Our stand at the 125th Devon County Show
As you may have seen in our ENews, we are pleased to be attending the Devon Agricultural Association’s 125th year celebration from 2-4 July.
We continue to work behind the scenes planning our stand, whilst keeping an eye on government developments to make sure that it is a safe place for members, their guests and CLA staff.
The Devon County Agricultural Association has developed 12 steps to ensure its visitors safety, and we will be observing these steps for both our stand and breakfast. This includes wearing masks whilst in inside areas and operating a one way system on the stand.
Update following the Prime Minister's announcement on 14 June 2021
Further to Boris Johnson's announcement of 14 June 2021 regarding the delay of the lifting of restrictions at Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown, we have received confirmation from the Devon County Agricultural Association that the Show will be going ahead on 2-4 July.
We have also received reassurance from the organisers at the show, that our plans for the breakfast are within the guidelines and can go ahead as planned and set out below.
As part of a wider theme of the countryside code, we are working with Clean Devon this year to highlight the impact litter has on the Devon countryside. From small-scale litter drops to fly-tipping, rubbish is a constant blight on the countryside.
The CLA is working hard to educate the public of the importance of following the Countryside Code when visiting, and our stand this year will highlight the key issues our members face, from livestock worrying, trespass, inconsiderate parking and of course, litter.
We’d love for you to join us on our stand for an Ashcombe Cider, glass of Pimms or a cup of tea and a chat with one of our team. Our advisory team will be in attendance to answer your queries throughout the Show period. Our Territory Managers, Sue Osmond and Jason Evans will be on hand to set out the benefits of membership to those looking to join the association.
Sophie Dwerryhouse, National Access Adviser will be joining us for the first day of the show.
We are excited to welcome you back!
CLA Political Breakfast - Friday 2 July
Our breakfast will look a little different this year. We’ll be set up in the Members’ Pavilion with more space to host our political breakfast. Set up in tables of six, we invite you to join us for a sit down, locally supplied breakfast, which will include fruit, yoghurt, granola pot with spoon and a bacon roll, served in individual bags with fruit juice, tea and coffee.
Update 17 June: George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is confirmed as our headline speaker.
CLA National President, Mark Bridgeman will be our visiting Officer and will inform attendees at the breakfast of the CLA's current priorities and look back over the last year.
This new format means that arrival will be at 8.00-8.30am with the breakfast debate kicking off from 9.00am and finishing at our usual time of 10am.
Booking will be absolutely essential for attendance at breakfast to ensure we adhere to Covid measures. We will not be admitting people who have not booked onto breakfast, if you turn up without having booked, please do not be offended if you are turned away – therefore, early booking is recommended, as understandably, places are limited.
Booking for the breakfast does not include entry to the Show and we would recommend that you inform yourselves of the 12 Steps the Society is taking to ensure visitors safety during the event.
Attendance at the breakfast is free. Book your places now, including the names of any guests you wish to bring along by heading to the events sectionand logging in to MYCLA. If you're unable to book, please call the office on 01249 700200 where we'll be happy to help.
We will continue to update this page with the latest updates from Government and inform you should the situation change. As it stands, we look forward to you joining us at the Show.
Keeping you safe at our events
We are pleased to be running in-person events once again and are excited to host our breakfast at the Devon County Show. However, we want to ensure that you can attend with confidence. We are putting in place the following measures to ensure the safety of both attendees and staff at our events:
- All CLA employees at the event will have taken a Rapid Antigen Covid Test at least 24 hours prior to the event. We would suggest you also do the same. You can order these tests for free online by visiting https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.
- If you display any symptoms of Covid, please do not attend.
- Full hand sanitation points will be available at our stand and upon entrance to the breakfast marquee.
- Please scan the dedicated QR code upon arrival at the event so we can register you to the NHS Test and Trace scheme.
- Face masks are required indoors until you are seated. We will have extra available should you forget yours.
- Attendees will be required to adhere to Government guidance on social distancing, keeping 2m (or 1m+ where 2m is not possible), from those outside your household or bubble.
For the CLA Breakfast at the Devon County Show, upon arrival you will be signed in and asked to head into the marquee, collect your badge and find a seat. Tables will be in groups of 6.
At the end of breakfast, tables will be asked to leave in groups to avoid a bottleneck at the exits. We ask that you gather your belongings as quickly as possible and leave the marquee when asked to do so. Please familiarise yourself with the Devon County Show Good to Go steps ahead of attending.
We hope this will help you feel more secure when attending our events. If you have any questions, please let us know.