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FARM RADIO IS AT THE CROSSROADS!

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Do you think that you may have something to contribute to the future of the site?  We are planning to start up a steering group that will have a rôle in the development of this site and would welcome expressions of interest in this from our visitors.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

The Halfmoon Inn Beer Festival, Clayhidon

Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th   and Monday 25th May.

If you're at a loose end over the May Bank Holiday why not visit The Halfmoon Inn Beer Festival at Clayhidon in the underrated and under-visited Blackdown Hills.  They are featuring 30 local real ales, 10 live bands and hog roasts.  Visit the Halfmoon Inn's website for where to find them.

 

 

 

Whilst you're in that neck of the woods why not arrange to visit some of the local food producers featured previously on "Farm Radio"  "Tracey Mill Trout Farm - Free Range Trout?!", "Carol Farley of Gaddon Springs Farm", "Ruth Strange of Beech Hayes Farm", "Janet and Edward East of Yellingham Farm", Kath Gigg - Cheese Gig

Heart of the Vale, Soul of the Town, Part 7, The Drovers

It is now more than ten years since the livestock market at Sturminster Newton closed down, bringing to an end 700 years of tradition.  We were involved in a project gathering views and ideas on video from the users of the market as part of the effort to keep it open.  The realisation of what the closure meant to the people who used it was part of the inspiration behind the concept of "Farm Radio".  So, therefore, it seems fitting to post some of the footage that we shot here.

I was thinking of calling this section "Where Are They Now?" but, given the age of some of the contributors and the passing of time, the answer to that would be all too obvious in so many cases.  However, it would be great to hear from our listeners with any stories of the subsequent adventures of the folk featured here so we could follow up their stories.  Perhaps we should call it "What Happened Next?"  Video shot and edited by John Holman.

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(28/04/09)

Click for Part 1, Pat and Ted, Part 2, Ian and Paul, Part 3, The Auctioneers, Part 4, Ernie, Part 5, Clar, Part 6, Jenny and the Pigs

ANNOUNCEMENT

Grassland UK returns!

      May 7th.

Grassland UK 2009 brings the livestock farmer all the latest innovations and ideas in the current market.  The Show continues to grow and expand in response to high demand and planned new features for 2009.

Seminars covering topics to improve profits from grazing, silage and manure management, plus advice for those in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones, has been organised by the British Grassland Society and DairyCo for Grassland UK on May 7th. The sessions will all take place in the seminar marquee, where visitors can also find the BGS and DairyCo stands, starting at 10.30.

                            

Booking hotline 01749 822222

Save 20% and book in advance (ticket hotline closes Thursday 30 April)

To purchase tickets in advance for the Royal Bath and West Show (May 27th-30th) click here

Asparagus at Red Barn

Take a trip on the A359 heading south towards Yeovil and, just before you come to the bridge across the Yeo at Mudford, you will see a green sign bearing the legend "Fresh Asparagus". Turn right here and after a quarter of a mile you will come to the Red Barn Farm Shop. Every morning through the asparagus season you will find, Clare Bartlett, her sister-in-law Kathryn Bartlett and their colleague Elaine Spencer-White bending over cutting their latest crop of asparagus.

Not wishing to interrupt the work, John Holman spoke first to Elaine whilst she was working her way down a row . . .

www.asparagusatredbarn.co.uk

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(28/04/09)

ANNOUNCEMENT

A new 4-part series made by Bristol-based Available Light Productions "Mud, Sweat and Tractors - The Story of Agriculture" starts on BBC 4 on Wednesday April 15th. , the first episode is entitled "Milk".  This series includes archive footage, some of which we supplied.

For details and timings of further episodes, click here

(14/04/09)

The Seed Company - An intensely local success story

 

 

John Holman went to talk to Ken Tuffin, Managing Director and Paul Roberts of Pearce Seeds who looks after their newish baby, The Seed Company. The main purpose of the visit was to find out how the development of the Seed Company's product, Rape Seed Oil was going but, firstly Ken and Paul filled in a bit of detail about the parent company and as they put it on their website they're "really rather nice people to talk to!" The rape seed project is a fascinating one and an exemplar of how, with a bit of creative thought, energy, and cooperation between local enterprises, ideas can translate into exciting opportunities for the area.

The Seed Company

Pearce Seeds

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(09/04/09)

Poem by William Percy Withers - "Ode to an Onion"

           

Somerset folk singer George Withers - the uncle of Farm Radio's Margery Hookings, reads "Yet Another Spring Song", a poem by his late father William Percy Withers, 1894-1970. Percy fought with the North Somerset Yeomanry in World War I where he saw service in the Somme and lost many dear friends and comrades.  When the war ended, Percy took up a farm tenancy in Barton St. David, Somerset, before moving to farm at Donyatt, near Ilminster, in 1920.

 

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(06/04/09)

Further poems from William Percy Withers:   "The Mendip Hills",  "Memories", "Farewell to Pottery Farm", "The Things I Love", "Yet Another Spring Song"

Would you like to work with Farm Radio?

