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22 28 05 travel Beautiful Bermuda businesses 08 new New business and services in our area 08 ramblers Out & About with Cirencester Ramblers news 10 local Sponsors needed for charity bike ride 12 family What to do in the School holidays 14 events Moreton-in-Marsh Show 2013 & about 16 out A selection of local events this Summer

08 18 advertorial Corinium Museum News news 20 local Boost your business with Cotswold Tourism 20 recipe How to make perfect Pimm’s jelly 22 garden How to create perfect borders in your garden news CDC prevents potential demolition of 28 local Moreton hospital building news 28 local We learn about Sophia’s Story

Welcome to the July - August edition of Your CotswoldLink In this issue we cover everything from Moreton Show (p14), making Pimm’s Jelly (p20) and local walks (p8) to news from the Corinium Museum (p18) and much more! I’d like to issue a retraction for incorrect information that appeared in the last issue regarding the Stow horse fair, the fairs were not chartered in 1476 by King Edward IV, my apologies. I hope you all enjoy a fantastic Summer! Best wishes, t: 01609 777401

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Beautiful Bermuda The island of Bermuda is 21 miles long and lies 600 miles off the coast of North America. It has a unique, sophisticated charm, pink sandy beaches, beautiful gardens and colonial buildings. The crystal clear waters of the gulf stream ensure a temperate climate, ideal for those who enjoy walking, sailing or golf. Bermuda is the nearest you will get to paradise it is an island made up of 150 small islands all connected via causeways and bridges

When I think of Bermuda, paradise comes to mind, it is an island different to any other. Bermuda is an island made up of 150 small islands all connected via causeways and bridges, which makes it very beautiful, it has beaches of fine coral sand, lots of little coves and clear blue sea. Everywhere you go on the island you come across white washed roof tops, pastel painted buildings, lovely gardens and a feeling of going back in time. The pace is slow, which gives a very relaxed feeling wherever you go. The Bermudians are friendly and helpful people and nothing is too much trouble. It’s a great honeymoon destination especially during our Summer months as the temperature is around 70-80 degrees (where as a lot of other destinations can have rain at this time of year). It would also suit families during the summer months, maybe looking for a change from the med, as it offers a great choice of accommodation, from self catering to five star hotels with spa. The Island is great for golfers and for other sports like scuba diving, horse riding, windsurfing and fishing. CONTACT THE TEAM • Bourton-on-the-Water: Moore Road - t: 01451 822 048 • Chipping Norton: 10, Middle Row - t: 01608 641 983

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CDC Local Plan paper is now available for public consultation A round of public consultation has started in Cotswold district to gather residents’ views about proposed development across the district until 2031. From Monday 3 June until Friday 19 July, they will be able to comment on the emerging Local Plan’s proposed district-wide housing requirement, preferred development strategy and plans for a strategic development site south of Chesterton. A consultation paper sets out strategies for 17 settlements in the district which are assessed as being most able to accommodate new housing requirements.  The paper also covers issues such as access to services and facilities, transport and commuting issues, and other matters related to the local economy. To see the consultation paper, please go to www. - once you have registered, you will also be able to submit comments. This document can be downloaded from the website, and hard copies are also available for viewing at libraries across the district and at the CDC offices in Trinity Road, Cirencester and the Moreton Area Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh.   Those who do not wish to provide comments online can email comments to or send written comments to: Local Plan Consultation, Forward Planning Team, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX. The deadline for all comments will be 5 pm on Friday 19 July. CDC will also be arranging a series of facilitated community workshops across the district during the Autumn of 2013 to discuss the proposed plans. The results of this public consultation and the findings of the community workshops will be used to prepare a full draft version of the Local Plan. Cllr Nick Parsons the Cabinet Member responsible for the Local Plan, said: “We are keen to find out what the public think about these proposals and then work with them to produce the best possible Local Plan for the district.  I am already aware that many people believe the proposed total housing requirement up to 2031 – currently estimated at 6,900 homes – is too high. However, it is based on an evidence-based assessment of housing need which accords with guidance laid down by central government, and our hands are tied to a large extent.  I also anticipate that there will be considerable debate about the proposal to concentrate so much development in the Chesterton area, and a special leaflet has been hand delivered to residents in that area, outlining why we believe this is our preferred option.” The timetable for the Plan is as follows: 3 June 2013  – 19 July 2013 Public consultation on district housing requirement and proposed distribution of housing October – December 2013 Facilitated events to brief parishes on potential site allocations, including a strategic site south of Chesterton. March – May 2014 Public consultation on local plan, including development strategy, site allocations and development management policies October – November 2014 Public consultation on pre-submission version of local plan March 2015 Submission of local plan for independent examination and approval


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Enjoy the great outdoors with the Cirencester Ramblers Sunday 7th July: 9.30am

From the Cotswold Farm Park to Kineton and Guiting Power. Returning through Barton with the option of lunch at Adam’s Kitchen and a visit to the Farm Park. (1 Refreshment Stop) Grade: Leisurely. Distance: 5½ miles. Travel: £3. Leaders: Mike & Rosemary (01666 577755).

