About the Society

The South of England Agricultural Society is a registered charity that funds and supports agricultural education and countryside learning.

What we do

Central to the Society’s remit is the provision of educational events, grants, awards, bursaries and scholarships for people with an interest or involvement in farming, agriculture and other related land based industries. All Society activities aim to celebrate, build awareness and develop understanding of the products that come from land based and allied industries, and we always aims to use and support local suppliers.

You can support the charity’s ongoing work by making a donation

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How we do it

The Society organises and hosts shows and events that promote farming, agriculture and the countryside, including its flagship event, the South of England Show, which takes place in June each year.

As well as delivering a wide range of educational events and services including conferences, seminars, school and college information days and competitions, the Society forges alliances with the European farming community through our International Farmlink scheme.

We operate from the South of England Showground, a 150-acre site situated just outside Ardingly village in the heart of the West Sussex countryside.

Documents relating to the AGM including Council nominations can be reviewed here.

Our history

The Society was founded in 1967 from a consolidation of agricultural societies going back to the 1830’s and works across the six counties of Berkshire, East Sussex, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex.

We are committed to fulfilling our primary purpose of raising funds that help us provide agricultural education and support countryside learning across the regionIain Nicol, CEO

Annual Report

The Society and Event Centre accountants, Creaseys, reported steady progress towards improving the financial status of the South of England Agricultural Society  in their Financial Review of the Annual Report & Accounts for the period January – December 2016

Click on the links below to review the following documents relating to the AGM: Trustees Report & Financial Statement 2016; Proxy Voting Form 2017; New Nominations for Council Elections 2017.

New Articles of Association

Last year the Society undertook a thorough review of the strategic direction and governance of the organisation. This led to a number of changes agreed by the Trustees and presented to Council. To implement these changes requires that we make some changes to our Articles of Association which we will be asking our members to vote in favour of at the South of England Agricultural Society AGM on Thursday 24th March 2016 at 1430 hours in the Norfolk Pavilion, South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL.

To view the proposed new Articles of Association please click the button below:

Download the new Articles of Association PDF