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December 2020

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from the Tetbury Lions

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'BUILDING WITH CARE' CASE STUDY CLIENT: MR & MRS ATWELL LOCATION: RODBOURNE, MALMESBURY PROJECT: CONVERSION OF TWO COTTAGES INTO ONE + EXTENSIONS AND COMPLETE RENOVATION How and why did you find SJS? My wife had been discussing with her hairdresser and explained how keen we were to crack on with our project and some of the difficulties we were having with the existing builders we were talking to. She instantly recommended SJS due to both knowing Simon and the good reputation he has locally. How you have found working with SJS? When we were looking to instruct a builder for our project the most important thing for us was to find someone that had the same levels of excitement and enthusiasm as we did. From the very first time of meeting Simon his enthusiasm and ideas he gave us impressed us straight away. The whole way through our project Simon has listened to what we were looking to create and provided us with his valuable input, as some of our ideas were not always that practical, but he could see what we were trying to create and helped us produce it. What do you think about our 'Building with Care' Philosophy? SJS's slogan Building with Care could not be more true and represents the company's ethics very well What you think about the quality of the work? It is not often you find someone that has the same levels of expectation and detail as Simon, this made it very easy working with SJS as we have all been trying to create the same finished standard. Would you would recommend SJS to others? I would strongly recommend SJS, in fact I already have to a number of friends and family. I just wish I had met SJS sooner after gaining my planning permission, as Simon's input at an earlier stage would have been greatly appreciated.

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It is raining outside and the garden is looking so gloomy, however… …in one corner of my garden a beautiful yellow rose is flowering and adding a wonderful splash of colour and it really lifts my spirit. The town is suffering and where there should be hustle and bustle it is very quiet. A lot of people are under the misapprehension that Tetbury is a very affluent place to live, for some this may be true, but for a lot there is a day to day struggle with no jobs, no money and no means to feed themselves and their children. A lot of people have not recovered from the last lockdown, which makes it challenging and only exacerbates mental health issues. The Lions want to help but without knowing who is suffering it makes it difficult. We have upped the money that we are putting into the food bank, as this is such a necessity for people. But there is always more we could do; chatting to someone, making a cup of tea [lockdown permitting] or just being there

for them makes a difference. Loneliness links with mental health issues and can be such an awful challenge for anyone. Where I deliver the Tetbury Advertiser I quite often see a gentleman leaning out of the window having a cigarette and I stop and chat to him. He is always so cheerful and ready with a smile. Fingers crossed that the Christmas Panto at the Goods Shed goes ahead in December. I think we all need a little light relief and there are several groups supporting the performances to enable people to get a chance to get out and have some fun. There will be secure transport available for anyone who should need it. We also hope to be able to give the opportunity for some people, who wouldn’t normally be able to afford to go to a performance, the chance to attend. We will be holding a bucket shake at Tesco in December via a very long handled broom!! All proceeds will go to the Food Bank.

Look out for us in the town on Saturday December the 12th and the 19th when we have our Christmas Raffle; with some lovely gifts donated by the town. Our on line auction was a huge success with over £2,000 raised. Thank you to everyone who donated and to those who bid. At our last meeting before lockdown we were able to welcome our Mayor Cllr. Ann Pearce and to hear what the Council have planned. Also present was Jaap de Jong, 1st VDG of 105CW District. Let us hope that we will be going into the new year with positivity and renewed hope. We need to know if there is anyone out there who needs help. Don’t be too proud to ask, any of us could be in a situation where we need help of some sort and we want to help you. I hope Christmas will be a time where people can all get together with friends and family and above all stay safe.!

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Tetbury Bowls Club

It’s all quiet up at Tetbury Bowls Club but, as usual, there are things going on behind the scenes. Contractors have been out and trimmed the hedge down to a more manageable 8ft and our green has been scarified, vacuumed, cored, seeded, top dressed, sanded and sprayed ready for next season. Our online AGM went without a hitch and our new committee met by Zoom last week so it’s business as usual there. Focus at the moment is looking ahead to next season and fundraising for stage 2 of our development project. During Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May 2021, Bowls England is organising a National Weekend Campaign to encourage more people to have a go at the sport. Here at Tetbury Bowls Club we are planning to take part in this, as well as our annual free trial day in spring, so there will be plenty of opportunity for you to come and have a go.

us entirely. We are giving our Lottery another boost and our Social Secretary, Bev, is planning the Big Red Christmas Quiz online, with a hamper for first and second prizewinners. We are still so much looking forward to being able to get together again in our newly painted clubhouse, let’s hope this can happen early 2021.

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Shots from a Lawyer’s gun If my wife decided she had had enough, and wanted a divorce with a financial settlement, the best Christmas present I would want would be a contribution towards a private financial hearing or dispute resolution.

It was infinitely better sitting in the comfort of one’s own rooms than fighting for space in a court building with all their security arrangements designed to terrify the parties. The parties, who had been so difficult, were quick to accept the “indication” of the private judge. The corollary was that we had to get this agreement past the court judge to obtain a court order that would be enforceable.

The disheartening thing about the financial side of divorce proceedings is the length of time it takes to resolve them. They take a large chunk out of your life and are expensive. The pre-action protocols are time consuming. If they do not provide a result after mediation fails you have to repeat the process of filing extensive means forms and then face a financial dispute resolution before a Judge, appointed by the court. I do not like mediation because; in many ways I see this as a bully’s charter. If you don’t opt for mediation you have to tell the court why you are not opting for it. In a recent case, my opposite number, a hotshot lawyer, suggested that my elderly client, nearing the end of his 8th decade, was a violent monster. Her client feared he would return to the matrimonial home and do her harm, even though he had departed when requested to do so. It worked and so she issued proceedings without the bother of mediation. So far so good, but the next excitement was her suggestion that we should find a private judge for the financial dispute hearing, which we did for £2,000 plus vat each. The advantage of this was that we could choose the judge, who gave us a day of his own time while we all sat in the comfort of our own rooms and zoomed in on each other. Both barristers presented their cases, and every time one of the parties wanted a lavatory break we knew we had scored a hit. The barrister allocated as the private judge then gave “an indication” which was his view on what would happen if the matter were to go to court, with the caveat that in the final resort the trial judge could exercise his discretion i.e. it would be a lottery and we would double our costs, now standing at over £30,000 each.

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St Mary’s Playgroup 2 Allow them to play freely while you interpret these interests. 3 Keep watching and listen closely to your child. 4 You might start to quietly play alongside them if they haven’t asked you to join them. If so, talk out loud about what you’re doing so they can hear your language and become interested. 5 Stop asking lots of questions! You don’t need to ask ‘how many…’ or ‘what colour..’ but instead make comments, say ‘I wonder if…’ and ask open-ended questions. These are usually ‘How’ or ‘Why’ questions, and shouldn’t have a yes or no answer.

Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork! As a team, we always felt bogged down by endless paperwork, spending more time staring at a tablet than with a child, taking time out of the room to write up observations or to plan for the following week with reams of next steps to cover for each of our key children. Looking at our practice we noted children being called out of their play to take part in an activity, which really has no meaning to them. ‘In the moment planning’ has been around for years, and was how the Early Years taught before ‘Topic Planning’ and endless assessments and monitoring came into force, and its making its way back into settings! It’s all about completing the planning cycle ‘on the spot’ instead of planning in advance, sound crazy? Well it does work, and as a playgroup we started this journey last year and since being back in session, have continued to support and teach children in the moment. It involves standing back, making sure the children

are ‘fully engaged’ and after waiting (and waiting!) for the right moment, we position ourselves nearby to see if we will be invited in to their play. This then provides us with moments to listen and plan at that time, responding to the child with relevant teaching and learning. Because of this, it is now essential we create an environment that stimulates curiosity, and enables each child to engage in activities without being directed by an adult. Depending on the age range, and requirements of the children, we make sure each area (both inside and out) is equipped with all necessary equipment that allows them to learn or practice a new skill. So how could you incorporate this at home to help continue your child’s learning?

