Tetbury Advertiser March 2022

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TETBURY ADVERTISER

March 2022

ished 1974

Inside this issue … … Tetbury Goods Shed … History of Tetbury Society … Tetbury Probus Circulation 4,500 Established 1974 www.tetburyadvertiser.co.uk


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Pub of the Year 2019

The Cat & Custard Pot Inn is a traditional pub with eight lovely en-suite bedrooms. It is a stone’s throw from Tetbury, Malmesbury, the Beaufort polo club and the Westonbirt Arboretum. Sitting in the centre of a lovely village, Shipton Moyne, the Cat has a bustling bar which serves great local beers as well as classic pub food with a modern twist. Relax and unwind next to the cosy log burner or keep up to date with the latest sport, the Cat caters for all! Our new Pizza terrace is open Wednesday to Sunday and serves authentic Italian pizza produced by our traditionally trained pizza chef. To book a room or table visit our website or call us 01666 880249

The Cat & Custard Pot Inn The Street . Shipton Moyne Tetbury . GL8 8PN www.catandcustard.co.uk


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The Team

What’s On

Editorial/Advertising copy to:-

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Mary Roberts - Editor Tel: 07814 850464 email: advertiser@wilprintdesign.co.uk

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Tony Sykes - Accounts Rockside, Fox Hill, Tetbury GL8 8XA. Tel: 07813 091440 email: tetburyadvertiser@gmail.com

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Alan Greenway - Distribution Willowbank, Tetbury, GL8 8BT. Tel: (h) 01666 504715 (m) 07955 088580 email: alang196@gmail.com

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Richard Smith - Associate Editor

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Notice to Advertisers Copy date for the April Issue is Thursday 17th March 2022 Delivery - 2nd/3rd April 2022

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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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 Suite 132,Corinium House, Corinium Avenue, Barnwood Point, Gloucester GL4 3HX 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 HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336 OSTEOPATHS Tel: 01666 503599 & 01666 502214

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Chelworth Bookworms

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History of Tetbury Society talk

Friends of Tetbury Hospital

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on “The Tetbury Show”. See article

Girlguiding

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for details.

Greening Tetbury

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Lenton Soup Lunches

History of Tetbury Society

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Start, and every Friday during Lent.

Leighterton Primary School

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Tetbury Library Story Time and Tetbury Greening Meeting 7.30 pm via Zoom. See article for details.

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Avening WI Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Craft See article for details. 8th Mar

Avening Primary School

World Book Day

Tetbury Film Society 7.30 pm

Lion’s Den

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Mayor’s Piece

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News from Christ Church

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News from St Marys’ Church

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun

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St Mary’s Playgroup

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Tetbury and District Footpath Group

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“Everybody Knows”. See article for

Tetbury Bowls Club

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details.

Tetbury Camera Club

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Tetbury Cricket Club

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Tetbury Film Society

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at the Dolphins Hall, showing

21st Mar u3a talk by Gillian Keightley 10.30 am at the Goods Shed. See article for details. 23rd Mar Tetbury Film Society showing “Storm Boy”. 7.30 pm at the

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Contents

Tetbury Goods Shed

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Tetbury Hospital

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Tetbury in Bloom

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Dolphins Hall. See article for

Tetbury Library

details.

Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

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Tetbury Probus

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7.00 pm at the Dolphins Hall.

Tetbury Theatre Group

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See article for details.

Tetbury Town FC

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25th Mar Tetbury Cricket Club Quiz Night

Tetbury Wacky Races

27th Mar St Marys’ Church Mothering Sunday Service 10.00 am V don olunt atio ary no nly

Friends of Tetbury Community Transport

March trips: To book 0345 680 5029 Sat 12th WORCESTER Sat 19th CRIBBS CAUSEWAY Sat 26th CHELTENHAM

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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 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

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Tetbury WI

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The Feoffees and the Thirteen

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Westonbirt Flower Show

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What’s On Window Wanderland Trail

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Young by Name

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SCHOOLS Sir William Romney’s, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275. 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 TETBURY LIONS, www.tetburylions.com Tetbury Town Crier Tony Evans, 24 Box Crescent, Minchinhampton, Nr. Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 9DJ.

