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Link No 59 – September/ October 2001

                       LONGBOROUGH WINS THE BLEDISLOE CUP… AT LAST

“Every cloud has a silver lining” goes the proverb. It is only because the Link was late going to press this time
that we are able to report the excellent news that after years of coming second or receiving “Highly
Commended” plaques to decorate the walls of the Village Post Office, in the very last week of August, it was
announced that we were awarded first prize, in the middle sized village category, in the Bledisloe Cup
competition for the Best Kept Village in Gloucestershire.       For the soccer lovers amongst our readers, it makes
a splendid double with England beating Germany 5-1 in Munich on the first day of September. [Actually, we
were very tempted to head this page with the immortal words of Mr Terry Venables – or was it Mr Gordon
Taylor? - : “We Done The Business!”, but we weren‟t certain that the Village Elders or the previous Editors
would have wholly approved.]

There is a possibility of a further prize, since if we are chosen ahead of South Cerney, winners of the small
village category of the Bledisloe Cup, we would represent the county in the National Competition sponsored by
the Daily Telegraph. Whatever that outcome, our victory this year in our own category is a just reward for all
the efforts of our fellow villagers who work so hard to make the most of our very attractive village, not least by
making the best of their own homes and gardens . We must also thank, in particular, Susan Ball who not only
conscientiously organises our Bledisloe Cup entry each year, but leads in person those other stalwarts who go
out with rubber gloves, black plastic bags and shovels on those chilly, if not downright wet, mornings in April
or May for the annual Village Clean-up.

The Link, like every other village institution and event, relies very much on the unselfish and unstinting efforts
of a few individuals. From the outset, Jim Longstaffe, took care of the distribution of the Link to every
household in the village and has done so characteristically quietly and efficiently. Of late he had expressed his
concerns to the Editor about what he felt was the inappropriately political nature of some recent articles in the
magazine and has resigned on a matter of a principle. We have already expressed our sincere regret at his
decision, but we want to publicly express our appreciation of all that Jim has contributed to the success of the
Link over the past 10 years. We are most fortunate that Rita Finch, who was a very active member of the
committee for the launch of the magazine has volunteered to take-over the organisation of our distribution,
starting with this issue.
                                                                                                   Richard Penney


                    COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL -A NEW WAY OF WORKING

Householders in Longborough and throughout the county and, indeed, the country, have been bombarded for
months with literature from the local authorities on the subject of improving the organisation of local
government in order to provide a better service to ratepayers and others living and/or working in the
appropriate areas. At our invitation, our local District Councillor, Christopher Cox, explains here what the
Cotswold District Council has been doing and how this will affect us in Longborough and Sezincote.

As has been discussed at a number of parish meetings, change is under way within local government. The aim of
this shake-up is to try and ensure that decisions are made more efficiently. Cotswold District Council was
presented with four options:

 Streamlined Committee System and Leader ( this option was only given to councils with a population
below 85,000 such as ourselves)
 Directly-Elected Mayor and Cabinet
 Leader and Cabinet
 Directly-Elected Mayor and Council Manager

After the consultation exercise with individuals (every resident in the district should have received a leaflet),
community, voluntary, county, town and parish councils, as well as a MORI organised survey with a
representative group of residents, the first option has been selected. This was also the preferred option of the
Council itself.
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Under this system, the Council has voted in a Leader, Dr Leslie Jones who will head-up a small Executive
Committee of nine members. There will continue to be a Chairman who as well as chairing Full Council will
remain the Council‟s civic figurehead.

The make-up of the Executive will reflect the political balance on the Council. This committee will be
responsible for major decisions and leading the Council‟s work with partner organisations. Below the executive
will fall three committees (Environment & Economy including Planning, Community and a single Regulatory
Committee to deal with development control matters throughout the District). The „big‟ issues will still go to
full Council.

The way the Council runs itself will be watched over by two Overview & Scrutiny Committees, as required by
law.

It is intended that this new system should be up and running on the 1st September, 2001. However this is subject
to final approval by the Secretary of State, Mr Stephen Byers, of the newly created Department of Transport,
Local Government and the Regions (DTLGR - not an easy acronym to remember!)

There has clearly been a reduction in the number of committees and sub-committees. Only time will tell whether
the system is more efficient and delivers better services.

As we go to print, Christopher Cox, has been able to confirm that the DTLGR have approved the Council's
proposals and the streamlined committee system will commence on the 1st September, 2001. Further, the CDC
has been praised for the consultation process and our model recommended to other councils of a similar size.



                       TOO YOUNG TO RETIRE – THE UNTAPPED RESOURCE

Fresh in our minds must be the 101st birthday of the Queen Mother - what a remarkable lady but she is not
alone. The ranks of the over 100‟s have swelled in recent years as evidenced by the significant increase in the
number of messages of congratulation sent out by the Queen to those achieving a century. Each week, as I
listen with admiration to Alistair Cooke‟s Letter from America, I am reminded that at 93 he has been reporting
on America for 55 years. In the United States Congress the Senator for South Carolina, Strom Thurmond, now
99 years young, has actively served his constituency for an impressive 47 years.

In contrast I must recount the experience of a German colleague of mine who, at almost half this age, considered
himself on the scrap heap. Following the merger a few years ago of the company with which he had been
employed for too many years, the inevitable management downsizing took place relegating him to the ranks of
an endangered species. In spite of enjoying the recognition as one of the world‟s leading experts in his field of
technology the psychological impact of the thought of being turned out to pasture was devastating. The shock
was exacerbated by the prevailing negative attitude in Europe towards hiring those that have reached the
relatively young age of 50. In the case of my colleague he sincerely believed that he was at the end of the line
and was unemployable. It took many months for me to convince him that he had marketable experience and
that age should not prevent him from seeking a well-paying, productive position in his field. The story has a
happy ending in that he now holds down a responsible, enjoyable position with a bright future in the field of his
choice.

The attitude towards age in America is rather different and reflects the “Can-Do” entrepreneurial spirit that
permeates American society. Changing jobs and having held a number of positions are not regarded in a
negative light, on the contrary, more often it is perceived as active management of a career path. Americans are
more likely to take risks and take the rough with the smooth. Most Americans that have been in public service
and “retire” immediately reenter the work force in the private sector for a second productive career.

A report issued recently provides a positive sign that attitudes in the UK may be changing. It concerns “Grey
Entrepreneurs” – those over the age of 50 that are willing to take the initiative and risk to start their own
enterprise. Apparently there has been an increase from 10 to 15% over the past decade of the over 50s that are
taking the plunge. But why attach the stigma of “Grey” to this active enthusiastic group of individuals?
Perhaps it is again the attitude towards those that have reached 50 - that greying is a sign of old age and
worthlessness.
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Assuming one starts a career at age 25 then for most 50 is half way through one‟s career, and if one is fortunate,
like Senator Thurmond, 50 is only one third of the way of being a useful contributor to society. What do we do
with all these years - millions of man/woman hours of available talent and experience with qualifications in
every field? Is it necessary that we have to move on and out to make way for those entering the job market as
though there are a fixed number of available positions? And what about the pension funds – can they support
the increasing number of pensioners and the additional years for which support must be provided?

In America the current retirement age to qualify for full social security benefits is 65. Recognizing that more
people are reaching retirement age and that life expectancy is increasing1, recent legislation in the United States
Congress mandated that the retirement age will increase from 65 to 67 in 2027, thereby increasing total Social
Security contributions and reducing payments from the Social Security fund.

Aside from the politics of the Social Security system and how the fund is managed to prevent it from running
into financial difficulty, the fact remains that at age 65 we are healthier and have the potential to enjoy many
more years of quality life. There is an irony in this fact. Here in the UK the media reminds us daily that the
NHS and schools are short staffed and under-funded and yet there is this vast untapped resource of experience
and talent that could be gainfully employed to alleviate at least some of the problems that successive
governments seem unable to solve.

There is the other fact to consider. Continued intellectual stimulation and physical activity, rather than sitting
in front of the telly, leads to better health and therefore less demand on medical services. Where else can one
derive such a remarkable double benefit?

The challenge is how to organize and manage this resource to become an effective national asset.
                                                                                                     John Beukers



                           A TRIP TO WARSAW

In this article, Vera Burke, describes how earlier this year she and David took the opportunity to spend a few
days admiring and enjoying rebuilt and reborn Warsaw, one of the great but relatively unfamiliar European
capital cities.

We had like most people of our generation always harboured an interest in Poland, the country whose invasion
by Germany launched us into World War Two, so when our grandson, fresh out of University and wanting a
challenge took a job teaching English in Warsaw, we decided to fulfil our ambition to see a bit of Poland and its
people. Apart from its occupation by Germany in 1939, Poland had been occupied many times before - by
Sweden in1655, by Russia in1795 and again in 1945 by Russia until the end of the Communist era in 1989.

David and I flew to Warsaw, which had been almost totally destroyed in the Second World War. A new city has
been built on the ruins, an exact replica of the beautiful old medieval city. Part of the old walls and part of the
Barbican still stand, but mostly it is a replica of the Stare Miasto (Old Town) rebuilt with a fantastic eye for
historical detail and now listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The heart of the Old Town is the
Market Square with its distinguished architecture, restaurants, cafes, shops and museums. The surrounding
streets also house museums and feature historic architecture such as the city walls, The Barbican and St
John‟s Cathedral. The city walls are best preserved around the Barbican. On our first day, William, our grandson
took us to walk these walls and visit the Barbican, which was built around 1548 and now houses craft
exhibitions. Afterwards, in the evening, we ate in the square ,very colourful with beautiful flowers everywhere
and street musicians playing. William, introduced us to Zubrowka, the Polish vodka, and very good it was too,
although David preferred the beer which is very light in colour and similar to lager.

The next day we discovered Nowe Miasto (New Town). This was an area of Warsaw, which started to
develop at the end of the 14th century as a thoroughfare between Old Town and a village called Zakkroczym
on the banks of the river Vistula. The New Town was outside the jurisdiction of the Mayor of the Old Town,

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  The statistics in the United States indicate that more people are living long enough to make it to their
retirement years but are not living to be too much older than in the past. The Social Security Trustees expect
the life expectancy at age 65 (82.7 in 1997) to increase by 0.05 years annually for the next 75 years – a total of
just under 4 additional years.
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and established its own Council and Town Hall. It was not fortified like the Old Town and lost its independent
status in 1791, when it was incorporated with the City of Warsaw. After severe bombing in World War Two,
the New Town was also recreated and is now one of Warsaw‟s most popular districts. Marie Curie was
born here and her house is now a museum. A short walk took us to Solidarity Square and also the tomb of The
Unknown Soldier with its Eternal Flame burning.

Warsaw features several large parks. With its Palaces and architecture from so many centuries past, it is a city
of interest and beauty. Lazienski Park is the largest park and was only a short walk from our Hotel. We
walked along Ujazdowskie Avenue, where there had been the residential houses of former Polish aristocrats
and city merchants, past Three Crosses Square and into the park. Lazienski Park houses several Royal Palaces
and monuments to famous Polish people over the centuries, including Chopin. We had been told by William not
to miss the Palace on the lake which he said had been built in the 17th century, as a summer Palace. The Nazis
had planned to blow this Palace up when they withdrew from Warsaw, but lacking the time to do so, burnt it
down instead. It was rebuilt in 1965. Other interesting Palaces in this park were Sybil‟s Temple, The
Water Tower and some we did not have the energy to walk round!

 We decided to visit the Myslewicki Palace but found crowds of people gathering near the entrance which
was cordoned off, because as an English speaking person told us, President Bush was making a State visit
that very day. We decided not to wait. I don‟t know how many miles we walked that day but when we finally
reached the Hotel we were tired out and ate in the Hotel that night. Food in Warsaw was good, with plenty of
fresh vegetables and fruit on sale.

Feeling rather fragile next day, we took a taxi around the old Jewish Ghetto. Our driver, who spoke quite good
English, gave a commentary on the way. First stop was the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, erected in 1948.
Sculpted by Nathan Rapaport, it symbolises the heroic defiance of the Ghetto Uprising in 1943. A path of
remembrance marked by sixteen granite blocks is laid between this memorial and the Umschlagplatz
Monument. The Umschlagplatz Monument is erected on the site of the railway siding, where 300,000 Jews
were loaded onto cattle trucks and despatched to almost certain death, in the concentration camps. Our Guide
pointed out the ruins of the Pawiack Prison, which became notorious when it was used to house the Jews
arrested by the Nazis. By the entrance gate stands a long dead tree which is covered in obituary notices for
people who died here during the war.

We drove to the Old Town and enjoyed an Indian meal. On our way back to the Hotel, we found an
outdoor Jazz Concert in full swing. It was really good and reminded us of New Orleans.       Next day we
took a walk to the modern and commercial area wending our way to the imposing Palace of Culture and
Science. Built as a Gift from Soviet Russia and a replica of Moscow‟s Socialistic Realistic Tower, it
inspires mixed emotions amongst the Warsawvians, ranging from admiration to demands for its demolition. It
was once the second highest building in Europe. It is now a centre for two theatres, a puppet theatre, as well
as a cinema and a museum. David and I walked around the ground floor but as everything was written only in
Polish, we gave up. However, we took the lift to the top of the Tower and enjoyed a panorama of Warsaw and
the river Vistula.

Before departing Warsaw, we decided to see the Polish Military Museum which is housed in the east wing of
the National Museum. To get there we had to walk down the Nowy Swiat, which is the Oxford Street of
Warsaw, with fashionable shops and chic boutiques, so a fair bit of window shopping was indulged in. The
Museum was opened in 1920 and houses a collection of Polish military armour and armaments over the last
thousand years, but David was more interested in the period from 1939 onwards and so we spent most of our
time there looking over the old aircraft and guns which were displayed in the forecourt.

The Military Museum was indeed very interesting but what stays in our memory most has nothing to do with the
trappings of war. As we sat on a bench looking over the obsolete Russian Migs and first World War biplanes, a
little sparrow came foraging for nestbuilding material. It seemed so tame that it came right up close to where
we were sitting and filling its beak with a load of dried grass it flew off. We watched where it went and it flew
straight into the engine housing of one of the Mig fighter planes and proceeded about its business, showing
nature‟s contempt for man‟s puny efforts at mimicking its species. We thought that was an appropriate
episode on which to end our trip to Warsaw.



                                        “LONGBOROUGH’S PAST”
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       Let‟s go back in time and recollect
  On Longborough‟s life we love and respect.
    When working carts and horses walked,
     Their drovers no time to stop and talk,
      Milk was fresh and most abundant -
New supermarkets have made our cows redundant.

     We have a pool of water spouting clear.
       The Ashwell was for drinking then
   But now it‟s there just a memory back when
       Visitors come and photos they take
    Of a lovely village for a holiday keepsake.

       Our old church for all to worship,
      I‟m sure its walls have secrets deep,
 Held by so many who now have restful sleep,
     Of the war and how our village was.
Many things have changed, not why, but because.

        Friday night meant fish and chips,
  A good quick meal – but inches on the hips!
    No longer do we see old horses and carts
   For tractors have taken their place of work.
      Faster pace is now the way of living;
  Gone are the hay wain and the old pitch fork.

      Our village pub has unseen guests.
    Late, when all the drinkers have all left,
      The landlady closes, to bed, to rest,
    But unseen hands, they rattle the glasses.
        Maybe a silent, passing breeze?
 “I‟m here, I‟m staying, not to harm, but tease.
Your company, I‟ll keep, „though I‟m not visual,
 For we lived here once, but that‟s just trivial.”

       The Old Shop, it‟s in the centre,
   Had odd goings-on when used for meat.
     The builders told of fear, not treats
   While working there. For we are sane men
       We upset the resting spirits then.
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                                 In old parts of the village, now the new Rectory
                                 Old skeletons have lain from maybe the Plague,
                                     Although this theory is somewhat vague,
                                    But we love our village, for all its ghosts.
                                  Let the new generation make merry and play,
                                  For we have enjoyed the village – let us stay.
                                                                                                      Hazel Cross

                          DIVINE INTERVENTION OR JUST COINCIDENCES?

Harry Williams recounts two happenings in his life, more than seventy years apart, both of real significance to
him when they occurred – and wonders whether they were instances of Divine Intervention in his life or mere
coincidences.

One lovely summer afternoon some seventy seven years ago, after school had finished, two young boys from the
village decide to go for a walk up to Banks Fee Park. They had taken this walk many times before, very often at
the behest of their parents,. At the right time of the year, they brought wicker baskets, to fill with cowslips
and dandelion heads from which village households made Cowslip and Dandelion Wine or Beer, but that is
another story.2

This particular afternoon, when I was eight years old and my pal just two years older, we had decided to go to
the fishpond in the Park, to see where there were any bird‟s nests in the trees and bushes surrounding the pond.
Although we were young, now I think about it, we always did this quite systematically, starting at the sluice and
strolling around the edge of the water in a clockwise direction. On other occasions. we used to try to work the
sluice and see if water would flow out, but as far as I can remember nobody was ever able to move the
adjusting mechanism, which always seemed to be seized up. Perhaps just as well, because it would have been
disastrous if the pond had been drained.

Taking the sluice as six o-clock on a clock face, walking around and close to the water‟s edge in single file, with
me just in front of my pal , we had reached the deepest part of the pond positioned at about ten past two on that
same clock face. The pond was infested with bullrushes, there were large areas of duckweed and large
quantities of green slime which finds a natural home on comparatively still water.

Suddenly I felt a sharp blow under my right shoulder which propelled me head first, full length toward this very
mucky water. Even now nearly eighty yearsafterwards, I have this vivid memory of my little arms outstretched,
my right hand dipping down and no hope of saving myself, since neither of us could swim and any help would
have been half a mile away. I have never forgotten that split second when I thought I would drown but unseen,
beneath these slimy waters, Providence intervened in the shape of an iron sheep fencing hurdle, standing upright
in the pond, with the top rail only just below the surface. My right hand landed directly on that top rail. The
hurdle would have been about eight feet long and about five and a half feet high, positioned at right angles to the
edge of the pond . Somehow or other, with a surge of inner strength, I was able to bring my left hand over
beside my right hand and with my toes digging into the bank, I was able to work slowly along the top of the
hurdle and back on to dry land. Amazingly, only my hands were wet! I suspect that hurdle is still there to this
day.

It may seem strange to anybody reading this account, that I never questioned whether my pal stumbled into me
or pushed me as a joke. We never discussed it. I can only say that throughout our boyhood and into manhood,
although he left the village when he went into gentlemen‟s service, our friendship never waned and we never
had a cross word. Whenever he did come back here for a holiday, I used to meet him at the station and dropped
him back there at the end of his holidays. He died aged eighty; had he lived, he would have been the oldest
man born in Longborough, a mantle I have inherited.

The role of Providence, or , Divine Intervention in saving my life all those years ago did not sink in until my
wife Ann‟s final illness.. It was a nice sunny morning, Ann was in hospital at Bourton-on-the-Water and I was
at home. There was a garden border which needed tidying up and I thought this was an ideal time to get the job

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  In the next issue of the Link, Harry Williams will be describing the ritual of making wine or beer at home
from the cowslips and dandelion heads gathered in the fields around the village and from Banks Fee Park. He
also introduces us to “bough”.
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done. I was walking through the hall and I saw the cordless phone lying on a table and I asked myself,
should I take it out into the garden with me or not? I decided not to because I didn‟t want to be distracted by
phone calls while I was working in the garden and I could also dial 1471 when I came back into the house and
see if anyone had phoned. Out into the garden I went leaving the cordless phone in the hall.

