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6th March - Brian Smith, Tetbury Art Society 7.30 pm in St. Michael’s Hall, Tetbury

Avening Playgroup 25 Avening Primary School 48 Avening WI 40 Chelworth Bookworms 50 Computer Advice 6 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 51 Dolphins Dramatic Society 55 Dolphins Hall 54 Eating Out 56 Friends of Tetbury Community Transport 28 Girlguiding 47 History of Tetbury Society 52 Leighterton Primary School 58 Letters to the Editor 57 Lion’s 200 Club 5 Lion’s Den 5 Mayor’s Report 46 News from Christ Church 42 News from St Marys’ Church 16 News from St Michael’s Church 21 Probus 39 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 8 South Cotswold Bridge Club 60 South Cotswold Rotary Club 17 St Mary’s Playgroup 14 St Mary’s Primary School 22 Tetbury Art Society 12 Tetbury Bowls Club 61 Tetbury Camera Club 9 Tetbury Cares 67 Tetbury Cricket Club 26 Tetbury Hospital 32 Tetbury in Bloom 30 Tetbury Library 24 Tetbury Music Festival 10 Tetbury Nursery Group 31 Tetbury Police Museum and Courtroom 62 Tetbury Rail Lands Trust 38 Tetbury Scout Group 20 Tetbury Theatre Group 64 Tetbury Town Football Club 36 Tetbury WI 13 The Alzheimer’s Society 44 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 18 What’s On 3 Young by Name 4

6th March - “Swimming With Men,” Tetbury Film Society 7.30 pm at the Goods Shed. Tetbury Hospital Fundraiser Details from www.tetburyfilm.co.uk 7th March - HOTS Annual General Meeting 7.30 pm at Christ Church, Tetbury 11th March - Tetbury WI host Helen Price: “Life on the Inside” 7.30 pm at the Goods Shed, Tetbury 14th March - Tetbury Nursery Bingo 7.30 pm ‘Eyes Down!’ 15th March - St Patrick’s Day Celebrations See the St Michael’s and Christ Church articles in this issue 20th March – “The Breadwinner,” Tetbury Film Society 7.30 pm at the Goods Shed. Details from www.tetburyfilm.co.uk 22nd - 24th March - Tetbury Music Festival Chamber Music at St Marys’ Church Details in this issue 28th March - Tetbury Nursery Bingo 7.30 pm ‘Eyes Down!’ 31st March - Mothering Sunday

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Useful Information CHURCHES Christ Church, The Chipping 01453 298389 St. Marys’ - C of E- Church St. 500088 St. Michael’s - R.C. - The Green 502367 Tetbury Community Church, 25 The Ferns 07739 909047. 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: 502303 The Tolsey Surgery, High Street, Sherston. Tel: 01666 840270. HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 502336. PHYSIOTHERAPY Tel: 501766. CHIROPODIST Tel: 504228. OSTEOPATHS Tel: 503599 and 502214.

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hundreds of three-point essays during my working life, and I wish he was still alive so I could thank him.

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Life Lessons Learned From School

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As my daughter knuckles down to revision on the home straight of her GCSEs, I can’t help wondering which of the many facts and concepts she’s memorising will be of greatest value to her in later life. When I ran an informal survey some years ago, asking the alumni of Westonbirt School the most useful thing they’d learned at school, my favourite answer was “Not to sign anything I hadn’t read – and at my prep school, how to steam open an envelope.” While I can’t promise to better those examples, here are the most lasting lessons from my own schooldays:

I can’t remember which two excuses I gave to Mr Crane, the school’s pantomime director, when I wanted to bunk off an after-school rehearsal, but neither of them was genuine. (The real reason was that I wanted to get to the local bookshop before it closed.) Whatever they were, he saw straight through them, kindly letting me off the hook with the advice that, for future reference, giving more than one excuse is unconvincing. I never missed another rehearsal. He was a wise man.

How to Write a Three-Point Essay Our English teacher, Mr Campbell, spent many lessons hammering home this simple but clear strategy for essay-writing. First, pick three points on your chosen topic, outline each one in a separate paragraph. Top and tail the trio with an interesting introduction and conclusion, and you’re done. Why three? Perhaps because it’s the magic number in rhetoric, or because of the limited staying power of a class of fourteen-year-olds – or because that’s all he could face marking. I must have written

Do you see what I did there?

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The Masses Are Asses This blunt statement was frequently shared by Mr Judis, our A-Level history teacher, when trying to explain to a classful of teenage idealists why so many bad decisions had been made in the name of democracy. The topics of our study were the causes and effects of the First and Second World War, 20th century East-West relations, and the fall of Colonialism, but as I listen to 21st century news stories, his words frequently echo in my head. So if, Desert Island Discs style, I had to pick just one of these school-life lessons as the most important, which would it be?



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On behalf of Tetbury Lions, we would like to pass on our condolences to Mayor Sandra Ball on the unexpected loss of her husband Brian, who passed away recently. He was one of life’s true gentlemen and will be sorely missed.

Lion’s Den Lions have purchased a Memorial Seat, celebrating the anniversary of the Great War. With fantastic support from GLC Williams, and with the agreement of the Feoffees, our members recently completed the installation of the seat at the Millennium Green. It’s a fitting memorial and a great addition to the Green – many thanks to all our Lions for their efforts to get the installation completed. They enjoyed the bacon butties while they worked – and also enjoyed a pause to be captured in a photograph by local resident Mr Peter Atkinson. After a long wait we’ve finally received our “Message in a Bottle” tubs and have passed them to local organisations for distribution around the area. More about this incentive in the “Tetbury Cares” article at the back of the magazine.

February has flown by, and the Lions have been busy with lots of follow-up items in support of the various pledges we’ve made to many organisations. At the end of January, we had the pleasure of handing over £5,000 to Longfields, our Charity of this year, at the Priory. The event was attended by Longfields’ CEO Ali Russell, Jan Ryder, their Community and Events Manager, other Longfields’ staff members and eighteen of our Lions; it proved to be an enjoyable evening. Ali Russell outlined the current plans for Longfields, including how the contribution


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we handed over on your behalf would be used, how challenging the next years will be for them as government funding cuts continue, and how local organisations are crucial in providing them with fantastic support. It was a very uplifting evening and we hope to be able to make an additional contribution later this year. We’ve also recently presented a cheque in support of the Addison’s Society to Shaun Scotford, who has undertaken a sky dive over Salisbury. Well done! He’s a very brave and inspiring individual, who also enjoys fantastic support from his family. As mentioned a few months ago, Tetbury

An annual payment of £13 buys you into the Lions 200 Club lottery. We use these subscriptions to help local causes - you get the chance to win a cash prize! Application forms can be obtained from Malcolm at Tetbury Hardware. Each quarter, the Tetbury Lions 200 Club makes a special prize payment of £100. This month’s £20 winners were: Martin Fryatt, Audrey Dunster, Neil Tunley and Lion President Bill Walsh! Many congratulations to them all from the 200 Club. Lion Gail North Ed: I happened to be the one invited to draw this month’s winning tickets - and I had my eyes firmly closed. Honest.

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A second “Children’s Saturday Film Show” was held during February, and a third is planned for March, with help from St Mary’s school.


