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Newsletter No 18

It’s our first newsletter of the year, and we wish everyone a great year. We want to also say a big “hello” to all our new followers, and there are many. Thank you.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING ON THE FARM

This time of the year it is always wet and muddy on the farm, but this year is it exceptional. Some of the pregnant cows are still eating haylage in the fields and can take shelter under the huge hedges if they wish. They are a breed called “South Devon”, and so as a native breed, grow a thick woolly coat.

Some of the cows have calved, safely, and all are doing well. These are the first calves by our new bull “Romany”. They are born small, and grow quickly, and we are very pleased with them.

The pigs don’t want to be left out either, and our first litter is already here, and we have about 3 left to sell, I think.

Romany, looking proud

NEWS ON THE CAMP SITE

Although returned to a horse paddock in October, it will be brought back into a good field for campers, and in particular for campers wanting to hire A WHOLE FIELD just to themselves, for their friends, family and special occasions.

More information is on our Blog No 17 and our camping page.

The next big projects are:

NEW water treatment system, in preparation for showers (hopefully) next year

and NEW cabinets to house electric plugs so you can charge your devices, safely, in a locked cabinet.

Enquiries are to beef@parkhillfarm.co.uk in the first instance, and dates are only saved once a deposit is received!

NEWS OF THE FARM MEAT

Our first beef of the year has arrived, and the website shop has been updated. Some popular cuts are selling out, so put in your order please. A minimum order of £60 gets you free delivery within a 30 mile radius. Following this, the next deliveries will be in April. Pork is not on the website, but if you wish to order, please let us know by email to beef@parkhillfarm.co.uk.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS

Onwards and upwards towards lighter nights and Spring when we welcome back our EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES. With 25 FREE of charge visits here for children under 16, we look forward to hearing from schools how we can bring their “curriculum to life” with pond dipping, habitat trails, animal tours all geared to your class! Teachers are able to book a “block of lessons”if they wish – in the past this has been used by SEND teachers.

Best wishes for the coming month from John and Pat

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Newsletter No 15

PIGS FOR SALE

We have 2 litters for sale as at the 13th October 2022, with 12 gilts between them. All are offered for sale as we are keeping the boars.

Born in July 22 out of Dandy sows, by Jack and Alistair boars, all are birth notified to the breed society, vaccinated, wormed, electric fence trained, outdoor reared and ready to go. Email enquiries to beef@parkhillfarm.co.uk please. Some are good enough to register as breeding gilts. Feel sure one of the boars would be good enough to register if you are wanting one to bring on to breed with..

For additional information see 5 gilts for sale and 7 gilts for sale

Many thanks for looking, and please share if you can.

Some of the litter
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Camping Information – Post No 17

CAMPERS WELCOME PACK

CONTACT Tel 0745 0358 812  – PAT PIMLOTT

Dear Camper

We are so happy that you are thinking of coming to us.

OPENING TIMES

WE ARE OPEN 1ST JUNE TO THE 30TH SEPTEMBER INCLUSIVE.

Book before hand or up to 8pm on the same day, and see if we have room for you.

A little bit about your stay here

  • It’s a grass 60 pitch site, with plenty of space,
  • A fresh water tap is supplied,
  • Somewhere to pour your grey water away,
  • Elsan point with hose pipe,
  • A flushable toilet and
  • Recycling and rubbish bins. 
  • Portaloos are also hired in, being cleaned and emptied each week.

We keep the grass mowed for you, to make your visit more enjoyable, and it’s a lovely quiet site, next door to a special site of special interest (SSSI) woodland.

If your fire pit is off the ground, you are welcome to have one, but please park the other side of the camp site from the wood.  We can’t risk a spark setting off this ancient woodland with rare dormice in it, rare plants and rare butterflies.

We will be on site to welcome you, and can open the shop on most days and evenings  – days – mornings between 0800 and 0830, again in the evening after 6.30pm or if we know a preferred time, we will do our best to open then.  We can sell:-

  • Burgers
  • Frozen Sausages
  • Bacon
  • Eggs
  • Semi Skimmed Milk
  • Bread
  • Cereals

We can take credit card in the shop, providing the internet signal is good enough!  We may not be on site for some of the time.

