Fernhill Fibre

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 Stuart Connor - 9 Hour British Lamb Shearing Record Attempt
Sep
21
5:00 AM05:00

Stuart Connor - 9 Hour British Lamb Shearing Record Attempt

Pressure & Performance through Personal Loss - words from Stuart :

On Saturday 21st September at 5.00 am, I will be attempting to break the 9-Hour British Lamb Shearing Record at Fernhill Farm, Cheddar Road, Compton Martin, Bristol, BS40 6LD.

In April 2018, life decided to serve my family a cruel and devastating curveball, Our Daughter Grace passed away at 3 years old, she was diagnosed with ‘Mitochondrial Disease’. We had never heard of this disease, let alone understand how our happy, healthy and full of life daughter had just been diagnosed.

Mitochondrial disease is caused by mutations in mitochondria, these are tiny organelles which are present in every cell in the human body and are responsible for generating 90% of the energy needed to survive. So, when they fail, the consequences can be serious, wide-ranging and sadly fatal.

The current record is 781 lambs and I will be using Heiniger Gear, as I believe it is the best in the world.

The record, is a huge challenge, requiring an enormous amount of time, planning, dedication and cost, approximately £10,000. So, there is a huge effort being made order to raise the necessary funds to ensure that this record is broken on the day. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Please help me spread the word, get people to come and support me. I can only do this with your help. I won’t let you down and can assure you that you will see nothing less than 110% from me on the day and in the lead-up.

Put the 21st September in your diary, your support will help me to smash this record.

Here is the link to the official Stuart Connor - 9 Hour British Lamb Shearing Record Attempt Facebook event page for full details

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Blade Shearing Tournament and Fleece Sale – Autumn 2019
Sep
22
9:30 AM09:30

Blade Shearing Tournament and Fleece Sale – Autumn 2019

Blades by Martin Bentham .jpg

Join us at Fernhill Farm to watch the sheep being shorn in our lively shearing shed with Blade Shearing lessons available from 9am - 11am to allow every age and ability to try shearing with blades.

From Noon until Dark skilled shearers from around the world will take part in this bi-annual tournament to compete with the best and help raise the profile of the Benefits of Blade Shearing here in the UK.

Buy fleece fresh off the boards in the shearing shed, as well as finished products made from our wool in our pop-up Sheep Shop. Beautiful scarves, blankets, yarn, clothing and more in a range of natural and dyed colours. 

Throughout the day wool spinning, peg loom weaving and needle felt workshops will be available from the Fernhill Fibre team, and we welcome all those who use natural resources to promote and create rural activities.

Keeping with tradition we invite local food stalls, folky musicians, and volunteers to help us serve up Somerset Ales, Wines and Ciders to our thirsty spectators and hard grafting shearers!

We also wish to continue to offer foraging walks throughout the day, where you can learn to find food growing wild around this farm landscape. More details on how to book coming along soon

Free entry to all – it's a perfect family day out and please do get in contact if you wish to get involved wool@fernhill-farm.co.uk All proceeds are donated as prize money for talented shearers

Camping available to pre-book on our farm events website www.fernhill-farm.co.uk

Here is the link to the Facebook Event Page

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Blade Shearing Tournament and Fleece Sale – Spring 2020
Mar
21
9:30 AM09:30

Blade Shearing Tournament and Fleece Sale – Spring 2020

Blades by Martin Bentham .jpg

Join us at Fernhill Farm to watch the sheep being shorn in our lively shearing shed with Blade Shearing lessons available from 9am - 11am to allow every age and ability to try shearing with blades.

From Noon until Dark skilled shearers from around the world will take part in this bi-annual tournament to compete with the best and help raise the profile of the Benefits of Blade Shearing here in the UK.

Buy fleece fresh off the boards in the shearing shed, as well as finished products made from our wool in our pop-up Sheep Shop. Beautiful scarves, blankets, yarn, clothing and more in a range of natural and dyed colours. 

Throughout the day wool spinning, peg loom weaving and needle felt workshops will be available from the Fernhill Fibre team, and we welcome all those who use natural resources to promote and create rural activities.

