A review from the Chief Executive, Phillip Ainsworth
A year has nearly passed since I joined the Association and its gone by very rapidly. Only by becoming part of the organisation have I fully appreciated the amount of activity that takes place at Trinity Park. Whilst most people probably just think of the place as the home of the Suffolk Show many other events are held on the show ground and in the events centre. In total some 400 events will have taken place here over the course of 2016 ranging from business conferences, motorbike shows, weddings, parties and of course the annual show. It’s worth remembering that the Association is run as a charity and whilst it provides Trinity Park for all kinds of activities and functions the funds earned go towards supporting our core objective, namely to further education and learning in agriculture.
Much has changed in agriculture and farming and the pace of new innovations in the industry shows no sign of slowing down. The opportunities for young people to have careers within the industry are many ranging from engineering, IT, technology design (e.g. the use of drones) as well as the more traditional roles such as farm management to looking after livestock. In a world which is ever demanding the future for our industry is both challenging and exciting. The consequence of BREXIT is still to be appreciated but it seems clear that for our industry change will come; key will be the need for flexibility, adaptability and continued innovation. With all of this in mind our role remains to educate and as well entertain so that as many people as possible gain a better understanding of the countryside and what goes on within it; the annual show is key in fulfilling these objectives.
Trinity Park, and all that takes place here, positively contributes to Suffolk life be it business or pleasure and enables those of us involved with the delivery of our various activities and events to connect with the community in an important way. Our emerging five year strategy plan, to be published in early 2017, will explain this and as importantly communicate to the wider community our intentions and ambitions going forwards.
Suffolk Show tickets available as Christmas gifts
Give a great day out to the Suffolk Show this Christmas. Tickets to Suffolk’s biggest day out and celebration of all things food, farming and the countryside are now on sale and make a fantastic Christmas present.
Under 15s will go free to the Suffolk Show which takes place at Trinity Park during half term week on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June 2017. Membership packages and tickets are available online here and can be printed off at home.
Suffolk Agricultural Association Education Initiatives
The SAA works closely with the Members and supporters of the association to ensure the charity’s mission to unite the next generation with agriculture. With an inspiring year ahead, Trinity Park will host many education events and competitions including the annual School Farm and Country Fair which will be attended by 4500 7-9 year old children and supported by over 200 volunteers from our community.
Entries are open for Schools to enter the Suffolk Farming School of the Year Competition, the Schools Show Garden Competition, Tractors into Schools and Grow Your Own Potatoes. If you would like to be involved in any of these activities please get in touch with the SAA’s Education Department.
Party with us in January!
Join us for our late Christmas party night: Friday 6th January 2017! Too busy to celebrate over Christmas? Join us in the New Year! You and your guests are invited to join us in celebrating the festive season where we welcome you with an arrival drink, followed by a scrumptious 3 course dinner and the night will continue with dodgems, party games and dancing until 1am. £42 per person, call us on 01473 707119