STEM enrichment events – contact us for dates

STEM enrichment events are available for full or half day sessions between now and the end of term, please contact us for availability of when we can come into your school. Events will also be available for the new academic year.

Topics covered:

  • Animal morphology and co-evolution – find out why animals are designed the way they are. What drove them to be this way- finding food? Finding mates? Avoiding predators? This session looks into animal physiology with relation to their behaviour and how species have evolved to exist and exploit each other. Linking ecology, evolution and anatomy and physiology in a practical and interactive way
  • Plant cloning and propagation – find out how to reproduce plants from cells in micro propagation. The session will look at how plants have adapted to be able to reproduce asexually
  • Primitive technologies (experimental archaeology) – experimental archaeology is a field of study which generates and tests archaeological hypotheses. This is achieved by replicating archaeological artefacts, or utilising primitive technologies that ancient cultures may have undertaken. By employing primitive technologies we gain a greater understanding of the lives of our ancestors, the environments in which they lived and the ancient skills that they possessed. The demonstration will include; drilling through stone with flint and making cord from tree bark

Bespoke courses can be arranged on your choice of topic. For further details and to check availability please contract Tracey Walker – call 01270 613180 or email traceyw@reaseheath.ac.uk

CowSignals® training for farmers
Saturday 25th January

Reaseheath College is now providing CowSignals® advice and training for farmers in Cheshire.

Reaseheath praised for innovative online store

The Reaseheath Online Store has been commended for its quality and innovation by being awarded the WPM ‘Most Innovative Use of the Online Store Award’ at its recent annual user conference. The award comes less than two years since Reaseheath introduced the online store function to the college and recognises the success it is bringing for both Reaseheath staff and students.

This fantastic achievement is due to the college wide support of the store by all departments.

In less than two years the annual use of the online store and payment gateways has gone from £0 to £500k in year one, to over £1 million in year two. The benefits for our customers are huge, with the system being easy to use and available 24/7 making it a simple and convenient way to make payments.

WPM are the largest supplier of online store/payment gateways within the education sector, working with over 170 HE and FE clients, approximately 2 million students in the UK and process around £4 million transactions with a value over £2 billion annually.

This award recognises outstanding examples of innovation across the sector specifically within the Online Store. Whilst every institution has typically found ways of adapting the functionality to cater for, and typically improve, their service offering and efficiency, the award is aimed at those which really stand out from the crowd and are worth highlighting and rewarding.

Reaseheath was recognised has having a varied and interesting online store ranging from automotive repair to student events. The inclusion of a parent guide and the success of selling over 90% of the summer ball tickets online and the majority outside of normal college working hours. It was also recognised that the college is working hard to drive staff and student engagement with the Online Store.

Reaseheath’s Head of Finance, Stuart Cooper, commented: “This award is recognition for all the hard work and dedication by everyone involved in the online store from its implementation to day to day running.  It’s been a successful journey so far and we intend to build on this success by continually looking for ways we can improve the online store with customer experience being a key driver.“

 

Cheshire Grassland Society Summer Tour 2016

Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th June

The M6 Corridor – Cumbria

A tour of exceptional, interesting and diverse farms including James Robinson and Robert Craig who spoke at the February and March meetings.

Cost £160 per person sharing a room. £15 supplement for a single room.

Price includes lunch on both days and two evening meals.

DAY1

Depart from Reaseheath College at 7.00am – Breakfast on route.

James Robinson – Strickley Farm, Kendal. James and his family run a 275 acre organic dairy farm, milking 130 pedigree shorthorns plus 130 young stock. They are very forage driven, with over 3000 litres of the 7000 litre herd average coming from forage. They have been fully organic for 7 years. James is the 5th generation of Robinsons to farm at Strickley.

Chris Addison – Greystone House, Kings Meaburn, Penrith. Chris has farmed organically for eight years. The farm extends to some 450 acres. Stock include 150 dairy cows, predominantly Montbeliarde, Swedish Red and Fleckvieh. These are grazed using New Zealand methods. They have an average yield of 7000 litres. They also have 200 pedigree Simmental beef cattle and also have store lambs from September to February. Some cereals are grown for use as home feed. The farm is in HLS and also has a biomas unit.

Stephen and Claire Bland – Abbot Lodge, Clifton, Penrith. The Bland’s run a very successful and renowned ice cream farm and shop selling over 30,000 scoops a year from 40 different flavours. The milk is supplied from their own pedigree herd of 250 Jersey cows on the 230 acre tenanted farm. The herd averages 6,500 litres at 5.4 per cent butterfat and 3.9 percent protein. Stephen and Claire took on the tenancy of the farm in 2000 and since then have developed the on farm tea rooms and also made some significant changes including a new parlour and have also restored 7000 metres of hedgerow.

