Category: News

A cracking start…

…and a cracking picture!
This is our new Timber Treatment Centre less than one week after the arrival of the first structural steel on site.
As you might imagine, we’re more than pleased with progress to date and hoping that the rest of th…

A sign of real progress

Here’s a sight for sore eyes. Thanks to meticulous planning, the first steel for our new Timber Treatment Centre is hoisted into place. We won’t tell you how many more to go, but we see this as a sign of real progress!

First structural steel arriving for our new treatment plant

With any building project there seems to be a long gap between the first idea and having anything on the ground to show for it. Our new treatment plant, which has been months in the planning, is no exception so it was great to see the first structural steels arrive on site. The new plant, which… Read more »

Work under way on our new treatment plant

This is the scene as work starts on the construction of our new treatment plant. Part of a programme of continual investment at the mill, it will greatly improve the efficiency of this part of our operation. Due for commissioning in January 2019, we’ll report further on this project in a future issue of cutting… Read more »

Back to school at Brockhampton

Great to see outdoor learning and play resources being installed at Brockhampton School in Worcestershire using Great British Timber from Ransfords. The school, which is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted has a strategic objective to be rated ‘outstanding’. In our business we know that there is much more to learn than what we see on a… Read more »

The magic of Christmas in Bishop’s Castle

You’d have to be made of stone not to feel at least a twinge of excitement as Christmas approaches. It’s in the air, in the faces of our children and grandchildren, and somehow it’s there in the fact that for whatever reason, people are – for however brief a moment – kinder and nicer to each… Read more »

Old School Visitors

We were delighted to welcome students from Bishop’s Castle Community College recently for a talk about forestry and sawmilling with particular reference to our operations here. Many of the people working at the mill attended that same school and many of the visitors were children, grandchildren or other relations of staff here. We certainly enjoyed… Read more »

Ransfords cutting edge Autumn 2017: our latest newsletter available for download

The latest issue of our newsletter focuses on Ransfords Great British Timber at work in settings that could hardly be more different, the first a luxurious country club in North Yorkshire (pictured above) the second, meeting a huge demand for social housing in Bristol. You can download the newsletter here There’s news too  of the appointment of Karen… Read more »

The early bird has no chance with these worms

There are things that none of us think about until someone comes along and asks if we can make it. The answer is usually yes because the team here are experienced, resourceful and flexible. So when a local farmer asked if we could make worm trays the answer was yes and then the question was: what’s a worm tray?… Read more »

Efficiency is the key

Someone once said that ‘efficiency is doing better what is already being done’. It’s something we take to heart around here and which we try to apply at every stage of the operation. So, if a wagon is leaving the yard we try to make sure its full: it is simply more efficient that way. Full… Read more »

As we were saying…

Further proof (if any were really needed!) of the fascination with vehicles of any kind that afflicts many members of the team here at Ransfords. On the left, the 1947 Foden bought by Arthur Evans who was the Great Grandfather of our Operations Director Alistair Evans. On the right is the new Scania truck featured in our… Read more »

A powerful combination of technology and tradition

  There’s no denying that many of the people at our Bishop’s Castle sawmill hold a lifelong fascination with machinery of any kind. Whether it’s designed to pull, lift, cut, harvest, process or move stuff machinery is interesting and it’s fun: and it really doesn’t matter whether it was made last week or last century…. Read more »

If you’ve never heard of a cow kennel – read on.

Our customer Farmplus of Preston have made more than a name for themselves in the design and construction of Cow Kennels which, with their size and multi-span design, provide excellent ventilation for a healthier herd. Healthier and happier cows are also more productive so it’s a win/win. All the timber uprights in this picture are… Read more »

It’s time to give the mill some full-on maintenance

The mill will not be running from 5pm on Friday 28th July until 8am on Monday 7th August so that we can undertake scheduled maintenance. Most of those who work in the mill will be taking a well-earned rest during that time but the office will be staffed and, of course, we’ll be more than happy… Read more »

There’s nothing more natural than post and rail in a rural setting

We’ve been using timber of one kind another to mark boundaries or contain livestock since Adam was a lad – so much so that we probably take it for granted. This picture however reminds us that there is nothing more natural, functional or effective than post and rail fencing in a rural setting. Great British… Read more »

More reason than ever to stick with Great British Timber

Wood Resources International reports that globally traded softwood lumber reached an all-time high in 2016 with an estimated 118 million m3 of lumber traded – about 10 % more than in 2015. Major importers of timber were the US and China followed by the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany. Given the fluctuation in currency markets… Read more »

More reason than ever to stick with Great British Timber

Wood Resources International reports that globally traded softwood lumber reached an all-time high in 2016 with an estimated 118 million m3 of lumber traded – about 10 % more than in 2015. Major importers of timber were the US and China followed by the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany. Given the fluctuation in currency markets… Read more »

Our Company Secretary Steve Green marks 40 years at Ransfords

Steve  joined Ransfords as a career progression in June 1977 after relatively brief spells working in accounts at other Shropshire firms. Within 12 months it became apparent that the business – which at that time employed over 120 people – was facing severe financial problems. Steve was instrumental in organising the purchase of the business… Read more »