Keeping with tradition we invite local food stalls, folky musicians, and volunteers to help us serve up Somerset Ales, Wines and Ciders to our thirsty spectators and hard grafting shearers!

There will be foraging walks throughout the day, where you can learn to find food growing wild around this farm landscape. More details on how to book coming along soon

Free entry to all – it's a perfect family day out and please do get in contact if you wish to get involved wool@fernhill-farm.co.uk All proceeds are donated as prize money for talented shearers

Accommodation available to pre-book on our farm events website www.fernhill-farm.co.uk

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Bath & West Show 2019
May
29
to Jun 1

Bath & West Show 2019

  • The Royal Bath & West Showground (map)
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Fernhill will be exhibiting at the Royal Bath and West Show 2019. We’ll be there selling fleece, fibre and finished textile items, as well as demonstrating shearing and running craft workshops.

Agriculture is at the heart of the Show with over 4500 Livestock, Sheep Shearing, machinery from the past 100 years and the very latest farming technology.

Entertainment is on tap with attractions in the main ring ranging from top class Show-Jumping to the grand parade of prize winning animals. While the Living Countryside arena showcases the Great British Countryside.

The Show is in the heart of the West Country which is home to cider and cheddar cheese; and the Show hosts the British Cider Championships and The British Cheese Awards. The show features over 125 food producers, ranging from funky street food to ‘sit, eat and enjoy’, to the finest produce you can take home to cook and share with all the family.

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The 9th World Congress of Coloured Sheep
May
20
to May 22

The 9th World Congress of Coloured Sheep

Jen will be attending the 9th World Congress of Coloured Sheep. The congress is for everyone who is interested in coloured sheep, whether it’s genetics, wool, handcrafting or marketing – this congress covers it all.

The congress is an unique chance to see the whole processing chain of wool from scouring to the finished product since Biella is the only place where everything can be done in one place.

Event details on Facebook.

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Blade Shearing Tournament and Fleece Sale – Spring 2019
Mar
23
9:30 AM09:30

Blade Shearing Tournament and Fleece Sale – Spring 2019

Fernhill Farm Blade Shearing.jpg

Spring time will be upon soon which means it's time to pre-lamb shear again! 

Join us at Fernhill Farm to watch the sheep being shorn in our lively shearing shed with Blade Shearing lessons available from 10am - Noon to allow every age and ability to try shearing with blades.

After lunch skilled shearers from around the world will take part in this bi-annual tournament and new to this event is the Speed Shear from 5-6pm. 

Buy fleece fresh off the boards in the shearing shed, as well as finished products made from our wool in our pop-up Sheep Shop. Beautiful scarves, blankets, yarn and more in a range of natural and dyed colours. 

Throughout the afternoon, wool Spinning and needle felt workshops will be available during the day and loads of other truly rural activities, food, music and The Thatchers Cider Truck serving local Somerset Ciders!

There will be foraging walks throughout the day, where you can learn to find food growing wild in your local landscape. Tickets for the walks available here!

Free entry to all – it's a perfect family day out!  

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Fibre Experience Day
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Fibre Experience Day

Come to Fernhill Farm for a day of relaxing fibre craft. Use fleece and yarn from our sheep's wool to make a tuffet on a peg loom, and a French-knitted snood. You'll also get a chance to meet some of the sheep that provide the wool and see where they're shorn.

Two craft sessions will provide time to work with your hands, chat with fellow lovers of wool, and quiet your mind.

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Blade Shearing Tournament and Fleece Sale – Autumn 2018
Sep
29
9:30 AM09:30

Blade Shearing Tournament and Fleece Sale – Autumn 2018

Fernhill Farm Blade Shearing.jpg

It's Autumn, which means it's time to shear again! 

Join us on Fernhill Farm to watch the sheep being shorn in our lively shearing shed. Skilled shearers will be travelling from round the world to take part. 

Buy fleece fresh off the boards in the shearing shed, as well as finished products made from our wool in our pop-up Sheep Shop. Beautiful scarves, blankets, yarn and more in a range of natural and dyed colours. 

There will be loads of exciting activities including axe-throwing, weaving a poncho from the freshly shorn wool and sculpting sheep out of willow.

Free entry to all – it's a perfect family day out! Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. 

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