Monday, June 29, 2009

Fordhall prepares for the Summer Fair

All this week Fordhall Farm is busy preparing for it's biggest event of the year!
Our famous Summer Fair takes place this weekend and this years event will not disappoint. All day from 11am -4pm, we are chocoblock with so many fun activities for everyone to take part in.

Activities include tree climbing, farmers' market, fishing on the River Tern, live theatre, the RAF helicopter, live music, donkeys, archery and much much more.

New this year we also have have Chickens and Centre Court - Fordhall does Wimbledon! Where we are showing the tennis final in the Fordhall Garden with fresh strawberries and cream and Pimms and lemonade available. How could you refuse?!

Please come and show us your support and enjoy a great day out. Admission costs just £5 per car (regardless of how many people you squeeze in!)and it is guaranteed to be a great day out for all the family - tell everyone! (Admission is free if you walk,cycle or use public transport.)

See you there...... Hannah

Friday, June 26, 2009

Charlotte helped to Launch Morgan Awards 2009

After winning the Morgan Foundation Awards in the 'Against All Odds' category in 2008, Charlotte was asked to help launch the 2009 round. Founded by Steve Morgan, founder of Redrow Development and Chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, the foundation aims to offer funding for small to medium sized organisations who are addressing specific needs in these regions. They are particularly keen to support those who have already begun to make an impact, but need a helping hand to expand their work and increase their effectiveness.

Every year the foundation run awards for entrepreneurship, with many categories. Last year the Fordhall Community Land Initiative, entered and against stiff conpetition we won!

It was an amazing achievement to win the award, which has provided vital funds for the renovation of the old farm buildings at Fordhall Farm. Architects have now been commissioned and surveys are being completed to allow the project to move forward to planning permission.

Charlotte said "we are extremely grateful to Steve and the Morgan Foundation. Winning the awards has given the FCLI encouragement it needed to progress and invest in our infrastructure. The hope is that by the end of next summer we will have a classroom space, local food tearoom, offices and toilet facilities. We currently have only 2 yurts and a compost loo, which are fine for the moment, but I think we may need something a little more permanent and flexible for the future."

If anyone is interested in applying for the awards take a look at their website

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Adventures of George Part Five

Baaah! What a great week – it’s been so nice and warm so far this week that I am so energetic, I just had to help out and what an exciting week.
Ben is giving the farm shop a revamp and it is really looking great. Charlotte, Ben, Chris (who volunteers and helps Ben) and Frederick, who is an student from France have all been working really hard and I am sure you will like the changes that they have made. I tried my best to help with the changes but sometimes I look like I am about to have a little accident and Charlotte tells me to get out. Oh dear!
Why not come and check out the shop this weekend (and see me too of course!)
See you next week

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Adventures of George Part Four

Hi there,
George here again. Sorry I missed the blog last week, but after all the rain over the weekend and all the work that got done at the working weekend - I felt like my hooves needed a rest. Anyway...Ben is back from his hols now and I was so excited to see him that I felt like I had to throw all my energy into helping him on the farm. Ben spent part of the day yesterday on his quad bike rounding up the cows. He was moving the pregnant cows into another paddock so that he can keep an eye on them a bit better. I tried my best to help but got very tired at the bottom of the field so I had to be brought back up on the quad bike (as you can tell).
Please come back next week and see what I have been up then.

George...with a little help from Hannah

Monday, June 08, 2009

Recovering from a damp but fantastic working weekend at Fordhall Farm.....

After a fantastic (but wet!) volunteer weekend at Fordhall Farm everyone is now dry and happy after a really hardworking few days. Although the rain didn't stop all weekend, so many fantastic jobs got started and completed including lots of jobs on the farm trail, some fabulous new benches, a handrail on the Motte and Bailey site and some great conservation work plus lots, lots more.

Stayed tuned for George's update on Wednesday....!

The next working weekend is the 16th August - 17th August, if you would like to sign up for this please email me on


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The Adventures of George ...Part Three....Preparing for the Working Weekend

...baah! As most of you know this weekend is the Fordhall Farm Working Weekend and as we have got people attending from all over the country I thought I better make an early start. So today I started collecting some of the tools that will be needed over the weekend. ....It's tough work but hopefully the hardworking volunteers will appreciate from my kind gesture. Not only is this weekend a working weekend but it is also Open Farm Sunday. This means that the farm is open to the public to enjoy a superb Fordhall BBQ (although as a lamb I am not going to linger on the thought of this!)a bug hunt for children and a guided walk at 12pm. This event is free and can come and say hi to me too!Bonus! Baaaaa!

If anyone reading this would liken to volunteer at a future volunteer working weekend please contact my good friend Hannah on 01630 638696 or email