Diocesan Rural Life Advisor Rob Walrond has teamed up with Somerset County Cricket Club to give farmers the opportunity to spend a day at the cricket free of charge. Rob, who is also Chaplain to Somerset County Cricket Club, organised Farmers’ Day with one simple aim in mind – to get farmers to take a break.
“Spending a day away from the farm will give those who come the opportunity to switch off from a bit. It will give them time to relax and unwind with family and friends. I am very grateful to Somerset CCC for this generous gesture and for their continued support of the local farming community.”
Living and working in the countryside can be rewarding. However, for some farming can be stressful. A combination of issues such as; balancing the budget, and planning for the future in times of uncertainty over Brexit can cause extra stress. Social isolation and working long, irregular hours can make these difficulties even harder to cope with.
The cricket day is supported by The Farming Community Network and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I). Representatives will be on hand if farmers would like to chat confidentially about any concerns they may have.
Suzie Wilkinson is the Coordinator of the Farming Community Network in Somerset. “Farming is a unique way of life because so often everything is tied up in the farm. It is your livelihood and business, your daily work routine, your identity, your lifestyle and very often your social circle. But it can also be very lonely and isolating as you spend hours working on your own. There is an inability to switch off because you can never get away.”
With two great sides, Somerset and Yorkshire, not only will it be a great day out there will also be some exciting cricket to watch as well. Gates open at 9.30am Wednesday 11 September at the Cooper Associates County Ground Taunton.
Members of clergy and lay leaders are encouraged to circulate the flyer to the farming community in their parish and are also very welcome to accompany to them game.