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Visits to Glebe Farm

When the sun is shining and the crops look at their fullest just before harvest, there is nothing we like better than to show the farm at its best.

The group’s organiser brought a coach of 35 people to do a tour at Glebe FarmColchestet groupWe have been lucky enough to have the Colchester Coeliac Group around in mid June. Beryl Whittingham, the group’s organiser brought a coach of 35 people to do a tour at Glebe Farm.

Guests where invited into the farmhouse kitchen for a cup of tea and a slice of ginger and chocolate cakeAs well as being able to see how the gluten free ranges were made, including Glebe Farm’s bulk porridge oat range and retail packs of gluten free porridge oats, muesli and granolas, flours and mixes, guests where invited into the farmhouse kitchen for a cup of tea and a slice of ginger and chocolate cake.

Visitors where given the full tour of the facilitiesLater at the end of June, a group of 30 local business members of The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) came over. Visitors where given the full tour of the facilities.

Many were impressed over the size of operation and to know that Glebe Farm is probably the largest grower and processor of gluten free oats in Europe.

Malcolm Lyons, the Huntingdonshire branch chairman gave the vote of thanks and liked to see this kind of agri-food business succeeding in farming’s uncertain times. He said “Glebe Farm was growing and exporting and bringing investment into the rural economy of Cambridgeshire.”

Glebe Farm are FSB members, thanks to the work place pensions, insurance, advice and lobbying support.  Rebecca said she was pleased to welcome fellow business owners to the farm to gain knowledge through networking and events. For further details on FSB see www.fsb.org.uk/bedscambsherts

Last but not least, the local Riptons Womens Institute came round. Their previous visit had been about 8 years ago during Glebe’s organic days. They had certainly noticed a transformation from the farm’s past to present, with new buildings and new laid concrete.

We welcome groups to come and tour the farm.
Please ring the office 01487 773282 or email us on office@glebefarmfoods.co.uk and book a day.

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Glebe Farm get recognition for help to keep flying at RAF Wyton

RAF Wyton marks a century of flying with the opening of a grass runway

Source: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/RAF-Wyton-marks-century-flying-opening-grass/story-29269630-detail/story.html

By CambridgeNews  |  Posted: May 14, 2016   By Julian Makey

Wing Commander Andy March
CHOCKS AWAY: Wing Commander Andy March, Pathfinder Flying Club’s officer in charge, makes the first flight from RAF Wyton’s new grass runway

Pilots at RAF Wyton have turned the clock back a century to the dawn of flying at the station – by building a new grass runway.

The inaugural flight from the new runway was made to mark the 100th anniversary of aviation which began at the then Wyton Aerodrome in the middle of the First World War.

Wing Commander Andy March, who made the last flight from the station’s paved runway in March this year, carried out the first take-off on the grass strip.

“I had a lump in my throat as I took off,” he said. “To think that 100 years ago those early aviation pioneers who joined the Royal Flying Corps were taking off from a grass strip that is just a stone’s throw from where I was. Amazing.”

Wing Commander March, an RAF aerosystems engineering officer, said: “In March this year I had the proud honour to be the last pilot to take off from RAF Wyton’s paved runway, one that has witnessed some of the most impressive and iconic aircraft ever to have worn the RAF roundel.

“It is now up to the Pathfinder Flying Club to uphold the station’s proud flying tradition and our new grass runway will ensure the club can continue to operate from RAF Wyton.”

Wyton’s paved runways were formally decommissioned in March meaning they could not be used for flying.

But the Pathfinder Flying Club, which had been using them, already had plans in hand to build a grass runway and the bulk of the ground work was carried out last year.

Pathfinder Flying Club's Roy Twigg and Wind Commander Andy March
CHOCKS AWAY: Pathfinder Flying Club’s Roy Twigg and Wind Commander Andy March

Roy Twigg, a retired RAF engineering officer who is now the club’s chief engineer, said the runway was self-funded but that they had been given a great deal of support by the Wyton-based 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic) which surveyed the site and Rebecca Rayner, from Glebe Farm, who provided machinery hire, soil and grass seed.

Mr Twigg said: “The ground work needed to properly prepare the new runway required a great deal of support from club members and it was a real team effort making this project work.”

He said that in addition to levelling the site, a further 60 tonnes of top soil was added, along with 40 kilos of grass seed.

RAF Wyton's new grass runway turns the clock back
CHOCKS AWAY: RAF Wyton’s new grass runway turns the clock back

The club also had to draw up new procedures before the grass strip became operational.

Pathfinder Flying Club provides flying training for regular and reserve service personnel and civil service staff employed by the RAF, together with a small number of civilian members.

It is named after the Pathfinder Force which operated from RAF Wyton during the Second World War.

The first flight at Wyton Aerodrome was by a Royal Flying Corps Nieuport 12 on April 19 1916 and the site became RAF Wyton in 1918 on the formation of the Royal Air Force. Military flying ended just short of the centenary.

The first RAF operations of the Second World War were flown from RAF Wyton and Canberras operated from the station for many years.

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Going Egg Free as well as Gluten and Wheat Free?

Gluten & Egg Free Chocolate Cake
Gluten & Egg Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

When Glebe Farm does the London, Liverpool and Glasgow Allergy and Free From shows we meet a number of people with multiple allergies in their diet, including egg free as well as wheat and gluten free. We would usually make a special cake with the Glebe Farm Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix and add Vitalite margarine and 2 bananas.

