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From the Cotswolds to Alaska for the Iditarod Trail Invitational Race

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Christian Cullinane is going to cycle 350 miles non stop across Alaska to raise money for Winston’s Wish charity

The Iditarod Trail Invitational Race is an extreme competition which sees individuals cycle, walk or ski 1100 miles or 350 miles non stop across Alaska. The race is billed as the World’s Longest Human Powered Winter Race and is so tough that it is strictly by invitation only with a 50 racer limit. Experienced winter athletes may take part but many of the competitors will not reach the end. Temperatures can plummet to minus 50 degrees centigrade and white-out blizzards can hit in seconds and last for days. The 2008 race is the 7th Annual race and it starts on Sunday 24th February at 14.00. The start is at Knik Lake on the Gulf of Alaska and the 350 mile race ends at McGrath in the Kuskokwim Mountains. The full 1100 mile race ends at Nome on the Bering Sea.
Alaska Bound

Christian Cullinane from Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds is no stranger to endurance events having run across the Sahara Desert in the 150 mile Marathon Des Sables, completed the 100 mile Mont Blanc Ultra Marathon and has been to Alaska twice before to race in a “shorter” 130 mile snow shoe race. Christian is competitor number 10 and is one of only 5 Brits entered for the race. There are currently 3 racer spots left so is there anyone out there who fancies this extreme challenge?

Christian is using the race to raise money for Winston’s Wish, a Cheltenham based national child bereavement charity. The charity was founded in 1992 and offers support to bereaved children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling as well as offering guidance, support and information to their families and to anyone concerned about a bereaved child throughout the UK.

Every 30 minutes a child in the UK is bereaved of a parent; this equates to 20,000 new children each year learning to live with a powereful range of confusing and conflicting emotions. Winston’s wish is now recognised as the leading organisation in this field and its pioneering model of family support has been adapted and used by many other organisations throughout the UK and abroad.

We wish Christian every success in the race.
To support Christian and to make a donation to Winston’s Wish visit his website at

Christian will be riding a modified Land Rover Bikes Kaikas mountain bike. He will be wearing a Keela Spectrum Jacket, Belay Duvet Jacket and Quantum Trousers and using a Terra-Nova Equipment Saturn Bivi Bag and Extremities socks, mittens and headgear.

Keep warm in winter with advice at Moreton

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

How to keep warm in the height of winter will be the advice on offer – along with a free energy-saving light-bulb – at the Moreton Area Centre next month.

Cotswold District Council staff at the High Street office will welcome Gloucestershire Energy Efficiency Advice Centre advisers on January 15th, who will offer free and impartial advice on a range of heating and energy efficiency issues.

They will discuss the best ways to keep your house warm – which include using loft and wall insulation – and how to save money on your fuel bills.  They will also offer advice on how to
stay warm while still caring for the environment.

Energy advisers will be at the Moreton Area Centre from 10am till 2pm.  There will be information, thermometer cards and the opportunity to find out about the available schemes to help with home insulation and heating systems.  Refreshments will be available and a free energy-saving light bulb will be given to each homeowner that comes to the session.

If you are unable to come to the Moreton Area Centre, you can contact an energy adviser at the Gloucestershire Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on FREEPHONE 0800 512 012 or email:

Christmas creativity for children in Moreton-in-Marsh

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Get creative this Christmas in Moreton-in-Marsh with the Corinium Museum’s Outreach Service.

Outreach Officer, Helen Arbon will be holding a ‘Festive Fun’ workshop at Cotswold District Council’s Moreton Area Centre on Thursday, December 20th.

Suitable for 7 to 12-year-olds, ‘Festive Fun’ is a creative, art workshop with a Victorian theme from 2.30pm to 4.00pm.

Children will have the opportunity to make Victorian style cards and decorations for their Christmas tree – just in time for the festive season.

There will be plenty of sparkle on offer, with gold and silver paper, sequins and glitter as well as doilies, coloured feathers, tissue paper and other art materials.

Spaces are limited, so to avoid disappointment please contact the Moreton Area Centre on 01608 650881 to make a booking.

The workshop costs £4.00 per child or £2.00 for annual season ticket holders or Friends of the Corinium Museum.

