Welcome to the News page for the JACLUB! Please send all of your pictures, photos, news & stories to Hayley.
162 Holmes Chapel Road
Cheshire, CW12 4QB
February 2013 News
Iona Keys has sent me a great image of a four-horn sheep on her family's Ardentrive Farm. Thank you to Iona!
The family of Beth Fincham have been showing sheep for many years. Beth has kindly sent in a superb report on how she started showing and how much she enjoys it. We look forward to seeing her showing in 2013!
Click here to read Beth's Report.
Please keep on sending me images and articles, it is great to hear all about your flocks. Has anyone made a picture of the new lambs? Is anyone bottle feeding lambs? If so perhaps you can let me have a picture of you at work, or you can write and tell me all about it all to email@example.com or to Hayley Higginson, Meadowview House, 162 Holmes Chapel Road, Somerford, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4QB.
January 2013 News
From School Children to Shepherds - Living Lambing Live
Tom & Joanna Collins have sent in the following article, which tells the story of their first year with their sheep.
If you have written any article for school or for a local newspaper like Tom & Joanna, then please send me a copy as we would be delighted to read about your adventurs as well.
To download & read Tom & Joanna's story please click here.
You can email your stories to me on firstname.lastname@example.org or send them by post to me at:
Fun Jacob Sheep Masks
JSS member Caroline Gould has created these fun Jacob sheep masks featuring a two-horned ram, a four-horned ewe and lamb. What a great project to do while on half-term!
- Click on the image of each mask to download a PDF version.
- Print out the masks preferably onto thick card.
- Cut around each mask, carefully following the lines. Take care as scissors are sharp, so get an adult to help you!
- Carefully cut out the eyes on each mask so that you can see through when wearing it. This bit might be tricky so again get an adult ot help you.
- Make a small hole where the white dots are on the ears of the lamb and ewe masks and in the centre of the horns on the ram mask. Thread a length of elastic through the holes and tie a knot at each end.
- Now your mask is ready to wear! Have fun!
It has been brought to our attention that there could be concerns if images are held on our Facebook and Jaclub pages of children under the age of eighteen where the consent of a parent has not been given.
To ensure that the Jacob Sheep Society is fully inline with the NSPCC best practice guidelines, you must ask your parents to complete the attached form and return it to Robert Locker by post or by email within 14 days, to give their consent to the continued display of the photographs, Facebook profile pictures that you have posted to our Facebook page. Your parents can at their discretion, give consent for a specific photograph or alternitavely, they may give blanket consent to any photograph you may post in the future.
For Parental Consent Form click here
Why not have a go at the Jaclub totally sheepy wordsearch over the Christmas holidays? The name of a Christmas carol is hidden within the wordsearch. If you find it then please let me know and a prize will be sent out to you!
You can email your answer to me on email@example.com or send your answer by post to me at:
162 Holmes Chapel Road,
This competition is open to any child under 12 years old, who is a relative or friend of an existing JSS member. Please include the child's name and address plus the name and membership number of the JSS member if possible. Please note the child's address will not be shown on the website. Looking forward to receiving your competition entries!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all and all the best for a happy lambing!
Jaclub News October 2011
Jaclub members have been so busy this summer and autumn, firstly with showing and then with selling their Jacob sheep.
Reece Fenton even managed to spread the Jacob message to Royalty. He chatted away to Prince Charles at The Great Yorkshire Show whilst competing in the Young Handlers Class. I am not sure if Reece managed to sell the Prince any sheep- if he has his Grandad's (John Fozzard) selling skills then I am sure Prince Charles is putting in his order now!
All the Jaclub members were invited to a 'Young Handlers Day' by very kind invitation of the Carpenter family and a brilliant day was had by all.
Jean Simmons and Freda Fozzard began the day by by demonstrating how to behave in the showring and some adults were even seen to be taking notes! John Fozzard went through the points to look out for when picking out possible show sheep and then everyone went through the process of putting on halters- something that we can all find difficult when rushing at a show!
The Carpenter's sheep were also used as guinea-pigs for some first attempts at carding, trimming and for the art of turning over a sheep!
