Fu­ture un­der dis­cus­sion

The Galloway News - - FARMING REVIEW -

An ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eral meet­ing of Ste­wartry Agri­cul­tural Dis­cus­sion So­ci­ety will take place next week.

And the mat­ter be­ing dis­cussed will be the or­gan­i­sa­tion it­self.

Dwin­dling num­bers mean mem­bers will be asked whether the or­gan­i­sa­tion – founded in 1961 – should con­tinue.

The so­ci­ety used to at­tract big num­bers to talks but in re­cent years the com­mit­tee has been joined by au­di­ence num­bers in the sin­gle fig­ures.

Trea­surer/sec­re­tary DavidYoung said:“We have man­aged to at­tract some ex­cel­lent speak­ers from as far afield as Northum­ber­land but we don’t want to or­gan­ise meet­ings and bring speak­ers if no one is com­ing.

“A few years ago we cut it down to two meet­ings a year but that didn’t make any dif­fer­ence.

“I think it’s just a sign of the times and it may be that it’s run its course.

“I don’t know if it’s be­cause peo­ple no longer want to come to meet­ings or that older mem­bers are not as mo­bile as be­fore.

“I think the younger gen­er­a­tion is get­ting their in­for­ma­tion in dif­fer­ent ways.”

The EGM will take place at Ring­fordVil­lage Hall onTues­day, No­vem­ber 6 at 7.30pm.

MrYoung added:“I can’t fore­cast whether it will be con­tin­u­ing or whether it will not but if it does con­tinue it will be with a dif­fer­ent com­mit­tee.”

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