Q&A: Tim Hutchings, President of the Hertfordshire County Show 2008

PUBLISHED: 16:21 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:06 20 February 2013

County show president Tim Hutchings

County show president Tim Hutchings

Tim Hutchings, President of the Hertfordshire County Show 2008, tells Damion Roberts about his secret football club dreams, Broxbourne Woods and his hopes for this year's county show

Tim Hutchings, President of the Hertfordshire County Show 2008, tells Damion Roberts about his secret football club dreams, Broxbourne Woods and his hopes for this year's county show

Where are you from originally?

I was brought up in Plymouth where I lived until I moved to London in my late teens.

Where do you live now?
We moved to Hertfordshire nearly 30 years ago and have lived in Hoddesdon ever since. We have brought up a family of two sons and a daughter there. It is where our roots are.

Where are your favourite places to visit in Hertfordshire and why?
Since taking on my role at the Chamber I have been privileged to learn so much about what the county has to offer. It is a county with some extraordinarily beautiful countryside and an enormous number of wonderful places to visit. Selecting a favourite is invidious but I do have a soft spot for the village of Westmill.

What are your favourite views in the county?
People often forget just how beautiful this county is. It has many lovely views. I have spent many years commuting through Broxbourne Woods which on a bright morning, at any time of the year, provides a number of uplifting views. It also serves to remind me of the important role the rural and farming economy plays in the county.

Can you tell our readers one interesting thing about
yourself that they might not already know?

As a young man I was on the books of Plymouth Argyle football club. Every week I expect a call from them but it doesn't come. Strange really, they asked me to put on some weight and I've put on loads of it.

How long have you been the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive and what does this role entail?
I have been in the role for 14 years now and am extremely proud of the great strides we have made. With the support of excellent staff and the active participation of many businesspeople it has become one of the country's leading chambers, providing an enormous range of services to help support and promote business in the county.

What appeals to you about the Hertfordshire County Show and why did you decide to become this year's president?
That's an easy one. The show is one of Hertfordshire's greatest assets, providing a great conduit for bringing people together to promote the tremendous diversity which exists within the county. It also has something for everyone and it's great fun. Accepting the invitation took very little thought.

What will there be for visitors to enjoy at this year's show?
This will be the 122nd show, it has grown year on year and now attracts 30,000 visitors to see spectacular displays such as the Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team, the Royal British Legion Band & Corps of Drums, Medieval Jousting and Cossack Trick Riding.

What about for the children?
The show provides a real family day out and young people are very well catered for. Indeed, all children's entertainment, including the highly popular All Human Circus is free. The theme of the show is Fun and Education and there will be plenty of both.

Will you be actively participating in any of the events, or will you be tucked away safely on the sidelines?
No, I intend to get stuck in and to do something worthy of the great honour of being this year's president. Apart from welcoming our 120 invited guests to the annual president's lunch on the Saturday afternoon my other duties will be to visit and welcome VIP guests, trade exhibitors, sponsors etc, and the important Hertfordshire Police and St John Ambulance support personnel. After all that I intend to thoroughly enjoy the show!

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