Tetbury Advertiser December 2021

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TETBURY ADVERTISER

December 2021

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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 Suite 132,Corinium House, Corinium Avenue, Barnwood Point, Gloucester GL4 3HX Tel: 0345 680 5029 COTSWOLD CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU TEL: 0808 800 0511

Tetbury Art Society ‘Social’ Avening Social Club 7.30 pm.

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2nd Dec History of Tetbury Society ‘Social’ Annual Social, and talk on Christmases in Victorian and Edwardian Tetbury.

Beauty Corner

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Chelworth Bookworms

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Friends of Tetbury Hospital

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Light Switch On 5.00 pm Market Hall /High Street.

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St Marys’ Church Christmas Fayre 10.00 am - 12.30 pm at the Market Hall.

History of Tetbury Society

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St Marys’ Church Christingle 4.00 pm at St. Marys’ Church.

Lion’s Den

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Tetbury Goods Shed Tea Concert Please see article in this issue.

Lions press release

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Lion’s 200 Club

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Mayor’s Piece

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News from Christ Church

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News from St Marys’ Church

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News from St Michael’s Church

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun

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11th Dec Tetbury Library Snowman Story Time 11.00 am at the Library

St Mary’s CE VA Primary School

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St Mary’s Playgroup

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19th Dec Christ Church Carol Service 10.30 am at Christ Church

Tetbury and District Footpath Group

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Tetbury Art Society

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19th Dec St Marys’ Church Candle-lit service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Tetbury Camera Club

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Tetbury Cricket Club

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Tetbury Goods Shed

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Tetbury Hospital

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Contents

10th Dec The Big Town Switch On 6.00 pm Houses throughout the town 18th Dec Tetbury Cricket Club Family Christmas Party 3pm at the Dolphins Hall.

24th Dec St Michael’s Church Christmas Eve Mass 9.00 pm 26th Dec St Michael’s Church Holy Family Mass 10.00 am V don olunt atio ary no nly

Friends of Tetbury Community Transport

December trips: To book 0345 680 5029 Sat 4th Bath Sat 11th Glos. Quays/Town Sat 18th Yate

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January trips: To book 0345 680 5029 Sat 8th Cribbs Cuseway Sat 15th Cheltenham Sat 22nd Highfield GC

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Greening Tetbury

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Leighterton Primary School

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Letters to the Editor

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Tetbury in Bloom

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Tetbury Library

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

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Tetbury Probus

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Tetbury Theatre Group

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Tetbury WI

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The Feoffees and the Thirteen

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Young by Name

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OSTEOPATHS Tel: 01666 503599 & 01666 502214 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 Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester. Tel: (01285) 623000 NATIONAL EXPRESS Bookings taken at the Visitor Information Centre. Daily return service from Cirencester to Heathrow. www. visittetbury.co.uk

SCHOOLS Sir William Romney’s, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275. 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 The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577 TETBURY CARES, www.tetburycares.org Website to signpost local health services TETBURY LIONS, www.tetburylions.com Tetbury Town Crier Tony Evans, 24 Box Crescent, Minchinhampton, Nr. Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 9DJ.

DOCTORS Phoenix Tetbury, Long Street. Tel: 01666 502303 The Tolsey Surgery, High Street, Sherston. Tel: 01666 840270

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

Tel: 01453 731355 Mob: 07969 302042 Email: tonyevanstowncrier@btinternet.com

HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336

RAILWAY STATION Kemble - 6 miles Enquiries Tel: 0845 748 4950

VISITOR INFORMATION 33 Church Street. tourism@tetbury.gov.uk Tel: 01666 503552


Young by Name “Museum of You” Each year, as soon as the clocks go back, I start to look forward to the fresh start a new year will bring. A pessimist might say that if I haven’t yet mastered time management, financial planning or decluttering, a new year is unlikely to make a critical difference. But I’m an incurable optimist, and in the last few weeks, chance sayings by three people of my acquaintance have inspired me for the year ahead. Catching up with an older friend after a couple of years apart, I was taken aback when she declared, “I reckon I’ve got another eight good years ahead.” From a less exuberant, busy type, that might have sounded like self-pity, but she was filled with gratitude. Never mind carpe diem, she plans to seize the next two thousand nine hundred and twenty-two days and squeeze every drop of life out of them. Trying to reach an elderly gentleman by phone, I was tickled by his answerphone’s announcement: “I’m busy having fun right now but leave a message and I’ll get back to you.” He’s right: fun is not the preserve of the young. Focusing on fun for however many days remain to you is a sound philosophy. The third arresting statement came from a much younger friend: “I’m proud of the life I’ve curated for myself.” Curated? I thought. What is she, a museum? Then I realised it was the perfect shorthand for purposeful management of your life. Like a good museum, she takes regular stock of her assets, jettisoning any that are irrelevant or surplus to her personal mission. A

good museum doesn’t stash away its best possessions for fear of breakage or loss – it exploits them with gusto. When I went on a writers’ retreat last month, it came up in conversation how sad it is when someone dies leaving gifts or purchases unopened, having saved them for a special occasion that never happened. My writer friends and I vowed that when we got home, we’d crack open all those fancy notebooks no writer can resist buying but often cannot bear to sully. By the same token, in my kitchen, I moved to the top of the drawer all the pretty unused tea towels previously nestling beneath the much-laundered, greying, and holey ones in constant use. In my bedroom, I rejected snagged tights that I’d been eeking out to the point of decomposition

and ripped the wrapper off a beautiful, patterned pair I’d bought about three years ago, even though I had no plans to go out that day. My daughter, with the natural assurance of the teenager, has a theory that the older you get, the more you are pleased by small things. Given the pleasure I’ve just gained from a fresh notebook, a virgin tea towel, and brand-new tights, I can hardly disagree. But I’m also reassured that whatever the new year brings after the stress of a postBrexit pandemic year, it won’t take much in 2022 to make me happy. I wish you a contented and peaceful Christmas, and a new year of living your best life. Debbie Young www.authordebbieyoung.com

