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Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

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The visiting speaker for November was Mrs Anne Chambers from nearby Kiftsgate Court. The village hall was packed with members and visitors eager to hear about the history of the property and its famous garden.

The house itself was built in the late C19th by the then owners of Mickleton Manor. They transported whole chunks of the manor house, which they loved, up to Kiftsgate by means of a light railway. Heather Muir, Anne’s grandmother, bought the property in 1918. She knew little about gardening at that time, but with the encouragement of her friends, including Vita Sackville-West and Major Lawrence Johnston, from nearby Hidcote, she soon set about creating her garden. Anne Chambers is the third generation of gardening owners in her family, following on from her grandmother and her mother, Mrs Binny. She has no formal training in gardening but has picked things up as she has gone along. She is a hands-on gardener, being ably helped by her husband, Johnny, and two gardeners.

Her slides took us round the garden through the seasons. She was able to point out original plants which had been introduced by her grandmother and described changes which had taken place over the years. The famous Kiftsgate rambling rose was the result of an order being placed for Rosa filipes which turned out to be something rather different from the plant ordered. It will grow up to 15 feet a year, and fills the surrounding trees with its clusters of white flowers in summer. Not a plant for a small courtyard garden!

The garden continues to develop. Moving into the 21st century, the old tennis court has been turned into a most modern water garden with tall, eye catching metallic leaves that glisten with water from the fountains, reflecting in the pool below.

Following her talk, Mrs Chambers answered members’ questions. She was thanked by Joanna Spark for a most fascinating evening. Those of us who have not been to Kiftsgate will now have to contain ourselves until the Spring, when the garden reopens for 2008. Bill Bond-Williams was the lucky winner of the raffle, a season ticket to Kiftsgate Court Garden kindly donated by Anne Chambers.

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

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Chipping Campden WI

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

The November meeting of Chipping Campden WI always includes the AGM so we usually whiz through the ordinary monthly meeting, minutes, reports and so on, to get to the AGM as quickly as possible Afterwards we normally have a short talk before refreshments. This year was different. We did it the other way round!

The charming speaker had brought a presentation from the Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Association and Cheltenham Animal Shelter. Miss Jenner told us of the surprisingly wide field of activities that come under that organisation. As one would expect much of their work is in rescuing and, when the owners cannot be found, rehoming dogs and cats. Nine out of ten are strays but one in 10 is signed over from someone who cannot for good reason continue to keep their pet.

When a stray cat or dog is brought in, it is checked to see if it has a named collar or a microchip giving the owners name. If the owner cannot be traced the animal is vaccinated and any fleas and worms are dealt with during a seven-day period during which it is housed in quarantine. Sometimes the owner contacts them and can be reunited with their lost pet. If this does not happened then rehoming is arranged where this is possible. Alas, more cats and dogs come to the shelter than there are people seeking new pets. Some too are too old, ill, badly behaved or otherwise unsuitable for rehoming and then, with regret, the answer may have to be ‘euthanising.’

After explaining the ramifications of this and other sides of their work. Miss Jenner, told us, with illustrations, of some of the tragic cases of neglect and abuse that have occurred. She hastened to assure us that none was local to our county, but the thought that anyone, anywhere, could have left a dog for six weeks locked in the house without food while they went on holiday or that boys could have attempted to hang a stolen puppy and then used it for target practice , was too horrific for words.

Her own particular field is in education. Not just spreading news of the Shelter to WIs and other groups, but a project against violence, teaching disruptive schoolchildren and young offenders with a history of violence how to behave to other people and to animals. The intention is to increase compassion and respect for others together with getting them to become more responsible. We felt this aspect of her work was extremely valuable. The vote of thanks by Mrs Carole Moss expressed our appreciation both of her talk and of the work or the organisation.

Then she left for it was a cold and frosty night and she had a long way to go. We turned to the more mundane matters of our ordinary and annual general meetings. At the AGM our President, Mrs Sue Morrey gave a report on her first year in office thanking her committee and others who had helped during the year – and later on the agenda she was voted back unanimously for next year. Awards were presented for those first second and third in the two monthly competitions held throughout the year. Thanks to the officers and to the committee as a whole in the past year were again unanimously and warmly given.

Next came the refreshments, which were lavish and, of course, scrumptious.

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

Support the brussels sprout – and not just at Christmas

Features, Food and Produce by Tony 1 Comment »

Brussels SproutSprouts are nice to eat! Sprouts are good for you! Who says?

William Haines, whose family have been farming sprouts for three generations in Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds is persuading children that sprouts are nice to eat.

Sprouts are like Marmite – you either love them or hate them – there is no in between. The sprout was voted Britain’s least liked vegetable in 2002 but William believes that people always say that they don’t like sprouts but that is because they only have them once a year at Christmas and then they don’t know how to cook them. The old varieties were bitter but new types are much sweeter and therefore more appealing to all.

He tempts the children by serving recipes with hidden sprouts- sprout fritters, sprout cake and battered sprouts – and has a 80% success rate in converting them over to the benefits of the sprout.

