Shropshire rugby club a huge success!

 

Shropshire’s newest rugby club will enter its first ever league season this year – and we thought we would support them with a brand new kit.
Church Stretton Rugby Club formed in summer 2013 – after parents issued an appeal on Facebook – and has proved so successful that the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has entered it in the Midlands 5 West (North) just a year later.
We spoke with Daran Chard, co-ordinator and co-founder of the club, and offered to sponsor the new U17s kit for the season, which they are all really pleased with.
Daran said they think the new home kit looks fantastic – green with yellow slashes. The U17s kit is the reverse of the home, with green slashes on yellow and also doubles as the first team’s away kit.
Madeleys director and founder Paul Madeley, whose son plays for the Church Stretton Rugby Club’s U17s team, is really pleased to be supporting the hugely successful team.
He says he had been involved with the club through his son since the beginning and for it to have gone from forming barely a year ago to entering the league is “just incredible”.
We are very proud as a company to watch the team head into the rugby league wearing the kit we have sponsored.
Church Stretton Rugby Club was formed after a group of parents and players from Church Stretton Secondary School realised just how much talent from the town was ending up at other clubs across the county.
Parents got together to discuss it and last July set up a Facebook page to see if there was any interest in a new club for Church Stretton.
More than 50 people turned out to a touch session and interest continued to grow.
The RFU was supportive and said if the team could get 12 friendly fixtures played, it would look at putting us them in the leagues.
They had a five year plan to get to league level but after just 12 months, the RFU told them they were being entered in the Midlands 5 West (North).
As a result, the team has been training hard throughout the summer, with players determined to win the league. And we are right behind them wishing them all the best as they take on the challenge.

Are you prepared to log on and claim your agricultural payment?

 

Farmers won’t be able to claim their agricultural payments if they do not re-register online before a new payment scheme comes into action next year.
The new regulation is part of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which will replace the current Single Payment Scheme in January 2015.
Farmers need to have registered themselves and the rural surveyors acting on their behalf in an online system before the scheme comes into force.
As soon as the online system is open for registry we will be letting our clients know and advising people on here but everyone does need to be prepared.
We know that many farmers are older or farm in rural areas with no broadband – which could pose major issues.
The registration process was revealed to us at a Central Association of Agricultural Valuers seminar where members were told the online system will open for registration in November.
The process involves registering themselves, proving identity, and authorising any land agent to act on their behalf.
This is a huge change and many farmers will find it difficult if they do not prepare in advance. People need to start thinking about how and when they are going to register as time is of the essence.
For those with no access to broadband or who struggle with the internet as a whole, they need to be asking for help as soon as possible.
And there are also other things that farmers need to be thinking about in their preparation for this new scheme, including how they run the business.
From January farmers need to meet the ‘active farmer’ criteria and ensure the majority of their income is from farming rather than property or land they let out for other uses.
Farmers need to be aware of how their business structure may impact on the right to receive the payment. If the structure needs to be altered then time is of the essence because they only have a few months to do it.
Nearly all farmers will currently be eligible to claim for agricultural subsidies, along with those who own small amounts of land such as pony paddocks. Under the new scheme those with less than five hectares of land will not be able to claim and those who currently hold entitlements need to sell them or make other arrangements to be able to retain their entitlements.
Anyone wanting any further information or advice can contact Angela Cantrill for a chat on (01952) 727007 or visit the office in Much Wenlock’s High Street.

New CAP regulations – do you meet the “greening” rules?

 

Farmers could lose a large slice of their agricultural subsidies if they don’t meet new CAP regulations.
In January next year the current Single Payment Scheme will be replaced with the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).
As part of the new scheme, there will be new ‘greening’ rules which applicants must follow in order to be eligible for a greening payment which is worth 30 per cent of the total BPS payment.
But many farmers are still unaware the greening requirement is not optional – and they potentially risk losing part or even all of their greening allowance if they don’t comply.
The new direct BPS payment will be made up of a basic payment and the 30 per cent payment for greening – which recognises the contribution of farms to the environment. Greening will be applicable to most farmers, although there are certain exemptions.
Under the rules, applicants must ensure five per cent of their land is set aside for environmental purposes.
We are working to make all claimants aware that the new greening rules are compulsory.
Applicants to the Basic Payment Scheme need to comply with these new greening arrangements and the requirements of the Basic Payment or they potentially risk missing out on part or all of their greening and basic payment.
It is important that anyone wanting to claim BPS should start thinking about the greening rules now just in case they need to change anything.
We understand that the changes can often cause confusion, but we are keen to make applicants aware the greening rules are not optional or they could really lose out and that is something we don’t want to see happen.
There will be three greening rules which cover permanent grassland, crop diversification and ecological focus areas.
We can provide any advice needed with regards to the Basic Payment Scheme to ensure applicants are fully informed about what they need to do.
Please feel free to give us a ring on 01952 727007 if you need assistance.