Evening Accommodation at The Best Western Shapwells Hotel – Situated in a secluded, wooded valley, high in the Shap Fells and surrounded by mountain streams yet only minutes from the M6. The rooms have breath taking views of the surrounding countryside and fells, offering a true taste of the English countryside. Website – www.shapwells.com

DAY2

Andrew and Margaret Smith – Cotehill Farm, Brampton, Carlisle.

The Smiths are first generation Dairy farmers. Since 2002 they have developed a contract farming agreement with Castlehead Estates. They run 430 cows plus followers on a Spring calving grazing system. They aim to have cows at grass for 300 days of the year. Andrew and Margaret will demonstrate how they operate their system in one of the wettest parts of the country.

Robert Craig – Cairnhead Farm, Ainstable, Carlisle

Robert’s home farm consists of 180ha with 400 spring calving cows and followers. Robert has grown this business from a traditional dairy farm with 80 cows and sheep to an intensive grazing system today. The farm is managed day to day by George Brown an up and coming young manager, who we will be meeting on the day.

Robert Craig and Steve Brandon – Dolphenby Farm, Edenhall, Penrith

Robert and Steve operate a joint venture on the tenanted Dophenby Farm in the Eden Valley. The 700 acre unit has 600 cows and followers and has recently been converted into a superbly managed, highly efficient New Zealand style spring calving grazing system, with new cows tracks a new milking parlour and associated facilities.

A meal on the way home at the Tickled Trout Hotel – Junction 31 of the M6.

For more information and/or to book a place please contact;

Mark Bowes (Chairman) 07767778680 or judith.bowes@btinternet.com

Will Gill (Vice Chairman) 07780578069 or will@grasslands-uk.com

Please make cheques payable to Cheshire Grassland Society and send with the completed form to the address below no later than Friday 8th April to secure your place.

Will Gill

50 Byron Walk

Nantwich

Cheshire

CW5 5UT

FOR INFORMATION ON THE CGS SPRING WALK CLICK HERE

CGS

Top marks for Reaseheath at Skills North West

Reaseheath College’s action packed exhibition was awarded ‘Best Interactive Stand’ at last week’s Skills North West event.

Reaseheath florists share their skills with visitors on the Spotlight Stage at Skills North West

Reaseheath florists share their skills with visitors on the Spotlight Stage at Skills North West

The college took top honours after judges gave it full marks for the enthusiasm of its staff and students and the diversity of ‘have a go’ activities it offered visitors. School groups from across the region enjoyed activities including riding the college’s mechanical horse, making jewellery from flowers, dissecting a rat (plastic!) and talking to stick insects.

Food students demonstrate chocolate making at Skills North West

Food students demonstrate chocolate making at Skills North West

Visitors also had the chance to taste chocolate prepared by our patisserie and bakery students and take part in interactive construction related games.

Throughout the two day showcase event staff and students from our food, floristry and animal management departments made several appearances on the ‘Spotlight Stage’, where they wowed visitors with live demonstrations and specialist talks.

Marketing Team Leader Stephanie Owen said: “This was a fantastic showcase for the college, particularly as for many of the schools who attended, this was the first time they had heard of Reaseheath.

“It was brilliant to see the enthusiasm from our staff and students who worked so hard to ensure the success of the event. Organisers were so impressed they have offered us extra exhibition space next year!”

 

Spotlight on FdSc Bakery and Patisserie Technology student Sharn Byng

Ambition: New product developer

Lives: Leek

Age: 29

Sharn Byng working on her latest chocolate creation

Sharn Byng working on her latest chocolate creation

After working in the quality department of a food factory, Sharn was tempted by our new degree for bakery professionals and decided to change direction.

Despite previously specialising in dairy products, the mother-of-one is enjoying the chance to develop her artistic skills and is relishing learning about chocolate and surgarwork, a popular module in our professional bakery degree.

Sharn is no stranger to our food centre – she studied short, industry focused courses on food safety and food science with us as part of her previous job. She so enjoyed the experience that she returned on a full-time course as soon as opportunity arose.

She’s now well into her first year and is looking forward to work experience during her second year. After that she’s considering of topping up to a full BSc degree with a further year of study.

Putting the final touches to a cacao tree she made from chocolate with fellow student Sharnie Marsden, Sharn says: “This course will open so many doors for me, hopefully in the product development department of a major company. The whole course has been so interesting and I’ve done things in the food industry that I would never have considered before.”

Reducing Risk with Maize- FREE Drop-in event

Thursday 3rd March 2016 , 10am – 3pm

Fieldfare Farmers, Lea Hall Farm, Ash Parva, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 4NP

Earlier maize harvest?

Establishing cover crops?

Retain healthy soil structure and reducing soil loss risk?

