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February 15, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Snippets of Apley news

1st calf 2015

One of Apley’s first 2015 calves

winter sunrise 5

Apley Hall, frosty morning

2015-02-12, Pigg's Playbarn Cookery Club - Pancakes 35

Pigg’s Playbarn pancakes


Rabbit curry

Rabbit curry

Sunday night, bits & pieces of Apley news. Like nibbling at a delicious picnic, sometimes these are the best bits to read !Annabel told me the children in Pigg’s Playbarn made some great pancakes on Thursday, ready for Shrove Tuesday this week (17 Feb) – so don’t forget to pick up your ingredients (flour, eggs, milk, lemon, sugar) in Apley Farm Shop.

Head Chef Martin has made a rabbit curry for the Easter edition of Yattar Yattar. It’s a great magazine covering Staffordshire, Cheshire, Wales & Shropshire.

On Apley Home Farm, our Farm Manager Adrian Joynt emailed me saying they started calving this week – here’s one of Apley’s first 2015 calves. They’ve had a set of twins already & thankfully both are doing fine.

New Apley estate office, Old School House, Norton

New Apley estate office, Old School House, Norton

Other jobs last week on the Apley Home Farms included finishing off cleaning out the cattle yards so that they are nice & clean for the cows to calve in, spraying the oilseed rape to control a disease called Light Leaf Spot & including a trace element supplement for manganese deficiency which is a common problem on light sandy soils.

I’ve seen nothing but positive feedback from customers who enjoyed Apley Farm Shop’s Valentines Day Afternoon Teas – such as this one I’ve just seen on this blog – “We had the most fantastic afternoon tea for valentines day . Every detail was prefect from the greeting to the eating . Many thanks to Karen and all the staff.” Fab news – it’s not as simple as it looks, getting it all perfect for everyone all the time with real life variables ! So well done to Martin & Zoe who head up the Creamery Café & of course our new General Manager Tina.

“We came here for Valentine’s afternoon tea and were very impressed, the initial cafè was quite busy and full of hustle and bustle but we went through to another building/annexe which had been decorated in hearts and rustic decor and was so cosy. The music was classy, the atmosphere relaxed and the service was spon on – the staff were so attentive. Here’s some more: “Delicious food, lovely buildings and great staff. Would definitely come again for next years Valentine afternoon tea! “.  All feedback comments are like nuggets of gold to us, helping us improve where & when needed & being able to praise & encourage staff when they deserve it.

Lettie, our Assistant Land Agent, sent me these 2 shots of the new Estate Office at the Old School House, Norton. The Estate Office moved to East Castle Street in 1953, having formerly been in the High Street. The agent at the time was Patrick Roney-Dougal. The new office was built as a village school until its closure in the early 1980s when it became a plumber’s office & stores. The Governor’s House which has housed the office for 60 years in Bridgnorth is now a crèche.


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