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Farming can be an unpredictable occupation and in cases of emergency and where hardship is evident, Addington can be there to help with short term financial aid, when that emergency situation has or will create unforeseen additional expenditure. If you have been affected by the recent floods and have lost animal feed, or forage, we may be able to help. Please call us on 01926 620135 or email email@example.com
Addington Fund, Manorlands, and Brooklands Community Special School in Skipton, shared the proceeds of a record amount of £5000 at charity auctions staged alongside Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Christmas Primestock shows earlier this month.
The charity highlights formed part of Skipton’s fortnightly Wednesday Top Tags Animal ID-sponsored sheep sale of 3,143 head, the majority store lambs, which met a cracking trade throughout to average £63.12 overall.
Generous farmers donated 25 lambs in total, the majority again North of England Mules, which were judge by breed stalwarts, husband and wife Geoffrey and Valerie Porter, who run the Riddings flock in Reeth.
We are grateful to the organisers and participants of this fabulous charity day.
Farmers, Retirement and Housing in the United Kingdom: A review of the issues, experiences and possible answers – looks at the impact of access to housing for retiring farmers, and the subsequent impact on the industry.
Released today by University College of Estate Management (UCEM), The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), The Prince’s Countryside Fund, Royal Agricultural University and Northumbrian Water Group, with support from a steering group including Addington Fund, the report identifies and examines the measures needed to enable those who wish to retire from the agricultural industry to do so without fear or hardship.
Ashley Wheaton, UCEM Principal, explains: “Issues with the provision of housing can provide significant obstacles to those looking to retire. Encouraging a fresh perspective that retirement can be both desirable and feasible requires a range of enabling measures, and consequent structural change. Farmers will need to be supported by flexible advice and facilitation, taking into account differing access to capital, sites and income, as well as tenure and other factors.
“This paper has considered a wide range of issues in understanding and tackling the practical problems around farming retirement and housing. The next steps are about turning this work into practical and effective action across the United Kingdom, identifying and sharing good practice to encourage progressively better performance.”
Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser to The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, adds: “Taking this work forward will be about encouraging imaginative practice, proactive and positive behaviour and innovative solutions among all, from local planning authorities to families considering their future or discussions within landlord/tenant relationships.”
To access the full report, please click Farmers Retirement and Housing in the United Kingdom – A review of the issues experiences and possible answers
Farm Stay UK members in Yorkshire are staging their annual charity fund-raiser on Friday, September 6.
As in 2018 it will again be hosted by Lindsey and Will Hitchen at St George’s Court B&B, Old Home Farm, High Grantley, Ripon. They are long-standing members of Farm Stay UK, which remains the country’s largest network of farm-based accommodation providers.
This year there’s a slightly different format to past ‘Farmhouse Big Breakfast’ fund-raisers, with an afternoon tea being served up between 2.30 and 4.30pm, followed by an evening session from 7.30pm.
This will feature a BBQ and entertainment from well-known Yorkshire singer-songwriter and rural affairs journalist Chris Berry, of the Yorkshire Post and Farming in Yorkshire. He was previously a keynote member of ‘The Singing Farmers,’ who performed their farewell tour in 2016 and is now in high demand as a solo performer.
As in past years, proceeds are in aid of both the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and national farming charity, the Addington Fund. The 2018 fund-raiser netted almost £9,000 and over the years Farm Stay UK members, joined by other farm-based accommodation providers from across the region, have raised around £40,000 for the two charities.
Past staunch supporters Barclays Bank’s agricultural division have again agreed to sponsor the event, while other keynote sponsors include Yorkshire Accountants in Ripon, Bleikers Smokehouse, Ian Taylor Eggs, Millers Food Service, Lishman’s Butchers of Ilkley, Morrisons Supermarkets and Rhoddas.
Tickets, priced at £15 – just a limited number remain available – can be booked and paid for in advance by calling Lindsey Hitchen on 01765 620618, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Addington Fund has appointed Peter Jinman as its new Chairman of the Board of Trustees in succession to Sheila Cole who has stepped down after 9 years.
Peter is a veterinary surgeon from rural south west Herefordshire and is well known in farming and governmental circles having previously being both President of the British Veterinary Association and President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is also the independent chairman of the government’s DEFRA Farm Animal Welfare Committee and is a County Councillor on Herefordshire Council. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Farmers Club. Peter lives on his smallholding with his wife Gill. Their son is the commercial director of a company specialising in artificial intelligence , their eldest daughter is a primary school teacher married to a local farmer and their second daughter, whose partner is a local farmer’s son, runs the family owned local pub and restaurant, the Temple Bar Inn, the site of very successful annual fundraising Addington Fund breakfasts.
