Month: May 2013

Cracking day at the Showground

Cracking day at the Showground

Web Happy Chicks Day

200 Schoolchildren around  Peterborough are now ‘eggsperts’ about chicks and hens after attending a Happy Chicks Day at the Peterborough Showground.

The Happy Chicks Day was organised through the new education programme Kids Country, which teaches children all about food, farming and rural life.

Children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 learned the importance of using free-range eggs, the nutritional value, the process inside the eggs from embryos to chicks and the different types, shapes and sizes of chickens.

The Happy Chick Company was on hand to help children touch and hold the chicks and adult hens.  Madeline McRanor, owner of the Happy Chick Company said: “We at the Happy Chick Company are passionate about animal welfare. Our aim is to inspire learning through experience, as well as encouraging children to care and nurture another living creature.

The schoolchildren enjoy feeding Henrietta the hen
The schoolchildren enjoy feeding Henrietta the hen

We believe we should care for the meat we eat and ensure that animals who produce food for us, are given good quality lives. We know that many people feel the same way that we do and our hatching experience raises many questions relating to hen welfare and will therefore help people to make more informed choices about the eggs and meat they buy in the shops.”

Kerry Buttriss, Happy Chick Day organiser said: “The Kids Country ‘Happy Chicks Day’ has been a phenomenal success and the feedback from the schools that have attended has been highly positive.  With food provenance such a pressing issue, this event has helped educate the food consumers of the future in a fun and stimulating environment.”

A Celebration of Hunting – Peterborough Festival of Hunting Wednesday 17th July 2013

A Celebration of Hunting – Peterborough Festival of Hunting Wednesday 17th July 2013

The Peterborough Festival of Hunting is celebrating its 125th Anniversary on Wednesday 17th July with hounds from around the country competing in the annual celebration of the hunting hound and rural pursuits. At the heart of the Festival is the prestigious Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show with over 1,200 hounds representing the best in modern foxhounds, plus harriers, beagles, bassets, mink hounds, blood hounds, drag hounds and terriers.

To complement the Festival of Hunting, a variety of ridden and in hand classes have been introduced for 2013.  Horse of the Year Show qualifiers are being held for Ridden Hunters, Ladies Hunters, Small Hunters, Working Hunters, Show Hunter Ponies and Working Hunter Ponies – culminating in the Supreme Ridden Hunter championship at the end of the day, judged by Mrs Jenny Pitman OBE.  In Hand Hunters will be competing for the Supreme In Hand of the Show against Riding Horses, Competition Horses and Irish Draughts.

There will also be the exciting inter-hunt team relay, with a Junior and Senior competition.  Sixty four teams will converge on the East of England Showground to wage battle against neighbouring Hunts and Pony Clubs in a fiercely competitive battle of skill and pride.  Past winners from the Quorn Hunt are returning to attempt to defeat teams from across the country to claim the £1000 prize money for their Hunt.

This is a not to be missed event for all country lovers.  Entry to the Festival is free to members of the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society and the East of England Agricultural Society or advance tickets are available at £8.50.

For more information on the Hound Show, please contact: David Ralley-Davies, email: David@eastofengland.org.uk or for the Equine classes please contact: Betsy Branyan, email: betsy@peterborougharena.com

 

Judges meet to consider entries for Queen Mother’s Handwriting Competition

Judges meet to consider entries for Queen Mother’s Handwriting Competition

HandwritingFor many years the Society has been running a schools handwriting competition. This attracts hundreds of entries every year from around the region. It is evident that there are many teachers who support the importance of hand writing skills in a text driven world.

The judging panel consist of three experienced head teachers who have been involved in this competition for many years.  The judging involves lots of discussion and debates before the lengthy elimination process identifies the winners of this prestigious competition.

We would like to encourage as many schools as possible to take   the time to enter the competition.  At the Society we believe that good, well formed handwriting is still an important  personal attribute and is a valuable skill for life.

The judges appreciate the contribution made by A.T Cross Ltd with their appropriate prizes for the winning entries.  The competition attracts hundreds of entries from Key Stage 1, but significantly less from Key Stage 3. It would be lovely to see the number of entries increase next year.

