In a Prayers earlier this term, the Principal talked about the “Cotswolds” and the designation of AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

This is an important part of how we conserve and cherish our natural heritage in the UK, seeking a good balance been economic development and the natural environment.

She also talked about the link between Cirencester and the origins of the motif of the iconic “hare”, inspired by the image found in the Roman mosaic floor tiles in an archaeological site in the town.

One of the CLC House staff, Mrs Courtney-Crowe, is also an accomplished artist and has been invited to decorate two hares as part The Cotswold Hare Trail 2018.

These are sponsored by local businesses, schools, colleges and community groups, and decorated by inspired local artists before being dotted throughout the Cotswolds in a unique art installation from May – Sept 2018.

In mid-September, the sculptures are gathered in for a public 'Farewell to the Hares' event, and auctioned to raise money for the Cotswolds AONB.

We are delighted that CLC will be sponsoring one of these hares, and it will be located in Cheltenham.

It is even more poignant for us as a community because the lovely artwork is the Penny Cress flower, in memory of Mrs Penny Rawlinson, and is named ‘Penny from Hare-ven’

The second of Mrs Courtney-Crowe’s hares is ‘Flutt-hare-bye’, a tribute to the butterflies which brighten our spring and summer gardens.

We hope you enjoy some ‘hare-spotting’ in the months to come!

Our Cotswold Hare is now sitting proudly at the Parabola Arts Centre, as part of The Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail. Thanks to talented artist Leanne Courtney-Crowe for our beautiful 'Penny from Hare-ven'.

More info about the trail at