Supper On Us – An invitation to farmers

Farmers and members of farming families are invited to get off-farm and enjoy a supper at a series of informal, social get-togethers organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

The ‘Supper On Us!’ events are being held in collaboration with the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and the Society’s farming networks, the Yorkshire Rural Support Network and Future Farmers of Yorkshire.

We hope these occasions serve as a reminder of the power of community in tough times, amid the ongoing challenges for farming caused by the wet weather.

The following get-togethers are free (entry and supper) but please register your place in advance for catering purposes, as well as the places for any friends, colleagues or family members you will be bringing along.

You are welcome to join us from 6.30pm before supper is served at 7pm.

You do not need to be a member of YAS, YFYFC or Future Farmers to come along.

Please click on the relevant flyer for you, below, for the short registration form.

Registrations are open until 8pm on Sunday 21st April 2024:

Registrations are open until 8pm on Sunday 28th April 2024:

Informal and friendly

Fiona Macdonald, Coordinator of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society explains the spirit of the occasions:

These two get-togethers are really informal. There won’t be any presentations or long speeches, it’s simply about giving members of the farming community a good excuse to leave the farm for a few hours one evening to catch up with friends over a hearty supper.

There is rarely a perfect time to invite people off the farm, and we know many will be busy with lambing, but if you can spare an hour or two, we would love to see you at one of our suppers this month.

If you do fancy joining us, please give some thought to who you know who might also appreciate coming along, particularly if things have been a struggle for them lately. It’s amazing what a chat can do to lift the spirits sometimes.

Fiona added:

We all know the circumstances created by months of wet weather and wellbeing in the community is a real concern.

It is so important that we continue to look out for each other and share avenues of practical, emotional and financial support which exist to get people through times like these.

There is only strength to be found in looking outwards. It is a way of exerting some control on the situation.

Support is only ever a phone call away

The industry’s farming charities do so much, providing vital helplines, offering professional counselling, financial support and practical help that can make a difference.

Please find below a directory of helpline numbers, and if you have any questions about our forthcoming suppers or would like more information about the Yorkshire Rural Support Network, get in touch by emailing yrsn@yas.co.uk.

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