To read all about the Devon Farm Business Awards please go to http://www.addingtonfund.org.uk/event-type/devon-farm-business-awards/
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To read all about the Devon Farm Business Awards please go to http://www.addingtonfund.org.uk/event-type/devon-farm-business-awards/
As part of its ‘The Responsible Choice (TRC)’ initiative Frontier has just completed a busy and successful Mental Health Awareness Week (#MHAW17).
The cash has been counted and the total raised for the charity Farming Help by the Frontier team is an impressive £5,602.30.
Most of this money was raised by Frontier colleagues themselves through a week-long series of fund raising events. These were organised with great energy by Frontier’s Responsible Choice group and its regional coordinators and raised an incredible £4,602.30. That’s almost £5 for each of the 1,000 people who work at Frontier.
The company also committed to donate a penny for every tonne of grain traded during the week. Frontier traded 98,933 tonnes of grain and the donation was rounded up to £1,000, bringing the overall amount raised to £5,602.30.
Sharon Kennett, chair of The Responsible Choice steering group said: “We were delighted to support Mental Health Awareness Week, this initiative really struck a chord with our people and their support and engagement has been fantastic.
“It was certainly a diverse week with everyone at Frontier getting involved. We saw everything from one of our directors having his head shaved for charity, to someone completing a 22.47 mile sponsored walk before starting their working day and even one brave man who had his back waxed for the cause – ouch! We also had some of the more traditional and enjoyable events such as office bake sales and raffles.
“We had a lot of fun and we’re very proud of what our people achieved and their generosity. However, the ‘Surviving or Thriving?’ message behind MHAW17 was not lost on us either. We raised awareness of mental health issues, the difference between surviving and thriving and the support that’s available to everyone in agriculture. That was always the main purpose of this initiative for us and it’s an ongoing commitment.”
Mental Health Awareness Week comes shortly after Frontier announced that it is working alongside the charity, Farming Help on a range of fund raising and awareness projects this year. Money raised from all events and pledges will be split among the Farming Help charities.
This is part of Frontier’s The Responsible Choice (TRC) sustainability and responsibility initiative. People is one of the pillars of TRC MHAW17 helped to draw attention to issues around good mental health, particularly in agriculture, and to the help available for farmers and their families from Farming Help.
Delegates from all over the world assembled in Harrogate for the International Wool Textile Organisation Congress 2017. On Saturday they came down to farm level and visited Scaife Hall Farm, the home of Chris and Christine Ryder (an Addington Trustee). Chris and Christine farm several breeds of sheep which they put on display and next door neighbour James Wilson came to demonstrate his shearing ability.
Following a coach tour to look at the moorland grazing the party returned to the farm for lunch. The delegates very generously supported the work of the Addington Fund.
It was interesting to hear about the importance of wool to so many countries around the world. Talking to a major Australian wool broker, due to demand for fine wools he wants to see the Merino sheep population in Australia increase…by 30 million ewes!!!
Will you be next?
Mr Moody, Chipstable
Mr & Mrs G E Jones, Gwynedd
Mr G Burrowes, Powys
Mr J Hoskin, Dorchester
Mr D Lillyman, Devon
N A Wellington, Piddington
Mr T Wrench, Rugby Farmers Market, Stoneleigh
Mr M Gatehouse, Worcestershire
Mr Chris King, Gloucestershire
I R Cousin, Cumbria
Mr Wellock, Eshton
D Mann & Son, Salisbury
Mr P Collins, Northumberland.
Thank you to these farmers and supporters for sending in a donation:
Mr Adams, Brecon
Mrs Morris, Wrexham
Mr W Ford, Olveston
Mr C Silverwood, Waddington
Mr M Stanbury, Cornwall
Dr E D Graham, Birmingham
Mr N Kermack, Helmsley
Mr W Underwood, Aylesbury
Mrs E Pile, Cirencester
Mr & Mrs R Taylforth, Penrith
Mr J Berry, Cirencester
Miss Cowx, Cumbria
Mr P Gay, Devon
Mr J Rider, Launceston
Mr D Acland, Gloucestershire
Mr G Wilkins, Gloucestershire
Mrs M Brook, Exeter
Mr R Knight, Cirencester
Mr R Brooks, Norfolk
Mrs J Fleming, Kings Lynn
G D Powers, Rugby.
