Tetbury Advertiser September 2018

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September 2018



Across the Border

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Summer Show and Parade

Tetbury Music Festival

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The Weighbridge Inn is a real, old-fashioned Cotswolds country pub. Dogs and children are welcome and there is a stunning garden to the rear with plenty of parking available. Located between Nailsworth and Minchinhampton, the pub is famous for its “2in1” pies. This is a unique dish of the filling of your choice on one side topped with mouth-wateringly crumbly pastry and accompanied by delicious cauliflower cheese on the other. However, the award winning Chef, Toby Refoy, also ensures a variety of weekly seasonal specials and home-made desserts are always available with four local real ales and a great wine selection to accompany them

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Useful Information CHURCHES Christ Church, The Chipping 01453 298389 St. Marys’ - C of E- Church St. 500088 St. Michael’s - R.C. - The Green 502367 Tetbury Community Church, 25 The Ferns 07739 909047. COMMUNITY CONNEXIONS TRANSPORT Sandford Park Offices, College Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7HX Tel: 0345 680 5029 COTSWOLD CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU TEL: 0808 800 0511 DOCTORS Romney House Surgery, Long Street. Tel: 502303 The Tolsey Surgery, High Street, Sherston. Tel: 01666 840270. HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 502336. PHYSIOTHERAPY Tel: 501766. CHIROPODIST Tel: 504228. OSTEOPATHS Tel: 503599 and 502214.

What’s On


5th September – Tetbury Art Society Indoor meetings resume; details in this issue. 6th September – HOTS meet at Christ Church Please see the details on page 28 of this issue. 8th September – Tetbury Fire Station Open Day Don’t miss it! Advert on page 70 of this issue. 8th September – the Feoffee’s “Beat the Bounds” Please see page 11 of this issue. 15th September - Tetbury Library 11:15 am ‘CelebraeStory’ – English Warrior Queen Æthelflæd. (Full Tetbury Library Schedule on page 83 of this issue.) 15th – 16th September – Heritage Weekend Market House 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, details on page 11. 16th September – Westonbirt Car Boot Sale Please see the details on page 14 of this issue. 17th September – Tetbury Community Choir resume Please see the details on page 70. 21st September – “Back to School” Party Night At Egypt Mill, Nailsworth. Please see the ad on page 16. 24th September – Tetbury WI Coffee Morning Please see the details in this issue. 27th September – Patients Participation Group AGM Please see the details on page 44 of this issue. 28th September – “Michael Fest” commences Please see the article on page 42 of this issue. 29th September – Tetbury Music Festival commences www.tetburymusicfestival.org for full details. 30th September - Rotary Club “Horseless” Event Badminton Park; please see the details in this issue. September Walks Programme: Please see the T & DFG article on page 60 of this issue.

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DOLPHINS HALL COMMUNITY CENTRE Bookings through Kim Wood 01666 503609 or email: dolphinshallenquiries@yahoo.com 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: executiveofficer@tetbury.gov.uk 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. visittetbury.co.uk

Avening WI 46 BPF Charity Challenge 32 Chelworth Bookworms 10 Christian Aid 12 Community Speedwatch 14 Computer Advice 16 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 18 Dolphins Dramatic Society 55 Dolphins Hall Trustees 24 Eating Out 22 Girlguiding 26 History of Tetbury Society 28 Leighterton Primary School 30 Letters to the Editor 13 Lion’s Den 5 Longfield’s Bubble Rush 6 Mayor’s Report 68 New Barn Theatre, Cirencester 39 News from St Marys’ Church 40 News from St Michael’s Church 42 Patient Participation Group 44 Probus 48 Rotary Horseless Event 50 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 56 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 58 Summer Show and Parade 9 Tetbury and District Footpath Group 60 Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust 62 Tetbury Art Society 23 Tetbury Camera Club 66 Tetbury Cares 71 Tetbury Classic Vehicle Show 36 Tetbury Community Choir 70 Tetbury Dolphins Running Club 13 Tetbury Food Bank 17 Tetbury Football Club 63 Tetbury Goods Shed 38 Tetbury Hospital 35 Tetbury Hospital Show Parade 34 Tetbury in Bloom 19 Tetbury Library 51 Tetbury Model Railway Club 67 Tetbury Music Festival 65 Tetbury Police Museum & Courtroom 47 Tetbury Theatre Group 31 Tetbury WI 27 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 11 The Friends of Tetbury Hospital 34 Woolsack Day 53 What’s On 3 Young by Name 4 SCHOOLS SWR Comprehensive, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275. SWRS SPORT/LEISURE CENTRE Tel: 501086 TETBURY SHOPMOBILITY BOOKINGS Monday-Friday 9.00-3.00 Tetbury Town Council Offices 504670. Saturday 10.00-4.00 Tetbury Tourist Information Centre 503552 The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577 TETBURY CARES, www.tetburycares.org Website to signpost local health services

POLICE STATION The Old Courthouse, Long Street Tel: Emergency - 999, Non-Emergency 101 (note new number).

Tetbury Town Crier Tony Evans, 24 Box Crescent, Minchinhampton, Nr. Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 9DJ. Tel: 01453 731355 Mob: 07969 302042 Email: tonyevanstowncrier@btinternet.com

RAILWAY STATION Kemble - 6 miles Enquiries Tel: 0845 748 4950

TOURIST INFORMATION 33 Church Street. Tourism@tetbury.org Tel: 503552

Young by Name The best time to travel… If, like me, you are restricted to taking family holidays outside of term time, here’s a handy tip: you can gain a psychological advantage by spending August in Scotland. The academic year is different north of the border, with the autumn term starting around the Glorious Twelfth. Local children returning to school add a frisson of guilty pleasure to our Scottish summer holiday. It feels as if we are bunking off. This year, as ever, when we arrive in Scotland in early August, we make a pit-stop at a supermarket to provision our camper van. Here we find ourselves rubbing elbows in the aisles with brisk Scots mothers and stony-faced children, bracing themselves for the imminent start of their new school year. Gleefully my daughter calculates that even though we’re staying in Scotland for a fortnight, when she gets home, she will still have nearly three weeks of holiday left before the start of her new term. By then, these poor Scottish children will have been stuck into their studies for a month. Suddenly our holiday feels much longer, as if we’ve stepped through a time-slip, albeit one from which we can return at will.

Travelling time I can’t help wishing that real time travel was available as a holiday option. My favourite tourist destinations are those that offer a sense of connection with the past. Some of these places are ancient - older than mankind itself - such as the Munro mountains, which I can see from my window as I type this column. Others are much more recent. A highlight of this trip so far has been an afternoon at a traditional weaver’s cottage that pre-dates the Industrial Revolution. The cottage has been so sympathetically conserved, it suggests

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that the occupant has just stepped away from his loom for a moment and will be back at any second. By chance, one of his descendants was visiting that afternoon from Canada, adding to the feeling that this was indeed living history. I’m sure I’m not the only tourist who hankers after time travel. A few days ago, my brother texted me from his family holiday in Rhodes to tell me about the tourist in front of him at the tourist information office. “Please can you give me directions to the Colossos?” the man asked. One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Colossos - the same size as the Statue of Liberty and a similar symbol of freedom that once graced Rhodes harbour - was destroyed by earthquake over two thousand years ago. But if the tourist information officer had been able to provide effective directions – “Just step through this portal, sir, and stop when you get to 226 BC” – I suspect my brother would have gone along for the ride. Debbie Young www.authordebbieyoung.com

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Lion’s Den them to host and marshal their thirty-fifth “Horseless Team” Event. This takes in the three-day-event course and obstacles, and is open to all, with race distances of both five and ten kilometres available. Tetbury in Bloom were most unfortunate - suffering the vagaries of the English weather for their recent Open Gardens event, however, the weather recovered in time to allow most attendees to enjoy the afternoon - if not in sunshine, at least out of the rain. A splendid event.

Tetbury Lions have been out and about… …with our Tombola at the Summer Show and Classic Car Show recently – thank you all for your ongoing support. The Summer Show was, unfortunately, not

blessed with the fantastic weather we have enjoyed for most of this summer, but the Car Show stayed dry for the most part – and was bigger than ever. We Lions will also be out in support of our Rotary Club friends at the Badminton Estate on the 30th of September too, helping

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Tetbury Bowls Club’s recent 24-hour Bowling Marathon was similarly weatherchallenged. Lions Club members played their part, entering a scratch team and putting up a brave showing against experienced opposition. We were delighted to be able to support the Bowls Club, who raised more than £3,500 on behalf of Guide Dogs for the Blind – a fantastic result. Tetbury WI organised a “Men in Sheds” event recently and on behalf of Tetbury Lions I must again sing the praises of Mark Weir from Bourton on the Water, who entertained everyone. The evening reminded many in Tetbury how lucky we are to be involved in various groups, but we should not forget that others in the community are not so lucky. Loneliness and social isolation remains a real issue for some people. We in Tetbury Lions hope to be able to bring some positive news on the Men in Sheds subject, in the coming weeks. Lions is also about socialising and fun, and we have recently enjoyed several club events. These have included a “Barbecue and Boules” night, hosted by Lion’s Treasurer Tony and his wife Elizabeth, a dinner evening for members and partners at the Lodge in Minchinhampton, (the first time there for some of us, but definitely not the last visit to what was a superb location,) and a Boules Challenge against the Rotary Club of South Gloucestershire, at the Bull Pub in Malmesbury. The evening with Tony and Elizabeth was a particularly fantastic occasion – even if Boules purists would have struggled to understand our version of the rules! We eventually figured out a winning team and enjoyed the light-hearted fun on what was a beautiful evening.