Ask yourself 1. Could you place a few items out around the room that you think might peak their interest, then stand back and watch how they interact with it? Notice what they become engrossed in and wait to be ‘invited in’

6 Always go to your child, wait to be invited into their play (I promise mostly you will be) By asking them to come to you, you are disrupting the flow of their play. Have a go and see what you find out about your child’s interests. Next month we will be talking all about loose parts and how these can create a whole host of new and exciting play ideas. For anyone looking to book their child into St Mary’s Playgroup for September 2021 we would highly recommend you getting in touch to reserve a space now. We currently have spaces available for our Forest School sessions for children aged 3+ and would highly recommend getting a place for this year sooner rather than later. To book a space or discuss sessions available, please email us at stmarysplaygroupadmissions@ For any further details on who we are and what we offer please check out our facebook page @stmarysplaygrouptetbury or email us if you would like us to send you a video tour. Kelly Seal Playgroup Deputy

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Tetbury Hospital Without doubt it’s been a challenging year, but… …we have been resilient and are now continuing to deliver all the services you expect from us. We have a few new processes in place to keep you safe, this is why you may still only attend the hospital if you have an appointment or need our Minor Injuries Unit. You can stay informed by reading our COVID-19 updates on our website.

Trustee Update Last month we were sad to say goodbye to Dr Tony Walsh who has stepped down in his position as Company Secretary and Trustee of The Board. Tony will be sadly missed by everyone, but we are confident in the knowledge that he’ll still be around supporting us. Ann Wyatt, Trustee, takes up the role as Company Secretary. We are delighted to welcome our new Trustee, Katharine Landale. Many of you will already know her as she has been a member of The Friends Committee since 2006 and most recently Chairman. Previously Katharine’s career was in Investor Relations with Citigroup and BNP Paribas in London, she has also been involved

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“Living a stress free life doesn’t come from perfect experiences because there is no such thing as a perfect life: rather, it’s a reward of frequent positive interpretations of ones’ ordeals.” Edmond Mbiaka As we look back through 2020 I feel it safe to say that it has been an interesting year, unprecedented in many ways. We all have our own stories to tell, ordeals to live with, but regardless of whatever personal challenges we have faced, we have learnt to adapt and to live our lives a little differently. For many, it has been a time to re-evaluate our lives, a time for self-

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Girlguiding Rainbow meetings came to an abrupt end due to the second lockdown but… …activities are being videoed by the leaders and put on Facebook. They have continued their theme about helping others and were making either bird feeders or duck food. 1st Guides have nearly finished their Express Myself Theme award; the Guides just need to complete an interest badge each. They made up stories using Haribo sweets as props and found items to use as sound effects for the story of the 3 Little Pigs. 2nd Guides have also started meeting on Zoom again – run by their leader in Antigua! That is one advantage to online meetings!

Girlguiding linked up with Children In Need this year and sent out a special challenge to “Act your Age”. The idea was for everyone to think of their own challenge based on their age – definitely easier for the girls to complete rather than the leaders! Some girls baked cakes; some did jobs around their homes or some walked miles. I decided to dance (or rather move around) to songs on the radio giving myself 12 days to complete it – it took a few days longer but 60+ is a lot of songs for a reluctant exerciser! There are special Pudsey badges for those that completed the challenge and made a donation.

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It was strange being part of the Remembrance Sunday event this year without any of the girls, but I was proud to lay the wreath on their behalf. The Rainbows had painted stones and put them around the town and the Guides made Poppy pinwheels. During the 2nd World War many Guide units ran without leaders, as they were busy volunteering or working away from home. Guides were also used for running errands as the girls were seen as reliable.

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Avening WI bulb and a small bag of compost. Put together by secretary Soo. We now have to produce a wonderful flower over the winter, so we shall see! We added some floral cheer to the village with a planter which looked good all summer and is now planted ready for the spring. We still issue our monthly newsletter. In October our oldest member Yvonne Crew submitted an article, about the WI when she joined in 1961, which was very interesting. Gwyneth wrote about her summer voyages on her canal boat with skipper husband Ian, Gwyneth the lock operator and second mate Bryn (the dog).

This year is our 90th Birthday and surely the strangest year since 1930. Even during the war years, we were still able to meet every month. The first record of an Avening WI committee meeting is October 4th 1930 and an extract from the rules at that time states:

Through the years we have done our best to further this purpose. Even in this COVID year we have encouraged members to meet up in small groups for craft, walks or even just to chat or socialise. Many of our ladies have been prominent in the Avening Tuesday Coffee Morning project, which is still continuing into the winter. Now, our present day committee meetings take place on Zoom!

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Presently we are producing a booklet all about our activities over the last ten years. I have been amazed at our wonderful record of interesting outings, impressive catering events and the diversity of our speakers.

We have tackled lots of craft skills. We have had sporting achievements and we walk in the area every month weather permitting. We have won the Gloucester Federation Quiz against all the other WI’s across the county. Di Wall went to the Albert Hall AGM when the Queen attended and Gwyneth went to Buckingham Palace garden party where the wind was responsible for the loss of a lot of the ladies’ hats! Twice a year we organise a quiz for the village and have raised money for local charities. Many of our ladies have been able to take a course at Denman College with the help of a bursary. The most important aspect of our WI is companionship and friendship. Nobody walks into our meeting without a warm welcome. We look forward to be able to meet together again soon. Shirley Hand. Avening WI

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Mayor’s Report Well, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us, and what better time to remind you all of the Big Town Switch On Event. Don’t be shy do enter your home into the Christmas Light Competition, the winning homeowners, judged by the little people, will receive a Jesse Smith Hamper and Plaque to adorn their wall. November has been busy, and a month of change within the Council offices. My very best wishes, and those of the Council, must go to Georgina Osman who has moved onto pastures new. She will be a great asset to her new employers and we will all miss her greatly. I’m pleased to say however Victoria Bolwell is now working additional hours to do more committee administration cover. Our lovely receptionist/administrator Natalia Phillips is also working additional hours to do further administrative work within the office. I have decided that with my unused Mayors allowance, I would like to use part of this to provide a Christmas Lunch for our most vulnerable residents, who have no family or close friends in the town. This will make sure that each of these residents sees a friendly face on Christmas Day, and receives a hot meal. Our thanks must go to Neil McDonald, and all the staff at the Priory Inn, for making this possible. If you are aware of a neighbour who would meet this need then please email myself annpearce@ Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, please stay safe, and remember Hands, Face, Space! Cllr Ann Pearce, Tetbury Town Council - Mayor

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Avening Primary School Normally at this time of year, preparations for our school Christmas productions would be well underway. Despite the inevitable restrictions, all classes are still getting ready to perform, albeit in a slightly different format this year. Classes will perform in their bubbles and each performance will be filmed and available for parents, families and friends to watch remotely. The Eagles (r/y1) and Kestrels (y1/2) classes will be performing ‘Baubles’ which is a re-telling of the nativity story set in a school. Meanwhile, the KS2 children will be narrating the Christmas story through readings and carols. It will be quite different to previous years but in no way less magical! Another annual event that had to take on a slightly different form this year was our

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We have had to move a number of shows around a bit, but we hope to be able to welcome you all back in December and in the meantime we have put a number of performances on line and through Facebook – Gerard Logan’s reading of The Signal Man went down a treat and reminded us to sign up for tickets for his January show, plus Faeland offered us a taste of what to expect when they return to the Shed in February and of course our friends from Ninebarrow always prove popular.

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Greening Tetbury Climate Change Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face. By creating links to climate organisations, Greening Tetbury can increase its reach and effectiveness. We are engaging with two other charities: the Stop Ecocide campaign and the Earth Protector Communities initiative. The Stop Ecocide campaign, (est. 2017) works to make ecocide - the mass destruction of ecosystems - a crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Sign the international petition here to pressure governments into increasing their climate action: https:// The Earth Protector Communities initiative involves towns, educational institutions and businesses collaborating to protect the environment and endorse the work

to criminalise ecocide. Stroud has already achieved ‘Earth Protector Town’ status, by agreeing to meet the following five goals: • Produce a strategy and a date to achieve a carbon zero future; • Practise the movement from sustainable to regenerative living wherever possible; • Protect and enhance eco-systems, habitats and species in and around the town; • Pioneer the reduction and elimination of single-use plastic; • Promote awareness of climate and ecological emergencies. These goals share similarities with Cotswold District Council’s (CDC) Climate Emergency Strategy, 2020-2030 (see November’s article), giving us the opportunity to take common action with CDC. There is more on how to become an Earth Protector Town here: https:// uploads/2020/01/EPC-Town-Flyer.pdf

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Agriculture and Food Many organisations have been deeply involved in watching over the progress of the Agriculture Bill as we move closer to Brexit. These include Sustain, the food and farming alliance, which represents c100 public interest organisations from local to national and international level. The Agriculture Bill was passed and became an Act on the 11th of November. Orla Delargy, Head of Public Affairs at Sustain said “It remains to be seen how the government intends to fulfil its own promise to voters to protect food, animal welfare and environmental standards”.

Green Homes Grant We hope that more registered ‘TrustMark’ traders will come on stream in time for householders to obtain this grant before the current deadline of the 31st of March 2021 (see November’s article).

Christmas Let’s move towards a greener Christmas! See our website, for some great tips on saving energy and reducing the use of single-use plastics this year. For everyday greening, look locally for loo paper packaged in compostable wrap. It is available, but you need to look! Let us know on our Facebook page where you find it! That’s one less single-use plastic to throw away…

Coming soon Apple pressing - there doesn’t seem to be many apple presses about; several people are travelling to Pershore, Wootton Bassett, Hungerford and Newent to have their apples juiced and bottled. I’m sure we can do better! Any ideas? Write them on our Facebook page. Litter picking – watch for news of a spring litter-pick on our website! 1210917

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The Feoffees and the Thirteen These unusual times have called for some unusual measures and… …I am pleased to confirm that Feoffees Richard Cooper, Dave Hicks and Dave Norris, with the assistance of Thirteen members David Smith, Mark Elliott and John Latter managed to stay Covid secure and install the Christmas Lights on The Market Hall, just before the second lockdown began.

Thank you to them all for arranging this with less than 24 hours notice and to Feoffee John Hugginson and Tetbury Plumbing & Heating for their additional support. I also attended the socially distanced wreath laying ceremony at the Town War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday, it is so very important that we continue to remember and to live our lives, looking after our community and neighbours as best we can in these difficult times.

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Advent calendars are so exciting! Speaking personally, that’s as true for adults as for children. It’s the excitement of opening the first window – and then each day getting closer to Christmas. So, at St Marys’ Church, one idea this year is to put an advent calendar in our window. And each day we will change the number as we move towards Christmas, sharing the joy with everyone. Here’s one example made from black paper and cellophane!

(Posada is Spanish for “inn”) and, through December, small knitted versions of Mary and Joseph travel around, being welcomed into different households in the community each day, and staying there for one night.

Through it all, St Marys’ will also be continuing our Sunday Worship on Zoom. Do please join us “live” if you can by contacting Diana our Parish Administrator for details at

This year, of course, we will do things a bit differently, and the journey will happen “virtually”. A lovely picture of Mary, Joseph and the donkey will be sent by email from home to home, with prayers and stories added as they go. It promises to be quite a journey.

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St Mary’s CE VA Primary School We are enjoying getting ready for Christmas at St. Mary’s School! There might be a global pandemic on but it’s not going to stop us from getting out the tinsel and the glitter! Oh no it isn’t…. Oh yes it is…Oh not it isn’t…I think you get the idea. Sadly, we can’t invite the parents into school to watch any Christmas performances, but that is not going to stop us from draping tea towels on our heads and putting on our nativity. The plan this year is to record our Reception nativity and send it to parents so that parents still have those all important memories of the Nativity Scene. Each class is also hoping to record something Christmassy – like a song, a short play or reciting some poems, and we plan to send these out to parents to get them in the Christmas spirit. As a Church School we will also be holding a virtual Carol Service with Poppy leading us in prayer, readings and carols and our re-telling of the Christmas Story. Of course we will also be making as many Christmas decorations, cards and art as we can. Hopefully without making too much mess!

Throughout November the children have continued to get involved in community events. We sold poppies in school and raised over £600. Lots of children also took part in the Bonfire Art Competition organised by Upton Mill Care Home and we raised over £300 for Children in Need by holding a spots and stripes non-uniform day. Our fantastic PTFA haven’t let the pandemic defeat them – they organised an Autumn Colours dressing up day which raised over £350 for PTFA funds and a pizza night fundraiser with

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More details of upcoming walks after the latest lockdown lifts will appear on our website. This will probably not be until January now as December is usually a busy month for everyone. They will continue to appear one month in advance at a time, as a rolling programme moving through winter. Winter walks will be every two weeks from January on. See under Walks Programme for details. As a member, you will need to phone or email the appropriate leader to join a walk. Up to 15 participants can join inclusive of the leader, the deputy leader and the back marker. Please note: No DOGS are allowed.

