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					The latest news from Reaseheath College                                                                Issue 20



Reaseheath gets royal
seal of approval
R    easeheath celebrated its greatest honour in a series of national
     accolades when Her Majesty the Queen officially opened two
world class buildings at our premier specialist college.
   The buildings are part of a continuing £40 million investment which
have brought cutting edge technical resources and teaching facilities
to our Nantwich, Cheshire, campus.
   Her Majesty opened Centrepoint, Reaseheath’s £3 million learning
resource and student services centre, where she met the teams who
provide learning support, care and guidance for our 7000 students.
   Her Majesty also opened our new, international standard, indoor
riding arena and viewed practical demonstrations of equine science,
equine therapy and natural horsemanship at our Equestrian Centre.
   A few days later we received a letter confirming how much her
Majesty had enjoyed meeting our staff and students and how she had
been particularly impressed with everyone’s enthusiasm.
   See pages 2, 3 and 4 for a full report of Reaseheath’s royal visit.




                                                                         pt     The Queen enjoys her Reaseheath Experience
                                                                         q Joe Davison rides in front of Her Majesty and guests




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Queen enjoys
Another year of success

Reaseheath Experience
Her Majesty the Queen                   admired facilities which include
received a rousing reception            20,000 books, videos, dvds and
from Reaseheath students                talking books and the cutting edge
and staff when she visited our          electronic self service system used
campus to officially unveil two         by our students.
new buildings.                             She also heard about the
   Flanked by crowds waving Union       emphasis which Reaseheath
Jack flags, our royal visitor toured    places on student welfare by
specialist teaching resources           providing one-to-one learning
and facilities which form part of a     support and counseling when
continuing £40 million investment.      required.
   Dressed in an attractive salmon         One student to enjoy a chat
pink outfit with a black trimmed hat    with the Queen was animal
and looking relaxed and happy,          behaviour and welfare student
the Queen frequently stopped            Amy Bostow. Said Amy: “It was
to admire students’ work and            very exciting. I had never met        p The Queen enjoys chatting to Principal Meredydd David after officially naming
seemed genuinely interested in her      a member of the Royal Family            Centrepoint
Reaseheath Experience.                  before. The Queen asked me
   Her Majesty opened                   about my course and how               Garden and Landscape Design,              commitments as we are both
Centrepoint, our new £3 million         much I was enjoying studying at       said: “The Queen was very                 mature students.
learning resource and student           Reaseheath. I was a bit nervous       interested in what our students              “I told her that the course
services centre, where she met          but it was great to meet her.”        are doing. We are involved with           support was great but that my brain
the teams who provide learning             Work by garden and landscape       many community volunteers and             wasn’t working as quickly as when
support, care and guidance for          design students also caught Her       schools and the Queen asked us            I took my first degree and she
our 7,000 students.                     Majesty’s eye.                        a lot of questions. We also spoke         seemed very amused.”
   As she toured our state-of-the-art      Sarah Hopkinson, Course            about our community garden                   (Karen already has a BSc
library and study area, Her Majesty     Manager for Higher Education          project in Northwich.”                    Degree in Textile Design).
                                                                                 Her Majesty chatted to                    The Queen was invited to
                                                                              Foundation Degree in Garden and           unveil a plaque by Principal
                                                                              Landscape Design students Sian            Meredydd David, who said
                                                                              Bury and Karen Tonge, who were            how thrilled he was to have Her
                                                                              completing the design for the BBC         Majesty in attendance.
                                                                              North West Tonight garden at the             Describing the visit as a ‘once in
                                                                              RHS Show Tatton Park.                     a lifetime experience’, Reaseheath’s
                                                                                 Said Karen: “The Queen seemed          Director of Learning Services Peter
                                                                              genuinely interested in the design.       Green added: “What an occasion!
                                                                              She also asked about our course           It has been great to celebrate the
                                                                              and wondered how we managed               opening of the Centrepoint building
                                                                              to balance study with our other           with the Queen.”

                                                                              t A royal reception from    q Her Majesty chats to Sian Bury and Karen Tonge,
                                                                                Reaseheath students         watched by Reaseheath’s Principal Meredydd David




                                        p Her Majesty
                                          with a college
                                          made bouquet



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                                    Royal visitor for
Reaseheath Equestrian Centre
received royal approval
when its new indoor arena
was officially opened by Her



                                    Equestrian Centre
Majesty the Queen.
   Her Majesty watched an
advanced dressage display by
equine student Joe Davison, who
was riding his father’s Olympic
partner Hiscox Artemis. Her
Majesty entered the arena and       Science, Complementary
talked animatedly to Joe, to his    Therapy and Natural
father Richard, who is Britain’s    Horsemanship student Jo Cook,
Olympic dressage team captain,      who was demonstrating massage
and to the horse’s owner, the       on Friesian cross ‘Del Boy’,
Countess of Derby.                  added: “I spoke to the Queen
   Joe is current British under     about muscle tension. I found her
18 showjumping champion and         lovely to speak to and she acted
had just helped the Under 21        very naturally.”
GB team take gold in the first         Another student to chat to Her
Young Rider Nations Cup event       Majesty was Kim McMuldrow,
of the season. He is studying       who was carrying out a reiki
for a Foundation Degree in          healing session. She said:
Equine Science, Complementary       “The Queen seemed genuinely
Therapy and Natural                 interested.”
Horsemanship with us.                  It was a particularly special
   Joe said: “I think my            occasion for Reaseheath yard
demonstration went well. It was     technician Phillip Warren,
such an honour to perform in        who previously worked with
front of the Queen. We discussed    ceremonial horses in the Royal
my showjumping and Her              Mews for the Queen.                  p The Queen meets student Joe Davison (mounted), Richard Davison and the
Majesty was very interested in my      He said: “I think Her Majesty       Countess of Derby
horse.”                             might have recognised me,
   Her Majesty also toured          although she has had so many
Reaseheath’s other equine           employees - probably too many to
facilities and seemed captivated    remember! But it was an amazing
by practical demonstrations of      experience to see the Queen here
equine science, equine therapy      and gave us the opportunity to
and natural horsemanship.           show off our new facilities, which
   Equine instructor Christine      are second to none.”
Booth, who led a group studying        As she concluded her visit,
the fine detail of the muscle       Her Majesty unveiled a chainsaw
system by drawing the muscles       carved sculpture of two horses’
onto bay mare ‘Mo’ with chalk       heads, created by artist Andy
and face paint, said: “The Queen    Hancock out of old English oak.
was very interested in what we         Principal Meredydd David
were doing. She commented on        said: “It was a privilege and
how great it was for students to    honour to welcome Her Majesty
be able to learn equine science     to Reaseheath Equestrian
and that she wished she had         Centre. It is true recognition of
been able to do that when she       the development and reputation
was younger!”                       of the college and its significant
   Foundation Degree in Equine      contribution to the national
                                                                         p The Queen unveils a carved horse statue watched by Joe Davison and
                                                                           Hiscox Artemis

                                                                         equine industry. Her Majesty was          •	 The	60m	x	30m	indoor	arena	
                                                                         very relaxed and really enjoyed              has a synthetic Ecotrack
                                                                         meeting and chatting to students             Competition surface installed to
                                                                         and staff.”                                  international standard by Martin
                                                                         •	 Reaseheath’s	indoor	arena	is	part	        Collins Enterprises and is for
                                                                            of a recent £2.3 million investment       hire outside college hours. It can
                                                                            into the college’s equestrian             seat up to 200 spectators and
                                                                            centre. Other new facilities include      has an integrated public address
                                                                            a purpose built round pen for             system, two mirrored walls, a
                                                                            natural horsemanship, American            sound system for dressage to
                                                                            barn-style stabling and an equine         music and a judges’ box.
                                                                            solarium.                              For details about equine events
                                                                                                                   or the hire of facilities contact
                                                                         t Her Majesty is reunited with Yard       Lettie Bardsley on 01270
                                                                           Technician Philip Warren (left)         616474.


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A bouquet fit for The Queen
W     hen Reaseheath received
      news of the impending
royal visit, floristry tutor
                                       colour. Recalled Sarah: “We
                                       knew that the Queen often
                                       wears lime green, so zingy
Sarah Parker was tasked                alchemilla mollis seemed like a
with creating a bouquet to be          perfect choice. Its frilly texture
presented to the Queen.                contrasted really nicely with our
   Focussing on Her Majesty’s          velvety cream roses. We stayed
fondness for the English               away from white, which can
country garden, Sarah created          look a little stark, and stuck to
a classic hand-tied posy               creams, greens and lilac to give
using local seasonal flowers.          a fresh, clean feel.
Explained Sarah: “I wanted                “As a hand-tied bouquet is made
to create a bouquet with a             in the hand, you can achieve a
“cottagey” feel, simple, pretty        lovely natural shape with lots of
and classically English”.              natural movement and texture.”
   The bouquet was in Her                 Sarah’s bouquet was set off
Majesty’s favourite summer             to perfection by the salmon
colours of cream and green             pink outfit worn by Her Majesty.
and included English roses,            It was presented by Katherine
astrantias, alchemilla mollis and      Smith, a Level 3 Diploma in
hosta leaves. In keeping with the      Floristry student selected by            such an honour to meet her              p Sarah Parker and Katherine
royal passion for local home-          tutors for her enthusiasm and            and she thanked me for the              Smith with the royal bouquet
grown produce, many of the             attention to detail.                     bouquet.”
flowers in the design were hand           Katherine said: “I am the               It was the second time Sarah         was Valentine’s Day and he had
picked from Sarah’s own garden!        luckiest person alive! I spoke to        had created a bouquet for a            just announced his engagement
   Careful thought went into the       the Queen about what course I            Reaseheath royal visit. When           to Camilla Parker-Bowles. On
flower and foliage selection,          am doing and explained where             HRH The Prince of Wales toured         that occasion Sarah made a
especially when it came to             the flowers came from. It was            our food department in 2005 it         heart of deep red roses.