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Other upcoming events are our annual Car Treasure Hunt, and one of the highlights of our year, our Club Charter Night in early October.

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Tetbury Lions voted, at our August meeting, to support Longfield House as our Charity of the Year, and we will be organising some of our annual fundraising activities in the town in support of this fantastic organisation. We will be hoping for your continued support, as we hit the streets for these fundraising events.

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Chelworth Bookworms The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon Mrs Creasy has disappeared – and the whole of The Avenue is speculating about it. After talking to the vicar, who says that if people could just find God, then He would be their shepherd and keep them safe, ten-

year-old Gracie and her loyal side-kick Tilly, decide to spend the long, hot summer of 1976 looking for God. The trouble is, it is difficult to tell who God’s sheep are, and who are the goats. As the oppressive heat frays everyone’s tempers, it is not just the neighbours’ energy that seeps out, but also their secrets. Does Margaret Creasy’s disappearance have anything to do with the fire ten years before, when a neighbour died? Does outcast Walter Bishop know anything? Will she come home, or is she dead?

To begin with, the story moves slowly, as if mirroring the lethargy of the hot summer days, but as the levels of fear and suspicion increase, Gracie and Tilly struggle to follow the undercurrents, but even they can tell that few of the adults are not being completely truthful. By the time the weather breaks, we will have discovered what drove Margaret Creasy to leave home – and Gracie will have discovered what being a friend really means… Ghilly Vincenti, Chelworth Bookworms

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15 th /16 th September - Heritage Weekend – The Market House will be open from 10am – 4pm – come along and hear all about The Feoffee & on display which are not normally on public show

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8 th September - Beating of the Bounds – Meet under Bath Bridge at 9.30am for the historic walk around the boundary of the town – please wear appropriate clothing and shoes, everyone welcome, including dogs. Afterwards, join us in The Market House for Coffee and Biscuits and the presentation of The Feoffee Annual Accounts

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The Feoffees and the Thirteen What a wonderful summer it has been, with glorious sunshine and lots to do in the town. Our Community Summer Barbecue was a great success, with friends old and new catching up on the Millennium Green, and children enjoying playing together at a lovely summer event. If you missed us this year, please look out for the date next year and come along and join the fun! Some forthcoming Autumn dates for your diary are:

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The 8th of September,“Beating of the Bounds,” when we meet under Bath Bridge at 9.30 am for the historic walk around the boundary of the town. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes, everyone welcome, including dogs. Afterward, join us in The Market House for Coffee and Biscuits and the presentation of The Feoffee Annual Accounts. The 15th and 16th of September, “Heritage Weekend,” when the Market House will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. Come along and hear all about The Feoffees and the Thirteen and our history in the town, with items on display which are not normally on public show. Finally, I am pleased to confirm that the following grants have been made over the summer: St Mary’s Day Centre, to allow this vital service to our elderly to continue, monies for a young person attending a volunteering expedition to Columbia, Tetbury Guides, to allow this service to our young people to continue, and to Tetbury Cricket Club – monies toward a new roller. If you want to know more about us and the work that we do within the town - and grants available, please speak to any member of The Feoffee or Thirteen, or check out our website www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk We would be pleased to hear from you if you have any projects which you feel may be of interest to us. Lance Vick, Chairman

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Christian Aid On Saturday the 11th of January next year, Donna, who wants to celebrate her 50th birthday not with a party but with a challenge, will set off with friends and others who want to join her, to walk 100 miles around Gloucestershire. They are even, very bravely, going just over the boundary into Wiltshire! They will walk approximately twelve miles a day over eight days to complete their hundred miles, eating and sleeping in different villages, en route. Fear not, everything is being carefully planned and this is a sponsored walk with the aim of raising, (with matched funding from Christian Aid,) £100,000 for refugees. If you’d like to help Donna to help refugees through Christian Aid – and to celebrate her birthday – please sponsor the walk! For further information contact: hesketh1@btinternet.com

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Graduation Day July saw the latest ‘Couch to 5k’ recruits successfully complete their first Graduation Parkrun. Parkruns are free 5km running events, run by volunteers and are held every week, all over the world. The graduation took place at Kingsway (near Gloucester) on a very hot Saturday morning. The new Dolphin recruits started the Couch to 5k programme just 12 weeks ago and were all new to running so this is an amazing achievement for everybody that took part. The Dolphin support crew turned up en masse to cheer on their fellow team mates.

Since the Tetbury Dolphins Running Club started their Couch to 5k programme last year, over 50 people have successfully graduated, most never having run before. Many are now training for 10ks, Half Marathons and even Marathons. For some, running has changed their lives!

Dolphins have also been spotted running at the Gin Relay, Frampton on Severn 10k, Thornbury 10k, Gloucester 10k and the Maverick event. The club turned Tetbury turquoise this month, hosting it’s annual 5k handicap race along the old railway line, known as the ‘The Dolphin Dasher’. July was another busy month for our Marathon runners. Fiona Dougan successfully completed her UK Marathon tour, making it four marathons in four months. Fiona has now run the London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Tenby Marathons. If you thought a marathon was tough, a few crazy Dolphins completed the Midnight

Mountain Marathon. Yes, that’s right…a marathon over mountains, at midnight. Wearing head torches and carrying heavy rucksacks with emergency supplies including warm clothing, food and water, were Gary O’Connor, Nick Moore, Darren Mustoe, Keith Monahan, Bex Kandiyali and Lisa Mustoe. If you feel inspired and are interested in finding out more about the running club

Tetbury Dolphins Running Club please check out our Facebook Page or website… https://www.facebook.com/ tetburydolphinsrunningclub/ https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/ TetburyDolphinsRunningClub

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Letters to the Editor… Dear Editor,

I am writing this email to let you know that as of August the 31st I will no longer be the local officer for Tetbur y; on September the 3rd I am starting a new position within the Constabulary as a “Sc hool Beat Officer,” covering the Cotsw olds area, based in Cirencester. It has been a privile ge working with you all and I thank you personally for the assistance and co-ope ration you have given me during what has bee n a very enjoyable time, covering The Tet bury area. I am pleased to be abl e tell you that my replacement has neighb ourhood experience. His name is Neil Lightf oot - Neil.Lightfoot@ gloucestershire.pnn.p olice.uk - and he wil l be starting here with me from August the 28th.

Best Regards to All, PC 2221 Leah Davis

Dear Editor,

the rational Can anyone please give the town process seems to be in chaos. ent lopm om? deve rans Hall to ess hins proc Dolp The le can hold the it seems that, yet again, some peop sand explanation it deserves about why thou ve fi April 2016. Do the rest of us, the happened. The first time was in has ll a this reca I time As nd re? seco the cent is civic This to our local rs, have a say in what happens . Or was shed mpli acco be to four hundred-plus local rate paye ents ovem the impr place and people have voted for consultation process has taken that “fake news?” tive pressure job under a lot of selfish and nega hins Hall team, who did a great Dolp ious prev the to you k Than from the few.

Warren, in democracy. Concerned resident and believer

received at the several letters and messages this letter, Warren, typical of ing fears about allay rd towa Editor’s Note: Thank you for way e som go Steve Scott in this issue will from le artic the that hope I r. Advertise the Dolphins Hall.

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…continue their endeavours to keep the roads in our town safe - and can regularly be seen carrying out surveys. Our aim is not to “catch out” motorists who are marginally above the limit, but to report drivers who are either significantly above the limit or those who are using mobile phones illegally.

Yoga for healthy ageing If you have received a warning letter from the police we hope that you treat it seriously and adjust your driving habits accordingly. The feedback we receive suggests that most residents approve of our activities; unfortunately, there remains a small minority who seem to believe it’s OK to flaunt the law. We are always looking for volunteers to assist us, which only involves one or two hours approximately eight times a year. If you’re able to help, please contact Roger Bellairs on 07759 142577.

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Cashback sites and Amazon Smile My last editorial wished for a long hot summer - and that seems to have turned out OK! I hope your tech made it through the heat unscathed. Now that the weather has cooled off a bit, I thought I would change subject and cover the benefit of cashback sites - and the option to earn your favourite charity a share of your spending with Amazon, without it costing you a penny. Cashback can be earned through intermediate sites such as Quidco.com and TopCashback.co.uk. The commission earned is passed on to you, rather than having Google or another search engine take a slice of the action. Obviously, some of the commission is retained by the Cashback provider, but the gains can be substantial. The best rates can be gained on insurance, utilities and financial products, some running in to hundreds of pounds! Using such sites is very straightforward - just sign up and then log in and search for retailers by name or product type. Click a link to the retailer or site in question, then once you make a purchase just wait for the cashback to track and then for your rewards to be paid in. Be aware: the payment can take months, so do not expect instance results!

