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Pedigree Whippet Racing – 4th Championship Meeting

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Whippet Racing14th October Sunday – Moreton in Marsh Cricket Club

The Whippet Club Racing Association (WCRA) are holding their fourth (and last for 2008) Championship Meeting at Moreton in Marsh Cricket Club.

This meeting is a bend championship event over a 240 yard horseshoe bend track. The dogs run in weight groups – not exceeding 16lbs upto not exceeding 32lbs- on a knockout basis with the first two dogs in each race going through to the next round.

A whippet must win two of these championship events to become a “Racing Champion” and earn that title.
Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admission. However there is no betting allowed and no prize money awarded.It is a purely amateur sport and the only prize to be won is a rosette or a trophy.

Whippet Racing is administered on behalf of the Whippet Club by the Whippet Club Racing Association(WCRA) and there are 16 clubs affiliated to the WRCA geographically spread from Scotland to Cornwall.
Club racing is designed to be fun and to accomodate all standards and a programme of racing lasts about four hours.

Come along to Moreton in Marsh on Sunday14th October and watch something different.

www.thewhippetclub.com

New Arrivals at the Cotswold Farm Park

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A Donkey Foal and a litter of Kune Kune Pigs are born
Bramble the Donkey Foal

The Cotswold Farm Park was established in 1971 and was Britain’s first ever Farm Park. On display is a collection of rare breeds of British Farm animals including sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses, poultry and waterfowl. The Park has serious aims of conservation and education with outdoor and indoor animal displays and daily demonstrations.

It recently had two special arrivals:-

Donkey mum Flower had her first foal, a boy called Bramble. Flower gave birth at lunchtime in front of a crowd of visitors which caused quite a stir and was unusual because donkeys usually give birth at night.

A litter of Kune Kune Pigs were born. This small breed of pig originated from New Zealand and their name is pronounced Cooney Cooney which means fat and round in Maori. How they got to New Zealand is a mystery as there are no indigenous land animals there. They arrived in Britain in 1992 and look like a Walt Disney cartoon version of a pig

Cotswold Farm Park
Near Guiting Power
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL54 5UG
Telephone 01451 850307

www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

The Park is open daily until 9th September then weekends only until End October and daily for the Autumn Half Term – 20th to 31st October
10.30 am to 5.00 pm

www.britishkunekunepigsociety.co.uk

Moreton-in-Marsh Show

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Marine Band at Moreton Show, Photo (c) Moretonshow.co.uk

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.

www.moretonshow.co.uk

www.morris-at-moretonshow.org

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

Pigs are Stars

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One of the Cotswold Farm Park iron age pigletsCotswold Farm Park – near Guiting Power in the Cotswolds

The Cotswold Farm Park was Britain’s first ever Farm Park having been established in 1971.

Amongst their many rare breeds they have had great success in providing pigs for both TV and films. They recently supplied an iron-age pig for the BBC series – We Built Britain. “They wanted a pig typical of the Elizabethan era to set the scene for the story. Our pig was bred by our founder Joe Henson who crossed a Tamworth with a wild boar resulting in a pig with a long nose,pricked ears and a lot of hair”

Three of their pigs will be featured in “Fred Claus” which is a new family movie due to be released for this Christmas. Other pigs have been used in a number of costume and period dramas.

There are lot’s of animals to see at the Farm Park and it is a great day out for all the family.

www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

Pedigree Whippet Racing

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Whippet Racing3rd June Sunday Moreton in Marsh Cricket Cub

The Whippet Club Racing Association (WRCA) are holding their second Championship meeting of 2007 at Moreton in Marsh.

This meeting is straight championship event over a 150 yard straight track and the dogs will run in weight groups, running off level or scratch. The races are run on a knockout basis with the first two dogs in each race going through to the next round.

It is expected that approx. 150 dogs will run and whippets can race up to the age of 10 if it remains fit and many do so.

Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admission. However there is no betting allowed and no prize money awarded. It is a purely amateur sport and the only prize to be won is a rosette or a trophy.

The 3rd Championship Meeting in 2007 will be held at Moreton on August 5th and the 4th Championship Meeting at Moreton on October 14th.

How about this for a different sport and it will cost you nothing to watch!

The Royal Show 2007

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1st – 4th July Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire

Farming, Food and Rural Life – showcasing the very best of British Agriculture

The Royal Show is the only event that showcases the rural way of life in its entirety

Opening times Sunday to Tuesday 9am to 7pm, Wednesday 9am to 6pm

www.royalshow.org.uk

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