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Nativity goes to market

The 2016 carol service was well attended by RABI supporters from across the local area, with the farmers mart helping to raise a total of £1,055 towards the work of the charity.

Farming charity R.A.B.I is staging a Christmas fundraiser at Thame Livestock Market on December 7th but tread carefully… or you might just end up taking to the floor yourself!

R.A.B.I’s Buckinghamshire committee and the Thame Farmers Auction Mart have joined forces to organise the event, which will feature plenty of Christmas carols under the musical lead of the Chinnor Silver Training Band. Rural chaplain Jenny Edmans will preside over many of the night’s activities and the ‘jolly’ nativity play in the main auction ring is sure to be spectacular, with audience participation actively encouraged.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is farming’s oldest and largest welfare charity, giving out grants of around £2m each year. In 2017, R.A.B.I has given out more than £18k in Oxfordshire and more than £11k in Buckinghamshire (figures to September 2017).

Jenni Green, R.A.B.I regional manager for South Central, said: “It’s sure to be a fun-packed evening, with an auction, mulled wine and mince pies galore, lots of laughs and a great atmosphere. The nativity play is always a big highlight and the market ring provides a natural amphitheatre.

“The money we raise will help people from the farming sector in financial hardship. Sadly, there are plenty of people in our rural communities who, often through no fault of their own, will have precious little to celebrate this Christmas.”

Pictured: The 2016 carol service was well attended by RABI supporters from across the local area, with the farmers mart helping to raise a total of £1,055 towards the work of the charity.


November 21, 2017