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Campden skies, June 2007

This month the nights are short but are getting warm enough to look out at the sky. On 21st June at 7 pm (BST) is the moment of the summer solstice. After that the days shorten and the nights lengthen again. The planet Venus is still brightening and should be a splendid sight after sunset in the west. Mercury too will be bright low down in the western evening sky at the beginning of the month.

Last month I mentioned that I had visited the William Herschel telescope on La Palma. I hadn't realised that it is the largest telescope in Europe - the Canary Islands are counted geographically as part of Europe. I have just read an article that lists all its most important discoveries since it began its work in 1989 when it recorded the very first feature on the surface of a distant star. It has been known for a long time that our Sun has spots but until a vast hot spot was found on the surface of giant Betelgeuse no one could be quite certain that other stars had such features too.

The 19th Cotswold Show, Cirencester Park

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July will see the 19th Cotswold Show take place at Cirencester Park.

This year's show will feature displays from groups such as the Royal Corps of Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team and the Cheshire Dog Display Team.

10th Charlbury Beer Festival

The 14th of July will see the start of this year's beer festival at Charlbury. Featuring over 300 gallons of real ale and nearly 30 gallons of Cider from a variety of breweries across the UK, 2007 looks to be an enjoyable event for all.

Charlbury has been running a beer festival every year since 1998. Past festivals have seen beers with unusual names such as "Whammerler's Wheat", "Otter Bitter", "Celestial Steam" and "Buff".

Morris men and cream teas start the Cotswold village fete season

Chipping Campden Morris MenThe quiet countryside around Chipping Campden will shortly be buzzing with activity as the local village fete season swings into action.

Paxford village fete on the Saturday 7th July is closely followed by Ebrington fete a week later on the 14th July with the main events starting at 2pm.

Both events include traditional stalls selling cakes and cream teas along entertainment from Shipston bras

Ebrington Women's Institute and the Pudding Club

In every respect it has been a busy time for Ebrington WI. In mid-April they served a traditional tea for a group of American ladies, all of whom were educationalist visiting England to research the WI movement which is unlike anything they have in the States. In addition to enjoying the countryside, they had spent two days visiting NFWI headquarters and Denman College.

Chipping Campden - Scuttlebrook wake verse

1915
CHIPPING CAMPDEN
YE OLDE WAKE OF SCUTTLEBROOKE

The "Church and State" and Scuttlebrook Wake
Have into conflict come,
"This dreadful Wake it SHALL be stopped"
Says Leysbourne's 'Peeping Tom'.

We'll have a committee terror strike
At the root of this innocent fun
And make the promotors feel that we
Are like the German Hun.

They shall have their festival once more
And woe to those who say,
That Scuttlebrooke Wake for old times sake
Shall live another day!

So, wake

Chipping Campden meeting the demand for bespoke crafted items

The Gallery at The Guild, Chipping Campden

Campden, is well known as the home of C. R. Ashbee's world renowned Guild of Handicraft which occupied the Guild workshops from 1902 to 1908. Indeed, the Guild is still represented at the property through Hart's goldsmiths and silversmiths.

Court Barn Museum - Chipping Campden

Court Barn Museum, Photo (c) Alan CrawfordOpening of Court Barn Museum

Saturday 28th July The Museum opens it's doors for the first time

Romeo and Juliet - The Hidcote Play

21st June - Hidcote Manor Garden

The Hidcote Play returns with an outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet performed by the The Lord Chamberlain's Men.

The Chamberlain Company built the Globe Theatre in 1699. William Shakespeare,being a member of the Chamberlain Company, became� a shareholder in the Theatre.

Ebrington Bells appeals for new members

St Eadburgha’s Church Ebrington(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

The bells of Ebrington church have been calling people to worship at St. Eadburgha's, with few exceptions, since 1648. Our original three bells were augmented over time, thanks to the generosity of the church council and other benefactors, and we have now enjoyed our current ring of six bells for 160 years.

Generations of bell-ringers have rung and continue to ring for services, weddings, celebrations and other special events, and the tradition is maintained to this day.

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