This Was England

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I watched an interesting little film on Talking Pictures TV this weekend, This Was England 1936.
It started out talking about the ebb tide of prosperity in farming, (nothing new there then) and showed a standard Fordson ploughing with no mudguards.
Went on to show a flint miner who had a shaft 50 feet deep to get flints for building and flintlocks. Next was digging drains by hand using the special spades needed and using brushwood from hedges instead of the stone that we use now.
A tractor drawn horse mower was cutting green oats to be loaded on a cart and ensiled in a pit which was earthed up later to seal it. Commentator said that it smelled like tobacco and the cattle were very keen for it. Shots of the farmer cutting blocks out with a hay knife brought back unpleasant memories of my pre coll year in ‘66!
There was an interview with an 80 year old farm hand (ex sailor) whose skill was hand sowing grain, claimed to be able to sow 10 acres with 10 pints of seed.
Other things we saw was mole catching, house thatching, a saw pit and threshing using a portable steam engine, horse drawn.
Modern machinery was in the form of a Gyrotiller by Fowlers of Leeds. It was fitted with a 6 cylinder diesel (probably MAN?)
The film ended with horse ploughing in a snowstorm, I could feel the chill the ploughman was suffering!
It will probably be repeated soon if you are interested.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...