Customers are delighted that they have something to eat as often manufacturers do not consider excluding eggs in their recipes.

It is estimated that around 2% of children are allergic to eggs. Fortunately, studies show that about 70 percent of children with an egg allergy will outgrow the condition by 16 years old.­­­­­­­­­­­­

Eggs are one of the most common food allergens. Sometimes it is a reaction to the proteins in egg whites or and sometimes it is the yolks. People with an allergy to chicken eggs may also be allergic to other types of eggs, such as goose, duck, turkey or quail.

For people with a mild allergic reactions to eggs, symptoms can be skin rashes, wheezing or difficulties in breathing, runny nose, sneezing, red or watery eyes, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and or inflammation. More serious allergic reaction are anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition that impairs breathing and can send the body into shock.

Eggs are used a lot in gluten free cookery as eggs lighten cakes, colour pastries, and add protein to bread. At first glance, it may look to be a challenge to cook gluten and egg free. However there are plenty of ways to replace eggs when you are baking. Check out the Glebe Farm Recipe Section for Egg Free recipes.

Other suggestions are:

  • Gluten & Egg Free Muffins
    Gluten & Egg Free Muffins Recipe

    Gluten & Egg Free Muffins RecipeCertain food manufacturers produce egg substitutes powdered mixes, which when added to liquid, try and replicate the same cooking properties as egg. Organ No Egg is recommended and a good second best is Allergycare Whole Egg Replacer. The disadvantage is that they can leave the food dry particularly when it is gluten and wheat free too.

  • Natural alternatives are replacing egg with mashed ripe banana (one banana replaces one egg) or apple sauce (as in pork and apple sauce) found in jars in supermarkets.
  • One can use chia seeds; add one tablespoon of chia seeds into 3 tablespoons of water, then soak and leave to create a gooey gel.
  • Alternatively use one tablespoon of ground flax seed (linseed) to 3 tablespoons of water.

Another tried and tested idea vegans use is to use one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to one tablespoon of vinegar to re-create and beaten egg look.

The newest breakthrough is to obtain egg free egg whites for meringues and macaroons is to drain the juice of a tin of chickpeas and whisk to resemble peaky egg white. Use 3 tablespoons of chickpea juice to substitute one egg white.

So there are lots of ways to replace eggs when you are baking. So don’t just say ‘I can’t’… go on and try one of the above alternatives!

~ Rebecca Rayner

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Crash Landings

 

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Glebe Farm’s Wellington Bomber and Mosquito WWII planes.

There has been a lot of publicity recently about WWII aircraft being dug up in the local area.

A few years ago part of a Mosquito under-carriage was pulled up by a tractor pulling a farm implement. Nobody really new what it was but it was suggested that it should be taken to the Pathfinder Museum at RAF Wyton. Then all went quiet…..

Marc Marshall, from Glebe Farm, was keen to try his new metal detector.

Glebe Farm's Marc and Mosquito Site

The crops were still standing in July so he started digging at gaps within the crops. Without realising it, these sparsely cropped areas, no bigger than a size of a small car, were dotted with sand patches within the soil. This was evidence that oil seepage had been found as the RAF usually would have filled the area with sand after a crash.

An elderly gentleman, Ralph Dodson in Kings Ripton village, was asked to recall his old memories. He remembered, as a boy, hearing a loud explosion and ran towards the enormous fire coming from the fields at Glebe Farm. He said he heard a sheep bleeting, but Cambridgeshire is not a county for sheep to graze! Instead what he heard was an airman who had been catapulted out of his aircraft into a hedge and was asking for help. The story of the Wellington MK III BJ716 continues…

Wellington

Glebe-Farm-Foods-WellingtonBomber_79x300This aircraft only had one successful mission and took off from Warboys airfield on the 27th August 1942 with that nights target being Kassel. The aircraft was attacked by a night fighter while over Hamm/Munster but after retaliating with machine gun fire, the fighter retreated and the Wellington returned with minor flak damage.

The Wellington’s second fateful mission was to target Saarbrucken on the night of 1st September 1942, unfortunately just after takeoff the aircraft crashed into land at Glebe Farm, bursting into flames and killing three of the crew who are buried locally at Houghton / Wyton churchyard.

Although the majority of the wreckage was removed at the time of the crash many parts have been found in the area with a metal detector such as the geodetic construction tubing (air frame), parts of a bomb sight, oxygen regulator, radio parts, engine parts, electrical connections, remains of .303 cartridges and many fragments of aluminium, some of which formed into ingots from the heat of the fire.

Mosquito

The second crash site on Glebe Farm is believed to be a De Havilland Mosquito as many parts have been found that relate to this type of aircraft but the investigation is still ongoing and currently being researched. Parts found include parachute buckles, cockpit gauge, fragments of wood, Perspex and many fragments of engine casing.

Marc’s other hobby, other than metal detecting, is brewing beer. Night Mission and Wellington Bomber Porter have been developed and brewed in Memory of Heroes.

Read more about our gluten free beers…

It started as a micro brewery on the farm, however the amount of beer sold was too much to cope with, so a contract brewer was asked to help out. Now the beer is sold nationwide in outlets such as Dobbies Garden Centres, Ocado and independents – see stockists for details

Marc, the Mayor and Beer!