- Honorary Assistants’ Dinner – HQS Wellington – Thursday 13th April 2017
- Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch – Guildhall – Thursday 6th April 2017
- United Guilds Service – St Paul’s Cathedral, Friday 31st March 2017
- Fresh Produce Journal – March 2017
- The Fruiterers’ Conference Thursday 16th March – 1 Great George St
Past Master Tony Redsell, OBE receives the Lewis Award 2013 from the Master on behalf of the National Cherry & Soft Fruit Show.
The National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show
The Lewis Award, founded in1967, is presented triennially either to individuals or to organisations for exceptional services to the marketing of fresh fruit. The Award for 2013 went to the National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show. The Master presented the Award at the Annual Banquet on 11th February.
During the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century cherry growing in the UK was booming. By the 1950s however cherry production was in a poor state, the trees were not suited to modern growing and harvesting techniques and the varieties grown were being overtaken by better quality cherries from abroad.
During this time a small group of determined growers showed the public that it was still possible to find home grown cherries, which tasted better than all the competition and exhibited them at the Cherry Show.
Then about 15 years ago new dwarfing rootstocks were introduced to the UK and there followed large scale new planting of cherry orchards. Cherry growing is now one of the brightest stars in British horticulture. This new dawn would not have happened if the Cherry Show had not kept interest in the industry alive.
The main driving force behind the Show over the years and its current Chief Steward is Past Master Tony Redsell OBE. It was no surprise therefore that he was chosen to receive the Lewis Award at the Banquet on behalf of the National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show.