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December 2019

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

What’s On


Christmas Church Services: Please see the article in this issue Tetbury Library Opening Hours: Please see the article in this issue 2nd December onward – St Saviour’s Christmas Tree Festival begins 4th December – Greening Tetbury Meeting Please see the article in this issue 6th December – Lights Switch On Please see the Mayor’s Report in this issue 6th December – Avening Lights Switch On 7th December - Christmas Tree Carol Service 5.30 pm promptly at St Saviours Church 7th December – Lions Christmas Tree Sale Please see the article in this issue 9th December – Tetbury WI Christmas Meeting Please see the article in this issue 12th December – Art Society Christmas Social Please see the article in this issue 12th December – Nursery Group Bingo Please see the article in this issue 14th December – TTC at the Goods Shed Please see the advertisement in this issue 15th December – Dolphins Hall Public Consultation Please see the article in this issue 15th December – Hankerton Church Carol Service 21st December – Goods Shed Community Carols Please see the advert in this issue 11th January - St Marys’ Primary School New Year Party Tickets: St Marys’ Church Parish Office office@tetburychurch.co.uk 01666 502275 V don olunt atio ary no nly

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DOLPHINS HALL COMMUNITY CENTRE Bookings can be made at www.dolphinshall.org or email: contact@dolphinshall.org LIBRARY Close Gardens. Tel: 01666 502258 (Mon 10.00-1.00, Tue 10.00-5.00, Wed 10.00-5.00, Fri 10.00-6.00, Sat 10.00-1.00) LOCAL AUTHORITIES Tetbury Town Council, Old Courthouse, Long Street. Tel: 01666 504670 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) Council Info. Services, in Council Office. Email: executiveofficer@tetbury.gov.uk

Avening Primary School 27 Avening WI 15 Chelworth Bookworms 9 Computer Advice 6 Eating Out 12 Girlguiding 23 Greening Tetbury 17 History of Tetbury Society 16 Leighterton Primary School 33 Letters to the Editor 72 Lion’s 200 Club 5 Lion’s Den 5 Mayor’s Report 11 News from Christ Church 48 News from St Marys’ Church 44 News from St Michael’s Church 18 Probus 34 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 24 South Cotswold Bridge Club 65 South Cotswolds Rotary Club 43 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 59 St Mary’s Playgroup 58 Tetbury Art Society 49 Tetbury Bowls Club 71 Tetbury Cares 75 Tetbury Community Choir 42 Tetbury Goods Shed 10 Tetbury Hospital 29 Tetbury in Bloom 21 Tetbury Library 61 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 62 Tetbury Police Museum & Courtroom 30 Tetbury Rail Lands Trust 10 Tetbury Scout Group 47 Tetbury Theatre Group 41 Tetbury Town Football Club 50 Tetbury WI 66 The Dolphins Hall 69 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 53 The Friends of Tetbury Hospital 55 U3A 70 Unsung Hero - Peter Clarke 37 What’s On 3 Young by Name 4 SCHOOLS SWR Comprehensive, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275. SWRS LEISURE CENTRE Tel: 01666 501086 TETBURY SHOPMOBILITY BOOKINGS Monday-Friday 9.00-3.00 Tetbury Town Council Offices 01666 504670. Saturday 10.00-4.00 Tetbury Tourist Information Centre 01666 503552

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

The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577

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

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

HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336

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

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

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Young by Name Why I’m Learning Latin From an early age, I counted myself as a traveller. Born in an era when most British families took holidays in their own country, and only one a year, usually in the summer, I had a fortunate head start at the tender age of eight.

An American Road Trip My father’s job as a computer engineer required that he spend a year in the USA, and he took the whole family with him – my mum, my older brother and sister, and me. Initially posted to Philadelphia, he was asked after a month to relocate to Los Angeles. My father’s natural sense of adventure had been nurtured by his earlier service with the Royal Navy, including two years during the Korean War on HMS Belfast, now a museum on the Thames. He negotiated swapping our expenses-paid plane tickets for petrol, and so began our great American road trip in the family car. Our scenic route was designed to take in world-famous, memorable landmarks such as Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone Park and Las Vegas. Before I turned nine, I had seen more of the US than many American adults.

The Railways of Europe His subsequent posting to Germany during my last four years of high school saw me hopping on and off trans-European railways in my school holidays, a confident solo traveller. Only recently, as my own teenage daughter started travelling abroad independently, did my parents reveal that they were much less insouciant about my train trips than I was.

picture. Our English language has of course been enriched by many more tongues since the Romans left English soil, via immigrants, invaders and imported texts. Whatever happens politically in the next few months, nothing can take away our rich linguistic culture. Every time I pick up my pen, I celebrate our long heritage of the blending of Anglo Saxon with French, German, Greek, Latin and many more European languages.

As JFK almost said at the height of another politic crisis, “Ichh bin Europäer.” Thank you for reading my Young by Name column in 2019 and for your continuing interest in my books and writing life. I wish the Tetbury Advertiser team and all its readers a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful and fulfilling New Year. Debbie Young www.authordebbieyoung.com

In adulthood, I have made countless journeys abroad, not only for pleasure. Business trips have taken me as far afield as Hong Kong and the Caribbean. Yet now, with the likelihood of trans-European travel becoming less straightforward post Brexit, coupled with concern for my carbon footprint, my appetite for foreign jaunts is waning.

A World of Languages Therefore, my recent decision to start learning more foreign languages may seem incongruous. I already have some French and German from my schooldays and a little tourist Greek from evening classes, which for many people might seem plenty. But when my daughter introduced me to Duolingo, a free app that makes learning another language fun, she sparked a latent desire. The languages offered by this app are not only the obvious ones from the school curriculum. Hankering after Hawaiian? Keen on Klingon? Duolingo has those too. I’m starting with Latin, because I’ve long wanted to have a better grasp of the roots of English. But Latin is only a small part of the

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Lion’s Den Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen,’ which includes those immortal lines “They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old …” always affects me, capturing as it does their enormous sacrifice. Toward the end of November, several of our Lions went back to help celebrate the anniversary of the opening of Avening’s Village Café. We donated toward their facilities last year and we’re delighted that they’ve made such a success of what’s now a very busy social hub for the village. Do pop in for a visit – they’re a fantastically welcoming bunch.

