Category: News

A home town not a clone town – with a little help from some local timber

With so many places turning into clones of each other it’s great to report the success of Craven Building Contractors with this small development in Bishop’s Castle. The homes are built to a really high standard and sit perfectly in tune with their surroundings. The attention to detail is immaculate, no more so than in… Read more »

Welsh three peaks triumph for Chris Offa and pals…..

…and a tidy sum raised for a very good cause. One of our Sales Managers, Chris Offa, and his pals from Builth Wells recently completed the Welsh 3 peaks in 13 hours 49 minutes against a target time of 14 hours.The picture shows the group at the top of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons – the… Read more »

Staying on the safe side

Many of the logs for our Great British Timber come from forests which are quite close to our mill at Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire. Once milled though, the posts, rails and boards we produce often finish up in quite distant parts of the UK and Ireland. The fencing in these pictures is an exception since it is… Read more »

Keeping the noise down with sheer ingenuity

We never cease to be amazed by the sheer ingenuity of our customers and of our own fabrication teams in meeting the often quite intricate requirements of our customers. In this case, the project was in Horwich near Bolton at a furniture factory which needed to suppress the noise of extraction plant for people living nearby. No… Read more »

Question: how do you get 350 close board fencing panels on one trailer?

Answer: ask the despatch team at Ransfords – they really do like a challenge. When we needed to get 350 close board fencing panels on one load for our customer Mulligan Fencing who are working on the N17 in Galway, the problem wasn’t weight but volume. The answer as you can see was cunningly simple: stand some… Read more »

This is what we do

This picture is a perfect illustration of our operation here at Bishop’s Castle. On the trailer in the front a load of logs from a nearby forest. On the trailer at the back a load of finished acoustic fencing panels headed for the M8 improvements near Glasgow to be installed by our customer Mulligan Fencing. Logs in,… Read more »

Where would we be without wood?

Walkers Logs who are based in the heart of the Cotswolds produce kiln dried firewood and kindling to customers throughout the UK. It felt like a virtuous circle being completed when we supplied some of our own Great British Timber recently to be used in the construction of their new log drying shed, pictured above…. Read more »

The trailer with added manoeuvrability!

TA Jones of Welshpool undertake a lot of our deliveries so it’s great to see them investing in the kind of kit that makes them (and us!) more flexible. Whilst at first sight this looks like any other of their vehicles it’s actually towing a rear steer trailer for sites with tricky access. The trailer… Read more »

Remembering Alan Evans

Around 500 people from Bishop’s Castle, from Shropshire and the midlands, and many from much further afield (including Holland!) gathered at St John the Baptist Church on Saturday 14th January for the funeral of Mr Alan Evans, a major shareholder in Charles Ransford & Son Ltd. His family have been deeply touched by the many… Read more »

Mr Alan Evans 1942-2016

We are sad to report the death of Mr Alan Evans, a major shareholder in Charles Ransford & Son Ltd of Bishop’s Castle and a Director of the company. Alan was one of the key players in saving the sawmill from bankruptcy in 1978 when he and his older brother Brian bought the mill for… Read more »