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What's on at Grimsbury Farm

Here's a quick roundup of what's happening at the farm, for more info please email us or sign up to our e-newsletter.

    Café Closed - Friday 28th April & Monday 1st May: On Friday the 28th April the Café will be closed as we are having a new electrical supply fitted. While we hate closing, it is important to have the new supply fitted so that we can reduce the risk of any outages during peak times.
    The café will also be closed on Monday 1st May, this time due to a shortage of volunteers on the Bank Holiday. Our volunteers work tirelessly all year to keep the café open, but occasionally we are forced to close when we don't have enough people. Of course, if you are interested in helping out in the café please do contact us or call in for a chat. Normal opening will take place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April.
    28/0/4/17

    Carols 2016This is not a goodbye, this is a thank you: For those who have been involved with the Friends in any capacity since our inception, you will know the names of Paul and Maggie. You may know them as the Treasurer and Secretary. You may know them as a driving force behind the café. You may know them when they have been trying to extract advertising from you to support one of our events! You may know them as a couple dedicated to the farm. We simply know them as friends.
    Well, our friends are off to pastures new which is great for them, but a huge loss for us and the farm. We wish you both well in your new adventure and thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the years. We wish you well.
    20/01/17

    Carols 2016Free Cake, anyone?: HAPPY NEW YEAR...........join us for COFFE, CAKE, CHAT on Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 7.00 pm in The Barn Cafe if you would like to learn more about what the Friends do and what we hope to achieve on your Community Farm. We need many volunteers to help at our Events, in our Cafe, general maintenance and support our Charity Administration. So, if you have loads or just a little spare time and would like to support the future of the farm............. please join us for COFFEE, CAKE AND CHAT......................see you there!
    04/01/17

    Carols 2016Christmas Update: With Christmas and the New Year holidays upon us we thought it was time to let you know our exciting news for 2017.
    With the change to the seasons making it ever wetter on the farm through Winter we have taken the decision to sell our big Hereford cows and the majority of our sheep to a bigger farm in order to let our fields repair ready for the Spring. But don´t worry, there is still plenty for you to come and see for the New Year and this has provided us with a brilliant opportunity to look at bringing in some new animals for you to visit and interact with.
    Towards the end of February a new small flock of ´in lamb´ ewes will be returning to our paddocks. Just in time for them to get settled in and produce a new generation of lambs for you to see from Easter.
    We will also be bringing in some smaller breed cows more suited to our little farm fields. Our aim is to have all our cows halter trained to enable staff and volunteers to work with the herd and show them round the farm for visitors to interact with.
    As always over the Christmas and New Year holidays there will be limited access to the full range of our animals, as they will be tucked in for the next couple of weeks, whilst we sit out the winter storms that are heading our way. You are still welcome to visit the farm but please be aware that the café will also be closed until the New Year.
    We look forward to showing off our new arrivals in the Spring and we will keep you updated as they arrive.
    Thank you for all your support through 2016.
    23/12/16

    Carols 2016Carols Around the Barn 2016: It's freezing out there so it must be nearly Christmas, right? Oh yes. But it can't be Christmas without Carols Around the Barn at Grimsbury Farm, so get your warm clothes and torches ready and put Saturday 10th December in your diary (or advent calendar!) and join us for our annual winter sing song. We'll have the fantastic talent of the children from Mangotsfield C of E Primary School to act out the Nativity and lead you in song. There's more going on with hot food and drink available, the collywobbles playbus not to mention the illuminations and even a real donkey!

    Fun and food from 4:15pm
    Procession, Carols and Nativity start at 5:15pm.

    See you there - whatever the weather (yes we have a wet weather plan!).

    ***UPDATE*** - Despite the rain forcast for Saturday WE ARE GOING AHEAD with the carols. Before you all dig out your brollies, we will be in the dry in Hop, Skip & Jump. See you there!

    01/12/16

    Queen's AwardQueen's Award: It is with great surprise that the Friends received notification that they have been nominated for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Although the winners are not announced until the 2nd June every year, to even be nominated is a real privilege and shows the dedication and hard work of all the volunteers, past and present, who have been a part of the Friends of Grimsbury Farm. Fingers crossed for June!

    To read more please click on this link: The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service .
    01/12/16

    Macmillan 2016World's Biggest Coffee Morning:
    A huge thank you to everyone who helped out at this years Macmillan coffee morning, both helping in the Barn Café and baking cakes. Together they managed to raise a very impressive £145! Thanks to everyone who came along to support this very worthwhile event.

