Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Everyone Can Sing Again - A voice Workshop

For everyone that has ever been on our Everyone Can Sing: A Voice Workshop with Dan Evans, Farncombe Estate have launched a new reunion course just for you!

Rekindle some of the fun and camaraderie that you experienced on Dan’s popular and successful Everyone Can Sing voice workshop. There will be warm-ups, chanting and a quick reminder of what was previously learned. Then the focus will be on working in syndicate groups, preparing and presenting songs.

Dan will again deploy his positive reinforcement process, which develops confidence and bonds groups. This is an opportunity, not only to enjoy this especially positive ambience but also, should you wish, to gently challenge yourself and further develop your confidence with singing.

You need to have attended one of Dan’s Everyone Can Sing classes to book on this reunion.

Friday, 7 October 2011

What goes on in Room 617 at Cotswold Conference Centre?

A War Hero remembered at Farncombe Estate

Military heroes past and present were honoured in a moving ceremony at Cotswold Conference Centre, Broadway, yesterday [Thursday.]

Maudslay Court, a new £3.5m Cotswold-stone building constructed at Farncombe Estate, was officially opened by Victoria Trevelyan, niece of the Dam Busters’ hero Henry Maudslay. The Maudslay family lived on the Estate during WW2 when Henry was tragically killed in raids on six German hydroelectric dams.

To commemorate the connection with 617 Squadron, the Dam Busters’ unit of which Henry Maudslay was B Flight Commander, a plaque was also unveiled by Wing Commander Keith Taylor, currently Officer Commanding 617 Squadron.

“This beautiful building has given us a fantastic opportunity to honour an earlier resident of the Estate,” said Cotswold Conference Centre’s MD Mark Philip-Sørensen. “We would like to thank the Maudslay family and Wing Commander Taylor for making our opening ceremony so special.”

The large new wing of 32 en-suite bedrooms, constructed by skilled local tradesmen, boasts a number of ecological features, including a ground-source heat pump and solar panels. The Cotswold stone building even has its own tower.

One deluxe room - Number 617 – is themed with prints that tell the Dam Busters story, including a picture of the Lancaster Bombers in action in May 1943.

Emotional tribute

The Grand Ceremony began with the Celebration Reed and Brass Band of Hampton playing stirring renditions of the Dam Busters theme and the RAF March Past, while 80 guests and staff assembled in Maudslay Court.

The historic afternoon was completed with traditional afternoon tea – in the Estate’s dining room decorated with gingham and bunting, to the strains of Vera Lynn.

Keith Taylor spoke about 617 Squadron’s heroic history, including recent tours of Afghanistan and Libya, while Victoria Trevelyan gave an emotional tribute to Henry Maudslay, the uncle she never knew. She presented Farncombe Estate with a rarely-seen portrait of her uncle – Henry had been just 21 when he died on his return from the Dam Busters’ raid.

In the 1954 film The Dam Busters, Henry Maudslay’s role was played by actor Richard Thorp, later known as Alan Turner in “Emmerdale”. A remake of the film, with a script by Stephen Fry, is expected to premiere soon.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Simon de Montfort Day School

A day of discussion and exploration with historians and archaeologists.

On Saturday 8th October, Farncombe Estate is proud to host

Lords, Halls and Chronicles: A Thirteenth Century Miscellany.

This is your chance to listen and contribute to a panel of medieval historians and archaeologists on the politics and society of ‘long thirteenth century’ England.

This day of historical delving, organised by heritage charity The Simon de Montfort Society, will concentrate on the secular elite. Topics include How to win friends and influence people; models of lordship in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and Entertainment in the Gentry Household.

Medieval experts Professor Peter Coss (Cardiff University), Professor David Carpenter (Kings College, London), Professor Tom James (University of Winchester) and Dr John Hunt (University of Birmingham) will draw on published and unpublished research to discuss the material world of the elite and royalty. The day will also feature the discovery of The Pershore Flores Historiarum, a previously-unrecognised Worcestershire chronicle of this period.

Fees for the day (10am to 4.15pm), including morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, are £40 for members of the Simon de Montfort Society and £45 for non-members.

To book your place, please send a cheque payable to ‘The Simon de Montfort Society' to the Hon Treasurer, Mr T Paul Jenkins, 4 The Mews, Head Street, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 1DA. Please say if you have any dietary requirements.

This is an event organised directly by the Simon de Montfort Society. Queries should be directed to David Snowden on 01386 421747.

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Where to find us and what we do

Farncombe Estate is situated just outside the Cotswold village of Broadway. We are approximately 50 minutes from Oxford, Birmingham and Bristol and easily located from the M5, M40 and M42.

There is a direct rail service from London Paddington to Moreton in Marsh which is our nearest rail station. To help rail travellers we offer a return taxi collection service from the station.

For a location map and further directions please visit our website.