Last year saw the death, at the great age of 102, of Lady Le Marchant of Hungerton Hall. One of her final wishes was that her grand-daughter, Isabel, would organise an event to raise funds for GANF and the parish church at Wyville.
Lady Le Marchant was a keen supporter of GANF and was delighted to allow us the use of a woodland area next to the village hall. This fantastic woodland space became our Forest School, complete with a wheelchair accessible sensory trail, two fire pits and a spectacular outside classroom made from natural materials.
The special event took place on Sunday 21st May and saw the sale of vintage items, antiquarian books, and “curiosities”. There were a host of supporting events, including a have a go clay pigeon shoot, tractor trailer rides around Hungerton farm, competitions, traditional games, a bouncy castle, a barbecue, an ‘Oldershaws’ run bar, and a fantastic ‘Auction of Promises’.
Isabel said, “My grandmother dedicated her life to Hungerton - the farm, the community, the church and the environment, and always loved seeing other people get so much pleasure from it too.
She was so delighted to welcome GANF here and lived long enough to see the Forest School fully established and feel proud of her own small part in that. Thanks to her we organised this event to raise money for the two causes.”
James Ellis, Senior Principal of GANF, said, "We are incredibly grateful to the Le Marchant family for their continued support of us as an organisation. The event was incredible, so many people visited and had a great time. Exceptional support like this means we can offer fantastic learning opportunities for our students."
Jonathan Mitchell, GANF student, "I love the Forest school and learning about nature. I also love working there when I'm doing enrichment and DofE, it's a great place to be."
The ‘Auction of Promises’ included a flight in a light aeroplane, a scuba diving course for 2, a flight in a hot air balloon, a 18 hole round of golf for 4 at Belton Park Golf Club, and many other exciting items.
The Forest School was then official opened by BBC East Midlands Today’s Dominic Heale. The Mayor, Cllr Linda Wootten also came along to enjoy the day. Once Dominic cut the ribbon, a flurry of children ran into the woodlands to enjoy the Forest School. It was quite magical! [Pictured above right: Isabel Burford - Grand Daughter of Lady Le Marchant, Dominic Heale - BBC, Jacki Bartram - C.I.T. Communications Manager, Mayor Linda Wootten.]
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Le Marchant family, the villagers and the village hall committee, for all their hard work and support.
We would also like to thank FOSA (Friends of Sandon and Ambergate) for their huge donation towards the Forest School, also to The Bailey Thomas Foundation, The Lincolnshire Community Fund and The Rotary Club of Grantham, all of whom helped to make the Forest School a reality.