Category: Little Bytham

In the Potting Shed

Jackie Murray and Tim Rassell are continuing with their series of practical gardening workshops to help you improve your understanding of plants and gardening. The workshops take place at Rassells Nursery in Little Bytham.
The following workshops are taking place over the next few months …

Beginners Veg and Salads : 8 May 2010, 10.30 – 12.30 … save money and eat better by growing your own vegetables and salads even in the smallets of gardens. Includes seeds and plants to take home.

Hanging Baskets : 15 May 2010, 10.32 – 12.30 … a hands on session of choosing plants and planting up a hanging basket. Bring your own basket to fill or choose one from Rassells shop. In addition to the workshop cost you will also need to pay for the plants and materials used.

Herbaceous Highlights : 12 June 2010, 10.30 – 12.30 … guided walk in the nursery, looking at whats good at this time of year. With tips on planting, growing and maintaining. Some practical parts so bring gloves and secateurs.

Garden Pests : 12 June 2010, 2.00 – 4.00 … parctical introduction to garden pests. Learn how to recognise some of the worst offenders and how to deal with them. What to plant to avoid pest problems including rabbit proof plants.

All workshops cost £15.
To book onto a workshop contact Jackie Murray on 01780 410078

Farewell to the Hunter Trials?

It is unfortunate that one of the first articles or pieces of information about the Hunter Trials we have included on theBythams website has to be rather sad news.

From the pages of the Glenside News (April 2003)…

The advertisement for help with the Hunter Trials in last months Glenside News should have started alarm bells ringing somewhere in our community. Plainly it didn’t and the end result could be our loss.

That the Committee has decided in the face of rising costs. faltering enthusiasm and dwindling support, they can no longer run the Trials in the way in which they have been run should not surprise us. The stringent enforcement of Health and Safety rules together with the changes in professional cover do nothing to aid a small event run on an entirely voluntary basis.

For the last 20 years, the Bythams with Creeton and Careby Hunter Trials have been the largest annual fund raising event in our Parishes, providing much needed capital for our Parochial Church Councils and local charities. That help is needed more than ever, a fact recognised only too well by the Hunter Trials Committee, and we understand that they plan to hold en event that is less manpower intensive and less onerous in its execution.

This is to be a Sponsored Ride that will take place on the same day, 4th May 2003, and at the same location, Grimsthorpe Estate. Plainly, receipts will not be as high as in earlier years but we all could and should provide our support to ensure that some sort of event continues to run in furture years.

More GM Crop Trials

Reproduced from the Rutland and Stamford Mercury website …

More genetically modified (GM) crops are set to be grown near Stamford.

Glebe Farm in Castle Bytham is one of 25 new testing sites across the country to be announced by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.Organised by the firm Aventis, the aim of the trial is to test the effects of herbicide-tolerant GM oilseed rape on the environment. Last year the Mercury reported trials of GM crops were due to take place near Wansford and in 1998 we revealed trials of GM sugar beet had been sanctioned at farms in Ketton and Pilsgate.

Farmer Geoffrey Hix, of Glebe Farm, Castle Bytham, maintains the GM crops he is about to trial will be safe. He said: I don t think there is a problem with it. It does not involve anything other than doing what we normally do, apart from planting this particular variety alongside a normal variety to assess the impact on the environment. The chemical used on the GM crop has been proved to be safe over the years but instead of fashioning a chemical which is harmless to the crop the crop has been modified to be tolerant of the chemical. In other words it is only the weeds that suffer. We have been selecting farm crops for thousands of years. Modern wheat is totally different from the grass it originated from. People do not realise it has been crossed in laboratory conditions. There is no difference.

But Jane Reid, a director at Pepperidge Herb Nursery in Castle Bytham, only a few miles away from where the crops are to be grown, is concerned. She told the Mercury: We primarily grow herbs for garden centres but we also produce plant material, used to make medicines. It is this material we would be most concerned about. We have a very open view of crop testing because we think some genetic work is very important, however, we are looking to have a meeting with Mr Hix just to see what these trials involve.

John Turner, whose farm in Little Bytham has converted to organic status, is very concerned about the risk posed by the crop trials.He said: We have a couple of years of work invested in the conversion to organic status so we are quite worried about these trials. Aventis recommended buffer zone is 50 metres but the National Pollen Research Council has shown the damage to businesses is of a much wider area. If the Soil Association decide the risk is high they have to test our produce. If they find GM material, we could lose our organic status.

Little Bytham Village Fete 1995

Little Bytham Village Fete takes place on Sunday 18 June 1995 at The Old Rectory.  The fete is to be opened by Sandy Gall of News at Ten.  This years fete includes a gundog scurry, clay pigeon shoot (over £200 prizes), bungee run, swing boats, rifle shooting, bouncy castle, fairground organ, tombola, remote control boats on the lake, car boot sale, refreshments, self defence demo, cakes and produce and over 40 stalls and games.

The annual Grand Raffle draw will also take place with a first prize of a theatre night out for two in London including dinner at a West End restaurant or £50 cash, and a second prize of a theatre of your choice for two or £25 cash.  Bring the whole family.

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