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

Tel: 01453 731355 Mob: 07969 302042 Email: tonyevanstowncrier@btinternet.com

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

VISITOR INFORMATION 33 Church Street. tourism@tetbury.gov.uk Tel: 01666 503552


Young by Name Marching into spring I love new beginnings, whether of a month, a season, a school term or a year. When I’m feeling restless, as I always am by this time of year, any excuse for a fresh start will do. So you may imagine my delight that the 1st of March not only marks the start of a new month and will usher in a new season, but it is also the beginning of the ancient Roman ten-month year. Yes, ten months – which explains why our names for the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth months are confusingly based on the Roman numerals for seven, eight, nine and ten – septem, octo, novem and decem. Of course, the winter months that they eventually designated January and February existed, but for a long time they refused to acknowledge them with a name, as if in punishment for their lack of productivity.

time of year to resume military campaigns interrupted by winter. Mars was also considered a guardian of agriculture, and his month the beginning of the farming year. If the Roman Empire had had a 21st century-style advertising industry, Mars would have been the obvious poster boy for gardening products designed to wage war on weeds.

Three new beginnings in one fell swoop! My only disappointment is that March was so called in honour of the Roman god of war, because it was considered the right

To my peace-loving brain, the mention of the name Mars is more likely to conjure up the image of the classic chocolate bar than of the Roman god of war. (Other

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We thank all our customers for their valued continued custom.

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But that has nothing to do with the naming of the bar, which by the time of the Falklands War was fifty years old. Like its arch-rival Cadbury’s chocolate (founded 1824), the bar and the company was named after its founding family. In 1932, in the unlikely setting of Slough, one Forrest Mars, Snr. devised his eponymous snack. The son of the American industrialist Frank C Mars, Forrest belonged to the second generation in a dynasty of candy manufacturers destined to become the richest family in America. This bevy of billionaires still owns the confectionery company – a refreshing change when so many great brands, including our beloved Cadbury, have been absorbed by vast international conglomerates with less cosy names. (Mondelez International in the case of Cadbury – who knew?) A more scientifically-minded (or less greedy) person than me might sooner associate the name Mars with the Red Planet, which, like Earth, has four seasons, but each lasts twice as long as ours, due to the six hundred and eighty-seven days in the Martian year. That’s a long haul between new beginnings. One of many reasons that I’m glad to be starting another spring on Planet Earth.

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chocolate bars are available, as the BBC might say.) According to Google, the British Task Force took three million Mars bars to the Falklands in 1982. The manufacturer’s marketing department must have been tempted to add “fight” to its famous catchphrase, “A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play”.

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Lion’s Den Once the connections have been made, the final set up of the equipment in the workshop can take place and a small number of outstanding jobs finished off. First aid training for “supervisors” will also be arranged and rotas prepared for them to be in the workshop when it finally opens. The opening date is to be widely publicised, but anyone interested in using the workshop in the future will need to book in advance as numbers within the building will need to be controlled for safety reasons.

I was at our allotment in Herd Lane a few days ago and… … I can report that strawberry plant seeds have now been sown and the team at the Men in Sheds allotment are eagerly awaiting a delivery of rhubarb plants. Apparently, these benefit from an attack of frost on their roots, but I really don’t understand why. What I can report is that the team at the allotment have an impressive planting programme so that they will be ready should anyone wish to make a donation “over the wall” and take home some

produce when the vegetables are ripe for picking. The allotment is staffed every Wednesday from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm. Speaking of Men in Sheds, work is in hand to provide a mains supply to the workshop sited on the Cirencester Road Industrial Estate. Originally, it had been planned to use a generator for electricity for the comprehensive range of power tools which have been donated. Unfortunately, a generator of sufficient capacity was likely to have been too noisy with the risk of disturbing local residents and the connection of the workshop to the mains will also be cheaper than purchasing a generator.

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Donations have been made to a Tetbury teenager to help her attend a Voluntary Service Overseas initiative in Borneo, and to a local Scout to assist him in going to the International Scout Jamboree in South Korea in 2023. The Cricket Club have also received funding towards new net facilities and have kindly offered to help with the Wacky Races. Forthcoming events to put in your diary are the Wing Walk by Lion President and myself on the 23rd of April in aid of charities that fund dementia research. Links to a Just Giving page are on the Lions website. Also don’t forget the Wacky Races are back on the 2nd of May and we are delighted to announce that the event this year is to be sponsored by Arkell’s Brewery. We are already receiving entries from places as far afield as the West Midlands. Again, details are available on the Lions website. Now that the country appears to be heading towards some sort of normality, the Lions Club are anticipating that local organisations will become more active. If you are planning events and feel that Tetbury Lions may be able to help, please do not hesitate to contact me at phil.tetbury@gmail.com Phil Williams Vice President, Tetbury Lions Club

We remain committed to protecting our customers and ourselves during the Covid Outbreak.

