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What’s On 1st March St Marys’ Church Ash Wednesday service 7.00 pm – marking the beginning of Lent 1st March, Nicki Heenan with Tetbury Art Society 7.30 pm at St Michael’s Hall, Silver Street 2nd March Christ Church at 7.30 pm HOTS AGM Followed by Amy Frost: Bath Preservation Trust 3rd March Women’s World Day of Prayer Service Christ Church at 2.00 pm, all welcome 3rd March “Get Connected” Morning 10.00 am to 1 pm social media help at Tetbury Library 11th March Lions “Horse Racing” fund-raising evening The Dolphins Hall. See the article in this issue’s Lion’s Den. 12th, 13th, 19th 24th and 26th March, Walks lead by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens See the details in the article in this issue 15th March Theatre Group trip to “Gaslight” See the details in the article in this issue 24th March St Patrick Night’s event, Christ Church See the details in the article in this issue 26th March Mothering Sunday Service 9.30am at St Marys’ Church 30th March Easter Crafts and Charity Coffee Morning 10 - 12.30, Dolphins Hall. See the advert in thisJo issue 1110609 Gale:Layout 1

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Avening WI 12 Avonvale FC 16 Bring Ben Home 50 Citizens Advice 54 Computer Advice 14 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 23 David Mason 4 Dolphins Dramatic Society 27 Eating Out 17 Girlguiding 18 Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festivals 26 History of Tetbury Society 33 Leighterton School 40 Letters to the Editor 39 Lion’s Den 5 Mayor’s Piece 34 News from Christ Church 44 News from St Marys’ Church 24 Patient Participation Group 37 People for You 55 Priory Inn Blog 30 Puddle Ducks 22 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 4 Sir William Romney’s School 6 St Mary’s Playgroup 46 Tetbury Art Society 8 Tetbury Camera Club 15 Tetbury Community Choir 48 22: Tetbury Footpath Group 28 Tetbury Goods Shed 11 Tetbury Hospital 21 Tetbury in Bloom 20 Tetbury Library 42 Tetbury Police Museum 43 Tetbury Probus 36 Tetbury Theatre Group 47 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 32 Unsung Hero - March 30 Wacky Races 9 What’s On 3 Young by Name 10

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun The Mediator Today the courts preach of the benefits of mediation. When I started my involvement in such matters well back in the last century, one hoped that each party would instruct competent solicitors. The matter would be set down for a court hearing. The advocates on each side would advise their clients of the risks of allowing a judge to decide on their future and if convinced they would agree terms, which the Judge would accept and congratulate all those involved in reaching the settlement. This, would in most cases, involve a court consent order. In the mid 1990’s the procedure became more streamlined and in matrimonial cases there were always special appointments before a Judge, to see if the parties could agree something. In civil cases, parties were encouraged to go to mediation and could be penalised later for not adopting this course. As court costs began to escalate, more pressure was placed on parties to settle and it could get quite nasty if there was a final hearing involving heavy costs.

mediation is in the hands of a Judge who should know both what is fair and what the courts would do if allowed to hear the case. If the parties are all properly represented, then a relatively fair result will be achieved and the representative will make up for the feebleness of one or other of the parties. There is, however, time pressure on a court mediated settlement, as the Judge will want to get on with his list - or to go home. Invariably in matrimonial cases the parties will, at lunchtime, have agreed everything except the destination of a Toby jug or some similar piece of equipment; the judge can be menacing in such circumstances. Recently I represented a party in a dispute that had been going on for six years. We paid substantially for an experienced mediator. I was to host the mediation but unfortunately, we were short of chairs.

David Mason What makes a 10-year old Tetbury boy enrol on a starter course in kayaking at Stroud Valley Canoe Club? To take on the challenge of mastering a single seat kayak? To progress rapidly to fast-flowing water miles from home? Only David Mason, a pupil at Sir William Romney School can answer these questions, since that’s exactly what he has done. Now aged 13, David has achieved remarkable successes, as he has been promoted through the various divisions and is currently ranked 32 in his age group and 101 out of 155 in his division - extremely good credentials that hint at a champion in the making. Attending practice and training sessions for skills, strength and endurance three times a week, his commitment to his sport is without question; Tuesday evenings at the Cardiff White Water centre, Thursday on the

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Gloucester Canal and on Saturday he is at either Capels Mill in Stroud or Symonds Yat on the River Wye. In addition to these regular weekly sessions, there are four further specialist sessions scheduled over weekends in December, February, May and August in Llandysul, Wales. Llandysul is a market town in the Welsh county of Ceredigion, west Wales through which the River Teifi (Afon Teifi in Welsh) provides a test for kayakers of all abilities. The river offers challenging Grade 2 to 3 rapids for over one kilometre and national slalom ranking events take place here from May to October, so not a place for the faint hearted. The competition season runs from March to October and David has been entered for fifteen weekend slalom competitions in 2017. All of this of course comes at a price and while his family are similarly dedicated to his continued success, meeting annual costs estimated to be in excess of £1,500, Tetbury Lions helped in the purchase of a new race specification kayak to enable him

to continue progress in a sport in which his peers have recognised his ability. David remains a member of Stroud Valley Canoe Club but is now also a member of Wyedean Canoe Club based at Symonds Yat. Slalom paddlers are grouped so that they can race others of similar ability, on water that is appropriate to their skill. There are five divisions - Premier and Divisions 1 to 4. Newcomers like David start in Division 4. Subject to performance, you get promoted building up your skill, and working your way up to bigger water and tougher, more formidable competition. For example for an international slalom event a Premier contestant can expect to be in the Alps with forty tons of water thundering past every second, and be in a kayak weighing barely 9 kilos! David, having rapidly progressed to Division 2 in three years, hopes to achieve promotion to Division 1 towards the end of this year. All in Tetbury Lions wish him the very best of luck, and look forward to updates on his continued progress. David Mason with Lion President Alan Cross

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So many things have happened since my previous article for our February edition, it’s difficult to know where to start, or what to leave out. Firstly, it was a real honour, on behalf of Tetbury Lions, to go down to Stroud in February to meet David Mason and his amazing Grandma who supports him. David has done extremely well in local kayaking competitions – and with his new kayak, which has been provided with Lions support, and with dedicated hard work, I am sure he will realise his full potential on the wider stage. Well done David. Now! Cancer can of course be a serious concern to any one of us and, accordingly, Tetbury Lions regularly supports the work done by the Marie-Curie Organisation. Many of you will have seen Lions collecting

outside Tesco over the weekend of 25th/26th Feb. In view of the deadline date for printing, I do not have a total to give you for our collection, but I would like to thank all of you who donated. Eye-sight problems are also a major health issue but, with our NHS services, we are usually able to get the help we need. However, this is not possible in many poorer countries, in particular in Africa. Lions International has a programme where unwanted spectacles can be sorted; repaired and cleaned and can be sent out to areas of special need in Africa. Tetbury Lions has been collecting unwanted spectacles during February and we have at least 250 pairs already, with many more to follow. Thanks to everyone who has supported this valuable re-cycling of unwanted specs. I will be taking them all with me to our Regional Conference at Falfield on the 11th of March where, collectively, we hope to exceed last year’s collection total of 15,000 pairs. One of the highlights of this Lions year will be the “Tetbury Cares” conference which we are planning to hold at the beginning of June. This will bring together around fifty organisations that provide health and “well-being” services to people in the Tetbury area. The hope is that we can produce some form of information source covering all these services to which people living in the Tetbury area can turn for contact information. The concept has been received warmly by both service providers

Lion’s Den and potential users. The initiative will be part funded by the Lions, with support from the Tetbury Feoffees. More information will follow in due course.

