17 May 2002

Really jolly at the Folly

IT WAS great to meet Carmarthenshire members and their young relatives at Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire.

This is a diversification that has brought fun to masses of families who have had a day out there in the past 14 years and brought employment to local people.

From somewhere children could see farm animals and learn about farming an amazing theme park has grown. There is something for the whole family. The hiring fair exhibition shows what a long way we have come in the past 100 years as do the blacksmiths and wheelwrights shops.

The day I went it was cold and damp but the anticipation and excitement seen in childrens faces set the scene for a bright and happy family day out.

First of all there were all the animals to see in the Jolly Barn and Percys Piggery before going to Jonathan Goodwins illusion show. After that the old time indoor fairground opened and for a few tokens there was all the fun of the fair from the penny slot machines to the marvellous galloping horses built in 1922 but so well preserved they could have been made yesterday. All this was accompanied by old-fashioned fairground music ringing in our ears and the smell of candy floss.

Outside there is a rare breeds walk and a display of birds of prey if you are too old to play in the childrens fun barn. The coffee shop and restaurant serve drinks and food all day but plenty of picnic tables were dotted about for self-caterers. It was good to meet up with the youngsters and the young at heart.

Jean Howells

DEVON

Tue, May 28. Coach leaves Honiton 10.10am, Cullompton 10.45am, Merry Harriers 11am, Broadclyst 11.15 am for trip to Roadford Lake. Light lunch available or take a picnic. Open to husbands and friends. Contact Dorothy (01884-256983) by May 26.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Tue, May 21, 8pm. Meet at Gloucester Farmers Club for a recipe evening. Bring along a sample of your favourite dish for all to taste plus a copy of the recipe with your name on it. Bring a small plate, spoon and fork. Contact Di Merrett (01452-740221).

LINCS-BOSTON

Fri, May 24, 7.30pm. Meet at Old Leake Community Centre for talk by Mark Simmonds MP for Boston and Skegness. Contact Sue Jaques (01205-870767).

STOUR VALLEY

Thur, May 23, 12.30pm. Meet at Mill Dene, Blockley for lunch followed by guided tour of gardens by Wendy Dare. Cost £15. Contact Jane Ridgway (01295-680262) or Muriel Paxton (01295-680357) asap.

WEST YORKSHIRE-SKIPTON

Tue, May 21, 10.30am. Coach leaves Aireville Baths car park, Skipton for visit to York FWC at Donnington where lunch will be provided followed by a talk by Jennifer Hornsey. Contact Betty Ellis (01943-831450).

WORCESTERSHIRE

Sat, May 25, 12.30pm. Golden Jubilee lunch at the Pear Tree Inn. Contact Liz Rowley (01527-821611).