< Celebrating BCBC's 75th Anniversary with Black-Tie event and Charity Auction in aid of FCN

To celebrate the Club’s 75th anniversary, on Tuesday 24th January we will be hosting a champagne reception sponsored by Kite Consulting followed by a black-tie dinner with beef provided by Aubrey Allen Butchers and table wine sponsored by Weatherbys Scientific.  After dinner we will hold a charity auction, with guest auctioneers Mark and Meg Elliott from Bagshaws, to raise funds for the Farming Community Network.

We have an amazing list of items for the auction and would like to thank everyone who has donated something to raise funds for such a worthy cause.

If you are unable to attend the dinner, bids can be placed beforehand.  Please contact the secretary with your contact details, the item you are interested in and the maximun amount you would like to bid.  Good luck everyone!

Lot 1 – Handmade Leather Belt donated by Andy Rumming http://www.andyrummingsbeef.co.uk/

Lot 2 – A selection of Shropshire Salumi and cured meats donated by Will Macken www.shropshire-salumi.co.uk/

Lot 3 – A voucher for 1 night’s stay including dinner, for 2 people at the Telford Hotel & Golf Resort donated by The Telford Hotel & Golf Resort www.telfordhotelgolfresort.co.uk

Lot 4 – A bottle of Brandy donated by Richard Williams

Lot 5 – Weekend Ticket for 2 people for Valley Fest (3-6 Aug) donated by Mary Mead www.valleyfest.co.uk

A family friendly festival.  The tickets allow access from Friday 3rd August – Sunday 6th August.  Please see the Valley Fest website for timetable of events and camping details.

Lot 6 – 2 straws of Wyndford Itonguni 308H kindly donated by Wyndford Wagyu https://www.wyndfordwagyu.com/genetics/wynford-itoguni-308h/

Lot 7 – Moor Farm Shop Meat Hamper donated by The Timmis family www.moorfarmshop.co.uk 

Lot 8 – 50 Female Genotypes donated by NMR www.nmr.co.uk/genomic-testing/geneeze

Lot 9 – Cow tablemats pack of 6 donated by Laurens Cows www.laurenscows.com

Lot 10 – 2-3hr shooting package for 4 people shooting 50 clays each at Elm Tree Farm, Oxon donated by James Shouler

To be taken between 1st April & 30th November 2023.  Bacon rolls and coffee on arrival. Would be organised to suit any level of experience from complete beginners to very capable shooters.  Everything is provided for your convenience (all safety kit and guns provided you are very welcome to bring your own if you’d rather).

Lot 11 – Selection of Appleby’s Cheese donated by Appleby’s Dairy www.applebysdairy.com/

Lot 12 – 6 sexed straws of a Huddlestone bull (Bramber, Slindon or Pyecombe) available through Genus donated by Huddlestone Farmers www.huddlestonefarmersltd.co.uk

Lot 13 – The String of Roses – acoustic duo gig donated by Charlie of The String of Roses

The String of Roses will play at a venue of your choice, 2 x 45 minute sets.

Lot 14 – A large Paddington Bear donated by Richard Williams

Lot 15 – A Angela Davidson Art print donated by Angela Davidson www.angeladavidsonart.co.uk/fine-art-cattle-prints-c1

Lot 16 – Hamper full of Yorkshire goodies donated by Szymon of Caisley Tags

The Farming Community Network 

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.

FCN has over 400 volunteers, located throughout England and Wales, many of whom are involved in farming, or have close links with agriculture and therefore have a great understanding of the issues farm workers and farming families regularly face. Our volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, regardless of whether the issue is personal or business-related.

In addition to local groups of volunteers, FCN runs a confidential national helpline (03000 111 999, open 7am-11pm every day of the year) and e-helpline (help@fcn.org.uk).

Our volunteers will “walk with” anyone who seeks support and help them find a positive way through their problems. Each year we help approximately 6,000 people deal with a variety of issues, including financial difficulties, animal disease, mental health and family disputes.

FCN also operates the FarmWell platform (farmwell.org.uk) – a one-stop shop for information to support your farm business and develop personal resilience. The charity’s recent publication, The Journey Ahead, features articles, Q&As and case studies informed by more than 40 organisations across agriculture, covering topics such as succession planning, diversification, managing change and staying physically and mentally well on the farm.

FCN relies solely on donations and grants in order to continue supporting the farming community. With British farming facing deep uncertainty in the coming years, the workload of FCN volunteers is expected to increase significantly.