Beacon: An important update: please note that the beacon lighting will now take place on the Village Green on the paved seating area underneath the Village sign. It will still be lit at 9.15pm to coincide with the timing of the national beacon event. We’re delighted that the Head Girl and Boy from the Cotswold School have agreed to light the beacon and the most senior ranking military resident will salute as the National Anthem is played by a bugler. Residents are welcome to attend and witness this historic and traditional ceremony.
Sporting Saturday: Please see the poster on the 4th June Information Page for details of the Family Fun Run being organised by Bourton Roadrunners. The run takes place around the Cotswold School playing field and will end with Roadrunner marshals accompanying the participants safely down to the finish on the Village Green. The more the merrier, dress sporty, casual or fancy dress, whichever you like. It’s just for fun... !
Concert: Ticket sales have begun and are selling well for the Picnic in the Park Concert. A reminder tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite; their dedicated page for the concert can be accessed using the QR code displayed on the concert poster (see 3rd June information page) which provides information on the event as well as a ticket booking facility. Alternatively, residents can go to the Eventbrite website:
Residents can also buy paper tickets from the village’s Visitor Information Centre in Victoria Street during their usual opening times. Please don’t miss out and get your tickets early as you will not be able to pay on the gate.
Platinum Jubilee Generation Tea Party: This has proved really popular and we’re nearly at capacity, so if you’re interested in attending do contact the Visitor Information Centre to see if space is still available.
Children’s parties: Registration for the parties is also well underway with lots of children already signed up. Do ensure yours don’t miss out by leaving it till the last minute (see 2nd June information page for registration form).
Open Gardens: The programme has now been finalised and entry is strictly by ticket only. Tickets will be available to purchase from the Kiosk on the Green on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June (£3 for adults, children go free); gardens will be open on Friday 3rd June between 10.00 and 17.00.
Fun Day: The overall event programme at the top of the 5th June Information Page contains comprehensive details of each event/activity. All activities on the day (except food) will be free of cost, hopefully ensuring as many residents as possible will join in.
Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee
Plans are well underway to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over a 4-day programme of events between 2nd-5th June that will hopefully appeal to local residents of all ages. Following an appeal for volunteers, the arrangements are being taken forward by a Working Party made up of local residents, businesses and one or two parish councillors operating under the umbrella of the Parish Council. The Council is funding the event up front but will be reimbursed by the Working Group after the event using grants as well as income generated by the various activities taking place over the 4 days. The Council has itself agreed to provide a grant of £1,000 to help offset some costs.
The aim of the Working Group is for the celebrations to be enjoyed primarily by residents, for all activities to be low- or no-cost, and to generate sufficient income from one or two activities to cover as many of the overall event costs as possible. In that way, it hopes to ensure that all residents will be able to participate and that no-one is excluded for reason of affordability. Whilst we realise that some visitors will inevitably be in the village, many people will remain in their communities that weekend to take part in their own celebrations and, as in 2012, this will enable the focus to be on residents rather than visitors.
The full programme is being drafted and will be posted on the web-site as soon as arrangements have been finalised. If you click on the links below, you’ll find a brief summary of the various events that are being planned, as well as downloadable entry forms for parties and competitions (in due course).
Given the comprehensive programme of entertainment we will need to rely on volunteers to help oversee some of the activities. We’re a small group of 15 or so local residents and therefore it will be impossible for us to do this all ourselves! We’re looking for other residents to come forward and offer just an hour or two’s assistance over the weekend – we’re hoping that by asking a large number of people for just a small contribution of time we’ll be able to recruit enough helpers to ensure all the activities will be covered yet allow those volunteers to have plenty of time to enjoy the activities. Please do let us know if you’re able to give some time to help make this a special community event, the roles will not be onerous – just plentiful…
Funded by the Build Back Better Market Town’s Fund
One of the primary fund-raising events will be the Picnic in the Park concert to take place on Friday 3rd June on the (restored) Cotswold School playing field. This will replicate the concerts held in 2012 and 2014 and this year it will feature an amazing tribute band “Beatles for Sale”. They’ll be well supported by a set from the local group “Paige & The Red Shift” as well as DJ Ian Sorley playing background music to get the crowd in the mood once gates open. We hope that lots of residents will buy tickets for this event as not only will it be a fantastic night out, but we’re counting on the income generated to help fund other free activities over the weekend. Tickets have been reasonably priced at £12 per adult, £5 for 11-16s with U11s going free. It should be a great family night out – please don’t miss it! Click on Friday’s Link for more details.
The Parish Council kindly agreed to put aside £1,000 from its annual grants budget to help with event costs. GCC’s Build Back Better fund has also awarded a grant of £5,000 whilst Hacklings’ Transport, Rural Cinema, Fosseway Hire and the Primary School have all made generous contributions for which we’re extremely grateful. Other local individuals, organisations and businesses are sponsoring various elements or are donating prizes and we’ll publish a full list of thanks after the event.
If any other residents or businesses are willing to provide sponsorship or donate prizes for the different activities and competitions, we can assure you these will be gratefully received! Anyone considering this should contact Sue Cretney on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can have a chat.
Should there be a small profit from the event the Working Group will distribute this between local groups and charities.
One of the key elements to the Sunday Fun Day in the village centre is the closure to vehicles of the section of the High Street between Moore Rd and Station Rd, as well as the sections of Victoria St between the High St and the Chester House Hotel, including the side road round to the back of the Victoria Hall. The closure will be effective from 09.00 (to enable set-up) until 21.00, at which time the event will finish and traffic access will be restored.
Residents and local businesses have been consulted via articles in previous Browsers and hand-delivered letters, and we’re keen to ensure everyone is aware of this road closure in advance, to avoid problems on the day. Equally, residents are asked to ensure that any cars parked in the restricted areas on Saturday evening are removed from those spaces before 09.00 on Sunday.
Activities in the village centre will be set up on parts of these roads and it’s obviously helpful if residents and businesses can ensure they’re aware of the closure and make plans to avoid the restricted areas on the day. Naturally, the set up will provide a route for emergency vehicles to gain access throughout the event, if needed. However, we’d ask residents to note the alternative route across the river (via Sherborne Street) and in/out of the village (via Station Rd/Lansdowne and Rissington Rd). For information, the map below shows the area of closure as well as signage that will be put in place to notify drivers.
The inconvenience will be for one day only and it’s therefore hoped that everyone will get on board and cooperate to help this go smoothly.