Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

With Best wishes from new piglets, Hamish, George and all at Fordhall

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas wishes to everyone


Well 2009 has been another fantastic year for Fordhall. Despite the recession the farm shop has remained busy and the Fordhall Community Land Initiative (FCLI) has received over 6000 visitors at its events.

George (our resident cade lamb) has entertained us a lot this year, whether he was trying to help in the office or even help Ben with Christmas orders - of which there were many, infact double last year. Of course this was extremely positive, but it also resulted in a lot of stress for Ben and his team (Chris, Steve, Hugo, Dale, Josh, Kevin, Charlotte) as they gathered boxes, three bird roasts, gammons and turkeys, carefully checking to ensure that every customer received the correct order!

Simultaneously, work on the farmhouse roof continues.... It was supposed to be complete by the end of the year, but as you'd expect with old buildings more problems were uncovered as we went along. There is one final roof on the right of the house to repair which we hope this will be complete early in the New Year.

The photo on the right shows the roof earlier this week. Thankfully all the tiles are now on and we are watertight for the Christmas break (we hope). No insulation yet, but we are hopeful that it is not too far away.

We would like to again pass on a big thank you to all who have supported us through 2009. Whether it be through the farm shop, the FCLI's events or our appeals (such as the roof appeal). It is only through your support that we are here today. Thank you for choosing to buy local and for choosing to be part of 'your' farm.

We hope that you will continue to be part of Fordhall Farm through 2010 as Ben continues to build up the farm and his catrering enterprise, and as the community trust continues to develop the farm as a community and educational asset. We will also begin to develop our old farm buildings (The Old Dairy) into a classroom, office space, tearoom and a new farm shop and butchery for Ben. It will be an exciting year with a lot to organise, but we are sure it will all be worth it.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2010 and sharing the journey with you all.

Charlotte, Ben and George :-)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Calendars now REDUCED just £8! Merry Christmas!

Well, this is my last blog of 2009 so I'm signing off and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Just to let you know that the Fordhall 2010 calendars have now been reduced to just £8 - perfect for those last minute stocking fillers! These can be purchased in the Fordhall Farm shop!

See you in 2010.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fordhall office staff venture outdoors...

Yes thats right, Charlotte (FCLI Manager), Hannah (Community Development Officer, pictured below) and Becca (Admin Officer, pictured above) decided it was time they took a day out of the office to help progress the farm trail. Perhaps the middle of winter was not the best time to do it, but if thats when the work needs doing, thats what has to be done!

The job for the day was helping to complete the boardwalk and we were accompanied by one of our capable volunteers, Steve. We all worked extremely hard, through the cold and into the dark and we were all happy to say that a further 10 metres of boardwalk was laid, making it almost now complete.

Together with the remainder of the improvements on the farm our NEW FARM TRAIL, with the help of some Heritage Lottery funding and the fantastic support of our members, will be open in the Spring of 2010... all very exciting!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Seedy Saturday and a Rumble in the Jumble!

Fordhall hosts it's first ever renewal and recycling event! A jumble sale and a community seed swap!

..........How exciting does that sound?!

We need your help though- Have you got any jumble you could give us? We are looking for clothes, bags, shoes and accessories as well as of course bric a brac, curtains, and linen etc..... We can collect locally or will take collections in the farm shop. Please help us to make a success of this event, we will be very grateful.

Also of course we will be holding our first ever community seed swap which is where you can come along and swap (or just pick up for a small donation) lots of seeds to go home and plant! It's a great chance to get some seeds for 2010 and let other people appreciate what you grow every year!

Please, please put this event in your diaries and tell your friends and family all about it! Please help us to make this event a huge success!

This event takes place at the Beacon Community Centre in Market Drayton on the 6th February 2010 at 10am with all funds raised going towards the ongoing work of the FCLI. To enter costs just 50p!
If you would like us to collect jumble/ seeds please call Hannah on 01630 638696 or email


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Did you notice our deliberate mistake in the newsletter?!

For everyone that subscribes to our newsletter, did you spot the, ahem DELIBERATE mistake on the future events page?!

Our 2010 Summer Fair and Beer Festival is in fact the 3rd and 4th of JULY (the same weekend that it normally is) not what is printed in the newsletter

Sorry for any confusion!

If of course you don't get the newsletter and would like to subscribe to it please contact Hannah in the office on 01630 638696.