For more details about this rare opportunity, please follow the link to the Farmers Weekly article below.
For more details about this rare opportunity, please follow the link to the Farmers Weekly article below.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Cornwall Farm Business Awards, which was held on the 26th April at The Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge.
The event, highlights the region’s most outstanding farm businesses and this year saw an unprecedented number, and quality, of nominations and recognised those excelling in their field.
BEST COMMERCIAL FARMER
Suzanne & David Simmons, Riviera Produce
The Simmons business has achieved incredible growth under David’s management, evolving from a 160 acre mixed farm in the 1980s to one of the Country’s leading brassica growing businesses, farming some 5,500 acres, supplying a range of crops to several of the UK’s major supermarkets. The combined business employs 200 people based in Cornwall and a further 250 Eastern European staff at peak times of year.
BEST WOMAN IN FARMING
Gayle Bersey, Triffle Farm
Gayle started The Lynher Valley Aberdeen Angus in 1994 on the retirement of her parents from farming due to ill health. All the cows can be traced back to three of the original cows. Her aim is to produce easy keeping, easy calving with size that is commercially viable without losing the traditional traits of the Angus. Gayle does a vast amount of work, and nothing is too much trouble.
BEST LIVESTOCK FARMER
David Turner, Mendennick Farm
David can trace his family farming history back to 1597 and since 1922 on the current family farm of Mendennick Farm at St John. Having lost his father aged two, David took on the farm aged just 20 and has grown the business into the 1600 acre organic enterprise that exists today. With over 2,000 Highlander ewes and 65 Stabiliser Cattle David certainly has his hands full and he is pleased that his youngest son Will is shortly going to return to the farm having graduated from Aberystwyth.
BEST FARM PROCESSOR
Roger and Tanya Olver, The Cornish Duck Company
The Olvers are breeders and producers of award winning table duck and duck eggs. They hatch, rear and dispatch on farm where they also process the duck to make duck burgers, smoked duck and Drake’s Pudding. The business employs 2 full time people, with Tanya overseeing the egg production and incubation process, right through to slaughter.
BEST DAIRY FARMER
John Heller & Tom Nicholls, Acland Farm
Since joining the team at Acland Farm ten years ago as a stockman, Tom has worked together with John Heller in the transformation of the dairy enterprise to a highly efficient and well organised milk producing unit, despite significant physical constraints. Adaption in 2012 to house the dairy herd all year round and install 7 robotic milking units was an innovative and pioneering step six years ago.A keen advocate of utilising technology for business advantage, Tom has embraced the information generated by the robotic system and used it to fine tune cow management systems.
BEST YOUNG FARMER
Tom Jones, Trelay Farm
Tom comes from a generation of farming family, operating a dairy farm of 350 acres outside Davidstow supplying into the local Dairy Crest factory under the cheese contract. He operates a grass based forage system. Tom has a deep understanding of the individual costs of his business and what this equates to in pence per litre of output. His dedication, and desire to ensure the continuation of his dairy farm whilst not compromising the welfare or output of the herd is extremely impressive.
Peter Clarke, Farming Community Network
With a lifetime of dedication to the farming and wider countryside communities, a genuine desire to seek justice for farming families, feared and revered by politicians and authority alike, and renown by many for his distinctive gruffness & determined character – this year’s deserved winner of the Cornwall Farm Business Awards – Farming Champion is PETER CLARKE.
CORNWALL’S FARMER OF THE YEAR
David & Suzanne Simmons, Riviera Produce
What the Simmons family have achieved with Riviera is incredible in terms of growth, profit, efficiency and as a supporter of the local economy is incredible and they deserve all the plaudits thrown at their door. Every county needs a Riviera and Cornwall are lucky enough to have them benefitting the rural economy.
The Addington Fund Board of Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of Bill Young as their new CEO with effect from 1st May 2018. Chairman of Trustees Sheila Cole, commented “We are confident that Bill will lead the Addington Fund team into the future with great passion and enthusiasm. These will be exciting times for the charity and we look forward to working with him.”
Bill has lived in the South Midlands for over 30 years after graduating from Harper Adams, starting his working life as a grain trader and then sales manager at Midland Shires Farmers before moving into quality assurance at its inception 20 years ago with NSF Agriculture and more latterly at SAI Global, as their Head of Agriculture.
Bill comments “Heading Addington Fund will give me a wonderful opportunity to put something back into the industry that I love, and which has been so good to me over the years. I have always found it very rewarding working in a rural environment, with great people and I look forward to taking Addington Fund forward and with the help and guidance of the trustees, meeting the long-term goals of the charity”
Our latest Barn Conversion project, this time in Cumbria has just started. Two homes will provide affordable rural housing for people farming families. Please look at our current projects page for more information.
This week, Addington trustee Christine Ryder was part of a cheque presentation from the recent Yorkshire Breakfast. A grand total of £8,748.34 was donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Addington Fund. A fantastic effort from all those who helped Lindsey and all those who came and supported the event. Thank you so much to everyone who supported this breakfast in any way.
The Addington Fund is planning a fund raising breakfast on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at the Ashwin Suite, Stratford Livestock Market at Stratford Agricultural Park.
The breakfast is part of a series organised by the Addington Fund, a farming charity set up during the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in 2001 to support livestock farmers across the country.
Sheila Cole, Chair of the Addington Fund trustees said, “These breakfast events help us to raise funds and increase awareness of the work we do and it’s also a really good social occasion with everyone who takes part having a really good time.”
Breakfast will be served from 10.00 hrs. There is no charge for the meal but guests are asked to make a donation which will be shared equally between the Addington Fund and the RABI.
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.
