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What’s On 1st April - Lions Easter Raffle 6th April - HOTS at 7.30 pm in Christ Church Paul Barnett on “The Sharpness Canal” 6th to 8th of April - “Anybody for Murder?” The Dolphins Hall. Details in this issue 8th April - Lions Easter Raffle 8th April - The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport trip Wyevale Garden Centre Haresfield 10.00 am – 2.00 pm 9th April - Palm Sunday re-enactment Meet at the Market Place at 10.30 am 13th April - Jan Vriend plays at The Goods Shed See further details and the ad in this issue 13th April - Maundy Thursday at St Marys’ Tetbury Last Supper remembered, at 7.00 pm 14th April – Tetbury Nursery Group Bingo 7.30 pm “Eyes down” – fortnightly thereafter 14th April - Combined Church “Procession of Witness” 11.00 am start, Gospel Hall Hampton Street followed by: 2.00 pm Good Friday service at St Marys’ Church 14th April - St John the Baptist in Shipton

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Contents Avening Primary School 16 Avening WI 18 Better by Design 27 Chelworth Bookworms 63 Christian Aid 64 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 8 Dogs Helping Kids 55 Dolphins Dramatic Society 14 Eating Out 15 Girlguiding 49 History of Tetbury Society 48 Leighterton School 52 Letters to the Editor 30 Lion’s Den 5 Lion’s Press Release 5 Mayor’s Piece 28 News from Christ Church 32 News from St Marys’ Church 17 Patient Participation Group 20 Priory Inn Blog 10 Probus 50 Puddle Ducks 29 Romney House Surgery 20 Ronan’s Trust 40 Scouting in Tetbury 6 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 9 Sir William Romney’s School 44 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 42 St Mary’s Playgroup 41 Summer Show 39 Tetbury Art Society 37 Tetbury Camera Club 26 Tetbury Community Choir 61 Tetbury Footpath Group 34 Tetbury Goods Shed 24 Tetbury in Bloom 11 Tetbury Library 33 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 22 Tetbury Police Museum 58 Tetbury Town Council Reports 65-74 Tetbury Theatre Group 56 Tetbury Town Youth FC 12 Tetbury WI 18 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 45 The Food Bank 46 Unsung Hero - April 10 Wacky Races 38 What’s On - April 3 Woolsack Day 39 Young by Name 4 LIBRARY Close Gardens. Tel: 502258 (Mon 10.00-1.00, Tue 10.00-5.00, Wed 10.00-5.00, Fri 10.00-6.00, Sat 10.00-1.00) DOLPHINS HALL COMMUNITY CENTRE Bookings through 504670 or website COTSWOLD CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU TEL: 0808 800 0511 COMMUNITY CONNEXIONS TRANSPORT Sandford Park Offices, College Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7HX Tel: 0345 680 5029 SWRS SPORT/LEISURE CENTRE Tel: 501086 TOURIST INFORMATION 33 Church Street. Tel: 503552

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Young by Name

I’ve always thought I might do that, once I’ve got my career/house/travel/bucket list sorted” versus “Oh my goodness, it’s SUCH hard work, but worth it in the end. I think.”

Of Books and Babies This month, as I prepare to launch my first novel, Best Murder in Show, I’ve been spotting the many similarities between producing a book and giving birth to a baby. For me, the gestation time for my daughter and my novel have been about the same. There have been so many pre-publication checks by advance readers, editors and proof-readers, that I feel as if “BMIS” should have its own orange book of antenatal records, like the one that the NHS thrusts upon expectant mothers. When you announce to friends that you’re pregnant, their response varies according to whether or not they have borne children themselves. So too with a novel: “Ah yes,

Regarding the title, I knew what I’d call my novel all along. No working titles for me. The same happened with my daughter. “But what if she doesn’t look like a Laura when she’s born?” a family friend enquired. Fortunately, she did. When you write a book, you have plans, hopes and dreams for it, just as you do for your child. But when delivery day dawns, all you really want is for your baby to arrive intact and trouble-free. The first time I saw my new-born daughter’s face, it was so screwed up that in my heavily drugged state I thought she didn’t have any eyes. “Never mind, we’ll get around it,” I thought to myself, ever the optimist. Two days later, when she finally deigned to open them, her eyes proved to be beautiful and perfect. Even so, I will be surprised if I don’t have at least one nightmare between now and my book’s official launch – perhaps one in which the letter “I” is omitted: “Best Murder n Show, comng soon to a bookshop near you.”

Upton Literature Festival. (Laura was born at 10.22am.) But here’s the biggest difference between my baby and my book. I am, and will only ever be, the mother of just one child, having embarked on motherhood too late for younger siblings to be naturally possible. Yet Best Murder in Show is the first in a planned series of seven Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries. In fact, I’m already expecting the second, Trick or Murder, due to appear later this year. And from now on, I plan to keep producing novels well into my old age. I just hope no medical intervention will be required. Debbie Young PS - You’re all invited to the free Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival - no advance booking required. You’ll find the full programme at www.

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I’m afraid I must begin with some sad news. Tetbury Lion Tony Sykes to run the London Marathon On Sunday the 23rd of April Tetbury Lion Tony Sykes will be running the Virgin London Marathon, one of just ten Lions Club members in the United Kingdom to secure a Gold Bond place to run on behalf of Lions International Centenary. All ten members of “Team Lions” will be raising money for Blind Veterans UK, Llandudno. All proceeds will be used to expand the rehabilitation facilities for sight-impaired and limbless ex-service men and women. These state-of-the-art facilities will provide essential services to improve the quality

One of the founders of the Tetbury Lions Club, Bill Kelly, has died. Some forty years ago, Bill had the original idea to begin publication of the Tetbury Advertiser; the magazine was, in its initial form, just four pages of local news and adverts. Today it has grown under several subsequent editors into the full-colour A4 monthly magazine you’re now reading, and which recently won first prize in a national competition for providing local news and services. We thank Bill for his vision and the editors, contributors, advertisers and distributors who have turned his vision into a reality. Thank you, Bill. Some of you will recall that last month I asked for help to collect as many pairs of unused spectacles as we could, during February. I am pleased to report that in total we collected 500 pairs from Tetbury and we took these to our Regional Lions Meeting, held this year in Falfield. To my astonishment, the total regional collection exceeded 22,000 pairs - a huge number! They were all put into a van driven over from our “twin” region in Normandy, who will be adding their matching contribution. After cleaning, sorting and re-packaging, they will then be sent to Africa, to give others in need the benefit of improved

of their lives and, when completed, will be used to deliver the “Life Skills for Independent Living” project. Tony is no stranger to marathon running, having previously run the New York Marathon and two London marathons – but since these were some years ago, he is making sure he is in good shape to take on this huge challenge. In addition to building up his distance running, his weekly training regime includes a strict dietary routine and some weight training and cycling to boost his muscle ability. He is confident that on the day he will achieve a very respectable time of something around four hours.

sight. My thanks to all those in Tetbury who contributed to this wonderful humanitarian gesture. I also mentioned last month that planning was in hand for our “pre-Cheltenham” horse-race evening on the “all-weather” indoor track at The Dolphin’s Hall. With all races sponsored by local businesses and horses sold to the highest bidder, the evening proved to be great fun and the overall surplus made on the event exceeded £1,200. One of our long-serving Lions will be running in this year’s London Marathon and our surplus on the Horse-Race evening will be credited to his total marathon sponsorship. We all admire Lion Tony for his efforts and I will be most vigorously willing him on, from the comfort of my armchair… Looking forward to April, we will be out collecting in the town for our major “Easter” Raffle, on both Saturday the 1st and Saturday the 8th of April. As always, there will be some excellent prizes, so please do come and buy a ticket. We will also be out with a bucket collection at Tesco the following week; as always, your generosity helps us to help others in need. As each month passes, we creep every more quickly towards the 17th June 2017, when the worldwide Lions Movement will be celebrating its Centenary. We have been squirreling away surplus funds each month into a Centenary account, to enable us to do something significant for the Town. We are already sponsoring the “Tetbury Cares” conference in early June, but there is still time for something else to come forward which we feel would have a lasting impact in the Town. If you have any ideas we might consider, please do let me know. Lastly, Wacky Races 2017 will take place soon, so I’d like to thank local residents for putting up with the interruption to normal life that it causes, in the certain hope that like me they will be enjoying the fun of some great racing on May the 1st. Alan Cross, President, Tetbury Lions

Like the other members of “Team Lions” Tony is committed to raising at least £2,500 in sponsorship. Early indications are very positive, as within twenty-four hours he had raised over £500 towards his total. This was boosted by a very different and hugely enjoyable race night organised by Tetbury Lions. With other donations either received or pledged, Tony has now doubled his target to £5,000. If you wish to support him in this huge challenge, please go to his just giving page located at http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/tonysykes and let’s see if we can make him boost his target again. To discuss any further details with Tony please e-mail directly at tony.sykes@

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Scouting in Tetbury

TETBURY SCOUT REUNION with Guides on Saturday 10th June at the Market Hall, Tetbury from 12 noon to 5pm Buffet lunch available.

In the late 1950’s I went one evening to a meeting in the Feoffee’s Room in the Market Hall, for boys interested in joining the Boy Scouts. We were told what Scouting was about by Commissioner Rear Admiral Sir Richard Bevan from Minchinhampton. At the end of the meeting we had to sign up if we wished to join. At Sir William Romney’s School a short time later, someone told me to go to the Malthouse to join the scouts and so the fun, games and adventures started. Our Scoutmaster (today called a leader) was Ron Jackson, who was called “Skip” by all us lads. Our troop leader was Laurence Lux. I found myself in the Wolf Patrol (the other patrols were Lions and Buffalos).

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The biggest influence on me later was my Patrol Leader Don Pride. I passed my “Tenderfoot” and “Second Class” badges – although the “First Class” badge eluded me.

at that time and we had many weekend camps. We had a Trek Cart, the wheels of which we had to manhandle sideways through the doorways at the Malthouse and then bolt to the base.

Much later, I became a Patrol Leader myself, of the newly formed “Seagull” Patrol. Camping was the biggest part of Scouting

We would then load up the equipment, which in the early days was bell tents, dixies and frying pans, and then we’d head for Estcourt Park. A week’s camp in the summer holidays was a highlight. We went to Salisbury Plain, the Forest of Dean, the Lake District (indoors), by the sea at Sandy Bay, by the river at Marlow, Wicklow Mountains. and Lucerne in Switzerland and a lesser distance to Cranham Woods near Gloucester. Having written this I am hoping to share more memories of scouting in the town at the reunion in the Market Hall on June 10th. Come along! Nick Peters

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Cotswold Voluntary Wardens Kissing Gates In February, we spent two sessions in Woodchester village and on each day, we erected a Kissing Gate, one at each end of a footpath. They replaced defective stiles, which were becoming unsafe. The Kissing Gates had been fabricated by a local blacksmith from wrought iron, and financed through Section 106 planning consent payments, by the builders of a small local development of new houses.

