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Wassail at The Fleece Inn, Bretforton near Evesham

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

Saturday 17th January 2009 20.00 The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Worcestershire WR11 7JE
To bless the antique trees in our orchard for fertility and growth for the coming year’s crop. Singing, Drinking and Blackjack Morris Dancing. Mulled Wine and Mulled Prior’s Tipple Cider plus a supper of warming winter stew with crusty bread. Read the rest of this entry »

Quality Items were in the frame at The Autumn Antiques and Fine Art Fair at Cheltenham

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Was Cheltenham a barometer of the antiques trade today?  Well clocks were certainly in demand and although a mixed result overall, there were a number of really good sales, at The Autumn Antiques and Fine Art Fair held in association with LAPADA at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire  on 27th-30th November 2008, including a £35,000 Lowry drawing from Neptune Fine Art to a new client from Derby. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Cotswold parking gesture gives stores a festive boost

Events, Places by Adam No Comments »

Shoppers are being given free use of all Cotswold District Council-owned car parks on every Saturday in December in a festive gesture aimed at boosting the local economy. Read the rest of this entry »

Santa steams in to Toddington on the GWR

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Saturday 6th December – Wednesday 24th December 2008 at Toddington Railway Station.
Santa paid an unexpected visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway this week to check on bookings for his “Santa Specials 2008” trains starting on Saturday 6th December. To his delight he found that some trains are already sold out and bookings are well up on previous years.
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Some Winter Cheer from Simon Chorley Art and Antiques at Prinknash

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Thursday 20th November 2008 – 10.30 am. The next auction at Simon Chorley Art and Antiques should bring some winter cheer to Prinknash with a varied selection of fine paintings, porcelain and works of art. Read the rest of this entry »

The Autumn Antiques and Fine Art Fair at Cheltenham

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Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th November 2008 - The Autumn Antiques & Fine Art Fair in association with LAPADA. The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH.
The Autumn Antiques & Fine Art Fair is Cheltenham’s most prestigious and elegant fine art and antiques fair and is now in its 5th year at The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse.

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Get your festive goodies at Moreton Area Centre

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Staff at the Moreton Area Centre will be helping to boost charity coffers this autumn when they set up their charity Christmas card stall later this month. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

New wardens urge Cotswolds to tree-cycle

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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 or call 01285 623123.

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 or by contacting the Council on 01285 623123.

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