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December 2017

A Merry Christmas from Tetbury Lions Circulation 4,250

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there is a stunning garden to the rear with plen parking available. Located between Nailsworth Minchinhampton, the pub is famous for its “2in1” This is a unique dish of the filling of your choice o side topped with mouth-wateringly crumbly pastr accompanied by delicious cauliflower Wishing all our customers a verycheese happy on th However, the award winning Chef, Toby Christmas and best wishes for Refoy, 2018 also Home of the famous a variety of weekly seasonal specials and homeJoin us over the break in 1"2in1 pieby a with four local real ale desserts are available for "2 aalways festive roaring log fire great wine selection to accompany them The Weighbridge Inn is a real, old-fashioned Cotswolds

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

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1st December – Make a Christmas Wreath 7.30 pm at Tetbury Goods Shed 2nd December – Christmas Market Hall, the Market Hall 10.00 am - 12.30 pm in aid of St Marys’ 5th December Neighbourhood Plan Referendum 6th December – HOTS Annual Social Please see the article in this issue 7th December - Christmas Lights Switch On 6.00 pm – see the ad and the article in this issue

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9th December - Carol Service 5.30 pm at St Saviours Church 9th / 10th December – Christmas Craft Market 10.00 am at Tetbury Goods Shed. Free entry 13th December – Carols at Tesco 10.00 am with Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 14th December – Party night at the Priory Inn Please the article in this issue

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22nd December – Carols and Festive Music 6.30pm at Tetbury Goods Shed 24th December – Christmas Eve Party At the Dolphins Hall – see the ad in this issue 31st December – New Year’s Eve Party At the Dolphins Hall – see the ad in this issue

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Useful Information POLICE STATION The Old Courthouse, Long Street Tel: Emergency - 999, Non-Emergency 101 (note new number). DOCTORS Romney House Surgery, Long Street. Tel: 502303 The Tolsey Surgery, High Street, Sherston. Tel: 01666 840270. TETBURY CARES, Website to signpost local health services 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

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. 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

Allsorts 6 Avening Primary School 12 Avening WI 38 Chelworth Bookworms 39 Christmas in Tetbury 47 Christmas Tree Recycling 47 Citizens Advice 42 Computer Advice 24 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 14 Dolphins Dramatic Society 52 Girlguiding 26 History of Tetbury Society 20 Jo Forss 48 Leighterton Primary School 54 Letters to the Editor 53 Lion’s Den 5 Mayor’s Piece 16 News from Christ Church 22 News from St Marys’ Church 19 News from St Michael’s Church 21 People for You 61 Priory Inn Blog 50 Probus 56 Puddle Ducks 59 Rotary Club of South Cotswolds 28 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 8 Sir William Romney’s School 60 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 64 St Mary’s Playgroup 67 Tetbury Art Society 70 Tetbury Camera Club 65 Tetbury Cares - Men in Sheds 79 Tetbury Community Choir 74 Tetbury Food Bank 9 Tetbury Goods Shed 36 Tetbury in Bloom 35 Tetbury Library 44 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 68 Tetbury Police Museum 76 Tetbury Scout Group 45 Tetbury Theatre Group 72 Tetbury Town Youth Football 32 Tetbury Volunteer Community Bus 62 Tetbury WI 33 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 30 The Friends of Priory Gardens 57 Unsung Hero - Letter 75 Unsung Hero - December 77 What’s On 3 Young by Name 4

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Young by Name The Time-Travelling Shopping Basket When you reach a certain stage in life, it becomes nigh-impossible to know what you’d like for Christmas. Once you’ve paid off your mortgage and got the kids into net profit, if you want something, you buy it for yourself, regardless of the time of year. Or at least you do if, like me, you are a spendthrift with modest tastes. I’m in that happy stage between the habitual end-of-month overdraft of the heavily-mortgaged and the mid-life crisis for which the prescribed cure is a sports car. Consequently, until yesterday, my Christmas wish list was blank. Then, walking instead of driving up the road to buy a few groceries, (my usual car habit done for the sake of speed – if only Father Christmas could bring me more hours in the day, I’d put them on my list every year,) I realised I longed for an old-fashioned shopping basket on wheels. Not the horrid trolley only ever seen in supermarkets and upside down in ponds, nor the aluminium, nylon-bagged kind, nor even the medically-oriented type with so many

functions that it almost qualifies as a caravan - shopping bag, seat, balance aid. No! What I crave is the old-fashioned wicker basket on two wheels, pulled by a long wooden handle that looks like a walking stick sent out to work for its living. My grandmother, born in 1900, used hers on every expedition to her local shopping parade in the London suburb in which I grew up. Grandma’s trolley held just enough shopping for a few meals, plus a ball of knitting wool from her named box at Rema’s, the drapers. (We bought our jumpers in instalments in those days.) She could always squeeze in a quarter of sweets from the sweetshop too. Her every-other-day shopping habit had been formed when food was bought in small quantities, fresh, dried or in cans, before the fridge - never mind the freezer - had become commonplace.

the wooden handle, burnished smooth by constant use, as were Grandma’s silken hands, stilled so long ago. Perhaps the imperative to shop local on foot isn’t the real reason that I want a wicker trolley after all? Whatever is on your Christmas list, I hope you’ve been good enough all year for Santa to oblige. And if not, there’s always 2018… Debbie Young Debbie Young’s latest novel is a Christmas mystery, Murder in the Manger, and her collection of twelve short festive stories, Stocking Fillers, makes the perfect – oh, alright, you’ve guessed it! Both available to order in paperback from all good bookshops and as ebooks online.

When I shared a photo of such a trolley on Facebook yesterday, several friends confessed they wanted one too. We thought if we all acquired one, we might make them fashionable. After all, they do chime with the trend to shop local and on foot, rather than in a stressful supermarket sweep by car! But my Christmas present won’t just be a low-emission form of shopping transport. It will also be a time machine, taking me back to the days before globalisation, when a trip to the shops with Grandma meant me begging for a turn to pull her wicker shopping basket on wheels. Eagerly I’d clasp

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At this august gathering, I was privileged to exchange a Tetbury Lions bannerette with the goal and completion date firmly set in Group Captain Carl Schiller, OAM, CSM, your always mind.great Writefunit -down! RAAF (Ret’d,) who had brought with him and as usual we will be a bannerette from the Lions Club of Point Making big target is great, as this is under one the Market Hall with our Tombola Cook. The Point Cook Club are the nearest and some greatwant prizes to for achieve the children. what you really – for Lions Club to the Williams RAAF Base and We will also be in the town on 9th and example, running a marathon or losing five the RAAF Museum and we are delighted to 16th selling Christmas Raffle tickets. This forge a relationship with them. stone. Butwethese targets take considerable year have some really splendid prizes,

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Thanks to Richard Norris and to the two hundred or so young footballers in Tetbury Town Football Club, who are bringing dried or tinned items to their weekly training sessions in order to generate a big handover to the Food Bank at their Christmas party. WSP Textiles Ltd staff, too, are filling decorated gift bags with ‘Christmas extras’ for our clients, which will be given out nearer Christmas. The bags to be filled have been donated by Halls Bakery and the Yellow Lighted Bookshop.