Defra has just launched a Small Dairy Farmer grant scheme with a deadline for applications of 31st May 2017.
This is an £8.5 million fund for dairy farmers who produced less than 1 million litres between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016 but are still in active dairy production. The grant rate per litre will depend on the total number of applicants and so will not be known until after the closing date on 31 May. Payments will be capped at 500,000 litres of cows’ milk production. Details of how to apply are on the following weblink:
Robin Stuart Ogg MA (Cantab)
Dear Friends and Colleagues
It is with great sadness and a huge sense of loss that I inform you of the death of Robin Ogg, a Trustee and Company Secretary of the Addington Fund and a very dear friend. Robin lost his valiant fight against cancer in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Robin had many ‘worlds’; family, law, farming, racing, sport, his charitable works and others which will feature in the many tributes to come.
Very much a part of the ‘Addington’ world, Robin gave his time and energy over the last 14 years, serving as a Trustee and Company Secretary. Robin was a member of our Housing Panel, playing a huge role in developing the work of Addington. He will be greatly missed for his balanced views and wise counsel.
At this very difficult time our thoughts are with Elizabeth and her family to whom we send our sincere condolences and prayers.
Mrs Sheila J Cole, Chairman of Trustees, Addington Fund
21 April 2017
Farmers from across Devon have made it to the shortlist of the region’s premier agricultural awards, the Devon Farm Business Awards.
The awards, which are in their fourth year, are organised by Addington Fund, Stephens Scown LLP and Devon County Agricultural Association. Designed to celebrate and showcase the best farmers and farming businesses in Devon, the awards will take place on the eve of the Devon County Show, on 17 May.
The event’s organisers highlight the strength of the shortlist as a reason for optimism in the face of the challenges currently facing the farming sector.
Ian Bell, OBE, Chief Executive of the Addington Fund said: “As an industry, farming will have to adapt to the challenges of Brexit. The farmers shortlisted for our awards are already shaping their farming businesses to meet these challenges head-on. These are the dynamic men and women who will manage change to achieve the maximum benefit for their own farming enterprises and the industry as a whole.”
Phil Reed, partner and head of rural services at Stephens Scown adds: “We were involved in creating these awards, and have been blown away by the standard of the shortlist each year. Now more than ever, we need to pull together as an industry and shout about our success. These hardworking farmers show just what drive, determination and talent exists in Devon’s farming community.”
Mary Quicke, Chairman of Council of the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) said: “It’s an outstanding shortlist, which demonstrates the depth of talent that there is in Devon farming. The DCAA exists to promote excellence in farming, both within the industry and to the world outside, and the DFBA are at the heart of what we are. These farming businesses show, in practical, human terms what excellence means, and any one of them would be a worthy winner.”
The shortlist for the Best Commercial Farmer category, which is sponsored by PKF Francis Clark, is: the Lee family, who farm at Uppincott Farm, near Crediton; Colin Latham of Latham Partners, Illfracombe; Stuart and Lynette Luxton of North Alfordon, Okehampton; and Rodney Hooper of Lower Sessland Farm, Crediton.
The Best Dairy Farmer category, which is sponsored by Crediton Dairy, has a four-strong shortlist: Stewart and Ann Taylor of New Standon Farm, Okehampton; Lawrence Glanville of South Battisborough Farm, near Plymouth; Alan and Donna Webber of Hensley Farm, Crediton; and Tim Rich of Broadley Farm, Honiton.