At twenty minutes to twelve noon, as I stood up for a minute to stretch my back after all that bending over , I
heard a voice saying “Go and pick up the phone”. I said to myself that I didn‟t want the phone, but the voice
repeated again: “Go and pick up the phone”. So I went into the house as directed, through the kitchen and into
the hall where the phone is situated. As I raised my hand to pick up the phone, I glanced in the direction of the
front door and saw a card lying on the mat, just in front of the door. I thought it was probably one of our
neighbours who had popped in a card for Ann, assuming I would be visiting her in the afternoon and could give
it to her then.

I bent over to pick the card up and saw to my surprise that it was a card for me, from Ann herself. She was
being taken to Moreton Hospital for an x-ray and wanted me to see her there urgently, because she wanted me to
bring something to her in Bourton that afternoon. The card had been put through the door by one of the
ambulance men as they passed.

I quickly tidied myself up and drove up to Moreton Hospital. I parked my car in the disabled carpark and
hurried to the x-ray department, to be told that Ann was being x-rayed and would I take a seat in the waiting
room. There I found another lady who was in the same ward as Ann in Bourton; she told me that Ann was
being x-rayed first. Almost immediately Ann herself was wheeled into the waiting room so we were able to have
a few words while the other lady was being x-rayed. This only took a few minutes and both Ann and her fellow
patient were then whisked away to the ambulance and taken back to the hospital in Bourton-on-the-Water.

It was probably no more than a quarter of an hour in all between my being directed to go into the hall from the
garden at home, finding the card from Ann, getting over to the x-ray department in Moreton Hospital, speaking
to Ann and her being taken back into the ambulance for the return to Bourton.

Are those instances of Divine Intervention – or just coincidences?    What do you think?



                                            BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

As more mature Link readers may recall, although they may not admit to doing so, for many years there was a
syndicated world-wide newspaper feature entitled “Believe It or Not!” which described all kinds of quirky
phenomena, collected by a former tombstone polisher from California called Robert Ripley. We thought we
might borrow this title for these anecdotes about birds, beasts and things that go buzz in the afternoon recalled
by our very own John Scaife

Pied Wagtails – or Ignorance is Bliss

Walking through Chipping Norton in December, in the dusk, I was admiring the Christmas decorations, when
one tree in particular caught my eye. The decorations, all black and white, appeared to be moving. And the
noise could be heard above that of the heavy seasonal traffic. What was this? Sound effects? To my sheer
amazement, the tree was filling from the bottom branches upward with Pied Wagtails. I watched until the tree
was full!!

I went home convinced I had witnessed some uniquely wondrous event. A few days later, I was in Chipping
Norton again at dusk and the same thing happened. It was still amazing but obviously a regular nightly
roosting ritual in this particular tree..

Checking the bird books, I found an account from 1945 which described a similar phenomenon involving
thousand of birds.     And another book, published in the 1990s, included an account of a roof top site occupied
nightly by tens of thousands of birds as well as of a street in Dublin, which housed hundreds of thousands of
roosting birds.
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In my case, my thrill and sheer pleasure of what I had seen in the Chipping Norton tree, was a clear case of bliss
occasioned by my ignorance. It may not have been the uniquely wonderous visitation that I had first thoiught,
but believe me it was still an awe-inspiring spectacle.


Hare Circles

I always feel that there is something mystical, something ancient about hares – as though they are an
inextricable link with the past.

We had stopped at a field entrance, the crop half harvested. First we saw a large hare, presumably the male,
posted sentry-like, where the stubble met the wheat. Fifty yards away, in the stubble, we were looking at the
wondrous sight of a another adult hare, round and round whom, 8 – 10 young hares were running in a circle
of about 20 feet in diameter . This went on for minutes, when suddenly, as though on some signal, all the
young hares spiralled inward to end up in a rolling heap.

After a few more minutes they quietened down and sat demurely down around and within a few feet of the
second adult, whom reason but perhaps sentiment as well made us think was “Mother”. The sentinel male
hare was still at his post, apparently unmoved by the antics of the young ones.

Thus we moved on, feeling somehow strangely privileged.


Wasp Eats Door at Ashwell!

Picture, if you will, a garden shed, soundly constructed from pine, gradually weathered to a silver grey colour.
Suddenly, for no apparent reason, vertical pink channels appeared on the door, running along the grain.

I was absolutely mystified until one day I espied a squadron of wasps, descending on the bottom of the door, as
if on a runway. They quickly ate their way upwards, creating the pink channels and departing with a mouthful of
shavings for nest building! And were swiftly replaced by another squadron bent on the same objective.

It did occur to me watching this systematic consumption of my shed door, that deploying the jaw could be
nature‟s way of stopping a supersonic wasp on the runway – rather like the parachute at the rear of a space
shuttle.    Just a thought!
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                                                       HOPE

Peter Mason invites us to consider the role of Hope or the absence of it in the lives of all of us, especially
perhaps those of us who profess the Christian faith.

The 13th chapter of Corinthians, as we all know, sandwiches Hope between Faith and Charity or, if you prefer,
Love in the middle position of a pecking order of Christian importance which leaves one in no doubt that to St.
Paul it was an essential characteristic of the good Christian mind set. If you look it up in the index of the Oxford
Dictionary of Quotations you soon realise that in all aspects of life, both daily and spiritual, the loss of it is the
most final and shattering blow in the armament of fate. As they entered Dante‟s Hell all sinners –and which of
us could then or can now dare to assert his or her lack of fault - were warned to abandon hope for good, a
threat which has continued, though not perhaps nowadays in a literal sense, to haunt succeeding generations
of sincere Christians. The pessimist and agnostic poet, Swinburne, on the other hand gave ironic thanks to
„whatever gods may be‟ for releasing us from hope and fear by decreeing:

                            “That no man lives for ever,
                            That dead men rise up never;
                            That even the weariest river
                            Winds somewhere safe to sea.”

Sam Johnson took a more measured and liberal view. „There is no temper‟, he said in The Rambler, number 67,
„so universally indulged as hope; other passions operate by starts on particular occasions or in certain parts of
life; but hope begins in childhood with the first power of comparing our actual with our possible state and
attends us through every stage and period of our lives, always urging us to new acquisitions and holding out
some distant blessing to our view, promising us either relief from pain or increase of happiness.

Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, of sickness, of captivity, would, without this
comfort be insupportable; nor does it appear that the happiest lot of terrestrial existence can set us above the
want of this general blessing; or that life, when the gifts of nature and of fortune are accumulated upon it, would
not still be wretched were it not elevated and delighted by the expectation of some new possession, of some
enjoyment yet behind, by which the wish shall be at last satisfied, and the heart filled to its utmost extent.

Hope is indeed very fallacious, and promises what it seldom gives; but its promises are more valuable than the
gifts of fortune, and it seldom frustrates us without assuring us of recompensing the delay by greater bounty.‟

Johnson had a vigorous and unruly conscience as well as a deep Christian faith which was not easily
bamboozled or tranquillised. The „greater bounty‟ he looked to was, I am sure, despite his irascible temper and
uncompromising logical mind, the confidence of Christian hope in a providential world ultimately underpinned,
even if he and we do not know how, by the greatest of all the forces for good which we describe as best we can
both as charity and love. If he and we are wrong, then perhaps we would be right to agree with Dante,
without waiting for a possible final judgement, that life taken all in all cannot but be pretty good Hell for us all
alike and that we may as well abandon faith and hope and do our best to survive by our superior natural
cunning in an accidental world born of a causeless big bang. It isn‟t an easy choice and there is no guarantee of
success by either route but I think the spiritual pilgrim‟s way is worth the risk.
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                                        PLANTS OF THE MONTH

September: Hardy Fuchsias

This is the month when you realise how colourful fuchsias can be later in the summer. By now the
summer bedding is past its best but if you have planted a few fuchsias amongst the other plants it is
suprising how strong and healthy and still full of flower they are. Hardy fuchsias which can be left in
the ground all year are slow to emerge earlier in the year so take until late summer to reach their full
potential.

Hardy fuchsias will generally tolerate our winters if planted good and deep, and covered with a mulch in winter.
Fuchsia magellanica from Chile and Argentina is the hardiest species and most of the modern fuchsias have
been bred from this. Fuchsia flowers are tubular in shape and usually hang down on the plant. They are made
up of a tube and 4 sepals of 1 colour, with a ring of petals (the corolla) inside and usually of a different colour.
Hardy fuchsias are generally single flowered with 4 petals or occasionally semi-double with 5-7 petals.

Plant hardy fuchsias in a fertile, moist, but well drained soil in full sun or partial shade and keep well watered in
dry weather. Plant with the base of the stem 5cm below soil level and mulch well in winter. Do not prune until
spring when new shoots begin to appear. Either prune the old wood to a low permanent framework or cut all the
old stems to ground level for a more compact plant.

Fuchsia magellanica is often used for hedging, particularly in frost free areas in the south west of England
where the plants stay evergreen all year. They can grow up to 10feet tall and wide. The single red and purple
flowers are produced freely throughout late summer and early autumn. Very similar but probably more hardy is
F. 'Riccartonii'.

F. m. 'Alba' is a very popular plant with dainty, very pale- pink flowers. If left to grow tall the bark on these
plants is also very attractive. F. m. 'Versicolor' has green and white variegated foliage often with a pink tinge
when young.

The lime-yellow foliage of F. 'Genii' adds a burst of colour to any border. This plant grows to about 3 ft tall
and the leaves complement the bright red, young stems and red and violet flowers.

F. 'Hawkshead' is a very delicate plant with spreading stems of small, pure-white flowers. It grows to about
50cm. tall as does F. 'Diana Wright' which is of a similar habit but with pale pink flowers, both need a good
thick layer of mulch to see them through the winter.

