Tetbury Advertiser July August 2020

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TETBURY ADVERTISER

July / August 2020

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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

Contents

Dear and Faithful Reader, there’s no ‘What’s On’ again this month, since social and entertainment schedules, usually very plump and fulsome in and around Tetbury, remain awry – but some of our favourite regular contributors have emerged to appear in this issue, so do please contact them directly if you’d like to know ‘What’s On.’

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Chelworth Bookworms

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Citizens Advice

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On page three of the April issue, which appeared online only so we could guarantee your safety and ours, I filled in with a little piece that started “May you live in interesting times.” Although ‘lockdown’ is easing, the times are still far too interesting to suit my personal taste. Yet some of our stalwart local traders are now re-opening, and have given us their financial support through advertising, so we are delighted to be able to resume publishing. I hope you will continue to support them in turn in the coming months, if you can? As has been graphically demonstrated: ‘Without them, no Advertiser.’

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History of Tetbury Society

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While I have the unexpected pleasure of space, I’d like to give my grateful thanks to David Roberts at Wilprint for his hard work during the last seven years of our adventures together, and especially for the April ‘issue that never was.’ This is my last edition as ‘front line’ editor, you see – I’m going to retire into the shadows and let the experts take over – but I can’t do so without saying what a pleasure it’s been to work with David, and with the splendid Lions David, Stephen, Warren, Eileen and Colin who have carried me through the sixty-eight issues we’ve managed to set before you, together.

Friends of Tetbury Community Transport 40 Friends of Tetbury Hospital

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Girlguiding

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Leighterton Primary School Letters to the Editor

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Lion’s Den

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Mayor’s Piece

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Men in Sheds

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News from St Marys’ Church

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Probus

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun

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St Mary’s C of E VA Primary School

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Stacks Fuller

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TAYCT News

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Tetbury and District Footpath Group

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Tetbury Art Society

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Tetbury Goods Shed

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Tetbury Hospital Trust

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Tetbury Hospital

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Tetbury in Bloom

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

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Tetbury Police Museum

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Tetbury Scout Group

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Tetbury Scrubbers

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For now, I assure you that at the Advertiser we are washing our hands and keeping our heads. We sincerely hope you’re doing the same.

Tetbury Theatre Group

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Tetbury WI

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The Feoffees and the Thirteen

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Richard Smith, Editor

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SCHOOLS SWR Comprehensive, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275.

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

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SWRS LEISURE CENTRE Tel: 01666 501086 TETBURY SHOPMOBILITY BOOKINGS Monday-Friday 9.00-3.00 Tetbury Town Council Offices 01666 504670. Saturday 10.00-4.00 Tetbury Tourist Information Centre 01666 503552

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

The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577

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

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

HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336

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

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

PHYSIOTHERAPY Tel: 01666 501766 OSTEOPATHS Tel: 01666 503599 & 01666 502214

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

TOURIST INFORMATION 33 Church Street. Tourism@tetbury.org Tel: 01666 503552


Young by Name Kitten Therapy There is nothing like the acquisition of kittens to lift the spirits, and ours couldn’t have arrived at a better time! We arranged in February with the Stroud Cats’ Protection League to adopt a pair of boys as soon as they were old enough to leave their mother. This took us to Saturday 21st March, a pleasingly auspicious date on two counts: the first day of spring and my parents’ anniversary (67 years and counting.)

Silver Linings Back in February, little did we know that collecting the kittens from the kindly foster-carer would be our last family outing before lockdown. Ever the optimist, I soon realised that enforced confinement at home would give us the best chance of bonding with our new arrivals, especially for our daughter, who would otherwise have been at school all day. Once home, inspecting the adoption papers revealed another good omen: the kittens had been born on my birthday. This happened also to be the date our senior cat, Dorothy, a former stray, adopted us seven years ago. We called her Dorothy after the character in the Wizard of Oz who finds herself unexpectedly far from home. We named Bertie and Bingo, both boys, after the skittish, privileged and generally irresponsible young men in PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories. Bertie and Bingo, after spending the first nine weeks of their lives in a pen (albeit an ample one,) were initially content to keep to one room in our house. Since my husband built his room a couple of years ago, we had, with a singular lack of imagination, referred to it simply as ‘the extension.’ Now I think of it as The Drones’ Club, which is where Bertie Wooster and chums take their meals in the Jeeves novels, often leaving chaos in their wake. Advised to keep the kittens indoors for a couple of weeks, we eventually let them

into our enclosed garden. We kept them on tiny harnesses to slow them down until they’d got their bearings. Bertie and Bingo do everything at high speed, unlike our senior cat, Dorothy, who lopes around languidly like the Pink Panther.

Off the Leash After a few days we allowed them to roam at will, gradually expanding their territory and surprising us with their feats of athleticism. They share a talent for scaling vertical walls with the power and grace of Spiderman. Bingo has proven a dab paw at swingball, which he sees as a scaledup version of their scratching post, which happens to be topped by a ball on a string. Bertie prefers the trampoline, climbing to the top of the netting surround with ease. It’s only when one of the kittens tries to squeeze into the cardboard box that used to be big enough for both of them that we realise how much they have grown. I haven’t yet dared step on the bathroom scales to see whether lockdown has had the same effect on me. Debbie Young www.authordebbieyoung.com Debbie’s latest novel, Stranger at St Bride’s, will be published on 1st July in paperback and ebook. The first in the series, Secrets at St Bride’s, was shortlisted for The Bookbrunch Selfies Award 2020 for the best independently published adult fiction in the UK.

