Countryman's Fair gives over £26,000 to local charities

Charles Huntington-Whiteley and Dr Laurence Couldrick

Charles Huntington-Whiteley and Dr Laurence Couldrick

The Cornwall & Devon Countryman’s Fair has given a record amount of money to charity from the event held last August at Werrington Park, Launceston.  At the Presentations Reception held on Friday 20 January at The Arundell Arms, local organisations received their donations from Chairman, Charles Huntington- Whiteley.   Among those present were PCs Steve Stoppard and Danielle Hill who accepted a cheque on behalf of the Launceston Police Cadets; and Sonia Clements and Rachael Allen who received a cheque for the Launceston Voluntary First Aid Service.  

The main charity chosen for 2016 was the West Country Rivers Trust whose Chief Executive, Dr Laurence Couldrick, outlined the Trust’s work in the Tamar Valley and expressed his delight at the substantial help which the trust had received.  Another major beneficiary of the Fair was Werrington Cricket Club whose members work so hard stewarding on the day.   In total, more than £26,000 was given away.

Bouquets were presented to Mrs Sarah Williams of Werrington Park and to Mrs Anne May-Somerville who with Mrs Debbie Hext had provided a superb lunch in the Hospitality tent for the show’s patrons and judges. 

Show Secretary, Jenny Smith, said: ‘We are most grateful to all those who contributed to the success of the Fair.   I would like to thank our President and host, Mike Williams and especially Alison Hawes, the outgoing Regional Director of the Countryside Alliance, whose help for many years has been invaluable.  Rob Tetley had a record turn-out of trade stalls this year, assisted by Sally Harvey who advised on our new Farmers Market for local food and drink producers.
Committee member, William May Somerville and Dave Chapman of West Country Rivers Trust, worked hard to prepare the pond for the popular fishing demonstrations and lessons and we are grateful to Nigel Bond for organising the clay pigeon shoot. It was a glorious day which everyone enjoyed enormously.   We have been able to give a lot of money to local charities, the past two events have been particularly successful.  I am so proud to have been part of this team effort.  I had the best tutor in the late Roger Pook and donations were made to both Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulances in his memory’.

Exhibitors at the 2016 Countryman's Fair Announced

We are excited to announce our confirmed exhibitors ahead of the 2016 Countryman's Fair. 

If you would like to exhibit at the Fair, please use our enquiry form.

Tamar Field & Stream (Shooting, fishing accessories and clothing)

Ocean BMW

Guide Dogs

Bridport Nets

Kernow Knitwear


R B Agriculture

West Country Rivers Trust

S Martin & Son

Horrells Country Clothing

Moon Raker Accessories

A E Conibear

Elmtree Archers

Stags Auctioneers

Countryside Alliance

The Labrador Rescue Trust


Kernow Signs

Farmers Friend G Phillips & Sons

Raymond James investment Services

Raymond Amusements


Exquisite Cottage Creations

Farms for City Children

Kensey Training Ltd

Countryman Cider

Granite Maiden Chopping boards

K J Bromell Ltd

Mrs K Castleman

CBL Stove & Chimney Specialists

The Pampered Chef

Cahma (Judy Hicks)

South West Equine Protection

Blisland Harness Makers

Duchy College

Mr Billy Fry

Tom Higgenson & Jim Guy

A J Group

Spalding Shell Pictors

Dick Twinney

The Cherry Tree

Country Land & Business Association


Wessex Pantry

Fosi Originals

Handy Collectables & Reclamation

CNC Trading

Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

South West Water Ltd

Posh Paddocks

Celtic Renewable Energy

British Deer Society

Janine Withers

Oh My Lovely

J Weale

Federation of Small Businesses

Mercury Vets

S J Sampson

Pauls Automotive Services

Silver Daze

Living Naturally

Send a Cow

Conservative party

Homeleigh Garden Centre

Professional Agriculture Ltd

Luke Bannister

Primrose Foundation

New Generation Energy Ltd

Roger Young Engineering

The Main Arena Programme is announced

We are excited to announce the Main Arena Programme ahead of the 2016 Countryman's Fair. Please find our list of fantastic performers below. Performance times to be confirmed closer to the event.

Chris Green Wildfowler - Wildfowling Past and Present

Gundog display with Neil Varney Gundogs

Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross

Falconry Display with Jonathan Marshall

Bideford Youth Pipe Band

Mass Parade of Hounds

Parade of winners from the Gundog Classes

Chris Green - History of the Shot Gun

For a look at previous years' performances, please visit our Gallery.