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ORGET Calendar Girls,Victoria PetkovikShort from Cheltenham has bought together a group of ladies to bare all in the name of charity. In a bid to raise awareness and funds for national charity, Alopecia UK, the ladies have posed for a nude calendar and also exposed their bald heads. Pretty Bald is a 2015 calendar which has been on sale from the 1st September 2014. Victoria and another ten ladies suffer from a condition called Alopecia, where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes hair loss. In what many would call a moment of madness, they all decided to participate in the calendar photo shoot to raise much needed awareness of the condition and funds for national charity, Alopecia UK. Alopecia UK is a small charity, run mostly by volunteers and despite a small turnover, offer one-to-one support, multiple UK-wide support groups, events, and weekend retreats

for thousands of men, women and children each year. Additional funds will help increase awareness, fund more research and enable growth of the charity to reach more people. It is estimated that 1.7% of the population suffer from the condition in the UK. Speaking of her part in the calendar, organiser and participant Victoria says, “I’d been trying to think of an interesting way to raise both awareness of the condition and muchneeded funds for the charity. Jokingly one day I said we should do a nude-bald calendar and to my surprise, 11 ladies agreed. It was hard work but a lot of fun and by the end of the day we all had the giggles. We may not be supermodels, but the shots have come out really well and I’m hoping a lot of people will buy them and enjoy having them on their wall.” So far the calendar has raised several thousand pounds and has been sold in nearly 50 countries around the world.


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Jamie Oliver’s restaurant burgled GLOUCESTERSHIRE Police are looking for a man they wish to speak to following the burglary of a well-known restaurant in Cheltenham. The suspect entered a staff office in Jamie’s Italian after forcing the door, which was locked, and managed to open a safe. He then removed the money inside (hundreds of pounds) and walked out of the premises on to Regent Street. It happened between 1745 and 1820 on Monday 29th September 2014. It’s believed the suspect covered one of the CCTV cameras with a tissue, but as you can see from the attached images he wasn’t successful in trying to hide his identity. The man is described as black, with dark brown hair, aged between 30 and 39 years old. He was wearing a black leather jacket, green tshirt, blue jeans and was carrying a black ‘man bag.’ Officers would like to speak to this man

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MP says ‘celebrate and plan for the future’ CHELTENHAM MP Martin Horwood was amongst local leaders greeting HRH The Princess Royal at Kemble station last Friday to mark the successful redoubling of the 17 mile stretch of track between Swindon and Kemble. The restoration of the double track line, which cost £45 million has removed a major bottleneck for services between Gloucestershire and Swindon, Reading and London. Mr Horwood was amongst the earliest supporters of the redoubling campaign along with then Labour MP for Stroud. He began lobbying Network Rail and raising the issue in the House of Commons in 2007 and went on to personally lobby Labour Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis and then his Conservative successor Philip Hammond. The funding was finally announced in the 2011 Budget and work completed earlier this year. But the MP took the opportunity to lobby Network Rail and First Great Western bosses not to rest on their laurels but to back other major improvements in local rail services: “It’s great that we’re celebrating the redoubling of the Swindon to Kemble line today. It paves the way for more reliable, more regular train services from Cheltenham to

Swindon, Reading and London and could even shave and a quarter a bit off the journey times as well. But now we need to look to the future.” He went on to add, “First Great Western now need to make good use of this significant public investment and deliver a revised timetable with more through trains, more capacity and a decent evening service. Unfortunately their first changes to the timetable since the work was completed have been to give Cheltenham a worse service not a better one. That has to change before their franchise comes up for renewal.” “Network Rail need to get behind the upgrade to Cheltenham Spa station so that all these improved services can arrive in a state of the art, accessible station with good facilities for continuing your journey by foot or bike, bus, coach, car or taxi. We’ve now won support from Cheltenham Borough Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the University, train operating companies, the railways minister and Travel Watch South West. Network Rail say they support the plan but at times seem to have really dragged their feet. We need them to get behind this plan with real enthusiasm now.”

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POLICE are warning people not to give out their bank details, PINs or account numbers to anyone over the phone. This follows a number of separate bank scam incidents in Cheltenham and Cirencester. A Cheltenham woman was persistently called by a man saying that he was from the TSB fraud department and that she needed to transfer her money from her TSB account into a Barclays’ one. The incident happened on October 16th. The woman became suspicious and so alerted police, and no money was lost. Incident 355 of 16/10/14. In another separate incident a caller claiming to be a police officer phoned an elderly Cirencester lady on 3rd October claiming to have arrested two men in London in possession of her bank and credit cards - which she knew to be suspicious as she does not have such cards. The caller claimed to be from her address and postcode. Police were alerted, no money was lost. Incident 115 of 3/10/14. Also another Cirencester incident 466 of 2/10/14 October - a man claiming to be a police officer phoned a resident claiming her account had been compromised and an arrest made. She refused to call a number he claimed to be for her bank, and the caller rang off. Again no money was taken. Senior Harm Reduction Advisor Dave McFarlane, at Gloucestershire Police, said: “Sadly these types of incidents are becoming all too common as these unscrupulous characters take advantage of innocent victims by winning their trust. "We are reiterating the following message to everyone, particularly those vulnerable members of our community; banks will NEVER ask you to give your details over the phone or via email. "If you get a call like this hang up, even disconnect the phone, then ring 101 and report the incident. For more crime prevention advice, please log onto


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Severn Trent’s work continues through the town SEVERN Trent Water’s £5 million work to prevent sewer flooding in Cheltenham moves onto Roman Road this week, as the company begins two months of work to move water pipes ahead of installing its new, bigger sewers in the New Year. Wayne Ellis, solution manager for Severn Trent Water, comments: “We’re investing heavily in Cheltenham to make sure our customers are better protected from the terrible impact of sewer flooding. Our work in Roman Road is a little more complex because we have to move a water pipe out of the way before replacing the sewers. We know this is a small and busy road so we’ve worked very closely with residents to find the best way of working to-

Appeal for information about stolen child’s disability buggy-seat GLOUCESTERSHIRE Constabulary are appealing for information about the theft of a child’s disability buggy-seat which was taken from the front of a house in Wasley Road Cheltenham. The seat was taken between 4 - 8.30pm on October 16th, and the owners are desperate to get the item back. They have released a photo of the buggy. Susan Greenwood, PCSO for Charlton Kings, who is investigating the theft, said: “The fouryear-old lad suffers from multiple disabilities and cannot be taken anywhere without his buggy, so he can't get to school.

His parents are therefore desperate to get the seat back. The buggy is custom made for him and valued at several thousand pounds. The buggy seat is blue in colour. Any information the public can provide to help track down the missing seat is gratefully appreciated. Call 101 quoting Incident 537 of 16/10 and Crime Number 024192/14.” You can also give information anonymously by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via and you may receive a reward if someone is arrested and charged.

gether, with as little disruption as possible. “While we move the water pipes between now and Christmas, we’ll have one lane closed allowing traffic to pass through, however I’m afraid that only residents will be allowed to park on the road. In agreement with Gloucestershire County Council’s Highway Authority, residents have been given parking permits – this was the fairest way of doing it. It allows us to get the work done and still gives a number of residents the freedom to park on Roman Road. “We held a residents meeting to explain our plans and sent letters to make sure we’ve engaged with everyone. Feedback suggests that locals understand why it’s necessary to put these measures in place, which we’re really pleased about.”

Work to move the water pipes will be finished by Christmas before the sewers are put in place in the New Year. Unauthorised vehicles, and those that fail to comply with parking restrictions, will unfortunately be removed. Wayne added: “We visited Roman Road last week to meet with the residents and keep them updated. While they know there will be some disruption, they also realise the massive benefits our investment will bring, especially for those who have suffered from sewer flooding in the past.” The work, which will be carried out by Severn Trent Water’s contract partners Laing O’Rourke and NMCNomenca, is expected to last until April 2015.

Factory closure will cost 100 jobs MORE than 100 jobs are set to be lost when a local packing factory on the Kingsditch Estate closes its doors next year. Vibixa is a subsidiary of Weetabix and is one of the largest folding carton manufacturers in the UK. The management team announced that the company’s factory near Swindon Village will close next year with the loss of some 105 jobs. The management of the company commented, “Vibixa regrets to announce that it

is proposed that the firm will close with the loss of 105 jobs’’. The statement went on to say, “The proposal will require a managed run-down of production that will complete early next year. This has been a difficult decision and we appreciate it affects all of our people and their families.’’ It further stated, “The management team is working with its employees, their trade unions and local employment agencies to assist colleagues in finding new roles.’’ No further comment was made.


Robberies in Bishop’s Cleeve and Bourton-on-the-Water LOCAL Police are appealing for information after robberies at shops in Bishop's Cleeve and Bourton-on-the-Water. Two masked men targeted a convenience store on the High Street in Bourtonon-the -Water in the first incident, which happened shortly before 5.20pm on Monday October 20th. The men threatened the staff and customers with a hammer before one of the shop workers sprayed the offenders with a cleaning product and they made off empty handed. The first offender is described as 5ft 6ins to 5ft 11ins tall, of stocky build and wearing a light grey hooded tracksuit top, light grey jogging bottoms and grey face covering, possibly a ski mask. The second offender is believed to be taller than the first offender, of thinner build and wearing a light coloured jogging top and bottoms that might be darker than the top. Later on, at around 6.40pm, two masked robbers entered a bookmak-

ers in Mill Parade in Bishop's Cleeve and threatened a staff member with a hammer before demanding money and making off with several hundred pounds. In this case the first offender is described as 5ft 10ins - 6ft tall, of larger build than the second offender, wearing a plain grey hooded top, grey jogging style bottoms and wearing a grey mask. The second offender is described as 6ft tall, of slim build, with a grey hooded top, possibly darker trousers and a dark coloured mask. Detectives are trying to establish if both offences were carried out by the same people while forensic, CCTV and other inquiries remain ongoing. Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity that could be linked to either robbery or has any information about these cases should call 101, quoting incident 396 (Bourton robbery) or 455 (Bishop's Cleeve robbery) of October 20.

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By Jo Betteridge ONCE again, Cheltenham has much to be proud of at the close of this year’s Times Literature Festival. Unsurpassed as a cultural destination, the Lit Fest set out to ‘inspire, challenge, surprise and entertain in equal measure’. It did just that, enjoying packed, record-breaking audiences, and a constellation of literary greats old and new. Some of the brightest stars of the book world were joined by some of the biggest names of television, art, food, politics and sport in a spectacular meeting of very different minds showcasing their latest literary offerings. The programme was studded with household names including Dame Judi Dench, Brian Blessed, Ian Rankin, Sol Campbell, Heston Blumenthal, Victoria Hislop, Paul Merton, Ruth Rendell, Henry (The Fonz) Winkler, Margaret Atwood, Richard Curtis, Trevor Brooking, Ranulph Fiennes, Nicholas Parsons, Danny Baker and David Baddiel to name but a very few. At the heart of the festival were the ten Brave New Worlds debates exploring, in a nutshell, what the future holds, whilst comedy icon John Cleese took a moving trip into the past by way of his ‘So Anyway…’ autobiography. Stoic as ever, his own unique brand of comedy was not to be repressed: “I’ve only got five or six years left and I’ll be


gone - I won’t have to worry about ISIS or Ebola” he said. “Most of the best people are dead so I will be in excellent company and I won’t have to read the Daily Mail.” And it wasn’t just the grown-ups who were amused by their heroes. The world-class Lit Fest programme should be congratulated for doing much to make literature and reading fun and accessible in a world where modern technology all too often takes precedence over the good old-fashioned book. Children were educated, entertained and enthralled in interactive events by the likes of horrible science, cult teen writer Jacqueline Wilson, and Beast Quest, the latest craze capturing kids’ imaginations. Another triumph, then, for Cheltenham Festivals, who have once again delighted and excited audiences young and old, laying bare a brave, bold new literary world to discover.


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OW will things be different if you become our MP?” It’s a question I get asked a lot these days. And fair enough. People are entitled to know what the candidates who want to represent Cheltenham stand for. And with the general election less than 200 days away, it’s a question that will only get louder. Well, last week’s EU referendum vote in Parliament made one difference crystal clear. MPs were voting on whether we should be given a vote on Britain’s membership of the EU. What would I have done? I believe that people in Cheltenham should have a say, and so I would have turned up and cast my vote in favour of a referendum. Sadly, our Lib Dem MP stayed away. No vote was cast on our behalf. Hold on a minute, I hear you say. Haven’t we heard all this before? Quite right. This same proposal was before Parliament last year, before being derailed by opponents. That time Cheltenham’s MP did turn up, but only, according to the People’s Pledge group, to throw a spanner in the works. They labelled Cheltenham’s MP the ‘third worst offender’ for actually blocking a referendum. So, why do I take a different approach to Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems? Fundamentally, it comes down to choice. And on an

issue of this importance I believe it is voters that need to decide, not politicians. You see, many people increasingly believe that Britain’s current relationship with the EU lacks democratic legitimacy. What began as a free trade area has changed into something far closer resembling some kind of superstate. People feel that in too many ways the EU is something that is imposed on them, not something over which they have a say. There is a sense that the EU is a great machine that sucks up decisionmaking from national parliaments to the European level, until too much is decided by the EU. As the recent debate on Scottish independence showed, the British people care about the way our country is governed. They care about democracy and accountability. The staggering 89% turnout proved that. And if the Scottish people deserved a say in how their country is run, I believe the British people do too. We need a great debate in our country about our relationship with the EU, after which voters can make up their minds. It’s time for the people of Cheltenham to have their say. And if I were your MP, I would do everything I could to make that happen.



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Wanted man arrested and charged GLOUCESTERSHIRE Police have arrested a Gloucestershire man wanted for a number of burglaries and breaching a number of CRASBOs (Criminal AntiSocial Behaviour Orders). 19-year-old Elliot Harris, of no fixed abode, was arrested by officers at an address in Cheltenham on Friday afternoon (17/10/14). The suspect has been charged

with committing three burglaries and breaching three CRASBOs. He appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates on Saturday (18/10/14) and has been remanded in custody until his appearance at Gloucester Crown Court, due on Thursday 27th November 2014. No pleas were made and there was no application for bail.



Plough pub at Prestbury to celebrate 350 years of Royal Marines THE Plough pub is celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the founding of the Royal Marines in 1664 on Saturday 25th October. Throughout the afternoon they will be raising money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and the British Legion. From 12.00 midday there will be a themed beer Festival with a selection of seven real ales. From 3.30 pm there will be a musket and pike drill and the traditional issue of Grog. And Eleanor Frances and The Songbirds will be singing from 4.30pm onwards. Keith Fagan (pictured) Landlord at the Plough said: “As an ex Royal Marine, I felt it only right to hold the event. Not many Regiments/Corps have existed as long as they have. I was in

the Royal Marines for seven years and this is a very special year for the Corps.’’ Local caterers Mill Street Kitchen will be providing Nasi Goreng, which is the traditional fare of the Royal Marines. At 6pm Patrick Sharpe from the Royal Navy Cadets unit at Gloucester will be playing Sunset. The pub is also holding a mini beer festival to add some extra zing to the day and with names like Nelson’s, Battle Axe and Devon Pride, one can easily see the theme. The Plough was also voted CAMRA Cheltenham Summer Pub of the season this year. Local MPs, Martin Horwood and Laurence Robertson will be also be dropping in to offer their support.

Disgust at Leckhampton tippers Leckhampton resident left reeling at mystery tipper turning their favourite walking route into a dumping ground By Faye McNaught GO up Leckhampton Road, past the post office, right at the scout hut and climb the crumbling path to the countryside; the walk that Joanna Thompson has been doing with her dog for more than ten years. At no point, however, did she expect to have to add the direction, ‘avoid the abandoned refrigerator and veer left of the pile of discarded household rubbish.’ Residents of the Leckhampton area are blessed with some of the most beautiful Cotswold walking routes right on their doorsteps, but it seems not everyone holds the same level of respect for the English countryside. Upon discovering a pile of rubbish including an old fridge, bin bags and a pair of walking boots stuffed with full dog waste bags on one of her regular “halfway-up-thehill walks” Church Road resident Joanna Thompson said she was, “disgusted and saddened by the mindset of people who dump their rubbish in what for most people is a beautiful part of the world.” She said,

“There has always been a little bit of litter because of the scout hut and there are no doggy bins, but it seems to have gotten worse since some of the local businesses moved out.” Joanna has lived in Leckhampton for more than ten years in two separate properties. After selling her house and realising she couldn’t bear to leave an area with such a rich natural landscape just a brisk walk away, she “moved back in just around the corner from my old place.” She feels ‘lucky to have a huge variety of walking routes so close to home’, one of which are the fields between Farm and Kidnappers Lane. She has recently been an avid petitioner to defend against planning applications to replace them with 650 houses. As well as being a quiet residential area close to town, one of the biggest attractions for real estate in Leckhampton is those precious green spaces, including the hill with perhaps the best view in the whole of Cheltenham. Joanna said: “I know I can’t be the only one who doesn’t want to lose the multitudes of beautiful footpaths used by young and old alike”.

Dental team make a difference to Moroccan kids WITHOUT access to dentistry the children of Morocco have to endure agonizing dental pain day in and day out. The team at Greyholme Dental Suite in Bishops Cleeve thought they would put themselves through the Brutal Mud Run at Eastnor Castle on Sunday 19th October to raise money for a charity close to their hearts, The Dental Mavericks, whose mission is to provide urgently needed dental care to the children of El Jebah in the foot hills of the Rif Mountains, North Africa. This is the most challenging thing the team have done so far, seven arduous miles running around the Land Rover test track through thick deep mud and deep muddy water pits. None of the team have ever embarked on any running challenges before and they all had varying fitness levels. Laura Watson, Care Nurse at the practice said: “I knew it was going to be tough but it was worth it for the children or Morocco. I went out to Morocco in September this year with the Dental Mavericks, it was an extremely emotional experience, the children were very brave and inspirational I will never forget the trip and hope to go out again next year.” Dr Warren Martin, one of the pioneers of Pain Free dentistry whose personal mission is to break down the fear barriers around dentistry, said: “I am extremely proud of the Greyholme Girls, they gave up their Sunday to take on this challenge, they all put so

much effort in and pushed themselves to get round and raise money for the Dental Mavericks. I would like to thank all the people that sponsored us friends, family and patients, we are already plotting our next challenge.” Lydia Millar and Leanne Butler both said: “We had so much fun falling over in the mud and sliding down muddy hills on our bottoms and we all worked together to get ourselves up the steep inclines that seemed to go on forever, before we started we were worried about not finishing but we managed to get round in 2 and a half hours so we were extremely proud of ourselves!” In total the team raised £555 and will be adding more throughout the year before they present it to the Dental Mavericks at their annual fundraiser Ball in January 2015. For more information on the Dental Mavericks visit and




Gloucestershire legal expert says changes to inheritance law make it even more important to make a will THE introduction of a new law which alters the process when someone dies without leaving a will makes it even more important to make your final wishes known, according to a Gloucestershire legal expert. The Inheritance and Trustees Act 2014 announced this month has simplified the process of estate division. The change will benefit surviving spouses who will now receive the full estate if the couple are childless or an enhanced and more certain share where children are involved. The provisions also extend to estranged spouses and to civil partners. Lindsey Howland, partner at professional services firm Knights, is a specialist in wills and estate administration often where there are contentious aspects. She said: “The changes, although designed to simplify the rules and to improve support where needed, have arguably tipped the scales too far in favour of a couple’s survivor, particularly where there has been an estrangement or perhaps if the survivor later remarries. In general, children will now receive less benefit and in the cases where couples had no children, the rights of other relatives of the survivor have been completely removed.” The legislation omits to cover or apply to cohabiting unmarried partners and they will still have no intestacy rights. It also overlooks the effects, in certain circumstances, on children from previous marriages. The new Act also makes amendments to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act (1975), making it easier for cohabitants in certain circumstances to claim for reasonable provision. All of this means that it is even more important in today’s complex society for people to instruct a solicitor to prepare a will, categorically outlining how they wish their estate to be divided at their passing,” added Lindsey.

Hub of healing By Faye McNaught VISITORS of the Mind Body and Soul Weekend at The Pittville Pump Room are waking from a serene two days of holistic remedies and hands-on healing. The sound of tinkling music, hum of conversation and the smell of white tea, frankincense (and The Isbourne Holistic Centre’s homemade brownies) filled the Pittville Pump Room with a warm, natural glow this weekend. Stalls of astrological jewellery, birth stones, ‘soul energy portraits’, lunar calendars, pinhole glasses and more crystals than a damp sugar spoon lined the walls of the spacious hall. Workshops, demonstrations and talks animated the two-day show, and both practitioners and followers of alternative medicines and holistic therapies gathered to promote and explore all things Mind, Body and Soul. A busy Saturday and Sunday saw The Isbourne Holistic Centre and its sister The Isbourne College, both born from the Foundation which attempts to ‘create positive lives through education’ joined by a myriad of alternative practises. The Centre on Wolseley Terrace near Cheltenham Town Hall offers a range of holistic therapies including acupuncture, crystal healing and psychotherapy but also regular classes such as yoga, meditation and even Egyptian belly dancing. Centre manager Janie Whittemore (pictured right) said: “As you can see we are in quite a different position as many of the other stalls here, in that we don’t have a tangible product. What

we do have is expertise in work that we have been doing for ten years.” Something very unique sitting on their stall, however, was ‘energetic signature’ cards. Janie explained how the power of photography and art can, for the viewer, ‘hold an energy that will change the environment around them.’ Janie explained how the founder of the Isbourne Foundation Michael Ratcliffe, who now sits “at the top of the Isbourne tree”, had wanted to establish a college in the hope that the concept of holistic living could “encourage the youth, or anyone, that had fallen into a bit of a gap.” College manager Kathryn Buxton said: ‘The course really can be completely life-changing for students’. The “aura” this weekend was not one of ruthless enterprise. Many of those presenting at the event this weekend were essentially selling something – this treatment, that remedy – and many had conflicting methods, but there seemed to be a complete absence of any capital competitiveness. There were none shouting to be heard above others, reeling the fish in with sales spiel. You could freely circle the room calmly and curiously, and take it all in.


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Winners announced for ‘Top of the Plots’ CHELTENHAM Borough Council has announced the winners of its annual allotment competition in a prize-giving ceremony held in the council chamber. 30 certificates and 11 trophies were awarded overall, with the Mayor presenting the awards, Phil Roberts, won the newcomers trophy for his ‘no dig’ allotment at Hayden Road site. Mr and Mrs Sadowska,

also at Hayden Road site, triumphed in the general section with their highly productive plot overflowing with vegetables. The winner of the senior section was Ken Lewis from Asquith Road site, a very familiar face at the competition awards. The overall winner for best plot in the competition was Brian Bailey for his immaculate plot at the Reddings Road site.

SOMETIMES you may wonder whether your partner really appreciates you. Or you may feel you have tried to show your partner how much you love them but they don’t even seem to notice your gestures. You may be quite happy in your everyday life and as a relationship progresses you consider that usually, so does the responsibilities, so maybe there isn’t as much time for the ‘romantic love’ gestures that may have been common at the beginning. Sometimes it might be emotionally easier to just not think about the possibility that our partner doesn’t love us anymore and get on with it? This may be the case sometimes, in which if it is affecting your happiness you might consider visiting a relationship counsellor; as a couple or on your own. There’s nothing worse than trying to deny you can feel lonely, upset or sad if a relationship is having a longer-thanpredicted lull. However, maybe your partner does still love you and is trying to show it but you aren’t reading their love language right?! Gary Chapman, in his book, The Five Languages of Love, identified that people have different preferences in the way in which they feel loved by others. For example, receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers might be the ultimate love offering for one person but for another they may not feel truly loved unless maximum time is spent together. Chapman identified five main ways of showing and receiving love 1) Loving Words, 2) Helpful/Kind Actions, 3) Quality Time, 4) Thought-


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Other winners included John Raven, top newcomer at Midwinter site, Mel Bourne and Pat Donleavy for their help to others at the Hayden Road site and Kathy Shaw and Gill Allen for their work as volunteer wardens at Midwinter site. Fiona Warin, allotment officer for Cheltenham Borough Council was impressed with the overall appearance of the sites and plots during judging this year, saying: “We’ve had a great growing season and it was fan-

Power with Puppy Hour at Pets Corner PUPPY owners of Cheltenham and the surrounding areas and their four-legged friends are invited, every Tuesday from 21st October 2014, to ‘Puppy Hour’ at the Cheltenham Pets Corner store, at the Waitrose Complex. Between 9.30am and 10.30am, weekly, Pets Corner experts will be in store with tips and advice. The hour, dedicated to all things puppy, also gives puppies and their owners the invaluable opportunity to socialise. Said Naomi Timbrell, Store Manager, said: “Puppy Hour was created as we often get new owners coming into our store with a long list of questions and queries about how best to look after their brand new canine family member. After all, it is a big responsibility. Having a designated hour each week, just for puppies and their owners, seemed the perfect answer. “Local puppy owners can come along and

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speak to our various experts on everything from which bed to buy and which type of lead or harness to use, to what food to feed. Then, as all puppies will be together with their owners, they can socialise, play and enjoy plenty of puppy cuddles.” Lucy Ross, Head of Training at Pets Corner added: “Socialisation is a key process a puppy must undergo to ensure it is happy and confident in its environment. We recommend that owners encourage puppies to be involved in pleasant social interactions including those with other animals. Careful exposure to different situations will also help, for example with traffic, crowds, travelling and household appliances.” During Puppy Hour, any puppy owner accompanied by their four-legged friend (puppies must be less than 12 months old) will be entitled to 10% off all products purchased in store.

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HE death of the British Pub is a disease we need to avoid like the plague and it’s something that’s beginning to affect the town. British pubs are all about care and community. They serve to provide a plethora of services which stand them apart from just pouring out drinks to customers. It’s a well-known fact that if you want something, go to your ‘local’ and you’ll be sure to dig it out. It might be a plumber or a taxi driver, or someone to just give you a lift, or even help you move a wardrobe. It’s all right there in your local pub. The strands that pull the local pub community together run deep. There’s no doubt that there are strong bonds formed as regulars get to know one another. On many occasions I’ve seen total strangers open-up conversations with each other. It’s perhaps a bygone art in that we don’t say hello in the street to other folks anymore, as they’ll only think we’re weird. And we all know that religion and politics should be avoided at all times in any pub chit-chat. Even marriages have been formed in a number of ale houses that I know. Mind you, not conjugated thank goodness. The internet is all very well and you can go online dating, you can get a plumber or an electrician and book that flight to the Maldives, but it doesn’t deliver the most fundamental element of tactility… the human touch. The 1830 Beer Act came into effect on 10th October 1830 where upon payment of 2 Guineas to the Excise Man meant you could retail Beer, Ale, Porter, Cider & Perry, without recourse to the Licensing Justices. So in a sense this is where the pub really started and where some forward-thinking cove could legally earn a bob or two by ladling out beer. This was really the start of the ‘Parlour Pub’ where in effect some entrepreneur’s turned their front rooms into pubs. It’s this very small niche culture that we are losing here in Cheltenham. We have a litany of lost pubs which are now gone forever, denying the new breed of customers the experience that many of us have had over the years. The faceless All Bar One’s of this world make takeover! Back in 2012 it was reported that there were 83 pubs in Cheltenham and three breweries, with 33 pubs closing their doors since 2000. These include old favourites like The Greyhound in Hewlett Road, the Calcutta Inn in Gloucester Road, Dobells in The Promenade, The Caledonian in Swindon Road, the Britannia Inn in Fairview Road, and the Horse and Jockey in Townsend Street. Add to this the Double Barrel and Fox and Hounds in Prestbury in 2013 and you can see the rot is setting in. Good community pubs are the very lifeblood of small knit communities… and Cheltenham is a community. We are not London and we are not a large un- caring metropolis. Another possible loss could also be The Kemble in Fairview, as the current Landlord is handing back his lease due to retirement plans. It may be that the large chains will swoop in and turn it into something ghastly or even give it over to housing as it’s one of the last parlour pubs in Cheltenham. We have something unique in this town by way of our local pubs and it’s an element of the town’s character we simply must not lose. Come on the good people of Cheltenham CAMRA, (the campaign for real ale) get focused and do your utmost to make sure that we not only have great beer in this incredible Spa Town, but also ensure that we have great local community pubs that everybody of all ages can enjoy.

SuperGroups Julian Dunkerton steps down AS A resigning CEO, it’s always warming to know there will be another company around the corner waiting to welcome you. Just seven months after leaving as head of the ‘ungovernable’ Co-operative Group after only ten months in charge, Julian Dunkerton Euan Sutherland has found himself a new chair at the top table as chief exec of Cheltenham based clothing retailer SuperGroup. Julian Dunkerton, who founded the FTSE 250 retailer in a small clothing shop here in 1985, is stepping down into ‘the newly-created role of Founder and Product and Brand Director’. ‘With the number of opportunities SuperGroup has available and the increasing complexity of the business, now is the right time to bring in a CEO of Euan's calibre,’ Dunkerton said in a statement released to the stock

market. On Wednesday of this week. Aside from his ruinous reign at the helm of the Co-op, Sutherland’s CV isn’t too shabby. He was UK chief exec and then group chief operating officer at DIY retail group Kingfisher, having previously headed up Superdrug and The Perfume Shop owner AS Watson UK, and has also been a non-exec SuperGroup director for two years. So he is no stranger to the company. Investors weren’t so sure, though, sending shares down almost 3% to 999.5p in mid-morning trading. Even if they have forgiven Sutherland for jumping ship from the Coop, they may be worried Dunkerton won’t be able to let go of his baby from his new role. SuperGroup, which has a third of its 150 stores abroad, has had a

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pretty rocky ride as a public company since floating at 500p a share back in 2010. Shares tanked after it issued three profit warnings in six months in 2011-12. A little rough weather probably won’t concern the SuperGroup management too much.

Legal expert warns landed estates to be aware of manorial rights probe LORDS of the Manor are warned to be aware of a planned Parliamentary probe into manorial rights according to a Cheltenham based legal expert. A recent spate of applications to claim manorial rights on properties across England and Wales has prompted The House of Commons Justice Committee to hold an inquiry into the issue to inform any future review of the law. Kate Smith, partner at professional services firm Knights, believes it is essential for lords of the manor to understand the potential repercussions of the inquiry. She said: “Lords of the Manor were well aware of the existence of these rights and how valuable they could be. However, most landowners were blissfully ignorant that others could exercise these rights over their land. Now the spotlight has been put onto them by the registration process and the government has announced it is looking into the system. “Lords of the Manor across both England and Wales – Scotland abolished these rights several years ago –need to be aware of the situation

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and what it could potentially mean for their rights. “Protest groups, such as the Peasants’ Revolt from Welwyn Garden City, very publically voice their disapproval of manorial rights and their irrelevance to modern society which, twinned with the increase in numbers of people looking to claim theirs, has caused the government to take a closer look. Although Downton Abbey remains a very popular TV series, it seems that many people are aghast that rights stemming from the feudal system can still be exercised. “It will be interesting to see what recommendations the Justice Com-

mittee make following their inquiry. If manorial rights are abolished without compensation this could give rise to claims for breach of human rights legislation.” Manorial rights have been in existence for hundreds of years, giving valuable rights to lords of the manor over land owned by others which can include such things as the right to minerals under the land, to shoot over land or to hold a fayre. Historically, these rights had ‘overriding status’ meaning they continued to exist even where the land over which they could be exercised was sold and the buyer was unaware the rights existed. However, a change in legislation that came into force in October 2013 changed this so manorial rights lost their overriding status if they were not protected by being registered at HM Land Registry. This requirement led to an increased number of applications to the Land Registry to register rights, notice of which was served on land owners, many of whom were previously unaware that such rights even existed.