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Cotswold Voluntary Wardens Selsey Common We have had a session on the Common last month, at the request of the National Trust, where we spent a happy hour or two cutting back Cotoneaster, which is a nonnative species and would self-seed and spread rapidly over the open pasture land if left unchecked. There are lovely views from up on the common.

Coppicing We have been coppicing in the woodland near Didmarton. Coppicing is a traditional winter activity in hazel woods and it involves cutting down to the tree stumps, about every seven years, to produce bean poles, “heatherings,” for use in binding hedges (which we have laid,) and fence posts. We will use the heatherings when hedge laying later in the winter. We’ve also been over to Dursley, where we cleared an overgrown bridleway at Dursley, toward Uley.

Tetbury Railway Bridgeway At the request of the Rail Lands Trust, we returned for another session of clearance at the Trouble House - and from there half way toward the Long Newton Road. On this occasion, we were removing bramble and hawthorn so that the path is restored to the raised railway formation,

rather than in the wet ditch alongside the fence. In 1889, it certainly seems that the Great Western Railway knew how to build a dry route! The detail of this cover from Stephen Randolph’s 1985 book “The Tetbury Branch” illustrates just this section of the pathway.

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A Poll Card popped into our letterbox the other day. What are the There is to be a Referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan for Tetbury and Tetbury Upton on Tuesday the 5th of December. I guess that not many people know the ins and outs of the Neighbourhood Plan and therefore will have no idea of what the Referendum is about.

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It’s all about how the town will develop in the future and just where any developments will take place, so that they do not damage the outstanding appearance of the town and the surrounding green areas. Much work has gone on for the past three years putting the Neighbourhood Plan together and the referendum is the last stage in approving the plan and putting it into local Planning policy which has three stages.

• The town centre will be developed to honour it’s heritage as well as improving the shopping facilities within the town.

The first is the National Planning Policy Framework often called the NPPF, the second is the CDC Local Plan which is currently under examination by a Planning Inspector and the third is the Neighbourhood Plan for Tetbury and Tetbury Upton, to which the current Referendum refers. The Tetbury and Tetbury Upton Plan has

• The historic fabric and heritage of Tetbury will be conserved and enhanced. • Tetbury’s unique urban and green landscape within the town will be preserved and protected.

• Community facilities will encourage community engagement.

• Tetbury will maintain medical and educational provision for all needs so that Tetbury has efficient and caring services to suit the needs of our growing community. If you agree with a majority of these points, please take the time to go along to the Dolphins Hall to vote ‘YES’ to accept the Neighbourhood Plan. Copies of the Neighbourhood Plan are available to read, in both the Library and the Town Council Offices. After all that, Christmas is getting nearer and shopping becomes more frantic as time goes along. We have a great range of shops in Tetbury, please support them in your hunt for gifts. May I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. 340208 Piano Tuition

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of England website - link below. And do please join us at St Marys’ as we journey through Advent to Christmas! Here are just some highlights: Especially for children. Every Sunday through December, at our 10.00 am service, children enjoy Advent stories and crafts, in our Little Fishes Sunday School. We also have the candle-lit Christingle Service with carols on Sunday the 10th of December at 4 pm. Then the Children’s Crib Service at 4 pm on Christmas Eve is lovely. 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 11.30pm 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.”

I love these words, written by Archbishop Justin Welby. And he is right, isn’t he? So, through this time of Advent, perhaps find a place where you can be still and silent. In that moment, pay attention to what is going on within you and around you. Listening to your heart and to the world like this begins to enable us to listen to God. We might only hear him faintly, but as we do so we can catch his whisper of love. In Advent time, we are preparing ourselves to experience Christmas richly and joyfully: to know love from heaven to earth come down. You can find out more on the Church And there is more for everyone!

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History of Tetbury Society ‘The Death of a King’ was the subject of Peter Petrie’s talk to HOTS on the 2nd of November. That the King is dead is quite certain, since Edward II was king from 1307 to 1327 - but when, how and where he died will never be known for certain. Berkeley Castle firmly believe he was brutally murdered there in captivity, and have the very room on display. He had been forced to abdicate in 1327 by his Queen and her lover Roger Mortimer. It is said his body was taken to Gloucester Abbey (now the Cathedral,) and that it is buried in a vault underneath the magnificent tomb that Edward III had erected.

In 1314 Edward was blamed for the defeat at Bannochburn and this was followed by famine and troubles over the King’s new favourite, Hugh Despenser. War had broken out with France in 1324 so Queen Isabella went to France to negotiate with her brother, the new French King. She remained in France and became friendly with Roger Mortimer. They raised a small army to invade England, with the intention of removing Edward from the throne. They landed on the river Orwell near Felixstowe in 1326 where they were joined by others who disliked the Despenser influence. Later that year Hugh Despenser was executed and in January 1327 Edward was forced to abdicate in favour of his 14-year-old son,

Prince Edward III. Mortimer and Isabella acted as regents. Edward II’s reign is regarded as disastrous – and the influence of Gaveston and Despenser highly unorthodox. Mr Petrie dealt eloquently with a complex and controversial history. Our next meeting is our Annual Social on Wednesday the 6th of December for which tickets have been on sale. We then meet again in Christ Church at 7.30 pm on Thursday the 4th of January 2018, for our ‘Archive Meeting,’ when we would be pleased to see any of your historic items. Alan Twelvetree, History of Tetbury Society

There is some evidence that he was moved to Corfe Castle in Dorset and even onward to Ireland. However, a real mystery stems from a document known as ‘the Fieschi letter,’ that was discovered in France in a register dated before 1368. The letter was written in Latin by an Italian priest to King Edward III, telling him that after his father left Ireland he moved to Holland. It then gives details of a journey to the South of France, then northwards to Koblentz before turning south again to northern Italy. Modern scholars are convinced that this document is genuine and prefer the evidence of the ‘hard copy’ to the original history. So, his body may rest in Italy. Edward II’s life had its controversies. He was born in 1284 at Caernarfon Castle and Edward I presented the baby as the first Prince of Wales. He was the 14th child but the only boy to survive. He acceded to the throne in 1307 when his father died. In 1308 he married Isabella of France, which was an arranged marriage intended to ease tensions with France, since he was probably homosexual. Piers Gaveston had joined his household in 1300. A group of 100208 KP Gardens 22/2/08 21:50 Barons executed Gaveston in 1312.

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We are well into autumn with Christmas fast approaching and when the sun has come out, it has been lovely - especially driving along the road with the sun is shining on the trees, showing their 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 suffering too, when things have gone wrong either in work life or through illness, those who are doing OK should appreciate all that is around them. I have just returned from ten days in Cornwall which was beautiful, with lovely weather and with the sun shining. Never before have I been able to spend my birthday in this country and in the sunshine - without a coat! 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 His 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, and the four traditional advent themes for the four advent Sundays are: God’s people – The Candle of Hope: Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate

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the hope we have in Jesus Christ. The Old Testament Prophets – The Candle of Peace: Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ. 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. 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. As we prepare for Christmas, let us remember that Christmas should be a special time of year no matter what faith we have; as a child we always had a crib on display, a tradition that I have continued during my marriage; the sight of children’s faces lighting up at the sight of presents under the tree; coming out of the Church after Midnight Mass especially when it is a clear night and looking up at the stars after listening to the account of Jesus’ birth. As Christian’s we are brought up learning about the true meaning of Christmas but it is not until we get older we fully appreciate what it really means to believe. Attending Church at this special time we can immerse ourselves


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News from Christ Church In cowboy films of old, when the few embattled heroes were holed up in some shack fighting for their lives, surrounded by Red Indians who were hollering and waving tomahawks (sorry, that’s not very PC but let’s overlook that for now,) you would hear distant gunshots and catch the sight of men on horseback, one of them carrying the Yankee flag – and you knew that the end was in sight, that rescue was at hand and that in the nick of the time the heroes would be saved and the baddies dispersed. In short, the cavalry was coming. At moments in my life both in jest and in full seriousness I have wondered ‘When is the cavalry coming?’ Or as the Psalmist puts it more religiously and eloquently, ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where does my help come?’ God’s conclusive answer to that question came in a remote village in Palestine, with a travelling man and woman, some shepherds from the nearby hillside, some travellers from the east, and later still some soldiers from the Emperor. God’s answer, God’s rescue plan, takes the form of a babe in arms. God comes in flesh and blood to reveal the saving power of love and truth and kindness justice and forgiveness. 1110609 Jo and Gale:Layout 1 19/5/09

We give thanks to God for his coming then and his coming now, and the Spirit of Jesus which has never left the earth and saves us still. In our celebrations this Christmas-time may we know this saving love in our hearts, in our lives, and throughout God’s world. The cavalry comes – in the form of Jesus when we reach out in prayer and worship. If you would like to celebrate this event with us, then please do.

We worship every Sunday morning at 10.30am. Our hands-on celebration at Messy Church for adults and children is at 4.00pm on Sunday 17th December. On Christmas Eve we sing carols and share Holy Communion at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day we have a short service of celebration for all the family at 10.00am. With every blessing, Noel Sharp, Minister of Christ Church Tetbury

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Computer Advice Are you at risk from the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability? You may have seen in the press, or have been notified by your security package, about a recent weakness found within the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard. This new threat has yet to be exploited, but could enable an attacker to see what you are doing and could intercept any unsecured web data from your wireless connection. They would however need to be within range of your Wi-Fi signal. Importantly, they would not be able to see any data from secure websites, such a banking or shopping sites as the data is further encrypted.

Make sure your computer is downloading regular Windows security updates, as they are imperative to keep you safe. If you have not seen an update when shutting down and restarting your PC recently, this may be affecting you. You may think that there is nothing important on your PC, so you are not concerned about its security. Well do think again, as it could be remotely controlled and used to attack another computer or network. You might also consider a free upgrade to Windows 10 (with only my time to cover,) as you only have around two years before it goes “endof-life.�

Do you need better Wi-Fi coverage? If your Wi-Fi coverage is not reaching all the necessary parts of your house, I can boost your signal and get everyone happily connected for the festive period. Thick Cotswold stone walls and also the foil or mesh used in some partition walls can stop your signal getting through. Several

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types of adapters are available that can solve your problem. I can bring them along and we can see which will suit your requirements. You only need to pay for the device that works, saving you the hassle of returning unsuitable kit. And where does the time go? Another year seems to have slipped by. May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a great start to the New Year? Thank you so much for reading my editorials and I do hope I can be of service to you in 2018. If you have any queries on the above or anything else that might be affecting your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, do get in touch. If your device is running slow or it is not what it once was, let me run a service for you to restore its original performance. Please contact Nic on 01666 502067, or go to Nic Ingham

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The Guides and Brownies were, as always, proud to be part of Tetbury’s Remembrance Service and Parade. This year 1st Tetbury Guides dressed the commemorative stone outside the Malt House and have also taken part in the Ribbon of Poppies. This is an initiative set up to create a carpet of poppies across the UK to mark the centenary of the end of the 1st World War in 2018. The Feoffees gave us permission to plant up a section opposite the allotments on Herd land and (luckily) Terry Lee kindly prepared the ground for us. We went out on a cold night and all helped to scatter the poppy seeds. Let’s hope for a carpet of red next year.


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trials, which every single child gave a good go. Our trials ranged from wiggle worm flour cake, chocolate mud moose with jelly rats, tree top challenge, raft building and the surprise box! Some girls even braved putting the contents of the boxes over their heads for extra bonus points.

During half-term we took eighteen Brownies away to Macaroni Woods. Our theme was “I’m a Brownie - get me out of here!” For several of them this was their first time staying away from home so after settling in we got stuck into making jungle camp flags, which were then displayed around our holiday home. In the morning, all the brownies were a little sleepy as the last brownie went to sleep just before midnight.

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Rotary Club of South Cotswolds Since our 50th Charter Dinner in June it has been a busy time for the Club over the past few months. At the start of the new Rotary Year in July we had our “New Year BBQ” to celebrate the start of resident Alan Shepherd’s year in office. One of the main projects that the Club has undertaken since then was the annual Horseless Team Event cross country, run in the wonderful surroundings of Badminton Park. Several hundred runners enjoyed superb weather on the 8th of October, running five, nine or thirteen miles. As always, the club needs other organisations to assist them, and this year the ATC provided valuable radio support (which enhances their

training,) the Girl Guides operated the vital water points, Crudwell Scouts supported us with the provision of our registration marquee, and we had the invaluable support of Tetbury Lions and other Rotary Clubs, who provided us with marshals. Without them all we would not have been able to provide a safe environment for the competitors, so many thanks. Following hard on the heels of that event, we hosted the Rotary District 1100 Boules Festival at The Red Bull on the following weekend. Unfortunately, the club were unable to emulate the success of previous years; the competition was won by Royal Wootton Bassett and District Rotary Club. Our thoughts then turned to the annual Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular, held at Sir William Romney School. Over a thousand people enjoyed a superb Fireworks display, put on by Cotswold Fireworks. Their finale seems to get better every year. The club were again grateful to Tetbury Lions for helping to marshal the event, which is intended to be a Community Service Project, providing a safe environment for families to enjoy fireworks at a reasonable cost. Tetbury Rugby Club provided the hot dogs and burgers. In addition to these major events we have continued to have an interesting variety of speakers at our weekly meetings. Of particular note was Shaun McCormack, a former Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London who gave a fascinating insight into

the Tower of London and its history. As we approach Christmas we will be preparing our Christmas Sleigh to take Father Christmas round the villages of Minety, Lea, Crudwell and Sherston and the town of Malmesbury. Tetbury is served by the Fire Brigade float. As Rotarians we continue to support the local community and have make donations to Friends of Tetbury Hospital as well as to St Mary’s School - in addition to our major grant to Tetbury Goods Shed earlier in the year in celebration of our 50 years as a Rotary Club. If you wish to know more about us, contact Secretary Doug Hughes on 01666 502548 or visit our website Doug Hughes, Rotary Club of South Cotswolds

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Without our members and this support from our community, we would be unable to have such a wonderful display. Should we be lucky enough to experience a ‘White Christmas’ this year, to give you an opportunity to get your sledges out from the garage to enjoy Preston Park, please be aware that you use this recreation area at your own risk, be safe and have fun. I am pleased to confirm that we have made grants this month to Holiday at Home, Tetbury Relief In Need, the Youth Club, Tetbury in Bloom, St Mary’s School and £900 for apprenticeships and students. We also continue with the work on Chipping Steps to maintain and improve this area. If you would like to know more about the type of grants and support available, please do not hesitate to contact us. Educational or Training Grants, as well as discretionary Grants to the town’s clubs and societies are available by application to the Feoffees at Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your families all a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. Lance Vick – Chairman

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Tetbury Town Youth Football During the countdown to Christmas, players at the club are busy donating items to help support the Tetbury Food Bank. With so many organisations and businesses from the town continually showing support for the club, it is pleasing to see the players give something back to such a worthy cause. The donations will be presented to the food bank by the children following our Christmas Party.