    This Friday, 30th September, the Friends of Grimsbury Farm at The Barn Café will once again be supporting the Macmillan Coffee morning, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. We have supported this for the last few years and I am sure that everyone would agree that it is a very worthwhile cause. All proceeds from the sales of teas and coffee will be going to the charity as well as money raised from the sale of cakes made by some of our members. I’m sure that everyone would agree that Macmillan carry out very important work which is why we are supporting them again this year, so if you are around on Friday, why don’t you pop in to have a drink and cake and help us raise as much as we can. .
    28/09/16

    Appleday 2016 PosterApple Day 2016: The eagerly awaited Apple Day is nearly upon us... Sunday 2nd October 11am-4pm sees the return of our ever popular day celebrating the humble apple. There will be plenty of apple pressing going on during the day with the unique option to bring your own apples and have them pressed, you even get to take your juice home with you! However, PLEASE bring a container with you ;)
    The Friends are currently busy picking and pressing like mad to also ensure that there will be juice available to buy on the day, so don't forget your pocket money! Of course, all profits end up back on the farm.
    19/09/16

    QU 2016 PosterBench Mark: If you cast your mind back (or scroll down the page for a reminder!) you will remember that two fans of Grimsbury Farm foolishly took place in the Bristol-Bath Marathon - rather them than us! You may also remember that the money they raised they donated to the Friends of Grimsbury Farm which we agreed to put towards new benches for the play area. We're pleased to say that these benches have been purchased and are now in place allowing weary parents the opportunity to rest up while the younger ones enjoy the play area. A huge thanks to Annette and Katharine for taking on such a challenge and choosing the farm as their charity of choice. London Marathon anyone?
    11/07/16

    QU 2016 PosterThank you: After a great day, the Friends want to send out their thanks to everybody involved in our Queen's 90th Celebrations on Saturday 11th June.
    There are, of course, far too many people to thank but without the support of everybody from the Friends group, stall holders, sponsors, police cadets to the visitors who turned up on the day, it would not have been as special as it was. So THANK YOU!
    We do hope everyone enjoyed it, and if you want to get more involved with the Friends, please do get in contact with us. We are always greatful for extra help, as much or as little as you can give.

    There are some picture of the day to enjoy under our events section, or click here.
    Until next time....
    15/06/16

    QU 2016 PosterParty time: We're sure it hasn't escaped your attention that The Queen has just turned 90 and that many celebrations have been going on, but of course you always save the best 'till last! So put Saturday 11th June 11am - 4pm in your diary for a celebration of her official birthday (well, the weather's hopefully better in June).
    More details are evolving as the organising continues, but things to look forward to so far are: donkey rides, meerkats, Falcons, Punch and Judy, dozens of craft stalls, bar-b-que, cafe, playground, bouncy castles, live music, Tae Kwon Do display, A Dame, Face Painting, games and more.......click on the poster for more information.
    Parking will also be available by kind permission of Kingswood Rugby Club on Grimsbury Road, but please walk/cycle/bus where you can. We do hope to see many of you at the farm to help us celebrate this event, of course, if you want to help out on the day or before, then please do get in contact with us.
    Date: Saturday 11th June 2016
    Time: 11am - 4pm
    18/05/16

    Calf 2016New arrivals: As those of you who are regular visitors to the farm will already know, Spring is starting to show its hand as we have our first arrivals of the new year on the farm.
    We have new calves to show off and the lambs have started to arrive as well. The calves are outside and on show for all to see, but the lambs are currently being kept safe in the barn. As soon as they are strong enough they will start to make an appearance outside.
    Keep popping up the farm to catch the first glimpses when the lambs come out to play.
    24/04/16

    TLC @ Grimsbury Farm: The Tree Life Centre based at Grimsbury Farm are running a few family sessions for those looking for some fun in the outdoors. Little Acorns Forest School and Weekend Warriors are both taking place in February, so be quick to sign up. Click on the posters below for more info or visit www.tcv.org.uk

    weekend warrior 2016
    Weekend Warriors
    Little Acorns 2016
    Little Acorns
    03/02/16

    Marathon 2016Goodbye Rex: It is with great sadness that we have to report that Rex, our huge Shire horse with an equally large personality, has sadly passed away.
    He suffered a bout of illness last year, and although he made a good recovery, he had again been ill for the last few weeks. Sadly on Sunday 31st Jan he passed away.

    He will be sadly missed by all the Friends, Farm Staff and Visitors.
    01/02/16

    Marathon 2016Kept on running: On Sunday 25th October Katharine Ford and Annette Gaines ran the inaugural Bristol/Bath marathon. As a wonderful gesture they raised funds through sponsorship for the Friends of Grimsbury Farm.
    We are pleased to report that Katharine and Annette both completed the whole 26 miles. (Makes us tired just thinking about it!) They popped into the Barn Café to hand over their sponsorship money, which will go towards some new picnic benches for the play area. Well done and thank you to Katharine and Annette.
    17/12/15

    Christmas closing: The Barn Café will be closing for Christmas from Monday 21st December 2015 and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016.
    We would like to thank all our customers for their support this year; without your custom we wouldn't be able to raise such vital funds for the farm. Of course, none of the magic would happen without a dedicated bunch of volunteers, so our thanks also go out to all those involved, both from the Friends group and Brandon Trust.
    If you fancy being part of something in 2016 then why not volunteer at the Barn Café? You can get in touch via our contact page.

