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North Cotswold Hunt Point-to-Point – Easter Monday 2008

Events, Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Monday 24th March – First Race 1.00 pm – Paxford, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6XS

This Annual Event is held on the Bank Farm,Paxford Course, which opened in 1997, and features permanent buildings with changing rooms for jockeys and a weighing room. Car Parking is plentiful and the viewing is excellent. It is a very good day out with some excellent racing.
(Please note the earlier start time of the first race due to the clocks having not yet gone back)
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Tags: animals | broadway | chipping campden | cotswolds | farming | gloucestershire | guiting | paxford | race

Post Office Consultation Campaign Heats Up

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown today spoke of the sheer level of opposition to Post Office closures following the series of public meetings he held across the Cotswolds. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: blockley | cirencester | cotswolds | gloucestershire | guiting | post office

Cotswolds MP overwhelmed by response to Post Office Meetings

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Seven public meetings organised by Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown took place this weekend in Rendcomb, Stratton, Weston-sub-Edge, Blockley, Guiting Power, Aldsworth and Meysey Hampton to discuss the closure of these Post Offices and those in the surrounding areas.

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Tags: blockley | cotswolds | gloucester | guiting | post office

Cotswolds MP Organises Public Discussion on Post Office Closures

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Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP for the Cotswolds has arranged a series of public meetings for all affected residents to discuss the proposed round of Post Office closures in the Cotswolds.

The meetings will serve as an opportunity for people to hear more about and air their views on the effects of the closures, to learn more about the consultation process and to hear the options available to residents.

Mr Clifton-Brown is urging anyone with an interest to attend: “We need to work as a community to respond to the challenges put before us by these announcements. Cotswolds residents showed their unity of purpose and strength of character during the summer floods and we must now work together again”

Details are as follows:

Date/Time Location Affected Post Offices
Saturday 9th February
09.00 – 10.00
Weston-sub-Edge Village Hall Weston-sub-Edge
10.30 – 11.30 Blockley: St Georges Hall Blockley, Longborough
12.00 – 13.00 Guiting Power Village Hall Guiting Power, Temple Guiting
14.00 – 15.00 Aldsworth Village Hall Aldsworth, Sherborne
16.15 – 17.15 Meysey Hampton Village Hall Meysey Hampton

Residents wanting further information about these meetings should contact Gloucestershire Conservatives on 01452 371630 

Source: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP Cotswolds

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Post Office Ltd Delivers Crippling Closure Programme

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Final details of the Post Office Closure Programme, made public on Tuesday 5th February 2008, have been described by Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown as more devastating than the Beeching Railway cuts of the 1960s.

“For a constituency as rural as the Cotswolds the level of proposed closure will be a disaster. For many people, particularly the elderly, this will have a massive negative impact upon their lives.”
“The most distressing aspect is the fact that if we are successful in saving one Post Office, another will have to be closed either in the Cotswolds or one of our neighbouring constituencies.”

The Post Offices at Meysey Hampton, Weston-sub-Edge, The Beeches and Stratton are to be completely closed.

Meanwhile the following are to receive outreach services with limited hours per week:
Blockley – 14 hours
Longborough – 9 hours
Guiting Power – 8 hours
Colesbourne – 5 hours
Sherbourne – 5 hours
Aldsworth – 3 hours
Rendcombe – 3 hours
Temple Guiting – 2 hours

“It is essential now that we take our fight forward against these proposals. I would urge everyone in the affected areas to attend the public meetings I will be arranging on the 8th and 9th February in the affected areas. Details will be made available of the final timings later this week. ”

Source: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Cotswold)

Tags: cotswolds | gloucestershire | post office | blockley | guiting

The 37th Guiting Festival

Events, Features, Places by Adam No Comments »

July 28th to August 4th

The Guiting Power music and jazz festival has been bringing music to the Cotswolds for 37 years. Led by festival president Joanna MacGregor, this year’s event will feature a series of concerts from July 28th to August 4th including:

Cordelia Williams (Piano) – Cordelia Williams was a finalist in the 2006 “BBC Young Musician” series.

Parisian Jazz Quarter Le Collectif playing the music of the Hot Club of France typified by the jazz music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

The Allegri String Quartet who were founded in 1953 by Eli Goren and William Pleeth

Opus Anglicanum performing Love’s Music, a story told by Shakespeare’s sonnets. The music is the context in which the story unfolds comprising songs from Shakespeare’s plays, music published during his lifetime, and a composition commissioned by the Opus Anglicanum Trust from David Bednall.

Phillip Dyson recognised as one of Britain’s most sought after and innovative concert pianists

Susan Flannery and Michael Lunts performing “A Wilde Affair” – featuring Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble in concert, two of Oscar Wilde’s best loved characters in their very own show.

Claire Martin (Jazz). Claire has 5 times won the Best Vocalist award at the British Jazz Awards and has topped the US Gavin Jazz chart

Joanna MacGregor (Piano) is joined by favourite local musicians to perform Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

The festival also features an art exhibition from local Cotswold artists.

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Tags: places | music | festivals | guiting

Pigs are Stars

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One of the Cotswold Farm Park iron age pigletsCotswold Farm Park – near Guiting Power in the Cotswolds

The Cotswold Farm Park was Britain’s first ever Farm Park having been established in 1971.

Amongst their many rare breeds they have had great success in providing pigs for both TV and films. They recently supplied an iron-age pig for the BBC series – We Built Britain. “They wanted a pig typical of the Elizabethan era to set the scene for the story. Our pig was bred by our founder Joe Henson who crossed a Tamworth with a wild boar resulting in a pig with a long nose,pricked ears and a lot of hair”

Three of their pigs will be featured in “Fred Claus” which is a new family movie due to be released for this Christmas. Other pigs have been used in a number of costume and period dramas.

There are lot’s of animals to see at the Farm Park and it is a great day out for all the family.

Tags: animals | guiting

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