Newbury & District Agricultural Society History
The Newbury & District Agricultural Society began over 112 years ago, in 1909. The first Newbury Show took place on 28th September at Enborne Gate Farm, in Berkshire. A few of the crafts and skills on show would have been rick building competitions, shepherding, horses, thatching, ploughing, cattle and crop planting. It wasn't until 1911, when the horse driving competitions were added.
The Society Office and Show has had other homes, including Elcot Park and Shaw, before 37 years ago, the Society purchased the current site in Chieveley, in 1984.
NADAS today is an incorporated company with Charity status, with its objectives & obligations clearly laid out. NADAS can use their Showground to raise awareness of the many areas of rural life including; agriculture, livestock, forestry, environment, machinery, land management, food production, rural crafts, horticulture and agricultural businesses.
They promote the education of the public in the need to preserve the countryside and the wildlife.
Holding Shows and events to encourage skills, interest and participation in the trades and business associated with the many facets of rural working life.
The restrictions on how they can do this is laid out by West Berkshire Council Planning on a 106 document 11/01135/COMID 30.4.13
The Society is managed by a Management Board (all volunteers), paid office staff and an army of volunteers.
When the Chieveley site was bought in 1984, many Members of the Society and local businesses contributed financially to that purchase. Many more local residents and friends of the Society voluntarily used their skills and their businesses to help make the area flat and usable Including the hard standing areas.
Over time the Society, local companies and/or its Members have helped create a conservation area with a lake, added power and water, built entry and toilet buildings and the large cattle shed - to help continuing to meet their charitable objectives. But keeping up to date costs money and time.
For additional Income for the charity the Showground is also rented out to third parties from March to November. Events include; music, dog shows, craft shows, trade shows and caravanning events. NADAS also host the West Berkshire schools long distance running competition onsite and potato planting workshops for schools.
But NADAS could be doing more.