Preparations are well underway for our Open Day a week on Sunday – 4th September. The weather has been so lousy this week it can only get better by the time the great day arrives. Actually, although we have a wet weather plan in place, it has never been implemented. Let’s hope 2011 doesn’t break the pattern of past years. If you’ve never been to one of our Open Days then let me tell what you’ve been missing. Not only is it a chance to look around and see things like the superb accommodation available, but also you can talk informally to tutors about subjects in the programme and their courses. In addition, there are some unusual attractions and I think this year we have come up trumps with some amazing shepherd’s huts. These are like Gypsy caravans but are designed to be parked up rather than taken around the countryside. The ones on display are made locally and are beautifully constructed of the finest materials. It might give you an idea of that home office or secret reading room down the bottom of the garden! To entertain you there is lots of music, talks and, of course, there will be plenty of food to taste too. Some of our local suppliers will also be on hand to lighten your purse in return for some fabulous meat, fruit, veg and cheese. The day kicks off at 12 noon and runs through to 5.00pm. So, if you want to get a taste of Dillington – in more ways than one – then do come along. It is completely FREE (we all like free) but don’t forget that you might want to buy a cup of tea or even book on a course or buy tickets for a talk or concert. We look forward to welcoming you.