Vintage Ploughing Match at Sulgrave

September 28th, 2016


On Sunday 25th September 2016 at Dial House Farm, Sulgrave, early rain was eventually replaced by bright sunshine for a vintage ploughing match. Tractors and ploughs, some more than 80 years old, were seen and heard to be  running perfectly and still able to plough a straight furrow in the hands of their experienced owners.

Pictures and videos on the following page.

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Where have all the Sulgrave butterflies gone?

September 25th, 2016
Common Blue Butterfly (female) Photo: Chris Behan

Common Blue Butterfly (female)
Photo: Chris Behan

Chris Behan writes:

I have always appreciated butterflies in the garden. Margaret and I once had a garden with a large buddleia shrub, which in summer was covered with a blanket of colour. Butterflies.

I think I could recognise a red admiral and a cabbage white (was it a small one or a large one?) and that was it. Then, about three years ago, Martin (a friend for the past 30 years and a butterfly expert amongst other things) decided that he would introduce me to butterflies on our walks through “Midsomer”. Thanks to Martin I can now recognise a common blue, both male and female.

Since coming to live in Sulgrave I have walked the local footpaths and bridleways and in summer photographed the views, the flowers, the bees and the butterflies. But this year there has been an absence of butterflies. I’ve only seen two red admirals, one common blue (male) and one meadow brown in our garden. Strangely though, there are a considerable number of whites, great and small, this year.

Can anyone explain? Is this another example of climate change or the wet winters we have had in recent years?

Hopefully they will be back next summer but, in the meantime, here is a photographic record, taken over the past two years, of what we may have missed this summer.

See next page for the photographs.

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Village Shop Newsletter – September 2016

September 24th, 2016


Sulgrave’s Second Annual Car Show at Sulgrave Manor. Sunday 4th September 2016

September 16th, 2016
Photo:Chris Behan

Photo:Chris Behan

Sulgrave’s second annual Car Show took place at Sulgrave Manor on Sunday 4th September 2016. A huge range of cars, vans, motor cycles and tractors attracted the attention of the many visitors. The event was held in aid of the Church of St James the Less and Sulgrave Manor.

More pictures on the next page.

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All the results from Sulgrave Produce Show 2016.

September 3rd, 2016


For the first time in several years the annual village Produce Show did not take place in the best of weather. However, those attending enjoyed their time in the Church Hall, viewing the entries, congratulating the winners, taking part in the raffle and sampling the delicious cakes and teas. Many thanks are due to organisers Janet Smith and Maureen Jeffries. See photos of all prize winning entries on the next page.

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High Speed Rail. Ground Investigation work near Thorpe Mandeville.

September 3rd, 2016


Helmdon Stuchbury and Greatworth Windfarm Action Group disbanded

August 16th, 2016
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How the turbines would have appeared from the Sulgrave Windmill footpath

Following the demise of the proposal to erect five 125 metre high wind turbines in the countryside between Helmdon, Greatworth and Sulgrave, the Helmdon Stuchbury and Greatworth Windfarm Action Group has now been disbanded. The following statement has been received from the former Chairman of the Action Group, Keith Jones from Helmdon:

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Sulgrave Car Show. Sunday 4th September 2016 at Sulgrave Manor.11am-5pm

July 30th, 2016
Before and after pictures of a Citroën Traction Avant which will be on display at the Sulgrave Car Show.

Before and after pictures of a Citroën Traction Avant which will be on display at the Sulgrave Car Show.

Ingram Lloyd writes:

This will be Sulgrave’s second car show and is helping to raise funds for the church of St James the Less and Sulgrave Manor. A wide range of vehicles are being exhibited dating from 1920s to 1980s which should appeal to all ages and those who are car enthusiasts and those who enjoy reminiscing.

Entry for adults £3.60. children under 16 and accompanied by an adult £1.50

In 2014 we had 50 exhibits ranging from a 1939 Fordson Model ‘N’ tractor to a world rally car – Ford Focus WRC X7 FMC 2000/1 and all the wonderful vintage and classic vehicles in between.

For more details or if you would like your vehicle to be included please contact me: Ingram Lloyd.

See pictures of the 2014 Sulgrave Car Show.


Sulgrave Manor’s USA Independence Day Celebration – 3rd July 2016

July 13th, 2016
Photo: Chris Behan

Photo: Chris Behan

The Manor House and Gardens were looking at their very best in bright sunshine for the annual USA Independence Day celebrations. A large crowd of visitors were entertained by a Living History Camp and Battle re-enactment of a skirmish between French and English Army Units in the Ohio Valley in 1754, the latter being commanded by Lt Col George Washington, whose ancestors lived at Sulgrave Manor in Tudor times. Music from the classic era of swing was provided by the Great Central Big Band and the Brackley Wind Ensemble played favourite melodies from the Great War. In addition to the Washington Family History exhibition always on display at the Manor, colourful Native American artefacts of all kinds were to be seen in the Buttery. Representatives of American and British Scout Troops were present throughout the day. Visitors enjoyed a variety of traditional refreshments from both sides of the Atlantic. The celebrations concluded with the ceremonial lowering of the flags of the two nations by the Honour Guard from USAF 501 Com Wing at nearby Croughton, as can be seen in the above picture. More pictures of this ceremony and the other events, with videos, can be seen on the next page.

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