VOLUNTEERS at this year’s Romsey Show were assisted in set up and break down by probation service users sentenced to Community Payback (CP).
Teams of service users, supervised by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Rehabilitation Company (HIOW CRC), worked at the show ground.
The agricultural show, which took place on Saturday 9th September, has been running since 1842. It is one of the oldest and largest one-day shows in England attracting over 21,000 visitors. Other than three paid staff, all those involved in putting on the show are volunteers.
CP supervisor, Paul Nobes said: “It’s a great community event to be involved with. The teams carry out lots of tasks from litter picking and moving hay bales to heavy lifting. We are on hand for anything that needs doing. This year the teams set up pony jumps and seating in the members’ area.”
Romsey Show Junior Vice-Chairman, Nick Hatchley, said: “We are grateful to the support of HIOW CRC and the hard work of CP service users.
“It’s a big responsibility for us to put on the show and then return the grounds to their original state. CP teams are reliable and hard-working, a big help in the run up to this busy show.
“It’s great to see the lads getting stuck in, working alongside volunteers of all ages, and learning about this local event. I hope that it helps them to feel part of the community.”
Billy, who is completing 140 hours of CP said: “This is the first time I’ve been to the show ground. I like to be outdoors and it feels good to work hard and be part of putting on the show. As well as completing my hours, my probation case manager has arranged for me to get forklift truck driving training.”
Left to right:
Romsey Show Junior Vice-Chairman, Nick Hatchley, Hampshire & Isle of Wight CRC Community Payback Supervisor, Paul Nobes, Service User, Billy Cross.