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When I assumed the mantle of President of Tetbury Lions last July, I knew one of the regular aspects of the role was to write this Lion’s Den piece for the ten issues of the Tetbury Advertiser that are normally produced every year. Having written the piece for the April issue though, the difficult decision to cancel the print run was then made, and those words, together with those from all the other contributors to this wonderful publication, only appeared online. I do not think any of us thought that we would not see another Advertiser ‘in the flesh’ until July! During the hiatus we have continued to be as busy as the circumstances allow, with initiatives and charitable work as near to normal as possible, albeit with the threat hanging over us that without the Advertiser, the funds to make our charitable work possible would be severely diminished.

positions that simply don’t get advertised and yet are often the most challenging and exciting. Pupils gained a valuable insight into what is out there waiting for them, when they eventually head out into the Private or Public Sector. At an informal breakfast meeting just before lockdown which was well attended and a great deal of fun, we were truly fortunate to have a guest speaker, Roger Muggeridge, from an organisation called ‘Lights for Learning.’ They are an inspirational charity group providing solar powered electric lighting to educational establishments with no access to artificial light, mainly in rural African schools.

the Club. He was our “Senior Lion” and we made him an Honorary member in 2019. His knowledge of Lion procedure and lore was unsurpassed, and his help in distributing the Advertiser in Avening for many years, vital. Our thoughts are with Shirley and her family at this difficult time.

Their light installations have led to educational improvements measured by a 500% increase in exam pass rates, and health improvements have also been observed, due to the school children no longer having to breath in the kerosene fumes. A truly inspiring story. Tetbury Lions presented Roger with a cheque to help his worthy cause. Looking to the future as this lockdown gradually eases, we have been busy in our fund-raising committee to try and bridge the gap the missing Advertisers have created. We are planning to run the postponed Easter Raffle at some appropriate point in the near future. All those who have already bought tickets and would like their money refunded should contact Saxon on 01666 504715. We hope however that you will hold on to the tickets and we will enter them into the draw along with those we sell as soon as we are able to be out in the town again.

Bert Hand at the front line of collecting as ever - for Marie Curie

We also have ideas for a car treasure hunt, a quiz night (it was amazing last year) and a pie and pint (or cheese and wine) evening just before Christmas. More on these events as soon as we have the details. We were a bit sad to cancel our famous Wacky Races - but the intention is to be back, stronger than ever in 2021.

So what have been doing? Way back in January, we helped make a Careers evening at Sir William Romney School a great success by fielding some Lions who have had careers spanning several decades, and who were able to talk about those jobs and

In the three months of lockdown Tetbury Lions Club has lost two of its members: on the 11th of April long-standing Lion Bertram Hand passed away. Bert had been a Lion since 1968 and for very many years Bert held the office of Secretary for

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On the 28th of May Lion Steve Parr lost his valiant struggle with cancer. Steve joined the Club in August 2014 and quickly established himself as an enthusiastic team player with a keen interest in Community projects. He was a joint leader in preparing the Tetbury Cares community conference, which generated significant interest well beyond the town limits. In addition, for three consecutive years Steve helped organise the track and marshalling functions for the Clubs Wacky Races, and in 2016 was the Race Director. In 2017/18 Steve served the Club as President but his biggest role, though, was undoubtedly as one of the cornerstones of the Advertiser, helping to organise and to manage the accounts. He will be greatly missed, and our condolences go to Sue and to his family at this sad and difficult time. This is my last Lion’s Den as President and I will sign off by welcoming Ollie North into the role from the first of July. I am indebted to Ollie for all the support he has provided me over this year in his role of Vice President - and in particular for organising and running a very successful Charter Night last Autumn. I wish him every success in this demanding but very rewarding and prestigious role. For now, as we have become used to saying – “stay safe.”

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Girlguiding Girlguiding is alive and active in Tetbury, despite weekly meetings ending abruptly with lockdown! Leaders are working hard to keep in touch with the girls and are using new ‘virtual’ ways to provide activities. The Rainbows have been getting a weekly video from Caroline or Freya and girls can send in pictures or videos of their activities; they have also just trialled a ‘Zoom’ meeting. First Guides have had email messages and an individual letter posted to each girl with adapted activities to complete at home – most of these also included badges they had earned, and which needed presenting. Second Guides have tried Zoom meetings with various fun activities which they plan each week. More meetings like this could well be the way forward for a while! Many of the leaders are still working but have taken the opportunity to catch up with ‘Safe Space’ training online, something we are required to do regularly. Our Centenary celebrations kicked off in style on the 22nd of February, when our afternoon tea party celebrated many things - The anniversary of the first meeting of 1st Tetbury Guides; Thinking Day (when we remember that we are part of a worldwide movement,) and time spent in memory of Trish Dent, our ex-President. 720310 ET Lumley:Layout 1

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Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Young Leaders and Leaders from Girlguiding Tetbury were joined by their special guests and supporters – members of Ingleburn Trefoil Guild, the Deputy Mayor, a member of the WI and Lion Warren from Tetbury Lions. Activities were enjoyed by all generations and included decorating a glass jar to hold a Thinking Day candle and a scratch-art trefoil. Members of Tetbury WI kindly made and donated 100 cup cakes and our Rainbow leader Caroline organised a wonderful afternoon tea with great decorations. Everyone joined in a ‘pass-the-parcel’ and we took special photos of members of First Tetbury Guides past and present. Following 20:37

tea, we had an enrolment of five new Guides - and the first badge presentation of Bronze awards from the new programme. We then had a camp-fire with each unit contributing a short item, the Rainbows performed a ’cheer’, Brownies sang ‘Make new friends’, and Guides performed a poem and taught us a clapping song from times gone by. As with all good parties everyone took home a present!

