Tetbury Advertiser March 2021

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March 2021

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History of Tetbury Society

Greening Tetbury

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Avening Primary School


Although we are more well versed this lockdown, probably because we knew what to expect, lockdown number 3.0 hasn’t come without its challenges (working from home and homeschooling being mine). It does seem harder this time round, maybe because it’s without bright sunny days to cheer us up or maybe because the novelty of yet another walk has worn off slightly, it has in my house, the latter is much more agreeable in the sun!

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Cancelling the February edition was not an easy decision but as a not-for-profit organisation which is part of the Lions Club International, our magazine is staffed and distributed by volunteers and therefore their safety and wellbeing couldn’t be compromised, but we are thrilled to be back and publishing this issue for you, all in time for spring. I’d like to thank everyone for supporting our decision. I wonder, how many of our readers know that the Tetbury Advertiser can also be viewed online every month too? If you can’t wait for the printed copy to drop through your door you can peruse it through our website, for full details of how to access an online version please go to page 34 for instructions, which you can cut out and keep – who knows when you might need it! Mary Roberts Editor

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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

Computer Advice


Cotswold Wardens


Lockdown thanks


Friends of Tetbury Community Transport 46 Friends of Tetbury Hospital


Greening Tetbury


History of Tetbury Society


Leighterton Primary School


Letters to the Editor


Lion’s Den


Lion’s 200 Club


Mayor’s Piece


News from Christ Church


News from St Marys’ Church


Probus One


Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun


St Mary’s Playgroup


The Stile Project


Tetbury Advertiser Online


Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust 53 Tetbury Art Society


Tetbury Bowls Club


Tetbury Camera Club


Tetbury Goods Shed


Tetbury Hospital


Tetbury in Bloom


Tetbury Library


Tetbury Nursery Playgroup


Tetbury Police Museum


Tetbury Theatre Group


Tetbury WI


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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 Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester. Tel: (01285) 623000 NATIONAL EXPRESS Bookings taken at the Visitor Information Centre. Daily return service from Cirencester to Heathrow. www. visittetbury.co.uk


Sir William Romney’s, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s 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 The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577 TETBURY CARES, www.tetburycares.org Website to signpost local health services

HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336

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

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

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Young by Name The Comfort of Blankets Although I don’t remember having a comfort blanket as a child, the older I get, the more I appreciate the concept. During this strange last year, when any source of comfort has been welcome, three kinds of blanket have caught my attention.

The Weighted Blanket Ever since secondary school, I’ve enjoyed knitting and crocheting blankets. From the age of 11, we were bribed by house points into knitting six-inch squares. Our squares were made up into blankets, and sixth form volunteers took them to the local care home. We made so many blankets that we imagined the residents swamped under their weight. But I need not have worried: these days, weighted blankets are all the rage. They incorporate tiny bits of ballast to achieve the same heft as a cat on your lap. (That’s my chosen measure, not the designers’ – it sounds more appealing than saying 5kg.) Originally developed to calm people with autism or anxiety, weighted blankets are scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure and heart rate. According to the promotional blurb of the one I’ve just bought, they also “stimulate deep-touch pressure to release feel-good endorphins typically obtained from a long embrace”. In the no-hug zone of Covid lockdown, no wonder weighted blanket sales have surged.

Costa Rica, perhaps – choose a smaller scale to avoid a monochrome result, e.g. a different colour for each degree rather than for every five. Not a problem that will trouble the knitters of Tetbury.

The Lockdown Blanket The lockdown blanket (not to be confused with the blanket lockdown) is the cousin of the temperature blanket. Again, working a few rows each day provides an oasis of meditative calm, as well as a record of a specific timeframe. Make from oddments you have in the house or choose a colour scheme that will lift your spirits. For my lockdown blanket, I channelled the Scottish

Highlands. Every time I picked up my needles and yarn the colour of mountains and glens, I was transported hundreds of miles north without leaving the safety of my home. As we flip the calendar over to March, and with my first dose of vaccine in my arm, I’m looking forward to using a different kind of blanket altogether, once we’re all allowed out to play again: the picnic blanket. But in the meantime, I’m ordering another two weighted blankets to stop the family fighting over the first one. So much for its powers of stress relief! Debbie Young www.authordebbieyoung.com

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We are currently living in very odd times and my concern throughout this is mental health, how people are coping and being affected with all the various restrictions. We don’t appreciate our life and routine until it is disrupted and restricted. Mental Health effects all ages and it is something that so often does not show and is difficult to spot. Do you know of anyone near you, in your road, who might have problems and needs help? It almost seems a taboo subject and one that no one wants to talk about, but it is there, and we need to reach out to people. What an amazing job the Food Bank does. Thank you to all the helpers and the Lions who tirelessly give up their time to help. We had overwhelming support from the Wishford Group (Westonbirt School) who donated a lovely number of goodies for the Food Bank, and our thanks go out to them.

We are hoping to provide meat parcels with the kind help of Jesse Smith’s for Easter, the response so far has been brilliant. Again, if you know of anyone, not necessarily with children who would benefit from this gesture please do get in touch. Rest assured it will all remain confidential. We may not have been able to do any of our usual fundraising however in 2020 we did manage to raise over £3,000 with an on-line auction and our Christmas Raffle. Thank you to all those who helped. This year we are looking at ways that we can raise money online and there are some ideas in the pipeline. Let us hope better times are ahead and that with Spring just around the corner we will be able to get back onto our feet and do what we do best, raising funds for local Tetbury people. May I take this opportunity to thank Bill Walsh for all his commitment and hard work as International Liaison Officer. Not an easy task, but we are now looking for someone to fill his shoes? Is there anyone out there who would like to join The Lions and take on this role or maybe someone

