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Commonwealth Games for local netball lady LECKHAMPTON netball ace Harriet Sanderson is relishing the prospect of Commonwealth Games fever gripping both Birmingham and beyond. With just a couple of months to go Harriet will be taking part in the Birmingham Event. Harriet said: “It’s all right where I’m living,

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Guilty of murder A MAN has been found guilty of murdering his neighbour in Walton Cardiff, near Tewkesbury, last year. Can Arslan, 52, had denied the murder of Matthew Boorman, and instead had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Following a trial at Bristol Crown Court, jurors found Arslan was in control of what he was doing and that he had planned and intended to kill Mr Boorman. During the trial, the court heard how there had been a "longrunning dispute" which involved several neighbours and the defendant. An injunction was in place against Arslan and eviction proceedings were underway to remove him and his family from their home in Snowdonia Road. The court heard how the defendant had threatened his neighbours, including threats to kill them. He had been charged with harassment a week prior to the incident. Kate Brunner QC told jurors how on 5 October last year Arslan ambushed Mr Boorman, 43, as he returned home from work on a conference call on his mobile phone. He was attacked on his front lawn and sustained 27 stab wounds. Mr Boorman's wife, Sarah, tried to save her husband and repeatedly attempted to pull Arslan off him, while screaming for help. She was stabbed in the thigh during the incident. Arlsan then forced entry to the rear garden of another nearby neighbour, Peter Marsden, who lived a short distance away. Arslan gained entry to the home and stabbed Mr Marsden eight times. At this time Arslan had been pursued by an off-duty police officer, Sergeant Steve Wilkinson, who had armed

himself with a piece of wood. While being attacked, Mr Marsden managed to push Arslan out of his home and Sgt Wilkinson hit him with the piece of wood. CCTV footage was shown to jurors which showed how several nearby neighbours congregated in the street to try and stop Arslan from hurting anyone else. Another off-duty officer, PC Josh Norris, had collected two golf clubs and the group of around six or seven men then surrounded Arslan as he walked in the street. The court also heard how during this time several neighbours, including two off-duty nurses, were trying to save Mr Boorman and provide medical assistance to him on his front lawn. They then carried Mr Boorman inside his home. Police arrived and Arslan was red-dotted with a Taser; he then dropped the knife, and was arrested and taken into custody. During the trial, jurors were told by psychiatrists that Arslan had a personality disorder, but that he was in control of what he was doing that day and knew the difference between right and wrong. His defence team, Howard Godfrey QC, told jurors that Arslan's decisions on that day were not rational, and that he was suffering from an “abnormality of mental function”. The jury dismissed that suggestion and Arslan was found guilty on Tuesday 5 April. He is due to be sentenced on 9 June following a psychiatric report. He had previously admitted the attempted murder of Mr Marsden, causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mrs Boorman and affray. Following the verdict, Detective Inspector Ben Lavender said: "The events which unfolded on that early evening in October last year

were truly horrific, and Arslan has not shown a single shred of remorse for his barbaric actions. “He carried out an inhumane act in broad daylight on the front lawn of Matthew Boorman's home, while his incredibly brave wife and neighbours did everything they could to try and save him. “Mr Boorman's children were also only a few feet away inside their home - this was savagely cruel. “Within minutes Arslan then tried to take the life of another person and inflicted several serious stab wounds on Peter

Marsden. “Arslan chose to go to trial and denied murdering Mr Boorman, claiming instead that he had diminished responsibility. I welcome the jury's verdict which has found that Arslan was lying. “He made a choice to take a life that day by carrying out these evil acts, and has lacked remorse ever since. “Mr Boorman was a loving husband and devoted father of three young children. My condolences remain with his family, friends, and all those in the community who are traumatised by what took place.”

Teenager remains in hospital after stabbing in Gloucester A 17-YEAR-OLD boy from Gloucester remains in a serious but stable condition following a stabbing in Gloucester on Sunday 10 April. Officers were called to reports of an altercation between two groups shortly after 9pm on St Ann Way, close to the junction with Llanthony Road. St Ann

Way was closed as part of the initial investigation but has since been reopened. A 17-year-old boy from Gloucester has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody. Detectives are now asking for anybody who may have witnessed a disturbance in the

area at that time to come forward. They would particularly like to speak anyone who may have footage either leading up to the incident or of the incident itself recorded on a mobile phone. Anyone with information should contact Gloucestershire Constabulary through the website, quoting incident 406 of

10 April: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/co ntact/af/contact-us/us/a-crimethat-has-already-been-reported/ Alternatively you can call 101, quoting the same incident number, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online https://crimestoppersuk.org/.

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Prolific Cheltenham burglar returns to jail after reoffending

Burglar back behind bars A PROLIFIC burglar from Cheltenham has been sent back to prison after he was found to have reoffended within a month of being released. Jason Potter, aged 31 and of Princess Elizabeth Way in the town appeared at Gloucester Crown Court on Tuesday 29th March where he was sentenced to three years and four months for three burglaries. Potter has a long history of burglary offences and was released from prison on 15 September last year (2021) only to be arrested just over a month later on 28 October. Within this time frame police believe that he was responsible for 14 burglaries and he was subsequently

charged with six counts of burglary. He was remanded in custody before later pleading guilty to three of the burglaries. Four offences were also taken into consideration as part of the case. The burglaries committed by Potter saw him steal a number of items including war medals, jewellery and pottery. A breakthrough for the police came when a resident in Swindon Village saw a bike leant against the fence of a relative’s house on Dark Lane, and found it suspicious when a man, later determined to be Potter, returned to the bike with a rucksack full of items and stated he was

doing deliveries. The member of the public had the foresight to take a picture of this bike and days later an off-duty officer saw Potter riding the same bike along Tennyson Road. Potter was wearing the same distinctive outfit and became a suspect for the burglaries after it was found that a burglary had taken place. The investigation was led by the Cheltenham Neighbourhood Policing Team and PC Brock said: “We were committed to bringing Potter to justice and seeing him convicted and sentenced so that the public would have some respite from his offending. “I would like to thank all of his victims for their patience

and resilience during this investigation and hope that this sentence will bring some closure for these terrible crimes.” Anyone with information on burglaries taking place within their area is asked to please report this to police by using the following online form: www.gloucestershire.police.u k/tua/tell-us-about/soh/seenor-heard/ Alternatively you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org/

Multiple robberies in Cheltneham as police appeal for witnesses OFFICERS are appealing for witnesses to two robberies which took place recently in Cheltenham. The robberies are not thought to be connected. The first knifepoint robbery took place in the St Peters area of Cheltenham on Tuesday 12 April. Police were called with a report that the victim and two friends were walking along Alstone Croft at around 4.45am when they were approached by a group of three men who threatened them with a knife. Two of the group demanded that the victim handed over items of designer clothing including a D Squared branded cap, silver chain, grey puffer jacket and Hugo Boss Watch, whilst holding the knife towards him.

The victim was not injured in the incident and his friends were not targeted. The offenders were described as being white and wore dark clothing with balaclavas. They ran off towards Gloucester Road. Investigating officers are asking anyone who witnessed this, has information or any CCTV/dashcam footage to please come forward. Information can be submitted by completing the following form online and quoting incident number 42 of 12 April: www.gloucestershire.police.uk /tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-usabout-existing-case-report/ Alternatively, you can call 101 and quote the same incident number.

The second robbery took place on Friday 18 March, sometime between 9pm and 10pm. the victim was pushed by an unknown offender into a corner on Clarence Parade and had multiple bank cards stolen from his wallet. The offender is described as wearing a beanie hat and a Canada Goose coat, and went by the name 'Valentino'. Officers are appealing for anyone witnessed the incident or who has any information to get in touch. You can contact police by completing the following online form and quoting incident number 636 of 18 March: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/ tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-usabout-existing-case-report/

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The following cases have all been heard recently at Cheltenham Magistrates Court: Clive Dutfield, 63, of Alverton Drive, Bishops Cleeve, was charged with harassment of four named people in Cheltenham between 20th June and 27th Sept this year. He is alleged to have attended their address and told them to move their vehicles, shouted at them, taken photos of them and threatened to post them on social media, threatened to break their legs and put them in a wheelchair, stared at them, and walked past their driveway without good reason. He was bailed till 22nd June to get legal advice and representation.

report to be prepared. Her bail conditions include not entering Marsh Lane, Cheltenham, or going to the area between Queens Street and St Paul's Road.

Luke Beresford, 26, of St Paul's Road, Cheltenham, was found guilty of assaulting a woman by beating her on 7th May 2021. He had denied the offence. Beresford was bailed till June 13th for a presentence report to be prepared.

Shannon Smith, 33, of Grevil Rd, St Peter's, was banned from driving for a year and fined £120 as well as being ordered to pay costs and surcharges totalling £84 after she admitted driving a Mercedes car while disqualified in Tredworth, Gloucester, on 11th Nov last year. She also admitted having no insurance, for which no separate penalty was imposed.

Julian Lewis, 61, of Cold Pool Lane, Badgeworth, was found guilty in his absence of driving a Maserati car in his home road on 10th May 2020 without third party insurance. The magistrates adjourned the case till 23rd June for Lewis either to attend or for a warrant to be issued. The court said his attendance was required so they could hear any mitigation that might persuade them not to disqualify him from driving. Daniel Pockett, 35, of Monkscroft, Hesters Way, pleaded guilty to causing harassment, alarm or distress to a woman in Gloucester by using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on 4th Feb this year. He was bailed till 15th June for a presentence report to be prepared. Carmen Henderson, 39, of Wilson Drive, Hesters Way, is charged with causing a woman to fear violence to be used against her and threatening to burn down her house on 27th Sept 2021. She was bailed till 19th May for plea and for a pre-sentence

Brendan Smith, 22, of Scott House, Princess Elizabeth Way, pleaded not guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards a man in Cheltenham on 27th Sept last year. The charge alleges that his behaviour would have led a person to fear the immediate use of violence. Smith was bailed pending trial on 21st June.

Madalina Cristea, 27, of Swindon Rd, St Paul's, is charged with damaging a Mercedes car owned by Safeer Shah in Gloucester on 22nd Nov last year and assaulting him by beating on the same date. She was bailed till 23rd June for a Romanian interpreter to attend and for her to plead. Bail conditions were imposed barring her from going to the alleged victim's home or contacting him. Scott Shelton, 30, of no fixed abode, was committed to Gloucester Crown Court to be sentenced after he indicated guilty pleas to charges of assaulting three people causing them actual bodily harm in Cheltenham on 27th September last year. He was granted bail till his crown court appearance on May 5th. Bail conditions include reporting to Hesters Way Police Station on May 4th.

Christopher Peelo, 18, of Lipson Rd, Springbank, was conditionally discharged for six months and ordered to pay £700 compensation after he pleaded guilty to damaging a taxi owned by Raza Mohammad in Cheltenham on 15th August 2021. An arrest warrant without bail was issued for Robert Robinson, 41, of Malvern St, Swindon Village, who is charged with assaulting a man by beating between 18-21 Sept last year. The magistrates said a warrant was necessary because the offence is punishable by imprisonment. Michael Croker, 82, of Montpellier Grove, College North, admitted speeding in a Citroen car on Badgeworth Lane, Shurdington, on 2nd July last year and was fined £65 plus costs of £85 and a £34 surcharge. He also had three penalty points endorsed on his licence. Martin Emmett, 33, of Distel Close, Swindon Village, was bailed till 8th June after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a man by beating in Cheltenham on March 23rd this year. The court adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Emmett. Leigh Phelan, 36, of Wessex Drive, Battledown, pleaded not guilty to being in charge of a Suzuki Swift car on St Margaret's Road, Cheltenham, on 21st March this year while he had 86mcgs of alcohol on his breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs. He was bailed pending a case management hearing on 16th May followed by trial on 5th July. Kim Bannerman, 39, of Pitman Rd, Cheltenham, denied charges of assaulting a man and a woman by beating on 1st July last year. She also denied causing £100 damage to the woman's glasses. Bannerman was granted unconditional bail pending trial on 11th July 2022.