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Tetbury Art Society stunning building in Tetbury. Two winners were chosen, Rosemary Lachlan and Nigel Waldron. The Reception Manager, Nikki, presented the winners with vouchers for afternoon tea for themselves and a guest. The Close Hotel found the choice difficult as the standard was so high. Following a successful outdoor painting season, there was a celebratory meeting at Nailsworth garden centre for tea and cake enjoyed by a large group, socially distanced of course. There is a theme emerging here and perhaps we should rename ourselves the Tetbury Tea Society!

Keeping cosy inside during the second lockdown gave us time to reflect on this extraordinary year. We are the lucky ones, quite often, who have creativity to motivate and encourage us forward, looking to better times in the spring of next year! Time also to remember

those who tirelessly work in the NHS to keep us well, not forgetting all those other essential services as well. When I took over the writing of this article from Michael, little did I know that the art society’s activities would be so curtailed for so long! What to write about? Luckily members have been very inventive and creative. The Close Hotel ran a painting competition, inspired by TAS members, painting in their beautiful garden- the subject being their

I had the privilege of viewing Christine Dack’s pictures, a member of our society, at the Hook House Exhibition near Westonbirt. Run by Christopher White three times a year, this exhibition of local arts and crafts just sneaked in for a very successful week before lockdown. Well worth a visit next year. Have a joyous Christmas and New Year! If you would like more information about the Society, this can be found on our website or call Michael on 01666 502909 or Barry on 01666 503926. Our meetings are usually in St Michael’s Hall, Tetbury at 7.30 pm. We are a friendly and welcoming group to anyone interested in art. Jenny Riley, Tetbury Art Society


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Tetbury Camera Club Adding a human element to your pictures can create more interest and give them more impact. We have all seen pictures of a figure in a brightly coloured jacket standing in a landscape, or the silhouette of a person on a beach at sunset. Who hasn’t seen a picture of a lighthouse with waves crashing around it during a storm? Now visualise those pictures without that human element. Waves crashing against a rocky coastline, a lonely stretch of coastline that is nowhere in particular, and the vast landscape devoid of any human element at all. Which do you find more memorable? One of the great things about adding human elements to your pictures is that you don’t necessarily need any humans. Most of the time, when I go out with my camera, I couldn’t care less if I see another person the whole day. Sometimes I really hope I don’t see another living soul, but I still look for human elements to include in my pictures. A well worn trail, stonewall, or hedgerow are just as much a human element as an old barn, castle ruins or a quay reaching out into the sea.

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I was walking around a street art festival where artists use chalk to create a temporary artwork on city streets, it’s great to walk around and see the artwork come to life. For the picture that accompanies this article, I wanted to find a human element, but I didn’t want a human in the picture. This can be incredibly difficult when the artist is reaching into the middle of their artwork, trying to finish before the deadline. I first found pieces of chalk that were too small to use anymore or larger pieces that had been discarded because they were no longer needed. Those pictures were nice, but they still left me feeling that something was missing.

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In our December article we always take the opportunity of thanking everyone who has supported us over the past year. We thank Tetbury Town Council not only for their financial support but also, for their muchneeded practical assistance, without which we’d be totally lost! Many thanks also go to the Feoffees of Tetbury, St Marys’ Parochial Church Council, The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds, Tetbury Upton Parish Council and The Dolphins Hall Committee for their generous donations. Also, to the many residents and traders who have supported us by buying one or more of our hanging baskets and Christmas trees. Lastly, we’d like to thank again the volunteers who helped us keep the displays and beds watered throughout the summer months. Without the support and appreciation we receive, we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do in making the town look attractive for the benefit of everyone, and we even managed to continue our work during the lockdown. Having carefully studied the new restrictions, we came to the decision that working in socially distanced pairs at different public spaces, raking leaves and tidying beds, qualified as permitted exercise. If anyone doesn’t think gardening is exercise, I can only suggest they try it! There isn’t a January edition of the Tetbury Advertiser so by the time the February edition is delivered, the spring flowering season will have just begun with the appearance of hellebores, snowdrops, cyclamen and early flowering crocuses something we can all look forward to! And with a bit of luck, getting back to a ‘normal life’ again might just be on the horizon! Until then, from everyone on the Tetbury in Bloom team, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Sue Hirst, Team Leader, Tetbury in Bloom

