The Cotswold Sheep Society, established in 1891, is a very active registered charity working for the conservation and promotion of the the Cotswold breed, with a growing membership throughout the UK and also overseas.
Cotswold sheep are on the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s Watch List. They are currently in the At Risk category which means there are only between 900-1500 registered breeding ewes in the country. Many of our sheep are in small flocks of less than 20 breeding ewes, and every flock, large (more than 20 breeding ewes) or small, are important to the long term survival of the breed.
A high point of the Society’s year is the annual Summer Show and AGM. It gives members with sheep a chance to dip their toes in the showing water, and for everyone to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.
The Society also runs a Winter Social which is another extremely popular event and has a very good attendance every year.
A further important event in the Society’s year is the annual Show and Breed Sale at Cirencester Market under the auspices of Voyce Pullin’s Sale of Rare, Minority & Traditional Breeds Sale.
The Society also runs workshops to help members manage their Cotswolds and to look at some aspects which are particularly important to this wonderful and ancient breed. In 2019 we ran a ‘Care of the Cotswold’ Day which was a great success.
In May 2022 we held a Spring Social at Aldsworth Village Hall. This was a daytime event to compensate for having had to cancel the 2021 Winter Social owing to concerns about Covid. The pandemic seemed a world away as a great turn out of members enjoyed the ‘Woolly activities’ including peg loom weaving, felting and a demonstration of ‘blade shearing’ as well as an excellent BBQ eaten in the spring sunshine.