A record turn-out saw 64 tractors of all shapes, sizes, colours and ages complete their 41-mile journey through the north Cotswolds on the annual Bluebell Run in aid of Cancer Research UK on Sunday (May 7).
Organised by the North Cotswold Tractor Club and Moreton Show, the Bluebell Run set off in glorious sunshine from Downs Farm on the Batsford Estate. As the weather improved and temperatures rose, the convoy passed at a sedate 12 mph through Cutsdean, Ford, Sudeley Hill, Brockhampton, Syreford and Shipton Oliffe before pausing for lunch in Hampen. From there, the tractors travelled t..
The finest farming tractors will turn out on Sunday, May 7 for the Bluebell Run, the annual trip through the north Cotswolds.
Organised by Moreton Show in conjunction with the North Cotswold Tractor Club, this year’s tractor run will cover a 42-mile route from Moreton in Marsh to Hazleton and back, on a circular route taking in lovely country lanes, fords, farms and estates and will keep to the west side of the Fosse Way. Top speed for these modern-day workhorses will never exceed 12mph and a mid-route stop is planned at Lower Hampen Farm.
From the Batsford Estate, the route will take in..
The Moreton Show Home & Garden team held a special workshop on Easter Monday at the Fosseway Garden Centre in Moreton in Marsh.
The aim of the Moreton Show – Have a Go session was to demonstrate that even gardening newcomers can grow and prepare fruits, vegetables and flowers to impress the judges.
Local vegetable growing expert, Chris Small led the way with advice on entering the produce section; members of Moreton in Marsh Flower Club had handy hints on flower arranging and children were taught how to make a mini garden and how to grow potatoes.
Moreton Show, which takes place on ..
The country’s best horses and ponies will be battling for two new Supreme Championship titles at this year’s Moreton Show on Saturday, September 2nd.
For the first time, Moreton Show, which is the finale to the summer equestrian season, will have a Supreme Champion Horse and a Supreme Champion Pony.
The top prizes will be open to horses and ponies taking part in the 35 classes at Moreton Show which are qualifiers for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show at the NEC in Birmingham in October. Horses in the Retraining of Racehorses qualifiers will also be eligible for the championship tit..
Youngsters planning to enter the Home and Garden classes at this summer’s Moreton Show can learn from the experts at Fosseway Garden Centre on Easter Monday.
Gill Godwin, co-owner of the Garden Centre and children’s head steward in the Home and Garden Marquee at Moreton Show is running a masterclass in creating exhibits to impress the judges. It’s all called Moreton Show – Have a Go, a series of workshops designed to help even the unlikeliest gardener create something that could be entered for Moreton Show on September 2. The workshops start at 11am.
There are some 15 children’s classes ..
The finest farming machinery will turn out on Sunday, May 7 for The Bluebell Run, the annual tractor run through the north Cotswolds.
Organised by Moreton Show in conjunction with the North Cotswold Tractor Club, this year’s tractor run will cover a 42-mile route from Moreton in Marsh to Andoversford and back. It all starts with registration from 9.30am at Downs Farm, on the Batsford Estate, courtesy of Bruce and David Minett. It costs £10 per tractor, payable on the day and money will be raised for Cancer Research UK.
The Bluebell Run route then takes in the lovely country lan..
Green-fingered experts are coming together to help amateur gardeners grow something special for the Home and Garden section at this summer’s Moreton Show on September 2.
Leading the way will be Chris Small, from Stow on the Wold, a prominent local grower and judge, who will be passing on his expertise between 11am and 3pm on Easter Monday at the Fosseway Garden Centre in Moreton in Marsh. Chris is chairman of the Stow on the Wold Allotments Association and is team leader of the vegetable section at Moreton Show.
The aim is to demonstrate that even gardening newcomers can grow and prepare..
A Cotswolds farmer who has worked for Princess Anne and whose sheep received the Royal seal of approval from Prince Charles, is the new chairman of Moreton Show.
Steve Parkes, 67, from Stow-on-the-Wold, has worked in farming and agriculture for more than half a century and is one of the country’s leading breeders of the rare ‘Cotswold Lion’ - the Cotswold sheep famed for its ‘golden fleece’.
Steve was born in Charlton Kings, in Cheltenham, where his family lived for six generations. He studied agriculture at Hartpury College, near Gloucester, and then worked as a cowman on dairy farms i..
Moreton Show chairman, Steve Parkes and Hollie Byrne, from sponsors Knight Frank, check out the silverware at the Moreton Show Farms & Crops competition presentation night at the Fosseway Garden Centre. 'We're proud to support excellence in British farming and it's a great honour to work with the farmers of Moreton Show,' said Hollie.
Steve said: 'The Farms & Crops prize giving is one of the highlights for Moreton Show, where we celebrate all the hard work of the past year by our farmers.'
Moreton Show has ‘super sub’ Lucy Mellor as secretary for this year’s show on Saturday, September 2nd.
Lucy has taken on the secretary’s job for a year while show secretary, Sarah Taylor looks after her new baby son, Ted, who was born in January.
Lucy, who studied at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, has a wide experience of working in the agriculture, food and events industries.
She’s done everything from overseeing celery packing and sourcing salad from Kenya, to setting up the Asparagus Festival in Evesham and helping to run the Royal Show, the Royal Festival of..
Moreton Show is teaming up with three agricultural shows in the Midlands to stage a new ‘Triple Crown’ competition for showing cattle.
Hanbury Countryside Show in Worcestershire (Saturday, July 1st), Burwarton Show in Shropshire (Thursday, August 3rd) and Moreton Show on Saturday, September 2nd will award the Three Shires Cattle Trophy to the exhibitor who gains the most points across all three shows.
The new, prestigious award, with a £1,000 top prize, is sponsored by Moreton-based Nimrod Veterinary Products manufacturers of the SELEKT cattle rehydration system.
BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s breakfast show presenter, Mark Cummings will be the star judge at this year’s Moreton Show Dog Show on Saturday, September 3rd.
Moreton Show’s Dog Show is always one of the most popular attractions and for 2016 the canine ring includes dog obedience displays by the Good Dog Ownership School, a scent demo by Paw Behaviour, a gun dog display by Crendon Canines and a ‘Have A Go Rally’ where owners and dogs can put their pooches through their paces, testing how well they behave.
Moreton-in-Marsh Show’s equine classes are proving more popular than ever as Britain continues its love affair with the horse.
Stepping out in perfect harmony at Moreton Show
Organisers of this year’s Moreton Show, held in the heart of the Cotswolds on Saturday, September 3rd are urging all equine entrants - especially for the show classes - to book in as soon as possible. ‘We don’t want anyone to be disappointed,’ said horse section secretary Liz Day. ‘Our horse showing classes and show jumping events are growing every year so if you want to be at Moreton, the best advice is ‘kick-o..