A sell-out floral art and musical evening at the Cobra Rugby Club, Meifod, raised more than £800 for the farming charity RABI.

Chelsea Flower Show exhibitor Christine Higgs skilfully put together four winter-themed floral arrangements, which were auctioned off by local farmer and RABI Montgomeryshire committee chairman, Gwyn Morris. Harpist Adleis Thomas-Jones also performed at the rugby club fundraiser, with refreshments served by members of the RABI committee.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) supports farming people of all ages in financial difficulty.

In 2017, grants of £2 million were paid out in Wales and England and the charity also helped people claim £473,000 in state benefits. Around £24,000 has been paid out in Montgomeryshire so far this year.

Joan Watkins, Montgomeryshire committee secretary, said: “It was fantastic to see the rugby club full to the brim for flower arranging! It means so much to us that the local community turned out in force to support our cause.”

Montgomeryshire event secretary Ann Davies added: “I’d like to thank Christine and Adleis for a wonderful evening. Christine’s artistry and humour made the event extra special.”