On the social front we recently enjoyed an Indian evening at the Bell in Avening, great food, good company and the normal laughing and joking that happens at these Lions events. Many thanks to the Bell for hosting us. Our next social outing will be our Treasure Hunt, to be held on the 7th of April. Our committee is working hard on arrangements for Wacky Races, which this year will be held on Monday the 6th of May. We are looking forward to staging the seventh year of this event and it continues to be hugely popular. This year should generate record times, since the road has recently been beautifully resurfaced by Gloucestershire Highways. At our March meeting Tetbury Lions will be considering how we can increase our visibility within the community, how we can continue to try to be relevant in a rapidly changing society, and how we can make ourselves attractive to new members. If you feel that you can contribute with ideas or initiatives, please feel free to come along at 8.00 pm on Wednesday the 6th of March to the Priory Inn. We’d love to hear from you. Yours in Lionism,

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Computer Advice OK Google, who is Alexa? ou may well have heard about smart speakers such as Alexa from Amazon and Google Home, but are not sure if they are for you. Or maybe you are worried about security? If so, then please read on. The ‘smart’ home is certainly with us and need not cost an arm or a leg. A basic device can cost as little as £30. They work in a similar way to the voice assistant built into your smartphone, such as ‘Siri’ within Apple devices. Features include access to your calendar, email, contacts, music, games, news, timers, alarms and reminders, video and voice calling – and anyone with a disability may find them particularly useful, for turning devices and lighting on and off, for instance. Heating systems and video doorbells can also be incorporated. The list is almost endless. To use one of these devices you will obviously need a broadband connection that is at least three megabits if you also wish to stream music and radio. Ideally, you should have an unlimited data package, so that you do not incur additional data charges. If you are on a limited ‘legacy’ package, I would recommend negotiating a new deal anyway, which will probably reduce your monthly payment.

changed, in case you already have someone in your life called Alexa! No information or sound is acted upon or uploaded onto the internet until after the wake word is heard. By the way, the microphone can be disabled when required. Now, let’s look at security. The devices themselves are pretty secure, but they can be compromised if the rest of your setup is flawed. Firstly, make sure your Wi-Fi is secure and ideally change the password and router admin password from the default. Also upgrade the firmware, if possible. Secondly, never use the same password twice - and ideally use a mix of letters and numbers, incorporating upper and lower case letters and punctuation if possible. You can turn off ‘online ordering’ very easily - or set a PIN to stop anyone ordering anything by accident! Also, you may use additional authentication when a new device or service is added to your

account, via a simple text to your phone. Easily set up, this makes your account much more secure. Personally, I find these devices incredibly useful. For appointments and reminders during the day, playing radio stations and music from around the world, showing my photos, controlling the TV, turning lights on and off and even for changing the colour and white balance to suit - what’s not to like? Anyway, if you are interested in these devices, or need help with decision-making or set up, do get in touch. Or, if you have any other queries affecting your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone I am happy to help. Contact me on 01666 502067 via mail@inghamassociates.com or go to www.tetburycomputershop.co.uk ‘Computer Nic’ of Ingham Associates, Tetbury Computer Shop Now in my 30th year of Trading


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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun Health welfare and other traps for the unwary. While we await, with trepidation, the government’s probable ratification of the increase in probate court fees irrespective of any inheritance tax (e.g. for estates over £300,000 - £750 and £500,000 - £2,500 etc.,) there has been a remarkable amount of activity in the courts relating to the lasting powers of attorney which enable those appointed to make decisions on behalf of others - usually elderly people enjoying their twilight years in sheltered accommodation.

Recently a local authority prevented a devoted husband of 83 from having unsupervised contact with his wife of 58 years ‘because of his views on euthanasia,’ – even though there was no suggestion that he would do any harm to his wife, whom he would visit twice a day.

The good news is that there is a refund scheme for excess fees paid on registration of LPA’S between the 1st of April 2013 and the 31st of March 2017, when they were reduced to £82. Executors can apply, too. The Competition and Markets Authority recently conducted a survey into homes for the elderly to see if people were treated fairly - and concluded they were not. The result is that you need to watch the care home contracts, because some terms quoted may be void and unfair. Less than 28 days’ notice of any change of terms is likely to be unfair, as are hidden terms. Care home contracts are heavily regulated - particularly on notice terms and absence. Guarantors are also protected in consumer law and should check the contract’s validity before submitting to its terms.

The husband had very limited status as he was not in possession of a Health and Welfare LPA, and so decisions were implemented by the local authority on what they considered to be a ‘best interest’ In many ways the Government’s plans to basis. (The social worker may soon reign increase the probate court fees could be supreme, if no Health and Welfare attorney a stupid idea, because they could lead to is made available to fight the cause.) The punters giving away their assets to the next court decided that the restrictions imposed generation to avoid inheritance tax. by the local authority were neither 1130509 Springfields1:Layout 1 22/4/09 22:12 Page 1 “justifiable, proportionate nor necessary.” Michael Hodge, Lansdowne Legal


I was advised that when lasting powers of attorney were brought in, during October 2007, that they were planning for about 5,000 registrations per year. In the year 2017/18 there were 759,976 registered. This has led to heavy pressure on the courts, which during the last few years have been hideously understaffed and less capable of understanding what needs to be done. Historically, I have advised clients to concentrate on the power to deal with finances - but there have been disturbing cases that have indicated that this will not be enough, in certain situations.

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Here’s a little something to ponder: Do the best photographers ‘take’ a picture or ‘make’ a picture?

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Sometimes a stunning shot requires undeniable creative vision and hours of patience before the light is perfect and the sun is in just the right position to complete a composition as visualised. On other occasions there is no time to dwell on being creative. What’s needed is a sharp eye and instant reflexes to record a memorable shot. We recently had a photographer called Aleks Gjika visit Tetbury Camera Club, to judge the entries submitted for our first competition of the year. Aleks has recently published a book of pictures on The Cotswolds, and if you look at his web site you will see a variety of shots he has taken which could definitely be described as ‘pictures he has made.’ Without his input, they would have looked entirely different. He has the talent to see things in a very individual way, and the expertise to translate that vision into something distinctive.

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It was a picture taken by our member David Jones -- which illustrates this column -that stimulated the thought and the focus of this month’s article. While most club members spent last year’s holidays close to home, David set out to visit Australia. His tour included a visit to Uluru, which for most of us is probably best known as ‘Ayres Rock.’ Most pictures of this landmark are taken from several miles away, because it is so large that being a long way from it is the only way to capture a shot that shows what it looks like. And getting there isn’t easy. The nearest township is Alice Springs, which is 250 miles away – and it is also an area where it is normally hot and rarely rains. Being a keen walker as well as photographer, David decided he’d make the most of his visit and get ‘up close and personal’ with one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, by walking around the 10-kilometre trail at its base. On the day of his visit David didn’t set out to capture this shot, which shows a waterfall created by a rainstorm which broke as he arrived there. Not the ideal welcome for most people wanting to take photographs, but if you are going to ‘make,’ not just ‘take’ pictures, every cloud has a silver lining! David’s shot shows that even when the odds are against you, there is always a picture there, if you have the inclination to find it. His is a picture that was there to be taken, but also one that he made, by looking at Uluru in his own individual way. Tetbury Camera Club meets at The Priory Inn each Tuesday at 7.30 pm. We are always ready to welcome new members, so if you are interested in photography and would like to see more - or you would like to further develop your own skills, do come along. Iain Smyth, Tetbury Camera Club