James Hay, 25, currently resident at HMP Hewell, Redditch, pleaded not guilty to entering the Play Farm soft play centre in Cheltenham on Feb 21st this year and stealing the till, of unknown value. He elected summary trial and was remanded in custody till 26th April. Natalie Mahon, 42, of St Peter's Square, admitted sending a threatening WhatsApp voice message for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety to the female recipient or any other person she intended to hear it on July 15th last year. She was bailed till June 15th for a pre-sentence report to be prepared. Adam Lawrence, 20, of Brown Close, Hesters Way, denied intentionally exposing his genitals intending that someone would be caused alarm or distress in Cheltenham on 16th Nov 2020. He was found guilty and bailed till 15th June for a pre-sentence report and mental health assessment. Chantel Lockey, 39, of Minetts Ave, Bishops Cleeve, admitted failing to provide a breath specimen and driving a Vauxhall car without insurance or a valid licence on Hyde Lane, Cheltenham, on 21st Dec 2019. The magistrates imposed a 12 months community order with mental health treatment requirement. She was also banned from driving for 34 months and ordered to pay £300 in fines, costs and surcharges. Stephanie Hardy, 30, of Falkland Place, Cheltenham, was fined £120 and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £34 surcharge after she admitted a fly-tipping offence. She pleaded guilty to a charge brought by Cheltenham Borough Council of depositing household waste on Hesters Way Road without a waste management permit.

Make a difference and use your vote THE next scheduled elections to take place in Cheltenham will be the borough elections taking place on Thursday 5 May 2022. Parish elections are uncontested and are no longer part of the election process for 5 May. Residents who are registered should now have received their poll cards; if residents haven’t received a poll card, they can check by calling 01242 262626. Residents wishing to apply for a proxy vote (except for emergency proxies) should return their application form by 5pm Tuesday 26 April. A proxy vote is having someone vote on your

behalf. For more information, visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk/ele ctions or telephone: 01242 262626, or email elections@cheltenham.gov.uk Please check your poll card for your allocated polling station or use our online map: www.cheltenham.gov.uk/pol ling-station-map.

Motorcyclist injured following incident in Cheltenham POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was injured in Cheltenham last month. The incident happened at around 4.15pm on Thursday 17 March close to The Ridge pub on Windyridge Road. It was reported that a light blue Transit minibus had overtaken a motorbike, which subsequently skidded. The biker injured his arm in a fall and required treatment at hospital. Damage was also caused to the motorbike. The Transit van did not

stop at the scene and officers are now trying to trace the driver. They would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have dashcam footage that they believe is relevant. Anybody with information should contact Gloucestershire Constabulary through the website, quoting incident 252 of 31 March: www.gloucestershire.police. uk/contact/af/contactus/us/a-crime-that-has-alrea dy-been-reported/ You can also call 101, quoting the same incident number.

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Officers praised at local commander event for Cheltenham and Tewkesbury

Top of the cops POLICE celebrated officers and staff members primarily working in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury who have gone above and beyond for their communities. The Local Commander Awards ceremony, which took place on Friday 1st April and was organised by Superintendent Roddy Gosden, saw eight officers and staff members attend Holland House Police Station where they received Local Policing Area Awards. PC Lewis Mutton from the Cheltenham Local Policing Team was praised for his determination when investigating a series of nondwelling burglaries just outside Cheltenham town centre. Lewis gathered evidence by attending four locations with Scenes of Crime Officers and found similarities in the methods used. This allowed him to identify an offender from CCTV footage, conduct further enquires and obtain evidence whilst organised the investigations into individual electronic folders to make it easier for others working on the new investigation. He also made attempts to arrest the suspect which goes to show that his tenacity in getting things done is commendable. Sergeant Bobby George's supportive leadership and diligence was highlighted when he took ownership and conducted a thorough investigation into a complaint against a PC from an offender. After investigating he was able to establish that the officer’s integrity was not an issue and that money had gone missing from the point of seizure to custody, due to human error. His extra efforts satisfied the Professional Standards Departments assessment that all reasonable lines of enquiry were complete, and no further action was required, therefore saving the officer from a considerable amount of distress. Staff member Ange Parker was thanked for the proactive and visionary work she has done with the Aston Project to set-up boxing clubs with an exprofessional boxer. She engaged with youngsters

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between the ages of ten and 16years-old to provide physical exercise under supervision and encouragement for young people to listen to and follow instructions and commands safely. The work she has done has helped the youths to develop self-control within a disciplined sport whilst encouraging communication and teamwork. PC Jill Bundock, from the Tewkesbury Neighbourhood Policing Team, was praised for her hard work, dedication and compassion to the annual Hamper Scamper Christmas present appeal. Every year she encourages officers to support this great cause and always gives up her own time to ensure that gifts are bought, all the tags are labelled with what the children wished for, that the presents are wrapped, and she organises delivery to Police HQ. It is a real effort and she shows absolute dedication and empathy to make a difference to underprivileged children at Christmas. Louise Boyle received two awards for her dedication to Solace, a joint team that includes officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary, Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucester City Council. The first, which was joint with Sergeant Ash Shingler from Gloucester, was for determination in going the extra mile to help with the arrests of two people in the London area who were the subjects of a gang injunction. The pair made calls and sent emails whilst on rest days to arrange the collection and transport of the men, contacted Bristol Crown Court and liaised and prepared a legal team. This diligent work enabled a successful transition and appearance via video link as part of a well-prepared court hearing. Louise's second award was for her incredible work in developing the Solace programme. Her enthusiasm, dedication and hard work to promote Solace within the Constabulary, with partners agencies and local

communities has been commendable. Louise has now taken on a new job role and will be a great loss to the Constabulary and partners. Acting Sergeant Anna Walter, PC Tanya Adair and PC Ryan McCoubrie from the Tewkesbury Local Policing Team were all thanked for their professionalism and compassion when attending a challenging incident of suicide involving a young female. The victim’s family and friends were at the address and were very distraught which added another level to dealing with the incident. Anna showed excellent decision making when one of the people present was known to her which made it especially difficult, even more so when she had also attended two sudden death incidents during the shift. Tanya was caring and calm whilst speaking with members of the family in very difficult circumstances, and this professionalism will always be remembered by the relatives long after the incident. Ryan was responsible for managing the scene in very difficult circumstances and his caring and professionalism will also be remembered. Lizzy Doole from CMIS, the Crime Management Investigation Standards team, was praised for the hard work she does, often going above and beyond to support officers and offer advice, whilst regularly working additional hours to ensure files are ready. She is an asset to the force and her commitment to her work is commendable. She has a natural talent for investigations and has noticed investigative leads within unused material which would help to prove an offence of coercive and controlling behaviour. Superintendent Roddy Gosden said: “It was an honour to be able to praise and highlight the good work of my officers and colleagues. “I have recently taken on the role of Superintendent, after previously being Chief Inspector, and good work like this never goes unnoticed.”

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When it’s time to make amends BREAKING the law has consequences. But for those convicted, prison is just one of the punishments available to our judiciary. Less serious cases might see a fine, driving ban or time spent on Community Payback. It is the Payback initiative that I want to highlight as I am not sure how much is known about this type of penalty. Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk, when serving as Justice Minister, to his great credit, re-vamped this initiative and now every year, eight million hours of community work will be completed around the country via Community Payback. For offenders where the magistrate thinks it is the best way to stop reoffending, up to 300 hours of unpaid community work can be imposed. In that event, the probation service has a range of outdoor and

By Chris Nelson Police & Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire indoor tasks available so that offenders can ‘payback’ the community they have offended against. Tasks primarily involve jobs such as litter picking, clearing up broken glass, clearing leaves or undergrowth, removing fly tipping, trimming overgrown hedges, clearing rural paths, removing graffiti, clearing wasteland, simple gardening and landscaping, tree planting, maintaining churchyards, painting fences, railings or public buildings (such as a community centre), or anything where an extra ‘pair of hands’ would be useful. Last week, I watched one of these teams working in Gloucester Park on landscape tasks, helping to

make it a more attractive place to walk. Together with the new CCTV and lighting upgrades, this will make Gloucester Park a much more popular venue for the local community. Communities, charities and schools could be the beneficiaries. Teams are supervised throughout and operate seven days a week, as many offenders still work, so can only do Payback work at weekends. You can see what sort of things the community payback schemes gets involved in on Twitter @swprobationupw. The recent government review of the role of PCCs will mean I have greater oversight of criminal justice processes. In the context of Community Payback, I am

keen this opportunity is maximised to provide mutual benefit to our communities and those who are subject to the orders. The Community Payback initiative can make a real difference to communities and offenders. If you know of areas that need a spring clean, please get in touch with my team on pcc@gloucestershirepcc.gov.uk

ABOVE: Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk. RIGHT: PCC Chris Nelson with a member of the Community Payback initiative.

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Alex Chalk MP

I RECENTLYjoined friends in the Retreat Wine Bar for a pub quiz in aid of the Ukraine Humanitarian appeal. As I looked around the room, I was struck by the range of local people who had come together to support Ukraine. From students to retirees, the people of Cheltenham stand as one to condemn the murderous aggression of the Putin regime in Bucha, Mariupol and elsewhere. I wanted to update readers on the steps we are taking in the Attorney General’s Office to bring war criminals to justice. Last month we signed a joint statement of support with Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova setting out the UK’s commitment to help with the gathering of evidence. Secondly, the UK will offer the International Criminal Court military, policing and financial support. Specifically, an additional £1 million in funding will be provided, and soldiers with specific expertise will be assigned to the ICC to help uncover evidence of war crimes. Thirdly, the War Crimes Team within the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command is being mobilised to assist the investigation and is directly in communication with the ICC. Officers are engaging with potential witnesses as Ukrainians arrive seeking refuge in the UK, as well as offering support to victims. Fourthly, conversations are ongoing with legal services professional bodies to scope how leading British barristers and solicitors can be put at the service of the ICC’s investigations. Lawyers from the UK have played an integral part in war crimes prosecutions ever since Sir Hartley Shawcross QC led the British prosecution at Nuremburg.

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Defensive aid is essential. So too is humanitarian support. But justice matters too. It’s not for nothing that the statue of Lady Justice on the dome of the Old Bailey has a sword in her right hand. It’s time to use it. The reports of Downing Street fines emerging at the time of writing are painful, angering and upsetting. Although it doesn’t compare with the tragedies and hardships that so many in Cheltenham have had to face, in a smaller way we too as a family have been impacted by this pandemic. First, my wife was pregnant and separated from the support of wider family and friends in June 2020 at the time of this specific birthday party. Our son was born in August, one of many ‘pandemic babies’. Second, all of us contracted Covid. Third, I lost someone in Cheltenham I cared for to the virus. Fourth, I have experience of attending a funeral for a family member where only a small number of mourners were allowed to be present. Fifth, I was forced to Zoom in to the funeral of a friend when I dearly wanted to be there in person. And sixth, I have had to deal with my own distressed children, upset at being forced into repeated isolation during the ‘pingdemic’. As I say, none of this compares to the sacrifices that others have made. But I do have an insight and visceral sympathy for why many feel as they do. It’s why I am not prepared to defend this – or indeed other similar instances. There is a special duty on lawmakers and senior officials to act in a way that is beyond reproach, particularly during a pandemic when actions impact on public health. It is absolutely right that there has been a fulsome and abject apology.

Citizens Advice have been awarded council contract CITIZENS Advice have been awarded Cheltenham Borough Council’s advice and inclusion contract. This will include delivering housing, debt and benefit advice, and financial inclusion work to Cheltenham residents from 1 April 2022. The service will focus on working with residents to prevent homelessness, reduce unmanageable debt and prevent it in the future,

and to improve digital and financial inclusion. Citizens Advice will also work with individuals to maximise incomes for those receiving or entitled to welfare benefits, to ensure their rights are protected and that vulnerable residents are given adequate help to secure their rights. The new contract sits alongside and complements the full range of advice services that Citizens Advice currently offer including

energy, employment, family law, health and consumer advice. Cllr Mike Collins, cabinet member for housing at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “We are delighted that the contract has been awarded to Citizens Advice. The bureau will be able to act as a one-stop shop, offering a professional and rounded advice service to all residents of Cheltenham.’’ Clare Knapman from Citizens Advice, says: “We look forward to working with Cheltenham Borough Council to support local residents. We have a

dedicated team of staff and volunteers with experience of advising clients on a whole range of issues, including debt, housing and welfare benefits. Our team will be providing advice by telephone, email and face-toface, and look forward to providing a holistic advice service to the people of Cheltenham.” Citizens Advice in Cheltenham are based at 3 St Georges Place, Cheltenham, GL50 3LA and can be contacted on 01452 527202. Online resources including a web chat facility and email advice are also available at www.gloscab.org.uk.

Government funding support for ‘Gym in the Gardens’ ALEX Chalk MP was invited by the Friends of Montpellier Gardens to open the gym in the gardens at Montpellier Gardens. The multi-piece gym was funded through a 'Build Back Better' grant of £9,000 from the Government, delivered via Gloucestershire County Council. An app has also be launched to be used in conjunction with the new equipment which includes workouts, a progress tracker and nutrition.

Municipal Offices reception area improvements to offer better experience for customers A RECONFIGURED reception area at the council's Municipal Offices will be reopening in July to help keep customers and staff Covid-safe and offer an improved customer experience with an enhanced digital element. To offer greater flexibility and to continue to improve services for customers, the council will soon begin planned minor alterations to the Municipal Offices reception area, which will reopen July 2022. The council has progressed with the implementation of its digital service and is mindful of

residents who may not be online or have a smart phone - so the reconfigured reception will include the improved digital services, which will mean that customers, who otherwise may be at risk of digital exclusion, can have supported access to the internet. Darren Knight, executive director for people and change, said: “Our customers’ experience and safety are our highest priorities and we have taken the opportunity to learn some lessons from the pandemic to make some minor alterations that will

offer improved customer service, including our digital inclusion offer, and create safer meeting spaces within reception. “The majority of our customers are now successfully conducting business online or over the phone, and we have continued to see customers face-to-face on an appointment basis throughout the pandemic. Pre-booked appointments have delivered an effective and improved customer experience and we will continue to offer this when the reception reopens. “The works for the

refurbishment will soon be underway and we look forward to reopening our doors to the public later on in the summer.”

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Why do so many children today have asthma? By Will Luker THIS is not the first time a core group member of Clean Air Cheltenham has written about the effects of asthma on our children. My colleague John has touched on this before, and this will not be the last time any member of our group writes about the negative impact air pollution has on our children’s health, as indeed it does on all of us. As the publicity coordinator for Clean Air Cheltenham, I am proud that our columns for the Cheltenham Post keep on coming. Whether that involves John writing about what is in our air or new writers such as Maya asking whether diesel buses are just greenwashing – new ideas to highlight our campaign continue. Our group has a key purpose to celebrate the benefits of clean air, but also seeks to inspire people to campaign and achieve better air quality for Cheltenham. We know that we cannot convince everyone in Cheltenham but surely the facts are there to see. By breathing in better air, it is beyond doubt that our physical, emotional and mental well-being becomes healthier. Following on from what John has written for the Cheltenham Post previously, it is perhaps key to extend the question further. As the quality of our air is so important to us, we campaign because we think about the future. By campaigning now and seeking action as quickly as possible we feel we are doing the world of good for future generations. The planet our children inherit is of utmost importance to us. One topic that we care about

is the rising statistic of asthma affecting our children’s health. Like so many clean air campaigns across the UK, we have all been alarmed at the dangerously high levels of pollution in London that led to the fatal asthma attack of nine-year-old Ella AdooKissi-Debrah in February 2013, after having been taken to hospital 30 times in the previous three years. The inquest into her death by Southwark Coroner Court was unprecedented in laying out how the failure to reduce pollution levels to legal limits led to Ella’s death. Nitrogen dioxide emissions in Lewisham, where she lived, exceeded legal limits at both EU and national levels. The coroner said the health effects caused by air pollution had been known for many years, and children and those with asthma were particularly at risk. You might be reading this column and thinking: "Why on earth is all this important to keep on repeating?" For starters, this is the reason why we feel our campaign is important. For the sake of our children, especially those who suffer from severe

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asthma already, the more we write about and repeat the context of Ella and her mother Rosamund AdooKissi-Debrah’s fight for justice, we know cleaning up our air is paramount. But why do so many of our children have asthma? Asthma + Lung UK as the nation’s lung charity has useful information. There are underlying causes and there are also triggers for asthma. It is true that asthma can run in the family, allergies make it more likely and in adults, exposure to substances at work can lead to occupational asthma. Focusing on children, we know from NHS England and other significant research by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence that one million children in the UK are receiving treatment for asthma, and in the worldwide population, 300 million people suffer from asthma, including 11.6% of children aged between six and seven years. It is right to mention that the World Health Organisation have an Air Quality Strategy which recognises that while air pollution is a huge

environmental threat to our planet, it is also a huge threat to human health. The facts are clear from their Air Quality Strategy – there is no safe limit for nitrogen dioxide and there is a clear reason why there are high levels across the UK. Slow moving or parked vehicles with engines, particularly diesel engines, switched on are a huge reason why children are suffering with asthma. In all seriousness you don’t really need on-the-nail numbers of how much nitrogen dioxide in cubic metres make up the air we breathe. It’s not hard to work out that leaving car engines on when picking up children from school leads to higher air pollution. Of course, not every parent does this, yet we still think it is important to point this out as one reason why our children are suffering more from asthma. One final point to discuss is why obesity can lead to asthma. We cannot judge every person and we know that our group cannot force parents to stop driving their children to school, but we do gently encourage more parents to help their children into cycling or walking to school. This can also be the same for those of us who live and work in Cheltenham. This is basic and obvious, and yes, we cannot force everyone, but by increasing our physical activity, we know that this helps our health. Asthma levels in our children will only increase unless we do as much as possible to limit air pollution. We understand that a reduction in asthma rates in children isn’t going to be achieved overnight, it takes time. We don’t expect everyone to ditch the car with the click of their fingers, all we ask is for the people of Cheltenham to consider different choices in the fight to combat air pollution. We owe it to our children.

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THE Prime Minister faces fines for attending parties during lockdown - against the rules he’d written. Until not long ago, his successor was assumed to be the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. Except Sunak got a fine too. Alongside his family’s tax affairs, that most likely rules him out of taking over as Prime Minister. Although that’s probably a moot point, because Johnson isn’t going anywhere. After he received his fine, he apologised but said he wasn’t going to resign. Multiple Conservative MPs queued up to say Johnson was still the best man for the job and that he hadn’t done anything wrong. One even accused nurses and teachers of breaking the rules - an outrageous slur. Meanwhile, Cheltenham’s MP said something very similar to what he said last time Partygate came up. He apparently isn’t prepared to defend the Prime Minister. That’s a confusing position to take, because he’s a key member of the Government legal team and remains in Team Johnson. Cheltenham residents might remember our MP’s infamous ‘red line’ for resignation. Once upon a time, the red line was if there was a ‘scintilla of a

suggestion’ of the government acting unlawfully. Mr Chalk is a barrister and the Solicitor General. Another barrister serving in government, Lord David Wolfson, resigned his post as Justice Minister. He said that he felt obliged to resign from the government because of his professional and ministerial obligations to uphold the rule of law. Naturally, not everyone feels the same about such matters, but Lord Wolfson’s statement leaves our MP with questions to answer. As this column went to press, more than 300 people had signed my open letter to Mr Chalk, reminding him of his red line pledge and urging him to back his words with action by resigning from the government. You can read and sign it here: www.maxwilkinson.org/cha lkresignboris Our MP still has time to prove he is as good as his word. I’m certain that if he does, people will give him credit. If he doesn’t, he’ll forever be, as someone put it to me this week: ‘tarred with the Johnson brush’. How long will Johnson last as PM? It’s up to our MP and his party colleagues to decide.

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Motors director joins Race for Life following cancer diagnosis A CHELTENHAM woman has vowed to take part in Race for Life every year after being diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Cate Thompson, 52, had gone to her GP in the autumn of 2020 after she became concerned about problems she’d been having with irregular periods. Following a scan in hospital she had a call from her doctor a week later who delivered the devastating news. “However, I was hundreds of miles away in Newcastle for a business meeting,” Cate explained. “When she asked me to go somewhere quiet, I knew it was bad news. I asked for the results just minutes before going into a big meeting. “So she told me over the phone I had cancer of the womb. This was a real shock. I managed to call my husband Simon and tell him - at the time I was pretty matter of fact about it as I think I was still stunned. “I really had to continue with the meeting which was due to start. I don’t really remember much about what happened in the meeting, but I managed to get through it. I was then due straight into my next meeting, this was just me and my immediate line manager. As soon as she walked in the room I just broke down, it hit me suddenly what I had been told,” she added. Cate, who is a project director with Bristol Street Motors, is sharing her story to highlight how people from all ages and stages in their lives come to taking part in Race for Life. She joined her first event in 2021, just towards the end of her treatment and after having radiotherapy. And this year Cate has pledged to be at the start line again when Race for Life is held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday 26th June. She is keen to see more men, women and children take part. Every year around 37,300 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South West, and one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will get cancer

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in their lifetime. Money raised at Race for Life enables scientists to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer - helping to save more lives. Cate explained: “In 2021 I did my first Race for Life in Cheltenham with my friend and niece. I took part in the event on the Sunday after my last lot of treatment and have vowed to keep doing the event every year after. “It is so important to recognise the people who carry out the research, which is amazing. Without research I might not be here; the advances that have been made over the years have been incredible and the way treatment is given has really progressed,” she said. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of 3k, 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and Pretty Muddy Kids events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer by funding crucial research. Ali Birkett, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in

the South West, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Cate for her support. “Sadly, cancer affects all of us in some way. Whether people are living with cancer, taking part in honour of or in memory of a loved one with cancer, or signing up to protect their own children’s future, everyone has a reason to Race for Life. So we’re asking people across the region: “Who will you Race for?” “Our Race for Life events are open to all. For some people, the Race for Life is literally a walk in the park. Slow and steady still wins. For others, it’s a jog. Others may opt to push themselves harder, taking up the challenge of the 10K distance and even pushing for a new personal best time. “But what is for certain is we’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities. Race for Life Cheltenham will be fun, emotional, colourful, uplifting and an unforgettable event this year.”

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APPEAL FOR OUR HERO: Matthew James with carer Ruth Luffrum.

FOLLOWING a plea for help from carer Ruth Luffrum back in August 2021, we featured army veteran Matthew James who suffers with multiple Sclerosis and was struggling to live in his maisonette in Warden Hill, which wasn’t fit for purpose. Now, with the help of local businesses and the kindness of Cheltenham Post readers, the maisonette has had a remarkable make-over and Matthew’s home has been transformed. The interior has been completely renovated, including a total rewiring, all the walls have been replastered, new plumbing and shower has been fitted, as well as a new kitchen and flooring. Soon after we published Matthew’s plight, SSAFA, The Armed Forces charity, contacted us and we passed on Matthews details. They visited

Matthew and assessed his situation, then purchased him a new mobility scooter and reclining chair from Disabled Care and Mobility in Neptune Business Park Cheltenham. They are also arranging for new windows to be fitted. Cheltenham Post advertiser Obsidian Kitchens, part of the George Bence Group, donated a kitchen and Hatherley Worktops supplied a Quartz worktop. Dave Farehy’s business BST Electrical supplied all electrical supplies and volunteer Neil Jeffries did an amazing job completely rewiring the whole property, including making switches lower and everything more accessible for Matthew. Travis Perkins kindly donated all the plastering materials needed to totally re-skim the property, while B&Q Cheltenham also gave to the

DONATION: Paul Bence who donated a kitchen.

cause, and Mira showers (who Matthew used to work for) contributed a brand new shower from their range. Local plumber Tony Cox, whose son was in the services, gave his time to put in new radiators and the shower, as well as tackling all the other plumbing issues that cropped up, along with Jake G who helped with the kitchen

plumbing. Project Manager and local man Mark Hopkins said: “It’s amazing how all this came together. Ruth, Matthew’s carer, with help from all the volunteers have basically changed his life. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved and from the first day it started I’ve been delighted at how many of Matthew’s friends have come to give us a hand.” Mark got involved after reading about Matthew, having known him for many years but not realising he needed the assistance. Mark has been the driving force behind the work. One of Matthew’s oldest friends and ex-serviceman Lee ‘Noddy’ Holder, together with Mickey Webb and local Pat Cox, did an exceptional job of clearing out the maisonette and filling the skips which were donated free of charge by

BEFORE AND AFTER: Plumber Tony Cox (left) gets to work on the kitchen pipework. Matthew James and Lyndsey Rowe from Obsideon Kitchens (right). PICTURE: www.jordansphotography.co.uk HELPING HANDS: Matt with some of the volunteers on the project. PICTURE: www.jordansphotography.co.uk

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Matt and Lee Holder.

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DONATION: Travis Perkins donated plastering materials.

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Elliots. David ‘Diddy’ Dicks also worked tirelessly, returning home from his day job to help, and he did all the decorating. Local man Tom Smart from Salisbury Avenue fitted the floor. They say an army marches on its stomach, and Racheal Hopkins from The Lounge hairdressers in Salisbury Avenue supplied the workers with bacon sandwiches, while Papa Johns Pizza in Winchcombe Street delivered some delicious pizzas. All the plastering and general internal building and kitchen fitting was done by Andy Claridge and his step son Niall McKinnon who worked night and day to fit into the time line. Whilst all the work was being done Matthew stayed at the Delta Chase Hotel on Shurdington Road Cheltenham, who donated a free week B&B to Matthew. Ruth, Matthew’s carer, said: “This has been amazing from the beginning, I cannot believe how much money has been raised by the Cheltenham Post readers, and the amount of people who have come forward to help has been incredible. The project has been such a success and Matthew now has a property that he can get around

What is Multiple Sclerosis? MULTIPLE sclerosis is a disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord which make up the central nervous system and controls everything we do. The exact cause of MS is unknown, but we do know that something triggers the immune

unpredictable symptoms such as numbness, tingling, mood changes, memory problems, pain, fatigue, blindness and/or paralysis. Everyone’s experience with MS is different and these losses may be temporary or long lasting.

Words cannot express how I felt when I saw what has been done. I blubbed like a baby! I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart, and it shows that there are really good people out there who care about people less fortunate.

PLACE TO STAY: Matt was given a room courtesy of Delta Hotels while work got underway.

DONATION: A new shower was donated by Mira Showers.

who care about people less fortunate.” Matthew’s bucket collection day at Cheltenham Town FC’s last home game of the season against Bolton will now be donated to SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity, where Matthew and other ex colleagues with be there with friends and family to help raise funds for exservicemen who find themselves in a similar difficult situation.

PROJECT MANAGER: Mark Hopkins with wife Racheal Hopkins, who helped feed the workers.

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B&Q: Matthew with staff at B&Q Cheltenham.

NEW RIDE: Matt receiving his new scooter from Disabled Care and Mobility.

safely in, providing him with access that he may need in the future. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Mark Cuzner from Cheltenham Post as without him we could have never have got Matthew’s predicament out to the public, and also to Mark Hopkins our project manager who has been a rock taking the pressure off me and managing everything. Mark was incredible, however I cannot thank everyone involved enough. Matthew’s outlook on life has changed as he was not in a very good place at all before. We are truly grateful.” Matthew said: “Words cannot express how I felt when I saw what has been done, I blubbed like a baby! I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart and it shows that there are really good people out there

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Volunteers who love where they live wanted to help in new police role

Would you like to be a VPCSO? GLOUCESTERSHIRE Constabulary has begun looking for volunteers passionate about their local community who are willing to step up and help. The new positions will see officers work alongside regular PCSOs and Neighbourhood Policing Teams, acting as a key liaison point at grass roots level between local communities and the police. The recruitment process is already underway, with the first of three intakes completed this week. Voluntary Police Constable Support Officers (or VPCSOs, as they will be known), will act as a key liaison point at grass roots level between local communities and policing. They will have a very different role from other branches of the

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police family and will be: - Responsible for older people (in their community) – updating them on relevant crimes like scams, and being aware of vulnerable individuals in their patch; - In schools – delivering the Mini Police Programme to 811 year olds;

- Involved in Neighbourhood Watch – linking-in with all NHW coordinators in their area and helping to develop new schemes; - Gathering intelligence – knowing their area and becoming a visible and reliable presence. Tracy Wren, from the

Citizens in Policing Team, said: “We are looking for volunteers who want to make a difference and be part of the Police family working to reduce crime and build trust and confidence. “This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to work with the police family who believes they can make a difference in supporting their local community. “If you care about your neighbourhood and feel you want to make a difference, well now you can!” The pledge to build-up the Constabulary was part of Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson’s manifesto when he was elected to the position. Among his ideas was the new

role of Volunteer Police Community Support Officers. Mr Nelson said: “I am a great believer in the extra value volunteers add through the skills and experience they have from outside policing. “VPCSOs will work alongside regular PCSOs and the neighbourhood policing teams. Providing an additional, visible, accessible and approachable uniformed presence will lead to stronger communities; enabling the police to gather necessary information and intelligence to tackle localised crime and antisocial behaviour. “Building the Constabulary and tackling anti-sociable behaviour are two of the promises I made in my election manifesto, and on which my Police and Crime Prevention

Plan is based. “We know how much PCSOs are valued. This new role will be able to build on that and improve public confidence still further." VPCSOs will not have designated legal powers of enforcement and they will not be deployable. They will work flexible hours and operate in their own neighbourhood with a view to building strong, trusting, working relationships within their own community. There are 12 vacancies being considered for the first intake, with more to follow as the programme progresses. You can find out more by visiting www.gloucestershire.police.uk /police-forces/gloucestershireconstabulary/areas/gloucesters hire/ca/careers/vpcso/

113 jobs at Aldi across the county MP pushes for paddlboarding safety ALDI has announced it is looking to hire 113 staff in Gloucestershire this year. The UK’s fifth-largest supermarket is looking for people of all levels of experience to fill roles at its stores across the region, with salaries of up to £41,000. This includes fulltime positions such as Caretaker and Store Assistant all the way up to Deputy Manager. Stores in Gloucestershire where Aldi is looking to hire include Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewksbury. The recruitment push forms part of Aldi’s nationwide expansion drive, with the supermarket expecting to create more than 2,000 new jobs across the UK, adding to the 7,000 permanent roles already created over the past two years. Kelly Stokes, Recruitment Director at Aldi UK, said: “As we continue to grow and make Aldi accessible to

even more shoppers this year, we need thousands more amazing colleagues across the country to make that possible. “That includes job roles at current and new stores across Gloucestershire. “Our colleagues are central to everything we do at Aldi and remain one of the key factors in our success, so we look forward to welcoming even more great people to

the team.” Store Assistants at Aldi can earn at least £10.10 an hour nationally, and £11.55 inside the M25. Aldi remains the only supermarket to offer paid breaks, which for the average store colleague is worth £750 a year. Those interested in applying for a career with Aldi can visit www.aldirecruitment.co.uk.

FOLLOWING the death of his constituent Simon Flynn, Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk has recently organised a paddleboard safety event in Parliament to press for safety improvements. Simon tragically drowned in Cornwall when his paddleboard snagged on a boat mooring in flowing water and he was unable to release the ankle leash to free himself. At the inquest the

coroner described it as an issue for manufacturers to look at. Alex called a meeting in Parliament with all the key players in the stand-up paddleboard (SUP) industry, as well as Simon's family and representatives from the RNLI and the Marine Accident Investigation Board. Alex has since met with the Sports Minister to press for

the fast-track creation of a national governing body for SUP. Alex said: “Today's event in Parliament was a moving occasion and a fitting tribute to Simon Flynn and his family. “Everyone in the room wants this growing industry to thrive in our country - we just don't want anyone to have to go through what Simon's family have endured.”

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Trainee Production Operative

Manufacturing Engineer

Support Worker

Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

Responsibilities:

£9.80 - £12.36 p/h Temp to Perm Tewkesbury 1 Additional attendance bonus 2 Immediate start 3 Rotating weekly shifts 1 Operating machinery – full training given 2 Working as part of a team to make high batch products 3 Adhering to health and safety regulations

Production Operative Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

£10.02 - £14.00 p/h Temp to Perm Winchcombe 1 Shift work - 4 on and 4 off 2 Working days and nights 3 Working in a family-owned, friendly company Responsibilities: 1 Operating of special-purpose machinery with excellent initial training 2 Complete small to medium batch work 3 Checking and testing finished products

Trainee Factory Bakery Operatives Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

£9.50 p/h Full Time Bishops Cleeve 1 Various shifts available 2 Great career opportunities 3 Temp to perm with salary increase Responsibilities: 1 Following recipes to produce food products using traditional cooking methods 2 Following strict Hygiene controls 3 Cleaning equipment and workstations

Production Operatives (Windows & Doors) Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

£9.50 - £12.36 p/h Temporary Tewkesbury 1 Long term placements in a temporary role with potential permanent roles 2 Working both days and nights 3 Shift pattern 4 on 4 off – 48 hours per week Responsibilities: 1 Machine operating with full training given 2 Working to targets 3 Working at speed

Warehouse Labourers (Heavy Lifting) Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

£10 p/h Temporary – full time Tewkesbury 1 Plenty of overtime available at £15 p/h 2 Weekly pay 3 Permanent roles available after 12 weeks Responsibilities: 1 Transporting goods around the warehouse to goods in and goods out bays 2 Maintaining good practices throughout the warehouse 3 Working at speed together with attention to detail

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£32K - £38K PA Permanent Gloucestershire 1 Great benefits package 2 Working for a leading automotive manufacturer 3 Opportunity to innovate, deliver change and chance for future career development Responsibilities: 1 Provide expert knowledge of modern manufacturing processes 2 Improve manufacturing performance capability, output, productivity and cost 3 Deliver robust manufacturing solutions for new products and components

IT Support officer Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

£22K - £25K PA Full Time Gloucester 1 Annual performance bonus and business performance bonus 2 Excellent Pension scheme, health cover and life assurance 3 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays) + extra day off over Christmas Responsibilities: 1 Providing 1st line, desk side and remote IT support to all users 2 Escalating IT issues to more senior members of the IT team where appropriate 3 Support the IT Support Engineer

CAD Technician Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

£28K - £35K PA Permanent Gloucester 1 Hybrid workin. 2 Great benefits package 3 Working in a vibrant atmosphere in a high quality and inclusive culture Responsibilities: 1 Providing design support to senior design engineer 2 Developing concept designs into detailed CAD models 3 Producing GA technical drawings for new product ranges

Internal Sales – Engineering Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

Market Related Full Time Gloucester 1 Annual bonus (up to 15% of salary) 2 33 days holiday (including bank holidays) 3 Join an award winning company with excellent career progression opportunities Responsibilities: 1 Developing and maintaining a platform to monitor & track business development activity 2 Track market trends, key client performance and identify new project opportunities 3 Identifying key target companies and stakeholders to support relevant applications and specifications

£10-£11p/h PLUS holiday pay Temporary (temp to perm possible) Stroud/Stonehouse Flexible work schedule (you pick your hours on a week-to-week basis) Competitive pay rates PLUS holiday pay Friendly and reliable office team for 24hr support A range of different shifts available from nights to long days Full time, part-time and bank hours available Responsibilities: To support our service users with day-to-day responsibilities from cooking to cleaning To participate and encourage the service users to participate in activities from the on-site garden, craft workshops and bakery workshops.

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HGV C Class 2 Driver Bilingual Chinese Customer Service Admin Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

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Sales and Renewals Handler Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

Market Related Part Time Cheltenham 1 31 days holiday per annum including Bank Holidays. 2 Commission package 3 Pension/Death in Service Benefit Responsibilities: 1 Calculate premiums and make underwriting decisions 2 Negotiate new business and renewal terms with insurers and clients 3 Liaise effectively with clients and insurance companies

Responsibilities:

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HOSPITALITY Bar Staff Waiting Staff Front of House Staff Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

£10 p/h Events / Temporary Gloucestershire 1 Weekly pay 2 Free staff meals 3 Regular hours Responsibilities: 1 Customer focused 2 Flexible and able to work weekends 3 Excellent communication

IT Network Manager Salary: Contract: Location: Benefits:

£23k - £26k PA Full Time Gloucester 1 25 days plus bank holidays which increases with length of service. 2 Bonus scheme 3 Join a purpose driven organisation Responsibilities: 1 Day-to-day provision of support and management of the school’s ICT resources 2 Responsible for management and support of the client’s core infrastructure, services and data 3 Prioritise workloads to maintain service levels and service KPI’s

If any of these positions sounds like your next job, then get in touch.

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Market Related Part Time Cheltenham 1 31 days holiday per annum including Bank Holidays. 2 Commission package 3 Pension/Death in Service Benefit Responsibilities: 1 Calculate premiums and make underwriting decisions 2 Negotiate new business and renewal terms with insurers and clients 3 Liaise effectively with clients and insurance companies

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Money talks Fanny Snaith

What is enough?

IF I look up the word enough it says – “as much or as many as required.” With inflation soaring to double figures very soon and prices rocketing all around us, many of us are heading for stress and worrying about paying basic bills. I talk about saving, setting aside enough money to cover the cost of three to six months' critical living expenses. Critical meaning what we need to keep warm, fed, and clean. The list of the absolute must-haves and no more – what is sufficient for us. There will be many of you who will be struggling to do this now if money is that tight. For many others, there is still the opportunity to start saving for what is likely to be a long, cold period of continued price hikes. Starting now is a must – please do it if you have the opportunity; but that is not what this article is about. What is enough? Good question. I watched a lovely video on YouTube today. It was a very short discussion between Oprah Winfrey and Lynne Twist. Lynne is the author of a beautiful book called 'The Soul of Money' which I highly recommend. During the interview Lynne said… “When you let go of trying to get more of what you don’t really need it frees up oceans of energy that is caught up in that chase, to turn and pay attention to what you already have. When you actually pay attention to nourish, love and share what you already have, it expands. Even people who are just barely rubbing two nickels together to pay their rent. If they turn and pay attention to what they have, make a difference with it, share it, nourish it, it expands before their very eyes. In short – what you appreciate, appreciates.”

scarcity may well be present or just around the corner for many of us in these glum financial times – so what is it and how do we move away from it in our minds? Scarcity holds three myths – 1. There is not enough 2. More is better 3. That is just the way that is. Money coach Fanny Snaith www.fannysnaith.com

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I have very strong views about the materialistic world we live in. Personally, I believe it is toxic. Being constantly bombarded with the message that we deserve more, must have more, saddens me. It is almost impossible to resist the message of materialism – yes, I succumb to it too, but I am seeing an opportunity for change now. Have you been to a boot fare? I have been to the one at Southam and seen the piles of plastic for sale for pennies. Unwanted toys, kitchen gadgets that were never a good idea that end up being a must-have one Christmas or birthday, or simply something to fill an emotional hole after a testing day. I mean how was the Happy Meal toy ever allowed to be made in the first place? Can you imagine the thoughts of the people in the factory actually making this stuff? They can barely afford to feed their families and yet they spend the day making Western crap – for us to then toss it aside when we no longer want it. Much of it, catastrophically ends up in landfill. But I digress. Ok so… what is enough? What is YOUR enough? What else do you crave? How does it make you feel? For many, scarcity is a big thing. The feeling or condition of

Number three is a great one to focus on first because if we can move past this then we can find the world of sufficiency, and with that comes the belief that there is enough of everything, everywhere for everyone. Again, listening to Lynne Twist, she learned about sufficiency when she worked with indigenous people who really didn’t own anything – people who didn’t believe in ownership but had prosperous and fulfilling lives. If we can look at life from the viewpoint of sufficiency rather than not enough, it opens up the world of gratitude. When we feel grateful, we cannot feel scarcity. Gratitude means you are thankful for what you have rather than what you focusing on what you don’t have. This includes stuff but also love, connection, relationships etc. Don’t get me wrong, we are headed for tough times. Poverty will be on the increase but if we can just take a little time to appreciate the water that comes out of the tap, the sun that shines in the sky and the bodies we have to encase our souls, maybe the world will feel a little better – AND you might not feel the need to continue to chase for stuff that you don’t need. This is a great learning point for me which has taken up a good amount of my thinking time recently. As ever, I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

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The Truth About Supplements & Multivitamins – How to Help Your Health and Immune System With Covid

Supplements and multivitamins IN today’s world, everyone wants to have the strongest immune system. Every supermarket, corner shop and pharmacy are laden with supplements and vitamins that are ‘guaranteed’ to cure your illness, stop your tiredness, reduce your pain etc. My job as a coach is to educate, and tell the truth, so that people can make informed choices. What I am going to discuss today I only know because someone taught it to me, and right up until that point I fell into the same trap with supplements that you most likely are now. Marketing is an ingenious thing. Companies would not survive without it. As the great saying goes though ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. Do not judge a supplement or vitamin by the packaging alone. Do not believe that the product you are buying is ‘all natural’ until you have read the ingredients list on the label. That will tell you the real story. The plain fact is most of the multivitamins you are getting from high street outlets superstores are in all

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likelihood completely useless. Most supplements that you buy from the supermarket are cheap. They are cheap because they are made up of many binders and fillers, with a low dose of the vitamin required to make a difference. As you are reading this article, I urge you to go to the cupboard where you keep your supplements and vitamins, pick one up and read the ingredients label. Remember that ingredients are listed in order of highest quantity. For example, if the first ingredient on a list is water, then the main

ingredient in that product is water. So, if the list is 29 ingredients long and Bulking Agent is number 5, then that is one of the main ingredients, and that is what you are really paying for. We take supplements to improve our health and immune system. By consuming things like

Bulking Agents, Caking Agents, Maltodextrin, Colours and E numbers, Fillers and Binders that is not serving our health, that is causing more problems and adding to the cycle. Every Multivitamin comes with the advisory of "When taken alongside a healthy, balanced diet". If your diet is

full of processed foods, and you aren't getting enough fruit and vegetables, then trying to substitute all that with one tablet is not going to work, or support your health and immune system. Make sure that next time you buy a multivitamin or supplement, you read the label to see what it contains.

13th Floor Elevators – Easter Everywhere

SOMEBODY once said to me: “I like the Elevators, but why do they have to use that wibbly thing on everything?” I can’t recall who that person was. And based simply on that comment alone, I don’t think I’d ever really want to take on board anything they ever said. By the way, that “wibbly thing” is the electric jug. More about that later… What makes a band cool? Great songs, legendary performances, being the first of their kind, a guitarist shot to death by his wife (named Bunny) and a singer songwriter robbed of his freedom and a deserved life by mental health, drug misuse and wrongful incarceration. There’s a catalogue of misfortune and misinformation surrounding the 13th Floor Elevators, but what remains are a couple of classic albums that any band

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Choose a product that has no Bulking Agent, Fillers, Binders, or Colours. Generally, for a single supplement product, if the ingredient list is less than 4 you are onto a winner. Even if a product says, ‘no fillers’ or ‘all natural’, wise up and don’t believe the marketing till you have read the ingredients for yourself. We only get one body. One shot at health. One chance to be well. Choosing well-made supplements is going to be more expensive than your £2 multivitamin from the supermarket, but can you put a price on your immune system and health? If you have a low immune system, are recently recovering from Covid, or indeed are unwell now, then incorporate the following supplements alongside a healthy, rounded diet to help get your health back on track; High dose Vitamin C Powder, Quercetin, Vitamin D with Vitamin K, and Zinc. Email me at ar@alannahfitnessandnutritio n.com with any questions or any supplements you are unsure about.

By Phil Daniels in history would be proud of. Fifty-five years later, ‘Easter Everywhere’ still resonates and is in many top ten lists of the greatest albums of all time. ‘Easter Everywhere’ followed their 1966 debut ‘The Psychedelic Sounds Of…’. It wasn’t given a UK release until 1978, as a licensing deal could not be agreed during the 1960s. The 1978 version is a remix too, due to the master tapes being lost. It’s a shame because the only way you can hear it as it is meant to sound, is to have the original American 60s pressings. And they’re not cheap anymore, if you can even find them. It all kicks off with the mighty ‘Slip Inside This

House’. Quite what the lyrics mean is for you to interpret but there’s Psychedelic staples of eastern and oriental religions and ancient world mysticism - you'll have to make up your own mind. Whilst there are no banging singles on this LP, all the tracks feel like they belong, and make it more of a complete body of work as an album. Even Dylan’s ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ doesn’t seem out of place and they put their own stamp on it. It sits perfectly with their self-penned tunes. My favourite track starts side two. ‘Earthquake’ is a trembling, slightly sinister love song, hypnotic in its tempo and it simmers beautifully. The electric jug I mentioned earlier really enhances it. I can’t imagine the Elevators without the jug and you really have to

understand that it’s part of who they are. It compliments them perfectly without dominating or being overbearing. It swoops up and down in its reverberation, adding a layer to the production that’s uniquely Elevators. But it’s a sound to which most ears are unaccustomed. Perhaps this is where the dislike of the sound from the uninitiated comes from? Most people who know the song ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’, the single and opening track of their first LP, often just think of singer Roky Erickson as this screaming and wailing freak beast of a vocalist. But on this album, it’s all quite gentle and considered. What do I think they’re trying to say? For me, it’s all about ascending to something higher after death. Why is it called ‘Easter Everywhere’?

Maybe it’s to do with death and the resurrection to a new and better life. In fact, on the last track, ‘Postures’, the call to “leave your body behind” is telling us there’s more to explore. Whether

this is the result of mindaltering drugs or a deeper spiritual insight, I don’t know. But I like the idea of always wondering and questioning everything, everywhere, everyday.

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Friday 22nd April 2022

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Walk on the wild side with Gemma Hastilow

Wild Daffodils and Church Crawls I NORMALLY stick to writing about nature I have seen on my walks, but this week I am going to share with you what is becoming an obsession of mine - churches. I don’t consider myself particularly religious, or an architecture expert (though I’m learning) and it may be my age, but I find happening upon a small country church on a walk can brighten up even the most miserable, mud-sodden, rainy day. There is always something interesting to look at, be it a wonky spire, a medieval painting or an unusual headstone, and I always find the moment I open the door is tinged with expectation. There are a few local churches that I have a particular fondness for - Hailes with its beautiful wall paintings, tiny St. Faith’s at Farmcote and St.Peter’s in Winchcombe for its gargoyles, grotesques and hidden ‘Winchcombe Imp’ - but a couple of weeks ago a friend and I decided to venture further afield to the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border. Our main reason for going

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over to that area was to walk amongst the wild daffodils that grow in Kempley and Dymock. The area is known as ‘The

Golden Triangle’. The lent lily (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) is our native wild daffodil and it grows in this area in prolific quantities. This is thought to be because of the high proportion of open woodland here in the medieval period which allowed the flowers to thrive. They are a truly stunning sight and although they will have gone over by now, I highly recommend a visit next spring. The unexpected highlight of the day however was the

churches, and we managed to fit in several. St. Bartholomew’s in Much Marcle was the first. In the churchyard there is a yew tree which is thought to be 1500 years old. It was featured in Thomas Pakenham’s series Meetings With Remarkable Trees and is so huge it has a seat inside. It’s just amazing to sit and wonder at what this tree may have witnessed in its lifetime. The church itself is 13th century and there are several beautifully-

carved tombs and green man carvings inside, as well as a Norman font. Kempley has two churches and they are very different. St. Mary’s is simply beautiful. Painted strawberry ice cream pink, this Norman church has the oldest timber roof of any building in England. The frescoes in the chancel are breathtaking and beautifully preserved. They are considered to be the most complete set of Romanesque frescoes in Northern Europe and tell stories from the bible featuring some amazing depictions of demons and saints. Meanwhile, St.

