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2 April 1999

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BISTO, or more formally Ranglewood Ramsoms, the long-haired dachshund featured in Farmlife (Mar 5) had a very successful visit to Crufts. Judges at the prestigious dog show placed him second in his class to the delight of his owner Elizabeth Garlick who farms near Marple, Cheshire.

THE national vintage tractor charity road run is being held in Scotland for the first time and more than 300 entries are expected for the 26-mile event in Ayrshire on Apr 4.

The route includes many local historic features, the electric brae which is an optical illusion and will give drivers the impression of freewheeling uphill, and the Carrick Hills which rise to 3000ft.

"Forty tractors are coming from Ireland, and others from as far apart of Somerset, Abergavenny, and Orkney. Four Americans are coming over especially for the event and they will share the driving of one of the tractors," says organiser John Caldwell of the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club.

WELSH farmers daughter Dwynwen Roberts has won this years NFU Mutual Travelling Scholarship and she intends to use it for a three-month study tour of Australia.

During her trip, organised by the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, Dwynwen will be staying with farmers and finding out how they and their families cope with the stresses and strains of modern day farming. On her return, Dwynwen, who is secretary of Ysbyty Ifan YFC, will produce a report on her experiences and give talks to Welsh YFC members.

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19 February 1999

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CANADIAN farm journalist Frances Anderson, her husband, and three children are planning a Scottish holiday in the summer and would like to arrange a house and car exchange. Frances lives in Exeter, Ontario, and has a four-bedroomed house. Her address is 188 Andrew St, Exeter, Ontario NOM 1S1. Tel: 001 519 235 3316.

DO YOU have a problem pony, a precocious porker, contrary cow or other livestock that just has to behave differently to the rest of the herd? If so BBC Television would like to hear from you for a new prime time show specialising in helping people with their problem animals and pets.

A team of leading animal behaviourist and vets is poised to travel anywhere with a promise to tackle any animal behavioural problem from the bizarre to the deadly serious. If you want their expert advice for your animal and would like to appear on the show, send details and photographs or a video to Barking Mad, Room C1.10, BBC Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR.

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5 December 1997

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THE Grotto (sometimes called The Grove), Lower Basildon, Herts, was used by the Womens Land Army during the war. Its present occupants are researching its history and Pam Pheasant of the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management, ILAM House, Lower Basildon, Reading, Herts RG8 9NE would be glad to hear from anyone with recollections of the house.

JAN 31, 1998 is the closing date for applications for the Womens Farm and Garden Associations annual £200 travel bursary for a woman making an overseas study tour. Inquiries WFGA, 175 Gloucester Street, Cirencester, Glos GL7 2DF (01285-658339).

THE British Horse Society has won a Prince Michael Road Safety award for the video Horse Sense for Motorists produced as part of its Safety 2000 campaign.

More than 3000 road accidents involving horses are recorded each year and during the current year they have killed nine people.

The 11-minute video, which shows motorists what to do if they meet a horse and rider on the road, is available free of charge to organisations and others who can present it to groups of people. Inquiries to the Safety Department, British Horse Society, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwicks CV8 2LR (01203-696697).

THE Farm Holiday Bureau has come up with a bright new promotion: Stay on a Farm gift tokens worth £5, 10 or £20.

A list of farms which will accept them appears in the 1998 edition of Stay on a Farm. This guide to B&B or self-catering accommodation on more than 1000 farms across the UK is available from the Farm Holiday Bureau and all good bookshops at £7.95. Inquiries (01203-696909).

THE Arthur Rank Centre – the Churches Ecumenical Resource Centre for Rural Mission based at the National Agricultural Centre – is to receive funding from the Allchurches Trust to encourage youth work in rural areas.

The money will be used to defray the costs of attending or organising training courses for youth leaders of any denomination, or to provide resources such as audio-visual aids, hire of premises or transport.

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BRIEFLY

3 October 1997

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&#42 "HOW much excitement can you handle?" Cumbria Country Link group asks fellow members from across the country.

Cumbria members are hosting the next Country Link national weekend get-together for this social club run by and for people over the age of 26 who live and work in the countryside. Accommodation has been booked at the Swallow Hilltop Hotel, Carlisle for the nights of Fri, Oct 31 and Sat, Nov 2. Cost is £110/person and fun gets underway on Friday with Roman revelry. There is a choice of visits on Saturday and Sunday, music and dancing each night and an opportunity to stay for a further night. Members should book without delay to Brenda Hebson, 30 Townhead Road, Cotehill, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 ODF (01228-561085).

&#8226 Country Link inquiries to the national organiser, Vicky Hutton 16, Renals Way, Calverton, Notts NG14 6PH (0115-965-5928).

