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Open Baking Competition at the Autumn Show

Open Baking Competition at the Autumn Show

With the return of the Great British Bake off to our television screens this evening, we hope you will be feeling inspired to enter the WI Open Baking Competition that is taking place at this years Autumn Food & Country Fair on the 8th October.

We have classes for;

  1. Cheese Scones
  2. Artisan Bread
  3. Classic Victoria Sandwich
  4. Decorated Biscuits – 12 Years and Under

Visit the website below for the complete schedule and entry form.

WI Open Baking Competition

Don’t miss out on the BEST Farming Conference in the East of England

Don’t miss out on the BEST Farming Conference in the East of England

PRESS RELEASE

7th August 2017

Grow or Go! Farmers to get 2020 vision at East of England Conference

Options for farmers to future proof and grow their businesses will be the focus of this year’s East of England Farming Conference, which takes place on 2 November 2017 at the East of England Showground. Entitled ‘Grow or Go’, the conference organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, now in its third year, will present novel farming approaches and ideas to encourage resourcefulness in British farming.

Thomas Beazley, Chairman of the East of England Agricultural Society, says the conference aims to provide delegates with practical and thought-provoking ideas in three distinct sessions: science, people and politics; case studies of ‘farmers with flair’; and building the British brand. He comments: “We are passionate about offering farmers in the East inspiration to drive their businesses forward in a sustainable way, ensuring our farming industry is fit and healthy in 2020 and beyond.”

Richard Whitlock, chairman of the conference organising committee, will chair the first session. Speakers will debate science, people and politics, post 2020, and include NFU deputy president, Minette Batters and policy director of the Soil Association, Lord Melchett. Richard says: “On the political front, we are living through challenging and uncertain times, with increasing requirements for farmers to demonstrate environmental benefits alongside food production. Farmers will have to be at the top of their game across the board, there is no room for second best in any sector.” 

Tom Martin, a mixed farmer from Haddon, Cambridgeshire who recently started his Village Farm business after leaving a city job, will chair session two, involving five ‘farmers with flair’. The speakers include: Emily Norton, Farmers Weekly’s Mixed Farmer of the Year 2017 finalist; Alec Mercer of Packington Free Range; Jack Stilwell of ‘Get Jack Farming’, Matt Sharp of The Rising Sun Farm, and Tom Wright of Spring Farm Systems. These entrepreneurs have turned the perception of farming on its head. The session will demonstrate how important it is to be resourceful and think ‘outside of the box’.   Emily Norton says: “Farmers need to think beyond subsidies, the status quo is over. We need to embrace change and realise the opportunities it presents, particularly in the way we finance our businesses. Securing external sources of funding and investment will be important if farmers are able to profit from innovation in the future.”

Building the British Brand is the focus for the third session, chaired by Tom Bradshaw, where delegates will hear from experts across the agricultural industry on how farmers can mitigate or remove barriers to growth. Director of the Free Range Dairy Network, and session speaker, Neil Darwent thinks Brexit is a good place to start. Neil says: “Brexit will present one of the most challenging times ever known in British farming. Farmers need to be prepared for the changing landscape and what it will bring. We must explore every opportunity to ensure farming thrives when we leave EU. “I will be urging farmers to identify the opportunities that changing demand will bring and to promote a future farming industry that is founded on market requirements, rather than being production driven.”

Tickets to the East of England Farming Conference 2017 are available to purchase from Eventbrite. Students and Society members can apply for discounted tickets by contacting the organisers via the website.

Conference sponsors include: Anglia Farmers, British Sugar, Brown and Co., Camgrain, Churchgates, HSBC, Land Family Business, Roythornes, and Syngenta.

More information

William Haire, East of England Agricultural Society

Tel: 01733 234451, email: WHaire@eastofengland.org.uk

Issued by:

Rebecca Dawson, Hornbeam

Tel: 07711 915927, email: Rebecca@hornbeamcomms.co.uk

Festival of Hunting Press Release

Festival of Hunting Press Release

THE PETERBOROUGH
Festival of Hunting
WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY, EAST OF ENGLAND SHOWGROUND, PETERBOROUGH

On Wednesday 19th July an enthusiastic crowd of over 7500 hunting and countryside supporters attended The Festival of Hunting at The East of England Showground, with festival organisers recording that there was a 25% increase in attendees compared to last year.
Jeremy Staples, Secretary of The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show Society , commented that “the organisers were delighted with this year’s event and this fantastic increase in the number of visitors reflects the positive interest in traditional country activities.”
This year’s festival encompassed the 129th running of the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show and is widely renowned as being the most important event in the world for foxhound breeding.
The event was blessed with good weather and there were fantastic results across the well supported classes for Harriers, Beagles, Bassett Hounds, Drag Hounds, Fell and Stag Hounds, Terriers and Coursing Dogs as well as a thrilling Inter-Hunt relay and a range of equine showing classes.
Key highlights of the day included the inaugural Festival of Hunting Horn Blowing competition sponsored by Lycetts which was won by Nicholas Map. The competition was open to entry for all guests, bar professional Hunt Staff, and the winner received an engraved hunting horn, donated by The Hunting Shop, to commemorate the occasion. The Festival of Hunting was delighted to welcome for the first time, fashionistas Martha Sitwell, hunting heroine and ex-model, Margo Stilley, actress and model and stylist Sarah Byrne who were the guest judges for the festival’s ‘Best Dressed Lady’ which was won by Scarlett Goodall. The Best Dressed Lady was sponsored by Fairfax and Favor, Frimble, County Equestrian Jewellers, Butler Stewart and Teddy Edward, who donated a selection of fantastic prizes for the winner on the day along with an exclusive gift donated by Alice Naylor-Leyland, Vogue Contributor.
Insurance and financial services group Lycetts were the headline sponsor for the 2017 festival which was the second of their three-year partnership with the festival and they hosted a generous drinks reception in the evening at the site which was attended by guests from throughout the hunting community where the very competitive horn-blowing competition provided a fitting round up to the day.
Following their second year of sponsorship, Lycetts Chief Executive, Angus Keate commented; “It is a privilege for those who follow hounds to cross land owned by farmers and landowners and
likewise Lycetts is privileged to be associated with an event that is so clearly thriving and which has become such a key part of the Summer calendar for so many of our clients and contacts, we look forward to being part of this again next year.”

For further information please contact polly@bloxhampr.com

Equifest 2017

Equifest 2017

Equifest

9th-13th August

Equifest celebrates its 10th year in 2017.  The show has grown over the last 10 years and now over 10 000 riders and visitors from across the UK visit the show, held at the East of England Showground.

With various attractions, shops and entertainment running alongside the extensive competition schedule it is easy to see why people enjoy visiting and competing at equifest so much.

Members of the public can pay £10 for a car pass which will cover you for all show days (Wednesday and Sunday are free). Members of the East of England Agricultural Society are able to get in for free upon presentation of a valid East of England Agricultural Society membership card.

For more information please visit www.equifest.org.uk

Cultiv8 Guest Blog: Cultiv8 visit to Johnsons of Old Hurst by Claire Wright

Cultiv8 Guest Blog: Cultiv8 visit to Johnsons of Old Hurst by Claire Wright

Having been raised on a childhood diet of Crocodile Dundee films I snapped at the chance to visit a crocodile farm for the May Cultiv8 meeting.

Unfortunately my vision of a beautiful, warm, sunny evening didn’t quite come to fruition as we gathered under leaden skies at Church Farm in Old Hurst for the introduction to the farm by Andy Johnson and his sons. The story of how they developed from an ordinary mixed farm into what we see today is a fascinating tale of near disaster and being in the right place at the right time.

We started the tour in the shop, which boasts the largest deli counter in the UK offering a range of butchery products, cooked meats and cheeses to their loyal clientele. The rain had not abated as we clambered aboard Landrovers and trailers for our visit to see the unusual livestock kept on the farm, which is all sold in some shape or form through the farm shop or restaurants.

We started with the herds of red and fallow deer that were happily grazing in an outlying field. It was then off to see the Asian buffalo that provide the family with some management headaches given their enormous strength which makes containing them into winter housing a challenge! Heading back towards the farm yard we nervously headed over to the ostrich enclosure (tales of their rather unpredictable behaviour ringing in our ears, but some of us reassured by the fact they only saw male visitors as a threat!) to get up close and personal with these large birds. I have to be honest I found them more unsettling than I had thought as they crowded round the vehicles to get at the feed, watching us carefully with their beady eyes!

Thoroughly soaked thanks to the unpredictable summer weather it was great to get inside the Crocodile House and dry off in the warmth of their habitat. The crocodiles first arrived at Church Farm to aid in disposing of butchery waste but have since become an attraction in their own right. Using only a stockman’s board Andy happily strolled around the beach, moving their tails out of his way without a second thought and cheerfully telling us all about Cuddles, Kisses & Sherbet not to mention the near misses and injuries he has sustained from their teeth! There are plans afoot to expand the Crocodile House further to eventually house 200 crocodiles rather than the six. This would allow the

We finished our grand tour of the farm in the brand new Steak House. This has been built over two floors in the hope that the popularity of this restaurant as an eatery in the county will really take off. The steak house restaurant has experienced some teething problems with kitchen staff but is now on a stronger footing providing a sophisticated, safari themed place where diners can enjoy produce that truly comes from the farm to their fork.

