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27th to 29th April - Tetbury Walks Festival Please see the Footpath article in this issue 4th to 9th May - Sue Townsend Art Exhibition Westonbirt Arboretum; see the ad in this issue 5th to 10th May – Tetbury Art Soc. Spring Exhibition Please see the advert in this issue 7th May - Tetbury Wacky Races! Practise starts at 10.00 am

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Useful Information CHURCHES Christ Church, The Chipping 01453 298389 St. Marys’ - C of E- Church St. 500088 St. Michael’s - R.C. - The Green 502367 Tetbury Community Church, 25 The Ferns 07739 909047. COMMUNITY CONNEXIONS TRANSPORT Sandford Park Offices, College Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7HX Tel: 0345 680 5029 COTSWOLD CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU TEL: 0808 800 0511 DOCTORS Romney House Surgery, Long Street. Tel: 502303 The Tolsey Surgery, High Street, Sherston. Tel: 01666 840270. HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 502336. PHYSIOTHERAPY Tel: 501766. CHIROPODIST Tel: 504228. OSTEOPATHS Tel: 503599 and 502214.

9th May - Fashion show in aid of Longfield Hospice 2.00 pm tickets £15 from Longfield shop or 504656 11th May - Tom Carradine Cockney Singalong 6.30 pm at the Goods Shed Arts Centre 12th May - Jubilate Chamber Choir Concert Please see the advert in this issue 12th May – Tetbury Library “CelebraeStory” 11.00 am è molto divertente con Stefania 13th to 19th May – Christian Aid Week Please see the article in this issue 20th May - Lunch at Stouts Hill House Please see the “Christian Aid” article in this issue 26th & 28th May – Girlguiding Book Sale Please see the article and ad in this issue 28th May - Woolsack Day! Please see the article in this issue 28th May – HOTS Archival Exhibition Market Hall. See the article in this issue 30th May - Dementia Awareness Event 10.30 am at St. Marys Community Centre

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Avening WI 30 Chelworth Bookworms 54 Christian Aid 55 Computer Advice 34 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 23 Dolphins Dramatic Society 52 Eating Out 22 Girlguiding 41 History of Tetbury Society 27 Leighterton Primary School 49 Letters to the Editor 51 Lion’s 200 Club 5 Lion’s Den 5 Mayor’s Piece 6 News from Christ Church 45 News from St Marys’ Church 56 Patient Participation Group 36 People For You 55 Probus 24 Sir William Romney’s School 18 South Cotswold Bridge Club 26 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 60 St Mary’s Playgroup 32 Summer Show and Parade 28 Tetbury Aikido 14 Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust 48 Tetbury Art Society 8 Tetbury Cares 63 Tetbury Community Choir 31 Tetbury Dolphins Tennis 9 Tetbury Food Bank 38 Tetbury Football Club 12 Tetbury Footpath Group 58 Tetbury Goods Shed 13 Tetbury in Bloom 20 Tetbury Library 10 Tetbury Model Railway Club 16 Tetbury Police Museum 59 Tetbury Scouts 19 Tetbury Surgery 37 Tetbury Theatre Group 42 Tetbury Town Council Reports 64 Tetbury WI 35 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 44 The Wobbleberries Challenge 15 Trefoil Guild 40 Village and Community Agents 50 What’s On 3 Woolsack Day 46 Young by Name 4

SCHOOLS SWR Comprehensive, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275. SWRS SPORT/LEISURE CENTRE Tel: 501086 TETBURY SHOPMOBILITY BOOKINGS Monday-Friday 9.00-3.00 Tetbury Town Council Offices 504670. Saturday 10.00-4.00 Tetbury Tourist Information Centre 503552 The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577 TETBURY CARES, Website to signpost local health services

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

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my much-loved big white tricycle as we careered around our large back gardens. As we reminisced about the fruit trees that we used to play beneath, he described the taste and texture of their russet apples as if it was only yesterday.

New Ages for Old Many years ago, when the New Age was still new, I bought at a festival a t-shirt with the slogan “Whatever age you are now, you are every age you have ever been.” The notion particularly caught my fancy because the previous week at my office, when someone said something about Little Tikes ride-on plastic cars for toddlers (remember them?), our sixteen-year-old receptionist piped up, “Oh yes, those are great fun, I love those.” It was a sobering reminder to her older colleagues that she was not far removed from toddlerhood herself. This month that t-shirt slogan has again been front of mind following two recent encounters connected with my own younger years.

“We’ve been children, we’ve raised children, we’ve cared for children, and although we’re older now, there’s still a child in all of us,” they assured me. I’m planning to add a lot more ages to my collection yet, and if when I’m old, I end up as sage and as generous as these dignified and gentle folk, I shall consider my life very blessed. I just hope my t-shirt will hold up after so many years of laundering. Debbie Young Debbie Young’s new novel, “Murder by the Book,” is now available in paperback (ISBN 9781911223269) and as an ebook; please visit

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During my recent absence due to ill health, Vice President Lion Bill Walsh ably took on the responsibility of running the club, and I am very grateful to him. Thank you, Bill.

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odd few pence coming from people kind enough to just put their loose change in the buckets. Not bad considering that we were unable to take the raffle into town on one Saturday, due to the terrible weather, so once again many thanks to the townsfolk and visitors who generously contributed.

You will recall the Lions were out in the town in the lead-up to Easter, with the Lions Club Easter Raffle? A very big thank you to everyone who helped with the raffle – particularly to Lions Alan, Saxon and Paul - and all the winners have been contacted, the prizes delivered, and the two vouchers posted. We raised £489.03 in total – the

One of the areas which gives our Lions Club great satisfaction, is when we can help a local individual achieve their goal. In the last few weeks we have been able to help David Mason, by donating £1,000 to help him in his quest to move up through the rankings in the sport of Kayaking. David is 14 years old and has been pitched against boys two years older than him but remains tremendously successful.

Tetbury is fortunate to have such a talented youngster in our midst and we are pleased to be able to help him get to his events. This edition of the Advertiser should land on your door mat in time for you to read before the Bank Holiday Monday on the 7th of May, when Tetbury Lions will once again be holding “Wacky Races.” Every year lessons are learned, and improvements made. For this year, we are locating a big TV screen at the bottom of the course in addition to the highly successful screen which we located in the Chipping Car Park “Pit Area,” last year. Now viewed as one of the great events on the Tetbury calendar, the crowds who attend prove it and a tremendous amount of hard work goes into putting on the event, both in the lead-up, on the day itself, and afterward.

Winning tickets for the Raffle are as follows: Hamper - Mrs Kay Wellings 2 x Pizzas at the Priory - John Tedcastle £25 voucher at Filly’s - Iona Champagne & large egg - Alan Greenway

Mrs Bridges Breakfast Set - Arther and Denny 20% Voucher at Bay Gallery - Mrs Melton Thornton Easter Egg - Brian Gammon Cadburys Mini Eggs Easter Egg - Jayne

I hope the weather is kind to us and that the competitors, spectators and organisers all have a wonderful day to remember. Whilst it is a fun event for the benefit of the people of the town, it is of course also intended to contribute to the Lions fund for good causes - so please look kindly on those selling programmes and roaming with buckets, would you? Steve Parr, Tetbury Lion’s President


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This month’s £20 winners are Robert Adams, Saxon Greenway, John Newman and Chris French, all local residents, or known to most of us. An annual payment of £13 buys you into the Lions 200 Club lottery - and we use these subscriptions to help local causes. You get the chance to win a prize! Application forms may be obtained from Malcolm at Tetbury Hardware. Lion Crad

Lion Gail’s Wobbleberries Challenge How good it is to see a fellow Lion giving herself such a challenge! Gail, who is outwardly so modest, clearly possesses both talent and great determination. Full details can be found on page 15. The Lions Club is proud to support her in this venture.

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Mayor’s Piece It’s the mad month of May already; warmer and longer days to enjoy, when Tetbury really comes alive. As ever, we have the Lion’s Wacky Races down the Chipping and into the bottom of Gumstool Hill on the first May Bank Holiday and the Woolsack Races and Street Fair on the second Bank Holiday. Both are fantastic events for the town, with entertainment for the whole family. Let’s hope the weather is better than last year for both events, to give us some good dry days of racing. Both these events rely solely on volunteers to organise and run them, as do many other local organisations. Unfortunately, volunteers are becoming harder to find; many organisations are beginning to question how they can carry on in the longer term. It’s very sad to hear that the Save the Children branch in Tetbury - and some time ago also the British Legion, decided that they could not continue and have had to wind down their activities. There are still many voluntary organisations that work hard for the town’s benefit and it’s important that they continue. This magazine contains articles from many of our voluntary clubs and societies – and

every one of them would welcome new recruits, I’m sure. Should you wish to become a Tetbury volunteer but don’t know who to contact, please let me know. You can leave a message at the Town Council offices and I will get back to you with a contact name and number. In April, the Dolphins Hall received Planning Permission for their new refurbishment and I hope to see building work commence soon, so that we can have a ‘new look’ Dolphins Hall just as fast as possible. For many years the hall has been an important part of the daily life of Tetbury, but it does need a refresh. I welcome the plans to do just that. This year marks the centenary of the end of World War One, ‘The Great War’, when many Tetburians volunteered to fight for their country. Very sadly, many did not return, having been killed in battle - the war memorial in St Saviour’s churchyard commemorates their ultimate sacrifice. We are planning some very special commemorations, this Remembrance Sunday. One plan is to cover parts of Tetbury with poppies – and many townspeople are hard at work knitting the flowers which will form decorative features. The wool to produce them has been donated by both the Town and Cotswold District Councils, so if you’d like to join in, both patterns and wool are available from the Council Offices. Groups ranging from the Day Centres to Sir William Romney’s and St Mary’s school

are hard at work creating these important decorations. Please consider joining in, you would be very welcome. As well as the Poppy project the Council is collecting information about those who were killed, and plan to assemble an information board complete with photographs. If you have any information or pictures of any of your family who gave their lives, please contact the Town Council offices or ring 01666 504670 to discuss loaning items for the feature. Lastly an apology: I gave you the wrong date for the town meeting. The correct date is the 23rd of May at 7.00 pm in the Dolphins Hall. I hope to see you there and in the meantime, do enjoy the better weather and the longer evenings. 1110609 Jo Gale:Layout 1 19/5/09 Cllr Stephen Hirst, Mayor of Tetbury

