Tetbury Advertiser May 2021

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May 2021

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April has been an eclectic month with its full range of weather, sun one day, a real tonic seducing us into thoughts of BBQ’s and outdoor dining, the next snow, sometimes both in one day! The latter combination a real treat as I was turning the sausages and reaching for my winter coat all in one move! At least it gave us all something different to talk about other than the pandemic that’s for sure.

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Welcome to the May edition!

This month’s publication brings a sense of joy and returning regularity with a wide range of fascinating contributions from clubs and activities that can resume as restrictions are lifted and some freedom is alowed. Normally the Advertiser team put their feet up in July hence no August edition, but this year, as we are all well aware, its all about the staycation and so there are mummerings of an August Advertiser being produced - watch this space! Mary Roberts Editor

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There are 4 winners in the April 2021 draw, each win £20.00 - Keith and Yvonne Bossy, Alison Levin, Mrs. V Ball, Eileen O’ Grady.

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

An annual payment of £13 buys you into the Lion’s 200 Club lottery. We use these subscriptions to help local causes – and you get the chance to win a cash prize! Application forms can be obtained from Malcolm at Tetbury Hardware.

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Avening Primary School 11 Chelworth Bookworms 8 Clark & Maslin Retirement 35 Computer Advice 6 Dolphins Hall and Recreation Ground 9 Friends of Tetbury Community Transport 10 Friends of Tetbury Hospital 56-57 Girlguiding 13 Gloucestershire Rural Community Council 55 Greening Tetbury 58 History of Tetbury Society 26 Leighterton Primary School 29 Letters to the Editor 63 Lion’s Den 5 Lion’s 200 Club 3 Mayor’s Piece 30 Men in Sheds 17 News from Christ Church 35 News from St Marys’ Church 39 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 21 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 49 St Mary’s Playgroup 40 Tetbury and District Footpath Group 22 Tetbury Art Society 18 Tetbury Bowls Club 34 Tetbury Camera Club 25 Tetbury Community Choir 37 Tetbury Cricket Club 31 Tetbury Goods Shed 54 Tetbury Hospital 61 Tetbury in Bloom 36 Tetbury Library 14 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 50 Tetbury Theatre Group 41 Tetbury WI 42 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 45 U3A 53 Young by Name 4

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LOCAL AUTHORITIES Tetbury Town Council, Old Courthouse, Long Street. Tel: 01666 504670 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) Council Info. Services, in Council Office. Email: executiveofficer@tetbury.gov.uk Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester. Tel: (01285) 623000 NATIONAL EXPRESS Bookings taken at the Visitor Information Centre. Daily return service from Cirencester to Heathrow. www. visittetbury.co.uk

Sir William Romney’s, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s TETBURY SHOPMOBILITY BOOKINGS Monday-Friday 9.00-3.00 Tetbury Town Council Offices 01666 504670. Saturday 10.00-4.00 Tetbury Tourist Information Centre 01666 503552 The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577 TETBURY CARES, www.tetburycares.org Website to signpost local health services

HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336

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

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

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planning ahead for a more independent life. The brains of the trio, he has for some time been paying a great deal of attention to the bolt at the bottom of the French doors that give onto the patio. If his paws had opposable thumbs, he’d have flung the doors open by now.

Like all pets acquired in the pandemic, our two kittens, Bingo and Bertie, are starting to notice big changes in their little world.

He’s also been practising his party tricks. The other day, startled by Dorothy jumping out of the wardrobe, he executed a perfect back flip. If my daughter hadn’t been with me as witness, I wouldn’t have believed my eyes. He landed so neatly on all four paws that I wanted to hold up cards saying “10.0”, like the judges used to do for ice-skaters. I have never seen a cat turn 360 degrees from a standing start. The only animal I’ve seen perform that trick was batterypowered, a toy dog my grandfather bought from a street trader.

Until now they’ve led a very sheltered life. Born and raised in a Cats Protection League pen, the only humans they saw before they came to live with us were their foster parents. Joining a household of three people – my husband, my daughter and I – more than doubled their human acquaintance. They are used to seeing more cats than humans. When they first came to live with us a couple of days before first lockdown, our calico cat Dorothy was already in residence. Three neighbours’ cats, with wanton disregard for social distancing guidelines, treat our garden as their territory.

Open House As far as Bingo and Bertie are concerned, cats rule our cottage. We daily prove our subservience by leaping up from our armchairs to open the French doors whenever they want to go in or out of the garden. (And yes, they do have a cat flap.)

We spend more hours observing their antics than watching television. Their friends sneak into our house for a snack when they think we’re not around. Often, when we are in another room with Dorothy, Bertie and Bingo, we hear crunching noises in the kitchen, followed by the rattle of the cat flap.

Up to Tricks We’re wondering what they’ll get up to when, post lockdown, they have the house to themselves. It seems Bingo is already

Bertie is equally athletic, easily jumping four or five feet into the air when pursuing an airborne insect. In relation to his height, this is about the equivalent to me leaping from the doorstep onto our cottage roof. Of course, like all good pet owners, we’re conscious that animals acquired during lockdown may suffer separation anxiety as normal life returns. But part of me can’t help wondering whether for our cats the first day they have the house to themselves, the party will just be starting. Debbie Young Receive a free ebook, The Pride of Peacocks, when you join Debbie Young’s Readers’ Club via her website: www.authordebbieyoung.com

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Lions Den

I would firstly, on behalf of The Lions of Tetbury like to send our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles and all the Royal family. I know everyone will be deeply saddened at the passing of Prince Philip, but what an amazing life he must have led and what a grand age. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time. What a change in the weather! So typical we get a taste of warmth then suddenly we are dragging out our woollies again! However, the good news is that we have started moving into freedom (with certain restrictions I am sure). Our green fingered members are busy planting ready for harvesting and the addition of some home-made chutneys will be a lovely extra treat. The Duck Race was a great success and over £600 was raised for our fundraising pot. Thank you to all those who donated the prizes and to Lion Alan and the rest of the fundraising team who helped put this event together. 1st prize - £200 Brian Thacker with Plum Sauce (£100 kindly donated by a Lion member) 2nd prize – Easter Hamper Michael Luckett with Joy (kindly donated by Matthew’s of Tetbury)

