Totally Locally Shipston-on-Stour


Totally Locally Fiver Fest

Totally Locally Fiver Fest

Monday 13th – Sunday 26th February 2017

Two weeks of tempting offers from your lovely independent shops, businesses and eateries in
Shipston and each one’s only a fiver!

Shipston High Street Businesses:

  1. The Richard Harvey Collection – A bookcase full of gifts and treats all reduced to £5 each.
  2. The Cotswold Tailor – Hire 5 Wedding Suits, Groom goes FREE!
  3. The Horseshoe – £5 daily special ‘cheapie’ of the day.
  4. John Lyne Home Improvements – £5 Daily Deal, please see in store for details.
  5. The George Townhouse – Cotswold Gin & Tonic £5.
  6. Stephanie’s Hair Salon – £5 off new client appointments for a cut and blow dry when you quote Totally Locally Fiver Fest.
  7. Shipston Dental Practice – £5 OFF Any combination of Oral Hygiene Products over £20 including Electric Toothbrushes (excluding Duraphat prescription only toothpaste) plus free bonus product.
  8. Bumble and Wild – Valentines Day,  3 classic roses, with greenery and gift wrap £5. Remainder of Fiver Fest, any 3 of our selected plants for £5.
  9. Shipston Carpets – £5 OFF ANY carpet sale just quote ‘Totally Locally Fiver Fest’.
  10. Greys Optician – A range of designer spectacle cases (Gucci, Versace, etc) each with a complimentary lens cleaner spray £5.
  11. Lucy Walker Flowers – A free pot of mini daffodils when you spend £5 with us!
  12. Ivy Heart – 4 Whistlefish Greetings Cards for £5.
  13. E.H. Spencer – £5 off all full price ladies shoes and boots!
  14. Taste of the Country – Two packets of Dark Chocolate Gingers for £5.
  15. Shipston Therapy Centre – £5 OFF our regular price for a Children’s Bowen Technique appointment during Fiver Fest Fortnight.
  16. Feldon Graphics – Personalised photo mugs reduced to £5 for the fortnight.

Non High Street Businesses:

  1. Calypso Kids – Calypso Kids T-shirt and an egg shaker for a fiver! 
  2. Countryfit Life – Monday morning Boxercise session at Sheldon Bosley Hubfor £5 a session during Fiver Fest, everyone welcome!
  3. Ilmington Community Shop – Ilmington Calendar for 2017 for £5.
  4. North Cotswold Brewery – The Shakespeare Brewing Co. and North Cotswold Ales. Buy 2 bottles and get a free glass £5.
  5. Robinson Goss – £5 off vehicle hire when you quote ‘Totally Locally Fiver Fest.
  6. Shipston Podiatry Clinic – Simply Feet moisturising Foot Cream £5 (usually £8.50).
  7. Tredington Hair and Beauty – Fiver off a LUXURY spa PEDICURE (usually £37) now £32.
  8. Totally Locally – Totally Locally mugs, bags and signs  £5 (available from Mrs Brown’s Tearooms, Taste of the Country and The Richard Harvey Collection).
  9. The Black Horse, Shipston – Selection from Gin menu & Fentimans tonic £5.
  10. The George Inn, Brailes – Sandwich & mug of soup £5  (lunchtimes). Large house wine £5 (evenings only).
  11. The Jasmine Room – Eyebrow wax £5 (usually £7).
  12. The Red Lion, Ilmington – A mini bottle of Prosecco £5.

Disclaimer bit: Totally Locally Shipston is not an official body. We are a group of people just trying to do nice things for our town. So we can’t guarantee these offers and they are only while stocks last. Terms & conditions apply to all offers from individual shops, but to be honest, if there was a problem, have a word with the friendly shopkeepers and they will sort you out with something great. Because that’s what this is all about. Thank you. The Totally Locally Team. (Offer ends Sunday 26th February 2017).

Shipston Town Crier ‘Home Cry’ Competition

Totally Locally Shipston Town Crier with Competition Winner

Pictured (L to R) Shipston Town Crier Marion Lowe, Shipston resident Jean Jones, Totally Locally Lucy Kirkman

OYEZ, OYEZ, OYEZ! Totally Locally recently invited Shipston residents to compose a ‘Home Cry’ for Town Crier Marion Lowe to perform at her ‘Cry’-ing competitions, both locally and Nationally.

The winning entry was penned by Jean Jones who has lived in Shipston since 2002 and loves being part of the local community. “Shipston is a wonderful place. It has enough shops to find what you need, but is not too big to lose that small town feeling”.

Jean is no stranger to writing, having taken her first job age 16 as the only female reporter on her local newspaper in Christchurch on the South East Coast, back during the Second World War. She returned to journalism later in life as a part time reporter at the Banbury Advertiser.

An active Committee Member of Shipston’s U3A, Jean enjoys many and varied interests including poetry, literature and philosophy.

Shipston’s U3A was established in 2013 and currently has 286 members and around 35 active interest groups, with more being formed all the time. Monthly meetings take place at Townsend Hall, with a full programme of activities available throughout the week ranging from Archaeology to Wine Tasting. For more information please visit

Shipston on Stour has enjoyed having a Town Crier since Alan Noyce reintroduced the tradition in 2009 during his term as Mayor to help the town develop a sense of self and celebrate all that our thriving community has to offer.

One of only 25 female Town Criers in the UK, Shipston’s Town Crier Marion Lowe says “I was so impressed by Jean’s ‘Cry’ and will be proud to perform it at my next competition”.  The Alcester Town Crier competition has been taking place on Easter Saturday since 1970’s and is a colourful celebration of this historic tradition. Why not put the date in your diary and watch Marion perform the new Shipston Totally Locally Town Cry.



