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TETBURY ADVERTISER

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Young by Name Tetbury Goods Shed Tetbury Camera Club

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Editorial/Advertising copy to:-

4th March - Friends of Tetbury Hospital Film

Richard Smith - Editor 35 Chavenage Lane, Tetbury GL8 8JT. Tel: 07884 265117 email: advertiser@tetburylions.co.uk Steve Parr - Accounts 11 Northlands Way, Tetbury, GL8 8YT. Tel: 07525 487870 email: accounts@tetburylions.co.uk Colin Poole - Distribution 47 Quail Meadows Tetbury GL8 8PQ. Tel: (h) 01666 502573 (m) 07747 898291 email: distribution@tetburylions.co.uk

Night Dolphins Hall 7.30 pm - £9.00 (includes a glass of wine.) NB: The film will be “The Runaways” (12A) 4th March – Tetbury Art Society Pen and Wash demonstration Please see the article in this issue 4th March – Greening Tetbury Meeting Please see the article in this issue

Notice to Advertisers Copy date for the April Issue is Thursday 12th March 2020

Delivery - 28th/29th March 2020 Please ensure that copy is submitted by the deadline. There is NO guarantee that late copy will be published. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage arising from any error, inaccuracies or omission from any copy or advertising in this publication. The Editor reserves the right to omit any item not considered suitable for printing. All reasonable efforts will be made to meet the wishes of our advertisers.

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Please see the article in this issue 6th March – Meet Author Debbie Young! Please see the article in this issue 7th March – Story Time at Tetbury Library Please see the article in this issue 13 March – St Michael’s “Irish Night” Please see the article in this issue 18th March - Agnes Varda’s “Faces Places” (12A) Dolphins Hall, Tetbury at 7.30 pm 19th March – TTG trip to “Woman in Black” Please see the article in this issue

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

19th March – Sue Lib speaks to U3A Please see the article in this issue 22nd March – St Marys’ Church “Mothering Sunday” Please see the article in this issue 23rd March – Tetbury WI Coffee Morning Please see the article in this issue V don olunt atio ary no nly

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

Avening Primary School Avening WI Chelworth Bookworms Computer Advice Girlguiding Greening Tetbury History of Tetbury Society Leighterton Primary School Letters to the Editor Lion’s Den Lion’s 200 Club Mayor’s Report Men in Sheds News from St Marys’ Church News from St Michael’s Church Probus Sherston Primary School Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun South Cotswold Bridge Club St Mary’s CE VA Primary School St Mary’s Playgroup TAYCT Tetbury Art Society Tetbury Cadets Tetbury Camera Club Tetbury Cares Tetbury Community Choir Tetbury Cricket Club Tetbury Goods Shed Tetbury Hospital Tetbury in Bloom Tetbury Library Tetbury Nursery Playgroup Tetbury Scout Group Tetbury Theatre Group Tetbury Town Council Tetbury Twinning Society Tetbury WI The Feoffees and the Thirteen The Friends of Tetbury Hospital U3A What’s On Young by Name

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SCHOOLS SWR Comprehensive, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275. SWRS LEISURE CENTRE Tel: 01666 501086 TETBURY SHOPMOBILITY BOOKINGS Monday-Friday 9.00-3.00 Tetbury Town Council Offices 01666 504670. Saturday 10.00-4.00 Tetbury Tourist Information Centre 01666 503552

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

The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577

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

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

HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336

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

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

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

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

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


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Family Favourites I’m equally insouciant with members of my family. Like Bertie Wooster, I’m blessed with a fine collection of characterful aunts. When my father was reading my new novella, ‘The Natter of Knitters,’ he instantly recognised a favourite saying of his Auntie Minnie’s, spoken in my story by a character worried about the well-being of a very slender neighbour: “Where does she keep her organs?” In a similar vein, my grandmother, spotting someone bending over would say “Have you seen my nice bottom?”

Out of the mouths of Aunts As an inveterate eavesdropper, I shamelessly raid overheard conversations for fun phrases to put into the mouths of my fictional characters. While I may not remember a meeting time from one day to the next, (top tip: hold all meetings to coincide with elevenses,) when it comes to other people’s one-liners, I have the carved-in-stone memory of a Ten Commandments tablet.

I wonder whether I shall pass any memorable phrases of my own on to later generations? At the moment, the main contender is “Steady, Teddy,” said to any small child who is getting out of hand (and occasionally to my teenage daughter.) And that, I confess, was copied from my favourite television programme as a toddler, Andy Pandy. Once a thief…

Impressive Pledge In my twenties, I worked alongside an ardent vegan, in the days when this now common lifestyle choice was rare. One day over coffee she announced that she could only ever marry another vegan. The chance of falling in love with a man who met this as well as all the usual criteria seemed to me about as likely as the Miller’s daughter guessing Rumpelstiltskin’s name. Twenty years later, I used her declaration of intent as a starting point for ‘Housetraining Thomas,’ my short story about finding partners in my collection ‘Marry in Haste.’ (In case you’re wondering, my friend eventually settled for a vegetarian and in true fairy-tale style they are still living happily ever after.)

Legendary Lessons Working at Westonbirt School in late 1998, I harvested a great line from former pupil Jane Reid. When compiling alumnae’s

I don’t have a picture of my Auntie Minnie, so here’s one of my grandma (standing, left), with two of my great-great aunts, Edie (seated) and Becky (standing, right).

memories for the school’s seventieth birthday, I asked, “What’s the most useful thing you learned at school?” Without hesitation Jane replied, “At my prep school, how to steam open an envelope and at my senior school not to sign anything I hadn’t read.” With her permission, I lent her words of wisdom to Miss Harnett, (aka ‘Hairnet,’) the eccentric headmistress in my recent novel ‘Secrets at St Bride’s.’

