The Dorchester Agricultural Society, organisers of the Dorset County Show are pleased to announce the appointment of James Cox to the role of Show Secretary, tasked with organising the annual two-day County Show.
James joins the Society with a background of agriculture and event management from the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show and previously, the Royal Bath & West Show. James’ family are strong supporters of the Dorset County Show with James contributing as a volunteer as early as just 10 years old.
James said “I am honoured to take up the task of putting together the County Show, and associated Events within the brand. There are lots of new and exciting plans in motion for the 2023 County Show on the 2nd & 3rd September. We are determined to see the Show return on a high, being a showcase for Dorset rural life, both Agriculture and Countryside while offering a packed weekend to Visitors. The countdown is truly on”.
James succeeds William Hyde, who has returned to full time farming after a very successful six years with the Society. His contribution, both before Covid and making the adjustments to enable activities to continue since, have been greatly appreciated by the Society.
The Society has a full programme of Events scheduled for 2023 including a Tractor Run, Ploughing Match and the return of the Dorset Winter Show, with the highlight of course being the Dorset County Show. The 2023 Show will welcome a range of new features across the Showground accompanying a line up of Main Ring attractions and educational farming in the Fabulous Food & Farming Area. There will also be the return of competitions in Livestock, Horticulture, Equestrian and Homecraft. Craftsmen, delicious foods and local businesses to meet with local consumers and customers, existing and new as we come together for a celebration of Dorset!
Mrs Nicki Ralph, Chair of the Society, says ‘The Society welcomes James to his new role; he has considerable experience in the Show world and we look forward to a busy and enjoyable year. We have an excellent team with James and Lisa, supported by our tremendous team of volunteers’.
Lisa Cartwright continues as Company Secretary
Lisa has managed the Society for 15 years and ensures the Charity, The Dorchester Agricultural Society reaches and exceeds its aims of showcasing best practice in Agriculture, Rural Trade and Industry.