Terry Murrell an exceptionally experienced butcher, is retiring from running Choice Cuts Organic Food Store, Preston Drove, Brighton. He is hanging up his butchers’ cleavers and apron, much to the disappointment of his many loyal customers.
Terry has for many years, been one of my best customers selling Ote Hall Farm grass fed Sussex Beef, in his popular butcher’s shop.
Terry was also remarkably kind, each Christmas donating turkeys to the Wivelsfield Better Together Christmas Day Lunch.
Terry’s family run business: his daughter and grandchildren were involved in running the shop, living on site, and keeping the ‘show on the road’, was special. Throughout Covid the shop remained open, going well over and beyond expectations, Terry ensured his customers were supplied with all their needs.
I hope Terry can now enjoy a well-earned rest and healthy retirement. I look forward in due course to hearing tales of his and his wife Sarah’s travels abroad, and for the first time in 37 years, they can enjoy Christmas.
The relationship between traditional livestock farmers, Ote Hall included, with private retailers such as Choice Cuts, farm shops and local and London butchers is essential. Particularly those able and willing to take whole beasts as opposed to pre jointed, processed, and packaged meat, as many butchers purchase today.
Most butchers either do not have the skills or are unwilling to handle a carcass. It is hard work but worthwhile if you want top quality traditional cuts and joints. Sadly, proper butchery skills will soon be confined to the history books as colleges fail to teach basic skills properly.
Wind and solar are well known for being ‘incompetent’ sources of energy. This is increasingly evident particularly in Europe, where supplies ‘hang by a thread’ of natural gas – exposing the whole continent to Russia’s weaponisation of energy supply.
The target of net Zero is at last being recognised by the UK Government to be unattainable and a positive danger to national wellbeing and security.
Ministers must now be brave and far sighted as they set about the long haul ensuring better, safer energy supplies for the future.
By admitting 2050 is out of the question they must go about stabalising fuel supplies. Increasing unreliable re-newables weakens the energy sector and exposes the country to outside threats.
Government must re-commit to fossil fuels by granting consent for new combined gas turbines, a fleet of coal fired power stations using ultra-super critical technology, support exploration in the North Seas and onshore fracking, and scrap Sizewell C using the funds to construct small modular reactors – awarded by competition.
The UK needs to lead the way by showing common sense when it comes to keeping the lights on, the ‘wheels turning’, and Putin firmly in his box.