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.

Hill farmers raise funds for others in need
Great news from the High Peak! Hill farmers have given £2,274 to charity, including £840 to R.A.B.I..

Derbyshire chairman Angela Sargent collected a cheque from members of the High Peak Livestock Society in March.

Thank you very much to members for helping us to help farming families in difficult times.

Derbyshire chairman Angela Sargent (right) is pictured with High Peak Livestock Society members, left to right G. Hinds, A.W. Sneddon, S. Edge, R. Walker and G. Mallinson.

Quiz night

Scarsdale Vets are holding another of their popular quiz nights at their Pride Park Veterinary Centre in Derby on Thursday 3 April to raise money for R.A.B.I..

Teams of four are invited to take part and tickets cost £5 per person, to include a pie supper.

To enter call 01332 294929 or email 

Please note the change of date.

Sheep Dog Trials donation

Thank you to the organisers of the Longshaw Sheep Dog Trials in Derbyshire who have donated £100 to R.A.B.I. following their successful 2013 event.

The trials claim to be the oldest continuous trials in the country and have been run from 1898 to the present day, interrupted only by the two world wars.

The 2014 trials will be held from 28 – 30 August.

Photo: John Elliott working his dog.

Trail Riders Fellowship

The East Midlands branch of the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) based in Derbyshire donated £1,741 to R.A.B.I. in February.

The money was raised by the group’s 70-plus members from their Kevin

Brinklow memorial ride to promote responsible bike riding across farm and fell land.

Member and farmer Steve Hough encouraged the group to make the donation to R.A.B.I..

He explained: “R.A.B.I. helps to support farmers, farm workers and their families in times of crisis. By supporting the charity we want to thank the farmers who allow us to ride across their land and at the same time improve the profile of our group and promote the responsible ethos we have.”

Photo: TRF member Steve Hough presents a cheque to regional manager Milly Wastie


Derbyshire Trail Riders

The East Midlands branch of the Trail Riders fellowship (TRF) based in Derbyshire, donated £1741.00 to farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) this week following a bad spate of publicity surrounding off road biking activities.

The group, made up of 70 – 100 biking enthusiasts, decided to donate the proceeds of the Kevin Brinklow memorial ride, nicknamed the mine pie run, towards R.A.B.I. to forge better links with the farming community and open new avenues for responsible bike riding across farm and fell land.

Farmer Steve Hough, a member of the TRF encouraged the group to choose R.A.B.I. as the charity to benefit from the donation, as it is a charity close to his heart. Steve commented ‘The R.A.B.I. helps to support farmers, farm workers and their families in times of crisis’. ‘I could see that by supporting this charity we could give thanks to the farmers who allow us to ride across their land and improve the profile of our group and the responsible ethos we have’.

The late Kevin Brinklow

Steve Hough presenting a cheque to Milly Wastie



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