Brinsbury students celebrate autumn fair success

Student Kaine Marshall with judge Des Lambert, left, and South of England Agricultural Society president Charles Moore

Student Kaine Marshall with judge Des Lambert, left, and South of England Agricultural Society president Charles Moore

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A ‘thorough and informative’ study of the brown hare won Brinsbury student Kaine Marshall a first prize at the Autumn Show and Game Fair at Ardingly.

Kaine, who is studying skills for work at the Brinsbury Campus of Chichester College, was presented with his trophy for the South of England Agricultural Society’s Level 1 Student Assignment Competition by society president Charles Moore.

Athene Maher was first in the beginners category of the flower arranging competition

Athene Maher was first in the beginners category of the flower arranging competition

Judges, led by education expert Des Lambert, described his work as thorough and informative with some very good illustrations.

The project indicated a good level of independent study and was well planned, very neatly presented and made informative reading.

Meanwhile, Brinsbury equine student Rhiannon Angleson took second place in the Level 2 Student Assignment Competition.

Carole Hayward, society vice-chairman, said: “This year we received a very high standard of entries at all levels from colleges across the south of England, with projects that demonstrate a high commitment from students.

Athene's winning entry

Athene's winning entry

“Working in partnership with colleges, schools and other businesses, the society hopes to inspire other young achievers to come into an industry that is rich with diversity and opportunities.

“It is absolutely crucial that we encourage and support our next generation of UK farmers and food producers if we want them to move positively into the future.”

The competition, which the society funds, is open to all students studying at land-based colleges in the region and is designed to encourage individual research, to improve knowledge and develop study skills and forms.

Floristry students also showcased their talents at the autumn fair on Saturday and Sunday, with five studying for the level two floristry diploma at Brinsbury entering pieces into the flower arranging competition.

The group, which has been on the course only since September, claimed the top three spots in the beginners’ category, having had just one week to design and produce their displays on an Autumn Glory theme.

Karla Bell, floristry lecturer at Brinsbury, said: “I’m hugely proud of all of them, it is a fantastic achievement.

“The entry requirements for the beginners’ category specified entrants should have less than two years’ experience – these guys had a lot less than that.”

Athene Maher was first, Emily Allen second and Kevin Rix third.

Athene said: “Although I was completely stressed about making the design, when I realised I had won I felt fantastic. I’ll definitely be doing it again.”

Chelsie Hewitt’s piece was highly recommended and the fifth member of the group, Esme Riley, was pleased to be able to experience the competition and learn new skills.

Sally Challis-Manning, assistant principal at Chichester College, said: “We’re extremely proud of our students’ achievements.

“To see Kaine’s and Rhiannon’s assignments win awards is brilliant and I’m delighted for our floristry students, who really rose to the challenge of producing spectacular pieces in such a short space of time.”

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