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Garden Care Products: New Season Mr Fothergill Seeds are now in stock. Buy 3 packs and get a 10% discount. Trust you are now planning your 2022 Garden, we have a comprehensive range of Garden Care Products, remember your needs are our aim, so please ask us for any products however obscure and we will try our best for you.

We currently have a large range of goods and services in Homewares, Electrical, Cleaning, Decorating, Key Cutting, Shoe Repairs, Video Transfer, Winter Fuels and much more. We do all we can to provide as wide a range of products services at the best possible rates.

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Tetbury Goods Shed Here at The Goods Shed it has been all go… …and it’s great to see so many people coming along to visit our Café, as well as enjoying the variety of events we are now able to put on. A first for us was Bluegrass Band “Flats and Sharps” and they proved extremely popular a sell-out in fact! An in-house production of Macbeth, running over two nights and again, a first for us, was also very well received. And we are not forgetting our younger supporters – the monthly Playtime Sessions for parents and pre-schoolers are a real hit, and the Highland Joker with his fantastic Bubble Show was a lot of fun.

Coming to the Shed in early March we have local legend “Tony Bon Jovi” with the Bon Jovi Experience, as well as later in the month an incredible Kate Bush Tribute Show. Our advert below gives details of all the events planned down at the Shed including our popular afternoon tea concerts.

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By the time this is published, our first Window Wanderland will have taken place around the town, and this too has been a great success. We have been thrilled by the uptake and enthusiasm shown for this new venture, and we hope to build on this to make it an annual event for all to enjoy. The driving force behind this has been Trustee and one time Chair, Christine Berry.

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This, for the time being at least, has proved to be her “swan song” and we are sorry to say goodbye to her. After almost six years Christine has decided to spend more time with her family and other pursuits. She has been a complete mainstay and a real support to the rest of us at The Shed, and we will miss her dedication, hard work and good nature. Along with her husband Nigel they helped us get to where we are now, and although she will no longer sit on the board she has promised to stay involved and help with events, for which we are most grateful.

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If any of you reading this would like to get more involved with the Shed Team, we would love to hear from you – we have a variety of volunteer roles – from looking after the Box Office at Events, helping to run the Bar, setting up events and for the more technical amongst you, lighting, and sound control. Please contact Kate on admin@ shed-arts.co.uk for more information.

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Lenten Soup Lunches Come for good soup, bread roll and great company Every Friday in Lent raising money for the famine areas of our world Starting on: Friday March 4th 12.15 til 1.30pm in St Michael’s Church Hall, Tetbury Interior and exterior work, Decorating, Tiling, Coving, Specialist wall coverings, wallpapering, damp proofing, furniture reconditioning

Also on March 11th, 18th, 25th and April 1st and 8th -all Fridays and all at 12.15pm

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at the goods shed in march comedy! 12th

Top comedy from professional stand-ups James Cook, Jenny Collier and comedian/actor Eddy Brimson – the chap who, among other things, played the villain who torched Frank’s car lot in Eastenders

music 5th

8pm | £12.50

7.30pm | £20

Bon Jovi Experience Endorsed by Jon Bon Jovi himself. The official tribute band

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7.30pm | £20

Leonore Piano Trio Performing Dvořák, David Matthews and Mendelssohn

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£70 / £40

Piano Masterclass with William Howard

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The Last Letter from Your Lover (12A)

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Last Night in Soho (18)

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Spencer (12A)

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Dune

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House of Gucci (15)

(12A)

All seats £7. Licensed Bar. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the film

Workshop day with one of Britain’s leading classical pianists 26th

7.30pm | £15

Moments of Pleasure – The Music of Kate Bush Five piece tribute band with stunningly authentic vocals

PLUS weekly Tea Concerts and monthly Piano Club.. See website for details

new exhibition Until

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Valerie Dugan. Calligraphy and Botanical Art Beautiful botanical and butterfly paintings by a multi-award winning artist

23rd The mysteries of Loch Ness 7.30pm | £8

Join Professor Gareth Williams for a wholly original look at what really happened in Loch Ness – a heroes-and-villains story with plenty of twists and an ending you wouldn’t expect!