Other familiar hardy fuchsias are the dwarf forms which only grow to about 30cm. tall. They have compact
stocky growth and are extremely free flowering. F. 'Tom Thumb' has carmine red sepals and mauve petals
veined with red at their base, and a sport of this, F. 'Lady Thumb' is semi-double and has carmine red sepals and
white petals


October: Rowan or Mountain Ash

October is a good month to consider trees for the garden, as we will soon be into winter, the best time for tree
planting.

Some of my favourite trees for any garden, whether it be large or small are the Rowans or Mountain Ashes. A
few points in their favour are that they do not generally grow too big; mostly have feathery leaves which do
not shade too heavily or make too dense a covering when they fall; have attractive bunches of white flowers in
spring, which turn into small berry-like fruits, of all colours, which often persist well into winter and to cap it all
the leaves turn superb reds and yellow colours in autumn.

For dense bunches of orange-red fruits it is hard to beat our own native Rowan, Sorbus aucuparia. Although
its native habitat is the more mountainous areas further north, it will happily grow in any fertile, reasonably
moist soil, in full sun or dappled shade and can eventually grow up to about 15 metres tall. Many cultivars have
been bred from these including those with cut leaves S a. Aspleniifolia, or with a narrow, upright habit, S.a.
'Sheerwater Seedling' or yellow berries S.a.'Fructolutea'.
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With the introduction of other Sorbus species from around the world we can have smaller trees, with white or
pink berries as well. A firm favourite of mine is S. vilmorinii from S.W. China which normally grows to 5m tall
and has small dark green leaves on spreading branches. The berries start dark red and then fade through pink to
white as winter progresses. Sorbus cashmeriana from the Himalayas is larger, up to 8m and has large white
fruits.

You usually find that it is the red and orange berried forms that the birds strip first and they leave the pinks,
whites and yellows until much later in the winter when other food sources are exhausted. S. hupehensis the
Hubei Rowan from China is a broad, conical tree up to 8m with leaves of a bluey green. The form 'Rosea' is
extremely popular as it has dark pink berries which, birds permitting, can still be seen on the trees in February.

Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' is a larger tree of garden origin and has very good autumn colour. Its large fruits start off
pale yellow and then turn a more orange-yellow. For a cut leaved form S. 'Chinese Lace' is hard to better. It is
an upright tree to 6m and bears orange-red berries.
                                                                                                        Sue Burn


                                     MASS AT MOUNT ST. MARY, FIJI

Our good friend, David Burke, who although not fortunate enough to live in Longborough, has contributed
much to the village by publicising our events and occasions in the Cotswold Journal.
David took a well earned holiday last winter and at our invitation relates a particularly memorable experience
during his travels.

En route to visiting my daughter, Clare, in Australia, this year, I broke my journey by staying for a few days in
Fiji where it was very warm - 33 deg. C - compared to a temperature of 8 deg. C when I left London.

So, having settled into the Hotel Mocambo on the island, near Nadi airport, I asked for a taxi to collect me next
day for Sunday Mass.

I was duly picked up from my hotel by an Indian taxi driver at 9.15 am and dropped at Mount St. Mary at 9.25
am for 9.30 am Mass. The Church is in part of the Catholic School there. At that time it was already crowded, I
would estimate 300 -350 people. The congregation was mainly Fijian despite the fact that the 9.30 am Mass was
designated as the English Mass. In fact, there were just two brief announcements in English, everything else was
sung or spoken in Fijian !

The ladies exuded a tumult of colour in their dresses, blends of many colours, orange, blue, red, white and
green. All of the young girls were in neatly ironed blue school dresses. The readers were men who wore the Fiji
sarong, the Suma, and most were barefoot, as were the cherubic dark little altar boys in their scarlet cassocks
and white cottas.

At 9.30 am, the temperature was already over 30 deg. C and although the church had

its louvered windows all open and overhead fans swirling it was stifling hot. Many of the ladies and a few men
had large wicker fans to try and keep themselves cool.

There were no hymn books but a lady at the front of the congregation was very adept with an overhead projector
for the sung liturgy and the hymns. The rousing voices of the entire congregation praising God with love and
enthusiasm was an inspiring sound to the visitor. Almost all of the Mass was sung with great joy and we were
led by an accomplished guitarist.

After the readers of the Epistle had been to the altar they squatted on the floor instead of kneeling and then, after
five minutes or so, bowed before returning to their seats.

At the Offertory not only were the plate collections of money taken forward but also a selection of Fijian
produce, bananas, coconuts, mangoes with the odd tin of Heinz beans for good measure !

At the Consecration, instead of bells being rung, there were three solemn claps by the entire congregation as the
priest elevated the host and chalice.
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Altogether, the entire Mass took one hour and twenty minutes and a second collection was taken at the end of
Mass as seemed customary.

The Fijian people are poverty stricken compared to our European standards. They have to pay for education and
health treatment. Unemployment is high since the political coup of May 2000 when the democratic process was
overturned which has led to neighbouring democracies, such as New Zealand and Australia, cutting back on
Fijian imports. Just in my brief stay, 600 job losses in the textile industry were announced.

Whilst I was there, there were military road blocks - of a very relaxed nature - and the revolution was being
challenged in Fiji's High Court ( subsequently it found for the constitutional Government which was
re-installed).

Housing for the native Fijians is truly basic as are the buses with "free" air conditioning, i.e., no windows.
Cyclones are part of life there and guests in the hotel where I stayed were given warnings of what to do in the
event of a cyclone.

When I enquired how much a Fijian hotel worker would earn I was told about £10 a week. Many of the better
paid jobs and shops are taken by Indians and Nadi boasts a large Hindu temple.

Despite all of these factors the Fijian folk are truly friendly and make the visitor feel really welcome. I came
away from a joyous Mass thinking maybe we have a thing or two to learn from the Fijians.



                     EXCITING NEW DEVELOPMENTS AT OUR VILLAGE SHOP

As, no doubt, many people are aware innovations have been arriving thick and fast in 'our shop'. The most
obvious is the exciting new in-store bakery that provides a range of fresh bread every day. However the baking
is not confined to the basics but includes croissants, Danish pastries, pasties, sausage rolls, pies and all sorts of
other goodies yet to appear; something to cater for every taste.

A new freezer has arrived in the shop enabling favourite basics to be stocked, so that even more of your
shopping list can be provided by the always hard-working Martin: frozen peas, oven chips, cod fillets and fish
fingers etc.

The next improvements to be implemented soon will include a new lighting system to update the presentation of
all these wonderful opportunities to BUY, and a new counter to replace the existing rather old fashioned one.
Nobody works harder than Martin but these changes could not be made solely out of revenue and the necessary
finance has been made available through a grant from the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council's Village
Shop Development Scheme.

The viability and future of the shop rests in the hands of customers whose response to these initiatives in
positive terms of spending is absolutely vital. It would be so easy for our shop-keeping team to lose
heart if enthusiasm for OUR SHOP is not a two way dialogue. Please give your support to this wonderful
village amenity.
                                                                                                    Penny Roberts
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                    TEN YEARS AGO IN THE LINK - SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER 1991

Susan Webber reported that the final weeks of the summer term at Longborough School had been very busy.
Class 2 had been camping at Duck Pool Valley, Class 3 had taken part in a Country Dance festival at Blockley
and on the last day the whole school had gone for its annual picnic at Banks Fee.
Charlotte Butcher, Stephanie Henshaw, Shelley Pulley, Jillian Gunson, Sarah and James Patterson and Chris
Hurdle were all leaving to go on to local comprehensives in the Autumn.

The cricket club had enjoyed victories over Temple Guiting, Barford and two touring sides, drawn with
Rissington, Slaughter and Naunton, but lost to Milton-under-Wychwood and Stanway. The weather had been
unseasonal!

According to Neighbourhood Watch, there had been a number of burglaries at some commercial premises in
Longborough, while residentially several vehicles had either been broken into or stolen altogether.

The July meeting of the Longborough WI was a very interesting visit to Stuart Crystal with a most enjoyable
drive back via the Forest of Dean and afternoon tea at Newnham-on-Severn. At the end of the month they had
organised a buffet lunch for 60 people, serving cold meats, an assortment of quiches and a variety of salads
followed by trifles, fruit pies and flans, all topped off with cheese, biscuits and coffee. With the help of what the
anonymous reporter described as the inevitable raffle, the proceeds of this lunch enabled the WI to make a
donation of £100 toward the Moreton Hospital Appeal.

The newly formed Longborough and District Garden Club had become members of the Gloucestershire
Federation of Gardening Clubs, the roots of which were the wartime “Dig for Victory” and “Pig Club”
campaigns, according to the Hon Sec of the GFGC when he gave a talk to their August meeting.

Seventy letters of appreciation had arrived at Banks Fee to confirm the great success of the Opera and had
encouraged Mr and Mrs Graham to make plans already to do it again next year when it was hoped to have
three evening performances. The Sue Ryder Home at Leckhampton Court and Barnados were to share a
donation of £3,000 raised by the opera-goers.

There was also a tribute to “A True Country Lover”:
“A familiar sight in Longborough until recently was that of an elderly lady in a small saloon car, driven
sometimes a little „unusually‟ with an enormous Alsatian dog sitting beside her filling the passenger seat and it
would sometimes seem, part of the driver‟s seat as well!

Sadly that familiar sight will be seen no more as she died last February. Pamela Manby-Colegrave, for that was
she, lived at Warren Farm, Sezincote. She was believed to be a descendant of the Earls of Manby and the
Saxon, Penda, the seventh century King of Mercia.

Having years ago moved from Bourton Hill House to Warren Farm, she established a herd of Guernsey milking
cows and she probably enjoyed her image of a somewhat eccentric lady farmer. Those who knew her found
her to be a warm and amusing companion, who enjoyed art and writing and who had a natural sympathy with
country folk and all things of the countryside, in particular the true Romany folk.”



                                  PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS IN JULY

The first of the two July meetings held at the Village Hall on the afternoon of Wednesday July 4th was
expressly called to discuss the proposals for Traffic Control in Longborough, which had been made to the Parish
Council by Mr John Whittaker, the Area Traffic Manager.

