Call out from Grosmont Futures in support of Paths to Wellbeing

Just a couple of requests for support from Andy Stumpf:

Bio-blitz days and/or guided walks are being organised. Is there a village ecologist who’d like to help?

There are still a few gates available free of charge. Do you know/or are you a landowner who might like one?

We need 10 – 15 volunteers willing to walk paths and clear light vegetation and a smaller group happy to do heavier work from time to time. Could that be you?

To answer any of the above questions, or if you want to be added to the WhatsApp group or Newsletter mailing list Please Contact: Andrew Stumpf – andrew@astumpf.plus.com 

M 07710 175070

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Coffee Morning for MacMillan – a thank you

A very big thank you to everyone for your donations, cakes and support.

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Wednesday 12th October community council meeting now confirmed to be held on Zoom at 7pm.

To join the Zoom Meeting then, please click on the link below.

(NB If you have any queries before the meeting, please contact the clerk to the community council, Robert Wade, at grosmontcouncil@hotmail.com. If you have access problems during the meeting, please contact community councillor Jude Rogers at juderogersgrosmontcouncil@gmail.com.)

Topic: Robert Wade’s Zoom Meeting

Time: Oct 12, 2022 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89956421365?pwd=VFp4am5kOFdRR1VKTjFzeHNETHVMQT09

Meeting ID: 899 5642 1365

Passcode: 127479

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Farming by Jan Williams – read at the Harvest Celebration at St Nicholas Church, Grosmont, Autumn 2022

Agriculture, an industry that was introduced between 5000BC and 4500BC and
is still plodding along today. But let’s travel back in time 2000 years after the
Mesolithic people came to our isles. Next to the family home wheat and barley
were being grown. Sheep, goats and cattle came in from mainland Europe. Pigs
were being domesticated from the wild boar already living in the forests.
Farming had begun.


Fens were being drained; woods were being cleared to feed a growing
population.


Then in 1349 we had the Black Death. Over a third of the population died and a
series of poor weather affected the harvest (sounds familiar?). It took 200
years for the population to recover and in that time, we produced ample of the
food needed.


As things began to recover, Henry VIII had an idea. He needed money to fund
his military campaign, so he began the dissolution of the monasteries. How did
this effect farming? Well, the monasteries were the principal landowners and
good old Henry took their land and sold it to the aristocracy and landed gentry.
The big landowners began renting land out to smaller farmers, known as
tenants. This meant more people had access to good food. Agriculture boomed
and improvements to transport along rivers and the coast meant people were
getting good money for their stock and grain.


Then came along Jethro Tull (no, not the pop group). He invented the seed drill
so more efficient planting could be done. This in turn led to a Viscount (no, not
the chocolate biscuit) but Charles “Turnip” Townsend. He introduced the
famous turnip in 1730 which led to the four-crop rotation, wheat, turnips, barley and clover.

Clover helped put nutrients back into the soil and the turnips
were fed to the cattle, who then produced plenty of manure to feed back to
the land. This led to a better crop production and more food. Between 1750
and 1850 the population nearly tripled and the need for more food production
increased.


By 1891 reliable refrigeration technology brought cheap frozen meat to the
British markets. The battle of cheap meat and home grown had begun. Several
Acts of Parliament stepped in to help with fair prices.


Then came the war and rationing. We could not support our own country with
the food needed to survive. Victory Gardens were encouraged and by the
second World War we still had learnt nothing about the food the country
needed to support its own people. While the men went to war girl power (no
again, not the pop group) but the Women’s Land Army, grew crops to feed the
nation. Eventually, by 1945, the Government had learnt their lesson and
encouraged farming with little incentives.


What things farmers have to face today. Always on call whatever the time and
weather; the pest and weed control; diseases; peoples’ rising expectations;
tightening regulations; feeding an ever-growing population; looking after
nature and the landscape. Finally, thinking about what they are leaving their
children and everyone else’s children.

By 2050 the population is predicted to grow by 26%, meaning farmers will have
to produce more food than ever before. Global warming predictions state that
30% of food production will decline in many regions due to climate change.

Half of the UK farmers have to supplement 20% of their income through
diversification: farm buildings to holiday lets, equine adventures, golf courses.
All this takes land out of food production.

There has never been such a challenging time in agriculture but with this brings
greater opportunity. Gone are the days of Jethro Tull and Turnip Townsend.
Farmers are evolving again. We now talk about agroforestry, crop rotation,
permaculture, integrated management, crop cover, conservation tillage,
grazing convertible husbandry and rotorial grazing to name but a few, but this
will come at a cost to the farmers and consumers.

But lest we forget, one thing is for sure. Whatever the time, whatever the
weather, the humble farmer will be forever the minority that produces the
food for the majority.

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Next Grosmont Community Council Meeting – Wednesday 12 October

GROSMONT COMMUNITY COUNCIL

CYNGOR CYMUNED GROSMONT

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                E-mail: grosmontcouncil@hotmail.com

                                                                                                                        7th October 2022

Dear Councillors,

You are invited to attend a General Meeting of the Grosmont Community Council to be held on Wednesday 12th October 2022 at 7:00 pm.   At the time of writing this Agenda, I am anticipating that the meeting will be via Zoom, but I will confirm that early next week.

I would remind you that the Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. to interview any candidates for co-option to the Council to take the place of Councillor Daisy Learmond.

AGENDA

  1. To accept apologies for absence
  2. To disclose personal and pecuniary interests in items of business listed below
  3. To consider and confirm appointment of a co-opted Councillor, who will then join the meeting in that capacity
  4. Public Forum – (The meeting will be suspended to permit the Public Forum – 10 minutes only and each participant limited to 2 minutes.  The meeting will then be re-opened.)
  • Discussion on matters arising from the Police Report and police issues generally
  • To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting on the 8th September 2022
  • To consider matters arising from the Minutes  of the Meeting on the 8th September 2022
  • To consider the progress of the work relating to the Town Hall Project
  • To discuss the Grosmont Online update
  • To receive items of correspondence.
  • To consider matters relating to Planning.
  • To agree expenditure and other accounts matters.
  • To discuss the state of the roads in and about Grosmont
  • To receive and consider any other business
  • The Bin in Llangua
  • Footpaths
  • The toilets under the Town Hall
  • To decide the date of the next meeting

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PLANS FOR GROSMONT TOWN HALL

PROPOSED PLANS FOR GROSMONT TOWN HALL

During a very successful Open Weekend lots of people came along to view the Proposed Plans for Repairing and Upgrading Grosmont Town Hall.

If you did not have a chance to see them please click on either of the Links below and could you please give us constructive feedback, positive and/or negative. Thank you.

  1. Dropbox is  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7jvj9c9iasiw23r/AAAy_JtjFQkcIOi9WgHNzO0ia?dl=0      or
  2. Padlet is https://padlet.com/pwruralfutures/ojzh94wyhxcm0m1w    section J
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BOOK LAUNCH – ROWAN WILLIAMS

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MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

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HARVEST CELEBRATION UPDATE

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MONDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER – SHOP OPENING HOURS

The shop will be open between 9.00am and 10.30am on Monday 19th September

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