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What’s On For details of the many services of celebration and choral and musical events this season, please see the “News from” articles in this issue. 1st December to 3rd December - Christmas Tree Festival at St Saviour’s Church 3rd December - Christmas Market in the Market Hall in aid of St Marys’ Church 3rd and 4th December - Christmas Celebrations, Newark Park 11.00 am - 4.00 pm Festive Weekend. Santa will be visiting! 4th December at 7.30 – “Festivus: A Christmas Concert” at St Marys’ Church 8th December – HOTS annual party in the Market Hall 10th and 17th December - Lion’s Christmas Raffle 11th December at 5.00 pm - Handel’s Messiah at St Marys’ Church See the article and advert in this issue for more details 12th December - Tetbury WI Christmas Social Evening 13th December - SWR, St.Mary’s and Avening primary school Carol Service at St Marys’ Church at 6:30 pm 14th December – TARTS Christmas Social, Shipton Moyne Village Hall 16th and 17th December - Christian Aid collection at Tesco Please give generously! 18th December - Hare and Hounds Wassailing Lunch More details in this issue; contact Sue Hirst on 01666 504213 23rd December at 6.00 pm – Carol Service at the Goods Shed 27th January at 7.00 pm – Tetbury Theatre Group AGM, Dolphins Hall Tetbury Library opening hours and events. Please see the details in the article in this issue Save ‘n’ Borrow Credit Union every Thursday 2.00 until 4.00 pm at the Town Council Offices in Long Street Citizens Advice Cotswold District now provides advice from the Town Council Offices on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 12.00

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Contents Anthony Mitchell 68 Avening School 9 Avening WI 59 Avonvale Football Club 57 Chelworth Bookworms 62 Christmas in Tetbury 4 Computer Advice 6 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 20 Do You Believe? 11 Dolphins Drama Group 67 Dr Nehrig 61 Eating Out 11 Girlguiding 46 History of Tetbury Society 44 Leighterton Primary School 56 Letters to the Editor 70 Lion’s Den 5 Mayor’s Piece 40 News from Christ Church 65 News from St Marys’ Church 12 News from St Michaels 42 Patient Participation Group 61 Priory Inn Blog 54 Puddle Ducks 16 Rodmarton Primary School 52 Romney House Surgery 60 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 24 Sir William Romney’s School 23 St Mary’s Playgroup 28 Tetbury Art Society 19 Tetbury Camera Club 53 Tetbury Community Choir 68 Tetbury Food Bank 35 Tetbury in Bloom 33 Tetbury Library 27 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 35 Tetbury Police Museum 66 Tetbury Probus 36 Tetbury Rail Lands Trust 39 Tetbury Theatre Group 49 Tetbury Town Football Club 32 Tetbury WI 43 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 50 Unsung Hero - December 54 What’s On 3 Young by Name 10

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

Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Gloucester. Tel: 08000 514514. www.

DOCTORS Romney House Surgery, Long Street. Tel: 502303 The Tolsey Surgery, High Street, Sherston. Tel: 01666 840270.

CHURCHES Christ Church, The Chipping 01453 298389 Gospel Hall, Hampton St.Tel.503166 St. Marys’ - C of E- Church St. 500088 St. Michael’s - R.C. - The Green 502367 Tetbury Community Church, 25 The Ferns 07739 909047.

HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 502336. PHYSIOTHERAPY Tel: 501766. CHIROPODIST Tel: 504228. OSTEOPATHS Tel: 503599 and 502214. LOCAL AUTHORITIES Tetbury Town Council, Old Courthouse, Long Street. Tel: 504670 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) Council Info. Services, in Council Office. Email: Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester. Tel: (01285) 623000

SCHOOLS - SWR Comprehensive, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275. Rodmarton Primary School, Tel: 01285 841284. NATIONAL EXPRESS Bookings taken. Daily return service from Cirencester to Heathrow.

RAILWAY STATION Kemble - 6 miles Enquiries Tel: 0845 748 4950 LIBRARY Close Gardens. Tel: 502258 (Mon 10.00-1.00, Tue 10.00-5.00, Wed 10.00-5.00, Fri 10.00-6.00, Sat 10.00-1.00) DOLPHINS HALL COMMUNITY CENTRE Bookings through 504670 or website COTSWOLD CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU TEL: 0808 800 0511 COMMUNITY CONNEXIONS TRANSPORT Sandford Park Offices, College Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7HX Tel: 0345 680 5029 SWRS SPORT/LEISURE CENTRE Tel: 501086 TOURIST INFORMATION 33 Church Street. Tel: 503552.

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• Ali Bristow of Artique for creating such a magical Santa’s Grotto. • Colin of DJ Sweet Lightning for supplying the sound system.

Festive Lighting Displays Switched-On I love Christmas. After months of planning, the Christmas trees have been installed and the town centre lights are lit, showing Tetbury off in all its glory.

Very many thanks to: • Highgrove Enterprises who have sponsored more new lights within the town and the gifts Santa gave to the children when they visited the Grotto on the Switch On evening. • Mark Cummings of Radio Gloucestershire for his support in switching on the lights for us. • Mr and Mrs Lowsley-Williams for their kind donation of the majestic fir trees to the town, that sit alongside the entrance to the Market House. The epicentre of the festive lighting displays.

• The Avening Silver Band and Saint Mary’s School Choir for the entertainment and the Tetbury bell ringers for their support. • The Lions Club of Tetbury, Tetbury Town Council, The Feoffees, Artique, Elite Wealth Management Ltd, Jester Antiques, Martin White Jeweller, Muir Antiques and The George Veterinary Group without whose generosity we would not be able to fund the lighting displays or the evening of entertainment... • Friends and supporters from amongst the Town Council, Tetbury in Bloom and the police for their hard work in preparing for, and putting on the event - we couldn’t do it without you.


• The traders who have joined in the annual shop window display competition so wholeheartedly and creatively – it all adds to the festive spirit. Still to look forward to is the Christmas lunch on Sunday 18th December at the Hare and Hounds with entertainment from the wonderful ‘Wassailers of Stroud’. For more details look for our advert in this month’s Advertiser and contact Sue Hirst on 504213 if you would wish to join us. All profits go towards the town centre Christmas lighting displays which, I hope you agree, help to show off Tetbury in all its beauty. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Christmas in Tetbury committee. Liz Farnham Christmas in Tetbury

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At our November Meeting, we welcomed not just one – not two but three potential new members. We all hope they will join us and make us one of the largest Lions Clubs in our region. Could you be a Lion? Our meeting was followed a few days later by a Quiz Night in a packed Dolphins Hall. It was a great evening and lots of fun, even though I did find most of the questions far too hard to answer! Over £300 raised so very well done

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to all who helped organise a fun evening, particularly Lions Saxon and Alan G. One of our potential projects for next Spring is to organise a “Care in the Community” conference, to which the widest possible number of services available for the people in the Tetbury area are brought together in the same room for publicity and discussion. We see Tetbury Lions potentially “acting as a midwife” to initiate such a publicising of services, although we do not have the skills or facilities to provide services ourselves. The Tetbury “Panto” in November was yet again a great success and we Lions provided our annual transport service to

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collect those who were unable to reach The Dolphins Hall by themselves. It was a fantastic night – particular thanks to Lion David Hicks for all his organisational work. As I write, the Tetbury Christmas Lights “switch-on” is only a few days away and, as usual, the Lions will be providing marshalling services and will have their Christmas Raffle again under the Town Hall. As usual, too, there will be many lovely prizes to be won, so temptingly close… just a ticket away! If you can’t buy a ticket at the “Lights Switch-on”, tickets for the Lion’s Christmas Raffle will also be on sale as usual in the Town on Saturday mornings, the 10th and the 17th of December. To give you every chance to get your ticket, they will also be on sale outside Tesco’s on Thursday 8th and the 15th December. Whether it’s sunny, raining or snowing, Lions members will be there with their fluorescent tabards so please do come and find us. There’s a new Town initiative this year in St Saviours Church (opposite the fire station) organised by TACT (Tetbury Area Churches Together) with various local Groups each providing and dressing a Christmas Tree from the end of November. It promises to be a wonderful display. Do come along and see for yourself! And finally – a request. In the New Year, we will be having a “big push” collecting unwanted spectacles. Most of us who use glasses have some old, unused pairs around. In February, Lions will be making a collection of these unwanted spectacles to be sent for checking and then sent onward to Lions Clubs in Africa where they are desperately needed. More details will be in the February Advertiser. As President of Lions, on behalf of all our members, may I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.


