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1st February – HOTS with Barry Harrison 7.30pm at Christ Church ‘The man who took Stroud’s Temperatures.’ 2nd February - Sandra Chin – “Wanderings” 11am – 3pm at the Goods Shed; see this issue for details. 2nd February - Comedy Night at The Shed 7.30 pm Doors Open 7.00 pm (Adult content) 3rd February Meet the Artist - Sandra Chin 11.00 am – 2.00 pm at the Goods Shed; see this issue for details. 10th February - Hoot Owl 3.00 pm at the Goods Shed; suitable for all ages 12th February - Tetbury WI - Peter Wyton, “The Gloucester Poet.” Dolphins Hall; see this issue for details.

Please ensure that copy is submitted by the deadline. There is NO guarantee that late copy will be published.

13th February - Ash Wednesday Services At our local churches; see this issue for details.

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14th February – History of Tetbury Society AGM 7.30 pm in St. Michael’s Hall.

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

16th February – Jazz at the Goods Shed 7.30 pm - doors open at 7.00 pm – “Fretless4.” 17th February – “CelebraeStory” at Tetbury Library 11.00 am; see this issue for details. 24th February -The Occasional Orchestra 7.30pm at the Goods Shed - doors open 7.00 pm.

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LOCAL AUTHORITIES Tetbury Town Council, Old Courthouse, Long Street. Tel: 504670 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) Council Info. Services, in Council Office. Email:


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Young by Name Please don’t be my Valentine! As a lapsed Anglican, I’ve never had Saints on my radar, apart from the obvious ones whose special days are pre-printed in our diaries, like Andrew, George, Patrick, David, Valentine, etcetera - and the quartet after whom my old grammar school named its houses: St Anne, St Bride, St Francis and St Mary. At primary school, our teams were distinguished only by colour: red, blue, green and yellow. On moving up to senior school, I was naturally more interested in the colour of the houses, rather than their saints’ pedigrees. In a kind of synaesthesia of the saints, for me St Bride (my house) will forever be associated with yellow, St Anne green, St Francis red, and St Mary blue. Strangely, we were never taught anything about our school’s four saints, and we never thought to ask. Nor did we query why in an all-girl’s school we had a single male, St Francis, alongside the female trio.

Apparently, asking someone to be your Valentine is nowhere near as appealing an invitation as I’d assumed.

might think you’re inviting them to a fate worse than death.

The Fate of the Saint.

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Legend has it that the Romans made it illegal for marriage ceremonies to be performed for soldiers, on the assumption that having wives would sap their strength and their inclination for war. Valentine, a Christian priest, defied the ban, continuing to perform wedding ceremonies until the Romans arrested him. In jail, in what could be the earliest recorded case of Stockholm Syndrome, Valentine healed his jailer’s daughter’s blindness, after which, not surprisingly, they became friends. When led away to his final fate, he left her a note signed “From Your Valentine”.

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His execution was cruelly prolonged: he was beaten and stoned before being beheaded. So! Be wary of asking the object of your affections to be your Valentine – they


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Top Trumps of Saints. Looking back, I think my school’s management missed a trick to cement house loyalty. They could have turned the distinguishing features of each saint into a compelling game of Top Trumps. St Francis:100 points for animal husbandry, 0 for maternal instinct. I wish I could cite further examples, but my knowledge of even the most famous saints is slim. Just how slim I didn’t realise until doing some research for my latest novel, ‘Murder by the Book’ (out in April,) which culminates in a murder on the 14th of February. It turns out my perception of St Valentine was more ‘Hallmark’ than historically accurate.

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May I take this opportunity to wish all our advertisers and readers a happy and healthy 2018? In the blink of an eye we are in February and once again the Advertiser, free to every household in Tetbury and surrounding villages, is back - providing you with plenty of interesting and informative reading. I am sure you are well into your New Year resolutions by now and are, hopefully, managing to stick to them.

The Lions Club had a busy time leading up to Christmas - out in force in Long Street selling our Christmas Raffle tickets. This time we collected over £1,600 and we must thank those of you who bought tickets for your wonderful generosity. We were also present at many other locations, including under the Market Hall for “Christmas in Tetbury,” where we collected £77 with our trusty tombola. People sometimes ask me what the Lions Club actually does for the town. The money we collect at the various events during the year goes into our fund for good causes – so perhaps it’s appropriate that I highlight some of the areas where we

