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The rural news magazine for those who live and work in the Welsh countryside.

30 minutes

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Sun 24 May 2015 07:00

Sheep Dipping, Horse Drawn Carriages and Tubular Bells

Sheep dip poisoning - leading organophosphate poisoning campaigners have welcomed recent calls for a "hillsborough style" inquiry into whether farmers were misled over the use of the dangerous chemical. There's cross party support from MPs for a parliamentary debate for full disclosure of the facts. Twice yearly sheep dipping was compulsory back in the 1970s, eighties and nineties to prevent sheep scab but finally stopped being mandatory in 1992. But farmers across the UK were left with debilitating health problems that they put down to sheep dipping.

A vast collection of horse drawn carriages in Abergele. Norman Frost's Cae Hen collection will be on show at Cae Hen, Llanfair TH, Abergele, on May 24, 10am-4pm.

The photographer, inspired by the landscape and it's inhabitants, who's been taken up by the Saatchi Gallery and has upcoming exhibitions in Vienna and Morrocco. But it's Carmarthenshire that Marlene Wareham calls home - on Llanllwni Mountain

 and many church bells across the country are silent on a Sunday due to a shortage of bell ringers. But in the village of Maentwrog that's not the case. At St Twrog's church they renovated their Tubular Bells back in time for the Millenium thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.