Planning is also well underway for a “Horse Racing” fund-raising evening at the Dolphins Hall on Sat 11th March. This is not a film night but a participation evening, where people riding hobby-horses make their way along a track. It’s great fun and our thanks go to the six businesses in Tetbury who have sponsored the event. There may still be some tickets are available, so do call me, or Alan and Saxon Greenway, on 01666 504715, if you would like to come - and if you think you can spot a winner! Alan Cross, President, Tetbury Lions 01666 505920

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Sir William Romney’s School The Department for Education has recently released school performance league tables and we are delighted to have enjoyed another year of examination success. Students’ performance in 2016 placed Sir William Romney’s above the national average and in the top 25% of schools in England. We are extremely proud of our students’ performance and the quality of teaching they receive at Sir William Romney’s.

Meet Mr Dillon our new Head of Music “My first term has been exciting, rewarding and hard work! When I made the decision to move 200 miles from Liverpool to The Cotswolds I did so because I felt the school was a warm, caring and creative place to be. I have not been disappointed – I have been welcomed with open arms by staff and students alike and have had the privilege to work with truly talented students from all year groups.” “The Music Department at SWR has unbounded potential, a potential that we have already begin to unlock. Each year group and each class has impressed me with their attitude to learning. We have begun to discuss some tricky musical concepts that students have taken well in their stride – with students lower down the school showing great resilience in tackling GCSE standard work. The classrooms and practice rooms have 681010 March Roofing:Layout 1

been updated, tidied and cleaned, and a wealth of new equipment ordered: from West African Djembe to South American Samba. Students will explore these musical cultures over the coming months.” “Outside the classroom, staff and students have immersed themselves in the newly formed ‘SWR Singers’ who rehearse weekly in the Recital Room; also ‘SWR Brass’ with more groups planned for the next few months. Both groups performed alongside our partner primary schools at the SWR Carol Service held at St Marys’ Church in December. Trips to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are also planned, as well as visits from professional musicians.” “Our dedicated team of instrumental teachers have spaces available for students to learn a variety of instruments, please contact me for further details: p.dillon@ swr.gloucs.sch.uk “

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Carol Concert Our local community will be aware that we held a Carol Concert at St Mary’s Church in December. Students showed off their musical talents, including Year 7, alongside pupils from Avening and St Mary’s primary schools. Mr Dillon commented: “… this was in addition to festive readings and congregational carols, with a mince pie and liquid refreshment reception included.” SWR was pleased to be working once again in the community and we look forward to more events in the future.

Students’ artwork to brighten local hospital It’s been a busy few weeks in the Art department, Year 10 students have created a mural, filled with popular characters from children’s film and TV to brighten up the children’s waiting area at Tetbury Hospital. Thanks go to the following students: Evie Garbutt, Leah Manning, Tegan O’Connor, Charlotte Rushton and twins, Emily & Mimi Saunders. “I am thrilled with the mural and so are the staff at Tetbury Hospital” said Mr Davies. “The students did a great job and I am very proud of them.

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As well as donating £2,000 to CLIC Sargent last year, following our sponsored walk, in December students wore their Christmas jumpers to school raising £1,000 for Save the Children. In November, we held our usual non-uniform day for BBC Children in Need, a fun day which included crazy hair competitions and cake sales. Sir William Romney’s School

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Tetbury Art Society Our winter hibernation is over. By the time that you read this article, our 2017 programme will be about to begin or even have actually begun. Our Treasurer, Hazel Cudmore, did manage to balance the books, Nicki Heenan did put the finishing touches to the programme for 2017, Anne Weston did design and get printed our Membership Cards, I did find candidates for the committee - and the AGM was held on 15th February followed by some socialising. (Reporting on the AGM is an act of faith at the time of writing – perhaps it will have had to be postponed due to inclement weather!) Looking forward, on the evening of Wednesday 1st March, Nicki Heenan herself will give a demonstration of working with cold wax and dried pigment. This will be held in St Michael’s Hall, Silver Street, Tetbury at 7:30 pm. This is just the first item of our programme for this year which boasts five demonstrations, two practical evenings, a workshop, two exhibitions, a sale and a Christmas social. Additionally, we will be painting outdoors on Monday afternoons in August, weather permitting, and Barry Barnes is already arranging a coach trip to the Victoria & Albert and other museums in South Kensington, London, this month. More information on the Society’s activities can be found on our website www. tetburyartsociety.org.uk or phone me on 01666-502909 or Barry Barnes on 01666503926. 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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Since the launch of the updated web site and the publication of the revised rules and entry forms, the strong level of interest we anticipated for the Wacky Races of 2017 has indeed materialised. Already signed in and paid up are two teams from London and Evesham and one each from Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Preston and Westbury.This means that 30% of our alloted entries have already been taken! Tetbury teams seem to be taking a risk and leaving their entries to the last minute, since only one has been received so far – so to all the Tetbury racers considering submitting an entry for the 2017 event, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May, please understand that although

entries officially close on Friday 7th April, if we reach our full quota before that date, (as seems very likely), then the entry process will be terminated early. Don’t miss out… It’s a good time to remind prospective competitors that the rules, regulations and specifications relating to the building of a Wacky Race vehicle are on the web page www.tetburywackyraces.co.uk Failure to adhere to these, especially the important safety aspects of the vehicle, could lead to your being disqualified from the event. The health and safety officer will be scrutinising each vehicle before the practice run and it will be a great shame if you are not allowed to compete, after all the effort that has been expended. Stallholders are also showing strong early interest with eight already confirmed and double that number due to submit forms and fees by the end of February. Once again

Wacky Races we are limited for space, so if you wish to have a stall, the stallholder forms can also be downloaded from the web page. The next phase of sponsorship, essential for the safe running of this event, will be the opportunity to display banners on the course and take an advert in the full colour programme as a public show of support for this thrills-and-spills spectacular. Sponsorship is critical, as this is a very expensive family fun day to run, but once all costs are met any net surplus is distributed back to organisations and clubs in Tetbury. All sponsors will be listed on the Wacky Races web pages too, so if you would like to take up this opportunity, please contact saxon-wackyraces2016@outlook.com as soon as possible. Happy Racing! The Wacky Races Committee

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Young by Name Just what Dr Watson ordered Worn down by a bleak and hostile environment filled with threats, this month I turned to an old friend for comfort. No, I’m not talking about our current political climate, but about the final episode of the television series Sherlock.

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Despite a busy end to the year, there’s no time to rest for the Goods Shed volunteers. We’re now on the home straight, counting down to officially opening the arts centre this Spring; 127 years after the Victorian building first opened. At the end of March the 184-tiered seating system will be installed. This marks a

significant moment for the team. It means we go from an empty, blank space to a working theatre and performance venue. We want to say another huge thank you to everyone who donated towards the state of the art, retractable system by sponsoring a seat. These people will soon be able to see their names adorned on the back of their chair, and be able to choose their seat to sit on when they visit. Our very first performance with the brandnew seats in place will be undertaken, fittingly, by a local group. The Tetbury

Tetbury Goods Shed Community Choir will perform on Monday 3rd April at 7.30pm under the direction of Richard George. It’s wonderful to know that a Tetbury society will be the first to sing in the fully furnished auditorium. We have very kindly been asked to take part in this year’s Select Festival. With Tetbury having such a historical connection to the wool trade, it seems only right that we should welcome a textiles festival. Select is presented by Stroud International Textiles and will take over the Goods Shed this May. We’re delighted to say that Gloucestershire artist Kerry Phippin will be exhibiting her ink and pencil artworks throughout the month. We’ll also feature two performances by the children’s theatre company Blunderbus and Tetbury-based musician and violin maker, Daniel Bristow will perform with the Amico Quartet on instruments he has made. Bookings are coming thick and fast and we’re so pleased with the reaction we’re getting from local artists and performers who want to visit the Goods Shed. It’s wonderful news and hopefully means we’re on the right track to developing a recognised centre of arts excellence for the South Cotswolds.

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Avening WI Minchinhampton and she showed numerous excellent poignant photographs.