The Parish Council must agree with the developer at the time the planning application is submitted, to finance a scheme for the benefit of the local community. The Kissing Gates were to give easier access to the path, which crosses fields and passes the Mill Ponds which lie above Bond’s Mill. This is a stone building which is now the Bottle Green factory, and from which they produce fruit juice cordials.

Teasels* Opposite the mill, on the lane leading to the footpath, is this intriguing Round House. It’s a “Teasel Tower.” Its purpose was to hang Teasels to dry, which would then be used in the Woollen Cloth industry. The teasel heads were fitted into a frame on a machine for combing the cloth. An example of just such a machine, and a “Fulling Hammer” for beating the cloth plus a weaving loom – all driven by a water wheel - can be seen in the museum at Dunkirk Mill in Nailsworth, which opens on one Sunday a month during summer. We Wardens did a lot of work a few years ago, restoring the mill ponds of Dunkirk Mill as a nature area.

Walks The copy date for this edition of the Advertiser is too early for me to list the local Warden’s walks for April I’m afraid, but the walks all over the Cotswolds, from the summer months of April to September,

will be detailed in the “Cotswold Lion” magazine, published by the Cotswold Conservation Board. It will soon be available via the Tetbury Tourist Information office in Church Street. The Tetbury Footpath Group begin their walking season this month, too – and details may be found elsewhere in the magazine. Richard Granville, Cotswold Voluntary Wardens * Ed: I hope Richard will forgive me for adopting this spelling for Dipsacus fullonum

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A Wizard new Wheeze from the Government The government is anxious to raise more funds. Last year there was a huge hike in stamp duty, which meant that March 2016 was stressful for those dealing with property. This year the government has signalled its intent to raise probate court fees. Now, when you die, most investment holders request that your executors obtain a grant of probate, which is a sealed

document supplied by the probate court on production of a form of capital tax return and an executors oath. The present court fee if obtained through solicitors is £155, or if the executor is acting in person £235. It matters not whether the estate is worth £100,000 or £2,000,000 - it is still the same. From the 1st of May 2017, though, if the estate is worth below £50,000 there will be no fee, and if below £300,001, a fee of £300. Most houses in Tetbury are worth over £200,000 and if savings exceed £100,000 then the tranche between £300,000 and

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Priory Inn Blog We have an in-house commitment, and in-built ethos, to buy over 90% of our food and drink from within a 30-mile radius of Tetbury. To buy from our many small producers and artisans, we make a weekly trip to the Stroud Farmers’ market. Since the beginning of the 17th Century, the convergence of five valleys meant Stroud was an ideal location for trading locally produced wool.

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Four hundred years later, a healthy entrepreneurial spirit attracts farmers, bakers, vegetable, fruit and flower growers, charcuteries, brewers and cheese makers to a vibrant rural heartland. We bustle in with The Priory Inn van as soon as the stalls are set up, to load our chef’s weekly orders. Each season varies in terms of atmosphere and noise level within the walled marketplace, depending on the produce available and the corresponding sense of expectation. A visit to Stroud’s market feels like a pleasing step back in time. It is down to us all to support these single-minded business people and families in their quest for delivering local, high quality food and drink. We recently came across Little Hollows Pasta at the market and took some samples back to our kitchen. The Bristolbased company was born through a love of fresh, simple food, after a hitch-hiking trip through Northern Italy. The dedicated team has a great range of artisan pasta on sale every week at Stroud - never more than 2 days old. The old familiars are on sale, but they also have more unusual pastas such as radiatori (Italian for radiator - on our dinner menu) cavatelli (little hollows – their namesake) and pretty little folded pasta know as agnolotti del plin. These are all made with love and their recipes use flour from Shipton Mill and local organic eggs from happy hens. The taste says it all.

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Live music continues through March to a laid-back Sunday night atmosphere: On the 2nd, Dik Cadbury plays, followed by his old mate on the 9th, Steve Degutis. Easter Sunday welcomes Phil Cooper and Teri Bramah follows on the 23rd April. The month is closed out by Larkham and Hall on the 30th. There are more details on all the artists on our website. Follow us on Twitter @ThePrioryInn and Instagram to stay informed. Tanya Kelly, The Priory Inn

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Old Tetburian Mr John West cut his charity teeth helping out at the Dolphins Hall, where he served for more than 20 years on a voluntary basis. He was also a willing volunteer at the Tetbury Youth centre, when it was located in Chipping Street. He says he only stepped in one night to help pack away a bouncy castle – but stayed for more than 10 years! He’s now famous hereabouts for bringing a lot of fun to Tetbury gatherings with his Bingo kit. He calls three bingos a week and has been doing so for more years than he will admit. I’d like to nominate him as the Unsung Hero for April. Name and Address withheld. Shown here celebrating 60 years of marriage with his wife Norah in 2013, Mr West celebrated his 85th birthday in September last year. Ed: I’m delighted to accept this nomination to make Mr West Tetbury’s Kelly’s Eye for this month. If he’s kind enough to contact me soon, I shall ensure he receives his voucher for a meal for two, generously provided by the Priory Inn. If there’s someone you know who repeatedly contributes selflessly to the community, then please do let me know; my details are on page three of the magazine.

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Love of Tulips As the weather improves and the days lengthen, April gives rise to a dazzling display of colour. April is one of my favourite months in the garden because of the tulips. I love the delicacy of the followers, the wonderful colours and the fun you can have from planning different colour combinations. Mum always says that red and pink don’t go together but this “rule” doesn’t apply in the spring garden! Tulips make ideal “bedding” plants combined with annual or biennial planting.

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Tetbury Town Youth FC Tetbury Town Youth FC got the green light … …and thanks to the blue counters dropped into our charity box during December, received £1,000 from Tesco ‘Bags of Help’. This is an exciting local community grant scheme that raises money from the 5p bag charge to help support local projects in many communities across the UK. As mentioned previously, the funds donated by Tesco will be used to finance any initial and continuing professional development of coaches, as well as buying kit for use at training. This expertise and new equipment will continue to benefit the young members of the Club and support the development of their football.

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At the end of February, we held a successful ‘Sponsored Fun Run’. Players raised sponsorship for walking (and running) as many laps of the Recreation Ground as they could, as well as taking part in activities at various stations around the course to test their football skills. It was a fun morning of football activity, raising funds for the club at the same time. A big thank you to everyone involved and to those who provided the much-needed refreshments on the day. ‘Treforest FC’, a football team on tour from South Wales, will be playing a friendly match against our Under 14 team on Friday 28th April at 6:30pm k.o. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the town.



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Dolphins Dramatic Society Oh, my goodness, how time flies when you’re having fun! I really can’t believe it is only a week away from the opening night. Yes that’s right folks – I do hope you have got your tickets. Our play runs from the 6th to the 8th of April, so do make sure you get your tickets, either from our unique Box Office at Tetbury Hardware, London Road, or online via (Photo by David Hobson: cast left to right front: Gwen Hobson, Alex Ball, Amelia Federico, Jackie Rymer. Back: Steve Scott, Vincent Oblyschuk). Vincent Oblyschuk and Steve Scott have been in numerous productions including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Pirates of Penzance,” “On The Razzle” and “Cinderella” to name but a few, but I’m sure most of you will remember them best for their wonderful stage presence - as Dames! Vincent most recently appeared as Dame

Trot in Jack and the Beanstalk, running riot in the hall, picking on members of the audience, and causing absolute mayhem. Steve, on the other hand, heckled the public from the stage in “Dracula the Pantomime,” and organised team singing. Heaven help you if you didn’t join in! It’s great to have both Steve and Vincent in

this play, since they have great chemistry together and with the rest of the cast, and are naturally very funny. This means that with any production they are involved in, the cast can guarantee a good laugh on and off the stage. Brilliant actors and a real asset to the Society. I spoke about the script writers Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner in the last Advertiser article, this play will give you the opportunity to discover the other side of the producer and co-writer of “The Avengers” and to get a belly laugh or two in the process. “Anybody for Murder?” might be bad for its victim’s health, but the laughs will be good for yours, so come and join us at The Dolphins Hall. The set-up will be a cosy layout of tables and chairs, and there will be a bar to complete a unique evening out. Terri White, Dolphins Dramatic Society

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- there was no background music! A rarity these days, perhaps, but one which was actually quite pleasant and, as the evening wore on and more people arrived, the atmosphere assumed a warm hubbub without the need for anything to fill up the spaces in chatter.

but this month I decided it was time to visit somewhere that’s been calling out to me for some time. Anyway, The Horse Guards in Brokenborough, five minutes away, is only just over, so I won’t feel too guilty… Besides, a look at the menu suggested there were some tasty things on offer which sounded too good to miss. It was strangely quiet when we arrived early on Saturday evening and not just because there were few customers. It took a moment to figure out why, but I realised

From an appealing list of just five starters, Flossy chose smoked mackerel tartare, chive and horseradish creme fraiche. I was tempted by grilled goat’s cheese crostini and pigeon breast, but plumped for crab cake with lime mayonnaise (I rarely pass up an opportunity for crab!). Both were well judged in size, the crab cake tasting properly homemade, with a good ratio of crab to potato, and the mackerel being not too strong and prepared more as a pate. Unusually for somewhere with ‘pub classics’ on the menu, there was no burger for

Eating Out Flossy to sample. Instead, she went for pie of the day - steak and kidney - with chips or mash, peas and gravy. The pastry top was light and beautifully golden and the filling contained plenty of both ingredients which, she said, gave a rich, deep flavour. Okay, I know some people aren’t offal fans, but if you are, then a steak and kidney pie should be like this one: delicious! The chips were very good, too. Having had a hankering for lamb recently, I chose lamb rump with garlic fondant potato, buttered shallots, green beans and redcurrant jus. The rump was juicy, pink and tender, with well-cooked fondant potato and slightly crunchy beans. The jus was deeply flavoured, too, though personally I found it a little salty and would’ve preferred it more fruity and sweet. That said, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment at all. In the spirit of exploration, we decided to investigate the desserts, too. Flossy had sticky toffee pudding with dark, intensely caramel-y sauce and I had chocolate brownie with mulled cherries, both with a scoop of smooth Marshfield ice cream. The portions were quite large as desserts go, but we just about managed to force them down – well, it would’ve been churlish not to!