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Tetbury Music Festival Tetbury Music Festival has teamed up with BBC Radio 3, to present a weekend of Chamber Music from the 22nd to the 24th of March, featuring leading chamber ensemble ‘The Calidore String Quartet,’ alongside worldclass soloists Jennifer Pike and Zhang Zuo. All three concerts will take place at St Marys’ Church, Tetbury and be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. New York City-based ensemble The Calidore String Quartet will open the Chamber Weekend on Friday the 22nd of March with a performance of Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10. On the following evening, the Quartet will be joined by pianist Zhang Zuo for works by Schumann, Caroline Shaw, Mendelssohn, Golijov and Beethoven. The Calidore String Quartet will then join forces with Jennifer Pike and Zhang Zuo on Sunday the 24th of March, bringing the weekend to a close with Chausson’s Concerto in D major, Op. 21 for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. All the artists performing are former BBC Radio 3 ‘New Generation’ Artists, who are now well established in their international careers. The scheme holds prestige around

the world and brings some of the most promising new talent to listeners across the UK. Tetbury Music Festival Director Caz Weller Knight looks forward to bringing this thrilling line-up of musicians to Tetbury: “We are delighted to be co-producing this weekend of concerts with BBC Radio 3 during the 20th Anniversary Year of the prestigious New Generation Artist Scheme. Well established on the international stage, the Calidore Quartet, Zhang Zuo, BO




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Tetbury Art Society With arrangements made, the accounts balanced by our Treasurer Hazel Cudmore, and the weather not presenting problems, we were able to hold our AGM on the evening of Wednesday the 13th of February. We had enough members present for a quorum and managed to complete the formalities in thirty-five minutes. This then left members free to renew their membership, enjoy the buffet set by Doreen Pierce and her husband Derrick and Carol Barnes, to avail themselves of a drink served by Barry Barnes, to buy their raffle tickets - and to settle down at their tables to tackle the quiz set by Doreen Pierce and Sue Russell. It was a very pleasant evening. The programme for 2019 was prepared by Lesley Kenny and will start on Wednesday the 6th of March at 7.30 pm in St. Michael’s Hall, Tetbury, when local artist Brian Smith will give a demonstration in watercolour. His subject will be ‘A Busy Atmospheric Street Scene.’

In April we will be hearing from Elisabeth Hancock, well known in this area, about ‘The Art of Framing.’ Over the course of 2019 we have eight monthly meetings scheduled, comprised of six demonstrations in a

variety of mediums, a discussion with Stewart Geddes PRWA on abstract art, and a Christmas Social. We also plan to hold exhibitions in May and August and a sale in October. These three events will all be held in Tetbury’s iconic Market Hall. If the British weather cooperates, we will be sketching and painting outdoors on Monday afternoons in July and August. On top of this, we usually manage a summer social and a coach trip, so you can see that we have quite a busy year ahead of us! More information on the Society’s activities can be found on our website www. tetburyartsociety.org.uk or you can phone me on 01666 502909 or Barry Barnes on 01666 503926. We meet on the first Wednesday of most months in St Michael’s Hall, Silver Street, Tetbury at 7.30 pm, and you will find that we are a friendly group, welcoming those interested in art whatever level they may have reached.


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The long dark winter evenings did not deter our ladies, who turned out in force for the Supper Club at The Close Hotel. Over thirty of our members came along to an evening of fun

The Craft Groups have also been busy over the last few months, knitting some hats for the baby unit in Cheltenham, which Pam has delivered to the hospital. These donations are always most welcome and provide a satisfying outlet for the groups talents. We received an appreciative letter from the Cobalt Unit in Cheltenham for our cheque donation to them late last year the institute is always happy to support this very worthwhile cause, which has provided great care and support to many of our ladies. Steve Baker joined us at The Goods Shed for our monthly meeting. Steve works as Manager of Tesco in Tetbury and was joined by Sarah, who heads up their

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Our coffee mornings continue next month, with coffee at The Snooty Fox on Monday March the 25th from 10.30 am onward. This is a wonderful way to come and meet up, over a casual cup of coffee. The venue lends itself to informal conversation and is perfect for those who would like to get to know more about our Institute. We are all from Tetbury and the surrounding villages - and always happy to welcome new members. Our Institute celebrates its 50th year in Tetbury this year, with lots of celebrations planned; a Gala dinner later in the summer, a very special speaker for our Group meeting in June and we kick off celebrations with a very special ‘Champagne Afternoon Tea’ next month. More of that to come! Meanwhile, our next meeting will be at The Goods Shed on Monday the 11th of March at 7.30 pm, where we will hear from Helen Price about ‘Life on the Inside.’ We’d love to see you there… 0860418

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St Mary’s Playgroup Love was in the air at Playgroup, as we geared up for our Valentine’s disco and enjoyed preparing loving messages, cards and thoughts for all those that we love most. We really enjoyed our family disco, where all the families from the town and surrounding districts were invited to join us for food, music, games and prizes. We can’t thank Tetbury United Service Club enough for their continued support in hosting the event again this year – we always have such a great time and there were many tired little feet by the end of the evening! A big thank you to our parents in helping to ‘bring a plate’ to feed all the hungry tummies - and to everyone for coming along to show your on-going support at this and at our events too. With a new start to 2019 and after attending an inspirational ‘Excellence in Early Years’ conference in January, we have been looking at new ways to grow and develop our practice and have been reviewing what we do with the support of our parents through a recent questionnaire. We are really excited to see how this will change

what we do and have already started to see lots of great open-ended activities, where children can pretend an item, like a box, is whatever they want it to be. With the support of Tetbury Town Council, we have now begun to develop our Forest School site at Ilsom House Residential Home, with new resources and equipment. We’ve already sent one member of staff on

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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 going 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. This is all at the heart of the meaning of Lent. It begins on Ash Wednesday on the 6th of March, when we will be keeping the centuries-old tradition of inviting people to have their foreheads marked in ash with the Sign of the Cross. We do this as a sign that we are sorry for all we have done that hurts others and our relationship with God - and asking for forgiveness. This happens first in the afternoon at St Mary’s Primary School, in a lovely service with the children in Key Stage 2, and in the evening, everyone is invited to the Ash Wednesday service at St Marys’ Church at 7.00 pm. Then, on each Sunday, our services at 8.30 am and 10.00 am will mark the journey through Lent. We are also running home groups each week, with opportunities for reflection and discussion. Entitled ‘Seeking Shapes for Living,’ our focus this Lent is on the whole business of living well – with ourselves, with each other and with God. Over five weeks, the course will offer a fresh way of exploring what is traditionally called a ‘Rule of Life.’ A way of growth, transformation and flourishing, helping to hold us true to our beliefs, values and priorities. To find out about joining a home group, call our Parish Office on 01666 500 088. And do join us for the special Mothering Sunday Service at 10.00 am on Sunday the 31st of March. We will be celebrating our mums, and all those who ‘mother’ and care for us, throughout our lives. There is a Mothering Sunday session for children in the ‘Little Fishes’ Sunday School – and gifts to share with all. All our Lent activity is about preparing ourselves for the events leading up to Easter, and Easter Day itself: more about this in the next edition. With love and prayers, Poppy. The Revd Poppy Hughes, Parish Priest, The Benefice of Tetbury, Beverston, Long Newnton and Shipton Moyne

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Presidential Handover at the local Rotary Club. Earlier this year, Alan Shepherd of Minety passed on the presidency of the Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds to Peter Wyman of Hankerton. At the same time, Peter passed the Senior Vice President role on to Chris Tuite of Great Somerford. Chris will assume the role of President in 2020. From left to right: Chris Tuite (Vice President,) Peter Wyman (President,) and Alan Shepherd (Immediate Past President.) The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds has

been running for over 50 years, organising community events such as the annual Tetbury Fireworks Display, the ‘Horseless’ Badminton event, and the ‘Santa Sleigh’ in Malmesbury and some of the larger local villages. The Rotary Club also provides financial grants to local worthy causes. The club meet on most Monday evenings for a meal together, followed by a speaker or a club meeting. As a group of likeminded individuals, we come together to try and make a difference to the community in which we live and work, while definitely having fun and enriching our own lives.

