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Edward Sheldon Open Day – Shipston Independent Wine Merchants

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Edward Sheldon

Saturday 22nd September 11.00 am to 16.00 pm

Edward Sheldon Limited are independent Wine Merchants who have been trading in Shipston-on-Stour since 1842. They have a range of over 700 wines and, although they specialize in French wines, their list incorporates a wide and diverse range from around the world.

Richard Badger, who started the business, became a vintner after first selling medicated wine at his pharmacy and in the late 1850s he passed the business to his nephew Edward Sheldon. The Company still occupies the original extensive cellars and offices.

On Saturday September 22nd from 11am until 4pm (postponed from August because of the devastating floods where they lost over 18000 bottles of wine – yes eighteen thousand!!- see picture at the end of this article) Edward Sheldon are opening their Shop, Cellars and Courtyard to give everyone the opportunity to see what a local independent wine merchant can offer.

There will be Guided Tours of the 19th Century Cellars at 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00 together with a Pig Roast, Wine Tastings, Pimms Tent, Special Offers, Music with Helen Porter and lots more.

Flooded Cellars at Edward Sheldon

Put the date in your diary and go along and support the local Wine Merchant

Edward Sheldon Limited
New Street
Shipston-on-Stour
Warwickshire
CV36 4EN
01608 661409

www.edward-sheldon.co.uk

Gloucestershire 1,000 celebrations – The past is present

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Gloucestershire 1000Festival explores historical discoveries

New discoveries about our county’s past are set to be unearthed this autumn with the launch of Gloucestershire’s first history festival as part of the Gloucestershire 1000 celebrations.

The millennium celebrations provide an ideal opportunity to rediscover the story of Gloucestershire over the centuries and celebrate the achievements of its inhabitants both within the county and the impact of their successes around the world. The festival is in light of the National Trust’s History Matters campaign.

Organisations across the county will be hosting history and heritage events, starting with a programme of activities this autumn featuring open days, talks, tours and activities and a Local History Afternoon on the theme of ‘Non-Conformity in Gloucestershire’.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is creating an impression of the county in the year of its ‘birth’, and has researched how the county’s natural habitats looked, smelt and sounded in 1007. The Anglo-Saxon population of Gloucestershire would have lived alongside bears, wolves and beavers in a landscape that we would barely recognise today.

The annual Heritage Open Days in September will enable members of the public to see behind closed doors at some of the county’s most interesting buildings, and October’s Black History Month offers a chance to discover more about how the past has contributed to Gloucestershire’s present. A number of the county’s museums are also running history events as part of The Big Draw campaign.

The Festival offers an opportunity to promote the resources available in discovering more about local history, including Gloucestershire Archives and the local museums and heritage centres.

Visit the website www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk
to see more detailed events listings.

For more about Gloucestershire’s birthday and some of the history of the county, see our Gloucestershire 1000 article.

Round-up of countywide events Read the rest of this entry »

Re-Aquaintances. The Royal Academy revisit the Fosse Gallery

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William Bowyer RA, Beach at Walberswick.

Saturday 8th September – Saturday 29th September

Fosse Gallery Fine Art Stow-on-the-Wold

Sixteen members of the Royal Academy (RA) revisit the Fosse Gallery in September.

The members are:-

Anthony Eyton, Mary Fedden, Leonard McComb, Ken Howard, Mick Rooney, Flavia Irwin, Eileen Cooper, Gus Cummins, William Bowyer, Fred Cuming, David Remfry, Sonia Lawson, Maurice Cockrill, Frederick Gore, Jean Cooke and Philip Sutton.

This is a rare exhibition of over 40 paintings exclusively by members of the RA, as their work is usually never seen as a dedicated exhibition outside London.

The Fosse Gallery is often described as one of the most important galleries outside London. It is committed to showing the best of British figurative and narrative art in mixed and solo exhibitions.

For almost thirty years, the Gallery has shown works by famous RA members including Eurich, Frink, Knight, Weight, Spear, Lowry and Augustus John to mention a few. Now, with the present illustrious list, this wonderful collaboration can be renewed.

The current exhibition presents a broad grouping of painters, covering several strands of representational and abstract painting.

The present owner Sharon Wheaton joined the gallery in 1998 and took it over a year ago.

“From the moment I took over the Fosse Gallery, I set out to stage a substantial exhibition of paintings by current Royal Academicians.

