Tetbury Advertiser April 2020

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April 2020

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The Team Editorial/Advertising copy to:Richard Smith - Editor 35 Chavenage Lane, Tetbury GL8 8JT. Tel: 07884 265117 email: advertiser@tetburylions.co.uk Steve Parr - Accounts 11 Northlands Way, Tetbury, GL8 8YT. Tel: 07525 487870 email: accounts@tetburylions.co.uk Colin Poole - Distribution 47 Quail Meadows Tetbury GL8 8PQ. Tel: (h) 01666 502573 (m) 07747 898291 email: distribution@tetburylions.co.uk

Notice to Advertisers Copy date for the May Issue is Thursday 16th April 2020

Delivery - 2nd/3rd May 2020 Please ensure that copy is submitted by the deadline. There is NO guarantee that late copy will be published. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage arising from any error, inaccuracies or omission from any copy or advertising in this publication. The Editor reserves the right to omit any item not considered suitable for printing. All reasonable efforts will be made to meet the wishes of our advertisers.

Rates Media pack available from www.tetburyadvertiser.co.uk Column inch (single column width) £5 Column inch (double column width) £10 Quarter page £60 Half page £100 Full page £180 Back cover full page £200 Pre-printed inserts £200 Postage per copy £1.80 Prices shown do not include VAT charged at 20%. Please quote your invoice number in payment transactions Produced by The Tetbury Advertiser Limited (VAT number 338322801), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tetbury Lions Trust; Charity number 1152090. www.tetburyadvertiser.co.uk

Useful Information CHURCHES Christ Church, The Chipping 01453 298389 St. Marys’ - C of E - Church St. 01666 500088 St. Michael’s - R.C. - The Green 01666 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 Phoenix Tetbury, Long Street. Tel: 01666 502303 The Tolsey Surgery, High Street, Sherston. Tel: 01666 840270

A note from the Editor “May you live in interesting times,” often described as “The Chinese Curse,” is the phrase at the forefront of my mind. These are indeed interesting times. The nature of assembling and printing the Advertiser means that we often play “catch up” – reacting to events as the print deadline approaches. Perhaps you can imagine the fun we’ve had with this edition, then? I’d like to give my grateful thanks to David Roberts at Wilprint for all his hard work, making this edition as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

Contents Avening Community Coronavirus Team 25 Avening WI


Chelworth Bookworms


Computer Advice


Covid-19 Update


Eating Out


Friends of Tetbury Community Transport 18 Friends of Tetbury Hospital


Girlguiding 30 Greening Tetbury


History of Tetbury Society


There’s no “What’s On” this month, because we just could not be sure what might be left of the social and entertainment schedules Tetbury usually offers. Our regular contributors supply contact details in their columns though – so we’d recommend, of course, that you contact them directly if you’re in doubt about a meeting or an event.

Leighterton Primary School


Letters to the Editor


We’ve dropped some advertising from this issue too, where we thought it appropriate - both with and without permission. Hopefully we did this using common sense. We shall see! We hope you’ll continue to support our advertisers in the coming months, if you can. All suppliers will need your support - almost as much, perhaps, as our neighbours who are in social isolation or those in the community who are part of an ‘at risk’ group.

Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun


South Cotswold Bridge Club


St Mary’s C of E VA Primary School


Tetbury and District Footpath Group


Tetbury Art Society


Tetbury Bowls Club


Tetbury Camera Club


Tetbury Hospital Trust


Tetbury in Bloom


Next month’s Advertiser may have an unusual profile, indeed. We look forward to preparing it for you in the best way we can. In the meantime, let’s look after ourselves and each other during the coming weeks. I assure you that at the Advertiser we will be washing our hands and keeping our heads.

Tetbury Library


Tetbury Nursery Playgroup


Tetbury Rail Lands Trust


Tetbury Theatre Group


Tetbury WI


The Barn Theatre


Richard Smith, Editor

The Feoffees and the Thirteen


DOLPHINS HALL COMMUNITY CENTRE Bookings can be made at www.dolphinshall.org or email: contact@dolphinshall.org

SCHOOLS SWR Comprehensive, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275.

LIBRARY Close Gardens. Tel: 01666 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: 01666 504670 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) Council Info. Services, in Council Office. Email: executiveofficer@tetbury.gov.uk

A note from the Editor


Lion’s Den


Mayor’s Piece


News from Christ Church


News from St Marys’ Church


Probus 34

Young by Name


SWRS LEISURE CENTRE Tel: 01666 501086 TETBURY SHOPMOBILITY BOOKINGS Monday-Friday 9.00-3.00 Tetbury Town Council Offices 01666 504670. Saturday 10.00-4.00 Tetbury Tourist Information Centre 01666 503552

Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester. Tel: (01285) 623000

The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577

NATIONAL EXPRESS Bookings taken at the Tourist Information Centre. Daily return service from Cirencester to Heathrow. www. visittetbury.co.uk