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We are pleased to have been able to help the Primary School by loaning them our large mess tents and a gazebo. Hopefully these are providing shelter when they are outside – mostly from the sun and not the rain! Our centenary sweatshirts have been given out and we look forward to wearing them when we are back. We are going to redesign our special celebration badges and hope that most events will still happen – just a year later!

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We are incredibly lucky in Tetbury to receive great support from other organisations, and in particular from the Tetbury Lions. This is enabling us to provide great things for our members and we can’t wait for the excitement and fun to return. Let us know if you would like to be involved or if your daughter would like to be put on our waiting lists. There will be a lot of sorting out to do when we return and extra adult help will be very welcome. Sue Doidge, Tetbury District Commissioner tetbury@girlguidingglos.org.uk

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Leighterton Primary School work out how many counters were red and how many were blue. On our tables, we have our own trays of equipment where we keep everything.’ ‘It’s great seeing my friends. We did some drama and acted out the story on the field. It was really good fun and we have been learning to skip and keeping active.’ ‘I love eating lunch outside with my friends and teachers. We sit on the grass and have a chat and then we have a run around. It’s great to be at school again!’ We have been making up new games.

After being away from school since the start of the Lockdown,

our hands. We do lots of hand washing. Then it’s time for learning. Sometimes we get to do a word search to practise our reading skills which is really fun. Last time, I found all of the words! We have been learning a story about ‘The Wild Woods’. It is funny because there’s a squirrel and the girl wants to keep it as a pet.’

some of the Reception children at Leighterton Primary School are keen to share their experiences of being back at school. It has all changed in school since they were last in and they are now taught in ‘bubbles’ of children rather than classes and the classrooms look very different. Let’s find out about their days…

The returning Reception children have settled back into their new school ‘bubbles’ and routine really well and they always come in with a smile. They are looking forward to the learning challenges and reading and exploring more stories over the rest of the term.

‘It is great being back at school and seeing our friends and I love seeing them. We have to stay two metres away from each other, but we have invented lots of games to play using the playground markings.’

‘When we get to school, we are met by our teachers and we go to our classes and wash

‘We have been solving tricky problems in maths using the tens frames. We had to

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News from St Marys’ Church God be with you! That is the proper way to say goodbye. No really! Goodbye is short for “God be with you.” It is a beautiful saying, isn’t it? So, in our Sunday worship on ‘Zoom’ over the past months, one of our new customs is to use those original words as we finish our time together. It has been such a blessing to share this time together, Sunday by Sunday. We start at 10am, with hymns, Bible readings, and a short talk. We also post our prayers on “chat”, so we can share before God our concerns about our family, our community, and our world. You can see for yourself and find recordings of the services on the YouTube link below. About one hundred and thirty people join in each week – and it is a really special time when we ‘unmute’ to greet each other and then to share The Peace. We send out details with the Zoom link by email each week, so please contact Diana Sharp at office@tetburychurch.co.uk

St Marys’ Sunday Worship on Zoom, 10.00 am every week if you would like to be added to the mailing list. Everyone is welcome! Over these months, our church family have been involved in supporting people in Tetbury – keeping in touch and providing practical help. It has been wonderful to see

people being such good neighbours to one another. We opened St Marys’ Church as soon as that was possible in June, inviting people in for prayer in this beautiful, sacred space. We’ve been involved with bereaved families, of course, and just kept holding everyone in prayer. In June, we said goodbye to our Curate, Rob. It’s hard to believe that he has already completed his three-years training with us – and I’m delighted to say that he has moved on now to be a Chaplain in the Royal Navy. I know so many folk have appreciated his ministry. He cares deeply about people, and was much loved for his preaching, prayerfulness, and pastoral care. We had a lovely farewell drink on Zoom – with words of thanks from St Mary’s School, the Foodbank, Eileen in the Tetbury Dolphins Running Club and many more!

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Then, at the beginning of July, we are welcoming our new Curate, Pauline Setterfield. Some of you may know her, since Pauline’s lived nearby in Hawkesbury Upton for the past thirty-four years, and she has been an ad hoc member of Tetbury Church Choir – even conducting, on one occasion! Pauline is a musician by training and is married to Peter with three grownup sons and a granddaughter. And she has been actively involved for over thirty years at St Mary’s Hawkesbury too, as organist/ director of the choir and in lay ministry, sitting on both PCC and Deanery Synod. So, she comes with lots of experience! Do look out for her over these coming weeks. More news from St Marys’ next month and until then, “God be with you.” With love and prayers, Poppy The Revd Poppy Hughes Parish Priest, St Mary the Virgin & St Mary Magdalen Church, Tetbury Follow our online Sunday Worship on YouTube by searching for the “Tetbury Benefice” channel. Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ St.MarysTetbury

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History of Tetbury Society Sadly, HOTS have not been able to meet of late – and our other ‘outside’ meetings have yet to be decided upon. Hopefully, we shall be meeting in September. Meantime, I have recently been given some archives to add to the HOTS’ collection, and in going through them I came across a case which some of you may remember reading about previously. Originally reported on the 21st of February 1903 via Gloucestershire Assizes, it’s an Interesting Tetbury case about an alleged horse whipping. Dr Mellish came to Tetbury around 1901 and lived and worked at Coombe House. On September the 17th of 1902 he found his maid, Kate Hunt, in an outside storehouse with young farmer George Pride, in a situation described as ‘behaving indecently.’ He conveniently had about his person a horsewhip, which he proceeded to use on George – thrashing him along the street.

