Chow Piggies

Another nail in the coffin for local business?  Judging by a tweet posted this morning, it seems that the Stockers have decided to throw in the towel and give up the pig farming business.

Why would they do this when the business seemed to be just taking off, after all they have a reasonable sized herd for the land, the hog roast orders are building up, what makes a couple decide to give up?

I think the answer is to do with the recent planning application they were try to get for a temporary house on the land, it was refused because of possible chances of flooding and that they did not have enough pigs to warrant a full-time home on the land.

Personally (and I do try to keep personal bias out of this blog – but just this once…), I feel this is a load of ‘tosh’, the house would have been built at the same height as all the other cottages along that stretch, so the flooding issue is not an issue – then as for the number of pigs, this couple rear rare breed pigs, therefore the rules should not be the same as commercial pig farmers who can rear 1000s of pigs in great warehouses – the rare breeds take are reared in the open, with lots of room to play in and taste so much better for it.

Farming is a hard life, we all know that, and we all respect our farmers for what they do, but to run a farm, when you do not live on the land is even harder – getting up in the middle of the night whilst a sow is furrowing (or whatever the term is) is hard, but having to drive to the farm first is even harder, most farmers would bring their pregnant sows close to the farmhouse so they can be on hand if the births are difficult.

I understand fully why the Stockers have given up their hopes and dreams, I think we should have, perhaps, supported their endeavours, after all, we are a country community, you can’t get more country than a pig in ….


Foresters Nutivity

This evening, something magical happened in Kirdford, a Nativity was put on at the Foresters Pub…
The montage was organised by Dave ‘Swadust’ Saunders, Karl and Gerard, and I was totally amazed at what they had put on.

First was a procession down the road and into the pub, Joseph and Mary, followed by the Shepherds, the surreal panto donkey and cow, Angels watched over the holy couple, then there were the 3 Kings leading REAL Lamas!

I was supposed to be photographing the event, and turning up at the house where everyone was to get changed, found that the back-end of the Donkey had not turned up, therefore the camera was pushed into Gerard’s hands and I donned the back-end of a panto horse.

Therefore I cannot really comment on what went on, as I spent most of the show, bent double, looking at the ground and trying to figure out which direction Nat (the front end) was going to go.

From talking to the audience afterwards, it seemed to be a great success, with the Lamas being cooed over, lanterns being launched on the green, the full story being played out by the locals, and a big firework to finish off the show – carols were sung, and money was raised for charity.  The show was finished off with a rendition of Lampoon’s ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’

Well done to everyone who put the effort into this show – it was brilliant and loved by everybody.

Santa at Kirdford Village Stores

Santa is coming to Kirdford Village Stores.

Saturday 17th December 10am to 12pm

Wednesday 21st December 3pm to 5pm


Bring along an old toy or game you no longer play with (as long as it’s in good condition) and give it to Santa.  Santa will then give it to a respite home for children and families in trouble.

You will get a little treat, and a badge so Santa will recognise you on Christmas Eve and know how good you have been.


Kirdford Shop 4 Christmas

Kirdford Village Stores have got into the Christmas spirit. They have opened up their Christmas Grotto, full of festive goodies to purchase, you can buy anything from Stollen to Chocolate Logs. I spent half an hour browsing through the goodies, if you haven’t seen it yet, it is well worth a visit.