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Tetbury Art Society On Wednesday the 4th of April an old friend, Ray Hedger, returned… …to give an oil painting demonstration as arranged by Doreen Pierce. Ray has previously demonstrated the use of wax with watercolour painting and given a constructive criticism of our work. This time he produced three oil paintings over the course of two hours! His first was a seascape. He started by scrubbing in a couple of coloured bands to suggest sea and sky, then he commented that ‘imagination is your memory – put something on the board and see how it develops’. And that is what he did. He developed the sky and introduced clouds, then it was the sea’s turn. Blue was worked in near the horizon and green nearer the foreground. He then decided to make it an evening scene and introduced red into the sea and sky near the horizon - and painted in waves. A sun was added low down in the sky and foam and reflections were scraped into the sea with a palette knife. Finally, the beach was developed. A second seascape followed but this time a night scene, with the moon lighting up the clouds and sea. This was done on a framed piece of plywood. Ray likes to extend the paint from the picture area onto the frame. The third picture was a landscape – a blue sky with clouds looked down on a treelined river.

until Monday over the long Early Spring Holiday weekend, we hold our Spring Exhibition in the Tetbury Market Hall between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm. On the 6th of June, Sue Mitchell visits us for an evening about illustration. More information on the Society’s activities can be found on our website www. or you may want

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Workshop! Adults can learn this ancient, beautiful and absorbing art on Saturday 9th June at 10.30 am. Places will be limited, so please get your free ticket from www. or from the library.

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Nelson Mandela There is a fantastic opportunity this month at Tetbury Library for younger children to pick up a new language, whilst boosting cognitive development. On Saturday the 12th of May at 11.00 am “CelebraeStory” will be presented by local Italian speaker Stefania, who will be reading a well-known story in both English and Italian! There will be an opportunity for CelebraeStory-goers to both learn and to practice a bit of this beautiful language during the story, as well as in the follow-up activity. It’s free and suitable for 4- to 7-year-olds and their grown-ups. Just turn up! Tutti benvenuti! The language of art and craft is universal, and we’re fortunate at the library to be able to offer a selection of free activities in this area, for adults. These are made possible by the generous donations of craft materials

April’s “CelebraeStory” activity: Heather helping with the language of creativity. from members of our community, funds from the Tetbury Feoffees, and by our wonderful volunteers. At 10.00 am on the first Saturday of each month, the Crafters Group skilfully turn flat pieces of paper into stunning three-dimensional art. Please book your place for Crafters via the library. Yarn Bombers meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 2.00 pm, to create woolly artwork for a variety of projects. People with any or no knitting or crochet experience are all very welcome, and next month we will be offering a special Silk Painting

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Tetbury Football Club As we rapidly approach the end of the season, there is still plenty to do at Tetbury Town FC. We’re already preparing for next season, too. We’ve replaced the club signs with a new modern look, (with thanks to the Cotswold Sign Company,) and made upgrades to our electrics and boiler, courtesy of AGL Electrical Services Ltd and AW Plumbing & Heating (Cotswold) Ltd. Draught lagers have been re-introduced to the bar using an innovative ‘draught master’ system, combined with an up-todate card payment system, so there are always opportunities to enjoy a pint! We supported Kit Aid recently, providing nineteen former TTFC kits for them to recycle and redistribute to under-privileged children and adults in The Gambia. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and anticipate reaching 500,000 items of donated kit by June. And our ‘Sponsored Fun Run’ at the end of April was once again a great success. Youth players raised sponsorship for walking, (and running,) laps of the Recreation Ground - and taking part in activities to test their football skills. It was a fun morning of football activity, raising funds for the club at the same time. A big thank you to everyone involved, and to those who provided the much-needed refreshments on the day. The Youth section has also completed their FA Annual Health Check. The FA Charter


Standard programme is a kite mark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club football. This is awarded to clubs that are well run and sustainable, and which place child protection, quality coaching and safety as paramount. We are very proud to retain it. A special mention too, for two of our youth coaches, Nick Hall and Travis Wood, who have successfully completed their Level 2 coaching qualification. Are you an aspiring football coach? We pride ourselves on having qualified coaches in all sessions, and we are happy to help support all coaching paths, by offering funding for recognised qualifications. This summer, Gloucestershire FA are offering a Level 1 course just for women, meeting demand from local clubs, so any females who would like to get involved are welcome to find out further information through us.

Finally, our Club Annual Presentations will take place over two days at the Dolphins Hall. On Friday the 11th of May, the U10’s to U16’s will enjoy a formal evening including a special guest to present the awards. This will be followed by fun and games for the Tiny Tigers to U9’s on Saturday the 12h of May - and presentation of their trophies. Our senior section will be ready to celebrate on Saturday evening too, with a Hog Roast, live band and trophy presentation to mark the end of another successful season. We look forward to providing more information regarding pre-season plans for 2018/19 in the next edition. However, if you would like to discuss any opportunities further; either as a player, coach or volunteer at the club, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07879 441938 or email Richard Norris, Chairman Tetbury Town Football Club






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Goodness me! It’s May already – this year is simply flying past with so much happening down at The Shed. now no longer with us, who had He spent some time with the artist and

ema launch night behind us and it was well attended for a lesser known film. Before the plaque The Prince thenitmet and talked to several thewho volunteered, ose all went smoothly and your helpunveiling was invaluable. Soto mark the opening of aiming the Goods His Royal Trust who members, genuine 6 ortovolunteers wishshowing to help afor the future films! We are to Shed, screen Highness congratulated those members warmth and interest in the project. en the eekly basis, so we need a larger bank of volunteers. You do not need to be of the community, some unfortunately nly when you choose to sign up. The roles are not difficult and you do get to

The Café re-opened last monthlaboured and Sasha is our Manager, away for over Café 25 years to bring musician Nicola Clark and with the Cook, ewas Duty Manager, Bar Manager, Bar Assistant, Projectionist Box Office the project to fruition. amateur sculptress, Doyle, bringing aMary wealth ofwhose knowledge and and enthusiasm, so do come if you have not done role before). If you beautiful stonethe sculpture, Bernie the Owl,need more information on rium down! The Whistlestop Café is open Wednesdays through Sundays s (and they really not onerous), please contact Sally and she will be more hadare pride of place. 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.

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Work on the Train Carriage is progressing at a pace and soon will 29 April–28 May 2017 be open to the Public. Half will work in tandem with the Café and Select Festival (Textiles and the other half used for Workshops, Training Sessions, and Meetings. Contemporary Crafts) st entry in our archive, ticket found in and the carriage during its refurbishment. Offeringa flexible hours competitive rates, it can be hired Itbyisthe ssued on 14 April 1986 for a journey from Lappohja-Lappvik to Helsinki. Lappohja half or whole days and/or evenings. Already, we have had a number e Swedish name for a little coastal village at almost the extreme south-westerly of enquiries from the likes of Artists, Language Teachers, Art Therapists o Gale, Payne Kate110km Lewis with (left) Gulf ofAndrea Finland. It isand about west of Nicola Helsinki. Most of Finland was once part of and Calligraphers so do keep an eye on our website for more nto Hyde) Russia in 1809 and became the Grand Duchy of Finland. The Tsar often visited informationrailway, or to discuss hiring the Carriage yourself - do get touch. me). The Hanko-Hyvinkää stopping at Lappojha, was inaugurated in in 1872.



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Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Our Thursday Cinema is proving extremely popular with tickets just Trust works in partnership with £7.00 forWe Adults and £5.00 ll be ready to hold events. are planning key for Children. Listening to feedback we Tetbury Town Council to Limoi, any questions or wish to contribute to the newsletter: Kathryn the year’s programme will revolve this willstart time for the Films to 7.30pm so from have moved thebut evening manage and develop the public and private events. If you would like to ,ther 01666 505496 (9am – 5pm, Tues-Thurs) May onwards doors and bar willtown’s open at 7.00pm with the movies former railway lands. send an email via the website. 500137. starting at01666 7.30pm. Films this month include: Boyhood, Bridge of Spies, (rock classic) Tommy, The Greatest Showman and The Death ulture of Stalin – spanning a range of tastes, but there is a film you really ture want to see why not let us know?

May brings an eclectic mix to the Shed. Back by popular demand on the 4th May, Matt Roseblade brings new friends to entertain you with their Comedy Night; followed by the amazing Charlie Bicknell with No Angel – a new Cabaret show packed with anarchy, wit, and comic ingenuity on the 5th. Tom Carradine on the ol’ Joanna performs timeless songs from the Music Hall era, World Wars I and II together West End Stage favourites on May 11th. Renowned Danish quartet Kottos bring you “instrumental folk music from a place that never existed” on the 16th. Described as the Prince of Acoustic Guitar Andrea Valeri joins us on 18th and Jive classes with Jimmy and Sarah are back every Tuesday starting at 7.30pm. More information is available on our website and tickets can be purchased in advance on line at, through Tetbury Visitor Information Centre, or on the door on the night. None of the above would be possible without the support of our amazing Volunteers – they are outstanding. Manning the bar at events; helping out in the Café; Stewarding Art Exhibitions as well as looking after people before and during performances. There is also a lot of fun and laughter to be had – want to join us? Training is provided to ensure we offer our visitors the best experience possible, as well as complying with necessary regulations. Come down and have a chat to see how you too can become involved. We look forward to seeing you at the Shed very soon. Kathryn Limoi, Arts Centre Administrator

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Tetbury Aikido Tetbury and Stroud Aikido Club student, Lee Knickenberg… …recently passed a very demanding First Dan grading examination, and he is now allowed to wear the coveted black belt and the traditional Japanese ‘hakama’ over-trousers. Lee has been practicing Aikido with the Go Shin Kai Aikido Club at Sir William Romney’s School for the last seven years, and his senior instructor, Steve Brignall, (3rd Dan) congratulated Lee, saying: “Since joining the club, Lee has developed a genuine appreciation for the art of Aikido and its deeper relevance to everyday living. His commitment and perseverance and his recent trip to Japan to study at the World Headquarters of Aikido in Tokyo, has led to him to achieving his Shodan (First Dan) grade via a very impressive display of martial arts skills, techniques and spirit.” Lee says, “I have enjoyed my training very much and I’m extremely happy with my achievement. Aikido has been a big part of my life for many years and will be for many years to come. It has helped me develop as a person, and I’m so happy to be part of a great community of people that are so committed to the preservation of this unique art form.”