We can:

  • Provide a barbecue for you if you wish
  • Charge mobile phones/battery packs for you in the house,
  • and put your icepacks into the freezer overnight, if this helps, but we won’t be able to hand them back to you outside the shop hours as we may go off site ourselves.

We can’t:

  • Have any vehicle over 6m long, and no caravans
  • Loud music because of our neighbours after 11 pm
  • We may struggle with a Saturday check in but we can discuss this depending upon your date

The pigs are close by, and please note they have a LIVE electric fence inside the outer fencing.  This is marked up, but please be careful.  Pig bites can be fatal, so do not put your hands through the wire.          The pigs are fed by my husband only, but you are welcome to watch them as much as you like.

The horses are close by.  All horses bite, so be wary, and we would advise you to keep away from them if possible.  They are not pets.           Please don’t feed the horses human food.  Some ponies, on Facebook, have died from having human food, or by choking, so please don’t feed them, they are much loved by us.

Our prices

  • Don’t include clearing up excessive amounts of rubbish left behind, so we will be charging a £200 deposit to cover any untidy campers.  Fully refundable if you are clean and tidy!!

THINGS TO DO

  • Get some well earned rest!  Enjoy some peace and quiet.
  • There are walks in the wood, just photograph your turns, so that you can get back, or see if you can get the What 3 Words App to work on your phone.  My phone says the farm house is  “unwell.thighs.boots” but I haven’t tried to navigate with this!
  • Listen to the bird song – it’s beautiful and you may even be able to identify the birds.
  • Walk through the woods to Loggerheads –  The Loggerheads Pub is there.  It’s a straight walk through, but take your photos.  The pub does lunches, and has outside seating.  The Co-Op has a shop and there is Mandalay  a Chinese Takeaway (which does chips) but only takes cash.  Mandalay – Loggerheads Takeaway is on Facebook and their telephone number is 01630 673 123.  The Lodge India Restaurant at Loggerheads does dine in, takeaway and delivery – see www.lodgeindiaonline.co.uk or call 01630 673609.
  • Enjoy the pigs – we may  have a litter of baby piglets born, if so they are tiny and very cute. 
  • Take a walk down our lovely drive and turn left at the bottom.  Follow the road into the woodland and turn left at the roadside.  You will come into Loggerheads.  A great walk, and perhaps a pub lunch at the end.

There are plenty of places to visit locally if you wish to drive

  • Market Drayton is the closest town for Morrisons and the public swimming baths.
  • Chester is about 1 hour away.
  • Shrewsbury is about 30 mins away with its beautiful grass and river area called The Quarry.
  • Trentham Gardens has a great shopping experience and cafe, as has
  • Bridgemere Garden centre, both less than 20 mins away. 
  • Hodnet Hall gardens and the Dorothy Clive Gardens are particularly beautiful.
  • For children try the Trentham Gardens Monkey Forest! 
  • National Trust properties include
    • Shugborough and
    • Attingham Park which are both less than one hour away,

We look forward to seeing you.

Best wishes Pat and John Pimlott

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Newsletter No 16

CAMP SITE NEWS

Camping

We are open for tents and camper vans under 6 m long. There is no suitable access for any towed vehicles due to the narrow lane and hairpin bends on the farm drive.

LARGE GROUPS, SUCH AS VW GROUPS, WELCOME.

YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS GET THE SITE ALL TO YOURSELF – Yes, that is right, we offer “exclusive” camping for you and your group.*

We are only 10 minutes away from our local town, Market Drayton by car, but once you are here, you will probably just “veg” out and have a complete rest, or entertain the children safely.

Let them see the pigs each day, and there may even be some little ones for you to see. There will be cows and calves as well, and Basil the pony will say “hello” we are sure of that!

