President for 2018 – HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO
The Countess of Wessex was born Sophie Rhys-Jones in Oxford. Her Royal Highness grew up in Kent and was educated at Kent College School. Her early career was in public relations. She met Prince Edward at a real tennis event and they married at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on 19th June 1999, when they became The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
In March 2002 Their Royal Highnesses announced that they would give up their business activities in order to support The Queen during the Jubilee Year and beyond. They would concentrate on helping the Royal Family shoulder some of the increasing workload into the future, by supporting those organisations, charities, individuals and companies who deserve recognition for their effort, initiative and entrepreneurship. Now Her Royal Highness has a full programme of official engagements in the United Kingdom and abroad.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex have a home at Bagshot Park in Surrey, and have two children, Lady Louise born on 8th November 2003, and James, Viscount Severn, born on 17th December 2007.
Presidents Elect – Helen and Peter Thomas
Peter’s first real involvement with the Show was as the representative from Probus Y.F. C. He served on the committee for several years, becoming Chairman in his late 20s. It was somewhat of a family tradition his father having been President. Peter has happy memories of the days in the City Hall, and clearing the Hall for the Evening Dance.
He recalls that they often entered Cattle, Sheep and root crops. After several years, he came off the committee, believing it to be good to get different input from new committee members.
He says he has always had an interest in quality and pure bred livestock, and in recent years has focussed on poultry and eggs.
Helen’s first involvement was as a competitor in her Y.F.C. days, coming down to Truro with entries from Camelford Y.F.C. This was followed involvement with W.I. entries, this time for St. Clement W.I.
After the children had grown up Helen got involved again, this time with the Floral Art section, and for several years has helped with that section.
Chairman for 2018 – Sean Preece
Show Secretary – Tanya Thomas
Tanya is now well established as Show Secretary having served on the Committee for several years. She is a local farmer’s wife with two children and she and her husband run a dairy and arable farm at Tresillian Near Truro. She is a Parish Councillor for St Michael Penkivel.
Show Treasurer – Adrian Rundle
Adrian is a senior Agricultural Manager with Lloyds Bank based in Truro. Adrian comes from a well known Newquay farming family noted for their prize winning South Devon Cattle. The Rundle family has been highly successful at shows both locally and nationally and Adrian regularly accompanies his father Roger to the shows where he assists in showing the cattle.
Hon. Life Members – The Society has been proud to make the following former members and committee members Honorary Life Members for their exceptional hard work for the Truro Christmas Primestock & Produce Society over many years:-
Roy Olver, Gilbert Grigg, James Thomas, Elsie Thomas, Desiree Grigg, Jim Large, Ilva Datson, A Common, Mr JS Matthews
Committee – The current Show Committee comprises:- Mrs S Anderson, Mrs H Anderson, Mr M Angove, Mr T Ashworth, Mr SN Barbery, Mr C Benney, Mr A Birchall, Mrs N Carlyon, Mr and Mrs M Chegwidden, Mrs D Edmond, Mr WD Elliott, Mr G Haines, Mrs E Harris, Mr J Hocking, Miss L Holt, Mr and Mrs J Lamble, Mr and Mrs A Lutey, Mr D Nattle, Mr J McCulloch, Mr D Nicholas, Mrs M Oatey, Mr S Preece, Mr and Mrs C Rickard, Mr A Rundle, Mr J Thomas, Mrs T Thomas, Mr R Tinney, Mr SJ Ward, Mrs I Datson, Mr and Mrs GC Grigg, Mr and Mrs JSJ Thomas, Miss J Rundle, Mr J Penrose, Mr J Hinkley