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John Riches our Village Correspondent writes weekly reports about the village for the local media.  We are pleased to place them on our web site in order that those interested in Abthorpe can access the latest village news from anywhere in the world.

This page will keep the latest 3 or 4 reports.

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3rd August
The Blakesley Show.

The recent 135th Blakesley Show and Gymkhana was a huge success. It gives our local farming community and the companies that support them an opportunity to demonstrate how important agriculture is in our national life. The show has amazingly been in existence since the late 19th Century and hosts a huge array of equestrian and livestock events and trade exhibitors.

Many Abthorpe people, particularly members of the farming and equestrian communities were present. Some were exhibiting their cattle and sheep. Others were judges, whilst some had a keen interest in the events in the equestrian show ring.

Peter Cole who farms some land in Abthorpe, proudly watched as two of his grandchildren showed sheep that they had prepared for examination by a knowledgeable judge. The judge in question was Barbara Smith who is well known in our village.  Abthorpe farmer Elizabeth Haycock was pictured trying out a new four-wheel-drive all terrain vehicle very suitable for getting round her farm.

The Blakesley Show really is a wonderful traditional historic rural event. Long may it thrive.



21st July
Youth Strike 4 Climate.

Martha Gray(16) from Abthorpe set off for London last Friday to take part in the Youth Strike 4 Climate march in Central London. She feels passionately that young people should be deeply involved in the campaign inspired by the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, that aims to get governments throughout our planet to take action to reverse global warming.

She and a number of local friends had heard about the march on social media and travelled down to London by train and headed for Parliament Square close to both 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament. Martha was most impressed with the turn-out and reported that there were thousands of young people gathered in the square plus lots of parents with younger children. Many of the protesters carried home-made banners and Martha’s was soon destroyed by the torrential rain. She was soaked, but this certainly didn’t dampen her spirit.

She explained that we (the Youth) believe that governments are not taking enough action to combat climate change. They have to recognise that we have a serious problem and need to make new laws and that sort of stuff. She was pleased that since these marches have begun our government has declared a climate emergency.

After safely arriving back in Abthorpe Martha commented that she really enjoyed the protest strike. It was really good fun. Her message to other young people is simple. If you believe in what we’re standing for I would say definitely go on a march. They are happening all over the country including Milton Keynes.

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