Category: News

Business as usual

Demand for our timber is huge at the moment and so in line with Government guidance we’ll be working on through the lockdown planned for November. If you have any queries about delivery timescales please get in touch with your usual sales contact. We can welcome cash and carry customers for logs and other supplies… Read more »

Alex and Sam get stuck in

These two drivers just happen to be members of the family which own our sawmill – and the brothers are no strangers to hard work. You’d most often find Alex (above) working at the family owned Mellington Hall Hotel and Holiday Home Park but since that’s in Wales and affected by COVID-19 restrictions, and since… Read more »

Ransfords from the air

One of things that visitors coming to the sawmill for the first time comment on is the sheer buzz of the place: there’s always something going on as the we take logs in, process them, and then send the finished timber products on their way. One important feature of that process is that nothing in… Read more »

The amazing Great British Timber maze

The keen reader of these news updates will recall that a while back we supplied Great British Timber from Ransfords to Farmer Teds’ Adventure Farm at Ormskirk in Lancashire. It’s good to learn that the timber is performing well and that despite the recent difficulties we’ve all gone through, the attraction has become a firm… Read more »

Even more (solar) power to our elbow!

Here’s a dramatic picture to start the week with. It’s taken on the roof of our Timber Treatment Centre where we are installing solar panels to add to the 2000 panels already installed on various buildings at our mill. The energy generated is used to power the mill. This means that the same solar energy… Read more »

A sight to gladden any mill worker’s heart

We joke in our sawmill that what we do is best summed up as taking round logs in and cutting them up to send square bits of timber out. Doing so efficiently and using the best equipment available lets us take huge pride in what is an essentially straightforward process. Making sure that none of… Read more »

There’s tidy for you

Many of our customers never get the chance to visit the mill (although those that do always enjoy the experience) so we like to post pictures from time to time to show how things are. These shots were taken from a cherry picker undertaking some maintenance work, Above we see the area around our Timber… Read more »

PPE storage for Llanidloes Ambulance Station

We were delighted to help out the Llanidloes Ambulance Station of the Ymddiriedolaeth GIG Gwasanaethau Ambiwlans Cymru (Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust) with this bespoke unit which is being used to store the team’s Personal Protective Equipment. According to the Trust the unit is already proving to be a vital piece of furniture within the… Read more »

A milestone for Steve!

It’s astonishing but true: it is 43 years to the very day since our Company Secretary Steve Green (pictured) joined Charles Ransford & Son Ltd. Steve came to work here in the accounts office but was very soon in charge of the whole accounts function and it was from that vantage point that he realised … Read more »

Job done!

Here’s the finished acoustic fencing panel which has been installed between our state-of-the-art Timber Treatment Centre and homes which stand a little way off. The operations in the Centre itself are far from noisy but there are associated vehicle movements the noise from which we are keen to minimise. We’ve been so busy meeting customer… Read more »

When the cobbler’s busy…

…his childrens’ shoes have holes in them. It’s the same for us with fencing: we’ve been so busy making acoustic fencing panels for customers that it has taken us literally weeks to finally get round to making and installing the final section of fencing round our new Timber Treatment Centre. The fencing is designed to… Read more »

Keeping the family busy during lockdown: Ransfords style

These two members of the Evans family (owners of the sawmill) normally work at sister business Mellington Hall Hotel and Holiday Home Park. Alex came in for a day to cover holidays helping out at an extremely busy sawmill with some fork lift driving (for which he is fully trained) whilst his younger brother Sam… Read more »

The 1000th load goes into our Timber Treatment Centre

Just over a year since it became fully operational, this is the 1000th load of timber being sent into our new fully automated Timber Treatment Centre which is one of the most advanced of its kind in the UK. Built at a cost of £2.75 million, the new facility not only dramatically increases the efficiency… Read more »

The finished colour of treated timber

We’re often asked about the different colours of treated timber and these two packs illustrate things nicely. The posts in the two packs are of the same timber cut the same day but treated two weeks apart. The pack on the left goes a warm honey colour in the sun exactly as it is supposed… Read more »

The Winning Post!

Incite Fitness was founded by Neill Timms in 2009 and started solely as a YouTube channel, with calisthenics tutorials and bodyweight workouts. The website was only a calisthenics park finder and used to sell personal training services. In 2013 the local council removed the bars that Neill and his students used to train on so… Read more »

The Winning Post!

Incite Fitness was founded by Neill Timms in 2009 and started solely as a YouTube channel, with calisthenics tutorials and bodyweight workouts. The website was only a calisthenics park finder and used to sell personal training services. In 2013 the local council removed the bars that Neill and his students used to train on so… Read more »

Within sight of our sawmill and home town

Here’s another sight to lift the spirits. It’s taken at Bury Ditches, home to one of the best-preserved hill forts in the country which dates from around 500BC. It’s located within sight of the mill, deep in the beautiful Shropshire hills. Bishop’s Castle and the Mill are at bottom left, then following the hills round… Read more »

A new day brings new hope

This was the scene yesterday at out forest holding at Aberhosen in mid Wales: a glorious spring morning which seems full of possibility at a time of great uncertainty for us all. Taking each day as it comes seems less difficult in a setting like this with such a wonderful sunrise. The felling and extraction… Read more »

Back at the cutting edge

Forestry and sawmilling have been classed as essential operations during the pandemic so having taken an extended Easter break we’re back at the cutting edge today in the knowledge that we can cut timber and keep our workforce safe. Timber of course is used to make pallets and packaging on and in which food and… Read more »

Like Parliament, we’re closing a little early for Easter

In the light of the current situation surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak we have taken measures to safeguard our employees and will be closing the site at Bishops Castle from close of business on 27th April. Our intention is to re-open just after Easter on Tuesday 14th April, circumstances permitting. Of course, we will be reviewing… Read more »