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Avening Primary School 32 Avening WI 33 Beefy’s Charity Foundation 70 BPF Charity Challenge 54 Chelworth Bookworms 57 Christian Aid Week 66 Citizens Advice 35 Computer Advice 26 Eating Out 9 Girlguiding 46 History of Tetbury Society 13 Leighterton Primary School 18 Letters to the Editor 53 Lion’s 200 Club 5 Lion’s Den 5 Mayor’s Piece 14 News from Christ Church 48 News from St Marys’ Church 15 Patient Participation Group 28 Probus 8 Puddle Ducks 47 Ronan’s Trust 68 Sir William Romney’s School 50 South Cotswold Bridge Club 58 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 61 St Mary’s Playgroup 29 Summer Show and Parade 16 Tetbury Aikido Club 10 Tetbury and District Footpath Group 60 Tetbury Art Society 19 Tetbury ATC 20 Tetbury Camera Club 24 Tetbury Cares 71 Tetbury Classic Vehicle Show 62 Tetbury Community Choir 22 Tetbury Fiesta 42 Tetbury Goods Shed 37 Tetbury in Bloom 7 Tetbury Library 49 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 25 Tetbury Police Museum & Courtroom 64 Tetbury Rugby Football Club 30 Tetbury Scout Group 43 Tetbury Theatre Group 21 Tetbury Town Council 40 Tetbury WI 44 The Dolphins Hall 52 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 56 What’s On 3 Young by Name 4

5th & 19th of July, 2nd of August: Bingo Nights At Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 7th July - ‘CelebraeStory’ Joel reads ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ 11.00 am at Tetbury Library; details in this issue. 9th July - Tetbury WI Open Evening: Mark Weir, ‘Men in Sheds’ 7.30 pm at the Dolphin Hall; details in this issue. 9th July – Tetbury Music Festival, Ticket Sales Commence See the advert in this issue. 10th July - BPF Fitness Hub Charity Fundraising Event Proceeds to Tetbury Hospital; details in this issue.

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14th July – Tetbury Fiesta At Sir William Romney’s School; details in this issue 19th July – “Proms in the Park” 6.30 pm at SWRS; please see the ad in this issue 21st July – St Marys’ Church Summer Fete In the Vicarage gardens; details in this issue.


29th July – Tetbury in Bloom “Open Gardens” Day From 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm; details in this issue.

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10th August - ‘CelebraeStory’ Maria reads ‘Goldilocks & the Three Bears’ in Spanish 11.00 am at Tetbury Library; details in this issue. 12th August – Summer Show and Parade 12.45 pm – parade starts; details in this issue. 19th August – Tetbury Classic Vehicle Show 10.00 am – 4.00 pm at SWRS 25th to 27th August – Tetbury Art Society Summer Exhibition 10.00 am to 5.00 pm at the Market House; details in this issue 27th August - ‘Cendrillon’ (Cinderella) ‘a jewel of French Opera’, sung in English 5.00 pm at Westonbirt House, tickets £38, phone 01993 851142 DOLPHINS HALL COMMUNITY CENTRE Bookings through Kim Wood 01666 503609 or email: 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) LOCAL AUTHORITIES Tetbury Town Council, Old Courthouse, Long Street. Tel: 504670 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) Council Info. Services, in Council Office. Email: Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester. Tel: (01285) 623000 NATIONAL EXPRESS Bookings taken at the Tourist Information Centre. Daily return service from Cirencester to Heathrow. www.

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The Early Bird Catches the Focaccia “Only in the Cotswolds!” commented a friend, when on Monday morning I posted on Facebook a photo of what I’d just put out in my garden to feed the birds: green olive focaccia and grissini. (And yes, before there are letters to the editor, I did soak it in water first, so as not to dehydrate the birds.) I thought the birds might appreciate dinner-party leftovers as a change from my daughter’s school lunchbox leavings. Even more ‘Cotswold’ might have been a selection of Hobbs House bread and some trimmings from Tetbury’s House of Cheese, all drenched in elderflower pressé and served up on a wooden trencher hand-carved from a piece of Westonbirt Arboretum wood. I should probably also have served it in an elegant little Boden dress, covered with a Cath Kidston pinny. I failed on both counts, despite my predilection for the latter’s handbags. And sadly, none of it had been anywhere near a middle-aged man wearing oxblood corduroy trousers.

Back to Basics In fact, what my friend took to be a gourmet treat for my little feathered friends was more ‘slummy’ than ‘yummy.’ The olive focaccia had been ‘reduced for quick sale’ before loitering in my freezer for a few weeks. The grissini was not the rustic hand-rolled type, but straight white mass-produced batons, bought for a young visitor who eats only bread that looks as if it’s gone a few rounds with a bottle of bleach. But I’ve come to realise that gourmet cooking is in the eye of the beholder. In a supermarket recently, I overheard a lady saying proudly to her friend “I cooked porridge from scratch the other day”. Er, water, oats, oats, water – there’s only so much that you can do with that. Her claim struck me as not far removed from saying “I prepared a banana from scratch” when all she’d done was peel it. But in a world in which you can buy frozen baked potatoes and frozen scrambled eggs, perhaps I should not be surprised.

entirely disappear by the time I opened the curtains at breakfast time, without me ever seeing a single bird tucking in. Another social media friend came up with the answer: “If the birds don’t get it, the rats will.” To be on the safe side, I’ve now changed feeding time in my garden, so that I’m up in time to see who’s coming to Young’s Garden Café. If the dawn chorus want a snack before I’m up and about, they can jolly well catch the proverbial worm. Even so, I have to say this morning when I put out their daily rations, I have never been so glad to see a blackbird.

Fly-by-Nights? Fortunately, my garden birds are not foodies, and they’re not much bothered by ‘sell-by’ dates. (Don’t worry, letter writers, I never leave mouldy food out either.) But I was a little puzzled that most of the food put down after my daughter got home from school, still there when I went to bed, would

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The Lion’s 2018 Handover event has been held in Shipton Moyne, and the baton so ably passed by Lion Steve Parr has been adroitly passed on to me, Bill Walsh. To introduce myself: I’ve been married to Jennifer for twenty-nine years and we have twin girls who will be aged twentyfour this year. We moved from Ireland to Gloucestershire three years ago, initially renting a property in Shipton Moyne, and we’ve now been living for two years in Tetbury itself. We are loving every minute of it! We have been made to feel extremely welcome by everyone we’ve met, often through Tetbury Lions in my case - in Jennifer’s case through her membership of Tetbury WI. Being invited to join the Lions has truly been life-changing for us. And having only done so two years ago, I feel doubly privileged to be invited by the club to become their new President. It’s an unexpected honour to which I’m truly looking forward. As incoming President, I am following in some very successful footsteps. Outgoing President Steve Parr has provided excellent guidance and direction over the last twelve months, even during several weeks of illness. We are all delighted that he is now fully recovered to continue his work with the Lions; he will be a tough act to follow. As it is for anyone, the support received


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Lion’s Den agree that this is a phenomenal amount of money from an organisation of thirtyseven volunteers. During the year of my Presidency, I plan to let all readers know how our fundraising activities are progressing, and more importantly to update you on how and where we spend your donations. As an organisation, we are blessed to be able to generate a baseline of charity funds through the continued success of the Tetbury Advertiser.

from home is critical, and I would also like to congratulate Steve’s wife Sue for her support during the past year.

Most people still don’t realise that all the work to get this published and delivered ten times each year, (and amazingly it’s now in its forty-fourth year,) is down to a very small core unpaid team. The editor, Lion Richard, keeps us on our toes, and we remain indebted to editorial contributors, distributors, and the significant number of local companies who consistently support both the Advertiser and the other events we’re involved with, both through adverts and generous sponsorship. We are very grateful for their support, in what are difficult times for all businesses.

