MP officially opens expanded farm shop

MEON Valley MP George Hollingbery officially opened a newly-expanded farm shop.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 6:00 am
Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery with Andy and Karen Rafferty from Denmead Poultry

Denmead Poultry, at Woods Edge, Hambledon Road, is run by husband-and-wife team Andy and Karen Rafferty.

It has grown from a single small chicken shed to a fully-fledged smallholding and agricultural operation over the last seven years.

Mr Hollingbery was given a tour and was also introduced to Davina, the famous Bishop’s Waltham goose who was rescued from a roundabout earlier this year and now lives with the couple.

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‘This kind of small independent business is exactly the kind of place our local communities need and it shows that the rural economy is doing very well in the Meon Valley,’ said Mr Hollingbery.

‘I have heard a lot about Denmead Poultry from local people and I was delighted to open their new farm shop.

‘I wish Andy and Karen all the best with their expansion and future plans.’