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The Feoffees and the Thirteen As many of you already know, we are responsible for not only The Market House, but also areas of Open Space within our town for the benefit of the residents - and the snow at the end of January made those spaces not only beautiful but allowed many of you to enjoy our largest area, Preston Park, with snowy walks and sledging. This year will be another busy year for us, and the largest project will be starting on the 15th of April, when, as I mentioned last month, we begin the repair and decoration of The Market House. This historic building is the centre piece of our town, and this essential maintenance will mean it can remain so for many years to come. I would ask you to all please bear with us during the five weeks of work this will take. I’m very pleased to confirm that during this work, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, that there will be manually-operated traffic lights, in order to ensure that any inconvenience is kept to a minimum. As a group, we are also very lucky that ‘Thirteen’ member, Dr Tony Walsh, gives talks on the history of the Feoffees and I am pleased to confirm that he will be speaking

over the next couple of months, not only in Tetbury and the surrounding villages, but as far afield as Cirencester and Cheltenham. If you are a member of a group who would like Tony to visit, please let him know, either personally or via our website. Finally, I am pleased to confirm that the Feoffee have made the following grants: • Tetbury Hospital - funds to assist with the purchase of an Ophthalmology Microscope •

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Tetbury Scout Group After working hard delivering the Christmas Post, the Scout Group had a welcome break for Christmas. Thank you so much to everybody who supported us! We raised a fantastic amount of money to support our Scouting activities across the year. The Beavers have had a busy start to the new year, tackling three different badges this term. For the Pet Care badge, they made bird feeders and visited the animals at Pets-at-Home, to learn how to care for them. They also shared their favourite books, decorated book-related cookies, and made bookmarks for their ‘Book Reader’ badge. The Beavers will now make the most of the dark nights, by completing the ‘Space’ badge - for which they will be looking at the stars and learning about the planets. Once again, the Police Museum will host one of our sections, and the Beavers are very excited to learn about the history of our police service.

Since Christmas, the Scouts have been working toward their ‘Global Issues Activity’ badge. They have also set themselves personal challenges to complete by Easter. Our last meeting in January saw the Scout Hut covered in newspaper, as the young people attempted to build a bridge out of newspaper and Sellotape. There were some ‘interesting’ constructions, some of which were better weight-bearers than others! In our last meeting, our Scout MasterChef’s cooked a healthy vegetable curry. It smelled delicious and didn’t taste too bad either!

evenings, so that we can enjoy some more outside adventures. It is fantastic to see all of our sections thriving, with so many young people enjoying Scouting. We have a waiting list for Beavers and both the Cub and Scout sections are growing strongly, so if you are interested please drop us a line to the email address below. Tom Glover, Group Scout Leader gsl@tetburyscoutgroup.org.uk

In the next month, the whole group will be joining together for the annual Scout ‘Jambowlree’ competition at Stroud Bowling Alley. All sections are also very much looking forward to the lighter

! ! ! The Cubs started this term learning all about knots, which saw them playing a rope relay game in Sixer groups. This really tested their knot-making and teamwork skills under time pressure, as they raced to pull their team across the hall in a superfast time on carpet tiles. A recent evening session ended with their favourite ropespinning game, where the leader stands in the middle and rotates a large rope in a circle and all the cubs attempt to jump over it, to stay in the game. Other exciting sessions saw them gaining their ‘DIY’ badge, as they learnt how to make their own wooden key holders which they glued, nailed and painted. Our thanks to Stroud B&Q and to Travis Perkins, who kindly donated all the materials.

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One of our parishioners of many years passed away just before Christmas and her memorial service is today in Long Newton. We give thanks both for her life and for what she took part in, in the life of the parish in general. May Trish Dent rest in peace - and we send our prayers and condolences to all her family and friends. On Friday the 2nd of March we hosted World Day of Prayer, with members of the other Churches of Tetbury taking part, for which we thank them. This year, the order of service was prepared by the women of Slovenia under the heading “Come, Everything is Ready.” Since I’ve begun taking part in the Women’s Day of Prayer over the past ten years, I have learnt a lot about various countries.



Although the sun is shining today, the weather may change over the days and weeks to come with ice and perhaps even snow. If (and when) it does, please take care while you’re out and about and please also remember the elderly and animals, including supplying food for the birds.


On the First Friday of Lent, we commence Stations of the Cross at 12.00 noon, followed by Lenten lunches in our parish hall, prepared Page 1 by the diff erent churches of Tetbury in aid of CAFOD and Christian Aid. We will also be holding our Irish Night on Friday the 15th of 16:51March, commencing at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from the parish office. Elaine Wright, Parish Administrator, 22/2/08 22:24 St Michael’s Catholic Church

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St Mary’s Primary School We have been beating the winter blues with a lot of singing… …and a lot of active play at St. Mary’s Primary School. Some of our older children have spent months practising songs in preparation for a ‘Young Voices’ concert at Birmingham Arena, attended by thousands of other children from all over the region. The children and staff had an amazing day at the arena and parents and family went along to watch the evening performance. It was an event to remember, with the aim of inspiring a love of music and singing within our pupils.

And the singing didn’t end there! At the end of January, St. Marys’ Church and the school invited ‘I Sing Pop’ back to Tetbury, to put on a concert for parents in the church. ‘I Sing Pop’ are a Christian charity who bring together church, school and community in a musical event over one week. The children were taught lots of different pop songs, which they then performed to the parents in two concerts. We are very grateful to St. Marys’ Church for both hosting this event and helping us to fund it - and to the members of the parent body and the church who gave up their time to put up and take down the staging. It was a real community event and a lovely atmosphere. Despite the cold and wet weather, we have continued to encourage our children to play together outside, making maximum

use of our wonderful school grounds. Thanks to our hardworking PTfA, we now have some fabulous welly sheds, erected by a local company ‘All Out Play’ which will hold hundreds of pairs of wellies! This means that children can put on their boots whatever the weather and get out onto the school field where they climb, dig, invent, build, imagine and create. We have also installed a brand new running track and climbing and play equipment on the field, to encourage our pupils to get more active at playtime. This was funded through the Diocese and the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund. We are looking forward to getting out even more in the spring sunshine. If you pop in to school and it’s a bit quiet - we are probably all out on the field! Mrs Woolley, Headteacher






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Tetbury Library “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist We all have dreams. Some are big, some are small, but each has the potential to change our lives. Is your dream to start a new hobby? Or perhaps your dream is to learn new skills? Or even to meet new people? Whatever your dream is, perhaps we can help. We offer a range of clubs and groups in the library. Fortnightly, on Monday mornings, our Inspiring Writer’s group meet up – and on the second Tuesday of the month our ‘Yarn Bombers’ gather at 2.00 pm, to knit and crochet. On Wednesday mornings (during term time only,) the National Childbirth Trust ‘Bumps & Babes’ group meet at the library, between 10.30 and 12.00. On Wednesday afternoons, it’s time for our ‘Baby Bounce and Rhyme’ session. This is aimed at babies of up to 18 months of age (and their accompanying grown-ups!) On the first Wednesday of the month our Scrabble Club meets up at 1.30 pm. The Library Club meets on the last Friday of each month and is designed for anyone

who struggles to get to the library on their own. Free transport is provided, though booking is essential. The Chess club meets up at 4.00 pm every Friday, too. The ‘Crafters’ group meet up on the first Saturday of the month to make cards and our ‘Computer Buddy’ is free on Tuesday’s and Fridays. Booking is essential for this activities – and you’ll need to book too, to speak to our Family History expert, who can help you research your family tree. Starting at 10.30 am on the 16th of March,

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Avening Playgroup The art students were then asked to come up with designs for each theme. The designs were chosen and, after the boards had been carefully prepared, the students set to work transferring them onto the boards. The students worked hard on the murals both after school and during open evenings, to get them done. When they were finished, Mr Davies kindly delivered them to the playgroup, where one of the Dad’s volunteered to help put them up.