&#42 CLIPPINGS of the common English Yew (Taxus baccata) are being used to help fight ovarian and breast cancer.

A Dutch horticultural company, Boot & Co, is organising the collection of yew clippings through much of Europe and will arrange to collect quantities of 500kg or more, paying between 30p and 40p a kilo. Those with hedges more than 100m long can have them cut free in exchange for the cuttings. Details from Philip Swindells Associates (01423-864884, fax 01423-864861).

&#42 DISPLAYS, demonstrations, trade stands, competitions… the British Equine Event (Nov 1 & 2, 10am-4.30pm) has a packed programme of activities – something for everyone with an interest in horses or ponies, in fact.

Blyth Tait and Jennie Loriston-Clarke are among the stars who will perform. You can get back to basics with stable skills demonstrations, discover more about riding a racehorse, watch the Hackney horse and pony championships or a stunning display of vaulting.

The event is organised by the RASE and will be held at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwicks. Inquiries (01203-696969).

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BRIEFLY

27 June 1997

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WERE you involved in farming in 1947? If so Louise Anderson at BBC Radio 4 would like to hear from you for the daily programme On this Day which looks at the news and events of 50 years ago.

Write to her at: On this Day, BBC North, PO Box 27, Oxford Road, Manchester M60 1SJ or telephone (0161-244 4168).

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27 June 1997

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WORKAHOLIC? Are you one or do you know someone who is?

Praxis Pictures would like to hear from you for a television programme they are researching. Telephone Lori Wheeler (01472-398547) or write to Praxis Pictures, PO Box 290, Market Rasen, Lincs LN3 6BB.

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7 March 1997

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THE Three Counties Agricultural Society will stage its bicentenary show this year which is also the 50th year in which its show has had a Young Farmers section.

The young farmers intend celebrating their anniversary during the show (June 10-12) and all who served as show committee chairmen and secretaries are asked to contact Glyn Morgan (01981-550282/fax 01981-550800). The names of past secretaries and most chairmen are on record, but Glyn is keen to know who chaired the committee in the years 1947, 50, 52, 54 and 57. If you can help, please contact him as soon as possible.

lCornwalls Threemilestone & District YFC has arranged a programme of events to celebrate the clubs golden jubilee year. Past members who would like a copy should contact Mrs Elizabeth Pollard (01209-890191).

lBromsgrove young farmers raised a further £1200 for the Snowball Appeal with their giant Christmas cracker push over the 13-mile journey from Bromsgrove to Worcester. This brings the total they have raised for the appeal to more than £3000.

lThe lottery and crime in rural areas were among the topics discussed at Somerset federations under 21 brains trust competition. The winning team came from Wincanton with Wedmore runner-up.

lA team from Mid-Deeside YFC won the West Aberdeenshire District young farmers "live-dead" judging competition held at Scotch Premier Meat, Inverurie.

This is the fifth time that the club has won the competition and brothers Euan and Gavin Greenlaw of Dinnet, Aboyne, were in the team each time. This year they were joined by Steven Stewart of Tarland, Aboyne, who also shared the best individual award with David Smith of Garioch.

The Garioch club was runner-up in the team competition and Echt was third.

Competitors were required to judge two classes of steers and two classes of heifers. They assessed them on the hoof and on the hook the following day and 11 teams took part.

&#8226 St Mabyns was one of the first three Young Farmers Clubs in Cornwall and a dinner and dance at the Headland Hotel, Newquay, on Mon, Mar 10 is one of the events planned to mark the clubs diamond anniversary. Past members and friends are welcome. Tickets from Mrs Carole Grigg, Tregony Farm, St Mabyn, Bodmin (01208-841276).

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BRIEFLY

15 November 1996

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ANYONE wishing to find a good home for bygones, particularly old implements, horse furniture or items from a Victorian farmhouse kitchen, should contact the Holly Lodge Centre in Surreys Richmond Park (0181-948 3209).

This charitable trust works to enable those with special needs enjoy the countryside. Areas of the old estate yard are being redeveloped. Stables are home to heavy horses once again, theres a blacksmiths forge and a gamekeepers office. Future plans include converting an old office in to a Victorian kitchen and dame school. All the facilities will be geared to accommodate those with extreme disabilities and have an educational value.

&#8226 This has been a difficult year for many in the farming community and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, which helped over 1100 people in 1995, anticipates even more calls for support. Profits from the sales of Christmas cards help fund the charitys work and this year the RABI card features a snowy scene of sheep at sunset. The cards cost £4.75 for 10. Also available by mail is the RABI diary (£6.75). Telephone (01386-841566) to place an order.

