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November 2020

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Inside this issue... Tetbury in Bloom

St Mary’s Church

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Dear Readers, The clocks going back is an especially favourite time of year for me, an extra hour of productivity before the house wakes, and those darker nights made cosy by lighting the fire. It’s heartening to see that November in Tetbury brings many activities to keep the community spirit lifted. It will be wonderful to see the poppy trail through the town windows and the Christmas lights brightening Long Street towards the end of the month. It will be Christmas before we know it! Finally, don’t forget to send those nominations for the “Unsung Hero” award to advertiser@wilprintdesign.co.uk Keep safe and well Mary Roberts Editor

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

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Avening Primary School 36 Beaufort Hunt 44 Chelworth Bookworms 29 Cherington Parish Council 16 Computer Advice 8 Dolphins Hall and Recreation Ground 59 Friends of Tetbury Hospital 58 Girlguiding 40 Greening Tetbury 14 History of Tetbury Society 54 Hollies Care Home 44 Leighterton Primary School 57 Letters to the Editor 35 Lion’s Den 5 Lion’s 200 Club 5 Mayor’s Piece 42 News from Christ Church 41 News from St Marys’ Church 9 News from St Michael’s Church 53 Probus 17 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 25 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 52 St Mary’s Playgroup 61 Tetbury and District Footpath Group 46 Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust 49 Tetbury Art Society 13 Tetbury Bowls Club 30 Tetbury Camera Club 38 Tetbury Goods Shed 18 Tetbury Hospital 43 Tetbury in Bloom 21 Tetbury Library 10 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 22 Tetbury Police Museum 34 Tetbury Theatre Group 37 Tetbury Town Youth FC 26 Tetbury WI 62 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 6 Tracklements 63 U3A 50 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

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Young by Name My recent visit to Highgrove to admire HRH’s numerous quirky gardens-within-agarden inspired me… …to start a new feature in my own plot. I christened it my Circle of Life Garden, as it’s designed to provide perspective and reassurance in a time when we are all a little more conscious than usual of our mortality. In lighter moments, I call it my Pull Yourself Together Patch or the Get a Grip Garden, but the principle remains the same. At the centre of the feature is a small buddha statue that a neighbour wanted shot of. Recycling or reincarnation? Either way, it seemed an appropriate starting point. On each side of the buddha are ferns, chosen to represent prehistory. According to the Eden Project, ferns have been around for 350 million years. Predating dinosaurs, they were among the first land-dwelling plants to create the oxygen essential for the origins of man. What’s not to love about ferns? Representing more recent history, between the buddha and the ferns I’ve laid out all the fragments of china and glass that my husband has unearthed while digging the garden. No, they’re not Roman relics, but

refuse buried by the previous occupants of my Victorian cottage before the invention of the council dustcart. Symbolising the present are wallflowers given to me by my father a couple of weeks ago and a cyclamen my sister brought me when she came to lunch last week. Looking to the future, snowdrops and crocus bulbs planted beneath a bare patch of earth in front of the buddha are scheduled to emerge next spring. All of these features are set against a backdrop of rotting logs, the remains of a

plum tree that died of old age last year. As the logs decay, they are giving new life to bugs and beetles, which in turn feed small wild mammals and birds, and so the food chain goes on. Thus in a compact space just a few feet wide my Circle of Life Garden celebrates the past and the present and promises hope for the future. It’s certainly cheered me up. There’s only one missing piece of the jigsaw: I’m still searching for a truly immortal plant. Japanese knotweed need not apply. Debbie Young www.authordebbieyoung.com


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Lion’s Den

I am sorry to have to say that Ollie North, our President has decided to stand down. It can’t have been an easy decision but we wish him all the best and hopefully he may return at a later date to the Lions. Thank you, Ollie, for your time as President and I hope that I can step into your shoes and continue where you left off.

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We also have to say thank you and goodbye to Warren Hately on the Community Support Team. He has done an amazing job and will be sorely missed. Warren will still be around in the background but not in an official capacity.

As I am taking over from Ollie part way through his year we are keeping the initiative that he set up with regards to the Mental Health, and I hope that in some way I may be able to move this forward.

