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The Road Rescue Industry – Cotswold Motoring Museum

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Recovery TruckNew Exhibition on the Road Rescue Industry runs until 1st December 2007

A new exhibition has just opened at the Cotswold Motoring museum at Bourton on the Water celebrating the work of the Road Rescue Industry. We all need them at some time or another yet the national breakdown service that we have come to rely on today is reletively recent.

The exhibition has been put together by the Cotswold Motoring museum and the Recovery Industry Support Charity(RISC).

Breaking down on a journey can be stressful, unpleasant and even dangerous. If you were unlucky enough to have a breakdown before the 1960s there was no automatic “get you home service”. Generally you had to pay up front before anyone would recover your vehicle.
Recovery of a car in the river
Many of the first garages emerged from the blacksmith’s trade who naturally took to recovering their customers broken-down vehicles, often towed to the garage by horses! As the 20th century got underway two motoring clubs became large enough to have nationwide membership. The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) formed in 1897 and The Automobile Association (AA) formed in 1905.

Today’s recovery industry can be traced back to the late sixties. It was not garages that operated recovery vehicles but coachworks and bodyshops as they needed to find work. They monitored the police radio network, listening for accident reports, and then raced to be first at the scene.

The AA were the first to respond with their Relay Service in 1974 then in 1975 the RAC introduced their service, aptly named Recovery.
Cotswold Motoring Museum
Having the correct equipment is essential to carrying out a successful recovery operation and initially a number of army surplus vehicles found their way on to garage forecourts but a number of operators built or converted the equipment themselves.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a pair of Model T Fords which were converted in the 1930s, one as a service vehicle and the other as a recovery vehicle.

The award winning Cotswold Motoring Museum is owned by the Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) and is open everyday from 10.00 am to 18.00pm

Cotswold Motoring Museum
Bourton on the Water
Gloucestershire
GL54 2BY
Telephone 01451 821255
www.cotswold-motor-museum.co.uk

www.riscuk.net
www.csma.uk.com

1000 trees – plant a tree for Gloucestershire’s millennium

Features by Adam 2 Comments »

1000 TreesGloucestershire 1000 is delighted to be working in partnership with The Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, to encourage everyone to plant or sponsor a tree to celebrate the county’s 1000th birthday.

The aim is to plant 1000 trees across the county as a lasting legacy of the millennium celebrations.

You can contribute to the grand total by either planting a tree or making a donation towards a pack of trees being planted by a Gloucestershire school or community group. .Read the attached information pack to find out more.

  • Why not plant a tree with your children/grandchildren to encourage an interest in the natural world? Add it to the grand total on our website.
  • Thanks to The Woodland Trust’s Tree For All campaign, community groups can apply for a grant to help with their tree planting.
  • If you’re a company, why not add a link on your website letting people know that you’re making a donation towards 1000 Trees for every item sold?
  • You could even grab a spade and team up with your local community group to help them with their tree planting!

1000 Trees Map

http://www.woodland-trust.org.uk/getinvolved/index.htm

New plastic bottle recycling banks in Cotswold villages

Features by Adam No Comments »

New recycling banks for plastic bottles have been introduced in two more Cotswold villages this week.

A large container has been sited at Didmarton Village Hall and a smaller ‘igloo’ style facility has been put in the car park of the Bibury Trout Farm.

In addition, the small plastic bottle banks at Willersey, near Chipping Campden, have been replaced by one much larger container.

The new banks are part of Cotswold District Council’s drive to increase recycling and reduce waste. There will soon be 29 plastic bottle recycling banks in the District, with most residents living within just a few miles of their nearest facility.

For more information on recycling facilities in your area, visit www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

Tetbury goes green with weekend Swap Shop

Features by Adam 1 Comment »

Unwanted items ranging from books to bicycles were exchanged for free at a Swap Shop in Tetbury.

Last weekend’s event was organised by Cotswold District Council as part of its drive to reduce waste and promote the re-use and recycling of materials.

Residents were able to bring along unwanted but re-usable clothes, shoes, books, crockery, videos and computer games and take other items home with them for free. The goods exchanged even included two mountain bikes.

Saturday’s Swap Shop was part of the Council’s Check It Out open weekend held at the town’s leisure centre and there was also a recycling activity for youngsters who made models out of junk materials.

Waste Manager Scott Williams said: “We had a very positive response to the Swap Shop, which was a great way of encouraging residents to reduce what they throw away and reuse items wherever possible. “Hopefully we helped to ensure that a lot of unwanted items will now be put to good use rather than being dumped in landfill sites.”

Items that were not snapped up on the day were donated to the Tenovus cancer charity shop in Long Street, Tetbury.
Shop manager Joy Dulare said: “I think the Swap Shop was a really good idea and I would be happy to support the Council again if it did anything like this in future.”

For more information on your local recycling services, visit www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

‘Arty-ology’ event at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum

Events, Features by Adam 1 Comment »

Come to the Corinium Museum, Cirencester this autumn and discover your creative side, thanks to ‘Arty-ology’, a drop-in drawing session for the whole family being held on Saturday October 13th.

The event, which runs from 11am-3pm, will give young and old alike the chance to draw unusual artefacts from the museum’s collection and experiment with a range of different art materials provided by museum staff. Artist and illustrator Darrell Warner – who has worked with Disney and illustrated classic novels such as Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein – will also be on hand to offer help, hints and advice to budding artists.

‘Arty-ology’ is part of The Big Draw 2007, the Campaign for Drawing’s annual flagship event, which aims to celebrate creativity, encourage art and artists and get everybody drawing. Thousands of people will take part in drawing-themed events at over 1300 venues across the country in October.

The event is being run as part of Family Learning Week, an annual awareness drive supported by the Campaign for Learning, which highlights the importance families can have in supporting learning. This year’s Family Learning Week will run from October 6th-14th.

Anyone interested in the event should drop into the museum between 11am and 3pm on October 13th to take part. The cost of the event is included with the museum admission price, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

Campden and District music society’s 47th season

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

The Campden and District Music Society’s 47th season will start with a concert on Tuesday 9th October 2007 with the Fitzwilliam string quartet and Moray Welsh, cello. They will play music by Borodin and Schubert.

On Tuesday 13th November 2007 Thomas Barber, oboe and James Southall, piano will give the recital, sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, which supports exciting new young artists.

The Feinstein Ensemble will launch 2008 with a concert on Tuesday 8th January using both modern and period instruments, flute, recorder, harpsichord and strings with music by Bach and Vivaldi.

On Tuesday 5th February 2008 the Kandinsky piano trio will play music by Haydn, Schumann and Beethoven.

The final concert of the season on Tuesday 18th March 2008 is the Wakeford Ensemble Septet, seven players with harp, string quartet, flute and clarinet and music by Mozart, Debussy, Skempton, Saint-Saens and Ravel.

All concerts take place in Chipping Campden School Hall, Cider Mill Lane, Chipping Campden at 8pm. Members also have opportunities to join group visits to ballet, operas and concerts at different venues. Bookings for these will open very soon, so your membership is necessary to participate and attend concerts. New members are welcomed.

Campden and District Music Society Website

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

Ebrington Fishing Family at Whelford Pools

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

The Righton Family fish together

Anthony RightonRose-Anne Righton

On a family fishing trip to the Whelford Pools at Fairford Gloucestershire the Righton family came up with some big fish.
Rose-Anne Righton landed a leathery mirror carp weighing 16lb 8oz caught with a single tiger nut fished over a bed of mixed particles.

Brother Anthony went one better and landed a 17lb 2oz mirror carp using a Fusion boilie fished over a particle mix. These catches gave dad Kevin a challenge and he came up trumps with a 27lb 8oz mirror carp to show the kids whose boss. Kevin fished with a Tutti Fruti pop-up on a Withy Pool Rig over 5kg of Parti-Blend.
Kevin Righton
Whelford Pools is a family run day ticket water, situated in the South Cotswolds on the A417 between Lechlade and Fairford. Set in a beautiful location it is home to a wealth of large,Mirror, Commom and Leather Carp, Tench,Perch,Roach, Pike and Bream. It is noted as one of the top day ticket fisheries in Gloucestershire.

www.whelfordpools.co.uk

Another article about Kevin:

Ebrington Angler just misses out on the British record for perch

Hands-on history sessions over half-term at the Corinium Museum

Events, Features, Places by Adam 1 Comment »

Rancid remedies and ancient legends are just two of the sessions available for families at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum this half term.