The sprout is one of the few fresh vegetables on our plates in the depths of winter and they are a nutritious treat when properly prepared. They are very low in fat and sodium and high in dietary fibre and vitamin C. Weight for weight sprouts have three times the level of vitamin C of an orange and just four to six sprouts contain the adult daily dose of vitamin C. They are also a good source of vitamin D and folic acid during pregnancy and have specific health-promoting compounds called glucosinolates which may help to prevent cancer.

All in all they have a lot going for them so get some in for Christmas and also get all the family to eat them throughout the winter months.

Sprouts are part of the cabbage family and British farmers produce more than £30 million worth of sprouts a year. Sprout tops, once a poor man’s food, are now one of the most fashionable vegetables around and can be found on the menu of many top-class restaurants throughout the UK.

Results in from Fairford Town Council election

Features by Adam No Comments »

Suzanne Carol Jones and Mark Wardle have been elected to serve the Fairford ward on Fairford Town Council.

Mrs Jones polled 395 votes and Mr Wardle (Independent) polled 362 in the by-election on December 13th.

The other two candidates standing at the by-election were Lizzie Morris (284 votes) and Annabelle Plumridge (144 votes)

The election, which was held at the Palmer Hall in Fairford, was called in November following the resignation of previous councilors Mr Bart Borchardt and Mr Greg Phillips.

The electoral turnout was 27%.

New wardens urge Cotswolds to tree-cycle

Features by Adam No Comments »

Caroline Ballinger and Claire Blizzard are dreaming of a clean, green Christmas.

Cotswold District Council’s two new Environmental Wardens are urging householders to recycle as much of their waste as possible over the festive period – including their real Christmas trees.

The Council has joined forces with Dobbies Garden Centre at Siddington, near Cirencester, and Fosseway Garden Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, to set up collection points for trees which will then be shredded and turned into compost.

Householders can also chop their trees into sections and put them in their green garden waste wheeled bins or take them to the Household Recycling Centres at Fosse Cross and Horsley.

“We all love Christmas but it’s traditionally a time of year when we all produce much more waste than usual,” said Caroline

“Hopefully, the residents of the Cotswolds will make a resolution to recycle more than ever this Christmas – including their trees.”

Caroline and Claire took up their new jobs at the start of December. They have been given a wide variety of tasks, from advising the public on waste and recycling issues to investigating environmental offences such as fly-tipping, dog fouling and littering.

“The Cotswolds is a beautiful area and most people are keen to help us keep it that way,” said Claire

“We are both really looking forward to working with residents to ensure that the District is kept as clean and green as possible.”

Real Christmas trees can be recycled at Dobbies and Fosseway Garden Centres until Sunday, 13th January, 2008. After that date they can still be put in green garden waste wheeled bins or taken to Household Recycling Centres.

For details of waste and recycling collections in the Cotswold District over Christmas and New Year, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or call 01285 623123.

Cotswold reviews parking charges

Features by Adam No Comments »

New pay-and-display parking charges in the Cotswolds are being proposed for the first time in four years from April 1st 2008.

The District Council plans to freeze the half-hour charge at its pay-and-display car parks at 50p and to add just 10p to the current £1 charge for one hour.

The £1.60 charge for two hours would rise to £2, while a three-hour stay would increase from £2 to £2.50.

Proposed charges:
Half hour to stay at 50p
One hour increases to £1.10
Two hours increases to £2.00
Three hours increases to £2.50

The recommendations to Council, which will be subject to the usual consultation process, were agreed by a meeting of Cabinet today (December 13th).

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said the proposals reflected residents’ views from the Council’s recent budget consultation that users of services should pay for them in order to protect other services provided in the market towns, such as street cleaning, public conveniences and facilities for younger and older people.

He said: “The budget workshops gave us a clear message that people believe the user should pay – they also suggested that the Council should look at new ways of raising income by charging for discretionary services such as planning advice.”

Cllr Stowe said that the pricing structure would help to keep turnover of spaces high, making it easier for local people to find a place to park.

He said: “The half-hour and one-hour charges will protect the local shoppers who are popping into town for a pint of milk or loaf of bread. This is important for the vitality of our market towns.

“This is the first pay-and-display review we have proposed for four years and keeps charges reasonable in comparison with other local towns in Gloucestershire. Over a four-year period, the increase for periods of an hour or less is lower than inflation.”

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio holder for Environment, said that the Council was planning a review of car parking next year, looking holistically at on-street and off-street parking issues.

He said: “Clearly, with increased enforcement on-street, people’s parking habits are changing – especially in town centres.  Any motorist who visits Cirencester will know that in can be hard to find a space at times. Our aim is to keep the turnover of spaces high by freezing the half-hour charge and only adding 10p to the hour charge.
“The review will carefully consider the future of parking provision in the town and elsewhere across the District.

“We need to look at the current restrictions, the provision we are making for off-street parking and how we deliver residents’ parking schemes.”

Specifically in Cirencester, Cllr Tufnell said the review will take into account the emerging Vision for Cirencester, looking at the future development of the town centre as a whole.
 
The proposed new charges, which include increases for season tickets and car park permits, would come into force on April 1st, 2008. The recommendations will be considered by full Council at its meeting on Tuesday, December 18th.

