The 2016 Wimpole Scythe Festival

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The West Country Scythe Festival 2016

A good time was had by all at the West Country Scythe festival if a bit wet on Sunday, the results can be found here.

 

Setting up for the Wimpole scythe festival

Setting up for the Wimpole scythe festival

One week later we were setting up fro the Wimpole Scythe Festival, the weather was not always to our advantage but we did have two new star tents this year which proved extemely useful and very quick to erect.

 

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What to use, English scythe or European, that is the question!

On Sunday we started the smaller competitions, the team races, muscle vs fossil fuel, the 5×5 and the 10×10. However before we started we were led into the field by the Devil’s dyke Morris men as was traditional in England. In the bottom left hand corner you can see the morris men, this painting is from the 18th century in Dixton manor England.

countrysideCountryside Around Dixton Manor, Circa 1715

by Ken Smith

Now strike up drum
cum harvest man cum.
Blowe horne or sleapers
and cheere up thy reapers

Layer under layer under the paintwork
England is making its Midsummer hay

the dancing morris, pipelads and drum,
scythemen and rakers, cockers and carters

and centrefield my lord with his ladies
riding where now the pylon hums

with its wires over spring wheat
through the early morning mist.

These are the same hedgebacks,
same lie to the landscape, Mickle Mead,

Barrowdine, Harp Field and Sausage
still here though the names gone now.

In oils, unsigned, anonymous, a jobber
moving through landscape, used maybe
the wide angle lens of the camera oscura
for this sweep of a corner of Gloustershire,

back when all was thought well enough,
and nothing would change beyond this‹
these peasants sweating in harvest
content dreaming brown ale and a fumble

among the haycocks, and the dancers dance off
to their drink and their shillings. My lord lies now
and since and soon and thereafter in Alderton
in St Mary of Antioch, long dead.

Long gone, nameless maids in a row,
long curve of the back of 23 men
in a Mexican wave of swung scythes

to their lost graves. Two gossips
by the gate that is still a gate
maybe went for infantry, and the pipeboy

shipped out to the far world, most
stayed, went hungry, died anyway.
The painting’s a lie, the landscape true

where the field keeps its shape. Everything
beyond this moment is yet to happen.
Everyone here is part of the dust now.

If my heart aches it’s for this
though none of it’s true:

the world we have lost never was
so we never lost it:

glitter of horse brass, bells
rolling over the evening:

all my lord’s dream of himself
in a hired man’s painting:

same tale then as now
and this has not changed either:

the enrichment of the rich,
impoverishment of the poor.

None but the reaper
will come to your door.

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Now for the marathon races, an eighth and the quarter acre

Early Saturday morning saw a number of contestants start their plots for 500 square meters and just over 1000 square meters, who would win?

 

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Wet weather hampered the hay making!

After the weekend it was time to pack up and make hay but the weather had other ideas, wet weather curtailed the hay making but eventually we had the five acres mown by scythes baled.

Now for the results.

 

The results for the Wimpole scythe festival are below hopefully they are correct and if anybody can remember the team results I would be grateful to know .

Orange is the English scythe

Red are the veterans

Blue is the youngest

Purple is the best quality

Green are the novices

Time Quality score Time penalty
Kevin Austin

1.01

7.5

0.24

1.25

Mens 1st
McVitte the fossil fuel mower

1.04

7.5

0.24

1.28

Booooooooooo!
Terry Standen

1.28

8.5

0.08

1.36

English Sythe 1st &  2nd overall
Chris Riley

1.26

8

0.16

1.42

Mens 3rd
Mark Allery

1.27

8

0.16

1.43

English scythe 2nd
John Grundy

1.44

9

0

1.44

Quality cup
Richard Brown

1.49

8.5

0.16

2.05

Michael Gerrard

1.58

8.5

0.08

2.06

Simon Farlie

1.59

8

0.16

2.15

Mens veteran
Graham Teece

2.05

7.5

0.24

2.29

Paul Martin

2.05

6.5

0.40

2.45

Alastair Hobbs

2.31

8

0.16

2.47

Beth Tilston

3.01

8

0.16

3.17

Ladies 1st
Will Sutherland

4.38

6.5

0.40

4.78

Mick Velasco

4.28

7

0.32

5.00

Shane O’Reily W

3.57

5

1.04

5.01

Wimpole cup
Jayne O’Reily W

4.03

5

1.04

5.07

Ladies 2nd
Helen Holms

4.12

5

1.04

5.16

Best novice & Ladies 3rd
Mark Ricketts

5.52

7.5

0.24

6.16

Gill Barron

5.50

6

0.48

6.38

Ladies veteran
Darren Hulbert

8.02

6.5

0.40

8.42

English scythe 3rd
Sian

8.02

5.5

0.56

8.58

Olga Damant W

9.11

8

0.16

9.27

Jake (half a plot)

4.56

5

Youngest contestant award
Katie Reid

10.35

4.5

Nick Fradgley

2.37

2

Chris Hardy

3.16

3

Dave Saxon

4.12

3

Ros

7.24

2

 

Time Quality score Time penalty Continetal scythe English Scythe
Simon Damant

5.45

7.5

0.08

5.53

First
Kevin Austin

5.43

7

0.16

5.59

Second
Mark Allery

6.31

6

0.32

7.03

First
Chris Riley

9.36

8

0.00

9.36

Third
Jayne O’Reily & Chris Hardy

8.53

5

0.48

9.41

Winners of the teams
Terry Standen

9.25

6.5

0.24

9.49

Second
Nick Fradgley, Helen Holms & Dave Saxon

9.06

4

1.04

10.10

Best novices by far
Richard Brown

12.16

8

0.00

12.16

Alastair Hobbs V

17.04

5.5

0.40

17.44

Veteran winner
Olga Damant & Gill Barron

17.42

6.5

0.24

18.06

Veteran ladies winners
Darren Hulbert

28.07

6

0.32

28.39

Third

 

Time Quality Position English scythe
West Country
Wympole Wonders
East of England
Ye Olde English
Reid Cutters

Quarter of an Acre

Simon Damant

1.34

8

1

Kevin Austen

1.38

7

2

Mark Allery

2.41

7

3

1

John Grundy

4.26

8

4

Michael Gerrard

4.54

7.5

5

Chris Riley

5.02

8

6

Eighth of an Acre
Terry Standen

1.14

8

1

1

Richard Brown

1.32

7.5

2

Mark Ricketts

1.34

7

3

Simon Farlie

2.28

7.5

4

Graham Teece

2.28

7.5

4

Shane O’Reily

3.08

7.5

6

Darren Hulbert

3.50

7.5

7

2

Mick Velasco

5.11

7.5

8

 

About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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