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FIVE people have been charged following burglaries at two clothing stores in Cheltenham earlier this month. Police arrested four men and a boy on 18 January in connection with the high-value thefts in the town. Officers also recovered a significant quantity of clothing that is suspected to have been stolen, as well as a vehicle which it is believed was used to ‘ram-raid’ one of the properties. Shortly after 11pm on Monday 17 January police were called with a report of a 'ram-raid' taking place at a clothing store on the Lower High Street in Cheltenham. Shortly after another clothing store in the town was burgled too. Police across the force, including the Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Tactical Operations Team, worked together to make the arrests. Those charged are: Marcus Suniga, 22 and of Priory Avenue in Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear; Vinny Smith, 20 and of Moors

Avenue, Cheltenham; Michael Smith, 20 and of Vittoria Walk, Cheltenham; Latrel Hylton, 18 and of Bennington Street, Cheltenham; and a 16-year-old boy also from Cheltenham, who cannot be named for legal reasons. The adults were remanded in custody and the teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, was released on police bail following charge. They all attended Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Thursday 20 January, where they were bailed to appear before

Gloucester Crown Court on February 17th. Cheltenham Neighbourhood Policing Inspector, Mike Yates said: “This is a fantastic example of the proactive work our Neighbourhood teams are involved in on a daily basis. The Cheltenham Neighbourhood Policing Team will not tolerate such brazen criminality in our town, and will work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice. I’m grateful for the hard work of officers across a number of departments in bringing about this swift action.”

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"I would like to thank the victim in this case for her unwavering strength and bravery throughout the investigation. "At Gloucestershire Constabulary we have specially trained officers that can help if you ever need to report a sexual offence. We work hard to take sexual predators off the streets and to protect people from harm." Hickman was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on Thursday 17 March at Gloucester Crown Court. If you have experienced rape, sexual assault or abuse, you can report this to police by calling 101 or 999 in the case of an emergency. Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre support women dealing with the effects of rape and sexual abuse. For more information visit their website www.glosrasac.org/

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POLICE are appealing for information after an elderly homeowner in the Cotswolds was burgled twice earlier this month. Two incidents have been reported after unknown men forced entry to a property off Campden Lane in Guiting Power before stealing items from inside. The first incident took place on the morning of Monday 10 January and saw a group arrive in a silver estate or SUV before entering the porch and stealing a handbag and car keys. This happened at around 10.30am. Officers attended and conducted house-to-house enquiries as well as gathering and reviewing CCTV footage. The second incident took place on Wednesday 12 January and involved a group who smashed a bedroom window before stealing jewellery.

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A MAN has pleaded guilty to the rape of an elderly woman in her own home in Gloucester in November of last year. Brady Hickman, 32 and of Philip Street, Gloucester, appeared via video link at Gloucester Crown Court on Thursday 13 January. He pleaded guilty to one count of rape and two counts of assault by penetration on 11 November last year (2021). The pleas relate to an incident in the early hours of that morning when police responded to a call after an elderly victim activated her Lifeline personal alarm stating that a stranger had broken into her home and raped her. Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Detective Sergeant Faye Satchwell-Bennett said: "I am pleased to see Hickman has admitted that he was the person responsible for committing these abhorrent crimes.

This happened between 7pm and 9pm and the stolen pieces included a square shaped yellow gold signet ring which belonged to a relative and is of great sentimental value, as well as a small brooch. Three men, aged 18, 19 and 22 were arrested on suspicion of dwelling burglary and have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries. Officers are asking anyone with information who has not already spoken to police to come forward as well as anyone who has seen a silver SUV, estate or similar vehicle acting suspiciously or been offered the stolen jewellery. Information can be submitted online by completing the following form and quoting incident number 414 of 12 January: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/t ell-us-about/cor/tell-us-aboutexisting-case-report/

OFFICERS are investigating after a woman was attacked in Stonehouse in what is believed to have been an attempt to steal her dog. It was reported that a woman was walking near to Downton Road between Stanley Downton and Bridgend at around 10am on Tuesday 18 January, when she was approached by a man who punched her and tried to take her dog. The woman was able to stop the man from taking her French Bulldog but sustained facial injuries during the attack. The offender was described as being a white man who was around 6ft tall, in his early 30s, had a strong Gloucester accent and was clean shaven. He was wearing green wellies, green rubber fishing style trousers, a black jacket and khaki hat.

He was walking a brown dog, possibly a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, at the time of the incident and left through a nearby field. Officers from the Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Team are now conducting reassurance patrols in the area as well as doing house-to-house enquiries and speaking to local residents. Anyone who witnessed this taking place or has information is asked to please get in contact. Information can be submitted online by completing the following form and quoting incident 118 of 18 January: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua /tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-aboutexisting-case-report/ Alternatively you can call police on 101, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website: crimestoppersuk.org.

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Police hunt for 19-year-old in connection with multiple burglaries GLOUCESTERSHIRE Constabulary is appealing for information from the public to help locate a teenage male who is wanted in connection with a number of burglaries. Police want to speak to AJ Maher, aged 19 and previously of Whaddon Road in Cheltenham, in connection with several burglaries across the county. He is described as being 5ft 10ins tall, of a medium build, has short dark brown hair, a beard and a tattoo of the

word "Minnie" on the inside of his lower left arm. Officers have completed a number of enquiries to locate Maher and they are now appealing for information from the public. Police also want to speak to him in connection with the theft of a vehicle and he is wanted on warrant for previous offences. Maher is known to frequent a number of areas of Cheltenham such as Whaddon, Hester's Way and the town centre.

Anyone who has seen Maher or has any information on his whereabouts is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 quoting 448 of 17 January. Dial 999 if seen at the time of calling. You can also anonymously contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form: crimestoppers-uk.org/giveinformation/forms/give-infor mation-anonymously

Man guilty of rape finally jailed A MAN who raped a teenage girl more than 30 years ago in Cheltenham has been jailed after a DNA match led to his arrest. Paul Shakespeare raped the 18year-old girl who had been walking her dog along the Honeybourne line on a late Sunday afternoon in April 1990. Shakespeare, aged 66 and of Scaleby Close, Upperby in Carlisle was sentenced at a hearing at Gloucester Crown Court on, Monday 17 January, to nine years in prison. A statement from the victim was read to the court in which she described how what happened that day has had a “detrimental effect” on her life. She added: “Being raped will haunt me for the rest of my life. On that day I was the most scared I had ever been.” The court was told in the statement that when police officers knocked on the victim’s door to tell her there was a suspect, she said: “I knew the day would come that they would tell me this news”. The victim had been walking along a public footpath on 29 April 1990 when she was approached by Shakespeare, who was a stranger to her. He was carrying a wooden stick which was sharpened into a point and had a nail protruding from one end. Shakespeare then raped the victim in some nearby undergrowth and threatened her to not tell anyone what he did before he ran away from the

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scene. The court was told by Virginia Cornwall, prosecuting, that this was a “premeditated stranger rape” and that witnesses had seen Shakespeare staring at girls and women throughout the day, that his behaviour was odd and he was acting suspiciously. A full DNA profile was recovered at the time of the incident, but following numerous attempts over the years to identify the suspect there was no DNA match. However, in June last year Shakespeare was arrested out of county for being in possession of a knife and his DNA was taken and added to a national database. This later led to a forensic match to the 1990 rape and Shakespeare was arrested on 15 August last year and subsequently charged with the offences. At a court hearing on 18 November last year he admitted one count of rape and one count of possession of an offensive

weapon in a public place. Judge Michael Cullum addressed Shakespeare and said: “I’m so relieved that this day has finally come for (the victim). For 30 years she has been denied justice and living daily with the nightmare that you inflicted on her. “That nightmare of course does not end with sentence. She knew that this day would come and her remarkable faith in the criminal justice system has been borne out.” Shakespeare, who appeared in court via video-link, was told he will serve two-thirds of the sentence before being released on licence. He will also be on the Sex Offender Register for life. Following the hearing, the victim said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank and praise Gloucestershire Constabulary for their efforts in securing this conviction on my behalf and for handling my case with such professionalism at all times.” Cheltenham Post

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Man pleads guilty to 1990 rape A man from Cumbria has admitted raping a teenage girl more than 30 years ago in Cheltenham after a DNA match led to his arrest PAUL Shakespeare (pictured right) raped the 18-year-old girl who had been walking her dog along the Honeybourne line on a late Sunday afternoon in April 1990. Shakespeare, aged 66 and of Scaleby Close, Upperby in Carlisle, appeared at Gloucester Crown Court via video link on Thursday 18 November. He admitted one count of rape and one count of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. The victim had been walking along the public footpath on 29 April 1990 when she was approached by Shakespeare, who was a stranger to her. He was carrying a wooden stick which was sharpened into a point and had a nail protruding from one end. Shakespeare then raped the victim in some nearby undergrowth and afterwards made threats to not tell anyone what he did before he ran away from the scene. A full DNA profile was recovered at the time of the incident but following numerous

However, earlier this year Shakespeare was arrested out of county for being in possession of a knife and his DNA was taken and added to a national database. This later led to a forensic match to the 1990 rape and Shakespeare was arrested on 15 August and subsequently charged with the offences. The case had previously been reopened by Gloucestershire Constabulary in 2007 with renewed appeals for information, including on national television in 2008. Officer in the case, Detective Constable Simone Bowley said: “Firstly I would like to commend the victim as her bravery and courage has been phenomenal right from the day this horrific crime took place, through to present day. “She has had to wait for more than 30 years for Shakespeare to admit his abhorrent crimes. The case has been reopened and reviewed over this time, and she has continued to work with us in the hope that one day he would be caught and brought to justice. “This was a deeply horrifying

afternoon. The impact of this crime was felt within the wider community too, as people were fearful of what took place that day. “We all had hope that we would be able to identify the man responsible for this, and I am glad that day has finally come. “I have updated the victim on today's outcome and she was relieved to hear the news. “In Gloucestershire we have a dedicated Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team and I would urge anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault, whether recent or nonrecent, to please contact police or other support agencies and report it.” Shakespeare was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on 17 January at Bristol Crown Court. If you have experienced rape, sexual assault or abuse, and wish to report the crime, contact police by calling 101 or 999 in the case of an emergency. Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre support women dealing with the effects

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The following cases have all been heard recently at Cheltenham Magistrates Court: Julian Dable, 57, of London Road, Cheltenham, indicated a guilty plea to a charge of causing the death of Angela Crinion by driving a Tesla Model 3 without due care and attention in London Road on 21st March 2021. Ms Crinion died on 7th April. The magistrates imposed an interim driving ban on Dable and committed him on unconditional bail to be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on Feb 16th. Harley Sharpe, 30, of Bradley Road, Charlton Kings, has been bailed to await trial in April after denying charges of assault and taking a vehicle without consent. He admitted having no third party insurance and no valid driving licence. He is alleged to have taken a VW Polo on 11/12 November last year in Cheltenham and assaulted a woman in the town on Nov

12. The magistrates granted conditional bail until trial on April 12th. A warrant was issued for the arrest of John Maher, 39, of Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, after he failed to appear on charges of assaulting a police officer and being drunk and disorderly. The offences occurred on Nov 29th in Cheltenham and Maher had admitted them at an earlier hearing. Magistrates issued a warrant without bail. Connor Henry, 31, of Swallowtail Close, Fiddlers Green, was fined £200 and ordered to pay £60 costs after he admitted breaching a community order previously imposed by the court. He admitted failing to report for unpaid work sessions on 18th Sept and 27th Nov last year without reasonable excuse.

A warrant was issued on Jan 17th for the arrest of Jake Ahmed, 21, of Evenlode Road, Cheltenham, who faced three charges of shoplifting and one of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. He is accused of stealing washing powder and conditioner from the One Stop Shop, Cheltenham, on 12th Sept last year, using threatening behaviour on the same date towards Clare Roiston, and stealing meat from M&S on 23rd and 26th Nov. At the same court three days earlier (on 14th January), Ahmed had appeared on charges of stealing a VW Passat car worth £4,000 on Christmas Eve 2021, stealing £195 worth of goods from the Factory Shop on the same date and breaching a curfew order. At that hearing he was conditionally bailed till 4th March.

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A warrant was issued for the arrest of Kathleen Bond, 37, of Cowper Road, who is accused of theft of £200 worth of bedding from Next in Cheltenham on 6th July last year. She is also charged with failing to comply with a community order issued by the court on 26th October last year. Christopher Empson, 28, of Lansdown Crescent, was banned from driving for a year and ordered to pay £1,309 in fines, costs and surcharges after he admitted driving an Audi A3 in Malvern Road, Cheltenham, on 15th Dec 2021 with 56micrograms of alcohol on his breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs. He can reduce his disqualification by three months if he takes an approved driving course by 6th Aug this year. James Hay, 25, of Marle Hill Parade, is charged with stealing clothing worth £229.60 from Primark, Cheltenham, on 24th November 2021. He was bailed until March 4th on condition he does not enter the High Street between the junctions with Church Street and Bath Road. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Sean Rayner, 34, of Firgrove Walk, Benhall, who is accused of driving a Ford S-Max with excess cocaine and Benzoylecgonine in his blood on Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, on 6th July last year.

