updated 11 September 2002

Theft from St Mary's Church 

Farmor's School Exam Results

Behave or be Banned

Fairford does not usually suffer from major crime, but recently a thief stole some significant items from St Mary's Church.

The Church has a set of 14 misericords - wooden tip-up seats with carvings on the underside. The seats were probably made during the reign of Edward 1 (1272 to 1307) and the carvings portray everyday life at the time. They may have come to Fairford from Cirencester Abbey in 1540 with the dissolution of the monastery.  One of these misericords was stolen on 16th or17th August. It depicted a man and woman filling a cup from a cider barrel. It is valued at about 15,000.

Also stolen was a 500 year old brass belonging to the set of  Tame brasses named after the wool merchant, John Tame, who rebuilt the church in the 15th century. It showed the Trinity.

Security at the church is now being increased.

This year Farmor's School exceeded its previous exam successes. At GCSE 69% of students gained 5 or more passes at grades A* to C. 24% of all passes were A* or A grades.

At A level the pass rate was 98% with 77% of those at grades A to C. All those students wishing to go to university were successful.

At Key Stage 3 90% of students achieved level 5 or above in Science and in Maths 87%. The English papers have been sent back for remarking and the results are awaited.

Congratulations to all the students and their teachers for such impressive results.

The school is holding an Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October between 4.30 and 8.00 p.m. There will be presentations for prospective parents and students wishing to join Farmor's in September 2003 at 5.00 p.m., 6.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Fairford pubs, together with their Lechlade counterparts, have joined BOBS - the Behave or be Banned Scheme whereby bad behaviour or drink related crime can result in customers being banned from pubs.

The police support the initiative. The BOBS committee can impose bans of between 3 to 12 months or just issue warning letters for minor incidents.

The aim of the scheme is to lessen the number of disturbances at pubs caused by a small bad element.

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