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Firstly, we will also be holding a children’s Treasure Hunt – “Hunt for the Lion” in shop windows. Entry forms will be available from Malcolm’s Hardware Shop and the Visitor Information. You can also download them from The Lions Facebook page; there will be two prizes! The Christmas Raffle will take place this year in the town on Saturday the 12th of December and Saturday the 19th December between 9-3 pm, with the draw at The Priory on December the 19th at 3.30 pm. Please look out for us on those two dates. As always there will be some lovely prizes. We are hoping to hold a bucket shake on Saturday the 14th and 21st of November at Tesco in the morning. Again monies raised will go to those who may need our help over Christmas. We understand that this can be a very difficult time and we ask that you let us know if there is any way we can help you to make Christmas a bit better and happier. All requests will be treated in the strictest confidence. Thank you to Lion Penny for organising and holding a Quiz Night at The Tythe Barn. Our thanks to the Tythe Barn for the use of this space. A good time was had by all!


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The Feoffees and The Thirteen Sadly, as many of you know Thirteen member John Price passed away last month. John had been a member of our group since 1986 and was instrumental in working with the Lowsley-Williams family each year to ensure that two beautiful Christmas Trees flanked the Market Hall. A minute’s silence was held in his honour at our first socially distanced Feoffee only meeting on the 16th of September. In addition to this, the Feoffees flag flew at half-mast during the week of his death and on the day of his funeral. It was wonderful to see how our residents turned out to line Long Street and Church Street on John’s final journey past the Market Hall, behind which we all collected our mistletoe each Christmas. A true Tetbury man and character who will be missed by us all.

The work of the Trustees continues and in Preston Park Gloucester Wildlife Trust has started to work on the lower part of the watercourse and John Latter and his team have been busy in the Community Orchard. General maintenance has also been taking

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place throughout our open spaces and on the Market Hall. In these unusual times we all need to find a way for occasions to be marked and Remembrance Day is no different. There will be no Remembrance Day Service this year, however, I wanted to let you all know that a wreath will be laid by The Feoffees and Thirteen at the Town War Memorial and once again we will be having wreaths around the Market Hall on the pillars. It is important for us all to remember those in our community and worldwide who gave their lives in the pursuance of peace. Grant applications have continued to be received during this difficult time and I am pleased to report that support has been given to the following organisations/ individuals as follows: St Mary’s School Two x interactive whiteboards Tetbury Hospital Blood Pressure Monitor Tetbury Rail Lands Play Area Path to the Play Area Tetbury Football Club Various individuals for studies and tools In addition, the following annual grants were made: TAYCT - £3,000 John Phillips Millennium Green - £1,500 Tetbury in Bloom - £1,500 Advowson - £70

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Clean up your hard drive A typical computer contains many files that you really don’t need. Removing these files can make your PC run faster, particularly if you are running short of space. A first step would be to uninstall any programs that you are not using, particularly hardware such as printers that you no longer use. Old service packs, windows updates and system restore can use up more space than necessary. With Windows 10, I have regularly seen over 20GB of space recovered. Try using Disk Clean-up or do get in touch if you are not happy deleting the files yourself. However, do check what is being removed, as Disk Clean-up can include your Downloads folder. This could be a problem if you keep attachments from emails, photos or bills for instance, as these could be wiped out in a click!

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A common reason for sluggish PC performance is malware, including viruses and spyware etc. If you don’t already have some kind of antivirus protection installed, you should get some immediately! The built-in protection with Windows 10 is basic at best; so do install a more comprehensive package. Toolbars clogging up your browser screen, popups, notifications or search results not what you expected? Let’s get this sorted, and in the process liberate your Internet experience!

Hopefully you are already making copies of your important data should your hardware fail. Good internet-based backup solutions exist, some of which are free and give you unlimited space for your photos. As a belt and braces approach, I would also recommend having a local solution using a USB stick or external drive. I can install some free software that will automatically synchronise a backup for you. Why risk it!

Add more memory Adding RAM is a good way to improve a PC’s performance, particularly if you have under 3GB for Windows. You may have noticed a plethora of icons that load in to the bottom right hand side of the status bar along the bottom of your screen. These all consume memory, leaving less available for the programs you do want to run. Disabling some of these will increase performance, however caution is required as some of them are important and will affect the operation of the PC.

Background Apps Windows 10 has a plethora of Apps that come pre-installed, plus those added by your computer manufacturer. By default, they are able to run continuously in the background. Turning this setting off will free up resources for the programs you actually want to use.

