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Cotswolds W. I. Create Olympic Pennants

A report from Mike Gallagher

The charity – Quilts4London, asked organisations, schools and individuals throughout the UK to make pennants to be given to each of the 14,000 athletes competing in the 2012 Olympics.

Brimscombe & Thrupp W.I. decided that their contribution should celebrate the history of the two canal-side parishes.

Assisted by Stroud’s Museum in the Park and Brimscombe & Thrupp Parish Council they were able to include images of Brimscombe Port in the 1800s and Stroud inventor Edwin Beard Budding’s 1830 invention… the lawn mowing machine.


The W.I. needleworkers included another historic illustration below the Brimscombe Port scene as a reference to the Cotswold Canals restoration project. 

This is an 1880’s trade token bearing the image of a cargo vessel known as a Trow. The Cotswold Canals Trust adopted this iconic craft as its logo.

W.I Chair, Marilyn Munday, said “A small group of us spent several happy hours researching, discussing and preparing the pennants. Angela, Judy and Pat did the difficult bit of completing them.

We were so proud of them we decided to put the pennants on display to show them to a wider audience. I also want to say a big thank you to the organisations directly concerned and those who have helped, supported and shown interest in our efforts.”

The picture below shows those gathered to view and celebrate the completion of the pennants.

Left to right Marilyn Munday – President Brimscombe & Thrupp W.I.; Bill Harvey – Chairman Brimscombe & Thrupp Parish Council; Pat Carpenter, Mike Gallagher – Cotswold Canals Trust; Eileen Tedder, Judy Long, Sally Maisey, Angela Gardiner and David Mullin – Curator of the Museum in the Park.

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