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Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A VERY WARM WELCOME TO OUR WONDERFUL TOWN

Chipping Norton is a Bustling, Buzzing Cotswold Market Town - Market day is Wednesdays and there is a monthly Farmer's Market usually on the third Saturday of the month. It's a great place to live, with a superb range of shops, schools and facilities including FREE parking! 

'Chippy' is at the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds' between Oxford and Banbury so we're easy to reach by road or rail. It's a great place to visit, with lovely pubs, tea rooms and restaurants surrounded by stunningly beautiful countryside. Use us as a base for local walks and for exploring nearby tourist attractions such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace at Woodstock, Stow-on-the-Wold, The Rollright Stones and of course The Cotswolds.

Why not stay at The Crown & Cushion Hotel, The Fox Hotel, at one of the many B&Bs or in a fantastically luxurious log cabin (with its own spa) at Bluewood Park? We really are the town with a 101 Days Out on our doorstep. The town has a fascinating history and was, during the 70s, 80s and 90s, home to world renowned recording studios where many groups recorded their albums. Artists such as The Proclaimers, Status Quo, Beverley Craven, Radiohead, Kula Shaker, Duran Duran, The Boo Radleys, Fairground Attraction all visited the town.

Now we're home to several festivals, a century old Music Festival, a Jazz Festival, a Literary Festival already boxing outside its class after just two years, a Town Summer Festival, a Fibre Festival, a Beer Festival and a Food Festival. Then just a few miles away the famous Cornbury and newer Wilderness Festivals. Blimey!

It's a practical and attractive place to set up and grow a business. Many local businesses are expanding and offering jobs - see our Job Vacancies section. This website is packed with information about; What's On, The Theatre, clubs, jobs, accommodation, travel and much, much more.


Artweeks Coming Soon

In Artweeks in May there will be another big exhibition of sculptures at Kingham Lodge. The last exhibition in 2012 was attended by over 3000 people and raised £20,000 for charities. This year it will be even bigger with over 300 sculptures by over 60 sculptors.

artweeks logo.pngMany Oxfordshire sculptors are exhibiting with pieces in stone, resin, bronze, wire, steel, glass and other media. Other sculptors are coming from further afield.

Last time some money raised  helped a sculptors’ community in Zimbabwe, financing the construction of a borehole for a clean water supply. This time there will be over 100 stone sculptures by those sculptors – beautiful and original pieces. The sale of these works will fund the construction of a school hall at the community.

Like last time there will also be grants for Helen and Douglas House, and Anandvan, the lepers’ village in India. Grants were given last time for artwork in local school and this time some schools have run a sculpture competition at the school and will be exhibiting prize winners at Kingham Lodge. All local schools have been invited to bring their students to see the range of sculptures on show.

There will again be a sculpture trail for children to do (and parents!). It’s a lot of fun and helps all the family to see things in a new light.

The Sequoia Room café will be doing morning coffee, lunches and teas.

Entry is FREE – generous donations please for the charities.

Buy yourself a sculpture for your garden or house.

Entrance 11:00am-6:00pm Saturday 10 May to Sunday 18 May

Kingham Lodge (at the end of West Street), Kingham, Oxon OX7 6YL.

More details on website: www.sculptureatkinghamlodge.com


More Fun Than Ever at ‘Poshstock’ for the11th Year of the Cornbury Music Festival

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Following on from such a memorable tenth anniversary year, the Cornbury Music Festival will once again deliver a fantastic event with great music at its very core. From local acts to national treasures, The Cornbury Music Festival is dedicated to creating another year of great live performances sure to entertain a diverse audience over the three-day July weekend.

The festival, staged at the stunningly beautiful Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire from July 4 - 6 2014, will continue its long-standing tradition of including something for all the family. As Britain’s most civilised and upmarket festival, The Cornbury Music Festival is this summer’s hotspot for catching great music while hanging out with the Chipping Norton Set!
 
Here’s the 2014 line-up…SO FAR.
 
Friday features breaking Dublin duo Hudson Taylor, perfect pop stars The Feeling, great American troubadour Suzanne Vega, and the creators of ‘Everyday People’ and ‘Mr Wendal’, Arrested Development.  Friday night wraps up with the strictly-singing pop diva Sophie Ellis Bextor and national treasure Jools Holland with special guests ex-Spicer Melanie C, and Soft Cell’s Marc Almond.
 
The festivities continue on Saturday with festival favourite Jon Allen and American blues travellers Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band. The latter part of the afternoon will include Bruce Springsteen’s fellow New Jersey singer and friend, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes featuring Gary US Bonds, and chart topping Nina Nesbitt. Other artists include Illinois rocker Lissie, 60s icon Georgie Fame with Guy Barker’s 16 piece big band, pop-hit makers Scouting for Girls, and Scottish rock legends Simple Minds.
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Come Sunday, the festival goes pop with performances from X Factor 2013 winner Sam Bailey and finalist Luke Friend, and an eclectic cocktail of Caribbean flavoured Kid Creole & The Coconuts, 70s hit-makers 10cc and the Japanese Jeff Beck ‘Kill Bill’ theme tune writer Tomoyasu Hotei. Closing the festival on the Songbird Stage is Celtic fusion band Peatbog Faeries, with Sunday’s main stage headliner still under wraps.
 