And now to the real news! Tetbury Lions managed to raise more than £30,000 for charitable causes during Steve’s Presidency – and I think you’ll all

Good news for AW of Tetbury, who joined the 200 Club in March 2017. Having won one of four twenty-pound prizes in our February 2018 draw, he`s now seen an even better return on his investment, winning £100 in our special quarterly draw. Well done! An annual payment of £13 buys you into the Lion’s 200 Club lottery. We use these subscriptions to help local causes, and you get the chance to win a prize. Application forms can be obtained from Malcolm at Tetbury Hardware.

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And to you – the local public; your continued contributions allow us to support many local, regional and international causes. I hope I can rely on your continued generosity during “my” Lion year. We will be out and about as usual in summer, supporting the Summer Show and Parade on the 12th of August with our Tombola, ‘Albert,’ our Lion, and perhaps also a Tug-of-War competition and some other ideas to add to the fun. I would encourage everyone to come along if they can. Finally, I am excited, honoured, (and perhaps a little scared!) to be the incoming Lions President, so if you see us out and about in our Lions Tabards, please introduce yourself. I’m the one with the funny Irish accent. All of us are always delighted to meet the people who contribute so much to our common cause, and who we hope benefit from Tetbury Lion’s support.


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This year marks eight years of Tetbury in Bloom ‘Open Gardens’ Day – where has the time gone? My first experience was as an exhibitor. That year our garden was also host to the ‘Cutwell Canteen.’ Mum baked the cakes and served them (with help from the Women’s Institute,) and I was ‘front of house.’ These days life is much simpler - the WI has kindly taken over responsibility for the refreshments. Many thanks to them. And we use the beautiful setting of the Market House as our base. Kevin is free to take his photographs, and I help where I am needed; with luck I may even get to see some of the gardens for myself. It is a rare privilege to be invited into private gardens not normally open to the public. Come along on Sunday 29th July (from 1pm to 5pm) to gain inspiration, talk to garden enthusiasts or simply enjoy a wonderful day out, with cake! This year

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we have nine gardens; four open to the public for the first time, marked here with an asterix, and one after a year’s break – marked with two. The entry fee will gain you access to all nine wonderful gardens; it is your decision how many you want to see and how long you wish to linger.

Tickets are available on the day from inside the Market House. or from any of the gardens themselves. For more details, or to download a map in advance, please visit our website

A very big “Thank you!” to all the gardeners opening their gardens on our behalf. All monies raised will be invested in floral and lighting displays for the benefit of all residents of the town.

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Maybe it was because we’d come back from a week in the sun and were trudging through a grey Saturday morning,

Eating Out but something prompted us to lunch out – and The Tunnel House Inn seemed the perfect answer: away from the roads, expansive views of the Gloucestershire countryside and, usually, an interesting menu. That said, The Tunnel has not been without problems. Aside from losing count of how many times it’s changed management in the last twenty years, our previous impromptu visit was characterised by a ridiculously long wait – over an hour – for two sandwiches and some chips! The family next to us had been waiting nearly two hours for theirs...! So, it was with mixed expectations that we sat down in the lovely old main bar area to see what was on offer. Sadly, there was little sign of anything creative; the most interesting-sounding dish was chicken breast with colcannon and veg. Pub standards were the order of the day. Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with ham, egg and chips, or fish and chips, or sausage and mash, etc. It’s just that, if you’re offering what hundreds of places offer, you’d better ensure yours is damned fine if you want people to go back for the food. Not being ravenous, a shared chicken liver pate with Hobbs House toast and homemade chutney served as our starter. It was OK, although I doubt the pate was the chef’s own. The bread was good, though, as was the chutney. Flossy’s Greek chicken salad with home-baked pitta and yoghurt was disappointing. The chicken was nicely cooked but, strangely, it somehow had a negative flavour – like it absorbed flavours from other ingredients to make itself taste of something. Still, the pitta was nice. Unusually, I chose the burger, mostly because of the ‘black and blue’ option (for the uninitiated, a slice of black pudding and blue cheese…). This was good. The burger tasted home-made, as I’m sure it contained a hint of minced chorizo, and there was an appropriately sized portion of fries. However, on the question of size, I’m puzzled as to why the bun seemed to be the size of a small umbrella, when the burger itself was thick but fairly standard in circumference. It reminded me of the ‘bread and pullit’ my dad used to talk about from when he was small: a dollop of jam in the middle of a slice of bread, then you pulled chunks away and ate them, working towards the jam treat. However, the burger was very tasty indeed - when I finally got to it, so, in this case at least, they had done something a cut above many others. Because of its location, The Tunnel will always be popular, especially on sunny summer days. And it’s always good for a decent beer or two. I’m not sure I’d recommend it for a ‘proper’ meal out, but for something casual, and for a drink at reasonable prices, you could do much worse, I reckon.


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Tetbury Aikido Club More black belt success for Tetbury Aikido Club! Colette Hall recently achieved Tetbury Aikido Club’s latest black belt success, following a stunning display of expertise which included dealing with multi-man attacks, and defending herself against assailants armed with a range of weapons. Collete is the club’s first female ‘Dan’ grade student and has been training at Sir William Romney’s Leisure Centre since 2013. Her instructor Steve Brignall, 3rd Dan, says: “This is Tetbury Aikido Club’s second Dan grade success in three months - and I was very impressed by the way Colette demonstrated real proficiency in this complex and elegant martial art, easily dealing with three simultaneous attackers and throwing men twice her size.” Collete says, “It’s been a fun five years of training and I’m immensely pleased and honoured to have been awarded ‘Shodan.’ A big thank you to the Gloucester club for helping me get there.” Tetbury Aikido Club meets at Sir William Romney’s Leisure Centre, Tetbury every Wednesday evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Beginners or returners are most welcome. No equipment or special clothing is needed for beginners, just track suit trousers and T-shirt will do! Phillip Cooke, Tetbury Aikido Club

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Two members of Cricklade History Society gave a small group of HOTS members a most interesting conducted tour, on the 7th June. It ended at their small museum, which displays many items of interest that they’ve collected, including coins minted in the town between 979 and 1100. Cricklade is the highest point on the 720310 ET Lumley:Layout 1


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Mayor’s Piece Firstly, I should like to thank Tetbury Town Council who supported me in becoming Town Mayor; although I am not new to being Mayor of Tetbury it is still a great honour to be reelected. Also, thank you for all the good wishes I received when I did a walk-round with my Deputy, Kevin Painter.


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The Flower Show Committee has recently had to say farewell to one of its longestserving members, Len Smith; sadly, he passed away on the 10th of May. Len joined The Flower Show along with Lance Vick over fifty years ago, and because of his passion for growing flowers and vegetables he was often a winner. Len eventually became Vice Chairman in 1985. And don’t forget to come and see The Parade! It starts in town at 12.45 pm and marches down Long Street into New Church Street, before it finally turns into the Recreation Ground. There is plenty of colour and sound, especially now that we have the Fancy Dress Competitors taking part. If you would like your children to enter the competition and be in The Parade, pick up an application form

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Tetbury Art Society was subsequently featured on the news, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall made their way along a path through the crowds towards the royal tea tent, where they and some special guests took refreshments. It was a very leisurely journey, as they enjoyed talking to people along their way. Afterward, the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall spoke to organisers, helpers and entertainers again, on their way back to the palace. There were crowds of people, so it was difficult to see what was happening for much of the time, but we were very happy to have the opportunity to experience the Prince’s celebration.

