Cheshire Smallholders Association

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

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

10.00am start.

David Bromont, who is the acting custodian of Batherton Woods near Audlem has very kindly agreed to put on a short course for CSA members on dead hedging. Those who attended the CSA tour of the woods in May 2017 will remember the hedges David had made in the woods from thinnings that were taken from the trees and undergrowth.

This course is free to CSA members but is limited to 12 attendees. You will need to bring your own personal protective equipment, such as stout footwear and gloves, perhaps a flask, some refreshments and depending on the weather forecast, something to keep yourself dry.

If you are interested, please contact or speak to David Golding on 01270 528790.

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, please join us for a really useful insight into how Katie succeeded. 

26th November 2018 - The allotment growers calendar -
John Bebbington

Please join us at Reaseheath for one of the country's leading growers, who will be helping us plan our endeavours on the holding to create a range of produce for the table.

A winner of no less than ten rosettes for his produce at the Nantwich Show this year, John is literally a legend in his field.

December 2018 - no meeting

28th January 2019 - 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 - 
speaker to be confirmed.

25th March 2019 - 
speaker to be confirmed.

29th April 2019 - 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 the usual Monday meeting

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.

July 2019 - Nantwich Show.

We hope to be at the Nantwich Show again next year 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...!

If all goes to plan, we will again be looking for volunteers for our stands at the Royal Cheshire and Nantwich Shows. If you are interested, 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 in previous years?

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.