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Secretary Mr Peter James
Brecknockshire Agricultural Society
HBF Depot
Ffrwdgrech Industrial Estate,

Telephone: +44 (0) 1874 611 881
Email: breconshow@gmail.com

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The Brecknockshire  Agricultural Society Est: 1755

Registered Charity No. 1107710

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The founding of the Society is well documented. In March 1755 a group of sixteen men mostly county landowners met at the Golden Lion Hotel in Lion Street, now the site of Bethel Square.  The objective of the meeting was to form a hunting club, in the event they decided on a different endeavour.  Mr Charles Powell of Castell Madoc, Lower Chapel had been in correspondence with the Gentlemen’s Magazine which was followed by discussions with Col Williams of Gwernyfed and Pendry Williams of Penpont.  The meeting resolved that it would form a group to “do something to support and encourage Agriculture, Manufacture and promote the general good of the County of Brecon”.  This having been agreed they met again in April and formally established the Brecknockshire Agricultural Society.

The annual show held on Watton fields is the visible public activity of the Society.  The Society was founded in 1755 and has continued without a break until the present day and is in fact the oldest surviving agricultural society in the UK.  In 2024 the society celebrated its 269th Anniversary.

The Brecon County Show is held annually on the 1st Saturday in August at The Showground, Watton Villa, Brecon.  In 2023 there were 400 horse entries, 100 cattle entries and over 400 sheep entries. The show also hosts a major shearing competition, a poultry show, classes for goats, a novelty and exemption dog show and a dog agility competition and competitions for horticulture and domestic and handicraft.  The Show attracts over 12,000 people to the show and with over 200 trade stands and main ring attractions there is plenty of entertainment on offer for them.  

The Society is a limited company and charity and it is run entirely by volunteers with the exception of a part time Society Administer.  A general committee of no more than 40 members oversees the activities of the Society including the Show.  A Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected for a two year term of office and a Show President/Presidents are elected for each year. On show day there are over 200 volunteers helping to the run the event.

In addition to the Show the Society runs other charitable fundraising events such as race nights and the very popular Presidents Evening.

Although the Society is long established, it does not want to be seen as living in the past and is a forward thinking organisation that supports the local economy and agri-food sectors.  The Show has kept to its traditional agricultural roots by focusing on livestock, crops, poultry, goats and horses for its mainstay of competitions, but has added various other shows, competitions and attractions to welcome people from all walks of life to the show and provide a great family day out.

President: Mr Frank & Mrs Marilyn Sutton

President Elect for 2025 - Mr & Mrs Gittoes

Past Presidents

Mrs Edna Walters
Mr Richard & Mrs Helen Roderick
Mr Gavin & Mrs Davina Hogg
Mrs Hazel Thomas J.P.
Mr Richard Griffiths
Mr Edward Morgan J.P.
Mr B Davies ARAgS
Dr D Johnson
Mr Roger Williams MP
Mr Glansnant Morgan, ARAgS
Mr Ben Harries, MRCVS
Mr Philip Davies
Mr Calvin Meredith *
Mr David T.M. Lloyd

Mr W N H Legge-Bourke, D.L.*
Sir Martyn Evans Bevan, Bart
Mr W P de Winton
Mrs Jean Gittoes*
Mr M J Jenkins, GSO, CBE, JP*
Vice Ad. Sir Iwan Raikes, KCB, CBE, DSC, DL*
Mr J Matthews*
Major N V S Paravicini
Mr E. Davies
Mr H Price
Mr David Jones-Powell
Sir Roger Jones OBE

Honorary Life Members

Mr David Jones Powell
Mrs Mary Davies
Mr Clive Thomas
Miss Katie de Winton

Hon. Chairman

Mr Alan Roberts

Hon. Show Secretary

Mr Peter James

Hon. Show Directors

Mr W. Stephens
Mr Charles de Winton

Hon. Auditors

Mitchell and Meredith of Brecon

Hon. Treasurer

Mr Russell Stafford-Tolley


Chairman: Mr Alan Roberts

Vice-Chairman: Mr Paul Amplett

Members & Roles:

Mr Frank Sutton (President)
Mr Gwyn H Davies
(Sheep Steward)
Mr Peter James
Mr Clive Thomas
(Ass. Show Director)
Mr Russell Stafford-Tolley (Treasurer)
Mr Paul Amphlett
(Vice-Chair & H&S Officer)
Mr Brian Davies
(Sheep Steward)
Mr Richard Roderick (Cattle Steward)
Mr Gareth Davies  
Mrs Mary Davies
(Chief Horticulture Steward)
Mr Robert Davies  
(Chief Poultry Steward)
Miss Josie Evans
(Shearing Steward)
Mr Wayne Gittoes
(Chief Cattle Steward)
Mr John TL Davies
(Chief Shearing Steward)
Mr Chris Jones
(Chief Main Ring Steward)
 Mr Cemaes Evans
(Chief Horse Steward)
Miss Kathryn Hill (Equine Secretary)
Mr Andrew Matthews
(Chief Country Pursuits Steward)
Mrs Penny Morgan
(Chief Domestic & Handicraft Steward)

Mr Lyn Parker (Poultry Steward)
Ms Julia Phillips
(Chief Sheep Steward)
Mr Gareth Price
(Horse Steward)
Mr Alan Roberts
(Chairman & Comms)
Mr Andrew Powell (Chief Food Hall Steward)
Mrs Tracy Baker (Chief Rural Crafts Steward)
Mrs Jane Joseph (Chief Shopping Mall Steward)
Mrs Libby Roderick
(Ass. Show Director)
Mr Bill Stephens
(Show Director)
Mr David Thomas
Mr Richard Walters (
Traffic/Car Park Co-ordinator)
Mr Philip Williams
(Horse Steward)
Mr Charles de Winton
(Show Director)
Miss Katie de Winton
(Show Photographer/Steward)
Ms Jane Walters
(Shearing Steward)
Mr Mike Lewis (Car Park Steward)
Mr Gavin Hogg (Woodland/Forestry Chief Steward)
Mrs Annie Lewis (Steward)
Mr Robert Dangerfield (Show Photographer/Steward)


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VAT No. 433 9664 70

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Ffrwdgrech Industrial Estate,

Show Office Tel No: 01874  611 881



Hiring the Showground

The Brecknockshire showground is a very pleasant green field site situated in the historic town of Brecon and well placed within the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and Usk Valley panorama. Our 36 acres of prime land are ensconced by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which helps create a wonderful atmosphere at the location. The showground is both close to the amenities of Brecon town and the stunning backdrop of the Brecon Beacons. The site is within convenient reach of the M4 corridor the A40 and A470 and the drive to the same is most scenic.

The approximate travel times to Brecon are: From the Severn Bridge - 1 hour
From Cardiff - 45 minutes
From Hereford - 1 hour
From London - 3.5 hours

The site is available to hire in its entirety or in part depending on your requirements.

Our long experienced Show Directors and staff will be on hand to provide assistance in respect of your event management and planning.

We provide very competitive rates for rental.

With utility supplies of water and electric.

Road infrastructures and Boundary demarcations

Large Main ring area

Large Parking areas.

Proximity to River Usk, Brecon and Talybont canal, towpath, theatre and all other town amentities and attractions.

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All interest in our Showground is welcomed.

Please feel free to discuss your requirements with our Secretary:  

Address: HBF Depot, Ffrwdgrech Industrial Estate, Llanfaes, Brecon - LD3 8LA
01874 611 881
Email: breconshow@gmail.com

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