monthly grants and donations to help support the delivery of these services.

“We also provide monthly donations to help support Shropshire Young Farmers in their aims and objectives and are now considered one of their main sponsors.

“Another recent donation was to the 1st Bayston Hill Beavers colony, who asked for a small grant for gardening equipment which they used on a nearby allotment to learn about growing vegetables as part of their Gardener Activity Badge.

“The Rural Schools Write, Read, Inspire Project was launched by children’s author Lorna McCann and lead financier, our Rural Charity, as a way of enhancing and supporting literacy skills and creativity among pupils in some of the county’s smallest schools. We are proud to continue our support for the project.

“We have helped with a wide range of projects, such helping young farmers fund overseas trips on fact-finding exercises, and are looking forward to continuing to support our rural communities for many more years to come.”

29 November 2019

Big fireworks show promises to be a cracker!

Fireworks in December? Well, why not? We know just how much you love our annual double fireworks display and really don’t want you to miss out this year - despite us having to call the event off twice!

The weather was simply awful when we tried to hold the event on two previous occasions but we aren’t about to give up on it and will be trying again on Saturday, December 7.

There really wasn’t any way we could get the event on previously and no one was more disappointed than us that we had to cancel but we are hoping it’s a case of third time lucky!

The Christmas Firecracker

Our fireworks spectacular promises to be a great night with:

  • Display one at 5.15pm - a sound-sensitive show with more colour and ideal for families with young children.
  • Display two at 6.45pm - guaranteed to provide a much bigger bang!
  • Fabulous funfair.
  • Children’s sparkler area.
  • Loads of food and drink options.
  • Live music stage.

As always, anyone wishing to stay for both displays will be more than welcome but remember do please note the earlier than normal times - gates open at 3pm, first display will be at 5.15pm with the second at 6.45pm.

Tickets are available now and there will be the option to pay on the gate on the day. If you buy in advance you will be guaranteed to miss the queues. Anyone who bought tickets for the two earlier dates and haven’t yet applied for a refund will be able to use those tickets to gain admission.

Our tickets are priced at £10 adults, £5 children aged between six and 16, while under fives are admitted free. Family tickets are £25, which include two adults and three children.

Proceeds from the day will go to our Rural Charity, which ensures we are able to maintain the showground as a vital part of our community. The charity also allows us to make donations to various groups and organisations over the course of the year.

10 September 2019

Anticipation mounts ahead of awards

Our team at the showground are very excited and full of anticipation ahead of a ceremony in October which sees us shortlisted for an award.

The Rural Business Awards, in partnership with Amazon, are now in their fifth year of celebrating the success of businesses across the UK’s rural economy and we have been shortlisted in the Best Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project category.

We are delighted the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society has been recognised in this way and will be heading to the University of Nottingham on 4th October with the hope of success and a place in the national finals in February.

The awards are all about celebrating an enterprise, charity or project which is shaping a rural community or impacting the rural way of life in a positive way. The judges were keen to hear about inspiring stories of triumph over adversity and the coming together of people to demonstrate the strength and passion of rural communities.

We, of course, have an extremely interesting story to tell and the judges obviously agreed, selecting us to go through to battle it out with fellow successful rural businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises in our region.

We were able to tell them about how we overcame the financial difficulties of a decade ago and the loss of our treasurer to bounce back in resilient fashion by taking on the charity shops, launching camping and caravanning on-site as well as hosting new events like Frestival and Shrewsbury Live - which have been hugely successful.

The society is immensely proud of these events and the long-standing County Show which is such a major date on the local calendar each year. They demonstrate the strength and passion of our rural community.

But we are also impacting rural life in other positive ways. We believe strongly in supporting the local community in things like funding the Rural Schools project, sponsoring Shropshire Young Farmers and paying for equipment for a local Beaver Group.

The awards are organised by rural business for rural business with the aim of celebrating the achievements of rural businesses, developing a strong network for rural business owners and we are delighted to be holding our own in such distinguished company.

06 September 2019

Supporting the agricultural education of the next generation

The Rural Charity was set up to focus on rural communities and to make funds available for individuals, groups and organisations who share an interest in agriculture and the rural economy of Shropshire.