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News from St Marys’ Church We will all miss the church service, with the building packed with people, as it just isn’t possible to accommodate people safely. And, sadly, we will also forego the March Past and Parade. But I hope and pray that we will all find special ways to remember as we share in marking this Remembrance on Sunday the 8th of November, perhaps using the words of the opening prayer of our traditional service:

November is a time for remembering.

Marys’ website at 6.00 pm that day: www. tetburychurch.co.uk/all-souls-service-stmarys-church

As the autumn leaves turn and fall, it feels right that the Church also pauses and takes time to reflect and remember.

Understandably, restrictions also mean that this year we are invited to mark Remembrance Sunday on the 8th of November in different ways. One idea is for everybody to put up poppy displays or pictures in their front window. This would be a wonderful sign of respect and remembering, just as the image of a rainbow has become our shared symbol of “thank you” to the NHS and key workers.

This begins by marking All Souls’ on Sunday the 1st of November, which is a special time for people to remember loved ones who have died. This year, as we cannot safely accommodate our traditional church service, people are warmly invited to call into St Marys’ Church between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm, for a time of quiet reflection and perhaps to light a candle. I will then lead a service online at 6.00 pm that evening, with hymns, prayers and readings, of course including reading the names of those who have died recently. You can share this service by going to St

There will be a very simple wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial, although again restrictions mean this is limited to invited representatives of the organisations involved. But of course, later in the afternoon everyone is invited to make time to walk past the Memorial, taking a few moments for their personal remembrance.

O Lord, our maker and our strength, from whose love in Christ we can never be parted either by death or defeat: May our remembrance this day deepen our sorrow for the loss and wastes of war, make us more grateful to those who courageously gave their lives to defend this land and commonwealth; and may all who bear the scars and memories of conflicts, past and present, know your healing love for the sake of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Amen. God be with you through this time of remembering. With love and prayers, Poppy, The Revd Poppy Hughes, Parish Priest Follow our online Sunday Worship on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCOFdoe-DSWM3WeaRLwzTjsw Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ St.MarysTetbury www.tetburychurch.co.uk


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Tetbury Library

humbling to see how grateful people are that we are open, and how much of a difference we as a library service have made to so many of you.

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings”

If you are housebound and still struggling with the effects of Covid-19 we can help by delivering some books to your door. If you are interested please give us a call on 502258 or email us on tetburylibrary@ gloucestershire.gov.uk to have a chat with us.

Meister Eckhart As we begin to get back to some sort of, albeit different, normality we are beginning to start new things and new ways of doing things. We are excited to offer our monthly story time for the under 8’s online via Facebook. It is a great chance to still be able to participate in our monthly story time and be transported magically to wherever the story takes us. This month we are reading “The Runaway Pea” by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore, a delightful story about a pea who does not want to be eaten for tea and decides to run away for a spot of adventure. It is a BookTrust’s ‘Time to Read scheme’ story where reception school aged children are gifted a storybook. So if you have been lucky enough to have already received yours, you can follow the story in your book at home too. We had a LOT of fun recording the video (only took 6 attempts, ahem) and hope you enjoy it too. If you

are not currently following Gloucestershire Libraries on Facebook, why not have a quick peek? You can find us at https://www. facebook.com/GloucestershireLibraries. There will be an accompanied craft pack available from the library from Monday the 12th of November. Please ask at the desk, or when you come in the door. One thing that has struck us enormously since we have re-opened is the positive response we have received from so many of you. We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone for their well wishes and words of gratitude at our still being here and being open again. It has been

In line with government legislation we are asking people to wear masks when they are in the library. We are also using the NHS Covid-19 app for track and trace, but don’t panic though if you do not have a smartphone. There are other ways to collect the data. We are currently opening on Mondays 10.00 am -13.00 pm, Tuesdays 10.00 am -13.00 pm and 14.00 pm – 17.00 pm, and Fridays 10.00 am -13.00 pm and 14.00 pm – 17.00 pm. If all this is just too much and you feel like burying your head under the duvet, then perhaps take a look at our eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines, all available from the Gloucestershire Libraries website or new app. Linda, Norah, Sophie and Nigel. Tetbury Library Team

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Tetbury Art Society artists going. Ten hardy artists painted and sketched at the Goods Shed in Tetbury last week. Shirley Mosdell tackled the Finnish railway carriage, which is a complicated subject. All attendees voted to carry on in the autumn months dependant on weather.