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BUSINESS Cheltenham photographers shortlisted for national award TWO wedding photographers from Cheltenham have been shortlisted in a national wedding awards scheme. Jon Harper of Jon Harper Wedding Photography and Dan Morris of Dan Morris Photography have both been chosen from hundreds of entries and are now in the final ten of their category; wedding photographers of the Breakthrough Awards. The UK’s leading website, has announced the national Breakthrough Awards (HBAs) shortlist. The HBAs recognises talent in the wedding industry for companies that have been in business since the 1st of June 2011. Jon Harper explains: “Originally I was a plumbing and heating engineer and ran my own business for eight years but I have always been completely nuts about photography. People kept asking me to shoot their weddings and I just loved spending the day with such happy people and documenting their day. It was this love that made me seriously consider what I wanted to do long term and when I weighed everything up, photography won hands down. So I sold my plumbing business and set up Jon Harper Wedding Photography just over a year ago.” The Breakthrough Awards (HBAs) are organised by the UKs leading wedding website, to recognise

new talent in the wedding industry. 60 people (ten in each category) have been shortlisted by expert judges in six categories; wedding cake design, wedding floristry, wedding stationery, wedding photography, wedding hair styling and honeymoon hotels. The 60 shortlisted have been narrowed down from hundreds of entries from all over the country with Terry Hope, Editor of Photo Professional Magazine selecting the ten stationery finalists. Dan Morris (34) an Electrical Engineer working for Network Rail spends most of his weekends being one of the key people at a wedding– the photographer! Dan says:“I feel very privileged being able to recreate a couple’s wedding day for them in pictures that they can cherish and remember forever.” Being a finalist in the photography category is a huge achievement and it might just give me the push I need to dedicate more of my time to wedding photography.” Dan has recently captured pro Rugby player Ryan Lamb’s wedding as well as a trip to Cuba to photograph a wedding in 40 degree heat. To vote for Jon and Dan, simply go to and click on Jon Harper and Dan Morris in the wedding photography category.

Local company Total Ltd named as Best Mobile Distributor 2014 at National Awards THE exclusive national event was held at the Park Lane Hilton on the 16th October. Now in its 13th year, the Comms National Awards recognise and celebrate success and delivery of excellence in ‘connecting the nation’. Hosted by TV comic Marcus Brigstocke, the awards then offered a spotlight to the night’s winners during an evening of excitement and anticipation. The Best Mobile Distributor Award is designed to reward distributors of mobile products and services, and those who have demonstrated excellence in helping resellers grow their businesses through a range of support services. With a record number of entries received this year, Total’s submission focused on a myriad of criteria alongside strong testimonials from our Partners, which one judge described as ‘excellent’. Lorrin White, Managing Director of Total collected the award alongside Ben Foulds, Focus Partner Manager at Total. “We are all absolutely delighted, this is truly a great achievement,” explains Lorrin. “Even more so when you consider that Total were up against some much larger organisations within the channel. However, I

firmly believe our dedication to true partnerships and collaboration is what really sets us apart. “Winning Best Mobile Distributor illustrates the success a smaller company can generate and how placing the spotlight on service pays dividends. Technology is a fast moving industry, so experience, teamwork and reliability is absolutely crucial; it is wonderful that Total’s ethos has been recognised by the Comms National Awards. “It is too easy to focus on volume and new products, but true service is what matters.”

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Our place’ gets £33k funding boost CHELTENHAM is one of only 120 areas around the country to be awarded funding to help transform services for vulnerable families. Cheltenham is set to receive around £33k from the government to help local families have more power over local services and budgets in their area. Cheltenham will also receive 8.5 days of consultancy support and four days support to develop the ideas and create an operational plan. Tracy Brown, partnerships team leader for Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “We are delighted to have received funding to start this project work – it really will make a huge difference to the way our families who need some extra help receive services. “The Inspiring Families Project put in a bid on behalf of the Cheltenham Partnerships to develop peer support groups which will help give local people ownership over the support they receive. This approach will see members of these peer support groups being trained as leaders, mentors and trusted individuals.” A steering group made up of key organisations has been set up to develop the plan and includes: Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham West End Partnership, Cheltenham Borough Homes, Oakwood and Gardners Lane Federation, County Community Projects, Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gloucestershire County Council and People and Places.

Over the coming months the group will be asked to support the Our Place projects through giving direct support to the peer support groups, identifying families who may benefit, supporting the writing of the operational plan, supporting the collection of data for the cost benefit analysis and attending workshops run by consultants from Our Place. Bernice Thomson from Cheltenham west end partnership who is co-managing the project, adds: “This is a great opportunity for families to take some control in dealing with the huge range of issues that affect family life and family members. It offers them more independence in addition to any help they may receive from public services.” Cllr Rowena Hay, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles, continues: “This funding boost really is excellent news. It will give us the vital resources that we need to update these services, and giving our residents more ownership over the support they receive can only be a good thing.” If you would like to find out more about the project please contact the Inspiring Families project worker Ami Lavery on 01242 775172. The draft plan will be submitted for peer review by 21 November 2014, and the final operational plan will be submitted to the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) by 31 March 2015.




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Is working long hours and doing overtime eroding our lives? THERE was a time when workplace shifts were almost universally limited to eight hours per day, but there has been a fairly recent shift in office culture. And By that I mean a seismic move towards working much longer hours across the board for almost anyone who is salaried these days. Now, it seems that more of us are working overtime and ultimately, we can’t shake off this habit. A survey by Ecigarette Direct

found that nearly 1 in 10 respondents were addicted to working outside normal office hours. Another major finding of the survey relating to workplace habits that are hard to kick was that over 7% said they had become addicted to checking their emails. Meanwhile, recognition of other perceived addictions relating to technology at work is more widespread than it may have

previously seemed. In the survey, a massive 57% of people said that they would call using mobile phones an addiction. Phones are essential for many jobs, but checking them too much for emails and unread text messages could end up harming productivity, especially during a busy work day. Meanwhile, more than 56% said social media can be addictive and could be interpreted as a tool for procrastination.

Finally, 23% believed that endlessly pursuing promotions was a problem, with 8.9% admitting that they actually did this. All this, coupled with many employees choosing to work long hours even if not needed that much, shows that there is a lot that can get in the way. Overcoming these addictions is all about self-control and knowing how to make the most of what time is available.



HEALTH&LIFESTYLE BODY SHOCKER IT came as no surprise to hear a report yesterday that millions of people are depressed because of the way they think they look, and these body confidence issues prevent 18 million from exercising, one in four from enjoying relationships, and one in five from applying for jobs. In black and white, those statistics look ludicrous. Why should body image affect the way we play out our lives? Although I could bore you in exquisite detail with the effects that negative body image has had on me, I can’t tell you exactly why this is the case. That’s a whole other debate, but I’d personally begin by pointing the finger at the media and the fashion industry. But what I can tell you is exactly how to rid yourself of body confidence issues. Simple but shocking: get your kit off and be photographed in your underwear. Yes, you read that right. It should be prescribed for depression on the NHS. I discovered this unusual tonic last week when treated to a boudoir photography shoot by a very special lady, just at the time when I am most paranoid about looks (having just hit the big 4-0). I have to admit, I was dreading it, so didn’t really allow myself to think much beyond the

FLU season is upon us and we are being reminded by the Department of Health and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that we need to be getting ourselves jabbed if we sit in one of the ‘at risk’ groups. Specifically these groups are people with diabetes, the immune supressed, pregnant women, asthmatics, the elderly and now young children between the ages of two and four years can receive immunisation in the form of a nasal spray. The flu jab given in the UK is not a ‘live’ vaccine and are inactivated meaning that it won’t give you flu. There shouldn’t be any side effects to having the flu vaccine and its worth bearing in mind that it can take about two weeks to develop full immunity, a good reason to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Every year the Flu virus contains different strains, so to think you are immune because you had the jab last year I’m afraid is a myth. The vaccine is tailored to protect against the most abundant strains circulating so annual immunisation is essential. Flu symptoms include fever, aching limbs, loss of appetite, chills and everything else you would expect from a very nasty cold. For those with underlying health issues Flu can be fatal, quickly progressing more serious bacterial infections such as pneumonia.You may be entitled to a free NHS vaccination from your doctor if you are over the age of 65, pregnant or have any of the following medical conditions:


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Musings of a Cheltenham Wannabe buying of subtly sexy new underwear, getting my nails done and having an hour-and-a-half hair and make up revamp. And the result? I’m amazed to reveal that after a hesitant, embarrassed start, nervously adopting that awkward Carry on Film-esque, ‘I’m trying to cover everything but failing miserably’ stance, I was soon wandering around nonchalantly chatting and wearing next-to-nothing. So how did this transformation take place? At the hands of the empathetic and understanding photographer Susie Mackie, who knows all too well how it feels to be embarrassed by your body. Punctuating poses with genuine praise of how beautiful the photographs were, and proving it with glimpses of said photos, Susie really knows how to put a person in a ‘compromising’ position at ease. For her, the art is in the person she’s photographing, in watching them

blossom before the camera. I’m not sure I agree – to me the art really is the way she takes her photographs. But no matter where the art lies, it is most definitely not in faking it with photo-shopping or airbrushing. It’s all about being ‘perfect in our imperfections’, celebrating what is natural and real. Susie knows how to enhance a shoot and make the most of what you’ve got using natural light, props and poses to produce a tasteful boudoir photograph that will have you accepting, and even admiring the way she’s made you look. (Although Susie would argue

her subjects already look that way, she just takes the photograph). I bounced out of the boudoir feeling proud, happy and alive, and the beautiful inside-and-out friend I had the shoot with was surprised that I’d not come out complaining how fat I felt, as she feared I would. You don’t have to admire or love what you see every day, but just accepting and appreciating that the body in the mirror is yours, and you’re stuck with it until you decide to change it, is extremely liberating. I might not be the skinniest bird on the block, but that’s no longer important to me. What is important is that I’m happy with who I am and how I look, I’ve given myself permission to praise my better bits, and ignore my not so lovely bits, and it’s made me far more confident and positive. Yes, getting (almost) naked is powerful stuff.

HealthMatters Your essential guide to staying healthy and enjoying the best life has to offer By NATALIE NEALE

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My week with PT Matt Finally I’ve had a good week. Good diet and good sessions with Matt. This week I was put through my paces concentrating on stomach and upper body exercises – both of which were really hard work, but I finally received some praise for my efforts. Long may it last! You can follow Jo and I together with photos of our sessions on Twitter @NatCheltsStand @JoCheltStand



QUIRKY NEWS Waitress hands dwarf a colouring book ONE of Britain’s shortest men says a waitress gave him a colouring book and some crayons when he took his fiancee out for a romantic meal. James Lusted, 26, who is 3ft 7ins, was at a Harvester Inn in Cardiff with Chloe Roberts, who is two feet taller, when the waitress handed them two menus, the crayons and a colouring book. It was only when she heard Mr Lusted’s deep voice that she realised her mistake - and was so embarrassed she didn’t serve the couple for the rest of evening. Mr Lusted and his bride-to-be, 20, who are from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, saw the funny side. He said: “As I said thank you to the waitress she heard my voice and knew I wasn’t a child. “She immediately put the colouring book behind her back in shock. But I am man enough to see the funny side, I would never take offence.” Mr Lusted, an actor, TV presenter and motivational speaker, suffers from a rare genetic condition, diastrophic dysplasia, which caused his dwarfism. “I have often thought from an early

age who would want to marry me, a dwarf from Wales. But then I met Chloe and everything just fell into place,” he added. Miss Roberts added: “All little girls dream about having their tall, dark and handsome prince charming. Never in my life did I think I’d date someone like James. “There may be a two-foot height difference but when you are in love little things like that don’t matter.” A Harvester spokesman said: “We can’t apologise enough to James and Chloe, and are happy they have taken the error in good faith.”

