A GROUP of schoolfriends braved the wet and windy conditions last week to hold a fundraiser for the Friends of Greenmeadow Community Farm.

Despite the weather, the Cwmbran High School pupils raised £55 for the charity, which helps support the running of the farm.

The girls spent the day at the farm raising money through fairground activities such as name the bunny, guess the number of sweets in the jar, hook a duck and a wet sponge throw.

Rea Barton, one of the pupils involved in the fundraiser, said: “Apart from the rain, we really enjoyed it. Hopefully in the summer we can do more events, and maybe take what the public wants to see into consideration.

“It was a lot of fun. We didn’t see it as work, but as a fun day out at the farm – but we were also raising money for something we love.”

Lucy Arnold-Matthews, from the Friends of Greenmeadow Community Farm, said: “The weather certainly didn’t dampen their spirits.

“A couple of them also managed to come to our bag packing event at Morrisons in Cwmbran on Friday. Over the two events we raised about £350.

“The fact that you have a group of 14-year-olds that took it upon themselves to help, you can’t put a monetary value on that.

“From the Friends, we’d like to thank them for that.”


at a Torfaen council seminar discussing future plans for the farm on Monday, councillors agreed that a long-term vision is needed to help secure the future of a community farm under the threat of a £200,000 funding cut.