Refugees swap city life for a day on the farm - The Stratford Observer

Refugees swap city life for a day on the farm

Stratford Editorial 2nd Aug, 2017   0

RE-SETTLED refugees abandoned city life for a day on a Tudor farm.

Over a dozen refugee families enjoyed the day at Mary Arden’s Farm in Wilmcote, the one time home of Shakespeare’s mother.

There were lessons in Tudor cookery, manners, animal husbandry, together with a falconry display.

And the playground and willow tunnels for hide and seek were thoroughly enjoyed by the children.

The day was organised by the Restore project in Birmingham, which supports and introduces refugees to life in Britain. As well as assisting them with work and finances, it organises days out over the holidays the families would not otherwise be able to afford.

As supporters of the project, the methodist churches of Stratford and Evesham played host for the day.

Rev David Haslam said: “This is British hospitality at its best. These families have suffered conditions that we can’t imagine, it was fantastic of Mary Arden Farm to give us such a good time. I am sure eventually these lively youngsters will make their own contribution to British life.”


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