The Pulses UK Annual Dinner was held at Belton Woods Hotel, near Grantham on Thursday 14 November and was attended by 120 members of the UK pulse trade and their guests. The event featured the awards to winners of the 2019 Pulses UK Sample Competition and a very successful Charity Auction.
The sample competition judging took place at PGRO on Tuesday 29 October when Robert Brown and his fellow judges Lewis Cottey, James Maguire, Franek Smith and Graham Carter had a busy and productive morning session evaluating the samples submitted by members.
There was a high standard of samples, with the better summer than last year and improved yields overall, being followed by a difficult harvest.
Awards were made be to the winning grower and their merchant in six classes: Any Variety Marrowfat, Any Variety Large Blue, Spring Beans, Winter Beans, Yellow Pea, and Any Other Pea. (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a full list of winners and their merchants).
The Dinner also featured the traditional auction held to benefit this year’s charity, the Agoonoree Scout Camp, chosen by Barry Reed, the Pulses UK Treasurer. The total raised was a near-record £12,000 and will go to support the Agoonoree Trust Fund.
The trust fund supports scouts with special needs across London with the largest beneficiary being the Agoonoree Scout Camp. ‘Agoon’ means a meeting of friends in Greek, and for over 70 years Scouts with special needs have been meeting for a summer camp packed full of exciting activities. The young people take part in a full Scouting programme in a traditional outdoor setting. Every year they hold a camp fire, have days out and work towards Scout badges. There is a varied programme including sport and craft activities, performing arts and visits to local attractions.
If you were unlucky enough to miss a very enjoyable Dinner, there is still time to donate to the trust fund by visiting http://agoonoreetrustfund.org/support-us/ Or directly to the camp at http://agoonoree.org/support-us.
Examples of Samples submitted
Checking and judging samples