Plans for 2017 are well in hand. As usual we will be taking part in the Gloucester County Skittles Competition. There are four teams from Avening in the County Quiz and we hope that one of the teams will make it through to the final round in the Autumn. We usually do! Fifteen members wish to attend the County AGM in Cheltenham Town Hall in March. The speakers are Dr Lucy Worsley of TV fame and Lady Bathurst, so it should be very interesting. Going back to our Christmas meeting we had a magnificent response to our request for donations for the Stroud Food Bank. Our president, Gwyneth, delivered them to the food bank and they were gratefully received. Lots of pairs of spectacles were also donated for the Vine Project. Pat Chase, founder of the project reported that the large container she has shipped out in the Autumn has arrived in South Africa and she would be going out in the New Year to distribute its contents. We presented Waterside Garden Centre vouchers to the winners of our flower of the month competition. In the week leading up to Christmas we provided a Christmas lunch for the Stroud Macular Society organised by

our catering officer Eileen Ind. It was a great success and we have a repeat booking for “same again” this Christmas. At our January meeting one of our members Di Wall gave an interesting account of the role of women in the First World War focusing mainly on the families of, and places near to

At our February meeting we welcomed Mark Collins who is a teacher of Tai Chi and Qigong. He talked to us about the background of Chinese martial arts and how undertaking the movements of Tai Chi can improve balance and general health and wellbeing. We did some simple exercises with him and then he gave a demonstration of some of the more complex movements. Thanks to Sue and Helen we have a very varied programme to look forward to in 2017. We welcome visitors to our meetings held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Avening Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Shirley Hand, Avening WI

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Computer Advice Are you still using Windows Vista? The Vista operating system will be going end of life this Easter. If you are still using this version of Windows, you will need to take action. When Vista came out, it was rather a problem child with many issues, most relating to peripherals that would no longer work, but were fine with Windows XP that immediately preceded it. Anyway, that all seems a very long time ago. Since then it has proved to be stable, and was the precursor to Windows 7, when Microsoft finally got it right. So, if you have a laptop or desktop PC still running Vista, you will need to either upgrade or replace your system this year. When XP went end of life, many thought they could carry on using it indefinitely. But instead, many banking and other secure websites prohibited users from logging on as the security risk was too high after support ended. This will also happen with Vista.

with at least 50GB of free space, then you should be ready to go. I would recommend backing up your data before attempting an upgrade and preferably reformat the drive for a clean start with the new operating system. At the same time, swapping your hard drive for an SSD [Solid State Disk], will dramatically improve performance and breathe new life in to your PC. If you need help with this, do let me know.

compatible with most old and new technologies alike. Originally Windows 10 was touted as the final version of Windows. However, it does now appear to have a final cut-off date of 2025, [providing you are running the Anniversary Update 1607 update which was first released back in July last year]. This is 2 years more than Windows 8.1, which will be finally killed off in 2023 and 2020 for Windows 7 SP1.

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“Watching the Birdie” captures a truly stunning snap

of cameras with adjustable shutter speeds, which could work quickly enough to ‘freeze’ movement, have made the phrase a thing of the past, though not for Tetbury Camera Club member Tony Banks.

In the days of the Kodak Box Brownie, if you can remember that, ‘watch the birdie’ was the phrase used by photographers, professional as well as amateur, when they wanted someone to sit still while they took a portrait.

Like several of our members, Tony is a relative latecomer to photography as a hobby, but since joining the club about four years ago, he has been making up for lost time, perfecting his recently-realised talent with a special interest in landscape and wildlife pictures.

A subject who was sitting still was a necessity if the picture that was being taken wasn’t to come out blurred. Happily, the development

Spurred on by successfully ‘shooting’ several birds from his kitchen window, and not afraid of a bigger challenge, Tony ended last year with the aim of trying to capture a picture of a kingfisher in flight or better still, living up to its name, with a fish in its beak. As anyone who has ever tried to photograph birds will know, that was no small project. Kingfishers look beautiful, but they are also notoriously timid. On top of that they are small, seldom stay still and are famous for their fast flight. When they dive for their prey a typical speed as they enter the water is 25 miles an hour and darting from cover to spot a fish, they are usually moving even more quickly – 35 miles an hour is not uncommon.

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Tetbury Camera Club in action. After that, perfecting the perfect combination of lens length, shutter speed, camera aperture and ISO, which is the modern equivalent of film speed on older film cameras. Modern digital cameras make practicing your ideal shot much easier and less expensive than shooting on film used to be. These days you can see what you have taken virtually instantly and if it wasn’t what you wanted, you can just as quickly delete that shot and get ready for another opportunity. For anyone wanting to try capturing a similar shot to the one shown here, this one was taken at 1/1600th of a second, with a fairly wide aperture of f6.3. and ISO of 400. That was the combination of settings that Tony felt suited the light, were fast enough to capture the moving bird and had a low enough ISO to produce a picture with the right degree of detail. Proving that Tony’s time was well spent, one of the kingfisher pictures was judged highly commended at our first competition of 2017, at the end of January. If you are interested in learning more about photography, Tetbury Camera Club meets upstairs at the Priory Inn every Tuesday at 7.30. Guests and potential new members are always welcome. Iain Smyth, Tetbury Camera Club

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Typically, I completely missed the fact that The Tipputs Inn reopened in autumn 2015, though I’ve sailed past it on an almost weekly basis!

The bar areas (where we sat - a last minute booking, as usual) were much as before, though the restaurant proper seemed to have been restyled, with a Mediterranean feel. As ‘Grillhouse’ suggests, the main focus is meat, but there’s a good variety on offer. With a couple of local ales, an extensive ‘regular’ menu (over 30 options for the first two courses, including vegetarian and fish dishes!) and specials, there were tricky choices to make. Regular readers – if there As a place that’s just out of town, previous are any - will know that I’ve mentioned visits always felt like ‘going out’, so I was keen potential issues with huge menus before, to try its new Bar’ incarnation. 100208 KP‘Grillhouse Gardensand 22/2/08 21:50 so Page 1 a little apprehensive. That said, I was given how busy it was, I wondered if everything would still be available! Initially, I was tempted by Portuguese Espatadas but then several arrived nearby. If you don’t know, Espatadas are kebabs of skewered meat suspended hooks over a substantial plate of the chips of your choice, so the meat juices drip onto them. They looked delicious, but I wasn’t up to eating that volume of meat and chips, so I chose from the specials: pigeon breast, then sea bass, rice and sweet potato curry.

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Eating Out top. It tasted lovely, but the subtlety of the fish was rather lost. Flossy chose beetroot and vodka cured salmon and – surprise! – the house burger. The salmon was good, she said, though the accompanying cucumber shot was less impressive. In her words, ‘It wasn’t very pleasant.’ A nice idea, but better in conception than execution, it seems. The burger was a whopping 10 ounces, plus bun, accompaniments and fries: a substantial meal. Added to which, there were cheese, bacon and chorizo topping options. Sadly, Flossy couldn’t manage it all. Good, but not remarkable would be a fair summary of her comments. Like I say, it was extremely busy, so, for now, The Tipputs provides something that many people want – and good luck to them. My small, niggling concern, is this: as somewhere that customers must drive to, I wonder if they’ll be happy to adapt and evolve, change the wide ‘set’ menu, so that, when the flush of popularity begins to wane, they’ll do some ‘reinventing’ regularly, to ensure that there’s something new to go for. Anyway, I happily recommend you give it a try now. The food and service were fine and we’ll certainly be going back to try something else… Fill

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Girlguiding Rainbows have been busy learning new songs and games… …as they have been completing the Global Adventures Roundabout badge. They had fun making Poi to play with from New Zealand and got very sticky making Lamingtons from Australia.

new skills in the process. Westonbirt Guide Unit has been part of Tetbury District for many years and it is with regret that the decision has been made to close the unit. Despite requests for help, nobody has come forward. We are very grateful to Ann Bye who has been running the unit since the end of 2010 and a whole year longer than when she expressed her intention to stand down. The good news is that our neighbours in Wiltshire are going to offer all the present Guides a place in a new unit that will be opening in Sherston.

