During the last ten years we have drifted into Meat Production here at Mallards Farm.
Firstly, because of the rotation system used here allows us to graze 100 Welsh Ewes and 100 lambs per season on the grass covering the resting land. The system of low input means they do not mature for at least 15 months, sometimes this can be as long as two years. Basically the more mature the meat, the better it is!
We believe in giving the livestock a life andnot slaughtering them as babies around the usual age at 5 months!
We only feed from the land, i.e: any vegetable waste crops, leeks, strawberries, brassicas, spinach, windfall plums and cherries.
Anything thats not been cut to sell, During our rotation methods the sheepare folded on the veg crops as a tiding up procedure, then goes back onto the ground as fertilizer.
The use of concentrate feeds is not our policy, but when the natural vegetation is scarce or the weather is bad, we do have to top up with hard feeds.
Personally, I believe there is an issue with the amount of wheat-based concentrate feed given to livestock coming through into the food chain, causing conditions such as Coeliac disease in humans.
We have built up a good stock of Wessex Saddlebacks, Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot Pigs over the last few years. These are kept in a large pen on bare ground outside. Small family groups divided equally of boys and girls. These cannot graze as they would cause to much damage to the land.
Feeding is very much the same as the sheep but, pigs do better on roots and potatoes, so they get the waste potatoes and fodder beet grown especially for them.
Growers and fattening pigs are topped up with concentrate feed.
Our intention is to get a pig ready for sausages at 15 months plus, as before allowing them “a quality of life”.
We also sell Laughtons Free Range Chickens at the Farmshop. They are kept in the orchard where I grow my Williams and Conference pears. The sheep also graze this orchard, so there is very little chemical input into these fine birds.
All of our livestock is slaughtered by J &R Meats of Aylesham
Alistair – Mallards Farm, Waterham Lane, Hernhill
The Parish Council meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm in the village hall.
A local “Election Awareness Event” is being held at the Guildhall, Faversham on Wednesday 18th March starting at 6:30pm for refreshments with the session running from 7pm – 8:30pm and is open to anyone who would like to know more. If you are interested in standing as a council member then please contact the Clerk, Sarah Muteham at email@example.com or telephone 07740 706189.
The Band Company are hoping to make another video to promote their forthcoming Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston gig similar to the Country Life one we made for Steve Knightley. This time though we would like to appeal for photo’s from the community. If anyone has a lovely photo of Hernhill, be it their house, family members, an event, wildlife of just a lovely view could they please send it to us via email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are not looking for professional photographers just images that show community and life in Hernhill.
Local residents Liz and Gabi from The Band Company have made a fantastic short video about life in Hernhill music by Show of Hands, to promote their forthcoming live music event with Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley at the village hall in February.
This annual event has been growing in popularity and is loved by the children .
This year it will be at 5.00pm on Saturday 20th December.
Bring your lantern and your voices. Afterwards enjoy a hot drink and a mince pie
Hernhill CEP School PTAFA presents:
The Frost Fair
Friday 28 November 2014
Venue: The School
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Come for a relaxing evening out to find Christmas presents & ideas for your family.
Your Entrance Ticket includes a festive drink, mince pie & a raffle ticket
No children please
Registered Charity No: 1042498
Farm reared premium bronze turkeys available for collection (oven ready) from Sunday 21st December. Various weights available. £9 per Kg. If you wish to place an order please contact Helen on email@example.com “
Wednesday 12th November 7.30pm. Upstairs at The Red Lion
The Village Hall and DCA committees would like to invite all the residents of Hernhill Parish, parents at the school and those who use the facilities in the village, to a meeting to discuss ideas for future projects in Hernhill.
There are some big ideas being floated at the moment, including remodelling the existing DCA and Village Hall buildings, resurfacing the tennis court with a multi use/all weather surface and many other projects (including Youth Club, bike track, skate park, more benches etc). We need to know which ones are a priority for the people who use the facilities and also welcome other ideas for things that might enhance what we already have going on in Hernhill.
This is an opportunity for you to have your say in how the village moves forward and the facilities that would benefit you and your family the most, if you don’t speak up, we can’t direct our resources where they will be best used.
We look forward to seeing a representative from each family, if possible, on 12th, if you are unable to make the meeting, please drop any ideas or comments to us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or look us up on Facebook; our event page is called Hernhill Village Meeting.
Chair Village Hall and DCA
Steve Knightley, ‘Show of Hands’ frontman and BBC award winning singer-songwriter, will be heading to the picture perfect village of Hernhill, Kent for a very special gig in association with The Band Company.
Show of Hands widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England have filled the Royal Albert Hall on four occasions but for now, Steve is looking forward to bringing his songs and stories to smaller and more intimate locations.
As he says – “With so many songs written for and about people who actually live and work in the countryside I’m really looking forward to playing them in their spiritual homes!”
Steve Knightley is the song-writing force behind Show of Hands, The Exeter based singer-songwriter writes the majority of material for the band which also features multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer and together they won Best Live Act in the 2004 BBC2 Radio2 Folk awards – the only category voted for by the public.
He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues.
‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding BBC Radio 2
‘Bleak, witty and finely observed’ The Guardian
‘Committed and distinctive songs of conscience, love and history’ BBC Radio 2
‘Gravel voiced spokesman for the rural poor’ The Times
Anyone who has a connection to Hernhill Parish, whether you live here, work here, send your children to the Primary School or just use the facilities (Village Hall, Playing Fields, church, pubs etc), would you be interested in attending a public meeting to discuss ideas for the future of the village? The Village Hall and Dawes CA committees are now under one Chair and he is keen to hear your thoughts on how to make the associations work for the people who use them. He was thinking of planning a get together for late January, to give us all time to think of ways to improve our, already great, parish!
Many residents will be aware that Balfour Beatty will be carrying out carriageway reconstruction works to the A2 coastbound carriageway (including some laybys and slip roads) between Boughton and Harbledown, near Canterbury, Kent on behalf of the Highways Agency. They will also be taking this opportunity to replace life expired and missing road markings and road studs, along with vegetation clearance and sign cleaning in order to minimise disruption to road users.
The work will take place, during weekends only, from Friday 3 October to Monday 1 December, weather permitting. The work will take place each weekend from 8pm Friday night, through to 6am Monday morning.
The bus services will continue to operate as usual but journeys from Faversham to Canterbury will go via the Thanet Way to Blean. Balfour Beatty are aware that these roadworks are complex and subject to change and so propose to have weekly updates of the work to let residents know as accurately as possible what is happening. Please sign up for these updates by emailing them at email@example.com or calling on 0845 6000414.
If you have any queries about the works or want to discuss them further, please do not hesitate to contact their Customer Care Line on 0845 6000414, or write to them at either firstname.lastname@example.org or Highways Agency, c/o Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, 10 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent, ME19 4AR.
Come and enjoy the last of the summer sun and support your local school
An excellent new site has been launched by Sue and Julian Owen which looks at the stories behind the names on our local war memorials. Go to www.boughton-dunkirk-hernhill-warmemorials.com for more
Hello—can someone tell me about Brooklyn House, Dargate, please ? I collect old postcards, and have one sent to Brooklyn House in 1914, and I should like to find out what it was then (a large country-house ?), and what it is now. All I can find on Google are mentions in the modern Parish records that the hedge round it needs cutting.
Thanks, and Regards,