New Era for Rural Support Network

A new era has begun for the Yorkshire Rural Support Network with Philippa Coultish succeeding Helen Waddington as Chairman. In addition, long standing steering group members and supporters, Sally Connor of RABI (the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) and Revd Canon Leslie Morley, who is also deputy chairman, are standing down from the committee.

The Network provides support for those working in the rural sector to help reduce stress and distress in the countryside. It is supported by a wide range of organisations including the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Farm Crisis Network, the Health and Safety Executive, NFU and CLA and the Anglican and Methodist churches.

Philippa brings a broad range of experience of the agricultural sector to her new role. Her background is firmly rural - the family farm lies between Holmfirth and Wakefield - and she has two adult children employed in the dairy and arable sectors.

She and her husband Graham ran their own milk round, now farm grassland and also keep a small flock of sheep, but her career has also encompassed the rural business world, including working for an auctioneer’s and a land agents. Latterly she has played a key role with the Business Link organisation, and now runs her own business providing advice and support to businesses in the rural community in the South Pennines area. With a wide range of connections and as Chairman of the fundraising committee for RABI in West & South Yorkshire, Philippa will play a key role in increasing the reach of the Network.

ENDS

5 March 2013

Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society – 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk

YORKSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY: 

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. This ranges from educational initiatives to the Society’s Nuffield Scholarships to hosting the Yorkshire Rural Support Network. The Society is based at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate; the RAC includes Fodder, the Society’s award winning regional food shop and café which opened in June 2009.

The Society is the organiser of the annual farming and country showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. Dates for the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show are Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October are the dates for Countryside Live.

Tickets for the Great Yorkshire Show, including e-tickets,  can be purchased at www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk or by calling the show office at 01423 541222.

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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling

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