After 2 years President of the Nidderdale Agricultural Society, David Smith, has stepped down and the position passed on to John Fawcett.
John has been an dedicated committee member for over 38 years. He was approached by the committee following the death of his father in 1971, making him a third generation member as his father and grandfather before him were all active members.
Recently retired John has farmed all his life at Spring House Farm, Burnt Yates, where he was born, running a successful dairy farm, until his retirement in Oct 2008. He has a wealth of experience to bring to his new role including sheep stewarding, 25 years on the Entertainments Committee and 2 years as Chairman from 1991-1992.
On first being asked to be President John was a little apprehensive as he realised what a huge responsibility the role was. However having the vote of the committee behind him gives him great confidence. The Nidderdale Agricultural Society shield was handed over to John this week by David who has been the custodian for the last 2 years. The shield is one of three made in the centenery year and each President has the honor of displaying it at his own home for his period in office.
John was thrilled to receive the shield and said “I am looking forward to taking on my new role and hope that I will do a job worthy of my predecessors who have all done a marvellous job”.