Florist engineers
new career                             Fairytale finale for florists




Student Vicky Carr won an award
at a national competition just
months after starting a new career
in floristry.
   Vicky, a Level 3 Diploma in                                                  Our florists’ creative entry for the    p Adrian Thomas with a flower
Floristry student, worked as a         ornithogallums impressed the             RHS Flower Show Tatton Park             design inspired by graffiti artist
civil engineer for eight years but     national panel of judges.                had a fairytale result when their       Banksy
decided to change to a career              Vicky said: “This was the first      stunning interpretation of Alice in
which allowed her more creativity.     competition I had ever entered,          Wonderland won a silver medal.          t Reaseheath’s winning floristry
   Her bold move has already paid      so gaining a place came as a real           Lecturers Ruth Clarke,               lecturers and students on the set
off, as she took third place in the    surprise. I love learning floristry –    Sarah Parker and Sue Poole              of Alice in Wonderland
hotly contested students’ class        it’s such a creative art. At college     and students Jane Crowther,
in the British Florist Association’s   we learn how to make four or five        Dominique Noonan and Denise            Diploma in Floristry. Another
annual show in Birmingham.             different designs each week. It’s        Staziker created a multi-coloured      Level 3 student, Adrian Thomas,
The competition brief was to           such a change from being desk            floral design of Alice’s arrival in    who is a partner in Verdure Floral
create floral jewellery for an adult   bound in an office.”                     wonderland, the mad hatter’s tea       Design, took a silver-gilt medal
bridesmaid and Vicky’s inventive           Vicky, who wants eventually to run   party and the battle between the       with an eye catching display
necklace of aluminium rings            her own business, attends college        good and bad queens.                   honouring works by artists
dotted through with orchids,           for three days a week and spends a          Jane, Dominique and Denise          including Banksy, LS Lowry and
green chrysanthemums and               fourth day on a work placement.          have completed their Level 3           David Hockney.


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Continuing investment gives Reaseheath the ‘wow’ factor
R     easeheath is continuing with its ambitious programme to develop
      world class technical and educational resources across campus.
   An £11 million building programme started this Autumn will provide a
National Food Centre of Excellence, a new skills centre for pre-entry and
entry level students and, later in 2011, new adventure sport and horticultural
facilities, expanded dining and recreational areas, a larger HE centre and a
new agricultural and food interpretation centre.
   This further investment is in addition to the £30 million-plus which has
been spent on 21st century buildings, educational resources and student
accommodation over the past four years.
   Specialist buildings completed this year include the Eden International
Dairy Academy and our new animal management centre - a total investment
of £7 million for the two buildings.
                                                                                   p Bengal Eagle owl
   The new buildings are constructed to BREEAM requirements, which
                                                                                   Ravi with bird keeper
set the standard for best practice in sustainable design and environmental         Leanne Lowton
performance.                                                                       outside the new
   Our campus expansion is due to our unprecedented success and                    animal management
growth. The investment has been supported by the North West Regional               training centre
Development Agency and the government’s Skills Funding Agency.




Celebrity botanist backs Reaseheath’s
inspirational teaching
The important work which Reaseheath                     Reaseheath is doing brilliant work to ensure
does to inspire all students, from primary              people of all ages understand how important
schoolchildren to adults, by teaching them              it is to look after the planet. I would urge other
about the natural world was spelled out                 educational establishments to follow this
by internationally acclaimed botanist and               college’s lead.”
natural historian David Bellamy OBE.                        David Bellamy went on to plant an unusual
   The global environmental campaigner and              Wollemi pine in the college grounds. Discovered
television personality was at our college to            in	Australia	just	16	years	ago	and	previously	
dedicate a commemorative stone on our new               unknown to science, the tree was selected to
£3 million animal management training centre.           commemorate his work in helping to preserve
The new building includes specialist rooms for          rare species.
reptiles, amphibians and fish, accommodation                He also entertained 30 pupils from St. Anne’s
for domestic animals, teaching and conference           Catholic Primary School, Nantwich, who had
rooms and an impressive entrance to our zoo.            been enjoying a day on campus looking at
   It is the second phase of a major                    plants and animals, and gave an illustrated
refurbishment which has already provided                lecture to over 300 staff, students and visitors in
the department with a £1.5 million dog                  a marquee on the college lawn.
grooming parlour, laboratories and training             •	 Thanks	to	continuing	investment,	
facilities.                                                 Reaseheath’s animal centre has the best
   After touring our animal centre, which caters            resources of any educational institution in
for 800 students, houses over 1,000 animals                 the UK. The British and Irish Association
and has a zoo licence, David Bellamy said:                  of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) chose us
“Reaseheath really has the ‘wow’ factor. It is a            as a venue for a three day conference for
wonderful place. You couldn’t find any better               its Terrestrial Invertebrate Working Group.                          p David Bellamy and
college to be a student.                                    The event was attended by UK-wide                                   students get close up
   “It’s very important that we do all we can to            members including zoo curators, heads                               and personal with one of
preserve every species of plant and animal                  of sections, conservationists and zoo                                our ring tailed lemurs
because we are losing them at an alarming rate.             keepers plus some of our own experts.




On the move
While staff and students have been busy settling into their new                     A baby capybara and a muntjac fawn have been born at college and a
accommodation, some of our animals have also been on the move.                   large number of recently acquired fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates
   New arrivals to the Animal Centre include a pair of breeding Oriental         and rodents have moved into purpose built accommodation.
short-clawed otters from Belfast Zoo and two male coatis from Stapeley              But it’s goodbye to one of our silvery marmosets, which has left for
Water Gardens. A new otter enclosure was designed and built by horticulture      the Isle of Wight Zoo as part of the European Stud Book programme,
students, who are also developing a wallaby enclosure. The coati enclosure has   and to a female cotton top tamarin which is off to Linton Zoo as part of
been designed by animal management students as part of their project work.       an exchange programme.


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World class dairy training
centre unveiled
T    he Eden International Dairy
     Academy, our world class
dairy training centre, was
                                        employers, trade bodies and
                                        skills specialists to address skills
                                        shortages within the food and drink
officially opened by North West         industry. A key achievement has
Regional Development Agency             been the development of a globally
(NWDA) Chief Executive Steven           recognised Foundation Degree in
Broomhead,                              Dairy Technology, introduced at
   The £2.7 million academy is fitted   Reaseheath last year, to train future
out with fully operational, industry    dairy production managers.
standard processing facilities for         The Project Eden trainees,
milk, cheese, yoghurt and butter        who already work in the industry
production. The training centre is      as dairy technologists, attend           p   Project Eden students and industry partners celebrate the academy opening
the result of a unique collaboration    Reaseheath on block release
between Reaseheath, the dairy           and gain skills and experience          and diversification.
industry and the National Skills        in the academy. The trainees are           Vice Principal Dave Kynaston
Academy for Food and Drink              employed by industry leaders            said: “We are proud to be working          Project Eden
Manufacturing, who are working
together to make the UK a world
                                        including Robert Wiseman Dairies,
                                        Dairy Crest, Arla Foods, Muller
                                                                                with so many important partners in
                                                                                this project and to share the vision
                                                                                                                           trainees celebrate
leader in dairy training. The build     Dairies, First Milk and Milk Link.      and passion which we all hold for          first year success
itself was partly funded by the            The academy is also used by          the food manufacturing industry.
NWDA and supported through              our food manufacture students           There is no doubt that the Eden
industry sponsorship.                   and by the region’s food and            International Dairy Academy will
   The initiative, known as Project     drink manufacturers, primarily          be recognised as one of the best
Eden, brought together leading          for new product development             facilities in the world.”



Industry leaders back food centre of
excellence
Leading figures in the food and
farming industries are backing                                                                                              p Successful: Kevin Yau,

Reaseheath’s plans to build                                                                                                 Kayleigh Brock and Matt Williams
a unique, world class, food
processing centre.                                                                                                         Three Project Eden dairy
   Our new Food Centre of                                                                                                  trainees were in line for special
Excellence, currently under                                                                                                honours after completing the first
construction, will have specialist                                                                                         year of their Foundation Degree
equipment for the manufacture                                                                                              in Dairy Technology.
of all foods including dairy                                                                                                  Kevin Yau, who works for
products, bakery and butchery.                                                                                             Robert Wiseman Dairies, was
The factory-standard facilities will                                                                                       named Dairy Culture Student
be used by our students and by                                                    p The Duke of Westminster
                                                                                                                           of the Year while Kayleigh
north west businesses for new                                                    cuts the first sod of the new             Brock, an employee of Robert
product development and trials                                                   build applauded by Principal              Wiseman Dairies, was chosen
   Celebrity farmer Jimmy               need energetic, motivated new            Meredydd David and celebrity              as Best Academic Student. Matt
Doherty and His Grace the               blood coming into agriculture            farmer Jimmy Doherty                      Williams, a team leader for Dairy
Duke of Westminster were both           if we are to keep up with                                                          Crest, was selected as Best
at Reaseheath for the launch of         the increasing demand for               the processes that the milk goes           Practical Student.
the new build.                          food in the face of a growing           through to make yoghurt.”                     “The first year of study has
   Television personality               population. Reaseheath has                 His Grace the Duke of                   been very demanding,” said
Jimmy, a viewers’ favourite             created a fertile seed bed of           Westminster unveiled a                     Matt. “Through a mix of practical
with Jimmy’s Farm and                   future talent which will go some        commemorative plaque and cut               tests and theory we have looked
Jimmy’s Food Factory, is a              way towards filling this need.          the first sod of turf. Patron of           at the chemistry of milk, studied
leading campaigner for locally             “The college stands out              the local food champion ‘Made              micro-biology and milk dairy
grown food. He paid tribute to          because it gives students the           in Cheshire’, he said that he              derivatives - in fact everything
Reaseheath’s vision in securing         opportunity to follow the whole         and his members owed a debt                from producing milk on the farm
funding for the project and to          food journey from primary               of gratitude to Reaseheath, to             to putting it on the supermarket
our commitment to the food and          production right through to the         the NWDA and to other industry             shelf. I feel that I have a much
farming industries.                     finished product. You can watch a       supporters who had made the                better, well-rounded, knowledge
   He said: “We desperately             cow being milked and then see all       state-of-the-art centre a reality.         of the milk industry as a whole.”