TAS members Hazel Cudmore, myself, Nicki Heenan and Gill Ashley towards the end of the afternoon.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales held a 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration… …in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday the 22nd of May, and since our society is one of many who are honoured to have the Prince’s patronage, (he is our President,) we were invited to send

a contingent of five of our members. On arrival, there were crowds of people outside – participants, tourists and those hoping to see something special on this occasion. Having passed security checks, we were allowed into the grounds which are impressively large. During the event, music was provided by a military band, a pipe band, a Welsh Male Voice Choir, and more. Refreshments had been laid on, for all.

Coming back to normality, on Wednesday the 6th of June, Sue Mitchell visited us for the evening. Sue makes designs in geometric shapes inspired by items such as African or Aztec art and totem poles. After showing us how she works, she provided materials so that we could try our hand too. I produced a design based on the triangular shapes of tepees; others worked on the rectangular shapes of buildings, for example. Looking forward, we will be painting and drawing outdoors during July and August leading up to our August Exhibition in the Market Hall over the long Summer Public Holiday weekend towards the end of August.

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Tetbury Community Choir Challenges Our musical director, Richard George, always manages to find interesting and sometimes ‘challenging’ pieces of music for us to sing, not to mention the occasional ‘silly’ and fun ones. (‘I Wan’na Be Like You’ from ‘The Jungle Book’ springs to mind.) Richard is a prolific songwriter himself, and we recently performed two of his own compositions, ‘The Sharing’ and ‘Shayla’, both of which were enjoyed greatly by our audience. We think that he may have given us possibly our most challenging piece so far, with the introduction of ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ from Handel’s Messiah. If we can do justice to this one, then it really will be a feather in our Community Choir caps…

composing them. He scooted through the masterpiece that is the ‘Messiah’ in twentyfour days. We may need a little longer than that before we can sing it! We are now looking towards the next events on our horizon, the first of which will be ‘Holiday@Home’, held at Christ Church in the Chipping. This event is spread over two days, Thursday the 9th and Friday the 10th of August. It’s a well-loved event organised by TACT, and which involves giving our senior citizens a lovely ‘day out in Tetbury’, including a lunch, afternoon tea and entertainment, which includes us! Please contact Allan or Jenny Norwood on 01666 504075, e-mail: if you want to see if there’s still room on their list.

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Tetbury Camera Club You’re never too young or too old to be the next David Bailey! The school age daughter of a friend, when she was asked what present she’d like for a forthcoming birthday, replied ‘a proper camera’. Not such a common response, I suspect, in these days of smart phones, smart watches and whatever other smart devices are the current flavour of the month. Only that morning, I’d also come across the opposite end of the spectrum: a recently retired lady taking some landscape pictures with great care and attention and a very new-looking digital camera. “I’m starting to achieve a lifetime’s ambition!” she told me. “I’ve always been interested in taking pictures but never had the time to devote to it. Now, it’s becoming a new chapter in my life.” When you think about it, hers isn’t such an unusual story. Although our camera club season recently finished for the summer and we won’t begin our regular Tuesday evening meetings again until September, almost every autumn several new potential members arrive, having decided they have always had an interest in photography, but have only recently had the time to pursue it. Some join after visiting our annual Woolsack Day exhibition, others are prompted by articles in the Tetbury Advertiser, and recently, some after finding out about us on the internet. What they have in common however is that those who continue to attend become increasingly enthusiastic and enjoy the social atmosphere of the club as much as the opportunity to learn new skills.

we have a couple more members gain the satisfaction of having the creativity of their work recognised by the country’s leading photography society. Not everyone wants to go through that formal process though; this summer we have two members taking a different route to demonstrate their In the last few years we have had expertise. They’ve decided to stage their several members who have become so own exhibition of wildlife and landscape enthusiastic that they have set out to photography in Malmesbury Town Hall, achieve recognition of their skills by The from July the 14th until August the 10th.. Royal Photographic Society, and each year 100208 KP Gardens 22/2/08 21:50 Entry Page is1free - and their pictures will be on display from 9.00 to 4.30 pm on weekdays and 10.30 to 4.00 pm at weekends. This picture of a red squirrel, taken in the Cairngorms by member Sandie Cox, is one of the photographs which will be on

display. The rest are just as impressive. Although we don’t have our regular formal meetings during the summer we will be resuming our regular get-togethers at 7.30 pm in The Priory Hotel from September the 11th, so if you’d like to find out how to hone your own photographic skills, make a note in your diary. If you’re free that night come along and join us. New members are always welcome and whether you’re an early starter, or a later adopter of this inspiring hobby, you’ll be in good company. There is lots more information about our meetings and other events on our web site: Iain Smyth, Tetbury Camera Club


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Computer Advice Is your PC or laptop ready for summer? Well, you never know, we could have a wonderful summer with blue skies and warm weather! If we do, spare a thought for your technology. When the ambient air temperature goes up, it is bad news for your computer or laptop. Warmer air means it is much harder for the heatsinks and fans to lower the temperature inside your PC. The sound of the fans running at full tilt is a sure sign the heat is not being dissipated quickly enough. This can lead to an impact on performance and could also lead to permanent damage if left unchecked. If you are leaving your tech in the car, try to avoid doing so when sunny, but if this is unavoidable, do use an insulated bag and place it low down in the vehicle. If you are using the boot, try to park so the boot is not facing the sun and use foil screens to radiate as much heat as possible out of the windows. If your computer equipment is in a summer house or shed, ensure there is good ventilation during the day and insulation overnight to protect it from huge variations in temperature. If you find it uncomfortably warm, just think what your computer must be going through too! Fluctuating temperatures can damage circuit boards within your equipment, so do protect them where possible.

If thunderstorms are forecast, make sure you are using some surge protection on all your devices. Better still, unplug from the mains [do not just simply switch them off ] and disconnect the router from the phone line. There is no point exposing your equipment to unnecessary risk. If you are going away, I would do this anyway. Allow good ventilation around your desktop PC and laptop. With the latter, I would also recommend using a stand or cooling device to allow more airflow underneath. If vents are blocked with dust or obstructed by soft furnishings whilst in use, you run a serious risk of causing irreparable damage. Do use a vacuum or brush on the outside to keep them clean. If the inside needs cleaning, do not use your regular vacuum as static can damage the components. If heavily contaminated with dust, it can shorten the life of your

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Patient Participation Group Social Prescribing – improving our health and wellbeing There has been a big shift in medicine from what is known as the ‘medical model’ where a doctor treats a particular part of the body until it is healed, to the ‘biopsychosocial model,’ where the patient is treated as a whole person with the body and mind interconnected. Many things can affect

Actor Jason Durr is delighted to present prizes at this year’s Cherington Show. Jason who lives locally with his wife, garden designer Kate Charman and their three children explained “We never miss the Cherington Show, it remains the best and most quintessential English fete of the summer, held in an incredibly beautiful Gloucestershire village.” 0170718

our health and wellbeing, from struggling with housing, work and other stressful life situations, to feeling lonely and isolated. These sorts of problems can’t be solved by medicine, which is where social prescribing comes in. The idea behind it is helping people to help themselves by connecting them with agencies and support which GPs traditionally don’t arrange. This could be a referral to a housing service, help with finding a social group to combat loneliness, or support to join an exercise group. We are very lucky to have Lisa Hepworth as our social prescriber at Romney House Surgery. Over the last two years she had built up a vast knowledge of all the opportunities in the Tetbury area. She has also been instrumental in organising new things such as the Wellbeing activities at Westonbirt Arboretum and various talks or groups to support carers, people with dementia or memory problems, and many other things. It isn’t just group activities that she arranges, she also supports individuals. The important thing is that the service meets the needs of the individual rather than the individual having to fit into what the service wants to provide. One of the initiatives that she is helping to organise, is the Summer Drama Workshops for 7- to 12-year-olds at the Goods Shed. These will take place in the last two weeks of August, culminating in an end-of-course presentation for the parents.