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Wobbleberry, which meant I couldn’t complete the challenge safely within the original timeframe - and I must also say that I underestimated the impact (both physical and mental,) that the injury would have. Yet, as much as I would not wish to repeat it, having to go back to basics has helped my progress toward that BE(80) standard.

The “Willberry Wonder Pony Charity,” was started by Hannah Francis, a hugely talented event rider diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in May 2015 at 17 years old. Initially just intended to buy her an £800 wig, the charity (and her story, told through the eyes of her toy pony Willberry,) captured the hearts of many, and despite her tragic passing at 18, it continues to raise money, both for bone cancer research and for “Willberry’s Wishes,” which puts on equine-related events and outings, for the terminally ill.

Now, I am aiming for Calmsden BE(80) at the end of July - but since no journey is a simple one, I have a few more events to fall back on should (for whatever reason,) either myself or my horse Murphy not be ready. I will have had Murphy for three years in August, and before we embarked on this journey together we had both done a little bit of jumping, but it is safe to say we are now learning lots more together – a process which can sometimes be more entertaining than it should be! We have experienced every emotion possible in the process, and there is still a way to go, as the jump heights and the technical difficulties increase. Thank you to those of you that have read this far! If you would like to know more

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Tetbury Model Railway Club We have been through a very turbulent period since our last contribution to the Tetbury Advertiser, with no opportunities to exhibit all our hard work. However, we now find ourselves in a much better situation to put that right - the club room is bursting at the seams with a whole variety of interesting model layouts in various stages of construction, and the junior “OO” gauge layout is in the

advanced stages of construction, with all the base boards built and the design layout completed. You may remember that it is themed on “British Railways in the 1950’s,” representing the era of transition from steam to diesel motive power. “St Petroc,” which was our largest layout and intended for major exhibition, has unfortunately been reduced in size dramatically (shades of Beeching!), to accommodate other smaller and more manageable layouts. The “Malmesbury Branch” is one of these smaller layouts now nearing completion, in true-scale “N” gauge. The branch railway itself was formally opened on December the 17th of 1877, when a small train ran from Dauntsey to Malmesbury. Nearly 45 years later, the GWR created a branch running from Great

Somerford, which closed to passenger traffic on the 10th of September 1951 and finally closed completely on the 12th of November 1962. The club layout represents the period between 1950 and 1962. I hope you all saw “Kleaver Hill,” the compact “N-scale” GWR themed layout displayed in the Tetbury Tailor shop window over the Christmas period 2017? Two other new layouts are also nearing completion. One is “Woodport,” a 10’ x 2’3” dockyard scene with working water mill and wood saw. A 009-gauge track transports wood to the dock area, while 00-gauge steam and diesel locomotives operate the remainder of the track. (There is also an exact replica, with sound of the railbus used on the Kemble to Tetbury branch line.) The second is true scale layout of Tetbury station and surrounds, which will be of particular interest to those of you unfortunate enough not to have experienced the sights and sounds of steam railways. Finally, we are planning to hold an open day sometime this June, the date is yet to be decided, so watch this space! If you feel inspired to begin, or to re-kindle, an interest in scale railway modelling, we would be very pleased to welcome you to one of our club meetings, which are held every Wednesday evening, between 6.30pm and 9/00 pm on the first floor of Old Coombe House on New Church Street. Please contact Terry Bird, Club Secretary (01666 826146) or look at our website: Tetbury Model Railway Club

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Sir William Romney’s School SWR meets FGR! Our Y7 students have been involved with their first geography field study. Students have visited “The New Lawn,” home of Forest Green Rovers, to learn about sustainability, a vegan diet and the reasons why FGR would like to build a new sustainable stadium near Stonehouse. Some lucky students were also able to cook vegan food, which we all enjoyed sampling. We were also fortunate enough to meet Christian Doidge, FGR striker, and to ask him a few questions. Students then travelled to Eastington, to understand the views of local councillors about plans for FGR’s new stadium. Finally, students then completed questionnaires with members of the public in Stonehouse and Nailsworth to learn about the views of residents. In Geography lessons, students are now using this raw data to write reports about the different views relating to FGR’s proposed new stadium, and to arrive at

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Our Humanities Learning Area have been celebrating achievement in ‘The Quad.’ Students’ homework, coursework and assessments have been selected to be displayed, as they represent the aspirational standard we expect of students at SWR. Homework assignments chosen for display include homemade models of volcanoes and trenches in WWI. Many GCSE essays and extended answers are also on display to demonstrate to all students the quality and high standards expected of students in both GCSE Geography and History.

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Tetbury Scouts population and what they could do to help. They also brought in a fully-grown hedgehog that had been rescued before hibernation because it was underweight. The Spring term has started and we, along with the whole of the UK, look forward to better weather. Outdoor and Adventure is one of the three key themes of Scouting and therefore we will be getting outside for most of our activities to enjoy the summer sun (fingers crossed.)

March marked the launch of Tetbury Cubs under new leaders… …Tony, Karen and Richard, (or should I say Akela, Bagheera and Shere Khan?) - supported by young leaders Ben and Brandon. The eleven new members were immediately set an exciting challenge of building the highest towers possible, using only marshmallows and spaghetti. Within a short period of time the competitive nature of the task soon hit home as each group tried to out build the others not to mention eating one or more of the marshmallows! The evening of fun continued with crab football and the classic and much-loved dodge ball led by the young leaders.

overcame their fears and persevered to the end of a very challenging course. Term ended for the Scouts with a trip to the bowling alley in Stroud where they were able to show off their bowling skills – unfortunately, a lot better than the leaders! For the very last meeting they had a visit from The Hedgehog Hospital who explained the causes of the dwindling hedgehog

The new Cubs are aiming to achieve their RAF 100 air activity badge, through trips out and exploring the wonders of flight not to mention the odd camp fire, outdoor activities and a cooking evening. If you are interested in joining Cubs please contact us at Cubs meet each Wednesday evening at The Malthouse, Tetbury, from 6.30 – 8.00 pm. New members are very welcome, so please drop in for some fun and games! Tom Glover, Group Scout Leader

The following week the Cubs made their own carrying device for a fun Easter egg and spoon race. Relays saw the cubs attempt hurdles and bridges as they raced against each other. More fun followed, with a crazy game of Easter explosion with balloons filled with either messages and treats, or with a task. The Beavers finished the term with some “egg-cellent” egg rolling in Preston park. Congratulations go to Noah Grant who won the egg decorating competition by turning his egg into a little Beaver Scout, complete with the Tetbury neckerchief! The Beavers also enjoyed a great trip to the Jungle Parc ropes course in Swindon during the Easter holidays. Luckily the rain held off and the Beavers were brilliant in the way they


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Tetbury in Bloom Flower Shows Winter is a distant memory and the world feels full of promise! For me May conjures up trips to Chelsea and the Malvern Spring Show with my Mum - and thoughts of how to introduce lots of colour to the garden. In my opinion, the flowerbeds at Braybrooke and the Knapp would not look out of place in the Malvern Show’s “gardens without borders,” which look beautiful viewed from all angles and throughout the year. Last month The Anniversary Garden, (located between The Ferns and The Chipping,) underwent a bit of a makeover. The Town Council funded the re-laying of the original path, which eliminated all the broken and untidy-looking slabs. A third

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The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty remains an attractive environment thanks, in no small part, to the work of the Voluntary Cotswold Wardens, a 400-strong group who work hard throughout the year maintaining the footpaths and features of the region. The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are an important part of the Cotswold Conservation Board, and this year

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have a vacancy we would like to fill. Our speaker was Andrew Donald, who works with Cotswold Archaeology. His subject was ‘Prehistoric Burial Mounds.’ He first explained that Tumulus, Barrow and Burial Mound are different words for the same thing - ancient graves – and that it may have taken as long as 1,000 years for the larger ones to be built. With ancient

history, time scales are a great deal longer than ours: changes and developments took much longer. He mentioned the major sites fairly closeby at Uley and Nympsfield, and also Wayland’s Smithy (Oxon) and West Kennet at Avebury. At Avebury the ancient remains are extensive and in a variety of forms. He showed a clear aerial photograph of the area, which gives a far better understanding of the stone circles than you can get at ground level. There are three ancient burial mounds very close to Tetbury. Two of them are near Chavenage, where a small group of trees covers a ‘bowl barrow’ that is alongside the footpath to Beverston, and there is a second near the road toward Cherington. The third he referred to as the ‘Ilsom Barrow,’ which can be seen as you leave Tetbury towards Cirencester. It is a low rise in the corner of the field on the left just before Cherington Lane. The new building sites in Tetbury have been checked for ancient archaeology by Cotswold Archaeology, using ground radar and inspection pits. They have found minor traces of iron-age settlements and possibly older stone-age remains. Andrew showed members an example of what ground radar results look like. There were outlines of walls and various other objects connected to that time. He concluded his talk by mentioning some of the ‘finds’ that archaeologists frequently encounter, that often enable them to date the site they are investigating. These included knapped flints of various shapes, (arrow heads, axe heads and stones shaped for hammering,) and pieces of pottery. Andrew is obviously an experienced archaeologist and an experienced speaker – it was a pity that our microphone misbehaved. Our May meeting will again be in Christ Church when Barry Barnes will entertain us with his experience in ‘Keeping the Bolshevik Hoards at Bay’ at 7.30 on the 3rd of May. As usual, we will have an exhibition from our archives in the Market Hall on Woolsack Day, the 28th of May, and then on the 7th of June we will visit Cricklade. Alan Twelvetree, 530212 Pat testing:Layout 1 17/1/12 History of Tetbury Society

