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OPEN DAY Sunday 8th June 2014

This was a successful day, despite the heavy rains in the week leading up to the event, which caused water-logging to return to the low areas of the site. Our tent supplier's van got stuck in the mud and had to be pulled free, and some areas were a little wet underfoot for the visitors, but overall this was compensated for by a warm, dry sunny day on the day itself. Following the Open Day we enjoyed two weeks of hot dry weather, so all is now well again leading up to the Summer Holiday season.
The Day went well with just under 1,000 visitors who enjoyed the entertainment: Loony Lenny, The Animal Man, Kris Krendo's Punch and Judy Show and also his magic Show, Woody's One Man Band, Andy's Childrens' Music Workshop and eleven stalls providing plants, tombola ,bric a brac, general goods, petfood supplies,bazaar goods, Reiki, etc. This year our resident beekeepers joined forces with the Birmingham Beekeepers Association Branch to provide an observation display hive with a Queen bee and all her workers which provided much interest. It was unfortunate that our supplier was unable to bring the advertised Bouncy Castle, which had been accidentally damaged by another hirer just the day before (apologies to those expecting this attraction but it could not be helped) As always, the home made cakes, snacks and liquid refreshments in the farm classroom unit were well received.
A grateful thanks to all those in the local community who supported the Day, both as stallholders and visitors, and to the entertainers. A particular thanks to Dean, our marquee supplier who always works hard to erect the tentage from 0730 hours on the day and then dismantle and pack away at the end, with the unexpected complication of the difficult ground conditions this year.
Photographs to follow; meanwhile photographs of the Open Day are already available on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/woodgatevalleyurbanfarm