The Friends of the Cotswolds at Stow­ell Park

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The Friends of the Cotswolds, a lo­cal char­ity cham­pi­oning the her­itage and cul­ture of the Cotswolds, held a drinks re­cep­tion hosted by Lord and Lady Vestey at Stow­ell Park, to launch a fundrais­ing ap­peal to ren­o­vate the Old Prison at North­leach.

The Old Prison was bought by the Friends in 2013 and now the build­ing needs of £300,000 ren­o­va­tion work to re­main open to the pub­lic, of which The Friends have raised £141,000.

Orig­i­nally built in the 1790s, it served as a petty ses­sions court room and po­lice sta­tion into the 1970s. Since then the Old Prison has been trans­formed into a café, mu­seum, and im­por­tant com­mu­nity venue, at­tract­ing 40,000 visi­tors a year.

The Friends of the Cotswolds plan to en­sure the site re­mains vi­able and sus­tain­able for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions as a mu­seum and events venue, con­tribut­ing to the Cotswolds tourist in­dus­try, lo­cal em­ploy­ment, and once ren­o­vated the site will show­case Cotswold food and drink in the new café for lo­cal peo­ple and visi­tors.

Stow­ell Park, the home of Lord and Lady Vestey

Lord Vestey, cen­tre, with Paul Blacker, David Rock­ley, Karen Mor­gan, Louise Chan­dler-mullins, Si­mon Ran­dall, and Kate Far­quhar-thom­son, the trustees of the Friends of the Cotswolds

Sixty guests were in­vited to the drinks re­cep­tion, held in the ball­room at Stow­ell Park

Jen­nie Clegg, Karen Mor­gan and Lou Ta­bor

Lord Vestey, with David Rock­ley and Karen Mor­gan, trustees of the Friends of the Cotswolds

Jess Hamil­ton and Jane Dale

Sue Traf­ford and Lady Vestey

Ann Mack­aness and He­len Whit­bread

Fiona Blacker and Andy Mc­cul­loch

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