More than 450 people packed into the Heathlands Village on Sunday for the inaugural Fed Farm Day.

Under some late summer sun, the lawns and gardens at the Prestwich care home were transformed into a petting zoo, a biscuit decorating stall, story corner, soft-play area and bbq for all the family.

As the usually sedate Village became a back-to-school carnival, delighted Fundraising Manager, Rochelle Broman, said, “We are delighted that so many people came on Sunday. The sun shone – we were more than a little worried about the weather – and everyone had a great time.”

Among the attractions was a ‘Guess the Name of the Bear’ stall, with the prize a giant monkey teddy bear. The correct name – Samson – was guessed by Chazan Harvey Miller and his wife Angela.

“It was fantastic to win,” said Angela. “We won it for our son, Gerrard, who is 52 and has learning difficulties. He lives with the Jewish Welfare Board in Leeds – and will absolutely love it!”

PJ Library – an initiative which provides free books to Jewish children across the UK – ran a popular story corner in The Fed’s Seaside Garden, with Northern Fieldworker, Anna Roth, attracting book-lovers of all ages.
Residents of Healthands Village made sure to get in on the action too, helping with the set-up of the day, playing with the children and introducing them to their favourite animals on display.

“It was such a joy to see people of all ages mingling and having fun together,” continued Rochelle. “We’re hoping to make this an annual event – so stay tuned for Farm Day 2020!”