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Special Charity Work Experience – Thank You


Hello, I just wanted to convey my appreciation for your kind donation towards my volunteering trip of the £150 offering collected during the Christmas carol service.  I was hoping to be able to attend today’s service to say thank you but unfortunately it has fallen that I am working.

In July I shall be undertaking volunteer work in Midrand, South Africa, in connection with the children’s charitable organisation Botshabelo.  My volunteer group has been advised that the main project underway this year is the building of a new classroom within the education centre and I shall be assisting by carrying out duties such as plastering, tiling, painting, etc.  I shall also be involved with childcare in the designated babies home and will be working with children between the ages of 0 to 7 in the orphanage.

At the time of travel a portion of my baggage allowance will be allocated to carrying donations for children within the babies home / orphanage and also for those within the local community.  Our group shall be focussing on gifting pens, pencils, books, etc which we think will be nice to leave in the newly established classroom so that it is ready for use.

To raise further funds for my trip I have completed a 35 mile sponsored walk and have also taken part in a bag packing event at the Tesco superstore in St Stephen’s shopping centre, Hull.  The monies placed in my collection bucket amounted to approximately £43 – it took a very long time to count all the assorted coins!!

I hope that the above gives a further insight into my forthcoming adventure and thank you all again for your kind support.   

Millie Brown.

Mike Keeble

An exceptional personal fried and counsel  also a great supporter of Stockbridge . Life will be lonelier without him .   Graham

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BLSA Obituary—David Piccaver

David was the person I noticed at the first BLSA meeting I attended, he had a distinctive voice that commanded attention, you knew you wanted to hear, an opinion worthy of your time, an opinion to mull over. David knew his mind and stood his ground, sometimes against the common view, he had conviction.

He was involved over the decades in many horticultural bodies especially those dealing with science and development. The annual mileage he covered was prodigious. His role of science and the importance it must play in horticulture was striking; he had the enthusiasm of a newly qualified graduate, not what you might expect of a long time practical Lincolnshire farmer. It was this importance of science that he took into his recent role of chairmanship of the Potato Council. It was his view that horticulture needed a distinctive voice that resulted in the expansion of the British Growers role to become that voice.

All members felt his support and personal attention. If you left a message on the answer phone you knew it would be answered; he replied to one of my messages just the evening before his operation, few would have under the circumstances. The one word that friends quote is “support”. He did not move from one role to another and leave people behind.

JEPCO have been members of the BLSA and the British Iceberg Growers Association for 20 years. He took over chairmanship part way through 2004 and in spite of saying he would serve 3 years he stayed for 5 years; the association prospered under his lead and undertook a public relations role that evolved later under John Allan into the promotional campaign Make More of Salads campaign.

David applied his personal gifts to the benefit of numerous individuals and to the advantage of everybody.

Colin Bloomfield, BLSA Chairman, 17th December 2013


I attended David’s funeral at Gedney on Dec 30th . It was a very joyful service attended by a very large congregation of friends and the horticultural /potato industry .

Mr David Piccaver

It is with much sadness that we inform you that Mr David Piccaver a STC Research Foundation Director passed away this weekend. David was a personal friend of many staff and directors of STC. His contribution and devotion to our industry was immense. Our sympathies must be with his family at this time.

Graham Ward  ,Staff and Directors