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The All Saints Mothers' Union meets at 8.00pm on the first
Tuesday of every month
"The speaker this month at the Mothers’ Union was James Monk from the Rainbow Rural Centre. As a farmer in Great Dunmow James was faced with the difficulties of running a small farm profitably and decided, with the overriding support of his family, to make some lifestyle changes; they would open their 75 acre working - farm to the public. Their aim was to provide a safe learning environment for disabled and disadvantaged children and young adults. Based on James’ experiences of growing up on a farm, his teaching qualifications and his wife’s knowledge of childcare, they felt they had the skills needed to take on such a massive challenge. Together they wanted to allow young people to thrive, learn new skills and grow in confidence whilst working with nature. James’ enthusiasm is all too evident as he relates stories of acquiring a few sheep which on arrival has become a flock of fifty and the adoption of two pigs which in turn destroyed the paddock! (As he readily admits some ideas are more successful than others). Their vision has, over the years seen the farm take on organic status and become a safe haven where students of all abilities are able to engage in a range of activities and challenges. With regular fortnightly Farm Clubs, Holiday Clubs, woodland - walks, one to one tuition, school links and Open Days, Rainbow Rural continues to grow due to the hard work, passion, and commitment of James, his family and a team of like- minded supporters. All too soon it was time to say a huge thank you to James and allow time for individual questions over coffee. The meeting closed with a voluntary collection for Rainbow Rural and the offer, by members of the group, to make cakes for their next Open Day. Maureen Searle"
We invite a variety of interesting speakers and demonstrators and Merie can be contacted on 01621 856354 and would be pleased to hear from you if you are interested in coming along.