The Farm is such a special place for so many people, and it’s hard to believe that it’s already been 30 years since it was established.

Due to the COVID pandemic, we couldn’t have the celebrations we would have liked, but we still took the opportunity to mark such as special ocassion.

On Monday 20th September, we held an informal 30th Birthday celebration in our Sports Hall with a relatively small number of our staff, volunteers, trustees and supporters. We were delighted to welcome so many friendly faces, who all have such close connections to our lovely Farm. Many of our guests had been involved with the Farm from the very early days, and have watched as the Farm has evolved over the last 30 years.

It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends, reflect on all of the hard work that’s gone into the Farm, and of course, look ahead to the next 30 years. With so many exciting plans in the pipeline, we’re really excited to see what the future holds!

A Brief History of the Amelia Trust Farm

On the 20th September 1990, the Amelia Methodist Trust Company Limited was incorporated to receive a farm consisting of derelict buildings and barns and spanning over 160 acres. Bob and Ethel Huggard worked alongside the Reverend John Stacy-Marks and the Methodist Church in Wales to create a living memorial to Bob’s mother, Amelia.

Since the very beginning, the Farm’s priority has been to provie support for those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable, in order to foster self-help, build confidence and enhance employment prospects.

Now, our GROW programme remains at the heart of all we do at the Farm, and we are also a countryside haven for the whole community to enjoy.

Our 30th Birthday Prize Draw

Earlier this week we also drew the 22 winners of out 30th Birthday Prize Draw!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our compeittion, and to every single business that donated a prize. We were overwhlemed by the support we received from local companies and delighted to have so much support. We managed to raise over £1,000 for our charity! All winners will be contacted over the next week, so please keep an eye on your emails.

The Farm’s 3 Directors: Rev John Stacy-Marks (1991- 2007) , Deacon Lorraine Brown (2007 – 2015) and Karen Turnbull (2015 – present
Rev Doctor Stephen Wigley (chair of Trustees) and Karen Turnbull