Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spring Celebration Success!

What a jam packed weekend we’ve just had!

The Landlord’s Lunch and AGM on Saturday was well attended with over 50 shareholders who were treated to a humorous report of the past 12 months by the chairman of the board, Chris Eldon Lee.  One of the founding board members, John Hughes spoke about the visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester and Charlotte gave both hers and Ben’s reports as Ben was too poorly to come to the meeting (he is feeling much better now!).
 The ‘bring and share lunch’ was delicious as always, there was a fantastic selection of goodies generously brought in by all who came.

Chairman of the Board, Chris Eldon Lee
In the afternoon, we were treated to a performance by Sally Tonge and Chris Eldon Lee called “Sheep Tales”. This was an extract of a stories and songs created from a selection of oral histories taken from shepherds and sheep farmers from all over the country.

In the evening, we held our annual Barn Dance. We had just under 100 people dancing along to local band The Shropshire Heroes and enjoying a Hog Roast and some local ale too.

On Sunday, it was our Spring Celebration.  By 7.30am stall holders were arriving to set up their pitch, volunteers were scurrying around the place getting everything ready for the day ahead and…the sun was shining!
Splat the Rat

We created a “village green” set up where the local producers stalls surrounded a central play area, where children tunnelled through haybales, had a go at Splat the Rat, threw quoits and hunted for Easter eggs. 
The lambs were in the marquee, giving children the chance to get up close to them and there were newly hatched chicks dozing under a heat lamp too.

Faces were painted, wellies were wanged and cannons were fired.

It was all go and full of happy squeals of laughter…right up until the tiny downpour we had right at the end, which was accompanied by thunder and lightning…
Baking pizzas in our Clay Oven

Despite the thunderstorm, people stayed on to finish up their clay animals or to have one last pizza from the clay oven, but come 4 o’clock the day was over.

Everyone trundled home with a smile on their face – perhaps a bit soggier than when they first came out, but smiling none the less.

Join us for some more fun at our Summer Fair on Sunday 6th July...See you there!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Volunteer Archives...

Thanks to Intuit UK (the company who makes our accounting programme) who are offering small businesses throughout the UK a chance to win up to £10,000, we started to delve into the Fordhall Volunteer Photo Archives.  We came across some brilliant pictures and memories spanning the past ten years...
We have been posting them all over Facebook and Twitter and have had a fantastic response from volunteers past and present...

If you want to vote for us to win, we have until Friday 4th April 2014 to drum up as many votes as possible! We want to use the funds to buy a new tool shed and new tools for our volunteers, to create a nicer space for them to stay in overnight and hopefully be able to to fund training opportunities for volunteers on our Volunteer Working Weekends....Just click http://intuit.me/1cY9Iga You don't have to give any details, it just takes a click.  Thank you!

Here is a selection of the photos we have been sharing lately... Were you here? Can you spot yourself?
Rob and Jason fixing Betty the Tractor
Building tree protectors....not trapping Inlandis in a box!

2006 - Save Fordhall Farm!

What's through the square window...?

Building a boardwalk

Building bridges...

Two thumbs up!

In the old Farm Shop... 2004

Andy and Tess

2011 volunteer weekend

Danny O'Sullivan and Heath McDonald

More from 2004

Wayfarers in the Community Garden

'Charlottes' Angels?!

Everyone say CHEESE!

Building a new compost toilet for our yurts

Who needs work benches...we've got picnic benches!

The lovely, late Alec Nunn...sorely missed.

In the farm house garden

Dismantling the old compost toilet.


Nevermind the picnic bench...just use the flatbed trolley!

Volunteers of all ages...and all tastes in hats!

At the end of a long volunteer weekend!
Don't forget you can vote for us by clicking http://intuit.me/1cY9Iga Thank you!