Lion’s Den who is already a member and would like to take on this role? If you are interested, please let me know. The Men in Sheds is up and running although currently on hold. However, the allotment waits for no man, and planting will be happening soon; we hope for as good a crop this year as last. We have the added interest of some home-made chutneys to go with those vegetables, which is being made by Lion Maggie. Last year these raised £830, which is fantastic. Thank you to everyone who has turned up to meetings and supported us. Let us see if we can get more members this year and progress with more fundraising! Please all STAY SAFE and TAKE CARE in 2021. Lion President Sandra Ball

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Lion’s 200 Club 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. Here’s the winners for January 2021 Mr. Brian Gammon Mrs. Tara Niblett Mrs. Jane Haines Mr. Crad Evans Each win £20.00

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Thank you all so much Dear Shop Keepers of Tetbury, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all The Lions of Tetbury, to thank you so very much for your kind donations towards our raffle which started out as an Easter Raffle then ended up as a Christmas Raffle due to the Coronavirus Lockdown! We managed to raise the grand total of £959.98 which will go towards those who desperately need our help, either through the food bank or any other needy cause. The on-line auction also raised over £2,000 and again our grateful thanks go out to those who donated. Thank you and a Very Happy New Year for 2021 Lion Sandra Ball, President of Lions of Tetbury

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Computer Advice A New Year but the same old scams. In these still very uncertain times do be on your guard. I have had several reports locally of scam emails and calls purporting to be order confirmations or failed deliveries for goods or services you have not requested and a link to redeliver, cancel or query the transaction. Under no circumstances click any links as you will be redirected to bogus websites and be conned out of money or your personal data. It really is not worth the risk. The old chestnut of the “Amazon Prime subscription” or “Your internet service is to be cancelled” is still doing the rounds, so please do put the phone down immediately. They prey on your insecurity and current dependence upon your internet connection, so do not be tempted to engage with them. Many of you may have received a Kindle Fire tablet for Christmas. These are excellent value devices from Amazon that give you access to all their services and apps. However, if you need to use Google Play Store apps that are not available through Amazon, it can be a pain. I can install the Google Play Store on your device so you can run most Android apps without

a problem. This means you can have Google Chrome, Maps, Photos and Norton Security Software for instance, without having to resort to Amazon’s more basic substitutions. If you are running short on storage space, this can usually be upgraded with a memory card so you will have more space to run those Google apps. Just get in touch to arrange an upgrade. With the run up to Christmas, worldwide shipping delays, shortages of components and demand for tech during the pandemic, some items are now in very short supply with the costs having risen dramatically. Printers, webcams and laptops have certainly been affected and the costs can seem extortionate compared to just a year ago. If you are looking for a new laptop, do consider an upgrade to a fast solid

state drive (SSD) as this can dramatically improve performance and give your old laptop a new lease of life that is far cheaper than buying a replacement. Also the drive capacity on new models can be restrictive in comparison. Never consider anything less than 128GB, with 256GB being the preferred amount, giving space required for updates, temporary files as well as your data, which I recommend you store locally and backup to the cloud. If you would like any more information or help with the above topics or anything to do with your tech, please do get in touch. Thank you for taking the time to read my editorial which I do hope has been useful. Computer Nic. Ingham Associates The Tetbury Computer Shop

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Lockdown thanks Tetbury Lions want to express our thanks once again… …to the following businesses and individuals who, during lockdown 3.0 have gone above and beyond and kept going to help the community. Your tireless hard work, effort and services are gratefully appreciated. So many people have given us all something to

smile about during these difficult times and made things just that little bit easier, please keep doing what you are doing. Wouldnt it be great to think once restirctions have eased that we could begin to organise a commnity celebration, fingers crossed. Tesco and Co-op

Tetbury Post Office Hobbs Bakery Elena, Sarah and Tracey Veloton Bike Shop and take away Martin Bengal Lancer take away Imperial Chinese take away

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Tetbury Fish & Chip Shop Serena, Imogen, Emma and Amanda

Jesse Smiths John, 2 Lorraines and Andy

Halls Bakery Charlene, Annette, Ally, Anna and Ashleigh

The Grocer on Church Street Stephen, Michelle, Katie and Sara

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Cotswold Wardens

Late last year I became your local volunteer Cotswold Warden…

be viewed on www.cotswoldsaonb.org. uk/visiting-and-exploring/guided-walks/ but these are currently suspended due to Covid issues.

…covering Tetbury and Tetbury Upton Parishes and my name is Ian Parkinson. We are an organisation which supports the statutory body and local Councils to ensure that the Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is maintained and improved as a safe public resource. This essentially means we help to keep Public Rights of Way (PROW) in good order to help both land owners (ensuring animal security and minimising crop damage) and the public (mainly walkers). We also organise and lead guided walks to introduce people to local public amenities. We have over 300 volunteers covering an area from Warwickshire to Somerset, split into 5 districts. Our local group of over 50 volunteers covers the “Cotswold South” District (from the M4 to just north of Tetbury). We are organised as either individuals to cover each Parish

We are always looking to enhance our membership so if you are interested in helping please contact Becky on Rebecca. Jones@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk. You will be helped with appropriate training and equipment as well as meeting other Wardens.

(by walking the local paths to identify issues and talking with both Users and Land Owners); or as work party groups to carry out larger maintenance, repair and improvement jobs across the District. Our organised walks (local walks and Cotswold & Monarch’s Ways) can normally


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Having already spent a few years covering other local Parishes, I have been both walking the local paths to understand their current standard of maintenance and getting to know “who owns what” by meeting local land owners. This has thrown up many issues from broken bridges and unusable stiles to poorly signed rights of way. My meetings with land owners have mostly been very friendly, open and positive. A list of repair, replacement and maintenance work is being compiled and work on this will re-commence when Covid regulations allow us to work as a group. The public is encouraged to report any issues on footpaths as this helps in speedy resolution and helps the land owners and Parish Councils, who are jointly responsible for their quality and safety. The “official” method of doing this is on the Gloucestershire Highways website on www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/highways/ roads/your-highways-report-it/. You will need location information and photo/s of the issue/s for this – a screenshot of an electronic version of an OS map location or a What3Words reference also helps tremendously. Please also be aware that it is the public’s responsibility to treat all PROW’s carefully by closing gates, controlling domestic animals, taking litter home, keeping to the signed path and generally behaving in a responsible way. We expect Land Owners to behave responsibly so we also should. We all have responsibilities here. I hope the above has served as an introduction to the Wardens and their contribution to the local environment and hope to include photos of some of our work when life gets back to normal. Ian Parkinson email: Warden.Ian34@gmail.com