On 22nd February every year we celebrate Thinking Day, when we think about our sisters in Guiding around the world. The date was chosen as it just happened to be the birthdays of both Lord and Lady BadenPowell. This year, once again, the day fell in term time and thanks to the agreement of local Headteachers we hope that many of our members wore their uniforms to school for the day. Sue Doidge, Tetbury District Commissioner girlguidingtetbury@gmail.com

1st Brownies have had a mixed term of activities which has included making puppets and starting work on their 1st Aid badge. 2nd Brownies have been working on the “Forget me not” challenge badge created with The Alzheimer’s Society to create awareness of dementia. As part of the badge they held a cake sale and raised a magnificent £47. 1st Guides have been working in Patrols and there have been lots of activities with chocolate, including painting, but also

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Dr Cyril Hayes MVB MRCVS The George Veterinary Hospital Tetbury branch 01666 503531 LOVE, LOVE, LOVE… Neutering your pet is essential for population control and helps reduce the flow of homeless animals to already overcrowded shelters. Puppies usually reach puberty at 5-12 months but some may fall outside this range. Many believe that it is important for bitches to have at least one season; however there are pros and cons. Neutering before dramatically reduces the risk of mammary cancer, while neutering later will still be beneficial. Unneutered bitches are at risk of “pyometra” (when the uterus fills with pus and the bitch becomes very sick). An emergency operation is required to remove the uterus which is more dangerous for your pet than a spey. It’s another reason we would always recommend neutering. The only exception is for large breed dogs; when neutered before their 1st season there is a risk they may develop urinary incontinence – we recommend allowing them to have one season before booking in for a spey. If she has had a season, then we normally wait 3 months after to perform the operation. This is because bitches

For male dogs we recommend castration from 6 months old, although we would usually wait until about 12 months of age (unless they are showing some naughtier boy behaviours!). Castration prevents any testicular diseases and significantly reduces the risk of prostatic infection and enlargement. It may also reduce the tendency to wander! Kittens usually reach puberty at 5-8 months of age, though some females may be able to have a litter as young as 4 months old! Unneutered cats will mate with any other unneutered cat, including their own family so you may still end up with kittens! Cats do not need to have a season or a litter in order to be healthy and, actually, neutering cats at a younger age is associated with reduced risks of road traffic accidents and certain infectious diseases – it may also help stop your cat fighting, and spraying urine in the house. Additionally, for younger kittens, the operation is often easier and faster and they bounce back really quickly, so it is well worth neutering them whilst they are still quite young. Neutering animals may reduce their metabolic rate, so they will need less food after the operation, but neutering itself will not cause the animals to become fat provided you manage their calorie intake in later life. With the benefits far outweighing the risks, we would definitely recommend neutering your pets to help them live a long and happy life!

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Tetbury in Bloom Tetbury in Bloom The spring equinox is on the 20th of March (although meteorological spring begins on the 1st of March 2017), but for Tetbury in Bloom, the gardening season is already well underway. The current incarnation of Tetbury in Bloom was the vision of Stephen Hirst during his previous tenure as Mayor. Building on the work of the then Town Clerk, Rodger Williams, his initial vision was for Tetbury In Bloom to involve volunteers in a project with the object of improving the appearance of the town. In 2008 there were several simple flower beds in the centre of the town that were planted and maintained by the Council. “These needed an injection of interesting plants, a great deal of imagination and the will to improve the town’s overall appearance. The in-Bloom team provided all these ingredients, in excess, with the result that is very much in evidence throughout the year” said Stephen.

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We have already planned for this year and are now taking orders for our summer hanging baskets which comprise easy-care, trailing begonias in pink, red, orange and apricot shades OR you can choose baskets which comprise a selection of vibrant trailing geraniums. They will be delivered to your door by arrangement during the second week in June; all you need to do is to install them, water them regularly and give them the occasional feed. Details can be found in our advertisement or on our website www.tetburyinbloom.org.uk All profits raised help go towards In Bloom projects. If you purchased our hanging baskets last summer and still have the empty containers, we’d really appreciate their return so we can re-use them for this year. To arrange collection, please ring Sue Hirst on 504213. Other plans for 2017 are also well advanced and include: Open Gardens Day on Sunday 30th July and the Race Night fundraising event on Saturday 28th October. With spring just around the corner, it’s time to check your garden to-do list. Liz Farnham, Tetbury in Bloom

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A day in the life of… Matron at Tetbury Hospital Susan Probert and Helen Gornall share the role of Matron at Tetbury Hospital, working opposite one another to cover the week. Here’s what they do: On arrival at the hospital, we do a daily ‘floor walk’, where we visit each department and ensure that all is on schedule with staffing, patient appointments and that

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Making and sticking to your 2015 fitness goals Puddle Ducks

Can it be that we are really half way through to classes there in September and we were very pleased to receive a visit from Mrs. the academic year already? As I write this the goal andcame completion firmlya set – the chance for a fresh start, the Bell who to share a date story about boy in article, we are approaching the February your mind. Write it down! ce to reignite your fitness, lose those called Stanley whose imagination turned his half term break and what a very busy term it ordinary stick into some quite extra-ordinary has been. The children have done so much Making one big target is great, as this is ds, run that race and break that things. We all really enjoyed listening and learning, exploring different letters and what you really want to achieve – for onal best! joining in with the story. Thank you to Mrs. sounds with a variety of crafts and activities example, marathon or losing five this looks and sounds great on paper, Bell forrunning coming toasee us. including imaginary trips in spaceships to stone. these targets take for considerable when the ink has dried and it comes play amongst the stars where we also met OurBut extra pre-school sessions the older aliens and astronauts! We have been under are moving in September timechildren and it’swhoeasy to loseonsight. Creating n to it (inevitably after the Christmas the sea where we can swim with the angelfish have got off to a great start. They have really shorter-term goals aimed at the main goal k it is harder and sweatier than ever), in and out of the seaweed. We made an risen to the challenges of a slightly more is beneficial, and these must also goal seems much further from your structured routine and it is so nice to see howbe amazing aeroplane to explore the sky and ‘SMART’. monthly objective start p. Even if you’ve managed to stick to much Athey are enjoying havingmight their own the children led us on adventures around the special time each week and giving them the world and all these ideas have been brought goals for a few weeks, results aren’t with simply going to the gym three times chance for some more focused activities.  away, and we are all  together  by the children with a fantastic wallper  week. ys seen straight display. We have been visited by stick insects Puddle Ducks is now full for the remainder tient even at the best of times. and made an insect hotel for our garden as Asofwe creatures welistfall thisare yearall buthabitual we are running a waiting       cking to your targets requires a well as some Incy Wincy Spiders to hang in for spaces from September 2017which and January into certain routines or habits, can be their giant web in our room. Please contact Catherine Chidley on tured approach and an inner belief in good2018. or bad. Creating an exercise habit can 01666 504 257 for further information if ability to reach what you set. You must We also celebrated Chinese New Year be vital in helping achieve yourusgoal. you are interested you in your child joining in by making some very beautiful Chinese ble to visualise the process and the end the future. In thehabit meantime, of course, our to with an easy that will be easy Start Lanterns which were decorated so carefully baby and toddler group continues – but don’t just fantasise! stick Ducklings to,run andonmake sure you are consistent by the children who then enjoyed fortune to a Friday afternoon in the main aking ‘SMART’ objectives with the help cookies at snack time for a treat. and Dolphins performHallthis forPlease at least fromhabit 1.30-2.45. come two to rainer or by yourself is a great way of beat is vital, the side and knock loudly the weeks. Forentrance example, perform 30to join minutes Weotherwise are grateful you to have with St. lackclose thelinks ability loping exercises and regimes that are to track improvement. fun. All are Mary’s School which helps to aid a smooth of exercise onwelcome. a Monday, Wednesday and       these steps to plan a for you. Follow transition for the children who will be moving Puddle Ducks Friday. Once youNursery have been doing this for      r fitness goal.

They say that time flies when you are having fun and that certainly seems to be the case at Puddle Ducks!

