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Flower Power in Chipping Campden at St James Church

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Flower Festival, St James Church Chipping Campden 24th to 28th August

The pace is quickening for the forthcoming flower festival at St James Church over the bank holiday week end (from Friday August 24th to Tuesday

Much Ado About Nothing at Hatherop Castle

16th July - 21st July Open Air production by The Cotswold Arcadians

The Cotswold Arcadians is a theatre group based in south-east Gloucestershire who stage large scale, open-air Shakesperian productions.

They have been producing these productions since 1991 and this year they have chosen one of Shakespeare's most popular love stories "Much Ado About Nothing."

The light-hearted plot hinges on lovers united and divided, a touch of villainy, the seemingly simple and ignorant uncovering of dark deeds, and ultimately,reconciliation all round.

Just as a love story should

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden continued


In the June Bulletin, the events of 100 years ago when Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor and then the subsequent creation of Hidcote Manor garden leading up to its heyday in the 1930s were recalled. In this article, the transfer to the National Trust in 1948 and subsequent developments at Hidcote up to Lawrence Johnston's death in 1958 are covered.

In the 1930s, Lawrence Johnston was actively engaged in seeking plants for Hidcote or for his garden at Serre de la Madone at Menton on the south coast of France. He was both a sponsor of, and went on, plant hunting expeditions to places such as Formosa (Taiwan) and to Yunnan in China. When he was at Hidcote, he led an active social life as his diaries for 1929 and 1932 show that there were many coming to see the garden or to play tennis. Towards the end of the 1930s when he was in his late 60s, he spent his summers at Hidcote and the winter months at Serre de la Madone.

During the second World War he was concerned about the taxation associated with living in England and began to consider what he should do about Hidcote. James Lees-Milne, whose parents used to live at Wickhamford, records in his diary that in February 1943 at a luncheon organised by Sibyl Colefax, an influential figure in London society who is mentioned a few times in Lawrence Johnston's diaries, Johnston took him aside to ask if the National Trust would take over Hidcote without endowment after the war when he intended to live in the south of France for good.

Following the end of the war, Sibyl Colefax wrote in April 1947 to James Lees-Milne who was then working for the National Trust to say "I was over at Hidcote with Vivien Leigh Saturday. Laurie Johnston wants to give Hidcote to the N. T. now. So do get him tied up. You see he is not gaga but has no memory. He told me, indeed took me away specially to talk of this."

Ebrington wins Bronze Medal

Ebrington Gardening Club EntryEbrington and District Gardening Club wins a Bronze Medal at Hampton Court

It is the first time that the Club has entered the famous "The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show" in London and they came away with a bronze medal, which was a great achievem

Midland Trailquests come to Chipping Campden

Midland TrailquestsSunday 19th August - Magellan Midlands Summer Series 2007

The Stratford Offroaders have organised another event in this series, with the HQ this time being at the Baden Powell Centre in Chipping Campden - Map Reference SP153/388.

All proceeds from this event will go to The Children's Society.

The

50 best gardens to visit this summer

50 best gardens to visit this summer and six of them are within easy drive of Little Gidding, Ebrington.

The Daily Telegraph Gardening identified the 50 Best Gardens to visit this summer - "Inspirational,uplifting,educational or simply gorgeous - these gardens should not be missed."
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The 37th Guiting Festival

July 28th to August 4th

The Guiting Power music and jazz festival has been bringing music to the Cotswolds for 37 years.

Whichford Pottery - the Dry Garden event

14th July Saturday/15th July Sunday - 10am to 5pm

Whichford Pottery is based near Shipston on Stour and was established in 1976 by Jim and Dominique Keeling.

Wychwood Forest Fair 2007

2nd September Sunday at Capps Lodge near Burford. Noon until 5pm

The original Forest Fair began in the late 18th Century and was held at Newhill Plain Cornbury but ceased in 1856 because of "drunkeness and debauchery"

The Friends of Wychwood revived the Fair and have been organising the Wychwood Forest Fair for the past seven years. This group is a charity run by volunteers and supports the Wychwood Project.

Broadway photographer is the best in the West Midlands

(c) Kevin Smith PhotographyKevin Smith from Broadway has been named as West Midlands Master Photographer of the Year

The award, based upon five images, was announced by the Master Photographers Association.

Kevin, who runs Kevin Smith Photography with his wife Anthea, will now go forward to compete with some of the best photographers in the world at the National Professional Photography Awards to be held in the Autumn.

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