There is a saw blade hanging in the foyer of the steakhouse with a motto emblazoned on it. This reads ‘The brave may not live forever; but the cautious never live at all’ – this for me sums up the philosophy of the whole farm and is testament to the family having the courage to take advantage of a changing market place and not being scared to try something that others say can’t be done!

Written by Claire Wright, Cultiv8 Committee member and Surveyor for CLA East

You can follow Claire on twitter: @claeastsurveyor 

EoE Smithfield Festival Features on BBC1

EoE Smithfield Festival Features on BBC1

 

Follow Exhibitor J P Harrison on his journey from Tollerton, N. Yorkshire down to last years East of England Smithfield Festival to compete with his South Devon’s in the calf show on new BBC1 show ‘A1: Britain’s Longest Road’.

The programme follows various people using and working on the A1, with this specific episode featuring the 2016 East of England Smithfield Festival (Now referred to as the Winter Stock Festival).

See how Paul got on at the show by catching up on the iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08qhgtt/a1-britains-longest-road-series-1-episode-1

Win 2 tickets to see John Bishop!

Win 2 tickets to see John Bishop!

WIN TWO TICKETS TO SEE JOHN BISHOP!

We are holding a competition to allow one lucky winner the chance to win two tickets to see the comedian John Bishop, on the 22nd November at the East of England Showground.

All you have to do is share and tag us in a photo of you or your furry friend reading the Society News Spring 2017 edition in the most adventurous/amusing place you can think of! You MUST share the image on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and we MUST be tagged.
Each week we will post the best pictures and the final Winner will be selected on Tuesday 31st May.

If you’re not a member of the society, you can join for just £30 and you will receive a Society News in the post in just a few days. Contact membership@eastofengland.org.uk.

Cultiv8 Join the Fight Against Rural Crime

Cultiv8 Join the Fight Against Rural Crime

For our April meeting we were lucky enough to receive a talk from Stefan Gidlow of Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch and Sergeant Richard Jackson who heads up Cambridgeshire police forces, Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT).

This was a captivating meeting that sparked some well thought questions and comments from the Cultiv8 members and certainly made us think about how we approach rural crime both at home and within our communities.

What you may not realise about the Cambridgeshire County, is that we are very privileged to have schemes such as the Countryside Watch and RCAT, as over the border for example in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, they have fewer resources and less man power committed to combatting rural crime.

Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch are a non-profit organisation who’s bottom line goal is to reduce rural crime within the county. The organisation works closely with a number of organisations like the NFU and CLA as well as local police. Pressure on the police from members within the Countryside Watch helped secure the formation of the RCAT team.

Below are a few tips we picked up at the meeting for protecting your farm:

  • Report everything

Even if it’s just £50 worth of diesel missing from your farm truck, reporting it to Countryside watch or the police can help police establish patterns and build intelligence.

The process of reporting a crime will not affect your insurance, it is down to you to inform your insurers and make claims on reported crimes.

  • Back to basics

Keep everything locked up. Along with fly tipping, trailer theft is on the rise nationally, make sure everything is stored as securely as can be. If you buy second hand it is always worth contacting the manufacturer to see if they have a database to register your name against the machinery serial number.

Something as simple as a 2 concrete filled barrels with an RSJ across the middle can deter Hare coursers, but can be easily moved for access for farming operations.

Nature cameras offer a good alternative to fixed camera systems both in function and price.

  • Keep a Record

Stefan suggested buying an SD card and taking an afternoon to go round your farm and take pictures of your kit and the serial numbers. You can pop this in an envelope in the bottom drawer so that you have something to fall back on should anything go missing. Serial numbers are one of the most useful things to police when tracking stolen objects

  • Fly tipping

There are teams of criminals that will offer you cash to store waste on your farm, possible disguised as bales. They promise to come back and remove it but won’t come back and you will likely be the one footing the bill to have it removed. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is…

Who to call

999-Crime in progress

101- Reporting a crime

0800 555 111- Cambridgeshire Crime Stoppers (anonymous)

 Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch

Those of you that are based within the Cambridgeshire area, Countryside watch can help both you and your local community. As well as keeping you up to date on what is going on in the area, they can offer advice, tagging events and even some product discounts.

www.cambscountrysidewatch.co.uk

Fenland, Huntingdon & Peterborough- Stefan Gidlow 07890 455959

East and South Cambridgeshire- Ellen Muirhead 07952 735158

Upcoming Events

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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Nov
2
Thu
all-day East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
Nov 2 all-day
East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
For more information about the East of England Farming Conference, please take a look at our dedicated event web page www.eoefarmingconference.co.uk East of England Agricultural Society Members are entitled to a discounted ticket price.