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Computer Advice Could your Computer be held to Ransom? It is happening here, now! As the last editorial of 2016, I was hoping to start off on a lighter note, but I have seen a couple of computers in the last week that have had all the personal data encrypted by criminals who then try to blackmail you in to paying for a decryption key to recover it, usually in Bit coins. This can be several hundred pounds or more.

stuff to a USB stick or external drive. Let me know if you need a hand with this or some software to synchronise your backup so that you only need to make a couple of mouse clicks to keep it up to date. Of course, do disconnect your backup from the PC when it is complete. On a lighter note, may I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a great start to the New Year! Thank you for

This particular “nasty” is usually spread via a web link or email attachment either as a PDF or office files. There is only one way to recover your data without paying these criminals - and that is to use your backup, which you are doing regularly aren’t you? Even if you are, do not leave your backup drive connected to your computer all the time as the Trojan will also encrypt that too! In fact, it will encrypt all data connected to your PC and possibly on your entire network, if you have one. This does not just affect business users but those of you at home as well. So, if the children’s laptop is infected for instance, your computer probably will be too! This can also infect you, even if you only share printers. Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive are also vulnerable. Most antivirus software will not detect it until it is too late, so do be super-vigilant when opening attachments, and only open them if you are certain you are expecting them and you really need the data. Never click on web inks from emails. If you really need to, right click on the link and copy and then paste it in to your browser. Before clicking to the site, do check the address to make sure it looks OK and is not going to a rogue foreign website for instance. It really is not worth the risk. Also, do make sure you have turned off your preview screen within your mail program to make sure the emails are not opened by default and you can delete suspicious ones in safety. If you are not regularly backing up, please do take a moment to copy your important

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Young by Name Pray fill your glasses! As 2016 draws to a close, few will mourn its passing. From the start, it seemed a blighted year, robbing us of many national treasures and bringing us Brexit and President-Elect Trump. Scrolling back through the year to seek more positive memories, I discover the event that filled me with most hope was the centenary of the Somme. Ironically, one of the bloodiest battles in human history became a source of hope when at 7:30 AM on July 1st, vast numbers of people gathered nationwide to commemorate those who gave their todays for our tomorrows, and again on Remembrance Day last month. It was heartening to see people from throughout society turn out for these events, including many young people and children. It is especially heartening that so many of the youngest generation want to honour them though very few have met anyone born during that era and perhaps feel no immediate personal connection. My daughter is lucky to be an exception. She has been able to get to know my grandma’s cousin Nina, born before the Battle of the Somme began. We helped her celebrate her hundredth birthday this year. Each time we visit her, we feel we are touching history and witnessing at first hand the human instinct to survive in the face of adversity. Nina has been widowed four times, but is currently happily single, as common parlance has it. Such special occasions lift my spirits beyond the quagmire of the daily news headlines. Every day brings reasons to be hopeful, if only we remember to look for them. Yes, I know that’s easy for an optimist to say. I realise not everyone is such a Pollyanna like me. During an interviewed the other day on BCfm Radio, I told the presenter, historian and historical novelist Lucienne

Boyce, that I’m a glass-half-full person. I was amused by her response “I’m the kind of pessimist that can’t even see the glass”. Perhaps for 2017 we should each resolve to find our glass and fill it.

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She’s my dad’s mum. Instead of trying to do all her shopping just before Christmas, she starts buying presents in the January sales. Dad says my mum ought to do what Grandma does.” “I bet that goes down a storm with your mum.” Jerome’s brow furrowed briefly before he continued. “It’s much cheaper that way, because you can get things really cheap in the sales. And you don’t have to buy everything all at once, so you don’t run out of money like Mum does.”

Do You Believe? “Just to give advice. Besides, it would seem rude not to call in while I was passing, after you’ve gone to the trouble of stopping off here at your busiest time of year.” “Seems fair enough,” I said. “Thanks for dropping by.” Jerome stood up and stretched out his hand to shake mine. It made a refreshing change from a hug.


“It’s a pleasure, Santa. Thanks for everything.”

“Yes. It’s obvious, really.”

“Thank you, Jerome.”

“You’re doing it all wrong. You know that, don’t you?” was the opening gambit of the last small boy to come into my grotto today.

The little boy looked so earnest that I tried to convince myself he meant well. Then I spotted a flaw in his logic.

And with that he skipped off towards the exit.

The dark-haired, dark-eyed child sat down on the stool at my feet for his allocated three minutes. As he gazed earnestly at me through his round dark-rimmed glasses, the reflection of the fairy lights twinkled on the surface of his black laceup shoes, which were surprisingly shiny for this end of the school day. I wondered whether he’d polished them specially in preparation for his visit.

“But how would I know what to buy? Children don’t usually send me their letters till December.”

“This is Jerome,” said Samantha brightly. “Jerome is 9. Hello, Jerome.” Samantha is my afternoon elf. I have Caroline in the morning, but she only works during the school day. Henderson’s is very good like that, flexible with its workers’ shifts. That’s how they get decent Christmas staff. Behind Jerome’s back, Samantha winked at me as she upended the egg timer for his visit. “What do you mean, I’m doing it all wrong? How do you make that out, sonny?” “Well.” Jerome gazed at the floor for a moment, as if planning a long speech. “You’re what my dad calls a last-minute man. Doing everything at the last minute. My dad’s very good at planning ahead. He’s what they call a time management consultant.” “Is he, now?” “Yes. My dad says that if my mum didn’t leave everything till the last minute, she wouldn’t be rushing around so much now. I think you’re a lot like my mum. If you were a bit better at planning things, you wouldn’t have to be up all night on Christmas Eve. You could just do a little bit of work every day all through the year instead.” Samantha clapped her hand over her mouth to suppress a giggle. She does that a lot, does Samantha. “Really? And how would that work?” “You could do what my grandma does.

Jerome shrugged. “Some children will probably ask for things that you’ve bought in the sales” I had to admit he had a point. “And there’s bound to be some who just say they want a surprise. That’s what my little sister always says. Just give them whatever you’ve got left. Easy.” Samantha was flicking a duster over the fake fireplace, one of the afternoon elf’s duties at the end of the day. “Not much gets past you, Jerome, does it, eh?” she encouraged him. Jerome solemnly shook his head. “Then you’d have more time to wrap everything, too,” he continued. “And to sort it all out into different delivery sacks. You could do one for each country. By the way, you might want to think about posting some of the presents instead of trying to take them all round to people’s houses on Christmas Eve. You’re lucky the animal rights people haven’t told you off for making those reindeer work so hard.” This boy was too clever by half. Conscious that the egg-timer had long since run out, I tried to steer him back on track.

“Was he taking the mickey?” I hissed to the smiling Samantha. “Do you think he’s stopped believing in Santa and was just having a laugh at my expense? Honestly, as if this job isn’t tiring enough without having to contend with smart alecks!” Samantha shushed me, her finger to her lips, and nodded towards the exit to indicate the boy’s return. “Sorry, Santa, I forgot to say – my sister’s at ballet so she couldn’t come to see you herself, but she told me to remind you that she’s asked for a surprise. In her letter. Which I made her send at Easter, when I sent you mine.” I peered at him over my glasses. “Jerome, what a wise and thoughtful boy you are. Are you for real?” He looked at me quizzically for a moment then burst out laughing. “Oh, Santa, you are funny! Of course I am. I’m just as real as you are.” I glanced across to Samantha, still unsure he wasn’t taking me for a ride. “See you Christmas Eve, then,” Jerome finished. “You know where I live.” With a final shake of my hand, he ran off and out into the big, wide world. I hoped it was ready for him. Debbie Young

“So what would you like for Christmas, Jerome? I’m guessing that you’ve been a good boy this year.” He nodded. “Of course. It makes much more sense to be good and get lots of presents. I worked that out a long time ago. Anyway, I put everything I wanted in my Christmas letter to you, don’t you remember? I sent it to you shortly after Easter.” I clapped my hand to my brow as if recovering from a momentary memory lapse. “Yes, of course,” I replied. “So why did you come to see me today?”

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News from St Marys’ When you stand to sing “O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant …” you know Christmas is really and truly here! There are so many fantastic highlights at St Marys’ in the festive season, I would be hard-pushed to pick a favourite. The Children’s Crib Service at 4.00 pm on Christmas Eve is gorgeous. The children are invited to dress up as sheep and shepherds, angels, stars … even donkeys to help bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Lots of children are involved in telling the Christmas story, and every child is invited up to the front to be part of the nativity scene. As you can imagine, excitement runs high and it is a magical time. Midnight Mass, at 11.30 pm that same evening, is wonderful, and just as joyful in a different way. The church is filled with people and beautiful music, all bathed in the candlelight of our lovely chandeliers. We will begin the service with It came upon a midnight clear, with its description of the First Christmas when “the world in solemn stillness lay” – and we end, of course, with O Come, all ye faithful.

