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Waste team on the road to highlight new service

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Changes to the Cotswolds’ waste and recycling service will be explained at a series of roadshows across the District starting next week.

The dates and venues are:

  • Monday, 5th November: Brewery Car Park, Cirencester, 9am to 3pm
  • Tuesday, 6th November: Forum Car Park, Cirencester, 9am to 3pm
  • Wednesday, 7th November: Waitrose, Cirencester, 9am to 3pm
  • Thursday, 8th November: Stow-on-the-Wold Farmers Market, Market Square, Stow, 9am to 1.30pm
  • Friday, 9th November: Tesco, Stow-on-the-Wold, 1pm to 7pm

Cotswold District Council has given the go-ahead for a new service which will be introduced from February 2008.

The changes include the introduction of a separate weekly collection of food waste for composting, the addition of card and cardboard to the materials that can be recycled at kerbside and the fortnightly collection of non-recyclable landfill waste in wheeled bins.

Garden waste will be collected weekly and householders choosing to have their garden waste collected will pay a small £30 annual charge per wheeled bin or £30 for a supply of 50 garden waste sacks. There will be a 50% discount for those in receipt of Council Tax benefit.

Council staff will be out and about in the District from next Monday (5th November) to explain how the new service will work and why the changes are being made.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We are introducing an improved service which will give our residents the opportunity to recycle and compost much more of their waste.

“Gloucestershire’s two landfill sites are set to be completely full by 2016 and the potential penalties under the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme are significant. If we don’t act now to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, it will be very expensive for the residents of this district.”

Visitors to the roadshows will be urged to respond as quickly as possible to questionnaires about the new service which have been posted to every household.

The questionnaires need to be returned by Monday, 12th November, in order to ensure that residents receive the service that meets their needs.

“It’s important residents fill in the reply form so that we know, for example, who wants to have their garden waste collected under the new service,” Cllr Tufnell added.

The questionnaires can also be filled in online at www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/wastesurvey or by calling the waste hotline on 01285 623123.

The waste and recycling roadshow will be visiting other parts of the District over the coming weeks and months

Taste of Game Week at Hook Norton Brewery

Events, Food and Produce, Places by Tony 1 Comment »

Games onWednesday 14th November – Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) are organising a Taste of Game Week across the UK between November 10th and November 17th. The Taste of Game Week is an initiative designed by BASC to encourage those who shoot to promote game to a wider range of audience.

BASC in the Cotswolds, in association with Hook Norton Brewery, are holding a Taste of Game buffet at the Brewery Visitors Centre aimed at encouraging everyone to eat more game combined with a fabulous range of award winning real ales and bottled beers.

The evening will include a tour of the Brewery, which is a “traditional” tower brewery over six storeys, which will take approx. one hour, followed by a sampling of a variety of six beers and a delicious buffet with many different types of game. The cost of the evening will £20.00 per ticket and arrive at the Brewery between 18.00 and 18.45 for the tours which will take place at 10 minute intervals.

Contact Jane Dunningham
BASC
PO Box 2074
Pulborough
West Sussex
RH20 1YB
www.gameson.org.uk
www.hooknortonbrewery.co.uk

Classic pottery comes to Corinium Museum

Events, Features by Adam 1 Comment »

Benjamin, David, Simon & Patricia EelesGo potty over pottery at the Corinium Museum this winter and come and feast your eyes on a wide range of family wares.

The Eeles Family Pottery exhibition will be on display at the Park Street museum from November 3rd until January next year, and will showcase a vast collection of pottery dishes, platters, vases, jars, cooking pots, cheese dishes and wine jars.

All the pottery is available to buy, and is decorated individually using a wide range of techniques. It is mainly the Stoneware type, which is primarily made from clay, as well as Porcelain and Raku types. Inspiration for the patterns are mainly drawn from nature, with grasses, leaves, flowers and shells usually illustrated onto the items.

Naked Raku Vase by S EelesThe Eeles family – who are David and Patricia, and their sons Benjamin and Simon – work from a 17th Century coaching inn in west Dorset. In the past fifty years, David and his family have shown their pottery at over two hundred exhibitions across Great Britain.

David and Patricia & their sons Benjamin and Simon work together in the village of Mosterton.

The family work in partnership to produce an extensive range of pottery, mainly Stoneware with some Porcelain and Raku. The Stoneware and Porcelain is fired in a three chambered oriental type dragon kiln. The Raku is fired in a small cross draft wood fired kiln, lifted out with tongs and then flamed on sawdust. This gives the rainbow colours on the pots. The Raku is fired to 1000 degrees, the Stoneware and Porcelain to 1280 degrees centigrade. For more information, click on the Eeles Family website link below or visit their gallery at Mosterton.

Breadcrock by Simon EelesAnyone wanting further information on the museum and any events going on should contact Jane Bovenizer or Helen Arbon on 01285 655611 or email museums@cotswold.gov.uk to find out more.

Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BX

Eeles Family Pottery,
Mosterton,
Beaminster,
Dorset,
DT8 3HN
www.eelespottery.co.uk

Whichford Pottery Annual Sale plus a visit from Chris Beardshaw

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Friday 23rd November to Sunday 9th December – Whichford Pottery, near Shipston on Stour

Whichford Pottery are very well known in gardening circles and have been making classic hand-made English Flowerpots since 1976. Coming up is their Annual Sale when there will be fabulous discounts off fabulous flowerpots and much much more – “Pot luck” bargains, beautiful orchids from a local grower- lily bulbs – home-made soup and teas on the first day and at weekends as well as the new Octagon gallery shop.

On Saturday 24th November Chris Beardshaw, the popular award-winning gardener, designer, author and presenter will be talking about his future plans and what inspires him in his talk “Behind the Scenes” at 11.00 and 14.00. Booking is essential and tickets are £10.00.

Whichford Pottery
Whichford
Shipston on Stour
Warwickshire
CV36 5PG
Telephone 01608 684416

www.whichfordpottery.com
The Pottery is open every day for the Sale period from 10.00 to 17.00

Related articles:

Whichford Pottery – the Dry Garden event
Chris Beardshaw says ‘Plant a tree for future generations’

Council in plea to save Cotswold’s post offices

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A bid to lighten the blow of potential post office closures in the Cotswolds has been put forward by Cotswold District Council this week.

During November, Post Office Ltd will be considering which, if any, of the 38 Post Offices in the Cotswold District will be earmarked for closure. The company announced earlier this year that it plans to close 2,500 Post Offices across the country by October 2008.

Cotswold District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee hopes that key points about the Cotswolds, which it is submitting to Post Office Ltd, will highlight the importance of saving the District’s post offices from closure.

Evidence from the committee includes overall data about the Cotswolds, as well as statistics highlighting rural access issues and the fact that many local post offices act as a focal point for rural communities.

Also included in CDC’s submissions is a survey showing the range of local services provided by post offices in the District and the impact their closures may have on rural residents.

Cllr David Penman, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “We have looked at the whole area and the demographics.

“We are concerned that Post Office Ltd may not be taking into account the increasingly ageing population living in our rural areas who are becoming more reliant on their Post Offices, thus any closures could remove this part of our communities independence and ability to survive everyday life”

Any Post Offices identified for closure in the Cotswolds will be announced in February 2008, when a six-week period of public consultation begins.

Cotswold offers pay-out for flood victims

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Ebrington Floods 1Cotswold residents who were forced to move upstairs or into a caravan after the July floods are being urged to get in touch with the District Council to apply for a payment from its recovery grant fund.

The Council has decided to help residents in this position in recognition of the distress and disruption they have suffered since the events of July 20th.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “The residents of the Cotswolds affected by the floods have shown great fortitude and community spirit. We would like to make a gesture from our Government grant to help those people whose lives have been turned upside down by recent events.”

The Council has already made payments to vulnerable individuals from the £623,000 Flood Recovery Grant it received from the Government in the wake of the emergency and is considering helping community facilties damaged by the floods.

It also hopes to put some of the grant funding towards flood resilience measures and is working with town and parish councils, the Environment Agency, water authorities and the County Council to see what may be done.

More than 1,000 homes and businesses were flooded in the Cotswold District – the worst affected areas included Chipping Campden, Weston Sub Edge, Moreton-in-Marsh, Blockley, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Fairford, Lechlade, Downington, Whelford, Kempsford, Barnsley, Andoversford, Adlestrop, Tetbury, Naunton, Northleach, The Ampneys, South Cerney, Aldsworth, Poulton, Barnsley, The Slaughters and Willersey.

Residents who have been or are living upstairs or in a caravan because of the July floods should call 01285 623033 for details of how to apply for a payment.

Gorsehill Abbey Farm wins Best English Cheese Award with St. Oswald

Features, Food and Produce by Tony 1 Comment »

British Cheese AwardsBroadway based Gorsehill Abbey Farm wins at The British Cheese Awards 2007

Michael and Diane Stacey have been farming at Gorsehill Abbey Farm near Broadway, Worcestershire for over thirty five years and but have only been making cheese commercially since 2003. Their dairy herd is managed to organic standards and the Montbeliarde and Friesian cows are traditional breeds renowned for the quality of their milk and the flavour which it imparts to the cheese.

They have won many awards for their cheeses before but at The British Cheese Awards 2007, recently held at Millets Farm Centre, Frilford, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, they hit the top spot by winning the English Country Award – Best English Cheese -with their St. Oswald cheese.

St. Oswald is their most recent cheese and it is a small rind washed semi-soft cheese which becomes richer, stronger and more aromatic as it ages. It was named after Oswald, Bishop of Worcester.

This prestigious award was sponsored by H-E-B (H.E.Butt Grocery Co. (Here Everything’s Better)) and Gorsehill Abbey Farm were also presented with the Patrick Rance Trophy which comes with the award.

Not only did they win this top award but they also won the Best Organic Cheese Award, sponsored by Waitrose, with their Cotswold Natural cheese and Best Semi-Soft Cheese Award, sponsored by Jeroboams Group, with St. Oswald.
Cotswold Natural is a soft and creamy cheese which makes a delicious spread on crusty bread.

Not content with those major awards they won the following medals with their range of cheeses:-

Gold – St. Oswald, Cotswold Natural
Bronze – St.Agnes, St. Eadburgha, St. Egwin

Gorsehill Abbey Farm
Collin Lane
Broadway
Worcestershire
WR12 7PB
Telephone 01386 852208
www.gorsehillabbey.co.uk

The British Cheese Awards – www.thecheeseweb.com

You may also remember our article about ex-blur star Alex James: From Rock Star to Cotswold Cheesemaker. He won a medal for his new cheese ‘Little Wallop’.

Slum Survivor National Weekend at Chipping Campden

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Slum Survivor logoFriday 26th October – Sunday 28th October Chipping Campden town car park

Slum Survivor is a national campaign organised by the charity Soul Action. Slum Survivor is a challenge to spend a weekend in the way that a billion spend a lifetime. The idea is that for a short time you choose to make the world’s poor your reality, raising money for change and being changed in the process.

The Chipping Campden weekend is being organised by jointly by St. James’ Church Youth Project, Shipston on Stour Churches Youth Project and Chipping Campden Baptist Church.

Youngsters will live in a self-created slum for the weekend to raise awareness in the town of the plight of so many. They will learn about life for the world’s poor, face challenges, eat a limited diet and gain sponsorship with the monies raised going to the work of Soul Action partner projects working in poor communities throughout the world.

www.soulaction.org
www.slumsurvivor.org

Spot Loggins Day – Bretforton’s own Bank Holiday

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Wednesday 21st November – 12.00 noon The Fleece Inn

Spot Loggins was reputedly a sheep drover living in the 17th century who drowned in a cattle spring. The local legend is that anyone who runs three times around the spring blindfold will magically lose any items that they are carrying.

The legend will be celebrated at The Fleece with a noon “breakfast” followed by a musical procession and a plum jerkum blessing of the Spot Loggins’ spring. There will be live music in the pub between 7.30 and 9.00pm

The 15th Century Fleece Inn is a quintessential English Country Pub which is owned by the National Trust and run with a love of tradition.

An opportunity to visit is not to be missed.

The Fleece Inn
Bretforton
Evesham
Worcestershire
Telephone 01386 831173
www.thefleeceinn.co.uk

Visit the web site and you will find a couple of poems written in honour of the Spot Loggins legend.

Chipping Campden wins a first in The Bledisloe Cup

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Chipping Campden wins first prize in the large village category

The mayor of Chipping Campden collected the award accompanied by the Campden co-ordinater for the competition, Ros Young, who said “Campden won by a whisker because we had tackled the areas that were criticised by the judges last year”
Most counties have a “best kept village” competition but The Bledisloe Cup competition started in 1937 and was the first in the UK. It was started by Lord Bledisloe upon his return to Gloucester after being Govenor General of New Zealand for five years and then taking the post of Chairman of the CPRE Gloucestershire branch.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Gloucestershire Branch runs the competition which celebrates the success of village communities in caring for their local environment. It’s a competition for all villages and there are three categories of village – large, population of 1000-3000, medium sized, population of 300-1000, small, population of 0-300 and a separate category for villages which have not entered the competition in the last ten years. This year was the 70th anniversary year of the Competition.

The first three categories of winning villages receive a trophy, The Bledisloe Cup village sign which they retain for a year, a plaque and a cheque for £250.00. The fourth categorie is awarded the C & G Cup plus a plaque and a cheque for £250.00.

CPRE Gloucestershire Branch
Community House
College Green
Gloucester
GL1 2LZ
telephone 01452 309783

www.cpre.org.uk

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