The Dunster Show Society has been providing support through a bursary of not exceeding £1,200, for students living in West Somerset towards the cost of undertaking a programme of education within agriculture or the land based sector. 

ENTRIES OPEN 1st May 2024  (Applications Close 7th June 2024)

Dunster Show Bursary Panel Report 2023

The Dunster Show Geoffrey Sellick Memorial Bursary is a part of the Charitable Trust status of the Dunster Show. The Show which has been in existence for 175 years and includes, within its objectives, the support of agriculture and land-based activity within the locality of the showground in West Somerset.

The Educational Bursary is instrumental in encouraging and supporting local students to further their studies within the land-based sectors, through attendance on courses either at Schools, Colleges or Universities. The Dunster Show Bursaries have been awarded annually since their inception in 2002.

These Bursaries are not means tested and are awarded on merit alone.

The Bursary Panel consisting of Nikki Cottrell, Trevor Ball, Philip Mann and Vicky Browne met to consider and approve the applications for this year’s bursary award.

A total of 14 applications were initially received and 13 applications were deemed to have met the criteria for consideration. There were 10 students studying at Brymore School, two students studying at the Royal Agricultural University, and one student studying at the University of Bristol, Veterinary College.

The total funding donated by the Dunster Show Society 2023 in support of the Bursaries, amounted to £13,000.

The Bursary Committee on the Show’s behalf this year recommended and supported the following very worthy recipients:

  • Isobel Ambler – University of Bristol, Veterinary College
  • Jesse Bruce – Brymore School
  • Lauren Buckingham – Royal Agricultural University
  • Aiden Buller – Brymore School
  • Tilly Carless – Royal Agricultural University
  • Henry Crews – Brymore School
  • Ronnie Gibbard – Timberscombe – Brymore School
  • Christopher Hobbs – Stogumber – Brymore School
  • Arwyn Jones – Brymore School
  • Nik TaintonBrymore School
  • Logan Tennant – Roadwater – Brymore School
  • Tayler Walsh – Watchet – Brymore School
  • Oliver Wickens – Brymore School 

The Bursary Committee wish to convey its gratitude to the Membership and Committee for their continued support for the education of young people through this support and funding opportunity.

 Vicky Browne
Chairman Dunster Show Bursary Committee


Conditions of Bursary

Applications are invited from students for a bursary, not exceeding £1,200 towards the cost of fees incurred when undertaking a programme of education which will be subject to the following conditions:

1. Eligibility:  Applicants must reside within the locality of 15 miles of the showground as the crow flies. 

Applicants may be of any age.

They must be attending or be accepted at a place of learning where Agriculture or its related subjects form the major part of the course or study.

The Bursary can also be used by those already in Agriculture to update their training needs such a skill certificates.

Applicants will be assessed on merit and not by means test.

2. Applications: The bursary will be awarded on an annual basis.

3. Assessment: This will be carried out by a panel from the Dunster Show Committee, whose decision shall be final. Candidates will be required to attend an interview and may be accompanied by parents, parent or guardian should they so wish. They will be encouraged to make a simple presentation in support of their application to the panel of approximately 5 – 10 minutes maximum. This should include:

• Detail of themselves to include details of school and achievements if applicable, any interests, hobbies, any qualifications or awards, and what they would like to do in the future

• Details of the course that has been applied for and why it was chosen

• How the course will help them in the future. References from existing, or former places of education if applicable, must be produced in support of the application, and prior to the interview.

4. Payment of the Bursary: This will be made to the successful applicant at the Show.

5. Reports: Successful applicants will be required to provide an annual report on their progress in writing, to the Panel and shall give the Panel permission to have access to the Tutors reports and assessment. Dunster Show Society unreservedly has the right to withdraw any such award should it deem fit.


Download the form below or contact Mrs Vicky Browne,  Rosedale, Lower Washford, Near Watchet, Somerset. TA23 0NZ
Email: vpbrowne@btconnect.com

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