  • Practical risk assessment for maize growing
  • Reviewing impacts of maize growing on soils and potential remedial activities
  • Machinery demonstrations
  • Under-sowing and Cover cropping to reduce soil loss
  • Information stands on maize varieties, grant schemes, Cross compliance etc

Tea, Coffee, Cakes and Hot Soup with rolls will be provided

Please book in for catering numbers by:

Email:  petel@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk or telephone Pete Lambert, Shropshire Wildlife Trust 07506 120022

This event is being delivered in partnership with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Campaign for the Farmed Environment and Meres and Mosses NIA. Funded by the Environment Agency

Business minded Nina secures job at ITV

Nina prepared for her degree level study by completing our Access to Higher Education programme before completing her degree in rural events management at Reaseheath. She’s now working in the finance department of the well known television network ITV Studios.

Nina Ashton FdSc Rural Events Management 2014 “I originally thought I would go directly into an events management role after graduating, however an opportunity with ITV’s finance department in Manchester came up, so I decided to go for it. My job, ‘SBA (Self Bill Agreement) Executive’ primarily involves overseeing the payments made to ITV talent and responding to VAT queries. I liaise with artists’ agents and management companies on a basis making sure the correct paperwork is signed and submitted in accordance to their contracts.

“I picked up a host of transferable skills from studying at Reaseheath including time management, computer skills and most importantly learning to deliver on time for deadlines. The finance modules have also proved to be extremely helpful. Another great opportunity was the chance to complete a work placement with a corporate events management company. Treated as one of team I had to think on my feet right from the first shift!

After graduating in 2014 Nina continued in education by topping up her degree to a full BSc (Hons) in International Business and Finance at the University of Derby before securing her job at ITV Studios in May 2015.

“Getting the job at ITV has been incredibly rewarding, it’s such an interesting and varied job role. I love make up as a hobby and had the chance to visit the Emmerdale set in Leeds and worked with the make-up department for a day, which was amazing!

 Nina’s Top tip for students…

If you’re interested in a finance role then obviously the finance modules are vital and it’s so important to put the time and effort into these lessons and the coursework involved for them. My current job role is quite niche as there aren’t many talent payment roles outside of the production industry so as a general rule I’d say it is important to have good customer service skills and prepare well for any interview you get!

Floristry students ‘deck the halls’ for Christmas Extravaganza

The floristry department  were delighted to be asked once again to use their floral skills to help decorate Arley Hall for their annual Christmas Floral Extravaganza.

The Floral Extravaganza, held 5th-10th December, saw Arley Hall decorated with thousands of fresh flowers by local florists, Reaseheath florists and other floristry college students.

It is the job of the team of the florists to create stunning displays to suit the grandeur of the halls interior to complete the Extravaganza. The various experts are charged with looking after one room or areas of the building and transforming it with blooms, garlands and striking decorative pieces.

Our students were tasked with decorating the gallery room. An initial site visit took place in November to allow the students to generate ideas for their displays. At this time the gallery was being used to film the ‘Peaky Blinders’ TV series, so nothing in the room was how it was going to be for the exhibition, including the colour of the walls, making the design process a little more difficult. However, with the aid of photographs and a little imagination the students rose to the challenge of working out where to place designs to achieve greatest impact.

After several weeks of planning, designing and prepping back at college, both Level  2 and Level  3 floristry groups went to Arley Hall to set up the exhibit over 2 days.

There has been some fantastic feedback  from Arley Hall and the general public. Helen Begent, Marketing Officer from Arley said: “The public reception to your room has been outstanding , visitors described the exhibit as ‘stunning’.”

It was a fantastic opportunity for students to be involved in the logistics of planning, designing and executing an actual event.

Reaseheath’s Hoofstock Society spread Christmas spirit

Members of Reaseheath’s Hoofstock Society spread Christmas spirit by making festive outfits for some of the college’s paddock animals, then taking them for a charity walk round campus.

The students, three ponies and two donkeys visited departments across the college to collect donations for two favourite charities, The Donkey Sanctuary and the Horse and Pony Protection Association (HAPPA). The team, who had also made Christmas cookies, raised a total of £84.

Keeper Kerri Robson, who launched the Hoofstock Society, said: “Our walk round college has become a tradition and this year the members have made a big effort to make it bigger and better. It’s a really nice way to spread some cheer and get the animals and students involved”.

We decided to raise money for the Donkey Sanctuary as they need to raise £600,000 for a new donkey hospital. The members also felt they would like to make a donation to HAPPA and were delighted with the generous donations they received.”

 

Top picture caption: Lined up for the camera: Hoofstock members Nicole Hatcher, Sarah Eastwood, Victoria Copson, Daisy Kemp, Celia Gould, Charlotte Elwood, Danielle Wharton, Ben Fitzcosta and Jess Sellwood with ponies Frankie, Cassie and Jasmine  and donkeys Percy and Bertie            

 And here’s a pic of FD ADW undergraduate Nicole Hatcher, who made this smart Christmas outfit for miniature Shetland pony ‘Frankie’

Nicole Hatcher with miniature Shetland pony ‘Frankie’

Nicole Hatcher with miniature Shetland pony ‘Frankie’