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Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society – Results and Annual Report 2007

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Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society logoThursday 24th January 18.30 The Annual General Meeting will be held at their HQ Bisley House

The Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society (GRFGS) was established in 1863 and its aim is to encourage the improvement of all forms of agricultural practices and products. Its Patron is The Prince of Wales.

Annual Report 2007 – President’s Report

“Possibly the strangest year on record for agriculture with the confusion of Foot & Mouth and Blue Tongue restriction zones compounded by flooding in July!

Bearing in mind that many people had their houses flooded and their summer totally disrupted, the cancellation of the Tillage Event cannot be viewed as a disaster but this certainly dampened the spirits of members this year.

Throughout these trials and tribulations however, our members have remained buoyant and resilient and this has paid off to some extent with increased optimism in the arable and dairy sectors.”

Annual Report 2007 – Competitions Officer’s Report

“This year we reciprocated the Championship Judging with the Banbury Agricultural Society; another area of which few of us had any great knowledge or experience. As in past years the opportunity to visit and examine the farming in a new territory was much enjoyed by the judges from both Societies.

The flooding on 10th July had disasterous consequences on many farms whether stock or arable, and disrupted our judging schedule somewhat as can be imagined. The only casualty for the Competitions was the Arable Championship which was not finally judged, a big disappointment for those who had entered some excellent crops.”

However, after prolonged scrutiny of the results the Premier Award for the most points won in the Competitions was a tie between Springhill Estate, Seven Wells, Moreton-in-Marsh and Ponsonby Farms, Lechlade.

Boddington Estates, Boddington, Cheltenham won The Farm Championship and for the second year running Springhill Estate won the The Livestock Championship. A new class this year, Oilseed Rape Establishment, was won by Ponsonby Farms and the Kingston brothers from South Farm, Wootton-under-Edge and Tresham Farm, Tresham won The Best Dairy Herd, Best Managed Grassland and Clamped Silage Classes between them.

A full list of 2007 Trophy Winners is included in the Annual Report but our local farm (local to this website) R & J Baldwyn, High Crest, Hidcote Boyce, Chipping Campden had a good year getting equal 5th place for most points scored in the Competitions with the following results;

Arable Championship – Cotswolds Region – 3rd Place (with a 1st Place in the Barley section), Profitable Wheat Class – 4th Place, Malting Barley Class – 2nd Place, Bagged Silage Class -4th Place, Fodder Beet Class – 2nd Place and Best Managed Grassland – 2nd Place. Well done.

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society
Bisley House
Green Farm Business Park
Bristol Road
Telephone 01452 880101

Wine and Dine Evening with Edward Sheldon Limited in Shipston on Stour

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Edward Sheldon wine merchantsFriday 15th February 2008 at 7.30pm

Edward Sheldon Limited are independent Wine Merchants who have been trading in Shipston-on-Stour since 1842. They have a range of over 700 wines and, although they specialize in French wines, their list incorporates a wide and diverse range from around the world.

On Friday 15th February at 7.30pm they are holding a Wine and Dine evening with Wine Maker Philippe Germain.

The Germain family own five estates in Bordeaux and three in the Loire Valley and Philippe will be taking guests through wines from prime sites in these regions.

The ticket price is £30.00 per person to include a 4/5 course meal and wines.

Put the date in your diary and go along and learn about the wines, drink the wines, have a good meal and support your local Wine Merchant all at the same time.

Edward Sheldon Limited
6 New Street
CV36 4FA

Telephone 01608 661409

Support the brussels sprout – and not just at Christmas

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Brussels SproutSprouts are nice to eat! Sprouts are good for you! Who says?

William Haines, whose family have been farming sprouts for three generations in Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds is persuading children that sprouts are nice to eat.

Sprouts are like Marmite – you either love them or hate them – there is no in between. The sprout was voted Britain’s least liked vegetable in 2002 but William believes that people always say that they don’t like sprouts but that is because they only have them once a year at Christmas and then they don’t know how to cook them. The old varieties were bitter but new types are much sweeter and therefore more appealing to all.

He tempts the children by serving recipes with hidden sprouts- sprout fritters, sprout cake and battered sprouts – and has a 80% success rate in converting them over to the benefits of the sprout.

The sprout is one of the few fresh vegetables on our plates in the depths of winter and they are a nutritious treat when properly prepared. They are very low in fat and sodium and high in dietary fibre and vitamin C. Weight for weight sprouts have three times the level of vitamin C of an orange and just four to six sprouts contain the adult daily dose of vitamin C. They are also a good source of vitamin D and folic acid during pregnancy and have specific health-promoting compounds called glucosinolates which may help to prevent cancer.

All in all they have a lot going for them so get some in for Christmas and also get all the family to eat them throughout the winter months.

Sprouts are part of the cabbage family and British farmers produce more than £30 million worth of sprouts a year. Sprout tops, once a poor man’s food, are now one of the most fashionable vegetables around and can be found on the menu of many top-class restaurants throughout the UK.

Edward Sheldon Annual Wine Fair 2007 – Shipston-on-Stour

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Friday 9th November 2007 19.00 – 21.15 New Street, Shipston-on-Stour, Warks.

Edward Sheldon Limited are Independent Wine Merchants who have been trading in Shipston-on-Stour since 1842.
On 9th November they are again holding their annual Wine fair on their premises when you will have the opportunity to taste over 50 wines in the relaxed atmosphere of their shop and cellars.

As well as Edward Sheldon showing their full house selection the following suppliers will be in attendance:-
Burridges of Arlington St. – with a range of Spanish Wines
Boutinot UK Ltd – presenting South african and Italian Wines
France Domaines Ltd – showing French wines from the Loire and Rhone Valley
Louis Latour Ltd – Burgundian wines and wines from South Africa and Australia
Vignobles Germain-Saincrit – French wines from the Bordeaux and Loire regions
Paragon Vintners Ltd – showing New World wines plus some Cognac

Edward Sheldon Limited
New Street
CV36 4EN
Telephone 01608 661409
E Mail

Tickets cost £10.00 per person and are redeemable on the evening against orders for six bottles or more

Taste of Game Week at Hook Norton Brewery

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Games onWednesday 14th November – Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) are organising a Taste of Game Week across the UK between November 10th and November 17th. The Taste of Game Week is an initiative designed by BASC to encourage those who shoot to promote game to a wider range of audience.

BASC in the Cotswolds, in association with Hook Norton Brewery, are holding a Taste of Game buffet at the Brewery Visitors Centre aimed at encouraging everyone to eat more game combined with a fabulous range of award winning real ales and bottled beers.

The evening will include a tour of the Brewery, which is a “traditional” tower brewery over six storeys, which will take approx. one hour, followed by a sampling of a variety of six beers and a delicious buffet with many different types of game. The cost of the evening will £20.00 per ticket and arrive at the Brewery between 18.00 and 18.45 for the tours which will take place at 10 minute intervals.

Contact Jane Dunningham
PO Box 2074
West Sussex
RH20 1YB

Gorsehill Abbey Farm wins Best English Cheese Award with St. Oswald

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British Cheese AwardsBroadway based Gorsehill Abbey Farm wins at The British Cheese Awards 2007

Michael and Diane Stacey have been farming at Gorsehill Abbey Farm near Broadway, Worcestershire for over thirty five years and but have only been making cheese commercially since 2003. Their dairy herd is managed to organic standards and the Montbeliarde and Friesian cows are traditional breeds renowned for the quality of their milk and the flavour which it imparts to the cheese.

They have won many awards for their cheeses before but at The British Cheese Awards 2007, recently held at Millets Farm Centre, Frilford, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, they hit the top spot by winning the English Country Award – Best English Cheese -with their St. Oswald cheese.

St. Oswald is their most recent cheese and it is a small rind washed semi-soft cheese which becomes richer, stronger and more aromatic as it ages. It was named after Oswald, Bishop of Worcester.

This prestigious award was sponsored by H-E-B (H.E.Butt Grocery Co. (Here Everything’s Better)) and Gorsehill Abbey Farm were also presented with the Patrick Rance Trophy which comes with the award.

Not only did they win this top award but they also won the Best Organic Cheese Award, sponsored by Waitrose, with their Cotswold Natural cheese and Best Semi-Soft Cheese Award, sponsored by Jeroboams Group, with St. Oswald.
Cotswold Natural is a soft and creamy cheese which makes a delicious spread on crusty bread.

Not content with those major awards they won the following medals with their range of cheeses:-

Gold – St. Oswald, Cotswold Natural
Bronze – St.Agnes, St. Eadburgha, St. Egwin

Gorsehill Abbey Farm
Collin Lane
WR12 7PB
Telephone 01386 852208

The British Cheese Awards –

You may also remember our article about ex-blur star Alex James: From Rock Star to Cotswold Cheesemaker. He won a medal for his new cheese ‘Little Wallop’.

Eurostar chooses organic Cotswold Brie cheese from Simon Weaver

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Simon Weaver Cotswold Herb Brie. Photo (c) Jon HicksSimon Weaver’s Organic Cotswold Brie is now available on the Eurostar London to Paris route

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy at Kirkham Farm, Upper Slaughter in the Cotswolds produces a range of Cotswold Brie cheeses using their herd of Friesian cows which are fed on the clover meadows of the River Dickler, farmed exclusively and organically for them alone. Talking of “carbon footprints” their milk travels all of 5 metres from the milking parlour to the creamery. Beat that for a minimalist footprint!

The creamery produces Cotswold Brie, which has won two Taste of the West awards, and they have now added to the range Blue Cotswold Brie – a light blue veined cheese – and Cotswold Herb Brie – to which has been added a suble tasting mix of organic herbs.

The organic Cotswold Brie is now available on the Eurostar London to Paris rail route where it is served to first class diners with their evening meal, so Simon is certainly taking the cheese challenge to the French, in part, in their own country. Simon Weaver has been farming for over 25 years and the Organic Dairy now produces over a ton of cheese every week with organic Cotswold Brie now available in Sainsbury’s stores and Daylsford Organic shops.

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy
Kirkham Farm
Upper Slaughter
GL54 2JS
Telephone 01451 870852
You can buy direct from the creamery which is open Monday to Wednesday 09.00 to 13.00

Photo Copyright (c) John Hicks,

Ebrington Harvest Supper

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Saturday 29th September 19.00 Ebrington Village Hall

Harvest Suppers are held throughout the countryside to celebrate the safe

Moreton-in-Marsh Show

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Marine Band at Moreton Show, Photo (c)

Saturday 1st September – Moreton-in-Marsh,Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-Marsh Show is a traditional one day agricultural and horse show held on a green field site in the North Cotswolds on the first Saturday in September every year.

It is the leading agricultural event in Gloucestershire and one of the best shows on the circuit. There are no permanent show buildings and the Show is built-up in the traditional way with marquees and hurdle pens giving it a true country show atmosphere.

The 2007 Show will be held on Saturday 1st September with Horses, Poultry, Home and Garden, Trade Stands and a full day’s entertainment but, sadly, with no cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas or alpacas.

(With the current Foot and Mouth Disease precautions in place DEFRA have announced that 8th September is the earliest possible date for the resumption of normal animal movements.)

This year, in addition to all the usual attractions, the Show will also contain a World Record attempt for The Largest Morris Dance, which will be held at 1.00 pm in the Grand Ring.

The show starts at 10.30 am and finishes at 18.00 pm.

Put the date in your diary and get along to Moreton – you will enjoy the day out.

The Great British Village Show – BBC eat your heart out

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Saturday 11th August Ebrington Flower and Vegetable Show

The Ebrington and District Gardening Club are holding their 27th Annual Show at The Washbrook Barn, Ebrington and in spite of the recent bad weather, the Club is hoping to have lots and lots of entries in all of the classes to show (no pun intended) that the village tradition and its growing and craft skills are as strong as ever.

There are classes for – Vegetables, Flowers, Fruit,Floral Art,Cookery,Wine,Photography and Craft Work.

Whilst entry is generally for club members only the Children’s classes are open to any child up to and including the age of 12 years and the Floral Art classes are also open to members of Ebrington Women’s Institute.

You will have seen The Great British Village Show on the telly so lets show the BBC what a real Cotswold Village Show is all about (and our judges are just as fierce and just as critical) but unfortunately we can’t take the winners to Highgrove.

The Show is open to the public from 2.30pm and prizes are presented at 4.00pm.

The Show proved to be a big success with over 400 entries and lots of visitors. In particular the children’s section was very well supported with 45 entries and the overall quality of all entries was excellent.

The Special Prizes were awarded as follows:-
Challenge Shield – most points gained in the Show – Rachel Cunynghame
Sarah Grant Memorial Bowl – Lady gaining most points in the Show – Rachel Cunynghame
Miriam Collins Flower Cup – most points gained in Classes 22-61-Rachel Cunynghame
RHS Bronze Medal-most points gained in Classes 1-68-Eric Williams
Drinkwater Cup-for Floral Art Class 71-Beryl Warren
National Vegetable Society Medal-most points gained in Classes 1-21-Doug Drinkwater
National Vegetable Society Medal-best single vegetable exhibit-Doug Drinkwater
National Vegetable Society Medal-most points gained in Classes 1-3-Roger Righton
National Vegetable Society Medal-most points gained in Classes 15-19-Jo Spark
Peter Righton Memorial Cup-Best Dahlia exhibit-Kevin Righton
Best exhibit in Rose Classes 31-34-Jo Spark
Most points gained in Fruit Classes 62-68-Eric Williams
Cherry Trees Floral Art Cup-most points gained in Classes 69-71-Dorothy Hart
Derby Cookery Cup-most points gained in Classes 84-99-Rachel Cunynghame
Best exhibit in Class 85-Lemon Drizzle Cake- Sheila Masey
Tankard-most points gained in Wine Classes-John Baldwin
David Goodenough Cup-best bottle of wine in Show-John Baldwin
Ebrington Arms Cup-most points gained in Photography Classes – Tim Binder
Craft Work Cup-most points gained in Craft Classes- Jo Spark
Craft Prize-best exhibit in Craft Classes – Tim Binder
Paddington Bear Cup-best exhibit in Children’s Classes – Ethan Hannis
RHS Junior Competitor’s Award of Merit – best children’s horticultural exhibit-Kara Cooke
Mai Dorrington Cup – most points gained in children’s under age 5 classes – Christopher Hunt
Mai Dorrington Cup- most points gained in children’s aged 5-8 classes – James Warren
Mai Dorrington Cup- most points gained in children’s aged 9-12 – Chloe Friedman
Gardening Club Monthly Competition- most wins in the year – Jane Hart

The challenge now is to make the 2008 Show even bigger and better – Happy Growing

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