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

What’s On


5th February – My Feral Heart (Cert 12) The Dolphins Hall 7.30 pm. 10th – 14th February = Tetbury Library Drop-in: Please see the article in this issue. 12th February Tetbury Art Society AGM St Michael’s Hall – 7.30 pm. 14th February – St Mary’s Playgroup Disco Tetbury United Services Club 5 – 7.00 pm. 15th February – “Who Killed the Feoffee?” Please see the ad in this issue. 15th February – Coffee with Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Meet your local MP: 9.30 to 11.00 am at The Priory. 19th February – Lucky (Cert 12) The Dolphins Hall 7.30 pm. 22nd February – Guides Birthday party Please see the article in this issue. 24th February – Tetbury WI Coffee Morning Please see the article in this issue. 31st February – Tetbury Theatre Group AGM Please see the article in this issue. Introduction to Children’s Mental Health St Mary’s Primary - Wed 5 & 12 Feb. coffee at 9am talk 9.20am SWR - Wed 5 Feb at 5.30 pm Dolphin’s Hall - Wed 12 Feb at 7.30pm V don olunt atio ary no nly

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

Avening Primary School 6 Avening WI 14 Barn Theatre Review 10 Beaufort Hunt Charity Meets 42 Chelworth Bookworms 62 Citizens Advice Cotswold District 43 Computer Advice 8 Dolphins Dramatic Society 37 Girlguiding 16 History of Tetbury Society 32 Hope for Tomorrow, Airglove 51 Leighterton Primary School 26 Letters to the Editor 61 Lion’s 200 Club 5 Lion’s Den 5 Mayor’s Report 12 News from Christ Church 18 News from St Marys’ Church 22 Probus 24 Section 106 Funding 23 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 20 South Cotswold Bridge Club 19 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 39 St Mary’s Playgroup 36 TAYCT 28 Tetbury Art Society 44 Tetbury Bowls Club 30 Tetbury Camera Club 48 Tetbury Cares: Longfields Xmas Tree Collection 67 Tetbury Goods Shed 64 Tetbury Hospital 52 Tetbury in Bloom 66 Tetbury Library 13 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 58 Tetbury Scout Group 54 Tetbury Theatre Group 17 Tetbury Town Council 12 Tetbury WI 56 The Dolphins Hall 60 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 38 The Friends of Tetbury Hospital 50 The Malthouse 9 The ‘Playstation’ 27 U3A 46 What’s On 3 Young by Name 4 SCHOOLS SWR Comprehensive, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275. SWRS LEISURE CENTRE Tel: 01666 501086 TETBURY SHOPMOBILITY BOOKINGS Monday-Friday 9.00-3.00 Tetbury Town Council Offices 01666 504670. Saturday 10.00-4.00 Tetbury Tourist Information Centre 01666 503552

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The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577

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

HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336

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

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

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The Perks of Turning 60

Nought to 60 in No Time At All When the calendar flipped over to 2020, I was very pleased. I’ve always liked round numbers. Eighteen days later, another round number was due to enter my life: I was about to turn 60. It was hard to understand where all that time had gone. But when I wondered why I was having trouble sourcing a new refill for a favourite pen, I realised I’d had the pen for 42 years.

For the Love of 60 Despite my natural aversion to growing old, I have always loved the number 60. Write it in Roman numerals (I’m currently learning Latin), and it looks like the suffix of a luxury car model: LX. At primary school, 60 was my favourite times table answer. My love affair with maths ended as soon as we got beyond arithmetic. I also liked 60 because it was the age my beloved grandmother turned just after my entry into the world. Throughout my childhood she was therefore always my age plus 60. To my childish imagination, this seemed a significant bond, almost like us being twins, despite her being a Victorian.

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Back to 2020, and as my big day approached, there were reminders everywhere I went. Signs enticed those over 60 to claim extra points at Boots, 25% off at the local optician, and a significant discount with a railcard. A few days before my birthday, I found myself in a hospital’s charity bookshop. I’d been meaning to read more Graham Greene since enjoying his autobiography last year, so when I spotted his name on the spine of an ancient Penguin (the book brand, not the bird), I pulled it off the shelf without checking the title.

A Special Vintage It turned out to be A Burnt-out Case, set in a leper colony in the Belgian Congo. (Whoever donated that novel to a hospital bookshop obviously lacked tact.) Wondering when it was published, I consulted the copyright page. You’ve guessed it: 1960, same vintage as me. At secondary school, I wrote a history essay (possibly with that now empty pen) about the Belgian Congo gaining independence, but I couldn’t remember the year it took place. I looked it up on line. Who’d have thought it? 1960.

new age. That pleased me immensely – and made me feel much younger. Then her daughter, my 89-year-old aunt, wrote in her birthday card to me that the sixties are the best time of your life. So, all in all, I’m sold on the idea of turning 60 now. So let the good times roll… and with discounts! Debbie Young Debbie Young’s latest book, The Natter of Knitters, a humorous quick read about a village yarnbombing even that goes wrong, is now available in ebook and paperback – see her website at www. authordebbieyoung.com for more information. Ed: Many thanks Deb – and a belated Happy Birthday. You’ll never guess how old I am this year! (You’re right, I’m 59.)

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We don’t produce an Advertiser in January and so this is the first Lions’ Den of the new decade; and although those heady parties into the early hours of the New Year now seem a distant memory, it wouldn’t be right to start this piece without my saying “Happy New Year!” Having a two-month period to report on means there is a lot to say. My first task is to recognise the work of the Midlands Air Ambulance. Erin Hughes came to our December meeting and enthralled us all with the huge amount of work they do. She

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explained that the charity operates three helicopters and cover six counties - the nearest base to Tetbury being Strensham. Flight times are rapid, and they can reach 90% of their area in eight minutes; the furthest reaches are a scant eighteen minutes away. At a whopping nine million pounds to run each year and attending six or seven incidents a day on average, it was clear to us that they need all the help they can get. A huge ‘Thank you!’ to Erin, for taking the time to come and talk to us. The Christmas tree sale I reported on in December was a roaring success. We sold over 100 trees and raised over £1,600 with a surplus of over £1,300. Thank you to all the people of Tetbury who came down and

supported us, and of course to those Lions who worked so hard and enthusiastically to pull it all off. Tetbury Lions also helped collect ‘used’ Christmas trees in the area, during the weekend of the 11th and 12th of January, as part of a larger Longfield scheme; more of that elsewhere in the magazine. Indeed, we regularly support Longfield’s Hospice at Minchinhampton; one of my first engagements as incoming President was to make a presentation at the Hospice, accompanied by several of my fellow Lions. We were well looked after, took a tour of the facility, and were treated to tea and cakes. On January the 8th two of my fellow Lions, Derek Harvey and Chris French from our Community Support team, returned and presented the Hospice with a cheque for £500. These were to help cover the cost of laptops for their ‘Hospice at Home’ team. Anne-Marie Higgins, Home Clinical Coordinator, tells me the new laptops are now helping her and the other members of the Hospice at Home Team immensely, enabling them to coordinate and plan visits to patients’ homes without the need to go into the office to access desktop computers. Each year the Hospice at Home Team makes about 6,500 home visits, at a cost of £60 per hour.


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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. This quarter, the Tetbury Lion’s 200 Club made a special prize payment of £100 to Rose Latter.* Congratulations! A belated Happy New Year – do have an enjoyable 2020 won’t you? Lion Gail North *Ed: Good!

Doncaster Went Valley Lions Dear Editor, On Christmas Eve we put together twenty large festive hampers which cost around £400 to produce, aimed at elderly residents in our local area adversely affected by the flooding. Some of these people are now back in their homes living in rather basic conditions - others remain in temporary accommodation. The hampers were very important to these families in their time of need and they were gratefully accepted by all.

