Midsummer Murder 150 mile bike ride – 26 June 2021

The Bagshaws 150 mile bike ride in aid of RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute) and FCN (Farm Community Network). Bagshaws is a century and a half old this year and by strange coincidence a route taking in all the current offices amounts to approximately 150 miles.

Alastair Sneddon and a few companions are going to attempt to cycle around that circuit hopefully attracting sponsorship in aid of RABI and FCN. In order to have the maximum hours of daylight – (and they will all be needed) it is intended to do this as close to midsummer’s day as possible and so it will happen on Saturday, 26th of June 2021.

Farming, by necessity, can be a lonely and often solitary occupation and there is a very real need for farmers to come together to combat the corrosive effects of being too long in their own company.

Please click on the links below – these will take you to the individual charity pages on JustGiving.

In normal times, the safety valve which reduces such problems is provided by the many opportunities to come together on market day, at sales or even funerals.

We have, however, been living through anything but normal times and any of the gatherings mentioned above have either been restricted or not been allowed to happen.

The result, mental and physical health has suffered and although things are coming back to normal, in many cases the damage has already been done.

Auction markets have continued to operate, but on a `Drop and Go` basis, which has, for the best of reasons, allowed stock to be traded, but could not address the health issues of those effectively `trapped` on farm.

Farming charities, who assist those in need, have reported increased calls for their services at a time when many of their fund raising activities have been unable to take place.

The Pandemic has struck us in what is the 150th year since Bagshaws was established in 1871 and circumstances have made it more difficult than normal to mark the anniversary.

However, in order to draw attention to these issues and to raise funds for two of the Farming Charities, namely, RABI and FCN I have decided to attempt a 150 mile bike ride circumnavigating the Bagshaws offices from Penistone to Penkridge and all stations in between.

It is interesting to note that in 1871 the `Safety Bicycle` with a chain and two equal sized wheels had not been developed and that the Penny Farthing was the only option, thankfully we will have the benefit of more modern machines, albeit without electrical assistance.

This will take place on Saturday 26th June accompanied by 3 fellow riders. My companions for the ride are my brother James and his friend John Rees with whom I have undertaken many continental bike trips, alas not possible last year. The fourth man is Mark Ramsden a long-time friend from Derbyshire.

The challenge is substantial and is undertaken in true British amateur fashion ie it would be considered cheating to do much training. We intend to have a tracker system in place which will allow interested parties to follow progress and perhaps turn out to spur us on at various points along the way. We would welcome sponsorship and donations to make our efforts worthwhile and you can do this by clicking on the link below.

Thank you for your support.

Alastair Sneddon
Senior Partner,
Bagshaws LLP

Please click on the links below – these will take you to the individual charity pages on JustGiving.

Happy New Year

To all of our employees, clients and their families; Bagshaws would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

2021 marks the start of Bagshaws 150 year anniversary. Unfortunately the current pandemic means we cannot begin to celebrate this milestone.

Under the latest lockdown, we will endeavour to conduct business as usual, as has been the case for the last nine months.

Bakewell Market remains open and will continue to operate with the ‘drop and go’ guidelines in place.

Our offices will not be accessible to clients as the majority of our employees are working from home, however all emails and telephone calls will be answered.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us in the usual way. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bakewell Market News

We are continuing to maintain a policy of Drop & Go at Bakewell Market. With vaccination just over the horizon, we believe that to drop our guard having come so far would be a mistake. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to returning to normality as soon as conditions allow.

Bagshaws Response to COVID-19

To all Bagshaws Clients

At this very difficult time the health and safety of both employees and clients is paramount and we would like to thank you for your co-operation over the past few months with regard to the measures that were necessary to put in place in response to the Government guidance on Coronavirus.

All of our offices are now staffed but with the exception of Bakewell, Leek and Buxton, they are operating with an appointment only system.


All telephone lines into the offices are being answered as usual and you will be directed to the person you wish to speak to, should they not be available, you will be redirected to someone who can help with your query. We aim to provide the same continuity of service as you have always received from Bagshaws.

All of our Partners and the majority of our Surveyors/Rural agency/Farm Office team have work mobiles which you are also able to contact them on, details are on our website and also on email footers.

All planned meetings with more than two people will be minimised as much as possible and in preference may take place by conference call. Should a physical meeting be of an urgent or necessary nature, please understand that our team will not be shaking hands in the usual way, keeping the meeting to a minimal length of time, maintaining at least a 2m distance and using rigorous hand hygiene techniques to mitigate against the transmission of COVID-19.

Estate Agency

Our Estate Agency offices at Leek and Buxton, trading under Bury and Hilton are open as usual and have been made COVID-19 secure to protect our employees and clients.

Our Rural Agency offices at Bakewell, Ashbourne, Uttoxeter and Penkridge are by appointment only.

A mask must be worn on entering the offices and the use of hand sanitiser is required.


Our rentals and lettings team is fully operational, if you have any queries please contact the Leek office as usual.

Livestock markets

The livestock markets are operating but with additional COVID-19 measures in place. It is essential that those attending the market follow the guidance clearly displayed at the market. Masks should be work at all times by vendors and purchasers and social distancing observed.

Any changes to the market timetable will be published on our Facebook page and website.

Contact numbers for all of our offices and staff are as follows;


Christine Baggott 07973 982446

Ed Lawley 07815 733036

Alastair Sneddon 07973 982441

Ivor Lowe 07977 449126

Rory Clark 07810 544050

Malcolm Gale 07973 982447

Mark Elliott 07973 673092

Bakewell – 01629 812777

Lewis Butler 07375 508492

Aaron Cousins 07739 850310

Phil Hulland 07973 982452

Peter Oven 07973 982443

Oliver Hiles 07801 530899

Uttoxeter – 01889 562811

Lisa Emsley 07531 800955

Alice Turner 07375 419303

Julia Hayhurst 07964 347166

Jo Ross 07495 520284

Phil Dale 07881 907504

Colin Manton 07850 526852

Meg Elliott 07967 007049

Ashbourne – 01335 342201

Dominic Cooney 07973 379847

Paul Barnett 07800 582141

Louise Donnachie 07973 982444

Di Brown 07539 875466

Leek – 01538 383344

Martyn Prince 07852 232837

Cath Holland 07498 373760

Charles Ball 07976 430638

Penkridge – 01785 716600

Grand Charity Auction

After two wet years out of three we are holding a fundraising evening to support Ashover Show.

Held on Saturday 9th November at 7pm at the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell, DE45 1AH.

Tickets available from Jackie Twilley on 01623 811545 or 07970 451211.

Tickets are £10 including food, bar and tombola.

Email ashovershow@aol.com for card payments or call Wardmans on 01629 56678

There is food, entertainment and an auction of excellent prices including; JCB Factory Tour, Alpaca Walking Experience, a Spa Day, Helicopter Ride, VIP box for a Derby County Football Game, a Day of Shooting and many more!

Full auction catalogues out soon.