Welcome to the SRT blog No. 27

30th October 2020 – Welcome to our blog post No. 27

Do send me photos of your Halloween celebrations next week publicity@sunnysideruraltrust.org.uk

The Farm shops had their Halloween decorations up this week.





Next week, November 5th it’s ‘Guy Fawkes’. On this date, people across the UK celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks, bonfires, sparklers and toffee apples. This year, organised displays are not going ahead so here are some photos to remind us of the celebration.

There are several traditional rhymes which  accompanied the nights festivities – here’s  a shortened version of one.

 “Remember, remember the Fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

The Gunpowder Plat was a failed assassination attempt against the King by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. The conspirators’ aim was to blow up the House of Lords at the state opening of parliament on 5 November 1605, while the king and many other important members of the aristocracy and nobility were inside. The conspirator who became most closely associated with the plot was Guy Fawkes, who had been assigned the task of lighting the fuse to the explosives.


The Sunnyside Up Café & Farm Shop at HFG are running a competition for customers to ‘guess how many spooky chocolates’ there are in the jar. You could win them all!

It’s 50p per entry. Open Monday to Saturday 10 to 3pm. Ends tomorrow Saturday 3pm.

Raking in action – a never ending job I’m afraid at this time of year.



Rainy days are for winter herbal tea preparation





Tanya at the trainee meeting last week demonstrating the ppe.


The fence is coming along beautifully at the front of Northchurch. These wooden pickets have all come from the old pallets, taken apart over the last few weeks.

Last week we found loads of these fungi growing along the edges of a wood chip path at the back of Northchurch – an amazing teal green colour.

Matt & I found some information – Stropharia caerulea, commonly known as the blue roundhead, is an inedible species that fruits singly or in groups. It is a common species growing in meadows, roadsides, hedgerows, gardens, and woodchip mulch.

Look at the leaf colour in the fruit cage

The daily care for the animals at Northchurch.







The goats need to learn better ‘table’ manners – keep your feet out of the food trough!

St Marys Year 2 visited the Northchurch animals and had a questionnaire to complete as they walked around the site. Fun for all and a great link with the local school.







And of course Sam became a favourite with everyone.

A big Sunnyside ‘Thankyou’ to St. Mary’s CofE Primary School, Northchurch for their mufty day cheque donation.


The Activity Centre have been very busy in the cooking group this week – especially as the weather has been quite grim!







Hanna Bryant & Jacob Oney preparing crown princes for the cooking group, and Paul Birch preparing onions




Luka Grace before and after making bread rolls. Freshly baked bread always smells so good!








Noreen Shazadee & Michael Hogan planting daffodil bulbs and strawberry plants for spring.

This will be a lovely bright corner.







A group photo after raking the lawns – hi to Noreen, Luka, Lewis, Niall, Nuala, Hanna and Ellen Fermont.


Here are the answers to last weeks’ question which ‘witchey’ films are these witches starring in?