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Ebrington Womens Institute is 70 years old – Happy Birthday to the WI

Features by Tony No Comments »

On Thursday 13th March 2008 Ebrington Womens Institute (WI) celebrated it’s 70th birthday with the a splendid meal, the cutting of a birthday cake and the taking of a group photograph as part of their normal monthly meeting. The speaker was a professional lady toastmaster, one of only four in the country, so it was appropriate for her to keep the birthday events in order. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebrington and District Gardening Club – Annual Spring Show

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Saturday 5th April Ebrington Village Hall – Entries staged from 09.00 – Public Viewing from 14.30

A true village show to celebrate the arrival of Spring and to show off the colours and freshness of spring flowers. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebrington gardening club

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

Kiftsgate Gardens (c) Rick, ligthelm.multiply.com

The visiting speaker for November was Mrs Anne Chambers from nearby Kiftsgate Court. The village hall was packed with members and visitors eager to hear about the history of the property and its famous garden.

The house itself was built in the late C19th by the then owners of Mickleton Manor. They transported whole chunks of the manor house, which they loved, up to Kiftsgate by means of a light railway. Heather Muir, Anne’s grandmother, bought the property in 1918. She knew little about gardening at that time, but with the encouragement of her friends, including Vita Sackville-West and Major Lawrence Johnston, from nearby Hidcote, she soon set about creating her garden. Anne Chambers is the third generation of gardening owners in her family, following on from her grandmother and her mother, Mrs Binny. She has no formal training in gardening but has picked things up as she has gone along. She is a hands-on gardener, being ably helped by her husband, Johnny, and two gardeners.

Her slides took us round the garden through the seasons. She was able to point out original plants which had been introduced by her grandmother and described changes which had taken place over the years. The famous Kiftsgate rambling rose was the result of an order being placed for Rosa filipes which turned out to be something rather different from the plant ordered. It will grow up to 15 feet a year, and fills the surrounding trees with its clusters of white flowers in summer. Not a plant for a small courtyard garden!

The garden continues to develop. Moving into the 21st century, the old tennis court has been turned into a most modern water garden with tall, eye catching metallic leaves that glisten with water from the fountains, reflecting in the pool below.

Following her talk, Mrs Chambers answered members’ questions. She was thanked by Joanna Spark for a most fascinating evening. Those of us who have not been to Kiftsgate will now have to contain ourselves until the Spring, when the garden reopens for 2008. Bill Bond-Williams was the lucky winner of the raffle, a season ticket to Kiftsgate Court Garden kindly donated by Anne Chambers.

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

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Results of rural skills contest brighten up Cotswold roadside

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Hedgelaying competitionA length of hedge along a quiet lane in Gloucestershire, between Chipping Campden and Shipston-Upon-Stour was transformed over the weekend to produce a sight well worth taking a look at.

The annual North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition was held on Saturday 17th November and resulted in a beautifully laid length of hedge along May Lane, the road into the village of Ebrington just off the B4035.

Competition organiser Mark Connelly, from the Cotswolds Conservation Board said:

“The competition attracted many spectators; even people who were intending to take a walk through the countryside changed their plans and stopped to watch the hedglayers at work.

The finished results really are quite stunning to see and a fine example of a traditional rural craft that is kept alive by events of this kind.”

In all, 26 hedgelayers were given the chance to pit their skills against others in four classes, designed to match their abilities; Open, Veteran, Junior Beginners and Novice and Beginners pairs.

The competition was organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and supported by The National Hedgelaying Society. It was held courtesy of DE and DM Drinkwater and Sons.

The results

Class First place Second place Third place
1 – Open Steve Budding Andrew Holding Steven Leslie
2 – Junior and Beginners Richards Payne Guy Robins Clive Gilligan
3 – Veteran Tony Heard Peter Flint Geoff Stephens
4 – Beginner pairs David Lee & Richard lane Will Devey & Tom Duffy  
Best lady hedgelayer Julia Thomas
Best regrowth Open Steven Leslie
Best regrowth Junior beginners Andrew Williams
Best regrowth Veteran Geoff Stephens
Best regrowth Overall Steven Leslie

North Cotswolds Hedgelaying Competition 2007

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

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

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

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/

Ebrington Anglers – two personal bests for Common Carp

Features by Tony No Comments »

Kevin RightonMarc WalkerKevin Righton and Marc Walker catch personal bests

Kevin Righton caught a personal best 28lb 15oz common carp

Ebrington Fishing Family at Whelford Pools

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

The Righton Family fish together

Anthony RightonRose-Anne Righton

On a family fishing trip to the Whelford Pools at Fairford Gloucestershire the Righton family came up with some big fish.
Rose-Anne Righton landed a leathery mirror carp weighing 16lb 8oz caught with a single tiger nut fished over a bed of mixed particles.

Brother Anthony went one better and landed a 17lb 2oz mirror carp using a Fusion boilie fished over a particle mix. These catches gave dad Kevin a challenge and he came up trumps with a 27lb 8oz mirror carp to show the kids whose boss. Kevin fished with a Tutti Fruti pop-up on a Withy Pool Rig over 5kg of Parti-Blend.
Kevin Righton
Whelford Pools is a family run day ticket water, situated in the South Cotswolds on the A417 between Lechlade and Fairford. Set in a beautiful location it is home to a wealth of large,Mirror, Commom and Leather Carp, Tench,Perch,Roach, Pike and Bream. It is noted as one of the top day ticket fisheries in Gloucestershire.

www.whelfordpools.co.uk

Another article about Kevin:

Ebrington Angler just misses out on the British record for perch

Ebrington Hill Farm – Genuine Dispersal Sale by Auction

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Friday 21st September at

Ebrington gardening club

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

The summer show at Ebrington was held a week earlier than usual on llth August. However we had plenty of entries in most of the classes — flowers, vegetables, cookery and children’s classes were particularly well supported. In all, there were more than 430 entries throughout the show.

A special feature of the afternoon was the presentation of the Peter Righton Cup for the best dahlia in the show. Following his death last year, it was felt that it would be a fitting tribute to Peter to establish a new award, recognising his love of dahlias. His widow, Barbara, presented the award, and it was won for the first time by their son Kevin.

The chairman, John Massey, thanked the Drinkwater family for allowing the use of their barn for the show. The club really appreciated it. Jo Spark presented Dorothy Drinkwater with a bouquet of flowers. John drew attention to the bronze medal on display which had been won by the club at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show. Many thanks to Barry and Sally Sabin who had prepared and set up the winning hanging basket and window box for the competition on our behalf.

As always, the success of the show was down to the hard work of all those committee members, judges, friends and volunteers who had given their time to prepare the barn and set everything up to run smoothly on the day. He thanked every one who had entered the show and who had helped to make the day a success. Everything had gone very well – even the weather was beautiful, bringing out the crowds to enjoy the sunshine.

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

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