Scones-a-Plenty at Casterne Hall
Derbyshire committee’s Kate Wainwright, Angela Sargent, Margaret Baile, Jean Dilks and Sarah Booth before the cakes disappeared!
R.A.B.I. Derbyshire committee gave Mary Berry a run for her money at their cream tea event at Casterne Hall near Ashborne on 21 September where a wonderful spread of homemade cakes and scones wowed guests.
By kind permission of Charles and Caroline Hurt, guests had the opportunity to explore the house and gardens made famous by appearances in films such as Jane Eyre and Far from the Madding Crowd.
Derbyshire chairman Angela Sargent said: “We’re very thankful to everyone who came along and supported our cream tea and also to our wonderful hosts and sponsors for making the event happen.” The cream tea was sponsored by Prescient Power and the sale of Christmas cards and tombola tickets raised £750 for R.A.B.I.
The committee’s next event is a Joules seconds clothing sale on Tuesday 14th October at Sparrowpitt village hall near Buxton.
Turnditch and Windley Show
R.A.B.I. Derbyshire secretary Margaret Baile with committee member Jean Dilks and the stand’s festive additions.
R.A.B.I. Derbyshire committee would like to thank the Turnditch and Windley Show Society for the free pitch that enabled them to raise £170 through Christmas sales. The show society has always been supportive of the charity and generously donated £500 to R.A.B.I. earlier in the year.
Ride Remembers Friend of R.A.B.I.
A charity ride is set to remember horse enthusiast and friend of R.A.B.I., Sue Duffin, after she lost her battle with cancer in April of this year.
A pleasure ride will be held at Manor Farm in Carburton, where Sue enjoyed riding, on Sunday 21 September at 12.30pm at a cost of £15 per rider. The proceeds of the ride will be donated to R.A.B.I..
Regional manager Milly Wastie said: “It is wonderful that friends and family have chosen to remember Sue and her passion for horse riding in this way, and we’re very grateful that they have chosen R.A.B.I. to benefit from the ride.”
Host Robert Bower, who is also Chairman of Nottinghamshire R.A.B.I., commented on his motivation for organising the ride: “Sue and I had a common interest, her horse Ben was a large part of her life, as well as my horse which she exercised during her illness. Sue was a lovely and kind lady who was always supportive of my work with R.A.B.I. It was both humbling and a privilege to have been part of her life and this ride will, we hope, be held every year in memory of the full and courageous life she led.”
To register your interest and to book your place, please contact Rob Bower on 07973 479427
NFU Melbourne hit the road for R.A.B.I.
The group on Blanch Croft, an old street in Melbourne with Phil Heath (Left, back to camera in white long sleeved shirt) and members of NFU Melbourne.
Members of the NFU Melbourne branch have had a busy June raising money for R.A.B.I..
First, the branch hit the road on 22 June for the NFU Roadshow at the Derbyshire County Show. Graham Partington and other members organised the sale of fresh local produce and bedding plants in return for donations to R.A.B.I. over £150 was raised on the day.
The branch were back on the road again with an historic walking tour of Melbourne, organised by member Frank Heath of Heath’s Farm Shop in Melbourne which attracted 20 guests. Frank’s son and local conservation officer Phil Heath took visitors around the village and castle ruins explaining the colourful history of the village. Melbourne was first recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086 as ‘Mileburne’ meaning ‘mill stream’. Phil was also able to recount the rich farm and industrial history of the area as guests returned to the Heath household for refreshments supplied by his wife Penny. £210 was raised on the day and we’re very grateful for their fundraising efforts!
South Derbyshire MP’s steak in Great British Beef Week
Angela Sargent, member of Ladies in Beef and R.A.B.I Derbyshire chairman, presented Heather Wheeler MP with a homemade steak pie in celebration of Great British Beef Week. The South Derbyshire MP was in the area to mark the start of celebrations and also to meet with local farmers to discuss their issues and concerns for the year ahead. Distribution of R.A.B.I charitable grants to the region’s farmers and families reached £48,000 in 2013, an increase of 53% from 2012 and was partly the result of a harsh spring and snow.
(L-R) Milly Wastie (R.A.B.I. Regional Manager for East Midlands), Angela Sargent (R.A.B.I. Derbyshire Chairman), Heather Wheeler MP, and John Hall (NFU Derbyshire county chairman).
R.A.B.I. is “obvious choice” for store’s commitment
One of the Mole Country Stores, part of the Mole Valley Farmers group who have trading outlets throughout the UK, has chosen R.A.B.I. as their charity of the year. The Fauld store, which is situated on the Derbyshire / Staffordshire border, welcomed Angela Sargent, R.A.B.I. Derbyshire Chairman, to an open day on April 19 where they discussed their ideas for fundraising. Store manager, Ruth Dolman, stated: ‘We chose to support R.A.B.I. following a presentation to Netherseal YFC at a dinner dance I attended last year and realised that as a farming business we should be doing more to support a farming charity. R.A.B.I. was the obvious choice and we look forward to doing all we can to raise awareness and funds”.
Rob Massey (Agri manager) and Ruth Dolman (Store manager) with the team at Fauld.
Surveyors raise funds for flood-hit farmers
Thank you to the Midlands branch of surveyors RECAP Ltd, which donated £2,000 to R.A.B.I. to help support farmers in the South and South West who have been affected by flooding.
Pictured is Nick Hansen, chairman, who also runs the Ashbourne branch of Bagshaws, presenting a cheque to R.A.B.I. regional manager Milly Wastie at a meeting in March.
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