The Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society was created in the late nineteenth century when its principal objective was the organisation of the Annual Agricultural Show. The Society has come a long way since those early days and today continues to oversee the maintenance and use of the County Showground for the purpose of staging not only the County Show, one of the oldest shows in the country but many other entertainment, cultural and fundraising events.
All profit from these events is used to ensure the continued good maintenance of roads, grounds, fences and buildings on our 58 acre showground and 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.
In 2016 the society embarked on a totally new venture acquiring, initially three shops throughout the north of the county for the purpose of raising additional funds to help the society realise its objectives.
The Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society has played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy in Shropshire and the West Midlands for over a century since its formation in 1875. Today our work includes providing support for local rural charities, staging major annual musical events such as the Folk Festival, The Vintage Show, Bonfire and Firework Spectacular and our very own County Show.
The Society’s charitable objectives are:
- To promote agriculture and the rural economy and conservation, particularly in Shropshire and the West Midlands.
- To advance science, research and education by providing regular bursaries to Walford Farm Institute and Harper Adams University, staging the County Show and encouraging competition among our local Young Farmers Clubs.
- To promote the improvement of livestock, hold demonstrations of modern agricultural methods and processes both at our County Show and through financially supporting our partner groups
- To hold shows for the exhibition of livestock, poultry, farm and to accommodate demonstrations allied to the rural industries by making our facilities available to interested groups
- To hold events of an ancillary nature in order to promote and advance for the benefit and education of the public the conservation protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment
- To hold events that are of particular interest to farming and rurally based families such as Pony Club Camp, Rural Rides, Horse Shows and Dog Shows
- To promote rural arts, culture and heritage.
- To raise funds to support all of the above, to maintain our facilities to a high standard and allow for the society’s facilities to be available to any parties whose own objectives align with those of the society