FARMING MATTERS: A show that binds us all

Countryfile presenter Adam Henson with reporter Heather Jan Brunt at Bucks County Show
Countryfile presenter Adam Henson with reporter Heather Jan Brunt at Bucks County Show
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Well there was a little bit of rain at the county show, but not enough to spoil another great date in the rural calendar.

This year I had the luxury of a caravan called Doris to base myself in, as I was working with Richard Carr from Bucks TV in addition to covering the show for this paper, and he brings his mobile office with him each year.

We covered every inch of the showground several times to speak to as many people as possible.

And this year there were some pretty special people there. NFU president Meurig Raymond spent almost the whole day at the show, starting with a forum in the NFU tent, then a meeting with David Lidington MP before having lunch with the show president and show chairman followed by a look around the showground.

Countryfile presenter Adam Henson was there as a guest of Porthaven Care Homes, and attracted lots of attention as he walked around the showground. I am very happy to report to fans of Countryfile that Mr Henson is just as pleasant, genuine and friendly as he appears on screen.

The show committee and especially show secretary Alison Baylis work so very hard each and every year to provide a show to remember. Rain or shine, the show goes on, and every year the animals in the Grand Parade just look better and better.

The county show is a tradition in the Vale, it is something that binds us all, country and town. People have grown up visiting the show as children and then take their own children when they are parents themselves.

It’s nice to have that sense of continuity.