“The effect of the assault was to loosen four of his (plaintiff ’s) front teeth, cut his lip open on the outside, and he bled. He was lashed all across the back and thighs - and was regularly stupefied” the Assizes reported. Kate Hunt was sent back into the house and took no further action that evening. George Pride took himself off to the Gas Works (just along London Road) to see his friend Mr Philpotts - and then to The Greyhound for three-pennyworth of whisky. He went to work the following day (Thursday.) partly walking and partly cycling, but eventually had to lie down as he was so injured. On Friday, he went to see Miss Hunt and his solicitor. By Saturday he felt that he was too ill to work, but it was not until Sunday that his brother went to Nailsworth to call out the doctor. He eventually had to employ staff to carry on with his farm work. The case came to court and was reported verbatim in the Wilts and Glos. Standard the following month. Thomas Hill published a report in the Tetbury Advertiser. The plaintiff, George Pride, brought a case for £500 damages against the defendant, Dr Mellish. All females not connected with the case were sent out of the court room and the case began. Mr Cranstoun opened for the plaintiff and set the scene regarding Mr Pride and Miss

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Our members have contributed in many ways during the pandemic. Some members made one hundred and fifty scrubs bags for Gloucester Hospital and several sets of scrubs. We also made laundry bags for Avening School so that plastic toys can be washed. We helped make cakes for the children attending school during the lockdown. Our WI village planter (by the phone box) has been restocked with annuals and Fuchsias.

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Avening has been blessed with a super volunteer network. Every Saturday a newsletter with information about resources and activities has been produced on the Avening website. On V.E. Day the village was decorated with Union Flags and many people dressed up and held tea parties and drinks in their front gardens chatting with their neighbours and friends: observing social distancing of course! The Church has been holding short services on-line. Many of our members help run our Community Café and although it has been closed it has continued to connect people via ‘Zoom’ software - and even had an afternoon craft session on soap carving led by Liz Adams. A large number of cheese scones and cupcakes were baked for over thirty customers on V.E. Day raising over £260. There has been a plant stall in the High Street raising over £300 and a roadside library in Old Hill and other sites. Proceeds were donated to local charities and the café was able to sponsor the colour spread in the May and June issues of the Villager magazine. Our WI committee had a Zoom meeting in June and we hope to be able to get together for a social evening in August

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Even though we are not open now, that does not mean we are completely silent. These have been very strange times and something we should document. I would like to put out a plea for any stories from our police about their patrols or unusual things that they have seen. It would be great if we could make up a display, but mostly the stories would be a fantastic record for future visitors to read or listen to. They do not have to be written - you can easily record the file on your phone and send it to me at curator@tetbury.gov.uk Anonymity will be provided if necessary!

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Covid-19 has brought many challenges to us all. Having to learn to home school our children and keeping them occupied, to teaching them the complexities of social distancing and not being able to hug nanny and granddad, has been difficult – as has their not being able to see their friends every day. And in being furloughed or ‘working from home,’ and for many, being isolated at home on their own, Covid-19 has affected us all, old and young alike. If you feel that your mental health is suffering or you just ‘need a chat,’ either contact your GP for help and advice, or one of the many organisations that are there to help. And please, if you know someone who lives alone, do check in on them. Locally, there is a great free volunteer befriending service for older people called “People For You” for more information email:- info@ peopleforyou.co.uk or call Sue Black on 07810 630167. Finally, you may have noticed some pavement distance markers appearing on our streets. Do bear with us, while we trial various initiatives to maintain the flow of pedestrians and traffic around the town. Stay Safe, Be Kind and Best Wishes, Ann Pearce, Mayor, Tetbury Town Council

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Limiting the working team to three players, comfortably dispersed through the plot in line with the two metres guidelines, the Men on Sheds allotment project in Herd Lane has continued throughout the current difficulties. The site is now looking very neat, with an abundant selection of vegetables some of which will be available for purchase

There is no fixed price for our produce, all we ask is a donation to Tetbury Lions so that we can continue supporting groups and individuals in the town, but It has to be cash on the day as ‘will pay you next week’ has not worked out too well! This year we introduced plant sales, (herbs, tomatoes, and runner beans,) as a potential additional revenue source - and since it

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The second part of the Men in Sheds project, the relocation of the cabin from the recreation ground to its new site on the industrial estate in Cirencester Road, has now taken place. The next phase is connection to an electricity supply, allowing the use of power tools, some of which have already been donated (along with a large selection of hand tools.) We also have a work bench, racking, a lathe, and a milling machine all waiting to be installed. Once the workshop is fully functional it will provide a suitable space for the making and repairing of items for the residents of Tetbury and a fun place for men to socialise. So, all you men who like making things or just want some social interaction, even if it is just to make the tea, please call Ken on 01666 504189. Men in Sheds

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When I look back on the last few months, I am amazed at the amount of change we have dealt with, but thanks to the whole school community coming together we have emerged intact and smiling. When the school closed on the 20th of March, we were able to provide every child with a pack of school work to keep them going for the two weeks before the Easter holidays. We managed to close the school with forty-eight hours’ notice - and set up a new provision for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. By the

end of the Easter holidays the teaching staff were ready to teach children using an online learning platform – and when we were asked to extend that provision to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children on the 1st of June, we carried out risk assessments, wrote policies, ordered protective equipment and put in place measures to do our best to protect our pupils, parents and staff. We were able to achieve all this because we have amazing staff, parents, governors, and a supportive community behind us! Thank you, then, to the teachers and teaching assistants who spent hours putting together the children’s packs, to staff who welcomed children into school with a smile on their faces every day in lockdown, to teachers who patiently shared their expertise and knowledge to

