Mother and son Laura and Alfie Weston starred as Mary and Jesus in a nativity play staged in the unusual setting of the Thame Farmers Auction Mart.
The nativity was performed by Bicester Juniors YFC at a carol concert organised by R.A.B.I. Reverend Jenny Edmans, from Brill, led the Christmas service with Simon Draper taking charge of a fundraising auction. The event raised more than £2,000.
Readings were given by Ginny Stollery, chair of R.A.B.I’s Buckinghamshire committee, Jenni Green, R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central and Tina Hirons from the FCN. Sara Oliver and the Chinnor Silver Training Band provided a seasonal musical backdrop.
Charlotte Baxter, who manages the office at the Thame mart, also got involved by baking a cake for the auction and more than 100 mince pies for guests.
Jenni Green said: “Events like this do so much to bring people together and it was wonderful to see lots of familiar faces from the farming community, not just from Oxfordshire but also from surrounding counties.
“We received tremendous support from businesses such as Rumenco and International Aero Engines (IAE), particularly with lots for the auction. “Barclays generously provided match funding too and Jo Dunstone from Barclays attended the event.
“R.A.B.I gave out grants of more than £26k in Oxfordshire alone, from January to November this year. Those figures reflect a 42% increase on the same period in 2016, which illustrates just how important our work is to the farming sector.”
Pictured above are members of the Bicester Juniors YFC in their nativity costumes. Pictured on the right are Laura and Alfie Weston.
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