Kingscote Barn Offers from Clever Chefs

If you haven’t already heard we have some amazing offers running throughout October, why not book in to come and try them out.

Our new menu will be starting on Wednesday 14th October, with some autumn treats.

I’ve also attached our Christmas menus; if you’re thinking of lunch with the family or dinner with a friend, then we definitely think you should come to Kingscote Barn.

Remember, the more visits you make in October, the more chances to be entered into our big prize draw, win a meal for two every month for a year….have you heard of a better prize for a foodie??? I don’t think I have!

We look forward to seeing you soon, 

Emma May

Cleverchefs Ltd | Client Relationship Manager
M: 07809119437


Lost Black & White Spaniel

Has anyone seen my dog ‘Chance’? She was last seen just outside the back gates of Chavenage House between 9pm and 10pm tonight (Monday 07.09.20). A man called in to our neighbours in the Manor Farm House saying he had seen a black and white spaniel on the lane.

Please give me a call on 01666 505576 or emil if you have any information. Caroline L-W

Matara Pop-up September Sunday Lunch

Pop-Up Sunday Lunch

12pm – 3pm September 20th & 27th

We are excited to announce the launching of a pop-up Sunday Lunch at Matara for the last two weekends of September.

Traditional Roast with pudding ~ £25 per person
Vegetarian & Vegan lunch with pudding ~ £20 per person
Children can have half portions of main with a brownie sundae ~ £13 per person

Drinks can be ordered and paid for at the bar, as well as meals.

Please ring the office on 01453 861050 to book your table. 

NB. maximum 6 people per table ~ we can arrange for tables to be grouped together. 

See the Menu here.

Smallpox & Edward Jenner

There is a programe about smallpox on the BBC World Service Radio at 10.00am on Thursday 3 September, which will undoubtedly mention Edward Jenner, who married Catharine Kingscote in our church. 

The programme will be available to listen to on demand shortly after broadcast – link here.

Thanks to Harry Tubbs for bringing this to our attention.

Ash dieback affecting ash trees at Bagpath Common

Briefing note for parishioners from Kingscote Parish Council

25 August 2020

Introduction: About 1.3 hectares of land at Bagpath is registered as a Common. When originally registered as a Common, the land was predominantly rough pasture, but subsequently self-seeded trees have grown up. The trees are predominantly ash and sycamore and most of the ash are affected by ash dieback. Because many of the ash trees on the Common are close to a road or right of way there are safety issues, and this note is to let parishioners know what is proposed to manage the risks. 

Current situation:

Kingscote Parish Council has discussed the ash dieback concerns at several meetings and obtained quotations for a professional assessment of the trees. However, we subsequently realised that the responsibility for looking after Bagpath Common remains unclear, since when it was registered as a Common the Commons Commissioner did not assign responsibility to any local authority. Consequently, the Parish Council contacted Cotswold District Council (CDC) in an attempt to clarify responsibilities. 

As the responsibility of the common is unclear, CDC has offered their assistance in assessing the health and safety of trees on site whilst further legal advice is obtained. CDC has initiated the following actions so far:

  1. Two members of the CDC Tree Team have visited the site and confirmed that all the ash trees are affected by ash dieback, some very badly. 
  2. The Tree Team recommend felling all the ash trees, and because of the difficult terrain they also recommend removal of the felled trunks. 
  3. The Tree Team has prepared a specification for the work proposed and requested quotations from contractors. A felling licence has also been applied for from the Forestry Commission. A felling licence must be in place prior to any tree works starting. This can be applied for by anyone and goes with the land. 
  4. Gloucestershire County Council and Highways have also been contacted to investigate any responsibilities they may have due to the adjacent highway. 

CDC is in the process of obtaining further legal advice regarding how the proposed works are to be progressed and how this will be financed.  A member of the Estates Team at CDC is preparing a brief for the management at CDC addressing the issues outlined above.  We believe that this brief will include the legal advice on responsibility for the Common, the current situation with the trees, and the likely cost of the proposed work based on the quotes from contractors.

Next steps: The Parish Council is keen to ensure that local residents are properly consulted. Once CDC has proposals for the way forward, we have asked for a meeting to be arranged with the parish, and for CDC to allow for full consultation before work is implemented on the trees. 

Free Woodchipping Mulch

After a summer of stump grinding we have a surfeit of wood-chipping mulch.  Great weed suppressant.  Free to a good home. Please help yourselves – it is just inside our driveway, on the left under the yew tree.  

Vivienne and Godfrey, Kingscote House.