News & Events

JANUARY

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Round one of the lambing season is well underway here at Allington and we certainly have our hands full! Over the course of the winter and spring months we welcome roughly 800 lambs onto the farm. The lambs that were born in January through to mid-February will be old enough to make their way out into the field allowing us to make space for the next lot! Now as you can imagine, waiting for lambs to be born is like waiting for a bus to arrive. Not a single ewe gives birth when you’d like it to and when it gets late and you think you may head to bed…voilà lambs everywhere! We lamb approximately 350 ewes between January and April. We aim for an average of 2 lambs per ewe, some will only have one and others will have triplets (very rarely quads or quins).

February

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With thanks to Anthony Cockell, Head Gardener of Lackham College in Chippenham, Mitch went and visited the college to pick up some rather special items. We were promised locally grown lemons which were ripe and ready to pick. We didn’t think anything of it but on arrival we were astounded at the size of the fruits. Not your average lemon you could say but they’re full of flavour and aroma all the same. 20 were harvested by members of the team at Lackham and a few of the students on the day with the same amount again still ripening to be picked another time. As you can imagine, the lemons didn’t hang around for very long once we put them on sale in the shop. Whether they were used in cakes, tea or G&T i’m sure they were put good use. Our pastry chef Emily, made a lemon curd sponge using the rind and juice of just one of the lemons and it was simply delicious. We can’t wait to get back and pick the rest!

                                              

MARCH

Our deputy manager Mitch, is once again taking part in the Bath Half Marathon on 12th March and we’ve had the pleasure of sponsoring him for his chosen charity. He has been training hard once again for the 13 mile race throughout the city of Bath and we wish him all the very best. His chosen charity is SWIFT Medics which are a registered charity that equips and train volunteer doctors in Wiltshire, Swindon and Bristol to attend serious and significant incidents for South Western Ambulance Service Trust. Each year they’re are called to over 200 medical emergencies involving around 300 patients. Each attendance costs on average £75 – to fund this, plus their equipment and training, they rely entirely on the public and receive no funding from the NHS.

A couple of years ago, we decided to jump on the band-wagon and start charging 5p for plastic bags. A number of reasons prompted us to start charging 1. to help reduce the amount of plastic bags used for the sake of the environment and to promote our customers using a box(free of charge) to which we are inundated 2. To be able to give further back to the local community by donating the profits from the scheme to local charities. Since it’s launch back in April 2015 a grand total of £255 has accumulated from the 5p bag sales which this year will be donated to the SWIFT Medic charity. Thank you to our wonderful patrons who have raised this all important money! To find out more about the SWIFT Medics, please click here which will re-direct you to their website.

GOOD LUCK MITCH!

Cottage Delight Tasting

Sat 18th March

1030am – 230pm

Join us on the 18th March when we welcome Cottage Delight along for a tasting. From 1030 – 1430 you’ll be able to sample some of their popular products and some new ones to!

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Wiltshire Chilli Farm Tasting

Sat 25th March

1030am – 230pm

Join us on the 25th March when we welcome The Wiltshire Chilli Farm along for a tasting. From 1030 – 1430 you’ll be able to sample some of their popular products and some new ones to! Based a short distance from Melksham, near Bath in the South West of England, The Wiltshire Chilli Farm consists of a group of culinary and horticulture enthusiasts who share a love of all things spicy.

APRIL

Spring Tasting Day

Sat 1st April

1030am – 230pm

Join us for our Spring tasting day! We’re looking forward to Spring and what it has to offer.

You’ll be able to sample a variety of different products including beers and wine, cheese and breads, chutneys and sauces! The list of suppliers hasn’t been confirmed yet so check back to see if your favourite products will be tasting on the day!

Confirmed suppliers who will be tasting on the day so far include Marshfield Ice Cream, Hotch Potch Pies, Mere Park Creamery, Lick the Spoon & Liberty Fields.

This is our first tasting day of the year and we’re very excited. There will be exclusive in-store special offers so come and join us for what will be a delicious day!

Hobbs House Bakery Tasting

Friday 7th April

1030am – 230pm

Join us as we welcome Hobbs House ambassador Will Ugle to the shop to try some delicious freshly baked breads!

Timmy’s Chillies Tasting

Sat 15th April

1030am – 230pm

‘We use only fresh fruit as it delivers such fabulous flavour to our products. By using more than 50% fresh fruit we are able to keep the chilli hit on the finish. Many bigger companies use frozen and graded shred for their marmalade products, concentrated juices and chemical preservatives. In doing so many natural flavours are lost. We use only fresh fruit, sugar and natural apple pectin as a gelling agent, keeping all the fruity flavours for you to enjoy. Our products are carefully handmade in 120 jar batches, suitable for vegans and gluten free.