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in her cage in the garden when her owners moved out. • Buzz the Bulldog puppy whose microchip was not registered, and he was never claimed by his owner. • Ellie the cat was in a terrible state when someone brought her to the Shelter. She was very underweight and covered in matts which our vets gradually removed under sedation. • Blossom and Buttercup the bunnies who were found abandoned in a box by a vigilant dog walker. Please support the stray pets in our care and make a donation at www.gawa.org.uk/straypets-appeal

Edward’s couldn’t be more different. It was designed by local craftspeople in 1904 in the Arts and Crafts Movement style, and built in Forest of Dean red sandstone. It has low eaves, houses intricate stone reliefs and has an incredible window to the West constructed in a diagonal criss-cross style. St. Mary’s church in Dymock features a display about the Dymock Poets. They were a group of early 20th Century poets that lived and worked near Dymock; Rupert Brooke (named at the time as the ‘most handsome man in England’), Edward Thomas, Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Wilfred Wilson Gibson and John Drinkwater. The First World War featured in many of their poems and sadly two of them lost their lives fighting; Edward Thomas and Rupert Brooke. We are already planning our next ‘church crawl’. It adds an extra dimension to a walk and it’s so fantastic to get out and explore. We have so much on our doorstep in this area; nature, history, myths and legends. Why would you want to stay at home?

Stray pets appeal By Alison Jarvis Cheltenham Animal Shelter A FEW weeks ago we wrote a feature about some of the stray pets that are brought to the Shelter. So far this year we have had over 46 stray animals arrive, like poor Denzel, a Spaniel who had been severely neglected and was found tied to a post in the rain; Coraline, the heavily pregnant young cat who gave birth within days of arriving; and Camila, an older cat who’s microchip details were not up to date so we couldn’t find her owner, and no one came forward to claim her. Thankfully, Coraline, her kittens, and Camila have been adopted, but poor Denzel (pictured having a cuddle from a member of staff) remains at the Shelter and has a long way to go. Our team are working with him, as he is shut down

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being with people and dogs. To help the stray pets at the Shelter we have launched our Stray Pets Appeal. We are hoping to raise extra funds for pets like Denzel and the other

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Friday 22nd April 2022

Memories of Cheltenham’s past

Years goneby Warden Hill Primary School 1990’s.

Successful Cheltenham Town Football Team of the 1950s.

Burton Tailoring Store, Cheltenham High Street 1979.

Merryfellow Inn, Charlton Kings skittles team 1954-55.

Bishop’s Cleeve Primary School 1988/89 Albert Dix Cup winners.

Devil’s Chimney, Leckhampton 1900.

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Friday 22nd April 2022

Horse racing The impressive Stolen Silver caps off a great season at Cheltenham for Sam Twiston-Davies

Jump racing ends on a high AFTER key successes this term on Vienna Court and Guard Your Dreams at Prestbury Park, jockey Sam Twiston-Davies capped off the Cheltenham 2021-22 calendar with an emphatic victory on Stolen Silver. With just one more event left at Cheltenham Racecourse for this season, the Hunter Chase evening on April 29th, which is exclusive to amateur and conditional riders, the most recent April meeting was the last chance for professional jockeys to potentially pick up a winner around the Cleeve Hill track. Twiston-Davies, who has bagged 10 victories from 42 outings at the home of jump racing this season, guided the gallant grey to an 11-length victory in the feature race on Wednesday, with course regulars Simply The Betts and Coole Cody at long intervals in behind. After the race, the 29-yearold was keen to highlight future targets for Stolen Silver going forward, as he said: “He’ll run in these big field handicaps next season, and he’ll always give his running. I think he’ll be a similar type to your Coole Cody’s. “He’s a good, sound jumper who tries hard, and naturally, as you come up and down the handicap, he’ll have his turn and then others will have theirs. “When he’s been with us at home, he’s always been quite keen and forward, but that’s one of the things he’s learned. “He’s a lot more relaxed throughout his races, and he gives himself half a chance, hence he’s able to finish a bit better over a further trip.” A mere 35 minutes after Stolen Silver’s race, the

By Ashley Symonds Racecourse played host to another heartwarming story, as retired postman Roy Green had his first winner at Cheltenham as an owner. His horse, Pull Again Green, made it three wins from four starts on Wednesday, as the six-year-old landed the Class 2 Citipost Novices’ Hurdle in good fashion. Under a classic calm ride from the Prestbury Park specialist Paddy Brennan, the Fergal O’Brien-trained gelding flexed the last like a stag and quickened away nicely to leave his rivals fighting it out for the places behind. Roy Green shares his ownership of the horse with his wife Sally, along with Tony and Karen Exall. After the race, Sally Green was finding it hard to contain her excitement for their superstar going forward. "My husband and I have always had pointers trained in East Anglia, but when my husband retired as a postman, he decided he wanted proper jumps horses so he could come racing again," she said. "Pull again Green has been a surprise; we didn't expect to be going and winning at tracks like Newbury and Cheltenham. He's improved every time we've run him. “It's always difficult to dream big but we may have to now. We're over the moon, it's a bit of a fairytale." Finally, one of the most eyecatching performances of the two-day meeting was the brilliant Queens Gamble, who won the Mares’ bumper on Thursday. Going off at 16/1, the Oliver Sherwood-trained four-year-

old bolted up in the final race of the day to beat the previous course and distance successor Mullenbeg by 10 winding lengths. Of course, this telling performance from the mare gave Sherwood something to be excited about for the future, but for the 67-year-old, this victory carried some extra weight alongside it. “It’s nice to finish the season like this,” said Sherwood. “It’s been a tough old year because I’ve had chemotherapy, and I’ve only just finished it a month ago, so it’s been a hell of a winter. I had a scan on Monday, so I’m just waiting for the results." These few words brought a sense of relief to the horse racing community, as they knew that Oliver Sherwood, the legendary trainer of Many Clouds, was fighting off his cancer scare. “From January-time I had a bad batch of hay, the horses were running poor,” he added. “And then you go and lose Jersey Bean in the Scottish National. Then Jersey Lady went and won at Ffos Las, so they are coming back! “It’s nice to finish at Cheltenham with a winner.” That sentiment is enough to remind us how much a winner at Cheltenham means to all connections. Sometimes we underplay how much it takes to achieve an almighty feat like this, especially when Willie Mullins fires in nine of his own within a week, but to hear the well-renowned Oliver Sherwood utter words like this, it makes you take a step back and appreciate the hard work that goes into every single winner around Prestbury Park.

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with Bryan Mathieson WELL that’s it gone for another year. The Grand National has enjoyed its many column inches in our National press and yet again it threw up a fairytale ending. Although trained in Ireland, the winner Nobel Yates has a local connection, as he is owned by past Cheltenham Racecourse Chairman Robert Whaley Cohen. And the winning jockey was his son Sam, who as an amateur over the past ten years or so has probably the best riding record of all (even taking into account the seasoned professionals) with wins in all the major races run over the bigger fences. This was always going to be Sam’s retirement ride, and what a way to go out. He will now be free to concentrate more on his business activities, which include The ultra

successful Portman Dental Practice; I’m sure all those based at his Pittville Lawn Cheltenham operation formed an orderly queue at the local bookies! This weekend sees the end of the jumps season. It seems like only a few weeks ago we were looking forward to what has actually been another exciting few months, with some reputations being boosted, whilst as always a few bubbles being burst along the way. Our local yards have enjoyed good successes thus far. Top of the class with a record-breaking season is Fergal O’Brien at Ravenswell Farm, with 123 winners at the time of writing, as well as 127 seconds and 109 thirds, a finishing tally that meant 50 percent of the yard's runners finished in the first three, a truly

magnificent effort to maintain such form from May 2021 through to today. Nigel Twiston-Davies, Kim Bailey, Jonjo O’Neill and Martin Keighley have all enjoyed days in the spotlight, and at close of play on Saturday, like any business, when one trading year finishes they have to start all over again in just a few days' time. With the flat now about to get into full swing, my inkwell will be dry for a few weeks. I hope you have enjoyed some of my ramblings over the past months, and unlike my young colleague across the page I won’t have cost you any money! I should be back with you in time for a look at what’s happening around Royal Ascot time, until then stay well, and come racing.

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Cheltenham football league round-up with Rob Morrison WITH three of the four league titles still to be decided as we went into April, the Cheltenham League had a busy month to look forward to. With a number of team also challenging for Charity and County cup honours there was lots that would be decided over the 30 days . Whaddon United’s defeat of Division One South leaders Fintan saw the title pendulum swing in their favour. However, with four games left to play there was still plenty of work to be done. As Fintan wrapped up their league campaign with a 10 win at FC Lakeside Reserves, all eyes turned to Whaddon. Trailing the leaders by 12 points, but crucially just one goal, Kev Taylor’s team knew victory in the four games would hand them the title on goal difference. The task would not be as straightforward as it would perhaps appear for the challengers. With games cancelled, while Whaddon may accumulate the points they need, they are not adding to their goal tally which is vital if they are to finish as champions. At the other end of the table, a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Shurdington Rovers in their final game, means that 303 Squadron ended the season in bottom spot. Recent results also mean that the team who they were looking to overtake, Brockworth Albion Reserves, can finish no higher than second bottom going into their final two games. Having wrapped up the Division One North title in March, Cheltenham Civil Service have had the luxury of watching the action unfold below them. Going into the last few games it was still possible for anyone of six teams to finish in the runners-up spot. Bishops Cleeve Reserves led the way on goal difference but just five points separated them from the seventh-placed side. While the teams who will finish in the bottom two has been decided, we do not yet know in what order, with Bredon Reserves just a point ahead of Tewkesbury Town Reserves. If Town are to leapfrog their close rivals they will need to do it the hard way with their final two games against the top two sides. First up last weekend was a visit from Bishops Cleeve. Looking to make the runnersup spot their own, Cleeve showed no mercy as they won 8-1, leaving Town needing to beat the champions Service next week if they are to avoid finishing bottom. Kempsey Corinthians Exiles stand on the edge of claiming the Division Two title but the Worcestershire-based side still have some work to do. A 2-0 win against Cheltenham Civil Service III set them up nicely

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against south as Division One North winners Cheltenham Civil Service Reserves faced Charlton Rovers Reserves on Bishops Cleeve's 3g pitch. Looking to book their third cup final of the season, Service bagged two first-half goals to take control of the game. When Rovers failed to convert from the spot in the second half, Service held out to book another final appearance. While Service and Rovers faced each other on the 3g pitch, it was Division 2 against 3 on the grass pitch as Gloucester Athletic faced Winchcombe Town Reserves. Athletic went into the game as strong favourites but were unable to secure their place in their second final of the season as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat. CUP MATCH: More action from Kempsey v Montpellier Senior Charities Cup semi final.

for the midweek visit of thirdplaced Generation Next. Victory against Next would leave them needing just two points from their final two games, but any thoughts of the title were put on hold as they were handed an 8-2 defeat. While the title is still in Kempsey’s own hands, secondplaced Gloucester Athletic were hoping they would slip up further. A 4-2 defeat of bottom club Charlton Rovers III kept them in the race. The teams were due to meet again on Saturday but Rovers were unable to raise a side. While Athletic were competing at the top of the table, the defeat for Rovers, and the cancellation on Saturday, means the Naunton Park-based side will finish the season in bottom space, the seven-point gap from the side above them, Pittville United, too much to make up in their remaining two games. With 24 games to play, some of the sides in Division Three still had seven games left to complete going into last weekend’s fixtures. Leaders Bishops Cleeve Development were not in action but knew with a fourpoint lead they would end the

weekend still in pole position. However, with just one game left to play they are unlikely to be there when the season concludes. Montpellier’s defeat of Relics two weekends ago moved the Clyde Crescent-based side into the position of favourites. With just one point separating Montpellier, Relics and AFC Kempsey, the games in hand they have on other two sides, coupled with their irrepressible form in the league, means they look like the team to stop in their inaugural season. Underlining just why they are favourites, Montpellier steamrollered Leckhampton Reserves 8-0 last weekend to move within a point of Cleeve with five games in hand, and three points ahead of Kempsey. At the other end of the table, Fintan III have just four games to claw back a seven-point gap if they are to avoid finishing last. For a team that has won two and drawn two of their 20 fixtures this looks like being a step to far. As the picture is crystalising in the battle for league titles, a number of teams are also competing in the various cup competitions. The Senior Charities Cup

LOOKING UP: Kempsey v Montpellier Senior Charities Cup semi final which Kempsey won 3-1.

