Newsletter December 2018

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Mantel Farm Newsletter - December 2018

Festive Friday; Mince Pies and Coffee, Q&A, Discounts & Silly Jumpers. Wild Flower Verges, Bee notes and Gardening Tales.

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Mantel Farm Festive Friday is on 14th December


With Christmas now just around the corner, it will soon be time to decorate the shop.  Our Christmas plans are made and below you can find details of our Christmas opening hours, animal boarding arrangements and our festive friday.


Festive Friday 14th 10am-4pm:  We will be offering Mince Pies and drinks in our shop all day whilst wearing our Silly Christmas Jumpers! Join us for a festive drink, sample our homemade mead and country wine, and keep warm by our fire in your Christmas Jumper.  Our experts will be on hand to answer your questions, Poet Laurie will be reading poems at 1pm and we are offering 10%discount on all shop items*


Christmas Trading:  Our last shop day will be Sunday 23rd December, and we re-open for the new year on Sunday 6th January.  Dates are noted on our website, should you forget!


Christmas Holidays for you Animals:  Your animals can stay with us over Christmas and the New Year, with our boarding pens remaining open throughout the festive period, (no drop offs or collectons on Bank Holidays).  Please contact us for more info, or visit our website to book. 


Thinking forward to 2019, why not continue the festivities with our Mead Making Workshop?on the 26th Jan,  or walk off the Christmas food on the 12th Jan with the Crowhurst Environment Group?  more details can be found below.  We are pleased to have recently joined this group and found out about the great work they are doing to try to improve and create wildflower verges and wildlife corridors around the village.  These areas are so important to protect our local wildlife (including of course our honey bees), please contact them if you would like to get involved, are intereted in doing similar work in your own area, or just fancy a January walk. 

Festive Friday...
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Festive Friday - 14th December 10am-4pm

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day.... 

This year our festive friday is on Save the  Children Christmas Jumper day, so we will be staying snuggled in our woolies - why not get involved - pop on a jumper and join us.   No Christmas jumper? - just come along and laugh at ours!!  Can't make it? - text TEAMMANTEL to 70050 to donate £2 to Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day*.    *Full details can be found here:  Festive Friday

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2019 Training Programme now out..

Including new courses:  Traditional Greenwood Working Courses and Country Wine Making

Our 2019 training courses are now available to book on our website.  This year we are offering a new Bee Experience Day, a Country Wine Making Course and Greenwood working workshops, along with our beginners beekeeping and chicken keeping courses - why not book a course place for a great Christmas Gift?  

More details available here:  Training Courses & Events

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Logs and Hotmax

New:  Now available on our Loyalty Card Scheme

Our shop is now stocked with logs (choose from kiln dried or seasoned.  Along with firelighters, kindling and flaming firewood (small logs) to get your fire alight.   All sacks of logs are now on our Loyalty Card Scheme - reveive a stamp each time you buy to receive your 11th bag free!

Full details and prices can be found on our website

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Crowhurst Environmental Group

New Year Bird and Wildlife Walk 
Sat January 12th 9.30am

Walk off your Christmas dinners whilst learning more about the birds and wildlife in Crowhurst with Cliff Dean, ornithologist.  Meet at Crowhurst Recreation Ground

Then at the Plough for lunch.  A circular walk along Royal Oak Lane and across Combe Haven returning to the Recreation Ground or Plough for lunch.

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Amanda's November Beekeeping Notes

Armchair planning, frames to clean and winter checks

I am looking forward to a quiet month on the bee front;  I have cleaned and treated all my supers with acetic acid;   still have piles of frames to clean but dare not tackle them until my RSI improves; and at this time of year sowing and planting for pollinators is mostly the armchair planning sort.....  Read more about Amanda's bees and new research.

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A Beekeeping Experience Day

Sat 30th March And Sat 13th July

A great Christmas gift, our beekeeping experience day gives the chance to simply learn all about bees - perfect for anyone interested in understanding more about the honey bee and what local beekeepers do.

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Honey Wine - Traditional Mead Making Course

Saturday 26th January 2019

Just a few weeks away, this is a fun workshop making this traditional drink for you to take home and enjoy. A perfect way to bring cheer to the New Year.

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Ian Gardening Tales from the Weald

The days are short as we tumble towards midwinter...

It's been warmer than average and an interesting autumn in that the combinational knock-on effect of an early spring cold snap and the scorching summer drought relinquished those plants that hadn't flowered earlier to flower then.  It brought about an otherworldly season....Read more

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Gift Vouchers

Money Vouchers Available For £5, £10 & £20
Training Vouchers For £48, £98, £148 & £198

Our vouchers make lovely gifts. The money vouchers can be used for any item in our shop, from honey and beekeeping equipment to hybrids and bantam hens, or even go towards purchasing training courses. Our training vouchers can be redeemed for half day, full day or weekend courses.

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New: Rat Baits And Reusable Baiting Boxes

Ruby Blocks, Sapphire Paste And Bait Stations

Recent changes in legislation concerning rodent control have impacted the rural user, including smallholders and gardens bordering farmland. These new products have been specifically designed with clear instructions to effectively and responsibly control a rodent infestation.


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