Gamble charity lamb makes top price at Skipton

Hazel Gamble is pictured with the Addington Fund charity lamb, joined by Skipton’s livestock sales manager Ted Ogden.

Ken and Hazel Gamble, of Brickyard Farm, Easingwold, were the latest farming family to donate a lamb at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday prime sheep sale in aid of national farming charity, the Addington Fund. (Mon, Oct 16)

It was the second charity lamb to go under the hammer as part of the mart’s recently launched initiative in support of the Addington Fund’s ‘Tup 1 Ewe’ fund-raising campaign, through which sheep farmers are able to donate live sheep through participating auction markets around England and Wales, and nominate the sale proceeds to the charity.

The single Texel-cross lamb from the Gambles went on to sell for the day’s leading per head price of £115 – CCM again waived its commission – to Hartwith’s Nick Dalby, buying on behalf of Kendalls Farm Butchers, which has shops in Pateley Bridge and Harrogate.

 

The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy

Left to right Geoff Dodgson, Right Reverend John Flack, The Chaplain, Professor Reverend Peter Galloway

 

 

By kind permission of the Duchy of Lancaster and with the much appreciated co-operation of the Chaplain, we were again very privileged to hold our Harvest Eucharist Service on Sunday.  The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy is a wonderful space, fill the building with our guests, regular worshippers and visitors, then add a superb choir and organist; as we started the service by singing the National Anthem you realise you are in a very special place.

The service as conducted by The Chaplain, Professor Reverend Peter Galloway, with Intercessions read by our very dear friend Geoff Dodgson, Chaplain to the Guild of Agricultural Journalists.  The sermon was given by Bishop John Flack.  John knew Canon Richard Addington as they worked together in Leeds at the beginning of their years in Ministry.  John became Bishop of Huntingdon before moving to Rome as the Director of the Anglican Centre from 2002-2008 and still travels across Europe to conduct Confirmation Services.  John retired recently as Assistant Bishop of Peterborough.

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.  We return to the Chapel for our Harvest Service on Sunday 7 October 2018.

 

 

 

Addington Fund benefits from first charity lamb sale at CCM Skipton

Craven Cattle Marts chairman Anthony Hewetson is pictured with lamb he donated and sold.

Skipton Auction Mart has sold its first prime lamb under a new fund-raising initiative on behalf of national farming charity, the Addington Fund.

The single Beltex-cross lamb was donated by Craven Cattle Marts chairman Anthony Hewetson, who farms locally in Bank Newton, and sold for £135 to Alan Beecroft, of Countrystyle Meats Farm Shop in Lancaster.

The entire proceeds from the sale – CCM also waived its commission – went to the Addington Fund, which offers a vital lifeline and safety net to farmers in desperate need of housing or emergency funds.

It was the first charity to lamb to go under the hammer as part of Skipton Auction Mart’s new initiative in support of the Addington Fund’s ‘Tup 1 Ewe’ fund-raising campaign, through which sheep farmers are able to donate live sheep through participating auction markets around England and Wales, and nominate the sale proceeds to the charity.

The scheme, in which sheep sport purpose-designed rosettes so potential purchasers can clearly see they are being sold in aid of the Addington Fund, was devised by Craven Cattle Marts general manager Jeremy Eaton. He said: “Other vendors are welcome offer lambs at future sales for this extremely worthwhile cause.”

The lamb was sold on Skipton’s October prime show day, when Countrystyle Meats Farm Shop also claimed the prime lamb champions, a pen of five 42kg home-bred Beltex-cross from North Craven’s Mick Hewitt, of Giggleswick. Mr Beecroft paid the day’s top price of £138 per head for the title winners.

On the same day, Mr Beecroft, who is now a regular weekly buyer of primestock at the North Yorkshire venue, also took home a brace a prime cattle, among them the  second prize Blue-cross steer from Threshfield’s Charles and Richard Kitching.

The champion prime lambs have now gone on sale at the Lancaster Leisure Park farm shop, while meat from the prime cattle will be fully matured for up to three weeks to ensure it is in perfect condition for customers’ tables.

Mr Beecroft said: “Once again we are sourcing the very best meat that money can buy for our growing band of customers – top quality lamb and beef roasts, steaks, chops and all the other popular cuts. Absolutely nothing will go to waste.”

He added: “We were also keen to buy the lamb donated in aid of the Addington Fund, as it a very deserving charity that does sterling work on behalf of hard-hit farmers across the nation.”

Ian Bell, chief executive of the Addington Fund, said: “We always get tremendous support from livestock marts and farmers and this is a great start to the renewed impetus we are now giving to our ‘Tup 1 Ewe’ fund-raising campaign. Our thanks go to CCM, its chairman and the farm shop buyer. We can only hope others will take up the gauntlet on our behalf.”

Renewed impetus for our Tup 1 Ewe campaign

Pictured at the launch of the latest fund-raising initiative are, from left, Skipton Auction Mart’s general manager Jeremy Eaton, Addington Fund Trustee Christine Ryder and Craven Cattle Marts director Kevin Wilson, of Blubberhouses. Adrian Legge Photography

Skipton-based Craven Cattle Marts has launched a new initiative in support of our Tup 1 Ewe fund-raising campaign.

Skipton Auction Mart was one of the first to support the ground-breaking scheme when it was launched in September last year, enabling sheep farmers to donate live sheep through participating auction markets around England and Wales, and nominate the sale proceeds to the charity.

Now, 12 months on, Craven Cattle Marts general manager Jeremy Eaton has devised a new idea in a bid to give renewed impetus to the campaign. It involves purpose-designed rosettes so potential purchasers can clearly see which sheep are being sold in aid of the Fund.

Mr Eaton explained: “The theme is that a farmer wishing to donate a lamb simply attaches a rosette to one sheep and we will do the rest commission free. We suggest prime and store lambs, but farmers may choose to donate from any sheep sale by attaching the rosette.  All they need to do is let us know ahead of each sale.”

Ian Bell, chief executive of the Addington Fund, which has its headquarters in Barford, Warwickshire, and offers a vital lifeline and safety net to farmers in desperate need of housing or emergency funds, has warmly welcomed Skipton’s new, forward-looking initiative.

He said: “Livestock marts and farmers have always been incredibly supportive of our charity and we are particularly grateful to CCM Auctions for their ongoing support. One year down the line, this latest project should provide a timely boost to our fund-raising. The proceeds will be sent to us direct from the mart and, importantly, the funds raised will again support farming families in the region of the market.”

The Addington Fund has a local trustee in Christine Ryder, who farms with her husband Chris – himself a familiar face at Skipton Auction Mart – at Scaife Hall Farm in Blubberhouses. The couple have themselves raised some £25,000 over the years for the cause through charity breakfasts staged at their award-winning bed and breakfast accommodation.

Mrs Ryder said: “The Addington Fund continues to do sterling work in helping to maintain the economic and social fabric of UK farming communities. Once again, every penny raised will be used to support Yorkshire farming families.”