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Reaseheath celebrates Cheshire
Show successes                                                                      p It’s show time
                                                                                   for Ben Tunley,
                                                                                   Erica Jackson

R     easeheath’s action packed
      stand received a special
award in recognition of its
                                           very proud of the success of our
                                           students and this is a chance to
                                           show what they can do.”
                                                                                   and Tom Knowles
                                                                                   with Gowy Jackie,
                                                                                   Jinx and Jackdaw
outstanding contribution to visitor           Among visiting celebrities were
enjoyment and learning at the              two actors from the long running
county’s leading agricultural              BBC radio farming soap ‘The
event, the Cheshire Show.                  Archers’ - Charles Collingwood
   Our exhibition impressed judges         (Brian Aldridge) and Judy Bennett
with the enthusiasm of our staff and       (Shula Archer).
students, its diversity of attractions     •	 Elsewhere on the showground
and the efforts we made to educate            Head of Agriculture Martyn East
visitors about food, farming and              joined Jonny Hewitt, Cheshire
outdoor skills. Our activities included       county chairman of the National
a climbing wall, a mechanical horse,          Farmers Union, in a cookery
bricklaying and planting seedlings.           competition featuring local
   Our stand has scooped a rosette            produce. The pair joined tv                                                                   p Martyn
at the Cheshire Show for seven                celebrity chef Nigel Brown on the                                                             East (right)
consecutive years.                            Cheshire East stand ‘Love food,                                                               and Jonny
   John Gittins, Chief Steward of the         hate waste’.                                                                                  Hewitt join
Rural Life area said: “Reaseheath          •	 Reaseheath agriculture students                                                               celebrity
sets the standards to which others            celebrated success in the cattle                                                              chef Nigel
aspire - the college is right at the top      showring, where they prepared                                                                 Brown in a
                                                                                                                                            cook off
of the tree.”                                 and produced three young rare
   Principal Meredydd David, who is           breed Longhorn cattle for the
also Vice President of the Cheshire           Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
Agricultural Society, said: “Once             Ben Tunley, Erica Jackson, Tom
again Reaseheath has excelled.                Knowles, Charlotte Stening,
This is obvious by the stream of              Josh Booth-Millward and George
visitors queueing to engage in the            Webster showed Jackie, Jinx and
Reaseheath Experience.”                       Jackdaw from the Gowy herd in
   Reaseheath Marketing Manager               the commercial Longhorn and
Glyn Ferriday said: “Attending good           rare breeds classes.                 Counties Show, Malvern.                 was really helpful.”
rural shows like these gives us a             It was a steep learning curve for    Erica said: “This is the first time     The Cheshire Wildlife Trust
great opportunity to meet the public          both handlers and cattle, as both    we’ve had a go at showing               uses the cattle to maintain
and demonstrate the huge range                had made their ring debut only       cattle so we’ve a lot to learn but      and improve plant and wildlife
of vocational skills we offer. We are         the week previously at the Three     it was great fun and everyone           habitats through grazing.



Entrepreneurial young farmer to travel the globe
An entrepreneurial young Cheshire          intends to attend management            Applications are being taken for      01270 613243 or visit www.
farmer will travel the globe thanks        courses in Europe and in the UK.        next year.                            reaseheath.ac.uk or www.
to a scholarship organised through            She received the award               Contact Dave Kynaston on              cheshirecountyshow.org.uk
Reaseheath and presented at the            from John Platt OBE, chair of
Cheshire Show.                             Reaseheath Governors and former
   Katy Waller, 33, a partner in her       chair of the Cheshire Agricultural
family’s business, Blaze Farm,             Society.
Wildboarclough near Macclesfield,             Katy said: “Gaining the
was this year’s winner of the £2,000       scholarship has given me a
John Platt Travel Scholarship.             fantastic opportunity to mingle with
She is responsible for making              professionals and to gain an insight
the farm’s ‘Hilly Billy’ range of ice      into how they run their operations.
creams and also manages the                I’m hoping to pick up tips on
tea rooms, open farm educational           how to increase profit by cutting
days and nature trails.                    down on utility costs and to see if
   Katy is planning to use the             there are any new flavours I could
scholarship to attend the Great            introduce into my own range.”
Lakes Ice Cream and Fast Food              •	 The	John	Platt	Scholarship	is	
Trade Show in Lansing, North                  open to anyone aged between           p Katy Waller receives her

America, which is the largest                 18 and 35 who lives or works         travel scholarship from John
annual show in the world catering             in Cheshire and is employed in       Platt (left) and Meredydd David
                                                                                    at the Cheshire Show
for ice cream operators. She also             agriculture or related industries.


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Reaseheath is top of the tree                                                                                               Chelsea
at RHS Tatton                                                                                                               win for
                                                                                                                            apprentice
T    here were
     celebrations all round
after students and staff
                                 ‘Harry’s Evening Stars’:
                                 Maile Belanger, Richard
                                 Bowser, Pauline Clarke,
                                                                                                                            Luke
carried off top medals           Colin Greenwood, Margaret
at the prestigious RHS           Kewley, Peter Armstrong-
Flower Show Tatton Park.         Childs and Marc Brimble.
   A show garden built as           Explained Pauline
a tribute to the inspirational   Clarke: “Harry is a source
teaching of Reaseheath           of energy and inspiration to     p Harry Delaney celebrates gold medal success with

lecturer Harry Delaney was       many, so much so that he        ‘Harry’s Evening Stars’
awarded a gold medal -           has been responsible for
one of just four handed          some people completely          dedicated to Harry’s          of the outstanding gardens
over at the show.                changing their lifestyle. We    teaching, the garden          of the show. The build
   ‘A Plant Hunter’s Retreat’    have all studied with him for   celebrated the intrepid       has been has been well
was designed by RHS              a number of years and we        explorers of old who          executed and shows great     Horticulture apprentice
Advanced Certificate             have planned this garden        travelled far and wide        attention to detail.”        Luke Wilson helped his
evening class students           as our tribute to him.”         in search of new and             Reaseheath students       employers win a coveted
known collectively as               As well as being             exciting species.             and staff also designed      gold medal at RHS
                                                                    Harry, who has worked      and built a garden for BBC   Chelsea Flower Show.
     p BBC North                                                 for	Reaseheath	for	16	        North West Tonight. This        Luke, who works for
    West Tonight                                                 years and is an RHS           was the third consecutive    Claire Austin Hardy Plants
    weather                                                      Master of Horticulture,       year that Reaseheath has     Ltd. in Shropshire, comes
    presenter                                                    said: “I feel extremely       produced a garden for        to college weekly to
    Dianne                                                       proud and honoured to         the popular regional news    work towards his Level 2
    Oxberry                                                      have had this garden          programme.                   Apprenticeship in Amenity
    forecasts the
                                                                 built in my honour. For          ‘Journey of Discovery’    Horticulture.
    weather from
                                                                 the students to achieve       was a wheelchair friendly,      He was one of the
    Reaseheath’s
    garden                                                       a gold medal shows just       sensory garden designed      Claire Austin team who
                                                                 what a brilliant job they     by higher level students     prepared, transported
                                                                 have done.”                   in garden design and         and set up a breathtaking
                                                                    TV gardener Chris          featured plants chosen       display of over 100 irises
                                                                 Beardshaw, who visited the    for their perfume, touch     at Chelsea.
                                                                 garden, said: “This was one   or food value.                  Said Luke: “People
                                                                                                                            don’t realise how much
                                                                                                                            detail goes into the
College hosts visit of prestigious horticulture group                                                                       planning and preparation
                                                                                                                            of an exhibit for a show
Members of one of Britain’s oldest                                                                                          at this level. We worked
and most prestigious horticulture                                                                                           for three days painting
groups, The Worshipful Company                                                                                              the display, making sure
of Gardeners, visited Reaseheath                                                                                            every flower was perfect
as part of a study tour of north                                                                                            and getting the heights
west England.                                                                                                               right. It was awesome
   The group were welcomed to                                                                                               when we heard we’d got a
our award winning horticulture                                                                                              gold medal. Everyone was
department by Principal Meredydd                                                                                            really excited.”
David and Head of Horticulture                                                                                                 Claire Austin is the
Iain Clarke.                                                                                                                daughter of nationally
   The Worshipful Company of                                                                                                acclaimed rose grower
Gardeners was first mentioned in City                                                                                       David Austin. Luke has
of London Corporation records in                                                                                            been on the workforce
1345	and	ranks	number	66	in	order	          p Dr Steven Dowbiggin plants a tree watched by Reaseheath staff and             for over two years and
of precedence of livery companies in        Worshipful Company of Gardeners members                                         has gained a number
the City of London. The organisation                                                                                        of industry relevant
promotes the art and practice of good        He explained: “We are looking at      happened at Capel Manor has been         qualifications at
gardening countrywide, supports            gardens that were primarily designed    influenced by his experiences at         Reaseheath including
related charitable activities and          and developed by one person and         Reaseheath.”                             certificates for spraying,
promotes the fellowship of gardening.      how they have been managed once            To mark the visit Dr Dowbiggin        manual handling and
It also brings together many of the        that person has gone.                   planted an ornamental horse              first aid.
top horticulturists in the UK.               “A key reason for our visit is that   chestnut tree Aesculus x neglecta           For further details of
   Current Master Dr Steven                our first Principal, Peter Robinson,    ‘Autumn Fire’.                           apprenticeships contact
Dowbiggin is also Principal                was head of horticulture at                The group toured Reaseheath’s         Reaseheath’s Work
Designate of London’s Capel                Reaseheath before he moved to           garden design studio and our model       Based Learning team on
Manor horticultural college.               Capel Manor and much of what has        orchard and extensive greenhouses.       01270 613257


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RAG raises funds for children’s charity
F   un loving students and staff
    raised almost £12,000 for
charity thanks to RAG (Raising
                                             of six hours three minutes.
                                          •	 Construction	staff	scaling	the	
                                             three peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell
and Giving) events.                          Pike and Snowdon in 29 hours
   An impressive cheque was                  and student bricklayers and
handed over by members of the                joiners climbing Snowdon (these
Students Union at the students’              two efforts alone raised £3,343.75
summer graduation ball. Money                in sponsorship)
raised this year goes to The              •	 Sabbatical	Student	President	Zoe	
Children’s Adventure Farm Trust              Horleston doing a sky dive
(CAFT), which offers fun and              •	 A	team	walking	the	32	mile	
support to terminally ill, disabled          Sandstone Trail from Frodsham to
and disadvantaged children from all          Whitchurch in a day
over the North West.                      •	 A	raft	race	on	the	college	lake
   Total funds raised by Reaseheath       •	 A	team	climbing	the	equivalent	of	
students and staff over the past 20          Mount Kilimanjaro on the indoor          p Chris Budd hands over a cheque to Julie Gray applauded by
years comes to over £153,000 - all           climbing wall                            Students Union members
benefiting local charities.                  Julie Gray, CAFT Community
   Events included                        Fundraiser, said: “We are absolutely       money will make a big difference to       money. I would like to thank the
•	 Student	Services	Co-ordinator	         thrilled. This huge amount of money        the lives of many children.               whole college for its support. We’re
   Mark Hardy completing the              has exceeded all our expectations,            “We have been hugely impressed         a small charity and we can only
   gruelling	26.2	mile	Rome	              particularly under the current financial   at the activities the students and        continue to change lives thanks to
   Marathon in a personal best time       climate. I can guarantee that this         staff have arranged in order to raise     our amazing supporters.”



