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Pathfinder Weekend at RAF Wyton 2015

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The Pathfinder Memorial Weekend was held on 15-16th August. It is an annual event whereby Pathfinders war veterans, who fought in World War II are invited to RAF Wyton.  We were lucky enough to have 13 Pathfinders join us this year.

pathfinder walking passed

The day entailed a reception at the Sergeant’s Mess to reunite families, then a church service, dinner and a fly past.

Chris Thurling at the RAF Wyton invited us to set up a stand to show our Wellington and Mosquito findings that had crashed into the fields at Glebe Farm.


findings in the Mess

I was lucky enough meet to the St Ives Deputy Mayor.

st ives deputy mayor

We were invited to the St George’s chapel service where the RAF Wyton Brass Band lead a moving service.

RAF wyton band

After the dinner we were lucky enough to have a Blenheim plane flypass and then it was time for a few beers!


A fine day and the weather was on our side too!

Rebecca Rayner

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Harvest 2015 at Glebe Farm

combine unloading oats into trailerOur 30 year old combine has done us proud! She has had a new face lift and had a new drum this summer and some new electrics.

This year we bought a special rape knife – it is an extension to the combine head so that when the combine cuts the rape, the seeds go on to the table and through the combine rather than on to the field.

rebecca inspecting cropOilseed rape and spring oat yields have been pleasing but unfortunately the yield meter broke so we are only guessing!

Rather than delay harvest we bypassed the yield weigher and carried on combining. We can only judge by the frequency of trailers being emptied and by the number of lorry loads of rape being carted away.

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David Chambers is leading the team and is on the combine.

Ted and Mick are tractor driving. They are three ‘old timers’ but …with heaps of experience. David was at Glebe Farm when he was 15 year, then left, and returned to us when my father died in 1994.  He has now celebrated 20 years with us so I gave him a present. He has now done 48 harvests and certainly knows the combine inside and out!

mick on tractor smilingBen, our young recruit has started on cultivations with some pigtail tines, tickling the soil to encourage weeds to chit. Later, the weeds will be killed to ensure the seed bed is as clean as possible for the next year’s crop. On a secondary note this soil movement will loosen compaction and Marc will start metal detecting soon to see if there are any WW2 aeroplane pieces. Every year the moving of the soil will bring up more finds to the surface.  Sunday 16th August marks the Pathfinder Memorial Weekend which we will follow up with a blog next time.

filming combineWe are also having some filming done at Glebe Farm moment as we combining the gluten free oats to ultimately highlight Glebe’s story of ‘farm to fork’. The filming will show the harvesting, cleaning, oat flaking, gluten free quality testing and bagging. We will then go into the kitchen to make up some gluten free recipes.

So watch this space for our new video!

~ Rebecca Rayner

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Observations from a Dutch Allergy Show

AllergieBeursObservations from a Dutch Allergy show, AllergieBeurs, at the Houten Expo, Utretcht, The Netherlands 29-30 May 2015.

I first met Marloes Collins, at the Brussels Free Food Expo in June 2014. Marloes is a Dutch author writing a book for dieticians to advise clients with wheat, gluten and lactose intolerances. At Brussels, Marloes was with her colleague Remko, owner of Disolut who has developed a pill that can be swallowed.


DisolactMinutes before eating an ice cream or any other food containing dairy. The pill avoids the absorption of lactose into the body and prevents the side effects suffered by a lactose intolerance person.  Sadly coeliac disease is more complicated and can not be remedied by a simple pill.

At the show I discovered that lactose intolerance is HUGE! in the Netherlands. 70% of Dutch coeliacs have a dairy intolerance. In the UK it is nearer 50%.  Why is this? The Dutch children still enjoy free milk at school and enjoy their Dutch cheeses. But there is more to it than this.

The Dutch market for gluten free food offered in supermarkets is still a few years behind the UK. On several occasions customers came to me explaining their trips to London as a gluten free treat, and to stock up and take home as many goodies as they could.

As we are aware, diagnosed Brits can purchase gluten free food through the NHS. As an alternative the diagnosed Dutch receive an annual payment of 1200 euros from the government to help pay towards the more expensive gluten free food. In France barcodes from gluten free products are cut out and sent to a government department for reimbursement. Which system do you think is the best system? By the way if you live in Ireland there is no help!

The Suatty PottyAt the show, I met many stands including a Dutch allergy web shop and our neighbours selling sugar free foods and natural sweets. There was a very amusing Squatty Potty who demonstrated the perfect toilet position by selling a foot stall to get a more Asian squat position

So there were lots of toilet jokes after that!

All in all it was a good show with some good leads to follow up. Well done to Marloes, Caroline and the team.

But the trip wasn’t all work and no play! Mum and I and the camper-van saw Rotterdam, Delft, Utrecht and Den Haag then made our way. Then it’s a day in the office and off to the Free From Food Expo at Barcelona show!

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Meeting Huntingdon’s Mayor, tour of the Town Hall and Glebe Farm on the radio!

Rebecca and the MayorYesterday I was fortunate to be invited to have lunch with Bill Hensley, the Huntingdon Mayor.

He is now in his second year as Mayor and does a long 14 hour day voluntarily as his duties as Mayor and heading the local radio station – Huntingdon Community Radio station (HCR) FM 104.

HCR Radio LogoBill and I had lunch in the Mayor’s Parlour next to the painting of Oliver Cromwell. The story was that Cromwell did not like the painting and said to paint another painting ‘worts and all’ which is where the saying comes from. Afterwards Bill gave me a tour around Huntingdon’s Town Hall.

The Town Hall has a beautiful Assembly Room with paintings of famous royal visitors. Bill was explaining Huntingdon was very much on the ‘Royalist’ side prior to Oliver Cromwell and naturally did not receive many royal visitors during or after Cromwell.  Cromwell was ousted from Huntingdon to live in Ely, where he rode his men and horses through the cathedral. He later lived in St Ives where his statue was erected. Firstly Huntingdon did not want his statue and secondly the statue faces away from Huntingdon.

rebecca at Court roomWe went into the Court Room and cells, used up till 5 years ago. It now is used for TV and occasional theatre productions such as the 3 Witches of Warboys and the last man to be hanged.

rebecca and cell doorThen off the small cells with their original doors

As mention earlier, Bill heads the Huntingdon Community Radio Station based at Saxongate on the High Street. I have been a regular listener of HCR for many years after a tour round. We discussed an afternoon slot with Nicola Rule

(7-8pm on 16th July 2015) and ‘cost effective’ radio advertising in the coming months. So don’t forget to tune in to HCR FM 104!

Thanks to Bill. The few hours were most enjoyable!

Rebecca Rayner