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Cheltenham Town Manager Michael Duff resigns

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BARK SIDE OF THE LAW Police dog Airin follows scent to catch 17-year-old thief at 2am EAGLE-EYED police officers arrested a 17year-old boy who they spotted during a burglary in progress whilst on patrol in Cheltenham recently. Two PCs from the Local Policing Team were patrolling on Church Road in Leckhampton at around 2am on June 9th, when they spotted what appeared to be a group breaking into a vehicle. Upon getting closer to the location the group of people noticed the officers and ran off, discarding tools, a crow bar, gloves and clothing.

The PCs were supported by colleagues from the Dogs Unit who picked up a scent from the discarded items. Searches were conducted in the area and Police Dog Airin located one person hiding in a nearby garden. A 17-year-old boy from Cheltenham was subsequently arrested on suspicion of dwelling burglary and going equipped. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries. Officers searched the area and identified that a property had also been burgled with two mountain

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Rick Minter (inset) believes a cougar could be at large on Culver Hill near Amberley.

Big cat expert’s verdict on ‘Culver Hill cougar’ CREDIBLE reports of mystery beast sightings near Amberley have been circulating for more than 20 years, according to a big cat expert. Commenting on recent big cat sighting near Amberley, as featured in Stroud Times, the big cats' podcaster, Rick Minter, said black panthers and large tancoloured cats resembling mountain lions or cougars, have been pinpointed near Culver Hill. Rick said: "Some witnesses

have been dog walkers, with their dogs reacting nervously, indicating it's not just a person experiencing something unusual." Rick pointed out that the scrub edges of the Stroud commons and woods would be sometimes patrolled by these cats, in their pursuit of deer, which they ambush from the cover of the scrub – and in early summer, the cats will be targeting fawns, especially.

Stroud Times put Rick in touch with one witness, who didn't want to be named, and she told the big cat expert the mystery animal she saw was tan coloured and big enough to predate a deer. She described it as sleek and muscular, with a long and drooping tail and a wild gait and swift movement and certainly not tame and fat on food. Last year, broadcaster Clare Balding discussed big cat sightings with Rick in the Stroud

Valleys area on BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings show, following her own black panther encounter in neighbouring Herefordshire in 2014. Rick’s fortnightly podcast, Big Cat Conversations, hears direct from big cat witnesses across Britain, giving them space to discuss their experiences and emotions. Several episodes have come from Gloucestershire and the Stroud area, reflecting the ongoing reports in the county.

Officer’s appeal is upheld and conviction overturned

Arrest in connection with sexual comments towards teenagers

A POLICE officer has been acquitted of common assault by beating after he appealed his conviction in a hearing at crown court recently. PC Richard Smith, age 50 and from Stroud, had been charged in connection with the use of force while detaining a man in Dursley on 22 November 2020. He denied the charge but a District Judge at a hearing at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court on 4 October last year found him guilty. PC Smith was subsequently sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. However, the officer chose to

AN arrest has been made in connection with an incident where sexual comments were made towards two teenage girls in Stroud in March. A man from Stroud was arrested last week after information was submitted by the public following an appeal for witnesses. He was arrested on suspicion of inciting sexual activity with a child and has since been released on bail with conditions. The conditions prohibit him from having any unsupervised

appeal the conviction and a hearing took place at Worcester Crown Court recently (Friday (27 May). His appeal was upheld and a judge overturned the conviction. Following the hearing, Assistant Chief Constable Rhiannon Kirk said: “We acknowledge the decision made in court on Friday. “The officer remains suspended as he is still subject to misconduct proceedings as these could not take place until the appeal process had concluded. “We will take full account of the observations made in Friday’s hearing.”

contact, either directly or indirectly, with any child under the age of 18. A breach of the condition could lead to him being re-arrested. The arrest relates to an incident where two teenage girls sitting on a bench in Stroud were approached by an unknown man who made comments of a sexual nature and offered them an amount of money. The incident took place at around 4.55pm on Thursday 24 March.

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Thief punched woman shop assistant who tried to stop him PROLIFIC offender David Collins, 39, punched a woman shop assistant who tried to stop him during a spree of perfume thefts from Boots stores in Gloucester and Cheltenham, a court heard recently. The assistant, Diane Tanner, now feels fearful of attack whenever she goes to unlock a perfume cabinet in the Cheltenham store for a customer, a judge at Gloucester Crown Court was told at the hearing on June 6th. Collins, of Monkscroft, Cheltenam, who was subject to an 18-month suspended jail term at the time of the repeated shopifting from Boots, was sentenced to a total of 14 months jail at the latest hearing at Cirencester Courthouse. He appeared via video link from Bristol Prison and protested to the judge, Recorder David Chidgey, that the sentence was ‘really harsh.’ Collins had pleaded guilty to four offences of theft of perfume, one of assault and one of criminal damage to a Boots display cabinet that he forced open. Prosecutor Neil Treharne said the offences began on 14th April this year when Collins went into Boots in Cheltenham High Street, broke into a perfume cabinet and took boxes of 'Million' fragrance worth £146. Ms Tanner approached and asked if he would like her to put the items through the till but he said ‘No’ and punched her in the chest while holding one of the bottles. She was 'jolted back and felt pain in her back and neck,’ the barrister said. “She says that physically there was no lasting effect but she has noticed now that whenever she goes to get items of perfume from the cabinets for customers she worries constantly about what the person she is dealing with may do.” Collins was arrested soon after the offence and made no comment in interview, said Mr Treharne. His next offences were on 1st May, again at Cheltenham Boots, when he stole twice - first at 12.30pm when he took two £40 bottles of perfume at lunchtime then again at 4.20pm when he returned and stole five bottles of 'Million’ worth £100 each. He was identified on CCTV

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footage, Mr Treharne said. On 3rd May Collins returned to the same store and again made straight for the perfume cabinets. He broke a lock on one of the cabinets and removed two Dolce & Gabbana perfume bottles priced at £99 each. “He then forced open another cabinet and took two bottles of Valentino perfume valued at £88 each,” Mr Treharne said. “A security officer attempted to intercept him and he started to shout at her and left the shop, making no attempt to pay. “On 8th May he went into Boots in Eastgate Street, Gloucester, at 2pm and walked straight up to a perfume cabinet, pulled the door open, causing £300 damage, and took two bottles of Paco Rabanne valued at £73. “He made for the entrance and was confronted by security officers. He told them “You’d better lay off me or I'll hit you.” He made off but was later apprehended with the help of city street wardens. Mr Treharne said the total value of Collins' thefts and the damage he had done was over £1,300. Collins had made 59 previous court appearances for 122 offences, he added. “It seems to the Crown that he must have been stealing these perfumes to order," Mr Treharne suggested. "He must have had a source where he could sell them on.” Michael Anning, defending, said Collins had been stealing to pay for alcohol. “He steals in order to drink - and when in drink he lacks the critical judgement to stop himself

CCTV appeal in connection with assault of a security guard OFFICERS in Cheltenham have issued CCTV images of two men they would like to identify in connection with the assault of a security guard. At around 5am on Saturday 7 May, police were called to reports that a fight had taken place outside Popworld on Regent Street in the town. A security guard sustained a wound to his head after he tried to break up the fight. He sought medical attention as a precaution. Officers have conducted a number of enquiries since the incident with the support of the venue and would now like to speak to the two men in connection with the incident. Anyone who recognises the men pictured or has any information about the incident is asked to please complete the following online form quoting

incident 96 of 7 May: https://www.gloucestershir e.police.uk/tua/tell-usabout/cor/tell-us-about-exi sting-case-report/ Alternatively information can be submitted by calling 101 or anonymously by calling the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visiting https://crimestoppersuk.org/give-information

committing further offences. There is no sophistication to any of these offences. “They are simplistic, they are direct and one might even say they are brazen.” He said Collins had been doing well on the suspended sentence order he received in July 2020 but had gone off the rails after the deaths of both of his parents last year followed by him losing his home and literally living in the street. “He has been able to dry off again during the last five weeks that he has been in custody on remand,” the barrister added. He told the court Collins has won awards in prison for his artwork - something he was really proud of. Collins spoke directly to the judge, saying the offences were a ‘cry for help’ and a way to get himself locked up so he could detox from alcohol. He said he wanted to apologise to the Boots staff and he was keen to do restorative justice. He admitted he was probably a chronic alcoholic and needed help to deal with that. But he appealed not to be locked up, saying he now had a ‘beautiful girlfriend’ who is pregnant. However, the judge told him that he had to activate 9 months of the suspended sentence and impose five months jail conseuctively for the current offences, making a total term to serve of 14 months. “I think that is really harsh,” protested Collins as the case closed.

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The following cases have all been heard recently at Cheltenham Magistrates Court: Jamie Peart, 21, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody to await trial at Gloucester Crown Court on a charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Ashley Mills in Cheltenham on May 27th this year. He was told he will make his first appearance before the crown court on July 1st. Lakeisha Patel, 22, of Howell Road, Cheltenham, has been bailed on seven charges of assault, criminal damage and breach of bail. She is alleged to have assaulted the same man three times on dates in April and May this year, twice causing him actual bodily harm and on one occasion damaging his Hugo Boss tee shirt. She is also accused of assaulting a woman by beating and damaging her car. And she faces an allegation of breaching the terms of her bail. Patel has denied four of the charges and admitted three. She will be tried at Cirencester Courthouse on July 14th. Kieran Mitchell, 32, of Devon Place, Cheltenham, has been charged with damaging a window valued at £1,101.90 owned by Simply Stone Memorials at Tewkesbury on 6th Nov last year. The case was adjourned until 12th August for him to attend court or for a warrant to be issued. James Lock, 37, of Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, was ordered to pay £100 compensation after he admitted damaging a glass front window in Gloucester on 30th Nov last year. The court made no order for costs. Ryan Cleary, 18, of Mount View Drive, Winchcombe, admitted driving a VW Golf twice in Cheltenham with excess levels of cannabis in his blood on 21st January this year and then again on 27th January. The first offence was on Prestbury Road and the second on Princess Elizabeth Way. He also admitted possession of cannabis on Jan 27th. He was banned from driving for 13 months, fined £184 and ordered to pay £85

costs and a £34 surcharge. The court ordered forfeiture and destruction of the drug. Lee Beasley, 31, of Canterbury Walk, Warden Hill, admitted driving a Skoda Fabia in Tewkesbury Rd, Cheltenham, on Nov 24th last year with excess cannabis in his blood and was banned from driving for a year. He was also fined £461 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £46 surcharge. Joshua Wills, 20, of Pittville Circus Road, was banned from driving for 18 months after he was caught at the wheel of a Peugeot 206 in Selkirk Close on 20th Feb this year while almost twice over the alcohol limit. He was also ordered to pay £239 in fines, costs and surcharges. He admitted having 68 micrograms of alcohol on his breath while driving. The limit is 35mcgs. He was told he can reduce his ban by 18 weeks if he completes a Government approved driving course by 21st May next year. Daniel Mrowczynski, 51, of Hesters Way Lane, denied charges of assaulting a woman on 1st January 2019 in Cheltenham and breaching a non-molestation order by sending her texts between 1424 June 2019. He was convicted of both offences. He admitted a breach of bail on 21st Sept last year. He was sentenced to a community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and a 2-year restraining order was imposed. He was ordered to pay £860 costs and surcharges. Darren Potter, 51, of Edward Wilson House, has been remanded in custody to await jury trial at Gloucester Crown Court on a charge of breaking into a house on Alstone Lane, Cheltenham, on 13/14 May this year with intent to steal. He denies the charge. In a separate court listing Daniel Potter, giving an address in Evelyn Close, Charlton Kings, was bailed until 20th June on a charge of assaulting a woman by beating in Cheltenham on March 17th this year. He

denied the charge. Haylee Ford, 33, of Fairford Rd, Cheltenham, was fined £66 and had three penalty points endorsed on her licence for speeding on 29th April last year in a Toyota Rav on Badgeworth Lane, Shurdington. She pleaded guilty, having earlier denied the offence. William Brannigan-Crowe, 39, of Gloucester Road, St Peters, was placed on a one year community order with rehabilitation activity requirement after he admitted assaulting Berwyn Jones by beating in Cheltenham on 18th May this year. He was also ordered to pay Mr Jones, of Tuffley, Gloucester, compensation of £100. Richard Evans, 48 of Painswick Road, Cheltenham, pleaded not guilty to speeding at more than 70mph in a BMW car on the A417 at Quarry Junction, Cirencester, on 31st July last year. He was also before the court having been convicted by Herefordshire Magistrates on January 21st of speeding, also in a BMW, on the A449 at Dunhampton, Worcestershire, on June 23rd last year. Both cases were adjourned till August 3rd. Anthony Hughes, 45, of Grove St, Cheltenham, was bailed to await trial on 20th July after he denied two charges of assaulting a woman and one of damaging her belongings. He is alleged to have assaulted her twice on Feb 23rd this year - causing actual bodily harm on one occasion and beating her on the other. He is also accused of damaging a mirror, fridgefreezer, bank card, and meat owned by the woman on the same date. A warrant without bail was issued for the arrest of Kayleigh McConnon, 33, of Village rd, Springbank, who failed to attend court on June 7 to face two charges of theft. She is accused of stealing tools and a mirror worth £204 from B&Q on Oct 15th last year and

an angle grinder, also from B&Q, on 26th Oct. Her codefendant on the first charge, Lucy Smith, 26, of Linworth Rd, Bishops Cleeve, pleaded not guilty to the theft of the tools and mirror and was bailed for trial on June 23rd. Susan Williams, 74, of Granley Drive, Benhall/The Reddings, pleaded not guilty to failing to provide a breath specimen to the police on 17th April this year when she was required to do so as part of an investigation into whether she had committed a motoring offence. She was bailed for trial on September 20th. Patrick Bain, 34, of High Street, Cheltenham, had six penalty points endorsed on his driving licence and was ordered to pay £816 in fines, costs and surcharges, after he admitted failing to inform the police who was driving a Renault Clio at the time of an alleged speeding offence at Boddington on November 9th last year. Gail Baxter, 72, of Leighton Rd, All Saints, was fined £232 with five points endorsed her licence for driving carelessly in a Skoda Fabia on 14th February this year in her home street. She was also ordered to pay £90 costs and a £34 surcharge. Claudia Dascal, 35, of Providence Park, Princess Elizabeth Way, was summoned to attend court on 3rd August for the magistrates to consider a driving ban on a charge of speeding in a Toyota Yaris in Hyde Lane, Swindon Village, on 1st Oct last year. Richard Smith, 39, of Welch Rd, Springbank, was banned from driving for six months and ordered to pay £816 fines, costs and surcharges for failing to notify the police who was driving a Peugeot car on 15th Sept last year on a restricted road, the A430 Castlemeads Way, Gloucester. The magistrates imposed the driving disqualification because it was 'obligatory due to repeat offending.'

Cheltenham MP unveils changes to help bring rapists to justice

IN an important national announcement, Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has unveiled changes to the Attorney General's Guidelines on Disclosure, which will help investigators bring rapists to justice. One of the key changes introduced is that alleged rape victims will only have their mobile phones taken by the police when absolutely necessary. Second, to tackle intrusive trawls through complainants' backgrounds (for example by seizing social services records) investigators will now be required to justify any such proposal in writing before it can be considered.

The changes follow meetings Mr Chalk held with victims' groups, prosecutors, defence counsel and others. Mr Chalk is confident that the revised guidelines will bring about positive change, balancing victims' privacy rights with the unassailable right to fair trial. Alex said: "The Attorney General's Office is committed to rebuilding confidence in our justice system, and the updated disclosure guidelines play a vital role in that mission. “These guidelines will bring about positive change, better balancing victims’ rights with the unassailable right to fair trial.”

Collision on Golden Valley Bypass POLICE are appealing for information following a collision on the A40 Golden Valley Bypass on Thursday 26 May. A BMW 440i M Sport coupe collided with the nearside reservation close to Gloucester shortly before 7am. The car was travelling towards Cheltenham at the time. Nobody was understood to be injured in the collision. The driver of the BMW reported to police that they had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with a white

van that had pulled in front it. The white van failed to stop and officers would like to speak to anyone who can help trace the vehicle’s driver. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gloucestershire Constabulary through the website, quoting incident 40 of 26 May: www.gloucestershire.police.u k/contact/af/contact-us/us/acrime-that-has-already-been-r eported/ Alternatively, you can call police on 101, quoting the same incident number.

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Gang of scammers jailed after preying on elderly victims

JAILED! FOUR members of a gang who preyed on dozens of elderly victims across Gloucestershire and the UK, conning them out of hundreds of thousands of pounds, have been jailed for a total of 20 years and eight months recently. Mohammed Rahman, Muhammed Maarjan, Muhammed Hussain and Shoriful Islam were handed the sentences when they appeared at Bristol Crown Court. The four had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiring to commit fraud by false representation. Rahman, Maarjan and Islam had also admitted possessing criminal property. Before their arrest in April last year, the gang had contacted hundreds of potential victims across the country by telephone, targeting a region for a number of days before moving on to the next. Once they had found a victim, the offenders, pretending to be police officers, patiently relayed a convincingly disturbing tale of a fraud investigation that had identified counterfeit currency being transferred into their bank accounts. They were encouraged to go and remove thousands of pounds from their accounts immediately in order to hand it over to a “courier” sent by “the police”. In total, they conned at least

60 vulnerable victims out of more than £290,000, dating back to 2019, and attempted to contact many thousands more, making around 7,000 calls to potential victims between January and April 2021. Most of the victims were over the age of 75, with two aged 99. Some of them were terminally ill or had dementia and other age-related issues. Many victims have been unable to recoup their loss. Officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit began investigating the gang after discovering a victim in Cirencester. The team worked closely with 20 other forces across the country to identify further victims and collate evidence, as well as liaising with City of London Police, which leads on courier fraud nationally. Following intensive work by officers across Gloucestershire Constabulary, a warrant was executed at a property in Theberton Street, London on 6 April 2021. When members of the gang tried to escape through an upstairs window, officers gave chase across the rooftops, eventually catching and arresting Hussain, Maarjan, Rahman, and Islam. Subsequent searches found cash, expensive designer clothing, Rolex watches, a Mercedes Benz and an Audi,

which were all seized by officers. Rahman, 27, and of Leirum Street, Islington, was sentenced to six years for conspiracy to commit fraud and two years for possessing criminal property, to run concurrently. Islam, 24, of Highbury New Park, Islington was sentenced to four years and eight months for conspiracy to commit fraud and two years for possessing criminal property, to run concurrently. Hussain, 24, and of Collier Street, Islington, was sentenced to five years and four months for conspiracy to commit fraud. Maarjan, 23, and of James Morgan Mews, Islington, was sentenced to four years and

eight months for conspiracy to commit fraud and two years for possessing criminal property, to run concurrently. Two further people, Kawsar Ahmed and Mohammed Ahmed, are due to be sentenced on Tuesday 28 June.

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Men charged with drug possession in Up Hatherley THREE men have been remanded in custody to appear at court next month after being charged with drugs possession offences. On Thursday 9 June, officers searched a property in the Up Hatherley area of Cheltenham after gathering information about suspected drug dealing. Searches discovered a kilogram of cocaine which is believed to have an estimated value of around £120,000. The drugs were seized as part of the investigation and three men were subsequently arrested and charged. Owen Lonergan, 23 and of Welch Road, was charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug namely cocaine.

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Amnesty nets almost 100 bladed weapons A KNIFE amnesty in Gloucestershire earlier this month has seen almost 100 bladed items being handed into police over the space of a week. Five dedicated amnesty bins that were located at police stations across the county were taken to the force’s operations base and opened. The knife bins were located in Stroud, Bearlands, Cirencester, Coleford and Hester’s Way. A total of 92 bladed items, including machetes, combat and hunting knives, and cleavers, were handed over. Officers also visited schools and community groups to talk to young people and residents about the dangers of carrying knives. Test purchases were made at 30 shops across the county to ensure that staff were abiding by rules around the sale of knives. Eight shops failed and have been given written warnings. Six people were arrested for knife-related offences during the week. Superintendent Jane Probert said: “I’d like to thank the

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Alex Beard, 25 and of Camellia Court, was charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug namely cocaine. Lee Johnson, 34 and of Alstone Lane, was charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug namely cocaine and possession of criminal property. All three appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Friday 10 June. Beard pleaded guilty and has been remanded in custody to be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday 1 July. Johnson and Lonergan did not give pleas and have been remanded in custody to appear at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday 8 July.

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public for their support during this campaign. “Knife crime continues to be a concern for many people across our communities. Every one that we take off the street is one that will no longer cause any potential harm. “However, our work is not over and there is much more that we will be doing over the coming weeks and months to tackle this issue. “We are having positive conversations with members of

our communities about their concerns and our work with schools and youth organisations is continuing to engage with children about the terrible consequences of knife crime. We will continue to work hard to prevent violent crimes in Gloucestershire.” All the weapons handed in will now be destroyed. The amnesty was part of a national campaign called Op Sceptre, aimed at tackling knife crime.

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MP visits new £30m school site

IN 2017, Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet gave approval to establish a new 900-place 11-16yr secondary school in Cheltenham to meet the increased demand. Funding was approved in 2018, with planning permission granted in 2020. The new £30 million school opened in temporary accommodation at Balcarras School in September 2021. The new building is under construction and the school will relocate to the new site on Farm Lane in September 2022. The school is run by Balcarras Academy Trust. Balcarras is a highly successful 11-18 school situated in the heart of the Charlton Kings area of east Cheltenham. Consistently rated outstanding by Ofsted, it has also been recognised by The Sunday Times as the most

successful comprehensive school in the South West in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and has been named as The Sunday Times Southwest State Secondary School of the Decade in 2020. The school opened to Year 7 pupils only in September 2021 as a 4 forms of entry school; this will rise to 5 and then 6 forms of entry with an eventual capacity of 900. In preparation for the relocation of the school to its new site, plans for 2km of highways improvements have also been developed. A number of new highways improvements will be made in order to ensure the parents, carers, and pupils can access the school as easily as possible. The improvements made to the highways network, including a new footway and off-road shared footway/cycleway along

Kidnappers Lane that will provide a continuous link along the whole of the road, to promote sustainable travel to the site, and make it easier to travel to school by foot, on bike, and by bus. Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk who recently visited the site said: “The school itself is the culmination of a seven-year vision. Back in 2015, having seen for myself the anxiety caused to Cheltenham parents by the lack of school places in the south of the town, I vowed to fight for a brand-new school. “Cynics thought it could never happen. They claimed that Cheltenham would never be chosen by the Department for Education for millions of pounds of public money, having been overlooked for investment time and time again. “They told me I should get used to expanding Bournside even

further, or shoe-horning extra classrooms onto the tight Balcarras site – even though we all knew that wasn’t right for Cheltenham. “Seven years later, those voices are silent. After a huge amount of effort, we secured the funding for the town. Now, an extraordinary £30m school is taking shape, one which will boost our reputation for educational excellence yet further. It will also light a fire

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Alex Chalk MP

IMMEDIATELY after the Jubilee celebrations had finished, I went to GlosCol in Hesters Way where I was invited to speak at the unveiling ceremony for the £23.6m road improvement works in West Cheltenham. Together we secured this money in 2017 from Sajid Javid, then the Local Government secretary, as part of a massive Growth Deal for Cheltenham. At the time he was kind enough to hail the cyber vision I had set out, and gave the Government’s backing to it. I conceived of that vision because I know we can deliver something spectacular in Cheltenham. A cyber park, located next to a neighbourhood crying out for investment, will be the envy of the South-West and a powerful signal to young people of where they can go with hard work and determination. The jobs in cyber are well paid, and employers are falling over themselves to attract talent. With £3m also invested by the Government in GlosCol in PE Way in the Advanced Digital Academy, Hesters Way and Cheltenham are on the up. Last month, in my role as Solicitor General, I announced the results of a review that I have been leading into the handling of rape and sexual assault cases. As a result, alleged rape victims will only have their phones taken by police for evidence when absolutely necessary. The move is intended to address concerns that after coming forward, rape victims are subjected to a “digital strip search”, with their phones and social media being scrutinised by the police and prosecution as a matter of course. I believe it is intrusive that police forces automatically require phones to be handed over. It leaves victims feeling

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bereft because so much of their personal lives is on their mobile phones and other devices. The message to the police is they shall not get this material unless it is genuinely necessary. Further guidance will place a requirement for investigators and prosecutors to justify in writing why third-party material such as the victim’s therapy notes and medical records are being accessed. Rape victims’ trials are being delayed for up to nine months by searches of their medical, council and even school records. It is time to sweep away unnecessary searches, reduce time-consuming redaction of video and written evidence that can take police officers away from rape investigations for days, and insist on earlier disclosure of evidence by lawyers. During my practice at the criminal bar prosecuting rapists, I had first-hand experience of taking decisions on when to disclose prosecution evidence that might assist the defence. As I set out in Parliament, I am determined to increase the number of rape and sexual assault cases going to court. The CPS is undertaking extensive work to drive up and improve prosecutions through its Action Plan with the police, the Rape Strategy, and the Operation Soteria Path Finders, which are testing methods for best practice around the country. Since publication of its strategy, the CPS has continued to see increases in the number of rape charges, prosecutions and convictions. I am confident that the guidelines will bring about positive change, balancing victims’ privacy rights with the unassailable right to fair trial.