TETBURY CARES, www.tetburycares.org Website to signpost local health services

HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336

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

PHYSIOTHERAPY Tel: 01666 501766 OSTEOPATHS Tel: 01666 503599 & 01666 502214

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

TOURIST INFORMATION 33 Church Street. Tourism@tetbury.org Tel: 01666 503552

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Young by Name KEEP CALM AND TIDY UP In times of crisis, tidy up. For years this mantra has helped me dispel anxiety. Sometimes I don’t even realise I’ve deployed it until my husband complains that I’ve rearranged the furniture yet again, expressing his fervent hope that this time I will feel I’ve finally got it right. We will always have worries in our lives, due to personal, national and global issues. How dull life would be without cares. But any adverse situation in the wider world is easier to handle when your home turf is under control. Not that I’m a disciple of Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo. No matter how sweetly charming she is in her books, on her tv show and in the media, I cannot buy into a philosophy that advocates each household should have no more than a dozen books. Our smallest room alone would fill that quota, and I wouldn’t want to live in there. But having Marie-Kondo’d my usually packed diary to the point of blankness (with apologies for the postponement of my scheduled local talks and the Hawkesbury Upton Lit Fest), I’m planning to fill my windfall of leisure time by rationalising my possessions.


Given that my garden has never been weed-free since, I daren’t do the sums to work out how many weed seeds are stored up out there, but this spring will surely be my best chance of reclaiming the soil for things I do intend to grow. Come to think of it, there’s never been a better time to strive for self-sufficiency. If only I had a packet of toilet roll seeds...

SHELVES APLENTY So, while at the time of writing, the media may be full of horror stories of supermarket shelves stripped bare, I predict that later this year, charity shops will have the opposite problem: such bulging stocks that shoppers can barely fit through the door to buy them. In the meantime, should I tire of my husband’s complaints about the disruption


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By the time the Covid-19 all-clear sounds, my bookshelves, wardrobe, craft supplies, boardgames cupboard and larder should all be in perfect order. I’ll have bagged up all surplus items ready to take to charity shops. Once the weather warms up, my garden will be the most weed-free it is ever likely to be. The year I moved in to my cottage, an elderly neighbour whose own plot was immaculate leaned over our shared wall and surveyed my fine crop of dandelion clocks to offer a friendly, folksy warning: “One year’s weeds, seven years’ seeds.”


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within our four walls, I may find myself fantasising about despatching him to a charity shop with a label round his neck, Paddington-style: “Please look after this Scotsman (one previous careful owner)”. But there again he is very handy at putting up shelves. He’s busy installing a new one in the larder as I type. Perhaps that’s what’s missing in Marie Kondo’s life: she just needs a DIYmad partner to accommodate all her stuff. Debbie Young www.authordebbieyoung.com Debbie Young’s sixth Sophie Sayers Village Mystery, Murder Your Darlings, has just been published. The ebook of the first in the series, Best Murder in Show, is currently free to download from all ebook retail sites. All of Debbie’s books are also available in paperback.


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Lions Den in my Presidential year under the theme of “Youth Support,” we are also very actively engaged in projects with the Scouts, the Guides and Sir William Romney’s School, where we recently assisted in a careers day event. We have also recently contributed to TetFest20. We have made significant contributions to help the victims of the recent flooding and we continue to develop our “Men in Sheds” project, under the watchful eye of Ken White and his team.

I took what may have been an unprecedented decision early last month to cancel our normal Lion’s Club monthly meeting at the Priory due to the Covid 19 (Corona) virus outbreak. At the time the decision was met with mixed reactions; some, understandably, questioning why when the Government’s advice at the time was to keep going. The two most important considerations for me were simply that our Club has an average age, believe it or not, of 70 - and at the

time, there was a confirmed case here in Tetbury with only 23 in the entire country. Obviously, things have changed beyond all recognition since, but one case in a small town of around 6,500 - 7,000 people is equivalent to around 10,000 cases in the UK population as a whole.

With the dreaded Covid 19 (Corona) virus dominating our lives at the moment, I thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone that following a very successful conference organised and hosted by Tetbury Lions in June 2017, we have been maintaining a “Tetbury Cares” website ever since.

The way things developed so quickly in the following couple of weeks and the unprecedented actions and decisions of organisations and world leaders have left me thinking that while this was a tiny decision in the overall scheme of things, it was a wise one. Having not had our usual meeting has meant that there is less to report on, although the key committees have soldiered on via WhatsApp, email and by using the common-or-garden telephone. We continue to support the Food Bank and,

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It seems to me that all these themes and topics are more relevant than ever in the current climate. The website is www. tetburycares.org and there is a link there to take you on to advice from Public Health England on the virus.

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A very happy Easter to everyone and I hope you manage to stay safe and healthy in these uncertain times. If you find it difficult to cope during this period, please contact the Town Council who are co-ordinating volunteers to help you through the dayto-day; their number is on page 3. There is also a leaflet insert in this edition of the Advertiser. The Tetbury Lions are proud to be part of your support group.