A map of the village identifying the nature and location of the controls proposed by Mr Whittaker had been
prominently displayed in the window of the Village Shop for several weeks prior to this special meeting. Mr
Whittaker was in attendance at this meeting to explain the what and wherefore of his proposals. As Tim
Gardner said when opening the proceedings, this was an Open Meeting and everybody present was entitled to
express their opinions, ask questions, make suggestions, criticise or applaud – just so long as they did not
mention the Car Parking Scheme with Double Yellow Lines, a subject most definitely not on the agenda.
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In essence, the proposals tabled by Mr Whittaker had three components:

1.   Speed Limits: Repositioning the 30 mph signs on the three roads leading into village further out from the
     centre of the village and instituting a 20 mph limit around the centre of the village.

2.   Weight restriction on Heavy Goods Vehicles: Banning all commercial vehicles of 7½ tonnes or more from
     village roads except for necessary access to sites in the villages.

3.   Kerbing: Road markings intended to channel traffic more safely around the centre of the village, including
     School Corner, the corner by the Old Shop and the areas around the War Memorial green.

During the subsequent discussion of these proposals, which as intended included a substantial contribution from
the villagers present as well as from PC members, one learned much about the ways in which local authority
officers and the police treat these matters and the rules which apply.

We learned that normally a 30 mph speed limit will only be approved on roads or stretches of roads with
continuous development on both sides. 20 mph limits, we were told, are usually only approved for a stretch of
road so narrow and/or twisty that most of the time only a fool would attempt to drive a car faster than 20mph.
Paraphrasing Mr Whittaker, the police and the County Council want any speed limits to be largely self-defining.
In this same context, the received wisdom of Officialdom is that any motorist who hasn‟t the sense to slow
down for a 30 mph limit is not going to take any notice of a 20 mph speed limit either.

In this context, we learned that there was not a proverbial cat‟s chance that the authorities would agree to
instituting a 20 mph limit at the Ashwell end of High Street, let alone on Chapel Lane above “Milverton”. On
the other hand , Mr Whittaker was confident that we could get approval to re-site the present 30 mph limit on
Chapel Lane, below the entrance to Old Rectory Gardens, back along the New Road by the summer-time
entrance to Longborough Festival Opera. Furthermore, he seemed to be persuaded that a new 30 mph limit was
needed on Cruck Lane. John Beukers had gone to considerable trouble to furnish the meeting with
authoritative photographs to support the need to re-site the present sign, showing no fewer than four blind access
points from individual houses and Old Rectory Gardens on to the highway near the point where Chapel Lane
meets New Road and Cruck Lane. Mr Whittaker walked off with a set of this documentation to support the
application.

After further discussion it was agreed that an application would be made to put the new sign at the far end of
Cruck Lane, where it joins the Stow Road opposite the other “Coach and Horses” public house. Mr Whittaker
was initially doubtful if this met the criterion of development on both sides of the thoroughfare, until it was
pointed out that Pilgrims Wood Arboretum is now well established opposite Windy Ridge and the other
dwellings.

There was also agreement that the speed limit signage should be shown on non-skid brown patches on the roads
as an adjunct to the road side signs. Mr Whittaker also suggested that we might experiment with wooden posts
in order to determine the best place to site new speed limit signs so as to maximise their visibility to oncoming
traffic. He was thinking in particular of where to place the 20 mph sign on High Street close to the bus shelter
and similarly the most visible positioning for the proposed 20 mph sign below the church, by Church Close.

Nobody from the village was in favour of the “kerbing” and the general view that it would only be looked at
again if the other measures were ineffective.
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Some parishioners asked about the possibility of installing bumps, ramps, chicanes or otherwise narrowing
roads as means of slowing traffic coming into or through the village. Mr Whittaker was adamantly opposed to
anything of this kind – “hard landscaping” is the name given to such roadworks. In the first place, he felt it
would be completely out of keeping with a traditional Cotswold village like ours, far more so than the double
yellow lines already rejected. Secondly, the roads in and around the village were narrow enough already.
Thirdly, the costs would be horrific. Most if not all villagers present were convinced by these arguments. Just
to erect the proposed package of speed limit and weight restriction signage, we were told, would cost about
£10,000 from County Council‟s Highways budget.

Christopher Cox, who lives at Banks Fee Farm off the top road took sensible advantage of Mr Whittaker‟s
presence to ask about the possibility of instituting some lower speed limits on the traffic using the Stow Road.
His complaint that this already heavy volume of traffic, frequently too fast, seems to have increased since the
authorities were actively advising HGV to use the A424 via Stow rather than the A44 via Moreton and
Bourton-the-Hill3 was strongly supported by parish councillors and other villagers. To the obvious astonishment
of all present, Mr Whittaker said he felt there was a very good case to be made for reducing the speed limit on
the A424 between the Longborough Farm Shop and Stow, which would the include the entrance to Banks Fee
Farm.

In this context, Mr Whittaker chose to provide us with a fascinating piece of information about the extent to
which motorists exceed any prescribed speed limit on our highways. Apparently, surveys have shown that on
85% of occasions when vehicular speeds are measured when they drive along stretches of road, their speed does
not exceed 110% of whatever limit applies to that stretch of road, plus 2. If the Editor took his notes down
correctly, that means on a stretch of highway with a 50 mph speed limit, on average 85% of vehicles using that
stretch of road do not drive at more than 57 mph! 50 + 5 [10%] + 2 = 57. Q.E.D!! One gets the impression
that this formula is the one adopted by the police authorities when deciding whether or not to prosecute
motorists for speeding, except during those periods when zero tolerance is the official line.

Arising from parishioners‟ concerns about the perceived excessive numbers and speed of vehicles on this top
road, Mr Whittaker was also asked about the use of “Concealed Entrance” signage along the A424 or any
other main roads. His answer is that such signs cannot be erected along the highway without official
authorisation and official policy is to avoid a proliferation of signage of any kind along these A class roads.
However, people are allowed to put up such signs close to the road, provided they do so on their own land.

The main proposals for traffic control in and around Longborough revised in the light of the discussions at this
Open meeting on July 4th were tabled for consideration and decision by the Parish Council at regular July PC
meeting a few days later. Only five villagers other than PC members braved the showers to attend this regular
meeting of the Parish Council on Monday July 9, although nine had come along to the specially convened
meeting at the same place on the previous Wednesday.

The proceedings commenced with the housekeeping matters which, as we have reported before, recklessly
flaunting our metaphors, are the bread and butter for local parish councils like ours.
On this occasion, Michael Borsay reported the outcome of his conversation with Mr Collett 4about the status of
the various items on his check list for Longborough. Mr Collett, as our regular readers should know by now, is
the man doing his best, subject to a slim budget and limited resources, to see that the repair and maintenance
tasks around the village which are the responsibility of CDC are eventually carried out. Mostly, Mr Collett had
confirmed that the items on his check list were still there but would be done in due course as would be the
clearing of the drains up Ganborough Hill and opposite Christine Patterson‟s house on Church Walk. Possibly
with a certain amount of relief, he had told Michael Borsay that someone else in the CDC was now in charge of
road and path sweeping and the lack of street lighting outside the Village Post Office was a matter for Shire
Hall.

The state and whereabouts of the village‟s grit and salt stocks was discussed by the PC members and in
particular how these stocks should be held. There seemed to be a consensus that although piles of grit on the

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  Arguments about this controversial decision – controversial from a Longborough standpoint – by the officials
concerned with the North Cotswold Advisory Lorry Routes was reported at some length in several recent of
the Link - September/ October 2000, page 24, January/ February 2001, page 16 and March/ April 2001, page
22.
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  Area Supervisor, District Surveyors Department.
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road side at the foot of Chapel Lane and at The Folly were not aesthetically pleasingthey would be far more
readily accessible when needed than if they were in the grit bins. Salt for on road use, on the other hand, had to
be stored in bins, otherwise it would evaporate. We had also been advised by Mr Collett that it was no longer
County Council policy to furnish parishes with free bins for grit or salt, even if they were replacements; if new
bins were needed they could be purchased by the PC for £100 each.

Of course, many housekeeping items on the PC agenda are the responsibility of the Parish Council.
Progress was announced concerning the repair to the post and handrail beside the Ashwell; this job will be
carried out by Brian Hill who has also been asked to affix the new bronze head and carry out necessary repair to
the stonework and trough of the Longborough Lion. In respect of this same Official Village Millennium
Project, thanks were expressed by the PC to Mr Harry Williams who had made the necessary Statutory
Declaration to the Land Registry confirming the ownership of the Lion.

It was agreed in principle that a parish councillor would attend the Youth Conference organised by
Gloucestershire County Council, taking place at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester on November 4 th.
Mr Borsay reminded the Chairman that the County Council were looking for a donation of £30 from the Parish
Council toward the cost of the Conference.

Susan Ball told the PC that RoSPA had made their official inspection of the Children‟s Playground and that she
had received their formal report, which included slightly worrying criticism of the new Fort.
RoSPA stated that the play space inside the Fort was too cramped and they were also concerned about the slide.
Kerry Johnson was inclined to ignore the report, but bearing in mind the attitude of insurance companies to
issues of public liability, it was decided to refer the criticism to the manufacturers of the Fort and let them deal
with it.

Mrs Ball also said that there had been complaints from the Misses Smyth, living adjacent to the playground, that
the children‟s swings are excessively and irritatingly squeaky. Prompt action would be taken to grease the
shackles which ought to solve the problem. It was also reported that the decision to acquire a treetrunk
bench-style seat for the playground is going ahead.

Remaining on the subject of children, it was agreed that Liz Oakey would replace Sue Burn as the Longborough
Primary School governor representing Sezincote.

The next item on the agenda was Traffic Control Measures, which as already mentioned was the opportunity for
the PC members to re-consider if they wished the package of proposals prepared for the PC by John Whittaker,
discussed at length at the July 4th meeting and the provisional decisions made in the light of those discussions.