We are looking forward to the Christmas Party on Saturday the 16th of December at the Dolphins Hall, where the younger members of the club and their families can begin their festive celebrations. The children will be entertained with a magic show, disco, face painting, lucky dip and the traditional visit from one of Santa’s little helpers. Who will draw the short straw this year?!

the two World Wars. It was placed alongside flowers from the Mayor of Châtillon-surIndre, the President of the Union Nationale des Combatants (War Veterans,) and two representatives of the young people of the French town. They also attended a church ceremony followed by a parade through the town alongside other members of the local community.

Two representatives from the club, Sophie and James Norris, proudly acted as ambassadors for the town on a recent visit to France. They had the honour of laying a wreath of poppies at the ‘Monument des Morts’ in Châtillonsur-Indre, to commemorate those who gave their lives in the battles for freedom during

In the afternoon, they shared a meal with local dignitaries and presented gifts on behalf of Stephen Hirst, Mayor of Tetbury. The importance of children remembering the significant events of the past and hopes for a tradition to be formed between the two towns was also expressed. Tetbury has been fortunate to enjoy exchanges with children from Châtillion-sur-Indre over the past few years, and the two towns are taking positive steps to build a lasting friendship. The relationship continues to blossom through regular group visits to local events taking place on both sides of the channel; hopefully this will continue long into the future. Ours doors are always open and we welcome boys and girls of all abilities and confidence levels, and if you are interested in becoming involved with our enthusiastic youth set up or would like to offer help in any capacity, please feel free to contact Richard Norris on 07879 441938. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all, on behalf of Tetbury Town Football Club, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Richard Norris, Youth Chairman, Tetbury Town Football Club

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Tetbury Goods Shed Well, we really are VERY excited as we now have a Train Carriage parked down at The Goods Shed! Its arrival the other day certainly created a bit of a stir, as it trundled through the town before being craned into position behind the main Goods Shed and now Will Cook and his team are now hard at work, checking the carriage out, ensuring it is waterproof, and starting on the renovation. When they have finished we will have a great workshop space plus café seating area. Anyone wanting to get involved, we

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special performances by local musicians, plus mulled wine and mince pies, it’s the perfect opportunity for the people of the town to come together, have some fun and really get in the mood for Christmas. In January we will be installing Cinema sound and light equipment down at the Shed – so watch this space and check out our website for more news! In the meantime - have a great Christmas and we will look forward to welcoming you back to the Shed in the New Year on Saturday the 20th of January, when Mr Tom Carradine presents a Cockney Sing-a-Long – a selection of timeless favourites from the Music Halls, West End Shows and World Wars classics. Suitable for both the young and not quite so young, we guarantee a fun filled night. Kathryn Limoi, Administrator Email: or telephone: 01666 505496

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Avening WI The members of Avening WI have been very busy over the last few weeks and we have an even fuller programme coming up before Christmas. We have had our fun quiz for members and villagers, which is always well supported. We will be sending the proceeds from the quiz to Tetbury Hospital. Shirley Hand who organises the quiz (and usually writes this report) was unfortunately unable to attend, as she fell and broke her hip the previous week. Happily, she is now on the mend.

We agreed that we would love to repeat the walk but on a dry day. Not put off, we are having a November walk along the newly restored Thames and Severn Canal followed by lunch at the Clothiers Arms. Our November meeting, which was also our AGM, was well attended. We were entertained by Sue Prentice and her friend, who call themselves ‘The Dame and the Diva’. They were a very funny duo with songs, poems and stories all aimed at women of ‘a certain age.’ Our pre-Christmas activities will be our

usual shopping trip when we will be going to Worcester during the Victorian Christmas Fair, Christmas lunch at the Snooty Fox, the WI Carol Concert at Cheltenham Town Hall and our own Christmas party where we have games supper and Secret Santa gifts. Gwyneth Simpson, Avening WI Ed: Many thanks to all the members of the Avening WI for their continued help with the Advertiser. We fervently hope that both Shirley and our Senior Lion, Bert Hand, have a wonderful Christmas - and that they’ll both be fighting fit again for the New Year.

We had two teams through to the final of the biennial County WI Quiz and we came 5th and 14th. The winners were Frampton on Severn. Despite not winning we all enjoyed the evening very much. A group of members attended the Christmas Craft Fair at the NEC. It was an excellent show, but a very long day - and most of us came home laden with goodies, ideas and good intentions. Soon we will be holding a Christmas wreath-making session run by our own members. One of the wreaths will be used as a table decoration at the two Christmas lunches, which we will cooking and serving to local groups in December. We are having a friendly skittles match with Nailsworth WI, and we will have a bringand-share supper. This in an opportunity for members to have a go at skittling, even if they have not played before. Our monthly walk in October proved to be the wettest we have ever undertaken. We started at Hunters Hall and walked through the lovely valley to Lasborough Manor. We arrived back at the pub soaked to the skin and steamed gently while eating lunch!

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“Take Six Girls,” the Lives of the Mitford Sisters a biography by Laura Thompson

father. The eldest daughter, Nancy, immortalised their unconventional childhood in her book ‘The Pursuit of Love’. At times exaggerated, at others downplayed, it is from this that much of the Mitford legend traces its roots.

The Mitfords came from an ancient and aristocratic family in decline. Educated at home near Moreton-in-Marsh, their main influences were their aloof mother and endearing but financially incompetent

Gaining adulthood in the early 1930’s, the opposing tides of Fascism and Communism vied for their attention. Some of the girls were attracted by these extremes, some repelled. Whilst Nancy became an established and successful writer, three of the girls sought to escape the bounds of family by rebelling against it. Diana, initially making a fantastic marriage to the heir of the Guinness fortune, outraged society by leaving him for the notorious womaniser and leader of the British Fascists, Oswald Mosely. Perhaps seeing the attention this brought her, the passionate but simplistic Unity then stepped up the shock-value by making friends with Hitler. To counter-balance both these sisters, Jessica became a Communist. Unable to reconcile herself to war between England and Germany, Unity tried to commit suicide. Although she survived, she was brain damaged, eventually dying eight years later from meningitis brought on from an infection from the bullet lodged in her brain. After losing her first child, Jessica left the country with her husband and went to live in New York, whilst Diana, reviled by press and public alike, was incarcerated in Holloway Prison, just weeks after the birth of her youngest son. She remained there for three years until released under caution due to ill health.

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The Dolphins Hall is very pleased to have had yet another successful month!

The Running Club celebrated their first-year anniversary with a dinner dance and prize giving too, and the atmosphere was of joyous celebration of their year’s successes - another We started off with the celebration of a 90th birthday function to be remembered. Lastly, as far as organised party, where relations and friends joined us from across occasions go, we also had the pleasure of holding a 30th the country for a fantastic celebration – and then it was birthday party. All the attendees were very complimentary on to Halloween, which was very well celebrated by toward the Dolphins Hall and an evening enjoyed by all. approximately sixty young children, who thoroughly enjoyed We’re so pleased you enjoyed yourselves! the evening all dressed up for the occasion. As did their parents! It was the most fantastic atmosphere and made a We have sold a lot of tables for our Christmas Bazaar on much enjoyable evening by DJ.Sweet Lightning disco, who December 2nd and Father Christmas is apparently very provided great sounds and lighting. keen to come along and help us drink mulled wine and eat mince pies. I’m sure he won’t forget to speak to the children We were honoured by the attendance of the Bowls too - and to make sure he’s heard their wishes about their Club, holding their dinner dance and prize giving, which I Christmas presents… understand was a huge success. It was a great compliment to the Dolphins Hall to be able to host them and much In celebration, three Christmas trees will be erected this appreciated; we certainly hope to able to repeat the year. One inside the Dolphins Hall and two more, both inside procedure next year. and outside St Saviours Church. We hope you’ll come along and see them and help support the Christmas Tree Festival event in St Saviour’s. We will shortly be announcing the start date of the refurbishment and extension of the Dolphins Hall, although we can assure you it will not be before the 1st of August 2018. The extension will not require town approval, but for anyone needing to see the plans we will be arranging a date for them to be on display in the Dolphins Hall itself. The

events! extension and the refurbishment will be restricted to the budget of the Dolphins Hall and there will be no cost to the townspeople of Tetbury, but you will have a hall of which you can be proud. I’d like to thank the people of Tetbury and the surrounding area for your enormous support over the past two years, allowing us to move forward toward giving you the community hall you so richly deserve. Thank you. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Maggie Heaven, Chair, Dolphins Hall Committee

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Tetbury Library “There are many ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is best of all.” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Tetbury Library is embracing the glittery and adventurous world of ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Anderson this winter! The library’s front window and children’s zone will be decorated (come and see!) and there will be free family crafts:

‘The Snow Queen’ on the afternoon of Saturday the 20th of January. Admission is free, but by ticket only. Tickets can be obtained online via Eventbrite from Tuesday the 2nd of January and a member of staff will be happy to assist anyone who would like help getting a ticket, please just ask. Wintery or sparkly clothing is recommended for those attending this event! We are also pleased to be taking part in Tetbury’s Christmas Tree Festival in St Saviour’s Church, so look out for our celebration of the library in Christmas tree form! The last Chess Club for the year will be on the 15th of December, returning on the 5th

of January. Last Crafters is on the 2nd of December, resuming 3rd February. There’s a special party for Baby Bounce & Rhyme on 20th December, returning on 3rd January. Festive Library Club is on 22nd December. Last Writing Group is on 11th December, returning 8th January. Our Yarn Bombing Group would be grateful for the loan of the following knitting or crochet patterns: a long-limbed monkey, sheep, cockerel and spider. Thank you! Tetbury Library will be closed on 25th, 26th December and 1st January. Charity Christmas cards are still available. We wish you a cosy Christmas and a happy New Year! Kylie, Linda, Liz & Sophie, Tetbury Library

2nd to 8th December – Frosty Icicle Sticks 9th to 15th December – Paper Snow Globe Decorations 16th to 22nd December – Wintery Fimo Characters 23rd December to 2nd January – Ice Crowns These activities are a great way for children to become engaged in the world of books and creativity and for families to enjoy doing something together. Just drop in everyone welcome. As an extra special treat, we are absolutely delighted to announce that the marvellous Drag Queen Story Time will be visiting Tetbury Library! Generating a fun and imaginative world, our glamorous visitor will be reading

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treats and songs, where they welcomed Arlo, Francis, Jack, Thomas, Noah and Caleb to join our fun, with a firelight investiture. The Scouts went down to the Goods Yard and played a game of “hunt the leader” by listening for whistle blows coming from their hiding place. They had a fun science evening where they made a sort of plastic from milk and vinegar, created bubble volcanos and made black snakes from sand and sugar. Both units were very proud to be part of the Remembrance Sunday parade. For the meeting closest to Remembrance Day, the Scouts recreated an air raid shelter and were treated to the joys of spam sandwiches and tea or camp coffee, for those brave enough to try it!

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Christmas in Tetbury Switch-on Evening: Remember, remember … the annual switch-on ceremony is at 6pm on Thursday 7th December. We are delighted that actor Jason Durr will be joining us to switch on the lights, alongside Santa Claus and a pupil from Saint Mary’s Primary School. For a full list of activities and timings, please refer to last month’s Advertiser or visit our website: A particular thank you to the following groups and individuals for all their support: • Tetbury Town Council, the Lions Club of Tetbury, The Feoffees, the Rotary Club of The South Cotswolds, and everyone who voted for us in the Tesco “Bags of Help” scheme, without whose generosity we could not do what we do and, in particular, we could not have afforded to replace the faulty lights on the tree on the Chipping.

Leave the effort of getting rid of your Christmas tree in the New Year to Longfield Hospice Care!

• Mr and Mrs Lowsley-Williams for their annual donation of the two majestic fir trees that sit at the entrance to the Market House.

Longfield, along with over twenty other hospices in the UK, will collect real Christmas Trees from your home for a donation to their local hospice. This will be done over a three-day period - 5th, 6th and 7th January 2018. The trees will be shredded here at the hospice and the majority used in our beautiful gardens.

• The Avening Silver Band, St Mary’s School choir, Tetbury Community Choir and DJ& Sweet Lightning for the evening’s entertainment.

So, don’t forget that while you’re going to Midnight Mass, toasting the Queen, or tucking into your Christmas turkey, our nurses will be in people’s homes, supporting them when they need it most.

• The bell ringers of St Marys’ Church, for their accompaniment. • Supporters from amongst the Tetbury in Bloom team, the Town Council and friends for giving their time to dress the Christmas trees, closing roads and acting as marshals on the evening. It is easy to forget just how much effort is required by so many people to make the evening such a success.

Longfield provides this specialist support every day of the year, night and day, and it’s provided completely free of charge - So please be generous in donating to Longfield this Christmas, because we’re providing vital services in your community (as well as collecting your Christmas tree in the New Year!) Register your tree for collection http:// or contact Julia Mundell/Claire Ellis for more information on 01453 886868




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• Ali Bristow of Artique for supplying and erecting Santa’s Grotto. Tim Cordall from the plant stall from under the Market Hall, for supplying the little box trees to decorate the Grotto and Highgrove Enterprises for kindly supplying the children’s gifts and for sponsoring additional lights for the large trees on The Green, The Knapp and Millennium Green. • The traders for dressing their shop windows so beautifully and KP Gardens for supplying and erecting the trees on the shop premises. Finally, all that remains is to wish you a very Merry Christmas from the Christmas in Tetbury committee: Sue, Stephen, Kathryn, Mel, Ian, Tina, Kev and myself.

