Farming & Countryside Education was one of the organisations presented with a donation from the Women's Food & Farming Union.
After 37 years the Women's Food and Farming Union voted at a special general meeting on, 12th May 2016 last year, in London, to close the organisation.
Therefore, it was fitting on International Women's Day , that WFU divided the remaining funds from the national organisation between five national farming charities, chosen by the membership. Five cheques were prsented to the value of £2000 each to RABI, The Addington Fund, LEAF, The Farming Community Network and FACE.
The last serving President, Maureen Friday, along with a small gathering of former members and representatives from the organisations who received the cheques, attended an event held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, for the presentation.
The organisation was started in 1979 by three women in apple growing in Kent, to respond to the crisis in the horticultural sector when the country was being flooded with French apples.
The organisation has been highly successful over the years, campaigning on many issues and providing the very important link between producers and consumers. Many of the initiatives started, for example: farming in the classroom; supermarket surveillance; promotions of British food at shows etc, are now being championed by other organisations with greater funding streams and achieving a successful end result.
Maureen Friday, last serving WFU President said, "It is a sad day, as I have been a proud member of the WFU for over 30 years. However, it was also a day of celebration of all the amazing work that has been achieved over the years by so many women in rural areas, representing the Women's Food and Farming Union all over the UK. With the ever increasing use of social media and the digital age, the message is being delivered to our consumers fast and effectively. Many of those who joined the organisation at the start have handed down the farm to the next generation or are now sadly working full time off the farm, supporting their farm incomes and therefore have less time to get fully involved. Some of our members are also involved in direct commodity groups dealing with specific areas of personal interest, such as Ladies in Pigs and Ladies in Beef".
A vote of thanks was also given to Maureen on behalf of the membership for her long term service and commitment to the WFU.
The photo supplied by WFU shows FACE National Education Officer Janet Hickinbottom receiving a cheques from Maureen Friday.