Countess of Wessex enjoys busy day in Truro at school, community centre & farm

The Countess of Wessex enjoyed an extremely busy day in Truro, on Tuesday, spending time at a local school, a community centre and a farm.

Starting off a jam-packed day for Sophie was a visit to the Tregolls School in Truro. The Countess of Wessex was greeted by Headteacher Matt Middlemore and  given a tour of the academy and its grounds.

Within the last year, a £3 million building and a sports pitch extension have been added to the school campus. Currently, the Tregolls School is nominated for two Cornwall Teaching Awards for the 2018 year. The categories that the school is competing in are the Pupil Wellbeing Initiative of the Year and the Best School of the Year.

In addition to the school tour, the Countess was given the opportunity to view a mobile classroom provided by the Royal Cornwall Show; Sophie is the organisation’s president. This classroom is a part of an outreach farming and food education project which helps children to learn about agriculture and farm life, which is so important to Cornwall

Not surprisingly, the name of the newest member of the Royal Family was on everyone’s minds. When prompted on what the baby’s name might be, Her Royal Highness replied : “The jury’s out on that one. I don’t know, we’re all just going to have to wait and see. I’m thrilled for them all, it’s lovely – really good news.”


The Countess of Wessex ‘s second stop was the St. Erme Community Centre, where she attended  the Annual General Meeting of the Truro Christmas Primestock and Produce Show, for which she holds the title of President.

Originally started in 1902, the Primestock and Produce Show has grown from a small fair held at the Cattle Market to the enormous event that it is today. Presently, the show provides five different sections of interest, including, Farm Produce, the Young Handlers, Livestock, Craft Fair and Domestic Classes. Available to satisfy any interest, the numerous domestic classes range from preserves and honey to floral art, photography and cookery, just to name a few. Children are not forgotten either, as a wide variety of children’s classes are also offered. There is truly something for everyone at the Truro Christmas Primestock and Produce Show.

Finally, the last stop of the day for Her Royal Highness was the Tregassow Farm. Nestled on about 200 acres of beautiful, rich, farmland, just outside of Truro, this farm is just starting it’s most anticipated season for Cornish Asparagus. For the last 10 years, the owners and operators, John and Jennie Keeler, have perfected the tricky technique for growing the most exquisite Cornish Asparagus available. Tregassow Farm is currently the largest grower of Cornish Asparagus and their crops have quickly become the most sought after produce available in Cornwall. With asparagus that has a calibre second to none, the Keelers have cemented their reputations in Cornwall as the growers of the highest quality asparagus around.

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