First PC members were reminded of those provisional decisions, namely:

1.   Re-siting of 30 mph signs
    On the Moreton Road – just before the bridge at the Moreton end of the industrial estate
    On Ganborough Hill –
    On the New Road – just above the existing SLOW sign on the road
    At the Stow Road end of Cruck Lane

2.   New 20 mph signs
    On Ganborough Hill, where the lane goes up to The Pieces
    On the Moreton Road, beside the Waterstyles
    At Church Close, at the end of Church Row
    On High Street, at the end of the School Yard [just before Orchard Rise]

 Mr Borsay confirmed that after talking to Mr Whittaker, marker stakes would be erected at the proposed 20
mph sites by Church Close and at the end of School Yard. These marker stakes could be shifted around at these
two sites so as to ensure that when permanent signs were erected they would be optimally visible to on-coming
traffic. At the same points, 20 mph signs would be spray painted on the roads on a similar trial basis. In both
these instances, it was thought that on-road signage of the 20 mph limits, on brown non-skid patches, might be
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more effective than road-side signs. John Whittaker had counselled that in respect of these two particular sites,
we should start with on-road signs only and see how well they worked.

3. No through roads for HGV in excess of 7.5 tonnes – except for necessary access within the village.
Warning signs would be erected at the junctions with Fosse Way [A429], Stow Road [A424] and at the junction
of the Ganborough Road and Sezincote Lane.

In respect of the latter. the PC agreed it would be sensible to set up a meeting with representatives of the
Bourton-on-the-Hill and Sezincote Parish Councils, with an invitation to Barry Dare, our recently re-elected
local County Councillor, to join the party as well.

A general point was made that these signs intended to stop 7.5 tonne-plus commercial vehicles coming through
the village other than for access, must be placed so that such HGV are given enough advance warning so that
they are not committed to turning into the roads to the village before realising that access is denied.

4.   Reduce speed limit to 50 mph on Stow Road [A424] between Longborough Fruit Farm and Stow

Mr Borsay reminded PC members and Christopher Cox, in attendance as our local District Councillor, that
people with entrances to their property on the Stow Road – or any other highway for that matter – could if they
wish erect “Concealed Entrance” signs or some similar warning, but only on their own property.

On the subject of road signing, concern was expressed by several councillors that the directional signs erected at
the junction of New Road and the Stow Road by Longborough Festival Opera could hinder motorist‟s sighting
of traffic coming from the Troopers Lodge direction. The Chairman said he would mention this to Mr Graham,
with next year in mind, since the 2001 LFO season was virtually over.

By strange but curiously apt coincidence, this incidental mention of the Longborough Festival Opera in this
context of road signs, was immediately followed on the PC‟s agenda by the subject of Planning in which New
Banks Fee and the LFO have featured so prominently in recent years. On this occasion, Michael Borsay
informed the meeting that the PC had been advised that the Enforcement Officer from the CDC was to contact
the LFO about the non-removal of the chimney and certain windows in the garage-cum-restaurant as required by
the planning authority. Other planning applications for village properties were looked at by the parish
councillors but no objection was raised to any of the applications.

Before the meeting drew to a relatively early close, there were several items of Other Business worthy of note.
Susan Ball‟s Welcome Pack for newcomers to the village was now ready, the Village Hall committee has agreed
that the Village Christmas Tree could be erected in front of the Hall, the road signs for Longborough should be
positioned close to where the new 30 mph speed limit signs would be sited and the Longborough Farm Shop is
applying for a Wine Licence.

The next regular PC meeting was to take place on Monday 10 th September and the following one on Monday
12th November, both in the Village Hall commencing at 7pm – sharp!
Parish Council Meetings.
                                                                                            Richard Penney
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                                              CORRESPONDENCE

Bledisloe Cup

As already announced, we have just learned that Longborough has won Gloucestershire‟s Bledisloe Cup for the
Best Kept Village, in the middle-sized category.

Some weeks ago, Susan Ball, wrote to us to correct a mistake in the report in the May/ June issue about our
Bledisloe Cup entry of the Link:

“It was stated that the reason for not entering last year [2000] was to protest over the industrial part of the
village in the judging. This was not the reason; this incident took place several years ago. We sent a written
protest at the time which was acknowledged by the judges, who agreed that it shouldn’t have occurred. This was
the end of the matter.

The reason for non-entry last year was because, for some reason, Longborough did not receive the entry
documents. By the time we realised this it was too late to enter.

This year we have once again reached the final. We have been awarded the runners up plaque so many times
(see the post office wall). With just a little more effort on the part of village residents we could actually win the
Cup! Points usually noted are absence of litter, tidy front gardens, or if your house is right on the road or
footpath, sweep the front of it. There are always distinctive notices on the notice boards stating the dates for
inspection. Take note, and make a special effort this time.”

We are awfully glad that this year the village did not let down Susan and other villagers who worked so hard to
make sure the village was looking its best for the judges‟ inspections.

Church Fete, August 1921

Readers have expressed considerable interest in the article about the 1921 Church Fete, held at Sezincote, at the
end of August that year. Particular interest was generated by Cecil Williams‟ informative “Who Was Who” of
the individuals responsible for that event eighty years ago, named in the “Banbury Guardian” report. Despite
painstaking research, Cecil had to admit defeat in respect of two named individuals, one of whom was a Mr
Dines from Sezincote, who had presided over the farmers‟ produce stall at the fete. Word has now reached us
that Mr Dines was the butler at Sezincote. The one mystery person still to be definitively identified is Mr H G
Hutchings, one of the three Hon Treasurers.


                                                 VILLAGE NEWS

Welcome Packs for newcomers to the Longborough are now available from Susan Ball. As we reported in the
previous Issue of the Link, at the end of the May PC meeting, Susan said she felt more should be done to
welcome newcomers, by providing them with practical information about the facilities and services available in
the village or locally, as well as about the various village organisations. As we reported, her offer to produce a
Welcome Pack along these lines was enthusiastically and unanimously accepted by the Parish Council. Any
readers new to the village are warmly invited to contact Susan Ball at 830 218.

Longborough raised £889 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution this year- a record amount from the
village for this particular charity.

Friends of Ewart Wilson and Peter Limbrey will have heard that these former villagers, both very active in the
community during the years they lived in Longborough, have been hospitalised. Graham Edginton tells us
that earlier this year, Ewart Wilson sustained a very bad fall whilst shopping in Salisbury. He was in hospital
for many weeks as a result of his injuries, but has now moved to a nursing home. Anna and Ewart celebrated
their Diamond Wedding on July 12; Ewart was allowed to attend the family celebration but in a wheelchair.
Anna and Ewart have the best wishes of their many old friends in Longborough.

Ewart was a founder member [and Treasurer] of the committee which was responsible for the launch of the Link
ten years ago, as an outcome of the Village Appraisal. Peter Limbrey, was the Founding Editor of the Link,
along with “Setch” Setchell, and carried the torch for 7 years and the first 40 issues. Peter went into the
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Bristol Royal Infirmary for a triple heart bypass early in August, but had recovered sufficiently to be able to
transfer to Moreton Hospital after two weeks – and was feeling strong enough to watch the ups of the English
Test side [at Headingley] and downs [at the Oval] – not to mention enjoying visits from other members of the
Longborough Snooker Club. We all wish him a speedy return to full health.

WANTED IN LONGBOROUGH – Martin and Penny Roberts are very interested in buying a smallish
family house, with a relatively large garden, in the village. They have a small but comfortable holiday cottage
looking on to the War Memorial, which might suit somebody who wants to stay in Longborough but finds their
present house too big for them, in which case an exchange might suit them both. If you are interested in
talking to Martin and Penny, please phone 01451 831380.



                                       FUND RAISING FOR THE LINK

Penny Roberts and friends are organising a Books and a Big Breakfast event in the Village Hall on the
morning of Friday, September 28th. – from 9am right through to “Brunch”.

Continental Breakfast or Full English Breakfast will be served.

There will be a sale of “Books” - a generic term including not only books – hardbacks, paperbacks and audio
books – but also CDs, cassettes and videos – and computer games. Plan to clear the shelves, cupboards and
coffee table tops for an Autumn sort-out. Donations of any of the above would be most welcome, please.
Phone 01451 831346 or 831380 for collection..

All proceeds will go toward keeping the Link in production




                                         ST JAMES’ CHURCH NEWS

Family Harvest Festival Service

The annual Harvest Festival Service will take place at St James on Sunday 23rd September, at 9.30 am.

Alpha Course – 20th September

What is the point of life, what happens when we die? Is forgiveness possible? What relevance does Jesus have
for our lives today?

Now you can ask all these questions, explore the Christian faith in as much detail as you like and enjoy a super
meal too [at no cost] in the Village Hall on Thursday 20th September, commencing at 7.30pm. This is when the
Alpha course, as recently featured on TV, comes to Longborough.

Everyone is welcome. It‟s a relaxed, non-threatening and friendly way to find out why Christianity is relevant
today. Alpha is the place where no question is too simple or too hostile.

This will be the first of nine sessions, although whether or not you come to all nine is up to you. There is no
charge and each session will include a meal and talks, but the prime objective is for you to find the answer to all
those burning questions.

Simply come along on the night.

To help with the catering, it would be useful to know how many people might attend, so if you do plan to come
then please contact Peter Barratt on 01451 830 086.
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If you have any questions in advance then either contact Peter or Rev. Stephen Wookey [01608 652 680] or
Rev. Malcolm Ingham [01451 830 071]

Organ Fund – July Concert

The concert given by Katie Bycroft [Flute] and Sarah Bourne [Oboe], with piano accompaniment, at St James
Church on Monday July 23 to raise funds for the cleaning and overhaul of the organ proved very successful. It
resulted in a profit of £709 and 120 tickets were sold.

Katie and Sarah played a wide range of music which was very well received. They are becoming well known
in the area for their concerts and everyone appreciated their talents.