You can join these sites for free, but you may be able to maximise your gains by becoming a paid member, which may give you higher returns or pay your cashback early. The benefits can be paid directly into a bank account, PayPal or be given as vouchers to be used at a wide variety of stores both online and on the high street. The latter can boost your cash by adding a dividend to the payment, possibly adding pounds to your voucher. Cashback can also be gained from instore shopping by just registering your credit card number beforehand. Such sites also offer referral incentives that can give extra cash if you sign up a friend, so what are you waiting for? Amazon Smile [smile.amazon.co.uk] works on a similar principal, but instead of you benefitting from cashback on your purchases, 0.5% of the purchase price is paid directly from Amazon to your chosen

charity. For instance, I have been able to choose Westonbirt Arboretum, but you will find many other good causes available. In a similar vein you can use other search engines that earn cash for charities as you click - but do be aware that you cannot use these with cashback sites, as your purchase will not track. Following my article earlier this year about the free upgrade to Windows 10, I can still carry this out for you so that your computer need not be retired when Windows 7 goes “end of life,” in less than eighteen months. In the meantime, if you would like your computer cleaned, booked in for an annual service, or to discuss any of the points above, do get in touch on 01666 502067, mail@inghamassociates.com or go to www.tetburycomputershop.co.uk. I’m now in my 30th year of trading. Nic Ingham


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Thanks to all your generous donations, since opening in April 2016, Tetbury Food Bank has received 4.7 tonnes of food. In

the same period it has given out 10 tonnes of food with Cirencester, to date, making up the shortfall. With the understanding that some people have required food on more than one occasion, and that over

Tetbury Food Bank this period we have counted the number of people helped purely by session, 1,867 Tetbury people have received food, 1,093 of whom were children. We are open at St Mary’s Day Centre in St Mary’s road every Tuesday morning from 9.30 to 11.00 am. Apart from food and a cup of tea or coffee, we can direct people to other services including sources for really good and affordable children’s clothes, for all types of furniture, for help with financial planning and to friendship clubs. We are very thankful for all the help and support we receive from Tesco’s, the Tetbury Lions, Tetbury Town Council, all our volunteers - and from YOU - since without your gifts of food we could not operate. The churches receive donations, as does Tesco.

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igures published by The Pensions Regulator in July 2017 reveal that the proportion of individuals who forgo advice and take a ‘DIY’ approach to managing their pension pot in retirement has risen from 5% to 30% following the introduction of pension freedoms legislation in 2015.1 Indeed, concerns continue to grow for those who choose to draw on their pension savings without taking advice. Drawdown demands a different mindset to that needed by those who retire with an annuity, as it requires individuals to plan their own investment strategy and ensure that withdrawals are sustainable. And while the majority are taking a sensible approach, the minority are withdrawing pension funds at rates that would see their money run out in a decade or less, if they are reliant on it as their main source of income.

And if they’re relying solely on the state pension to see them through their later years, they will have to accept that their standard of living is going to drop significantly. The State Pension

provides a limited income (currently £164.35 for a single person, per week, based on a full NI record), which falls drastically short of what is really needed to fund a comfortable lifestyle. So how do we avoid poverty in retirement? First, decide how large a fund you will need. One method is to multiply your target retirement income by 25. For example, if you think you’ll need £25,000 a year, aim for a fund of £625,000. Next, select the most appropriate investment vehicles to achieve your goal. Property, investment bonds and ISAs have all proved popular over recent years but don’t offer the same degree of tax breaks as a pension. If your retirement is imminent you will obviously want to maximise your income from the money available. Retirees opting for drawdown pensions should seek professional help to calculate how much money they can withdraw each year without running out. While selecting a balanced and well-diversified investment portfolio is critical, knowing how

much money to take from a drawdown policy is arguably of greater importance. For further information or to request your complimentary guide to retirement planning, please contact Nathan Ind Financial Planning. Nathan can be contacted by phone on 01666 824646 or by email on nathan.ind@sjpp.co.uk. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than the amount invested. An investment in equities does not provide the security of capital associated with a deposit account with a bank or building society. The levels and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation can change at any time and are generally dependent on individual circumstances. Retirement Outcomes Review Interim Report, The Pensions


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Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 50th Anniversary Celebrations On the 23rd of June, the Wardens gathered at Cirencester Agricultural University to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. There were speeches to be made, thanking us, and a very nice lunch. Most of us join on retirement from paid employment – which in my case was in 2006. It certainly does not seem like ten years since a similar gathering took place, which I attended at the same venue, for the fortieth anniversary!

AONB or National Park? The Voluntary Wardens Service was formed

in 1968, just two years after the designation of the Cotswolds as an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, (AONB.) Now it is under consideration whether the Cotswolds should be upgraded to the status of a National Park. What do you think?

Work Parties and Parish Wardens We are allocated into one of five work parties when we join; in my case, the South District. Wardens get to visit some lovely locations, to maintain footpaths and bridleways and to conserve traditional Cotswold features, including dry stone walling.Most of us are also allocated a parish for patrolling of the local footpaths and checking their condition; in my case Tetbury and surrounding villages. Some of the wardens also lead walks.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service As proud recipients of the award, we were all presented with lapel badges. Becky Jones, our part-time coordinator in the Cotswold Conservation Board attended Buckingham Palace to receive the award, on behalf of the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. In the afternoon, we were shown the new initiatives underway on the University farm – including pig farming in the fields as an integral part of crop rotation – and male dairy cows being raised to provide the meat for beef burgers, rather than being dispatched at birth. Richard Glanville, Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Editors note: It’s nice to receive a contribution from Richard again – and to note that since he’s a member of Tetbury Lions, fortunate enough to receive their own Queens Award in 2015, he’s now a double award holder. Surely, some sort of record.


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Tetbury in Bloom

The hot dry weather was exceptional to say the least and we have the Tetbury in Bloom day team to thank for all their extra hard work watering-in the summer bedding – an average of six hours each per week is quite a commitment, thank you. Without their hard work, the geraniums would not have shone so brightly during this remarkable

summer and the flowerbeds would have been parched, like the fields around us. Unfortunately the weather was not so good for our Open Gardens Day on Sunday 29 July, although farmers and others must have been grateful for the rain. Nevertheless, the gardeners enjoyed themselves and received lots of positive comments and well deserved praise, even more impressive given the conditions they have had to contend with in the many

weeks leading up to the event. We had over 120 people visiting the gardens. Many of whom were visitors to the town, some from as far a field as Northampton; with one gentleman coming from Reading with his father (from Japan) in tow. A highlight being a photograph of the ladies of the WI serving an impressive selection of home baked cakes and savouries. Thank you to everyone involved. Liz Farnham

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Eating Out Having had occasion to travel ‘over the border’ once or twice recently, the perfect opportunity presented itself to have a look at what’s been happening in ‘The Horse and Groom’ at Charlton. Another establishment that seems to be on its third or fourth proprietor in as many years (Wadsworth’s, Marco Pierre White and now Butcombe to my certain knowledge!), we were pleased to see it had gone back to having a friendly “country pub restaurant” feel, with a bar catering for the more casual drinkers and eaters and a quieter dining room. On both occasions, we were happy to eat in the rustic, woody-style bar, which is very welcoming. If there’s a down side to it, it’s that customers sitting and eating in the large front garden area come to the bar to order food which, when they’re busy, can result in a bit of a wait to be served. From our experience, lunch times during the

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As I reported in the July/August edition of the Tetbury Advertiser, on Wednesday the 6th of June, Sue Mitchell visited us for the evening. Sue makes designs in geometric shapes inspired by things like African or Aztec art and totem poles. We were not able to squeeze in a picture of Sue’s visit at that time but can do so now. During July and August, we do not hold our normal meetings. Instead we paint and sketch outdoors on Monday afternoons

if the weather permits - and the weather this summer has been very obliging. Led mainly by Barry Barnes, we have visited Malmesbury where we were able to paint the river and abbey atop the hill from the shade of trees on the riverbank, Leighterton - with its church, pond and cottages, Beverstone - with its castle, church and farm buildings, Avening Court - with its house, extensive grounds and outbuildings (our thanks to the owners,) - Kingscote village, with its church and cottages - and Rodmarton village, where a resident, Jane, came out with cups of tea for us. This was unexpected and greatly appreciated.


Tetbury Art Society Typically, around eight members took part in these expeditions. It was in August too that we held our Summer Social in the Avening Social Club. It was arranged by Barry Barnes and Doreen Pierce, with help from Doreen’s husband Derrick, Mick and Helen Murgatroyd and Christine Howell. Our August Exhibition in the Market Hall will already have taken place when you read this - and I will be able to report on it in the October edition of the Advertiser.

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Dolphins Hall Trustees Firstly, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Steve Scott - most people call me “Scotty.” At the end of July, I became the new chair of the Dolphins Hall and Recreation Ground Trust. You have probably heard by now that there were several resignations, (eight,) from the Dolphins Hall trustees, at the end of July. The reasons behind this were complex and long-running. I am not going to try and fully explain why people left; I’m not sure that I could do so on their behalf, but a core issue was some quite wide differences of opinion on how we should proceed in updating the current hall. The story of the Dolphins Hall’s refurbishment has been going on for a long time now. Some of the complexities generated in trying to reach agreement were based on the complication that some of the monies available to us have certain, very tight, time limits. These time limits were, in the opinion of the remaining trustees, forcing us to make decisions that we felt were not in the best long-term interest of the people of Tetbury. Sadly, we were unable to find common ground, and a number of trustees who did not share these concerns decided to resign.

the provision for the youth of Tetbury. I sit on the DH board of trustees as the member appointed by The Tetbury Youth and Community Trust. TAYCT is the organisation that runs “The Pod” on the Rec - and which has been providing youth facilities for the young people of Tetbury since the Youth Club was closed by Gloucester County Council in 2010. You may rest assured, then, that the future of our young people is very important to me - and, I believe, to the rest of the remaining trustees.

We have also launched a long-overdue, public consultation, to ensure the priorities we are working under are still the priorities of the people of Tetbury. By time you read this, the consultation will be ending; hopefully you will have taken part.

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Editors Note: I’ve visited the Dolphins Hall website factsheet and survey at http://www. dolphinshalltetbury.co.uk/improvementproject/ - unfortunately for Advertiser readers, the drop-in sessions publicised on the website concluded on August the 29th.


