We have had a busy autumn and winter, with many new men joining the club as covid regulations relax. We still have plenty of ventilation in the barn and of course out and about on the farm!
This winter, we have a good crop of broad beans growing nicely and ready to be planted in the allotment if it ever stops raining. We have spring bulbs planted in the second poly tunnel and we are hoping the men will be able to give their wives and carers some fresh flowers.
Our Christmas preparations have included making and decorating nonslip wooden coasters for all of our members, building bird boxes and making decorations for the big event. We have enjoyed leek and potato soup made by one of our group members from our own home-grown leeks and we have been learning new songs at the end of each session all requested by our group members.
We now have two miniature horses and two Shetland ponies on the farm, which are all proper little characters. On rainy days we bring them into the barn to be groomed.
We have welcomed a new member of staff, David Fox to our team. David will be coordinating the volunteers on session; his details can be seen under the section; “meet the team”.
We are planning several fund-raising events in the New Year to help ensure the club continues to run. Details will be published on our Facebook page Countrymen UK Dorset as they arise, so do please support us if you can.