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13th April, 2015

The Royal Bath & West of England Society is delighted to announce four of its key supporters have been nominated as finalists in the Western Daily Press Food & Farming Awards (Awards take place 11 May).

New Chief Executive, Rupert Cox, has been recognised in the Outstanding Contribution to Local Food Development, while President Elect Michael Eavis CBE and Society Trustee Martin Thatcher, MD of Thatchers Cider are both finalists in the Outstanding Contribution to Farming category.

They have also been nominated for further recognition with Michael Eavis being a finalist in the Best Farmer category and Thatchers Cider being a finalist in Best Food & Drink Business and Best Drinks Producer. Additionally, regular supplier to the Bath & West Show under the Brand of Styles Ice Cream, David Baker, is another finalist in the Farmer of the Year category.

Rupert Cox said – “I am delighted to be a finalist in the Outstanding Contribution to Local Food Development category, although while being the instigator of the concept of the Somerset Larder supplying EDF’s new power station at Hinkley Point, others have taken the project to become a reality.


Since moving roles to the Bath & West, the Larder work has given me the impetus to continue to provide opportunities for local producers to develop their businesses to succeed at the highest level.

I am equally delighted to see Michael Eavis, Martin Thatcher and David Baker all recognised for their contrition to local food and farming. As key players in the Bath & West family, it is reassuring to know that such distinguished individuals are supporting me in driving forward our Society for the next 50 years at The Showground near Shepton Mallet”.

This year’s Royal Bath & West Show takes place from 27th – 30th May and is a celebration “Great British Agriculture, Entertainment and Food & Drink”, the Show includes British championships in Cheese, Cider, Sheep Shearing, Poultry and South Devon Cattle making it an agricultural show of national importance that attracts over 130,000 visitors.

The Show is celebrating 50 Years at the Showground in Shepton Mallet, which also boasts over 200 acres of excellent facilities which can be hired out ranging from the whole showground to a theatre.

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