A Prayer For Healing

VICAR Dear Country Squire Readers, I wish You all an excellent Sunday and, as we look forward to August, a relaxing summer of good weather, good times and peace. Today I address healing. If You or another person You love is suffering, then please use the following prayer with them or You in mind. Have a splendid day. You are in my thoughts and prayers. … Continue reading A Prayer For Healing

What Future for Britain’s Family Farms?

BY BEN EAGLE For the Oxford Farming Conference’s annual debate this year family farming was put under the spotlight. The motion suggested that the biggest threat to the family farm is the family farm itself and, perhaps surprisingly, attendees voted in favour of the motion by 182 to 157. Had the debate been held down the road at the Oxford Real Farming Conference I suspect … Continue reading What Future for Britain’s Family Farms?

A La Ronde

BY CHARLES EVANS This peculiar, circular house, erected by two artistic spinsters and filled out with their curious handicrafts, was built about 1800. The Misses Jane and Mary Parminter, of good Devon middle class stock, travelled abroad for a decade sight-seeing, then decided to continue their association at Exmouth in a house which they designed to incorporate certain features of the Byzantine Church of San … Continue reading A La Ronde

Spirit of the Countryside

VICAR At “Spirit of the Countryside” five years ago, the then Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams gave a sermon to the Countryside. Nearly 1500 people gathered at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Pentecost Sunday for a service at which Archbishop Rowan preached, followed by a picnic lunch and live music. Throughout the service, symbols of the countryside were brought to the altar to thank God for … Continue reading Spirit of the Countryside

Onwards & Upwards: CSM 2017

CSM EDITORIAL Dear Readers, With traffic continuing to grow in a way we never imagined and three months of producing the magazine under our belt, Country Squire Magazine continues to flourish. Thanks to You. We have reached a point now where we feel we have listened to what You want. We have studied what You enjoy reading and what You don’t read so much. We … Continue reading Onwards & Upwards: CSM 2017

Countryside Carrot Cake

Ingredients for Countryside Carrot Cake: 150g Butter 150g Light muscovado sugar 3 Large eggs ½ tsp Vanilla extract Zest of 1 orange, finely grated 200g Plain flour ¼ tsp Salt 3⁄4 tsp Baking powder 3⁄4 tsp Bicarbonate of soda ½ tsp Ground cinnamon 225g Carrot, grated 50g Ground almonds Instructions for making Countryside Carrot Cake:  Preheat the oven to 170°C/fan oven 150°C/Gas Mark 3. Grease … Continue reading Countryside Carrot Cake

Wild Boar Stew

Ingredients for Wild Boar Stew:  1kg diced wild boar 50g plain flour Rapeseed oil (we recommend Hillfarm) 2 litre stock 100g streaky bacon 25g tomato puree 1 diced red pepper 5g thyme 5 bay leaves 10g paprika 3g cayenne papper 4 crushed garlic cloves 2 diced onions 150g mushrooms 250ml red wine 10g parsley Salt and pepper to taste Instructions for Wild Boar Stew:  Preheat … Continue reading Wild Boar Stew

The Genius of Mental Illness

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN There are great gaps in humans’ understanding of the brain. Even where science has come up with a discovery about a certain part of the brain, there are further scientists who argue that, until we know more about those other realms of the brain which are still a mystery, we have discovered nothing; mere random notes in a symphony which we still cannot … Continue reading The Genius of Mental Illness

The Diminishing Importance of MSM

BY JON ALEXANDER Well, it’s finally happened. The MSM (Mainstream Media) have just had a major reality check and realised that their importance has been diminished. They all took a side in 2016 politics and one side in particular has been hit so hard it’s unlikely it will recover.  Donald Trump’s press conference last week was a masterclass in trolling and it left the left-wing press … Continue reading The Diminishing Importance of MSM

Labour for the Taking

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN At public school, the powers that be insisted that your bed in the dormitory was located a few feet away from your enemy’s. Over a fourteen-week term, this was meant to be character-building. So, for the first couple of years, I found myself next to my enemy, who we shall call O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty and I really disliked each other, so much so … Continue reading Labour for the Taking

Ailing from Grayling?

BY ALEXIA JAMES You’ve heard of A.C Grayling, right? Plato, Socrates, Descartes, Grayling? Ring any bells? Well done you at the back of the class! A.C Grayling is the Peckham-dwelling University of Sussex graduate with 30 books under his belt on philosophy, biography, the history of ideas, human rights and ethics. For several years, Anthony Clifford Grayling was a columnist for The Guardian (yup, his kids go to … Continue reading Ailing from Grayling?