I reported last month that our ‘Big Lions Quiz’ at the Great Tythe Barn was a roaring success… …(yes, that’s a Lions’ pun!) – and I can now announce that the quiz raised £1,144.80 for charitable causes. An astonishingly good sum! The Great Tythe Barn was packed to the rafters and the atmosphere was wonderful. Notwithstanding all the fun we had, the main reason for organising these events is to raise money - and we simply could not have done that so successfully without the huge generosity of the Tythe Barn, the Wotton and District Silver Band


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and Quiz Master Leslie Taylor. (Leslie is a wonderful and cheerful character, even if our photograph doesn’t capture the fact!) Thank you to all of them, and to all those who came and competed. A final huge “Thank you!” to Lion Penny for making it all happen. Simply wonderful! On Remembrance Day I was very proud to attend the service at St Marys’ Church. The church was packed, and the service a very moving affair. I then led a large contingent of Lions in the parade through town to St Saviour’s Church, to lay a wreath at the war memorial. Tetbury residents turned out in their hundreds to join a very fitting tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in one of the two World Wars, or in other conflicts since. I have to say the words of

An annual payment of £13 buys you into the Lion’s 200 Club lottery. We use these subscriptions to help local causes – and you get the chance to win a cash prize! Application forms can be obtained from Malcolm at Tetbury Hardware.

And just when we thought we might draw breath in preparation for Christmas, along came an opportunity too good to miss! Our club was given the chance to dig up as many Christmas trees as we could handle – to pot and prepare for sale. We rallied the troops and between spells of horrendous weather, dug up and potted over two hundred trees. Huge thanks to Dan Bailey Building Contractors for supplying a digger to make the back-breaking work much easier, Miller Homes for a supply of top soil and the Westonbirt Ground Crew for additional labour.

Cash winners in November were Charlie Cleaver, Dave Hicks, Keith Essam and Mrs S Pobjoy. Each quarter, the Tetbury Lion’s 200 Club makes a special prize payment of £100. Merry Christmas! Lion Gail North

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We’re selling these trees for between £10 and £15 at the Goods Shed long term parking and from the car park at Miller Homes on 7th December, in an operation masterminded by Lion Ian Maslin. (Please see our advertisement in this issue.) They’re potted with roots and between two and four feet in height, so please come along and support worthy causes by getting yourself an environmentally friendly Christmas tree that’s not just for Christmas! Happy Christmas to all of you – have a great time and a wonderful start to 2020,

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Computer Advice Windows 7 support ends on the 14th of January 2020! As you may have read within my previous editorials, the Windows 7 operating system is going ‘end of life’ – and If you are still using this version of Windows, you will need to act very soon.

any tiles or wade through options you do not understand. If Apps baffle you, do not panic. You can use your favourite programs without having to use any of the new style apps at all. Having the latest version keeps you safer for your online activity whilst being compatible with most old and new technologies alike. I can offer the software upgrade at no cost, with only my time to cover, so do get in touch for details. Now, as I say every year, where does the

You can either upgrade or replace your system; upgrading could save you a tidy sum. When XP and Vista went end of life, many people carried on using it – but some banks and other secure websites eventually prohibited users from logging on, since the security risk was too high. This will happen with Windows 7 too – and you will leave yourself vulnerable to attack, or your system compromised, because no more security updates or patches will be released. If you are sticking with Windows 7 for the immediate future, get all the updates installed prior to the deadline. I have already upgraded many desktop and laptop computers, which are now happily running Windows 10. Why buy a new PC when your old one could be running just fine, saving you money and also helping to save the planet? Hardware requirements for Windows 10 have not really changed since 7 was released, so many computers can be upgraded without having to shell out for new kit. If you have a minimum of 3GB RAM and a hard disk with at least 50GB of free space, then you should be ready to go.

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time go? Another year has 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 2020.

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‘1984’ by George Orwell Winston Smith works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, altering facts to reflect the latest political doctrine. He is constantly under the eye of the Thought Police, always observed by

the telescreens in every room and by his fellow comrades – even by his neighbour’s children. He lives in a constant state of frustration at his life and the demands made by Big Brother and The Party – always announcing the great progress that is being made, whilst reducing rations and making life less satisfying day by day. However, with no reference to the past and without any information to compare his lot to any other regime, he cannot really tell whether his life is any worse than in other times or places. In his head, Winston strains against the constraints, and wonders whether

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Chelworth Bookworms the rumours of a rebel organisation, the Brotherhood, really exist. Quite unexpectedly, a girl declares her love for him, and they begin an illicit affair. Whilst dangerous to arrange, their meetings bring some joy to his life, even though he knows that the relationship cannot last and that ultimately, it is doomed. When he is eventually contacted by the Brotherhood, this is the trigger for his arrest. ‘1984’ is an uncomfortable read - and although at times it can feel like a political thesis, it certainly makes you think. Despite being written shortly after the end of WWII, there are many scenes that sound uncomfortably similar to things that have since happened. Is Alexa really listening to us, just like the telescreens? Is the media being manipulated to create ‘fake news’? Is the situation in North Korea a real-life example of total state control and the enforced worship of the leader? Prophetic in so many ways, we can recognise many references that have been incorporated into everyday language: Room 101 and even Big Brother himself have evolved into being part of popular culture. Perhaps Orwell just got the date wrong? Merry Christmas!


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Tetbury Goods Shed and Raillands Trust On December the 2nd 1889, Tetbury town was “en fête.”


Most shops were closed for the day, there were flags, bunting, marching bands, processions and triumphal arches. And why? Because after years of campaigning, Tetbury had at last got a station - and this was the day the first steam train would leave the station on the new branch line to Kemble. Hundreds of people turned out to watch.


Tommy Curtis worked as a guard on the branch for 40 years, from its opening day until he retired in March 1932.


This December it will be 130 years since that first steam train left. To celebrate that event, and the end of a Heritage Lottery project, Tetbury Goods Shed is holding a special evening event showcasing the history of the Branch line. The line was closed in April 1964 as a result of the Beeching cuts.


As part of the Heritage Lottery award a 15-minute film has been made, with local people recounting their memories of using the line. These memories range from stories of the Maharajah of Jaipur using the line to bring his polo ponies down to play at Cirencester, to the men who worked on the train and the school children who used it.


As well as premiering the film, there will be an exhibition by the History of Tetbury Society showing some of their archive material from across the years – including pictures of the first steam train and the festive arches put up in the town in 1889 to celebrate that first train. It’s also hoped to bring to life archive newspaper reports of that day; the event was also celebrated with some really bad poetry! Tetbury Model Railway Society will also be there, and they hope to be able to exhibit their finished model of the station yard.



