Celebration of another successful year at the 2015 Peterborough dinner

By 18th February 2016Archive

Results of the East of England Agricultural Society Farm Business Awards were announced at the Peterborough dinner, held recently at the Society Showground. Almost 350 members, guests and friends were present at the dinner, to not only enjoy a meal prepared with top quality local produce, but to take part in the awards ceremony including the presentation of long service awards and an outstanding contribution award.

The annual Farm Business Awards competition recognises technical efficiency, innovation and commitment to producing food of the highest quality. Entrants from across the region compete for the Supreme Championship titles in three sections, having made their way through the qualifying heats to the finals.

Standards were high as ever, with many of the judges commenting on the difficulty of their task given the high quality of the entries. After a marathon judging week with 12 judges traveling thousands of miles, the much anticipated results were finally released to the delight of all present at the dinner.

The much sought after Supreme Champion award found a worthy home, returning with farm manager Mr William Gribbon and team to Heygates Farm at Swaffham.

The Countryside Management award was won by David Felce of Midloe Grange Farm, St Neots who saw off strong competition to clinch the title.

The Young Farmer section was hotly contested, fuelled by a good deal of friendly rivalry amongst the competitors. The eventual winner was Mr Tom Mead of Lynchets Farm, Royston.

Full results of the competition:-

Class 1; Farms 0 – 1500 Acres

WINNER- Andrew & Judith Jacobs – Moor Farm   RESERVE- Nick How- Mill View Farm

Countryside management

WINNER- David Felce – Midlow Grange Farm   RESERVE- Andrew & Judith Jacobs – Moor Farm

Special enterprise award- Nick How- Mill View Farm- Nursery

Class 2; Farms 1501 – 3500 Acres

WINNER- Andrew Robinson – Heathcote Farms   RESERVE-Peter Moyes – Thornby Farms

Countryside management

WINNER- Richard Cobbald – Littleworth Estate Company RESERVE- Peter Moyes- Thornby Farms

Class 3; Farms 3501+ Acres

WINNER- William Gribbon- Heygate Farms   RESERVE-David Knott – Trumpington Farm Co.

Countryside management

WINNER- David Knott – Trumpington Farm Co.

JOINT RESERVE- William Gribbon- Heygte Farms and Andrew Crossley-Thurlow Estate

Special enterprise award   William Gribbon- Heygte Farms- Potato Branding

Class 5; Young Farmer Class

WINNER- Tom Mead- Lynchets Farm      RESERVE- Charles Robinson – Rowells Farm

Special enterprise award   Charles Robinson- Rowells Farm- Recycling Business

Class 6; Supreme Countryside Management Award  winner- David Felce- Midloe Grange Farm

Class 7; Supreme Championship Award winner- William Gribbon- Heygate Farms

In addition to the presentation of Farm Business Awards on the evening, Long Service awards and the Tony Whitsted award were handed over by Society President Sir Hugh Duberley.

Those receiving long service awards on the evening were:-

Mr Philip Carter, for 25 years’ service to agriculture at Hall Farm

Mr Trevor Smith, for 25 years’ service to agriculture at Belmont Farms

Mr Geoffrey Walker, for 26 years’ service to agriculture at Belmont Farms

Mr Kevin Puttrell, for 30 years’ service to agriculture with the East of England Agriculture Society

Mr David Slade for 35 years’ service to agriculture to L.E.Barnes & Sons Ltd

Mr Stephen Grant, for 41 years’ service to agriculture at Belmont Farms

Mrs Joyce Shrubbs MBE for 70 years’ as a farm secretary to L.E.Barnes & Sons Ltd

2015 marked the presentation of the 14th Tony Whitsed award, recognising the outstanding contribution made by a steward at Society events, the recipient on this occasion being Mr Duncan Burton from Rutland. Mr Burton is a member of the East of England Smithfield Festival committee and chief steward of the Lamb section at the Festival as well as an exhibitor. The awards committee declared it an easy decision commenting “Duncan’s commitment to the success of Society events, frequently going beyond the call of duty due to his determination to put something back into the Society, distinguish him as an example to others and reflects the calibre of people that support the Society.”

The final presentation came as a surprise to no one bar the recipient! To mark his retirement as chairman of the Marshall Papworth fund committee, Mr James Parrish was presented with a gift from the Society to show their appreciation for the contribution he has made to the long term success of the fund’s work.

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