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.



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 174 years and includes, within its objectives, the support of agriculture and land-based activity within 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, or through attendance 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 consists of Andrew Scofield, Trevor Ball, Maurice Scott, Nicky Cottrell and Vicky Browne who meet annually to consider and approve the applications for the bursary award. However, this year due to the unprecedented times in which the country found itself, it was not possible to meet and undertake the usual Bursary selection activity. Therefore, it was agreed to continue to support both the existing beneficiaries currently on their programmes of study for this year, and new candidates using Zoom and phone meetings.

A total of 10 applicants will be supported this year who will each receive £1,000; these include: 

  • Ryan Ayres, West Quantoxhead – Brymore School
  • Alfie Chapman, Upton – Harper Adams University
  • Ethan Clarke, Aisholt – Brymore School
  • Leaa Dod, Withiel Florey – Royal Veterinary College
  • Ronnie Gibbard, Timberscombe – Brymore
  • Charlie Liddle, Quantoxhead – Brymore School
  • Jake Thomas, Minehead – Brymore School
  • Charlotte Turner, Cutcombe – Royal Agricultural University
  • Tayler Walsh, Watchet – Brymore
  • Lucy Wray, Bishops Lydeard – Royal Agricultural University


Some previous Bursary students who have benefitted from the award of a Bursary over the years have included:

  • Chris Clements, Carly Martin Pope & Nichole Hadley – Veterinary Surgeons.
  • Alexandra Growden – top student at Hartpury University College (First Class Honours Degree in Agriculture, Conservation and Sustainable Management.
  • Henry Scott (Kerry Hill Young Breeders) and Robyn Westcott (Aberdeen Angus team) – previous winners in their respective classes at the National Young Stars event at the Royal Three Counties Showground.
  • Stephen Sizer – engaged in Agriculture and a flock owner.

The Bursary has previously supported students at a range of educational establishments and a variety of programmes including Brymore School, Cannington College, Hartpury University, the Royal Agricultural University, The Royal Veterinary College, Bristol University, Liverpool University and Edinburgh University.

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


Vicky Browne

Chairman Dunster Show Bursary Committee



Conditions of Bursary

Applications are invited from students for a bursary, not exceeding £1,000 towards the cost of fees incurred when undertaking a programme of education which will be subject to the following conditions:

1. Eligibility . They may be male or female, and 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. Applicants will be assessed on merit and not by means test.

2. Applications The bursary will be awarded on an annual basis however, in appropriate cases the bursary may cover a course of education of up to three years duration, subject to satisfactory progress being made by the applicant, and further interviews by the Dunster Show panel.

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.


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Rosedale, Lower Washford, Near Watchet, Somerset. TA23 0NZ
Email: vpbrowne@btconnect.com

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