The Best so Far! - The 2018 Farmers Ball & Farming Awards at High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells!

The Farmers Ball 2

August 2019 UPDATE - 210 of 300 Tickets RESERVED! - DON'T MISS OUT! RESERVE YOURS NOW!

A huge thank you to all who attended, supported and sponsored The Farmers Ball and Farming Awards on Saturday 1st December at the High Rocks.  We had a fantastic evening and the new venue was extremely well received.  Such a great time was had by all that within half a day of launching next year’s event, 102 of the 300 tickets available have already  been reserved!

As well as enjoying ourselves immensely, the night raised the fantastic figure of £1,850 for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

We sold out this year, so make your reservation for tickets early.  Payment isn't required until 6 weeks before the ball.  Table sizes can be any number, though smaller groups may be joined together if less than 8.

In the last year the RAMSAK agrena staff have witnessed two incidents involving Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance.  This drove us to support the charity for this year’s Farmers Ball.  This emergency service is essential to our farming community.  We mostly live in rural areas, where transport by road just takes too long and this can mean the difference between life and death for some emergency call outs. 
Keeping a charity like this running is costly and complicated.  Flying and maintaining the aircraft 24 hours a day, buying vital supplies and equipment, training the best teams in the air and on the ground adds up.
It costs £11 million each year to continue this life-saving work.  It sounds like a lot of money, but each penny makes a difference.  £1 can pay for one sheet of bubblewrap to keep the critically unwell or injured warm, £1,500 pays for fuel for 10 missions and £3,700 pays for the cost of one life-saving mission.  We never know when it could be us or a loved one who is in a situation requiring this invaluable service.
Thank you for all the support on the evening, we hope to finalise our figures and announce our donation very soon. 

MANY THANKS TO GEORGE ASHBY, ANITA HEAD, MARK CLEVERDON, HUGH GOLDSWORTHY AND VICTORIA ROSE FOR THEIR SPEECHES AND PRESENTING THE AWARDS ON THE EVENING.

THE WINNERS OF THE AWARDS ARE:
FRUIT FARMER OF THE YEAR – RICHARD EDMED
BEEF FARMER OF THE YEAR – BURDEN BROS
DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR – WILLIAM WESTACOTT

SHEEP FARMER OF THE YEAR – SIMON PHILLIPS
FAMILY FARMING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – AB JONES & PARTNERS, MEOPHAM
AGRICULTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR – MATT BROAD

Many thanks to the judges:  Sarah Calcutt, Mark Cleverdon, Anita Head and Tim Wild.
 
THE AUCTION RESULTS 
 
Shoot Day—Harty Estate, Isle of Sheppey
Donated by Burden Bros.. Won by Johnny Mair
 
Two Gun Shoot Day—Stalisfield
Hosted by Brian Homewood.  Donated by Ross Goatham of AC Goatham and Rollo Parsons of Lockton Insurance.  Won by Lee Witchell
 
Flower Bouquet
Donated by Harlex Haulage Services, Supplied by Floral Explosion, Longfield
Won by James Canvin
 
Hamper
Donated by Certas Energy.  Won by Alan Day
 
THE TRACTOR AUCTION
John Deere -  Donated by Burden Bros Agri, Stockbury, Won by Anita Head
Fendt – Donated by RW Crawford, Charing, Won by Craig Wickham
Massey Ferguson – Donated by Agwood, Linton, Won by James Gore
New Holland – Donated by Haynes Agri, Borough Green, Won by Alan Day
 
HEADS OR TAILS FOR THE BARROW OF BOOZE
Thank you all those who brought a bottle along for the evening. 
Barrow kindly donated by McVeigh Parker., Won by Alex of NWF
 
Thank you to all our other sponsors:
Skelton Group for sponsoring the DJ
RAMSAK agrena for the photo booth
NFU Mutual, Tenterden for sponsoring the bucking sheep at The Weald of Kent Ploughing Match, which raised £215 for The Air Ambulance back in September and their continued support on the evening.
FGS Agri for sponsoring the table centrepieces. 

Don’t miss out next year, reserve your tickets now, pay 6 weeks before the event. Email: lynsey@ramsak.co.uk or go to www.ramsak.co.uk/events 

More pictures are available from the 2018 night on The South East Farmer Facebook page!