Are you considering an oral history or media based project for your community?  The Farm Radio team has many years experience of all aspects of community media work, audio and video production and has a long record of involvement in such projects so, if we can help in any way, contact us.   Also, we are always keen to find new volunteers to train and support as correspondents for Farm Radio.

Would you like to see the name of your enterprise/business/organisation here . . . ?

Contact us to find out what we can offer.

The Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair - Part 7, Waitrose

Click for Part 1, The British Pig Association, Part 2, Richs Cider, Part 3, Dr. Phil Hadley of Eblex, Part 4, Nick Hunkin, Part 5, Jonathan Barber of the National Sheep Association, Part 6, The Sausage Club

Geoff Pagotto visited the Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair and recorded seven stories for Farm Radio.

The term 'Food Security' has entered the farming vocabulary in recent years, but just what does it mean to the buyer. Geoff Pagotto talks to Waitrose Supermarket's Agricultural Manager, Duncan Sinclair to find out their point of view.

www.waitrose.com

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(03/04/09)

 

FARM RADIO IS AT THE CROSSROADS!

If you enjoy your visits to this site or if your enterprise has been featured here with positive effects, please could you take a moment to tell us.  We need to be able to demonstrate your support in order to attract the resources to take Farm Radio on to the next stages of development.  Statistics are one thing but nothing is as good as personal testimonials.

Do you think that you may have something to contribute to the future of the site?  We are planning to start up a steering group that will have a rôle in the development of this site and would welcome expressions of interest in this from our visitors.

e-mail

 

Sheep - from Lamb to Loom

     

Following on from her exhibition and book on the subject of willow in 2003, local artist and now writer Kate Lynch has a new exhibition and book, "Sheep - from Lamb to Loom".  Like the willow project, there is also an audile element to this project, in this case a soundscape created by Alastair Goolden.  John Holman visited the exhibition as it opened at the Brewhouse in Taunton and caught up with Kate at a book signing at Bailey Hill Bookshop in Castle Cary.

Farm Radio wishes to thank Alastair Goolden for taking the trouble to prepare samples of his soundscape for use in this item and to John Vigar, Christine Harvey and Andrew Speed for kindly granting permission for us to use their contributions.

Kate Lynch's website.  Copies of Kate's books "Willow" and "Sheep - from Lamb to Loom" can be purchased from her site.

Dates and details of the venues for the exhibition on tour

For more about Alastair Goolden, click here

For an article on Kate's husband, James Lynch, and his use of egg tempera for his paintings, click here

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(24/03/09)

Pendragon Sports, Part 2, The Elite Cycle Racing Team

Back in February we posted an item about Pendragon Sports event "The Tour of Wessex".  At the launch for this event managing director Nick Bourne also presented a new venture; an elite cycle racing team sponsored by Ilchester based company Kalas Sportswear.  John Holman spoke to Nick Bourne, team manager Brian Johnston and farmer's son and elite racer Chris Opie.

Nick and the team would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor the team.  Do think seriously abut whether your enterprise would benefit from being associated with this new venture.  It has so many great ingredients;  a strong regional identity, it's Britain's most successful Olympic sport and epitomises the virtues of hard work, courage, healthy living, teamwork and endeavour.  It could be your chance to get behind a positive initiative for the young people of the region - not to mention the fun to be had for you, your colleagues and your clients from being involved with supporting a winning team!

Pendragon Sports

Kalas Sportswear

If you fancy having a go at cycling there are many clubs in the region who offer a range of activities.  Visit British Cycling's website for a list of affiliated clubs.  Or if more leisurely riding is your thing and you wish to share your enjoyment with a group of like-minded folk, got to the Cyclists' Touring Club website.

Click here for Pendragon Sports - Part 1, The Tour of Wessex

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(16/03/09)

The Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair - Part 6, The Sausage Club

Click for Part 1, The British Pig Association, Part 2, Richs Cider, Part 3, Dr. Phil Hadley of Eblex, Part 4, Nick Hunkin, Part 5, Jonathan Barber of the National Sheep Association

Geoff Pagotto visited the Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair and recorded seven stories for Farm Radio. 

One of the busiest stands in the food hall was the innovative Sausage Club that has over 18,000 members buying "proper" sausages - Yummy! Geoff Pagotto grabbed Damien and 'Chivers' manning the stand, as they have at a 100 other shows this year, and asked them to explain this success.

www.supremesausages.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 891 652

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(13/03/09)

ANNOUNCEMENT

FARM PLASTIC RECYCLING SCHEME

VOLUNTARY SCHEME ALLOWING FARMERS TO COMPLY WITH AGRICULTURAL WASTE REGULATIONS

Click here to open a pdf file with details of how and where to get rid of your plastic waste.

Sign up before April 1st for this efficient, economic and environmentally friendly method of disposal.

Would you like to work with Farm Radio?