The hospice are very grateful for all the support they’ve received from the people of Tetbury and the surrounding villages and have commemorated it with a heart on their ‘wall of hearts.’ It’s in place on their calendar for the 29th of June, to acknowledge the end of the Lions’ Presidential Year. Our foodbank work has been in overdrive over the Christmas period - and I must give my heartfelt thanks to Warren and the team for their amazing efforts. These initiatives really do make a huge difference to the lives of local people in need so thanks to the team and to all of you have contributed. Other notable assistance we’ve rendered and grants we have made include those to ‘Hope for Tomorrow,’ the Tetbury Rugby Club juniors, Sir William Romney’s School and Tetbury Scout Group. Lastly, prompted by Lion Colin Poole, I should like to thank the Pearce brothers for once again giving us professional help and advice with our ‘Men in Sheds’ project.

Helped by your donation we have also provided a vulnerable elderly lady who lives in the Bentley area (and who was directly affected by the floods,) with a replacement motorised rise-recliner chair. She took delivery of the chair earlier this week and is most grateful for our support. I also have a brand-new washing machine in my garage, ready to be delivered to a local home.

Now, into the new decade, please keep your eyes open for new initiatives from Tetbury Lions. When you see us out in the street please keep two ideas in your mind: How could you perhaps contribute to this good cause - and is now the time to consider becoming a member of the Lions? We now have several different membership options available.

Many thanks, once again, for your support. It was very much appreciated.

Until next month!

Lion President Christine Sliwinski, Doncaster Went Valley Lions

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Avening Primary School A new decade, a New Year, and a new term at Avening School. It’s only our second week back at school and already we’re up, off and out to our annual trip to Birmingham NEC arena to take part in the Young Voices Choir. As I write, pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 and staff are on their way to sing with 6,000 children from schools across the local counties and well known stars such as Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet fame. 0581115

After school clubs have commenced with as usual, a wide array of activities on offer ranging from the ever popular sports clubs with Mr Wilkinson to Orchestra club and Dance and Drama club with Dazzle dance company. Our Avening sports stars have been representing the school already this term with a football tournament at Cirencester Arena and a whole class gymnastics event for the Hawks class at SWR school in Tetbury, and a similar event for the same class at Deer Park school in Cirencester. Our cricketers will also be taking part in a ‘Chance to Shine Cricket’ event at the end of January.


With every new term comes new class topics with the Kestrels and Owls classes travelling back in time with history as their focus. The Kestrels (y1/2) will be looking at all things medieval in their topic on ‘Castles’ while the Owls class (y5/6) will be exploring ancient Mexico in their focus on the ‘Mayans’.

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Meanwhile the Hawks class will be donning their wellies and raincoats as they follow the source of the river from Avening to the Severn as they learn about ‘rivers’ for their term topic. There will be lots of princes and princesses in the Eagles reception class this term as the class find out everything there is to know about ‘fairy tales’.

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Computer Advice Windows 7 support has expired. Are you still using it anyway? As you may have read in my previous editorials, the Windows 7 operating system expired on the 14th of January. If you are still using this version of Windows, you do need to act.

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Having anti-virus software installed is simply not enough to keep you safe. A fully patched and supported version of Windows is essential. Also, many secure websites require a minimum standard of security to log you on. If you do not meet the threshold, you may not get on at all. This includes secure sites such as email, financial and banking. You may not notice any immediate effects, now that the


deadline has passed, but you will leave yourself more vulnerable as time goes by. No more security updates or patches as the bad guys find vulnerabilities, only big businesses have the option of paying huge amounts of money for extended support, but this will not include your computer. I have already upgraded many desktop and laptop computers, now happily running Windows 10. Why buy a new PC when your old one could be running just fine, saving you money - and the planet? The good news is that the hardware requirements for Windows 10 have not really changed since Windows 7 was released, so many computers can be upgraded without having to shell out for new kit. When you are moving to Windows 10, I can make the process easy for you and give you the same Windows menu that you are used to, without the need to click on any tiles or wade through options you do not understand. If Apps baffle you, do not panic. You can use your favourite programs without having to use any of the new style apps at all.


When Windows XP expired, many thought they could carry on using it indefinitely, as they liked the system and saw no reason to change. This would be fine if you are just using the computer to type letters and play solitaire, but if you were to use the PC online, you would leave yourself vulnerable to attack and very easily compromise your data. Even if you think there is nothing valuable on the computer, your machine could be used to attack another, or used as a slave or bot to carry out other nefarious deeds by proxy online. Is it really worth the risk?

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The Malthouse lectures, classes and any other recreational and leisure time activities. Whilst in the longer-term we will need community support and assistance to provide the necessary investments to make up for years of under-investment, now our main goal is to increase the usage of the building. We are therefore delighted that some of the activities previously run at the leisure centre are now using our facilities, and very interested in discussing with other groups their requirements and whether they can be accommodated. If you are aware of any groups needing community space, they can contact the Secretary by email at tetburymalthouse@gmail.com.

The Malthouse has a wealth of history… …with malting starting on the site in the late 18th Century and ceasing in 1919. The building was used as early as 1924 by the Rifle Club and acquired in 1930 for a Girl Guides HQ before being used by various army units during the Second World War including by the US army to build a scale model of the Omaha invasion beaches used in the D-day landings (Operation Overlord). In 1948, the building was given in trust to the Guides, Scouts, Rifle Club and Toc H in 1948 and been used by these organisations ever since. However, over the years the building

has deteriorated, and regulations have changed such that the previous trustee ownership and management committee structure became inappropriate. Therefore, in order to put the Malthouse ownership and future onto a more stable footing, the original Trustees of the building agreed to transfer the title and ownership of the building to a new ‘Charitable Incorporated Organisation,’ the Tetbury Malthouse Foundation. This new charity has the objective to provide and maintain a village hall for the use of the inhabitants of Tetbury and surrounding villages. As the new Trustees we will be working hard to ensure that the building is maintained and improved such that even more people are able to use the building for meetings,

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Barn Theatre Review Shirley and I were delighted to be invited to a packed press and supporters’ night… …for the fifth production in this year’s programme at The Barn Theatre, Cirencester: ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Most people have read or seen productions of Charles Dickens book, and are very familiar with the story of Victorian Ebenezer Scrooge’s confrontation with spirits from Christmas past, present and the future - and how he changes his miserly ways. I imagine, then, that is was difficult for the author of this new version, Alan Pollock, to come up with something different. Yet he managed to do so, by explaining that Scrooge is mean and Christmas-hating because of his experiences as a young boy; because of his relationship with his father Silas and his various disappointments in his early life. The action was illustrated by a constant background of music, songs and dance from the period in which the story is set, masterfully orchestrated by Finn Anderson. Patrick Ryecart played a magnificent Scrooge - and his wealth of experience from the theatre, films and TV, (he played

Lord Wigram in the Kings Speech, The Duke of Norfolk in The Crown and Sir Hugh Bodrugant in Poldark,) showed in his portrayal of this mean-spirited fellow. He was so mean that we were not entirely convinced by his miraculous conversion into the generous character who emerged on Christmas Day - but we did have some sympathy with him.

time. Jamie Chapman Dixon used the small stage and lift to its full extent, and his set and lighting producing a truly Victorian atmosphere. The ghost of Jacob Marley emerging from a grating in the stage complete with chains was truly frightening.

The supporting cast of eleven other actors played many different roles and were highly talented. They played a variety of instruments and often danced at the same

Well done The Barn, you appear to be going from strength to strength with every production and we can’t wait for the next one.

The whole audience clearly enjoyed the production, giving a standing ovation at the end.