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Grasshoppers and Crickets

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Great Green Bush Cricket Photo by Kristian Peters

Beverston Permissive Path

We recently spent a session working to the instructions of the Gloucestershire branch of the Cotswold Trust, on their Neu-Lindsey Nature Reserve.

The landowner has kindly given permission to link the path from west of the village to the path at Beverston Old Brake Wood, by allowing a walk through the field alongside the A4135 road, rather than IN the road. In February, we achieved this link in two sessions with brushcutting clearance and through building two stiles.

This is a very steeply-sloping field below Amberley, with fine views across to Woodchester. It is so steep that it has never been ploughed or cut for silage; It is now kept as a nature reserve. This increasingly rare unimproved grassland is a fine habitat for wild flowers, including pyramidical orchids, bee orchids, field scabious and common rockrose. Our job was to cut the grass in half the area of the field, leaving the other half to next winter – and to trim some of the scrub. This, we were told, would create the ideal habitat for two rare species here; the rufous grasshopper and the great green bushcricket. The latter is very rare, but thrives here. It is seriously big! They can grow to 54mm or nearly two inches long. The difference between grasshoppers and crickets? According to the “Observers Book of Insects” crickets have very long antennas and grasshoppers are short – and grasshoppers stridulate (i.e. sing or chirp) by rubbing their hind legs with their wings. Crickets make chirping sounds by rubbing

This now allows a safe circular route for dog walkers from the village. Maybe in the future we might be allowed to do a similar job on the other side of the village, safely linking to the Macmillan Way Long Distance route, avoiding the main road.

their wings together. So, there you have it.

Greenway Cycleway at Cam We have done some more clearance of bramble alongside the M5 Motorway near Cam, but this has been held up awaiting agreement of how to cross the A38 at Gossington, to reach Slimbridge. Watch this space. (The full scheme for the Greenway Cycleway is to link Uley through Dursley and Cam to Slimbridge.)

Uley Bury We’ve done more clearance of brambles along the fence line of this hilltop fortification, to conserve both the environment and the views. This is now farmed as grassland for cattle, rather than being used for arable crops, which has greatly improved the area.

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• Sunday the 12th of March at 10.00 am from outside Rodmarton Church for 9 miles via Tarlton, Coates and Hazelton Manor • Monday the 13th of March at 10.00 am from Tetbury Tourist Information office in Church Street for 6 miles via Doughton and Westonbirt. • Sunday the 19th of March at 10.00 am from Sherston High Street for 9 miles via Pinkney and Easton Grey. • Friday the 24th of March at 10.00 am for coffee at the Vestry Café in the Prema Arts Centre in South street, departing at 10.30 for 5.5 miles via Cam Long Downs and Uley Bury. • Sunday the 26th of March at 10.00 am from king’s Stanley village car park for 9 miles via Coaley Peak, Uley Bury and Nympsfield.

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News from St Marys’ Church Are you giving something up for Lent? This year, I think I will. This isn’t about denying myself the pleasures of life for the sake of it. I don’t think God wants us to be miserable. But we do use things to “prop ourselves up”, don’t we: chocolate, alcohol, shopping… And sometimes it is good for the soul to let ourselves be aware of what’s on inside us; the feelings and concerns we might otherwise try to avoid. Yes, it makes us feel vulnerable. But it also helps us to be honest about our needs, and to be more aware of the needs of others. At St Marys’ Church, we begin Lent with our special Ash Wednesday service at 7pm on Wednesday 1st March. We will be keeping the centuries-old tradition where people are invited forward for their foreheads to be marked in ash with the Sign of the Cross. We do this as a sign of our sorrow at all we have done that hurts others and our relationship with God, and our asking for forgiveness. Then, each Sunday, our services at 8am and 9.30 am will mark the journey through Lent. We are also running home groups each week, with opportunities for reflection and discussion. We will be reflecting on how, in our fast-moving world, we have become used to grabbing refreshment where we

can, and sprinting on. We will be exploring ways we can become more like deeplyrooted tress, reaching towards God’s living water for sustenance, strength and refreshment. To find out about joining a house group call our Parish Office on 01666 500 088. And do join us for our special Mothering Sunday Service at 9.30am on Sunday 26th March. We will be celebrating our mums, and all those who mother and care for us through our lives. There is a Mothering

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Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival Free Invitation to the 3rd Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival

There’s also a Wonderland Café serving book-themed cakes, soups and drinks, as well as the usual range of fare from Hawkesbury Upton’s two excellent pubs and the community-owned Hawkesbury Stores.

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‘Anybody For Murder’ is a comedy bordering on farce and it is really funny! I can vouch for that as I have sat in on a couple of rehearsals now. The cast have really gelled and are all strong characters so you are in for a real treat. Don’t forget the 6th, 7th and 8th April 2017 - tickets will be on sale in March at our usual Box Office, Tetbury Hardware, London Road.

Clemens and Spooner struck up a partnership that lasted for the rest of Spooner’s career. Clemens offered the young writer work on The Avengers which was near the beginning of its nine-year run on ITV. Clemens bought two more of Spooner’s scripts in that first year, making Spooner a fairly important writer during the Ian Hendry era of the programme.

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Tetbury and District Footpath Group It seems a very short time since I was writing an article saying we were starting the walking season again and now, incredible though it is, the 2017 season is upon us. Last year we had lovely walks with slightly increased numbers, which is always good for the committee and the leaders of the walks. The weather, generally, was kind to us and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We ended the season, as usual, with our walk to the Cat and Custard Pot at Shipton Moyne, had a very good lunch and then walked back – although some members and partners just arrived at the pub and missed out the walk – but we’re a very flexible group and providing everyone is having a good time that is fine by us!

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“I would certainly recommend it, but only to a group of six to eight persons who are fairly hardy and, more importantly, fairly adaptable and who want an adventurous, action break rather than a restful holiday. TFG member Alex Ando’s generosity in giving us free run of his house as well as his seven-seater car was amazing and this, together with his friendly neighbours, all added to a very successful and satisfying ten-day break.”

In May 2016 four members, Sallie Dearnley, Judith Randall and Jan and Kevin Healy, went on a walking holiday to Gallodoro, Sicily. Kevin’s written this account of the wonderful time they all had:

So obviously, a wonderful time was had by all who went, and Sallie and Kevin will be giving an illustrated talk about the lovely break they had in Sicily at the Annual General Meeting.

“The nature of the land meant that the walks were rather strenuous, but there was never any need to rush, so this wasn’t much of a problem. The area has enough other places to interest you when you fancy a break from walking. Climbing Mount Etna is a more difficult task than you might imagine though - and the freezing temperatures add to the problems.”

The walking season starts again on the first Tuesday in April, so please check the next Advertiser for details of the first months’ walks. We look forward to meeting all our members, old and new, and anyone who would like to join us on a walk to see if they would like to become members. Linda Stokes, Secretary Tetbury and District Footpath Group

Our annual winter meal for all members and partners was held in January at the Snooty Fox and we all had an enjoyable evening with excellent food, wine and company. The Tetbury Footpath Group AGM will be held on Friday 3rd March at 7.30 pm in the Dolphins Hall. Everyone is very welcome, so if you are not yet a member but are wondering if you might like to become one, or would just like to know what we get up to, please come along and join us. As many of you will know, we are updating the walks in our “Country Walks Around Tetbury” book and have added four new walks, too. The walks are now printed individually on laminated paper and there will be a folder in which to keep them. The

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It has been a busy start to the year for us here in Perry Bishop and Chambers’ Tetbury office, with strong interest in properties across the town and surrounding villages, at all prices. A clear direction for Brexit has provided reassurance for those who were previously hesitant about moving. Continuing low interest rates, help to buy schemes and a slowing down of the buy-to-let market have also helped firsttime buyers – who underpin the strength of the whole market – get a foot on the property ladder. New developments that have recently sprung up in and around the town have also stimulated the market in our area, proving particularly popular with both young families as well as retirees looking to downsize. If you are thinking about buying your first home or looking to upsize or downsize, do give us a call. We look forward to helping you with your next move.

