Welcome to the Staffordshire Smallholders' Association.

We are a group interested in animals, horticulture, the countryside and rural activities. The Association is open to all - whether you have several acres of land or just a window box.

The group meets monthly on a Saturday, usually at the Rodbaston Campus of South Staffordshire College in Penkridge, for speakers on a variety of topics. The programme is set by the members to cover topics in which they are interested. Recent meetings have covered areas as diverse as bumble bees, willow weaving and weighing pigs!  

There are also off-site visits to local farms and other places of interest.  Recently we have enjoyed a visit and BBQ at a member's holding, a trip to a traditionallly managed wood and a stall at Stafford Castle Country Fair and a very hands-on lambing practical.

This year's full programme can be found on the page "About Us".

We have also formed links with the Forest of Mercia CIC project at Hilton Green.  They have a range of workshops throughout the year; check out their website - www.forestofmercia.com - for full details. Further information is also available by emailing info@forestofmercia.com or check their Facebook page.

If you are interested in joining Staffordshire Smallholders' Association, or coming along to a meeting as a visitor, please contact us - details are on the Contacts page.

An annual subscription to the Association is £20 per family. Becoming a member will help us to maintain the high quality of speakers and outings that we can offer. Payment can be made in cash, by cheque or BACS transfer. Cheques should be made payable to Staffordshire Smallholders' Association please and sent to The Treasurer, New House, Rodbaston, Penkridge. ST19 5PG.

Visitors are very welcome at any of our meetings.  Bring some money for refreshments and the raffle and come along to see what we are about.

Our members are always willing to share their skills and knowledge.  If you have a specific question please visit our What We Offer page.


Unfortunately none of the meetings and events we had planned for 2020 were able to take place owing to the situation with Covid-19.

The good news is that we did meet up virtually for our Christmas social and quiz; it was good to 'see' those who were able to join us.

We have now planned another virtual meeting; Thursday 11th February at 7.30pm.

Our guest speaker will be Alan Stephens whose light-hearted talk will be "Stories of a Farmer's Boy! Many of you will know Alan - he has a smallholding at Rugeley where he has been our host for a splendid BBQ. He has his own butchery and sells delicious home-reared meat from the farm.

An entertaining evening is guaranteed!

We are still planning to hold the meetings that couldn't take place during 2020 - dates will be arranged once it is safe to do so and will be notified. Why not follow us on FaceBook to keep up to date with what is happening.

These events include:

Visit to see Heavy Horses

BBQ at Brookside Farm, hosted by Alan and Jackie Stephens

Spoon carving with Mike Taylor

A visit to a local Pet Hotel