Thursday 11th July: 6.30pm From Ashton Keynes we follow the Thames Path to Somerford Keynes and return via lakes of the Water Park Drinks in the White Hart afterwards. (1 Refreshment Stop) Grade: Easy. Distance: 4 miles. Travel: £2. Leader: Pat (01285 861486).

Sunday 14th July: 9.30am

From Wyck Rissington we follow the Oxfordshire Way to Bledington . Then we continue to Icomb, passing Pebbly Hill Farm and return to Wyck RissingContact us Chairman: Phil Gearing (01285 851855) Secretary: Pat Beckley (01285 861486) Email:

ton. (2 Refreshment Stops) Grade: Moderate. Distance: 9½ miles. Travel: £3. Leaders: Andrew & John (01793 750630).

Sunday 21st July: 9.30am

From Winchcombe we follow the Cotswold Way to Hailes Abbey via path to Farmcote, then on past Sudeley Castle. Small fee at car park. (2 Refreshment Stops) Grade: Moderate. Distance: 8½ miles. Travel: £4. Leader: Sue (01285 657222).

Sunday 28th July: 9.30am From the Gateway Centre along the disused Thames & Severn Canal to South Cerney. Returning via Cerney Wick back to the start. (1 Refreshment Stop) Grade: Easy. Distance: 5 miles. Travel: £2. Leader: Pat (01285 861486). Walks Programme Secretaries: Pat Bookwood (01285 860407) Rosemary Bailey (01666 577755) Wendy Veitch (01285 654578)

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Making your dreams a reality! A friendly family run company based in the heart of the Cotswolds, Rooms 4 Improvement offer a fantastic one stop shop for all interior furniture needs. With over 25 years of experience in this industry they are clear front runners and their fresh looking business structure is very encouraging. Without a showroom or commissioned sales people, they are able to offer their customers impressive savings on superior products of outstanding quality, without forgoing any guarantees or warranties.

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John O’ Groats to Lands End A Ride for Charity

John Harris’s Charity Cycle Ride is entirely self-funded, including his accommodation. All costs will paid out of John’s own pocket as he strongly believes that every penny raised should go to his chosen charities. However, in addition to normal sponsorship, he is looking for 19 Stage Sponsorships of £50 which will be divided equally between these two very worthy causes. Please help John to help the work of these charities by sponsoring a stage. Day


From – To

Distance (Miles)

Region & Sponsor


Wed 3rd July

John O’ Groats to Bettyhill




Thurs 4th July

Bettyhill to Bonner Bridge




Fri 5th July

Bonner Bridge to Inverness




Sat 6th July

Inverness to Ballater




Sun 7th July

Ballater to Luncarty / Perth




Mon 8th July

Luncarty / Perth to Edinburgh




Tues 9th July

Rest Day




Wed 10th July

Rest Day




Thurs 11th

Edinburgh to Langholm


Dumfries & Galloway NIBBLERS

July 10

Fri 12th July

Langholm to Kings Meaburn




Sat 13th July

Kings Meaburn to Bashall Eaves / Clitheroe




Sun 14th July

Bashall Eaves / Clitheroe to Middlewich




Mon 15th July

Middlewich to Much Wenlock




Tues 16th July

Much Wenlock to Ross on Wye


Hereford The Ox House Wine Company


Wed 17th July

Rest Day


Hereford The Ox House Wine Company


Thurs 18th July

Ross on Wye to Chew Stoke




Fri 19th July

Chew Stoke to South Molton




Sat 20th July

South Molton to Wadebridge




Sun 21st July

Wadebridge to Lands End


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John Harris would like to thank all those who have so far kindly sponsored him in his challenge to ride from John O’ Groats to Lands End. Opposite is a list of companies and personnel who have sponsored John for a specific stage. Their contributions, along with others, are going directly to Against Breast Cancer and Beat (beating eating disorders). The sponsorship challenge has now reached £1,000.

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What to do in the School Holidays Once more it is that time of the year when the children are at home and before you know it they are saying that they are bored with nothing to do. However advanced planning by parents can go a long way into ensuring that school holiday time is beneficial for the youngsters. Numerous ideas come to mind, and the following may be of use:


Other Ideas

• Camp out in the garden Make it a family occasion, declare the house out of bounds, have a barbeque, observe the stars and planets see how many constellations and planets that you can identify. August is good for the Perseid Meteor Showers they peak on Monday 12th but you will be able to observe them on the days before and after.