St Mary’s CE VA Primary School ensure everyone could use and access the online learning, and to those who organised and delivered packed lunches and food parcels to families. Thank you to the administrative staff who kept lines of communication open and planned the next steps with absolute precision - and to members of the community who helped put up tents and offered support. Thanks to parents who sent in such lovely messages of support and to the church for leading collective worship remotely. Thanks to staff for organising messages of support and to everyone who returned to school without question on the 1st of June to get the children back in.

Amongst all the worry and tragedy there have also been many positive things to come out of this situation. I asked our staff and children what they felt, and these are some of their responses: ‘Playtimes are good – it’s great being in small groups when we play.’ ‘We have explored new footpaths in Tetbury that we have never walked before.’ ‘The children have really missed school and they are so glad to be back. They have adapted amazingly to the new rules.’

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Tetbury and District Footpath Group During the pleasant months of last winter, we were on our winter walks program, managing to catch sunny days. During winter, we walk every two weeks starting from The Goods Shed at 10.00 am. And despite it being the most rainy month of February for a while, we decided to revisit our winter locations and tackle the Cheltenham peaks; the Starting from the Seven Springs, (and The Hungry Horse Pub,) we started our pleasant ascent with walkers taking in the fresh air and views and with pleasant chatter amongst our party. We always have a leader and a backstop, and Julian was our leader and ‘walk deviser’ this time, with Maggie at the back, both whistling merrily when a car threatened us and also doing a sterling job of herding the strays in the right direction. There were places where the mud was oozing and a bit slippery, but we soldiered on with only one person losing their dignity. The views above Cheltenham are lovely - and it reminded us how lucky we are to live in the Cotswolds. Our walks are usually around five miles, so we got back to the pub relishing the idea of refreshment

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town and surrounding countryside which have been stunning this year. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel several trips which we hope to re-schedule next year. Our last outing was to the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham to see ‘Ten Times Table,’ which is a classic comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. It was set in the grand ballroom of ‘a local hotel,’ where a diverse committee gathers to discuss the organisation of a folk festival with a battle re-enactment. We all had fun seeing the similarity of the group to committees we knew!

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I would like to say a very big thank you to Richard on behalf of the Theatre Group, for all the hard and wonderful work he has done making The Advertiser such a fantastic magazine, helping with all the illustrations and for having so much patience with us all when we are submitting articles. It is lovely to have the Advertiser back as a hard copy. Celia Bayes, Tetbury Theatre Group Ed: I’m embarrassed. It’s very kind of Celia to praise me in print. Standing up here on the shoulders of giants is great. It’s really not SO difficult, and the view is tremendous.

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WFH? Life after Lockdown! The abbreviation WFH (work from home) is now appearing on sales particulars postlockdown, as the market awakens from its recent uneasy slumber. For those of us with children, having now qualified as parttime teachers, IT consultants, imaginative restauranteurs and DIY experts, (albeit more Robinson than Heath perhaps), we are re-emerging from the havens from which many of us have continued to work throughout lockdown. One thing is for sure - WFH is very much here to stay!

Pre- the dreaded ‘C-word,’ there was a skip in the step of estate agents and buying agents alike as the market began to surge, and stock levels began to increase with the promise of Spring. With a recent return to the market, the situation is in many ways confused, and the key, as ever, is “management of expectation” between Buyers and Sellers. The International household Estate agents have a view which states that the market will be flat or dip +/-5% this year - and primarily grow back a similar level next year, but this remains confused, with the outlook for the economy looking distinctly gloomy.

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nine questions, taking only three or four minutes to complete, and is intended to capture changes in our use of transport, open spaces, local shops, single-use plastic and what has worked well for us as individuals and the community. It runs until the end of July and it would be great to have your input. The results will be shared on the Greening Tetbury website and Facebook page. Meanwhile, thanks to a small group of volunteers, Greening Tetbury was awarded charitable status from May the 28th, which means we can raise money where needed to help turn our plans into reality. Great! Nationally, Glasgow’s COP26, the international meeting to confirm and flesh out the Paris Agreement pledges, has been moved into next year. In the UK, the Climate Coalition (www.theclimatecoalition.org) calls for increased energy efficiency in homes - with support for an expansion in heat-pump installations to decarbonise