Tetbury Lions fund specialist surgical equipment Recent months have seen Tetbury Lions donate over £7,000 to Tetbury Hospital for the purchase of two very specialist items of equipment. The first of these is a hospital defibrillator, an industrial strength device designed to deliver a specific charge. It is equipped with a range of diagnostic tools to monitor the heart performance of the person it is connected to. It requires a doctor to know how to use the machine and the correct way to achieve the best outcome for the patient. To ensure maximum performance the machine, which cost more than £4,000, had to be replaced after several years. The second purchase, at a cost of £3,000, was a hysteroscope together with additional surgical equipment required to complete a procedure called a hysteroscopy, a diagnostic procedure used to examine the inside of the womb.

A hysteroscope is a narrow telescope with a light and camera at the end. Images are sent from the scope to a monitor so that the consultant can see inside a patient’s womb. While Tetbury Hospital has the consultant to complete this procedure, patient numbers are restricted by the number of scopes available. Each scope must be sent away for sterilisation after each patient before it can be used again. Tetbury Hospital is an independent healthcare provider delivering high quality services on behalf of the NHS and for private patients. The hospital has a walk-in facility for minor injuries, and an X-ray department. It provides outpatient consultations and day case surgery. Care delivered on behalf of the NHS only covers the operations of the hospital, it does not pay for vital medical equipment that needs to be purchased or replaced.

Lion President Maggie Heaven, Zena Dalton Chief Executive, Tetbury Hospital and Derek Harvey, chair of the Lions Community Support Group.

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This year, Tetbury Lions chose Westonbirt School as the venue for their Charter Night Black Tie Dinner Dance.

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The evening attracted nearly eighty people, who enjoyed a superb dinner and wine followed by dancing to “Route 66.” We should like to thank the management team at Westonbirt School for making the evening so successful. This Charter Night marked the 48th year since Tetbury Lions was formed. Please put the date of the 22nd of October in your diaries for next year. I’m pleased to be able to tell you that despite Covid and the subsequent lack of opportunities for fundraising, we have, through donations, subscriptions, careful management of the advertising revenue from the Tetbury Advertiser and via online auctions, been able to give grants so far this year to the following organisations, both internationally and locally: Médecins Sans Frontières £1,500.00 Sight Aid £500.00 Save The Children £500.00 Avening Zip Wire £500.00 Hope for Tomorrow £500.00 St Mary’s School £1,300.00 Tetbury Bowls Club Juniors £673.60 Tetbury Cricket Club £500.00 Tetbury Food Bank £5,068.40 Tetbury Hospital £7,002.00 Youth Incentives £1,111.61 Total: £19,155.61

Under the circumstances this is a handsome total, and I should like to thank everyone that contributes to the Tetbury Lions and to the Advertiser. You are the ones who allow us to help to assist the organisations and the people who need help. If we don’t see each other face to face in the coming weeks, I’d like to wish you the compliments of the season from us all here – and best wishes both for a good Christmas, and for a happy and successful New Year. Lion Maggie Heaven, President of Tetbury Lions

Tetbury Lions support The Food Bank From Thursday the 18th through to Saturday the 20th of November, Tesco Tetbury were delighted to welcome The Food Bank into the store to both raise awareness and to accept donations of food and other essential products. Supported by Tetbury Lions Club, the event ran smoothly and the people of Tetbury and the surrounding areas really stepped up, with lots of helpful donations. On behalf of Tesco, The Food Bank and the Lions Club, thank you, everyone. If you are part of a deserving group, organisation or charity and would believe Tetbury’s Tesco may be able to help you in some way, please contact me, Peter Leech, the Community Champion. I’m in store Wednesdays through Saturdays, or you may leave me a message at the Customer Service desk. Peter Leech, Community Champion, Tesco Tetbury

Lion’s 200 Club 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.

In the November 200 Club draw, there were 4 winners each receiving £20.00. Mr. Charles Cleaver, Mr. David Hicks, Mr. Richard Jefferies and Mrs. C J Taylor.

Thank you, Lion Brian Lion Brian Gammon has resigned from the Tetbury Lions and is leaving in good standing, after a long and stalwart period of service, including several years editing and looking after the commercial side of the Tetbury Advertiser. We’re sorry to see Brian escape “into the wild;” we all owe him a huge debt of thanks. We sincerely hope he and Pam will continue to join Lion’s social occasions for many years to come!

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History of Tetbury Society Phillip Goodwin spoke on the 4th of November about the Woodchester Wayside Cross, that he considers to be Britain’s first War Memorial. He is talking about the Great War 1914-18 because he said there are memorials to the Boer War and other places were also making efforts to commemorate great losses of life in Belgium. Two parishioners of Woodchester Priory were killed in 1914. One Lt. Maurice Dease was awarded a posthumous VC for his bravery. The other Lt. George Archer-Shee, whose mother lived at Woodchester, was the ‘original’ of the Winslow Boy story. Their deaths had a profound effect on Father Hugh Pope, the Prior of Woodchester and in 1915 he began to consider how to mark their sacrifice. Then in August 1916 John Henry (Jack) Quinn was killed. He was a Barnardo’s orphan that had been fostered by the Priory and had worked as a garden boy. Father Pope then made known an idea he had had in 1915 to erect a wayside cross to commemorate the dead and provide a point for families to grieve that they were denied by the decision to bury the dead near the battle field. The proposal caused great interest in the Stroud valleys and people began to donate towards creating a fitting memorial. However there was opposition to the proposal especially from the Rev. Proctor, 720208 Nailsworth Dom Applian

