Farming charities, ARC-Addington Fund and Farm Crisis Network are organising a series of events in the Worcestershire region aimed at raising funds and awareness of their work.
A photographic exhibition, entitled ‘Food and Farming-An Urban Perspective’, is being staged in the Churches Pavilion for the duration of the Three Counties Show, Malvern 18th -20th June. Since the ARC Addington Fund was established as the churches’ response to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001, they have enjoyed the support of many urban dwellers and urban churches. The exhibition looks at farming and the countryside through the lens of London based Kevin Foord, more used to snapping models on the catwalk. Each image is accompanied by text from farmer’s son turned journalist Richard Benson, author of ‘The Farm- the story of a farming family’.
The 9th July sees Debbie and James Bakewell of Charlton Farm, Hartlebury, open their doors to stage a Charity Barn Dance with the theme ‘Best of British Farming’. Rhythm and Blues band ‘Rhythm Zoo’ will provide the entertainment, with hog roast and refreshments provided by local farmers. The event will have a licensed bar and all proceeds will be used within Worcestershire for farmers and their families encountering difficult times. Tickets are available from the ARC Addington Fund office priced £10/adult and £5 per child.
The ARC-Addington Fund supports viable farming families as they encounter circumstances outside of their control, and providing appropriate housing for those needing to exit or retire from agriculture. In the last twelve months the charity have supported families affected by the collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain, the flooding in and around Cockermouth and in several cases a unique set of circumstances that have beset a single family. Since Sir Don Curry launched our Strategic Rural Housing Scheme at Royal Smithfield in November 2002 the Fund has on average provided a home for a farming family every 57 days.
For more information please contact:
Marketing and Events Manager
ARC Addington Fund
T: 02476 690587 M: 07702 815868 E: