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The Lunar New Year’s most talked-about watches – High Horology Journal

Posted: February 27, 2020 at 2:21 am

Celebrations for the Lunar New Year were dampened by the spread of the coronavirus, with rising fears as towns were placed under quarantine. Parades were cancelled, travel bans imposed across China and many brands shut down stores. Nike, for example, temporarily closed half its stores and Apple closed all its stores. In a reversal of roles, instead of cashing in huge profits, as one would expect from a nation that is expected to make up 65% of the worlds luxury spending by2025, brands have been giving back, with big names such as LVMH and Kering donating money towards efforts to fight the virus. Chinese tech giants, including Baidu, have also pledged millions towards medical research and supplies. So, in a very different context to usual, which watch brands came out on top this Lunar New Year?

Methodology: Using a social listening tool, we analysed which five watch brands made the biggest impact on social media during the Lunar New Year. Here are the results.

Each year Chopard releases an astrology-inspired watch to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The dial of this years execution shows a rat (for the Year of the Rat), depicted using the ancient Japanese art of Urushi painting. Chopard kept up a steady stream of social media posts throughout the period, a possible reason why the brand ranks high on our list. This included nine posts on its Instagram account in red and gold, the traditional colours of the Lunar New Year, including a video showing the craftsmanship behind the dial. The dial itself could be another reason for this popularity. It shows Chopards respect for Chinese tradition, featuring symbols such as spring flowers to represent the spring festival. The watch is produced in a limited edition of88, which is a lucky number in Asian cultures.

The brand didnt run any special social media campaigns for Lunar New Year but it did release a watch inspired by Chinese astrology, a tradition it began in2009. This year marks the 12thedition and therefore the conclusion of the 12-year cycle of the zodiac. That this is the end of this tradition within a tradition could be why Panerai was so prominent on social media. The watchs bold design compared with other Chinese zodiac watches could also explain its popularity. A hinged cover on the Luminor Sealand 44mm is etched with a rat using the sparsello technique, following which layers of gold threads are hammered into the etched surface. This was also a limited edition of88.

Cartier, along with other brands including Louis Vuitton and Gucci, built on the New Year tradition of older family members giving red envelopes containing money to younger members red being the colour of good fortune and happiness and created its own red envelopes. Cartiers envelopes gave the starring role to its panther and were embellished with gold leaf as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Knowing that the brand didnt release any special New Year watches, its spin on the red envelopes explains why it was so popular on social media. Cartier is investing heavily in China, including the opening of an online store on the Tmall Luxury Pavilion platform. While there were no specific campaigns on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, the brand is active on WeChat, Chinas largest messaging app.

For the2019 Lunar New Year, Bulgari launched a controversial marketing campaign with a play on words that many found offensive. Looking at social listening, this doesnt appear to have affected the brands popularity this year possibly the result of heavy investment in China where Bulgari plans to open new stores and expects to see its jewellery sales double over the next five years. Six Instagram posts in traditional red and gold highlighted the Divas Dream collection. The desirability of its jewellery amply compensated the fact the brand didnt release a special New Year watch.

After Omega, Rolex is the largest luxury watch brand in the Chinese market, and this desirability no doubt explains why it remained popular during the celebrations, despite not releasing any New Year watches or posting about New Year on its social media accounts.

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Christmas saved in Sealand as Santa will be coming to the town – LeaderLive

Posted: November 30, 2019 at 9:51 am

CHRISTMAS has been saved by the community; a councillor has said.

The Leader has previously reported that the forgotten residents of Deeside felt victimised after hearing the Deeside Round Table will not be taking their Santa Float there after past abuse.

However, the Sealand community has since rallied together to ensure the children are not disappointed this Christmas.

Cllr Christine Jones said: Its going so well, talk about community spirit its been brilliant.

Parents and local businesses have been offering their services from people wanting to bake cakes and bringing sweets to Adam Dandy from Dandys Topsoil donating a real Christmas Tree.

We will have music playing and Santa, who is giving his time for free, will give out presents to children and we can use the hut for free.

