A very belated thank-you to the Hereford Times for organising the Three Counties Farming Awards, and to the sponsors for their wonderful support.

I was delighted, and very humbled and surprised, to receive the Outstanding Achievement award and Farming Hero award on behalf of the Merry Millers.

It was a fantastic event, albeit virtually, with quality input from many celebrities.

The Merry Millers was intended initially to be a bit of a knees-up in the local village hall which got hopelessly and rewardingly out of control.

We had magnificent support from the farming community, hostelries, feed suppliers and meat wholesalers.

Farmers donated cattle, sheep, straw, hay and silage to be auctioned via the livestock markets of Hereford, Ross on Wye, Raglan and Talgarth.

We were very grateful to the brilliant auctioneers who did not charge any commission for the hassle we gave them.

Wherever possible, we have endeavoured to keep it local, when distributing the £150K raised; the main beneficiaries being St Michaels Hospice, Wye Valley Trust, Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, Neville Hall Hospital, Riding for the Disabled, The Haven Hereford, Air Ambulance Wales and Air Ambulance West Midlands.

And, to quote Sir Captain Tom Moore, ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’.

Lastly many thanks to all the people who have been kind enough to support the Merry Millers over the years.

Our aim from day one was to try to support people who are not as fortunate as ourselves, to help relieve them of some discomfort and to try and extend lives.

Thank you! Thank you!

Ian Pugh


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