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Tetbury in Bloom Working right up to the week before Christmas, we made good progress in starting our latest project of improving the planting in The Anniversary Garden (located in Eccles Court running between The Chipping and The Ferns.) A new tree - an Amelanchier Canadensis, has been planted to replace the rowan tree that had failed to thrive. The side beds have been worked on by transplanting or removing several of the shrubs and we have reduced the size of the over-large clumps of perennials. This will allow us to add a selection of suitable, long flowering and easy-to-care-for plants. Just before Christmas, Wildlife World Ltd, located in Chavenage Lane, very kindly donated to us several hundred spring bulbs which included many narcissi and tulips. Wishing to improve the overall planting in the Anniversary Garden and having only just dug the beds, it was the ideal location to plant them all. From now until May, they will give a welcome boost to the spring display and our work in the garden will be ongoing throughout the year ahead. At the end of 2020 Charlie & Sue Grene, who had been members of ‘Tetbury in Bloom’ since 2016, decided it was time

to hang up their trowels. We thank them very much indeed for their hard work and commitment over the past four years. They will be greatly missed. With life being on hold since January and us fast forwarding to March, we are now taking orders for our summer hanging baskets. They will comprise easy-care, trailing begonias in pink, red and apricot shades OR you can choose a colourful mix of vibrant trailing geraniums. For those living in Tetbury, they will be delivered to your door by arrangement during the first

week in June. All the profits raised will go towards ‘In Bloom’ projects. Please look for our adjacent advert for more details. If you purchased our hanging baskets last summer and still have the empty containers, we would really appreciate their return as soon as possible please, so we can re-use them for this year. Just give me a call on 504213 or email me on sue@tetburyinbloom.org.uk to arrange collection. Sue Hirst, Team Leader, Tetbury in Bloom

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It’s not the start we were hoping for, but we are still planning ahead for this season with fingers firmly crossed.

Tetbury Bowls Club We have fixtures in place with other clubs but also a plan B of internal competitions as we did last year should that be necessary. Our Big Red Christmas Quiz raised much needed funds for the club, as did our donation in lieu of Christmas cards, and the first prize hamper of goodies donated by the committee was won by Heather & Keith Glassbrook. Work on the development has continued sporadically with safe COVID arrangements in place and despite the weather - kudos to those members who have been involved in the hard work. The ground between the club house & changing room has been levelled, old steps removed & new ones cast. The plan is to have this area safe & ready for when games start again and for the next stage of phase 2, the building extension. With all our forward thinking and planning it is sad to hear that Gloucestershire has lost another bowls club with Churchdown closing. Here at Tetbury we are working hard to keep our club welcoming to all comers.

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When I wrote this article in January 2020, I mentioned how the start of a new year and new decade was exciting, little did I know how our lives would change both here in our Market Town and around the World with the arrival of COVID-19 and the lockdowns which have endeavoured to keep us all safe and reduce transmission. I would like to thank the NHS staff, keyworkers, volunteers and local traders, who are providing essential services to us all during this difficult time. News of the vaccination programme is welcomed and by the time that you read this, I hope that good progress is being made to help protect our residents and community.

One of the inspiring things which appears to have happened during this time is the support of local shops and businesses, with the shop local campaign. The businesses have provided us with support over the last 12 months and in turn, by using their services we can support them. Whilst many shops may not be open, if you can, check them online, as many are offering click and collect services, this will support our local economy and jobs. Many of you will have noticed that The Market Hall remains closed at this time, however, the Wednesday and Saturday outside markets continue, according to Government guidance – currently essential services only, although this is subject to change. I would like to once again thank those volunteers who, within Government guidance, managed to ensure that The Market Hall was decorated so beautifully

The Feoffees and Thirteen of Tetbury for the Christmas period and it has been wonderful to see this beautiful building still adorned with lights throughout the winter evenings. I would also like to thank Thirteen member Darby Law and our Clerk Alison McKay for arranging to decorate the Feoffee Christmas Tree in the St Saviours Christmas Tree Festival and Thirteen member David Smith and his family for decorating the pair of Christmas Trees which flanked the Market Hall steps over the Christmas period. Sadly, I must report that someone has recently fly tipped wood chippings along Herd Lane, could I please ask residents to keep their eyes open when taking their daily exercise and should any fly tipping be witnessed to report accordingly – many thanks.

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Shots from a Lawyer’s gun Having seen the stress hospital staff have been under during the last year, it is not difficult to imagine the build-up and the effects. In our little way, we have had stress periods to undergo usually inflicted on us by government. In 2016 it was the increase in stamp duty on second homes. This year it will be the withdrawal of stamp duty relief on residential homes that at the time of writing expires at the end of March. Already in January both buyers and sellers of houses have been expressing anxiety about the completion of their transactions and the search providers have been adding to the fun by telling us how long the results will take. When a client rings up in a nervous state you can guarantee that this has been triggered by a nervous agent, whose workload will have diminished since those heady days of the autumn, when Mr Sunak created the housing boom or bubble by introducing the stamp duty concessions with the half price meals. I know my staff will need sympathetic attention as April approaches as will the nurses on a bigger scale.

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Hello from the “nearly new” curate! I am not sure for how much longer I can say “I’m the new curate in Tetbury”; I have been here already eight months! I am however new to these pages and this is an opportunity for me to introduce myself. I’m Pauline Setterfield, married to Peter and, as Revd Poppy mentioned a few months ago, we have lived for 35 years in nearby Hawkesbury Upton where I was organist, director of the choir and worship leader. Having sung with the Tetbury church choir on many occasions and as a supporter of the Tetbury Music Festival since its inception, links were already made here. It is so good to have joined this community and I am looking forward to getting to know you better once restrictions ease.

