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Environmental Outdoor Providers Conference and Spring Flower Show

Wishing all the mothers and grandmothers within our community a very Happy Mother’s Day and hopefully, you will have had some special attention today. Lucy, my daughter, treated me to an early morning breakfast in bed and presented me with a lovely photo album, remembering special moments we had shared over the years. A lovely gift that I will treasure.

You may have noticed a skip near to our entrance last week. We have been busy trying to spruce up the smallholding in preparation for our first wedding on April 8th, which is coming up soon. We have a long action list to ensure that Tuppenny Barn looks its best for this occasion.

‚ÄčOn Wednesday, Abi, our Education Officer, and myself will be travelling to Plumpton College to attend the South Downs Environmental Outdoor Providers Conference that is for Teachers across ‚Äčthe West Sussex Region. As we are hoping to expand our children’s education programme this year, we will be hoping to attract new schools and colleges that haven’t been to us previously. It is also good to see what other outdoor providers are doing and for us to learn new skills where appropriate. Talking of our school visits, Rosie is making them aprons for the cookery ‘Fork to Fork’ visits. Incepting with what we try and promote, she is upcycling wide leg denims as the material for the aprons. If anyone one has a spare pair or two, she would be most appreciative. You might have noticed her handy work last week in the shop with the lovely upcycled adult aprons she has made. We still have a couple left if anyone is interested.

Next Saturday, the ladies that co-ordinate the plant sales outside the centre are putting on the first Spring Flower Show at Tuppenny Barn from 2pm. As well as having all the exhibits on show, there will be other gardening attractions. Sarah Hughes, the District Wildlife Officer, will be conducting pond dipping for children and boy, have we got a mass of baby tadpoles there at present! We are encouraging families to have a go at the children’s classes: small arrangement in an egg cup and an animal or creature made from fruit or veg. There will be an extensive plant stall, a stall selling homemade cakes, garden items for sale plus much more. Entry forms are available from Tuppenny Barn. If you have any queries, please contact Suzanne Holroyd (

Finally, I am putting out an appeal for any unwanted terracotta pots. We would like to use them for our plants sales at the front of our building so anyone that has any we would be delighted to have them. Alternatively, if anyone knows of a reasonable source retail-wise, I would be very interested to have the details.