Foal Farm Country Festival 2021

Sunday 15 August 2021
Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre
Biggin Hill

On Sunday 15th August Brian Leach, Guy Loveridge, Santiago Plicio and myself were back at Foal Farm in Biggin Hill for their annual Country Festival. We were relocated from our usual spot to a new ‘kids area’ opposite reception which also featured a face painting stall and a bouncy castle. Fortunately we were able to run power for our models from the nearby staff room.

The day began overcast and there were short drizzly showers which meant we had to cover the models with tarpaulins a few times (Foal Farm lent us a very large one for this purpose), but by midday the sun had come out.

The new location meant we got a lot more visitors passing by our models than usual, and many more of them than in previous years also stopped long enough to build a model at the Make It With Meccano workshop table.

Our stand, with models from Guy Loveridge, Santiago Plicio and Tim Surtell
Our stand, with models from Guy Loveridge, Santiago Plicio and Tim Surtell
The Make It With Meccano table
The Make It With Meccano table

Drawing in visitors was Guy’s granddaughter clock, positioned in front of our tables, along with Santiago’s dancing men. I had my usual Lightning Leap game raising funds for Foal Farm, plus my smaller models, while Brian had his model of Nunhead Signal Box and his walking, roaring, dinosaur.

Brian Leach about to demonstrate his dinosaur
Brian Leach about to demonstrate his dinosaur

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