Something a bit different... PARROT SWAPS LANGUAGES AN English-speaking parrot which went missing for four years has come home speaking Spanish. Nigel, an African Grey, flew away from the home in Torrance, California, it shared with British owner Darren Chick in 2010. He was eventually returned to another pet owner, who was also looking for their African grey parrot, who was able to pass him on to Mr Chick. But it seems that the bird had lost his distinctive British accent and picked up a new language during his absence. Rather than swapping pleasantries in English, the bird now says “Que pasa?” to people, the Daily Breeze reported. Nigel was found by a local business owner,

Julissa Sperling, who passed him on to vet Teresa Micco who had lost her own parrot. Ms Micco realised it was the wrong bird but noticed that Nigel had a microchip, and used it to find Mr Chick and reunite the two. Mr Chick says last week's reunion brought tears of joy to his eyes - despite the fact that Nigel bit him when he first tried to pick him up. He said: “He's doing perfect. It's really weird. I knew it was him from the minute I saw him.”

Comic heckled by police A COMEDIAN ended up in a stand-up row with police officers when they burst into his gig to arrest a member of the audience. Adam Newman, was halfway through his set when New York police officers walked into the audience with flashlights. They proceeded to arrest an audience member and then let loose a verbal barrage at the comedian when he cracked a few

jokes in their direction. The NYPD officers told Newman to “Shut the f*** up” and “Mind your f***ing mouth.” Newman, who has previously appeared on Comedy Central and on the Late show with David Letterman, used the police interruption as material for the rest of his show.

VENTING SPLEEN… Local man about town, Tom Thurlow lets loose


T THE age of ten I started to harbour evil ambitions to become a future slumlord. I was a twisted little kid. The plan was to hit forty and own row after row of squalid flats and squeeze every last penny out of the scroungers that lived there. I was the kind of kid that watched Robin Hood (the Disney one with the animals) and cheered on the baddies. The peasants were nothing to aspire to when a character like King John had all the money and infamy. So when I hear that Cheltenham is getting a Monopoly board I thought my childhood dream was about to become reality. I began fantasising over the fun to be had with that brown set. The fierce negotiations I would’ve initiated to get my hands on our town’s lowly dives so I could quickly erect shiny hotels to appease my sinister aspirations. What a First Class laugh it would’ve been? But wait. The unimaginative

boring bods that made the game, ‘Winning Moves UK’ (under license from brand owners Hasbro) played it nursery centre safe. Rather than cause any upset amongst the poor residents of our town they’ve only showcased Cheltenham’s finest spots. As a direct result, our town’s beautiful Imperial & Montpellier Gardens have drawn the short straw and wrongly represent the cheapest property on the board; a decision by the makers which I find utterly abhorrent, distasteful and completely unforgiveable. What kind of thrill can I get for charging my mates £2 rent when they land on somewhere that desirable? That paltry sum isn’t enough to pay the parking in this area

of Chelt, let alone the rent (I should know). So now when they hand over two of their shoddy £1 notes they’ll be swigging the champagne in a display of sheer smugness for the bargain they’ve taken from me. Now when I roll a double and land on an unoccupied Imperial Gardens I’m rolling again, quickly. Like hell I am! You’d better think again if you thought aside from the bottom end of Chelt they might’ve incorporated your area. No districts feature on the board (rich or poor); Leckhampton, Warden Hill, Prestbury, and others are all absent. Everything featured is vanilla. You have the shopping centres, our

art gallery, theatres. You can even own the Lido you lucky git. This game has no edge whatsoever. The schools included were Cheltenham College and Dean Close. My suggestion, include these posh ones but then throw in a booby prize. Add Balcarras to the set for a laugh and see which unlucky sod has to make do with a comprehensive. When drawing up the yellow set, keep your upmarket hotels of Ellenborough and The Queens, but then incorporate the Big Sleep located round the corner from our lap dancing club. And let’s talk about those boring ‘Cheltenham Festivals’ that have commandeered the station slots. Yeah I’m going to be well possessive over owning the ‘Science Festival’. Whatever. Let’s change these to Cheltenham nightclubs: MooMoos, Subtone, 21 Club & V. Jokes on the player who lands on the latter and pays

rent to the chav infested cesspit. The game simply needs more character and more imagination. Readers of my column know how much I rave about the lap dancing club in town but including stuff like this would’ve been genuinely brilliant. It would spark up heated conversation during the game and your friends would start to identify personal favourites. Include topical landmarks like GCHQ, fine. But there’s too little of this and too much who-reallycares landmarks that makes owning property no different to playing the original Monopoly. I wanted controversy and I wanted sex. This game has given me none. My mum told me she wanted a copy of the game for Christmas. She’s not getting it. The wench will get a cooking book so I don’t have to eat an overcooked turkey again.

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Dolphin jumps into fishing boat A COUPLE on a fishing trip off Florida got an unexpected surprise - when a dolphin jumped into their boat. Billy and Kitsy Wise, from James Island, South Carolina, were enjoying a day on the sea off Homossassa when it happened, reports the Post and Courier newspaper. Mr Wise said the couple were watching a group of 12 to 15 dolphins surfing in the boat's wake when they heard a loud noise. “We didn't know what it was. All we heard was the noise. The dolphin hit me in the back, right at my waist, and slammed me into the console,” he said. Mr Wise said the dolphin, estimated to weigh between 400 and 500 pounds, landed on two boat chairs that he and his wife had just vacated. The big mammal ended up right next to Mrs Wise, briefly pinning her legs against the side of the boat before she managed to escape to the bow. “The dolphin was going like crazy, just like you would expect. It had some cuts on its tail, probably from where it hit the chair.” The captain of the charter boat, Rick

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Spratt, told the Wises to keep out of the dolphins way and radioed other boats for help. Eventually, rescuers managed to use towels to lift the dolphin over the side of the boat and back into the water. Mr Wise added: “It actually helped us. It quit moving completely, then would roll around where we could get the towels underneath.” Happily, the dolphin appeared to have suffered no lasting damage and swam off with the rest of the pod which had been waiting 30ft away from the boat.

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Scots woman possessed by ghosts A SCOTTISH woman claims she is regularly possessed by ghosts which use her hands to write letters. Catherine Kennedy claims to have brought together her husband Antonio and one of his dead friends Ivo after writing a letter in Italian, despite not being able to speak it fluently. “At first he didn't believe me, but when he read the letters he said it was obvious it wasn't me,” she said.


“He was amazed at my flawless translation.” “Whenever the spirits take the pen, my writing completely changes and my hand guides across the page,” she added. “I just sit back and let them finish. It's an incredible gift.” Ms Kennedy also claims the spirit told her about the afterlife but she can't reveal details - as the ghost made her promise to keep it a secret.






Word Ladder Convert the word at the top of the ladder into the word at the bottom of it, using only the four steps in between. Every word must be a valid four-letter word.


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Make as many words of four letters or more as you can. Each word must contain the center letter and each letter must only be used once. Target: 20 words good; 30 very good; 40+ excellent.








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VIRGO (Aug 22 – Sept 21): It may not look it, but things are coming together. Don’t try to anticipate the outcome. Keep an open mind and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. LIBRA (Sept 22 – Oct 22): You’re surprised to find that people who ignored you are now very eager to hear your opinions. Evidently somebody somewhere wised up. SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): Despite the snags (what else do you expect when Mercury’s retrograde?), you’re actually doing well. Today’s hassles make for tomorrow’s anecdotes. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 20): All’s well

that ends well but just because things worked out for the best doesn’t excuse a friend’s

questionable actions. That will take more time. CAPRICORN (Dec 21 – Jan 18): You don’t have to push like you’ve been pushing. Not only can you afford to relax; it’s a good idea to get a fresh take on things. AQUARIUS (Jan 19 – Feb 17): The Moon in Libra shows certain people having second thoughts. There’s something to be said for their hesitation. PISCES (Feb 18 – March 19): You may have to sacrifice some independence to get ahead, but it’s a small price to pay for a beneficial alliance.





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equitable Libran Moon. An enormous weight will be lifted.



Last week’s solutions (9th October 2014): Across: 1 Enigmatic; 8 Amy; 9 Information; 11 Episode; 12 Axiom; 13 T-shirt; 15 Domain; 17 Ideal; 18 Retsina; 20 Latin primer; 22 The; 23 Stone deaf. Down: 2 Nun; 3 Mario; 4 Tea-set; 5 Chicago; 6 Cannibalism; 7 Pyromania; 10 Faith healer; 11 Extricate; 14 Relates; 16 Gringo; 19 Terse; 21 Era

ACROSS 7. In this book a picture of an animal may be found (5) 8. Require about ten after article taken over (7) 9. Not artificial note (7) 10. Quick pull on towrope initially feeble (5) 12. Magnetic fastener? (7-3) 15. Mother hung on and pretended to be ill (10) 18. Perhaps one is sound (5) 19. Curb again on newspapers (7) 21. Take liberties when I object to purse being changed (7) 22. A step taken hurriedly (5)

DOWN 1. Fellow national not from the town (10) 2. State different preference (5) 3. Row involving binder? (4) 4. Uncultivated, as fathead will concede (6) 5. Wild ancients, for example (8) 6. But not including right passage (7) 11. Does it get royalty in its catch (10) 13. Athlete, having climbed, is the second home (6-2) 14. Asked for damages for medical mix-up (7) 16. Listener comes to bad end but got paid for his trouble! (6) 17. Punishing for plane crash (5) 20. Wages to be about right, if you please (4)



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HERE seems to be so much new development planned for Cheltenham town centre, it appears to be a place that is ‘on the up’. In order for some developments to take place, older buildings are being demolished. It’s a scene that is regularly played out up and down the country; fashions change, old buildings become tired and neglected and the pressure is on to demolish and build anew. In the 1960s and 1970s especially there was a huge move to bring a fresh modernist approach to architecture, something that has not always produced a positive legacy. One of the buildings now being replaced is the brutal edifice on the Lower High Street which has been host to Tesco and Wilkinson amongst others. This is

Soapbox By COUNCILLOR KLARA SUDBURY being demolished to make way for the £30 million regeneration scheme of 233269 High Street which is phase II of The Brewery. Those of us of a certain age may remember a little coffee shop that was there in the 1970s. I remember walking past and smelling the wonderful aroma of fresh coffee beans coming from these premises; competing as they did with the less appealing smell of hops that came from the brewery itself. I would go there with my mum and little sister as a treat and have Welsh rarebit, something that seemed like the ultimate in sophistication to me at the time. The building also has a useful canopy overhead to shelter from the rain, and over time has seen an interesting and useful choice of shops. And yet I doubt anyone will shed a tear over its demise, certainly not me. It interesting how some buildings earn a place in our hearts, while others never do. The former Odeon in Winchcombe Street has now been razed to the ground in order to allow a new pastiche Regency development to happen. I can’t help feeling that wasn’t the right decision.