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Hand delivered to 4,500 homes each month

More events and online bookings at

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Wacky Races Wobbly wagons and crazy carts will be taking over Tetbury when Wacky Races returns for 2022. Plans are well under way to make this a bumper year, with entries already received from the usual suspects and challengers from Bromsgrove, Bourton on the Water, Evesham and the Forest of Dean. This year marks ten years since the Tetbury Lions staged the first Soapbox Derby to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It is fitting that this year’s event takes place just weeks before the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Those with a need for speed can enter this thrilling annual soapbox event, navigating their way around hairpin bends and meandering down the track in what is becoming infamous among Kart racers as a fast and challenging course. Prizes are on offer for every entrant who triumphantly completes all three runs, as well as special prizes for the best-looking, craziest and fastest karts with shields for the winners of each category. In addition to the thrills and spills on the track, there will be plenty of family fun and refreshments on offer. The Millennium Green at the finish of the course will

again be dedicated to families, with Colin Dymond, our resident ventriloquist and trickster (magician) entertaining the youngsters. New for this year will be the Tetbury Bowls Club who are presenting a vintage fairground attraction with ”games and distractions” from a bygone age. Many of our regular trade and catering stalls have already booked their place, so you can be sure of a well-stocked bar, coffee and ice cream vendors, face painting and much more. Wacky Races has always been held as a free event for all the family. The Lions Club will be appealing to local businesses as usual to help with the cost of staging the event. Advertising opportunities are primarily, having a banner on the course, or displaying your company on the two big event screens at the start and finish lines. Details of how to obtain and display your

banner, or make your big screen debut on the 2nd of May is on the Wacky Races website www.tetburywackyraces.co.uk Parking on the day will be provided at the Community Recreation Ground and Preston Park, on the Cirencester Road. A parking fee of £5 per car will be the only cost to visitors for a day at the races, and contactless card machines will be at both facilities to get our families parked quickly. This year, the May Bank Holiday and the Platinum Jubilee weekend at the beginning of June will be a chance for us all to celebrate the start of a lockdown free Summer. Wacky Races will be a great day out for all the family and a boost to the shops and businesses in Tetbury, so let’s make sure the fearless racers are the only things going downhill fast in town. Tetbury Wacky Races

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“Failure is not to be feared. It is from failure that growth comes”

Tetbury Library

development, along with The Growth Hub. The Growth Hub is a network of business

Dee Hock While failure is necessary for us to learn from our mistakes, to learn resilience for growth and development, we also need to ask for help sometimes. Whether your goals are personal or professional we hope we can offer you some assistance in your endeavours. We have a range of books (both physical copies and eBooks) available for you to borrow as well as access to the entire county catalogue if we do not have what you are looking for here on our shelves. These include mental health and wellbeing, illnesses, hobbies and interests, as well as arts and crafts to mention a few.

centres offering free business advice and support for any Gloucestershire based business, regardless of whether you are thinking of starting your own business or have been trading for some years and are looking to expand. By creating an online account, you can access countless online resources and fact sheets around your business needs as well as free online events and workshops in your area. All this is available at www.thegrowthhub.biz

We also have a selection of books offering business support, growth and

If you are a little unsure of how to access the online aspect of The Growth Hub we can

even help you with that as we now have a Computer Buddy volunteer. Chris will be available for appointments on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings, though BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Simply email us at tetburylibrary@gloucestershire.gov.uk or telephone us on 01666 502258 to book a session with him. This is free and available

for anyone who needs help and assistance with their computer, portable devices or technology. So if you are struggling with emails, online shopping, forms or anything please feel free to see if we can help. You don’t need to suffer in silence and multiple sessions are available if spaces allow.

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Honey’s hat” by Pam Adams on Saturday the 5th of March at 11.00 am.

A seasonal story for April will be on Saturday the 2nd of April at 11.00 am.

Knit & Natter. Tuesday the 8th of March at 2.00 pm.

Nature club (designed for ages 3+) Saturday the 19th of March at 11.00 am.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme time Every Wednesday at 2.15 pm – 2.45 pm. Spaces for all the above groups are limited so booking is essential to avoid disappointment. To book your place for any of the events please go online via the library catalogue, give us a call or email us. Hopefully see you soon,

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Tetbury Wacky Races Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd 2022

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Tetbury Camera Club Monthly Challenge Each month Tetbury Camera Club has a Monthly Challenge. A theme is announced in advance, and members are encouraged to create pictures based on that theme during that month. The following month members show and talk about their work at one of our meetings. This is one way that the club helps to inspire the membership to pick up their cameras and be creative. The subject of a Monthly Challenge can be any genre. Our most recent challenges were Night (December) and Reflections (January). The pictures presented by the membership vary within each theme, and are a source of inspiration for the other members. Where is that? How did you do that? Are frequently asked questions. The photographers who created the work in question are happy to share their experiences and insights. The February Challenge is ‘View from or through a window or door’. Does that sound interesting to you? Why not give it a try? At a recent meeting, the membership enjoyed a presentation by Jet from Jet Black Squares on Smartphone Photography.

