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A home for Thor at last! WE first met Thor, the 8-year-old Malamute dog at the end of 2020 when we featured his search for a new home following the death of his owner. The Cheltenham Post has been happy and proud to support the Cheltenham Animal Shelter since our launch on November 5th 2020 and we are delighted Thor has now found his ‘forever home’. Head of Fundraising at Cheltenham Animal Centre, Alison Jarvis said: “We needed Thor to settle as quickly as possible so that we could work with him to improve his confidence with people. Our Behaviourists Rosie and Esther put together a training plan and his daily routine was strict. “As time went on Thor progressed, he became more trusting and started to enjoy Shelter life. He loved his food, learning new tricks and having lots of cuddles, he also enjoyed having a selfie taken on more than one occasion. “It had been such a long road with him that it was the best thing to know that he could be in a loving home where he would be adored just as he deserved!” Full story page 12

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AMBULANCE provision in Gloucestershire has been branded “an absolute disgrace” – by one of their own paramedics. Speaking exclusively to the Cheltenham Post the ambulance worker, who asked not to be named, said pressure on paramedic crews is now “beyond breaking point.” “Things have been totally unacceptable ever since England came out of lockdown last summer,” he said. The service has a colour-coded four-stage system for grading the pressure of demand, known as Resource Escalation Action Plan (REAP) levels. Green is “steady”, Amber is “moderate”, Red is “severe” and Black is “extreme pressure”. The Post’s source said: “Our normal state is supposed to be green or amber. REAP Black means the service has the potential to fail. We were

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Gloucestershire’s ambulance service, like NHS departments across the country, has faced unprecedented demand since the start of the COVID pandemic. But now the situation is reaching breaking point, ambulances are queuing outside hospitals for hours, and patients are “suffering like never before”, according to one local paramedic. “I recently brought in a woman with internal bleeding, which was very painful and likely to become a surgical emergency. We queued, and I was unable to control her pain despite my best efforts. She began to writhe; you know severe pain when you see it, they can't stay still. I went inside to try to escalate her and get her in - nothing. The place was chaos. “I eventually pinned down a Doctor who said he would come out to the ambulance and review her. He never came - probably just too busy. We eventually got her in after 3 hours. “That poor woman. Can you imagine if that was someone from your family? It’s an absolute disgrace.” Since the South Western Ambulance Service officially escalated its situation to REAP Black (“Extreme Pressure”) last September, staff have regularly been experiencing ‘burnout’ from the

effort to cope with demand. “12 hour shifts run over time most days due to the demand and queues. It’s not uncommon for crews to be doing 14 or 15-hour shifts on a regular basis, It’s impossible to have a normal family life when you’re working that hard.” In an effort to reduce ambulance queues outside hospitals, Accident and Emergency departments across South West England have also introduced “Cohort” areas, which are essentially small wards within A&E, run by paramedics instead of nurses. “To be honest, ‘ward’ sounds too nice,” our source said. “They are cramped rooms with sick people shoulder to shoulder. Instead of one crew caring for one patient whilst outside A&E in the queue, as soon as a bed, chair or space in ‘Cohort’ becomes available patients are offloaded there. “We almost never offload directly to an A&E bed now, unless the patient is critical, and even then there’s no guarantee there will be space. This means one Paramedic can be asked to look after up to six patients. “The idea is that this frees up other ambulances to go back out there, pick up more patients and bring them back to the queue. The general consensus amongst Paramedics is that this is not safe working practice.

“Corners are being cut everywhere you look, its so demoralising, it looks like some kind of messy field hospital set-up in a third rate country. This is no way to run a health service.” Speaking in November, South Western Ambulance Service chief executive Will Warrender said it was “recruiting more people” after receiving “additional funding” from NHS England. The trust added in a statement at the time that delays were reaching intolerable levels and it was working hard with the NHS to reduce them. The trust said: “We are experiencing very high demand on our 999 emergency service across the south west area and are asking people not make any unnecessary 999 calls.” Chief Operating Officer, Qadar Zada, said: “NHS services across Gloucestershire continue to experience considerable operational pressures, reflecting the picture throughout the country. These pressures stem from high levels of demand for services, both COVID and non-COVID related, alongside high numbers of patients whose discharge from hospital is delayed. “This means that at times of peak demand, when our Emergency Departments (ED) are at their busiest,

ambulances can queue outside despite the very best efforts of our teams. “It is important to stress that all ambulance patients waiting to come into our EDs are assessed for their clinical priority to ensure that patients are afforded the correct level of priority. “The flow of patients in and out of our hospitals is pivotal to enabling patients to be handed over without delay. “Wards across both our hospitals continue to prioritise the safe discharge of patients to help free up beds in our hospitals. In turn, this enables patients to be handed over to ED by ambulance crews in a timely way and for those patients that need admission from ED, to be able to access a bed without delay. “Our EDs at Gloucester and Cheltenham remain incredibly busy and we would appeal directly to the public to please think carefully about whether your condition could be treated elsewhere, not least as waiting times for less urgent cases are longer than we would like. Other alternative services including your local pharmacist, GP or Minor Injuries and Illness Units (MIIUs) are available where you can often be seen in a more timely way and parking is available. For more information visit ASAPglos@nhs.uk or call 111.”

AROUND THE COUNTY news from Gloucestershire Three teenage boys jointly charged with murder THREE teenage boys from Gloucester have jointly been charged with the murder of 16year-old Ramarni Crosby. The boys, who are aged 15, 16 and 17, have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at Bristol Crown Court on January 24 . They cannot legally be named due to their age. All three have been charged with the murder of Ramarni Crosby on the evening of

Wednesday 15 December. Ramarni, from Frampton on Severn, sustained fatal stab wounds during an incident in Stratton Road, Gloucester. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Almond, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "These charges are a significant step in progress, but the investigation into Ramarni’s tragic death does not stop here. "This continues to be a very much

active investigation and we’re still working to establish the circumstances around what took place. Anyone who has information or witnessed what happened that evening and has not yet come forward is asked to please help us now, and speak to police or Crimestoppers anonymously." Anyone who has any information or footage relating to the incident is asked to contact

police using the following online reporting tool: mipp.police.uk/operation/53GLO S21G67-PO1 You can also call police on 101 and quote incident 389 of 15 December. Alternatively you can contact the independent crimefighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online https://crimestoppersuk.org/

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a racially aggravated assault at a supermarket in Brockworth, Gloucester last month. On Monday 13 December a woman was assaulted and subjected to racial abuse in the car park of the Tesco Extra at around 6pm. The victim was walking across the car park when a man and woman in a Renault Clio car sped up to her before getting out and physically assaulting her and verbally abusing her. The victim suffered minor injuries to her neck and hand. The man and woman were described as both being white, the woman was of a large build and was wearing jeans,

OFFICERS are appealing for information after a car crashed into a house near Gloucester last. Police were called to Field View Lane in Witcombe during the early hours of Wednesday 8 December after it was reported that a black Mercedes C250 had lost control before crashing into the property. This caused damage to the front of two adjoining houses and resulted in the families needing to stay elsewhere whilst the damage was repaired. It was later established that the driver and passenger of the car had ran away from the vehicle and enquiries are ongoing to identify them. Investigating officers are asking anyone with information or knows who the occupants of the car may have been to get in contact. Information can be submitted online by completing the following

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a zip-up hooded top and had dark coloured hair which was worn in a pony tail. The man was described as being aged in his 60s and was wearing brown trousers and a black jumper. He had white hair and wore glasses. CCTV has been reviewed and police are now appealing to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident. If you saw the incident you can contact police by using the following form online and quoting incident number 36 of 14 December: www.gloucestershire.police.uk /tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-usabout-existing-case-report/ Alternatively, you can call 101 and quote the same incident number.

form and quoting incident 8 of 8 December: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/ tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-aboutexisting-case-report/ Alternatively you can all police on 101, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website crimestoppersuk.org.

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Renewed appeal for wanted man Shane Walsh POLICE are renewing their appeal for information on the whereabouts of wanted man Shane Walsh. Officers now believe that he is frequenting Cheltenham and are asking for sightings to be reported. The 29-year-old formerly of Townsend Street in the town is wanted in connection with an assault which left his victim with facial injuries. He is also wanted on recall to

prison for previous offences. He is described as being 5ft 6ins tall, of a large build, has short dark brown hair with stubble and blue eyes. Walsh also has links to the Bristol and Worcestershire areas. If you see Walsh or have any information on his whereabouts please complete the following online form referencing crime number CR/041909/21:

www.gloucestershire.police.u k/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-usabout-existing-case-report or call 999 if seen at the time. Information can also be submitted by calling 101 or anonymously contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their online form: crimestoppersuk.org/give-information/forms /give-informationanonymously

News New apartments planned for regency building CAPE Homes have acquired a building in the heart of Cheltenham and plan to return it to its former glory. Grade II listed Stirling House, on College Road, is a beautiful example of the town’s regency history and has been used for offices and a garage in recent years. Cape Homes Managing Director Mark Holland said: “Cape Homes are pleased to have secured the planning permission for this sympathetic regency building conversion project and look forward to delivering the completed apartment scheme during the early summer of 2022, we strive to design and build exceptional, high quality homes for our clients.” The project at Stirling House will comprise 15 spacious apartments within the building incorporating contemporary kitchen and bathrooms and all modern fitments, all of the properties will also benefit from an individual secure parking space.

CCTV appeal following burglary in Cheltenham OFFICERS have issued CCTV of two men they would like to identify in connection with a burglary in Cheltenham. Police were called to Moorcourt Drive after it was reported that two men had forced entry to a property before setting the alarm off, fleeing and leaving empty-handed. Officers from the Cheltenham Neighbourhood Policing Team have completed a number of enquiries since the incident, but are yet to identify the men, and are now asking for information from the public. An 18-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the incident in August and

has since been released under investigation while enquiries continue. If you recognise the men pictured or have any information about the incident please complete the following online form quoting incident 82 of 15 August:

www.gloucestershire.police.u k/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-usabout-existing-case-report/ Alternatively you can call police on 101, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website https://crimestoppersuk.org

Road rage incident in Bishops Cleeve OFFICERS are appealing for witnesses following a reported road rage incident in Bishops Cleeve last month. Police were contacted with a report of an altercation between two vehicles outside Lidl on Evesham Road on the evening of Wednesday 1 December. The victim reported that she was pulling out of the car park and onto the main road during the late afternoon/early evening when she accidentally pulled into the path of a large white long wheelbase van.

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The woman stopped and reversed to let the van through when the van driver pulled in front and blocked her path. A man then exited the van before being verbally abusive and spitting on her small white car. The driver of the van was described as being a white man who was around 6ft tall, dressed in all grey, had grey hair and facial hair. Officers have been unable to identify the van and are asking anyone who was in the area at the

time and has dashcam footage to please get in contact. They are also asking for witnesses. Information can be submitted by completing the following online form and quoting incident 70 of 2 December: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua /tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-aboutexisting-case-report/ Alternatively you can call police on 101, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org.

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The following cases have all been heard recently at Cheltenham Magistrates Court: Malachi Headman-Cook, 32, of Malden Gardens, Gloucester, pleaded guilty to driving a VW Golf without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident that caused damage in The Reddings, Cheltenham, on 30th Sept 2021. The magistrates endorsed his licence with eight penalty points and fined him £162 plus £350 prosecution costs and a £34 surcharge. The court heard that a garden wall and fencing adjoining the road were damaged as a result of Headman-Cook’s driving. Emma Pargeter, 37, of Taylor Drive, Mickleton, is to be sentenced on 19th January after either admitting, or being found guilty of, six offences of theft, three of assault, one of careless driving, one of driving with excess alcohol and another of being in charge of a vehicle while

over the alcohol limit. Eight of her offences were committed in Cheltenham and the rest in Gloucester and Welshpool. She has been granted unconditional bail for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. Ashley Keyte, 36, of Vittoria Walk, Cheltenham, pleaded not guilty to assaulting James Gardner by beating him on 19th January 2021. The case was adjourned at the request of the defence because Keyte has suffered a family bereavement. In a separate case before the court on the same day, Keyte pleaded not guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance in a Ford Mondeo on 23rd January last year in Caernarvon Rd, Cheltenham. He was bailed pending trial at Cirencester on Feb 24th.

A warrant without bail was issued for the arrest of Lee McCarthy, 39, of Vittoria Walk, who is charged with driving an Audi A4 on Tewkesbury Rd, Cheltenham, on March 21st last year with excess Benzoylecgonine (a cocaine metabolyte) in his blood. Ashley Thompson, 27, of St Paul's Road, Cheltenham, pleaded not guilty to breaching a restraining order on Dec 15th 2021 by making contact with a woman whom he is prohibited from contacting. He elected summary trial and was bailed till 15th February with conditions including a ban from entering certain streets or going to specified schools in Cheltenham. Michael Rodham, 70, of Church Rd, Bishops Cleeve, pleaded not guilty to assaulting Anglela Rodham