competition, and with it the opportunity to play on Whaddon Road, is for many Cheltenham League players the premier cup competition. A 1-0 defeat of Hanley Swan saw Cheltenham Civil Service Reserves progress to the final earlier in the month. The second semi-final was an intriguing affair, pitting two of the strongest teams in Division Three against each other as they looked to make it to the final and potentially add to their giant killing feats. It has been a fantastic first season for Montpellier, and their defeats of Division One Bishops Cleeve Reserves and FC Lakeside Reserves in the earlier rounds show they are a side who should not be taken lightly despite the division they compete in. Likewise, opponents AFC Kempsey also had a number of Division One scalps to their name, beating Leckhampton Rovers, Kings and Worcester City Royals en route to the semi-final. Once again it was Bishops Cleeve’s Kayte Lane ground that played host to the game with a healthy crowd turning out in challenging conditions. With the wind in their favour, Kempsey came out of the blocks strongest and took a 2-0 lead within the first 20 minutes. A Lewis Peters goal brough Montpellier back into the game before half time and the mood in the crowd suggested a big second half would see them overhaul the one goal deficit. It was not to be however, and before the game ended Kempsey added a third to secure their place in the final. With the finalists for the senior competition now decided, the attention turned to the other Charity competitions, with the first set of Junior and Minor Cup semi-finals held last week. In the Junior Cup it was north

Gloucestershire Northern Senior League The tension is mounting in Division One with the title race reaching a crescendo as we enter the last few weeks of the season. Cheltenham Civil Service lead the way and know that victory in their remaining four games will guarantee them top spot. However it has not been plain sailing for the Tewkesbury Road side in the last month. Victory against Bredon last time out, courtesy of two goals from man of the match Brett Blake and a nervesettler from Dan Wills, set them up nicely for the visit of Whitecroft last weekend. Despite their lowly position Whitecroft have proved tough opposition for Service over the years and went into the game off the back of an excellent win against high-flying Dursley. With the title at stake however, Service made no mistake, with a 4-0 win which included another goal for their leading scorer Stu Midwinter. Back-to-back wins against Whitecroft ended a poor run of results for Charlton Rovers but they knew last weekend's tie against Longlevens Reserves would be a different challenge. With an opportunity to close the gap on their opponents to seven points they fell just short, slipping to a 1-0 defeat to leave them in eighth place. April has been an odd month for Andoversford, a side who have not enjoyed the best 2022. It started off well with a 5-0 defeat of bottom club Harrow Hill, and was followed by an excellent 3-1 defeat of Longlevens Reserves. However the reverse fixture against Hill, just seven days after their 5-0 win, saw them lose 1-0. It really was a case of 'two steps forward and one step back' for a side that are still not clear of the relegation zone. With a midweek game at Lydney Town Reserves, followed by a visit from

Woolaston last Saturday, ‘Ford were looking to add to their points tally. After losing 3-0 to Town, ‘Fords bounced back with an excellent 4-1 defeat of Woolaston. In Division Two FC Lakeside Reserves has seen a resurgence since the appointment of Warren Fitzgeorge and his assistant Rich Webb. The Cold Pool Lane-based side entered last weekend in second spot and while the title may just be beyond them, it has been an exceptional run of form. Looking to keep the pressure on leaders Stonehouse Town Reserves, Lakeside faced a tricky midweek tie against Barnwood United, a side looking for points to avoid being dragged into the relegation places, before taking a break at the weekend. Two goals apiece from Deqwon Ebanks and Joseph Richards helped Lakeside to a 5-0 win. While Lakeside have flourished of late, Smith Barometrics have seen their title challenge stall somewhat. With just one victory in their last nine games they faced leaders Stonehouse last Saturday knowing a defeat would all but end their title hopes. With lots at stake for both sides the teams could not be separated after 90 mins, sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw. The result leaves lakeside just two points off leaders Stonehouse, although they have played a game more. Eight points off top spot with five games left to play, Falcons are in contention for a top-three finish as they enter the climax of the season. With no game last weekend, they will have been pleased to see that two of the sides above them dropped points. It has been a positive first season for Tewkesbury Town who sat in fifth place going into the weekend. With the weekend off, and just two games to play, Town are likely to be passed by a number of teams below them, but their form this season, particularly in the second half, bodes well for next year. 2021/22 has not been a season to write home about for Winchcombe Town and with three games left to play they sit just a point above the relegation zone as the weekend approaches. To add to Town’s concerns, two of the sides below them have four games in hand going into the weekend although with Town due to face both of these teams they will feel they have an opportunity to add to their points tally. After the weekend they may need to take that opportunity as victory for Leonard Stanley brought them to within a point of Town, while a draw for Broadwell Amateur Reserves drew them level with Town.

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

Proudly supported by Sarah McGurk Wealth Management I WOULD like to start this week’s write up by saying a huge thank you to Sarah McGurk who has supported my fortnightly columns with her advert as seen below for the best part of a year now. Sarah is a well-known and well-respected financial advisor and planner in the local community who supports many local initiatives and charities. If anyone reading has any questions about pensions or investments, Sarah will be more than happy to hear from you, please give her a call. As this will be Sarah’s last issue supporting my column, the Cheltenham Post will be looking for somebody new in the local community to support and advertise their business alongside my notes a couple of times a month in the future. Please contact Mark Cuzner for more information on mark@cheltenhampost.co.uk It hasn’t been the greatest Easter period on record for the Robins on the pitch this year as only one more point was gained from a possible six over the two games. I did not see the first game as Cheltenham played host to Gillingham who are fighting to avoid the drop in a competitive League 1 campaign. A two-all draw against the Gills saw Cheltenham show great spirit to twice come from behind, Callum Wright adding another to his tally for the season with the first and Kion Etete grabbing the second. Having checked the stats, it looks as though Michael Duff's men had the lion's share of the possession and edged out Gillingham with more shots on target. Looking in from the

outside it would seem like the Gillingham game may have been an opportunity lost, but its another point on the board and a significant point at that. In recent columns I have mentioned that the current team are looking to break records and the point from the draw with Gillingham means the record number of points for a CTFC side at League 1 level has now been achieved. Congratulations to all involved. I was at the LNER Stadium, Sincil Bank on Monday to watch Cheltenham at Lincoln City, the only other team I represented in the football league. I was given a warm welcome as always and I’m thrilled to see the Imps are continuing to improve their off-field offering every time I visit. They are making improvements to so many areas of the club from their bars, hospitality, foundation, training ground, the pitch and facilities in general. Clubs like Cheltenham can learn a lot from the clubs like Lincoln City off the field even though the Robins hold a higher position in the league table. Clearly these improvements can’t be made without financial investment or a plan; the owners and the CEO realise investment in the infrastructure is key, even if it means cutting the playing budget in the short term to ensure long-term gain and growth of the club. Fans in Lincoln have bought right into it, the place was already buzzing when I arrived at the stadium just after 1pm in the Fan Village and people were still around enjoying themselves well after 6pm when I left,

spending their hard-earned cash. It has the feel of a much bigger club than when I played there over twenty years ago! Money well spent and well done to Lincoln, very impressive! A crowd just shy of 9000 turned up with Lincoln looking to secure their league 1 status for another season, and they did it in style on a truly brilliant playing surface, with a scintillating first-half display which left the Cheltenham players and the Robins' faithful shell-shocked. Lincoln raced into a justified 3-0 lead within the first 20 minutes and if it had been 50 by half time, I don’t think there’d have been any arguments from anyone connected to Cheltenham. Quite simply, Lincoln were bang at it and Cheltenham looked a bit leggy and outpaced on the day. Duffo reshuffled the formation after the 2nd goal and made changes at half time after starting the afternoon with a flat back four, and the game petered out somewhat in the second half and became slightly more even. As a player, performances like these are hard to explain as all the preparation has been done, but sometimes you just can’t get yourself going and it looked like one of those games on Monday to me. Thankfully those type of performances have been few and far between under Duff's reign. Good luck to the Robins in the last home game of the season on Saturday against former Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, and again in the final game of the campaign at Cambridge Utd on the following Saturday.

Netball star set for Commonwealth Games appearance LECKHAMPTON netball ace Harriet Sanderson is relishing the prospect of Commonwealth Games fever gripping both Birmingham and beyond. The countdown to this summer’s showpiece in the second city is well and truly on, with less than 100 days to go until the action kicks off in July. And Wasps Academy star Sanderson, 19, who is two years into her Physiotherapy degree at the University of Birmingham, can see the atmosphere building. “It’s all right where I’m living, right on my doorstep which is really exciting,” said the Gloucestershire athlete. “Everyone’s getting more excited as it’s getting closer, the weather is getting nicer and it’s getting to summer. A lot of students are volunteering at the Games as well, and will be working there and seeing it first hand. “Our uni is hosting a few things as well for the Commonwealth Games such as hockey - so we can see all the adverts coming. It’s really exciting! “We won at the last Commonwealth Games so I think it will be really exciting to have some big games as well and have it right on my doorstep!” Sanderson’s career is financially supported by a partnership between Entain – owner of Ladbrokes and Coral – and SportsAid, set up in 2019 and part of the company’s innovative Pitching In initiative. England’s netball triumph in Gold Coast - over host nation Australia - was one of the standout moments of the last Commonwealth Games four years ago. The Red Roses’ triumph

dramatically increased the profile of the sport within the UK, something that Sanderson recognised in the aftermath of the victory. And four years on, Sanderson is still inspired by that success as she looks to continue her rise up the netballing ranks and scale the Team England heights in future. The former Severn Stars ace added: “I remember going into it, thinking: ‘We know who’s going to win this - Australia.’ And then watching it in the morning and realising that we’re drawing, and actually maybe we can win. “The shivers down your body when Helen got that last shot in was really exciting. Hopefully they can pull out another performance like that this year. “I found even just chatting to my friends and parents of my friends, they never really realised how netball could be until they watched the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast.

“They realised that it’s actually quite fast-paced, it’s actually quite a physical game which is nice, to get appreciation from other people who don’t play. It definitely got more interest, more people playing. “Seeing the players enjoying the sport, you can see how happy they are, how excited they are when they are playing and how they celebrate as a team. “It just makes me think how grateful I am for the friendships I’ve got in netball and how much I really want to be there celebrating such a big win like that with my friends.” Entain, owner of Ladbrokes and Coral, is proud to be championing the next generation of British sporting heroes by providing talented young athletes with financial support and personal development opportunities in partnership with SportsAid. Visit entaingroup.com to find out more.

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Sport Terrace talk with Will Alder WHAT a season it has been so far Cheltenham fans! 13th in the League 1 table at the first time of asking is a fantastic position to be in given our budget and the other teams that we face on a weekly basis. If you look at the top 10 or 11 teams in this division, they are all clubs with big budgets, who have spent time in the Championship and in some cases also the Premier League over the last few years. Two of them (Wigan and Portsmouth) have won FA Cups in my lifetime, which is something that is only in the wildest dreams of any CTFC fan. Portsmouth were the latest of these big sides to come to ‘Little Old Cheltenham’ and return home without anything to show for it. We were more than a match for Pompey on the day, as we battled and fought across the pitch. I don’t think I am the only Cheltenham fan who has the opinion that Liam Sercombe hasn’t been at his best this season, and a return to Bristol Rovers in the Summer when he is out of contract would not be a surprise to anyone. He did have a good game on the day though, and capped it off with what turned out to be the winner in the second half. The clean sheet will certainly please the gaffer, and as I have said before, this result shows that we belong at this level and that this time must go down as one of our best. We have definitely had players with superb individual quality that you would find a place for in this team (Marlon Pack or Grant McCann being two obvious examples), but as a unit the success of this side can’t be ignored. Gillingham were the next visitors to Whaddon Road on a lovely sunny Bank Holiday Friday. This has been a regular fixture for us this season, having met the Gills in cup competition as well as League 1, and they have always proved a difficult opponent. They are scrapping for their lives just above the relegation places down towards the foot of the

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table, and the first-half display from them epitomised the position they find themselves in. We also weren’t great for the first 30 minutes, and duly found ourselves on the wrong end of an early goal from the ever-threatening Vadaine Oliver. He has caused us problems on a number of occasions previously, one that sticks out is the League 2 play offs against Northampton where he bullied our defenders throughout. Oliver was a threat all day and deserved his goal to be fair. We kept playing though, which is testament to the lads at this stage of the season, and that man Callum Wright once again landed on a loose ball to equalise just before half time, after some superb build-up play down the left wing from Tottenham Hotspur loanee Kion Etete. The dangerous Ben Reeves seemed to burst into life at the start of the second half, and you can’t give players at this level that much time and space on the edge of the box, and he tucked home to restore the visitors' lead. We did rescue a deserved point however, thanks to Man Of The Match Kion Etete’s header 15 minutes from time, after Sean Long’s superb delivery from the right. We could have gone on to nick a win, but 2-2 was probably a fair result on the day. As the season now draws to a close, with just the one home fixture remaining (fellow promoted side from last season Bolton), attention now inevitably begins to turn to the Summer and who is going to stay and who is going to go. I will touch on this more next time, but I do hope that we don’t see a chunk of the squad, and maybe even our manager, leave in the summer. As we have been reminded regularly, we are a selling club, but thoughts turn back to our last spell in League 1 when we lost Grant McCann, Kayode Odejayi, Brian Wilson, Steven Gillespie and others to clubs higher up the pyramid. Key players like these are so difficult to replace, especially with our budget at this level compared to others, and I hope we are not in a similar situation once again.