3rd prize – Giant Rabbit Helen Glover with The Mallard (kindly donated by Jeff Efron) 4th prize – Large Easter Egg Colin Poole with Colin Puddle Duck (kindly donated by Maggie) 5th prize – Variety of Easter Eggs Janine Dimery with Harvey (kindly donated by a Lion member) We are going to donate four sets of bowls to The Bowls Club for the Junior Bowls Club that is being set up We also have a lovely shield for each year’s winner in the Juniors. This is a wonderful way to get young people learning a slightly different sport and we understand that there has already been a good amount of interest shown.



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Tetbury Hardware Town & Country News

The Easter Food Hampers were a great success and we are so pleased that even in these unsettling times we have been able to help in some small way. May I take this opportunity to thank Ken, Colin and any others I have missed for all they have done with regards to the “new” unit sited on the industrial estate and the beautiful slabbing in front of the door, it does make such a difference. Thank you.

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We have thankfully started the move out of lockdown, shops are opening back up and we hope that the bustle will return to Tetbury with a feeling of purpose.

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Computer Advice The fibre roll out to the surrounding villages and houses outside of Tetbury is progressing well, with many now able to access the internet at speeds that could only have been dreamed of a few years ago. Indeed, those with a Gigaclear connection direct to the house will be able to access speeds far in excess to those available in town, which only have a fibre to the cabinet service provided by Openreach. This is generally restricted to a maximum download speed of around 70mbs and an upload speed of up to 20mbs. Gigaclear however can offer up to 900mbs in both directions, which is not too shabby! As I am very aware, some of you out of town have been putting up with speeds of 2mbs or less for years, so now you can certainly move into the fast lane! So, what does this speed mean? Well, most of you will not need anything like 900mbs. Just a stable connection at around 10 to 15mbs will allow you to stream HD video, carry out video conferencing calls without stutter and browse to your heart’s content. However, gamers and multiple users at one

address will benefit from faster speeds. Standard ADSL broadband using copper cables has a maximum upload speed of 1mbs, so video calls will struggle to upload any video at all. No such problems with any fibre service as the upload speed will be 10mbs or more. If you are within Tetbury and have not upgraded, do it now, as your video calls will receive an immediate boost. The increased upload speed is worth going for alone. Having said that, do be aware that fibre availability can be a problem in some parts of the town. The fibre box may

be full, and you may have to wait to get a connection. If you are now using Gigaclear, do consider moving your home phone line (if you have one) to use the fibre connection, saving you BT line rental and call costs. You can use a third-party provider who will provide you with an adapter to connect to your Gigaclear box, allowing you to connect your home phone. I have been using such a service for years and it works very well. You can transfer your existing number and the monthly costs start from around £11, including unlimited anytime UK calls. However, do be aware that you will not be able to make emergency calls in the event of a power cut, so do make sure you keep a mobile phone handy, with plenty of charge! If you would like any more information or help with the above, or anything to do with your tech, please do get in touch. Thank you for taking the time to read my editorial, which I do hope has been useful. I can be contacted either by email on inghamassociates@gmail.com or by phone on 01666 502067. Computer Nic, Ingham Associates The Tetbury Computer Shop


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Dolphins Hall and Recreation Ground

Good news! On the 6th of April, after ten months of negotiations and countless meetings, Tetbury Town Council finally approved our application for the S106 monies allocated to improvements of the Dolphins Recreation Centre to be used on Project 1, the new Community, Youth and Sports Complex. This building will add extra function room facilities for the town as well as, at long last, providing a youth centre for the towns young people and much needed upgraded changing facilities for the football club and cricket club. This project is the first of a multi project plan that will also see a new hall being built as well as better car parking facilities too. This stage of the project has been challenging and hard work. Although the trustees are excited and relieved that the funding has been approved, sadly, the delay in this happening has put a bit of a spanner in the works for the actual build process. However, we are working hard to get the project moving again and hope to start building very soon. Elsewhere, as we launch into May and the summer gets ever closer, we are entering the time when lots of people want to enjoy the rec. We feel the rec is a really important and special asset to Tetbury and nothing pleases us more than to see it full of people on a sunny day.

Like many things we all enjoy, we can often do so without really giving any thought to what needs to happen to make it a place we can all enjoy. The rec was set up in the 1920’s and put into trust for the people of Tetbury. It is the responsibility of the trustees to ensure it remains available for use by as many people as possible, as often as possible. It is also our responsibility to ensure it is maintained and is kept in a way that means it can be enjoyed for many years to come. Looking after a piece of ground like the rec is a costly activity. In the last twelve months we have spent almost £15,000 on things such as grass and hedge cutting, soil maintenance, reseeding and playground equipment. In the next twelve months the cost will be closer to £20,000.

expenditure is required to try and bring it to its the full glory. So, when you are using the rec this summer and find a part of it that s a little tired, please be assured we know that lots still needs doing and we are trying to tackle it all as fast as we can, but like everything in this world, we are restricted by the resources we have. However, we are determined to, over time and with the right strategy, make the rec Tetbury’s shining glory once again.