Food students take a step back in time
It was an era of flared trousers,                                                                                               p Reaseheath food students

union strikes and we still had the                                                                                              Roger McCleery, Jack Hunt,
death penalty. But what really                                                                                                  Miriam Bateman, Charlotte Reed
                                                                                                                                and Nick Blakemore catch up
impressed our students was that
                                                                                                                                with the news in 1980
in 1980 the latest electronic device
was a desk calculator and that                                                                                                 capsule. It really brought to life what
there were only three television                                                                                               it was like in the 1980s - I felt like I
channels!                                                                                                                      was looking at a real bit of history.”
    The revelations about everyday                                                                                                A new time capsule filled with
life 30 years ago came when the                                                                                                articles representing life in 2011 will
students, who are studying food,                                                                                               be placed, along with the 1980s
health and nutrition, were selected                                                                                            capsule, in the wall of our new
to open a time capsule discovered                                                                                              Food Centre of Excellence.
buried in a wall.                                                                                                                 Said course manager Nick
    The capsule and a brick laid                                                                                               Blakemore: “This was a great
by Irene Lea MBE on November                                                                                                   opportunity for our students to
28th 1980 came to light during                                                                                                 get involved with Reaseheath’s
construction work at our world                                                                                                 history. Past members of staff who
class, food processing centre.                                                                                                 placed the original items in the
Objects included copies of the Daily                                                                                           capsule still have strong links with
Telegraph (cost 15p), a college           was really interesting to see student      shirts everyone wore and some of          Reaseheath and we are hoping to
prospectus, dairy photos and coins.       life 30 years ago. It was fun to see       the hairstyles were a bit wacky. It was   involve them with what goes into
    Said student Charlotte Reed: “It      the flared trousers and chequered          an honour to be asked to open the         the new capsule.”



Students prove they care for wild places
Nearly 30 students who studied how to take        Studies students walked and canoed the 32
responsibility for the natural environment have   mile Sandstone Trail in different seasons.
received the John Muir Discovery Award.               Explained tutor Richard Hathway: “The
The students, from our Adventure Sports and       students studied the impact activities have
Foundation Studies in Sport departments,          on the outdoors. It is very important that
proved that they understood how to lessen         young people become connected with wild
their impact on surroundings while still          places. The more they have stewardship of
enjoying outdoor activities.                      the land, the more they will look after it for
   For their award, the adventure sports          future generations. We have a real need to
students explored isolated areas in Yorkshire     conserve wild places for the enjoyment of
and practised winter skills in Scotland, North    all communities and to understand how to
                                                                                                      p   Environmental awards for adventure sports
Wales and rural Cheshire. The Foundation          manage them sustainably.”


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Students celebrate
exceptional success
O   ur students celebrated yet another year of exceptional success at our annual graduation and
    awards ceremony.
  Record numbers of higher and further education students achieved qualifications – a reflection of our
growing reputation both nationally and internationally. We have nearly 7,000 students from over 110 local
authorities and from over a dozen countries studying with us.
  While some students had gained regional and national accolades, Principal Meredydd David also
underlined the emphasis that Reaseheath puts on encouraging contribution to society.
  Guest speakers at the awards ceremony were Councillor Wesley Fitzgerald, Leader of Cheshire East
Council and John Stephens, Director of Children and Young People’s Services for Cheshire West and
Chester Council.
                                                                                                              Tom Mathers, an Entry Level



Special awards for
                                                                                                              2 student, was awarded the
                                                                                                              Beacon Trophy celebrating
                                                                                                              excellence. Tom received the
                                                                                                              accolade for his tremendous


outstanding students
                                                                                                              achievements in working
                                                                                                              towards independence and for
                                                                                                              his enthusiasm and involvement
                                                                                                              in all aspects of college life.
Five outstanding students were selected to receive the annual cross college awards.                           A keen football player, he has
                                                                                                              been on tour with the Special
Christopher Budd, who               Verity Taylor, Vice President of the Students Association, was            Olympics team, playing on
completed his Foundation            chosen as the student making the best all round contribution to the       the winning side in several
Degree in Food Industry             college. Verity, who graduated with a BSc Degree in Equine Science,       international matches and has
Management and is currently         was applauded for the way she had led her team to put on successful       been selected to represent GB
spending a further year with us     events such as the student summer ball and the college carol              at the Special World Games in
gaining his honours degree,         service, and for the excellent example she had set for fellow students.   Athens in 2011.
was selected as the student
making the best contribution to
college life.
  As RAG chairman, he
had taken responsibility
for arranging many charity
activities. He plays rugby for
both Reaseheath and for Stoke
rugby club, and is an active
member of the Territorial Army.




                                                                                                              Lionel Smith, who completed his
                                                                                                              Foundation Degree in Adventure
                                                                                                              Sports Management, was singled
                                    Nigel Johnson received the college award for contributing most            out for personal qualities. He is
                                    to the college’s sporting activities. Nigel, who completed his Level      recognised for being a gregarious
                                    3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence),                 and fun character, who used
                                    hopes to launch a successful football career in the USA.                  his experience of working in the
                                                                                     Team captain             outdoor industry to good effect in
                                                                                  of Reaseheath’s             his studies, and by helping and
                                                                                  premiership league          supporting his fellow students.
                                                                                  mens’ football team,           Lionel has also shown himself
                                                                                  Nigel was selected          to be a valuable member of
                                                                                  for the way he has          the Reaseheath student body
                                                                                  motivated not only his      by representing their interests
                                                                                  own team, but also the      on the College Board and by
                                                                                  college’s second and        acting as a student ambassador.
                                                                                  third men’s football        He has since been appointed
                                                                                  teams, the ladies’          full time Sabbatical Student
                                                                                  football team and the       President for the current
                                                                                  rugby and netball teams.    academic year.


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Principal Award Winners                                                                                       John Culley (Best practical
                                                                                                              student)
                                                                                                               Engineering:
                                                                                                               Land Based Technology
 Entry Certificates                   practical student); Anneka            Floristry                         First Diploma
Mark Droogan (Best Overall            Burek (Merit Award for best          Level 2 Diploma Floristry          Sean Griffiths (Best student);
Student); Claire Madeley (Most        scientific project)                  Hannah Bebbington (Best            Henry Jones (For endeavour);
improved student)                      Construction                        student); Philip Stanworth (Most   Richard Heathcote (Best
                                      Level 1 Diploma in Brickwork         improved student)                  practical student)
                                      Jack Pugh (Best overall              Level 3 Diploma Floristry          National Diploma
                                      bricklayer); Daniel Rowland          Dominique Noonan (Best student)    Benjamin Lea (Best student);
                                      (Most improved); Philip              Katherine Smith (Most improved     Damien Mooney (Best practical
                                      Blackwell (Students’ student)        student)                           student); Guy Davies (For
                                      Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork          Horticulture                      endeavour)
                                      Jonathan Dooley (Best student)       First Diploma                       Motor Vehicle Technology
                                      Level 3 Diploma in Brickwork         Thomas McAllister (Best            First Diploma
                                      Richard Stockton (Best student)      student); William Cummings         Jack Blake (Best student);
                                      Level 1 Diploma Carpentry and        (For endeavour)                    Pawel Grabowski (Best practical
                                      Joinery                              National Certificate               student)
                                      Philip Langley (Best overall         Beverley Moon (Best student)       National Diploma
 Mark Droogan and Claire Madeley      joiner); Christopher Mapp (Most                                         Thomas Ashwin (Best student)
                                      improved)                                                                Agriculture
 Foundation Certificates              Level 2 Diploma Site Carpentry                                          Royal Association of British
Sarah Hill (Best overall student);    William Shuttleworth (Best                                              Dairy Farmers
animal care: Aston Edwards            overall joiner)                                                         Robert Cooke
(Best student, group A); David         Business                                                               (Best dairy student)
Thompson-Mayers (Best student         National Diploma                                                        First Diploma
group B); Emma Williams (Best         Alice Hughes (Best student)                                             Emma-Louise Smith
student group C); Callum Mitchell                                                                             (Best student)
(Best student, agriculture and                                                                                National Certificate
countryside); Alison Mitchell (Best                                                                           Joshua Booth-Millward (Best
student, equine studies); Philip                                                                              student); William Lawder (Best
Dropala (Best overall student,                                             Bev Moon, BALI prize winner
                                                                                                              practical student); James Payne
horticulture); Alun Jones (Most                                                                               (Endeavour and progress)
improved student, engineering);                                            Robin Wardell (For endeavour)      National Diploma
Colin Potts (Best student,                                                 National Diploma                   Joanne Lloyd (Best student);
engineering); Adam Collis (best                                            Adam Fitzsimmons (Best             William Emmott (Best student,
student, sports)                                                           student); Leuan Townley (Most      livestock production); Joseph
 Animal Care                                                               improved student); Robert          Goodwin (Best student, crop
First Diploma                                                              Barton (Best landscape student)    production
Harry Adams (Best group ‘A’                                                 Environmental Conservation        Dairy Herd Management
student); Gordon Collier (Best         Alice Hughes                        National Certificate               Stuart Cox (Best overall student);
group ‘B’ student); Amber Kenny                                            David Ambridge (Best student);     Kirsty Belfield (Best academic
(Best group ‘C’ student); David        Events Management                                                      student); Stuart Cox (Best bank
Stanley (Best group D student);       National Diploma                                                        exercise); Jack Percival (Most
Carl Rafferty (Most improved          Ceri Strachan (Best student)                                            progress)
student Church Farm)                   Adventure Sport                                                        Mixed Farming
 Animal Management                    First Diploma                                                           Thomas Woodfield
National Certificate                  Lewis Cowe (Best student)                                               (Best practical student)
Adam Forrest (Best practical          National Certificate                                                     Food Health and Nutrition
student); Chris Parker (Highly        Jeremy Hawksworth (Best                                                 National Diploma
commended); Sean Rooney               student)                                                                Rachel Frankish (Best student);
(Best student, National Award)        National Diploma                                                        Benjamin Lloyd (Best student
National Diploma                      Graeme Haigh (Best student)                                             contribution to the food department)
Claire Thomas (Best academic          Sport (Performance and Excellence)
student); Jack Wootton (Best          First Diploma
                                      George Gorse (Best student)
                                      National Diploma
                                      Danielle Fisher (best student)
                                       Horse Studies                       David Ambridge
                                      First Diploma
                                      Hollymay Reid (Best student);        Jane Lucas (Best practical
                                      Ellis Slater (Most improved          student)
                                      student); Thomas Edwards              Countryside Management
                                      (Croft End Equestrian Centre         Advanced National Certificate
                                      Award)                               Jamie Stevenson (Best student);     Benjamin Lloyd and Rachel Frankish
                                      National Diploma                     Zak Wilkinson (Best practical
                                      Kate Nicklin (Best student)          student)                           First Diploma is renamed Level 2
                                      National Award                        Forestry and Arboriculture        Diploma. National Certificate is now
                                      Alanna Robinson (Croft End           National Award                     Level 3 Diploma. National Diploma
 Claire Thomas                        Equestrian Centre Award)             Simon Kimber (Best student)        is now Level 3 Extended Diploma