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2019 ended on a high, with lots of festive celebrations in our very special town,

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Since the closure of the County Council-run Youth Club, the Town Council has supported youth work in Tetbury by awarding £10,000 each year towards the cost of employing a qualified Youth Worker at the Youth Club. The Town Council will continue working with Tetbury Area Youth and Community Trust, which runs the Youth Club, to ensure that its youth services are the best we can get for the town, so we expect that funding to be repeated.

I attended many both personally and in my official capacity and these included: • Tetbury Dolphins Pantomime – Tetbury is lucky to have such a talented group and thanks must also go to The Lions Club who arranged the usual Wednesday night performance for the senior members of our community, who really appreciated the evening • The Goods Shed – Track Tales – a celebration of 130 years since the first steam train arrived in Tetbury

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• Christmas in Tetbury – Light Switch On, Christmas Tree Festival, St Mary’s Service of Lessons and Carols


• Christmas visits to the Day Centre, Retirement Living and Nursing Homes – it was a real pleasure to meet residents old and new

By the time this report is published the Town Council is expected to approve its Budget for 2020/21 – along with the Precept, our share of the Council Tax collected by Cotswold District Council.

• Mayors Christmas Reception – an opportunity for me, as the Mayor and Chairman of the Town Council, to thank the people and organisations who work in partnership with us over the year and for them to network with each other and discuss plans for the future – it was particularly pleasing to see these connections being made in our community and I look forward to us all working together in 2020 and beyond As we move into the new year and decade, the Town Council will continue with the usual committees and the working groups, which now include – Highways, Youth, Health & Wellbeing & Climate change. We welcome Councillor Martin Lea as Chair of the Youth Working Group and thanks to James Gregory for all his help in setting up this and the Youth Committee. Gloucestershire Constabulary have updated their website and I thought it would be useful if I provided a couple of links to assist in being aware of what is going on in our area and how to report a crime – please find detailed below:

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How to Report a Crime link https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/ro/ report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ If you have any ideas or concerns regarding our town, please don’t hesitate to contact any Councillor – our contact details are on the Town Council website - http://tetbury.

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Budget for 2020/21

The Council approved a Draft Budget in December, which was publicised online and explained in more detail at our Public Budget Consultation Event on 6th January. The Council’s Draft Budget allows for an inflation-only increase of 2.7% – based on the Retail Price Index prediction for inflation in 2020. Unfortunately, due to Cotswold District Council recalculating the number of taxable properties our 2.7% increase becomes an extra 5% for the Council Taxpayer. We think the actual increase is bearable though, if our Draft Budget is approved, the Band D Council Tax payable for 2020/21 would increase to £135.82 for 2020/21 (up £6.50 over the year), or to £11.32 each month (up 54p each month). Councillor Rob McCorkell - Chair of the Finance and Scrutiny Committee

Annual Town Meeting This year the Council has arranged for the Annual Town Meeting to be held in the Goods Shed for the first time ever in this venue, on the evening of Wednesday 22nd April. The town’s organisations will be invited to provide reports on their activities and all residents are entitled to attend. Although the Town Council hosts the Annual Town Meeting and is chaired by the Mayor, the Town Meeting is a meeting of the local government electors for the parish – so it is YOUR meeting, not a meeting of the Town Council. Every person on the Register of Electors for the parish has the right to raise issues to go on the agenda, to speak and vote at meetings. Please let us have your thoughts on what A paid-for


In addition, we hope in 2020/21 to be able to extend the town’s provision of youth services including a Youth Club for older children. Not only that, but we expect to have a further sum for grants specifically for youth-related activities. We are really pleased to be working with Annie Evans, Mental Health Practitioner, on a £25,000 package of youth mental health services provided free to the town. This injection of funding should transform youth services in Tetbury! Councillor Ann Pearce Chair of the Youth Committee

Health and Wellbeing: St Marys Day Centre Those of you who saw my article in the Autumn will know of the efforts being made to help St Mary’s Day Centre move to a more secure funding arrangement to ensure its future. The Day Centre has a Monday Club for our more active elderly residents and is run entirely by a group of volunteers, while the Wednesday/Friday Group run so ably by Penny Williams and Carol Cox, provides day care for clients with more particular needs which include Dementia and Alzheimers disease. Both groups are providing a valuable service to our community, particularly in supporting carers and families, and helping to reduce social isolation in a safe and comfortable environment. Since my last article, the town’s Health and Wellbeing Working Group has been working with Gloucestershire Rural Community Council and Penny to get a Charitable Incorporated Company set up and with Sarah Clifton-Gould regarding grant funding from the Section 106 ‘Planning Gain’, following the Steepleton development. The Tetbury Day Centre services will require a Management Committee once the company is created and if you are interested in becoming involved as a member of this committee or wish to discuss how you may be able to help us, please contact me via the Town Council Office. Councillor Nikki Ind - Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Working Group

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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney January is traditionally the time of year when New Year Resolutions are made, so as the winter months continue why not try something new and make a start? Why not make February the month that you quit saying: “One day, I will …”

Following on from our ‘Doodle-a-day’ January we are continuing our creativity during February, with a bit of support for anyone who feels the surge of panic when the word creativity is mentioned! We will start off with our monthly story and craft session on Saturday the 8th of February at 10.30 am. We will be reading ‘Owl Babies; this month – and even though the session is aimed at 3- to 7-year-olds, children of all ages will be welcome. Between Monday the 10th and Friday the

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Tetbury Library 14th of February, we will have a drop-in craft/activity sheets out for everyone to make something to give a loved one for St. Valentine’s Day. This will be for both children and adults alike. We will also be having a drop-in craft session during half term (between the 17th and 21st of February.) This will be aimed at primary school aged children but will be flexible enough to allow for any age of child who would like to take part. We will finish off the month with a Shrove Tuesday story and craft on Tuesday the 25th at 10.30 am. Perhaps your “One day, I will …” includes the idea of volunteering and making a difference? There are many volunteer roles available within Gloucestershire libraries, generally. These can be found on the gloucestershire. gov.uk website under ‘libraries,’ or by popping into any library. If you have skills that we could use on a voluntary basis to run a group or a workshop, we would love to hear from you! Or perhaps you could help with craft preparations, or looking for books for our book delivery service, even? If this doesn’t appeal to you, then you could try https://do-it.org/ for local volunteering opportunities. Linda, Sophie, Norah and Liz, Tetbury Library


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Avening WI We are celebrating our 90th birthday this year! Avening and Cherington WI was formed on the 7th of October 1930 and has been meeting on the second Thursday of each month ever since. What a different world it was then! Our history is fascinating to read in some of the old minute books that have survived down the years. Sterling work was undertaken during the 2nd World War to keep up morale in the villages. Producing meat pies to help with rationing and knitting socks for soldiers were part of the WI ladies’ efforts. Our Christmas events were most successful. The lunch at the Snooty Fox was as good as ever and this year there was a free glass of prosecco on arrival to start off the party mood. We had an excellent journey to and from the Cheltenham Town Hall to enjoy the Carol Concert compered by Mark Cummings of Radio Gloucestershire.

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enjoyed performing to lots of different music. There were over 1,000 people performing at this point – and what a spectacle it was! In December we attended another new venue (or at least one that we’d not visited for a very long time.) We went to Bristol Old Vic to see ‘A Christmas Carol.’ It was first performed there in 1844, and a contemporary report described it as “a great night out.’ So was the performance we saw.

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The November trip was a real treat and a complete change to visiting the theatre!

This is a special year, as we commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy, and it was great that the many standard bearers reminded us of the number of units and organisations, both past and present, who have served and continue to serve our country.