The rec itself has no income. The trust raises the money it needs to maintain it by renting out pitches and buildings to the sports clubs, providing car parking spaces for hire, applying for grants and our own fundraising activities. In past years, and previous regimes, there has often been a shortfall of funding, as well as a lack of planning and maintenance, which has allowed the rec to fall into disrepair, meaning now even more

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Friends of Tetbury Community Transport As we emerge from lockdown we are gradually getting back to normal service. A few of our car service volunteers have already returned and by the 1st of June they will all be available. The FTCT bus trips will hopefully restart in June or July so look out for details in future issues. I would like to take this opportunity to remind readers of how we operate. We started operating over four years ago, providing minibus trips to local towns and garden centres by hiring Community Connexions (CC) buses with whom we work very closely and who take bookings on our behalf. These trips are available to all GL8 residents on a donation basis. Following the success of these bus trips we were able to introduce our volunteer car service which is also in conjunction with CC. This is essentially to enable GL8 residents who do not have access to transport to attend hospital/dentist appointments etc. These are also subject to a voluntary donation to FTCT which pays the fares to CC. Since it was formed FTCT has provided over two thousand passenger trips covering more than twenty one thousand miles. We currently have ten volunteer drivers and are always on the lookout for new recruits. For further information call 07759 142577 or email roger.pamela@btinternet.com Roger Bellairs Friends of Tetbury Community Transport

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several eggs in an incubator and observe the magic of chicks hatching. All classes will be focusing on the natural world for their new class topics this term. The Owls (y5/6) will be learning about their place in the environment in their topic ‘We are the future’, where they will find out about biomes, consider sustainability and be using our beautiful school garden for inspiration. The Hawks (y3/4) will also be looking at living things and their habitats, while in KS1, the Eagles and Kestrels will be exploring nature in their topic ‘Dens and Dandelions’.

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There will also be music in the air this term as the Owls class embark on viola lessons. Both the Hawks and the Owls will also take part in a brass demonstration session where a member of Brass Bands England will be hoping to inspire brass players of the future. The school brass band club will also recommence as clubs are now permitted again. Now that day trips are allowed, we have outings for all classes booked in the school diary and, dependent on national guidance, the Owls class are hoping to have a residential visit to Copsegrove Farm later on this term. Our incredible FOAS team have been busy planning a COVID-safe Bear Hunt, which is due to take place on the weekend of the 15th of May. Look out for further details on their Facebook page. In addition to paying the coach costs for forthcoming trips including the winter theatre outings, their donations have enabled us to order a new climbing frame and climbing wall, which are due to be installed later in the summer. Thank you FOAS! For further information about this busy place of learning please see our school website: www.avening.gloucs.sch.uk Avening Primary School


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Tetbury Library “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers” English Proverb While we may not be able to hold our plant swap event again this year, we hope that you are still able to take advantage of the warmer weather and get out in your gardens. May traditionally marks a time of warmer weather and starting to plant ahead for the summer, so is a good excuse to get outside. Even if you do not enjoy gardening, it is still a good time to get out of the house for some fresh air, to get out and about a bit, and to start doing a bit more.

May is a little busier for Tetbury library too as we are now open for you all to come inside and browse. In line with government guidelines we are asking anyone entering the building to wear a face covering and to sanitise their hands. So, if you would like to browse our shelves, we would love to see you. If you would prefer to collect your books at the door instead of coming inside, that is fine too. Just speak to the member of staff on the door and they can get your books for you. Furthermore, if you are not able to come to the library yourself we can still offer a limited home delivery service if you need it. This month we are hoping to post our online story-time on Facebook on the 17th of May, under Gloucestershire Libraries, but please check in with us nearer the time to see if this is possible.


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During the last lockdown we received a selection of new books, so now would be a great time to look to see if something grabs your attention. We also have lots of new children’s books, just in time for half term. Following on from this, for the May/June half term we will be doing a takeaway craft and activity pack, so keep a lookout for that nearer the time. With the warmer weather, and things starting to re-open again, comes the hopefulness of things getting back to some sort of normality. A sense of reflection often accompanies this, so we are asking what you would like from your library service. Even though we are a long way off from having groups or organised activities again in the library, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead. If you have any ideas for future groups or activities we would love to hear about them. Similarly, we are open to suggestions on how to improve our service, as the pandemic has shown us how much of a community resource the library service is, and how vital the community is to us. Realistically we may not be able to implement all your ideas, but we are open to try anything that is plausible and will benefit everyone. Hope you all have a lovely May and we look forward to seeing you soon. Linda, Norah, Sophie, and Nigel. Tetbury Library Team.

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With locals and visitors from as far as Nailsworth, commenting on the quality of produce from the Tetbury Lions “Men in Sheds” allotment in Herd Lane, we can confirm that we have a bumper 2021 crop underway. If you are one of the many who stop and chat while we are working, or when we are having a long break for tea and cake, you will have noticed that some planting has already taken place. Vegetable sales

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Tetbury Art Society The days are getting longer at last, and many are warm and sunny, inviting those of us who like to paint ‘en plain air’ to venture forth for a sketch or two. Needless to say, the days I had organised with a friend turned out to be the coldest days and my skies weren’t the only things that were blue!! But it was still good to be out and about, albeit with streaming eyes in the cold wind which lent an impressionistic touch to the sketch! We, as members of Tetbury Art Society can enjoy a Zoom demo by Tim Wilmot on watercolour techniques. Many members are keen to watch and paint along, beginning the long-awaited road to reengage with all the things we took for granted before Covid, particularly group meetings and social chat. If you feel like trying something new locally then why not join up ready for the stampede in August! We hope to arrange our AGM during August and an exhibition during the summer bank holiday. Our art gallery of members paintings on our website is easily accessed, so have a browse if you would like some affordable local art.

If you wish to join us this year, then please look at our new website for details of future events, and either come along as a visitor, or join as a member. We hope that from September demos and meetings will once again occur at St Michael’s Hall. All details, including the membership form are on the website.

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Tetbury and District Footpath Group At last! We can walk as a group again! In anticipation of the Road Map, we had prepared a list of five walks starting with a wander around the farms to the north of Tetbury. We are of course following a Covid free process which means that we are currently restricting numbers to fifteen members only. We will however keep that under review and increase numbers as seems appropriate. Please look on our website (www.tetburywalkers.co.uk) where you will find a list of walks and the procedures we will be following. Upcoming walks are: -

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Tuesday the 27th of April at 10:00am Seeking Tetbury’s Heritage. A walk around the countryside to the north west of Tetbury, taking in an old pack-horse route and an old coach road, Chavenage House (Poldark’s house) and a hermit’s cave. Several stiles.