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I realise that this is a tough time for many, whether in retail, hospitality, caring services or perhaps home schooling. As we enter the period of Lent we can feel that during this pandemic we, like Christ, are being tempted in the wilderness. But Lent is a time of positivity; not so much a time to pull up weeds, as to plant new seeds, physically and spiritually, to look for new life springing up in our gardens and in our lives, and to plan for days when we can all be together again, to look forward with hope. Our faith in the resurrected Christ gives us that hope and the ability to see things differently.

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It is currently difficult to plan as far ahead as we would wish; my heart goes out particularly to all our prospective wedding couples. We are busy planning Home Groups for Lent when we will be picking up themes from Rowan Williams’ latest book, “Candles in the Dark”, based on his reflections during the pandemic. As Lord Williams writes, “it’s worth thinking about how already the foundations have been laid for whatever new opportunities God has for us on the far side of this crisis.” New opportunities, new life in Christ. God be with you. The Revd Pauline Setterfield Tetbury Benefice

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Leighterton Primary School It has been strange at Leighterton Primary School since we came back after Christmas…

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…as we were only back for one day before lockdown started again. It is really pretty around our school at the moment because there are daffodils, snow drops and crocuses coming into flower. The trees have buds on them and we are enjoying watching them grow.

Rainy skies moving on,

It was fun coming back to school for the new term but things are very different to normal school. We soon got used to it. We are working in bubbles and lots of the children are doing their work at home. We miss our friends who are in different bubbles as we are staying separate so we stay safe. We do see our class every day because we work online with Miss Bence, our teacher. This means that we see our friends whether they are working at home or in school.

Minding their own business, the flowers gently grow,

We did an experiment to see how dirty our hands were. We had to press our hands into a fresh slice of bread and then put it into a plastic bag which we sealed. During the next couple of weeks, the slices of bread started to go mouldy and had bacteria on them. We also made sure that there was a

In the concrete playground, children play, No more slippery snow for the children, Grass swaying in the playing fields, Time for cold winter air to move on, Imagine a field full of happy children,

Eating soft grass, the lambs in the fields around us, slowly get bigger. We used mini daffodils and food colouring to do another investigation. We put different colours of food colouring into pot holders and water into another, as a control. We put a pot of mini daffodils into each pot holder to see what would happen. We thought the daffodil flowers might change colour. They did not. The mini daffodils in the food colouring died and the control pot continued to grow well. We have also been lucky enough to have snow. When we went out to play, we made a snowman. The children in the other bubble made snowmen too but they were

Our beautiful snowdrops growing all around school.

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Probus One What next? After a year of uncertainty, a light of optimism is growing at the end of the lockdown tunnel. At the risk of being premature, there is reasonable hope that we should soon gradually and steadily emerge cautiously, blinking in restored freedom as if from hibernation as restrictions are eased. There may well be swings like a pendulum from being too wary to unduly risky, but the future certainly looks brighter, offering better times than in the past year. It remains to be seen how soon we might be able to meet again and under what conditions. Masks and social distancing may well be required for many months yet. But if the successful vaccination programme maintains its progress and the number of new daily infections, hospital entrants and deaths continue to decline, let’s hope we shall soon be able to get together again one way or another, number restrictions permitting. In view of the alleged starting point of the current problems, it seems relevant to consider the reputed Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times”. Well, we’ve done that. I suspect most of us are more than ready to get back to life as it was.


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Tetbury Camera Club ‘What makes photography a strange invention is its primary raw materials are light and time.’

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Photography is a hobby we can enjoy anywhere. All we need is a camera, some light and a little time to make photos. It can be used as a way to escape our daily routine or to cement a fleeting moment into the permanent record of our lives. Recently some of my photographer friends have told me they have not picked up a camera in months, not even for life’s little moments. Right now, I can’t imagine not making photos. What else would I do with my time? For me, making photos is a chance to figure out how things work. ‘How would it look if…’ is a question I ask myself all the time. The photo that accompanies this article was one of those ‘How would it look’ moments. The fun part was figuring out how to create the photo while not making a big mess! The challenge of trying to freeze the juice just at the right time, in just the right place, with just the right light, was more than I could resist. Well, I did make a bit of a mess, but I had fun in the process. Light and time are things that only photography can preserve. No other hobby can do that. It is up to us as photographers to keep creating even though we may not be able to get to the places we would rather 720310 ET Lumley:Layout 1 19/2/10 be photographing. Who knows maybe you

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Avening Primary School into their new dual roles. We have had almost 100% engagement in our online live lessons at home and we are also recording lessons to upload onto our digital learning platform; the children are uploading work and completing electronic assignments. This is definitely a learning curve for all concerned and by working together we are managing to progress in a positive direction. The flexibility and adaptability of everyone is laudable. We must again thank a local business for their exceedingly generous donation of second-hand laptops which have been reconstructed for use for staff and families who don’t have the appropriate equipment for remote learning. Without this donation, there would be families without the resources to enable their children to participate in online learning. As we step optimistically into spring, we hope that we are soon able to welcome all our children working at home back into the school building and we can look forward to the rest of the spring and the whole of summer term together again as a complete school community. For further information about this busy place of learning please see our school website: www.avening.gloucs.sch.uk Avening Primary School