IMPROVEMENTS: From left to right: Cllr Mike Collins (Cheltenham Borough Council), Alex Chalk MP for Cheltenham, Cllr Mark Hawthorne Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr David Gray (Gloucestershire County Council), David Owen GFirst LEP Chief Executive Officer. INSET Photograph: GFirst LEP

Transport improvement scheme for West Cheltenham completed IN February 2017 GFirst LEP successfully secured £23.6 million of Growth Deal funding to deliver the West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme (WCTIS), the LEP’s largest investment project to date. This very significant investment was committed to accelerate the release of employment land to house the Cheltenham Cyber Business Park whilst also reducing congestion on the A40 corridor and supporting cycling and walking along the route. Gloucestershire County Council, as the highway authority, has subsequently progressed the planning and delivery of the scheme from Business Case approval to delivery of the works. On Monday 6 June 2022, GFirst LEP and project partners, Gloucestershire County Council, Atkins Ltd, Alun Griffiths Ltd, Knights Brown Construction Ltd and Cheltenham Borough Council came together to formally mark the completion of the

West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme. By bringing forward improvements to the transport network, this project will accelerate the initial phases of development of the 45 hectares of employment land allocated within the West Cheltenham area. The £23.6m Growth Fund investment will leverage in tens of millions of further investment from both the private and public sector to create Cyber Central UK, “the home of UK Cyber Technology” and the wider Golden Valley Development. The development is expected to eventually support over 11,000 jobs and will deliver 4000 new homes. The funding has delivered a comprehensive suite of improvements to the transport network along the A40 corridor between M5 Junction 11 and the Benhall Roundabout, with cycling and walking infrastructure improvements linking all the way to Lansdown Rail Bridge.

Improvements delivered include the following: - Arle Court Roundabout and Benhall Roundabout remodelling - Hatherley Lane and Telstar Way widening - B4063 bus priority to Arle Court - A40 Park and Ride access - Telstar Way to Benhall roundabout eastbound carriageway widening- M5 J11 to Arle Court eastbound carriageway widening - Cycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements from Arle Court to Lansdown Rail Bridge David Owen CEO of GFirst LEP, said: "This investment of £23.6million is the largest of all our project investments and has funded the necessary road infrastructure to deliver this ambitious scheme for the county. Cheltenham is internationally recognised as the 'cradle of cyber innovation for the UK'. The cyber-tech sector even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic offered the county huge

potential, but moving forward, the sector will be even more important. To see this project delivered on time and in budget shows the power of collaboration and the hard work of all our project partners.” Councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Completion of this vital scheme by the county council is a real milestone for Gloucestershire. I’m grateful for the support of GFirst LEP and to our highways teams, partners Atkins, and our contractors, Knights Brown Construction and Alun Griffiths for their hard work in delivering this project which will be a massive boost for the economy, jobs the environment and cycling and walking.” If you would like to find out more about how GFirst LEP supports Gloucestershire through sustainable economic growth please visit www.gfirstlep.com.

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Parade on the Promenade remembered heroes of the Falklands War THE 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, was remembered this week along with all those impacted by the conflict at a commemoration service at the War Memorial, on the Promenade. The Falklands War lasted 74 days after Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in 1982. Following weeks of intense fighting, Argentine forces surrendered at one minute to midnight on June 14 1982. Cheltenham Mayor, Cllr Sandra Holliday led a commemoration service on Tuesday 14 June at Cheltenham’s War Memorial supported by borough councillors and local veterans. Cllr Holliday said: “I encouraged our Falklands veterans and members of the public to come along to the commemoration. It is a chance to support and recognise our forces and all who were involved in the Falklands War. “We will remember and show our respect for service men and women who gave their lives during the conflict." The Royal British Legion and military standards were paraded and wreaths laid to honour the sacrifices of 255

British and Hong Kong personnel who lost their lives and the 777 injured at the time. During the service, a serving soldier read a brief reflection of the conflict. Chairman of Cheltenham Royal British Legion branch Wing Commander (retd) Roy Roberts said: “The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community. Our branch is proud to be working with the council on Cheltenham’s commemorative service to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War and all the British service personnel and civilians involved, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice.’’ Cheltenham Borough Council’s Armed Forces Covenant champion, Cllr Steve Harvey said: “Having been on four operational tours to the Falklands and been on exercise with RN Falklands Veterans, my thoughts are with all who served and their families. This is a time to reflect and remember those that didn’t make it home and those that did but still carry the mental scars.’’

Clarence Fountain transformation completed on time and on budget CHELTENHAM has a brand new ‘pocket park’ at Clarence Fountain in the heart of Cheltenham town centre, with improved seating, space for wheelchairs to make the area more inclusive, as well as a more attractive, durable and hard wearing finish. The enhancements have created a focal point for everyone using the area, with planting and re-using the existing trees. The space has been designed to increase biodiversity, improve air quality and visually improve the area. Planting has been carefully selected in line with the council’s #CheltenhamZero ambitions and Habitat Cheltenham aspirations, which aim to create a network of biodiversity improvements across the town centre. Cllr Max Wilkinson, cabinet

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member for economic development, culture, tourism and wellbeing, said: “It’s fantastic to see the completed project that will make a massive difference to our town centre. “Replacing the temporary artificial grass with a new pocket park, accessible seating and new plants was a vital step

as we focus on continued town centre regeneration. This is particularly important following the difficulties that the pandemic has brought. We hope local residents and visitors will enjoy the new area.” These enhancements form part of a wider programme of activity by the council,

alongside the work of the Cheltenham Economic Recovery Task Force, which focuses on supporting the town’s economic recovery. This includes a range of measures for businesses, major new investments in the town including the arrival of big brands, Taco Bell, Decathlon, Mowgli, Brewdog and the Tivoli Cinema, and some ‘firsts’ such as the hugely popular big screen and festive ice skating rink at Imperial Gardens. Add to this Cheltenham’s ambitions to become the cyber capital of the UK as part of the Golden Valley development, and the arrival of the Minster Exchange creating a vibrant town centre quarter, and the town’s economy should thrive, creating jobs and even more support towards the high street.

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ALMOST a fortnight after the Sue Gray report was published, Cheltenham’s MP sent an email to his constituents. He told people all about his exploits over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, with lots of colourful pictures, as well as his thoughts on a local fundraiser and something about weeds too. I too had a fun weekend at local Jubilee events, like many others. I enjoyed the Jubilunch in Regent Street, the Friends of Hatherley Park event, the Sandford Park Jubilee Jolly and an afternoon at Cheltenham Cricket Club. It’s always good to thank people like our MP did in his email update and I will do that here too – Cheltenham did brilliantly. But there was another big subject on people’s minds. It was covered in a short aside in our MP’s email update: “P.S. I have received a considerable amount of correspondence following the publication of the Sue Gray report. It is all being read, and I will respond in due course.” Two days later, following the Conservative Party’s inexplicable vote of confidence in Boris Johnson, people received another email from our MP. Many had been expecting a resignation, based on his previous pledge to leave his post on the Ministerial payroll if there was a ‘scintilla of a suggestion’ of unlawfulness in government. I think we can all agree there’s been more than a suggestion lately!

However, those who expected a resignation were disappointed. But it gets worse. Not only does he not plan to follow through on his pledge, he won’t even tell us whether he supported the Prime Minister in the vote of confidence. Consequently, we now know that we live in a town where the local MP will tell you what he thinks about weeds, local fundraisers and Jubilee parties, but won’t give a direct answer about whether he supports a law-breaking Prime Minister in a vote crucial to the future of our country. Let that sink in for a moment. I’ve long said that a key part of my mission to become our next MP is to restore honesty, decency and integrity in politics. But I’d now like to add accountability to this list too. Our MP’s silence about the position of this law-breaking Prime Minister is leading many to ask an important question: is he placing his accountability to the Conservative Party above his accountability to local voters? I know our MP is polite and affable and that he’s good at turning up to local events, just like on the Jubilee weekend. But I think MPs should do more than that. They ought to give straightforward answers to straightforward questions about the governance of our country. That’s particularly true if they’re a member of the governing party. I know increasing numbers of Cheltenham people agree.

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BUCKING the trend and returning to good local news in print, that’s the aim at the Cheltenham Post, and now, the journey continues with the launch of sister publication The Stroud Times Newspaper. Launched on June 10th with Ash Loveridge in the editor’s chair and photojournalist Matt Bigwood who started stroudtimes.com 18 months ago, resources were pooled to launch the new printed newspaper for Stroud. Cheltenham Post editor and publishing director Nick Clarke said: “I started my career in local news journalism and have watched the mega-rich companies cut jobs year-onyear, making friends, colleagues, and brilliant journalists redundant just to sustain and increase profits for those higher up the chain. “A newspaper I previously the worked at sacked approx. 30 skilled designers

several years ago just to send the work over to India where they were clearly able to cut the hourly rate. “Local news media has been sacrificed for increased profits and that’s why I wanted to buck the trend and launch The Cheltenham Post.” The Post was launched in November 2020 with Nick Clarke and former Gloucestershire Echo sales and Cotswold Style founder Mark Cuzner coming together to pool their expertise of more than 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry. The pair met and became friends whilst working at the former Archant House on Oriel Road. Archant are another major news media group and have recently been taken over by Newsquest. Mr Clarke added: “Archant House used to be a vibrant media hub, publishing Cotswold Life and titles such as Living France

Magazine and France magazine. It’s sad to see that’s all now gone. “When Covid took hold in March 2020, I knew the time was right to launch an independent newspaper for Cheltenham, putting businesses back in front of their own demographic and filling the paper with varied news so there is something of interest for everyone. Sometimes we are hard hitting with our news, but people need to know what’s going on both good and bad. “Having been friends for many years with Commercial Director Mark Cuzner, I knew he shared my views. Mark is ‘Mr Cheltenham’, his enthusiasm, professionalism, and experience in advertising is second-tonone. His honesty and integrity puts business owners at ease and they know we will do all we can to help grow their businesses by using the Cheltenham Post as their media and

marketing voice. “After meeting both Ash and Matt in Stroud, Mark and I knew there was an opportunity to put local news in the hands of the people in another town and grow the opportunities for All4One Media Group, the publishers of the Cheltenham Post and Stroud Times Newspapers.”

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News “Recreational drugs are fuelling much more serious organised crime groups” OVER the last few weeks I have been concentrating on the organised criminal groups that we face in Gloucestershire. Sadly, we have them in every one of our six districts. These groups tend to be involved with a range of criminal activity, such as vehicle theft, drug dealing, or money laundering. Then there are the less well organised urban street gangs, which are becoming even more of a concern, as they tend to be more reckless and unpredictable in their street behaviour, often leading to spontaneous episodes of extreme violence, involving weapons. We also have our County Lines drug gangs operating remotely from places like Bristol, Birmingham or as far afield as London, feeding illicit

By Chris Nelson Police & Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire drugs into our communities, often through vulnerable youngsters. This is all definitely worrying. But our Constabulary work night and day to track these criminals, gain intelligence on what they are doing, then take action to control the threat. An exciting new development is the deployment of highly trained officers to reinforce each of our operational policing areas. This gives local neighbourhood policing teams more resources to strike at these organised criminals, in force and frequently, to disrupt their activities. This deployment is a direct result

of all the extra recruitment we are doing to strengthen our Constabulary. Given that many of our organised criminals deliberately operate across police force boundaries, I work closely with my fellow Commissioners across the South West to make sure our forces prioritise tackling these organised criminals. We have already conducted one joint operation this year, against drug dealers operating within our communities, involving all five forces in the South West. In Gloucestershire alone, ‘Operation Scorpion’ seized £130,000 of illegal drugs and made multiple arrests.

Illegal drug use across the country seems to be becoming more of a problem. I recently attended a major drug summit in London, to participate in national discussions about how multiple agencies could work together to take a ‘public health approach’ to illegal drug use, and disrupt the demand within our communities for so called ‘recreational drugs’ such as cannabis and cocaine. The significant minority participating in such activities may think health risks are exaggerated but without doubt, their actions fuel the dangerous organised gangs operating in our communities. I will be working with the Constabulary to make sure they pay more attention to discouraging such recreational drug use.

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CHELTENHAM Civic Society has completed its purchase of a new headquarters, 26 Cambray Place. The property will give the society a presence in Cheltenham town centre, making it more accessible for meetings and events. Built between 1810 and 1820, the Regency villa is a Grade II listed property that has been used as offices for many years, although it has been vacant for nearly five years. It suffered a severe fire in October 1926, when it lost its second floor – which was never rebuilt. While it has kept its external Regency features, the interior has largely been gutted to make it more suitable for office use

over the years. “The society has been planning to sell 13 Lyppiatt Terrace and seek a new town centre HQ for some years, and I am delighted that we have now achieved that aim. 26 Cambray Place fulfils nearly all of our criteria and will provide a much better base for us to engage with the community,” said Andrew Booton, Chair of Cheltenham Civic Society. “We plan to refurbish the building to a high standard, including the repair and restoration of its surviving Regency features. In fact, one of our ambitions from the outset was to save a heritage building from dilapidation and, through our investment, help to revitalise

its vicinity. “Once finished – probably later next year – we will have space for meetings, presentations and events that we will also be able to hire out to other groups. In addition, we will have office and archive space, plus some residential accommodation that will be rented out to provide the society with income to help fund our activities.” The society will take immediate steps to protect the building from further decay and it aims to appoint architects and submit the necessary planning and listed building applications during the summer – with building work potentially starting this autumn.

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Cornwell trio take on more mammoth events in 2022

Three treks and a marathon

BIG-HEARTED Gloucestershire fundraisers, Bel, Joby and Letty Cornwell have set about raising even more money for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice with two treks ticked off already this May, another arranged for September and a marathon set for October. Bel Cornwell from Winchcombe was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) seven years ago. Since her diagnosis, which has subsequently seen her lose the ability to walk and talk, she and her son Joby (24) and daughter Letty (28), have made it their mission to raise awareness of the debilitating illness, which affects just 5,000 people in the UK, whilst raising vital funds for the local hospice which has helped support her. Between July 2020 and August 2021, with the aim of raising £10,000, Bel covered the distance of a marathon in her wheelchair through lockdown walks, then stepped it up a gear to complete 100 miles. Later that year, Joby, accompanied by friends, took on the National Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours, and as a family they scaled Bredon Hill. The trio, who are supported by the expert team at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, have now topped their target, which stands at more than £11,000 thanks to their latest 2022 events, kick-starting with Joby and his friends completing the triangular walk between the trio of Monmouthshire fortresses known as the ‘Three Castles’ in May. Joby, who is a carpenter, said: “The Three Castle walk between White Castle, Grosmont and Skenfrith was great, albeit a really hot weekend - and I did come away with a few blisters! The best bit was definitely being with my friends and seeing the ancient ruins at each site. As a family, we must have ticked off some of the biggest walks in the country now!” Despite the blisters, just one week later, Joby laced up his walking shoes once again as he joined mum Bel and sister Letty

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Ride for Ryder Sunday 10 July 2022 for a Malvern trek with the Disabled Ramblers group. Bel said: “I was excited at the prospect of reaching one of the summits of the Malvern Hills, together with wonderful views along the way. “There were a few challenging moments, with overhanging shrubs, narrow pathways and rough ground, but not enough to put us off! It was a day to remember, with much laughter and harmony, joining together in one common cause; in recognition of the positive impact Sue Ryder has on society. “None of us know what the future holds for our health. However, we can be assured that Sue Ryder will continue their vital role in the community, with unassuming expertise, understanding and compassion.” Chairman of Disabled Ramblers John Cuthbertson said: “The Disabled Ramblers were delighted to run a ramble on the Malvern Hills for Bel Cornwell, her family and friends in support of the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice which is caring for Bel. We were accompanied by nine members of the Disabled Ramblers on mobility scooters together with several walking companions.” The family and friends will

also be taking on an all-day trek around Winchcombe in September; John Cuthbertson from Disabled Ramblers will lead the walk. Letty will round off the Cornwell’s 2022 fundraising by running the London Marathon which takes place on Sunday 2 October. She said: “After all the amazing solo challenges my Mum and brother have done, it’s my turn! Running the London Marathon is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can't wait to take part and continue to raise the profile of MND and even more funds for Sue Ryder. “The hospice team has always provided the most exceptional palliative care for Mum and wider family support to us. They are always on hand to support us as Mum’s condition changes, giving expert advice, which is a huge source of comfort to us all. We have been overwhelmed by their professionalism, understanding and compassion over the last few years of her diagnosis.” To donate to the Cornwell’s fundraising total visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fun draising/cornwellfamilysueryder For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit www.sueryder.org/leckhampton

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Exciting proposals for new community and sports hub ST Peter’s and The Moors (SPTM) Big Local, in partnership with Cheltenham Saracens Football Club, are proposing a new community and sports hub development on the old BMX track area in Chelt Walk Park. An open community consultation event was held at The Big Local Stadium, Cheltenham Saracens FC ground. Members of the public were invited to come along to view the overall designs and give feedback directly to the architects. Designed by Halsall Lloyd Partnership Architects, plans include a single storey multipurpose facility, comprising of upgraded changing rooms

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for the football team and social and community spaces including a bar and kitchen. The facility will provide usable indoor spaces for community and social activities. The design also considers the integration of the building with the park and aims to improve access and security to a neglected area. The drawings and feedback survey are also be available to view on St Peter’s and The Moors website sptm.org.uk. Cllr Max Wilkinson member for economic development, culture, tourism and wellbeing said: “Investing in communities is one of our top priorities and this new community building offers huge

benefits for the local area, including brilliant new sports facilities.” Graham Roberts, chair of Cheltenham Saracens FC, continued: “This is an exciting opportunity not only for the club, but for this community. The building will provide the space for community and social activities and support St Peter’s & The Moors with continued investment in this community.” The project builds upon the 25-year lease for Cheltenham Saracens which was awarded to the club earlier this year in recognition of the club’s commitment both to the ground, and its positive impact on the wider community.

Ned Boulding brings Tour de France build-up to Cheltenham Town hall THE Tour de France, cycling’s biggest race, gets underway at the start of next month in Denmark, before finishing in Paris 24 days later. The grandest, maddest endeavour, The Tour de France combines sport with history, culture, and great poetry. It is also furiously chaotic, unimaginably cruel, and occasionally laugh-outloud funny. It is a giant celebration of humanity, free at the point of use, and completely compelling. Having worked on every Tour de France since 2003, Ned Boulding is in the perfect position to explain just what makes it so compelling. Ned will be on tour himself later this year with his one-man stage show – Re-Tour de Ned. The show is an indispensable theatrical road map for anyone aspiring to wear the yellow jersey on the Champs Elysées: a really very rough guide to the tactics (pedal faster) and challenges (not pedalling fast enough) which will need to be deployed to win

the biggest bike race in the world Re-Tour de Ned will be visiting the Town Hall in

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News Cheltenham care home residents celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in style

The Royal treatment RESIDENTS at a care home in Cheltenham have been enjoying a Platinum Jubilee celebration fit for a queen. Care UK’s Sandfields, on St George’s Road, has marked the Queen’s official 70-year milestone by inviting family and friends for a jubilee-themed garden party. Celebrating in true British style, the team at Sandfields went all out to royally decorate the garden with Union Jack flags, bunting and balloons. Guests enjoyed an afternoontea, complete with classic treats including crustless sandwiches, homemade scones, and a variety of special cakes, all prepared for the occasion by the home’s chef. Residents also decorated muffins in Union Jack flag colours. In preparation for the big day, green-fingered residents helped to spruce up the garden by planting a host of petunias,

HAPPY FAMILY: Geoff Clarke with daughter Sarah.

delphiniums and coronations. Residents have also spent time reminiscing about their own memories of jubilee celebrations gone by, including 87-year-old Janet Bean, who met the Queen with a youth group when she was working in Fleet Street, London. Janet also remembers watching the carriage pass close by during the Coronation when she was a child and her school were invited to watch the ceremony. 94-year-old Barbara Santry remembers meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace when her daughter Anne received a CBE, saying: “It was wonderful and a great honour to experience the day – and the Queen looked marvellous!” Malaika Charles, Home Manager at Sandfields, said: “We loved welcoming relatives into the home to enjoy the royal treatment after so long apart. “The Platinum Jubilee offers the perfect opportunity to get together with loved ones and celebrate the last 70 years of both the Queen, and the wonderful residents, incredible reigns. Many residents have fond memories of celebrating the silver, golden and diamond jubilees with their families and communities, and we were keen to ensure the Platinum Jubilee was no exception! “It was amazing to have the full Sandfields family back together again after so long. Judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces, it was a huge success, and we are already planning our next get together!” To find out more about Care UK’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, please visit:

CELEBRATIONS: Gary Williams, Geoff Clarke and Kathlyn Osborne enjoying jubilee celebrations with families.

careuk.com/platinumjubilee Sandfields is a state-of-the-art care home which provides fulltime residential, dementia, nursing and short-term respite care. The home, which features 90 en-suite bedrooms, has been designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The care home incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities and includes its own cinema, bar, hairdressing salon and café. For more information about Sandfields, contact Customer Relations Manager, Laura Sayburn, on laura.sayburn@careuk.com or call 01242 801 867.

RESIDENT: Marjorie Munro celebrating Queen's platinum jubilee.

Gloucestershire cyclists paid as they pedal with mobile game AS part of its strategy to promote cycling and active travel, the council is asking cyclists across the county to help improve the local bike infrastructure by playing a mobile game that offers cash rewards. The game encourages players to explore the county and keep fit, while also earning money in the process.

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In a UK first, the council has teamed up with Finnish software startup, Crowdsorsa, to provide a crowd-sourced data collection event to survey the condition of the county’s cycling infrastructure. The mobile game allows riders to collect virtual fruits and berries worth money, which are collected by recording video footage of

the cycle routes ridden. The game shows users over 250 miles of cycling routes on a map, all covered with virtual fruit and berries, and the more of these they collect – the more money they earn. Each mile of cycle route has around £2.50 worth of objects to collect. Cllr David Gray, Cabinet member responsible for green transport and the

environment, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for cyclists across the county to get out on their bikes and earn some money in the process. “The video footage captured in this survey will give a valuable insight into the state of our cycling infrastructure in Gloucestershire and let us know where improvements

need to be made. I would urge cyclists across the county to get on their bikes, explore the cycling routes across our county, and make some money in the process.” Toni Paju, Crowdsorsa CEO, said: “The first user to collect an object gets rewarded for it as it then disappears from everyone’s map in real time. This

makes the survey well organised and shows the users where the data is yet to be collected. “The crowdsourced video data will be analysed by an AI model to identify cycling infrastructure defects. The information will then be used for maintenance planning on Gloucestershire’s cycling route network.”

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Dementia advice from the experts

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Gallery set to re-open after refurbishment THE Wilson Art Gallery and Museum in Cheltenham reopens on Saturday 23 July 2022 after a dynamic £500,000 re-design, with a weekend schedule of events and activities for the local community and visitors to Cheltenham to enjoy. The significant refurbishment of Cheltenham’s leading cultural hub creates a vibrant new arts café and flexible ancillary spaces on the ground floor; the Sir Charles Irving Community Art Gallery on the mezzanine floor; and new artists’ studios on the third floor. The transformation has been jointly funded by the Sir Charles Irving Trust and Cheltenham Borough Council.

The Wilson reopens with a comprehensive cultural programme including its first major exhibition, the acclaimed ‘Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk’, which explores how fashion creatives are embracing inclusivity and body positivity. The exhibition features garments from leading designers including Max Mara, Vivienne Westwood, Dries Van Noten and Jean Paul Gaultier. The free exhibition opens on 23 July and runs until September 2022. The new Sir Charles Irving Community Gallery hosts the exhibition ‘Breaking The Cycle’ in collaboration with Star College. ‘Breaking The Cycle’

guides young people on how to creatively reimagine garments destined for landfill and complements ‘Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk’. The re-designed ground floor spaces feature replicas of artworks and pieces from The Wilson’s collection by local artists and makers. Fabric panels in the new café lounge area have been created by artist Katie Welsh, and wallpaper produced in other café spaces is based on designs from the significant Arts and Crafts collection. A replica of the 1960s shop door portrait of Cheltenham greengrocer Allan Whittern hangs in one of the café areas. The original was a distinctive

feature in Suffolk Parade where Mr Whittern ran his grocer’s store from 1932 until his death in 1982. The original door was donated by his family to The Wilson in 1991. The WOW (World of Wonders) space for families and young children, the Makers’ Space which provides a window into our resident artist’s studio

work, and the Arts and Crafts galleries also reopen on 23 July 2022. The galleries have been refreshed and new displays created to narrate the story of Cheltenham. ‘Cheltenham Untold’ brings to life the town’s history and heritage through the themes of people, place, work and play. The displays will be regularly updated and the community, and visitors, will be invited to vote for stories they would like to see featured. The remaining galleries will reopen on a phased approach based on a programme of refurbishment to

improve the experience for all visitors. Louis Eperjesi, chair of the board of trustees of The Cheltenham Trust, said: “The trust is pleased to be announcing the reopening date for the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum. “The reopening hosts a weekend of events, taster sessions and activities for all the community to participate in and enjoy. “Everyone is welcome to visit and explore this dynamic new cultural hub for the local community, and visitors to Cheltenham.”

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WE’RE into ‘Festival Season’ now, so why not feature a band who, for many years, were a popular staple on the circuit? Surely everyone loves Jarvis, don’t they? His band, Pulp, took a long time to be recognised by the mainstream. Often unfairly lumped in with the ‘Britpop’ mob, they were, as the title of this record states, in a different class. Don’t get me wrong, the ‘Britpop’ years were a great time to be young and alive. New bands seemed to arrive daily and would often disappear just as quickly, as the scene would destroy them. And often with a needle in their arm. Pulp, however, had been around since the early 80s. Jarvis Cocker was born to be a pop star and although it took a while, he most definitely was a star! Funny, charming and, at times, hilarious. His lyrics would be sung and revered by crowds in a furore that was usually reserved for the likes of Oasis. In fact, if ‘Britpop’ had only given us Pulp, it would still have been worth it. As for the album, well there

are some anthems on here. ‘Common People’ being the best known, but ‘Disco 2000’, ‘Sorted For E's & Wizz’ and ‘Mis-Shapes’ would probably gladly be thieved by other bands, given half a chance. Seeing Pulp, and in particular Jarvis, in full flow was a memorable experience. It’s a shame they’re not playing now (they’ve not played for 10 years) because there are very few bands that can deliver a headline performance and boss the stage. I’m a bit old for festival culture these days but bands

like Pulp make overflowing portaloos and nights under canvas seem almost worthwhile. I’m not usually one for gimmicks but the original pressing of this LP had a diecut sleeve with an aperture and 12 different inserts. So you could choose your own front cover art. Don’t you just love groups who give their fans such choice? Alas packaging like this seems a thing of the past now. By the way, if you’re reading this, Jarvis… Bring back Pulp! Your country needs you!

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Common weight loss misconceptions LOSING LOSING weight weight can can be be tough. tough. It It can can be be very very overwhelming overwhelming with with where where to to start, start, how how to to sift sift through through the the barrage barrage of of information information online, online, and and then then figure figure out out what what the the right right thing thing is is to to do do for for your your body. body. What What makes makes itit more more challenging, challenging, is is knowing knowing what what information information is is correct, correct, and and what what is is aa common common misconception. misconception. I’m I’m going going to to go go over over aa few few key key common common misconceptions misconceptions that that II see see day day in in day day out out as as an an expert expert weight weight loss loss coach coach in in the the health health industry. industry. 1. 1. Fat Fat is is not not spot spot reduced reduced One One of of the the most most common common questions questions II get get asked asked is is ‘Lana, ‘Lana, what what is is the the best best exercise exercise to to do do to to get get rid rid of of the the fat fat on on my my stomach stomach and and legs?’. legs?’. The The simple simple answer, answer, none! none! Fat Fat is is not not spot spot reduced. reduced. If If you you held held both both arms arms out out to to the the side side all all day day and and swung swung one one round round in in aa circle circle while while keeping keeping the the other other one one still, still, at at the the end end of of that that day day the the one one you you were were swinging swinging round round wouldn’t wouldn’t be be skinner skinner than than the the one one you you kept kept still, still, because because fat fat cannot cannot be be spot spot reduced. reduced. Same Same as as doing doing 1000 1000 crunches crunches aa day day won’t won’t get get rid rid of of the the fat fat on on your your stomach. stomach. It It will will tone tone the the muscle muscle underneath underneath though! though! 2. 2. Muscle Muscle doesn’t doesn’t ‘weigh ‘weigh more’ more’ than than fat fat When When going going through through aa weight weight loss loss journey, journey, sometimes sometimes your your weight weight will will change, change, sometimes sometimes your your body body shape shape will will change. change. There There can can be be times times when when the the scales scales stay stay the the same, same, but but your your body body measurements measurements are are coming coming

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increase increase how how many many calories calories you you burn burn at at rest. rest. When When at at rest, rest, muscle muscle burns burns more more calories calories than than fat. fat. So, So, if if you you have have aa higher higher muscle muscle to to fat fat ratio ratio in in your your body body itit means means that that you you will will naturally naturally burn burn more more calories calories sat sat doing doing nothing, nothing, than than someone someone who who doesn’t. doesn’t.

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down. down. A A lot lot of of people’s people’s favourite favourite thing thing to to say say in in this this scenario scenario is is that that ‘it’s ‘it’s ok, ok, you you have have probably probably put put on on loads loads of of muscle, muscle, and and itit weighs weighs more more than than fat!’. fat!’. Muscle Muscle and and fat fat weigh weigh the the same, same, the the difference difference is is that that fat fat per per 1pound 1pound occupies occupies more more space space than than muscle. muscle. So So in in the the same same space, space, your your body body might might be be able able to to fit fit only only 1lbs 1lbs of of fat fat compared compared to to 3lbs 3lbs of of muscle. muscle. 3. 3. You You won’t won’t look look like like aa body body builder builder if if you you lift lift weights weights Lifting Lifting weights weights is is extremely extremely beneficial beneficial for for many many things things such such as as balance, balance, core core strength, strength, keeping keeping your your joints joints healthy healthy and and reducing reducing the the risk risk of of injury. injury. Building Building aa lot lot of of muscle muscle is is very very hard, hard, itit requires requires aa specific specific diet diet and and progressive progressive overload overload training training style style to to get get the the muscle muscle fibres fibres to to grow. grow. Strength Strength training training aa few few times times aa week week won’t won’t have have you you looking looking like like aa body body builder, builder, what what itit will will do do though though is is help help to to

4. 4. Exercise Exercise cannot cannot conquer conquer all all Talking Talking of of exercise, exercise, it’s it’s important important to to remember remember that that exercise exercise is is 20% 20% of of weight weight loss loss results. results. To To burn burn 11 pound pound of of fat fat you you would would need need to to do do 7hrs 7hrs solid solid on on the the Cross Cross Trainer. Trainer. Exercise Exercise should should be be done done because because you you enjoy enjoy itit and and want want to to gain gain all all the the amazing amazing benefits benefits exercise exercise has has to to offer, offer, not not because because you you want want to to lose lose aa few few pounds pounds of of fat fat in in aa training training session. session. 5. 5. Eating Eating less less and and moving moving more more isn’t isn’t always always the the solution solution If If you you are are someone someone who who has has dieted dieted their their whole whole life life by by eating eating less less and and moving moving more, more, yet yet you you are are still still not not happy happy with with your your weight, weight, then then chances chances are are your your body body is is in in aa state state of of chronic chronic stress stress and and that that is is why why you you aren’t aren’t losing losing weight. weight. Try Try slowly slowly increasing increasing your your calories calories by by 5050100 100 aa week week over over aa course course of of 4-6 4-6 weeks weeks and and see see how how your your body body reacts reacts with with more more food. food. Email Email me me at at ar@alannahfitnessandnutrition.c ar@alannahfitnessandnutrition.c om om to to book book in in for for aa free free consultation consultation to to see see how how II could could help help you you lose lose weight, weight, ditch ditch diets, diets, and and thrive thrive mentally mentally and and physically physically still still in in time time to to enjoy enjoy summer! summer!

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Money talks Fanny Snaith

Don’t let this happen to you, please… I HAD a taste of identity theft this week – bitter tasting it was too. It began when I received a letter from a company called CRS Debt Recovery Team telling me that the loan I had with Laybuy (UK) needed paying and that they were happy to offer me a discounted settlement offer. The full amount owed was £580 and they would settle for £464. I wasn’t worried because I knew it was not mine. I thought about ignoring the letter for a moment – but that is not how I do things. Looking at the letter more closely, I saw that it was addressed to me but only sort of. The name looked a bit like this Ffaany Snnnaith. Hmm. Underneath my name, it said Unknown and then my full address. Something was fishy here! It was the weekend, so I decided to set it aside and have another look on Monday. My friend Tara and I did do a bit of googling though. We looked up CRS Debt Recovery and saw all sorts of horror stories from people who had been involved with them. I still wasn’t too bothered though as quietly I knew all would be well. Monday morning arrives – a fresh new week. The post drops onto the mat. Four more letters from CRS Debt Recovery Team. More odd names and different loan accounts again with Laybuy (UK). Laybuy (UK) is a buy now pay later company (BNPL) – like Klarna. You purchase something online, and at checkout you have the option to set up an account with Laybuy (UK) which enables you to pay in six instalments. It is a New Zealand company but is getting bigger in Australia and the UK. With the current economic climate, this type of purchasing will no doubt increase. If you are tempted, please do remember that you are using your future wages to pay for something now. When its possible to buy relatively low-cost purchases and spread the cost, it seems pretty attractive. But those purchases soon mount up and the monthly paybacks can become crippling. There is no cost to join and the six payments are interest free. BUT – for every payment you miss or is late,

