Viewpoints Summer Newsletter


Proud to be headline sponsor for Dorset County Show

We are delighted to announce that Cornish Mutual will be the headline sponsor for the Dorset County Show for the next three years. 
The 2018 Dorset County Show takes place at the Dorchester Showground on 1st and 2nd September and celebrates the best of agriculture and rural life. The annual two-day event attracts more than 60,000 people and offers something for everyone, from families to agricultural enthusiasts. 
Phil Wilson, Sales and Operations Leader of Cornish Mutual, said: “With a growing number of Cornish Mutual Members in Dorset, this is exactly the right time for us to become headline sponsor for the Dorset County Show. We are really looking forward to working with the Show team, fellow sponsors and exhibitors to make the event a huge success.” 
Will Hyde, Show Secretary, added: “We are proud to have Cornish Mutual on board as our headline sponsor for the next three years. As a company with farming roots and being a farm insurance provider, it was the perfect fit for the Show to join forces with Cornish Mutual.
“The countdown has begun for this year’s Show and the team behind the event has worked hard to provide a jam-packed schedule over the weekend.”


New non-executive directors will help Cornish Mutual continue to offer the best service

Cornish Mutual has welcomed two new non-executive members to its Board of Directors. Sue Turner and Richard Lane join the ten-strong Board, whose role is to ensure we continue to offer the very best service to our Members.

Sue Turner lives in North Somerset and is Chief Executive of South West charity Quartet Community Foundation. Prior to joining Quartet, she was Director of Communications for The Bristol Port Company, the UK’s most centrally located deep sea port. Earlier in her career, Sue was South West Director for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), where her role covered a large area from Dorset to West Cornwall. 
Based in Dorset, Richard Lane is a Chartered Insurer and Chartered Manager with extensive experience in general insurance. Managing Director of Ansvar Insurance, he previously worked for the Royal Insurance Group, Zurich and LV. 
Alan Goddard, Managing Director for Cornish Mutual said: “I am delighted to welcome Sue and Richard to our Board of Directors. Both bring a wealth of experience that will be extremely beneficial to us as we continue to grow and develop the organisation.  Their knowledge of Somerset and Dorset will also support our growth strategy in this part of the region. Importantly, they both share our commitment to Members and have a real appreciation of what we stand for.”


Introducing our approved partner repairer network

With more people now owning cars with advanced driver assistance systems, Cornish Mutual has introduced an approved partner repairer network. Our carefully chosen partners are ready to get your car repaired to the correct specifications and back on the road as quickly as possible. 
Advanced driver assistance systems, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, are designed to protect against potential hazards. While drivers may welcome these sophisticated safety features, they should be prepared for more complex repairs on their cars. 
John Bryant, Technical Leader at Cornish Mutual said: “With constant improvements in driver assistance motor technology, it is more important than ever that vehicle repairs are undertaken by repairers with the appropriate technology and expertise.
“The days of taking a dented vehicle to a local garage to hammer out the dent and repaint the area are long gone. In a new car, the area around the dent is now likely to contain sensors which may need replacing. Modern cars may also need specialist welding equipment to repair. In comparison to older vehicles, larger areas of bodywork may need to be replaced to maintain the vehicle’s structural integrity.
“It is therefore essential from a safety perspective that a repairer has access to the appropriate repair specifications for the vehicle, the correct electronic diagnostic equipment and the right equipment to carry out the repair.”
Should you be unfortunate enough to suffer damage to a vehicle insured with us, we strongly recommend that you contact us so we can direct you to your nearest partner repairer.


Who will you nominate for the South West Farmer Awards?

Cornish Mutual is proud to once again be the headline sponsor of the South West Farmer Awards. Now in its third year, the event has become a key event in the rural calendar. It is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of farmers, suppliers, breeders and everyone involved in the industry. 
Cornish Mutual Managing Director Alan Goddard said; “The South West Farmer Awards are a fantastic celebration of the dedication and passion of the rural community that keeps the industry thriving. For more than 100 years we have been committed to supporting the South West’s farming community and we remain faithful to our rural roots. That is why initiatives like this are so important to us.”
The nine categories include Family-run Farm of the Year, Diversification of the Year, Young Farmer of the Year and Cornish Mutual’s own category - Outstanding Achievement. The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Taunton in November. 
To nominate someone visit


Sponsoring the ‘working women’s Oscars’

Cornish Mutual is proud to be a sponsor of the Devon and Cornwall Venus Awards. Often referred to as the ‘working women’s Oscars,’ the awards celebrate the achievements of business women across the two counties. As sponsor for the Entrepreneur of the Year award, Cornish Mutual was in the privileged, but extremely difficult, position of judging the entries. 
At a glittering awards ceremony, Kat Green was announced as the winner. Kat runs Bay Care Group, which provides care services to people living in and around Paignton. 
Member Services Team Leader Dan Loring said: “We were all inspired by Kat’s personal journey, tenacity and unwavering commitment to her clients. In just six years, Kat has grown the company so it now employs 85 staff and has a turnover of £1.6million. We all agreed that the company provides a really valuable service to the community and that Kat is a truly deserving winner.”


Meet our Members: Trink Dairy

Trink Dairy near St Ives is run by Cornish Mutual Members Chris and Rachel Knowles. While Chris manages the farm with its 350-strong grass fed milking herd, Rachel focuses on growing the new dairy business, selling non homogenised whole milk direct to customers.
Chris and Rachel passionately believe that by having the best quality grass, they make the best quality milk. They operate a rotation system so their Friesian and Jersey crossbreeds can feast on the grass when it is most nutritious, meaning very little feed is transported onto the farm. 
Rachel first began selling the milk from the house but found she could not keep up with demand. She says: “It’s really taking off. And we’re so proud of our product: it’s all about lower volume, higher quality milk from grass fed cows.”
People can now buy their milk from a vending machine, which means anyone can pick up a couple of litres of fresh local milk 24 hours a day. The dairy is open to the public, with viewing windows so visitors can see into the milking parlour and watch the milk being bottled. 
Cornish Mutual Field Force member Jackie Coutts worked closely with the couple to ensure their insurance covered them for the new venture. She says: “Rachel and Chris are completely committed to the dairy and to making the best milk they possibly can. People want to buy fresh, natural produce so their milk is filling a niche in the local market.”


Are you looking for an agricultural or rural short course?

Devon Young Farmers are able to look into your short course requirements and let you know what may be available for you.


Reminder: new Highway Code rules for motorways

As you may be aware, the Highway Code section about motorways changed in June to allow learner drivers to have motorway lessons with an approved driving instructor.
Our Members should be aware that provisional licence holders may drive on the motorway if they are accompanied by an approved driver and are driving a car that is fitted with dual controls and is displaying red L plates.