THE ‘NEW BUILD’ - £1.3M (ARTIST IMAGE AS SEEN TO THE RIGHT) The original plan was to build a new two storey multi-use centre incorporating all User Groups into one facility. The development would have provided designated spaces for a youth club, the football & cricket clubs, a pre-school area, a main function room, a modern day bar facility, a new stage for the dramatic society and a café. Unfortunately however, the plan was not agreed with all User Groups and despite obtaining planning permission, the initial allocation of funding was short of the amount required. A decision was therefore made to abandon the plan, rather than attempt to secure additional funding or conduct fundraising activities. THE ‘EXTENSION’ - £0.7M (FLOOR PLAN AS SEEN IN THE IMAGE TO THE LEFT) The second proposal was a project to gain planning permission to replace the existing extension on the side of the Dolphins Hall. The replacement extension, with a larger footprint, would provide a designated youth club, additional toilet facilities and a second function room. The downside of the proposal was externally the Hall would remain as it is today and there were logistical issues with the positioning of the bar and kitchen areas, as well as a reduction in car parking for the Hall. Given these challenges, this plan was not approved by the trustees, nor presented to User Groups for the opportunity to participate in a consultation exercise.




THE CURRENT PLAN Given the opportunity we have, the trustees are keen to understand what you, the residents of Tetbury and User Groups of the Dolphins Hall & Recreation Ground, want from the redevelopment. We are now at a junction where, with funding in place, we must make a decision on how to progress. To do this we want to seek your views and look forward, rather than be constrained with the history of previous decisions made.

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This is the twenty-first century and social media now plays a huge part in our lives. The split in the trustees has caused some quite hearty debate online, which has revealed some interesting opinions. Some things said are true, some wildly inaccurate, and some are just outright lies. I am not going to raise these debates here, but I would like to pick up on a main point. Many of the concerns being raised concern

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THE BACKGROUND We have a once in a generation opportunity to improve the community facilities at the Dolphins Hall Recreation Centre. Since 2014, a number of different ideas and plans have been put forward to either refurbish, demolish and rebuild or extend the existing Dolphins Hall, however none have been able to gain sufficient public backing to turn the plans into reality. Over the last four years, two ideas have been granted planning permissions, however neither gained the full support of the people of Tetbury as both had their advantages and disadvantages.

I would like to reassure you that the trustees who remain are still determined to deliver a new or updated Dolphins Hall for the people of Tetbury. We just feel that whatever we deliver has to be fit for purpose for the next thirty years - not pushed through with compromises, because of some tight time limits on funding. The remaining board of trustees has been working hard since the end of July to look at all the options available to us, and are in negotiations with the relevant bodies to establish an extension to the time-limited funding, to allow us to do this properly. We are not talking about massive delays here hopefully just a few extra months, to allow us to resolve the issues we feel are part of the current plans.

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Meanwhile, the 2nd Tetbury Guides took a small group to the tented village at the County HQ site for a taste of camping, and 1st Tetbury Guides sent two teams to take part in the “Bubbs Hill Bash,” where they came second and third in the challenges, out of sixty teams. Well done girls! Not only are we always hoping to get new unit leaders, but we would love people to share their skills and interests with us. Please let us know if you can help in any way. Sue Doidge, Girlguiding Tetbury District Commissioner girlguidingtetbury@gmail.com


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In July the club hosted an Open Meeting where we welcomed Mark Weir… …from Bourton under Water who gave us an uplifting talk on the Men in Sheds Association. This concept started in Australia in 2005 but has now been embraced throughout the UK with nearly 500 “sheds” and 8000 “shedders” enjoying the support of this organisation designed to combat rural loneliness. The meeting boasted a bumper attendance, most particularly with members of the Tetbury Lions Club in attendance. Many of their number being inspired by Marks Talk, so hopefully Tetbury may have a “shed” of its own soon, watch this space. Once again, we are thankful to Kevin from the Film Society for his technical support and the use of the society equipment.

The valiant ladies of the Skittles team were only narrowly beaten by Sheepscombe WI at the Stroud Conservative Club. Their improvement gathers a pace and we look forward to a victory soon. Meanwhile, Hale WI called upon the services of our ladies who provided some excellent catering for their trip to the area in July. The Ladies from

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the Green Fingers group tipped around each other’s gardens enjoying tea and sharing tips. On 9th August, a group of our ladies went to the small, attractive Regency Royal Leamington Spa for a “Guide Dogs Experience”. Having explored the town in the morning, they then visited one of the country’s four Guide Dogs Training Centres. Here they met the many dedicated volunteers and learnt about the valuable work that they do; saw the dogs in action in the different stages of their training; and experienced for ourselves what it was like to be totally or partially blind. What an impressive tour and truly an “eye-opener” to the incredible work that is being done by this organisation to transform, enhance and enrich the lives of so many visually impaired people. August culminated in a most enjoyable meeting in the home of member Caroll, with a Summer Drinks Party in her beautiful garden. The weather was kind and despite a wet few days, the skies cleared and our ladies along with some of their supportive husbands and partners gathered on the lawn for drinks and congenial conversation. Many thanks Caroll………. Our monthly coffee mornings will resume in September, the next one being on Monday 24th September at the Snooty Fox at 10.30. Come along and share your news from the summer break while enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee.



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History of Tetbury Society On the 5th of July, HOTS members visited Malmesbury. Charles and Val Vernon were our guides and they took us around the ‘Hill Top Town’ that was an important frontier outpost of the ancient West Saxon Kingdom facing Tetbury, the similar hill town in Mercia. We were given an outline of the town’s history before we were taken on a circular tour. Alfred the Great fortified the town as part of his defences against the Vikings, and King Athelstan, often regarded as the first King of England, was buried in the original Abbey in 937. At the time of Henry I, stone town walls were constructed - and a castle. Only traces of the walls remain, although the Old Bell Inn may be the site of the castle. In 1153 Malmesbury played an important role in the civil war between King Stephen and Empress Matilda, when they met near the town. Stephen lost the war, because he refused to fight. We began our tour from the Old Railway Yard and then moved in circuit around the outside of the old town. We did not linger long at the magnificent Market Cross, built in about 1500, but moved on to Cross Hayes

then down Silver Street to St John’s Street. Numerous sixteenth century cottages were pointed out to us, and we crossed near the Avon to the bottom of the High Street into Kings Walk. Ultimately, we ascended Betty Geezer’s steps, to complete the circle. HOTS August meeting is traditionally in Tetbury and Jane Haines was delighted to find eleven non-members in the group who joined her for a “Pub Crawl!” At one time there were thirty-three pubs and three breweries in or near the town, and Jane took attendees on a tour to show where some of them were. Tetbury was notoriously short of water - and often what was available was of poor quality. Since brewing requires water to be boiled, it would have been safer to drink ‘small beer’ than putrid water. Perhaps this justifies the numbers? Jane began at the Malthouse, where barley was started into growth to produce Malt essential for the manufacture of beer. She gave a résumé of brewing before then moving around the town to see where some of the many pubs used to be. The photograph shows ‘Trooper’ Witchell’s ironmongers, which occupied the site of the ‘Three Cups’, an old Coaching Inn that closed in about 1850. It stood opposite the Market Hall and today is an opticians and a shop, having been rebuilt in a way which preserved the original three-gabled roof line. There were three breweries in Tetbury.

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Our summer outing, which took place in July this year, was a great success, again. We left Tetbury on our coach after a wet night - which was unusual this year - but the day brightened, and it was not too hot. We went to Runneymeade, where they signed the magna Carta in 1215. This was first drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, to make peace between the

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spectacular – and that’s where we stopped to go shopping, and where we had a cream tea. The gardens are laid out beautifully in a “four seasons” arrangement, so it was really interesting to see the planting. We came to the conclusion that hydrangeas survive the drought conditions very well, since in spite of the dry weather they all looked very good. After our tea we were back on the coach, after a really great day. In August we go to the Watermill Theatre at Newbury, which is very popular, to see a musical – and in September we are going to Cardiff to see “The Rainman” at the New Theatre, which will be a full days outing for shopping and lunch. Our October trip is to the Mill at Sonning - another lovely venue – and in November we go to the Everyman at Cheltenham to see a comedy about a bank robbery which has had very good reviews - so as you can see, have a varied programme! The last excitement for this month’s column: we are setting up a website, so you will shortly be able to find us via a Google search of Tetbury Theatre Group - but if you want any details about joining us in the meantime, please ring Lyn Ashby on 01666 505029 or Helen Price on 01666 503187. Cellia Bayes, Tetbury Theatre Group

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This year’s Tetbury Classic Car Show, our seventh, was another fantastic success. As always, the show is entirely run by volunteers to benefit local charities, including our main beneficiary, Allsorts, who do sterling work for young adults with learning difficulties.

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Tetbury Goods Shed Licensing Act 2003 Public Notice Notice of application for variation of a premises licence Name of applicant : Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust

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Address of premises: The Goods Shed, Gumstool Hill, Tetbury, GL8 8DG It is proposed to vary the premises licence by: permitting the sale of alcohol within the railway carriage at the rear of the premises within the same periods as the main premises (1200-2300 hours on weekdays and 1200-2200 hours on Sundays) .

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Film Funny Cow (15). 7.30pm. Maxine Peake charts the rise to stardom of a stand-up comic


Simon Armitage. 7.30pm. Readings and talk by one of Britain’s foremost poets


Film Beast (15). 7.30pm. Psychological thriller with Jessie Buckley


Elvis McGonagall. 7.30pm. Comedian, poet, armchair revolutionary and broadcaster


Film The Mercy (12A) 7.30pm. Incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst


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Ethemia plus Rob Richings. 7.30pm. Beautiful harmonies and catchy melodies


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The full application can be inspected by contacting the Licensing Section (see below). A summary of the application can be viewed on www.cotswold.gov.uk. Representations can be made IN WRITING between: 2 th 30 September 2018


to Licensing Section, Commercial Team, Cotswold District Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Glos., GL7 1PX, Tel: 01285 623000, Email: licensing@cotswold.gov.uk It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is not exceeding ÂŁ5,000.



