Close to my Herts: Bruce Sherriff
PUBLISHED: 16:13 07 April 2011 | UPDATED: 21:31 20 February 2013
President of this year's Herts County Show, Bruce Sherriff, tells Louise McEvoy what visitors to this year's event can look forward to, what appeals to him most about the show, and his biggest challenge...
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have lived in Hertfordshire all of my life and was educated at Aldwickbury School in Harpenden. I subsequently attended Writtle Agricultural College in Chelmsford, and then helped my father run the family farm before starting my own haulage business, which I sold in 2008.
Where do you live now?
I have lived in Lemsford since 1976 a pretty and friendly village very close to Welwyn. Lemsford has been awarded Herts Village of the Year on several occasions, and has also won an overall environment award. I really enjoy knowing everybody in the village, and being part of a wonderful community.
Why did you decide to become president of this years Herts County Show?
I sit on the Hertfordshire County Shows Financial and General Purposes Committee, which nominates our future presidents. In my absence at one committee meeting I am reported to have volunteered for the 2011 position! My uncle, Jim Sherriff, was the president in 1981 and hopefully, together with my own late father, would approve of my elevation to be the 2011 president.
In addition to hosting a lunch for 120 invited guests on Saturday, my objective is to see every aspect of the show over the two days.
What appeals to you most about the annual show?
I have only missed one show since I was 20. My early involvement was helping with the pre-show preparation, and subsequently I became a show steward. I have been the Senior Grand Ring Steward for many years, and enjoy being part of an event that grows and improves every year.
What can visitors to the show look forward to this year?
The show will be enhancing its established reputation as the largest and best value for money community event in Hertfordshire. The opportunity to see livestock, horses and international showjumping, together with the best entertainment attractions in the UK, is unique. Add the quality shopping outlets and local food stands, visitors can look forward to enjoying the full days Hertfordshire County Show experience.
What will there be for children?
There will be animals, motorbikes, tractors, an all-human circus, fun competitions, simulator rides and lots, lots more. All entertainment at the show is free for both children and adults.
What has been your biggest challenge as president?
The financial side of running the Showground with our secretary, Mike Harman, is always a challenge. Our strategic objective is to ensure the show is both successful and financially viable for future generations to enjoy.
What is your aim as president?
By whatever means possible to arrange two sunny show days! My realistic aim is to promote and increase the awareness of Hertfordshires best kept secret.
What do you do to relax in your spare time?
I teach clay pigeon shooting and manage a 200-acre woodland site of scientific interest near Hertford.
If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Sir David Attenborough. I greatly respect his fantastic input and positive influence in maintaining and helping develop the worlds wildlife.
Describe yourself in one sentence.
A countryman at heart, with a mischievous sense of humour, and a passionate love of Hertfordshire.
Where are the best views to be had in Hertfordshire?
At the back of my cottage looking down through Lemsford, or to the top of the North Downs looking towards Leighton Buzzard at night.
The Herts County Show ison May 28 and 29. http://www.hertsshow.com/