Although many of us will need to have support at some point in our lives, sometimes we are able to provide support. Volunteering can be as beneficial to the volunteer as it is to the person receiving support. One of the difficulties in Tetbury is the lack of public transport. It is no good being referred to a talk on dementia or diabetes if you can’t get there, let alone get to a medical appointment. And this is where volunteering meets social prescribing. We have a volunteer driving service available through Community Connexions, but they don’t have enough local drivers. So, if you can spare some time to help support social prescribing and to help our fellow Tetbury residents, (and those in the surrounding villages,) please get in contact with Community Connexions and offer your services. You never know, you might meet some new friends while helping fellow citizens and the social prescribers! Videos on social prescribing are available through the ‘video resource’ section of the Healthy London web site – and more information about Community Connexions may be found in the ‘Tetbury Cares’ article on the inside back cover of this magazine. If you wish to have an appointment with Lisa please ask your GP or contact reception at the surgery. Patient Participation Group

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The last term is upon us and it seems to be flying by, the children have been enjoying the sunshine with lots of outdoor learning and play, the pre-schoolers are very much preparing for their next chapter, and we have had the much awaiting visit from Ofsted just to keep us on our toes, too! I must add that whilst we had a great inspection, and are extremely proud of all the staff for their hard work and their parents for their constant support, the love and attention that is put into the care provided is all for the children - and we think that shines through in our report, too: “Children have good opportunities to explore the highly stimulating and exciting environment

that staff provide. They develop high levels of confidence and have extremely good self-esteem. Children have strong attachments with the staff.” (Ofsted, May 2018) So whilst the sun has been shining and the children have been enjoying the outdoor space at Forest School with rope climbing, obstacle courses and superhero play, the children have also been playing with lots of creative sand and water activities, while they have been talking about the summer, and their holidays. The children have also been enjoying learning about their bodies, getting dressed independently and exploring their physical abilities, in preparation for PE at their new schools. (Our tissues are already to hand, ready for the much-anticipated leavers party!)

St Mary’s Playgroup children have loved learning about growth and changes, as well as helping to look after them whilst they were at Playgroup - being able to watch them first-hand, hatching out of their eggs and growing into very noisy, flying chicks, who loved to strut around the room whilst the children were playing. As always, we need to say a huge “Thank you!” to everybody who has supported us with fundraising, and who helped us to raise another £100 during the Wacky Races,

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on our sweet stall. We have several events soon, including our annual sponsored “Bike-a-Thon,” and we will be supporting the Tetbury Fiesta on the 14th of July, by manning the bouncy castle. (No mean feat!) We will also have a stall at the Summer Show and Tetbury Classic Car Show in August. Please continue to support us and the wider Community at these events and come and say hello to us when you are there too! In 2018, the Seedlings group continues every Monday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am 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


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Tetbury Rugby Football Club Despite it being officially the off-season for Tetbury RFC, there’s plenty going on – and given the gap since our last article, much to report. Players, parents and supporters are reflecting on an incredibly successful season for the Minis, which saw all age groups from U6 to U13 represented. Training and matches took place from September through to April, and despite some struggles with the weather, a great season was had by all. Some highlights included; the U8’s winning their County Festival Fair Play Award, all age groups touring to various rugby hotbeds such as Narbonne in France, Wales, Bournemouth and Worcester, whilst a combined age group party had the experience of a lifetime, as mascots for the All Blacks vs. the Barbarians at Twickenham in front of 80,000 people. Another big achievement for the Minis has been the increased number of

qualified coaches for the coming season. The 2018/19 season begins Sunday, 2nd September at Sir William Romney’s School at 10:30 am. All players of any ability, boys and girls (age 5 – 13) are welcome. Further details can be found on the club website: The Youth section also had a great year; it’s been a long time since we fielded a Colts team as we did throughout last season and was fantastic to see lads who started with mini rugby finally get an opportunity to play with the 1st XV. Our other Youth teams had some great games through the season and continued to improve; our under 14’s team competed in a 7’s tournament in Launceston whilst on tour, finishing as runners-up in the Plate competition. We’ll be having summer training sessions to prepare for the start of the season & look forward to welcoming any new junior players (ages 13 to 17) that may want to join. Please contact Gary O’Connor on 07714 773008. Whilst 2017/18 was a tough season with the loss of some key players to injury, Tetbury 1st XV are looking forward to the new season in Gloucester 2 North; preseason training starts on 5th July on the Recreation Ground, from 6:30 pm. One of our key targets for the next season is to

ensure that we field two teams on a regular basis, for which an increase in our player base would be useful. We would welcome new players and those returning to the game. Please contact our Level 2 qualified coach Stephen Knight further details In addition to playing objectives some targets for the coming seasons have been set, to ensure that the club grows and develops; one of our key aims is to embark upon the RFU’s Club Accreditation scheme, which focusses on governance and planning arrangements. As part of our plans, we have a team actively working to make new dedicated pitches for the club a reality. One area of focus will be the financial security of the rugby club and we aim to develop a new approach to funding our activities – whilst we currently enjoy the support of several local businesses as shirt sponsors, for which we are grateful, we intend to develop other ways where local enterprises could support the club in a mutually beneficial manner. In common with many grassroots clubs and organisations, we also wish to increase our volunteer base, in order that the various vital functions that any club needs carried out are shared equitably. Should you feel that you may be able to offer your support to Tetbury RFC, whether on or off the field, please do get in touch. Roger Peill, Chairman


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Avening Primary School So much to do - so little time left until the end of term! With only weeks to go until the academic year draws to a close, life at Avening School couldn’t be busier. The visit from The Premier League Football trophy at the start of June was just the beginning of what has become a whirlwind month of sporting events and school outings and visits. There have been several sporting events held offsite at SWR and other local schools that the whole school have participated in, as well as a girls’ cricket tournament held in Cirencester and also a cricket day for the Hawks class (y3/4) hosted by Frocester cricket club. Twenty-four children have qualified to the next round of Area Sports, having given outstanding performances at the recent District Sports. The final takes place at the end of June at Deer Park School. On a musical note, rehearsals are underway for the two musical highlights of the academic year with Mr Dillon visiting us from SWR every week to teach the children songs for the Proms in the Park concert, to be held in the grounds of SWR at the end of term. We also have our ‘Musical Soirée’ to look forward to at the beginning of July, which is an opportunity for the children who take violin and guitar lessons at school to showcase their talents - and for the school choir to fill the village hall with their fabulous singing. At the beginning of June, we held the very first of our ‘Live Stories’ sessions with residents from Steppes residential home in Nailsworth. This involved children from the Owls class conversing with residents (the eldest being 96, as well as two 91-yearolds) and the initiative will continue for six weekly sessions, enabling the two generations to interact and collaborate through themed discussions.

At this point of the school year, we always prepare to say goodbye to our Y6 leavers, as well as welcoming our new reception children. They join their new class for ‘move through’ days in July, to enable them to get used to their new environment and teaching staff. But before we can wave our Y6 class off as they embark on their journey to secondary school, we have a school sports

day, a summer fete, an enrichment week, a leavers’ tea party and, for the first time ever, a Y5/6 leavers’ disco to look forward to; then the summer holidays can begin! For further information about this busy place of learning, please see our school website: Avening Primary School




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Avening WI they like their jam on top of the cream! Our May walk was around Preston Park, along the road to Long Newnton, and back by Tetbury Hospital. Despite the lack of signposts, we arrived back for a good lunch at the Royal Oak. It was a hot day and one dog decided to take a bath in a water trough, which was covered with duckweed. And our president tripped over one of the dogs and sprained her thumb! Our next walk will be from the Hunters Hall, a repeat of the walk we did earlier in the year in pouring rain, when we were not able to see very much.