A warrant was also issued for Adao Marques, 21, of Vittoria Walk, who is charged with driving a Toyota Auris in Whittington Road on 19th June 2021 with excess Delta-9Tetrahydrocannabinol in his bloodstream. He is also accused of not having a valid driving licence. Aaron Randall, 39, of Wasley Road, Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to stealing a Puma jumper and two Adidas jackets worth a total of £279.97 from TK Maxx on Nov 24th last year and was placed under a one year community order with a condition not to enter the TK Maxx store in Regent Arcade during that period. He was also given a rehabilitation activity order, fined £50 and ordered to pay a £95 surcharge. Benjamin Theyer, 32, of Pates Avenue, Cheltenham, was committed to Gloucester Crown Court to be sentenced on Feb 2nd after he admitted two offences of assault and one of theft. He also admitted breaching an existing suspended sentence order imposed in 2020 for drug dealing. The charges he admitted were of stealing food worth £10 from NISA Premier store in High Street on 8th January this year, and assaulting Ross Jarratt and Francis Walsh by beating them on the same date. He is remanded in custody pending sentence. David Collins, 38, of no fixed address, faced a charge of being drunk and disorderly in The Promenade on 23rd Nov 2021 and was bailed till 28th February. Kayleigh Macdonald, 31, of The Greenings, Up Hatherley, will be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on Feb 9th after she admitted dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol and Benzoylecgonine (a cocaine

metabolite) in her blood. The offences took place on the M5, A417 and Shurdington Road in a Renault Clio on 27th June last year. She had 208mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood, the legal limit being 80mgs. An interim driving ban was imposed pending sentence and she was granted bail until her crown court appearance. George Sherborne, 25, of Cleeve Road, Gotherington, was bailed until 21st Feb on charges of resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty and failing to provide a roadside drugs wipe in Cheltenham on 10th July last year. Kieran Ward, 29, of Midwinter Close, Swindon Village, was bailed till 25th February on a charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards two police constables, Nathan Watts and Lewis Mutton, on May 6th last year. Gregor Campbell, 18, of Hungerford Road, Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to destroying a window belonging to Laura Wilmott in Gloucester on 18th December last year. He was bailed till 4th March for sentence. Jonathan Allen, 31, of The Holt, Bishops Cleeve, was ordered to pay £1,172 in fines, costs and surcharges after he admitted failing to give the police the identity of the driver of a BMW which allegedly committed a speeding offence on the A417 near Cirencester on 15th June last year. Gilberto Fernandes, 22, of St Paul's Street South, Cheltenham, admitted speeding in an Audi A3 on Badgeworth Lane, Shurdington, on 17th June last year and was fined £115 and ordered to pay £90 costs and a £34 surcharge. His licence was endorsed with three penalty points.

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Anti-drink and drugs drive campaign sees 95 arrests THE annual Christmas antidrink and drugs drive campaign for 2021 has seen a total of 95 people being arrested for driving related offences. The figure for this year’s campaign, which ran across the county from 1 December to 1 January, is down on last year’s number when 130 people were arrested. A total of 49 people were arrested for motoring offences related to alcohol, while 33 were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Following the work of officers on the roads of Gloucestershire, a total of 41 people were charged for a

variety of offences and have appeared or will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court. An additional 39 people have been released under investigation and several people gave a negative breath test after being brought into a station. The campaign, coordinated by Gloucestershire Constabulary with Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, aimed to educate drivers of the dangers and penalties they could face by getting behind the wheel after consuming

alcohol or drugs, and to dispel some of the myths associated with drink driving. Enforcement action saw the Special Constabulary conducting a number of proactive operations throughout the county and roads policing officers making targeted patrols. Chief Inspector Al Barby said: “Every day we have seen motorists who continue to believe that they are able to drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. “It is disappointing that the message is still not getting through to a small number of people who continue to flout the law.

“Our roads officers and Special Constables have done a fantastic job of ensuring roads are safe from those who still drive while intoxicated. “Their work doesn’t end here

– while the Christmas campaign has finished, we will continue to target all those who think that it is acceptable to take a risk and drive under the influence of

drink and drugs.” A number of drivers were also caught for a variety of other offences, including driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Unique jewellery stolen OFFICERS are appealing for information after a number of unique pieces of jewellery were stolen during a burglary in Cheltenham at the end of last year. Police were contacted with a report that unknown offenders had forced entry to a property on Tudor Lodge Road in the Park at some point between 8am and 11pm on Monday 22 November before stealing the items from a safe. The offenders are believed to have entered by smashing the rear patio doors whilst the elderly homeowner was out. One of the items which was stolen is a unique 10mm wide 'heraldic' style Dower and Hall ring with six 3mm round cabochon stones in rub over setting. The other items of jewellery include: Two strings of Ivory beads, one oval and one round both graduated to centre; Gold bar brooch with one aquamarine and two diamonds; A rolled gold ' gypsy' bangle A fine chain charm bracelet with 22 charms; Gold rimed earrings with oval cabochon garnets Pink cameo set earrings in obsidian and a matching pendant; Victorian cameo earrings set in gold; A silver carved Ivory brooch

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in oval setting with scrolled edge; A pink oval cameo set in gold surround; Three gold rings; A gold chain link bracelet; A gold chain; A pair of gold link drop earrings. Investigating officers have conducted house-to-house and CCTV enquiries and are now asking for anyone who has information to come forward. Due to the burglary occurring in a busy residential area, officers are also asking anyone who witnessed suspicious activity or has CCTV footage to please make contact.

You can submit information using the following form quoting incident 443 of 22 November: https://www.gloucestershire. police.uk/tua/tell-usabout/cor/tell-us-about-existi ng-case-report Alternatively you can call police on 101, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website crimestoppersuk.org. For advice on how to help protect your home from burglary please visit: www.gloucestershire.police.u k/policeforces/gloucestershire-consta bulary/areas/gloucestershire/ campaigns/burglary/

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More help needed for our war hero WE would like to give our readers an update on our Help our Hero campaign. A lot has happened since we reported Mathew’s plight back in August. As a direct response to our article, we were contacted by SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and after several meetings and home visits the charity has put together a package to improve Matthew’s quality of life including a new scooter, wheelchair and rise-andrecline chair. They are also arranging an electronic garage door and a ramp into the house to accommodate his new scooter and in addition SSAFA have agreed to organise new windows and doors for his maisonette. In addition to this Cheltenham building merchants George

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Campaign for Mat’s Maisonette make-over. Mat who served in Botswana, Kuwait, Cyprus and Bosnia with the Gloucestershire regiment was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis 17 years ago and has been medically retired since 2018. He has also raised thousands of pounds for charity himself and now, with the help of his

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EX-SOLDIER and Cheltenham resident Mathew James needs our help. Mat, 48, has fallen on hard times recently and his carer Ruth Luffrum has asked The Cheltenham Post to see if we can rally around some volunteers, builders and suppliers to give his maisonette in Warden Hill a bit of a

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Bence have very kindly offered to donate a kitchen with new cabinets and worktop and Mira showers are donating a shower. BST Electrical Ltd. are giving their services for any electrical requirements with local

electrician Neil Jefferies volunteering. However there is still plenty to do and funds to be raised. Cheltenham Town have kindly given Mathew the last game of the season against Bolton (hopefully a big attendance), which will give an an opportunity for a bucket collection with many of Mathews friends and ex-forces colleagues offering their services. We would love a military band to play at the match so if anyone can help with this then please get in touch with us at The Post. Ruth Luffrum, Mat’s carer, said: “We have been so pleased with how it has gone so far and feel so appreciative of the support we have had. “Mathew has had an extremely

hard time with his MS and all I want is for him to be more comfortable in his maisonette. Life has been incredibly tough for him recently and we really appreciate the help and support we have been given and with project manager Mark Hopkins’ assistance we can see light at the end of the tunnel. We still need support as the rest of the work will have to be self- funded so any help out there will be gratefully received.” Mark Hopkins and his team of volunteers led by Andy Claridge and Niall McKinnon are looking to start work on the week commencing 21st of March. The Post will keep you all updated on how it is going -if you would like to help Mathew and donate please go to gofundme Help Mathew James (Jammer).

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Minster Exchange transformation Work moves at pace as 46 bespoke modules arrive on site and construction of £6.8million event space begins next month

IS it too soon to say the worst of Omicron is over? Covid will no doubt always be with us in some form, but expert opinion seems increasingly confident that the Omicron peak may have passed. Hospital admissions appear to have plateaued and are slowly decreasing, helped by the fact that 91% of over-12s have now received at least their first vaccination nationally. Here in Gloucestershire that figure is even higher. And in my last briefing with local hospital bosses, there were no patients in Cheltenham or Gloucester ICU. That’s really encouraging news. It is helped by the fact we are the most boosted country in the G7. We also have very strong supplies of antivirals, which helps limit the severity of cases. The UK is likely to be the first Northern hemisphere country to emerge from pandemic status, with Dr David Nabarro, World Health Organisation (WHO) special envoy for Covid-19, saying that there is “light at the end of the tunnel”. In South Africa, where Omicron was first identified in November, infection rates have dropped rapidly. Most experts believe the Omicron wave has passed and other countries should expect the same cycle. To borrow from Professor Paul Hunter “Covid will soon be just one of the causes of the common cold and will be a pain in the behind, maybe flaring up in winter. We will need boosters for the most vulnerable but I can’t see widespread mask use or testing being warranted.”

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Whilst this is not a competition, it is helped by the fact we are the most boosted country in terms of vaccines of any large country, and the most tested in Europe which helps limit the spread. We've got the most antiviral drugs in Europe, which helps limit the seriousness of cases. Meanwhile, the economy has surged back, and jobless figures in Cheltenham are now lower than they were before the pandemic. All this is positive, but now is the time to confront the critical issues that are approaching – issues around the cost of living. That’s why, this week, I met the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to discuss measures that I want to see to support the people of Cheltenham with fuel bills. Global gas wholesale prices are beyond our control of course, but there are things Government can and should do to support those who are struggling. As I reminded him, Cheltenham has three neighbourhoods which are in the bottom decile of income per head anywhere in our country. They will be hit hardest of all. Support is already in place in the form of the Warm Home Discount, launched in April 2011, which has helped over 2.2 million low-income and vulnerable households, including individuals with a disability. Then there’s the Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payment too. But we need to go further, and I will continue to work with the Chancellor to help him deliver practical solutions.

A VISION to transform the space around Cheltenham Minster has now become reality, with the arrival of 46 bespoke modular units on site. The exciting step forward is a positive start to the new year, with the scheme acting as the centrepiece of the council’s post-Covid recovery strategy. The Minster Exchange (MX) project will house 20,000 square feet of state of the art workspace, a home for The Growth Hub to support business development, a purpose-built events space, café, community and education space. The arrival of the bespoke modular units is the first step in the creation of a brand new cultural hub in the heart of the town. At this stage, the units are shell only and will be clad and finished to enhance the surrounding environment. Very soon, the timber for construction for the event space will also be arriving. Councillor Rowena Hay, leader at Cheltenham Borough Council said: “The significance of the MX scheme is such that it will bring together the library, the Wilson Art Gallery & Museum, a large performance space and a café culture. It will establish the area as the heart of the town once again. Improved lighting and footpaths will encourage better connectivity between the high street and promenade, reinventing and breathing life into a space that should be well used and enjoyed by residents, communities and businesses. “It’s incredibly exciting to see the long awaited arrival of the

modular units as it’s the first time we have really been able to see the plans turn into reality. As we work hard, together with our partners, to recover as a town from the pandemic, the delivery of the MX project is crucial, now and for future generations.’’ Bruce Gregory, director at WorkShop Cheltenham, the council’s development partner, said: “The MX will be transformational for the town, helping to reinstate the Minster Gardens and the surrounding area as a vibrant location for the community to visit and enjoy. It will be a platform for high growth companies in the cyber tech, digital and creative sectors and link with Hub8’s two other sites, located in The Brewery Quarter and

Gloucestershire College’s Cheltenham Campus. It will be a shop window for the future vision of the town as we build momentum towards the launch of the Cyber Innovation Campus as part of the Golden Valley Development. The MX will also be the new home for Cheltenham Festivals and provide a year-round calendar of events to underpin the town’s thriving festival scene.” The scheme has been designed with the environment in mind. The bespoke modular construction of the units has several sustainability benefits, including efficient production, reduced waste and effective energy control as they are manufactured in a factory setting, compared to an open construction site.

Also as part of the wider MX initiative, it is proposed that the closed churchyard of Cheltenham Minster - the town’s oldest building - will benefit from renovation and restoration works. Known as Minster Gardens, plans for the space include new pathways, seating, lighting, planting and signage. The scheme, having been unanimously approved by the Local Planning Authority in December, is currently with the Diocese for consideration. The project team aims for designs to go on display for the public to see very soon. It is hoped that completion of the MX scheme will be this summer, with similar timescales for the gardens, subject to approval.

Terror offender jailed following Cheltenham MP intervention A Neo-Nazi terror offender who previously avoided jail has been sentenced to an immediate prison term after Cheltenham’s MP and the Government’s Solicitor General Alex Chalk personally presented the case at the Court of Appeal. On 7 January 2020, Lincolnshire Police searched Ben John’s home and seized several electronic devices including a phone and hard drives. Police found tens of thousands of politically extreme and far-right documents and files. This

included white nationalist and anti-Semitic materials. Amongst the materials, Lincolnshire Police found a copy of the ‘Anarchy Cookbook’, a book containing instructions for the manufacture of explosives and rudimentary weapons. John was found guilty of one count of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. On 31 August 2021, John was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, at Leicester Crown Court.

Following the sentence, Chalk referred John’s sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme. On 19 January, the Court of Appeal found his original sentence to be unduly lenient and increased it to 2 years’ imprisonment with a 1 year licence period. Speaking after the hearing, Alex Chalk QC MP said: “The Government is committed to confronting terrorism in all its forms, including from the

Extreme Right Wing. We remain focussed on disrupting the activities of the most dangerous extremists, supporting those who stand up to their hateful rhetoric, and protecting vulnerable people being drawn into terrorism. “I referred Ben John’s sentence to the Court of Appeal, and chose to personally present it, because I believed it to be unduly lenient. I am pleased that the Court of Appeal agreed and chose to increase his sentence today.”

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PCC gets backing from Bishop in bid to block random sex licenses POLICE and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson, pictured, is targeting a loophole in the law that allows any licensed premises to offer sexual entertainment without official permission. The PCC was previously frustrated when he joined other opponents to an application from a venue in Cheltenham to offer sexual entertainment during the National Hunt Festival, which is due to take place in March. Now he is renewing his opposition. He is calling for the repeal of the part of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, which allows any licensed premises to offer sexual entertainment without first notifying the police, local council or local residents. Mr. Nelson, who today launches his first Police and Crime Prevention Plan, in which tacking violence and intimidation of women and girls is a priority, is starting a petition which he hopes will influence the Government to bring about an urgent change in the law, and asking the County’s district and borough councils to outlaw such establishments.

He said: “I understand how current legislation has made it difficult for councillors to refuse sexual entertainment applications in the past, especially when there is a precedent as was the case in November. But someone needs to take a lead in changing the culture of immoral behaviour towards lone women in the area. “I want Gloucestershire to be the safest place in the country to live and work, and yet a survey commissioned by Cheltenham Borough Council found that 75% of women feel less safe on the town’s streets during race week and 82% had suffered from some form of sexual harassment. “We cannot, on one hand, say ‘something must be done’ and then not take that action when an opportunity presents itself. We have a duty, by any means necessary, to eradicate discrimination, harassment and abuse against women and girls and do everything we can to ensure their safety. Not only during race weeks in Cheltenham but every other day too. That is why I have made

tackling violence and intimidation against women and girls a priority in my new Police and Crime Prevention Plan, and why I have launched this petition.” The first to endorse the PCC’s petition, available at chng.it/jzrKy7GKG5, was the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Reverend Rachel Treweek. “I fully support this petition and would urge people to sign it,” she said. “We need to take urgent action to tackle all violence against women and girls, and part of that is about making our streets and towns safer. Allowing any licensed premises to offer sexual entertainment objectifies women and exacerbates the risk of women and girls being abused.

“The issue of violence against women and girls in England has recently been highlighted by some horrifying headline cases, and my hope is that this petition will influence the Government to bring about an urgent change in the law.” Under current legislation, any licenced premises is allowed to provide a variety of sexual entertainment up to 11 times a year, providing they are at least one month apart. It is a loophole which means different venues can ‘pop-up’ randomly and offer similar entertainment without any outside regulation around conduct and safety. Three local charities supporting vulnerable women, Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC), the Nelson Trust and Cheltenham Guardians have all previously voiced their opposition to such clubs and have signed the petition. Mr. Nelson will need a minimum 100,000 signatures to have the issue debated in Parliament. 10,000 signatures are needed to bring about a response from the Government.

Nominate your local hero for the Medal of Honour NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2022 Cheltenham Medal of Honour. The medal recognises the voluntary contribution that local residents have made to their communities. The nominations are considered by an independent panel and all information is treated on a confidential basis. The award is presented during the Inauguration of the Mayor ceremony which will be held on 16 May 2022. The Medal of Honour recipient for 2021 was Dawn Eccles, a local resident who

has worked tirelessly for the community to help local children. Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Steve Harvey, says: “Cheltenham has been very lucky to have many wonderful local people who give their time freely to help others less fortunate than themselves or who work to make our town a better place to live. The Medal of Honour is an important way of recognising those who have volunteered their time and energy to make a real difference in our communities. “If you know a person who

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has volunteered in this way for at least ten years’ continuous service, please consider thanking them by nominating them for this annual award.” For more information on the scheme and a nomination form, contact Jennie Ingram, Cheltenham Medal of Honour Committee, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 9SA, email jennie.ingram@cheltenham. gov.uk or call 01242 264108. The closing date for 2022 nominations is Friday 11 March 2022.

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REACHING Net Zero carbon emissions is a huge challenge, but it’s something we can’t afford to ignore. Too often, however, the debate loses sight of the reason why we must act. It’s simple: to make the world better for us and our children. If we don’t deal with it, the outcomes are clear. More deaths from extreme temperatures and freak weather. More people living in poverty. More refugee crises as more of the earth becomes uninhabitable. Naturally, it won’t be the very rich who deal with this. They’ll find a way to escape. But it’ll be the other 99% (and more) of us who suffer. After dragging its feet in 2015, the government is finding its way - slowly. Campaigns by various charities, pressure groups, think tanks and local areas like Cheltenham have made a difference. Alongside hundreds of other local areas, we’ve declared a climate emergency. In the next fortnight, we’ll publish our detailed Climate Emergency Action Plan. This will cover all the areas we need to consider as our area looks to hit Net Zero, and it will remain a ‘live’ document so we can update it over time. The Plan includes what we need to do to our buildings, energy use and transport systems, while boosting nature too. Crucially, it sets out why we need to aim to not just offset our carbon emissions, but instead reduce them to the very minimum that we can. This isn’t a problem that can be solved by doing the easy things alone. Carrying on as we are, but planting more trees and

buying carbon credits, simply isn’t an option. Our Action Plan will set out what Cheltenham Borough Council can do directly, what we can do in partnership with others like the County Council and Government departments, as well as what we will be relying on others to do. For example, the Borough Council’s Connecting Cheltenham report sets our vision for sustainable transport, but we are reliant on the County Council highways authority to deliver transport schemes. Sustainable transport will make us healthier too. Similarly, we know that we have a huge challenge to decarbonise our council houses, but we are reliant on government grants like the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to deliver that work. That’ll fight fuel poverty. And to help this work we have the Cheltenham Zero Partnership, which has been setup by the Borough Council and Vision21 to bring together businesses, community groups and the public sector. The Partnership will share knowledge to enable organisations to reduce their emissions, as well as acting as a sounding board for bigger projects. You can visit Cheltenhamzero.org to learn more and register your organisation. The Climate Emergency Action Plan will be out in the next couple of weeks. Look out for the official announcement and let us know your feedback. Because if we are to make the world a better place for all of us, we need to do it together – there’s no other option.

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Energy supplier gone bust - what happens next? AS of last week, 18 enrergy suppliers accounting for 2.5 million customers have gone bust due to the rise in wholesale pricing. Do you need to panic? Well maybe but only for your wallet. Your supply is not going to be interrupted; however if your supplier goes bust you will be automatically transferred to another supplier. For example, Igloo who are now bust had approx. 179,000 customers who are now transferred to E.ON Next and will be subject to their pricing and service. At the beginning of February 2022, there will be an announcement of a new price cap level which will come into

By Ben Williams effect from 1 April 2022. A likely average increase will be in the region of £1,200-£2,000 per year for the many dual fuel customers. You can look to switch, however the smaller suppliers are more vulnerable and many suppliers are taking deals offprice comparison websites as a result of high wholesale prices and market volatility. They're trying to get their costs down to survive, so they adjust tariffs appropriately and the only option they have is selling you energy at higher rates. Our article in the last issue explained how volatile the

energy supply chain is for the UK and it is hard to predict where prices will go long term, we can be sure of is demand for electricity is not going to reduce. Now is a good time to assess your options on how to be cost-effective with both energy use, consumption and increasingly, generation. Small changes can make a big difference; research by Uswitch.com shows turning your thermostat down by just 1°C could actually save you as much as £80 per year. It means the 17.7 million households setting thermostats above 20°C could save £1.4 billion if they turned the temperature down just a single degree.

Consultation continues online for M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme FOLLOWING the final face-toface Junction 10 consultation event which took place earlier this month, additional dates have been announced for further online consultations. These take place on: Saturday 29 January 2pm – 3.30pm; and Wednesday 2 February 7pm – 8.30pm. Registration for the online events is required in advance at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk. The scheme proposals will see significant improvements to M5 Junction 10, a new road linking Junction 10 to West Cheltenham and widening of the A4019 Tewkesbury Road. The council is currently running a statutory public consultation, in order to gather feedback to help refine its final scheme design. The consultation, which launched on 8 December 2021, will close on 15 February 2022. Feedback on the proposals can be shared by completing the council’s online survey at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/J10 , where the detailed proposals can also be viewed. Paper copies are available from Cheltenham Library and Tewkesbury Library or can be requested by emailing M5Junction10@atkinsglobal.co m. For assistance in completing the survey, call 01452 426256 (Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm, excluding weekends & bank holidays). Councillor David Gray, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “We’ve had a good response to the consultation so far, but we are keen to hear from more people. This is your opportunity

In terms of sustainability, saving energy and looking after the planet, a further 43% of people say they have totally re-evaluated the way they live in the past year. New car registrations show how many people are now choosing electric vehicles; 1 in 6 new cars registered last year were plug-ins and it's hardly surprising when the latest EV's are affordable and can easily achieve over 200 miles on a single charge. Last years registrations were more than

the previous four years combined. Now that we are 2 years into the government introduced Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), which encourages energy suppliers to pay customers for the solar energy they generate, as well as cutting your energy bills you can earn money from your solar panels. It continues to be a great opportunity, it makes good financial sense to power your home with solar and even better to sell that free energy

back to the grid that needs it. Whilst it is a minefield choosing a new supplier that will buy electricity you generate, provide off-peak rates and support the hardware you choose for your home energy system, there are significant savings to be made in the coming decade by getting it right with solar, house battery technology and electric vehicles.

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Highways has also identified that significant growth planned for this area would require improvements to M5 Junction 10 to maintain the safe and efficient operation of the M5 corridor. Hannah Sanderson, Programme Manager for National Highways, said: “We are delighted to see the proposed M5 Junction 10 improvements progressing and are encouraging everyone to have their say on the design. The scheme will help ease congestion and improve the gateway into the South West, while also unlocking wider economic benefits to both local communities and the region as a whole. “As well as supporting the scheme, we are especially proud of the work undertaken by the wider team to make sure there is minimum disruption to the environment, landscape and wildlife, as well promoting sustainable travel.” For more information about the statutory public consultation and to view the scheme proposals in more detail, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/J10

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Playing Out Reclaiming our streets AS a child I played in the road outside my house and felt safe. The air was fresher as there were fewer cars around and drivers were expecting to see children playing in the street. I also lived a few hundred yards from a large park and woodland which meant I could easily walk there and play with friends from the age of six as again it was safe to do so. Today most children are not in the same lucky position and cannot play in the streets by their home as there is now too much traffic. Often, younger children do not live near enough to a park or playground for their parents to be happy for them to walk there alone. As a result, playtime outside can be limited to where and when parents can take them. In Cheltenham, with the exception of the town’s green spaces and play areas, most of the options to play outside the home cost money, e.g. the soft play zone at Cheltenham Leisure centre allows children to have 45 minutes of fun on the play frames and slides for £3.50 per child, or privately run play areas which cost around £9 for an hour and a half of

By John Patient play. There are also organisations which aim to help children play. An example is Move More who aim to instil a love of physical activity within all children. They run activity focused club camps at various locations in Cheltenham and organise events and competitions. But again this costs money and has limited availability. Play is a vital part of every child’s development, it is one of the most powerful and natural tools children possess for learning and is fundamental to health and happiness. So much so that it is actually a human right, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 31 states that “parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities.” Unlike organised or paidfor activities like this event, playing outside near the child’s home, where it is possible, is also fun, free and should be open to ALL children. This issue is being

addressed by the organisation Playing Out which is a parent and resident led movement restoring children’s freedom to play out in the streets and spaces where they live, for their health, happiness and sense of belonging. Playing Out aims to create a safe space for children to play freely together on their doorstep. This in turn helps to build a sense of community in an area and can lead to parents starting to share bringing their children to school, leading to less traffic and less pollution. Children who live near each other have the opportunity to meet and find they enjoy playing together. There is currently no evident street play policy in Cheltenham and we feel this omission needs to be given consideration and addressed as quickly as possible. John Patient is a volunteer core group member for Clean Air Cheltenham.

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THE New Year is kicking off in a big environmental way with an event called From The Ground Up. It’s a one day sustainable festival to inform and encourage Cheltenham’s residents to explore and engage more about how they can make a difference in their home, business/work, life and community. It will take place at St Philip’s and St James’ Church Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD on 12th February starting at 10:00 am. Members of the public will be welcome to come along to view the exhibitions, meet experts and talk to representatives of local charities and organisations to learn what’s going on in town.

Or, to find out how you can live more sustainably, or to ask a query about climate change. There will be a series of talks on a wide variety of environmental topics given by a number of personalities and experts running throughout the day. Amongst the groups present will be Clean Air Cheltenham, Vision 21, CK Futures, Master Composters and Planet Cheltenham. Events like these help to focus public attention on issues concerning the big picture of Climate Change, but at the same time raise awareness about local issues. It will answer questions ranging from 'What is the quality of the air we breathe in

Cheltenham?' to 'When will the next Repair Café will be taking place and where?’ These events also add to the general groundswell of action and interest in tackling Global Warming. In Cheltenham we have our own initiative to counteract Climate Change called CheltenhamZero, which aims to create a Net Carbon Zero Cheltenham by 2030. Currently, businesses and community groups can become involved with the initiative, but if it is to be fully successful, it will ultimately involve everyone who works and lives in Cheltenham. For more information about CheltenhamZero visit its website cheltenhamzero.org.

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Gloucestershire residents smash winter ‘daily dash’ challenge for charity NATIONAL healthcare charity Sue Ryder is thanking people across Gloucestershire who walked, jogged or ran 5k every day in December and helped reach a fundraising total of more than £100,000. The December Daily Dash challenge was started in 2015 by husband and wife Jackie and Mark Smith, after Jackie’s dad, Mike, received care from Sue Ryder. In the first year 13 people signed up to take part, raising £5,000. Since then the festive fundraiser has continued to grow in popularity and over 800 people in the UK and across the world took part in 2021, raising more than £100,000 to support the charity’s vital palliative, neurological and bereavement support services. Dash founders Jackie and Mark said: “A huge well done and thank you to everyone who pulled on their trainers and braved the unpredictable winter weather every day in December. After another challenging year in the wake of the pandemic, it was a great reminder of all that is good about the challenge – creating a daily habit to get moving, seeing friends, having fun and making memories.

“We have loved seeing all of the pictures and videos on social media and hearing about how people have enjoyed the sense of achievement that those 31 days of running and walking brings. Thank you for all your support and we hope to see everyone back at the end of 2022!” 53-year-old Helle Stenneke was one of the people who took part in the December Daily Dash for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, walking 5km in and around Cheltenham every day. She said: “I loved doing the December Daily Dash. As a hospice volunteer I know how much the support means to Sue Ryder and it is great to be able to help raise funds. “Personally it is really good to be ‘forced’ to go out daily. I work from home most of the time so it is tempting to just stay in the house but I feel so much better getting out. It also held the benefit that I don’t have to feel guilty about the extra chocolate at Christmas! “I really enjoyed it when friends and family joined me on walks and I managed to plan one of my routes to go by the entrance to the hospice too. “On New Year’s Eve my walk

held mixed emotions – it was great to have completed the challenge, but it was also a little bit sad that it was over. However, so far I have continued going out most days in January – not always 5kms but it is a good habit to have gotten into. I will definitely be back in December!” Caroline Graham, Director of Fundraising at Sue Ryder, said: “We know that December can be an incredibly difficult month for many, and taking part in the December Daily Dash provides a great way for people to take some time out, to think and reflect whilst raising money for families needing our care. “I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to each and every person who completed the December Daily Dash 2021 in support of Sue Ryder. For every step you took and pound you’ve raised you’re helping us continue to be there when it matters most.” CHALLENGE: Cheltenham resident Helle takes on the December Daily Dash 2021. Sue Ryder organises a wide range of national and regional events throughout the year to raise crucial funds and provide more care for more people. To see the full event calendar and find your next challenge, visit: sueryder.org/events FLOORING & INTERIORS

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community care providers working in Gloucestershire to support staff retention. Cllr Carole AllawayMartin, cabinet member for adult social care commissioning, said: “Care workers continue to work tirelessly to support some of the most vulnerable people in the county. I hope this financial boost will help kick start 2022 in a positive way for these, so often, unsung heroes and encourage them to remain in the sector. It is only

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£3m investment for Cheltenham school take-over ST EDWARD’S, Cheltenham has been acquired by Alpha Schools, a leading UK Independent Schools Group. As part of the deal, Alpha have pledged to invest £3m in improving the school’s facilities. Independent Schools have been hit with uncertainties following the impact of the pandemic. St Edward’s Trustees made the proactive step of reaching out to find the right partner with whom to strengthen the school. The acquisition by Alpha Schools provides a phenomenal opportunity for the school to thrive and prosper well into the future. St Edward’s reputation and results has been growing

since the arrival of new headmaster Matthew Burke. The enhanced facilities and influence of Alpha’s expertise in 11+ and IB will add to St Edward’s educational capital and only accelerate its upward trajectory. Dr Susan Honeywill, Chair of Trustees at St Edward’s explained: “Like us, Alpha Schools is committed to providing a happy environment in which pupils can meet and exceed academic expectations, developing their own unique individual gifts and talents. The Alpha team has an impressive track record of helping similar schools to St Edward’s fulfil their

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potential. Of particular interest to our Board were the group’s expertise and success rates in 11+, GCSE and A Level examinations, along with the potential to work with other Alpha schools. I am confident St Edward’s will go from strength to strength under the stewardship of our hugely dedicated staff body, and the Alpha Team. “In addition to the guaranteed investment in the site, the sale provides the trust with additional funds to support new bursaries and scholarships for families who would not otherwise be able to afford a St Edward’s education.” Mr Ali Khan, founder and

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owner of Alpha Schools, says: “I am delighted to welcome St Edward’s to the Alpha Group. Our approach is to develop a swift understanding of the history and character of each individual school so we can provide tailored support and direction. We bring a depth of knowledge and expertise from our network of schools, which will provide the St Edward’s team with opportunities for fruitful collaboration and support. St Edward’s is a vibrant school, with a rich history, situated

on two impressive sites and I am very much looking forward to working with them in the coming months.” Matthew Burke, the Principal, added: “This is such an exciting time to be associated with St Edward’s. I am delighted to have joined at a pivotal moment in its history and am impressed with the enthusiasm that Mr Khan has shown to support this fine school. St Edward’s has happy pupils, committed teachers, a beautiful site and a community of which we are proud. We look forward

to forging links with other schools within the Alpha Group and building on recent 11+, GCSE and A Level exam successes. I welcome all who want to experience what we have to offer at St Edward’s in the future.” Situated on two sites, comprising over 60 acres, both located in the heart of Cheltenham and approximately five minutes from each other, St Edward’s is the only Independent Day School in Cheltenham providing education for pupils aged 1 to 18.

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EARLIER this year the government published its National Bus Strategy ‘Bus Back Better’, setting out the vision and opportunity to deliver better bus services for passengers across England. Within this strategy, Gloucestershire County Council, as the Local Transport Authority, published its Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), outlining the council’s strategic vision for bus services in the county. It covers bus times and frequency, bus priority, zero emission buses, fares and tickets, passenger experience and information and branding. The county council is now working on a partnership with bus operators in the county to set out how they will deliver the improvement plan, which residents can help shape by taking part in a survey. The council have received 685 responses so far and would like to hear from more people before the survey closes on 30 January 2022. You can take part in the survey at haveyoursaygloucestershire.uk. engagementhq.com/bus-service-

improvement-plan-survey Cllr Philip Robinson, cabinet member responsible for public transport, said: “We really want to hear the views of residents before our consultation closes at the end of this month. Whether buses are a vital means of transport for you, or if you use them less frequently, we would like a wide variety of respondents to ensure we can deliver a bus service in Gloucestershire that’s suitable

for everyone. “Well run bus services will provide high quality options for sustainable transport, helping us to reach our carbon reduction targets and keep the county connected. So please spare a few minutes to tell us what you think about bus services in the county and how they can be improved.” A copy of the BSIP and more information is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ BSIP.

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News Commissioner’s fund re-opens and is looking out for new ideas IT’S not quite ‘a new broom’, but the new-look Commissioner’s Fund is heading in a new direction. Created in 2012, the Commissioner’s Fund has awarded grants to hundreds of community and voluntary organisations, including 500 local projects working to break the cycle of crime. Now, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is on the lookout for fresh ideas to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and bring communities even closer together. PCC Chris Nelson said: “What makes our planning unique, is that it has mobilised entire communities to help themselves in the knowledge the Police cannot bring about the change residents often desire on their own. “We are pleased to invite community groups, voluntary and public sector organisations to apply for grants up to £5,000 to support neighbourhoods working with the Police, to support delivery of the Police and Crime Prevention Plan and

By Chris Nelson Police & Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire make Gloucestershire an even safer place to live, work and visit. “I firmly believe in better connected communities, where by utilising our collective assets, we can work together to make life better.” The Commissioner’s Fund is open to voluntary or Registered Charities, charity community organisations, constituted groups or clubs, Community Interest Companies (CIC), social enterprises, schools and statutory bodies (including parish and town councils). Projects that involve the wider community and have the support of local councillors will increase their chance of an award. In line with the asset-based community development principles now promoted by Gloucestershire Constabulary, members of police staff or police officers are encouraged to work with communities or

organisations and support them in the development of their bids. In order to be considered, projects must take place in Gloucestershire, be linked to one or more of the PCC’s priorities and support crime reduction and community safety work. Grants can cover a range of costs such as practical work, group or partnership development, awareness raising, training, equipment and materials. The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Wednesday 16 February 2022. In order to apply and for further information, visit. www.gloucestershirepcc.gov.uk/the-commissionersfund-2022-23/ If you have any questions, please e-mail commissioners.fund@gloucest ershire.pnn.police.uk

Parking machine cash thefts POLICE have arrested two men and recovered £200 worth of coins following reports of thefts from parking machines in Cheltenham recently. Officers from the Cheltenham Local Policing Team were called to Lansdown Parade in the town at around 10.50pm on Sunday 23 January after a number of parking machine thefts were reported. It had been reported that the doors of parking machines had been forced opened and money was taken from inside. A PC who was driving in the area saw two men, who appeared to be acting suspiciously, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. He passed this information onto police colleagues and two men were located and detained nearby. Police dog Dara and her handler PC Cole then searched the area where the men were first sighted and found a hidden bag containing £200 worth of coins. Two men from London, aged 27 and 28, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of theft and taken into police custody. A van which is believed to have been used by the men was also located as well as tools which are thought to

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have been used during the thefts. Officers believe that this could be linked to a series of parking machine thefts in the town and anyone who has information which may help with the ongoing investigation is asked to please get in contact. Information can be submitted online by

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Regent Arcade welcome sportsfashion retailer A SPORTS-FASHION retailer has officially opened their doors recently within Regent Arcade, further expanding the Centre’s retail mix. JD Sports has spent the last few months refitting the 11,000 sq ft premises which was previously occupied by Arcadia Group’s Topshop store. The self-dubbed ‘King of Trainers’ stock brands such as Nike, Adidas and The North Face alongside with strong own brand labels such as Pink Soda and Supply & Demand. Scott Lahive, Centre Manager for Regent

Arcade said: “We are delighted to welcome JD Sports to Regent Arcade. This enhanced investment is proof of the strength of the retail offer in Cheltenham and is a further reward to our customers for the loyalty that they continue to show both to Regent as well as the town centre as a whole.” Over recent months, the scheme has seen the arrival of several new stores and venues, including the launch of TIVOLI Cinemas in September followed shortly by the opening of Decathlon’s making it the

first store in South West England. Lahive added that the arrivals marked a new chapter for Regent Arcade with further investment also planned for 2022. “We’re very excited that the new JD Sports store opened ahead of the busy Christmas trading period and we’re confident that it will attract large numbers of people to both the Centre and to the town. We wish them every success.” For more information about Regent Arcade’s retail line and upcoming events, visit www.regentarcade.co.uk

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CHELTENHAM Chamber are hosting a breakfast at the prestigious Ivy, in Montpellier Cheltenham on the Wednesday 23rd February. Doors open at 8.00am – and we are delighted to invite members and non-members. We all need positive news, so the chamber are pleased to announce that Reid Derby will be the speaker, a chance to hear about the exciting new Golden Valley Development, next to GCHQ. Reid Derby is Director of Strategy at Cyber Cheltenham, the UK’s largest cyber tech cluster, and part of the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration, UKC3. Reid is also Strategic Advisor to CBC on Innovation for the Golden Valley Development, which aims to build the world’s most intelligent garden community at the heart of a growing tech ecosystem next to GCHQ in Cheltenham. The Chamber is working with Reid and his colleagues to ensure that they encourage ‘buying local’ and engaging and supporting the local community and their vision is inspiring! Jon Leamon Deputy Chief

Executive said: “This is going to be a great event, a chance to learn more about the opportunities that this development will bring to our town, whilst enjoying a delicious breakfast at the iconic Ivy.” The event will finish at 9.30am and The Ivy have kindly donated a bottle of champagne for a business card draw - no better way to

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Curious kids wanted for Zoo launch AHEAD of a brand-new, multi-million pound land opening soon at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, a search has been launched in Cheltenham to find children aged eight and under who are passionate about nature and conservation, to become a ‘Twycross Zoo Discoverer’. The chosen Discoverer from Cheltenham will join 14 other children from across the UK to be some of the first to discover, explore and test the new land opening to the public in Spring 2022. Located in the heart of England at Twycross Zoo, the four-acre land will feature five new inhabitants with five bespoke habitats, and aims to engage with the youngest of children on nature to inspire the conservationists of the future. Twycross Zoo is run by leading conservation charity, East Midland Zoological

Society Ltd, with both organisations united in the belief that inspiring the next generation to care and engage in nature is critical to the future of many species as well as the planet. Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO of Twycross Zoo said: “We are excited to open our brand new land at Twycross Zoo - a specific area focussed on our youngest visitors. The next generation will play a vital role in solving the problems that face our planet, and we hope our 15 ‘Twycross Zoo Discoverers’ will be some of the future conservationists that will imagine and put into action the solutions to ensure our planet thrives. “As part of our 2030 Vision, this new land will not only provide a lot of fun for our visitors but will give us the opportunity to educate more young children than ever before on the natural world, a vital goal for UK

conservation efforts as well as our charity. For now, all the exciting details about our brand new land are being kept closely under wraps, but we’re looking forward to revealing more in

the coming weeks.” Cheltenham children aged eight and under with a passion for nature and animals, a love of spending time outdoors and most importantly, a big

imagination, are being encouraged to apply for the role of ‘Twycross Zoo Discoverer’. The final 15 Discoverers from across the UK will be the first to find out about the

land once it’s announced and will be invited for a VIP visit before the official public opening. Each Discoverer will also be awarded an exclusive ‘Keeper for the Day’ experience within the new land, and a 12-month membership pass, so they can enjoy the new area and its inhabitants and continue to develop their love and passion for nature. As a leading conservation charity, Twycross Zoo is committed to highlighting critical issues facing the natural world and supporting conservation projects both in the UK and internationally. To submit an entry for the role of ‘Twycross Zoo Discoverer’ for Cheltenham, please visit www.twycrosszoo.org/newfor-2022/. All entrants must be aged eight or under. For more information about Twycross Zoo visit www.twycrosszoo.org

Lightning-fast internet connectivity is coming to the high street THE last two years have seen a big shift toward the hybrid business model in the small business sector, with online trading becoming an integral part of many independent retailers’ business plans. Businesses had to react quickly to the pandemic by setting up online stores in addition to offering the traditional shop-front service. Gift shops found it was the only way to move stock, estate agents offered video showarounds, and food and drink outlets shifted towards doorstep deliveries. With a new reliance on ‘digital’, for the first time, fast and reliable internet connectivity became a key consideration for small businesses such as these. That’s why Triangle Networks has developed its new Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) for Business service, which is currently being rolled out in Cheltenham. This new product opens up affordable, full-fibre connectivity to smaller businesses that were previously only able to access unreliable copper and partfibre services. Paul Anslow, CEO of Triangle Networks, said: “Business FTTP is a crucial step forward in Cheltenham’s full-fibre revolution. Previously, most small businesses had no choice but to run their operations using a

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sub-standard copper-based connection. Now, for a similar price, these businesses will be able to access ultra-fast fullfibre services which will support them as we move further into the gigabit era. “Working with Cheltenham’s current network of IT businesses, we’re offering lightning-fast internet connectivity for a fraction of the previous cost so that high street businesses can achieve their full potential. This is welcome news to all, but particularly those that have seen their bottom line hit by ongoing restrictions.” Previously, most businesses would pay upwards of £400 per month for a 100Mbps fullfibre ethernet service, or £199 per month on CityFibre's existing metro networks. Now, Triangle have introduced a 900Mbps internet service over CityFibre's new FTTP network costing less than £100 per month for businesses to access. Businesses will be able to afford state-of-the-art digital connectivity to underpin their operations, whilst making cost savings of between £2-4k per year. With a shift towards supporting local businesses such as cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants and takeaways, there is an increasing demand for ultrafast wireless internet access. The findings of The Allegra Group’s 2021 Impact

of Coffee survey revealed that 65% of people would visit local coffee shops over the coming months to support them as they bounce back from the pandemic, with 68% of people agreeing that supporting local coffee shops was important when deciding where to drink their coffee. But trends are going in two ways, although there has been a huge rise in restaurant, cafe and bar use for work, there has also been a dramatic increase in ‘ordering in’ and online shopping. 580,000 restaurants are using Just Eat worldwide and 140,000 are connected to Deliveroo. Deliveroo’s consumer base reached an average of 7.8 million monthly active consumers in the second quarter of 2021. Also, Tech UK reported that consumer trends toward shopping online have also been accelerated with a quarter (25.5%) of all UK retail sales in August 2021 made online, up from 18.1% in August 2019. With shopping habits changing and huge competition from large ecommerce companies, it's clear that, for the small high street business in Cheltenham, adapting to combine the physical and digital experience for customers is more than essential. Clearly, reliable internet is now critical.

