Association had a 'stunning' year in 2017

Successful 142nd Spring Show, sound financial result.

Successful 142nd Spring Show, sound financial result.

Fun at the Show. 2017 file picture

Poverty Bay A&P Association had a “stunning” year in 2017, with an extremely successful 142nd Spring Show last October and a sound financial result at year end.

Association president Norm Thomas made this comment in his annual report to the organisation’s annual general meeting this week.

“The 2017 A&SWP Show was a cracker. Great weather saw great crowds in the gate and they were treated to a brilliant couple of days of entertainment and hospitality,” Mr Thomas said.

“The inaugural Rural Breakfast proved a real hit to open our show on the Friday morning and I look forward to future editions of that event.”

He pointed to the success of the heifer, lamb, hogget and goat competitions, and the children’s pet displays.

“Horses, dog trials, shearing, fencing and wood chopping were crowd-pullers and, as always, there was a steady stream of people flowing through the trade displays and the Home Industries hall.

“The main arena entertainment was again unique to our Show and provided those around the car boots with another chapter of “Gizzy Show” memories.”

Mr Thomas said the Show would not be what it was without the generous contributions of a huge family of sponsors, and the thousands of man-hours of voluntary work from the committee and supporters.

“Thank you to both those groups. This year we welcomed Gisborne District Council as a corporate partner, providing support towards the ever- increasing compliance costs associated with running a public event such as our Show.”

The financial report of the association read exceptionally well this year, he said.

“Sound management by recent executive committees has meant that we are in a position now to be catching up on deferred maintenance and even making some capital improvements around our grounds.

“Our camp and accommodation revenue reflects increased camper numbers/short stay school and sports groups and the growing demand to house seasonal agricultural workers.

“The Farmers Air Event Centre has been heavily booked, along with other areas of the grounds, including a temporary R and V campground successfully hosting some 350 New Year revellers.”

Mr Thomas said 2018 was shaping up to be a great year also.

“You will notice changes around the grounds with various maintenance projects continuing and other upgrades getting completed.

“Planning is well under way for our 2018 Spring Show — bigger, brighter and better, with a focus on entertainment.”

He made special mention of association staff and the part that patron Sid Hain continued to play.

“Sid can regularly be seen circling the grounds on the mower, old fashioned pride in a job well done — unpaid but much appreciated.

“To the members of our executive and general committees, without your voluntary input we would not exist.

“It is amazing to see how everyone comes together and gets through so much work at Show time with only self-satisfaction as reward. I can’t thank you enough.

“Last, to our members who also contribute in their own way through membership and attendance — thank you for being part of the Poverty Bay A&P.”

The association’s executive committee remains unchanged.

President Norm Thomas, vice president Rob Telfer, treasurer Richard Briant and executive members Stephen Thomson, Simon Bousfield, Murray Webb, Alastair Gray, Hayden Swann, Russell Moylan and Amanda Mathers. Two new general committee members Sara Briant and Stu Buscke were elected.

Poverty Bay A&P Association had a “stunning” year in 2017, with an extremely successful 142nd Spring Show last October and a sound financial result at year end.

Association president Norm Thomas made this comment in his annual report to the organisation’s annual general meeting this week.

“The 2017 A&SWP Show was a cracker. Great weather saw great crowds in the gate and they were treated to a brilliant couple of days of entertainment and hospitality,” Mr Thomas said.

“The inaugural Rural Breakfast proved a real hit to open our show on the Friday morning and I look forward to future editions of that event.”

He pointed to the success of the heifer, lamb, hogget and goat competitions, and the children’s pet displays.

“Horses, dog trials, shearing, fencing and wood chopping were crowd-pullers and, as always, there was a steady stream of people flowing through the trade displays and the Home Industries hall.

“The main arena entertainment was again unique to our Show and provided those around the car boots with another chapter of “Gizzy Show” memories.”

Mr Thomas said the Show would not be what it was without the generous contributions of a huge family of sponsors, and the thousands of man-hours of voluntary work from the committee and supporters.

“Thank you to both those groups. This year we welcomed Gisborne District Council as a corporate partner, providing support towards the ever- increasing compliance costs associated with running a public event such as our Show.”

The financial report of the association read exceptionally well this year, he said.

“Sound management by recent executive committees has meant that we are in a position now to be catching up on deferred maintenance and even making some capital improvements around our grounds.

“Our camp and accommodation revenue reflects increased camper numbers/short stay school and sports groups and the growing demand to house seasonal agricultural workers.

“The Farmers Air Event Centre has been heavily booked, along with other areas of the grounds, including a temporary R and V campground successfully hosting some 350 New Year revellers.”

Mr Thomas said 2018 was shaping up to be a great year also.

“You will notice changes around the grounds with various maintenance projects continuing and other upgrades getting completed.

“Planning is well under way for our 2018 Spring Show — bigger, brighter and better, with a focus on entertainment.”

He made special mention of association staff and the part that patron Sid Hain continued to play.

“Sid can regularly be seen circling the grounds on the mower, old fashioned pride in a job well done — unpaid but much appreciated.

“To the members of our executive and general committees, without your voluntary input we would not exist.

“It is amazing to see how everyone comes together and gets through so much work at Show time with only self-satisfaction as reward. I can’t thank you enough.

“Last, to our members who also contribute in their own way through membership and attendance — thank you for being part of the Poverty Bay A&P.”

The association’s executive committee remains unchanged.

President Norm Thomas, vice president Rob Telfer, treasurer Richard Briant and executive members Stephen Thomson, Simon Bousfield, Murray Webb, Alastair Gray, Hayden Swann, Russell Moylan and Amanda Mathers. Two new general committee members Sara Briant and Stu Buscke were elected.

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