A well-known figure in the farming community has been appointed as the new store manager for the Holsworthy branch of Mole Valley Farmers.
James Morrish, who is also Devon County Councillor for Holsworthy Rural, stepped into his new role on Tuesday 3 May.
James was brought up on a tenanted sheep farm near Torrington and began his career working for the Rural Stress Information Network (RSIN) charity as its South West project officer, supporting farming and rural communities.
As a firm advocate of rural people, he then went on to help establish the ARC-Addington Fund, set up in 2001 in response to the foot-and-mouth outbreak, which led to the culling of millions of cattle, sheep and pigs.
Distributing grants of over £10 million to more than 22,000 applicants, the charity, known today as the Addington Fund, was a lifeline for farmers facing financial hardship because of the disease.
For the past 16 years, James has worked as an auctioneer for Kivells. He was admitted as Fellow of the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) in 2015 and, while working as an auctioneer, compèred several charity auctions raising thousands of pounds for good causes in the rural sector.
Jack Cordery, CEO of Mole Valley Farmers, says “We’re delighted to welcome James to Mole Valley Farmers. He is an important addition to our team who brings a wealth of experience in farming and rural affairs, and I am sure many of our customers will recognise him when they visit the store.”
James says: “The best part working for Mole Valley Farmers is that it serves the community that I am proud to be part of. I firmly believe farming folk are the best in the world and Westcountry farmers are the best of the best. I am passionate about supporting and helping the local farming and rural community and feel privileged to work in a position where I am able to talk to and listen to farmers, so I am looking forward to welcoming them into the branch.”