We all carry a camera that has access to the internet. It is estimated that more than three hundred million pictures are uploaded each day. Jet gave tips on using a smartphone in creative ways to get the images we all are proud to post online. I drew inspiration from the Reflections challenge and the Smartphone Photography presentation for the picture that accompanies this article. Created with my smartphone here at home, I wanted to

give the feeling that this was a scene that I happened upon while in town. If you are interested in photography, we invite you to join the Tetbury Camera Club. We welcome photographers of all skill levels. To get more information about our programme of meetings, please visit us at TetburyCameraClub.org.uk Vincent Knaus Tetbury Camera Club

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Time to put your feet up! We want to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to three of our longstanding members of staff who have recently retired. Gill Clutterbuck and Jeanette Wilkins, from the House-Keeping team and Nigel Wilkins, from the Facilities Team. Collectively they have given Tetbury Hospital over fifty years of exceptional service! We will miss them all terribly,

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Having prudently waited until February to kick start the 2022 programme, our much-anticipated institute meeting did not fail to deliver. With a welcoming glass of fizz in hand, we started the evening with a brief update from Christine Berry on the Goods Shed supported Window Wanderland, a magical walking trail to light up the streets of Tetbur Then on to the main event, as our meeting coincided with Valentine’s Day, an activity evening dedicated to loving oneself was a much-welcomed surprise treat, as we set about making a floral arrangement with a red and pink colour palette. The committee members had braved the rainy weekend to gather foliage, others prepared oasis and flowers for the fun filled evening. The room was filled with chatter and laughter

The coffee mornings are well established again with large numbers attending the new venue at Steepleton on the Cirencester Road. Ali has booked the venue again for the 28th of March at 10.30 am. Come along for a casual chat, coffee and pastry.

as members caught up with friends and began to put the last two years behind them, a feeling of “moving on” in the air. Chris updated the members on the GFWI Annual Council Meeting which will take place at Cheltenham Town Hall on the 23rd of March this year. Several committee members will attend with newer members encouraged to come along and enjoy. This year’s guest speakers will be MaryJess Leverland and Jennifer Weardon, this is usually a very good meeting with some

As we move towards Spring, Chris has pursued several ideas for the Food Group, we look forward to more news of Tapas tasting and Moroccan dining, not to mention day trips out and sunny picnics! Jan is putting the final plan together for the visit to Charlton Down House and Gardens on the 25th of April. Lots of happy times with friends to look forward to over the next few months.

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Over the thirteen years we’ve been caring for the flower displays in St Marys’ churchyard, other beds have also been planted with spring flowering bulbs. Amongst them is the semi evergreen woodland-style fern bed at the north-east corner of the church building, which has brought life to what used to be a dark, dank and empty area. Snowdrops, crocus and narcissi, followed by lily of the valley, form part of the spring display here. Even though we’re starting to enjoy all the spring flowers at the moment, it really won’t be long before the summer months arrive and with that in mind, if you’ve been meaning to order one or more of our hanging baskets, but haven’t got round to it as yet, please don’t delay any longer as they are selling fast. Look for our adjacent advert for details and get in touch with me as soon as possible to place your order. Sue Hirst, Team Leader, Tetbury in Bloom

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Tetbury Theatre Group Our February trip was to Bristol Hippodrome to see Matthews Bourne’s “Nutcracker”. I was a little sceptical, as I do love traditional ballet, but I thought it was amazing. With Bourne’s trademark wit and magical fantasy, this ballet follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve to the candy kingdom of Sweetieland. Tchaikovsky’s glorious music and Bourne’s dazzling choreography created a fresh interpretation of this classic ballet. The director Martin Duncan and Matthew Bourne always wanted to

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Tetbury Town Football Club Our intention is to return with more positive monthly updates about the football club as a whole, throughout the year. However in order to do this, we are seeking to tap into the abundance of community spirit and goodwill that benefits this Town, with a request for help. Committee members make a huge contribution to the success and sustainability of Tetbury Town Football Club (TTFC). Our objective is to provide competitive football for all members of our community. In order to provide this, TTFC depends entirely on voluntary support from its committee members. As the years have gone by, TTFC has continued to grow exponentially from a playing perspective, whilst our volunteer base and management committee have continued to get smaller and smaller. We have, for the last three years, been providing this with a committee of just six people. This isn’t sustainable in the short or long term as the scope for running a local Football Club continues to grow.

