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Is this the world's oldest penguin?

Missy (left) and her partner Seth. Credit: Birdland

A penguin at Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water is laying claim to the title of the world’s oldest. Missy is the matriarch of England’s only colony of king penguins. She arrived as an adult at the Birdland park back in 1982.

Missy spends much of her time alongside Seth, her devoted penguin partner of 18 years.

According to the Guinness World Records the oldest penguin ever in captivity was Rocky, a rockhopper penguin who arrived at Bergen Aquarium, Norway in 1974 and lived there until his death in October 2003, aged 29 years, four months. But Birdland staff say Missy must be at least 36 years-old.

Nursery school owner charged with assault or ill treatment

The owner of a nursery school in Gloucestershire has been charged with assaulting or ill treating a child in her care.

Carol Cort, 66, of Blacksmiths Lane, Beckford has been charged after Ofsted closed down the Barn Nursery School and Day Nursery in Willow Court, Bourton on the Water, following a 'serious incident' in February.

The protection of children is our first priority. We have reviewed the provider’s continued suitability for registration and as a result have decided to uphold the suspension as we are no longer satisfied the provider meets the prescribed requirements for registration.

– Spokesperson, Ofsted

The perfect weekend for river football

Bourton Rovers 1st XI V Bourton Rovers 2nd XI Credit: Rod Minchin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Football matches are normally called off if the pitch is waterlogged - except in Bourton-on-the-Water - perhaps it's something in the name.

This weekend saw the village's annual 'Football In The River', where a five-a-side clash takes place in the ankle-deep water of the River Windrush.

Hundreds of spectators braved the rain to gather on the river banks to watch the match. It is not entirely clear how the idea of playing a football match in a river first arose, but the tradition has reportedly been going strong for around 100 years.

The event, which raises funds for Bourton Rovers Football Club, regularly draws large crowds. Fans are advised to wear waterproofs if they plan to stand close to the side of the 'pitch'.