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Pull your running shoes on in 2022 and Run Cheltenham for Sue Ryder WITH January seeing many people setting new goals and challenges, one Gloucestershire charity is appealing to local residents to pull on their running shoes and sign up to Run Cheltenham, raising funds so their care teams can be there for local families when it matters. Sue Ryder is this year’s Run Cheltenham headline charity partner, and the local hospice, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, hopes to turn Cheltenham’s streets blue and white on Sunday 4th September 2022. Bag yourself a New Year early bird deal on entry and join hundreds of runners donning the famous ‘Team Sue Ryder’ running vests across the Mile, 10km and Half Marathon distances. One Gloucestershire resident who has already secured her place on the start line is Jessica Thomas age 41 from Cheltenham, who was inspired to sign up for the 2022 event after completing last year's event in memory of her dad, Andrew Hiscox. “I was immensely proud to run and wear the Sue Ryder vest,” said Jessica. “Sue Ryder were our guardian angels, our shining lights throughout the darkest of times with my beloved dad. I will be forever grateful to all the nurses and carers.” Jessica, who is mum to Isabella, 11, and Arthur, nine, took up running when her dad was first diagnosed with cancer and has found it to be not only good exercise but also beneficial for her mental wellbeing.

“I used to run past Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice on my running route. I have done a lot of my crying when I’ve been running – it just gives me that headspace. Dad thought I was mad but I signed up to do the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge and I did that in about six months. So as soon as I saw the Cheltenham Half Marathon advertised I decided I would get a place and run for Sue Ryder. “I loved it. It was quite emotional when I started. A lot of people had the Sue Ryder vests on so it was lovely. It made it even more heartfelt because so many people were running to show that support.” Jessica’s dad, Andrew, was cared for by the Hospice at Home team from Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in the final weeks of his life at his home in Cheltenham where nurses from Sue Ryder’s Hospice at Home team visited him three times a day. “My dad couldn’t bear the thought that he couldn’t look after himself but they were just so respectful of him,” said Jessica. “Sometimes they were the only ones who could make him smile. I will be forever grateful. They were so kind and thoughtful and they really looked after him so well. “We had thought Dad only had a couple of weeks but he actually had six or seven and I think a lot of that was down to the care that he had. The Sue Ryder nurses made him laugh and he really looked forward to seeing them.”

And the Sue Ryder team also supported Andy’s family, arranging for a nurse to stay overnight to enable Jenny to get some muchneeded rest. “They were absolutely wonderful with Dad, so calm and patient, and also really supportive of my mum. I used to go round at night to help my mum until Sue Ryder arranged for a nurse to stay three or four times a week in the evening. They just genuinely cared which was really comforting.” Jessica hopes by sharing her story she can encourage more people to sign up to Run Cheltenham for Sue Ryder. “My children were very proud of me after I completed it. They have even taken my medal into school to show everybody and my little boy has started cross country running now! I was so proud to run for Sue Ryder and I will do it every year now.” Run Cheltenham takes place on Sunday 4th September with options to run a Community Mile, 10k or Half Marathon. People running for Sue Ryder will receive support every step of the way, including a Sue Ryder running vest or T-shirt, access to training tips and advice from Sue Ryder’s very own professional coach, Nick, a cheer point on race day and plenty of food and drink to re-fuel after crossing the finish line. To join Team Sue Ryder visit www.sueryder.org/cheltenha m or email leckhampton.events@ sueryder.org

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Great British Bake-Off the musical comes to Cheltenham PRE-HEAT the oven to 2022 degrees because Great British Bake Off - The Musical is coming to Cheltenham for its spectacular world premiere. The new show at the Everyman theatre is endorsed and created in association with the producers of the worldwide television phenomenon. The nation's favourite baking show has been magically reimagined into a perfectly formed musical-comedy. Take eight amateur bakers, add two presenters, two iconic judges, the most delicious original score, and the result is the ultimate showstopper! Follow the trials and tribulations of our bakers, all with their own stories to tell and as unique from one another as their marvellous baked creations. Find out who will triumph as Star Baker, and who will fall foul

of a soggy bottom. Expect heart-warming characters, ounces of laughter and mouth-watering music in this brand-new and original British musical, suitable for the whole family. The show is filled with

delectable songs written by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary - 'one of musical theatre's most dynamic writing partnerships' - and bursting with the creme de la creme of performers and musicians from the West

End; come and take a peek inside the tent at this big new musical sensation. Bakers, you have two hours! On Your Marks, get set... SING! For tickets visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk

Entertainment McIntyre clocks up the steps at the Everyman By Bryan Mathieson AS he always does before setting out upon the big money-making arena tour shows towards the end of the year, Michael McIntyre, like many of our big hitters, takes his show out on the road to get a feel for what he and his team believe will work when exposed to an even larger audience. He must have great faith in the Cheltenham jury as, again, like a few years back, he clocked up his step count over two nights in January at The Everyman. Again there were observations that in truth are all too obvious, but not until he pointed them out do we realise, yes that’s us. It may have begun many years ago with the

now infamous “man drawer“ that we all have, and moved through to the “save yourself traffic bulletins” to his dangerous text game “send to all”, when done without any pre-warning. (Always deny having a phone if ever asked!!!) No spoilers here, so to learn what MM has in store, keep an eye out for when the tour tickets go on sale.

Mogwai – Young Team You know you’re getting old when you think of an album as being fairly recent but in fact it’s about to be 25 years old. “Who knows where the time goes?” said Sandy Denny, and I’m very much in agreement. Mogwai are one of those bands that is really bigger than the sum of its parts. If you’ve never seen them live, then you’ve missed out and should add it to your bucket list. They tend not to date like most meat and potato rock acts because they are pretty much an instrumental group and so you don’t notice age so much with them. They were never “lookers” anyway and certainly not Smash Hits poster-worthy. Ironically, however, I do have a framed sleeve of one of their records on my wall. What I admire about Mogwai is the sense that they don’t really like their listeners and would, at any given opportunity, do you harm. An example would be the second track on Young Team, ‘Like Herod’. It leads you down a tranquil path of relaxing melody and, just as your eyes are closing and you are absorbing the beauty of it all, it pummels your skull with an almighty sonic assault that will make you jump and leave you bewildered, if not

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Memories of Cheltenham’s past

Years goneby

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Diddymen Sunday Football Team 1966 Back Row: Graham Stocks, Ray Worgan, Bob Franklyn, Ken Isherwood, Reggie Dyde, Doug Harvey, Derek Hands. Front Row: Pete Thick, Micky Lee, Dave Hawkins, Chris Franklyn, Jackie Hadland.

The 1911-12 Grammar School team.

Old Pats Under 16s 2011/12 ... back row,from left, Norman Bell, Gethin Evans (coaches), Zach Robb, Andrew Cox, Sam Colbert-Smith, Matt Andrew, Jack Bell, Lee Hathaway, Hugh Howes, Will Safe, Jordon Leonard, Olly Brown, Tom Briscombe, Luke Pearson, David Carrie (coach). Front row: Jamie Leich, Jonny White, Tom Head, George Davis, Elliot Carran, George Carrie (captain), Jamie Delgado-Morgan, Nick Chittock, Isac Derbyshire , Seb Jackson.

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Recipes Garlic & Parmesan Baked Mushrooms Steph Williams

Juicy Mushrooms in a rich Garlic Parmesan cream sauce... so good you will want to lick your plate clean. Mushrooms are sautéed in Butter and Garlic until perfectly browned, then smothered in a super easy creamy Parmesan sauce and baked. This dish is perfect as a starter or a light lunch. It is cooked in 2 parts, 10 minutes a-piece and contains 8g of carbs.

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Ingredients 1 serving

Heat

- 130g Chestnut Mushrooms - 50ml Double Cream - 1/4 teaspoon Salt - 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper - 3 Cloves Garlic - 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese - 2 tablespoons grated Mozzarella Cheese - 20g Butter - Chopped Parsley to garnish

should be bubbling and reducing here.

Pre-heat your oven to 200 Degrees Celsius.

Transfer

Slice Slice your Mushrooms and

mince your Garlic and add to a pan with the Butter, Salt & Pepper.

Transfer into a baking dish and top with the Mozzarella and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.

Garnish

Garnish with Parsley.

Brown

Cook on a medium heat until slightly browned and the Garlic is fragrant.

Bubbling hot

Increase the heat to high and add in the Cream and Parmesan and cook for 90 seconds. The cream

Notes

I like to use chestnut mushrooms as I find they have a stronger flavour and firmer texture than plain white mushrooms. Serve on it's own or with low carb bread for dipping or low carb Pasta.

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Bake

Bake for 15 minutes.

Chill

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Friday 28th January 2022

Money talks Fanny Snaith

Awful April are you ready? AS I write the Resolution Foundation, an independent think-tank who focus on improving living standards for those on low to middle incomes, described 2022 as “the year of the squeeze”. They say this because April 2022 promises to be ruthless on household budgets as we see a BIG hike in energy prices, a hike in National Insurance, inflation above 6%, and maybe an interest rate rise to boot. Oh, and we are likely to see Council Tax rise in April too. Hold onto your hats lovely people! None of us will escape these blows to our budget. So, what can we do? Well, step one is to get TOTAL clarity on how much money is coming in and going out. Living in a financial fog will do nothing to help your financial situation and causes worry and stress. I know many who spend so much time worrying about how much money they have or don’t have – much more time than it takes to get pen and paper and work it all out! Creating a budget, spending plan, money map or whatever you like to call it is not an option now – it’s a must. That sounds like I am telling you… rather than my usual kind invitation or encouragement to do something, that is because I am. Sorry but I have never felt more strongly about it. Begin by make a list of expenses, savings and debts and balance them with income. Make sure you remember EVERYTHING by looking back over a full year. That way you will make sure you remember what I call “Sometimes Spends” – like Christmas, holidays, dentist, optician etc. Next, if your expenses outweigh or equal your income now, you will need to start tweaking and snipping or get an increase in income to make ends meet. Check out the free Money Makeover at Moneysavingexpert.com or contact me to find out about one of my courses or workshops that can help you.

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Martin’s Money Makeover takes about a day – it is well worth it and actually – can you afford not to? That is for you to find out. What will you discover? Then let’s think - how can you save money or bag a bit of extra cash? Some banks are offering up to £150 to switch accounts – check out HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide and Virgin. Good stuff if you can meet the criteria. Are you a Virgin Media customer? I had an email this week telling me that my deal was coming to an end in February and would be going up from £30 to £53 per month. I called them and said that I would leave unless they cut me a deal. They agreed to keep the price the same for another 18 months. Happy days. List out all your direct debits and standing orders. Don’t forget the subscriptions that hide on your credit card bill. Snip, cut, reduce where you can. If you don’t need it cancel it. Work out how much each usage is to test its value for money. Sam was paying £25 a year to have an Amex card, she used it only 4 times in the year so was paying £6.25 per purchase. She realised that that was not the value for money she was looking for, had another card so cancelled the Amex. Jo wanted a new TV. She saw one she liked for £850. We discovered she only watched TV actually on the TV, twice per week. That meant that if she kept the TV for 3 years, she would watch it 312 times at a cost of £2.72 per watch. She decided to watch more on her laptop and wait for the

sales. It’s up to you what you consider value for money – but do know what the value is eh? If you have a mortgage – consider switching now. Get the papers out and call you broker. I use The Mortgage Branch in Cheltenham, but you may have one you know, like and trust. You could save literally £1000s by doing this. Diarise 23 days prior to when your car insurance renews. It can save you lots of money – up to half. Use all the comparison sites you can. If you have multiple cars – think about multi car insurance too. If you can’t pay off your credit card in full every month, please check to see if you can switch to a 0% card. Take advantage of this if you can pay off the card quickly – get rid of the debt. Also, with credit cards, please, if you are paying interest – NEVER, NEVER pay the minimum payment. Always pay a bit more, stop using the card if you can and STICK to the amount you just paid. Continue this until the card is paid off. If you want to know why, apart from saving mega amounts, ask me. I could go on… but that is probably enough for now? Lastly then, turn off lights, if you have a combi boiler, remember every time you turn the hot tap on the boiler fires, turn the heating down a degree – google “how to save money on your energy bills”. This won’t soak up the price hike, but it may help a bit and you will be helping the planet too. Lastly, if things are getting tough for you – reach out for help. Managing our money is easy, but not if you have a mindset that holds you back. If you find yourself saying that you are rubbish with money, that is a big clue. Nobody is going to get past this rocky bit of road ahead of us scot-free, – let’s talk about it and help each other. If you can, start a conversation with someone today about money – tread gently but you never know – it could be the start of something new for you and the person you talk to.

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Friday 28th January 2022

Cheltenham Post

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DOWN 2. Fiery outcome of mixing gin for Ouse cocktail (7) 3. Ship’s company in railway town, say (4) 4. Eddie’s removed domesticated variety of feline (6) 5. Soonest rise late surprisingly (8) 6. In America Sam could be a family man (5) 7. Scheme fails when match has finished (3,4,2,2) 8. Deliver me a set of books from the batch (11) 13. Pluto comes overland to entertain (8) 16. Despite the indisposition I will go over the loch (7) 17. Serious problem with melons (6) 19. Messenger not left but right, feeling great annoyance (5) 21. Double enclosure (4)

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QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Strasbourg; 2 Newcastle United; 3 I May Destroy You; 4 Johnny Cash; 5 Liberia (Monrovia); 6 The flea; 7 Earthquakes; FIVE ALIVE: 8 Paris in 1900; 9 Tenet; 10 Barabbas. (1) Across – Harem; Loser; Rayon. Down – Hilar; Rusty; Moron. CRYPTIC CROSSWORD: CROSS CODE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Across – 1 Discotheque; 9 Hinge; 10 Morocco; 11 Glow; 12 (2) Across – Iotas; Align; Enemy. C S W I Q F P B Y L O M R Easiness; 14 Mosaic; 15 Asking; 18 Inaction; 20 Glum; 22 Down – Inane; Tribe; Sandy. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Upgrade; 23 Ocean; 24 Writing desk. G D J T U X N V Z A E H K Down – 2 Igneous; 3 Crew; 4 Tomcat; 5 Earliest; 6 Uncle; 7 The NONAGRAM: acetous; acute; amuse; auto; cathouse; game is up; 8 Consignment; 13 Distract; 16 Illness; 17 Solemn; cause; chum; chute; costume; couth; MAGIC SQUARE: EASY SUDOKU HARD SUDOKU 19 Anger; 21 Fold. wish; isle; sloe; cuesta; cushat; custom; cute; hocus; heed. house; mahout; meatus; moue; mouse; MOUSTACHE; mouth; much; mucosa; muscat; muse; mush; must; mutch; mute; ouch; oust; sauce; sauté; scout; scum; scut; scute; shout; shtum; shut; smut; soutache; south; stum; such; suet; sumac; sumo; thou; thus; touch; touché; tush. QUICK CROSSWORD: Across – 2 Cushion; 7 Java; 8 Ajar; 9 Stirrup; 10 Peat; 12 Ears; 15 Plush; 17 Sombre; 18 Hasten; 19 Across; 21 Circle; 22 Stoat; 23 Earl; 26 Lens; 28 Algebra; 29 View; 30 Spry; 31 Staunch. Down – 1 Bale; 2 Cast; 3 Stifle; 4 Inrush; 5 Nape; 6 Hair; 10 Postage; 11 Admirer; 13 Article; 14 Sunless; 15 Press; 16 Habit; 20 Stigma; 21 Carbon; 24 Acid; 25 Laws; 26 Lash; 27 Nero.