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Priory Inn Blog “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more...” Dr Seuss The Winter solstice or “Yule” falls this year on Thursday 21st December, representing the longest night of the year. The Summer solstice

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in June gave us 17 hours of daylight whereas the shortest day will provide only seven. However, as Hal Borland said, “ winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn,” so we must be as patient as our ancient forefathers were, for new life and new opportunities after Mother Nature’s natural pause. December is the perfect month to recognise the dedication, drive and determination of all our “30 Mile Food and Drink Zone” families and businesses. After 14 years of working alongside them, we respect their ceaseless spirit and desire to deliver the highest quality product, within tight sustainable and commercial boundaries. The bonus for us in supporting these great local people is providing our guests with authentic food that is fresh, top quality, and whose flavours speak volumes. We thank our staff who have worked so hard throughout a busy year and festive season. A particular thank-you goes to Becky, our front-of-house manager who is fast approaching 5 years at The Priory Inn. Not just a backbone of strength to us and the business, she provides a calm warmth and welcome to so many people.

coming into reception, if you are looking for a local festive gift. Our Christmas party menu is running throughout the month and on our party night on the 14th of December. Call to book a table on that night if you would like to up the ante and enjoy music and dancing. Take-away pizzas are available as normal on the 14th December. New Year’s Eve is the Priory Inn at its best - no set menus or dress code - just good food and a good atmosphere. Book early! Live music continues through December to a laid-back Sunday night atmosphere: on the 3rd singer/songwriter Dik Cadbury followed on the 10th by Larkham and Hall. Steve Degutis on the 17th is the last Sunday night in 2017. More information on all singers is available online at www. Happy Christmas and a very peaceful and prosperous New Year from all of us at The Priory Inn. Follow us on Twitter @ThePrioryInn and Instagram to stay informed.

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Christmas Parties at The Priory Inn Our Christmas party menu is designed around the very highest quality Cotswolds festive fayre and is available by reservation anytime from November until January 2018. We have Christmas party nights on Thursday 14th and 21st December when you can join us for a special festive atmosphere, great food, twinkly lights, music and dancing. The Christmas party menu is designed for groups of between 6 and 60 people, but groups less than six are also welcome to join us on the party nights (by reservation). Our ground floor private dining room can seat up to 16 people. Should your group wish to select its own choice of music and have a dedicated member of our waiting team for the evening, please call and ask for costs and details.

Starters Caramelised parsnip, apple and puy lentil soup (v) Three layer vegetable terrine with spiced plum chutney (v) Beetroot-cured smoked salmon with horseradish crostinis Cotswold charcuterie with local pickles

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Dolphins Dramatic Society Once again, another production has been put to bed - and already the society is choosing its spring production. Anne Smith, with the help of Jenny Miles, worked - as always - very hard indeed on this production, and once again pulled off a great panto. Well done Anne and Jenny. They were both ‘Sleepless Beauties,’ from all the worry of putting on a good show – through things like issues with the hall and a big concern with Cotswold Costumes. Anne and Jenny, like many of us, were told that Cotswold Costumes were closing; luckily this proved to be wrong - they were changing hands. Yes folks, they are still going strong. The Society has been blessed with the five new members, recently joined:

Martin (The Dame,) Neil (Carabosse,) Carla (Princess Aurora,) Helen (Prince Orlando,) and Mark (chorus and stage management.) They were all brilliant! We so hope that they will all stay with The Dolphins. Thanks to the wonderful David Hudson, who travels from Cornwall to provide his knowledge and his vast library of lighting and special effects. Without him we would have no stage lighting. Thanks to Rick Hicks for all the amazing props he made, to Ian Smith, who works away quietly and does so much for the society – and an extra BIG thank you to The Snooty Fox for displaying our huge promotional banner and lending us two of their chairs. IHS Markit printed the programme and extra posters, Creative Hairdressers allowed us to dress their window and to put posters up, Malcolm at Tetbury Hardware was once

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The children at Leighterton Primary School enjoy the range of clubs we offer. Our wrap around childcare starts at 7.30 am until 6.00 pm and includes breakfast club and after school club. There are lots of other clubs available as well and the children would like to tell you about them:

Breakfast Club I like having marmite on toast for my breakfast. I like playing with the purple bear when I’ve eaten my breakfast. Today I was drawing a Christmas tree with my friends. Matilda (age 4)

After School Club My favourite snack is either cheese on toast or tomato soup with bread and butter. I like playing outside, especially when we go to the park. I enjoy playing on the climbing frame and going on the slide. When we go back inside, I enjoy reading and making things. I use my crafting skills to design and make paper planes. It’s fun when I test these too. My best plane flew all the way from one end of the hall to the other. I’m looking forward to moving into the new

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Tag Rugby Tag rugby club is a really good way to keep fit and it’s fun at the same time. We always begin with a warm up and then we play some games. At the end, we usually have a match. The coach is nice, and he is good fun too. I enjoy it a lot and I know all the other people, who go, do too. This term we have a tag rugby club, and this is swapped each term. Last term we learnt football skills (and we got very wet!) and I can’t wait to see what we will learn next term. Joshua (age 9)

Running Club Each Monday morning, we all meet in the back field at school to do a warm up. Each age group does a slightly different warm up, for example, the Year One children weave in and out of the cones while the Year Six group have to move their bodies through hoops then weave in and out of the cones and run down back to the beginning. After that we start running around the edge of the field and complete as many laps as we can. Yesterday most people managed to complete either a half or a whole kilometre and we are rewarded with a snack so that we still have energy to go into school to begin learning. Alexander (age 10)

Children at Construction club If you would like to find out more or come and look around Leighterton Primary School, you are very welcome to contact Miss Stark or Mrs Davey in the school office on (01666) 890273 and we would be delighted to show you round at a convenient time. Further information about school is also available on our website - Meryl Hatfield, Headteacher, Leighterton Primary School

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Probus Christmas… …is a time for giving worldwide, so our recent talks were focused on charities. We started in Romania, which in the time of Soviet power was an outstanding example of socialist rule. The cities were run like a lunatic asylum – and the countryside like a graveyard. The rabid policies of Nicolai Ceaucescu caused even greater problems, which charities such as Christian Aid to Romania are still striving to alleviate. Our speaker on the 5th of October, Mike Ogbourne, described his work, the desperate situation some younger Romanians face, and the beautiful country recovering from its dark years. His talk was a thorough account of his charity’s efforts and of the country itself. Another Christian charity, but with a very different aim, was the subject of our next meeting on the 15th 0f October. The Sailors’ Society, the oldest of several charities engaged in the same work, tackle the problems the seamen who man the world’s cargo ships face, our speaker Yvonne Penn explained. While some companies treat their crews fairly, others do not.

need all the help they can get. Ninety per cent of our imports still come in by sea. Our speaker described the many ways the Society provide assistance and comfort, and as a bonus treated us to a glimpse of the ships themselves, even a short clip of a bulk carrier in very heavy weather, decks awash. Very different again was the El Shaddai Street Child Rescue Charity, Also Christian-led, this currently supports 4,500 disadvantaged children across India through its shelters, homes, schools, medical centres and skills training centres. They are a safe and caring haven for orphans, street slum and other vulnerable children rescued from the eleven million homeless children of India. Founded by Anita Edgar, a committed humanitarian aid nurse, Anita told us on the 2nd of November how she had been appalled by the number of povertystricken and abandoned children she had seen during a visit to Goa in 1996. Since no-one was providing help in any way, she immediately opened a home. She explained to us how this entrenched and

sad situation for children had arisen and was being perpetuated, and the difficulties such children encountered in later life. Anita then described the formal setting up process of her charity, the amazing progress it had made, and the range of activities developed. Illustrating the day centres and shelters, she emphasized the charity’s need for sponsorship for the care and development of individual children. It was an impassioned talk from a remarkable lady who had achieved so much. Looking ahead we have a varied programme of talks planned for the New Year. Potential new members would be very welcome to come along on the first and third Thursdays of each month to share it with us. For more information on Anita Edgar’s initiative in Goa, see https://childrescue. net/ - for the Sailor’s Society, see https:// and for Christian Aid in Romania, http://www.christianaid. org/ Denis Cartwright, Theo Stening, Probus, Tetbury

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stage the Examiner amended the Plan by adding that planning permission for the Green Spaces should not be given, “unless there were exceptional circumstances.” The Local Green Spaces are an important part of our town’s history, as many of them form the landscaped setting to Tetbury’s Historic buildings. In many cases these spaces are as important to our townscape as the historic buildings themselves. Many of the LGS contain ancient trees, which provide much of Tetbury’s green and pleasant environment and they need to be protected from development. Some of the LGS provide a quiet and tranquil

The Friends of Priory Gardens environment for townsfolk and visitors away from the heavy traffic which afflicts the town centre. The Local Green Spaces form part of several “green corridors,” which bring the surrounding rural environment into the centre of our town, reinforcing the typical “Cotswold” character beloved by residents and visitors alike. These corridors also provide a haven for wildlife, which is able to find safe spaces in which to breed and a corridor away from busy roads to move from one source of food to another. The five main objections to the Draft Neighbourhood Plan were from developers or their agents who want to turn our historic green environment into an urban landscape. If the people of Tetbury and Tetbury Upton vote with a majority in favour of the plan, then we will have a valuable defence against further development in the Tetbury area. We need you to vote in support of the enormous work put in by the Town Council and others to protect our lovely environment so: PLEASE VOTE ON 5th DECEMBER AND VOTE YES. The Friends of Priory Gardens

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It’s that time of year when there is added sparkle and shine in every corner of the room, and the sound of jingle bells can be heard throughout the morning. But before we get too carried away with our festivities, we look back over the past couple of weeks when we have been rounding off our autumn topic. We all enjoyed a visit to see the wonderful new Gruffalo characters that have come to live in the deep dark wood at Westonbirt. The weather was perfect – cold and crisp but beautifully sunny and the children were so excited as they discovered the mouse, fox, owl, snake and squirrel. It was also fantastic that so many parents were able to join us on the

day. We collected lots of leaves for painting, printing and rubbing and conkers for rolling, and we’ve been busy decorating the tree kindly donated to us by the Tetbury WI into a colourful autumn display. The children have learned a little about hibernation, which was explored further when John and Julien from the Help a Hedgehog Hospital came to visit. They gave a little talk and brought with them a little spikey friend, who was a big hit. We are very grateful to John and Julien for taking the time to come and see us, and for being so wonderful with the children. We hope the hedgehogs at the hospital enjoy the cat food that the children collected for them!

Puddle Ducks We have, of course, been hard at work learning carols for our Nativity play, which will once again be held in St. Saviours Church. Our grateful thanks go to the Churches Together organisation, for giving us permission for this wonderful event. The Nativity last year was a real highlight for us, and we know this year will be even more special. If we are very, very lucky we may even be visited by a very special someone who has promised to try and fit us in, despite this being his busiest time of year! As we close the door on 2017 we would like to thank everyone who has shown their support to us over the last year, and in particular over recent weeks. Thank you to both St. Mary’s School and to Tetbury Library for inviting us to visit them several times throughout the year. These visits are always enjoyed by both the staff and the children. Thanks also to Hobbs House Bakery, for our yummy snacktime bread, which is very much appreciated every day. We are looking forward to returning on the 3rd of January, for more fun and learning through play, when we will also be adding our pre-school afternoon sessions for those children who will be moving on to primary school in September. These are always great fun and a fantastic way to prepare the children for their transition. And now it only remains for us to wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season. Here’s to 2018! Puddle Ducks




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Sir William Romney’s School More GCSE success! We are very proud that students at SWR have achieved a positive Progress 8 score for the fourth consecutive year. The Department for Education has recently released provisional Progress 8 scores (indicating students’ performance across 8 GCSE subjects). Our provisional Progress 8 score for 2017 is +0.02. This places SWR amongst the highest performing comprehensive schools in the local authority and reflects the commitment and aspiration of our students and the highquality teaching and learning that takes place across our curriculum.

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The Volunteer Befriending Service I am sure many of you have heard of People For You, the volunteer befriending service that supports older isolated people in the community by introducing them to a local volunteer who visits regularly. Our service can go a long way in bridging the gap between isolation and inclusion. I am so proud of our volunteers, they go the extra mile to make sure the person they visit feels heard, listened to, acknowledged and

their company enjoyed and appreciated. For someone who lives alone and who doesn’t enjoy regular companionship the volunteer regular visits can make a world of difference in raising self-esteem and increasing a belief in themselves as a valued member of the community. People For You is available in Tetbury and neighbouring villages. Loneliness is sadly now generally recognised as being as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Its a sad reality that there are a growing number

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Tetbury Volunteer Community Bus The Tetbury Volunteer Community Bus now has a name and is in full operation.

the general public – only to those Tetbury residents registered with us. This costs £10 per year, but for this you can get ‘at cost’, door-to-door transport for shopping, visits to local Garden Centres, sometimes a pub lunch if you wish, and other local journeys as advertised. We are always keen to take suggestions for other local trips from Club Members and we can also make special trips by arrangement, dependent upon the availability of drivers and providing there are three passengers or more. A schedule for the Bus is available at the Council Offices, the TIC and on public notice boards.

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and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.” The Year 5/6 children were also lucky enough to visit the Birmingham Museum, where they showed off their creative talents sketching ‘Groovy’ Greek pots - and were astonished by all of the artefacts on show. They especially loved looking at all of the intricate artwork in the galleries, and some of us found an original Picasso!

“Don’t just count your years, make your years count” George Meredith You can always count on St Mary’s! We are forever improving the learning experiences for our children and over the past few weeks we have created magic, pizazz and marvel to support the curriculum we deliver. And we are always seeking new opportunities for our children, and love to give them adventures they can passionately talk about. Whether its visits to museums, author visits or challenging their thinking, we love to keep ahead of the game. On Tuesday the 17th of October, Year 5/6 went to Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,) day. The schedule was jam-packed with amazing opportunities, including lectures and workshops.

children’s brains buzzing, as well as ours. We learned how to do two magic tricks; one was called the Orange Kangaroo. After that, we went into the main hall and watched Marty Jopson show us some amazing experiments to do with electricity and where it originated from. Speaking for all of the year 5 & 6 pupils, we want to say a huge thank you to all of the staff and teachers who took us there. We all had a great time

On Monday the 13th of November, the whole school came together to celebrate our love of learning Mathematics. The corridors were filled with calculators, clocks, dice and Rubik’s cubes to name but a few costumes! The children worked in their house teams and tried lots of challenging activities the teachers had prepared for them. The children were so impressed that they have already asked for another ‘Maths Day!’ St Mary’s CE VA Primary School

