What's the Fuss About?
The Heart Of The Valley Show was first held in 2012, and was the result of a feeling amid the founder members that there was a need and a desire for a family friendly, educational and affordable event in the valley, that was centred around the rural heritage of the area and local crafts and skills.
The founder members felt that there was a general disconnect and lack of understanding about the rural community, and thought it would be a good idea to try to re-connect the local community and the rural community by means of an interactive, friendly old fashioned local show.
Meet the Committe
Gareth - Chairman
Nuffield Farming Scholar. Run my own agricultural business. Passionate about educating people about the countryside.
Wynne - Vice Chairman
A retired career serviceman with an engineering background. Lives in Pontardawe. A keen and enthusiastic community volunteer.
Phil - Secretary/Events Coordinator
I moved to Wales after retiring and joined the HOV Committee as my way of integrating into the local Community. I believe the HOV Show can encourage us all to find out how and where some of our food is produced, by showcasing local producers and their products.
Rhysian - Treasurer
Wife and mam. Works in education. I love seeing how the community has embraced the show. My hope is that we are encouraging children to learn more about rural life and maybe even explore as a possible career choice.
Alison - Stage Management
Nurse, mam to two wife to one, passionate about cows, supporter of all things agricultural, alzhiemers society volunteer.
Zoe - Stallholder Co-ordinator
Runs a retail business in Pontardawe selling ladies clothing & accessories. Attended the first Heart of the Valley Show and enjoys being part of the community spirit in the Swansea Valley.
Natasha - Stallholder Co-ordinator
Turned her passion for crafting from a hobby into a small business in 2012 and hasn't looked back. At 'Once In a While' all products are handcrafted by Natasha and made from card, MDF, fabric and felt. She is grateful for the way the local community has welcomed her and is looking forward to being involved with the committee.
Dewi - Youth Committee Member
Student studying music at NPT College. Active member of of Neath Young Farmers Club. Dewi started playing the drums at age 10 and is looking to pursue a career in music after his studies.
Tilly - Youth Committee Member - Stage Organiser
Member of Class Act Theatre School, CATS, plays netball and Hockey. Enjoys all things fitness related. She's been part of the team from a young age and has developed into a fully active member of the committee.