Next Meeting – Moles – Traps and Trapping – Martin ‘Greg’ Gregory – 28th November 2019

Posted on November 23, 2019 at 9:08 pm

Next Meeting – Egg production and Showing – Harold and Brenda Baker – 31st October 2019

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 8:52 pm

Next Meeting – An introduction to Permaculture – September 26th, 2019

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Ryan Sandford-Blackburn, Strategic Communications Co-ordinator, Permaculture Assoc.

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

Posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm

Next Meeting – Iceberg Diseases in Sheep – 25th April

Posted on April 23, 2019 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

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 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 ( 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

Berridge Lane Farm

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

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!