Many people feel a sentimental attachment to the Odeon and were sorry to see it go. I don’t feel particularly sentimental about it but I quite liked it as an Art Deco building. We have so many Regency and Victorian buildings in Cheltenham but The Odeon was a one off. It is the loss of the potential to have a decent 02 style music venue that grated with me. I would love not to have to go to Gloucester, Bristol, Birmingham or London to see the sort of live music acts I like and think it could have provided something we don’t have in the town centre at the moment. Perhaps the demand just isn’t there; either people here don’t mind travelling elsewhere or are happy with what the town does provide. Talking of music venues, there is another building in Cheltenham which has a special place in many of the town’s resident’s hearts; The Axiom Centre. Poor old Cheltenham, so renowned for the arts, for the music and literature festivals and yet our Council couldn’t quite get to grips with supporting its own community arts centre in a way that would have made it viable.

The Axiom building started life a grain store, built by Ride & Co at the end of the nineteenth century. It was then bought by Oldacres who later sold the building to the Borough Council at a knock down price to safeguard its use as the town’s arts centre. Standing opposite what is now a Morrison’s but was once the towns’ horse repository, Ride & Co were one of the largest grain merchants in the town. The art centre had a chequered history; for all of the many people who over the years worked tirelessly to keep the place open, there were others who saw it as a den of iniquity, not worth investing in. The music stopped playing for good there in 2000. The only creatures to enjoy the rustic charm of the increasingly dilapidated building are the pigeons, whose numbers are possibly boosted since the Odeon went. There can’t be many buildings that would have stood over a decade of dereliction with a leaky roof and inadequate guttering and be in the same generally solid state as the Axiom. Whatever one thinks about its history as an arts centre, no one can deny the building is unique. There is simply nothing like it anywhere else in Cheltenham, and it is a tiny reminder of the history of the ordinary working people of our town. Who knows what the future holds for this building, but if it is ever earmarked for the demolition ball it would be a real tragedy.

TheVIBE A snapshot of student life in Cheltenham


UNIVERSITY is not just about getting an education anymore, oh no it is a hell of a lot more than that – it’s an identity. If you go to Manchester or Bristol you’re a doctor, if you go to Birmingham you’re a businessman and as for Oxbridge, well then you’re just a ‘ bludey genius’. University doesn’t just depict a classic stereotype of the person you may be anymore, uni is now a brand and the University of Gloucestershire is embracing it. Where did it all start? Hoodies of course! The infamous hoody that you buy in freshers and becomes your ‘I’m so hung-over I can barely move’ attire. We may not want to admit it but we all know it’s true, we go home at Christmas and wear it

constantly, ‘ yep that’s right I go to (place your institution here) university and its flipping great. This has now extended to all kinds of clothes; t-shirts, scarves, hats, gilets and even to my horror, but also secret delight, onesies. Now the University of Gloucestershire has taken it one step further we now have our very own cider, yep that’s right alcohol, specifically for US. Silas Miller, the social enterprise coordinator for the university said, ‘Core Blimey is the second product from Core Blimey Juice and Cider. Core Blimey Juice and Cider is a social enterprise run by students.' The launch party, last weekend was a huge success, with live bands and DJs and why wouldn’t it be? I think its gold dust, who in their right mind isn’t going to love having a cider tailored to their university? Especially at 6.3 percent. Bottoms up!

The trials and tribulations of being a media student It’s not all fun and games THERE really is nothing worse than being a media student and being sent out to do interviews, vox pops or really anything to do with talking to strangers. Imagine - it’s a rainy Tuesday afternoon and your lecturer has sent you on a wild goose chase to do a vox pop, on the towns favourite chocolate bar. You walk in with your snazzy piece of audio kit, that took you 45 minutes to book out from the media store and you have two hours to get as many people’s opinions as possible. You find yourself a nifty spot outside Cavendish house or Regents Arcade, slap on your biggest smile and get to work. This is where it all starts to go downhill. Every passer by

avoids you like a bad rash, either shaking their heads, or waving their fingers, or my personal favourite picking up the pace and ignoring you altogether. We’re not trying to scam you or get you to sign a petition, there is no form for you to fill out with all of your incriminating details. We need help! When people call into the radio or send a text in, they puff up like a robin, as if they’re standing in front of thousands being awarded their first Oscar. So next time you see one of us budding media students beaming in your direction, for the love of God PLEASE just tell us…would you go for a milky bar or a snickers?



CULTURE World famous sculpture at The Wilson FROM this month the atrium space at The Wilson, Cheltenham’s art gallery and museum, will be the temporary new home to High Hat Man (1968) and High Hat Woman (1968), two iconic sculptures by major British artist Lynn Chadwick (1914 – 2003). Just as the team at The Wilson has waved goodbye to Rodin’s The Kiss, which enjoyed a popular stay at the re-opened museum and gallery, they have welcomed in the pair of Chadwick sculptures – presenting a bold contrast to the Rodin piece. Cast in bronze and over two metres in height, the sculptures create a striking presence in the atrium space. The works date from the late 1960s, a period when Chadwick was exploring finish variances in his work, and both sculptures include areas of highly polished surface achieving a warm, golden sheen. This technique offered Chadwick a new, more colourful dimension to his work which visitors are able to enjoy in the intimate setting of the atrium space. The display also, as always with the atrium, offers a unique opportunity to view the sculpture from above – an unusual and privileged perspective.

Chadwick was a prolific artist throughout the 20th century, and the display of High Hat Man and High Hat Woman at The Wilson is a celebration of the centenary year of the artist’s birth. Dan Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick’s son said, “I am very happy to see that my father’s work is going to be shown in this fine museum.” Jane Lillystone, Museum, Arts and Tourism Manager commented, “We are delighted to be welcoming these two Chadwick sculptures to The Wilson. We have loved how popular The Kiss has been during its stay, and hope that Chadwick’s work will prove just as successful. The atrium space is the ideal opportunity to offer visitors an intense ‘shot’ of art and culture and we love how accessible it is to everyone.” Joanna Stringer, Chairman of The Cheltenham Trust, added that “the significant rebuild at The Wilson has opened up many new opportunities to display art works which previously could not have been accommodated. It’s very exciting to be able to fully appreciate the scale of these large works up close in the atrium.”

Half term fun at The Everyman SEE Chris & Pui from CBeebies’ Show Me, Show Me – live on stage! CBeebies’ favourite double act performs songs, rhymes and comedy sketches, with lots of audience participation for all the family. Poor old MacDonald has recklessly lost his animals! Please help Chris and Pui find them and meet Incy, Humpty, the Duke of York, King Cole and “oh my woolly word!” Little Bo Peep along the way. Friday 31st October, 11am & 2pm Tickets: Adults from £10 (under 16s from £8) Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £40 available from the Box Office on 01242 572573.

AND FOR THE GROWN-UPS!... Time Team and Blackadder star Tony Robinson in the medicinal comedy The Hypochondriac. Starring alongside Tracie Bennett and Imogen Stubbs, Tony Robinson plays the penny-pinching Argan, a wealthy, healthy hypochondriac. Confusion and mayhem ensue as Argan’s treacherous wife endeavours to fleece him of his fortune. This is a riotous comedy, adapted by Richard Bean, the adaptor of the hugely successful One Man, Two Guvnors. 27th October – 1st November, Mon – Sat 7.45pm, Thu & Sat mats 2pm Tickets from £20 available from the Box Office on 01242 572573.

Oxjam set to take over Cheltenham THE OXJAM Cheltenham Takeover is set to take place in Cheltenham on Saturday 18th October. The national music event will be taking place in 61 towns and cities across the UK, with the aim of raising funds and awareness for Oxfam. Cheltenham’s event will take over 4 venues in the town including Moo Moo Clubrooms, 21 Club, Subtone and the Frog & Fiddle, along with an outdoor stage which will be located outside the rear entrance to the Regent Arcade. People who haven’t already purchased tickets don’t need to panic as they can be purchased online at, through the Cheltenham Town Hall. All tickets will be exchanged for a wristband on the day of the takeover. Tickets cost £7 and gain you access to all four venues, plus access a number of offers on

food on the evening and even 25% off breakfast at the Slug & Lettuce in the morning! Tickets will also be available to purchase on the doors of each of the venues on Saturday. The music will kick off at 2pm on the outdoor stage and 3pm in the venues, over 50 bands will be performing including a selection of talent from across the county including Charlie Baxter, Last Night’s Victory, Emi McDade, Kingsley Salmon and Welcome Back Delta. All money raised from ticket sales will be donated to Oxfam. People who are unable to attend the Takeover can donate £3 using their phone by texting JAM033 to 70066 For full details on the Takeover please visit the website or follow Oxjam Cheltenham on Twitter @oxjamchelts or


TINDER By SALLY GARDNER ‘TINDER’ is a captivating rework of Hans Christian Andersen’s first story ‘The Tinderbox’. Written primarily for young adults, the beautifully crafted narrative is one of those rare, haunting pieces of fiction that, as soon as you finish, you want to return to and read again. David Roberts’ stark pen and ink illustrations capture the dark lyrical prose. Every page is poised and tremendously atmospheric. I felt as if someone had put me in a time machine and transported me back to 1642. The story begins with eighteen year-old Otto who is wounded in battle. He has lost his entire family and comrades. A half-beast half-man comes to his rescue and, after tending his wounds, gives Otto a set of dice and a pair of boots which will guide him through his hazardous journey away from the battlefield. When Otto’s path crosses with Safire, a young beautiful girl betrothed to a cruel prince, he immediately falls in love. The plot is driven by Otto’s quest to find her after she is forced to flee from hunters. But first he must retrieve a tinderbox. Half talisman, half curse, the tinderbox has incredible power, enabling Otto to summon wolves to protect him and bring Safire to his side.Wise beyond his years, Otto is a worthy main character. Batting for him with every step he takes, we share his fear and loneliness in his struggle against dark forces. Above all, we want him to find Safire and discover peace and happiness, almost as much as he does. When a writer makes you care as much as this about a main character, she’s cracked it. There are castles and labyrinthine mazes, wicked sisters and gold merchants, apparitions and enchanting things that go ‘puff’ in the night. ‘Tinder’ works on so many levels. It’s a love story, a tale of epic courage and endurance, a fairy tale with sorcery and secrets, and ghost story. But at its heart ‘Tinder’ is about the true cost of war, the terrible damage it inflicts and the high personal price paid by those caught in its jaws. Based on a fairy tale, bewitching and enthralling, ‘Tinder’ and Otto’s story is also a story for our time. Honestly, I can’t recommend it highly enough. ‘Tinder’ is published by Orion. Eve Seymour is a freelance editorial consultant and the author of seven crime fiction novels. Beautiful Losers will be published by US publisher Midnight Ink early 2016. To see more details of her work visit

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Leckhampton Road £995,000 A FINE EXAMPLE OF AN EDWARDIAN DETACHED RESIDENCE SITED ON A POPULAR TREE LINED ROAD CLOSE TO BATH ROAD 138 Leckhampton Road is an imposing and substantial residence, within walking distance to the popular Bath Road shops. Occupying a prominent position on this leafy, wide road the beautifully proportioned accommodation is set over four floors including  Reception Hall  Drawing Room  Sitting Room  dining Room  Kitchen/Breakfast Room  Six Bedrooms  Four Bath/Shower Rooms  Study/Bedroom Seven  Charming Gardens  off Road parking for numerous cars behind elegant wrought iron railings  Sweeping Driveway.