Our debut show season is over – did you visit us?

 

We kicked off our debut show season in 2014 by giving advice at Newport Show, closely followed by the Burwarton Show at the beginning of August.
Showgoers had the opportunity to ask our team any questions they had about renewable energy schemes, planning, property, estate management and rural business matters.
We have all visited Shropshire’s agricultural shows in various guises in the past, but we have never actually exhibited as a company before so it was new territory for us.
Agricultural shows are an integral part of the farming community and we are very much looking forward to meeting people from all over the county and beyond as we continue to attend events.
Running a farming business nowadays is not only hard work but also ever more complicated, with an array of issues now affecting farmers, rural landowners and rural businesses.
It was interesting to talk to farmers and rural business owners about how things are going for them, and we gave lots of advice and information to help them make the most of the opportunities that are out there.
From our chats with showgoers we found people were often unaware of the various financial incentives which were available to rural businesses.
But we were able to give examples of how people have successfully applied for grants and used them to expand their business, which people were really grateful to find out about.
We have case studies of renewable energy schemes, such as biomass boilers, that have been funded through schemes like the Renewable Heat Incentive, and we were happy to give people advice on any potential developments they were considering.
We know for some the agricultural shows are an important day out for those who dedicate so much of their time to their job and we had a really great time getting involved.
We are looking forward to continuing to meet Shropshire farmers as the shows go on.

A few words from our clients…

 

Every client wants to get the best service when it comes to the managing of their home and their business.
The majority of our clients come to us following recommendations and through word of mouth so we are always grateful when clients take the time to provide testimonials for the services we have provided for them.

Mr Henry and Mr David Duppa

“We have used Madeleys Chartered Surveyors over many years for a variety of professional work. I recently instructed Angela Cantrill of Madeleys Chartered Surveyors when some of my land was due to be quarried by an independent firm.
“For any farmer this is really worrying due to the level of inconvenience that this work was going to cause. We also needed help with the negotiation in order to agree a good level of compensation with the quarry firm.
“Angela has been instrumental in securing fair compensation payments. It was essential that we had good representation in such a complicated matter from the start.
“Various issues had to be included and factored into the negotiations which included loss of Single Farm Payment, arable and grass land loss, fencing alterations, access, water supply, Agri Environment Schemes and Rural Land Registry mapping amendments.
“Given the complexity of such a claim I was extremely impressed by the efficiency of Angela in representing our case and securing the settlement quickly and professionally. Compensation was negotiated with the company at a level over and above what we had expected and by using Angela to represent us properly meant it resulted in much less ‘hassle’ had we attempted to resolve the matter ourselves.
“Angela also negotiated with the quarry firm, so her fees were paid by them as part of the settlement.”

Mr D Harper

“My involvement with Madeleys Chartered Surveyors dates back to 1994.
“Their advice and support proved invaluable when following the difficult decision made in 2000 to go out of milk production, I had to diversify to make a living as sheep and beef on a farm my size wasn’t enough.
“After much research into the holiday let business and with Paul Madeley’s help with the planning permission and dealings with the Local Authority, I converted my first range of traditional farm buildings into 2 holiday lets in 2003. The success of these led to further conversions in 2006 and 2009 and I now have tourists staying from all round the world. They come to enjoy the peace and quiet of Morrells Wood and visit the many attractions Shropshire has to offer.
“My latest venture is providing “glamping” accommodation, again with Madeleys crucial input with the planning.
“In addition to the Planning aspect, Madeleys have also guided me through the various Stewardship Schemes and Grants available, to help transform my business, plus protect and enhance the habitats on the farm.”

Extra help to be offered by RPA to get Farmers online

 

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) will be sending letters out to 13,000 customers this week, to customers with no digital history asking what help the RPA can give to get them online

A further 12,000 letters will be sent to customers that  have some digital history asking what help can be given to get them online and completing claims for the Basic Payment Scheme.

The Madeleys team are highly competent at all online applications and if you would like help or advice about completing applications online then please get in touch with one of the team at the office.

DEFRA ANNOUNCE NEWS ON DOUBLE FUNDING

 

Defra has announced news regarding double funding and the reductions individuals will face.

If your ELS started before the 1st January 2012 you will be liable for double funding and may receive reductions in your payments if you choose to continue with your ELS.

The link below gives further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cap-reform-how-we-will-manage-double-funding-greening-and-environmental-stewardship

If you want to discuss this further please contact one of the Madeleys team

LAND FOR SALE: 4.97 acres at Harpsford, Bridgnorth

 

DSC05781Accommodation Land at Ludlow Road, Harpsford, Bridgnorth, WV16 6TZ

4.97 acres (2.02 hectares) available in two lots or as a whole, of high quality pastureland. Two excellent parcels of land ideal for agricultural/equestrian use, with roadside access and mains water available.

