“Sale Sharks made a visit to train at Moulton College Sports Facilities ahead of a Friday evening match against Premiership rivals Northampton Saints. The Sharks led by Director of Rugby Steve Diamond made the trip to Moulton on Thursday afternoon to take advantage of the excellent rugby facilities that the College has developed over recent years.
Leading the team out on the pitch was head coach Brian Redpath. Redpath, nicknamed Brush, won 60 caps playing for Scotland, captaining the team on a number of occasions. His appearances included two Rugby World Cups in 1999 and 2003.
Having retired following the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Bryan became Backs Coach at Gloucester Rugby before being promoted to Head Coach on the departure of Dean Ryan in June 2009.
He resigned from Gloucester in April 2012 and moved up North, to become a key member of the coaching staff at Sale Sharks.
The Sharks Director of Rugby presented the College with two signed playing shirts as a thank you to the College Facilities team for arranging the trip at short notice. The shirts will join the display of England and numerous other International team shirts from visiting clubs that adorn the walls of the College.
Robbie Speirs, The College sports resources manager commented that “The inspirational value that these types of visits offer to our students and in particular to our Rugby academy students is really second to none.”
Five Moulton College construction trainees have won a place at the finals of the UK’s largest multi-trade competition, SkillBuild 2013. Joseph Nelson, Robert Girvan, Joshua Davis, David Williams, and Sam Brister, have already triumphed at the regional heat of SkillBuild and will compete against the other regional winners at the Skills Show, the UK’s biggest skills and careers show which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 14-16 November.
September 12th marked the official opening of the Theodore Payne Collection at the Moulton College Garden Centre which features a combination of 40 Californian native specimens.
Attended by horticulture students and invited guests, John Wickham - Past President of the Theodore Payne Foundation, opened the garden following an introduction by Steve Davies, Principal of Moulton College. The Principal noted Payne’s passion for plants and, in particular, education drawing on the similarities between our landscapes and echoed Payne’s promotion of the use of drought tolerant plants in urban design. The College also extended their thanks to the Finnis Scott Foundation who, together with a private benefactor, assisted in funding the project.
Theodore Payne a native of Northamptonshire moved to California at the turn of the twentieth century. He pursued his life-long passion for Californian Native Plants through introductions and propagation. Payne extolled their virtues in advance of sustainability and biodiversity.
The College is delighted that is can offer the post of Honorary Theodore Payne Research Assistant to help collate information and maintain the collection. It will also be able to monitor the development of the collection particularly in regard to its adaptability to the British climate,
August 2013 marked the meeting of the 10th International Congress of Plant Pathology. A travel grant awarded by the British Society of Plant Pathology enabled me to join these researchers and get involved in a pre-congress workshop on Phythophora, Pythium and related genera. Many researchers, all with an important message, flocked to Beijing International Conference Centre to share experiences and ideas.
Beijing formed the heart of the Olympics in 2008 and still takes pride in the notion of ‘one world, and one dream’ the melody of which bursts out of speakers across the Olympic Village. In essence this ideal was encompassed in the talks which focussed on biosecurity, food safety, and plant pathology in a globalised economy. It was also reflected in the coming together of delegates from around the world whom all have a core belief in their research. One plant pathologist remarked, that upon being asked ‘so, what do you do?’ she eluded that she helps feed the world. This may seem a grandiose statement; however, looking at the research completed globally, this declaration is valid.
The Congress itself provided a good mixture of topics with a variety of informative talks about current research. My individual focus was given to specific topic areas from which one can grasp the scope of work that plant pathologists are involved with. Investigations into: forestry pathology, fruit trees, food safety, biosecurity, and protected crops, ensures the provision of harvestable produce and timber, with proactive identification and analysis into emerging diseases and potential threats in the future.
The Workshop and Congress lent themselves well to better versing me in the broader context of my own research into the treatment of Specific Replant Disease on Sorbus aucuparia with a novel green manure, allowing me to consider new avenues of investigation. It also provided a platform for disseminating my own work in poster sessions, and networking with people with similar research interests.
In summary, the opportunity to travel and participate in this experience has opened my eyes to new possibilities and raised my awareness of the global importance of plant pathology. Meanwhile it has given me an insight into a culture that is enlightening and diverse. The trip allowed me to interact with the welcoming people of China, as well as network with many passionate and dedicated Congress delegates from around the World.