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New Barn Theatre Cirencester left to her by her deceased but devoted father - and develops as a very talented mimic of all the well-known singers of the time. The mother’s talent agent boyfriend hears her sing and tries to get her to perform on stage at the local club, very much against her will. Needless to say, everything goes downhill fast; you will need to see the play to find out how it ends. Sarah Louise has a terrific voice and is supported by a very talented cast. Unfortunately, by the time you read this article the production will be finished…

As Tetbury Theatre Group regulars, Shirley and I were lucky enough to represent the Tetbury Advertiser at the opening night of the New Barn Theatre in Cirencester’s latest production, “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice,” and were very impressed with both the new building and the production.

a lot of people have already seen the film about a young girl who says very little and lives with her overbearing, sluttish mother. Unbeknown to others she listens to records

The Barn has a full programme planned for the autumn, so why don’t you go along and experience truly great local drama? Chris & Shirley French

The new theatre, opposite the Beeches Road car park, has been formed out of an old barn and a redundant Nissen hut, with some “new build” to stitch the various parts together and provide a generous foyer and bar. The buildings are an odd mix but are very comfortable, particularly with air conditioning on a very hot and humid evening. The play, written by Jim Cartwright and directed by Michael Strassen starred Sarah Louise Hughes as Little Voice (or “LV” as she is called throughout the play.) We are sure

So, OK the weather could have been kinder, but Tetbury’s annual Summer Show was still a great success, thanks to all the hardworking organisers and helpers. Well done and thank you one and all. For the Shed, David Walker, together with Will Cook, were positively super-human, pushing our “Donkey” all the way down Long Street. They deserve a medal! Big thanks to Cliff Perks, without whose help we wouldn’t have been able to take part – he kindly organised one of his trailers to get our Donkey to the starting point. (Otherwise, David and Will might have done themselves lasting damage, had they had to push the wee beastie all the way up the Hill!) Jill Dodge and her willing team of helpers manned the Goods Shed Stand – letting people know about our forthcoming events and raising much-needed monies toward the running of this magnificent building.


Back in July we were delighted to play host to St Mary’s Primary School. They chose, as their end of term “treat,” to come along to the Cinema here. In the morning it was the turn of the “littlies” watching Paddington II and then in the afternoon the older boys and girls arrived, for “The Greatest Showman.” They were just amazing; from the opening chorus to the closing credits they sang their hearts out and were word-perfect. Lots of people stood outside to listen or popped their heads around the corner to watch them all having a really fun time. Can I just say how well behaved everyone was? They were GREAT! Thank you, and we look forward to welcoming you back later this year. If other Schools want to organise something similar, just let me know. Also in July, the Shed played host to the launch of “Visit Tetbury,” a really valuable evening organised by Alison McKay and Tetbury Town Council. The Town’s website has been updated and during the evening local businesses learnt how they could

become more involved and generate business for their individual enterprises as well as helping the Town generally – again thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success. Here at the Shed we have played host to several Workshops in our converted train carriage “Mary Jane.” Joy Riley has been helping people improve and redesign their gardens; Steve Hammond has been teaching people how to get the best from their cameras and to take great photographs. More courses are planned for later in the year, so do check out our website for up-to-date information. In December, we will be holding a two-day Craft Fayre here at the Shed – so this is a call out to local craftsmen and ladies who want to promote their wares. We know there are some extremely talented people around and about and we want to hear from you! Just call or email me for more information.

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News from St Marys’ Church First impressions matter! That’s why St Marys’ Church has designs on our West Door, our main entrance. Once you get inside, of course, the church is stunningly beautiful. But, sadly, our entrance needs a bit of work – especially with its temporary ramp. So please take a look at this architect’s drawing; you’ll see our plans for a simple and elegant new entrance, with integral ramp. I love the shape of it. It looks like arms opened wide to welcome people in. And it will be a boon for anyone who has trouble with steps, for wheelchair users and for people with buggies. As Tetbury’s Parish Church, we are here for all the community – so this is a perfect way in for everybody, for young and old alike. And there’s more. As part of the Centenary Commemoration of the end of the Great War, we are dedicating the new entrance to the fallen. This would not only remember those Tetbury men who fell in the two World Wars but would provide a permanent commemoration to the fallen of all wars, with the inscription cut into the steps: “LEST WE FORGET”. All permissions have now been granted and – if all goes to plan – the work will go ahead in Spring 2019. That means pulling out all the stops to raise the money needed. We’ve made an excellent start, with lots of support from the whole town. And we’ve got more events planned to raise the profile of the appeal. This includes an exhibition of photographs of wedding couples through the years, standing at the entrance to the church. Have you got picture we could display? There’s a request for photos posted on our Facebook page. Do get in touch! With love and God’s blessing, Poppy The Revd Poppy Hughes 100208 KPStGardens 22/2/08 21:50 Parish Priest, Mary the Virgin & St Mary Magdalen Church, Tetbury

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All lectures 7:30 pm, Room 6, Sir Emrys Jones Building, Royal Agricultural University unless otherwise stated. Visitors welcome, donation £3 per lecture, students free! Membership £15 per year. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Wednesday 5th September Fiat Lux – Using Light to Treat Disease Professor Hugh Barr, Gloucester Royal Hospital & Cranfield University ------------------------------------------------------------------------Wednesday 10th October The Great Western Electrification – the Biggest Challenge Since Brunel Jill Poynton B. Eng. PgD, Senior Sponsor, Electrification, Network Rail ------------------------------------------------------------------------Wednesday 14th November Silk – Its Source, Chemistry and Uses for the Benefit of Humanity Prof. Fritz Volrath, Professor of Zoology, Oxford University ------------------------------------------------------------------------Wednesday 12th December Metals in Medicine – the Use of Stents Derek Edwards ------------------------------------------------------------------------For further information visit our website: www.cirenscience.org.uk email admin@cirenscience.org.uk or call Theo Stening on 01666 504243. 0140918

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News from St Michael’s Church As I write this we are fast approaching the end of August with summer nearly gone. We have been lucky to have had some warm and sunny weather for many weeks, although as I write this it is pleasantly cooler. We wish all farmers a very good harvest and may there be plenty for everyone. Home grown food tastes juicier especially strawberries!

for many years and those who are now working hard to keep the parish happy and successful. You are welcome to join us for either or both events. Autumn is fast approaching, when the colours of the trees will start to change; this morning there was an autumn feel to things. However, driving through lines of trees with the sun shining through them is always beautiful, as are the changing colours of the trees themselves. We are very lucky to have Westonbirt Arboretum on our doorstep.

Our Parish would give a very warm welcome to anyone new to Tetbury and the surrounding area at our 9.00am Mass on a Sunday; after which you are very welcome to join us for coffee. Wishing you all, especially those starting a new term at school, those starting a new job and those starting anything new, a happy and successful time - and wishing God’s Blessing on you all. Elaine Wright, Parish Administrator, St Michaels Catholic Church, Silver Street

Ten years ago, on Friday the 29th of August, we were all saddened by the sudden death of our beloved Parish Priest, Mgr. William Mitchell. It was not only we as a parish who were saddened - his family, Bishop Declan, his fellow priests, and all who knew him, not just in Tetbury but in the Diocese of Clifton and his friends from throughout the world, were affected. We were grateful to the Reverend John Wright of St Marys’ who allowed us to hold the funeral at his church, because the priests alone would have filled St Michael’s Church. In his memory the flag flew at half-mast; Bishop Declan and many priests concelebrated the Requiem Mass, his family, parishioners and many friends attended the funeral. We pray for the repose of his soul as we remember him with love and gratitude for his ministry and knowing that he is free from pain.


Time has moved on - and we are fortunate to have had the guidance of three priests since his death; Fr Patrick Eastman, Fr Michael Davies and our present Parish Priest Fr Isidore Obi who has been with us for five years. Our Michael Fest celebrations commence with a Musical evening on Friday the 28th of September 2018, commencing at 7.30 pm. This always promises to be an enjoyable evening, so please come and join us. On Sunday the 30th of September our 9.00 am service will be a Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving, remembering both those who have worked hard to build the parish 1021217

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Patient’s Participation Group Since the Patient’s Participation Group has a formal constitution, we have to hold an AGM every year. All patients are deemed to be members of the wider PPG, so all are welcome to the AGM which this year will be on Thursday the 27th of September at 6.30 pm in the surgery waiting room.

of the PPG. After three years I have decided to step down and hand the baton over to someone else.

Jennifer Skillen, Patient Participation Group romneyppg@cyberbarn.org.uk

There have been a lot of changes at the surgery over the last year and it feels like it is the right time to let someone else take the PPG forward. I have really enjoyed working with the surgery and the patients, and especially with the rest of the committee. I have learned a lot about the NHS and how it works, and I shall be using some of those skills, working towards finishing my PhD. So, thank you everyone and all the best for the future.

PS: And thank you too to Richard, the kindly editor of The Advertiser, for correcting all my spelling mistakes! Editor’s Note: It’s been a pleasure to afford the occasional very small measure of assistance, Jennifer! Good luck with the PhD and whatever it is you choose to pursue thereafter. I hope we will continue to get news from the PPG – a vital agency from which the town is lucky to benefit.

