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Heslop with his
Geoff Heslop joined the
committee of the Ellesmere
Agricultural and Pastoral
Association in 1995.
Before that he had been
involved as a steward in the
shearing and competed in
shearing and Young Farmers'
events at the show.
Since joining the committee, he
has been involved with several
industrial (which manages all
entries for the sheds as well as
craft, trade and industrial sites)
He managed the Ellesmere A&P
Association's annual Winter Feed
Competition from 2000 to 2009.
He says this network of sub-
committees is a real strength of
"The Ellesmere A&P Association
is very strong and committee
members have 15 to 20 years on
the committee before they reach
the position of president.
''In this time, they get the
opportunity to sit on a range of
sub-committees which gives them
a good all round knowledge of the
show, from the dog trials to
donkeys," he says.
"I think that the show plays an
important role in our community
because it brings everyone
together. People of all ages can
compete in a range of events,
entering anything from sand
saucers to stud animals.
''Our classes reflect what our
community wants to exhibit; that's
why I chose the theme of 'It's Your
Show' this year.
"I also need to stress that the
show would not be possible
without support from local
businesses and local community
groups and volunteer
organisations. We rely on groups
such the Lions, Ellesmere St John,
the Leeston Fire Brigade and
others to ensure the day runs
Mr Heslop farms at Brookside
with his wife Anna. The 110ha
property has been farmed by the
Heslop family for nearly 100 years.
When Geoff and Anna took over in
1995, it was a traditional
Canterbury mixed cropping
enterprise, growing wheat, barley,
clover and process crops and
running 700 ewes.
Since then, the focus has
changed slightly to incorporate
40ha of blackcurrants, which has
meant a reduction in both sheep
numbers and the area available
for other crops.
Family members, including
children Thomas and Frances,
have always supported the show,
exhibiting for the hoof and hook,
grain and seed, pet lambs,
cooking, craft, Wearable Art and
photography over the years.
However, Mr Heslop admits that
this year, the family focus has
shifted from exhibiting to ensuring
the whole event goes well.
"I think it is always ultimately a
''I enjoy seeing families having
fun together at the show, whether
they are holding little ones on the
merry-go-round, having a car-boot
picnic or patting baby animals in
''The show also provides an
opportunity for town to meet
'' In today's urban world A&P
shows provide non-farm families
with the opportunity to get up
close to animals and machinery
that they would otherwise only
ever see through a car window.
The best I can hope for for the
show this year, is a nice fine day
and crowds of people enjoying
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