The first Remembrance Sunday attended by 10,000 on August 4th 1918. vicar of Stroud, who considered the scheme inappropriate – it was entirely Catholic - devised by Father Pope (a catholic), a cross with the body of Christ (a catholic idol) and wayside crosses are common on the continent but not in England. Never the less the Priory donated the site, £100 had been raised so work started with one hundred and forty names carved on a stone memorial. Work was completed in 1917 though there was a hitch as the figure of Christ did not arrive from London, so the Priory provided a substitute. The dedication ceremony took place on the 3rd of June, 1917 with Father Pope presiding, but attended by Anglican clergy and by

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some three thousand people. The first Remembrance Sunday was held on the 4th of August 1918 when some ten thousand people attended. In 1921, the Government recommended that all towns and villages should make arrangements to commemorate the dead of WWI and that Armistice day, the 11th of November, should be Remembrance Day. As a result services at the Wayside Cross ceased and it subsequently fell into disrepair. The Priory closed and many of the buildings were demolished in the 1930’s. The figure of Christ was once seen in the hedge bottom. In 2013/ 2014 the Church of the Annunciation assumed responsibility for its restoration and appeals for funding brought in several thousand pounds and there has been an almost complete restoration. The replacement Cross was erected in 2017 and now stands beside the A46 road below the Catholic Priory Church in South Woodchester.

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Helping people on the move in Tetbury and villages This yearishas flown by, withair Tetbury proving such a popular townhope to come andupcoming live in. We summer welcome all Spring definitely in the and as we are filled with more for the new residents, hope you enjoy your new homes and everything that our wonderful town has to offer.

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Tetbury in Bloom Christmas trees. Lastly, we’d like to thank again the volunteers who helped us keep the displays and beds watered throughout the summer months, and to Sian who in June helped us, during our busiest time, to prepare the beds and plant them with summer bedding. The support that everyone has given us is greatly appreciated and without it we wouldn’t be able to do as much as we do, to make Tetbury look as attractive as it does, for the benefit of us all.

I’ve lost count of all the people who have said to me that they can’t believe it’s this time of year again, and Christmas is once again upon us!! The past twelve months seem to have just flown by! It’s at this time of year that we always take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over the past year. Our grateful thanks go to Tetbury Town Council, not only for their financial support but for their much-needed practical assistance, without which we would really

struggle at times! 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, Hobbs House Bakery and Wildlife World for their generous donations. We also thank very much, all the residents and traders who supported us by buying one or more of our hanging baskets and

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 started with the appearance of hellebores, snowdrops, cyclamen and early flowering crocuses. This is my most favourite time of year when the days are noticeably getting longer, and the gardening year is full of promise for the months ahead. Until then, from everyone on the Tetbury in Bloom team, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and very happy New Year. Sue Hirst, Team Leader, Tetbury in Bloom

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Tetbury and District Footpath Group One of our walks last month was the Luckington Loop Walk. This is part of a longer walk from Malmesbury to Alderton. Starting from Sherston, It features the beautiful Luckington Church and Luckington Court. Luckington Court featured as Longbourne in the best historical BBC television series of Pride and Prejudice. In the graveyard of Luckington Church there are some war graves. one is Gunner Halliday, an Australian, who died in the First World War. If you want to walk with us, you are very welcome. We are continuing to walk throughout the autumn and winter. More details of upcoming walks appear on our website. See www.tetburywalkers. co.uk and find the link to Walks Programme for details.

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Tetbury Library

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights”

having a Snowman story time on Saturday the 11th of December at 11.00 am (booking is essential to allow for social distancing), along with a treasure hunt around the library. We will also be challenging you to write your own snowman story to either accompany the Raymond Briggs story, or one of your own.

Maya Angelou In whichever way you handle the tangled pile of lights and indeed the Christmas season, whether that is with childlike giddiness, or by avoiding it all together, we hopefully have something for everyone at the library. While we appreciate that Christmas is not always a happy time for everyone, if you are keen to fully embrace the season we have a few things going on during December.

Our theme this Christmas is “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs and our talented Sophie will be painting the front window in that design. We will be decorating the library and

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Please be aware that Tetbury Hardware accept payments and vouchers in an envelope only. Many thanks!

We wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and happy New Year and thank them for their valued continued custom and support.

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We are also looking for a new computer buddy volunteer to assist us in the library. If you are computer/digital media literate and feel you could give up a couple of hours of your time each week to help others learn how to use the computer or their new digital toy, then please consider us. We can be flexible to suit. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

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We have health and wellbeing books to boost your mood if Christmas fills you with dread, along with eBooks and eAudiobooks, if you don’t wish to go out. We are having a few days off over the Christmas period so our opening hours will be:

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There will be a display of Christmas story books for you to choose from, both children and adult, as well as a variety of other books to keep you going in the lead up to Christmas and over the holiday period. Books to simply read and indulge in, to help you to make a Christmas gift, to inspire your imagination for the holidays or simply just to escape into an imaginary world. We have you covered.

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The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson In 1627 the island of Heimaey, just south of Iceland, is raided by Barbary pirates and four hundred of the population are taken into slavery. Olafur Egilsson, his wife Asta and three of their children are among those transported to Algiers and the slave market. Slavery being a common and lucrative trade, Pastor Egilsson is sent back to Denmark to plead for a ransom – which is not immediately forthcoming. Separated from her elder son, Asta and her two remaining children are taken to the home of a rich merchant to act as seamstress to his wives. Asta tries to hold on to what remains of her family and her heritage by re-telling the old Icelandic sagas that used to put some colour into the hard life on Heimaey. Patiently, she waits for the ransom to arrive, but as the years pass, Asta struggles to remember her husband and her faith. Olafur does not forget his family, however, and after years of urging, a ransom is finally scraped together.

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Mayor’s Report It is the most wonderful time of the year! For those of us who are lucky to have friends and family around us this is true, but here at Tetbury Town Council we are again remembering those who are on their own on Christmas Day. In conjunction with a local business, we are again planning on delivering a hot meal to all those who wouldn’t otherwise have one. If you know of anyone who will be alone this Christmas, then please do let us know on 01666 504670 or wellbeing@tetbury.gov.uk Have you heard about our Friendship Café? Well, it’s a great place to meet old friends and new, have a complimentary tea or coffee and a biscuit or two, all donated by our good friends at the Co-Op. Please do come along and join the fun. The café is open at the Dolphins Hall every Thursday from 10.00 am until 12.00 pm, with guest speakers most weeks. The speakers for December are Anton from Cirencester Foodbank on the 2nd of December and Millie from Clean and Green on the 9th of December. Every week Andrea Payne, the Health & Wellbeing CoOrdinator, is there with a smile on her face happily dishing out the tea and biscuits , along with some advice if that is needed. I called in a few weeks ago and was thrilled to see lots of people happily chatting. That’s what community is all about! Representatives from our friends at Cotswold District Council are out and about in Tetbury, knocking on doors with a survey regarding Physical Activity for residents aged 16+. Please don’t be alarmed if you get a visit, this is an important survey that will help shape the future of provision and services across the Cotswolds. The more people that fill this in the better. There is a QR Code for access to the survey directly online, at the end of this article. Light Switch on is the 3rd of December at the Market House. This year they are being switched on by Gold Medallist Tom McEwan, ably assisted by two young people from St Mary’s. The Big Town Switch On is Friday the 10th of December at 6.00 pm. If you would you like a coveted winner’s plaque to hang proudly on your wall, please join in the fun no matter how small your light decoration is. There were so many lovely entries last year! Please remember as the nights are now drawing in, to keep a watchful eye on any elderly or frail neighbours. I would finally like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and a happy and peaceful New Year from all of us at Tetbury Town Council. Stay safe, Remember Hands, Face and as much as possible Space! Cllr Ann Pearce, Mayor Tetbury Town Council

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…at the Market Place on Saturday the 4th of December and Saturday the 18th of December, 10.00 am -1.00 pm. Do come along and see us. We have much more on offer this year from books, mugs, and Christmas gifts, to sweet and savoury treats, even a glass of mulled wine if it takes your fancy! Our committee members will be very pleased to meet you. Ann Tarlton, committee member and hospital volunteer, will be on our Christmas stall with Alexandra and Anna. We welcome all fundraising initiatives from the community. If you have an idea email friends@tetburyhospital.co.uk or call 01666 501786: Message from Katharine Landale, Chairman of the Friends of Tetbury Hospital: “On behalf of the Friends’ Committee may we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year”. Friends of Tetbury Hospital

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They have been learning about what it means to be a Brownie, so that the newer girls will be ready to make their promise before the end of this term, and all are word perfect. The Promise is an important part of being a member of Guiding and the Brownies’ is: I promise that I will do my best; To be true to myself and develop my beliefs; To serve the Queen and my community; To help other people and to keep the Brownie Guide Law. The Law is: A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day.

1st Tetbury Brownies have been concentrating on community activities from lots of different badges. The Cats and Dogs Home Charity ran a best pumpkin competition for them, displaying the entries in the showroom. Ann Pearce, Mayor of Tetbury declared Darcy the winner with her cat and presented her with a prize of sweets which she donated. Thanks also to Sam Reid who kindly donated all the pumpkins. So that parents could still watch the ten new girls being enrolled they held their Promise ceremony outside by torchlight. 2nd Tetbury Brownies have been completing the Network Skills Builder badge. This included activities in teams,

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Tetbury Camera Club to remind you to zoom in with your feet instead of your lens. Get uncomfortably close, then back away just a bit. Getting extremely close to your subject helps you to see it differently. You see interesting details and more of the physical structure of what you are about to photograph. Taking the time to look closely at the details of your subject will help you eliminate elements you might find distracting later.

‘If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.’ Robert Capa Robert Capa was a photojournalist who believed that the best pictures were made when the photographer was as close as possible to their subject. Today, many photographers use zoom lenses to make it look as though they are close to their subject, when in fact they are not. This is not what Capa advocated.

Zoom with your feet and get physically close to your subject. This will help the viewer feel close to your subject too. One way to practice getting closer to your subject is to use a fixed focal length lens on your camera. Your mobile device has a fixed focal length lens. If you have a point-andshoot camera or a DSLR with a zoom lens, use the same focal length for every picture for several days. You will want to use a focal length in the normal to the slightly wideangle range, 50mm to 35mm. On a DSLR with a zoom lens, you can set the focal length and use a small piece of tape to hold it in place before you go out. This will help

Something else to look for is the relationship between your subject and the foreground and background of your picture. Is there something in the frame that is distracting? Can you move slightly and choose another angle that will eliminate the distraction and improve the composition? Most pictures are taken in a standing position, so consider getting lower or higher than eye level when looking at your subject’s relationship to its environment. Getting closer to your subject will help you and the viewer have a better connection with your pictures. Tetbury Camera Club welcomes photographers of all levels. For more information about the club, please visit TetburyCameraClub.org.uk Vincent Knaus Tetbury Camera Club

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We want to say a huge thank you to Tetbury Lions for their incredibly generous support over the last year, in donating two vital pieces of equipment for our clinical departments. Last year they donated a defibrillator for our Minor Injuries Unit, as our existing one became out of date. This year we were so delighted when they donated again. This time for a hysteroscope, which is a thin lighted telescope device used during a hysteroscopy procedure, a diagnostic test to examine the womb. During the pandemic we were unable to invite the Lions in to thank them in person and show them our new equipment. So we were incredibly pleased to be able to welcome the Lions President, Maggie Heaven, to meet Mr Mark Whittaker, Consultant Gynaecologist and Zena Dalton, Chief Executive, to show her the new equipment and talk about the importance of these items for the hospital.

