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Chipping Campden Music Festival

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

President Paul Lewis
Principal sponsor of the 2007 festival – Jackson Stops & Staff. Steinway piano sponsored by Cutts of Campden.

I am delighted to report that the 2007 festival was another great success. Ticket sales were well up on 2006 and although fees were also considerably higher than last year we have finished up with a surplus to carry forward to 2008. As always our performers seemed to love both the venue and the atmosphere the festival generates. The following are just some of the comments we received from this year’s artists:

“To play to such an enthusiastic and concentrated capacity crowd was quite a compliment and I am most grateful for all you did… my warmest gratitude for another totally enjoyable visit to your superb Festival – long may it last and prosper. You have turned it into a remarkable success story!” John Lill.

“I saw the orchestra today at their Colin Davis rehearsals, and they were all saying how much they enjoyed last night, and what a fabulous venue the church is! Charlotte also reported that you and your team were wonderfully helpful and hospitable. Many thanks for the invitation and for being so great to work with” Pauline Gilberton director English Chamber Orchestra.

“The best venue we have ever played in in the UK” Igor Naidfn – viola player of the Borodin quartet.

“Thanks so much again – the concert on Friday was fantastic and the orchestra were very glad to have a concert in such a beautiful setting, and much closer to home after five months of non-stop touring!” Tara Persaud concerts manager Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

I would like to thank everyone who became a ‘Patron’, ‘Friend’ or ‘Sponsor’ this year, without whose help the festival would not survive. There are too many to name everyone but the following deserve a particular mention; Jackson Stops & Staff for, once again, being our principal sponsor. Cutts of Campden for sponsoring the Steinway piano for the 6th year. Cotswold House Hotel for sponsoring, for the fourth year, the jazz supper.

I would also like to thank everyone who helped in any way with the day to day running of the event. Again there is not room to mention everyone but the following worked particularly hard; Richard Stephens, Ivor & Jean Owen, Arthur & Rachel Cunyghame, Micaela Schmitz, Jessica May. Finally thank you to Campden Bowling club and to W.R. Haines & Sons for allowing us to display the large advertising boards on their properties and Jeremy Green for all the advertising in his Bulletin. Next year’s festival will run from Tuesday 13th – Saturday 24th May. Details will be published in November 2007.

Before then we have two ‘one off concerts both in St. James’ church at 7.30pm The Coronation of Poppea Saturday September 22nd – tickets £10 adults £5 students – on the door only. A fully staged production of the opera with professional orchestra and advanced singers from the top UK colleges.

Paul Lewis Saturday Dec 1st 7.30pm. Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas op109/110/111. This will be the final time Paul plays this programme in the UK

Booking forms will be sent to everyone on the festival database in July. Box office opens August 1st.
(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Chipping Campden – Sequel to the Scuttlebrook wake verse

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

1915

A sequel to our ’1915′ Scuttlebrook poem saga has emerged. Further anecdotal evidence suggests that Scuttlebrook Wake again came under threat soon after the opening of the recreation ground in 1934 and another Coldicott was involved. A ‘Save Scuttlebrook Wake in Leasbourne’ group ( of which Fred Coldicott was a member) sprang up following the town council’s insistence that all future celebrations, including Scuttlebrook, should take place in ‘their’ new field. The group organised their own ‘Leasbourne’ Scuttlebrook celebrations by putting up stalls, donkey rides and selling refreshments.

Tradition triumphed as Scuttlebrook retreated from the recreation ground to be unanimously celebrated the following year (1935) in Leasbourne. During WWII one stall was erected by Laurence Ladbrook to keep the charter intact and maintain the tradition.

Unfortunately the last line was missed from the poem in the last Bulletin, the last verse should have read

So just let our brave lads know at the front
And the kiddies they ‘ve left behind,
That good old Campden’s flag still flies
For the sake of “Ye Olden Times”!!