We went to the Birmingham International There were several display teams, including a Tattoo, which was held at the Birmingham dog display, dancers, and the Kilgore College Arena. Our seats were brilliant, just a few Rangerettes, all the way from Texas, USA. They rows back from the Arena floor, so we are a distinctively American phenomenon, were all able to see the amazing spectacle the Rangerettes – and were the first ‘precision ‘close up.’ There were bands from France, dance drill team’ in the world. Poland, the Netherlands, and from our own Armed Forces and Pipes and Drums. There It was lovely to see so many young people were also some of the finest musicians taking part, the United Kingdom freestyle from across the UK; the Band and Corps of Disco Display Team performed to music Drums of her Majesty’s Royal Marines were from the22:12 shows - Page their age 1130509 Springfields1:Layout 1 22/4/09 1 range was from five to twenty-five and they all very clearly also there.


Dickens is a brilliant storyteller, and this is first and foremost a compelling tale. The simple story of Ebeneezer Scrooge facing the source and cause of his greed - and then being offered a way to redeem himself - is a huge reminder of what it is to be human, and what our contribution to humanity might be. This performance was a musical, and the cast of eleven were multi-talented, dancing, singing and playing many different instruments. We left Tetbury in the morning, so had time to wander about one of the lovely old parts of Bristol and St Nicholas market, which was interesting, and to have lunch before the play. Our next meeting will be our AGM, which will take place on the 31st of January, then on the 27th of February we are having a day trip to Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, to see the classic Ayckbourn comedy, ‘Ten Times Table.’ On the 19th of March we are off to The Playhouse in Oxford to see ’Woman in Black.’ This will also be a day trip, so if anyone would like to come just for the coach trip – or perhaps if you’d like to join us, please contact Helen Price (Chairman) via email at retreatcottage17@btinternet.com or telephone her on 01666 503187 or Diana Challis on 01666 503768.


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Every Wednesday I arrive at Christ Church and when I open the door I will be greeted with a smile by whoever is the host that day - there is a rota of different people who make the tea and coffee. There is a table of regulars on the right – you know who you are! – whose routine is to come and meet and catch up. There are some regulars at other tables too. And a number of people come from within Tetbury once in a while. Plus we get those travelling through, either coming to Highgrove or Westonbirt and spending a couple of hours in Tetbury. Payment is by putting a donation in a dish. It can be a great place just to meet up with a friend, or for a moment of refreshment alone on a busy day. If you want to talk, there’ll be someone to chat to, if you want to be left alone for a moment of peace, that’s fine too, you can check your messages, read the paper. It’s like having a local pub, somewhere you can pop into as and when you feel like it.

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I cannot recall a year worse than 2019 for poor services from the courts we use. They were either too fastidious - like the Public Guardianship office for registering powers of attorney – or like the Land Registry, where they do not like manuscript amendments any more (they loathe the fountain pen) or simply left correspondence and applications to rot in their in tray – as also have the inheritance tax office, the divorce courts and the probate courts. My family have been treated very well by the National Health Service - and understandably that organisation was given an important role in the 2019 general election. I do not imagine the voter getting very excited about poor civil court services, but a poor justice system is a bad reflection on the respect other countries might have for this country, which is forever taking pride in its judicial system. I had to wait six weeks to receive a court order, made in October, giving my client leave to proceed with his divorce petition against his Thai bride. There were no pledges in the last election to improve the civil court system…

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News from St Marys’ Church Love is in the air! There’s something new for Valentine’s at St Marys’ Church this year, with a special celebration of Love and Commitment at our 10.00 am service on Sunday the 16th of February. Our theme is love, in all its wonderful shapes and sizes. From marriage, friendships and parenting, to our commitment to caring for others and for the world. There will be favourite hymns, readings and prayers on the theme, and the chance to make a personal commitment to cherish our loved ones. Everyone is welcome, with special activities for children in our ‘Little Fishes’ Sunday School. And perhaps you’d like to bring someone special with you? Maybe a life-long friend, or if you were married at St Marys’, take this opportunity to remember your special day? The service will last about fifty minutes, with bubbly and cake afterward, to continue the celebration. Also, this month, for all your amateur sleuths - don’t miss our now famous ‘Murder Mystery’ play, with two performances on Saturday the 15th of February at 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm. This year, we debut Tetbury’s very own mystery: “Who killed the Feoffee?”, with delicious refreshments and the challenge of working out ‘whodunnit.’ Book early to avoid disappointment!

and I returned with much to be thankful for. I began my sabbatical with a silent retreat at St Beuno’s Centre* for Jesuit Spirituality in North Wales, following the 30-Day Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. It was a profound and challenging experience which, I know, will continue to shape my faith and ministry for the rest of my life. I then joined my husband Garry in Ferrara, a lovely walled city in north-east Italy, dating from Medieval/Renaissance times. Living in small rented apartment, we enjoyed everyday life, particularly walking, cooking with the wonderful local produce, learning

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Over the past six months, I have been speaking to organisations that offer services of care to the over-55 age group, as well as speaking to the general public. This has repeatedly raised the common issues of the difficulties in accessing services due to transport difficulties, loneliness and isolation, and how those issues can affect our health. It has also highlighted the limited respite services for Carers offered in and around Tetbury. As an example, loneliness and isolation has been shown to impact our health to a similar level to smoking 15 cigarettes a day! That’s a huge health impact and it’s not just older people who struggle with this issue, it affects all age groups, and not exclusively in rural areas.

These issues are going to affect our older generation, but we must also look at providing services for those in their 50’s and 60’s who need some extra help too.

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especially in our rural district where transport availability can hinder access to services, as well as commissioned services finding the rural nature of our district a barrier to bringing their services to us.

I’ve seen the great resilience of the Tetbury community, their fabulous community spirit and a willingness to be involved in helping each other. I feel that this has been one of the key reasons for the cohesion of the area, in recent years. Tetbury is lucky to have had many excellent charities and organisations set up to cater to specific needs for the over 55’s, such as day care, befriending, volunteer transport, dementia support and so on.

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Probus Union Pacific models from Bob Burnett’s collection set the scene on the 21st of November, when Denis Cartwright completed his history of this transcontinental US railroad. Denis’s explanatory slides included those of typical train crews, and he explained how the more cost-effective diesel locomotives introduced in the 1920’s steadily replaced steam power by the 1960’s. Signalling and traffic controls continued to be revolutionised, but he told us that traffic declined with the growth of oil pipelines, trucking and long-distance coaches. Denis described how 460-foot lengths of rail imported from China and Japan were connected to make continuous rail lengths. Many mergers led to the growth of Union Pacific operations west of Chicago, involving the shipping of crops, coal, mineral products and cattle, as well as an increasing number of road trailers and containers carrying industrial and consumer goods. We learnt a great deal from Denis’s encyclopaedic knowledge of American railroad systems.

Bletchley Park (Station X) was the headquarters of the crucial top-secret work during World War II, cracking Germany’s encrypted military messages. Ray Morris explained in his very informative talk on the 5th of December that the Government Code and Cypher School, together with MI5, moved there in 1939, eventually relocating as GCHQ to Cheltenham in 1952. Having described the staff selection procedures and hutted accommodation, Ray said that Germany had built up advanced military communication networks during the inter-war years. Fortunately, pioneering Polish decoding work was shared with Britain in 1939, before Poland was overrun. The main activities at Bletchley Park were monitoring, intercepting and decoding the mainly ‘Enigma’-encrypted German transmissions, pinpointing and mapping who was talking to whom and where, and feeding the information swiftly to Allied military intelligence. Automatic machines (‘bombes’) were devised to aid deciphering. This key information was invaluable to the

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Allies in major campaigns such as the battles of Britain, the Atlantic, the Balkans, North Africa and D-Day. Ray said these brilliant code-breaking achievements shortened the Second World War by two years. ‘Three Lives’ was our fascinating talk on the 19th of December. Bob Adams described the lives and links in turbulent political times of a member of the Russian royal family, her daughter and Bob’s brother. Briefly, Xenia, the granddaughter of Tsar Alexander III had three children. Living in Odessa at the time of the February 1917 revolutions, she and her children Georgie and Tatiana walked from Constantinople to refuge within a friendly community in Czechoslovakia. She settled there but her children went on to the United States. Bob’s brother Walter, formerly a history lecturer at UCL, became general secretary of the body formed to help university teachers and other academic refugees displaced because of race, religion or political opinions. Many German academics benefited. Walter met Tatiana, by then stateless and with an expired student visa, and they married in 1933. Knighted in 1970, Walter had a distinguished