February was an exciting time for the children at Avening Playgroup. On the very first day of February we were all greeted with quite a bit of snow, much to the children’s delight. They painted lovely snowman and snowmen pictures. We all dressed up to go outside and built a snowman, complete with a face, arms and a hat. And on Thursday the 14th of February, we had a visit from the Art Teacher and ten

students from the art department at Sir William Romney’s School. The purpose of this visit was for the playgroup children to meet the students who’d designed and painted the three murals which now form a great display on the outside wall of the playgroup building. The whole process started last year, when Mr Davies kindly agreed to refurbish our very tiredlooking murals. At playgroup, we asked the children what they wanted to be painted onto the murals and they decided on the following three themes: ‘Nature,’‘Fairy Tales’ and ‘Superheroes.’

So, after all their hard work, we found it only fitting to invite the students to see their art on full display. The children enjoyed meeting the students and were especially keen to meet the student who had painted ‘Batman!’ They loved having their photos taken and gave the students a round of applause for all the hard work they’d put in. The committee, staff, children and families at Avening Playgroup would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Davies and the art students at SWR for giving up their time and doing such a wonderful job! For more information about Avening Playgroup, please contact us, during term times, on 01453 832695 or email aveningplaygroup@gmail.com . Angie Heslop, Early Years Manager, Avening Playgroup


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Even though it is Spring, and a time when hearing leather strike willow is still several months away, there’s a lot of activity going on within the Tetbury Cricket Club now, so finding time to put some of this on paper has been difficult this month. If I’ve forgotten anything or anybody, I apologise in advance!

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Since I last wrote, ‘Winter Nets’ have commenced at SWR Leisure Centre, both for our senior teams and for our U13 girls’ team. The seniors run from 7.00 to 8.00 pm, while the girls are in action between 6.00 and 7.00 pm, every Friday evening. If any Advertiser readers out there are interested in coming along, please feel free! The sessions cover all abilities and we’re a friendly bunch, so everyone is welcome. We’re also pleased to announce, following a couple of years of the position being vacant, that we’ve appointed Emma Monks as Vice President of the club. We’re thrilled to have Emma on board, and we know she shares our ambition of expanding our women’s cricket offering, so this should mean exciting times ahead for the ladies’ section of the club. I’ve a number of ‘Thank You’ messages which I don’t want to overlook – so thank you to Lance Vick and the Bowls Club for the donation of the watering equipment, to the England and Wales Cricket Board for the grant they’ve issued us in relation to their World Cup Club fund, to the Lord Taverners for the container of kit they’ve supplied for the girls team - and also to Tetbury Tesco for the money from the Blue Token collection. Running a sports club isn’t easy and can prove to be quite expensive, so thank you to all these groups for making life easier. As the club continues to grow, we’re also pleased to announce we’re currently looking at setting up an Over 40’s team and are in discussions with the Gloucestershire Cricket Board about this. If you’re ‘retired’ but think you can still stroll around a cricket field a few times a year, please do let me know, since given my own advancing years, this is something I am certainly keen to progress! That’s it from me this month, thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings. If any of the above interests you, or you’d like to get involved either on or off the pitch at the cricket club, drop us a note at tetburycricketclub@gmail.com PJ, Tetbury Cricket Club

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Tetbury in Bloom Despite the recent cold weather, we’ve still managed to get out twice nearly every week, both to tend the beds and to catch up on maintenance jobs - clearing leaves, tree debris, weeding and cutting back dead growth, ready for the appearance of the thousands of spring bulbs that we’ve planted over the years. Throughout the town, for at least nine months of the year, we’ve made it so there’s always something in flower to complement the colourful foliage shrubs that make up the framework of the displays. Starting in early February with the snowdrops, hellebores and cyclamen, they quickly give way to primroses and crocus. Then come the daffodils which are followed by tulips and alliums. During the summer months, long flowering perennials, bolstered by seasonal bedding take over and towards the end of the year, the late fuchsias and penstemons come into their own by flowering right through to the first frosts in November. Our sole aim has always been to make the town look as attractive as possible, whether we do it by way of flowers or more recently, Christmas lights. Although we


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Christmas is a distant memory, but the ‘traditional’ weather certainly arrived didn’t it? In January the children began to learn about winter weather: its effect on the garden, animals that live in colder climates and what it’s like to explore snow. We did not allow the cold to restrict our outdoor play - it helped with self-care and organisational skills; lots of layers to put on independently and how to sort out matching wellingtons and gloves. Every evening we put out shallow trays of water to see what happened. In February we couldn’t find the trays of water under their layer of snow! Inside, we talked about the Chinese New Year. The children enjoyed all the craft opportunities it makes available - and glitter made a re-appearance! We had a ‘Chinese Interest’ tray to explore, and they

put together a colourful display. Then, during pre-school, they made a Dragon and danced to the beat of Laura’s new drum as part their PE session. Also at pre-school, the ‘letter basket’ has begun. Here, children bring in a different item each week, beginning with a different letter sound. Our take-home bears have started to go home with them too, and the children enjoy hearing about the tales of their visits to their friend’s homes. The children recently had a story read to them by Teresa Bell from St Mary’s school, all about a paperchain doll. During ‘Play and Stay’ Laura usually either offers a sensory or craft activity that parent and child can explore together. There’s a healthy snack provided, and the session finishes on a story or song. The group has become extremely popular, but due to the size of the room and safety concerns, we have to limit the families we can have attend. We have a first-come first-served basis for entry, but we do apologise to the families that we have to turn away.

Tetbury Nursery Group Indeed, both crèche and playgroup are getting very full, and we’d like to open additional spaces. To enable us to do this, we’re looking for more staff. Initially, we’re looking for ‘bank staff ’ to cover sicknesses, holidays etcetera, and we would prefer that candidates hold a minimum of a Level Two qualification, please. If anybody would like further information, please contact the playgroup using the details below. Finally, we’d like to say ‘Thanks!’ to Richard, Nora, John and Mary who run our Bingo evenings. All the proceeds go to playgroup and enable us to buy resources for the children. The Christmas Bingo alone raised nearly £300. If anyone would like to come along and try to win some lovely prizes, it is held fortnightly on a Thursday evening, with ‘Eyes Down!’ at 7.30 pm. This month’s events are on the 14th and the 28th of March. If you wish to contact us about any of our facilities you can do this by ringing 01666 504855 and asking for Karen or Linda - or you can reach us via email through tetburynurseryplaygroup@ eygloucestershire.co.uk Karen Milhench, Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

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Tetbury Hospital This month I’m pleased to be able to introduce our updated Ophthalmology Service. We’ve heard that some patients haven’t been able to access Ophthalmology Services at Tetbury Hospital; we needed to put that right! For patients suffering problems with their eyes, which their Optician or GP feel needs a referral to a consultant, we now have even shorter wait times for an appointment. We’ve achieved this by

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Cedar’s Nursery School @ Tigger’s Wow, our Cedars class has continued to grow very quickly this term with lots of new children joining us. We only have a few spaces left for the April intake, taking the numbers to 16 per day, until the opening of the new building for 32 children, later this year. This Nursery School provides totally FREE childcare using the Government 15 or 30 hours, as the Nursery School hours run term-time only, with children bringing their own meals. On 30 free hours, a child can attend FREE from Monday to Friday, 09.00-15.00, during school terms. On 15 hours, children can attend FREE for 5 sessions of 09.00-12.00 or 12.00-15.00 or a combination, totalling two and a half days. Registrations for the Summer term have opened, so please contact Tigger’s on 01666 503142 or email thecedarsnurseryschool@gmail.com to get your pack. There are no registration fees or deposits charged. If parents want to pay for any additional hours, this can also be done combining free hours with paid hours.

