28th July, 2017
Former Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Mrs Mary Prior CVO MBE JP is the new President of The Royal Bath & West of England Society.
Mrs Prior took over the reins from outgoing President, Sir John Cave Bt DL at a meeting of the Society Council at the Bath & West Showground on Thursday 20 July 2017.
Handing over the presidential badge of office, Sir John said: “It has been a great honour to be President over this last year and although I sadly had to miss The Dairy Show in October, I much enjoyed The Royal Bath & West Show. Staying on site for the four days meant that my wife and I could get a real flavour for the Show, both during the busy day times and ‘after hours’.
“There was an excellent atmosphere over the four days; amongst all those that work for the Society, the volunteer Stewards, all those that exhibit and the visitors that come for a good day out. This last year in office has passed rapidly and I hope very much to attend the Show in future.
“The Society has some very exciting years ahead and I will watch how the future develops with great interest.”
As a Patron or President of several charitable and voluntary organisations, Mrs Prior is relishing the opportunity to work with the oldest agricultural society in England, commenting: “It’s a great honour to be asked to serve as President of this wonderful Society. I am looking forward to my year in office enormously as we continue to promote and support the very best of our Farming and related communities.”