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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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

from the Royal Bath and West of England Society

 

The show is held at The Bath and West Showground, near Shepton Mallet, and gates open on the 7th October at 8.30am. Tickets can be bought in advance for £10.00 which is £2 cheaper than the pay on the day price. Details can be found on www.bathandwest.com or contact 01749 822200.

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Securing the Rural Future: Land Use Priorities

The Society is excited to be running a joint seminar with the Royal Geographical Society with IBG with the aim of examining some of the problems and solutions relating to planning for future sustainable land use in rural areas. Using the West Country as a model, eminent speakers will cover such topics as climate change, population increase, pollution concerns, security of food, energy and economy, biodiversity and scientific developments.

Chairman - John Palmer, 4th Earl of Selborne

The speakers’ topics will be as follows:

Conservation in a Hungry World     Professor Ian Mercer

Implications of Climate Change                          Sir Brian Hoskins

Security of Food and Energy                                Dr Richard Cresswell   

Economic Consequences of Limited Resources        Lord Ewen Cameron

Click here to book or for more details

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ART SCHOLARSHIP

Are you a practising young artist between the ages of 22 and 30 years old who prefers painting Landscapes or Rural Life in the UK? You can win a Scholarship worth £3,000 to help further your career and to have your own exhibition in our gallery at the Royal Bath & West Show with the opportunity to sell your paintings. A second award of £250 is also available.

Application forms and further information available from Alison Ward, The Royal Bath & West of England Society, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN. 01749 822243 or e-mail Alison Ward

Click here for more details

ENTRIES CLOSE 15th JANUARY 2010

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

WEDMORE YOUNG FARMERS

Welly Week Disco

Saturday 17th October 2009

 

 Fundraiser for R.A.B.I

(Supporting Farming Families) 

 DRESS CODE = WELLIES

8pm – Late

Lower Splott Farm, Mark, TA9 4NR (Opposite Somerlap)

£5 Entry if you’re wearing wellies, £7 If you don’t wear wellies  

ID required

James Hector (Chairman) - 07772566169

"Cows Can Talk" - a new book by Julie Andrews

Farm Radio received a message about a new book written by farmer Julie Andrews, putting into words the thoughts and reflections of the cows on her farm.  Intrigued, John Holman of Farm Radio went to Burtle, near Bridgwater, to find out more . . .

"Granny Cow" - Esme Sandiford (Julie's mother)

"Josephine"    - Claire Willcox (Julie's niece)

To buy a copy of "Cows Can Talk" visit the website, www.cowscantalk.co.uk

There are two interviews with Claire Willcox on this site.  August 2009 and on "Future Farming Voices"  (the "junior" department of Farm Radio)

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(11/09/09)

ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

 

 

The Organic Food Festival - September '09 12th-13th - Bristol Harbourside

The Organic Food Festival Website for more info.

David Aplin of the Kingcombe Centre

David Aplin has returned to his Dorset roots to take over the directorship of the countryside and environmental studies charity the Kingcombe Centre.  Margery Hookings talked to him about the interesting route his career has taken and which has led him back to Dorset.

For more about the background of the Kingcombe Centre, click here for Margery Hookings' interview from last year with Martin Biss, one of the Centre's trustees.
 
David will be giving a charity talk about his botanical expeditions around the world in aid of the Kingcombe Centre called: ‘In search of the ugliest plant in the world, encounters with Guatemalan bandits, and other adventures’, at the Litton Cheney Community Hall (LATCH) at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th September, admission £5 including a glass of wine.

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(07/09/09)

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Are you passionate about making a positive change in society? Do you deserve recognition for your work? Do you know someone else who does? If yes, then you could be nominated for a Social Change Award!

The Social Change Awards are for all those working to achieve a positive change in society - individuals, charities, community groups, companies, public bodies.

You don't have to be a charity to apply... whether you're applying as an individual, an informal group, a company, a public body OR a charity, if you're passionate about social change then there's a category for you.

The nomination process is simple, visit Social Change Awards Online, download and complete the nomination form and submit it. You can nominate yourself (or your own organisation) or recommend others for nomination. 

For more information about the awards and the nomination process, click here.

