The UK’s only open exhibition of black and white photography is being held in Gloucestershire this month - and will feature a picture by Winchcombe’s own top photographer Peter Campion.
The unique, national exhibition showcases the country’s top masters of monochrome and Peter’s stunning portrait shot of ‘Jasmine’, has been chosen by an independent panel of judges to be included.
The exhibition entitled Cotswold Salon 2014, opens at Blackfriar’s Priory in Ladybellegate Street, Gloucester on Thursday July 24th and runs for four days until Sunday July 27th.
Peter’s photograph was one of 300 pictures chosen from more than 1400 entries that came in from around Britain by some of the country’s best monochrome photographers.
This year sees one Gloucestershire photographer winning a gold award and two others receiving commendations. The impressive display is being run by Cotswold Monochrome, a county-based club but one of just a few in the country whose members specialise in black and white photography. This summer’s exhibition is the club’s 19th show of this kind and attracted more than 1400 entries from all over the UK.
Raise your glasses to Winchcombe's latest Festival!
Winchcombe will be lovely bubbly in July as the town celebrates the role of one of its greatest sons in inventing ‘champagne’.
Christopher Merrett was born 300 years ago. A doctor and herbalist, he is also the first person known to have described using sugar in wine to make it fizzy, years before Dom Perignon, who is traditionally thought of as the father of Champagne.
At the end of July, the town will give itself over to the Festival of Fizz, in celebration of all things bubbly and sparkling.
Chris Sweet, one of the organising team said: “Merrett was born in February but we’re holding the festival in summer for obvious reasons. We want to show off the town and also mark one of its sons – one who should be much better known. Recognition of his work is growing though, we’ve spoken to a number of wine buffs including the wine writer Chris Redman who thinks he should be better known.”
At the festival on July 26 and 27, Abbey Terrace and North Street will be closed and local businesses invited to join in with fizz, sparkle and bubble related displays.
Calling all rural businesses, organisations and residents...
Tewkesbury Borough and The Forest of Dean District are bidding for EU funding from the LEADER Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and are keen to hear your views on what types of projects this could help fund.
LEADER supports rural businesses and communities with a view to making rural settlements more sustainable and we hope to secure £1.3 -£1.7 million over the next 5 years.
LEADER will be managed by a steering group of local people called a Local Action Group and it is governed by a plan called a Local Development Strategy (LDS).
This is your chance to help develop a programme that suits farming, business and communities in our rural areas and helps support sustainable jobs and growth.
Please come along to one of the following consultation events and share your thoughts and ideas:
Tuesday 15 July at Tirley Village Hall from 6pm-7.30pm
Thursday 24 July at Gotherington Village Hall from 6pm-7.30pm
Registration for the events is from 5.30pm when refreshments will also be available.
Dumbleton Village Club is holding a second Summer Craft Fayre and Barbecue on Saturday August 16th. They have a wide range of clever and unusual craftspeople coming to showcase their talent.
The first fayre in April was a real success and they hope to make this one just as good. There will be over 35 stall holders to see, a bumper barbacue for all the family, face painting, fair games, live music in the garden and even candyfloss!
The fayre will take place between 10am and 3.30pm with entrance just £1 with children under 12 going free. There will also be free parking, so come along and enjoy the fun.