A special interest is invaluable to a child for many reasons such as giving the child self-esteem and emotional stability. To give a list of prospective hobbies would fill this magazine. It may be that you the parent has a hobby and would like to pass it on or share with the children. They may or may not take to it, do not be disappointed if the response is not as positive as you would ideally wish for. In this case try guiding the children into the numerous options available and encouraging them to partake in one or more of them. Just be aware that you cannot force a child into enjoying a hobby.

• Have an internet lesson from your children

Web sites for hobbies: • •

A good and positive way of nurturing independence and social connections from an early age.

Local Activities

Obtain an Ordnance Survey Map of the area and open in out. I can guarantee that there are areas that you have not visited. Encourage the children to plan a walk; they will need to work out the distance, time and what they need to take, perhaps even a picnic can be organised at the end of the walk. It is a super way of learning how to read a map and the country code.

We who live in the Cotswolds are fortunate to have local authorities who publicise available activities for the family in both Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Make use of them you will be surprised at the variety of events within relative easy reach that are available to all who receive this magazine.


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A useful exercise for a rainy day let them teach you about Applications, Blogs, Facebook, Twitters, Tweets, Chat Rooms, Forums, Discussion Boards. They will love showing you their expertise and it is the ideal way of catching up on what they do in their spare surfing time.

• Do you know the full capability of your mobile? Once more let the youngsters teach you, it will be an amazing experience.

• Sleep Overs

• Plan a Walk

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More to see, more to do, more to enjoy Moreton Show is bigger and better this year so put 7th September in your diary and join us for a spectacular, great value, day out! The parkland of the Batsford Estate is an ideal location for a traditional country show. Entrants, both National and more Local can exhibit beef cattle, sheep, pygmy goats and poultry and compete in numerous equestrian classes in five Show rings. The show also features canine obedience in the Dog Ring, baking and horticultural talents in the Home & Garden Marquee, with many competing for some very prestigious awards. These awards include the National Breed Show trophies for Poll Herefords and Cotswold Sheep for which entrants come from all over the UK to participate. The counties top riders will be aiming to qualify for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show in a variety of classes. There are also junior classes in many sections so that all members of the family can get involved. It’s not all about competitions though, far from it! There’s something for everyone around the Showground and in the many marquees. There are over 300 farming, trade and general retail and craft stands offering goods from combine harvesters and wood burning stoves to home wares and handcrafted gifts. There are numerous food and drink purveyors offering shoppers a well-earned pit stop. You won’t fail to be drawn to the Warner’s Budgens Country Larder Food Hall with the region’s top specialist food producers. The Butler Sherborn Countryside & Heritage Area is bigger and better this year with Cotswold Farm Park in attendance and displays promoting rural crafts and heritage and the importance of wildlife and conservation. The Green & Sustainable Living Area returns this year showing us how to make our lives more environmentally friendly.


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Visitors won’t be disappointed by the variety of action-packed entertainment provided in the Grand Arena and Attractions Ring throughout the day. A hearty Cotswold welcome awaits The Bolddog Lings with their heart stopping action packed freestyle motocross display. The Bolddog Lings headline a great line up of attractions in the Grand Arena which features the thrilling Pony Club Mounted Games competition, the 6 Bar Challenge featuring top show jumpers and the great spectacle of the livestock parade amongst many other displays and classes throughout the day. Other acts in the attractions ring include all female equestrian display team Jive Pony, energetic Crew Cheerleaders, the fascinating Ye Olde Redtail Falconry display and the Coventry Corps of Marching Drums. The popular terrier racing always draws a crowd. Vintage tractors, Landrovers and motorcycles will take you back to a bygone era. Buy your tickets in advance from local outlets (see website) or on-line at and save money (parking is free)! Alternatively, please call the Show office on 01608 651908. We look forward to seeing you on 7th September.

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Out & About 6th & 7th July

• Annual Cotswold Show at Cirencester Cirencester Park To celebrate 25 years, the show site has been extended, over 50 attractions have been booked and there will be over 200 trade stands for a shopping extravaganza. Early bird tickets, with big discounts on the gate price, are now on sale via the Show’s website Family tickets are just £27 for 2 adults and up to 3 children, adult tickets are just £10 and children (3-12 years) are £4. Under 3s are free. Full details and headlining attraction line-up: ......................................................................................................................

