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Yorkshire Rural Support Network

The Yorkshire Rural Support Network is a partnership of Yorkshire statutory and voluntary agencies that together promote and provide sources of help – whether practical, financial, medical or emotional.

The aim of the Network is to promote the wellbeing of those who live in rural communities, through our Network members.

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is an active member of the network along with organisations such as Farming Community Network, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Perennial - the Horticulturalists Charity, Addington Fund, Diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales, Involve Yorkshire & Humber, Country Landowners Association (CLA) and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Confidential help is available to all in the farming community. Download Farming Help contact details here.

Upcoming Meetings & Member Events

(all NETWORK meetings start at 10.15am with coffee for a prompt 10.30am start):

Wednesday 10th May 2017 Women In Farming Network - an Evening visit to Cross Lanes Organic Farmshop, Nr Barnard Castle DL12 9RT (by kind permission of the Coverdale Family). From 6pm for supper followed by a walking tour of the site and shop (event to close at 8.30pm). Cost £15/head.  Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604 to book your place.
Thursday 27th April 2017 Women In Farming Network - Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, nr York YO60 7RB. Times: 11.15am to 2.30pm.  Come and joins us for a coffee, bite to eat, chat and a presentation.  Speaker: Emma Woods, Owner of Duncombe Sawmill Ltd, Helmsley. Cost: £20/head to include a 2 course lunch.  Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604 to book your place.   
Wednesday 29th March 2017 Farmers' Lunch at 12 noon.  At the Gavel Cafe, Thirsk Auction Mart.  Fancy an outing, a chat and a good lunch?  You're invited to join us for a hot lunch and caupp for £5 per person.  Feel free to bring a friend too, you will be made very welcome!  Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604 to book your place.
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Network Meeting from 12 noon, starting with a buffet lunch. Speaker: Alison Twiddy, Project Manager for the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network. Alison and her colleague, Sophie Dunne will share their experience of working with and supporting farming and rural communities in Lincolnshire. All are welcome and booking is essential, please email Kate Dale to book your place.
Wednesday 8th February 2017 Farmer health check - Yorkshire Agriculture Machinery Show (YAMS) at York Auction Centre between 11am and 2pm.
Wednesday 18th January 2017 Farmer health check - Skipton Auction Mart between 10.30am to 1.30pm
Sunday 15th January 2017
Plough Sunday held at Ripon Cathedral from 2.30pm and all are welcome to attend. Hot pork sandwiches will be served from 2.30pm prior to the service starting at 3.30pm. The National President of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, Poul Christensen will give the address.
Thursday 12th January 2017 Farmer health check - Farmstar Open Day, Marr, nr Doncaster between 11am and 2pm.
Wednesday 11th January 2017 Farmer health check - Ripon Farm Services Open Day at the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate between 11am and 2pm.
Thursday 1st December 2016 Farmer health check - Thirsk Auction Mart at the Thirsk Christmas Fatstock Show between 11am and 2pm.
Wednesday 30th November 2016 Women in Farming Network - Wolds Winter Warmer Evening at Raisthorpe Manor, Nr Malton. SOLD OUT.
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 Network Meeting at Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground at 10.15am. Speaker: Denise Porter of Rethink Mental Illness outlining her family's own personal journey to get help & support for mental illness and her role as a Trustee for Rethink Mental Illness.  Download a copy of the Rethink Mental Illness presentation here.
Tuesday 11th October 2016 Women in Farming Network event - Talking Teamwork Better & Stronger Together at Great Yorkshire Showground from 10.30am - 2.30pm.  £10 per person.  
Tuesday 27th September 2016 Annual Meeting with buffet lunch at Regional Agricultural Centre from 12 noon. Speakers: Paul Stead and Lou Cowmeadow, who are the Executive Producer and Series Producer of The Yorkshire Vet programme (which is based at a Thirsk Veterinary Practice and tracks the daily routines and visits of the Practice staff and examines the highs and lows of rural and farming life in the diverse landscape around Thirsk). Presentation of our Annual Report.
Friday 26th August 2016 MacMillan big freen bus at Leyburn Auction Mart from 9am-3pm
Thursday 25th August 2016 MacMillan big green bus at Thirsk Auction Mart from 9am-3pm
Thursday 14th July 2016 HSE/NFU Farm Safety Seminar at the Great Yorkshire Show
Wednesday 13th July 2016 Farmer healthchecks on the Tenants Farmer Association stand at the Great Yorkshire Show
Tuesday 12th July 2016 Rural Crime Seminar at the Great Yorkshire Show
Tuesday 10th May 2016 Network Meeting at Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground at 10.15am. Speaker: Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner ‘The new Rural Taskforce and Tackling cybercrime’.
Tuesday 26th April 2016 Women In Farming Network event at Beadlam Grange Farmshop and Cafe, from 5.30pm for a walking tour and presentation followed by a light supper. £10 per person. 
Thursday 12th April 2016 Farmer health check - Thirsk Auction Market between 11am and 2pm.
Wednesday 23rd March 2016 Womens' Institute Spring Conference at Pavilions of Harrogate from 10am to 3pm (presentation of YRSN and other YAS Charitable activities)

In an effort to address a number of health issues in rural communities and ensure that accurate information was available to, in particular, the farming communities of Yorkshire, The Yorkshire Rural Support Network, together with the Regional Department of Public Health and The Men’s Health Forum produced a user-friendly Haynes Manual style health booklet for farming families and their staff. The Network brought together members of the farming fraternity to have input into the content, layout and presentation of the booklet and coupled with the medical expertise of the other health organisations, created a very comprehensive and readable A5 booklet entitled ‘Fit for Farming’. It has been very widely distributed County wide and has won a Highly Commended classification at the BMA Awards in London at the end of 2011 in the ‘Best Patient Information’ Category.

The Network was delighted to work with The Farming Life Centre in Derbyshire and the Men’s Health Forum, to produce a second edition of Fit for Farming, with new sections on eye and ear care, ageing well, mental health/dementia and sex talk. The cartoons of legendary Northumberland farmer, the late Henry Brewis bring the words to life and anyone connected with the farming industry will be able to relate to them! Copies will be available on all Farming Help Stands at the Great Yorkshire Show and shortly in hard copy in all Yorkshire livestock marts and all Yorkshire HSE Safety and Health Awareness Days, as well as online at HSE, Livestock Auctioneers Association or download a copy at the bottom of this page.

For further details on any events listed on this page, please contact Kate Dale using the details below;

Kate Dale
Yorkshire Rural Support Network,
Regional Agricultural Centre,
Great Yorkshire Showground,
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ

Tel: 01423 546217 Mob: 07912 495604 Fax: 01423 541414 Email:


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