Larchfield Community

A Day of Celebration - Our 30th Birthday Party

A Day of Celebration - Our 30th Birthday Party

The morning started with a warm welcome to the families of community members and day placements from Huw John, the Chief Executive Officer for Camphill Village Trust. Huw was followed by the Learn to Lead team updating the guests on their recent projects and introducing a slide show featuring current community members and day placements. Tom Blake gave a presentation about the origins of the Camphill movement and its development through the years with particular reference to Larchfield and was followed by the Advocacy Group who gave a presentation about the work they had been doing and ended with a very emotive poem read by Stephen and Debbie.

                                              Next it was time to stretch the legs with an opportunity to find out more about the workshops with tours of food production, craft, the farm and tools workshops. The garden workshop set itself up outside the hall with a planting activity to symbolise Larchfield's continued growth into the future.

                      Throughout the day archive articles and photographs showing Larchfield's early days and more recent past were available to browse and in the foyer area guests could enjoy 20 flags created by each house, workshop and action group at Larchfield. depicting what was important to them.

                                     An enormous and delicious buffet lunch was followed by the cutting of two celebration cakes (thanks Val) with Andrew Jameson and Jeanne Head being invited to cut the cakes as they are the longest standing residents, having come to Larchfield early in 1988. 

                                                                                      After lunch and photo opportunities we settled down to a rousing ukulele concert by local band 'Rockulele'. They had brought plenty of extra percussion instruments for the audience and it wasn't long before people were on their feet and 'busting their best moves'. Several encores were required before the band finished and the musical entertainment continued with karaoke performances from Stephen, Debbie, Dean and Vikky and instrumental guitar from Rob Galuder.

                                   On the field outside those with lots of energy could enjoy the bouncy castle and ball pool while others chose to take it easy ahead of the evening's disco. 

The disco atmosphere was turned up a notch with a 'mocktail' bar. The Learn to Lead team used some of its funds to buy the soft drinks, fruit, ice, straws and paper umbrellas to create colourful and tasty mocktails with names such as 'Flamingo' and 'Pineapple Ripple'. The music was excellent with the DJ taking requests and plenty of people took to the dance floor. In true Larchfield style the houses had worked together to provide a fabulous buffet plus lovely salads from food production.

Summed up, the 30th anniversary celebration had been a busy, fun and memorable day.