Welcome to the Ashover Show
WEDNESDAY 9 AUGUST 2017
THE RECTORY FIELDS, ASHOVER,
DERBYSHIRE, S45 0BA
WELCOME TO THE 2017 ASHOVER SHOW!
This year will see the
86th Ashover Show
however the Ashover Agricultural and Horticultural Society can trace its origins back to 1924. We are proud to offer you a traditional country show which has something to entertain every member of your family.
LIVESTOCK CLASSES - LIGHT HORSE CLASSES - HORTICULTURE CLASSES - DOG SHOW
CRAFT TENT - VINTAGE TRACTORS AND STATIONARY ENGINES - FOOD MARQUEE - VINTAGE CARS
ATTRACTIONS FOR ALL OF THE FAMILY
GRAND PARADE; ASHOVER BRASS BAND;
CHILDRENS' RIDES; TUG OF WAR; WIDE VARIETY OF TRADE STANDS
WATCH FOR DETAILS OF SPECIAL AWARDS FOR OUR NEW AND VALUED JUNIOR MEMBERS!
ASHOVER AGRICULTURAL & HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY LTD - RAISING FUNDS FOR THE ASHOVER SHOW
ASHOVER SHOW – A BRIEF HISTORY
1924 Inaugural meeting of local farmers and leading village figures to establish an
1925 16th September – 1st Ashover Show on the Rectory Fields
1927 Show relocated to Eastwood Hall Farm
1928 Show returns to Rectory Fields where it has remained ever since.
1932 First Grand Parade of prizewinning livestock
1939-45 Show suspended during wartime
1946 George Robinson appointed as the first Show Manager
1952 Show held without livestock due to Foot & Mouth disease
1997 Fire on the Showground on the night before the Show
1998 The Show Society became a Limited Liability Company
1999 Show moved to Tuesday because of Health and Safety fears surrounding a total
eclipse of the sun on the Wednesday
2001 Show cancelled due to Foot & Mouth disease outbreak
A barbeque and social night held at Gordon Wardman’s Greenhills Farm at
Matlock helped to raise funds to support the show which had already committed
expenditure in booking equipment for the Show
2007 Show went ahead without cattle or sheep due to another outbreak of Foot &
2015 Show Council manage to acquire approximately half of the Rectory Fields
ASHOVER SHOWGROUND (THE RECTORY FIELDS)
IS NOW UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
The Show Council which manages and organises Ashover Show each year was shocked to learn last November that the owners of the Rectory Fields were intending to sell them by tender. An enormous amount of work was then undertaken by the Show Directors who put together a substantial bid for all of the land.
This was however only partially successful as they were out-bid for approximately half of the land but some 12 acres were acquired consisting of those fields where horse boxes and light horses , the main ring, dog show and poultry tent are positioned.
The remainder of the site was bought by other parties but we have been able to secure the Show for the foreseeable future thanks to the generosity of the new owner. The Show Committee and members are of course extremely grateful for the past generous support of the Hounsfield family for making the site available for the Show over very many years.
The Show society now holds a substantial part of the Show site but relies entirely on the good will of our neighbours in making land available for car parking and much of the Show itself. 2014-15 taught us that we should never take for granted that enormous element of goodwill without which Ashover Show could not go ahead.