Welcome to the home page of The Wye Business Association

Updated 15/01/2018


We hope to help achieve these aims by publishing news of both our businesses and village.

Our members offer a startling range and variety of products, skills and services. Continue Reading »

The Changing Face of the Tickled Trout

Thanks to Mrs Delia Copland we have some more photographs of shops and businesses from living memory, These were taken during  the 1970’s. Some of these have already been added to our  ‘History of Wye Village Shops and Businesses’ page.


The photograph of the Tickled Trout formerly known as the Victoria Inn certainly shows how things have improved for this popular pub by the Riverside!


The Victoria Inn now the Tickled Trout.


Our popular Tickled Trout as we know it today!

Lepper’s Homes and Gardens Closes Down.

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Today, Robert Earl owner of our local shop Lepper’s Homes and Gardens (traditionally an Iron Mongers with lots more) has retired. Unable to find someone to take the shop on, sadly we lose another village asset.
Robert took the shop over from his Mother and has run it for many years.

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Many of us wish Robert all the best and I personally thank him for all the support he has given me in the Wye Business Association and village events.
Happy Christmas, happy life Robert, you deserve it!

Ann Sutherland.

Thankyou Perry Court Farm!

The amazing Christmas Tree at the Upper Bridge Street and Church Street junction was once again donated by the Fermor family of Perry Court Farm. Not only are we grateful to these lovely people for our tree but also for kindly delivering it!



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Wakelin’s Turkey Hot Favourite at Christmas Lunch

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Luckley House Sheltered Housing unit held their Social Club Christmas lunch yesterday.

Thirty two people sat down to a three course meal organised by the Scheme Manager Denise Libbeter and Resident Veronica Cackett.

They were helped by four volunteers and of course Jack Woodford stepped in once again to play his role of Santa. Santa even helped in the kitchen washing up!

The delicious turkey was purchased from our local butcher Wakelins in Church Street. With the personal service offered at this Wye establishment, carving the meat proved no problem. Martin Wakelin prepared the meat by taking it off the bone. It was then rolled ready for the oven. It takes a skilled butcher to do this.

Wakelin’s are currently accepting orders for Christmas. If you want a tasty Christmas joint or bird  with personal service and advice, why not give Martin and Sarah Wakelin a call: 01233 812225

Congratulations to Wye Beauty

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Ten years have passed since Wye Beauty opened it’s doors in Bridge Street. Since then Robyn Gardner has built up a strong clientele from Wye and surrounding areas.

Robyn  is celebrating 2017 as her 33rd anniversary since starting her first salon, in Tenterden in 1984, and at The  Ashford International Hotel in 1990.

Reliability, quality, dependability and trust have made Robyn and her team members stand out from the crowd, which is why she is still in business when so many have come and gone. Moving within an industry that is more medical, rather than just beauty, Robyn and her therapists offer an unusually large number of treatments available under one roof.

Robyn and her team can suggest the best skin care routine and treatment prescription to suit your budget and skin care needs to give you optimum results, to keep you looking your best. Your face is a worthwhile investment – it is on show for 365 days a year and needs looking after!

Wye Beauty specialise in anti-ageing treatments, and semi-medical treatments such as red vein, skin tag and milia treatment, IPL hair reduction  and semi permanent makeup. Follow Wye Beauty on Facebook . https://www.facebook.com/robyn.gardener.12?fref=ts

Ticketyboo together with poet Robert Graham – present Poetry at The Market

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West Window – St Gregory and St Martin Church, Wye.

Wye poet Robert Graham http://healinggardens.click/well practised at Café recitals, will be present at the next Wye Farmer’s Market looking forward to giving recitals to those who wish to listen. http://www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk/

His recent poem West Window reflects on the historical past of Wye and the very foundations that moulded the village we have today.

Through his talent Robert weaves in words that which is depicted in the beautiful window of our Parish Church. A tribute to all that has gone before.