And that refers to all groups no matter how large or small… so when the 1st Bayston Hill Beavers colony asked for a donation to allow them to buy gardening equipment we were happy to help.

The Beaver Scouts had a chance to use a local allotment to learn about the land, vegetables, seasons and planting, but as there were 22 youngsters in the group - aged from 6 to 8 - they were in need of more equipment to allow them to all get hands on.

The Rural Charity donated £100.00 to allow the group to buy trowels, forks and watering cans that could be used by the current group to complete their Gardener Activity Badge - and by many more youngsters in the future.

The Rural Charity Mission Statement states that we will look to make funds available to help promote education and learning in the rural economy - and it was great to know that we were able to provide the tools needed to educate youngsters on agriculture.

Russell Evanson, of the 1st Bayston Hill Beaver Colony, said: “We are very grateful to the Rural Charity for donating and allowing us to buy the equipment we needed to complete the Gardener Activity Badge.

“For the badge the Beaver Scouts learn about what happens to trees during the four seasons, they learn about what tools are used in gardening and how to use them safely and about what plants need to grow.

“Part of the badge is also looking after a garden or allotment for two months - which is what our group were able to do thanks to the donation.”

30 August 2019

Bonfire night just around the corner

Doesn’t time fly? Just can’t believe we are talking about the bonfire night and fireworks displays we host at the Greenhous West Mid Showground but it’s looming large on the horizon.

This year’s event is taking place on Saturday, November 2 and promises to be another evening of excitement for the thousands of people who turn out for a great evening’s entertainment.

A major innovation of the last two years was the introduction of the second fireworks display giving visitors the option of coming to the early or late show - or stay for both! This proved extremely popular for those with younger families, with the first event starting at 6.15pm and the second, main, display at 7.45pm.

More than 6,500 people supported the bonfire night last year and a substantial amount of money was raised for charity. More than £10,000 from the event went to the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society Charity The Rural Charity which makes various community donations to various groups and organisations over the year, as well as ensuring the West Mid Showground continues to play a vital part in contributing to the local economy.

About £400 was also raised for the Shropshire Rural Communities Charity on the night, and Bryn Hafren Primary School raised about the same from donations for their children’s sparkler stall.

If you’re thinking of coming along on November 2, it’s worth remembering there will only be a limited number of tickets available on the gate so it’s best to buy them in advance to avoid disappointment. Gates will open at 4pm and the bonfire will be lit one hour later.

In addition to the main attraction there will be the children’s sparkler area which is free to visit, a great funfair and a live music stage. There will also be food stands around the ground where people can get something to eat and drink.

It’s always a popular night and we think we have something for everyone, with plenty of free parking available on the showground. So, why not come along and join us?

07 August 2019

Shrewsbury Live another winner for showground

Effort deserves success and here at the Greenhous West Mid Showground we are always delighted to see endeavour rewarded - particularly when it’s a new venture like Shrewsbury Live.

The event was put forward as an extra date on the showground calendar as something for families to do during those long summer holidays. We were proud to host the day and see so many people turning out to have a good time.

It’s never easy making something new work and there must have been a few anxious moments initially for organisers in wondering whether the idea would take off and be supported. But they needn’t have worried as the day was a rip-roaring success and one that now looks set to become another date to regularly look forward to on the calendar.

The Greenhous West Mid Showground is a truly wonderful setting and one we know visitors love coming back to year-after-year. It helps when you have a programme put together to suit everyone, creating that all-important ultimate visitor experience, and Shrewsbury Live provided just that.

Monster Trucks are always a massive draw and Big Pete and Grim Reaper held visitors spellbound with their antics in the main ring. They have been here before, of course, attending the County Show last year, and what a shrewd move it proved to be to make them the headline attraction at this inaugural event.

Guido Louis Equestrian Stunt Team and the Extreme Mountain Bike Show added to the varied entertainment, proving popular with some memorable performances on the day. A funfair, trade stands, buskers and plenty of food and drink all kept people entertained. A great day out and all at a reasonable price. We just can’t wait for next year!

19 June 2019

Shropshire County Show still flying high

What a wonderful County Show we enjoyed again this year and just like the fly-past of the iconic Dakota aircraft on the day, it’s great to think this annual event is still flying high after all these years!