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St Mary’s Playgroup It certainly feels like spring has sprung at Playgroup, even if the weather is not supporting our planning! The children have had a lovely time searching for eggs in our Forest School area and working together to find all the missing eggs as a team – they did so well that they were rewarded by the ‘bunny’ with a chocolate treat at the end too! This has been supported by the egg factory that the children were able to use in our role play area, and in the spirit of Easter the children have made patterned eggs, a chocolate nest and ‘chicks’ using real feathers - this is also to prepare them for some new ‘feathered arrivals’ after the Easter holidays. Last month the children thoroughly enjoyed national science week and were able to take part in many activities including a potions lab, snow exploration and looking at life/decay at the pond during Forest

School. They also planted cress and have had great fun watching it grow alongside an experiment with apples and watching how they change and decay once they are cut up over a week. Before breaking up for the holiday, our Thursday morning finished with “free choice” morning, (decided on by the children with their parents,) and was great to see the children sharing their interests, so that we can incorporate them into our future planning. We hope you have enjoyed seeing the ‘book themed Easter eggs’ positioned in the shop windows around the town over the holiday – the children have loved searching for them and are hoping for a big win after the holidays. Thank you so much, too, to the shops who have supported us - as well as to the Tourist Information Centre for selling the egg hunt sheets. It has been great to see the community joining together. Also thank you once again to the Co-Op, for continuing to provide us with tea and coffee – an essential for everyday functioning! As always, our Seedling group continues on Mondays from 9.30 until 11.30, in the front of Christ Church. Everybody’s welcome and all ages and stages are catered for

with fun and fresh ideas provided by Kelly our fabulous Playgroup Deputy each week. Please drop in, say hello and enjoy a cup of tea (or coffee) with other parents, grandparents and little ones. For more regular updates or to arrange a visit please visit our Facebook page ‘St Mary’s Playgroup and Toddlers’ or have a look at our website www. Vikki Morris, Secretary to the Playgroup Committee

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  who started working at Romney House   mid-April. Dr Sewell has initially started working all day on Wednesdays and   around the beginning of April 2019. We Congratulations to Dr Sarah Cardew, who Thursdays. From early June, she will be are pleased to confirm we have secured will be starting her maternity leave Is  include it  too  allsmall?   Loads   of  opportunities   to  from paragraph   that  last  bit  of  the  article  if  that’s   increasing her sessions to day two female locums, who will work with Dr the 31st of May. Sarah has planned to take on Mondays too. Dr SewellNew   and DrpSethi will Emma McMyn throughout thepentire aragraphs   before  “During”  and  “Full”  are  available.   You  can   ut  aperiod  return  in  the 10 months off, so is hoping to return to us share a patient list. that Dr Cardew is off. Please see the above like,  before  “Dr  Jo”  –  or  take  her  name  out  to  “timetable Doctor  forJo.”   Eh?   working days. the Doctors’ The surgery is migrating from its current IT

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As promised in last month’s issue, here are the finer details around the move over to the EMIS system on Thursday the 17th May. We have spent a lot of time planning and preparing to ensure that we keep disruption to a minimum for our patients. You may have already noticed that from the 1st of April we have been issuing two months of repeat prescriptions, to ensure that patients receive their required medication through this transitional period. Monday 30th

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· From Friday the 4th of May until Friday the 18th of May inclusive, we will be seeing emergency “book on the day” appointments, only. All patients will be triaged during this period. Nurse will have limited basic appointments for this period, so will not be inviting patients in for any annual health reviews during this time. · From Monday the 14th to Thursday the 17th of May, we will have no access to the laboratory links, so there will be a delay with any test results coming in. The laboratory will follow their usual protocol of phoning us if there are any abnormal results. · Only urgent referrals will be actioned via fax between Monday the 14th to Thursday the 17th of May, as the secretaries will have no access to an electronic referral system. · The Dispensary will be closed all day on Thursday the 17th of May and on Friday the 18th of May, for training. We will be back online again from Friday the 18th of May and will be able to book normal routine appointments from this date. All staff will have just learnt the new system, so may take a little longer to help than usual - so please be patient. Emma Vynne, Practice Manager

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February the 22nd is an important day in our calendar, as we celebrate “World Thinking Day,” and the Rainbows completed their Thinking Day badge this term as they thought about Rainbows around the world and sports in other countries, just in time for the Commonwealth Games. They also had a go at writing and illustrating their own stories, so we may have some budding authors in the town. Meanwhile, the girls in the senior section were developing some practical skills including a DIY construction challenge and learning how to fillet a fish, although the fish activity wasn’t to everyone’s taste! On the other hand, the trip to the Priory for pizzas was popular with everyone.

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Our 100 Club is still active and winners over the last couple of months have included Dave Gardiner, Petrina Crozier, Claire Griffiths and Amanda Millichope. We will soon be renewing current members and opening new subscriptions for the next 12 months, so if you haven’t already joined please email for a form and more details. Our big news this month is that we have been chosen for the Tesco blue token scheme – look out for the box in the Tetbury store in May and June and please do support us. The money raised will be going to help fund adventurous activities for all the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides – even though the box may just mention Guides! Our annual book sale will be on Saturday the 26th of May and Monday the 28th of May, over the Woolsack weekend. As usual, we will be collecting books beforehand - and you can see all the details in the advertisement in this edition. For more information or to help with any of our unit activities or fundraising please contact District Commissioner Sue Doidge. Tetbury Girlguiding

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Tetbury Theatre Group Our April theatre trip was to see “The Rivals,” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. It was held at the Watermill Theatre near Newbury, which is a lovely remote setting, made even more beautiful with all the daffodils out. The theatre building itself dates to 1820, and was used as a corn mill, a tucking and fulling mill and a fine-paper mill, before being converted into a theatre for its first professional season in 1967. In the 1950’s the Gollins family had bought the property - and 1960 David Gollins at first wanted to turn it into a cathedral - but having realised this was not architecturally possible, decided to convert it to a theatre, with the first seating donated by Winchester Cathedral. In 1968 the stable

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“The Rivals” is a timeless comedy in five acts; first performed at Convent Garden in 1775, it has since been updated. The play concerns the romantic difficulties of Lydia Languish, who is in love with a dashing but penniless soldier, with whom she plans to elope. Mrs Malaprop, her guardian, commands her to “illiterate him” from her memory - and marry a rich and handsome son of a friend instead, who is “the very pineapple of politeness.”

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We are sad to have had two funerals recently… …of folk known and loved in the church and the wider community; Margaret Cole and Sheila Thomson. Both occasions were celebrations of lives of care and love, and affirmations of resurrection and hope. We continue to hold their families in our prayers. April also saw the last, (for the time being at least,) of our “Messy Church” events. Messy Church most recently has been a time when together as young and old, often quite hilariously, we’ve acted out a Bible story, Marcelin lost his home, livestock and say Palm Sunday or the feeding of the 5,000 possessions when Hurricane Matthew struck. or the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and Now his family live in a disused shower block. then done a craft or activity based on the 130208 GLC Williams 22/2/08 22:03 Page 1 Will you help build disaster-proof home story. It’s been great fun, and many families

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May means Christian Aid Week when thousands of people in churches across the country do sponsored walks, have street collections, and hold Big Brekkies to raise money for Christian Aid. (More about that in these pages elsewhere, from Alison Hesketh.) Hats off to the folk in Tetbury who will be working to help some of the poorest people in the world get those starter loans they need to kick off their business, or erect solar panels to provide electricity for remote villages, or buy the seeds that will be resilient to drought, or build the houses that will be able to resist hurricanes. Noel Sharp, Minister of Christ Church, Tetbury

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Woolsack Day It’s the Final Countdown and we’re in full swing with preparations… …although still very keen to find more help on Woolsack Day itself. A small amount of your time could make a huge difference on the day of this fantastic Tetbury tradition, and we are looking for individuals and groups to volunteer an hour of their time, particularly between 4.00 pm and 7.00 pm, to “put the races to bed” on Woolsack Day, the 28th of May. As is well known, “many hands make light work,” and the more of us there are, the quicker we will be finished. Our web site is for entry forms for runners and traders – and you may email to volunteer an hour between 7.00 am – 9.00 am for set up or 4.00 pm – 7.00 for pm clear up, to tetburywoolsack@ We’d also be very happy to hear from you via Facebook. Applications are still being received from those who wish to compete in the challenging races. Let’s have plenty of teams and especially more youth teams, please!

This month sees the return of “Woolsack Bootcamp,” with Phil Seal ready to take people through their paces. Even if you are not planning to run, you are very welcome to join in and to take the opportunity to shape up in a great fitness class. These will be held on Wednesday evenings on Millennium Green, starting on Wednesday May the 2nd for the four weeks before Woolsack Day. Check Facebook for details too, on a weekly basis. Classes will meet outside the Goods Shed at 6.30 pm, and these classes will be free, thanks to Phil’s generosity - but donations would be gratefully received toward the Woolsack Charity of 2018, The Mark Townsend Charitable Trust The Woolsack Auction is shaping up very well, with great lots on which you can either bid in person on the day, or by sealed bid. This “sealed bid” process, new for 2018, requires that you pick up a form from the Snooty Fox and return it care of Richard Burton. The full list of all auction lots will be regularly updated on our website and Facebook page and the auction itself will be held at the Snooty Fox on Sunday the 27th May. There will be a delicious lunch and the opportunity to bid on a range of great prizes!

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getting jobs, as well as providing practical support for other applications. The remit of the Job Club is expanding, to give practical support for universal credit and other formfilling and application processes, as well as continuing all the previous support offered around job seeking and employment.