This year's awards are proudly sponsored by Charity Bank. Charity Bank is a bank and a charity. It uses its depositors' funds solely to provide loan finance and support to charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. For further information visit www.charitybank.org or email enquiries@charitybank.org

The Wessex Ridgeway Trail, Part 5, Beaminster to Lyme Regis

The Wessex Ridgeway Trail stretches 62 miles from Ashmore on the Dorset/Wiltshire Border in the east to Lyme Regis in the west.  To mark the opening of this route for walkers, riders and cyclists which is the culmination of much hard work by Demelza Hyde and her colleagues from Dorset Countryside (the countryside service of Dorset County Council), Farm Radio team members created an audio journey along its length, meeting the people who live and work there and celebrating the scenery, flora and fauna, history, archaeology and culture of the area.

This is the fifth and final part starting in deep Dorset countryside near Beaminster and finishing up at the sea with an insight into collecting fossils, via Lyme's impressively researched and restored Town Mill.

Click for Part 1, Ashmore to Shillingstone, Part 2, Shillingstone to Dorset Gap, Part 3, Dorset Gap to Maiden Newton, Part 4, Maiden Newton to Beaminster

To find out more about this trail, click here

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(02/09/09)

 

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.

 

Heart of the Vale, Soul of the Town, Part 12, Denis Wareham the Rep.

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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(03/09/09)

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, Part 7, The Drovers, Part 8, Stan Harris, Part 9, Len and Cecil, Part 10, The Trader and Butch, Part 11, Norman Tite the Haulier

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tribute to George Withers

Over recent months, Farm Radio has been featuring the poems of William Percy Withers read by his son, George Withers.  George Withers, farmer, poet and well-known performer of traditional songs, sadly died last month but we are pleased to be able to present this tribute to him, recorded by his niece, Farm Radio correspondent, Margery Hookings.  The recordings of George singing and talking about his life were generously supplied by folk song collectors, Bob and Jacqueline Patten, to whom many thanks.

Click for George reading "Grandpapa's Days" a poem written by his father, William Percy Withers.  There are links to other poems by William on the page.

Click here for a previous Farm Radio item about George.

Copies of George's recent CD "The Land Remains", are available by post from:
Frequency Sales
Aspen Cottage
Huish Episcopi
Langport
Somerset. TA10 9QY.

Please send a cheque for £10.75 (to include post and packing) payable to Bob Axford. Please allow five days for delivery. Telephone 01458 252325.

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(26/08/09)

Claire Willcox

On a beautiful summer day, John Holman encountered Claire Willcox, soon to head off to Cannington College when the new academic year starts, and spoke to her about her plans for a future in farming.

A couple of years ago, Claire was featured on Future Farming Voices, the junior department of Farm Radio.  To hear her earlier piece visit Future Farming Voices or click here.

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(26/08/09)

Alan Lyons, Show Manager at the Bath and West Showground

His earliest memories are of visiting the Bath and West Show as a child and, since then, he has experienced it from almost every viewpoint.  There could be no one with more relevant experience and better suited for the job of show manager at one of the country's major agricultural organisations, as John Holman found out . . .

Click on the bale to listen (18/08/09)

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Melplash Show

8.30am to 6.30pm, Thursday 27th. August

This year visitors will be entertained by a spectacular air display by The Yakovlevs, who will be thrilling the audience with their tight formations, graceful aerobatic manoeuvres and death defying head to head passes,  and a ‘Wild West Show’ which takes inspiration from accounts of the Buffalo Bill Congress of Rough Riders during the 1880s.

www.melplashshow.co.uk

ANNOUNCEMENT

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show

  

Attractions include: The Kangaroo Kid Scurry Driving Championship Heavy Horses – Hot Air Balloons Private Driving – Light & Heavy Trade Classes Ferret & Terrier Racing Over 450 stands – Trade, Craft, Food Hall, Farmers Market Over 1500 animals in competitive classes: Horses, Ponies, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Dogs, Rabbits & Poultry Grain, Fodder, Machinery Innovation Handicraft, Homecraft Vegetable & Fruit, Photography, Art Including many classes especially for children.

www.gillshaftshow.co.uk

Witches Chase - Tamborine Mountain

    

On her recent visit to Tamborine Mountain in South East Queensland, Farm Radio’s Colleen Jackson went to talk to a very enterprising couple, Meredith and Andre Morris, about their successful ventures – The Witches Chase Cheese Company, Mt Tamborine Brewery and the Liquid Amber Bistro and Grill. They moved to their new, purpose-built premises in late 2008 and it is proving very popular with both locals and visitors. They produce a variety of both unusual and traditional award-winning cheeses.

