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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.

The amazing Maize Maze is ready again

Maize Maze (c) John RightonJuly 21st - Hidcote Manor Farm Maize Maze opens - until September 9th

This year's theme is "magical" and the maze is in the shape of a giant Cotswold wizard over 200 metres tall.

This maze was designed by the world's leading maze designer Adrian Fisher who has been designing and creating puzzle mazes for 21 years.

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

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden continued


In the June Bulletin, the events of 100 years ago when Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor and then the subsequent creation of Hidcote Manor garden leading up to its heyday in the 1930s were recalled. In this article, the transfer to the National Trust in 1948 and subsequent developments at Hidcote up to Lawrence Johnston's death in 1958 are covered.

In the 1930s, Lawrence Johnston was actively engaged in seeking plants for Hidcote or for his garden at Serre de la Madone at Menton on the south coast of France. He was both a sponsor of, and went on, plant hunting expeditions to places such as Formosa (Taiwan) and to Yunnan in China. When he was at Hidcote, he led an active social life as his diaries for 1929 and 1932 show that there were many coming to see the garden or to play tennis. Towards the end of the 1930s when he was in his late 60s, he spent his summers at Hidcote and the winter months at Serre de la Madone.

During the second World War he was concerned about the taxation associated with living in England and began to consider what he should do about Hidcote. James Lees-Milne, whose parents used to live at Wickhamford, records in his diary that in February 1943 at a luncheon organised by Sibyl Colefax, an influential figure in London society who is mentioned a few times in Lawrence Johnston's diaries, Johnston took him aside to ask if the National Trust would take over Hidcote without endowment after the war when he intended to live in the south of France for good.

Following the end of the war, Sibyl Colefax wrote in April 1947 to James Lees-Milne who was then working for the National Trust to say "I was over at Hidcote with Vivien Leigh Saturday. Laurie Johnston wants to give Hidcote to the N. T. now. So do get him tied up. You see he is not gaga but has no memory. He told me, indeed took me away specially to talk of this."

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

A Radio Ghost Station

July 16th - North Cotswold Community Radio has a public open week

The North Cotswold Community Radio is based in the Old Police Station in Chipping Campden and it is having a public open week so that visitors can see how it has settled into it's new home and have a look around the new studio complex and hear about the launch preparations ( launch date to be announced)

They are also hoping that a member of the public might be able to throw some light on the ghostly goings on that have been happening at the Station.

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden


It is one hundred years ago since Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor. On 22 June 1907. The Times advertised the Hidcote Manor estate, described as a valuable freehold farm comprising some 287 acres and 34 perches to-be sold by auction at the Noel Arms in Chipping Campden on Tuesday 2nd July 1907, with possession on 29th September 1907 - Michaelmas day, when most agricultural leases began and ended. The advertisement said that the farm would be sold together with the: very substantial and picturesque farm house, stone built, with, entrance hall, fine oak staircase, three sitting rooms, eight bedrooms, two box rooms, and usual offices, with lawns and large kitchen garden.

It went on to note that: the farm is particularly healthy, being situate on a spur of the Cotswolds at an elevation of from 500 to 800 feet above sea level and from it extensive views of the counties of Warwick, Worcester and Gloucester can be obtained. Meets of the Warwickshire, North Cotswold and Haythrop [sic] Hounds are within easy distance, and the partridge shooting on the estate is good.

The Kiftsgate Rose is the largest rose in the UK.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens have been chosen as one of the top ten rose gardens to visit in July

The Telegraph Gardening supplement voted Kiftsgate Court Gardens, near Chipping Campden as No.3 in the top ten rose gardens to visit . Kiftsgate Court is world famous for its Kiftsgate Rose which is the largest rose in the UK at almost 60ft high.

Top of the Crops

Champion Grass Crop - R & J Baldwyn from High Crest, Hidcote Boyce, Chipping Campden.

The results of the first of the on-farm competitions organised by the Moreton Show have been announced and local farmers R & J Baldwin have won the Williams and Hawkins Challenge Trophy for their champion grass crop.

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