South of England Farming Conference


Event Date: 01/11/2023 5:30 pm - 01/11/2023 9:30 pm

‘Charlotte Smith (Chair)
Charlotte Smith is one of two main presenters of BBC Radio 4‘s Farming Today. She grew up in Quorn, Leicestershire, where she volunteered on BBC Radio Leicester. Charlotte was then put on the BBC’s Local Radio Reporters Scheme before touring the local radio stations of Sussex, Cumbria and Devon. She then returned to Radio Leicester as a news reporter working alongside Julian Worricker. She also worked on BBC national radio, The World Tonight. More locally to Leicestershire, she became a reporter and sports presenter on East Midlands Today. Returning to national radio on BBC 5 Live, she was a producer, reporter and presenter. Prior to Farming Today Charlotte worked as a reporter for You and Yours, the lunch-time consumer programme on Radio 4. She has also since been a television reporter on BBC1’s Countryfile, until 2009, and returned as an occasional relief reporter from 2014. Charlotte is also a mother of two children.

Sue Pritchard
Sue Pritchard is Chief Executive of the independent charity, the Food, Farming, and Countryside Commission (FFCC). Before FFCC, Sue worked in leadership, strategy, culture, and change, with a portfolio career as a consultant and coach, a researcher, and writer, and non-executive, including non-executive director and then chair of a Local Health Board in Wales. Sue has held Visiting and Honorary Fellowships at Salford University, Leeds University, Ashridge Business School, and University College, London, typically working with consortia of public and private sector organisations on large scale systems change, and leading and delivering major and complex projects. Sue is an Independent Governor at the Royal Agricultural University, a Trustee of CoFarm Foundation and sits on several academic advisory boards. She farms a Soil Association accredited organic livestock farm in Monmouthshire, with a focus on farming for conservation.

Phil Jarvis
Phil Jarvis is Chair of Albanwise Farming and Environment. Albanwise Farming manages land and estates in Norfolk and Yorkshire. Sugar beet, cereals and oil seed rape, maize and potatoes form a major part of the arable rotation. Albanwise Environment manages wetland, woodland, hedgerows, peatland and agri-environment habitats. Phil also Chairs the Voluntary Initiative championing best plant protection product use delivered through Integrated Pest Management. Phil previously worked at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project, in Leicestershire. Phil started as the farm manager and progressed to Head of Farming, Training and Partnerships. Phil is member and former Chair of the National Farmers Union, Environmental Forum and Vice-Chair of the NFU National Combinable Crops Board. Phil completed a MSc in Sustainable Agricultural Management at Harper Adams University in 2011 and between 2016 -2019 was a member of the BBSRC Agriculture and Food Security, Strategy Advisory Panel. Phil is a Professional Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management.’

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We are immensely grateful to have worked with you on our festival this year. It is so rare to meet people who are so dedicated and enthusiastic about their work. You have both been so incredibly kind, generous and supportive in helping us with our festival. You are both a true credit to your profession and we honestly feel so lucky to have gotten to know you and work with you both.

Jolly Good Festival

Thank you so much for all the hard work your team put into our Fiesta last Friday. It went really well, and our clients / staff had a fantastic time. The support and help provided throughout was very much appreciated and helped the event to run so smoothly. The catering team also did a fantastic job and food selection/drinks options were perfect.

Southdown Fiesta

Warners Shows organise events with all major showgrounds across England. It was a pleasure to work, from start to finish, with such a professional and helpful team on site as we launched our new event on the South of England Showground. From point of sale through to ground staff. Looking forward to returning in 2024.

Campervan Campout
Sally Dodds, Head of Events, Warners Group

The Event Centre staff went out of their way to help deliver the best possible experience. Nothing was too much to ask for and all our requests were met with a very positive response throughout. We would not hesitate to recommend the South of England Event Centre to other prospective clients.

Murray Stinton
Production Manager, AA Roadshow

I wanted to say a very big thank you to you and all of your wonderful team for an awesome event on Tuesday. All of our delegates had nothing but praise for the venue, the catering staff and wider teams.

Lisa Spies
from First Central


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Event start: 10/12/2023 8:00 am

Most Sunday's at the Showground.
Winter months undercover where possible. Sellers can arrive from 6am - open to the public from 8am

Wealdstone & Northolt CS Open Show

Event start: 10/12/2023 9:00 am

Canine open show

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Event start: 17/12/2023 8:00 am

Most Sunday's at the Showground.
Winter months undercover where possible. Sellers can arrive from 6am - open to the public from 8am

Tractor Run

Event start: 17/12/2023

Chailey YFC's Annual Charity Christmas Tractor Run is happening again on the 17th December 2023 and they would love to see you all there again.
Spaces are limited this year to first come first serve basis.

Young Driver Experience

Event start: 07/01/2024 9:00 am

If you’re aged 10 to 17, have your first taste of proper driving in a Vauxhall Corsa with Young Driver Experience, go bling with a drive in a gleaming Bentley, take a cool classic car for a spin, or even get behind the wheel of an actual fire engine!


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