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Reaseheath heroes with ‘Star’ appeal
T    he unsung heroes
     of Reaseheath have
been honoured for their
                                      •	 Equine	yard	manager	
                                         Kim Bailey, who took the
                                         Leadership Award for her key
                                                                             between managing student
                                                                             behaviour and promoting
                                                                             a supportive and caring
                                                                                                                      college’s busy social schedule,
                                                                                                                      which includes a wide choice
                                                                                                                      of sports and leisure activities,
outstanding contribution to              role in setting up a world class    environment. The team is                 fund raising events and the
the our college’s success.               team of staff to care for the       responsible for running the              student summer ball.
   Teams and individual members          college’s 58 horses and to
judged to have ‘gone the extra           supervise students. Kim was
mile’ from a total of 500 college        formerly with the Manchester
staff have received Awards               Metropolitan Mounted Police
of Excellence. The awards                and is qualified in accountancy,
are handed over annually in              management and leadership
recognition of the highest levels        as well as holding high level
of professionalism, commitment           equestrian qualifications.
and dedication. All nominations
come from colleagues.
   The overall STAR Award, for
the staff member judged to have
made the most outstanding
contribution of the year, went to
Marketing Manager Glyn Ferriday.
   Glyn, who has been head of
the college’s busy marketing                                                 p   STAR Award: Glyn Ferriday with Dave Kynaston, Vice Principal
team for three years, was singled
out for his drive and enthusiasm.
It was felt that his willingness to
seize opportunities and ability to
lead his team forward had made
a phenomenal, positive, impact
on Reaseheath’s business.
Glyn also took the Growth and
Development award.
   He said: “I was very pleased
and proud to get the STAR
award. The award reflects
the huge effort put in by the          p   Diversity Award: Peter Muirhead
marketing team to support every
department in the college.”           •	 Instructor	in	Foundation	
   Other ‘stars’ to receive              Studies Peter Muirhead, who         p   Leadership Award: Kim Bailey with Steve Roach, Equine section Head
awards were:                             received the Diversity Award for
•	 Horticultural	lecturer	Harry          his continuing efforts to inspire
   Delaney, given The People’s           staff to make Reaseheath an
   Award for his efforts to support      organisation that respects
   students and colleagues by            difference and celebrates
   consistently going out of his         diversity. Peter helps students
   way to provide help, advice           to work through issues,
   and guidance. Harry has been          enabling them to become
   on Reaseheath’s horticultural         happy, safe and successful on
   team	for	16	years.	He	is	an	          both their course and in their
   RHS Master of Horticulture and        social life.
   frequently judges and lectures     •	 Staff	of	the	Engineering
   at national level.                    department, who received
                                         the team award for Education
                                                                             p   Education Excellence Award: the Engineering team
                                         Excellence. Graded
                                         ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for
                                         the third time, Reaseheath
                                         Engineering is nationally
                                         recognised as delivering high
                                         quality training and offering a
                                         responsive and professional
                                         service to employers. This
                                         year, a record 732 students
                                         have been trained by the
                                         department.
                                      •	 The	Student Services Team,
                                         given the Customer Service
                                         Award for successfully
  pThe People’s Award:
  Harry Delaney
                                         achieving the difficult balance     p   Customer Service Award: Student Services team


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Reaseheath
purchases world
class dairy herd
R    easeheath has further
     strengthened its position
as one of the UK’s premier
                                           “The purchase will enable all
                                         the further and higher education
                                         students studying agriculture
agricultural colleges by                 and dairy production with us to
purchasing the world class               benefit from hands-on technical
Genus MOET dairy herd.                   and management experience
   The Genus herd, renowned              with one of the best herds in
as one of the highest genetic            the world. It will further enhance
merit herds in the world, has            our students’ experience
been based with us for the past          and prepare them well for a
ten years. We have now taken             successful future in the industry.
the opportunity to purchase                “The partnership between            p The new milking parlour at

the 300 head dairy herd and
around 100 youngstock and
                                         Reaseheath and Genus has
                                         worked exceedingly well for
                                                                               Reaseheath                             Call on farmers
will wholly own and manage the
herd. Experienced Genus staff
                                         both businesses over the
                                         past ten years - the college
                                                                              in the fortunate position of being
                                                                              able to study the herd’s total
                                                                                                                      to support the
currently working with the herd
will be retained and become
                                         for educational purpose and
                                         Genus for its breeding and
                                                                              management, the science of diet
                                                                              feeding to complement grazing
                                                                                                                      next generation
part of Reaseheath’s team.               promotional requirements.            and the balance of breeding by          Our agricultural department is
   Principal Meredydd David              Reaseheath and Genus will            choosing the correct sire.”             calling on farmers to invest in
said: “This major investment             continue to work closely                The purchase of the Genus            the industry’s next generation by
is yet another indication                together for the benefit of the      MOET herd is in addition to a           inviting our students onto their
of Reaseheath’s emphasis                 industry and students.               recent £2.5 million investment          farms. We aim to extend our
on delivering world class                  The purchase was also              into the dairy and livestock            farm visit programme because
agricultural education and               welcomed by John Platt, Chair of     facilities at Reaseheath’s              the shared experiences help
training and further cements             Reaseheath Governors, who said:      on-campus farm, which have              students gain a more relevant
its position as one of the               “This considerable investment        included a state-of-the-art             and comprehensive overview of
leading agriculture and dairy            gives our students the very          milking parlour and an RSPCA            the industry.
production education centres in          unique opportunity to see and        high welfare standard 130 sow              Explained Head of Agriculture
the UK.                                  study the MOET herd. They will be    breeding unit.                          Martyn East: “Although we have
                                                                                                                      a very well resourced college
                                                                                                                      farm, we need to continue to

Reaseheath’s sheep flock best in                                                                                      expand our students’ practical
                                                                                                                      experiences and business
                                                                                                                      knowledge. It is essential that they

Cheshire                                                                                                              understand the bigger picture and
                                                                                                                      have the knowledge and skills
                                                                                                                      to carry agriculture forward. We
Our commercial sheep flock has                                                                                        are passionate and committed
won a county-wide accolade by                                                                                         to providing a professional
taking one of the top prizes in the                                                                                   workforce for the future. We would
Cheshire Farms Competition.                                                                                           like farmers to support us and
    The award of best entry in the                                                                                    offer their farms as a learning
sheep flock category particularly                                                                                     environment for our students.”
delighted Sheep Unit Manager                                                                                             Ideally, farms have a practical
Matthew Bagley as the win is seen                                                                                     task which could involve up to 12
as prestigious recognition within                                                                                     students, overseen by a trained
the farming industry.                    when they take up employment.         p Matthew Bagley with Reaseheath’s     and experienced tutor. Tasks
    Explained Matthew: “The                 “The judges looked at every        prize winning sheep flock              could include moving, handling
Cheshire Farms Competition was           aspect of the enterprise, from                                               and weighing stock, disbudding,
set up and is judged by farmers          marketing to the breeding policy.    animal husbandry and stock              vaccinating and veterinary
and is extremely well respected          I was absolutely delighted when I    management, combined with               checks. Invitations involving new
within the industry.                     heard we had won. This is a very     a keen eye for detail. You must         technology such as robotic milking
    “A first prize in this competition   prestigious prize indeed.”           also show sound business skills         parlours and anaerobic digestion
means that the way we manage                Said Ian Garnett, Chairman        evidenced by commercial figures         plants, organic and beef farming
this flock is regarded as top class.     of Cheshire Farms Competition:       showing a healthy enterprise with       and business diversification would
It confirms that our students are        “Success at our competition          a good annual return.”                  be particularly welcomed.
learning best practice and that they     is regarded with tremendous            Our 500 breeding ewes lamb in            Contact: Martyn East on
are then taking that knowledge and       respect. Winners must display        March, providing the focus for our      01270 613179 /
expertise back into the industry         extremely high levels of             popular lambing weekends.               martyne@reaseheath.ac.uk


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Healthy herb trial for happy horses
P    re-entry students are hoping to
     tickle the tastebuds of horses
with a selection of common herbs.
                                         and use general observation to
                                         gauge whether the trial has been a
                                         success.
   The students, who are                    Said student Chris Abbott: “I didn’t
studying horse care as part of           know anything about horses before
their programme, have planted a          so this is a new challenge for me. It’s
selection of herbs reputed to be         very exciting and I’m keen to see if
natural remedies. They plan to run       the horses like our nettle tea.”
a trial next year to see if products        One horse which won’t be too
from the herbs will promote well         bothered about the results is Elvis,
being in equines.                        a newly purchased life sized statue
   The herbs include nettles,            which is being used to safely
dandelions, garlic, mint, comfrey        introduce students with special
and rosemary - all of which grow         needs to horse care before they try
naturally in unimproved pasture and      their skills on a live animal.
have been used to boost human and           Elvis takes part in practical
animal health for centuries.             sessions, where he adds to the
   Explained Instructor Lisa Brewitt,    quality of teaching and learning
who is taking the lead on the pilot      by enabling students to learn
scheme: “Horses in the UK tend           how to approach and handle
to be stabled or turned out onto         horses safely and correctly.
managed pastures which don’t             The pre-entry department were
have the range of herbs a wild horse     helped to purchase Elvis by
would find in its natural environment.   Carol Chandler of Nantwich
We are very interested to see            Saddlery, who also donated his
whether any products we make will        stable rug and head collar.
have a beneficial effect on horses’
wellbeing. The students plan to           p l-r Darren Clare, Sarah

make teas which can be added to           Longworth, Simone Roberts,
feed plus a selection of skin washes,     Chris Abbott and instructor Lisa
                                          Brewitt tend to their herb garden,
creams and leg wraps. They will
                                          watched by Elvis the horse
collect photographic evidence