Everyone has pulled together. Ive never seen so much community spirit in such a short space of time. Im proud, Christmas is saved.

Santa will visit St Andrews Church Hub on December 5 from 5pm 6pm and refreshments will be provided from the memory caf.

Anyone wishing to donate can contact Christine Jones or donate to local groups on the night.

Cllr Jones said herself and her daughter came up with the idea after the disappointment over the lack of the traditional Christmas float and all local parents and businesses instantly jumped on board.

She added: The spirit has completely lifted compared to the other day.

I just hope everyone will have a wonderful time. Sealand Manor will even have a visit from Santa which is lovely as this will be a first.

Everyone has just come together to help, its lovely to see.

I hope we all have a wonderful night and the children turn up and enjoy themselves.

They will all get to visit the winter wonderland and get a present off Santa. People in Sealand are great and they care about the kids which is what this is all about.

We were worried they were going to miss out but now they get a nice evening which is what they all deserve.

Everyone has been so kind.

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Rare images of Chester FC’s Sealand Road home after it’s closure in 1990 – Cheshire Live

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 11:46 pm

It's almost three decades since Chester City played their final game at Sealand Road.

A 2-0 win over Rotherham United in the penultimate game of the Barclays League Division Three season in front of 3,827 would bring down the curtain on over 80 years of football at the stadium, which hosted its first Chester game in December 1906.

Over the decades there were plenty of highs and lows.

It's hard to argue that the most famous night of all at the stadium, and indeed for Chester FC, came on Wednesday, November 12, 1974 when Leeds United, the champions of English football with a stellar line up were mercilessly put to the sword in the League Cup fourth round in front of 19,000 fans on a night that will forever be etched into Chester folklore, the Blues marching to the semi-finals before being beaten by Aston Villa.

Plenty of pictures of the old girl have been published over the years but we stumbled across some rare ones in the archives here at Cheshire Live as well as stills of the final ever game played at the stadium, which was filmed by lifelong Chester fan Jim Dutton.

Here are a selection.

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Major police incident on Sealand Road as Texaco garage was shut off to public – Cheshire Live

Posted: October 27, 2019 at 2:55 pm

A Sealand Road garage has been sealed off following a major police incident last night.

Police were seen rushing to the Texaco garage around 9pm on Monday (October 21).

The garage, which is near to the junction of Western Avenue, was cordoned off for several hours and vehicles were prohibited from entering the site.

North Wales Police have confirmed their presence in the area but have not yet commented on the incident involved.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing blood on the shop floor.

Reports on social media claimed that police and sniffer dogs were also searching near the area.

Police reportedly left the scene at 3am this morning (October 21).

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Sealand Capital Galaxy (LON:SCGL) Will Have To Spend Its Cash Wisely – Simply Wall St

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Just because a business does not make any money, does not mean that the stock will go down. For example, although software-as-a-service business lost money for years while it grew recurring revenue, if you held shares since 2005, youd have done very well indeed. But while the successes are well known, investors should not ignore the very many unprofitable companies that simply burn through all their cash and collapse.

So should Sealand Capital Galaxy (LON:SCGL) shareholders be worried about its cash burn? In this report, we will consider the companys annual negative free cash flow, henceforth referring to it as the cash burn. Well start by comparing its cash burn with its cash reserves in order to calculate its cash runway.

Check out our latest analysis for Sealand Capital Galaxy

A cash runway is defined as the length of time it would take a company to run out of money if it kept spending at its current rate of cash burn. As at June 2019, Sealand Capital Galaxy had cash of UK62k and no debt. Looking at the last year, the company burnt through UK478k. Therefore, from June 2019 it had roughly 2 months of cash runway. To be frank we are alarmed by how short that cash runway is! Depicted below, you can see how its cash holdings have changed over time.

