Invitation to CLA events at the South of England Show

Andrew Griffith MP our keynote speaker at show breakfast
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Andrew Griffith MP (inset) is our keynote speaker at the South of England Show in Ardingly, Sussex

The CLA is delighted to return to two of the South East’s biggest agricultural shows next month, and warmly invites members to join us.

We will be at the South of England Show from Friday, 10 June to Sunday, 12 June with a marquee and packed schedule of speakers, awards, breakfast, drinks and more.

On the first day of the show our marquee will have a ‘levelling up’ theme, with a breakfast and keynote talk from senior MP Andrew Griffith. Mr Griffith is MP for Arundel and South Downs, and was recently announced as the Director of the Number 10 Policy Unit. Members will hear his thoughts on the Government’s levelling up programme and in particular how it will impact rural communities and businesses.

The day will also see the return of our rural awards and drinks reception, celebrating the achievements of individuals, communities and businesses in rural Sussex. CLA Director General Sarah Hendry will present the awards from 3.30pm, with the winner of the President’s Cup nominated by Action in Rural Sussex, the Woodpecker trophy recipient chosen by the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), and the CLA Rose Bowl given to the Sussex Young Farmer of the Year on behalf of Sussex Young Farmers’ Club.

On the second day our marquee – which once again is supported by Batcheller Monkhouse and Warners Solicitors – will focus on education and access, with the aim of promoting the Countryside Code. In 2021 the CLA teamed up with LEAF Education to produce resource packs for schools and youth groups to teach them about the code, and we will be bringing the packs to life on our stand by running a live workshop and games with children.

The breakfast and afternoon drinks/awards on the first day of the show are free for members, but must be booked in advance.

Please book your free ticket to the 8am breakfast and talks here.

Please book your free ticket to the 3.30pm drinks reception and awards presentation here.

Alternatively call the CLA team on 01264 313434 and we will be happy t help book you on. There will also be a lunch service on the Friday and Saturday which can be paid-for on the day.

The Royal Isle of Wight County Show is also back next month, on Saturday, 25 June and Sunday, 26 June.

The CLA is proud to continue to support the Isle of Wight Rural Awards, in association with the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society.

They are due to be presented at a drinks reception in the show theatre on the second day of the show.

To enter the awards, download the nominations form here.