MEMBERS MARCH NEWSBRIEF – II

CUMBRIA BRANCH — WINNER OF THE LARGE BRANCH OF THE YEAR 2018

Yes! The Chairman was presented with the Award at the recent national AGM in Skipton.

Congratulations to us all for making a success once again!  Onwards and upwards.

MEMBERS’ PRACTICE MEETING (No1)

The first members’ practice meeting will not be forgotten in a hurry!  As you all know, The branch was asked whether it would build a retaining wall the length of the revamped orchard area. We agreed willingly, and the weekend of 9 – 10 March this year was allocated to the task, way back last October.  Little did we know then that the weather would threaten to drown us.  Storm Gareth threw rain, sleet, hail stones, snow, gale force winds – and sunshine – at the 21 stalwart branch members who turned out! We sank into mud that covered our boots and got up our sleeves; we slid down the slope, often carrying stone; our wet gear kept us tolerably dry; and the wonderful refreshments, provided by Peter and Madeline Wright by way of thanks for our work, certainly did play a large part in keeping our spirits up! To them our thanks for that!

In the event we managed to build some 51 metres of wall, a remarkable feat given the conditions.

OPEN FARM DAYS

As you will see in the attached minutes of last week’s branch meeting, the Show Ground Offices had confirmed our attendance at both Country Fest and the Westmorland Show and had added an invitation to join Open Farm Days again this year, 25 & 27 June. Some 2000 school children visit the farm at Levens and demonstrations of animal husbandry and crafts (i.e. walling!) are laid on for them.  It is actually good fun and trying to explain the techniques of walling to 20 kids at a time and only for 5 minutes each group, keeps you on your toes.  The farm provides food!

More info from me (Chris Bratt) and if you’re interested in helping, let me know.

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