The South of England Agricultural Society is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty, The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.

The South of England Agricultural Society is a charity that funds and supports agricultural education and countryside learning.  It hosts a wide range of educational shows and provides grants, awards, bursaries and scholarships for people with an interest or involvement in farming, agriculture and other related land based industries.

Society Chairman, Charlie Burgoyne commented; ‘We are delighted to have The Queen as our Patron and it was a great honour for us to join so many of Her Majesty, The Queen’s charities on The Mall for The Patron’s Lunch in June last year.  We are thrilled and grateful to receive a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund which really is icing on the cake. The money will be used to support our Connect with the Countryside event which offers your pupils an engaging and interactive opportunity to learn all about food, farming, countryside and the environment.’

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said:

‘The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support The South of England Agricultural Society with its valuable work. The South of England Agricultural Society is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.’

For further information on The Patron’s Fund (Registered Charity No. 1164171), email or visit



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