Kennet School pupils have their say in what they’d like to see at the 2018 Show
Pupils at Kennet School were invited to put forward their ideas that could potentially be incorporated into the 2018 Royal County of Berkshire Show.
The Newbury & District Agricultural Society are always looking for fresh new ideas to include in the Royal County of Berkshire Show, to attract the younger generation but also families. They haven’t forgotten their roots, though, and will be keeping the British agricultural industry at the heart of the Show.
Farming is rarely portrayed in the media as a young person’s game and greater awareness of the benefits of agriculture as a career needs to be built amongst young people, in particular opportunities for greater market engagement, innovation and farming as a business.
Catherine Tytherleigh, a representative from the BCA in Maidenhead visited pupils at Kennet School recently and gave a presentation on career opportunities in agriculture. Daren Bowyer, CEO of the Society also attended to explain the challenge to the pupils.
“It was great to see so many young people engaging in discussion about food & farming” comments Daren Bowyer.
The Society received around 100 suggestions from the pupils, who would like to see more modern farming technology, more interaction with the animals and more variety of food on offer including vegetarian options.
Daren continued, “We read all the suggestions carefully and will be implementing many of them in next year’s Show!”
Mr Paul Dick, Headmaster at Kennet School comments, “I want to thank most sincerely the Newbury & District Agricultural Society and the staff who run the Berkshire Show for giving our pupils the opportunity to enter this competition. Following an informative and challenging assembly, pupils set to the challenge with a will. I was delighted with the quality of the entries from our pupils and congratulate the worthy winners. This is yet another example of how the Society encourages young people in our community to reach out for new challenges.”
Five winners were selected and awarded £50 for their suggestions. The winners were Tamzin Down, Jodie O’Sullivan, Rachel Flowerdew, Jason Walker, Aimann Harba.