Lion’s Den donated money in 2017? This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does give a good indication of just where the funds donated by the good people of Tetbury are spent. Tetbury Rugby Club Trip £600, Wednesday Club Trip £400, Ronan’s Trust £250, Monday Club £300, Tetbury Youth Club £500, Avening School (toward tablet computers,) £2,000, South East Asia Floods £2,500, Mexico Earthquake £1,500, Allsorts £1,000, Riding for the Disabled £1,000, Tetbury Youth Club £250. In addition, you may remember we donated £1,500 to Ben Wernham to allow the addition of a lift to his house. 2017 was Lions Clubs Centenary Year and for our major funding project we gave £15,000 to Tetbury Hospital, which allowed for the continuation of eye surgery in Tetbury. We have also given £100 each month to the Tetbury Food Bank and we will continue to do so in 2018. Our club is immensely proud of what we have been able to do to help survivors of tragedies, of which there have been too many recently, and in support of local individuals and clubs, living up to our motto: ‘We Serve’. We also administer the Lions 200 Club! The lucky winners of £20 this month are: Bob Hughes, Eileen Smith, Ron Pearson and Elizabeth Sykes. In 2018 we will be commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War and I am sure there will be many opportunities for us to remember the events from that time. One initiative already underway is to decorate St Saviours Church, St Marys Church and possibly the Market Hall with handmade poppies. Should anyone feel they can help by knitting, crocheting or making felt poppies then please contact Tara Niblett at the Tetbury Town Council offices on 01666 504670 There we are for another month! Have a great February. Steve Parr, President, Lions Club of Tetbury




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Tetbury Football Club Having been appointed as Chairman of Tetbury Town Football Club, I am delighted and honoured to take on the role for a club that I am hugely passionate about. Hopefully, my experience and understanding of the Club over many years will help to continue to drive us forward, both on-and-off the pitch. There is a lot currently happening at our football club. We look forward to new improved flood lights being installed at Preston Park to enhance the training facilities, kindly funded through the community supporting us at our local Tesco store. At the Clubhouse, the male WC is being refurbished to help accessibility and to be more kid-friendly for the younger members. The bar area is also getting a much-needed lick of paint, new carpet and seating. We are now screening live Premiership and Champions League games, and you will always find our doors open on Wednesday club nights and Saturday, after matches. Current, new or even old members are always welcome at our club. Keep abreast of upcoming events on Facebook, Twitter or through the Club website. The senior teams are now proudly sporting new training tops, generously provided by Speller Metcalfe - and following the fabulous Christmas party, our youth players became proud owners of smart TTFC rucksacks. It was fantastic to sign on our 200th youth player for 2017/18 this month, with all receiving fabulous coaching and opportunities at the Club. Several players from the older youth teams are now feeding into the senior squads and producing some solid performances. This is great for the future of the Club and our experienced senior players are welcoming them into the team. We are extremely fortunate to have such a committed and enthusiastic group of volunteers who work alongside our management team and I am looking forward to giving my support to them both now and for future seasons. We will be working to improve our links within the town, to further develop the youth teams, and to secure the club’s long-term future. It is pleasing to see that there is a ‘feel good’ factor around the club, with everyone moving in the same direction. Every year we have a huge task behind the scenes to keep the club running and to maintain it to the best standard possible. With this in mind, I hope that together we can continue to make Tetbury Town FC not only a community club, but also a successful one. If you would like to become part of a growing club and to help move us into the future, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07879 441938. Richard Norris, Chairman, Tetbury Town FC

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and thanks to a computer programme called Photoshop, it’s what helps a large proportion of the film stars who will be walking the red carpet at the Oscars on March 4th look so perfect, when they appear in papers and magazines.

Crayons or Cameras? The choice is yours.... To borrow one of Michael Caine’s catch phrases, “Not a lot of people know this…,” but there was a time when digital imaging was a term best used to describe colouring books, where little numbers showed you which crayons to use where. These days, it’s the way that more than nine out of ten of us take our photographs, digitally,

Far easier, unless you have a lot of time on your hands to learn how to use Photoshop (the manual has more than 700 pages,) and if you are like most of Tetbury Camera Club’s members, (keen to take great, rather than simply good images,) is to try and start off with a picture which you will enjoy looking at without any magical computing assistance.

Today, with most cameras and phones, that’s easier to achieve than it has ever been. If you have a modern digital phone, set the photography button or switch onto A for “automatic” and you can almost be halfway there. Modern phones and cameras have very high-quality lenses, the ability to capture moving images extremely effectively and an amazing ability to shoot even when lighting is very poor. Having said that, the most important factor is still the person holding the camera and pushing the shutter button. Before you can take any shot of merit you have to ”see it” - which doesn’t come naturally to everyone. It is an expertise that can be developed with practice though, which was a point underlined recently by a friend of Tetbury Camera Club called Bob Train. Bob is programme secretary of Gloucester Camera Club and has visited our regular meetings both as a guest speaker and as a competition judge. He’s also the Royal Photographic Society’s regional representative on the documentary photography group. With that hat on he took a group of our members on a walking tour of Bristol just before Christmas, which was when the picture of one of our members was taken. On the face of it the location was not the ideal spot for an interesting picture – a windy underpass at the Bristol city centre end of the M32. But before our group had set out that day Bob explained that when he sets off to do location shots, he always thinks it’s useful to have a brief in mind of what he’d like to shoot. That day he suggested we try to find subjects that could show work activity, a detail of the city, people, action of some sort, and something that could define the location. That was a list that obviously helped put us on our toes - and the illustration with this article is just one of many we ended up with that not only met Bob’s brief, but also captures an idea of the day out. Anyone wanting to see others, or who’d like to learn more about what we do, is welcome to come along to one of our weekly meetings, which are held upstairs at the Priory Inn on most Tuesdays at 7.30pm. There is also more information about the club’s programme and activity on our website:

