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Town Crier
Town Criers introduced by the Normans to relay news to the people.

History of the Court

Cricklade Court Leet has been part of the Cricklade community since the formation of Manorial Courts following the Norman Conquest which started at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Today, the Cricklade Court is one of only 32 courts remaining in the UK.

Our Role Today

The Cricklade Court has a continuing role in the management of the common lands of Cricklade; which includes the appointment of a Hayward; and the management of the grazing on North Meadow National Nature Reserve.

The  Cricklade Court works closely with Natural England on the management and conservation of this National Nature Reserve. Natural England have owned and managed this site since the 1970s. The Natural England leaflet on North Meadow explains in more detail.

 

Town Crier leads guided walk
Cricklade Court Leet Town Crier leads visitors on a guided walk of North Meadow NNR

The Cricklade Court Leet became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2018 and has 25 volunteer members who are involved in many of the Town’s activties in addition to conservation work on North Meadow National Nature Reserve. The Cricklade Town Council website has a map of Cricklade, giving information about local landmarks.

Upcoming Events

 

VE Day 75th Anniversary

Date: 8th May 2020

Location: Cancelled

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Sadly the commemoration event VE75 planned for Friday 8th May has been cancelled.

Beating the Bounds

Date: 17th May 2020

Location: Cancelled

Beating the Bounds (2) May19

The Beating the Bounds walk on Sunday 17th May has been cancelled.

Moths and Butterflies Course (Two-day non-residential)

Start date: 6th June 2020

End date: 7th June 2020

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Location: Cricklade Thames Hall (site visits to North Meadow NNR, Edge Common NNR and Daneway Banks NR)

Common Blue

An exciting Moth and Butterfly course suitable for both beginners and those with previous experience. Tutored by David Brown a leading specialist on this subject and the County Recorder for Warwickshire. David runs many courses for the Field Studies Council, Warwickshire and Birmingham Universities.

Course Details

Cost: £50

Lowland Hay Meadows Plant Identification Course

Date: 12th June 2020

Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm

Location: Cricklade Thames Hall and North Meadow NNR

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Find out more about the beautiful plants that grow on North Meadow. Tutored by David Gowing who has carried out research on North Meadow for 25 years. David is the Professor of Botany at the Open University. This course is suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about lowland hay meadows and develop their plant identification skills.

Course Details

Cost: £25

Practical Scything and Meadow Management Course

Date: 27th June 2020

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Location: North Meadow

Scything on North Meadow

For anyone who wishes to acquire the basic skill of scything for the management of their own grassland or reserve. Tutored by Richard Brown who is a founding member and Chair of the Scything Association of Britain and Ireland.

Course Details

Cost: £60

Recent Posts

 

Protect North Meadow

Please help to protect North Meadow by not visiting until further notice. Natural England have posted the notice below at...
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Protect North Meadow

Events Cancelled

Sadly the commemoration event VE75  planned for Friday 8th May and the Beating the Bounds walk on Sunday 17th May...
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Events Cancelled

Freemen – First Ever

NOSTALGIA 1987 The election of the first three honorary freemen of the borough and hundred of Cricklade was witnessed by...
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Fritillary Season on North Meadow

The start of the fritillary season is rapidly approaching and North Meadow is still flooded. The picture above, taken this...
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Fritillary Season on North Meadow

Birds on North Meadow

Large numbers of birds seen on North Meadow today. North Meadow has been flooded since mid October last year, almost...
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Birds on North Meadow

John Christopher Nevill 8th July 1942 – 30th November 2019

It is with great sadness that the Court has heard that John Christopher Nevill passed away on Saturday 30th November...
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John Christopher Nevill 8th July 1942 – 30th November 2019

Christmas Tree Festival 2019

St Sampson's Church Christmas Tree Festival 2019 - members of the Court decorate their Christmas Tree. In 2017 the theme...
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Christmas Tree Festival 2019

Remembrance Sunday 2019

The Court was well represented at this year's Remembrance Sunday parade, which took place in  a cold, but dry and...
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Remembrance Sunday 2019

Flooding on North Meadow this week

The recent heavy rain has caused flooding on North Meadow this week. We have been watching the water levels closely...
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Flooding on North Meadow this week

Court Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for North Meadow

Cricklade Court Leet is delighted to have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant of £33, 400 for North Meadow ....
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Court Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for North Meadow