                                                                                                                         Rhian rides
Top marks for                                                                                                            high thanks to
dressage riders                                                                                                          Reaseheath course
                                                                                                                         King’s Grove School, Crewe, pupil
                                                                                                                         Rhian Wynter was riding high after
Dressage riders Ruth Murphy                 Lucy and her 12 year-old bay                                                 receiving a trophy for top student
and Lucy McKeown were top of             mare have been concentrating on                                                 on her horse care course.
the leader board after a series of       the introductory and preliminary                                                   Rhian was one of over 100 Key
unaffiliated dressage competitions       level tests. Lucy hopes to study                                                Stage 4 pupils from secondary
at Reaseheath’s Equestrian Centre.       equine science and natural                                                      schools throughout Cheshire and
   Awards for the most successful        horsemanship at Reaseheath                                                      Staffordshire who successfully
combinations of the season went          after she leaves school.                  p Lucy McKeown and Lady               completed vocational
to Ruth and her horse Teddy,                A series of 15 unaffiliated            Lulu (picture Gemineye Photography)   qualifications at Reaseheath.
who took the Ashworth Memorial           dressage competitions are                                                          The pupils attend college
Trophy while Lucy and her pony           underway for the 2010/11 season.                                                weekly while continuing to study
Lady Lulu won the Sweet Meadow           Up to six classes will be offered,                                              for conventional GCSEs at school.
Horse Feeds Trophy for the top           ranging from introductory (walk and                                             They can choose to study horse
competitor in the restricted section.    trot) to elementary level, and using                                            care, horticulture, agriculture,
   Ruth and Teddy, an 11 year-old        both short and long arenas. British                                             construction, engineering or animal
bay Belgian warm blood gelding,          Dressage affiliated competitions are                                            care as part of the Vocational
have been regular competitors at         also held at Reaseheath.                                                        Opportunities Programme and gain
our preliminary and novice level            A new series of unaffiliated                                                 a City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in
dressage competitions.                   showjumping competitions                                                        Land Based Studies.
   Ruth said: “This is my hobby          are also on offer, along with                                                      Said	Reaseheath’s	Pre	16	
and my main aim is to have               a full programme of short                                                       Learning Manager Graham
fun. That’s why I enjoy going to         courses, clinics and lecture                                                    Morgan: “This is a fantastic
Reaseheath. The atmosphere is            demonstrations.                                                                 opportunity for young people in
brilliant - you feel really welcome.        Further details see                                                          their final two years at school to
The competitions are well                www.reaseheath.ac.uk/equine                                                     receive a practical, work-related
                                                                                    p Ruth Murphy and Teddy
organised and the judging is to a        Phone 01270 616474 or                                                           experience as part of the Key
                                                                                   receive their trophy
good standard.”                          Email lettieb@reaseheath.ac.uk                                                  Stage 4 curriculum.”
                                                                                   (picture Gemineye Photography)



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Hopes for golf partnership in Greece
S     enior sports turf lecturer
      Gareth Phillips and Head
of Horticulture Iain Clarke
                                                                                                                          opportunity for Reaseheath
                                                                                                                          to be recognised for its world
                                                                                                                          class excellence in training and
have been in Greece finalising                                                                                            educating the greenkeepers of
what we hope will be our first                                                                                            the future. The management at
outreach centre in Europe.                                                                                                Porto Carras really appreciate
   Gareth and Iain have been in                                                                                           the need for staff to update
meaningful talks with Porto Carras                                                                                        their skills and formalise their
Golf and Country Club in Sithonia,                                                                                        knowledge. The golf market is
Northern Greece, into the possibility     p Gareth Phillips
                                                                                                                          really developing in Europe and
of providing on site training and         and Assistant Golf                                                              there is a growing interest in
on-line tutorials for greenkeeping        Manager George                                                                  training needs.
staff who want to gain a European         Chasapis on the                                                                    “Another positive spin-off
recognised qualification.                 Porto Carras golf                                                               for Reaseheath students is the
   The potential students work for        course                                                                          potential for cross fertilisation of
Porto Carras, a luxury resort with                                                                                        knowledge and for study tours and
a five star hotel, premium golf                                                                                           student exchange.”
course, marina and other sporting           Gareth and Iain were invited to     will be signed shortly. Gareth is also       Reaseheath already has a strong
facilities. There is also interest in   exploratory talks at the resort while   negotiating with the resort’s owners      international link with Guelph
the training scheme from other golf     it hosted the Porto Carras Open         and local hoteliers to set up a similar   University in Ontario, Canada, and
courses in the region. Students         Pro Am golf competition. The            programme for hotel staff who             North Carolina State University.
would gain a Work Based Diploma         relationship has since developed        maintain the grounds and gardens.         Gareth has lectured at these
Level 2 in Greenkeeping.                and there are hopes that a contract        Said Gareth: “This is a fantastic      institutions on several occasions.



Reaseheath hosts inter-
college golf tournament
Sports turf students and staff prepared our onsite golf course to perfection
for the British College Sport north west regional qualifying competition.
   The qualifier attracted 40 golfers from colleges across the north west and
included our own Martin Thomas and Anthony Wyn-Jones, both Level 3
Diploma (Sport Performance and Excellence) students.
   Winners of the 18 hole competition were Abbie Cowlard from Stockport
College (female category) and Sean Blinkhorn from Priestley College (male
category). The top four students in the two sections, who included Martin
Thomas, will go on to the national final next April.                             p Jake Sandham from Eccles College takes a swing watched by Head
   All competitors were full of praise for the high quality of the course and    Greenkeeper James Grundy, Assistant Greenkeeper Simon Hewitt
the organisation of the event, which was put together and run by Kevin           and Level 3 Extended Diploma Horticulture (sports turf) students Tom
Cunningham, lecturer in the Sports Studies department.                           McCallister and Seb Tame




National Trust wardens and gardeners graduate
National Trust trainee countryside                                                                                        determined to provide training for
wardens and gardeners have                                                                                                the specific needs of land based
graduated from the charity’s flagship                                                                                     industry. The college was very proud
careership training programme.                                                                                            of its partnership with the National
   The trainees, who work at                                                                                              Trust, as both organisations shared
historic properties nationwide,                                                                                           the same culture and values.
completed a tailormade, three                                                                                                The National Trust Training
year training programme run in                                                                                            Programmes Manager Shona
partnership between the National                                                                                          Dagless also paid tribute to the top
Trust and Reaseheath.                                                                                                     quality of the training programme.
   The trainees attend college                                                                                             Graduating gardeners:
on block release. Their training         p Top National Trust trainees Anna Derrett, Fiona Braithwaite,                   Fiona Braithwaite, Anna Tennant,
continues in the workplace from their    Rachel Forsyth and Glenn Hadley celebrate with Reaseheath tutors                 Anna Derrett, Jazz Groves,Juliet
                                         Ken Higginbotham and Leigh Cawley and National Trust Training
managers and from Reaseheath                                                                                              Turner, Sarah Giles, Hazel Robinson,
                                         Programmes Manager Shona Dagless
tutors, who visit to assess their                                                                                         Ruth Martin, John Wreford
progress. The careership scheme         Trust Award for the Best Trainee        Award for the Best Trainee Warden)         Graduating wardens:
for gardeners is supported by the       Gardener), Fiona Braithwaite of         and Glenn Hadley from Buscot and          Lisa Booker, Samuel Bright, Rachel
National Garden Scheme.                 Bodnant Gardens, North Wales            Coleshill, Wiltshire (Gareth Seel         Forsyth, Glenn Hadley, Nicholas
   Special awards went to Anna          (James Row Memorial Award for           Award for Endeavour)                      Hinchliffe, Laura Jackson, Sean
Derrett of Chastleton House,            Endeavour), Rachel Forsyth of West        Vice Principal Dave Kynaston            Kettle, Joy Margerum, Kevin
Moreton-in-Marsh (National              Weald estate, Surrey (National Trust    emphasised that Reaseheath was            Shepard, Samuel Watson.


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Top trainees gain awards                                                                                                  Fundraising
                                                                                                                          tombola box
R    easeheath’s Advanced
     Apprentice of the Year is
Adam Muncey, a site joiner
                                                                                                     p Top
                                                                                                     apprentices
with SDS Building and Joinery                                                                        Adam Muncey
                                                                                                     and Daniel
Contractors in Newcastle under
                                                                                                     Crick
Lyme. He was selected for his
commitment to his college work
over the past three years and
also for the key part he plays in
his employer’s team.
   Adam, who carries out all
                                                                                                                            p Ashley Alcock hands over the
aspects of site joinery, said:
                                                                                                                           tombola box to Debbie Owen
“Apprenticeships are a great way
                                                                                                                           and residents Ken Killiner and
of earning a wage and gaining           Apprentice, was a semi-finalist in        has progressed onto his level 3          Edna Hope
qualifications at the same time.        the BBC Young Butcher of the Year         technical certificate after gaining a
Spending time at college lets me        competition earlier this year when        distinction at level 2.                 Our joiners came up with a crafty
learn new skills which I can then       he was in the top 20 out of 8,500             Both were awarded their             way to help residents at a local
take back into the workplace.”          contestants. He has also helped to        titles at a ceremony which saw          residential home raise funds.
   Apprentice of the Year is            develop meat appreciation classes         140 apprentices graduate.                  Ashley Alcock and Ed Beech
Daniel Crick, an employee of            for chefs, butchers and interested        Reaseheath currently has a              designed and built a unique tombola
Steve Brooks Quality Butchers           public at his butchers shop.              record 290 apprentices on               box to be used to raffle prizes.
in Sandbach. Daniel, who also              Daniel has worked in the               training programmes. Full report        The money raised will go towards
took the title of Best Food             butchery trade for three years and        in next issue.                          trips and entertainment for the 12
                                                                                                                          residents at the Emmie Dixon Home
                                                                                                                          in Crewe, all of whom have physical

Sustainability is the key to the door                                                                                     or learning disabilities.
                                                                                                                             The students, who had just
                                                                                                                          completed their Level 3 Advanced
Joiners and bricklayers studied                                                                                           Construction Diploma in carpentry
some of the latest building                                                                                               and joinery, designed and hand
techniques during a guided site                                                                                           crafted the tombola box from
tour of a Manchester college.                                                                                             Scots pine wood. It has a rotating
   The Level 2 Diploma in                                                                                                 drum for draw tickets and a
Construction students were guests                                                                                         compartment to house prizes.
of ISG, the lead contractor on our                                                                                           Ashley said: “I really enjoyed
own multi million pound building                                                                                          the project. It was quite
project, the Eden International                                                                                           complicated because we had to
Dairy Academy and Food Centre                                                                                             draw it first and all the joints and
of Excellence.                                                                                                            angles had to be very precise. It
   The students concentrated on                                                                                           was nice knowing the box was
four aspects of work on site: health                                                                                      going to be used for such a good
and safety, the interpretation of         p Our trainee joiners                                                           purpose, and great to see how
plans, building techniques and            and bricklayers join ISG                                                        happy the residents were with it.”
the use of sustainable and energy         on a Manchester site visit                                                         Home Manager, Debbie Owen,
efficient materials.                                                                                                      said: “I am absolutely delighted.”