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History of Tetbury Society The HOTS held a Zoom meeting on the 1st of April to which thirty-six members logged on. Richard Clammer gave us an excellent presentation entitled ‘Beachley and WWI’. He gave details of the consequences of the Government’s decision in May 1917 to construct a shipyard on the Beachley peninsular to assemble prefabricated merchant ships. Losses of up to one hundred and eighty merchant-ships per month, due to U boat attacks were creating an alarming situation that could cause famine as well as undermine the war effort. The Government decided to build ships as quickly as possible and, to minimise trade union involvement, they chose to create new shipyards. Either side of the river Wye at Chepstow and Beachley together with Portbury across the Severn were chosen. This National Emergency required urgent action so virtually the entire population of Beachley were given fourteen days’ notice to move out, abandoning their homes and workplaces. Sedbury Park that was occupied by the Marling family did not have to evacuate and Colonel Sir Percival Marling took steps to minimise this upheaval including having a terrace of houses built for the locals. (The family moved to Stroud in 1919).

We were shown pictures of a complex network of narrow-gauge rail lines that were used in the construction work, laid between standard gauge rails. Some lines were laid at the wrong level and we saw a narrow-gauge locomotive parked on rails that were not connected. We were told of concrete slipways that had to be reworked and of other confusion. But they built a large camp for POWs that was used again in WWII, and an army camp that later

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At Leighterton Primary School, we encourage everybody to be fit and healthy and are very proud of our ‘Healthy School’ status. The whole school takes part in the Daily Mile. Before the lockdown, we did this together as a whole school and now we run with the children in our bubbles. Lots of our learning takes place outside and each week all of our children learn new

skills at Forest School sessions. We are very lucky to have an outdoor classroom so that we can be outside in all kinds of weather. We have also bought skipping ropes for every child and we are a ‘Skipping School’ too. The children have been further

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Mayor’s Report For this month’s Mayor’s Piece, I would like to concentrate on one specific Committee and Working Group that are ‘New’ to Tetbury Town Council and a Vision Statement. “Meeting the Health and Wellbeing needs of all residents of Tetbury and the Surrounding area in a holistic manner, working collectively, and making connections with a range of various organisations and stakeholders” The formation of the New Committee and Working Group has arisen from a passion, initially formed by Tetbury Lions under the Moniker of Tetbury Cares, members of Tetbury Town Council have taken this idea and decided that to enable the provision of services to be driven by the community, in the form of the Working Group, and provided to the community by means of signposting, and provision where it is lost, are all vital to our communities Health and Wellbeing. And out of this “Together For Tetbury” was born. Covid-19 has shown us many things over the past year, and with that sometimes came the difficult realisations that there are gaps to be filled, additional provisions needed, and signposting to services you may not know even exist. To do this we needed funding, and consequently this had to come from part of the precept increase, we also gained a grant from Gloucestershire County Council of £20,000. The grant will enable us to advertise for, and pay for another member of staff, for a fixed term initially, to collate all the information to create a successful signposting service, and making those connections with various organisations and stakeholders. Any organisation, business or individual, who feels that they may be interested in attending the Working Group meetings which are bi-monthly in rotation with the Committee Meetings are encouraged to email victoriabolwell@tetbury.gov.uk for more information. Tetbury Town Council are passionate to providing a Cradle to the Grave provision of services to relate to whatever stage of life you may be at, harnessing strengths and building on weakness, encouraging all residents to live life to the full whatever their age. If you think that you would be our ideal candidate to help us to achieve our goals, then please apply to the job advert below and help make our “Vision” a reality.

Community Wellbeing Coordinator Position 22 hours per week - £20,000 (Full Time Equivalent) 12 month fixed contract – with potential for extension Tetbury Town Council is creating a new and exciting Health and Wellbeing Service for Tetbury and the surrounding villages, as part of our recovery plan for the community following the Coronavirus pandemic and are looking for a new Community Wellbeing Coordinator. The successful candidate will support our residents to address practical, social and emotional needs, that may be impacting on physical and mental health. Providing signposting to partnership organisations, connecting people with services and identifying any shortfalls of provision in our community. Supporting all ages and enabling our community to live well for longer. Happy to work as part of a team or alone, the candidate should be organised, tenacious and compassionate, with the community at the heart of their work. The successful applicant will also need to work flexibly and some evening and weekend work may be required, this will include attendance at the Health and Wellbeing Committee/Working Group meetings which are held one evening per month. To receive a job application form and description please email victoriabolwell@tetbury.gov.uk Closing Date for completed application forms 14th May 2021 Interviews to take place week commencing 24th May 2021


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Welcome to the return of our monthly update from Tetbury Cricket Club. After what has no doubt been a difficult year for many, I am delighted to report that the cricket club is now open for the 2021 season! We closed the 2020 season with a massive fundraising effort which has enabled us to repair our roller, which is now looking very flash after being repainted in a beautiful ‘azure blue’ colour. Please do give a wave

to our chairman f you see him up at The Rec pottering around, he does spend many hours rolling and preparing the ground to get it match ready, thank you Paul! The fundraising has also enabled us to purchase a new artificial wicket which was fitted in mid-April and will make ‘all weather’ play a bit more of a reality, as well as allowing us to