It is important to have an established provincial art gallery supporting RA members’ work.

What joins us together is their unshakeable faith in the painted image and my abiding desire to represent them. This exhibition is a celebration of the collaboration between the Fosse Gallery and the artists who are honoured to be Royal Academicians.”

The Gallery is open Tuesday- Saturday 10.30 – 17.00 or by appointment.

Fosse Gallery Fine Art
The Manor House
The Square
Stow-on-Wold
Gloucestershire GL54 1AF
Telephone 01451 831319

www.fossegallery.com

Potential new Academicians are nominated by the existing Royal Academicians. Nominees must be artists under the age of 75 and professionally active in the UK. They have to fall into one of the Royal Academy’s categories of art – painting, printmaking, sculpture and architecture.

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Image: William Bowyer RA, Beach at Walberswick.
Used with kind permission of The Fosse Gallery

Gloucestershire’s Birthday – Last chance to share your view

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Gloucestershire 1000, (c) Gloucestershire 1000 and its associate partnersSnap up £350 in celebration of Gloucestershire’s birthday!

Entries have been flooding in to the photography competition celebrating Gloucestershire’s 1000th birthday.

The My View photography competition is an opportunity to celebrate the glorious county where we live and work. This is a chance to capture the best things about Gloucestershire life, whether it’s the colour and drama of the bustling urban centres or a tranquil moment that encapsulates the beauty of the landscape. From images of the recent floods, to events that are unique to the county such as the annual cheese-rolling or the Tetbury wool sack races, the competition is an opportunity to capture all that is great about Gloucestershire.

Ladybellegate Street, by John RyanSunset over May Hill, by Rona OrchardFoggy Vale, by Rona OrchardBakers Clock, by John Ryan

With the closing date of 3rd September fast approaching, the Bank Holiday weekend provides an ideal opportunity to roam the county and get snapping. There’s a £350 up for grabs for the winning entry, plus £150 second prize and £50 for third place. A selection of images will be chosen for an exhibition in the autumn at University of Gloucestershire’s Pittville Studios.

“This is a chance for people to express how they feel about living or working in Gloucestershire and the competition is open to everyone, regardless of age or ability,” said co-ordinator Laura Fleming. “Even if you’ve never taken a photo before, we’d like to see your unique image of the county.”

Photographs can be taken using digital cameras, disposable cameras, webcams or mobile phones. Anyone wanting to find out more should visit www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk

For more about Gloucestershire’s birthday and some of the history of the county, see our Gloucestershire 1000 article.

Chipping Campden Cart Wash restoration

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Chipping Campden Cart Wash Photo (c) Tony Boyse

The historic Cart Wash in Chipping Campden could be restored

The Cart Wash, which dates back to 1832, was built after the vicar objected to carts being washed in the Scuttle Brook,which also provided drinking water to the inhabitants of Chipping Campden.

It is situated opposite the Almshouses and next to the Court Barn Museum and is seen by most people who visit the St. James’ Church.

The Wash is a stone built regular oval(ellipse) in the ground with stone walls on either side with a drain in the middle.

It is hoped that a grant can be obtained to restore the Cart Wash and an initial survey has estimated the cost to be £5000.

The County of Gloucestershire is 1000 years old

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(c) Gloucestershire 1000 and its associate partners

Happy Birthday Gloucestershire – thats a lot of candles to blow out

Gloucestershire 1000 will celebrate with a variety of local and countywide events to highlight the history, culture and economy of the county. The celebrations will run until spring 2008, and will feature a range of events run by communities, museums, arts organisations and music groups in Gloucestershire.

The purpose of Gloucestershire’s Millennium Year is to raise understanding of the history and international significance of the story of Gloucestershire and of it’s people.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester is Patron of Gloucestershire 1000 and the Lord-Lieutenant Henry Elwes is President of the project.

As part of this raising of awareness a new competition has been launched – Write Around Gloucestershire – celebrating the tradition of the written word in Gloucestershire by inviting anyone who lives, works or studies in the County to try their hand at writing.

It can be a story, poem, anecdote, play, essay, traditional tale, speech or article upto a maximum of 1000 words and must relate to Gloucestershire.

