Summer Symposium

9-11 August 2019

(Booking deadline 2nd August 2019)

Kindly arranged by Emily Gasgoigne and Adam Smith, Hutton Flock

To be held at
Whitecliff Farm,
BH19 1RL

The Hutton flock was originally founded in Lancashire but moved to Dorset in 2017. The flock now has 45 ewes plus followers alongside a Pedigree Poll Dorset flock and began performance recording in 2018 with SIGNET. The flock is also in the process of pursuing higher health status with the SAC. Hutton Hebrideans is approximately 50:50 2Hs and 4Hs and includes topknots and polls.

Please bring clean trousers and boots for bio-security.

Booking fee to cover coffees and Saturday lunch:
Members -£10:
Non Members £12.50

Anniversary dinner cost - £30 per head (children - £15 per head)

Friday 9th August 2019
There is no official activity but for anyone arriving early, an informal gathering at the Bankes Arms (BH19 3AU) from 7:30pm overlooking the Jurassic Coast’s Studland Beach. This pub serves good food and a beer garden overlooking Studland Bay.

Saturday 10th August
9:30      Arrive at the Farm.

10:00    Follow signs for parking. Whitecliff is a working farm so please bring clean and disinfectable footwear and be mindful of moving machinery.
Tea and coffee on arrival

10:15    Flock walk and introductions to the Hutton Flock

11:00    An introduction to SIGNET recording and weighing lambs, basic data collection to help flock decisions. Practical session

12:30    Lunch (Sandwiches on farm. Please advise of any dietary requirements by the latest 1/8/19)

13:00    Four-horn Hebrideans- is it all eyelids?         
    Ewe assessment, performance data, hands on practical with ewes and shearlings Practical session

14:00    Cake break

15:00    Health planning for Hebrideans. Discussion session

16:00    End of day session

Free time    Recommended things to do in this time:

  • A Cider at the Square and Compass BH19 3LF
  • A trip to Corfe Castle and walk around this ancient monument. National Trust members bring your badges.
  • Visit a local chocolatier “Chococo” in Swanage Town Center
  • A visit to Studland Beach for a cream tea. National Trust members bring your badges

Saturday Evening - “25th Anniversary Dinner” - A three course dinner made with local produce.

The venue: The Office Café, Prospect Business Park BH19 1EJ.
This is within walking distance of multiple camp sites and the town centre (or a very short taxi ride).
Drinks reception from 19:15- overlooking the Swanage Vintage Steam Train and the Hutton Flock. The train passes through at 19:30 don’t be late!
Dinner after19:30


Starter: Sharing Board pate, scotch egg, toast, chutney
Main Course: Hebridean Lamb with Chimmi Shurri, salad and side dishes or Vegetarian option              
Pudding: Sticky Toffee Pudding or Cheese board
Please advise dietary requirements at time of booking.
The evening is ‘bring your own bottle’

Sunday 11th August        
Whitecliff Farm is a NTA guided walk with the local National Trust Ranger who will explain local projects and Conservation targets. This will include a walk on heathland so tick sensible clothing and footwear is recommended.
Start time at 10am. Parking available and TBC on the Saturday.
There is a local café if anyone would like to buy refreshments.  

Close of the weekend 12 noon.

Please Note. It is the holiday season and a very popular area, so booking accommodation straight away is advised.
For accommodation, the usual sites should bring up bed & breakfasts or hotels, or for camping, try:

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Charity Registration Number: 1158095
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