extend our offering to more softball formats, but more about that later! I want to extend a huge thank you to all the local people who put their hands in their pockets and helped us raise the monies to make this happen – you are all incredible! The club opened up its doors on Saturday the 10th of April and welcomed back the children of Tetbury and its surrounding villages to the first ever joint youth training morning. It was great to see our regular youth members return with plenty of new faces joining us too. Youth training takes place on a Saturday morning from 10.00 am in front of the clubhouse and everyone is welcome! There are five teams – the Under 9’s Mixed (School Year 4 and below), separate Under 11’s for Girls and Boys (Year 5/6) and separate Under 13 Girls and Boys (Year 7/8). It was great to see so many children playing cricket and having fun even though it was a bit cold…and for the suffering parents…we will be serving takeaway teas and coffees to try and keep you warm in the coming weeks! The Senior Men’s training started back on Tuesday the 13th of April and takes place every week between 6.00-8.00 pm– with league matches starting on Saturday the 1st of May. The Men’s First and Second teams are always looking for new players so please come along and join us – the club also hopes to field an Over 50’s team this year, if this is something which would interest you please drop the club an email. And finally, something for the ladies of Tetbury… I am really proud to announce that a Women’s Softball team has been launched with training beginning on Friday the 16th of April at 6.00 pm – teams are made up of 8 players, aged 14 and over - with the first match due to be played away at Cam on Bank Holiday Monday the 3rd of May. It is a quick game and is all about having some fun with some socialising thrown in – so ladies please come and join us and we hope to meet you on a Friday evening down at the Rec very soon! The bar will also definitely be open afterwards!


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Tetbury Bowls Club There are few things more exciting for any sports club than to introduce young people to their sport, in the hope that they will prove to be the next generation of players. Anyone who watched on tv the indoor bowls matches at Potters this February will see how amazing these young players can be and how exciting they are to watch. Here at Tetbury Bowls Club we are introducing our new initiative of Junior Bowls sessions aimed at 9-18 year olds

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with a free taster session on the 2nd of May, followed by sessions each Saturday morning from the 8th of May onwards. We have been extremely fortunate to receive donations from The Feoffees, Tetbury Lions and our TBC member Glyn Hall to enable us to purchase six new sets of junior bowls so we’re all ready and raring to go! Last weekend saw the big spring clean, so we are now ready for our Opening Gala on Sunday the 25th of April where we hope to welcome everyone interested in seeing what we’re about, and having a go

themselves and to our ‘Play Bowls Day’ on the 1st of May. For more information visit www.tetburybowlsclub.co.uk Although senior & friendly matches have been cancelled until mid-June there is a full programme of internal competitions and we can’t wait to get out there playing again. We hope to see you there. Jan Yates Secretary.


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During Lent and Holy Week, several of us gathered online to do some ‘holy origami’!

had some folk joining us from further afield so when we return, we will seek to continue to livestream at least some of our services. We are all more tech-savvy than we were!

See this Easter scene made by one of us with the figures of Mary, Jesus’s mother, and John, the Beloved Disciple. It was an interesting and slightly different way of telling the Easter story. Each week we made a figure, told the story of the character, and ended with a short prayer. We are still as a church contemplating when we open our building again for worship. At time of writing, it looks as if Pentecost the 25th of May might be the date, but please look out for confirmation! We have missed seeing each other in person during our year of Zoom services every Sunday morning, when twenty to thirty of us

News from Christchurch

Christian Aid Week is coming up in May and there is a planned sponsored walk on Saturday the 15th of May between Tetbury and Nailsworth. Details to be confirmed. We will be parting in groups of six. Contact me if you would like to take part.

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Tetbury in Bloom With May arriving, and the tulip displays having almost finished, the bulbs will now be left to die down naturally to allow them to absorb the nutrients left in the leaves so they can flower successfully again next year. Unfortunately, as a result, the beds will look their worst for a while. However, the later spring flowering shrubs and perennials should have started to come in to their own and on the 1st of June we will start planting the displays with seasonal bedding, ready for the summer months ahead. Our work in The Anniversary Garden continues. For those who are unaware of its existence, it is a small public garden located in Eccles Court that runs between The Ferns and The Chipping. The land was originally part of the grounds of Sir William Romney’s school, Long Street, which is now the present-day doctor’s surgery.

In 1977, after the school grounds had been sold to developers for housing, this small area was developed into a garden by Brigadier Meyrick Nielsen, the founder of the original ‘Tetbury in Bloom’, to commemorate HM The Queen’s Silver Jubilee. By 2007, the garden looked sad and

unloved, so to commemorate its 30th anniversary and to mark the 80th birthday of The Queen, The Civic Society provided funds for its makeover. Eric Simpson, a former member of this current ‘Tetbury in Bloom’ team and the Civic Society, took it upon himself to redesign the garden and almost single handedly did all the work himself.

He built the rose arbour that we have today and created new beds. The original rosa regosa bushes alongside the adjacent footpath had just been left to grow and had become a visual barrier into the garden. These were given a severe pruning which produced luscious new growth and most of them, after all these years, still survive today. ‘Tetbury in Bloom’ have continued to tend the garden over the past fourteen years and during this time have had two additional benches installed to allow people to sit and enjoy this hidden gem.




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Tetbury Community Choir leaving her post with the choir; her talent and enthusiasm will be greatly missed. So, the choir is looking for a new MD to start with us from September, always with the proviso that regulations then allow this.

After what seems to be a long time, it appears that choral singing might be allowed again. This has not been practically possible under the regulations while the Covid-19 pandemic was all around. So now, the choir are starting to plan to restart their activities. It seems an awfully long time since our concert of Christmas Music in December

2019 and then the few practices after that. At present, and always assuming that restrictions are relaxed as expected, we are working towards starting regular practices and rehearsals from early September (this year). We look forward, circumstance permitting, to welcoming back our existing choir members and would welcome anyone new to the choir who would like to join us when we start singing together again. As some people will know, the start of the first “lockdown” coincided with our previous Musical Director, Nicola Atwell

If anyone is interested in applying to be our next MD, or knows of someone who might be interested, then please look at the choir website “tetburycommunitychoir. co.uk” and contact the Choir Secretary, Ian Thomas at “thomasik42@gmail.com”. The choir had over fifty names on its books when lockdown started and takes on quite a wide variety of music, so there is something for nearly everyone. We meet on Monday evenings in Christ Church, Tetbury. We have all missed singing for the past year and are really looking forward to restarting, so we really need to hear from anyone who might be interested in joining us as Musical Director and from anyone who wishes to sing with the choir when we do manage to start singing again. Ian Thomas, Tetbury Community Choir.