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• Opera Brava Lodge Park: 6.30pm Opera Brava, the premier national and international touring opera company feature some world class performers. Bring along your best picnic and relax in style and splendour. Performance commences 7.30pm. Gates will open early at 6.30pm  Chedworth Village Hall & Playing Field for picnics. Tickets Adult £25, Child £10 Saturday13th July | Box Office  01242 572 573   or  01444 443 000

OPENING CEREMONY at 2.00 pm ......................................................................................................................

13th July

• Chedworth Games Chedworth Village Hall & Playing Field: Opening Ceremony at 2pm An afternoon of sporting endeavour for ALL. Traditional Athlet  £3 your ics, Novelty Races, 5K Cross Country Run, 5K Bike Ride (bring 1 £   Tennis, own bike and children must be accompanied by an adult), Rowing, Games stalls and lots CASH PRIZES for ALLShop ages: Athletics•Novelty Races•10k Bike Ride•5k Run more. CASH Prizes for all winners!  BBQ, Pimms, Cakes Events & Tuck for all afternoon refreshments. - and lotssmore• BBQ•Pimms•Refreshments £3/Adult, £1/Child, Under 5’s/Free.  20p per event.  AllRowing•Tennis•Game proceeds to StStalls Andrew’ Church, Chedworth. IN AID OF ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, CHEDWORTH Look up ‘Chedworth Games’ on You Tube for last years Look action! All enquiries about theTube event tothe Fiona up ‘Chedworth Games’ on You to see action from last year! Any queries - call Hugh on 01285 720237 Beckett on 01285 721 059. ......................................................................................................................

27th July

• Todenham Village Fete Todenham Manor Grounds: 2pm Great day out for all the family. Featuring ‘Tod’ Gear Challenge, Model Car Racing, Pony Rides, Bouncy Catle, Coconut Shy, Face Painting, Brass Band, Moreton Fire Service demonstration, Todenham Manor Hot Dogs, Cakes, Plants, Books, Tombola, Children’s Tombola and much more! GRAND DRAW! Featuring fantastic prizes (Smartphones, tickets to X-Factor and many more.) ......................................................................................................................

The editors cannot be held responsible for any changes to the events listed. All events are correct at time of going to print.


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27th July

• Mathew Barley ‘Around Britten’ 2013 Tour Lodge Park Two concerts by Matthew Barley as a part of his ‘Around Britten’ tour. The ‘Around Britten’ tour venues include cathedrals and symphony halls, yet Lodge Park is offering a unique opportunity for just sixty fortunate music lovers to hear the full concert in the intimacy of the Great Room and to meet and informallychatwithMatthewoveradrink after the performance. Due to very limited seats, early booking is recommended.  Concerts 4.30pm and 7.30pm  Tickets  Adult £25, child £10. | Box Office  0844 249 1895 ......................................................................................................................

27th July - 4th August

• Three Choirs Festival Gloucester Various Venues - Gloucester The world’s oldest classical choral festival brings you over 80 exhilarating performances. Our TC+ programme includes events for the family and even the chance to try your hand at conducting in our ‘conducting pods’ situated at Gloucester Quays. Tickets & information: / 0845 6521823 / ......................................................................................................................

31st July - 6th August

• Stow Art Group Annual Exhibition Lower Slaughter Village Hall Encouraged and Inspired by tutor Jill Jarvis, Stow Art Group was formed by members of her part time Art Classes who have joined together to run what has proved to be a highly successful exhibition of their own work after the end of each summer term. 2013 will be their 10th exhibition at Lower Slaughter Hall where they will also show work such as ceramics and glassware by Guest Artists including, Daniella Wilson-Dunne, Susan Griffiths and Anne Champion . ......................................................................................................................

18th August  

• Another Lazy Sunday Lodge Park: 11am - 4pm Following on from the popularity last year, come along to Another Lazy Sunday, with music, games and family fun, Bring a picnic and relax. Normal admission charges apply. NT Members free. 01451 844 130 |


30th & 31st August

• Quilting in the Cotswolds Burford School : 930am - 5pm An Exhibition of Quilts from Cupcake Cottons. Also on Sunday 1st September 10.00am-4.00pm. Entrance £2.50. Light Refreshments, Raffle, Tombola. For further details contact : Cupcake Cottons 01993 824974 |


