Marsh Award for RBST Volunteer of the Year

This is an Award which was set up in partnership with RBST to recognise support group volunteers who help promote rare breeds throughout the UK, put on shows and raise funds for events. RBST has around 25 groups made up volunteers dedicated to rare breed conservation.

RBST is a registered charity devoted to the conservation of rare breeds. Since the Trust was founded in 1973 no breeds have become extinct in the UK. RBST co-ordinates membership, fundraising, campaigns and various conservation projects throughout the UK.

The 2017 winners are Angela Kingsnorth and David and Karen Griffiths

Angela Kingsnorth is the Secretary for the Cornwall Branch of the RBST, meeting the demands of Head Office, the day to day organisation of the group and arranging RBST displays at local agricultural and educational shows. Thanks to the useful contacts she has formed in her time as Secretary, there have been an increasing number and variety of rare breeds at coming to the shows that the group organises. Angela’s efficiency and cheerful attitude ensure that all aspects of the shows run smoothly, from the paperwork that breeders need to complete before the show, to ensuring that the positioning and housing of the animals during the show is up to scratch.

David and Karen run Griffiths Mill in the Derbyshire Dales and, along with their son Callum, they keep Boreray, Cotswold, Lincoln and Wensleydale sheep. Alongside this, they promote the use of wool, and in particular, wool from rare breeds.
The Griffiths travel all over the country with their ‘Wooly Roadshow’ trailer, fitted out with a display of different types of yarn produced from their extensive archive of rare breed wools. Last year, the Wooly Roadshow travelled to shows across 28 days and at every one David and Karen were more than happy to spread the word about RBST. David is also the Chair of the Peak District RBST Group and a supporter of the Staffordshire Group.

Pictured: David and Karen Griffiths and Angela Kingsnorth, receiving their Awards from David Booker, MCT Ambassador


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