Bidston Hill Family Open Day
Sunday 13th May 2018, 10am – 4pm
A great day out on Bidston Hill for all the family. Viking displays and Punch & Judy shows at the farm. The windmill and lighthouse opened for viewing (11am to 1pm). Guided walks throughout the day. Admission free.
The Christmas Grotto ran on the 10th and 17th December between 11:30 am – 3:30 pm.
The Grotto was very graciously run by our friends at the Masons, whose support we appreciate greatly, and decorated with the kindly donated trees and decorations given to us after last Christmas.
Christmas Carols with the Salvation Army!
On Wednesday 20th December at 6pm we were delighted to welcome back the Salvation Army to celebrate the season with carols on the farmyard.
Cheshire Freemasons Family Fun Day
The Cheshire Freemasons Family Fun Day and Teddy Bears Picnic took place on Sunday 27th August at the farm – admission was free and there was fun for all the family!
Generous donation from local Freemasons
On Saturday 5th August, Carl Fryer (Seacombe Lodge), and Wayne Dwyer (Thermopylae Lodge) were pleased to present three heavy duty pop-up Gazebos to Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm, bought from some of the proceeds of the recently held joint race night at Wallasey Masonic Hall.
Representatives of the urban farm, which has been serving the local community for many years, were delighted to receive the Gazebos, which will prove invaluable for outdoor events, especially during summer time, and will quickly be put to good use.
pictured left to right: Wbro Carl Fryer (Charity Representative, Seacombe Lodge), Janet Thorning and Vilja Gatrell (Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm), WBro Wayne Dwyer (Worshipful Master, Thermopylae lodge)
Memorial to Councillor Denise Roberts
On Saturday 18th June an event was organised by Councillor Steve Foulkes, a Trustee of the farm, to remember Councillor Denise Roberts, also a Trustee, who died in February this year. The Mayor, Councillor Ann McLachlan and Consort Bill McLachlan were guests of honour; the Mayor planted a cherry tree and unveiled a plaque. Birkenhead MP Frank Field attended, as did other farm Trustees, Denise’s family and others who knew her. Denise’s husband gave a short speech and thanked those present.
Councillor George Davies presented a cheque for £100 to the farm from the Labour group and a collection was taken at the event which raised £180. The farm is very grateful for both donations and appreciates the support in these challenging times.
Once the planting ceremony was over, a ‘Big Get Together’ picnic was held on the farm for those who had attended; it was perfect picnic weather. Many other similar picnics were being held on this weekend, in memory of the late MP Jo Cox.
WHIT WEEKEND 2017
There are activities and stalls over the Whit weekend on the farm, between 11am and 3,3pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday; Greasby Ukes are playing on the Saturday and as well as Knit and Natter, plants and crafts, there will be a children’s bargain book stall, thanks to books donated by Greasby Infants School. Farm sausages and eggs are on sale too. Come along and support your local urban farm! Admission is, as ever, FREE.
40th anniversary of reopening of Tam O’Shanter Cottage Field Study Centre
May 2017 marks 40 years since Tam O’Shanter Cottage was rebuilt and opened as a Field Study Centre for Bidston Hill. It was under threat of demolition after several attacks by vandalism and fire, but Birkenhead History Society stepped in and started a campaign to save it. A selection of press cuttings from that time, including a picture of the burnt-out wreck of the cottage prior to rebuilding, is on display in the activity room. A plaque high up on the end wall commemorates the official reopening, and a folder by the display shows pictures of the cottage when it was lived in and part of a smallholding. There is also a list of names of some of the people involved in the rebuilding; perhaps there is someone there who is known to you?
CAROLS ON THE FARM
The Salvation Army came to the farm for a walkaround carol service and live Nativity on Thursday 22nd December 2016 at 6pm. Thank you to everyone who brought a torch and came to join in with this moving experience.
NATIONAL CITIZENS SERVICE FESTIVE FUN DAY ON THE FARM
26th NOVEMBER 11AM-3PM
NCS writes: Bring all of the family down to this great Christmas Fun Day in aid of some great causes. Meet Santa Claus and his elves, browse through all of our Christmas stalls or get some festive face painting or a glitter tattoo all while meeting all the lovely fluffy animals that live on the farm.
The day was organised by two local NCS groups of young people who donated proceeds for Steve & Ava’s Leukemia Fund and Evolve.
Thank you for coming along, having a ball and showing support for these great causes.
Creeep along to our HALLOWEEN CRAFT SESSIONS!
Thursday 27th October 2016 1pm – 3pm and Sunday 30th October 11.30am – 3pm
Make a witch hat £2.50
Make a Halloween mask £1.50
Pottery painting – various prices
Come along and have a go – it’ll be a screeeam!
NCS FUN DAY HELPS THE FARM
Two new arrivals!
On August 27th the farm welcomed two new residents, young British Alpine nanny goats. One of them was bought with money donated in memory of the father of Anne Williams
Noel Francis McDermott 4.3.1932 – 7.11.2015
and will be called Noelle. The new arrivals were in quarantine in one of the stables, but soon were out and about in the paddock.
SANTANDER GRANT HELPS FARM ‘N’ GRO
Farm ‘n’ Gro has succeeded in securing a much appreciated Discovery grant of £5000 from Santander, to help with staffing. The cheque was presented on Wednesday 24th August at the farm. Present were, from left to right, Vilja (Trust Chair and FNG Director), Richard (Trustee and FNG Director), Dave (FNG Farm Manager), George (Trustee), Mayor of Wirral Cllr. Pat Hackett, Geoff (Trust Vice Chair and FNG Director), Louis and Kelly from Santander, and Bruce (Trustee). The farm is very grateful to Santander for their support.
BANK HOLIDAY SATURDAY 27th – FARM FUN DAY! 11AM – 3PM.
The National Citizens Service (search for them on Facebook) ran this event on the farm; we very much appreciate their support for us. 50% of the proceeds were donated to the farm, and 50% to Clatterbridge Cancer Trust. There were games, stalls and activities including face painting and glitter tattoos. Thank you for coming to this fun day out on the farm in support of two worthy local causes!
GREEN FLAG COMMUNITY AWARD 2016
Once again, Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm has won a Green Flag Community Award! Congratulations and thanks to all who worked so hard to make the farm worthy of being a winner again this year. Soon we will have another pennant to add to our collection on the farm. This national recognition of the farm’s standard and value to local communities is much appreciated and encourages us all to keep up the good work, and keep this much-loved local attraction running smoothly.
We are pleased to say that Farm Tots will continue to run on Thursday mornings throughout the school summer holidays, starting at 10.00 and finishing at 11.30. It’s primarily intended for children up to and including five years of age. The session includes a guided farm walk and a chance to feed the animals, a craft activity and refreshments. A donation of £2 per child is requested to help cover costs. If the weather is fine, it would be helpful if pushchairs could be parked outside the activity room – if rainy, under the gazebo.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing our Farm Tots next week!
Our Summer Fair was a great success, raising just over £800 towards feeding the animals. Many thanks to all who supported the event! Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for details of events and activities over the summer holiday period, coming shortly.
Please note: At busy events parking can be a problem; please park considerately and always leave room for emergency vehicles to pass. Thank you.
There are ten piglets to admire on the farm now; our sows, Alison and Ruby, had five piglets each. There are eight light-coloured ones, one black and one sandy. They are now weaned, and out and about in the paddock.
We also have two ewes and four lambs on the farm, kindly lent to us for a while. This means that there will be plenty of young animals for visitors to enjoy.