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Cotswold MP joins residents in loud opposition to Middle Quinton Eco Town

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Residents from across Gloucestershire yesterday joined hundreds of people from across the length and breadth of England to protest against the 15 proposed Eco Town locations across the Country. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle Quinton Eco Town proposals slammed in letter from Cotswold MP to Caroline Flint MP

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With the consultation on the 15 short listed eco town locations across the country due to close on Monday 30th June, Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has sent a detailed letter of opposition to the proposed site at Long Marston, also know as Middle Quinton, which borders on the Northern edge of the Cotswold constituency. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotswolds MP says Eco-Town will be anything but Green

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The Better Accessible Responsible Development Campaign Group (BARD) organised two public meetings in Honeybourne and Mickleton last Friday – 25th April – to discuss the proposed new Eco-Town at Middle Quinton. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cotswold Male Voice Choir are singing at Mickleton

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Saturday 5th April 19.30 King George’s Hall, Mickleton, Gloucestershire
The Cotswold Male Voice Choir are¬†singing a broad repertoire of eighteen songs including Unchained Melody, Love is All Around, Some Enchanted Evening, You’ll Never Walk Alone, When I Fall in Love and When The Saints Go Marchin’ In.
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The Mickleton Society

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

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

Celia Hargreaves enthralled the Mickleton Society at the November meeting when she described her experiences in the Sahara Marathon in 1996.

Celia first became interested in marathons in 1980, competing in the London marathon in 1981. Her interest in the Sahara marathon stemmed from an article in the Financial Times and the fact that a British woman had never competed in this. Celia changed that and entered. She described her training, including running on the spot in a sauna to get used to the humidity and to learn to take in more water.

Finally in March 1996 she was in Casablanca preparing for the ordeal – the Sahara marathon is actually an endurance race. Competitors run specified distances on six successive days, starting with fifteen miles on day one with a maximum of fifty miles and a total over the six days of 150 miles. They carry all their needs (including food) on their backs, apart from tents (which were very basic indeed) and water. There are regular checkpoints with random checks of weights and kit. Water ration was nine litres a day for all purposes -drinking and washing – so conditions were indeed primitive. Sections had time limits – e.g. thirty-two hours and even one minute over time incurred disqualification.

On day five Celia had an accident involving a fall with her backpack; following this she hallucinated very badly and says that she nearly died following the fall on a rock face. Eventually she reached the finishing line. She was the first British woman to complete the marathon and came 33rd of 200 entrants. There was a mud house at the final stage complete with a hot well. She and the others sat in the hot water, laughing and washing off six days of Sahara sand.

This was an incredible experience and an incredible talk – presented without script or even notes and with great humour & feeling, ending by showing us the clothes in which she ran and. with great pride, her Sahara marathon medal.

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The Mickleton Society – October 2007

The Mickleton Society – October 2007

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam 1 Comment »

(From the noticeboard section of the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Berkeley Castle, GloucestershireThe Mickleton Society was due to visit Kelmscott Manor on 6th September but the trip had to be cancelled because of the recent flooding problems. At short notice, a visit to Berkeley Castle was arranged for the same date and 34 people set off that morning. The weather was excellent and the visit to the Castle was enjoyed by all. Our ticket also included a visit to the Edward Jenner museum and this, too, was greatly enjoyed. Edward Jenner lived in a beautiful house next door to the Castle. He was, amongst several other accomplishments, a country doctor but is famous for inventing smallpox vaccination – the leaflet says that this discovery was responsible for saving more lives than the work of any other man. There are some quite fascinating relics and photographs in the museum. A very good day was had by all and special thanks are due to Janet Walmsley for arranging this trip at such very short notice. Our winter 2007 program commences on Tuesday October 2nd in King George’s hall at 7.30pm with a talk entitled “Bess of Hardwick”, followed on Tuesday 6th November with “Sahara Marathon”; the final 2007 event being our annual Christmas supper on Friday December 7th. Christmas supper tickets are now on sale and going rapidly! Marguerite Bell will be catering for us again, to her usual high standard and this year there will be entertainment by a member of the Magic Circle. Tickets will be on sale at both the October and November meetings, with the price held at ¬£13. Alternatively they can be obtained from Sandra Barlow (contact us for details), who be pleased to seat you with your friends, if you let her know by November 14th. I am sure you all know early booking is essential as this event is always a sell out.

Mickleton allotment co-operative

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

April has brought the commencement of the fourth season, which, after a very wet period in early March, has seen the allotments dry out to the extreme on the surface. Twelve plots are in use by the co-operative, leaded by a growing number of participants, each receiving fresh vegetables and flowers for their efforts – payment in kind on a sharing basis. A portion of the produce is given to various inhabitants of Mickleton, just for the pleasure of giving. Other produce is sold through the local shops to raise money for randomly chosen ‘good causes’ in the locality.

For some people, the thought of coping with an allotment can be daunting. However, the opportunity to partcipate in this scheme means that everyone can enjoy the experience of working together, building a community spirit in the process. Come and enjoy the view of Meon Hill, hear the ‘mew’ of the buzzards and watch them as they ride the thermals overhead. Listen for the cuckoo; catch a glimpse of the golden plover, or an occasional barn owl – it’s all here around Mickleton Allotments!

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