Cricklade Children to get Coronation Mugs

King Charles III Coronation

As part of the Celebrations for the Coronation of King Charles III, the Court are presenting all children aged up to 11 who live in Cricklade a commemorative mug.

Children attending St Sampsons School and both the Playgroups will be given their mugs beforehand, so you need to take no action.

However, any parent of a child who is not covered by these arrangements as they attend different schools outside of Cricklade (or none) is asked to contact the Steward via our contact page as soon as possible giving the child’s name, age, address, and the school they attend so we can reserve a mug for you.

You will then be asked to call at the Town Council office on Monday 8th May between 10 and 12 to receive their commemorative mugs. The office will be open specifically for this purpose.

The Meadow is Still Flooded

North Meadow Entrance Flooded on 31st March
Entrance Flooded on 31st March

It has been a wet week with 24 mm of rainfall since our last Fritillary Watch update. River levels are now higher and flooding on the meadow has increased see picture above taken in the entrance today. With more rain forecast in the next few days please do not visit the meadow until conditions improve. It is impossible to see the marked paths and the water can be deep and fast flowing in places.

The fritillaries will still be developing and a period of dry weather can make a huge difference to conditions at this time of year. We expect the flood waters to drain quickly and  warmer weather will speed up the drying process.

Please check in here in a few days for a further update on the meadow conditions. You can find out more about the river levels on our river levels monitoring page.

The Meadow is Flooded Today

North Meadow Flooded
North Meadow Flooded 24th March

After a very dry February the rain over the last 3 weeks has raised the river levels and flooded the meadow which is now impassable and very muddy. We expect the flooding to recede quickly at this time of year and a few dry days will make the meadow accessible again in time for the spectacular flowering of the Snakes Head Fritillaries in mid-April.

The Snakes Head Fritillaries have started to emerge in great numbers but at this stage they still look like a blade of grass. It is still too early to see flowering fritillaries. If you do visit please ensure you stay on the marked paths as the newly emerged plants are very difficult to see and easily damaged. If you bring a dog it is important to keep it on a short lead as dogs will also damage these rare plants and will disturb ground nesting birds if they leave the path.

The Cricklade Bloomers Fritillary Tea Rooms will be open for 2 weekends 15/16th April and 22/23rd April. They serve drinks and light lunches and are open 11.00am to 4.00pm. They are located next to Town Bridge at the North Meadow end of Cricklade High Street. The tea rooms raise funds for Cricklade Bloomers volunteer activities around the Town.

Check Fritillary Watch for further updates over the coming days.