The Heritage Lottery grant has also enabled signs to be put up around the site showing where the station, engine shed, loading bay and signal box were sited – and created a Train Talk Trail for children.

The event is free, with a paying bar, and the doors will open at 6.00 pm.

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a ramp has been constructed from the Newnton Hill road down to the old railway line. A new entrance has been made into the field opposite the ramp on the other side of the road. Brash (rubble) has been used to construct a ramp back down to the railbed so users can continue along the Trail to the Trouble House. Please don’t cut across the field now the new ramp has been completed.



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We have just heard that the Tetbury Trail has been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Since we would like to put an all-weather surface along the Tetbury Trail, so it can be used by walkers, runners, cyclists, horse riders, and the disabled, we’re very grateful for this opportunity to raise money for the Trail. When a Co-op member buys selected products or services, they earn a five per cent reward for themselves, with a further one per cent for local causes like ours. Co-op members can choose to support the Tetbury Trail by going online at www.coop.co.uk/ membership. Please visit the website and choose to support us.


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Mayor’s Report The Autumn has continued to be busy in the town, and with Christmas preparations now well under way I am looking forward to the Festive Season and to seeing many of you out and about in the town and at events taking place. The Tetbury Christmas Light Switch On is on Friday the 6th of December, starting with a Christmas Lantern Parade from St Mary’s Church at 5.40 pm, followed by Community Carols at The Market House with representatives from local schools and youth organisations. I’ll be switching on the lights myself, accompanied by the student from St Mary’s Primary School who won the art competition. There will be late night shopping, stalls, children’s Christmas Crafts in The Market House - and of course Santa’s Grotto. Please do come and enjoy an evening of festive cheer and please note that Church Street, (from The Market House to St Mary’s Church,) will be closed from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm. I recently took part in the ‘Big Daily Mile’ with the children from St Mary’s School – lapping the running track. I’d intended to power walk, but the children persuaded me that I really needed to speed up! I was heartened by their enthusiasm, not only for this daily exercise, but their interest in what a Mayor does and how the Town Council works just like their School Council. I think I spied some budding Councillors of the future! I have also recently attended the ‘Greening Tetbury’ meeting - and the Town Council Working Group for Climate Strategy are going to work in partnership with them, to define and develop plans and projects for our town. Image courtesy of KD Painter

Finally, I attended the recent Business Meeting at Steepleton, to discuss the idea of a Tetbury Loyalty Card, with Councillors Painter and Hirst and representatives from the Visitor Information Centre and local businesses. I look forward to hearing their plans - and for the planned regeneration of the Chamber of Commerce. If you want to know more about this incentive, please contact Councillor Kevin Painter via the Town Council Office. If you have any ideas or concerns regarding our town, please don’t hesitate to contact any Councillor – our contact details are on the Town Council website - http://tetbury. gov.uk/about-the-council/councillors/ and we look forward to hearing from you and working for you. It just remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year! With Seasons Greetings,


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Eating Out The run up to Christmas is a good time for surprises and this month revealed another hidden gem. A while back, we went with friends to a restaurant we’d never heard of, let alone visited, so it seemed best to revisit Giuseppe’s at Nailsworth to see if it really is as good as we first thought. The answer? A definitive ‘Yes’! Our first visit saw us struggle to find the entrance, there being no helpful internet images of the outside. But, down an alley full of outdoor ‘objets,’ (I think due to a branch of Domestic Science being there,) we went up some metal stairs and ‘Voilà!’ Or whatever the Italian equivalent may be.* We entered past the bar and through a lounge area into what is, effectively, a rustically decorated loft with white emulsioned walls, simple furniture and no more than thirty-odd covers. Everything on the menu, which changes every week, is freshly prepared and delicious-sounding! Of course, second time around, we knew where to go - and what to expect.

When I called, Giuseppe told me he was fully-booked and, he said, he doesn’t like to do double-sittings, because he wants to allow customers time to relax, enjoy their food and their evening - a rare and welcome attitude these days. However, since he seemed to remember us from before, he said if we were happy to finish by eight then he’d be happy to grant an early table.

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Over the two visits we’ve sampled a range of quality starters: simple, fresh mozzarella salad, antipasto misto – a scrumptious plate of the finest, thinly sliced Italian cured meats - beautifully cooked scallops, and Giuseppe’s favourite from home, ‘pipi, patate and salsiccia’, which is a heartwarming Calabrian plate of fried potatoes, peppers and Italian sausage, with a touch of chilli if desired. To follow, Flossy had cod loin in ‘guazzetto’ - a tomato, wine and fish stock sauce – both times, because it was so good the first time, the fish being moist and flaky and the sauce finely balanced. On visit one, I had a perfectly cooked, light pasta whose name I’ve forgotten, covered in a wonderful, deep-flavoured ragu sauce. On the second, I splashed out on fillet steak with dolcelatte, which was far and away the most expensive dish… but absolutely divine! The meat was as soft as butter and the melted blue cheese oozed irresistibly over the edges. Followed by desserts such as profiteroles with amaretto ice cream, espresso pannacotta or ‘torta della nonna’ - a smooth, lemony kind of custard tart - we felt we’d been treated to some of the finest cooking in the area. The well-chosen wine list is small – just two or three of each colour – and overall, for three courses with wine, it’s not cheap. However, with a lovely atmosphere, your table for the whole evening, such excellent food and Giuseppe’s wife as the friendly, helpful and very welcoming host, I have to say Giuseppe’s really is a rare treat that’s well worth the money. It’s marvellous! Go there during the holidays! Fill


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History of Tetbury Society ‘Stand and Deliver!’ was projected onto the screen, as we arrived at HOTS on the 8th of November. John Putley, from the Archives Dept., stood and delivered some very interesting facts about ‘Highwaymen and Highway Robbery in Gloucestershire.’ The mental picture many of us have of a masked man armed with a flintlock pistol and riding a fast horse, lying in wait to hold up a coach and horses, is almost certainly wrong. Guns were available because they were ‘left over’ from a recent war, but once fired, they had to be reloaded. This meant ramming a new gunpowder charge and shot down the barrel and then re-priming the firing point and resetting the hammer. Not fast. Moreover, they only had a short range and could go off ‘half cock’ injuring the owner, so a gun was unlikely to have been the first choice of weapon. A knife or sword were the alternatives and much easier to obtain.

