The Alderton Charity Christmas Fair brings a choice of cards and “postable” gifts close to home. Charities taking part include the National Trust, Cobalt, Guide Dogs, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Glos Arthritis, RDA, LINC, Maggie’s Centre and the RNLI and RSPB. New this year is Winston's Wish, a charity supporting bereaved children.
Charities are working hard to make life better for all of us, so please give them your support.
Entry £1: children free. Coffee, cake and a super raffle provide entertainment and refreshment. All proceeds from sales from the stalls go direct to the charities – no middle men involved! Proceeds from refreshments go to the Village Hall Fund.
The Alderton Society golf day Monday 5th May Bank Holiday Monday.
The venue is TBC but likely to be Brickhampton Golf Course with an 11am-ish first tee time.
Cost is approximately £37 for tea/coffee and a bacon roll before we start, a 35 ball token for the driving range, 18 holes plus a two course dinner after.
All costs include £4 towards prizes.
Anyone is welcome, especially lady golfers, or Eileen Greaves will win the Ladies Bowl again by virtue of being the only lady golfer from the village! Guests as well as village residents are eligible for prizes.
New competition rules this year:
Bear in mind though that a bad choice of Mulligans can lead to featuring in the Spam Awards! If you'd like to enter just let Rob Hayden know by email firstname.lastname@example.org or 01242 620511.
For more informatin and booking see www.winchcombewelcomeswalkers.com
Friday 16 May
1 Cotswold hamlets in Spring - 14 miles – Strenuous – 9.00 to 16.30
Leaving Winchcombe on the Gloucestershire Way, we visit the
hamlets of Temple Guiting, Ford and Cutsdean.
2 Aspects of Stanway - 7 miles – Moderate – 9.15 to 16.15
An undulating route through orchards, past an iron age hill fort and along the escarpment before dropping down to the Stanway estate.
3 Stone beneath our feet - 9 miles – Moderate – 9.30 to 16.30
Transport to Huntsmans Quarry for a guided tour. Here we will learn about the geology and see the whole process from quarrying to the final products.
4 Isbourne Way - from source - 6 miles – Energetic – 9.30 to 13.00
Join us on this new route. The Isbourne begins on Cleeve Hill and ﬂows north to meet the Avon at Evesham.
5 Town History
1.5 miles – Easy – 14.00 to 15.30.
A stroll through Winchcombe with a knowledgeable guide who will fascinate you with local knowledge of this ancient town, once the capital of Mercia.
6 Sunset walk 3 miles – Easy – 18.00 to 19.30
A diﬀerent route from previous years. A short ride up Sudeley Hill before we walk along the Salt Way and descend past Stancombe Wood towards the welcoming sight of Winchcombe in the valley
7 Dinner and Quiz – local Cotswold pub - 20.00 to 22.30
A social evening for festival goers.
Saturday 17 May
8 Cotswold Way - the best bit! - 12.5 miles – Strenuous – 9.00 to 16.30
Broadway to Winchcombe via Stanton and Stanway, where we will get the opportunity to see the highest
gravity-fed fountain courtesy of Earl Wemyss.
9 Isbourne Way - to the Avon conﬂuence - 12 miles – Easy – 9.15 to 16.00
This walk follows the route of the Isbourne Way from Winchcombe to the Avon. Mike Lovatt, the author of a book about the Isbourne, will tell us about the mills along the river.
10 History, myths and vistas - 6.5 miles – Moderate – 9.30 to 13.00
A pleasant walk past Sudeley Castle up to Parks Farm, past the inner deer wall to St Kenelm's Well before returning to Winchcombe.
11 Cleeve Common - a living landscape - 9-10 miles – Energetic – 9.45 to 16.00
Learn more about the conservation and management of this Site of Special Scientiﬁc Interest, how the historic land use has shaped its rare plants and habitats.
12 Yesterday’s jam - 10 miles – Moderate – 10.30 to 16.30
Learn about the history of soft fruit growing and jam making in this area. We hear ﬁrst hand from a local worker from a jam factory and visit Hayles Fruit Farm.
13 Steaming into the Cotswolds - train ride and walk - 4 miles – Easy – 13.30 to 16.15
We meet at Greet for a ride on a nostalgic steam train to Toddington. By special permission we will walk back through Toddington Manor grounds and see the historic manor close up. Price includes train ride.
14 Town History - Winchcombe and the Great War - 1.5 miles – Easy – 14.00 to 15.30
Find out about Winchcombe and its links to the Great War from a knowledgeable guide.