    We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2016!
    16/12/15

    Carols 2015 - CANCELLED: It is with huge regret and disappointment that we have to cancel our Carols around the Barn 2015. We never like to cancel an event as a lot of dedicated volunteers put in a lot of hard work to make these things happen, not to mention a supporting public, but this year the weather looks like it is going to get the better of us. We've had nine successful years' without being beaten by the weather (despite some very cold Christmases!) but it looks like it's rain that is going to stop play this year.
    Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard behind the scenes, especially the Children of Mangotsfield C of E Primary School who have been working so hard on their Nativity and their carols. Next year we'll be back, so we hope you will be too!
    09/12/15

    Christmas 2015 PosterChristmas raffle 2015: Roll up roll up... Christmas is a-comin' so time to get your tickets for the Friends of Grimsbury Farm's raffle. Yet another superb hamper is on offer for 1st prize (perfect in time for Christmas) and runners up won't be dissapointed either with an M&S gift set and bottle of whisky up for grabs. Tickets are only £1 and can be bought from the café with the draw taking place on the 20th of December.
    The winner will be notified by telephone to collect their gift at a mutually convenient time - as the prizes contain alcohol, they must be collected by an adult.
    As always, all profits will go to Grimsbury Farm. Good luck!
    01/12/15

    Carols 2015 PosterCarols around the Stable 2015: With our Apple Day fading into memory (it wasn't that long ago...) and winter slowly showing itself, it's time to get our your diaries and take a note of the date for the Friends Carols around the Stable. Join us on Saturday 12th December at 17:15 for a magical floodlit farm, the Children of Mangotsfield C of E Primary School performing their nativity, hot food and drink, music and the Collywobbles Playbus. Ooh, did we forget the real live donkey too?
    Click on the poster for an update on the goings on at this years' carols.
    16/11/15

    Apply day poster 2015Keep on running: On Sunday 25th October Katharine Ford and Annette Gaines will be running the Bristol/Bath half marathon. As a wonderful gesture they are raising funds for the Friends of Grimsbury Farm while completing a whole marathon - nothing done by halves here! If you want to support Katharine and Annette, and of course, the Friends, then you can make a donation via their 'mydonate' page here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/katharineford1

    Here's a little more about our supporters:
    Myself Katharine Ford and my twin sister Annette Gaines will be taking part in the Bristol/Bath marathon, we have both done several half marathons before but thought running a marathon in our own city would be a different challenge.We have decided to run for the farm as we both have young children who love spending time there,which is free to enter, I have two girls aged 6 months and 4 years and Annette has a boy of 21 months, as you can imagine being mums to young children is very busy,so being able to train has taken dedication to be able to complete this challenge. We would like you to donate as much as you are able to afford how ever much that maybe, as I know on the day it will help us through the tough 26 miles knowing how much support we have had.
    06/10/15

    Apply day poster 2015Job Vacancy: A position for a paid person will be available as from 1st November, working in the Barn Cafe at Grimsbury Farm. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Please contact: chairman (at) fogf.co.uk or through our contact page (General Enquiries).
    Good luck!

    06/10/15

    Apply day poster 2015It's Apple time!: Well summer seems a distant memory as we reach for the jumpers and coats (anyone turned the heating on yet?!), but look on the bright side, that must mean Autumn is approaching and so is the Friends Apple Day! The dates for this years' event is Sunday 18th October (10:30 - 15:30) and there is our annual apple picking day at Thornbury on Saturday the 17th. The Thornbury day is limited in numbers, so if you are interested in coming along (it's a great day out for the family) please send us an email to register your interest via our contacts page. Start collecting those apples and we'll see you at the farm!
    Activities include:
  • Apple Pressing - Demonstrations and bring your own
  • Punch and Judy Show (12:30 and 14:30)
  • Collywobbles Playbus
  • Live music from Flash Company
  • Meet the Alpacas
  • and the (now infamous) mini hot air balloons
  • 17/09/15

    BuddleiaNow Ewe can catch a glimps of Shaun: As many of you will already know, Warmley Waiting Room is playing host to one of the Shaun the Sheep for this years' Shaun in the City trail. We're sure many of you (and us) will want to pop down and have a look at Budleia, or tick him off your spotters list, but be sure to come back to the farm to view the real thing grazing in our fields!