FACILITIES are basic, but the venue is so beautiful

  • A 60 camping pitch field ALL to yourselves
  • Pitch by a woodland and feel calm
  • Portaloos and a flushing loo only
  • Cold water tap in the camping field
  • Elsan disposal unit
  • Dog friendly, but pick up after them
  • Child friendly
  • 15 Minute woodland walk to pub, shops, and takeaway
  • Recycling bins
  • Space to ride your push bikes safely
  • Children’s activities during the week only, include Pond Dipping and Feeding the Animals. Small charge applies
  • Basic farm shop selling cereals, milk, eggs, bacon, sausage and home grown STEAK
  • Fire pits allowed

NO EHU – sorry

Camp Site next to a SSSI Woodland

ENQUIRIES TO beef@parkhillfarm.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS UPDATE

Happy Christmas to you all, and what a year we all have had. Next year will have it challenges, but let’s enjoy what is left of 2022 first.

NEWS FROM THE FARM SHOP

We are delivering the beef this week to our regular customers, but if your plans change at the last minute, we do have some beef roasting joints available. Just call John on 07966 460312 to discuss, as the shop is only a collection centre at the moment.

NEWS FROM THE FARM

It’s back to late nights, and cold ones at that, as we start to calve. We calve right through to May 2023, so not all the calves are born in this cold weather.

NEWS FROM THE CAMP SITE

At long last, the camp site has full permission to be open from June to September, and there is a page on our website covering what we do. The neighbours hired solicitors to stop our small, friendly, farm site, but fortunately the Planning Committee put in safe guards to make the road safer. It’s a win win for us and for the neighbours – and a safer approach road.

2023 FARM SHOP NEWS

The website will take orders for delivery in February 2023, ready for the first week of February. Any supplies in January 2023 will be from the freezer. A bit of a rest for us!!

This picture shows the new born calf with it’s mum “Spotty”. A lovely reminder of how farming keeps renewing. Hopefully all new mothers will take to their calves as well as Spotty!

THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year, and we hope to see you again in 2023. Happy Christmas everyone, from John and Pat with all our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

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Newsletter No 15

PIGS FOR SALE

We have 2 litters for sale as at the 13th October 2022, with 12 gilts between them. All are offered for sale as we are keeping the boars.

Born in July 22 out of Dandy sows, by Jack and Alistair boars, all are birth notified to the breed society, vaccinated, wormed, electric fence trained, outdoor reared and ready to go. Email enquiries to beef@parkhillfarm.co.uk please. Some are good enough to register as breeding gilts. Feel sure one of the boars would be good enough to register if you are wanting one to bring on to breed with..

For additional information see 5 gilts for sale and 7 gilts for sale

Many thanks for looking, and please share if you can.

Some of the litter
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Newsletter No 14

WELCOME

A very warm welcome to all our followers and to our new followers. It’s getting to that time of year when people order extra beef and pork from us, so start having those conversations about “who is cooking” on the big day!

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING ON THE FARM and BEYOND

It’s that time, when cows need to be checked and fed special minerals if they are calving before Christmas.  John has a calendar of expected dates, so some of those extra jobs need to be done.  Hedge cutting, clearing the drive, making new doors, and patching the roof have all been done, but more jobs are still waiting to be started. 

On the accreditation side, we successfully had our Red Tractor Audit, and passed, with the proviso that we needed to replace 3 panes of cracked glass. We also had a clear bTB test, which I am so thankful for.  Nothing hurts more than seeing the girls going off because they have become innocent victims of this disease. Lastly, we also had a clear set of blood tests on the cows, so they are not harbouring any viruses or diseases that could be detected.

THE SHOW SEASON IS OVER

It’s hard to believe, but our catering and selling of fresh meat at shows in 2022 is almost over. This means it’s Christmas light switch ons, private party catering, and generally winding down as we reach the end of the year. Sounds idyllic, but in reality we will still be very busy with customers, and the farm of course.

FREE SCHOOL VISITS AVAILABLE FROM MAY 2023

Yes, it’s hard to believe, but we are offering free school visits, starting in May 2023. Natural England allow us 25 free visits per year, so please get in touch to see if we can help your school next year. Pond dipping is almost always the favourite activity, followed by stroking the pigs and cats.

LAST ORDER DATES

We have updated the website SO YOU SHOULD be able to order through it! A few gremlins crept in when we changed our website designer, so apologies to those who experienced difficulties. 

