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Friendly Chipping Campden residents

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Letters by Adam No Comments »

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

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

(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.

World Championship Competitive Hobbyists

Features by Tony No Comments »

The Telegraph Review of Saturday June 2nd published a list of the top websites for Competitive Hobbyists. As one of the “hobbies” was our own Cotswold Olimpicks at Chipping Campden the others on the list make interesting comparisons and are all well worth having a look at:-

World stone-skimming championships -www.stoneskimming.com

World conker championships – www.worldconkerchampionships.com

World marbles championship – www.marblemuseum.org

World bog snorkelling championship – www.llanwrtyd-wells.powys.org.uk

World stinging nettle eating championship – www.thebottleinn.co.uk

World gurning championship – www.egremontcrabfair.org.uk

(gurning is competitive face-pulling and not a lot of people know that)

World worm-charming championship – www.wormcharming.com

World peashooting championship – www.witcham.org.uk

World egg-throwing championship – www.eggthrowing.org

Mangold hurling – www.mangoldhurling.co.uk

(mangold hurling is the only one not billed as a world championship – just a bit of fun instead)

Have a look at these sites and see how they compare to the Cotswold Olimpicks. Although billed as world championships they are all held in the UK.

Update 7th June

The BigBuzz Blog have a great article about Worm Charming and there is a video of the World Stinging Nettle eating Championships on the BrightCove site here

The National Collection of Asters

Events, Places by Tony No Comments »

Aster novi-belgii26th September Upton House (NT) Aster Open Day

Continuing with the theme of National Collections, Upton House near Banbury has The National Collection of Asters and this unique and important collection will be the focus of an Open Day in September.

Asters have been around in the UK for over 400 years and the name comes from the Greek word for star. They are often called Michaelmas Daisies but enthusiasts only use this name for the commonly grown Aster novi-belgii.

Asters flower in September and Upton House will have a wonderful spectacle of varying shades of purple,mauve and white flowers.

Upton House and Gardens is a National Trust property which is open every day except for Thursdays and Fridays with the Garden, Restaurant and Shop also being open on Thursday and Friday throughout August.

The House has a wonderful collection of Old Master paintings and English and French 18th-century porcelain together with a fascinating exhibition of Shell advertising posters from the 1920s and 1930s.

Upton House is only 45 minutes away from Little Gidding so why not come and stay with us and visit some historic houses and gardens (and some National Collections)

From Rock Star to Cotswold Cheesemaker

Features by Adam 2 Comments »

If you wondered how Rock Stars relaxed, wonder no more. Serge the Concierge has an article about how Alex James from Blur has reinvented himself as a gentleman farmer and cheesemaker after moving to a farm in the Cotswolds.

Serge also has another article about Summer in the Cotswolds with some interesting relevant local links.

National Plant Collection of Juglans

Events, Food and Produce, Places by Tony No Comments »

12th June Ebrington Gardening club visits Upton Wold

As part of it’s extensive 2007/2008 programme Ebrington and District Gardening Club is visiting Upton Wold, near Moreton in Marsh, on Tuesday 12th June for a private evening visit.

The gardens are set around a c17th century manor house hidden in a wold and contain part of the National Collection of Juglans (Juglans are Walnut Trees).

The garden is ever developing and ever changing and has wonderful views. It has a tunnel of yew trees bordering the central lawn , lovely herbaceous borders , an ornamental fruit garden, vegetable garden and greenhouses.

The garden is open for the NGS scheme(the house is not open) during 2007.

How about joining the Club? Annual membership is only £5.00 and there is a very wide and varied programme arranged. Contact Dorothy Hart on 01386 840869

Pedigree Whippet Racing

Events by Tony No Comments »

Whippet Racing3rd June Sunday Moreton in Marsh Cricket Cub

The Whippet Club Racing Association (WRCA) are holding their second Championship meeting of 2007 at Moreton in Marsh.

This meeting is straight championship event over a 150 yard straight track and the dogs will run in weight groups, running off level or scratch. The races are run on a knockout basis with the first two dogs in each race going through to the next round.

It is expected that approx. 150 dogs will run and whippets can race up to the age of 10 if it remains fit and many do so.

Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admission. However there is no betting allowed and no prize money awarded. It is a purely amateur sport and the only prize to be won is a rosette or a trophy.

The 3rd Championship Meeting in 2007 will be held at Moreton on August 5th and the 4th Championship Meeting at Moreton on October 14th.

How about this for a different sport and it will cost you nothing to watch!

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