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St Mary’s Playgroup Wow! What a year 2020 was and despite the ups and downs (and current lockdown)… …we at St Mary’s Playgroup are counting our blessings that we not only survived the storm, but are continuing to flourish and grow. And the reason for this? Without a doubt, we are thriving again because of the community we live in, the past, present and future parents of our children and our fabulous staff and committee. So this months article is not going to be about what we do, but instead is about sharing the love in thanking you all, and giving a big shout out to everyone who has helped and supported us. As a charity run playgroup we depend greatly on fundraising, but are incredibly lucky to now have a dedicated fundraising

team who work tirelessly to keep much needed money for resources coming in. Just before Christmas they had the great idea to lift spirits with a Christmas raffle. No one had to come into contact but everyone who bought a ticket still had the chance of winning something special that was donated by our amazing local businesses. We could not have been more grateful for the generosity of: Highgrove Church Street Barber Cherish Courtney Louise Photography Veleton CDB Services Vinotopia. Henriettas House Overider Little Bird Photography Scentiments Lizzie Walkley Wild Carrot. Ashley Wilks Art Jesse Smith Butchers Cattle Country The Priory Inn Whistle Stop Cafe Wild Like Her The Goods Shed Continuing on our fundraising theme we are excited to share that we have created a ‘Play & Do’ book! With the input from the staff at playgroup in sharing activity ideas for children, the amazing talents of KikiSunshine and Lizzie Walkley and incredibly

generous donations from IND Plumbing and CDB Building Services in order to ‘go to print’, we have now been able to publish the book for general sale. This is another opportunity to raise funds in order to provide the best experiences and resources for the children and we can’t wait for you to see it very soon! Whilst sharing our thanks to the community we also wanted to take the opportunity again to mention our two Forest School sites which provide our children with wonderfully enriching environments within which to develop and grow. We are so very grateful to the fantastic Maggie Marriott who so kindly allows us to use her beautiful garden each week and offers fantastic learning experiences for them all, whilst at Ilsom House, we not only have our incredible ‘Secret Garden’ but have in the past been able to take our children inside with the residents for a variety of activities. Both young and old benefit so much from these interactions and we can but hope that we will be able to do so again very soon. A big thank you to Hobbs House bakery who have been providing us daily with delicious bread for the children’s snack both in Playgroup and at Forest School. Tetbury Library, when it was possible, invited us to ‘Storytime’ sessions and the brilliant Linda always made such an effort for our children! They continue to provide us with activity packs and books along with access to online events. And finally to the ‘unseen heroes’ at Grosvenor House who donate their time to keep us on top of our accounts.

We have so much love for you all…THANK YOU!! I have worked at St Mary’s Playgroup for over 15 years and we have always taken such pride in providing a warm, nurturing environment for our children and their families. Now, more than ever, it is abundantly clear that we are not in this alone, and we are more than just a childcare setting..... We are a community. If you would like to find out more about what we do then please visit us on Facebook or www.stmaryplaygrouptetbury.co.uk and we will be happy to provide you with more information. Marie Ware Long standing playgroup staff member

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During February, HOTS ran its first ‘proper’ Zoom meeting. Delayed from January it was the annual ‘Show and Tell’ when members bring along items of interest to show members and talk about them. There were a wide range of items for this meeting, including an 18th Century mortice chisel that had been found in St Marys’ church gallery in 2019, presumably left by a joiner who had helped to construct the gallery after the church had been built in 1781. We heard about a couple of soft toys owned by a member, one of which had connections to Mrs Braybrooke, and also had memories of her grandfather who had been very ill and nursed by his daughter, hence the teddy bear gift for spending so much time away.

A broken road sign discovered during last summer was banning the riding of horses on the pathway in a Highways Act dating back to 1835. Note at the time of the act no bicycles or cars had been invented, just trucks or sledges which were also banned from the pathways.

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We have recently been given permission to scan in some family photographs/ postcards, some of which showed the 1907 Tetbury Carnival parading along Long Street and an unusual view of Warn & Sons brewery. In addition, there were some post cards written to Master Eustace Kitcat whilst he was away at St Michael’s College, formerly a choral college. One of the messages, from his mother mentioned that he had left his best knife on the table and did he want her to send it! Our archivist showed some mugs that are in our collection, one for which was from St Mary’s School with the pupils’ signatures

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for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebrations were also shared with us. One of our members has recently discovered that an ancestor of his was a Photographic Artist in 1868, which was earlier than we were aware of. But subsequently an earlier photographer has been found in 1865. These both pre-date James Clark. A photograph was shared with us that celebrated George Lowsley-Williams’ homecoming from the Boer War. It included the head coachman from Chavenage House. Next month our AGM is on March the 4th, followed by a brief history of Ilsom House.

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Some of you may already be aware the Advertiser has for some years been online!

There are several ways of viewing the magazine online, possibly easiest is via our web page, www.tetburyadvertiser.co.uk When on the homepage, see picture 1, click on the image of the current Advertiser. This will redirect you to a new website called ISSUU (www.issuu.com) where the online version is hosted, see picture 2. This image on the homepage is updated each month and shows the most recent edition, for previous editions go to the online tab at the top of the homepage on the Tetbury Advertiser website. Once on ISSUU, it’s easier to view in full screen, click the


rectangle in the bottom right of the black screen where the Advertiser cover is showing, this will then bring up picture 3, then use the arrows at the edge of the screen to move forward through the publication, see picture 4. If you prefer, ISSUU also have an app that can be downloaded. From the app just search for Tetbury Advertiser March 2021 (obviously change the month and year for the edition you would like to read). If your device has the app installed you may find it automatically launches from the web page. Please feel free to cut out and keep this guide to use in the future.


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Tetbury WI nights and longer days and getting together with friends old and new once again. Over the years many have joined the WI to make friends, to build their support network or perhaps to get to know new people having settled in a new area. Indeed, lifelong friends have been built through our local WI. Our photo memory this month is of an afternoon visit to Cheltenham Ladies College in 2010, over ten years ago. Two college archivists gave a tour and told of the history of the college, particularly interesting for one of our ladies as a member of her husband’s family was the founder and his painting still has pride of place in the college hall. Many of the ladies in this photo are still active members today, enjoying the friendship and support that we have all come to rely on, most especially over the past months.

