Spring to the aid of farmers

Flooding on the Somerset Levels.
Flooding on the Somerset Levels.
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The farming community in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders is rallying round to help flood-hit Somerset farmers.

It is organising a Spring Shindig to raise money for farmers and farmworkers affected by the devastating floods.

Organisers Lucy Armstrong, Kirsty Barr, Jill McGregor, Jane Fenwick, Susan Thompson, Tania Conway and Ailsa Tweedie were overwhelmed by the impact the water had on the south of England.

Being from farming backgrounds, they wanted to show their support.

The Northumberland committee of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Addington Fund are also on board for the event, which takes place on Saturday, May 3, from 7.30pm to 1am at Springwood Park Hall, Kelso.

It features a drinks reception, dinner, a luxury auction, raffle, dancing and guest speaker Mr A Ward, an award-winning livestock farmer.

All proceeds will be shared between RABI and the Addington Fund, which both provide support for members of the farming community.

Stoker Frater, chairman of Northumberland RABI, said: “This is a chance for us not only to help locally as we do in the form of help to people in the North East, but to give a little more to those less fortunate weather-wise than ourselves.

“Luckily we have missed the brunt of the storm and indeed have had probably one of the best winters for a while.”

He urged everyone to support the dinner.

“There is a capacity of around 400 at the hotel and I would like to think we could fill them all,” he said.

Spring Shindig tickets cost £35 a person.

For more information on taking a table, or making a donations to the appeal, contact Lucy Armstrong on 07739 159212, Kirsty Barr on 07734 314875 or email springshindig@gmail.com