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February was an ‘interesting’ month down at the Shed! We have been really pleased and encouraged to see how well attended and appreciated our Wednesday afternoon tea concerts are proving to be. Designed to raise funds towards the purchase of our Steinway B piano, they offer an opportunity for people to come along and enjoy some lovely music, perhaps with a cup of tea or coffee and maybe even some cake, from the Whistle Stop Café. To meet old friends too, as well as perhaps to make some new ones.

2 BJ Big Band 7.30 pm. Swing into 2019 with some Big Band Swing Music. Tickets from £12.50 8 Harbottle & Jonas 8.00 pm. Traditional and contemporary Folk Music. Tickets £11.50 15 Rhapsody in Red White and Blue 7.30 pm Classical evening of Piano, Flute & Piccolo. Tickets £10.00 & £17.50 17 Open Mic Sunday 7.30 pm. Musicians Singers & Poets welcome to our regular open mic. £5.00 23 Magnificent AK 47 plus Port Isaac Gulls. With original songs of love, life & laughter. Tickets from £12.50. 30 Mr Rays Jazz Band 7.30pm Traditional & Swing Jazz Music. Tickets from £12.50 Wednesday Afternoon Tea Concerts 2.30 – 4 pm. Tickets £2.50

7 Bohemian Rhapsody (15) 7.30 pm Celebrate Rock Band Queen & Freddie Mercury 14 BlacKkKlansman (15) 7.30 pm American crime comedy-drama film directed by Spike Lee. 21 Distant Voices Still Lives (15) 7.30 pm. Following the lives of an English working-class family. 28 Widows (15) 7.30 pm. Four widows take on & finish off a robbery their husbands could not.

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‘Bin Ma Yong’ is the Chinese name for the Qin Terracotta Army. Strains of Chinese music on the 3rd of January heralded Lew Lawton’s introduction to some Chinese language basics and a summary of the army’s history. Found in March 1974 by farmers digging a well, the first of three pits now contains 6,000 reassembled life-size clay figures. Enclosed by a roofed structure in 1979, they make an impressive sight, Lew said, dating back over 2,000 years to Qin Shi Huangdi.

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News from Christ Church We read: Lots of people go to book clubs these days. Libraries run them, environmental groups do, political groups too. People read the same book beforehand and then meet to share their perspectives and insights. There are a surprisingly large number of ways to interpret Pride and Prejudice. We do the same kind of thing together in the churches. Usually, but not always, we meet to discuss a part of the Bible. We have different insights and perspectives on what we read. We don’t always agree either, but we do find it enriching and life-giving. On Friday afternoons at 2.00 pm in Lent, for not much more than an hour, we will search for what God is saying to us through the scriptures.

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St Michael’s Catholic Church celebrates St Patrick Night’s each year. There is food and music and good company. This year it is on the evening of Friday the 15th of March and we at Christ Church are delighted to once again be the venue for the event. It is good when we work together! I have heard really good things about it and never managed to attend, but this year it is booked into the diary, firmly.

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We pray: Each week on Wednesday morning between 6.00 and 10.00 am a group of us gather in a corner of Christ Church. We sometimes sing. We sometimes wait quietly upon God, as we listen to some music. We sometimes share the bread and wine of communion. We always reach out to God in prayer - and find that as we draw near to God, God draws near to us.


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The Alzheimer’s Society are hosting a charity polo day at Beaufort Charity Club on Friday the 14th of June, with the aim of raising significant funds for those living with dementia, as well as to celebrate the Alzheimer’s Society’s 40th anniversary. They are trying to attract a local audience to the event, securing local sponsorship and guest attendance.

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Mayor’s Report This is quite a difficult report to write, since as I am sure many of you will already know, my husband Brian who was also my consort died at the end of January. It was very sudden but very peaceful. My thanks to all of those who have supported me over the last few months. Brian tried to attend as many meeting and events as he could, to support me as Mayor, and he will be very greatly missed by many people. I had hoped to hold a surgery in March, however the date falls just after my husband’s funeral, so that’s not possible I’m afraid. However, please do contact me via the Council offices if you need to speak to me urgently. We are fast approaching the new financial year and busily sorting budgets. We know as a council that whatever decision we make it will not please everyone, however we need to try and balance everything and to prioritise what is most important for the town as a whole. We only have one pot of money and once it has gone – that’s it. If you feel that you personally can make a difference for Tetbury, then this could be your opportunity at the next elections in May.

corner and I do love seeing the gardens reawakening. Are you able to offer any help to keep our town clean and tidy? A “Spring clean?” It would be lovely to set up some litter pick days and I hope to be out and about doing this. Please do join me if you have the time at the weekends.

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THE NEW PICKET HARP ALLOTMENTS Many residents of Tetbury are unaware of one of the town’s hidden assets, located by Cornwall Close, off the Hampton Road – the New Picket Harp allotments. The current allotments, together with all the house plots in Cornwall Close, form a site that dates back to the 18th century. It was sold by the Feoffees in 1840 and remained in private hands until 2007. The developer of Cornwall Close then bought out the site. After strong representations from various bodies and individuals the developer agreed to keep a quarter of the site as allotments. Ownership was passed to Tetbury Town Council in 2011. The Council gave responsibility for day-to-day management of the site to an Association of tenants. The name of the site is recent, but based on a previous name of Pickett Harp. Where this came from is somewhat of a mystery, although if you look at a satellite map of the allotments and Cornwall Close (and squint a bit) you can imagine a harp shape! The site consists of twenty-eight plots, each of around one hundred and twenty square meters. All allotments have sheds and taps. Water troughs are evenly distributed over the site. A Community Orchard has been created for all plot-holders to benefit from and enjoy. There is growing awareness of the role gardening can have in promoting physical and mental well-being. Allotment gardening also gives a great sense of achievement – your own freshly picked fruit or vegetables always taste better than their supermarket equivalents. If managed properly, an allotment can produce enough food to supplement a family’s weekly shop, with fresh fruit and vegetables over the year. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact Tetbury Town Council on 01666 504670 or email executiveofficer@tetbury.co.uk and your details will be passed to the Association secretary. A paid-for Charlie Grene, Chairperson, New Picket Harp Allotment Association 1250319

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Girlguiding last month, (along with three others,) are helping across all units. Some of them are working on their Duke of Edinburgh awards through school; the good news is that all of them have come up through Brownies and Guides and are now giving something back. We really hope that some will remain in Guiding and become full leaders as soon as they are eighteen. We are also delighted that one of our leaders has also persuaded a friend to come and help at Brownies – welcome Cheryl! We would love another leader to join us on a Monday though, so if you want to find out more about the fun we have, get in touch.

Wow! Guiding in Tetbury started in 1920, which means we are 99 years old this month – we’d better start planning our celebrations for next year! If you were a past member and would like to be involved or kept up to date

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If you have driven or walked past Avening School recently, you couldn’t have failed to notice our fantastic new outdoor classroom - funded by ‘Awards for All.’ This invaluable addition to our outside space will enable the children to do more of their learning outside. Forest school sessions have commenced during the school days each week, with children learning vital outdoor skills and a knowledge and respect for the natural environment. Our weekly Fledglings session for pre-school children have also resumed after the winter break and take place every Friday from 2.00 to 3.00 pm. Contact the school if you’d like more details about them.