A horse also was unlikely to be used either, since they were expensive to buy and maintain and, whilst the man could cover his face with a bit of cloth, the horse was very recognisable. So the Highway robber was probably a ‘foot-pad’ who would attack an individual he had reason to believe carried coins or tobacco, his principal targets. A

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A map of ‘hold ups’ in the county indicated that routes leading towards London were favoured, because travellers could be carrying cash to London. The top of a hill with a good view of the surroundings was favoured, so not surprisingly, Birdlip was often involved! The earliest record is in 1373, when the Gloucester ‘Gang of Three’ were in business. This, of course, was before the Enclosure Acts when there were few fences and gates and more rough hiding places from which to assault passers-by. By the 1700’s there was more travel, though speed was only about seven miles per hour – and by the time of the stage coach, travel was very organised and much more difficult to raid. Pubs were the base from which to operate - and the landlords and barmaids would often assess the money travellers were carrying.

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John gave us some names of Gloucestershire Highwaymen - and of a few women. With tongue in cheek he included Tom Long - but admitted that we have no idea how the signpost in the centre of Minchinhampton Common got its name. We know names from court records, because Highway Robbery was a capital offence and hangings were regarded as a public entertainment… It has recently been discovered that the Gloucester gibbet was close to the main road near Over. Ex-soldiers, old servants who had been taught to use guns, young family members of prosperous families and bankrupt tradesmen were all mentioned as people who became ‘Knights of the Road’ – the violent criminals that we call Highwaymen. Our next meeting is our Christmas Social in the Market Hall, for which numbers must be restricted. On the 2nd of January at 7.30 pm in Christ Church we will have an ‘Archive Meeting,’ to which members are encouraged to bring interesting items they’d like to show.


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Since I last reported, we’ve also held our Free Picnic on Millennium Green, which took place on a wonderful sunny day in September. It was great to see so many attendees and to have so many people confirm their interest in helping to make Tetbury a greener place.

So, what have ‘Greening Tetbury’ been ‘greening’ since my last report? We’ve thought long and hard about the areas we are dealing with, and we’ve incorporated them into our new logo. Each fold of the umbrella represents one of the five groups in Greening Tetbury, which are: Energy, Minimal Plastic. Food, Transport and Communication. By concentrating our efforts on each discrete area, we can maximise our chances of making an impact. As we explore in groups how we go about making Tetbury greener, we’ve concluded

We recently signed up with the aptly named ‘Surfers Against Sewage,’ as part of our efforts to free ourselves from single-use plastic. We hope everyone will be willing to join in! TOP TIP from Waste Management: if you scrunch it up and it pops apart straight away, it is not recyclable… You can ‘vote for climate change’ in the forthcoming election! It’s important to look at your candidates’ climate manifestos. We will be having a hustings so we can ‘Meet the Candidates’ in Tetbury, very soon. It’s not long now until Christmas, a great time to stop and think about the environmental impact about what is a wonderful – but potentially wasteful – time of year. Here are a few ideas which will help you be greener during the festive season: Toys – see what you can find to buy second-hand from charity shops, Facebook and Ebay! We are well served with charity shops in Tetbury and they will be very glad

of your custom. Have a clear-out at home and swap toys with other parents – there are always things that the kids have grown out of or which they’re just no longer using and won’t miss. Presents - give gifts that spread a ‘green’ message when you can – which are recycled and recyclable. Things like water drinking bottles, wax wraps, whole-life shopping bags…

Cards - avoid foil and glitter finishes! These are difficult to recycle. Wrapping Presents – you can use scrap fabric or brown paper that can be saved and used again, and instead of tape use string or ribbon, which can also be recycled. Christmas dinner - only buy, cook and eat what you can. So much food is wasted! And finally, since last you heard from us, we have been very busy, especially Lizzie Walkley, who has been providing us with excellent posters. And we also have a new web site! www.greeningtetbury.org You can read all about our initiatives there, and also reach us through Facebook: Greening Tetbury. The next meeting of Greening Tetbury is on the 4th of December at Christ Church, The Chipping, at 7.30 pm. All are welcome – we need you! Mary Dignan, Greening Tetbury Further reading: www.nationalgeographic. com ‘Planet or Plastic.’ ‘Ouroborus’ a science fiction book by Liliana Sandberg about a whale searching for a new planet. ‘How Bad are Bananas?’ by Mike Berners-Lee and ‘There is no Planet B’ also by Mike Berners-Lee.

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News from St Michael’s Church November is the month in the Catholic Church for Holy Souls, (although we remember those who have passed away at every celebration of the Mass,) and during November we remembered those who lost their lives during the two World Wars and in the conflicts since. Fr Philip celebrated a very moving Mass on Remembrance Sunday including laying of a wreath, which he carried in procession to the War Memorial after the service at St Marys’ in the afternoon.

of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival. The second candle represents faith and is called ‘Bethlehem’s Candle.’ Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of King David. The third candle symbolizes joy and is called the ‘Shepherd’s Candle.’ To the shepherd’s great joy, the angels announced that Jesus came for humble, unimportant people like them, too. In liturgy, the colour rose signifies joy. The fourth candle represents peace and is called the ‘Angel’s Candle.’ The angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace - He came to bring people close to God and to each other again. As a child, as well as the traditional Christmas tree, we also had a crib - a tradition that my Mother carried on after my Dad passed away until she herself passed away nine years ago.

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Tetbury in Bloom and Tetbury Upton Parish Council for their generous donations. Also to the many residents and traders who have supported us by buying one or more of our hanging baskets or Christmas trees, as well. A special word of thanks must go to the Tetbury Civic Society which, after fifty years of existence, has sadly had to fold due to the lack of active members. We were truly honoured to learn that Tetbury in Bloom was chosen, along with three other organisations within the town, to receive an equal share of the monies left in the Tetbury Civic Society bank account. Our share has already been used to purchase the Spring bulbs needed to supplement those already in the flower beds around the town. Without the financial support we receive, we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do in making the town look as good as we can for the benefit of everyone and we thank everyone very much indeed.

The Christmas period is now upon us… …and during this time, having dressed the trees that adorn the shop premises and liaised with the contractors regarding the town’s Christmas lights, we take this opportunity to give ourselves a short break from going out twice a week to tend the beds and do various housekeeping jobs. The break isn’t for long though because come the 2nd of January we’ll be back out

taking all the lights OFF the trees again - and putting them in to store for Christmas 2020! At this time of year, we also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has financially supported us over the past year. We thank Tetbury Town Council not only for their financial support but for their much needed practical assistance for which on occasions, we’d be totally lost without! Many thanks also go to the Feoffees of Tetbury, St Marys’ Parochial Church Council, The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds

There isn’t a January edition of the Tetbury Advertiser so by the time I write again for the February edition, the Spring flowering season will just be starting with the appearance of hellebores, snowdrops, cyclamen and early flowering crocuses something we can all look forward to! Until then, from everyone on the Tetbury in Bloom team, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years! Sue Hirst, Team Leader, Tetbury in Bloom

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Things are getting dramatic! The whole school has been focusing on ‘kindness’ this term with national anti-bullying week taking place in midNovember. During the week, each class focused on talking about kindness and respect and took part in activities around these values. Children-in-Need took place at the perfect time during our ‘kindness’ week and children and staff were asked to come into school in sporty clothes to raise money for the event. The School Council led an energetic ‘Pudsey’s Big Work Out’ event!

KS1 children are getting excited about their forthcoming theatre trip to watch ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ starring Michelle Collins and Chris Jarvis, at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon. There are another two trips taking place this term in KS1 too, with the Kestrels visiting the John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury as part of their learning about The Great Fire of London. Meanwhile, the Eagles will be putting on their wellies and waterproofs and going in search of the Gruffalo on the trail at Westonbirt. It’s ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ for all year groups, as rehearsals are well under way for this year’s Christmas productions. The KS1 children are performing a modern take on the Nativity entitled ‘Everyone Loves a Baby,’ while up in KS2 the wigs and gowns

On the 11th of November, pupils and staff were joined by Reverend Gerald for their Remembrance service in school, followed by an Act of Remembrance around the Holy Cross at Avening Church. Members of the school council placed crosses in memory of those from the village lost in both World Wars.

Avening Primary School are coming out for their toe-tapping performance of ‘Cinderella Rockafella!’ FOAS and Avening Playgroup have teamed up once again and are busy preparing for this year’s Christmas Extravaganza which will take place in the village hall before the annual Avening Christmas tree light switch-on on Friday the 6th of December. For further information about this busy place of learning please see our school website: www.avening.gloucs.sch.uk Do have a Happy Christmas and a splendid start to the New Year! Avening Primary School


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They designed and made flags that they would plant on Mars when they arrived. Before they left, the children did some exercise because astronauts need to be fit and healthy. They did press ups, squats, hurdles and star jumps to start them off.

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Ridge Class Ridge Class all came to school dressed ready to travel into space. The costumes were amazing. Some children had bought theirs whilst others had made them. Everybody looked fabulous. When the children got to school, they found out that they would be travelling to Mars for the day and arranged themselves into groups that they would stay with throughout the day.

Haymead Class dressed as Romans during their visit.

Another activity was to prepare food to take on the mission. They had to choose from either soy milk or coconut milk and mix it with either plain or vanilla yoghurt, and either cocoa powder or strawberry powder. Each group invented a different type of food. Some of these were tastier than others. Each group had to decide which six items to take with them and it was interesting to hear the reasons why each group packed what they did.


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Haymead Class On Monday morning Haymead Class went to Caerleon Museum to learn more about the Romans. Everybody felt super excited because we all love going on visits. First, we looked around the main area where there were lots of mannequins dressed as Romans and some people were a little nervous of them. We went to look at what the Roman bedrooms would have looked like. They were very different because they slept in bunk beds and there were lots of beds in each bedroom. Their mattresses were stuffed with hay – which was not very comfortable. We also looked at the amphitheatre and tried on armour. The visit made me feel glad that I live now and not in Roman times. By Evie

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Probus ‘The Crocus and Cornflower’ was the intriguing title to our meeting… …on the 17th of October. Fifty-one members and lady guests enjoyed the reallife wartime story in which John Macartney described the thrilling escape of an Austrian aristocrat and his Jewish wife from imminent Gestapo arrest. Hans Koch, the importer of the Coventrybased Standard Motor Company and SS (subsequently Jaguar) cars, was known to be opposed to Hitler’s views. He and his wife escaped independently in early 1939. Monika travelled through Hungary, Poland and Sweden before her Americabound ship fortuitously broke down and was towed into Aberdeen. She slipped away and headed southwards, eventually reaching Coventry penniless. Flown out of Vienna at a moment’s notice by a friend

who was mortally-wounded by pursuing Gestapo but successfully crash-landed the plane in Italy, Hans made his way by foot and bicycle to Lyon, suffering considerable hardship, then to Paris and Brittany by train before sailing to Cornwall with Irish seamen. He was reunited with Monika after also making his way to Standard who looked after them. Interned in the Isle of Man as enemy aliens

when war was declared in September 1939, they were eventually released in 1943 and employed at Standard. Returning to Austria after the war to restart their business, Hans recovered the wealth he had hidden in his yacht before scuttling it in a lake. Many personal touches included the crocus Hans gave to Monika on their engagement and cornflowers given to her by a friendly Standard employee. It was an amazing and at times harrowing story of survival, skilfully brought to life, and followed by an excellent light lunch provided by Allium Catering. On the 7th of November Denis Cartwright described the construction of the 1,872mile long transcontinental Union Pacific Railroad between Omaha in Nebraska and Sacramento in California. Standard gauge and now 150 years old, it was authorised by the US Federal Government in 1862. The eastern and western sections were built by the Union and Central Pacific respectively


Denis summarised the background to its planning, the key people involved, their financial aspirations and the funding system. Laid through difficult virgin territory by manual labour over plains, wooden trestle bridges, blasted and bored rail beds, there were challenging mountains and harsh environments to be overcome, as well as hostile Cheyenne and Sioux Indians protecting their traditional hunting grounds. Construction materials had to be brought to the western end by sea round Cape Horn: the work force included ex-soldiers, Irish and in the west, mainly Chinese labourers. The two sections met at Promontory, near Salt Lake City, on the 10th of May 1869, a golden spike being driven in. Denis showed slides of work scenes and described some of the novel features of the large locomotives developed. Details of automatic coupling devices, braking systems and operational running procedures were compared with those in the UK. What happened next was revealed at our following meeting. Why not start the New Year by joining us to enjoy our 2020 programme of talks? We meet at the St Mary’s Centre at 10.00 am on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Just ring me for more details.


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We recently visited The Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon… …to see “A Museum in Baghdad,” by Hannah Khailil. This was a story about treasured history, desperate choices and the remarkable Gertrude Bell. In 1926 Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist, founded a museum in Baghdad - and in 2006 Ghalia Hussein is trying to reopen it, after the looting in the Iraq war. Decades apart, these two women share the same goals - to create a fresh sense of unity and nationhood, to make the world aware through the museum and its treasures. But in such unstable times, questions remain: Who is the museum for? Whose culture are we preserving? And why does it matter, when people are dying? It was a very thought-provoking play. Arab women are all too often overlooked, both in life and in history, but these were very strong-

The Swan Theatre is delightful. It opened in 1986 and is a favourite space for many actors, directors and audiences. An intimate theatre seating 426 people on three sides of a deep thrust stage, The Swan belongs to the Royal Shakespeare Company and is built on the side of the larger Royal Shakespeare Theatre, It was closed for extensive refurbishment and reopened in 2010.

March sees us at the Oxford Playhouse for “The Woman in Black“- and in May we are off to The Mill at Sonning (a lovely theatre in the spring,) to see “House on Cold Hill.” Details have not yet been released to members for all our 2020 trips. If you would like more details about any of our trips and if you would like to join us, please look on our web site tetburytheatregroup.com or contact Diana Challis on 01666 502728 or Helen Price via email: retreatcottage17@btinternet.co.uk

The Theatre group have several exiting events to look forward to. On Saturday the 14th of December we are going to The Old Vic, which is a new venue for us, to see “A Best Wishes for Christmas and the New year, Christmas Carol.” On the 31st of January it is our AGM and social, and In February Celia Bayes, we are off to The Everyman Theatre in Tetbury Theatre Group 130208 GLCseeing Williams 22/2/08 Cheltenham, “Ten Times Table.” 22:03 Page 1

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South Cotswolds Rotary Club and the Co-op’s in Malmesbury and Sherston. Tetbury is served by the Tetbury Fire Service float. In addition to these Christmas collections, we will be having a Christmas meal with our wives and our Club Christmas Party at The Horse Guards, Brokenborough - where we meet weekly on Monday evenings. We are also joining in with the Carol Service at Hankerton Church on the 15th of December, to celebrate the Christmas season.

Although the weather affected our annual Fireworks and Bonfire Spectacular on Saturday 2nd November, the crowd enjoyed a fantastic pyrotechnic display put on by Cotswold Fireworks. They seem to put on a better display each year! This year we also had a bonfire, having been able to source some linseed bales. Two guys entered the “best guy” competition - and as our club President Peter Wyman could not decide which was best, both shared First Prize and the fate of being burned! 

Although the event was not a financial success, as intended, it provided a safe environment for families in Tetbury and the surrounding area to enjoy a wonderful firework display at a modest cost. Although organised by the Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds, it involved Tetbury Lions, who helped on the gate and as stewards, Tetbury Rugby Club, who provided hot food refreshments, and Sir William Romney’s School PTA, who provided hot drinks and snacks. At Christmas, our float will be visiting the villagesd of Minety, Lea, Crudwell and the borough of Malmesbury, with static collections by club members at Waitrose

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Following the successful Horseless Trial Event at Badminton in September, I am pleased to report that Badminton Estate have confirmed we may hold the event again next year. So, all keen cross country runners, make a note in your diary for Sunday the 13th of September 2020! Full details will be given on our website in due course. On behalf of the Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds I’d like to thank you for your support in the past year and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. If you would like to join us and give something back to your local community then please visit our website (www. rcsc.co.uk) or email info@rcsc.co.uk or contact me on 01666 502548 for further information. Doug Hughes, Secretary, RCSC


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News from St Marys’ Church We tell the story of the Nativity every year, and we may risk becoming so familiar with it that it can feel like it loses its impact. As we reach December, we begin Advent. It is a special time of preparation, when we get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to pause and reflect, and to open ourselves to an encounter with the living God who has come to be with us. Even if we know the Christmas story inside out, we are invited to hear it afresh. To wonder and marvel at what it means that God became a helpless new-born baby; as vulnerable as any one of us.

I now have a new appreciation of waiting for a baby to be born, as my own daughter who was born this autumn kept us waiting for several long weeks past her due date! I know the pressures of this time of year can seem relentless, and for many it’s a time which can be painful. Yet we are all invited to make our journey to the stable, and to meet the Son of God, no matter how chaotic the rest of our lives are. Children and families especially enjoy our annual Christingle and Children’s Crib Services – two very special occasions. All the children are invited to dress up as sheep, shepherds, angels, stars or the even the donkey, to help bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Lots of children are involved in telling the Christmas story, and every child is

invited to be part of the nativity scene. The service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be on Sunday the 22nd of December at 6.00 pm, with our Festival Choir conducted by Ian Higginson. We will hear the Christmas story as told in the Bible, and sing all our favourite carols. It’s followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

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The Scout Association aims to promote the development of young people… …in achieving their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. It is therefore a great privilege to congratulate Logan Smith,

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News from Christ Church Throughout December there will be a space in church… …that seeks to recreate the tent the magi might have stayed in on their journey towards Bethlehem. The real event is shrouded in mystery, so I make no apology for saying we have used our imagination in creating this. We have designed a prayer space for people to reflect on the coming of Christ into the world, but also a fun space, so there will be dressing-up clothes for adults and children, to dress in the garb of the magi, and if you like, take a photo of yourselves. Something for your Christmas cards perhaps? Beyond that it is hard to describe. You’ll have to come and see!

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Tetbury Art Society government didn’t check with us and it can be difficult to change dates at this time of the year! Fortunately, there is no clash of venue and our social will still leave members with plenty of time to do their democratic duty. After the Christmas social, members will be fully occupied with the build-up to the festive season. January will see the committee preparing for the AGM in February, when we will finally lay 2019 to rest and start off our 2020 activities with a programme devised by Gill Ashley.

With the end of the year approaching, we held our last meeting on Wednesday the 6th of November, when Christine Russell visited us to demonstrate oil painting with knives. I know it sounds dangerous and possibly also illegal, but these ‘knives’ are really trowels used to smear buttery blocks of oil paint, premixed on a palette, onto the surface on which the painting is being made. This technique allows a picture to be built up quickly, as long as you do not want to get too detailed.