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In order to meet our ongoing objective of football for the community, we have a wide variety of jobs that need to be done on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. Currently we are in desperate need of additional volunteers to assist with these tasks. Whilst we have more than enough coaches and managers for our various teams and age groups, the day to day running of the club requires additional support to ensure our coaches and managers have a Club from which to operate . We are desperately in need of volunteers to assist with jobs and requirements that are often unseen. Various assistance for roles such as ‘Maintaining Pitches, Cleaning, Match Day Café Operations, and Bar Staff ’ are all required. This is before wider roles such as Trustees for both our Preston Park and Dolphins Recreation responsibilities. If anyone is able to assist , please let us know. Whatever your age, skillset or time commitments, there’s a place for everyone at our club. If you have a few hours to spare here and there, and you can help the club with regular or one-off tasks then we are desperate for you to join us. We are also looking for other members of the community who can help us with our fundraising for large scale future projects such as changing facilities and 4G pitch provisions for the Town. These larger projects will require a bit more time and effort to the usual committee meetings that are once a month, and last approximately ninety minutes.

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hitting our Cotswold Crowdfunder target for our new net facility to cope with the growth of the club. I’m absolutely delighted that thanks to an extremely successful Race Night held in the Dolphins Hall that we smashed our target, and at the same time managed to put over £1,000 behind the bar, which will help towards the Redevelopment Project being

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup Healthy bodies and minds have been a focus at… …Tetbury Nursery Playgroup over the last few weeks, with the children exploring all sorts of new foods, learning yoga poses and practicing mindfulness. The children learnt about and explored different types of fruit, vegetables and herbs. They enjoyed picking up, smelling, cutting, squashing and juicing. Our story times and song times were adapted to include lots of fruit and vegetable-related content, and snacks included fruit and vegetables some of the children hadn’t tried before, like lychee. There is a lot of research suggesting messy play with foods can be very effective at increasing young children’s willingness to try new food, and playing with food also allows children to really experience all of their senses, they can see, smell, touch, hear and taste. This type of sensory experience helps with language development, problem solving, concentration and more confidence in trying new things. We chatted about healthy food choices and treats, and where our food comes from. Every day we also did a little yoga session which the children really got in to. They were practising their Tree, Warrior 2 and Downward Dog poses

with much enthusiasm. They also listened to music and learned about breathing to help them relax. Just before February half term we created a veterinary practice role-play room, which

the children particularly loved. Children and staff brought photos of their pets, from dogs to guinea pigs to parrots, which we put up on the wall, and the children got to be ‘vets’ to lots of cuddly dogs and cats. After the break we’ll be spending more time out in the garden, planting seeds and watching as Spring appears. We’ll also be talking about special dates in the calendar like Easter and Mothering Sunday (if there are any keen knitters out there, the children would love some knitted chicks). Our popular fund-raising Bingo evenings remain on hold, we will update as soon as we have any further information. If you’re looking for a playgroup or preschool space for your child for September then please get in contact with us, email us at tetburynurseryplaygroup@ eygloucestershire.co.uk visit our Facebook page or give us a call on 01666 504855. Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

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Friends of Tetbury Hospital Who we are and what we do? Many of you know who we are, in fact, many you have been part of the Friends’ Committee over the years (thank you). We are the fundraising arm for our wonderful Hospital established in 1992 when the Charitable Trust took over running the Hospital. Our aim is to continually raise money to fund essential medical equipment and upgrades to facilities. Additionally, we raise awareness within the community regarding services offered and provide essential feedback to the Hospital from the people that are treated there.

Why is this necessary? Did you know that the money received for hospital services, delivered on behalf of the NHS, only funds the running of the hospital. As an independent charity, further funding from the NHS is unavailable for the purchase of essential new and replacement medical equipment and necessary upgrades to the hospital facility. Funds from the NHS Charities Together Fund are also inaccessible. This means that the Friends of Tetbury Hospital has always played such an important role in helping with this ongoing challenge. It has never been an option to just stand still with hospital improvements.

members who have lots of ideas. Our events programme is growing as we step up our fundraising efforts this year. Additionally, you will be as pleased as we are that we will be back out in the community again in June with our door-to-door collection, something we have missed so much over the last two years. To be back out talking to you about the hospital means so much to us.

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History of Tetbury Society Malcolm Watkins’ talk to HOTS on the 3rd of February was titled… …‘Boil a Mouse in Urine - child care in Tudor and Stuart times’. He is a member of the Sealed Knot Society but in civilian life rather than battle re-enactment. It was an excellent, well-illustrated paper about pregnancy, childbirth and care of babies and infants at that time. Most of the information concerned aristocratic families, but he showed an illustration of a gipsy encampment too. The aristocratic wife’s principal duty was to ensure that the family name survived, and because of the high death rate in infants, which meant she was always pregnant. A young child was frequently put into the care of a wet-nurse because they believed a woman could not conceive whilst feeding a child.

There was little medical knowledge and he showed drawings of a child in the womb. Yet he had illustration of birth by Caesarean section. He showed a ‘Uroscopy Wheel’ that showed glass flasks that had been coloured, from which some diagnosis was obtained by comparing the colour of the patient’s urine. The midwife’s oath included a requirement for her not to divulge any secrets or retain anything that could be used in witchcraft. Different positions for giving birth shown by antique illustrations and a ‘birthing chair’ were shown. Malcolm had experimented with baby Jessica whom he had wrapped in the layers of fabric used to secure a young baby. The seven layers were: Tailclout –a rectangle of old linen wrapped onto the child’s bottom Pilch – similar but a larger piece covering most of lower half of body Shirt - with arms and loose body that was pinned at front or back as there were no buttons Wrapping - used to bind the body including hands and arms –thought to ‘strengthen’ bones

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Definitely not! Our youngest member is 9 and the oldest is in their 80s. Our membership is very diverse and inclusive of all ages and abilities.

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Who can play? It’s a sport for everyone. Any physique, any

The green’s going to open soon! From April through September, our fixtures list is packed with fun and competitive events alike. Highlights include our annual Open Taster sessions (end-April) and the Bowls Big Weekend national event (end-May) where we invite everyone to give lawn bowls a go, and a Glos ladies county friendly match against Berkshire in June. Members can always ‘roll up’ anytime during the week when there’s a rink available.

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at the beauty and creative genius of others. But overall I have enjoyed escaping into other worlds and cultures, and sharing the experience with many of you. I hope you too have enjoyed our programme.

Travel the world with Tetbury Film Society. In a year when opportunities to travel have been limited, members of Tetbury Film Society have enjoyed travelling, albeit virtually. We have crossed the southern states of America; explored the faded beauty of Cuba; taken a trip down memory lane in rural France and now prepare to attend a Spanish wedding. We have visited the stunning Yorkshire Dales, travelled back in time to England in the Second World War and on to the London music scene of the 1970’s. I have laughed, shed a tear, cringed and been shocked. I have reflected on the harm we humans can inflict and marvelled

In ‘Everybody Knows’ (15) - Spanish ‘Todos lo saben’ - what begins as a celebration turns into an agonising wait for news about the fate of a kidnap victim. This film features an outstanding cast, including Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. It begins at 7.30 pm prompt on the 9th of March. On the 23rd of March we will be holding the second of our fundraising events. This time profits will go the Tetbury Hospital Trust, which we are fortunate to have on our doorstep. Tickets for the endearing film ‘Storm Boy’ (PG) cost £9 and will be on sale at our March showing. Alternatively, come along to the Dolphins Hall on the evening and buy your ticket on the door. In the meantime, I am planning ahead for next season! Kev and I will be viewing the Independent Cinema Office March Screening Days and are liaising with other film societies to gain ideas. We will be open to members for the 2022/23 season shortly. If you have suggestions for the programme, comments on this year’s films or preferences for the types of film you like to see, do please let me know at efarnham@ btconnect.com .

