CLA proud to support South of England Show 2021

CLA South East sponsors Ardingly Ring at one of the few agricultural shows to take place this year
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The South of England Show returned for three days earlier this month

The CLA was proud to be support the South of England Show earlier this month, by sponsoring the Ardingly Ring.

It is one of the very few major agricultural shows to be taking place this summer, amid continuing uncertainty around Covid-19 restrictions.

CLA South East Regional Director Michael Valenzia, who was interviewed by BBC Radio Sussex as part of the station’s live broadcast from the showground, said: “We were very keen to support the South of England Show once again this year, continuing our long-standing relationship, as it is such an important event in the agricultural calendar.

“Much hard work has gone on behind the scenes, at a time of ongoing uncertainty around events and restrictions. We’re already looking forward to the 2022 show.”

The CLA team hosted a lunch on the first day of the show, and also gave away entry tickets to Sussex members through a prize draw.

In a normal year the CLA would hold an awards presentation to celebrate rural achievements in the county. While this could not go ahead this year, we are delighted to say the winner of the Sussex Young Farmer of the Year award goes to Brooke Kelly, for the second time.

Brooke, who also triumphed in 2019, has been Sussex YFC County Chairwoman for the past couple of years, and helps to promote and arrange events.

During the pandemic, Brooke came up with the idea of hosting a Sussex YFC Isolation Challenge Award, which was held last summer and at Christmas, and has also chaired executive committee meetings.

Congratulations to Brooke for a well-deserved award.

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Brooke Kelly