For our February WI Meeting we got together on Zoom for a Quiz night. Lorna put together an eclectic selection of questions, from Geography to Food and Drink, 60 questions in all with Annie triumphant, no prizes it was just for fun! We then split into smaller groups via Zoom’s “Breakout Rooms”, this gave an opportunity

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup Christmas seems a while ago now and in the life of a pre-schooler it must seem even longer, but as we’ve not had the opportunity to write since then, our staff and children would first really like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to Lord Suffolk who kindly donated a lovely Christmas tree to playgroup from his Charlton Park estate. The children loved the wonderful smell of the tree when they walked into the building during December. They really enjoyed making decorations and hanging them on the branches, and it served well as part of the backdrop of our nativity. On the subject of our nativity, I wrote last time that we were sadly having to do it without the usual family audience, but with enthusiastic amatuerism (on the part of the filming and the props, not the cast) we posted it on our Facebook page and got over 1.2k views! Every one of our little actors a star in the making. Some of our children were also able to open presents from the Priory Inn’s Giving Tree at Christmas, an initiative where local people kindly donated gifts to children and families in need in the Tetbury area, so thank you also to the team at The Priory.

Since Christmas early years settings have been open to all children, not just those of key workers or vulnerable families. So the majority of our children are back with us, and our focus is to continue to run things as normally as possible for them, whilst also abiding to the current restrictions and keeping our staff and children safe. The challenges and uncertainties surrounding us during this time affect us all, including children, so at playgroup we are paying particular attention to their PSE (Personal, Social and Emotional development). PSE is one of the elements of the early years curriculum which helps young children

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As a library member you have access to the entire county stock, so if we do not have the book you are after we can try to get it from another library in the county. This is free of charge if you reserve it online (or the app) yourself, or £1 if we reserve it for you. If you need help with reserving books yourself please let us know and we can talk you through it.

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Tetbury Art Society Springtime! Our new website has been launched with a fantastic art gallery of members paintings and all for sale at such reasonable prices too! Have a browse and enliven your walls with a new painting for the new year, an excellent way to cheer yourself up during these long winter months with another lockdown in progress. Or just browse to inspire your own latent creativity! Despite lockdowns and restrictions Tetbury Art Club had a relatively productive year with many opportunities for members to gather together in small numbers socially distanced to enjoy the good weather

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Greening Tetbury We missed you in February! Here is a catch-up plus an update on our activities. Climate Progress On the 14th of December, Tetbury Town Council (TTC) approved a Vision document in response to the threat of climate change. Its aim is to reduce our local carbon footprint, cut pollution and improve biodiversity. The more practical ‘Action Plan’ continues to be developed, with details shortly available on TTC’s website, www.tetbury.gov.uk. It creates a route to better air quality; reduced energy demands from buildings; carbonfriendly land management and resilience to climate change – a response to the problems caused by our historic use of fossil fuels, which have been responsible for heating the atmosphere, species loss and air pollution.

Plant Britain The new Plant Britain campaign from BBC’s Countryfile programme (BBC1, Sunday evenings) is a two-year project to support planting trees, vegetables and fruit. Their goal is to see 750,000 trees planted – one for every primary school starter in 2020. Visit www.plantbritain.co.uk to log your planting on the interactive map and www.woodlandtrust.org.uk – to find “which species to plant”. Trees provide the simplest solution in the fight against climate change: they capture and store carbon, locking it up for centuries. They also help prevent flooding, lower temperatures in cities, reduce pollution and help keep our soils nutrient rich. Only 13%

Biodiversity enables nature to be productive (HM Treasury: The Economics of Biodiversity: the Dasgupta Review, Feb 2021)

of the UK’s land area is covered by trees, compared with the EU average of 37%. The aim is to increase UK tree coverage to 19%.

In your garden We can all do our bit for biodiversity and wildlife in our outside space. Birds need protein and fat-rich foods in winter - and water! Break any ice to make sure their water is available. Leave log piles or leaves and twigs, much loved by amphibians for shelter. And if you turn your compost heap, remember - it may be a home for hibernating species.

Wildlife in the churchyard In the week of the 5th of June (Environment Day), local churches will be counting all species found in their churchyards. See our website for more details nearer the date!

Farming and food January became Veganuary for some. Did you notice that it was joined by Regenuary? Regenerative Agriculture describes a focus on working with nature to retain carbon in the soil. Some of our local farmers already use regenerative techniques: animal farmers might use herbal ‘leys’ and manage without food concentrates. Look out for more from Greening Tetbury later this year!

Earth protector town Go to www.greeningtetbury.org to add your signature in support of Tetbury gaining Earth Protector status.

Book group Register your interest in discussing Kate Raworth’s book, Doughnut Economics, on Tuesday, the 16th of March at 7.30pm (via Zoom). Email Noel Sharp on noel.sharp@ btinternet.com to receive your Zoom invitation. Eleanor Lines, Greening Tetbury www.greeningtetbury.org 530212 Pat testing:Layout 1


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Letters to the Editor… Dear Editor,

Amidst the growing number of cases we see everyday and the worries I have as a Home Manager about how to keep the virus away from our little nursing home, there is hope. Hope that at the end of all this, we can give our loved ones a hug and a kiss that is long overdue. When I got the call from Dr. Mcmyn that we are all getting the vaccine I was overjoyed - it was indeed the best prese nt we could have received at Christmas. Getting the vaccine before the year ends mean t we can say goodbye to 2020 - despite the hardships we had to face all year, with a smile! And I can also reassure my staff that NO, we were not forgotten! On behalf of everyone at Kingsley House Nursing Home, we would like to thank the scientists who worked very hard on the vacci ne, the thousand of clinical trial volunteers for the benefit of others, the national gover nment, the local council, Dr. Mcmyn and the whole South Gloucestershire team. We owe it all to you! While the arrival of the vaccine is indeed good news in the fight to defeat Covid-19, it does not signal an immediate end to our natio n’s suffering. As carers, our essential role in protecting the health and well-being of our dear residents goes beyond the care we provide. So as a valued and trusted voice, our example is perhaps the strongest healt h resource we have. Our hope is very simple; we urge everyone to get the Covid-19 vaccine and share our experience with others. Malcolm Bristow

