Archive for the ‘culture’ Category

Nick’s furniture

23 November, 2010

Have you seen Nick William’s groovy furniture? Made by hand with some of our farm-harvested wood. Visit the Shepherd’s Rest Furniture website…


Yeo Valley rappers

28 October, 2010

We spoke to Graham from Yeo Valley and he said they’ve been amazed by the success of the ‘Yeo Valley Rap’ advert. He said at one point it was the 2nd most watched music video on YouTube!

They do lots of conservation, they’re organic, they’re grass fans – you’ve got to big-up the Yeo Valley rappers.


11 October, 2010

Sheepdrove has won a special award for its work with schools. Russell Downing, who coordinated a food and cookery project with local schools in partnership with the Newbury and District Agricultural Society, received the Business Ambassador Award from Educational Business Partnership West Berkshire. Full story…

The story of Silent Spring

4 October, 2010

Listen to the story behind Rachel Carson and her colossally important book ‘Silent Spring’. How did it change the way we see the world, and understand our impact on nature?

An excellent episode of the Witness on BBC Radio Four.

Listen again…

Hungerford Food and Drink Festival 2010

23 September, 2010

 24 Sept to 3 Oct – special foody nights in pubs around town – please see events list below…
Event List – Hungerford Food Festival 2010

FOOD, Inc.

Film this Fri 24 Sept 7.30pm 
Croft Hall Hungerford RG17 0HY
Introduced by Peter Kindersley of Sheepdrove, award winning documentary about the USA food industry. Find out how what you buy at the supermarket shapes the world we live in. A must for anyone interested in how their food is produced.  Doors & bar open 7pm Tickets £4 (under 18’s £2) at Hungerford Bookshop or on the door.

Hungerford Farmers Market Sun 26 Sept  9-1

Apple pressing, taste juice straight from the press. Pls bring any surplus apples.
Its British Food Fortnight  look out for all things deliciously British and enjoy !

Hungerchef – Fri 1 Oct

Hungerford’s own Masterchef under & over 16’s
Go for it ! Applications in by end of this week, download from the website.

Celebrity Chef’s Challenge – Sat 2 Oct  

John O’Gaunt School 10.15am-5pm
Live cooking demos, incl Daniel Galmiche of the Vineyard, Ready Steady Cook and Hungerchef finals. Whole day stroller ticket only £5. Don’t miss it !

Family Foraging Walk – Sun 3 Oct

Meet 10am at JOG School

Food Fayre – Sun 3 Oct

11am – 3.30pm John O’Gaunt School
Great family day out, lots to eat, drink & do indoors & outdoors. Local produce, hot food, talks, cooking demos, competitions and activities for kids. Cookery & Preserves competition for all ages, application forms in by Wed 29th available at

FOOD INC on tomorrow night!

23 September, 2010
Hungerford Food Festival  
FOOD, Inc – Film this Fri 24 Sept 7.30pm Croft Hall Hungerford RG17 0HY
Introduced by Peter Kindersley.

Beekeeping boom – could it backfire?

12 September, 2010

Could bad novice beekeepers make things worse for honeybees?

Beekeeping is not easy

Meet us at the Organic Food Festival

8 September, 2010

Aren’t you going to be at the OFF in Bristol this weekend? Why not meet us at stall 90?

Location: Bristol Harbourside, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5DB.

Monty Don says: “The Organic Food Festival is a celebration of all that sustainable food and farming is and can be. I urge you to come along and enjoy the best of organic produce, health and beauty products and textiles – and talk to the people that grew, nurtured or produced them.”

For more on the 2010 Organic Food Festival, see here

Food Inc film on Friday

8 September, 2010

On Friday evening our local Slow Food group is showing Food Inc. Join us to see this extraordinary film about the food we eat. Our majestic Oak Room becomes a cinema for the night! Refreshments available.

A documentary directed by Robert Kenner and featuring campaigner Eric Schlosser, this is a real eye-opener which investigates the state of modern food – and its impact. 

FOOD inc.
Showing 7.30pm
Friday 10 September

Tickets £5 for members, £7 guests. – Tel: 01672 541 695

Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn. Directions here.


Piano events

14 May, 2010

This Sunday two classical piano events will resound in the splendid Oak Room. Enjoy listening to emerging young talent in the exciting Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final at 2.00pm and then in the evening, a recital by Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich begins at 7.30pm.

Both of these events are part of the Newbury Spring Festival.

The Sheepdrove Piano Competition Final

This important competition, funded by the Sheepdrove Trust, was launched in 2009 and attracted pianists of an extremely high standard from all over the world. Students from all the major UK music colleges are invited to apply.

Once again there will be an emphasis on the music of Chopin, whose 200th Anniversary is being celebrated this year.

You will be able to cast your vote for the Audience Prize. The competition winner will also perform a solo recital at 12.30pm in the Corn Exchange on Monday 17 May as part of the Festival’s established Young Artists Lunchtime Recital Series.

2.30pm (ends approx 5.30pm)

£16.50* Unreserved seating. Includes afternoon tea.

Mickhail Kazakevich

Following the afternoon’s Piano Competition Final, the Festival is delighted to present a recital by one of the judges, the distinguished Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich. His programme begins with Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Seasons’, twelve separate pieces written to reflect each month of the year. This is followed by two major works by Chopin, continuing the Festival’s celebration of the composer’s 200th anniversary.

Russian born Mikhail Kazakevich’s sensational western debut at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund in 1991 launched his international career and he has gone on to give numerous solo recitals and perform with many leading orchestras. Mikhail also combines his intense concert activity with teaching, mainly at London’s Trinity College of Music, where he is professor of piano.

7.30pm (ends approx 9.30pm)

£15.00* Unreserved seating. Licensed bar.

*Special combined ticket price to attend both these events £25. A delicious 2 course seasonal organic supper will be available at 6pm. £17.50. (Please pre book when ordering your tickets.

Book your tickets online now!

Alternatively you can book by calling the Newbury Corn Exchange – Tel: 01635 522733

Please watch our Forthcoming Events page for more excellent reasons to plan a trip to the Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre located in the heart of the beautiful Lambourn Downs.