Oak Farm Friends Association

Oak Farm Friends Association (OFFA) was set up in April 2011.  We have a Committee of 10 members and a wider membership of around 45 friends, consisting of local people and the families and friends of service users.  Our purpose is to raise funds to support the work and activities of Oak Farm including the purchase of equipment, materials and livestock. 

OFFA Events

Our next event is the OFFA coffee morning on Saturday 18th October 10am to 12pm at Oak Farm.

The coffee morning on Saturday 31st May raised £248.50.  The Dog Show on Saturday 5th July was a good day with over £200.00 taken on the OFFA stall.

On 11th July we had a leaving party with a barbeque for two members of staff from the farm.  It was a really lovely night and we presented Roger and Liz with £150.00 in garden vouchers each.  Also Margaret who works on the farm is leaving and only coming one day a week, and she is celebrating in the near future her 70th birthday so she was presented with a cake and flowers and she was desperate for us all to sing Happy Birthday to her which we did.

Contact OFFA

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Oak Farm Friends Association 

Post: OFFA, c/o Oak Farm, Station Road, Ditton Priors, Shropshire WV16 6SS

Telephone: Messages can be left on the Oak Farm telephone numbers - 01746 712352 or 712542

Secretary - Margaret Christie dThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Treasurer - Carolyn Ralph This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Help OFFA's Work

 

Become a member

Our membership scheme costs £5 for an individual, £15 for a family and £25 for an organisation affiliation.  You can become a member by contacting the Secretary, Margaret Christie, at any Oak Farm or OFFA events, or when visiting Oak Farm.  

 

Buy a calendar

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Buy Draw Tickets

Our annual Grand Draw starts in October and runs until the Oak Farm Christmas Ceilidh, when the draw takes place.  Generous prizes include £100 and £50 cash, a whole Oak Farm freezer-ready lamb, and delicious food hampers.  Tickets £1 (£5 per book), available from Oak Farm and OFFA members. 

 

Donations

All of the money donated to OFFA is spent on supporting the work of Oak Farm.  It is spent on items of equipment ranging from wellies to chicken houses, and on activities to improve Oak Farmers' health, such as cycling.  

If you would like to make a donation here are the options:

  • Send a cheque payable to OFFA to the Treasurer c/o Oak Farm, Station Road, Ditton Priors WV16 6SS. Please send your name and address or email so we can send you a receipt, and if you would like to Gift Aid your donation please request a form.  
  • Attend one of the Oak Farm or OFFA events and give your donation to the Secretary Margaret Christie or Treasurer Carolyn Ralph.
  • Visit Oak Farm and make a donation in person - in which case you will be welcome to have a cuppa before you go. 

 

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If you are a UK taxpayer please Gift Aid your donation and/or subscription to OFFA.  Gift Aid forms are available from the Secretary and Treasurer.

If you do not know about the Gift Aid scheme, there is an explanation on the HM Revenue & Customs website.  Briefly, it allows charities like OFFA to reclaim from the Revenue the income tax or CGT that you have paid on the money you are donating.  This means that the charity receives from the government an extra 25p per £1 donated.  If you are a higher rate taxpayer you will also be able to claim some tax relief on your donation.

 

Please also look out for opportunities for other bodies to help our work.  Past donations have come from:

  • Women's Institutes, Probus, Young Farmers' Clubs, etc. who have invited Stuart Toulson to give a talk about the farm - some of them have very kindly held a special fund-raising event for us
  • Competitors sponsored for the annual Bridgnorth Walk
  • Collection boxes in shops
  • Collections at family gatherings from special birthdays and wedding anniversaries to funerals.

 

Attend our events

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Whether you are a member or not, you will be most welcome at any of the events hosted by Oak Farm or OFFA.  We love meeting new people as well as greeting established friends, so please come along and join in our activities. 

 

Volunteer with us

Whether your talent is for baking cakes for sale, networking for useful contacts, or just having good ideas, you will be most welcome in our band of volunteer helpers who run OFFA and its events.  Laughter is one of the main ingredients of all we do, so please come and discover the fun of helping a good cause.  The kettle is always on!