10 September 1999


His 60th was piece of cake

I thought readers would be interested in seeing an issue of farmers weekly redesigned as a 60th birthday cake for my father, Dan Popes birthday bash earlier this year.

As a farmer and lifelong reader of farmers weekly (just back from a holiday in Barbados and having recently handed over his church wardenship – see late news), his cake, made by Barbara Guttridge, was certainly a talking point at the party. And very tasty too.

Debora Pope

Letterbox Cottage,

Carlby, Lincs.

Good to see well turned out young stockmen

How refreshing to see the photographs of Brockhill Park School Young Farmers Club (Farmlife Aug 13). What a fine example to exhibitors and stockmen of how things should be done in these days of casualness.

Only recently, at a major agricultural show, the animals were turned out beautifully to be accompanied by stockmen in dirty white coats.What a shocking display to our town visitors and customers, when food care and presentation are paramount.

T Moss

8 St Marys Place, Cleobury Mortimer, Worcs.


ORGANIC herb production is the subject for a one-day training event to be held on Thur, Sept l6, at Court Farm, Milverton, Nr Taunton, Somerset. Aimed at people looking seriously at commercial organic herb production, it will cover field production, processing and quality control and marketing, with speakers coming from Ireland and Holland.

Court Farm is the home of Hambledon Herbs, a successful wholesale and retail organic herb mail order business.

Cost, including VAT and lunch, is £38 (£28 for Soil Association members and licencees) Tel 0117-914 2418.

VISITORS can get a taste of bygone farming at the Festival of the Plough on Sun, Sept 19.

The event, now in its 20th year, features horse and tractor ploughing competitions, steam ploughing and threshing, stationary engines and vintage kit.

Visitors to Epworth, Doncaster, can also see craft and model exhibits, sheepdog trials and a rare breed display. "A fun day out for the whole family," promise the organisers. More details on 01427 874840.

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