Organised by Tetbury Area Churches Together (TACT) the Festival runs for three days, finishing with a Carol Service on Saturday 3rd December at 5.30 pm • Saturday 3rd December, 10.00 am-12.30 pm. Christmas Market in the Market Hall in aid of St Marys’ • Sunday 4th December at 7.30 Festivus: A Christmas Concert at St Marys’ • Sunday 11th December at 5.00 pm. Handel’s Messiah at St Marys’• • Tuesday 13th December at 6.30 pm. School’s Carol Concert at St Marys’

Special Services at St Marys’ Church • Sunday 27th November at 6.00 pm, Advent Carol Service • Sunday 4th December at 4.00 pm,

Children’s Christingle Service at St Marys • Sunday 18th December at 6.00 pm, Service of Nine Lessons and Carols • Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December at 4.00 pm, Children’s Crib Service • Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December at 11.30 pm, Midnight Mass • Christmas Day, Sunday 25th December 9.30 am - service with carols (naturally!) • Sunday 1st January at 10.30 am a special Christmas / New Year service in St Marys’, with drinks afterwards in the Vicarage Wishing you a wonderful Advent and a very Happy Christmas. With love and prayers, Poppy The Revd Poppy Hughes, Parish Priest The Benefice of Tetbury, Beverston, Long Newnton and Shipton Moyne

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But there is much to look forward to before Christmas itself!

Especially for children Every Sunday through December, at our 9.30 am service, children enjoy Advent stories and crafts in our Little Fishes Sunday School. We also have the candlelit Christingle Service with carols on Sunday 4th December at 4.00 pm. And – as mentioned earlier - we have our Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 4.00 pm, with special help from children at St Mary’s Primary School.

Musical highlights We delighted to be hosting two concerts in December. On Sunday 4th December at 7.30, we have Festivus: A Christmas Concert with musicians Heather Bristow, Nicola Clark, Richard Lloyd, James Slater and Sarana VerLin. The evening is “a beautiful and original take on sacred carols and the Christmas Story with just the right mix of contemporary material.” Then on Sunday 11th December at 5.00 pm we have a performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’, with instruments and voices of Time and Truth, conducted by Sir Martin Smith. And there is more for everyone!

Here are some dates for your diary. • Thursday 1st December to Saturday 3rd December … come and enjoy Tetbury’s first Christmas Tree Festival to be held at St Saviour’s Church on New Church Street.

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Puddle Ducks As the end of the year draws closer, the glitter is out in abundance at Puddle Ducks! It’s always a real privilege to work with young children but there is something extra-special about it when the magic of Christmas is in the air. But before we get too carried away with decorations and mince pies we will first turn the clock back a couple of weeks… We enjoyed a visit to Westonbirt Arboretum where we walked the tree top bridge and explored Silk Wood, collecting leaves and tracking down the Gruffalo’s Child. The weather was kind to us except for one rather sharp shower but that didn’t stop us heading up for a play on the big ship before home time! During ‘People who help us’ week, we were invited to Tetbury Fire Station where FF Andy Howell was waiting to show the children the fire engine. They all took turns sitting in the driving seat and turning on the hose. We had such a lovely morning so our grateful thanks go to Andy. We also went to visit Capelli hairdressers to see Hayley and her colleagues who help the ladies of Tetbury to look so lovely. The children really enjoyed their visit so thank you to all the staff and customers at Capelli for allowing us to come.

everything in sight with a sparkle of glitter – so beware if you should be visiting the Dolphins Hall during session time. Don’t stand still too long or you may just get a covering too! December is also a time when we naturally begin to reflect on the past year, and what a busy one it has been for us! We said goodbye to our biggest ever group of preschool leavers in July as well as to Claire and Cath but we have also welcomed Kirsten into our family as well as some new children who have all settled brilliantly.

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Author: Dr Holly Chivers BVSc MRCVS The George Veterinary Group, Tetbury 01666 503531 The George Veterinary Hospital 01666 823165 Christmas is nearly here and with it the arrival of decorations, presents and lots of festive food. It is a time full of excitement for the whole family, including our pets, and while it is important that every member of the family enjoys the festive season, it is also essential to be aware of the foods and decorations that can be harmful to our furry friends. Our pets can be very curious, particularly with all the changes around the home, so take time to inform your family of the potential risks your pets during the festivities. DECORATIONS AND PLANTS: Wrapping paper, candles and tinsel can cause choking or obstruction if ingested. Although it may seem fun to get your pets to unwrap their own presents, be sure to keep a watchful eye and clear up all the wrapping paper before they get a chance to eat it! Mistletoe, Holly, Ivy and Poinsettia all have the potential to make our pets sick if ingested.

your leftovers out of reach and don’t be tempted to offer your pet any of the remaining stuffing! Xylitol is found in sweeteners and chewing gum so if you are doing any home baking over Christmas, or want to sweeten up hot drinks for guests, be careful to keep them away from your pets. Ingestion can cause low blood sugar levels and liver failure in dogs.

• Poinsettia can cause gastric irritation and vomiting, particularly in cats.

Alcohol has a similar effect on balance and coordination in dogs and cats as it does humans, however the effects will be much more severe as our furry friends are much smaller than us. With Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties approaching, remember that our pets can be very curious and if drinks are left on the floor, we might not be the only ones lapping them up!

FESTIVE FOODS: Chocolate - The ingestion of chocolate - particularly dark chocolate - can make your pet very ill. If sufficient amounts are ingested, vomiting and seizures can result, so be careful when hanging chocolates on the Christmas tree; make sure you put them on the higher branches only.

Whilst we hope that you and your families enjoy a very happy and event-free Christmas, we remain available 24 hours a day for emergencies should you wish to contact us for advice or treatment. If you do think your pet has eaten something it shouldn’t have, don’t mull it over; please contact us as soon as you can for advice. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

• Mistletoe, Holly and Ivy can cause drooling, retching and even vomiting. Rabbits are particularly susceptible to Ivy and, if ingested, it can lead to paralysis and even death.

Grapes, raisins and currants can cause kidney damage in some dogs and possibly cats. It is impossible to know which dogs will be affected by the toxin within but the damage will be done in only 24-72 hours. Therefore, it is important to contact your Vet immediately if your dog gets their paws on the mince pies, Christmas cake or pudding. Macadamia nuts and peanuts are great as a predinner snack but can cause gastrointestinal upset and sometimes even neurological signs in our furry friends. Onions, shallots, garlic and leeks can cause damage to red blood cells in our pets, resulting in anaemia. Even cooked damage can occur and it may take a few days for signs to show. Be sure to keep

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November brought us to the last of our regular meetings for 2016, so it is a good time to thank Jackie Sapp for arranging our programme this year. On Wednesday the 2nd of November, we had a textile screen-printing workshop led by Stroud-based Liz Lippiatt. Liz told us a bit about her career and then we got down to work!

We had to draw a design within a heartshaped outline on a sheet of a paper that was to be ironed onto material to activate the paper’s glue backing but, before ironing, the parts of the design that were to be printed had to be cut out of the paper. Once the paper screen was attached to the material, a thick dye was painted on with a brush and, when dried, was fixed by ironing again. At this stage the screen could be removed. This decorated panel and a backing could then be sewn together

Tetbury Art Society and stuffed – something a little different to our usual activities. Our second event during November was a coach trip to Oxford on Saturday 12th arranged by Barry Barnes. We were dropped off outside the Ashmolean Museum that many of us wanted to visit. They had a special display of 5 early Rembrandts with a theme of the 5 senses; or more accurately, 4 of the paintings in that series plus an empty frame awaiting the hoped-for rediscovery of the final painting. I also enjoyed the archaeological section, the section on England between the years 400 – 1600 (e.g. the Alfred Jewel) and, of course, their collection of paintings. Some of us were tempted by the nearby shopping centre. All-in-all, we had a good day. From Friday 25th until Saturday 27th November we had a sale of members’ work at the Market Hall, Tetbury. The final event in our 2016 programme is the Christmas Social on 14th December in the Shipton Moyne Village Hall. Information on the Society’s activities can be found on our website or phone me on 01666-502909 or Barry on 01666-503926. You will find that we are a friendly group welcoming those interested in art whatever level they have reached.

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Cotswold Voluntary Wardens Hedge Laying We are now back to our favourite winter activity of hedge laying, starting with the boundary to the children’s recreation ground in Luckington village. Here, we were mainly trimming Hazel which we had previously laid, three of four years ago. It had now grown to ten or twelve feet high, so needed attention. Laying reinvigorates the plants, making them feel young again and encouraging them to thicken out. Further along the hedge we noted Field Maple, which is a very attractive plant and not all that common. Hawthorn and Blackthorn are also good for laying, but Elder and Ash will not lay and must be cut out. Rose briars, where present, can be wound around into the hedge to enhance the appearance and diversity.

Dear Editor, Regarding the question of badger damage on Stinchcombe Hill in the “Voluntary Wardens” piece of last month, the reason is the presence of chafer grubs in the soil which are a delicacy for both corvids (crows, rooks and so on) - and badgers. These grubs which are the larvae of the chafer beetle, feed on the roots of the grass during their first two to four years.

Autumn Colour Autumn colours have been spectacular this year, not only at Westonbirt Arboretum with their Japanese Acers, but also in our native trees like Beech, Sweet Chestnut and Oak. Oak, in particular, does not usually have longlasting colour, but has done this November.

Wardens on the Monarch’s Way past here on the 12th of December. (See below.)

Bird Boxes We spent a morning making bird boxes for installation in the woods around Sherston and Luckington.

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Footpath Clearance At Bunting Hill, Nailsworth, we needed two sessions to clear a footpath which had become completely overgrown and blocked. We also repaired some steps and installed a handrail on a steep section. This is now a nice walk in the woods below the housing estate – and we were thanked by the local dog walkers.

Stone Slab Stile We completed rebuilding the dry-stone wall around the stile near Sopworth. The stones from Knockdown Quarry, were financed from the Cotswold Countryside Fund. Part of this money is what the Wardens collect from leading walks,

Clearance at Tresham We returned to the Millennium Garden at Tresham Village to clear the bramble from the slopes with brush cutters. There are fine views here and a seat on which to sit and admire them. There’s a walk lead by the

We had a further two sessions felling and clearing trees to reveal more of the ramparts of the iron age hill fort. This is in the lovely Beech Woods on the Cotswold Way between Wotton and North Nibley.

Local Walks Local circular walks lead by the Wardens in December and January are: • Monday the 12th of December at 10.00 am from the Fleece Inn, Hillesley, for 6 miles via Tresham and Alderley. • Tuesday the 13th of December at 10.00 am for coffee at the Bell Inn, Selseley, departing at 10.30 am for 5 miles around Woodchester and Selsey Common. • Friday the 13th of January at 10.00 am for coffee at the Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury Upton, departing at 10.30 am for 6 miles to Hawkesbury, Hillesley and Kilcott. Richard Glanville Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun Mark Chick and Simon Walker run a friendly family estate agency in Pewsey, with a branch in Hungerford. Earlier this year a client died following my visit to her in a nursing home and inevitably her estate was going to be inflicted with inheritance tax, as she had left a special house. I asked Mark and Simon to carry out a valuation – and they did. It was not in their “usual selling territory,” but they came up with a valuation of more than £1,100,000. As there was a lot of work to be done and there was a challenge to the will, the executors wanted to instruct others to value the house with a view to selling. They invited three sets of agents who, for the sake of convenience I will call the “Country Life” set, simply because if you open a copy of Country Life you will find their properties for sale advertised regularly. These chaps all came up with valuations between £600,000 and £800,000 and commented on the irresponsibility of Manningford Croft to value the property so highly! Being a timid sort of fellow I went along with this and put in a value for the Inland Revenue of £850,000. The year progressed and my clients wanted to sell, but before they placed the property on the market we received an offer through the post of more than £1,100,000, which we accepted and entered into a binding contract, which means the Treasury will gain more Stamp duty, land tax and inheritance tax - and my clients had a great escape! Speaking of great escapes, I note this year the German parliament has passed the “Kulturgutschutzgesetz,” which restricts the export and sale of artworks more than 70 years old and worth over 300,000 euros.

Apart from some mementos my father picked up in Berlin in May or June 1945, (such as Hitler’s telephone book and a few iron crosses,) he “imported” a couple of landscape paintings. One of the Konigsee is addressed to “My comrade and Reich’s chancellor … on the occasion of his birthday” with a date of 17th April 1936 and another one dated April 1938, of some trees. This one is addressed to “Mein Fuhrer and war commander”, which purports to be another birthday present and which is entitled “Original Fantasy of Hermann Schuffe.” I hardly think the present German government has these in mind – and in any

event, they would certainly not pass the 300,000-euro test. It appears the artist (or donor) of the first, also has the wrong date… In the case of an English lawyer, a wrong date can have severe financial consequences. We found this out some years ago, when a clerk put on a caveat to prevent an executor obtaining a grant of probate as the 13th of April rather than the 30th of April, as the date of death. This meant the probate registry ignored the caveat and an unhappy distribution of the estate took place. Do have a pleasant December 25th, won’t you? Michael Hodge, Lansdowne Legal

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Tetbury Library’s new front window display is inspired by this traditional poem and contains references to the ‘gifts’ that we believe Tetbury library gives to the community. See if you can spot them all! Free family craft will be running everyday up to the end of December and there’s a different activity each week:

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St Mary’s Playgroup Festive greetings! This year seems to have flown by and with all the celebrations so far, we have sped into Christmas at a rate of knots. The tinsel and glitter are definitely already flowing! This term will finish with a Christmas party and a nativity tableaux. During this term, we also have a visit to St. Mary’s Primary School to take part in a Forest School session which we are really excited about. We are still getting outside as much as possible to splash in puddles and visit the library, as well as enjoying our new outdoor resources including our mud kitchens, water channels and pump – the children love them! We would like to say a huge thank you here to Martin Seal who raised over £180 running the Stroud half marathon – what a star. As well as a big thank you to the

skittles league and the Football Club skittles team for their hugely generous donation. Some of these donations have meant that all staff are now qualified in

To aid with our preschool children and their transition to School we have now started teaching them phonics using the same approach as St Mary’s school and make sure we have daily activities to aid with the development of fine and gross motor skills to help strengthen all their muscles. This includes ‘Dough Disco’ which all the children (and grown ups too,) really love to get involved in!

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time, we hope they have the chance to experience some of Tetbury’s wonderful warmth and hospitality. The FA is keen to promote girls participation in football and regularly arrange events nationwide to support this. Their 2016 ‘Girls Football Weeks’ saw a record 130,000 girls and women take part. At Tetbury Town F.C., we have a number of girls enjoying their football alongside the boys, with all age groups at the club (up to U14s) having mixed teams. We are pleased to announce that two of our female members have been selected by the Gloucestershire FA to become involved in their specialist programme


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Bailey Cars Keeping the wheels turning… Bailey Cars launches in Tetbury A couple of months ago, Bailey Cars was set up as a new private hire business in Tetbury. Iain Bailey, one of the directors, is no stranger to serving the local community as he was one of the owners of The Ormond at Tetbury. “Bailey Cars is actually very similar to running a hotel” says Iain. “Great customer service is key to any successful business and even though we’re only a few months old, we’ve had a terrific response from the local community and businesses alike”. Business partner Ben Jones is equally enthusiastic about the new venture. With years of experience in fine arts logistics, Ben is responsible for managing the day-to-day scheduling of the ever-increasing workload. Ben is also developing an app that the company intend to launch by mid-2017. “The key to being successful in this business is effective and timely communication” says Ben. “We are developing a software platform that will enable us to give our customers a new way of booking one of our cars, which ensures we are being ultraefficient in the journeys we make. We want our clients to benefit from this app by receiving a better experience through using Bailey Cars” he added. As well as providing a high-quality service to Tetbury residents and the surrounding area, Bailey Cars are focusing on several other avenues of business to ensure they grow over the coming months: Their everyday transport for customers is a smart Ford Galaxy MPV that can accommodate up to 6 passengers. Such is the early success that another Galaxy is being purchased in January 2017. The intention is to build the business with a fleet of these practical MPV’s. They are very comfortable and ideal for the roads in and around the Tetbury area. Also in the fleet is a BMW 730SE should their clients need something even more comfortable for a longer journey. The BMW has proven to be invaluable for the many long journeys it has already made to London, Birmingham and Manchester.

With free Wi-Fi in the car and the use of a Panasonic 4G tablet on the journey, Iain and Ben are putting customer service at the heart of their business. Another addition, that visitors to the area have found invaluable, is imparting local knowledge: booking restaurants, finding tickets for a venue and creating tours of the Cotswolds are services that have already proven to be very popular. They are also moving into the wedding business in 2017. A vintage car will form part of the vehicle stable next year and a strong alliance with another private hire operator has given them the capability to provide enough luxury cars for that special day. With other business streams being developed, Bailey Cars are aiming to have a fleet of MPV and luxury vehicles in the next 12 months. “There is huge potential for this business” says Iain. “We have the opportunity to grow - and see the surrounding areas of the South Cotswolds as perfect locations for us to expand into, while concentrating, for now, on Tetbury. We have already established a solid good reputation in the town and intend to keep our service levels as high as they were on our first day of business.” Bailey Cars would like to thank everyone for their forward bookings over the festive period and remind you to book early for New Year’s Eve. Season’s Greetings!

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Tetbury Probus Howling winds … …and freezing temperatures. Not everyone’s idea of a good holiday, but Brian Lamerton rated his trip to Antarctica very highly. He described on the 20th of October how he had sailed from the southern tip of Argentina to the Falkland and many other sparsely populated islands, and then on to the Antarctic peninsula, all teeming with wildlife. Brian explained that under the Antarctic Treaty system Antarctica is governed on a consultative basis by twenty-eight of the forty-five signatory countries with Antarctic interests. This treaty supports scientific research and protects the ecology under the Protocol of Environmental Protection, but prohibits military activities and mineral mining.

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Christmas is coming, and we hope to have our Carol Service in our fine new premises for the first time! When we started, the Shed was crude - like the stable in the Christmas story, but we dusted off fifty years of cobwebs and the people gathered and we all sang together in the cold and the dark. We may have had dogs instead of cows and sheep - and we

Tetbury Rail Lands Trust may all have been following a dream for three years, not a star - but now we believe we are coming to a place where the light is shining brightly just before us. On the 23rd of December at 6.00 pm we are inviting the singing reindeer from St. Marys’ School, The Avening Band will accompany our carols and we have been promised some lovely solos from Heather Bristow and Nicola Clark. Poppy, the vicar from St Marys Church will be there to round off the evening with a prayer. There will be lovely homemade mince pies, clementine’s for the children and soft drinks and mulled wine. Please join us and help us lift the roof off! We will be hosting our usual New Years’ Day walk for all the two- and four-legged friends who like to stay trim in the middle of the festive season. If all goes well the bridle path will be open.




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And some good news! Tetbury Town Council have agreed our 25-year lease for the Goods Shed. The council is also generously providing the glass entrance foyer ready for the handover. We are working to get open as soon as we can function, and to this end we continue fundraising to cover the costs of the outstanding elements. We are greatly encouraged by the amazing support from the people of the town. One such inspiration is our stalwart fundraiser, Jill Dodge. She stumped up an epic £1,300 with her November ‘Bring and Buy’ Sale. Jill goes “viral,” asking anyone and everyone what they can do - then she puts everything she is promised into effect without missing any single possibility. At the same time, she leads from the front with lots of her own money-making strategies, so tiny plants are potted up attractively and endless knitted decorations etc., are made. Her good spirit inspires each of us to “step up to the plate” and do our best. Aiden, the building manager at the Shed, unveiled his own initiative to raise £4,800 on the morning of her Bring and Buy. He has numbered all the bricks in the extension and is inviting us to guess for a pound the whereabouts of his hidden “Golden Brick.” Aiden and his company have jointly offered a bounty of £100 for guessing its location. Jill will be selling Golden Bricks to anyone who will buy them in the run up to the Carol Service - and we will ask Aiden to announce the winner on that night. Thank you to all Jill’s sponsors and helpers, who bring their unstoppable energy to our group endeavours. Any new members who would like to join our group would be more than welcome. It is certainly an exciting time to get involved. If you would like to contact me please ring me on 016665028770 or go to our website, Will Cook, Chairman, Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust

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Mayor’s Piece Christmas comes but once a year - and here it is, almost upon us.

Town Council, as a first step, has applied for change of use of the land from recreation area to burial ground and physical plans for the building work have commenced. This extension of course will not be a ‘forever’ solution; we still must find more land for burials for when our extension also becomes full. It’s a never-ending challenge.

By the time you read this article the Christmas Switch-On will have happened and the town centre will be full of festive spirit - with many parties and celebrations happening, almost daily.

The weather experts are forecasting a cold hard winter and the people who watch the countryside signs are agreeing with them. High numbers of red berries on holly trees are also said to give signs of a cold winter

This month the town council have achieved two important milestones in the development of the town. After what has seemed a lifetime, the renovation of the Goods Shed into an important town asset is almost complete. After the purchase of the rail lands from the British Railways Board, the conversion into a country park with the Goods Shed at the heart of the development progressed at a good pace. Then for a few years the pace slowed, when the Goods Shed fell into some state of disrepair. Finally, due to the enthusiasm of the Rail Lands Trust, we have arrived in a few short years at a position where the renovation is almost complete. The building contract will be complete before Christmas – leaving just the fitting-out with retractable seating, a first-class sound and film projection system and a wellequipped kitchen. Come spring, the Goods Shed will be fully open for business as an Arts and Culture centre with a wide range of activities. At last year’s carol service, there was a hope that this year’s celebration would be held in a renovated Goods Shed. Well it will be! Friday the 23rd of December will be the date that carols will be sung inside the remodelled interior, and I hope that you will be pleased with what you see.

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The second milestone is the commencement of the new burial ground project. After one disappointing attempt to proceed some years ago, we finally have agreement to use a small part of the Recreation Ground as a natural extension to the town’s burial ground. We shall be using the existing St Saviours entrance with the same paths down to the new burial area which will be on the right -hand side of the path, opposite to the existing area. The

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News from St Michael’s With Christmas fast approaching, the sun has come out it lately and it has been lovely… …especially driving along the road when the sun is shining on the trees. Such beautiful colours! It is lovely to appreciate the wonders of the world. Other parts of the world suffer war and famine and although some here are also suffering when things have gone wrong, either in work life or because of illness, those who are doing OK should try to appreciate all that is around them.

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John the Baptist – The Candle of Love. Love is like a candle shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the love we have in Christ. Mary the mother of Jesus – The Candle of Joy. Joy is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the joy we find in Jesus Christ. Just a reminder that the mediation group meets on a Friday at 10.00am in the Parish Hall; if would like to join, please come along, you will be most welcomed.

The fifth candle represents the Birth of Christ. The flame of this candle reminds us that He is the light of the world and that if we follow Him; we will never walk in darkness, but will have the true light of life.

We will soon be approaching Advent and lighting the first candle on our Advent wreath. The circle of the wreath reminds Christians of God, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning and no end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that Christians have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life. Candles symbolise the light of God coming into the world through the birth of his son, Jesus.

Attending Church at this special time we can immerse ourselves in what Christmas really means for us all, because for a short while we are away from the commercialism that our secular society has forced upon us. But let us not forget that for some Christmas can be a lonely time; those who will be on their own, those who are spending their first Christmas without a loved one and those that Christmas will be a sad time for, no matter the reason.

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The topics they covered were: designing a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show, taking parties of schoolchildren abroad and walking with dogs (with personality) at Westonbirt. Their accounts were informative and very amusing and we thank Anne, Lorna and Linda for entertaining us so well. We also paid tribute to Joan Stead who died in October. She was a much loved and respected member of our group - an indomitable lady who loved cream.


Our Food group has partaken of a cocktail evening which was so good that some of those who went are still talking about it! Also, a visit was organised to the BBC in Bristol where a few of our ladies tried their hands at weather forecasting. Apparently, it helps if you know left from right! As we are a large institute, these activities enable us to get to know each other more easily. The reindeer made by our Needlework group for the Westonbirt Craft Fair were so successful that it has received a request for elves next year. Our next meeting is on December 12th when we have our Christmas Social Evening. Don’t forget your Secret Santa, ladies!

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His name appears on the Highworth War Memorial although he may have only visited briefly but his father’s family originated in the village where there is a family memorial in the church. Rex was born in India where his father worked for the Railway Company and he lived there with his parents until he was of school age. Then he was sent to England to be educated. His grandparents put him to a school in Stratford-on-Avon but he had to leave when he was aged 15 because the deaths of his father and grandfather caused financial problems. He found himself a job with the India Steamship Company and coincidently he would have heard of the Battle of Coronel, the subject of the previous HOTS meeting, because his ship was then aground off Chile.

Reginald ‘Rex’ Warneford was a WWI flying ace. James White of Highworth told us of his exploits on the 3rd of November.

very subject to being blown off course by strong winds. On 17th May 1915 three Zeppelins set out to bomb Bristol. One was forced to return to base but Rex Warneford, flying a Morane-Saulnier ‘L’ mono-plane that carried 6 bombs, attacked LZ37. He had the good fortune to set the Zeppelin on fire with the last of his bombs and the burning

When he got back to England he tried to enlist in the Royal Navy but was turned down. However, he had better luck with Royal Navy Air Service and was soon posted to the ‘Sportsman’s Battalion’, trained as a pilot and sent to a base close to Dunkirk. The main German threat from the air was the Zeppelins, huge steel/timber framed bags of hydrogen, that could carry bombs for long distances. Early in the war they had bombed Gt. Yarmouth and Kings Lynn, but they were not entirely controllable and


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Cross and shortly afterwards the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur. He went to Paris to be presented with the latter and, inevitably, was much fêted. When he eventually got back to base he was persuaded to take two people for “joy rides.” Sadly, on the second trip, he lost control and crashed, killing them both. So, he never came to London to be presented with his VC, but his body was brought home and he was given a funeral with full military honours as a heroic pilot. A most interesting account of one of the dare-devil heroics of WWI. The next HOTS meeting is our annual party on Thursday 8th December in the Market Hall. We meet in the New Year on Thursday the 5th of January, when we hope members will bring along historic items that they think will be of interest. wreck crashed into the centre of Ghent in north-west Belgium. Returning to base, he had to make a forced landing, but repaired his damaged fuel pipe with his cigarette holder and then restarted the engine before leaping back into the cockpit and successfully taking off again!

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Girlguiding In 1920 Guides started in Tetbury, just a few years after Girls first gate-crashed a Scout rally in London. Once established a permanent base was needed and the Malt House was purchased by the Guide Leader Miss Pelly. Apart from a few years during the 2nd World War when the building was requisitioned for secret war work Guiding has continued uninterrupted since then with Rainbows, 2 Brownie Packs and 2 Guide units meeting regularly.

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The Malt House has truly been our home and its continued use was confirmed in 1948. Miss Pelly was moving out of Tetbury and she left the building in trust to ourselves along with the Scouts, Rifle Club and the now disbanded Toc H. Upgrades to the building have included inside toilets, a kitchen and external fire escape. The Malt House is a Grade II listed building and has many endearing quirks—including its very distinctive smell! The newly formed renovation committee is working hard to find a way of securing the building for the future and it is with much regret that we have decided that Girlguiding Tetbury is unable to be part of its future.

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The Theatre Group visit on the 13th of October was to see “French Without Tears“ and… …after a pleasant autumn drive through the Gloucestershire countryside to Cheltenham, the Group spent an enjoyable pre-theatre

time sightseeing, shopping and enjoying lunch before gathering in the Everyman Theatre for the matinee performance. Terence Rattigan’s play, which was written in 1936 and might fairly be said to be “of its time,” is about the pre-war period of repressed sexual feelings. Nonetheless, the production still gave us a light-hearted but faithful impression of events of the era.

Tetbury Theatre Group The acting by the cast, members of the English Touring Theatre, was first class - and contributed to a very enjoyable outing. Thank you to Brian Dejean for writing this review and to all the other members who have helped during this year, when I have not been able to go to the theatre. It has been much appreciated. The reviews for the November visit to “Billy Elliot “and the Cathedral Choir Concert at the Colston Hall in Bristol on December 7th will be in the February 2017 issue of the Tetbury Advertiser. If you wish to try for tickets for the concert independently, you are welcome to travel on the coach if there are seats available. Please phone Lin Ashby (see below) who will be able to help. The AGM of 2017 will be on January 27th at 7.00 pm in the Dolphins Hall. You will be sent the information by post or email but perhaps you’d like to put it in your diary now? It is very rewarding when there is a good response to the AGM despite it being in the winter months. Do you want to know more about the Theatre Group? Phone Helen Price (Chairman) on 01666 503187, or Lin Ashby (Treasurer) on 01666 505029 for further information. Jean Corcoran, Publicity Secretary



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Rodmarton Primary School Rodmarton Primary School – A Parent’s Perspective Down a quiet country lane, in picturesque Rodmarton Village, you will find Rodmarton Primary School. Described by parents as “a hidden gem”. Without the facade of larger schools, Rodmarton looks like (and I believe was) a large cottage. You walk through the secure entrance of the office area and into a warm, inviting and calm atmosphere.

pupils’ safety and welfare and as a result, pupils feel very safe. Parents hold the school in high regard and welcome it’s very caring family atmosphere.” Mrs Musty, the Headteacher provides strong leadership. She is well respected by staff, pupils and parents and from personal experience, I can tell you, she cares very deeply about each and every child in her care. The same can be said for the teachers and teaching assistants. I’ve been a parent

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Another thing that attracted me to the school was the enviable use of Rodmarton Village Hall and the playing field where the children enjoy a wide variety of sports and the Forest School. They school also offers Little Acorns before and after school club from 7.30am until 6pm.

The inspector commented that the staff are “highly motivated, with effective teaching of phonics, reading, writing, communication and mathematics. Staff and governors are vigilant in maintaining

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Upstairs is a fantastic sized room for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Any concerns about the different years being grouped together is dispelled by the knowledge that teaching staff do an admirable job of catering to each child’s individual needs and abilities, without them feeling ‘different’ to their peers. Students are inspired by the older children and there are certain benefits to children being able to socialise with older and younger children alike. The older children certainly love to take care of the younger ones! There is a lovely main playground with a climbing frame on soft surface, two sheds full of outdoor games, ride-ons and sports equipment, as well as the new library, which is located in a cosy eco pod.

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On my first visit to the school, I immediately knew that this was where I wanted my daughter to start her school life. One of the main things that attracted me to the school was the small class sizes. As a result, children have a rare opportunity to receive education and care on a one to one basis. But don’t be fooled into thinking everything is as tiny as its initial appearance. Rodmarton School has decent sized classrooms - a lovely large area downstairs for the Early Years, creatively decorated to engage and stimulate young minds, to make sure they get off to a great start. Just outside the classroom is a brand new, secure and imaginative outside learning area, dedicated to the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2’s.

at the school for a few years now and honestly can’t praise the staff enough. A comment in the Ofsted Report, that stands out for me is “the school sustains a culture where good teaching, learning and behaviour thrive.”

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Like many of us, Mike has always enjoyed taking and looking at photographic images, but it wasn’t until joining Tetbury Camera Club in 2007 that he had the time and motivation to take his hobby more seriously and develop it into a personal art form. In the nine years since, he’s done that so successfully that many of his pictures have won the votes of our visiting judges to take awards in our various competitions. The picture called “Beached and Bleached”, which accompanies this article, is an example of his work.

Normally in these pages we compliment the creativity of the various guest presenters and speakers who are a focal point of many of our meetings. They join us to share their tips, techniques and experiences as photographers with national reputations. This month we have been celebrating the work of someone much closer to home. As one of our members, Tetbury resident Mike Hawkridge began November with news that he had been enrolled as22/2/08 an Associate 130208 GLC Williams 22:03Taken Pageat1 Dungeness in the summer, of The Royal Photographic Society. it captures the unique atmosphere of

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We thank our back and front-of-house staff who have worked so hard throughout a very busy year and festive season. They excel in their warm welcome, and in recognising the skill and dedication of our suppliers they do great justice to the quality of that food and drink. We have many local gardeners to thank for their delicious “barter-at-the-backdoor” contributions too – see you again in the Spring! And of course, to all our guests and their families, a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2016.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale December is the perfect month to recognise the dedication, drive and determination of all our “30 Mile Food (and Drink) Zone” families and businesses. The longer we work with them, and learn about them from our regular staff tours, the more we respect their ceaseless spirit and desire to deliver the highest quality product, within stringent ethical and sustainable boundaries. The bonus for us is that we can support these great local people and provide our guests with authentic food that is fresh, top quality, and speaks volumes for itself.

we will be celebrating the festivities with a special Christmas party night. You can still order take-away pizzas to have at home, or if you would like to indulge in music, dancing and a festive atmosphere, the Christmas Party Menu is available (see our website). Please call to book one of the last few tables. Live music continues through December to a laid-back Sunday night atmosphere: On the 4th, we welcome a first-time act for us in the form of The Honeyfire - sibling songstresses playing harmonies and textured guitar lines. The 11th sees the return of Elliot Hall and Rapunzel with their country-style vocals and soaring mandolin. And the 18th will be a festive Steve Degutis, with his guitar accompanying a journey through a wealth of self-penned songs. More information on all singers is available online at

We are open throughout Christmas and New Year except for a minor pause after lunch and through the evening on Christmas Day, when our staff and their loved ones put their feet up, let their hair down ...and enjoy their own festive meal. Gift vouchers are available by calling us, or coming into reception if you are looking for a local festive gift.

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Unsung Hero - December Dear Editor, I would like to nominate Derek Goodfield of St Mary’s Road for your ‘Unsung Hero’ award. Over many years he has acted as a volunteer escort on ‘community transport’ at least twice a week - and he also assists at the day centre. He is extremely reliable, helpful and

very caring towards all the passengers who are very grateful to him. Without his efforts, the service could well be in jeopardy. I feel sure his nomination will receive serious consideration and I am confident that it would be supported by all those who have benefitted from his kindness. Name and Address withheld.

Ed: I’m delighted to accept this nomination for the endlessly patient and supportive Derek. If he’s kind enough to contact me in the near future I shall ensure he receives his voucher for a meal for two, generously provided by the Priory Inn. If there’s someone you know who repeatedly contributes selflessly to the community, then please do let me know; my details are on page three of the magazine.


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Leighterton Primary School As part of their topic, our Year three and four children in Haymead Class started the new term with a ‘Stone Age wow day’ at school. One of the activities the children carried out was to visit The Tump, which is a group of trees, in a field just outside our school grounds. There is a Neolithic long barrow beneath these trees known as ‘West Barrow’ and this is surrounded by a number of quarry pits. The barrow was excavated by Matthew Huntley in around 1700 where he uncovered three chambers which have been described as “vaults arched over like ovens’. The chambers are up to about twenty feet tall and at the time were some of the highest he had seen. At the entrance of each chamber was an earthen jar containing burnt human bones, but the skulls and thigh bones were found unburnt. Despite excavations, badger damage and tree cover, West Barrow is a good example of this type of monument. We are very proud of our Tump at Leighterton and our school logo is based on a drawing of this. The children all had a fabulous time learning outside about the Stone Age during their wow day and loved taking part in an archaeological activity when they found artefacts from the Stone Age and

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day was using clay from the local area to make bowls and plates in the same way they would have been made during the Stone Age, by pinching them in to the shapes they wanted to make and letting them dry by the fire. Another highlight of the day was bread making. The children had to grind wheat to make flour before they began to make it and then it was cooked over the fire. We would be delighted to show you around our school. Please contact Mrs Davey in the school office on (01666) 890273 or through our website – to arrange a convenient time. Meryl Hatfield Leighterton Primary School logo is based on a drawing of The Tump, just outside our school boundary.

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Although there have been a few cancelled games this month, the U13’s continued their good start to the season in North Wiltshire division three. Despite a narrow 3-2 defeat to Marlborough, the lads kept up their good progress in the season overall, by beating South Cerney 5-3 in a well-fought victory. They now find themselves second in the

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league with a three-point gap above thirdplaced Lambourn. The U14’s side remain five points behind neighbours Tetbury Town, in the North Wilts 3rd division. They were held 4-4 by a solid Malmesbury side in mid-October; Freddie Collins scored an incredible solo goal and Aaron Burcham scored a longrange free kick, but the team were pegged back twice by their opponents. In the first match of November, they suffered a defeat to Croft Junior Blue but regained their form with an impressive 3-2 victory over Wootton Bassett a week later. This time the goals came from Ben’s long range free kick and tidy finishes from Adam and Freddie.

The lads then crowned a good month with a 6-1 victory over Aston Keynes. The U18’s remain second in their league after a 3-2 victory over Blunsdon in midOctober. Christian Goodwin scored twice and Adam Gale’s solo goal was the third. The team suffered their first loss of the season in a 3-1 defeat to table toppers Marlborough, who took the lead after less than a minute. Although Avonvale equalised through Laurence Cooper, they couldn’t really get a foothold in the game. The losing streak then continued with another 3-1 defeat, this time to division 1 cup opponents Malmesbury. However, the streak was ended in style with a 4-0 thrashing of Highworth, with George Dandridge, Josh Eddolls, Adam Gale and Laurence Cooper sharing the goals. The men’s team remain three points off the bottom in their league, despite a 5-0 win over Woolaston. Jack Sprange opened the scoring, continue his fine form this season, before Dan Boultan and Conrad Goodenough also got their first goals of the season. Under-18 player Theo Martin then found the net, and so did Stuart Dryden. Sadly, Avonvale’s other results didn’t go as well, they lost to Upton Saint Leonards, Ramblers and Quedgley. Noah Dougherty, Avonvale Utd.

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A Christmas Theme at our November AGM was provided by Paul Evans, with poems and prose by Dylan Thomas, Pam Ayres and John Betjeman amongst others - with accents to match in many cases! We thoroughly enjoyed Paul’s presentation. Our President, Gwyneth Simpson gave a resume of the year. We have had very interesting and varied speakers, walks, skittles matches, coach trips, Gloucestershire Federation events and lots

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Avening WI to the final donation of £200 raised for the Great Western Air Ambulance. Our monthly raffles this year have proved very popular. We give a £10 voucher as a prize for various shops, mainly local which encourages people to support our local businesses. Our trip to Windsor was blessed with beautiful sunshine. We had a full coach and a good journey there and back. For an idea from Maureen Stone put to our September meeting, it all went remarkably smoothly and everyone enjoyed the visit. We have a friendly skittles match with Sheepscombe this month and a visit to Highfield Garden Centre for lunch and shopping. Our Christmas lunch will be at the Snooty Fox and we have a minibus to take a party to the Carol Concert at Cheltenham Town Hall. Our December meeting will be the usual format, fun and games and a’ bring and share’ supper washed down with wine and soft drinks. We exchange Secret Santa gifts and present vouchers to the winners of our flower of the month competitions. Our secretary, Bridget Seward is standing down after 3 years of hard work in this vital committee role. We offer her our many thanks - and we welcome Soo Rolf as her successor. Shirley Hand

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Notwithstanding a national shortage of doctors, we are very pleased to be attracting a good level of interest in a GP role at Romney House Surgery. As a result, we are proceeding with the appointment of another female GP and expect to be in a position to also welcome another GP to Tetbury soon afterwards. In addition to providing the requisite succession to Dr Nehrig, the planned appointment of two GPs will help the practice to meet the needs of a growing population. Meanwhile, we are very grateful to the patients that nominated the surgery for a Primary Care Team of the Year award.

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Dr Nehrig joined Romney House Surgery almost ten years ago and since then has provided excellent care and support to many patients. Her very caring and hardworking ethos has been reflected in the many cards and letters received at the practice in recent days. As Dr Nehrig has specifically requested that her departure is not marked by a book of patients comments at the Reception desk, those very personal tributes and thanks will of course remind her of the very high regard and esteem in which she is held.

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If you’ve been following the national debate on Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP), you might like to see the proposals for Gloucestershire at: gloucestershire-stp/ . Also, an Information Bus will be visiting Tetbury on 6 December as part of the STP engagement process to provide information and to collect completed STP surveys. Finally, we wish you all an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year. Kesh Makhecha, Practice Manager, Romney House Surgery

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On the 8th of November, a team from the surgery and the Patient Participation Group were present at the Gloucestershire Health and Social Care Awards held at Gloucester Cathedral. We didn’t win this time, but the representatives that went enjoyed listening to Dr Phil Hammond who presented the awards. Being shortlisted to one of three GP surgeries across the county is something that Tetbury should be proud of. We had an “all Good” from the Care Quality Commission from our inspection last year, and now this. We are very lucky in Tetbury to have such a caring team to take care of our health needs, especially in view of the difficulties that many other practices around the country have. Sadly we will be saying goodbye to Dr Katharina Nehrig at the end of this year. She Dear Editor, About the anonymous letter in your November issue regarding Dr Nehrig: we need to support Romney House and encourage doctors to come and work in Tetbury, rather than create a perception that it’s a place to avoid. There’s a national shortage of doctors and new doctors often don’t want to enter general practice or prefer to take locum jobs, where they earn more money and retain flexibility. If we don’t support the practice, it will become harder to see a doctor, particularly with the new housing being built in Tetbury, much of it for older people. My experience, as a patient at Romney House for over twenty years, has been of excellent care and helpful staff. If people are dissatisfied with the care they receive, there are mechanisms for addressing this. Expressing appreciation for Dr Nehrig, but anonymously fuelling a rumour that people may have to get out “for their own self-preservation” without providing any evidence, is unjust. Vivien Clare

is leaving due to personal reasons and I am sure that everyone will want to wish her well. Hopefully you will have read in the Wilts and Glos Standard about Choice+ coming to Tetbury. It is a service provided by the GP Access Fund to allow for additional same day appointments to be made available to patients for acute symptoms where there are no appointments left with their own doctor. There are now clinics in Cirencester and Stroud, and after some negotiations we now have one in Tetbury too. This will make a great difference as people will no longer have to travel to other towns to go to a Choice+ appointment, and it also gives us additional appointments on Saturday mornings, something that patients have been telling the PPG they want. However, like anything, if we don’t use it it won’t be viable and we may lose it, so please take a Choice+ appointment if you are offered it. The surgery will be taking part in the Big Switch-on for the Christmas lights on Thursday 1st December. Christmas is a

After reading the letter in last month’s Advertiser about Dr. Katharina Nehrig leaving the surgery, many patients who had got to know me when I was chair of the Patient’s Participation Group, approached me to ask whether I would get up a petition. After careful consideration and in consultation with several other people, I decided I would. The reasons for doing this were threefold: 1. To show Dr. Nehrig just how much she is appreciated by all her patients. 2. To encourage her to stay by asking the practice to resolve the obvious staff unhappiness in the surgery. 3. To express concern that, with a full time senior partner position empty, with a nationwide shortage of doctors and with all the new build taking place in the town, patient care could be jeopardised.

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Patient Participation Group joyful time of year, but it can also be sad when we remember people close to us that are no longer with us. This year the surgery will be having a Memory Tree. We will have tags available for people to write a message on which they can put on the Christmas tree. Although this will be up for the entire month of December so you can come in any time, on 1st December the PPG will be there to help with light refreshments. We are also hoping to have a representative from 2gether Mental Health Trust’s “Time to Change” initiative which deals with mental health stigma, so after the lights are switched on, if you want a break for refreshments or just a quiet moment to reflect on loved ones, drop into the surgery. On behalf of the PPG committee and the surgery, we wish you all a happy, healthy and safe Christmas. Jennifer Skillen, Patient Participation Group

Dr Nehrig It was noted that there was no book or card in the surgery where patients could show their appreciation and a petition, if it achieved nothing else, would do just that. Many people have told me of Dr Nehrig’s skills and her persistence in finding out the cause of their medical problems, leaving no stone unturned. More than one patient has told me that ‘I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for Dr. Nehrig’. There have been many, many outpourings of gratitude to her for practicing medicine here in Tetbury. I have lost count of the number of patients who have volunteered to me the ‘real cause’ of the problem which has forced Dr. Nehrig to resign - she is not retiring and she has no new position to take up. They ask, ‘what can be done about it?’; ‘what is the Practice Manager doing about it?’; ‘how many more good people - doctors, nurses and managers must leave before something is done about it?’; ‘why can’t we have a second practice in the town so that patients can vote with their feet?’. I have no answers to any of these questions. I wish I had. But, with the groundswell of public opinion that abounds in Tetbury about this matter I am hopeful that this will be a wakeup call and that something will happen. I know that Doctors are in short supply and that this petition could be seen by some to deter doctors from wanting to come to Romney House Practice. Maybe. But, surely it is more important to sort out the problems that have caused resignations before starting to recruit another doctor?

