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Walk with the Wise - a talk by author Tim Binder as part of Creative Campden weekend

Saturday 18th September at 2pm, The Old Police House,High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6HB 

Discover Creative Campden Weekend

Friday 17th September to Sunday 19th September 2010
Creative Campden presents a rich diversity of creative talent for everybody to visit and enjoy. Artists, writers, jewellers, photographers and musicians are amongst the many to whom Chipping Campden is home.

Court Barn Museum offers a piece of silver to "A History of the World"

Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden has selected a piece of silver as it’s offering for the BBC and British Museum project: A History of the World.

MP speeds up traffic slow down in Chipping Campden

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has welcomed the announcement from Gloucestershire County Council that they will install a vehicular activated sign on Aston Road in Chipping Camden which display the speed of passing motorists, to persuade motorists to slow down in this residential area as a traffic calming measure.

The Hart Dynasty 1908 - 2008 Centenary Exhibition at Chipping Campden

Saturday 4th October - Saturday 11th October 2008 - The Town Hall, Market Square, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6AN
A significant exhibition of fine silver, covering a century of Guild of Handicraft work by the Hart dynasty, a guild of silversmiths working in the North Cotswolds in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

Chipping Campden men's keep fit club endorse beer findings

Chipping Campden men's keep fit club endorse international findings on the benefits of beer

Chipping Campden and district mens keep fit club have taken over the facilities at Chipping Campden School and more recently the sports centre every Monday evening for nearly thirty years. Some forty mature, fit local men push their bodies to the limit to achieve almost perfection in their quest to LOOK GOOD - FEEL GOOD.

Robert Dover's Olimpick games in Chipping Campden

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

Dear Jeremy,

In 2008 Beijing hosts the Olympic Games, with London to follow in 2012. But for Campden every year is "Olimpick", and in 2012 the Cotswolds Olimpick Games will celebrate their 400th anniversary.

The report on flooding in Chipping Campden, 20/21 July 2007

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

Report by D J Atkinson

Preamble

Chipping Campden is peculiarly susceptible to flooding when prolonged heavy rain or sudden thaws occur in an already sodden catchment area. To a large extent this is due to the size and peculiar character of the catchment area, most of which drains into the river upstream of the Care Home and Guild site and Sheep Street It is also due to the confinement of The Cam's channel and choke points through the town.

In the recent past, serious floods occurred in the wake of long periods of bad weather affecting the region usually in winter, 1947 and others, but also in July 1968. Park Road has suffered from lesser floods periodically, especially in the 50s and 60s, the last in spring 1993. Obviously drainage has become a much more concerning problem for the town over the last century and particularly over the last 50 years with much new building (spreading and infilling), property improvement, the raising of road levels and much more hard standing. The situation has also worsened due to changes in land use, farming methods and land drainage in the area.

A history of the Court Barn, Chipping Campden

(From the noticeboard section of the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)
Court Barn Museum, Photo (c) Alan Crawford
Readers will be aware that Court Barn in Church Street has been renovated by the Guild of Handicraft Trust and has been transformed whilst still retaining its present external appearance. It is the site of an exhibition, meeting room and study centre celebrating the craftsmen who have lived in Campden and surrounding towns and villages since the beginning of the last century. There will be exhibits devoted to C R Ashbee and his Guild of Handicraft, to FL.Griggs, Alec Miller, Paul Woodroffe, the Harts and Robert Welch; and to others, like Gordon Russell and Katharine Adams from Broadway and the potters Michael Cardew and Ray Finch from Winchcombe.

This article, however, is about the barn itself. It stands on the edge of the grounds of Old Campden House and was built about 300 years ago. How ever did it come to intrude into the gardens of that magnificent house? After Sir Baptist Hicks's new manor house was burned to the ground in 1645, its grounds and gardens and yards were gradually turned over to agricultural use. There is a deed dated 1691 by which the Hon. Susanna Noel, the mother of the six year old 3rd Earl of Gainsborough, leased it to Mary Rutter, a widow.

Chipping Campden WI

The November meeting of Chipping Campden WI always includes the AGM so we usually whiz through the ordinary monthly meeting, minutes, reports and so on, to get to the AGM as quickly as possible Afterwards we normally have a short talk before refreshments. This year was different. We did it the other way round!

The charming speaker had brought a presentation from the Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Association and Cheltenham Animal Shelter. Miss Jenner told us of the surprisingly wide field of activities that come under that organisation.

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