The Farm have taken on additional contracting for a neighbour which has been approached in a collaborative way, working together so both parties see benefit.
The new Gardening Team has formed a close working relationship and have been hard at work on several refurbishment projects as well as tending Tenants gardens and other well-known beauty spots in the village.
The Build Team have undertaken several refurbishment projects this year and some of these properties are now available to rent (please check the property page for more information). We are also planning for a change in the New Year, following the retirement of a member of the team who has been with us for 30 years we will hopefully be recruiting an experienced joiner to lead the workshop into a new decade, providing capacity for additional commissions.
The other outside teams continue to work as hard as ever with a great year for cricket bat willows and additional wildlife enhancement continuing to be a key part of the keepering team’s activity. Sadly, John Clarke passed away recently, his expertise and knowledge has been invaluable and has enabled us to formulate conservation strategies. Our thoughts are with his wife and family and all those who have sadly departed this year.
Grasshoppers have had a very successful year and the waiting list continues to grow, the addition of an after school club run by Grasshoppers, but based at Overbury First School means that pupils from the school can now enjoy afterschool activities and enable more parents to continue their full time employment safe in the knowledge that their children will be looked after in a stimulating and familiar environment.
The Estate Office team have had two new appointments with Rachel Howells joining as Finance Manager and Liam Aggett appointed as Estate Manager, there will be another addition to the team in January to help with the property side of the business.
Manor Farmhouse has had a good number of guests who have come and sampled what it is like to be a resident in the area, if only for a week or weekend. We are looking at lots of different options to enhance Manor Farmhouse and hope to be able to share these exciting changes with you over the course of the next year.
Much of the villages of Overbury and Conderton now benefit from superfast broadband which provides fibre to each individual property and therefore working at home is thriving. This ability to work from home combined with the excellent facilities of the Old Village Shop means that not only our enterprises are flourishing, but many others as well.
We continue to assist with the letting and project supervision of a number of other assets including Silver Rill and whilst it is a large project, we are sure the end result will be spectacular and secure the property’s integrity for the next hundred years.
If you are out on the hill over the Christmas break, walking off those extra treats, please ensure you keep to the paths and that dogs are kept on leads. We are working hard to promote and enhance the ecosystems found on and around the hill and this can be greatly aided by you abiding by these simple requests. You may have seen some lambs around at an odd time of year, this is part of a change in the lambing pattern to compliment the standard lambing period in the spring. This means we should be able to supply lamb into the market place around Easter when most of the lamb currently sold is imported from New Zealand. Should you encounter any livestock on your walk you must ensure that if you have a dog with you it must be kept on a lead at all times, no acceptations.
Whilst on the surface much continues in the same way year after year in a place like this, there is actually continual change and development and we are all working hard to ensure that Overbury is a great place to live and work. From everyone at Overbury Enterprises we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.