The poem, illustrated by Ann Sutherland http//:www.ticketyboowye.org has been reproduced as an A3 print and comes packed with its own hard backed envelope making it an ideal gift to send to friends and loved ones.

The print will be on sale at the Wye Farmer’s Market and also from Ticketyboo.



Awards for our Farmer’s Market and The King’s Head

Congratulations to both The Wye Farmer’s Market and The King’s Head for winning the following awards! 
Wye Farmer’s Market Saturday 21st October 9am to 12pm

We were very pleased to be nominated as one of the three finalist in the Kent Life Food and Drinks Awards 2017, Wye Farmer’s Market was one of just two Kent Farmer’s Markets that was Highly Commended in the Best Farmer’s Market category, congratulations to the winners Cliftonville Farmer’s Market. Also huge congratulations to the Kings Head in Wye which won Best Pub in Kent! Please see link below for more details.
Wye Community Farm – orders will be taken at the market for logs and kindling, and lamb, mutton and beef.

Learn to Start a Heart at this Saturday’s Farmer’s Market

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News from the Wye Farmer’s Market

Wye Farmer’s Market Saturday 21st October 9am to 12pm

We are looking forward to the Kent Life Food and Drinks Awards 2017, Wye Farmer’s Market has been nominated for Best Farmer’s Market in Kent, so fingers crossed. Please see link below for more details. http://kentfda.co.uk/ Wye Community Farm – orders will be taken at the market for logs and kindling, and lamb, mutton and beef.

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A Big Thankyou to Wye Bakery

Thanks to Wye Bakery for stepping in to provide refreshments at the Farmer’s Market on 7th October, JR Meats who normally provide tea, coffee and sausage/bacon sandwiches were away on their well deserved annual holiday. After some initial problems getting the generator, kindly leant to us by Martin from Bouncing Bears, we eventually got it fired up and the team provided some much needed refreshments. You’ll be pleased to know that JR Meats and their van will be back for the upcoming market. We have also introduced a covered seating area, so please have a seat, grab a drink and something to eat and enjoy.

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Your Market

Please remember that the Wye Farmer’s Market is your market to enjoy, to shop, to meet people, and to relax whilst the kids play on the green. So if there are stalls you would like to see, things you would like to happen at the market, do you want a stall for something you produce (within 30 miles of the market) or know someone who does? Then please do contact me and let me have your thoughts. Craig Macara – Market Manager marketmanager@wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

November 4th Halloween and Bonfire Night Special We will be hosting a halloween/bonfire night special on November 4th November. Prizes for :- – Best Guy – Best Pumpkin Carving – Best Halloween Outfit So please bring your entries to the market by 10am for judging at 10.30. There will also be apple bobbing.

Couple of Guys


Future Market Dates and Events Halloween/Bonfire Special Saturday 4th November 9am – 12pm Saturday 18th November 9am – 12pm

Perry Court Farm Apple Fayre


Apple Fayre

This wonderful annual event is in aid of the Ashford Pilgrim’s Hospice.


Valuing Village Shops

Village shops stand for more than just a place of business. They are places where the community connect. Where the community receive support.  Donating a prize to  a village event is often expected of village shops and businesses. They share both the joys and sorrows of the community and a whole lot more. More than others would ever realise.

Why this afternoon did two female pupils from the Free School throw sticky drink up the window of a village shop whereby it ran down the fresh paintwork which had just been done this afternoon?

These young ‘ladies’ were wearing the School’s uniform and therefore were representing their school.

They let their school down badly.

The owners of the shop in a bid to follow community spirit with the school, by request have in the past given a talk to a class at the school on community.

They have also spent time with a teacher sharing their knowledge on a map  she was preparing for the pupils.

Today’s abuse by pupils of Wye School has led to the owners of the shop involved, withdrawing any help or assistance to the School.

There will be no prizes donated to their fund raising events.

A letter carrying this message was delivered to the School Principal this evening.

The School would do well to teach their pupils to respect our village and make them realise what a privilege it is for them to be here.