Hello! Where is the year going? As ever, we continue to be very busy at Tetbury Area Youth and Community Trust. At “The Pod” we have taken on a Youth Assistant to help the Youth Workers during the drop-in sessions. We had four applicants who all did very well during the interviews, but sadly we could only offer the job to one. This is a great opportunity for us to support a young person, helping them to develop new skills and build confidence in a relaxed environment. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity for a six-month contract, so we can give other young people an opportunity in the future. It’s exciting to now have our new decking down, and we plan to make the most of it during the summer, as well as relying upon it to help keep the Pod less muddy in winter. Again, thank you to all who voted for us with Tesco blue tokens, as we would not have the decking without the support of the local community.

Because of this we probably need to think about a new name- but for the time being it’s still the Job Club, but it’s not just for job hunting… Special thanks to Terry Howell for sourcing the materials and fitting the decking.

I have been networking with other services in the area such as the Food bank, P3, CAB and the GP surgery, to enable us to signpost to one another and ensure that the right support is in place for those who need it in the community. Therefore, if you or anyone you know needs some practical support, please don’t hesitate to come


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We are so excited… …that Leighterton Primary School’s new building is now complete - and that we have just moved in to it. We have two lovely, light, spacious, new classrooms. One of these is for our “Foundation Stage” children, in Reception. It can run as a self-contained unit, although our youngest children integrate with everyone else for most of the time. They have their own outside learning area too, which is accessed through a wall of bi-fold doors, making the inside and outside one large learning space. They also have their own toilets. The other classroom is for our Key Stage One children in Years One

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and Two and overlooks our playground and school field. Our new library is situated in the area between the new classrooms and the children are looking forward to using it, to help with their learning. The reception foyer and offices are now situated at the front of school and are more accessible for visitors during the day. The new structure has transformed the school, as everybody now works together in one building, although we have kept one of the terrapin buildings, which houses our Breakfast and After School Clubs. This means that we can offer wrap-around care

from 7.30 am each morning until 6.00 pm in the evening. Many of our children learn to play a musical instrument, and there is enough space in this building to have a room dedicated especially for them to learn in. Currently, we offer tuition in piano, keyboards, violin, flute, brass, drums, guitar, recorder and in music technology. Children who learn to play an instrument in school also have the opportunity to play in our music ensemble, too. We plan to develop the rest of the terrapin building as a design technology area, a resources space and several areas where small groups of children can work together. We will be holding a ‘Grand Opening’ during May, when invited guests will have the opportunity to look round the new space and the outside area, which we are also currently developing, as part of our “Outdoor Play and Learning” (OPAL,) project. If you would like to find out more or come and look around Leighterton Primary School, you are very welcome to contact Miss Stark or Mrs Davey in the school office on (01666) 890273 and we would be delighted to show you round at a convenient time. Further information about school is also available on our website -

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This year we are holding a “Christian Aid Week” street collection… …in Tetbury Town on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as our usual house-tohouse collection in some, (by no means all,) streets. This is because the number of streets is expanding, while the overall number of collectors is falling. We hope that by having a street collection all those people who have been so generous in the past will feel that they can again give to help the poorest people

in the world, (including a vast number of refugees,) to escape poverty. Envelopes will be available for those wishing to giftaid their donation, and envelopes can also be found at the back of both St Marys’ or Christ Church – and from Perry Bishop Estate Agents, who have once again kindly agreed to help us with the collection. In 2017 we raised an extra £850 through giftaided donations. Last year, the Tetbury area sent a total of over £9,000 to Christian Aid. This included not only the house-to-house collection but the proceeds from the Christmas collection at Tesco and also from several other one-

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Our service can go a long way in bridging the gap between isolation and inclusion. I am so proud of our volunteers, they go the

off events. We hope that by giving people the opportunity to give in all of these ways, that we will raise even more this year. Margo and Roger Smith are again hosting a Sunday lunch on the 20th of May at Stouts Hill country house – a magnificent venue in Horsley which guarantees fantastic food in exchange for a donation to Christian Aid. Last year’s lunch was really enjoyable and fully subscribed. For further information please contact Margo on 01666 238329. And walkers unite! In the New Year, Donna and her fellow walkers are planning a 100mile sponsored walk to celebrate her “Big 50 Birthday.” The walk will start and end at Tetbury St Marys’ and, walking a maximum of thirteen miles a day over eight days, staying overnight at various venues such as church halls, the 100 miles will be achieved. Walkers can join for one day or longer - or undertake the entire walk. This will be a big event, starting on Sunday the 13th of January 2019, and will take place whatever the weather. For further information contact Donna on donnamcrowther@ All money raised will go to Christian Aid and is aiming at generating a total of at least £5,000, with your help. Do join us if you can, for all or part of this fun and wellplanned sponsored event. Alison Hesketh, 01666 505113


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extra mile to make sure the person they visit feels heard, listened to, acknowledged and their company enjoyed and appreciated. For someone who lives alone and who doesn’t enjoy regular companionship the volunteer regular visits can make a world of difference in raising self-esteem and increasing a belief in themselves as a valued member of the community. People For You is available in Tetbury and neighbouring villages. Loneliness is sadly now generally recognised as being as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Its a sad reality that there are a growing number of people in the community who do not have regular companionship and every day spent alone becomes a day of endurance. Yet, regular companionship is basic to our human needs, we are starved emotionally without it.

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News from St Marys’ Church One of things I loved… …when I first arrived in Tetbury was the tradition at St Marys’ Church of “Praying the Town.” Every week, we pray for a different road and all the people living there. We pop a leaflet through the doors of the houses, asking you to contact us if you have any special requests for prayer. It’s really nice to get phone messages and emails, and of course, our prayers are in confidence. More recently we’ve also introduced “Prayer Ministry” during our 10.00 am Sunday service, on the second Sunday of the month. So, you can ask one of the people offering prayer ministry to pray for you, for someone you are concerned about, or for local and world issues. Because let’s face it, we all need prayer. The pressures and tragedies of this life can be awful: losing a spouse or child, the business going bust, or losing one’s good health. We have all experienced them. But we don’t have to suffer alone, or in silence! It is in these times, when we seem powerless, that we need reassurance of God’s power to strengthen us. The witness of the ages is the countless people who can tell you of the day when the world seemed to fall apart,


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And I will definitely be praying for sunny weather on Monday the 7th of April and our fantastic “Wacky Races.” It is such a privilege to bless the course, and I look forward to seeing everyone then. And you must also come and see us on the second May Bank Holiday – Monday the 28th of May – when

the church tower is open, and you can treat yourself to the wonderful views, and then a cream tea. See you soon! With love and prayers, Poppy The Revd Poppy Hughes, Rector St Mary The Virgin & St Mary Magdalen, Tetbury Website: Facebook: St.MarysTetbury Address: Church Street, Tetbury GL8


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Last year, we started the year with several major objectives to 1) To become a Quality benefit the town: Gold Council We already are proud to carry the ‘Quality efficient way that Council’ status, which we operate and serve recognises the our community. To Council we had to become a ‘Quality smarten up several Gold’ internal processes, efficient in dealing to become even with our community. more We believe that we made a submission have done this - and to the Gloucestershire have Association of Parish be judged as being and Town Councils ‘Quality Gold’. to 2) To complete the Goods The Goods Shed Arts Shed Arts Centre Centre has been open now for almost 12 Regular performances months, providing now take place in a new dimension to the building, ranging Cinema has started the town. from Classical Music to show major film releases on a regular to Tribute Bands, been serving snacks and the basis. Following a and hot drinks to many year of openings, people. One aspect Carriage. While of the Café has Finnish heritage, it still classed as “work will extension in progress,” is the British space. The Railway Rail Lands Trust are to the Café and space to be congratulated for workshops in our this project forward. on their endeavours very and the initiative taken 3) To support the in driving development of the Dolphins Hall As we said last year, the project to create a refurbished Dolphins latest news is that Planning Hall will not be easy, and so it has proved. that work will commence Permission has again been given and I do hope The in the summer for spring 2019. completion before the end of 4) To agree a development plan for the Council Offices Success cannot be achieved in everything; this project is yet ground. to get off the 5) To complete a Neighbourhood Development Plan The Tetbury Neighbourhood examination and referendum Plan has been completed and passed the tests, so that is now a ‘live’ plan for town 6) To support Community development. and Tourism Our office continues to provide support and help to the many another, and callers townspeople who are very complimentary call at our office for are dealt with. Our about our office staff, one thing and Tetbury “Visitor Information and the efficient way queries and enquiries and residents alike; Centre“ continues we are developing to provide a valuable new town leaflets service to both tourists and user friendly. and revising the website to make them more appealing


The ANNUAL TOWN MEETING will be held The Dolphins Hall, at Wednesday 23rd May, at 7.00 pm. Please come along and have your say!


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Tetbury Footpath Group The new walking season has started! At the time of writing, the first two walks for the new season have taken place. The weather was kind (it did not actually rain on either occasion,) but the wet weather meant that paths were very muddy and quite slippery in places. Despite this, a good number of members came to start the 2018 season and to enjoy the open air and the company of the other walkers.

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summer holidays from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm? The Wacky Races and Woolsack Day are not unlike a Mop fair in terms of the fun and frolics in the town - find out more about this below. Hopefully there will not be the same disastrous results! Here’s another Cold Case file:

Tetbury Mop Fair, 1889 The annual Michaelmas mop was held at Tetbury on Wednesday last. [Curator: This would have been at The Chipping, which was from medieval times both a market and a gathering space for ‘Mop Fairs’,

which locals would attend in the hope of finding employment as domestic staff or agricultural labourers.] The morning was beautifully, and there was every prospect of a fine day, but in the afternoon, it became clouded, and several very heavy storms fell. In the Chipping there were roundabouts, swings, shooting galleries, and cocoanut bowling. In Silver Street there were several stalls, a shooting gallery, and a show of a “Wonderful fat woman.” The fair was but slightly attended by farmers and servants, and very little hiring was done. In the evening there were comparatively but few people about, no doubt the heavy storms in the afternoon preventing many people from coming from the neighbouring villages. As some of the shows which had visited Tetbury Mop were leaving on Thursday, about 12.30, a very painful accident occurred. A showman was riding through Long Street on the shafts of a caravan, when he was thrown off, and one of the wheels passed over his knee and smashed it. Source: Wilts & Glos Standard October the 12th, 1889. Courtesy of Paul Best, former Special Constable.

