A message from our Chairman

Bill Gray explains why RHASS needs your support

As a registered Scottish charity, RHASS fulfils its purpose of supporting Scottish agriculture and rural communities in many ways; one of the main ones is in putting on the Royal Highland Show. The Directors and team here at Ingliston are greatly saddened that our four-day celebration of food, farming and rural life will not take place this year.

Our focus now is to look at how we bridge the financial gap we face as a result of the cancellation of the Royal Highland Show and event bookings at the Royal Highland Centre, while still contributing to the success of the agricultural and rural sectors through our grants and awards and in new and creative ways. The loss of income from the Royal Highland Centre – income which last year exceeded £1.5 million – combined with the loss of revenue from the Show, estimated at £4.8 million, will see challenging times for RHASS in the coming months.

We are heartened by the response we have had from our members who understand that the coming 12 months will be challenging. As we demonstrated during our regional roadshow last autumn, our members are the lifeblood of the organisation and we urge you to support us so we that can deliver our charitable work. Last year we distributed almost £330k in grants and awards, that’s £20 on behalf of each and every member of the Society.

We are also speaking to our partners and sponsors, to see what part they can play to support us during this unprecedented time. It is during tough times that great things can happen and I have every confidence that the membership, our partners and sponsors will get behind us so that we can continue to help shape our agricultural industry for future generations. We are all in this together and together we will come through it.

Bill Gray

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