Close Encounters!

Our new website is almost ready to be launched with a huge new gallery of members art work to be scrolled through, enjoyed and hopefully sold. We are just checking the finer details and it is then ready to roll! There will be details of next years hotly anticipated demonstrations, social gatherings and the all important AGM. Meanwhile if you are looking for inspirations there are a lot of good online tutorials and ideas on YouTube. Have a look at your chosen medium and scroll through; also Pinterest is a good place to pick up some ideas. I recently tried Cyanotype at the Newlyn School of Art, which relies upon sunlight to produce an image – no luck there then in the beginnings of Storm Alex! Happy days!

days? They seem a long time ago now that autumn is with us with a vengeance! One of our committee, Barry Barnes, is now ready to take nine offerings to the hotel for them to select the final picture.

During this momentous year members of the Tetbury Art Society were invited to sketch and paint the rear elevation of the Close Hotel. The hotel had kindly allowed It’s tricky keeping the motivation going for members to paint in their gardens during painting22:12 sometimes, the beautiful sunny weather of late spring, 1130509 Springfields1:Layout 1 22/4/09 Pagebut 1 good company and fresh air seems to keep our ‘plein air’ early summer. Do you remember those

Information on the Society can be found on our website www.tetburyartsociety.org.uk soon to be upgraded! Or call Michael on 01666 502909 or Barry on 01666 503926. Our meetings are usually in St Michaels Hall, Silver St, Tetbury at 7.30 pm. We are a friendly and welcoming group to anyone interested in art.


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Greening Tetbury On the 1st of October, the government banned the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds; a small win for Greening Tetbury’s drive to stop the use of Single Use Plastics in the Tetbury area. Single Use Plastics include plastic bags, plastic water bottles, plastic covers on fruit, veg and other foods, ice cream tubs etc. They do not biodegrade; instead, they become brittle over time and break up into smaller pieces, microplastics, which can last for thousands of years, choking our oceans and sea life and getting into our food. Reduce the plastic mountain of empty water bottles by drinking tap water. Filter the water if you need to, use a refillable bottle and encourage others to do the same. For more tips, see the Greening Tetbury Facebook page and website.

Climate Strategy Cotswold District Council (CDC) has now published its 55-page Climate Emergency Strategy, which can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/y4f62ttj.

CDC sets out its ways to respond to the climate emergency 2020-2030, following the CDC’s Climate Emergency Declaration in July 2019. Cotswold District emitted 605,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2e) in 2018, the equivalent of burning diesel 1.5 times the size of Cirencester Leisure Centre pool DAILY. Just under half of these greenhouse gases come from travel (diesel and petrol) a third from gas and other domestic fuels and 15% from electricity used at home and work. The Council’s target for its own net emissions (0.4% of the district total) is to reduce by 2/3 by 2030 and to zero by 2045, with no reliance on offsetting. CDC’s leadership and communications will be an important part of its ability to get all residents on board, working towards the same goal. CDC will engage with town councils and parish councils in Climate Action Planning Days. Residents are encouraged to come forward with ideas.

Tetbury Meanwhile, Tetbury Town Council Climate Strategy Working Group were represented at the Cotswold District Council Climate Emergency Action Day, a virtual conference, with 16 parish and town councils represented. A summary of this day will go to the full Town Council, making

a contribution to their Vision and Action Plan document. Anyone can attend the virtual Town Council meetings, which are advertised on Tetbury Town Council’s website, www.tetbury.gov.uk. To apply for a link to their meetings, email ceo@tetbury.gov. uk by 3pm on the day of the meeting you would like to attend.