Master mosaic making at Moreton session

Events, Features, Places by Adam 1 Comment »

Mosaic Mirror (c) Debbie Stirling 2007Put your creative skills to the test in Moreton on the Marsh this month when the Moreton Area Centre hosts a mirror-making art event.

The single day session – which takes place on Tuesday November 13th – will allow keen pupils to make their own mosaic mirror using pieces of broken china, porcelain and other materials. To add a personal touch, artists can bring along any special bits and bobs they wish to include in their designs, while local artist Debbie Stirling will be on hand to offer help and advice.

The pupils will also learn how to cut and fix china to create their own personal piece of art work which they can take home with them. The finished mirror could then hang in a favourite room of the house, or perhaps be given as a Christmas present.

The session runs from 10am to 4pm and tickets cost £35 per person, which includes materials and tea or coffee, although lunch is not included. Booking is essential and anyone interested should contact the Moreton Area Centre on 01608 650881.

For more information on this and other events taking place, please contact Helen Arbon at the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611.

Moreton Area Centre – High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0AZ

Pedigree Whippet Racing – 4th Championship Meeting

Features, Places by Tony 2 Comments »

Whippet Racing14th October Sunday – Moreton in Marsh Cricket Club

The Whippet Club Racing Association (WCRA) are holding their fourth (and last for 2008) Championship Meeting at Moreton in Marsh Cricket Club.

This meeting is a bend championship event over a 240 yard horseshoe bend track. The dogs run in weight groups – not exceeding 16lbs upto not exceeding 32lbs- on a knockout basis with the first two dogs in each race going through to the next round.

A whippet must win two of these championship events to become a “Racing Champion” and earn that title.
Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admission. However there is no betting allowed and no prize money awarded.It is a purely amateur sport and the only prize to be won is a rosette or a trophy.

Whippet Racing is administered on behalf of the Whippet Club by the Whippet Club Racing Association(WCRA) and there are 16 clubs affiliated to the WRCA geographically spread from Scotland to Cornwall.
Club racing is designed to be fun and to accomodate all standards and a programme of racing lasts about four hours.

Come along to Moreton in Marsh on Sunday14th October and watch something different.

Recycling is in the bag for show visitors

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Recycling at Moreton Fire Service collegeHundreds of free reusable jute shopping bags were handed out to visitors at the Moreton Fire Service College Open Day.Recycling advice and information was given out by Cotswold District Council officers and more than 300 show-goers filled out questionnaires in exchange for Recycle for Gloucestershire shopping bags.

Kate Newman, Compost Officer for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, was also kept busy with a string of inquiries about how to make great home compost.

“It was a very successful day,” said Waste Communications Officer Mike Harris.

“We spoke to hundreds of Cotswold residents and were able to respond to their questions and comments.

“The message that really came across was that the overwhelming majority of people want to recycle as much of their waste as possible.”

Council officers will again be handing out free reusable shopping bags during the Check It Out open weekend at Cotswold Leisure, Tetbury, on Saturday, 22nd September, from 10am to 2pm.

Officers will also be conducting a Swap Shop, where people will be able to give away unwanted items and pick up other stuff for free, and a junk-modelling activity for children.

Article included with kind permission of Cotswold District Council -

Batsford Arboretum – Autumn is a good time to visit

Events, Features, Places by Tony 1 Comment »

28th October – Golden Leaf Sunday – the Arboretum at it’s colourful best
Batesford in the Autumn (c) Batsford Foundation
Autumn is the perfect time to visit the Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds. It will be looking wonderful with the autumn colours coming in early this year with an explosion of reds, golds and yellows and the Maples providing the richest colours.

In September the sugary scented Katsura Tree is one special attraction. The tree is native to Japan and China and a scent is produced by the leaves resembling burnt brown sugar or cotton candy.

Also in September the Mulberry Tree will fruit. The dark red, almost black fruits, are similar to blackberries in appearance but are very juicy with an intense sweet sharp flavour. Shakespeare had a famous Mulberry Tree, of which there are descendants at Kew, and it is said that he had taken it from the Mulberry garden of James I and planted it in his garden at New Place, Stratford-on-Avon, in 1609.