The search is on for excellence in Devon agriculture as the fifth Devon Farm Business Awards were launched this week (Monday, February 5, 2018).
The awards highlight the excellence and dynamism of farming in Devon at a time of great uncertainty within the agricultural sector and are organised by the Addington Fund, the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) and leading regional solicitors Stephens Scown.
Sheila Cole, Chairman of Trustees of the Addington Fund said: “The Devon Farm Business Awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Devon’s farmers. The Addington Fund is deeply committed to helping the farming community in Devon. Farmers are not great at singing their own praises, but these awards are a real chance for the county’s farmers to receive the recognition they so richly deserve. The trustees are very grateful for the ongoing support of Stephens Scown, Devon County Agricultural Association and all the sponsors, which has contributed greatly to the success of the Awards.”
Phil Reed, partner and head of rural services at Stephens Scown said: “Farmers are notoriously reluctant to shout about their success, but that is exactly what we need to do. The Devon Farm Business Awards is our way of saying thank you and celebrating success. Please take the time to put yourself forward, or nominate another farmer who is doing great things. We need to give the sector the recognition it deserves for the enormous contribution it makes to all of our lives.”
Mrs Mary Quicke MBE, Chairman of the DCAA, said: “The Devon Farm Business Awards provide so many inspiring examples of how family farming businesses are rising to the many challenges of today’s world. And that has never been more important, given the many uncertainties that still surround the Brexit process and its implications for farming. What we can be sure of, however, is that the best farming businesses, in terms not only of production efficiency, but also customer focus and environmental awareness, will survive and prosper whatever the future holds.
“By turning the spotlight on those businesses, and highlighting the lessons they provide, the awards have a key role in equipping us for that future. Not just the DCAA, but the industry as a whole in Devon and beyond, owes a great debt of gratitude to our sponsors for making the awards possible, with all the benefits they bring.”
Farmers and growers in Devon are invited to apply for one of the following categories:
Best Commercial Farmer
Best Dairy Farmer
The CAAV John Neason Diversification Award
Devon’s Best Young Farmer
Best Woman in Farming
Lifetime Achievement Award
Devon’s Farmer of the Year will be awarded from the category winners.
Entries close on March 16, 2018, with the winners being announced at a gala dinner to be held on the eve of the Devon County Show, on Wednesday, May 16 at the showground at Westpoint, Exeter.
Information about the awards, the various categories and how to enter can be found at www.addingtonfund.org.uk/events
Over 200 Farmhouse Big Breakfasts were served up for charity at the latest fundraiser staged by Yorkshire members of Farm Stay UK.
The 2018 hosts were Lindsey and Will Hitchen, of St George’s Court B&B, based at Old Home Farm, High Grantley, near Ripon, and the three-day event raised almost £7,000 for national farming charity, Addington Fund, and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
This also included the proceeds of a standalone two-course hot supper for another 60 guests, where entertainment was provided by local singer, guitarist; writer, journalist, TV presenter and producer Chris Berry.
It was the second Big Breakfast bonanza staged by the couple. The first in 2011 netted over £3,000 for the same two charities, with the latest event boosting the St George’s Court kitty to around £10,000.
Multiple sponsors stepped forward to support the event, both financially and with product donations. Keynote sponsors were Ripon accountants Eura Audit, Barclays Bank’s agricultural division, who again sent two of their senior personnel every day to work with the ladies, and Craven Cattle Marts in Skipton.
Over the years, other regional members of Farm Stay UK, the country’s largest network of farm-based accommodation providers, have laid on charity Big Breakfasts, which have netted many thousands of pounds, primarily for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Addington Fund, which offers a vital lifeline and safety net to farmers in desperate need of housing or emergency funds.
“Once again, both sponsors and Big Breakfasters gave us fantastic support. We cannot thank them enough,” said Mrs Hitchen.
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A successful breakfast event held at Grigg’s Restaurant, Lower Sticker, St Austell has raised funds for farming charities Addington Fund and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
Sheila Cole, Chairman of the Addington Fund Trustees said, “Grigg’s Restaurant kindly host the breakfast every year and we are really grateful to Michael Grigg and all his staff for their support. As usual it was an excellent breakfast with all the volunteers working so hard to make it all happen. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the delicious Cornish breakfast, and to our sponsors; Barclays, Gold Top, Coodes, Folk2Folk and Colin Carter Eggs
A breakfast event held at Ashcombe Village Club which serviced over 75 meals has raised funds for Addington Fund and Ashcome Village Club.
The breakfasts are part of a series of events which are held across the country as part of Farmhouse Breakfast Week.
Sheila Cole, Chairman of the Addington Fund Trustees said, “These breakfast events help us to raise funds and increase awareness of the work of our charity. . They are also a really good social occasion.”
“The Village Club has been the venue for the breakfast for a number of years and has always been a very successful and happy occasion with an excellent breakfast. This year was no exception and the volunteers who worked so hard at the organisation seemed to make everything appear so easy. Our thanks go in particular to Ralph Rayner and Sharon Gay for promoting and hosting the event, to our sponsors Barclays, Gold Top, Stephens Scown and Folk2Folk, and especially everyone who came to enjoy the breakfast on the day” Sheila added.
A unique opportunity to take charge and drive forward Addington Fund
This post is advertised with Hanover Fox International and interested parties must apply with their CV directly to them. Please do not contact Addington directly about this position.
We are pleased to announce a revised date for the 2018 Cornwall Farm Business Awards and apologise to our sponsors and supporters for the confusion caused by the delay of this news, and would like to thank you for bearing with us.
The Awards have been rescheduled for Thursday 26 April 2018 and will recognise the individuals, families and companies for their ability and contribution to Cornish agriculture.
Please head to the CFBA section on our Events page for more details