25 September 1998

Ambassadors annual reunion

A SCOTTISH welcome awaits Young Farmers Ambassadors arriving at Peterhead for the 42nd annual reunion.

Young Farmers Ambassadors are past YFC members who have represented their country on cultural exchanges throughout the world and who now promote and support the International Exchange Programme.

More than 200 of them from across the UK are expected to head to Aberdeenshire and a full programme of activities has been arranged. While the weekend takes a maritime theme, agriculture is strongly featured in the programme which begins with a fancy dress reception on the Friday evening (Oct 30) and ends with a visit to Peterhead fish market and harbour on Monday morning (Nov 2).

Accommodation is at the Waterside Inn and YFA spouses and children are welcome. Contact secretary, Madeleine Fraser, (01224-326279) or chairman Cameron Ewen (01466-751221).

Does anyone within range of Bristol have any tailings they wish to dispose of? If so, then call the

Friends of Bristol Swans

(01179-254379)

This is a very small charity run by volunteers who help support the swans that winter in Bristol City Docks.

While some swans live there the year round, their number swells to about

150 in winter though the

dockside area has little natural food available for them. Grain, since it is readily stored, is the most suitable alternative.

The International Sheep Dog Trials were held at Biggar in Scotland this year and the results of the supreme championship were as follows:

1 R B Henderson with Sweep; 2 R Dalziel with Cap; 3 J &#42 Wilson with Rob; 4 J J Templeton with Spot; 5 A Owen with Bob; 6 R &#42 Fitch with Sweep; 7 J Brennan with Meg; 8 D Birchall with Jan; N McVicar with Jan; 10 Paddy Bryne with Sam; 11 A Owen with Roy; equal 12 M Walsh with Nell and W Gordon Watt with King; equal 14 R &#42 MacDiarmid with Mirk and R &#42 MacDiarmid with Dot.

The brace championship was won by Steve Barry with Nan and Moss.

Left: John Bathgate (centre) accompanied by Mrs Bathgate receives the Wilkinson Sword from Scottish president

R P McInally for his outstanding contribution to the International Sheep Dog Society. Above: Shirley Bousfield from Marwood in Teesdale winner of the young handlers competition which was sponsored by the National Grid. Below: Winners of the supreme championship, Scottish team member Bobby Henderson and Sweep.