New home for otters
Countryside Management students         tributary, Rookery Brook, on
have given otters a helping hand        college land. Earlier research by
by building an artificial holt on the   the students has proved that water
River Weaver at Reaseheath.             quality is excellent and attracts
   The 19 students planned,             many species of wildlife including
designed and built the holt using       kingfishers, so hopes are high that                                                                  p Students
recycled materials. They will be        otters will join the list of residents.                                                              at work on the
monitoring the new home in the             Much of the college’s land                                                                        otter holt
hopes that otters settle in and         comes under a High Level
raise young.                            Stewardship programme,
   The otter is making a                ensuring the highest standards            deep hole was dug and the holt was         The result was so successful that
comeback in Cheshire after years        of environmental and sustainable          built within using recycled fence       the students have been approached
of decline due to water pollution,      management. The holt is part of           posts and pipes. The students           to build a second holt on the Weaver
hunting and trapping. A survey by       this programme and supported by           created a chamber for kits and sank     Parkway at Winsford.
student Penny Oakley has found          Farm Manager Sam Grundy.                  in pipes for the entrance and exit.        Said course manager Siobhan
evidence that otters are passing           The holt was built in four stages:     The holt was then concealed with        Smyth: “This was a very exciting and
along the River Weaver and its          the location was selected, a metre        soil and brash.                         relevant project.”


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College puts Lizzie                                                                                                 Training in a
                                                                                                                    changing world
in pole position for a
great career
Star motor vehicle technology          jumped at the chance to pass
student Lizzie Nye has been            on her knowledge to others. She
given the chance to stand              instructs practical skills such as
alongside lecturers and to             stripping down engines.
instruct students herself.                Lizzie said: “It’s really exciting
   Lizzie was given the                being back at Reaseheath - I’m
opportunity after staff recognised     so pleased I was offered the
her abilities. She had previously      job. There’s a real buzz in the
spent three years as a student         workshops and everyone gets on
with us, passing her Levels 2 and      really well with each other.”
3 Diplomas in Vehicle Technology          Head of Engineering Melvin                                                 p Melvin Johnson addresses

with flying colours.                   Johnson said: “Lizzie was                                                     Colleges Day seminar
   Lizzie’s ambition is to study for   an outstanding student, with
an automotive sport engineering        exceptional practical skills and                                             Heightened co-operation between
degree at university and her           a great depth of theoretical                                                 employers and training providers
ultimate dream is to become            knowledge. We are delighted                                                  is key to taking the agricultural
a Porsche mechanic. She                that she is now passing on some                                              engineering industry forward,
hopes that her appointment as          of those skills and her great                                                according to Reaseheath Head of
an instructor at Reaseheath’s          enthusiasm for the industry to our                                           Engineering Melvin Johnson.
Engineering Centre of                  new intake of students.”                                                        Melvin was called to put forward
Excellence will help her move             Another former student, Chris                                             his views at a Colleges Day, jointly
towards her goal.                      Gardner, is also working in our                                              organised by the Agricultural
   One of a handful of girls who       engineering department.                                                      Engineers Association (AEA)
have qualified as top-class                                                                                         and the Institute of Agricultural
mechanics at Reaseheath, Lizzie         u   On the staff - Lizzie Nye                                               Engineers (IAgrE) at Cranfield
                                                                                                                    University, Bedford.
                                                                                                                       The seminar attracted around 300

High octane thrills for                                                                                             agricultural engineering industrialists
                                                                                                                    and educationalists. Melvin put


motor mechanics
                                                                                                                    the case for the Further Education
                                                                                                                    colleges alongside Dr. David
                                                                                                                    Llewellyn, Principal of Harper Adams
                                                                                                                    University College, who spoke about
A week of high octane activities                                                                                    Higher Education institutions.
for our trainee mechanics                                                                                              Both welcomed the opportunity to
culminated in a visit to Mercedes                                                                                   build stronger links with the industry
Benz World in London and a                                                                                          and believed tangible benefits
thrilling high speed driving                                                                                        would result from the Colleges Day,
experience.                                                                                                         which was a forward looking event
  A 13-strong group, who                                                                                            aimed at addressing the future of
are studying for Levels 2 or 3                                                                                      agricultural engineering.
Diploma in Vehicle Technology,                                                                                         Melvin spoke about the
enjoyed a Formula 1 exhibition                                                                                      challenges and opportunities
which included getting close                                                                                        facing colleges such as
up and personal with the car                                                                                        Reaseheath which take the lead in
which took Lewis Hamilton                                                                                           delivering land based technology
to victory in the 2008 F1                                                                                           programmes.
World Championship. This                                                                                               He told his audience: “Colleges
was followed by a ride as a                                                            p Vehicle maintenance        face similar problems as industry;
passenger in a Mercedes Benz                                                          students with Lewis           one being able to attract and
V8 AMG performance car,                                                               Hamilton’s 2008 F1            retain quality staff. Industry can
including high speed laps of                                                          World Championship car        play a key part in this by providing
the circuit and demonstrations                                                                                      technical information and regular
of what the vehicle’s dynamics                                                                                      updates to teaching staff.
systems can achieve.                   modern and classic vehicles.            Bromwich Jaguar factory where           “For our part, colleges have
  The students also took                  The study tour also included         students enjoyed a guided tour of    to become more flexible in their
the wheel for 4x4 driving              a visit to the Oulton Park motor        the XK, XF and new XJ production     approach by providing different
instruction, which included off-       racing circuit to experience the        lines. Other activities during the   study models to suit business
road and on road tracks. They          thrills and spills of a track day and   week included quad biking, team      needs, particularly in the field of
also compared a display of             an educational visit to the Castle      karting and paintballing.            blended or distance learning.”


                                                                                                                www.reaseheath.ac.uk                      17
Greencore prepares for an upper
crust workforce
O     ne of Warrington’s major
      employers has enlisted
the help of Reaseheath’s
                                       staff the chance to gain NVQ
                                       qualifications Levels 1-3 in the
                                       workplace. Since then, 150
Workforce Development Team             employees have signed up and
to upskill its staff.                  85 have completed their first
   Greencore Prepared Meals            qualification, with many eager to
is investing in its employees by       gain a second or even third award.
offering them the opportunity             Reaseheath has trained
to gain industry recognised            assessors permanently on site to
qualifications during work time.       deliver the training programmes
   The company, which is a UK          and Greencore has invested
                                                                                p Successful students Keith Metcalfe, Michelle Walker, Trevor Roberts
leader in the preparation and          in a dedicated, fully equipped,          and Ludis Ignats with Mary Haselden and assessor Les Lowe
development of chilled ready           learning centre.
meals, employs 750 staff at               The NVQ qualifications on               Dispatch Manager Mary                 that assessors continually
its state-of-the-art factory at        offer include: Level 1 Food             Haselden said: “Our staff work           go the extra mile by covering
Grosvenor Grange, Woolston.            Manufacture; Level 2 Food               to a high standard and are very          weekend and night shifts.”
The business, which last year          Manufacture (various pathways           loyal. This is our opportunity             For further information
recorded	a	turnover	of	£60	million,	   including production control            to reward them with nationally           about training opportunities
produces meals including Italian,      skills and distribution); Level 3       recognised qualifications. We            for your business, contact
healthy eating and premium             Food Manufacture (specialist            couldn’t achieve this without            Reaseheath’s Workforce
dishes for Tesco.                      management and specialist               Reaseheath’s team having the             Development Team
   Working round the clock, the        improvement); Level 2 Team              flexibility to deliver training over     on 01270 613189 or Email
factory typically produces 70          Leading.                                a four shift rota. We recognise          claireh@reaseheath.ac.uk
tonnes of sauce and can use nine
tonnes of mince daily to produce
its diverse product range. It is a
market which has continued to          Cheshire lines up to become top equestrian
grow in the face of recession and
Greencore is continually appraising
its work practises to take the
                                       destination
business forward. Raising skills       A bid to make Cheshire the UK’s top
and recognising talent within its      equestrian destination has taken a
workforce, particularly in such a      jump forward with the official launch
hands-on industry, has proved one      of Hoof Cheshire
of the company’s best investments.        The industry champion, which
   In July 2009, in partnership        is backed by the sports’ national
with Reaseheath, the                   governing bodies, aims to maximise
company began offering all             future opportunities by representing
                                       the region’s diverse equine
                                                                                p Oliver Townend, Nina Barbour, Tracey Pearson and Matthew
                                       businesses.
Summer school
                                                                                O’Donnell celebrate the Hoof Cheshire launch
                                          Its objectives, which include
                                       growing the local economy,              generated through preparations           Show Director of the Bolesworth

for foreign visitors                   preparing an annual calendar of
                                       high profile equestrian events
                                                                               for the London 2012 Olympic
                                                                               Games and Paralympic Games.
                                                                                                                        Show Jumping Classic, Olympic
                                                                                                                        dressage team captain Richard
                                       and improving accessibility to          Four sites offering top class            Davison and Matthew O’Donnell
While our students were                the sport for all ages, are being       facilities are on the pre-Olympic        from Wrexham Veterinary Care,
enjoying their summer break,           co-ordinated through Visit Chester      training camp list including             who previously worked as an
their places were taken by an          & Cheshire and through business         Reaseheath’s Equestrian Centre.          equine surgeon and racing vet for
eight week summer school for           developers at Reaseheath’s                 International event rider and         the Olympic Games and for the
young Italian students, plus           Enterprise Delivery Hub.                Olympic contender Oliver Townend         Jockey Club in Hong Kong.
a one month summer school                 Cheshire is already firmly on the    has been appointed Hoof Cheshire            Partners in Hoof Cheshire include
for 53 Spanish students. Our           map as an equestrian hotspot, both      Ambassador. He said: “Cheshire           the British Equestrian Federation,
conference team rose to the            for performance sports such as          has fantastic facilities and brilliant   British Show Jumping, British
challenge of caring for our            racing, showjumping and eventing        vets and farriers. Hoof Cheshire         Dressage, the RDA, Cheshire &
foreign visitors - serving 45,000      and for leisure riding. With around     is helping to open everyone’s            Warrington Sports Partnership,
meals and servicing 13,000             40,000 horses in the county – one       eyes about the potential within          Reaseheath College, Chester
rooms over a nine week period.         of the highest populations in the UK    the county. We are more than             Racecourse, Bolesworth Show
  We hope that their Reaseheath        - the industry’s input to Cheshire’s    capable of producing world class         Jumping Classic and Kelsall Hill
Experience helped our guests           economy is estimated at around          competition horses and riders here       Equestrian Centre.
to gain a better understanding         £200 million.                           while continuing to support the             For further information visit www.
of life in Britain. There are hopes       Hoof Cheshire plans to expand        grass roots interest.”                   hoofcheshire.com or contact Hoof
that this contract will continue       the industry further, initially by         Other speakers at the launch          Cheshire Equine Co-ordinator Tracey
until 2013.                            taking advantage of opportunities       included Nina Barbour who is             Pearson	on	07967	575557


