A harvest of cash from a successful summer farming event has been handed out to more than 40 good causes.

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Aylsham Show organisers have given away £40,000 generated last August at the big celebration of agriculture combined with a family day out.

Event secretary Chris Self said the sum was very pleasing in the current economic climate and reflected a large turnout combined with good housekeeping.

It almost matched the best ever year for charity proceeds, which was £42,000 in 2007.

The largest sums of £4,500 went to both the East Anglian Children’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support, who were the chosen causes of Reepham Rotary club, which received the cash as a “thank you” for its work in running the event’s art show.

The sums, and other smaller awards, were given out to representatives by outgoing show president George Bell.

At the show annual meeting, which followed the presentations, Colby potato farmer Bill van Poortvliet was installed as his successor. The new vice-president is Phillida Hurn, who runs a mixed farm at Calthorpe with husband Tony.

Other awards were:

£2,000 – Fakenham EACH support group, Aylsham Recreation Ground, Citizens Advice North Norfolk and the Rotary Club of Aylsham for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind and the Matthew project.

£1,500 – Aylsham Army Cadets, Sparks 4 Hearts and Aylsham Flower Club.

£1,000 – Nelson’s Journey; 1st Aylsham Scouts, Aylsham Football Club, Aylsham Youth Club, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Bryan Gunn Leukaemia Appeal, Injured Jockeys Fund, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society, Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind, Teenage Cancer Trust and Norfolk Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

£500 – Diabetes UK, North Walsham Young Farmers’ Club, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Victim Support, Walking with the Wounded, Farm Crisis Network, Heydon parish room, North Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, Norwich Riding for the Disabled, Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal, Aylsham Market Surgery, Benjamin Foundation, Nancy Oldfield Trust, Aylsham Blind Club, Aylsham SSAFA Forces Help, Royal Air Force Association, 3rd Aylsham Guides, 1st Buxton Lamas Sea Scouts, Aylsham Community Gym, Sea Palling Lifeboat and Norfolk Fire Services Benevolent Fund.

This year’s Aylsham Show is on Monday August 26. More details on the website ww.aylshamshow.co.uk

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