From: Sarah Jessop

Sent: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 8:12 AM

To: ‘ticketyboo@clara.co.uk’

Subject: Community spirit

Dear Mrs Sutherland

Can I apologise for the behaviour of the two girls, I am very disappointed with them. I would like to identify them, if that was possible, any description would help us in this matter.

We will also talk to the students in assembly about community spirit. Please do not hesitate in letting me know should anything like this happen again.

Yours sincerely

Sarah Jessop

Farmer’s Market Saturday 7th October 9am – 12pm

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Wye Farmer’s Market Saturday 7th October 9am to 12pm

Autumn is now fully upon us and thoughts turn to hearty casseroles, warming soups, game, a wider selection of fish and shellfish as the waters around our shores cool (remember the saying “only eat Mussels when there is an ‘r’ in the month”). Vegetables in season now include pumpkins, gourds and squashes, celeriac, chestnuts and of course the wonderfully local Kentish Cob Nuts, wet walnuts, apples and pears are now at their glorious best. So come to the market, stock up on your autumnal local produce, go for a long walk and come home to a fantastic one pot wonder or warming soup.

A big warm welcome to Cake ‘n Bake

At the last market we were very excited to welcome our new cake stall, Cake ‘n Bake. They had a very successful first market on 16th September and very nearly sold out of their cakes. Cake ‘n Bake is run by mother and daughter, Judith and Gemma Lewis. Cakes are all baked in their home in Wye, where possible using locally sourced ingredients. At the market, they were joined by Gemma’s daughter Ruby, making three generations of the family on the stall. A wide selection of cakes went down extremely well with the sweet-toothed locals, so please come along to the next market, show your support for this (very) local family business and of course buy some delicious cakes.

Your Market

Please remember that the Wye Farmer’s Market is your market to enjoy, to shop, to meet people, and to relax whilst the kids play on the green. So if there are stalls you would like to see, things you would like to happen at the market, do you wnat a stall for something you produce (within 30 miles of the market) or know someone who does? Then please do contact me and let me have your thoughts. Craig Macara – Market Manager marketmanager@wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

October Recipe.

As the seasons change I often find myself returning to my favourite seasonal cookbook, the River Cafe Green CookBook. It is a delightful celebration of what’s in season and splits the year into months, so turning to October it’s all about Chestnuts, Pears, Polenta, Pumpkin, Porcini and Truffles. I’ve picked a soup this month, as their soups are always a wonderfully complex warming delight after an autumn walk. Chestnut and Celeriac Soup Ingredients (for six) 500g cooked and peeled chestnuts (why not try with Kentish Cob Nuts). 60g unslated butter 2 medium celeriac peeled and cubed 150g finely diced pancetta or smoky streaky bacon from VJ Game inner head of celery finely diced 3 cloves of garlic chopped 1 litre of chicken stock 5 juniper berries 4 fresh bay leaves (remove centre spine and finely chop) 150ml double cream 100g parmesan cheese (or replace with a nice hard cheese from Cheesemakers of Canterbury) extra virgin olive oil Method Heat the chicken stock in a saucepan. In a seperate pan melt the butter and ass the pancetta, slowly cook until transparent. Add the celeriace and celery and stir to combine the flavours for a few minutes. Add the whole chestnutsand chopped garlic and cook on a low flame stirring. Then add juniper berries and bay leaves. Now pour in just enough stock to cover the vegetables. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 mins, or until the celeriac is soft. Using a potato masher break up the vegetables in the saucepan. You want a rough, thick soup. Finally stir in the cream, heat through and serve with the grated cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Future Market Dates and Events Saturday 21st October 9am -12pm Halloween Special Saturday 4th November 9am – 12pm (More details to follow)

Cake & Bake – A New Stall for our Farmer’s Market

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What always goes well at any event? Yes, a cake stall! And who better to run one at our Wye Farmer’s Market than Judith Lewis

together with her daughter Gemma and Granddaughter Ruby.