Leader of the City Council Pleased to Support the Biggest Ever Childrens Day in the City

Leader of the City Council Pleased to Support the Biggest Ever Childrens Day in the City

 Kids Country Supported by ASDA

The 5th July 2013 sees the biggest ever childrens event in Peterborough.  The East of England Agricultural Society has developed a fun education programme under its Kids Country programme.  I am delighted that the City Council through Councillors and its officers have been able to help support the project right from the word go.  We will have helped the Society reach its target of 4000 children attending its first ever Food and Farming Day.

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Marco Cereste

I applaud this important initiative taken by the Society knowing how vital it is that children understand more about food and farming -which is such a vital contributor to our local economy.  Of course, encouraging children to value quality food and how to find it is something that needs to be a part of their education and I know that an action packed fun day is planned down at the Showground.  I wish the Society every success with its work and look forward to continuing our work in this area.

Marco Cereste

Leader, Peterborough City Council

 

Asda Sponsors Kids Country Programme

Asda Sponsors Kids Country Programme

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2013 has seen the introduction of a year round programme of education events all based around a food and farming theme culminating in a big day on 5th July which will be the largest childrens event ever held in Peterborough, as far as we know.

The Society’s plans were given a real boost when Asda agreed to sponsor the programme.  Council member Ben Harris found Asda very receptive to his approach and observes

“My contacts at Asda are only too well aware of the importance to educate consumers of the future about food provenance and food quality.  Asda’s support gives the team the opportunity to go the extra mile in delivering a first class programme even in its first year”

The Society has started planning for 2014 and is looking at ways to extend its range.  Quite a challenge given that they have already had interest in children attending from as far afield as London and Madrid!

Kids Country at Open Farm Sunday

Kids Country at Open Farm Sunday

Kids Country Sponsored by ASDA

Our Kids Country Team will be at Park Farm Thorney to join in their fantastic Open Farm Sunday. This is on the 8th and 9th June from 10am to 4pm. A regular feature in the farming calendar now and with thousands of visitors it makes for a great day out and a chance for a fun learning experience too -and its FREE!

Take a look at www.parkfarmthorney.co.uk or search “Open Farm Sunday” for details of other participating farms.

Do come and meet Teddy the labrador puppy on our stand and join the fun.

Teddy the labrador
Teddy the labrador
Marshal Papworth Trust Celebrates 100th Student

Marshal Papworth Trust Celebrates 100th Student

Students together with Sandra Lauridsen, Co-ordinator
Students together with Sandra Lauridsen, MP Co-ordinator.

At 6.45 am Saturday 27 April the first students began to arrive at the airport, a student onboard the flight from Malawi became Marshal Papworth Trust’s 100th scholar.  The trust celebrated with a barbeque and cake with the students who made up 107 Marshal Papworth Trust scholars to date.

Party time!  Pictured: Annah Nawa from Zambia whose Birthday coincided with the arrival day.
Party time! Annah from Zambia whose Birthday coincided with the arrival day.

Following the success of the short course in 2012, it was agreed to continue the partnership with Shuttleworth College, the students will now enroll on a 10-week short course. 

The course is where students learn vocational skills in animal and crop husbandry, machinery operations, IT and study a Special Marshal Papworth module in small scale business management.  Upon completion of this course students will receive a BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Agriculture.

Annah (pictured above) from Zambia feels that not only can she contribute to the course; she will benefit learning new skills that she can take home and pass on to her farmers and community.  

Find out more about the Marshal Papworth Trust

Kids Country Launches Make a Minty Competition

Kids Country Launches Make a Minty Competition

 

 

Download the Minty Face and for further information:

Make a Minty Challenge

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Minty is the name given to the happy sheep with a starring role on the Kids Country logo.

Schools attending the Food and Farming Day on 5th July are being challenged to bring along a life size Minty made by the children.  On the day the Mintys will be exhibited alongside the livestock and be judged just the same.

 

Upcoming Events

Aug
9
Wed
all-day Equifest @ East of England Showground
Equifest @ East of England Showground
Aug 9 – Aug 13 all-day
Equifest @ East of England Showground
Please see our dedicated event website for more information: www.equifest.org.uk There is a £10 parking charge for all cars, members of the East of England Agricultural Society are entitled to Free entry upon presentation of a …

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Oct
8
Sun
all-day Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Oct 8 all-day
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
For more information on this event please visit the dedicated show website http://autumnfoodandcountryfair.co.uk     As a Society, we invite you to visit our stand in the Atrium to find out more about what we do. …

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