A wet June and a sunny start to July has created perfect conditions for the green-fingered growers heading for Moreton Show on Saturday, September 7th. The Home and Garden marquee bursts with colour every year as growers from across the Cotswolds compete to win trophies for the best fruit, vegetables, flower arranging, art and craft. The floral classes include competitions for roses, dahlias, chrysanthemums and many other blooms. One of the highlights is the Sybil Limbrick Cup, awarded to the top entry from a family who produce the best three feet-wide display on a theme ..
The Shaw family are the stars of this year’s Moreton Show poster. Farmer, Mike Shaw features with his young son and daughter, Sid and Mia and their prizewinning Poll Hereford cow, Thornysure 1 Pippa. Mike and his wife, Caroline, a former special needs teacher, farm 80 acres on a Warwickshire County Council farm at Ilmington, near Shipston-on-Stour, where they have Poll Herefords and a suckler herd. Mike studied at Hindlip Agricultural College in Worcester and worked on farms from the age of 14. He farmed a smallholding before finally renting his first f..
Moreton Show has a new horse section secretary for 2019, as the show’s equine classes become more popular than ever. Around 850 horses and 1,000 riders will head to the showground in Moreton-in-Marsh on Saturday, September 7th to compete in almost 70 classes in six show rings. Jess Parkes has joined the Moreton team as the new horse secretary, taking over from Liz Day, who ran the equine section for 14 years. Jess, a mum of two from Upper Rissington, said: ‘I’m thrilled to be working at Moreton Show. I’ve shown Cotswold sheep at the show in the past and I’ve always ..
There was a traffic-stopping treat for tractor lovers of all ages on Sunday (May 12) when the Bluebell Run took to the roads of the north Cotswolds. In all, 64 vehicles of all shapes, sizes and ages completed a 28-mile route that took in Charlton Abbots, Syreford, Guiting Power, the Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Woods, Hailes Abbey and Winchcombe, raising £1,450 for Cancer Research UK. Organised by Moreton Show in conjunction with the North Cotswold Tractor Club, the convoy kept mainly to country lanes, estate roads and farm tracks and there were three fords to cross in Kineton, just t..
Tractors old and new take to the roads in the North Cotswolds for the annual Bluebell Run in aid of Cancer Research UK, on Sunday, May 12. Organised by Moreton Show in conjunction with the North Cotswold Tractor Club, the convoy of 70 tractors will cover a 28-mile route that avoids the major roads. Anyone who wants to take part should register in advance by contacting Moreton Show on 01608 651908 or drivers can register online at www.moretonshow.co.uk. Taking part costs just £15 a tractor. The day begins at Charlton Abbbots, between Winchcombe and Andoversford, where tractors w..
The beautiful weather of last summer is reflected in the Annual Report produced by the Moreton-in-Marsh and District Agricultural and Horse Show Society. The society which organises Moreton Show saw the highest recorded gate receipts, membership at all-time high and a trading profit for the year ending October 31 of £17,235. A rush of interest ahead of the show meant that organisers had to temporarily stop selling membership packages because they had become so popular. For this year, the prestigious Members’ Marquee will be bigger to accommodate the rising interest in wha..
Moreton Show has been included among some of the top events in the country to host the prestigious Walkers Shortbread Aberdeen-Angus Show Herd of the Year Competition. The contest, which carries a handsome trophy and prize money of £500, involves exhibitor bred cattle accumulating points for placing first, second or third at ten shows around the country. Moreton Show, on Saturday, September 7, has been named as one of the nominated shows for the second time in four years. The others are the Royal Cornwall (June 6-8), Royal Highland Show (June 20-23), Great Yorkshire Show (July 9-11),..
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Simon Randall CBE, the President of the Moreton-in-Marsh and District Agricultural and Horse Show Society, said farming will thrive when Britain leaves the European Union at the end of this month. Speaking at the annual Moreton Show Farms and Crops prize presentation evening, sponsored by Knight Frank at the Fosseway Garden Centre, he praised the ‘variety, quality and prowess of our Cotswold farming’, adding: ‘It will not only survive but thrive after March 29, despite predictions to the contrary.’ Randall, a solicitor who lives in Blockley, has been a supporter of Moreton Show..
The society which organises Moreton Show celebrated its 70th birthday with an anniversary dinner on Saturday at the Frogmill Hotel, at Shipton Oliffe near Andoversford. Moreton Show chairman, Ed Hicks welcomed more than 140 members to help celebrate the success of a show which has become an important fixture on the local agricultural and social calendar. He said: ‘I’m proud to be chairman of this very hard-working society and to celebrate the achievements of the thousands of volunteers who have made Moreton Show so successful over the years.’ Among the guests enjoying the e..
Kaspar Nero, the Cotswold ram, was on his best behaviour as farmers gathered at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church in Long Compton to celebrate an important date in the agricultural calendar.Organised by the Moreton-in-Marsh and District Agricultural & Horse Show Society, Plough Sunday is a traditional occasion with origins dating back to medieval times. The start of the 2019 farming cycle was marked with a plough, a milk churn and Kaspar Nero blessed by the Revd Stuart Allen.Steve Parkes, who shows Cotswold sheep and brought Kaspar Nero to the church, said: ‘It’s quite an honour to bring a s..
Cotswolds farmers came together to show off the results of their summer cultivation skills at the Moreton Show Fodder Crops and Cereals competition, sponsored by Tayler & Fletcher. Competition was fierce as the hay, straw and silage was displayed at The Fox Inn in Broadwell in readiness for the two judges, Philip Smith from the grain and seed merchants, Western Arable and John Burcher, an Arlingham farmer and a former chairman of the Gloucestershire Fruit and Grain Society. Philip Smith said: ‘This competition is a great opportunity for local farmers to get together but they are ..
The Olympic dressage gold medallist, Carl Hester enjoyed a nostalgic return to the Moreton Show, describing the experience as ‘a heavenly day out.’ The Forest of Dean-based Hester was at the show on Saturday (September 1) to judge the Supreme Horse and Pony, only days before he flies out to the United States to represent Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games. He said: ‘It’s 32 years since I last came to Moreton Show so it’s pretty amazing to be back here. There’s something very special about a show like this. If you love animals and you love the countryside, this is ..
Sally Wins with a Window on History A shop with a history going back almost two hundred years has won the annual Moreton Show window display competition. The top prize for depicting Farmtastic, one of the major attractions at this weekend’s show, went to Sally Morris, owner of The Corn Exchange in Moreton-in-Marsh’s High Street. Her family have owned the building since the early 1900s and her ancestors were grocers, with shops all over the north Cotswolds from as early as 1807. It was fitting, too, that Sally was presented with the Horne Trophy, which was originally sponsored by her..