This will be an opportunity to find out more about what has been happening at the surgery, and what the future will hold. It is also a chance to volunteer to join the committee! The committee is made up of ten members, who have to be patients registered at the surgery, plus the Practice Manager and ex-officio members such our Social Prescriber. We will be looking for new committee members this year, so although coming along to the AGM doesn’t mean you will have to join the committee, the opportunity is there if you wish. If you wish to come, please either let the surgery know, or email romneyppg@ cyberbarn.org.uk so we can arrange chairs and refreshments.

Farewells By the time you read this Dr Nicola Swanborough will have served her last day at Romney House Surgery. She joined the surgery in November 2013, having previously worked in Wiltshire. She has been a much-loved and much-appreciated GP, always with a friendly cheery smile to brighten up the surgery – however, the time has come for her to spend more time with the family, her two young children and her husband Mark, a pharmacist whom many of you will have met. We wish her all the best for the future and thank her for all the care and support she has offered over the years.


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Avening WI Our summer trip to Savill Gardens in Windsor Great Park was greatly enjoyed. Even though it was a very hot day, it was very pleasant to stroll around the beautiful gardens, with many shaded areas. The herbaceous borders were breathtaking. Lunch was enjoyed in the large, airy restaurant sitting on the terrace overlooking the gardens. We had very good journeys there and back, along the M4. Thanks to Liz who suggested it - and thanks to Sue who organised the trip and filled the coach, enabling us to return two pounds worth of “ice cream money” to all the passengers! It was good to meet up with fellow WI Ladies from Tetbury and Kemble & Ewen at our group meeting. Our supper of salmon, quiches, ham and salads with some amazing puds was much appreciated and Kemble WI won the group cup for the completion. Pat Chase gave her usual informative talk, illustrated with slides of up-to-date news on the Vine Project in South Africa, which we support. http://www.thevineproject.org.uk/ Once again, we shall be donating clothes


and school stationary in September, to be sent out during the autumn to South Africa.

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During August, we had a social get together in the village, with a “bring-and-share” supper. We had a talk from local author Ross Frowen, about the book “10,000 Bowls of Soup,” that has been created with local talent, in order to raise money for refugees. At each of our meetings members bring smAall change to be collected for the Cobalt Unit. We were amazed to be able to send a cheque for £25, being the amount collected over only the last three months.

Our speaker in September is Dick Robinson, talking about the WWI Diaries of Edith Appleton OBE. Visitors are very welcome at our meetings which are held every second Thursday of the month.

Although we had an enjoyable evening, our skittle team came to grief against a very competent team from Cam WI, who will go forward in the Federation Knock Out Competition. We hope to have some friendly matches during the Autumn. Our July walk was cancelled at the last minute. It was a very hot day and our “leader” Liz was trapped in her cottage by a Highways



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A vote of thanks, was expressed to John Silvester,

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by the Town Council’s Heritage & Regeneration Committee at its meeting on 2nd July, for his contribution in making the Police Museum such a success. John, standing down as the Hon Curator, was presented with a framed print of policemen by the Mayor, Cllr Sandra Ball. The new Curator, Maria Marsh, was also introduced to committee members. And now for some Cold Cases from our archives.

George Nailer, a tramp, was brought up in custody for tearing up his clothes in the Workhouse. He made no excuse, and was committed for seven days imprisonment, with hard labour. Source: Wilts & Glos Standard January 1887

Killing a Cow Frederick Cox, 17, a labourer, pleaded guilty to maliciously killing a cow at Tetbury, on 8th of January last, the property of William Warn. He was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment with hard labour, the Judge remarking that the case was accompanied

Tetbury Police Museum and Courtroom by circumstances of great brutality. Source & date unknown.

Drunk and Disorderly Before Colonel Henry, Chairman, Erskine Pollock Esq, QC, Colonel Hoole, Colonel Turnor, and T.S. Crew Esq., Benjamin Sharp was summoned by P.S. Hoskin with being drunk and disorderly in Harper Street on August 10th. The Sergeant said he found the defendant staggering drunk, and being led home by a woman, and when requested to go home quietly he used abusive and defiant language. He then took him to the station for the night. The defendant had nothing to say in defence. A record of his having been convicted and fined 5 shillings for a like offence only two months ago was handed in by Superintendent Hopkins. The Chairman, addressing the defendant, said his conduct was very bad, and it must be stopped. The police said he was a nuisance to the town. He would be fined 7s 6d, with costs, total 11s, or in default of payment, go to prison for seven days. Sharp could not pay, and he was removed in custody. Tetbury Police Museum and Courtroom Editors Note: Thanks for all your many excellent columns John - happy retirement from all your editors!

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little vegetation. Remnants of former underwater fossils and petrified wood were sometimes seen, as were unexplained frogs, which appeared after rain. One arduous 1,700-mile desert adventure involved driving across the centre of the country to Riyadh and back, from Khamis Mushayt in the south-west, an area totally unlike the rest of the kingdom. Not a trip for beginners!

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How does a ruler defeat bloodthirsty invaders, secure a kingdom and lay the foundations for England – and then almost get written out of history?

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tells the story of ‘Æthelflæd: First English Warrior Queen’. As part of our ‘CelebraeStory’ programme, this story telling is perfect for primary school aged children and their families. It’s on Saturday 15th September at 11:15 am – wear something 10th century Anglo-Saxon-style, if you can!

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Tuesday 11th 2pm – 3:30pm Yarn Bombers (adults with any level of knitting or crocheting experience) Friday 28th 10:30am – Library Club (for older members of our community – book your free lift by phoning 01666 502258) 16:51 Plus there’s help with computers and family history research available – please contact the library for more information. It’s all absolutely free!

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We’re excited to announce that Tetbury Library’s ‘CelebraeStory’ progamme has been short listed for the David Vaisey Prize! This is a great honour and wonderful recognition for community members who volunteered to read a story: David, Lesley, Heather, Stefania, Cornelius, Joel and Maria. Thank you for sharing your time, knowledge and passion for stories!


Hiring rate per hour is £3.50 for noncommercial use or £7 for commercial use plus 10% for public liability insurance (or proof of own insurance). Please contact the library to book. The last day for the Summer Reading Challenge is Saturday 8th September, so hurry along to the library! Kylie, Linda, Liz & Soph,

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It’s Panto Time! Oh yes it is! The Dolphins have chosen Beauty and the Beast, written by Ben Crocker – his panto scripts are a firm favourite with many amateur dramatic societies including the Dolphins. Last year

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun It is now fifty years since I picked up my first law book in earnest. History ceased with Lloyd George - and law studies involved the study of a blue book called “Master and Servant,” which today would be called, rather more politically correctly, “Employment Law.” The biggest change in the intervening time, I think, is in the perception of the English legal system which was then the envy of the world and which is now an inadequate

mess, due to the lack of respect given to it by the governments of recent times. That does not mean that practitioners and politicians have stopped trying! Trying to obtain a divorce before 1969 was a pretty vicious occupation, but the process was made more humane by Leo Abse’s “Divorce Reform Act” of 1969, which enabled a Petitioner to obtain a divorce on the grounds of “irretrievable breakdown” supported by the proof of unreasonable behaviour, rather than cruelty. Conduct, however, remained relevant in financial matters. The intervention of Lord Denning (and of other high-minded lawyers) in later cases, managed to remove the issue of conduct on most occasions - and to also change attitudes towards the conduct of litigation.

On hearing that I was employed in my early days by the firm of Charles Russell, my kindergarten head, one Lady Anne Cowdray, said that she had received “some of the rudest letters she had come across” from that firm. Yet working for Sir Charles Russell as his sidekick provided me with an interesting insight into the attitudes of the leading lawyers of the time. Although cruelty as a ground for divorce had been replaced by unreasonable behaviour, the lawyers of the time remained in “cruelty” mode - especially after returning from the Garrick Club refreshed with an alcoholic lunch, to face earnest clients wanting to get their divorces through.

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I still get instructions to do beastly things to other parties from time to time, but it is simply not going to help a client’s cause, except perhaps in exceptional circumstances. Conduct is irrelevant, except in the way you conduct yourself in the proceedings themselves, and as tempting as it is to make elegant and destructive points, I will only accept matrimonial work on the basis that we stick to investigation of the finances and treat the whole exercise as one of reconstruction.


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You could then say that “he frequently subjected the Petitioner to the force of his rage” or was “an utterly feeble and boring specimen of humanity.” Some high-minded lawyers then formed the Solicitors Family Law association to persuade lawyers to be nice to each other at least, if their clients could not. That incentive clearly failed, because the next invention was “collaborative law”, which was designed to make settlements easier…


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St Mary’s C of E VA Primary School We had a fabulous end of year at St. Mary’s and we are now looking forward to the start of a new school year. We are welcoming new staff, including Mr Walters, our new Deputy Headteacher, and as the school is rapidly grows we welcome many new children. There were many notable successes and achievements last year. The Year 6 children put on a fabulous production of Olivia and we have continued to excel on the sports field. Our Rounders team have done very well in local tournaments and our girls’ cricket teams won the County cricket tournament and got through to the Regional finals where they came second making them the second best girls’ cricket team in the South West. Our tennis team also won the local tournament and went through to the finals and our Lions Netball Team once again excelled in the County Finals. We have continued to improve our SATS results and have some of the best results we have had with many of our students achieving higher than the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. I asked one of our Year 6 pupils, Charlotte

