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Who Merits the Achievement of a Lifetime?


Nominations are now being sought for the 2019 Glendale Agricultural Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Sponsored by the Glendale Gateway Trust, this is the third annual award the Glendale Agricultural Society [GAS] has presented. For the last two years there has been a tremendous amount of nominations, which will be presented to the 2019 judging panel along with all new nominees.


In 2018, it was Wooler horticulture enthusiast, lifelong gardener and Red Cross stalwart, Tommy Swan, who was presented with Glendale’s highest honour. Tommy’s outstanding record went back to 1948, when he first exhibited his vegetables at the Horticultural Show that year.


2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Tommy Swan, being awarded with the Glendale Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glendale Gateway Trust.

The aim of the GAS Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognise someone, like Tommy, who is seen to have made an outstanding contribution to the Glendale rural community. The continued sponsorship by the Glendale Gateway Trust, demonstrates the natural synergy of the aims of the Trust and GAS.  Both organisations have are focused on supporting rural businesses, industries, and the wider communities of Glendale, and work to maintain its heritage and traditions.


Patrick Sheard, Chair of the Glendale Gateway Trust discusses this further: “For rural communities and the agricultural sector, there are challenging times ahead. This is not something new, but here in Glendale, we have some fantastic people within our community who can lead the way through the good and the difficult times – sometimes against the odds, whether foreseen or unforeseen.


So, I really do believe that this Award is very important in that it recognises these people who have been an example to others, or who have served their neighbourhood, through all weathers and The Glendale Gateway Trust, is delighted to support it.”


Nominations Glendale Agricultural Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be reviewed by a team of judges, including representatives from both The Glendale Agricultural Committee and The Glendale Gateway Trust.  Nominations will remain anonymous. The successful nominee will receive a specially commissioned trophy and £50 in prize money.


Anyone who would like to make a confidential nomination should send a brief resume on the nominee to [email protected] or call 01668 283 868 to request a nomination form to be sent out. Nominations should be returned to the GAS office no later than Friday 3rd August.


Rachael Tait, The GAS Secretary, gives further details: “It is a real privilege to be able to acknowledge and to thank someone each year on behalf of their local community for their work and devotedness, and to champion, an unsung hero.  In the previous two years, we have been overcome by the dedication and commitment behind the entries we have received and once again, I confirm that all previous nominations will be put forward for judging along will all new nominations.”

While GAS is one of the smallest agricultural societies in the UK, it continues to go from strength to strength. Its two key rural events, the Children’s Countryside Day and the Glendale Show, are the highlights each year – serving and celebrating the rural community, and spreading the word about the importance and diversity of UK farming and rural enterprise.  For further details, see the society website on www.glendaleshow.com.


To join as a member please contact the Glendale Agricultural Society on 01668 283868 or email [email protected].

For general information, please visit www.glendaleshow.com or contact Show Secretary, Rachael Tait on 01668 283868 or email [email protected].

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