There is a Somerset connection as local cheesemaker from Castle Cary, John Longman, visited them on Tamborine Mountain and showed them how some of the traditional English cheeses were made. They have named one of these cheeses after him: Longman’s Leicester, which won a Gold Medal in 2008.

If there are any expert cheesemakers out there who would be interested in passing on their expertise, Andre and Meredith would like to hear from them. As they are also able to make cider in their brewery, they would be interested to make contact with traditional West Country cider makers.

www.witcheschasecheese.com.au

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(13/08/09)

Also listen to Slow Food Tamborine Mountain Convivium

ANNOUNCEMENT

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The Mid-Somerset Show Field,   Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet. Somerset.

Sunday 16th August

Mullenscote Gundogs, Mere Down Falconry, The Mangled Wurzles and many other attractions.

www.midsomersetshow.org.uk

Chalk and Cheese - Local Action for Rural Communities

What is "Chalk and Cheese" and what is "Local Action for Rural Communities"?  Farm Radio's John Holman went to a Local Action Group meeting in Broadmayne Village Hall to find out.  Firstly he spoke to Sarah Watson of "Dorset Squared" . . . 

 

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(13/08/09)

Slow Food - Tamborine Mountain Convivium

On a recent visit to Australia, Colleen Jackson went to talk to some local residents connected with the Tamborine Mountain Slow Food Movement.

Tamborine Mountain in South East Queensland is a lush mountain plateau, a short drive from Queensland’s famous Gold Coast and its fabulous beaches. Only five miles by three and a half miles, and some 1700 ft above sea level, it has some spectacular National Parks covering nearly 3,000 acres. One of which, The Witches Falls National Park, was the first to be established in Queensland in 1908.

Breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean coast to the east, and over inland valleys and mountains to the west make it a popular tourist destination with restaurants, cafes, art galleries, shops, boutique breweries, and wineries as well as the many natural attractions.  There are sub tropical rainforest areas, waterfalls, numerous scenic walks, lookouts, picnic areas, orchards, vineyards, farms and small villages and varied and abundant wild life.  The rich volcanic soil, temperate climate and regular rainfall mean a wide diversity of vegetables and fruit can be grown here and the many small farms produce a wide range of crops and food products.

www.slowfoodtamborinemt.org.au

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(07/08/09)

Also listen to Witches Chase - Tamborine Mountain

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

Contact us to find out what we can offer.

The Wessex Ridgeway Trail, Part 4, Maiden Newton to Beaminster

The Wessex Ridgeway Trail stretches 62 miles from Ashmore on the Dorset/Wiltshire Border in the east to Lyme Regis in the west.  To mark the opening of this route for walkers, riders and cyclists which is the culmination of much hard work by Demelza Hyde and her colleagues from Dorset Countryside (the countryside service of Dorset County Council), Farm Radio team members created an audio journey along its length, meeting the people who live and work there and celebrating the scenery, flora and fauna, history, archaeology and culture of the area.

This is the fourth part and starts at the aerials at Rampisham, ending up with a noisy welcome from Beaminster, via Kingcombe, and Mapperton and accompanied for part of the way by Tess of the d'Urbervilles as she makes her ill-fated journey to Beaminster or, as Hardy had it, Emminster . . .

Click for Part 1, Ashmore to Shillingstone, Part 2, Shillingstone to Dorset Gap, Part 3, Dorset Gap to Maiden Newton

To find out more about this trail, click here

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(05/08/09)

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.

 

Heart of the Vale, Soul of the Town, Part 11, Norman Tite the Haulier

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

(05/08/09)

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, Part 7, The Drovers, Part 8, Stan Harris, Part 9, Len and Cecil, Part 10, The Trader and Butch