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St Mary’s CE VA Primary School ‘Never bend your head, always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.’ Helen Keller At St. Mary’s School we are aiming high. We strive to serve the families of Tetbury by providing an education of the highest quality. Our vision for the school is of a caring, loving community where individuals are encouraged to be curious

about the world and to have the courage to be the best we can be. This vision for our school fits neatly with the Diocese of Gloucester’s vision which speaks of supporting schools to work for the common good of the whole community and living well together, educating for wisdom and delight in learning and educating for hope and aspiration. Children and staff at St. Mary’s have been caring about each other, their community and working for the common good of others this year. Older children support younger children on the playground and our prefects and monitors take their positions of responsibility around the school very seriously. Our School Council works with Miss Jackson to improve

the school environment and children of all ages are keen to help out with litter picking, tidying and daily jobs. We have recently been exploring the Christian value of ‘Justice’ through our daily Collective Worship and lessons and I have been so impressed by the outrage children feel when they look at injustices in the world and their hope for our communities and planet. Children have been encouraged to be curious about the world they live in through our curriculum and extracurricular opportunities. We have been on visits to all sorts of interesting places both near and far and we have welcomed visitors into our school to share their knowledge with us. A science week at the end of the spring term gave children opportunities to explore space in the Explorer Dome – children were so in awe of the night sky that appeared above them – they broke out in spontaneous applause. We have also seen many children and adults have the courage to aim high and astound us with their talents. Once again our netball team has won the County Netball Championships and the joy and delight on the children’s faces when they raced back to school clutching the shield was a memorable moment. Children have participated in all sorts of sports tournaments, learned to play the Ukele, performed in concerts in front of hundreds but also every day we see small acts of courage in our school when children learn to ride a bike, stand up and read in assembly, or just volunteer an answer to a particularly tricky problem. The children continue to be supported and guided by an amazing group of staff and helpers. We are holding our heads high and looking forward with energy and enthusiasm to the summer term when will see every day how caring, curious and courageous our pupils really are. Mrs Woolley, Headteacher



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Barry’s relationship recently broke down and he left home to stay with family for a few weeks to “cool down”. When he came back he found his ex’s new partner had moved in so he promptly cancelled all direct debits for the house bills, leaving 23p in his bank account, then he used his remaining cash to take a bus to Cirencester to look for somewhere to live. As a self-employed decorator, Barry had no work at the time so when he came to Citizens Advice he had no money, no food and no home. He had slept rough for the last three nights but was finding it too cold to carry on and he was struggling

Through a “Big Lottery” funded project, Citizens Advice was able to provide funds to enable Barry to get the bus to Gloucester and back for his appointment at the Job Centre the following day. Our volunteer adviser also arranged for an emergency food parcel to be delivered to him by the Foodbank, arranged for P3 to help him complete this Benefits application and helped him to make a homeless application to the Council. Barry finally received his Benefits payment and his homeless application is being dealt with. Although his situation is not yet stable, the immediate crisis was resolved through local charities and public bodies working together, enabling Barry to now concentrate on building up his local business and getting back on his own two feet financially and emotionally. Tetbury is fortunate to have a strong network of community groups and charities who are all working together in a similar way. We may not be able to solve all the world’s problems, but, by working together, we can make a big difference to individual lives in our community. Advice is available from our Free helpline on 0808 800 0511 or by calling in to our drop-in at Tetbury Town Council on Wednesday between 9.30 am and 12 noon. For more information about other drop-in locations and opening times, go to www.



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Annual Report from Tetbury Town Council 2018 Mayor’s Report Last year, we started the year with several major objectives to benefit the town:

1) To become a Quality Gold Council We already are proud to carry the ‘Quality Council’ status, which recognises the efficient way that we operate and serve our community. To become a ‘Quality Gold’ Council we had to smarten up several internal processes, to become even more efficient in dealing with our community. We believe that we have done this - and have made a submission to the Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils to be judged as being ‘Quality Gold’. 2) To complete the Goods Shed Arts Centre The Goods Shed Arts Centre has been open now for almost 12 months, providing a new dimension to the town. Regular performances now take place in the building, ranging from Classical Music to Tribute Bands, and the Cinema has started to show major film releases on a regular basis. Following a year of openings, the Café has been serving snacks and hot drinks to many people. One aspect still classed as “work in progress,” is the Railway Carriage. While of Finnish heritage, it will extension to the Café and space for workshops in our very British space. The Rail Lands Trust are to be congratulated on their endeavours and the initiative taken in driving this project forward. 3) To support the development of the Dolphins Hall As we said last year, the project to create a refurbished Dolphins Hall will not be easy, and so it has proved. The latest news is that Planning Permission has again been given - and I do hope that work will commence in the summer for completion before the end of spring 2019. 4) To agree a development plan for the Council Offices Success cannot be achieved in everything; this project is yet to get off the ground. 5) To complete a Neighbourhood Development Plan The Tetbury Neighbourhood Plan has been completed and passed the examination and referendum tests, so that is now a ‘live’ plan for town development. 6) To support Community and Tourism Our office continues to provide support and help to the many townspeople who call at our office for one thing and another, and callers are very complimentary about our office staff, and the efficient way queries and enquiries are dealt with. Our Tetbury “Visitor Information Centre“ continues to provide a valuable service to both tourists and residents alike; we are developing new town leaflets and revising the website to make them more appealing and user friendly.

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Mayors Report (continued) 7) To resolve the current Burial Ground issues This is proving as difficult to achieve as we expected. Whilst we submitted a change of use application for the small piece of the Recreation Ground some months ago, progress is being made only slowly towards a decision. We must get the agreement of the sports club before we can do anything further, and as the weeks go by the situation is getting more and more urgent. Let’s hope that we can make some real progress before summer is out. As well as these projects we have several others in progress. We have acquired the lease of the old @Tetbury building in New Church Street, to develop this as a community hub for the use of Tetbury organisations requiring a space in which to operate. Much tree work is being planned in the town to ensure that they are all in good condition, those which are dead or dying will be replaced by new trees. We have acquired funding to provide CCTV for the town centre as a crime prevention measure, and funding to develop the land containing the stream in the Rail Lands. It may be that we can achieve a permanent supply of running water to enhance this area, which will greatly enhance it. Let’s hope that we can report good progress this time next year. We have a very dedicated town council staff and our grateful thanks must go to each one of them, those in the office, our groundsmen and those in the TVIC who serve the community of Tetbury day in day out. They do a fantastic job of which we should all be very proud.

Cotswold District Council Summary

Cotswold District Council have again frozen Council Tax for 2018-2019, following two years of freezes and three years of cuts - Cotswold District Council Tax is now the 21st lowest in the country. Cotswold District Council is judged to be the most efficient in the country, having moved to ninth place to first place, out of two hundred and one councils compared, judged on the following measures: • • • • • •

The overall cost of council services per head of population. Rate of Increase in Council Tax The time taken to process Housing and Council Tax Benefits Percentage of Council Tax Collected Amount of Recycling per household Percentage of major planning applications determined in accordance with the relevant timescales.

Green Bin Charges have also been frozen again. Cotswold residents recycled 59.6% of all waste last year, a higher figure than the previous year – and one of the few areas to increase recycling rates over previous years. We are now the 13th highest recycling District Councils in the Country, out of 350 Councils. CDC Car Park Charges have been frozen for another year and the “Free after Three” parking scheme continues in all CDC Car Parks. There will be an investment of £300,000 made into Electric Car charging points. CDC Councillors have been given £1,000 each per ward, to support grants for youth activities, as well as £750 for each ward, to commemorate the Centenary of the end of World War One. Cotswold District Council have partnered with “Publica,” to provide a major part of the administrative services. Council services will be provided at lower costs on a year-by-year basis. “Publica” is a partnership between Cotswold, West Oxfordshire and the Forest of Dean District Councils, as well as some of the services provided by Cheltenham Council. A paid-for feature

Gloucestershire County Council Summary

Gloucestershire County Council increased their Council Tax by 2.5% and were also able to add a 2% increase specifically to fund Adult Social Care. This was one of the lowest increases of any top tier council in England. Demand for Adult Social Care is rising between 4 – 5% per year. We have good success in providing services to allow more people to remain in their homes, reducing the numbers in care homes. There is also increasing demand to protect vulnerable children. The number of children in care has risen by about a third in the last two years to 700, and Children’s Services are budgeted to cost £103 million, £16 million more than a year ago. An extra £220,000 is being ring-fenced for people with mental health problems as part of a £24 million funding for public health. This winter has been the worst since 2009. We have completed twice as many gritting runs as last year, and because of the constant low temperatures, potholes have taken longer to repair, as successful pothole repairs need higher temperatures than 5 degrees C. From the 1st of April, a £150 million three-year spend started, to give our highways a once-in-a-generation upgrade, across the county. Extensive resurfacing to cut down future potholes is being undertaken, as well as more white lining, more footway schemes and more drainage schemes. The Government has committed to fund the ‘missing link’ on the A417 at a total cost of £500 million. It has also agreed to undertake an appraisal on Junction 10 of the M5, (West Cheltenham,) to increase capacity and build a full junction, so that traffic can both join and leave in both North and South directions. We are planning to spend £470,000 on Electric Vehicle charging points across Gloucestershire. A Road Safety Community Hub has been relaunched, to allow residents and parish councils to log road safety concerns online, which are then dealt with by a team comprising the Police, GCC Highways and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue. Each County Councillor has a budget of £20,000 to spend on local highways at their discretion, together with a £30,000 pot over three years for wider community support, whether that be for highways, youth activities or other community needs. Plans are in place for 97% of Gloucestershire residents and businesses to have access to faster broadband. The percentage is rising all the time, and Tetbury now has access to faster broadband, and solutions for smaller settlements and more remote properties are being worked out. The Council are playing an important role in providing 5,000 apprenticeships across the county. Cllr Stephen Hirst, Mayor of Tetbury

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Finance & Scrutiny Committee The committee has the brief of overseeing the status of the council finances, which includes regular ‘in house’ audits to confirm compliance with good practice and legal statute. With the Clerk, the committee also organise appropriate external financial audits, provide the vehicle to obtain legal advice and services, and address human resource issues. Staff appointments and staff training as appropriate is also undertaken with the Town Clerk, as is development of the emergency/disaster plan, allocation of grants and approval of all council payments. This year we have continued work on a number of projects – in terms of “help with finance,” the largest of which is the future development of the Dolphins Hall. All grant monies have been spent - with St Mary’s Primary School, the Summer Show, the Tetbury Cares Workshop, the Wednesday/Friday Day Centre, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Royal British Legion, Tetbury Minis Rugby Club, St Mary’s Playgroup, the Tetbury Dolphins Running Club and St Mary’s Bingo Club all receiving some funding from the Town Council.