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Avening Primary School Hogwarts for the Day! School was magically transformed into Hogwarts on March the 2nd, to celebrate World Book Day. A fabulous array of Harry’s, Hermione’s, Dumbledore’s and Hedwig’s entered the school via ‘Platform 9 and 3¼,’ and were sorted into their houses and given their timetable for a day of lessons which included Potions, Quidditch, Arithmancy and Care of Magical Creatures. Our special surprise guest for the day was Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow from Swindon, who brought with him a whole host of ‘magical creatures’ for the children to handle and discover, from snakes to giant stick insects. The children also got a chance to visit ‘Flourish and Blotts’ bookshop – and to help themselves to a free book, during this wonderful day of celebration. With the end of term only weeks away, each class is beginning to wrap up their term topics, with the Hawks (y3/4) exhibiting their models and knowledge in their class assembly on the Romans. In the last few

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Have you heard the Parable of the Lost Sheep? Jesus is responding to criticism that he is mixing with a bad lot - cheats and liars, robbers and thieves – so tells the story about the shepherd who has a hundred sheep. When one goes missing he searches high and low, until he finds that one lost sheep. Then he invites his friends and neighbours to a party to celebrate. It’s the story we shared this month at Faith Explorers, our after-school club at St Marys’. We made these fun sheep biscuits; try it! You just need fondant icing and minimarshmallows, with a bit of white icing to stick it all together – and biscuits of course! We also heard this Parable at our Ash Wednesday service, telling us that God is always reaching out, to connect or re-

connect with us. And that’s been the theme for our Lent home groups and our reading: recognising the ways we wander away, and how can we live more closely with God. We’ve had some great conversations, with about seventy people meeting in eight homes across the Benefice. And now we’re gearing up for Holy Week and Easter. Beginning on Palm Sunday (9th April) at 10.30 am we meet in the Market Place to re-enact the procession as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Do come and join us – palms are provided, but you can also bring branches from your garden. We process to church, singing that wonderful hymn: “Ride On, Ride On, in Majesty,” then prepare for the week to come with the dramatic Gospel account of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. Each evening in Holy Week, our 7 pm services go from village to village, providing times of quiet reflection and prayer: Monday in Beverston with lessons and carols for Holy week, Tuesday in St

News from St Marys’ Church Saviour’s Church with a candle-lit Taizé service - and Wednesday in Long Newnton with Stations of the Cross. Thursday 13th April is Maundy Thursday, when we remember the Last Supper at a special service at 7 pm at St Marys’ Tetbury. Then on Good Friday, we follow Jesus’ journey to his death and burial. We join the Churches in the Tetbury Area for the Procession of Witness at 11 am, starting at the Gospel Hall in Hampton Street, followed by our Good Friday service in St Marys’ at 2 pm. Finally, at St John the Baptist in Shipton Moyne that evening (7 pm), we share in a service specially written for our Benefice by The Right Revd Michael Perham, former Bishop of Gloucester, to mark the burial of Jesus. What a joy it will be to then celebrate Easter, and Jesus rising again. We start as we light our “Easter Fire” outside church on Saturday 15th April at 9 pm. This is followed by a wonderful Easter service which moves from darkness to light … finishing up outside again with lots of bells and fireworks. And all this with some great hymns! So, do join us then – or for our services on Easter morning at 9.30 am. With love and prayers, Poppy The Revd Poppy Hughes Rector, the Benefice of Tetbury, Beverston, Long Newnton and Shipton Moyne PS: Last month I wrote about our “Bubbly Baptisms,” so I hope you enjoy this picture of Ruby Sayers being baptised in March, with all the children blowing bubbles to show we are surrounding Ruby with our love and our prayers on her big day. Then Ruby and Olivia and Chloe King were admitted to First Communion. It was a wonderful celebration!

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Tetbury WI In February, our first meal of the year together, was lunch at Casa when a large group of us enjoyed the Italian food and drink on offer. Our February meeting was very musical and entertaining as our speaker for the evening, Matthew Sprotson, encouraged us to join in with the songs of George Formby. Matthew played his ukulele when telling George’s story, proving to be a talented player. He recounted how George was encouraged onto the stage by his mother at the age of 16 after his entertainer father’s untimely death. George met clog dancer Beryl Ingham during one of his shows, and they married. She gave up her career to manage his. This was a very successful move as she was influential in both his stage act and contract negotiations; so much so that during the war years, due to his popularity and her nous, George was the top entertainer and most successful

film star in the UK. He earned the equivalent of £3m per year. George was also a great favourite of royalty - Queen Mary requested a private performance and was displeased when the more risqué remarks in his songs were cleaned up. Queen Elizabeth II recently listed one of his songs in her top ten favourites. George suffered from heart disease and this curtailed his career in the 1950’s. He suffered a fatal heart attack in 1961, 3 months after his wife Beryl passed away, but not before he had become engaged to his assistant just 6 weeks after Beryl’s death. Matthew was a great speaker and has even encouraged some of our members to learn the ukulele – watch this space. Janet Bush gave the vote of thanks for most entertaining evening.

to view the wonderful banks of snowdrops. Although muddy underfoot, it stayed dry and the accompanying dogs enjoyed a dip in the lake! Returning to my house for a welcome soup lunch, we were joined by some members who had been unable to undertake the walk and we had a convivial time, especially as by now the weather had changed and it was pouring with rain! Our next walk will be at Box and Amberley, followed by lunch at the Halfway Café.

Our next meeting is an ‘Open Meeting’ on Monday 10th April with Steve Knibbs BBC Points West reporter – Gloucestershire. Friends, family are welcome to come along to the Dolphin Hall at 7:15 pm. There is a non-member £5 contribution, which will be donated to Tetbury Hospital. Coffee morning at the Snooty Fox is Monday 24th April from 10:30 onwards. Jayne Taylor, Tetbury WI

Avening WI We’ve recently enjoyed a lovely walk around Cherington Lake,

In our March meeting we had two speakers. Firstly Janice Cole a GFWI representative of ACWW (Association of country Women of the World) explained how the monies raised by Pennies for Friendship empower women throughout the world by giving them small amounts that help in many ways such as, sewing lessons and a sewing machine so that she can earn money to feed and educate her family, provide clean water, and educate young girls on sexual health matters. We raised £100 with a 50/50 raffle. Caroline Hayden who teaches Yoga at the Dolphin Hall came to tell us about the benefits of yoga for our health and wellbeing and encouraged to take it up at any ages as it can improve our bone health, balance and flexibility. Both speakers gave us a great deal of food for thought.

to the National Trust’s Tredegar House and Gardens on the way home. Woodchester Village Hall, soon. We have four teams taking part from Avening. Our Spring fun quiz will be at the end of the month at Avening Social Club, when we are raising funds for our local charity “Best for Ben.”

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We had a touch of summer at our March meeting, with beautiful photos of wild orchids shown by Sue Dodds. It was most interesting to see the many varieties of orchids that flower during the year in the British Isles, and of course to see several pictures of our own Minchinhampton orchids, which we’re fortunate to have locally. We also had some interesting entries to our flower of the month competition, considering that it was only early March. We are giving a bursary for Denman College this year and our President, Gwyneth, was lucky to have her name drawn out of the hat (no fix – honest!) as the winner of the trip. We hope she enjoys her visit to the college. We are looking forward to the first round of the Federation Quiz to be held at

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Romney House Surgery The investigation of Romney House Surgery, which is being undertaken jointly by Capsticks (who are considering non-clinical issues,) and NHS England (whose clinicians are investigating complaints of a medical nature,) has gone on a lot longer than originally anticipated. It is now ending, however, and it is hoped that the report will come out in April. In the meantime our MP has put our concerns to the General Medical Council, who believe that it is in the public interest to look into our submission and undertake their own investigation. If anyone has a complaint - over and above the thirty-eight which formed the basis of concerns already submitted - please send them to me, Alison Hesketh, 01666 505113 as soon as possible. I will make sure that they are passed onto the case examiners, who will undertake the investigation in due course. Alison Hesketh

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup Spring has now officially arrived throughout playgroup, we have bulbs coming up in the garden and lovely spring displays throughout the building. As the days get warmer the children are choosing to spend more time outside; it is lovely being able to have the

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lovely shamrock printing for St Patrick’s Day. The children have also made cards and gifts for their mothers or a special lady, in preparation for Mother’s Day. Now we are doing lots of Easter crafts and cooking, our spring displays will soon have rabbits, eggs and chicks appearing in them. At pre-school, the children have been introduced to the Take-Home Bears and already we are getting some lovely tales of their adventures with the chosen family. The annual letter basket has begun, starting with the letter sound “a”. This is an opportunity to look at letter sounds both at home and in the setting, in preparation for school. We are now pleased to announce that we have raised enough money to have the back of the building double glazed, which is happening soon. We now continue to fundraise, to have the front of the building done, hopefully before winter 2017. Coming up we are having an Easter egg raffle and “name the bunny” competition and we are looking to do another sponsored event with the children at playgroup and crèche. The money raised from our bingo evenings also is going towards this; the next bingo date is the 14th April and then fortnightly after this, all welcome! Eyes down at 7.30. If you would like any information about our playgroup, crèche and play and stay sessions, please contact us on 01666 504855 or call in and ask for Karen or Linda. Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

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the best of our ability. Thank you again to everyone who is giving up their time for us. This month, we welcome actor and playwright, Trevor T Smith whose show, An Evening with Dementia has been a sell out at the Edinburgh Fringe three times. It’s described as “taking its audience on an illuminating, at times funny, adventure into the wilds of the mind of an old actor who has been cut loose from society by a fading memory”. We play host to two local artists in April. Noela Bewry visits us from Stroud where she teaches at the reputable Art College there. Her work is rooted in landscape and reflects an interest in strong colour and textural effects as a means of expressing nature. And Kerry Phippen, also from Stroud, whose paintings evolve out of the unspoken connection between humans and animals. She will display a series of ink and watercolours on paper; portraying horses, deer, foxes and other four-legged beasts. We also have a number of workshops on offer, for both children and adults. Including apron making, which will mark the start of our involvement with the Select textiles Festival. More on that next month. As ever, to book tickets for any of our events please go to or visit the Tourist Information Centre in Tetbury. Tetbury Goods Shed


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Candle-making workshop 10am-4pm Sophia Russell of Hestia’s Flame. £75


Tetbury Community Choir 7–10 pm Fundraising Concert. £5


An evening with Dementia 7.30 pm for 8 pm Award-winning play. £11


CEILIDH 7pm-10pm With Bursledon Village Band. £12 (Includes ploughman’s)


Larks in the Park 10am-12, 2pm-4pm Children’s activities (7-10yrs). £15



Piano Recital: Jan Vriend - ‘Bach to the Future’ 7pm-10pm Bach, Schubert, Debussy, Chopin, Vriend. £20


Bunting Sewing Workshop 10am-4pm Children’s workshop with Michelle Motti. (8yrs up). £45


Jazz Trio HLF - ‘Balanced on a Knife Edge’. 7pm-10pm Spontaneous improvisation by Chris Laurence, Martin France, and Tony Hymas. £15


Apron-making workshop 10am-4pm With Nikki Ellis. £65


31 March - 22 April. Fri, Sat, Sun. 10am-4pm Free entry

Make a caterpillar cushion 10am-4pm Children’s workshop with Michelle Motti. (8yrs up). £45



Wacky Races, Market 10am-5pm


Knitty Know How 6pm-8pm Inspiration for knitters with Tilly Headford. £5


Pictures & Places; Gloucestershire Woollen Industry in Paintings. 7pm-9pm Talk by Jenny Tann. £6


Club Cairo; Artique presents Egyptian dance. 7pm-10pm A celebration of live music and dance from across the Middle East. £15


Knit Community Bunting 10am-4pm Drop-in knit-in with Pat Hodges. £5


Knitty Know How 6pm-8pm £5


Indian Block Printing 10am-1pm Workshop with Clare Walsh. £45


Pattern cutting 10am-4pm Workshop with Valerie George. £70


CONCERT - Amico Quartet with Daniel Bristow Violins 7pm–10pm Concert on instruments made in Tetbury from a single tree. £10

Club Cairo Egyptian Music & Dance 6 May. 7pm-10pm.


