5 December 1997


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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