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Has anybody got a disused Railway Station wanting a good home?

Features, Places by Tony 3 Comments »

Broadway Station in the 1960sThe GWR want to replace Broadway Station

The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway are well under way in their plan to restore the line from Winchcombe to Broadway and as part of that plan they intend to find a relacement station at Broadway for the one that was demolished in the 1960′s.
They have therefore launched a national hunt and volunteers have drawn up a list of disused station buildings.

“Restoring Broadway Station is monumental task but we are determined to restore it’s atmosphere” said GWR spokesman Ian Crowder.

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A replacement signal box has already been secured. It is a Grade II listed building from Exminster in Devon which is currently being stored at Winchcombe.

Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway
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100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden

Chipping Campden Bulletin by Adam 2 Comments »


It is one hundred years ago since Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor. On 22 June 1907. The Times advertised the Hidcote Manor estate, described as a valuable freehold farm comprising some 287 acres and 34 perches to-be sold by auction at the Noel Arms in Chipping Campden on Tuesday 2nd July 1907, with possession on 29th September 1907 – Michaelmas day, when most agricultural leases began and ended. The advertisement said that the farm would be sold together with the: very substantial and picturesque farm house, stone built, with, entrance hall, fine oak staircase, three sitting rooms, eight bedrooms, two box rooms, and usual offices, with lawns and large kitchen garden.

It went on to note that: the farm is particularly healthy, being situate on a spur of the Cotswolds at an elevation of from 500 to 800 feet above sea level and from it extensive views of the counties of Warwick, Worcester and Gloucester can be obtained. Meets of the Warwickshire, North Cotswold and Haythrop [sic] Hounds are within easy distance, and the partridge shooting on the estate is good. Read the rest of this entry »

Trillionaire lifestyle in Ebrington

Features by Tony 1 Comment »

Ebrington Hill Farmhouse, Barn and surrounding land is on the market with a guide price of £3.2 million.

It is available as a whole or in three lots.

Lot 1 : Ebrington Hill Farmhouse and 17 acres £2.0 million

Lot 2 : Ebrington Hill Barn and 10 acres £800,000

Lot 3 : The Land 60 acres including a Cross Country Course £400,000

This is a fine country house in a wonderful position with panoramic views.

www.struttandparker.com

Kobudo Group at Snowshill Manor

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Snowshill Manor14th July Display of ancient samurai martial arts in full traditional costume

Snowshill Manor, a NT property near Broadway is an eccentric Cotswold Manor House and Garden which is an Aladdin’s Cave of unexpected delights which is well worth going to see for it’s contents and gardens alone. It is full of wonderful treasures collected by Charles Paget Wade, from toys and musical instruments to clocks, bicycles and tools, together with Japanese samurai armour.

On 14th July all this will be supplemented by a Martial Arts Display in full traditional costume by the Nine Circles Kobudo Group to be held in the gardens between 12.30 and 4.30

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Championship Cheese in Broadway

Features, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

Gorsehill Abbey St Oswald Cheese is a Supreme Champion

Michael and Diane Stacey of Gorsehill Abbey Farm near Broadway took the Supreme Champion at the Three Counties Cheese and Dairy Produce Competition with their St Oswald cheese. St Oswald is a small rind washed cheese which becomes richer, stronger and more aromatic as it ages. It is named after Oswald, Bishop of Worcester and later Archbishop of York, who is buried at Worcester and is one of their patron saints.

The Three Counties Show was held at Malvern Worcestershire in Mid June and the brand new Cheese & Dairy Produce Show was open to producers resident in Herefordshire,Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Warners Budgens sponsered this new show and as Supreme Champion the St Oswald cheese will be on sale in their Broadway, Bidford upon Avon and Moreton in Marsh stores for at least two months.

Gorsehill Abbey Cheese produce a range of Fresh and Ripened Cheeses which are available from the farm most of the time or at a number of local shops and Farmers Markets.

www.gorsehillabbey.co.uk

Gorsehill Abbey Farm has been registered organic for over ten years although it has been managed to organic standards for much longer. Michael and Diane have been farming here for over thirty years but have only made cheese commercially since 2003.