Designer Bag workshop 10am-4pm Make a sumptuous bag and impress your friends. £70


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Textile Printing workshop 10am-4pm Workshop with Liz Lippiatt. £tba


Lewis & Wood Fabrics 7pm-9pm. £6


Blunderbus Theatre: Dogs don’t do Ballet 11.30am, and 2.30pm Children’s theatre £10. (£36 family of 4)


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Needle felting workshop 10am-3.30pm With Steffi Stern and Sophie Buckley £60


EXHIBITION: Kerry Phippen ‘The Gentle Wild’

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Millinery workshop 10am-4pm With Louise Pocock. £85 inc. materials


Woolsack Day Market 10am– 5pm


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Children’s Theatre: Dogs Don’t do Ballet 20 May 11.30am & 2.30pm


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Tetbury Camera Club Enjoying the legacy of William Fox Talbot It might be a concern for some people, but by the time you read this issue of the Advertiser we will not only have changed the clocks to summer time, but Easter won’t be far away either - and we will be a quarter of the way through 2017… Oh! And for students of local history, it’s also 176 years since William Fox Talbot -- scientist, archaeologist, astronomer and MP for Chippenham -- patented an invention for transferring images onto paper, which was to become the start of modern photography. You might think that after all these years and more than a century since Tetbury had its first camera club, it would be hard to find much new to see and talk about to do with photography, but far from it! In the 15 weeks since we started our 2017 season Tetbury Camera Club has made several discoveries of its own and set at least one new benchmark we must try to sustain next year. First, one of the discoveries; most weeks of our picture-taking seasons we have guest judges to critique pictures from our club competitions. Alternatively, we invite expert speakers to help inspire us with the creativity of their own work or tales of travels which have enabled them to bring back stunning shots, ranging from big game in Africa to bears in Alaska and temples in Tibet. But it isn’t always

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necessary to pack up your passport to take great pictures of course, as we discovered at the end of February when we had a first visit by Allen Lloyd, a guest speaker from as far away as - Tintern! Allen has received numerous awards in national and international exhibitions and been featured in leading photography magazines, yet he hadn’t visited us before. Tetbury Camera Club therefore looked forward with anticipation to his visit, but little did we know how stunning it would be. He had put together three AV modules: landscapes (mainly around Gwent and Monmouthshire,) Yellowstone USA, and Birds. Each was given added atmosphere by the accompaniment of some inspiring music and his motivating commentary, explaining how he achieved such wonderful compositions, left us all hoping that some of his magic would rub off - and helped to justify the comments by several of our longest serving members, that they had just seen some of the best images experienced in over 15 years of coming to our club. How do we match that? Well one way is by already booking a follow-up visit from him for 2018, though fortunately we did also have an ace card up our sleeve. Two regular items in our calendar are competitions in which we compete against larger ‘rival’ clubs from Stroud and Cirencester to see which can produce the best collection of pictures each year. This year the first of these was against Stroud and a very closely fought challenge it proved to be, with our judge scoring Stroud best for prints but Tetbury taking

most marks for digital images. at the end of the evening the result was Tetbury 527 points and Stroud 522. Can we sustain this standard? We’ll shortly find out, as we are soon to match our creativity away to Cirencester! Tetbury Camera Club (tetburycameraclub. meets in the Priory Inn each Tuesday evening at 7.30pm and is always happy to welcome visitors and new members. The National Trust web site for Lacock Abbey, which was home to William Fox Talbot, is a useful place to check if you are interested in learning more about him and his work. This month’s picture was a competition entry by member David Jones. Iain Smyth, Tetbury Camera Club



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Sir William Romneys School is still revelling in the Ofsted judgement as a ‘Good School’ and St Marys Primary has the same good judgment from Ofsted. To have such good schools must give a sense of pride to all members of staff at both schools who put so much effort into educating our children. But as ever there are black clouds on the horizon, the Government have attempted to come out with a ‘Fairer Schools Funding’ Formula which from Tetbury’s point of view flyer_5.indd is far from fair and has quickly gained the title ‘The Unfair Schools Funding’. Both schools will have their funding cut which will have far reaching consequences in the way that our schools operate. Other schools in the county have made statements about having to increase the numbers of pupils per class, to reduce the number of subjects in the curriculum and other actions which could affect the standard of education our children receive. I know that both Romneys and St Marys have their thinking caps on studying the ways that they can cope with this lower level of funding in a way that standards of teaching will not suffer, we all have to support them in this endeavour and hope that there will be a rethink in the new formula, our children deserve it. Some years ago the Town Council decided to support the volunteer efforts in Tetbury and provide grant funding for organisations in our town so that they could assist the large number of volunteer organisations in maintaining and often growing their activities. The other day I read that another nearby Town Council in a much larger town also have a Community Grants programme, but that their sum available was only a quarter of the amount that Tetbury was setting aside to help local organisations. I think that we have got it right and we must continue to help our community. Those organisations that wish to receive support can apply to the Town Clerk in the Council Offices who will only too pleased to assist. We have welcomed a new town clerk to the Town Council, Stephen Holley comes to us with a good record of working in local government, his last post was as Town Clerk of Shaftesbury in Dorset, you know the town that has the Hovis baker pushing his bike up Sunrise Hill. Stephen has also been town clerk in a number of small parishes in Gloucestershire as well as having a spell with Cotswold District Council. Should you wish to meet him, please pop into the Council Offices and introduce yourself or come to the Town Meeting on the 26th April in St Marys School at 7pm.

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They say that time flies when you are having fun and that certainly seems to be the case at Puddle Ducks! Can it be that we are half way through the academic year already? As I write this article, we are approaching the half term break and what a very busy term it has been. The children have done so much learning, exploring different letters and


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sounds with a variety of crafts and activities including imaginary trips in spaceships to play amongst the stars where we also met aliens and astronauts! We have been under the sea where we can swim with the angelfish, in and out of the seaweed. We made an amazing aeroplane to explore the sky and the children led us on adventures around the world - and all these ideas have been brought together by the children with a fantastic wall display. We have been visited by stick insects and made an insect hotel for our garden, as well as some Incy Wincy Spiders to hang in their giant web in our room. We also celebrated Chinese New Year by making some very  beautiful Chinese Lanterns which were decorated carefully by the children, who then enjoyed fortune cookies at snack    time, for a treat.


Puddle Ducks We are grateful to have close links with St. Mary’s School, which helps to aid a smooth transition for the children who will be moving to classes there in September, and we were very pleased to receive a visit from Mrs. Bell, who came to share a story about a boy called Stanley whose imagination turned his ordinary stick into some quite extra-ordinary things. We all really enjoyed listening and joining in with the story. Thank you to Mrs. Bell for coming to see us. Our extra pre-school sessions for the older children who are moving on in September have got off to a great start. They have really risen to the challenges of a slightly more structured routine, and it is so nice to see how much they are enjoying having their own special time each week, giving them the chance for some more focused activities.

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Letters to the Editor

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Tetbury Shopmobility Dear Editor, Tetbury “Save the Children” would like to thank all who supported our Quiz night on Saturday the 18th of February – and especially our excellent team of “Quiz Masters,” without whom we could not have held the event. I’m delighted to be able to share with you that we raised a total of five hundred and eighty-three pounds and seventy pence.

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We have had several requests for the loan of wheelchairs in the last few months. We are pleased, for example, to have helped a visitor having a short break at a local hotel, somebody who became immobile and a young person who needed short term support. For further information, visit our website or see the Useful Information in the front of this Advertiser. Sallie Dearnley

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Dear Editor, The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport (FTCT) have now been operating successfully for three months, and are currently providing three trips a month to various destinations. I’d like to clear up a certain amount of confusion which has arisen regarding them.

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I would like, through the Advertiser, to thank the person who found my hearing aid remote control on the evening of Saturday February

18th - and who then placed it on the window ledge of a shop in Long Street. I found it later that evening, as I returned home. I shall be forever grateful to you; life is now difficult without it. Thanks again, Lion Brian Dear Editor, I’d very much like to thank the person or persons who nominated me as your “Unsung Hero” for March. What a surprise! My friend and I have already enjoyed a truly wonderful meal at the Priory Inn, whose staff could not have been more generous or attentive. Many thanks, Mrs June Gear

FTCT is completely independent of Community Connexions (CC,) although we do utilise their services for bookings and they allow us to use their buses. Neither should we be confused with Tetbury Community Bus group. FTCT is a non-profit making association organised by a committee and run entirely with fully-trained and DBS checked volunteers. Trips are sponsored by local organisations including the Feoffees, Tetbury Lions, South Cotswold Rotary club and Tetbury town council. Our services are available to all residents who have a Tetbury postcode. Users do not need to pay any registration fee to CC to enjoy the FTCT trips and bookings can be made via 0345 680 5029 (charged at local rate). As all our trips are sponsored we only request a voluntary anonymous donation from passengers. No other fees are involved.

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News from Christ Church

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If Christ is risen, then …

Sunday 23rd April @ 4pm (a week later than normal)

God has said ‘yes’ to all that Jesus stood for. even people like Peter, and me and you, can be restored. the critical moment of the life of the Earth has taken place. the power at the centre of the universe is shown to be love. God has begun to renew the face of the Earth. staggering new possibilities of life are opened up. the light of Christ will one day penetrate every dark place. there is life beyond this life. there is life within this life. Love will win.

If you've never been before it is an afternoon of Crafts, ‘Open The Book’ (ask the kids about that!), Worship Time and Food for all the family. Entry is FREE and it lasts until around 5.20 pm. If you've never been before, give it a try! Please can children be accompanied by a well-behaved adult! It’s 25 years since Christ Church came into being, following the joining of Tetbury Methodist and United Reformed Churches on Easter Sunday 1992. Join us for our 25th Anniversary service on Easter Sunday morning (16th April) at 10.30 a.m.

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Tetbury Library “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” Albert Einstein Lately, Tetbury Library has been a great hub of creativity! The Yarn Bombing group have knitted and crocheted so many fantastic items that they’ve nearly run out of materials. If you have any spare yarn (any ply/size, colour, texture – even unraveled jumpers or odds and ends of yarn) it would be gratefully appreciated and turned into a thrilling bit of woolly graffiti! If you are interested in making something for the yarn bombing project but are unable to attend the monthly meetings, then let us know and we can give you some creative tasks to do at home.


