R.A.B.I’s Monmouthshire committee attracted more than 300 people to their Family Farm Funday at Great Tre-rhew Farm, Llanvetherine on Sunday 31 July. The Funday hosted by kind permission of the Beavan family was a resounding success as families enjoyed various activities throughout the day.
People of all ages were encouraged to have a go at making bird boxes with Gwent Wildlife Trust, try out their circus skills with Jitterbug Circus, spin wool with the Gwent Guild of Spinners and Weavers and make animals out of felt with Folky Felt.
Children were enthralled with the content of their nets in the river dipping sessions and the “Guess the Poo” competition, with a winning prize of a course on rural skills or animal husbandry held at Kate’s Country School, attracted nearly 60 entries.
The wild food foraging walk led by Forage Fine Foods proved to be immensely popular, as was the duck race on the Trothy river. Non-farming families were in awe of the skills shown in the shearing demonstration and young and old had a go at the skittles competition and the welly wanging.
The Beavan family generously donated one of their farm-bred pigs for the Hog Roast and committee members and supporters provided strawberries and cakes to follow. One of the many highlights of the day was the Black Rat Effect band who played a barn stomping set in the Monmouthshire sunshine.
The Monmouthshire county committee, made up of voluntary fundraisers, most with farming links – understand the importance of giving something back to others who are enduring tough times, due to such things as animal disease, ill health, accidents or flooding.
R.A.B.I regional manager for Wales, Linda Jones, said: “We would like to thank the Beavan family and our volunteers and supporters in Monmouthshire for hosting an amazing Funday. It takes a great deal of dedication and effort to stage such an activity-packed day and the commitment shown by our committee members was exemplary.”
Gwilym Richards county chairman was incredibly pleased with the turn-out on the day. He said: “I am very grateful to all who attended this Funday. There are many farming families in hardship. It is a difficult time for many in the farming sector, but we are here to support them.”
Kate Beavan, host and county secretary said: “There are so many generous people to thank who either donated essentials or gave their services free of charge, including Phil Jones for the salads and strawberries, Alun Griffiths for providing the public conveniences, Adrian Cole for the picnic benches and Bulmers for some delicious cider. We couldn’t have done without these on the day.”
A raffle and tombola was also held on the day to further boost fundraising activities and thanks to Barclays Bank who provided match funding to R.A.B.I the Funday raised over £3000 to help farming families in Monmouthshire.