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Cotswold Museum talks in praise of medieval churches

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The art and design of the medieval church will be in the spotlight at a series of afternoon lectures at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester, throughout September.
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Cotswold District donates £325 to church appeal after car park charging mistake

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Cotswold District Council is to donate £325 to the appeal to restore Cirencester Parish Church after mistakenly charging on Sundays in one of its car parks.

The Council charges from Monday to Saturday inclusive in its pay and display car parks in Cirencester, while parking on Sundays is free.
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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

Another successful Campden flower festival

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Letters by Adam 1 Comment »

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

Dear Jeremy,

Another wonderful flower festival is over and now many of us are reflecting on the very successful weekend it was. In our tea rooms we had a really happy five days serving lunches and teas to over 1,000 people, but none of that could have happened without our enormous band of helpers: firstly, all the kind people who donated the food (over 100 cakes) and also the non-food items; and then the large number of friends who worked in shifts in the kitchen. The stars of the tea room “staff were the children. They behaved beautifully and were polite and helpful to our customers, especially the elderly and disabled, and we all enjoyed their cheerful company. So a very big thank you to Maricon, Olivia, Tyler, Theo, Felix, Ellie, Daisy, Alexander, Kelly, Sidney, Hamish, Serena and Rosanna.

Last but certainly not least I want to give a huge thank you to my “Stalwarts” – Jenny, Carol and Avril. They worked so hard but together we had such a fun and happy weekend. Thank you to you all.

Yours sincerely,
Jessica Brook

Also, see our other Flower Festival article here.

HRH attends service to celebrate 1,000 years of the Shire of Gloucester

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester will be attending a special service at Gloucester Cathedral this Sunday to mark the 1000th birthday of the county.

The Duke of Gloucester is Patron of Gloucestershire 1000 and will be honouring the county-wide celebrations of Gloucestershire’s 1000th year by attending the celebratory service – one of the main events planned for the millennium year.

The service, being held on 14th October, includes a number of readings about key people from the county’s past. The readings give thanks for the inspiring people who challenged the course of our working, cultural, spiritual and natural lives. The celebration will also include hymns and anthems that have a Gloucestershire link.

Invitations have been sent to a wide selection of representatives from different faiths, community groups and volunteer organisations, local councils and the military, with a number being made available to members of the public.

The cathedral celebration will follow the first review by HRH The Duke of Gloucester of The Gloucestershire Army Cadet force under their new badge of the Rifles, which will take place at RAF Innsworth earlier in the day.

After the cathedral celebration the ACF Corps of Drums under the direction of Drum Major Andy Casey will play for His Royal Highness on College Green.

The service begins at 3pm on Sunday 14th October.

Other articles about Gloucestershire 1,000:

1000 trees – plant a tree for Gloucestershire’s millennium
Public invited to attend Millennium Cathedral Service
Fold 1,000 cranes for good luck
Big Boddington Bonanza 1000
Gloucestershire 1,000 celebrations – The past is present

Public invited to attend Millennium Cathedral Service

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

‘A Service Celebrating 1,000 Years of the Shire of Gloucester’

(c) Gloucestershire 1000 and its associate partnersMembers of the public are invited to a special service being held at Gloucester Cathedral to mark 1000th birthday of the county.

The service takes place at 3pm on October 14th 2007 with readings from key people living and working in the county. The readings are being divided into a celebration of Gloucestershire’s working life, cultural life, spiritual life and natural life, with hymns and anthems that have a Gloucestershire link. Each one will be giving recognition to a few of Gloucestershire’s sons and daughters who have contributed to the county’s past.

‘We only have time for a few readings, so we had the difficult task of making a selection of people from Gloucestershire’s history,’ explains Laura Fleming, Project Co-ordinator for Gloucestershire 1000. ‘But we hope the short readings will offer a chance for the congregation to discover more about some of the people who contributed to our local history’.

Where possible, organisers have tried to find pieces written by each person rather than a biography about their life. ‘We thought that it might be more interesting if we heard each person’s own words about their county or the work they did here. Gloucestershire Archives has been incredibly helpful in providing us with information and documents.’

There are a limited number of tickets available for members of the public wishing to attend the special service. Anyone or any faith who is interested in celebrating the county’s millennium as part of the significant service should write to the address below as soon as possible.

Gloucester CathedralInvitations will also be sent to a wide selection of representatives from different faiths, community groups and volunteer organisations, local councils and the military.

The Cathedral Service follows a military parade at RAF Innsworth earlier in the day by The First Review of the Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force under their new RIFLES badge.

Both events will be accompanied by the Corps of Drums of the ACF under the direction of Drum Major, Andrew Casey.

A Gloucestershire 1000 Prayer has also been written by the Bishop of Gloucester. It is hoped that this will be read in every church or religious building in the county on the day of the service.

www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk
www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

Related articles about the Gloucestershire 1,000 celebrations from this site:

Fold 1,000 cranes for good luck
Big Boddington Bonanza 1000
Gloucestershire 1,000 celebrations – The past is present
Gloucestershire’s Birthday – Last chance to share your view
The County of Gloucestershire is 1000 years old

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

The Harry Potter Cotswold connection

Features, Places by Adam No Comments »

Gloucester Cathedral Cloisters - photo credit Nina Aldin ThuneGloucester Cathedral has been a place of worship for over 1,300 years since 678 when a religious community was founded by Osric with his sister Kyneburga as the first Abbess. The cathedral is recognised for its Gothic architecture and the cloisters with fan vaulting are regarded as one of the best architectural features.

Since 2000 the cathedral has been used for filming the first two Harry Potter films and the cloisters feature in several scenes including the Troll scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the USA). Pupils from King’s School, next to the cathedral, were used as extras.

For Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the cloisters and surrounding areas were used for filming the Gryffindor house secret entrance. The Chapter House was also used for the dormitory room, Moaning Myrtle, talking paintings, ghost scenes and the red writing on the wall scene were also filmed at the Cathedral.

The Harry Potter Cotswold connection continues as JK Rowling was born in the Cotswold market town of Chipping Sodbury in 1965. Chipping Sodbury lies in southern Gloucestershire 8 miles north west of Bristol and has a long market square, or “Chepynge”, as it was known in medieval times – which then became the name “Chipping”.

As another piece of trivia, Chipping Sodbury is believed to have inspired “Effing Sodbury”, a place name associated with the satirical paper The Framley Examiner.

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.

Ebrington Bells appeals for new members

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

St Eadburgha’s Church Ebrington(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

The bells of Ebrington church have been calling people to worship at St. Eadburgha’s, with few exceptions, since 1648. Our original three bells were augmented over time, thanks to the generosity of the church council and other benefactors, and we have now enjoyed our current ring of six bells for 160 years.

Generations of bell-ringers have rung and continue to ring for services, weddings, celebrations and other special events, and the tradition is maintained to this day.

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