Newsletter 1 - July 2012

The Straw Bale Building

At last the straw bale building is up and running. You can see from the pictures it has taken some time. It has been much admired by everybody who has visited the farm. The interior can be arranged to suit a variety of uses including the provision of education facilities for schools, activity based courses for adults and meetings for local organisations or even for those from further afield who want to escape into the depths of the Shropshire Hills.

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Newcastle on Clun Primary School presented to a group of local organisations arranged by the AONB and we are working hard to build up an education programme and care farming activities – more of that in a later newsletter.  In the meantime the building is also available for hire with courses already booked.

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If you want any more information about education for schools on the farm, group farm tours, courses, care farming or just hiring the straw bale building contact either Trevor Wheeler or Jacky Harrison.

Competition

The straw bale building is light and airy in summer and warm and snug in winter, but up until recently it lacked a name. A recent competition was run to find a great name for the new building. The closing date was 31st August and many entries were received. The prize will be a box of organic meat or veg and a tour round the farm.

Farming

Not much has happened over the past few weeks on the farm as it has rained and rained and rained. This has meant that Paul with a little help from Trevor has done lots of maintenance as well as fencing around the education areas.  We have managed to get in some silage in between the rain and unfortunately lost a calf. The hay meadows look good though, with lots of flowers and red clover and now the sun has come out we should be able to make some hay!

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We have also had two new arrivals – more in the next newsletter.

Accommodation

Buckshead eco cottage still continues to inspire, and provides us with the odd bottle of champagne – a great thank you, plus a bonus as the last visitors also bought as much of our organic meat they could get in their cool bags. See www.buckshead-ecocottage.co.uk.

Events coming up

Aug 11 Upper Clun Wildlife Group, BBQ – contact Jacky Harrison
Aug 16 Land, Life and Livelihoods, Peg Loom Weaving Taster Session – contact Sarah Jameson
Aug 23 Land, Life and Livelihoods, Spinning Taster Session – contact Sarah Jameson
Sep 17 Teacher’s Twilight Meeting – for teacher’s to discover how the national curriculum can be brought alive by a farm visit – contact Jacky Harrison

Contacts

Trevor Wheeler - clunvalleyorganics@googlemail.com or 07799 681134, Brynmawr, Newcastle on Clun, Craven Arms SY7 8QU
Jacky Harrison - jackyharrson51@hotmail.com or 01588 630666
Sarah Jameson - images@sarahjameson.co.uk