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The yarn bombing project is also in need of lots of pom-poms! Throughout the school Easter break* there will be an opportunity to drop in to the library and make a pompom, or you can make one at home and bring it in. Pom-poms of any colour would be great and we need a variety of sizes (but no bigger than a lemon please.) Also running during the school holiday this month is an egg-themed hunt, plus, on Tuesday 11th at 11am, a special story time! ‘Rabbits don’t lay eggs’ is a witty story told with cute props and it’s suitable for 3 to 7-year-olds plus their families. All activities are free to everyone – just turn up. The Writing Group are sharing their creative ideas and processes at the library every other Monday at 10.30am – new aspiring writers welcome (please contact the library). Library Crafters has become quite popular, so you are advised to book your place in advance for this. The group’s members have been learning some wonderful skills, thanks to our creative volunteers, Beryl and Julie. If you have any skills that you would like to pass on, then we’d love to hear from you. Advanced notice to gardeners: put spare plants, seedlings and seeds to one side for the free plant swap in May! (*Tetbury Library will be closed from Friday 14th to Monday 17th April.) Have you seen all the new books at Tetbury Library yet? Kylie, Linda, Liz & Sophie, Tetbury Library

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Tetbury Footpath Group So, we reach the start of another walking season for the Tetbury Footpath Group. As In previous years we will be organising walks every Tuesday from the start of April until the end of October; come and join us to walk in the fresh air and beautiful and varied countryside in the area around Tetbury. All walks start from the free longstay car park by the old Goods Shed off Cirencester Road. We aim to use mainly

footpaths and tracks, so walks may be muddy and stiles will be encountered. Over the weeks, our walks will be of different lengths and levels of difficulty and some start in the morning and others in the afternoon. Whilst all reasonable care will be taken, it is the responsibility of each individual walker to be able to complete the route and to look after their own safety. Visitors are always welcome and are asked to contact the leader of the walk in advance of the day of the walk. Come and join us, we would welcome new faces as well as existing members.

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Wacky Races So much has happened since our last update! Just as well really, for by the time you are reading this it will be just a few weeks before the 1st May Bank holiday Monday and the sixth running of the Tetbury Lions Wacky Races soapbox derby. Race entries continue to come in at a steady pace and it is pleasing to report that Acceleramus, who gave five times winner C12 a scare last year, is back challenging for that elusive title. We award three trophies, one each for the fastest adult team and the fastest youth team - and - because “wacky-ness” and not speed is the essence of the event, there is also the highly sought-after trophy for the wackiest cart and appropriately wacky support team. Remember, all cart specifiations, entry forms and other details can be sourced from the web page; www. A reminder that entries close on Friday 7th April or sooner if we reach our full quota ahead of time.

This inspirational development has only been possible thanks to very generous donations from our main sponsors Tetbury Car Care and Tetbury Hardware, for which we are very grateful. We also would like to thank a generous resident whose property adjoins Millennium Green, and Vinotopia in the Chipping, who have both kindly consented to provide us with electricity to allow the big screen to function. With regard to commercial stalls, for which application forms can be downloaded from the web page, only

very limited opportunities remain so if you are interested, please contact as soon as possible, or you may be unlucky. There has also been a very significant response from companies wanting to support this event by paying to display company banners on the course, or by taking an advert in the programme. Again if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity and display your business to a huge crowd of spectators, please use Saxon’s e-mail address above. Happy Racing! The Wacky Races Committee


Last year, in addition to crowd problems, there was a related issue with car parking as all available car park spaces were taken. The same sites, the recreation ground and the Tetbury Town Football Club site in Cirencester Road will be available this year – but in addition, St Mary’s CE VA Primary school have confirmed that they will make their playgrounds and playing field available, if the weather’s good. Of course it would also help considerably if Tetbury residents attended the event on foot, especially if it is a sunny day. A major new initiative we have undertaken this year is to provide a big arena-quality TV screen in the Chipping car park, linked to two roving cameramen, provided by Lightmedia Displays. This will help minimse the considerable pedestrian movement of last year, as those in the car park will be able to see events unfolding at the finish on Millennium Green without having to walk down there. The big screen will also provide advertising opportunities for any company that would like to take part, so contact Richard Smith via advertiser@ if you would like further details on this opportunity.

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Bank holiday Monday 29th 2017 It won’t be long until this year’s races and once again we are open for teams and individuals to compete in this exciting event. This year we are honoured that Peter will be attending the races two presenters hope to compete as of a team. So for more news on

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Woolsack Day Prizes are £100 for the winning team and £25 for the winning individual. For those who haven’t been to the event before it is a relay event up and down Gumstool Hill in Tetbury (which reaches a 1 in 4 gradient), carrying a sack full of wool (there are different weight sacks for the women and men) We advise that anyone considering competing, walks the course before the event and we would like to stress that entrants run at their own risk. All proceeds from the day will go to a very worthy local charity, Longfield Hospice Care - a local hospice based in Minchinhampton that provides specialist adult care for those with life-limiting illness and further funds will be given to local youth sports projects in Tetbury. As well as the races there will be an auction, street market, stalls, fun fair, entertainment and music for all the family - to make this a great day out for all ages So if your company, sports club, organisation or mates fancy competing for the title of 2017 Woolsack race winners please go to our website www. and fill out the entry form and arrange payment before 1st May 2017 - to ensure a mention in The Woolsack Runner

Tetbury Summer Show The annual Tetbury Summer Show remains a premier event in the town, bringing families from all walks of life together for a special day, to recognize and celebrate many aspects of rural life. The show has been running for over 150 years and while the format has changed considerably, it continues to promote and sustain a healthy community. The show is now so large that costs exceed £7,000! This year, the show is to be held on Sunday the 13th of August on the Memorial Recreation Ground. It centres on a large marquee housing the floral, bakery and craft elements of the show, for which there has been a significant increase in the participation of all age groups. Outside of this, there are many stalls providing local traders and charities the opportunity to

showcase their services, together with fun activities for all age groups. The section that has expanded most deals with education on aspects relevant to a small market town such as Tetbury. This year we hope to again secure a visit from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, supported by insights into such things as keeping bees and poultry, the work of animal rescue centres and information from the local vets practice. Many others are yet to confirm their attendance. Clearly one objective is to promote an understanding in young minds of the responsibilities they will inherit on managing the environment in which they are fortunate to live. Ken White, Summer Show Committee

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Ronan’s Trust Ronan’s Trust is a fledgling registered charity based in Gloucestershire. We provide nurture and support to those who have suffered a close family bereavement. Through gardening together, and having the opportunity to join our craft workshops, we offer an environment in which families can “be busy together” with others in a similar position. Working together on the land and through crafts offers the opportunity for people to create friendships and reduce stress.

When people suffer a bereavement, it can be a daunting experience to join a group of people. Even going to the supermarket or shopping can be overwhelming and can be an onslaught to the senses. Working with nature in a small group together with others who have some idea of what you are experiencing provides a safe place to be, as well as a community of people who will understand without you necessarily having to say anything. We have a calendar of events on offer throughout the year as well as local allotment groups to join. Our allotment groups are in Bisley, Longford near Gloucester, Cirencester and Tetbury. We also hope to provide practical support for those who have been immediately bereaved and need help in their gardens - mowing lawns, weeding, hedge cutting. We are working with the Tetbury Nursery which is where we have use of beds for an allotment group to meet weekly.

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Happy Easter! With the evenings staying lighter and the milder weather, it is finally starting to feel like Spring is on its way. We have incorporated this into the focus of the term which has been “growth and changes,” starting with ourselves and then moving on to plants and animals. The children have enjoyed looking at photos of each other and staff as babies (and guessing who is who,) planting their own herbs, reading Jack and the Beanstalk, and watching the resident African land snails grow. They are getting bigger every day!  


the leaves that the Giant hid around Forest School, so they could put them back on the beanstalk and help Jack reach the treasure. (Special biscuits for snack time with hot chocolate are the best kind of treasure…) The Pre-School children have started their Forest School experience and have adapted to the new routine brilliantly, enjoying the wide variety of outdoor activities every week. They particularly enjoyed hunting for


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For Easter, we are planning a family fun Egg Hunt. During the Easter holiday (the 8th to the 23rd of April,) there will be ten themed eggs hidden throughout the town for you to find. This is a great community activity to do as a family over the Easter holiday and we would love families throughout the town to get involved. A winner will be selected at random once all the sheets have been handed in - please join in and support your local charity playgroup. Our “Seedlings” group continues every Monday morning from 9.30-11.30 at the front of Christ Church. It is run by our lovely Mum and Playgroup Deputy Kelly, who offers fresh and exciting activities each week as well as a welcoming smile to greet everyone through the door. All ages and stages are catered for and everyone is welcome, so please drop in and join the fun. For more regular updates of what we’re doing please visit our Facebook page ‘St Mary’s Playgroup & Toddlers’ or have a look on our website to get in touch for a visit www.


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St Mary’s CE VA Primary School School Funding Funding is always an issue for schools and school leaders and governors are very good at using funds as carefully as we can to have the greatest impact on positive outcomes for our pupils. You may have heard quite a lot in the news lately about the new National Funding Formula that the government is proposing to introduce, to address the issue of unfair funding in schools around the UK. If the formula is introduced, St. Mary’s Primary School stands to lose £18,000 of funding a year. Obviously, this is very worrying for us as a school, especially as it comes on top of other Government cuts in spending on education. Both Mr Bell from Sir William Romney’s School and I have written to both our local MP, Geoffrey Clifton Brown and to Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, to express our concern about the impact the new funding formula will have on our schools. We will continue to petition and hope that the government listens to the voices of Headteachers and Governing Bodies around the country. Mr Clifton Brown has already pledged his support for local schools. Members of the community can support us by also writing to either, or both. On a positive note, we are continuing to have fun in our learning at St. Mary’s. Spring


has definitely sprung and the children are enjoying more time playing and learning outside. The PTfA have raised enough money to have the second part of our Year 3/4 trim trail installed on one of our playgrounds, and the children are loving it. Year 1 and 2 have visited the allotments as part of their topic work and Year 4 have had DT lessons at SWR in the proper workshop, using proper machines and making real things, including using a 3D printer! The EYFS and KS1 children have taken part in African Drumming workshops and Y3 and 4 have dissected owl pellets as part

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Sir William Romney’s School By the time you read this, our Year 11 students will be preparing for exams which take place in May. “Students have been working hard on developing their resilience and independence, ahead of their exams and throughout their revisit programme” said Headteacher, Mr Bell. He continued by explaining that all students are working hard ahead of their exams to enjoy another fantastic set of GCSE results in August. We wish them well during this revision period.

went on to represent SWR at the District Youth Speaks event on the 4th of February. Although we didn’t come away with a prize, the team held their own against some very tough competition and did the school incredibly proud. Huge congratulations to all those who have taken part – they are a credit to SWR!