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Tetbury Police Museum It seems we may at last found a new professional mentor for the museum. The Collections Manager for the Bristol Aerospace Centre – is keen to take on the role. Whilst this has yet to be ratifies we are sure a productive relationship can be developed. A mentor is required, as I do not have any specific heritage management qualifications, to advise the museum on obtaining Accreditation from the Arts Council and from then on support the museum in maintaining the standards. Preparatory work on the re-accreditation submission will begin in earnest in the run up to Christmas and last throughout the following year - which will keep me extremely busy. But the day to day work requirements will still be there so if anyone with an interest in social history has some time to spare and is interested in helping out, I’d be pleased to hear from them.

them that night, but next morning went into the yard for that purpose, when one of them, a sow, was missing, and every search and inquiry was made, but without effect. On Sunday, the 27th of December, as one of the servant boys was walking in the yard where a stack of straw had been standing, he thought he heard a pig squeak. He made his master aware of the circumstances, who immediately called one of his men, and in a short time discovered the pig buried under the straw, but so much reduced as to have become a mere skeleton, and quite blind. She was taken to a warm sty, when nourishing liquids were given her, and she is now going on well.

At the time the pig was missing Mr. Leonard had barley thrashing with a machine, and it is supposed the pig, being unwell, had crept under some straw unnoticed by the workmen, and the machine throwing off large quantities, soon made a stack nearly of 20 loads; but recently the straw was made use of by the cattle, and the timely removal of the bulk fortunately led to the discovery. Source: The Times 19th January 1841, from the Gloster Journal John Silvester, Hon Curator Tetbury Police Museum Tel 01666 504670

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And so, another production is put to bed! Phillip you did a wonderful job directing this pantomime, it was so funny, colourful and real pleasure to watch – a great night out for a fraction of the price Theatres charge. A BIG well done to Anne, Jenny and Ian who worked so hard producing a stunning set and Gwen for all the beautiful glitzy, glamorous costumes – hard work as Gwen stitches everything by hand; to the the cast you really gave your all, audience participation was incredible and it made for such a brilliant atmosphere. As for Daisy the cow - Lesley Jablonski made it her own; the song and dance routine had the

audience crying with laughter, I don’t think professionals could have done any better. It was great to see Vincent, Nick, Trudie and Andy back on stage – Vincent makes for a real dotty Dame, his outfits, makeup and larger than life character bouncing around the stage and in the auditorium were hilarious. Wasn’t the chorus terrific, all at different junior schools yet working as a team and ‘treading the boards’ with confidence. The Dolphins sincerely hope that Emily Bray, Aiden Miles, Jade Vincent and Chloé Poll will join The Society again in autumn 2017. We need more young people and men! So if you’re interested do give Jenny Miles a call on: 01666 503059. I do have to say a HUGE thank you to all

Dolphins Drama Group the traders who placed adverts in the programme and to those who displayed posters, HIS for printing the programmes; Sureteam for their continued support and first aid instruction; David Hudson for coming from Cornwall to Tetbury to add his special magic touch with the sound and lighting, Tetbury Hardware our very unique Box Office (Malc you’re a gem) - and an extra special thank you goes to Claudia Federico for designing the programme, poster and the new look to our logo. Absolutely fabulous, so beautiful and so professional. We so hope Claudia will work with The Dolphins in 2017. Last but by no means least thank you to Tetbury Lions and to David Hicks for their fantastic organisational skills, generosity and kindness which ensures all the older people of Tetbury have a great night out. The Dolphins can now start preparing for Christmas and of course the next production (I’ll tell you more about that in February). To all our audience, thank you for your enthusiastic support over the years and throughout 2016, and for those that have never been to one of our shows do come along, you might find you enjoy yourself. All that is left for me to do is to wish you all, on behalf of the Dolphins Dramatic Society, ‘Happy Christmas and all good things for the New Year.’ Terri White,, Dolphins Drama Group




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First – a Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year… …to choir members and to our supporters in Tetbury. It’s been a fantastic year, membership is up to fifty now, and this is down to all the hard work members have done over the last year publicising the Choir, and arranging informal events. And of course, great input from our Musical Director Richard George. Some of us sang with St Marys’ choir at the Remembrance Day service in November and this was a really moving event in which we were delighted to take part. We had our last session at the end of November, but look out for us around Christmas, as we may be singing at a venue near you! We start our new term at the end of January, and have some plans for a concert in Spring 2017, so watch this space.

Local landscape photographer Anthony Mitchell has been awarded a commendation in the “Take A View” Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2016 competition, for this image of sheep in a misty field in Rydal, Lake District. It is now on display at an exhibition in Waterloo Station.

If you would like to join, hear us sing, or Anthony has lived in Tetbury for fourteen years and has taken many photographs of book us to help raise money for charity or the local area, too. This image and many others can be found on his website at www. for a local event, please email or call so we can arrange for you to attend a rehearsal, or discuss arrangements. We are always looking for additional men to supplement There’s lots more information on our website (Secretary) Tel: 01666 503821, email sandy. our gentlemen’s section, so we would, or Margaret Foster particularly like to hear from any tenors, and our Facebook page, including term (Chair), email Tel: baritones or basses out there. You don’t 260313 Wayne Hardiman:1090406 Wayne Ha need to read music, just enjoy singing. dates and events. Or contact Sandy Thomas 01666 577535 Margaret Foster, Chair, Tetbury Community Choir

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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, When one watches the news on television or reads the papers, they give such a negative outlook on the world and the way people behave towards one another. However, if you suddenly hit a rough patch in your life - as Ken and I have this year with numerous medical procedures and a prolonged stay in hospital - one realises that there are a lot of very kind, thoughtful people out there. The two of us have been sent food parcels, lots of cards and flowers wishing us well, very thoughtful gifts, outings to places close by and in peoples’ homes and being ferried to and from these places, to hospital appointments, visiting time at the hospital and even acting as an ambulance when the GP felt that on a Friday evening this would be quicker. For medical reasons Ken is not allowed to drive for a year; hopefully I will be able to get back behind the wheel soon. The GP, hospital treatment and care has been excellent; we’ve been so lucky and are so grateful to the NHS. All in all, the two of us have ‘a wonderful life’ and would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has and is helping us through this difficult time. With love and thanks, Ken and Terri White Dear Editor, Having already won the South West’s regional heats at Corby earlier this year, on Sunday the 13th of November Freddie Aplin won the Under-8’s National Champion Scooter Event – also in Corby.

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On the 12th of November I held my annual Coffee Morning/Jewellery Party to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. May I, through your magazine, say a big ‘thank you’ to all who came and so generously gave to this worthy cause? I would also like to thank those who couldn’t come for various reasons, not least the dreaded cold that is about! They kindly gave donations to me after the event for which I am most grateful.

I wonder if I might ask your readers: Lost family treasure – has anyone found the original card?

This year we raised a staggering £330 (our best effort yet) and a cheque has been sent for that amount to Prostate Cancer UK for the wonderful work they are doing on so many peoples’ behalf.

When he was twenty years old my father served as a dispatch rider, in the first World War. Sent to his mother via Military Authorities (and therefore no doubt censored) on the back this image carries the touching message in my Dad’s handwriting “This is for you dear Mother – from Somewhere in France.”

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year. Yours sincerely, Yvonne Bossy Dear Editor, The Trustees of the Malthouse have very sadly received notice from the Girlguiding Tetbury District that they will no longer use the Malthouse for their meetings from August 2017. It is with great sadness and soul-searching that this decision has been made by them but they feel that a renovated Malthouse is fundamentally never going to meet their needs. The future of the Malthouse is now under discussion. Yours faithfully, Juliet Fenton Trustee of the Malthouse

Having arranged to send a photocopy to each grandchild recently, I’m ashamed to say I obviously did not manage to restore it safely to the family album; if I dropped it in the street, that would most likely to have been somewhere near Leopard Press in the Market Place. Help gratefully appreciated! Kind regards, Patricia Hills, 1 Court Field Dear Editor,

Dear Editor, This Christmas, Tetbury Scouting will be organising another Christmas post for the local area. The post boxes will be available from the start of December in Tetbury Hardware, Hampton Stores and Tenovus. It will cost 30 pence per letter for delivery to the Tetbury area only. No deliveries outside of GL8 8 please!

At the moment, Grace and I are both undergoing treatment at three different hospitals (!) and at the most difficult and unconventional times. However, the ladies of “Smiles” have made our lives very much easier by providing the vital transport we need – and for a cost which is very close to just that of the fuel they use.

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They are keen and eager to share their kindness with other people who require similar help – it matters not, to them, who you are. We wish them well in this unique scheme, and in doing so remember “Smiles go a long way, always!”

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Dear Editor, Freddie started scootering at the Adam Philby Skatepark at the age of three and said after winning that scootering was his life, but that although he had worked hard “he was very surprised to win”.

It struck me reasonably forcibly this morning as I walked into work that some things change and others don’t. Some subtly........ Best regards, James A Johnson

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