Registered Charity No. 1138396
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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’.

 
 
Pig Race Evening - 7:30pm Friday 23rd November 2018

Pig Race Evening - 7:30pm Friday 23rd November 2018

Come along and join us at Hilderstone Village Hall for a fun packed evening with your family and friends where 'jockeys' from the audience try to coax their wooden pigs along a length of rope to the finish line.
During the evening there will be eight races to have a flutter on, so plenty of chance to win!

Tickets £7.50 (under 12's £5) to include a bacon bap (or veggie alternative) available from Oak Tree Farm Reception.  Payment by cash or cheque only please. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.

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Christmas at the Farm - Saturday 1st December 11am - 2pm

Come and join us for our annual Christmas at the Farm event where we will have wreaths and other festive decorations made by our Team Members for sale, along with stalls selling Christmas crafts and handmade gifts, cards, plants and pottery.  The Tea Room will be open for light refreshments and mince pies.


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Ingestre Singers Christmas Concert - Tuesday 11th December 8pm

The Ingestre Singers will be putting on a Celebration of Christmas concert at Sandon Hall.  Tickets for this popular event can be purchased from Oak Tree Farm, or by contacting Paul Wyatt on sandonwyatts@btinternet.com or 01889 508042.  Tickets are £8 which includes a glass of wine and a mince pie.


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Christmas Lunch Menu

Christmas Lunch Menu

Our Christmas Lunch menu will be available in our tea room from Monday 12th November until Friday 14th December between 12-2pm each day. Booking advisable as we do get very busy at this time of year.

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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.  We hope to have the interior fitted out in time to open the shop before Christmas.

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

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

At the beginning of September Bob Colclough began cycling the US Pacific Coast route to raise money for Oak Tree Farm Rural Project in Hilderstone. The three-week ride was to cover 1857 miles from Vancouver, in Canada, to San Diego just short of the Mexican border.  Unfortunately, after cycling 800 miles, Bob became ill and was unable to complete the journey.  He has posted the following update on his Just Giving page.

"For those that have followed the trip on FB you will already know the outcome. I became ill half way through the ride and had to return home. There was a considerable amount of Flu in Oregon and it seems I contracted a strain. Simply rest and staying warm is the only treatment."


Although Bob is disappointed not have reached his goal of reaching San Diego, we are still really proud of him for achieving what he did, and would like to thank him and his supporters for the donations made on his Just Giving page. We wish Bob a speedy recovery now that he is back in the UK.



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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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Craft Group

Craft Group

The Craft Group continues to meet monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Tea Room.

A charge of £5 per session includes a hot drink and slice of the wonderful Oak Tree Farm cake.

On 4th September we will be doing free motion embroidery and the programme for the rest of the year is below.

Do come along and join us, you can join in with the topic for the evening or bring your own project to work on with like-minded friends. 

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Team Members' Holiday Closures 2018

Team Members' holiday closures will be as follows for 2018

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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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Follow us on Facebook

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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