The corridors are looking amazing at the moment, adorned with work from every class, displaying their term’s topic learning. This month the Hawks class (y3/4) will be travelling to Caerleon in South Wales to explore the amphitheatre,

baths and museum as part of their topic on ‘The Romans’ - and the Kestrels are off to @Bristol as the culmination of their ‘Superheroes’ theme, which has seen them take a look at their own superhero powers, as well as learn about fantastic historical role models such as Edith Cavell. For further information about this busy place of learning please see our school website: www.avening.gloucs.sch.uk Avening Primary School

Our school Eco-Council, made up of pupils from years one to six, recently had a meeting with one of our parents who helped them do a school ‘Eco Audit’ and to produce an action plan. The children are really passionate about making a difference to the world in which we live. World Book Day is here again - and this year Avening School will be celebrating the classic children’s story ‘The Jungle Book’ by



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Cotswold Voluntary Wardens clearing a path across them to open up the views. This is on the escarpment edge, so it’s becoming clearer what a fine defensive position it was, overlooking the Severn Vale. We have not had any footpath work allocated recently – Gloucestershire County Council have terminated the highways contract with Amey and taken the work back ‘in-house,’ into their ‘Rights of Way’ department. We await the council reassigning the priority needs and allocating the materials to us for the required installations of footbridges, gates, steps and so on.

March Walks Local circular walks lead by the Wardens in March are:

Hedge Laying The Warden’s work party have spent many of their Winter sessions hedge laying. We have completed two long length of hedge; one at Pinkney near Sherston – the other alongside the Cotswold Way above Wottonunder-Edge, going up from Conygre Wood to Westridge Wood. There, the lovely Beech tree woods are on one side and the field’s boundary hedge, which we tackled, is on the other side.

The hedge had become very tall, turning into trees and making the trackway rather dark. Now that the hedge has been tidied and layed, the light is let in from the field and the view opened up and we have been complimented by users of the Cotswold Way, which is our National Trail.

• Wednesday the 6th of March at 10.00 am from Leighterton Church for 9 miles via Westonbirt Arboretum. • Tuesday the 19th of March at 10.00 am for coffee at the Hunter’s Hall, Kingscote, leaving at 10.30 am for 5.5 miles via Ozleworth Bottom.

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a statue in Parliament Square last year. Members were known as ‘Suffragists.’ The ‘Suffragettes’ were the militants. The Suffragists organised meetings to promote their cause, and the first report of Margaret being involved in one was at Macclesfield in 1908, where there was much abuse and harassment of the women. Margaret was the main speaker at Manchester Free Trade Hall, by 1909. Other ‘Open Air’ meetings, and ‘At Home’ meetings in grand houses and at factory gates were also reported. There was a caravan tour in Yorkshire and pressure on candidates at a by-election in Oldham in 1911. Pressure on local councils was also organised – and in 1913 a ‘Great Pilgrimage’ drew women from right across England, to a large meeting in Hyde Park. Similar meetings took place in Cheltenham and in the Market Place at Cirencester. At these meetings women were greatly abused - and eggs and tomatoes were hurled at the speakers. Eventually the Suffragists had meetings with senior MPs including H. H. Asquith and Ramsay MacDonald, but their cause was not helped by the militancy of the Suffragettes and, of course, there was militant Irish Home Rule action at that time. Margaret was one of the delegates that met the Prime Minister in July 1913. Life changed for Margaret in 1914 when while on holiday in Italy, she met Dr Hills. They married on the 6th of August 1914 and Harold reported for military duty that evening. He was taken prisoner in France later that year but was repatriated in a non-combative prisoner exchange in July 1915. Margaret lived in Walsall and worked on Children’s Services and their daughters were born in 1917 and 1919, before they settled in Stroud. The weather was unkind to HOTS, but forty-four members still managed to attend the meeting - and thanked Chas. in our traditional manner. Annual Reports were distributed for the AGM, which will form the beginning of our next meeting at 7.30 pm at Christ Church on Thursday the 7th of March. Jane Haines will then tell us about the original incarnation of the ‘Tetbury Advertiser’ published at the end of 19th century. History of Tetbury Society

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…working on the requirements and initial planning for phase two of the building project, the new Dolphins Hall. By the time you read this, you will have hopefully seen the first draft of the plans for the new hall and had a chance to comment on them. We don’t expect to have got it right the first time so by now we will be taking on board all the comments we have hopefully received and will be working on revising the plans. Hopefully, for next month we will able to share the updates and ask for more comments before submitting the plans to a pre-planning process at Cotswold District Council. In a few months’ time we will be holding our AGM. At the meeting each year a number of residents are voted onto the board of trustees to serve for one year. Maybe you could be one of those residents? On Wednesday the 13th of March there will be a drop-in session at the Dolphins Hall between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm, where you can come and find out what it means to be a trustee, how to apply and to ask any questions you may have.

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Dolphins Dramatic Society radio! He was ‘Doughy Hood,’ the village baker in the ‘The Archers!’ He was awarded an OBE for his services to drama, an award that annoyed his son who felt it should have been awarded for his services to the country during both wars. However, at least he was recognised, is well-loved and will be remembered by many.

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of his life, yet he never gave up. In World War II he served with the British Expeditionary Force in France, employed as a ‘Conducting Officer’ and tasked with supervising journalists who were visiting the front line. Sadly, his health terminated his further participation in the war, and he was discharged in 1940. Not to be beaten, he did indeed join the Home Guard in Caterham where he lived - and he also toured the country with ‘ENSA’ – the Entertainments National Service Association.

…our spring production is ‘The Ghost Train’ written by Arnold Ridley; what an amazing man! Most people know him as ‘Private Godfrey’ in ‘Dad’s Army’ - but he did so much more than that with his life. Arnold started off at Bristol University where he trained as a teacher, however this career was short-lived due to his signing up for the army in World War I. He was badly The Ghost Train is just one of thirty plays he wounded and discharged on the grounds wrote - but it’s certainly the one he is best of ill health and some of the wounds never remembered for. He also had numerous CL Tetbury Advertiser Ad_Layout 09/10/2018 14:36roles Pageon 1 stage, film and radio. Yes, properly healed, plaguing him for1the rest acting

Meantime, rehearsals are going well! The session we spent developing our characters was excellent and I do think you will notice this when you come to see the play between the 25th and the 27th of April at the Dolphins Hall. I mentioned, in my write-up for the autumn production, that Tetbury Fire Service kindly lent us their back room for rehearsals; well - they have extended their hospitality to us once again, so a huge thank you to them once more, for their kindness and generosity. Before Christmas we’d never seen our Tetbury firemen in action. The other evening, we did! The speed they moved at in responding to a ‘shout’ was amazing. They really are an impressive team. Alex and the production team are looking for the following items for the play: A cage for a parrot that is easy to carry, and a railway lantern. If you can help with one of these props, please contact Jenny Miles on 01666 503059. Terri White, Dolphins Dramatic Society

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in which Flossy went to cut through the toast too close to one end and almost catapulted the topping off the plate, both starters went down very well. The pigeon breasts were a little over-cooked for my liking, but they were full of flavour, and both the chorizo and black pudding had been splendidly chosen. On the mains list were some pub standards, but it was good to see a couple of vegetarian options and a few other delicious-sounding dishes of the day too, like lamb rump with chateau potatoes or an open steak and mushroom sandwich with truffle and parmesan fries, which I chose. Flossy investigated one of the veggie options: root vegetable pie with mash topping, carrot rosti and kale. My steak and mushrooms was delicious. The steak had been sliced, then both had been perfectly cooked in garlic and parsley butter and placed atop some toasted ciabatta, which soaked up the juices whilst retaining some crunch. It needed some seasoning, but I’m encountering that more and more these days; perhaps some chefs prefer leaving their customers to ‘season to taste’ rather then risk spoiling a dish? I don’t know. Flossy’s pie was hearty and filling and surprisingly umami* for a vegetarian option. The mash topping was smooth and included either kale or spinach and she said the rosti was a nice idea but that it could’ve been better executed, since it lacked a crispy outer layer. Mind you, she didn’t leave any, so I’m guessing it was OK! With a selection of Wadsworth beers and good wines, (although £7.50 for a mediumsized NZ Sauvignon seemed a little steep,) The Daneway has just about everything you could want. We certainly intend to go back when the weather warms up. Fill


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Ed: “Umami” from the Japanese meaning “a savoury taste” is one of the five basic tastes they define, together with ‘sweet,’ ‘sour,’ ‘bitter,’ and ‘saltiness.’ I’m indebted to Fill that I can share this information with you.