The Archive Room at the Old Police Station, Chipping Campden
(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

 

The amazing Maize Maze is ready again

Events, Features, Food and Produce, Places by Tony No Comments »

Maize Maze (c) John RightonJuly 21st – Hidcote Manor Farm Maize Maze opens – until September 9th

This year’s theme is “magical” and the maze is in the shape of a giant Cotswold wizard over 200 metres tall.

This maze was designed by the world’s leading maze designer Adrian Fisher who has been designing and creating puzzle mazes for 21 years. Adrian’s designs have been created in over 30 countries and have won 6 Guinness world records.

The Hidcote maze is cut into a field of fodder maize and interspersed with over 50,000 sunflowers. Bridges and Observation Towers offer a magic sight and scenic views across the Vale of Evesham and to the Malvern Hills.

The giant wizard is over eight acres in size with more than four miles of paths and the whole maze is then chopped down in mid-september and made into silage for the farm’s cattle.
Aerial view of the Hidcote Maize Maze. Photo (c) John Righton
The Maze is open daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Entrance: Adults £4.75, Children £3.75, Family £15.00 (2 adults + 2 children)

www.hidcotemaze.co.uk

Hidcote Manor Farm, Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LP
A great way to get lost in the countryside.

Flower Power in Chipping Campden at St James Church

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Events, Noticeboard by Adam 2 Comments »

St James, Chipping Campden (c) Rick, ligthelm.multiply.com
Flower Festival, St James Church Chipping Campden 24th to 28th August

The pace is quickening for the forthcoming flower festival at St James Church over the bank holiday week end (from Friday August 24th to Tuesday August 28th). Four very successful fund raising events hosted by Rachel and Arthur Cunynghame, Sarah and Peter Taylor, Philip and Mary Smith, and two events by Margaret and Geoffrey Smith have succeeded in raising well over £3,000 for flower festival funds.

The theme of Old Testament tales will blossom into life in scenes created by distinguished designer Jenny Bennett, and imaginatively interpreted by flower club teams from Chipping Campden and surrounding areas.

A summer market, organized by Jane Bartlett will be an attractive additional feature of the festival and on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will set up its stalls in the front garden of Margaret and Geoffrey Smith’s home directly opposite the church. The market will offer bric-a-brac, books, plants and preserves; and that’s not all. Delicious teas and light lunches under the direction of Jecca Brook will be available in the Church Rooms.

Festival co-ordinator David Hallett is hopeful that the festival will attract record numbers. He says “We are hoping that Campden residents and visitors will come and see the really wonderful floral displays, and if anyone has guests over the bank holiday weekend that they will bring them to admire both one of the area’s loveliest churches and the biblical stories told in flowers”.

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

Little Gidding B&B is located in Ebrington and is minutes away from Chipping Campden. We would be happy to book you for a stay during the festival.

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden continued

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Places by Adam 1 Comment »


In the June Bulletin, the events of 100 years ago when Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor and then the subsequent creation of Hidcote Manor garden leading up to its heyday in the 1930s were recalled. In this article, the transfer to the National Trust in 1948 and subsequent developments at Hidcote up to Lawrence Johnston’s death in 1958 are covered.

In the 1930s, Lawrence Johnston was actively engaged in seeking plants for Hidcote or for his garden at Serre de la Madone at Menton on the south coast of France. He was both a sponsor of, and went on, plant hunting expeditions to places such as Formosa (Taiwan) and to Yunnan in China. When he was at Hidcote, he led an active social life as his diaries for 1929 and 1932 show that there were many coming to see the garden or to play tennis. Towards the end of the 1930s when he was in his late 60s, he spent his summers at Hidcote and the winter months at Serre de la Madone.

During the second World War he was concerned about the taxation associated with living in England and began to consider what he should do about Hidcote. James Lees-Milne, whose parents used to live at Wickhamford, records in his diary that in February 1943 at a luncheon organised by Sibyl Colefax, an influential figure in London society who is mentioned a few times in Lawrence Johnston’s diaries, Johnston took him aside to ask if the National Trust would take over Hidcote without endowment after the war when he intended to live in the south of France for good.

