20th October 2023


Rural Rap


A farmer is begging dog walkers to stay off his fields and keep their dogs under control after three of his sheep died following a brutal dog attack.

Robbie Woods was left devastated after he came across the bloody scene at his farm in Station Road, Halstead on Tuesday which saw one of his sheep killed immediately and two forced to be put to sleep because of their injuries.

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Animal rights protestors had meat products waved in their faces by shoppers after they blocked the milk aisle of a supermarket.

Police were called to Sainsbury’s in Kingsmead Road, Canterbury, today after six supporters of climate and animal group Animal Rising occupied the store.

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The first farmers to sign up for the new and improved Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) have this week received their first payment.

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New wine reforms to boost investment and ease burdens on industry

New reforms to the UK’s wine industry will drive investment, growth and jobs, Food and Drink Minister Mark Spencer announced this week.

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Farmers invited to join AHDB’s new business resilience programme

Up to 50 farmers are being invited to join a new AHDB programme which aims to build a ‘more resilient future for British agriculture.’

The levy board’s Roots to Resilience programme will challenge attendees to “stop thinking in black and white and unlock their full potential”.

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Input cost inflation easing but volatility remains, AHDB says

The latest agricultural price index (API) shows that the rate of inflation in prices paid for goods and services has continued to ease, but volatility remains.

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New HSE consultation launched on lead ammunition 

Following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) consultation in 2022, the revised restriction proposals for the outdoor recreational use of lead ammunition in England, Wales and Scotland are as follows:
Lead airgun pellets – no restrictions proposed.
Lead shot for live quarry and target shooting – proposed ban within five years or less, depending on consultation outcome.
Rifle ammunition for live quarry shooting – no restrictions proposed, but this could change depending on consultation outcome.
Rifle ammunition for target shooting – can continue on approved ranges where mitigation measures for lead removal are in place, with a  two-year grace period.

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Management of game assurance scheme to transfer to Aim to Sustain

It has been announced that the assurance scheme built by the British Game Assurance (BGA) is to transfer to Aim to Sustain (A2S) later this Autumn. As a partnership of eight different organisations with an interest in game management and shooting, and a dedication to high standards and self-regulation, Aim to Sustain is uniquely placed to expand and build on the invaluable work of the BGA since it launched in 2018, and lead the next generation of game assurance.

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City Harvest highlights financial benefits of redistribution

City Harvest has appealed to the food industry to mitigate the costs associated with food waste by redistributing more surplus.

In a new report entitled Food for Thought: Unlocking the Economic and Social Benefits of Food Redistribution, the charity stressed the “urgent need” for farmers, manufacturers and retailers to redistribute more food – not only for environmental and social reasons, but also to generate cost savings in a challenging economic climate.

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Have you had your certificate backdated?

If your police firearms licensing department has issued you with a backdated firearms or shotgun certificate following a delay in your renewal, we would like to hear from you.

BASC has been made aware of one UK police force that has been issuing backdated certificates to applicants. This has happened in circumstances where, due to delays in renewing, individuals have been issued with Section 7 temporary permits. The permits have sometimes been in place for more than 12 months.

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Sir David Attenborough presents the series opener for BBC flagship series Planet Earth III from Kent Wildlife Trust’s site in Bromley

Nature fans across the world have been eagerly anticipating the third series of Planet Earth III for seven years, which will finally air on Sunday, 22 October. The captivating documentary series will take viewers on a nature safari across the globe, observing great white sharks in South Africa to turtles in Queensland, Australia. However, the opening of the series, presented by Sir David Attenborough, does not come from an exotic and remote location. It is, in fact, filmed at a sleepy wildflower meadow nestled on the outskirts of Bromley in Kent.

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Kent Police supports latest speed campaign

Kent Police is supporting the latest campaign to target speeding motorists.

The NPCC Speed Campaign started on Monday 16 October 2023 and will run until Sunday 29 October 2023 and is aimed at reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the road.

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Eurostar survey launched on pause to services in Kent

A survey has been launched to find out how a pause on Eurostar services in Kent has affected businesses.

The service linking the UK to Europe has not stopped at Ashford or Ebbsfleet since March 2020.
Eurostar has said it may not resume services in Kent until 2025.

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Local democracy at risk as government dodges scrutiny in Levelling up Bill

Local democracy is back in the government’s crosshairs as the House of Commons passed an amendment to key legislation that gives the Secretary of State arbitrary powers to override development plans that were democratically approved by local communities.

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RABI Harvest Lunch - Saturday 21 October 2023

The Wishful Thinker, Lenham Heath Rd, Sandway, ME17 2HY

12 noon arrival 12.30pm sit down for two course meal with a cash bar

TICKETS: £35 per person
AUCTION and RAFFLE on the day – donations of prizes are welcome


Romney Marsh slow cooked lamb shank, mash potato, braised red cabbage, runner beans, mint sauce OR

Wild mushroom, tarragon risotto, with Twineham parmesan, truffle oil and rocket (vegan option available)


Bookings Robert Pickard or Marian Montgomerie Email: pickard190@btinternet.com or marian@fgpierce.com

If you are unable to attend but would like to support us, a donation or contribution of a raffle item would be much appreciated.

Canterbury Farmers Club - Notice of General Meeting

24 October 2023 at 18:30

This meeting will be held at Macknade Food Hall, Selling Road, Faversham, Kent  ME13 8XF

Please arrive at 18:30 prompt, so we can be seated and ready to eat in the café area at 18:45.  The meeting shall commence in the events room upstairs at 19:45 sharp and coffee will be served there.  Please be mindful that the move between rooms will need to be swiftly executed to allow members he opportunity to have time to ask the Speaker questions afterwards.

As always, if you’re unable to attend, please email info@canterburyfarmersclub.co.ukwith your apologies and the Secretary will pass them on at the meeting.

The National Fruit Show - 1st & 2nd November 2023

Kent County Showground, Detling

9.00am-5pm daily.

Free to attend and full programme of events and speakers over two days including keynote speech given by Minette Batters, President of the NFU.

Tickets to dinner (1 Nov, 6.30pm-midnight) with champagne reception and networking now for sale, contact info@nationalfruitshow.org.uk

Come and celebrate the 90th year of the show and support the industry as it looks forward to a bright future.

For full details, to enter fruit or cider or to register attendance click here.

CLA Rural Business Conference- Thursday 30 November 2023

This year’s CLA Rural Business Conference ‘Competing visions: the future of land’ will help those who own or manage rural land to make sense of the vital role of land in an increasingly political and polarising landscape.

Taking place at the QEII Centre in central London, our flagship event will allow landowners and land managers to explore the complex relationship between themselves, consumers, corporations, governments, environmentalists and political campaigners.

More details.

Farm Expo 2024

6 March 2024

Kent County Showground, Detling