Welcome to the 2nd edition of the new CHEQS Magazine! It’s now changed from being a church parish magazine, to a community magazine – supported by representatives of the five village communities, Coln St Aldwyns, Hatherop, Quenington, Eastleach and Southrop. To reflect that change, you’ll notice a few differences. Instead of having the vicar’s letter, we’ll be inviting a different person each month to write a short piece.
Hello from… … Helen Wade
I’m delighted to have been asked to introduce myself in this edition of CHEQS. I’m an Essex girl who has lived in Eastleach with my husband Sam for the last 28 years.
At Eastleach Downs Organic Farm we grow cereals, and farm free-range pigs – organically, of course. Areas of the farm are protected in environmental schemes preserving wildlife habitat. We’ve brought up two daughters in this beautiful landscape too!
A few weeks ago, we were at the Oxford REAL Farming Conference, attending various talks on the climate crisis, and hearing about what we as farmers can do to protect the planet for future generations. We all need to do our bit and although we can’t do everything, we can all do something.
We’ve been recycling at the farm and at home for many years but, armed with the shocking statistic that only 15% of the plastic we think we recycle is actually re-used, we’ve set ourselves the ambitious target of eliminating single-use plastic from our lives. I also chair our Village Hall Committee and have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the residents of Eastleach in the challenge to refurbish our lovely playground, and this year the hall itself.
Margaret Stranks – Editor