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Corinium Museum

July & August at The Corinium Museum Here at the Corinium Museum we are proud to announce that we have received the Silver Award in the Visit England Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2013 and mirror the Roman Baths, who also received the silver award in their large visitor attraction category. We are very please to continue offering a high quality visitor experience and our award winning status and hope that our Cotswold Link readers will pay us a visit very soon. We have a wonderful exhibitions and events programme planned for the summer with something to suit all ages. Our exhibition programme continues to the 20th July with a showcase exhibition of Cotswold Open Studios artists, featuring art by Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, John Lendis, Richard Kenton Webb and Sophie Ryder. Opening on 26th July, we welcome the return of the Eeles family pottery. The Eeles Family have recently celebrated their 50th year as an established English studio pottery. They are a group of master potters producing functional, aesthetic and collectible ceramics. These are created using a variety of techniques and are fired in a three chambered kiln of the oriental dragon type. This exhibition runs throughout the summer to 1st September and entry to the exhibition space is free. The Festival of British Archaeology takes place from 13th to 28th July this year and what better place to come and celebrate that to a museum displaying a plethora of archaeology from across the Cotswold District. Have you ever found something unusual field walking or digging your back garden? If so, our team of archaeologists will be on hand to help with the identification of your finds. Bring your objects along on 17th July between 2.30 and 3.30pm or 24th July between 10.30 and 11.30am.

includes high quality images of museum collections. If you’d like to download the app to see for yourself, it’s available from Google Play or the Apple App store. Our new Learn Latin beginners course held on Saturday mornings at the Museum has been very well received and we will see a repeat of this with former Open University Tutor Barbara Morrison in early September, when she will also be running a GCSE in Latin. If you are interested in a beginner’s course or the GCSE Latin, please call the Museum for further details or pick up a museum leaflet. Rural cinema showings in July take place on 27th and 28th and the film will be The Great Gatsby. Our Corinium Cinema will be showing Silver Linings Playbook on 11th July and Roman Holiday on 8th August, both starting at 7pm. Come and discover your ‘inner archaeologist’ at our special events including children’s drop in activities on 26th and 30th July exploring AngloSaxon Jewellery and Roman shields. We’ve got our usual family trail on an Egyptians theme and a whole host of drop-in activities throughout the For More Details... summer months.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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The 4th July sees a welcome return from Tim Porter. Tim will be uncovering Gloucestershire under the Normans and what observations we can make of the clash between Anglo-Saxon and Norman cultures from historical, landscape and architectural evidence. On 18th July at 2.30pm, Dr Alison Brookes offers an in depth look into the Iron Age pottery at the Corinium Museum. Alison will have some of the museum’s reserve collections to hand to illustrate her talk. The Museum has partnered with the Cirencester Civic Society once again for a series of Civil War walks. Cirencester played a pivotal role in the period leading up to the Civil War. Join William Cooper to hear about the strife, battles, the course of military action and the impact on the town and its residents. All of this will be told on the ground where it all took place. The first walk takes place on Thursday 8th August at 2.30pm. If you’d like to hear more about Romans in Cirencester (or Corinium Dobunnorum as it was known) then join Collections Officer, Georgina Hiscock for one of our Roman town walks on 13th or 29th August at 10.30am. The walks explore the remains of Roman Cirencester highlighting some of the town’s most important discoveries. The walks will be enhanced with reference to the newly launched Romans app on a portable tablet which


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Enjoy Pimm’s jelly this Summer with our simple recipe Recipe for Traditional Pimm’s No 1

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Easy - Take a jug or glass and fill it with ice, mix one part Pimm’s No. 1 with 3 parts chilled lemonade, add some mint, cucumber, orange and strawberry. ........................................................

Recipe for Pimm’s Jelly Pimm’s is Britain’s number one summer drink but also takes on a great role as a refreshing Pimm’s Jelly. A Pimm’s jelly recipe is so simple that you will be making Pimm’s jelly all summer long. Don’t feel restricted to just using

strawberries in the Pimm’s jelly recipe. you can ring the changes with other summer fruits, raspberries work very well. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Yield: Makes 4 - 6 jellies Ingredients: 4 oz/115g golden super fine/caster sugar ½ cup/100ml water Juice of half a lemon ½ oz/12g gelatine leaves ¾ cup/175ml Pimm’s No. 1 2 cups/500ml diet fizzy lemonade 8 oz/250g fresh strawberries, roughly chopped Few torn fresh mint leaves

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Preparation: Place the sugar into a small saucepan, add the water and lemon juice, stir. Gently dissolve the sugar over a low heat. Once dissolved simmer for a few minutes then remove from the heat. Break the gelatine leaves into small pieces and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for 5 minutes then add to the sugar solution and stir until thoroughly dissolved. Pour the sugar syrup into a bowl, add the Pimm’s and the lemonade. Place the bowl over a bowl of iced water and leave to cool until the jelly is just starting to set – about