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Monday 25th May bank holiday French market, funfair, local traders, food Entertainment and music from 10am. £100 grand prize raffle -tickets on sale in Long Street each Saturday in May and at the cabin on Gumstool hill on Race Day. Draw at 3pm School Races at 12 o’clock NEW CATEGORY FOR 12-15 YEAR OLDS! Individual or team relays Entry forms and stall applications: www.tetburywoolsack.co.uk e mail tetburywoolsack@googlemail.com 2020 Beneficiaries: St Mary’s Day Centre, St Mary’s Primary School Tetbury Youth Cricket team 1410320

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We have been busy again! It is starting to sound more like the needle is jumping on the record, perhaps, than some interesting news, but we really are making things happen. On Thursday the 30th of January, attended a Careers evening at Sir William Romney School – helping make it a great success by fielding some Lions who had had careers spanning several decades. They were able to talk about jobs and positions that simply don’t get advertised - and yet which are often the most challenging and exciting. Pupils gained a valuable insight into what is out there waiting for them when they eventually head out into the Private or Public Sector. As our normal Director’s and Full Club meetings fell on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, we took a month off and had our first meeting since November on the 5th of February. To bridge the gap, we held an informal breakfast meeting on the 22nd of January, which was both well attended and a great deal of fun. No business was conducted but we had a great guest speaker, Roger Muggeridge from an organisation called ‘Lights for Learning.’ They are an inspirational Charity group, who provide solar powered electric lighting to educational establishments who have no other access to artificial light, mainly in rural African schools. Their lamps are intended to replace the kerosene lamps traditionally used in remote schools in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Typically, twelve bulbs are fitted in a classroom 10m x 6m in area. The bulbs last for twenty to twenty-five years and each bulb costs around £4 to manufacture. They are made exclusively for Lights for Learning. The bulbs have been fitted in eighty-five schools in Zambia and seventy schools in Zimbabwe, so far. Not only have these installations lead to educational improvements measured by a 500% increase in exam pass rates, but health improvements have also been observed, since the school children no longer have to breath in the kerosene fumes. Tetbury Lions presented Roger with a cheque to help his worthy cause.

TETBURY VE DAY

We would normally be madly scrambling about, organising ‘Wacky Races’ at this time of year, but we have had to put the event on hold due to the 75 Year VE Day commemorations planned for the Spring Bank Holiday. For those who are not yet aware, the holiday has been moved from the first Monday in May (this year it would have been the 4th of May) and is now happening on the Friday of that week - which is the 8th of May. I have been fortunate enough to be invited on to the committee for the VE Day commemorations, planned to take the form of a family picnic on the Millennium Green followed by a dance at the Goods Shed. We are still in the planning stage, but please watch out for further announcements in the Advertiser and around town. We are a bit sad to be cancelling the Wacky Races this year, but plan to be back stronger than ever in 2021.

Tetbury is marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day this year with a special street party. Music, entertainment, displays and exhibitions; the town will be alive with excitement, to mark the day that brought Peace to the world. All welcome!

I hope these Atlantic storms are not causing any of you too much trouble and I look forward to presenting more news and information about Tetbury Lions club next month. Lion Tony Sykes, President, Tetbury Lions

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An annual payment of £13 buys you into the Lion’s 200 Club lottery. We use these subscriptions to help local causes – and you get the chance to win a cash prize! Application forms can be obtained from Malcolm at Tetbury Hardware. In January, £20 each was won by Charlie Cleaver, Steve Parr, Tara Niblett and David Williams. In February, £20 each was won by S. Preston, Ian Bell, H. Meeke and Pam Cleaver. Drinks at the Cleaver house! Lion Gail North

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Computer Advice DO NOT USE Windows 7! Sorry to keep banging on about this, but as you may have probably read within my previous editorials, support for the Windows 7 operating system expired on the 14th of January. Despite this, many people are still asking me if it is safe to carry on using it. Well, in short, NO! The only case where you are safe to be still using Windows 7 is if you are completely disconnected from the Internet. If you are still connected via Wi-Fi or an ethernet network cable, disconnect or upgrade to Windows 10. There is no safe half-way house. The same was true for both Windows XP and Vista, with many people thinking they could carry on using it indefinitely, as they liked the system and saw no reason to change. However, doing this left them vulnerable to attack and could very easily compromise their data. Even if you think there is nothing valuable on the computer, your machine could be used to attack another, or used as a slave or ‘bot’ to carry out other dirty deeds online. This really is not worth the risk. Our online lives are always at risk at the best of times, so do not leave yourself more vulnerable. If you have some paid-for security software, this cannot plug the gaps or vulnerabilities in your Windows software. A fully patched and supported version of Windows is essential. As time goes on you will find that secure websites will not give you access, as you will not meet the minimum-security threshold. This could include but not be limited to, email, financial and banking

sites. You may not notice any immediate effects, but you will leave yourself more vulnerable the longer you leave it. I have already upgraded many desktop and laptop computers, which are now happily running Windows 10. Why buy a new PC when your old one could be running just fine with all your existing data and programs intact, saving you money and helping to save the planet? The good news is that the hardware requirements for Windows 10 have not really changed since Windows 7 was released, so many computers can be upgraded without having to shell out for new kit.

When you are moving to Windows 10, I can make the process easy for you and give you the same Windows menu that you are used to. If Apps baffle you, do not panic. You can use your favourite programs without having to use any of the new style apps at all. Having the latest and fully patched version of Windows keeps you safe online. I can offer the software upgrade at no cost, with only my time to cover, so do get in touch for details. Please contact Nic on 01666 502067, email mail@inghamassociates.com or go to www.tetburycomputershop.co.uk ‘Computer Nic’

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Probus people might wish to continue such meetings, and so ‘Probus’ was born.* The first club in the UK was formed in 1965. Our club has been flourishing since 1976. Unlike Rotary International, there is no central organising body. Each of the estimated two thousand clubs in the UK and Ireland is autonomous. Most are men’s clubs, some are ladies’ clubs, and a few are mixed.

