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Glendale's Lifetime Achievement

1st May 2018

Glendale’s Lifetime Achievement

Nominations are now being sought for the 2018 Glendale Agricultural Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, supported by the Glendale Gateway Trust.

Following on from a tremendous response to the inaugural Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) Lifetime Achievement Award, entries are now being sought for 2018. 

Last year, the award was presented to, “A Stalwart to the Community of Glendale”Mrs Susan Burston, in recognition of the outstanding role she has played within the Glendale community for over 30 years, and for her outstanding service to people from all walks of life. The Society has also announced a posthumous award for Chris Leyland MBE, for his role in the opening and nurturing of the Bellview Resource Centre in Belford, and for his role in managing the Chillingham Wild Cattle herd. 

The aim of the GAS Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognise someone who is judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the Glendale rural community. This accolade is, once again, being sponsored by the Glendale Gateway Trust, an organisation which has a natural synergy with the GAS.  Both organisations have a very strong focus on supporting rural businesses, industries, and the wider communities of Glendale, striving to maintain its heritage and traditions.

Rachael Tait, The GAS Secretary, said: “We launched this award last year and were totally humbled by the entries we received, all were worthy recipients and all of last year’s nominations have been put forward for this year. The aim of this award is to thank someone on behalf of their local community for their work and commitment, and it has certainly been highlighted to us that Glendale has many unsung heroes.”

All nominations put forward for 2017 will automatically be entered for the 2018 selection. Anyone who would like to make a confidential nomination should send a brief resume on the nominee to, or call 01668 283 868 to request a nomination form to be sent out. Nominations should be returned to the GAS office no later than Friday 3rd August.

Nominations will be reviewed by a team of judges, including representatives from both The Glendale Agricultural Committee and The Glendale Gateway Trust.  Nominations will remain anonymous. The successful nominee will receive a specially commissioned trophy and £50 in prize money.

Patrick Sheard, Chairman of the Glendale Gateway Trust, said: “Many people have gone above and beyond the call of duty, in terms of their support to the community of Glendale, so we are delighted to support the GAS Lifetime Achievement Award once again. In doing so, we are honouring someone for their lifetime commitment to farming, the rural economy and the agricultural industry of Glendale. 

Whilst GAS is one of the smallest agricultural societies in the UK, it continues to go from strength to strength with its two key rural events, the Children’s Countryside Day and the Glendale Show, being the highlight each year.  For further details, see the society website on  To join as a member please contact the Glendale Agricultural Society on 01668 283868 or email