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Flower Power in Chipping Campden at St James Church

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Events, Noticeboard by Adam 2 Comments »

St James, Chipping Campden (c) Rick,
Flower Festival, St James Church Chipping Campden 24th to 28th August

The pace is quickening for the forthcoming flower festival at St James Church over the bank holiday week end (from Friday August 24th to Tuesday August 28th). Four very successful fund raising events hosted by Rachel and Arthur Cunynghame, Sarah and Peter Taylor, Philip and Mary Smith, and two events by Margaret and Geoffrey Smith have succeeded in raising well over £3,000 for flower festival funds.

The theme of Old Testament tales will blossom into life in scenes created by distinguished designer Jenny Bennett, and imaginatively interpreted by flower club teams from Chipping Campden and surrounding areas.

A summer market, organized by Jane Bartlett will be an attractive additional feature of the festival and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will set up its stalls in the front garden of Margaret and Geoffrey Smith’s home directly opposite the church. The market will offer bric-a-brac, books, plants and preserves; and that’s not all. Delicious teas and light lunches under the direction of Jecca Brook will be available in the Church Rooms.

Festival co-ordinator David Hallett is hopeful that the festival will attract record numbers. He says “We are hoping that Campden residents and visitors will come and see the really wonderful floral displays, and if anyone has guests over the bank holiday weekend that they will bring them to admire both one of the area’s loveliest churches and the biblical stories told in flowers”.

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

Little Gidding B&B is located in Ebrington and is minutes away from Chipping Campden. We would be happy to book you for a stay during the festival.

Much Ado About Nothing at Hatherop Castle

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

16th July – 21st July Open Air production by The Cotswold Arcadians

The Cotswold Arcadians is a theatre group based in south-east Gloucestershire who stage large scale, open-air Shakesperian productions.

They have been producing these productions since 1991 and this year they have chosen one of Shakespeare’s most popular love stories “Much Ado About Nothing.”

The light-hearted plot hinges on lovers united and divided, a touch of villainy, the seemingly simple and ignorant uncovering of dark deeds, and ultimately,reconciliation all round.

Just as a love story should be.

This 2007 production is once again set in the beautiful grounds of Hatherop Castle and features the rich and sumptuous costumery of the Tudor period.

Hatherop Castle is two miles north of Fairford and eight miles east of Cirencester. The estates were first recorded in the Domesday Book. It is now a preparatory school.

The Gardens open for picnics from 6pm. Performances start at 8pm. and seating is in a covered, tiered grandstand.

The Cotswold Arcadians

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden continued

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Places by Adam 1 Comment »

In the June Bulletin, the events of 100 years ago when Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor and then the subsequent creation of Hidcote Manor garden leading up to its heyday in the 1930s were recalled. In this article, the transfer to the National Trust in 1948 and subsequent developments at Hidcote up to Lawrence Johnston’s death in 1958 are covered.

In the 1930s, Lawrence Johnston was actively engaged in seeking plants for Hidcote or for his garden at Serre de la Madone at Menton on the south coast of France. He was both a sponsor of, and went on, plant hunting expeditions to places such as Formosa (Taiwan) and to Yunnan in China. When he was at Hidcote, he led an active social life as his diaries for 1929 and 1932 show that there were many coming to see the garden or to play tennis. Towards the end of the 1930s when he was in his late 60s, he spent his summers at Hidcote and the winter months at Serre de la Madone.

During the second World War he was concerned about the taxation associated with living in England and began to consider what he should do about Hidcote. James Lees-Milne, whose parents used to live at Wickhamford, records in his diary that in February 1943 at a luncheon organised by Sibyl Colefax, an influential figure in London society who is mentioned a few times in Lawrence Johnston’s diaries, Johnston took him aside to ask if the National Trust would take over Hidcote without endowment after the war when he intended to live in the south of France for good.

Following the end of the war, Sibyl Colefax wrote in April 1947 to James Lees-Milne who was then working for the National Trust to say “I was over at Hidcote with Vivien Leigh Saturday. Laurie Johnston wants to give Hidcote to the N. T. now. So do get him tied up. You see he is not gaga but has no memory. He told me, indeed took me away specially to talk of this.” Read the rest of this entry »

Ebrington wins Bronze Medal

Features, Food and Produce by Tony 2 Comments »

Ebrington Gardening Club EntryEbrington and District Gardening Club wins a Bronze Medal at Hampton Court

It is the first time that the Club has entered the famous “The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show” in London and they came away with a bronze medal, which was a great achievement.

They entered the “Window Box & Hanging Basket Competition, Class WB2″ The Theme was “Edible” and the title of their entry was “Feathered Food Fantasy.”

The entry contained strawberries,nasturtiums and tomatoes with members of the club providing suggestions for the contents.

Barry and Sally Sabin prepared several entries and then chose the best one on the day. Their choice was proved right!.

Well done to all involved.

Midland Trailquests come to Chipping Campden

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

Midland TrailquestsSunday 19th August – Magellan Midlands Summer Series 2007

The Stratford Offroaders have organised another event in this series, with the HQ this time being at the Baden Powell Centre in Chipping Campden – Map Reference SP153/388.

All proceeds from this event will go to The Children’s Society.

The Magellan Midlands Summer Series event start is from 09.00 to 10.30 with Registration between 08.30 and 10.15 and a duration of 4 hours.

There is also a Standalone Non-competitive fun event for all the family with a start of 09.00 to 12.00 with Registration between 08.30 and 10.15 and a duration of 3 hours.