Join us and sample some of Tim’s delicious jams & marmalades and meet the man himself

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JUNE

Cherished Vehicle and Farm Fun Day

Sunday 4th June

We will again be holding our ‘Cherished Vehicle and Farm Fun Day’ in 2017 and this year it will be on Sunday, 4 June. It will be open to the public from 11am and entry will be be the same as last year at £6 for adults with children under 10, free. We will once again be showcasing our prized farm machinery with several demonstrations throughout the day plus there will be craft stalls, BBQ and our popular hog roast. There is lots of things for all the family to see and do so why not pop along and help us raise money for the Chippenham Lions!

For those wishing to register a vehicle or to buy space for a stall or to buy advertising space in the brochure then e-mail us on: cvs@chippenhamlions.org.uk

‘We estimate that about 3000 adults people were present at the Chippenham Lions ‘Cherished Vehicle and Farm Fun Day’ on Sunday 5 June 2016 at  Allington Farm Shop. This was the fifth year we had held this event in conjunction with Allington Farm Shop and we were able to build on the success of the previous years to deliver an event which had something for everyone – the cars, the fairground, the craft, charity and trade stands, farm animals and farm demonstrations. And this year we added a circus workshop and a dog event. The event was run for charities and initial indications are that the income could be in excess of £11,000 and all the money raised will go to Lions Charities – local, national and international.’

Martin Horton from the Chippenham Lions.

Summer Tasting Day

Sat 4th June

1100am – 400pm

Join us for our Summer tasting day! We’re looking forward to Spring and what it has to offer.

You’ll be able to sample a variety of different products including beers and wine, cheese and breads, chutneys and sauces!

Confirmed to attend so far are Rosies Relish, The Seasonist, Dorset Spice Shed, Hotch Potch & Mere Park Creamery.

Sunday 4th June 2017 11am - 430pm

JULY

Timmy’s Chillies Tasting

Sat 29th July

1030am – 230pm

‘We use only fresh fruit as it delivers such fabulous flavour to our products. By using more than 50% fresh fruit we are able to keep the chilli hit on the finish. Many bigger companies use frozen and graded shred for their marmalade products, concentrated juices and chemical preservatives. In doing so many natural flavours are lost. We use only fresh fruit, sugar and natural apple pectin as a gelling agent, keeping all the fruity flavours for you to enjoy. Our products are carefully handmade in 120 jar batches, suitable for vegans and gluten free.’

Join us and sample some of Tim’s delicious jams & marmalades and meet the man himself

AUGUST

Pipers Crisps Tasting

Friday 4th August

11am – 2pm

The Pipers story began in 2004 when three farmers – Alex Albone, Simon Herring and James Sweeting – joined forces to produce great tasting, quality crisps using local potatoes. We work with carefully selected flavour partners who care as much about their products as we do about ours. We are all passionate people driven by one thing and that is to deliver the best taste and quality possible – no gimmicks.This passion for taste and quality is common across the Pipers team. It could be the people who sell our crisps in pubs, hotels, delis, farm shops, garden centres, museums and more. Or it could be our own talented people working hard in a range of exciting careers at Pipers to make our products even better. ‘

 It’s about crisps as they should taste.

SEPTEMBER

Hobbs House Bakery Tasting

Friday 29th September

1030am – 230pm

Join us as we welcome Hobbs House ambassador Will Ugle to the shop to try some delicious freshly baked breads!


Autumn Tasting Day

Sat 30th September

1030am – 230pm

Join us for our Autumn tasting day! We’re looking forward to Spring and what it has to offer.

You’ll be able to sample a variety of different products including beers and wine, cheese and breads, chutneys and sauces!

Confirmed to attend so far are Hotch Potch & Mere Park Creamery, Mendip Moments Ice Cream, Friary Liqueurs, The seasonist & Dorset Spice Shed.

NOVEMBER

Timmy’s Chillies Tasting

Sat 4th November

1030am – 230pm

‘We use only fresh fruit as it delivers such fabulous flavour to our products. By using more than 50% fresh fruit we are able to keep the chilli hit on the finish. Many bigger companies use frozen and graded shred for their marmalade products, concentrated juices and chemical preservatives. In doing so many natural flavours are lost. We use only fresh fruit, sugar and natural apple pectin as a gelling agent, keeping all the fruity flavours for you to enjoy. Our products are carefully handmade in 120 jar batches, suitable for vegans and gluten free.’

Join us and sample some of Tim’s delicious jams & marmalades and meet the man himself

Hobbs House Bakery Tasting

Friday 17th November

1030am – 230pm

Join us as we welcome Hobbs House ambassador Will Ugle to the shop to try some delicious freshly baked breads!


Christmas Tasting Day

Sat 18th November

1030am – 230pm

Join us for our Christmas tasting day! We’re looking forward to Christmas and all the festive goodies.

You’ll be able to sample a variety of different products including beers and wine, cheese and breads, chutneys and sauces!

Confirmed to attend so far are Hotch Potch Gluten Free Savouries, Marshfield Ice Cream, Mere Park Creamery & Rosies Relish.