Thompson, to reflect on her time at St. Mary’s and this is what she wrote: In two weeks’ time, I – alongside my fellow year six friends - will be beginning a new chapter of our lives and leaving St Mary’s Primary School in preparation to start secondary school in September. During my time at St Mary’s (7 years) I have learnt many interesting things, built strong friendships I will cherish and maintain for years to come and been offered extraordinary opportunities to challenge myself to new lengths as well as explore things I could only ever dream of. These experiences have helped build my confidence such as when I sang in a trio in the key stage nativity and read in worship. When faced with personal tests, I succeeded with my friends’ help when I was sure I would fail. Coming in all shapes and sizes, the challenges-from adding in column addition for the first time to soaring through the sky on a zip line, have taught me one thing I will take with me through all other stages of my life: I can do anything if I try. The last day of school is sure to be emotional for everyone but moving on is just as exhilarating as it is upsetting. Everything I have discovered during Primary School will be reflected upon with many happy feelings and carried through with me into a new exciting place. At first the prospect of

leaving seemed daunting however thanks to fantastic and encouraging support given to me, I am looking forward to September and the chance to meet new people and try new things with bubbling excitement. I know that my time at St Mary’s has built me an extremely strong foundation to move from in all areas. Although I am making a new start as an individual, I am a part of a year group that is moving on together; I have confidence that they will support each other in all they do and I will encourage them too. I speak for everyone in Year 6 when I wish everyone in the school all luck in the world. Our teachers over the years have been amazing role models and their patience and care is still incredible. Thank you for beginning our education in such a heartening way and for believing in us even when we didn’t believe in ourselves. I hope that future year sixes the same outstanding journey through St Mary’s as well. Charlotte Thompson Year 6 Leaver 2018 St Mary’s School We will be holding our Open Morning on October 17th 2018. If you are interested in a place at St. Mary’s please contact the school office to arrange a visit. We would be very happy to show you around our wonderful school. Mrs Woolley Headteacher

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Tetbury and District Footpath Group Two months have passed since the last edition of the Advertiser, but this is being written at the end of the very hot, dry spell of weather, however the sunshine did not noticeably decrease the number of members walking with the group, which has remained at a very good level. In the last two months our varied walks have included a local one circling close to Tetbury, and others in the Laurie Lee country of the Slad valley and one in the hilly area around Castle Combe. Walks in our program have also included one through the farmland around Sherston and others in the hills and valleys around Kingscote and in those around Lasborough, Bagpath and Ozleworth.

until the end of October and all start from the long stay car park by the Goods Shed, off Cirencester Road. If you are a visitor, We welcome visitors to Tetbury and new or are a new member coming for the first members, why not join our friendly and time, please contact the leader of the walk sociable group on our walks and enjoy the that you intend to join, or contact us by varied and Springfields1:Layout interesting countryside around email: tetburydfootgp@gmail.com, or go 1130509 1 22/4/09 22:12 Page 1 Tetbury. There are walks every Tuesday to our website www.tetburywalkers.co.uk,


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Discover your new family home in the Cotswolds! good quality schools, Highfields is also conveniently placed for major towns and cities such as Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol and Swindon.” With a range of incentives available, including Help to Buy and Part Exchange, there’s never been a better time to buy. As an added incentive, anyone who brings a copy of this advert to the marketing suite and goes on to complete a purchase with Miller Homes will receive a £1,000 Options voucher, to be spent on upgrades to help them personalise their new home*. This is also available in addition to all current advertised offers. Miller Homes has been awarded 5 Stars for Customer Satisfaction in the Home Builders Federation (HBF) National New Home Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Homebuyers are being invited to discover Miller Homes Southern’s exclusive Highfields development close to the Cotswolds town of Tetbury, often named one of the most desirable places to live in the United Kingdom. With an array of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes to choose from, there is something for everyone, from firsttime buyers looking for a place to call their own, to families who want a little more space.

The Highfields show home and marketing suite is open daily from 10am until 5pm. For more information, or to book an appointment with the sales team, visit www.millerhomes.co.uk/new-homes/ south-west/highfields-tetbury or call 03331 305 886.

As buyers approach the London Road development, they will discover a selection of homes sympathetically designed to match the famous Cotswold stone of the area, with contemporary layouts designed for modern living. Kim Willcock, sales director at Miller Homes Southern, said: “The Cotswolds is rightly known as one of the most magnificent parts of the country, thanks to its rolling green countryside and charming stone cottages. It was this stone that provided the inspiration for our homes “Since the development’s launch last year, a community has grown as new residents have moved in. Many of them were drawn here by the rural location and its close proximity to Tetbury, which is home to many independent shops and cafés. As well as being near

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Tetbury Area Youth and Community Trust It is a new academic year and we are getting back into the swing of things. We have been open more than usual during the summer holidays, and it’s been great to see the young people enjoying games together, as well as making lunches including fajitas, curry and pizza baguettes. We were also fortunate to have volunteers from Westonbirt Arboretum visit us twice, which we always enjoy. We had a variety of extra activities going on during the summer term before the beginning of the summer holidays too. The girls who took part in the C25k running course did amazingly and all were able to run 5km after 10 weeks. I think they would agree that it was a very worthwhile experience and they are proud to have achieved something that they didn’t think they could do. A big thank you to the youth workers and volunteers from the Tetbury Dolphin’s Running Club who helped make this happen. It wouldn’t have happened without you! We have also had some young people participate in photography and “mindfulness” sessions. It was great to see the young people slow down, notice things that they haven’t before and ultimately to take some fantastic photos. We will be running a half-day course in October half term, so if anyone aged 11-18 is interested in trying this out, please get in contact for a 681010 March Roofing:Layout 1

letter and consent form. (Email: jo.tancock@ tayct.org.uk). The Pod welcomed Practice Manager Emma Vynne and Dr Angus McMyn from Romney House Surgery in July, to one of our drop-ins. They helped create a great piece of artwork with the young people, as well as answering their questions about the surgery and health needs. It was great to have them join us, and it was an enjoyable and informative evening.

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The New Season is Here. Following a strong pre-season, the new season has finally arrived. Players, young and old, eagerly await the kick off whistle and those behind the scenes are looking forward to see the impact of all of their hard work over the closed season. Welcome to all our new and existing members and to the return of football to our thriving football club for the 2018/19 season! The glorious summer led to large cracks forming in the Recreation Ground, but without running the risk of losing a couple of our smaller players down the crevices, training for our youth teams began in late August. Our ever increasing team of FA qualified coaches, led expertly by UEFA B Head Coach Phil Seal, understand that our young footballers play the game to have fun. It is not always about how many games are won or lost or how many goals

We continue to provide this in a friendly, safe environment based at Tetbury’s Recreation Ground. We can never forget how fortunate we are in having such a great facility as the Recreation Ground. The rapid growth in player numbers has led to difficulties with playing space available and TTFC is actively improving the facilities available at the Recreation Ground and Preston Park to accommodate all of the teams currently registered with the leagues. Our Tiny Tigers and Tigers (aged 3 to 6), continue their fun filled sessions developing their early footballing skills on Saturday mornings. The following teams will represent Tetbury Town Football Club across a range of age groups:


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Seniors 1st Team - Stroud League 1 Reserves - Stroud League 4 3rd Team - Stroud League 7 Fixtures will continue to be posted on the website and social media and supporters are welcome to come and see our teams in action. Refreshments are served from our clubhouse at the Recreation Ground. I would like to thank our sponsors for the 2018/19 season who continue to support our youth teams. Our youth teams will proudly show off their kit kindly provided by the following sponsors:

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• Hills A full senior report will be included in next month’s issue including; an overview of the start of the season; an introduction to the squads and new management team; and more information about the new sponsorship packages available to support the club. Ours doors are always open to boys and girls of all abilities and confidences to join our youth section. Players committed to moving forward with our senior section and prepared to face the challenges set by the club are also welcomed. As the club continues to expand, we appreciate those who would like to offer help, in any form, to support our club. A variety of roles will be advertised by the club during the forthcoming season and no matter how big or small, your help is always gratefully received. Also, if you are interested in embarking on a career in sports coaching at a genuine grassroots club, we offer full support through FA courses we would be happy to discuss the opportunities available.


Anyone interested in joining Tetbury Town Football Club, please contact me on 07879 441938 or richard.norris@rndsltd.co.uk. Wishing everyone an enjoyable 2018/19 season. Richard Norris, Chairman, Tetbury Town F.C.

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Tetbury Music Festival with performances from a selection of outstanding artists. The clarinettist Julian Bliss and his Septet will open the festival on the 29th of September, with a special improvisatory programme that bridges classical and jazz music. Later in the festival, the celebrated young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will make his Tetbury debut, performing a selection of piano masterpieces that span three centuries.

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Tetbury Camera Club A Summer voyage of discovery… If New York can claim to be The City That Never Sleeps, after this summer Tetbury Camera Club can make an equally strong bid to be the club that seldom snoozes! Though in June, July and August there is always a seasonal break in our regular weekly meetings which take place at The Priory Inn, we also aim to come up with other ways to fill our time over the holiday months. This year was no exception, with outings organised on a fortnightly basis for any members who fancied an evening’s shooting and chatting with like-minded friends. Though most of the places we visited were within easy reach there was no shortage of takers for our summer trips. The majority of our members might live locally, but we know from past experience there is lots to be explored within an hour’s drive or less of Tetbury. One of the added benefits of our summer trips is they are almost always planned by members who know the areas we select well, and so the destinations are an eye-opening voyage of discovery for those not so familiar with the places selected. New stops on our ad hoc schedule this year included Fairford, which for many from Tetbury tends to be a town we drive through without stopping when heading somewhere else. Our evening there proved that’s a scenic mistake. Among other attractions it’s home to St Mary’s, an impressive church, built on the success of a local wool merchant, which boasts one of the country’s most spectacular collections of medieval stained-glass windows. There is lots to see there apart from those, including riverside walks, ancient farm buildings and some fine architecture. One of our other outings was to Woodchester Mansion, not far from Stroud. For anyone who doesn’t know of it, Woodchester’s claim to fame is a bit like Schubert’s unfinished symphony -- it’s an impressive creation, but a work in progress! An imposing Victorian gothic country house designed by a young architect called Benjamin Bucknall, from Rodborough, it was being built for a local land-owning family during the 1850’s and 1860’s, until work suddenly ceased. Today the reason for the builders downing tools is presumed to be because the money needed to complete it ran out, but left behind is a masterpiece which gives a unique insight into how grand the finished mansion was intended to look. Listed as being of grade1 importance, it looks as if it is frozen in time…another time, when life was lived differently and large houses were still being built with no expense spared. There are partly finished bathrooms, finely carved fireplaces,

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vaulted stone corridors and a chapel with a fine arched ceiling. Run now by a charitable trust, which opens it to the public on selected dates, we were given evening access with no one else around. This revealed how the building was being constructed and gave a real hint of how it would have looked if the craftsmen working on it had been allowed to finish their work.

our existing members and guest speakers it’s a date to put in your diary. We are a small, friendly and sociable club that is always ready to welcome newcomers.