A question frequently asked of us is: “What is Probus?” The story begins in Chicago during 1905. A local man, Paul Harris, had the idea of organising meetings based on a membership of at least one person from each type of business, profession or institution in the community. Its aims would be furthering

business services and promoting social relations, international understanding and goodwill. As each member was expected to ‘entertain’ the meeting in rotation, the organisation became known as ‘The Rotary.’ By 1911, similar clubs were being started in Great Britain. Initially, Rotary professional and actively engaged realised, however,

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On the 2nd of January Harold Porter described the history and responsibilities of the Fire Service from pre-WW2 times. He explained in his absorbing account how hostilities elsewhere in Europe had led to the possibility of the incorporation of the Fire Service into the Army being considered but rejected. It then went through phases as the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) and National Fire Service (NFS). Harold emphasised their contribution and sacrifices of life in responding to emergencies created by enemy action. Post-war reorganisation in 1947 led to greater involvement of county councils, strong government interest being retained. Precautionary reserves of key equipment and stores were maintained. Future club activities and committee membership were reviewed at an Extraordinary General Meeting on the 16th of January. Allan Norwood then described how his long-standing friendship with the owner of a not always reliable Ferrari led to Allan’s son being invited to the Ferrari factory at Maranello in Italy, mistakenly as a potential Ferrari buyer. Allan accompanied him, only to have his suitcase stolen at the airport and then driving to the wrong Ferrari plant! Then things looked up. The factory was very impressive and superbly clean, the test track trials exhilarating and the hospitality amazing, all making it a memorable trip. We welcomed Lian Franklin and Nicola O’Hanlon on the 5th of February to update us on the services now available at Tetbury Hospital and the future developments planned. More on this very interesting presentation next month. Meanwhile, David Looney will talk to us on the 5th of March about the investment industry, followed by John Macartney on the 19th of March with tales of philanthropist Viscount Nuffield. The race to the Pole will be described by Gerry Churchard on the 2nd of April, and on the 16th of April John Thomas will tell us some lesser-known facts about the coming of the Kemble-Tetbury railway. Theo Stening, Probus, 01666 504243

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History of Tetbury Society were breaks while he raised the necessary funds. Progress was slow and in 1862 stopped as Leigh had ‘no funds,’ - probably because Australian money had ‘fizzled out.’ Eventually, in 1870, work just came to an end and the site was abandoned.

‘Woodchester Mansion: an unfinished masterpiece’ … …was what Liz Davenport spoke to HOTS about on the 6th of February, and she use a projector to show both good photographs and the main points of her talk (a great help to those of us who are ‘hard of hearing.’) The construction of the Mansion was financed by William Leigh, who had been left both a fortune and properties in Australian by his father, a prosperous Liverpool merchant. He came to Woodchester in 1845 as a recent convert to Roman Catholicism and purchased Woodchester Park, including an old mansion called ‘Spring Park.’ Leigh was friendly with A.W. Pugin, another convert, who advised that the old house

was in such a poor state that it would be best to demolish it and to start again. Pugin did a detailed drawing of how he thought a new mansion should look - but first, Leigh decided to build the catholic church ‘Our Lady of the Annunciation’ in South Woodchester, for which Pugin again made some drawings. When the two men fell out, the church was designed by C. F Hansom. In the mid-1850s’ Hansom began to design the new mansion too, and the north wing is mainly to his design. Benjamin Bucknall, who worked in Hansom’s office, then took over and he was responsible for the mansion’s classic ‘Gothic’ style. Bucknall was born in Rodborough so was a local, but he had visited France and was influenced by their ideas of constructing the entire building from stone. Leigh, who lived in the ‘Cottage’ in the park, ‘directed’ building operations which progressed on a ‘day work’ basis. Often, there

Leigh has bequeathed to us an extremely important Grade I listed (although incomplete) Gothic revival building. It owes something to Pugin’s drawing, because it is built around a central quadrangle and there is a tower, but the details are completely different. The ceiling to the chapel is a special vaulted design with elaborate bosses. Elsewhere, the quality of the stonemasonry is outstanding: the unglazed window frames are crafted in stone, as are the gargoyles (monstrous hounds and hawks,) fan-vaulted ceilings, roof, staircases, gutters and downpipes. Even the bath is carved from a solid block of stone. The abandoned work demonstrates details of the methods employed for the construction, such as arches using timber supports. There are three stone fireplaces set one above the other inside a gable end, which give an unreal, even spooky, ghostly feeling. Perhaps this reaction stems from the last photograph Liz showed – of the Mansion in a mist? It is occupied by a colony of greater horseshoe bats that cannot be disturbed, so it can never be completed. Next month is our AGM and we will meet at 7 30 pm in Christ Church on Thursday the 5th of March. After the formalities, Doctor Tony Walsh will speak about ‘The History of Tetbury Feoffees.’ Alan Twelvetree, History of Tetbury Society

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Tetbury Camera Club There has been more than a century of nonstop development in the 110 years… …since Tetbury Camera Club came into being, and over the decades we have featured images taken with box cameras, twin lens reflexes, 35mm designs and pocket-sized models. Latterly we have also moved from film cameras to digital ones and now, for the first time in this column, a picture taken with a mobile phone.* If you think about it, thanks to mobile phones, photography is perhaps the country’s fastest-growing hobby, with worldwide sales for just one year – 2018 -- estimated at more than 1.5 billion. That’s amazing, since the first phone to incorporate a camera went on sale less than 20 years ago. Although most of our group might be described as keen and even ‘serious’ photographers, we also have members for whom the aim is simply to enjoy their picture-taking and share the company of people with a similar hobby. For both groups, reaching for a phone when they want to take a picture doesn’t perhaps come naturally. When we do, though, we

