The Worshipful Company of Farmers Banquet

In his capacity as Master, Julian Sayers hosted The Worshipful Company of Farmers Annual Livery Banquet at The Stationers’ Hall in the City of London on Wednesday 17th January.  Julian gave an address followed by David Fursdon as the Guest Speaker with his wealth of experience as an estate owner and his wide ranging public service.  They spoke about the current work of the Company and this year’s theme, the ‘Post-Brexit Future for Land Tenure and Occupation’ as well as the Livery’s continuing educational programme.


Report on 2018 Auction Sale of Hay & Straw

The 57th Adkin Annual Sale of Hay & Straw is the first to be held in conjunction with Thimbleby & Shorland for the express purpose of maintaining this important service to the farming community.   The sale was held at Ardington, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 16th January 2018 and met with a lively trade.  As ever the weather in the summer of 2017 had had a marked effect upon the fodder offered which overall was slightly down in quantity on recent years.  The hay was generally of good quality and met with strong demand.  The straw from the 2017 harvest inevitably suffered from the weather.  Credit goes to our vendors for maintaining supplies.  Those who entered met with prices far in excess of recent years.


Farming and Property Bulletin – January 2018

Countryside Stewardship Changes

The Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) is due for a number of improvements ahead of the 2018 application period. These aim to make it easier for farmers to access the funding it offers.

Streamline Packages

Four ‘packages’ covering the most common farm type will be offered and will have a shorter application form and simpler checks when applying. The packages will be non-competitive meaning applicants are guaranteed an offer as long as they meet the minimum requirements. Individual management options are grouped together within a package under a number of categories. There will then be a requirement to pick a minimum number of options from each category.

January 2018 – Bulletin

Merry Christmas

With best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Our office will be closed from noon on 22nd December 2017 until 2nd January 2018.

We will not be sending cards this year but donation are being made to our chosen charities for 2018.

Farming and Property Bulletin – December 2017

New Farming Rules for Water

From 2nd April 2018 all farmers in England will be required to follow a new set of farming rules for water. The rules will be:

  • Promote good practice in managing fertilisers and manures
  • Encourage land managers to take reasonable precautions to prevent diffuse pollution from runoff or soil erosion
  • Require soil testing at least every 5 years
  • A summary of the new rules can be found below:

December 2017 Bulletin


Adkin is a small friendly team of Chartered Surveyors based in the attractive village of Ardington near Wantage, Oxfordshire. Our work involves all aspects of agricultural, commercial and residential property throughout Southern England for a wide range of clients.

Due to an ever increasing workload, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a graduate Rural Surveyor to join our team. The successful applicant will be hardworking and self-motivated with good attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential together with the confidence and ability to work independently or as part of a team.

Adkin will provide full training and support to enable you to become a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

This is an opportunity to join a highly respected, friendly and dynamic team with an interesting and varied workload. Good training and career prospects are available for the right candidate. A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered together with the possibility of subsidised housing.

Please send applications with a covering letter enclosing your CV to:

Mrs Emily Ham
Adkin, Orpwood House, School Road,
Ardington, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8PQ.

If you wish to call to discuss the position in the first instance, please contact Emily on (01235) 434382 or e-mail

All applications and enquires will be treated in strictest confidence.

Closing date for applications: Monday 27th November 2017
First interviews to be held 5th/6th December 2017
Second interviews to be held 12th/13th December 2017

Fifty Seventh Annual Hay & Straw Auction – Tuesday 16th January



At 2.30pm

In the Loyd Lindsay Rooms, Ardington, Wantage, Oxon OX12 8PS

In order to ensure the continuity of the Adkin Annual Hay and Straw Sale we will from hereon be operating in conjunction with Thimbleby & Shorland of Reading. We intend to work closely together to maintain this important service.

Entry form

All enquiries to Philip Pocock or Hannah Rickards (01235 862888)