In our view, Sealand Capital Galaxy doesnt yet produce significant amounts of operating revenue, since it reported just UK587k in the last twelve months. Therefore, for the purposes of this analysis well focus on how the cash burn is tracking. Wed venture that the 68% reduction in cash burn over the last year shows that management are, at least, mindful of its ongoing need for cash. Admittedly, were a bit cautious of Sealand Capital Galaxy due to its lack of significant operating revenues. So wed generally prefer stocks from this list of stocks that have analysts forecasting growth.

Theres no doubt Sealand Capital Galaxys rapidly reducing cash burn brings comfort, but even if its only hypothetical, its always worth asking how easily it could raise more money to fund further growth. Generally speaking, a listed business can raise new cash through issuing shares or taking on debt. Many companies end up issuing new shares to fund future growth. By looking at a companys cash burn relative to its market capitalisation, we gain insight on how much shareholders would be diluted if the company needed to raise enough cash to cover another years cash burn.

Sealand Capital Galaxys cash burn of UK478k is about 21% of its UK2.3m market capitalisation. Thats fairly notable cash burn, so if the company had to sell shares to cover the cost of another years operations, shareholders would suffer some costly dilution.

Even though its cash runway makes us a little nervous, we are compelled to mention that we thought Sealand Capital Galaxys cash burn reduction was relatively promising. After looking at that range of measures, we think shareholders should be extremely attentive to how the company is using its cash, as the cash burn makes us uncomfortable. While we always like to monitor cash burn for early stage companies, qualitative factors such as the CEO pay can also shed light on the situation. Click here to see free what the Sealand Capital Galaxy CEO is paid..

Of course Sealand Capital Galaxy may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of companies boasting high return on equity, or this list of stocks that insiders are buying.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.

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Bloodied stab victim collapsed on Texaco garage floor while the other ‘bought beer and energy drinks’ – Daily Post

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The boss of a petrol station has spoken of how two bloodied stab victims took refuge in his store before one collapsed with serious injuries .

Sandosh Nandakumar, who manages the Texaco garage on Sealand Road, said the victims of a stabbing in Garden City , Flintshire, drove to his garage before one called out for an ambulance.

He then collapsed on the floor - while the other bought beers and energy drinks.

Mr Nandakumar said: "At exactly 8.54pm a car pulled into our site and they stopped near the air machine with their side lights on.

"One guy was on the passenger side and the other guy was driving.

"They both got out from the car and while they were coming in the guy who was driving the car was asking the passenger 'there's no need to go inside' and that he would take him to hospital.

"The guy who was seriously injured he came inside and he asked the staff to call for an ambulance and then he just fell on the floor."

Mr Nandakumar said both had injuries to their faces but at first his staff were not sure whether the pair might just be drunk.

He said: "His friend had minor injuries and was bleeding from the side of his head and he was trying to lift his other friend who was bleeding all over the floor.

"He was telling him he will take him to the hospital and while this was happening he also bought beers and red bull for some reason.

"When the staff saw all the blood which was coming out from his stomach he dialled 999 and he called for an ambulance and for the police as well. "

Mr Nandakumar said police officers arrived and closed the shop immediately while the man was taken to hospital.

He added: "The police were talking to the guy who was seriously injured and he was telling them something about 'some black guy stabbed me', he was telling them something like that.

"It was closed until around 3am after the police left and none of the staff were allowed to leave until then.

"CSI came at around 12am."

Mr Nandakumar said the incident had been "very traumatic" for his staff.

North Wales Police are appealing for information following the incident, which took place near the entrance to Corus Steel in Garden City .

They said one of the victims sustained serious stab wounds and is currently being treated in hospital.

Two suspects, described as black males, made off on foot.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Kelly said: "This was a violent incident in which a man has suffered serious injuries.

"Our investigation is at an early stage and I am appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

"The public will see an increased police activity in the area as we carry out our enquiries."

Anyone with information has been asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference X153525.

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Moshe Oved silver ring, rare British petrol pump globe and William Gladstone’s grandfather clock six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in…

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A silver ring by Moshe Oved 3500 at Dreweatts.