The first feast on families’ agendas takes place on October 24th when the Park Street museum hosts a ‘Myths and Masks’ session. Children and their families are all invited to the drop-in activity session from 1pm-3pm, where youngsters can make a Medusa mask with waving snakes or make a mask based on Jupiter, king of the gods, with moving thunder bolts and lightning flashes. Entry is included in admission price.

‘Medicine Through Time’, held on Thursday 25th October (2 – 4pm), is a fun quiz for family teams, which will look at bizarre medical practices and strange potions throughout the years, with hands-on activities and gruelling brain teasers for all ages! Cost is included in admission, and booking is essential.

Finally, taking place on Thursday 25th October from 10.30am – 12pm, ‘Medieval Tile Making’ takes inspiration from some of the medieval clay tiles on display in the Museum from Cirencester Abbey and is for children aged 7 – 12. Learn the skills of the men who made these beautiful objects and make your own to take home. Cost: £4 or £2 to annual season ticket holders.

For more information or to book, please ring the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611, or contact Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Glos GL7 2BX.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

Cotswold leisure centre due to re-open early next year

Places by Adam No Comments »

Cotswold District Council said today that despite severe flood damage, the Cotswold Leisure Centre in Cirencester should be open early next year.

The Council, supported by its insurers Royal & SunAlliance and their contractors, is making every effort to get back up and running following the unprecedented rainfall that hit Gloucestershire last month.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment in the plant room was damaged by 70,000 gallons of flood water and must now be replaced in a complex work schedule expected to take a number of months. The building is fully insured.

The Council’s Portfolio holder for Property & Benefits, Cllr Nick Parsons, said: “We appreciate that customers want to know exactly when we will be re-opening. However, due to the scale and complexity of the damage, it is too early to name a date.”

The Council will be employing multiple contractors to deal with different aspects of the work, using a number of suppliers. It is anticipated that despite the complexity of the project, the leisure centre will re-open early next year. A more detailed timetable is currently being worked upon, and will be released when it is agreed.

A section of the car park will be fenced off to house a generator while contractors strip the plant room of all the damaged equipment over an expected period of four weeks. A major programme of replacement work will then begin.

While the Council and its insurers are doing everything they can to minimise the disruption, much of the equipment that needs replacing, including boilers, electrical systems, control panels and water filtration plant use high-tech components that will take several months to replace.

Cllr Parsons added: “This is a massive undertaking to rebuild the very heart of the centre and we must not under-estimate the volume of complex work involved in a confined space. We will be working with our contractors to get the building open again as soon as possible.

“We have written to our members, and will be rewarding them with three months’ free membership for their loyalty.

“In the meantime, alternative facilties are available at our centres at Chipping Campden, Tetbury, Fairford and Bourton and at the open air swimming pool in Cirencester. We will also be running a fitness programme at Kingshill School, thanks to the school’s co-operation.”

The vast majority of Cotswold Leisure Centre’s staff have been re-deployed by the Council during the closure. Their new roles include life guarding at the open air pool, helping to collect flood-damaged furniture and providing extra help to cover holidays across council teams, such as planning, printing, licensing, visitor information centres, housing and museums.

A number of staff have moved to the centres at Bourton and Fairford, or have been helping out with the Council’s summer sports coaching scheme.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

Recycling is in the bag for show visitors

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

Recycling at Moreton Fire Service collegeHundreds of free reusable jute shopping bags were handed out to visitors at the Moreton Fire Service College Open Day.Recycling advice and information was given out by Cotswold District Council officers and more than 300 show-goers filled out questionnaires in exchange for Recycle for Gloucestershire shopping bags.

Kate Newman, Compost Officer for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, was also kept busy with a string of inquiries about how to make great home compost.

“It was a very successful day,” said Waste Communications Officer Mike Harris.

“We spoke to hundreds of Cotswold residents and were able to respond to their questions and comments.

“The message that really came across was that the overwhelming majority of people want to recycle as much of their waste as possible.”

Council officers will again be handing out free reusable shopping bags during the Check It Out open weekend at Cotswold Leisure, Tetbury, on Saturday, 22nd September, from 10am to 2pm.

Officers will also be conducting a Swap Shop, where people will be able to give away unwanted items and pick up other stuff for free, and a junk-modelling activity for children.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

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