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Arthurs Motor Group, the family owned award-winning motor dealers with branches in Oswestry, Newtown and Wrexham, are to sponsor a sky dive by a 57 year old well known local man.


The sky dive, which is being held at Tilstock Airfield, Whitchurch, on September 1, is the idea of well known local traditional butcher Jamie Ward to raise funds to refurbish the existing swimming pool and installation of a new hydrotherapy pool at the Derwen College, Oswestry, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary.


The cost of the sky dive is £260 which Arthurs have agreed to sponsor so that all other charitable donations received by Jamie will go directly to the Derwen College which provides residential further education for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.


Said Nigel Williams, Managing Director of Arthurs Motor Group:  “Arthurs are very pleased to support Jamie with his sky dive, particularly as the Derwen College is a long standing and highly thought of local charity.


“At the same time, as a local family owned business, we have over the years been pleased to sponsor other local worthwhile causes and will continue to do so in the future.”


Jamie, who is a governor at Derwen College, a registered charity, is actively looking for other donations, no matter how small, and can be contacted on 01691 662240 or 07802 652800.


With a long history of farming in his family, this was how Jamie started out, but when Oswestry Farmers Market started in 1999 he changed direction, selling his homemade sausages and pork products from his own pigs.


Located just outside Whittington in the Shropshire-Welsh border countryside, the business has gone from strength to strength.  The growing demand for his products meant that a farm building was renovated into a registered cutting plant.


Jamie soon started to supply homemade sausages, dry cured bacon and pork products to local shops, restaurants and garden centres from Llanidloes to Warrington.


In 2013 the opportunity arose for Jamie and his family to join Bellis Brothers Farm Shop and Garden Centre, another family business.  At the heart of an already established farm shop, Jamie Ward’s butchers and deli takes pride of place.


Open seven days a week, the counters are always stocked full of local meats, cheeses and homemade pies as well as his original sausages and bacon from the farm.


Over the years each member of the family has come home to work with Jamie to ensure the business is at its best.  Wife Janet, daughter Tori and son Dave all play large parts in the running of the business providing quality local food.

Jamie added, ‘’I am extremely grateful to Arthurs for their support, I appreciate they have many requests for support, and it is gratifying to see a well established and reputable local business supporting a local charity.’’