A new committee in Monmouthshire, formed just months ago, has already raised more than £3,500 for farmers in need.
That figure is set to increase following a Family Farm Funday at Great Tre-rhew Farm, Llanvetherine on Sunday July 31, by kind permission of the Beavan family. The farm, nestled in the Monmouthshire countryside where the Tre-rhew brook meets the Trothy River, was used for the BBC’s first series of Lambing Live and is also home to Kate’s Country School.
The Monmouthshire Committee attracted more than 200 people to their first ever fundraiser, a quiz night at the Monmouthshire Livestock Centre in January, pictured above, which raised over £3,000. County committee chairman Gwilym Richards said: “We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received thus far from the Monmouthshire farming community and I hope that people will get behind us again at Great Tre-Rhew Farm.”
The Monmouthshire Funday will start at 2pm and numerous activities have been arranged including a ‘Guess the Poo’ competition, in which people must match little pots of dried poo to the animal or insect that produced it! There will also be a duck race, tug-of-war, skittles, wool workshop and river-dipping for children, along with live music from the early evening through to around 8pm and a licenced bar. Entrance is free to all!
Kate Beavan, Monmouthshire committee secretary, added: “It’s going to be a busy day, but one that all the committee members are looking forward to. We genuinely want people to have a great day out and any contributions to the cake stall would be welcome.”
Neil Smith, Monmouthshire committee treasurer, said: “I hope that we are starting to get the message out in Monmouthshire that help is available to farming families. These are challenging times for the sector and I would urge anyone in difficulty to pick up the phone and call R.A.B.I’s confidential free helpline 0808 281 9490.”