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Swallows and Amazons Forever! We are looking ahead to an exciting run up to Easter with plenty of activities in the pipeline, including one of the highlights of our school calendar, World Book Day. Every year, we choose one book or author and as a whole school community, delve into the story(ies), exploring the plot, author and themes. This year, our chosen book is the children’s classic ‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome. Although the official date is Thursday the 3rd of March this year, we will be celebrating on Friday the 4th of March all day, turning the school into Wild Cat Island and taking part in activities

such as shelter making and origami boat designing and recreating the story through dance. In addition to the day’s events, during that week, we will also be holding our annual bedtime story time session, this year, hopefully around the campfire, weather permitting. It feels wonderful to be able to plan events again which bring such joy to our school community and as the weather warms up, more time spent outside with forest school sessions and school outings. The Hawks Class (y3/4) will be paying a

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The central beliefs of the church do not change. God created and loves all things, God walked on this earth in Jesus Christ who died and rose again to be our saviour and sent his Holy Spirit to give us life and strength to renew the world. The working out of this faith, however, does develop and grow. There is a Latin phrase ‘ecclesia semper reformanda’ which means ‘the church is always reforming itself’. In the light of changing circumstances and new situations the church applies its teaching in new ways. Here are three recent examples of change.

3. Same sex marriage has been permitted in the UK since 2014. Both our church denominations have allowed same sex marriages to be conducted if the local church agrees to do so. We at Christ Church had an important, interesting and in some ways difficult discussion last November where we did at a church meeting decide to register to conduct same sex marriages. There was a divided vote, but the majority wanted to go ahead. We have managed to live together

well despite having different convictions. Personally, I am pleased with these three developments; I think God is at work in these changes. We continue to preach the same gospel but also respond to contemporary world situations and we continue to live and worship together if not always in total unity, then at least in a reconciled diversity of opinion and we continue to love one another. With all good wishes and every blessing. Noel Sharp Minister of Christ Church

1. In the last few years the United Reformed Church and the Methodist Church nationally( Christ Church belongs to both traditions) have both decided to take all their money and savings out of any fossil fuel companies in the light of the climate crisis. It took a lot of debate but in the end the decision was made to divest. 2. During the pandemic we started conducting services on Zoom. This was a new step for most of us and in fact enabled us to be more public and visible. There is still debate about whether we can practise communion online, some churches permit this, some do not. Although back in church,

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Greening Tetbury The next Greening Tetbury meeting is on the 8th of March at 7.30 pm via Zoom. There are many initiatives in which GT are collaborating:

Creating a bio-diverse habitat at ‘Cookspool’ Tetbury Town Council have realised that a space named ‘Cookspool’ could become an environment for a diverse site, encouraging flora and fauna. This site is steeped in history. Back in the 1300’s and 1400’s it was a spring and a source of water in the local area. It is said that the Bristol Avon originally rose from Magdalen Meadow in this vicinity. (Ref: The History of the Town and Parish of Tetbury, Author: Rev. Alfred T Lee) Back in the 1700’s there were three breweries in Tetbury, Warns, Witchells and Cooks. It is possible the latter gave rise to the name of the pool. (Maybe Tetbury folk hoped that the pool would turn into beer?) An ecological report has been made of Cookspool due to the banks subsiding, and the resident boundary slipping. As a result the aim is to help it become a biodiverse habitat for flora and fauna. TTC are working with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to discuss possibilities for enhancing the

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u3a Our monthly meeting in March will be a talk by artist Gillian Keightley.

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Do come along at 10.30 am on Monday the 21st of March to hear Gillian talk about A Life in Art. Part of the u3a constitution sets out that members of the committee may only serve for three consecutive years maximum. We have quite a few new members who may have recently moved to Tetbury, and are wondering how to get to know the town and its friendly community. Joining the u3a is a wonderful way to make friends and join in the many groups and societies on offer. It is also an opportunity to get involved in the running of the u3a, and we are always on the lookout for fresh ideas and capable people who can contribute to this successful organisation. If you would like to join the committee, perhaps to shadow one of the members to see if it’s for you, or just come to a committee meeting to ‘have a look’, then please contact a committee member. Details can be found on the Tetbury and District website, www.tetburyu3a.org.uk where you can email any committee member who will pass your details on to the Chair and Business Secretary.

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Cotswold Wardens Well, I am writing this from the sunny Caribbean. Whist away, my Cotswold Wardens colleagues have been hard at work as usual. They have rebuilt a fallen dry-stone wall at St Saviours church on New Church Street, Tetbury, which had succumbed to the ravages of time and was in disrepair. It had to be completely dismantled and rebuilt from scratch, as shown in the photos. A work party of seven or eight Wardens spent three mornings doing the renovation which looks, from this distance, to have produced a very good outcome. I trust the church and neighbouring residents are happy with the final product. We do have further work planned in the Tetbury area and hope to improve some of the local walks and amenities for the local community.

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