Robert W. Carter B.D.S. 7 New Church Street . Tetbury . Gloucestershire . GL8 8DS Telephone (01666) 503788

The conference was aimed at bringing together the many organisations, both statutory and voluntary, which provide care to the residents of the Tetbury area, to see if we could work better together to avoid duplication and to fill any gaps in local services. The conference was in two parts: the morning consisted of stimulating presentations to promote discussion - and the afternoon was a series of focussed, round table discussion on Family issues, Long term health conditions, Frailty and Infirmity, Transport & Communications and Improving Dialogue.


Lion Tony Sykes, President, Tetbury Lions.

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Computer Advice

keep food well away. Vacuum any food particles stuck within the keyboard before it attracts even more nasties.

Is your PC making you ill and does it put you at risk of Corona virus? It is well known that computers suffer from bugs and viruses, but what about the germs, bacteria and viruses that actually live on them? Corona virus should be a wakeup call. Do not assume your computer kit is safe to use without taking action. Here are some ideas to help stop infection and your PC actually making you sick! Wash your hands. This is particularly important after taking a natural break. If you share a computer with someone, this is even more imperative. Apparently, some cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces

for over 70 hours. The government have released information on washing your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. Do heed this advice. Don’t eat near your PC or laptop. If you wash your hands, then touch your keyboard or mouse whilst you are eating, you have made a nonsense of washing them in the first place. Keep crumbs out of your keyboard! Use meal time as a break from the PC and

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Use antibacterial wipes to clean your desk area. According to some research, the average desk supports huge amounts of bacteria, even more than that the average toilet seat! Wiping your work area with disinfectant wipes will reduce your exposure. Also clean your telephone, smartphone and any other devices that you handle regularly. Bacterial wipes may not kill viruses, but they go a long way to keeping you well and healthy. Why compromise your immune system unnecessarily. Clean your keyboard. Make sure your PC is turned off before carrying out any cleaning tasks. Turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake the debris out. Next, using a brush, try to remove as much other matter as possible. A vacuum may be helpful, particularly with a fine nozzle. Lastly, use an antiseptic wipe to remove the bugs on the surface. However, do be careful not to use any abrasives or chemicals which could remove the lettering. Clean your mouse and trackpad. Clean the upper surface of the mouse, and also around the base and optical sensor. You may also wish to clean your monitor and PC case - but do be sure not to damage the finish. To clean the screen, use only use wipes that are manufactured specifically for the purpose. I hope you find the above information useful. If you follow the above advice, you should be able to reduce the chances of your PC actually making you ill. If it is just the performance of your PC that is getting you down, or you need an upgrade from Windows 7 do get in touch, otherwise call the NHS on 111…! Please contact Nic on 01666 502067, mail@ inghamassociates.com or go to www. tetburycomputershop.co.uk Ingham Associates – the Tetbury Computer Shop; now in my 32nd year of Trading. Computer Nic

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Health advice available at www.tetburycares.org


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681 AD, and these were associated with monasteries. Tetbury became ‘Tetta Bury,’ (a bury associated with a woman was a church and not a hill top fort.) Previously, there were Romans in the area, as demonstrated by the Fosse Way. Tetbury has always been a border town close to Wales, once on the border of Wessex and Mercia and, more recently, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Dr Tony Walsh spoke to HOTS on March the 5th about the ‘History of Tetbury Feoffees.’ After the AGM, Tony set the scene as to why Tetbury eventually became the only free borough in England, (as opposed to a Royal Borough.) The word Feoffee, (‘Fief Fief.’) means ‘trustee’ - and that is what the original group of four men were for the town’s tolls, charities and markets. In pre-conquest days, Abbess Tetta founded a minster church in the town in

Richard Box. These four set up the Thirteen, the Twenty-Four, the ‘Commonalty’ and a bailiff to run the town. At that time Tetbury consisted of two Commons, the Advowson and the rents from properties. Everything was paid off by 1640.

Following the Norman Conquest, the town was owned by Siward who passed it on to Roger d’Ivry and eventually to William de Breuse, who tried to develop the town with the aid of grants to hold fairs and markets, from Henry III. The market for wool was very strong at this time, as much of the wool from England was exported to the continent. Twenty percent of it came from Tetbury – and it came to be known as the best wool in the county. By the time the Berkeley family became connected with the town, the markets were producing an astonishing £2,000 per week. William Romney was born in Tetbury and left for London, where he became a member of the Haberdashers Company. He later became an Alderman and helped to set up the East India Company, eventually being ennobled. He left money in his will to be used in the markets and fairs of Tetbury. Soon after his death, an initial misuse of funds was discovered, in 1622, and the case was sent to Chancery. In 1633 the Feoffees were formed to avoid any such shenanigans in the future, by Richard Talboys, John Gastrell, Toby Chapman and

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The Feoffees exercised power over the town and were a self-perpetuating body, but there was some financial irregularity which resulted in the four becoming seven and an annual audit taking place. The Markets were very successful as the monies didn’t go to the Lord of the Manor, but back to the Feoffees, who re-invested them. New members of the Thirteen are welcomed into the group by a peal of church bells.

