In the heyday of the Cornish Fishing Industry the Huer was the key member of the Seine Companies who, on the approach of a shoal of pilchards, raised the hue and cry from the Huers Hut on the Towan Headland by

shouting “Heva Heva” through the horn.

The farming Huers are on the lookout for progressive ideas to increase the harvest from the land.


The Huers Farming Club meets on a monthly basis during the winter months (October to April) with guest speakers, arranged by that years Chairman, addressing the club on wide ranging issues pertinent to farming in Cornwall. The Club consists of twenty-five members (plus Senior Huers over the age of 60) drawn from all over Cornwall, who represent a wide range of farming interests.

The Huers Farming Club was established in 1967, with one of its founding members being Mr J.K. Thomas, the father of Ken Thomas. Mr J.K. Thomas farmed Coswarth near Newquay for many years after moving to the Westcountry from Odiham, Hants.

Mr J.K. Thomas was a very active farmer, and during his lifetime, he initiated much research and technical progress. Alongside other founder members, the Huers Farming Club was set up with the objective of advancing and researching agriculture.

To this day, the club's Rules of the Association, which were agreed upon in 1959, remain in effect.

A group photo from The Grasshoppers visit in May 1967, where the idea for The Huers Farming Club originated. Ken Thomas, a founding member, is pictured on the far left of the 1st row. Richard Stratton (of Stratton & Holborrow), another founding member and the first Secretary of the Club, is pictured on the far right of the 1st row.

Are you a young Cornish or Scillionian agriculturalist wishing to travel?

In 1980, The Huers Farming Club established a trust, in memory of former member Ken Thomas, to award bursaries to young agriculturalists, aged approximately 20 – 30 years, residing in the County of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who might not otherwise have the means or the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and experience by travel.

Over the years numerous young people have benefited and have undertaken study trips to wide ranging areas including New Zealand, Australia, the USA, India, Japan, Hungary, Zambia, Brazil and areas closer to home.

The trust is however sadly not able to fund college or university fees or associated costs.

Registered Charity No. 287260.

Contact 01208 815 562 for further Bursary information



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Japan Study Tour 2022

In October 2022, members of The Huers Farming Club embarked on a Study Tour to Japan. Throughout the tour, the members covered a distance of just over 2,000 kilometres by train and participated in 12 business meetings. The journey commenced with a visit to the British Embassy in Toyko, followed by stops in Fukushima, Morioka, Shizuoka, Kyoto, and Osaka, before returning to Toyko. Overall, it was an educational and enjoyable trip for all. For more information about the trip, please click here


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Chris Knowles


Chris Knowles,

Little Trink,

St. Ives,

Cornwall, TR26 3JG


We are interested in inviting guest speakers from the field of Agriculture who can contribute to our objective of advancing and researching Agriculture. Please get in touch via one of the above methods and we will be in touch.