Christmas Food Bank Donation 2022
Instead of doing an office Secret Santa this year, the Pulborough team decided to give a donation to Worthing Food Bank. This is the second year we have donated to the food bank; this year they were putting together 120 Christmas Hampers for their clients, so we bought a selection of treats and gifts to be included in those hampers.
We are very proud to support such a fantastic organisation.
Volunteering Day November 2022 – Chestnut Tree House
Half of the agency team headed to Chestnut Tree House hospice in November to get stuck in with some gardening. We had previously helped out in 2019 to clear a section of the garden’s Woodland Walk, and this year we were tasked with laying weed suppressant and covering it with wheelbarrow-loads of wood chippings. It was a chilly day, but we were very grateful that the rain stayed away while we worked!
We then spent the afternoon potting daffodil bulbs which will be given as gifts in the spring to participants in Chestnut Tree House’s fundraising event, the Arundel Castle Abseil. Our very own Stephanie Wheeler will be taking part in the abseil, so it was great for her to be able to plant the flowers she’ll be given once she’s descended the 180ft castle tower in March!
We had a fantastic day and were treated at the end to some lovely homemade mint chocolate cookies and banana cake. Thank you so much to the staff at Chestnut Tree House for having us, and we’ll be back in April 2023 with the rest of the team.
We had a great time at the Lurgashall Fete back in June 2022; it was lovely to get out and about and the sun was very much shining. This was our second year supporting the fair and it was a great day out, with everything from tug-of-war to dog races, and plenty of stalls and food to choose from.
We’re looking forward to attending many more of these events in the future.
NFU Mutual Pulborough have arranged two events in 2021 raising funds for Farming Charity, RABI.
We’re delighted to have raised £489.67 for this fantastic charity.
Chestnut Tree House
We have, and continue to support, a local charity at The Chestnut Tree House. Chestnut Tree is a local children’s hospice caring for 300 children and young adults with progressive life-shortening conditions. They aim to provide the best quality of life for children and their families.
Back in 2019 we raised funds through an office tuck box.
In 2019, alongside fundraising, we also gave our time to help with two volunteering days. We spent the time gardening in their grounds at Chestnut Tree House, with half the office in one session and the other half in another. This involved a tour of the house, followed by a day of raking, weeding and general maintenance of the garden. The staff at the house were extremely friendly and we finished off the day with a delicious homemade cake!
NFU Mutual Pulborough team - runs the Brighton half marathon
On the 23rd of February 2020, a few of our NFU Mutual Pulborough team members ran the Brighton half marathon in aid of Chestnut Tree House. After months of winter training, it was a great team effort and we all made it across the finish line. We are pleased to have raised £1,708.75.
NFU County Farm Walk – Brinsbury College
This year’s county farm walk was held at Brinsbury College. Many thanks to Richard and Alex who did a superb job hosting the event. Everyone was in agreement that they had no idea how much Brinsbury do and the scale of the farming setup. We thoroughly recommend a visit and we’ve already lined up a trip for our agency.
The evening was rounded off with some drinks and a BBQ… Great fun
Members and staff met with Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. We discussed a number of issues relating to rural crime including livestock worrying, technology related crime and firearms. We heard from Tom Carter on his work in the county as operational lead for rural crime. In attendance were NFU Group Secretary Matt Baker, Frank Langrish, NFU East Sussex Council Delegate, Caroline Harriott, NFU West Sussex County Chairman, Katy Bourne and assistant, Mark Chandler, NFU West Sussex Vice Chair, Romy Jackson, NFU County Adviser, Rupert Hoare, NFU Chichester Branch Chair and Tom Carter.
We were pleased to attend the annual local ploughing match in Fittleworth. It was great to catch up with some of our farming customers and fortunately the rain stayed away!
We’re pleased to announce another years’ sponsorship of the Sussex Food and Drink Awards. Pictured here is the launch event. We’re really looking forward to seeing who is nominated for the awards in 2020. You’ve only got until 24 October to get your entries in.
We supported the local Petworth Arts Festival which is a local thriving festival with comedy, jazz, classical and many other performances. There were almost 50 events held over a 2-week period with the support of sponsorship by local people and business.
We provided local Upperton Vinyard sparkling wine for a sponsor’s launch event held at Petworth House by kind permission of Lord and Lady Egremont. We also enjoyed watching various performances including Much Ado About Nothing held at Bignor Park and lunchtime concerts from the Royal Academy of Music.
We were pleased to support the Lurgashall Village fete. This fete has a wonderful atmosphere with hundreds of people turning up for the stalls, food, Pimms tent, tug of war, children and dog races (not together!) and much more. Our stall offered one lucky winner a chance to win a prestigious Cowdray hamper. We also ran a game for the children to raise some funds for our Chestnut Tree House charity. We really enjoyed meeting with existing and new customers and hope to be invited back next year.
Partner, Matt Baker helped out for the day at the fabulous Open Farm Sunday at Moor Farm, Petworth. It was great to see so many people and to show members of the public around this beautiful farm.
We supported the annual Whist event, excellently organised as usual by Pauline Matthews. Good to see so many people supporting and raising funds in aid of R.A.B.I
A Mcaloon & M S Baker is an appointed representative of The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited.