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Gloucester South West bypass leads the way to county’s tree total

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1000 TreesOver one hundred new trees will be planted along the Gloucester South West Bypass this week as the County Council’s contribution to the ‘1000 Trees’ campaign.

The opening of the bypass coincides with the 1000th birthday of the county of Gloucestershire, which is being celebrated this year with the planting of one thousand new saplings across the county.

Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council, Peter Bungard, will be planting the first of the Council’s contribution next week.

Although the Netheridge section of the Bypass was opened to traffic on the 25th May, the County Council has had to wait until this coming planting season to finish the scheme. Weed clearance has recently been carried out and landscape planting will start shortly to supplement the trees with areas of shrubs and grassland. The County Council has appointed contractor Abbey Forestry to do these works.

The ‘1000 Trees’ campaign is open to individuals and companies in the county to plant or sponsor a tree with the aim of planting a total of one thousand new trees across Gloucestershire – 1000 new trees for 1000 years of history.

TV personalities, schools, actors and businesses have already started planting trees as part of the campaign and UCAS Chief Executive, Anthony McClaran, planted the first of the 1000 in the company grounds last week.

An information pack with details of how to make a donation is available on the website www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk and includes advice for anyone wanting to grab their wellies and plant a tree themselves. Anyone wanting to know more about 1000 Trees or sponsorship options can contact Laura Fleming on 01242 714863.

Special waste film to explain Cotswold’s new service

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A short film explaining how and why the waste service for Cotswold residents will be changing next year has been made by the District Council.

The new service, which is due to be introduced in phases from February 2008, will aim to reduce landfill waste from the District by around 20% and increase recycling rates to approaching 60%.

To help inform residents about the changes, Council leader Cllr Lynden Stowe and Portfolio holder for the Environment, Cllr Mark Tufnell, are featured in a short film which can be downloaded from the Council’s website.

Cllr Tufnell said: “The majority of residents support the new service once the details are explained to them.

“This short film is one of several ways in which we are informing people that the changes we are making will benefit everyone and will also ensure that we avoid costly financial penalties under the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme.”

The new service will include the introduction of a weekly collection of food waste for composting, the addition of cardboard to the materials that are collected fortnightly for recycling and the introduction of a £30 annual charge for the weekly collection of garden waste.

Thousands of residents have already responded to a questionnaire from the Council about the new service. The reply forms can still be posted to the Council or filled in online at www.cotswold.gov.uk/go/wastesurvey or by calling 01285 623123.

To view the short film about the new waste service and to find out details of roadshows being held across the District, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk.

Stratford-upon-Avon choral society – Beethoven Missa Solemnis

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

Stratford-upon-Avon choral society’s Autumn concert is the magnificent Missa Solemnis by Beethoven on Saturday November 17th 2007 in Holy Trinity Church, Old Town, Stratford at 7.30pm.

Beethoven (1770-1827) was not a man of the church and he wrote very little music to religious texts. The Mass in D, or Missa Solemnis. was begun in 1819 (by which time he was very deaf’ and was intended for the enthronement of Beethoven’s patron the Archduke Rudolph as archbishop, in the next year. In fact it was not completed until 1823 and Beethoven seems to have worked on it with no specific event in mind. Moreover he had little apparent regard for the practicalities of performances, as the work is of a scale, both in length and in the required number of performers, that would rarely be available or appropriate to a liturgical performance of masses. For the first (incomplete) performance in Vienna in a theatre, quite different German words were used. Apart from such considerations, the work itself makes considerable demands on all the singers. The original director made protest to Beethoven on behalf of his sopranos and now I understand why!

This suggests that, even more than usual, Beethoven was writing for himself, or rather to express his own rather unconventional religious feelings. He wrote on the score ‘From the heart’ … considering it one of his best works. It is an impressive composition with rapidly changing emotions, different phrases and longer passages shaped to the meaning or the text.

Music director Stephen Dodsworth will conduct the Stratford Choral Society and the Regency Sinfonia with professional soloists: soprano Lisa Wilson, alto Alexandra Gibson, tenor David Brown and bass James Holiday. The choral society was first formed in 1836 and shares with the Huddersfield Choral Society the accolade of being one of the oldest choral societies in the country.

For Missa Solemnis concert tickets £12 (adults) or £6 (students) or further information, phone Carol Jackson on 01386 841440. Tickets also available at Civic Hall Box Office, Holy Trinity Bookstall and Stratford Music Shop, Rother St. Up to two children under 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

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

Feel safe and sound with Cotswold Council-run classes

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Betty Pollard exercisingA special scheme set up by Cotswold District Council to help older people get fit and feel more confident is proving a new lease of life for many.

Active and Able was first launched in Autumn 2005 and boasts 23 weekly classes in postural stability and Tai Chi at 13 different venues. The classes, designed to help reduce the risk of falls, improve balance problems and help people with bone problems, are all run by trained fitness instructors.

Classes have a range of participants, both male and female, and not only do they provide health and fitness boosts, but they also help members find new friends and rediscover lost confidence.

Betty Pollard from South Cerney is one resident who has been reaping the benefits of the Active and Able scheme. The 86-year-old has been attending Wednesday afternoon classes for almost two years after suffering a series of nasty falls. The former tailor and shop assistant said:

“I had lost my confidence completely and these classes have helped me a lot, because my confidence is slowly coming back.
“It’s so important at my age to be able to be independent and be out and about and I’m sure these experiences are helping me.”

All classes run for an hour, and a typical session would involve a warm up exercise – to stretch arms, legs and knees – before taking part in a range of stamina and balance exercises.

Each class costs £2.80 per session, which includes health and fitness assessments.
If you think these classes could be for you, please contact Jeanette Hughes at Cotswold District Council on 01285 623450.

For a full list of the classes on offer, please visit Cotswold District Council’s website at www.cotswold.gov.uk

Rural cinema to tell famous writer’s romance

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Follow the life of famous female author Jane Austen when the Corinium Museum welcomes the rural cinema project back to Cirencester later this month.

The Park Street museum will show ‘Becoming Jane’ on Sunday November 25th, a film from 2006 which tells how 18th and 19th Century author Jane Austen was swept of her feet by a dashing romance in her early years as a writer.

This romance with an Irish rogue – which never lasted for the young author – inspired Austen to write many of her later literary masterpieces, including Emma (1816), Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Sense and Sensibility (1811).

Becoming Jane, which was released in 2006 as a PG, stars Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy and Maggie Smith. It is being shown in the musuem’s Lecture Theatre as part of Cotswold District Council’s rural cinema scheme, which has shown films at many locations around the district over the past two years.

Tickets for the showing – which starts at 2.15pm – cost £4 for adults and £2.80 for concessions. They are available in advance, in person at the museum, by telephone on 01285 655611 or by email: museums@cotswold.gov.uk

Campden and district music society – rising oboe star

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

The Campden and district Music Society concert on Tuesday 13th November 2007 will feature Thomas Barber, oboe and James Southall, piano.

Bristol born Thomas Barber, now only 25, gained a first class degree in medicine at Cambridge University, before studying the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with distinction. He has been principal oboe with the National Youth Orchestra of Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra, as well as oboist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Future Firsts’ apprenticeship scheme for 2005-6. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Thomas has performed at many music festivals, including Cheltenham, Cambridge and Banff in Canada.

The programme at Campden will include works by Poulenc, Rubbra, Bach and Schumann.

The Campden and district music society concert is honoured to be part of a special scheme, sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, which each year selects and supports a small group of exciting new young artists. This concert takes place in Chipping Carnpden School Hall, Cider Mill Lane, Chipping Campden at 8pm on Tuesday 13th November 2007. With an annual membership subscription of £40, members have free access to the season’s five concerts and may introduce a guest. Members also have opportunities to join group visits to ballet, operas and concerts at different venues. New members (£40 for five concerts, i.e. ONLY £8 PER CONCERT) are warmly welcomed. To ensure that you receive full details of membership and visits, contact Campden Music Society, c/o Treasurer, Saxfeld, Hoo Lane, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AZ or phone 01386 841520.

The Society thanks its commercial sponsors: Cutts of Campden, Cotswold House Hotel, Martin Gotrel, Andrew Greenwood and Mark Annett estate agents, Robert Welch and Graphic Print Partnership.

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

The spirit of Christmas in Campden

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Events, Noticeboard by Adam 1 Comment »

The Spirit of Christmas fund raising evening will run from 4pm till 8pm on Tuesday 4th December encouraging people to raise funds for charity while enjoying the traditional spirit of Christmas with festive stalls, Father Christmas, carol singers and a nativity tableau to name but a few of the event’s attractions. Our fundraising events will include the Rotary Club tree of light, an indulgence tree, pony and trap rides, a prize draw and cracker trails.

The event will open with Father Christmas traveling from the Guild in Sheep Street at 4pm and there will be entertainment throughout the evening, the length and breadth of the High Street including our own Morris Dancers, a living nativity tableau, carol singing, North Cotswold Community Radio, drumming by Year 6 from St. Catharine’s School Come and enjoy mulled wine, a pig roast, hot dogs and stalls selling seasonal produce including wreaths, lavender gifts, old fashioned toys, and much, much more.

Enjoy a pony and trap ride from the Guild to Court Barn (or Court Barn to the Guild) then take part in the children’s or adults’ cracker trail, visit Father Christmas, win an amazing prize from the indulgence tree or enjoy Playbox’s seasonal production. Don’t miss Nell Gifford and her husband Tito, both of Gifford’s Circus, who have kindly agreed to attend the evening and to help us with the switching on of the lights.

Programmes with a full listing of events and locations will be on sale from mid-November and every £1 paid for a programme will go directly to the Luke Jeffrey Memorial Trust (Regd. Charity No. 1120375). The programme contains a form for free entry into a prize draw (be sure to fill this in) and a form for the Rotary Club’s tree of light.

Proceeds from the Spirit of Christmas fundraising activities this year will be going to the Luke Jeffrey Memorial Trust. The Luke Jeffrey Memorial Trust is a local charity set up in memory of Luke Jeffrey – a fifteen year old swimmer and an Olympic hopeful who tragically lost his life in a swimming accident last year. The fledgling Trust’s first project is to initiate a UK awareness campaign in water safety through production of a national curriculum linked DVD to be circulated to every primary school in the UK. At a regional level, the charity is providing bursaries and scholarships to help children make the leap to competitive swimming and is sponsoring and promoting a mentoring scheme for young swimmers. The charity’s initial target is to raise £20,000. Let’s help them do it!

This is a great opportunity to complete all your Christmas shopping in a single trip, as the vast majority of shops in town will be staying open until 8pm, while raising funds for a very worthwhile cause. We look forward to seeing you on 4th December!

(From the noticeboard section of the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Chipping Campden and Charringworth – Sale of Lordships of the Manor

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Thursday 15th November 14.00 – Auction in London of these two Lordships of the Manor

Lordships of the Manor are among the oldest titles in England and pre-date the Norman Conquest, begun by William I at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The Manor was the pivot of the Feudal System and by the reign of Edward the Confessor(1042-66) the Lord of the Manor was the most important person in village affairs. The Domesday Book compiled in 1086 listed 13,418 Manors and their owners. In return for his protection and the land he gave them, the people on the Manor owed their Lord services ranging from money rents to working so many days a week on the Lord’s “home farm” or demesne without pay.

The Lordships of the Manors of Chipping Campden and of Charringworth are being put up for sale on the instructions of the 5th Earl of Gainsborough. They have been in his family since the late 16th Century. The Lordship of Chipping Campden (Lot 16) is estimated to attract bids of between £10,000 and £12,500 and Charringworth (Lot 11)  between £5000 and £7000. Both Lordships of the Manor can be traced back to the Doomsday Book.

These two Lordships are included in an auction of 23 Lordships of the Manor, also including Diddington, Warwickshire (Lot 2) and Sheriff’s Lench Worcestershire (Lot 18) , which is being held by Manorial Auctioneers Ltd who are part of The Manorial Society of Great Britain.

The Auction is being held on Thursday 15th November 2007 at 2.00 pm at
Manorial Auctioneers Limited
Stationers’ Hall
Ave Maria Lane
Ludgate Hill
London EC4M 7DD

Manorial Auctioneers Limited
104 Kennington Road
London SE11 6RE
Telephone 020 7582 1588
www.msgb.co.uk

Winchcombeshire’s Millennium Concert

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(c) Gloucestershire 1000 and its associate partners

Saturday 24 November 2007, 7 pm, St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe,Gloucestershire

Not everyone knows that Winchcombeshire was an entirely separate county from Gloucestershire for ten years. Following its distinguished history as capital of the Mercian Kingdom and then as a Saxon burgh, Winchcombe became capital of its own shire when it was created in the year AD 1007 by King Aethelred as part of the five shires of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Winchcombeshire – all areas of similar size and wealth, easy for administration in those days when revenue went to the king. Winchcombeshire covered 139 parishes of which the boundaries were nearly the same then as those today. Chipping Campden parish, part of an historic Hundred was in Winchcombeshire. It was absorbed by Gloucestershire in 1017 when the new king, King Canute, who had become king after the 1016 Treaty of Deerhurst, was upset by the local ruler, Eadric Streona who was thought to be plotting against the new king.

On the basis ‘History Matters’, a small group of volunteers from Winchcombe has promoted a number of commemorative events.

DAVID BRIGGS (organ) Organist Emeritus to Gloucester Cathedral is now a well-known International Concert Organist and Composer. He lives in the USA but travels widely. He specialises in improvising on a given theme.

PETER MEDLAND (trumpet) has a love of jazz and blues as well as orchestral trumpet work.

The music played will largely be associated with the five shires, including Holst, Elgar, Brewer, Walton. David will improvise to a given theme. A view of the organ console will be projected. Not all seats will have a view of the screen.

Tickets and booking details:

Reserved £12 and £10, Unreserved £8 (Students in full time education £6, unreserved).

Available from: St Peter’s Centre, Gloucester Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LU. Tel: 01242 602067. If posting, mark your envelope ‘Concert’, enclose a SAE and a cheque made payable to ‘The Friends of St Peter’s Church’.

Any profits will go towards the restoration of the Chime machine built in 1705 by Thos. Staite in St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe

North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition 2007

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Hedgelaying. Image (c) the National Hedge Laying SocietySaturday 17th November  Cutting 09.00 – 14.00  – Prize Giving 15.30 approx.
The Ford Bridge Ground, Ebrington, Chipping Campden,Gloucestershire

This Competition is taking place at Ebrington by kind permission of D E and D M Drinkwater and Sons and is supported by the National Hedgelaying Society.

Hedgelaying. Image (c) the National Hedge Laying SocietyThere will be Four Classes – (1) Open – (2) Junior, Beginners and Novice -(3) Veterans – (4) Beginners Pairs. Hedging will be in the Midland Style and Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each class. Spectators are very welcome.

The National Hedgelaying Society is committed to conserving hedgerows through traditional skills. Hedgerows are a prominent feature of the North Cotswolds landscape and help to define the uniqueness of the British countryside and are an important wildlife habitat. Some hedgerows mark historical boundaries such as parishes and manors. These hedges can predate the period of enclosures in the 18th and 19th centuries when most of the hedgerows that we see today were planted to enclose the open fields and sheepwalks. Hedgerows require sympathetic management if we are to preserve them for future generations.

Hedgelaying is a traditional form of management in the North Cotswolds and helps to keep the hedges vigorous and healthy while also providing a very effective stock-proof barrier.

The way hedges are laid depends on where the animals are kept, what kind of animals are kept, the local hedge plants, altitude, wind or snow expectations etc. so each region in the UK has it’s own traditional style.
The Midland style, also known as Bullock style, was designed to keep big heavy bullocks in their field. This style is mainly found in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire – traditional beef rearing areas. There is a slight variation for a Worcestershire style.

The main points are:-

  • Stake sides face road or plough land
  • Brush is the animal side to stop them eating new growth
  • Hedge slopes towards the animals, as stakes are driven in behind the line of the roots
  • Strong binding is below the top of the hedge

(The Worcestershire style has a single binding and the Brush is trimmed level with the binding)

For further information and Registration Forms contact:-
Cotswold Conservation Board
Mark Connelly
Fosseway
Northleach
Gloucestershire
GL54 3JH
Telephone 01451 862006
E Mail mark.connelly@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

Photos used with kind permission of the National Hedge Laying Society http://www.hedgelaying.org.uk/

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