Lot 1 – 2.36 acres (0.96 hectares)

Lot 2 – 2.61 acres (1.06 hectares) 

For sale by Private Treaty

Particulars for Land at Harpsford

Ensure you have the correct paperwork in place before taking on a new tenant

Income from assets on Shropshire farms – such as the lease of buildings or land – are often the lifeblood of many farming businesses.

But if the right information is not included in lease agreements for rural properties farmers may find themselves facing problems with tenants – and ultimately paying out thousands of pounds to rectify them.

Land and property leased to supplement income on county farms is not unusual in a rural area and it is a common practice dealt with by Madeleys Chartered Surveyors in Much Wenlock.

Angela Cantrill, land agent at Madeleys, said many farmers come to them when problems have arisen instead of consulting with them prior to agreeing a tenant lease – which results in costs to them that could have been avoided.

She said: “We go and visit the client because a lease needs to be tailored to rural properties. If it is done without a visit to the property then things can be missed and ultimately it results in high costs for the farmer – costs that could have been avoided.

“Standard business tenancies often offer little protection to both the landlord and tenant because when challenged the terms contained within them can be interpreted differently.

“In practical terms it is more sensible to agree express terms under a lease and make sure all matters are covered in ‘black and white’ in the lease so neither party is in doubt.”

In a recent case Angela was contacted by a rural landlord experiencing difficulties with a converted stone barn he had leased in south Shropshire.

Exposed oak beams in the property were painted black by the tenant and the costs of work to remove the gloss paint from the timber beams was estimated at nearly half a years rent.

“The lease in question was silent on various matters concerning repairs, improvements and dilapidations,” Mrs Cantrill said.

“As well as the costs relating to the works involved in the removal of the paint – which is phenomenal – the kitchen had been left in a terrible state and a new fitted kitchen was required.

“We managed to negotiate that a new kitchen will be put in by the tenant but if there are any further disagreements about how repairs and dilapidations are dealt with this case could well end up going to court. A costly exercise for both landlord and tenant.”

Mrs Cantrill said there are certain parts of a lease that they consider essential, one of those being a record of condition.

This records the state of the property before a tenant enters and photographic written evidence is signed off by the landlord and tenant to confirm that they both agree with the state and condition of the property at the commencement of the lease.

“If a record of condition and precise lease terms had been included in this particular lease – to leave the beams as existing, unless the landlord has given written consent – a much stronger case could have been put forward to the outgoing tenant,” added Mrs Cantrill.

“The lease was also silent on express covenants – specific works and standard of decoration – and although it may be possible to argue implied covenants this is more difficult.”

Shropshire rural landlords and tenants should employ a land agent to:

  • Negotiate lease terms – particularly covering repairs and dilapidations.
  • Work with your solicitor to ensure the lease is specific to the property which is being let.
  • Prepare a schedule of condition
  • Have regular inspections of the property

Have you registered “on-line” with the Rural Payments Agency?

Shropshire farmers will lose their right to claim agricultural subsidies if they do not re-register online before a new payment scheme comes into action next year.

The new regulation is part of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which will replace the current Single Payment Scheme in January 2015.

Farmers need to have registered themselves and the rural surveyors acting on their behalf in an online system before the scheme comes into force.

But Angela Cantrill, senior surveyor at Much Wenlock-based Madeleys Chartered Surveyors, said many farmers are older or farm in rural areas with no broadband – which could pose major issues for them.

The registration process was revealed at a Central Association of Agricultural Valuers seminar yesterday (WED JULY 23) where members were told the online system will open for registration in November.

“The process involves registering themselves, proving identity, and authorising any land agent to act on their behalf,” said Mrs Cantrill.

“This is a huge change and many farmers will find it difficult if they do not prepare in advance. They need to start thinking about how and when they are going to register.

“For those with no access to broadband or who struggle with the internet as a whole, they need to be asking for help as soon as possible.

“And there are also other things that farmers need to be thinking about in their preparation for this new scheme, including how they run the business.”

From January farmers need to meet the ‘active farmer’ criteria and ensure the majority of their income is from farming rather than property or land they let out for other uses.

“Farmers need to be aware of how their business structure may impact on the right to receive the payment,” added Mrs Cantrill. “If the structure needs to be altered then time is of the essence because they only have a few months to do it.”

Nearly all farmers will currently claim for agricultural subsidies, along with those who own small amounts of land such as pony paddocks. Under the new scheme those with less than five hectares of land will not be able to claim and those who currently hold entitlements need to sell them or make other arrangements to be able to retain their entitlements.

Anyone wanting any further information or advice can contact Mrs Cantrill for a chat on (01952) 727007, visit the office in Much Wenlock’s High Street