If you’re looking for new people to chat to, make a date in your diary to visit Fordhall Farm every Friday afternoon.

The Market Drayton community farm project is launching a welcoming new activity to help anyone who would like to get out and connect with others in a safe, socially-distanced environment.

The farm’s Afternoon Amble will run every Friday, starting with a relaxing walk followed by free tea and cake and then a simple craft session.

Participants can take part in just the walk or the crafts, or stay for the whole session. The walk will start at 2pm (meet outside the cafe), while the crafts will begin at 3pm in the Greenwood Shelter. There is no need to book – just turn up on the day.

Fordhall Community Land Initiative Manager Charlotte Hollins said: “These are new activities we have launched at Fordhall in response to the current pandemic and the increase in anxiety and isolation many of us have felt. Especially, those who may have had feelings of loneliness beforehand. We really wanted to make the most of the free green space we have here. We fully appreciate how restorative access to greenspace is for mental well-being – this is something very close to our hearts.

“We also wanted to encourage the hugely compassionate response we have seen from people throughout our community. We hope these sessions will help build resilience, peace and most importantly help to forge new friendships between each other.”

All materials will be provided and there is no charge for the activities. Participants need to come dressed for the weather. The cake and craft session will take place undercover in the outdoor Greenwood shelter. All Coronavirus precautions will be put in place, including appropriate sanitising and social distancing measures.

For more details, including information on accessibility, call the office on 01630 638696.

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