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Royal jersey agricultural and horticultural society

The royal jersey agricultural and horticultural society is a charitable organisation founded in 1875 that raises funds and promotes awareness of agriculture and horticulture in the UK.

Its members, referred to as Jersey men, are volunteers who support the society's causes and events. The royal jessie society holds a number of events throughout the year such as Christmas parties, garden parties and country dinners.

Background

In the mid-1800s, there was a lot of talk about an agricultural and horticultural society. In 1873, Jersey, which was still a very small island, was asked to make up a list of agricultural and horticultural societies in the UK. Jersey's list had over two hundred members, all of which were farmers, and more than half of them were from the Channel Islands. After the list was received by the Royal Society, it was published in 1875, and so the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society was created on 10 July 1875.

Jersey men were the main force behind the society. Originally, the society was all male, but that changed when a few females joined the society.

Jersey men were in the top two percent of the UK population of male farmers.

History

The first meeting of the society was held on the Royal Court in Jersey, and was attended by over 200 men, including the Prince of Wales, who was elected as the first president of the society. The first committee was set up in 1876.

On 21 October 1880, the society opened the Jersey Horticultural Gardens. The grounds were laid by Mr. John Young of the Royal Jersey Horticultural Society. The building was opened by the Duke of Cornwall.

The Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society, like many other societies, did not have its own building. In the 1860s and 70s, one of the first efforts of the society was to help build a purpose-built society building.

The first committee was elected on 22 February 1876, and as was typical in those times, the first committee consisted of eight to ten members. The first committee consisted of the following,

Thomas Williams, Chairman

Charles Williams

Joseph E. Brown

John L. Young

Edward H. Williams

George M. Pryce

John T. Brown

Thomas A. Jones

The society held its first dinner at the Royal Jersey Horticultural Society building in 1880. In 1881, the society also held its first show, and that year was a two-day show.

In 1882, the society changed its name to the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society, to acknowledge that it included women in its membership.

In the first year of the society being incorporated, it held five shows.

In 1885, the society moved from the Royal Jersey Horticultural Society to the new building in Victoria Square. It also moved its headquarters to that building in 1885. The society started to publish an official journal, the Journal of the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society. In that same year, the society organised the first Jersey show, and was divided into different sections.

In 1886, the society was formally constituted by the King of the United Kingdom. The first show was held in 1887.

The society continued to gain momentum, and by the 1900s, was holding around 70 shows a year.

As well as holding shows and giving awards to exhibitors, the society also holds education events, with classes for all aspects of gardening.

Today

The Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society of today holds many events throughout the year, including an annual flower show.

The Society is a registered charity.

External links

Official website

References

Category:Agricultural organisations based in Jersey

Category:Organizations established in 1876

Category:1876 establishments in Jersey

Category:Agricultural organisations based in the United Kingdom

Category:Agricultural shows in the United Kingdom

Category:Floriculture

Category:Horticultural organisations based in the United Kingdom

Category:Royal Agricultural Society of England


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