CHEPSTOW Agricultural Society celebrated its 175th year last Friday (10th February) with a dinner at St Pierre hotel and country club.
The dinner saw people from across Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire come together to celebrate rural trades, talents and tastes in the area and raise money for the society which organises the annual Chepstow Show.
Chairman of the society Alun Morgan said: “Marking our 175th anniversary is a significant achievement that everyone in the society is incredibly proud of.
“Pulling together the society memorabilia from over the years has been fascinating.
“It provides a real insight into the strength of our local agricultural community as well as the breadth of skills and talents that exist.
“It’s especially interesting and gratifying to see farm names on old records that are still on the membership list today.
“Now more than ever, with an increasingly urban population, it’s vital that we do what we can to showcase the very best of working rural life to as many people as possible, and I hope that Chepstow Agricultural Society will be doing that for more many years to come.”
Chepstow Agricultural Society can trace its roots back to 1841 when a Chepstow Farmers Club was established, which held a ploughing match at Hayes Gate Farm, Crick as its inaugural event.
To mark this historic event diners were be able to read the original news report from the Monmouthshire Beacon from 1841, as well as see a selection of photographs and memorabilia from the society’s history.
As well as putting on the annual show, which this year takes place at Chepstow Racecourse on Saturday 12th August, the society also seeks to provide support to various agricultural charities.
Photographs courtesy of Andrew Miller