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causing her actual bodily harm on 15th April last year. He was bailed for trial on 2nd Feb at Cirencester Courthouse. Pending trial he must not contact his alleged victim or go to specified addresses in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. Luke Beresford, 25, of St Paul’s Road, was remanded on unconditional bail to await three separate magistrates court trials after he pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault and one of criminal damage. He is accused of assaulting Darren Trotter by beating on 29th April 2021, assaulting Charmiane Finch by beating on 7th May 2021 and causing approximately £500 worth of damage to the wing mirror of a Toyota Corolla owned by James Locke, also on 7th May last year. He will be tried for the first alleged assault on 24th Feb, the second on 7th April and the damage charge on 30th March. Amy Patterson, 36, of Princess Elizabeth Way, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and criminal damage and admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence community order and failing to surrender to bail. She assaulted Faye Purnell by beating on 5th Feb last year and on the same date damaged a TV owned by Ms Purnell. She was bailed to await sentence on Feb 24th and must not contact Ms Purnell or go to St Anne's Terrace in the meantime. Thomas Bowhill, 78, of Maple Drive, Charlton Kings, pleaded not guilty to speeding in a Mazda car on 1st October 2020 and is to stand trial at Cirencester Courthouse on 30th March this year. He is alleged to have exceeded 30mph in Birdlip at the corner of the B4070 and the Cirencester Road. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Leighton Lewis, 38, of no fixed address, after he either admitted or was found guilty of three offences of criminal damage and one of using threatening words or behaviour. He pleaded guilty to damaging a bathroom window and front door belonging to Caroline Lewis on April 15 last year. The magistrates found him

guilty in his absence of two offences of causing damage to walls, doors and windows at the YMCA in Vittoria Walk, Cheltenham, on 14th and 15th April 2021 and to using threatening behaviour towards Craig Russell on April 15. He was also convicted of failing to answer to bail for the court hearing on December 23rd and a warrant was issued. John Chubb, 28, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 8 weeks jail suspended for a year after he admitted assaulting Max Gilbert and Owen Wall by beating them in Cheltenham on December 19th 2021. He committed the offence when he got into a fight while 'very drunk' in a pub. He was placed under a community order with rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to pay his victims £100 compensation each as well as a £128 victim services surcharge. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Madison Iddles, 24, of Lansdown Crescent, who failed to attend court on Dec 21st to face a charge of being concerned in the supply of Class B drug FluoroMDMB-Pinaca in Cheltenham between 10th Feb and 13th Oct 2018. The court heard she had been notified of the hearing by first class post but had not attended by the time her case was called at 12.30pm. James Orton, 35, of Hawthorn Road, Cheltenham, was ordered to pay compensation of £49.99 and costs of £85 after he pleaded guilty to stealing a Tefal Steam Station from The Range, Cheltenham, on 12th June 2021. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Michal Marks, 36, of High St, Cheltenham, who did not attend court on Dec 21 to face two charges of assaulting a woman and one of using controlling and coercive behaviour towards her between 26th Dec 2019 and 4th June 2021. A summons was sent to him by first class post but he had not arrived by 4pm when the case was called. Natasha Johnson, 45, of Glebe Farm Court, Up Hatherley, has been bailed

to await trial on 28th April on a charge of assaulting a police officer during the execution of her duty on 26th August 2020. The trial could not go ahead at the hearing on Dec 21st as the alleged victim had tested positive for Covid and could therefore not attend to give evidence. Hidar Abdusalam Almustafa, 22, of Joyford Passage, Oakley, was fined £414 and ordered to pay costs and surcharges totalling £131 after he admitted driving a Seat Leon car on Hesters Way Road on 16th June 2021 without third party insurance. He had six penalty points endorsed on his licence. Emily Archer, 33, of Mirabelle Road, Bishops Cleeve, admitted exceeding 30mph in a Nissan Qashqai on Prestbury Road, Cheltenham, on 1st June 2021 and was ordered to pay £258 in fines, costs and surcharges. She had three penalty points endorsed on her licence. Penny Barnard, 24, of Devon Ave, St Marks, had a total bill of £811 after she pleaded guilty to speeding in New Barn Ave, Prestbury, in a Ford VRM without a valid driving licence on 28th May last year. As well as fines totalling £660 she was ordered to pay costs and surcharges of £151. Jimmy Howard, 22, of Marle Hill Road, pleaded not guilty to intending to cause harassment, alarm or distress to a woman in Cheltenham on Feb 26th last year and was bailed unconditionally to await trial on 5th April at Cirencester Courthouse. Edward Hancox, 27, of High Street, Cheltenham, was banned from driving for a year, fined £150 and ordered to pay £119 in costs and surcharges after he admitted driving an Audi A4 in St George's Place with excess alcohol on his breath on 13th Nov last year. He had 42mcgs of alcohol in his breath, the legal limit being 35mcgs. He was told he can reduce the ban by 91 days if he completes a Government approved driving course at his own expense by July 3rd 2022.

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Tribute to man who died following collision A MAN who passed away following a collision on Lansdown Road, Cheltenham the week before Christmas, has been described by family and friends as 'incomparable'. In an emotional tribute, the family and friends of 32-yearold Dan Beames, of Bishops Cleeve, have remembered his loyalty, humour and passion. He suffered serious injuries in the collision on December 17 and died the following day. Speaking about the shock and pain at his death, they said: “On behalf of Daniel's family and friends, we would like to say thank you for people's kind

words of love and support. “Daniel Mark Beames, well known as Beamer, was charismatic, loyal and passionate. He was a proud man, quirky, with the greatest of morals. “Daniel was the king of practical jokes and puns. Always going out of his way to prank someone for the entertainment of himself and others around him. He was constantly up to mischief, but had the persona, charm and quick-wittedness to get away with anything. “He didn't live to work. He worked to live. He was a great

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storyteller and traveller. “Dan was radiant. Incomparable. A gentle man with so much love inside of him. Whether one on one, or in a group of people, he was a pleasure to be around. “What has happened to Dan has sent immense shock and pain throughout his friendship circles and family. Dan left this world as the most wonderful partner, step dad, son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend. He left a print on all who crossed his path. “Everyone should be more Beamer. “Rest easy pal.”

Do you recognise this man connected to a theft from last summer? POLICE are asking for the public's help to identify a man in connection with a theft from a motor vehicle in Cheltenham from last summer. On Tuesday 24 August 2021 police were called to a report of bank cards and cash having been stolen from a vehicle on Bridge Street. The offender smashed the passenger side window and took the items at around 5.30am and then tried to use the bank cards at local petrol stations shortly after. Police are now asking the public for their help to identify the man in the CCTV images. If you recognise this man please contact police by completing the following online form quoting incident number 156 of 24 August: www.gloucestershire.police.u k/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-

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Chief nurse honoured Gloucestershire's chief nurse receives MBE in New Year Honours

GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S chief nurse, who has been at the forefront of the COVID19 vaccination programme, was one of six NHS workers in the South West to be recognised in the New Year Honours List. Professor Steven Hams has received an MBE for services to nursing. Expressing his thanks for the ‘great honour’, he paid tribute to the “remarkable nurses and other colleagues that I have worked alongside.”

Steve was Gloucestershire’s Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 vaccination programme when it began. “I was privileged and proud to lead this programme for Gloucestershire. A year ago, the vaccine brought us hope amidst the devastation and sadness of COVID-19 and since then, so many lives have been saved,” he said. Elizabeth O’Mahony, NHS England and NHS Improvement South West Regional Director, said: “I

am delighted to see so many of our dedicated team from the South West recognised in the New Year Honours list, both for work on COVID and for their wider, valued contribution to the NHS. “Since the start of the pandemic everyone in the NHS across the South West has continued to pull-out all the stops to not only treat and care for those with COVID-19 but to deliver vaccinations to protect people, their loved ones and

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Top tips for a safe night out CHELTENHAM Borough Council has launched a series of bite-size videos to remind people of the steps they can take to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable night out in Cheltenham. As a Purple Flag town, Cheltenham’s evening and night-time economy has been externally assessed and accredited as safe and inclusive. Safety is the responsibility of everyone, including the council, police, our voluntary sector partners but also people who come out to enjoy the evening and night-time economy. The council, in partnership with Cheltenham Safe, is reminding people to follow a few simple steps for a safe and enjoyable night out in Cheltenham. These bite-size

videos include general safety advice and tips, advice on safe transport to Cheltenham and home at the end of the night and specific advice on the steps people can take to avoid drink spiking. Keep a look out for these safety videos on Cheltenham Borough Council’s social media accounts, the Licensing Section’s Twitter account and on Cheltenham Safe’s social media accounts. Colin Pilsworth, ENTE coordinator and Cheltenham safe manager, said: “Licensed venues work very hard to ensure people who visit their venues are safe. Venues operate a number of schemes to promote safety such as “Ask for Angela”, "Ask for Clive" for the LGBTQ+ community, a

town-wide radio network, door staff and a banning scheme, to ensure the small number of people who cause trouble cannot get into licensed venues in future. “These videos will enhance the work already being done to ensure people continue to enjoy a safe night out in Cheltenham.” Councillor David Willingham, chair of licensing committee and Cheltenham’s ENTE champion, said: “People visiting Cheltenham should be safe, and feel safe. The council and its partners work hard to make sure people can be confident of an enjoyable and safe night out but safety is everyone's responsibility. “I am pleased to say the council is being proactive in

promoting safety in the evening and night-time economy through these videos and I would urge everyone to take note and follow these simple steps.” Councillor Martin Horwood, cabinet member for customer and regulatory services, added: “The council places a very high priority on public safety. We want people to be safe when they go out in Cheltenham. “These videos will add to all

the work already being done by the council, licence holders and other partners promoting safety in Cheltenham’s evening and night-time economy. “Safe night-time economies are thriving night-time economies. We want people to enjoy what Cheltenham’s night-time economy has to offer and these simple safety steps will no doubt add to the excellent work already being undertaken to keep people safe.”

With the emergence of the new Omicron variant, the council is also urging people to play their part in stopping the spread do the Coronavirus when planning a night out in Cheltenham. People are encouraged to take a lateral flow test, get a negative result before going out, and take steps to prepare for the proposed requirement to show their vaccination status as a condition of entry to some licensed venues.

Appeal for information after car stolen POLICE are appealing for information following the theft of a car from a property in Cheltenham last month. A silver Volvo XC90 was stolen from outside a house in Frank Brookes Road at around 4.45am on Tuesday 28 December, after an offender broke into the address and took a set of car keys. The car was reported crashed and abandoned on Kingsmead Avenue an hour later. A man, described as being in his 20s and wearing shorts, was witnessed running away from the vehicle following the collision. Officers believe that the theft may be linked to other attempted burglaries close by and would like to hear from anyone who thinks they may have been targeted but have not yet spoken to the police. They would also like to speak to anybody who saw

anything suspicious in the area at the time or who has dashcam/CCTV footage. Anyone with information should contact Gloucestershire Constabulary through the website, quoting incident 65 of 28 December:

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HAPPY New Year! I do hope you were able to relax a little over the break. We spent Christmas here in Cheltenham, where the ice rink was a great hit with my children. I was also delighted to help out at the homeless shelter, Cheltenham Open Door, on Christmas Eve in their new Alstone Lane home. I did so alongside former MP Martin Horwood. Christmas should be a time to put politics aside. Thank you to Simpsons for the free fish and chips. My thanks too go to those working over the Christmas period, including in particular in Cheltenham General and GRH, which are facing unprecedented levels of pressure. This is a very difficult time, and NHS staff are responding magnificently. So what should be the priorities here in Cheltenham in 2022? I have several, but let me offer just three: First, everything should be done to keep our schools open. Closing them causes such harm. The Chair of the Education Select Committee has highlighted the 100,000 ‘ghost’ children who became ‘lost in the system’. I think too of the dreadful case of Arthur LabinjoHughes, cut off from school and teachers, who was savagely beaten to death. You may have read that I have decided to pass those sentences to the Court of Appeal as I consider them unduly lenient. Second, I want to see a major focus on social mobility for Cheltenham’s young people. It inevitably stalled during the initial waves of the pandemic. That’s why I am organising an Apprenticeship and Training Fair at Pittville Pump Room on 1 April. I want to help local young people go as far as their talents will take them. Third, although not on the same level, there does need to be a crackdown on graffiti which is surging across town. I actually spotted three youngsters in the act of ‘tagging’ a utility box on Gloucester Road over Christmas. Removal should be stepped up, together with robust enforcement. With focus and hard work, I am confident 2022 will be a positive year for Cheltenham. The decision not to go beyond Plan B measures has been described by UK

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Economic recovery at heart of budget Cheltenham Council has put forward draft budget proposals for 2022/23 as it continues to lead the recovery of the town from Covid19, amid increasing case numbers relating to the Omicron variant

Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls as "a real lifeline" for businesses. I know it will make a big difference in Cheltenham for venues which have been badly affected by the Omicron variant. Striking the balance is extremely difficult, but growing confidence that Omicron is milder than Delta is leading some senior experts to take a nuanced approach. Professor Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford University and a member of the Vaccines Taskforce, told the BBC Today programme that Sajid Javid’s judgement on this is “probably fine”. He pointed to data showing "very low" numbers of vaccinated people in intensive care nationally. Here in Gloucestershire, although there were 125 patients on the Covid virtual ward just before Christmas, just three were in critical care. This data is changing hourly, and we have to keep it under constant review. But it is now clear that vaccinated and boosted patients are much less likely to get seriously ill. In the US, where Omicron is surging, President Biden noted that the unvaccinated are eight times more likely to be hospitalised and fourteen times more likely to die. Meanwhile, in the UK it’s unlikely to be a coincidence that almost a third of those in hospital nationally are in London, which has the lowest vaccination rate. Thanks to the local NHS we’re in a different position in Gloucestershire. Well over 85% of the county’s eligible population have now had the booster. That is a stunning record, and amongst the best in Britain.

CHELTENHAM Council’s new budget proposals aim to shape and improve public services and enable strong economic growth, whilst providing a mechanism to ensure the council has available resources to continue to support the recovery of our businesses and communities. Key proposals within the draft budget papers include: l Continued commitment to becoming a net zero carbon council and borough by 2030, providing additional capital finance to deliver infrastructure projects which support the Council’s response to the climate emergency declaration in 2019. l A re-alignment of our budgets to reduce our reliance on income from vehicles, reduce our energy usage and allocate resources to meet the increased demand as residents recycle more of their waste. l Continued financial commitment to the Golden Valley development to realise the council’s flagship ambition to make Cheltenham the Cyber Capital of the UK. This includes the creation of a national centre of excellence for the cyber sector and wider

COMMITMENT: Continuous funding promised to the Golden Valley Development.

tech industries that will be an engine-room for long-term inclusive growth for Cheltenham. l Continued commitment to fund additional resources and economic recovery investment in the town that promotes inclusive growth and creates a place where everyone can thrive and that benefits both our communities and the environment. Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for finance and assets said: “The recovery from the pandemic

is certainly not over and continues to be a key focus point for the council. Cheltenham was one of the first councils to publish a recovery strategy, focused on revitalising and reshaping the economy and ensuring that future growth benefits all of our communities. Everyone is welcome to share their thoughts on the proposals during the period of consultation.’’ The council aims to encourage collaboration across sectors to ensure that culture, hospitality and

creativity is interweaved into their economic recovery plans, in particular the ambitious plans for the Golden Valley development. Residents, businesses and all partners can view the full council report and find details of the budget consultation, online at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/ budget. Comments can be e-mailed to moneymatters@cheltenham. gov.uk. The final budget will be determined by full council in February 2022.

Improvement works at library during two-week closure CHELTENHAM Library is set to close for two weeks later this month while work takes place to improve facilities for customers. It will be shut from Monday 31 January until Saturday 12 February inclusively, so work to integrate the Local and Family History department into the main library can be carried out. That section is currently based upstairs above the children’s library, which is situated behind the main library. It will provide improved access to the popular Family History section and will also mean work can begin on creating a new Innovation Lab in the old Local and Family History section of the library, which is due to open later this year.

