The evening featured music by Mosaic Octet choir and entertainment by retired farmer and poet, Philip Holland. Head keeper at Haddon Hall, Warren Slaney, spoke about his role managing the game and protecting the rivers from poachers and four guides where on hand to point out features of significance around the house and gardens.
Lord and Lady Manners attended the event, one of many fundraisers in the Derbyshire committee’s calendar, and spoke about why they had chosen R.A.B.I as their charity of the year. Haddon Hall has been in the Manners family since 1567 and is situated in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District on the banks of the River Wye.
R.A.B.I regional manager for the East Midlands, Milly Fyfe said: “R.A.B.I gave out more than £26.5K in grants in Derbyshire during 2014 to farming people who are struggling financially; events like this allow us to highlight our work and raise funds for the people who need us most. On behalf of the Derbyshire committee I would like to thank Lord and Lady Manners for allowing R.A.B.I into their home and for everyone involved in a successful event.
The cherry on the top was provided by committee member Malcolm Sutton, owner of ice cream company Udder Stuff, who donated individual pots of his new cherry bakewell flavoured ice cream for its first public testing. Malcolm said: “I’ve been a committee member of R.A.B.I in Derbyshire for three years and I like to help out at functions and supply ice cream. Moving into the ice cream business has been brilliant for us but not every dairy farmer can diversify and you certainly can’t do it on thin air.”
The event was kindly supported by Prescient power, Bagshaws and Bakewell NFU Mutual and an auction raised £1710 – total funds are still being calculated, but more than £3,500 is expected to have been raised.
Haddon Hall opens its doors for a 2 day Artisan Market on 14th and 15th November which will showcase the best of local food, drink and crafts. Admission is £2 per person with all proceeds to R.A.B.I.
Pictured: R.A.B.I’s Haddon Hall event, courtesy of Ruth Downing