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The Return of Ulysses - a new book by local author Professor Edith Hall

The Return of Ulysses: A Cultural History of Homer's Odyssey - written by local author Professor Edith Hall and published by I B Tauris & Co. Limited.

Post Office Ltd Delivers Crippling Closure Programme

Final details of the Post Office Closure Programme, made public on Tuesday 5th February 2008, have been described by Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown as more devastating than the Beeching Railway cuts of the 1960s.

"For a constituency as rural as the Cotswolds the level of proposed closure will be a disaster.

Cotswold pledges to tackle climate change

Cotswold District Councillors have pledged to take action on climate change after a motion to Council received unanimous support.

A meeting of full Council agreed to sign up to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change, a nationwide initiative by the Energy Saving Trust to cut carbon emissions.

Post Office Closures a Devastating Blow to the Cotswolds

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown today spoke with representatives from Post Office Ltd and received the final details of which branches are going to be affected by their closure programme.

The exact details are under embargo until Tuesday 5th February, when the public consultation begins. However, Mr Clifton-Brown commented "Residents of the Cotswolds have been deeply concerned for some time about this matter.

Cotswold Council sets £10m budget for 2008/09

Cotswold District Council’s share of the Council Tax bill is set to rise by 3.5% - or just under 9p per week - it was agreed today.

A meeting of full Council set the authority’s net budget for 2008/09 at £10.2m, resulting in a £4.64 increase for the average Band D household to £137.15 a year for District spending.*

Council Tax makes up a quarter of the Council’s budget, with a further 25% coming from central Government support.

Cotswold Council joins crackdown on Council Tax fraud

Cotswold District Council is joining a national crackdown to ensure residents are not wrongly claiming Council Tax discounts.

All local authorities are required by law to take part in the Government’s National Fraud Initiative, overseen by the Audit Commission.

The Council will be using information supplied by property owners and residents to check whether people claiming the single person’s discount of 25% are genuinely living alone.

Portfolio holder for Property & Benefits Cllr Nick Parsons urged anyone claiming a discount whose circumstances have changed to get in touch with th

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society - Results and Annual Report 2007

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society logoThursday 24th January 18.30 The Annual General Meeting will be held at their HQ Bisley House

The Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society (GRFGS) was established in 1863 and its aim is to encourage the improvement of all forms of agricultural practices and products.

Land and Sea - an exhibition of original photographs by Kate Barry

St.Anthony’s Lighthouse, Copyright Kate Barry photographyTuesday 15th January - Friday 1st February at The Theatre Chipping Norton

A fine art photographer who lives in the Vale of Evesham and exhibits in the Cotswolds is staging her first major solo show at The Theatre Chi

Fly-tipping crackdown is hailed a success

Stop and search in the CotswoldsA major operation in the Cotswolds targeting fly-tippers and other offenders has been hailed a resounding success.

More than 80 vehicles were stopped and checked in today’s (Friday, 18th January 2008) multi-agency exercise at Seven Springs, which was organised by Cotswold District Council and involved Gloucestershire Police, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), the Environment Agency and

Big Garden Birdwatch 2008- Lets do it in the Cotswolds

Saturday 26th January & Sunday 27th January 2008 - organised by RSPB

The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world's biggest bird survey. It is organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and has been a regular event since 1979 when they asked their junior membership to count the birds in their garden - over the same weekend. In 2001 the event was officially opened up to everyone and more than 55,000 people took part. In 2007 more than 400,000 participants took part by counting the birds in their garden for an hour.

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