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    Tickets up for grabs for charity event

    Posted 28 April 2006

    TICKETS for a charity event at Harper Adams University College are being snatched up by supporters.

    But there are still some up for grabs for the event, which is in aid of the Fordhall Community Land Initiative, a charitable organisation run by Harper Adams’ student Ben Hollins and his sister Charlotte.
    The event, on May 13, will raise vital funds towards the £800,000 needed to secure the future of Market Drayton’s Fordhall Farm and complement the sale of £50 shares.
    Guest speaker Tom Oliver will be welcomed to the smart dress event, which has food sponsored by Waitrose and all meals will be local or organic produce
    Twenty-three-year-old Charlotte Hollins, Project Leader of the Fordhall Community Land Initiative, said: “This is an evening of fun, good food, good company and good dancing, all in aid of a project which is investing in our future and securing an important local and national asset.
    “The amazing Tom Oliver will be our guest speaker of the evening. Both inspiring and enthusiastic he is a joy to listen to.
    Tom Oliver is Head of Rural Policy at the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). He has responsibility for farming, food, landscape, market towns, rural services, essentially, the future of our countryside.
    He has been recently appointed in an independent capacity to the Conservative Quality of Life Commission, set up by David Cameron, with responsibility for Countryside and Farming. His family farm in East Sussex where he is in charge of their Rural Policy.
    Prizes for the event have been donated from HRH The Prince of Wales, Anita Roddick, Robert Powell and John Chalis, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses.
    The Fordhall Initiative is being driven forward by volunteers; all with the aim of saving Fordhall Farm from being broken up and sold off. It is a charitable and non-profit making venture aiming to secure and hold the land assets of Fordhall Farm for community benefit and to ensure permanently affordable access to farmland for farmers.
    It also hopes to ensure appropriate access to the farm for the community and that the farm is managed sustainability using organic farming methods, with appropriate management for wildlife, biodiversity, heritage, access and to provide an educational and social resource.
    Once the future of Fordhall Farm is secured, organisers plan to open an organic tea rooms and construct an education resource centre and bunkhouse - for use by education groups, care groups and activity weekends.
    For more information on the charity ball contact Charlotte Hollins or Sophie Hopkins (Project Manager) on 01630 638696 or download an invite from or email .

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