Cirencester March Hare Festival launches this Saturday with Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen, a four foot hare cake, and live music

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A bronze hare in front of the original hare mosaic at the Corinium Museum A bronze hare in front of the original hare mosaic at the Corinium Museum

CIRENCESTER will be welcoming a large drove of long-eared visitors this weekend, as the highly anticipated hare festival finally leaps into action.

Over 40 five foot model hares will be moving into the town this Saturday, March 29 to decorate and brighten up the Cotswolds.

Siddington resident and national celebrity designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen will proudly unveil his decorated hare at 12noon on Saturday outside the Parish Church to begin the sculpture trail.

His hare will be the first set up around Cirencester and surrounding areas creating an exciting and fun art trail, all decorated by artists, schools and celebrities.

To celebrate the launch Countess Bathurst will be cutting a four foot hare cake, made by Cotswold Finest Cakes to mark the occasion. Members of the public can enjoy cake handed out by characters in hare-themed outfits while listening to the Corinium Players performing a guitar ensemble for the enjoyment of the crowd.

The fibre glass hares have been decorated using a variety of mediums by some of the best artists the region has to offer.

“We have a Harlequin Hare, some hares decorated in mosaic, hares in sartorial dress, one with wings another with a hat and so many more,” said festival organiser Florence Beetlestone.

“Cirencester is synonymous with the hare since the stunning Roman hare mosaic was found here in 1971 which is now in the Corinium Museum."

Businesses and organisations from across the region have put their names behind the project by sponsoring one of the hares.

Funds raised through sponsorship and the sale of these hares at auction in October 2014 will help raise the target of £50,000 to enable the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to set up the Green Hare Churn Walkway around the River Churn in Cirencester.

The new wild walkways will be a natural sanctuary for people of all ages to use and enjoy.

For more information cirencesterharefestival.org.uk

The festival launches this Saturday, March 29 at 12midday by the Parish Church in Cirencester. All welcome.

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10:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

Fred Fred1 says...

Great time to launch a March Festival - with only 2.5 days of the month remaining.
Great time to launch a March Festival - with only 2.5 days of the month remaining. Fred Fred1
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5:26pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Fairone says...

How inappropriate for a Bathurst to be opening a festival which hopes to raise awareness of local wildlife when the family allow their estate to be used by local foxhunts.
How inappropriate for a Bathurst to be opening a festival which hopes to raise awareness of local wildlife when the family allow their estate to be used by local foxhunts. Fairone
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9:56am Fri 28 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Fairone wrote:
How inappropriate for a Bathurst to be opening a festival which hopes to raise awareness of local wildlife when the family allow their estate to be used by local foxhunts.
Oh .. I like this!!
[quote][p][bold]Fairone[/bold] wrote: How inappropriate for a Bathurst to be opening a festival which hopes to raise awareness of local wildlife when the family allow their estate to be used by local foxhunts.[/p][/quote]Oh .. I like this!! Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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12:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Fred Fred1 says...

is it also inappropriate they allow public access across their land and support a huge amount of local industry and commerce? Seriously - I should imagine you get more out of their generosity than vice versa.
is it also inappropriate they allow public access across their land and support a huge amount of local industry and commerce? Seriously - I should imagine you get more out of their generosity than vice versa. Fred Fred1
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3:41pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Fred fred fred. Hunting is illegal
Fred fred fred. Hunting is illegal Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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5:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Fred Fred1 says...

Intentionally hunting a fox with a pack of hounds is illegal which is why hunts now follow trails so as not to get prosecuted under the Hunting Act of 2004. Given that they have not been prosecuted we can assume that despite the best efforts of the anti-hunt monitors they are not breaking any laws therefore why shouldn't the Bathurst family allow them on their land? All of this is completely irrelevant to the topic of the article.
Intentionally hunting a fox with a pack of hounds is illegal which is why hunts now follow trails so as not to get prosecuted under the Hunting Act of 2004. Given that they have not been prosecuted we can assume that despite the best efforts of the anti-hunt monitors they are not breaking any laws therefore why shouldn't the Bathurst family allow them on their land? All of this is completely irrelevant to the topic of the article. Fred Fred1
  • Score: 4

8:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Scissorhands says...

You lot of commenters are a bunch of miserable gits!!! It's a bit of fun, it brings the community of Cirencester together, the kids will love looking for the Hares. This has nothing to do with hunting or land or tweed!!!! Get off your high horse and smile and enjoy yourselves!!!!!
You lot of commenters are a bunch of miserable gits!!! It's a bit of fun, it brings the community of Cirencester together, the kids will love looking for the Hares. This has nothing to do with hunting or land or tweed!!!! Get off your high horse and smile and enjoy yourselves!!!!! Scissorhands
  • Score: 10

9:45pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Robert Jeanes says...

Phoney.....yes, fake 'commentaters' have an open forum here to vent their frustrations. They choose to preclude their being identified.
Comments may as well be Mickey Mouse sounding off.............
Phoney.....yes, fake 'commentaters' have an open forum here to vent their frustrations. They choose to preclude their being identified. Comments may as well be Mickey Mouse sounding off............. Robert Jeanes
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