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Campden skies, June 2007

Campden Skies, Chipping Campden Bulletin by Adam 1 Comment »

This month the nights are short but are getting warm enough to look out at the sky. On 21st June at 7 pm (BST) is the moment of the summer solstice. After that the days shorten and the nights lengthen again. The planet Venus is still brightening and should be a splendid sight after sunset in the west. Mercury too will be bright low down in the western evening sky at the beginning of the month.

Last month I mentioned that I had visited the William Herschel telescope on La Palma. I hadn’t realised that it is the largest telescope in Europe – the Canary Islands are counted geographically as part of Europe. I have just read an article that lists all its most important discoveries since it began its work in 1989 when it recorded the very first feature on the surface of a distant star. It has been known for a long time that our Sun has spots but until a vast hot spot was found on the surface of giant Betelgeuse no one could be quite certain that other stars had such features too. Read the rest of this entry »

The 19th Cotswold Show, Cirencester Park

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July will see the 19th Cotswold Show take place at Cirencester Park.

This year’s show will feature displays from groups such as the Royal Corps of Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team and the Cheshire Dog Display Team. Other entertainment will include falconry, horse whispering and celebrity otters.

The food village will include produce from all over the UK with stalls, cookery demonstrations and a farmer’s market.

The event will also include a Rural Craft Village with hands on demonstrations of dry-stone walling, bee-keeping, hurdle making, broom making, rope making and saddle making. Children will be able to make their own beeswax candles or corn dolly to take home.

Cirencester Park is approximately one mile outside Cirencester town centre, past Cirencester College & Deer Park School, before the Agricultural College on the A419 Stroud Road.

Tickets at the gate cost £7 for adults and £2 for Children 3-14.

Update 13th July

Tim Relf’s rural life blog has an interesting article about an event at the Cotswold Show where visitors turned valuers to guess guessing the value of a country cottage, some farm machinery and an antique item.

10th Charlbury Beer Festival

Events, Food and Produce by Adam No Comments »

The 14th of July will see the start of this year’s beer festival at Charlbury. Featuring over 300 gallons of real ale and nearly 30 gallons of Cider from a variety of breweries across the UK, 2007 looks to be an enjoyable event for all.

Charlbury has been running a beer festival every year since 1998. Past festivals have seen beers with unusual names such as “Whammerler’s Wheat”, “Otter Bitter”, “Celestial Steam” and “Buff”. The festival also offers a selection of Red and White Wines, Pimms, Soft Drinks and Hot Food.

The beer festival raises funds for local groups including the local Primary School which it has raised £36,000 for over the past eight years.

The festival starts at 12 noon and finishes at about 11pm. There are likely to be a few headaches the following morning.

Charlbury is located near the town of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Morris men and cream teas start the Cotswold village fete season

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Chipping Campden Morris MenThe quiet countryside around Chipping Campden will shortly be buzzing with activity as the local village fete season swings into action.

Paxford village fete on the Saturday 7th July is closely followed by Ebrington fete a week later on the 14th July with the main events starting at 2pm.

Both events include traditional stalls selling cakes and cream teas along entertainment from Shipston brass band and displays of vintage and classic cars.

The Chipping Campden morris men will be dancing at Paxford’s fete while Ebrington will entertain audiences with a family dog show along with vintage tractors at Ebrington cricket field.

So, relax with a cool glass of something to drink and an ice cream while all around the village comes to life with community spirit to raise money for worthy charities.

Little Gidding B&B is located in Ebrington and is 1.5 miles from Paxford. If you would like to experience the unique spectacle of morris men dancing we would be happy to book you for a stay during one or both of these fetes.

Ebrington Women’s Institute and the Pudding Club

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

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)

For more information about Scuttlebrook Wake, click here

Chipping Campden meeting the demand for bespoke crafted items

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Events, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

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)

Court Barn Museum – Chipping Campden

Events, Features, Places by Tony 1 Comment »

Court Barn Museum, Photo (c) Alan CrawfordOpening of Court Barn Museum

Saturday 28th July The Museum opens it’s doors for the first time

Romeo and Juliet – The Hidcote Play

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21st June – Hidcote Manor Garden

The Hidcote Play returns with an outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet performed by the The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

The Chamberlain Company built the Globe Theatre in 1699. William Shakespeare,being a member of the Chamberlain Company, became� a shareholder in the Theatre. Along with Shakespeare a group of men owned the Globe and this group was called Lord Chamberlain’s Men after a patron of the acting company.

Re-established in 2003 they are now a prestigious open air theatre company and the play� will be performed as Shakespeare intended with an all male cast . Their aims are to revive the traditions of Elizabethan theatre and to bring to life the greatest works of drama without compromising their meaning and integrity.

Seating is not provided so bring your own picnic and rug.

Booking is essential on 0870 300 0579 and tickets are £14.00

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Ebrington Bells appeals for new members

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

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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