Judith way back, used to run  Ye Old Tearooms in the High Street so standby for some delicious cakes from  three generations of a Wye family.

The market operates every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month round the Post Office Green http://www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

Always a great atmosphere and plenty of lovely purchases to make. Including yummy cakes!

Wye Motor’s New Additional Service

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Wye Arts Association – Photographic Competition – My Wye

Final Village image copy 7.5 x 10.9 a

                                      Entry reproduced by kind permission of Michael Gilburt

Earlier on this year The Wye Arts Association held a photographic competition which was judged by International World Wild Life photographer Steve Bloom. The subject being ‘My Wye.’

The winner of the adult section was Michael Gilburt whose compilation of pictures taken around our village depicts a whole picture of our village today, including our shops and businesses.

There was an exhibition of the entries in Wye Church where Mike was presented with the Ticketyboo cup.

Congratulations Mike for this wonderful depiction of our village!

Wye Community Farm Harvest Festival

Wye Community Farm Harvest Festival

       Saturday 9 September  The Honest Miller, Brook 

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 Sheep with Spinning Wheel FM Christmas Market Sausages
   Livestock displays  Country crafts  Food stalls
          BBQ  Real Ales  Hay Pit Games       
    Music from Larkspur

         Adults £5, Under 16’s free of charge.

All proceeds towards WCF’s educational work.
Gates open at 12 noon. Dogs on leads please.

New Flying Horse at Wye gets Makeover

New Fly Sign 2017

A Beautiful New hanging sign adorns the New Flying Horse at Wye.

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The front of the inn has new signage and attractive large lanterns.

Mary Hemsley Interiors – Sale

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Mary Hemsley has had many years in the interior industry

and therefore has a wealth of experience to offer you.

From fabrics to wallpaper, paint blinds and curtains she

is able to help you overcome those interior problems that baffle

and frustrate you.

She is also able to carry out your own ideas and contribute

a few helpful suggestions along the way. Mary’s sale is on from 10th July

and will continue for four weeks.

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Wye Bakery comes to the front

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There’s much excitement at Wye Bakery in Church Street as they prepare to open their new shop this coming Saturday 8th July.

For some time the Bakery has hidden itself away at the back of the building in Church Street. Now that the original Bakery shop and window has become available the owner Pauline Hickson has been preparing for this proud moment whereby she will be able to display her tasty bread and pastries for all to see. Who could resist and walk on by!

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Cherry Stone Launching Competition


On Saturday 1st July Wye Farmers Market will be holding their annual cherry stone launching competition. Shoppers are invited to have a go at breaking last years record of 8.14 metres, with a farmers market gift voucher for the winner. Wye farmers market is held around The Green in the centre of Wye, 9am – 12noon. www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk

All you need for a morning of relaxed shopping experience with a sprinkle of fun and village life thrown in.




Taylors Garage

We promised to add memories of Wye Shops and Businesses from time to time. We now publish our memories of Taylor’s Garage.


Kentish Express Advertisement July 25th 1969

Taylors Garage

Taylor’s Garage was owned by the Lepper Family from approximately the 1960’s to early 80’s  It was then sold to partners the late Brian Hern and Alan Heron. The site is currently a housing development in Bridge Street known as Twysdon Court. On the left hand side of our photograph above taken in the 80’s can be seen the corner of what is currently Mary Hemsley’s Curtain and Soft Furnishing shop. During the Lepper’s time Mary’s shop was used by the Garage as their office, reception and spare parts shop. It later became the first office for Calcutt Maclean Estate Agents now known as Foxwood Maclean (Formerly this shop had been a pub known as The Swan).

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Partners Brian Hern & Alan Heron. Also in the blue Jacket is Sarah Andrews who served on the petrol pumps.

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The Petrol delivery was always overseen by Brian pictured on top of the tanker whilst Alan kept a watchful eye!

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Whilst remembering Tayor’s Garage it brings back memories of villagers who passed by daily on their way up from Little Chequers to the shops.

