Learn how to weave a simple framed basket in willow – 20th June

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 9:00 pm

Sally Smith will be teaching attendees hw to make a framed basket

Next Meeting – Iceberg Diseases in Sheep – 25th April

Posted on at 7:57 am

Fay Pooley, Livestock Vet, at Scarsdale Vets will be talking to us about Iceberg Diseases in Sheep

We’re at the Ashover Show – 8th of August – 2018

Posted on August 5, 2018 at 11:10 pm

It will soon be time for the Ashover Show and as usual we have a stand.

This is a great opportunity to bring along your produce to sell on the stand or just simply come along to meet up with other members.

If you do want to sell any produce it would be good to know in advance so we can plan the stand so please email membership@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk and let us know.

As always we will be having the ever popular tomobola, so if you would like to contribute anything bring it along on the day – all donations gratefully received!  This year there will also be a spinner on the stand and Sarah McRow will be bringing along some of her alpacas.

Gates open at 09:00am and details on how you can purchase tickets can be found here. See you on Wednesday!

Picnic and Social Event – 28th June 2018

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 10:06 am
This year Katy Newman will be hosting the picnic at Pear Tree Barn on the outskirts of Brackenfield.  As usual a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided but members should bring along their own food for the picnic.
There will also be the opportunity to visit the alpaca farm across the road where members can take an alpaca for a walk, get up and close to this year’s crias (baby alpacas) or just find out more about these fascinating animals.

AGM – 31st May 2018 – Ashover Parish Hall

Posted on May 29, 2018 at 10:01 pm

The annual AGM will be held at Ashover Parish Hall in the Fabrick Room on the 31st May, all members are welcome to attend and have their say on how the association is run. The meeting will start at 7:30pm promptly with a pie and peas supper being provided after the AGM has finished. Details of the agenda are below and if anyone would like to become a committee member or nominate a committee member then the form for doing so can be downloaded here.

If anyone would like to raise any queries, which will be discussed as part of the AOB element of the meeting, then either email secretary@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk or call Sarah on 07985525598. Agenda

  • Tea and Coffee
  • Notice of AOB
  • Welcome to the meeting
  • Nominations for the committee for next year
  • Apologies and review of the minutes from last year
  • Reports for the year
    • Chairman
    • Treasurer
    • Membership/GDPR
    • Courses/subsidies
  • Looking forward – Chairman’s Summary
  • Voting for next year’s committee
  • AOB topics
  • Close AGM
  • Pie and Pies Supper served

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 31st May.

Fabulous day had by all on the lambing course

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 10:54 am

Despite the cold the recent lambing course was a great success.  Quotes and pictures below:

“I really enjoyed the lambing course today and feel much more confident … Bill was an excellent tutor.”

“Brilliant course, had a great time, learned loads and got plenty of hands on experience … Bill was a wonderful instructor and it was a good group.”

“It was brilliant – lots of hands on practice, about 6 lambings, lots of ‘ringing’.  Bill was great too, a world of knowledge.”

“Arthur had a great day, learnt lots and it was great for his confidence …. he had his hands up a ewe which was his aim for the day!”

“Awesome! Though it was cold we were all very much hands-on and John got to assist – he was like a proud father!”



Change of speaker for April 2018

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

The speaker for the meeting on April 26th has changed, instead of the talk on ‘Renewable Energy’ Fay Pooley from Scarsdale Vets will be in attendance and the subject of her talk will be ‘On the hoof – foot care and maintenance.’

Lost Spectacles

Posted on March 26, 2018 at 10:21 am

If you bought a pair of Muscovy Dicks in the past month or so and lost your spectacles at the same time, you could be in luck.

A pair of spectacles has been found by the vendor, but unfortunately she has “filed” the buyer’s contact details and cannot find them.

If you think they are yours please give Joanna a call, or drop an email to webmaster@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk and I will pass your details on.

2018 Lambing Course – Bill Jones

Posted on February 26, 2018 at 2:44 pm

DATE:Wednesday 11th April 2018

TIME: 9.30am to approximately 4pm

LOCATION: Holmlacy Farm,Tideswell SK178LW

CLOTHING – Please prepare for all weathers (you need to be wrapped up well if it is cold) and wear wellingtons/strong boots

REFRESHMENTS – Please bring your own food and hot/cold drinks


Course will be hands-on experience covering all aspects of lambing management including-
1 preparation for lambing/housing
2 basic anatomy
3 care of new born lamb and care of ewe
4 dealing with difficult and assisted births
5 lamb survival and fostering
6 lamb and ewe tasks
7 common diseases pre and post lambing
8 practical considerations at grass turn-out

This training course is being organised and run by Bill Jones who can be contacted on 07860534209 for further information.

Cost of the course is £50 per person. All attendees to pay a £20 deposit by Monday 26th March. DSA Members will be eligible for a £15 training course subsidy.

To book a place and organise payment of deposits please contact Katy Newman via email – courses@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk or mobile 07801924225.

Please note that no guarantees can be given that live lambing will take place on the day. The farm does have public liability insurance but we are unable to offer additional cover specific to the course – if attendees wish they can take out their own personal insurance.

If numbers are insufficient to run the course attendees will be contact in person the week beforehand and updates will be posted on the website/facebook.

Wanted – Ewe Scanning

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Does anyone know someone who would scan 4 ewes (for lambs) in the Buxton area. If you have any ideas please email them to webmaster@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk and I will pass them on.