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Viewfinder Film Festival 2009 in Gloucestershire

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

The fifth Viewfinder Film Festival will be taking place in March 2009 celebrating great cinema, with screenings and events taking place throughout Gloucestershire. The Festival is inviting submission of films made by a student, amateur or professional filmmaker who currently lives in Gloucestershire and the film must be either produced or shot within Gloucestershire.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Saul Canal Festival 2008 – Working to Restore the Cotswold Waterways

Events, Features by Tony No Comments »

Friday 4th July- Sunday 6th July – Saul Canal Junction, Frampton-on-Severn, Glos, GL2 7LA
The Saul Canal Festival is about restoration. A concept forged over thirty years ago with the formation of the Stroudwater Canal Society. The event is designed to attract media attention, people and funds to facilitate the re-establishment of the link between the rivers Thames and Severn. The event takes place at Saul Junction, an unusual “waterway crossroads” where the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal intersects the soon to be restored Stroudwater Navigation.
The Mission – “Helping to bring Cotswolds Waterways back to life by raising funds in an entertaining and educational way”
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The GWR’s Cotswold Festival of Steam is only a week away

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Saturday 24th May – Sunday 1st June – Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway “The Friendly Line in the Cotswolds” at Toddington, Winchcombe and Cheltenham Racecourse Stations.

The 2008 Cotswold Festival of Steam marks four important milestones – 40 years since the end of steam on British Railways – 40 years since David Shepherd took delivery of “Black Prince” – 60 years since the nationalisation of Britain’s Railways – 100 years since the first through expresses ran over the Stratford-Cheltenham line between the Midlands and the West Country.

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Take time out to enjoy traditional events in the Cotswolds AONB

Events, Places by Adam No Comments »

The summer is the best time of year to enjoy the age old traditions of the Cotswolds and so the Cotswolds Conservation Board, the organisation that exists to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), has created a traditional events calendar for 2008-9 that shows you where and when you can enjoy events that are closely linked to the area’s rich heritage. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebrington Home Made Wine Festival 2008

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Saturday 10th May 19.00 for 19.30 Ebrington Village Hall, Ebrington, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.
Ebrington is again holding it’s annual Home Made Wine Festival and everyone is welcome to come and taste the proceeds.

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Gloucester Tall Ships Festival 2007

Events, Features, Places by Tony 1 Comment »

Tall shipsFriday 26th October – Monday 29th October Gloucester Docks

The first Gloucester Tall Ships Festival will have four tall ships sailing up The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, following the historic trading route to Gloucester,

Campden and District music society with a Russian Connection

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam 1 Comment »

The Campden and District Music Society launches its 47th season on Tuesday 9th October 2007 with a concert by the Fitzwilliam string quartet. Lucy Russell, Jonathan Sparey, Alan George and Andrew Skidmore founded the group in 1968 when they were Cambridge undergraduates and became well known through their close association with Dmitry Shostakovich, who entrusted them with the Western premieres of his last three quartets. With a busy concert programme across the world, many recordings and international awards, Campden Music Society is delighted to have them launch their concert series. They will be joined by another well known musician, the principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Moray Welsh, whom some will have seen at the Campden music festival in May. Moray studied cello under Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatoire and has enjoyed a long music career of solo performances, recordings and teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music for 18 years.

The concert opens with a short work, “More Fools than Wise” by Jonathan Rathbone who was musical director and arranger for the Swingle Singers for twelve years. It is inspired by the words and music of the seventeenth century composer Orlando Gibbons’s madrigal “The Silver Swan”, which tells how a swan, having been silent all her life, reportedly sings most beautifully just before she dies. The title comes from the last line – “More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise.” – a line particularly important to Rathbone, as it expresses a dilemma in music today. Borodin’s 2nd string quartet in D, written between 1881 and his death in 1887 is one of the most beloved works in the entire quartet literature. Written on a summer holiday and dedicated to his wife, this tuneful work exudes contentment. Some of its glorious melodies were made even more popular over sixty years later as songs in the Broadway musical “Kismet”. The concert ends with the string quintet D.956 in C major of Schubert, written in 1828 with two cellos, just one of many astonishing compositions dating from the composer’s final months. Every moment in this, his last and greatest chamber work, completed only seven weeks before his death, is magnificent in its tragic beauty.

This not-to-be-missed concert takes place in Chipping Campden School Hall, Cider Mill Lane. Chipping Campden at 8pm on Tuesday 9th October. With an annual membership subscription of £40, members have free access to the season’s five concerts and may introduce a guest. Members also have opportunities to join group visits to ballet, operas and concerts at different venues and bookings for these have now opened. New members (£40 for five concerts, i.e. ONLY £8 PER CONCERT) are warmly welcomed. To ensure that you receive full details of membership, contact Campden Music Society, c/o Treasurer, Saxfeld, Hoo Lane, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AZ or phone 01386 841520.

The Society thanks its commercial sponsors: Cutts of Campden, Cotswold House Hotel, Martin Gotrel, Andrew Greenwood, Robert Welch, Mark Annett Estate Agents and Graphic Print Partnership.

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

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.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Cheltenham Literature Festival5th – 14th October at venues throughout Cheltenham

This year’s Festival, which is sponsored by “The Times” and in association with Waterstone’s,

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