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Dear Friends, We celebrate a baptism of a new-born baby at Christ Church this month. It is always a privilege to pray a blessing on a young family and share this special moment. Someone somewhere has worked out that we spend in the average human life: two weeks kissing, six months on the toilet, nine months playing with children, sixteen months cleaning, five years eating, seven years working and 24 years sleeping. Well, I’m sure there is no such thing as an average human life. You are all extraordinary! If we live to be seventy, we will have lived for

twenty-five thousand five hundred and sixty-seven days. If you’ve outlived that number already, congratulations! At the beginning of a life we are full of hopes and dreams of what that life might become. We have aspirations for ourselves and for others. I wonder what we aim to achieve in that time, what our life goals are? Some of these perhaps? To become rich and famous. To make friends and have a good time. To make your mark on the world. To use your gifts to your fullest ability. To survive without too much pain. To pass on genes to the next

News from Christ Church generation. To love friends and family. To love God and serve our neighbour. To learn to bear the beams of love. To give glory to God and to enjoy Him forever. To prepare to live in eternity. To be a fit soul for Heaven. To love and be loved in return. To be a faithful follower of Jesus. May God bless your living and your days, and may your life be a blessing to those you meet along the way. 100208 KP Gardens



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The final blog... After almost 14 years of owning the very special Priory Inn and Stargazy Fish Bar, we handed both sets of keys to Arkell’s Brewery in December. Their family approach and community ethos will be a great fit for the town, hand-in-hand with the operational and local experience of “Relish,” their trusted tenants for Tetbury. We truly hope The Priory Inn provides them a long, happy and successful venture. It certainly was a fantastic journey for us and our family, and since we sold, we have been touched by good wishes and kind comments from so many people and businesses. Every customer was of course crucial and influential and always at the heart of what we did. We thank you all for your custom. Our staff were a tight-knit family and despite many inevitable ups and downs, we know they offered above and beyond normal expectations in terms of service and food. Some of the good people from the early days and more recently we remain in touch with, and we hope to do so for many years. The Tetbury community through The Lions, (in particular the Tetbury Advertiser Editor!,) Tetbury in Bloom, the Music and Food Festivals’ teams, Barter-at-the-Back-

Door contributors, the town’s Unsung Heroes (whom we enjoyed treating on the town’s behalf ) and the local business community all played a significant role in our business lives. They continue to do so much to shape the town’s success; many thanks to them all. To the very few whom we had to ban for various reasons, it is a simple message - try and be a better person, and life will be more pleasant for you and everyone around you. The final positive word must go to our network of 30-Mile Food and Drink Zone suppliers, farmers, growers, brewers, producers, etcetera. They never failed to inspire and motivate us to do justice to their food and drink. Our business was entirely shaped by them and their endless thirst for quality.

Thank you Tetbury! Dave and Tanya Kelly Ed: I’m sure I speak for many of the town’s residents, clubs and societies when I say a rousing “Thank you” to David and Tanya. Their cut-out-and-keep “2 for 1” Pizza deal ad has helped keep the Advertiser in business! They will be missed…

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Dear Editor, I would like to nominate Anne Smith as your February “Unsung Hero.” Anne has been with The Dolphins Dramatic Society (DDS) since 1973, and appeared on stage in many of their productions - two of the most memorable being “The Cemetery Club” and “’Allo ‘Allo.” In more recent years Anne has taken the reins and directed at least fifteen productions, in some cases performing in them as well. She has amazing ability and truly is brilliant at both.

I am delighted to be the new operator at The Priory Inn. Since taking over on December the 11th following the property sale to our partner, Arkells, I have been busy getting to grips with what makes the Priory Inn so special. Dave and Tanya have been brilliant, spending lots of time mentoring me. Thanks guys! Firstly, I should say what a pleasure it has been getting to know the awesome team which we have inherited. At Relish we know how important great staff are in providing top quality hospitality, and I was astonished by just how friendly and professional the guys at The Priory have been. No wonder it’s such a great place to eat, drink and stay. Over that last decade with Relish I have had the privilege to work with some of the counties best local artisan producers, so when examining the list of suppliers already delivering into The Priory, I wasn’t

Relish at the Priory Inn surprised to see many of them already on the list. After a pleasant sunny Saturday morning trip to Stroud farmer’s market with Ben, my new bar manager, I was able to meet many more local food heroes who have worked with The Priory over the years; I must say I was quite inspired by the excursion. So, a message to all our regulars, travellers, Unsung Heroes (which of course we will continue to support,) local businesses, Lions, Tetburians and young families and friends new to the area, I’ll say this - I am committed to continuing the legacy left by Dave and Tanya, supporting the local community in every way, whilst also putting our unique stamp on the business as we develop The Priory Inn now and into the future. I can’t wait! Robert Goves, The Priory Inn

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Ed: I’d be very happy to have the tireless Anne contact me soon, so I can ensure she receives the voucher for a meal for two which she so richly deserves, and so I can wish her a very Happy New Year. If there’s someone you know who repeatedly contributes selflessly to the community then please do let me know - my details are on page three of the magazine.


