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..
Television and radio presenter, Sybil Ruscoe is the guest speaker at a special dinner next month to celebrate 70 years of the Moreton Show.The dinner, on Saturday, February 2, at the Frogmill Hotel at Shipton Oliffe near Andoversford, is being held to mark 70 years since the formation of the Moreton-in-Marsh and District Agricultural and Horse Show Society and the first staging of the Moreton Show in 1949.Tickets, priced at £45, are available for the 70th Anniversary Dinner by calling the Moreton Show office on 01608 651908 or emailing email@example.com.The first Moreton Show was the..
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 always ve..
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..
Organisers have been busily watering the equestrian rings ahead of next month’s Moreton Show, where the Olympic gold medallist and British equestrian favourite, Gloucestershire’s Carl Hester will enjoy something of a homecoming when he lines up as one of the judges. Hester will be at the show on Saturday, September 1 to pick out the Supreme Champion horse and pony in a competition sponsored by Mypower Solar, providers of award winning solar PV systems which allow businesses to generate their own electricity from the roof of their commercial or agricultural building, saving 65% on their..
The joy in William Crew’s smile was enough to convince Moreton Show organisers to make him the face of this year’s poster. William, 14, was photographed with his Torddu Badger Face ram called Gethin, after winning the Sheep Young Handler competition at last year’s show. His triumph meant that he followed in the footsteps of his brother, Dougie, who won the same Kleinwort Sisters Trophy in 2016. For William, the livestock section of Moreton Show is the one he loves the most. He said: ‘It’s important for young people to keep farming alive so that it doesn’t disappear for future genera..
Gardeners and growers in the Cotswolds are gearing up for the annual battle of the beetroot, buns and begonias at this year’s Moreton Show on Saturday, September 1st. The Moreton Show Home & Garden schedule is out and lists a host of vegetable, floral, craft and baking classes to inspire the green-fingered and fans of knitting, sewing and baking. Show secretary, Sarah Taylor said: ‘There’s a new Renaissance in veg growing and baking and our Home & Garden section is expecting more entries than ever before. ‘There’s something for everyone and while the standard is always high, it is ext..
Tractors took over the trails and lanes as a record 74 vehicles of all shapes, sizes and ages completed the 40-mile journey through the north Cotswolds on the annual Bluebell Run in aid of Cancer Research UK on Sunday (May 13). Organised by the North Cotswold Tractor Club and Moreton Show, the Bluebell Run set off in glorious sunshine from the home of Kim Bailey Racing at Thorndale Farm in Andoversford. The convoy then wound its way through the villages of Withington and Compton Abdale before a lunch stop at the Chedworth Farm Shop at Denfurlong Farm and a return to the start via Yanwor..
One of the country’s most prestigious competitions for showing beef and dairy cattle - The SELEKT Three Shires Cattle Trophy - is back for 2018. The Trophy is the ‘Triple Crown’ of the cattle show ring, with the best show animals competing at three Midlands agricultural shows to win the title. Hanbury Countryside Show in Worcestershire (Saturday, July 7th), Burwarton Show in Shropshire (Thursday, August 2nd) and Moreton Show in Gloucestershire (Saturday, September 1st) will award the Three Shires Cattle Trophy to the exhibitor who gains the most points. The Three Shires Trophy, with a..
Farming tractors, old and new will make their way through the north Cotswolds on Sunday, May 13 for the annual Bluebell Run, in aid of Cancer Research UK. Its expected that up to 70 tractors will take part in the event, organised by Moreton Show in conjunction with the North Cotswold Tractor Club. The 40 mile route starts at the home of Kim Bailey Racing at Thorndale Farm in Andoversford before winding its way through country lanes, fords, farms and estates via the villages of Withington, Upper Coberley, Colesbourne, Compton Abdale, Calmsden, Chedworth and Yanworth. The aim is to avoid a..
It was a busy Easter Monday at the Fosseway Garden Centre in Moreton in Marsh, where children happily got their hands dirty to create some colourful miniature gardens. With a nod to the spring that’s still to appear, the green-fingered youngsters came up with their inspirational creations as part of the Moreton Show - Have A Go’ sessions designed to encourage even more entries in the Home and Garden section at this year’s show on Saturday, September 1. There was also advice for the children on growing potatoes for the show’s ever-popular Potato in a Pot class, a treasure hunt and the chanc..
The build up to Moreton Show starts early this year, with e-tickets going on sale on Sunday, April 1. The digital tickets are available only through the Moreton Show website and people who buy early can get big discounts. Buying online will save £8 on a family ticket, £3 on an adult ticket and £2 for children. This year’s Moreton Show is on Saturday, September 1. Moreton Show secretary, Sarah Taylor said: ‘We’re moving with the times. More and more of our show visitors like to buy online and it’s great that we can offer some really good savings on our e-tickets. ‘Last year’s sunsh..
The Moreton Show Home & Garden team will be returning to Fosseway Garden Centre in Moreton in Marsh this Easter Monday (April 2nd) with their popular ‘Moreton Show - Have A Go’ sessions for children. Show organisers are hoping to encourage more children and young people to enter the classes in the Home & Garden section at this year’s show on Saturday, September 1st. Children will be able to try their hand at making a miniature garden in a seed tray, with all compost and plant material for the workshops supplied by the garden centre. The youngsters will take away their mini-gardens and ..