Then it was competition time. Margie Rushbrooke put the Seniors, Juniors and Novice handlers through their paces. The results were as follows:
Novice - 1st Morgan Whitelock, 2nd Eleanor Cassie, 3rd Rhiannon Whitelock and Archie Yearps
Junior - 1st Caitlin Carpenter, 2nd Sam Gogan, 3rd Harry Britten and Nathan Brace
Senior - 1st Cameron Cassie, 2nd Tom Britten, 3rd Seren Carpenter and Reece Fenton
Thank you to Jean Simmons for organising the event and to John and Freda Fozzard for their great patience and enthusiasm in demonstrating the skills needed for handling sheep. Margie Rushbrooke was a great judge and was very encouraging to all the entrants. I send a very special thank you to the Carpenter family for opening their home and farm to all attending and most especially to Kay who provided me with the above report and images from the day.
Abbie Higginson was successful at the Hope Show on the bank holiday Monday at the Hope Show in Derbyshire by winning her first ever Young Handlers Class with Meadowland Trixie, a lamb she has trained herself. Congratulations Abbie!
Do not forget to send me pictures of your showing adventures over the summer months. It would be great if you could send me more articles or even just pictures of you and your sheep at the Sales but remember to please get an adult's permission before sending me any items.
All the best!
162 Holmes Chapel Road,
Young Handlers Event 28th August 2011
Click here for your entry form for the Young Handlers Event on 28th August 2011
JACLUB News - June 2011
“Members of the Jaclub have been busy this spring helping with the lambing and raising these lambs. Since then some have been going to the shows with their Jacob Sheep. Caitlin and Seren Carpenter both
worked hard at the Three Counties Show, where they were both placed in huge classes of Young Handlers. Caitlin Fincham has been showing with her family. Abbie Higginson picked out her favourite lamb in the Meadowland Flock, called her Trixie, washed and trained her and they have been out together to the Staffordshire and Cheshire County Shows.
I would be pleased to receive any photos of you with your lambs this year. There will be prizes for the best photos sent to me ( please ask an adult for permission first and remember to include your name and
the sheep`s name if it has one!)
Nathan and Reece ( John and Freda Fozzards grandchildren) won the last competition for the best ( or perhaps worst) joke !
“ What can you use to smooth out Walruses- Seal Irons!!!”
It is often said that we need to have a sense of humour to keep sheep- if so then Nathan and Reece will do well!!
Let me know if you are going to any of the sales in the Autumn with any Jacobs- perhaps you can draw me a picture of the sale ring- with the auctioneer and the sheep-can you understand what the
auctioneer is saying- not all adults do!!!
Abbie Higginson getting to know the ewes and the freshly turned out lambs at the Meadowland Flock in Cheshire.The ewe lamb on the left is now her lamb and is called Trixie. They have been since placed in Young Handlers Classes at Cheshire and Staffordshire County Shows.
Pictured above (left) is Caitlin Carpenter showing in the Young Handlers Class at Three Counties Show. Caitlin Fincham is pitcured (right) showing her family's fine ram. The last picture shows Caitlin Carpenter and her sister Seren showing their sheep at the Three Counties Show.
This is our new Border Collie puppy, Fell. My grandma bought him from a farmer when she went on holiday in the Lake District, the hills there are called fells hence his name. When I first saw him I thought his face looked like a badger’s so I gave him a second name; Fell Badger. I am teaching him to jump over poles and through a hoop as I want to do agility classes with him. He is very good at jumping but is more interested in chewing the hoop! Still, he is only 4 months old. Grandma will teach him to help with the sheep as he grows up I will send some more photos as he progresses. I have only managed to get to one show this year – Stafford County, but I hope to take lambs out to the Ashbourne show and go to the Young Handler’s day on August 28th.
All the best
162 Holmes Chapel Road,
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JACLUB News - February 2011
I have received some great( or terrible- what do you think!) Christmas Cracker Jokes and I have put the best ( or worst!) below for you- Why don`t you try them out on your family, just when they think they are safe!!
These are from Nathan and Reece ( grandsons of John and Freda Fozzard). Many thanks to you all!
- What can you use to smooth out Walruses
- Seal Irons!
- What do you call 2 spiders who have just got married?
- Newly Webbed!
- Why should you avoid hedghogs in the morning?
- Because they are a bit prickly!
Please do not forget to send me any pictures you have taken of your model farm. You could also send me news of any lambs you are helping with.
JACLUB NEWS- JANUARY 2011
My daughter Abbie has 'invented' a new version of Snakes & Ladders - our version is 'Worms and Winners' - have a go for yourselves. Best Wishes, Hayley.