A dinner organised by R.A.B.I’s Oxfordshire committee will be held in the Great Hall at Christ Church College, Oxford University – the backdrop for scenes in the Harry Potter films.
The committee raised more than £24,000 at last year’s dinner for 300 people at the historic Christ Church Great Hall. Now, fundraisers are hoping for a repeat effort on April 12. Guest speaker this year is Chris Green, better known as ‘The Cornish Countryman’, a true ‘hunter gatherer’ who regularly demonstrates his skills at agricultural shows and has featured on TV shows such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘A Cook on the Wild Side’.
Jenni Thompson, R.A.B.I regional manager for the South Central region, said: “The Great Hall has hosted some spectacular banquets since the 16th Century and we are hoping our charity dinner in April will be another special occasion.
“R.A.B.I relies heavily on grass-roots supporters and dedicated committee members because voluntary income is our main source of funding.
“It’s been a difficult year for many people in the farming world, in the face of such things as flooding and falling commodity prices. Many farmers live below the poverty line and most are self-employed and only have an income if they’ve got something to sell.”
Henmans Freeth Solicitors have generously agreed to sponsor R.A.B.I’s Oxford dinner.
Iain Davis, national head of agricultural & rural affairs at Henmans Freeth Solicitors, said of their support: “We’ve been advising the farming community since the firm’s inception and it remains a core part of what we are about as a firm. We are very proud to have worked with and for the R.A.B.I for the last 30 years. To us they represent all that is positive about the agriculture sector; a charity of the farming community working for the less fortunate members of the farming community. It’s a privilege for Henmans Freeth to be given the opportunity to sponsor the R.A.B.I’s bi-annual dinner and to continue in a small way to support the work of this most worthwhile of charities.”
Pictured above are Richard Binning, of the Oxfordshire R.A.B.I committee, with deputy-president of the NFU Minette Batters. Last year, the Oxfordshire committee received the Sam Taylor Cup from R.A.B.I for their efforts in organising a successful annual fundraising dinner.
For more information about the event please contact Jenni Thompson on 07919 478518.