The Brailes Flower Festival “Showstopping Weekend” is less than two weeks away and the final preparations are now being made. There are more than forty villagers and friends

pflowers 15reparing over twenty-five flower displays based on songs from British and American hit musicals. The August Bank Holiday Weekend from 28th to 31st August at St. George’s Church will be an extravaganza of flowers and music. The Church will be open from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm, with refreshments available throughout the weekend. There is a concert on the Saturday evening in the Church at 7.30 pm given by the Amicantus Choir who will be singing “Songs from the Shows”, under the direction of Maddy Evans. Entry to the Flower Festival is free and tickets for the the concert will be available at the Church Door on the Saturday evening for £5 each, with accompanied children free. Donations from the Flower Festival and the money from the concert will form a major part of the Church’s programme to raise funds for the repair of the South Aisle Roof of St. George’s Church. The cost of repairs to the 14th Century “Cathedral of the Feldon” has been estimated at £50,000. At the last Flower Festival in 2006, we had over 2000 visitors and nearly £17,000 was raised, the Festival Committee is working hard to exceed this amount.
We have undertaken an extensive programme of publicity for the event and do hope you will be able to join us over the Bank Holiday Weekend in our beautiful Cotswold Village of Brailes and help us raise the considerable sum we need. You can be sure of a very warm welcoflowers 15 2me and an experience to remember.

Shop Front Grants Scheme

The District Council is pleased to announce the launch of its Shop Front Grants Scheme aimed at enhancing shop fronts.

Qualifying businesses are invited to apply for one-off grants of up to £500, towards the cost of external painting and decorating. The Scheme is open to applications from independent shops and businesses within the District, with the exception of the major Market Towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shipston-on-Stour, Alcester and Southam.

Cllr Maurice Howse, Enterprise, Housing and Revenues Portfolio says: “The Shop Front Grants Scheme is intended to assist businesses in ‘sprucing up their shop fronts’ in an effort to improve visual appearance, help with better promotion, kerb appeal and footfall.” This is also a great chance for as many qualifying businesses as possible to use this as an opportunity to get ready for Small Business Saturday which takes place on 5th December 2015.

Full details of the grant scheme and application form can be found by visiting or by contacting the project officer, Lana Long on 01789 260609/01789 260803, email: Please note that the closing date for applications is 30 September 2015