• Don't heat frozen pipes with blow torches, householders warned

    GLOUCESTERSHIRE householders are being warned of the danger of trying to defrost frozen pipes with blow torches. The warning from Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service ollows a sharp rise in the number of calls to tackle incidents related to frozen plumbing

  • Battery and electric fence stolen

    A BATTERY and electric fence unit was stolen from a field off the B4035 road near Chipping Campden some time between 5.30pm on Tuesday, November 30 and 2pm on Wednesday, December 1. The black leisure battery was worth £70.

  • Breakdown recovery man seriously injured in collision

    AN AA man was seriously injured when he was in collision with a car driven by a teenager from Chipping Norton on Tuesday. The 47-year-old man from Buckingham suffered serious chest injuries in the collision, which happened on the unclassified

  • I nearly died after raid on my shop

    A WINCHCOMBE shop owner collapsed and was rushed to hospital shortly after thieves stole an estimated £15,000 worth of jewellery from her store. A shocked and distressed Suzanne Rafferty, who runs Fifty-o-Fifty in North Street, suffered an asthma attack

  • Villagers' anger at postal revamp

    VILLAGERS in south Warwickshire have complained to their local MP after disruption to postal deliveries in their area. Residents of Little Wolford, near Shipston, are unhappy with the postal service following a reorganisation of the Stratford sorting

  • I'm running in memory of 'Gramps'

    A BOURTON woman is running the London Marathon in memory of her grandfather, who suffered from dementia and died two years ago. Chantalle-Louisa Lester, aged 29, wants to improve people’s understanding of Alzheimer’s and raise awareness of the early

  • Lord Chancellor returned to his childhood home to open offices

    THE ‘first resident’ of Moreton returned to his boyhood home 75 years ago to open new council offices. The Journal of 1935 reported: “Viscount Sankey of Moreton, a former Lord Chancellor, returned to the town of his boyhood days 75 years ago to open

  • Council to continue travel tokens scheme

    COTSWOLD District Council aims to continue to provide travel tokens for disabled pensioners after Gloucestershire County Council takes charge of the concessionary fares scheme for over 60s next April CDC cabinet lead for revenues and benefits Barry Dare

  • Tributes to town’s ex-mayor

    TRIBUTES have flooded in for Gina Burrows, former mayor of Chipping Norton, who died last week. Councillor Burrows, who was mayor between 2006 and 2008, including the time of the town’s Charter celebrations when she greeted Prince Charles, died at the

  • Service to mark the day the bombs fell

    A SPECIAL service is being held next weekend to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of an historic village church near Shipston. On December 12, 1940, the 12th century St Peter’s Church in Whatcote was badly damaged when bombs were dropped

  • Chippy’s pop music heritage

    CHIPPING Norton is the toast of the nation thanks to a new book. R2D2 Lives in Preston is the intriguing title of the book compiled by BBC Radio 6 presenter Shaun Keavney. The book is based on the programme’s regular Toast the Nation strand in which

  • Debate over street lighting took another turn

    DEBATE over Campden’s street lighting rumbled on 50 years ago. The Journal of 1960 reported: “A special parish meeting at Chipping Campden reversed an earlier decision to convert half the street lights in the town from gas to electricity, and decided

  • All smiles at festive market

    A DUSTING of snow added to the festive feel of Moreton’s Christmas market last Saturday. A steady stream of visitors braved the bitterly cold weather to buy goods from a variety of stalls, selling crafts, gifts, food and drink. The event, which helped

  • Letter follows bungalow burglary

    RESIDENTS of a street in Bourton are to receive a letter from police following a burglary some time in the last two weeks. Burglars ransacked an unoccupied bungalow in Springfield, Bourton, after removing a downstairs window. They had previously tried

  • From the Archives - December 2, 2010

    100 years Ago December 10, 1910 The officers and men of the Moreton Fire Brigade were entertained to an excellent dinner at the Swan Hotel by Chief Officer Howard Warden, who has just resigned. The loyal toasts having been drunk, Mr Howard Warden spoke

  • Bus tour to hear ideas for growth

    A CONSULTATION exercise aimed at giving Shipston people the chance to have their say on the future development of the town starts tomorrow. Developers Ainscough Strategic Land (ASL), want input into the development of a site on Campden Road