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Dear Editor, Anne Mary Davies - Penblwydd hapus - Happy Birthday! Your readers may like to share with us in celebrating the 100th birthday of one of our residents, Anne Mary Davies. Born in Wales 100 years ago, very appropriately on the 1st of March - Saint David’s Day, Anne’s father was a musician and she followed in his footsteps, studying violin at the Royal Academy of Music before becoming a member of the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra, and then the Malvern players.

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Leighterton Primary School At Leighterton Primary School, we know how important it is to feel good about yourself so that you are ready to learn. Recently, as part of our work on developing the children’s wellbeing, we held a ‘mindfulness day’ throughout our school.

Apsemore Class: We listened to a CD that Cooper brought in. It sounded as though it was a storm and we closed our eyes and did some stretches. The music changed gradually, and it became very nice and calm and it made us relax. We did some mindfulness drawing and we coloured it in very neatly. Nathan (aged 4) and Stanley (aged 5.)

Bowldown Class: The children made glitter jars with recycled jam jars, adding liquid, coloured glitter and confetti. When they were full, they fixed the lids on the top so they wouldn’t leak and then taped them to make sure. When the jars are shaken, the glitter and confetti fills the jar and swirls around. As the children watch this, the glitter starts to settle, and it makes them feel calm.

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Ridge Class: The day began with breathing exercises because we learned about good strategies we could use if we need to calm ourselves. We closed our eyes and pretended to blow bubbles. During another activity, we pretended that we were being blown into the ground. After that we coloured in boxes that we had designed, and then we cut them out and folded them. We used the boxes to collect positive comments. It is lovely to open the boxes and read all

After that the children listened to some music. They used pens and paper to doodle the mood of the music. When the music was loud, they drew large, heavy lines and if it was calm, they would draw calm things, such as the sea.

During assembly, at the end of the day, children from each class told the rest of the school about the activities they had been working on and how they will use them. If you would like to find out more, or come to look around Leighterton Primary School, you are very welcome to contact the school office on (01666) 890273. Further information about our school is also available via www.leighterton.com Meryl Hatfield, Leighterton Primary School

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Meanwhile, Friday socials continue to keep us entertained. Our lovely Bar Manager, Angela, makes sure stocks are topped up with our favourite tipples whilst Social Secretary Bev, organises weekly events. Bingo is always popular and on 15th February we had a fab ‘Love’ themed table top quiz. This month’s club Lottery winner was none other than our Chair, Angela Carey, who won £143. Of course, all these events also raise funds for the club – repairs and improvements don’t come cheaply.

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As our Club Captain, Lance Vick, said last month new members are always welcome, both playing and social. In April we will be hosting an open day when everyone is welcome to come and try bowls for themselves, to see what all the fuss is about. There have been lots of new houses built in Tetbury and we welcome players of all ages, so look out for our advertisement in next month’s Advertiser. Jan Yates, Secretary, Tetbury Bowls Club

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Sergeant Merritt figured in a strange experience, at the time when a Kingswood woman was murdered [about six years ago] in Tetbury. A strange man met the officer at a late hour on a Saturday night and quietly remarked that he ‘had just killed a woman.’ The Sergeant soon realised that the man was in real earnest.

At long last… …the final part of an epic tale from our Cold Case files. We do hope you’ve enjoyed reading this story and that it might tempt you to come into the museum and read more from our archives on display? We are open every weekday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. The Tetbury Sensation 1924 - Part 4: The Execution Our research has revealed that the death of W G Bignell, age 32, was recorded in March 1925 in the district of Shepton Mallett, Somerset. Of further interest is the report

Shepton Mallet Gaol – the location of Bignell’s execution. When it closed in 2013, it was the UK’s oldest operating prison, dating from 1610.

in 1931 of the retirement of Police Sergeant Merritt after twenty-seven-and-a-half years of service.


The man calmly went with the officer to a field on the outskirts of the town and showed him the body. In the early hours of the morning the murderer, whose name was Bignell, was handed over to the Wiltshire police - the terrible and deliberate act having been committed in a field which was then in Wiltshire and is now in Gloucestershire. All through the trial and at his execution Bignell showed the same unconcern and calm as he had when he communicated his startling news to the Sergeant on the Saturday night.

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Tetbury Theatre Group We were very lucky to be able to travel to Cheltenham for our February theatre trip, since the day before we had lots of snow and we all wondered if we would make it. After a very slippery walk, (the side roads were bad,) once we reached Long Street our caring Council team had cleared the roads, so that was brilliant. Colin, our lovely coach driver, took us very carefully to the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. It was a wonderful journey, as the countryside looked beautiful, covered with snow.

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architect was Frank Matcham (1854-1920,) who designed more than 150 theatres and music halls during his fifty-year career. They range from the mighty 2,558-seat London Coliseum to the exquisite 499-seat Theatre Royal at Wakefield; another famous theatre he designed was the London Palladium. Our next trip is on the 21st of March, when we will be seeing the musical ‘Annie’ at the Bristol Hippodrome. On the 18th of April we are going to see ‘The Remains of the Day’ at the Playhouse Theatre in Oxford. On the 9th of May its ‘Calendar Girls, the Musical’ at the Millennium Theatre, Cardiff, and on the 5th of June ‘Mindgame’ at Malvern Theatre. Finally, in July, it is our summer outing, which will be a boat trip around Bristol harbour, then on to the Avon Valley Railway. You can see more about these trips on our new website at www.tetburytheatregroup. co.uk Members will be sent details of all the outings by post or e-mail, but if you would like to use the coach only on any of these trips or if you need any more information do contact Helen Price (our chairperson) on 01666 503187. Celia Bayes, Tetbury Theatre Group

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Who is it for? Anyone! Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in a community, anyone can have an accident in the home, so this scheme can benefit anyone.

What does it cost? The scheme is free to the public and is funded by the Tetbury Lions Club.

You have probably all heard of ICE in your phone contacts? ‘In Case of Emergency,’ the telephone number of the person to be called. Well, the ‘Message in a Bottle‘ scheme takes this personal safety idea one step further, into your home. The green and white plastic ‘Message in a Bottle’ is kept in the fridge in a prominent place, so that it can be easily found and seen. In an emergency, the medical practitioner or paramedic can go there immediately to find all your key personal medical information. It might just save your life! The form inside contains all the key medical information needed to make a quick decision on what to do for you, next, if for instance you were to be unconscious

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Who knows about it? All emergency services are aware of the message in a bottle scheme – and by displaying the green stickers in your home, the emergency services will know to locate the bottle in the fridge and to use the forms inside to ensure you are treated quickly. This can save time and save lives.

What’s in the bottle? A form you fill in with your name, medicines, allergies, and relatives contact details - and also two green stickers.

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