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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

 

Bumblebee Identification Course

Date: 14th May 2022
Location: Cricklade Jenner Hall and North Meadow NNR

Richard Comont from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust will introduce the ecology of bumblebees and lead a workshop to identify the commoner species.  This course is for beginners who would like to learn more about these charismatic insects.

Course Details

Cost: £25

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

Date: 11th June 2022
Location: Cricklade Jenner Hall (site visits to North Meadow NNR, Edge Common NNR and Daneway Banks NR)

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

Damselfly Identification Course

Date: 25th June 2022
Location: Cricklade Jenner Hall and North Meadow NNR

This course is aimed at all those with a desire to learn how to identify these stunning insects. Led by Sue Rees Evans the Shropshire County recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies who is an enthusiastic trainer with many years experience.

Course Details

Cost: £25

Recent Posts

 

Kathleen Coole

Kathleen Coole, sadly passed away peacefully at home on Sunday 19th December 2021, following a long illness. Kathleen was made...
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Kathleen Coole

Moth and Butterfly Course

Our Moth and Butterfly Course on Saturday identified 58 species of macro moths and 5 species of butterfly on North...
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Moth and Butterfly Course

Scything Returns to North Meadow

Scything returned to North Meadow on Saturday for probably the first time for 100 years or more. This was made...
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Scything Returns to North Meadow

William Edwin ‘Eddie’ Wells

The Court is sad to report the passing of one of its long-time members, Eddie Wells. Eddie served the Court...
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William Edwin ‘Eddie’ Wells

The Fritillaries Have Finished Flowering

The fritillaries have finished flowering for this year. The hay crop will soon grow and will be full of wild...
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The Fritillaries Have Finished Flowering

The Fritillaries are Just Past Peak Flowering

Update from Natural England The fritillaries are now just passing their peak, but there are still plenty to see on...
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The Fritillaries are Just Past Peak Flowering

The Fritillaries Are Approaching Peak Flowering

Update from Natural England We are now approaching the peak of the flowering season – the further you walk up...
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The Fritillaries Are Approaching Peak Flowering

Research on North Meadow

Over the next 2 weeks you may see Natural England and the Floodplain Meadows Partnership carrying out research on North...
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Research on North Meadow

The Fritillaries Are Now Flowering

The fritillaries are now flowering although they are still not at their peak as they have been held back by...
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The Fritillaries Are Now Flowering

The Fritillaries Are Now Starting To Flower

Update from Natural England Fritillaries are just starting to flower, we still estimate the main display to be around the...
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The Fritillaries Are Now Starting To Flower