Innovation Labs are currently available at Coleford and Gloucester libraries, offering the latest digital design equipment and technical expertise to boost skills and support employment, and Cheltenham will become the latest library to benefit. The two-week closure will also allow work to start on the refurbishment of the public toilets at Cheltenham Library. The library will also be closed on Wednesday 26 January from 1pm to 7pm to allow for a safety inspection of the stonework above and around the front entrance. The following services will be available during the two-week closure: Click and collect – simply search

the online catalogue, find the items you wish to borrow and reserve them. When the item(s) arrive, you will receive an email asking you to select a time slot for collection and you can pick them up from the children’s library Off the shelf (we select you collect) – complete an online form stating the type of books or other items you would like and staff then select on your behalf from the stock held. You will then receive an email asking you to choose a time slot for collection from the children’s library Limited PC access in the children’s library – please book in advance To access the ‘click and collect’

and ‘off the shelf’ services go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libr aries/request-services/ To book a PC please go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libr aries/book-a-computerincluding-printing/ Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This closure will allow us to undertake wide-ranging improvements at Cheltenham Library so I’m very grateful for everyone’s patience while this is carried out. “The work will give people better access to the Family History section, allow work to start on a new Innovation Lab and the refurbishment of public toilets so it will be well worth it.”

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Funding for energy efficiency upgrades 300 of the region’s least efficient properties are set to receive funding towards energy efficiency upgrades, renewables and low-carbon technologies from two Government grant schemes CHELTENHAM Borough Council is part of a consortium that has been awarded over £5million to improve hundreds of inefficient homes across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. The consortium, led by Stroud District Council successfully bid for part of the £430million Sustainable Warmth Competition being invested by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy across England from 2022. The funding will be used to install improvements to insulation and heating, as well as solar and heat pump technologies on suitable homes. The £5.25m will be targeted towards the region’s least efficient properties – those with Energy Performance Certificates rated D, E, F or G – and will aim to benefit households most at risk of fuel poverty. £1m will be used to improve 100 properties on the gas network, and the rest will

increase the efficiency of 200 properties off the gas grid, mainly in rural areas. The seven local authorities already work together to provide the highly successful Warm and Well programme, which is delivered by local charity Severn Wye Energy Agency to support the nearly 40,000 households in the region who suffer from fuel poverty. This figure is expected to rise as the cost of energy increases this winter and into next year. The funding will be distributed to households that meet certain eligibility criteria so that it helps them out of fuel poverty. Cllr Mike Collins, cabinet member for housing said: “This is great news and a most welcome investment. Usually our biggest carbon footprint comes from our homes and reducing that footprint becomes more difficult and more expensive when trying to improve the efficiency of our least energy efficient buildings. I’d encourage all investment

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in energy efficiency works given the challenges we face. In addition, these works will help enable vulnerable people to keep warm and well in their homes.’’ Cllr Max Wilkinson, cabinet member for climate emergency at Cheltenham Borough Council, also welcomed the news: “We all have a huge amount of work to do if we are going to achieve carbon neutrality and much of this will include changes in people’s homes. Upgrading energy efficiency and moving away from gas is a big part of that challenge. This funding, spread across seven council areas, will certainly help. It goes alongside the increasing amount of work we are doing to retrofit Cheltenham’s council homes and reduce the carbon footprint of the council’s buildings. There is a very long way to go, but everything we can do will make a difference.” From January, eligible households will be invited

to apply to take part in the programme and will receive the most appropriate measures to improve the efficiency of their property. Funding for work on properties on the gas network is delivered through the Government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme; while off-gas properties will receive funding through the new Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) scheme. Work is expected to be completed by March 2023, by which point 300 Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire homes will be warmer, healthier and more energy efficient. Households can register their interest in receiving funding towards efficiency improvements by calling the Warm and Well advice line on freephone 0800 500 3076. Find out more about the council’s work on climate and sustainability at www.cheltenham.gov.uk

THE new year is a time when we look to the past and the future. There will be analysis, speculation, and ambition in abundance. That’s before you mention resolutions to drink less, exercise more, get a new job or redouble your efforts to get Boris Johnson out of Downing Street. On the latter note, anyone who took a stroll around Pittville Park on New Year’s Day will have noted the profane expression of local anger at the Prime Minister. It was an arresting sight for anyone trying to gently walk off a hangover. Notwithstanding the 10foot tall white letters painted on the grass outside the Pump Room, our town has some cause for optimism this year. We can expect progress towards the Golden Valley development and more community involvement in shaping what it will look like. This is a massive project for Cheltenham that will provide thousands of new jobs and new homes in a development aiming for net zero carbon and a boost to biodiversity. Alongside that, people will have already noticed the Minster Exchange project taking shape, providing a new space for cyber and creative professionals and improving access to St Mary’s – one of our most underused heritage assets. We’ll also be unveiling our detailed plan for a net

zero Cheltenham. Declaring a climate emergency is one thing, but putting a plan in place and starting to deliver it is another. The Cheltenham Zero Partnership will help bring together the public sector, private enterprise and communities in these efforts. We’ll need help from Westminster too as we look to decarbonise local buildings, change planning rules for the better, boost sustainable transport and more. The Borough Council can’t do this alone. While I’m on this subject, we can expect Cheltenham’s first net zero council homes to be built this year – a huge win for the town as we seek to help residents tackle fuel poverty and continue to demand better from private builders. Then there’s the excellent work being done by the No Child Left Behind initiative, which now has more than 70 organisations working to lift Cheltenham’s children out of poverty. We’ll see this grow in 2022 for sure. We’ll have a new and accessible pocket park at Clarence Fountain, replacing the artificial grass which has divided opinion (to put it mildly). So while the country struggles with Covid-19, a divided government, whiffs of dodgy political dealing and more trouble besides, Cheltenham has much to look forward to in 2022.

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Risk of power cuts at its highest level for 5 years WHAT is the cause of the steep energy price rises? Many homeowners have already been affected by the challenges suppliers are fighting with. If they are on a variable energy price tariff prices have already as much as doubled in some cases, for others on fixed price tariffs, that price rise is just delayed as many providers are losing money on the electricity they are supplying and when the contracts renew the unit price will hit the government’s maximum price cap. The problem has several contributing factors, which include record low levels of British and European gas storage due to higher usage in the first half of the year, LNG (liquefied natural gas) tankers from places like Asia and the US which we normally receive are being

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held at source as they are needed in the producing country and European pipeline deliveries have reduced year-on-year, which has caused prices to rise. There is high demand for gas across the continent. Low wind generation across Europe in 2021 has driven demand from gas-burning power stations. Using gas reserves to generate power has exacerbated the demand for gas. The good news is that in the third quarter of 2019, the UK’s wind farms, solar panels, biomass and hydro plants generated more electricity than the combined output from power stations

fired by coal, oil, and gas for the first time. However, and this may come as a surprise, we are still reliant on gas to contribute the majority of our non-renewable energy. Most of the UK’s gas imports come from Norway, but Russia is also a supplier. This reliance on energy supplies that are not dependable further emphasises the importance of the transition to net-zero carbon dioxide emissions to reduce our reliance on changes in gas prices and supply. In July, a fire prevented the import of electricity from France via a high voltage subsea power cable. There are also planned shutdowns at gas plants and the retirement of two nuclear reactors. The National Grid’s annual assessment of Great

County council farms are helping to tackle climate change GLOUCESTERSHIRE County Council is promoting sustainable farming methods on its rural estate to help tackle climate change. The rural estate is spread throughout the county and extends to 63 holdings across 7,000 acres. It consists mainly of smaller family farms, with the majority being between 80 to 140 acres. More than half of the county council-run farms have already signed up to the Countryside Stewardship scheme, which is a government initiative offering financial incentives to farmers to look after and improve the environment. It encourages farmers to undertake measures to help sustainability and biodiversity, including: l Using land that is unsuitable for crops, such as field corners, to plant trees or wild flowers; l Providing winter bird food plots to maintain and increase the bird population; l Creating permanent grassland to encourage flora and fauna to develop; l Delaying cutting natural grass to allow wildlife and bugs to flourish; l Planting new hedgerows and gapping-up old hedgerows. Spot checks are carried out

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Britain’s resilience to disruption to electricity supplies has resulted in the key “margin” figure falling to its lowest in five years. The grid has advised that the risk of UK power cuts this winter has increased because of the energy crisis. At the same time as the increased pressure on the grid, an ‘electric revolution’ is happening in car sales. Aside from the likes of Tesla, other major car manufacturers are predicting that electric vehicles will dominate sales within 10-15 years. General Motors will make only electric vehicles by 2035, all vehicles sold in Europe by Ford will be electric by 2030 and VW projects that 70% of its sales will be electric by 2030. Converting from petrol/diesel to electric on this scale is

creating a substantial additional electricity demand. Unless this demand can be met, power cuts will become inevitable. Most consumers are unsettled about the substantial energy price increases and this is also feeding another revolution in the move to renewable energy generation. Record levels of homeowners

choosing integrated solar and battery systems which enable them to charge an electric vehicle for pennies and drive for hundreds of miles whilst also reducing electricity bills and eliminating the risk of their home life being disrupted by power cuts. Ben Williams www.forevergreenenergy.co.uk

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Councillors from all groups represented on the council were recently given a tour of Gamage Hall Farm in Dymock, where tenant farmer Paul Westaway demonstrated how some of these sustainability measures are being put into practice. Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “It’s great to see some of the farms that we own putting these positive measures into practice to help the environment. Tree planting, ensuring good soil health and looking after the grassland at these farms will all help to achieve a greener Gloucestershire.”

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Thor finally has a home From a dark world to a happy endgame as forever home found for 8-year-old Malamute, Thor

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AT the end of January 2020, 8year-old large Malamute dog Thor was taken to Cheltenham Animal Shelter due to very sad circumstances following the death of his owner, and now needed a new home. Dogs like Malamutes can sometimes be aloof and uncertain of new people or other dogs. When Thor was first taken to the shelter, based in Gardner’s Lane, Cheltenham, he was anxious and grumpy. He was vocal with visitors and didn’t like getting too close to other dogs. Now, almost 2 years on, Thor has now found a new home at last. Head of Fundraising at the shelter, Alison Jarvis said: “We were concerned that he wouldn’t settle at the Shelter and his behaviour would put people off from wanting to adopt him. “We needed Thor to settle as quickly as possible so that we could work with him to improve his confidence with people. Our Behaviourists Rosie and Esther put together a training plan and his daily routine was strict. “Thor was given counterconditioning sessions which were designed to teach him how he could learn to befriend people. This was slow work, but it had to be done if Thor was to have a chance of finding a new home. Potential adopters could be put off if Thor didn’t respond well to first contact.” As time went on Thor progressed, he became more trusting and started to enjoy Shelter life. He loved his food, learning new tricks and having lots of cuddles, and he also enjoyed having a selfie taken on more than one occasion! “We keep all our dogs as mentally stimulated as possible and Thor was no exception, he loved our sensory garden where he could roam off-lead and really enjoy the plants and other equipment. We also like to celebrate special days with our dogs so back in April 2021 Thor celebrated his 9th birthday. He was made a real fuss of and because it was his special day, he was allowed a Puppuccino and a Big Mac to celebrate,” Alison added. With dogs like Thor, it can take a long time to find a new home. Thor is an older dog and likes to potter around. He has arthritis in his hind legs and so needs medication and cannot go on long walks. Finding a family who could cater for the needs of a big dog with special needs was

always going to be difficult but those at the animal shelter never gave up hope of finding a home. Alsion said: “As time went on and we continued our search for a suitable home for Thor, he became a little bit of a local celebrity! Many people in our community would ask how he was getting on and had we been able to find the right home for him yet? Although we were able to tell them that he was happy, sadly we still hadn’t found the best home for him. “We ran campaigns and promoted Thor and other longstay dogs, but few people came forward and those kind people that did, often didn’t have the experience or facilities to meet his needs. “We were getting concerned that Thor would never find his forever home, then last summer a family came forward who had experience of dogs like Thor - so we began the process of introducing him to them. “Over several months the family made repeated visits getting to know Thor, spending more and more time with him. Their dedication was amazing and slowly Thor got to know them and became excited to see them. “The time when a dog and prospective owners start the process of adoption can often be emotional for everyone as sometimes the meetings don’t go to plan or for various reasons the prospective adoption can fall through.” It’s fair to say that because Thor was at the shelter for so long all the staff were touched by him. “We loved his cheekiness and the way he would bat you with his paws and howl at you if you dared to stop fussing him or hadn’t gotten a treat out quick enough. He would always bash on the office door until one of the carers let him in for cuddles – he was very persistent. We loved how much he trusted us even letting us put a birthday hat on him and dress him in a lion’s mane! He has a huge personality and was affectionately known as the King of the Shelter. “When we saw how well Thor

was reacting to his potential new family, we were so proud of him. It had been such a long road with him that it was the best thing to know that he could be in a loving home where he would be adored - just as he deserved!” Just before Christmas Thor started his home visits with his prospective new family. The shelter’s behaviourists took him to their home and left him with the new owners for increasing amounts of time. They had to be careful that Thor didn’t become anxious as the shelter carers needed him and his potential owners to feel happy. “We shouldn’t have worried as these visits went so well that Thor was often asleep on the sofa at pick up time! The final test to see if Thor would settle was to let him stay overnight, again we needn’t have worried, and after several days we knew that Thor had found his new home. “The last day with Thor at the Shelter was bittersweet as we knew we would miss him terribly, but we were happy that he was off to have a good life! The team had lots of cuddles with him and of course a selfie session before taking him to his new home.” Cheltenham Animal Shelter General Manager, Peter Newcombe said: “We are beyond delighted that he’s found such dedicated owners who love him as much as we do.” Thor has now settled in his new home, his training continues, and he is being introduced to his wider family. Thor has enjoyed his first Christmas at home with Claire and Rich his new owners, who said: “Thor has settled very well, and really enjoyed his toys he was sent home with and the ones he had for Christmas.” Alison Jarvis summarised: “Quite simply this is one of the best pieces of news we could report. This wonderful big, goofy dog spent just under two years at the Shelter, but we never gave up and nor did you our supporters and our community. Thank you.” If you would like to help more dogs like Thor, please donate at www.gawa.org.uk/make-adonation

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Remembrance on Holocaust Memorial Day

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HOLOCAUST Memorial Day (HMD) takes place on 27 January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Members of Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation, Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community and Cheltenham Borough Council are inviting people to join them online for the 2022 act of remembrance. The evening will be led by Dame Janet Trotter and will include prayers and readings (both in English and Hebrew), guest speakers, music, and reflections. The theme for HMD 2022 is ‘One Day'. It encourages everyone to reflect on how One Day can change everything; One Day in history, One Day to remember, One Day at a time, One Day in the future. For those who suffered for

LOCAL businessman Andy Deacon has joined forces with design connoisseur Charlie Taylor to open the latest addition on Suffolk Road. Suffolk Interiors will offer stylish furniture, hand painted by Charlie herself, as well as an array of accessories to compliment any home, office or premises. Charlie said: “we are all about lifestyle, not just shop purchases, but a wide range of services such as design, consultancy and full schemes for our clients. “Our aim is creating one-off unique looks and styles. We are here to inspire you.”

days, weeks, months, and years focussing on just One Day is a starting point, a way in for us to learn more about what happened during the Holocaust and the genocides that followed. To register for the event and reserve your space please visit Zoom link us06web.zoom.us/webinar/r egister/WN_de4r4cClTGK YQesdDANCeg

Jennifer Silverston from the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation said: “Determined to oppose hate, prejudice and victimisation, we come together on Holocaust Memorial Day. May we honour the memory of those who suffered and those who died by challenging discrimination. We hope for a better future, that One Day everyone will

be able to enjoy justice, peace and harmony.” Natalie Towle, Chair of Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community added: “This event will be different in one way in that, like last year, we will be meeting virtually, but in every other way it remains the same- a time to reflect on the atrocities of the past and to renew our endeavours to

challenge stereotyping, reject discrimination and encourage diversity.” Rowena Hay, Leader of Cheltenham Borough Council said: “After another turbulent year we are pleased to be able to bring this remembrance event online once more, in order that we can continue working together with the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation and Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Cheltenham and to remember all of the genocides that have impacted on our communities.” Everyone is welcome to attend but please reserve your space on Zoom. For further information about the event please contact Louise Forey, Cheltenham Borough Council, 01242 264297, email CommunityServices@chelte nham.gov.uk

Commitment to support disabled bus users GLOUCESTERSHIRE County Council, Inclusion Gloucestershire and Stagecoach have worked together to make a new film, called ‘Breaking down barriers to mobility on the buses’, to highlight mobility issues and affirm a commitment to make changes. The film features three disabled people from Gloucester and Cheltenham who speak about the experiences they have had using buses. One is a wheelchair user who has recently given up driving, another is hearing impaired and uses sign language and the other is visually impaired and travels with an assistance dog. Some of the areas highlighted include the opportunity for further disability training for drivers, spaces for more than one wheelchair and access to information about buses. Collectively all parties have committed to review the areas raised and feed them into potential service improvements. Under the Equalities Act 2010, all public buses are required to be fully compliant in accessibility terms and this is the case in Gloucestershire. There is also ongoing joint investment by all parties to fund fleet improvements and the provision of accessible bus stops via higher kerbs to meet with the bus entrance. However there is room for development and investment to further expand and enhance accessibility in the county and work will start following the consultation on the Bus Service

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and hope to continue to drive forward the recommendations identified.” Rachel Geliamassi, Managing Director at Stagecoach West, said: “We are passionate about serving our community and believe that public transport should be accessible to all. We hope that by unlocking funding through the National Bus Strategy and working closely with Gloucestershire County Council, improvements can be made so that everyone in the county can use buses with confidence.” You can view the film by visiting www.youtube.com/watch?v=M c9Vo6YcN88 The project is seeking further funding to carry out a similar review around train travel in Gloucestershire and is working with district councils to raise awareness of issues with accessible taxi provision.

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Hospice seeks service users to help improve care for families A LOCAL hospice is asking friends, family and service users of its palliative care and bereavement support to get in touch to help improve the care it delivers. Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice supports families from every corner of the county from its specialist inpatient unit just outside Cheltenham, alongside a virtual day hospice service, hospice at home care in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury and a family support service. To help improve its services, the hospice is launching a new Service User Participation Group in the New Year, and hospice staff are keen to hear feedback from families who have been supported by the hospice. Elise Hoadley is Service Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

She said: “The people we support are at the heart of what we do and we are committed to ensuring that everyone who accesses Sue Ryder services is listened and responded to so that they receive high quality, personalised care. “Our service users have a unique contribution to make as they are experts by experience in addition to the other skills, qualities or knowledge they have. We want their voices, experience and support to shape and direct our activity.” The hospice hopes the new group will help improve the support it gives, inform recruitment of staff and result in service users working alongside hospice staff to develop new services too. Jacky Stewart’s husband, Ken, was diagnosed with throat cancer in April 2015 and

received support by the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team in 2016. Since then Jacky has been a staunch supporter of hospice fundraising events and she has also assisted with the appointment of a new doctor for the hospice by sitting on the interview panel. Jacky said: “I just owe Sue Ryder a debt that I will never be able to repay. When they called and said they were interviewing for a doctor’s position and would I like to come and help, of course I said yes. I’ve retired from the Gloucestershire Police where I have been staff for 33 years. I have interviewed police officers, specials and control room staff for the force so I have a lot of experience. “We interviewed four candidates in one day and I would say I used a mixture of

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my professional knowledge and my personal experience of the hospice. Part of you is considering whether, as a service user, you would want that person standing in front of you delivering bad news. It’s a case of finding the balance. “Having service users helping with this kind of decisionmaking is really interesting but I think it might depend on where you are in your journey. I’m five years down the line from losing Ken so for me it

was nice to be able to contribute in this way. I would love to do more - I felt like I was really making a difference to the hospice.” Sue Ryder Nurse Sandie Pelan will be running the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice Service User Participation Group. She said: “I would love to hear from anyone who has experienced care from Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice who is interested in finding out more about joining

the group. We’ll be meeting virtually from February every four months and you will receive a very warm welcome.” For more information on joining the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice – Service User Participation Group, email leckhampton@sueryder.org or call 01242 230199. For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit www.sueryder.org/leckhampton

New year, new plans for Clean Air Cheltenham

ON behalf of everyone at Clean Air Cheltenham I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! As we enter 2022, it offers a quick reflection on the year that has just passed. In 2021, the challenges were presented very clearly in front of us. The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow rang the alarm bells, the consequences of a warming planet stark and important to hear. The agreements at COP26 do not mean that discussion on climate change stops - now comes the hard part, to implement plans as soon as possible. So how can we turn the tide on climate change for a fresh year? For our group of committed volunteers, nothing changes. As we are getting to grips with another wave of COVID cases, energy prices rocketing and the cost of living increasing, you might argue that climate action should now take a back seat, but it shouldn’t. Climatefriendly resolutions are one part of the answers we need, and action to combat climate change should remain high on the UK government’s agenda and on the minds of local authorities. Our ambition doesn’t stop. Clean Air Cheltenham will continue to celebrate the benefits clean air brings to the town. The connections we have

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Clean Air Cheltenham made with NHS Gloucestershire, fellow clean air campaigns across the UK and community action groups have meant so much to the group as a whole that our aim is to strengthen these partnerships further and form new connections in 2022. Collaborative action is very important. For this upcoming year we are already looking forward to Clean Air Day in June and Car Free Day in September, but the group will always be around to campaign for clean air by following updates on Cheltenham Borough Council’s Air Quality Action Plan, attending as many sustainability events as possible and presenting online webinars via our YouTube channel. For myself personally as the PR co-ordinator I am also delighted to share a podcast I co-host alongside a fellow journalism graduate. On the Open Agenda Podcast, I have huge plans this year to include air quality action as an important topic of discussion. Branching out to local media outlets remains a top priority too and I hope that more progress can be made this year on Clean Air Cheltenham’s multi-media and social media content.

This project that began in the early weeks of lockdown is now two years old. Our vision to secure a Cheltenham free from traffic and pollution won’t stop anytime soon. We know challenges are still ahead and the act of persuasion isn’t easy. But together with collaboration, kindness and fair accountability, I hope this new year sees Cheltenham take another step forward in combating air pollution. You can find Clean Air Cheltenham on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @CleanAirChelt. The Open Agenda Podcast can be found on any major podcast provider including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Clean Air Cheltenham, please contact info@cleanaircheltenham.org Will Luker is the publicity coordinator for Clean Air Cheltenham. He has been a previous member of the University of Gloucestershire’s cycling society. Will also writes his own blog at callmewill97.com and hosts a podcast called Open Agenda.

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News PCC to canvas householders on council tax POLICE and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Chris Nelson is seeking the views of the public on the rising cost of policing in Gloucestershire. The PCC is in discussion with the Chief Constable, together with both his and the Constabulary’s chief finance officers, preparing a budget to pay for policing over the next 12 months. In contrast with other areas of the country, the cost of policing in Gloucestershire is now split almost equally, between a grant from Central Government and funding from local tax-payers. The Government settlement, announced last month, has to meet pay rises, inflation and additional cost increases. For Mr. Nelson to begin to implement some of the manifesto proposals on which he was elected, it is estimated the police precept could go up by £10 – the equivalent of less than 20

By Chris Nelson Police & Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire

pence per week for a band D property. He said: “Having won people’s votes on the promise of recruiting more police officers, driving down anti-social behaviour and making it easier to contact the police, I am determined to repay that faith. “The Government’s uplift programme has helped me make a start and enabled the Constabulary to bring in a number of new officers already. As part of this year’s central grant settlement, I am also allowed to increase the part of the council tax that pays for policing by up to £10 without a referendum. “But my manifesto was based on what the public told me they wanted so it’s important to get their views

now. “I remain committed to my manifesto promises and I am working with the Chief Constable to ensure that a £10 increase meets his most immediate needs such as investigating crimes against the most vulnerable in society, by for example increasing the numbers working in Child Abuse Investigation Teams. “A £10 rise would also ensure that we can start to increase the numbers of people in the Force Control Room who take 999 and 101 phone calls from the public. “In building the budget I have also asked the Chief to make savings in other nonpay areas to help towards ensuring that every penny can be targeted towards these improvements.

“We are working together to make sure that every part of the existing budget is as tightly squeezed as it can be to make as much space as possible for this additional investment. “Increasing the precept by more than £10 would enable me to meet those manifesto commitments more quickly. However, I have to take into account the need to avoid a costly referendum, the financial position of our residents and their ability to pay, which may mean it takes longer to achieve the recruitment numbers I aspire to.” The public can offer their thoughts on the policing budget by sending an email to PCC@gloucestershirepcc.gov.uk Once the PCC has set his budget, the police and crime panel members will be asked to support it at their next meeting in February. Under existing legislation, they are only allowed to reject it once.

Coffee pod recycling provides new trees A NEW ‘pocket forest’ will be created in Cheriton Park Hillview, thanks to the Podback coffee pod recycling service helping to tackle climate change and achieve ‘Cheltenham Zero’ by 2030. Cheltenham Borough Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and has since set an ambitious target to become a net zero council and borough by 2030. The council is now producing its ‘climate change mitigation pathway’, which sets out the many actions needed to reach this 2030 target and to create a community which is resilient to the impacts of climate change. Two key areas of focus for the coming years are tree planting and recycling. Planting trees helps absorb pollutants and improve air quality, whilst recycling helps save natural resources and reduces carbon emissions generated by throwing items away in landfill and even incineration. Cheltenham Borough Council is working in partnership with Podback, the not-for-profit coffee pod recycling service, to encourage people to recycle their aluminium and plastic coffee pods at home. The service has proved very popular with over half a million pods estimated to have been collected for recycling so far. To get involved, residents simply need to register at www.podback.org and order free recycling bags. These bags can then be put out for kerbside collection every week with waste and recycling on their normal collection day. Residents can recycle both plastic and

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aluminium coffee pods depending on the pods they use. Once collected, the coffee pods are sent for reprocessing in the UK. The coffee grounds are used to create soil improver and renewable energy. The plastic and aluminium are recycled into new products. As part of this partnership, Podback is working with SUGi an organisation that helps to create accessible, ‘pocket forests’ using native trees to help improve the local environment, encourage biodiversity and provide habitats for local species and engage communities. Approximately 300 trees will be planted at Cheriton Park Hillview in a 100sq m area close to Morrisons supermarket, the community centre and local primary school Greatfield Park. The site has been chosen as the trees will have plenty of space to grow and can be enjoyed by residents. Coffee grounds generated through the Podback recycling process will be used to support the tree planting, which began this week. Cheltenham Borough Council

is working with Podback, SUGi, the local parish council and school to co-ordinate the tree planting. Podback is providing the funding to SUGi to plant the trees and Cheltenham Borough Council will maintain these once complete. These forests are developed to establish quickly with virtually no maintenance. SUGi has significant experience of developing ‘pocket forests’ across the world. Having planted 112,000 trees to date, restoring 404 species and 34,500sq m of land. Rick Hindley, Podback’s executive director, added: “Podback is a pioneering example of end-to-end recycling, with coffee brands, retailers and local authorities working together to enable people to easily recycle their pods. “Cheltenham Borough Council is our first council to plant trees as part of the Podback partnership. This work with SUGi will use our coffee grounds as soil improver, showing the versatility of the recycling process.”

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January in the garden PLANT OF THE MONTH Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ – there’s so much to love about this shrub. It flowers in January and February, just when we all need something to lift winter gloom. The deep pink buds open to clusters of pink-white flowers with a knockout scent that carries on the winter air. The flowers are followed later by black buds. We like to plant it near paths – choose a route that you know you’re going to use daily – and it works well with other late

The Cheltenham Post welcomes new columnists Leaf Creative. Over the next few months the creative plant and design specialists aim to help gardeners of all levels winter stars, including cyclamen. It makes a medium-sized shrub and prefers a sheltered position in fertile soil that is moist but not waterlogged. Prune only if absolutely necessary by trimming back lightly after flowering to maintain the shape.

JOBS FOR THE MONTH Finish adding a thick mulch to flower borders and vegetable beds. Use well-rotted manure, homemade compost, or bought peat-free compost. Mulching will improve the soil structure and add nutrients, giving plants and crops the best possible start. Clear old hellebore leaves by cutting them back to the ground. This will allow the new leaves and this season’s flowers to come through. It also lessens the risk of transferring black spot to the new foliage. Now’s the time to winter prune trees and shrubs. Remove any dead or damaged branches and others that will improve the overall shape. Lifting the canopy by taking out lower limbs will give the opportunity for adding

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ground cover plants and bulbs underneath. GREEN TIPS Wild birds are the gardener’s friend and now’s the time to encourage them to take up residence in your garden where they will help you by eating pests such as greenfly. Ensure they have a regular supply of food over winter using a mix of hanging feeders and bird tables to help a wide range of birds. Some birds, such as sparrows like seeds while others, including robins like fruit. There are many wild bird feed mixes available but some kitchen foods are suitable. These include dried fruit, unsalted nuts, apples and pears that are going soft, and even fruit cake. It’s important to put out a

little at a time and to clear away any uneaten food that’s going to go mouldy. Regularly clean feeders and tables to stop spreading disease and make sure they are put somewhere quiet, sheltered from the worst of weather and where they are unlikely to be attacked by cats. Birds will also scavenge seeds from perennial plants that have not been cut back in autumn. Keep the food coming during spring and summer, particularly when birds are likely to be feeding young but avoid putting out bread, fat, or peanuts as

they can be fatal to chicks. Fresh water is just as important as food and can be anything from a bird bath – make sure it’s kept topped up and doesn’t freeze over – to a simple saucer of water. If you have a pond, add stones or pots of plants to the edges to allow access to the water. Use the winter to get bird boxes in place ready for the breeding season. Choose different styles of boxes to attract different species and place them out of direct sunlight with a clear flight path to the box.

Planting tribute Councillor Paul Baker has sponsored the planting of 9 tulip trees in Sandiford Park. They have been planted in conjuntion with Cheltenham Borough Council to remember those who lost their lives to Covid and to show appreciation to the wonderful workers and volunteers in the NHS.

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Debbie set to share slimming secrets A SLIMMER who transformed her life by losing 3 stone is using her success to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives and achieve their weight loss dreams too. Debbie joined her local Slimming World group in Cheltenham and fell in love with the group straight away. “I remember clearly walking through those doors for the very first time. I was so nervous, and I was worried what people would think, as well as what to do and where to go once I got there. However, there was no need to worry as I had a really friendly welcome from the consultant as soon as I arrived.” Now Debbie has trained as a Consultant for Slimming World, the UK’s largest group-based weight loss organisation, at their national training academy in Derbyshire. Members at the Friday morning group at Warden Hill United Reformed Church can't wait to welcome Debbie as their new Consultant when she takes over the group this January. The latest government figures reveal that around one in four adults are obese and it is estimated that, by 2034, this will increase to one in three. 56.5% of Cheltenham’s population is now overweight or obese, and Debbie says her new role has

never been more important. She said: “Obesity is becoming such a huge issue across the UK. When I first joined Slimming World as a member, I never dreamed that I would end up helping other people to lose weight, but now I just can’t wait to get started. After losing 3st and completing my training, it’s a privilege for me to be able to pass on the experience, insight and understanding that helped me, so that I can give my members the support they need to get to target. “Support is really the most important thing. It all starts with feeling that you’re not alone. I couldn’t have lost my weight and kept it off without the

weekly help, encouragement and understanding of my own Consultant and group. As someone who has lost weight myself I know the challenges people can face, which is why, along with the group, I will be there to support every one of my members all the way to their dream weight. Setting targets, sharing recipes and other ideas, and working together as a group to overcome challenges and celebrate success is so important to a successful journey. That’s why, at my Slimming World group, there’ll be tons of support, encouragement and fun. “Like a lot of slimmers, I had tried to lose weight so many times before by following numerous diets but they were never sustainable because I’d always get tired of restricting what I ate. I thought I was destined to struggle with my weight for the rest of my life, but when I came to Slimming World it was different. I never felt like I was on a diet. The eating plan encourages you to eat lots of tasty, filling foods like pasta, rice, potatoes and lean meat and fish, you are never hungry and no foods are banned so there’s no deprivation. I couldn’t believe I’d found a way to lose weight without starving myself. I love a fried breakfast replacing cooking oils with low calorie spray.”

Decathlon opens at Regent Arcade SPORTS Superstore Decathlon have been added to the line-up of brands at the Town’s Regent Arcade. The store that occupies one of the largest units on the ground floor within the Centre, was opened by Mayor of Cheltenham, Councilor Steve Harvey, who officially cut the ribbon shortly before Christmas. Store manager for Decathlon in Cheltenham, Sam Pond commented: “It was a fantastic turn out for the store where we had hundreds of eager shoppers wanting to take a look around, especially this close to Black Friday and Christmas.” The family-owned company will be a one-stopshop for sports and outdoor pursuits alike, catering for over 70 disciplines, and aiming to help more people get physically active. Top quality sports equipment, clothing and accessories with unbeatable value comes as standard at Decathlon, matched with expert staff onhand in store to share their passion for active lifestyles and trusted expertise.

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Scott Lahive, Centre Manager for Regent Arcade commented: “We are thrilled to welcome our newest arrival to the scheme, joining our fantastic selection of fashion and lifestyle brands as we expand the Centre’s retail mix. We are so lucky in Cheltenham to have incredible outdoor sports and leisure opportunities right on our doorstep, that we know Decathlon will be a firm favorite amongst our shoppers.” The store will be trading

from 9am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sunday’s, with special deals regularly on offer. Visitors to the store also have the chance to win 1 of 5, £100 Decathlon gift cards simply by downloading their app and scanning a promotional QR code that can be found at the entrance of the store. For more information about Regent Arcade’s retail line and upcoming events, visit www.regentarcade.co.uk

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Chrissie is flying high in her new role at The Little Jet Company CHRISSIE Mann is flying high in her new role at The Little Jet Company. Chrissie, who is 32 and has a law degree, has been appointed Deputy Ground Operations Manager at the company which is based at Gloucestershire Airport. The Little Jet Company provides a personal and comprehensive executive jet service for business and leisure. Chrissie said: “I love my job! They are an incredible team, one of the best I have ever worked with. It’s lovely to work with people who care and are passionate about what they do. “Everyone in the company goes above and beyond, doing what they can to make sure that the clients’ experiences are the best they can possibly be. “The aircraft are just fantastic and it’s such a friendly place to work. It’s a really supportive environment,

everyone gets on well and everything is done properly. “The Little Jet Company has such a great reputation and is an incredibly well-run company.” Chrissie discovered her love of aviation when she spent time in operations for a remote scenic and charter flight company in Australia. She gained her private pilot licence before she moved back to the UK. She now lives in Cheltenham and in her spare time she is studying for an airline transport pilot licence. Chrissie’s role at The Little Jet Company involves everything from arranging flights to meeting and greeting clients. “You don’t get into aviation, and you don’t stay in it unless you are genuinely passionate about it, unless it’s something you love,” said Chrissie. “I like the problem-solving and the challenges that come with the operations side of

things. “I like the fact I can see something through right from the beginning to the end, and I like the variety of things we do. I get to meet such a variety of really interesting people.” The Little Jet Company provides a wide range of aviation services incorporating luxurious privately-owned executive jets for charter, aircraft management and ground handling services. The company flies to European destinations and also has access to a global jet fleet. Travel can be arranged from the UK to destinations around the world and private jet travel can also be arranged for clients when they are abroad. The Little Jet Company has a continuing commitment to Gloucestershire airport. Recent growth has also seen the company open a base in Brighton and Bournemouth.

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Cheltenham hotel give staff a new year break for ‘Wellbeing Week’ A CHELTENHAM hotel closed for 11 days during January as part of a new ‘Wellbeing Week’ designed to help boost the morale and wellness of its staff. For the very first time, The Greenway Hotel and Spa, located off the A46 in Shurdington, closed for custom during the initiative between January 3 and 13 – although the spa remained open for treatments and facility use. Staff could opt to spend the time however they wish, or join wellbeing events put on by the hotel including an exercise session from a personal trainer. The Eden Hotel Collection, which has award-winning luxury hotels across the country, decided to launch the initiative for 2022 across all of its hotels to give staff a deserved break and start the New Year refreshed after a difficult year for the hospitality industry. Mark Chambers, Managing Director at The Eden Hotel Collection, said: “People are at the heart of the hospitality sector, and none more so than our staff who have been working so incredibly hard. “However, hospitality has been one of the hardest-hit sectors throughout the Covid19 pandemic. “Restrictions have led to long

periods of closure, and the restart in May – while hugely welcome – also led to prolonged periods of high business levels against a backdrop of welldocumented industry staff shortages. “We are very conscious of the impact the last 18 months has had on our people and really wanted to ensure everyone has the time and space to focus on their health and wellbeing. “Whether that’s by joining one of the wellbeing sessions, or by spending time with their family and friends, we hope the Wellbeing Week will help all staff return into the New Year refreshed and

ready to welcome back our guests.” The closure of all hotels allowed staff to utilise their annual leave for some muchneeded time off. As well as a session from Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach Kate Cheer, the Wellbeing Week included drop-in ‘Tea and Talk’ sessions with the hotel’s HR teams upon their return. Staff were also given a month’s access to mindfulness app Headspace, links for wellbeing sources, tools such as a Mental Health MOT, and recommended podcasts and playlists relating to mindfulness and relaxation.

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Sochi Film Festival comes to Cheltenham THE Sochi International Film Festival Awards (SIFFA) is coming to Cheltenham in 2022. This is in celebration of the rescheduled 60th anniversary of our friendship link with Sochi Russia, which was established in 1959. Cheltenham Twinning Association is delighted that the UK part of the event will be held in Cheltenham in February 2022, following on from a very successful and spectacular five-day event in Sochi in November. SIFFA is now in its 6th year and is represented at many major film festivals throughout the year, including Cannes. It has huge support from Russian cultural organisations across the country. We are seeking a small number of key sponsors, in the Cheltenham area, to

ensure this event is a huge success. We need your help to provide a unique awards festival, which will include a range of Russian films, workshops, musical events, displays of Russian art works and a Gala evening and award ceremony. Various Russian artists and performers will also be attending. Sponsorship packages of £500, £300 and £150 are available, each includes having your business logo in the programme and on the press wall and tickets to the gala evening as well as to a number of other events, depending on the sponsorship package chosen. Smaller individual donations would also be very much appreciated. In November the Sochi Film Festival had artists such

as, American 2019 Oscar winning producer, Steven Mao, legendary Russian actress Natalia Bondarchuk (Solaris) and renowned British actress Frances Barber attending to give or receive awards. Cllr Diggory Seacome, Chair of Cheltenham Twinning Association, said: ”We are delighted to be working in partnership with our Russian twin town, Sochi, in the promotion of its Film Festival in February 2022, postponed twice already due to the Covid pandemic. A great programme of Russian themed events is being planned in the New Year in conjunction with the Chapel Arts Gallery, culminating in the gala evening at the Parabola Arts Centre, Bayshill Road on Saturday

12th February. In the weeks leading up to the presentation of the awards there will also be a series of concerts, given by Russian artists. We do hope that many people will be able to enjoy this feast of Russian Culture by coming along or giving a small donation to the hosting of such a prestigious event.” Cllr Victoria Atherstone, Cabinet Member for Culture, Wellbeing and Business, said: “It’s not often we can host such an exciting international film festival awards in our town and it’s a huge honour to be able to welcome and celebrate our 60th anniversary in February 2022 with our friends in Sochi Russia. “With such an action-packed schedule of Russian cultural entertainment there are so many opportunities for

residents and visitors of Cheltenham to get involved. We are very fortunate to have an array of talented media professionals and businesses here in our town with many graduating from our very own University of Gloucestershire, celebrated nationally for its media studies. This makes the Sochi Film Festival Awards even more relevant for our town. “This is an extremely important international cultural event and Cheltenham’s Twinning Association have produced a fantastic range of sponsorship opportunities

that will ensure this celebration is a huge success for us all. I’d like to invite those who want to help create even more international media and film links for our budding media professionals and established businesses with Sochi Russia to get in touch. This is an opportunity not to be missed!” Donations of any amount can be made online at: Cheltenham.gov.uk/twinning -payments For more information and to discuss sponsorship packages and donations please contact twinning@cheltenham.gov.uk

ABC –

The Lexicon Of Love FORTY years ago, I was a pretty impressionable 11 year old who loved pop music and, in particular, the charts. The Top 40 really mattered and every week it seemed like there were loads of great new catchy pop songs being released. But there was one issue. The £2.60 weekly earnings from my morning paper round meant that I could only buy two singles a week. And so I had to be selective. Albums would be the equivalent of two weeks’ wages so choosing one meant that 4 singles would have to be forfeited. And this album bore that out. The glorious singles that were ‘Poison Arrow’ and ‘The Look of Love’ suggested that to not own the forthcoming LP would be a sure sign of idiocy. From the opening grand orchestrations, the debut ABC album blazes into life with ‘Show Me’ before clobbering you with a combination of punches that are ‘Poison Arrow’, ‘Many Happy Returns’ and, my favourite track, ‘Tears Are Not Enough,’ which show Martin Fry’s voice off to its hollering best. It was a great era for ballsy vocalists with ‘Party Fears Two’ by The Associates also being released 40 years ago this January. We really were

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By Phil Daniels Music fortunate to have two singers of this quality gracing the charts at that time. Side Two kicks off with ‘The Look Of Love,’ a song which I’m sure everyone knows as it was heavily used in TV adverts and features in just about every 80s retrospective constantly shown on Channel 4. ‘All Of My Heart’ is a slower ballad and was the 4th single to be lifted from this LP

later in the year. ABC never topped the peak of this period and only had one more top 20 hit a few years later with ‘When Smokey Sings’. They never went away though and were always still recording and releasing records. In 2016, they released ‘The Lexicon Of Love II’ and, whilst it could never live up to the original, it didn’t shame it either and gathered mostly positive reviews. But there can only be one true Lexicon. So step back in time 40 years and start singing. You’ll still know all the words.

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Memories of Cheltenham’s past

FC Lakeside 1997/8 Season Back row Norman Lever and Rob Griffiths Middle left to right Adam Worth, Nick Baldwin, Jamie Locke, Matt Mcshane, Tomal Syed-Aguirre, Adam Lord, Brad Attwood. Front row left to right Nick Boxall, Ben Smallman, Oliver Holder, James Freeman, Trevor, Matt Lever, Seb Bendall.

Years goneby

Back row: Pete Nixon, Jasper Cook, Brian Stubbs, Denis Wills, Robin Pryer, Brian Leake, Roger Ralph, Colin Farmer, Pat Brooks Front row: Dobbin Roberts, Frank Wilcox, Mike Brooks, Dave Barnfield, Graham Barnacle.

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J. Perkins, N.Plewes, S.Davies, D.Green, I.Pritchard, D.Pardoe, T.RyderJones, F.O’Callaghan, D.Parry. S.Monkman, M.Burge, K.Knight, N.Sherbourne, S.Bryan. 1983. Devil’s Chimney, Leckhampton.

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Delicious Keto tuna cakes

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These super-simple Keto Tuna Cakes are a great quick and easy meal to throw together. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, they are lean, healthy, gluten free, take only 15 minutes to make and contain 1g of net carbs per cake. Perfect as a meal or a snack. Ingredients 4 Tuna Cakes - 200g well-drained Tuna / 2 Tins - 2 tablespoons Parsley - 30g Almond Flour - 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise - 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest - 1 Egg - 1 Spring Onion - Salt & Pepper to season - 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

How to... Drain

apply a medium heat.

Drain the Tuna well.

Chop Finely chop the Onion and Parsley. Zest

Gently place all cakes into the pan and fry on either side for around 4 minutes.

