Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Community right to buy proposal is 'in jeopardy', warns Locality

A proposed new law to make it easier for community groups to buy land is "in jeopardy" because of widespread misconceptions about how it would work, the community umbrella body Locality has warned.

The community 'right to buy' is one of the major proposals in the Localism Bill, due to be debated by the Lords today.

If this bill existed 5 years ago when Fordhall was in jeapardy, the landowner would have been forced to offer us the opportunity to buy Fordhall. This bill could offer communities thousands of opportunities to retain assets in their ownership for the good of the community.

Watch this space....  More.....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Fair Sunday 26th June

This weekend is Fordhall Community Land Initiative’s biggest event of the year. We are celebrating 5 years in Community Ownership at our North Shropshire organic farm, near Market Drayton, and we are all very excited!

There will be loads of stalls at our Farmers’ Market and activities galore for all the family!

Have a go at fishing on the River Tern or climbing a big old oak tree.  The RAF will be here with a Squirrel Helicopter and keeping things airborne, you can have a go in a beautiful hot air balloon!   
Tony Knight's Hot Air Balloon

 Back down on the ground, we have donkey rides and tractor rides, face painting, sheep shearing, welly wanging, sack races and live music.
A.R Richards tractor trundling around Fordhall Farm

 There will also be the chance to name our brand new bull – so lots to entertain the children...and grandparents! 
Our curious young bull

Ben will be serving delicious hot food and we will be providing organic and local refreshments and cakes in and out of our stunning new tearoom!
So come down, bring your friends and join in the fun for our 5th birthday party!

Sunday 26th June, 10am - 4pm, £3 per person.