The talk may have been of winter storms and incessant rain but farmers at the Moreton Show Farms and Crops Presentation Evening were more than happy to look ahead with optimism. More than 120 people gathered for this annual presentation of trophies and certificates, sponsored by Knight Frank and the mood at the Fosseway Garden Centre near Moreton-in- Marsh was upbeat. Rose Smith, chair of Moreton Show’s Farms and Crops Committee told her audience that she was proud to be part of the farming community. ‘Farmers in the Cotswolds are a resolute, creative and determined bunch who can rise to ..
The Rev Roger Simpson and Kespar Quiver, a prize-winning Cotswold ram both made their Moreton Show Plough Sunday debuts at St Denys Church, Little Compton.Rev Simpson admitted afterwards that he had greatly enjoyed the occasion while the two year-old ram was on his best behaviour throughout the one-hour service - even joining in the singing with one or two bleats. Plough Sunday dates back to medieval times and sees the blessing of farm machinery, livestock and all the people who work in farming.This was the 30th Plough Sunday service organised by the Moreton Show Society, which ..
Membership of Moreton Show is growing as more people back British farming and show their enthusiasm for the British countryside. For 2020, the Moreton Show team is planning extra offers for members and exclusive access to special events throughout the year. Membership of the show has grown from around 800 five years ago to around 1400 last year, as the show celebrated its 70th anniversary. At this year’s show, on Saturday, September 5th, members will have access to the Butler Sherborn Members’ Marquee, free parking in a special members’ area and preferential viewing of the..
The talk was of wet weather and drilling delays as Cotswold farmers gathered to show off the results of their skills at the Moreton Show Fodder Crops and Cereals competition, sponsored by Tayler & Fletcher. It was a difficult autumn for farmers after bad weather disrupted autumn planting but on an unusually fine day in Broadwell, near Moreton in Marsh, there was plenty of hay, straw, silage and malting barley on show at The Fox Inn for the judges, Philip Smith from the Cheltenham-based grain merchants, Western Arable and local dairy farmer, David Wall.Philip Smith said: ‘F..
Two of Moreton Show’s former long-serving secretaries led the way in planting 30 trees and 60 hedge plants on the showground at Old Farm on the Batsford Estate. Georgina Attwood – known to everyone as Babs – was Moreton Show secretary between 1970 and 1995 and Tim Gardner, who took over the role until 2010, are pictured with members of the Moreton Show team, planting trees on the Farmtastic area of the showground. The trees, including Silver Birch and Hazel, have been donated by the Woodland Trust as part of a nationwide tree planting scheme. Next year’s Moreton..
Moreton Show celebrated its 70th anniversary with record entries, rising standards and an exceptional showcase of livestock and horses from the next generation of young farmers and exhibitors. In every section on the 165-acre showground, it was notable that youngsters were getting involved in showing livestock, exhibiting arts and crafts and enjoying what this one-day agricultural show had to offer. On a day when large crowds flocked to the Batsford Estate on the edge of Moreton-in-Marsh, events in the main arena came to a spectacular conclusion with one of the biggest Gra..
A sixth generation of a Cotswold family will be showing sheep at Saturday’s 70th anniversary Moreton Show.At just two years-old and resplendent in his own white coat and flat cap, young Henry will accompany his grandad, Tom Stayt into the big arena in front of the Members’ Marquee for the Grand Parade. For Tom, it will be a proud moment at the end of a day in which he hopes his white-faced, biscuit colour-dyed Berrichon sheep will have picked up a few rosettes.Tom, 56, manages his prize-winning Statesman flock of British Berrichons with his partner, Donna Wallis in Church Westcote, where his f..
Ed Hicks, the chairman of Moreton Show, has called on shoppers to back British farming. Speaking ahead of this year’s show on Saturday, September 7, Ed Hicks, who farms at Barton-on-the-Heath, said: ‘Our farmers produce some of the best food in the world, from our Cotswold lamb and beef to Gloucestershire cheese and dairy produce. ‘As we prepare for our Moreton Show, we’re facing a critical time for British farming. With Brexit on the horizon this autumn - deal or no-deal – we could see a new agricultural revolution. Farmers are ready for the challenge but we also n..
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..