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Please will you pass my thanks on to the population of Tetbury and District for their support of The Poppy Appeal 2020, especially in such difficult and restricted times. Also my thanks go to all those who helped in any way; especially the volunteers who felt able to help in this COVID-19 year, plus the businesses and schools, including Tesco which allowed us into the store until the lockdown forced us to cease the collection for this year. We were especially fortunate that we were able to hold a socially distanced Wreath Laying service at the War Memorial. My thanks go to all who helped in any way with this. The final collection for last year 2019/20 was 15,204.61, so far Tetbury and District has raised about £7,600 which in the restricted circumstances during Remembrancetide is very good. Regards Jane Haines Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser

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… the Friends of Tetbury Community Transport (FTCT) have now completed their fourth year of operations. Initially it was intended to provide those Tetbury residents who are unable to use public transport with door-to-door minibus trips to surrounding towns and garden centres etc. During 2018 this was expanded to include a donation based car service essentially for hospital, doctor’s, and dental appointments etc. Our services, which are available to all GL8 residents, support and supplement similar services provided by Community Connexions with whom we have a close relationship.



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Whilst the demand for car trips decreased considerably we have found it difficult to fulfil as many requests as we would have liked. This situation is unlikely to improve prior to Easter at the earliest when we will have to determine how many of our volunteers wish to return to normal duties. To give just some idea of what we achieved during the last four years FTCT provided over 2000 passenger trips which covered a total of 21000 miles. My thanks to all the volunteers who have contributed to make this possible and the passengers for their donations which keep us going-hopefully for the foreseeable future. We could not function without the cooperation of Community Connexions who incidentally have managed to retain their regular weekly trips to Tetbury town and Tesco on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively throughout the pandemic. Well done and thank you.


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Beloved by Toni Morrison After escaping from slavery, Sethe and her children live for several years with her mother-in-law. But after the boys leave and the old woman dies, just Sethe and her daughter Denver remain – apart from a restless spirit whom they believe is the unhappy soul of Sethe’s beloved baby girl. Sethe tries to forget, but memories of her earlier life on the Sweet Home plantation keep intruding. Meanwhile, avoided by the neighbours who are mis-trustful of the house and its history, Denver is intensely lonely.

of Sweet Home, and although his presence seems to quieten the spirit, he unsettles Sethe as he is a link to the old life and the terrible events from which she has tried to protect Denver. Shortly after, a mysterious young woman appears and is also taken in, changing the balance of relationships within the house. Denver immediately sees her as the companion she has always wanted. She also seems to be the trigger that allows both Sethe and Paul D to unlock their memories. But before long, too much truth drives Paul D away.

After some years on their own, the two women are joined by Paul D, another victim

This is not an easy book, getting mixed reviews from the Book Club, despite being a Pulitzer Prize winner. It is not just the unflinching description of the physical horrors and de-humanising effects of slavery, but also due to the somewhat disjointed nature of its storytelling. Snippets from the lives of each of the characters are told in seemingly random fashion, but gradually the full story emerges. Despite incorporating elements of superstition and the supernatural, at its heart Beloved is a testament to the devastating consequences of slavery on the minds of those only recently freed, destroying their self-esteem and warping their personalities.


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U3A We wish a Happy New Year to all our members and… …are looking forward to later in the year when we can get back to near normal and rejoin our groups and activities. In the meantime, we have some interesting talks to look forward to on Zoom, so please look out for the reminders and emails, our excellent Webmaster will be sending you so that you can join with the click of a button on your computer. If you think you have missed anything go to our website, tetburyu3a.org.uk/events, where all will be revealed. Also, if you haven’t yet joined the u3a in Tetbury because you think nothing much is happening, or you haven’t yet renewed your membership, then please take a look at our website where you will find a list of the talks coming up on Zoom and a link to the Keeping in Touch initiative which keeps members talking to each other either by phone or on Zoom. Some of the groups are still able to meet thanks to Zoom so do have another look. The renewal fee is £5 only.




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We are always interested to hear from you if you want to set up a new group. Recently we had an offer to lead a group based on the ancient art of Story Telling, (now a university short course) This may attract those keen on drama, play reading, book reading or creative writing and is an ideal activity to take place on Zoom. Please contact the Groups Coordinator if you are interested and she will pass your details to the group leader. The Groups Coordinator’s contact details are on the website under the ‘Committee’ heading. We are always happy to receive your suggestions and comments, especially in these difficult times. Judith Walker Tetbury & District u3a Newsletter Editor



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Well, what a way to start 2021. We hope you are all keeping well and managing the current challenges. The youth workers and myself have all been balancing work and home learning at the moment, so life (as I’m sure it is for many of you) is and has been hectic. Although the schools have been closed youth work is recognised as an essential service. We are

obviously required and want to do what we can to reduce the spread of the virus and we take our social responsibility in this area very seriously. However, we also recognise that there are a lot of young people experiencing a whole lot of disruption right now and so decided we wanted to make ourselves available to support the young people of our town. We continued to conduct detached youth work one evening a week (it has been dark, cold and sometimes wet but we are committed!), online chat/support and 1-1 face to face support for young people who need it.

