Registered Charity No. 1138396
Co. Ltd by Guarantee 7343296
 
Oak Tree Farm provides training and supported occupation for adults with learning disabilities, in a rural environment.

The Project provides opportunity, support and encouragement for people to learn new skills and to improve their existing ones, paving  the way into sheltered employment for those people for whom this is appropriate, whilst giving purposeful occupation to others.

Oak Tree Farm is situated on a 15 acre smallholding near the village of Hilderstone and is part of the Harrowby Estate of Sandon.

MISSION STATEMENT

‘Oak Tree Farm provides a rural working environment where people with learning disabilities gain the skills, independence and confidence to take them towards an active role in society’.

 
 
Focus Day - Friday 23rd August 11am-2:30pm

Focus Day - Friday 23rd August 11am-2:30pm

FOCUS DAY

Friday 23rd August 2019

11am - 2:30pm

COME AND SEE US AT WORK ON THE FARM

This will be an opportunity to view the work of the charity, the achievements of our Team Members and the charity’s ideas for the future. Unlike past ‘Open Days’ the emphasis of Focus Day is on Team Members rather than on fund raising; a ‘show case’ rather than a garden fete.

So please come along and see what our Team Members achieve in the gardens, with the plants, with the animals, in the Oak Leaf Tea Room, in the Pottery, with Acorn Garden Services and Branching Out. There will be demonstrations of daily activities, and our Team Members will be running a produce stall with fresh fruit and vegetables they have grown and a cake stall with cakes they have made in the tea room.

Our tea room will also be open for refreshments and light snacks, so do come along and join us.


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Team Members' Bike-a-Thon 12th-16th August

Team Members' Bike-a-Thon 12th-16th August

Following the success of the previous years’ bike-a-thons, the Team Members, Staff and Volunteers are going to do it all again. This year we are aiming to cycle 350 miles, the approximate distance we travel in a week whilst taking part in Branching Out and Acorn Garden Services activities.

The Bike-a-Thon will take place Monday 12th August until Friday 16th August on static exercise bikes outside the tea room.
All monies raised by our Team Members will be divided between Oak Tree Farm and the Team Members’ chosen charity which is the Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre.
Please feel free to come and cheer our Team Members on during the week. 

We also have a Just Giving page online for the event at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oak-tree-farm-bike-a-thon.


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Tea Room and Shop Closures

Tea Room and Shop Closures

Saturday 24th August to Friday 30th August - tea room closed all week. Re-opens on Saturday 31st August.


Thursday 5th September - tea room and shop closed for Team Members' annual trip.

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Bob's American Pacific Coast Ride - Revisited

Bob's American Pacific Coast Ride - Revisited

As some of you may remember, Bob Colclough attempted to cycle the West coast of USA last year in aid of Oak Tree Farm.  Unfortunately he became ill part way through and had to abandon the ride.  This year he hopes to try again.  Here is what he says on his Just Giving page about it:

"The adventure begins again...........Cycling from Seattle to San Diego on the Mexican border. Those that followed the ride last year will be aware of the “Oregon Flu” I contracted which meant I was unable to complete the ride fully. So it’s “unfinished business”!!


This is a "once-in-a-lifetime" trip, riding the North American Pacific Coast. 1630 miles with 106,300 feet of climbing.

Starting from Seattle on 6 September the route begins mainly flat and rolling with a few climbs through
Washington State, but soon becomes hilly along the coast of Oregon. Steep and long with spectacular views and undoubtedly exhilarating descents!


California is Redwood country with its coastline vistas and numerous towns and cities including San
Francisco. The route actually traverses the Golden Gate Bridge and then onward towards LA and Santa Monica where I began my 2017 Transamerica ride to Orlando.


The plan is to arrive in San Diego by 1 October and if there's time I'd like to visit San Diego Zoo which I recall reading about as a child.

All in all, this is considered as one of the most beautiful rides in the world and one which I am really looking forward to.

Having previously raised funds for national charities, I have chosen to continue my support for the Oak Tree Farm Rural Project, a local charity to Staffordshire that undertakes such wonderful work helping people with learning disabilities gain independence towards an active role in society." 

If you would like to support Bob and Oak Tree Farm you can donate online through his Just Giving page following this link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bob-colclough1






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The Dowager Countess of Harrowby

We are very sad to announce that one of our Patrons, Lady Jane Harrowby passed away on 1st May 2019.
Lady Harrowby was always eager to support the work of Oak Tree Farm in any way she could over the years and was very much a friend of the farm.  She was a frequent visitor and always took time to speak to team members, staff and volunteers.  She will be greatly missed by us all.

There was a memorial service for Lady Harrowby at Lichfield Cathedral on Monday 24th June.





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Midsummer Music  - Saturday 22nd June

Midsummer Music - Saturday 22nd June

A fun evening was had by all at our Midsummer Music event.  Thank you to Ben Reece and Graham Turner for entertaining us and to everyone who came and supported the event. 