Also at Cornbury 2014…
A great line-up of comedy stars will be announced soon, the fantastic children’s zone with countless programmes along with an extensive fairground will keep kids entertained all weekend long, and we’ll see the return of the brilliant Festival of Words hosted by Qi and Unbound.
 
Festival Director, Hugh Phillimore said,  ‘Once again I think we’ve managed to get a brilliant cross-section of great music – which is of course what we’re all about. Lots of old favourites, all great performers along with some very diverse new talent from a double Grammy Award winning new country star to an X Factor winner with a brilliant story. Old and new Top 10 artists along with international faces - a Japanese movie score writer and US bluesmen - with British national treasures to boot. With Cornbury’s unique family atmosphere, it’s going to be a lot of fun.’
 
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Everything you need to know:
 
Cornbury Festival, The Great Tew Estate, Oxfordshire, OX7 4AH
 
Box Office: www.bookingsdirect.com  or call 0844 338 0000
or via Cornbury Festival Website www.cornburyfestival.com
 
Ticket Prices (including admin fees):
 
GENERAL TICKETS

Adult Weekend Pass: £170 / with camping £200
Young Person (13-16 inclusive) & Over 70s Weekend Pass: £89 / with camping £120
Child (3-12 inclusive) Weekend Pass: £30 / with camping £35
Adult Friday Day Pass: £78
Adult Saturday or Sunday Day Pass: £89
Young Person (13-16 inclusive) and Over 70s Friday Day Pass: £40
Young Person (13-16 inclusive) and Over 70s Saturday or Sunday Day Pass: £45
Child (3-12 inclusive) Day Pass: £15
 
 
VIP TICKETS
Adult & Over 70s Weekend Pass: £280 / with camping £310
Young Person (13-16 inclusive) Weekend Pass: £155 / with camping £185
Child (3-12 inclusive) Weekend Pass: £78 / with camping £83
Adult & Over 70s Friday Day Pass: £160
Adult & Over 70s Saturday or Sunday Day Pass: £170
Young Person (13-16 inclusive) Day Pass: £110
Child (3-12 inclusive) Day Pass: £56
 
Tickets are subject to a one-off £2.50 fulfillment fee on the total order, and a £4 Special Delivery charge.
 
FOR FURTHER TICKET OPTIONS PLEASE SEE WEBSITE www.cornburymusicfestival.com

Chipping Norton School Battle of the Bands
Three piece girl band Revival triumphed at the Chipping Norton Battle of the Bands on Thursday 13 March, winning the chance to perform at this year’s Cornbury Music Festival at Great Tew on the first weekend of July.

Hannah Mitchell, 15, Katie Ware, 14 and Emma Pascoe, 14 (pictured left to right) impressed the judges with their upbeat pop covers, outstanding talent and joyful performance; and were a popular choice with the audience at Chipping Norton School who roared their approval.

According to Festival director Hugh Phillimore (pictured) the decision was unanimous: ‘Revival were the best rehearsed, most fun and, for me, are exactly the sound of the summer that the Cornbury Music Festival audience will appreciate.

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‘This is the sixth year we’ve been working with Chipping Norton School supporting the Battle of The Bands, offering work experience to students and awarding music prizes for the feeder primary schools. We very much appreciate the support we, too, have had from the local community over the years and we now feel truly embedded in the local culture.’

Chipping Norton School’s Jazz Band will also be performing at the Cornbury Music Festival which runs from the 4-6 July. For tickets and information go to www.cornburyfestival.com

Photpgraphic Competition
Snap up a prize by capturing beautiful West Oxfordshire on camera. The search is on to find photographs that capture the very best of West Oxfordshire.
 
From scenic images of local towns, villages, countryside and buildings, to atmospheric shots encapsulating what it is like to live in the area, photographers of all abilities and ages are being invited to send in their snaps to the District Council.
 
The Council is looking for photographs to help show off the uniqueness of West Oxfordshire, which it brands as the ‘Oxfordshire Cotswolds’ to market the area as part of work to support and encourage tourism.
 
It is the fifth year that the Council has run a photographic competition and this year’s winner will receive a ready-to-hang art canvas of their image donated by Witney-based Blueprint Imaging Ltd, as well as afternoon tea for two served in the Wedgwood Lounge courtesy of De Vere Venues Heythrop Park Resort.

Photo comp winning pic Clevely post box by Paul Chapman.jpgThe winning photograph and a selection of some of the best entries will be used in the Council’s tourism marketing publications and on the website www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org. Last year's winning entry - a photograph of a post box at Clevey - by Paul Chapman is pictured here.
 
Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member with responsibility for tourism, said: “West Oxfordshire is a beautiful part of England with stunning countryside and traditional buildings and historic towns. We have vibrant communities, interesting places to visit and an endless list of things to do, along with shopping opportunities and a diverse range places to eat, have fun or relax.
 
“We’re looking for images that really get to the heart of West Oxfordshire and capture what it has to offer to help us show everyone just what a fantastic place this is.”
 
For full details and a competition entry form visit: www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/photos or contact Diane Blackwell on 01993 861553; email: diane.blackwell@westoxon.gov.uk.
 
The closing date for entries is Monday 31 March. All images should be of high enough quality for enlargement up to A4 size.

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