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 RHASS urges members to register for EU Referendum postal vote


The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is calling on its members to register for a postal vote in the EU Referendum, which falls on the first day of its flagship event The Royal Highland Show (23rd June).

More than 50,000 people are expected to flock to the four-day event at Ingliston on voting day and, with many exhibitors staying over on site, the Society is urging those who can’t make it to their local polling station to register now for a postal vote to avoid losing out on the opportunity to have their say.

Commenting on the date clash, RHASS Chairman Willie Gill said: “The Royal Highland Show is the most important four days in the country’s calendar and even a EU Referendum won’t keep showgowers away. However, it is a key vote, especially for those in the agricultural industry, and we would urge visitors who can’t vote in person to register to do it by post.  That way they can come and enjoy the Show as normal.”

The 176th Royal Highland Show, Scotland’s biggest celebration of farming, food and rural life, runs from 23rd – 26th June 2016.

Register for a postal vote in England, Scotland or Wales https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk/postal-voting

Register for a postal vote in Northern Ireland http://www.eoni.org.uk/Vote/Voting-by-post-or-proxy



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RHASS Chief Executive Announces Departure



RHASS Chief Executive Announces Departure

Stephen Hutt, Chief Executive of The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), has today announced that he is to leave the Society at the end of April.

Appointed in April 2011, Stephen has led RHASS through a number of significant changes, most notably the redevelopment plans for the Royal Highland Centre; the expansion of the Society’s education charity, The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and the advancement of the Society’s flagship event, The Royal Highland Show, which last year attracted close to 190,000 visitors – a record attendance for the premier agricultural event.

With a financial background, Stephen also developed a successful strategy for the introduction of new commercial income streams on the Society’s 280-acre site adjacent to Edinburgh International Airport.

Commenting on his departure, Stephen said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Society and I’m proud of what has been achieved; particularly with regard to the development of the management team who are focused on delivering on the aspirations of the Society. I am confident RHASS will continue to develop and grow under the stewardship of the RHASS directors.”

Commenting on his departure, RHASS Chairman, Willie Gill said: “Stephen has been a huge asset to the Society and will be sorely missed. Over the last five years we have seen record revenues, surpluses and capital investment and are pleased that he leaves the charity in such a strong position. We wish him every success in his new role.”

Stephen will join Perth-based Green Highland Renewables as Chief Financial Officer.


Stephen Hutt - Chief Executive RHASS

RHASS chief executive Stephen Hutt


RHASS Directors give backing to changes at Royal Highland Show


Directors of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) have today given their backing to a number of recommendations aimed at ensuring the best visitor experience for the 190,000 visitors expected at the 2016 Royal Highland Show.

Created in consultation with the event’s stakeholders including Police Scotland, licensees and industry bodies, the reforms include the zoning of the showground to restrict access and reviewing the size and structure of licensed premises on site to ensure that they reflect the culture and values of the award-winning event.

The agreed proposals also feature a code of conduct for the Members’ Area, the self-regulation of kist parties and the banning of carrying or consuming alcohol when walking around the showground.

It is intended that these recommendations will stamp out incidents of antisocial behaviour which led to negative feedback from a number of showgoers attending last year’s event.

RHASS Chairman, William Gill, said: “These recommendations, which have been given signoff by the Directors of the RHASS board, will ensure that the Royal Highland Show remains a world class event which can be enjoyed by all those who attend.

“The aim is not in any way to detract from the social aspect of the show, but to moderate the behaviour of a handful of visitors that, if goes unchallenged, has the potential to damage the reputation of RHASS’ flagship event. Work now begins on implementing these recommendations, determining what the changes mean in practical terms and communicating RHASS’ code of conduct to visitors well in advance of the show.”

The Royal Highland Show takes place from 23rd – 26th June at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. www.royalhighlandshow.org