30 minutes. If you stir the jelly from time to time this will speed up the process. As soon as the jelly begins to set add the strawberries and stir, add the mint leaves and stir again. Pour the jelly into large wine glasses, or glass bowls and place in the refrigerator, preferably overnight. Serve with extra strawberries and mint and cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Madness in the July Borders It is July 14th, five minutes to two o’clock, and the gates are about to open for my annual opening in aid of the National Garden Scheme. Will my garden be given ten out of ten or just a ‘not bad’ I wonder? With any luck, if the weather has been kind, the plants will be bursting out of their allotted spaces and turning their winking faces to the sun. I have inspected my border umpteen times. I have tried my best, which is my motto at all times, and I have made my border – a mixture of shrubs and perennials – over a number of months, even years, by first of all sitting down with the Royal Horitcultural Society’s “Dictionary of Gardening” or some similar book and making a list of suitable plants for my border. Four ingredients are necessary for a successful border. They are: firstly, good preparation of the soil by digging in plenty of well-rotted cow manure and applying fertiliser such as bone meal at the type of planting, good colour combinations, graded heights, the tallest plants at the back, medium height plants in the middle and low growing plants in front, and good maintenance of the border once it is planted. Borders can be of different kinds: traditional herbaceous borders consisting mainly of perennials with fillers of annuals with half hardy annuals, mixed borders composed of shrubs, perennials and annuals, or shrubs on their own. My own borders have been a mixture of foliage plants and perennials, with a good selection of shrub roses, because my favourite flowers are amongst the shrub roses. It is purely a matter of taste. The time to plant your border is in the spring, when the plants are still dormant, unless, of course, you buy your plants in containers, in which you can plant them at any time except when the ground is too frosted or too hard. The best method is to do a planting plan first, then lay out the plants in their allotted spaces on the ground. Group each kind – at least five of each plant – with the correct spaces in between each plant – usually about 12 inches or more. Make sure your plants have not dried out before planting and water them in well. Most people have no idea of the amount of water required by each plant. A hosepipe laid along the back of the border sprinkling water for several hours is advisable, unless of course, you have a hosepipe ban. That most eminent of women gardeners, Miss Gertrude Jekyll, who wrote a book called “Colour in the Garden”, paid great attention to the arrangement of her plants, according to the colour theories of a Frenchman called Michel Chavreuil. Warm colours – reds, oranges and yellows on one side of the colour wheel were graded in the border, cool colours – purples, blues (dark and pale colours), finishing with white were farther along the border. Today we content ourselves with our own favourite colour combinations, but having said that, there are definitely some colours which do not go together. Magenta for example definitely does not go salmon pink!

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Of my favourite hibiscus plants I consider red hollyhocks good for the back of the border and Lobelia Fulgens or Cardinalis good for the next row of plants. In front orange Geums such as “Mrs Bradshaw” look well. Orange flowers to use include Kniphofia (red hot pokers) “Royal Standard”, then for yellow flowers I would choose Rudbeckia Goldsturm, known as “Black Eyed Susan”, Coreopsis Verticillata or Achillea “Moonshine”. Mix silver and bronze foliage with your flowers and you have the recipe for a stunning display. I use the tall ornamental artichoke (Scolymus cynara) for the back of the border or purple leafed fennel (Foeniculaceum Purpurascens), and for lower growing plants I choose Artemesia Arborescens “Lambrook Silver” or Bunny’s Ears “Stachys Lanata” with its felted ears. Somewhere in the centre of the border will be a variety of spurge – Euphorbia Characias – with flower bracts of glistening yellow. It may not still be blooming but it is nevertheless worth having for its foliage alone. At planting time there will inevitably be a few changes, but some flexibility is inevitable. I invariably use massed sweet peas at the back of the border. Choose a scented variety (Lathyrus odorata), and train them over brushwood if you are able to get it, otherwise make a wigwam shape arrangement with vertical and horizontal canes. Shrubby lavenders such as the “Hidcote” variety have silver foliage as do the cotton lavenders (varieties Chamaecyparrisses and Incana). There are other silver foliage plants amongst the artemesias and you need to look in the catalogues of your chosen nursery or garden centre for their particular varieties. Avoid using hybrid tea roses in a border because of their stiff formal habit. Instead use shrub roses such as the hybrid musks such as “Felicia” or “Cornelia”, such as the Rugosa hybrids or the white flowered “Blanc Double Coubert”. These roses will grow to five or more feet and are useful for the back of the border. Amongst the summer shrubs which do well for me are Genus Philadelphus amongst which the best known are the varieties “Belle Etolie” and “Manteau D’Ermine”. Dahlias, which are grown from tubers and which are natives of Mexico and are therefore not hardy, are a must for any summer border. They are late summer rather than early summer flowers, and their great beauty is in the number of different colours which are available from red, orange, pink and white. Because they are not hardy you will need to lift them after flowering and stall the tubers in a dry place. Varieties include the cactus varieties with their ebullient flower shape and the more sedate “Coltness” hybrids. The red flowered “Bishop of Llandaff” connoisseur’s plant, is my favourite. Finally give your border a good backdrop. Hedges of yew, beach or hornbeam, are the best, unless you are lucky enough to have a wall on your boundary. Dianna Baskervyle-Glegg, June 2013

