Over the years, this popular bi-annual dinner – organised by the Oxfordshire committee – has raised huge sums for farming people in financial hardship, with the last event generating more than £20k.
Lydia Slack grew up on a Peak District farm, surrounded by hills, animals and not many people. She began speaking through the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs‘ public speaking competition. Aged 17, she won ‘Best Speaker’ at the NFYFC national final, for her speech about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager on a hill farm.
R.A.B.I’s Oxfordshire dinner is scheduled for March 20 and tickets are selling fast. The first event was held at Merton College in 1999, under the watchful eye of local farmer and Oxfordshire committee chairman Charles Peers. Current Oxfordshire chair Richard Binning is also a trustee of the charity.
Freeths LLP have agreed to sponsor the dinner for the fourth time running and the Great Hall provides a wonderful setting, surrounding guests with rich historical reminders from centuries past. More recently, the staircase leading up to the Great Hall was used for the arrival scene for new Hogwarts students in the first two Harry Potter films.
Jenni Green, R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, said: “This fundraiser is one of the most eagerly-awaited on the R.A.B.I calendar and we’re fortunate to be well supported by businesses across Oxfordshire. The Great Hall is such a fabulous setting – if it’s good enough for Harry Potter then it’s good enough for us!”
Interested in attending? Please contact Jenni on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pictured above is Christ Church College, Oxford.