Ian Everest talks to the Steyning History Society on Wednesday November 13th at 7:45pm in the Saxon Room, Steyning Centre.
Ian presented an earlier version of this talk in Upper Beeding four years ago. He was brought up on one of the farms he discusses and he really knows his stuff. In addition, he is an excellent speaker with well organized material.
The talk covers the role of women on Sussex farms and their vital contribution to feeding the country during both WWI and WWII. Their efforts only gained official recognition many years after they were disbanded in 1950. The speaker was brought up on a farm near Lewes and his mother was one of 80,000 Land Girls during WWII. The talk will include some of her personal memories as a ‘Cinderella of the Soil’.
Please join us on our working family farm for our annual lambing open days. We open the farm gates for visitors to see us at our busiest time and share with us the hustle and bustle of our farmyard during lambing. Visitors will see newborn lambs and maybe a lamb being born, an amazing experience. We are keen to share the respect and care we give our sheep and the vital role they play in managing the precious species rich chalk downland on the South Downs. Other highlights include bale climbing, pigs, tractor and trailer rides (weather permitting), BBQ, and vegetarian food from the Wildflour Cafe.
We are having an outing to Coombes Farm, BN15 0RS, next Wednesday, 27th March, and anyone is welcome. We will meet there at around 10:00/10:15am to see the lambs and go on a ride up the Downs. Check the weather — warm clothing may be appropriate.