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Lakefest was born unofficially on April 9th 2011 when Croft Farm Waterpark hosted its inaugural music and cider festival. The 2011 effort was essentially a giant cider festival (over 32 different ciders available and real ales aplenty) accompanied by some great music from The Wurzels, Avert Francis and The Roving Crows. Over 9000 pints of cider were enjoyed by revellers that shared a super special day in the Sunshine. It was an epic experience for everyone and the so the “lads” (organisers) chose to grow things a little in 2012… As with all things like this the budget was blown and a ridiculous calibre of bands was booked including: EMF, Athlete, Reef, Dodgy, Toploader, Chesney Hawkes and many, many others. Being our first year, we were massively optimistic on our ticket sales and despite a massive turnout the finances prior to the opening of the festival were dire. Despite this the “lads” didn’t scrimp or save on any element of the festival. Karma played out and Lakefest 2012 was a monumental success getting rave reviews from guests and the local press. Wow, the local response was fairly overwhelming and resulted in shortlist places (top 3, 2012) at The UK Festival Awards for Best Small Festival, Grass Roots Festival, Best New festival and Best Family Festival.


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It’s been a meteoric rise but we have vowed to stick to the friendly, slightly hippie West Country roots and continue to build a festival friendlier and more fun than any other. As you can probably tell by the price of the ticket, the “lads” are more interested in “legacy” and “memories” than financial gain. So much so, the organisers publish their personal telephone numbers if people want to talk to them. That’s unheard of but a testament to the beliefs of the organisers. It’s been decided that we should make it a three day event in 2013 and have more world class bands to accompany the world class scenery, activities, beers and many ciders… The plan is still never to be a Reading or Glastonbury but build something special for special people that want to come, drink, laugh lots, dance and party. For full details visit: Ticket info: 07585 180723

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CDC prevents potential demolition of Moreton hospital building Cotswold District Council has put in place a temporary restriction on the potential demolition of the Victorian parts of the old cottage hospital in Moreton-in-Marsh.   The council served an Article 4 Direction on Friday 24 May which withdrew the ‘permitted development’ rights that would otherwise apply by virtue of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. This was prompted by CDC’s recognition that the building is an important heritage asset. The Council has erected site notices and contacted the owner of the site and neighbours, and has published details of the Article 4 Direction on its website . Anyone who wishes to submit comments should send them to planning@cotswold.    The Direction will last for 6 months at the outset, during which the Council will considering any representations that might come forward and then decide whether or not to confirm it.  Aside from protecting the old building from demolition, the Direction will require anyone wishing to make minor alterations including erection of a new fence or gate - to submit a planning application.   Commenting on the decision, the Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Sue Jepson, said: “This may not be a listed building but it is prominent in the town and the site lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Not only is the hospital of architectural and historic interest, it is also viewed by the local community as a cherished landmark building because it has played a key role in the life of the town and surrounding villages since its construction at the end of the nineteenth century.”

Sophia was born on 7th December 2010, 8 weeks premature. After 4 weeks in the Special Care Baby Unit, we could take our ittle princess home – and she was perfect. The first 8 months were wonderful, but then we noticed Sophia wasn’t able to sit up, crawl or play with her feet like most babies, and her legs started to spasm. We took her for x-rays, which showed her hips were fine, but we were referred to a neurologist. Alarm bells started to ring – what could be wrong with our little angel? Sophia was sent for an MRI scan and later diagnosed with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. We couldn’t believe what was happening. We cried (a lot), we talked (when we were strong) and did a mountain of research. Sophia is our world – there is nothing we wouldn’t do to make her life the best it can possibly be. Sophia is an amazing child. She is beautiful, intelligent, strong and loving – always trying her hardest in everything she does. She is incredibly strong-willed and determined, and this means she has already progressed beyond anything the professionals had expected. Despite this, moving around is incredibly difficult for Sophia. She doesn’t have the agility to reach things other children can, or the maneuverability to go where she wants. Her feet are very sensitive and the spasticity in her muscles causes her to walk on her tip-toes and with a scissorgait. Her bones are likely to deform and there is a strong possibility that Sophia will require orthopaedic surgery, on top of her usual treatments. There is an operation – Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) – that would reduce the pain in her legs, allow her to place her feet flat, and – with years of intensive physiotherapy – should mean she can walk independently. The operation will be carried out in America and the treatment will cost a massive £65,000. This is a very daunting amount to raise, but Sophia deserves this opportunity and we are determined to do all that we can to reach this target. Please help us in any way you can.