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Tetbury Dolphins Running Club

Velasco-Grimes, Run Leader – Gary O’Connor, Park runner – Heather Cole, Team player – Helen Donnelly, The Sheila Brownbridge Award – Claire Mustoe, Most improved – Lisa Mustoe, Top recruiter – Rebecca Pass, Youth member – Darren Grimes, Runner of the Year – Steven James, “Dolphin Legend” – Darren Mustoe.

Tetbury Dolphins Running Club have presented their “Dolphin Awards.” We’ve marked our first birthday with a fantastic awards night, held at the Dolphin Hall. The sold-out event celebrated various achievements, with a special award presented to Eileen Hodgson for her outstanding contribution to the club. Without her hard work, determination and love of running, the club would not exist. The awards were voted for by the club members and saw the following people honoured: Happiest Runner – Abigail

After a very successful recruitment increased membership to over one hundred members, the club were also in line to receive two places for the Virgin London Marathon of 2018. At the awards dinner we picked, at random, two club members: Fiona Dougan and Susan Rawle. On the day that applications were opened for clubs to claim their places, VLM moved the goal posts, literally days after the draw. It was therefore decided Fiona would get the place and Susan applied for a charity place. Susan will now be running for RFU Injured Players Foundation team and the club will get

setting up various fundraising events. Already this month we have raised 10% of the total but there is some way to go, so If you would like to help us raise money for this fantastic charity please contact us or follow the link below https:// FionaDougan All abilities are welcome at the club, so if you would like to join us for a run please pop along on a Thursday night to meet the team! Our fourth Couch 2 5k programme will start in January aimed at total beginners. These programmes have become very popular though, and we now only have a limited number of spaces available. Check out our Facebook page for more details groups/TetburydolphinsRC/ Tetbury Dolphins Running Club

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We are working hard to become involved in the community and are pleased to have established a link with the residents of Ilsom House. The Beavers created lovely Christmas cards, not only for their own families but for the residents too. At our final meeting of the year, the Beavers showed the Ilsom residents their brilliant singing voices with a carol concert before giving out their cards and talking about the badges they had earned. It was great to see the conversations flow between the generations. As we move into 2018, we look forward to making monkey hands and lava lamps in our science investigations, and toward finding out about fair trade in our global

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Since Tetbury in Bloom “adopted” the churchyard in 2009, we have worked hard to create a balance between the “formal” and “natural” planting schemes. Our work continues. Like you, we look forward to seeing the results of last autumns work to refresh the main flowerbeds. The beautiful blooms of the hardy fuchsias should provide colour throughout the summer and into the autumn. 410713 Paul Dyer:LayoutLiz1Farnham, 18/6/13

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Avening Primary School A busy start to 2018… 2018 is already well underway at Avening School. Already this year, the Hawks have journeyed to Bristol to watch a spellbinding performance of The Little Match Girl and other stories at the Old Vic. While the y5 pupils have stayed a bit closer to home, with their morning visit to SWR to take part in a design and technology lesson where they learned woodworking skills and produced their own key rack.

Our annual trip to the Young Voices concert at Birmingham NEC always generates a lot of excitement amongst pupils, staff and parents and this year’s performance was no exception. Children excelled themselves with energy, enthusiasm and impeccable behaviour as they took their places alongside 6,000 other school children and sang a medley of songs from artists such as Stevie Wonder and Ed Sheeran. On a similarly creative note, we had a


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malicious use of these vulnerabilities - and if anyone did use this path to get information it would be fragmented, and a lot of data would need to be harvested before anything meaningful could be gained. However, given time, this will happen. Do be aware that any patches that are released could slow down your computer. For everyday computing you might not notice much difference, but if you use processor-intensive applications, you could see a performance hit of up to 30%. Updates for Windows 7, 8 and 10 are out to counteract MELTDOWN and should be installed automatically, but it will be much harder to fix SPECTRE since so many devices use these chips, including those dating back as far as 1995. Intel chips seem to be the most vulnerable, but others are also affected. There will be software

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News from St Marys’ Church Here’s a nice story. A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek, then stroke her own face. Finally, she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?” “Yes, sweetheart, “he answered, “God made me a long time ago.” The little girl paused. “Oh,” she said, “and did God make me too?” “Yes, indeed,” her grandfather replied, “God made you just a little while ago.”The little girl thought a bit more, and then then observed: “God’s getting better at it, isn’t he?”

baptised … we say the bubbles show we are surrounding them with our love and our prayers. As well as Little Fishes in church, we do lots at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School. The Churches Together “Open the Book” team go into school on the Thursday morning of most weeks. They act out all the favourite Bible stories, with lots of humour and great costumes. The children help too – and everyone loves it. On Wednesdays, we also run the St Mary’s Faith Explorers After-School Club. Up to twenty-five children can sign up, and I am delighted that we are always “full.” Together, we explore “big questions” about what we believe, with Bible stories, chatting, questions, craft activities and snacks. Our big question this term is “Who is Jesus?” In one session we think about why Jesus is like a Good Shepherd – and make our delicious sheep biscuits.

At St Marys’ Church, the children meet in our Little Fishes Sunday School during our main 10.00 am service (except on the first Sunday of the month). They chat about a Bible story and do craft activities to help Our Faith Explorers are making special understand what it means for us. Then, on sheep biscuits this term! the first Sunday of the month, we usually And I am delighted that we continue to have a christening. All the children 1get 22/4/09 1130509 Springfields1:Layout 22:12 Page 1 support our young people when they go involved in blowing bubbles as the child is


to Sir William Romney’s School. St Marys’ Church sponsors our Youth Worker, Mandie Winbow, to work with the young people in school when they need some loving support and encouragement - from mentoring to running a Diners’ Club which builds both cooking skills and confidence. She does a wonderful job! Our curate, Rob, is also starting to work more in SWR, which is great. So that tells you a little bit about what we are doing with children and young people. But whether you’re young or old, don’t forget Pancake Tuesday on the 13th of February. Then next day of course it is Valentine’s day – and it’s also Ash Wednesday, when we mark the beginning of Lent with our special Ash Wednesday service at 7.00 pm on Wednesday 14th February. More in the next edition. Until then, with love and prayers, Poppy


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With Christmas and the New Year celebrations behind us, we are all looking ahead to what will be happening in 2018, so I will just briefly mention that in December 2017, Sheila Poole was the overall winner in our Christmas Card Competition - and our Christmas Social, masterminded by Barry Barnes, was greatly enjoyed. Hazel Cudmore devised a fiendish general knowledge quiz to entertain us and members each brought along a small contribution of finger food for our buffet.

Ashley and Jenny Riley, trips to the South Kensington museums and Bristol as well as several socials were arranged by Barry. Angela Scrivin managed our membership and Hazel managed our funds. I offer a big thank you to them all. Tetbury Hospital has benefited from the sale of members’ work at the hospital. With 2017 behind us, we now have an interlude: the committee are busy wrapping up 2017 (e.g. the treasurer is finalising the accounts for 2017.) The chairman and other committee members are preparing to start our 2018 programme with the AGM on Wednesday 14th February at 7.30 pm in St. Michael’s Hall and members are waiting for the AGM and hopefully also doing some painting! By the time that you read this article, the finishing touches will have been put to our programme for 2018 by Doreen Pierce. At the time of writing, demonstrations proposed will include mosaics, oil painting, illustration and cake icing and there will be a surgery for paintings that are not quite working, opportunities to paint and sketch outdoors (weather permitting!) as well as two exhibitions in the Market Hall, an Autumn Sale, and several socials and coach trips.

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History of Tetbury Society For the January meeting of the History of Tetbury Society we always ask members to bring along an item of interest. This year Jane Haines, our Chairman, brought a DVD made by Dr. Phillip Hills of the ‘Tour of the Town’ in August 2006 – a tour led by Geoff Haines. Sadly, Geoff died aged 78 on the 18th of December last year after a debilitating illness, but he was obviously at his very best in 2006 as the footage showed, and it was most interesting to see and hear him pointing out places of particular interest. His presentation of the history of the town was always leavened with anecdotes he had collected. The film also reminded us of other Tetburians who were in his audience but are no longer with us. What a pity the microphone had picked up so much traffic noise! Upon arriving in Tetbury in 1995, Geoff immediately showed a great interest in the town’s history. He became Chairman of HOTS in 1998, but had to give way to Jane in 2013 when he realised his memory was failing. His enthusiasm was infectious - and our membership increased so that we needed progressively to move to larger accommodation. Today Christ Church would be over-full if all our members attended at once. Geoff carried out a huge amount of research into the history of the town helping HOTS produce two publications, and he also assisted enthusiastically many people researching their own family history. Jane has already

taken over where Geoff left off but, nevertheless, he will be greatly missed. Also at our January meeting, our archivist, Ann Lisle Taylor, read extracts from the diary of Thomas Pike who lived in Tetbury from 1751 to 1815 and who kept a diary from 1788 to 1801. Thomas recorded bitter frosts and heavy snow and, in 1790, that it was exceptionally cold in June. He must have travelled to witness executions too, and records a duel. In 1788, the church bells were rung all day to celebrate the passing of a ‘Wool Act’. Alarm was raised by the ‘Battle of Fishguard’ when a French ‘army’ was defeated by local militia reinforced by local ladies dressed in red coats resembling the army uniforms.

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We are losing litter bins at a fair rate of knots! Already five bins have disappeared from locations in and around Tetbury. We have to purchase new bins to keep our town tidy and the litter off the streets - and they are not cheap to replace – so if you see anyone attempting to take a litter bin from its location please report this as soon as possible to the Council Offices, with a description of the litter bin thieves - and if possible a registration number of any vehicle that they are using. Not only are we losing litter bins, but we are experiencing a high number of burglaries too. Private houses have been broken into and property taken away, which is greatly upsetting for the householders. Please ensure that your homes are secure and locked, should you be away from home for even a short time. Please also be alert to vehicles parked in our streets with their engines running and a driver at the wheel. They may be waiting for an accomplice to return to the vehicle with stolen goods to make a quick getaway. If you do witness any suspicious situation, please call the Police on 101 to report what you have seen, and of course make a note of the vehicle’s registration number. Winter is still with us and there could be a good number of cold days to experience yet before spring bursts through, so remember to look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours during these winter days, to ensure that they are keeping warm and well. Many people comment that we

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I hope you all had a good Christmas? We have lots of lovely trips to look forward to in 2018, and our last two in 2017 were to Salisbury and Bristol. Our Salisbury outing was to see “The Ladykillers” by Graham Lineham, which was about the glory Days of Ealing comedy, and very light and enjoyable. The scenery was amazing, set “in the round.” Salisbury playhouse is a lovely theatre and is located right in the centre of Salisbury, which was great as it was a day trip so we all had time to shop, have a look around the city, lunch and look at the wonderful world-famous Salisbury Cathedral. In December our trip was to Bristol Cathedral to “Carols by Candlelight.” The

choir has been singing on the site of the cathedral since 1140 - since the original monastery was founded, the church then formally became Bristol Cathedral. The choir was beautiful, and the seasonal readings were also quite wonderful, as an actor called John Telfer read them. He has been at Bristol old Vic as an actor, and has also been on TV in “Casualty” and “Bergerac” to name but two. At the moment he’s playing the Vicar of Ambridge on the Radio 4 program “The Archers,” so you can image the high quality of his delivery. Bristol Cathedral itself is a beautiful building and the stone work was amazing. All in all it was another lovely venue for us and it certainly put us all into the spirit of Christmas. Now, in 2018 lots of new treats! On the 26th of January it is our social evening and AGM which is at the Dolphins Hall at

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So, put the dates in your diary and come along to the play! It runs from the 12th to the 14th of April, is funny, well-directed and enjoyable, and will transport you back to the 1970’s. It’s a real “must-see.” As with many of our spring productions we often need furniture etc. of the era, so if anyone has any of the following they can lend to the Dramatic Society, please contact Jenny Miles on 01666 503059: A period sofa and two chairs, (ideally a 3-piece leather suite but if not, something with a 70’s look,) a sideboard/drinks cabinet, a low coffee table, a side table, a record player and some vinyl records, a magazine rack, a ‘pouffe,’ a rug and a ‘70’s lampshade.


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they particularly enjoyed playing in the snow. The staff did too!! They also spent time making wonderful decorations, cards and calendars, while learning all about the meaning of Christmas. The end of term nativity tableaux was a huge success, and as usual well supported by parents, grandparents and other family members. Father Christmas even managed to spare a few minutes to pop in to say hello. With the dip in temperature we have moved nicely into this terms topic of winter stories and making a winter collage. However, this hasn’t stopped us getting outside and we have already been looking at the signs of Spring during Forest School and making ‘porridge’ for the ‘bears’ in the forest! Throughout the term we are hoping to have some information technology focus days where the children will enjoy activities by accessing the variety of IT equipment available - iPads, computers etc. And with our fantastic online journals that parents can access to see photos and videos of the children at playgroup at any time, it has also been a wonderful way of seeing all the fun the children have had in the snow at home, too. It is with great sadness that this term we will be saying goodbye to Amanda, who helped to lead the playgroup back in 2015 and who more recently has taken on the role of our SEND coordinator. She has been a huge part of playgroup life over the last few years and will be sadly missed by all the staff, parents and children. We wish you all the best in the future Amanda, and hope you enjoy a rest! In 2018 the Seedlings group continues every Monday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 at the front of Christ Church. It is run by our lovely mum and Playgroup Deputy Kelly, who offers fresh and exciting activities each week, as well as a welcoming smile to greet everyone through the door. All ages and stages are catered for and everyone is welcome, so please drop in and join the fun. For more regular updates of what we’re doing please visit our Facebook page ‘St Mary’s Playgroup & Toddlers’ or have a look on our website to get in touch for a visit

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It would be hard not to notice the huge strain that the NHS is under right now, from the shortage of beds, the long waits in A&E, right down to the extra busy GP surgeries. This season’s flu is expected to be one of the worst if Australia’s experience is anything to go by, and this will make things even more busy in the NHS.

If you do get flu, make sure you take care of yourself by keeping hydrated, taking paracetamol or ibuprofen for aches and pains, and resting. Washing your hands, staying home when sick and using tissues when coughing and sneezing will also help, as will only going to A&E if you have developed sudden chest pain, have difficulty breathing or start coughing up blood. If you are unsure of what to do, call NHS 111, or check out the ASAP app (http://

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They are both settling in well, and seemed to have brought both more appointments and a sunny disposition with them. Together they have brought us up to full numbers, which means that we will not have to depend on locums as much. This will bring the welcome continuity of care that we know our patients value. Our current registrar Dr Fazia Hussan will be moving on in February to continue her training. We wish her all the best, and hope like many other registrars that have trained with Romney House, she will consider coming back to work with us again. Kesh Meckecha has been the practice manager at Romney House Surgery for just over four years now and has been thinking about taking a break and ‘going in a different direction’ for some time now. The direction he will be going in he has not yet confirmed, but it definitely involves travel! Alongside supporting his son’s new business, he has decided to take a well-earned break and accompanied by his trusty backpack - will be travelling off the beaten track soon, in some interesting and far flung places. The PPG would like to thank Kesh for all the support he has given them over the years, including, but not limited to, the welcoming coffee, crisps and satsumas that appear during each PPG committee meeting. We wish him a safe journey. At time of writing interviews have been conducted for a new practice manager, but no decisions have been made. We will bring news in next month’s issue.

