Bald Explorer Meets John Eaton in Ashurst

John Eaton of Ashurst

Today I am in Ashurst in West Sussex. It’s a small village north of Worthing and close to Steyning. I am at the beautiful church there to meet John Eaton, 91, who has lived in the village all his life. I am curious to learn his memories of village life and how he made national …

The Baronet of Stopham Church in West Sussex

Stopham Church

I am privileged to meet Sir Brain Barttelot, the Baronet of Stopham in today’s video. He takes me around the beautiful Saxon church of Stopham, near Pulborough in West Sussex. The Barttelot family can trace their lineage back to Norman times and before to the original Stopham family. Much of their history us recorded in …

Bald Explorer goes to a Ploughing Match – HEDGELAYING

The Art of Hedgelaying

Hedgelaying is a country skill practiced mainly in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with many regional variations in style and technique. Hedgelaying is the process of bending and partially cutting through the stems of a line of shrubs or small trees near ground level and arching the stems without breaking them, so they can grow …

Bald Explorer goes to a Ploughing Match: VINTAGE PLOUGHING

Vintage Tractors

The West Grinstead and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society, established in 1871, has been holding shows for over 125 years and is very pro active in promoting the interests of the local farming community. Today I meet up with Richard Verrall, farmer and woodland owner, who takes me around the ploughing match and explains the …

Bald Explorer goes to a Ploughing Match – STEAM POWER

Ploughing Match

The West Grinstead & District Ploughing and Agricultural Society, established in 1871, has been holding shows for over 125 years and is very pro active in promoting the interests of the local farming community. Today I meet up with Richard Verrall, farmer and woodland owner, who takes me around the ploughing match and explains the …

Is there a future for small-scale farming today?

The future of Farming

Farming today is not easy and is more a labour of love than a profit making business. In this episode the lovely Julia Hartley and myself continue our visit to Morrie’s Farm to look at the cattle. We learn the reality and hardships facing small scale farmers in the modern era. My videos are funded …