Charity promises plenty of family fun at farm open day in Thurston

Jack Lee (3) pictured at last year's Field of Dreams Farm Open Day
Jack Lee (3) pictured at last year's Field of Dreams Farm Open Day
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A charity is promising fun for all the family with its first open day of the year at its educational farm in Thurston.

The Crack On Foundation is giving people the chance to meet and feed the animals at the Field of Dreams farm on April 30 and May 1 from 10am to 4pm.

There will also be sheep shearing, a ploughing competition, a tractor for children to sit on, wellington boot throwing contest, bouncy castle and stalls.

The farm, on land off Beyton Road, past the Dell caravan park, is an agricultural training site and educational resource for the long term unemployed.

Mark Byford, chief executive of Crack On, said the farm, which has been going for a year, has 18 volunteers.

He said: “They come up on a weekly basis - from people who have mental health issues to people who find it therapeutic and those who want to give something back. There was one lad who spent five years locked in his bedroom and it’s just brought him out of his shell completely.”

Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill was due to visit the farm today.

Anyone who would like to volunteer at the farm should email Mr Byford at mark@crackon.org