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When you live and eat by the British seasons, the hungry gap is the time between the end of the root and winter vegetables and before the early spring crops start to emerge. Our 30 Mile Food Zone suppliers will stretch out their offerings as much as possible, but we are still able to buy local salad leaves from Adeline Farm on The Fosse Way and will be inventive with cabbage, kale and whatever root vegetables are still able to be harvested.

This year on March 25th, we shall be joining The recent “courgette crisis” resulting the WWF and millions of other businesses from floods and snowfall in Spain happily and individuals across the globe in their doesn’t directly affect us, as we restrict annual Earth Hour. From 8.30pm, we shall our buying to fresh produce from local dine by candlelight in a symbolic show farms within 30 miles of the restaurant. of global support to protect our amazing This generates its own weather-related 250208 JSsince Painters & Decorators 22:20 planet. We will Page match1 any customer challenges, frosty mornings and icing 22/2/08 sugar snow-flurries earlier this year meant donations made that evening to help the

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Pat Rees spoke to the HOTS meeting on 2nd February about the Sloper family in 18th and 19th century Tetbury. They were less influential than the Savages or the Pauls, but their contribution to the Poor Tax indicated that they were quite wealthy. They moved from Rodmarton where they had been described as Mercers, so must have been in the Wool Trade. Two John Sloper’s lived in what is now Eccles Court, where their descriptions changed to “Attorney,” and “Gent.” However, it was Matthew, son of the second John, to whom Pat paid particular attention. He was born in 1716, was in London in 1731 and by 1741 his address was New Inn Chambers, so he was a lawyer. He married Sarah Kiffen who brought a considerable dowry with her. He acquired

Lowesmoor Manor Farm (it lies between Cherington and Chapman’s Cross) in 1754. Later he bought land near the Chipping in Tetbury and in 1766 built a large house that he named ‘The Priory’ on the site of the ancient manor house. Pat feels sure he would have liked to be the Lord of the Manor of Tetbury but, of course, the Feoffees owned the manorial rights. Matthew died in 1770 before the house was fully complete and furnished. He is buried in a family vault in Avening church, but Pat can find no trace of any memorial displayed there. His bequest to St Marys’, Tetbury was only £10 and his will gave detailed instructions for the conduct of his funeral. His estate passed to his son Henry Hall Sloper, who eloped to Gretna Green to marry Ann Maskelyne. In 1810 the wealth moved again to their younger daughter; ‘poor’ Charlotte - as Pat feels she should be known! A young woman who owned a grand house and other property and who

History of Tetbury Society was very ‘well off ’ was an obvious target for a man in need. She married a Samuel Paul Baghott at Gretna Green. They had three children who died in infancy and, in 1829, she too died after giving birth to the last baby. She left her worldly goods to her husband who soon remarried and then emigrated to the USA. Presumably he took the monies with him, but he left the properties with complex problems which must have been good news for lawyers. The vicar of Tetbury, the Rev. John Frampton purchased ‘The Priory’ at auction in 1832, but he did not move in until 1842. Pat concluded her excellent and thoroughly researched talk by pointing out that that area of the town was transformed after The Priory was complete. In 1781 the Feoffees widened Chipping Street and others surrounded the open space of The Chipping by building the fine ashlar-faced Georgian houses that we see today. Thank you Pat! You gave us a most interesting HOTS meeting. The next meeting on 2nd March in Christ Church at 7 30pm is the AGM followed by Amy Frost speaking about the Bath Preservation Trust Alan Twelvetree, History of Tetbury Society

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Mayor’s Piece February has been one of those up-anddown months, parts of which have been very negative and troublesome and other parts of which have been very satisfying.

I had a conversation the other day about Tetbury and the person I was talking with was congratulating the population for being part of such a wonderful positive community. There are voluntary and paid groups that support the town in many ways with senior citizen luncheon clubs, playgroups and pre-school facilities, a great

One of the main issues that has gone through Tetbury like a whirlwind is the issue of the Doctor’s surgery. Due !to the unfortunate departure of a well-respected partner and the ensuing petition that ! started off life as a well-meaning document (but quickly attached a completely different set of problems,) the pressure ! on our surgery which the Care Quality Commission rated as “good,” suddenly escalated into almost a horror story.

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Tetbury Probus Another Man’s Shoes Not stolen, but a generous gift from one patriot to another to facilitate an escape to freedom. Ellie Sommer explained this on the 5th of January, when she described her father’s life, arrest and subsequent escape in occupied Norway. An eminent marine biologist, he had become increasingly involved in resistance activities after the invasion of Norway in 1940. After a brief introduction to life in occupied Norway, Ellie described how her father had trained agents, gathered useful information and photographed military installations for transmission by ingenious methods to the Allies. Exposed in 1944 and arrested by the Germans, luckily, he escaped. Ellie described his arduous eight –week trek across the mountains to the Swedish border, a trek she repeated with her son, sister and brother-in-law sixty years later. Stopping to meet many of those who at great risk had helped her father on his way, she was given at one stop a pair of her father’s shoes. These had been exchanged for much more appropriate mountain boots by his host. It was a gripping, well-illustrated and welltold tale.

Changes were afoot at our AGM on the 19th of January when Malcolm Lomax succeeded Malcolm Parrish as our chairman. Paul Harley, who was elected Vice-Chairman, also undertook to take over the arranging of our speaker programme from Roger Smith. Other officers remained unchanged. It was sad to be told that Eddie Gillman, who has been responsible for our catering arrangements at meetings for so many years, felt the time had come to relinquish his role. We shall greatly miss his major and much appreciated contribution. Our skies, like our roads, are getting more congested, so it was interesting on the 2nd of February to dip into the procedures and complexities of air traffic control. Lynn Hilditch entertained members of the club and their ladies with a very lively account of her training and life in the Women’s Royal Air Force (now incorporated into the RAF) as an air traffic controller. Never short of anecdotes, she described and illustrated her subsequent postings to a range of RAF stations, including time in Kosovo, and showed the types of aircraft in service. Having left the WRAF in the 1970s for marriage, she re-joined eleven years later, to face new equipment requiring new skills. Nonetheless, she re-qualified and combined her duties with the dual role of being a mother for a further sixteen years. Recounting many of the tricky situations she had encountered, Lynn explained why frequent liaison with her civilian

German officers in front of the National Theatre in Oslo, 1940 counterparts was vital, Airfield controllers also had to be continuously aware of ground traffic such as fire engines and maintenance vehicles There was no doubt that her career had been very challenging at times, but she had loved it. It showed! Theo Stening, Tetbury Probus

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By now all registered patients should have received a letter from the surgery announcing the new partnership between Romney House Surgery and The Phoenix Surgery in Cirencester. This exciting news means that we will have a sustainable practice in the town for the foreseeable future providing the high-quality care that we have come to expect. Dr Sethi, who has

The first question that everyone has ask is: does this mean I must go to Cirencester to see a GP? The answer is no, we will always have a full primary care practice here in Tetbury. I am gathering other questions and concerns to put together a Frequently Asked Questions document which will be widely circulated as soon as possible.