Notes

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Happy New Year - Happy Money! IN between Christmas and New Year, whilst out on a walk, I bumped into a lady who had been on the final Loving Me Loving My Money course of 2020. This course runs over 12 weeks, where a small group of us take a deep dive at discovering and healing our mindset around money and then making big changes with how we manage our money day-to-day. It finished right at the end of 2020 which was great as I had the opportunity to get them set up for “Money Magicianhood” from 1st January 2021. I have written many times before that I like to view my money life, in fact my life in general, as an adventure. That is what I encourage my clients to do too. Money and life for many can seem like a chore that “has to be done”. But how about allowing ourselves to take a leap and dive into the adventure that is before us

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with curiosity, courage and intention? Something that we GET to do rather than HAVE to endure. With that in mind, it HAS to be preferable to endeavour to live life on the front foot – to be ready for what comes to us, so that we can respond in a way that keeps us alive - even powerful. To live in a way that causes us to smile when we get great results through clever planning having

employed an astute, positive mindset. Ooo yes! I revert back to the lady I bumped into on my walk. She had been running her Money Map for a year now. That is my word for a budget or spending plan. It involves mapping out our money so that every pound is given a purpose. That means thinking ahead – anticipating the expense of holidays months in advance and planning Christmas spending in January. She had done this successfully and was wearing the smile I described a few minutes ago. In fact, she was positively beaming! Christmas was her current triumph. She had totted up how much she spent on Christmas in 2019, added a bit for inflation (nifty thinking seeing as it is at about 5%) and divided it by twelve. She set aside the right among of money every month. Now banking with Starling, she was using one of the very clever

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her joy, peace, comfort, a feeling of abundance and a feeling of being on the front foot – in charge, empowered. It changed the feeling of Christmas for her – she enjoyed buying the presents so much more because the money was simply waiting, longing to be spent on the people she loved. So, now it is January again. She will be doing the same this year, she tells me. How can she not? Why would she

not embrace this feeling of success and extend it to even more parts of her life, money life and in general. We all can make choices. We may not always have the opportunity to set aside money every month but getting clarity around your finances breeds the desire to live life on the front foot. To be in charge. My question to you this week is will this lady’s story inspire you to make changes in your money life? If so, I am chuffed to bits. Money Mapping is your starting point, totting up this year’s Christmas spend and dividing it by 12 is step two. Step three is setting that money aside – this month, then next month, then the next…. Will you start so that you can be smiling come December? Feel free to join the Loving Me Loving My Money Facebook group.

Golden Valley to play important role in vision for National Cyber Strategy CHELTENHAM’S Golden Valley Development (GVD) has been named in the Cabinet Office’s new National Cyber Strategy, launched last week and expected to be worth £2.6bn. The strategy prioritises investing in the UK's cyber skills, improving cyber security responses, and disrupting statebacked cyber-attacks. GVD - a pioneering Garden Community integrating hi-tech business, residential and leisure uses, with Cyber Central: the UK home of cyber, digital and creative sectors at its heart – and is named in the new strategy setting out how the UK will ‘foster the growth of a sustainable, innovative and internationally competitive cyber and information security sector, delivering quality products and services, which meet the needs of government and the wider economy’. Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for cyber and strategic support at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “This is a really big step forward for us – it is great to see Gloucestershire playing a leading role in the UK mission to be the world’s safest place to live and work online. “To be home to the new National Cyber Innovation Centre, and to have Golden Valley Development and Cheltenham Borough Council both recognised and ‘supported’ - in a National Strategy – takes us another

step closer to our ambition of being the UK’s Cyber Capital.” The strategy goes on to say that Gloucestershire will play an important role in the delivery of the Government’s vision, which states that: ‘We will transform the Cheltenham Innovation Centre, which includes the cyber accelerator ‘NCSC for Startups’, into a true international centre of innovation: the National Cyber Innovation Centre. We will draw on the expertise of organisations that exist to promote and enable cocreation, such as the National Security Technology and Innovation Exchange. And we will encourage higher-risk investment in early stage cyber start-ups, including through the National Security Strategic Investment Fund, in partnership with the British Business Bank.’ The strategy also cites the impact of Golden Valley Development (GVD) and Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC): ‘A UK cyber economy that has been levelled up significantly with increased growth outside of the South East, contributing to recovery from the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic and supporting wider regional economic activity. We will establish the permanent headquarters of the NCF in Samlesbury, in the North West of England driving growth in the technology, digital and defence sectors outside of London and helping

create new partnerships in the region. We will increase our support for innovators and entrepreneurs outside of London and the South East to develop their products and services, grow their businesses and recruit skilled staff. This includes the Golden Valley campus led by Cheltenham Borough Council dedicated to supporting the growth of cyber-related technology businesses. And we will increase the exporting capabilities of cyber companies across more regions of the UK through engagement with the regional cyber clusters and set piece events to showcase more of our cyber industry talent to international buyers.’ In the foreword, The Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “The new National Cyber Strategy is our plan to ensure that the UK remains confident, capable and resilient in this fast-moving digital world; and that we continue to adapt, innovate and invest in order to protect and promote our interests in cyberspace. As lead minister, I am clear about two of its core aims: first that we should strengthen our hand in technologies that are critical to cyber; second, that we should limit our reliance on individual suppliers or technologies which are developed under regimes that do not share our values.”

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Walk on the wild side with Gemma Hastilow

Pleasant pheasants! IF there is one bird that’s synonymous with the English countryside it’s the pheasant. Pubs all over the country are named after it. You may be surprised to learn that this bird is not a native species. They originate from Asia, which is pretty obvious when you consider their exotic colouring. They were introduced to much of Europe by the Romans, and they were a popular table-bird at medieval banquets. The pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) is a largish game bird. Males are flashy, flamboyant and highly decorated with bright, showy colours; a striking bronze body with an emerald green neck with a white ring around it and a bright red face and wattle. Females are very inconspicuous - sandy brown with black patterns and so camouflaged they often appear out of nowhere on country walks. Their loud, croaking call is unmistakable and their erratic short bursts of flight have an almost clockwork motion, as if they were some sort of mechanical toy that had been wound up and released. They eat seeds, grains, berries

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and insects. They only live for 1- 2 years but are more than likely to be shot. Every spring, there is a small gang of pheasants in the field across the road from my house which have escaped being shot. I love watching the ‘ones that got away’ going about their business during the summer months. The pheasant has long been seen as a symbol of good luck. It is believed that seeing one will bring you wealth, success,

and happiness in life. Originating from Asia, they unsurprisingly have associations with Buddhism. In Japan they were believed to be divine messengers for the sun goddess Amaterasu, from the Shinto belief. In China they are seen as a symbol of power, authority, and immortality. They believe that if you see one, you will soon be granted more power or responsibility at work. Shooting is especially popular here in the Cotswolds. It brings a lot of visitors into the area and employs a lot of people locally. The majority of birds that we see in the countryside have been imported. It’s estimated that every year around 50 million day-old chicks or eggs are imported to Britain from the Continent. Although most of these birds will be shot, their impact on the landscape and environment is mixed. Game managed woodlands can be beneficial for some species. There are more woodland birds and butterflies in these woods for instance. There has been a resurgence in the numbers of red kites, a bird of prey that was

practically extinct 20 years ago. Kites are particularly partial to roadkill and sadly pheasants are very good at getting run over! However, there are issues relating to their inflated numbers. The naturally occurring seed on farmland that would normally be eaten by our native wild birds can be depleted by the pheasants. They impact reptiles, instinctively

attacking snakes and eating younger snakes and lizards. It is thought that our native adders could be extinct by 2034 unless we take steps to protect them, but of course this is due to other factors too, such as climate change and habitat loss. As I write this, I learn that a new bill has been passed in parliament to allow wild birds to be shot to protect pheasants.

As a bird lover this news saddens me. It seems ridiculous to me that it’s ok to shoot one bird to protect another bird that is going to be shot anyway. I will leave you to ponder whether or not we should be importing and releasing so many birds. But they certainly are beautiful to look at, especially on a dreary January day.

A special Christmas Day for homeless animals HOPEFULLY, you were able to spend time with family or friends on Christmas Day and had wonderful festive celebrations. If you are a pet owner, you probably included your animal family members in your Christmas Day fun and gave them presents and treats along with everyone else. At Cheltenham Animal

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By Alison Jarvis Cheltenham Animal Shelter

Shelter we didn’t let the homeless pets in our care miss out on the fun either, as our Animal Care Assistants made sure they had a day to remember! Our care team are at the core of our day-to-day work after all, with between 60 to 80 homeless animals on-site at any one time we need to ensure that each pet gets the care it deserves, and we can only do this because of our dedicated, expert care team. They love our animals and so they made sure that Christmas Day was extra special for every cat, dog and small animal. Christmas Day started at 8:15 am when our team leaders liaised with our overnight staff to catch up on

Kricket the cat has opened her present and is deciding her next move!

anything that happened during the night. The full team was on-site by 8:30 am getting everything ready for the day ahead. Before the fun began, our dog kennels, cat pens and small animal enclosures were

thoroughly cleaned, and fresh bedding put out where necessary. Our dogs were given a short walk so they could go to the toilet, and any animals with medical issues or who required medication were checked. The fun started with breakfast which consisted of hearty Christmas dinner flavoured meals and special treats for every pet. Later our cats and small animals were given lots of cuddles and playtime with new enrichment toys from our Shoe Box Appeal gifts. Our dogs put on their warm coats and were taken for a nice long walk and when they got back to the Shelter, they were ready for their Shoe Box Appeal presents and treats. Every pet was given a few gifts from the amazing array that we received, and we even let some choose their own

Leo getting excited about his presents.

present! It was wonderful to see them play and have fun. The animals in our care deserve to be loved and treated with the same care as those lucky enough to have a loving family. Thanks to our

supporters who gave wonderful presents in our Shoe Box Appeal and the dedication of our animal care team, this year our Shelter animals also had wonderful festive celebrations.

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Friday 14th January 2022

Festive round-up Novice hope on New Year’s Day, as Hillcrest and L’Homme Presse stake their claims for the Cheltenham Festival CHELTENHAM Racecourse’s opening event of 2022 didn’t disappoint, as the huge Hillcrest took the listed Ballymore Novices Hurdle in great style. Going off at 3/1, he extended his winning streak to four, beating favourite I Am Maximus into second. After the race, trainer Henry Daly shared how he has difficulties measuring the seven-year-old, saying: “My measuring stick goes to 18 hands, and it won’t go over him – he’s enormous!” “I don’t think he’s really had a race today. He won as he liked and he jumped well, we couldn’t have asked for more. “He’s got a great mind, and he’ll get further but he’s not too bad at this trip so we may stick to that.” After the race, many firms went 16/1 on Hillcrest for both the Ballymore and Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle in March, with the former being a 2m5f event, which is only half-a-furlong further than this recent win. It wasn’t just novice hurdlers who caught the eye at Prestbury Park, as L’Homme Presse delivered for favourite backers in the Paddy Power Novices’ Chase, scorching home to win by ten winding lengths. Also known as the Dipper Novices’ Chase, the exciting My Drogo was an intended runner for the race before the discovery of his seasonending injury last month. The Venetia Williamstrained seven-year-old put the race to bed at the last fence under Charlie Deutsch, out jumping the advancing The Glancing Queen to thunder up the Cheltenham

By Ashley Symonds hill in comfortable style, making him a 7/1 shot postrace for the newly named Turners Novice Chase at the Festival. “I was really pleased with the way he jumped,” said Williams. “I particularly loved the way he quickened up on the way to the line. “We always hoped he was going to be a better chaser than hurdler and he’s proved that.” Just 35 minutes later, a returning successor from the December meeting defied a twelve-pound rise to score a fourth career victory, as Vienna Court travelled like a dream to power past Simply The Betts in the Paddy Power New Year’s Day Handicap Chase, and collect £56,950 for connections. In what was Vienna Court’s first run against the boys in four starts, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies questioned whether she should have stayed against her own sex, stating: “After her previous win we had to decide whether to go for another mares’ race or a decent handicap. We called it right. “She’s still a novice and will be odds-on next time, but if she wins again, we will need to think about the Mares’ Chase at the Festival.” It seems that the home of jump racing has become accustomed to witnessing successful Irish raids in recent memory, so Stormy Ireland landing the Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle, capitalising on the misfortune of favourite Brewin’upastorm,

came as no surprise. The Willie Mullins-trained mare did well over the 2m4½f trip, displaying a tidy round of jumping throughout. However, things could have been different for the talented eight-year-old from Ireland, as approaching the last hurdle Olly Murphy’s Brewin’upastorm looked set to win the race, but mistimed the jump and came down, leaving Stormy Ireland under the in-form Danny Mullins an easy task on the run-in. Finally, the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle provided a feel-good story centering around amateur jockey David Maxwell, as he recorded his second-ever Cheltenham win on-board 28/1 shot Dolphin Square. The owner-jockey outstayed veteran Kansas City Chief, who was looking for his third Prestbury Park victory of the season, and beaming in his post-race interview, he said: “There’s no other sport that I can think of that a middle-aged amateur can come out on the proper stage and just ride basically at scratch against proper professionals. “Like most 43-year-old men, their daughters think that they’re absolute morons. Mine are absolutely no exception. They believe everything they read on Twitter, so it’s actually just nice for once to hear them say actually dad’s not so bad.” Second-place Kansas City Chief put in a sterling effort once again, and he could be an interesting contender for the Pertemps Network Final at 50/1 at the Cheltenham Festival.

