Yesterday, pupils from Year 6 in were – in support of their theme lesson – whisked back to 1940s Britain and were duly evacuated to the safety of Winchcombe. They experienced a steam train journey, met with other real evacuees and even had to seek shelter during an air raid. They were also trained to be members of ‘fire parties’ ready to put out any fires after a bombing raid. Finally it was time to head back to the future.
Enthusiasts are celebrating Tewkesbury winning a prestigious regional floral competition. It won the town category in this year’s Heart of England in Bloom event, the precursor to Britain in Bloom. Officials announced their decision at a ceremony in Warwick Castle, placing Tewkesbury above its category competitors - Stroud, Studley, Uttoxeter, Evesham, Leominster, Ledbury, Ludlow and Newport. It was a triple triumph for Tewkesbury because it won a gold award yet again and long-serving volunteer Pete Aldridge was given a special award. Tewkesbury in Bloom chairman John Badham said: “It is worth noting that we have had ten years now of gold awards and three times in the last four years we have been best in category.
Tewkesbury Museum celebrates a £9,400 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for ‘Memories of Ashchurch’ Project
Tewkesbury Museum has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today. This exciting project, ‘Memories of Ashchurch’, led by Tewkesbury Museum, has been given £9,400 to to tell the story of Ashchurch Army Camp, and find out more about its remarkable history and its influence on the town of Tewkesbury. Tewkesbury Museum collects and preserves objects of relevance to the history of the area covered by the town and surrounding villages. With an emphasis on voluntary support, our exciting new project will give the community a chance to discover the rich, colourful and sometimes troubled history of Ashchurch Army Camp.
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival includes a huge re-enactment of the Battle of Tewkesbury. Featuring around 2000 warriors, including knights in full armour, gunners, traditional English Longbow archers, men at arms with swords, spears and other weapons of the period, as well as a real canon, all brought to life with a lively and informed commentary, and taking place on part of the site of the original battle of 1471. The re-enactment is now widely regarded as the largest of its kind in Europe. When not fighting many of the participants will be living for the weekend as soldiers on the march, sleeping in authentic medieval tents, eating food of the period, cooked over open fires in copies of medieval pots and pans, and preparing for the battle as they would have done in 1471. Many of the traders on our market are just as authentic, dressed as 15th century traders, they use well researched skills to do everything from making swords and armour, to preparing ginger bread and hand stitching beautiful gowns and colourful tunics.
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