All the quarter pigs sold, but if it’s pork you need, you should contact us asap by email at beef@parkhillfarm.co.uk  We only have so many pigs/beef animals available before late November. Late November will almost certainly be our last abattoir date as the butcher has his own meat to get ready for the 23rd   December.

We go to Stone Farmers Market on the 5th November, so if possible we would like to receive orders by the 25th October so our butcher can cut the joints for you. Gammons take 3 weeks to cure, so please let us know asap about your gammon orders.

DON’T FORGET

IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE CUT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR on our website, you are very welcome to email beef@parkhillfarm.co.uk, or telephone/text John on 07966 460312 We will get it sorted for you!

 3 Pigs to Devon

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY   

Above are the special piglets that were 3 of the 4 pigs we took to Devon to start a breeding herd.  Their new owners are international chefs who have bought a small holding, and wanted rare breed pigs. 

They already have rare breed cattle on site, and John and I managed to get a night away on their farm, a paddle in the sea, and enjoy a lovely meal outside, overlooking the beach.  We were so lucky the weather held for us.  We think it is our first meal in a restaurant by the seaside since we got married.

EXPECTED DELIVERY DATES in NOVEMBER 2022

As usual, our free-of-charge home deliveries will take place after the farmers markets in November, (possibly on the 6th) and orders can be collected from the farm after the 7th, or from the Stone Farmers Market on the 5th Nov.

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Newsletter No13

WELCOME

A very warm welcome to all our followers and to our new followers. Its a brand new month and we are working hard on the farm, and at events as well.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING ON THE FARM and BEYOND

We have also had some lovely little piglets recently. 15 Were born, 2 didn’t make the night, and one has sadly passed away, so Dandy has excelled herself. We have never had such a big litter before.

We also welcomed Ellie as a residential work experience student. She lives in France, but is English. We had a great week with Ellie, who is hoping to become a vet, studying in the UK. Sadly for us, the new Visa arrangements do not allow students to come here from the EU (except English Passport holders) unless they earn at least £26,000 pa. We had a nice reply from our MP about this, and we don’t see this changing in the future.

APRIL’S SPECIAL OFFERS AND LAST ORDER DATES

I have updated the website with some special offers. see https://parkhillfarm.co.uk/farm-shop/meatboxes/ – We prefer orders through the website and if it’s over £50 we deliver for free. This month we will be delivering those orders on the 3rd April all being well.

From the END of April, we will be delivering 1/4 pigs, which are on the website. We can substitute the belly meat for sausages if you prefer. It’s a good deal, and we won’t be doing it for very long.

If you wish to set up a standing order for meat, then please get in touch, and we will put it to one side before we go to Stone Farmers Market on the 2nd April. If possible we would like to receive orders by the 28th March, so our butcher can cut the joints for you.

IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE CUT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, you are very welcome to email beef@parkhillfarm.co.uk, or telephone/text John on 07966 460312. We will get it sorted for you!

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

Above is Ellie with one of the piglets born just before she arrived. All have found homes this time, and we are looking forward to more farrowings this year.

VACANCY

We will be needing extra staff this year, as so many events clash. If you know a young person or someone looking for occasional work, who is hard working, polite, and wanting an occasional job on a Saturday/Sunday, then please get in touch by email. The work is mainly over the summer holidays, and sporadic, but transport and uniform are provided.

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Newsletter No 12

WELCOME

A very warm welcome to all our followers and to our new followers. Its a brand new year, and we have already had most of January working on the farm as opposed to working with the meat.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING ON THE FARM and BEYOND

It’s the time of year that the cows calve. However, despite John having a few sleepless nights, we have had the builder in, and a new shed is being built to keep the younger animals in during the winter.

FEBRUARY’S SPECIAL OFFERS AND LAST ORDER DATES

I have updated the website with some special offers. We have put 3 of the meat boxes on special offer so check out https://parkhillfarm.co.uk/farm-shop/meatboxes/ – and we have also put topsides and stewing steak on offer. Make the most of Covid being nearly over and see your friends for a home cooked meal. We prefer orders through the website and if it’s over £50 we deliver for free. This month we will be delivering those orders on the 6th February all being well.

