Cotswold traders in Winchcombe are hoping a new venture launched this month will ‘bag’ them scores more customers. In a bid to encourage new residents moving to the town to support local shops, pubs restaurants and services, Winchcombe Business Forum has produced a promotional new shopping bag that advertises the range of quality independent shops, services and businesses in the market town. More than 200 of the ‘love shopping in Winchcombe’ bags have already been issued free to home owners who have moved into the town’s two new developments by Bloor Homes and Redrow Homes in Greet and Gretton Road.
The idea came from WBF committee member Liz Stranks, who runs The Coventry agency in the High Street. She said: “With so many new families and people moving into Winchcombe we wanted to make sure they were all aware of great range of shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants and professional services they have on their doorstep and encourage them in. “It’s also very timely with the temporary closure of the B4632 through the town. Some businesses are being affected and we want people to know they can still gain access to Winchcombe and the town centre shops.”
If you have received one of our 'New Homeowners Packages' we would be grateful if you would participate in a short questionnaire to share ideas and tell us what you think about shopping in Winchcombe. Participants names will go into a free draw to win £50 worth of vouchers for use in selected Winchcombe Shops. To take part click here. Good Luck!
Sunday 12 July, Toddington car park will be crammed with buses of every shape, type and age from throughout the region. We will be running services to Broadway Village and Station site and maybe beyond. Normal ticket prices will apply. Details.
Postlip's biggest event of the year is the annual Cotswold Beer Festival, organised in partnership with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and now in its 39th year. Tickets are now on sale for this year's Festival, which takes place in Postlip's Tithe Barn, Friday 15 - Sunday 19 July. Full details and how to by your tickets for a wonderful weekend in the countryside can be found HERE.
The Dumbleton Village Club Craft Fayre - Saturday 18 July, 10 am to 4:30 pm. 60 assorted stalls, hot and cold refreshments, cakes, teas and coffees available all day. All the fun of a village fayre. Entrance £1, parking free.
St Kenelm Miracle Play - Sunday 19 July, Well Blessing - 2:45 pm, play starts 3:00 am
A play in three acts starting at St Kenelm's Well and walking down through Sudeley Castle estate to finish at St Peter's Church, Winchcombe at approximately 5 pm. Parking is at Sudeley Castle Visitor's Centre; there is no parking at St Kenelm's Well.
By kind permission of Lady Ashcombe.
Willans are hosting a coffee, cake and free advice morning.
Local solicitors from Willans are hosting a coffee morning in Winchcombe to introduce their private client team and legal services to residents over a slice of cake and a cup of coffee. Everyone is welcome; please join us on 23 July at the Winchcombe Methodist Church on the High Street. Drop in between 10am and 2pm to hear ‘on the hour’ talks or simply to have a one-to-one chat over coffee on a no obligation basis. Click poster for details.
26th July - Alice in Wonderland
Be transported to Wonderland at this themed event to celebrate 150 years since the publication of the famous book. We don’t want to spoil all of the surprises but there will be characters from the story, a tea cup ride, themed props, and a gyroscope for a ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ experience! Details
On Sunday 16th August Hailes Abbey, 2miles NE Winchcombe GL54 5PB, will host the Rain or Shine Theatre Companys production of William Shakespeares "The Tempest". Grounds open at 6.30pm for picnics, please bring your own seating. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Variety of local wines, snacks, hot and cold drinks plus ice creams available to purchase in the English Heritage shop on site (and picnic blankets). Tickets are adult £13, concessions £11 and child £6.Tickets from 03306 6000541 or visit Hailes Abbey.
Winchcombe Country Show - Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015
The 66th annual Winchcombe Country Show promises to have something for everyone when it returns to Winchcombe Senior School Field on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015.
Beginning with the annual procession at 11.30am, visitors can expect to see the Happenstance Border Morris dancers, Winchcombe Fire Engine and vintage tractors lead the locals through the pretty Cotswolds town before the show itself kicks off at 12.00 noon.
Free Town Walks - The 2015 series of Guided Town Walks, which are supported by the Winchcombe Business Forum, start again on Easter Sunday and run until October. They take place at 11 am and 2.30pm every Sunday, starting at the TIC; they are for anyone, visitor or resident, who is interested in the fascinating history of Winchcombe – from ancient Saxon Borough to WW2 and beyond.
Winchcombe has a new Riverside Path, initiated by Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome group. The path offers a pleasant riverside stroll which can be enjoyed by walkers of all abilities. It is ideal for pushchairs, wheelchair users and older and less mobile people and is approximately a 1 mile circular route, just 3 minutes from the town.
A leaflet is available from the Tourist Information Centre as well as a RADAR key which disabled people can use to open the gate on the path.
Click leaflets for further details.
It is with deep regret that due to unforeseen circumstances involving two key stakeholders, we have had to cancel The Festival of Fizz 2015. This is obviously a great disappointment for organisers but more especially for all those who came along last year and for those who had shown an interest for 2015. Fingers crossed for 2016.
Great news for Winchcombe. Marchants are trialling a Sunday & Bank Holiday bus service in Winchcombe - the first for decades, from Sunday 3 May. The service will run from Cheltenham/Winchcombe/Broadway to Stratford and return, as well as other trips into Cheltenham until at least October.
If it is used it will stay; if not it will go! Timetable
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DROP IN SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE IN WINCHCOMBE
The Gloucester & District Citizens Advice Bureau are pleased to announce that a drop-in service will be available on the first Monday of each month from 10am to Noon at Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe, from the 1st September 2014.