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We now have our Mary Jane Carriage and a lovely outside space, where especially in these summer months we can all make the most of being outdoors, and a public area where children can play safely. Maybe with a picnic? What could be nicer? Well - for those so inclined there are the FIFA World Cup and England’s matches – or perhaps the Wimbledon Finals on our big screen, all being streamed here at the Shed. Whether you want to get together with a group of friends or simply come and join in the fun with others, we will be delighted to see you. Plus there is the advantage of the free long term public car park alongside.

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The other weekend saw our first Garden Design Workshop with RHS medallist Joy Riley. We have many new homes in the area, so ladies new to our community began a journey of discovery about their new back gardens and what they could do with them. They were genuinely thrilled with what they learned, saying it had gone beyond the expectations they had of what they thought they might achieve in one morning. So, if you want to achieve a comfortable

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For only 2p “The Scout” magazine is the finest adventure weekly, offering great articles and outdoor fun for every boy. Or at least that is what it offered in 1931! This month we cleared some of our ‘treasures’ from the Malthouse and found lots of mementos from many years of Scouting in Tetbury ranging from flags for overseas trips, engraved tent pegs, photos of Scouting activities over the years and a collection of vintage Scouting magazines. Hence, if you want to know why Lord

Baden-Powell recommends the formation of mouth organ bands, how to catch cattle rustlers, how monkeys were made and to learn about Custer’s last stand, then please do get in touch as the January 1931 Scout magazine may be just the thing for you! Back in the 21st Century the Beavers were pleased to make use of St Mary’s forest school to invest our new Beavers around the campfire. They toasted marshmallows and learnt campfire songs that they will share with the residents of Ilsom house when they join them for a picnic in a few weeks. The number of Cubs continues to increase.

Tetbury Scout Group They returned after half term for a funpacked evening, again at St Mary’s forest school, and were privileged to meet Bob Lewis, a Tetbury local and former RAF officer who kept us all engaged around the campfire, supporting the cubs toward achieving their RAF ‘100 Years’ badge. Bob provided a fascinating insight into his RAF career from the Victor to the Gnat, including his involvement as flight engineer with the Red Arrows team. The Cubs gave a spontaneous round of applause when he talked about the “little medal he received from the Queen” on behalf of his Red Arrow colleagues... an MBE… The evening concluded with all enjoying toasted marshmallows (again!) followed by game of alternative rounders. The program for this summer term will be a range of outdoor activities from pond dipping, trips to Cotswold airport to wide games and fun packed bbq and water fight with Tetbury Beavers. If you are interested in finding out more about Cubs please contact Tony Hubbard, Cub Leader at cubs@ Now that the evenings are longer you may have seen the Scouts down by the Goods Shed on a Tuesday evening, where we have been running team building exercises. The Scouts have a couple of camping weekends coming up in the next term, as well as an evening walk from Westonbirt to Tetbury - hopefully they will find their way, if not we’ll be on hand to help them with their map reading skills! The end of last term saw the whole of Tetbury Scout Group get together to compete in the annual ‘Jambowlee’ at Stroud Bowling Centre. It is the first time for several years where we have managed to get Scouts, Cubs and Beavers all together on one evening, and it was lovely to do such a fun activity across all age groups. Tom Glover, Group Scout Leader @TetburyScoutGp


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Tetbury WI Our busy month started off with a wonderfully successful… …Food Group event at Janet’s house, featuring fantastic Cajun/Creole food beautifully prepared by our hostess, and accompanied by cocktails prepared with flair and finesse by the talented mixologist Roger. Enjoyed by all. Our Food Group was out and about again later in the month, this time with a bus tour to Stow on the Wold and a tour of R-Oil, a family business based in the Cotswolds which specialises in the production of coldpressed rapeseed oil. What a delight to be in such a beautiful location on a sunny day! This excellent trip was rounded off with a visit to Stow for lunch and some highly enjoyable retail therapy. Our Supper Club also had a pleasant get-together at the Greyhound; these evenings always produce a fun and relaxed opportunity to catch up with other members. At our June monthly meeting, speaker Dave Walton gave an engaging talk about the Arts and Craft Movement in Gloucestershire, in particular about Ernest Gimson and the Barnsley brothers, who were based at Sapperton and whose work has left a lasting legacy. Our thanks to Kevin and the Tetbury Film Society for their continuing support and for the use of their equipment. Avebury was the location for our outing this month, the main highlight being Avebury Manor, refurbished in conjunction with the BBC and with each room reflecting the period in which the residents lived. The manor is now designed to encourage visitors to enjoy a ‘hands on’ experience; some of our members embraced the opportunity to ‘release their inner child!’

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It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing this, the very last Puddle Ducks Pre-School Tetbury Advertiser piece. It has been an honour and a pleasure to run the setting for the last nine years. We have made so many wonderful memories and it has been very special to share in the early education of so many fabulous children. Our first ever Puddle Ducks children are about to move to senior school. Wow! There are so many people to thank, sadly too many to name in person, so I will keep it brief. Really huge thanks must go to the wonderful, committed team, both past and present, without whom we would not have been the huge success that we are. Two members of the team originate from early ‘Roundabout’ days. You are all amazing - thank you. Thanks also to all of the families and their gorgeous children who have joined us for some fantastic fun and experiences over the years. Thank you also to everyone in the community who has supported us in so many ways. Thank you to Hobbs House for our delicious bread and to our Father Christmases’ for being wonderful each year. The support we have received from all the local primary schools has eased the transition into ‘big school’ for our children, and we thank them too.

In the last week alone, we have enjoyed a fantastic ‘Forest School’ session at St Mary’s School, and we had so much fun. Thank you to Mr Nichols for bringing his ‘New Holland’ tractor in, for the children to see – they loved it! We are looking forward to our pre-school session when we are very excited to be going on a walk to Hobbs House Bakery, to see exactly where our scrumptious bread is made.

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News from Christ Church I was intrigued to read the news story recently of a groom and best man… …who had lost touch with each other and who met again sixty years later, through a bowls match. I was intrigued also to be at a young people’s church event, in which just under half the young people said they spent three hours or more a day on social media – with many themselves feeling this to be a problem. In many news reports there’s mention of an epidemic of loneliness among the elderly, nearly four million saying the television is their main company. It is easy to lose touch with people, while at the same time it is easy to be in touch, (at least in a superficial way,) with hundreds of people, through social media. Without wishing to paint a stereotypically bleak picture of disconnected youth

or lonely elderly people, (when many, thankfully, are having a great time!) - I just want to recognise that is easy for people of any age to ‘lose connections’ today, in different ways. In the church we

don’t see ourselves as a bunch of people who worship God together and then just go home and live isolated lives. We see ourselves as a people gathered by God and called to share each other’s lives, to care for each other and, as best we can, for the wider community too. A vital part of our life together at Christ Church is the pastoral care that goes on, largely unseen. While conforming with GDPR, we are still about keeping in touch and creating and sustaining community. At the end of Paul’s Letter in the New Testament he signs off with words of encouragement to stay connected, support and care for each other. We do our best to work these out today. “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Put things in order, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfil the law of Christ.


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Definition of BEANO (plural beanos) British : a noisy festive celebration Merriam-Webster Dictionary The neurological benefits of reading comics are great. Reasons for this includes the complex way that comic book readers interpret meaning from words, images and form all at the same time. Of course, the ‘noisy’ fun that comics exude is also great motivation to read! Another great incentive to get reading, The Summer Reading Challenge, this year celebrates the 80th anniversary of much-loved comic the Beano. Entitled ‘Mischief Makers’, the challenge invites primary school aged children to visit the library three times over the summer and to borrow any two books, audio books or comic books on each visit. There will be rewards and incentives along the way and

it’s all absolutely free! If you’re not already a member of the library, please bring in some identification. The Summer Reading Challenge ends on Saturday the 8th of September. There will also be competitions and dropin activities running throughout each week of the holidays, (during normal library opening hours,) plus some special events: Just turn up to all events except the * Silk Painting, which is by ticket only (available from or the library - free, but limited spaces). The last Chess Club for the summer is 6th July. Baby Bounce & Rhyme will continue their weekly ‘noisy celebration’ throughout the holidays. Kylie, Linda, Liz & Soph, Beanotown Library

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‘CelebraeStory’ TTFC Under 7’s coach Joel will read ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. Suitable for 4- to 7-year-olds and includes follow-up activity.

