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Cogges Manor Farm Museum (Witney)
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Cogges Manor Farm Museum (Witney)
Date: 20/03/13, updated on 21/03/13 (42 review reads)
Advantages: A real 'pygmy-up!'
Disadvantages: Expect the mandatory livestock facial feces beauty masques - always fashionable.
Cogges opens to the public on March 23rd 2013, for another season.
Address: Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 3LA, United Kingdom
We're on a cusp of longer daylight hours; a mood shift beckons, of the lighter kind, for those who're jostling around pre sun-rise, will find a brighter start in the next week or so. Early morning hazes doth create a glow on the Cotswold stone, radiating a stone shimmer that demands your eye's attention. Cogges Manor Farm has that attraction; it is as if the Cogges volunteers and staff had brushed tirelessly on each sandy stone brick overnight, to aid the mottled yoke, sandy aesthetics that sinks into the stones crevices, this is ultimately characteristic of rural Cotswold stone - a scene that Peter Bowles from; 'To the Manor Born' would be at home in - the place is extemporary British. Cogges is better suited to the term 'Farm' than a conventional museum, for the last couple of years the label of 'museum' has waned, not duly due to the lack of archaic artifacts and contraptions in farm labouring, as they're show-pieces in their own right; but as a brand Cogges needs to function independently as a charity organization; 'The Cogges Heritage Trust' Charity No: 1141906. An award for being released by Oxfordshire County Council clutches. Charitable status in the scheme of things this epoch nevertheless is a bold move but a very worthwhile one. The first three years is imperative for the farm's survival - although now the charitable venture at least can map out it's pathway to secure its future. As far as I've witnessed, the local community is a testament to a viable business - from teaching youngsters the wonders of Victorian and today self sufficiency and animal produce; to engaging in seeing at first-hand the inner workings of a farm, and that in itself is a unique selling point - usually such voyeuristic experiences tend to be from a farm series on TV, or a 'Farmville' app.
Stroking is done at a minimum of several minutes at a time and under supervision of watchful staff and volunteers, having just had a bacon, lettuce, and tomato baguette I got a worried stare from a black pig, she slowly ambling around how my Aunt stiffly maneuvered to change a TV channel, pre-remote control time - a result of a long hiatus of non-activity. The warm stench concoction of feces, fresh hay and pig's swill of semi-liquidized translucent vegetables and seedless apples was apparent. There is something familiarly comforting about experiencing a pig's life up-close and personal, a nostalgic nudge from my days in Hastings being camped up next to a farm - when I had breakfast in bed and whilst staring at tomorrows outside. Cogges did however have a Shetland Pony, a well nourished brown one, and the mane was groomed as if Beyoncé and I called out, "Halo!" on prompt it walked over to me and my adopted Niece thinking I had brought gifts - I'm not big on petting long-noses, especially when I'm in the knowledge of anything of a dark brown substance sun-baked on, as if a cosmetic masque of the consistency of mud - err, it isn't mud! A trick that the equine species do to their two-legged friends, passed on via generation to generation - before throwing their heads in the air with laughter - 'NNuuuhheeerrruuufff!'
I wasn't aware of too many closed up enclosures - the Pygmy Goats and chickens had a fair amount of freedom within reason. Whitish pigeons nested in the fabrics of the seventeenth century Wheat Barn roof - the wooden beams working as a homing device, nestling in the foliage of earthy growth - Overall; a quaint, mother earth serenity for weddings and social gatherings, especially in the lighter and milder months coming. The 'Willow workshop' engages in activities from animal sculpture to horticultural creativity and building your very own willow baskets, to name a few that'll be running into the summer months. Take note that Cogges have a Café, a mini-play-park, and Shop - most produce is home-made or products of happy habitants. The mot juste is ovum; plural of ova, meaning eggs - from a very successful breed of hen, whereby Cogges has the patented breeding rights, if there is such a claim. A virile hen gamete is no mean feat, the main factor determines on whether the hens' cluck 'nine to a dozen;' which denotes happiness. Albeit, they could be complaining about the state of the hen quarters and why it seems the pygmy goats demand to be child-handled by little hands and crick their necks into absurd positions to get a brush of a sticky finger. These adorable animals act like deliriously love struck teens at a concert, contorted into unnatural poses to get a half a second feel of their idol's index finger. I suggested to Cogges it'll be fun to watch five year olds' 'pygmy goat crowd surf'- sadly, it breaches hygiene policy and health and safety - although Cogges are always open to new ideas to raise funds. Perhaps a spontaneous cricket match or a lunch-time Frisbee session - Cogges can cater for these types of spontaneity jaunts. The grounds are suitable for picnickers during the milder season; so long you stop off at the ornate shop to pick up a treat / ice-cream on your way out. Ice-cream just slips down. The staff has been known to wear Victorian outfits but I believe this not to be the case, I genuinely feel this attire is their everyday clothing - one of the perks of working for a charity.
See pricing tariffs: http://www.cogges.org.uk/content/opening​ ;-times-and-admissions
Logistically, Cogges is 0.6 miles from central Witney and adjacent to a Junior School's green; and play area; notably health and safety conscious with spongy blue soft floor surfacing. Parking can be found alongside the play area. Traffic is at a minimum and therefore crowding won't be a concern - Cogges have capped the numbers of children for each School visit, as a means to not fret the livestock and staff. Cogges is clearly signposted on the A40, and in Witney town centre - Worth a visit just to see the yoke colour of the Cotswold stone on a beautiful bright day.
Please note, that this is David Cameron's constituency. He has made a visit to Cogges and is in favour of all the good it does to the local community. Cogges epitomizes the 'Big Society.' The plan Cameron has forgotten. Pity he hasn't emulated Cogges financial nuance to our increasing interest rates, inflation and dire GDP. Unfortunately, Cogges don't sell bad eggs!
Summary: A real good day out for the kids.