Match report with Pat Cox

Friday 15 April 2022 Cheltenham Town 2 Gillingham 2 CHELTENHAM started the match slowly, failing to create anything worthy of note before falling behind. Gillingham’s Ryan Jackson had a shot pushed round for a corner by Owen Evans from which Vadaine Oliver scored. Cheltenham responded well and Liam Sercombe put Alfie May through on goal but his first touch was poor and the resulting shot was easily saved. Cheltenham pushed forward in the last 20 minutes of the half as Callum Wright and Liam Sercombe combined well, with the Saturday 9 April 2022 Cheltenham Town 1 Portsmouth 0 IN a tight game Cheltenham gained a well-deserved first competitive win over expremiership side Portsmouth when Kion Etete and Callum Wright combined in a flowing move to put in Liam Sercombe who finished off superbly. Portsmouth had the better of the early exchanges which saw Owen Evans make a double save to deny Portsmouth the lead, and when Matty Blair put the ball past his own keeper it took a wonderful last-ditch tackle by

latter’s shot being saved. With half time approaching Kion Etete put May in and when his shot was blocked Wright scored. Another good run by Sercombe saw his shot blocked. Shortly after May gained possession but blazed his opportunity well over. Immediately after the restart a speculative low shot from Wright nearly squirmed under Ellis Chapman in the Gillingham goal. Gillingham restored their lead on the hour after Oliver’s back-heel put in Ben Reeves, whose swivel found him space in the box to bend a shot into the far corner for a lovely goal. Olly Lee then nearly scored

Gillingham’s third when his vicious cross-shot hit the underside of the crossbar and rebounded to safety. After going behind for the second occasion, Cheltenham once again improved and both Sercombe and Will Boyle tested Aaron Chapman in the Gillingham goal. The Robins manufactured their second equaliser when Sercombe’s corner to the far post was headed back across goal by Sean Long to Etete who smashed his header past Chapman. With Cheltenham pushing for the winner May burst clear but went for power with a shot which he blasted wide.

Will Boyle to maintain parity. Cheltenham then created a good opportunity themselves when Etete stole the ball in the opposition's half and set up Wright, who had his shot blocked, and Alfie May’s follow up was blocked as well. As the first half came to a close Wright’s cross was headed onto the crossbar by Etete. The second half saw both sides having good opportunities, with Blair having a shot blocked and Liam Sercombe’s effort fly wide. At the other end Evans prevented Michael Jacobs

from scoring with another fine save. As Cheltenham pressed further and started to get on top, a May corner saw Mattie Pollock head over and Wright denied from distance, but the pressure could not be resisted by Portsmouth and Etete and Wright combined to allow Sercombe to score from a flowing move. Portsmouth attacked looking for an equaliser, and Cheltenham needed Boyle to block a shot and Evans to save low to his left to keep their lead intact. In the last few minutes Wright should have made it 20 after a great run, but his

On the counter attack in the final minutes Gillingham’s Conor Masterson came close but struck the post. On the balance of play a draw was about right. Coxy’s Player Ratings Owen Evans 6.5 Sean Long 7.5 Mattie Pollock 7.5 Conor Thomas 6 Liam Sercombe 7.5 Alfie May 6.5 Will Boyle 7 Callum Wright 8 Reece Hutchinson 6 Elliot Bonds 6 Kion Etete 6.5 Aaron Ramsey 6.5 Coxy’s Man of the Match Callum Wright weak shot was easily dealt with. Cheltenham deserved their hard fought win. Coxy’s Player Ratings Owen Evans 8.5 Sean Long 7 Mattie Pollock 8 Liam Sercombe 8 Alfie May 7.5 Will Boyle 7.5 Callum Wright 8.5 Matty Blair 7 Reece Hutchinson 6.5 Elliot Bonds 7 Kion Etete 7.5 George Lloyd 7.5 Coxy’s Man of the Match Callum Wright

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Friday 22nd April 2022

Sport Chairmans Chat with David Bloxham

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S we approach our final home League game of the season on Saturday I wanted to reflect on what has been a hugely satisfying season in so many respects. Our game against Gillingham on Good Friday marked the Club's 500th home league game whilst our game on Easter Monday at Lincoln City was our 1000th League game. This is a feat that many of us would probably only have dreamt of during our nonleague days. Establishing the club as a professional League 1 Club with a thousand league games under its belt (not to mention many memorable cup games along the way) and achieving what is

likely to be its highest ever league position this season is not only testament to the Club's development and growth but also something that everyone who has supported, sponsored, volunteered to help, played or otherwise worked for should be rightly proud of. We will all have favourite moments from the many matches we have played in the Club's professional era. I certainly have too many to list. Supporting CTFC is not only about watching the games themselves, it is also about being a part of the club and the friendships it enables us all to make. Whilst looking back proudly

on what our club has achieved, it is both important and exciting to look forward to the future with optimism and ambition. This season’s achievements may have seemed a dream 25 years ago. Now we must plan ahead and seek to improve still further. The club must never forsake reality for over-ambition, but at the same time we must continue to make every effort to improve (both off and on the pitch), year on year, and be ambitious. Success on the pitch not only requires good players and a good management team, but also a sustainable level of income and financial resources. In financial terms CTFC is currently punching well above its financial weight thanks to the effort of everyone involved. I and the rest of the Board will continue to look at improving things off the pitch as the players and manager have done on the pitch in recent seasons. We need to aspire to improve facilities at Whaddon Road, working with our stakeholders and neighbours, to improve our training facilities,

increase our playing budget and invest in our academy and youth players. Wouldn’t it be great if, when the club reaches a future milestone number of league games, we will all be in a position to reflect on success at even higher league levels and greater youth development than the Club has already achieved! For those of you who have not previously visited Whaddon Road or attended as regularly as you might wish, please come and support the club - you will be most welcome and your support will help to project the club forward to even greater things! Being entrusted with the responsibilities and having the privilege of being a Board member at Cheltenham Town Football Club is a timeconsuming labour of love for all Board members.

Personally, I work full time at Christopher Davidson Solicitors which is a law firm based in the centre of Cheltenham. I am very grateful for their continued flexibility and support which enables me to fulfil a dual role as an Employment Solicitor and Chairman of the Football Club. This sometimes involves attending Board meetings or dealing with other Club business during my normal working day. In addition to offering specialist employment advice for both Employees and Employers Christopher Davidson Solicitors also offers clear and timely advice upon a wide range of other business or personal legal matters. For more details of these please visit www.cdlaw.co.uk

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Unhappy Bank Holiday weekend for Robins after draw and defeat Continued from back page “We had four centre midfielders who can all pass the ball, but none of them got on the ball. We had full-backs who didn’t defend one-vs-one, centre halves weren’t winning first contacts, centre forwards weren’t getting hold of the ball. We changed the formation before the third goal went in. We’ll have a look at it as a staff, and this isn’t me putting it all on the players. We might have got it wrong. It’s hard for me to reflect now because the overriding emotion is disappointment because of the scoreline. There needs to be a measured approach to it as well, rather than an emotional decision where I just say 'all the players are rubbish', because I don’t believe they are.”

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In the draw with Gillingham, Cheltenham reached their record points tally for a League One campaign. After that match Duff praised his side but admitted the players hadn’t reached the personal targets they’d set. He continued: “Yes, the points total wasn’t one of the things they wanted to achieve. That only came on the radar in the last week or two because I don’t think any of them knew about it. The players wanted to do something and they still have a chance of doing it, so there is definitely a drive. There was a lack of quality today, but you can’t question the application and the determination. There were some pockets of really good football, and then some poor decision making. They are

still showing they want to push and that’s how they work.” The Robins sit 13th in the table with two matches remaining and Duff wants his side to keep going until the end of this successful season. “We are 13th in the league. I don’t know how we are still 13th, but we are. You have to be careful of overreacting; we’ve said they’ve been great for the last couple of weeks because they’ve deserved it. There is an honesty within the group and they know what’s not acceptable. They are playing a very good team next week in Bolton and Cambridge are having a brilliant season, similar to ourselves. We’ll try and get them together and get a reaction out of them, whatever team plays.”

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NOT A GRAND DAY OUT Cheltenham’s 1000 game party balloon deflated by 3-0 loss to Lincoln City IT was a case of “1K but not OK” as Cheltenham Town's 1,000th League game became a 3-0 let-down at Lincoln on Easter Monday. The Robins wrapped up the bank holiday break with the disappointing defeat after scraping a 2-2 Good Friday draw with Gillingham. Manager Michael Duff personally apologised to the away fans after the defeat in Lincoln, which he admitted was a poor display for the 209 supporters who made the 256mile round trip to the LNER Stadium. Town were 3-0 down by halftime and offered no response in the second half. Duff said: “we were nowhere near good enough. I’ve had to apologise to the supporters, who have come a long way on

By George Didcote Chief Football Writer a bank holiday weekend. “Not good enough,” he repeated. “It’s not been down to us very often, so you have to be careful because they have been lauded last week for breaking records and things like that. It just reinforces the point that we are not a team that can just turn up, enjoy the sun and pass it around. We have to be at full intensity in everything we do. We didn’t win any first contacts today, and they had players running past our players, so it was a really disappointing afternoon. “We got better in the last 20 minutes, but they were 3-0 up at that point. It would have been interesting if Kion Etete

had scored when he went round the keeper, but it summed up the day - an open goal and he hits the post. The last 20 minutes might have been slightly different at that point. We tried something different, but we have played every formation in football today. “Ultimately formations aren't enough, if players don’t have the intensity to run and a mindset of being dogged and hard to beat. That’s what we’ve been all season and why they’ve been told how great they are all season. “Sometimes they need to recognise, we haven’t been poor on many occasions this season, but unfortunately today was one of them.” Continued on page 31

APOLOGETIC: Cheltenham Town Manager Michael Duff apologies to fans following their 3-0 loss to Lincoln City.

Cheltenham ladies are the champs CHELTENHAM Town Ladies have won the WSL National League Division One South West. A 3-1 victory over Chesham United Ladies secured the title for the Robinesses after a supremely successful run. With just one league defeat all season, winning the title was the perfect way to round off a great campaign. Securing promotion is exactly what this group of players deserve after strong performances week in week out. Cheltenham Ladies end the season with 14 wins, three draws, and one defeat, scoring a total of 44 goals and conceding just 12. They secured the league and finished the season five points clear of second-place Bournemouth Ladies. After the 3-1 win against Chesham, manager Tom Davies praised the team for all of their effort this year. “I’m relieved and happy for the players, they’ve got the job done in the end and I’m happy overall,” he said. Club Chairman Andy Liddle described the promotion as fantastic. “I still can’t believe we lost the first game of the season," he said. "If you look at the football we’ve played in the second half of the season it’s brilliant, it’s a really exciting time and credit to the team for what they’ve achieved this year."

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