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Show Ambassador

Anglesey Show Ambassador 2023

Gareth Thomas

 

I was born and raised on a beef and sheep Farm here on Anglesey. The Anglesey Show has been one of the highlights of August since I was a young child, and I don't think I've missed a single show! The show is a great opportunity to socialize, look around the stock, taste new products, and support local businesses.

I farm with my father on our family farm, and am now a partner in our business. I have been an enthusiastic member of the Young Farmers' Association since I was 10 years old. This is a very special organisation, which has helped me develop skills, confidence and provides various and very useful opportunities.

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I had the opportunity to compete in public speaking competitions and perform on stage from the very beginning (and also learn to carry on going even if I forget the words!) In my time as a member of the YFC, I was Treasurer of Rhosybol YFC for three years, Chairman of the Club and then moved on to become Treasurer of Anglesey YFC. Certainly, being a member of the YFC has helped me to be chosen to be Ambassador and vice-treasurer of the Anglesey Agricultural Society, as well as vice-chairman of Anglesey Welsh Farmers' Union.

I had the privilege of being chosen to be a member of the Agri Academy, Business and Innovation Programme. This is a great programme, which has helped me become more focused, the importance of networking, and the opportunity to meet inspiring people and make lifelong friends. It's nice to meet like-minded people who are supportive and want to see you succeed.

After graduating in Law, I am training to be a lawyer and working on our family Farm. I have been a member of the Anglesey Agricultural Society Council for three years now and am proud to play a small part in ensuring the future of the Show and the Society. It's nice to see the Show in its new format after a great show last year, and it's a very exciting time to be part of the Association. I encourage anyone who wants to volunteer or be part of the sub-committees or the Council to undertake the work, because the Association is open to everyone, and wants to hear from you!

I'm really looking forward to this year's Show, and looking forward to visiting the stallholders, exhibitors and talking to visitors and volunteers. The most important message I have, is that I want to say a heartfelt thank you on behalf of Sioe Môn to every single individual who volunteers their time for the Society and the Show, to all the sponsors for sponsoring sections and the show as a whole, to all the stock and produce exhibitors, to all the stallholders for attending the show, to the staff of the Association, and of course to you, the visitors who visit in your thousands. It's nice to see the buzz back, and it's nice to see the show in its new form.

I look forward to seeing you for a great show again this year!

 

Do you think you could be the Anglesey Agricultural Society Ambassador for 2024?

 

If you are aged between 18 and 30, and are passionate about the future of the Society and rural issues on Anglesey, then why not enter? For full prize details, and entry requirements, click below.

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