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Lansdown Villas is a truly unique development of just five contemporary town houses in the historic area of Lansdown near to fashionable Montpellier with its speciality shops, boutiques, restaurants and wine bars. Built to meet the most discerning standards of quality and comfort whilst providing great practical accommodation for day to day living. The accommodation at Lansdown Villas ranges om 1290 sq.  to 2678 sq. . with a choice of 2, 4 and 5 bedroom homes.



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A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF A QUEEN ANNE COTTAGE OVERLOOKING A VILLAGE GREEN IN A SEMI RURAL POSITION. This beautiful home offers a wonderful synergy between the old period charm and the modern influence required for family living. The elegant proportions are set over three floors comprising  Charming entrance hall with rooms elegantly set off  Drawing Room  Sitting/Library room  Dining Room  Kitchen  Four Bedrooms  Two Bathrooms  Beautiful mature gardens bounded by a wall  Off Road Parking  Garage.


This charming home offers elegant proportions and a wealth of period features over three floors  Reception Hall  Drawing Room  Dining Room  Kitchen/Breakfast Room  Four Bedrooms  Two Bath/Shower Rooms  Two Bedrooms Basement Flat  Parking to Front  Low Maintenance Courtyard Garden with Idyllic Views  Courtyard Garden to the Apartment.


A FINE EXAMPLE OF A VICTORIAN SEMI DETACHED VILLA ON THIS POPULAR ROAD This charming home has a lovely garden and occupies a prominent position on this road within walking distance to town  Reception Hall  Drawing Room  Dining Room  Kitchen/Breakfast Room  Four Bedrooms  Two Bath/Shower Rooms  Guest Suite/Bedroom /Playroom  Off Road Parking  Carport  Lovely garden laid to lawn.

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Tucked away beautifully in a quiet spot, this charming home was built wo years ago and forms part of an enclave of two detached homes. The accommodation is set over three floors comprising  entrance hall  sitting room  study  stunning Kitchen/Breakfast room with Bi folding doors onto the garden  five Bedrooms  Three Bath/shower rooms  lovely gardens  double garage  Off road Parking.

This attractive detached home is presented in beautiful order, benefitting om a lovely and private gardens. The spacious accommodation is set over three floors comprising  reception hall  dining room  siting room  Kitchen/Breakfast rooms with access to a pretty terrace  five Bedrooms  Two Bath/shower en- suite rooms  family Bathroom  superb and interesting garden that offers privacy  double garage  Off road Parking.

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TWO years after losing her sight Elyse Bezuidenhout is set to play for the first ever England women’s blind cricket team. The 26-year-old is touring Nepal after impressing for the county’s visually impaired team – the Gloucestershire Growlers – who are based at Hatherley and Reddings CC. During the trip Elyse will play three T20 matches matches against Nepal – the only other women’s visually impaired team in the world. Her call-up caps a rollercoaster period that has seen her go from having to come to terms with her deteriorating sight to receiving international recognition. A talented sportswoman who played County Hockey in her homeland of Zimbabwe, the former chef lost her sight as a result of type one diabetes. She has undergone several operations over the last three years and had to wait until she was registered blind to receive support from

the organisations that help people who are visually impaired. During this difficult time Elyse admits that playing sport was the last thing on her mind. But a conversation with her mobility officer changed that and cricket has proved to be a lifeline both on and off the pitch. She said: “It is pretty much what saved me to be honest. I was stuck at home for about 11 months and didn’t want to go out, and was just lying on the sofa all day. “I found out about the Growlers about a year and a half after I had the operation and lost my sight. My mobility officer said she had read online about them looking for players and it has gone from there.” In order to go on the tour to Nepal, Elyse had to raise £1,500 to help cover costs. If you would be interested in sponsoring her please visit / ElyseBezuidenhout. If you would like to find out more about the Gloucestershire Growlers or VI cricket in the County please contact Marc Gulwell at Marc.Gulwell

HEALTH&FITNESS CHELTENHAM-based personal trainer and aspiring fitness model Leah Collins shares her exercise and nutrition tips every week in the Cheltenham Standard Exercise of the week number three: Single shoulder press This exercise will be working your deltoid muscles. Hold a dumbbell at shoulder height, rotate your wrist so that the palm of your hand with the weight in is facing you. This will be your starting position. Extend your arm fully, pushing the dumbbell upwards. As you do so, exhale. When bringing the weight back down to starting position, inhale. Do this 10 times then change to the other shoulder. You should do three to five sets of this. This exercise can be done sitting or standing.

NUTRITION TIP OF THE WEEK: You should eat something within two hours of waking up. If we don’t eat breakfast then the body will believe that there is a limited amount of food and when we finally come to eat lunch our body will believe that is must store this food as fat in case the body is starved again. People who eat breakfast are more likely to lose or maintain their weight than people who skip it, who are more likely to gain weight. It is also what gives us our energy for the morning. PHOTOS: ALAN FRANKLIN

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Six of the best for North in much-improved display RUGBY UNION

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CHELTENHAM North showed a vast improvement, scoring six tries in a comfortable home victory over Harbury. The visitors started the stronger, with their big pack retaining possession while driving forward. Harbury found themselves with a lineout on the North's line and a well-worked driving maul produced the first score. This galvanised North into action and their first score was a gem: Paul Scott picked up from a scrum deep in the North half before making 20 metres and going to ground. The ball was quickly recycled and after a sweeping move involving forwards and backs, Dan Hewitt powered over under the posts, with Ali Jones adding the conversion. North then retired into their shells and allowed Harbury to dominate possession and once again the penalty count mounted; eventually the referee lost patience and awarded a yellow card for handling in the ruck. Hewitt was the unlucky recipient and Harbury kicked the ensuing penalty to

regain the lead. They then took advantage of a depleted North pack to increase their lead with a second driving maul. Rees Burton came very close to scoring after a mesmerising run but it was Hewitt, returning to the field, who powered over for the home side's second try, Jones added the extras. Paul Scott crossed the line only to lose the ball, then a George Terry break saw him cross the line only to be penalised for a double movement and Scott was carded for dissent. The second half was almost all Cheltenham North, with Hewitt breaking through to slip the ball to Nathan Wakefield who in turn fed Rich Hance who powered the 20 metres to score. Tom Parks added the conversion before Chris Wright was released in his 22 and sprinted the length of the field to score. It was then Rees Burton's turn to finish off a 70-metre move but, just as it looked like it might turn into a drubbing, Harbury scored their third try to bring the score to 33-18. Hance left the field with a bang to the head and the pack lost a bit of their shape but Rees Burton had the last word with his second try after another evasive run.



SPORT Cheltenham undone by last-gasp drama at Barton Hill RUGBY UNION

Barton Hill 35 Cheltenham 34 CHELTENHAM found themselves on the end of a narrow defeat at Barton Hill, who won it with the last kick of the game. On their first visit to Barton Hill, Cheltenham opened the scoring when captain James Milne found Zac Atallah, who dived in for a try in the 11th minute and he also added the conversion. Barton Hill came back from the restart claiming the turnover ball before blood re-

placement Ben Elliot touched down for their opening try with Ollie Nowell adding the conversion. Cheltenham restarted and forced Barton Hill into giving away a soft penalty which Atallah duly kicked to give Cheltenham a 107 lead. Cheltenham extended their lead in the 26th minute with a rolling maul of 30 metres before debutant Mike Nienebar rounded off a good phase with his first try and again the boot of Atallah added the extras to lead 17-7. Cheltenham made it 24-7 after a mazy solo break from his own half by Richard

Beeney who found an ever eager Rhys Edwards who darted through the cover defence for a try with Atallah kicking the conversion. Barton Hill were then penalised by referee Steve Leyshon and Cheltenham ended the half with an Atallah penalty kick for a comfortable 27-7 lead. Barton Hill opened the second half with Kieran Broomsgrove grabbing a try with Norwell converting. Cheltenham were on the back foot and Barton Hill’s captain Luke Harris scored his side’s third try with the boot of Nowell adding the extras to reduce the deficit to 27-

Perfect Panthers are in seventh heaven throughout the day achieving 80 per cent, and to Elisha New on her debut at this level showing great pace, drive and determination on court. The talented squad of ten won all seven of their games, leaving Gilly Salter a very happy coach. With over half the squad a year young, Hucclecote’s future continues to look bright.


HUCCLECOTE Panthers Under-16s attended the South West Regional seeding tournament, looking slick in their new dresses provided by sponsor Peter Hickman Hairdressers. The tournament had 15 teams participating and was used to decide the seven teams progressing to the South West Regional Division One, with the others forming Division Two. Panthers took the court motivated and ready to go, demonstrating their strength and depth from the outset, overpowering their opposition in the opening games. Their toughest match of the day proved to be Jersey Jets but they remained calm and showed great composure with their captain, Ella Powell Davis turning a critical ball which they enabled

them to take the game by a goal leaving them top of their leader board. They were the only team to remain undefeated all day earning them the honour of a first division place. While all the squad members played well, credit must be given to 14-year-old Jane Taylor, who netted consistently

Squad: E Powell Davies (capt), E Hale, J Taylor, L Martin, E New, B Adkins, I Robinson, E Spark, C Santacroce, E Saunders Results: Hucclecote 24 Yeovil 6; Hucclecote 13 West Exeter 4; Hucclecote 15 Cornwall Storm 6; Hucclecote 10 Jersey Jets 9; Hucclecote 12 Bath B 3; Hucclecote 21 Swindon Raychem 0 Hucclecote 15 Devon Ferndown 6.

