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FaceTime a Farmer Founder Lands Top Job at EoEFC

FaceTime a Farmer Founder Lands Top Job at EoEFC

A new chairman has been appointed for the East of England Farming Conference. Local farmer and founder of FaceTime a Farmer, Tom Martin, was confirmed in post by outgoing chairman, Richard Whitlock, saying “Our conference is now on the “must attend” list of winter events for all those interested in connecting with the future of our industry. I have now handed on the baton to Tom Martin, and along with a young, enthusiastic and extremely capable team of session chairs and East of England staff, they are producing a valuable programme for this coming November’s conference. I will certainly be attending and wish the new team well for the future.”

Martin, 38, enthused “I am extremely proud to be appointed chairman and thank former chairman Richard Whitlock not only for his service in steering EoEFC to become a key annual event for progressive leaders in the industry, but also for his wisdom and friendship.”

This year’s conference, entitled “Fit for the Future” is crafted to challenge industry business leaders to understand, embrace, and adapt to change in the coming years.

Pic cap Tom Martin

Taking place on Thursday 1st November, at the East of England Arena and Events Centre, the conference will host a packed day of key sessions with inspiring, motivational, and informative speakers from the fields of politics, science, and industry with a focus on in-field productivity, and business profitability gains; “There is something for everyone,” says William Haire East of England Agricultural Society’s, Agricultural Development Manager.

To attend the event as a delegate, please book your tickets online here 

 

Farms Competition Update

Farms Competition Update

It is with great disappointment that the East of England Agricultural Society have made the decision to cancel the Farms Competition section of the Farm and Rural Business Awards for the 2018 competition. The second section of the awards, aimed at diversified businesses and added value food & drink producers will still run in 2018 with prizes presented at the 2018 Peterborough Dinner.

We also look forward to the Farm Walk where we will be taking a look round last years Supreme Champion farm- Courteenhall Estate. Please click here if you would like more information about attending that event.

For more information about the Farm & Rural Business Awards, including how to enter Section 2: Rural Business please click here

Agricultural Society seeks organiser for long and meaningful relationship!

Agricultural Society seeks organiser for long and meaningful relationship!

The East of England Agricultural Society, the charity and owner of the East of England Arena and Events Centre, has launched its campaign to find an organiser and partner for a high tech agricultural equipment show to be held at the venue.

William Haire, agricultural development manager at the East of England Agricultural Society, explained, “We have one of the most versatile event spaces in the country with 9000m2 of covered space and 250 acres outdoors, located at the heart of one of the UK’s most important food producing areas. Close to some of Britain’s leading universities, the venue is surrounded by food and farming businesses and has received over £1m in investment. We are perfectly placed to host a show focusing on the broad aspect of farm technology that is vital to successful modern agriculture. The Society is committed to promoting world-class agricultural practices and we believe that our venue and region should have a show that supports and promotes this view.”

“The Society has committed to this being a true partnership, we will provide the venue space and facilities as our part of the arrangement, leaving the organiser to focus on creating and marketing the show. Of course, we will be happy to lend our considerable experience in hosting agricultural shows to the venture, as and when required.” added Haire.

The East of England Agricultural Society was formed in 1970 by a merger of agricultural societies that trace their history back to the 18th century. It has an active programme of knowledge exchange among farmers and others engaged in the technical side of the agri sector.

“We have produced an event prospectus to help any interested organisers understand what we have to offer and how the partnership would be structured, it can be downloaded from our website. ” concluded Haire.

Prospectus download here

The Skills Service Careers Show- Mission Possible

The Skills Service Careers Show- Mission Possible

The East of England Agricultural Society is proud to be supporting the Agri-Food section of Mission Possible, a careers event run by The Skills Service at the East of England Showground.

The event is the biggest skills and careers event in the East of England, targeted at 14-24 year olds with the aim of showcasing the wide variety of businesses, sectors and opportunities available, both locally and beyond.