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with Bryan Mathieson THERE are very few jobs that while doing it you get followed around all day by an ambulance – unless, that is, you are a jockey, and especially so if you are one of the National Hunt variety. On average they expect to take a fall once in every ten rides and for about £200 a rides, on those numbers they must expect to get a good kicking for every £2,000 earned. It’s not a great statistic really, especially when one remembers the Inland Revenue want their chunk as well. In one of our features later in the year we will take a closer look at one or two of our local heroes and offer more details on some of the injuries sustained. You will be amazed at how quickly they seem to heal and get back in the saddle again, prepared to go off in search of another injury that can be brushed off as you and I might do breaking a nail. But for now let’s get back to looking at more recent events, starting with Boxing Day, which is always a day’s racing that starts to throw up further clues to some of the major events to come. As always the Kempton Park card stands up as one of the racing highlights of the season. It was all but business as usual as champion trainer Nicky Henderson captured his tenth Christmas Hurdle with Epatante, and Paul Nicholls, as is expected these days took the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase for the seventh time with the well-respected Bravemansgame. The main event, the King George, was burgled by Willie Mullins, who took the swag back to Ireland with an unexpected win courtesy of 28-1 outsider Tornado Flyer. Winning jockey Danny Mullins is an example of those hardy jumps lads, having only returned from injury in October, after three months off after fracturing several vertebrae. Better news up north at

Wetherby, where Naunton hats were set on heads at jaunty angles as Good Boy Bobby won the race of the day there for trainer/son combination Nigel and Sam Twiston-Davies (pictured), with followers of our local jockey throwing those hats high in the air half an hour later when Sam won the next race completing a 40-1 double. Ravenswell Farm and the Fergal O’Brien team were also on the board with a winner at both Wincanton and Huntingdon. A day later it was Welsh Grand National day, which was run in front of empty stands for the second time. The prize again remained in the land of song, as relatively new training star on the block, ex local lad Sam Thomas kept the prize at home for the second year running with his stout stayer Iwilldoit. It’s such a shame that the return to the winner’s enclosure was to all but just the sound of his own hoof steps. With 2022 now in full swing, eyes will be on the local trainers in the latter part of the season. Starting the year in a somewhat more restrained fashion than usual, it was perhaps a great surprise that, for those willing to, punters were totally free to head up in their thousands to Prestbury Park to enjoy the usual New

Year’s Day fixture. As I highlighted earlier, the Welsh Grand National, which is just under an hour away over the bridge, was run behind closed doors. It really is all very confusing when we are meant to be one United Kingdom that the rules vary so much for events so close together. Putting the Prestbury meet in golfing terms, par for the course was retained as both Nigel Twiston-Davies and Fergal O’Brien both headed home with a winner apiece, ridden by the ever as-hot-asmustard Sam Twiston-Davies and one of the weighing room seniors Paddy Brennan respectively. Doubtless now all eyes will be trained upon the Cheltenham Festival in March and any trainer who even manages to get the stable cat to win will be pestered by the scribes to say which race it’s being aimed at in March. There is much to look forward to before then though, and we should take the opportunity of enjoying it now, be that live, or who knows what these days, maybe even confined to television once more as this ongoing pandemic still tries its best to scuttle our plans far and wide. Keep on keeping safe, and if you are still allowed, come racing - wishing you all a belated Happy New Year.

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Friday 14th January 2022

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Sport Cheltenham football league round-up with Rob Morrison AS thoughts moved from footballs to stuffing balls, the Cheltenham League moved into their Christmas break with a final round of games on 18 December. For the first time in three seasons there is a real prospect of teams completing a full season, although the spectre of Omicron loomed ominously as the final games of the calendar year ended. Despite all the unknowns between the final whistles on 18 December and kick-off on 8 January the first half of the season has brought some exciting games, disappointing withdrawals and has seen some teams lay down a real marker for the second half. Fintan ended 2021 with a perfect record. A 4-1 defeat of Shurdington Rovers in their final league game, which included a Bradley Edwards hat-trick, means they have won all ten of their league matches as well as progressing in the two Charity Cup competitions and the County Cup. They will go into 2022 in buoyant mood. Despite Fintan’s fantastic start, they don’t top the table. Kev Taylor’s Whaddon United have won ten of their eleven games, their only defeat being against the leaders. Crucially for United, they have a better goal difference and this could prove decisive. Leckhampton Rovers are eight points behind United although they have played two more games. The pace both Fintan and United are setting does not look like letting up and it would take a major upset if Rovers, or anyone else finished ahead of them. After a poor start to the season, FC Lakeside Reserves have found their feet. Lakeside lost three of their opening four games, but a 4-1 defeat of Kings last time out has seen them win their last four. While their start has put an end to their title chances, they will still cause trouble for any teams they face. With the top two places already looking like they are decided, a host of teams look like they will be fighting over the mid-table places while at the bottom Brockworth Albion Reserves and 303 Squadron look like they will be the two sides fighting to avoid last place. Albion are a point behind 303, not helped by three broken fixtures, although they do have two

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dependent on the three teams above them falling away which, based on form to date, looks highly unlikely. With some sides in the division having five games in hand on the teams around them there is lots of potential for change although that is more likely to impact the midtable positions. At the bottom Fintan III are five points adrift with a minus two points total. With just a draw to their name from eight fixture they have a lot to do to avoid staying in that position. That said, there are three other clubs with six points or less so there is still hope for the KGV-based side.

Shurdington Rovers v Fintan.

games in hand. Like Fintan, Division One North side Cheltenham Civil Reserves were hoping to end 2021 with a 100 percent record. Standing in their way were Prestbury Rovers, and on paper it looked like Service would make it nine out of nine. However, Rovers pulled off one of the shocks of the season to date, winning 2-1 to take Service’s unbeaten record. Despite the defeat Service have a four-point lead over second-placed Hanley Swan and two games in hand. Third placed Tewkesbury Athletic are eleven points behind the leaders and it really looks like it will take a Devon Lochesq-type collapse for them not to take top spot. While Service are making all the running, just three points separate the thirdplaced team from the five teams below them. It promises to be an entertaining run in with so many teams jockeying for position. At the bottom AFC Cheltenham are two points adrift of Tewkesbury Town Reserves. Town have played just five games so still have a long way to go and both sides will feel they are capable of joining the midShurdington keeper Steve Henley.

table gaggle of teams with a couple of positive results. The race for the Division Two title looks like it could go all the way. Kempsey Corinthians Exiles are setting a strong pace with nine wins from their opening ten games. It looks as though Gloucester Athletic will be their strongest challenges. Although Athletic are eight points off the leaders they have two games in hand and have yet to face the leaders. Generation Next start 2022 in second place although their challenge has faded slightly. While they have slipped off the pace a little they have only been beaten once in the league and have shown they are capable of giving any team a run for their money. Cheltenham Civil Service III were the team who handed Generation their defeat and the fourth-placed team will be targeting a top three finish. However, if they are to achieve this they must ensure they perform strongly against the teams around them. Chasing Service, four points separate fifth-placed Fintan Reserves from the four team below them. Again this looks like being an interesting battle as teams fight to finish above their

rivals. It has been a far from satisfying first half of the season for Charlton Rovers III who find themselves in bottom spot having lost all ten of their league games. Rovers are nine points adrift of the team directly above them, Andoversford Reserves, and it will take a miraculous turnaround to avoid finishing bottom. Montpellier sit at the top of Division Three at the Christmas break helped by Tom Cooper’s 12 goals, however, a potential point deduction for playing an ineligible player could impact their title charge. It has been a strong start to life in the league for Montpellier and the team will feel they are more than capable of overcoming this hurdle, however it is very tight at the top and the loss of any points could prove critical. Sitting below Montpellier are another new side, Relics, who will be watching the Montpellier situation very closely. Currently trailing the leaders by two points, but with a game in hand, they will move top if they can convert this into maximum points. Bishops Cleeve Development are having their best season under Nicky Debonis, ending 2021 in third spot. Cleeve are just four points off top with a game in hand and are another side who will feel that Montpellier’s loss could be their gain. Tewkesbury Athletic Reserves went into the new year level on points with Cleeve although they have played four more games. While points on the board are important, any title challenge they may have is

The Gloucestershire Northern Senior League The Gloucestershire Northern Senior League has historically been a happy hunting ground for clubs who progressed from the Cheltenham League and this season looks like being no different with Cheltenhambased clubs well placed going into 2022. Cheltenham Civil Service sit at the top of Division One, leading Berkeley Town on goal difference, although Service do have a game in hand. The two sides met in mid-November when a Lewis Driscoll strike secured a 2-2 draw for Service, and going into the break the clubs have a ten-point lead over third placed Longlevens Reserves. After a disappointing defeat in the league cup final, a highly entertaining match against Chalford, Service remain unbeaten in the league, winning ten and drawing four. They have been helped in no small measure by the goals of Stuart Midwinter with eleven in twelve starts for the pacey forward. While Service top the table, Charlton Rovers find themselves in sixth, just four points off third place. There is still a long way to go and Rovers will feel they are more than capable of pushing for a top three finish however, with just seven points separating the team in fifth from the team in thirteenth it promises to be a very competitive second half of the season. While Service and Rovers are competing at the other end of the table it has been a disappointing season for Andoversford. The club find themselves fourteenth out of the sixteen clubs although with bottom team Harrow

Hill yet to claim a point they are unlikely to drop to the basement position. After featuring strongly at the other end of the grid last season they will be hoping they can draw on their experience to climb the table. With such a condensed group of clubs above them a top-half finish is certainly within their means. Division Two also has a former Cheltenham League club in pole position, in fact the top two sides are former CAFL clubs as Falcons sit on the leaders, Smiths Barometrics, tails. It has been a fantastic first half of the season for Barometrics who lead the way with 13 wins from their 14 league games. They have a seven-point lead over Falcons and a game in hand although they will be very mindful of third placed Kings Stanley, nine points adrift but with three games in hand. One of Baro’s strengths has been in front of goal and their plus 38 goals difference could be worth an extra point at the end of the season. James Bishop’s seventeen goals in thirteen starts has been a major factor and if he can keep up this form the club will be there or there abouts come May. A change of manager part way through the season saw Warren Fitzgeorge return to the FC Lakeside, assisted by Rich Webb. After an indifferent start the side have begun to build a solid points total, sitting in sixth place going into the break. With such a condensed top half the team will feel a top three finish is not out of their grasp if they can string together a decent run of results. Tewkesbury Town made their bow in the league this season and reach the half way mark with a respectable 20 points which puts them in eighth place. For a team who were a late addition to the league this has been a positive start and they will hope to build on this in the second half of the season. At the foot of the table just five points separate the bottom five clubs which includes Winchcombe Town. With eight points from thirteen games town are four points off bottom and in a precarious position. They will be looking to get some points on the board in 2022 and hope to avoid finishing in a relegation place.

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Friday 14th January 2022

Sport

Former Glos player David Carpenter dies aged 86

Finnigan’s Take A bi-weekly opinion on the Robins’ fortunes both on and off the pitch with the club’s former captain John Finnigan

Proudly supported by Sarah McGurk Wealth Management THIS week I have been inspired to write about loan experiences from a personal perspective, having been a loanee, and also having been a permanent player when loanees come into the dressing room. My inspiration for this is Cheltenham’s Leicester City loanee Callum Wright. I have been watching his progress from afar, mainly watching Robins games on the i-Follow platform as well as taking in the odd game at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. Wright was on the scoresheet yet again on Saturday against Burton Albion and is creating a nice little collection of spectacular goals for himself at the club. Although we are all very different, I wouldn’t mind betting that Wright walked into Cheltenham believing he’d be better than what the club already had; not in a horrible or arrogant way but having come from a top premier league club he’d have had a strong belief in himself and would probably see his loan spell as a golden opportunity or springboard for bigger and better things. I experienced this myself as a young player, as I left a premier league club for life in League two when I joined Lincoln City on loan from Nottingham Forest. I walked into the dressing room full of self-belief, and why not, I’d been training with internationals and household names in the premier league and hadn’t heard of any of the lads I was joining at Lincoln. Maybe I was slightly arrogant, a bit cocky, but

that’s how you think as a young footballer trying to make a name for yourself. I soon learned that there were some fantastic pros at Lincoln and some great players in the league who’d experienced much more than I had in the game, players that I could look up to both on and off the pitch. For me the springboard didn’t quite have as much spring in it as I had hoped, and I had to settle for a career in Leagues 1 and 2, rather than higher up the pyramid like I had dreamed of. Liverpool lad Wright is making a big impact in League 1 and looks very comfortable at that level, I’ve mentioned already that he has an eye for goal, and a spectacular one at that. Like an old Cheltenham teammate of mine and another scouser, Steve Gillespie, he has the ability to score a goal out of nothing or create something for himself without relying on service from others. This is a huge thing to have in your armoury as a player and can be what separates you from the rest. I see a bright future for him and although it wouldn’t help Cheltenham’s ambitions, I’d love to see him playing in the championship during the next stage of his development. Aged 21, he seems to have a great attitude and passion for the game, and I’ll be keen to follow his career over the next few years. Loans seem to either work fantastically well or totally bomb for one reason or another and I’ve

witnessed both at Cheltenham in my time as a player and on the commercial side. I like to see young players given an opportunity more than anything, as long as they are better than what is already in the club’s own pipeline or academy. Two of the best young loan signings during my time as a player were from Stoke City and both went on to have successful careers, one in the premier league and one in the Championship and League 1. Karl Henry who served Wolves, Stoke and QPR so well and Brian Wilson who earned a move to Bristol City after a fine season or two at Whaddon Road after his loan signing became a permanent one. Both great lads who we were lucky to have and good business for the club at the time under John Ward’s tenure. Of course, not all loans work out as well as Karl and Brian’s did which is to be expected and I think its important to get the balance right between loan signings and permanent ones. I remember one time in my Cheltenham career when I felt like a stranger in my own club due to the number of loan signings and trialists; safe to say it was a desperate and forgettable period in my career and the club’s history. I look forward to seeing more of the new faces Michael Duff has brought to the club in the next few weeks and hopefully they will all have enjoyable, successful spells at the club like some of the guys I mention above.

FORMER Gloucestershire Cricketer David Carpenter has died at the age of 86. David passed away on Tuesday 4 January having played 117 times for The Shire between 1954 and 1963. At the time of his death he was the fourth oldest living First Class player, and the oldest List A player having played against Middlesex at Bristol in 1963, the clubs first ever List A match. During his playing career at Gloucestershire David scored

3741 runs and achieved a high score of 95 against Derbyshire at Bristol County Ground in 1962. He also scored the most 50s without hitting 100 out of any other player for Glos, 17 in total. David’s final First Class match appearance for the Club came against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1963. Our thoughts are with David’s family and friends at this sad time.

Festive fun at East Glos Tennis THE Tuesday after Christmas saw 25 juniors and adults participating in a fun event at East Glos Tennis Club. They played various fun team games culminating in the final “shoot the Santa piñata” to test the accuracy of all players involved. This was followed by the first East Glos Pro Shootout. It comprised six professional players, all with Gloucestershire roots. Each player went up against each other one game to 11, with sudden death at 10-10. The event did not disappoint, with top quality squash on display. Nathan Mead took the honours of “best nick” award (an Oreo Cupcake) with an outrageous rolling cross-court nick from behind himself on the forehand side against Tom Ford. It came down to the final top two seeds; Tom Ford and Jonny Harford, competing for the coveted prize money of £150 for the winner and £50

Front: Tom Aplin, Matthew Leung, Joseph Skegg, Sam Terrell, Rosa Gray, Seamus Parker, Ed Watine Back: Nathan Mead, Tom Ford, Tayne Turnock, Jordan Hardwick, Jonny Harford, Jack Bloomfield

for the runner-up. However, either player needed at least one point to take the runner-up spot as Jordan Hardwick posted a good run of points with the last match in play to contend for the runner-up position on points. It was looking good for Jordan with Tom Ford leading

6-0 in the final match, but Jonny was putting a stop to all that with a leaping forehand cross-court nick to seal a share in the prize money. It was great to see the juniors stay and watch the pros play, and for those that stayed right to the end, a picture was taken with them on court as a memento (see above).

