Saffron Walden County High School Farm Club open day success

SAFFRON Walden County High School Farm Club held an “excellent” open day on Sunday - thanks to a break in the inclement weather.

Having prepared for the rain many of the stalls were indoors, but outdoors youngsters enjoyed the donkey rides and bouncy castle and were able to climb onto the Massey Ferguson tractor supplied by Mark Weatherhead. Visitors were entertained by the duo Legal Aliens and a barbecue and bar were provided by the Kings Arms.

Farm manager Dave Crosby said: “It was an excellent day out for the family with number of craft stalls, raffle, tombola and teas served by parents on the committee. Visitors were able to view our Dexter cattle, see some of the Ryeland sheep being sheared, and feed our pet lamb. Our students ran a Pet’s Corner and bedding plant and vegetable stall as well as collecting and selling our renowned eggs.”

Despite a below par attendance the club – which has annual day-to-day running costs of �8,000 – still made a profit of �1,300.

“We are a very small community group whose committee work extremely hard in organising these events and I would like to thank them for their outstanding efforts,” added Mr Crosby.

“I would also like to thank the advertisers in our programmes and those who supplied raffle prizes. Many are local businesses and trades who have supported us for many years and I would encourage all to support them as they have supported us.”