Welcome to the News page for the Central Region, which includes the counties of Staffordshire,
Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire.
New Regional Council Member
Please let me introduce myself, I am Kay Carpenter from the Lickhill Flock.
My family and I farm in Worcestershire, where we run both pedigree and commercial livestock. We have a suckler herd of beef cattle and a commercial flock of crossbred sheep, along with around 30 pedigree Jacob ewes.
Jacobs were the first breed of sheep we kept and I was instantly hooked. After 14 years in the Society I regard the members as friends and you will often find me at the after show celebrations regardless of how well, or not, we have competed.
I am available to help any of our members and if anyone wishing to join would like to know more about the breed or has any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 07771 511445 or
Sunday 29th May 2022 – 11.15am Please reply by Saturday 21st May 2021
To be held at the Detton Flock
Little Detton, Cleobury Mortimer
Shropshire DY14 8LW
by kind invitation of James & Sue Barrett
James and Sue invite you to experience their Rural Retreat, Little Detton in beautiful rural south Shropshire www.littledetton.co.uk . They comment – ‘We run our smallholding with mixed, sustainable farming methods using vintage machinery. As well as our small flock of much-loved Jacob Sheep we have a small herd of Shetland Cattle, ducks, chickens and in the summer rare breed pigs. Our family business JW & AJ Barrett Ltd will be open for you to try your hand at Blacksmithing/Welding.’
Programme for the Day:
11.15 am - Arrival at Little Detton, DY14 8LW - Coffee & Biscuits
11.30 am - Introduction to the smallholding, flock & family business, followed by farm walk.
1.00 pm - Chippy Lunch to be paid for directly to the caterer on the day
MENU: fish & chips / sausage & chips / scampi & chips
2.00 pm - Try your hand at Blacksmithing/Welding
3.30pm - Tea. Please don’t feel you have to rush off after tea!
There will be a charge to cover costs of £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for children aged 10 and under. Your entry tickets will also be placed in the raffle for the chance to win the top prize worth £50 with children also having a separate top prize worth £20. Plus there will be many more chances to win prizes on the day.
If you would like further information, please contact Kay Carpenter – 07771 5511445 –
Email or speak to any member of the Central Region Committee.
Upcoming events for your diaries in 2022
Sunday 29th May Open Day – a visit to Sue and James Barrett's flock near Cleobury Mortimer. As always the invitation extends to all regions and a flyer, with further details, will be available in April.
Wednesday 27th July NSA Sheep Event – The JSS will have a breed society stand at the Malvern Showground in Worcestershire and will once again be involved in this celebration of the UK sheep sector. Please come along and say ‘Hi’.
Tuesday 2nd August Central Region Show and Sale please don’t hesitate to contact me on with any questions or if you are looking for advice on entries. We welcome vendors new and old. I am available to help with any queries regarding your entries. Plan early. This year the region is introducing the new trophy presented to Jean Simmonds at the 2021 sale. It is for the best Young Handler (aged between 12 to 18 years) to be judged in the show ring as part of the show and sale.
Autumn Meeting & AGM will be held in October 2022 at Jane and Alan Nightingales’ Firtree Flock in Fillongley, Coventry, West Midlands. Jane and Alan are the winners of the regions flock competition 2021 – 2022, so this will be a great opportunity to view their stock. Details later in the year.
I look forward to getting around as many of the regions shows as possible to meet with members. If you are not showing please come along to the ring side and Jacob pens as you will always find a warm welcome from exhibitors who appreciate the support and are happy to pass on their knowledge to anyone who asks.
I hope that you are enjoying or have enjoyed a good lambing season and the sleepless nights and endless toing and froing of water buckets and hay racks has been all worthwhile! I would like to share with you a few photographs from the lambing sheds around the region.