The shortlist for the CAAV John Neason Diversification Award, which is sponsored by Devon County Council, County Farms Estate, are: Len and Angela Bartlett of Hayne Farm and Bartletts Farm Shop, Honiton; Andrew and Jenni Guy of Julian’s, Holsworthy; Janet and Andrew Verney of Verney’s Molton Ice, Bishops Nympton; and Lester and Helen Bowker of the Gateshayes Farm Partnership, Whimple.
The shortlist for the Best Young Farmer category, which is sponsored by Savills, is Richard Tucker of Ditchett Farm, Tiverton and Alex and Claire Wilson-North of Little Stone Farm, South Molton.
The other categories which will be announced on the night of the awards are: Best Woman in Farming (sponsored by NatWest); Farming Champion (sponsored by the NFU and NFU Mutual); Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by Cornish Mutual); and Devon’s Farmer of the Year (sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers).
Our next breakfast event is on Wednesday 26th April from 8.30-11.30am, with last orders at 11.00am. Kindly hosted by John and Cynthia Cole at East Hill Pride Farm Shop, Four Elms Hill, Sidmouth, EX10 0ND. To book your place(s), please contact Georgi Curtis on 01926 620135 option 3.
Donations are most welcome to help us support farmers in Devon.
Over the last four months Addington has had some terrific support from Yorkshire. People from all walks of life purchased Christmas cards from us. Addington was a beneficiary for the Lingfield Christmas Show run by Craven Cattle Marts at Skipton Market and sheep farmers have supported our ‘Tup 1 Ewe 4 Addington @15’ initiative.
Plough services at St Andrew’s Kirkby Malzeard and Ripon Cathedral benefited Addington and our Farmhouse Breakfast at Scaife Hall Farm was a record breaker. Hosts Chris and Christine Ryder said ‘’We were delighted to welcome so many people into our home for this event and were overwhelmed by their generosity and kindness. I know the £8000 raised will be a great help to a Yorkshire farming family’’.
Many Yorkshire based companies serving the farming community have been exceedingly generous in their sponsorship of our events.
Today we completed on another property purchase through our Strategic Rural Housing Scheme (SRHS) to provide an appropriate home for a farming family in Yorkshire. This will be a home for life and has been purchased in as confidential a manner as possible saving any accusation of money laundering; it has happened before!
Our aim is to provide a home that will allow a farming family to enjoy the dignity they deserve. When they no longer require their home it will be sold and the funds invested in another property to try and met the specific needs of another family.
Thank you for the support you give Addington, your donations make a real difference to a farming family now and will also help more families in the future.
Over 70 guests enjoyed a very hearty and delicious ‘Full Herefordshire’ breakfast at The Temple Bar Inn, Ewyas Harold, hosted by Peter, Gill and Philly Jinman on Friday 10th March. Thanks to Philly and her team in the kitchen and front of house – every breakfast was cooked to perfection using all British produce.
The Breakfast was one in a series organised by the Addington Fund, a farming charity set up during the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001 and supporting 376 livestock farmers across the county of Herefordshire during that time. In 2007, farmers affected by the summer flooding were supported with supplies of straw and hay.
‘Our breakfast events have three aims’ says Ian Bell, Chief Executive of the Addington Fund, ‘they enable us to raise funds, increase the awareness of our work and are a good social occasion’. The breakfast at The Temple Bar Inn was a huge success, and together with the support of Brightwells and Barclays, raised £3,418. ‘An incredible sum’ adds Ian.
Last year the Addington Fund was the charity for the Herefordshire Country Fair. The Chairman of the Country Fair Committee, Julian Gallimore, chose the breakfast as the occasion to announce that the committee were allocating £5,000 from last year’s Fair to the Addington Fund. Accompanying Julian was Vice-President Kate Bliss who presented the cheque to Ian Bell.