You can see some photos of the event on our Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/oaktreefarmruralproject/



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New Shop Open

New Shop Open

Our shop has now moved to it's new premises in the extension next to our tea room.  It will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm.  We will be selling pottery made on site by our Team Members, crafts and cards and, later in the year, cut flowers grown at the farm. Our plants sales are now based at the new shop, with a new plant sales area just outside the shop/tea room. 
We look forward to you visiting. 

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Craft Group

Craft Group

The Craft Group continues to meet monthly on the first Tuesday of the month to enjoy crafting and learn new skills whilst raising funds for Oak Tree Farm.  All meetings start at 7pm and finish by 9:30pm and are open to all.  A charge of £5 covers refreshments and some materials and all proceeds are donated to the Farm. In 2018 we were able to donate over £750 to the Farm, plus many members made and donated items to be sold in the shop.


The photo shows the fabric corsage flowers we made at the June meeting.

 

Please click below for the 2019 programme.

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Team Members' Holiday Closures 2019

Team Members' holiday closures will be as follows for 2019

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Extension to tea room for new shop

Extension to tea room for new shop

The extension to the tea room that will house our new shop was delivered today, please see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oaktreefarmruralproject/ for all the photos.

The new shop will provide further opportunities for our Team Members to learn new skills, including floristry, using the till, customer service and so on. 

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Bob's American Pacific Coast Bike Ride for Oak Tree Farm

Bob's American Pacific Coast Bike Ride for Oak Tree Farm

In September Bob Colclough, retired NHS manager from Leigh, will be cycling the US Pacific Coast route to raise money for Oak Tree Farm Rural Project in Hilderstone. The three-week ride will cover 1857 miles from Vancouver, in Canada, to San Diego just short of the Mexican border.

Bob says “This is the latest in a series of long distance rides I have done for charity. Previously I have supported national charities, but decided this time to support a local one.”

David Folkes, Chairman, says “We are delighted that Bob will be supporting us in this way and look forward to following his progress on social media.”

You can help Bob to reach his target by donating through www.justgiving.com and searching for Bob Colclough or follow this link justgiving.com/fundraising/bob-colclough1



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Focus Day - Wednesday 15th August 2018

Focus Day - Wednesday 15th August 2018

Thank you to everyone who came to our Focus Day this year.  Our Team Members really enjoyed showing visitors what they do when they come to Oak Tree Farm.  

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Team Members' Bike-a-Thon, 2nd-6th July

Team Members' Bike-a-Thon, 2nd-6th July

Following on from the success of lasts year's bike-a-thon, our Team Members did it all again. This year they cycled 337 miles, the distance from Oak Tree Farm to our plug plant suppliers in the Netherlands, on static exercise bikes in our animal area outside the tea room. Our team members raised £900 which will be divided between Oak Tree Farm and the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

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Scarecrow Competition

Scarecrow Competition

Congratulations to our Team Members on winning 2nd place in the Traditional category at  the Hilderstone Village Scarecrow weekend.

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GDPR - Privacy Policy

We take data security very seriously at Oak Tree Farm Rural Project and it has always been our policy not to share data with outside parties.


Please click on the link below to view our Privacy Policy

 

Further information about GDPR can be found on the Information Commisioner’s Office (ICO) website www.ico.org.uk


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Auction of Paintings by Rita Banks

Auction of Paintings by Rita Banks

The hammer fell at Oak Tree Farm Rural Project last Friday 16th March when local artist Rita Banks donated 26 of her paintings to be auctioned.
We were delighted with Rita’s generous offer and called on the services of auctioneer and friend of the Farm, Mike Beardmore, to conduct the auction. Viewing took place from 6pm and by the time the auction began at 7pm the Tea Room was packed with eager bidders.
Rita supported Mike by telling the story behind the paintings as they went under the hammer; many had been exhibited and won international prizes.
By the end of the evening all the paintings had been sold and we had raised the amazing sum of £1148 to boost funds.
Sincere thanks to Rita Banks for her generous donation and to Mike Beardmore for his skills as the auctioneer.

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What's On at Oak Tree Farm

Check the 'What's On' page of our website for details of all the events we have coming up over the next few months. 

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Get regular updates about what's happening at Oak Tree Farm Rural Project.  Follow our Facebook page

   

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The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Presentation

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Presentation

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was presented to Oak Tree Farm Rural Project by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson, at a prestigious ceremony at Sandon Hall.  Longstanding volunteer, Margaret Shuker, assisted by more recent volunteer, Joel Paxton, accepted the crystal on behalf of the charity.  The certificate, signed by Her Majesty the Queen, was presented to Tony Browne.  Tony is the charity's longest serving trustee.

Pictures of the presentation can be seen in the gallery.

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Gift Aid your donation to Oak Tree Farm

If you are kind enough to make a donation to the Oak Tree Farm Rural Project, we can reclaim tax on your donation.

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