Are you considering an oral history or media based project for your community?  The Farm Radio team has many years experience of all aspects of community media work, audio and video production and has a long record of involvement in such projects so, if we can help in any way, contact us.   Also, we are always keen to find new volunteers to train and support as correspondents for Farm Radio.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

Bonny Sartin to reveal the plight of Dorset's farmworkers

This March Yetties frontman, Bonny Sartin, will be coming to Bridport to give an insight into the plight of Dorset's farm labourers, all for the benefit of Bridport Museum.  The show, in the Town Hall, by The Yetties front man will focus on the life of farm labourers in Dorset in the 19th century, using songs from the day, including some collected from the Sartin family in 1906/7 and quotes from Thomas Hardy and William Barnes.  Bonny explains;  "For well over a hundred years, from the later part of the 19th. century it was hellish for the majority of Dorset inhabitants.  Farm labourers and their families were living at starvation level.  Commonland was being taken by unscrupulous landlords, there were riots in Beaminster in 1764.  This discontent rumbled on in Dorset until things came to a head in the 1830s with the Swing Riots and the Tolpuddle Trials.  The Sartin family lived through these times at Corscombe, labouring on the farms of working as masons.  William Sartin did 6 months hard labour for lopping a branch off an ash tree."  Bonny will tell the story of the labourers plight and their efforts to improve their lot.  Keith Hatch from Bridport Museum said;  "It's great that Bonny will be talking and playing music for the museum.  Bonny has a real insight into the history of the area and it's always fascinating to hear him.  This is a big year for the museum as we open up for free from April and local volunteers will be helping to make this possible.  Events like this are a way to bring history to life and we'd love to see the Town Hall full. 

Tickets are available for the Local History Centre in Gundry Lane and Bridport Music.

For more information on the show or to volunteer in the museum, please contact Bridport Museum Volunteer co-ordinator, Keith Hatch on 01308 or e-mail

                      

Bonny featured on "Farm Radio" way back in Edition 2!  Click on bale to hear this.

(16/03/09)

Heart of the Vale, Soul of the Town, Part 6, Jenny and the Pigs.

 

It is now more than ten years since the livestock market at Sturminster Newton closed down,bringing to an end 700 years of tradition.  We were involved in a project gathering views and ideas on video from the users of the market as part of the effort to keep it open.  The realisation of what the closure meant to the people who used it was part of the inspiration behind the concept of "Farm Radio".  So, therefore, it seems fitting to post some of the footage that we shot here.

I was thinking of calling this section "Where Are They Now?" but, given the age of some of the contributors and the passing of time, the answer to that would be all too obvious in so many cases.  However, it would be great to hear from our listeners with any stories of the subsequent adventures of the folk featured here so we could follow up their stories.  Perhaps we should call it "What Happened Next?"  Video shot and edited by John Holman.

Click on the bale to view

(11/03/09)

Click for Part 1, Pat and Ted, Part 2, Ian and Paul, Part 3, The Auctioneers, Part 4, Ernie, Part 5, Clar

Bridport Community Orchard Wassailing

A FIELD in the centre of Bridport has been saved from development and has become a community orchard and allotment land instead. The new orchard was officially opened with traditional wassailing. For the event local singer, Sally Reed, adapted the Gurt Dog of Langport. Farm Radio’s Margery Hookings was there.

To get involved with the Bridport Community Orchard project, contact:

Jill Lloyd on 01308 458480 or e-mail

Tessa Greenaway, Community Planning Officer, Bridport Town Council, on 01308 456722 or email e-mail

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(11/03/09)

Health and Safety Executive Event for Young Farmers at Kingston Maurward

As the number of accidents on the farm rises in real terms, the Health and Safety Executive are keenly aware of the necessity to get some strong messages over to farmers to address this problem. John Holman spoke to Glenda Treneary who organises a travelling road show consisting of various scenarios demonstrating some of the more common hazards for farmers, some of the young farmers who attended the event and Alan Plom, Principal Health and Safety Inspector with special responsibility for agriculture.

Click here to go to the HSE homepage and their "Make the Promise" campaign.

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(06/03/09)

Would you like to see the name of your enterprise/business/organisation here . . . ?

Contact us to find out what we can offer.

 

The Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair - Part 5, Jonathan Barber of the National Sheep Association

Click for Part 1, The British Pig Association, Part 2, Richs Cider, Part 3, Dr. Phil Hadley of Eblex, Part 4, Nick Hunkin

Geoff Pagotto visited the Royal Smithfield Christmas Fair and recorded seven stories for Farm Radio. 

Norfolk Farmer Jonathan Barber chairs the National Sheep Association and after their Western Region AGM Geoff Pagotto asked about the fear that seems to be running through the minds of many of his members.

www.nationalsheep.org.uk

01684 892661

Jonathan Barber 01953 607860

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(03/03/09)

Would you like to work with Farm Radio?

Are you considering an oral history or media based project for your community?  The Farm Radio team has many years experience of all aspects of community media work, audio and video production and has a long record of involvement in such projects so, if we can help in any way, contact us.   Also, we are always keen to find new volunteers to train and support as correspondents for Farm Radio.