It was not catalogued as such but this silver ring, above, modelled as a standing lion with a gold coloured mane is by Moshe Oved (1885-1958), the owner of the celebrated Bloomsbury antique shop, Cameo Corner.

It has the London hallmarks CC for 1969.

Oved famously modelled the first of a series of lost wax cast animal rings (a lamb) while sheltering in the basement of Cameo Corner during the Blitz. He later cast it from his own cuff-links after he learnt that a clients son had been killed in action.

Oved went on to make numerous rings, mostly in silver, but some in gold. They are hugely collectable and the lion is among the rarer models.

Offered for sale at Dreweatts in Newbury, Berkshire on October 23, it attracted huge interest at its estimate of just 30-50 but ultimately sold at 3500.

A British glass petrol pump globe for Dominion Motor Spirit Co Ltd 13,000 at Richard Edmonds Auctions.

For collectors of glass petrol pump globes, it is often those made by obscure brands that are hardest to find. This example, in exceptional condition, is fully stamped Webbs Crystal Glass Co. Ltd. London and property of Dominion Motor Spirit Co. Ltd. Returnable on Demand.

Dominion launched in 1923 but was quickly swallowed up by Sealand Petroleum Co. and then Shell-Mex and BP. By 1957 the Dominion name had disappeared from the forecourts.

Offered for sale by automobile specialists Richard Edmonds Auctions in Chippenham, Wiltshire on October 18 it doubled estimate at 13,000. The price is among the highest paid for a British petrol pump globe and akin to the sort of mighty sums bid for rarities made in the US.

A longcase clock by Benjamin Ratcliff that may have been owned by former British Prime Minister William Gladstone 2000 at Rogers Jones.

The Welsh Sale held by Rogers Jones in Cardiff on October 19 included this quirky eight-day longcase clock by Benjamin Ratcliff of Welshpool.

Its distinguishing feature is an unusual brass solar dial bearing Roman numerals and the maker's surname in prominent capitals.

An old label to the interior suggests it was previously owned by former British Prime Minister William Gladstone at his Flintshire estate Hawarden Castle. Estimated at 1000-2000, it sold at the top guide.

An 18th century banded agate ring with an intaglio thought to be 2nd century Roman 2700 at Pippa Deeley Auctions.

Out of favour for a generation, grand tour and ancient intaglios and cameos are enjoying a return to form. This 18th century banded agate ring sold for 2700 (estimate 100-200) at Pippa Deeley Auctions in Bodiam, East Sussex on October 19.

The intaglio was possibly 2nd century Roman: cut with two toga-wearing figures in conversation to the reverse was a four-character inscription.

A neo-rococo samovar from Russia c.1850 2230 at Barsby Auctions.

Although a form that became popular in Europe and the Middle East, the samovar (literally self-brewer) is most commonly associated with Russia where they have been popular since the 18th century. Many were made in the metalworking centre of Tula.

Russian authorship markedly changes the demand for a 19th century silver plated samovar. While many English examples now sell for relatively modest sums this neo-rococo model from Russia c.1850 took a surprise Aus$4200 (2230) at Barsby Auctions in Sydney, Australia on October 19.

Oil on board of a women with a lily by David Carr from c.1950 3300 at Sworders.

The Modern British and 20th Century Art at Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on October 22 included this oil on board portrait by David Carr (1915-68). Estimated at 200-300 it made a much more substantial 3300.

Although born into the Carlisle biscuit-making family of the same name, Carr has a strong link to East Anglia. Both he and his future wife Barbara Gilligan were both members of The East Anglian School of Painting (founder Cedric Morris painted them together in a portrait that is now in the Tate Gallery collection) and the couple later moved to Starston Hall in Harleston, Norfolk.

Although little regarded in his lifetime, he was the subject of exhibitions in 1969 at the Bertha Shaeffer Gallery in New York, in 1987 at the Mayor Gallery (when the monograph David Carr, the Discovery of an Artist was published) and in 1997 when his work was shown alongside that of friend Prunela Clough at Austin Desmond Fine Art.