The East of England plays a large and integral part in British agriculture and food production. Defra’s 2015 figures show that 40 698 people were employed on farms in the region, and 2017 figures from the NFU state that 476 000 people are employed on farms across the country. These figures don’t even include those that work in the allied industries.

This event allows us to inspire the next generation at the age where they are deciding what their next steps in life could be. Whether it is selecting university courses, apprenticeships, further education courses, or developing interests outside of education, all it could take to get them onto the path of agriculture and food production could be showing the full extent of the industry in a positive and enthusiastic light at this event!

Trade stand price varies depending on the size and requirements of each company, as a guide a 3mx3m trade stand with shell scheme, electric, spotlights, table, chairs and Wi-Fi is £300 + VAT

To get involved, or for more information visit www.theskillsservice.co.uk/mission-possible/

Shuttleworth Lecture- Sir Peter Kendall

Shuttleworth Lecture- Sir Peter Kendall

We are delighted to be welcoming Sir Peter Kendall as guest speaker for this years Shuttleworth Lecture, the event is free to attend and open to all. To book your place email Ruth at RTrolove@EastofEngland.org.uk or call 01733 234451

Funeral Details Mr Roy Bird MBE

Funeral Details Mr Roy Bird MBE

Following the sad news that Mr Roy Bird MBE passed away last week, please see the details of his funeral below.

15th February 2018 @ 11am

The service is to be held at Peterborough Cathedral

Followed by a celebration of Roy’s Life at the East of England Showground.

Entries now open for Royal Handwriting Awards

Entries now open for Royal Handwriting Awards

News release

January 2018

Entries now open for Royal Handwriting Awards

The East of England Agricultural Society is delighted to announce that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother’s Handwriting Awards are now open for entries.

The handwriting competition supported by Cross Pens invites children of school age living or attending schools within the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Peterborough.

Four classes are made up from entries of Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and plus a special class which considers the special needs of the pupils. When selecting the winning entries the judges look in detail for correct copying of the poem, the formation of letters and words, correct positioning of punctuation and the overall presentation.

“We are excited to be able to offer this prestigious competition to the schools in our region and feel it is extremely important to be able to reward the children and schools for their hard work” says Gemma Killingworth, coordinator of the awards.

Schools are asked to read and follow the competition schedule and send entries back to the East of England Agricultural Society no later than 12noon on Monday 4th June 2018.

Judging will then be carried out by a panel of judges from the participating Counties with results announced at the end of June.

For more information about the competition and to download the schedule please visit the website www.eastofengland,org,uk or contact Gemma Killingworth reception@eastofengland.org.uk or call 01733 234451.

 

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Note to editors

The East of England Agricultural Society has been at the forefront of championing agriculture and livestock for three centuries. With a rich history that dates back to 1797, the merger of five local agricultural Societies in 1970 saw the creation of the East of England Agricultural Society that we know today.

For further press information please contact Kerry Buttriss on 01733 234451 or email Kbuttriss@eastofengland.org.uk

Mr Roy Bird MBE

Mr Roy Bird MBE

The Society was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Roy Bird MBE.

Roy’s connection with the Society spans decades, firstly as its Secretary and latterly as a very involved Honorary Life Vice President not to mention his commitment and links to all things agricultural.

Our thoughts are with his wife Norma.

Funeral arrangements will be posted when known.

Pictured Roy Bird (L) with Prince Phillip

Upcoming Events

Aug
8
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all-day Equifest @ East of England Showground
Equifest @ East of England Showground
Aug 8 – Aug 12 all-day
Equifest @ East of England Showground
Members are entitled to free entry to this event upon presentation of a valid membership card at the entrance. For more information about this event, please visit the dedicated event website here
Oct
19
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all-day All Breeds All Britain Calf Show @ East of England Showground
All Breeds All Britain Calf Show @ East of England Showground
Oct 19 – Oct 21 all-day
All Breeds All Britain Calf Show @ East of England Showground
We are delighted to welcome the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show to the East of England Showground this year. The show includes classes for Holstein; British Friesian; Jersey; Guernsey; Brown Swiss; Ayrshire & Dairy …

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