Message from the Show President 2017

The Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton

It has been my privilege over the last two year to get to know many from the farming and rural communities in Mid Devon and so I was delighted to be elected as the President of the Mid Devon Show.

Set in wonderful countryside, the Mid Devon Show gives us an opportunity to make connections, build new and renew old friendships and have fun.

Over the years, the show has helped people to reconnect with the countryside and those who look after it and celebrated the best of our agricultural and farming communities.

The Mid Devon Show is a wonderful community event and it is made possible by the wonderful army of volunteers. Over 200 people work, not just on the show day but, throughout the year under the direction of the show director Rose and I am grateful for everyone’s hard work.

Life is changing and so is the life of our communities which is why I hope you will support this year’s charity Devon Communities Together. Devon Communities Together helps communities plan for and secure their futures. They have supported communities to create homes for local people, create local employment, maintain and develop halls and encourage projects to enhance the natural environment.

I am looking forward to the 22nd July 2017 to watch, listen and get involved, to give thanks to God for his blessings and for all those who give their time and energy to maintain and work in our glorious county. I hope you will join me.

The Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton
Show President

 

The Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally

Bishop Sarah was consecrated on the 22nd July 2015 at Canterbury Cathedral and was the fourth woman bishop to be appointed by the Church of England, and the first in the South West. As the Bishop of Crediton Sarah has oversight of the Church of England in North, Mid and East Devon. Since her appointment Bishop Sarah has taken time to get to know the communities here many of which are rural.

The Church of England is often at the heart of the rural community and as this year’s President it gives Bishop Sarah to build on these relationships.

Bishop Sarah said “Set in wonderful countryside, the Mid Devon Show gives us an opportunity to make connections, build new and renew old friendships and have fun.

Over the years, the show has helped people to reconnect with the countryside and those who look after it. There are many who have for generations lived and farmed here and have worked in traditional agricultural industries. At the same time, there are others who have lost sight of where our food and agricultural products come from. I look forward to joining those who come to the show on the 22nd July 2017 to celebrate the best of Mid Devon.”

As a former nurse, Bishop Sarah had a distinguished service in the NHS before ordination, culminating in her appointment as the government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, when she was the youngest person to be appointed to the post. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery.