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in fact for 40 years.

Welcome to the August edition, the first

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strange, not that much different really and it will take a while before being comfortable and safe enough to rid the

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mask completely, I feel.

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about your lockdown story. Did you or someone you know complete a super project that we need to know about, or has someone helped the community and the story needs to be shared? Please email me, it would be an honour to include these in future publications. It is always a real shame to lose a long standing tradition and the loss of the Tetbury Summer and Flower Show is no exception. Having been an annual event

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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 HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336 OSTEOPATHS Tel: 01666 503599 & 01666 502214

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Young by Name How Blue was my Hilltop. Driving along a lane in the high fields near Newark Park, I spot a mirage-like splash of blue big enough to fill a field. Or is it mauve? Rippling in the late afternoon breeze, the flowering crop is changing colour as readily as the two-tone tonic suits favoured by Mods in the 1960’s. Oil poured on water morphs from black to rainbow hues because the floating film is just a molecule thick, but when I park alongside the field, these plants are chest high. I’m used to seeing cars stopping on the roadside in early summer, to photograph swathes of pillar-box red poppies among the crops. A few years ago, a field just off the A46 was as densely carpeted with poppies as the famous scene in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. An instant tourist attraction, it triggered a proliferation of social media selfies. The mauve flowers – or are they blue? - in this field by Newark Park have a far subtler beauty. It is of course a field of flax, the first I’ve seen for a long time, and an increasingly rare sight in the Cotswolds. How I wish I could substitute flax for the ubiquitous rapeseed, whose vivid flowers look all wrong in our gentle landscape. They also make me sneeze like one possessed, a yellow morning mist floating

above their fields like mustard gas. While I don’t expect farmers to choose crops for their good looks, I do wish flax could be more profitable. Flax, aka linseed, is certainly a useful and versatile crop. Chez Young, we add linseeds to our breakfast cereal and salads for their health benefits. Linseeds are rich in fibre, protein, Vitamin B, minerals and Omega 3 fatty acids. (I wish the latter didn’t sound so unappetising: “Mmm, fatty acids,” said Homer Simpson, never.) Research indicates

The stalk, with fibres three times stronger than cotton, is the source of linen. The Ancient Egyptians considered linen a symbol of purity and allowed only priests and mummies to wear it. Much as I love linen clothes, that’s not a sacrifice I’d be prepared to make. Flax fibres are also used in the manufacture of cigarette papers (boo!) and teabags (hurrah!) So why don’t we grow more flax on the rolling hills of the Cotswolds? When I google its preferred growing conditions, I discover it’s not just a matter of money. Flax thrives on alluvial soil, i.e. rich in sediment deposited by running water on a floodplain. With an average elevation of over 100m in the Cotswolds, I’m guessing alluvial soil is not our long suit.

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that linseeds improve digestive health and lower blood pressure, bad cholesterol and cancer risk. If that’s not enough to win your heart, linseed oil goes into paints, varnishes, animal feeds and cricket bats.

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I don’t know about you but when the sun shines it makes me feel alive.

Due to our fundraising team and all those that supported our last Auction and Duck Race, we were able to give a cheque to St. Mary’s school, full details in the press release below..

I feel more like going for a long walk through our beautiful countryside, stopping at the Goods Shed for a coffee and cake, or a spot of lunch.

A further donation was given to our wonderful hospital. This donation was well received and went towards more much needed equipment.

“Get well soon Theo !”

All at Tetbury Lions would like to wish Theo Stening a speedy recovery from his recent surgery,

Lion’s Den We continue to support the Food Bank, donating a sum of money each month. Our Community support team who are responsible for monitoring it will shortly be visiting the Food Bank Headquarters. Now that restrictions have carefully been lifted hopefully the Scouts, Cubs and Guides will be back to normal. Again, we will be delighted to continue our support to both groups. Our Men in Sheds continue to work incredibly hard to produce fresh vegetables from their allotments in Herd Lane (immediately behind the Royal Oak). If you would like to buy your vegetables, you can do so by visiting them every Wednesday between 10.00 am – 12.00 pm. Our Bucket Shake will take place during September and October. This year we will be holding our Charter Night at the lovely Westonbirt School. Dinner will be held in The Great Hall. Tickets cost £45 which includes wine on the table The dress code is Black Tie or Lounge suit. For tickets, please telephone Lion Maggie Heaven on 07747 608990.

Lions Supports Primary School Reading The on-going pandemic and three lock downs have caused great difficulties for so many families both nationally and in our community. In schools, reading has been identified as being of particular concern as this, in some cases, has taken a back seat. St Mary’s Primary School is promoting reading for every year group using a “Reading Road” to plan materials and where they fit across the curriculum. Knowing the school considers reading and the joy of books as key to its pupils’ success, Tetbury Lions has supported St Mary’s with a donation of £1,050 to purchase a selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, for all age groups. Disadvantaged children generally do not have access to quality materials but with the help of the Lions, each year group in St Mary’s will have a small library of books (featuring texts that relate to the class discussion topics). These could be lent out to the children who do not have access to books at home. Reading some of the texts that will be discussed in class will help the children’s knowledge and, hopefully, improve their confidence when discussing the books.

We are pleased to announce that the Wacky Races will go ahead next year on Monday the 2nd of May. To make it a well-run and smooth event we need your help on the day putting the event together and then taking it down after. We will hold a get together at The Priory Inn during September to discuss this. If you would like to be a part of this fun event, which is a great day out for the whole family, we would love to see you there. Please look up The Lions Wacky Race on YouTube and see for yourself. You might even be tempted to enter your own Go Cart and join the teams that have already entered. If you are a business and would be interested in booking a stall to both promote or sell your products, please call Lion Maggie Heaven on 07747 608990 for further details. Enjoy the current sunshine and stay safe everyone. Maggie Heaven, Lion President

Tetbury Lions believes St Mary’s will achieve its objective to make every child a reader, providing them with the skills to move on to and access the secondary school curriculum.

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In the July 200 Club draw, there were 4 winners each receiving £20.00. Mr Basil Mason Smith, Mr Ian Bell, Mrs Rita Fryatt, Mr H Everett.

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‘The Outrun’ by Amy Liptrot

Although she applies for jobs back in London, no-one is interested, so she takes a summer job with the RSPB monitoring bird numbers. She meets even fewer people during this night-time work but gradually the cravings become less frequent and as winter approaches she decides to stay longer, renting a house on one of the outlying islands. Even then, however, her mind seeks that elusive high that a drink could bring and she chases the stimulation she finds briefly through sea-swimming and her online connections. She seems to crave the extreme in everything. When she finally starts to understand this for herself, it is a breakthrough on her road to recovery.

Amy, born in the Orkneys to English incomers, can’t wait to leave. After university she moves to London and immerses herself in a hedonistic lifestyle of drinking, drugs and nightclubs. After ten years she is still there, but has lost her boyfriend, her job and her home. She is an alcoholic.


After going through a detox programme, she decides to return to Orkney for a while in an attempt to avoid the temptations of the city. Her parents have split up but her father still farms along the cliffs and Amy stays awhile to help him. The work and the isolation help to keep her sober, but even as she revisits the places of her childhood, the book reads flat – like her mood – as she is still fighting her cravings.

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Tetbury Flower Show It is the end of an era, as recently there was a very sad final committee meeting for the Tetbury Flower Show which unfortunately has had to close. Lance Vick, Chairman said, ‘’Well we are all sorry that we have had to see our show fold, but we were down to only three committee members and we are all getting older. I have tried to get others involved but only one lady came forward and it would be quite a task to take on.

Group, Tetbury District Guide Association and the firefighters retirement fund. This will indeed be very sad news to many long-term Tetbury residents as many will remember it in its heyday. People would come home early from their holidays just to attend the magnificent show day. Let us hope that someone will come forward to rekindle this magnificent event which to many was the heart of the summer for Tetbury.

genuinely surprised when the Town Mayor councillor Ann Pearce came in and presented him with an inspirational award certificate for all the work he and his committee have done for many years and was endorsed by a round of applause. Lance has been chairman since 1979 and a committee member since the early 70s. Lance then presented some cheques to various organisations in the town with the funds that were left in the account of the show. These organisations included Tetbury in Bloom, Tetbury Lions, Tetbury Malthouse Foundation, The Feoffees, Tetbury Scout

Thank you Lance and your hard-working committee, and to all the people who supported this great Tetbury tradition. Kevin D Painter


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I must say we could not have got this far without the volunteers whose help over the years has been invaluable. The shows growth increased when Ken and Terri White joined the committee and Ken’s company, IHS, gave us more funds to enlarge our entertainment. John Newman of Jesse Smith generously supported us with the legendary big pan, Malcolm with the cup engraving. The vets for always giving us a great dog show, as well as The Feoffees, the Lions Club, David Prosser and of course the Dolphins Hall committee for allowing us to use the recreation ground. I would like to thank all my committee members over the years and of course my wife Pat who has made thousands over the raffle for many years’.


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Mayor’s Report August is upon us, who can believe we are already two thirds of the way through the year?! It has continued to be strange times for us all, and at the time of writing this we are about to come out of our legal restrictions. Many businesses are going to be keeping current restrictions in place, COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, and as we all know cases are increasing once more, from personal family experience, being double jabbed doesn’t mean you won’t catch COVID-19, it just means your symptoms hopefully won’t be so severe, and because of that you have an increased risk of passing it on unknowingly. Please remember if you are asked by a business to maintain precautions that you do so, there are still many vulnerable members of the community who are hesitant to be out, lets help each other to stay safe and remember where asked, Hands, Face, Space! The Council have resumed face-to-face committee meetings, High Court rulings mean that we need to do this, it would be helpful to know in advance if you wish to attend any particular committee meeting, as this will help guide us as to where the meeting needs to be held. Full Council meetings will continue to be held in the Dolphins Hall for the time being. All other committees, depending on public attendance, will be held in the Council Chamber. Staying with the Council I have a **Stop Press Announcement** Health and Wellbeing Co-Ordinator Andrea Payne will be commencing some drop-in sessions for provision of a sign posting service, this is an information only service and will be run on an appointment only basis for now. Andrea will be able to sign post to services such as People For You, a befriending service for anyone aged over 18yrs who is suffering with loneliness or isolation. Andrea’s drop-in sessions will be held on a Monday and Friday between the hours of 10.00 am and 12.00 pm, commencing on Friday the 6th of August 2021. To book an appointment please contact Andrea on 0787 163 1912 or email I was really lucky to be able to officially open Tetfest this year as Mayor, and it was an absolutely amazing day, the Tetfest committee comprising of just six members did Tetbury proud! As a part-time member of the committee, I am only too aware of the challenges faced, the final COVID assessment from Cotswold District Councils Events Team was just three weeks before, so the final decisions on Bands, Food, Refreshments and all the other infrastructure was very last minute. I sincerely hope that this event can continue to grow and put Tetbury on the “festival” map. Huge thanks must go to Geoff Turbutt for providing the field in which the festival was held! You will see that there is an opportunity to join Tetbury Town Council as a Councillor, see page 19. There are two vacancies, if you feel that you would like to make a difference then please do come along in September, when these places will be filled by Co-Option. Have a great summer whatever you’re doing, most importantly stay safe and look out for each other. Cllr Ann Pearce - Mayor A paid-for feature

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The truth is that yes, a product may contain a specific well-known ingredient – but what is the concentration of that ingredient, and do I need to bring along my microscope to see the results?

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Tetbury in Bloom August has arrived… …and, it is exactly ten years since we were national finalists for the second time in the Britain in Bloom campaign, the first occasion being in 2009. Having won a silver gilt award in both the national finals and five gold awards in the annual regional campaign over the preceding six years, including being awarded ‘Overall Regional Winner’ in 2010 and receiving a special award for our horticultural flair, we decided to retire from competing and just focus our efforts on tending the beds and floral displays, not only for our own pleasure, but for that of everyone in Tetbury. Even though we no longer compete, we continue to follow the RHS philosophy of aiming to create a feel-good factor and sense of well-being within the town, by making it look an attractive and well -caredfor place to live, work and visit. During 2013 our efforts found national acclaim when we were invited to take part in the BBC2 series of The Great British Garden Revival and were also featured in a double page spread in the gardening section of the Saturday Telegraph newspaper. It is an all-year round task to keep the beds and floral displays looking the best we can. The gardening-year goes round and round

in a never-ending circle, with each new month bringing its own list of jobs to do. Apart from the regular tidying, weeding, and deadheading that we do on a weekly basis, whereby each bed or display is tended to at least every other week, there are also regular maintenance jobs to do and particular months during which we plant on a large scale i.e. summer bedding in June and spring bulbs in October – the latter of which we will be turning our attention to very soon! Sue Hirst, Team Leader

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On Sunday the 11th of July we hosted an Under 9’s Stroud District festival at the Recreation Ground which was kindly sponsored by EweMove. Sixteen teams took part from across the district and it was a great sight to see so many girls and boys playing cricket and having fun, not to mention seeing three Tetbury teams taking part in the two finals! Putting on such an event is never easy, so a huge thanks goes to all those volunteers who helped on the day and made it all happen - THANK YOU! We can now begin to look forward to celebrating the end of the season we will be holding the Tony Jones Memorial day on Sunday the 29th of August. This is a real family and community day, where there will be a number of youth matches in the morning followed by a Sixes tournament in the afternoon. If you are interested in entering a team please email the club and we will continue to share further details about the event and the day via our Social Media platforms. The Women’s Softball team will continue to train and play matches throughout the remainder of the summer and if there are any ladies who fancy giving it a go please just turn up at 6.30 pm on a Friday evening and you will be given a warm welcome. It is great to see how many new people are joining each week , even after only three months into this journey. The Men’s teams are continuing to play on Saturday afternoons and I’m told it is beginning to get to the crunch end of the season, with some vital games at both ends of the table due to take place at the Recreation Ground during August, so please do stroll across the Rec on a Saturday afternoon and give them the support they need! And a final thank you to the TCC Committee members who devote so much of their time and energy to making the club a success, especially on those busy Saturdays which start at 7.30 am and carry on well into the evening. It is a good job we don’t just like cricket, we love it!

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Greening Tetbury The winners of the Paint the Town Green display: First: The Library, Second: Christ Church Third: The Royal Oak. The prize for creativity was awarded to: Tetbury Nursery Playgroup. The winners were selected by St Mary’s Primary School Eco-Warriors, and they also presented the prizes. Congratulations and thanks to all those who took part.

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Wildlife A beautiful day in Tetbury awaited us on Wednesday for the first Great Tetbury count. We managed to complete bird, grassland and tree surveys of the rail lands and Preston Park as well as some exciting pond dipping and flora surveys of the water areas. Additional to this we have had our local expert in Bryophytes, Peter, conducting a very thorough survey and providing us with a full report for which we are very thankful. The bat survey was conducted by Keith Monahan from Cirencester College We would like to thank the college for their support and use of ecological survey equipment. Kim would also like to thank all our volunteers who conducted themselves professionally and really got stuck in. A report on the findings will be coming out shortly and can be

accessed through the Greening Tetbury website and Facebook pages. If you would like to help survey the butterflies in the local area the butterfly conservation trust is starting their Big Butterfly Count on the 16th of July fnishing on the 8th of August This is a wonderful survey for all ages and a nice way to get out into the countryside and enjoy Tetbury’s vast ecological resources. Further information contact Kim at:

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We had our first meeting on the 10th of July. So exciting to put a body to a face! Some of us have only seen members on Zoom for the past fifteen months. It was remarkably interesting to hear about the development of the Café and to learn about Electric bikes and have a go! Electric bikes can be hired from The Wild Carrot. Our next meeting on the 14th of August will have a chat about Zero Waste. Please come and join us. Everyone is welcome on the 14th of August in the early afternoon (check the time on Facebook, website, or Instagram).

GT volunteers are talking to the Town Council and Cotswold District Council about the electric charging points planned for Tetbury. The question of ‘when are we getting electric car charging points in Tetbury?’ was raised by several people at the GT stall on the Saturdays in June. With a supplier now selected, it won’t be long before West Street car park and other town locations offer electric vehicle charging points. Electric cars and bikes for hire in Tetbury?! It only takes twenty five to thirty users to make this a possibility through Co 530212 Pat testing:Layout 1

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Avening WI Our visit at the end of June to Gatcombe Park certainly lived up to all our expectations. We had been invited to hold an afternoon tea party in the Barn on the estate as part of our belated 90th Birthday Celebrations, and to meet HRH Princess Anne. The Committee arrived in plenty of time to decorate the barn with bunting, and prepare a cream tea for everyone. It was the first time that some of our members had been able to meet face to face, in a socially distanced way. We were divided into small groups of similar interests to eagerly await her arrival. A hush descended as Her Royal Highness made her way into the barn accompanied

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Tetbury Theatre Group Exciting times! We are off on our first theatre trip for eighteen months, to the Mill at Sonning to see ‘Two into One’, which is a farce. We will also be having lunch there, so a real day out. I am sure we are all looking forward to this, it will feel strange, but hopefully we will be able to book more soon, when we see what the autumn brings re Covid-19. Another favourite place we visit is the Wales Millennium Centre, which is in the lovely Cardiff Bay. Incorporated in this is one large theatre (Donald Gordon Theatre) and two smaller halls - the BBC Hoddinott Hall and the Weston Studio Theatre. These have shows including local homegrown talent and international artists. The larger theatre houses the national orchestra and opera, theatre and literature companies. The main theatre has two thousand four hundred and ninety seven seats, the BBC Hoddinott Hall has three hundred and fifty and the Weston Studio Theatre has two hundred and fifty. The Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) replaced an earlier project for the site

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We will be holding some spiritual reflections in the open air on Friday mornings in August at 10.30 am in a variety of locations. The first one will be on the 6th of August at our graveyard at the bottom of the Chipping Steps. It will be a simple twenty minutes to relax, reflect, breathe more deeply, enjoy the world, hopefully in the sunshine and will include some poems, reflections, music, and silence, or at least, closing our eyes and listening to the world around. These Summer Reflections will be spiritual in nature but not specifically religious. Come and see! We hope to hold one in the Millennium Gardens and one in the Anniversary Garden by The Ferns, but we are still seeking and talking to those who own these pieces of land! Final arrangements will be posted outside on the church noticeboard and in our church notices.

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History of Tetbury Society We visited the ‘Museum in the Park’ in Stroud on Thursday the 1st of July. Alexia Clark, the curator, gave us an excellent résumé of the assembly of the museum’s collection and the changes to the management and accommodation since the 1850’s. A group of people who were interested in historical objects got together in the middle of the 19th century and Alexia said they just collected without any formal structure. There was no central point in which to house the items. In 1881 Edwin Witchell, a local geologist, began a campaign to complain about the lack of a Museum in Stroud and in 1890 fundraising began to create a centre for the collection. Whilst local authorities had a power to establish a museum, Stroud Council felt it would place an undue burden on the ratepayers.

An early edition of Alice in Wonderland, and below Part of an old mill paddle. These are both artefacts in the collection, but in store

But there was significant change in 1899 when a local grocer, William Cowle, left a bequest in his Will and the Cowle Museum Trust was set up and a museum was constructed in Lansdown, Stroud. It was opened in 1901 and is now the School

of Science and Art. However, there was no finance to appoint staff and the new museum was curated by a committee formed from the group of collectors. In 1927 the Miers Report described the museum as derelict and the Trustees appointed C I Gardiner of Cheltenham for two days per week and a salary of £100pa. He set public opening hours and began the basic documentation of the collection with a focus on archaeology and social history. Gardiner died in 1940 and S D Scott was appointed, and he had a particular interest in the Arts (fine and decorative) and was curator until 1946. In the 1950’s the collection expanded dramatically, so more space was leased in Lansdown and a series of storerooms in the town. But control was again by Committee with little direction until Lionel Walrond was appointed in 1955. To restrict the collection, he established the rule that items should be made, found, or used in Stroud. In 1983 he established a working partnership with Stroud Council that still exists. The council is responsible for finance and has a seat on the Managing Trust to which several other bodies nominate members. In 1992 Susan Hayward became curator and took over the project to improve the accommodation. In 2001 the Mansion House in Stratford Park became available. It is a Grade II listed building that was the former home of a Wool Merchant, so was seen as an ideal location for the Museum. David Mullin took over as curator in 2005 and he instigated a complete audit of the collections categorised into 5 headings Social History, Geology, Archaeology, Fine and Decorative Art, Natural History, and a tiny amount of World Cultures. He was instrumental in the new extension of the premises to provide modern exhibition space. Alexia took over in 2012 and paid tribute to the assistance Lionel Walrond gave until his death in 2020. The next HOTS meeting is on Thursday the 5th of August at 6.45 pm and is an open-air talk about the town.


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St Mary’s Rocks! This term our PTFA have led our pupils, teachers, support staff and governors in coming together to create a stunning rock display in the school grounds as a way to positively remember the lockdown period during the COVID pandemic.

Everyone was invited to sponsor a rock and decorate it with themes of positivity, thankfulness and community spirit. The rock display being a way for us to remember how supportive the school community was during the lockdown period and how everyone came together to help one another.

The installation was also a way for the PTFA to raise much needed funds to support the school further. Over three hundred rocks were purchased in total raising over £800. Huge thanks go to County Building Supplies, TGG Contracts and King Tree Services for donating materials, to James Sherwood, Jason Thornbury and Adam Silcock for building the display, Scott Ellis for the groundwork and to Heidi Bailey for painting the beautiful center stone. Final thanks go to the amazing PTFA volunteers who varnished, painted, counted, negotiated, and organised this display. This is also further testament to the wonderful community spirit in Tetbury that this very rock display symbolises. St Marys School

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“You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.” Wangari Maathai

We are rather boldly hoping that our new Nature Club will do just that. The aim is that you will be inspired to learn a bit more about the natural world we live in, and how to help protect it. Each month there will be new things to learn, crafts to do and activities to take part in. You will learn about the natural world and how to care for it, as well as learn about different animals and how you can help them. An emphasis is placed upon Reduce, Re-use and Recycle, and will include tips for you to try. Initially we are doing monthly craft and activity packs for you to take away and complete at home, but will hold workshops from September, COVID regulations pending. The craft and activity packs are available throughout the month, just pop into the library and ask for your free pack. This club has been possible because of the kind grant we received from the Feoffees, so thank you all for your generosity.

The Summer Reading Challenge has also started now and will run until Saturday the 11th of September. The theme is Wild World Heroes, which links in nicely as the characters in the challenge learn how to look after the environment. To complete the challenge, you will need to visit the library three times and take a minimum of two books out to read at home. You will receive a set of stickers each visit, along with an extra something, and receive a certificate and a medal at the completion. Each week there will be a different craft and activity pack for you to take away and make at home. We are also able to hold actual events outside for you to attend, but booking in advance will be essential as places are restricted. As all events are outside on the grass in front of the library, you will not need to wear a mask, but you will be asked to use

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Tetbury and District Footpath Group We have made the most of largely fine weather in the last few weeks, it’s been good to be out and about. Our schedule included a walk around Cotswold Park including a stretch of the Thames and Severn Canal where we passed the renovated canal cottage shown in the photograph - a lovely spot to live! It’s also good to see the lifting of COVID restrictions, although be assured we will continue to be cautious in our approach to walks..

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the committee will be reviewing our policy in the coming days, so keep an eye on the website (https://www.tetburywalkers. where you will find details of how to join the group. Visitors are welcome and you will also find information about our Walks Brochures.

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10th August. Start time 9.30 am start at the Goods Shed. The Selsey Circuit. Cars needed. Starting in Kings Stanley, via Middleyard and Penn Wood and over Selsey Common to Selsey. Returning along a stretch of the Stroudwater Canal to Ryeford and back to Kings Stanley. A circuit of the alternative routes of the Cotswold Way. 5 miles (8km) Grade B/C. Walk Leader: Chris Chater 07528 948080

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Well, this is a first – an August Tetbury Advertiser – what fun! Events recently at the Shed included a great afternoon for all the family the other week when the Last Baguette brought King Arthur to Tetbury – performing outside to an enthusiastic gathering. Local (and acclaimed) pianist Clare Hammond played to a most appreciative audience, and we were delighted to welcome back Keith James – this time with a sell-out tribute show to Cat Stevens, finishing the month with a wonderful evening of gypsy jazz and popular French café tunes with Le Swing. August sees Saxophonist James Morton back with his band Pork Chop and our

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afternoon matinees offer a selection of films for children – please see our advert for more information. We are pleased and relieved that some of the restrictions and regulations around COVID have been relaxed but the safety and well being of our supporters and staff must come first. Therefore, for the time being at least, we are continuing to put on events that are socially distanced and to ask everyone (unless exempt) to wear a face covering when moving around the Goods Shed – but the good news is you can now remove them when seated during a performance. This will be harder for us financially, but we think it is the right thing to do and we hope you understand. If all goes well, then we

can welcome more of you back to the Shed in a month or so remembering our Whistle Stop Café is open Wednesday through to Sundays offering a tasty selection of food and drink. We are grateful for your support during these difficult times and if you are able, we would invite you to join our 200 Club – first prize now is a jolly decent £100 and will rise to £300 once all the places have been taken. Members pay £60 a year – half the money goes to keep the Shed going in these tough times and half goes into the Prize Money. You can download an application form from our website or email Trustee Carol Paton on info@shed-arts. for more information. If you havent been down to see it already, then do make time to visit leading modern aviation artist David Bent’s Exhibition “The Art of Flight”. His work reflects the precision and engineering excellence of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team capturing the imagination of those who see and are inspired by his pieces - just as the Red Arrows do. This exhibition runs to the end of the month.

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Dolphins Hall and Recreation Ground It’s August, it looks like COVID restrictions have been lifted… …and life can at least begin to return to normal. This includes the Dolphins Hall now being available for social bookings. You can check out the details and see the current availability at We are looking forward to welcoming you all back for your parties and family events.

Hopefully by the time you read this we would have, at long last, placed a steel order and somewhere a frame for our new Community Youth and Sports Building on the rec is being manufactured. Once we have a delivery date for the frame, we will be able to schedule the rest of the ground works to co-ordinate with the steel frames arrival. Current manufacturing and general building shortfalls are making this build challenging from all angles, but it does feel like things are starting to move.

be hard for the trustees to keep up with them all. From time to time someone will volunteer to help, and it makes a huge difference. Often, once the job is done, we might hear from someone who will tell us they could have helped but didn’t know we needed the help. With this in mind, we have decided to create a volunteers list. We are asking people to sign up to an email list that will only be used for us to send out calls for help with the hope that someone on the list might be able to help.

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If the request is something you can do and you have the time to help you will be able to reply to get the details. If it is not for you or you are not available, you can simply ignore the email. If you can join the volunteer list, please do so at www. You will be able to unsubscribe at any time. Finally, we are hoping that this year August will give us some wonderful weather and we can all enjoy a few picnics and some relaxation time on the rec. When you do so, please remember to put your litter in the bins (or if they are full take your litter home) so we can all enjoy seeing the rec at its best. Steve Scott (Scotty), Chair of Trustees.


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If you check our page you will see that we only appear to have fifty four backers – this is very misleading as lots of people are donating cash, which shows up as ‘Tetbury Bowls Club’ or large, odd amounts in members’ names. Of course, we are very happy to take cash donations – every bit helps! Whilst we still have some fundraising schemes planned for the next few weeks we really do need the support of our community and hope that you feel able to help.

Tetbury Bowls Club has just one month left to… …reach our Spacehive target of £20,000 towards the redevelopment of our clubhouse. As I write this, we have approximately £11,000 still to find before the 1st of October 2021. You can see by the plan above that our development project is to upgrade our facilities for our growing membership as well as encouraging more groups such as the elderly, disabled and juniors to join us. There will be a bigger clubroom with more indoor viewing space and a much needed disabled toilet to add to the new changing rooms already finished and in use.

Bowls is a sport for all, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability. It is sociable, confidence building and helps us keep fit as well as being good, clean, competitive fun – just ask any of our new forty playing, novice, junior or social members this year! The bowls club has been part of the Tetbury community for over a hundred years and we feel now is the time to expand to a wider audience by making our facilities more accessible. We are asking for your help to do this. You can help by pledging any amount, however small, on our website

In other news, we look forward to hosting Tetbury WI for their August BBQ and Bowls evening. It is the first opportunity the WI have had to meet face to face and, as a member myself, I know how competitive some of these ladies are, so it promises to be a fun night. Our men are proving to be very successful in Division 3 and, with enthusiastic support from new members, are looking to put teams into Division 2 & 3 next season. Much missed Friendlies against other clubs will start again after July 19th and we are working towards finals in our interclub competitions. There’s never a dull moment! Jan Yates Secretary, Tetbury Bowls Club


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Goodbye and Good Luck to our Year Six Leavers! The show will go on!

We are also bidding farewell to the unflappable Mr Bond who, whatever the weather, has been our school crossing patrol for the past eight years. We are completely indebted to Mr Bond for keeping our children and families safe as they cross the busy high street twice a day and thank him for his many years of service with a smile.

Despite having to re-think the staging of the end of year KS2 production, the Owls class (y5/6), directed by Ms Robertson and stage designed by Mrs Boulton, performed their version of ‘Hoodwinked’ a musical adaptation of the tale of Robin Hood. The performance was filmed and then shared with their families, sure to bring joy and happiness at the end of a challenging year.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in keeping the wheels turning in school throughout another challenging academic year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back in September, as well as welcoming our new reception children, for what will hopefully be a smooth start to the autumn term.

The Eagles (r/1) had an exciting visit from a local fire engine at the end of term. Dressing up as fire fighters, the children boarded the engine and squirted the hoses, creating a lot of joy all round and plenty of smiles! The school garden is flourishing with plants and wildlife as the whole school has been focusing on biodiversity in Forest School sessions. The children have also participated in an interschool quiz, held virtually, and been learning about the school’s carbon footprint and what they can do to conserve energy with the guidance from our chair of governors and engineer Mrs Wheatley. As I write, the school is preparing to wave farewell to its inspirational year six pupils who are leaving to embark on the

next stage of their academic adventure. Although the send-off may not be quite the same as previous years, staff have embraced the change and are ensuring the leavers depart in style with a special leavers’ assembly being held outdoors for parents to attend and a BBQ and swimming party at Beau Desert School organised by a parent. We are so proud of our resilient year six and wish them all the very best for their transitions to secondary school.

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St Mary’s Playgroup As this is a bonus August edition… …it seems only fit to share with you all our achievements and celebrations over this last term after what has been a very challenging year for everyone. Firstly, it has been so wonderful to complete a whole year without closure – who would have thought we could be so pleased just to stay open?! This feels like a great achievement and has only been possible through the dedication of our team and support from our fantastic parents/families who have held firmly on this bumpy road with us, weathering each lockdown and restriction with firm grit and determination. We are so fortunate to have such a strong community of families who make our playgroup such a joy to be a part of. We have now waved our preschoolers off to school and whilst we couldn’t do our previously ‘tried and loved’ trip on the train, they have however still had visits from the


teachers, a trip to St Mary’s School to get a taste of what’s to come, preschool photos in our beautiful forest school and had a ‘party in the park’ to celebrate the end of the year. We hope that they all enjoy their special gift boxes, packed full of ‘funky fingers’ objects and ideas to try at home – these will really help them build up the strength in their hands ready for all the work they will do at school. I speak on behalf of us all

when I say we are so proud of how far they have all come and how resilient they have been to all the changes – we can’t wait to visit them (hopefully) at the end of the year to see how they’re getting on. Whilst we will be losing a big group to school this year, we are also gaining the same number of new children next term which is unheard of! September promises to be the start of a very busy year for us which we are really excited about and even more so that this means we can expand our team and keep Faye with us (who has been covering maternity leave), whilst Jess will return after having had her baby in January. We will however still be focusing on the happiness of our children so we will be taking inductions slowly and having one new child each session/week to give them lots of needed attention. We can’t wait to welcome all our new families in very soon. This term also saw our very first virtual Balloon race ever, which was very exciting to watch! Our lucky winners received a beautiful hamper, outdoor family photo shoot and a shopping gift voucher kindly sponsored by our awesome local businesses - Shute’s landscaping, Williams Textiles, Little Bird Photography and Tetbury Tesco. With their help and everyone who bought a balloon we raised £350! All of this goes straight into funding what we do and has also meant we could buy an amazing light projector box for our children to use – they have already had so much fun creating shadow puppets to put on shows with it. With restrictions easing we are still planning to start our Seedlings baby and toddler group again in September which runs on a Monday from 9.00 -11.00 am at the front of Christ Church. We cannot wait to welcome you all back in and will share further information on our facebook page for this at the end of the summer. In the meantime, if you would like more information on what we offer or to enquire about a space for your child in 2022 please get in touch via our facebook page or email Happy summer holidays everyone!


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Letters to the Editor… Dear Editor, praise and thanks I would like to pass my ll Recreation Ground. on to the Dolphins Ha walk around the Rec, It has been a joy to Thursday evening, a order a Pizza on all ages just enjoying and see residents of long light evenings. the open space and bury for everyone. Tet Certainly an asset to

Tetbury’s Unsung Hero Dear Editor I should like to nominate Helen Silins as your Unsung Hero for August; she is retiring from her post at St Mary’s CE VA Primary school. As many Mums, Dads, families and children will know, Helen has been an important figure as the Pastoral and Inclusion Lead at St Mary’s - caring for the needs of the children there for many years. She is the person that everyone’s gone to for kindness, considerate chats, and a guiding hand. The person who could show the children through some troubling storms into the bright sunny days beyond.

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I had one of those terrible dry-mouth heart-pounding moments older men get (all too often,) when I got home from Tesco the other day. I realised that I’d managed to drop my wallet somewhere on Tetbury’s fair streets. You can imagine my surprise and relief, then, when the phone rang scant minutes later to say that it had been retrieved by Jackie - and that she would be glad to return it to me, contents intact. Hurrah! Jackie also refused any reward - hence this letter to your good self. Many thanks, Jackie. Our town is stuffed full of wonderful, honest, helpful people. I shan’t be testing the theory by leaving a wallet on the roof of my car again any time soon, but I’m quite sure that it holds true. Kind regards Richard Smith 100208 KP Gardens



Helen was always totally dedicated and committed to her pastoral duties, and those children and families whose needs were her prime consideration. Her individual knowledge of all the children she was involved with never failed to amaze me - and nothing was ever too much trouble for her, despite her always hectic work life. She also enjoyed the use and management of a bursary scheme, which enabled children to do things schools don’t always have the budget for - the main source of funding being provided by the Lions, Feoffees, Coventry Building Society and other local charities. This allowed her to lead country walks with picnics, a Saturday morning cinema, to acquire educational Lego, books, take educational visits to Roman Villa historical sites, to provide Easter Eggs, Christmas Food Parcels, to visit the local zoo… The list really is endless. There are many examples of her commitment to help other people, but the one which sticks out in my mind was when we raised enough money to make up sixty ‘luxury’ food parcels for deserving families. Within forty-five minutes of calling her to ask for support in delivering them to the right families, she had organised collection and delivery. A miracle! Helen all over. Supportive and thoughtful as always. To conclude: Helen is a superstar and should be recognised as such by us all. The contribution she has made to young people’s lives and to the wellbeing of their families over the years is incredible. One of Tetbury’s true Unsung Heroes, I hope you can honour her in the usual way. I am sure that I will not be the only one to miss her as she moves on - and we can only hope that what she stood for and the commitment she gave at St Mary’s can be continued. Name and address withheld. Ed: I can ensure she receives a £50.00 voucher for use at the Priory Inn. Many thanks as usual to The Priory Inn for this provision. If there’s someone you know who repeatedly contributes selflessly to the wider community, then please do let me know? My details are Page on 1 page three of the magazine.

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Consultants take dare devil challenge in aid of Tetbury Hospital! We are so excited, if slightly nervous, that three of our consultants have agreed to take to the skies and wing walk as a dare devil fundraising challenge in aid of Tetbury Hospital.

Our intrepid Wing Walk Team are Mr Ian Comaish, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mr Mike Rigby, Medical Director and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Dr Henry Murdoch, Consultant Anaesthetist and Clinical Lead for Anaesthesia. On Tuesday the 31st of August they will take individual flights over Rendcomb Airfield, a World War 1 grass airfield near Cirencester. They will fly on the top wing

Tetbury Hospital is an independent charity and the money we receive from NHS activity only supports our operational processes, so the Friends of Tetbury Hospital continually need to come up with new and innovative fundraising ideas such as this one! If you want to support this tremendous challenge, by three of our well-respected clinicians you will be helping them to raise money to fund vital medical equipment and improvements to our hospital facility. Use the donate button on our website or send a donation to Wing Walk Challenge, Tetbury Hospital, Tetbury, GL8 8XB Good luck team!

Rose Garden Event We want to say a massive thank you to Tetbury residents, Jeremy and Sue Townsend, who opened their wonderful rose garden on the 4th of July. It was a wonderful afternoon spent strolling around the garden, taking in the spectacular sight and heady scent of over fifty varieties of beautiful roses. They raised an incredible £379 in aid of Tetbury Hospital.


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On the 21st of June Ridge Class travelled by bus to PGL (Parents Get Lost) in sunny Torquay. We were excited to be in rooms with all of our friends, sharing sweets and gossiping lots. Throughout our time at PGL, we experienced many once in a lifetime activities. Our favourite activities were canoeing and raft-building even though we were dripping wet, cold and wore all of our clothes in one day! We also loved the

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Tetbury Hospital A Day in the Life of a Health Care Assistant. My name is Jess and I am new to Health Care and Tetbury Hospital! On my first day I was greeted by probably every person, in every department, all welcoming me with massive smiles, whilst I got to work almost immediately! I didn’t know what a day in a hospital looked or felt like and initially I was overwhelmed at the competencies of my fellow team members and HCA’s, who are such a credit to the profession. My first week or two, I was sitting in on consultations to gain a full understanding of what was expected of the HCA’s. This proved to be such an advantage. as I could understand and manage expectations from all concerned.

If you are working in the procedure room, you ensure the room is set up correctly. Sterilised equipment is prepared ready for the surgeon and again, welcoming the patient, making sure they are fully at ease and that you communicate with them throughout. I feel incredibly lucky to be given this opportunity, especially in our local hospital. I was amazed about the level of clinics and procedures that Tetbury Hospital Trust offer and the service they provide.

nursing in the future. I can confidently say that working at Tetbury Hospital will put me in good stead to be able to do this. Thank you Tetbury Hospital and the Outpatients Team for making me feel very welcome, teaching me and guiding me along the way! However, there is still LOADS to learn but bring it on! It is said that the NHS are unsung heroes and you know what...they are right!