Rowing success In mid-March four teams attended the County finals with over 10 other local schools. We are pleased to announce SWR came top three in each discipline:

Homework hall of fame Sir William Romney’s School is proudly showing off some of the students’ best homework in a ‘Gallery of Excellence’. Our homework co-ordinator, Mrs Lynham, has created the display in The Quad area, which demonstrates the high-quality pieces submitted for each subject since our new carousel homework system was introduced. Mrs Lynham said“I would like to thank parents for their continued support, encouragement and engagement with the new homework system. It seems to be working well, staff have seen a significant improvement in the pieces of work submitted and there has been a wealth of creative and explorative work.” So why not come and have a look for yourself? Parents and the public are invited to have a look at the excellent work on display in our Quad space.

Speaking out Debating Club has been busy preparing for two competitions! We are so proud of our teams, who have been working hard on perfecting their speech writing and arguing on topical issues. Lucie DannemanScott, EllieWingfield, Islay Falconer and Tallulah Walker were winners of the School Games Debating Competition at the local heats. They will now go on to the County Competition in April at Cheltenham College, where they will be competing against other Gloucestershire schools. Alana Dyer-Kent, Ellie Wingfield and Jack Thorne were winners of the local heats in the “Youth Speaks” competition. They

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Year 10 Boys – 2nd place Year 8 Boys – 2nd place, with Adam Brammeld gaining an individual Bronze medal Year 8 girls – 3rd place Congratulations to the following students: Josh Blake, Adam Brammeld, Arthur Bury, Klara Fletcher, Shiyan Holmes, Alice Insull, Lottie Jones, Jayden Lewis, Billy Montague, Harry Pegler, Luke Ravenhill, Charlotte Rushton, Matilda Simonin, Janie Syrett, Phoebe Townsend, Jac Woodward. And additional thanks to Mr Blackwood who assists by taking them to and from these events in our school minibus, encouraging them enthusiastically at every opportunity. Sir William Romney’s School

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This month I am pleased to update you on some changes… …which have taken place following the recent retirement from the Feoffee of John Weaver, John is going to be replaced by Richard Cooper, who has been an active member of the Thirteen since 1996 and will be looking after Lower Gumstool Hill and the Millennium Green in his new role as a Trustee of the charity. In turn, a vacancy became available on the

Thirteen committee and I am pleased to advise that local farmer Richard Witchell has been elected to this group. Richard is an active member of our community and is involved in various groups including, the Rugby Club and Tetbury Upton Parish Council. These groups now have the following members and should you wish to know more about our organisation and the work which we do in the town, please just ask us


The Feoffees and the Thirteen Dave Hicks – Vice Chairman – responsibility for Open Spaces, John Hugginson – responsibility for The Chipping and Chipping Car Park, John Shepherd – responsibility for The Market Hall, Mike Houghton – responsibility for the Herd Lane Allotments, Will Cook – responsibility for Preston Park and the Railway Line,

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The Food Bank The Food Bank anticipates being very busy over the school Easter holidays, but, fortunately, we have a superb team of hard working volunteers whom I know will manage. In March a fund-raising Gourmet Banquet was held in the Bingham Hall in Cirencester, when a highly experienced chef cooked a fantastic meal using those items which make up the contents of the food boxes which we regularly give out to clients. It was amazing to see just what could be achieved from a food box. Please don’t think we used donated food for a free night out – we certainly didn’t! We told the chef what we put in the food boxes and left it in his capable hands. Tickets cost £35 a head and it was the Food Bank’s big fund raising event for the year. I will let you know how much we raised next month.


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History of Tetbury Society The Bath Preservation Trust was the subject of the HOTS meeting… …on 2nd March that sixty-seven members attended. Our excellent speaker, Amy Frost, is the Trust Collections Manager and Curator of Beckford’s Tower. The Trust was formed in 1934 but its origins date back to 1909 when a Preservation Society was formed. Its objects are the ‘preservation of the ancient and world famed amenities of the City both natural and architectural’. UNESCO declared the whole city a World Heritage Site, in 1987. A proposal in 1934 to demolish the colonnades on the north side of Bath Street and to demolish George Street to create a piazza, sparked the formation of the Trust. Since then, among other successes, they have restored the Palladian Bridge in Prior Park. Bath suffered three nights of bombing in 1942, as a retaliation for the bombing of Lűbeck, and the Trust was heavily involved in the restoration of the buildings. Fortunately, the Luftwaffe missed their principal targets. In 1944 plans were drawn up to restructure the interior of historic

buildings, to bring the size of rooms into line with modern requirements. Post-war Town Planning included a proposal to rebuild at the north end of Milsom Street by creating a large open area that was considered quite inappropriate. As was another scheme to build grand Civic Offices. In fact, 1967 – 70 is referred to as the battle of the ‘Sack of Bath’ when further proposals to replace heritage with modern buildings were resisted. Even so many artisan terraced homes were demolished and new houses and flats built. 1972 the ‘Save and Restore Bath Appeal’ was launched. A pictorial record was made of buildings scheduled for demolition and samples collected of stone work and fittings (door knockers etc.,) from destroyed buildings.

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- Beckford’s Tower is an architectural folly at Lansdown. Completed in 1827 by William Beckford. HOTS visit it on 6th July when we will again meet Amy Frost.

- No.1 Royal Crescent (pictured) gives a sample of fashionable life in18thC Bath. Each room shows an example of Georgian interior design with authentic furniture, carpets and textiles. To the side there is the home of a former member of staff now

- Museum of Bath Architecture is housed in the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel in The Vineyards, Paragon. It contains a model of Georgian Bath, architectural drawings and samples. - Herschel Museum of Astronomy in 19 New King Street (former home of the Herschel’s) is a well preserved middle grade town house.

Our chairman, Jane Haines, expedited our AGM and we thanked Liam Keating for acting as our Honorary Treasurer for the last nine years; Sue Russell takes over. Alan Twelvetree, History of Tetbury Society April 6th at 7.30 in Christ Church- Paul Barnett will tell us about the Sharpness Canal.

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Global Adventures Roundabout badge and particularly enjoyed learning Indian dance. They have also helped Girlguiding, by trialling an activity that may be included in the new programme, due to be introduced in 2018. We have a full complement of fifteen girls with more waiting to join, however, without adult volunteers we are unable to offer these girls spaces. Both Brownie units have been working for their 1st Aid badges certainly fulfilling the “service to the community” part of our Guiding programme! 1st Guides had 2 “Think Resilient” evenings run by a Peer Educator from Stroud (a 16-year-old member who has been trained to deliver sessions). Some challenging issues were discussed which they responded to very well. Balancing a Malteser on your lips whilst meditating helps to concentrate the mind…

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Probus Into the Abyss… …and down we went in videoed minisubmersibles towards the ocean floor, a flat abyssal plain covering more than 50% of the earth’s surface. Less is known about this than about the moon’s surface. Roger Jones, a former BBC film producer, described on the 16th of February some of his experiences gathering material for the Blue Planet series. He illustrated key oceanographic equipment and gave us an insight into the trials and pitfalls of producing these programmes. Images soon floated by on the screen, including tripod fish, swimming sea cucumbers, scavenging toothless sharks and Dumbo-like deepsea octopuses. All of them were living in dim or completely dark surroundings up to thousands of metres below the sea surface. Roger explained that many samples of living organisms collected from underwater regions at high pressures and low temperatures could not survive in unfamiliar surface conditions. Many hitherto totally unknown bacteria and other animal species have been found living deep down in hot water. This water is superheated, after seeping into the hot rocks of the oceanic crust and then emitted from hydrothermal floor vents. We were told that, very unusually, the bacteria fed on

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Leighterton School Our children are really enjoying learning through their topics this term, and Francesca has written about her recent trip to Bristol Museum. This is her account: “On Tuesday 21st February 2017, Ridge Class went on an amazing trip to Bristol Museum. They went to the museum because their topic is ‘Mysteries and Mummification’ and they are learning about the Egyptians. Firstly, they went to an exciting activity where they watched a film clip about artefacts that had been found, and the students had to get clues from the objects to match them to text.”

binoculars so I could see the animals from far away. I packed my warmest clothes because it is really cold in the Arctic. Some of my friends brought walkie talkies so they could contact other people if they were stuck. When we had finished showing our luggage, we all showed our passports and climbed aboard a plane to travel to the Arctic. Dottie and I were the pilots.” “My next activity was when I went into one of the tents and we drank hot chocolate and ate fudge. We read books about polar bears. Some of these were stories and some of these were non-fiction books. Next, we went into our school hall and had to do some problem-solving. There were boxes

to carry across an obstacle course and each person had to hold the box at least twice.” “After lunch, I made a sculpture using stones that were balanced on top of each other. These were in the shape of people. The whole day was really good fun. My favourite part was when we ate snacks in the tents - I love it when we have special days in our class.” If you would like to come and have a tour of our school, we would be delighted to show you round. Please contact Mrs Davey in the school office on (01666) 890273 or through our website – to arrange a convenient time. Meryl Hatfield

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Tetbury Police Museum As I continue to search for new ideas as to how the museum can be improved, I met with several volunteers from the Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum in March, to discuss ways in which we could better exchange information and collaborate to our mutual advantage.

they have a motorbike (but with a sidecar,) and many uniforms and displays (in both Vietnamese and in English,) about the force’s history. Inevitably, theirs is a more harrowing tale to tell, given relatively recent events. On the plus side I would say we have more audio visual displays and interactive opportunities, but we do not have any foreign language information – perhaps this is something we could develop given the number of Japanese and other overseas visitors we attract. As flagged in last month’s column we thought that the submission to the Arts Council for the Museum’s re-accreditation was to be postponed to 2018. We have now received notification from the Arts Council that this indeed the case, so we have a year’s respite to get our act in order. John Silvester, Hon Curator curator@tetbury. Tel 01666 504670

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We have been seeing a few cases of Kennel Cough continually throughout this mild winter. This infection causes a very nasty, dry, hacking cough in dogs. Your dog does not need to have been into kennels to catch kennel cough, it is so contagious just walking past a coughing dog can be enough to catch the infection. Fortunately a vaccine is available (included in our Pet Care Plan) to help prevent the disease. Just a few drops up the nose, is enough to provide protection for your dog. With Spring on the way the risk of more cases can only increase. Please call the surgery for more information and advice.


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O Thou with dewy locks who lookest down, Through the clear windows of the morning, turn Thine angel eyes upon our western isle Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring! This short poem entitled “To Spring” and written by William Blake, manages to convey a wealth of imagery in just a few lines and speaks of “our western isle” singing to greet the spring. It is a wonderful thought isn’t it? And we in the Tetbury Community Choir are certainly doing our bit with a concert on the 3rd of April in the Tetbury Goods Shed, which is fast approaching. More about that

Tetbury Community Choir continues to go from strength to strength with a steady increase in interest and new members, now consisting of around fifty. It is huge fun, and so much more fulfilling than an evening vegetating in front of the “goggle box.” The physical and mental benefits of singing in a choir have been well documented, so what are you waiting for? The birds are doing it and Tetbury Community Choir is doing it, and we are just waiting for you.