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Friday 28th January 2022

Cheltenham Post

Walk on the wild side with Gemma Hastilow

Feed the birds ONE of the nicest presents I’ve ever received is my garden bird window feeder. It took the birds some time to find it but now they can’t get enough. There is a constant stream of visitors throughout the day. It’s so special to see them up close. They are so beautiful, just perfect. It almost seems impossible that something so exquisite could be a native wild animal. Winter is a tough time for our garden birds. There isn’t much food around and the earth is often frozen, making it hard to dig into the earth for food. Even if you live in an urban area if you put food out for birds they will eventually find it. What food you put out depends on what birds you have. You will get to know what works and what doesn’t. Sunflowers seeds, peanuts, niger seed, fat balls, suet pellets and mealworms have all proved popular in my garden. Also kitchen scraps such as breadcrumbs, cereal, bits of stale cake, apple cores and bacon rind. As well as food, water is incredibly important for birds in the winter,

unearth some worms as you dig! Blackbirds - Often the first birds up in the morning and the last you’ll see as the light fades. They are ground feeders so will quite often wait near feeders for other birds to arrive and make a mess.

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

Woodpigeons - Comical birds with heads that look too tiny for their big bodies. They will eat all of the food you put out if you aren’t careful. I had to remove anything they could perch on to guzzle down all of the food. Now they just tidy up underneath which is handy.

especially when ponds and puddles are frozen over. My dog has a water bowl in the garden and the blackbirds love to bathe in the water, as do the wood pigeons that make a proper splashy mess!

Blue tits - Simply adorable. Smart and intelligent, tiny balls of fluff. They look incredibly cute when they fluff up their feathers to keep warm on chilly days.

Some of the my favourite common birds you will see in your garden are: Robins - With their smart red breasts, they often appear when you go outside especially if you are gardening hoping you will

Great tits - Smarter and more dapper than blue tits, and a little bit bigger. They tend to eat similar food so you will often see these birds together. Long tailed tits - Pink, white

and black with long tails (funny that). These birds look like flying teaspoons and I once read that they are David Attenborough’s favourite British bird. Goldfinches - Exotic looking, clown like birds. They are often in small flocks in the winter. House sparrow - Although fairly nondescript these birds make up for that with their cheeky, chirpy personalities.

Dunnock - At first glance these birds are dull and uninteresting. They are ground feeders and are often seen hopping around. They are actually quite pretty when you look closer and have a lovely song. Starling - I always think it’s funny they are called star-lings as their markings look like a constellation. They are a declining species so it makes me very happy that my bird feeders are decimated by our

local population every day. There are of course lots of others. This weekend you can participate in The Big Garden Birdwatch, organised by the RSPB. It’s a yearly event that helps the RSPB to monitor bird populations and it’s also great fun. To sign up go to www.rspb.org.uk It’s fabulous way to help them and you will find it very peaceful sitting and watching the birds for an hour. You may be surprised what turns up!

Pet rescue through the pandemic SINCE the start of the pandemic in March 2020, we have been forced to change many of our usual ways of working. From how we run our rehoming process and deliver our education programmes, to the significant limitations around public fundraising events and closure of our onsite businesses, the impact of Covid has been huge. However, it’s safe to say that animal ownership has never been so popular and various lifestyle changes, such as an increase in home working, have contributed to many people taking the step to buy or adopt an animal. According to the Paw PDSA Animal Welfare Report 2021, 9.6 million dogs were owned within the UK in May 2021, along with 10.7 million cats and 900k rabbits! At Cheltenham Animal Shelter we have found ourselves as busy as ever. Despite the

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By Alison Jarvis Cheltenham Animal Shelter

challenges of lockdown, the team have worked tirelessly to help and rehome over 400 animals in 2021 including many varieties of dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and even a few degus! Due to the limitations imposed by COVID guidelines and fewer requests to rehome animals while pet ownership soared, this is a large reduction to the 650 animals we would usually help each year. However, we have recently seen an increase in arrivals at the Shelter now that demand for pets is lower and people are discovering that they are unable to offer ‘lockdown pets’ the time and attention that they need now life is returning to normal.

40% of the animals we cared for throughout 2021 were dogs (163), 31% were cats (127) and 29% were smaller animals (119). There are many reasons why animals come into our care. Of the adult dogs that we helped in 2021, 45% were signed over to us by members of the public whilst the remainder mainly arrived as strays. Whatever the

circumstance, the team work hard to calm and settle each dog as quickly as possible, providing them with a safe and nurturing environment until they are ready to start afresh in their new home or are reunited with their owners. We care for dogs of all shapes and sizes but in 2021, 14% of the dogs we rehomed were Staffordshire Bull Terriers, whilst 10% were Jack Russell

Terriers and a further 10% were mixed Terriers, along with many more! In addition, we helped to find homes for 66 rabbits and 127 cats - 33% of which were kittens who were born at the Shelter. Only 37% of the cats we rehomed were brought to us by their owner with the rest arriving as strays. In other areas, we have worked hard to deliver our vital education initiatives, using Covid safe measures to help us to achieve this. Throughout the year, we supported 33 young people onsite through our animal-assisted intervention programme the HALT Project

(Humans and Animals Learning Together – an initiative which supports young people dealing with challenges at home and school). We were also able to provide 161 children with the opportunity to attend our well-loved Animal Days during the school holidays. As it has been for so many, the last two years have been very challenging for us at the Shelter and the challenges continue during these difficult times. Without the ongoing help of our supporters we would be unable to achieve all that we have so far, so a big thank you from us all!

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Friday 28th January 2022

Trials Day returns Cheltenham Racecourse’s Festival Trials Day returns for the first time in two years with a mouth-watering card of action CHELTENHAM Racecourse’s final race day before The Festival looks set to be a cracker on Saturday, with the exciting novice Hillcrest hoping to enhance his credentials. Having been canceled in 2021 due to heavy rain and the potential of snow, the traditional Festival Trials Day will welcome the Henry Daly-trained Hillcrest back to Prestbury Park for the Grade Two Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. The huge seven-year-old, who Daly himself struggles to measure, stating: “My measuring stick goes to 18 hands, and it won’t go over him – he’s very tall!” has quotes of 20/1 for both the Ballymore and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in March after beating I Am Maximus stylishly around Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. Hillcrest could face up against the in-form Balco Costal to give spectators a small taste of what is to come in March, however, these two aren’t the only promising novices that could turn up on Saturday, as Ahoy Senor will fly the flag for Scotland in this year’s Cotswold Chase. The Lucinda Russelltrained seven-year-old, if he turns up, will be heading back into open company over fences for the first time since unseating his rider Derek Fox at Carlisle last October. The Cotswold Chase was the only race of last year’s abandoned Festival Trials Day that went ahead, being run at Sandown Park on Saturday, February 6th. The race around the Grade One

By Ashley Symonds track was won by the retired legend Native River, with fellow icon Bristol De Mai finishing a remote second behind him. Ahoy Senor was last seen on Boxing Day when comfortably second behind Bravemansgame in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, causing his price for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Festival, currently headed in the market by the supreme Galopin Des Champs, to drift out from 4/1 to 12/1 in places. This result did not dampen the spirits of trainer Russell, as after the race, she said: “What’s exciting is we’ve got improvement in him if we can tighten his jumping up and get him back on a galloping track. Kempton suited the winner more than us.” For many years, the Cleeve Hurdle has given a useful indication towards the Stayers’ Hurdle in March, with horses such as Paisley Park, Thistlecrack, Big Buck’s, and Inglis Drever all winning the stamina test on Trials Day on route to winning the big one at the Cheltenham Festival. Could this year be the same? Champ, who is currently the 7/2 ante-post secondfavourite for the 2022 Stayers’ Hurdle, will be hoping to emulate these legends on Saturday as he lines up in the Cleeve Hurdle alongside two former Stayers’ champions Paisley Park for Emma Lavelle and

Lisnagar Oscar for Rebecca Curtis. The Nicky Hendersontrained 10-year-old was last seen around Cheltenham in the most recent renewal of the Gold Cup, pulling up before the seventh fence after a very underwhelming display of jumping. Henderson decided to return Champ to the smaller obstacles this season, which seems to have been an inspired move, as he brushed aside Thyme Hill in the Long Walk at Ascot on his reappearance over hurdles. Finally, it wouldn’t be a day at Cheltenham without some Irish raiders to battle against, and currently, the SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle has four horses making the trip over the pond to take on the British. Arguably the most interesting Irish entry is Eskylane for Gordan Elliot, who was six lengths behind Ferny Hollow in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham in 2020 and has beaten the talented Gabynako in a maiden hurdle around Punchestown. One of the many British contenders in the race is Lively Citizen, who fended off a late challenge of the now Betfair Hurdle favourite Broomfield Burg at Prestbury Park in the Catesby Handicap Hurdle last month. Lively Citizen is the figurehead of trainer DJ Jeffreys’ yard, which is situated 11 miles away from the home of jump racing, and Jeffreys has high hopes for this horse over fences next season.

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with Bryan Mathieson WE all know the town comes alive in the middle of March at Cheltenham Festival time. Shops, pubs and restaurants look forward to an increase in trade and now, more than ever before, they really do need and deserve it. I picked up a story in The Racing Post a few weeks back about our town’s hotel prices over the period and at first read thought the writer must have got it wrong, so I decided I’d have a look. As one might expect The Queens is sold out, probably re-booked by the disciples who return year in, year out to take our Spa waters or something similar. Researching a little further, these old eyes could not believe the news the tippy-tappy was sharing. One of our normally budget-priced chain hotels is offering rooms during Festival week averaging at £566 per night. Go one step up to a four-star offering in the Charlton Kings area and it’s about a £30 a night “saving” (taxis will be needed though). Push the boat out and open your suitcase close to our desirable Montpellier area and you will be digging deep and having to find close to £750. I didn’t check but would really hope that all these rates would include at least a boiled egg and slice of fresh melon. All these rates seem pretty scary really, especially so when upon checking, as I did, a room at The Ritz in London was in most cases considerably less. To these old bones, it’s just all a puzzle, as fine as our town is to visit and enjoy the Olympics of the National Hunt season, I wonder if there is still time to knock up a shed in the back garden, pop a camp bed and primus stove in, then advertise it at the attractive rate of £199 a night, boiled egg and fresh melon included. Now, ahead of that, we're shining the spotlight on one of our local handlers Martin Keighley who holds the reins at the historic Condicote training establishment. Turning the clock back, although in a fractionally new site, David Nicholson was the man who was champion trainer in ’93 and ’94, and who, in addition to turning out some champion horses, was well-known for giving a start to many top jockeys of the day including

Peter Scudamore, Jamie Osborne, Richard Johnson, and many, many more who passed through the doors of the original Condicote. He was also pretty helpful in assisting HRH Princess Anne when she was in equestrian full swing. Nicholson was a stickler for manners and dress codes and as you will see from Team Keighley it’s a habit that has not been broken as the family are rarely seen at the races not suited and booted. Cheltenham has been a relatively happy hunting ground for Keighley, and since taking over the council tax bill at Condicote he has constantly turned out winners at Prestbury Park, which is all but in his backyard, and each one is greeted by an enthusiasm that’s a joy to see. This season sees the team enjoying their best yet, with already 37 on the board, which is three more than their previous best. So where will this end up at season end in April? “Hitting 50 would be our first milestone,” says Keighley, “but we will be kicking on and as ever trying as best we can.” His owners have been loyal and in recent years the upturn in the popularity of syndicates has seen the introduction of many new faces to the fun way Team Keighley offers all partners. The in-house racing club is in its sixth year and offers an interest in three horses, involvement in many social occasions, such as gallop visits and the opportunities for owner’s tickets when the club has a runner. The owner communication is top-notch too. Through their racing manager app, members can

keep up to speed with all that’s going on and enjoy up-to-date photographs highlighting the current club horses. For just £500 per year it offers great value and will guarantee you some fun days out while getting you close to the action. If you are interested call Martin (you may even get the brains behind the outfit, his wife Belinda ,which in fairness might be for the best!) on 07979694867 or email Keighleyracing@btinternet.com Since moving to Condicote for the 2004/2005 season life has never been better and with two little chaps, Freddie and Harry looking like following in their parents’ footsteps we could have here the beginning of yet another racing dynasty. With the festival trials weekend upon us at Cheltenham on Saturday, keep your eyes open for more clues for those who will return for the main event in March. Before I close this week it’s a big shout out to the Ravenswell team and Fergal O’Brien who annoyingly didn’t quite hit the 100 winner for the season mark last weekend, but no doubt by now as you read this the champagne and cake will have been consumed in good quantities as is normal in this part of Gloucestershire, given one of the first targets for the season has been hit. Now it’s onwards to beat last seasons total of 104, which can surely only be a few days away. Shishkin was the major star of the show last weekend, but for now set your sights on Prestbury Park this weekend and come racing.

