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Graham Ward OBE

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Graham Ward OBE who was instrumental in the creation of Stockbridge Technology Centre. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.

EIP-AGRI Workshop Cropping for the future

EIP-AGRI Workshop Cropping for the future: networking for crop rotation and crop diversification FINAL REPORT DECEMBER 2019

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Job Advert – New Science Opportunities at Stockbridge




Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC) Ltd, based in Yorkshire, is one of the UK’s leading independent applied Research & Development Centres delivering technology for UK horticulture & agriculture.

We are now offering the opportunity of 1-year fixed contracts (with the intention for these to become permanent positions for the right candidates) in various specialisms and at various levels in our Science Department.

Roles as Technician through to Project Manager are available covering specialist areas such as Plant Pathology, Entomology, Sustainable and Photobiology.  The ideal candidate will be qualified to degree level or above in such a discipline, or alternatively be qualified by experience. 

Ideally you will bring relevant experience such as R&D trial work, delivering knowledge transfer and bid writing.

You should possess an analytical mind with a high level of attention to detail, work in an efficient organised manner and have good oral and written communication skills.

The ability to work as part of a team when required is essential, as is working independently as required.

Candidates with PA1/PA6 & BASIS qualifications are preferred.

This role will require off-site travel.  We are based in a rural location, so a clean driving license and own transport are essential.

Salary will be commensurate to experience.

If you think you have the right skills to become part of our team please forward your CV and covering letter to Mrs. Elaine Hukins, Office Manager, by email at  Should you require more information regarding the positions, including salary range, please contact Elaine on 01757 268275 or by email.

Closing date for applications – Friday 25th May 2018

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.

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 .