The Chitterleigh and South Molton Farmers’ Supper, organised by the Addington Fund and sponsored by Coodes Solicitors, brought together friends, colleagues and neighbours from the farming community.
More than 120 guests gathered in the Assembly Rooms in South Molton on November 22 for dinner and a lively questions panel. The event was attended by the region’s figures from the agricultural sector.
James Morrish from Kivells hosted a panel discussion, which covered a wide range of farming-related questions. The panel were Pam Johns from Coodes Solicitors, Helen Willett from Folk2Folk, Stuart Holton from NFU Mutual, South Molton and Adrian Rundle from Lloyds Bank.
Guests enjoyed racks of lamb provided by Farmers Fresh while Bray Potatoes, Quicke’s Cheese and Verney’s Molton Ice also generously donated produce for the meal.
Ian Bell, Chief Executive of the Addington Fund, said: “Many people in the farming world increasingly work in isolation. Our Chitterleigh and South Molton supper is designed to be an enjoyable social event, increase the awareness of Addington’s housing work in North Devon and raise funds to develop our charitable capacity.”
Pam Johns, Partner and team leader for rural services at Coodes Solicitors, said: “This was such a great event to be part of and one we were proud to sponsor. We are committed to our rural communities in the South West and we work really closely with many of our farming families across the region.
“The Addington Fund is a great charity that does wonderful work to support the local farming community.”
An auction was held on the night, also hosted by James Morrish, which, coupled with a raffle, raised £1,460 for the Addington Fund. This sum was further increased by £1,000 by Nicola Rapson from Barclays Agriculture.