Just as eye-opening, though in other ways, were trips we made to Cirencester. Nailsworth, Bath and the gardens of Westonbirt School. From a photographic point of view all had their own specific attractions and features to commend them, but the one thing common to them all was our discovery of just how many pictorial gems there are virtually on our own doorsteps.

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By the time this column is in print we will be gearing up for the launch of our new autumn season, with the start of our regular Tuesday evening meetings at the Priory Inn on September 11. If you have ever thought you might like to join us to share some of your own expertise or benefit from that of

On that first night we will be showing the results of some of the trips mentioned above, so if you’d like see them, do come along. In addition, there is also more to see and read on our regularly updated web site; www.tetburycameraclub.org.uk.

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‘The Malmesbury Branch’ is an ‘n’ gauge model layout, (1/144 scale,)… …depicting Malmesbury Railway between 1958 to 1962, when it was closed. The layout began in September 2015 with a great deal of research, mainly through published material but especially from a book by Mike Fenton, once a resident of Malmesbury and whose book is a complete reference of the whole history of the branch and its

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changes since 1877, with an abundance of photographs and diagrams. Space prevented us from modelling the complete branch, which is some sixand-a-half miles long, so it was decided that the portion from the entry tunnel to Malmesbury Parish at Holloway Hill would enable us to include the goods yard and the station terminus - plus a fair amount of scenery. Base boards were designed and built, and work commenced on the layout, which, consists of three separate base boards 900mm by 600mm, mounted on

removable legs. This allows us to dismantle and transport it, to wherever it might be exhibited. A plan of the track was produced to ‘n’ scale from a copy of the original railway layout and this was transferred to the base board. Features such as the river, footpaths, bridges and so on, were all marked out as accurately as possible for future reference. Track was then laid and completed from end-to-end, complete with electrical wiring and switches for operation by DCC (Digital Command Control). Scenic items were then added, using clear yacht varnish for the river and various scatter material to add realism. All the buildings are scratch-built from plastic card, using actual measurements or data from existing plans and photographs. The rear scenery board was kindly hand painted for us by local artist Barry Barnes - and clearly shows Malmesbury’s famous landmarks. (Not forgetting ‘The Railway Hotel,’ as well). Fencing, trees, road vehicles, people, locos and rolling stock were purchased to create the complete scene. To find out more about this and other interesting layouts, you can visit us at The Old Coach House, 3 New Church Street, Tetbury. Tetbury Model Railway Club

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Mayor’s Report On the 11th of July, I and my husband Brian along with Maggie Heaven and Frank, travelled down to Châtillon-sur-Indre, to join up with Richard, Dave and the young footballers of Tetbury to attend our twinning ceremony. We met with Stephen Hirst, Sue, Tara and our Town Crier Tony to experience a lovely warm welcome from all the countries represented, (about twenty-two in total,) which was a great honour. Dave Smith represented the Fire Brigade and established a great relationship with them. Mechel the Mayor of Châtillon-sur-Indre, along with his wife Genevieve and many others in this lovely town, made us feel so very welcome. I hope that we are able, through our young people, to be able to forge strong links. Tara as Deputy Town Clerk ably stepped up to the mark as my “deputy” and was an enormous help. Thank you, Tara! The young footballers were a credit to the town of Tetbury and did a brilliant job at representing us and flying the British Flag. Thanks must also go to all the helpers who joined Richard and who worked tirelessly for those few days. Other news showed me riding in a Mustang to the Summer Show! The weather held for

the parade and all credit must go to Terri and her team, who each year put on such a brilliant show. We cannot shy away from other events that have unfolded over the last few months with several members of the Dolphins Hall resigning as Trustees. It is a great shame that this has happened, but whoever is right or wrong we must draw a line and move on and get the hall refurbished and extended to house the Youth Group and all the various other groups that use this much needed facility. I have been asked on numerous occasions why we don’t do more to help support the Dolphins Hall and why we don’t step in, however we at TTC are custodial trustees, so have limited powers as to how we can help. We will always do

what we can if the help is needed. Tina Stevenson has resigned as Councillor of Tetbury Town Council so we now have a vacancy to be filled. Thank you, Tina, for your past help on the Council - especially with Heritage and Regeneration. Looking ahead to November the 4th I will be hosting a “Thank You Tea Party” to all those amazing knitters who have made so many poppies for our 100th Remembrance of the First World War. I wanted a way to thank them, so we will have a lovely cream tea in the Goods Shed from 2.30 to 4.30 pm on that day. I hope as many people as possible can attend. Cllr Sandra Ball, Mayor, Tetbury Town Council

CCTV – CONSULTATION IN THE LIGHT OF COSTS An initial consultation exercise showed 76% of responders supported the installation of CCTV. We did not know the likely cost of the scheme at that time – and that is the reason for this latest survey. We want to be sure that the community still wants CCTV in the light of the finances. In view of the initial support, the Council successfully applied to the Police and Crime Commissioner for 50% funding of a scheme proposed by the CCTV consultant recommended by the Police. That scheme will cost £61,000 and after deducting the Police and Crime Commissioner’s 50% grant the Council will be left with £30,500 to pay for its installation. Installation costs would be phased over two years - £16,500 in 2018/19 and £14,000 in 2019/20. Once in place, the Council would be responsible for ongoing maintenance, repairs and service costs.

The Mayor Sandra Ball and Tetbury Town Council would like to thank everybody who has knitted and crocheted Poppies by inviting you to a

THANK YOU cream tea party which will be held at the Goods Shed on Sunday 4th November 2.30pm – 4.30pm

What will CCTV cost you as an individual Council Taxpayer?

If you have helped with the poppies and would like to attend please contact the Town Council offices 01666 504670 executiveofficer@tetbury.gov.uk

Installation would cost each taxpayer approximately £5 to £6 for the whole of 2018/19 and the same in 2019/20. Ongoing costs (electricity, licences, wi-fi) are expected to be less than £2 per year thereafter. Will CCTV stop crime in the town centre or anywhere in Tetbury? No. But we are confident that CCTV will help reduce the number of incidents. CCTV is also recognised as a good means of reducing the fear of crime.

We are also able to provide transport if required

Please let us know if you want to support this scheme, or a cheaper alternative, or even if you would prefer no CCTV at all, by contacting the Town Council for details on how to participate in our survey, which you can complete on paper or online. Stephen Holley - Town Clerk The Old Courthouse, 63 Long Street, Tetbury, Glos GL8 8AA townclerk@tetbury.gov.uk Tel: 01666 504670 Office Hours 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday Website: Tetbury.gov.uk


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Tetbury Community Choir TCC at the seaside.... It was certainly seaside weather, when Tetbury Community Choir sang at the Holiday@Home event this year, at Christ Church in the Chipping. The theme was “A Day at the Seaside,” which was reflected in the choice of headgear as worn by some of the choir members, at one point. You may guess what this was if you know that the lyrics of our first song include the line “I got knots in me handkerchief!” This was a new piece entitled “Thank Me Lucky Stars” written by Richard George, our talented and very inspiring Musical Director, and it was greatly enjoyed by the audience. This annual event is one that the choir especially enjoy, and it is a wonderful feeling to know that we have contributed to a couple of days entertainment for members of the local community whose lives are perhaps somewhat restricted. It is always a privilege to sing for this particular audience and we do so hope that we were able to present to them a singing repertoire

of a high standard, mixed in with, as always, a huge sense of fun. After our August break, we resume for a new term on Monday the 17th of September, from which time we will be preparing our next concert, to be held in St Mary’s school, in aid of school funds. We hope to have the additional pleasure of being joined by Heather Bristow, a talented







local singer and musician whose musical background is heavily rooted in folk music. Heather is American-born but has now lived in Tetbury for almost twenty years. She performs regularly with ‘Iron & Oak’ and her Christmas band ‘Festivus’, and she has released two solo CD’s featuring many of her own compositions. We think the audience will be in for a treat, so do come along and join us on Wednesday 17th October at 7.30pm for what promises to be a varied and enjoyable concert, with, we hope, something for everyone. More details of this in a separate advertisement in the October edition of the Tetbury Advertiser. If you are interested in joining Tetbury Community Choir, then we would love to see you in the new term. Practice nights are on a Monday evening 7pm - 9pm, and are held at Christ Church in the Chipping, Tetbury. The fee is £5 per session, payable on the night. We always have a lot of fun, so do come along for a free “taster” session. Contact our Secretary, Ian Thomas, on 01666 502939 or email: thomasik42@gmail.com. You can also find the choir at www.tetburycommunitychoir. co.uk and on Facebook. Carolyn Marmont, Tetbury Community Choir

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