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more of both groups, serious photographers as well as enthusiastic amateurs, become used to taking pictures as well as conducting conversations on their phones we recently decided that, just like the rest of the population, we should move with the times and encourage our members to demonstrate how effective they are when you use them to capture images. To be honest, we were not sure what response we’d have when we decided to test our members and their phones with a competition to find out who would fair best when given a brief to switch from talking to snapping. We needn’t have worried. Within a few weeks of floating the idea we had fifty-seven entries. They varied from black and white still life images to Scottish mountain landscapes - and from portraits of people to pictures of pets. Probably similar in subject matter to what most of the population would produce, if you asked to see what they had on their phones. We were impressed with the results and with the picture taken by Carole Mortimer from Sherston. You will be able to decide if you are, too. If you’d like to see more of our work, taken with phones as well as conventional cameras, consider coming to one of our weekly meetings. We gather every Tuesday evening in the Priory Inn at 7.30 pm. and are happy to welcome new members, no matter what equipment they use and how experienced, or inexperienced they are. To find out more. As well as see additional images taken by members have a look at our web site: www.tetburycameraclub.org.uk Iain Smyth, Tetbury Camera Club *Ed: I don’t know when we first published a mobile phone image in the magazine, but I suspect it was quite some time ago. Of the forty to fifty images we now publish in each one, I’d estimate 25% of them now come from mobiles…

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We were delighted to welcome Annie Evans from the mental health charity ‘Place2Be’ to school in February.

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planning how access to mental health services can be improved. St. Mary’s School has always been a caring and nurturing school and we are currently working towards a ‘Mental Health Champions’ award. We started to increase our focus on children’s mental health back in 2014, when we opened our first Nurture Room. Two of our teaching assistants completed the Nurture Group Network Training which qualified them to lead nurture groups.

Annie has teamed up with Jo Tancock from Tetbury Area Youth and community Trust to explore ways of raising awareness of and supporting the mental health of young people in Tetbury.

an appropriate amount of time in the nurture room too. Nurture groups have a big focus on language and communication and the relationship between children and staff is very supportive. We have seen a huge difference in the behaviour of the children who have been part of our nurture programmes.

We also have two teaching assistants who are trained in Emotional Literacy Support Our nurture room offers children a safe called ‘ELSA’ teaching assistants. The ELSA place to be and activities focus on the staff work with individual and groups of development of well-being. Children children, providing emotional and social who attend the nurture groups remain an support to our youngsters when they are active part of their class but they spend struggling to make sense of their feelings and emotions. The interventions were developed by Educational Psychologists, and our ELSA TAs continue to have ongoing support and advice from our Educational Psychology team. As a school we recognise that our children learn best when their Come and meet Caring, emotional needs areFamily! also addressed and this Curious & Courageous Learning is what we try and achieve through ELSA.

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One of teachers has the role of Mental Health Champion and she regularly supports staff in ensuring awareness of how to stay healthy mentally are included in the curriculum. We recently had a mental health focus over Children’s Mental Health week when we focused on ‘Finding our Courage’. We talked about how life often throws challenges our way and that being brave isn’t about coping alone, retreating inside ourselves or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that we find difficult, overcoming challenge and recognising when we need to look after ourselves and ask for help. Mrs J Woolley, Headteacher

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Men in Sheds ‘Men in Sheds’ will soon have a workshop facility, in addition to the very successful allotment project in Herd Lane. The cabin on the recreation ground that has served the Youth Club so well over the last few years, must be moved by the end of June. Owned by Tetbury Town Council, this unit has been offered to Men in Sheds; all that is required is to move it to its new site on the industrial estate in Cirencester Road. And therein lies the problem! The ground is too wet for a grab lift truck to operate safely on, and because of the decking in front of the cabin the vehicle cannot get close enough to operate safely anyway. These issues will quickly be overcome once the weather improves, we’re sure, so in the interim other preparatory work is being undertaken. A good number of residents have told us that while they recognise Men in Sheds as a worthwhile initiative, allotment work is not for them. These individuals would prefer to work with others in a more creative workshop environment. To this end, several tools have already been donated to us and small jobs can already

Lion Derek, assisted by two local rustics, clearing out the Pod ready for the Men in Sheds move be undertaken. (That is, if you are happy to work in your own garage or workshop for a few weeks.) Soon a couple of workbenches will be acquired for the team to work safely, together with some racking for tool and materials storage. The donation of a second-hand wood turning lathe along with a vice would be gratefully received, since the intention is that Men in Sheds will either make

items for sale, or mend items, benefitting both individuals and the community. We envision a small charge would have to be made, since the project will have to be selfsustaining, but it would be small. Please contact Ken White on 01666 504189 if you have any tools to donate or if you would like to be a founder member of this workshop team. Ken White, Men in Sheds

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Leighterton School If you like to be outside to do your learning, you will love our Forest School at Leighterton. Our teacher, Mr Oakey, is amazing and he teaches us lots of new skills and we don’t even realise that we are learning because we have such good fun. All children work with him in their classes and everybody gets changed to learn outside. We all wear warm, waterproof clothes and wellington boots. Nearly everybody also wears a hat, scarf and gloves. Some people also wear an extra pair of socks to keep their feet warm. At the beginning, we worked in small groups and used sticks and string to construct tetrahedrons. We put these together and they made larger tetrahedrons and eventually we made a huge one. It was even taller than our outdoor classroom. We had to work out how many sticks we used to create one tetrahedron and then we counted how many tetrahedrons we had altogether to calculate how many sticks we had used in total. It was a really fun way of doing maths. Another week, we were digging in the ground to see if we could find anything. We

