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Ebrington Women’s Institute and the Pudding Club

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In every respect it has been a busy time for Ebrington WI. In mid-April they served a traditional tea for a group of American ladies, all of whom were educationalist visiting England to research the WI movement which is unlike anything they have in the States. In addition to enjoying the countryside, they had spent two days visiting NFWI headquarters and Denman College. During a day in the Cotswolds, lunch had been enjoyed at Daylesford and arriving at Ebrington village hall the group found that Margaret Fisher and Pearl Mitchell had set up a small exhibition showing some of the history of the village as well as displaying the Institute’s several publications. From Ebrington they were going on to the Cheese Rollers’ Arms in Leckhampton where they were to be introduced to the mysteries of skittles after meeting up with Gill Thomas the county chairman. The following day would see them on the road again, this time to the Yorkshire Dales to meet the Calendar Girls and Helen Carey a past national president. In addition. Institute members have provided lunch for Cookhill Seniors’ Club who are regular visitors to Ebrington. The following day they brought their 2006/2007 walking season to a traditional close with the annual picnic walk. This year on a very damp day, the destination was the Forest of Dean where they followed the trail of the Dymock Poets and visited a church with an exhibition relating to the poets.

On 12th May, the internationally renowned Pudding Club was able to add Ebrington to its list of tour venues. Maybe not as exotic as Tokyo or New York but those present were no less appreciative. It was a great event and held to help Edward Coombe raise money towards his visit to Bolivia later in the summer. We wish him a very happy and fulfilling experience.

A date for your diary – Saturday, 23rd June, at 6.30 pm – the annual barbecue and boules evening at the village hall. Please bring your own liquid refreshment.

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Chipping Campden – Scuttlebrook wake verse

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam 1 Comment »

1915
CHIPPING CAMPDEN
YE OLDE WAKE OF SCUTTLEBROOKE

The “Church and State” and Scuttlebrook Wake
Have into conflict come,
“This dreadful Wake it SHALL be stopped”
Says Leysbourne’s ‘Peeping Tom’.

We’ll have a committee terror strike
At the root of this innocent fun
And make the promotors feel that we
Are like the German Hun.

They shall have their festival once more
And woe to those who say,
That Scuttlebrooke Wake for old times sake
Shall live another day!

So, wake up, Campdonians, as of old
And stick to your colours true,
And let them see that the good old Wake
Shan’t be smashed by a Committee that’s only a
fake, For we are fighters too.

Now there’s “good old Bob” as has done the job,
And kept the Wake alive,
But “the goodies” say its time that we
His “honors” do divide.

So just let our brave lads know at the front
And the kiddies they’ve left behind,
That good old Campden’s flag still flies

So just let our brave lads know at the front
And the kiddies they ‘ve left behind,
That good old Campden’s flag still flies
For the sake of “Ye Olden Times”!!

This timely piece of verse has appeared among the Campden & District Historical and Archaeological Society (CADHAS) archive records and we wondered what the story was behind it. The Evesham Journal records reveal nothing but the minutes of the parish council for llth May 1915 appear to tell the story:

“After a lengthy discussion on the subject of Scuttlebrook Wake on Whit Saturday, the clerk was directed to write to Mr. Lucas and say that the council recommend the inhabitants of Leasbourne and others interested to form a strong committee to carry out the arrangements – particularly the finance side – on strict businesslike lines, so that any damage which may be done to the grass or otherwise, may be met by funds received from the stallholders or other sources”.

It has been suggested that the possible opposer to the Wake was Mr. Charles Lucas, who lived in Leysbourne, and was clerk to -the solicitor family of Griffiths at Bedfont House. Mr Lucas was also clerk to the magistrates and rent collector for the Earl of Gainsborough’s estate, a role which did not add to his personal popularity. The defender of the celebrations may have been Mr. Robert (Bob) Coldicott, who kept The Kettle, also in Leysbourne. A balance sheet, signed by Mr. Geo. Ebborn on behalf of the committee, was presented to the parish council in June 1915 showing reserves of £1 after expenses had been paid!

Can you add to this story? If so, add a comment on this blog or contact THE ARCHIVE ROOM at the Old Police Station, Chipping Campden.

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

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Chipping Campden meeting the demand for bespoke crafted items

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The Gallery at The Guild, Chipping Campden

Campden, is well known as the home of C. R. Ashbee’s world renowned Guild of Handicraft which occupied the Guild workshops from 1902 to 1908. Indeed, the Guild is still represented at the property through Hart’s goldsmiths and silversmiths. Attracted by the history of the building and Campden’s excellent reputation throughout the arts and crafts movement, a new cooperative of more than a dozen artists and artisans moved into the Guild workshops in 2005, bringing a variety of contemporary and traditional craftspeople together.

There are parallels between the new cooperative and Ashbee’s original guild. Some of the cooperative’s members have given up urban life and fast moving careers to focus on quality of life by moving to the countryside with their families and devoting their time to work which they truly enjoy. As in Ashbee’s day, all of the cooperative’s members face competition from mass produced items but in an age where consumers are faced with more choice than ever before, there seems to be a distinct trend towards bespoke, hand crafted items. Whether it be one original piece of art for that large space over the fireplace, a single cabinet or a hand made kitchen to last a lifetime, consumers are becoming more discerning, perhaps recognising that there is always a price-quality trade off.