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At time of writing this, the independent inquiry into the surgery is underway. Although it will be closed by the time this is in print, it is likely that we won’t know the results in time as the report will be published sometime in March. However, patients remain the top priority of the surgery and all the staff remain dedicated to providing the best possible care for the people of Tetbury and the surrounding villages. If you have any questions about any of the new arrangements, please feel free to contact me either by email on romneyppg@ cyberbarn.org.uk or by leaving a message with your contact details with reception. Additionally, you can leave a comment in the comments box by the PPG table in the waiting room. Jennifer Skillen – Chair, Romney House Surgery PPG Blog: https://romneyhouseppg.wordpress.com/ 261112 Wayne Hardiman:1090406 Wayne Ha Email address romneyppg@cyberbarn.org.uk

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Letters to the Editor

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Dear Editor, Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Having completed our first three trips in January we were delighted with the support we have received from Community Connexions, passengers, sponsors and volunteers. Passengers enjoyed trips to Cirencester, Yate and Cribb’s Causeway and could provide us with useful feedback particularly with regard to possible future destinations. Plans are well advanced for our trips on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturday’s of March and April which will be advertised locally and we hope to include Bath, Cheltenham, Wyevale at Haresfield, and Swindon at some stage in the future. Since our last report, we have a new sponsor, the South Cotswold Rotary Club, to whom we are extremely grateful. All residents of Tetbury who are registered with Community Connexions are entitled to book our sponsored trips by calling 0345 680 5029. Passengers are only required to make a voluntary donation to FTCT at the time of travel. For further information please contact the undersigned. Roger Bellairs, Treasurer, FTCT 07759142577 roger.pamela@btinternet.com

As my time as a GP locum at Romney House comes to and end and I head to the US to pursue a research fellowship, I should like to thank Romney House and the patients I have seen for making my time here an enjoyable one. It is perhaps timely that I share some of my observations and reflections on the last 3 years. For over 10 years I have practised as a GP and in that time I have worked in over 20 different practices in 3 different regions. Some of the surgeries have been very good, some not so good and some which were struggling. Although it is always difficult to compare, in my time here, Romney House has offered excellent primary care and is among the very best of practices I have worked. Over the years, Romney House surgery has done its utmost to encourage the next generation of medical students to enter General Practice. The most recent visits by medical students from Oxford singled out Doctors Gerald and Swanborough (I failed to get a mention!) for the excellent educational experience they had with the surgery. One wrote that ‘it [had] easily been the greatest experience [they] had had in clinical school’. Referring to Doctors Gerald and Swanborough they went onto write that ‘people like [them] really make the difference between a good experience and an unforgettable one’. They deserve it and hopefully it may have just convinced a few more into considering being a GP. For my part, it has been a privilege to

be given the support from an excellent administrative, secretarial, managerial, nursing and dispensary staff. I have worked with the very best of GPs and have no reservations in commending Dr Gerald, Dr Swanborough and Dr Truckle. I wish my own family could get the level of healthcare that patients get here. I am also indebted to Dr Nehrig, whom I was sad to see leave, and to Dr Woods who with Dr Gerald interviewed me three years ago, and gave me the opportunity to work at Romney House. Romney House is a precious resource and it should be treated as such, lest it may be lost. Dr Brian H Willis MSc MRCP MRCGP PhD Dear Editor, I would be grateful if you could print this letter to say thank you to whoever nominated me as “Unsung Hero” and to say thank you for the meal voucher from the Priory Inn. I feel that I am very fortunate to be able to take part in lots of activities, which have all enhanced my enjoyment of my retirement. With thanks, Frances Collinson. PS – The Tetbury Advertiser is a really superb publication. Ed: It’s very gracious of you to say so Frances many thanks.

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The term is flying by and the children are really enjoying the learning in their topics. Our youngest children in Apsemore Class are learning about ‘People Who Help Us’ and have had visits from the vet, who brought in some of her animals to show us and from the police, who brought their vehicles and a police dog for us to learn about. Key Stage One’s learning this term is about the Arctic and their topic is called ‘Tracks in the Snow’. They have experienced a ‘wow’ day when they ‘visited’ the Arctic and did many activities, learning through problem solving and role play. Our Year Three and Four children in Haymead Class are learning about ‘The Anzacs’ and we have a strong association with them here in Leighterton. The learning for our oldest children in Ridge Class is ‘Mysteries and Mummification’ and they have visited Bristol Museum to learn more about ancient Egypt. We are a very sporty school and have been taking part in many sporting events. Haymead Class took part in a gymnastics festival at Sir William Romney School and at this, six children were then selected to take part in a gymnastics competition at Kingshill

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Tetbury Library “People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.” Saul Bellow You might have seen the Crime Scene tape slashed across the library window lately. Rest assured, no actual crime has been committed – it has been part of our display of a new collection of books by crime author Elly Griffiths! There are a couple of competitions running with this: borrow an Elly Griffiths book and take part in the ‘dig up the treasure’ competition (at the time of writing, we have already had one winner who will receive a signed copy of the latest book in the series, ‘The Chalk Pit’). Then, once you have read your book, fill in a short review card to be entered into a national competition for a chance to win a £250 voucher for Secret Escapes and a signed set of Ruth Galloway novels! Competitions close 31st March 2017.

If you’ve missed out on this year’s Reading Passport, you can still have a literary adventure … celebrating World Book Day all month, Tetbury Library will be offering a mystery Book in a Bag. This is a great opportunity to borrow something new. On 3rd March is Get Connected Morning. Anyone who would like some help navigating the world of Social Media can drop in between 10am and 1pm to get free support. All welcome – bring in your own gadgets or use the library computers.

Our new volunteer, Andrew is successfully assisting lots of people to research their family tree online – booking is now recommended for this if you would appreciate expert help. There are a couple of exciting things happening soon at the library: Tetbury Library Writing Group (please contact the library for details) and a bit of a library refresh! We look forward to seeing you soon. Kylie, Linda, Liz & Sophie, Tetbury Library

Also finishing at the end of this month is the Reading Passport ‘Book to the Future’ promotion. Those of you who have enjoyed reading through the decades can return completed Reading Passports to a member of staff for a chance to win a whole suitcase of books!

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A big sigh of relief was heard in the Police Museum… …when I learnt that the submission to the Arts Council for the Museum’s reaccreditation is almost certainly to be postponed to 2018. I expected an invitation to submit to be received in May, with a deadline of 31st October. Now it seems the Arts Council are delaying submissions across the country as they struggle to keep up with the workload. There is even a chance that

we may get a “light touch” review of our policies, procedures and practices rather than the normal full-blown one. Last time around it took me over a year to get all the paperwork in place so I’m hoping it will be an easier ride this time – provided they don’t change the ground rules that is! So, if there are any willing volunteers out there who’d like to lend a hand, then do get in touch. Enough of that, now for another of our much-loved Cold Case Files!

Cry of Murder, 1845 At Salisbury Crown Court, before Mr Justice Coleridge, James Hall was indicted for assaulting and robbing H J Cooper of two half-crowns, at Long Newnton, on the 12th of October. Mr Slade conducted the case for the prosecution. From the evidence it appeared that the prosecutor, who was a poor man, was travelling from King Stanley, in Gloucestershire, to some distant part of the country. He intended to stop the night at Tetbury, also in Gloucestershire, and in that town he took his lodging. He went to a public-house, and there saw the prisoner. They sat together, and the prosecutor treated him to some beer. The prisoner then offered to see the prosecutor to this lodgings, and he led him out of the town into a lone place, which was in the county of Wilts, and there knocked him down and kicked him very severely on the head. The prosecutor cried out “Murder,” and the prisoner beat and kicked him until he was silent. He then took all his money, consisting of a few shillings and some halfpence, from his pocket, and went away, leaving the prosecutor on the ground. After the prisoner had gone away, the prosecutor got up and went into the town and gave information to the police. He was accompanied to some houses, and among a number of persons he picked out the prisoner.

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Let’s build bridges rather than walls, where we can. There is a St Patrick Night’s event on the evening of 24th March, organised by the Catholic Church, but happening at Christ Church. We are delighted to be the host for the event, a sign of the ecumenical spirit in action. It sounds great fun, a party night. The Women’s World Day of Prayer is a remarkable institution, which builds a bridge across the world. A group of women one side of the world create a service with songs and readings reflecting their life and culture and another group of women the other side of the world take up the reins and lead the service in their own churches. It is a truly global enterprise. This year the service has been put together by women from the Philippines. I’ve been there and loved the friendliness, warmth and spirit of the people. So, I will be at the service too at Christ Church at 2pm on Friday 3rd March. I’m a man, but that’s OK, I’ll still be made welcome, and so would you! Noel Sharp Minister of Christ Church

If you've never been before it is an afternoon of Crafts, ‘Open The Book’ (ask the kids about that!), Worship Time and Food for all the family. Entry is FREE and it lasts until around 5.20 pm. If you've never been before, give it a try! Please can children be accompanied by a well-behaved adult!