The Beadle’s Stave Tony then discussed the modern businesses of the group, including their charitable work, and showed us the properties that are still owned and cared for by the Feoffees. He concluded by giving us an explanation of the possible origin of the Town’s dolphins insignia. The St Valery coat of Arms Next month, on April the 2nd, our speaker will be Malcolm Watkins, who will be speaking to us about ‘Boil a Mouse in Urine – Childcare in Tudor and Stuart Times’. As usual we meet in Christ Church beginning at 7.30 pm. Jane Haines, The History of Tetbury Society

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The Feoffees and the Thirteen We have continued with our Spring cleaning and planting throughout March, which has included the planting of some Christmas Trees. For many years now, the Lowsley-Williams family of Chavenage House have donated a beautiful pair of trees to stand at the steps of The Market House each Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their generosity, which is greatly appreciated not only by the Feoffees, but by the entire community. These newly planted trees will mean that we are replacing the trees that we have used over the years and are planning for future Christmases in the town. Thanks also to Feoffee Dave Norris (pictured) and Thirteen members David Smith and John Latter for their help in organising and planting. Many of you will have noticed that the Cherry Tree on The Chipping came down in the recent storms. We have found out that this tree was planted in 1912 by the Holborrow family; we plan to replace

the tree in due course. Meanwhile, work has continued in Berkeley Wood and in the Community Orchard, where we have planted some new apple trees. Sadly, our open spaces, along with many others in our town, are experiencing problems with dog mess. Could I respectfully ask residents to please ensure that if they have a dog they pick up after them? We need to avoid young children particularly encountering this mess, as it is not only unpleasant but can be dangerous. I am pleased to confirm that we have recent made a grant to Sir William Romney’s School of £2,000, toward the Music Department and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. I am also pleased to confirm that we also have a new member of the Thirteen, Georgina Alsop. We look forward to working with her in the town in the coming years

Dates for your Diary: • 26th June – Feoffee and Thirteen Free Community BBQ on the Millennium Green at 6.00 pm • 5th September – Beating of the Bounds – 9.30 am under Bath Bridge • 12th/13th September – Heritage Weekend – The Market House will be open to the public

If you think we may be able to help you or your group with an education or training grant or would like to know more about the work we do in our town, please visit our website – www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk - or speak to one of our members. Lastly, in last month’s article the spelling of our donor was incorrectly published, it should have read “Hygrove Home and Garden.” Lance Vick, Chairman

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Tetbury in Bloom in February and daffodils in March, in April, over the next few weeks, we can now look forward to seeing the final results of our bulb planting endeavours of last autumn. Together with the fresh new colourful growth of the deciduous shrubs and perennials, hundreds of tulips, all chosen with their height, colour and time of flowering in mind, will come into bloom and fill the beds throughout the town with vibrant colour.

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At long last April has arrived - and… …on a very personal note, I can’t tell you how much I have been looking forward to this month arriving! Having been diagnosed with breast cancer last October I have since been undergoing chemotherapy, which has been a gruelling process, to say the least. During this time, whilst I’ve been out of action, the team have been doing a fantastic job keeping all the beds and the areas we tend, looking their best. Happily, my chemo treatment comes to an end this month and although there is more treatment of a different kind to come, I’m hoping that it won’t be so debilitating, and I’ll soon be back getting my hands dirty again with the rest of the team.

And speaking of vibrant colour… anyone still planning to order a hanging basket from us, please now hurry as they have been selling fast and I would hate you to miss out. Look for our adjacent advert for more details and let me know as soon as possible should you wish to place an order. They will comprise easy-care, trailing begonias in pink, red and apricot shades OR you can choose a colourful mix of vibrant trailing geraniums. For those living in Tetbury, they will be delivered to your door by arrangement during the first week in June. All profits raised go towards ‘In Bloom’ projects which allows us to continue the work that we’ve been doing throughout the town for the past fifteen years! Just call me on 504213 or email me on sue@ tetburyinbloom.org.uk to place your order. Sue Hirst, Team Leader, Tetbury in Bloom Ed: Well done to you, Sue, and we hope you’re back in action soon.

So, having had the crocus and snowdrops


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she has solid experience of fundraising behind her. She currently runs a recruitment business, working between Gloucestershire and London, having worked for Citigroup and BNP Paribas before moving to Long Newnton with her family.

that our wonderful hospital maintains the unrivalled reputation and services it has become known for, is extraordinary. Their contribution stretches far beyond fundraising and I am incredibly grateful to each person involved.

