The Long Service awards are given to employees of current members of the Kent County Agricultural Society and open to employees of farmers and land owners who have completed a minimum of 25 years’ service without intermission on the same farm/estate or under the same employer. This afternoon at 2.30pm Mr Kevin Attwood presented the awards to three people who have given over 25 years of Service. They were awarded a Long Service Certificate, an engraved tankard / goblet and £50 cash prize.

Mr Richard Wilson Froggat, Director of Southern Farms / Sussex Farmers Ltd

Richard Froggatt was a founder director of Southern Farmers Ltd at the amalgamation of the two agricultural buying groups, Sussex Farmers and Rother Valley Farmers in the year 2000.  He served on the board at Southern Farmers until retiring in the summer of 2017. His hard work, knowledge, enthusiasm and support of the buying group has been beyond anything one would expect of any one individual, and his wit and common-sense approach will be hard to replace.

Mr Ronald Baker, Harts Heath Farm

Ron Baker started working for Harts Heath on leaving school aged 15. He has continued to work here for the last 51 years and is now continuing to work part time.

He has done nearly every job on the farm graduating from house boy to tractor, lorry and forklift driver mainly working on the hops and fruit, and he has also been responsible for running the hop machine and looking after the cold stores

Mr Jeremy Sutton, Kent County Agricultural Society

Jeremy started working at the Kent Showground for an outside contractor and became part of the permanent grounds team following a number of years working at the Kent County Show. Jeremy has progressed to Head Groundsman and is part of the driving force behind the showground looking good throughout the year. For anyone who visits the showground regularly you will have seen him working on the ground or setting up for the events that are held here throughout the year. Jeremy is a loyal and trusted part of the Showground team and is the font of all knowledge when it comes to setting up the Kent County Show. The Kent County Agricultural Society would like to thank him for all he has done over the last 40 years.  

The County Town Award

This award is presented each year at the Annual Kent County Show to an individual who resides in the county and who has made an outstanding contribution to the agricultural, horticultural or rural activities in Kent, Kevin Attwood was delighted to present the prize to Mr John Bennett.

John has held the post of Chief Executive to the Kent Wildlife Trust for a period in excess of 12 years. He devotes significant time outside normal working days to networking in appropriate areas and this had led to many bodies having great faith in his ability to provide unbiased opinions and views on a range of matters related to environment, wildlife conservation and protection.

Congratulations to all the worthy nominees.