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NIKKI’S NEWS INDEPENDENT DISTRICT COUNCILLOR TETBURY EAST AND RURAL WARD 3 Northfield Road, Tetbury GL8 8HB - 07847 605502 – nikki.ind@cotswold.gov.uk www.facebook.com/cllrnikkiind I had intended to produce a Spring update leaflet and to post it through your doors in March and April, but of course the Coronavirus Pandemic interrupted my well-laid plans - so I thought that our own very special Tetbury Advertiser would be the best way for me to let you all know how things have been going in our ward, during my first twelve months as your District Councillor. Firstly, I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone in our community who has worked so hard to keep us safe and supplied – Doctors, Nurses and Care Assistants, all NHS and Hospital workers, Refuse collectors, the Covid-19 volunteers, Community Buddies and neighbours, Prescription Delivery Teams, Scrub Sewing teams, all Keyworkers and the many local businesses who have adapted to ensure we had everything we needed - and who have supported us all. As your District Councillor, I have worked closely both with our Parish and Town Councils and with my District and County colleagues, as the day-to-day work continued. I have been involved in contacting vulnerable residents to ensure that they had support, I have attended District Council Covid-19 meetings and also meetings to plan for the re-opening of our high streets and businesses – including the delivery of business packs and floor stickers - and road and pedestrian traffic planning to aid social distancing. What has been truly inspiring to me is how our communities, Parish, Town and District Councils, all supported by the Gloucestershire County Council Hub, have pulled together at this time to ensure that our entire community remains safe. The way we both work and meet has now changed, maybe forever, and it is now routine for us all to attend virtual meetings. Top of the list of issues currently being experienced, particularly in the villages, is the lack of a sufficient internet service, vital for both home working and rural businesses. I have been working with the village Parish Councils and Gigaclear regarding this matter and I will continue to work to ensure that we all live in rural communities which have the same technical connections as our more urban neighbours in the District. In fact, I’d already raised this very issue with our MP, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, at his February surgery in Tetbury. I believe that the Health and Wellbeing of our residents should be at the core of the work we do, and I am pleased to confirm that Cotswold District Council are planning to conduct a District-wide Health and Wellbeing survey. Over the past year I have also been working in partnership with colleagues on the following local issues: the GP Surgery, Leisure and Recreation, Elderly Care and Youth Services. Highways have continued to be a problem. I have worked closely with our County Councillor Stephen Hirst with regard to these matters and we have arranged safety inspections, repair works and re-surfacing to many of the roads and pavements in the ward. Climate Change – following the Declaration of a Climate Emergency at Gloucestershire County Council and Cotswold District Council, as a member of the Tetbury Town Council Climate Strategy working group, I will continue to work locally and at District level on this important issue. Finally, at the recent MP Surgery, I asked Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown to also investigate the following matters: A possible Business Rates Relief Scheme for Green/Sustainable businesses, a temporary Blue Badge scheme for people following injury/surgery on discharge from hospital, and an outreach Job Centre service for rural areas. As you can see, there is a lot going on in the Tetbury East and Rural Ward and please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any queries or issues you would like me to raise on your behalf. Please also say ‘Hello!’ if you see me out and about - I am looking forward to meeting you and working with and for you, over the next three years. With best wishes

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We hope you’ve been missing us? We’ve certainly been missing you! If you are down our way, to usher in our ‘new normal,’ the Whistle Stop Café takeaway is ready for action at weekends from the 4th of July and Ros’s vegetable stall will be back on Saturday mornings, as soon as her super fresh produce is ready. We are certainly pleased to be able to offer takeaway coffee and cake and delicious local produce again.

many things of late, particularly the moral and financial support of our audiences and volunteers. It is so encouraging that the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, mentioned Tetbury Goods Shed as a worthy recipient of Arts Council England (ACE) funds to help us survive. ACE and the government, via Cotswold District Council, have given very welcome grants to cover our more pressing overheads in the short term.

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Coming up, we thought we might record Tetbury’s creative response to the lockdown by presenting a ‘Life in Lockdown’ gallery of photos taken over recent weeks. How was - and is - life in Tetbury for you and your family, at home, at work, doing something new, or exercising perhaps? If you live in the GL8 area, we’d love to see your photos. Check the page our website for details of how to send them in.

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Tetbury WI No tea or cake but it was a WI committee meeting, nevertheless. Six of us met in a beautiful garden at the beginning of June for the first time since March. We had our coats on, umbrellas at the ready and were, of course, two metres apart. At this meeting we agreed that forthcoming visits will be postponed until next year along with our various social events. One that we are hoping may happen sooner is a skittles match against our friends at Avening as this could be arranged at short notice. The annual Group meeting, where we meet up with Avening WI and Kemble and Ewen WI which was scheduled for June, will be held next year at Kemble. Some very active members of the needlework group and craft group have been busy producing jackets for premature babies, knitted hearts for hospitals, scrub bags for local hospitals and care homes, 90 headbands with buttons to attach masks for local hospitals and face masks for our members. Other members have been making cakes for hospital staff, for example those at the RUH in Bath. 530212 Pat testing:Layout 1

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Tetbury Art Society How things change! In the April edition of the Tetbury Advertiser I reported on a workshop that had been organised by Jackie Sapp and led by fellowmember Christine Dack - and also on the first of this year’s monthly meetings held on the 4th of March, when Max Hale visited us again. When I wrote that article, I fully expected that my next would be reporting on our activities in early April - but that was not to be - and I am sure that I don’t have to explain why!

So, what have we been doing since March? Thank goodness for the internet! We are able to stay in touch with the majority of our members quite easily and of course our members can still continue their painting at home alongside the other activities for which we all normally struggle to find time: gardening, housework, sorting and tidying the cupboards... And we are able to share painting ideas and news of online demonstrations and workshops, for example! We are planning to put more paintings on our website too. We have even managed an outdoor socially-distanced committee

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Tetbury in Bloom planted it in 2006, we felt that fourteen years on it needed an overhaul. The three large choisyas had far outgrown their location and were totally dominating the bed. Once removed, there remained a good structure of smaller sustainable shrubs and perennials, which should do much better now that they have a lot more room and light. The spaces that were created by removing the choisyas have now been planted with a colourful floral theme using long flowering perennials and seasonal bedding. Tulip Display at Tetbury Fire Station

