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

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!

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.


Change of Speaker – March Meeting

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 10:49 am

Chris Birch from DEFRA will talk about the roles and responsibilities of Smallholder Farming

More details to follow

Lambing Course

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

DATE: Sunday 2nd April 2017
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 on course content.

Cost of the course is £50 per person (non members) or £35 per person (members). All attendees to pay a £20 deposit by Friday 24th March.

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 contacted in person the week beforehand and updates will be posted on the website/facebook.

Feb Meeting Topic Change – Farm to Bistro

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Sadly Gordon Birchover is unwell an unable to come and talk to the meeting. His place is taken by Tim Sidaway who will talk about his experiences “From farm to Bistro”.
Sourcing locally, Tim from Terroir Bistro explains his aims and is looking for producers.
See him on the web @ http://www.terroirbistro.co.uk/

The meeting starts at 20:00 at Ashover Parish Hall http://www.ashoverparishhall.com post code: S45 0BA

We look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it.

Charity looking for help

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

We have been contacted by Dave Ransome from Valley CIDS a childrens charity based in Swanwick

They are working with young people and have a small number of animals to help them engage with life and learn some basic animal husbandry skills.
They are currently looking for a breeding trio of ducks and an entire pygmy billy goat.

If anyone can help please give him a ring on 07949 014025, or send an email to Dave@valleycids.co.uk.

for more information on the charity see http://www.valleycids.co.uk/

March Newsletter Available Here

Posted on March 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm

To read the newsletter press HERE

This years Lambing Course – 2/4/16

Posted on March 24, 2016 at 10:00 am

See courses page for more details

Contacting Sam

Posted on March 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Hi folks,

I am having problems with mobile signal at the moment so may be missing some calls. If you need to contact me please either send me a text message, as they seem to get through, or drop an email to membership@derbyshiresmallholders.co.uk