    14/07/15

    Early May Bank Holiday: After working tirelessly since January, we thought our volunteers would like a day off (aren't we nice!), so we will be closed for the Early May Bank Holiday on Monday 4th May 2015. Normal service will resume on the Tuesday - well, we couldn't let them get used to days off now can we ;)
    29/04/15

    Alan PresentationThank you!: After many years of working tirelessly at South Gloucestershire Council on behalf of Grimsbury Farm, Alan has taken early retirement. So with bitter-sweet emotions, we wish him all the best. Alan has been a strong supporter of both Grimsbury Farm and the Friends group since he was first given the task of heading up the farm on behalf of SGC. Sharing the same vision as the Friends he has nagged people with great enthusiasm and to great effect and his retirement, though great news for him, will be a hard act to follow. So it only seemed fitting that we presented him with a few small gifts as a 'thank you' for all his hard work and dedication. We wish him all the best and we look forward to seeing him back on the farm in the near future. I'm sure we can find a few jobs for him to do! Thank you, Alan.
    16/03/15

    Raffle Winners: Those of you on the ball will remember the fantastic raffle prizes that were on offer before Christmas: the HUGE collection of chocolate treats. Those of you not on the ball, such as us, will not realise that the raffle has long since ended and we have forgotten to publish the winners, oops!
    Please accept our apologies, but here, a tad late, are the lucky winners of the fantastically named hampers:
    • The York Hamper Gift Set - Mrs Watts of Kingswood
    • Tower of Temptation - Mrs Seymoar of Kingswood
    • Tray of Treats - Mr McGrath of Kingswood
    • Panettone Cake - Mrs Lakeman of Kingswood
    Looks like Kingswood is the lucky place to be. For those of you hoping for better success this Christmas, you've got 9 months to move!
    10/03/15

    First new arrivals of 2015: Well it might not feel like it outside, but the animals on the farms are convinced it's spring-like enough to start delivering the first of our new arrivals. The first past the post this year is the arrival of a new Bull Calf on Saturday 7th February. All is well and he's up and about with Mum. With more births expected over the coming weeks, it's time to head to the farm. Don't worry, you can warm up in the café afterwards!
    11/02/15

    Raffle 2014 PosterRoll up, roll up: Some things get worse year on year, but not the Friends Christmas Raffle.. oh no! This years' raffle is even bigger and better than last year. "How?" we hear you cry. This year, there are now four fantastic prizes to be won, giving you an even better chance of success, not to mention stomach ache due to the huge hampers we're giving away. Hampers so fantastic they even have their own names! So if you fancy a chance to win a festive Panettone the Tray of Treats, the mighty Tower of Temptation (who thinks up these names?) or The York, a hamper so large they named a city after it, then all you need to do is call into the Barn Café to buy your tickets. And for only £1 a ticket, you can't go wrong...
    28/11/14

    Carols 2014 PosterCarols in the Barn 2014: After a very successful Apply day, it's time to turn to the Carols in the Barn. The planning for this event is already underway and we'll bring you all the details as soon as we can, but suffice to say there will be Carols, a barn and even a donkey (or two)!
    The date for this event is Sunday 7th December 2014 so put it in your diary now.

    **** Click on the poster for an update on the goings on at this years' carols ****

    Ps. If you missed our Apple Day, you can catch a few pictures on our Apple Day page....

    06/10/14

    Café and Farm Closed: Due to the burst watermain in Kingswood, the café and the Farm will be closed on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October. It will remain closed until supplies are returned to normal. We apologies for any inconvenience but as you will understand this is outside of our control. Keep an eye on our facebook and twitter accounts for any updates.
    26/09/14

    OFS 2014World's Biggest Coffee Morning:
    ***Cancelled***

    For those who are unaware there has been a burst watermain in the Kingswood area leaving the farm and residents without water for the foreseable future. Without hand washing and toilet facilities we are unable to open. This is a huge dissapointment as we were hosting the Macmillan coffee morning today (Friday). This also means the café will be closed for definite on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th and will only reopen when supplies are back to normal. Thank you for your understanding as this is outside of our control.

    This Friday, 26th September, the Friends of Grimsbury farm at The Barn Café will once again be supporting the Macmillan Coffee morning, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. We have supported this for the last few years and I am sure that everyone would agree that it is a very worthwhile cause. We will be serving tea and coffee in return for a donation to the Macmillan donation box, every penny of which goes to them. So if you are in the area, please come in for refreshments and help us raise as much as we can. .