A CBE in Ebrington

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Ebrington resident Professor Stanley Wells awarded CBE

Professor Stanley Wells was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Literature.

Professor Wells is a Shakespeare scholar who has been studying and writing about the Bard for most of his life and is known as the international leading authority on Shakespeare. He is Professor Emereritus in Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham and chairman of the Shakespeare Birthday Trust in Stratford upon Avon.

His favourite play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream but he believes that the Bard’s greatest play is King Lear.

The Kiftsgate Rose is the largest rose in the UK.

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Kiftsgate Court Gardens have been chosen as one of the top ten rose gardens to visit in July

The Telegraph Gardening supplement voted Kiftsgate Court Gardens, near Chipping Campden as No.3 in the top ten rose gardens to visit . Kiftsgate Court is world famous for its Kiftsgate Rose which is the largest rose in the UK at almost 60ft high. The Kiftsgate rose flowers for about three weeks from the beginning of July and is a spectacular sight not to be missed.

The gardens themselves are a plantsman’s delight and at any time of the year there is something of interest to see. The Upper Gardens surrounding the house are planted to give harmonious colour schemes whilst the lower gardens provide a home for plants from warmer climates.

Opening times – July : Daily except Thursday and Friday: 12 noon – 6pm

August and September: Sunday Monday and Wednesday: 2pm -6pm

www.kiftsgate.co.uk

Come and stay at Little Gidding and visit Kiftsgate, which is only 10 minutes away by car (we also have a lovely circular walk to take in both Kiftsgate and Hidcote and the Cotswold countryside, if you prefer to get to the gardens at a slower pace) plus all the other famous local gardens in the Cotswolds.

Morris Dancing World Record attempt – the Largest Morris Dance

Events, Features by Tony 1 Comment »

1st September – World Record attempt – Moreton-in Marsh Show – Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-Marsh Show has joined forces with local Morris Dance side-The Ilmington Traditional Morris Men- to organise an attempt for the world record for the Largest Morris Dance. They aim to attract around 500 dancers for the one dance – The Shepherd’s Hey – and have been inviting Morris Dance sides from all around the Midlands and Southern England to come along.

The attempt will be run to Guinness World Record Rules and will take place in the Grand Ring at 1.00 pm.

Many of the current Morris Dance sides have their roots in Cotswold traditions and this event is intended to raise the profile of Morris Dancing both locally and regionally.

This tradional agricultural show is going from strength to strength and is one of the best shows on the circuit.

Put the date in your diary.

www.morris-at-moretonshow.org

www.moretonshow.co.uk

Top of the Crops

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Champion Grass Crop – R & J Baldwyn from High Crest, Hidcote Boyce, Chipping Campden.

The results of the first of the on-farm competitions organised by the Moreton Show have been announced and local farmers R & J Baldwin have won the Williams and Hawkins Challenge Trophy for their champion grass crop. They won the trophy with their entry in the best one or two year grass crop and the competition was judged by Chris Webber of South Berkshire Agricultural Society.

This year’s Moreton Show is being held on Saturday 1st September so put that date in the diary it is a great day out.

Pigs are Stars

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One of the Cotswold Farm Park iron age pigletsCotswold Farm Park – near Guiting Power in the Cotswolds

The Cotswold Farm Park was Britain’s first ever Farm Park having been established in 1971.

Amongst their many rare breeds they have had great success in providing pigs for both TV and films. They recently supplied an iron-age pig for the BBC series – We Built Britain. “They wanted a pig typical of the Elizabethan era to set the scene for the story. Our pig was bred by our founder Joe Henson who crossed a Tamworth with a wild boar resulting in a pig with a long nose,pricked ears and a lot of hair”

Three of their pigs will be featured in “Fred Claus” which is a new family movie due to be released for this Christmas. Other pigs have been used in a number of costume and period dramas.

There are lot’s of animals to see at the Farm Park and it is a great day out for all the family.

www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

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