2011 will see the 80th Show, but the Ashover Agricultural and Horticultural Society can be traced in its present form back to 1924, when a meeting was held in Kelstedge to resurrect the agricultural events that had taken the form of smaller shows and ploughing matches in both Kelstedge and Ashover as far back as 1880. Foremost amongst the farmers who re-launched the Show was Mr Paul Brailsford from Alton, who became the first Secretary, and Mr J E Toyne, the School Headmaster, who was the Vice-Chairman and Treasurer. Mr W W Chesterman of Eastwood Grange was appointed the inaugural President, with other committee members including Mr William Bradley and Mr Alan Prince, both from Kelstedge, and also included the Reverend J B Nodder who farmed and owned the Rectory Fields where the first Show took place on 16th September 1925. Amongst the other well known farming names represented on that first committee were Beardow, Chappell, Jenkinson, Lomas, Nightingale and Tomlinson, all of which families have still survived in farming to this day, many of them still closely involved with the Show, although two, three or even four generations later.
The funds for the new society were boosted in those days between the wars and approaching the Great Depression, by the transfer of the old Kelstedge Society funds of £11.7s 6d. Since those early days the Show has always been held on Rectory Fields except in 1927 when it moved to Eastwood Hall Farm nearby for one year.
GATES OPEN AT 9.00 AM UNTIL DUSK
ADMISSION:- ADULTS £ 7.00;
SENIOR CITIZENS £5.00;
CHILDREN 5 - 15 £3.00
(UNDER 5'S ARE FREE)
There are approximately 120 plots for trade stands at Ashover Show.
The charges for stands are calculated per metre of stand plot frontage and contribute towards the costs of staging the Show. The frontages of stands vary from 3 metres up to 40 metres and the depth of the plots varies according to where it is on the Showground, with a minimum figure of about 6 metres
Cost of stands:
The rates are:
General stands - £20 per metre
Stands directly related to agriculture/and horticulture - £7.50 per metre.
Charity/Public Service - £7.50 per metre.
Food and drink stands are generally the subject of a tendering process and enquiries should be made to Mrs Jackie Twilley, Secretary.