Saturday 21 January 2017 - SAA Monthly EADT Page

Putting on a Show

With less than 20 weeks to go until Suffolk’s biggest celebration of Great British agriculture, family entertainment, food, drink, and farming delights, the final planning stages are taking place for the 2017 Suffolk Show. 

Grand Ring displays are booked, programmes are in place and Trinity Park is ready to host this major showcase event. A new Honorary Show Director, Bee Kemball has taken over the helm from Bill Baker after his 3 years in the role. Bee, with help from Deputy Show Director James Blyth, has been working closely with the team at the Suffolk Agricultural Association to plan the event and develop new areas of the show. 

New classes for Clydesdale Horses and Sheep will be introduced this year. The Livestock and Equine Officer, commented, ‘We are delighted to be able to offer these classes following a request from exhibitors. We are starting with two of the heavy horse classes, one youngstock, and one for 4yr old and over.  There is provision to split the classes if there is sufficient entries.’ 

There will also be Mountain and Moorland lead rein classes introduced to the busy schedule and a local ridden hunter class, to give the opportunity for local competitors to ride at their county show.

Sheep exhibitors can now bring fleeces to be judged as well as sheep, as Senior Steward, Tim Pratt has introduced a new fleece competition to the schedule. The equine and livestock schedules will be available by the end of February and the list of judges are available online now.

Under 15s will once again go free to the Suffolk Show on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June and discounted advanced tickets are available online now.


Suffolk Agricultural Association’s Annual General Meeting – Monday 13 February 2017

The Association’s AGM takes place on Monday 13 February at 11.30.  All SAA members will receive an invitation. Details can be found on the website at The SAA’s annual review is available on the website to find out more about our year round activities. 

Long Service Awards

Entries are open for the annual Long Service Awards, this award which recognises people who have worked for the same agricultural/allied business under the same employment for at least 30 years. There are four classes and the awards are presented at the Suffolk Show by the President.

The Long Service Awards are kindly sponsored by Anglia farmers.  Further information and entry forms can be downloaded at

SAA’s Education Calendar

The SAA runs a full education programme through the year, with lots of opportunities for schools across the county to include learning about food, farming and the countryside in their curriculum.

Tractors into Schools – w/c Monday 20 February 2017

Farmers across Suffolk are set to take their tractors into the playgrounds of Suffolk Primary Schools throughout the County.  This initiative was set up in 2015 by Terry Hunt during his year of Presidency for the Association and now has over 65 schools taking part.  

The School Farm and Country Fair – Thursday 20 April 2017

80 exhibitors are confirmed for the 2017 School Farm and Country Fair, who will inspire the next generation by giving them an insight into the farming and agricultural industries. 105 primary schools have applied with around 4500 Suffolk primary school children set to attend the event at Trinity Park in April.

The Suffolk Agricultural Association Apprentice of the Year Entries are Open

Following the success of the competition introduced last year, the SAA’s Agricultural Apprentice of the Year is open for entries.

The competition is open to apprentices with a Suffolk employer who is currently studying for an apprenticeship related to agriculture.  Applicants enter a video explaining how the apprenticeship has helped prepare them for being a full time employee and the skills they have gained.  Entries will be judged by, Binny Lenihan from Easton and Otley College, Tim Styles from Fram Farmers and Stephen Cobbold a Farmer member from SAA supported by Nicola Currie and Mark Stead.

The winner and runner up will be presented with their prizes at the Suffolk Show. For details to enter the competition please visit

The 2017 education competitions for Primary Schools have been launched and entries are open for the following:

Suffolk Farming School of the Year – Competition consists of three stages.  Stage 1 – pupils will design and make a model of the tractor of the future using recyclable materials. Stage 2 - the top 5 schools will attend a workshop day at Trinity Park on Tuesday 9 May focused on the machinery and technology involved in modern day farming. Stage 3 - three finalists will be invited to perform on the second day of the Suffolk Show in the Farm Discovery Zone.

Grow your Own Potatoes – Part of a national competition organised by the AHDB Potatoes, schools take part in a potato planting day at Trinity Park, planting their potatoes under the guidance of potato farmers. Schools will take the potatoes back to school to grow ready for the harvesting day in June.

To enter your school visit or email


Trinity Park Events

Following a hugely successful Christmas party season the events team are now taking bookings for Christmas 2017 which is themed Fire and Ice. Sales Manager, Leanne Carhart commented, ‘ We are delighted with the feedback from the Moulin Rouge Christmas parties and people are already booking for next year.’ The events centre at Trinity Park is used for many different events throughout the year, please see the website for more details for booking or to view the events diary.

Planning your Special day

There are over 70 exhibitors set to help you plan your big day at the Wedding Fayre on Sunday 5th February at Trinity Park.  There will also be a fashion show taking place throughout the day between 11am-3pm.

Get to know the venue with our wedding open day on Sunday 19th Feb 11am-3pm, come and meet our wedding team and see the venue dressed for a reception and wedding breakfast.


For bookings or event information please visit