This was a fantastic social fundraiser for the Playing Fields Association, raising money for pavilion improvements and sport facilities for the village.
Marton’s latest pig cohort seem to be doing well, growing quickly and making the most of their field in the warmer days we’re starting to enjoy. The only glitches so far have been with the human side of the club, with former members accidently called on to feed the pigs from across the globe and youngest members learning about omnivores the hard way.
In the first case a couple was called in Australia and told to feed the pigs the following day, causing temporary confusion but no harm to the pigs who didn’t notice or mind the quick-thinking rota switch-around. In the second case a valuable lesson was learnt: put food in the field before you put small children in the field. The half-asleep parents (one of whom might actually be writing this, ahem…) had to do a rapid rescue when the pigs’ eagerness for breakfast hastily went from welly sniffing to leg nibbling. No harm done, though, and once snouts were happily in troughs of food, the children and pigs got on harmoniously as usual.
There could be further opportunities for creature encounters to come, as the club might be building on its success, with the idea of raising geese for Christmas already on the table (pardon the pun). The suggestion of a home brew club is also being floated, for those with a thirst for more…
By April Marton will once again be home to a small herd of pigs, as the Pig Club starts its ninth consecutive year of community pig-rearing. On 13 March Andrew Cooke led a team of about 20 volunteers, fuelled by bright sunshine and sugary donuts, to get the pigs’ accommodation into shape followed by field topping by Andy Liggins.
This time the club is made up of 17 households sharing the care of 13 pigs. The Oxford sandy and black breed was chosen again as the best all-rounder for having a pleasant temperament that suits the involvement of families in the club and ultimately results in tasty pork (appreciated by all except the club’s two vegetarian members!).
Everyone is more than welcome to visit the pigs any time as they love company. For anyone new to the village, they can be found at the top of the hill between Marton and Eathorpe (up the road and bridle path starting opposite the Shepherd Street/High Street crossroads).
We expect the herd to be with us until July, looked after by all members in a rota prepared by Karen Creswell and with funds managed by Joe Walsh (taking over from long-serving former treasurer Nick Webb).