Countryside Alliance Awards - the South East's champions are...
PUBLISHED: 16:42 23 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:55 20 February 2013
Four South East businesses are celebrating winning regional titles in the Countryside Alliance Awards, known as the 'Rural Oscars'. They now go forward to the British finals...
Countryside Alliance Awards the South Easts champions are.
Four South East businesses are celebrating winning regional titles in the Countryside Alliance Awards, known as the Rural Oscars. They now go forward to the British finals and are up against fellow regional winners from across Britain in a bid to become overall Champion.
The Countryside Alliance Awards celebrate the characters, produce, traditions and enterprise of the countryside through the people who work so hard to make it tick. These four businesses from Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey, have beaten strong local competition to take their regional titles. The winners are introduced by regional judge Michelle Nudds:
1. Local Food Award: Adsdean Farm Shop, Funtington, West Sussex, 01243 575212 www.adsdeanfarm.co.uk/
Michelle says: Col Hoare has been breeding pigs and selling their meat ever since WWII. He keeps the animals in the finest conditions and the meat they sell in their shop is second to none. They also stock a full range of other meats, locally sourced. This is a simple case of top quality produce and great service, and the shops popularity is a testament to those values.
2. Village Shop / Post Office Award: The Shop at Strood Green, Betchworth, Surrey www.theshopatstroodgreen.co.uk .
Michelle says: This is a community-run village shop that stepped up to offer postal services when the village post office closed. The shop has evolved quickly to become an outlet for local suppliers such as the butcher, local vegetable growers, honey producers and bakers. There is also an internet caf that offers free wifi. This shop is inspiring there are 500 shareholders, the shop only opened in early 2009 and the community has powered through the recession to show a profit that would make larger outfits smile. A real community hub, the shop at strood green shows people power at its best.
3. Enterprise Award: Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Uckfield, East Sussex, 01825 791561 www.bluebellvineyard.co.uk/.
Michelle says: This is an exceptional enterprise, producing quality sparkling English wines. With 14,000 vines planted in 2005 and 9,000 more in 2009, the enterprise is literally taking root on a former pig farm that had been lying dormant for a decade. This category is all about lateral thinking, taking chances and having a vision, and Bluebell Vineyard Estates has vision in abundance. With a commitment to supporting local businesses and employing local people, this award winning enterprise has really arrived and has a great future ahead of it.
4. Butcher Award: SW Doughty, Doddington, Kent, 01795 886255, www.swdoughty.co.uk.
Michelle says: Theyve done it again! This family run butcher, slaughterhouse and farm shop has been a serial winner since these Awards began and they continue to impress. A real family concern with experience, local knowledge and a deep-rooted connection to the local farmers and communities, Doughtys is just a delight. The commitment to quality produce has generated an evangelical following people come from far and wide (including France) for Doughtys meat, and thats the best testament to a quality butcher. There are no higher standards. Congratulations to everyone at Doughtys for another well deserved victory.