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Mill machinery mad

We've said before that whilst we are proudly a family business we're also proud to be part of a family of businesses: firms that we've dealt with since the year dot. Morris Lubricants have supplied us since we started and we were very pleased to welcome some of the family...(more)

It’s that time of year again!

Our home town of Bishop's Castle is a small and close-knit community in Shropshire close to the border with Wales. It's the sort of place which still has a kind of unwritten seasonal calendar on which, of course, Christmas features prominently. So, the picture shows one of the first acts...(more)

We’re making good progress on the new chip store

We've had more than our share of downpours here recently but enough dry weather to be able to crack on with our new chip store. The roof is half on and the wall panels are all in. Next we need to put some Yorkshire Boarding on. Good job we know...(more)

Visit by students at Bishop’s Castle Community College

Lightfoot Enterprises and the Community College, Bishop’s Castle (the secondary school which serves the town and surrounding villages) have been working together to introduce pupils to the delights of woodlands. As part of the College’s enrichment programme, a group of Year 7 pupils have been going into the woods to...(more)

Our bid for zero waste keeps us warm as toast (and kiln dries the timber!)

Outside, it's a cold and extremely wet November day. Inside, the shed is kept at a fairly constant 20 degrees thanks to the biomass boiler which also fires the kiln into which we're busy loading another charge. The boiler burns the butt chips which are peeled off the bottom of...(more)

The investment never stops

Those who know Ransfords well will know that we're always looking for ways to make the business more efficient and more effective. It's good for our customers and so its good for us too. An investment a few years back enabled us to start producing dry chips from what would...(more)

Sound solutions in Steel City for Heras

Since its formation in 1952 Heras has grown into Europe’s leading end-to-end supplier of perimeter protection solutions. It operate in 6 countries and employs more than 1200 highly skilled staff serving blue-chip customers across business, community and industry sectors. Their aim is to be recognised as Europe’s premium perimeter protection...(more)

Investment continues apace at our Bishop’s Castle sawmill with timber drying timber

We’ve just completed an upgrade on our kiln (pictured here) which included changing the heat source from electricity to biomass. The fuel is woodchips which come from the flare at the base of the logs which is removed at the very start of the milling process to allow the log...(more)