Thursday, July 26, 2007
The festival will climax with a special fire show on Friday and a circus performance on Saturday. It really is a brilliant festival to be part of, as everyone trundles from tent to tent socialising and just having a great time. Its almost impossible to overcome the urge to join in with the spinners or having a go at unicycling - which, considering it is on a field, is a talent in itself!
We are hoping to persuade a few skilled attendees to return for our Family Fun Day on August 19th so more people can share the fun.
Look at http://www.playfestival.co.uk/ for more information and we look forward to seeing you there.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
And here is a pic of them with Johnny Walker, aired on Sunday afternoon. We also have to say a BIG THANK YOU to Johnny for plugging Fordhall and the book so well. He is a tremendous supporter and we are really grateful for his kind words on Radio 2.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Ben was half way to London when we found out so its all a bit last minute, and a shame we have been cut for such a completely different story. But, thankfully they have moved the slot to next tuesday. So, all being good we will travel down to London on Tuesday afternoon...
Watch this space!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Outside the BBC Television centre, we tried to see if we could spot any celebrities - but alas, there was only us and the taxi driver!
At 8.50am we did a live interview on the BBC Breakfast sofa, and I have to say that the studio was a lot smaller than you would expect. We thoroughly enjoyed the morning and the whole crew made us feel very relaxed.
Bed had to return straight home after Breakfast as 'Libby', our Gloucester Old spot was about to have piglets! I stayed in London for BBC Radio London interview.
But, tomorrow is Richard and Judy! And I have to say that we are a little scared.... Hopefully it will all go without a glitch and they will like the book.
Then last but not least we are on Radio 4's 'On Your Farm' programme at 6.40am on Sunday morning and then the Johnny Walker show on Sunday afternoon..... and home to Fordhall - phew!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
After the article's in the Sunday Times and Saturday Mail over the weekend, the office has once again gone crazy as interest in the Fordhall Community Land Initiative gains momentum.
You can read the Sunday Times article by following this link
The pending publication of Charlotte and Ben's book, 'The Fight for Fordhall Farm' is drawing in all the press as they begin a week of interviews and tv appearances. They began today with a 15 minute interview on BBC Radio Shropshire on the drivetime programme with Sam Hatton. And they will travel to London tomorrow for many more and the list has just been confirmed...
If you want to listen then why not tune in to one (or more) of the following:
- BBC Radio 4. Midweek Programme - 9am Wednesday
- BBC Radio Scotland. 10.15am Wednesday
- LBC 97.3 Radio (London). 1.30pm Wednesday
- BBC Radio Bristol. Richard Lewis afternoon show. 3.30pm Wednesday
- BBC One Breakfast News. 9am Thursday
- BBC Radio Cumbria. The Ian Timmis Show. 1pm Thursday
- BBC Radio London 94.9. The Robert Elms Show. 2.30pm Thursday
- Channel 4 Richard and Judy Show. 5pm Friday.
- BBC Radio 4. 'On Your Farm'. 6.40am Sunday 15th July
- BBC Radio 2. Johnny Walker Show. Sunday
They will also be in the Guardian Newspaper on Wednesday - can you keep up - not sure if we can!!!
Also dont forget that the book is now available online direct from Fordhall Farm at http://www.fordhallfarm.com/
Many thanks to all our existing shareholders and volunteers for your support - we could not achieve this without you!
p.s. As Ben and Charlotte are in London for most of the week, Sophie is holding the fort in the office. Therefore please be patient if we do not answer your emails or phonecalls as efficiently as we normally would - you can be sure that we are doing our best to stay on top of everything.
Friday, July 06, 2007
As you may be aware, Charlotte and Ben have written a book entitled 'The Fight for Fordhall Farm' due to be released on July 12th by Hodder and Stoughton.
This book began as an update to their late fathers (Arthur Hollins) book 'The Farmer the Plough and the Devil' which charts the history of Fordhall from the 1920's through to the 1980's when Charlotte and Ben were born. But, the update grew in length and soon turned into a book of its own - and if any of you have been lucky enough to meet either Ben or Charlotte you will know just how much they can talk!
Anyway, the launch of this book brings another new chapter to the Fordhall story as more press is launched and the issues of farming in todays political economy are highlighted. The Sunday Times have the first story this weekend, followed by the Weekend Mail, Radio 4's Midweek Programme, BBC Breakfast (thursday), Farming Today (Sun 15th July) and Johnny Walkers show amongst more.
"The flurry of press around the book is another surreal time for Ben and I. Charging across the country for photo shoots and interviews is not the normal life of a farmer, but we are enjoying the new experiences and hoping that our story provides new opportunities for other young people in the industry, as well as encouraging the public to support their local farmers and farm shops."
We hope to have a more detailed list of the press as it happens here - so watch this space....
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10% of profits from sales direct from Fordhall Farm go towards the educational work of the Fordhall Community Land Initiative - the community owned society that uses Fordhall as an educational resource and leases the land to Ben and Charlotte to farm.