New Patron

Following retirement of Sir Algy Heber-Percy, Anna Turner, the incoming Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, has very kindly agreed to also take Sir Algy’s place as the patron of Shropshire Rural Support.

SRS is immensely grateful to Sir Algy for his unstinting support over the years and wish him a long and happy retirement.

We also welcome Sir Algy’s successor as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, as our new Patron and we look forward to working closely with her over the years to come.

Mental Wellbeing Check List for farmers and their families

Here is  a quick self audit list for farmers to check their level of mental wellbeing. How do you score on the following? The last one is Doug Avery’s personal advice to farmers. To improve your wellbeing, try and take the time to actively to do all the following.

  • Actively connect with people outside the farm – regularly meet new people via work or socially
  • Give – Getting the satisfaction of give something, your time, knowledge or money expecting no reward.
  • Take notice of your surroundings – Take time during each day to take note of and appreciate the little things in life, a new calf, spring flowers, fresh coffee, a hot shower.
  • Keeping learning – actively seek to continually learn new things.
  • Be active – Get out of the tractor cab, the milking parlour or from behind to computer screen and get some fresh air and exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming or working out.
  • Do not personalise problems that are not yours and that you have no control over.

AJT/ 01/11/2019.

We are here for you

We are here for you and we will walk with you to help you overcome your problems and help you build your resilience. It is really is OK to say “I am not OK”. Please act now and just ring our helpline 0300 123 2825. We are available 24/7/365.

It is OK to say I am not OK

Great talk at Harper Adams on Tuesday evening called Shift Happens by Doug Avery, a New Zealand farmer who overcame depression. The key message was It is OK to say I am not OK.

If you are not OK call our helpline  0300 123 2825. We are available 24/7/365

If you want know more about how Doug overcame the depths of depression and became a resilient farming in an ever changing world, get hold of his very readable book is called The Resilient Farmer.

Our thanks to FCN and Harper Adams for arranging the event.


Great support available from West Mercia Police


Last night Graham and Mark from the West Mercia Police Rural & Business Crime Team gave a very informative talk on the additional support for victims and those affected by crime in rural Shropshire and Staffordshire to the SRS volunteers. It sounds like a much needed really good support service if you are a victim of a rural crime or are worried about rural crime. For more detail visit their twitter account

It’s good to talk including SRS Counsellors

At a recent presentation to SRS, Richard Dunhill of Samaritans said from time to time people in support and counselling roles may also need to talk and he extended an offer to all SRS counsellors that they could always contact the Samaritans help line if they, themselves, needed to confidentially down load. Call free 116 123 



Charity Lunch Raises over £1000 for SRS

A joint fund-raising lunch was held on Sunday 16th June at the fabulous venue of a marque at Sutton Grange courtesy of Clive and Diana Bennett. The event raised just over £2000 which was split equally betweenSt Peter’s Church, Stoke-on-Tern and Shropshire Rural Support (SRS)

Simon Latter,Chairman of Shropshire Rural Support, welcomed over 140 guests as they sat down to a convivial lunch. After lunch there was a Promise Auction and a Raffle. The auctioneer presiding over the Promise Action was SRS stalwart Roger Parry and the items included:
Two night’s stay in a Shepherd’s Hut
Two coarse Lunch for 4 at the Wharf, Goldstone
One day’s hedge cutting
Two hours agronomy plus 2 bags maize seed
Celebration cakes
One lamb-freezer ready (from September)
Hawk Walk at the Falconry Centre at Battlefield 1403

The Raffle was arranged by SRS Co-ordinator Ruth Hughes and her family and its success was assured by the generosity of all those who donated prizes including:
NFU Market Drayton
Belton Cheese
Lambert, Leonard & May
Pickstocks, Telford
Derek Harper & family
The Wharf at Goldstone
John Hughes
Dave Harris (BCW)
Diana Bennett
Battlefield 1403

SRS is a self-funding charity, totally reliant of the support, both financial and practical, of individuals and organisation. It is only through this generosity that SRS is able to deliver the much need support to the rural community, and particularly farmers, in Shropshire. The event was such a success only due to the support and generosity of all concerned to whom SRS are indebted.

For details of further events involving SRS please keep an eye on the SRS website or follow us on FaceBook.

July 2019/AJT

Thanks Brenda – Welcome Ruth

After many years of very dedicated work Brenda has retired as Co-ordinator for Shropshire Rural Support and Ruth has taken over the reins and is the person waiting to take calls from Shropshire farmers, their families and rural people needing support in times of crisis.

Firstly, a very big thank you to Brenda from the Trustees of Shropshire Rural Support, a thank you that will be echoed across Shropshire by the many people she has helped and supported over the years.

Secondly, welcome to Ruth. Ruth takes an active part in the family dairy farm and with a background in agriculture and working in the community, brings extensive networks within the NHS and Shropshire to add to the already well-established networks of Shropshire Rural Support.

Key to the service Shropshire Rural Support provides are confidentiality, the time to listen to people’s concerns and to be able to sign post, when appropriate, to expertise and specific service providers. Supporting Ruth is a pool of counselors with agricultural back grounds.

For more about Shropshire Rural Support and how to contact go to, or call Ruth on 0300 123 2825

Shropshire Rural Support is a registered charity number 1126085

Published 25/11/2018

Letter from Simon Latter, Chair of Shropshire Rural Support following the passing away of John Chesters of Nesscliffe, Shropshire


John Chesters should be recognised for his immense contribution and dedication to agriculture and rural life in Shropshire.


John is well known and respected by old and young for his tireless work with Nesscliffe YFC as an advisory member with particular interest in the financial health and prosperity of the club. He has helped successive young treasurers to present accounts and ensure Charity Commission returns are correctly filed.


Perhaps less well known, is the contribution that John made to Shropshire Rural Support and an annual event known as Crucial Crew. Both roles were largely unseen and went un-thanked by many local people but had the potential to save and improve lives.


As a trustee of Shropshire Rural Support, John was both a key fund raiser and guiding authority in the confidential work of the charity. Although Shropshire Rural Support works closely with the Farm Crisis Network, the decision to maintain an independent charity to address rural stress and misfortune requires people like John to quietly and carefully guide advisers and staff, as well as maintain the awareness of others to the availability of help. Others will have greater knowledge of John’s contribution and I would wish to whole heartedly support their submission in respect of this work.


I am particularly aware of John’s fantastic work to improve farm safety awareness through the Crucial Crew event held at MOD Nesscliffe each year. The event comprises a number of scenes depicting potential hazards that school children may encounter in their daily lives. Scenarios such as substance abuse, domestic fires, building sites and farms are created to raise awareness of dangerous circumstances that could cause injury and to promote avoidance. John delivered the farm based element over the two week annual event for countless years, and has co-ordinated the whole of the agricultural scene for at least the last five years. The thousands of children that John has engaged in this way will probably never fully appreciate the life skills that they have learned but I am sure that John would feel that if only one young life is saved, then his efforts would have been entirely justified. John was also be aware that, through children, parents can learn lessons that will encourage improved health and safety on farms. This really is crucial work in a rural county such as Shropshire.

I am sure that others will have their own memories and will wish to send their condolences to Helen.


Simon Latter – Shropshire Rural Support Chair – April 18th 2017

A Big Thank You to Burwarton Show

A very big thank you to the organisers of the Burwarton Show for their generous donation🙂. It will help us extend our reach into the harder to reach parts of the Shropshire farming and rural communities👏. Our phone help line and phone support is here 24/7/365 for everyone.