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Friday 14th January 2022

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Sport Chairmans chat with David Bloxham

Terrace talk with Will Alder HAPPY New Year Cheltenham fans! What a 2021 it has been for everyone associated with CTFC. Being promoted from League 2 as champions for the first time, Duffo reviving his celebratory dance from his Burnley days, an unprecedented run in the Carabao Cup as well as the long awaited return of us fans back into the JonnyRocks to cheer on the lads, oh and has anyone mentioned that we were 10 up against Man City after 82 minutes? Lets just hope that 2022 brings us more happy memories, but first and foremost remaining at this level. This new strain of Covid19 has meant that we have only played three games over the last couple of weeks instead of four, with only 11 fit players (including 2 goalkeepers) meaning that the MK Dons game was postponed. One point out of these three games isn’t a great return, however we all knew going into this run that they were going to be tough fixtures. A trip to face Steve Cotterill’s Shrewsbury was first on the agenda, and much like in the home game, Daniel Udoh caused us all sorts of problems with his pace and power, and fully deserved his two goals on the day. Shrewsbury did have a man sent of for a stupid half headbutt on Chris Hussey, but they were extremely solid and resolute and saw the game out well, you wouldn’t expect anything less from a Cotts side really. Next up were promotion chasers Plymouth Argyle, who once again took all 3 points back down the M5. Covid absences (including the gaffer and Watford loanee Mattie Pollock) were a big miss and Pantuche Camara was impressive for the visitors on the day. Finally, the relatively short trip across to Oxford to face a Karl Robinson-led Yellows side on New Years Day. The effort and commitment from the lads on the day was fantastic, considering the recent run we have been on and the fact that some of them were definitely still getting up to speed after a spell out with Covid-19. We would definitely have taken a point away at the Kassam at the start of the

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season and despite the recent run of bad results, we still sit 15th in the table as we enter the January transfer period. The first piece of news as we enter the ever-difficult January transfer window is the news that the enigmatic Dan Crowley will be leaving after his short spell in the red and white. Now I know he has divided opinion amongst supporters but there is no doubting the quality he has, and he will more than likely go to another League 1 club with deeper pockets. The social media reaction was as expected when a player leaves, saying that he is rubbish and we can do better etc, which sometimes does make me laugh. Realistically, we were a shop window for a player like that who was never going to be here long term at his age, and I’m sure he was probably on a decent wage, so this move gives Mickey Moore and the gaffer some extra funds to work with to bring someone else in. The return of Callum Wright, who as I have said a number of times always finds himself in the right place (as he did again against Oxford), means that the loss of Crowley won’t be as big a miss as it might have been, especially with the news this week that we may aslo have seen the last of Wolves loanee Taylor Perry in a CTFC shirt. The priority I think for this window is to try and keep skipper Will Boyle here longer term. As there has been for the last few transfer windows, a few clubs higher up the pyramid seem to be circling once again, so trying to get Boylo to sign a new deal if we can would be fantastic, as I think a back 5 of Long, Raglan, Pollock, Boyle and Hussey would be very solid at this level. However, if the inevitable does happen and he leaves then he has been a great servant for us and a top bloke as well. Apparently one new signing has already been agreed; now a left sided defender, a striker to replace the ineffective Christian Norton, at least one other defender and another midfielder are hopefully the four players that the gaffer mentioned post Oxford.

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HE January transfer window provides an opportunity for football clubs to strengthen and freshen up their squads. It is often a stressful period as clubs seek to secure the services of the best players available either to enhance their chances of gaining promotion or in other cases to improving their chances of avoiding the dreaded drop. I have experienced, from my time in previous years as vice chairman and this year as chairman, the amount time, effort and preparation that goes into the lead-up to the transfer window and the pressure on the management team that occurs during the window as the uncertainty created by potential arrivals and departures intensifies as the month passes.

As I write this article I am pleased to say that due to thorough preparation and hard work by Mickey Moore, Michael Duff and the rest of the management team that Cheltenham Town have done a good deal of business in the early part of the window thus avoiding the increasing pressure of attempting to secure lastminute signing as the end of the window draws closer. To date the club have secured the services of Ben Williams and Charlie Brown on contracts with Daniel N’Lundulu and Aaron Ramsey coming in on loan. In the other direction Kyle Vassell has left to take up an opportunity to play in America whilst Kyle Joseph has been recalled by his parent club Swansea. Christian Norton is returning to his parent club and long-serving fan favourite Chris Hussey has just accepted a contract to move to Port Vale. I should like to thank all the players who are leaving for their efforts during their time at Cheltenham Town and pay particular tribute to Chris who has been a firm

favourite and excellent player during his time at the club. The essential business of the window has therefore been largely undertaken although until the window closes there is always an element of uncertainty as to whether there are further comings or goings! For the fans the transfer window can be both a worrying and exciting time. For the management team it is an opportunity to refresh the team but is an extremely busy and stressful time. In this respect I would again like to pay tribute to Mickey Moore, Michael Duff and the rest of the management team for the work that they have put in to date both leading up to and during the current transfer window. The net effect of the changes will be seen over the coming months. An advantage of getting business done early means that it provides the manager with an opportunity to integrate new players into the squad with sufficient time for them to have a positive impact during the second half of the season.

I believe that our team’s performances during the first half of the season have been generally very good having regard to the fact that we have had to adapt and step up for League 1 football. I would certainly have been happy, at the start of the season, to be lying in a mid-table position having accumulated 30 points from 25 matches. One can never be certain about how a season will develop but I am optimistic that with the team we have we are more than capable of doing as well in the next 21 games as we have in the previous 25. I would urge all fans and others reading this article to continue to support the team as you have been doing and in every way possible, in order to gain the points we need to sustain our current position but also to ensure that we can continue to improve the team and grow the club as a whole. The board are continuing to work hard off the field to create new revenue streams and maintain strong financial stability that will hopefully enable us to continue to grow and improve.

Match reports with Pat Cox Saturday 8th January 2022 Cheltenham Town 1 – Burton Albion 1 IN a match that saw Dan Nlundulu make his debut and Cheltenham tweak their formation, the first 45 minutes of play was dominated by the home side from the start. In the 3rd minute Nlundulu should have been celebrating his first Town goal but hit the bar from close range. With Liam Sercombe, Callum Wright and Conor Thomas winning the midfield battle Cheltenham continued on the front foot and a promising Thomas run was halted on the edge of the Burton box. With constant pressure put on the Burton defence something had to give and it did when a ball was cleared to the 18-yard area and the advancing Wright volleyed home spectacularly. Shortly afterwards a good move involving Alfie May and Nlundulu saw the latter’s great effort on goal deflected for a corner from which Hussey played a short onetwo and smashed a shot against the crossbar. Continuous pressure from Cheltenham resulted in Wright having a shot blocked in the box followed by a good

run and cross from Sean Long which Mattie Pollock met and headed over the crossbar from close range when really he should have hit the target. With half time approaching a long ball put May in the clear but he cut back inside the last Burton defender and had his shot blocked. In their first attempt on goal in the 45th minute, Burton had a shot deflected wide. It was Cheltenham’s half but the game should already have been over. The second half saw a change in formation from Burton and resulted in them having the better of the first

30 minutes of the second period, scoring after 5 minutes when a mix up in the home defence left Daniel Jebbison unmarked to shoot past Owen Evans who had not been tested until then. On the hour Cheltenham’s first meaningful attack of the second half led to a corner. Moments later a great team move led to Nlundulu having a good effort saved by the Albion keeper. Cheltenham looking a little better pushed forward and Burton had two players booked stopping Nlundulu and Sercombe breaking clear. Cheltenham finished the

match with several corners but could not find the winner. Supporters left feeling it was 2 points dropped. Coxy’s Player Ratings Owen Evans 7 Sean Long 6.5 Chris Hussey 7 Mattie Pollock 6.5 Charlie Raglan 7 Conor Thomas 7.5 Liam Sercombe 7.5 Dan Nlundulu 8 Alfie May 7 Callum Wright 8 Matty Blair 6.5 Will Boyle 7 Coxy’s Man of the Match Callum Wright

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By George Didcote Chief Football Writer IT has already been a very busy transfer window for Cheltenham Town. Chris Hussey, Dan Crowley, Kyle Vassell and Kyle Joseph have already left the club, with interest in forward Alfie May and defender Will Boyle on the radar. It’s something Cheltenham aren’t used to in January with what appears to be a major reshuffle but it seems Duff can only do what he can do to ensure he replaces and improves on his squad after the first half of the season. Dan Nlundulu signs on loan from Southampton, and the forward featured in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burton Albion. Duff was impressed with him but confirmed that he wasn’t to be a guaranteed first choice striker despite being handed the number 9 shirt. Duff said: “I didn't give him anything. I don't care what numbers they wear. The number nine was available and he asked if he could have it, no problem. There is nothing more to it than that. It's not that he's our starting centre forward because he's wearing number nine. Performances get you in the team, not numbers. “He did everything that we want. It was a bit loose for the first five minutes, but he would have been desperate to do well. He is a threat in the air, he can hold it up, he runs in behind, he can dribble. In terms of debuts, I thought it was a positive. He could have scored at the start with the one that hit the bar, but the lad has made a brilliant block, hitting his knee and then the bar and that's the bit of luck they earned.” Also through the door so far are left back Ben Williams, and former Chelsea and Ipswich striker Charlie Brown, with a loan signing of Kion Etite from Tottenham also expected. With these signings, and plenty of time left in the

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transfer window, Duff shared his thoughts on the deals so far. When asked if he enjoyed the transfer window, Duff said: “Not really, no. I don’t think anyone does. You spend all pre-season trying to build a team and then people are trying to rip it up, or you are trying to rip someone else’s team up. It’s not about what I enjoy, it's part of the job. It is difficult and I am sure my family will tell you, they don't particularly enjoy January, which is quite handy when my birthday is in January. It’s a difficult time for everyone. “There should be two more in on Monday (including Etite). After that, we don’t want anyone to leave. That’ll be us done. There might be a couple of younger ones going out on loan. Anything we do later in the window will be because we want to do it. Not because we

have to. In a perfect world, the two will come in and that's us. “A lot of hard work goes into that and the players the club signed were available. Sometimes, they are not available. It might help with the start we had. The ones we have brought in are all younger as well. They weren't nailed on starters at their teams. When you are trying to take someone who is a key player it can be different. Kion is slightly different but he is at a Premier League club and they are trying to move him up the chain quite quickly. Sometimes you get a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work goes in.” Cheltenham will be hoping their new signings can help them through a sticky patch in League One, and push them up the table towards safety and security of tier 3 football next season.

“It’s very rare you are going to get a free-flowing football match, because they don't let you. They are in your face and they press and turn you around. We dealt with that really well. They won by four last week so that shows you what a threat they are. They are where they are in the league for a reason and it's because they are a really difficult team to play against. The way we moved it and played it wide, working over loads in wide areas and getting good crosses in the box from good areas - they were the pleasing things. I thought Dan Nlundulu was good on his debut too.” There were a number of key decisions for the referee to manage and Cheltenham fans thought they should have had a penalty early on when Sean Long was pulled down in the box after a cross. Duff spoke to the referee about the decision. He said: “The ref thought they were both at it, but their lad wasn’t looking at the

ball. Why Sean Long would want to try and grab him when he has a free header at the back post I don't know. The frustration is he doesn't give that one, but he gives three or four really similar, soft ones on the touchline. It’s easy to give that and just because it’s the first minute, a foul is still a foul. But we can’t blame the referee because we had enough opportunities ourselves to score more goals.” It’s been a busy week for the Robins with a number of players joining and departing the club. Defender Chris Hussey is one of the outgoings; he featured on Saturday and Duff said how it was down to him. Duff continued: “There has been a bid accepted. We didn’t want him to leave. The ball was in Chris' court. We made it quite clear and I had a conversation with him and I wasn’t going to lie to him and say there hasn't been a bid. We had a bid, the club have accepted it. He is 33-years-old, so he needed to

make a decision - he was welcome to stay which is why he started against Burton. “There was no point in trying to find some sort of split between me and the board. He is 33, been offered money and not many League One or League Two clubs are selling players at 33years-old. It’s been a group decision and it's not a case of the board selling behind my back, or us trying to get rid of him without the board knowing. Every player has a value. It’s a five-figure sum but we didn’t want him to go ultimately.”

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CHRIS Hussey has left Cheltenham Town and joined League Two side Port Vale for an undisclosed fee. The left-sided defender, who joined the club in the summer of 2018, leaves having made 154 appearances in all competitions in his time at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. The scorer of the goal last season against Carlisle United that confirmed automatic promotion to League One, the 33-year-old has played a significant role in the club's success on the pitch under the management of Michael Duff. His final appearance came in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Burton Albion where he picked up the man-of-thematch award against another of his former clubs. This season he's been involved in 28 games in all competitions - a regular feature having been an ever present in his time in red and white after his debut in August 2018 at Macclesfield Town. He helped the club reach the 2019/20 League Two play-off semi-finals against Northampton Town, and then went one better by picking up a champions medal at the end of a magnificent 2020/21 campaign.

Robins on a ‘draw run’ following 1-1 home tie against Burton Albion TWO goals in two games for Callum Wright as midfielder helped Cheltenham to a point against Burton Albion. After a strong first-half performance, The Robins led 1-0 going into the break before a second-half Burton goal tied things up at 1-1. Cheltenham looked a different side in the second half and failed to capitalise after a strong first 45 minutes. It’s another point on the board but some fans will feel it’s two points dropped against a team that in the first half were there for the taking. After the match manager Michael Duff praised his side, but said he’d “take the positives, take the point and move on,” after a bittersweet result. Duff said: “We did enough in the first half alone. They had one shot in the 46th minute, but other than that, we had a lot of chances, oneon-ones, we hit the crossbar twice. We should have had a penalty and to give Burton credit, some of the

By George Didcote Chief Football Writer blocks were unbelievable, putting their bodies on the line. I’ve just seen two or three of them back and you have to give them credit for that. It’s their job, but not every team do it. “Second half, they changed a little bit and we couldn’t quite get the momentum back. We did in the last 10 minutes after tweaking a couple of things, stemming their flow and growing back into the game. Even in the last 10 minutes there were four or five opportunities where it could have dropped to one of our players in the box, but it seemed to keep dropping to them. We'll take the positives and we'll take the point and move on. “It’s probably as dominant as we’ve been for a long time, against a good team. They are a really difficult team to play against.” Continued on page 31

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