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup Exploring a new Fairy garden complete with toadstools and woodland animals, singing round campfires, firework craft and Diwali lamps, have all kept the children busy during November. On the 11th of November, Remembrance day, we explained the meaning of the big bangs from the cannon which they heard out in the playgroup garden, and we made a giant poppy which was displayed on the outside of the building for everyone visiting and passing to see. A few days later we all donned ‘spots and stripes’ in return for a gold coin for Pudsey and Children in Need. Now we move on to all the enjoyment and fun of December and the run up to Christmas. As the weather gets colder it provides the opportunity for some great sensory activities; exploring ice, icicles, frost, and perhaps snow? The children really enjoy tapping away at domes of frozen water made in bowls, to free dinosaurs ‘trapped’ in the ice. Another activity is painting ice to see

how the colours spread as it melts. Research shows that sensory play like exploring ice, or water-play, sand-trays, slime, playdough, making mud-pies etc all build nerve connections in the pathway’s to the brain, which can support cognitive development, fine and gross motor skills, help develop curiosity and social interaction, as well as having a calming effect. Christmas will undoubtedly be a little different for all of us this year, but we intend to do what we can to make it just as happy and exciting for our children. As we need to restrict visitors into the building we’re planning to do our first virtual nativity, which may actually help to calm the ‘stage fright’ a few of our children get when they see rows of proud faces watching them! It has been known in the past for one of our managers to have to step in as Mary midperformance, due to last minute nerves of a little leading lady! We’ll be decorating a tree, making lots of things to take home, practising new songs and carols and learning the Christmas story. Here at Tetbury Nursery Playgroup we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our children, their families, staff, and our community in Tetbury, a Happy Christmas, and perhaps a wish for a less-challenging new year.

Our Tuesday mornings play and stay group and our crèche facility remains closed for the time being, but we will send out an update as soon as this changes. If you’re looking for a playgroup or pre-school space for your child then please get in contact with us, visit our Facebook page, phone us on 01666 504855, or email us at tetburynurseryplaygroup@ Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

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Tetbury WI All of these happy memories sustain us now and fill us with hope of happy times together again.

Once again Sue represented us well at the Annual Remembrance Day Wreath Laying at St Saviours. Stirring music over the sound system made the event even more poignant this year as we remembered the freedoms fought for us by so many, freedoms made so much more real given the restrictions we continue to live under.

In November we had a fascinating talk from Stuntman Sam Durrani who has… …worked extensively on Film & TV including, more recently, The Crown and Luther. As a child, 39 year old Sam was involved in gymnastics and swimming, both hobbies gave him a solid background

While we may not be able to have our usual Christmas events and outings this year, our fun loving ladies are looking forward to when we can enjoy all of this again. Indeed, over the last years we have had several happy days together. In 2018 we travelled by bus to Blenheim Palace to see the Illuminated Christmas Light Trail, with the lovely Roger ensuring that we all made it home safely with our Christmas Market treats. Last year, Janet hosted a Pop Up Prosecco Bar, another occasion for the ladies to dress up and sample Christmas inspired cocktails. This time of year would normally see us in our Glad Rags, fuelled by lots of liquid Christmas cheer, at the Hare and Hounds Hotel for our Christmas Party.

Next month we meet again via Zoom, when on Monday the 14th December, Lizzy and Jonathan will host a Christmas Seasonal Sing-a-long, excellent fun times ahead! We do hope you’ll join us online. Tetbury WI continues to welcome members from Tetbury and the surrounding villages. Jennifer Walsh Tetbury WI



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Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, As we have gone back into this second lockdown it made me reflect on the last lockdown and the months since. I realised I have been very grateful for lots of the people in Tetbury. Firstly, Sarah the lady whom started the Facebook support group Tetbury Mutual Aid, which is for the people of Tetbury in need of assistance. She has tirelessly helped the vulnerable get in touch with people who could help them with their shopping and errands. Not only does she manages this all in a great way, but it has also given purpose and meaning to those able to help and a sense of positivity within the Tetbury community when we really needed it. Secondly, on a more personal note I have been so grateful for the Tetbury Beaver Leaders; Sheena, Bruce and Logan, who have organised Beavers on Zoom when it wasn’t possible to meet, where they took part, albeit virtually, in the fabulous Remembrance service, many experiments, and building sessions. Then when it was possible to meet again they split the Beavers lodge into two halves and, come rain or shine, lead many outdoor activities with smiles on their faces.

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