New President looks forward to Hope Show …
As I write this early on a summer’s morning during a period of steady sunny weather, we have wonderfully clear views stretching from Mam Tor, over Castleton and Hope, to Bradwell and Shatton and then eastwards all the way down the valley over Hathersage, up to Stanage Edge.
Hilary and I arrived in the Hope Valley in 2000 and I immediately became involved in the Hope Show, taking over the role of Treasurer. We are particularly looking forward to the roles of being President and the President’s Lady this year and our children and grandchildren will be joining us and enjoying the fun too.
The context for Hope Show, which takes place on August Bank Holiday Monday every year, has developed over the past 150 years and reflects the nature of Hope Valley and the underpinning role of farming and agriculture. Hope Valley has the characteristic of mingling in all its activities, the long term resident families and more recent ‘incomers’. This goes back centuries.
There is a whole variety of sports taking place within the valley or in the hills or rivers surrounding us. That richness remains a very attractive part of the valley, with its sports clubs of football, rugby and cricket and the continued existence of Wakes Weeks in a whole variety of Derbyshire villages. There are the amazing Derbyshire Well Dressings, as well as the great number of societies serving all sorts of interests from history and photography, through to diverse amateur dramatic productions in Edale, Hathersage and Hope. Then there are the surrounding hills and landscapes to enjoy and walkers ranging from toddlers, through Duke of Edinburgh Awards, to gentle folks of a mature stature! There are cavers still discovering new caves and cyclists galore energised by the closeness of the surrounding towns and cities and cycling success at the Olympics, not to the mention the Yorkshire leg of this year’s Tour de France.
Hope Show has benefitted from all of these. From the mix of long term families; from incomers; from the support of industry, most particularly Hope Construction Materials in its new guise, but going back over decades of similar support, from our visitors, sponsors and exhibitors. All centred round a Show which retains that critical agricultural emphasis. That is the essential nature of our Hope Show. But the choice for visitors is diverse: livestock; sheepdog trials; horses and ponies in three rings; vintage tractors and stationary engines; gundogs; veteran and classic cars; entertainment in the Main Ring; horticulture and crafts; archery; and a variety of trade stands.
Hope Show is the sum of its component parts comprising all these sections. And all of these require great efforts behind the scenes and on Show Day by a host of volunteers. Hope Show depends absolutely on them for its quality, diversity, reputation and excellence to provide the best enjoyment for all our visitors.
I would like to acknowledge that and to say thank you in advance of the 2014 Hope Show, which takes place on August Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August. It should be fun for all of us, whatever the weather eventually throws at us! It is a great privilege to live in this valley and to enjoy our friends and neighbours in the context of the spectacular scenery and the many choices about what to do. It is equally a great privilege to be elected the President of Hope Show for this year. Hilary and I are greatly looking forward to this year’s Show and wish all our colleagues a smooth path to a successful and enjoyable Show.
Peter Hayes – Hope Show President.
For more information go to: www.hopeshow.org.uk
If you are interested in volunteering at the Show contact the secretary: email@example.com