Wellington Boot Theatre

Hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester radio presenter Andrew Easton, take a seat and listen to fun informative talks and interviews on all things outdoors. More names to be announced for 2019 soon.

On Friday 14 June the Wellington Boot Theatre supported by Westons Cider Mill hosts business talks on the subject of Food Production: Meeting the Demands of Today and Tomorrow, below are the details of the panel discussions. 

  • 10.45 - Policy: Future Food Trends
  • 11.45 - Argitech: Technology to Improve Efficiency and Profitability 
  • 13.00 - Sustainability - Meeting the Needs of the Present without Compromising the Wellbeing of Future Generations
  • 14.15 - One to One with Adam Henson
  • 15.30 - Farmers Club Private Function  

Special Guests Joining us at Royal Three Counties Show

Adam Henson

Every Day

Born into a farming family, Adam gained experience with animals and farming from an early age.  Adam achieved a HND in Agriculture at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Devon, where he met his business partner Duncan Andrews.

Having succeeded Bemborough Farm tenancy from his father, Adam now runs the 650-hectare estate with Duncan Andrews,  growing wheat, spring barley and oilseed rape, alongside a flock of 350 commercial ewes.  They also run the Cotswold Farm Park which pioneers rare breed conservation.  Set up in 1971 by Adam’s father, this award-winning tourist attraction now welcomes over 130,000 visitors a year.

Adam started in television in 2001 when he was chosen, from 3,500 applicants, to be a presenter for BBC Countryfile, and has since put his farming knowledge to good use, broadcasting on a wide range of programmes for both radio and TV.

Adam Henson Adam Henson Every Day

John Challis

Saturday & Sunday

John Challis is an actor best known for portraying "Boycie" in the long-running TV comedy series Only Fools and Horses and its spin-off The Green Green Grass.

John lives at Wigmore Abbey, Herefordshire. They arrived in the late 90s and threw themselves into the task of restoring the abbot's lodging, the only habitable part remaining of what had once bee a great monastery.

John has written many books with the latest being a coffee table book of photographs of his home Wigmore Abbey and the story of its restoration and creation of the garden.

 

John Challis John Challis Saturday & Sunday

Martin Collison

Friday @ 11.45

For over 30 years Martin has combined farming, importing and consultancy with academic roles.  With a focus on economic development and innovation, Martin has launched a series of major agricultural and food projects.  He helped government develop the UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies and has worked with the EU on AgriTech.  Martin has also worked on digital, life sciences, energy, water and educational projects.

Martin Collison Martin Collison Friday @ 11.45

Jimmy Doherty

Sunday

Jimmy Doherty has been President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust since 2016. His first venture into farming began 18 years ago when he took on the leasehold of the 160-acre-plus farm outside Ipswich which became ‘Jimmy’s Farm’. Through his role as RBST President he aims to highlight the importance of traditional breeds and their relevance to modern food production.

Jimmy Doherty Jimmy Doherty Sunday

Joe Evans

Friday @ 10.45

Sharing a mutual passion for honest food preparation, my wife Keeley and I have worked together to bring our visions to life. Together, we have built Green Cow Kitchens with food provenance, sustainability and our farm-to-fork ethos at its core. In response to our guests’ requests to host more events, we’re now also awaiting the opening of our brand new events venue, Crumplebury.

Joe Evans Joe Evans Friday @ 10.45

Luke Halsey

Friday @ 11.45

Luke Halsey Luke Halsey Friday @ 11.45

Louise Manning

Friday @ 13.00

Louise Manning is the Professor of Agri-food and Supply Chain Security at the Royal Agricultural University. She has worked in the food industry and in academia for 35 years in a range of roles. Louise undertakes research, teaches and writes in the areas of food integrity. She lives on the family farm in Herefordshire.

Louise Manning Louise Manning Friday @ 13.00

Matthew Rymer

Friday @ 10.45

"Happerley works on behalf of the whole UK food industry and all consumers to develop and implement a means to secure provenance honesty and transparency.

 Happerley aims to create a level playing field for all food businesses to validate, protect and promote the provenance value of their food production."

Matthew Rymer Matthew Rymer Friday @ 10.45

Philip Serrell

Saturday

Philip was born in the county and educated at Worcester Royal Grammar School. His first contact with the Museum came when as a 13 year old boy he met Henry Sandon. Sport then took over Philips life and he went on to qualify as a PE teacher at Loughborogh College of Physical Education.

This dalliance with academia didn't last long and in less than a year he had retired gracefully to join a firm of auctioneers and valuers.

He re-qualified and became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is now a Fellow of the National Association of Auctioneers and Valuers.

For nearly 25 years Philip had been at the helm of his own form of auctioneers and valuers in the county and not unnaturally has specialised in the sale of Worcester Porcelains.

He is a published author and for the last 20 years has appeared on numerous antique related programmes on BBC1 and BBC2.

Philip Serrell Philip Serrell Saturday