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Sport Cheltenham football league round-up with Rob Morrison THE Cheltenham League got back underway on January 8 and it was Senior Charities Cup matches that dominated the fixtures list. With the opportunity for teams to be drawn against opponents from any of the four divisions the smell of cup upsets was in the air and the competition didn’t disappoint. It has been a great first season on the pitch for Division Three Montpellier and they were keen to put on a good show in the senior competition. They showed they are a team to be taken seriously as they shocked Division One North Bishops Cleeve Reserves. The sides shared four goals over the 90 minutes but Montpellier held their nerves in the shoot-out to claim the scalp and progress to the next round. Like Montpellier, AFC Kempsey ply their trade in Division Three, and they too were drawn against Division One opposition in the shape of Leckhampton Rovers. Unlike Montpellier however they didn’t need penalties to progress, dispatching their hosts 5-3 to make it another Division Three side in the next round. Adding to the lower rank teams’ successes, there was also a win for Division Two Pittville United who claimed an excellent 4-1 against Hanley Swan from Division One North. Sitting in the bottom half of Division Two it was an excellent result for the Winchombe Hub based side. While Cleeve and Leckhampton were exiting at the hands of lower-ranked sides other clubs made no such mistake. Division One South sides Kings, FC Lakeside and Shiurdington Rovers all progressed while Division Two teams Gloucester Athletic, Generation Next, Kempsey Corinthians Exiles beat Division Three clubs. Perhaps the most notable tie was Gloucester Athletic’s who were drawn against their reserve side. The senior side made no mistake as they beat their reserves 70. The race for the two Division One titles, North and South, resumed the week after and it was ‘as you are’ for the two leading sides. In the Northern section Cheltenham Civil Service Reserves blew Tewkesbury Town Reserves away with a 15-0 win. Scott Edginton

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CCSAFC Res v Tewks Town Res (15-0) Scott Edginton powers in a header as part of his hat trick.

and Josh Goodhall both claimed hat tricks as Service showed their visitors no mercy. The team then followed up the week after with a 2-0 defeat of a good Minchinhampton team in the County Cup to book their place in the semi-final. There was also a big win for Bishops Cleeve Reserves who beat AFC Cheltenham 9-2, another game in which there were two players claiming hat tricks. This time it was Cleeve’s Josh Zanelli and Rob Reid. Cleeve then made it two league wins on the bounce as they beat Hanley Swan 3-1 to move into third, three points behind their opponents with two games in hand. AFC did bounce back the following week, an excellent 2-0 defeat of Worcester City Royal saw them move off the bottom spot. In the Southern Section, despite a 100 percent record in league and cup games, Fintan find themselves in second place. A 4-1 defeat of Leckhampton Rovers was followed up by a penalty shoot-out defeat of Wickwar Wanders to leave the team fighting on four fronts. While Fintan have a 100 percent record, it is Whaddon United who top the table courtesy of their superior goal difference. United have played one more game than Fintan and their only defeat was at Fintan’s hand. The table is shaping up nicely for a

potential ‘winner takes it all’ game when the teams meet again on 2 April. After recovering from their poor start FC Lakeside Reserves have made good headway in the league. Like Fintan they also had a County Cup game to contest, however they found Wotton Rovers a step too far as they went down 2-1. Brockworth Albion Reserves found themselves propping up the table coming into the new year but a 3-1 defeat of 303 Squadron, the team directly above them, saw the sides swap places. With two games in hand and a twopoint lead Albion will be looking to build on this win in their final eight games. The run in for teams in Division Two looks like it could deliver plenty of excitement as they look to turn games in hand into points on the board. It has been a good 2022 so far for Kempsey Corinthians Exiles who have won both of their league games. They sit top of the table with an eleven-point lead over Gloucester Athletic. However Athletic have three games in hand on the leaders and have yet to play them. February looks like it will be a pivotal month for the sides when they meet in back-to-back games on 12 and 19. The picture could be much clearer following the games. Generation Next look like the only other side who

could crash the party although results have dipped after a strong start. No doubt they will be one of the keenest observers when the top two meet. At the foot of the table Charlton Rovers III are stranded at the bottom, having lost all 11 of their league games. They sit 12 points adrift of Andoversford whose excellent 3-2 defeat of Cheltenham Civil Service III, a result influenced by the team’s new technical advisor Paul Bowden, saw them draw level on points with Welland Reserves and Pittville United. In Division Three it is the new teams who are setting the pace. Back-to-back win where they hit six goals has helped keep Montpellier in top spot. They are being closely chased by Relics who have a games in hand and a slightly superior goals difference as they look to make up the one-point gap. Just like in Division Two, the top two have yet to meet and again it is looking like the outcome of these games may go a long way to deciding the champions. With 13 teams in the division however both teams have at least half their games to go so there is still plenty of time for upsets. The number of games to come also give hope to the teams at the other end of the table. The two teams at the bottom have both seen their cause hampered by points deductions and in Fintan III

case it sees them on minus two points after ten games. It is slightly more positive for Newton who have three points on the board. With 42 points still available to play for nothing will be decided yet.

Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. The weather had a devastating impact on the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League’s first round of fixtures after the Christmas break with just one tie surviving in Division One. League Leaders Cheltenham Civil Service Reserves saw their opening two games against Chalford and Woolston postponed, however Service manager Steve Holend has used the time to strengthen his squad. Midfielder Dan Gittings joined the club from Hellenic league side Stonehouse Town while exciting young forward James Bishop joined from Smiths Barometics. The two started on the bench when Service finally got back underway on 22nd against Charfield and it looked like it would be a disappointing debut as Service fell behind twice. A debut goal for Bishop brought the sides level before a dramatic injury time winner from Paul Holmes, his second goal of the game, sent the crowd wild. Despite the win, Service slipped to second in the

table after a 4-1 Berkeley Town win saw them take top spot on goal difference although Service do have a game in hand. 2022 has not been kind to Charlton Rovers however. Two defeats, the latest a 2-1 reverse against Brockworth Albion has left the club in ninth, 17 points off the leaders. Like Service, Andoversford have played just once in 2022 however they have not faired as well. A 3-2 defeat by Dursley Town leave them just one place above bottom spot, although a 13-point gap over pointless Harrow Hill means they are highly unlikely to drop any further. Smiths Barometrics entered the new year in pole position and they carried on their excellent form with a 4-1 defeat of Staunton & Corse. Two goals from Cameron Anderson, who was joined on the score sheet by Adam Powis and Dylan Coulter, means the Cleeve-based side stayed top of the table. Only time will tell how the loss of top scorer Bishop to Civil Service will impact Baro’s however the first game post his transfer saw them fail to score as they shared the spoils with FC Lakeside. Baro’s retain top spot but fourth-placed Kings Stanley could move within a point of them if they win their four games in hand. Cheltenham League sides are leading the way in Division Two with Falcons winning both of their games to occupy second place. They started 2022 with a 3-2 defeat of Chesterton as goals from Michael Brown, Ciprian Gheorghe Brinca and an Andrew Griffin penalty moved them into the runners-up spot before retaining the position with a 5-1 win over Winchcombe Town. The appointment of Warren Fitzgeorge, and his assistant Rich Webb, has revitalised FC Lakeside who have lost just once in the last 11 games. The draw with leaders Baro’s in their last game leaves then in sixth place and with 14 games to play they are well positioned to push on. While three of the Cheltenham-based teams are flourishing, it is a different story for Winchcombe Town. Four points and two places off bottom the team look like they will be battling to avoid bottom spot come May.

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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 WITH the January transfer window due to end very shortly I’m sure all clubs, managers and heads of recruitment will be busier than ever trying to look out for deals that can improve their squads for a final push towards the end of the season. They will all be looking for players that can strengthen their teams or squads to perhaps get a promotion over the line or to help their club reach a points tally to match the owners’ expectations. Player agents are now commonplace in the Premier League and the EFL, so much so, you’d be hard pushed to find a player in the top 5 or 6 divisions in England that isn’t represented by an agent or similar acting on their behalf. The closed season and January are when agents really come alive and try to help their clients get the most suitable and perhaps most lucrative deals available to them. Overall, I’ve never been a fan of agents as I hate the idea of so much money that is ploughed into the sport not staying within the game. I had a couple of poor experiences with agents as a player which has certainly clouded my judgement of them and made me very cynical about whether they have players best interests at heart when trying to broker deals for them away from the club they are currently with. One of my old Lincoln City teammates has been an agent for 20 or so years and I thought id give him a

call to ask about the positives that an agent can bring. I certainly agreed with something he said about how the main beneficiary of the issue is a player, or a buying club, and he gave a good example which I will explain here. As I never had representation, he asked if I’d heard about any clubs being interested in me during my career that I never found out about until my career had ended. I answered yes, on 3 or 4 occasions I’ve had managers or coaches tell me that they enquired about me during my career, but I never knew about the interest at the time. Before agents, this scenario was massively in favour of the club you are contracted to, as they are under no obligation to tell you of any interest even if it’s a club that you’d be interested in holding talks with. With agents now speaking to clubs daily, players are sure to find out if there is interest from elsewhere, as interested clubs just need to pick up the phone to the player’s representative. This means there are no secrets anymore which is certainly an advantage for the modern-day player, its always a great confidence booster to know you are valued by other managers of other clubs. My old teammate has represented a fair few CTFC players who have gone on and had good careers for themselves and he has a fantastic relationship with those

players; one who recently retired is now working for the agency too which shows that the trust is there between him and the players he represents. I do like the fact that he had a long career in the game as a player himself and he can relate to the players as he has walked the walk in the same industry. He made some great points during our chat, and although I’m a little old school I had to accept that a player would be crazy now not to have an agent looking after their best interests, the difficult thing is just finding the right one. It’s been a busy window of ins and outs at the JonnyRocks stadium, and it will be interesting to see if the club do any more business between now and the end of January. It’s been a very good season so far but finding a win in recent times has become more difficult for the team who find themselves in the middle of a tough run of games. Staying together and being mentally strong will be so important as they enter the final few months of the season. It was great to hear last week that striker and fans’ favourite Alfie May has signed a new 2-year deal for the club; he has an enthusiasm that must be infectious to the players around him and it’s great that the club have concluded this deal to end any speculation linking him with a move away from Cheltenham. Congratulations to both the club and Alfie.

All-rounder Naish signs rookie contract at Gloucestershire GLOUCESTERSHIRE Cricket Academy graduate Will Naish has signed a two-year rookie contract with the Club. The 18-year-old all-rounder has joined the first team squad ahead of the 2022 season following an impressive summer last year in which he featured in more Second XI Championship matches for Gloucestershire than any other player. Speaking on his rookie contract, Naish said: “I’m very excited to have signed with Gloucestershire, the club I have been involved with since I was 10 years old. It’s something any young cricketer dreams of and to do so is a really special feeling. “It’s been amazing to be able to work on various parts of my game every day around a highly skilled squad with such great ambitions. I’m hoping to continue to improve as much as possible to push for a place in the first team.” The right-handed batter

averaged 30.54 in eight matches last season, having initially batted in the middle order before opening the batting in his final seven innings. Naish produced his best performance with the bat for the Second XI in the team's only match at Bristol County Ground. Playing against Yorkshire, Naish hit 74 off 102 in the first innings and followed that up with a second halfcentury, 54 off 119, as he and Jack Taylor put together a 156run third-wicket partnership. A right-arm medium-pace bowler, Naish also took six wickets for the Second XI in the Championship with best figures of 2/41 coming against Surrey at Rockhampton. Naish made five appearances in the Second XI T20 competition last season contributing with 55 runs and a bowling economy of 6.00. His first over of the competition yielded a wicket and just one run against Somerset at Rockhampton.

Head of Talent Pathway, Tim Hancock, spoke highly of Naish’s ability: “Will is a fantastic young player who has shown a great dedication to his craft as he made his way through the county age groups and into the Gloucestershire Academy. “He is a powerfully-built allrounder whose versatility has already seen him contribute in different roles for the Second XI. This rookie contract will give him the opportunity to train regularly with the first team and develop his skills further.” Prior to breaking through the Gloucestershire Academy, Naish had been establishing himself as one of the premier youth players in the county from an early age. He made his Frocester CC debut at just 12, captained the South and West in the Under 15s Bunbury Cricket Festival and was selected to join the Young Lions Christmas Training Camps at 17.

Pakistan international signs for Gloucestershire GLOUCESTERSHIRE Cricket is delighted to announce the signing of Pakistan pace bowler Naseem Shah. The 18-year-old rising star of the international game will be available to play in all formats of cricket for The Shire for the first few months of the 2022 season, up until the end of the Club's participation in the T20 Vitality Blast tournament group stages. However, if Naseem is called up for international duty from June onwards, he will be released back to Pakistan for participation with his national team. As an exciting talent, Shah has already played in nine Test matches for Pakistan since making his debut against Australia in 2019, aged 16, in a

match that saw him claim the wicket of David Warner. Just a month after making his debut, Shah became the second youngest player in history to take a five-wicket haul in a single innings, with 5/31 against Sri Lanka. In summer 2020 Shah was then included in Pakistan’s squad for their tour of England. Featuring in the first Test match at Old Trafford, which England won by three wickets, Shah finished on 1/44 with a bowling economy of 2.75 in the first innings, taking the wicket of Ollie Pope in the process, before he dismissed England captain Joe Root in the second innings. In the third Test match in Southampton, a terrific delivery from Shah had Root caught behind by Mohammad Rizwan.

Shah’s last Test appearance for Pakistan was against New Zealand, in January 2021, and he also featured heavily for Pakistan A during the team’s tour of Sri Lanka in October and November last year. The right-arm fast bowler played in two Tests and an ODI against Sri Lanka A and finished the tour with standout figures of 5/53, 4/28 and 2/26 from the three fixtures. Speaking of his delight at signing for Glos, Naseem Shah said: “I’m extremely happy to be joining Gloucestershire and can’t wait to experience playing in English cricket for the first time. I’m excited for what we can achieve as a team next season and will use all my skills to help Gloucestershire challenge for silverware across all formats.”