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and games. We love putting on the disco and spreading a bit of St Mary’s Playgroup magic to the Tetbury community. Did you know that St Mary’s Playgroup is a Charity? Putting any funds raised into the playgroup to benefit the town’s children, we strive to provide the best quality of care within our community through our fundraising efforts. Our happy and hardworking Fundraising Committee would like me to let you know that there will be ten decorated eggs hiding in shop windows for our Easter Egg Hunt; keep a look out for the posters and an eye on our Facebook Page for full details. A few weeks ago, Heidi and Marie attended ‘in the moment planning’ training - and came back even more excited about the benefits of this approach. It allows us to make a real difference to children’s learning, by seizing the moments when children first show interest and curiosity and then immediately supporting their next steps. Planning in the moment is really nothing new - it is exactly what a responsive parent does every day with their child. It is also exactly what a skilful practitioner has always done. Every time an adult looks and listens to a child they are assessing and planning how to respond. so how is it achieved?

Who do you love? After lots of conversations around who we love at playgroup, love was truly in the air at Tetbury United Services Club on Valentine’s Day, with the pitter patter of tiny (and not so tiny!) feet, as we took to the dance floor

for our annual family disco. It was a great success and so lovely to see our current and former playgroup children having such a great time dancing together, as well as welcoming new families to the fun

Our setting is organised so that each child can decide where to go, inside or outside, and which resources to use to allow them to become highly engaged. Our team scan the environment all the time, so that if their involvement drops, our staff skilfully assess when or if it is right for an adult to step in and identify what is needed for them to carry on. This is what we would call a ‘teachable moment,’ and this is how we support them to learn! We are already seeing the benefits in our children’s learning using this approach and would welcome you to come and look. Book a visit to find out just how well it’s working. Our Seedlings baby and toddler group continues to be busy and buzzing; it runs on a Monday morning. We are so excited to see lots of new and lovely faces (as well as our `regulars`!) and if you haven’t popped in recently, we would welcome you to come and join our friendly sessions from 9.00 - 11.00 am at Christ Church. You can see what we are all about, chat with staff, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee whilst your children enjoy the lovely activities (and snack) on offer. For further details on what we offer please visit our Facebook page or call us on 01666503777 to come meet us.

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Tetbury Art Society Our 2020 AGM was held in St. Michael’s Hall on Wednesday the 12th of February, laying the previous year to rest, electing a committee and introducing the programme for the current year.

membership. A way of operating with subteams will have to be evolved, we think. After the AGM it was time for refreshments and socialising. Jackie Sapp has arranged for fellowmember Christine Dack to lead a workshop on Wednesday the 26th of February, entitled ‘Painting With A Difference,’ to try out experimental techniques with acrylic paint. We’ll let you know how that goes. Our programme for 2020 is now on our website at www.tetburyartsociety.org.uk and the first meeting will be held on the

4th of March, when Max Hale will give us a Pen and Wash demonstration. If you are interested in our society, why not come along? More information on the Society’s activities can be found on our website or phone me on 01666-502909 or Barry Barnes on 01666-503926. We meet on the first Wednesday of most months in St. Michael’s Hall, Silver Street, Tetbury at 7.30 pm. We are a friendly group, welcoming those interested in art whatever level they have reached. Michael Kingham, Tetbury Art Society

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It has been a very busy but exciting start to 2020 for TAYCT… …with lots going on for young people and our very successful Mental Health presentations being made to the wider community. We have had high attendance at our dropin sessions since the start of the year, and on one evening we saw twenty-six young people at the Pod, with more outside! As you can imagine it can be loud, but our youth workers do an amazing job of meeting and engaging with our young people at every session. They go ‘above and beyond,’ giving their all to the young people of the town, and we are very fortunate to have them. We are also pleased to welcome Claire back

In January we held our best-attended cinema evening so far and it was great to see not only some of our regular faces, but also other young people that we know less well. We are looking forward to planning our next one in the coming months. In addition, in February we had our first trip to Westonbirt. It was a cold one, but it was great to take the young people out of Tetbury and to work with the Westonbirt team in their beautiful setting. Thank you to the Tetbury Lions for financing the minibus to enable this to happen. We are looking forward to future visits even more, as the evenings get lighter and warmer! On the 5th and the 12th of February

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Tetbury Scout Group Scouts are ‘do-ers’ and ‘give-it-a-go-ers,’ and Tetbury Scout Group are certainly living up to that challenge. This month the Beavers looked at their place in the world. They started by looking at keeping themselves fit and healthy and then moved on to their Global Issues badge. They particularly enjoyed looking at Fairtrade, especially when they cooked the Fairtrade chocolate inside Fairtrade bananas. They have also made dragons for Chinese New Year and learnt about the history of this Chinese celebration. They finished the month by looking at endangered animals and considering how they can help the planet through recycling and had great fun turning their recycling into a junk model of an endangered animal. The Cubs have been just as busy. Firstly, with a night hike from the Trouble House to the Goods Shed, along the old railway track. This was especially enjoyable as along the way the Leaders threw in some emergency first aid for the Cubs to deal with. They learnt how to call 999, tell the

