Cheshire Smallholders Association

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Event diary
Next meetings 
2018 - 2019 dates for your diary.

Mr Johnson, please contact us! - You sent your subsription to our treasurer via the bank but we haven't had your membership form, so we don't know who you are! Can you please email the treasurer so we can keep in touch?

Thanks -

3rd December 2018 - SOCIAL EVENT - Skittles evening at Bickerton Poacher.

Kevin has recovered from last year’s success at the CSA bowling "championships" at the Bickerton Poacher and I’m reliably informed that he's been limbering up for this year’s defence of his title, when we will be having a two course carvery meal from the Christmas menu (vegetarian options are available) followed by light hearted conversation, jokes of questionable taste and a bowling tournament in the Bickerton Poacher’s skittles alley.

You don’t need any bowling skills to participate, please join us for a nice relaxing evening to ease into the 2018 festive season. The cost is 14 per head, which includes our exclusive use of the alley for the evening. 

If you are interested, please call Neil on 01928 789800.

5th or 12th January 2019 - TRAINING DAY - Pig butchery.

We have firmed up the one day pig butchery course in January 2019 and the course will be held on either Saturday 5th or 12th January, based on the preference of attendees.

This will be an opportunity to find out how to produce the best cuts of meat and there will also be the chance to try your hand at sausage making, always good, messy fun, like “The Generation Game"!!. The course will be led by the excellent Karol Bailey, who is not only very knowledgeable but extremely entertaining, with many awards over the years for her Holly Tree Farm Shop at Tabley.

The cost will be 75 per person for the day, this is after a subsidy of 25 per person from CSA and includes the cost of the meat.  Ingredients for any sausages will be additional and payable to Karol on the day. The course will be strictly limited to a maximum of 4 people. If you are interested in attending, then in the first instance…

...please email as soon as possible…

...clearly indicating which of the 2 possible dates, 5th January or 12th January are suitable for you.  Once the date is selected, a deposit of 25 will be required per person to secure the booking, please note this is not refundable for a “no-show” on the day. We will contact the interested members directly with further details.

28th January 2019 - Jen Quayle - Ask the Vet.

...with our longstanding and loyal supporter, the superb Jen Quayle B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S. from Rose Cottage Veterinary Centre.

25th February 2019 - 
Katie Lowe, Heathfield Orchards.

Katie has kindly agreed to cover orchard management and pruning, relevant whether you have one fruit tree or dozens. Katie works at Heathfield Orchards in Tarvin and also runs successful practical events.

Katie will be covering pruning, planting, management, grafting and giving some insight into the orchards that exist in Cheshire.

25th March 2019 -
Sarah Tomlinson, Board member, TB Advisory Service.

This may be one of the most emotive evenings that CSA have hosted at Reaseheath, but we aim to cut through the passionate beliefs on both sides of the TB topic, for an informed discussion about the facts.

This is a very challenging subject for some members on both sides of the debate, notably in relation to the badger cull, so we would ask that attendees are sensitive to the views and feelings of others, who may approach the issue from a different perspective than their own.

Please also be mindful that although Sarah is a board member of TBAS, she does not have a policy setting role - she is a technical adviser who is coming to provide us with information and a Q&A.

29th April 2019 - Tony Seymour - Pond creation and field margins.

We hope to be joined this evening by Tony Seymour from The Farm Environment Ltd who design and deliver environmental measures on farms, estates and smallholdings in the UK and beyond.  Tony provides advice and help with projects like ponds, wildflowers, pollen & nectar mixes, field margins and hedges.  Join us this evening for a presentation by Tony about his work and a question and answer session.

Tuesday 21st May 2019 - Site visit to Riverside Organic, Whatcroft, Cheshire.  

Please note - Tuesday, not Monday.

Riverside Organic is a family run farm, wholesalers, farm shop, and cafe in Whatcroft, Cheshire.  Founded in 1966, in more ways than one they have grown and grown, catering for local residents, providing wholesale goods to customers around the country and delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to front doors.

We hope to confirm soon the presentation, tour and meal with one of the partners, Simon Bennett, BSc AEMM.  The meal will be approximately 10 per person and we have suggested to Simon a slightly earlier arrival time of 7.00pm.

Shipbrook Hill Farm, Whatcroft, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 7RH

Tuesday 18th / Wednesday 19th June 2019 - Royal Cheshire Show.

We hope to be at the Royal Cheshire Show again; our county's premier agricultural show.

Wednesday 31st July 2019 - Nantwich Show.

We will be at the Nantwich Show again in the Countryside pursuits area - please come and visit us at the show which hosts the superb international cheese awards - it's a cracker...We'll be putting on the Ritz...!

We will again be looking for volunteers for our stands at the Royal Cheshire and Nantwich Shows. If you are a member and interested in helping out, please contact David.

If you are an existing member and interested in joining the committee, please contact David.

All meetings 7.30pm for 8.00pm at Reaseheath - see 'Lectures' link above.

Event diary
What's happened previously?

30th September 2018 - Human / Wildlife conflict in the UK - Dr Adam Caris.

Adam is a passionate supporter of wiildlife initiatives and is presently employed at Chester Zoo.  An informative presentation with some useful practical wildlife tips.

20th October 2018 - Dead hedging course – David Bromont.

David Bromont, the acting custodian of Batherton Woods near Audlem kindly put on a short course for CSA members on dead hedging.

29th October 2018 -  Keeper's Cottage Produce - Katie.

Katie is based at Reasehaeath for part of the week, but her other passion is Keeper's Cottage Produce.  Katie has made a name for herself keeping poultry and pigs and now has a thriving small business.

This is a link to Katie's Facebook page.

26th November 2018 - The allotment grower's year - John Bebbington.

A winner of dozens of rosettes for his produce at the Nantwich Show this year, John is a legend in his field and he gave us a presentation on the allotment year.

 2017 - 2018 lecture series

2016 - 2017 lecture series

2015 - 2016 lecture series

2014 - 2015 lecture series

2013 - 2014 lecture series

A very warm welcome to you from the Cheshire Smallholders Association.

We are a dynamic and enthusiastic group of small scale and hobby farmers, horse enthusiasts and countryside lovers. 

We were established in the 1980's and the livestock interests of our members include sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, chickens, ducks and geese, 

Some also keep horses and ponies, and others have kept llamas and alpacas. 

Other interests include bees, fruit and vegetable cultivation and land management.

Please contact us for more information on joining the association or for any other enquiries

We hold regular meetings throughout the Autumn, Winter and Spring - Please see the "Lectures" tab for details of how to get to one of our regular meetings.

We are always keen to meet new members who share our interests and passion. 

Our forthcoming events are listed on this page and to give you an idea of the sort of events that we have run in the past, please see the links at the bottom of the page.