She says ‘I have had the very great fortune to be involved with Tetbury Hospital for some years now and am immensely proud to be part of the Friends Committee. The tireless work each committee member (past and present) puts into ensuring

Committee meetings are hardworking, energetic, fun and not without a good dose of humour. Long may this continue. Thank you all, it’s a great privilege being part of such a magnificent team.’ The Friends of Tetbury Hospital

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Well, I wasn’t expecting to give my usual report this month - you were due to receive the Annual Town Report, in advance of the now postponed Annual Town Meeting, where I report upon my year as the Town Mayor. However, since we’re living in unprecedented and everchanging times. In fact, by the time that you read this, I am sure things will have moved on again. As I write this article, many of our community are self-isolating or, as in my case, ‘socially distancing,’ in order to protect the more vulnerable members of our families and community, to make sure that we stay as well as we can, enabling us to assist when we are needed. At this time, there’s great advice on the official NHS website under the link for the Corona virus. Please got to www.nhs.uk For more Community Support Information, please visit the Tetbury Town Council website and look for the link there, too. www.tetbury.gov.uk The Town Council, along with the Lions Club and local businesses, are working with the Tetbury COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group - and you will all have received a leaflet, giving both advice and contact details, including phone numbers. If you have any concerns, or if you know of a vulnerable or self-isolating member of our community who needs volunteer support, please let us know. The Government has announced the closure of all schools and if possible, that more people work from home. We have been asked to avoid unnecessary travel and social activities. I know that this is creating huge challenges for the families and businesses in our town; if the opportunity allows, please support our local businesses. I am confident, though, that we will all find a way to navigate these difficult times together. It has been an honour and my absolute pleasure to have been your Mayor for this past year. We are truly blessed to live in such an amazing community, and I would like to thank all of you who work tirelessly – inspiring us all to work hard too, to make Tetbury the very special place that we live in. I send you all my best wishes during these challenging times; I’m sure that we will emerge from this crisis a stronger community.

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Avening WI Of all the years of writing our monthly WI report for the Advertiser, this year must surely be the most difficult. Will any of the planned events go ahead? At present, no-one knows! Will we be confined to our homes and not allowed to meet, socially? I certainly hope not, but it is all in the lap of the Gods. Seeing empty shelves in our supermarkets is a grim reminder that so far 2020 has not been a good year. Floods and gales with destruction of people’s homes, rivers running at the highest levels ever recorded and now a dangerous virus striking in seemingly random places. Our March meeting carried on as usual this week, when we had John and Francesca Caton bringing costumes to demonstrate what life was like for ladies and gentlemen in the Baroque period. Our speakers had beautifully hand-made every part of the costumes, from stays, hooped skirts, petticoats and outer skirts and coats to stomachers in stunning fabrics. They explained and demonstrated that it could take over an hour for a fine lady to be dressed, as they had to be laced and tied into the clothes, since there were no zips or press

studs in those days. They showed a short film of a couple attending baroque balls and festivals in Bath, Venice and Versailles - and very elegant they looked too! The next activity at the end of March will be to take advantage of the Westonbirt Arboretum offer, whereby a visitor can have free entry with a member. We will be looking at the spring flowering shrubs in the Old Arboretum, so the dogs will have to stay at home. The day after that, we hope to attend the Federation Annual Council Meeting at the Cheltenham Town Hall, when members of our successful quiz team will be presented with their trophy. We were shocked to hear of the sudden death of our member Mrs Diane Wall. Di took a great interest in the history of Minchinhampton, (where she lived,) and has given us illustrated talks on the subject over the years. We have also been remembering Eileen Ind, who we still miss on our committee. We created a photo book and a planter in her memory to present to her husband on the anniversary of her death. Our president, Liz, created an entry for the Federation Tim Poole Cup competition. It illustrates our many activities during the year in the form of a photo collage. Unfortunately, she did not win but it is always good to take part. Our planter is blooming well and creating a splash of spring colours in the centre of the village!

Mrs Gill Thomas was enough to win the Denman College Bursary and although she is a volunteer helper there, she says she never gets a chance to take part in a course. As part of our 90th birthday celebrations we have planned a day at Denman in May, when we will have a demonstration of the skills taught there. We are also hoping to hold our usual village quiz in May. The proceeds will be donated to Avening Playgroup, who are having problems with a leaky roof. Shirley Hand, Avening WI.

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With our AGM behind us, on Wednesday the 26th February, a simple process, but it is quite challenging to ‘loosen up’ your usual style and move towards abstraction. Everyone enjoyed the session, declaring it to be both liberating and exciting. Our thanks go to Jackie for organising the workshop and to Chris for introducing us to this technique. The first of this year’s monthly meetings was held on the 4th of March, when Max Hale visited us again. This time he demonstrated ‘Pen and Wash’ techniques. Max told us that there was a time in his life when he was an illustrator and used ink very often. Now, as an artist, he has been working with it again for about eighteen months.