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Index Art & Antiques

Cox’s Architectural: p29

Architectural Planning Eastabrook Architects: p2

Attractions & Events

Chedworth Roman Villa: p16 Corinium Museum: p18 Lodge Park: p17 Moreton Show: p14

Builders & Contractors

Alderwood Construction: p2 Country Roofing & Building: p24 Heidi Renewables: p32 Just Carpentry & Locks: p15 Montrose Property Maintenance: p1 Mustoe’s Building Contractors: p32 Prior Products: p1 Renu Track: p24 Stephen Hill: p24 Thomas Contracting: p24


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Corinium Museum: p18 Cotswold School: p13 Cotswold Tutor: p12 Stepping Stones Nursery: p13 Walkers Day Nursery: p5 Youth Education Service: p12

Elderly Services

Hearing & Mobility Store: p10 Willis Care & Nursing: p9

Electrical Services

Cotswold Aerials: p29 P Wheeler Electrical: p6 PC Support & Training: p11 Vision Repairs: p15

Environmental Services William Gilder Ltd: p26


Bartlett Tree Experts: p25 Darren The Handy Man: p22 DMW Landscapes: p22 Dowdeswell Forestry: p25 H & H Groundworks: p22 Montrose Property Maintenance: p1 Northleach Mower Services: p22 Oxford Planters: p14 Renu Track: p24 RMH Services: p24 Thomas Contracting: p24 Thomas Fox Landscaping: p23


Living Green: p14 Scentimentle: p20

Healthcare & Wellbeing

November / December 2013 Distribution: w/c 4th Nov ‘13 Copy: 10th Oct ‘13

November / December 2013

Distribution: w/c 28th Oct & 4th Nov ‘13 Copy: 3rd Oct ‘13

Fosse Fires: p3 Parsons Flooring: p7 Rooms 4 Improvement: p9

Montrose Property Maintenance: p1 Peer Limework: p6 Stephen Hill: p24

Kitchen Design & Installation



William Gilder Ltd: p26

Rooms 4 Improvement: p9 Just Carpentry & Locks: p15

Metal Fabrication Bayliss & Son: p25 MRK Services: p23


Little Compton Garages: p29 Troopers Lodge Garage: p27 Villas Workshop: p

Charles Wright Massage: p11 Discover Osteopathy: p32 Pilates 4 U: p11 Time For Change Counselling: p10

Oven Services

Hearing Aids

Casio Oven Clean: p6 Cookers & Co: p6

Joe Gilder: p24

Septic Tank Services Sports & Leisure JDR Karting: p1 Runnerbean: p11

Solar Energy

My Power: p1 Solar Efficient: p3

Sound & Vision

Cotswold Aerials: p29

Travel & Tourism

Pets & Animals

Hearing & Mobility Store: p10

Dial A Dog Wash: p16 Stow Ag Supplies: p30

Chipping Norton Caterers: p16 Grapevine Hotel: p21 Frogmill Hotel: p19 Lamb Inn: p27 Simple Suppers: p17 Vine Leaf: p20 Watercare Specialists: p6 Wiltshire Farm Foods: p26


Painters & Decorators

Bartlett Tree Experts: p25 Dowdeswell Forestry: p25


Armstrong Interiors: p7 Cotswold Carpets: p2 Cox’s Architectural: p29

Food & Drink

Campden Housekeepers: p4 Casio Oven Clean: p6 Chem Dry: p6 Maid In The Cotswolds: p16

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Carrick Travel: p5 Holidays Please: p19 Stow Taxis: p17

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Business Services

Co-operative Child Care: p13 Cotswold Tutor: p12 Registered Childminder: p12 Stepping Stones Nursery: p13 Walkers Day Nursery: p5

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MRK Services: p23

Cotswold Carpets: p2 GNC Contract Services: p3 Parsons Flooring: p7

Watercare Specialists: p6

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Fosse Fires: p3 Heidi Renewables: p32 Philip Eason Heating: p15


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Chipping Norton Caterers: p16 Frogmill Hotel: p19

Property Maintenance


Darren The Handy Man: p22 Fosseway Tool Hire: p25 GNC Contract Services: p3 Heidi Renewables: p40 Just Carpentry & Locks: p15

Lattice Period Windows: p2 Milena Windows: p31 Prior Products: p1 Regent Windows: p7

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