Last month I was talking about snow, and instead we had the warmest day on record! All things do seem a little unpredictable at the moment!
We have also had some changes here at Mantel Farm, hence the late newsletter! Some of you may have met Andrew, who occasionally works in the shop but usually works away in the background on anything vaguely IT related, well Andrew has been away for some time now looking after his young family and has been unable to return to work, so we are all doing our best to cover his work and really hope he will be able to return soon. This may mean your newsletter looks a little odd in places or a link sends you to a strange place, if this is so, please be patient - I am picking this up as best I can! (but do let me know and I will try to fix it).
We are also sad to say goodbye to Chris, who has left to follow his dream towards working with the emergency services. Chris has worked here for many years now, initially on a part time basis - he then carried out a Sales Apprenticeship with us in 2013, and for the last few years has been looking after our shop and of course our customers. I am sure many of you will have got to know Chris well over the last few years and join us in wishing him all the best in his new career.
So, with lots planned for this year its thanks to Josh, Fred and Ernie for covering extra work and welcome to Tracy who is taking on our book-keeping and helping with our training courses, without them I would be saying we are running around like headless chickens, which really wouldnt be appropriate for our business!!
This month in a spare moment(!?) Jason has written a chicken article for the Kitchen Garden Magazine, many of you already keep a few hens in your garden, but may still like to have a read as its a nice reminder of why we do it and whats involved. Links below (I hope!)