On stylistic grounds this oil on board of a women with a lily, 21in x 13in (54 x 32cm), signed bottom left, probably dates from c.1950.

Only a handful of pictures have made more, including a wartime scene Over Queen Victoria Street, London, 1941 selling for 3400 at Chiswick Auctions in 2018.


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Appeal launched over refusal of plans to store cars and caravans on green barrier land in Sealand –

Posted: October 20, 2019 at 4:42 am

Published: Monday, Oct 14th, 2019

An appeal has been launched after plans for caravans and cars to be stored on an area of green barrier land in Deeside were refused.

A retrospective planning application was entered by Russell Brown earlier this year to gain permission to continue keeping vehicles at the back of a property known as Hyperion House on Deeside Lane in Sealand.

In documents submitted to Flintshire Council, Mr Brown said he had used the site for storing cars awaiting export from the UK for a number of years, as well as a place for people to leave their caravans during the winter.

However, the local authority turned down his bid to formally authorise the use of the land as it said it represented inappropriate development which would harm the openness of the area.

Officials also said he failed to carry out a flood consequences assessment, but Mr Brown has now launched an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to try and have the decision overturned.

In the appeal forms, an agent acting on his behalf said the building the site sits next to had been used for industrial purposes for many years and the proposals would have a minimal impact.

Bob Dewey said:The development provides an opportunity to provide a beneficial use of a piece of underused brownfield land without causing any harm to the area.

The council simply relies on general reasons for refusal which are not supported by any reasonable evidence.

The site is located within an area of mixed industrial and commercial developments, some of which have planning permission.

To treat this site in a more draconic manner is unhelpful to the economic life of the community.

There seems little evidence in the decision of a reflective approach to the wider good of the area.

The appeal will be heard by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government at a later date.

By Liam Randall Local Democracy Reporter (more here).

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Coleg Cambria volunteers clean-up streets and rivers of Deeside for community event – Wales247

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VOLUNTEERS from Coleg Cambria took part in a clean-up of streets and rivers in north east Wales.

The Big Dee Day saw more than 50 work-based learning staff from the college spend hours tidying up areas of Deeside.

Focusing on the River Dee, they picked up litter, pulled up weeds and dragged plastic bottles and other items out of the water.

During two shifts, the volunteers spruced up parts of Saltney, Sandy Lane, Broughton and Sealand.Their incredible efforts saw more than two kilometres of riverbank and cycle paths cleared, 40 bin bags filled and a new access route to Chester from Saltney opened.

Organised by Flintshire County Council, the Big Dee Day has been a key date in the calendar since 2007, covering the coastline and tributaries from Talacre to Chester, Llangollen and north Shropshire.

Cambrias Assistant Principal and Director of Employer Services Vicky Barwis said their team worked hard to make a difference on the day.

We do a lot of work in the community but wanted to increase that and theres no bigger project locally than this, said Ms Barwis.

The amount of litter and plastic we picked up over the course of the day was shocking, and highlights what a horrendous issue this is globally.

We would encourage more people to get involved and support the council and Flintshires Countryside Rangers in their fight to make the county greener and cleaner and are glad we could play a part in that.

It is estimated more than 12 million tonnes of plastic, from bottles and bags to microbeads end up in our oceans every year, and the River Dee, its estuary, riverbanks and marshes have the potential to capture a significant amount.

In Flintshire, hundreds of people take part in the Big Dee Day every year, working hard to clear rubbish from the river embankments and beaches, collecting hundreds of bags of litter as well as targeting special places along the River Dees banks, coast and catchment area.

Their efforts are coordinated by the Countryside Rangers, who take the opportunity to work with many community groups, schools and numerous businesses including Tesco, Airbus, Kingspan, ENI, and others.

Cllr Carolyn Thomas, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside Services, said: The River Dee and its estuary is a marine environment of regional, national and international importance and it is vital that we all understand the threats it faces from waste materials, particularly plastic, and what we can do to combat those threats.

The Big Dee Day is dedicated to highlighting the magnificent, but fragile marine environment of the River Dee and the need for it be respected, valued and protected.

