Simon's News - January 2017

Hello and a very Happy New Year to you all! My sincere apologies for not writing a blog sooner.

Since last writing I have gotten back into cooking, from roast beef dinner for the family to healthy chicken options. I’m so lucky to have four fantastic butchers working here at Becketts and they’re always happy to offer cooking suggestions, and point me in the right direction for which cut of meat is best.

On the farm we have just purchased some new farm equipment. Firstly a JCB Fastrac which goes at a speed of 62km on the road and then a JCB Loadall which lifts 4 tons and has a reach of 7m.

The amount of technology in these machines is amazing!

This Christmas I had a ‘first’, and for the first time in my life I decorated a Christmas tree. I don’t think it looked too bad for a first attempt. Don’t you agree?

I had a post-Christmas trip to the USA to see old friends. I visited Texas and then up-state New York. Temperatures in Texas were at 80⁰F, so it was a bit of a shock to the system arriving to snowy conditions in New York! I did lots of driving, a Corvette in Texas, a Dodge Charger in New York, and even a snow mobile too – that was another ‘first’ over the festive season!

Back at Becketts Farm, and 2017 will see us welcoming two new partners to the main Farm Shop site. Firstly, at the end of January Acorns Children’s’ Hospice are opening a charity furniture shop, they do fantastic work, so support them and have a browse next time you visit. Secondly, in September (if timings go to plan) we will welcome Shirley Aquatics to site. They’ll be opening a new state of the art shop, moving from their current premises in Shirley.

Over December I have been blown away by the commitment of our staff and customers to local charity work.

We collected an incredible amount of essentials (food, bedding, toiletries) for St Basil’s charity, who offer fantastic support to the young, homeless of our city. We’ve also donated over £1000 worth of children’s toys to Acorns Children’s Charity, which they’ll put to good use, distributing to families who use their valuable facilities. Staff also got involved with Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day on 16th December. I forgot to wear my Christmas jumper so was labelled a scrooge, but made up for it by wearing silly singing Santa hats for a few weeks afterwards.

Whatever your plans and resolutions for this new year, on behalf of myself all of the staff here, we wish you happiness and health and hope to welcome you here soon.

Until next time.