3 May 1996

Luncheon feast in Cotswolds…

NORTH Cotswold FWC entertained the Nottingham group on a bright spring day in April.

A picnic had been planned but, as there was a bit of a nip in the air, lunch was transferred to the Warwick Hall, Burford. Under the leadership of contact leader Pauline Pomfret-Wood and Kit Gregory the members produced a wonderful feast for their visitors.

I was lucky to find myself sitting next to Jane Ridgway, daughter of Irene Norman of Northants FWC who was the first member I remember chatting to in Oxford at my first delegates meeting.

Jane and her husband, Geoff, moved to their 202ha (500-acre) dairy and arable farm, near Banbury, seven years ago. They have 95 Friesians, which Jane milks but she told me that she is pleased to have their son Tom (22) working full-time on the farm now with his father.

They also have a daughter Rebecca (21) and Jane says now that the children are grown up it is great to be able to enjoy the lively company of her fellow North Cotswold members and she appreciates the many outings and events arranged by the contact leaders.

After lunch we all visited the Cotswold Wildlife Park, where much amusement was had boarding a "choo-choo" train at Tortoise Terminus. We saw zebra, white rhinos, emus, ostriches, leopards and tigers before alighting to visit the tropical house and walled garden, home of many colourful birds and monkeys.

Jean Howells