Jan and husband Neils came to Fersfield 14 months ago after living for 20 years in Sonning Common, Berkshire. Jan worked as a teacher for children with special learning difficulties and Neils worked as a civil enginner. Their two children grew up there and are now, in their late twenties, have left home.
Jan is the 4th generation of farmers from Norfolk – her Aunt still lives in the county. Jan’s grandmother raised chickens and cows on a small piece of land and also ran a bed and breakfast near Bungay. Jan has many happy childhood memories of helping with the animals. So it was in Jan’s blood to want to be a smallholder. During their first year here they had 2 pigs on their 2 acres of land and this year they bought 3 Ryeland Sheep who have produced 6 lambs. They also have 12 chickens provide eggs and have a very bossy cockrel! Once a week one of Jan’s neighbours, a young man from Fenners Residential Home, comes to help her with her animals. Jan is also very active keeping fit by going to twice-weekly aqua fit classes at Diss Swimming Pool and has joined Natalie’s Knitters held weekly at the Reform Church in Diss. Jan also loves craft work and has done courses on weaving, spinning and felt making for which she plans to use the fleece from her sheep. Neils is interested in history and is busy tracing his family roots in Lincolnshire where his grandfather was an Architect. He often takes visitors to Fersfield Church and wishes more churches were able to stay open.