If you have a standing order with us for meat, we will continue to deliver until we hear from you. If you wish to set up a standing order for meat, then please get in touch, and we will put it to one side before we go to Stone Farmers Market on the 5th February. If possible we would like to receive orders by the 25th January, so our butcher can cut the joints for you.

IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE CUT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, you are very welcome to email beef@parkhillfarm.co.uk, or telephone/text John on 07966 460312. We will get it sorted for you!

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

Above are the special set of twins, both heifers, and both so feisty. Being the size of a large Labrador, they were quite small, which was lucky, as they were born during that very bad storm, when John wasn’t here. Gypsy, who is our oldest cow aged 15, brought herself into the strawed barn, and when I went outside, they were both there, with Gypsy looking absolutely mystified.

VACANCY

We will be needing extra staff this year, as so many events clash. If you know a young person, who is hard working, polite, and wanting an occasional job on a Saturday, then please get in touch by email. The work is mainly over the summer holidays, and sporadic, but transport and uniform are provided.

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Newsletter No 11

Welcome

We hope you will enjoy a little bit of farm news, this month. This month it’s all about working towards the Stone Food and Drink Festival dates, which coincide with the Saturday of the Stone Farmers market, and dare I say it – order dates for Christmas!

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING ON THE FARM and BEYOND

Summer saw the back to basics camp site being prepared and opened, with the farm yard and fields receiving hundreds of hours of prepping to make them all look perfect.

The landscape is beautiful, the bird song from the adjacent woodland is lovely, and our campers, mainly, enjoyed peace and quiet. Our first campers also enjoyed the cows in the same field – they were so inquisitive they jumped the fence into the campers. The cows were moved well away for the rest of the summer!

Next year we will focus on “sole use” – so that larger families can book the site out just for themselves, or friends can meet up in the Midlands. Families/groups will be able to book in advance. Other dates will be kept for traditional campers – so don’t worry you can still enjoy the farm!

Party catering and events were also getting back to normal, which meant that John was busy with his fresh meat and barbecue. It was so lovely to get out to see our customers again, in a safe environment surrounded by great food straight from Park Hill Farm. If you have a wedding or party that needs caterers, why not call us!

SEPTEMBER’S SPECIAL OFFERS AND LAST ORDER DATE incl CHRISTMAS

This month, check out the New Summer Family Box, brimming with burgers and top sides at a discounted price! Soon we will be into those winter cuts, so make the last of the summer specials!

If you can ORDER BY Wednesday 22nd September, we will do our best to get your meat to you, at home, on MONDAY 4th OCTOBER which is day after the Stone Food Festival closes. This is our next free of charge delivery date. Ordering after this date, may mean we can’t supply the exact cut you require. Please note that the last ordering date for fresh meat for Christmas is the 22nd November. After that date the meat will already be cut up.

Many of you already know, that we work towards Stone Farmers Market in December as our last beef animal of the year, and after that date sell out of the freezer.

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

This is the time of year when the calves get weaned from the cows. This means the cows get some well earned peace and quiet before they start to calve again in December.

We have just had another litter of 6 cross bred piglets, from one of the rescue sows. 3 Little black piglets, 2 black and white and one orange with black spots. They are adorable, and the last piglets for this year. We have sold several piglets this year, with the last 7 all going to Becky and Joe. They are going to have a blessed and pampered life in an overgrown walled garden – piggy heaven rooting and turning over the ground.

ORDER IN TIME FOR FRESH SUPPLIES – before Sept 24th

The www.parkhillfarm.co.uk website takes orders, and keeps you up to date with our stocks. Some cuts are always under pressure, but it is always worth contacting us if the item is sold out, just in case we have one left!

FREEZER SERVICE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

For our customers we offer a freezer service for our meat to be held here until Christmas. For orders over £50, John usually does a round dropping off meat on the 22nd and 23rd December, allowing time to defrost in your home! For smaller orders, the farm will be open for pre-arranged collections.

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