15 Meals on Wheels - Fish & Chip supper on GWR train - 18.45 to 21.30
Meet at Greet, watch the world go by while you enjoy a ﬁsh and chip supper on board a steam train.
Sunday 18 May
16 Three hills walk - 12 miles – Strenuous – 9.15 to 16.00
We leave the valley for Cleeve Common to the highest point in the Cotswolds with airy views before following the escarpment.
17 Wild ﬂower circular walk - 4.5 miles – Easy – 9.30 to 12.15
A circular walk in the Sudeley Valley looking for and identifying wild ﬂowers with a knowledgeable guide. A great way to learn and share information.
18 Monuments in the landscape - 5.5 miles – Energetic – 9.45 to 12.45
Our goal is Belas Knap, the Neolithic barrow high above the town.
19 Man, dog and frog 7 miles – Moderate – 10.00 to 14.00
A nice Sunday morning walk to the valley with Frog Wood, over Stanley Hill to see the restored Millennium wood carving before decending to Stanley Pontlarge with its Norman church.
20 Linking farming and the environment - 5 - 7 miles – Moderate – 10.00 to 15.30
Meet at Guiting Power village car park and follow drovers’ trails and quiet lanes with much to see on the way. We visit Castlett Wood and the River Windrush at Kineton before lunch.
21 GPS for dummies - 2 miles – Easy – 13.30 to 16.00
Want to understand what GPS is all about? Come along and ﬁnd out more about global postioning systems and using a hand-held device.
22 Town history - various benefactors of Winchcombe - 1.5 miles – Easy – 14.00 to 15.30
A stroll through Winchcombe with a knowledgeable guide who will explain what some of the benefactors have brought to Winchcombe.
For more information and booking see www.winchcombewelcomeswalkers.com
Riley Baugus is an original North Carolina mountain man. As a blacksmith by day he learned his Roundpeak 5 string banjo style from one of the true greats, Tommy Jarrell.
One fateful day he received a call from his long while collaborator, Dirk Powell who was involved in the musical direction of the Oscar winning film Cold Mountain. Riley sang and played on the soundtrack to the film. Since then Riley has produced a string of albums and collaborated with such greats as T-Bone Burnett, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Tim O’Brien, and Willie Nelson.
Riley is recognised around the globe as arguably the best clawhammer banjo player and old-time traditional musician of this era. The real deal! His earthy and worldly-wise performance make him to old-time music what Seasick Steve is to the blues.
Ira Bernstein hales from Malverne, Long Island but moved to Pennsylvania in the early 80’s where he discovered his love for American traditional dance.
He calls himself a "percussive step dancer who specializes in Appalachian flatfooting," and also dances Green Grass style Appalachian clogging, English clogging, French-Canadian step dancing, Irish step dancing, and South African gumboot dancing. If you’re still unsure, think Riverdance meets Deliverance! As well as a world class dancer, Ira is also an accomplished old-time fiddle player.
Appalachian Roots features Ira’s fiddle playing, flatfooting and humour which combine perfectly with Riley’s banjo, fiddle, and vocals to provide the most authentic taste of traditional music from the Appalachian mountains of America. Add anecdotes
from Riley’s rural upbringing and his pithy observations of Hollywood and you have an all round entertaining evening with Appalachian Roots!
Do your Christmas shopping locally and support good causes at the same time! The annual Alderton Charity Christmas Fair in early November gets you off to a flying start.
There’s a raffle and plenty of coffee and cake to brighten your day! £1 entry; children free. Proceeds from refreshments go to the Village Hall Fund.
The Alderton Allotment Association (AAA) is looking for volunteers willing to help with the co-ordination of the Village Produce and Craft Show. The work load on volunteer members is not expected to be great – we just need folk with an interest in keeping the Alderton parish spirit alive. Last year’s show was a great success and involved a whole cross section of the community. This year we hope to make the event bigger, and with sufficient volunteers, better than last years.
If you are willing to help and be part of this year’s team then please let me know by emailing Bob Kennedy on email@example.com or calling 01242 620829 for a chat.
We are seeking volunteers to arrange and oversee aspects of the show in the following sections: Fruit and Vegetables, Flowers, Arts and Crafts, General Organisational skills, Jams & Chutneys, Cakes and baking and more. We are all amateurs so don’t worry over your level of expertise.
I am MWJ. Self appointed purveyor of Alderton village events.