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St Mary’s Playgroup Spring is in the air and the nights are finally getting lighter – hooray! We have had a theme of mini beasts this half term and the children have had great fun exploring these beasts and their environments. They have made beautiful butterfly prints and played “Insect Bingo.” We have also watched and explored our new ant farm and welcomed our new African land snails - we can’t wait to watch them grow! Heidi Bailey is set to start her Forest School qualification later this term and as a result we are excited to be able to offer the children new opportunities. We have very kindly been allowed to use the Forest School site at St. Mary’s Primary School and look forward to developing this partnership. We had an amazing turn out for our Valentine’s Disco, raising £266! The children enjoyed dancing, musical statues and a dance-off between the girls and boys! We would like to thank Tetbury United Services Club, all who came to support us, those who donated to the brilliant buffet and everyone who helped make the evening a success. We are most grateful. We would also like to thank one of our mums, Gill Findlay, and Nigel at Langley designs for organising and donating a lovely wooden gate for our outside space. It is great to know we have a safe space for the children to play - thank you.

Our Seedlings group is becoming more popular each week and continues every Monday morning from 9.30-11.30 at the front of the Christ Church. It is run by our lovely mum and Deputy Kelly, who offers fresh and exciting activities each week as well as a welcoming smile to greet everyone through the door. All ages and stages are

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Despite a wet and miserable evening, there was a good AGM attendance… …on Friday January the 27th in the Dolphins Hall. Helen Price, Chairman, gave a resume of the plays, concerts and outings that we had been to in 2016, and for new or potential members explained how we must book and pay sometimes months in advance. The Treasurer Mrs Lin Ashby was not able to be present (the first time since 1993) as she has hurt her back, so Mr Norman Ashby stepped into the breach and read the accounts. The committee had bought a card for everyone to sign to be sent to Lin and we hope she is soon pain free. Except for John Moules who has retired for health reasons, the Committee remains the same, with Celia Bayes agreeing to join. On February the 9th the group went to see “The Play That Goes Wrong.” What a wonderful way to spend a very cold but dry February day it was, and to cheer up the gloom. Going via “the pretty route” to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, the driver gave us a real treat as there were snowdrops out on the verges near Colesbourne. We still arrived in time for some shopping and lunch. This play, which won the Olivier Award in 2015, let us see what went wrong when

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Comley Polytechnic Drama Society put on a 1920’s murder mystery. As the accidentprone cast battled on against all odds to reach their final curtain, hilarious results ensued. The stage set was a miracle of engineering and design and was demolished at the end whilst the players stood among it, but not before everything that could go, did.

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This production has been a sell-out and we could see why as it was a truly exhilarating experience. Lots of fun, and sorry if you missed it.

I would like to thank Linda Lunn for the review of the February visit and to give my thanks to all the other members who have helped in the past. It has been much appreciated.

On the 15th of March, we are going to Cardiff for a matinee of “Gaslight.” The deadline for buying seats through the group has passed, but should you want to buy them independently, or have a day in Cardiff using the coach as your means of transport, please phone Lin Ashby for availability on 01666 505029.

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Tetbury Community Choir The Tetbury Community Choir went from strength to strength in 2016. Our numbers virtually doubled; our average attendance is now around 45 members per week. The overarching aim of the choir is simply to enjoy singing. This is reflected in our eclectic repertoire - from Gospel songs to show tunes and even Bohemian Rhapsody (a major challenge for us last year!) The mood of the group is always a happy one! We always make sure that we have a laugh and a joke as well as, hope-fully, moving the choir on in an upward direction. Early repertoire for this year will be Leonard Cohen’s ‘Haleluyah’ and a song by Billy Joel.

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Our immediate focus for this year is to prepare for a concert at the Tetbury Goods Shed on the 3rd of April, which will be a charity event with proceeds going to the newly opened Goods Shed. This will be a step up for us, but a great experience. We also look forward to performances at The Holiday at Home event at Christ Church and the Upton Choir Festival. Something you’ve always fancied doing? A new year’s resolution? Why not give us a go? We always welcome new faces of all ages at our Monday night rehearsals, so come along and join us. Re-hearsals begin on Monday 30 January, but you can pop along to St Mary’s Church on any Monday evening. Please note that you don’t need to read music - few of our current group are fluent readers of music nota-tion.

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Bring Ben Home Tetbury Lions supports the “Bring Ben Home” campaign When told of the tragic twist to the family life of local man, Ben Wernham, Tetbury Lions quickly rallied to get behind this campaign and hope that others will be similarly inspired. On holiday in Cyprus in 2016 with his partner and two daughters, Ben sustained life-changing injuries in a swimming pool accident that resulted in three breaks in his neck and consequently, a massive amount of damage to his spinal cord. His journey back to the UK was both long and fraught with problems and he is now, several months after the accident, receiving specialist care in the Spinal Unit in Salisbury Hospital. All family members now have to come to terms with Ben’s life as a tetraplegic (complete or partial loss of use of all limbs and torso). After months on a ventilator, he is now able to breathe by himself and is able to spend time in a specialised wheelchair most days.

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appropriate access and to extend the property as in addition, Ben will require the services of a specialist live-in carer. Tetbury Lions have been moved by the tenacity of this family in the face of such adversity and set about the task of raising funds specifically for Ben, and to raise awareness of the plight of this family in the hope that others can help. The Lions held raffles and other fundraising events throughout December 2016 and Lion President Alan Cross presented the family with a cheque for £1,500. Accepting the cheque Ella said she was amazed at the support from Tetbury Lions coming at a time of great need and that “it significantly contributed to family life, which is so important.” Ben added his personal thanks to the Lions “for what they have done for my family and me. You have brought us together when we are so far apart.” For further information on Tetbury Lions contact:

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Sometimes our purchases don’t work out and the goods are not delivered or they are not what they should have been. If you pay for something costing between £100 and £30,000 on credit most providers are equally liable if something goes wrong. Equal liability only applies to some regulated credit agreements made between a consumer, a supplier and a credit provider. Most credit cards apply but some agreements are exempt and it is worth checking in advance to ensure you get this free additional protection. To be covered by these provisions, the cash price of any single item must be more than £100 and not more than £30,000 (including VAT), although claims can be made for more than one item in any one transaction. A part payment towards the purchase of goods in this price range can be sufficient to give the credit provider equal liability. If a problem arises with the goods or services bought on credit, you may be able to seek redress from either the supplier or the credit provider or both. This does not mean you would receive more by going to both the supplier and creditor, but it may give you a better chance of the problem being resolved. There is no requirement under s75 for you to take legal action against the trader first before seeking redress from the credit provider. Citizens Advice also provides online advice including fact sheets, template letters and budgeting tools via its website http://www. citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk . You can also ring Citizens Advice Cotswold District on its Freephone helpline 0800 800 0511 or get advice by email via the website. Our opening hours in the council offices, Tetbury, are: Wednesdays 9:30 to noon

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feels heard, listened to, acknowledged and their company enjoyed and appreciated. For someone who lives alone and who doesn’t enjoy regular companionship the volunteer regular visits can make a world of difference in raising self-esteem and increasing a belief in themselves as a valued member of the community. People For You is available in Tetbury and neighbouring villages. Loneliness is sadly now generally recognised as being as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Its a sad reality that there are a growing number of people in the community who do not have regular companionship and every day spent alone becomes a day of endurance. Yet, regular companionship is basic to our human needs, we are starved emotionally without it. One of the reasons could be that we live in a very different world to that of even 20 years ago. Modern technology, however much it has a valued place in modern society, is guilty of destroying the quality of human interaction – we need to see and talk to each other! So, if you think you might have the time and empathy to visit someone in your community – it only takes an hour a week – please do give me a call. And also if you think this service could be of interest to you, again please give me a call. Sue Black People For You 07810 630167 Email: sue.peopleforyou@grcc.org.uk

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