August 2018 – AGM
This year we were delighted to be joined by Bedfordshire Young Farmers who have done an amazing job at fundraising for us this year. The money will continue to support the running of the Charity and the people that we help. Thank you again Bedfordshire Young Farmers!
May 2017- Beds and Cambs Support Group visit Bedfordshire YFC Rally & Country Show
We had a fantastic day on Saturday at the Bedfordshire YFC Rally and Country Show. It was lovely to see people visiting the stad and especially members of Leighton Buzzard YFC who enjoyed meeting Rascal – our mascot goat! See pics below!
June 2016- Beds and Cambs Support Group visit Cambs County Show
David Morgan on the stand at Cambs County Show
We had a great day at Cambs County Show and we are very grateful to the show for our stand. We were so pleased to see so many people and for the show to be so busy!
April 2016- Beds and Cambs Support Group Celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday with an Official Beacon
Trustees, volunteers and supporters came together to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday on 21st April by lighting one of over 1000 Official Beacons which formed a chain of light across the whole country.
The event, which was hosted by Rob and Anne-Marie Hamilton, was held at Wood Farm, Hail Weston, with over 40 people attending. The Beacon was registered in the name of the Rural Support Group, and Her Majesty will receive a book in due course listing all the organisations that took part in the Beacon celebrations.
(1) David Morgan (Group Manager) welcomes all our guests on behalf of Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group, whilst Rob Hamilton keeps an eye on the time to ensure that our Beacon is lit at exactly 7.30 p.m., as instructed
(2) Trustees, volunteers and supporters raise a glass to wish HM The Queen a very Happy 90th Birthday!
March 2016 – Funding announcement
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding for a further two years from The Prince’s Countryside Fund which we are very grateful for and allows us to help more people over the next couple of years.
For more information about The Prince’s Countryside Fund , have a look at their website: http://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/apply-for-fund/welcome-screen
Plough Sunday – St Nicolas Church, Hail Weston on Sunday, 10th January
The Rev John Alford led the annual Plough Sunday service at St Nicolas, Hail Weston on 10th January. An old-fashioned plough, provided by the Mitchell family, was brought in to church and blessed during the service. The family also provided some vintage tractors which stood outside the church and were greatly admired as the congregation left afterwards. Local farmers and parishioners took part in the service, and a collection at the end was split between St Nicolas Church and the work of Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group.’
The people in the photo are, back from the left: Robert Hamilton, Rev John Alford, Wayne Mitchell, front: Louise Abell, Harriet Abell, Hannah Winser and Alex Abell, Inset: Harvey Mitchell and Lily Crook on the tractor. Thank you to Ken Challenger for letting us use his photo.
Odd Wheel Club & The Vintage Tractor Working Weekend
We were very grateful to be presented with a donation cheque by Jim Mawer on behalf of the Odd Wheel Club to Anne-Marie as Chairman of Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group, and it took place at the Odd Wheel Christmas dinner in 2015. We are incredibly grateful for your donation and continued support!
Jim also organised the Working Weekend for the vintage tractors at Hail Weston in October 2015 and the photos below are from the weekend.
Rural Crime Meetings
The group was involved in a series of Rural Crime meetings across Cambridgeshire on 25/26 November with the NFU, the police and Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch where we met well over 100 farmers. Issues of concern were machinery theft, hare coursing and fly tipping
David with the police tractor
Happy New Year!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and to thank everyone for their support of the Charity in 2015!
Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group Magna Carta Summer Barbeque – Saturday 20th June 2015
We held our annual fundraising event on Saturday 20th June at 7pm our usual venue, Wood Farm, Kimbolton Road, Hail Weston, with all locally raised and produced meat. We had a fantastic turn out and we would like to thank everybody for their attendance, donations and help on the day and leading up to the event! Special thanks to Anne-Marie and her family for very kindly hosting the event. It was a great success and we raised some very valuable funds for the Charity. Please do keep an eye out on our events page for our upcoming events!
Beds Young Farmers’ Rally and Show – Saturday 16th May 2015
Thank you to all who visited our stand at the Beds Young Farmers’ Rally and Show on Saturday 16th May 2015 and thank you to Beds Young Farmers for having us. We had a fantastic day and we were very busy! We look forward to the rest of the events that we are attending this year, if you would like to come and say hello, please do have a look at our events page to see what events we are hosting and attending, you can look at that page by clicking here.
Deanery Rogation Sunday Service and Farm Walk – 10th May 2015
The Deanery Rogation Sunday Service and Farm Walk took place at Brook End Farm, Hail Weston by kind permission of Mrs Judith Clements.
The service was taken by the Rev John Alford and over 30 people, plus several children (and 3 dogs) attended. The weather was lovely and, as well as praying for a good harvest to come, the congregation enjoyed learning about the crops that were growing in the fields. After the service, refreshments were served and a retiring collection was made for Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group which raised £101-80.
Photos supplied by Ken Challenger
Blessing the Plough
Over the last four years a Service of ‘Blessing the Plough’ has been held at Hail Weston.
The Service followed the idea of Plough Monday which is held on the first Monday after the Epiphany. The tradition says that after the 12 days of Christmas the farm workers had no money left so they went around the villages pulling a plough and singing Carols and wassailing in order to collect money. If money was not given to the farm workers they might damage gardens with the plough.
A similar tradition was carried out by Morris Dancers and also the ‘Straw Bear’ held in Whittlesey.
In many places a plough was kept in the Church and this was blessed on Plough Sunday.
The last two years Terry Mitchell of the ‘Odd Wheelers Club’ has brought a small plough which would have been horse drawn into the Church to be blessed.
In 2014 Bishop Stephen attended the service and blessed the plough. In 2015 it was Archdeacon Hugh McCurdy who gave the address and blessed the plough. Richard Hambleach and a group of children brought soil, water and seed to be blessed.
Farmers want rain in some fields and sun in others so we need to pray for favourable weather which explains the significance of the rainbow in the picture.
The service ended with the words from Genesis: While the earth……..
‘My bow I set in the cloud’.
12 February 2014
Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group awarded funding from Prince of Wales charity
The Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group has been awarded £27,229 by the Prince’s Countryside Trust to fund a two-year project to help combat hardship and disadvantage within the rural Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire areas.
The funding will support the existing work of the group and aims to improve the quality of life in rural communities and the security and viability of small tenant farms by providing information and advice, practical help and guidance and professional support to farmers and families suffering hardship. 70 people will benefit per year of which approximately 50 will be farmers. They will all receive one to one support from a team of volunteers including a banker, farm manager, and land agents.