    25/09/14

    OFS 2014Apple Day 2014: It's autumn and therefore it must be the annual Friends of Grimsbury Farm Apple Day. For those of you who haven't been before, it's a great time to celebrate all things apple and an opportunity to press some apples into delicious juice. You can bring your own apples, either bought or picked from you garden, or join us on our annual picking. The apple picking is taking place on Saturday 4th October, but as places are limited you will need to contact us to book your place. The apple day itself is on Sunday 5th October from 11am. Click the poster for more info. .
    25/09/14

    OFS 2014Autumn Arrivals: Even though nature is starting to look like it's getting ready to sleep for the winter, we have some new arrivals to boast on the farm.

    If you pop up the farm now, there are 14 new piglets and 19 new chickens to be admired.

    25/09/14

    New Roof: For those of you who have noticed the recent building work going on at the café you will be pleased to hear that this is a new insulated roof for the café that, combined with our new air source heat system, will help to keep you all toasty during those colder winter months. But for the time being, we hope you are all enjoying sitting outside the café during the summer :)

    We would also like to apologise for any sudden weekend closures that arise. As you all know, we are reliant on volunteers to run the Barn Café, and at times it is just not possible to get a full compliment of staff to open the café. We never like to do this, but sometimes the situation dictates. If you would like to help out and volunteer in the café or with the Friends in general, then please do go to our contact us section and send us an email or give us call, you will be most welcome.

    10/07/14

    OFS 2014Open Farm Sunday: You may have noticed banners appearing around the area, not just at the entrance to the farm, but also at other farms around advertising that this Sunday 8th June is Open Farm Sunday. This is a national event aimed at celebrating British farming and food and since its introduction in 2006 it has gone from strength to strength. Grimsbury Farm will be participating in this event, as we have for many years, and the event will run from 10:30am - 4:00pm. For more information about Open Farm Sunday, visit the official website http://www.farmsunday.org.
    05/06/14

    Easter EggRare egg spotted collected at the farm: The competition for our luxury chocolate Easter Egg was fierce, but in the end it was Rachel Stoyell from Fishponds who triumphed. The enormous and very chocolaty egg, kindly donated by Daryll Barnes, was presented by our Treasurer Paul and our Chairman Pete. No word as yet how Rachel is facing up to the challenge, but there are plenty of offers to help with its consumption from the Friends group! Congratulations Rachel, and thanks to everyone who took part in raising vital funds for the farm.
    08/05/14

    Parking mad: With the lovely weather and the continuing popularity of the farm and the Barn Café, parking has been somehwat of an issue during the holidays. The farm has been working hard to open extra parking in the lower field as it was still unuseable since the winter rain. The good news is that the overflow parking is now available on the right hand side as you enter the farm. Although we appreciate it's not possible for everyone to walk or bus their way to the farm, due to the limited parking we would urge all our visitors to consider other means of transport, especially during the busy holidays. Bus service information is on our contact page.
    16/04/14

    Easter EggRare egg spotted at the farm: The farming life always allows nature to throw a few of its oddities at you, but rumour has it a rare type of egg can currently be seen at the farm. For the ornithologists amongst you, it's what's know as a 'half and half ostrich egg'. The mystery continues as firstly we don't have any ostrich at the farm, and secondly if we did we're not sure how they would lay an egg with "Truly enormous shells, one 50% milk with crispy feuilletine, and one 70% dark chocolate, studded with almonds, filled with an exciting collection of 29 milk and dark chocolates - for the very best of both worlds". All we know is it's worth a whopping £75 but could be yours for as little a single £1. So don't delay, buy your raffle tickets today from the Barn Café. Here's to an indigestion filled Easter!
    11/04/14

    New LambIt's Lambing time: It must be spring if it's lambing time and this week as seen the first lambs arrive on the farm. In sharp contrast to the last few years where the new borns needed time in the barn due to the cold weather, we should see the lambs gambling in the field in the coming days. As with the new kids, catch up while they're bouncings around.


    03/04/14

    New KidPhotos of the new kids: Here's a photo of two of our latest kids to be born at the farm. They grow up quickly so catch 'em while you can!





    27/03/14

    Just kidding: Another 4 baby goats were born at the farm this week, we'll try and get them to pose for their photo as soon as possible....
    13/03/14

    Lord of the Goats: We thought that pop culture was starting to infiltrate the farm as the new kid has been named Bilbo. It appears, however, that it has nothing to do with Tolkien or mysterious far off lands, but more to do with the fact his father is called Bill...
    06/03/14

    Excavators behind Stonehill BarnA Different Animal at the Farm: If you're wondering what the new large yellow beasts are doing at the back of Stonehill Barn, wonder no more! The excavators are in and they're preparing a new hard standing at the back of the barn. This has long been needed so that the larger animals have somewhere dry to stand when their winter accomodation is being cleaned out.