Christine Dack twelve members of Tetbury Art Society gathered for a workshop entitled ‘Painting with a Difference.’ This was organised by Jackie Sapp and delivered by fellow member Christine Dack.

loosely, as the ink would show through the paint to outline the subject-matter. A second demonstration piece was the colouring of already-inked figures. In this case the paint was applied more carefully into the various shapes. We were then shown how to describe texture with pens, using brickwork as an example. Throughout the evening, Max gave us a lot of snippets of information and good advice. Information on our society’s activities can be found on our website at www. tetburyartsociety.org.uk or phone Michael on 01666-502909 or Barry Barnes on 01666503926. We meet on the first Wednesday of most months in St. Michael’s Hall, Silver Street, Tetbury at 7.30 pm. We are a friendly group, welcoming those interested in art, whatever level they may have reached. If you are interested in our society, why not come along?

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The Barn Theatre The Barn Theatre put on a miniaturised, comedy version of the epic saga ‘Ben Hur’ and Shirley and I were once again invited to the supporters evening to see it. This version, set during the lifetime of Jesus, is a comedy farce adaptation by Patrick Barlow, based on the original General Lew Wallace novel. It’s been skilfully adjusted to the Barn’s small stage by director Joseph O’Malley.

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Daniel Veil is the theatre troupe’s leading actor and takes on the main role. He is played by Liam Horrigan, who fully understands the author’s wit and overacts in a disgraceful way! Edgar T. Chesterfield, the more experienced ‘older actor’ is played by James Dinsmore; Omar Lord, the ‘gorgeous hunk,’ is played by Dearnie Lothian - and Crystal Singer, ‘the sexy floosy,’ by Bronte Tadman. All three supporting actors played several parts in all scenes and all were excellent. The small set with its giant ‘Ben Hur’ sculpture was designed to be flexible - and it was constantly adapted to be the back drop to many different scenes, including the sea battle and chariot race. The lighting was terrific as usual. helping the set transformations wonderfully.

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I did struggle with the author’s style of drama. It mixed ‘The Play that Goes Wrong,’ a pantomime approach with audience participation, and Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’- and it did make me think that any single genre would have sufficed. The programme claimed the portrayal of Jesus was sensitively handled, but I also think that some orthodox Christians might have been upset. We have enjoyed four productions by the Barn Theatre over the last year, but this one is perhaps the least successful. Chris & Shirley French Ed: Thanks again to Lion Chris for an excellent review. Just like our very own Goods Shed, the Barn Theatre is now going through a very difficult time as Covid-19 forces shows to be cancelled. They would, just like the Goods Shed, appreciate any financial support avid theatre goers would like to give them.

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Dear Resident, The Avening Community Coronavirus Team (ACCT) has been set up by the Parish Council and includes representatives from the village’s community groups. Its aim is to support residents during this difficult time. Our priorities over the next few days are:

1. To help set up effective neighbour networks across the village:

The best way to support each other is to form small networks of neighbours (ie 1020 households), who keep in touch in the most appropriate way. These ‘neighbour networks’ are best placed to share information, shop, collect medicines and walk dogs where needed. We are keen to know if anyone has already, or is planning

to, set up a network with their neighbours and if they could nominate a contact point for the Council and ACCT. We will then identify gaps and hope that the whole village can be covered by Monday the 23rd of March. Contact: parishclerk@avening-pc.gov.uk if your group is up and running, with details of your contact point, so we can make sure everyone is covered. Contact: Clare Bebbington via ccbebbs@ gmail.com if you want help setting up a group.

Avening Community Coronavirus Team touch with Gerald South, Parish Priest for Avening who is coordinating such support. We already have a small number of volunteers who are offering to ‘top up’ the neighbour networks, and Gerald will also keep a list of these ‘top-up’ volunteers. Contact: Gerald South on gp.south@ btopenworld.com

2. Provide extra support for the most vulnerable: Some people may need extra help. If you are vulnerable or isolated, please get in

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What an exciting and productive start to 2020 it has been! Hunter French has kicked off to a proud start, agreeing sales on an array of property across the town and neighbouring areas. I am also very excited to announce that the team has grown, welcoming Julia Chappell on board at the start of February.

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On Palm Sunday, 5th April, we sing and pray together at 10.00 am by the market hall. On Good Friday, 10th April at 11.00 am starting at St Mary’s School, we carry and follow the cross through the streets of our town. On Easter Sunday, 12th April at 10.30 am, we celebrate that Christ is risen; that neither hardship, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword, that nothing in life or death, nothing in this world or the world to come, nothing in all creation that can separate us from the love of God.

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Spring has sprung and we are looking forward to warmer weather, lighter evenings, spring flowers and less mud! At St. Mary’s School we have continued to use the school field for playtimes over the winter. At times this has made life quite challenging for parents - and in the middle of one particularly wet spell a parent asked

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Girlguiding Our recent afternoon tea party celebrated many things; 1st Tetbury Guides was formed in February 1920 and the party was held on ‘Thinking Day,’ when we remember that we are part of a worldwide movement. It was held in memory of Trish Dent, our ex-President. Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Young Leaders and Leaders from Girlguiding Tetbury were joined by their special guests and supporters – members of Ingleburn Trefoil Guild, the Deputy Mayor, a member of the WI and Tetbury Lion, Warren. Activities were enjoyed by all generations and included decorating a glass jar to hold a Thinking Day candle and a scratch-art trefoil.

