A farm walk at Eric Freeman’s Byfords Farm in Huntley has raised £1,750 for R.A.B.I.
The event was organised by Gloucestershire R.A.B.I and Gloucestershire Farming Friends and hosted by Eric and Clifford Freeman.
130 guests enjoyed a glass of Albert Rixen’s award-winning cider on arrival and rain certainly didn’t dampen the mood as Clifford and Jenny Phelps MBE led the farm tour on a trailer supplied by Billows Farm, Breadstone. Talks covered activities and specialities on the farm including rare breeds, conservation, cider making and working horses.
A delicious hot supper followed, cooked by the chef from Clifford’s Isles of Scilly hotel – St Mary’s Hall Hotel, who was flown in especially for the event.
Cotswold Ceilidh band ‘That Shallot’ ensured spirits remained high throughout the evening, while R.A.B.I Deputy Chairman James Orme gave a talk to guests about R.A.B.I’s work in Gloucestershire.
Jenni Thompson, R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, said: “R.A.B.I relies heavily on the support of its fundraising committees and events like this really do help make a tangible difference to people’s lives. Eric Freeman’s DVD on the farming year was also made available and sales on the day added an extra £60 to our funds.”
The farm walk was supported by the Butterfly Conservation Trust and agricultural contractor Rupert Hyett. Many thanks to everyone involved with the event.