Next Meeting – Kate Morrisoe, Crop Nutritionist

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 11:18 am

The next meeting will be on the 26th October at Ashover Parish Hall where Kate Morrisoe will be talking to us about the importance of trace elements in grassland management

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.

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

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

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 – 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 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.

Sheep Shearing Course – 27th May

Posted on May 9, 2018 at 10:08 pm

If anyone is interested in learning how to shear sheep then Bill will be running a course on the 27th May 2018 – contact Katy Newman on for more information.  The cost of the course is £50 per person with a £20 deposit per person required by the 13th of May with the remainder payable in cash on the day of the course.

DSA members are eligible to apply for the smallholding course subsidy of £15 per person.

Time: 09:30am to 16:00pm

Location: Broadholme Farm, Broadholme, Matlock Road, Belper, De56 2JE

Clothing: Foot wear – old trainers (not wellies or hard boots). Clothes – Practical clothes/fleece (no overalls) and a towel.

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

Other considerations: The course is physically demanding so be prepared for hard graft.

We are informed that there is no specific insurance cover for the course so, if needed, please sort this out before attending.

Also be aware that the course may be cancelled at short notice due adverse weather or other factors.


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

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 and I will pass your details on.