A well respected farmer from Owermoigne – who has been involved with the Dorset County Show for 66 years – has been elected as the Dorchester Agricultural Society’s President.
John Chilcott, who was Chairman of the Society in 1976 following in the steps of his father and grandfather, was appointed President at the Society’s annual general meeting at Kingston Maurward. He replaces Tom Bartlett, who has been President for the past four years.
Mr Chilcott remembers being a pig steward in 1950 when the Show was held at the Weymouth Avenue Showground (currently Tesco’s). At that time, the family was farming at Bere Regis. He worked for the Fresh Meat Company (FMC) as a pig buyer and later farmed at Warmwell. He has been Chairman and President of the Dorset Young Farmers’ Clubs
The Chilcott family now run a mixed 500 acre holding at Glebe Farm, Owermoigne, growing crops, fattening 100 beef cattle and specialising in producing 2,000 top quality free range turkeys for the Christmas market.
In accepting his presidential role, Mr Chilcott said he was keen to encourage young people across Dorset to get involved in the Society and the Show itself.
“We have had an excellent response and support to our 1840 Education Fund appeal, which is designed to provide education for schoolchildren within Dorset to gain knowledge in agriculture, horticulture and other rural enterprises.
“It is amazing that even in a county like Dorset that there are a number of youngsters from our towns and villages who don’t know where their food comes from. We are looking to the future and want our young people to take a real interest in the countryside.”
The Society also elected Alastair Cowen as Deputy President. Mr Cowen has been involved in the Show for the past 28 years and is the Society’s Honorary land agent. He is a consultant with Symonds and Sampson in Dorchester and is very much involved in the Society’s charity work, heading up the 1840 Fund.
The Society reappointed Wakely Cox as its Chairman. Two new Members were appointed to the Society’s Board – Jason Bowerman, land agent and chartered surveyor at the Charborough Estate and Nicki Ralph, headteacher at Buckland Newton Primary School.
22nd Apr 2016 10:17:00