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Beauty Barn at Church Farm

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I thought I would use this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and my business at Church Farm.

My name is Kayleigh and I am the owner of The Beauty Barn, you may see my driving around in my pride and joy Boris, he is my 1972 classic Beetle.

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This year The Beauty Barn, will have been open for three years, and it is my eighth year as a holistic therapist. I am passionate about organic and natural beauty, and all of the skin care products I used are from Neal’s Yard remedies and are organic and cruelty free. I use The Gel Bottle for my nail products as these are chemical free, cruelty free and Vegan. I am about to complete my waxing qualification and will be using Adam and Eve organic wax.

I want the beauty barn to be a place where you feel warm and comfortable.  Every treatment is tailored to suit you and what you want to achieve out of it. I offer hot stone, Swedish, aromatherapy and Indian head massage, I am also a Usui reiki master. I have a little boutique shop and sell a selection of jewellery, healing crystals and gifts.

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I am open 6 days a week, giving you the opportunity to come and having a relaxing treatment even on a Sunday. Stephanie’s Lash Boutique is available every Thursday.  Stephanie specialises in natural looking lash extensions, and she also offers waxing and tinting.

If you have never had a massage, why not book in for a 30 minute back massage prices start at £15!! Some of the benefits of massage can be:

  • Relaxes the mind and bodyimage5
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Helps to improve posture
  • Improved circulation

This list could be endless.

You can read all of my 5* reviews left by my clients on my Facebook page or on my website

www.holistictheapybykayleigh.co.uk

Come and treat yourself to a massage or gel nails and enjoy 20% off with this news letter.  Appointments can be made online via my website or call me 07535650872.

I look forward to meeting you.

—Kayleigh

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From the Farmer

  • Coppicing of Squitmore Spring Woods and thinning in the 5 new woods will be 20180116_131924going on in early February.
  • 90+% of species in woodland live on dead wood. Leaving brash and lumps to rot is essential to the bugs.
  • Planning Hedge Planting Days in February – volunteers are welcome as we aim to restore Lowany End Field hedge.
  • 100s of field fares in Upany. Covey of 12 grey partridge hanging out in Lowany End wood. Fallow Deer visiting at night.
  • Snow melt led to huge rise in the water table and all ponds full to brim as of new year.
  • 1880 field drain that runs into the lane from Upany is still running well all these years later.
  • 1940s ditch dug by Italian prisoners along long bottoms is overflowing.
  • One acre of new Summer Raspberries to plant as soon as it dries out.
  • Cattle are doing well in winter quarters. The new roof is making a good saving on straw.
  • Little Trumpeter and all the male cattle are separated till breeding season starts again. Ditto with the rams.
  • Rams have to wait 11 months for conjugal visits – is that a word? –. The bull we will let in again with the ladies in August.
  • The two Large White Boars however spend all their lives with the ladies who are remarkably receptive from about 6-7 days post weaning of their litter.

—Tim

 


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Thank you, Viv and Istvan

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Just before Christmas, our reporter Holly and newsletter editor Aimee sat with Viv and Istvan, as they were taking a break from plucking, to talk to them about their future plans.  Viv and Istvan were at Church Farm for nearly two years, and have returned to Hungary to get started with their own small farm.

 We asked many questions, about their time here and their future plans.  Viv worked in horticulture, the farm, box scheme, the shop and café and on many weekends cared for the Rural Care animals.  Istvan has been working on the farm, driving tractor, caring for pigs and cows and poultry, and preparing poultry for Christmas orders.  They were happy to talk to us about their future plans.

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 Holly asked them if they have enjoyed their time at Church Farm.  Istvan answered,

….sometimes good or bad, in two years, working 6 days a week.  When we look back in five years, we will be smiling, not crying.

When we talked to them they were preparing to leave.  Viv enjoyed cooking while she was here, and there are many reports about wonderful cakes she made for birthdays and other occasions. She said she had much to pack up from her kitchen here.  Istvan said she can’t take everything with her!

 They have many things in their caravan to send home by trucks.  They have to pack up things and send 75kg. They have a 100 year old house with their land and yes they did to enjoy lots of cooking and things to put for their Christmas.  In their future to get married in June and to hope to have three or four children.  They will work really hard in their life with their children to grow up with their animals. They will start to grow vegetables as well as the animals are the best with a good place to stay to watch the views on their farm.  They are making their own plans for their own farm and they will start with the smaller animals: two guinea pigs, rabbits, two dogs, mixture of animals, pigs, goats, poultry with the eggs, ostrich, honey bees in their new areas.

Viv and Istvan both grew up with animals and growing vegetables, so for them it is natural to go back and get started with their own farm.  Istvan said that he thinks a farm is a good place to raise children, and they are both looking forward to starting a family soon.

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To Viv and Istvan:  You all hopefully to have a nice time and we all see you all some point and we hope you all to have a nice time there and over Christmas and New Year and don’t forget about us and Church Farm too.  We all miss you here at the farm.  Thank you for your hard work, smiles and cakes!

 To all our readers:  Merry Christmas and New Year and Happy New Year to you all and your children from Holly.

Holly and Aimee

 


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Christmas and New Year

Thank you to everyone involved in the farm over the past year, customers, visitors, staff, interns, volunteers, friends, rabbits and relations.

Happy and Healthy New Year

Tim Waygood

 

 

All Christmas orders can be collected until the 23rd Dec.  If you have chosen delivery, you will receive yours on the 22nd Dec.