    28/02/14

    New KidNew Kid on the Block: After our new little piglets arrived on the farm a few weeks ago, we are pleased to announce that we have a new baby goat. Our new 'kid' on the block is the first offspring for Mum, so they'll have a little peace and quiet in the barn for a few days before being shown off to the world. Hopefully by the weekend she'll be ready for visitors, but please bear with if it takes a little longer.


    27/02/14

    Carols Poster 2013Make and Meet: After an extended break for Christmas, the Make and Meet group will be starting again this Wednesday (12th Feb 2014).
    Covering all aspects of craft from applique and embroidery to dressmaking and quilting, if you have a burning desire to learn some new skills, to try a new hobby or to simply get together with like mided crafters, then this is the group for you. Click the poster for more details and how to sign up.


    10/02/14

    New PigletsNew PigletsFirst Pictures of the New Piglets: New piglets are always popular at the farm, but have to kept behind closed doors for a few days for Mum and the little ones to get some peace and quiet. Well the good news is that the doors are open for you to visit, better still, we have a few photos to share with you. Thanks as always to our lighting quick Friend for snapping these early shots.
    10/02/14

    Carols Poster 2013New Calf: It's all go at the farm at the moment! As well as some new piglets being born we also have a new calf that was born at the farm. The new calf is doing well with Mum, but I wonder if it thinks that life is alway going to be this wet and windy!



    10/02/14

    New Piglets: With the wind and rain lashing down outside and half the farm underwater everything seems a bit miserable, so here's a bit of good news to cheer you up. We have 15 new piglets that have just been born on the farm! Now before you all brave the weather and rush down to take a peek, Mum and her offspring are taking a well earned rest behind closed doors for a few days, but will be on show soon.
    05/02/14

    Carols Poster 2013Carols 2013: With Christmas fast approaching (no matter how hard you try to deny it!) it's time to put the Friends' 'Carols around the Stable' event in your diary. With the Nativity played out by Mangotsfield C of E Primary School and the carols accompanied by Oldland Brass there nothing quite like it to get you into the Christmas mood.
    The procession and Nativity start at 5:15pm on Saturday the 14th December, so put the date into your diary and check the Carols page for more info. Don't foget to wrap up warm for this outdoor event.

    Apple Pressing in Yate 2013A Pressing Engagement in Yate: The Friends were approached by a community group based in Abbotswood, Yate who wanted to hold an Apple Day similar to that which the Friends put on every year. As the group was new and had little experience in apple pressing, and even less equipment, the Friends were happy to help share the knowledge and the necessary equipment to help them out on the day.
    A great day was had by all and we hope it is the start of more apple based things to come for the group in the future.


    Apple Day pictures: The pictures from this years Apple Day are now available on our Apple Day page. Didn't realise is took so long for digital prints to dry out!
    Apple Day Poster 2013It's the Apple Day: It's turning a bit autumnal out there, with the temperature dropping and the leaves gradually starting to turn, so that must mean it's apple picking time which also must mean that it's apple pressing time! That's right, the Friends are holding their annual Apple Day on Sunday 13th October from 11:00am - 4:00pm. There's plenty of pressing going on but lots else to keep you busy, such as Collywobbles Bus and a classic Punch and Judy show. That's the way to do it....!
    ***UPDATE***
    There will be a community apple pick happening on Saturday 12th October, the day before our Apple Day. All are welcome, but you need to register. See our Apple Day page for more info.
    Animal Petting: Ever wanted to get that bit closer to the animals and learn a bit more? Well now's your chance. The Farm staff are going to be running a series of workshops where you will get the opportnuity to learn a bit more about some of the animals on the farm and be able to get up close and pet them. It's all a bit of fun and great for the kids. There are posters around the farm and in the Barn Café with more info, or call in and speak to a member of Farm Staff (not the Friends). The workshops take place every week from 11am to 12pm, weather permitting, and the details are:
    • Mondays - Donkeys
    • Thursdays - Rabbits
    • Friday - Goats

    Macmillan Morning: The Friends took part in Macmillan's Coffee Morning fundraising event and raised £63.90 for the cause. Thank you to everyone who took part, either helping out or buying their coffee.

    Volunteering Hotline: The Friends are please to announce that we have a new email and hotline for anybody wishing to find out more about the volunteering opportunities with the Friends group. All the details are on our contact page, so if you or any friends wish to find out more, drop us line or give us call.

    More Piglets: We're pleased to announce that on Saturday 17th August another 9 piglets were born on the farm. Together with the 10 born at the end of June (see below) this is great news for the farm. They will be kept inside for a few days peace and quiet with Mum before being on show.