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The Y3/4 Gymnastics team to take over forty children on the coach to Birmingham; a tiring day and night for the teachers but well worth it! The evening was uplifting, and it was amazing to see the children grow so much in confidence, self-esteem and enthusiasm. It was an experience that the children will always treasure. In sport, the Y5/6 children represented St Mary’s in the large schools qualifying round at Kingshill in Sportshall Athletics. They showed great teamwork, perseverance and belief and we were super proud of them for their achievements. The Y3/4 Gymnastics team competed in the local Key Steps Gymnastics Competition. After conquering their nerves, they all enjoyed performing their routines and demonstrated great agility and poise. Well done all!

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Sir William Romney’s School We were delighted to celebrate the Christmas season… …with students from Sir William Romney’s, St.Mary’s and Avening schools combining at St.Mary’s Church, in our second Christmas Carol Service. It was a wonderful evening full of amazing musical performances, singing and reading. Students from all schools displayed great confidence and helped to make the entire congregation feel very festive. Thank you to all our performers, families and the local community for supporting this event which we hope will continue to be a highlight of all our festive celebrations in years to come.

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Tetbury Food Bank Christmas is a time for giving... …and without a doubt Tetbury folk know how to give! Christmas is a notoriously difficult time for those on low incomes, especially when there are children involved, and those who use the Tetbury Food Bank are all on very low incomes for a variety of reasons – but through the generosity of Tetbury folk, their Christmases were made a little brighter than they may otherwise have been. Not only were we overwhelmed with gifts of food donated at Tesco and the churches, which included many seasonal treats which enabled us to give a few extras, but additionally both Bev, her family and ‘Silver Linings’ gave us enough wrapped individual Christmas presents so that we could give two gifts to each person using the Food Bank over the Festive Season. We also received many monetary donations, which help us out when needed, since users need food all year round, not just at Christmas. Thank you all so very much for your generosity through the festive season – and of course throughout the year. Alison Hesketh, Tetbury Food Bank

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circumstances and very low incomes. The Club’s actions and the need that is apparent in the town were also foremost in the mind of the Tetbury resident who won the huge Lions food hamper in the annual Christmas raffle, as she generously donated the entire contents to help this initiative. The Food Bank in Tetbury was born out of a growing need to support local people in crisis. It is an independent registered charity, run, managed and operated solely by volunteers - and it’s one of three Food Bank centres operated from Cirencester. The Food Bank comes under the wider “Trussell Trust” umbrella. The Tetbury centre was established in April 2016, following statistics that showed that of the town’s population, 15% of all households are over 65 and live on their own and that 4% of households are single parents with dependent children. Since opening, the Food Bank in Tetbury has made nearly 1,500 donations to people in need and over the Christmas period ensured that fifteen families in Tetbury provided their children with a much better festive period than they had anticipated. The Tetbury Lions donations have totalled just over 300 kilogrammes since April 2017. We remain committed to local people and projects so without hesitation we were pleased to able to pledge to increase the budget by 50% to £1,800 for 2018. Rachel Brindley, the manager of the Food Bank, has expressed her delight with the commitment, saying: “We are very grateful for the wonderful support offered to us by the Tetbury Lions. We appreciate the ongoing generosity in enabling us to continue to support the local community in Tetbury.” For further information on Tetbury Food Bank please contact: Rachel Brindley on 07506 174373 or e-mail rachel@cirencester.Food Or visit www.cirencester.Food

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Hello and Happy New Year. This is my first article since becoming Project Manager for Tetbury Area Youth and Community Trust (TAYCT), which includes The Peoples Pod and Tetbury Job Club. It’s been a busy few months since I started last September, learning the ropes, getting to know the young people down at The Pod and re-launching the Job Club. I have big shoes to fill, as previous manager Mandy Scott has done a great job in providing excellent services for young people - activities and projects which are fun, build confidence and self-esteem, whilst also giving practical and emotional support. I look forward to developing what has already been created and getting to know the young people of Tetbury further.