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Mayor’s Report One of the things I enjoy most about being a Councillor is… …meeting residents and having an opportunity to catch up. Either in the street, the pub or over a coffee, it’s good to hear your thoughts on the town and the services currently available, so if you ever see me out and about, please feel free to just stop me and say “Hello!” In the past month I’ve been following up on some of my Christmas visits, most recently by accompanying a Lewsey Court resident with an electric wheelchair on her route to Tesco with County Councillor Stephen Hirst. It highlighted the accessibility issues she is experiencing. If we are all to remain independent and living in our own homes, then to avoid social isolation, paths are as important as roads - particularly if you have a wheelchair or walking aid. This visit was followed by a catch-up coffee with the residents of Steepleton, where I discovered that two of them are voluntarily undertaking litter-picking through the town once a week. Such wonderful community spirit. I have received feedback regarding being able to attend Council meetings and the access to the Council Chamber, which is on the first floor in the Council Office. We are considering holding some monthly Full Council meetings in other buildings in the town, with ground floor access, and I would welcome your thoughts regarding this proposal. Of course, if you are unable to attend a Council meeting but would like to ask a question or make representations, you can always contact Stephen Holley, the Town Clerk at the Council office, or contact one of our fifteen Town Councillors, who will be pleased to raise issues on your behalf. This year we are planning to hold the Annual Town Meeting at The Goods Shed on Wednesday the 22nd of April at 6.30

pm. At this venue there will be plenty of free parking and ground floor access for attendees. Please put the date in your diaries and come along to hear about the work that the Town Council has been undertaking over the past year – and ‘watch this space’ for the Committee Reports which will be appearing in next month’s Tetbury Advertiser. Finally, I would like to thank Councillor Ann Pearce, local Mental Health Professional Annie Evans and Jo Tancock from TAYCT, for all their hard work towards Mental Health

support services in the town. Particularly thanks for the very informative talk about Children’s Mental Health, which I attended at the beginning of February. If you have any ideas or concerns regarding our town, please don’t hesitate to contact any Councillor – our contact details are on the Town Council website - http://tetbury. gov.uk/about-the-council/councillors/ and we look forward to hearing from you and working for you. With best wishes, Nikki

Tetbury Town Council update Budget for 2020/21: The Town Council has approved a budget based on inflation predicted at 2.7 percent. Due to changes in the way Cotswold District Council calculates the number of Council Tax paying households, the effect on the Band D Householder is an extra £6.50 per year.

Town Council Grants in 2020/21: The Town Council has approved a new Grants Policy and the budget for 2020/21 now includes a considerable sum in grant money for youth-related work. The Council will repeat the practice of advertising two ‘windows’ for the submission of grant applications: First Window - 1st to 30th June 2020, with decisions to be made at the end of July 2020 Second Window - 1st to 30th November 2020, with decisions to be made at the end of January 2021. No other grant funding will be issued outside this process UNLESS the Council agrees that it is the only possible sourcing of funding for an essential town organisation at risk of ceasing to function

OR that an important town event would be at risk without the Council stepping in. This caveat should not be used by applicants who have missed the application window.

Annual Town Meeting This year, to be held in the Goods Shed for the first time at 6.30 pm on Wednesday the 22nd of April. The Annual Town Meeting is the resident’s primary opportunity to put proposals to the community, to ask questions of your Council representatives and to hear the reports of various town organisations.

VE Day Anniversary Tetbury will be celebrating the VE Day 75th anniversary on Bank Holiday Friday the 8th of May. Currently, there are plans for a street party, music, entertainment for children, a children’s competition, themed exhibitions, and for people to dress in the style of the era. There’s also some thought about a real tank! Because this is a community celebration, the organisers want as much support and as many suggestions as possible, so if you would like to get involved or to put forward a suggestion, please contact the Working Group Chair Peter Coleman: petercoleman@tetbury.gov. uk or phone 07771 550685.

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Our Rainbows have been active this term practising cheerleading and ‘karate tennis.’ They have also been talking about their differences and what they like about themselves. The Brownies have been working for their ‘space’ badge. They also found out about the Food Bank and brought in donations. They walked to Tesco to make their donation and then undertook a ‘£1 challenge,’ to see how much they could buy. Guides must vacate the school hall once a month when the Trefoil Guild meet, and we use these weeks to try something different. Like the Brownies, we also found out about the Food Bank and undertook a challenge. Could each group feed a group of four for a day, on a budget of £10?

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Ali has been very busy putting together some lovely plans for the lunch and supper club, with our lunch date in Casa, Tetbury’s favourite Italian restaurant, proving to be a popular choice. There is also a supper at The Close to look forward to, later in March.

In Tetbury we have a large WI membership… … with lots of ladies who have many varying interests, and while the monthly institute meeting is our opportunity to come together as one, we also have several smaller groups who gather at various times during the month focusing on particular interests and hobbies. Presently, we have two craft and needlecraft groups, a ‘green fingers’ group, an art group, a food group, three different book groups and even a ukulele group!

Meanwhile, our monthly Monday morning coffee at The Snooty Fox is very popular, with a growing number of ladies enjoying a cup of coffee and a chat. The next coffee morning is on March the 23rd from 10.30 am, and all are welcome. At our monthly meeting this month we were entertained by barrister Richard Wilkins with his ‘Tales from the Courtroom.’ Richard is the son-in-law of our committee member Linda and is a London-based barrister and partner in a firm of solicitors. He told us about the route he took to his qualification and about his years of training. Speaking to a group of ladies he enlightened us to the fact that women have only been allowed to practise law for the past 100 years! He gave us examples of various cases he had been involved with,

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Transport Plan.’ If you have queries email: lpp@glos.gov.uk As you may know the Prime Minister has just committed a lot of money to rural bus provision and cycling routes. Let’s tell them what we need. The Energy Group have been working hard to consider what is the most effective way to reduce energy consumption and adopt more sustainable energy in Tetbury. For young people wanting to get more involved in sustainability, the Centre for Sustainable Energy are delivering an exciting (and free!) environmental training programme for 14-17 year olds, which includes mentoring, a work placement and residential summer school. The application process for the 2020-21 programme will go live in March. https://www.bright-greenfuture.org.uk/ To contact Greening Tetbury: www. greeningtetbury.org or find us on Facebook at Greening Tetbury. Recommended reading: ‘Turning the Tide on Plastic’ by Lucy Siegle.