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Leighterton Primary School All of the children in Key Stage Two at Leighterton Primary School have started weekly swimming lessons, at Westonbirt Swimming Pool. After doing the morning register, mini buses arrive at school and we are transported to the swimming pool. It is fun going on the mini bus because it is only a short journey and we can play quick games with our partners. When we arrive at the pool, the girls and boys separate to change into their swimming gear. As soon as everybody is ready, we all meet again at the side of the pool and get into our groups. The first time we went to the pool, we were assessed to see which group we would be in and which part of the swimming pool we would learn in. It was fun because we had to do lots of different activities, including back crawl, breast stroke, front crawl and dolphin. Some groups did challenges and went under the water and other groups did competitions, splashing and doing ‘push and glide.’ We had to jump into the pool using different postures, for example, pencil and star. We did lots of different floats too.

I (Ruby) like trying to improve my strokes and have been working on breast stroke, trying to take fewer breaths during swimming each width. I think I am improving because I have been practising lots. One of my (Jacob) favourite activities at the pool is going under water to swim further. I have been doing breast stroke too and have been developing my leg style so that I swim faster. Our groups are very small so we can spread out and spend more time practising our skills. When each swimming session has nearly finished, we can jump or dive into the pool. Everyone has to line up by the side of the pool to go back to the changing rooms,


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Fundraising for the children’s play area down at the old Station Yard is going well! We raised £3,000 ourselves last year at fundraising events, selling palings and bric-a-brac, and have just received a further £3,000 from the Summerfield Trust. We already had £500 from the Jack Lane Trust and a further £500 from Bristol Water, making our grand total £7,000 so far – and bringing us closer to our goal of £19,000. We have submitted several other bids to possible sources of funds, and we will know the outcome in April. Meantime, we have a couple of new ideas being followed up, since we are quite determined to leave ‘no stone unturned’ in the quest for the money to start work. We will update you all as we go on! The ‘Playstation’ has over four hundred supporters in the town and a small but dedicated team of fundraisers working behind the scenes. Thank you for all the local support from the community and thanks also for the backing of our partners at Tetbury Town Council.

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We have joined forces with the Tetbury Youth Council Working Group and Annie Evans (a children’s mental health practitioner) to work collaboratively with any interested parties to support our young. It is a huge project which needs to be developed in stages with funds raised and volunteers recruited. Stage One is open to anyone who is interested in jargon-free, down-to-earth and non-judgmental information. Annie, who works with a national mental health charity training and educating schools and parents across the county, is offering a free package of training. One session will be aimed at local schools for senior leaders, teachers and staff, to help them cope with the demand - and in time provide them

with somewhere to signpost their students. The other training is via free talks to any interested party. So, if you are a parent, grandparent, carer, or if you work or volunteer with children and young people - or perhaps if you would like to offer some support to our project, then please come along to one of the following Introductions to Children and Young Peoples Mental Health talks. All the venues will welcome allcomers, you don’t have to have a child at one of the schools to attend.

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History of Tetbury Society Our Annual Social in early December was ‘Twelve Gifts of Christmas’ A programme of poetry, stories and pictures, which was a collection of writing material all relating to Christmas. Coincidentally the number of items amounted to twelve, mirroring the Twelve Days of Christmas! These items were compiled by Di and Mont Brian, who also produced an accompanying PowerPoint presentation of photographs and images. The twelve were: The Gift of the Seasons, The Gift of Warmth, The Gift of Peace, The Gift of Excitement and Anticipation, The Free Gift, The Gift of Goodwill, The Gift That Meant so Much, The Gift of Sharing, The Gift of Family and Love, The Gift of Kindness, The Most Precious Gift of All and the final gift, The Gift of Our Years. The reading were performed by HOTS society members.

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Our next meeting is on February the 6th in Christ Church, where we will be hearing about Woodchester Mansion, an unfinished masterpiece. Our speaker will be Liz Davenport. The History of Tetbury Society

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St Mary’s Playgroup Love is in the air! Here at St Mary’s Playgroup we are already gearing up for our Valentine’s disco and to enjoying the loving messages, cards and thoughts of those that we love most. We are really looking forward to our family disco, where local families are invited to join us for food, music, games and prizes - and can’t thank Tetbury United Service enough for their continued support in hosting again this year. We always have such a great time with many tired little feet by the end of the evening! With such a busy turn-out last year we have had to ‘cap’ numbers this time but will be selling tickets at playgroup, so grab one quick before we run out! With a new start in 2020, we are busy and ‘on our toes,’ with new children starting and getting our teeth into our new ‘in the moment planning’ teaching approach. After being inspired by a book on this topic we have been eager to implement this into our

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This term our Seedlings baby and toddler group continues to be busy and buzzing and continues to run on a Monday morning. We are so excited to see lots of new and lovely faces (as well as our `regulars`!) and if you haven’t popped in recently we would welcome you to come and join our friendly sessions from 9.00 to 11.00 am at Christ Church You can see what we are all about, chat with staff and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee whilst your children enjoy the lovely activities (and snacks) that are on offer. For further details about us please visit our Facebook page or call us on 01666 503777 to come meet us. Heidi Bailey, Playgroup Leader

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Dolphins Dramatic Society the actors have already been rehearsing. Photo courtesy of Spotlight Arts Everything that can go wrong does go wrong – and is guaranteed to have you in hysterics. Do come along and see the show! It will run from the second to the fourth of April and tickets will be on sale in March.

A very big thank you to Tetbury Lions, for both funding and organising the special pantomime night for older people; they support the Dolphins Dramatic Society in this way on an annual basis. In addition to this, Tetbury Lions also awarded the Society a very generous donation to help toward the cost of sound and lighting for the productions of autumn 2019 and spring 2020. Bravo! We no longer have the wonderful David Hudson to provide his expertise, (at a very reduced rate,) in this field - and due to the changes that will take place with the hall, we have no option but to rent sound and

lighting equipment until the new hall is built. The generosity of Tetbury Lions has helped tremendously and is truly very much appreciated. With the brilliant pantomime written and directed by Neil Hainsworth ‘Aladdin: The Uncle Strikes Back’ now all packed away, we can reflect on how brilliant it was, but now must start working on the spring production. This year the Dolphins Dramatic Society will be performing ‘Play On,’ a comedy written by Rick Abbot, and it will be directed by Alexander Ball. It is about an amateur dramatics group putting on a play written by a meddling local playwright. He drops in at every rehearsal with newly revised scenes which often contradict what

We are always looking for new member and particularly for female ones at the moment - now there’s a first! If you don’t want to act there is always plenty to do behind the scenes. If you’re interested, please call Jenny Miles on 01666 503059. We’re a friendly bunch and will make you most welcome. 530212 Pat testing:Layout 17/1/12 Dolphins Dramatic1Society

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Happy New Year! I do hope that Christmas was a time for you to catch up with your family and friends, and I would once again like to thank the LowsleyWilliams family, Feoffees, Thirteen, Tetbury Heating and Plumbing and Avis Electrical for helping to decorate our Market House so beautifully and for Creative Hairdressing for the provision of coffees to keep them all going. In addition, thanks to Thirteen member Darby Law, who represented our organisation on the planning group for the Christmas Light Switch On, where the Market House once again was the centrepiece of the town celebrations.