In the left hand photograph is Kathleen Cole who was then Warden of the Luckley House Sheltered Housing scheme. She lived on site with her husband in a flat provided by the Council for the Warden. Pictured with Mrs Cole is Stewart Dunk who was at one time a shepherd for Wye College. In his retirement he delivered newspapers well into his eighties for the Wye newsagents known as and owned by Geerings.

The right hand photograph shows Bob and Sybil Cheeseman. They were a familiar sight as they walked regularly past the garage. Bob in his jaunty tartan cap complete with a red bobble. He always walked about six paces behind Sybil which most villagers found entertaining. They were both staunch members of the Methodist Church and their processional walk could be seen every Sunday evening as they made their way to the Chapel.

Taylor’s Garage was a thriving business and later Brian’s son Nigel joined his Father and Alan. Sadly Brian died and both Nigel and Brian continued with the business until such times they sold the site for development. The age of the Supermarket had arrived and Petrol sales were affected.

Although Brian, Alan and Nigel did not live in Wye, they were very much part of the Community and joined in the WBA events. Alan became the first Chairman of The Wye Business Association with Nigel as his Vice Chairman.





Charity Book Fair Last Saturday

I am delighted to report that we raised £315 for the Demelza House Children’s Hospice at the Book Fair on Saturday.

Huge thanks to all the helpers – Ann, Polly, John and Pat, who manned the stalls and helped clear away. Also Catherine, who drove all the way from Canterbury to give us more load-carrying capacity to shuttle books to and from my store on both Friday and Saturday.

An especial thanks to Gervase, who also brought his car along as well as a strong pair of arms. We shifted around half a ton of books into and out of the Village Hall (i.e. close on one ton of books in total). Without his help, I’d probably have woken up in the William Harvey on Sunday!

I am also very grateful to those very generous villagers who were not able to come along on Saturday, but put donations through my door to support such an inspirational charity.

My final thanks is to all of you who donated the books. Without your contributions there would simply have been no Book Fair!

Ian Cooling



Keep it local with your summer BBQ




Everything you need for the BBQ will be at the Wye Farmers Market on Saturday 17th June. Burscombe Cliff Farm and JR meats will have a wide range of local sausages on sale, with VJ game also offering wild boar bangers. Wye Community Farm charcoal, salads from Ripple Farm, and Strawberries from Perry Court mean that your BBQ can be a truly local affair. www.wyefarmersmarket.co.uk


Wye Book Fair




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From 09.00 to noon on Saturday, 10th June

Wye’s next charity book fair will be run on Saturday, 10th June.

This time, we shall be supporting Demelza House and we hope to

have a volunteer from the Charity manning a table at the Fair with

information about the Hospice and its work.

As usual, a whole roomful of books will be available for sale.

Literally hundreds and hundreds of books will be on display for you

to choose. Fiction and non-fiction. Paperback and hardback and as

usual, we shall have two tables devoted solely to children’s books.

All books are in very good condition and offered at seriously low

prices – well over 95% will be on sale at only £1 each.

We have also had a fine collection of Folio Society books donated.

All are in fine condition, some unread. Several are still on sale at

£40 and more. We shall be selling them at £5 each!

Do come along on the 10th and treat yourself to some real bargain

books while helping Demelza House in their superb work. They

provide care for terminally ill children and their parents who are

suffering the intolerable agony of watching their children die before

their eyes. Young lives ending before they have really begun

Thank you

Ian Cooling



Wye Community Farm Charcoal Production Training Day



Spend a day with WCF woodsman Jeff Austin to learn about the ancient craft of charcoal burning. Using WCF’s ring kiln in Brook Wood you will learn about all stages of the process; selection of timber, loading of the kiln, firing, controlling the burn, unloading and grading the charcoal.

