TWO Staffordshire Moorlands farming stalwarts achieved an industry hat-trick when they were presented with a top accolade for the third year running.
Alan Dickinson and Claire Evans, based in Leek, were honoured with a regional NFU High Achiever Award during a ceremony in Warwickshire.
The annual awards in January are given in recognition for outstanding achievement and excellence in NFU membership recruitment and retention.
Alan and Claire are group secretaries of the Leek, Rushton, Longnor, Warslow and Waterhouses NFU branches and received the accolade for the West Midlands region.
Alan said: "We have now won the award for best NFU office in the West Midlands region three years in a row, which is something Claire and I are both very proud of. This has taken a lot of hard work to achieve, but we would like to give a special thank you to all the staff in our office as they have also played a vital role in enabling us to receive this prize again.
"I have always said that every farmer should be a member of the NFU, as it does a massive amount of unseen work or gains successes that are now just taken for granted.
"Everyone should make their contribution to the organisation, which then in turn makes us a much stronger and more effective lobbying and campaigning body."
The NFU High Achiever awards and dinner was held at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, in Meriden.
NFU director of regions Kevin Pearce said of Alan and Claire's NFU team: "They are consistently one of the top performing groups within the region in terms of income and membership performance – topping the table in the region once again.
"The extra lengths they are willing to go to for the membership is best illustrated by their work co-ordinating the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone appeals process within North Staffordshire.
"There is no doubt their work was instrumental in achieving a hugely successful result."
Alan and Claire were also commended at the awards ceremony for providing an excellent range of speakers for their vibrant four branch structure, and for responding to regional office requests for help over membership issues.