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Sport Terrace talk with Will Alder JANUARY transfer windows are generally not too busy as a Cheltenham fan, and we usually see a couple of players come and go, but this window has been a bit different. Seven departures so far in the first couple of weeks (Chris Hussey, Kyle Vassell and Dan Crowley leaving the club permanently, youngster Dylan Barkers going out on loan to get some football under his belt and Kyle Joseph, Christian Norton and Taylor Perry all returning to their parent clubs.) The Dan Crowley saga I don’t think was a surprise to anyone in the end and I am interested to see where he ends up. I don’t think we ever saw the best of Kyle Vassell, which he admitted in his interview after leaving, which is a shame as he clearly has ability but for whatever reason things didn’t quite work out for him here. The biggest surprise to me and I am sure to most Cheltenham fans is Huss leaving; yes he hasn’t been at his best this season but overall he has been a great servant for us in his time here (after some issues at previous clubs with both injuries and off-field problems), so it is a shame to see him go, but as Duffo said, we are not in a position to turn money away for a 33 year old at our level. In terms of incomings, we have acted quickly and proactively which is great to see. Two new left backs have been brought in on permanent transfers from clubs higher up the pyramid, both having played League 1 football and both being good ages (Ben Williams is 22 and Reece Hutchinson is 21) to be able to develop going forward. Our forward line has been revamped too with 3 new arrivals (Dan Nlundulu, Charlie Brown and soon Kion Etete). Hopefully this doesn’t mean that Alfie May’s time in a Cheltenham shirt is coming to an end (there has been lots of interest apparently). Finally, we have also signed Aston Villa Under 23s captain and midfielder Aaron Ramsay, who is the younger brother of current Villa first team player Jacob. From all the reports I have read on the lad, a lot of people are

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saying Aaron has the potential to be even better than Jacob, so we might hopefully have a player on our hands! After a busy recent run of fixtures, only two games have taken place in the recent couple of weeks. The old football cliché ‘a game of two halves’, pretty much sums up Burton Albion’s visit the JohnnyRocks. We were very good first half and deservedly led at the break, with that man Callum Wright on the score sheet again, much like he was in the away fixture at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton earlier in the season. For some reason the performance levels in the second half seemed to drop, and the equaliser felt like it was coming for a few minutes before it eventually did. A special mention has to go to Chris Hussey though for his superb performance on his last appearance in a Cheltenham shirt, he must have known in his own mind he was leaving, and he was superb on the day, and probably the best he has played this season. All too often when players’ heads are turned, the effort level and performance levels drop (Carl Winchester in the last few weeks of his spell here springs to mind) ahead of a move to a new side, but not Chris Hussey this time. Next up, former Premier League side Charlton Athletic were the visitors and this led to another point on the board For CTFC. We were definitely the better team throughout, after Callum Wright missed what looked like an open goal, it was his stinging shot that could only be parried into the path of Dan Nlundulu, who pounced and opened his account. He looks a real handful for opposition defences with his energy, pace and power. We could have been a couple of goals to the good if Matty Blair had finished his great chance or Conor Thomas hadn’t blazed over in the second half, and at this level you need to finish games off when you are on top; and you can’t leave a striker of Chuks Aneke’s quality free in the 6-yard box and he duly obliged and equalise for the Addicks in the last minute of injury time.

Local youth duo sign for Swindon LOCAL youth players Lincoln Hunt and Ollie Staite have been signed by Swindon Town FC Academy. After successful trial periods both players were delighted to have been offered the chance to sign contracts with the club. Bridge Football Academy had worked with the boys in the past 18 months, before organsising the trials for them. James Thomson, Director of Bridge said: “Both Lincoln and Ollie

worked very hard for this opportunity, and we are delighted that a local pro club has given them the chance to showcase their abilities. This is the whole reason we created Bridge and it is a delight to see the programme benefitting local players. Parents of the boys said: “We have never seen the boys so happy. We are well chuffed that the boys have been signed and thank Bridge for giving them the opportunity.”

Armitage on the move IN October 2021 Will Armitage was named the youngest player to appear in a first team match for Cheltenham Town at the age of 16 years and 213 days. Will has impressed in his short time at the club, and to the man who discovered him and brought him to the Robins, Nick Housden, who at the time was the Talent ID Manager for the club, had this to say: “Will was playing with North Somerset as an U15. I was looking to bring an athletic CB to the club at that age group, and Will ticked all

the criteria we were looking for. The phase lead decided to sign Will within weeks, and he quickly caught the eye of 18s coaches and first team staff. Will was a delight to work with, hardworking and keen to learn. At the time I had created clear criteria of the type of player we as a club were looking to recruit. Will was tall, quick, athletic, resiliant and a good passer of the ball.” Since signing for the club Will resigned as an u16, then a scholar and has trained with both the u18s and first team.

Match reports with Pat Cox Saturday 15 January 2022 Cheltenham Town 1 – Charlton Athletic 1 IN a game which Cheltenham eventually dominated, they didn’t start particularly well. However, what transpired was a case of déjà vu, with Town having really good opportunities to score wasted. As early as the 12th minute Cheltenham had a let off as a good Charlton effort was cleared off the line. This seemed to spark Cheltenham into life and firstly Dan Nlundulu headed an Alfie May free kick over the bar from close range and May himself had an effort blocked. Moments later, Will Boyle fizzed a cross into the 6 yard box but no one was there to get the decisive touch. Continued pressure from Cheltenham saw Callum Wright through one-on-one with the keeper but his attempted dink over him was easily dealt with. Shortly afterwards Matty Blair missed an opportunity when one-on-one with the keeper and from the resulting corner Wright’s shot was blocked from a few yards out. As Cheltenham continued marauding forward a Wright shot was parried and the lively Nlundulu knocked in the rebound for his first welldeserved Cheltenham goal. In added time in the first half Cheltenham should have made it two but Blair was denied by the Charlton keeper. Once again Cheltenham go in 1-nil up at half time knowing it should be game over. As early as the first minute of the second half they were nearly made to pay but Aneke missed a golden opportunity. Five minutes later a good move involving Nlundulu and Wright saw a May shot cleared off the line. Charlton’s Lee had a good volley well saved by Owen Evans which prompted a counter attack by Cheltenham which ended with May

volleying just wide. Cheltenham continued to push forward looking for a second goal which saw Mattie Pollock heading wide from a good position whilst Conor Thomas volleyed another opening over. In added time Charlton equalised when Aneke was left free to score from close range. The overall feeling was of two points dropped but

several positives to take away in the manner of Cheltenham’s overall display, with Liam Freestone dropping in seamlessly from the departed Chris Hussey and another pleasing performance from Dan Nlundulu. However, he was booked and must not let himself get goaded by the opposition in future because he was close to getting a second yellow and being sent off.

Coxy’s Player Ratings Owen Evans 7.5 Sean Long 7 Mattie Pollock 7 Lewis Freestone 7.5 Conor Thomas 7 Liam Sercombe 7 Dan Nlundulu 8 Alfie May 7.5 Will Boye 7.5 Callum Wright 7.5 Matty Blair 7 Coxy’s Man of the Match Dan Nlundulu

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Seven new players at Cheltenham Town By George Didcote Chief Football Writer CHELTENHAM Town have made seven January additions, only one of which started in the recent defeat to Rotherham, but there is plenty of promise amongst the new recruits which include Aston Villa’s Aaron Ramsey and Tottenham Hotspur loanee Kion Etete. Both look impressive and manager Michael Duff has been pleased with how they fit into the team. Duff said: “We see Ramsey as an eight or a 10. Very similar to Taylor Perry ultimately. He has things to learn, of course he has, he’s 19-years-old. There is a lot of noise around him, but that’s probably a good introduction into what League One looks like. A couple of times he had a couple of touches and three players were on him. He can beat a man, he is a strong little lad and he’s game. We are hoping he can impact our team.

“I thought Etete was good. Dan Nlundulu, pictured, didn’t quite get into the game as he did last week. The beauty is you can take him off and bring on someone who is doing very similar things. He held it up. He’s a little bit undercooked, so we’ll try and build his minutes, but he can hold it up, he brings it in, he runs in behind. He’s 6ft 5in, but he is probably not dominant in the air, but when he brings it into

his chest and those sorts of things, he’s good and can press back four on his own. He’s another one who we think can help the group.” Young defender Grant Horton left the Robins to join up with Irish side Bohemians last week, and after that loan departure, Duff is happy with his current squad. He continued: “With Dylan Barkers going out and Grant going out, that’s probably it

now. Just the younger ones that need football. It’s all right training on them and working on them, but at some point you need to expose them and see if they’ve learned anything or not. It’s a good opportunity for Grant and good to move away. He has to go window to window, so he’s there until June or July now, and hopefully I’ll get a couple of scouting trips to Dublin, which would be nice.”

Cheltenham Town go down 1-0 to Rotherham Continued from back page “I think they’ve had two shots on target, which tells you a lot about the performances. Results we can’t seem to get at the minute, but performances have been good. We have to keep cracking on, working hard and we need something to drop for us. “First half we were a bit scrappy and we just wanted to fight and didn’t pass the ball. Second half we found a few passes and could play into the front, so they took the information on well. I thought there was a 10 or 15 minute spell at the end when I thought we were going to get the equaliser. “Their record is the reason they have been top of the league. They have not lost here since the first week of September. It was a good performance. I’ve said to the players, during the first half of the season, we have been away to a few of the big boys and rolled over and had our bellies tickled. “Today, they know they have been in a game. The Wigan and Sunderland

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games it was men against boys. We didn’t look like we deserved to be on the same pitch as them. Today, that wasn’t the case at all. We went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the league and were unlucky to lose the game.” Only one January signing started for Cheltenham, a sign of the growing competition in the squad. Duff praised all of the signings and commented on

how they’d fit in since joining the squad. He continued: “There is quality definitely - you walked in the door and you saw that today with the lads that came on. Charlie Brown is a little bit unlucky he hasn’t got on the pitch yet, but that’s just the way the games have panned out. Two of the lads didn’t travel with us today, so we have to get them up to speed. I thought Kion (Etete) looked

a handful when he came on. AJ (Aaron Ramsey), you could see with a few of his touches, it’s a little bit quicker that he’s used to and he’ll have to get used to that, but he can definitely play. We are pleased with what we’ve brought in and it was a good performance. “We want that quality and that togetherness. The thing that I liked, even the lads that came off, after a couple of minutes’ disappointment they are up on their feet, encouraging their teammates and the people who have taken their place. “It doesn’t feel or look like a team that hasn’t won in a while, but there is no getting away from the fact that we haven’t. Anyone who was here would have seen it. Sometimes you look at a team and you can see they are devoid of confidence and I don’t think we look like that at all. We don’t look like a team that’s not prepared to run around for each other either. That’s not to say we’ll be all right because we have to keep working and that’s what we’ll do.”

Sport Boxing Defibrillator donated to local boxing club KINGS boxing club were very lucky to receive a donation from Richard Workman of Longlevens AFC. Richard, who has raised thousands for local charities, completed a virtual marathon and with the funds raised he was able to donate not one but two defibrillators to local sporting clubs, of which Kings was one of the recipients. Kings ABC is known as Cheltenham’s leading amateur boxing club. It was established in 2013 and has produced in a short period numerous champions. Current talent crop includes Louis Bacon who recently fought for the western counties against the Army at Bristol Sporting Club. He lost a very close decision, which could have gone either way. Louis has recently made the decision to go part-time with his work, to dedicate himself to his boxing, and will be hoping to make an impression in the payed ranks in the near future. Schoolboy boxers Jem Izzard, current western counties title holder and

Seanni Ray Martin look forward to improving their already successfully records in the early part of the year. Whilst the current crop of amateurs including the unbeaten Paul Johnson, Alex Quinn, Seren Bailey, Leon Mustoe, Ollie Van de Worp and Paul Thomas are currently training hard and looking forward to boxing in the upcoming months. Kings are looking forward to hosting a boxing event late February or early March and details for tickets will be finalised shortly. The club also offers training and sessions to all abilities and levels of fitness, male and female, children and adults, including beginners boxing and female only boxfit sessions. Anyone looking to get involved can contact head coach Sean on 07857 484227 or kingsabc@outlook.com Alternatively, check out the website www.kingsabc.co.uk We look forward to reporting regularly on upcoming dates and results.

Top level Amateur boxing returns to Cheltenham AMATEUR boxing makes its long awaited return to Cheltenham on Saturday the 5th February at the Dowty Sports and Social Club. Top level amateur boxers from all over the UK will be competing at the event hosted by Kings ABC Doors open at 6pm and the first fight starts at 6.30pm Tickets can be purchased

on the door, or in advance from Kings boxing club or by contacting Sean Martin on 07857 484227. Boxers on the card include Kings Star Louis Bacon. It is also the homecoming of decorated England development national champion Jack Bannister representing Baker Street Boxing Club from Gloucester.

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Robins in search of points after winless run and defeat at Rotherham CHELTENHAM Town are without a win since late November, and after some tough results where draws felt more like two points dropped than a point gained, the Robins now need to find points from somewhere if they are to avoid a battle for relegation. Michael Duff’s side lost 1-0 to Rotherham to change the side’s form after three consecutive 1-1 draws. This feels now like a season-defining stage with some tough games coming up, and Cheltenham need to find performances so they don’t slip towards the foot of the table. Duff praised his side’s performance despite the result and gave his thoughts on a challenge on Will Boyle in the build up to the goal. He said: “It was a foul. Ultimately that’s the difference in the game. Where we are at, we need a bit of luck, but we need the referee to make the right

By George Didcote Chief Football Writer decisions, which we are not in control of. Other than that, I thought it was a good performance.” After a few recent fixtures where many refereeing decisions went against the Robins, Duff went and spoke to the officials at half time. “I just said to them I had got beyond getting angry now. It’s pointless. I have to be careful how I use my words, but I didn’t think he had a very good game. It’s pointless getting angry. It was decision after decision after decision. Ultimately, coming away to a top of the league side, you need a referee… I don’t know what the foul count was, but it was probably a joke.” Continued on page 31

CHELTENHAM Town Ladies move to top of the league by eight points after recent victories against Larkhall Athletic and Swindon Town Ladies. The Robinesses comfortably beat Larkhall 4-0 and soar past Swindon with just the one goal scored by Jade Groves. It’s fantastic to see Cheltenham Ladies doing so well after all the hard work that goes in to every performance. Manager Tom Davies has a lot to be proud of, but at this stage in the season he isn’t getting carried away. Davies said: “There are so many games still to be played and so many teams that still need to play each other, so we’ll focus on the table at the end of the season and see what happens.” Whilst there are many games to go, Davies’ side have impressed so far and that attitude in the camp can go a long way. It is remarkable to see back to back clean sheets at any level and hopefully the side can use that togetherness to push on and stride towards a title challenge. Manager Tom Davies also picked up the manager of the month award for December, rounding off a brilliant few weeks for him and his team.

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