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Meeting Gorillas is not to be missed. For most of the year the members of Tetbury Camera Club are a happy lot, quite content to discuss, comment on and enjoy shots taken at local, or relatively local locations. There are times, though, when some of us are affected by a bit of David Attenborough envy and decide it would be good to head for the hills on the trail of something a bit more exotic - things like elephants, tigers, giraffes and even gorillas… And that’s exactly what two of the club’s

keenest camera fans have recently been up to. Around this time last year, Sandie Cox and Richard joined a dozen other members cruising on some of Bristol’s more scenic backwaters. Guided by two of the city’s most helpful and knowledgeable sailors, we were looking for interesting renovations, innovative architecture, colourful graffiti images and even on top of a couple of buildings, what appeared to be life-like fibreglass models of birds, sheep, a gorilla and probably the city’s most famous animal character, Gromit. Inspired by a keen interest in wildlife as well as photography, Sandie, Richard and

Tetbury Camera Club his wife and a couple of friends started this year by planning to leave these scenic sights behind and follow in Sir David’s footsteps to capture the real thing with a trip to Uganda and Rwanda. In their sights was a search for the steadily diminishing number of highland and lowland gorillas, which are now protected species in both countries. Once you have the necessary permits in your hand, the next hurdle is the small matter of personal protection from infections like yellow fever, a virus which can be caught from mosquito bites. It can be fatal to primates as well as humans and both countries demand advance sight of a valid certificate of inoculation before they will even allow entry. Looking for gorillas is obviously not what might be called ‘a walk in the park’, so is it worth it? According to Richard and Sandie the answer is definitely “Yes!” they told us: “Trailing the animals isn’t easy. The ground is very rough and hilly. It’s difficult to walk through the bush if you are trying to carry a camera and bag at the same time, and once the reservation wardens find a family of gorillas for you, there is a restriction of only one hour to try and take your pictures.

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“But it’s an amazing experience to be sharing the same small area as one of the world’s most endangered species. The ones we saw were completely unfazed by our presence. How close did we get to them? We were sitting still in the bush watching them feeding, and then one trod on my foot as it walked past.” Sandie and Richard will be showing some of their pictures at a future meeting of Tetbury Camera Club, which meets upstairs at The Priory Inn at 7.30 on Tuesday evenings. New members are always welcome. Iain Smyth, Tetbury Camera Club

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup The children are now becoming really excited about Christmas, so far they have performed their nativity play for the parents and made craft items to sell at our mini Christmas fete. The pre-school children will be taking their Christmas songs on the road and can be seen singing them outside Tesco on Wednesday 13th December at 10.00 am. We will have collecting buckets with us, so if anyone is in need of festive cheer please come along and support us and help raise funds for our windows.

and the children especially liked making Indian headdresses out of craft feathers. Throughout the last term we have been revisiting “shapes.” We have focused on a shape a week and part of the activities has been to look for a particular shape in the room or garden. This has been a good way of reinforcing their shape knowledge and construction activities, which then led to the children measuring their shape models.

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smelt strongly of the aniseed used to thin the paint – and that the apprentices once cleaned portions of a dirty window, fooling their manager into believing that it was broken. The apprentices were supportive of one another too, and, if someone was out sick, they would help progress each other’s work so that the absent apprentice would get paid.

It seems a long time ago now, but in October we held our annual art sale in the Market Hall, which seemed to go well. Our organisers, Gill Ashley and Jenny Riley, chose a less-regimented layout of tables involving star-shaped arrangements around several of the central pillars. We do not record sales at this event, but a reasonable number of pictures were sold. This was Gill and Jenny’s last bit of organising and we would like to thank them for managing our exhibitions over the last two years.

We held a Christmas Card Competition on the 14th of November at the Old Manor House, Tetbury by kind invitation of the owners. Twelve of our members took part and the judging was still to be done when this article was submitted - so I can’t yet tell you who won. Looking forward, the only activity left this year is our Christmas Social on Wednesday the 13th December. As we approach the end of the year, we wish readers of our column a Happy Christmas and Good Health in 2018. More information

We had some difficulty with our November meeting when the expected demonstrator had to withdraw because of health problems. But one of our members, Allan Norwood, kindly stepped in and gave a talk mainly about his experiences working as an apprenticed ceramics painter for Royal Worcester. His artistic talents were encouraged by his father and art teacher - the latter urged him to apply to Royal Worcester, who accepted him for an apprenticeship.


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Tetbury Theatre Group Unusually for this year, it was a wet morning… … when we left Tetbury for our October theatre trip. We were off to the Millennium theatre, Cardiff to see Slava’s Snowshow. The Millennium Theatre is a fantastic venue and it is really worth going there just to see it. We left Tetbury at 10.00 am, hopeful of a nice morning at Cardiff Bay and even though it was wet the time went very quickly. Some of us had coffee and then a leisurely lunch at one of the many eating places - others took a taxi to the city centre and shops. I went with friends to the Pierhead Building which is a Grade 1 listed building of the national Assembly for Wales. It stands as one of Cardiff ’s most familiar landmarks - built in 1897 as headquarters for the Bute Dock Company, whose original building burnt down in 1892. The Bute Dock Company was renamed the Cardiff Railway company in 1897, and the Pierhead became the administration office for the port of Cardiff in 1947. It was opened to the public in 2010 as a history museum and exhibition hall, and it is very impressive and interesting inside with beautiful tiles and ceilings. Outside it is built of terracotta bricks which came from Wrexham in North Wales. The architect was William Frame, who worked with William Bruges on Cardiff castle. The clock on the building is known as “Baby Big Ben.”

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Under cross-examination, Cole said he was the assistant overseer of the poor and collector of public taxes of the parish of Tetbury. He was married with one child. He went in to the inn at about 9 pm, and stayed about 2 hours, drinking in the parlour, with the landlord, Parker, and two others. He was not drunk, but he was “rather fresh.” He gave the prisoner no money. He saw Parker next morning at the “Prince and Princess” public house. He didn’t drink with her or give her any money. He did give her a shilling after she was committed. He never said that he would not have prosecuted her “if it was not for her own tongue”. (Presumably meaning he couldn’t trust her to keep her mouth shut.)

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In her defence, Parker said that Cole had given her the money, and on the next day told her he did not care about the money, but was “apprehensive that he would lose his character as parish clerk.” Parker was found guilty, and the judge showed his disapproval of Cole’s conduct by not allowing his expenses as prosecutor to be waived. Although Cole had not been the only witness to give evidence against Parker at her first trial, it might be expected that he would have kept out of her way after she was pardoned and returned to Tetbury. Perhaps the parish officer was one of Elizabeth’s regular customers. Certainly he seems to have found her hard to resist when he was inebriated (despite her being missing two front teeth). Did she know this, and get him to “accompany her down the yard” with a view to stealing from him to get her revenge? It seems more likely that she knew that Cole had a great deal of money on him that night, and took her chances when she found him the worse for drink, hoping that if she was found out, he would not prosecute her, because of the damage it would do to his reputation. Perhaps she also thought that she could use her feminine wiles to persuade Cole not to prosecute her? If so, she was wrong, as she was sent to start a new life, in Tasmania. Sources: Jill Evans, Gloucestershire Crime History; Gloucestershire Archives, Gaol Calendars (Q/Gc 5/4); Gloucester Journal, 8 Jan and 15 Jan, 1831 at Gloucestershire Archives; Morning Post, 6 April 1832, from the British Newspaper Archive website. John Silvester, Hon Curator, Tetbury Police Museum

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