Champagne and Coronation Chicken at Edingley Allotments

Edingely Open Allotment Weekend

Over the weekend of the 13-14th July, the village of Edingley held an Open Allotment Weekend where members of the public are invited to visit the allotments and meet the plot holders.  In addition, the open allotment weekend also sees the judging of the Best Kept Allotment, Scarecrow and Interpretation Board competitions, results of which can be found below.

Champagne and Coronation Chicken at Edingley Allotments (The Bramley Apple No. 423 Sept 2013)

Champagne and Coronation Chicken at Edingley Allotments (The Bramley Apple News Paper No. 423 September 2013)

The allotments in the small Nottinghamshire village of Edingley are reported to be amongst the oldest in the country, their history being traced back to the Enclosures Act of 1781 when the Dioceses of Southwell handed the land to the poor in the parish.

Towards the closing years of the 19th century, parish records show that there were around 16 allotment holders paying rent to the parish council for use of the land. A tradition that holds strong to this day, with around 30 allotment holders to date.

Every year, the community holds an open allotment weekend, a chance for local residents and passers-by to have a good look around all the plots, meet the allotment holders and learn about growing their own produce.

I was lucky enough to be visiting my parents over the open allotment weekend and was pleased to see a good turn-out for the event. Even though my father managed to rope me in to some hard labour on his plot, No. 6, it was a good weekend, and a good opportunity to photograph some of the scarecrow competition entries (seen here in the Gallery) and meet the other plot holders.

Later on Saturday afternoon, Revd. David McCoulough held an open-air allotment service with 28 villagers attending, after which a delightfully refreshing elderflower champagne was enjoyed by all! (In compostable glasses none the less!)

Competition Results

Once the judging was complete, the parish council announced the winners and awarded the the prizes as follows:

  • Best Kept Allotment: Joint 1st place by Roger Smith of Bilsthorpe and Paul Andrews of Farnsfield, being awarded the John Hill Trophy
  • Scarecrow Competition: The winning entry,  titled “Coronation Chicken” by Helen Grantham Woodhouse who received a voucher for the Southwell Garden Centre. (All the entries can be seen here in the Gallery)
  • Best Interpretation Board: Chris Clay who received a voucher for local business, Forest Feeds

Site Redesign

It’s almost a year since I uploaded the first live version of the website, and felt it was about time for a change in design.

Sticking with the Lightroom web module CE2 plugins by Matthew Campagna of The Turning Gate  (TTG), the site was redesigned with a cleaner and less cluttered look.  In the near future, I hope to upgrade the site further using the new responsive TTG CE3 plugins. — more —

St Giles, Edingley

Edingley, Nottinghamshire

My parents live in the  little village of Edingley, Nottinghamshire.  A small, characterful rural village between Southwell and Farnsfield which always presents a variety of photographic opportunities whenever I visit.  A particular favourite place to shoot being the village Church, St Giles.

Below is a small gallery of images from St Giles’ church yard. — more —


Chapel Point

Trawling through  my archives in Lightroom today, I happened upon a set of images from a family break last August to the East Coast.  I’m surprised I had not processed some of these before now and had almost forgotten about them!

I’d been meaning to photograph the outlow at Chapel Point (Chapel St Leonards) all week, but what with one thing or another hadn’t had the chance.  I was hopping for the tide to be a bit higher, but my timing was a little off.  Still, it was a good shoot and ended up with a number of good images.

Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm, f/11, 10.0 secs, ISO 200.
Filters: Lee Big Stopper & Lee 0.6 GND (Hard)

Nikki Charlesworth "Yarn Bombs" Left Lion

Yarn Bombed!

Today I had a colourful surprise whilst on my lunch hour in Nottingham’s Old Market Square.

A-Level Textile Design Student, Nikki Charlesworth has “Yarn Bombed” Nottingham’s iconic Left Lion as part of her A-Level exam, by covering it in crocheted and knitted panels.  She had 15 hours to complete the piece, and was due to complete her exam piece this afternoon.

Good Luck Nikki! And thanks for a splash of colour on an otherwise dull day.

Dusk Harvest

Well, it’s been a while since I have had any free time to devote to photography, let alone keeping up with the site.  Believe it or not I have not been out for a proper shoot once this year although I do sincerely hope that that is about to change!  So to that end, lets kick things off with a post to the blog, and an image I processed yesterday evening.  Taken last year while on a short family break.

Hopefully over the coming days, I’d like to finalise some of the content on the site, but more importantly, get out and about with the camera!

Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire. August 2012.


A Little Something Different


Fayde, deep in thought looking out to sea over the East Coast. Ingoldmells

I have often thought that it is about time I started exploring portraiture as a photographic form. If I am honest, it is a discipline that I find very difficult, and somewhat intimidating.  Give me a landscape, an insect or a bird, and I will shoot away all day long.  Put a person infront of the lens, and I’ll suffer from more performance based anxiety than my subject!

Whilst on a short summer break, I took the oppertunity to take a few photographs of our two daughters, Fayde & Veila.  They can be a rather tricky pair to photograph, due partly to their boisterous nature, and partly my lack of experience.  Veila, who is the youngest, will play to the camera like she was born to pose for the lens, while Fayde is a little trickier to capture, often requiring to be caught off guard.

They are both extrememly beautiful, and I really must make a bigger efffort to photograph them more often