    Bristol Balloon Fiesta over the Farm 2013Balloon Flyby: While Bristol Balloon Fiesta enjoyed a speedy flyby from the Red Arrows, Grimsbury Farm had a somewhat more sedate flyby by some of the balloons taking part in a mass accent.




    Twin Calves born July 2013Twins: Sunday 21st July saw our new arrivals make an appearance on the Farm, and when we say 'saw our latest arrivals' we mean it! As some of the Friends were busying away in the café a new calf arrived in the field behind them. A quick phone call to spread the news allowed a few of the friends to gathered to admire the new born, only to be presented with a second twin calf. Both calves are Bull calves and will grow very quickly, so make sure you keep popping in to see them while they're still young. Click here to see some picture taken moments after the births.

    Chris Skidmore Working in the CaféOur newest volunteer: Local MP, Chris Skidmore, dropped into the Barn Café recently to lend a hand. He is helping the Friends try to recruit more volunteers to help out in the café, so that we can continue to run the service and help raise vital funds for the farm. If you'd like to lend a hand we would love to hear from you. Either call into the café Fri-Sun (when the Friends are working) or email us here. If an MP can work in the café, anyone can! (Sorry Chris!)

    Café FlyerThe Barn Café needs YOU!: Can you help? You may have noticed that the Barn Café was forced to close for a whole weekend at the end of June, this is not a decision the Friends like to take but we are, on occasion, either forced to close the café at short notice or open with a limited number of staff. Both situations are not ideal as closing the café is bad for everyone and running with a limited number of volunteers means more work for everyone. We need more volunteers to help run this valuable asset (remember that all the profits from the café are put back into the farm), so if you can spare some time, even an hour or two, then we'd love to hear from you and we're sure that you'll enjoy being involved. Call in to the café to have a chat or email us here.

    Moo arrival: No apologies for the pun as our newest arrival to make an appearance this year is a new calf born this week (8th July). Even better news is that we are due another one anytime soon! We'll keep you updated, but keep popping in on the farm to keep an eye out. Plenty of cold drinks and ice creams at the Barn Café to keep you cool during the hot weather.
    PigletsNew Piglets: Last Sunday (30th June) saw the arrival of 10 new piglets at the farm. They are enjoying a little privacy at the moment to give Mum a chance to settle down, but the barn doors should be open for viewing later in the week. Keep popping up the farm to catch that early glimpse..
    Café Update: Unfortunately, due to a shortage of volunteers the Barn Café will be CLOSED this weekend (Sat 29th & Sun 30th June). This is not a decision that the Friends take lightly, but we rely on dedicated team of volunteers to run the café so without enough help we are forced to close. We apologise for any inconvenience. We are, of course, always on the look out for new volunteers in the café, so if you'd like to help out please do contact us. Either call in the café when it's open, or email us here.
    Open Farm Sunday 2013Open Farm Sunday: Sunday 9th June is Open Farm Sunday. This is a national event organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) whereby farmers are encouraged to open their farms to the public to give people the opportunity to better understand farms and farming and the production of the food they eat. Of course, Grimsbury Farm is open everyday but we are still taking part in Open Farm Sunday as we never like to miss an opportunity to invite more people to come and enjoy the farm! So come on down on Sunday 9th June and enjoy some activities that are going on. Watch the sheep being sheared, then see how the wool is weaved into thread. Watch a farrier at work, enjoy the vintage tractors, explore the Tree Life Centre and take part in a bit of pond dipping. The Barn Café will be open to keep you refreshed as always.
    Date: Sunday 9th June | Time: 10am - 3pm | Price: Free Entrance
    Donkey Workshops: The farm is now holding weekly donkey workshops which are free and suitable for all. They take place every Tuesday (weather permitting!) between 11am - 12pm and will involve a short talk about donkeys, will show you how to groom a donkey and provide an opportunity for petting a donkey. They are being run by the farm staff so if you have any enquiries please contact the farm directly (see contact us), although booking is not required so you can just turn up and enjoy!
    Date: Every Tuesday (weather permitting) | Time: 11am - 12pm | Price: Free
    Foal-ing around on the Farm: Millie, our Shetland Pony, has today (23rd April) given birth to her foal, the first foal born on the farm for many years. Mum and son are doing well and have been outside all day enjoying the sun. The only question now is what to name our new male arrival who turns up on St. George's day... George it is!
    Farm Update: Is spring finally arriving? We can only hope.. either way the animals can't wait any longer and the lambing is nearly finished. We also have two new baby goats (Bonnie and Clyde!). With the milder weather the new arrivals should be out in the fields soon for all to see.

    Our Shetland pony, Millie, has been given her own space and a bit of peace and quiet as her big day arrives. Could be any day now. Of course, you can relax in the Barn Café while you're keeping a vigil at the farm!