The Gallery @ the Guild is a cooperative of twenty two artists, calligraphers, ceramicists, designers, furniture makers, photographers, sculptors and textile artists. The cooperative aims to promote its members’ work and to provide the public with an opportunity to meet its members, each of whom takes a turn at stewarding the cooperative’s various exhibitions. Each exhibition includes a variety of disciplines so that there is something for everyone. The gallery also sells small gifts, hand made cards and limited edition prints to suit every budget.

Also in the same building are Hart’s goldsmiths and silversmiths, Caroline Richardson jewellery and Goody Lou’s shoes, bespoke shoe dying and embellishment workshop.

Tuesday, 29th may to Sunday 24th June
“Finesse”
Liz Allchin, Kate Barry, Emma Clegg, Mary Day, Jeremy Green

Thursday, 28th June to Sunday, 29th July
“Creme de la Creme”

The Gallery @ the Guild, the Guild craft workshops, Sheep Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6DS. www.thegalleryattheguild.co.uk

Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10am till 5pm. Closed on Mondays except bank holidays.

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Ebrington Bells appeals for new members

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St Eadburgha’s Church Ebrington(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

The bells of Ebrington church have been calling people to worship at St. Eadburgha’s, with few exceptions, since 1648. Our original three bells were augmented over time, thanks to the generosity of the church council and other benefactors, and we have now enjoyed our current ring of six bells for 160 years.

Generations of bell-ringers have rung and continue to ring for services, weddings, celebrations and other special events, and the tradition is maintained to this day.

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Friendly Chipping Campden residents

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Chipping Campden(From the letters section of the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Having just moved here from Greenwich, London to Chipping Campden, I would like through the Bulletin to thank the many friends and neighbours (they know who they are) for their warm and generous welcome. It is very nice to be made part of a friendly community having come from a large and “too busy to pass the time of day” area. We are both looking forward to spending many happy years here.

Blockley Ladies Choir strike the right note

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(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Blockley ladies choir brought back some impressive silverware from the recent mid-Somerset music festival at Bath Guildhall, where they won two of the four classes they entered. Their success was especially pleasing as they are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and will be performing favourite pieces from their repertoire at a special anniversary concert in St. Georges Hall, Blockley, on Saturday,4th August.

The choir, originally formed to take part in WI activities, has welcomed scores of local women over the years who have enjoyed singing a wide variety of choral music, led from the beginning by Jenny Davey, who for many years ran the local post office and store with husband Tony, and accompanied on the piano for nearly as long by Dorothy White. Jenny, despite relocation to Caldicot in Gwent, still travels to Blockley every Tuesday to conduct the practice.

The choir entertains at local celebrations and fund raising events, and particularly enjoy singing at weddings. They work hard to improve their technique and have hosted successful choral workshops with guest conductors, attended by other choirs from a wide area. Taking part in competitions at music festivals is also important and challenging for us. The choir is always looking for new members. No experience is required – just a love of singing. They meet every Tuesday at 7.30p.m. in Blockley. With their busy schedule they also need volunteer assistants to help the conductor and accompanist on a regular basis. If you feel you would like to join, please get in touch.

Chipping Campden Gardens open

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16th and 17th of June Gardens open in Chipping Campden

More than 20 gardens will be open this year. Tickets are available from outside the town hall from 12pm each day. All proceeds will go to Action Medical Research.

Mickleton allotment co-operative

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(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

April has brought the commencement of the fourth season, which, after a very wet period in early March, has seen the allotments dry out to the extreme on the surface. Twelve plots are in use by the co-operative, leaded by a growing number of participants, each receiving fresh vegetables and flowers for their efforts – payment in kind on a sharing basis. A portion of the produce is given to various inhabitants of Mickleton, just for the pleasure of giving. Other produce is sold through the local shops to raise money for randomly chosen ‘good causes’ in the locality.

For some people, the thought of coping with an allotment can be daunting. However, the opportunity to partcipate in this scheme means that everyone can enjoy the experience of working together, building a community spirit in the process. Come and enjoy the view of Meon Hill, hear the ‘mew’ of the buzzards and watch them as they ride the thermals overhead. Listen for the cuckoo; catch a glimpse of the golden plover, or an occasional barn owl – it’s all here around Mickleton Allotments!

The town of Berkeley plans to attract more visitors

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Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

The historic market town of Berkeley near Gloucester is planning to put itself firmly on the tourist map in a bid to attract more visitors. Despite having two very popular attractions of very different types on its outskirts – Berkeley Castle and Cattle Country – the centre of the pretty town is often by-passed by tourists despite its many attractions; including local cafes, a hotel, pubs and speciality shops. This fact, coupled with the drastic reductions in staffing levels at the nearby Magnox power station over recent years, meant local people were concerned for the future prosperity of their community.

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A Memorable Year for Ebrington Gardening Club

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(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

The president of the club, Doug Drinkwater, was impressed by the number of members attending the AGM of Ebrington gardening club. It had been a good year for meetings and evenings out. The visit to the gardens at Compton Scorpion in June was particularly memorable for him as he had visited it many years ago and recalled the taste of the apples and the mulberries there. Read the rest of this entry »

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