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Cropredy Update - 26/7
Gareth Williams reports:
"Plans are still on track for this year's Cropredy Festival. I have been busy checking on the campsites and negotiating for new fields should any have to be substituted due to the flooding, but no firm decisions will be made regarding the campsites until the end of next week.
The waters have subsided throughout Oxfordshire and at Cropredy the fields are all drying out. With milder weather forcast we are hopeful that this recovery will continue right up to 9 August and beyond. More...
Cropredy Weather - Update 23/7.
Flooding is in the headlines. Western areas of the midlands have been badly affected, particularly the Severn Valley in Worcestershire and
Gloucestershire and the Avon Valley in Warwickshire.
Cropredy is not in the worst affected area. However, it is in the valley of the River Cherwell and some of the fields used for the festival form part of the river's natural floodplain. Extremely heavy rainfall on Friday 20 July caused the Cherwell to overtop its banks. The flooding peaked on Saturday morning but by Sunday evening, the river was back in its banks and most of the floodwater on the fields had drained away. As the river level continues to fall, the fields will start to dry out.
Understandably, people who've seen photographs of the floods are asking how it will affect the festival. Don't panic! Most of the site (including the Concert Arena) is unaffected by flood water. And just because the low-lying fields beside the river are a bit squelchy at the moment doesn't mean they'll still be waterlogged in two weeks time. The land is free-draining and dries out quickly.
Banbury Guardian Cropredy Special!
Our local newspaper, The Banbury Guardian, has devoted a section of its website to Fairport's Cropredy Convention. Every year, the print
version of the paper features our festival and now the online edition is following suit.
As well as news about the event, the Banbury Guardian site includes a photo slideshow with Fairport soundtrack and plenty of reader feedback.
The site is asking visitors to share their Cropredy memories and their hints and tips for getting the most out of the event. So pop along to The Banbury Guardian and have your say.
Important Cropredy Ticket News!
We'd like to remind those of you who are thinking of coming to Cropredy this year that the ticket prices go up on August 1.
Also, tickets are selling fast and there are not many left. We cannot guarantee that there will be any available to purchase on the gate.
Before setting out to Cropredy if you haven't bought a ticket, please log on to this website to check whether or not we have sold out. More...