Forde Abbey once again played host to a summer fair for all the family on July 30 and judging by the crowds, sunshine and swift sales of cake and ice cream at the R.A.B.I stalls – it was a bumper year!
The former Cistercian monastery, which is set in beautiful grounds in Chard, Somerset, opened its doors to an array of trade stalls, horticultural displays and funfair rides and live music. Highlights included a western riding display by renowned equestrian Jo Corringham and an all new dog show featuring the Donyatt Dog Training Club.
Last year the summer fair helped raise £13,000 for R.A.B.I and this year the proceeds from the event, which have yet to be announced, will be split between R.A.B.I and Chard & District Riding For The Disabled.
R.A.B.I committee members and volunteers were able to chat to guests about the charity’s work while serving homemade cakes and ice cream in the grounds.
Regional manager, Pam Wills, said: “As times set to get tougher for those in the farming industry, events like this really help us to spread the word of our charitable work. We would like to thank everyone at Forde Abbey and the summer fair committee for supporting farming families by choosing R.A.B.I as their charity of the year – last year we gave out more than £151,500 in grants in Somerset alone – so we know our work is incredibly important to the local farming community.”