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Slum Survivor National Weekend at Chipping Campden

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

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

Tetbury goes green with weekend Swap Shop

Features by Adam 1 Comment »

Unwanted items ranging from books to bicycles were exchanged for free at a Swap Shop in Tetbury.

Last weekend’s event was organised by Cotswold District Council as part of its drive to reduce waste and promote the re-use and recycling of materials.

Residents were able to bring along unwanted but re-usable clothes, shoes, books, crockery, videos and computer games and take other items home with them for free. The goods exchanged even included two mountain bikes.

Saturday’s Swap Shop was part of the Council’s Check It Out open weekend held at the town’s leisure centre and there was also a recycling activity for youngsters who made models out of junk materials.

Waste Manager Scott Williams said: “We had a very positive response to the Swap Shop, which was a great way of encouraging residents to reduce what they throw away and reuse items wherever possible. “Hopefully we helped to ensure that a lot of unwanted items will now be put to good use rather than being dumped in landfill sites.”

Items that were not snapped up on the day were donated to the Tenovus cancer charity shop in Long Street, Tetbury.
Shop manager Joy Dulare said: “I think the Swap Shop was a really good idea and I would be happy to support the Council again if it did anything like this in future.”

For more information on your local recycling services, visit www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council - www.cotswold.gov.uk

Marathon Bible Reading – Shipston on Stour

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Bible. Image (c) FreeFoto.com

Thursday September 20th – St. Edmund’s Church Shipston on Stour

Some 450 local volunteer readers will work in ten-minute shifts to read the entire Bible from The Old Testament – Genesis 1 to The New Testament Revelation 22.

This marathon reading is to help raise £30,000 to repair leaking windows in the church.

The complete reading is expected to take three days and three nights and will start at 16.00 pm on Thursday September 20th .

The star reader will be actress Hannah Gordon who is related to a churchwarden at St. Edmund’s and there are still some reading slots for volunteers to fill.

(Stop Press News Hannah will not be able to read in person as filming means that cannot get to the church in time. She will however send a tape of bible readings which can be slotted in as necessary)

Hannah is a well known Scottish actress who has appeared in many films and television series including The Persuaders and Upstairs, Downstairs. She was the female lead in the British sitcom My Wife Next Door with John Alderton and recently hosted the Watercolour Challenge television show.

St. Edmund’s Church is a community building and although it was largely rebuilt in the 19th Century it still retains its tower from the 15th Century and is a prominent landmark within the town of Shipston on Stour.

Sponsorship forms are available in the church or contact the organiser Susan Perry on 01608 662748.

Go on – fill a slot and help a good cause whilst enjoying the read and try out the pronunciation of some of those difficult names that you find throughout the Bible.

Up Date News The Reading raised more than £10,000 towards the restoration of the church windows.

Photo (c) FreeFoto.com

Where I Fell In Love Gallery – The French Connection Exhibition

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French ConnectionSunday 19th August – Sunday 7th October

The Where I Fell in Love Gallery is holding its next exhibition titled “The French Connection” featuring paintings by Denis Blondel & Martial Molitor, ceramics by

Armel Hede, Mathieu Casseau, Marie-Pierre Meheust, Marc Uzan, Florence Bruyas, Eduordo Constantino, Sophie Pavot, Christian Toublanc, Christina Guwang, Herve Rousseau, Isabelle Pammachius, Francoise Dufayard.

Wood by Marc Ricourt and Glass by Olivier Mallemouche

The last Cup and Saucer exhibition ran from the 14th to the 31st July and proved incredibly popular with 265 entry from over 20 countries. All unsold pieces from this exhibition are being released to charity. All profits will go to Leukaemia Research.

The Where I Fell In Love Gallery is located in The Shambles, Market Place, Shipston-on-Stour.

http://www.whereifellinlovegallery.com

Mabel Pearman’s Burford Browns – what another hen!

Features, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

Burford Browns in the grass Image (c) Clarence Court
A real Cotswold Hen with very special ox-blood dark brown eggs

This is another special Cotswold Hen. The name originates from Cotswold farmers Tom and Mabel Pearman who moved to Westhill, Burford during the early 1900′s. Mabel earned pin money from butter and from the special dark brown eggs from the hens which were her pride and joy.