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All that is left to say is that I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2022 – where I hope life will start to feel a little more normal – and if you can, please support our local small businesses and traders when Christmas shopping this year.

If you think we may be able to help you or your group with an education or training grant or if you would like volunteer to help us or wish to know more about the work we do in our town, please visit our website www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk - or speak to one of our members. Lance Vick – Chairman

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Tetbury Cricket Club Good afternoon fellow sports fans! Paul has taken a break this month as he wouldn’t write about one of the things we asked him to include, so I’m taking up the reigns for one month only, so make the most of it! On Saturday the 18th of December, we’ll be holding a Family Christmas Party, starting at 3.00 pm in the Dolphins Hall. We’re holding this Christmas Party for all our players, youth teams, members, their families and anyone in the wider community who wants to come! Now to the thing Paul refused to write about. This month, Paul was awarded the Major Tom Hancock Volunteer of the Year award from the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association, picking up his trophy (which luckily is a tankard he will make full use of!) from Dame Janet Trotter, to recognise all his hard work and many hours spent on the cricket square and the wider Recreation Ground, for the benefit of all Tetbury residents. We thought we’d finish with a section of the citation which was read as PJ collected his award, and which sums up what an asset he is to the

community of Tetbury, and why we are so lucky to have him: “Paul is a trustee of the Dolphins Recreation Centre and Chairman of Tetbury Cricket Club. Both organisations had suffered from poor facility management and needed drastic action. As such, Paul was a man on a mission who has dedicated tens of hours a week to making it better. This year in particular, he has spent hour after hour on the facility, recognising that, especially during lockdown when people were suffering from increased mental health issues, it was important that people had a place they could go outside, where they could feel safe and enjoy the recreation facilities. Paul has obtained significant grant investment to increase the maintenance work which goes on, is regularly seen on a ride-on mower cutting the grass, and with a litter picker in hand picking up rubbish other people have left behind. What makes it all so incredible is he does all this alongside a full-time job too! Paul’s contribution has been immense, especially in such a difficult year for everyone, and has meant that more people then ever have been able to enjoy the community facilities in Tetbury, and has also meant the grounds look better than they ever have before. Everyone at the Dolphins Recreation Centre, the Cricket Club and Tetbury in general are forever thankful for the difference Paul makes.”

Having read my ramblings, I’m sure you’ll all be pleased to have Paul back next month, as he’ll be able to write without getting embarrassed and having to tell you about awards he’s won! Thanks, Mark Tetbury CC Secretary

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Beauty Corner

the tissues, however when these beams come together under the skin it creates a thermal energy. This then heats the tissues up, causing them to contract and tighten, whilst also forming new collagen fibres. Collagen is really important for skin health because it is a natural protein that promotes skin suppleness, firmness, hydration, and that beautiful youthful glow we all desire. However, like many things, collagen production dwindles with age.

So, who is HIFU for? • Anybody who wants to tighten any ‘saggy skin’ and improve other signs of ageing

Have you heard of HIFU? HIFU is a non-surgical facial treatment, often referred to as the lunch time facelift, that lifts and tightens the skin of the face and neck using high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy. This is a new treatment in the beauty industry and has become hugely popular over the last couple of years. The ultrasound targets different depths of the skin, working to tighten the different skin layers to produce optimal results.

Specifically, the HIFU is focused on the ‘Super-facial Muscular Aponeurotic System (yes, a bit of a mouth full), I don’t want to get too technical, but we refer to this layer as the SMAS layer and it is the same layer that plastic surgeons work on when performing a face lift. The HIFU technology stimulates the cells to produce new collagen, enabling the skin to increase firmness and elasticity. HIFU uses multiple beams of ultrasound. Now individually these beams do not affect

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However, HIFU is not for everyone… HIFU is certainly not a treatment for anyone expecting results over night. It is indeed a waiting game. Collagen building takes time; therefore, you would expect to see results from a HIFU treatment anywhere from two months to six months post treatment. Now in terms of sensation, this is not the most comfortable treatment – however just remember everyone, no pain no gain! Luckily there is little downtime with this treatment, most people say they experience a ‘dull ache’ for approximately five days and a big positive is that you would only need this treatment once every twelve months. The beauty industry can be a bit of a mind field and overwhelming for many people. There are so many treatments, products, and equipment out there, it can be hard to know what’s right for you. My advice would be, to invest a bit of time in doing your own research and don’t be scared to reach out. We are so lucky in this area to have so many professional and lovely people who would be delighted to help you, myself included. So never feel you are on your own. Everyone deserves to be comfortable in their own skin, with or without a little assistance.

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Avening WI The summer annuals are still blooming in the garden despite the date on the calendar, the middle of November! The preparations for Christmas seem unreal. But as we know, our weather can change overnight! We had a lovely morning to complete our Minchinhampton Treasure Hunt. It was very successful and although there was a large turnout, we all managed to get seated in The Kitchen for a most enjoyable lunch. The November walk will take place in Nailsworth, starting along the cycle track and ending up at Egypt Mill for lunch. It was a busy morning making the bunting for the Barn at Gatcombe. The work was very well organised, and we managed to produce two hundred flags. Helen Haiselden has strung them all onto four lengths of tape ready to be delivered. The

Nailsworth Bowls Club were full of praise for the supper we served them, and the bacon rolls we provided for the village Community Cafe were very popular. These events have led our catering team to “volunteer” to provide our Christmas lunch in Avening Social Club. Over the years

before lockdown, we have served lunches for various organisations, so we feel very confident that it will be a good “do”. Unfortunately, we have had to say goodbye to our bench in front of the church. This was gifted to the village to celebrate the Millennium, so it is not surprising that it has now been declared unsafe after twentyone years. Many a bride has sat on it for photographs during the years. Our Christmas party will take place in December with our usual scrumptious bring and share supper. Our charity support for this year will be donations for Stroud Women’s Refuge. Sue Osborne has appealed for loose change and our boxes of pennies to be brought to the meeting, as she will apply for match funding to double our donation to the NHS Cobalt Appeal.

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Welcome to &Ellis & Killpartrick Welcome to Ellis Killpartrick Opticians in Tetbury!Opticians in Tetbury! We have recently taken over Poole Optometry in Church Street after the retirement of Mr Jeffrey Poole. Ellis & Killpartrick have been established for over 40 years with practices in Bath and Cheltenham. Our practices have gained a solid reputation for providing first class clinical care, whilst offering an extensive collection of designer and luxury eyewear. We also fit and supply contact lenses. Bath and Cheltenham stock Cartier, Mont Blanc, Chanel, Chopard, Tom Ford, Lindberg, Chloe, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co and Oliver Peoples to name a few. We also stock sunglasses from Ray-ban and Maui Jim.

Many of these brands and others will be available at the new Ellis & Killpartrick in Tetbury. Nina Ricci and Chopard have just arrived to start off our collection. We also stock a great range of unbranded eyewear for those not wanting named brands. Being an independent group of only three practices we are able to offer a truly personal service at all of our locations with “head office” never being far away! Both Michael Killpartrick and Co Director Neil Vedmore are always on hand in one of the practices. The practice has been refurbished using as many local trades people and materials as possible, creating a warm and welcoming environment in which to care for our patients. The design took inspiration from the history and architecture of this beautiful town.

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Bible, reflect upon it and share something of our own stories. We will be gathering on Friday the 3rd, the 10th and the 17th of December at 2.00 pm. The Church Carol service will be on Sunday the 19th of December at our normal worship time of 10.30 am, when we will sing carols old and new.

Our Christmas Eve communion service will once again be in the afternoon at 2:30 pm and on Christmas Day we meet together for an all-age family celebration at 10:30 am, just for forty minutes. Do pop along to any of these. Jesus came to bring light and love into the world and he does so still today. We celebrate the life we have found in Jesus, celebrate the gift of this Earth and all creation, open ourselves to God’s Spirit, and offer our lives to God in loving service. May God be with you however you celebrate this Advent and Christmas season. With every blessing

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun What do you want for Christmas this year? Anything out of the ordinary seems to bug the probate office. The Government over the past three years has been trying to centralise both probate and divorce i.e the old probate, divorce and admiralty division that I grew up with. A grant of representation is a sealed document that allows the deceased’s personal representatives to deal with the dead person’s assets, but not all asset holders require the grant to be taken out. Where there is a will the grant is called a grant of probate and where there is no will it is called a grant of letters of administration. If you have to apply for a grant, you have to complete various tax forms usually the IHT205 in simpler cases or the IHT 400 where there is tax to pay. You may wish to claim allowances, like the residential nilrate band where your house is being left to descendants. A couple claiming these allowances has a good chance of having no tax payable on the first million pounds of the deceased’s estate, whereas a single divorced person will only have an allowance of £325000. If you use the IHT400, then you have to pay the tax first before you can approach the probate registry. If there is anything out of the ordinary like a British citizen dying abroad, or there being any doubt about signatures, then the delays can be very bad indeed, while members of the probate registry send the application round in circles. I have had two such cases being spun around the probate registry for nearly a year. There is no leadership.

the survivor, by appointing trustees in their lifetime. Thus the position emerges where you can leave your million pound share to anyone without applying for a grant of probate, whereas a few national savings certificates or a small holding of stocks and shares will probably require the application.

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup and introduce the staff here at TNP. We’re Karen, Linda, Laura, Sandra, Emma, Anne, Kelly and Caroline. Between us we have a combined length of service of over 1one hundred years, so have seen quite a few changes. Some staff members are now seeing children of the children they used to look after, coming through our doors! We recently saw a quote that rings true for us “Chance made us colleagues, but the fun, laughter and craziness we share made us friends’.

We’ve come to the end of a busy November with plenty of things to talk about… …and lots of activities for the children to choose. We’ve based crafts, food, games, stories and chats around Remembrance, Diwali, Bonfire Night, the clocks changing and the beginning of winter. We’ve also had book-focus weeks centred around some of the children’s favourite books like Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Stick Man’. Pin the ‘poisonous wart’ on the end

of the Gruffalo’s nose was one of the games we played! But now Christmas season is upon us and we’re making sure there’s lots more fun for the children at playgroup. We’re practising our pre-school nativity which we hope will be as big a hit as last year, when we had over one thousand three hundred views online! It’s always a very relaxed performance with no pressure put on the children, where rarely anything goes to plan, but we find that often makes the best nativity plays. This month we also thought we’d include a Christmassy picture of the ‘grown-ups’ ,

All of us would like to take this opportunity to wish the playgroup children and their families a very Happy Christmas. Thank you all for your continued support, and we look forward to continuing to have lots of fun with the children in the new year. An important update for supporters of our popular Bingo evenings. All being well these will restart in February, final details are being pulled together, so look out for an update in the new year. As the year comes to an end many of our sessions are full, but if you’re looking for a playgroup or pre-school space for your child for next year, then please get in contact with us, email us at tetburynurseryplaygroup@ eygloucestershire.co.uk, visit our Facebook page or give us a call on 01666 504855. Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

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Tetbury Goods Shed We had a wide variety of events down at the Shed in November. Contemporary Classical with the Spindle Ensemble, Jazz with Saxophonist Kim Cypher and her band and the worldrenowned pianist Melvyn Tan. We closed the month with the Pasqualati Quartet. Alongside we have our cinema screenings every Thursday, including a matinee for those not so keen on coming out in the cold and dark. Our first Community Environment Day was well received, and we are already looking at making this an annual event, so do get in touch if you want to be involved?

Looking ahead to what’s on during December at the Shed – our advert below gives you all the events we have planned (please check our website for latest information, in case we have to change anything at the last minute) and we are delighted to tell you that we are bringing back our popular afternoon Tea Concerts. The first one is on the 8th of December with Cathy Hill and the Stroud String Ensemble.

Finally - looking for the perfect Christmas present, then why not give your loved ones a Goods Shed Gift Voucher? We can tailor the voucher to an amount of your choice, a particular performance or cinema show, and if you want to include a glass of wine, or similar, then that is also possible. Just ring Kathryn on 01666 505496 to organise. Merry Christmas one and all and here’s to a healthy and happy New Year. Tetbury Goods Shed Team

Work continues returning our Signal Box back to its former glory. As long as the weather is kind the team, led by David Walker, can regularly be found restoring this iconic and historic Box. Our Art Exhibition changed in November, and running through to the New Year are works by the Tetbury Arts Society. A visit is definitely recommended, and, of course, our Whistlestop Café offers a tasty range of hot and cold refreshments.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Avening School.

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Leighterton Primary School The children in Haymead Class (Years 3 and 4) recently visited the Roman Baths as part of their topic about ‘Life in Roman Britain’. When we arrived, we were split into three groups. One group was with Mrs Hatfield, another with Mrs Ward and the other group was with Mrs Stevens. We were dropped a short distance from the Baths because the area is pedestrianised, which meant the coach was not allowed to drive there. We went into a secret room and met a lady who led the activities during the day. The first activity for our group was to dress as Romans. We each put on a tunic and helped each other to put on a toga. Mrs Hatfield took photos of each person, yes, she was wearing a toga too. Next, we went shopping for items we would need during our visit. We only had fifty coins to spend and had to choose between sandals, a skin scraper, an oil lamp, oysters

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Once you have been doing this for Mary, announcing Jesus’ birth; Mary and everyone safely in church. r fitness goal. Joseph on the road to Bethlehem;ATTAINABLE and the 4-6 weeks, change it – maybe increase the And there’s more to share A angel’s goal should be achievable for before you – then! are Onlength of your workout or switch exercises. shepherds in the fields, hearing the CIFIC Saturday the 4th of December we news of great joy. you in the right place and have the righthaveThis will keep your body and brain Marys’ Church Christmas Fayre, 10.00 al must be individual to you, aiming at access forStthe objective have set? guessing, and help lead you to your 2015 For the first time last year, in the days am-12.30 pm in theyou Market Hall, including whatup toyou wantthese to scenes leading Christmas, led smaller Setting ones can help you develop delicious home-made preserves and cakes fitness goal – you can do it! accomplish. General families through St Marys’ Churchyard, and and beautiful hand-crafted gifts. Then, at and work towards a bigger end goal. then on into the church, where the stable targets lead to 5.00 pm that day, we have the St Saviour’s I look forward to sharing this with everyone! nativity scene focus was candle-lit the Christmas Tree Festival Carol Service, REALISTIC reduced and too under altar. I will always remember the children led you by Tetbury Together. With love and prayers this Advent and To be realistic must beArea ableChurches to visualize much wiggle room. dragging parents and grandparents Surrounded by trees decorated and lit up yourself the objective. Too high ait is a Christmas, Poppy forward, MEASURABLE and pointing out Joseph and achieving by Tetbury groups and organisations, The Revd Poppy Hughes Mary, and the Baby Jesus. goal and you may struggle to seebythe end,wine joyful service … followed mulled A goal must be too low and Parish Priest, St Mary the Virgin and mince pies. find yourself less you will This year, families are again invited to & St Mary Magdalen able to be experience this “Journey to Bethlehem”. motivated.On Sunday the 5th of December, at 4.00 Catch up on news and events – pm -5.30 pm. there is a special invitation to children Come any measured time between 4.00 on our website: churchtetbury.co.uk TIMED to Celebrate Christingle with us: make your whether pm on Thursday the 23rdon of December www.facebook.com/St.MarysTetbury scales or on a Having a time frame for a goal is important, stopwatch, having a as this is what you must work towards. This time or weight to will give you a sense of urgency and keeps

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News from St Michael’s Church 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 symbolises 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.

On Sunday the 28th of November we begin the period of Advent; it is a time of expectation and hope. “Advent” means “arrival” or “coming,” and it prompts us to pause each day in December and remember why Jesus came at Christmas. The Advent wreath is created out of evergreens, symbolising everlasting life in the midst of winter and death as the

evergreen is continuously green. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life he makes possible. Advent candles shine brightly in the midst of darkness, symbolising and reminding us that Jesus came as light into our dark world. The candles are often set in a circular Advent wreath. A new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas; the first, second, and fourth candles are purple; the third candle is rose-coloured. The first candle symbolises hope and is called the “Prophet’s Candle.” The prophets

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Tetbury Theatre Group It was so good to have another day trip to the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. It had been twenty months since we were there (before Covid). It is always a lovely day out as we can lunch, shop and spend time with friends. We went to see “Dial M for Murder” written by Frederick Knott . It is an Agatha Christie type of play. Tony Wendice discovers that his wife is having an affair and blackmails an old acquaintance into murdering her so he can inherit her money. However things do not work out as hoped, even though he had been planning it for a year. It was cleverly produced as there were only four actors taking part, Christopher Harper taking two parts, Captain Lesgate and Inspector Hubbard. It was only one set, so no changes at all, with clever lighting that showed the different times of day through the windows. It was written in 1950s, the BBC snapped it up and it was adapted for television, in the days when there was only one channel. The weekly play was a major event and was first broadcast In March 1952, it then went on to be a great theatrical success, both in London and Broadway. Although written for the stage , the best know incarnation as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954.

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Tetbury WI At our November meeting we heard from Clare Walsh who guided us through some Indian Block Printing. Based in the Cotswolds, and inspired by nature, Clare uses natural leaves and herbs to create original designs for her block prints. She told us about the history of the craft and brought samples of some of the blocks for us to see. Her talk was very well received with many questions from the floor. This was followed by our Annual Meeting, we heard from our President Chris, Secretary Anne, and Pam, who is our Treasurer. In Anne’s report we had details of all we have achieved since our last annual meeting. Our WI is in an extremely healthy condition, with twenty-six new members since February 2020. Anne also detailed how the committee had adapted to the pandemic restrictions, meeting on Zoom and following up with members via phone calls and newsletter drop-offs. The fellowship and support of our members being paramount to your committee, and we were delighted to receive a round of applause for all our endeavours.

After a wait of over eighteen months, we were able to gather once again for one of our regular monthly coffee mornings, with thirty of our ladies enjoying coffee and a pastry along with lots of congenial chat at Steepleton, where we were made feel very welcome. Clearly, this Tetbury WI regular event has been missed and all were very pleased that it’s back… Thank you Ali. Steepleton once again was the venue for Lunch/Supper Club on the 24th of November, this club regular had been much missed. Lots of our ladies came and

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Community Environment Day at the Goods Shed Sunday the 31st of October. Lots of useful information on wildlife, waste disposal, renewable energy, and GT. Also, a very interesting panel for the evening discussion. Well done Carol Paton and the Goods Shed. Thanks to all the GT volunteers who helped on our stand.

Regardless of Cop26 in Glasgow be assured we, at Greening Tetbury, will continue to join the people of our community in doing our bit towards combatting climate change. There have been some positive agreements at the conference so we now hope that the governments of the world will seriously address the everescalating problems we face, back at the ‘coal face’! The marches in Glasgow were

wonderful and showed how keen people are to encourage governments to seriously tackle the problems and not just have ‘blah, blah, blah’. On the 6th of November some of GT attended a small upbeat march in Stroud with the banner ‘One Climate, One World’ I think ER were in Glasgow! Meanwhile back in Tetbury, the winner of the nature poetry competition for The Great Big Green Week was “Night Walking” by an anonymous author and a special commendation was awarded to Lily McKay, aged 9, for “Nature’s Symphony”.

Sadly, we had to postpone the Sustainable Christmas Craft workshop on the 14th of November. We wanted to help people to think about Christmas in a different way. Not massive consumption and purchase of shop bought goods, but to personalise their gifts and think about the environment. We will try to reschedule, so please keep an eye on the social media for an update in December.

Getting the Garden Ready for Winter. The 5th of December is the United Nations’ World Soil Day, which aims to raise awareness of how important healthy soil and ecosystems are for human beings. Soil is a living thing with a whole world of creatures that feed and protect plants, keep the soil healthy and fertile, and make life possible on Earth.

So, look after the soil in your gardens! This time of year, we might think we should do a big clear up, but I’ve got good news: leaving piles of leaves, sticks and summer growth is the best thing you can do in the winter if you want to encourage healthy biodiversity in your garden. You’ll give overwintering amphibians, mammals, and insect predators somewhere to shelter and make sure they are there to keep the pests down next year. And in terms of the soil, just let the annual weeds die down instead of digging and disturbing the structure and life of the soil. Less is more. Next meeting for Greening Tetbury is the 30th of November at 7.30 pm by Zoom. All welcome. Join us: www.greeningtetbury.org See us on Facebook and Instagram 1101221

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We have no monthly meeting in December as it is a busy time of year, which seems to pass all too quickly. We do, however, have our Lunch at Chavenage House on the 16th. This is now fully booked and promises to be a special occasion being, because of the circumstances of the last couple of years, our first major social occasion. We hope it will be the first of many. By the time you are reading this we will have had our AGM on the 15th of November. Our Chair, Carmel Burton, will have given us a reminder of all we have been through since the beginning of the u3a in Tetbury. She told us, “Thinking back over the last year, I think it has been one of revival and learning. Accepting the inevitable, many of us embraced Zoom. Who would have thought that we could learn to use it, but we did ! We moved our monthly talks to Zoom , covering a diverse range of topics from Paris in the time of Toulouse Lautrec, through trekking in Nepal, to the history of a Gloucester village. Attendance at the talks was good. We tried to replicate the social aspects of our Goods Shed monthly meetings with virtual chatrooms after the talks. Not the same as face to face, but at least an opportunity for some social interaction. Quite a number of groups kept going through Zoom, and later through meeting outside. Who could forget Spanish in a stable! Many thanks to the many group leaders who kept things going. We couldn’t have functioned without you. We have all had to adapt and look at other ways of living, learning and laughing together. Our priority was initially keeping the social interaction going, keeping in touch through phone, on-line and the website, supporting members to use Zoom and other tools to get together, producing a regular short bulletin, so that members still felt in touch.

I would just like to say a few thankyous. Firstly, to the steering committee members, past and present. They have all given much time, knowledge and enthusiasm to Tetbury and District u3a. Many thanks for your contribution. To our Group Leaders who have done a sterling job. Many thanks! Without you there would not be a u3a. Your contribution is invaluable. You kept things going when it was not easy.

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