A convivial launch party for Adlestrop Remembered: A Poetry Anthology from the Centenary Competition was held at Adlestrop Village Hall on Monday 3 November. The book has a Foreword by the judge, P.J. Kavanagh and has been edited by Victoria Huxley.
Present at the evening was John Ellis, Chairman of the Cotswold Line Promotion Group who presented Jinnie Holt, church warden of St Mary Magdalene, with a cheque for £465, part of the profits raised on the commemorative train journey of 24 June. The competition attracted almost 200 entries from all over the country and has raised about £2000 for church funds.
After brief speeches by Gordon Harris and Victoria Huxley about the significance of the poem and the centenary, Stuart Dewar gave a moving reading of the original poem and the winning poem.
The anthology, which honours the original poem by Edward Thomas, not only contains the winning poem by David Sutton and those of the five finalists, but also a varied selection of the best of the other entries. It has line drawings by Adlestrop artist, Pam Crook, and costs £6.99. It can be bought at the Borzoi Bookshop in Stow and Jaffé and Neale in Chipping Norton and from Adlestrop Post Office. All proceeds will go to raise funds for St Mary Magdalene, Adlestrop.
SBN 978 0 9575150 3 1