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Saturday 21st

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Children’s Silk Painting Workshop. *

Wednesday 25th

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Prank poop! Story and craft.

Tuesday 31st

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Dennis’ Treat Bowl craft.

August Friday 10th

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‘CelebraeStory’ Maria will be reading ‘Goldilocks & the Three Bears’ in Spanish! Suitable for 4- to 7-year-olds and includes follow-up activity.

Saturday 11th

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Children’s Silk Painting Workshop. *

Tuesday 14th

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Tuesday 21st

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Gnasher’s Tales with the Dogs Trust

Wednesday 29th

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Sir William Romney’s School The Spelling Bee National Finals Congratulations to Iola and Lucie for ranking in the top 10 of the Translation Bee South West finals! The Regional Finals took place in Westminster University in the centre of London on Wednesday the 6th of June. The aim of the competition is to translate orally as many sentences as possible in three different tenses in under one minute, and the competition is open to Y8 and Y9.

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Westonbirt Leadership and Empowerment Conference

Fifteen of our dedicated and enthusiastic girls from years 9 and 10 attended the first ever Westonbirt School Leadership and Empowerment Conference. The girls worked with a range of influential women, who themselves work both locally and globally in a variety of sectors. Fascinating workshops included: ‘The importance of Confidence and Communication,’‘The Power of Networking,’ ‘Planning for the Future’ and ‘Me and My Skills.’ A special mention must go to those Year 9 students who participated with enthusiasm, despite having covered over 40 km as part of their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes, the week before. Thank you so much to Westonbirt School for an inspirational day. Jon Bell, SWRS Head Teacher

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The Dolphins Hall At last the people of Tetbury and the surrounding areas are…

We will make an announcement in the September edition as to the date of the reopening of the hall, which we hope will be in early spring; within the next few weeks the plans will be put onto our Notice Board, so that you can view them for yourselves – meantime, we apologise to all the clubs and parties that have been disrupted because of the extension and refurbishment: needs must. We look forward to seeing you at the opening of the Dolphins Hall in 2019. Quite a few changes have taken place in the past six months. We are no longer dependant on Tetbury Town Council to

administer bookings for the hall - Kim Wood has very kindly taken over these duties. Saxon Greenway, our Secretary, has taken over our invoicing and accounts work, following on from the excellent work done by Sue Townsend. We must send thanks to Sue for all her hard work. Kim and Saxon will overlap duties, when necessary. Many years ago, the Water Board gave the Town Council £11.000 to hold in a separate charity account. This money has now been handed over to the Dolphins Hall Trustees, who voted to put a further £11.000 toward draining and resurfacing the car park next

to the Rugby Club. The gate to this car park will be closed and locked at night. Trustees continue to carry out a regular ‘litter-pick’ on the Recreation Grounds. Sadly, we must still tolerate people walking their dogs and not picking up the dog’s poo. This is very sad and very frustrating for those people who do have consideration for both adults and children using the Recreation Ground. We mustn’t forget the clubs who hold matches on the Recreation Ground and who must collect the dog mess before they can start playing. Please can people be more considerate?




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…about to get the community hall they have been waiting for! Yes, on the 8th of September we will be closing the hall to all events, so that the builders may take over the premises, moving in on the 10th of September. It’s been a hard three years to get to this point, but with the support of so many people hiring the hall for their private functions - together with the fitness classes and the Tetbury Lions holding their monthly meetings with us, we are at last able to make this big move forward. Thank you to everyone. Enquiries: Tel: 01666 503609 1300718

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We are holding our own ‘Last Big Disco’ on August the 11th - the evening before the Summer Show; we hope to see you all there. It will be a time to say “Good Bye” to the old hall, and to look forward to the opening of the newly refurbished new one. And please join us for drinks at half price on Sunday the 9th of September from 12.00 to 3.00 pm and 6.00 to 10.00 pm. Finally, we must thank the Trustees who have given up so much of their time to work voluntarily to achieve what will be a fabulous new Community Hall - one which the Community deserve. And let’s not forget the Youth Club, who have been so patient, and who will finally benefit from having their own accommodation. We’ll soon be ready to add their room to the Dolphins Hall - I’m sure Youth Club members and their Leaders will enjoy furnishing their new abode. Kind regards, Maggie Heaven, Chair, Dolphins Hall




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To celebrate our oneyear anniversary here in Tetbury, on Tuesday the 10th of July BPF Fitness Hub we will be holding a charity fundraising event, in aid of Tetbury Hospital. The challenge will consist of traveling 960 kilometres - which matches the distance between Tetbury and its twin town Zwingenberg in Germany. We will be using four pieces of CV equipment to complete the challenge; an Assault Bike, SkiERG, Rower and Wattbike, and we hope to raise £2,000 for Tetbury Hospital, if all goes well. You may donate via our “Just Giving” page or on the day; please see our Facebook page for further details. We have set a time limit of ten hours to complete the challenge and to reach our target, we will have to travel an average of 96 km or about 60 miles every hour, which means we will need help from our members and anyone else looking to support a local cause, whilst improving their own fitness and wellbeing. In addition to the “main event,” there will

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as the flowerbeds come to life and the hanging baskets are put into place. Some of you who walk along Herd Lane will have noticed the wonderful display of Poppies on the verges. These were planted by Tetbury Guides back in November, as part of the ‘Ribbon of Poppies’ Pledge, and are a

Finally, we hope to meet you at one of our other events over the summer months, the dates of which are the 8th of September, the Beating of the Bounds and the 15th and 16th of September – Heritage Weekend.

Another addition to the town this summer is Tetters the Hare, who has been seen in the window at Moloh – look out for him this summer and the Feoffee Dolphins in his eyes.

If you want to know more about us and the work that we do within the town and the grants we make available, please speak to any member of The Feoffee or Thirteen, or check out our website

Hopefully by the time you read this the weather will have been good to us and we will have had a successful Community Barbecue on the Millennium Green, at the end of June.


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Tetbury and District Footpath Group The Group continues its walks every Tuesday… …and the weather has been generally kind (that is, not pouring with rain!). We have been joined by several new members recently, who are most welcome, and would still be pleased to see anyone else who would like to join us, including visitors to Tetbury. If you are not a member, please just contact the leader beforehand and then turn up on the day. All walks start from the long-stay car park by the Goods Shed off Cirencester Road. The walks use mainly footpaths and tracks and may be muddy and there may be stiles to cross; people walk at their own risk. Details of the group’s walks program can of course be found here in the Tetbury Advertiser, and at other local outlets. Contact us by email: tetburydfootgp@, or go to our website or see our Facebook page: TetburyWalkers

Walks Program for July: Levels: A = easy to D = hilly Tuesday 03/07/2018, 2.00 pm, Cars needed. Learn about the history of Chavenage Green, walk to Beverston Castle for Its history and return across fields. Length: 4.50 M 7.25 KM, Level: A, Leader: John Silvester 504430. Perhaps take a short detour and have a look at Chavenage House?

Tuesday 10/07/2018, 9.30 am, Cars needed. A beautiful but quite strenuous walk around the hills and valleys of the Castle Combe area. Length: 6.5 M 10.50 KM, Level: B/C, Leader: Audrey 504368. Note the early start time! Tuesday 17/07/2018, 10.00 am, Cars needed. Walk from Painswick to Sheepscombe for lunch at the Butchers Arms, then a steep climb (with lovely views) and back via Lords and Ladies woods. Length: 6.00 M 9.75 K, Level: B/C, Leaders: Chris & Shirley 502164. Please advise Leaders by the 16th if you’re lunching. Tuesday 24/07/2018, 2.00 pm, Cars needed. We cross fields and go through woods and lanes in the Sherston area. Length: 4.00 M 6.50 KM, Level: B, Leader: Pat Moody 840267. NB: this walk’s a bit hilly. Tuesday 31/07/2018, 2.00 pm, Cars needed. A walk with beautiful views around Kingscote Valley and Horsley woods. Length: 5.00 M 8.00 KM, Level: B/C, Leader: Kevin 505357. Some longish uphill stretches.

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Tuesday 14/08/2018, 2.00 pm, Cars needed. A varied walk taking in parts of the Stroudwater Canal and the Cotswold Way, over fields and up Doverow Hill. Length: 4.50 M 7.25 KM, Level: B, Leader: Diana 502768. Mostly flat but with a steepish climb over Doverow Hill. Tuesday 21/08/2018, 2.00 pm, The Folly, Monarch’s Way, Addy’s Firs, Ashley, Little Larkhill, return along the old rail track. Length: 5.5 m, Level A/B, Leader Ian 502939. Tuesday 28/08/2018, 10.00 am, Cars needed. A pleasant and fairly easy walk from Frocester, taking in Coaley, Frocester Court & Manor and return. Length: 5.00 m 8.00 KM, Level: A, Leader: Tina 503619. Optional lunch at end. Numbers. for lunch to the leader by previous Thursday (23rd,) please. Ian Thomas, for the T&DFG Committee

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We have continued to excel on the sports field. Our Rounders team have done very well in local tournaments and two of our cricket teams are through to the County finals. Our tennis team also won the local tournament and went through to the finals and our Lions Netball Team remains unbeaten.


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Our Year 3 and 4 children had a very exciting Roman Day in June. All the children and teachers arrived at school dressed as Romans and spent the day designing and making Roman jewellery, Roman food and Roman games. They had a fantastic time and learnt so much about Life in Roman Britain.



The Year 4 children have also been on a residential to the Wilderness Centre and Year 2 children are looking forward to their camp on the school field. We have Sports’ Days, a Year 6 Leavers day at Bowood House and the Proms in the Park as a final hoorah!



Then it is the summer holiday - when the children have gone and the teachers pack their bags and get away for a break – the workmen move in and we begin improving the school. This summer we have been fortunate in that we have secured some funding to have the hall ceiling and lighting upgraded, the walls decorated and the curtains replaced.

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Our Year 6 children are busy rehearsing for the end of year production of OLIVIA! Children are learning lines, songs and dances and teachers and TAs are painting backdrops, making props and costumes and tearing their hair out!! The Year 6 children have also attended their Leavers’ Service at Gloucester Cathedral when they had some quiet time with other Year 6’s from around the County to reflect on their time at primary school and look forward to the exciting transition to secondary school. It was a moving service that brought a few tears to their eyes.

So when the children return we will have very bright and smart space for the fun to continue. We are continuing to raise money for this worthy project. Quite a few staff, 16:51parents and governors ran the Westonbirt 10k recently and raised a whopping £1,900 and we have received a donation of £1,600 from the Coventry Building Society as part of their Savings Scheme. If anyone would like to make any more donations towards the improvements please visit our Just Giving Page: crowdfunding/st-marys-school-hall-tetbury From everyone at St. Mary’s have a wonderful summer. Mrs Woolley, Headteacher

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Tetbury Classic Vehicle Show This year’s Tetbury Classic Vehicle show will once again take place… …in the grounds of Sir William Romney’s School, with the kind permission of Headteacher Jon Bell and the school governors, but we’ve brought the date back a little, to August the 19th – a Sunday. This will make sure we avoid the “new car registration weekend” clash which was always a nuisance to our franchise attendees and it will also, we hope, make sure we return to the good weather we had for the first five years of the show! Once again, we’ll primarily be supporting our favourite children’s charity, “Allsorts.” Their web site - - details how they provide very important help to children with disabilities or additional needs, and to their families. They are a vital local resource, and events like

ours are important to them in turn, since they survive entirely on donations, only. Last year, although it was very wet, we had some splendid “die-hard” supporters attend, and still managed to distribute nearly £2,500 in funds, as well as providing

funds to the school, the Guides and to Tetbury Lions for their able assistance. This year we have help from our main sponsor “Classic Tracks” – and since it won’t dare rain, we hope to do much better in 2018. The show now boasts the attendance of many hundreds of classic vehicles, bikes and bicycles, lots of interesting stands and new car franchises – and we continue to increase the numbers and diversity of attractions for both kids and adults alike. We still provide free parking on the adjacent field.

All proceeds are given to charity, chiefly to “Allsorts”


Thank you very much for your support in the past – we sincerely hope you can attend again. Do contact us via our web site to book a space for your classic or for more information. Tetbury Classic Car Show Committee

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Once again, here is another Cold Case for your delectation: At the Tetbury Petty Sessions, held on Wednesday before G Sotheron-Estcourt Esq., and W H Yatman Esq., Thomas Fry, of Tetbury, was charged with having stolen from a dwelling-house in Tetbury, on May 17th, one gold ring, two silver watches, one silver watch chain, one silver necklace, and one razor, of the total value of £5, the property of Thomas Wickes, of Tetbury.

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Mrs Wickes identified the things produced as her property and said that prisoner had slept the night previous at her house. Witness missed the articles the following morning, and gave information to the police.

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Prisoner, who had previously borne a good character, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month’s hard labour. Unknown source and date. Courtesy of Paul Best, former special constable. John Silvester, Museum Volunteer

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People For You provides a free volunteer befriending service offering regular companionship to the older and vulnerable people company all types of and privacy of your own home. in the community. We introduce a Local reliable, local volunteer undertaking who visits you regularly in the comfort work If you feelbuilding this service mightincluding: be of interest to you, please get in touch. And if you feel you have the empathy and commitment to become a volunteer. Extensions Please contact Sue Black at People For You on 07810 630167 / 01452 528491 Call or email

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A highly contagious infection causing a nasty persistent cough in dogs. Easily caught through close contact with an infected dog, classically seen 1 week after exposure in kennels but can be caught just as easily out walking when your pet dog mixes with others. A vaccination provides good protection and is included with our Pet Care Plan.


We have seen an unusually large number of pets infested with ticks this year and as usual fleas are always a problem. We recommend Bravecto tablets or spot on for complete control lasting 3 months, included with our Pet Care Plan.


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Despite competing with a Royal Wedding and the World Cup… …we collected £599.45 in our street collection, which significantly boosted other monies raised in the Tetbury area during Christian Aid Week. In total we were able to send £5,028.37 to help those many people in the world struggling to survive as a result of famine, flood, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, civil unrest and outright war, all of which have resulted in vast numbers of refugees. Another £586.49 will be added to this total by the government, from people gift aiding their donations. A big, big thank you to all those who helped raise what will be a grand total of £5,614.86, and to all of you who gave so generously. Apart from the street collection, some roads had a house-to-house collection. Both Sir William Romney’s School and St Mary’s Primary School had a collection bucket, and the churches in Ashley, Long Newnton, Tetbury St Marys’ and Westonbirt all held church collections. Avening held a ‘Big Brekki’ and Doughton a lunch; Tetbury had a big lunch held at Uley, coffee mornings, afternoon teas and a bridge evening; St Michael’s hosted soup lunches, and Christ Church held teas for townsfolk and visitors.