The paint dries in two week but takes up to six months to cure sufficiently for varnish to be applied, if wanted. Christine kindly allowed us to keep the finished work which we plan to raffle at one of our exhibitions in 2020, in aid of the charities which we support. Our thanks go to Lesley Kenny for setting up the splendid 2019 programme, which we have all enjoyed. Barry Barnes has been spearheading arrangements for our Christmas Social, which will be held on Thursday the 12th of December. Yes, I know that it is Election Day - but we made our booking first, the

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Tetbury Town Football Club With the local RNLI on standby for the past few weeks… …at SWR and The Recreation Ground, it has been a challenging time for all the coaches and kids to keep the games going and enthusiasm high. However, onwards we go and with our bright orange kits the children have at least made it easy to identify them when floating across the pitches. That said, games have been played and the youth section has once again started in tremendous fashion both in attitude and energy levels. Results have been extremely positive with some notable wins in the U7’s and U12’s teams (well done both teams!) and the growing development of the children’s core skills is visibly improving week over week. Well done the children, but also to the coaches who put such much effort into the planning and execution of their sessions and games, especially given the trying conditions.

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Monika’s Health & Wellbeing Classes Look after your Heart Every Wednesday morning in the Dolphin Hall there are two types of classes to choose from

Tai Chi - 10am to 11am and Gentle Postural Stability training - 11.15am to 12.15pm Both classes gently strengthen the body, releasing the stress of everyday life. For more details call Monika on 07840 826306 Cost per person £6.00 Free parking available.

The Friends of Tetbury Hospital would like to thank everyone for their support this year, both businesses and individuals, who continue to raise money enabling us to purchase vital new equipment. We are so grateful for your support.


Fundraising is a challenge that the Friends of Tetbury Hospital seem to have endless stamina for! We’re continually coming up with new and innovative ideas of how and where we can raise funds for the hospital. As well as a whole host of regular annual events which include quiz and film nights, boules tournament and our house-to-house collection, this year we’ve also introduced a couple of new ideas, which we hope will evolve into annual fundraising events.

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informal visit to allow your child to come and play whilst parents have a chat to the team. We also now offer 4 mornings a week for children from two with longer all day sessions as they get older, as well as our exciting weekly Forest School.

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” At St. Mary’s playgroup we run Forest School sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These outdoor sessions help to build the children’s confidence, they encourage independence and they help to raise self esteem through small achievable tasks. The children can move, discover and explore at their own pace, and it gives them a chance to connect to the natural world. Our children spend their days outdoors at our beautiful Forest School site on the grounds at Ilsom House Care Home, all through the year; climbing trees, learning how to use tools safely, foraging, bug hunting, digging, playing imaginatively and generally learning about our wonderful environment. With the weather getting colder, we have been making sure to stay warm by lighting fires, having warm milk and squash at snack time, wrapping up with hats and gloves and keeping very active. After all, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!” If you would like to find out more about what we get up to at Forest School, then please get in touch so we can arrange for you to come and see us in action.

Our ‘Seedlings’ Baby and Toddler group continues to run every Monday morning from 9.00 am - 11.00 am term time in Christ Church hall. Why not pop in with your baby or toddler for a cuppa and a chat with staff and other like-minded parents, grandparents, and childminders while you’re little one enjoys the activities and snack on offer? We always love to see new faces coming along as well as our “regulars.” For further details please visit our Facebook page or call us on 01666503777 to find out more. Jennifer Galligan, Playgroup assistant We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new committee Chair; Chris Milton-Clark who had already been a wonderful part of our committee but has decided to take on this important role this year and has great vision for helping us move forward this year! We wish him the very best with his new role, and we have no doubt he will do a wonderful job in it with the help of the rest of our committee. We are now reserving places for 2021 so we would highly recommend anyone thinking of sending your child to us or simply wanting to have a look round to see what we do, to get in touch to book an

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The corridors are filled with the sound of children singing, the teachers have dug out their Christmas jumpers. We have recorder groups playing carols and mini shepherds, sheep, cows and angels appear around every corner. There are crackers at Christmas lunch, Christingles, visits from Father Christmas and lines of children walking to church. The paper chains adorn the school, the PTfA have a merry glow (mulled wine) and there is glitter everywhere.

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On both Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of December we are having a Christmas story time and craft session at 10.30 am. There is no need to book, simply turn up! Christmas costumes are welcome! Under 8’s will need to be accompanied by an adult. On Wednesday the 18th of December the ‘Baby Bounce and Rhyme’ group will have their Christmas party at 2.15 pm. After painting hands for a New Year Calendar, we will be singing Christmas rhymes, and having a drink and a mince pie. This group is for babies up to 18 months of age - and their grown up. On Friday the 20th of December at around 10.45 am we will be having a Christmas party with our library club and will be making a Christmas table decoration to take home, while eating mince pies and having a cuppa!

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup ‘Guiding children to make sense of their world and community’ is a key learning and development requirement from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS,) the set of standards that all early years providers must adhere to. During November, we had plenty of opportunity to put this into practice as we helped the children understand the importance of Remembrance, explored Diwali - the 4-5 day long Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, and enjoyed activities around the Bonfire night theme. The children (and staff ) also got into the spirit of Children in Need, raising money by wearing their pyjamas to playgroup. Another element of the EYFS is to promote the teaching and learning required to

ensure ‘school readiness.’ An important part of each year for us is easing the transition for children into primary school, and it starts quite early on. This means working together with the local schools and parents, to understand how we can best prepare our pre-schoolers, and that is often far more about their self-care and promoting a level of independence such as putting on their own coat and wellies, pouring their own water from a jug, buttering bread and sitting for stories. During November we began P.E. sessions, not only to teach the importance of being healthy and exercising, but to support them recognising their named P.E. kit and changing into it themselves. As we move into December, preparation for Christmas becomes our main focus, with our much-anticipated nativity play, Christmas party and possibly even a visit from the man in red himself! At the time of writing we’re putting the final planning into our stall at St. Mary’s Primary School


Christmas Fayre, where we’ll be raising funds for playgroup selling Christmas gift bags for pets, Reindeer Gingerbread biscuits and great stocking fillers such as our seasonal homemade playdough packs. Our special Christmas Bingo evening is on the 12th of December at 7.00 pm, open to all, with refreshments and special Christmas prizes. Please do come along to support us, no need to book! We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Tetbury Tesco for supplying our playgroup Christmas tree this year. We offer a range of playgroup, pre-school, creche and ‘stay and play’ sessions. We do currently have a waiting list for the creche, but if you’d like your child to be added to that, to find out about any of the other sessions, or to arrange a visit, please visit our Facebook page, phone us on 01666 504855, or email us at tetburynurseryplaygroup@ eygloucestershire.co.uk Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

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Tetbury Lions Grand Christmas Tree Sale For this year only, Christmas trees ranging in sizes from two feet to four feet are on sale from Tetbury Lions. All trees are ‘non-drop’ and sustainable; they have roots and are presented in a pot.

