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Chipping Campden Cart Wash restoration

Chipping Campden Cart Wash Photo (c) Tony Boyse

The historic Cart Wash in Chipping Campden could be restored

The Cart Wash, which dates back to 1832, was built after the vicar objected to carts being washed in the Scuttle Brook,which also provided drinking water to the inhabitants of Chipping Campden.

It is situated opposite the Almshouses and next to the Court Barn Museum and is seen by most people who visit th

Chipping Campden 1914-18, Appeal for information

The text for the book is virtually finished and at the present moment there are 460 people with entries in the book. Throughout the six weeks school holiday I will be inserting the photographs into the text and laying out all of the pages. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Campden and the relatives of the people in the book for being so helpful over the last few years. I hope that the book will be a fitting tribute to the people from Campden who served during the Great War.

I am making one last plea for help on the following men: Edward Brooks. Charles Burnett.

Chipping Campden floods - letters of thanks

Dear Jeremy

The flash floods that hit Chipping Campden and the surrounding areas last Friday may have caused less devastation than the rivers that burst their banks in other parts of the country, but anyone who has been in any way affected by similar natural occurrences will understand how traumatic it can be to find your home and belongings badly damaged, if not quite wrecked.

So we would like to pay a little tribute through your pages to all the good friends, neighbours and kind souls who came rushing to help us when we were so greatly in need: Maralyn and Bill from Paxford, Anne and Ken from Mickleton, Pearl and John from up the road, Geraldine and Tony from across the road who had their own damage to attend to, Maureen who brought food and drink for everybody and stayed cleaning the whole day and Phil the Minister from the Baptist Church, who not only brought words of comfort but got himself thoroughly filthy carrying furniture and ruined possessions from the house to the road, from where everything was speedily removed in countless journeys by Graham and Conrad.

Campden Skies, July 2007

Early this month in the twilight just after sunset look for Venus still bright in the west. Then look a little more and not far away you will find another object shining without twinkling. That will be the planet Saturn. Both will have disappeared into the sunset glow by the end of the month.

Planets appear to move amongst the fixed stars and so attracted the attention of the early civilisations. Saturn was named by the Romans for the father of the king of the gods, Jupiter.

Chipping Campden Music Festival

President Paul Lewis
Principal sponsor of the 2007 festival - Jackson Stops & Staff. Steinway piano sponsored by Cutts of Campden.

I am delighted to report that the 2007 festival was another great success. Ticket sales were well up on 2006 and although fees were also considerably higher than last year we have finished up with a surplus to carry forward to 2008. As always our performers seemed to love both the venue and the atmosphere the festival generates.

Chipping Campden - Sequel to the Scuttlebrook wake verse

1915

A sequel to our '1915' Scuttlebrook poem saga has emerged. Further anecdotal evidence suggests that Scuttlebrook Wake again came under threat soon after the opening of the recreation ground in 1934 and another Coldicott was involved.

Flower Power in Chipping Campden at St James Church

St James, Chipping Campden (c) Rick, ligthelm.multiply.com
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

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

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.

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

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