Contact Flintshires Countryside Rangers on 01352 703900 or via social media (@Countryside&Coast) for further information.

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Land and whole farms launched as supply improves in Wales – FarmersWeekly

Posted: August 18, 2017 at 5:41 am

Friday 18 August 2017 6:00

A flurry of launches across Wales and its bordering counties has sparked the regions summer farmland market to life.

As Farmers Weekly reported last month, stunted supply was a feature of the Welsh land market last summer.

However, 12 months on, a variety of sales have been announced that will peak the interest of buyers looking for high-quality bare blocks, as well as traditional mixed units.

See also:Expanding farmers prop up Welsh land market

One of the most unusual offerings of the year comes in the form of a large block of Grade 2 Flintshire loamy clay soil capable of producing root crops and first wheat yields of 10.5t/ha.

The River Dee borders the largest of the four lots a 150-acre parcel at Sealand Manor, Sealand, which has 306 acres in total. The smallest block is 37 acres.

Fisher German has set a guide price of 3.363m as a whole equivalent to about 11,000/acre.

On a smaller scale, Halls has brought a block of arable and grassland to the market 40 miles away at Bacheldre, near Churchstoke, Powys.

It will be sold in two lots 22 acres currently put to arable and 30 acres of grassland oilseed rape at auction on 14 September.

In Carmarthenshire, Carter Jonas is selling a 178-acre livestock farm with two houses either together or in two lots.

Ty Brych, Penmaen and Ty Uchaf at Llanddeusant is down to grass with grazing rights on a neighbouring upland common.

The houses are in need of renovation and it has a range of stone outbuildings suitable for livestock housing.

A guide price of 1.125m has been set as a whole, but farmers seeking 167 acres, a house and buildings will be interested in lot two, which is 800,000.

Roger Parry and Partners has two new instructions one in mid-Wales and one on the England-Wales border.

Cynewill Farm near Welshpool in Powys comprises 242 acres of pasture, a traditional stone building plus Dutch barn and timber-framed shed.

A house is included in the guide price of 950,000 as a whole or in four lots, but entitlements are excluded.

Just over the border, the firm is selling a 283-acre mixed arable and dairy unit in the shape of Longslow Farm, Market Drayton, north Shropshire.

A well-equipped yard includes cubicle housing, a herringone parlour, 600t grain store and storage and sits centrally to the ring-fenced land, which is put to wheat, triticale and temporary and permanent grass.

It is being sold with a 5m guide price as a whole, but is being offered in up to eight lots, which could encourage farmers who are looking for bare land.

Scotland and Northern England is also seeing significant whole-farm summer launches.

One of the most progressive dairy farms to hit the Scottish land market for many years is for sale in Stranraer.

Sian Houston, associate director at Savills, said Challoch Farms relocating owners have spent the past five years investing to create a future-proof unit that focuses on cow welfare.

The unit, at Leswalt, now boasts cubicles for 340 cows and a fully automated dairy complex with Fullwood 24:48 swing over parlour.

Average yields have hit 7,200 litres with a 3.9% butterfat content and cattle can be grazed outdoors on the farms 380 acres from mid-February until November, with paddocks served by 2.3km of internal tracks.

Offers over 2.5m are being invited through Savills, and the sale includes a farmhouse and three-bedroom farm workers house.

George F White has a large upland beef and sheep farm in Cumbria as well as an investment portfolio in North Yorkshire for sale.

Horseholme Farm at Gilsland has 763 acres of pasture and improved upland grazing land and is capable of stocking 450 hill ewes plus 50 suckler cattle across its two steadings.

An HLS agreement runs until 2022, paying about 23,500/year and the guide price is set at 1.6m.

The Nether Silton Portfolio include four equipped farms let on AHA tenancies, plus six lots of in-hand bare land.

Available separately or as a whole for 4.475m, the combined 659 acres near Thirsk in North Yorkshire is mainly down to arable cropping, with some pasture to support the mixed enterprises.

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