The R.A.B.I / Yorkshire Agricultural Society Award for Outstanding Service to the Rural Community was this year awarded to the Rev Canon Leslie Morley (above) who has spent most of his working life supporting the rural communities of the North of England.
The Rev Canon Leslie Morley was presented the cup during a ceremony at the Great Yorkshire Show and R.A.B.I regional manager for the North East, Sally Conner said: “Leslie is a wonderful help to the farming and rural communities and thoroughly deserves the award. He is a great supporter of the work of R.A.B.I and has contributed greatly to awareness raising and fundraising.”
Canon Morley won the Dennis Brown Shield at R.A.B.I’s annual meeting in 2007 for contributions to the charity.
The R.A.B.I / YAS joint award is presented each year and this year Canon Morley, who is also the Society’s Chaplain, was presented with the award by the Show’s President Elect, Sarah York.
Over the years he has served as a former chairman and vice chairman of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network which was set up to tackle the rising suicide rates in the farming sector and became the YAS chaplain in 2008.
In other news, R.A.B.I ran a competition at the Show to guess the original price, weight and miles per gallon of committee member Frank Chislett’s 1948 Riley RM. One hundred and fifty people entered to win a trip in the Riley and the lucky winner was Chris Hanesworth from Addingham near Ikley.