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Do you remember making an Easter Garden? Traditionally Easter Gardens show the tomb, with the stone rolled away, as a sign of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. And they are decorated with lots of lovely Spring flowers. I always think they are a joyful symbol of hope and life. So, thank you to Arwen, Nathan, William, Harrison, and Leah for the beautiful Easter Gardens they made, which we shared in our 10.00 am Worship on Zoom on Easter Morning. The “Lego” version was particularly striking!

then shared it on YouTube. In all, around one hundred and fifty people attended and, again, we were so glad to support our communities in this way. Our only regret was that although we had started a Book of Condolence on the morning of the announcement, sadly we had to remove it later to follow Government guidelines, requiring this to be done online only. I know this was very distressing, and I am so sorry to disappoint people like this.

We’ve been celebrating Eastertide all through April and will carry on until Sunday the 23rd of May. I love the fact that Eastertide lasts for fifty days –ten days longer than Lent. Again, a sign of hope and life. During these celebrations was, of course, the sadness of the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We were so glad to have St Marys’ church open, and welcome people as they came for a quiet time of reflection, and to support them in prayer. On Saturday the 10th of April, the day after his death, we

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St Mary’s Playgroup After so many months of feeling disconnected, this month we wanted to share how we have been helping to keep our ‘playgroup community’ united, especially as our close connection to our families has always been part of our ethos. Our online platform Tapestry provides parents with access to videos and photos of their child playing and learning in session, and whilst this is something we have been using for some time, it has been a particularly valuable resource to keep in touch with our families over the last year. During the first lockdown we sent out weekly activities to our families with games, wake and shakes and activity ideas, whilst we now can return to using it to show our parents (and extended families) how their children are thriving and having fun in session. Pre-Covid19 parents were encouraged to sign up to take their turn at “Parent Duty” and spend time with their child at playgroup, enabling us to spend time sharing our engaging environments and building stronger parent and staff relationships. In return, parents get to share their child’s experience of a playgroup session and delight at their child’s glee from having “their adult” come in and many more positives! (I know this as I’ve seen both sides, being both a former playgroup parent and now staff member). So, we are pleased to say that we have now been able to reinstate Parent Duty at one of our outdoor settings, which has been fantastic and as soon as restrictions allow, we will extend this to other sessions – we can’t wait to have all our parents back in to play! Staff have also been providing daily environment videos of the room before the children arrive, doing a ‘walk around tour’ to share what is on offer for that day, as well as posting on Tapestry a round up of photos and videos at the end of the day.

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Over its history the theatre and festival has closed several times, including during World War II when the theatre collapsed, and in the late 1940s, when the theatre closed for renovation. A letter dated 1948 remarks that funding of the renovation caused considerable dispute among Malvern District Council, and that George Bernard Shaw would be delighted to learn that there would be a Malvern Festival in 1949. In 1956 Malvern held a Shaw centenary week, however for a few years up to 1965, the festival theatre lapsed. In the late 1990s it closed again when a new complex was built with the eight hundred and fifty seat Festival Theatre, a Forum Theatre, and a four hundred seat cinema, bar and restaurant. In 1883 a bid was put in for land at Malvern, then known as the Promenade Gardens, with the idea of building a centre of arts for the town. Funding was raised by a company dedicated to building the theatre, and two thousand shares costing £5.00 each were allotted. The foundation stone of the assembly rooms of the theatre was laid down by the Earl Beauchamp on the 6th of July 1884. The theatre was inaugurated on the 1st of July 1885. The Tetbury Theatre Group’s outing is usually a day trip. Malvern is a lovely small town although it has a steep hill, and the theatre complex opens out to the Festival Gardens, so it is a delightful day out We have not yet booked any trips as the outlook is still uncertain, but we are keeping up with the news and what performances are coming up. It is encouraging to see how well Malvern has survived after several closures. If you would like any more details of the Tetbury Theatre Group do visit our website www.tetburytheatregroup.co.uk or telephone our Chairperson Helen Price 01666 503187 or Membership Secretary Diana Challis 01666 503768. Celia Bayes Tetbury Theatre Group

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Tetbury WI During our April Zoom meeting titled “Rocks and Frocks”, Vanessa Harness told us all about life planning high end weddings. Vanessa and her teamwork from their offices in Cambridgeshire and can arrange anything from High Society to Boho. Her awardwinning company works at the luxury end of the market handling the full planning of weddings for busy professionals, sports personalities and celebrities; creating memories for those that don’t have the time and can afford her expertise. She works with clients with a minimum budget of 50k and often up to 500k. Its intimate but exhaustive work where nothing is a problem, hot tubs to live camels, whatever is required to make the couples day perfect.

Far East with Elizabeth and even made it to the other side of the world when he joined Sally and Elaine when they travelled to New Zealand…. But where has Cuthbert spent lockdown? Where is he now? As restrictions ease and we can be out and about more, we look forward to many more trips and adventures, hopefully Cuthbert will be happy to come along again too! With the easing of Lockdown, plans of trips and events gather pace, the Fish and Chip train trip with GWSR is scheduled for the 3rd of July and the December theatre trip to Bath to see the show “Six”, reviewed as a “Kick-ass

musical about Henry VIII’s wives that channels its inner Beyoncé” is now fully booked! We continue to meet via Zoom and Lorna has planned several interesting talks for us over the coming months. Next month, on the 10th of May, Chris Duffin will give a talk entitled “Gaol Tales” about his experiences as a prison governor at several top security prisons. We look forward to seeing you there. Tetbury WI continues to welcome members from Tetbury and the surrounding villages. Jennifer Walsh, Tetbury WI

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We have received a lot of enquiries regarding the Ash trees which were removed on the piece of land behind the Royal Oak, at the start of Herd Lane and I want to confirm that whilst The Feoffees do own this land, it has been leased to the Town Council and is maintained by Cotswold District Council, as part of the Good Shed Car Park redevelopment. This work was part of planned maintenance by the District Council, and I wanted to re-assure you all that we are in contact with the District Council regarding the replanting of this area. Finally, I am pleased to advise that local retailer, the Tetbury Tailor is launching a new brand of Tetbury Tweed and for each item sold, a donation of £25 will be made to our charity. I would like to extend our thanks to Mr Keith Leaver for his support of our charity and the work that we do in the town.