I am hopeful that at least some of you, while out on your ‘permitted exercise’… …or getting essential supplies during lockdown, have been able to enjoy the daffodil and tulip displays throughout the town. During recent times, our team members have managed to take those kinds of opportunities for themselves, to do a bit of deadheading while passing the flower displays, which has helped keep the

beds from looking totally neglected. In May, when the restrictions were eased and two members could work together, albeit at least two metres apart, we were then able to carry out more substantial maintenance. Then, at the beginning of June, when the restrictions were eased even further, and with ‘social distancing’ remaining uppermost in our minds, it enabled us to plant the town ready for summer. Before the lockdown we carried out some work to the flower bed adjacent to the road in front of the hospital. Having originally

We have also carried out a lot of work in Anniversary Gardens. The roses over the pergola and along the right-hand wall were all cut back to allow them to regenerate with fresh new vigorous growth and they are now doing very well. The oversized choisyas there were also removed - and now that the garden centres and nurseries have re-opened, these will be replaced in time with smaller more colourful shrubs and perennials. To find out more about how these locations have developed over the years, together with all the other locations that we tend throughout the town, please visit www.tetburyinbloom.org.uk and click on ‘what we do’. Sue Hirst, Team Leader, Tetbury in Bloom

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Since the inception of Tetbury Scrubbers, ‘for the love of scrubs NHS and other healthcare professionals’at the end of April, we have recruited one hundred and twenty-four members, all of whom have helped in some way. Gwen Hobson set up the Facebook page so Annette and Terri could populate it with all the necessary information - and by announcing what we were doing on various forms of social media, within a week many people had donated material, cotton thread in a variety of colours, bias binding, elastic, tape and ribbon. Malc Philby of Tetbury Hardware donated dyes since some of the material was a bit ‘see through;’ dying the white fabric a darker colour ensured all our recipients would be ‘decent’ when they wore their new scrubs! Tetbury Lions very generously set up an account for £500 to buy scrub material and other haberdashery necessities; Amano Tailors in Malmesbury have given four rolls of scrub material, Williams Textiles donated elastic and cord and Ali Bristow and Stretch Lines gave loads of elastic. Other members offered their services as couriers and of course there are the amazing stitching ladies, an elite group of twenty-five, who offered their expertise in sewing.

What has been truly incredible is the quality and volume of the items made: Scrubs 158, Scrub bags 90, Scrub hats and hair bands 32, Face Coverings (masks) 370, and many more hair bands and ear protectors. These have gone out to a Tetbury nursing home, Great Western Hospital (GWH), Mental Health Nurses, Paediatric Nurses, GP’s, School Teachers (local school teachers responsible for any child who displays symptoms,) to Hospice Nurses, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Nursery Nurses, Chiropodists, Physiotherapists, Staff at a Rehabilitation Care Home, Specialist Staff that help people living on the streets, and to women experiencing domestic violence. Having stepped up to the plate, this group has not only grown in numbers but continues to gain momentum, providing an increasing number of much-needed scrubs and accessories to front-line organisations; essential protection for the day to day tasks they have to perform. Well done! Tetbury Scrubbers

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Tetbury Scout Group Since our last article Tetbury’s Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have not been able… …to enjoy their normal activities but have been very busy anyway in the virtual world, working their way through an alphabet of exciting activities. The Beavers led the way with their ‘animal friend,’ ‘book reader’ and ‘builder’ badges, whilst Cubs worked on their ‘artist’ badge. All the sections enjoyed various cooking challenges with many tasty looking biscuits,

cookies and cakes being seen across the computer screens of Tetbury. The Scouts made bug hotels, played bingo, worked on their craft badges, and made curries, which looked delicious. Other badges that our young people are working on include the ‘experimenter,’ ‘gardener,’ ‘nights away’ and ‘space’ badges.

All our Scouts love games and over the last months have enjoyed escape rooms, ‘capture the flag,’ Kim’s games, Lego challenges, physical challenges, quizzes, scavenger, and family treasure hunts around Tetbury. Cubs have also made floating boats and Scouts are completing their virtual ‘water activities at home’ badge.

rendition of ‘Alice the Camel’ will go down in Tetbury Scouting history – although perhaps the Beaver’s sign language version was more tuneful!

As Scouts, we are very aware that many people are not as fortunate as us, especially currently. Many of our members took part in the massive national fundraising effort – ‘Hike to the Moon.’ By each walking at least one mile – and getting sponsored by friends and family – Scouts hiked the equivalent of the 240,000 miles to the Moon to support people who need help most at this time. The Beavers have also been earning their ‘disability awareness’ badge, including taking part in virtual sign language lessons - and they have made ‘smiles,’ (a drawing or a craft that we hope make people smile,) to be sent to each resident of Ilsom House. One of the highlights for all the sections was the County ‘We Will Survive’ virtual camp. We had over thirty families camping in their gardens around Tetbury, setting up their tents and flags and cooking on open fires. There were various virtual campfire games and singalongs and Mike’s glorious

We are looking forward to returning to our normal Scouting activities soon, but in the meantime from the list of activities you can see above, you can see that it is simply amazing what our leaders manage to do with ‘Zoom.’ I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our leaders for the fantastic job they do; I am very proud to be able to write about their amazing efforts despite the current circumstances. Finally, a massive thank you to the Tetbury Lions for providing us with funding for our new event shelter and hi-vis jackets. Already, our tents and shelters are being put to good use, to help St.Mary’s School provide shade for the children on the school field. 1210917

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I could always rely on him to help whenever often at shor he could, t notice, even when his he failing. I belie alth was ve many peop le in Tetbury him enormou will miss sly, as I shall. Yours very sa dly, Roger Bellairs .

