October wildlife news from the farm

Although our Swallows left the farm during the last week in August, and others have said the same, I continued to see Swallows for the first 20 days of September. On 20th September we harvested our crop of organic red clover and there were up to 150 Swallows flying around the combine; to me it was a magical sight. The crop was full of insects and no doubt the combine was killing a lot of them, but the Swallows were able to have a feast as they migrated South West. There were a few about the next day, one on 22nd September but I can’t remember seeing one since. Continue reading

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What to tell children about terrorism … in the unlikely event

We don’t normally talk about crime and terrorism here.. but with recent events in the News, I think it’s reasonable to make an exception. I grew up in the Cold War, and I know children are affected by stuff like this. The advice comes from the NSPCC, showing how you can inform your children and grandchildren… and yourself… what to do in the very unlikely event that something happens.

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Early bird discount for Christmas Fair!

Stalls are now ready to book for just £10 (early bird price) at Collyweston’s favourite annual fundraiser. Please contact Shelagh on 01780 444607 as soon as you can.

This year’s Christmas Fair on Saturday 25th November is set to be the best one yet, with lots of super attractions to bring in the visitors and keep them entertained…

  • a visit by Santa in his sparkly Grotto
  • stalls offering locally made gifts, cards, decorations – things you won’t see anywhere else – so you can find those extra-special stocking-fillers
  • Collyweston village shop offering samples of its locally sourced produce
  • refreshments available so you can sit and relax while you peruse your purchases
  • Tombola stall – where it’s quite hard not to win something
  • raffle – with Santa presenting the prizes!

Admission is free and the doors open at 2pm. Remember to bring plenty of bags to take your winnings home in … ho! ho! ho!

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Bored on Sunday 8th? Go conkers!

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Friday Café to close for winter

The village hall will still be open on the first Friday of the month while the Mother and Toddler group continues – but unless it gets VERY busy the plan is to suspend the other Friday Cafés after Friday 20th October. The situation will be reviewed in the Spring, when hopefully the high cost of heating the hall will no longer be a factor.

Christmas Fair on Saturday 25th November at 2pm.
£10 secures a table if you have goodies to sell – contact 444607.
Santa will be there along with a Raffle and the ever-popular Tombola stall, plus home baking and hot drinks.

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Tots Group needs a new organiser – not on this Friday!

Image result for mothers and toddlersMelissa Mabbitt, who started this group running in the village hall on the first Friday of the month, has just posted this on Facebook:

Hi everyone, due to a change of circumstances I’m afraid I’ll no longer be able to run this group on Fridays. If anyone wants to take it over, even if it were on a different day, please get in touch. There is potentially some funding and support available so it has the potential to become something a bit more exciting and official than it has been up ’til now. If it doesn’t continue at all I’ll be selling off some of the toys to raise a bit of money for the hall, so let me know if there’s anything you fancy.

If you can help, or know someone who might, please email fifisings@live.com to be put in touch with Melissa. Surely we can keep this valuable and much loved new group going?

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Advice on keeping little ones safe on our roads

Advice for teachers

Advice for parents

Advice for children:

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