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Stow on the Wold 900th anniversary of Royal Charter

Places by Tony No Comments »

Stow on the Wold. Photo (c) FreeFoto.com18th August – Medieval Fayre in Stow Square

The Fayre will celebrate the 900th anniversary of the granting of Stow’s royal charter by Henry I, which gave it market status so it became a centre for hiring labour.

The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire will officially open the fayre which starts at 09.00.

There will something going on all day including Medieval foot tournaments, a Medieval Mounted Knight, Medieval Demonstrations – Candle Making, Apothecary, Medicine, Musical Instrument Making, Forge, Spinning and Weaving – and Medieval Entertainment and in the evening Diabolus in Musica and Historical Promotions presents “Musicks Miscellanie”

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Tags: fair | music | stow

Morris men and cream teas start the Cotswold village fete season

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

Chipping Campden Morris MenThe quiet countryside around Chipping Campden will shortly be buzzing with activity as the local village fete season swings into action.

Paxford village fete on the Saturday 7th July is closely followed by Ebrington fete a week later on the 14th July with the main events starting at 2pm.

Both events include traditional stalls selling cakes and cream teas along entertainment from Shipston brass band and displays of vintage and classic cars.

The Chipping Campden morris men will be dancing at Paxford’s fete while Ebrington will entertain audiences with a family dog show along with vintage tractors at Ebrington cricket field.

So, relax with a cool glass of something to drink and an ice cream while all around the village comes to life with community spirit to raise money for worthy charities.

Little Gidding B&B is located in Ebrington and is 1.5 miles from Paxford. If you would like to experience the unique spectacle of morris men dancing we would be happy to book you for a stay during one or both of these fetes.

Tags: paxford | chipping campden | ebrington | morris dancing | fair

Chipping Campden – Scuttlebrook wake verse

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam 1 Comment »


The “Church and State” and Scuttlebrook Wake
Have into conflict come,
“This dreadful Wake it SHALL be stopped”
Says Leysbourne’s ‘Peeping Tom’.

We’ll have a committee terror strike
At the root of this innocent fun
And make the promotors feel that we
Are like the German Hun.

They shall have their festival once more
And woe to those who say,
That Scuttlebrooke Wake for old times sake
Shall live another day!

So, wake up, Campdonians, as of old
And stick to your colours true,
And let them see that the good old Wake
Shan’t be smashed by a Committee that’s only a
fake, For we are fighters too.

Now there’s “good old Bob” as has done the job,
And kept the Wake alive,
But “the goodies” say its time that we
His “honors” do divide.

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

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”!!

This timely piece of verse has appeared among the Campden & District Historical and Archaeological Society (CADHAS) archive records and we wondered what the story was behind it. The Evesham Journal records reveal nothing but the minutes of the parish council for llth May 1915 appear to tell the story:

“After a lengthy discussion on the subject of Scuttlebrook Wake on Whit Saturday, the clerk was directed to write to Mr. Lucas and say that the council recommend the inhabitants of Leasbourne and others interested to form a strong committee to carry out the arrangements – particularly the finance side – on strict businesslike lines, so that any damage which may be done to the grass or otherwise, may be met by funds received from the stallholders or other sources”.

It has been suggested that the possible opposer to the Wake was Mr. Charles Lucas, who lived in Leysbourne, and was clerk to -the solicitor family of Griffiths at Bedfont House. Mr Lucas was also clerk to the magistrates and rent collector for the Earl of Gainsborough’s estate, a role which did not add to his personal popularity. The defender of the celebrations may have been Mr. Robert (Bob) Coldicott, who kept The Kettle, also in Leysbourne. A balance sheet, signed by Mr. Geo. Ebborn on behalf of the committee, was presented to the parish council in June 1915 showing reserves of £1 after expenses had been paid!

Can you add to this story? If so, add a comment on this blog or contact THE ARCHIVE ROOM at the Old Police Station, Chipping Campden.

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

For more information about Scuttlebrook Wake, click here

Tags: chipping campden | fair | history

The Royal Show 2007

Events by Tony No Comments »

1st – 4th July Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire

Farming, Food and Rural Life – showcasing the very best of British Agriculture

The Royal Show is the only event that showcases the rural way of life in its entirety

Opening times Sunday to Tuesday 9am to 7pm, Wednesday 9am to 6pm

Tags: fair | animals

Scuttlebrook Wake – Chipping Campden

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

2nd June Scuttlebrook Wake

The Scuttlebrook Wake always follows on the next day after the Robert Dover’s Olimpick Games.

There is a procession of the Scuttlebrook May Queen from Littleworth to the square, pulled on her cart by the Chipping Campden Morris Men, accompanied by her four attendants and a page boy.

She is followed by decorated floats and a fancy dress parade and all shops and houses along the route are encouraged to enter a window competition. The subject for this year’s competition is “Children’s stories”.

The queen is crowned in the square and then she presents prizes to the follower with the best fancy dress. After this the square is filled with entertainment from Maypole Dancing, Country Dancing and Morris Dancing.

For the rest of the day it is the fun of the fair with Littleworth full of traditional fair rides.

Stay for two days at Little Gidding and see both events.

Update 17th May from the Chipping Campden Bulletin… Shop / House Window Competition

The subject of this year’s Shop/House Window competition is ‘Children’s Stories’. This should give everyone, including the children, a wide range of ideas – from the modern such as Harry Potter to the old favourites like Peter Rabbit. All shops and houses along the route, from Littleworth to the chemist, are welcome to enter and judging will take place on the morning of Scuttlebrook Wake.

The Scuttlebrook committee would also like to encourage as many as possible to enter the fancy dress parade or take part on a float on the day as this brings much interest to locals and visitors alike. The children’s races, which in recent years have been well supported, will take place as usual on the High Street near the Lygon Arms on the Friday evening of Dovers Games.

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