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Dear Editor, I wanted to write ‘officially’ from Cirencester Foodbank, to express a huge thank you to Tetbury Lions for their ongoing and very generous support. As you probably know, the last three months have been extremely busy, with a huge amount of operational change for us - as well as increases in client numbers and fluctuating food donation levels at the foodbank. I am delighted to say that our move to a home delivery operation in partnership with British Gas has gone smoothly and, thanks to the amazing community support from organisations such as the Lions, our food stock levels are looking healthy.

We remain nervous, though, that the coming months may see another surge in demand, as more redundancies are made across our area and children go without school meals over the summer holidays. We continue to manage our finances prudently so that we can react quickly to situations of need ‘on the ground.’ While we are keen to return to a ‘face-to-face’ service with our clients, the temporary solution of home delivery ensures the safety of our staff, volunteers and clients, and gives us the reach to assist all those in food poverty, no matter where they live in our region. We are working hard to continue to signpost our clients to services which will assist them.

We believe we are in a good position to meet what we anticipate may sadly be a continued period of increased demand for the foodbank’s services. Tetbury Lions support will enable us to continue these operations and to adapt as an organisation as the coronavirus pandemic develops. With best wishes and thanks to all your members, Anne Currie, Chair, Cirencester Foodbank

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Lion Bert Hand I am writing to thank the Tetbury Lions for all the cards that our friends have sent to me with such kin d thoughts on the passing of Ber t. I also received a love ly bouquet from the Lion’s Club – left at the doorstep (for ‘social distancing,’) by Colin Poo le - and much appreciate d by me and the family. ylor, Matron: O and Sarah Ta d Fynn Brady Zena Dalton, CE Read, Oliver an idi He n re ild ch al loc by Artwork

you, the local e support from th ve ha to y ck we have ve been so lu recent weeks In turn, we ha d times. Over te en ed otective ec pr pr al these un g from person community, in nations rangin d staff do an d of ar e Bo nc e da th un e Trustees of Th received an ab . ne wi pport, d su an ed ) to cakes who have offer equipment (PPE ther thank you to all ge s to ou ed m lli or ra en s ha y an r community Ou would like to sa s. m ly to ite ss g e working tirele and by donatin both verbally, my team. We ar d ank an Th u s. yo of ice d rv so prou provide safe se once more, I am to continue to h this, ug re ro ca th er t liv ge ll de we charity wi adapt the way rstanding; our s as soon as pport and unde Surgery service y Da d you for your su an ts ien at tp Ou r ou -open and we will re so. it is safe to do

Who would have though t that there would be no Tetbury Advertiser printed at the time – and nothing mu ch to put in it, anyway! They ma naged to produce a Ma y version of ‘The Villager’ in Avenin g and I was pleased to be able to contribute an article as a tribute to Bert. The short service at the cremation was very str ange, with only ten of played lovely music from the family present, but ‘The Messiah,’ (his fav we ourite,) and lots of the in celebration of Bert’s family contributed me life. mories

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Ed: Dear Shirley, many thanks for your letter. Even if we were to tak of this magazine wou e up all of it, a single ld not big enough to issue give credit to Bert splendid man. an inspirational Lion and a very

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Chelworth Bookworms ‘The Travelling Cat Chronicles’ by Hiro Arikawa Nana was born a stray and therefore sees himself as an independent and street-wise cat. Even so, when he is hit by a passing car, he allows himself to be cared for by Saturo. In fact, even when he has healed, he decides to stay and allows Saturo to call him ‘his’ cat.

Whilst on the surface the group of old university friends seem a solid group, underlying tensions soon surface. Add into the mix a gamekeeper with a troubled past and a housekeeper hiding from the world, and the list of suspects grows as the snow gets deeper. The claustrophobic atmosphere within the lodge, cut off from the outside world, is gradually built up until the person ‘whodunit,’ and why they did, is finally revealed. Well-written, with characters who gradually reveal themselves, The Hunting Party is a real page turner. Highly recommended.

However, wary of any kind of change, Oliver’s resolutions were unlikely to be fulfilled. Only one – ‘I will ask Marie on a date’ – gained any traction in his mind, but would he ever have the nerve to do it? Then, quite out of the blue, Oliver meets two new women. Caroline seems open to a new attachment, whilst Edie has an unusual proposition that might save Clock & Son from the competition that has opened up across town. Making cautious steps outside his comfort zone, Oliver tries to spruce up his life and his business.

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However, now Saturo has decided he can no longer keep his cat and sets out to visit a series of old friends, hoping that one of them will agree to take in Nana. As Saturo visits his friends and reminisces with them about their time together at school and college, we learn about his early life and how, despite the difficulties he faced, he has been a good friend. When Nana is describing their travels, the tone of the book can be quite aloof and detached – just as you might expect a cat to be, but as the humans describe their lives, the emotions they often kept hidden at the time come to the fore. However, Nana’s nonchalance and apparent unconcern are just a front and he would prefer to stay with Saturo. Although most likely to appeal to cat lovers, this is basically a story of friendship. There are no real surprises in the book, but the moral is clear - your past actions can have a lasting effect on how you are remembered by others.

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Endearing and life-affirming despite its somewhat gloomy setting, this book should appeal to all those who enjoyed ‘The Rose Project’ by the same author. Definitely recommended. Ghilly Vincenti, Chelworth Bookworms

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