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Issue No. 41 [Back Issues]
19th April 2005

This Week - [Live TV Interview - St. Weonard's School] [AGA Open Day - Topical Photography] [Survivors - Nature Watch]

John states his case for polytunnels live on television . . .

Following something of a local issue about caravans and 'polytunnels,' planning permission was granted for a five year period to John Chinn of Cobrey Farm last Wednesday, 13th April, allowing him to erect more permanent accommodation facilities for student 'pickers' and other farm workers at the Coughton farm.

The mobile homes currently located on the farm do not require planning permission. Farm Partner, John Chinn said, 'They only look the way they do because they are temporary. Now that planning permission has been granted, a much more landscaped housing area for farm workers can be built, which will include a football pitch for relaxation.'

John also wished to point out that he houses forty pylons on his land, which are there to provide local people with electricity. The polytunnels, which are in reality just sheet polythene, are also there as a benefit - to provide food. It is only the fact that the land is not level which stops the polythene looking like a shimmering lake on a sunny day.

On Wednesday, John Chinn was interviewed by reporter, Enda Brady, live on Central Television regarding the 'polytunnel' issue and I travelled up to the location in the four wheel drive vehicle with Enda and John to photograph the broadcast. Below, the interview can be seen taking place. John shows a pack of Asparagus produced at the farm for Marks & Spencer. Pylons, polythene and the temporary caravans can be seen in the background. Below that, another shot of Enda and John with the camera crew during the live broadcast.


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New play area for St. Weonard's Primary School . . .

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The Parent Teachers Association at St. Weonard's Primary School, Herefordshire have purchased a new 'low level trial' for pupils of the school. Teachers have devised a rota system, which allows every child access to the apparatus at least once per week during play times.

The three children pictured above, Jack, Abi and James, were chosen to try out the apparatus on what turned out to be a rather dull and chilly Friday afternoon in April. This was a little ahead of schedule as the concrete below needs a few more days to fully harden before taking a full load. It was fun to watch them struggling to get their footing when climbing aboard for the first time and, with roars of laughter coming from the audience behind me, I could not resist turning round to take a quick shot of the children enjoying the experience and looking forward to taking their turn next week.

Below, a photograph showing local children playing in the playground of St. Weonard's Primary, in its beautiful rural setting. The weather was not the best during the shot, so I have deliberately added the 'dreamy' effect to the photograph.


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