In December we held our Christmas meal (with all the trimmings!) which was enjoyed by all. A big thank you to the Tetbury Dolphins Running Club for a donation that helped finance this. Thank you also to Tesco for the Christmas crackers, which helped make it a properly festive occasion. The young people prepared the puddings and made sauces for the meal themselves. We are very keen on cooking at the Pod and even with limited resources, we’re always keen to make and create! A love of baking was also evident in December, when some of the young people spent a Friday evening making mince pies, gingerbread, brownies and more for our Bake Sale on the 16th of December. It was inspired by young people wanting to raise money for the Pod, and they made delicious goodies and created a poster to advertise the event in Tetbury, too. At the Pod, we


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Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust love providing a safe and fun environment (albeit slightly cold at times!) for young people at our Tuesday and Friday drop-in sessions. However, we also love to empower young people to make their ideas happen and make a difference. An amazing £119.05 was raised by the bake sale. Thank you to all those who came by to support us. If you missed this opportunity, don’t worry because they seem keen to do another! We’d like to thank all those who voted for us with their blue tokens at Tesco during November and December, as well. It was great seeing the Tetbury community support young people in the area. This should allow us to provide a better outside area, which will be fabulous. Finally, Tetbury Job Club recently relocated to the Library on a Thursday afternoon between .00 and 3.00 pm. We are happy to help with internet access, online forms, to give support with CV writing, cover letters, email, job and apprenticeship searches, application forms, interview techniques and any other related support. This is for anyone of working age and is not specific to youth. We can also provide practical support for Universal Credit applications. If you need some help in this area, we would love you to drop in.

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Tetbury Festival Chorus An exciting musical opportunity for adult singers! St Marys’ Church, Tetbury, has recently formed the Tetbury Festival Chorus, who are directed by Ian Higginson. The choir is always looking for new members to join and members usually attend a small number of Friday evening rehearsals from 7.15 pm until 8.45pm. Often attendance at just two or three rehearsals leads to performing with the choir at a specific event. 0581115

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Try Tetbury before you travel, remember we can deliver locally. There are no auditions to join the choir, rehearsals are taken in a light-hearted way, and as it is very much a part-time commitment. This fast-growing, exciting, enthusiastic and recently established mixed-ability choir based at this beautiful town church, was formed to sing at some of the major services and festivals, including Advent, Christmas and Easter services, plus to take part in the annual Tetbury Music Festival service.

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This is an exciting opportunity to encourage new members to join and to work well together as a team, then, in a friendly atmosphere - to improve their musicianship and singing skills, and to learn a new, interesting and refreshing repertoire which to perform to a high standard at important occasional planned events.

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During February we are offering a full health examination for dogs over 8 and cats over 10 years old. Discuss any concerns about your pet with the vet. Save £10 on our normal charges and if you bring a urine sample along get it checked for free also.

PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMING We now offer grooming of all breeds of dog at our Tetbury and Cirencester clinics. From a quick pampering bath and dry, to a full clip. Please call Hannah, our fully qualified dog groomer to discuss your requirements.

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“CelebraeStory,” Tetbury Library’s new monthly story time for children, celebrates the joy and power of reading. We’ve invited members of the community to share a children’s book that they’ve always loved - or a book on a subject that they’re passionate about - and we’ve been delighted by the response so far. CelebraeStory, not only introduces children to “new software” – subjects, language, ideas or simply stories that they might not normally encounter – but also shows children that absolutely anyone can enjoy reading.

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We are “chuffed to bits” because this month’s CelebraeStory is presented by a local railway, Goods Shed and Model Railway enthusiast. On Saturday the 17th of February at 11.00 am, David will be telling a brand-new story about a steam engine that started work at Tetbury’s own train station. Perfect for train fanatics aged 4 to 7 and their families, there will also be a followup activity. It’s all free so just turn up – and wear something train-themed, if you can! Anyone with young IT buffs in the family will be excited to know that the library now has a collection of BBC micro:bits available free to loan. Suitable for anyone from the age of 8 upwards, the micro:bit is a handheld, fully-programmable computer. Developing coding skills and encouraging both logical and creative thinking, this small device can help you to make your own games, apps, musical instruments, robots and so much more. It has 25 LED lights, programmable buttons, motion detectors, digital compass and can even interact with other devices via Bluetooth! The pack comes with basic instructions to get you started, plus internet links to help you soar… If you are looking for an opportunity to keep your own mental ‘software’ running, Tetbury Library is looking for people to join our already wonderful group of volunteers. We would love to hear from anyone interested in helping to run family events during the holidays, creating displays in the library and, of course, future ‘CelebraeStory’ readers. (Thanks to the Yorkes for knitting yards of beautiful ‘tinsel’!) Kylie, Linda, Liz & Sophie, Tetbury Library


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2018 is a big year for Tetbury Hospital, as it celebrates 25 years as a charitable trust. It has been delivering healthcare for 145 years, joining the NHS when it started, and it has been providing NHS services for 70 years. We re-opened our doors on 8th February 1993 as a charity, after the town of Tetbury successfully raised £1,000,000 and saved the hospital from closure... that’s now 25 years ago!

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The Hospital would love to celebrate its success by capturing as much of its social history as possible. It already has many photos, but would appreciate having lots more to fill the display wall in the Outpatient Department waiting area. The Hospital is very proud of the community’s determination and generosity in keeping Tetbury Hospital open, and would like to celebrate this by capturing and displaying images of that community spirit.


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