In 2005, I won one of the six Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust 'Visionaries for a Just and Peaceful World' Awards, which provided support from 2006-10. The Visionaries programme (pdf) celebrated the centenary of Joseph Rowntree’s own vision to create a ‘more peaceful and just world’.
Joseph Rowntree was a Quaker business man with a lifelong concern for the alleviation of poverty and the other great social ills of his day. He made a considerable fortune from the chocolate company which bore his name and in 1904 transferred a large part of his wealth to three Trusts, each designed to reflect and develop different aspects of his thinking about contemporary social problems. His intention was to ‘strengthen the hands’ of those working to tackle the root causes of inequality in society.
"JR drew on two principles
that are at least as relevant today as they were then. The first was his conviction
that all constructive religious, social, economic and political actions are in essence
indivisible. The second was his firm belief that substantial inherited wealth often proves both debilitating for its recipients and destabilising for society as a whole." according to his grand nephew Richard Rowntree. Click here to download a report about the Trusts.
The purpose that has guided the Trust's work over the last 100 years has been that of creating a more just and more peaceful society. Over the years, a wide range of work has been supported. It is underpinned by those concerns for truth and integrity, justice and equality, peace and conflict resolution which Quakers hold dear.
For an account of what I felt at the time click here
In November 2008, I received the Derek Cooper Award for best food campaigner/educator at the ninth BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards at the NEC, Birmingham (see special edition of the Radio 4's Food programme (28th November) and report on the Hebden Bridge Web ).
in June 2009, The Future Control of Food was the joint winner of the Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing, in the 2009 Guild of Food Writers Awards.
In 2011, a small family philanthropic group called Jam Today decided to offer continued support for my jrct 'Visionaries' activities for three years from October 2011.
The BBC's Radio 4 Food Programme started in 1979. The programme's first presenter was Derek Cooper. I have appeared on the programme and contributed to it a number of times over the years.
The Guild of Food Writers is the professional association of food writers, authors, journalists and broadcasters in the UK. It was established in 1984 and has around 400 members.
With the late Egon Ronay who presented the GFW prize.