Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Arthur's Plough - Fordhalls story with music and laughter...

Shropshire is to be put firmly back on the theatrical map this summer with a brand new version of the county’s legendary play about Fordhall Farm.
Virutal Shropshire website info

“Arthur’s Plough – 2008” will be performed in the garden at Fordhall Farm near Market Drayton for two week in late June and early July, before going on to be a key element of the Shrewsbury Summer Season. Hard-won Arts Council Funding has enabled author Chris Eldon Lee to revive and substantially revise the musical play, first performed in 1991. It will give you the chance to see the Fordhall story from the 1900's to the 21st century. You read the press, read the book, and now you can see the play - what is Fordhall Farm really about?

Arthur’s Plough - 2008’ will be performed under professional direction and management by a dozen of the best community actors in Shropshire, accompanied by the “Mere Singers” choir, which is being expanded for the occasion. Anyone wishing to sing in the show should ring Mary Keith on 01948 710 586. To help in any other way, please ring Fordhall Farm on the number below.

There will be at eight performances of the play in the garden at Fordhall Farm itself on the 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th June - and the 2nd 3rd, 4th and 5th July. And there will be four more shows at Home (Organic) Farm, Attingham, Shrewsbury, from July 9th to 12th. All at 7.30pm - we cant wait!

Tickets at £10 (£7.50 concessions) are on sale now on a first-come, first-served basis on 01630 638 696 or www.fordhallfarm.com

Meanwhile the Shropshire comedy group “Three Men in a Bowtie” will be
giving a concert to raise funds for the play at the Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton on Saturday 8th March at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 on 01630 654 444.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Working Weekend

What a fabulous (if a little exhausting!) working weekend we have just had at Fordhall Farm! Approximately 30 people attended on both days, with a few people staying over on the Saturday night. We saw a lot of the dependable regulars, but with a lot of new faces with fresh enthusiasm, in the mix. The weather stayed fine for the majority of the weekend, apart from Sunday when the heavens opened. Loads and loads of jobs were completed, including the lambing barn which is now nearly completed, the chicken shed is clean, re-felted and ready for the chicks, new flower beds, new gate posts and litter bins painted - phew! As well as all this elbow grease, tons of fun was had by all, and lots of new friendships were made. Thank you so much to everyone that came and contributed and for making my first working weekend so fantastic!!

'This is better than the Playstation'
Kian, nearly nine, Stoke.

P.S Tickets for Our play 'Arthur's Plough' will be available from our website very soon!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Working Weekend!

For those of you that don't know, Fordhall Farm is having a volunteer Working Weekend this Saturday and Sunday! We have lots of jobs to do in order to get the Farm spink and span and ready for the spring! We still need more volunteers so if yourself, or anyone else wants to sign up for the weekend (or just one day!) please call me in the office on 01630 638696
- Hannah

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Roll up, Roll up ...get your tickets here!

Ah! I'm just getting in the theatrical mood because on Saturday the 8th March at the Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton we have a night of classic comedy in the form of 'Three Men in a Bowtie' at 7.30 pm. The superb Chris Eldon Lee is producing this night of silly songs and manic monologues, all of which is fantastic fun! Tickets cost £10 from the Festival Drayton Centre. Tickets are going quick so buy them before they sell out, the production is raising funds for our production of 'Arthurs Plough' in the summer. If you want any more information please do not hesitate to call the office on 01630 638696.

See www.threemeninabowtie.co.uk

Monday, February 18, 2008


Jessica Summerton, joined us for three days last week as she worked towards her Duke of Edinburgh award, and she made some fantastic signs for us! We really exploited her amazing artistic skills. Jessica is due to re-join us at Easter for three more days, and hopefully help us some more. I'm sure you will agree that these signs are great and just what Fordhall Farm needed, look out for them next time you visit!
P.S. Don't forget that we have our Lambing weekend coming up on Sunday 16th March.
- Hannah

Friday, February 08, 2008


Just 30 minutes ago some new lambs (technically called hoggets aka teenage lambs!) arrived here at Fordhall! Situated in the field opposite my office window, I have been watching them eagerly munching the grass and suddenly a thought popped into my head - 'This must be like eating in a new restaurant for them.'!
The hungry young hoggets arrived with David Dawson from his organic farm near Nuneaton. He was bringing them in order for Ben to fatten up and sell in our farm shop. Barry the bull is in the same field - but I don't think he is very impressed with his new companions!