Cameron Farquharson is gathering a wealth of support for Gladis’s Law, Protecting livestock, informing dog owners: a campaign for a change in law to make it mandatory to keep dogs on a lead when walking near livestock. “We want to educate dog owners about the importance of using a lead.”
Yesterday Cameron received the 2021 Sheep worrying by dogs survey from The National Sheep Association. He shared the following on social media:
“I am currently sat reading through it and the causes of the livestock incidents jumped out at me. People could select multiple answers.
70% selected that the cause was not putting their dog(s)on a lead.
66% believed that their dog(s) won’t attack livestock or won’t do damage if they do.
49% Was down to a lack of regard or concern on the issue.
39% had assumed their dog(s) would respond to commands off the lead.
47% was down to allowing dog(s) to roam unaccompanied or escaped from gardens or kennels.
5% Worrying on purpose/linked to poaching.
The NSA then asked farmers what was the outcome of them asking people to put their dogs on lead. Again people could select multiple answers.
51% reported receiving Verbal abuse.
48% were ignored by the dog owner.
21% received Intimidation by the dog owner.
16% Other (no understanding, land ownership).
15% Polite refusal to use a lead.
8% Retribution (vandalism).
3% received physical abuse.
I will post more once I’ve read and understood. But I think we can all agree that the statistics from this survey are shocking. We need to change things for the better.”
Gladis’s Law, Protecting livestock, informing dog owners.
To keep up to date on the Gladis’s Law Facebook page – Click HERE.
This afternoon’s Astronomy session on Zoom has been cancelled due to ill health. Apologies to those who have registered.
It will be postponed until 14th July. #Broadwindsor,#Drimpton,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Dorset,#Somerset,#MagnaHousing,#2021,#DorsetCouncil,#BWGPC,#Astronomy,#LookUp,#Stars,#Planets,#Space,#Time,#Gravity,#Time,#LightYears,#Zoom,#BeSafe,#StaySafe
Broadwindsor Group Parish Council has been approached by Palmers Brewery to see if the Community is interested in opening a Community Pub.
The issue is on the agenda for the next Parish Council meeting on the 21st June. In the meantime a small group of residents, including Parish Councillors, are undertaking some initial investigative work to assess the feasibility of such a project. At the appropriate time a public meeting will be held to report the findings and canvas the views of residents.
Initial responses to the Council’s announcement on Facebook think it is a good idea. However, being restricted to Palmer‘s products has quickly been highlighted as a cause for concern. So much so that a Community Pub could be sited at the Comrades Hall. This happened previously when the pub was closed and worked very well.
The Council have yet to name anyone in their investigative group, therefore please address your comments to Helen Cudmore, The Town Clerk: email@example.com.
Cameron Farquharson’s cow Gladismade the national news last week, sadly for tragic reasons. Her death has highlighted the need for farmers to have more say in taking care of their livestock in dealing with dogs off their leads.
When Cameron announced the very sad news on Facebook the following day, he begged, as all our local farmers repeatedly do to “please please please adhere to the notice on the gate and KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEAD!” He added ” We cannot afford in financial terms and for mine and my children’s mental well-being to continuously deal with these distressing losses.” His post was shared over 10,000 times and made the BBC news.
Cameron and his family, who run Redlands Coppice, are now working with a group of farmers, farming related businesses and an MP to bring about a change in the law to give livestock more protection which they are calling Gladis’s Law. They are trying to make contact with as many local farmers, smallholders holders and general livestock owners who have experienced dog attacks or worrying on their livestock in order to collate as much evidence of the problem as possible. Gladis’s Law would make it an offence for dogs to be off lead on farm land or land with animals grazing.
Sign up to be kept up to date of their progress on Gladis’s Law HERE.
Please message/submit your evidence through Facebook to: Cameron Farquharson HERE or Rachel Hayball HERE at your earliest convenience. Thank you.
Cameron’s family were “overwhelmed by the kindness shown” to them, as a family…. “so many we are not able to respond personally to each individual person as we would like. We have made this short video to introduce you to our hairy coos and say a personal thank you.“
Gladis died on 27th May on Eggardon Hill when dogs (reportedly Labradors) chased her to death killing both her and her full term unborn calf. R.I.P. Gladis x
Dorset Police Rural Crime Team also released a two and a half minute video on Facebook on Saturday about putting dogs on a lead which you can view HERE.
If you are a farmer needing livestock worrying signage, please send their team an email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the best name and address to send to and the quantity that’s required. Maximum of 4 signs per address.
Cameron has now launched a special Facebook page HERE to gather support.
Village resident Peter Davies will present his 3rd session for those with an interest in Astronomy this Wednesday at 3pm on Zoom.
