Sun01Sep - OXON - Forest Fair TLIO helped revive
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Fri Aug 16 15:20:54 BST 2013
Apologies but the entire TLIO website is down
Someone who didn't know what they were doing
tried to edit a page and now the whole thing is down!
Under WychWood (via Google cache)
On 20th/21st September 1997 TLIO staged a mass
trespass and overnight camp on Oxfordshire
landowner Lord Rotherwick's estate, to highlight
the inadequacies of the proposed "Right to Roam"
legislation. The right to roam in woodland is
especially important as many areas previously
owned by the Forestry Commission, who allowed
public access, have been sold to private
landlords who rapidly (and legally) erect "Private - Keep Out" signs.
Wychwood Forest at 1400 acres is the largest of
only two ancient woodlands in Oxfordshire. It was
open to the public up until 1853 when it was
enclosed. It is currently intensively managed for
grouse shooting and deer stalking for wealthy
businessmen. There is no public access save for a
footpath which was created by the county council
in 1989 as part of the Oxfordshire Circular
Footpath. Lord Rotherwick is still pursuing a
compensation claim of £1.6 million for this
footpath against the people of Oxfordshire.
A marquee was set up on Newhill Plain in the
heart of the forest, where an annual fair was
once held. Over the weekend 100 people came to
the camp. TLIO held guided walks round some of
the exceptional wildlife and the many
well-preserved ancient monuments. A game of
cricket was enjoyed by the activists, and as a
bonus it was discovered that a corporate
hospitality day in the forest had to be cancelled.
On Sunday a group went to Cornbury House, Lord
Rotherwick's ancestral home. Unfortunately he was
not in. His `agent' refused to comment and called
the police. Two policemen turned up. They asked
if we were going; "yes" we said, "we've proved
our point", to which they replied, "It needed to
be said". TLIO have since been sent a stiff
letter from Nabarro Nathanson, solicitors for
Lord Rotherwick, accusing us of criminal assault
and threatening injunction proceedings on future actions...
Good to see this tradition has been picked up by the locals
WYCHWOOD FOREST FAIR 2013 - Foxburrow Wood, off the Crawley Road, Witney
The Wychwood Forest Fair,has become a popular
annual event celebrating the diversity and
richness of both the natural world and the
working and leisure activities of local people
living within the bounds of the old Royal Hunting
Forest of Wychwood. The Forest Fair, is a major
fundraising event to support the local wildlife
and landscape conservation work of the Wychwood Project.
The next Forest Fair will be held on Sunday 1st
September 2013 at Foxburrow Wood a new woodland
being created by the Wychwood Project to benefit
local wildlife and people. To view a map of the location please click here.
For all stallholder enquiries please contact the
Forest Fair Co-ordinator, Michael Drew, 01993
702624, michael.drew at totalise.co.uk. We aim to
send application forms to all those who came or
expressed an interest in the Fair last year, in early March.
All press enquiries to the Wychwood Project
office 01865 815423/424 or email wychwood at oxfordshire.gov.uk
For visitors to the fair the event will take
place 11.00 5.00 on the day, entry £6.00, under 12s free.
Pictures are available of the 2012 Forest
Fair. A selection of pictures are available to
view on the Projects Flickr site
All pictures are copyright Wychwood Project.
Local food, farm produce and arts
Typical activities at the Fair each year include
displays by the Wychwood Project, the local
Wildlife Trust, the Wychwood Pond group, and many
other local conservation and community groups. A
wide range of rural crafts, some of which allow
you to have a go, are on display. As well as an
arts and crafts tent, there is a childrens Fun
Fair, a Green Man childrens story teller, and
several local Morris dancing sides. There are
plenty of local food suppliers and farm produce,
lots of refreshments, locally produced ice cream
and - last but not least - a beer tent selling
beer from the local Wychwood Brewery, based in Witney.
18th Century beginnings
Somewhat surprisingly the Fair originally began
as a non-conformist enterprise in the late 18th
century, aiming to replace the drunken disorder
of local events such as St. Giles Fair in Oxford
and nearby Witney Feast. This increasingly
successful Forest Fair was held at Newhill Plain,
a large clearing in the Forest about a mile south west of Cornbury Park.
In the first half of the 19th century, Lord
Churchill, the then Forest Ranger, was often in
attendance, sometimes accompanied by the Duke of
Marlborough. The stalls were laid out to create
broad regular streets, along which the
aristocracy processed in their coaches at the
commencement of the Fair. The local yeomanry band
played and special constables kept order. Perhaps
the police were not too successful, because the
event was often cancelled in the early 1830s,
during years of considerable political unrest.
At its height the fair continued for two days.
Every nook and cranny of nearby Charlbury was
filled with visitors. As well as stalls selling
practical items such as textiles and provisions,
there were sometimes travelling theatres,
menageries, boxing booths, dancing salons and fireworks in the evening.
The Fair reached its zenith in 1853, when the
nearby Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and
Wolverhampton Railway - now the Cotswold Line -
was opened. Reports say that up to 50,000
visitors attended the Fair that year. But also at
this time an Act of Parliament was passed to
disafforest Wychwood. The original Forest Fair
finally ceased in 1856, when Lord Churchill
closed it down to curb drunkenness and
debauchery. Rather like a modern landlord dealing
with travellers, trenches were dug across the
site of the Fair to keep out any would-be
stallholders. Possibly the alleged drunkenness
was a pretext, because a long-standing dispute
between the Crown and Lord Churchill was settled
by the clearance in the late 1850s of half the
woodland remnant near Leafield for agriculture,
where seven new Crown farms were created, with
the other half passing indisputably to Lord Churchill.
The first modern Fair, organised by the Wychwood
Project and the former Friends of Wychwood, was
held at Combe on a modest scale in 2000 to
celebrate the creation of the Wychwood Way, a 37
mile circular trail around Wychwood. Subsequent
Fairs have been held annually at different
locations around the Wychwood area - including
Cogges Farm Museum near Witney, Lower Farm
Ramsden, Charlbury and Capps Lodge - to
demonstrate the extent of the former Forest and
to involve more people in the activities of the Wychwood Project.
Each year the modern Fair, which tries to avoid
much of the commercialisation of so many modern
country shows, has emphasised a different theme,
such as local environmental activities, revived
rural skills and locally produced food.
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