In addition, the mid-concert buffet was also very popular and tribute needs to be paid for all the work and efforts
made by the organising group.

Another encouraging aspect is that numerous requests for a follow-up concert have been received and this
matter will certainly be pursued.

The cost of cleaning and overhauling the organ will be £4,500 + VAT. This work is urgently needed as it was
last carried out in 1975. In addition to the excellent profit from the concert, donations totalling £1,085 have been
received so far. Therefore, useful inroads into this exceptional expense have been made. Once this target of
£4,500 is reached, a generous benefactor has offered to cover the cost of providing an extra stop for the organ.
This can be carried out at the same time as the overhaul and will enhance the overall performance.

                                                                                                   Graham Edginton

Friends of St James – Open Gardens

We are grateful for all the hard work of those who made cakes, served teas, sold tickets, helped withnthe
publicity, put up the posters and notices or helped in other ways. Above all our thanks to all those who opened
their gardens on Sunday 26 August.

Thanks must also go to Sue Webber for the loan of the Longborough School mini-bus. It was great asset and
enabled many people to visit gardens that would otherwise have needed too long a walk.

As a result of all the effort, we raised a total on the day of just over £800 after paying all expenses. In addition,
we received a generous donation so that in all we have added more than £900 to our funds.

It is not often we have so many cars parked in our High Street and that was a good indication of how many
visitors we had from outside the village. We hope the car parking did not cause too much disruption for those
who live there. Many visitors, both holidaymakers and those from towns and villages roundabout, commented
on how pretty the village looked and how lucky we are to have such a substantial and well-maintained village
hall.
                                                                                                  Barry Elderton
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                      BELL RINGERS STILL WANTED FOR ST JAMES CHURCH

The Longborough Tower remains short of ringers. Anyone can learn to ring, says Tower Captain,
Liz Langton – it‟s a myth that bell ringers must be very strong or even musical. If you feel you would like to
give it a whirl, ring Liz at 830343. If you have done it before and want to do it again, Liz will be delighted to
hear from you.

AND HERE ARE SOME MORE FACTS ABOUT CHURCH BELL RINGING:
Did you know that “ringing the changes” involves ringing bells accurately and rhythmically in sequence, with
the sequence changed at each blow of the bell to avoid repetition?

Did you know that church bells for change ringing are bronze castings [ copper/ tin] and weigh between 1 cwt
[50kg] and 4 tons [4,000 kg]?



                              LONGBOROUGH & DISTRICT GARDEN CLUB

JULY OUTING to WHICHFORD POTTERY

I must admit to merely expecting a pleasant evening looking at garden pots with, later, more enjoyment from the
social supper at the pub. I could not have been more wrong. It was a fascinating, stimulating and absorbing
occasion visiting the largest pottery in Europe making handmade garden pots.

We were made very welcome and divided into groups to see the work in progress and learn about the process of
creating these amazing pots. The guide for our group was an apprentice, Liz, who was full of enthusiasm for
her craft and thrilled to be working for such a prestigious company. She took us through the workshops from
the arrival of the various types of clay to the expert on the potter‟s wheel. Some pots cannot be made in their
entirety on a wheel as they are too large and must be put together in sections, others are made using moulds and
the decorative swags are also added from pre-moulded clay. Many of the pots are traditional but they also
have a beautiful range of contemporary styles that really caught my eye.

Jim Keeling founded the pottery in 1976 and both he and his wife Dominique still own the pottery and play an
active part in designing, making and marketing the flowerpots. There is a thriving apprenticeship scheme that
will ensure the survival of this ancient craft by training young people in all aspects of the business as well as the
actual work with clay. There are five apprentices at present, three of whom have ceramic related degrees.

For added interest, if it was needed, were the lovely gardens, demonstration pots planted so that you could really
see how they might fit into your own garden scheme and a gallery with local artwork and glazed tableware.

Whichford pottery is able to recreate garden pots and ornaments for restoration projects which demonstrates the
high regard in which they are held in the gardening world. These are heirlooms and so of course cannot be
bought at garden centre prices but then garden centres don‟t give you something as special as Whichford Pottery
pots.
                                                                                                 Penny Roberts
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                                            LONGBOROUGH WI

Our July meeting is traditionally held in garden, but this year, the weather being very windy and decidedly
chilly, we were forced to spend the time indoors.

By complete contrast, on a glorious summer afternoon, our August meeting was spent cruising on the River
Avon in a craft aptly named “the Pride of Avon”. En route, the captain gave us a running commentary on the
flora and fauna along the river bank and items of interest in the surrounding country. His crew served us a
delicious cream tea..

Back in the Village Hall on Wednesday, September 12th, we look forward to welcoming a speaker from the
National Star Centre at Ullenwood.

The day before this, Tuesday, September 11th, we complete our summer “Come to Tea” programme when we
entertain a group from the Bethseda Church in Cheltenham and the following week, the members of the Drama
Group go to entertain them at their home venue.

The Poetry group will resume their meetings on Wednesday, September 26th.

On Thursday, October 4th, we plan to hold a coffee meeting and “Bring and Buy” in the Village Hall to raise
funds for the Stroke Association. More details will be available nearer the date.
                                                                                           Dorothy Maynard


                                              FRIENDLY CLUB

We are delighted to have this report on recent activities of the Friendly Club from Susan Ball.

The Friendly Club enjoyed an outing with a difference in June. No one could agree on the best place to go, but
everyone wanted an outing. Eventually a Mystery Tour was agreed upon, passing the buck to the organiser.
What if no one wanted to go? What if they hated it when they did go? It was a terrible responsibility!! Not too
far, or everybody would be bored with travelling and the coach would be too expensive. Not too much walking,
but something to do and see at the end of the journey. Entrance fees must not be too much and last but not least,
there must be a CREAM TEA.

Our minds were blank. We toured the countryside hoping for inspiration. Ideas began forming and the coach
company approached. We settled for Fairford Church for our first port of call, to see the medieval stained glass
windows. We asked Pulhams to please take us a round-about route through some interesting villages, taking
about an hour to get there, leaving the route to them.

Twenty eight of us set off in the pouring rain. We were taken on the most picturesque and fascinating journey,
never very far from home, down roads which looked too narrow for a car, let alone a coach. We went through
some of the most beautiful countryside and little villages where I don‟t think any of us had been before, twisting
and turning in all directions. We all lost our sense of direction. No one guessed where we were going. We
eventually arrived safely at Fairford, where the rain ceased briefly to let us look around the church. The church
was so interesting and windows beautiful.

We set out on the last stage of our journey – in pursuit of our CREAM TEA. A twenty minute ride brought us to
Bibury, where our tea was booked at Arlington Mill. It was raining again and no one wanted to go round the
trout farm. One brave couple walked down to look at the old cottages at Arlington Row. There was a museum
and an antiques shop to look round at the mill, but quite soon everyone went in to tea. A lovely cup of tea, light
scones and lavish cream and jam. We can highly recommend it.

We loaded up – no one was left behind – we were back home in half an hour. A very successful outing.

The Editor had heard rumours about some high old times at Friendly Club meetings. He hopes that from now on
we shall be given an opportunity to let Link readers receive regular reports on the obviously enjoyable
goings-on and goings-out of the Friendly Club.
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                                    THE FRIENDS OF STOW SURGERY

The AGM of will take place at the Royal British Legion Clubhouse, Well Lane,
Stow on Thursday, September 27th at 7.30 pm. Admission free. There will be a business session first,
followed by cheese and biscuits and a social get together. All are welcome.

Thursday, October 4th. Friends have a Coffee Morning in the Church Rooms, Stow from 10.00 am until 12.00
noon. Cake stall and raffle. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes are welcomed. If you can help, please contact
Joanna Neave at 01451-870806.



Gloucestershire County Council – Library Services

Cathy McGrath, Libraries Marketing Officer, has sent us news of more innovative services

                                  MICE TO INVADE PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Thanks to over £800,000 of lottery funding, 210 new computers will be installed in public libraries in
Gloucestershire.

The library revolution is continuing to roll as over £10 million of National Lottery funding is invested in
computers and state-of-the-art technology in public libraries across the UK.

The New Opportunities Fund, a National Lottery distributor of "good cause" money, is funding the development
of the People's Network. The People's Network scheme is linking every public library in the UK to the Internet
and the National Grid for Learning, making technology accessible to local
communities at the click of a mouse.

In Gloucestershire this will result in the development of an information and communications technology centre
in each of the 39 libraries and is being backed by £841,649. The funding will provide a total of 210 PCs
across the county connected by a high speed network. They will be installed between October this year and
November next year. Membership of the library service, which is free and easy to do, is the only requirement to
make use of the People's Network.

Peter Gaw, Principal Librarian for Information Services said, "We are absolutely delighted that we will now be
able to provide yet another new service for the local community. The People's Network computers will mean
local people can come into any public library in the county and use word
processors, spreadsheets, database, graphics packages, scanners etc free of charge.

"This will benefit students who need to type up school or college work; the unemployed who can use the
Internet to research jobs and then use the word processor to prepare their CV; or a local organisation who might
use the database to keep a record of all their members. Tourists can also use
libraries to keep in touch with friends and family via our email facilities. This is yet another way in which
libraries are changing to enhance the services they offer. "

"Our staff are trained. The infrastructure will soon be in place. Our libraries can now become Community
Learning and Information Centres that will continue to inform, educate, challenge and inspire the people of
Gloucestershire," said Peter.


                                 LOG ON FOR VIRTUAL BOOKSHELVES

'Lack of time' and 'being too busy' are the main reasons why people don't use their local library as often as they
would like. But thanks to a new on-line service, you can now use the internet to find a book, music CD, video or
book on tape and reserve it without even leaving your own home.

"Logging onto www.findabook.gloscc.gov allows you to access the catalogue of over 1 million items on offer at
public libraries in Gloucestershire," said Liz Haldon, principal librarian for reader services.
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"When you find the item you want, you can even select the library from which to collect it" The cost of this
service is 50p per item which is payable on collection.