The Greenhous West Mid Showground is proud to host Shropshire County Show with its packed programme of entertainment which never disappoints and always delivers on its promise of providing something of interest for all the family.

More than 8,000 visitors turned out to support this year’s show and among the attractions were the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team, monster truck rides, face painting, storytelling, magic shows, circus workshops, flight simulator experiences, laser tag, BMX biking, canoeing, animal encounters, train rides and drumming workshops.

The Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society has always had the main aim of hosting the show and are still pleased to be doing that after more than 125 years. It was primarily an agricultural event but that has evolved to include so much more over the years - although farming still remains an essential part of the day.

Livestock classes, horse and poultry shows enjoyed the best turnout for many years in May, emphasising just how popular these events are. There was an impressive array of trade stands, the food and craft marquees were busy throughout the day, all adding to the ultimate show experience.

Good weather helps and we were delighted the showground was bathed in sunshine for the whole day. Another pleasing aspect of the show is most of the activities are free when visitors get through the gates, keeping the cost of the day manageable while giving excellent value for money.

The hard work is never done, however, and as one show finishes preparations for the next are already being formulated. The County Show is still one of the main attractions on the calendar and we look forward to welcoming you back when we host the next installment in May 2020.

16 June 2017

The Rural Charity increases furniture collections with help from Greenhous.

The Rural Charity increases furniture collections with help from Greenhous.

The Rural Charity is a new offshoot of the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society and it has shops on Whitchurch Road in Shrewsbury, High Street in Wem and Albion Hill in Oswestry.  To keep them stocked with goods and to facilitate the free collection of unwanted furniture and other items from their communities, the Rural Charity has just purchased a Vauxhall Movano box van, fitted with a tail lift from Greenhous Vauxhall. This will enable collections to be made across Shropshire on a daily basis.

The shops recycle furniture, clothing and collectables and give valuable employment whilst also acting as a local hub for the Society’s activities, and to raise the necessary funds to enable their objectives to be realised.

Income generated from the proceeds of sales help to make the Shropshire & West Midlands Agricultural Society self-sustaining and the surplus funds form bursaries and grants to support schemes such as the National Young Farmer’s organisation, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and the Shropshire Rural Communities Charity.

The Movano box van will prove to be an ideal vehicle for the team who make the collections. It operates out of the Greenhous West Midlands Showground where most Sundays there is Car Boot sale and many hundreds of donations are made there. These collection visits can be arranged by calling 01743 289831.

 

 

01 January 2017

The Rural Charity Shops

Three shops which closed following the collapse of the Shropshire branch of Relate are set to reopen as part of a major new venture by a county charity.

 

The Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society is taking on the shops in Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Wem under its new brand, The Rural Charity, with proceeds going to support the agricultural and rural community.

 

Bosses at the society, which organises the Shropshire County Show and also manages the Greenhous West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury, said they were excited about their new venture.

 

Ian Bebbington, society director, said: “It’s a new development for the society and we are hoping it will bring in lots of funds to really help make a difference to people’s lives.

 

“The society was first established in 1875 to support the rural community in Shropshire so this is helping us to go back to our roots really”.

“We expect to be able to make donations to our supported schemes such as the National Young Farmer’s organisation, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, and to individuals who find themselves in financial or other difficulties or who need retraining, financial support and temporary help”.

 

The former Relate shops in Whitchurch Road in Shrewsbury, Wem High Street and Albion Hill in Oswestry are due to open in early December.

 

Many of the former staff members, including the area manager, are being taken on by The Rural Charity to provide the continuity of running the shops.

 

Ian said: “We are pleased to be able to keep some of the staff in employment, and we are now appealing for people to donate their unwanted items so we have plenty of stock to sell.

 

“The Oswestry and Wem shops are mostly focused on furniture, but we are happy to accept any good quality items.

 

“We have also had a great reaction from people at our regular Car Boot sales at the West Mid Showground, with many people donating items they have not sold.

 

“We have a new strapline for our Sunday morning Car Boots - if you don’t sell it, donate it.”

 

Anyone who would like to donate items for The Rural Charity shops can take them to the West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury.

 

For more details contact the showground office on 01743 289831 or find The Rural Charity on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheRuralCharity