At a recent meeting of the Nidderdale Agricultural Society, who organise the Nidderdale Show it was brought to the attention of the committee what a great job the Upper Nidderdale Scout Group does for them on show day.
The scouts are hired to sell the catalogues to the general public, but that is not all they do.
Steve Gibbon chairman for the Society said “These lads do a fantastic job, they trail the showground all day in an orderly manner usually in pairs (one to carry the catalogues and one to take the money for them) are well dressed in scouts uniform and are very polite and courteous to all, asking people if they would like to buy a catalogue and collecting the money. Some people don’t want to spend £2 on a catalogue and just ask them to point them in the right direction to find something they are looking for, whether it is the nearest toilet, a stall selling hats or coats, or the produce or poultry marquee. The scouts open the first page of the catalogue where there is a map of the show ground and show the person the exact location of what it is they are looking for, they then go on to give the person the right directions to get there.
“The scouts have done this job for a number of years under the watchful eyes of scout leader Kevin Harle and Kim Harris, some of them being a scout for a number of years, know the showground like the back of their hand.
In these times when a large number of people are quick to criticize youngsters for hanging around on street corners being loud and unruly, it is good to see these local youths giving up their time at the Nidderdale Show and helping out in such a professional manner. The committee would like to say a big thank you to the scouts and their leaders and hope they will continue to provide such a good service for future shows.”
Steve Gibbon says “There are a lot more people who help out on show day, we would not be able to put on such a successful show without them all playing their part.”
“I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who helped including the committee, stewards, exhibitors, and judges. I would also like to thank the general public for coming to the show and for all the kind words I received on show day and afterwards, saying what a great show it was and how much they had enjoyed it. Of course we also get a few complaints which we take on board and discuss as to how we can get it right for the next year. We are now starting to organize next year’s show and are always on the lookout for more volunteers to help out in any way possible, whether it is to steward on show day or help with events throughout the year. “
If anybody or any group would like to become involved with the show please contact Steve Gibbon on 01423 711280 or Secretary Susan Monk 01969 650129.
The same scouts and explorer scouts have organised a bonfire on the Nidderdale Showground to take place on Saturday 7th of November with a firework display the fire will be lit at 6-30pm.