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Annual Report from Tetbury Town Council 2017 Mayor’s Report The Town Council started the year with seven objectives which were: 1) To become a Quality Gold Council 2) To complete the Goods Shed Renovation 3) To support the redevelopment of the Dolphins Hall 4) To agree a development plan for the Council Offices and Museum 5) To complete the Neighbourhood Development Plan 6) To support Community and Tourism 7) To resolve current Burial Ground Issues

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To Become a Quality Gold Council


To complete the Goods Shed Renovation

We already have the Gold Council award, which recognises the way that we operate and serve our community. I believe that we are already able to attain the Quality Gold award and therefore we should be making a submission soon. We shall then be proud to carry the designation ‘Quality Gold’ This must be one of our proudest ever achievements. In partnership with the Rail Lands Trust we have taken the redundant, almost derelict Goods Shed and created a well-designed, modern Arts Centre. No-one has said that this would be easy and we have had some difficult moments along the way, but I do believe that the result is a building to be proud of. Our community has shown, with their interest and their willingness to take part in the renovation, that the Goods Shed Arts Centre will be a highly valued Tetbury asset.


To support the redevelopment of the Dolphins Hall.

The managing Trustees of the Dolphins Hall have decided that a redevelopment of the Dolphins Hall is long overdue, and are making plans to extend the building to make it more fit for purpose. As custodial trustees of the hall, we are duty-bound to support them and help them along the way. Discussions are proceeding to establish just where our help is needed, so that we can assist in making the process easier. This is another project that will not be easy and there are many pitfalls along the way, but we have to find an acceptable route to achieve completion of the work that will make ‘The Dolphins’ even more of a community building.

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To Agree a Development Plan for the Council Offices.


To Complete a Neighbourhood Development Plan.


To support Community and Tourism

We have not been 100% successful in this objective. The interior of the Council Offices has been redecorated and somewhat modernised, and that is as far as we have gone. The next step is to cost the renovation for the outside of the listed building, so that we can go ahead with confidence that this work is achievable.

We have just submitted our Neighbourhood Development Plan to Cotswold District Council for initial review, so that the plan can progress to public consultation and, later, independent examination. Thanks to Liz Beth and her team of volunteers, for sticking to the task and producing such a detailed plan. This plan discusses all the key planning issues that will affect the town in the future and because of this, it is an invaluable piece of work.

We continue to support our community. Some would say we provide almost daily support, as we deal with many callers into our offices. Our Grants Budget provides the many voluntary organisations in Tetbury with much needed help to expand and carry out their essential work in our community. We have put aside almost £12,000 for this purpose. Our Tourist Information Centre also provides a valuable town centre service, both to tourists and residents alike. Our town centre depends on the tourist economy and we constantly develop new publications and update old ones and our website, to attract visitors to Tetbury. We constantly seek new ways to promote our town and the slogan ‘The Cotswold Gem’ does reflect our appeal as a tourist destination.


To resolve the current Burial Ground issues

After much consultation and discussion with the Dolphins Hall Trust, we are now able to proceed with the development of a small amount of the recreation ground as an extension to the Council-owned burial ground in St Saviour’s. We require around 25m in length, the full width of the field adjacent to the existing burial area, and have applied for ‘change of use’ to Cotswold District Council. They have asked us to carry out new bore-hole testing to determine the height of the water table, to prove whether the ground is suitable for burials or not. As time goes along, the need for a new burial area becomes more and more important and we must move on this development quickly. Thanks to all our staff for all the hard work they have done during the year, day in, day out, to serve the community of Tetbury. Sometimes, things have been fraught and trying, but overall I am very happy and satisfied with what we have achieved. Our councillors also deserve a great vote of thanks for their dedicated voluntary efforts to serve the town. Finally, we were sorry to see Natalie Haines leave us as our Chief Executive. Natalie achieved much for the benefit of our town and her style of engaging with the public and other parties made her many friends in Tetbury. Cllr Stephen Hirst, Mayor

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Finance & Scrutiny Committee The Finance and Scrutiny Committee continues to closely monitor all the financial dealings of the Town Council, and to check spending and budgetary adherence monthly. Grants up to £500 are cleared by the Committee and it usually makes recommendations to the Full Council on larger grant applications. Additionally, the Committee monitors any complaints, usually handled by the Clerk and Mayor. This year the Committee has been active in making recommendations to the Full Council on the financial planning of the Goods Shed, and the provision of grants to the Dolphins Hall.

Dr Tony Walsh, Chairman, Finance and Scrutiny Committee

Heritage and Regeneration Committee We have been busy over the last year and I am pleased to say we have achieved a lot. Our new ‘Welcome to Tetbury’ signs at the entrances to the town look stunning, and the flower planters always look lovely in the summer. We have provided a new carpet and ramp for the Tourist Information Centre, to make it easier and more pleasant for both able and disabled people to access. We are now at the final stage of producing a new version of the Town Map and this will be available in the TIC, at the Town Council offices and at local hotels. We have made it clearer for people to use in navigating the town to see our places of interest.

Finger posts are now up and showing the way to our beautiful new Goods Shed. We will be continuing to look at other signage, to see if we can improve what we have. We have also had new bike racks put down by the Goods Shed. Customer Relations Officer Georgina Osman put together a grant application for new picnic tables at the Goods Shed picnic area and, thanks to her hard work, we have been successful and will soon have some lovely new picnic tables. The Burial Ground geological survey is moving ahead for the much-needed new spaces required and we are also looking at the four old and rather rusty and neglected seats, to see what can be done to spruce them up. We have had extensive tree work carried out and we have also purchased new equipment so that our Maintenance team can continue to carry out their work around the town, keeping things in order and neat and tidy. In the Police Museum we now have an interactive talking phone that gives you the history of past events, and an explanatory message from ‘Sergeant Sid Smith,’ greeting visitors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole Heritage and Regeneration team for all their hard work. and especially our Officers, Georgina and Tara, for their support and commitment. If you feel there is something we should be tackling and are not aware, of please let us know at the Town Council offices and we will endeavour to get things sorted. Councillor Sandra Ball, Chair, Heritage and Regeneration Committee

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Planning Committee In the last year, the Planning Committee has received a flow of planning applications ranging from small to medium domestic extensions to one-off houses and a small number of ‘change of use’ applications – although no significant larger schemes came before us this year. We do appear to have more domestic extensions to properties, which has been good news for local builders and contractors, fitting out the extensions. We encourage developers to come and chat through their ideas and initial thoughts, prior to submitting formal applications - and this seems to be working well. It gives us the opportunity for an ‘off the record’ discussion, and the developer the opportunity to ‘tweak’ their initial ideas. Several previously-approved larger schemes are still - and will continue to be – under construction for a time, which includes the developments off Cirencester Road, adjacent to Springfield’s, the site opposite the entrance to Shepherd’s Mead and the Highfield Farm development.

All these schemes have suddenly shot up and now make a clear statement in the street scene. We have experienced a large amount of construction traffic in the Town while these houses are being built - and will continue to do so until the houses are finished. The site at Bath road has yet to be started and must go before planning for detailed permission before it does, so we look forward to commenting on this scheme. The new footpath along Cirencester Road is now in, and affords a safer pedestrian route into the Town. The Pike junction gets busier every day and I know many people are calling for a roundabout and/or traffic lights at this difficult and dangerous junction. Watch this space! The Good Shed project is now complete, and had its first official event on the 18th of March. The conversion blends in very well with the surrounding landscape and is a great asset to the town. The Dolphins Hall scheme is currently in for planning and should provide the much-needed extra space and facilities, without the need to demolish the existing building. With an expanding number of homes in the Town, we need these two facilities. The Planning Committee work hard in looking at applications and researching them prior to the meetings, and the office staff work hard in responding to the Cotswold District Council by return, with our comments, questions and queries. My thanks to Tara for this and for putting the agendas together - and to the members of the Planning Committee for researching the applications and commenting on the schemes. From time to time we get an application that we as a committee feel we can’t support, for what we consider good reasons. It’s difficult for us when CDC planning doesn’t take on board our comments and approves the application; these decisions are ‘out of our hands,’ because Town and Parish Councils are only consultees - although hopefully, more often than not, CDC do listen to our views - the views of the people that live in our wonderful Town. Don’t forget that the planning meetings are open to the public. We would love to see you if you want to come and speak on any applications, large or small, or just listen in to see the process. Councillor Ian M Maslin Chairman, Planning Committee

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Tetbury Tourist Information Centre Despite the TIC being closed for a week in September, visitor numbers were similar to last year. During the visitor season, the town still gets five coaches per day on average and a lot of foreign visitors come through the door. Music Festival ticket sales were down somewhat, largely due to some of the tickets now being made available online. Tickets for Ollie Murs at Westonbirt sold out within an hour and a half; sales always depend on who will be performing. Highgrove entrance queries remain top of the list. The TIC computers required some attention this year and their antivirus software was updated. The TIC website is in the process of being updated too, to provide a new look to match the new Town Map. It will be similar in form to the current Town Council website. Sales of gifts remain steady and we are continually looking at new ranges to sell. Georgina Osman, Customer Relations Officer

Tetbury & District Neighbourhood Plan Working Group In March, the Draft Neighbourhood Plan reached another key milestone when it was submitted to Cotswold District Council. The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group has put a lot of hard work into producing the necessary information to support the plan, since the area was designated in 2013. It has benefitted from the expert guidance of Planning Consultant Liz Beth. The next step is for the District Council to publicise the submitted Plan in another six-week consultation, hopefully early in April, but the District Council has advised that election rules may impact on the start date. This will be a ‘publicity’ consultation and further changes will not be made at this stage. The Plan will then be subject to an independent examination and, after that, if it meets the basic conditions, there will be a local referendum in Tetbury and Tetbury Upton. It’s important to note that Cotswold District Council will make the Tetbury and Tetbury Upton Neighbourhood Plan part of the Cotswold Local Plan only if at least 50% of voters approve it. Tara Niblett Deputy Town Clerk

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Police Report This report will be available at the Town Meeting, to allow us the opportunity to incorporate figures up to the 31st of March. If you wish to report a non-emergency incident ring 101, the emergency number is of course 999.