The emergency plan is now near completion and we are grateful to the community for the help offered during the recent bad weather to the “At Risk” members of our community. We have also looked very carefully at the precept for next year - and advised the full council in this respect. Next year looks exciting! Dr Tony Walsh, Chairman, Finance and Scrutiny Committee

Planning Committee The planning committee have been kept busy this year with many interesting applications to look at. We are, of course, a consultative committee – the decisions are made by members of the planning committee of Cotswold District Council. However, the Planning Officers ask us to consider applications for Tetbury, as we have the local knowledge. Our councillors can review the plans and relevant comments on the CDC website before our meetings; it is also helpful if any objections or supporting letters are copied to Tetbury Town Council. We welcome the public and are always pleased to hear both from the applicants and from neighbours and others who may have concerns. The agenda for our meetings are made public three days before they are held, so that members of the public know what will be discussed. We look at the plans, we listen to opinions and then make our decision as to whether we support the application. The same happens at CDC and inevitably sometimes they come to a different conclusion, and we are disappointed.

Many of the recent applications have been for extensions to domestic houses. We have also met with developers who wish to make small adjustments to larger schemes and with those who are considering smaller developments, yet to be built. It is always very useful to meet with developers before they submit their formal applications. I should like to thank Tara for all the work she does in supporting this committee, and the councillors who give up their time to support the important work of Tetbury Town Council. Councillor Caroline Morgan, Chair, Planning Committee A paid-for feature

Heritage and Regeneration Committee We have had a busy year to date, and we still have a great deal to achieve, in the coming year. We are very aware that all the money we spend is public money and we want the people of Tetbury and its surroundings to benefit from our projects wherever possible.

We are very excited that we will be helping the Visitor Information Centre to have an overhaul, with new signage, a paint job both inside and out, and potentially a reorganisation inside too, to provide more space for visitors. There will also be some exciting new products displayed, with the benefit of better lighting. The “VIC” will be commissioning new branded products, and we are all very eager to see this happening. We are also updating our “Visit Tetbury” web page, to make it both more user-friendly and more informative.

Down at the Goods Shed we are going to sponsor an apple tree, so that the new Art Centre can expand the orchard of fruit trees. Also, at the Goods Shed, we are hoping to install a period Telephone Box, containing a defibrillator. All our finger post signs are going to have an overhaul, to make them more useful and convenient for people walking around the town. We want to cut down on the number of signs on each post, as too many can be very confusing for the town’s visitors. After the success of last year’s second Saturday of the month openings at the Police Museum, we propose to do the same this year. If you have a burning desire to be a volunteer, then please do let us know. There’s always room for more helpers. The fixed-location town maps at the Goods Shed and Market Hall are to be overhauled and re-designed. There will also be extensive tree works done in St. Mary’s Churchyard over the next few years and St. Saviour’s will also form a project to see what can be done about some of the graves which are looking a little forlorn. It could be that we have a scheme to “adopt a gravestone” to keep it tidy; again, please let us know if you would like to be part of this scheme. Councillor Sandra Ball, Chair, Heritage and Regeneration Committee

Tetbury in Bloom

2017 was the twelfth anniversary of the current Tetbury in Bloom team and it was another very good year, as indicated by the number of compliments received from both residents and visitors alike. Nearly every Tuesday and Thursday morning throughout the year, we were out maintaining the many communal floral displays to our normal high standard. We sold and delivered one hundred and fifty hanging baskets to traders and residents, held our eighth “Open Gardens” day on Sunday the 30th of July (during which eight local gardens were open to the public,) held a Race Night fundraiser for Tetbury in Bloom and Christmas in Tetbury projects, and wrote ten articles for the Tetbury Advertiser. Our thanks this year go to everyone who voted for Tetbury in Bloom in the Tesco “Bags of Help Scheme,” through which we were awarded £2,000 to go toward the cost of all the plants and sundries we buy each year to beautify the town. Our grateful thanks also go to the Feoffees, St Marys’ PCC, Tetbury Town Council, the Council Grounds Staff, and the many Tetbury businesses and residents who have given their support. In 2018, in addition to continuing the high standard of floral displays throughout the town that everyone has become accustomed to, Tetbury in Bloom will also be taking over the organisation of the Christmas lights, with the aim of making Tetbury one of the most attractive towns in the South Cotswolds throughout entire year. Sue Hirst, Chair, Tetbury in Bloom A paid-for feature

We have had a very busy year at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) with ticket sales playing a big part. From the beginning of April 2017 to the end of February 2018 we sold a total of 618 tickets on behalf of the Goods Shed, with a gross ticket sale value of £7,709. For the 2017 Tetbury Music Festival we sold 348 tickets, with a gross ticket sale value of £6,175. We continue to supply Westonbirt Arboretum Concert tickets to local residents, but sales have been low for this year’s concerts. From the 1st of April 2017 until the 8th of March this year we welcomed 13,261 visitors into the VIC, of which 1,871 were from abroad. This is slightly more than in the previous year, when between the same dates we welcomed 13,094 visitors of which 1,512 were from abroad.

Bainton Bikes arrived in Tetbury in April this year, with two bikes located for hire at both the Tetbury Goods Shed and the Old Brewery Lane car park. These bikes can be hired for any length of time through a mobile phone app:

By the time you read this report we will have said a sad goodbye to long-serving member of staff Sue Russell. Sue has worked as a Tetbury VIC Assistant for close to 30 years, so we’d like to thank her for her dedication and hard work and wish her well in her retirement. In March 2017 we said goodbye to VIC Assistant Donna Thomas, welcoming Christopher Eddolls as her replacement. Chris is a wonderful asset to the VIC Team. In February this year we welcomed Suzi Drew into the team; she will be taking up Sue’s hours. Suzi has a wealth of retail experience and will be a brilliant asset. We have also been working hard at improving the resources available to Tourists. We are currently creating a new and improved “Visit Tetbury” website and have sought the views and opinions of stakeholders within the town who rely on tourism. In conjunction with Cotswold Tourism of Cotswold District Council we have created a new town map/ leaflet - and we are also working with a local graphic designer to replace the existing town Tourism maps. VIC Assistant Jill Renshaw is busy looking at new ideas for our sales range, as we hope to expand our merchandise space. The Council are currently considering refurbishing the VIC shop floor space, last refurbished in 1997. Please note that we stock bus timetables and are happy to help with any timetable enquiries you may have. Georgina Osman, VIC Manager

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Tetbury Police Museum and Courtroom In Spring 2017 we received a letter from the Arts Council advising that our current accreditation has been extended by twelve months, as our submission for the Museum’s re-accreditation is to be postponed. Plans for the erection of a display panel on the side gate were also deferred to secure advertisement and listed building consent. A new professional mentor, the Collections Manager for the Bristol Aerospace Centre, was secured to assume this role. Several collaborations with associated organisations have been explored. The Police Vehicle Enthusiasts Club kindly donated a copy of their digital archive of over 1,300 images of police vehicles in Gloucestershire from the 1920s to the present day; these are now on display on an old-style TV set (with modern digital screen) in one of the cells. I met with the some of the volunteers at the Winchcombe Folk & Police Museum to discuss cooperation and I left them with some of our leaflets. We will be discussing other possible actions.

Summer 2017 saw a series of Sherlock Holmes inspired “It’s Elementary!” town detection trails held in July and August. These were reasonably successful, with fifteen visitors both young and old attending on two of the three days, despite showery weather. We were awarded a 2017 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for our consistently good reviews. Our trial of opening on the second Saturday of each month was successful. In June we had thirty-two visitors, in July seventeen, in August twenty-seven and in September thirty-eight, the latter coinciding with national Heritage Week. These were all additional visitors and represent an average increase in visitor numbers of 7.2% for each month. In Autumn 2017 Alex Nicholl, the donor of most of our handcuffs and restraints collection, requested the return of all the non-British items (approx. 280.) In return he has pledged to gift several additional British items (approx. 30) to the museum. Once actioned this will maintain the museum display of restraints as one of the largest in the UK, and free up some space within Cell Two for other materials. In Winter 2017 a draft revision to the existing publicity leaflet was prepared by an external design consultant; completion has been deferred due to several key changes to the displays (as outlined above,) but the new “Banksy-style” display board for the side gate was finally agreed and is to be erected shortly. Plans for 2018 include rearrangement of the handcuffs and restraints display in Cell Two, appointment of a new curator, new display boards, renovation of the external staircase and summer kids trails. I am not a museum professional but have undertaken the role of Curator since 2011 and undertook the Re-Accreditation of the Museum with the Arts Council in 2013-14 which was extremely onerous and demanding. The next Re-Accreditation is due after expiry of the current accreditation (i.e. after July 2018). Following ill-health in 2017, I have decided I need to take on less demanding duties at the museum, so I have given notice that I no longer wish to act as the Honorary Curator after Spring 2018. I plan to undertake other day-to-day volunteering activities. The Council is in the process of securing a new Curator to undertake the duties, including the pending Re-Accreditation – interviews are to be held shortly. John Silvester, Hon Curator

