New pavilion plan for Bladnoch Park

This year's Wigtown Agricultural show.
This year's Wigtown Agricultural show.

Draft plans of a new single storey pavilion and rugby changing room block were on display at last week’s Wigtown Agricultural Society AGM.

Society chairman Kenneth Adams explained that three society directors had met several times during the year with representatives of Newton Stewart Rugby Club to discuss the redevelopment project at Bladnoch Park and a variety of plans had been considered.

The original thought was to alter the existing building providing it with disabled access and site rugby changing rooms in a new building at the rear however it was eventually felt that two new purpose-built buildings would be a better route and the existing shed could be re-sited within the showfield to provide storage.

The challenge now is to source funding to be able to progress with the project as both organisations have agreed that the re-development is not feasible without considerable outside funding.

Further opportunities for consultation of members will be made available when there is a firm proposal.

In his Chairman’s Report, Mr Adams said: “Show day dawned dull and wet but dried up late morning to encourage a decent crowd through the gates. A fine show of livestock kept the young judges busy all morning, ending up with a strong line up for Champion of Champions ably judged by Mr Andrew McConchie who chose the Simmental cow from J&P Goldie, Annan.”

One of the main attractions was the superb Poultry Show and Mr Adams thanked Janice Houghton-Wallace and her team who work so hard to make it such a success. The main ring entertainment was the heavy horse stud carts & pairs, Young Farmers Tug o’War and an excellent display of sheepdog handling. Around the show field was The Sheep Show, show jumping by Machars Riding Club, demonstrations by local spinners & weavers, crookmakers & chainsaw carving and a display of owls & birds of prey, dog agility & the dog show.

“All in all, despite the weather, people seemed to just get on with it and enjoy their day,” added Mr Adams, “As for next year, we have been invited to host the Scottish National Beltex Show, hopefully it will be a dry sunny day for a change!”

Everyone was encouraged to forward proposals of judges for 2017’s show to the secretary prior to the committee meeting on 9th January.

Wigtown Show is on the first Wednesday in August at Bladnoch Park, Wigtown.