Two familiar faces in the Warwickshire area farming and rural communities are to play major roles behind one of the area’s biggest one-day agricultural shows.
The Kenilworth Show returns to the show grounds opposite Stoneleigh Park on June 7 and the new president and chairman of organisers Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society (Kadas) are determined to build on the success of the 70th annual event.
Richard Fonge has played an active role in the running of the Kenilworth Show for the last 27 years, during which time he has enjoyed stints as chairman of Kadas and was also the first show director.
Mr Fonge was manager at Hurst Farm, near Kenilworth, for more than 20 years, where the show was staged for a decade, and has been elected as Kadas president.
The new show chairman, the Rev Gordon Gatward, may also be well known to visitors to the Kenilworth Show and the agricultural business community.
Mr Gatward has been commentating on the main ring attractions at the show for the last 12 years and is a former director of the Arthur Rank Centre at Stoneleigh Park, which serves the rural community through a programme of social projects and training.
The duo will work alongside show director Charlie Weetman and the Kenilworth Show organising committee to continue to expand the event.
Mr Gatward, who runs agricultural consultancy firm RuServe, said: “We’ve lined up a fantastic mix of entertainment and once again will be adding new features.”
Mr Fonge said: “We are now regularly attracting over 10,000 people to enjoy a great day out while also getting an insight into agricultural life.”
Kadas is looking for more members and not having a connection with farming and rural affairs is no obstacle to joining.
For membership enquiries phone Lizz Clarke on 01788 833910. Go to www.kenilworthshow.co.uk