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The report on flooding in Chipping Campden, 20/21 July 2007

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

Report by D J Atkinson

Preamble

Chipping Campden is peculiarly susceptible to flooding when prolonged heavy rain or sudden thaws occur in an already sodden catchment area. To a large extent this is due to the size and peculiar character of the catchment area, most of which drains into the river upstream of the Care Home and Guild site and Sheep Street It is also due to the confinement of The Cam’s channel and choke points through the town.

In the recent past, serious floods occurred in the wake of long periods of bad weather affecting the region usually in winter, 1947 and others, but also in July 1968. Park Road has suffered from lesser floods periodically, especially in the 50s and 60s, the last in spring 1993. Obviously drainage has become a much more concerning problem for the town over the last century and particularly over the last 50 years with much new building (spreading and infilling), property improvement, the raising of road levels and much more hard standing. The situation has also worsened due to changes in land use, farming methods and land drainage in the area. Read the rest of this entry »

A history of the Court Barn, Chipping Campden

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(From the noticeboard section of the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)
Court Barn Museum, Photo (c) Alan Crawford
Readers will be aware that Court Barn in Church Street has been renovated by the Guild of Handicraft Trust and has been transformed whilst still retaining its present external appearance. It is the site of an exhibition, meeting room and study centre celebrating the craftsmen who have lived in Campden and surrounding towns and villages since the beginning of the last century. There will be exhibits devoted to C R Ashbee and his Guild of Handicraft, to FL.Griggs, Alec Miller, Paul Woodroffe, the Harts and Robert Welch; and to others, like Gordon Russell and Katharine Adams from Broadway and the potters Michael Cardew and Ray Finch from Winchcombe.

This article, however, is about the barn itself. It stands on the edge of the grounds of Old Campden House and was built about 300 years ago. How ever did it come to intrude into the gardens of that magnificent house? After Sir Baptist Hicks’s new manor house was burned to the ground in 1645, its grounds and gardens and yards were gradually turned over to agricultural use. There is a deed dated 1691 by which the Hon. Susanna Noel, the mother of the six year old 3rd Earl of Gainsborough, leased it to Mary Rutter, a widow. Read the rest of this entry »

Campden and district music society – rising oboe star

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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

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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

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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/

Drinkwaters’ Ploughing Match at Charingworth, Ebrington

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Ploughing. Image (c) National Hedgelaying SocietySunday 18th November 09.30 to 14.00 at Charingworth, Ebrington, Gloucestershire

Andrew Drinkwater is holding another ploughing match at Ebrington by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Grahame Fisher. All proceeds are going to Ebrington Church Organ Fund.

During the first half of the 19th century enormous changes were brought about by the abolition of the open field system and the passing of the Enclosure Acts which made significant alterations to the countryside. Stone walls were built and hedges planted, dividing the land into separate holdings with smaller fields resulting in a more efficient management of farming. At this period agriculture was reacting to the stimulus given to it by the noble gentry and farmers who were endeavouring to improve the performance of every practical part of farming by the spreading of all available information on the subject and also by trying to advance the skills of the labourers. Agricultural meetings and ploughing matches had already done much to further this success.

Chipping Campden followed this trend with their first ploughing match held in 1841 on Mr Hancock’s farm at Old Comb, promoted by the Earl of Gainsborough.

On Tuesday September 7th 1841 the ploughs were scheduled to start at 07.00 for “the Cup and Premiums.” The ploughing was said to be “Not first rate” as the weather was unfavourable and it being the first meeting of its kind the ploughmen were “rather embarrassed and not able to do their best.” Three classes were competed, with sovereigns, half sovereigns and crowns given as prizes and a silver cup being given to the owner of the First Prize Plough.
So, 160 + years on Ebrington are maintaining the long standing tradition of Ploughing Matches in the Chipping Campden Area.

Drinkwaters’ Ploughing Match – for information telephone Andrew Drinkwater 01386 593222
The details of the first Chipping Campden Ploughing Match are taken with permission from “Putting their Hands to the Plough” – a short History of Horse Ploughing Matches in the Chipping Campden Area – written and researched by Margaret Fisher and Pearl Mitchell.

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

Slum Survivor National Weekend at Chipping Campden

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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

Chipping Campden wins a first in The Bledisloe Cup

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Chipping Campden wins first prize in the large village category

The mayor of Chipping Campden collected the award accompanied by the Campden co-ordinater for the competition, Ros Young, who said “Campden won by a whisker because we had tackled the areas that were criticised by the judges last year”
Most counties have a “best kept village” competition but The Bledisloe Cup competition started in 1937 and was the first in the UK. It was started by Lord Bledisloe upon his return to Gloucester after being Govenor General of New Zealand for five years and then taking the post of Chairman of the CPRE Gloucestershire branch.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Gloucestershire Branch runs the competition which celebrates the success of village communities in caring for their local environment. It’s a competition for all villages and there are three categories of village – large, population of 1000-3000, medium sized, population of 300-1000, small, population of 0-300 and a separate category for villages which have not entered the competition in the last ten years. This year was the 70th anniversary year of the Competition.

The first three categories of winning villages receive a trophy, The Bledisloe Cup village sign which they retain for a year, a plaque and a cheque for £250.00. The fourth categorie is awarded the C & G Cup plus a plaque and a cheque for £250.00.

CPRE Gloucestershire Branch
Community House
College Green
Gloucester
GL1 2LZ
telephone 01452 309783

www.cpre.org.uk

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