Write Around Gloucestershire Brochure

The competition runs until 25th November 2007 and full details and conditions of entry can be found at www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk

The History of Gloucestershire’s “Birth”

The year 2007 has been recognised as the 1000th birthday of the county of Gloucestershire. Various historians believe 1007 to be the year that the territory of Mercia was divided into shires and the county of Gloucestershire came into existence.
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Marathon Bible Reading – Shipston on Stour

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Bible. Image (c) FreeFoto.com

Thursday September 20th – St. Edmund’s Church Shipston on Stour

Some 450 local volunteer readers will work in ten-minute shifts to read the entire Bible from The Old Testament – Genesis 1 to The New Testament Revelation 22.

This marathon reading is to help raise £30,000 to repair leaking windows in the church.

The complete reading is expected to take three days and three nights and will start at 16.00 pm on Thursday September 20th .

The star reader will be actress Hannah Gordon who is related to a churchwarden at St. Edmund’s and there are still some reading slots for volunteers to fill.

(Stop Press News Hannah will not be able to read in person as filming means that cannot get to the church in time. She will however send a tape of bible readings which can be slotted in as necessary)

Hannah is a well known Scottish actress who has appeared in many films and television series including The Persuaders and Upstairs, Downstairs. She was the female lead in the British sitcom My Wife Next Door with John Alderton and recently hosted the Watercolour Challenge television show.

St. Edmund’s Church is a community building and although it was largely rebuilt in the 19th Century it still retains its tower from the 15th Century and is a prominent landmark within the town of Shipston on Stour.

Sponsorship forms are available in the church or contact the organiser Susan Perry on 01608 662748.

Go on – fill a slot and help a good cause whilst enjoying the read and try out the pronunciation of some of those difficult names that you find throughout the Bible.

Up Date News The Reading raised more than £10,000 towards the restoration of the church windows.

Photo (c) FreeFoto.com

Moreton-in-Marsh Show

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Marine Band at Moreton Show, Photo (c) Moretonshow.co.uk

Saturday 1st September – Moreton-in-Marsh,Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-Marsh Show is a traditional one day agricultural and horse show held on a green field site in the North Cotswolds on the first Saturday in September every year.

It is the leading agricultural event in Gloucestershire and one of the best shows on the circuit. There are no permanent show buildings and the Show is built-up in the traditional way with marquees and hurdle pens giving it a true country show atmosphere.

The 2007 Show will be held on Saturday 1st September with Horses, Poultry, Home and Garden, Trade Stands and a full day’s entertainment but, sadly, with no cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas or alpacas.

(With the current Foot and Mouth Disease precautions in place DEFRA have announced that 8th September is the earliest possible date for the resumption of normal animal movements.)

This year, in addition to all the usual attractions, the Show will also contain a World Record attempt for The Largest Morris Dance, which will be held at 1.00 pm in the Grand Ring.

The show starts at 10.30 am and finishes at 18.00 pm.

www.moretonshow.co.uk

www.morris-at-moretonshow.org

Put the date in your diary and get along to Moreton – you will enjoy the day out.

Versicality at Ebrington

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Saturday 15th September Ebrington Village Hall

Another of Ebrington’s famous evenings of entertainment.

A light hearted evening of competitions for verse, prose and story readers with team quizzes.

No reading to last more than three minutes; four minutes for stories.

Tickets are £8.00 including a “Yubberton Supper” and are available from Jean Stanley 01386 593250 or Malvern Strollers 01386 840120.

There is a licensed bar for wine or beer.

Where I Fell In Love Gallery – The French Connection Exhibition

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French ConnectionSunday 19th August – Sunday 7th October

The Where I Fell in Love Gallery is holding its next exhibition titled “The French Connection” featuring paintings by Denis Blondel & Martial Molitor, ceramics by

Armel Hede, Mathieu Casseau, Marie-Pierre Meheust, Marc Uzan, Florence Bruyas, Eduordo Constantino, Sophie Pavot, Christian Toublanc, Christina Guwang, Herve Rousseau, Isabelle Pammachius, Francoise Dufayard.

Wood by Marc Ricourt and Glass by Olivier Mallemouche

The last Cup and Saucer exhibition ran from the 14th to the 31st July and proved incredibly popular with 265 entry from over 20 countries. All unsold pieces from this exhibition are being released to charity. All profits will go to Leukaemia Research.

The Where I Fell In Love Gallery is located in The Shambles, Market Place, Shipston-on-Stour.

http://www.whereifellinlovegallery.com

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