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At St. Mary’s School we aim to develop ‘Caring, Curious and Courageous’ learners – and a huge part of this ethos is in caring for our environment. The children and staff have recently been working hard, in our attempt to help Tetbury gain its ‘plastic free’ status. Meetings have been held with members of the ‘Greening Tetbury’ organization, where we have discussed what we already do, and some exciting future projects. What do we already do? Well, we use reusable water bottles across the school and glass milk bottles and plastic cups rather

than ‘Tetra Pak’ packaging. We’ve made a conscious decision to ‘use less glitter,’ too - and to reduce the amount of laminating pouches we use. All our staff are more aware of the use of plastic within the school – for instance in not using plastic throw-way cups, or to re-use them instead. We now have plastic recycling bins in the staffroom, and both paper and food recycling bins in all the classrooms – and we have an ‘Ecobrick’ co-curricular club, which runs from Easter to Summer. Last year’s Y4 topic was ‘Eco Warriors,’ and Y2 ran a litter pick up, followed by a collective worship. Recycled plastic bottles were used to make lanterns for the Tetbury lights Christmas Lantern parade. Our printer ink cartridges are recycled and

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St Mary’s CE VA Primary School from January our school uniform provider is producing sweater-style jumpers and cardigans, using recycled plastic within the fabric. Trousers/skirts will also be available on their website. The packaging used for delivery is also changing to be more environmentally friendly. Recently, we registered with the ‘Surfers against Sewage’ school’s scheme, and look forward to beginning this project Our cleaning staff now refill the hand soap dispensers, and cleaning cloths are used, rather than wipes. These are washed and reused. Attempts are made to reduce the amount of plastic used when providing large scale packed lunches too; Caterlink, the school caterers, have stopped using clingfilm and yoghurt is no longer served in individual pots, but dispensed from one large container. The children have been engaging in many of these initiatives and have even taken it upon themselves to organise their own activities. In the future we will strive to further develop links with our food delivery companies, to reduce the amount of plastic packaging, and to work with parents to keep lunch boxes single-use plastic free too. Watch this space for more information!


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Beaufort Hunt Charity Meets Mike Hibbard recently retired as Chairman of the Beaufort Hunt Supporters Club, having been ‘at the helm’ for over sixteen years. Mike has did a superb job of steering the Supporters Club, which raised over £15,000 to donate to local charities in 2019 alone. Tetbury Hospital was presented with a cheque on New Year’s Day 2019, from funds raised at the Beaufort Hunt Ball. The annual Charity meet, which is held each year in January by kind permission of the Milson Family, was started over 25 years ago by Captain Ian Farquhar and has raised over £55,000 for charities such as Breast Cancer, ‘Hope for Tomorrow,’ The Rainbow Centre, Parkinson’s UK and ‘Help For Heroes.’

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During the summer, various fundraising events took place, one of which, the Ladies Lunch organised by Janie Dear, donated £3,000 to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, a charity which supported by many that go

The annual Badminton Sponsored Ride attracts riders from all over the UK and many visitors come to enjoy a ride around Badminton Park. The chosen charity in 2019 was the Avon Vale Riding Centre for

the Disabled, to which £5,000 of proceeds raised were given. During November, respects are always paid during remembrance season and all those at the Beaufort Hunt Opening Meet each year are encouraged to support and donate to the Poppy Appeal - this year over £900 was raised at the meet alone. Always a great start to the festive period is the Beaufort Hunt Christmas Fair. A day of stalls and Christmas shopping; this year footfall was up by 300 to over 1,500 visitors during the day. The Beaufort Hunt Supporters Club was delighted to donate £2,000 to the Bristol Children’s Hospital and another £2,000 to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The recent 2020 Charity Meet was held on Saturday the 18th of January and supported the ‘Even Keel’ Foundation, a local charity set up in memory of Michael Keel by Samantha Hillier, which helps unmask mental health issues in men, and is designed to prevent male suicide. The Even Keel Foundation will also receive funds raised by the Charity Race and the Duke of Beaufort’s Point-to-Point, being held at the beginning of March. Beaufort Hunt Supporters Club

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Nobody wants to hear about December which is now ‘last year’ - and there are usually no activities in January, except for those of the committee who are getting ready for the AGM. So! Instead, here is a quick review of 2019 and of our plans for 2020. The programme for 2019 was prepared by Lesley Kenny and gave us five demonstrations, a talk by Stewart Geddes PRWA on his art and a talk on ‘the Art of Framing’ by Elisabeth Hancock. Additionally, we had our ‘usual’ two exhibitions, a sale, several socials, a coach trip to Oxford and two months of outdoor painting on Monday afternoons in July and August, when the weather was so good.

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Our 2020 AGM will be held in St Michael’s Hall on Wednesday the 12th of February at 7:30 pm. Later in the month, Jackie Sapp has arranged for fellow member Christine Dack to lead a workshop entitled ‘Painting with a difference,’ in which members will get a chance to try out experimental techniques with acrylic paint; this will be held on Wednesday the 26th of February. For the rest of 2020, Gill Ashley has planned six demonstrations and an evening which will either be a talk or an art-related DVD. The Market Hall is already booked for our 2020 exhibitions and a sale. Summer and Christmas socials will be added to the programme and a coach trip undertaken, probably to Cardiff. July and August will see us working outdoors on Monday afternoons as the weather permits. The first event of Gill’s programme will be held on the 4th of March, when Max Hale will give us a ‘Pen and Wash’ demonstration. If you are interested in our society, why not come along? More information on the Society’s activities can be found on our website at tetburyartsociety.org.uk or phone me on 01666 502909 or Barry Barnes on 01666 503926. We meet on the first Wednesday of most months in St Michael’s Hall, Silver Street, Tetbury at 7:30 pm - and you will find that we are a friendly group welcoming those interested in art whatever level they have reached. Michael Kingham, Tetbury Art Society

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A monthly talk will be given by Sharon Stevenson on the ‘Conservation of Dolphins and Whales’ on Wednesday the 19th of February at the Goods Shed, starting at 10.30 am, with access at 10.00 am. Sharon is the Community and Events Fundraising Manager at WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) which is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. Their remit is to defend these remarkable creatures against the many threats they face, by running campaigns, lobbying, advising governments, launching conservation projects, providing field research and undertaking rescues. Their vision is a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free. WDC is a passionate, global campaigner for whales and dolphins, speaking with emotion, but always with authority. The talks are free to existing members, but new members can join on the door for an annual subscription. Those of you who might like to test the water can come

Photograph courtesy of Paul Carroll to hear Sharon for a one-off entry fee, which is refundable against taking out full membership with fourteen days. This allows prospective members to meet some of our group leaders, too.

Membership forms are available online on the same website and at Reception at Tetbury Town Council. For more information or help please contact Jeremy North chair@tetburyu3a.org.uk

Tetbury U3A is pleased to announce that several new groups are in the process of being formed. A full list of existing activities can be found on www.tetburyu3a.org.uk / groups but look out for ‘Music,’ ‘Badminton’ and ‘Members Out Together,’ all of which are being discussed.


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Tetbury Camera Club Many camera clubs have sections, committees or groups devoted to just a single facet of photography, such as landscapes, wildlife or portraits. Happily, that’s not the case at Tetbury Camera Club. We are all keen to learn though, which is one of the reasons for our programme of regular guest speakers; they are selected because they are happy to share the new ideas and innovative techniques they have developed. And that’s one of the great things about photography! More than 160 years after Fox Talbot shone a light on prints that showed images of his house and garden, there is still more to discover. We had an impressive example of this late last year, when our speaker was a

photographer called David Jenner, from Kent, He demonstrated a technique he had developed himself that took all of Fox Talbot’s early ideas, such as using a combination of light and time to record images, then he pushed them to new boundaries, His extreme concept often

includes scores of shots that have been taken over several hours, then joined up and combined to create a panoramic image that might show how a scene changes from dawn to darkness. David photographed the image with this article, which makes an impact by breaking some of the commonly accepted rules of photography, such as: ‘It’s best to shoot with the sun behind you.’ His shot shows that rules might be good, but they are often there to be broken. Another person who has questioned the boundaries of photography is David Hockney. Regarded by many as our best and most creative living artist, he is also respected for his enquiring mind, having researched and written about aspects of art such as colour, perspective. and digital technology. More than a century after Fox Talbot he spent time wondering about the potential of photography and said: I’ve finally figured out what’s wrong with photography – it’s a one-eyed man looking through a little ‘ole. How much reality can there be in that?”

