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30th July 2018

Local Author to open Glamorgan Smallholders Marquee at Vale Show

BY: Nathan Spackman

Come and meet award winning author, Belinda Bauer, and her side kick Stephen Lamb when they open the Glamorgan Smallholders Marquee at the Vale of Glamorgan Show at 9 am on Wednesday 8 August 2018.

When local crime writer Belinda Bauer swopped city life for the quiet of the countryside little did she realise the dramas that unfold in farming on a daily basis and earlier in the year, during the lambing season, she saved the life of a new born lamb with her quick thinking and determination to see the lamb survive.

Smallholders Group were delighted when she accepted the invitation to open their new marquee at the Vale Show along with a guest apprearance of Stephen.

This is the first time the Glamorgan Smallholders have taken on such a large project that will highlight their animals and way of life. Bro Radio 98.1fm will be broadcasting live throughout the day with updates from around the show and interviews in the marquee.

There will be lots to see, to experience and learn with many competitions too.

The Bale of Glamorgan

The Bale of Glamorgan, with a twist, will be raising funds and awareness for Velindre Cancer Centre and there is a prize for the person who guesses the weight of the bale.

Jones Dairy will be displaying milk to show a day in the life of a dairy cow and a fabulous chance to win a months supply of milk delivered from the dairy to the doorstep.

The Local Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be sharing the smallholders marquee showing and demonstrating their crafts and there will be the chance to learn about the Wonders of Wool with the British Wool Marketing Board's Fleece Competition featuring fleeces from local flocks.

Pigs, sheep, and chickens will also be on show and Melanie Prince from the Rare Breed Survival Trust will be on hand to explain why our British Native Breeds are so important to our heritage, our landscape and our livelihoods.

Farming is about producing food and what better way of discoving the big part it plays in our lives by visiting Food Vale, who will be sharing information on food and how eating and cooking good food can be colourful, fun and bring families together.

There will also be the chance to meet Icelandic sheep, British Lavender sheep which is a new breed and was recently featured in Countrysmallholding Magazine, learn how goats milk is used to produce great soap products and you will also be able to meet and chat to many local smallholders who produce a range of local food and products.

Whatever your interests; food, farming, horticulture, craft or just the joy of the countryside then visit the smallholders marquee where there will be a warm welcome for all.

As the largest one day event to be held in the Vale of Glamorgan it regularly attracts over 20,000 visitors and is a great day out for the whole family, what ever their age.

Established in 1772 as a Society where by local farmers could meet and compete in annual produce and livestock competitions, the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Society has continued to grow, but has on its journey stayed true to its roots and today there are entries in a wide variety of classes from farmers locally, across South Wales and beyond the borders.

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