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Visitors get slice of                                                                                             REASEHEATH
                                                                                                                  AT A GLANCE
apple action                                                                                                       •	Beacon	College	(LSIS)
                                                                                                                   •	Dairy	Champion	National	Skills	
                                                                                                                     Academy for Food and Drink
                                                                                                                     Manufacture
Hundreds of visitors poured into        Said Harry: “The apple festival                                            •	Engineering	Academy
Reaseheath for a celebration of      was a superbly successful                                                       14 years - 19 years
the British apple.                   event aimed at stimulating and                                                •	Training	Quality	Standard
   The festival, held the 18th       enthusing visitors to grow their
consecutive year, was the            own apples.                                                                   Subject areas:
most successful yet and                 “This year we have been                                                    Further and Higher Education
                                                                                                                   •	Adventure	Sports
attracted visitors from as far       inundated with people wanting
                                                                                                                   •	Agriculture
as Anglesey, Manchester and          to know more about the fruit in
                                                                                                                   •	Animal	Management
Birmingham. One of the most          their garden. There is no doubt
                                                                                                                   •	Business	and	IT
popular features was an apple        that interest in local produce                                                •	Construction
press which allowed families to      has grown hugely over the past                                                •	Countryside	and	Conservation
convert their orchard harvest        few years.                                                                    •	Engineering	
into home made juice.                   “What is so exciting is that                                               •	Entry	and	Foundation	
   Over 100 rare varieties of        many people went away with a                                                    Programme
apples, pears and other fruit were   new concept of apple flavour,                                                 •	Equine
                                                                              p Eleanor Brown, Ed Brown and
on show, some dating back over       texture and taste, so much so           mum Anne Brown make juice             •	Floristry
several hundred years.               that they wanted to plant and           from the apple press helped by        •	Horticulture
   As well as identifying fruit      grow their own fruit. We certainly      Reaseheath’s David Allman             •	Food	Technology	
from local gardens, horticulture     stimulated great enthusiasm                                                   •	Greenkeeping	and	Sports	Turf
experts Derek Jones and Harry        for home production and for            achieved was to demystify the          •	Motor	Vehicle
Delaney were also kept busy          enjoying apples at their best,         growing of apples - anyone             •	Sports	Performance	and	
advising on pruning, pest control    fresh from the tree!                   can do it with a little help and         Excellence
and suitable trees for planting.        “One thing we hope we               guidance.”                             •	Leisure	and	Community	Studies
                                                                                                                   Associate College of:


Maze a big hit with families
Thousands of families took a
                                                                                                                   Total students:
walk on the wildside when they
                                                                                                                   Full time Further Education: 1,800
visit Reaseheath’s maze.
                                                                                                                   Higher Education: 600
  Our popular summer
                                                                                                                   Part-time inc. adult leisure: 4,000
attraction had a zoo theme                                                                                         Schools partnerships, work
and incorporated some of                                                                                           based learning and Train to Gain
the animals which live in                                                                                          1,400
Reaseheath’s own exotic
collection of animals. Visitors                                                                                    Estate
could choose between a giant                                                                                       College grounds: 21 hectares
‘Zoo’ maze and a smaller ‘Lion’                                                                                    Owned and rented farm land: 330
maze, both hidden within a                                                                                         hectares
giant maize crop and home to a                                                                                     Land leased to Crewe Alexandra
host of animal models.                                                                                             Football Club: 6 hectares
                                      p The Maze team: Cerys David, Alex Lalire, Laura Christie, Carol Milke,
  Families didn’t need to worry                                                                                    Turnover
                                      Sophora Cliff and Samir Mouazia
about getting lost among the                                                                                       Academic year 2009-10:
wildlife, as each group received     became too difficult.                  providing a really good day out        £21.3 million
a flag to attract attention if         Maze manager Carol Milke             of affordable fun, judging from
the quest for the maze centre        said: “We succeeded in                 the compliments we received.”          Facilities
                                                                                                                   On-site accommodation for 500;
                                                                                                                   five catering outlets; student

Long serving governor retires                                                                                      lounge/bar; learning resource
                                                                                                                   centre; HE study area; sports
                                                                                                                   hall; climbing wall; multi gym;
                                                                                                                   sports pitches (rugby, football,
Long serving Reaseheath Governor     with Howard Worth, has been                                                   crown green bowling, cricket);
Peter Mascarenhas has retired.       welcomed onto the board as                                                    commercial nine-hole golf
  Peter was a member of the          Peter’s replacement. She will                                                 course; indoor riding arena
board for 14 years, serving as       take over his duties on the
a member of the Finance and          Finance and General Purposes                                                  Staff
General Purposes Committee           Committee.                                                                    500 (including part-time)
and as a link governor with our        Gavin Patience, who was
horticultural department. His        appointed last year, has now                                                  Further details - please ask for a
                                                                                                                   prospectus
outstanding service was marked at    become link governor with the          p Peter Mascarenhas is
a special presentation.              horticulture department. Gavin is      congratulated by Chair of              Reaseheath College, Nantwich,
  Rose Rowland, a Chartered          a Partner at Knights Solicitors and    Governors John Platt and               Cheshire CW5 6DF
Accountant who is a Partner          serves on the audit committee.         Principal Meredydd David



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Reaseheath Festival pulls in the crowds
T     housands of visitors
      enjoyed a day of family
fun at Reaseheath’s Family
Festival.
    Our popular annual event
offered hundreds of activities,
topped by action packed
finales from international stunt
riders The Devil’s Horsemen
and from The ‘Knights in
Battle’, who fought medieval-
style on the front lawn.
    Singers, musicians and
dancers who had entered
the ‘Reaseheath’s Got Talent’                                                                                                                          Diary Dates…
competition had their own battle                                                                                                                       Come and see us!
in the main marquee, with the
                                                                                                     p Pippa Jenkins, winner of
title eventually going to animal                                                                     Reaseheath’s Got Talent                             December 2010
management student Pippa                                                                                                                               3
Jenkins,	16,	who	just	pipped	                      p Countryside student Jane                          Student Becky Oakes took the                    Kenton Cool, mountaineer and
Team Leader for Sports Studies                     Colley puts finishing touches to                 championship honours in the                        extreme skier - talk
Kevin Cunningham in a sing-off.                    our meerkat carving                              sheep show. Malbank School                         4
                                                                                                                                                       Courses information event FE only *
    Pippa won £100 for her                                                                          pupils Sophie Lightfoot and                        9
version of the popular song                       from Middlewich. Champion                         Annabel East were second and                       Reaseheath Equestrian Centre:
‘Hallelujah’. She said: “The                      handler was Beth Ford with                        third. Both attend Reaseheath on                   Emile Faurie Grand Prix dressage
                                                                                                                                                       demo
competition was great fun. I love                 Fflur Davies in reserve and Tom                   one day a week to gain practical
                                                                                                                                                       15
singing and showmanship and it                    Broadhead in third place.                         experience in agriculture.                         Reaseheath Dairy Sustainability
was great performing in front of                     Ray Brown said: “I have judged                    Horticulture students created                   Conference
such a big audience.”                             this show for many years and the                  a garden against the clock, the
    In the farmyard, agriculture                  standard keeps getting higher.                    theme this year being the most                       January 2011
students prepared and showed                      There were a lot of talented and                  innovative use of recycled and                     13-16
                                                                                                                                                       The Outdoors Show, Excel, London
calves from the onsite Genus                      very professional students and                    reclaimed materials to be found on
                                                                                                                                                       15
MOET herd under the expert eye                    the calves were presented to a                    campus. Most public votes went                     Courses information event FE only*
of international judge Ray Brown                  very high standard.”                              to a garden designed and built                     18-20
                                                                                                    by Jacob Herbert, David Buckley,                   BIGGA BTME Turf management
                                                                                                                                                       exhibition Harrogate
                                                                                                    Callum Yusuf and Alex Cooper.
                                                                                                       Families sampled cheese,                        19-20
                                                                                                                                                       LAMMA agricultural machinery show
                                                                                                    toured the college’s collection                    Newark
                                                                                                    of exotic animals, birds and
                                                                                                    reptiles and watched celebrity                       February 2011
                                                                                                    chef Richard Fox as he                             12
                                                                                                    demonstrated how to dish up                        Courses information event FE only*
                                                                                                    gastronomic masterpieces from
                                                                                                    leftovers. In another culinary                       March 2011
                                                                                                    trial, 71% of the audience                         1
                                                                                                                                                       Courses evening information event
                                                                                                    preferred sausages made from                       (drop-in)
                                                                                                    Reaseheath high welfare pork                       5-6
                                                                                                    by Nantwich butchers Clewlows                      Reaseheath Lambing weekend
                                                                                                    when compared to a catering                        12-13
  p   A thrilling chariot race from the Devil’s Horsemen                                                                                               Reaseheath Lambing weekend
                                                                                                    quality pork sausage.
                                                                                                                                                       19
                                                                                                       Many other activities included                  Courses information event HE and
                                                                                                    a display of larger than life                      FE*
                                                                                                    carving by environmental sculptor
                                                                                                    Andy Hancock and countryside                         April 2011
                                                                                                    students while motor vehicle staff                 9
                                                                                                    gave rides in fun buggies.                         Courses information event FE only*
                                                                                                        Reaseheath Principal                           13
                                                                                                                                                       Reaseheath Equestrian Centre:
                                                                                                    Meredydd David said: “There was                    Introduction to Intelligent
                                                                                                    a tremendous atmosphere and                        Horsemanship with Kelly Marks
                                                                                                    everyone seemed to be having                       22-24
                                                                                                                                                       Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music
                                                                                                    a good time. I was immensely                       Festival
                                                                                                    proud at the way the whole
                                                                                                    college pulled together to offer                     May 2011
                                                                                                    an amazing variety of activities                   14-20
                                                                                                    and displays. The event was                        Adult Learners Week
                                                                                                    a wonderful showcase of the                        15
  p   David Buckley, Calum Yusuf and Alex Cooper prepare the winning garden                                                                            Reaseheath Family Festival
                                                                                                    students’ skills.”



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