Talks Programme

The Talks Programme is part of the Food Fayre
Saturday 1 October in St Andrew’s Church Gardens – 10.30am to 5pm

community growing in New Bilton11am to 11:30 Gary Handley and Alisdair Rusk will be talking about Community growing projects in New Bilton.




lost-farm12 to 12:30 George Steriopulos of ‘The Lost Farm’ near Grandborough will be talking about rearing livestock the traditional way, slowly and with care.

According to the Hairy Bikers their Manx Loaghtan lamb is  “probably the finest lamb in the world”.The Lost Farm, Grandborough



Connect Well1pm to 1:30 Lorna Stanley will be talking about Connect Well.

Connect Well is Rugby’s social prescribing project they work with people facing all sorts of challenges, including financial/housing pressures, loneliness, redundancy, long-term health problems, poor mental well-being, bereavement and caring responsibilities; they work with people to identify and access the local voluntary and community groups best able to support them, with over 800 groups, activities and services listed.

Cotesbach Farm and Gardens2pm to 2:30 Sophy Newton of Cotesbach Farm and Gardens will be giving a talk around the key points of their mission statement

  • Contribute to local food security
  • Promote education, community involvement and well-being
  • Maintain a healthy environment
  • Conserve heritage

There has been a walled vegetable garden at Cotesbach Hall since the mid 18th Century, but we only became a Community Interest Company in 2015.

Honey Bees3pm to 3:30 Maurice West will be giving a talk about the Honey Bee.

In the UK about 70 crops are dependent on, or benefit from, a visit’s from bees. In addition, bees pollinate the flowers of many plants that become farm animal feed. The economic value of Honey bees and Bumble bees as pollinators in the uk, has been estimated at over £200 million per year.