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Versicality 2008 is back at Ebrington in the North Cotswolds

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

Saturday 20th September – 6.45 for 7.00 pm Ebrington Village Hall, near Chipping Campden.
Another of Ebrington’s famous evenings of entertainment is back for a fourth year.
A light-hearted evening of competitions for Verse, Prose and Story readers with team quizzes. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: chipping campden | competition | cotswolds | ebrington

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society is looking for some Competitors

Features, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

The Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society (GRFGS) has just issued its Annual Schedule of Competitions for 2008. The object of the Society is to encourage the improvement of all forms of agricultural practices and products and the 2008 Competitions are a Farm Championship, Livestock Championship, Arable Championship, Forage Championship and Special Awards. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: animals | competition | conservation | countryside | farming | gloucestershire

The Battle for Gullywith – Susan Hill wants your stories and your pictures

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The Battle for Gullywith by Cotswolds author Susan Hill, for children aged 8-88, was published on Monday 7th April.
A dedicated website is now live and Susan would like to receive your drawings and stories based upon the book and how about entering the Withernosaurus Competition as well.

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Tags: book | cotswolds | competition

Talking about places faraway competition at Shire Hall, Gloucester

Events, Features, Places by Adam No Comments »

‘The Olympic challenge, do the benefits outweigh the environmental impact?’, ‘Aids – is this a disease of the uneducated?’, ‘The Sticky Truth? Unfair trading using ethical labels.’  These are just some of the topics being discussed at the “Talking about places faraway” competition being held at Shire Hall in Gloucester on Wednesday 6th February.

This event provides an opportunity for young people to share their views, concerns and knowledge about global issues.  Teams of up to 10 students aged 15 and 16 from ten Gloucestershire schools are taking part in the annual global competition run by Gloucestershire County Council’s International Education Office. 

Each of the schools taking part has been asked to prepare a 5 – 7 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. The presentation can take a variety of forms e.g. PowerPoint, debate, rap, street scene. Although most of the input will come from the students, a panel of “experts” will take part and judge the event.

Following one school’s presentation, delegates from other schools will be encouraged to ask questions.  Members of the panel will make short contributions to the discussions before passing on to the next school presentation. Six schools will be competing in the morning from 09.45 to 12.00 and four schools in the afternoon from 12.45 to 3.00.

Marks are allocated to schools for the style, delivery and content of their presentation and to the way in which they participate in the ensuing discussions.

Councillor Joan Nash, Cabinet Member for Schools, said: The topics the young people will be discussing are very much in the news and in the minds of people of all ages.  I am sure that all of the presentations will be thought-provoking and perhaps will give a different perspective on these important issues.”

Schools taking part this year are:

  • Rednock School
  • St. Peter’s Catholic High School
  • Sir William Romney’s School
  • Stroud High School
  • The High School for Girls
  • Winchcombe School
  • Archway School
  • Balcarras School
  • Dene Magna
  • Sir Thomas Rich’s School

Other topics covered will include: “Has religion a place in schools anywhere?”, “Fairtrade versus food miles”, “Population increase”, “Think Globally, Act Locally”, “Are the Olympics compatible with a sustainable future?”, “Food miles and fair trade”, “Global punishment – do we need global clarity?”

The winning school will receive a glass trophy and funding towards travelling to London to the Houses of Parliament to discuss global issues with an MP.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

Tags: gloucestershire | education | competition

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

Events, Features, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

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

Tags: animals | banbury | chipping campden | competition | cotswolds | countryside | farming | floods | gloucestershire | hidcote | moreton

North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition 2007

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Hedgelaying. Image (c) the National Hedge Laying SocietySaturday 17th November  Cutting 09.00 – 14.00  – Prize Giving 15.30 approx.
The Ford Bridge Ground, Ebrington, Chipping Campden,Gloucestershire

This Competition is taking place at Ebrington by kind permission of D E and D M Drinkwater and Sons and is supported by the National Hedgelaying Society.

Hedgelaying. Image (c) the National Hedge Laying SocietyThere will be Four Classes – (1) Open – (2) Junior, Beginners and Novice -(3) Veterans – (4) Beginners Pairs. Hedging will be in the Midland Style and Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each class. Spectators are very welcome.

The National Hedgelaying Society is committed to conserving hedgerows through traditional skills. Hedgerows are a prominent feature of the North Cotswolds landscape and help to define the uniqueness of the British countryside and are an important wildlife habitat. Some hedgerows mark historical boundaries such as parishes and manors. These hedges can predate the period of enclosures in the 18th and 19th centuries when most of the hedgerows that we see today were planted to enclose the open fields and sheepwalks. Hedgerows require sympathetic management if we are to preserve them for future generations.

Hedgelaying is a traditional form of management in the North Cotswolds and helps to keep the hedges vigorous and healthy while also providing a very effective stock-proof barrier.

The way hedges are laid depends on where the animals are kept, what kind of animals are kept, the local hedge plants, altitude, wind or snow expectations etc. so each region in the UK has it’s own traditional style.
The Midland style, also known as Bullock style, was designed to keep big heavy bullocks in their field. This style is mainly found in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire – traditional beef rearing areas. There is a slight variation for a Worcestershire style.

The main points are:-

  • Stake sides face road or plough land
  • Brush is the animal side to stop them eating new growth
  • Hedge slopes towards the animals, as stakes are driven in behind the line of the roots
  • Strong binding is below the top of the hedge

(The Worcestershire style has a single binding and the Brush is trimmed level with the binding)

For further information and Registration Forms contact:-
Cotswold Conservation Board
Mark Connelly
GL54 3JH
Telephone 01451 862006
E Mail

Photos used with kind permission of the National Hedge Laying Society

Tags: animals | chipping campden | farming | gloucestershire | ebrington | countryside | competition

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