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Ebrington Harvest Supper

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Saturday 29th September 19.00 Ebrington Village Hall

Harvest Suppers are held throughout the countryside to celebrate the safe

Ebrington Angler just misses out on the British record for perch

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Kevin Righton catches a perch weighing 5lb 2oz

Kevin Righton with his perch
Kevin, from Ebrington Gloucestershire, caught the perch in a local private lake. The current British record for perch is 5lb 15oz so the fish was only 13oz short of the record.

The lake itself is spring fed water and was stocked some four years ago with various species including carp, small roach and rudd and three female perch around the 1lb mark which have now grown to a near record size.

He caught the fish by ledgering with a big lobworm in one of the lake’s lily beds.

He catch won him Shimano Catch of the Month and a Shimano Mission Badge in the September 2007 issue of “Improve your Coarse Fishing”who commented “…This magnificent specimen – one of the biggest Mission entries we have ever received – …

Shimano Plc have more than 80 years’ experience in one of the world’s most demanding sporting and leisure markets – bicycles, where gearing and engineering to the most exact tolerances is essential. They have been involved in fishing tackle since the early 1970s.

“It’s up to you to tempt the fish to your bait, safe in the knowledge that your Shimano precision engineered kit will perform to the required standards over and over again”

Kevin is no stranger to large fish having had his picture in the Crafty Carper Magazine in January 2007 for catching a 25lb carp and winning another badge.

Versicality at Ebrington

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Saturday 15th September Ebrington Village Hall

Another of Ebrington’s famous evenings of entertainment.

A light hearted evening of competitions for verse, prose and story readers with team quizzes.

No reading to last more than three minutes; four minutes for stories.

Tickets are £8.00 including a “Yubberton Supper” and are available from Jean Stanley 01386 593250 or Malvern Strollers 01386 840120.

There is a licensed bar for wine or beer.

The Great British Village Show – BBC eat your heart out

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Saturday 11th August Ebrington Flower and Vegetable Show

The Ebrington and District Gardening Club are holding their 27th Annual Show at The Washbrook Barn, Ebrington and in spite of the recent bad weather, the Club is hoping to have lots and lots of entries in all of the classes to show (no pun intended) that the village tradition and its growing and craft skills are as strong as ever.

There are classes for – Vegetables, Flowers, Fruit,Floral Art,Cookery,Wine,Photography and Craft Work.

Whilst entry is generally for club members only the Children’s classes are open to any child up to and including the age of 12 years and the Floral Art classes are also open to members of Ebrington Women’s Institute.

You will have seen The Great British Village Show on the telly so lets show the BBC what a real Cotswold Village Show is all about (and our judges are just as fierce and just as critical) but unfortunately we can’t take the winners to Highgrove.

The Show is open to the public from 2.30pm and prizes are presented at 4.00pm.

The Show proved to be a big success with over 400 entries and lots of visitors. In particular the children’s section was very well supported with 45 entries and the overall quality of all entries was excellent.

The Special Prizes were awarded as follows:-
Challenge Shield – most points gained in the Show – Rachel Cunynghame
Sarah Grant Memorial Bowl – Lady gaining most points in the Show – Rachel Cunynghame
Miriam Collins Flower Cup – most points gained in Classes 22-61-Rachel Cunynghame
RHS Bronze Medal-most points gained in Classes 1-68-Eric Williams
Drinkwater Cup-for Floral Art Class 71-Beryl Warren
National Vegetable Society Medal-most points gained in Classes 1-21-Doug Drinkwater
National Vegetable Society Medal-best single vegetable exhibit-Doug Drinkwater
National Vegetable Society Medal-most points gained in Classes 1-3-Roger Righton
National Vegetable Society Medal-most points gained in Classes 15-19-Jo Spark
Peter Righton Memorial Cup-Best Dahlia exhibit-Kevin Righton
Best exhibit in Rose Classes 31-34-Jo Spark
Most points gained in Fruit Classes 62-68-Eric Williams
Cherry Trees Floral Art Cup-most points gained in Classes 69-71-Dorothy Hart
Derby Cookery Cup-most points gained in Classes 84-99-Rachel Cunynghame
Best exhibit in Class 85-Lemon Drizzle Cake- Sheila Masey
Tankard-most points gained in Wine Classes-John Baldwin
David Goodenough Cup-best bottle of wine in Show-John Baldwin
Ebrington Arms Cup-most points gained in Photography Classes – Tim Binder
Craft Work Cup-most points gained in Craft Classes- Jo Spark
Craft Prize-best exhibit in Craft Classes – Tim Binder
Paddington Bear Cup-best exhibit in Children’s Classes – Ethan Hannis
RHS Junior Competitor’s Award of Merit – best children’s horticultural exhibit-Kara Cooke
Mai Dorrington Cup – most points gained in children’s under age 5 classes – Christopher Hunt
Mai Dorrington Cup- most points gained in children’s aged 5-8 classes – James Warren
Mai Dorrington Cup- most points gained in children’s aged 9-12 – Chloe Friedman
Gardening Club Monthly Competition- most wins in the year – Jane Hart

The challenge now is to make the 2008 Show even bigger and better – Happy Growing

Old Cotswold Legbar? What the heck is that?

