COMPASSION In World Farming (CIWF), a leading farm animal welfare organisation, would like to thank the guests of Sarah and John Jackson's garden party at Flaxton, near York, for their kind donations.

The party, held last September in celebration of the couple's wedding, was a great success.

DEFRA minister Lord Rooker has announced that the UK ban on barren battery cages will go ahead in 2012, despite opposition from many in the egg industry. This victory in the advancement of animal welfare will get 20 million UK birds out of barren battery cages every year.

The £400 raised will be used to lobby the EU Parliament in order to persuade other countries to follow suit.

To find out more, phone CIWF on 0483 521953 or email Mary Horgan, Compassion In World Farming, River Court, Mill Lane, Godalming, Surrey.