Month: July 2014

Over 53,000 acres judged in just 1 week!!

Over 53,000 acres judged in just 1 week!!

New-EPS-Logo-[Converted]Judging over 53,000 acres of farmland in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire for The East of England Agricultural Society’s annual Farm Business Awards was achieved in just one week by 14 judges. Besides first class farming, prizes were awarded for enterprises as diverse as wedding venues and solar energy farms.

Sponsored by Camgrain & Openfield, this year’s Farm Business Awards attracted a near record entry of 28 farms; of which 22 were in the four main classes separated by farm size. The brand new young farmer class attracted six entries. Overall, the total acreage competing was 53,600 acres.

These farms from across the eastern and midland areas were visited by 14 expert judges; then class winners were revisited by the Supreme judges. And all within the judging week.

Within each class there were awards for Countryside Management, Special Enterprise and Merit, plus first time entrant awards. The new Young Farmer Class, kindly sponsored by Savills, is intended to encourage the farming industry’s younger generation.

Class winners and young farmers now face a patient wait until the Supreme results are announced at the Society’s annual Peterborough Dinner and Presentation Evening on 20th November 2014.

Class judge Keith Thomson from Roxburghshire said: “The standard of farms were amazing. Both myself and vo-judge Graeme Aitchinson were overawed with the businesses presented to us. It was a truly interesting and delightful visit to the east.”

For the Society, Farm Business Awards Chairman Robert Barnes said: “We cannot thank sponsors, competitors, judges and stewards enough for their time and effort. We hope that everyone enjoyed the week as much as we did.”


Notes for Editors

Results of the classes

CLASS 1; Farms 0 – 1200 Acres

WINNER               Andrew Brown, Fairchilds Lodge, Market Harborough RESERVE              Alex Bates, Bates Bros (Farms) Ltd, Bedfordshire



WINNER               Andrew Phillips, T & K Phillips, Bedford RESERVE              Andrew Brown, Fairchilds Lodge, Market Harborough


CLASS 2; Farms 1201 – 1700 Acres

WINNER               Michael Brown, T Brown & Son (Covington) Ltd

RESERVE              David Hoyles, G H Hoyles, Lincolnshire



WINNER               David Hoyles, G H Hoyles, Lincolnshire

RESERVE              Michael Brown, T Brown & Son (Covington) Ltd



Richard Squire, P Squire Ltd, St Neots – Wedding Venue


CLASS 3; Farms 1701 – 2800 Acres

WINNER               Martin Jenkins, Martin Jenkins Farming, Cambridge

RESERVE              Alistair Morbey, Cole Ambrose Ltd, Cambs



WINNER               Nicholas Watts, Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire

RESERVE              James Kiddy, L Samworth & Partners, Cambs



Alistair Morbey – Solar Panels and Storage


CLASS 4; Farms 2801 – 7000 Acres            

WINNER               James Throp, A.G Wright & Son Ltd, Cambs

RESERVE              David Knott, Trumpington Farm Company, Cambridge



WINNER               David Knott, Trumpington Farm Company, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

RESERVE              Ian Smith, Bedfordia Farms, Bedford


CLASS 5; Young Farmer Class To be announced at the Peterborough Dinner on 20th November.


CLASS 6; Supreme Countryside Management Award To be announced at the Peterborough Dinner on 20th November.


CLASS 7; Supreme Championship Award To be announced at the Peterborough Dinner on 20th November.


East of England Agricultural Society, East of England Showground, Peterborough, 01733 234451. For more details on the Farm Business Awards please contact Kerry Buttriss,

Asda and Barclays lend support for Kids Country Food and Farming Day

Asda and Barclays lend support for Kids Country Food and Farming Day

KC ASDA LogoAsda and Barclays lend support for Kids Country Food and Farming Day

This year’s Kids Country Food and Farming Day, at the Peterborough Showground, on Friday 11th July 2014, is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Now in its second year, the event organised by The East of England Agricultural Society, has secured retail giant Asda as its main sponsor, and financial institution Barclays, who for the second year running will lend their support by fielding over 50 volunteers on the day.

Commenting on their involvement Richard Hatherly Fresh Produce Buyer at Asda, said: “We are proud to be able to lend our support to this year’s Food and Farming Day. Raising awareness of where food comes from, how it is grown and how to enjoy it as part of a healthy diet in a fun and informative way is key in helping to shape the eating habits of future generations.”

