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A Place in my Country - In Search of a Rural Dream - by Ian Walthew

Thursday 1st May 2008 Cotswold Author Ian Walthew's highly acclaimed first book is being re-issued in paperback.
A Place in My Country is part memoir, dealing with issues of personal identity, sense of place, loss and memory, but equally it is about a small Cotswold village in the early 21st Century.

"Funny, touching and ultimately very moving..a beautiful, unsentimental account of a personal loss that is reflected in the rapidly changing texture of life in rural England" Sunday Telegraph

Steve Edwards completes the Flora London Marathon - Marathon Number 452

Sunday April 13th Cotswolds based Steve Edwards added another marathon to his name in his world record challenge to complete 500 marathons by 2012. He completed the big one - The Flora London Marathon 2008 - in 3 hours, 2 minutes and 35 seconds, well within his challenge time target. Well done Steve.

Learn how to help repair historic Cotswold drystone walls

People are being offered the opportunity to learn the traditional rural art of drystone walling in the beautiful surroundings of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). For the sixth year running the Cotswolds Conservation Board, the organisation that exists to conserve and enhance the AONB, is providing walling courses at locations across the 790 square mile protected landscape.

Weekly Cotswold garden waste service starts April 21st

Cotswold District Council’s new weekly charged-for garden waste collection service will start from Monday, 21st April, and food waste will also be collected across much of the District from that date.

The Battle for Gullywith - Susan Hill wants your stories and your pictures

The Battle for Gullywith by Cotswolds author Susan Hill, for children aged 8-88, was published on Monday 7th April.
A dedicated website is now live
www.gullywith.com and Susan would like to receive your drawings and stories based upon the book and how about entering the Withernosaurus Competition as well.

Counting up to 500 Marathons- Number 451 is completed on target

Cotswolds based Steve Edwards completed Marathon number 451 on Sunday April 6th.
Steve only had to go to Taunton, Somerset this time, to complete marathon number 451 in his bid for a world record of running 500 marathons by 2012 in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes. Only 49 more races to go!
The Flora London Marathon is next on the list.

Cotswold Farm Walks invite you to take "A Dawn Chorus" walk

Saturday 3rd May 04.00-04.30 Manor Farm, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9AQ.

Ornithologist Arthur Ball will identify bird song at a beautiful site in the Cotswolds

Ebrington in the Cotswolds celebrates St. George's Day with a Family Lunch

Sunday 20th April 12.30 for 13.00 Ebrington Village Hall,Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

St. George is the patron saint of England and St. Georges Day is April 23rd but Ebrington are celebrating the Day on the nearest Sunday with a traditional Sunday Family Lunch. Dress is an optional English Theme but it is certainly the day for having a red rose in your button hole whatever you wear.

Another World Record Challenge for Cotswold's Steve Edwards- 10 Marathons in 10 Days

Friday 9th May to Sunday 18th May 2008 - Brathay, Ambleside in the Lake District
Steve Edwards our intrepid marathon runner from Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds is not satisfied with challenging for just one World Record in running 500 Marathons in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes. He is challenging for a second World Record in May by running the fastest ever cumulative time for 10 marathons in 10 days on a accurately measured UK Athletics certified marathon course.

Cotswolds MP has grounds for optimism on saving Stratton and Beeches Post Office Branches

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown today spoke with optimism about the future of the Post Office branches at Stratton and The Beeches which had been earmarked for closure.

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