Since 1984 the Arboretum has been run by a charitable trust – The Batsford Foundation -to ensure it’s future and in 2002 it was recognised by the National Council for theConservation of Plants and Gardens (N.C.C.P.G.) as holding the National Plant Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries (Prunus (sato-sakura group)).

The Estate is the former home of the Mitford girls who all lived at Batsford during the first world war. The oldest, Nancy, based the early part of her novel “Love in a cold climate” on their time at Batsford.

The Estate was sold in 1919 to Gilbert Wills, later the 1st Lord Dulverton and his wife Victoria took a great interest in the garden making many additions to it’s plant stock including the Handkerchief Tree and some fine Copper Beeches.

During the second world war the gardens were neglected and became overgrown until Frederick Wills succeeded his father as 2nd Lord Dulverton in 1956. He had a great passion for trees and proceeded throughout the 1960s to halt the decline. He consolidated the existing collections and added a multitude of other trees to The Estate. He was responsible for raising the status of Batsford to an Arboretum of international standing.

The collection at Batsford now covers a wide range of plants from around the world with an emphasis on the Far East. There are over 3050 labelled specimens including about 1600 different trees, shrubs and bamboo.

Prominent collections include:-

Acer(Maples), Magnolias, Prunus, Bamboo, Sorbus(Mountain Ash and Whitebeams), Quercus(Oak) and Pinus(Pine)

Batsford Arberetum
Batsford Park
GL56 9QB

Telephone 01386 701441

Open daily from 10.00 am to 4.45 pm

Moreton-in-Marsh Show

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Marine Band at Moreton Show, Photo (c)

Saturday 1st September – Moreton-in-Marsh,Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-Marsh Show is a traditional one day agricultural and horse show held on a green field site in the North Cotswolds on the first Saturday in September every year.

It is the leading agricultural event in Gloucestershire and one of the best shows on the circuit. There are no permanent show buildings and the Show is built-up in the traditional way with marquees and hurdle pens giving it a true country show atmosphere.

The 2007 Show will be held on Saturday 1st September with Horses, Poultry, Home and Garden, Trade Stands and a full day’s entertainment but, sadly, with no cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas or alpacas.

(With the current Foot and Mouth Disease precautions in place DEFRA have announced that 8th September is the earliest possible date for the resumption of normal animal movements.)

This year, in addition to all the usual attractions, the Show will also contain a World Record attempt for The Largest Morris Dance, which will be held at 1.00 pm in the Grand Ring.

The show starts at 10.30 am and finishes at 18.00 pm.

Put the date in your diary and get along to Moreton – you will enjoy the day out.

Bourton House wins HHA/Christie’s Garden of the Year Award

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Bourton House. Photo (c) Julia MaudlinBourton House , Bourton on the Hill has won the HHA/Christie’s 2006 Award.

Awarded annually since 1984 this prestigious award, sponsored by Christie’s, is given to a Historic Houses Association (HHA) Member garden which has been voted for by the Friends throughout the year. A presentation is made to the winning garden in the early summer of the year after the year in which the votes for it have been cast.

Previous winners include Kiftsgate Court in 2003.

The HHA represents 1500 privately owned historic houses,castles and gardens throughout the UK. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II* and are often outstanding

Bourton House Garden was opened to the public in 1987. Following the natural contours of the landscape the garden is on many levels with each area flowing into the next, all full of colour with a combination of both traditional and unusual flowers and shrubs and some wonderful deep herbaceous borders.

The Grade I listed Tithe Barn, has a dedication stone dated 1570 with the initials RP for the then owner Richard Palmer, and is now used

Morris Dancing World Record attempt – the Largest Morris Dance

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1st September – World Record attempt – Moreton-in Marsh Show – Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-Marsh Show has joined forces with local Morris Dance side-The Ilmington Traditional Morris Men- to organise an attempt for the world record for the Largest Morris Dance. They aim to attract around 500 dancers for the one dance – The Shepherd’s Hey – and have been inviting Morris Dance sides from all around the Midlands and Southern England to come along.

The attempt will be run to Guinness World Record Rules and will take place in the Grand Ring at 1.00 pm.

Many of the current Morris Dance sides have their roots in Cotswold traditions and this event is intended to raise the profile of Morris Dancing both locally and regionally.

This tradional agricultural show is going from strength to strength and is one of the best shows on the circuit.

Put the date in your diary.

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