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you are charged £6. If you fail to make payments they get their debt collection service onto you – bring in CRS Debt Recovery Team. So, I have my investigator’s hat on. I have 5 letters, lots of names that look a little like mine but none quite right but my address is correct. There are a number of loans that clearly haven’t been paid for a while hence the “discounted settlement offer”. What to do next? I read at the bottom of the letter “If this communication does not relate to you contact us immediately at….” Aha! Ok I’ll do that. It didn’t work because my email address was not registered with them – they requested my name, phone number, date of birth etc to begin processing. No way was I giving them my personal information. I have read all about scams and I know what to do! I bit the bullet and called. I did check that it was not a premium rate number first. They were very nice, listened to me carefully, took the details and were happy to put a pause on all the letters. They did, however tell me to report everything to Action Fraud and come back to them with a case reference number. All this had taken me about two hours now. Two hours of my precious time – but hey, as a money coach I was looking at it as a learning experience. Action Fraud were very good. The lady took all the details and told me that I had been subject to Identity Theft Application Fraud. She said it was the most common type of fraud out there. I answered lots of questions – had I lost any money? – no, had I had any cards from delivery drivers through the

door but no parcels? – no. Had anything changed on my credit report? – hmm, well of course I look at my credit score each month and that was fine. She asked me to log in to Experian and we took a bit of a deeper look. We headed to the “Report Summary” section and then “Search History” – and there it all was. Glaring at me in the bit that says “Searches that may impact your Credit Score” was an application to Laybuy (UK) – under my name – spelled CORRECTLY. I also looked in the ”Searches that do NOT impact your Credit Score” section, also known as soft searches. There was a long list of Laybuy (UK) searches – this time using my name but spelled lots of different ways again. Scary stuff. Why am I writing about this? Fraud is HUGE now and if I missed it then so can you. Luckily, only half a day of my time was taken up sorting this out - it could have been so much worse. Hard searches on our credit report matter. Soft searches don’t. I missed the hard search made by Laybuy (UK) last September. This is the result. In future I will not only look at my score regularly, but I will, each time, go further and look at the searches AND look for any other suspicious behaviour. Luckily, this did not affect my credit score – but it could have. Had I wanted to apply for genuine credit, a mortgage etc then I may well have been turned down. I now have the job of getting these entries removed from my report – which all takes time and effort. Oh, and guess what? Yet another 2 letters from CRS Debt Recovery Team landed on the mat today. Here we go again. Don’t let it happen to you…. My Money Makeover begins again 6th July. A 10- week programme for those who want to manage their money but don’t know what to do or are, for some reason, not getting started. Video Tutorials, weekly coaching calls on Zoom and all the tools you need to become an excellent money manager. To find out more go to https://fannysnaith.com/my -money-makeover

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VAUXHALL INSIGNIA SRI 2.0 DIESEL, BRIGHT RED, FSH, PRIVACY GLASS, 6 SPEED, BLACK ALLOYS, STUNNING CAR ................................................................................................................................................................................£3,995

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LEXUS IS 220 SE DIESEL, METALLIC BLUE, ALLOYS, AIR CON, LEATHER, ELECTRIC SEATS, CRUISE CONTROL, FSH, HEATED MIRRORS, 6 SPEED ONLY ................................................................................................................. £3,495

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SUZUKI ALTO 1.0 SDR HATCHBACK, ONLY 45,000 MILES, METALLIC SILVER, FSH, NEW MOT, AIR CON, CD PLAYER, VERY CHEAP INSURANCE, VERY CHEAP TAX, IMMACULATE CONDITION ONLY ..................................... £3,495

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Food

Neonatal charity Scoo-B-Doo launches new cookbook A CHARITY from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s Neonatal Unit Scoo-B-Doo has released a cookbook to honour the Queen’s Jubilee. Scoo-B-Doo is the charity of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital's Neonatal Unit which was founded in 1982 by a group of grateful parents and staff. The charity raises money to buy vital life-saving equipment to give premature and sick babies the best start in life. The recipe book was created by members of the charity's committee and is being printed by Gloucestershire-based Wheatley Printers from Stroud.

The cookbook cookbook is being made from recycled paper so it is sustainable and environmentally friendly. The cookbook features a range of recipes from individuals and businesses, including Viva O'Flynn from Love Viva's Cakes & Crafts whose recipe for the Scrummy Carrot cake takes pride of place on the front cover and you can see why. There is a real mix of recipes from family meals, through to cakes and bakes so something for everyone. On an average year, the neonatal unit has 600 babies coming through the door and covers the whole of

Gloucestershire. Babies that require specialist treatment, go to our tertiary unit at Southmead in Bristol. This year marks Scoo-BDoo’s 40th Anniversary and they have a variety of special events being planned to mark this occasion. If you would like to find out more about the charity please visit their website www.scoo-bdoo.info or you can get in touch via their social media channels below.

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Viva’s carrot cake recipe Ingredients • 150 g wholemeal flour • 100 g plain flour • 25 g baking powder • 7 g ground cinnamon • 5g ground nutmeg • 130g desiccated coconut -toasted and cooled (optional) • 500 g grated carrot • 125 golden raisin (or chopped pineapple) • 150g muscovado sugar • 100g soft light brown sugar • 185 ml vegetable oil • 5 eggs (250g)

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Cheltenham Post

Walk on the wild side with Gemma Hastilow

The common poppy THERE’S nothing like the breathtaking sight of a field full of poppies. There is a field in Swell on the Stow Road which has been absolutely stunning for the past few years. I haven’t been up to check it yet this year, but I did see a beautiful field on the way back from Oxford a few weeks ago, bright red with other wild flowers in amongst them. People had pulled over to take pictures. I love it when the natural world has an effect on us like this! The common poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is an annual herbaceous species. It is also known as the corn poppy, corn rose, field poppy, red poppy and Flanders poppy. Poppies are thought to have arrived in seed corn brought to England by neolithic farmers 5,000 years ago. They are very resilient, and thrive in poor soil which has recently been disturbed. They grow all over Europe and even as far away as Africa and Asia.

Gemma Hastilow is an illustrator, art teacher, enthusiastic walker and nature lover who has lived in The Cotswolds for over 20 years www.gemmahastilow.co.uk

They flower in May and June and grow up to about 70cm tall, sometimes in huge quantities. They are unmistakable, with vivid red flowers that have overlapping petals and quite flimsy hairy stems. In a season, the plant produces around 400 flowers. Each of these flowers only lasts for one day! Poppies have a famous association with fallen

soldiers and are an emblem for Remembrance. In the early 19th century, after the Napoleonic wars, the land was scarred and left a desolate wasteland. Shortly afterwards, poppies grew around the corpses. They then became a symbol of hope and peace with the meaning that the sacrifice of soldiers’ lives were for the greater good. Again, after World War 1 in the fields of Northern France, once the war was over, one of the only plants to regrow were poppies. They famously turned the battlefields of the Somme into a place of remembrance: the blood-red of the poppies mirroring the bloodshed of war. In superstition poppies are bound to the moon and water. Their seeds are burned and used in spells for divinatory purposes, including divinatory dreams, invisibility, and for sleep and consolation after a loss. They can be placed in sachets, amulets, or charms to enhance fertility, luck,

imagination, good fortune, peace, and prosperity. Egyptians and Romans made garlands of poppies to celebrate the gods and ensure the fertility of their crops. Poppy seeds can be used in lots of ways in cooking. Lemon and poppy seed cake is delicious. Seeds can be sprinkled on top of loaves of bread. If you are going out foraging be careful though as the seeds of many other poppy species are not okay to eat and you mustn’t consume any other part of the plant as it is poisonous. Poppies look fantastic in your garden. Choose a sunny spot that doesn’t get too wet. It’s so easy to sow the seeds as you can just sprinkle them thinly across raked ground to create natural looking drifts. When seeds germinate you should thin them out and keep them watered. When they flower deadhead to encourage more. If you are going to harvest the seeds, cut the seed pods off when they

are turning brown and then dry them out for a couple of weeks. Once dry you can split open the pods and store them in a jar. Poppies are wildlifefriendly plants too, attracting

bees, hoverflies, and other pollen dependant insects, so we can grow and admire them in the knowledge that they will be encouraging wildlife to our fields and gardens.

Big Dogs with Big Hearts LARGE breed dogs can make wonderful pets for the right homes. Many people imagine that big dogs are best suited to country-living or large homes with plenty of land where they are free to roam. However, having lots of space or land doesn’t always have to be the deciding factor. Many large breeds require a similar amount of exercise to that of smaller breeds, walking them around a park, housing estate or similar. Having any dog, big or small, is a commitment that you need to be certain of before bringing them into your home, especially if you have younger children, as the dogs may not realise their own size and strength. Also, the bigger the dog the bigger the expense. Food, vet treatment and grooming can add pounds to the cost of ownership. There are lots of great things about having a large dog as

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By Erica Lake Cheltenham Animal Shelter part of your family, not least because they can make great pets. Some breeds of larger dogs, such as Golden Retrievers, are among the most popular family pets, due to their friendly temperaments and the ease with which you can train them. Large dogs are traditionally easier to train and are often used alongside a variety of different professions, from therapy through to farming, which can make them a great choice if you’re looking for a pet that can also be a working dog. However, working breeds will typically need a working home to keep them engaged and prevent behavioural issues associated with boredom. Although it’s easy to fall in love with your big and friendly companion, dogs can suffer

from arthritis, especially when they get older, so you may need to think about how you will get your dog out and about in later years for vet visits and exercise. Helping your dog maintain a healthy weight can help reduce this risk. Here at Cheltenham Animal Shelter, we have some large breed residents looking for loving homes. Bruce One-year-old Bruce is a wonderful Belgian Shepherd crossbreed with bags of energy. Bruce is looking for a home that can provide him with lots of mental and physical stimulation and continue his positive training. Poppy and Kato Poppy and Kato came to us together after their owner sadly passed away. They are a terrific duo who share a strong bond, therefore we don’t want

to separate them as it is in their best inter-ests to stay together. Poppy and Kato are real bundles of joy and love to spend time playing with their carers. Poppy’s favourite game is playing with a ball, and Kato loves to sniff and explore! Poppy and Kato adore being fussed over, once they get to know you, and Kato has a soft spot for a good head tickle. Luna Two-year-old Alaskan Malamute Luna came to the Shelter when her previous owner became unwell and

could no longer care for her. Luna is a sensitive young lady who needs someone who will work on her anxieties, be patient with her progress and continue her positive training.

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SOLUTIONS QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 1 Shriek; 4 Old-hat; 8 Raptor; 10 Bitter; 11 Ducat; 12 Circus; 14 Reread; 16 Test; 17 Bran; 19 User; 22 Area; 26 Allege; 27 Basuto; 28 Racer; 29 Petrel; 30 Tenure; 31 Duress; 32 Cygnet. Down – 1 Spruce; 2 Report; 3 Exodus; 5 Loiter; 6 Hitmen; 7 Tirade; 9 Rust; 10 Barb; 13 Cease; 15 Rates; 18 Gasped; 19 Ulster; 20 Egress; 21 Real; 22 Abet; 23 Rarefy; 24 Auburn; 25 Molest.

