The 10th black tie dinner in Oxford was held this year in the Great Hall at Christ Church College.
Organised by the Oxfordshire committee, the event welcomed 300 guests to dine in the historic hall. Members of the Buckinghamshire and Berkshire committees also attended.
An auction and a silent auction with a combined 21 lots generated £8,000. The top-selling lot was a weekend stay in a cottage in Devon, which went for £1,000.
Lydia Slack, a former UN intern and model, was the guest speaker. Lydia grew up on a Peak District farm and at 17 she won ‘Best Speaker’ at the NFYFC national final. At this event, she talked about her memories of growing up on the farm and educating her friends about lambing.
The first event was held at Merton College in 1999, under the watchful eye of local farmer and Oxfordshire committee chairman Charles Peers. Richard Binning, the current chairman and R.A.B.I trustee, opened the evening for guests. Sarah Duffy, from Freeths LLP, gave the vote of thanks.
Jenni Green, regional manager for South Central, said: “As per usual, the Oxfordshire committee worked incredibly hard to put this successful event together. I’d also like to thank Freeths LLP for their support of this event for the fourth time.”
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