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Autumn Show at the Where I Fell in Love Gallery – Shipston-on-Stour

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Where I fell in love gallery exhibitionSunday 14th October – Sunday 18th November, Where I Fell in Love Gallery

Bruno Dauvin has gathered together exhibits by the following four leading British artists for his Autumn Show.

Ceramicists Emma Rodgers and David Jones, Painter Anuk Naumann and Woodturner Mike Scott “Chai”, all leaders in their respective artistic fields.

Emma Rodgers is a Wirral based artist who has been modelling ceramics since an early age.She studied at Wolverhampton University (as a student of David Jones) and since graduating has exhibited worldwide including the Victoria & Albert Museum , Royal Academy of Art, S.O.F.A. Chicago and The William Zimmer Gallery California. Her work has received local and international acclaim, The National Museums Liverpool have purchased her work for their collection and she has been short listed for the Liverpool Art Prize 2007.

Her figures are amazing. She has modelled monkeys, cats, hares, birds, cats, dogs, lizards and bulls. Emma has recently started to experiment with different materials such as bronze and she has also started to make human figurines that other pieces are added to including feathers and pieces of jewellery.

David Jones has been a Senior Lecturer in the University of Wolverhampton for the past fifteen years and is currently Leamington based. His Raku fired ceramics have been exhibited and are in public and private collections in Europe, Japan, Korea and the USA.
Raku is a form of Japanese pottery characterised by low firing temperatures, lead glazes and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. Raku is considered the traditional method for creating bowls for the Japanese tea ceremony.

Anuk Naumann was born in Bristol but is now based at Great Rollright in Oxfordshire. Her grandfather was an artist and he and the rest of her family have given her much inspiration for her artistic career. After experimenting with various media she chose to work with water-colour paints, acrylic and other mixed-media techniques. She has exhibited at many leading galleries throughout the UK and her work has been included in several Harper Collins art books. She will be exhibiting paintings of one of her favourite areas – Provence.

Mike Scott “Chai”is a highly respected Oxfordshire based woodturner who has been producing one of a kind wood vessels since 1985 and is known as one of the pioneers of freestyle woodturning. His approach is intuitive, exploiting the characteristics of the wood by turning, sandblasting, texturing, carving and the addition of other found objects or materials. He has exhibited widely in the UK, USA and Germany and his work is in many public and private collections.

Mike aquired the name “Chai”, which he uses to sign his work, which is a shortened version of a Sanskrit word meaning “awareness” or “consciousness” given to him by his then Indian guru.

Where I Fell In Love Gallery
The Shambles
Market Place
Shipston-on-Stour
Warwickshire
CV36 4AG
Telephone 01608 663809
www.whereifellinlovegallery.com

The Gallery is nomally open Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 17.00

Cotswold Olimpick Games and London Olympic Games – a tie up?

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2012 – London Olympic Games & 400th anniversary of Cotswold Olimpick Games

During their successful bid for the 2012 London Olympic Games the British Olympic Association included the following statement “An Olympic Games held in London in 2012 will mark a unique anniversary – it will be exactly 400 years from the moment that the first stirrings of Britain’s Olympic beginnings can be identified. In 1612 in the tiny village of Chipping Campden, Robert Dover opened the first Cotswold Olimpicks, an annual sporting fair that honoured the ancient Games of Greece.”
This was the pre-dawn of the Olympic Movement and the Cotswold Games began the historical thread in Britain that was to ultimately lead to the creation of the modern Olympics.

The Cotswold Olimpick Games organising committee recently met with the South West Director for events linked to the 2012 Olympic Games to discuss possible partnerships and amongst the suggestions were – having the traditional Olympic flame carried through Chipping Campden on its way to London and having some Royal attendance for the 2012 Cotswold Olimpick Games as in 1636 Prince Rupert attended the Cotswold Games.

The Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games have a long history going back to the time when the Dovers Hill site was part of the Kiftsgate Hundred Court. Their present form takes much from the records of the Games in the early 17th Century.
Robert Dover (1582-1652) came from Great Ellingham in Norfolk and settled in Saintbury near Chipping Campden in 1611 and he was given permission by James I to hold the Games which still bear his name.

www.olimpickgames.co.uk

Cabinet gives green light to Cotswold waste proposals

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Wide-ranging plans to improve the waste and recycling service in the Cotswolds were today (Thursday, 11th October) given the green light.

The proposals, which include the introduction of a weekly collection of food waste for composting and the introduction of wheelie bins for the collection of non-recyclable waste, were unanimously supported by Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet.

If the full Council endorses that decision next Tuesday, the new service will be rolled out across the District from February 2008.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “We have been looking at this waste service redesign for 18 months and these proposals have the makings of a first-class service that will take us forward.”

Cotswold District is already top of the recycling league in Gloucestershire with a recycling and composting rate of over 40% and the Council believes the proposed improvements to the service should ensure it continues to lead the way with a rate approaching 60%.

The new service would include:

  • The introduction of a weekly food waste collection for composting using new food waste containers
  • The collection of garden waste weekly instead of fortnightly and the introduction of a small charge for those residents who want to receive a garden waste collection
  • The fortnightly kerbside collection of card and cardboard for recycling using new reusable bags
  • The continuation of the current fortnightly kerbside collection of paper, tins/cans, aerosols and glass for recycling
  • The collection of non-recyclable waste fortnightly in wheelie bins or authorised coloured bin bags instead of weekly in black sacks

The weekly collection of cooked and uncooked food waste would mean the vast majority of ‘smelly waste’ would still be collected on a weekly basis, so there should be no fears of problems surrounding vermin, maggots and flies.

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Cotswold District Council surveys flood-hit homes

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Deadline looms for survey of flood-hit homes
Flood-hit homes and businesses in the Cotswolds are being urged to fill in a District Council survey form by October 22nd – if they have not already done so.

Together with other local authorities, Cotswold District Council began a door-to-door survey in August of properties affected by the July floods.

The aim of the survey was to assess the scale of the damage and to identify vulnerable people who may have required assistance to recover from the floods.

More than 800 forms have already been returned from Cotswold properties, but the Council wants to be sure it has heard from everyone who was affected.

The Council is using the information from the survey forms to help it plan for future potential flooding incidents and decide where its Flood Recovery Grant may be best spent.

More than £620,000 was awarded to Cotswold District Council by the Government in the wake of the emergency. The Council is spending part of the money helping those in priority need and is also planning to look at funding flood resilience measures for local communities.

Cotswold District Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “We believe that the majority of people whose homes were flooded in July have filled out a form.

“However, we are very keen to hear from anyone we may have missed or who may have received a form through their letterbox that they have not yet completed.

“We want to build up as clear a picture of the impact of the floods as possible. If we have accurate statistics it will help us to decide where best to spend our Flood Recovery Grant on flood prevention measures.”

To obtain a survey form, please contact Cotswold District Council on 01285 623000.

To apply for a grant from the Gloucestershire Flood Relief Fund charity, please visit www.glosfloodrelief.org.

HRH attends service to celebrate 1,000 years of the Shire of Gloucester

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester will be attending a special service at Gloucester Cathedral this Sunday to mark the 1000th birthday of the county.

The Duke of Gloucester is Patron of Gloucestershire 1000 and will be honouring the county-wide celebrations of Gloucestershire’s 1000th year by attending the celebratory service – one of the main events planned for the millennium year.

The service, being held on 14th October, includes a number of readings about key people from the county’s past. The readings give thanks for the inspiring people who challenged the course of our working, cultural, spiritual and natural lives. The celebration will also include hymns and anthems that have a Gloucestershire link.

Invitations have been sent to a wide selection of representatives from different faiths, community groups and volunteer organisations, local councils and the military, with a number being made available to members of the public.

The cathedral celebration will follow the first review by HRH The Duke of Gloucester of The Gloucestershire Army Cadet force under their new badge of the Rifles, which will take place at RAF Innsworth earlier in the day.

After the cathedral celebration the ACF Corps of Drums under the direction of Drum Major Andy Casey will play for His Royal Highness on College Green.

The service begins at 3pm on Sunday 14th October.

Other articles about Gloucestershire 1,000:

1000 trees – plant a tree for Gloucestershire’s millennium
Public invited to attend Millennium Cathedral Service
Fold 1,000 cranes for good luck
Big Boddington Bonanza 1000
Gloucestershire 1,000 celebrations – The past is present

The Tiler of Gloucester raises the county’s roof

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Fairgame theatre logoFollowing a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Fairgame Theatre will tour their Gloucestershire millennium-inspired production, ‘The Tiler of Gloucester’, across the county this winter.

Cotswold gears up for parking handover

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More parking attendants will be visible on Cotswold streets when the District Council takes over responsibility for on-street parking enforcement on November 5th.

The move, known as Civil Parking Enforcement, sees the police hand over parking duties to local councils working in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council.

The aim is to keep our roads safe, reduce congestion and keep routes free for emergency vehicles by tackling anti-social parking problems.

District Councils will be the main point of contact for all matters such as permit renewals, tickets (Penalty Charge Notices) and parking appeals.

Strategy development and the implementation of new parking schemes will be the responsibility of Gloucestershire County Council, working closely with the districts.

Cotswold District Council is gearing up for the handover by recruiting more parking attendants and preparing new computer systems.

Eurostar chooses organic Cotswold Brie cheese from Simon Weaver

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Simon Weaver Cotswold Herb Brie. Photo (c) Jon HicksSimon Weaver’s Organic Cotswold Brie is now available on the Eurostar London to Paris route

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy at Kirkham Farm, Upper Slaughter in the Cotswolds produces a range of Cotswold Brie cheeses using their herd of Friesian cows which are fed on the clover meadows of the River Dickler, farmed exclusively and organically for them alone. Talking of “carbon footprints” their milk travels all of 5 metres from the milking parlour to the creamery. Beat that for a minimalist footprint!

The creamery produces Cotswold Brie, which has won two Taste of the West awards, and they have now added to the range Blue Cotswold Brie – a light blue veined cheese – and Cotswold Herb Brie – to which has been added a suble tasting mix of organic herbs.

The organic Cotswold Brie is now available on the Eurostar London to Paris rail route where it is served to first class diners with their evening meal, so Simon is certainly taking the cheese challenge to the French, in part, in their own country. Simon Weaver has been farming for over 25 years and the Organic Dairy now produces over a ton of cheese every week with organic Cotswold Brie now available in Sainsbury’s stores and Daylsford Organic shops.

Simon Weaver Cotswold Organic Dairy
Kirkham Farm
Upper Slaughter
Gloucestershire
GL54 2JS
Telephone 01451 870852
www.simonweaver.net
You can buy direct from the creamery which is open Monday to Wednesday 09.00 to 13.00

www.eurostar.com

Photo Copyright (c) John Hicks, HicksDesign.co.uk

Lucy Pratt Exhibition at the Fosse Gallery Stow-on-the-Wold

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(c) Lucy Pratt. Wild Gladioli, Ivy CottageSaturday 13th October – Lucy Pratt, a year of visual pursuits

The latest exhibition at the Fosse Gallery is paintings by Lucy Pratt. Lucy is one of the true Impressionist English painters working today.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

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Cheltenham Literature Festival5th – 14th October at venues throughout Cheltenham

This year’s Festival, which is sponsored by “The Times” and in association with Waterstone’s,

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