The Young Farmers Club from Brockhill Park Performing Arts College participated in a carol service and nativity with live animals in aid of R.A.B.I, hosted by Hobbs Parker at Ashford Market this week.
The service took place in the cattle sales ring and was led by Bill Jones, Headmaster of Spring Grove School. The nativity scene included real cattle and sheep from Brockhill’s School farm and miniature donkeys from Perry Court Farm.
Mince pie and mulled wine were handed out free of charge and a festive hamper – donated by Court Farm Shop – will also be raffled off to further boost funds for R.A.B.I and the Farming Community Network (FCN).
Donna Ashlee, Assistant Principal of Brockhill Park Performing Arts College said, “The atmosphere was wonderful, really festive and had such a lovely family feel. The children from Spring Grove sang a beautiful rendition of ‘Away in a Manger’ in the cattle ring surrounded by our animals.”
A big thank you Hobbs Parker for allowing us to use their market facilities and for Mark Clevedon for auctioning the Christmas cake which raised £200.
The evening, organised by Richard Beaugie from R.A.B.I Kent’s committee, was attended by nearly 200 people both young and old and raised over £600.
Sally Field, R.A.B.I regional manager for the South East, said: “Nothing R.A.B.I achieves would be possible without our fantastic supporters who give up so much of their time for the cause. We’re extremely grateful to Mark Clevedon and Hobbs Parker as well as involved with the Ashford Market Christmas fundraiser.
“Farming can be a volatile business and people can get into difficulty through no fault of their own. However, British food and farming is amongst the best in the world and we all have a part to play in supporting it.”