Mabel kept her hens in the Rickyard at Manor Farm and they were free to roam on the grassy slopes overlooking Burford High Street.

Their eggs were very special with a chocolate coloured shell and large deep yellow yolks and a super flavour. With their thick dark brown shells they soon became known as Burford Browns.

Mabel Pearman was Philip Lee-Woolf’s grandmother and the origins of her birds have been passed down through the family until he has reintroduced the breed through the ethical egg producer he founded – Clarence Court. Three years ago Mr Lee-Woolf, bred the first Mabel Pearman’s Brown Burford in 50 years. The hens were difficult to breed because the gene for a chocolate-coloured egg is recessive, meaning it would be swamped by any genes for other colours. Only chickens with a particular heritage produce the eggs.

Another problem is that the blue-black hens lay just five eggs a week compared with up to 10 from the average modern hybrid.

Clarence Court are donating 2p to HEN Aid for every pack of Burford Brown eggs sold between now and End of September.

www.clarencecourt.co.uk

Farm Africa – making a lasting difference to Africa’s families.

An Eggcellent idea – Live Aid has hatched Hen Aid

Features, Food and Produce by Tony 1 Comment »

Clarence CourtBuy Clarence Court Eggs and Help Raise Money for Farmers in Africa

Clarence Court has championed ethical egg production since it was founded seventeen years ago by Cotswold farmer Philip Lee-Woolf and he has pioneered the revival of pure breed bloodlines which, unlike modern hybrids, are bred for egg quality and not quantity.
Farm Africa
Last year he distributed radios to all his producer farms because music relaxes chickens and happy hens lay better eggs.

Philip was anxious to do more and to mark the 22nd anniversary of Live Aid, the multi-venue rock concert for famine relief, Clarence Court has joined forces with FARM-Africa to raise money for its chicken projects in pastoral communities in Eastern and South Africa.

500,000 charity packs of Old Cotswold Legbar and Burford Browns eggs will go on sale from 13th July until the end of September and for every pack sold Clarence Court will donate 2 pence per pack, with the aim of raising more than £10,000.

This donation will help change the lives of marginal chicken farmers by educating them about how to manage their natural resources more effectively and build sustainable livelihoods on their land.
Clarence Court Eggs
The Clarence Court charity egg boxes will be stocked in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Booth’s, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods and selected Asda stores.

FARM-Africa is an international non-government organisation that aims to reduce poverty in Eastern and South Africa and has projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Southern Sudan.

www.clarencecourt.co.uk
www.farmafrica.org.uk

charlotte.Hutley@thespaway.com

So come on, eat an extra egg for breakfast and help Hen-Aid to achieve it’s target.

Midland Trailquests come to Chipping Campden

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Midland TrailquestsSunday 19th August – Magellan Midlands Summer Series 2007

The Stratford Offroaders have organised another event in this series, with the HQ this time being at the Baden Powell Centre in Chipping Campden – Map Reference SP153/388.

All proceeds from this event will go to The Children’s Society.

The Magellan Midlands Summer Series event start is from 09.00 to 10.30 with Registration between 08.30 and 10.15 and a duration of 4 hours.

There is also a Standalone Non-competitive fun event for all the family with a start of 09.00 to 12.00 with Registration between 08.30 and 10.15 and a duration of 3 hours.

Midland Trailquests was formed in 2006 by a group of enthusiastic organisers and riders and aims to foster the grass roots of the sport of Mountain Bike Orienteering in the English Midlands.

A Trailquest is a mountain bike orienteering event where the competitors have to navigate from control location to control location punching a score card at each location. Competitors may ride solo or as a team of two.

Control locations vary in the amount of points they are worth and competitors may use any legal route to ride between them. The rider or team who scores the highest number of points within the time limit is the winner.

To compete you must first register on-line with Midland Trailquests as it is a condition of their insurance policy that all riders are members. Registration is free and only takes a couple of minutes.

www.midlandtrailquests.co.uk

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Sponsored Bungee Jump for a very very good cause

Features by Tony 1 Comment »

Will Robbins Bungee Jump, Photo (c) W. Robbins4th August

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