New faces at agricultural society ahead of Shropshire’s premier show

There are new faces at a Shropshire agricultural society as it finalises plans for a bumper show this summer.

Tony Asson has been appointed Chairman of Trustees at Newport & District Agricultural Society after Robert Watson Jones stepped down from the role – and Andy Clarkson has joined as a new trustee.

Tony Asson is the new Chairman of Trustees for Newport and District Agricultural Society taking over from Robert Watson Jones

The group will put on Shropshire’s premier one day show, Newport Show, on July 13.

Mr Asson, who works as a senior lecturer at Harper Adams University, was Show President last year, has been chair of Festival of Food area for around seven years and a committee member for 10 years. He said he was pleased to take up his new role.

“It is a great honour, the society is thriving and we are in the throes of putting together a very exciting show which looks to be bigger and better than ever,” he said.

“Robert has done a fantastic job as chair and it is a tough act to follow but I shall do my best to build on his good work and promote both agriculture and Newport.

“I have worked in agriculture for over 35 years, so it seems natural to be involved with an outstanding organisation which celebrates agriculture, the environment, rural life and offers educational opportunities to all ages.

“The sector faces some exciting challenges as we leave Europe and there are also opportunities to embrace, such as precision farming and continued innovation – something we will be showcasing at the 2019 show.”

Andy Clarkson

New trustee Andy Clarkson studied agriculture in Shropshire before joining potato firm Greenvale. He initially worked as part of the trading team, then Commercial Director and is now Managing Director of the firm.

He has been involved with the society committee and marketing for seven years.

He said: “I hope I am able to continue to build on bringing new ideas to the society, and challenging some of the traditional ways of working, whilst protecting the core values of the society.  

“I am passionate about showcasing all that agriculture and rural community has to offer and ensuring that as many people as possible understand more about food, its origins and the wealth of activities and opportunities that rural Shropshire can offer.  

“The showground and the society have an important role to play in this process within the local community, and I am excited about being able to continue helping in the coming years as a trustee, and transferring some of my experience from Greenvale back into a voluntary role.”

At a society meeting this month (APR 3) show president Jo Ford also paid tribute to ‘polite, diligent and professional’ Fred Fallows who has recently retired from his role as Park Warden. Fred’s son Martyn is taking up the job.

Newport Show will feature entertainment for all the family including displays by Bolddog Lings freestyle motocross display team and the Mountain Bike Aerial Display (M.A.D.) team, as well as Joseph’s Amazing Camels, hundreds of trade stands and 140 cattle and sheep classes, livestock, horses and dogs – including qualifying events for both the Horse of the Year Show and Crufts.

Visitors can also enjoy vintage vehicle and machinery displays, an antique and country living marquee, handicraft and horticulture competitions and the Festival of Food, showcasing the best of regional food and drink.

Furthermore, in the early evening a festival atmosphere will be created with live music from local bands.

Tickets can be bought online at or reduced price late entry tickets can be purchased at the pedestrian gate from 4pm.

To keep up-to-date with show news, like the Newport Show Facebook page or follow @NewportShow on Twitter.