This event offers the opportunity to get up close and watch experienced ploughmen of all ages and gender turning the soil with a variety of tractors and ploughs. This includes modern reversible, classic vintage, and horse drawn ploughs.
There are all kinds of competitions including cookery, flower arranging and handicrafts. Also a novelty Dog Show and entertainment for the children.
As late summer turns gently into autumn this traditional rural attraction situated in the heart of Sussex, offers a wonderful day out for all the family. The tractors are a major attraction for kids of all ages, and traditional crafts including hedge laying are demonstrated by experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge. Refreshments including Sussex Ales and bangers and burgers made from local produce, will be available to fill empty tummies and quench the thirst, throughout the day.
The Harvest Festival service was well timed this year as we had finished drilling the final field on Friday evening. This autumn we have encountered near perfect conditions, allowing us to complete the field work in what would have been a record time had it not been for some irritating breakdowns.
There have been years when as the Vicar reassured us as he did on Sunday, that we should never worry because God will look after our crops and guarantee they will grow plentifully as he will feed and water them, when I have been tempted to question why God considers it appropriate to get the watering so terribly wrong. However, this year he has done a fair job so far, but if he could see his way to sending a fairly sizeable cheque to cover the cost of the fertilizer and sprays, that would just about be the cherry on the top!
All Tele Communications came to an abrupt halt last Wednesday for the business units and our neighbours at Randolphs Farm. To grain access for grain Lorries and fertiliser deliveries we are widening a couple of bends by moving the fence. Unfortunately the guys managed to sever the main underground BT cable fairly dramatically.
In my naivety I thought a call to both BT and Openreach within minutes of the incident would result in instant action, with emergency engineers rushing to the scene with a commitment to restore the telephone service to 15 businesses and families with immediate effect . How wrong I was! Not only were they totally disinterested, ‘unless a member of the public was in danger of injury’, but neither company considered the matter to be of any urgency.
Hours have been wasted trying to talk to someone who is not a computer, and when eventually a real person actually speaks, it is rare that they can do anything as they are hundreds of miles away, are reading from a script, refuse to pass you on to a manager, engineer or even the chairman.
The matter is serious for all those affected who are still without their telephones on and internet connections on Monday morning. Most businesses today are totally reliant upon communicating with clients, customers, accountants, and providers of internet Banking.
We all pay heavily for these services and expect repairs to be attended to within an acceptable time periods. For business customers of BT the pledge is to get them reconnected within three working days. What a joke!
I certainly think they should be working through the night if necessary to restore these vitals communications. I shall expect letters of apology from Mr Joe Garner and Sir Michael Rake the respective chairman of both companies, for the inefficiency of their service, the lack of communications and abject disinterest regarding matters vital to their customers.
It is hardly surprising that Ofcom have been reviewing Openreach’s quality of service. BT Openreach originally promised “to keep the nation connected”. If our situation were just a one off they could perhaps be forgiven, but it is quite evident from the many websites dedicated to complaints targeting both companies, that the problem is widespread and must be addressed.
Carola Godman Irvine