Since 2002 the main focus of the Addington Fund has been to provide appropriate housing to tenant farmers needing to leave their farms and in doing so lose their home. One of the first properties provided by the Fund helped a Herefordshire farmer and his wife; Ian explains “Our Strategic Rural Housing Scheme purchases open-market properties to meet the needs of individual families. Like most families we assist, this Herefordshire farmer had worked very hard and done nothing wrong, but the economics of the farm didn’t stack up. By providing a home that kept him local, he was able to retain the support of his nearby family and friends. Everyone knew how hard he and his wife worked so they were able to find alternative employment very quickly and in time were able to purchase the house from us, enabling us to invest that money in another house to provide a home for another family”.
All the monies raised from the breakfast at the The Temple Bar Inn and from the Herefordshire Country Fair will be used to support farming families within the county of Herefordshire.
The Addington Fund was delighted to attend the launch in the House of Commons of the NatWest ‘Harvesting the future for young farmers’ initiative. Although much of the Addington’s housing work is devoted to providing appropriate accommodation for older farming families needing to leave their farms or wishing to retire, an aspiration of the Trustees is that we can continue to provide the dignified exit for the older farmer and also turn this into an opportunity for a younger family to farm.
At our recent Cornwall Farm Business Awards, NatWest sponsored our ‘Best Young Farmer’ award. If you needed any proof that we have a very able next generation of farmers coming through, look no further. We met three outstanding young men who are making a huge impression on the industry and with their ability and vision are already serious players. Cornwall is not alone in having such a depth of talent; as we move onto the judging of ‘Best Young Farmer’ in our Devon Farm Business Awards, sponsored by Savills, we are again encountering some very impressive young people.
Through our work/live units at Ruthvoes we currently have three young families with various types of agricultural and rural businesses. In our one-bed unit at Trevorva we have had a succession of four young people, all engaged in agriculture (and all members of Probus YFC) using us to help them on the path to a successful career and home ownership.
Commissioned by NatWest, this report is based on a landmark study of over 500 young and potential new entrant farmers in Britain, combined with insights and an economic analysis of the future for the industry. They recommend a more joined-up approach across governments, the farming sector and finance providers and they commit to building on their 300 years experience of supporting the sector and position themselves above and beyond the traditional role of a bank to do everything NatWest possibly can to serve their customers well and help them succeed.
Please see the report here Harvesting the future for young farmers
After 37 years the Women’s Food and Farming Union voted at a special general meeting on, 12th May 2016 last year, in London, to close the organisation.
Therefore, it was fitting on International Women’s Day 9th March 2017, that they divided the remaining funds from the national organisation between five national farming charities, chosen by the membership. They presented five cheques to the value of £2000 each to R.A.B.I., the Addington Fund, LEAF, The Farming Community Network and FACE.
The last serving President, Maureen Friday, along with a small gathering of former members and representatives from the organisations who received the cheques, attended an event yesterday held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, for the presentation.
The organisation was started in 1979 by three women in apple growing in Kent, to respond to the crisis in the horticultural sector when the country was being flooded with French apples.
The organisation has been highly successful over the years, campaigning on many issues and providing the very important link between producers and consumers. Many of the initiatives we started, for example: farming in the classroom; supermarket surveillance; promotions of British food at shows etc, are now being championed by other organisations with greater funding streams and achieving a successful end result.
Maureen Friday, last serving WFU President said, “It is a sad day, as I have been a proud member of the WFU for over 30 years. However, it was also a day of celebration of all the amazing work that has been achieved over the years by so many women in rural areas, representing the Women’s Food and Farming Union all over the UK. With the ever increasing use of social media and the digital age, the message is being delivered to our consumers fast and effectively. Many of those who joined the organisation at the start have handed down the farm to the next generation or are now sadly working full time off the farm, supporting their farm incomes and therefore have less time to get fully involved. Some of our members are also involved in direct commodity groups dealing with specific areas of personal interest, such as Ladies in Pigs and Ladies in Beef”.
A vote of thanks was also given to Maureen on behalf of the membership for her long term service and commitment to the WFU.