Friday, January 22, 2010

Don't forget the Fordhall Jumble Sale.....

We are hoping for a great morning on February 6th, raising lots of money for the FCLI so please pop it in your diaries now (if it isn't already there!). It all begins at 10am at the Beacon Community Centre in Market Drayton.

If you are interested in helping us out and donating any jumble that you may have - please let us know, we can collect locally. Call Hannah on 01630 638696 or email


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The snow continues at Fordhall

As the cold weather continues, Fordhall is yet again under snow. The animals have developed lovely winter coats and so they are all taking the cold weather well. They also have our woodlands for additional shelter.

The hardest hit seem to be the pigs. They have been able to keep warm with straw beds in their arcs, but their water troughs have not been so lucky. With cold temperatures the water has frozen. Ben had to take a crow bar to it last week as the ice was too thick to break with your hands. Since then we have painted the south side of the troughs in black, in the hope that the morning sun will warm the trough enough to keep the ice at bay - and so far it seems to be working :-)

With frozen pipes we are carrying many buckets a day to ensure the livestock have plenty of fresh water. However, the farm does look beautiful in the snow and despite the cold it is a lovely time of year to be outdoors.

We hope the rest of you are not suffering too much in the cold weather and are now used to wearing plenty of layers!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Snowy days at Fordhall (oh, and Fordhall calendars now half price!)

Well, It's been a cold week here at Fordhall (but very pretty!) so I thought I would share with you a few photographs that Charlotte took yesterday.
Also - it's the 'Fordhall January Sale'strong> !!
We still have some of our fantastic 2010 calendars left and they are now reduced to just £5 plus £1 P&P (They were £10 + £1). All calendars have fantastic images of Fordhall on and are guaranteed to brighten up your January!
To purchase a calendar and support Fordhall, please call the office on 01630 638696 for more details. Thank you. Hannah

Monday, January 04, 2010

Introducing the FCLI 2010 team.

Happy New Year!
As requested by many blog readers, here is your introduction to the FCLI team. So what better way to do it than through my very first blog of 2010!

Below you will find pictures of the lovely team along with a brief overview of everyone's roles within the FCLI.

Charlotte Hollins -The FCLI Manager.
What do I do for the FCLI? - Manage the finances, organise strategic direction for the FCLI and keep the others in check!
My hobbies outside of work - Working in the farm shop (!) and cooking lovely food - apart from baking...I'm rubbish at that!
My favourite thing about working for the FCLI - Developing Fordhall into a wonderful asset.

Hannah Saunders - Community Development Officer
What do I do for the FCLI? - Organise all the lovely volunteers, organise events, fundraise and lots lots more.
My hobbies outside of work - reading Heat magazine (I am celebrity obsessed,) planning my wedding and spending time with my lovely family
My favourite thing about working for the FCLI - The sheer generosity of our supporters and their willingness to see the initiative succeed.

Becca Cartwright - Admin Officer
What do I do for the FCLI? - Open all your post, deal with any shares that may come through and whatever else comes through that day!
My hobbies outside of work - Belly dancing, life guarding (which is my second job)and I do love drinking Rose!
My favourite thing about working for the FCLI - Seeing the change that can be made when people work together.

Sharon Jones - Grants Officer
What do I do for the FCLI - I write lots about Fordhall's vision for the future, and talking and reading lots too!
My hobbies outside of work - Um, not found the time for hobbies lately, except partying but I plan to join the sailing club asap!
My favourite thing about working for the FCLI - Working at and visiting the farm.

I hope you enjoyed this blog - anything else you would like to know - just ask!
Please remember that our jumble sale is on Saturday 6th February 2010 and we are still appealing for jumble. Please contact 01630 638696 if you can help. Thank you.