Midland Trailquests was formed in 2006 by a group of enthusiastic organisers and riders and aims to foster the grass roots of the sport of Mountain Bike Orienteering in the English Midlands.

A Trailquest is a mountain bike orienteering event where the competitors have to navigate from control location to control location punching a score card at each location. Competitors may ride solo or as a team of two.

Control locations vary in the amount of points they are worth and competitors may use any legal route to ride between them. The rider or team who scores the highest number of points within the time limit is the winner.

To compete you must first register on-line with Midland Trailquests as it is a condition of their insurance policy that all riders are members. Registration is free and only takes a couple of minutes.

The event

50 best gardens to visit this summer

Features, Places by Tony 3 Comments »

50 best gardens to visit this summer and six of them are within easy drive of Little Gidding, Ebrington.

The Daily Telegraph Gardening identified the 50 Best Gardens to visit this summer – “Inspirational,uplifting,educational or simply gorgeous – these gardens should not be missed.”
Sudeley Castle Gardens (c) Rick,

Sudeley Castle Gardens, Winchcombe,Gloucestershire – half an hour away. “Famous for its rose collection,this organic garden also has herbaceous borders, a wildflower meadow, a knot garden and a romantic garden around the ruined banqueting hall”

Stone House Cottage Garden and Nursery, Kidderminster, Worcestershire – 1 hour away. “A romantic garden set in an old walled kitchen garden where unusual brick follies adorn the walls. In the adjoining

The 37th Guiting Festival

Events, Features, Places by Adam No Comments »

July 28th to August 4th

The Guiting Power music and jazz festival has been bringing music to the Cotswolds for 37 years. Led by festival president Joanna MacGregor, this year’s event will feature a series of concerts from July 28th to August 4th including:

Cordelia Williams (Piano) – Cordelia Williams was a finalist in the 2006 “BBC Young Musician” series.

Parisian Jazz Quarter Le Collectif playing the music of the Hot Club of France typified by the jazz music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

The Allegri String Quartet who were founded in 1953 by Eli Goren and William Pleeth

Opus Anglicanum performing Love’s Music, a story told by Shakespeare’s sonnets. The music is the context in which the story unfolds comprising songs from Shakespeare’s plays, music published during his lifetime, and a composition commissioned by the Opus Anglicanum Trust from David Bednall.

Phillip Dyson recognised as one of Britain’s most sought after and innovative concert pianists

Susan Flannery and Michael Lunts performing “A Wilde Affair” – featuring Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble in concert, two of Oscar Wilde’s best loved characters in their very own show.

Claire Martin (Jazz). Claire has 5 times won the Best Vocalist award at the British Jazz Awards and has topped the US Gavin Jazz chart

Joanna MacGregor (Piano) is joined by favourite local musicians to perform Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

The festival also features an art exhibition from local Cotswold artists.

For more details, see

Whichford Pottery – the Dry Garden event

Events, Features, Places by Tony 1 Comment »

14th July Saturday/15th July Sunday – 10am to 5pm

Whichford Pottery is based near Shipston on Stour and was established in 1976 by Jim and Dominique Keeling. It is a family run business which has become very well known throughout the UK and is committed to making only the best classic hand- made English Flowerpots.

They employ and train local people and have a thriving apprenticeship scheme.

Whilst they are steeped in tradition they are not always old fashioned and pride themselves in producing innovative and well-thought out designs as well as creating special commissions and personalising flowerpots.

In July they are having one of their special events – The Dry Garden- when they will have Pots, Plants and drought-proof ideas for the arid areas of your garden.

There will be special offers on Pots, Pottery Tours, Willow Weaving and Home-Made Teas.

On both days there will also be two informal talks (free of charge) :-

“Succulent Gems” at 11am by Succulent and Cactus Expert Gillian Evison

“Pots for Hot Spots” at 2.30pm by Whichford Pottery Head Gardener Harriet Rycroft

Plants will be on sale throughout the weekend from Pennard Plants with grasses, agapanthus and perennials and from the Oxford Branch of the British Cactus & Succulent Society.

Wychwood Forest Fair 2007

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

2nd September Sunday at Capps Lodge near Burford. Noon until 5pm

The original Forest Fair began in the late 18th Century and was held at Newhill Plain Cornbury but ceased in 1856 because of “drunkeness and debauchery”

The Friends of Wychwood revived the Fair and have been organising the Wychwood Forest Fair for the past seven years. This group is a charity run by volunteers and supports the Wychwood Project. The Fair is held annually in September at varying locations within the area of the former Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood.

This year’s fair will have over 150 stalls, covering conservation and community group activities and local businesses, with a fun fair, nature trail, Morris dancing, children’s story teller, local food outlets, second hand books and an Arts and Crafts Tent.

There will also be displays of the Wychwood Project’s work and by the Friends of Wychwood.

All profits from the Fair will be used by the Friends of Wychwood to help fund the Wychwood Project,which works with local people to restore habitats and create woodlands within the boundaries of the ancient Forest of Wychwood.

Admission £5.00 per person. Under 16s free. Parking free

Broadway photographer is the best in the West Midlands

Features by Tony No Comments »

(c) Kevin Smith PhotographyKevin Smith from Broadway has been named as West Midlands Master Photographer of the Year

The award, based upon five images, was announced by the Master Photographers Association.

Kevin, who runs Kevin Smith Photography with his wife Anthea, will now go forward to compete with some of the best photographers in the world at the National Professional Photography Awards to be held in the Autumn.

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