AGM 2019 – 30th May, 7:45pm @ The Black Swan, Ashover

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm

Learn how to weave a simple framed basket in willow – 18th 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

Next Meeting – Small Changes for a Big Difference – Jess Eades, Ecologist

Posted on March 26, 2019 at 7:13 pm

Next Meeting – Small Changes for a Big Difference – 28th March 2019.

Next Meeting – Training a Sheepdog

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 9:13 pm

Training a Sheepdog – A demonstration by Robert Helliwell.  To be held at Walton House Farm, Matlock Road, Chesterfield, S42 7LD – Commencing 6:30pm

Staveley Hall – Farmers Market/Craft Fair

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 12:14 pm

Following on from major renovations, Staveley Hall will be holding a farmers market/Craft event where people can sell produce and craft items. These begin in September and the cost of a table is £15. If two are booked together for the first event the second one is free (introductory offer) For more information please contact Chris Roberts, Hall Manager – Staveley Hall Manager or visit their facebook page and post them a message. https://www.facebook.com/Staveley-Hall-1619481028103696/

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.

Sheep Shearing 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Bill Jones will be running a Sheep Shearing Course, details below.

If anyone is interested in attending please email Katy Newman (courses@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk). The cost is £50 for non-members and £35 for members. A minimum of 4 people are required to run the course and a deposit of £20 per person is required by Friday 26th May. Confirmation that the course is going ahead will be given on Monday 29th. Details of payment methods will be confirmed by Katy on booking.

Date: Sunday 4th June 2017
Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm

Location:
Berridge Lane Farm
Highordish
Ashover
S450JY

Clothing:
Foot wear – Old trainers (not wellies or hard boots)
Clothes – Farm practical clothes /fleece if cool(not overalls)
Towel

Refreshments:
Please bring plenty of cool and hot drinks and food for a mid day lunch.

The course is quite physically demanding so prepare for hard graft but a rewarding and fun day!

We are informed that the farm do have general public liability insurance but there is no specific cover for the course so individuals may purchase their own personal insurance should they so wish.

Please note that it may be necessary to cancel the course at short notice if the weather is inclement and the sheep are too soggy!

Ways to stay in touch with us

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm

The best way is to come along to the meetings, more details are on the meetings section of the website. If you aren’t able to make it to a meeting contact details for the committee are available on the contacts page of this site. We also have a facebook page and group.

Facebook page
We post updates from us about changes to meeting and other events such as courses and shows we are involved in on the facebook page. By following the page these updates will appear in your facebook feed keeping you up to date on what’s going on.

Facebook Group
This has been set up as a discussion forum. The more it is used the more useful it will be. The plan is for conversation between members, we hope it will be good for asking advice from the members of Derbyshire smallholders, sourcing stock and services locally and just generally sharing what’s happening on your smallholding. We hope it’ll be a useful resource so give it a try and let us know if it’s working or not.

When you sign up to the group it might take a day or two for us to confirm your request.

Obviously, any advice you may get on the page from other members you follow at your own risk. Please take suitable precautions if you are meeting anyone from the group to buy or sell anything. You will be using the discussion page at your own risk and any opinions posted on the page are that of individuals not the Derbyshire smallholders association.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1731586360431077/