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Moreton-in-Marsh is one of Britain’s top 10 country towns

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Weekend Telegraph Property Section – Caroline McGhie seeks out the best small market towns in Britain. Moreton-in-Marsh is in the top ten

Moreton-in-Marsh has made it into the top ten beating near neighbours like Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton and Shipston-on-Stour.

“Small market towns are becoming increasing desirable, as much for their natural beauty as their shops and schools” Britain’s finest country towns sparkle like precious stones in the property market; beacons of prosperity, enterprise and asperation. They are the setting for some of our most unusual shops, our greatest novels, our agricultural highs and lows. They are the heartbeat of the countryside.”

“Moreton-in-Marsh is a Cotswold beauty with a glorious main street of golden stone houses with back lanes running off. Strategically placed between Stratford-upon-Avon, Evesham, Bath and Oxford, it once thrived as a coaching stop, but now attracts commuters who use the local station for the 90 minute journey into London.”

“It is Heythrop Hunt country and the town has its very own horse and agricultural show in September. In the summer it fills with opera buffs flocking to the Longborough Festival, the Cotswolds’  answer to Glyndebourne. It is accessible to everywhere, a crossing point that is set in beautiful countryside and the Tuesday market, where you can buy everything from slippers to saucissons, is protected by a Royal Charter granted by King Charles I.”

Other local towns in the list of top 50 towns to delight were:
Cheltenham
Cirencester
Stow-on-the-Wold
Stratford-upon-Avon

Come and stay at Little Gidding and spend some time in these five top 50 local towns. All five towns are within a 1/2 hour drive through the lovely local countryside.

Also visit other local country towns like Chipping Norton, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwick, Tewkesbury and Winchcombe which didn’t make it to the top fifty but which have lots of character and charm and many supporters. Let us have your views and comments.       

Source: Daily Telegraph Weekend Property Section 

Winchcombeshire’s Millennium Concert

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(c) Gloucestershire 1000 and its associate partners

Saturday 24 November 2007, 7 pm, St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe,Gloucestershire

Not everyone knows that Winchcombeshire was an entirely separate county from Gloucestershire for ten years. Following its distinguished history as capital of the Mercian Kingdom and then as a Saxon burgh, Winchcombe became capital of its own shire when it was created in the year AD 1007 by King Aethelred as part of the five shires of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Winchcombeshire – all areas of similar size and wealth, easy for administration in those days when revenue went to the king. Winchcombeshire covered 139 parishes of which the boundaries were nearly the same then as those today. Chipping Campden parish, part of an historic Hundred was in Winchcombeshire. It was absorbed by Gloucestershire in 1017 when the new king, King Canute, who had become king after the 1016 Treaty of Deerhurst, was upset by the local ruler, Eadric Streona who was thought to be plotting against the new king.

On the basis ‘History Matters’, a small group of volunteers from Winchcombe has promoted a number of commemorative events.

DAVID BRIGGS (organ) Organist Emeritus to Gloucester Cathedral is now a well-known International Concert Organist and Composer. He lives in the USA but travels widely. He specialises in improvising on a given theme.

PETER MEDLAND (trumpet) has a love of jazz and blues as well as orchestral trumpet work.

The music played will largely be associated with the five shires, including Holst, Elgar, Brewer, Walton. David will improvise to a given theme. A view of the organ console will be projected. Not all seats will have a view of the screen.

Tickets and booking details:

Reserved £12 and £10, Unreserved £8 (Students in full time education £6, unreserved).

Available from: St Peter’s Centre, Gloucester Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LU. Tel: 01242 602067. If posting, mark your envelope ‘Concert’, enclose a SAE and a cheque made payable to ‘The Friends of St Peter’s Church’.

Any profits will go towards the restoration of the Chime machine built in 1705 by Thos. Staite in St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe

Goffs Brewery at Winchcombe wins more awards

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Gloucestershire’s Best Bitter and Champion Premium Bitter for the Western Region
Goffs Brewery Best Bitter and Champion Premium Bitter
“Jouster” was voted Gloucestershire’s Best Bitter at the Cotswold Beer Festival held at Postlip Hall and “White Knight” was voted the champion Premium Bitter for the Western Region by The Society of Independendent Brewers (SIBA)

“White Knight” was also overall champion at the second annual Cheltenham Beer Festival.

These awards gave the Brewery something to cheer about as they were twice inundated in the recent floods losing all of their beer and most of their office equipment.

Goffs Brewery was founded in Winchcombe in 1994 by Marcus and Alison Goff. It has since grown into one of the longest-established and most successful independent brewers in the West of England.

All Goffs’ ales are produced using only natural ingredients, malted barley and wheat, made to traditional family recipes developed by Marcus’s father and master brewer Brian Goff.

They produce Ales of the Round Table series – twelve different style bitters made on a rotational basis- and “Sleepless Knight” was brewed at the birth of each of Marcus and Alison’s two daughters and received national acclaim.

“White Knight” was the first beer to be available bottled and it gained a silver award in the Taste of the West competition and is shortly to be stocked by Tesco.

Goffs Brewery Ltd
9 Isbourne Way,
Winchcombe,
Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire
GL54 5NS

01242 603383

www.goffsbrewery.com

The Society of Independent Brewers was founded in 1980 under the title The Small Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) to represent the interests of the growing numbers of independent brewing companies in the UK. It changed it’s name in 1995 to reflect better the changing aspirations of its members but maintained its original acronym.

SIBA members seek to preserve the traditional styles of beer and ale indigenous and unique to the British Isles and their traditional methods of manufacture.

The SIBA Annual Brewing Conference and AGM 2008 will be held on 6th & 7th March 2008 at the Royal York Hotel York.

www.siba.co.uk

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