Cotswold names day for leisure centre re-opening

Features by Adam No Comments »

Cirencester’s Cotswold Leisure Centre is due to re-open its doors to the public on March 1st following complex repairs to extensive flood damage, Cotswold District Council announced today.

The Centre’s plant room was damaged by 70,000 gallons of flood water after the unprecedented rainfall which hit Gloucestershire on July 20th. The building and its contents are fully insured and the Council is also insured for loss of revenue at the Centre.

A complex schedule of work and repairs, costing approximately £800,000, has followed a major clean-up operation and the Council and its insurers Royal and Sun Alliance have now named the date for re-opening, bar any unforeseen difficulties.

The Council’s Portfolio holder for Property & Benefits, Cllr Nick Parsons, said: “We fully appreciate that our members have now been without their leisure facilities in Cirencester for more than four months.

“We must not forget that this is a massive undertaking to rebuild the very heart of the centre requiring a great deal of complex work in a confined space.

“Our contractors EIC Ltd are working exceptionally hard to get the building open again and we are looking forward to welcoming members old and new on March 1st.”

Much of the plant room equipment that was ruined, including boilers, electrical systems, control panels and water filtration plant, is taking several months to replace and re-install due to the high-tech components required.

While the Centre has been closed, the Council has provided classes at local schools and offered members the use of its facilities at Tetbury, Fairford, Bourton and Chipping Campden at no charge.

The July flood was caused when road drainage was unable to cope with the rainfall and the subsequent overflow of a nearby lake.

Cllr Parsons added: “Thousands of buildings were affected by the floods and the Cotswold Leisure Centre was just one of them. The Council is satisfied that the building and its drainage meet the required standards for all but the most exceptional cases.

“However, we cannot be sure that there will not be a repeat of the unprecedented circumstances of July. As such, the Council has agreed to spend £100,000 on further flood prevention measures to further protect the Centre as best it can.”

In addition, Royal and Sun Alliance have engaged an expert hydrologist to report on water run-off and drainage outside the boundaries of the leisure centre.

The vast majority of Cotswold Leisure Centre’s staff have been re-deployed by the Council during the closure. Their new roles have included life guarding at the town’s 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. Staff have also hosted roadshows around the District highlighting changes to the Council’s waste services.

Festive waste and recycling dates for Cotswolds

Features by Adam 1 Comment »

Eat, drink, and be merry – and then recycle all your empty cans and bottles.

That is the message to householders in the Cotswolds this Christmas and New Year.

Cotswold District Council and its contractor, SITA, have published waste collection arrangements for the holiday period and they are hoping for plenty of festive cheer from the District’s keen recyclers.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We will try to ensure there will be as little disruption as possible to residents’ waste and recycling collections during the Christmas period.

“We realise more waste is generated at this time of year but would urge everyone to do their bit for the environment by recycling as much of their rubbish as possible after enjoying the festivities.”

Every home in the District will receive two collections of non-recyclable household waste during the Christmas and New Year fortnight. However, there will be no collections of garden waste between 24th December, 2007, and 4th January, 2008.

Residents whose normal collection day falls on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day will have their non-recyclable household waste collected on another day.

If your usual collection day is a Tuesday, your revised household waste collection dates will be Thursday, 27th December, and Wednesday, 2nd January, before returning to Tuesdays on 8th January.

If your usual collection day is a Wednesday, your revised collection date will be Friday, 28th December, before returning to Wednesdays on 2nd January.

Residents whose fortnightly recycling collection day falls on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day will not receive a collection of recyclables during the Christmas fortnight. However, they will be able to put any additional recyclable materials out in plastic bags alongside their recycling boxes on their next collection day.

If your usual recycling collection day falls on Christmas Day, your next collection will be Tuesday, 8th January. If your usual recycling collection falls on Boxing Day, your next collection will be Wednesday, 9th January, and if your usual recycling collection day falls on New Year’s Day, your next collection will be Tuesday, 15th January.

Residents are also reminded that Christmas wrapping paper cannot be recycled because of its low quality and the fact that it often contains non-paper additives.

Full details of Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection arrangements over the Christmas period can be found by visiting www.cotswold.gov.uk or by contacting the Council on 01285 623123.

Christmas creativity for children in Moreton-in-Marsh

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

Get creative this Christmas in Moreton-in-Marsh with the Corinium Museum’s Outreach Service.

Outreach Officer, Helen Arbon will be holding a ‘Festive Fun’ workshop at Cotswold District Council’s Moreton Area Centre on Thursday, December 20th.

Suitable for 7 to 12-year-olds, ‘Festive Fun’ is a creative, art workshop with a Victorian theme from 2.30pm to 4.00pm.

Children will have the opportunity to make Victorian style cards and decorations for their Christmas tree – just in time for the festive season.

There will be plenty of sparkle on offer, with gold and silver paper, sequins and glitter as well as doilies, coloured feathers, tissue paper and other art materials.

Spaces are limited, so to avoid disappointment please contact the Moreton Area Centre on 01608 650881 to make a booking.

The workshop costs £4.00 per child or £2.00 for annual season ticket holders or Friends of the Corinium Museum.

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