Junior Countryside Day a hit with the children

The Newbury & District Agricultural Society’s Junior Countryside Day took place on Wednesday 1st August and offered a jam-packed schedule of outdoor activities for children.

As part of the Society's Education initiative, the countryside day is an annual event that takes place at Barn Elms Farm & Fishery in Bradfield, and gives children aged between 8 and 16yrs the opportunity to experience some outdoor pursuits such as air rifling, archery, fly fishing, clay pigeon shooting and gun dog training. The Society's own Education Officer, Jan Murray added a pastime to the event by providing sausage making and bread making demonstrations.

With the day at its full capacity, the children were split into groups and sent off to various parts with an expert who taught them the basics of each of the 6 pursuits.

“Thank you so much for an awesome day out at Barn Elms Fishery. My brother and I both loved doing all the activities. I enjoyed shooting clays and making delicious sausages as well as fly fishing and archery. I personally loved the gun dog handling and my brother loved the clay shooting. Thank you to everyone involved in making the day so amazing. See you again next year!” Jack and Luke Melford

“Wednesday was really fun and I would like to thank Rosemary and Jim for organising this wonderful day!” Josie Hurst

“Jim and I are delighted to have welcomed these 36 young people to Barn Elms to have a go at six pastimes, which perhaps they would not have the opportunity to do so otherwise.They all seemed to have had a great time and all went home with homemade sausages, bread and some freshly caught trout.” Rosemary Balsdon, Barn Elms Fishery.

Check out some photos from this year's event here

Next year's Junior Countryside Day will take place on Wednesday 7th August 2019.



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