English National Sheepdog Trials

Some 150 of the best sheepdogs and handlers in the country competed in the 3-day English National Sheepdog Trials on the Castle Howard estate near York this weekend to try and win one of 15 places available in the national team. The winners will go on to represent England at the International trials.

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Egton Gooseberry Show – 2015

Close to Whitby and tucked away in the North York Moors national park is the small village of Egton Bridge. Each year on the first Tuesday in August the village holds the annual Gooseberry Show. Competitive gooseberry events used to be very popular until the start of the First World War with around 170 shows held in the north of England. Egton Bridge remains one of only two events of this type still held in the country – the other event is held in Cheshire but unlike Egton it is a closed event and only accepts entries from members whereas Egton is an open event.

 

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It  was established in 1800 and upholds a tradition of finding the heaviest berry. The gardeners enter their berries into four categories based on the colour of the berries – red, yellow, green and white and the variety of each type is noted. Names such as ‘Woodpecker‘, ‘Lord Derby‘, ‘Princess Royal’, ‘Edith Cavell’, ‘Fir Bob’, ‘Lord Kitchener’ and ‘ Just Betty‘ are just some of the colourful names of the different varieties.

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The judging of the berries is a traditional affair. Each entry is carried carefully by the grower into the judging room. Berries are carried in using a variety of means to protect their precious crop. Delicately placed in egg trays lined with cotton wool and some even arrive carried in specially made wooden boxes. After a year of nurturing to bring the best out of the berries every precaution is taken to protect them.

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The berries are then placed on the table where two judges examine and classify the berry. They are then handed across the table to two weigh men who have the responsibility of weighing the berries using old ‘Avery’ apothecary scales that were bought by the society in 1937. These scales are accurate enough to measure the weight of a feather! The weights are measured using the Avoirdupois system of measuring using ‘Drams‘ and ‘Grains‘ which break down to 27.34 grains to one dram, sixteen Drams is equal to one ounce and sixteen ounces to the pound.

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The winning berries within each category are basically the heaviest berries. The condition of the berry is not that important as long as it doesn’t suffer from any splits in the skin or heavy bruising. All the berries are then taken through to the main hall and placed on plates with each category winner taking pride of place on a specially made spindle that raises the winner up over the rest of the berries.

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Each category has a winner and there is an overall ‘Champion Berry’ which this year was a berry grown by Graham Watson at 31 grams and 06 grains

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So if you fancy your chances and happen to have a gooseberry bush growing wildly at the bottom of your garden then you could do worse than head along to the Egton show next year and take your chances and meet with the friendly bunch down at the show. If you want further information on the Egton Bridge Gooseberry Society then follow the link….. here

Here’s a few interesting facts about gooseberries that you might not know:

  • Their Latin name is Ribes uva-crispa
  • Bushes can fruit for up to 20 years
  • The Gooseberry is crossed with the Blackcurrant to make a Justaberry
  • If a husband and wife compete and enter the competition then they must grow them in separate pens
  • An average portion contains about a quarter of the daily Vitamin C requirement
  • The phrase ‘playing gooseberry’ comes from the days when the fruit was a euphemism for the devil.
  • One ancient belief tells of how fairies used to take shelter in the prickly bushes. This is how they are also known as ‘Fayberries’
  • The berries can cope with temperatures as low as -35C / -31F

..so now you know.

 

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Jim Maidens Memorial Fishing Competition

The annual Jim Maidens memorial beach fishing competition took place on Sunday evening in Saltburn by the Sea in Cleveland.
The competition is held each year to mark the death of the Saltburn plumber and keen fisherman Jim Maidens, who died in 1998 when he was killed after being swept overboard from his boat ‘Corina’ close to the beach at Saltburn.

Around 70 fishermen and women attended the event which helps to rise money for the RNLI and the Great North Air Ambulance

Here’s a few pictures from yesterday…

 

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Ryedale Agricultural Show

The 148th Ryedale agricultural show took place in North Yorkshire today. The show was established in 1855 and is a traditional agricultural show renowned for its high standards of entries into the numerous livestock and animal categories and other events…

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UK Pro Surf Tour comes to Saltburn

The UK Pro Surf Tour came to Saltburn this weekend and fortunately the surf, the weather and the standard of surfing all made for a great weekend of competition surfing on this leg of the tour. Newquay’s Russell Winter eventually took the men’s title with Keshia Eyre originally from Manchester but who now who lives in Portugal taking the top slot for the women.

From here the tour now heads north to Thurso in Scotland before dropping back down in a few weeks to Tynemouth.

 

In between trying to take advantage of the surf and grabbing a few quick sessions myself I shot a few pictures during the competition…..

 

Further info on the tour can be found by following the link here…..  http://www.ukprosurf.com/

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Stuart Campbell performs during the UK pro surf tour in Saltburn

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnGordon Fontaine performs during the competition

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnThe UK Pro surf tour comes to Saltburn

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnLucy Campbell paddles out back during one of her heats

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnLucy Campbell working it during one of her heats as she headed for the final

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnTierney Knight surfs during the women’s final

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnGordon Fontaine performs during the competition

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnKeshia Eyre surfs during one of her heats as she heads to the final and eventual victory

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnGordon Fontaine performs during the competition

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnSurfer Russell Winter stretches off before one of the heats during the pro surf tour

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnStuart Campbell gets some air time during the competition

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnSurfing in the heats of the UK pro surf tour in Saltburn

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnEvening sunlight shines down on two women competitors during one of the heats

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnTierney Knight performs during the pro surf tour

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnA contestant performs during the women’s heats of the pro surf tour in Saltburn

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnRussell Winter performs during the tour in Saltburn

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnRussell Winter performs during the tour in Saltburn

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnA surfer prepares to take off on a wave during the Pro surf tour in Saltburn

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnThe Saltburn pro surf tour comes to Saltburn

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnThe Saltburn pro surf tour comes to Saltburn

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnStuart Campbell surfing during the Saltburn leg of the UK pro surf tour

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnGordon Fontaine during the men’s final

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnTaz Knight gets some air during the pro-junior final

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnEd Smith performs during the pro-junior final

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnLuke Dillon performs during the pro-junior final

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnTaz Knight performs during the pro-junior final

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnEd Smith performs during the Pro-junior final

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnStuart Campbell warms up before the start of one of his heats in the Saltburn leg of the UK pro surf tour

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnAlan Stokes leaves the water following his heat

UK Pro Surf Tour in Saltburn

A surfer walks to the waters edge on Saltburn beach

UK Pro Surf Tour in Saltburn

A surfer prepares to enter the water at Saltburn at the start of his heat

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnLucy Campbell surfing during one of her heats

UK Pro Surf Tour in SaltburnStuart Campbell gets some air time

UK Pro Surf Tour in Saltburn

Stuart Campbell performs a manoeuvre during the men’s final

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At left, women’s winner Keshia Eyre and runner-up Lucy Campbell

UK Pro Surf Tour in Saltburn

Surfers in the men’s final – from left…Gordon Fontaine, Stuart Campbell, Luis Eyre and Russell Winter

UK Pro Surf Tour in Saltburn

Russell Winter – winner of the Saltburn leg of the tour

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