Church Farm Ardeley

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Phil Cooks Up A Storm

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Last night, a group of us interns (and Rik, the grower) descended onto the Jolly Waggoners to support Rural Care and the night’s guest Landlord, co farmer Philip Nichols.

Here is Phil, looking dashing in his chef whites at another recent Rural Care event.


Phil was running his own special night, entitled ‘Phil’s Bar and Grill’. The night was really good fun, and possibly the biggest turn out of co farmers and other service users to any Rural Care event this year. Phil was a huge hit; overall his night was a great success and a good time was had by all (including our head of state, Tim Waygood, who also joined in the festivities)

Phil served up a good old fashion bbq style menu, with burgers, chips and onion rings amongst the favourites on offer. There was also a raffle which was a real hit, with £83.43 raised for the charity Rural Care (based at Church Farm, Ardeley). Prizes included bottles of posh plonk, gift vouchers, and one of Church Farm’s very own veggie boxes. A further 10% of the nights takings (and I have it on good authority that 70 burgers were cooked!) will also be donated to Phil’s chosen charity, Rural Care.

This was The Jolly Waggoner’s first guest landlord evening, but they hope to run many many more. For myself personally, it was really great to see so many people at the event, supporting Phil, and generating a happy bustling atmosphere. Too often we interns find ourselves spending too much time in each other’s company and by passing the real world; it was great to meet some new people!

The Waggoner’s is keen to support more guest landlords, so drop them a line if you would like to have a go, and raise money for a favourite charity. The number is 01438 861350


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