Application forms for Trade, Catering Concessions, Garden & Outdoor Living and the Food Pavilion are now available to download here.
Almost all the fees are the same as 2017, and there is still an early bird booking discount for applications received before 31 March 2018.
The RIWCS is a showcase of the very best of the Isle of Wight, and we like to focus as much as possible on local traders, food producers and artisans - so if you know a business you think would be a great fit for us, tell them to get in touch!
The CLA is hoping to gain local support for its new ‘The Countryside Matters’ campaign at this year’s Royal Isle of Wight County Show.
The campaign aims to unite people who love the countryside and believe it should remain a vital national priority, says Belinda Walters, CLA Isle of Wight Director and current Chairman of the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society:
“The Countryside Matters campaign highlights the many benefits delivered by a working countryside and the importance of continued investment in farming, the rural economy and our landscapes. The Isle of Wight Show is an important opportunity for us to press home the countryside matters message and encourage the public to back the campaign.”
The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, is also sponsoring the Village Green at the Show on Sunday 25 June.
During the Show, the CLA will be providing a programme of short topical talks on its stand for rural businesses, including the implications of Brexit, planning issues and coastal access. Open to CLA members and non members, the talks are free of charge to attend.
Belinda Walters adds: “Visitors to the CLA stand can also find out more about the benefits delivered by a working countryside, from supplying food through to maintaining habitats for wildlife, through our new ‘Managing the Landscape’ board game.”
This is the first year the CLA has sponsored the Village Green and the support reflects the organisation’s role at the heart of rural communities, providing independent advice on all aspects of land ownership, standing up for rural businesses and representing their interests at a national and regional level.
Belinda Walters comments: “Rural businesses play a vital role in supporting the local economy, creating jobs and making investments which benefit the whole community. We hope people attending the Show will want to get behind our new campaign to ensure everyone can continue to enjoy the countryside, see its economy thrive and its communities prosper.”
For more information on the campaign, go to www.thecountrysidematters.org
This year the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society (RIWAS) has awarded scholarships and bursaries to four Isle of Wight students studying courses linked to farming and land-based industries.
A record number of high quality Scholarship entries were received from young people studying a range of fulltime courses from animal care to agricultural engineering. The Society with the support from the NFU, CLA, Natural Enterprise and Group Five is delighted to see the Rural Careers Fund expand and be able to support more young people.
Scholarships were awarded to:
Belinda Walters, Chairman of the RIWAS Rural Careers Fund said “We are pleased to be able to support these students to pursue their ambitions, gaining vital skills which they can bring back to enhance agricultural and rural industries on the Isle of Wight. We are particularly grateful to Group Five for their support to expand the number of scholarships offered.”
In addition to the support from partner organisations the Society’s ability to grant awards under the Rural Careers Fund is derived from the funds generated each year by the Royal Isle of Wight County Show.
The RIWAS Rural Careers Fund offers financial support to people aged under 25 (and exceptionally, older) with a strong connection to the Isle of Wight. The scheme is intended to add value to the Isle of Wight's farming and land-based industries by offering financial support to help young people gain relevant qualifications or skills. Scholarships of up to £3,000 each are awarded annually. Bursaries, normally of up to £200, are considered throughout the year.
Photos: Mike Priddle (Group Five), Joshua Collins, Graham Biss (Vice Chairman, RIWAS), Belinda Walters (Chair, Rural Careers Fund), David Groves (Rural Careers Fund), Jack Hodgson.
THANK YOU ARTIVO!
The IW County Show welcomed local company ARTIVO this year, who hosted a 'painting party' for over 100 of our visitors. They have created a beautiful canvas celebrating all aspects of the County Show, which will be auctioned to benefit the Society's Rural Careers Fund. Thank you ARTIVO for your support!
FARMHOUSE BREAKFAST EVENT
Brighstone Primary school were celebrating the double at the years Farmhouse Breakfast event by winning both the boys and girls football tournaments! They also took second place in the girls competition, while Shalfleet came second in the boys. The Centre was buzzing all morning as we celebrated the most important meal of the day, thanks to sponsorship from the NFU. Tasty breakfast baps were on offer in our cafe from Briddlesford Lodge Farm, where they were made with Island produce. Brighstone Stores also did a brisk trade trade selling even more scumptious local foods. There were also tractors from Kings Manor Farm, chickens and Yarmouth Gig Rowing Club held a rowing challenge to raise funds for the Centre. The event also launched the build up to this years’ Royal Isle of Wight County Show on 26th June at County Showground, Northwood.
ISLE OF WIGHT BID
It’s absolutely vital to the future direction of the Visitor Economy on the Isle of Wight that as many tourism and retail businesses as possible come along to the Destination BID consultation workshops to let their feelings be known ahead of collectively deciding if DBID is right for the Island and what its priorities and scope should be. The business case will be drafted following these workshops and will reflect the priorities and needs of the Island businesses that rely on the tourism economy: from shops & supermarkets to cafes and restaurants, leisure and activity centres, facilities and attractions, holiday parks and other types of visitor accommodation. Please give us two hours of your valuable time to come along to one of the BID Consultation Sessions and make sure your voice is heard and your thoughts are recorded. The current sessions are for business with a rateable value of £7500 or more. Sessions for those with a rateable value below £7500 will be held later in December. Thank You”.
You can download the latest version of the consultation prospectus here: https://isleofwightbiddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/viow-d-bid-cons...
You can take part in the two minute BID survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IsleofWightBID
You can reserve tickets for a Consultation Workshop (there are 20 to choose from) here: https://isleofwightbiddotcom.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/consultation-works...