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He subsequently answered his own question when he developed an interesting photographic process he called ‘joiners’, when he took a break from painting his California swimming pool and started making montages of scores of Polaroid instant photographs. These combined multiple images of sites are as varied as Paris street scenes and American deserts are a great demonstration of just how photography has developed into a hobby, skill, or art, with limitless boundaries. Even in 2020 we will keep coming across new ways of pushing the pictorial boundaries. We have people talking about some of those in the coming months. If you’d like to hear them, why not consider joining us on one of our regular Tuesday evening get togethers at The Priory Inn? We are always happy to meet new people! Iain Smyth, Tetbury Camera Club

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The Friends of Tetbury Hospital We are indebted to all the local businesses who…




…support us by selling cards, running raffles, raising money for specific items of equipment, and holding our charity fundraising pots. Thank you, Ann Walsh from the Friends Committee, who coordinates the delivery and collection of the pots! We are delighted to report that in 2019 our charity pots around the town raised £580.


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If you are a local business and would like one of our charity pots please contact The Friends of Tetbury Hospital on 01666 502336, or email friends@tetburyhospital.co.uk Why not run an event in aid of the hospital? You can contact us on 01666 501786 for hospital information leaflets and charity pots to support your event. The Friends are a vibrant team of loyal volunteers who give up their time organising fundraising events. This year’s events will include quiz nights, a film night and a Boules competition, to name but a few. We would be delighted to welcome as many attendees as possible to these fun events. Take a look at our current programme of events on our Friends website page: www. tetburyhospital.co.uk/friends/


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Headquartered in Tetbury, the ‘Hope For Tomorrow’ Charity operates a fleet of Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCU,) bringing vital cancer care closer to patients, enabling them to spend more time with family, friends and loved ones. These

units, which are developed, built, and maintained by the charity, support patients who are going through cancer treatment by alleviating the stresses and strains of travelling for appointments, along with reducing hospital waiting times. With four treatment chairs on board, each unit can treat up to twenty patients a day. Tetbury Lions discovered that Hope For Tomorrow were fundraising to provide an Airglove for each of the units. The Airglove is an air warming system for venous access which will significantly help patients and

Hope for Tomorrow Airglove staff alike. These simple devices will mean no more improvising with warm water, heat packs or even heated towels to try and gain access to a patient’s veins. The Airglove has three temperature settings to suit different skin types with the unit automatically re-setting itself to normal skin types after each use. The unit helps to make the patient more comfortable and relaxed with its gentle warming system.

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Tetbury Lions donated £1,291 for the purchase of one unit, together with several hundred gloves, for the sole use of the MCCU serving South Gloucestershire. One Lion club member currently using this unit said: “From my personal experience, finding a vein can sometimes prove problematic and anything that makes this process easier and less stressful for both patient and nurse has to be worth it.” Many thanks to the people of Tetbury and the surrounding villages, for making this donation possible. Lion Ken White

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We start 2020 by introducing our new orthopaedic hip, knee and joint replacement surgeon, Mr Richard Baker, who will initially be consulting with private patients. We will grow this new service to include NHS patients in the coming months.

We provide NHS orthopaedic outpatient clinics, however certain inpatient procedures will be carried out in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Swindon. I am pleased to tell you, though, that almost all foot and ankle and hand and wrist procedures are carried out in our own day surgery unit, or new procedure room, so it’s always worth giving us a call. We also provide a private patient orthopaedic service and have become a Bupa recognised hospital.

come along to the hospital and meet him on Tuesday the 31st of March at 6.30 pm, when he will be giving a free informal talk on both varicose and thread vein treatments. Light refreshments will be provided, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions afterward. To book your free place or find out more contact lianfranklin@ tetburyhospital.co.uk

If you are an NHS patient, your GP will initially refer you to the orthopaedic triage team, so please ensure you ask them for a referral to Tetbury Hospital so you can be seen locally. The Gloucestershire musculoskeletal triage team (MSKAPS) are kept regularly updated about our orthopaedic services and availability; they are also aware that we have no wait times, should you require an X-ray.

Are Painful or unsightly veins a problem? Our Vein Clinic is headed up by Mr Richard Wilson, Consultant Vascular Surgeon. If you require NHS vein surgery this is usually carried out at Cheltenham. Private patient vein surgery is carried out in our day surgery unit at Tetbury Hospital. You can read more about Mr Wilson on Mr Richard Baker, CL TetburyOrthopaedic Advertiser Ad.qxp_Layout 1 20/01/2020 11:03 Page 1 our website at tetburyhospital.co.uk - or Consultant Surgeon

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Tetbury Scout Group Christmas was a very busy period for Scouting in Tetbury. Firstly, a big thank you to those who used our Christmas post service and helped us raise £400 to support our activities in 2020. Thanks to Premier Stores, Scentiments, Tetbury Hardware and Tenovus for once again hosting our post boxes. Unfortunately, due to the very wet weather, a few of the cards got water damaged, apologies to anybody affected – next year we will “be prepared” for this! The whole Scout Group enjoyed a trip to the Everyman theatre to see the Cinderella pantomime where we monopolised the upper circle. The Scouts also designed and constructed a Christmas tree from garden canes and lashings for the Christmas Tree festival. Beavers finished their International badge with an international Christmas party - thank

you to Isabella’s Mum for the Polish Beetroot soup and Kyle’s Mum for the South African delicacies. The Beavers tried food from seven countries. This term they will work on the Faith, Global Issues and Digital Maker badges

We ended the term with a presentation to Harry, our eldest Scout, who was leaving us to move up to Crudwell Explorers. During his time with the troop he achieved his Chief Scout Gold Award, the highest award you can receive in the Scout section. To achieve this award Harry has attended virtually every troop night, most of the camp and activity weekends, a two-week international jamboree and many county badge courses. He also spent hours of his own time volunteering in the community. We wish him luck with everything he does in the future and hope that he goes on to achieve great things with his new Explorer Unit.

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The Scouts enjoyed a winter night hike from Nailsworth to Avening. It didn’t rain however it was extremely wet and muddy. Everyone had a great time wading through deep puddles and sliding along muddy paths in the dark. However, they may also have earnt their car washing badge that weekend. The Scouts also make moulded and dipped candles which resulted in some quite interesting shapes and somewhat more mess than shop bought ones. One of our aims as a Scout Group is for as many of our young people as possible to achieve our top awards. For the first time in many years, we had five Beavers meet the requirements for their top award of Bronze Chief Scout. Well done to Charlemagne, Dexter, Isabella, James and Timmy. In order to achieve this award, they had to complete all six challenge badges including working in the outdoors, demonstrating a range of skills and knowledge of the world, showing their adventurous side and meeting a personal challenge. The final criteria was to complete four activity badges - which they all more than surpassed with Charlemagne smashing the award with a total of 18 extra badges. We are very proud of how hard they have all worked.