&#8226 If you fancy a busmans holiday in New Zealand next year, travellers on a budget can join a new scheme called Farm Helpers. This allows travellers to exchange four hours work for a bed and meals with a farm family. Farms in the scheme, which costs NZ$15 (approx £7) to join, range from smallholdings to huge sheep stations. To join the scheme and receive details of the farms involved, contact Farm Helpers in New Zealand, The Grady family, PO Box 99, Woodville, New Zealand 5473.

&#8226 Farm Shops have finally been recognised as needing a heading of their own in Yellow Pages. Previously they had been classified under the broader heading Farmers. The new classification reflects the popularity of this farm business and makes it easier for customers to find their nearest shop. Yellow Pages is delivered to virtually every home and is claimed to be used 150m times a month. Consult your own copy to find out how to advertise in your particular catchment area.

This toy tractor will come under the hammer at Christies toy sale on Dec 6, and is estimated to fetch £200-£300. Made in the 1950s, it is a rare Denzil Skinner for Morris Motors (Agricultural Division), Nuffield Universal tractor. It comes in its original box with assembly instructions and parts list and a miniature spanner blue card. It has suffered some minor chipping to assembly joints and lacks one front wheel nut.

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16 August 1996

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LUSCOMBE Mayne and Ivybridge YFC are tackling a YFC market marathon to raise money for Derriford Heart Unit, Macmillan Nurses and Devon Air Ambulance.

On Sun, Sept 1, two staff members of the South Brent-based company of auctioneers, valuers, land and estate agents will run from Plympton Market to Kingsbridge Market – approximately 20 miles.

There, they will be joined by a team of Ivybridge YFC members who will push a bed as they travel with them on the last stage of the marathon, finishing back at Kingsbridge market. The party will then move off to a nearby field for all the fun of the fair – an event open to all.

lDilwyn YFC was the top scoring club at Herefordshire young farmers junior field day. Pontrilas was second and Teme Valley third.

lAt Somerset Federations annual tennis tournament, Clare Tucker of Wedmore YFC won the ladies competition with Sarah Harding of Wrington YFC runner up. Sam Wheeler of Weston, Banwell & District YFC won the mens competition with Steve Hoskins of Wincanton YFC runner-up. The mixed doubles were won by Joe Hickling and Bridgette King of Sparkford YFC with Lizzie Frost and Ed Simmons of Severn Group runners up.

lBattle and District YFC, East Sussex, celebrates its golden jubilee this year and is planning to mark the achievement with a dinner and dance to be held on Sept 28. The club is trying to get in touch with as many past members and advisory committee members as possible. For more information contact Paul Croft (01435-830806) or Nigel White (01424-892158).

lWest Sussex federation has revised its plans for its golden jubilee celebrations and will now hold a grand ball at the South of England Showground on Sat, Sept 7. Past members of West Sussex YFCs are welcome. Tickets £25. Contact Lucy Waker (01730-813609) or Caroline Farncombe (01903-746713).

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26 January 1996

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JET is missing, believed stolen. The 11-month-old Border Collie bitch belonging to Pat Hughes was last seen in the drive at Elm Farm, Beckford, on the main Evesham to Tewkesbury road at 5pm on Tues, Nov 28. She has black short-haired coat, four short white socks with black shot marks, small white collar with black hairs, narrow white tummy, light mark on her nose and white tip to her tail. Call (01386-881446) or (01386-725205).

lTHE Malvern Spring Gardening Show, generally known as "the regional Chelsea" is to be held on the Three Counties Showground (May 10-12). The Three Counties Agricultural Society stages the event in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society.

lWILTS farmer Richard Parry has completed his 5400km trial bike through Africa in 54 days, losing 20lbs in weight and gaining £25,000 for FARM-Africa. He hopes to double this with lectures and slide shows. Inquiries (0860-342383).

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29 December 1995

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A STUDY of the long-nosed bandicoot in Indonesia and biodiversity research in Bolivia are among the projects the Womens Farm and Garden Association has supported with its annual travel bursary.

Applications are now invited for the 1996 bursary, which is open to students or those working in agriculture and horticulture who wish to widen their area of study by working on a specific project either in this country or abroad. The deadline for submissions is Jan 31, 1996.

Contact the Womens Farm and Garden Association, 175 Gloucester St, Cirencester, Glos GL7 2DP, for details and application forms.

SHEEPDOG trials for beginners are part of the current trialling programme the East of England Agricultural Society is holding on its Peterborough showground. These are for new handlers and dogs, and for those who have a dog which works well at home but not at trials. The first beginners event took place on Dec 16. Others are planned for Jan 13 and Feb 10. Overnight accommodation available. Details from Janet Beale (01733-380118 – evenings).

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