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Go the extra mile for charity at Bourton

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

Cotswold Leisure Bourton will do its bit for charity next month when it hosts the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile.

Manager Jo Whitfield is calling runners of all abilities to come along to centre, in Station Road, to take part in a sponsored one, three or six-mile charity run on Sunday March 16th.

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Tags: bourton | charity | health

The Return of Ulysses – a new book by local author Professor Edith Hall

Features by Tony No Comments »

The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer’s Odyssey – written by local author Professor Edith Hall and published by I B Tauris & Co. Limited.

Edith Hall who lives near Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds is a scholar of classics and cultural history and holds a joint Research Chair in Classics and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London where she directs the Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome. She also co-directs a research project at Oxford University and is Chairman of the Gilbert Murray Trust.

Described by the poet Colin Teevan as “the Thierry Henry of Classics” (what a wonderful quote) Professor Hall has focussed her research on racism, sexism and class prejudice in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

She has made many TV and Radio appearances, regularly appearing on Radio 4, including Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time and Woman’s Hour, as well as acting as a consultant for professional theatre productions.

Professor Hall was also the model for Ethel Spurgeon who was the heroine of Stephen Prasher’s novel The Cellar at the Top of the Stairs and the model for the goddess Hera in the stage play by Colin Teevan Alcmaeon in Corinth.

The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer’s Odyssey is her sixth book and is an enlightening look at how Homer’s Odyssey has resonated in West and offers a thematic analysis of the poem’s impact on social and political ideas, institutions, and mores from the ancient world through to the present day. Proving that the epic poem is timeless, Edith Hall identifies fifteen key themes in the Odyssey and uses them to illustrate the extensive and diverse effect that Homer’s work has on all manner of inquiry, expression, and art.
Source: The Johns Hopkins University Press

The book, which is written in an accessible and lively way and with beautiful illustrations, explains the popularity of the story of Odysseus trying to get home to his loyal wife Penelope, but delayed by one-eyed giants and beautiful nymphs and sirens.

There is a strong focus on films inspired by or adapting the Odyssey, including the Coen Brothers O Brother Where Art Thou, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as novels such as Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Canongate Myths).

Professor Edith Hall is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of a number of books on classics, myth and the ancient world including Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre 1660-1914 (co-authored with Dr Fiona Macintosh) 2005 and The Theatrical Cast of Athens: Interactions between Ancient Greek Drama and Society: Interactions Between Ancient Greek Drama and Society 2006.
The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer’s Odyssey is available from our Cotswold Bookstore now and is listed under “Books by local authors”.

Tags: bourton | book | cotswolds | author

Cardboard recycling comes to Bourton

Features by Adam 1 Comment »

Householders in Bourton-on-the-Water can look forward to a greener New Year thanks to the expansion of recycling facilities in the village.

Cotswold District Council has added a cardboard recycling bank to the facilities in the village’s Rissington Road Car Park where there are also containers for paper, glass, cans, plastic bottles and textiles.

During 2007, the Council has increased the number of cardboard recycling banks across the District from two to eight and the amount of household card and cardboard being recycled has increased tenfold.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Cotswold District Council is committed to increasing recycling opportunities for residents, so I am delighted that we have been able to introduce this new cardboard recycling bank.

“Hopefully it will help to ensure that all the cards and cardboard packaging received by people in the Bourton area over Christmas end up being recycled rather than buried in landfill sites.

“We have seen a massive increase in the amount of cardboard being recycled in the District in 2007 and that trend should continue in 2008 when we introduce a kerbside collection as part of the District’s new waste service.”

The other cardboard recycling banks in the Cotswold District are located at the Old Station Car Park, Cirencester, the Tesco car parks in Tetbury and Kingsmeadow, Cirencester, the Council car park near the Tesco store in Stow-on-the-Wold, the Watermark site near South Cerney and the Upper Up Playing Fields, South Cerney.

To find out more about recycling services in the Cotswolds and information on your nearest recycling banks, visit

Click here for other relevant articles about recycling in the region.

Tags: recycling | bourton

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
GL54 2BY
Telephone 01451 821255

Tags: bourton | cars | exhibition | gloucestershire | places | museum

Bourton on the Water – Is it a theme park

Places by Tony No Comments »

Bourton on the Water
The Lonely Planet has called Bourton – “crass, commercialised and overwhelmed by coach tours” and said “that it was an exceptionally beautiful place that had turned theme park with a series of attractions…..”

The Parish Council have hit back in defence of this popular village but what do you think?

Our visitors seem to like it.

Send us your comments.

Tags: bourton | places

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