Listen to all I have to say.
It’s worth a trip to spend an hour
In the little town of Shipston-on-Stour.
A real traditional market town,
The best in the country, up and down.
The Cotswolds rolling all around,
No pleasanter town could ever be found.
Shipston is the place to come.
Blow the trumpet, beat the drum.
Personal service in all the shops,
From antique furniture to lollipops.
So Shipston is the place to shop.
So shop and shop until you drop.
Then a home-made cake with your cup of tea.
Shipston is the place to be.
The centre of England as it’s always been.
So lift your words in tones serene,
And loudly sing  GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.”

Arts, Crafts and Fiver Fests!

October is going to be a wonderfully busy week for Totally Locally! Our first Fiver Fest is just around the corner with lots of amazing £5 special offers from independent businesses as well as our first ever arts and crafts street market with lots going on. Check out the flyers below for more information. Don’t miss out 🙂

Arts & Crafts Street Market

Market poster

Fiver Fest

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The Ultimate ‘How far can your Totally Locally Shipston Times travel?’

When the Totally Locally Times reached all the way to Plymouth in Minnesota, U.S. (3939 miles away, thank you Barb Abendroth), we thought that there was no way it could go further! But, oh were we wrong…

The Totally Locally Times has now travelled even further!

“While in th UK, my brother Stuart Mclean and his lovely wife Angela, introduced my wife and I to your local Totally Locally Times and gave us the challenge to see where we could take it to, so armed with the first edition we returned to our home in Mundaring, West Australia, and took a couple of pictures outside our local shire offices back here in WA. Hope this generates some more interest in your great little paper!!
Bev and Neil Mclean”

Thank you Bev and Neil! That’s a whopping 9082 miles!



Wool to the Fore at Shipston Wool Fair

On the last May Bank Holiday of 2015 the Warwickshire town of Shipston-on-Stour held its annual Wool Fair in the centre of the town. This was historically run up to the end of the 19th century, and then revived in 2009 by the late Mayor elect Angela Noyce. Since then it has been run every year organised by a local group of volunteers.

The Wool fair includes a display of rare breed sheep along with sheep shearing, local craft and food stalls, historic tractors, a flower display in St. Edmunds Church and music and entertainment from local bands, singers and dancers/Morris men.

The fair was formally opened by honoured guest Bryan McNerney, after being announced by Shipston Town Cryer Marion Lowe in typical style, and then introduced by the MC for the day Robin Payne (who was later in the day seen playing behind his drum kit). Then the Shipston Town Band entertained the crowd with a few numbers.

Then the Rev. Michael Harris of St. Edmunds Church said a prayer for the day and event before offering hot sausages on a stick to visitors to the church stall! The church was also hosted a flower festival which was part of the Wool Fair.

The first band of the day Delerium (Kineton High School) then took to the stage (using the back of a truck kindly supplied by Hacklings Storage and Distribution) with a range of covers from bands including The Artic Monkeys. All of which was really enjoyed by the crowd sitting on the straw bales.

From The Sheep ring Alan Scorer and James Tuffen, from Warwickshire College School of Agriculture, entertained the crowd while they demonstrated how to shear a sheep, and for these sheep it was there first time of shearing!.

The Rare breeds of sheep included Cotswold, Shetland, Wiltshire Horn, Lincoln Longwool, Romney, Herdwick, Manx, Bluefaced Leicester, Wensleydale, Teeswater, Derbyshire Gritstone, Kerry Hill, Southdown, Leicester Longwool and Poll Dorset.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) were on hand with the sheep on display in their pens, including Beth Sawbridge with Percy a Teeswater sheep.

Each breed was introduced to the crowd by Ed Noble in the Show Ring, with some breeds familiar to those Countryfile watchers on the BBC, and Cotswold farmer Adam Henson.

There were a couple of Fordson Tractors on display with the aqua blue examples displayed by Derek & Richard Webb. This Fordson Major Diesel example was manufactured in 1953 and brought by The Webb family in Evesham in 1961. It was used until the late 1990s and they restored to its current glory from 2006.

The craft stalls were demonstrating a variety of spinning wheel and peg looms along with tapestry making. On the food side they were plenty of the local food shops with stands offering both hot and cold snacks.

The Totally Local newspaper for Shipston-on-Stour was also being given out and Shipston is proud to be the 10th best small town in the UK and recently reported in The Times newspaper.

The 2nd band on the stage was the local Shipston High school group Battered Soul who did a variety of R&B numbers such as In the Midnight Hour (featured in the Alan Parker directed film The Commitments) with the large band both on the stage and in front. The lead singer had to make do with a chair after a recent rugby accident damaged his knee).

The ever increasing crowd really got in the music.

The next act on display was a change with the ladies of the Shuvani Gypsy Dancers on display, getting some of the crowd to join into. Then we had a lovely singing group the Lady Belles Choir singing numbers from the 1940s.

The day finished with the final band of the day Chuck Harriet, then Ilmington Morris men displayed their skills to the crowd before the Grand Finale with The Morrisons. Then the Town Cryer started off the formal closing ceremony with the Wool Fair Patrons and committee.

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Looking forward now to the 2016 Wool Fair which will take place on Monday 30th May.

Words and Images by Chris Roberts/

New Logo!

Ally (Wagtail & Willow) from the Cotswold Tailor has designed our Totally Locally Shipston logo using some iconic Shipston buildings and heritage. We think it’s absolutely fab! Postcards, amongst other items, will be available very soon..!