Phil Johnson, supported by his daughter, Abigail, gave members a fascinating insight into the history of this farm, sited in a picturesque spot next to Eyebrook Reservoir, right on the edge of Leicestershire.
Abigail did the IT bit, projecting photos, film maps and inventories detailing the history of Rectory Farm dating back to the original tenants in 1865. Phil ably took us through the history, development and diverse roles of the farm, to taking over the tenancy from his father in 1936, working with Italian prisoners of war, to the present, when he is planning to retire. However, negotiations are underway for the tenancy to pass to Abigail and her sister – we wish you well in your venture.
Tina won the quiz identifying a range of household and garden implements gathered over the years.
Abigail and her sister are justly proud of their successful Eyebrook Wild Bird Feed business. You can find out lots more about Rectory Farm and even download a map showing a walk across the fields and looking out to Eyebrook Reservoir. Something for those spring days ahead?