The Church Farm Shop and Café will be closed Christmas Day.

The Jolly Waggoner will be open Christmas Day for drinks from 12:00—3:00pm.

Otherwise:

Shop 9-5, every day

Café 9-5, every day

 


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From the Farmer

  • Medlar harvesting will be the last of the orchard fruit to pick. Always after the first good frost.
  • Winter beans went in after potatoes, to hopefully give us an earlier crop than the spring grown varieties.
  • New raspberry canes on order – 500 of 3 different varieties to plant over the winter.
  • All the deer for miles around have found our sweetcorn – Fallow and Muntjac feeding away every night.
  • Turkeys happily listening to radio 4 – tripwires and night security out to make sure we don’t get “poached”.
  • Beetroot is being harvested but a lot will stay in the field. Round bales are ready to roll over them to protect from frost. Carrots / Parsnips / Swedes and Turnips are ok as long as we can still get forks in the ground.
  • The last few winters have been mild, maybe this year will be different. Water bowsers and petrol pumps need preparing as pipes in the fields freezing is the only main issue.2017 - Oct cow - Emma P
  • Cattle went into winter quarters on the 3rd of November. This has saved 13 days of straw and hay compared to last year. We are looking forward to being able to turn the cattle out earlier in the spring next year. Several fields have a good 8-10inch of grass still on them, and the “Timothy” grass in the ley’s grows first in the spring.

Tim

 


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Christmas at the Farm

Christmas time is a busy time at the farm.  While the harvesting is winding down, and there is likely to be more mud around, there is still plenty to see and do at Church Farm.

Spot the Reindeer
Reindeer TrailWith a Farm Day Pass you can follow the farm trail, spot the Reindeer, see the horticulture garden, enjoy the woodland play area, see animals in Home Field and Vicarage Field, and use the indoor play room.  (£3/adult or child, or £10 for up to 5 people, for the whole day)  The Reindeer trail starts on Saturday, the 12th of November.

 

Farmer Christmas

 

Take a Trailer Ride with Farmer Christmas
Book a trailer ride with Farmer Christmas on any Saturday or Sundays in December.  Rides will be available at 10:00am and 3:00pm.  (£4.50/adult and £5.50/child, present included)

Christmas Trees
Come to the farm to choose your own Christmas tree and replant one!  Meet at the farm shop any Saturday or Sunday in December at 10am, 11am, 12pm or 2pm.  Join the woodsman to cut your tree for this year and to help us plant another one for the future.

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We have 30 Old English Medlar trees.  Come along to pick for yourself, perhaps to make jellies or desserts or even wine.  Small groups will be supervised by our grower.  Entry is free and you pay for what you harvest for yourself.  Gather at the farm shop at 10am or 2pm on either Saturday the 3rd December for Saturday the 10th December.

Free Range Turkeys

Christmas Produce
Behind the scenes meat and veg are being prepared for veg boxes, meat boxes and Christmas orders.  We are raising turkeys, ducks and geese.  The horticulture team has grown carrots, potatoes, parsnips, and sprouts, but that’s not all.  This year’s harvest also includes beetroot, winter squash, purple sprouting broccoli, savoy cabbage, lettuce, swede and turnips.  Come to the farm or visit our new online shop to place your order:  churchfarm.shop.

Tom and Aimee

 


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Apple Day at Church Farm – 30th Sept

Apple Day

Vicars Orchard contains apples, pears, plums, greengages and damsons, crab apples, cherries, quinces, nectarines, peaches and medlars. Most are traditional varieties rarely available in the shops today. A lot originated locally, so there are many 19th and early 20th century varieties from River’s at Sawbridgeworth and Laxton’s at Bedford. Some like the Comice pear or the Mirabelle plum have been known since Neolithic times. There are approximately 130 different types of trees and over 700 individuals.

The orchard was laid out in spring 2008 and most of the trees were planted then. Most would have been two years old when planted here, making them 11 years old today. Most are grafts which means that the main trunk and root system is from a vigorous variety which would not have very interesting fruit, and the upper branches (and fruits) are from a more interesting variety which would struggle if planted in the soil.

This is an organic orchard. Instead of artificial fertilizers we use manure from the red poll cows, which over-winter alongside the orchard. No insecticide or herbicides are used and the orchard has resident bees: take care around the hives! Windfalls feed the pigs on the farm.

This is still a young orchard. In years to come when the trunks of the trees thicken and the fruiting branches are stouter and higher, it will be possible to combine fruit growing with grazing sheep or geese, allowing for natural fertilization and mowing, and then the trees will no longer be susceptible to rabbit damage which is a major problem at present.

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Make a Day of It—Saturday, 30th September 2017

Join in Apple Day Activities at Church Farm Orchard
Free Entry all Day and Free parking at Church Farm Ardeley

4.00pm Optional Farm Tractor & Trailer Talk & Tour (£4.50)
5.00pm Pre-Show Drinks in the Jolly Waggoners Pub (pay at bar) and
5.00pm Pre-Show Barbecue/Buffet & Bites from the Farm : Introduction (£5.00 )
5.55pm Walk to the Village Hall
6.15pm No Finer Life : Play Begins (Tickets £9 )
7.30pm Interval
7.45pm Audience with Graham Harvey, Author & Agricultural Editor of The Archers Q&A
8.30pm Retire to the pub : Cheese & Desserts (£5.00, pre bookable online)

Book online: www.churchfarmardeley.co.uk, Events (from the home page)