Peter is dedicated to increasing the charity’s remit both in disaster relief and in rural housing to keep the countryside both vibrant and sustainable. He adds “Addington already offers retirement homes to farmers and farm workers who want or are forced to retire through difficult personal circumstances. When unable to continue working or lacking the necessary finance we aim to assist in the provision of appropriate housing close to family and friends. In addition Addington has provided affordable homes to youngsters and families involved in the agricultural industry who cannot afford to live in rural locations close to their places of work. It is vital that the we continue to work in this area.
It is also our aspiration to create a young entrant’s scheme through legacy farmers to help establish first generation farmers on the Farming Ladder.”
Please join us for an Afternoon Tea, a BBQ & a Farm and Estate Tour around Ashcombe on Sunday the 15th September 2019.
After the Horse & Dog Show, The Ashcombe Village Club are hosting an afternoon full of fantastic food and a Farm & Estate Tour, with all proceeds going the Addington Fund. You can have a choice of joining us for just afternoon tea or a BBQ but if you decide you want to enjoy the whole evening and do both, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a Farm & Estate tour around Ashcombe too!
Cream Tea £7
Cream Tea & BBQ inc Farm & Estate Tour £22
For more information please contact email@example.com or to buy your tickets please call our office on 01926 650135 (option 3)
Our Yorkshire Dales Flood Damage Relief Scheme is now closed. If you have applied, applications are undergoing consideration by our trustees and you will be notified by the 18th October whether your application has been successful.
We will be able to support successful applicants with a grant towards the following costs:
- Deadstock disposal
- Removal of contaminated feed
- Replacement of washed away feed, fodder or forage
- Haulage costs temporary fencing
- Hire of diggers for clean up.
If you have forage to donate, we are working with Forage Aid who are co-ordinating this. Please contact them via their website https://forageaid.org.uk/How-to-help.aspx to make your pledge.
1st August is the ancient festival of Lammastide, which traditionally is the start of the harvest calendar – a time of giving thanks to God for all we sow and reap. Lammas (literally loaf mass), is the celebration of the first loaf of the first grain of the wheat harvest.
Everyone is invited to join us for this service of thanks, which starts at 6pm, at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Hoxne, near Eye in Suffolk, followed by drinks and a hog roast. This is the seventh consecutive year that the service has been held here, attracting people from across the region.
Bill Young, Addington Fund’s CEO, who will talk about developments of the Fund in East Anglia.
For the first time this year, we are delighted to be having a tractor parade beforehand from Home Farm, Eye Road, Hoxne starting at 5.30pm and arriving in the church car park before the service.
Proceeds go to the Addington Fund, helping farming families in need.
For catering purposes, it would be helpful if you could let us know you are attending by ‘phoning Annie on 01926 620135 email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are indebted to Bloxwich Metal Detecting Club who asked our CEO to speak to their members about the Addington Fund.
They presented Addington with a cheque for £500 raised by their own membership for which we are most grateful.
It is very clear that they provide a very caring and responsible service to landowners offering a full insured search and free recovery service for lost items of value. If you are interested in the metal detecting services provided please contact Les Barratt the club secretary email@example.com mobile 07495083229
Addington Fund is delighted to announce that we are the main charitable partner at the inaugural Three Counties Farm Business Awards at The Royal Three Counties Show at Malvern.
The awards ceremony is the night before the show itself on Thursday 13th June. If you would like to enter, or nominate someone, please click on this link
The Addington Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday 13th October at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, Savoy Hill, London which was built as part of a charitable foundation under the terms of the will of King Henry VII in the early sixteenth century. On 11 May 1937 King George VI commanded that it should be the Chapel of the Royal Victorian Order.
The service will be conducted by The Chaplain, The Reverend Canon Thomas Woodhouse, with Intercessions read by our friend and supporter Geoff Dodgson, Chaplain to the Guild of Agricultural Journalists. The sermon will be given by the Bishop of Gloucester Rachel Treweek.
Our thanks also go to Thomas Leyland, The Steward of the Queen’s Chapel, and Philip Burg, Master of Music for their co-operation and friendship.
Everyone is welcome to the service and there is an optional post service drinks and 3 course lunch at the Farmers Club afterwards. Please contact Annie Winn, Marketing and Events Manager at Addington Fund 01926620135 option 3 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Tickets cost for drinks and lunch are £99 per person.