£25. To book your place contact WCF: info@wyecommunityfarm.org.uk

Wye Community Farm


Wye Coffee Shop & Kitchen Takeaway


Takeaway Fridays open till 9.30pm
Homemade burgers, fish and chips lots more …

New Market Manager Wanted for Wye Farmers Market

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Wye Farmer’s Market is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to be their new Market Manager. Responsibilities include general planning and administration of the market, organising special events, sourcing new stall holders and carrying out local publicity and marketing.

12 hours per fortnight including market days– flexible to suit your situation although attendance at market days is mandatory – £10 per hour

  • Excellent communication and organisation skills essential
  • Basic IT literacy important – experience of working with social media, websites and Content Mgt Systems useful but not essential
  • Must have own transport
  • Most importantly, must be “community minded” and comfortable interacting with stall holders and shoppers alike.

For more information or for a detailed Job Description please email Mike Webster or send your CV or a covering letter to michaelgwebster@gmail.com . The post remains open until a suitable candidate is found.

Fond Farewell Rumpus as Wye Bakery Comes Upfront

Wye said goodbye to Rumpus on the Green last Saturday. A popular clothing agency run successfully by Jak Mansell. This was a lively and friendly business based at 22 Church Street. It certainly added sparkle to our village especially  its window displays. We wish Jak and her family all the best for the future. (We will however miss the bargains and lovely clothes.)

Twenty Two Church Street has for many years been a bakery. In 1960 Mr G. Hatton owned the Bakery and sold the business to Mr J Small who in turn sold it to Mr Bob Young. He closed down in the late 90’s -2,000. The shop stood empty until Mary Braithwaite and Nigel Ings opened it once again as a bakery in 2012 after a tremendous amount of restoration.

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They based the bakery and counter at the rear of the premises and the customers used the side passage to queue eagerly for their bread. The village was pleased to have its Bakery back again.

The shop itself was rented out to Jak Mansell who opened her dress agency Rumpus on the Green March 2012.

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Wye Bakery 1991                                                                   Wye Bakery 1998

In 2014 Mary & Nigel sought a new project moving up to the Isle of Luing Oban Scotland handing over the Bakery to Pauline Hickson who,  now will take on the shop bringing her wonderful display of pastries and freshly baked bread  back onto the front line of Church Street.


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Congratulations Pauline, Wye Bakery is to come out!

Wye Beer Festival 2017

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Graham Austen informs us that once again he will be holding the Wye Beer Festival on The Green just near the Post Office TN25 5AH.

The event will take place on the last weekend in June. Friday 23rd 4pm – 11pm Saturday 24th 12pm – 11pm and Sunday 25th 12pm – 4pm.

This website has already had people searching for the Beer Festival which shows how popular it has become!

For further information contact:Graham Austen <austen2007@hotmail.co.uk>

Our Farmer’s Markets are held on the same location just off the A28 between Ashford and Canterbury, every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9am – 12noon.

Ticketyboo Latest Artwork for Sale

Defiant Hops Wye. 450 pxls

15 3/4 ” x 11 3/4” acrylic on canvas £100 by Ann Sutherland


              Defiant Hops of Wye

           There was a time when hops grew here.

           They were used to make the finest beer.

           ‘Progress’ ripped them from the ground.

           But… a few defiant hops can still be found.


                                                           copyright Ann Sutherland






In Celebration of The WI – 100 Years


May we draw your attention to The Wye Flower Festival in June.

Events 2017

Say ‘Cheese’ at the Wye Farmers Market


Visitors to Wye Farmers Market on Saturday 1st April will have the chance to try a tasty new product from Wye Community Farm. With cows, goats and sheeps cheese being widely available, WCF have seen a gap in the market and developed a cheese made from pigs milk. Although it sounds like a novel idea, cave drawings in the Scilly Isles show pigs being milked around 4,000 years ago. A grant from the Department for Agriculture and Food Technology has enabled WCF to develop a milking machine for pigs to meet modern hygiene requirements. Anyone wanting a free taste of the new cheese, called Porkies, just has to go to the WCF stall at the market and say “cheese”. The Market is held around the green in the centre of Wye 9am to 12 noon.