NEWS & PAST EVENTS
Throughout the summer we have a busy schedule of fold visits, events, shows and tours. This page contains details and photos of how the events went, along with links to download our back issues of our quarterly newsletter.
Future events can be found on our events page.
CLUB VISIT THE RAINEY FAMILY FOLD IN NORFOLK
ON SUNDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER 2021
On the 26th September 2021, Izzy Rainey together with her sisters, Olivia and Cecily, Mum and Dad greeted twenty two members and friends to their home at Bates Moor Farm, Foulsham, Dereham Norfolk for our Autumn Fold visit the first since Covid stopped all get togethers.
The Girls and Mum looked fantastic in their pretty summer dresses which they managed to keep clean all day.
After coffee and biscuits members were welcomed by Paul Harris, vice chairman of the club and Izzy who gave a run-down of the day’s events and introduced Linda, a representative of the charity “Nelson’s Journey” the chosen charity for the day who gave a brief insight into the work that they carry out. They are a small Norfolk charity supporting children and young people who have suffered bereavement.
Then it was off down the fields, some members choosing a trailer ride, others on foot to find some very attractive highland cattle. Izzi spent some time introducing us to her favourite show cattle and explaining her cross breeding policy with a Lincoln Red Bull with reference to birth weights and at slaughter. Then on we went to the next field to see the Lincoln Reds where most were pure bred but some were crossed with a Highland bull as an experiment. After nearly two years of covid restrictions it was lovely to be out in the fields again wandering around the cattle with the sun shining overhead.
Then we retraced our steps back to the farm yard where an excellent lunch of pulled beef, pork and bacon with salads was enjoyed along with much catching up chatter. Along the drive came an array of plastic boxes containing a selection of delicious cakes for pudding all made by the family.
Following lunch the raffle held in aid of “Nelson’s Journey" was drawn. So many prizes had been donated that I think we all went home with one especially a delighted Ruby Rowbottom aged seven years old who won two chickens and her just as delighted brother Cameron who won some colouring cards. The total money raised was an amazing £507.50.
On display in the barn was a selection of textiles produced by Izzy’s company that she runs in conjunction with her friend Lara so shopping was on the agenda as well as viewing great cattle.
As the meeting broke up there was an opportunity to see Izzy’s new meat packing unit converted from an old shipping container and her design studio.
It was an excellent day out in rural Norfolk and sincere thanks must go to the Rainey family and friends for making our first Fold visit since Covid such a great success.