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Motors

Bold, safe and excellent value for money SUZUKI has simplified the line-up of its all-new SX4 S-Cross offering customers a less complicated process when choosing the stylish compact SUV. Costing just a penny shy of £25k, this latest 2022 model is competitively priced and it offers generously-equipped trim levels called Motion and Ultra. Both versions are available with an optional six-speed automatic transmission that adds £1,350 to the cost and ALLGRIP four-wheel drive is standard on the Ultra grade cars. The latest five-door model looks more dynamic in its styling with a bold, muscular design that includes a raised bonnet line, piano black front grille with new-look front and rear lights, plus smart looking wheels. Moving inside, the cabin is more spacious and there is plenty of tech to explore. Motion models feature a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is keyless entry and start, dual zone air conditioning, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, along with driver assist systems including traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control with speed limiter and a blind spot monitor. The Ultra models, priced from £29,799, gain leather seat upholstery, a larger nineinch touchscreen (which is a

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross first for Suzuki), sat nav, a panoramic sliding sunroof and a 360-degree camera. Powering the car is a fourcylinder, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is assisted by a 48-volt mild hybrid system. It features Suzuki’s renowned Boosterjet technology and offers up to 129bhp and 235Nm of torque. Performance is decent enough with a 0-62mph sprint time of 9.5 seconds (10.2 seconds on ALLGRIP models) and a top speed of 121mph on all versions. Running costs are good too with combined fuel economy of up to 53.2mpg (on 2WD versions) and carbon emissions of 120g/km. The Ultra 4WD models can deliver up to 47.8mpg and emissions of 133g/km. And the SX4 S-Cross is a practical choice for the active family as it has ample room in the back for a couple of adults or trio of youngsters to sit comfortably, provided the front seats are not pushed right back. The boot can swallow 430 litres of luggage with a double floor, but drop the split-folding rear seats and that limit increases considerably to 875 litres (to the top of the boot cover). In addition, there is a deep glovebox, practical central

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cubby, door bins with a bottle holder, a pocket in the back of the front passenger seat, front and rear cup holders and a sunglasses compartment. We had the opportunity to test two models – both in range-topping Ultra specification with ALLGRIP. We tested the automatic and manual versions and they each performed really well on a range of roads, including motorways, twisting country lanes and busier town centres. All controls, dials and readouts are well positioned for ease of use and there is a certain simplicity about this S-Cross that I really liked. Everything seems to have its purpose and that means there are no weird and whacky buttons for enhanced this and that. You do get different modes for the ALLGRIP so the car is well equipped to deal with various challenges. These are called Auto, Sport (best experienced on country roads), Snow and Lock – the latter is for getting out of difficult situations where it’s easy to get bogged down, including

sand, mud or snow. The S-Cross is also a comfortable car to drive and, with elevated seating, the allround view is good. This is really important on a car that will likely feature regularly on the school run. Additional plus points include accurate steering with ample driver feedback, nice composure into bends with minimal body roll and confident road holding. It does feel quite light to drive, especially as we tested the car during fairly stormy weather with strong gales that buffeted it on motorways. But most cars would have felt the force of the gales on that particular day too.

Both test cars impressed and there was little to choose between them. Suzuki expects 40-50 per cent of buyers will opt for automatic models and that is the easiest model to drive with a welltimed gearbox that is surprisingly refined. Nice to see steering wheel mounted paddles for added driver fun when you fancy taking control of the gear changes.

With its bolder design, improved interior, hybrid technology and wealth of safety features, the new Suzuki S-Cross is an excellent value-for-money family SUV, and the company has high hopes that it will take on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Tucson in a fiercely competitive sector. www.carjourno.co.uk

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Memories of Cheltenham’s past

Years goneby St Gregory’s Senior’s soccer XI from the 1961/62 season. Back row L-R: Rob Keenan, Ray Lynch, Mike Gribben, Rich Rotundo, John Capaldi. Middle row L-R: Dave Jackson, Bill O’Hara, Dave Keating (Captain) Mike Carroll, Mike Feeley. Front row: Eddie McCarthy and Ian Rodger.

WW1 veterans of the Gallipoli and Middle East campaigns, Grenadier Guardsmen Archibald Gomme and Elam Pearce, pictured with their wives Ada and Elizabeth.

Warden Hill School, 1994

Sowty Arle Court workers, 1970’s

Maunton Park School trip in the 70’s. Bernie Richardson, Danny Knight, Tracey Hopkins, Sharon and Paul Green, Tim Moore, Duncan Edwards, Nick Brinsford.

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Stradivarius goes for fourth Gold Cup at Ascot

STAR-STAYER Stradivarius has his chance to emulate the great Yeats this week, as he attempts to win a fourth Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. John and Thady Gosden’s eight-year-old first won the 2m4f Group 1 in 2018, fending off the late challenge from French-raider Vazirabad to win in great style. 2019 and 2020 saw no change for Stradivarius, as he completed a memorable hat-trick in the race under the guidance of Frankie Dettori. On Thursday afternoon, the pair will be looking to secure a fourth Gold Cup together, something only the great Yates has achieved. “Stradivarius is happy and well, and we're just hoping the weather holds and he can run on something called good ground rather than soft or heavy, which

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isn’t his scene at all,” said trainer John Gosden. “It was always the plan to run at Ascot and then Goodwood, and we’re sticking to that as long as he’s with us.” Friday’s feature event is the Coronation Stakes over one mile for threeyear-old fillies. Having already missed a few targets this season, the Gosden team have Inspiral at the top of the market at 2/1, with 1000 Guineas victor, Cachet, sitting in behind at 6/1. George Boughey’s Newmarket heroine went over to France after her UK success and finished an impressive second in the French equivalent to the 1000 Guineas. “I was delighted with her

run in the French Guineas. She ran a blinder. In hindsight, I think we should have made a bit more use of her, but it was a huge run,” trainer Boughey told SBK. “She had an easy week after that run. She’s done well physically again. Everyone who sees her now sees a more mature horse. She’s been looking good recently and moving well. “James (Doyle) came and sat on her at the end of last week and was delighted, so roll on the Coronation Stakes. It’s probably going to be one of the races of the week.” The final day of Royal Ascot sees the freshly named Platinum Jubilee Stakes take centre stage over six furlongs. In a race for, fast horses, Adrian McGuinness’s A Case Of You, who is a Group 1 winner in France and Dubai, will return to

Ascot for the first time since last year’s Royal meeting - he is currently a very reasonable 16/1. Jockey, Ronan Whelan, is hopeful of a big run from the four-year-old. “He deserves to be there. It sounds like the Waller team are bullish about the chances of their horses, and Wesley Ward seems to be confident too about Campanelle – a lot of the big horses are being talked up,” he told the Racing Post. “If all the top horses stand their ground, you'd say whoever wins it could probably be called the best sprinter in the world. "He's been to Ascot before, and it didn't work out, but you can draw a line through that because he wasn't right afterwards. He's a good ride to have, and if he turns up like he did at Meydan he's entitled to be in the thick of it.”

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On the flats at Royal Ascot WHEN it comes to flat racing I am not normally even the uninitiated’s first port of call, although I have been lucky enough to have owned and had a few partnership winners on the level. I must admit that I don’t follow the day-today goings on of our class thoroughbreds and their vertically-challenged pilots, although I am pleased to have over the years been able to call some of these little fellas great mates. With Royal Ascot on as you read this, it has been a very special Jubilee renewal. Her Majesty loves this meeting and has always been in attendance for as long as most of us can remember. The Royal procession from Windsor Castle down the length of the track is always something to behold with the carriages holding many members of our Royal Family, and with other coaches holding the great and, yes, on occasions, the not so good! The Royal Stand dates back to the 1790’s with The Royal Enclosure being conceived in 1822 when King George IV commissioned a two story stand to be built with a surrounding lawn, access to which then was only by invitation The King. Ascot Racecource was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and has since enjoyed the patronage of eleven subsequent monarchs, but it was not until 1911 it became known as the Royal Week. For many still it is the highlight of the racing year, but maybe to even more the social event of the year. Attendance at Ascot can be enjoyed at all levels, still for purists The Royal Enclosure is the place to be seen after your invitation and named badges arrive. The strict dress code of morning dress is adhered to by all and any (male, female or whatever) who do not comply will be gently escorted away by one of the many bowler hats on duty. In fairness they too need to ensure

they have their wits about them as on more than one occasion one of the top trainers of the day enjoying his winner has come across a “you shall not pass” bowler, normally though it’s all sorted pretty quickly. For the other enclosures it’s still an excuse to get dressed up, the ladies make an effort and in the main insist their partners follow suit. It’s just been such a shame that a few times in recent years once the ale has flowed too many of the suited and booted seem to want to spoil the occasion for many by removing their jackets, rolling their sleeves up and fisticuffs has ensued. Unfortunately it’s a common sight in towns all over the land on Friday and Saturday nights I hear, many of us really just fail to understand it, but it’s an epidemic that continues to grow and spoils what should really be a safe fun day out. Hopefully especially this Jubilee race week they will behave properly. In the past few weeks, we lost a true giant of not just Royal Ascot, but the racing world. Lester Piggott has been far and away the most successful jockey with 116 wins. It doubtful this will ever be surpassed even by today’s hero of many the ebullient Frankie Dettori, who to-date has 73 on the board, plus of course any he may have burgled this week. The most successful trainer numerically with 80 winners at the time of writing is the recent Derbywinning trainer, the well-loved and respected Sir Michael Stout. Come Saturday it all draws to a close for another year, no doubt the split again will have been highlights for some and heartache for others. If you are a racing fan it’s a meeting you must try and get to at least once, there are price options for all pockets, it’s very different and on a warm British summer’s day it’s great for horse and people watching.

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Sport Terrace talk with Will Alder WELL where do I start! We now find ourselves in a position as CTFC fans that I think we all knew was coming at some point and it was only a matter of time. After nearly 4 fantastic years at the helm, Manager Michael Duff has agreed to join fellow League 1 side Barnsley. As I have said previously, I do not begrudge him the move. He has done wonders in his time as our gaffer, with the budget we have had at both League 2 and more recently League 1 level, and we must all be forever grateful for what Duffo has done for us as our manager. We must now wish him all the best, and at least one positive is that it is still early in the Summer, to allow the new gaffer time to not only have a say in transfer activity, but also have a pre-season to work with the lads. On the new manager front, I have seen a few names bandied about on social media, but whoever it is they have massive shoes to fill. We just don’t know what the board are thinking, perhaps a young and up-and-coming manager in the mould of Luke Garrard who has masterminded some good cup runs at Boreham Wood, but the step up to League 1 is a massive step up from that level. I for one would like us to bring in a manager with experience at this level and Michael Appleton is a name that would definitely interest me, following successful spells at Oxford and Lincoln. Whether he would want the job is another question. A few people have suggested Wade Elliott as the new gaffer, but I think he will likely make the trip up North with Duffo, and also just because he is a great coach doesn’t necessarily mean he is ready to take over the reigns in my opinion. Let’s just hope that the board have a plan in place and interviews start shortly in time to have the new manager in place before the start of pre-season. Understandably, with the unclear situation surrounding the manager position, we have been quiet thus far on the transfer front. Until a new gaffer is in place I can’t imagine us doing loads of business, and we don’t know if the new man will keep Micky Moore in his Director of Football

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role, but I have looked at a few potential summer signings (some maybe unrealistic I know!) that we could target. Of course this all depends on the new gaffer’s style, but whoever the new man is, we are still clearly short in a few areas. GOALKEEPERS With Scott Flinders released and Owen Evans transfer listed, we will definitely be in the market for at least one GK. Former Sunderland and League One Team of the Season keeper Lee Burge would be a great signing, although probably out of our budget; he is from Hereford which may work in our favour, and he has lots of League 1 experience which I think is key. Of course a young loanee from higher up the pyramid is also a possibility. DEFENDERS Centre back is an area in need of strengthening with the departure of Will Boyle and Chey Dunkley has been released by Sheffield Wednesday and would once again be a great signing for us. As a former Kiddy and Oxford player location wouldn’t seem to be an issue, but wages might. A slightly cheaper option could be Aaron Pierre, who has been let go by Shrewsbury and has lots of League 1 and 2 experience. MIDFIELD Hiram Boateng was a rumoured target prior to joining MK Dons in 2019, and the combative central midfielder is available once again. Central midfield is clearly an area where we need more signings, although someone more attack minded in the mould of former Wigan forward Gavin Massey would perhaps fill more of a need and would definitely excite the fans with his pace and direct running style. STRIKERS Vadaine Oliver is someone who has always caused us lots of trouble in the past, and I think would be a good foil for Alfie May. Former CTFC loanee John Marquis also fits this mould and has also scored plenty of League 1 goals in his career. James Norwood has also been released by Ipswich and is someone we have been linked to previously, but wages would probably be an issue here.

