Our New President Looks Forward to the 2017 Show

Our New President Looks Forward to the 2017 Show

David Stacey DL, the President of the Shropshire Horticultural Society for 2017 has lived near Hope, “beyond Hope”, on the Welsh borders in Shropshire since 1982.   He took over the family home following the death of his grandfather Robert Bridgeman (2nd Viscount Bridgeman) a former Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire.   Born in 1958 David’s formative years were spent in S.E. London where his father was Rector of Woolwich and later in Kent where his father was Director of Social Services.    It was this background that instilled in David the importance of contributing to community life. 

David has had a varied working life, a qualified Chartered Surveyor who amongst other things has been an award winning TV producer with an International Emmy and Prix Italia to his name and, for ten years, a yogurt salesman with Rachel’s Dairy the Welsh based yogurt producer where he was Sales Director.   David looks after his estate, is a dairy farmer, runs a coaching company and writes, as yet, unmade screenplays including one set in Shropshire. 

David has volunteered as a Samaritan and is a governor of two Shropshire schools, Hope, Worthen and Westbury C of E Primary School and Packwood Haugh Preparatory School. In 2015/16 he was High Sheriff of Shropshire – his theme for the year was The Opportunity and Challenge of Later Life”.

David is married to Annabel and has two children, Jack (22) and Islay (19).  He used to step off the Long Mynd on a hang-glider but switched to golf in the interests of self-preservation and is a member of the fabulous Church Stretton golf club.