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LRSN AGM raises over £7000

On the 19th October 2015, we hosted our AGM, Reception and Charity Auction in the beautiful Oak Barn at Abbey Farm, Kirkstead, Woodhall Spa, courtesy of Will and Jo Nelstrop.

Over 100 guests attended the AGM which was led by Chairman Meryl Ward, followed by a drinks reception where guests met many friends and colleagues from Lincolnshire’s agricultural industry.

Jeanette Dawson, OBE, Principle and Chief Executive of Bishop Burton College then addressed the audience delivering an entertaining but thought-provoking talk about the sustainability of land based colleges in Britain and how to retain the support and gain funding for agricultural education. Jeanette stressed the need to treat education provision as a business, to make money to be able to ensure that the students are able to have the best educational experience possible. Mrs. Dawson, who has been principal of Bishop Burton College for twelve years, has enjoyed a long career in land-based education and was awarded an OBE in 2010 for Services to Land-Based Further and Higher Education. During her tenure as principal at Bishop Burton Mrs. Dawson has worked tirelessly to ensure learners have access to the best resources, technology and research to keep pace with industry developments. She is committed to land-based education and training using 'real' working environments of the highest standards both within the College and through working with partners in a range of land-based industries.

Mike Perkins led the Charity Auction in full auctioneering mode, entertaining everyone with his selling antics and the auction raised over £4000. This event is one of our three major fundraising events in the LRSN calendar so we are thrilled that we were able to offer so many interesting auction promises to maximise our fund raising efforts.

Alison Twiddy, LRSN’s Project Manager, said “It was a fantastic evening and I was delighted to speak to so many of our loyal supporters who were able to join us. The AGM is a good platform to inform everyone about our work from the past 12 months but also our plans for the future. It is important that we are able to spread the word about our services and how we are able to help rural folk who are facing tough times, for whatever reason and the AGM and our Annual Report demonstrate the many different areas where we can help”

Alison added “We would like to thank all the sponsors and particularly Abbey Farm Weddings, Tom Wood, Mike Perkins and Springfield House Association for supporting LRSN, and to all the companies and individuals who donated the auction promises and raffle prizes and general donations.”

In total the AGM and Charity Auction has raised over £7000 of much needed funds to help LRSN continue with their services to those in Lincolnshire’s agricultural industry who need help.