    Don't forget that if parking is a problem, additional parking is available in the memorial park further up Grimsbury road. There is a path that links the memorial car park directly to the farm which is suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs.


    Alisha's Bike RideAlesha's Bike Ride: The Friends were very touched to hear that Alesha Hickmans, a local fourteen year old, decided she would like to raise some funds for the Friends of Grimsbury Farm by completing a cycle ride. She organised her own sponsor form, thirty five mile route and despite the weather, completed the journey on Saturday 9th March. She managed to raise a wopping £120.00 and we would like to say a big, big thank you to her as the money will help towards improving this fabulous community farm. Well done Alesha.
    Café Hygene Rating5* Café: Despite the recent cold weather, the café at the farm is open for business. And with our new windows installed what better way to shelter from the weather? Oh, and did we mention we achieved a 5* rating in our recent hygene inspection?



    Carols in the Barn 2012: Thanks to everyone who helped out at, and attended, our Carols on Saturday 8th December 2012. Some photos of the day are available in our Carols section under events.


    Animal Pens: For some time now it has been the wish of the Friends to improve the stabling conditions for the animals. We would all like to see the animals in the fields all year round but it is necessary at times to bring them into the stables for shelter or birthing for example. We have been working hard with South Glostershire Council to extend the indoor stables with a series out outdoor pens so that the animals can have access to fresh air and sunlight during their time in the stable. Also, it means that our many visitors can see the animals when the stables are not accessible. So it is very exciting to be able to report that this work has started and will be finished shortly! This is another great improvement to the farm and the animals that the Friends have been able to help fund thanks to our many donations and profit from the café which are ploghed back into farm improvemtns. So a big thank you to all our supporters.
    Apple Day 2012: Thanks to everyone who supported our Apple Day which was another great success. Some photos of the day are available on our Apple Day section under events.

    Café opening: The Friends are very pleased to announce that the Barn Café is now open 7 days a week. This is something we have wanted to achieve since the very begining and working alongside Brandon Trust we have finally been able to achieve this important milestone. Of course, we also would be able to open everyday if there was no demand, so our thanks also go to our many supporters of the café and the farm. We will continue to open 7 days throughout the winter period, but there will be the usual change in opening hours. These are detailed below and on the Barn Café page.


    Opening hours as of the 1st November 2012:
      • Mon - 10:00am - 3:00pm - Brandon Trust
      • Tue - 10:00am - 3:00pm - Brandon Trust
      • Wed - 10:00am - 3:00pm - Brandon Trust
      • Thur - 10:00am - 3:00pm - Brandon Trust
      • Fri 10:30am - 3:00pm - Friends of Grimsbury Farm
      • Sat 10:30am - 3:00pm - Friends of Grimsbury Farm
      • Sun 10:30am - 3:00pm - Friends of Grimsbury Farm

    ASDA PresentationWe'd like to say "Thank you" to everybody who supported the Friends by placing their ASDA Tokens in the Friends of Grimsbury Farm box. As a result of everyone's support the Friends came second in the vote and have won £50. As we have said before, this type of donation is particularly valuable to the group as unlike grant awards, we are not restricted in how we spend this money meaning we can choose the most appropriate project on the farm. So thank you again to everybody who voted for us, here's a picture of ASDA's representative handing over the cheque.
    Thanks to our insurance agent Mark Richard Insurance, the Friends were give an opportunity to apply for a grant through the Aviva Community Fund. After being shortlisted we were invited to a presentation day to see how successful we had been. I think 'quite' successful is a bit of an understatement! We walked away with the top award of £15,000.00! This grant will go a long way to help us to secure the Barn Café after our recent spate of damage ensuring that our future earnings can go towards projects on the farm instead of repairing damage and replacing stock. The full splendour of the day can be enjoyed here.
    RAOBThe Oldland Lodge of the RAOB recently held a race night and the Friends were generously chosen as recipients of 50% of the funds raised to help with the various projects around the farm. The Friends would like to thank the RAOB for their support in the work we do at the farm for the community. A presentation evening was held at the Barn Café recently to officially receive the funds from the RAOB.



    Raffle WinnerThe Friends would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers and helpers for making the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration a day to truly remember, but it wouldn't have been a great day without the thousands (literally) of you who turned out to support the farm and make the day so special. Special thanks to our £50 raffle winner, Daren Watkins, who very generously donated his prize money back to the farm to help with our project. More Jubilee pictures here.


    The Friends of Grimsbury Farm are very proud that Grimsbury Farm has picked up a Mums' Choice Award having been voted as one of the top free places to visit by the users of Newmums. This is real boost for the farm and shows the effort and improvements that have gone on aren't going unnoticed. Read more on the Netmums webiste.

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