The Chertsey Agricultural Association was founded in 1833 when a group of local farmers and landowners, who met at local ploughing matches, decided to form the C.A.A. This was to encourage a more widespread knowledge of, and to improve the use of, agricultural techniques in arable and livestock farming.
The ploughing matches led to the foundation of the Chertsey Show at which livestock classes and classes for Market Acreage were judged.
AWARDS. Awards were made annually to encourage agricultural labourers, both for long service with the same Master and rearing the largest families without the aid of Parish Poor Law relief.
By the end of the 19th Century the Annual Show had developed into an important local event with show classes for horses, cattle, pigs and sheep, basically serving an area within a 15-mile radius of Chertsey Church.
In 1991 the decision was made to hold a two-day show to enable time for the ever-increasing classes especially on the horse front. Since this time the show has been able to settle on one site once again through the goodwill of the then tenant and now through the positive support of the new owners of the Chertsey Meads - The Runnymede Borough Council.
When you attend this year's Show on The Meads you will see apart from the cattle, sheep, pigs and goats, a pet show, a Companion Dog Show, Dog Agility, a Craft and Food marquee, horticultural marquee with vegetables, flowers, domestic and craft classes, Scarecrow competition and trade stands. Horse Show plus Heavy Horses. In fact, we cater for all interests.
We would like your support so why not put the date in your diary and have a weekend at the Show and to make it more interesting why not ask for a schedule and enter one or several classes.
We look forward to hearing from you . . . . .