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Highways Working Party Report ‘’The road to success is always under construction.’’ The Highways Working Group is a vital part of the Town Council. Although it has no explicit powers, the working group can listen and then pass on to the relevant bodies where action can be taken. The group that is open to everyone and we welcome people to visit, email or phone in with their observations or concerns. From our last meeting we have recommended to the Council that it apply for a Traffic Regulation Order to Gloucestershire Highways for the following six items, primarily to improve safety at junctions: • Extend the 30mph speed limit on Cirencester Road further out of Tetbury to include the new development,

• Put double yellow lines on one side of the road in Hampton Street from the Hampton Street/ London Road junction to the Courtfield junction, to stop dangerous parking and ease congestion,

• London Road/ The Ferns junction, Berrells Road/ Bath Road junction – place double yellow lines to stop dangerous parking, • Hampton Street/Lowfield Road junction, Grove Gardens, Upton Gardens, Highfield Road, St. Marys Road junctions off Lowfield Road – place double yellow lines to stop dangerous parking • Cirencester Road/ Northfield Road junction – yellow lines • Long Street on-street parking changed from 1 hr to 2 hrs as recommended by Gloucestershire Highway. (Although this sounds straight forward, it requires public consultation, quite correctly.) We work very closely with our GCC Councillor Stephen Hirst, who will always get the official response. We have raised concerns that GCC aren’t expecting to carry out pedestrian improvement works until 2018/19; we feel that is too long to wait. We have raised concerns about dangerous parking at the entrance to West Street car park, and the need for an extension of the lines to prohibit this. These are a few of the matters brought to us that we have passed on - and as soon as we’ve been given updates, we have passed them back to the people who raised the issue. Our never-ending battles are of course often about potholes, parking and pedestrian safety; we have had some success in addressing some of these issues. The great thing about this working group is that we don’t rest on our laurels – we are always moving forward with the next challenge, until it is resolved. Unfortunately, the only thing slower than moving traffic now is wading through the red tape, bureaucracy and budget cuts that unfortunately blight things from working as quickly as we would like. Therefore the working group is constantly acting and lobbying to get things done. If you have any concerns or would like to get involved, please contact the Town Council, either by email to – by ringing 01666 504670 or by popping into the council office – or just tell me, or any Councillor. Thanks go to our Council Staff and to our elected Councillors; thank you too, to the people who want the best for our town and who make it their home. Cllr Kevin Painter, Chair of Highways Working Group

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Police Report The Parish of Tetbury Town, 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 Introduction: There were 152 substantiated crimes in the year 2017/18, this compares to 147 for the period of 2016/17. Yearly Crime figures, comparison:

2017/18 = 152 2016/17= 147, 2013/14 = 119, 2010/11 = 196,

2015/16 = 112, 2012/13 = 142, 2009/10 = 178,

2014/15 = 107, 2011/12 = 172, 2008/09 = 246.

Crime Breakdown: • 26 incidents of BURGLARY; 9 residential, 4 attempted residential, 12 businesses, 1 attempt business. Compared to 23 the previous year. (15 and 8 respectively) • 39 incidents of VIOLENCE; 1 domestic GBH, 4 Harassment, 16 assaults, 4 malicious communications, 4 public order, 10 assaults without injury. This compares to 31 the previous year • 55 incidents of THEFT; 24 shoplifts, compared to 63 the previous year • 18 incidents of CRIMINAL DAMAGE, compared to 22 the previous year • 8 incidents of FRAUD. 2 last year • 3 incidents of SEXUAL OFFENCES • 2 other notifiable offences • 1 DRUG related crime. 2 last year Summary: It is always disappointing to report a slight increase in overall crime. This year has seen a rise to 152 reported incidents, against the previous year’s 147. The main areas that have seen an increase are violence and fraud. All other areas, including the number of burglaries and incidences of criminal damage have remained relatively consistence across the boards – however, residential burglary incidences had fallen from 15 to 8. and FRAUD We would like to give our thanks for all the support received from the Town Council, Cotswold District Council and local groups and businesses. Most importantly, we would like to thank residents for helping us Police Tetbury; we look forward to continuing to work with you in the future, to make it a peaceful and safe place to live and work. Tetbury Police can be contacted by telephoning the non-emergency number 101, or via e-mail to 101@ Information can also be passed via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. We may be contacted online via the Constabulary website at - just follow the links from the Neighbourhood Policing section on the left of the page, or email one of the officers below in this format: Many thanks, PC Leah Davis, PCSO Sue Fellows & PCSO Andy Biddell

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Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust If 2016 was a transformative year for the fabric of the Tetbury Goods Shed, the focus of the year 2017 – 2018 has been on the events and activities that have taken place within the Goods Shed. In March 2017, Tetbury Town Council handed over the running of Goods Shed to the Trust with the completion of a 25year lease, and on that day the Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre was born. With a modicum of experience and a lot of energy and imagination, a programme of events has been devised with the aim of providing as wide a range of entertainment and arts as possible, to suit all ages. The Trust has received tremendous support in pursuing this goal from our volunteers and from Tetbury residents and retailers. Fundraising events have varied from belly dancers performing to middle eastern music to a memorable concert given by the Amico Quartet performing on instruments made by Tetbury’s own Daniel Bristow -and folk gigs performed by Nicola Clark and Heather Bristow. There is not enough room here to record how generous people have been in supporting this project, both in person and through fundraising.

Because of all this support, the Trust was able to professionally fit out the kitchen in the Goods Shed and to open the Whistle Stop Café in July 2017. The café ran successfully for four months, closing in late October due to the lack of an indoor seating area. Thinking hats were applied and a solution found by Paul Lockley and Will Cook, who sourced a Finnish railway carriage which was looking for a new home. The Trust successfully bid for the carriage and frantic fundraising efforts then resulted, to raise sufficient cash to transport it to Tetbury. Then began the restoration and conversion of the carriage by Will and his team. The aim is to open the carriage to Whistle Stop customers shortly after the café re-opens in April, and to complete the portion of the carriage that will be used for workshops soon afterward. Separately, Barrie Doyle’s heroic fundraising activities were successful in securing grants that have enabled the Trust to fit out the interior of the Goods Shed with a professional lighting and sound system, a cinema screen, projector and surround sound. The cinema opened in March this year and the new equipment has greatly enhanced the audience experience at our events. Barrie also guided the Trust through the process of applying for - and receiving - a National Heritage Railway Award in recognition of the sensitive conversion of the Goods Shed by Tetbury Town Council. Behind all this activity lies an enormous amount of effort and commitment on the part of the Trustees and volunteers, for which we are all very grateful. I must make a special mention of Jill Dodge whose support and commitment is outstanding. Our load has been lightened too, by the appointment of Kathryn Limoi as our administrator in July 2016 and Nick Ullmann as artistic director in January 2017. We are already reaping the benefit of these two appointments. Fundraising continues however, as our events only produce two thirds of the funds needed to run a successful and vibrant arts centre that Tetbury can be proud of. Please support us by coming to our events and we promise you a good time. Julia Hasler, Chair, Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust

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New Picket Harp Allotments Association It has been a busy year for the allotment association and all our tenants, maintaining the plots and treating the sheds. In addition, a community notice board has been erected to aid communication, boundary fences and other woodwork has been treated and three new water troughs have been installed.

The committee reported at the AGM, that a rolling programme of maintenance is to be introduced, to assist with planning works and future expenditure. It has also been decided to divide two vacant plots in half to make smaller allotment areas - and it is hoped that this will help to reduce the current waiting list. If you wish to join the waiting list for an allotment, please contact our Secretary Fred Saunders, our Chairman Charles Grene or me, Nikki Ind, via the Town Council Office. Councillor Nikki Ind, Tetbury Town Council Representative

Christmas in Tetbury Since 2010, the “Christmas in Tetbury” committee, comprised of a small group of volunteers, have raised funds and organised Tetbury’s town centre lighting displays and the annual formal “Switch-On” event. As a result of much-appreciated sponsorship from Highgrove Enterprises, we were able to further improve lighting to the existing tree displays around the town last year. Our grateful thanks go to everyone who voted for “Christmas in Tetbury” in the Tesco “Bags of Help” scheme, since as a result we were awarded £4,000 to go towards the cost of the 2017 Switch-On event and the reinstallation of the town centre lights.

The Switch-On event, held on Thursday 7th December, saw over a hundred children and their families take part in the torch-lit procession from St Marys’ church to the Market Hall. The evening continued with entertainment from St Mary’s School choir, a community sing-along, Santa’s Grotto, stalls under the Market Hall and entertainment from Avening Silver Band. Very many thanks go to the following who helped make the event a success: Actor Jason Durr, Callum Whiffen - the lucky pupil from St Mary’s Primary School, Santa for helping to switch on the lights, the ‘Tetbury in Bloom’ team for helping to dress the trees adorning the shop premises and for being stewards on the night, and to the many others who also gave up their time to steward the event. The Feoffees deserve thanks for the use of the Market Hall, as does Ali Bristow of Artique for Santa’s wonderful Grotto, Tim Cordall for the loan of the little trees that decorated the Grotto and the many Tetbury businesses and residents kind enough to donate. Thanks too, to the Lions Club of Tetbury and Tetbury Town Council for their generous donations - and to the council employees - Colin, David, Andrew, Tara and Georgina for all their assistance both beforehand and on the night itself. Unfortunately, the 2017 Switch-On event will be the last that “Christmas in Tetbury” will undertake and the organisation is to fold. In future, the Christmas lights will be organised by “Tetbury in Bloom,” and the Switch-On event will be organised by Tetbury Town Council. Sue Hirst, Chair, Christmas in Tetbury A paid-for feature

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