21 after 50 minutes. Worse was to follow for Cheltenham with Barton Hill going into a one point lead by way of a Matt Rankin try converted by Norwell. Cheltenham showed great spirit and hit back with Ryan Hill catching the Home defence napping, with a cheeky quick tap penalty the ball spun along the line for Nienebar to score his second try with Atallah converting for a 34-28 lead to Cheltenham. In the dying minutes of the game Barton Hill mustered one last play from a catch and drive 12 metres out. Their pack edged closer to the line before Rankin grabbed the try with Norwell

Chellotti treble helps Tigers claim third win in a row Cirencester Under-16 Cheltenham Tigers Under-16

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CHELTENHAM Tigers travelled to Cirencester and made it three wins from three this season. Skipper Will Allenby chose to play against a very strong wind and the early exchanges were even with both sets of forwards keeping the ball tight. Louis Earl-Davis won almost every line-out, providing plenty of ball for the Tigers’ talented backs to use. The first try did not come for almost 20 minutes, but after a good drive by the forwards the ball found its way to Gabe Chelloti who powered his way over. Five minutes later and with a scrum on the 22, Allenby picked up from the base of the scrum and showed pace and skill to go over wide out. The Cirencester pack came into the game and after a period of sustained pressure on the Tigers line a good drive resulted in a try which was converted. Within two minutes the Cirencester pack was at it again and another forward drive resulted in an unconverted try to put them in the lead for the first time. The Tigers gathered themselves well and an excellent chip by Matt Cole allowed winger Kiran Mistry to gather and go over in the corner just before half-time for an unconverted try and a lead of 15-12. The second half, with the wind, was always going to be very different and with Will Powell and Morgan Churchill using their kicking skills to good effect Cirencester were kept pinned in their own half. The next try came following excellent work by the forwards and Elliot Richards-Good managed to wriggle his way over for an unconverted try. With constant pressure and the forwards providing plenty of ball, the Tigers backs started to find gaps all over the pitch and Chelloti added his second using his pace and strength to go over for an unconverted try. Shortly after Chellotti completed his hat-trick after showing good strength at close quarters to drive over for an unconverted try. From the kick-off, James Malvern-White went on a 50 metre run through the Cirencester defence and was hauled down metres short of the line and when the ball was recycled, Nick Sherry showed great speed and strength to compete the scoring with a try which was converted from wide out by Allenby.




Local Football

Warden Hill make history FOR the first time in their 49-year history Warden Hill Primary School have won the prestigious Albert Dix Primary Schools Football Trophy. They finished top of their first round group, beating Christchurch, St Mary's and Swindon Village. Warden Hill followed that up with second round success, drawing with Woodmancote and beating St Mark’s. They went on to beat Leckhampton 4-2 in the final and will now represent Cheltenham in the County stages later in the year. Above: Captain George Cuzner kisses the trophy Below: Tournament Top goal-scorer Taylor Carr

FC Star 3 FC Barometrics 2 FC BAROMETRICS suffered their second defeat of the season in an eventful game at local rivals FC Star. Individual errors that were to prove costly for Barometrics as Star took the lead after 12 minutes when a cross was only half cleared by Sam Slender and the ball was fired into the back of the net from 18 yards. Baros created a good chance to equalise when Danny Gittings crossed to striker Craig Jones who failed to get enough on it to convert from close range. Star increased their lead midway through the first half in fortunate circumstances. A hopeful long ball into the box seemed to cause no danger but unfortunately Rob Sherwood misjudged the bounce and the ball found its way into the net. With half-time approaching Baros had a great opportunity to get back into the match. A well worked move saw Jones’ header come off the crossbar which then fell to Nick Hill whose goal bound header was handled on the line by the defender preventing a certain goal.

The referee awarded the spot kick but the player escaped a red card. Maguire stepped up to take the penalty but this was saved and then parried to safety. Star then broke quickly and knocked a long ball upfield and the striker hit a shot which Jamie Lock blocked but his attempted clearance only fell straight to another Star player and he shot past Sherwood from inside the box to make it 3-0 at the break. Baros saw a lot of possession in the second half as the home side sat back. They pulled one back when a cross was headed past his own keeper by a defender. The deficit was reduced further when man of the match Gittings converted a low Jamie Lock cross in injury time. Rhodes said: “You can't give a team three goals and expect to get anything from the game. We must cut out individual errors if we want to win matches.” Barometrics take on Newent Town at Newlands Park in the Senior Amateur Cup on Saturday. Danny Gittings




Local Football

Cheltenham League round-up

Cheltenham Football League, sponsored by Bristol Street Motors Ford Cheltenham

PLAYER PROFILE OF THE WEEK This week’s featured player is Tim Gargan who plays for Regency Town. The team were formed three seasons ago and compete in Division Six of the Cheltenham League.


KEV Cole’s return to Cheltenham Civil Service as manager of Shurdington Rovers proved unsuccessful as his team were beaten 5-1 in Division Two of the Cheltenham League, sponsored by Bristol Street Motors Cheltenham Ford. Service opened the scoring through Joe McCauley, who kept his composure when clean through to slot past the keeper and when Rovers goalkeeper ,Cole was unable to hold a fierce shot, McCauley reacted quickest to add his and his teams second. Rovers came out fighting in the second half and when Tom Walby, their most dangerous player, got behind the Service defence he made no mistake to close the deficit to one. Just when Rovers thought they were back in the game Service went up a gear. Joe Bermingham reacted quickest to divert a wild Dan Wills drive into the goal and then McCauley completed his hat-trick, heading in a delightful Dan Midwinter cross. The scoring was completed by Wills who slammed in a first time shot after being picked out by Ryan Williams. The win leaves Service in top spot but wins for Whaddon United Reserves and Cheltenham Patriots sees them maintaining pace with the leaders. Service take a rest next week so victory for Whaddon over WMK could see them take over at the top. In Division One FC Lakeside lost their 100 per cent start to the season after being held to a 2-2 by Upton Town. Whaddon United made no such mistake, a 4-1 win at Hanley Swan means they have won all four of their

Joe McCauley

Dan Midwinter and Simon Joelyn

Sklenar brace helps Service continue dream start

league matches. Division One teams are in cup action next week but when they return to league action on November 1, Whaddon host Lakeside in what promises to be an early indication of the title favourites. Brockworth Albion Reserves put five past Falcons Reserves to maintain top spot in Division Three. Welland remain a point behind courtesy of a 4-2 win at Fintan with Omar Elmougy and Jamie Harding both bagging braces. The top three aren’t in action this weekend so a big win for Leckhampton Rovers could see them take top spot. They face a Dowty Dynamos team

Having finished bottom in their first season they improved by two places last term. After winning their first two league matches this year they are hoping they have turned a corner and will prove to be a force to be reckoned with. Name: Tim Gargan Nickname: Lady Gar Gar Position: Full-back Previous clubs: Club Tropicana Most memorable game: FC Barometrics away, had to come off at half-time with a peculiar illness Worst Game: Missed the penalty that sent us out of the County Cup last season Toughest opponent: 9-0 defeat to Tewkesbury Best club player: Gary Copestake Team Supported: Liverpool Favourite Player: Luis Suarez or Paul McLean

who recovered from losing their opening two league games to hammer Pittville United 8-1 last weekend. Northway remain top of Division Four following their 4-0 win at Winchcombe Town Reserves leaving them with three wins out of three. Bourton Rovers III also boast a 100 per cent record with both teams sitting on nine points. At the bottom three teams are yet to record a point, Leckhampton Rovers Reserves, Tewkesbury Town Reserves and Winchcombe Town Reserves. With County Cup games interrupting league action this weekend they will go into November without getting off the mark. Staunton and Corse Reserves’ 4-2 win at Kingshill Sports leaves them as the only club with a 100 per cent record in Division Five following Andoversford Reserves’ 3-3 drawn with Sherborne Harriers. Corse sit in third place having played a game less than Andoversford and Cheltenham Athletic who both have seven points from their opening three games. There are no league games in Division Five this week as teams compete in the County Cup. After the opening two league matches four teams have a 100 per cent record in Division Six. Wins for Cheltenham United and Malvern Vale last weekend saw them join Fintan Reserves and Regency Town on six points. United beat Andoversford Reserves 8-2 with Kris Mohan, featured in last weekends player profile, helping himself to a brace. He was joined on the score sheet by Carl Crisp (2), Ashley Jeal, Stephen New, Chris Clavin and Christopher Lee.

NEWLY-promoted Cheltenham Civil Service continue to sweep all before them in the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League, Two more goals from leading marksman Jack Sklenar helped them on their way to a 4-0 home win over Henbury, making it 31 points from a possible 33 since their rise from the Northern Senior League. Josh Goodhall and John Evans were Service’s other scorers and they have a four point advantage at the top of the table ahead of Saturday’s trip to fifth placed Gala Wilton. At the other end of the table, Bishop’s Cleeve Reserves were beaten 2-0 at fellow strugglers Patchway Town, with Ashley Brown claiming both goals. Only some inspired goalkeeping from Gavin Jones kept the score down.

Late strike sinks brave Saracens in League Cup Cheltenham Saracens Ardley United

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CHELTENHAM Saracens were knocked out of the Bluefin Sports Hellenic League Challenge Cup by a late Ardley United goal. They had taken the lead through Jordan Bryan, who fired in from a tight angle after a skilful run in the 37th minute. Stuart Davies had the chance to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot two minutes later, but he fired over the bar. Kieran Scott levelled for Ardley with an overhead kick in the 52nd minute and after some excellent goalkeeping from Tom Lennox, including a penalty save from Ricky Johnson, Scott won it for Ardley with a looping effort in the 84th minute.

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Yates: I will always stand up for my players C

HELTENHAM Town boss Mark Yates says he will always stand up for his players after a half-time spat with Cambridge United boss Richard Money on Tuesday night. Yates and Money were both asked to watch the second half from the stand at the Abbey Stadium, where the Robins picked up their third away success of the season in stormy conditions. A stunning tenth minute volley from Matt Richards and a fourth goal in three appearances for reju-

venated Terry Gornell earned them a 2-1 win against newly promoted Cambridge, who replied through Kwesi Appiah. Money labelled Yates a ‘nonLeague manager in charge of a non-league team’ as the players left the field at the break on level terms, but the Robins boss had a last laugh as Gornell won it 10 minutes into the second half. “Their manager and I had a disagreement and he called us a nonleague team and said I was a non-league manager,” Yates said.

“I didn’t say anything wrong, but the referee asked me not to come and sit in the dugout for the second half. “He (Money) was out of order and he tried to change his tune, but I knew what he said and so did he. “I shook his hand at the end, but when people call my team ‘nonleague’ I will defend them. “It was petty, but I’ll stand up for my players and my club. We’ve been a League club for 15 years now and I don’t take too kindly to

being called a non-league team. “I told my players what he said, asking them to prove him wrong with our performance in the second half and we did that.” Cheltenham travel to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday chasing a third successive victory, having defeated Northampton Town 3-2 at home last weekend. Gornell ended a wait of nearly a year for a League Two goal with a brace and loan striker from Millwall John Marquis was also on target.

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Marquis picked up his fifth caution of the season at Cambridge and will therefore serve a one-match ban, while skipper Matt Taylor faces six weeks out of action with a torn hamstring muscle picked up in the first half against Northampton. *Bishop’s Cleeve were beaten 3-2 at Fleet Town on Tuesday night, with Christian Boateng netting both of their goals. Simba Malambo fired a hat-trick for the Hampshire side.

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Cheltenham Standard 23rd October 2014  

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The latest issue out now! This week's issue brings you local news, political comment, a snapshot of the best properties on the market, your...