As Leek Show Committee Chairman, I would like to pay tribute to our committee members for all the hard work they have put in to make this year's show the success we all hoped for in the very difficult circumstances we have all been experiencing over the last 18 months. Some of our committee are long standing volunteers who have been involved in Leek Show for many, many years, and for that, we thank them for staying the course and bringing the experience and advice to the majority of us who are newcomers with varying degrees of knowledge and experience - but above all, enthusiasm beyond bounds. I would also like to mention the unstinting support from Karen Bradley throughout.
As chairman of this organisation, I cannot begin to explain the disappointment I felt on receiving the email from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council refusing the licence to operate the show from Birchall – home of the show for 54 years, even though I had understood from the Torr family that dealing with the local council, who are custodians of the site, was always the most challenging part of arranging the show each year.
Whilst the committee feel it would be impossible to arrange a show for 2021 at an alternative site, with the added challenge of finding a suitable date that does not clash with other events in the area, they are determined to make the 2022 Show, on July 30th, bigger and better than Leek has ever seen.
The site that has been offered is on Leek Road between Endon and Longsdon, opposite Dunwood Lane, and is approximately 20% larger than Birchall, carries no limitations, so attractions such as Show Jumping, could return to the show. Main attractions could be as daring as your imagination. Security would be much improved and parking for several thousand vehicles is adjacent to the site. Traffic management consultants have given assurances that minimal disruption to a busy main road is very achievable.
The Leader of the Moorland District Council has stated that the council would be very supportive of the move.
There are ambitions to expand the show through most of the sections, in particular the Cattle. Sheep and Horse classes. More exposure to modern day farming with a Farmer's Market, an Artisan stall section, with Forestry and modern crop growing methods and demonstrations, an involvement opportunity for the education sector etc., plus classic and vintage vehicles and possibly even steam.
There are also many sponsorship and advertising opportunities available.
All this needs volunteers to help run such an event, anyone who feels they may be able to contribute in any way either in planning or on the day, please get in touch.
My contact number is 07748328601, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been informed by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, the managers of the site, that owing to the current levels of COVID infections and changes to assembly restrictions, Birchall Playing fields will not be available for Leek Show on Saturday 31st July as planned.