Well, the sunshine came out at Fordhall Farm over the weekend and the volutneers were keen and enthusiastic!
We had a slightly smaller weekend than normal through a combination of limited jobs and cancellations but it meant that everyone got to know one another well and we all worked as a fantastic team.
The selection of jobs over the weekend varied in size. Work began digging the foundations for Ben's new barn which a skilled team focused on, measuring and marking out places for willing volunteers to dig holes!
Other volunteers dug up ragwort to stop it from spreading and poisioning animals whilst others finished putting up the dust sheets in the yurts so it now looks lovely!
Also, butchery planels were moved and stacked neatly, nettles were pulled up, wood was chopped, perching boxes for the chickens were made, tiles were cleaned, and the stationary shed was cleaned and organised (no mean feat!).
All in all, it was a fantastic and fun weekend. Thank you to everyone who made it happen so smoothly. The next volunteer weekend will be Nov 4-5th with a planned bonfire night celebration in the evening. Contact Sophie (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and to reserve your place now as its already booking up!
Don't forget - Grand Charity Quiz on Sat 6th at the Beacon Community Centre in Market Drayton 7.30-10pm. There will be pork baps (veggie alternative) and dessert for everyone. Tickets cost £8 and proceeds go to both Fordhall Community Land Initiative and Pratical Action (http://www.praticalaction.org/). Teams are of 4 people which can also be organised on the night.
Contact Olwyn Clarke on 01630 653767 for more information. Its going to be great fun (and most likely, rather shameful re. our lack of knowledge!) so we hope you can join us both to join in and laugh at us!