With so many new books to chose from, you may need some help in selecting. The Reading Room is a site
where you can find out what other people are reading in the county, prize winning books, the book of the month,
your favourite authors and use an exciting tool called Forager, which offers an easy way to find the kind of read
you are looking for. Using a sliding scale you can indicate how much romance, sex, violence you want in the
book, or its length, whether it is funny or serious, optimistic
or bleak or has a happy or sad ending. Forager will then recommend a suitable book.

Liz went on to say, "this is just another of the on-line services libraries are offering to residents in the county.
We already provide free internet access, computers through which you can send and receive emails, the ability
to search newspapers from around the world via the internet (in selected libraries) and an e-information service
called 'Know UK' which you can use to access over ½ million sources of up to date facts and figures" The
on-line newspaper search is available at Cheltenham, Cinderford,
Cirencester, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury libraries.

Library membership is free and easy. All you need to show is proof of address.

If Link readers want more information about any of these or other library services, you can always telephone
Cathy McGrath at 01452 425374.


                                    LOCAL NATIONAL TRUST EVENTS

CHEDWORTH ROMAN VILLA - Tel: 01242 890256 - e:mail chedworth@smtp.ntrust.org.uk - Normal
Admission: Adult £3.70, Child £1.85, Family £9.30

Combrogi Fourth Century Living History - see a Roman kitchen in action, plus Roman medicines, scribe,
weavers and stone-mason -10am to 5pm Saturdays & Sundays 15/16 September and 27/28 October - Normal
admission rate.

Mosaic Demonstrations by Joanna Dewfall - have a go at making a Roman mosaic - ideal for children (mosaic
kits can be purchased on the day) - 11am to 4pm Sunday & September - Normal admission rate.

Archaeology Dayschools (essential to book) - hands-on field archaeology for novice excavators, includes
excavation, surveying and planning - 10am Saturday & Sunday 1/2 September - £30 per day.

 Children’s Activities (essential to book) - drop-in sessions for half-term fun - 11am Saturday,
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday 27/28/30 & 31 October, Thursday-Sunday 1/4 November - £6 per
                                               child.

Living History Displays for Schools (essential to book) - September to November - Free.


HIDCOTE MANOR GARDENS - Tel: 01386 438333 - e:mail - hidcote_manor@smpt.ntrust.org.uk - Normal
Admission: Adult £5.70, Child £2.85, Family £14

Autumn Lectures (essential to book on 01985 843601) - a programme of lectures, followed by lunch with
the opportunity to visit Hidcote‟s Christmas Shop - 10.30am every Friday and Saturday from 9 November to 15
December - £19.95 including lunch and coffee.


LODGE PARK - Tel: 01451 844130 - e:mail lodgepark@smtp.ntrust.org.uk - Normal Admission: Adult £4.00,
Child £2.00, Family £10.00

Lectures:
The Trials & Tribulations of Working in a Large National Trust House - 7.30pm Thursday 6 September.
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Around the Houses - 7.30pm Thursday 13 September.

Life at HQ - 7.30pm Thursday 20 September
The above, lighthearted “fly on the wall” lectures are by National Trust staff, recounting the dizzy heights and
subterranean depths of their careers. House and grounds will be open to view and the cost of £10 will include
a glass of wine in the interval.

           Christmas Lecture, Mince Pies and Punch by the Fire - December - please
                              telephone Lodge Park for details.

SNOWHILL MANOR - Tel: 01386 852410 - e:mail snowshill@smtp.ntrust.org.uk - Normal Admission: Adult
£6, Child £3, Family £15 - Grounds only £3

Kobudo - classical Japanese martial arts demonstration in the grounds - 11am Saturday 8 September (tbc) -
Normal rates apply.

Musyck Anon - madrigal singers performing in the grounds - 11am Saturday 16 September - Normal rates
apply.

Apple Day - learn about local apples and how they are grown; games for children - 11am Saturday 20 October
- Normal rates apply.

Hallowe‟en - best fancy dress and best pumpkin competitions - 11am Wednesday 31 October - Normal rates
apply.

Book Fair - second hand books for sale, all proceeds towards the Manor‟s conservation projects - 11am
Saturday & Sunday 3/4 November - Normal rates apply.

Putting the House to Bed -  (essential to book on 01985 843601) -watch a National Trust house closing down
at the end of the season - 11am Saturday & Sunday 10/11 November - £12.95 to include a two course lunch.


CHARLECOTE PARK - Tel: 01789 470277 - e-mail charcote@smtp.ntrust.org.uk - Normal Admission: Adult
£5.60, Child £2.80, Family £14.00 - Grounds only £3

Family Fun Run - round the Park - 2.30pm Sunday 2 September - £2.50 per person, £6 per family.

Ghost Storytime & Dinner (essential to book)  - presented by Images Theatre Company - 7pm Wednesday 19
September - £19.50.

Living History Tent - Civil War - whether you are a Cavalier or a Roundhead, visit the tent to learn more about
an exciting period of England‟s history and have lots of fun - 1pm Sunday 7 October - No charge.
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UPTON HOUSE - Tel: 01295 670266 - e:mail utpon_house@smpt.ntrust.org.uk - Normal Admission: Adult
£3.50, Child £1.75

Fine Art Study Tours (essential to book) - a series of lectures by Upton‟s Property Manager, together with tours
of the relevant section of the Bearsted Collection:

         Some British Artists    -    10am Thursday 6 September
         Some Flemish Artists    -       “           “     13             “
                                           Some Dutch Artists         -         “            “      20         “

Free - numbers limited to 30.

Sun Rising Hill Climb and Upton House Rally - a spectacular parade of 1901-1939 cars commemorating early
hill climbs organised by the Midlands Automobile Club - driving over Sun Rising Hill to Upton House, leaving
the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon, at 2.30pm Saturday 8 September - Normal admission rates apply.

Jaguar Enthusiasts‟ Car Rally - 50 years of Jaguar Cars - 2pm Sunday 16 September - Normal admission rates
apply.

The National Collection of Asters (essential to book) - garden tour - 2.30pm Thursdays 20 September and 4
October - Free.

Putting the House to Bed (essential to book on 01985 843601)- a demonstration of housekeeping, the NT way -
10am Saturday 10 November - £8 including coffee.


 - Booking Form and details on NT leaflet “Events & Entertainment in 2001” (Cotswolds & Heart of
England) available at the Visitor Information Centres in Moreton and Stow.

If you are a member of the NT and wish to know more about the local Association, which organises social
events, outings and holidays, please contact Marian Brewer on 01451 830518.


                                              Birthday Greetings

The Link wishes Very Many Happy Returns to the children of Longborough and Sezincote with birthdays in
September and October 2001

SEPTEMBER 2001
DOMINIC SLOAN [WHO WILL BE 15]; EMILY TILLING [10]; JAY WYATT [16];
JONATHAN BICKFORD [14];LAURA MCPHERSON [12]; LEO GRAHAM [11]; NATHANIEL SIMPSON [12];
STACEY TILLING [13] AND SULA BROOKES [11]

OCTOBER 2001
EMILY SANDS [WHO WILL BE 10]; FARREN HOLMES [15]; JAMES EDWARDS [8];
MATTHEW WILLIAMS-ELLIS[13]; RUTH EDWARDS [4]; SARAH COOK [15 AND WAYNE GUNSON [14]

Please let the editor know if we have your age, the month of your birth or your name wrong or – worse miss
you out altogether – and the computer will put it right!
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                             DIARY FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, 2001

The principal events taking place in the village over these two months are as follows:
September 5       Garden Club – Village Hall, 7.30 pm:
                   Talk: Tim Godwin on “Grasses”
September 10      PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – Village Hall – 7pm
September 12      WI – Village Hall, 2.30pm
                  Talk: Anthony Feasey on “The Work of the National Star Centre”
September 20      Longborough Alpha Course – Village Hall – 7.30pm
                  Inaugural meeting - for more information, see page XX
September 23      Family Harvest Festival Service - St. James’ Church, 9.30am
September 28      Big Breakfast and Books Sale – Village Hall
                  Continental and Full English Breakfasts served from 9am until “Brunch”
                   All proceeds to the Longborough Link
October 3         Garden Club – Village Hall, 7.30 pm:
                   Talk: Roger Turner on “Euphorbias and other perennials”
October 4         WI – Coffee Morning & “Bring and Buy” – Village Hall
                  in aid of The Stroke Association
                  Time and other details to be announced
October 10        WI – Village Hall, 2.30 pm:
                  Talk: Mel Mills on “ The Lighter Side of Policing”
October 21        Family Service– St James‟ Church. 9.30 am
October 26        School closes – Half Term
October 28        British Summer Time ends - clocks go back one hour

KERBSIDE RECYCLING DATES –Monday mornings:
   September 10, 24
   October 8, 22

MOBILE LIBRARY AT LONGBOROUGH WAR MEMORIAL
Alternative Friday mornings between 10.55 and 11.20 am
   September 14, 28
   October 12, 26

LONGBOROUGH WEB SITE
http://www.longborough.org.uk

Copy for next issue by 15th October, please.
If any contributors are able to provide their articles, reports or notices saved on 3½” diskettes, this would be
much appreciated by the Editor, but if not, hand written or typed contributions are always welcome.

You can also send your copy by e-mail to penney@cix.co.uk

Editor: Richard Penney, Barrington Cottage, Longborough, Glos GL56 0QG
Tel: 01451 831665       Fax 01451 831653        e-mail: penney@cix.co.uk
Subscriptions: Graham Edginton, Ridgeways, Old Rectory Gardens, Longborough, GL56 0QF
Distribution – Rita Finch – Tel: 01451 830996

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE YOUR FUTURE COPIES OF THE LINK VIA E-MAIL, PLEASE
CONTACT THE EDITOR

								
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