Duchy College students prepare to meet The Queen
PUBLISHED: 09:44 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:44 20 February 2014
Students and staff from Duchy College will be making their way to Buckingham Palace next week to attend The Queen’s Anniversary Prize presentation ceremony and reception, which is taking place on 27 February
Duchy College Rural Business School is the first land-based College in England to be awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. This award, which is given every two years, is in recognition of the work done to help promote prosperity and skills in the South West farming community.
At the ceremony Amarjit Basi, CEO and Principal of Cornwall College, will be presented with a medal by The Queen. While The Duke of Edinburgh will present a certificate, signed by The Queen, to Head of Duchy College, Andrew Counsell.
Following the ceremony guests, including staff and students from Duchy College Rural Business School, will attend a reception at which they will get the opportunity to meet The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
Four Duchy College students have been invited to attend the ceremony and reception, including Catherine Ede, who lives near Callington and studied the degree in Rural Business Management at Duchy College. Catherine now works as a Training Leader with the Rural Business School’s Healthy Livestock Project.
“It was such a nice surprise and an honour to be selected to represent the college.” She said, “This is a once in a life time opportunity and I am very excited to be visiting Buckingham Palace and even in with the chance of meeting The Queen during the reception after the ceremony.
“Having been a student and working for the Healthy Livestock project, I have seen first-hand all the work and dedication the staff at the Rural Business School put in, rolling out many courses across the south west to many beneficiaries.”
Caroline Trude, who lives near Cullompton and is Vice Chairman to the Devon Federation of Young Farmer’s Clubs, has been both a student and a trainer on the Healthy Livestock courses at Duchy College. She said: “I was thrilled to hear that Duchy College Rural Business School had won this award. The Healthy Livestock Initiative has touched so many livestock farmers and business from across the South West, giving them somewhere to touch base and go to for advice.
“I feel so privileged and very lucky to represent Duchy College students and Young Farmers at the ceremony and reception - it’s not every day you get to go to Buckingham Palace!”
Adam Bedford completed the Challenge of Rural Leadership course with Duchy College in 2013 and currently works for the UK farming unions in Brussels. He says: “The course at Duchy College was excellent and I feel I have really benefited from it. I am delighted to have been asked to go with others to collect the award for the College from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
“The award is justly deserved and fantastic recognition for all the hard work Duchy College puts in to developing and delivering high quality education and training for rural areas.”
Andrew Creed is a dairy farmer from West Pennard near Glastonbury. He took part in the Healthy Livestock programme and has also been invited to the palace ceremony and reception. He said: “I was very surprised and honoured to be asked, it came completely out of the blue. We had very good results following the Healthy Livestock programme. It was really well thought out and was really useful to my personal development as a dairy farmer as well as to the business as a whole.
“It’s fantastic that the Duchy College Rural Business School has been recognised with this award. They’ve worked really hard and it will raise the profile of agricultural education. As farmers, there is always something we can be doing differently. It means extra work but I have seen the benefits financially and in my herd as a result of taking part in the programme.”
Head of Duchy College, Andrew Counsell added: “This award is evidence of The Rural Business School’s significant achievements and couldn’t come at a better time as Duchy College has just started work on its Future Farm plans, a £10m investment to bring the best equipment, knowledge and support to the agriculture and land-based industries in the South West.”
For more information about Duchy College Rural Business School or The Cornwall College Group, please call 0845 60 50 455 or visit www.duchy.ac.uk.