Pet Products – We have products for all your pets, however large or small. We have food, bedding, treats and many other items for all pets, available or to order. Dogs to Degus or Cats to Canaries – Let us quote you for your needs!! Fuels – We will still have a small stock of Coal (inc. Smokeless), Kiln Dry Logs, Kindling plus four types of Firelighters. Delivery is available free, locally only. BBQ products also available. Gardening – Wide range of all products for the Garden and Greenhouse. Come in and look. Don’t forget, we have a full range of Homewares, DIY, Electrical items, we cut Keys, develop Digital Prints, and much much more.

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All-in-all, a very successful week to assist the poorest people in the world who are always grateful for the help they receive, so thank you, from them. In December we will be holding a collection at Tesco and in January a weeklong 100-mile sponsored walk around Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, to celebrate Donna’s 50th birthday. Please be in touch for further information and, no, you don’t have to walk all of the 100 miles! Alison Hesketh, Area Co-ordinator

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Ronan’s Trust Ronan’s Trust is a small charity,

year, including flower arranging (quarterly in Gloucester, Cirencester and Tetbury), Bushcraft Skills (Tuesday 14th August) and rustic chair making (Tuesday 21st August.) If you have suffered a close family bereavement in the past five years and would like to come along to one of our workshops, please contact us through our website ronanstrust. or call Emma on 07757 710 616.

created to help support and nurture people who have experienced family bereavement, using nature as therapy for grief. It was founded by Emma Tyer, following the death of her husband. Ronan’s Trust is a small and friendly group, which includes people of all ages and from all walks of life. There is no pressure and no expectations; you can come along to our gardening groups, or to one of our workshops or events working with the natural world and “being busy” together. “We offer you the opportunity to learn new skills or just to come along and plant a few seeds, alongside others who understand what you are going through. You don’t have to tell your story but everyone there to talk to if you would like to” says Emma Tyer, founder. “I was dubious of going along to the birdbox-making workshop last summer; I am a 34-year-old widow with two young children, and I was unsure of what I was going to find. There was absolutely no reason for me to have worried. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly, and I didn’t need to discuss my situation. My children thoroughly enjoyed having the

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We are delighted that Julie Stokes OBE has agreed to be our patron. Julie founded the Gloucestershire-based child bereavement charity “Winston’s Wish” in 1992, to offer care and support for young people who had lost Ronan’s Trust are running a variety of 681010 March Roofing:Layout 1 21/9/10 22:08 Page 1 a loved one. workshops throughout the rest of the opportunity to do some woodworking and made some new friends at the same time” said Sophie, a member of Ronan’s Trust.

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If you’re choosing a new entrance to your home, there’s never been a better time to look at replacing your entrance door, thanks to award-winning manufacturers such as Solidor and the backing of expert local installers Sharpes Windows and Doors, who serve Malmesbury, Tetbury and the surrounding areas. Modern composite door design embraces the rigidity of a solid timber core with

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Beefy’s Charity Foundation On the 6th of June, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston and Sir Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham travelled by helicopter to eighteen golf courses across the UK in one day, playing a hole at each course to raise money and awareness for Beefy’s Charity Foundation, which raises vital funds for projects supporting young people with chronic illnesses. Minchinhampton Golf Club was the 16th hole of the challenge and was supported by local company Orchard Windows & Doors. The professional golfer and former cricketer arrived at Minchinhampton just before the sun began to set, full of energy and fully engaging with fans - despite being on the go since 4.00 am!

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Tetbury Cares might otherwise be unable to get out and about and provides a door-to-door service. More recently, the FTCT have negotiated with Sir William Romney’s School, to use the spare capacity of the school minibuses for group outings.


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Community Connexions, based in Cheltenham, provide community transport throughout Gloucestershire. It is a nonprofit company, limited by guarantee, and a registered charity. It operates twentysix minibuses, two of which are normally based in Tetbury. It also administers several volunteer car schemes, relying on both volunteer and paid staff for both its minibus and car schemes. The main minibus services it provides in Tetbury are a door-to-door dial a ride service to Tetbury town on Tuesday am - free to bus pass holders, a door-to-door “dial-a-ride” service to Tetbury’s Tesco store on Thursday am and pm - free to bus pass holders, a doorto-door service for the Tetbury Day Centre groups (the Monday, Wednesday and Friday clubs - invoiced to respective groups,) a scheduled bus service to Malmesbury on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (with a timetable available from Tetbury Information Centre - free to bus pass holders,) and finally, a door-to-door service to Tetbury Library on the last Friday, monthly.

Since its formation it has provided three trips a month to various shopping centres and other amenities, within a radius of approximately seventy miles from Tetbury, using the spare capacity of Community Connexions’ buses. These trips are advertised monthly on page three of the Tetbury Advertiser, in the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, and widely throughout shops and offices in Tetbury. Passengers are only asked for a voluntary anonymous donation. It is aimed principally at GL8 residents who

Community Connexions also administers the Tetbury Volunteer Car Scheme, in conjunction with the Friends of Tetbury Community Transport. The FTCT was formed at the end of 2016, to complement the services already provided by Community Connexions. The FTCT is a non-profit association, operated entirely by volunteers who are fully trained, and DBS checked. It is currently being jointly sponsored by Tetbury Feoffees, Tetbury Lions, The Rotary Club, Waitrose and Tetbury Town Council.

Friends of Tetbury Community Transport July Trips: To book 0345 680 5029

The FTCT and Community Connexions are always looking for volunteer drivers for either minibus duties and/or as car drivers. Full training is provided, and volunteer car drivers can claim mileage reimbursement, currently at 45p per mile. More information regarding volunteering can be obtained by calling 07759 142577. Community Connexions / the FTCT

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Following last years ‘Tetbury Cares’ seminar, the FTCT committee identified a need for a Tetbury Volunteer Car Service and set about recruiting volunteer car drivers, the primary purpose of which was to take GL8 residents with no other viable transport options to hospital/doctor/dental appointments. It was decided to keep the administration burden to a minimum by operating the scheme through Community Connexions. Passengers wishing to book either FTCT’s monthly trips or a journey with the Volunteer Car Service should phone Community Connexions on 0345 680 5029. For group outings contact the FTCT on 07759 142577.



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Hunter French have come to Gloucestershire! Hunter French was formed by Stephen Hunter and Karen Dumine, both of whom had become disillusioned with Corporate Estate Agency. They opened the doors of their first office in January 2005, in the beautiful City of Bath. Laura Larkin, Jacob Heatley Adams, John Robinson and Ben Hansell joined the team, and HF lettings opened in Corsham, followed by residential sales offices in Corsham, Devizes and Frome. We are now pleased to announce that we will be opening our fifth residential sales office in the heart of the Cotswolds, in Tetbury, headed up by our latest Director, Sam Kidner. The Kidner name is one that many people will recognise, as not only is Sam from a large farming family, he grew up in the South Cotswolds and has been highly involved in Young Farmers Clubs in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, for the past 16 years, including roles as Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman. Although now officially ”too old’ to be a Young Farmer, Sam still supports events when possible. Sam joined Hunter French in 2010, achieving his NVQ in residential estate agency, and was a highly valued member of the team progressing to Sales Manager. After 7 and a half years with the Company Sam went to Humberts in Cirencester to broaden his experience with another agency.

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With Sam’s excellent reputation in customer service, we are delighted to now welcome him back as our latest Director, heading up the team in Tetbury. No doubt he will get very involved in Tetbury life now he has moved into his new home in the town.

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Tetbury Advertiser July August 2018  

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Tetbury Advertiser July August 2018  

Produced by The Tetbury Advertiser Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tetbury Lions Trust : Charity Number 1152090 www.tetburyadvertiser....