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Old Cotswold Legbar, Picture (c) Clarence CourtFrom Patagonia to Stow-on-the-Wold – what a journey!

An “Old Cotswold Legbar” is a chicken. The hen lays her eggs in a variety of beautiful pastel colours including turquoise, blue, olive, pink, peach and eau-de-nil. The colours are perfectly natural and are akin to the eggs laid by many wild birds.

They are proud, striking birds with distinctive “crests” and the hawk-like eyes of their earlier Chilean relatives. They can be traced back to the 1920s. Botanist and explorer, Mr. Clarence Elliott from Stow-on-the Wold in the Cotswolds, who toured the world collecting rare plants and animals, set sail for home in 1927 from Patagonia and amongst the many animals on board his “Noahs Ark” were three Chilean Araucana hens and a cockerel. Disaster struck when the cockerel was killed accidently but the three hens survived the trip.

These hens were used at Cambridge University in genetic studies of poultry and by crossing these Araucana hens with White Leghorns and Gold Legbars, and over four generations, they produced the Cream Legbar.

Direct descendants of these Cambridge Legbars are now kept on farms in the Cotswolds and have been instrumental in the development of Clarence Court’s own bird – the Old Cotswold Legbar.

Clarence Court are donating 2p to HEN-Aid for every pack of Old Cotswold Legbar eggs sold until the end of September.

Stay for Bed and Breakfast at Little Gidding and you will be served a free range Old Cotswold Legbar egg (or eggs) from Ebrington Washbrook at the breakfast table and we can show you the blue egg shell as proof.(subject to their hens co-operating and providing enough eggs)

Ebrington needs help from St. Swithin

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Ebrington Floods 2Friday 20th July – Floods in Ebrington after a day of torrential rain

It rained and rained and rained all day.

It had also rained on St Swithin’s Day, Sunday 15th July and the rhyme says:-

St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain,
Full forty days, it will remain
St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t’will rain no more.

On Friday I think that we got the full forty days of rain in the one day.
Ebrington Floods 1
Like most places in the Cotswolds and in both Worcestershire and Warwickshire the village was inundated with water. The drains and ditches could not cope, the roads rapidly became streams, the streams became lakes and the water just ran off the fields in torrents into the houses.

In spite of all the water damage, and some people have seen their properties damaged very badly, the British spirit rang true and all the travellers who could go no further, and there were many of them including families with small children and a pregnant lady, because all the local towns were cut off and all the local roads flooded, were accomodated locally.

Some have had to stay a second night as, because of the sheer volume of broken down cars in the area, the rescue services cannot get to them until Sunday.

Ebrington is no different to any other village and was certainly not as badly hit as some villages in the area, but in a time of stress everybody does pull together and look after those less fortunate.

So St.Swithin please do not send rain like that again – we have had our forty days.

St.Swithin was an early Saxon Bishop of Winchester and is buried in the Cathedral. It is said that he requested to be buried in a common graveyard, “where the rain would fall on him and the feet of ordinary men could pass over him.” His wishes were followed but then it was decided to move his body inside the Cathedral. When this was done there was a great storm.

Prayers to St. Swithin met with miraculous cures and he was canonized.

There is no evidence to support the “40 days” but the rhyme has stuck and become familiar.

Ebrington wins Bronze Medal

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Ebrington Gardening Club EntryEbrington and District Gardening Club wins a Bronze Medal at Hampton Court

It is the first time that the Club has entered the famous “The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show” in London and they came away with a bronze medal, which was a great achievement.

They entered the “Window Box & Hanging Basket Competition, Class WB2″ The Theme was “Edible” and the title of their entry was “Feathered Food Fantasy.”

The entry contained strawberries,nasturtiums and tomatoes with members of the club providing suggestions for the contents.

Barry and Sally Sabin prepared several entries and then chose the best one on the day. Their choice was proved right!.

Well done to all involved.

Midland Trailquests come to Chipping Campden

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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.

The event

Trillionaire lifestyle in Ebrington

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Ebrington Hill Farmhouse, Barn and surrounding land is on the market with a guide price of £3.2 million.

It is available as a whole or in three lots.

Lot 1 : Ebrington Hill Farmhouse and 17 acres £2.0 million

Lot 2 : Ebrington Hill Barn and 10 acres £800,000

Lot 3 : The Land 60 acres including a Cross Country Course £400,000

This is a fine country house in a wonderful position with panoramic views.

A CBE in Ebrington

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Ebrington resident Professor Stanley Wells awarded CBE

Professor Stanley Wells was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Literature.

Professor Wells is a Shakespeare scholar who has been studying and writing about the Bard for most of his life and is known as the international leading authority on Shakespeare. He is Professor Emereritus in Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham and chairman of the Shakespeare Birthday Trust in Stratford upon Avon.

His favourite play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream but he believes that the Bard’s greatest play is King Lear.

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