Following the end of the war, Sibyl Colefax wrote in April 1947 to James Lees-Milne who was then working for the National Trust to say “I was over at Hidcote with Vivien Leigh Saturday. Laurie Johnston wants to give Hidcote to the N. T. now. So do get him tied up. You see he is not gaga but has no memory. He told me, indeed took me away specially to talk of this.” Read the rest of this entry »

Midland Trailquests come to Chipping Campden

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

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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A Radio Ghost Station

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

July 16th – North Cotswold Community Radio has a public open week

The North Cotswold Community Radio is based in the Old Police Station in Chipping Campden and it is having a public open week so that visitors can see how it has settled into it’s new home and have a look around the new studio complex and hear about the launch preparations ( launch date to be announced)

They are also hoping that a member of the public might be able to throw some light on the ghostly goings on that have been happening at the Station. Volunteers have heard strange noises and closed doors have been opening by themselves.

The web based station is broadcasting local music and pilot transmissions on www.northcotswoldonline.com and they are especially looking for more female presenters.

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden

Chipping Campden Bulletin by Adam 2 Comments »


It is one hundred years ago since Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor. On 22 June 1907. The Times advertised the Hidcote Manor estate, described as a valuable freehold farm comprising some 287 acres and 34 perches to-be sold by auction at the Noel Arms in Chipping Campden on Tuesday 2nd July 1907, with possession on 29th September 1907 – Michaelmas day, when most agricultural leases began and ended. The advertisement said that the farm would be sold together with the: very substantial and picturesque farm house, stone built, with, entrance hall, fine oak staircase, three sitting rooms, eight bedrooms, two box rooms, and usual offices, with lawns and large kitchen garden.

It went on to note that: the farm is particularly healthy, being situate on a spur of the Cotswolds at an elevation of from 500 to 800 feet above sea level and from it extensive views of the counties of Warwick, Worcester and Gloucester can be obtained. Meets of the Warwickshire, North Cotswold and Haythrop [sic] Hounds are within easy distance, and the partridge shooting on the estate is good. Read the rest of this entry »

The Kiftsgate Rose is the largest rose in the UK.

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Kiftsgate Court Gardens have been chosen as one of the top ten rose gardens to visit in July

The Telegraph Gardening supplement voted Kiftsgate Court Gardens, near Chipping Campden as No.3 in the top ten rose gardens to visit . Kiftsgate Court is world famous for its Kiftsgate Rose which is the largest rose in the UK at almost 60ft high. The Kiftsgate rose flowers for about three weeks from the beginning of July and is a spectacular sight not to be missed.

The gardens themselves are a plantsman’s delight and at any time of the year there is something of interest to see. The Upper Gardens surrounding the house are planted to give harmonious colour schemes whilst the lower gardens provide a home for plants from warmer climates.

Opening times – July : Daily except Thursday and Friday: 12 noon – 6pm

August and September: Sunday Monday and Wednesday: 2pm -6pm

www.kiftsgate.co.uk

Come and stay at Little Gidding and visit Kiftsgate, which is only 10 minutes away by car (we also have a lovely circular walk to take in both Kiftsgate and Hidcote and the Cotswold countryside, if you prefer to get to the gardens at a slower pace) plus all the other famous local gardens in the Cotswolds.

Top of the Crops

Features by Tony No Comments »

Champion Grass Crop – R & J Baldwyn from High Crest, Hidcote Boyce, Chipping Campden.

The results of the first of the on-farm competitions organised by the Moreton Show have been announced and local farmers R & J Baldwin have won the Williams and Hawkins Challenge Trophy for their champion grass crop. They won the trophy with their entry in the best one or two year grass crop and the competition was judged by Chris Webber of South Berkshire Agricultural Society.

This year’s Moreton Show is being held on Saturday 1st September so put that date in the diary it is a great day out.

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