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Trail” a walk one hundred and eighty-four miles from the source (just up the road) to the Thames Barrier in London. The first leg, following Government guidelines and walking local, was completed on the 20th of March. The initial plan was to cover the twelve miles to Cricklade, a gentle start. The route was fine, no ankle-deep mud, no water to wade through. Chris was feeling good, good enough to press on another five miles to Castle Eaton, seventeen miles done! The second leg, another seventeen miles on the 27th of March, took us past Lechlade to Tadpole Bridge. The scenery so far has been breath-taking.

We can’t complete this challenge in one go, time does not allow, so we are getting lifts from husbands and friends, trains, any other forms of transport that we may need to get us to the start and end points for each section, plus a few full weekends walking. The plan is to complete it before Liz’s birthday on the 1st of October. The fundraising page is www.donatemyschool. com/campaign-page/chris-liz-challengethe-thames and we are hoping to raise enough money to supply exciting things for the SEN team and for the Governors to spend on capital projects. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook – Chris and Liz Challenge The Thames.’ Thank you PTFA for supporting this venture through their donations page, and to everyone who has donated so far. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Chris and Liz for their fabulous efforts and pray that the sun shines! If you would like to sponsor Chris and Liz and raise some money for your local primary school, please go to https:// donatemyschool.com/campaign-page/ chris-liz-challenge-the-thames-2 Thank you. Mrs Woolley, Headteacher


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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup What a wonderful sight it was seeing our five painted lady butterflies open their wings in the sunshine and fly off into the blue April sky. It was a great experience for the children to be able to see tiny caterpillars grow (very rapidly) into large caterpillars and then form into chrysalides. If you can, please check out our Facebook page where we managed to capture the point at which one of the butterflies shakily squeezed itself out of its cocoon and opened it’s delicate, creased wings for the first time, it’s a fascinating watch. We’re now into the Spring/Summer term with lots more opportunities to spend time outside, and to explore the outdoors, a bit like our butterflies. Parts of our playgroup garden have been rearranged to include more number, shape and musical activities for the children to explore, and during May and June we’ll be talking about, and learning about our world, including a child-led focus on underwater life, which

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Looking ahead, if restrictions allow, we hope to have an Open Day at the Goods Shed on Tuesday the 10th of August. This will be similar to the one we held when Tetbury & District u3a was inaugurated. You will be able to join the u3a, speak to Group Leaders, sign up for Groups and enjoy tea or coffee and a chat. More details will follow nearer the event. Newsletter Editor, Tetbury & District u3a

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…our Spring “What’s On” brochure is included with this month’s Tetbury Advertiser with information on forthcoming performances. All events will continue to be run “socially distanced” for the comfort and safety of all concerned and our website is continually being updated with more news, together with information on how you can purchase tickets. Also included in our Spring “What’s On” is a link to our Community Survey – please scan the code to let us know what you think and what you would want to see at the Shed. Vital to our success is our wonderful team of volunteers – without them we simply could not function, and we are keen to welcome more. Training is provided and roles range from manning our Reception/Foyer, providing information to visitors about our events and latest art exhibition, managing the Box Office or working with our Bar Manager Ros. There are also opportunities to work behind the scenes preparing the hall for a variety of events and exhibitions. For the technically minded there is the

Congratulations to the winners of our inaugural Tetbury Goods Shed Young People’s Writing Competition. And our sincere thanks to everyone who entered. The standard and variety of the submissions impressed our judges greatly and made it difficult to choose the winners. After much deliberation they agreed that the deserving winners should be: Age 7-12 Years – Winner: Seth KilburnBond (10) for “Rockpool Life”. Highly commended: Eva Edgecombe (9) for “Sledging for Gold.” Age 13-16 Years – Winner: Elise Davies for “Perfect Enough”. Highly Commended: Arwen Borthwick-Hunter for “Perfect Vengeance”. Age 17-21 Years – Winner: Ellie Sanders for “The Perfect Day”. Each will receive up to £30 in vouchers to spend in The Yellow-Lighted Bookshops in Tetbury and Nailsworth. We should also like to extend our grateful thanks to the judges who worked together across different continents and time zones. This month the first prize winner received £100 and two other lucky winners won £50 and £20 respectively in the April draw of our 200 Club. You can still join in, the

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• Get enough sleep. Your body needs time to rest and recover • Don’t rely on drugs, drink or other addictive behaviours to reduce stress. These are just a few ways to reduce stress and there are many other resources out there that can help you, such as: Mind, NHS, Mental Health Foundation. Alternatively, if you live in the Cotswolds, then you can use our Cotswold Community Wellbeing Service. It offers one-to-one support, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or would like support with your overall health and wellbeing.

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Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody. Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control. Having difficulty relaxing and quietening your mind. Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed. Avoiding others, such as friends and family.


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greener, produce less waste and reduce fossil fuel usage. Look out for the bright cards in shop windows that show how our local businesses are taking part. Let’s make Tetbury GREEN again! See some of the best examples on our Facebook page.