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These are strange, sad and worrying times for all of us. Although it is horrid for us not having these outings, we in the Theatre Group do feel doubly sorry for the actors, musicians and all the staff at the theatres who are not able to work now. We are also, of course, concerned our lovely local coach company. Let us hope for a seedy resolution to the current difficulties. Celia Bayes, Tetbury Theatre Group



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Serving the Tetbury neighbourhood since 1866, our hospital continues to improve its facilities and expand the services it offers. This was the clear message from Lian Franklin and Nicola O’Hanlon on the 6th of February. Lian summarised the many consultant and procedural services currently provided, stressing the benefits of the friendly local facilities. Roughly 95% of the hospital’s work is commissioned and paid for by the NHS: income from the remaining 5% for the private sector supports the hospital. Same-day and even no-wait X-rays are often available - and Lian showed that waiting times before treatments are usually very much less than at major hospitals. She urged us to exercise our right to choose by asking for treatment at Tetbury Hospital whenever possible. Nicola emphasized that the hospital must and has remained attractive for patients, consultants and staff alike. Both buildings and equipment have been continuously upgraded to move with the times and be ‘fit for purpose’ for a rapidly expanding Tetbury. Provisional plans have been prepared to develop the minor injuries unit into an urgent treatment centre, offering a wide range of care: Government funding may be available. Many questions were asked at this positive, comprehensive and impressive presentation.

At our AGM on the 20th of February held at Steepleton, Malcolm Lomax stood down as Chairman after three muchappreciated years and volunteered to help our Speaker Secretary. Malcolm Parrish was elected to return to the Chairman’s role. Bob Burnett took over from Paul Harley as Vice-Chairman, David Hollister became Assistant Secretary, and all other officers retained their responsibilities. It was agreed to revert to the simpler name ’Tetbury Probus Club’ now remaining members of Tetbury Probus Two had been absorbed into our club.

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Paul Harley then entertained us by summarising his well-travelled life. Yorkshire-born, he completed a fiveyear electrical engineering student apprenticeship at BTH where his work included commissioning 25kV electric locomotives. Four years with AEI at Trafford Park, midst alternating external odours of burnt cornflakes and processed rubber, led to the more amenable climes of Westinghouse at Chippenham. There, Paul worked with Indian railways and helped to design semiconductor power rectifiers.

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Tetbury Rail Lands Trust In light of the recent announcement by the Government… …and the continuing global public health crisis regarding Coronavirus (Covid 19), sadly we are compelled to announce the suspension of all performances at the Goods Shed until at least the end of April. Please note that the Whistle Stop Café will continue to be open as usual, with all recommended precautions in place. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to order takeaway meals with a delivery service, in order that we can support and help the most vulnerable amongst us. Please telephone Sasha on 07483 173 770 for more information and to place your order. Wherever possible we are looking to reschedule events. If you have bought a ticket for any show between now and the end of April, we will be in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss your options to rebook where possible, or for a refund if not. If you hold tickets for performances beyond April please double check before attending - although we will, of course, be issuing updates on a regular basis. In these very difficult times, we are also inviting our customers to consider donating the value of their purchased tickets to the Goods Shed, to ensure that we can survive and continue providing this wonderful resource to our local and wider community in the future, once this crisis has passed. More information on how you can do this will be on our website shortly, or you can telephone our Administrator on 07483 173 769.


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After a winter break taking in some foreign sun, it was time to get back on the horse and ride out to another eatery. This time, wandering out into the wild west country (well, just up the road…) we fetched up at The Rose and Crown in Nympsfield - yet another place which has been through several hands in recent years. Having visited during some of its previous incarnations, we went with no particular expectations. In the past, we’d had some nice panini-type lunches, for sure, but we’d also had some of the most forgettable meals I can remember – if you get what I mean! Anyway, Flossy insisted I book but on arrival, it was pretty clear we hadn’t needed to do so, for a seven o’clock-Thursday-night table. Our hostess greeted us warmly from a bar offering some nice ales, showed us to a matt emulsioned table and handed out the menu – to our very pleasant surprise! Starters included sausage and black pudding scotch egg, Buffalo cauliflower florets (Flossy’s choice,) egg on toast with asparagus, blue cheese stuffed mushroom with wild mushrooms and truffle (my choice,) and a few more. The large and numerous florets were coated in the stuff you get on Buffalo wings and were very good, with a bit of crunch and spice and well-cooked ‘al dente’ veg, while my stuffed, surprisingly meaty flat mushroom on its bed of chopped wild ones was also very tasty. Actually, given that the ‘mains’ didn’t include any vegetarian dishes, you could do a lot worse than have these together as a meal – you’d certainly be full!