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Tetbury WI A New Year and there’s a new programme for the ladies of Tetbury WI. Christmas may now be a distant memory, but our ladies had a busy December, with Janet hosting a fun night at her ‘Pop up Prosecco bar.’ Mixologist Roger kept the ladies well fuelled with such delights as ‘Clementine Stocking Fillers’ and ‘Tarty Bakewell Cocktails;’ fun times indeed! Some of our ‘crafty’ ladies contributed beautifully made decorations for the tree that we exhibited in St Saviours, along with many other tress from the various clubs and groups around the town. And, of course, we had a fun night at out our December meeting. With music from Lizzie Lindsell and Jonathan Adkin, we also had fun solving a specially produced crossword

from setter Lizzie, all made more festive with a glass of fizz to sip. At our January meeting, Lian Franklin and Dr Anwen Whitham from Tetbury Hospital joined us. There has been a hospital in Tetbury for a hundred and fifty years and in the late 1980’s, when the hospital was facing closure, locals raised over £1 million pounds and created a charity, the Tetbury Hospital Trust HRH The Prince of Wales is its patron. Lian, the Marketing and Liaison Manager at the hospital, gave us an update on the hospital and explained the extensive range of services available. Anwen, a clinical psychologist, gave a talk on “Women through the Lifespan.” Explaining that twice as many women as men are diagnosed with depression, she discussed good mental health and the balance of mind and body to achieve a positive state of wellbeing.

was lots of comment and questions from the floor. As we settle into the routine of a new year, we have resumed our coffee mornings at the Snooty Fox. The next coffee date is Monday the 24th of February, from 10.30 am. Come along for a casual coffee and chat! Ali is also putting together a lunch for us in February, with a visit to Tetbury’s favourite Italian restaurant, Casa. These events always promise a relaxed environment where members gather in smaller groups and lifelong friendships are made.

As we go through life we tend to become increasingly busy, and she explored the need to for us all to work out what is important in our lives when coping with the various challenges we face. The ladies were very engaged with this and there

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup A visit from Father Christmas on the last day of term was the pinnacle of our exciting December. The children had a busy few weeks learning and performing their nativity play, getting stuck in to lots of seasonal baking and crafts, and enjoying the Christmas party. The ‘grown-ups’ were busy fundraising too, with tables at St. Mary’s School fayre and the Tetbury Light Switch-on, a cake sale, the Christmas Bingo session, finishing off with our Christmas raffle. We’re pleased to say we raised over £750 from those events and would like to say a big “Thank you!” to all our parents, relatives and friends for their support. As we move into our Spring term, the themes and activities covered with the children include healthy eating, talking about our emotions and the Chinese New Year. With more than twenty children in some of our busier playgroup sessions, we have to plan to ensure a range of activities are on offer suitable for different stages of development, however, key to developing children’s decision-making and confidence, time is given every day for

child-led or free-play. We’re also hoping in the coming weeks the weather allows us to spend more time in our great garden, where the children can explore the mud-kitchen, sand-pit, waterplay, tyres, logs, planting table, trikes, scooters and much more. In our Wednesday morning pre-school sessions, we continue to help the children to become that little more independent ready for primary school. In preparation for the phonics taught at school (the method used to teach children reading and writing via hearing and identifying common letter sounds), each week they are asked to look round their homes with a parent and bring in an item starting with that week’s letter sound. We’re very much linked with the local primary schools, teachers come in to read to the children, we take the children to watch plays and see their future classrooms, and we regularly meet together to discuss ways of working and ensuring the children benefit from a smooth transition into their next school. Don’t forget if you like playing Bingo, and would like to support our playgroup, the sessions run at the playgroup building in The Ferns every other Thursday from 7.00 pm. We offer a range of playgroup, preschool, creche and ‘stay and play’ sessions. We’re pleased to say we do now have a couple of places in our creche which currently runs on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9-11.30am. To get in contact if you’d like to book a place, to find out about any of the other sessions, or to arrange a visit, please visit our Facebook page, phone us on 01666 504855, or email us at tetburynurseryplaygroup@ eygloucestershire.co.uk Tetbury Nursery Playgroup


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Back in December a very successful event for the elderly took place at the Dolphins Ha ll and I should like to thank Hari at Premiere Stores , Scentiments, Matthews Funeral Directors, Tetbury Hardware, Creative Hairdres sing and Kingsl ey House for their generous do nations of prizes . I’d also like to thank the ladies at Le Tartestry for the beautiful cream teas, scone s and cakes – the y were delicious and enjoyed by all. Thanks to Br ian Slade for entertaining us fab ulously during the evening. Lots of people he lped either with setting up or serving the guest s and I can’t tha nk them all individually, but further huge tha nks must go to Jim Baker for cal ling the Bingo, No rah West for making the evenin g buffet and to John West for everything he did to help. I have had a lot of positive feedback from people who attended, and It wa s nice to see lots of big smiles on the day. I cannot tha nk everyone enou gh - you made some very happy memories. Here’s to the next one! Yours sincerely,

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Tetbury Goods Shed A belated very “Happy New Year!” to you all from the Goods Shed. Everyone down at the Shed is looking forward to a great 2020 and we are busy filling the diary with a wide range of activities. From music and dance, through cinema and theatre, comedy and creative workshops, every month we aim to bring you talks and presentations from all manner of authors and speakers - as well as to work with local groups and associations. At the end of last year, having completed her twelve-month stint, Christine Berry stepped down as Chair of Trustees. During her tenure she brought a lot of energy, dedication and worked hard to create a great level of integration between the different groups responsible for the ongoing success of the Shed. Her successor – Richard Warrington – has some big shoes to fill, but we are confident he will continue with the aim of making the Shed a regional centre of arts excellence, as well as a place where everyone can have a good time. Richard spent his working career in financial services, specialising in risk and compliance matters and keeping the businesses he worked for on the straight and narrow. The companies he worked with included the Nationwide Building Society (which brought him west from his previous home in Kent,) an IFA business near Cheltenham, and finally a Risk Management consultancy. Richard has a love of music and the arts, and he intends to use his experience to bring some of the business disciplines necessary to ensure the Goods Shed is well controlled, understands its obligations and can continue to grow offering a wide variety of events for the people of Tetbury. He knows that it is important that in his role as a Trustee, he also ensures the Charity meets its objectives - including returning a profit that can be used to further develop the Goods Shed’s plans to be a great place to be entertained!



Richard has been leading the Cinema Group deciding what films to show, which is quite a challenge as the Goods Shed wants to be able to offer diverse selections, as well as the ‘blockbusters’, but also needs to cover the cost each film brings (starting at £100 per showing.)


We would like to take this opportunity of thanking Christine for all she has done and continues to offer to the Shed and to wish Richard a successful and productive time in the hot seat! Tetbury Goods Shed Team

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With that said, here we are in February already, with the early crocuses and daffodils, hellebores, snowdrops and cyclamen now starting to come into flower. They herald the start of Tetbury’s nine month long flowering season, which will continue right through to the first frosts again, in November. Plans have already been put in place for the summer planting and dare I say it... hanging baskets! They were all ordered back in October/November time! A bit like the fashion industry, everything must be thought out and ordered well in advance of the next season! Please let me know as soon as possible, should you wish to place an order. They will




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This wouldn’t have been possible without support from more than one hundred and fifty volunteers and twenty businesses. We’ve managed to collect just over two and a half thousand Christmas Trees from homes across the district, which is just amazing.

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Longfields Christmas Tree Collection The funds we have raised from the scheme will enable Longfield to continue delivering services for people who have been affected by a life-limiting illness in Gloucestershire. Claire Ellis, Longfield Ed: Along with Lion Chris “The Navigator,” Lion Derek “The Big Tree Man,” and Lion Phil “The North Tetbury Satnav” I had a lot of fun collecting again this year. But it couldn’t have been done without the man with the big wheels, John “Eye of the Needle” Latter. Many thanks, John. Some residents - New Church Street comes to mind – had their trees collected for free. If they’d like to donate to Longfield directly or through their charity shop I’m sure that would be appreciated.


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