Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

East Anglia: ‘Save our bacon’ say Ladies in Pigs’ battling stalwarts

PUBLISHED: 12:10 16 November 2012

L-R: Pauline Butler (secretary), Jenny Mitchell (chair) and Jean Turnbull (past chair) of Ladies in Pigs East Anglia who are appealing for volunteers.

L-R: Pauline Butler (secretary), Jenny Mitchell (chair) and Jean Turnbull (past chair) of Ladies in Pigs East Anglia who are appealing for volunteers.

Archant

A RASHER of new recruits is needed to keep up the sizzling success of a much-admired regional pig lobbying group, its ageing membership says.

Ladies in Pigs’ (LIPS) East Anglia stalwarts fear its branch may fold unless younger members can be found to take up the cause.

Over the past 20 years, the women have been supporting the embattled UK pig sector by publicising its cause at events and through a variety of initiatives, including pork recipe books compiled by members.

But they now want to a new generation to take their turn.

Secretary Pauline Butler, whose husband, Jimmy, runs Blythburgh Free Range Pork, has written to people in the industry, inviting them to their Christmas dinner at Diss Rugby Club on November 27, and to appeal to the younger generation to get involved.

“We would like to appeal to the younger members involved with the pig industry to become actively involved in LIPS as we need to start handing over some of our work to safe hands to continue what we have been doing for over 20 years,” she said.

“We are in danger of our branch folding at the next AGM as our chairman (who is also our treasurer) is standing down for personal reasons and at present we have nobody willing and able to take her place for either office.

“Most of our active members are now pensioners and really would like to start drawing a lighter furrow.”

In East Anglia, the group is particularly passionate about its work with children at the Spring Fling in Norfolk and Suffolk Schools Farm Fair in Ipswich, she said.

“We are quite an elderly group - we work hard,” she explained. “We suddenly thought: ‘Where are the youngsters in the industry - we need you.’ I wrote a letter to try and persuade just one or two to take up the mantle. I’ll either stand down this time or if a new chair wants a hand in the first year I don’t mind doing that. We feel the younger ladies should take up the gauntlet.”

She added: “We are farmers’ wives and have been used to working very hard. Suddenly, we are the wrong site of 65 and thought: ‘Why are we still doing this?’ We didn’t want the branch to fold.

“There are still a lot of pigs in East Anglia and they need all the promotion we can get.”

Chair Jenny Mitchell said: “We feel if we don’t step back as a group we won’t get the new people in.”

Past chair Jean Turnbull said new people would bring in new ideas.

If you’re interested in finding out more, contact the trio at: jean-turnbull@btconnect.com; mrsjamitchell@btconnect.com or jimmy@freerangepigs.co.uk, or phone Jenny at 01379 642520.

0 comments

Pop singer Ariana Grande has suspended her tour following the Manchester terror attack, cancelling planned dates at London’s O2 Arena tomorrow and Friday.

A Colchester man has been convicted of conspiring to murder his stepfather in a dispute over his inheritance.

Armed police are patrolling in the vicinity of the Apex and Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds.

Former cabinet minister Lord Deben has helped launch the Mid Suffolk Light Railway’s two major projects for 2017 at a special event at its Wetheringsett headquarters.

Doctors’ surgeries in Suffolk are hiring paramedics and bringing in reinforcements from America as bosses look at “creative” ways to fill staffing gaps.

Stansted Airport says it is continuing to monitor the security situation closely following the increase of the national threat status to critical.

A man in his 80s has died after he crashed his moped into a number of parked vehicles in Wivenhoe.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24