Sadly our much loved Member of our Council of Management, Hugh Peacock, passed away on Thursday 6th May at 9.30 pm. He was an inspiration to disabled and able bodied people alike and he will be sorely missed by everyone at Ferriers Barn.
Our love and thoughts go to his wife, Minty and his family.
Ferriers Barn opened in 1974 as an arts and crafts day centre for young disabled people, many of whom are severely physically disabled. It enables them both to develop a wider range of interests and activities and to meet socially in pleasant surroundings. Our members come from as far afield as Felixstowe, Clacton, Colchester, Bury St Edmunds and Braintree.
The Barn itself comprises a group of skilfully converted farm buildings set around a courtyard and garden, and is staffed by qualified instructors and carers with the assistance of an indispensable army of voluntary helpers and friends. Transport for those living in the Colchester area is provided by a specially adapted bus, which carries members with or without wheelchairs.
A wide range of arts and crafts are pursued including painting, pottery, decoupage, silkscreen printing,horticulture, carpentry and cooking. These activities are self-supporting and the members’ work is sold privately and in local shops. The members also administer their own bank account.
Social gatherings, fund-raising events and holidays are all an important part of the Barn calendar. Holidays have been spent in Spain, Germany, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, York, Dorset, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.
Ferriers Barn is sustained by voluntary contributions and local government funding which helps to provide a place of opportunity where young people with physical disabilities can develop their capabilities and lead a more fulfilled life.
“It is wonderful to watch an inspired concept grow over the years. The Arts and Crafts Centre for Disabled People at Ferriers Barn has not only benefited its members but the whole of our society, for it shows what can be done when kindness, commonsense and imagination come together, as it were, and changes lives. Long may it continue.” Ronald Blythe, author of “Akenfield” 12th January 2007
FERRIERS BARN, BURES, SUFFOLK, CO8 5DL
Telephone: 01787 227515
Administrator: Maureen Philpot
Ferriers Barn is a company limited by guarantee and registered in London #1158197
Registered with the charity commissioners #267117
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