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Local Gallery Commissions Ruskin Students to bring the Cornish Coast to Oxford!


porthleven_studentsAfter competing fiercely against other Oxford based student artists, four Ruskin students won the prize of a week stay in luxury 4 star accommodation in the Cornish harbour of Porthleven, plus the use of a very unusual art studio; a former lifeboat house. Commissioned by the O3 Gallery to make artwork for an exhibition that will take place from 27th Aug – 25th Sept 2011, the students spent a week in July exploring and responding to their temporary environment.

Rob Branigan, Joseph Bransfield, Claire Davis and James Lomax may have only just finished their first year at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, however they will all show artwork in a professional exhibition at the O3 Gallery that brings a breath of sea air to the landlubber city of Oxford.

The student’s artwork ranges in style from large scale expressive paintings by Joseph Bransfield where the paint is dripped and thrown onto the canvas, to installation work that combines both traditional and new materials created by Oxford resident, James Lomax. Describing himself as an artist who asks questions about our being; human values, political convictions and peoples’ beliefs, James is taking this opportunity to examine Porthleven’s ‘real’ history:
“After researching the history of the harbour I became fascinated with Porthleven’s stories that related to real people and explored the nature of these against the idyllic setting of this beautiful place. The whole experience has really been a fantastic opportunity and an extremely interesting project, one that I am delighted to have been part of, in fact, we all are!” James Lomax.

Ensuring an exuberant mix of styles and interpretations, the students’ art will be exhibited alongside work by artists local to Porthleven, presented by Porthleven’s leading art space, The Customs House Gallery.

Free Allergy open days


Claire Fretwell 'Britain's 1st Allergy Agony Aunt' is holding free allergy open days in the Four Shires area as follows: -

  • Henley on Thames - The Red Lion on Sat 10th Sept
  • Reading - The Crown Plaza on Thursday 15th Sept
  • Amersham - The Crown Inn’ Sat 24th September
  • Moreton in Marsh - The White Hart Royal Hotel on Sat 1st Oct
  • Chipping Camden - The Kings Hotel on Thurs 6th Oct
  • Banbury - The Cromwell Lodge Sat 3rd Dec

Please visit Claire's website for more information www.allergyadviceclairefritwell.co.uk

Celebrate Ford's centenary at Gaydon - July 24th


fordsThe Ford Y & C Model Register is a Ford rally at the HERITAGE MOTOR CENTRE in Gaydon.  
All Fords, and derivatives, built up to1985 will be on show exhibiting the tremendous range of vehicles produced by one of the world’s biggest manufacturers. Everything from Model T’s through the cars of the pre-war austerity years, agricultural & military vehicles, and onto the more luxurious post-war Zodiacs, Capris and Granadas will be invited to show alongside the commercial workhorses carrying the goods to all corners of the world. Ford Motor Company are bringing vehicles from the FORD HERITAGE COLLECTION to celebrate Ford UK Centenary.

 Banbury Rotary Club are involved in an unusual feature - “Ride in an Old Ford” - whereby members of the public will take rides of a few miles in an old Ford of their choice and donate to charity. This will not only raise money for a good cause but also give a superb opportunity to experience a flavour of motoring in the past. Maybe this is where we encourage the next generation of enthusiasts. A range of old Ford cars will be available from participating clubs.

 The excellent indoor facilities such as the film theatre will provide visitors with footage of thrills and spills over the years. Gaydon offers a splendid museum for the whole family.  The outdoor arena will hold parades of some of the best Fords in the country and hard standing areas ensure that the show will go on whatever the weather.


Hundreds of cars will be on show and members of the public will see possibly the largest range of old classic Fords assembled in one place in the year. Trade stands will be popular with classic car owners seeking out those wanted parts.

New exhibition at Bletchley Park


Bletchley Park Trust is proud to confirm its exhibition, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the capture of an Enigma machine and codebooks from the German U-boat 110 which took place on 9 May 1941 exactly 70 years ago.


The exhibition contains photographs of the capture – it is the first time all known photos have been exhibited together at the same time – and also the full story including many of the details which appeared in the best selling book on the capture of the Enigma code by historian Hugh Sebag-Montefiore. The exhibition contains the first hand account of the 20 year old 2nd Lieutenant who climbed into the U-boat to seize the documents (he is still alive today), and it also covers the story from the German side. Some of the U-boat survivors have told their story. A special 70th anniversary edition of Hugh’s book, which has been specially updated to coincide with the exhibition, will be available at Bletchley Park.


As well as being a dramatic event in its own right, the capture of the U-110 is also noteworthy because it was so significant to breaking the naval Enigma code. Many people still do not realize that Alan Turing and his Bletchley Park codebreakers were not at first able to break the naval Enigma code used by Germany’s U-boats. At the beginning of 1941 they were crying out for the codebooks to be captured. They knew that once they had them in their hands the code could be broken. On 7 May 1941 some codebooks were seized from a captured weather forecasting ship. But there were significant documents still missing. When they were finally captured from the U-110. King George VI famously said it was the most important event in the war at sea.


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While disputing King George VI’s claim, the exhibition reveals exactly what was captured – which included the Offizier Enigma codebooks used for particularly important messages – and also describes how these were used to conquer the Germans. For example the great British victory at the battle of North Cape in December 1943 when the Royal Navy sunk the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst was fought under the cover of the Offizier Enigma codebooks recovered from U-110.


For visitor information, contact 01908 640404, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or go to www.bletchleypark.org.uk


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Editor’s Information


Note for all media: if you need details of the exhibition or what’s in it, feel free to contact Kelsey Griffin at Bletchley Park on 01908-640404 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  .


Additional Information

·          Further details about each of the events are available on request.


·          Cost of the Annual Season Ticket is:






 Concessions: (Over 60's and students with   valid ID.)


 Children 12 to 16:


 Children under 12:  (with friends and family only.   Groups of children with clubs, such as Cub Scouts, should contact us in advance)

 Free of  Charge

 Family Ticket:  (Two adults + Two children aged 12 to 16)



Tickets include a guided tour (subject to availability) and/or the use of an audio guide.  On-site parking is £3 per car. 


·          Bletchley Park is open  every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day: 

·          1 March to 31 October – 9.30 am to 5.00pm (weekdays and weekends)

·          1st November to 28 February – 9.30 am to 4.00pm (weekdays and weekends.)

·          Photographs are available as jpegs on request

Press contacts

·          Claire Urwin, Events and Publicity Manager, Bletchley Park Trust, 01908 272 655,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Caroline Murdoch, Redworks PR, 01869 810 443, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Deddington farmers market

Saturday, 23 October 2010 – Deddington Farmers’ Market in the Market Place, Deddington, 9.00am – 12.30pm.  Around 50 stalls with locally-produced foods, drinks, plants and crafts, with some organic produce. 

Airfix Spitfire model (1:1) at RAF Cosford

michael_beetham_conservation_centreThe Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to announce that the Airfix 1:1 scale Spitfire model, as featured in James May’s Toy Stories programme has returned to Cosford.  Following maintenance and strengthening work completed by Gateguards in Cornwall, the giant model has now returned to the Museum and is on display in Hangar 1.