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Highways Working Party Report

This year has been extremely frustrating for members of the Highways Working Party. We have not been able to make much progress, mainly due to the cash restraints of the County Council, which have prevented new Traffic Orders being progressed to improve parking issues in the town - and major issues being attended to. Some progress has been made, however. Cottons Lane has been re-opened after many years of closure and we carried out a consultation with nearby residents to ascertain whether they wished that the traffic flows be altered; they did not. Our Lorry Watch Scheme commenced, a team was established, and a full week of surveys was carried out. It’s amazing how, after the first day of observations, lorry traffic almost ceased in Long Street. However, we should not be disappointed! You could say ‘objective achieved’ - at least for one week. Long Street continues to occupy our minds and the congestion caused by parked vehicles is a great challenge. We will continue to attempt to reduce unnecessary and illegal parking. Following the unfortunate fatal accident in Hampton Street involving a pedestrian, we have discussed improvement possibilities in depth. A scheme of added crossings and traffic restrictions from ‘Give Way’ to ‘Stop’ may well be recommended, to restrict traffic flow. For the future, the Working Party will continue to discuss this situation, as well as concentrating on improving road safety by the introduction of yellow lines in strategic areas, so that onward visibility improves. Improvement at the Pike crossroads will also occupy our time, as will speed controls in Cirencester Road, to cope with the increased traffic from the new housing developments. Dealing with Highway improvements is always like painting the Forth Bridge, only during this year, sadly, we have not got past the first arch. Cllr Stephen Hirst Chairman of the Highways Working Party

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In 2016/17 we aimed to improve services for vulnerable people, including elderly and dependent adults, children in care, the disabled and people suffering with mental health problems. The demographic changes in all these areas of our communities are increasing, with more complex needs. Whilst provisions were carefully planned and managed, overspends were sustained, which had to be supported by reserves, and savings in other areas. The 2017-18 Budget has had to embrace these challenges and we are increasing GCC local tax by a 2% Government Adult Care special increase, plus a further 1.99% County increase, to create some £4.8 million of extra revenue. Roads are continuing to be a major priority, to achieve safe and effective economic infrastructure, and the County Contractor performance has improved, with additional funds provided during this last year. For the new year in 2017-18, Government is enabling the county to create a further £9 million of funding to invest in our roads. Schools are another important priority to us all, with five Primary and one Secondary school in the Tetbury Division all achieving above average quality of performance. The new National Funding Formula has arrived, for consultation applicable to the future. Gloucestershire Education Department is engaged in the representation of concerns with some of our schools. Three of our schools have received Children’s Activity Grants this last year, aimed at improving physical and personal schemes, as our other schools have done previously. Waste partnerships with districts continue to recycle at a high percentage, particularly in the Cotswolds. The county’s building of an incinerator will substantially reduce the amount of landfill use (which attracts a high Government Tax) and furnish the added beneficial by-product - electricity for local use. After lengthy negotiations and innovative thinking by county staff, a section of Tetbury’s old rail-line has now been registered as a Bridle Path, enabling passage by pedestrians, horses and cycles. New endeavours for future extension may follow. The local Fire and Rescue teams continue to be among some of the highest performing in the Country. We are one of the few Local Authorities that have not closed a Library, and I hope that our communities will continue to actively use this important facility in the future. Finally, our County Council is increasingly integrating with NHS services throughout the county. We have signed up to the new Sustainable and Transformation Plan currently out for Public Consultation. The aim is to provide more local health support and less congestion at acute Hospitals, (Gloucester Royal and Cheltenham General in particular.) These Hospitals will then be able to concentrate on more critical specialist work. The Tetbury GP practice joining with the Phoenix GP practice will contribute to this plan, which also includes a request for all of us to take more responsibility for our own health and well-being. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of serving as your County Councillor for 20 years! Tony Hicks, County Councillor (Cllr Hicks is due to retire at the County Council Elections to be held on 4th May 2017)

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New Picket Harp Allotments Association All 28 allotments are currently being cultivated and there is a short waiting list. If you would like your details to be on that waiting list, please contact Tetbury Town Council on 01666 504670.

Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust 2016 was a transformative year for the Goods Shed – so much action in a relatively short space of time! The outside platform was fully restored by our trusty working party volunteers. It was a big commitment that took nearly a year, but it now stands, resplendent, next to the fully refurbished Goods Shed, ready for its takeover by the Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, for the benefit of our community. We are very pleased that Stonewood won the contract as their high standard of work is now clear for all to see. Aiden Box, the works manager has been a gift to work with and we thank him for all his commitment and care. I would also like to thank our partners in Tetbury Town Council their support and help on the project. We have been lucky in being kept afloat by the generous donations of individuals and groups within the town, so that again and again improvements beyond the agreed scheme have been campaigned for and won, carrying minimal building costs and giving substance to our dreams. We now have new cycle racks by the front entrance, complete with two bikes that are available for hire using a mobile phone payment scheme. Paul Lockley ran a joint cycle ride in conjunction with the Dolphins Hall raising money for both groups. Planning-wise, we were delighted that Mr. Tucker kindly granted the opening of a bridleway on his section of the rail bed. This now allows safe and easy access from the Goods Shed to the Long Newnton Road and there are plans to eventually extend access as far as The Trouble House Pub. The retractable seat funding campaign also rocketed through from conception to completion by Christmas. As this goes to print, we will be celebrating the fully-fitted seats with a hospitality event to thank all the benefactors who paid for them. The acoustic double glazing was also miraculously inexpensive, with free joinery and exceptionally low material costs. Mary Doyle is in the process of making, heroically, the enormous blackout blinds for the triangular end windows - and once again the framing and pulleys are being made for the cost of the timber and fittings by volunteers. We are indebted to John Andrews, Barry Doyle and Jill Dodge and her army of helpers, and the amazing Goods Shed team, for their fundraising efforts and hard work during the year. Jill has now taken on learning how to use a computer, so she can up her game! Our main event earlier this year was Jan Vriend’s sparkling piano recital in the Orchard Rooms at Highgrove. Just before Christmas, we received the unexpected honour of a surprise return visit by HRH Prince Charles himself, to unveil a plaque and formally hand over the building to Tetbury Town Council. We kept up our profile as much as possible throughout the year by hosting car boot sales and two markets before the summer, and appearing at town events such as Wacky Races (with two cart entries), the Woolsack, the Summer Show and the Classic Car Show. We held a variety of public meetings and events to engage interest and to keep the community involved and informed about our progress. The commercial kitchen will be fitted by volunteers in a couple of weeks – and meanwhile, the hardworking team has created two safe disabled access paths by the kitchen and to the rear of the Shed so Building Control can sign the building off. Nicola Clark has worked for over four months as our CEO and she has created our first programme. Brecon Quaddy and Duncan Michael-MacGregor have created a new website complete with an automatic ticketing facility. Brecon has added his professional polish to the design of endless publicity material, and we are indebted to all these generous people for their essential creative input. As usual, it’s ‘FULL STEAM AHEAD!’ Will Cook - Chairman, Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust A paid-for feature

Dolphins Hall It has been an excellent year so far, with bookings up, especially for weddings and parties. The use of the bar at events has helped immensely and we are now turning an excellent profit on It – so much so that now, with the dedication and support of Trustees, we feel that we can at long last move plans for the Dolphins Hall forward. The new plans have been on display in the Dolphins Hall recently, and we are hoping that these will be passed and that we can then see a start to extending the hall. However, if this is not to be, then we will work within the present footprint and make the Dolphins Hall a place we can all be proud of with that restriction.

You will no doubt have noticed some changes to the outside of the hall? We have a new noticeboard, a new sign above the door and better lighting. We have new double glazed doors at the front of the building too, and these make a lot of difference to keeping the heat in. The toilets have new heaters, and we have given the bar area a lick of new paint. We have purchased new round tables too, and these are available for hire and will look very smart for those special events, bedecked with lovely crisp linen. The Town Council’s Grounds Team are working hard to keep the recreation ground looking tidy but dog mess is still a big issue!

The Events team are moving forward with ways to raise more money for the work that we need to complete, and the Tea Dances are a great success. We will soon have a new booking form and the web site is being revamped. We are planning a Luncheon Club to draw our older community together, to enjoy a sociable time and meet other people and in May, eighteen children from Châtillon-sur-Indre in France are coming over for a fun packed weekend; we are thrilled to be hosting this after our wonderful visit to Châtillon, last year. We still have a long way to go, however we will get there - and over the next year you will start to see much more being achieved. I would like to thank all those who have worked hard to move the Dolphins Hall forward. Thank you. Sandra Ball

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Tetbury Police Museum and Courtroom The renewal of our major loan agreement with Gloucestershire Constabulary has been completed, and our re-accreditation submission to the Arts Council has been formally postponed for twelve months. The former professional mentor withdrew from the role, but we have sourced another, the Collections Manager for the Bristol Aerospace Centre, who is keen to take on the role. Whilst this has yet to be ratified we are sure a productive relationship can be developed. Our resident ‘Sergeant Sid Smith’ has been brought to life by the inclusion of a proximity sensor-triggered soundtrack whereby Sid talks about his work and what a visitor can expect, in what can genuinely be described as a truly ‘local’ accent. The erection of a display panel on the side gate has been deferred, to secure advertisement and listed building consent.

We continue to struggle in attracting volunteer support although a recent contact should prove fruitful. Plans for 2017 include extending collaboration with the Gloucestershire Police Archives, the Police Vehicle Enthusiasts Club, (their Deputy Chairman and Hon. Archivist lives in Bagpath,) the Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum, and the Goods Shed (for the possibility of hosting a Victorian melodrama production). John Silvester, Hon Curator

Tetbury in Bloom 2016 was the eleventh anniversary of the current Tetbury in Bloom team and another very good year, as indicated by the number of complements received from residents and visitors alike. We continued to maintain the many communal floral displays to our normal high standard, held our seventh ‘Open Gardens Day’ on Sunday the 31st of July, (during which nine gardens were open to the public,) held a Race Night on Saturday the 29th of October, to raise valuable funds for Tetbury in Bloom and Christmas in Tetbury projects - and we wrote ten articles for the Tetbury Advertiser, describing how each of the flowerbeds mean something special to different members of the team. Thank you to Highgrove Enterprises (our main sponsor,) The Feoffees, St Marys’ PCC, Tetbury Town Council, the Council grounds staff and the many Tetbury businesses and residents for their support. Our aim for 2017 is to continue the high standard of floral displays throughout the town which everyone has become accustomed to, and to make Tetbury look one of the most attractive towns in the South Cotswolds throughout the spring and summer months. Sue Hirst Chair - Tetbury in Bloom

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Christmas in Tetbury Since 2010, the Christmas in Tetbury committee, comprising a small group of volunteers, has raised funds for and made happen, Tetbury’s town centre lighting displays - and the annual formal Official Switch-On ceremony. This year the Switch-On ceremony, held on Thursday the 1st of December, saw over one hundred children and their families take part in the torch-lit procession from Saint Marys’ church to the Market Hall. The evening continued with community carols, stalls under the Market Hall, and entertainment from the Wassailers of Stroud and Avening Silver Band. Through the much-appreciated sponsorship of Highgrove Enterprises, we were able to further improve lighting to the existing tree displays around the town and light an additional tree at Millennium Green. Thank you to Mark Cummings of Radio Gloucestershire, Masha Weerasekara, (the lucky pupil from St Mary’s Primary School,) and to Santa for helping to switch on the lights, The Tetbury in Bloom team for helping to dress the trees adorning the shop premises, The Feoffees for the use of the Market Hall, the stewards, Ali Bristow for Santa’s wonderful Grotto, and the many Tetbury businesses and residents for their kind donations. Thanks too to Tetbury Lions and Tetbury Town Council, for their generous donations - and to the Town Council Grounds Team of Colin, David and Andrew, for all their assistance with the signage and help on the night. Our aim for 2017 is to further improve the festive lighting within the town centre, to make Tetbury one of the most attractive looking towns in the South Cotswolds during the festive period. Sue Hirst, Chair - Christmas in Tetbury

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