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Tetbury Goods Shed February was a busy month down at the Shed. Our afternoon tea concerts are still extremely popular, and Will Cook has done an amazing job inviting a wide range of musicians to come down and perform. Thursday’s Cinema Night continues to offer a wide variety of genres and our monthly Talks look to educate and inform the audience. Musically, we’ve recently been from Jazz to Classical to local Indie Punk Rock band ‘Bones Like That,’ back through Jazz and Classical, ending with tribute band ‘Absolute Bowie’ bringing the music and the theatre that is and was David Bowie’s. This month, we continue in our efforts to bring something for everyone, with Folk music from ‘Ninebarrow,’ and classical piano (celebrating our beautiful Steinway,) with Ivana Gavric. ‘Le Swing’ are back by popular demand, with their very own take on French Chanson and American songbook - and we have thrown in a night of Comedy Club just to tickle your fancy. Our Art exhibition changed towards the end of the month – Laurel Smart’s abstracts gave way to Rob Collins celebration of those things that make Gloucestershire such a great place to live.

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Our current officers are remaining in their positions. They are Helen Price, Chairman, Diana Challis, Vice Chairman, Sue Cole, Secretary and Linda Stokes, Treasurer. We were sad to see Shirley French retire from the committee, but those who remained were happy to stand again. They are Lawrence Moss who does our web page, me, Celia Bayes, doing Publicity - and Jane Haines, who has joined us to do research.

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to thank Philip Langston, Andrew Haley, Grayham Cleaver, Melcourt Industries, Eagle Plant, GLC Williams and Highgrove Home and Garden for their generous donations to the work being undertaken in our Community Orchard. I am pleased to confirm that we have recent made the following grants:

Spring cleaning has already commenced in Herd Lane, with members of the Feoffee and Thirteen organised by John Latter, starting the task of getting the lane and allotment area ready for 2020. Cutting back brambles, pulling up roots and general tidying has been taking place over the last month and I would like to thank not only John, but Richard Cooper, Mike Houghton, Dave Hicks and Darby Law for starting this off. In addition, I would like

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Dates for your Diary: On the 26th of June it’s the day of the Feoffee and Thirteen Free Community BBQ on the Millennium Green at 6.00 pm. On the 5th of September it’s the annual ‘Beating of the Bounds’ ceremony, which leaves at 9.30 am from the meeting point under Bath Bridge. On the 12th and 13th of September it will be Heritage Weekend, when the open the Market House to the public and we celebrate many aspects of our local heritage. Finally, you will have noticed that the clock on The Market House has been broken, however I’m hoping that by the time this issue of the Advertiser is delivered, that it will be back in service. We are really grateful to Will Cook and his expertise with clock repairs, which usually enables us to keep the clock going at minimal costs however, this time it was a serious problem where one of the weights broke away from

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We offer a range of playgroup, preschool and crèche sessions, our Tuesday morning ‘stay and play’ group is really popular, from 9.15 to 11.15 am. Come along with your little one(s) and enjoy a chat and a cuppa with other mums, dads, nans and grans, while they enjoy activities, songs, stories and a snack. (This session often gets full quite quickly so please come early to avoid disappointment.)

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Recently, we tied our session in with the Chinese New Year, where each child took turns to lead the ‘dragon’ they’d made around the room to the beat of our ¬Cajon box drum, learning to march in time to various rhythms, without resembling dominoes! In one of our adult-led preschool sessions, the children also had a go at tracing Chinese symbols - aiding the development of their tripod pen grip. As early years practitioners, we strive to build positive relationships with all the children in our care, treating each child as unique, creating a safe and stimulating environment, and supporting every area of their learning and development by ensuring a blend of child-led, adultsupported, and adult-led activities and play. Building positive relationships with the children also means developing strong partnerships with their parents and carers, and this can sometimes take us out of the setting to attend meetings with families and other professionals. To equip us with the skills to support all the families we work with, training in several different areas is required. A member of our management team has recently taken part in a course focused on ‘Reducing Parental Conflict.’ Looking at the causes and the impact of parental conflict on outcomes for children, it aims to equip practitioners with the skills and tools available to work with parents to promote positive communication and understand how and when it’s appropriate to get involved. The key elements of training like this are then cascaded to all staff members, benefitting the whole team. This month we’d like to extend a special mention to Richard, John, Nora and Mary for their great efforts organising our Thursday Bingo evenings. If you’re a fan of Bingo, or even if you’ve never played before but would like a fun evening, the sessions run at the playgroup building in The Ferns, every other Thursday from 7.00 pm, dates coming up are March the 5th and the 19th and April the 2nd. There are some great prizes and any profit made goes to support Tetbury Nursery Playgroup.

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Tetbury Twinning Society It seems incredible that the idea was born to twin with Châtillon-sur-Indre some five years ago, over a drink with Maggie Heaven and Frank. I had never heard of the place! My husband Brian had, through his extensive travels, and of course it was where Maggie’s brother Chris lived with his wife Julie, for many years. Subsequently, I had the honor to attend the signing of the documentation in Châtillon-surIndre as Mayor of Tetbury - and the excitement of the children representing Tetbury at that very special few days was amazing. We know have a legacy to make sure that this is carried forward for future generations of young people to link hands across the sea, to exchange visits, to correspond and to grow. This is not about us ‘oldies’ - it is about the youth both here and in France. We aim to give the chance to those young people who may not be quite so able, whether it is a physical disability or financial incapacity, to experience the friendship we have sown the seeds for and to grow with it. So! I am proud to have been elected the

President of the Tetbury/Châtillon Twinning Society. This year we will be inviting the French children to come over in August, and we will be organizing an eventful few days to make them feel welcome and part of our community. Next year we hope to go over to France with some of our children from Tetbury and I hope that we may be able to focus on any child who may be less fortunate but who deserves as much of a chance as any other. We will be sending out a questionnaire to families to ask why their child should be, in their view, included in the trip next year.

