The East Kent NFU Ladies Section, Swingfield and Elham Branch, recently celebrated their 50 year anniversary at their Annual Dinner held at Broome Park, Denton, near Canterbury.
The group, pictured above below a portrait of Lord Kitchener, was first formed in the mid-1960’s by a small number of farmers’ wives to provide hard-working, like-minded women with an organisation that catered for their needs and interests. Several of the early members still contribute to the group today and were also present at the dinner.
In addition to a wide range of talks, outings and social events, fundraising has always been a key part of the NFU ladies and over the years the R.A.B.I has been the main beneficiary. This relatively small group has donated over £6,000 to R.A.B.I funds by organising coffee mornings, barbecues, bring and buys, harvest suppers, sherry parties, cheese and wine, cakes stalls and tombolas.
Today the East Kent NFU Ladies Section still has a wide range of interests and activities with talks, demonstrations and visits covering country matters, crafts, local history, rural businesses and charitable activities.
“We are a friendly group open to anyone with an interest in farming, stock keeping and the countryside; our annual subscription is only £6 and partners/guests are welcome to attend meetings for a small charge. Coffee, tea and homemade cake feature highly at our events and the ability to consume copious cream teas is a must!”