Patchwork Farm was well represented at the South of England Show last week.
On 6th, 7th and 8th June, the CHF staff braved the unpredictable weather at Ardingly and it was well worth it! People from a whole range of backgrounds, young and old, dropped in to the Farm stand to chat to staff about Chailey Heritage Foundation.
The Farm stand was looking better than ever, with new flags, a very smart gazebo and animals on hand. Many of the people who spoke with staff didn’t know there was a farm at Chailey Heritage Foundation!
It was a fantastic opportunity to show off the work that is done for – and with - our wonderful students, to the wider community. The Show attracts over 65,000 visitors from all over the country across the three days. On the Friday morning, Lesley Barcock and Paula Marten were introduced to the new President of the South of England Show Society for 2019, Sir Richard Kleinwort as well as his Deputy, Carole Hayward JP DL. They were very interested in Chailey Heritage and in particular, Patchwork Farm, and have enquired about visiting soon.
Some of the Hanbury students visited the Show this year too, and enjoyed the sensory experience on offer and the chance to soak up the special atmosphere of a Country Show – whilst working towards their individual Next Steps. There were lots of groups of children from local schools visiting, too, and as the Farm stand was located at the Countryside Hub – which is the centre of the Education section of the Show – they spent time learning about Patchwork Farm.
The Tortoises (Phil, Duncan, and Simon) were of course a star attraction, closely followed by the Guinea Pigs - Snickers and Twix. It was a wonderful three days, busy and productive!