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Tetbury Hospital The Prince of Wales visited his local hospital to thank staff for their continued hard work The Prince of Wales visited his local hospital on the 23rd of December to thank the staff for their continued hard work and support to the community during this unprecedented year. The small community hospital which became a charity twenty-seven years ago has kept a service running throughout most of the pandemic. The hospital were delighted to welcome their Patron who last visited in 2015 and were keen to show His Royal Highness how the hospital has adapted to the situation since March. His Royal Highness was met on arrival by the Chairman of Tetbury Hospital Jeremy Lodwick who handed over to Hospital Matron Mrs Sarah Taylor who escorted His Royal Highness for the 30 minute social distanced tour. His Royal Highness met staff members in the Outpatients Unit and the Minor Injury Unit. Matron, Mrs Sarah Taylor, who has worked at the hospital for two years said “On behalf of the staff at Tetbury Hospital I would like to thank His Royal Highness for giving his time to meet and talk to them today. It was greatly appreciated as the teams have been working hard to provide a service to the local community. This was an enormous moral boost for our incredibly dedicated staff during these unprecedented times, as they shared their stories of the challenges they have faced and how we have overcome them.” During the Pandemic, the hospital responded in a number of ways sending some of their staff to help out at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. They also sent some of their equipment including ventilators to GRH as well. Debbie Loewenthal, Day Surgery Lead, who was

seconded to GRH for four months and currently still supports the acute hospital, said “It was really lovely to meet His Royal Highness, he spent time with each member of our team and it really lifted our spirits at the end of a difficult year.” During the pandemic, The Minor Injuries Unit and the X-ray Department remained open throughout the initial lockdown in March, and outpatient appointments continued via telephone, where possible. Unfortunately, the Day Surgery Unit was temporarily closed during the same period, but this meant members of staff could be released to work in the frontline hospitals to help support the fight against the virus. His Royal Highness ended his visit by signing the Visitors Book and was presented with a copy of The Tetbury Hospital Cook Book and two Tetbury Hospital Mugs. Mrs Zena Dalton, CEO, said “It is always a pleasure to welcome His Royal Highness to our hospital, I am so proud of our staff and what they have achieved this year. Today was the perfect way for us to look back on 2020 and bring it to a close. We can now begin to look forward to the New Year with hope” Lian Franklin, Tetbury Hospital,

Tetbury Hospital is open as usual We are here to see and treat you! Whether it’s an outpatient appointment, an X-ray, an operation, or if you are unfortunate enough to require our Minor Injuries Unit we are here serving our community. We do not have the facilities to treat COVID-19 patients, so our community hospital is not experiencing the same pressures as other local hospitals. By attending your planned appointment and having your operation you are helping the NHS recover faster by minimising the effect of COVID-19 on normal healthcare services. This will reduce the backlog of patients needing treatment when the UK gets back to normal. We have made sure our services are delivered in a safe and secure way. Read our patient reviews on our website www.tetburyhospital.co.uk We want to make sure your care is not delayed. Please do not feel that you must cancel your appointment or surgery due to the national lock down, we are here to treat you. We want you to come and see us. We will keep you safe when you visit us, read our COVID-19 Update on our website We are continually monitoring government advice and guidance and adapting our services accordingly to ensure your safety.

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The Friends of Tetbury Hospital You can purchase these on our new website at friendsoftetburyhospital.co.uk or email us at friends@tetburyhospital.co.uk The Friends of Tetbury Hospital would like to thank everyone in the community for their amazing support over recent months. We have received so many lovely cards and letters and our Appeal has now reached over £60,000! As an independent charity we cannot access funds from the NHS Charities Together Fund so we are very grateful indeed for every single donation that has contributed to this incredible amount.

We were so excited to launch our new… …Friends of Tetbury Hospital Recipe Book and Mug back in December. You may have seen us at our stall at Tetbury Market Place before Christmas? We started off successfully and have already raised over £3500! Our Recipe Book costs £12 and is packed full of delicious

Thank You to Local Traders Malc and Liz! Malc and Liz from Tetbury Hardware have been supporting Tetbury Hospital again. This time they have raised a wonderful £410 from their bucket collection. Collections are in memory of their son Adam and are donated to their chosen charity. We are so grateful that Malc and Liz chose us.

Donate online at www. tetburyhospital.co.uk or write to Tetbury Hospital, Malmesbury Road, Tetbury, GL8 8XB

recipes from hearty stews and tasty vegetarian recipes to puddings and drinks, there is literally something for everyone. Our beautiful Friends of Tetbury Hospital Mugs are bone china and hand painted by Griffin Bespoke China and cost £10.00. Both of these would make ideal gifts for friends and family and you’ll also be supporting Tetbury Hospital at the same time. Rodney stood in rain and wind directing cars at Dauntsey Horse Trials and the Beaufort Team Chase at Sopworth, when this was allowed of course. Rodney said, “I was very grateful to the organisers of both these events to allow me to carry out the collections to support the Tetbury Hospital Appeal.”

Malc and Liz, Tetbury Hardware

Peter and Pernille, Blue Zucchini Brasserie

Rodney Smith

Thank You Blue Zucchini

Malc said “It was an easy decision to support our local Hospital which benefits the whole community so much.”

Thank You Rodney Smith Thank you also to Tetbury resident, Rodney Smith, who organised bucket collections last year and raised an incredible £1000 to support our Hospital Appeal.

Peter and Pernille of Blue Zucchini Brasserie have been supporting Tetbury Hospital with their wonderful fundraising idea of ‘Post It Note Coffees’ and have raised £560 so far! When you pop into Blue Zucchini for coffee you can decide to buy an extra one for someone who is in crisis at the moment. Leave your message on a post it note and stick it on the board for someone to have a coffee on you. Any money from post it note coffees not taken is then donated to Tetbury Hospital. This is a really thoughtful and caring idea, and we are so grateful for the support that Blue Zucchini is giving

both us and anyone in our community who is in need at this time. Peter says “We have been so pleased at how people have embraced this idea as a way of being able to spread a little good will in a personal way and also benefit the community by supporting our fantastic hospital. It’s been especially great to see visitors to our wonderful town being able to leave a little donation as a thank you for enjoying everything Tetbury has to offer”. Thank you Peter and Pernille from all of us at Tetbury Hospital. These fundraising initiatives, by our local people, supporting the hospital make us feel so proud to be part of the Tetbury community. We could not do it without you. The Friends of Tetbury Hospital

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