Thursday, 26 March 2015

Shire Horse Society National Show attracts thousands

More than 5,000 visitors attended the Shire Horse Society’s National Show – the largest gathering of Shires in the world. 
With almost 300 entries from across the UK and Europe, the event was held over two days at Arena UK, Allington near Grantham. 
The King George V Champion Challenge Cup for the best stallion in the show was awarded to Schumann’s Eregon, owned by Mr Volker Schumann from Hattingen, Germany. It was the first time that a German stallion had taken the top spot. 
Woodhouse Calendar Girl, shown by Mr Martin Fountain, from Ashbourne, Derbyshire, was awarded The Henry Young Perpetual Memorial Cup as champion mare in show. 
The Shire Horse Society’s event is believed to be one of the oldest, almost continuous, horse shows in the world, having been held for the first time at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, London, in 1880, when the charity was named the English Cart Horse Society. 
The show is the flagship event of the Shire Horse Society, the only charity dedicated to the protection, promotion and improvement of the Shire horse. Since 1878 the organisation has been working to protect the breed, which was then known as the Old English Breed of Cart Horse. 
The Shire is recognised as an at risk breed under the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. 
Shire Horse Society secretary David Ralley-Davies said he was delighted that so many members of the public had turned out to see the horses being shown in the ring and to support the charity at its showcase event. 
“At one point, the Shire horse breed faced an uncertain future, but thanks to a dedicated band of enthusiasts their numbers have steadily increased and they are now experiencing a resurgence in popularity. However, there are still fewer than 500 new foals registered every year so it’s very important to continue the charity’s work of protecting and promoting the breed to ensure that we can enjoy these wonderful gentle giants for generations to come,” he said. 
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all those who came from far and wide to compete at the event, and also to all the visitors who supported both the charity and the competitors who work so hard showing their Shires. Thanks also are due to all the volunteers, stewards and judges who helped deliver such as successful event. 
“Shire horses have a unique history and heritage and our national show plays a key role in highlighting their past and in promoting their future, so we are delighted that so many people joined us for the two-day event.”
The evening performance on Saturday March 21st was opened by Household Cavalry drum horse Major Drummer Mercury.
As well as the show classes, with horses shown in-hand, ridden and in harness, the event also featured a range of trade and other stands, as well as a food hall. For the first year the Shire Horse Society welcomed as a partner the Lazy Jacks clothing company, who provided brand new society merchandise. 
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

J Tomlinson completes £1 million Derby refurbishment

Contractor J Tomlinson has completed a major refurbishment of one of Derby’s most prominent buildings. 
The £1 million refurbishment programme has transformed the historic Shot Tower building on Albert Street into a virtual business hub. 
Over the last 10 months, the 1930s building has undergone a complete refurbishment at a cost of £1.028 million, to create a hub with all the resources needed by start-ups, graduates, SMEs and people looking to become self-employed. 
Phase one of the refurbishment is now complete, with the fit-out phase set to start shortly. It is hoped the building will be open to the public in May 2015. 
Martin Gallagher, construction managing director at contractor J Tomlinson, said: “J Tomlinson is pleased and proud to have worked on the refurbishment of Shot Tower Corner, which is one of Derby’s most prominent buildings. The project, which has included major internal and external renovation, is set to help regenerate that area of the city.” 
The building, which has been unoccupied for a number of years, takes its name from the tower that once stood on the site and was used to make lead shot before its demolition in 1932. 
The refurbishment of the three-storey building, carried out by contractors J Tomlinson and project managers Faithful and Gould, has included various structural works, including the installation of a new staircase and lift and new wiring and heating systems. The exterior of the building has also received a face-lift, with the installation of new windows. 
The refurbishment work has been funded with a £685,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013 programme (ERDF) and £315,000 from Derby City Council’s Regeneration Fund, set up to stimulate city centre developments. 
Shot Tower forms part of the £14.2m Connect Derby scheme, which sees Derby City Council’s workspaces, Friar Gate Studios, Sadler Bridge Studios, Kings Chambers and Shot Tower come together to support new enterprise in the city. 
Commenting on the completion of the refurbishment programme at Shot Tower, Ann Bhatti, Connect business centres manager, said: “J Tomlinson have done a great job on the project and I’m really pleased with the end product. 
“Shot Tower has a slightly different profile to the other Connect Derby buildings and will support new enterprise by providing businesses and individuals with a flexible, professional city centre base, low overheads and a range of business support, mentoring and networking opportunities. 
“We hope it will enhance the employment opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, particularly those who are living in Derby’s disadvantaged communities and may have found a barrier to self-employment in the past.” 
Councillor Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said: “I am delighted to see this important city centre building brought back into use providing support and facilities for Derby’s small businesses. This type of investment is vital to our city’s economy and ensures Derby is open for business to those interested in setting up here.” 
J Tomlinson, which offers services in construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical engineering, energy efficiency, renewables, fit out and facilities management, is based in Beeston near Nottingham, and has depots across the East and West Midlands.

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