Doing Nicely: Busy month for farming college, Easton and Otley

Easton and Otley farming champion for Suffolk, Izzy Botfield with Barry the lamb at the Otley campus

Easton and Otley farming champion for Suffolk, Izzy Botfield with Barry the lamb at the Otley campus. - Credit: Archant

As an avid pub quizzer, I love a bit of random trivia.

Last time out quizzing, our team and I found out that Germany makes the most cars in Europe. Alan Shearer was the quickest to reach 100 goals out of him, Ian Wright and Michael Owen. And ‘It was a bright cold striking day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen’ is the opening line to George Orwell’s 1984.

Pub quizzing is a great test of your knowledge in a relaxed, fun and social environment together.

Whilst I wouldn’t advocate the pub bit within education – the learning in a fun and relaxed environment is perhaps part of the way forward for us all. Last month we tried to put education and fun together as part of our annual lambing weekend that attracted over 7,000 visitors to our Easton campus. So popular was it, we are planning to create a similar event at the Otley campus next year.

Lambing is a solid fixture in our annual calendar as are our annual fun days that will be taking place in June. Billed as mini county shows, the aim is to bring our courses and the college to life. It gives the local community an opportunity to see us for who we are and what we do. Before our fun days, we have the Suffolk Show and plans are steaming ahead for this. Our floristry students will be using The Great Gatsby and the eighties as themes for floral displays. Our horticultural team have been inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

We are once again teaming up with Thompson and Morgan to create a flower tower and we will also be playing a major role in a new ‘farm discovery zone’ that will showcase all that is fantastical in relation to farming.

Suffolk Show aside, we recently hosted a major event at our Easton campus with Lord Heseltine that celebrated the commencement of work on a new construction centre that will open in Norfolk thanks to support from the New Anglia LEP.

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Meanwhile, our new principal (David Henley) joined us this month as he begins his journey with Easton and Otley.