This month there will be a recap on previous content and then move onto the subject of Time.
The sessions are 90 minutes each and there will be a 5-10 min break for tea after 40 mins. Peter does recommend having a notepad and pen to take any notes. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and/or discussion.
To listen/participate – you must first email: Lori.Lee@magna.org.uk to register your interest for Data Protection reasons. If you do not receive an invitation to join from Lori Lee, please email Peter directly: email@example.com.
This event is sponsored by Magna Housing and Broadwindsor.org.
On the morning of Thursday 1oth June, there is a partial solar eclipse. The disc of the Sun will appear as a crescent as the Moon partially obscures it. A greater solar eclipse will not be seen until 2025.
All are welcome at 2pm tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at the Grand Opening of Broadwindsor Cricket Club.
Clive Stafford-Smith announced on Twitter last night that it was thanks to the generosity shown that the Club had been saved. He also teased that there will be a “mystery England former test cricketer appearing for my team against regulars…”
In preparation for the Club’s Centenary, Clive Stafford-Smith OBE has carried out some research and is collating the history of the Club. Read more HERE.
For a full list of this years fixtures, click HERE.
Sunday, 23rd May marks the Christian holiday of Pentecost. It is the Spring Bank Holiday Monday the day after. The Monday was a bank holiday in the United Kingdom until 1967. It was formally replaced by the fixed Spring Bank Holiday on the last Monday in May in 1971. Countries that celebrate the Pentecost include: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Austria, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, The British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iceland, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montserrat, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Togo and Ukraine.
Another moveable feast, Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day from Easter Sunday. Also called Whitsunday, which was White Sunday. White Sunday made reference to the special white garments worn by the newly baptized. Baptism was administered both at the beginning (Easter) and end (the day of Pentecost) of the Paschal season. Eventually, Pentecost became a more popular time for baptism than Easter in northern Europe.
In The First Prayer Book of Edward VI (1549), the feast was officially called Whitsunday, and this name has continued in Anglican churches since.
As recorded in the Bible, it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2), and this marks the beginning of the Christian church’s mission to the world. The Pentecostal Fire is the ancient fire that indicated the Presence of God or the Holy Spirit appearing to bless or to judge humans.
Priests often wear red vestments during Pentecost to symbolize the “tongues of fire” that descended on the disciples from the Holy Spirit; members of the congregation also wear red in some traditions, and the altar is commonly dressed in a red frontal cloth. Red banners are often hung from walls or ceilings to symbolize the blowing of the “mighty wind” and the free movement of the Spirit.
Red flowers at the altar/preaching area, and red flowering plants such as Geraniums around the church are also typical decorations for Pentecost services. These symbolize the renewal of life, the coming of the warmth of summer, and the growth of the church at and from the first Pentecost.
In the southern hemisphere, for example, in Australia, Pentecost comes at the start of a mild autumn, often after the great heat of summer, and the red leaves of the Poinsettia are often used to decorate churches there.
For Jews, it is called Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks. It marks their all-important wheat harvest in the Land of Israel and commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled under the leadership of Moses at Mount Sinai. This harvest festival is seven weeks and one day after the first fruits offerings of Passover. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement in Egypt; on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God.
Holy Ghost Holes.
In the Middle Ages, cathedrals and great churches throughout Western Europe were fitted with a peculiar architectural feature known as a Holy Ghost hole: a small circular opening in the roof that symbolized the entrance of the Holy Spirit into the midst of the congregation. At Pentecost, these Holy Ghost holes would be decorated with flowers, and sometimes a dove figure lowered through into the church while the narrative of Pentecost was read. Holy Ghost holes can still be seen today in European churches including Canterbury Cathedral.
If that’s a bit too tricky for some – try this simpler version, particularly with young ones. 🙂
Chris Loder MPintroduced his Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill in the House of Commons on 5th February 2020. On 29th April 2021, with the support of Lord Randall of Uxbridge, it became law: the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021 (c. 21).
Click HEREto read the full legislation.
Working hard to keep Animal Welfare at the top of the Government’s agenda, he is promoting his new Animal Welfare Action Plan with the aim to:
Recognise animals as sentient in law. Ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening. Bring in new laws to tackle puppy smuggling. Prohibit keeping primates as pets.
Banning live animal exports is his priority. He would like your help and support by adding your name and signing his petition. Click HERE.#Broadwindsor,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Drimpton,#Dorset,#BWGPC,#DorsetCouncil,#AnimalWelfareBill,#ChrisLoderMP,#BeKind,#AnimalsDeserveJustice,#ConservativeAnimalWelfareFoundation,#SocialDistancing,#BeSafe,#StaySafe