Open Day fun in the sun!
In bright sunshine over 700 visitors came to the Duchy College Open Day at Stoke Climsland from as far away as Somerset. Families, friends and students enjoyed the variety of events happening throughout the day. The equestrian students performed in a non-stop programme including a gymnastic lunging display and equally challenging, a six jump grid ridden with no hands on the reins!
The brand new golf driving range attracted a continuous stream of players ‘having a go’. With a backdrop of Kit Hill and the Duchy Home Farm estate, it must surely be one of the most attractive golf driving ranges in the country. Martin Hammond Golf Programme manager & PGA Professional struck the first ball and Steve Parsons, Duchy College Principal officially opened the facility. “I really feel that the students who have helped to construct the new range have done an excellent job.”
In the heart of the campus the Pendray building Learning Centre provided a focal point for anyone interested in more information on full time or part-time courses. Outside tractors and trailers collected a steady stream of people for the popular farm tours. Leisure Department staff and students kept youngsters busy on the climbing tower, playing archery, trying the mini assault course and playing on the bouncy castle.
Visitors were encouraged to see all the exhibits and enter the main competition of the day, a free pass for 4 people to use the leisure facilities or a round of golf on the Nicklaus Course at St. Mellion Hotel, Golf & Country Club. To complete the task they would have also seen the Countryside & Environmental exhibition, creative crafts, baby calves, the animal centre along with the plant and craft sales organised by the Pathfinder students. The fine weather combined with a happy relaxed atmosphere, made the event a resounding success for all those involved.