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Our local Fire Brigade have formed strong links with Châtillon too - and Richard Norris has done so much to encourage local Football teams to enjoy the hospitality of various groups in France. All our team has worked tirelessly and although we are a very small group, we have very big ambitions and are determined to keep moving forward. We want to grow the group and I hope to explain more in a future Advertiser, to explain how you can help us to grow. Sandra Ball, President of the Tetbury/ Châtillon Twinning Society

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Tetbury Community Choir Tetbury Community Choir are now well under way, practising a whole new raft of music for the current spring term, some of which most likely will find its way into the repertoire of our next concert. We all enjoyed doing the Christmas concert back in December, which seems quite a long time ago now, and it was extremely well received. We were especially lucky to have with us the beautiful voices of a group of pupils from Westonbirt School and we received many favourable comments after the event. Once again, the concert was virtually sold out.

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Monika’s Health & Wellbeing Classes Look after your Heart We held our Annual General Meeting on the 3rd of February, which was also very well attended. It was a full and interesting meeting, and many points of view about various things were raised. All were both considered carefully and given comprehensive answers. One of the aims of Tetbury Community Choir is to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard and valued, and not just in the musical sense!

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Broadcaster, author, biographer and organic farmer Sue Limb knows how to entertain a radio audience, and we are very fortunate to have persuaded her to have a mock radio interview, with our U3A audience acting as listeners, on Wednesday the 19th of March. Sue is particularly famous for her literary parodies in print, and on Radio 4 for ‘Gloomsbury,’ (about members of the Bloomsbury group,) and ‘The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere,’ (a pastiche of the poet Wordsworth and his circle at Grasmere.) A few weeks ago, a whole morning on Radio

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News from St Michael’s As I write this it is ‘Valentine’ Day’ tomorrow, I am sure many people will receive their first card. As you exchanged gifts cards and flowers or enjoyed a romantic meal, I hope you gave a thought to those who maybe this year are without their partner - and all who found the day difficult or sad. During the last week of February it’s Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It marks when Jesus went into the desert for forty days. Traditionally, we give up something for Lent, but we are also encouraged to help people to attend church for weekday Mass. If you were perhaps unable to go, extra prayers or reading the bible is also a good way to increase your Christian knowledge. As we look forward to March, we will be holding our ‘Irish Night’ on Friday the 13th of March and tickets are available from the parish office. On Mothering Sunday, which in the church calendar is ‘Laetere Sunday,’ the priest wears rose coloured vestments instead of the Lent colour of purple, and as for the past few years we hold a cake and produce stall. I hope that your Lent holds a special meaning for you.

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun “There was an old woman, who lived in a shoe, who had so many children she did not know what to do.” No doubt when these old nursery rhymes came into being, the old lady would have had several friends in a similar position. In the 21st century these old ladies still crop up, in many cases do not know what to do and when they die, we inherit the problems.

brother was involved who had a property of his own, meant that the stamp duty land tax payable was £3,750, charged on the full consideration of £275,000 rather than the sum contributed of £100,000. Luckily, the old lady had brought her children up not to make a fuss and their intention is to pay up. The elder brother could have taken up the option to lend the others £100,000, which under professional regulations would have led to other solicitors being instructed, as a private mortgage would have been involved. This ‘second home trap’ does not

In my case, I am dealing with the estate of an old lady who had eight children and a farmhouse. She was so old that she outlived two of her children. Three of the surviving children were living with her in the farmhouse and the eldest child who lived next door wanted to buy an interest in the farmhouse for £100,000. The remaining children and grandchildren wanted their interests in the farmhouse to be bought out. The upshot was those who wanted to continue owning the farmhouse had to raise £275,000, including the sum of £100,000 that the eldest was paying. The controversial issue of stamp duty land tax arose.

just apply to houses in England, but also to properties abroad. On a brighter note the probate registries seem to have turned over a new leaf and speeded up their activities! The last one we had took less than three weeks to resolve, but we await further progress with the Inland Revenue on the submission of inheritance tax forms. The revenue took two months to respond to the stamp duty question referred to above… One lives in hope. Michael Hodge, Lansdowne Legal

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Books, books, books…! It’s that time of the year again, when we go ‘reading crazy’ at Avening School. We will be celebrating World Book Day this year, with a celebration of Julia Donaldson’s books and characters. The school will transform overnight into the ‘Deep Dark Wood,’ and be overrun with Gruffalos, Stick People, witches and perhaps even the odd Snail and a Whale!

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News from St Marys’ Church Blessed are the peacemakers! I always smile at the “Life of Brian” gag: the one with the folk at the back of the crowd as Jesus teaches, grumbling: “What did he say? Blessed are Cheesemakers?” But, in all seriousness, some of the things Jesus tells us in his Sermon on the Mount can sound really confusing. That’s why our Lent home groups this year will focus on those eight sayings, known as ‘The Beatitudes.’ “Well it’s not meant to be taken literally. It can relate to any manufacturer of dairy products.” And being peacemakers feels like a good place to start, with so much division and distrust in our world. It’s interesting to notice that Jesus isn’t talking about ‘peace-lovers,’ because we can be a peaceful person and a peace-lover, and yet not be a peace-maker. We can know that something is wrong, maybe in our family or community, or at work. We can know that something needs to be done to put

Did he say: “Blessed are the cheesemakers?” “Ah, It’s not meant to be taken literally, it refers to any manufacturer of dairy products.” the situation right, but if that ‘something’ might cause difficulties, we may decide to do and say nothing – and that makes us peace-lovers, but not peace-makers.

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