History makers Cheltenham Town unveil mural By George Didcote Chief Football Writer CHELTENHAM Town recently recorded their best ever Football League finish as Michael Duff’s side finished 15th on 56 points. The Men’s senior sides’ achievement comes in a historic season for the club as a whole as Cheltenham Town Ladies secured a league and cup double. A season of success has been honoured by a mural painted across a wall in the club’s car park honouring historic and memorable moments for Cheltenham Town. Snapshots of key players from promotion seasons dating back to 1983 are marked across the wall donning signature poses. The collaboration with Mira Showers and Cheltenham Paint Festival sees five club heroes recognised for their achievements. The players displayed on the mural are: Dave Lewis 1983, Mark Boyland 1985, Chris Banks 1999, Danny Wright 2016 and Alfie May 2021. All faces of the mural are title winners with the Robins who changed football for the club on the pitch, and the mural comes as part of a number of summer changes off the pitch. The Robins have moved to a new season ticketing system

which involves a membership card and digital ticketing making it quicker and easier for fans on a matchday. The club have also announced a new stadium sponsorship with Completely Suzuki. Completely Suzuki have become the club’s stadium naming rights partner as part of a multi-year deal. Central to the creation of this partnership is long-standing Cheltenham Town supporter and successful entrepreneur Rob Ayland who’s affiliation with the club will reach a quarter of a century this year.

Speaking about the partnership, Rob said: “To have sponsored Cheltenham for 25 years, and now having one of my businesses as the stadium sponsor is an incredibly proud moment. It’s a landmark for Cheltenham Town attracting support from a global brand.” Manager Michael Duff also spoke about the partnership saying: “I’ve known Rob for the 26 years I’ve been at the club. He’s been good enough to sponsor me some cars, years and years ago, and even now, the two cars I own are from Rob. He’s looked after

me and my family and has been great. He’s had a few bumps along the way, but to see them doing so well now shows what a bit of hard work can do.” Cheltenham are setting their sights on the next season by aligning off the pitch in the aim of continuing to improve on it. The changes for fans are welcomed and stadium improvements by way of a mural celebrating the club’s successes help bring fans together which will only be positive for the club going forward.

Scottish international, British and Irish Lion Chris Harris extends contract with Gloucester Rugby GLOUCESTER Rugby have confirmed that Scotland international and British and Irish Lion Chris Harris has extended his stay with the Premiership club. Harris is an experienced international and his appearances on the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa last summer show how highly he is regarded in the world of rugby. Harris joined Gloucester Rugby from Newcastle Falcons in the summer of 2019 and has gone from strength to strength each season, rapidly establishing

himself as a key member in the squad. He is quickly approaching 50 appearances for Gloucester Rugby and he has scored 25 points in the Cherry and White shirt so far. George Skivington is delighted that the centre has signed on with Gloucester Rugby. He said: “Chris is one of those players who is instrumental to what we are here at Gloucester Rugby. He is hard working and has become one of the key leaders within the squad. “Whether it is in attack or defence, he always leads by

example and is a real sprinkle of world class talent in the group here at Kingsholm.” Alex Brown is looking forward to seeing Chris stay in the Gloucester Rugby shirt. He commented: “Chris is a highly regarded and experienced international and we are all over the moon to have him stay here at Kingsholm. “He fits the Gloucester Rugby ethos perfectly and is a real pleasure to have in the squad. I’m delighted that he wants to continue to play in Cherry and White.”

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Key players leave as Robins prepare for life after Duff CHELTENHAM Town defender Willy Boyle has left the club to join Huddersfield Town. The decision comes at the end of Boyle’s 5th full season with the Robins, after he was signed by former Manager Gary Johnson. Upon Michael Duff’s arrival at Cheltenham, Boyle’s talents were clear to see, the no-nonsense defender certainly excelled under Duff’s management, as became a key leader in the dressing room who gave his all in every fixture. He developed his technicality and tactical ability and also became a dominant aerial presence in the Robins’s side. Boyle heads back to his former club Huddersfield

Town, a well deserved move and a sign of the ability in Cheltenham’s squad with one of their players leaving to join a Championship side that nearly reached the Premier League in 2021/22. Michael Duff has done brilliantly with the resources that he has had, and another season of ups and downs ahead all players in the Cheltenham squad will need to keep performing to the best of their ability if they are to once again secure safety. Boyle, along with the loan return of Mattie Pollock, will be a big loss to the heart of the Cheltenham defence and the former will be a huge loss of experience for the club on a squad level. Boyle had one of the longest reigns at the

club player, and his influence guiding new-comers and helping them to understand the club will be sorely missed. Another experienced professional that has also left the Cheltenham Town camp this summer is goalkeeper Scott Flinders. Flinders leaves the club after a fine spell and joins Mansfield Town as he looks for a new challenge. Flinders provided great experience to other goalkeepers and players at the club and again his presence will be missed. Flinders’ departure gives a potential new goalkeeper a huge chance to come in and make a name for themselves. With a number of changes

still to come this summer, the players who are fixed with a contract at Cheltenham Town will be returning for preseason on June 17th ahead of what could be one of the biggest seasons in the club’s history. Securing League One football again would be huge for the club and after a great first season in League One, to do it the second time around will be a real test for everyone involved. There will certainly be an opportunity for players old and new to make a name for themselves at the club and times will be testing, but the staff and squad currently with the Robins will be right up for the test and put everything into each game when the season begins.

Tributes to Michael Duff as he leaves Cheltenham Town Continued from back page The following season the team reached the League Two play-offs where they were beaten in the semi-final by Northampton Town. But the 2020-21 campaign, much of which was played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which proved to be the most successful in the club’s history. The Sky Bet League Two championship was won and a memorable FA Cup run ended with a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City but only after Cheltenham Town had led the Premier League giants 1-0 with less than 10 minutes left. Last season the club achieved the highest finishing position in its history by reaching 15th place in League One. New Stadium sponsor, Completely Motoring MD Rob Ayland said: “We are

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immensely proud of the relationship we enjoy with Mike, and all his family, at Completely Motoring Group. The news that he has decided to depart the Completely-Suzuki Stadium is bittersweet. “In our MDs 25th season of sponsorship it would of been an honour to have discussed the strategy and results with Michael. “However, the board of Cheltenham Town have a history of pulling great managers out of the bag! CTFC managers Steve Cotterill, John Ward and Gary Johnson made amazing contributions over recent seasons. Let’s join forces in wishing them a successful search for a replacement. As for Michael, Jess and family… huge congratulations on another step up in the football pyramid. An ex-premier

league club that will surely put Michael on the radar of the biggest and the best as he undoubtedly achieves further success. “As for now, up the Robins! See you all soon at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium!” Vice Chairman Paul Bence said: “Clearly it is hugely disappointing that Michael is leaving the club. However, we wish him the very best in the next stage of his career. The club tried everything in its power to keep him. He has been nothing short of brilliant with the players, fans, Board and the local community. He has left us with a very solid base on and off the pitch. The standards he has instilled throughout the club in his tenure are formidable and we have learnt valuable lessons. The recruitment process for his replacement has commenced and we have already recieved

a very high calibre of candidates, as we look to continue to establish ourselves as a solid League 1 club.” Superfan and Cheltenham Post writer Pat Cox also paid tribute, he said: “It is a disappointment to see Duffy leave after 4 years at Cheltenham in which time he helped Town to the highest position ever in their history. Seeing him go to another league 1 club hurts a little as it doesn't appear to be tremendously different to where Cheltenham are at. As a fan I thank him for the brand of football he tried to get Cheltenham playing and wish him a successful career.” We at The Post wish Michael the very best and are sure there will always be a warm welcome back to the Completely-Suzuki Stadium in the future.

LAST week just north of London witnessed the first of what could shake up men’s elite golf for ever. The first of a series of invitational events teed it up at the Centurion Club where 48 of the world’s best competed against each other for a prize fund of $25 million. Most of the players are members of the PGA of America tour or DP world tour (formally the European tour) and have not been given permission by their relative tours to play, which will inevitably lead to sanctions on those players by the PGA and DP tour hierarchy. These players are also risking future invites to what is the purest of events in elite golf where it is about passion for your nation and team mates and not about money - the Ryder Cup. Remember the Ryder Cup is a biannual event and only offers 24 players the chance to taste the romance of sport for sports sake; professional golfers play for rewards both monetarily and fame, so why not go where the money is? The PGA tour was itself a breakaway tour starting in the late 1960s. It has the best rewards so all the best players play on that tour, while the DP world tour has been kept at arm’s length and therefore has less to offer the top players, and both tours have seemingly been untouchable until now. Saudi Arabia’s huge public investment fund is looking to change elite men’s golf forever, it has a figure head in ex world number one Greg Norman who is no stranger to challenging the status quo in world golf. The DP tour has been criticised recently by many of its players because of reduced opportunities with less Rolex World Series events and limited places available in the Scottish open

By Mark Hopkins which is an opportunity for many to qualify and play in the Open as it is now jointly sanctioned by the PGA tour and DP world tour. There have already been some very high profile golfers changing position with regards to the LIV, with Dustin Johnson accepting the offer to play last week with a nice appearance fee, and Kevin Na resigning from the PGA tour in favour of the LIV, while Na is no Johnson he is still a high profile PGA stalwart who has earnt very well over the years. Others will talk about Saudi’s human rights history and their approach to the LGBT community, but this has not stoped the DP world holding events there, neither has it stoped the country’s association with other major sports and sports team ownership, there is the issue over the 54 not 72 holes played along with other changes like shot gun starts from every tee. One thing is for sure the commitment is huge; with an alleged 2 billion dollar investment from Saudi Arabia, others will follow and why not. Greg Norman talked about a super league of golf, well maybe there will be a league system with promotion and relegation, even franchise teams. Anything is possibly with that sort of money. Is it good for golf? Maybe. Is it bad? Maybe. Is it different? Definitely! If you don’t buy a ticket you can’t win a prize, as they say. Well Mr Norman and his Saudibacked LIV project have definitely bought a ticket and golf has not had a week like this ever - only time will tell if they win a prize.

Cheltenham ladies manager named best CHELTENHAM Town Ladies double winning Manager Tom Davies has been named Women National League’s division one south west Manager of the season. Davies, who guided his side to both the Division One South West and Glos FA Women’s Trophy in 2021/22 accepts the award after a fantastic season for the club. Cheltenham Ladies lost just one game in their title winning league season, winning 14 and drawing 3 taking a total of 45 points on their way to the title. After winning the award,

Davies admitted he was proud of his side and his performance. He said: “I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of the club. We’ve all contributed towards this record breaking season, we all play our part from chairman and board, coaching and support staff, players friends and families and fans, we’ve succeeded we’ve won. The year certainly was one to remember for both of Cheltenham Town’s senior first teams and is surely an inspiration to up and coming Robins and Robinesses.

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Cheltenham Town bid farwell to manager Michael Duff as he joins Barnsley FC AFTER nearly four years as manager of Cheltenham Town Michael Duff has informed the Board of Directors that he wishes to depart the club to pursue a new opportunity. Since the end of the season the club has received two approaches from other clubs for permission to speak to Michael and one of them has now offered him the position of manager. “Obviously it’s a disappointing day for Cheltenham Town as Michael has done such a tremendous job for us but he leaves with our very best wishes for the future,” said club chairman David Bloxham. “Michael made it clear to us that it was a very difficult decision for him. We did all we could to try and keep him at the club but ultimately this new opportunity is one that he feels is right for him at this stage of his career. “I know it would not have been an easy decision to arrive at because Michael has built up a very special bond with our club and his family all live locally so

it will be a big wrench for him to leave but as an ambitious young manager, we completely respect his decision. “The search for a new manager will begin immediately and we are fortunate in having a strong and very capable football staff who will continue preparations for the new season as normal. Our Director of Football Micky Moore continues to work hard to recruit new players and the squad will return for pre-season training next week.” Michael Duff took charge of the Robins in September 2018, his first job in management after working as a coach at Burnley. He had spent 12 years as a player there after making his name in eight successful seasons with Cheltenham Town in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Robins failed to win any of their first eight matches with him in charge but the Board knew enough of his qualities to maintain faith in him and it paid off handsomely. Continued on page 31

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