As Chipping Norton warms up, ECN is celebrating the arrival of Summer with a challenge to residents and visitors alike – capture the essence of Chippy in Bloom in a photo or video and snag a hot prize.
Throughout June, the #LoveChippy photo competition will showcase the seasonal charm and character of Chipping Norton, calling for entries featuring the natural beauty of flowers, gardens and trees around the town and surrounding countryside.
With rules on the ECN website, and regular prize updates on the ECN Facebook page, there’s never been a better time to frame your town in its best light. So carry your camera, get out and about and – most importantly – get snapping.
We love receiving your images, and showcasing them through our social media. We also love seeing our town from new angles! Perhaps you have a favourite vantage point, or much-loved spot tucked away from view? With a little imagination, you could be winner!
Throwing our Hat in the Ring
Summer 2015 is also the time for ECN members to get their heads together for our entry in the Market Town category of the GB High Street Awards, with a deadline looming in July.
You don’t have to look very hard through Chipping Norton’s activities and achievements to realise that the town boasts an impressive community record – something it’s easy to overlook in busy, day-to-day life.
We try and feature as many local people as possible on the ECN website. Looking back over the trade, tourist and community interests we’ve covered so far, it’s an impressive parade. From innovative shopkeepers and dedicated landlords to involved celebrities, go-ahead community groups and charities hungry for local involvement, Chippy really does have what it takes to stand out as one of Britain’s most dynamic market towns.
So we’re busy compiling a submission worthy of a town far bigger in terms of geography and population. Small but smart and perfectly formed, Chippy deserves to win real recognition of its many strengths.
And you can help! We are always looking for interesting local personalities, activities, events and projects to enrich our website and help sink deeper roots into the community it represents.
In combination with Chipping Norton News, a long-standing and vital community newspaper, ECN wants to take the town to the next level in growth, involvement and prosperity – for everyone.
A Place for Us
ECN is keen to clarify what it stands for. Beyond its pillars of trade, tourism and community, there is a deeper goal – social inclusion.
Without room for all residents to feel valued and supported within their own town, any community project or venture is destined to fail. Forget the Chipping Norton Set and media notions of class division. ECN is a down-to-earth, forward-thinking group which welcomes new members from any walk of life, neighbourhood or profession.
Maybe you’re outside the work force – unemployed, or a mum at home – and feeling isolated? Why not contact us and see if you can help? If we’re not able to use your time and skills here, we might be able to hook you up with another community group eager for fresh heads and hands.
Sometimes it’s just about making the first move . . . so don’t hold back. You never know what’s out there until you give it a try.
A Meeting of Minds
An exciting new venture emerged from ECN’s April public meeting, addressed by Kingham-based charity The Rafiki Thabo Foundation. Chippy cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs are being urged to add a Rafiki Sandwich or special meal to their menu, charged at an extra 35p – the cost of a school lunch in Uganda, Kenya and Lesotho where the charity supports education for disadvantaged African children. Several local eateries are now on board, and ECN is working to spread the venture to eating places across town. We are looking for an enthusiastic person to co-ordinate this launch, so if you’re up for it, let us know!
Delicious and authentic Italian refreshments were laid on at the Jaffe & Neale Bookshop venue by new business G & G Fine Italian Foods, run by Sales Manager Giuseppe Grassi.
The May public meeting will be held at The Red Lion in town, now with Stuart Taylor at the helm. Having taken over as landlord in April, Stuart is proud to choose local food, drink, services and suppliers wherever possible!
ECN is hoping for a great turnout at the 20th May meeting, 6-8pm, when local TV presenter, motivational speaker and award-winning World Rally Car driver Penny Mallory will talk about the power of flexible thinking.
Couldn’t we all use a little more of that?
ECN is pleased to welcome local media student Liam Bellenie, who is keen to help produce our community videos, reports and website images. So if you see him interacting with locals in town this Summer – the ECN T-shirt will give it away – he’d love to have a chat…