Farmers prepare to go platinum

PUBLISHED: 13:47 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 15 June 2010

AXMINSTER Young Farmers' Club will be celebrating its 75th birthday in style with a Platinum Ball at the Axminster Festival Show ground next month. The club, which also marked the occasion with a celebration evening at the Guildhall last month, is organ

AXMINSTER Young Farmers' Club will be celebrating its 75th birthday in style - with a Platinum Ball at the Axminster Festival Show ground next month.The club, which also marked the occasion with a celebration evening at the Guildhall last month, is organising a disco, hog roast, cold buffet, chocolate and champagne fountain and a bungee run. Pop of Ages will provide live entertainment.Club secretary Sammy White said: "We can have up to 500 people so we expect it to be big. It's the third year we're holding it and it's normally a good party."We've raised quite a bit of money for charity. This year our fundraising has been for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Devon Air Ambulance and the Exeter Leukaemia Fund. "We'll be holding a sky dive later in the year for the latter. The young farmers' club is a charity itself and we need support from the community as well."The club members have taken part in many activities and charity presentations over the years. Most notably, members took part in their yearly Boxing Day dip on Seaton seafront and convinced their chairman, Gavin Burrough, to shave his head. The Platinum Ball takes place on Friday, June 13, from 8pm to 2pm. Tickets are £25 each, and there will be no admission after 10.30pm. For tickets, please send a cheque made payable to Axmister YFC and include a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Sammy White, 18 Franklea Close, Ottery St. Mary, EX11 1BQ.n On Tuesday, July 21, members and families are taking part in a 15,000 feet tandem skydive at Dunkeswell to raise much-needed money to support the work of the Exeter Leukaemia Fund, a catchment area of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. All money raised will be spent on relieving the sickness amongst sufferers of leukaemia and related diseases in the haematology department.If anyone would like to sponsor the Axminster YFC please contact secretary Sammy White on 07909521681.

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