The Oxfordshire Agricultural Society Trust Award

In addition to its core grant-making role, as part of the Trust’s remit to encourage those working in agriculture and rural activities, the Trustees intend to award each year (or each alternate year) a cash prize of £250.00 and a Trophy to a resident of Oxfordshire considered to be most worthy of recognition for his or her work in promoting agriculture and rural life and values, in the broadest sense.

Nominations are invited for consideration by the Trustees; please write or e-mail the Secretary secretary@oast.org.uk with your nomination, your reasons for nominating and your contact details or fill in our on-line nomination form.

This Award was initiated by Mrs. Anne Kelaart when she was Oxfordshire’s High Sheriff in 2005. It generated a great response and the OAST Trustees hope that it can become a popular and enduring way of drawing attention to some of the many unsung heroes and heroines of rural life, whose work as farmers, conservationists, educators or campaigners deserves wider recognition. The continuation of this Award is made possible by the generous bequest of the late Mr. Stephen Hart, Chairman of the Trust from 1999 – 2006.

It is anticipated that this Award will be made from 2008. Please send in your nomination by 31st May in time for the Award to be made that year at Dorchester Abbey’s annual Harvest Festival in October. Nominations received from 1st June will be carried forward for consideration the following year.

I wish to nominate the following Oxfordshire resident as a candidate for the OAST Award:

Nominees will be informed by the end of September if they have been successful or not and the Award is made after the Harvest Festival at Dorchester Abbey in October each year.