Over 5,700 children from schools across the region are set to visit and take part in a host of activities including food exhibits from suppliers such as British Sugar, Potato Council, Albert Bartlett, demonstrations from Suffolk Mushrooms, Marriage’s, Muntons and tastings from Arla, Corneyways Nursery, Corkers, G’s and many more

In addition there will be live farm machinery displays complete with commentary about farming 77and food production; interactive sessions on caring for a pony, including a farrier display; talks on safety in the countryside; birds of prey flying displays; and children will be invited to enjoy the excitement of the bee observatory, and get hands on by helping to build a dry stone wall and try traditional hedge laying. The very popular ‘Dancing’ Sheep Show will return once again, and there will be vintage machinery, Shire horse, rare breeds and gun dogs displays throughout the day.

The Kids Country Education Programme and Food and Farming Day was launched in December 2012 to raise awareness of agriculture, food provenance, labelling and security. Throughout the year the programme runs a variety of free events including Birds Go Wild, the two-part educational ‘Grow Your Own Potatoes Day’, Happy Chicks Day and not forgetting the Food and Farming Day. The number of children taking part in these sessions has grown from 750 children at five events in 2013 to 2,000 at the five events in 2014, a 167% increase.

Since its launch visitors to the Food and Farming Day have grown from 4,000 in 2013 to an anticipated 5,700 for 2014, a 43% increase. Commenting on this achievement Sandra Lauridsen East of England Agricultural Society’s Education Manager, said: “Forty seven different schools from a variety of locations across the East Anglian region will join in the fun at this year’s Food and Farming Day. We have over 600 teachers taking part in the event, who will be supported by more than 60 volunteers. There will be over 90 exhibitors including The English Mustard Growers, Anglia Water, Network Rail involved in pulling together this fun-packed educational event, along with 243 educators such as FACE, Assured Food Standards, Potato Council and the Food for Life Partnership to name but a few.

“It really is set to be a fabulously exciting event. We want every child that comes along to the event to leave with a big smile on their face, and a better understanding of where their food comes from and what is involved in getting it to them. You never know we may inspire some budding future farmers!”

The Food and Farming Day will also include a carefully constructed replica African Village, which is being built by visiting students of the Marshal Papworth Fund to illustrate the differences in farming, food and lifestyle between the UK and African countries. The Fund’s students will be on hand during the day to talk with school children about their home communities and how other children grow up and learn in the developing world.

For more information about the Kids Country Education Programme and Food and Farming Day visit contact Sandra Lauridsen Education Manager or 01733 363514


High resolution images available on request

For further information contact: Kelly Allnutt,, or Alison Taylor, on 01223 421 831.


Invitation to the 2014 Festival of Hunting – 16th July 2014

Invitation to the 2014 Festival of Hunting – 16th July 2014

Festival of Hunting horse photoSociety members are invited to this year’s Festival of Hunting which takes place on Wednesday 16th July and very much hope that you will be able to visit the show which promises to be a wonderful day out for you and your family.

The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show is regarded as the most prestigious Hound show in the country and Harriers and Beagles along with the Bassets, Bloodhounds, Draghounds and Terriers also being showing under canvas in a marquee in front of the cattle buildings.

Also returning to the Festival of Hunting in 2014 will be a variety of equine classes with the best horses in the UK competing for prestigious Horse of the Year Show qualifiers.  In hand and driven Heavy Horses will also provide a touch of nostalgia with the majesty of these horses in harness filling the main ring during the lunch time break.

The layout of the show has been looked at in detail with the emphasis on creating a more rural feel and a better flow for visitors and we have made a concentrated effort to encourage new quality trade stands.  We have some fantastic brands signed up which include Honri Hats, Frimble of Ripon (beautiful ladies tweed handmade in the UK), Hi Ho Silver (handmade jewellery with a country twist), Bohm and Bee (capes and elegant accessories using luxury textiles) and The Fabulous Fleece Company (reindeer hides and sheepskin accessories). In addition we have some of the most popular names from previous shows returning such as Daniel Crane Sporting Art, Davies Riding Boots, Jonny Beardsall, Patey Hats and Brocklehurst of Bakewell (country clothing brands include Dubarry, Barbour and Musto).

Within “The Hunt Marquee” we will have a Members area (outside if the weather is fine) and would be delighted if members would join us from 3pm onwards when tea and drinks will be available. As a member you do of course get free entry to the show.

If you have any friends that may wish to attend please telephone Denise on 01733 363516

We look forward to seeing you on what promises to be a great day at the Showground.


With Kind regards

Jeremy Staples

Chief Executive, East of England Agricultural Society

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