Great British spring clean Litter picking has never felt so good! To enable social distancing, we are encouraging small groups to work on their surroundings from the 28th of May to the 13th of June (Keep Britain Tidy fortnight) so we can take pride in our beautiful town and villages. Many volunteer hours have already been put into clearing the debris near the Tetbury Goods Shed. With litterpicking tools available to borrow from the town hall (01666 504670) you can make a

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Behind the scenes Some of our projects take time to become news, but behind the scenes there are more wildlife plans, green transport conversations, repair café ideas, expansion of the book club and local food initiatives being worked on. Come and join us! if you have special interests or expertise, our sub groups- Wildlife, Energy, Food, Transport, Plastic and Waste – are keen to hear from you.

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Newsletter for members A handy monthly email has been introduced to highlight GT and other local initiatives. It offers useful detail on some of our projects and ways to get involved, plus links to stimulating articles on the environment.

We offer a professional and reliable cleaning service for your: • Windows - inside and outside • Window sills

To receive the monthly email, simply register as a member with Greening Tetbury at our website, greeningtetbury.org. Membership is free; donations are welcomed.

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Tetbury Hospital

Introducing our new Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Consultant

we can offer increased availability for appointments. If you are an NHS patient please ask your GP for your referral to be at Tetbury Hospital.

We are very proud to welcome Mr Deepak Gupta, Consultant ENT Surgeon, who will be consulting NHS and private patients at Tetbury Hospital.

If you wish to self-pay for an appointment with Mr Gupta or have private medical insurance contact our Private Patient Team on 01666 501773 or email privatepatientsoffice@tetburyhospital. co.uk We are already a Bupa recognised hospital and will be registering with more private insurers in the coming months.

Mr Gupta is a highly experienced sinonasal surgeon. He treats general ear nose and throat problems including complex sinus problems, smell issues, allergy, facial pain, snoring, ear problems, dizziness, watery eye, and tear duct surgery. He also treats ear wax problems with microsuction, a quick painless procedure carried out in our own outpatient unit at the hospital.

To find out more about Mr Gupta go to ‘Our Consultants’ on our website www. tetburyhospital.co.uk.

Mr Gupta’s microsuction treatment is available for private patients, our own nurse-led NHS service will hopefully commence in June.

population. It is a great privilege to be joining Tetbury Hospital and I look forward to my time here.”

Mr Gupta says “Community Hospitals are always so welcoming and serve such an important and useful role for the local

With Mr Gupta joining us we are delighted that we will now have two ENT Consultants available to NHS patients and this means

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Many of you have been wondering when our physiotherapy service will resume. Unfortunately, it is with regret that I must inform you that physiotherapy will not be returning to Tetbury Hospital for the foreseeable future. Gloucestershire Health and Care have decided to continue to deliver physiotherapy from their main hubs, which include Cirencester and Stroud Hospitals. We would, of course, be keen to reinstate a physiotherapy service if the situation changes, as we are aware how valuable this service has been to our local community.


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Diabetic Retinopathy Screening If you have diabetes and your GP surgery is in Gloucestershire your eye health check will be provided at the hospital again this year and will be delivered in May and November. If you are eligible for an appointment you will be contacted by the screening service directly, we do not book these appointments. If you need any further information on hospital services our friendly hospital team will be happy to talk to you on 01666 502336. Or if you would like to talk to me, I can be contacted on 01666 501786. Lian Franklin Fundraising, Marketing & GP Liaison Manager, Tetbury Hospital

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From December 2020 we will be located in our brand new premises around the corner at Home Farm ALL MAKES OF CARS, FOUR WHEEL DRIVES AND LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

MOT Testing Class 4 and now Class 7 Vehicle Repairs Free loan cars Servicing are available Diagnostics

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Letters to the Editor…

Dear Editor,

Hoping this letter reaches you, your readers and families safe and well. I recently read in the March edition a thank you from the Tetbury Lions to local businesses and individuals that have gone above and beyon d throughout the pandemic and we seem to have been missed off. Please can you thank all my Carers and Nurs es who have carried on throughout the pand emic providing excellent care and support in the community to all our clients. They have been the lifeline to some clients who haven’t seen famil y or friends for a long time and their conti nued visits has been a vital service. We have supported staff throughout but most will say “I am just doing my job!” They are an outstanding team to have for sure and I am incredibly proud of them all and I wanted to personally say a huge Thank you to them Julie H – Manager, Prestige Nursing

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Dear Editor, a lot of people have I was pleased to see rface on the section been to see the new su t crosses the Duchy of the Tetbury Trail tha lowing the publication of Cornwall’s land fol it in last month’s of the article about gly though, the tin Advertiser. Disappoin damaged already n bee s new surface ha ve been a quad bike by what appears to ha path. being driven along the chanically propelled However, driving a me bridleway like this c vehicle along a publi that can result in is a criminal offence icle being seized. the perpetrator’s veh mobility scooters to (This doesn’t apply ask your readers to of course). Could I on they have or report any informati y witness to me or breach of the law the the police please? Thanks and regards Paul Lockley

Dear Editor, My name is Paul and this year I will be att empting a 24 hour car push in aid of Young Epile psy. My Daughter was diagnosed with epile psy in 2019. Florence has been amazing, so brave, well behaved and did ev erything that was asked of her through the wh ole examination pr ocess. It came to our attentio n, after a Young Ep ilepsy parents meeting, tha t there was a proje ct that would help children in their examination process called the MEG Proje ct. It just so happens tha t the 24 hour car pu sh is planned on the same week as national ep ilepsy week; so even more reason to give anyth ing you can to my just giving page, please use the link below. My charity fundrais er this year will be at Kemble airfield on the 22nd and 23rd of May 20 21. I was wondering if yo u would mind printing this letter with a link to my just giving page. We’d like to increase awarenes s and raise as much money as we can for this vit al charity, Young Ep ilepsy. They can then supp ort children & paren ts with this condition. We know it’s been a long a tough year bu t if your readers could help in anyway they ca n then Florence and I would be eternally grateful . https://www.justgivin g.com/fundraising/ carpushyoungepileps y Warmest regards

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