Monday, May 01, 2006

Enjoying the Sunshine at Fordhall

Over 45 volunteers visited the farm over the weekend to do various jobs. From painting to chopping logs and moving bricks. The new picnic area has offically been relocated next to the pigs with a sturdy style and crafted gate. The whole weekend was buzzing with activity and enthusiasm. Volunteers were not only local supporters, enjoying the activities and access to the countryside, but they flocked from Preston, Manchester, London, Essex and beyond.
We were fed beautifully by other volunteers (Lesley and Elaine) who had slaved away to create a feast of delights. A particular congratulations goes to Ben who was commended for his supervising skills by volunteers.

It was the first weekend this year that volunteers had opted to camp. After the sparkling sunshine of Saturday the freshness of Sunday came as a shock to some. But spirits were not dampened as we all gathered around to watch the birth of a calf at 9am and another at 12 - a particular delight for those who had travelled all the way from London and were relishing the opportunity to be in the countryside.

Other news - shares are still coming in. This weekend gave us a chance to catch up and we hope to have all recent applications processed by the end of the week. We would like to apologise for the delay and thank all the volunteers who have given up their time to help us out.

And now for the update: The total amount raised so far is £190,000. We are on a roll!

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