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These past weeks have been so special. We’ve had so many lovely requests for christenings! This is one “life event” that we can now celebrate, and it is a joy to welcome families in church for the baptism of their little ones. I was close to tears as I conducted my first baptism in over eightenn months – it was such a moving occasion. Thank you to Noah and his lovely family. And, of course, there are lots of weddings now taking place. So many couples had

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Sir WIlliam Romney’s School Amid the challenges that Covid-19 has thrown at us as a country, community and school, at Sir William Romney’s we have continued to strive to provide high quality learning, pastoral care, and extracurricular opportunities to our students. The pandemic has allowed us to develop and embrace a wide range of new skills as the role of technology has become invaluable across the educational sector, as well as develop our students to be resilient and independent learners. Now more than ever we felt as a school that the students health and wellbeing have never been so important. Therefore, during the last lockdown all students had a wellbeing day to help promote mental resilience. This day was invaluable

and provided students with a range of opportunities that promoted physical and mental wellbeing. The students threw themselves into this wholeheartedly with the production of family quizzes, conversations with family members from another generation and upcycling clothing being just a snapshot. Students and a few parents also joined James Shone from ‘I can, I am’ a charitable organisation that focuses on inspiring confidence in every individual, he spent an hour exploring the importance of self-belief and self-confidence. To continue to develop students’ mental resilience and promote wellbeing, students returned to their classrooms and were welcomed back to a huge variety of extracurricular clubs this spring, these ranged from the more typical sports clubs to world issues, crafting and film club to name a few. Our students grasped these opportunities to socialise and fully engage in the richness of school life excitedly. Each one of the twenty-six clubs has been well attended and our running of the Duke of Edinburgh award has continued with a record number of students taking part.

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We have also seen students engage in many of our house competitions, for example the one-hundred-word young writers short story competition, for which there was a flurry of mini sagas in the genre of ‘The Unsolved Mystery’. Jumping to another discipline of English our Year 8 interhouse debating competition has been held recently. It was an amazing and lively debate in which the content of their arguments were well researched and they delivered them well with clarity and persuasion. Finally, our year 8’s have been provided with the opportunity to meet the author of ‘Oh My Gods!’ Alexandra Sheppard who will discuss her route into writing and how she forms the ideas for her novels. She will also be running a short story writing competition for year 8 who will get the chance to win a signed copy of her book and 5 ‘runners up’ will have the chance to attend a creative writing workshop with the author. It’s going to be a fantastic day! It’s not only English we’re good at communicating in, with some significant wins for Modern Foreign Languages. We have seen two of our year 9 students being highly commended (out of a list of ten nationally) in the ‘Flash Fiction Competition (competition in which stories are written by students and translated into French) and secondly, five students competed in the South West heats of the MFL Spelling Bee, with one qualifying to represent the Southwest in the national final. It doesn’t stop there, three of our students, from thousands across the country, competed for the Anthea Bell Prize for Young Translators with amazing success and will go forward to represent the Southwest. A team of translators from right across the UK, along with Oxford languages undergraduates, have worked together to judge the competition. We eagerly await the national finals. Sir William Romney’s School team

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Recently we also had a donation of cake from a kind soul for our tea break, that went quicker than the rhubarb. The second part of the Men in Sheds project, the workshop on the Cirencester Road industrial estate, is now moving forward following the significant lockdown delay. We have a team of six hardy pensioners ready with wire brushes, WD 40, paint brushes, years of experience and a large tub of cream for arthritic joints. This happy band will set to and service the windows, shutters, doors and paint all external surfaces. A new “silent” generator has been sourced and this will be transported to site so that we can check for possible noise disturbance, especially as new homes are being built adjacent to the site. The inside of the unit is yet to offer a safe environment in which to operate woodworking tools, of which we have many, so we are still looking for one or two individuals to come forward and help set this up. Both aspects of Men in Sheds offer Tetbury folk the opportunity to witness grown men trying to convince each other they know what they are doing. While the workshop is in its infancy, please come by the allotment and say hello with money in your hand. There is no price list, we just ask for donations to support the Lions Club. For further information please contact Ken on 01666 504189. Ken White Men in Sheds

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Still think you don’t need a water softener? I have a number of thank you’s to give this month, firstly to Feoffee Will Cook and his able assistant Grayham Cleaver who have installed a memorial bench in Preston Park and secondly to Keith Leaver, the Tetbury Tailor, for his donation of £100, following the sale of four items in his Tetbury Tweed range. Finally, we have been pleased to support Tetbury Library with a donation of £800 in support of their soon to be created Nature Club – please keep an eye out on their website and Facebook page for details of the start date.

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The schools are about to join colleges and universities and start their summer holidays; after what has been a turbulent year with lockdowns enforced on them like all of us. A few weeks back as I was leaving, my neighbour was leaving to take her daughter to school. I offered them a lift but she declined saying that she wanted to get her steps in. A couple of days later she called over the fence, that it was just as well that I didn’t take them because as they got to school, the head teacher turned them away because someone in her daughter’s class had proved positive for COVID. They were sent home to isolate for ten days. I

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realise that we have to be careful but it can not have been easy for parents or teachers during this time. We wish all children and young people, along with teachers a happy and safe holidays. The Prime Minister lifted all restrictions on Monday the 19th of July but with advice about wearing masks in crowded places and on public transport. Businesses too may wish to impose restrictions; as I write this, we are awaiting confirmation from the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, to confirm if there are restrictions they wish us to still impose. Our Parish Priest, Fr Philip Thomas celebrated his Silver Jubilee of Ministry with a Celebrated Mass in both St Michael’s and St Peter’s Churches. It was not what

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was planned, he had wanted to celebrate with one Mass for both parishes to attend on the Sunday followed by a picnic. After Mass, it seemed rude not to celebrate with at least coffee and cake! Father has been away for a well-earned rest, but we are hoping to organise a BBQ in St Peter’s Church Garden soon. We are all looking forward to some sort of ‘normality’ with singing at Mass, hiring the hall out again albeit still with some caution. Various variants have caused cases to increase, but if we proceed with caution, we may prevent a further lockdown in the Autumn. We would like to welcome new families moving into Tetbury and the surrounding area. Our Sunday Mass is at 9.00 am. We normally also have Mass on Wednesday and Saturday at 10.00 am, but please check the latest newsletter on our website: You will be very welcomed. On behalf of Father Philip and the Parishioners of St Michael’s parish God’s Blessing to keep well and safe. Elaine Wright Parish Administrator St Michael’s Catholic Church, Tetbury


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