Here we are again with our Show for this year 2018. The twelfth since the Woodhall Team resurrected the old Woodhall Show in a different format. As we always do we have adopted a theme to try and illustrate an aspect of life in Rural Lincolnshire, so this year we are focussed on the sheep industry. The products and history which have been a big part of the agricultural economy in the past and still are a considerable economic interest in the county today. We hope to demonstrate with some live exhibits adjacent to the sheep lines and Rural Life Marquee the development of the breeds from Soay, thought to be a survival from the Bronze Age through to the modern continental breeds kept solely for meat production. As with all domesticated animals the sheep has changed over the years driven by the needs of people and economics. At the time of the Norman Conquest the most important function was as a provider of milk, used mostly for cheese. The tradition of milking sheep disappeared in the UK but a page from the Lutterall Salter shows how important it was at the time. As the medieval period progressed the focus became more and more on wool and cloth , generating the wealth to fund the building projects for the religious houses. By the 19th. cent. meat was becoming more important and our own Lincoln Long Wool breed, to some extent a dual purpose animal was consistently improved reaching a zenith in the late 19th. and early 20th. cent with a single ram sold by Mr. Dudding of Riby for £1450gns. Around £175,000 translated into today’s value’s . Since the 1950s more and more emphasis has been placed on the production of meat, initially using breeds such as the Hampshire and Suffolk as sires on the Lincoln and gradually giving way to continental breeds, almost the sole function of sheep farming today is to produce meat. The Lincolnshire Guild of Weavers and Spinners never the less keep the interest in wool alive and will be in the Rural Life Marquee. Just along from there in keeping with our theme the NFU is hosting a cookery demonstration.
For the main attraction this year it could not be more appropriate, ‘The Sheep Show’. An entertaining and educational performance which has been appearing at shows for some time now always prove a popular feature with everyone from all walks of life. They are located not far from the Rural Life and WI marquees, so you can have tea and scones and watch the show. In the main ring we have a ‘Dog and Duck’ sheep dog demonstration, the parade’s of vintage and classic tractors and vehicles, our friends from previous years the scurry driving team and at approx. 4.00 p.m. the judging of the Champion Live Exhibit in show. Heritage and Craft Marquees have sold all the available space and Trade bookings have been coming in apace this year. The Entertainment Trailer, hosted by LincsFM, has Dance Fuzion, The Billinghay Ruffs and in addition to keep the tempo lively ‘The Wrinkly Rockers’
So the Woodhall Team hope we have put together a really interesting fun show for the day, a full program for the ring and trailer and we should not forget the traders who come along whom we hope you will support.
From all of us on the Woodhall team, have a great day
WOODHALL SPA COUNTRY SHOW SUNDAY MAY 20th
WOODHALL SPA COUNTRY SHOW BURSARY
Are you 16-28 Years Old?
Do you live with in a 15 mile radius of the Show Field?
Would you like finacial assistance for training or a project?
After our successful launch of our bursary scheme last year the board Woodhall Spa Country Show Ltd. is once again offering to assist anyone interested in rural crafts, culture, heritage or agriculture. To register an interest and for further information and application forms call in at the secretary’s marquee, message on face book or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for all applications is the 31st July. Successful applicants will be notified by the 25th August.
Woodhall Spa Country Show wish to acknowledge valuable help from :
All Sponsors & Donors
Woodhall Spa Guides
St Johns Ambulance, Sleaford
Sarawen Rosettes, Wrangle
Lincolnshire Agricultrual Society
Neil Harvey, loan of lorry
Orchard House Veterinary Practice
North Sea Camp
And finally thank you to all those wonderful people who turn up and help
Please be aware that promotional video and photography is being taken at today's event