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Tetbury WI A rare bright and dry November day… …welcomed twenty-two of our ladies to Whatley Manor, where Ricki, Sous Chef in Niall Keating’s Two-Michelin-Star Kitchen, gave us a tour of the kitchen and the kitchen garden. After a wander around the gardens we enjoyed lunch in the Brasserie, where the food and the experience rated very highly. We will be back!

your fruit, vegetables and bakery goodies along with all excessive plastics being removed from other consumables at our local store. The ladies were very happy with these proposed improvements. Stephen Hirst, Town and District Councillor, had less upbeat news to share, with detail of the changes in waste collections for domestic homes. He faced a good grilling from our ladies whose points he will relay back to the council. The Annual meeting was the main focus of our monthly gathering at the Goods Shed, with reports from the various and varied groups, and an inspiring address from our Lady President Chris. We welcome Heather as a new member of the committee and thank Mary and Patricia for their combined 20 years of service as they step down. The night marked the month when the club reaches its 50th year, bringing to an end a yearlong program of celebrations. With one final glass of fizz we toasted Tetbury Evening WI, which now has a very healthy one hundred and eleven members. The December meeting will be held on Monday the 9th at 7.30 pm in the Goods Shed where Christmas Celebrations will include a Secret Santa along with entertainment from Lizzy Lindsell and Jonathan Atkins. There will be no coffee morning in December as the date falls

The Supper club also enjoyed an outing during the month, with an evening visit to the Snooty Fox. As always, Ali put together another successful event for the group with the conversation and the wine both flowing freely.

during the Christmas festivities, the regular monthly coffee mornings will resume in January. Tetbury WI welcomes members from Tetbury and the surrounding villages. We look forward to seeing you there! Jennifer Walsh, Tetbury WI


Our treasurer Pam, with her lovely husband Roger, hosted a table of ladies at the Dolphins Inspirational Awards evening, held at the Dolphin Hall. This was an evening celebrating those individuals, young or not so young, who have inspired us all with their work and achievements. Well done Pam.


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U3A The U3A in Tetbury already has twentynine activity groups in full swing… …and several more under development, in just four months. One of the most popular is Mah-Jong and it is a very good example of how the self-teaching ethos of the U3A comes into play. When the group started a few months ago, it was made up of beginners, people who had not played for some time and a few with more recent experience. Many had played under different rules in different countries, although none in China! An initial meeting agreed to buy a few copies of a Mah-Jong hand book from the resources library at U3A National Office, which is well illustrated and includes lots of special hands in an easy to read format. For example: ‘All Pairs Honours’ below:

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Tetbury Bowls Club

Things are moving on apace with improvements at Tetbury Bowls Club. A small band of our members is there every morning, working hard, and they have already removed the old changing rooms and store ready for the foundations for our

new ladies and men’s changing rooms. Lots of timber is being stored to be re-used in the new building. There is also a lot going on behind the scenes with planners, architects, builders and fundraising events as our improvements are not going to be cheap but willing members will do as much work as possible to keep our costs down. We were delighted to nominate Victor Bridgeman for the Tetbury Inspiration awards for all he does for the club as greenkeeper and development work. Our AGM at the end of October went smoothly and was probably the shortest on record with our new Constitution approved, and some new members welcomed onto the committee. We said goodbye to outgoing President Joyce Keating and welcomed new President John Hughes. Twenty-four of our members will be

playing a friendly match at Cotswold Indoors at the end of November. This will be fun as indoor bowls is very different from outdoor and takes time to get used to, so even our best outdoor players will end up in the ditch or on the next rink at first. Thankfully we will be taking along some of our more experienced indoor bowlers until the others get the hang of it. Friday night socials are still happening with a great Music Quiz and ever popular Bingo in the last couple of weeks. Up and coming are a Table Top Challenge, Christmas Bingo (we are promised it’s Bingo as we’ve never seen it before), Skittles Night and Balderdash quiz with a variety of food to keep us going. The last event this year will be our Big Christmas Draw Night then activities start again early in the new year. All best for Christmas 2019 and the New Year, Tetbury Bowls Club

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My wife and I mo ved to Tetbury in 2015, when the perfect small developmen t of new homes just on the outskirts was an nounced. We jumped at the chance to secure a plot and bought off-pla n. Aware of the risks, we studied the Neigh bourhood Plan, wh ich looked progressive, sen sitive, and susta inable. To quote Tetbury To wn Council’s Vis ion of the time: “Tetbury wi ll become the mo st vibrant Market town in the Cotswolds. With its continuing strong sense of communit y, it will keep pace with gro wth, whilst at the same time preserving and celebrating its heritage and stunning cou ntryside.” Fast forward five years, our two-y ear-old daughter is at Tig gers which she lov es, and as a local small busin ess owner, I have enjoyed getting to know the local commu nity – but my wife works fro m home, in the mi ddle of what has been a building site for the past half-decade. Surro unded by noise, du st, traffic and general commo tion, like many of us, she’s pretty fed up.


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And we’ve receiv ed another notifi cation. A plan to shoehorn another thirty-on e homes into the last rem aining scrap of lan d left in this part of town. Wasn’t this space originally earmarked for a ne w doctor’s surgery, to help with the backlog of appointments? Wh at about a playpark? Are we really “keeping pa ce with growth?” I believe Tetbury desperately needs to slow down, take a dee p breath, and refl ect on all the recent growth. Our town needs the chance to catch up with everything that’s happened in the past few ye ars. Robert Goves

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Wishing allThe ourWeighbridge customers Inn Home of the famous a happy Christmas "2 in 1" pie and New Year

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

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Christmas Trees from your home in return for a donation. This will be done over a fiveday period from Thursday the 9th of January until Monday the 13th of January 2020. 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. And Longfield provides this specialist support every day of the year, night and day, completely free of charge, so please be generous in donating to Longfield Communty Hospice this Christmas. We’re providing vital services in


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