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Tetbury and District Footpath Group Winter Walks amongst the beauty of the Cotswolds! We have been walking through the pleasant months of winter on our winter walks program, managing to catch sunny days. During winter, we walk every two weeks, starting from The Goods Shed at 10.00 am. Despite the most rainy month of February, we decided to tackle the Cheltenham peaks. Well, the Devil’s Chimney to be precise. Starting from Seven Springs, (and The Hungry Horse Pub,) we started our pleasant ascent with walkers taking in the fresh air and views -and with pleasant chatter amongst our party. We always have a leader and a backstop and Julian was our leader and devised the walk this time, with Maggie at the back whistling merrily when a car threatened us. She did a sterling job of herding the strays in the right direction. There were places where the mud was oozing and a bit slippery, but we soldered on, with only one person losing their dignity. The views above Cheltenham are lovely and it reminded us how lucky we are to live in the Cotswolds. The walk was around five miles, so we got back to

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup Spring and Easter bring lots of learning opportunities for children; new life, baby animals, changing weather, planting, cooking and baking. We’ve recently been focusing on healthy eating, helping the children to identify which foods we can eat whenever we like, which are treats, and which foods we can have perhaps once a day, we’ve done this with the help of cut outs from recycled magazines of food and drink, and a big Venn diagram! We’ve also been showing the children different ways to enjoy their fruit and vegetables including watermelon ‘pizza’ slices with yogurt and strawberry ‘pepperoni’, and encouraging them to try new things by getting them involved the preparation and cooking, even supporting them in learning - very carefully - how to chop fruit and vegetables. Our focus story for this half term has been ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and we now have our very own live caterpillars growing in a butterfly house, the children can see the incredible transformation from chrysalis to beautiful Painted Lady butterflies which they will set free in the garden when the

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with an Easter raffle and cake sale, we’ll be serving coffees and teas from 12 noon on Friday the 3rd April, with the raffle being drawn at 12.30 pm. Towards the end of June we’re joining forces with St. Mary’s playgroup to hold a ‘nearly new’ sale, watch this space for further details.

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Here at Tetbury Nursery Playgroup we offer a range of sessions for different ages, we have our ‘stay and play’ toddler group on Tuesday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 am, we have morning, lunchtime and afternoon sessions in our playgroup, a Wednesday morning Pre-school session from 9 to 11.30 am, and a creche offering one-off or regular morning sessions for 0-2 year olds, from 9 to 11.30 am. We are now taking bookings for the new school year starting in September. To get in contact if you’d like to book a place, to find out about any of the sessions, or to arrange a visit, please visit our Facebook page, phone us on 01666 504855, or email us at tetburynurseryplaygroup@ eygloucestershire.co.uk

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Trying to shoot through that without including an outline of the net cables was a virtual impossibility; a much simpler solution was to reach for the mobile and take a quick shot with the little lens on the back pointing carefully through the centre of the mesh!

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Covid-19 Update - Tetbury Hospital

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we would like to advise that both NHS and private planned care will continue… … to be delivered by the independent sector, of which Tetbury Hospital is part. This may change over the coming weeks and months. We are doing everything we can to make sure people can still get access to care, while also taking every precaution to keep patients, carers, visitors and staff safe. Following the advice from Public Health England you should not enter the hospital if you have: A new continuous cough or a fever or high temperature. (37.8 degrees or higher.) You must stay at home and self-isolate. Further advice is available at nhs.uk Attending the hospital for an appointment: • If you are over the age of seventy or have known underlying medical conditions you will be provided with the latest government advice about social distancing prior to your appointment, so that you can make an informed choice on whether to attend the hospital.

• We now have a Hub desk at the entrance to the hospital where all patients, visitors and staff are stopped and asked to sanitise their hands whilst being asked some questions about their current health. If you cannot satisfactorily respond to the screening questions, you will be asked to return home and self-isolate or dial 111 if required. Hand sanitising gel is available throughout the hospital. • We are reducing the footfall within the hospital. All new and follow-up patients are receiving telephone consultation, unless the consultant has advised that you must be physically seen, and that your appointment cannot be postponed. The government’s latest advice about social distancing will be shared with you, so that you can make an informed decision on whether to attend. • Our waiting areas have been stripped back to minimise clutter. All chairs are at least two metres apart, and if all of these chairs are occupied you and/or your travel

companions will be asked to stay in the car and only enter the hospital when your appointment is due. • The number of patients on our operating lists have been reduced. This is to ensure you recover in a bay which is at least two metres away from other patients, and staff continue to wear appropriate PPE. • Our Minor Injuries Unit is still operating as normal and we have contingency plans in place should a very poorly COVID-19 patient attend the hospital who is not fit enough to be turned away. This is an unprecedented and fluid situation, and as government advice changes our response will also change to meet requirements. Updated information on COVID-19 is available on Public Health England and NHS websites. The Tetbury Hospital website ‘News’ page is updated regularly, www.tetburyhosptial.co.uk Take care and stay healthy! This Information is correct at 20th March 2020 and MAY change. Tetbury Hospital

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