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Cherington Parish Council Village life has been somewhat disjointed since March… …and the heart of the village has changed, from not having a Sunday Church service and due to the loss of the Village Show. Gerald, our Vicar, has done a lot of work to produce weekly services online and now outside in the Churchyard. Thanks to him and to all who contributed to ensuring services continued. The loss of the show is disastrous because of the financial support it gives to the Church, Village Hall and Cricket Club, amounting to £2,000 annually. It also generates reserves for any ‘unexpected’ situations in the village. The VE day celebrations in May were also a loss - but life continues, and thankfully everyone has survived the pandemic. There is much to applaud in how everyone has supported each other, making sure that things are OK, doing shopping, collecting prescriptions and generally just being there. Thank you all. Working from home seems to be the new standard, which has its good points, although getting away for the day is also nice, unless it means a massive commute. Currently our Village Hall is closed. Wendy and Hilary have run the hall for many years,

responsible for everything from cleaning and opening for hirers, to carrying out the administrative tasks. Many thanks to them both - they have done a sterling job that has made life easy for the rest of us. Hopefully, it will be closed only until January, for the work involved in fulfilling new pandemic regulations and protocols. This gives us an opportunity to look at what needs doing to bring the hall up to date. Thanks go to trustees Zac Curtis, Alison Sharpe and Kevin Macmahon for all the work they have done over the years in keeping the hall so well maintained. Camilla Trotter kindly took over the role of Administrator after Wendy left, and she and Kate Gegg, representing the Parish Council, are now overseeing all the works that are needed. They have the support of Harriet I’Anson, who is helping us with all the legal issues. The three of them have joined Kevin Macmahon as trustees since Zac and Alison are sadly stepping down too, due to work and other commitments. I know the new trustees would welcome any input or opinion - so do please get in touch with them if you would like to be involved. The aim is to make the hall truly fit for purpose, and this will mean initial works to provide warmth and a new door and ramp which would give better access to all users. In time there are further plans to improve the hall so that it can be more widely used and be more financially sustainable, but we will come back to you on that.

Under the terms of the hall’s Trust any changes need to go to the Village vote. Normally we have a Parish Council AGM in May which gives us a chance to run through the goings on in the village over the past year, and so that issues can be discussed for the coming year, but obviously this has not happened this year. There have not been a lot of planning applications in the Parish this year, but we have welcomed some new residents who have realised very quickly what a great place Cherington is to live. The one costly purchase we have made was the phone box which we bought from BT for a pound! This is now the property of the village and we welcome any suggestions for its use. First, it will need a fresh coat of paint. Mike Mitchell, Chairman, Cherington Parish Council The Parish Council Website is https:// cheringtonpc.org.uk/ and along with meeting, financial and council business news you may use it to address comments both to council members and to the clerk.

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Probus One of Tetbury’s relics is the former Hermit’s Cave, close to Chavenage Lane. Little is known about its origin, but few of us would be well suited to living in solitude. We prefer to meet each other at regular intervals, and are still hoping to do so soon. As with other societies, trying to ensure the continuing well being of our club in recent months, since the March lockdown, has not been helped by the resurgent virus and being baffled by numerous changes in government restrictions. Many of these have seemed confusing and chaotic. Even our M.P. has said the public will need to start carrying a rulebook!


Growing increasingly restive, we await with bated breath each new set of measures introduced to combat the virus, hoping for an opportunity to get together again. We’ve not been lucky yet. Indeed, nothing much changed for us in the middle of October, and unfortunately, no windows of opportunity opened. Certainly returning to a more normal life is something that cannot come too soon. But much depends on what happens next. We can only wait and see.


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Tetbury Goods Shed We are back and it feels wonderful to be open once again. Sasha and her team have done an amazing job keeping the Whistlestop Café going with a tasty take away service and are moving back into the main hall as the weather gets colder. In order to maintain social distancing and meet the necessary regulations, numbers allowed have to be closely monitored and we have come up with a variety of suitable plans to allow us to re open safely and to start putting on events again. Our very first live music show with the band “Our Man In The Field” launching their new album played to a packed house and produced rave reviews. The Earl Duo returned last month to popular acclaim and already tickets for the jazz combo of Holder and Smith this month are much in demand and for those missing your trips to the theatre check out Gerard Logan’s performance as Oscar Wilde. The return of Cinema on a Thursday has been warmly welcomed and in an effort to reach out to as many as possible we have introduced afternoon matinee performances meaning those of you not

wanting to go out in the evening can come along to our film show starting at 2.00 pm and still be home before it gets dark. We were all sorry to learn of the passing of John Price – a real Tetbury character and one who gave so much to our Town over the years. In recognition of his place in our hearts and minds we organised a special showing of the film “Dulcima”. This acclaimed and memorable drama, starring Cathy Come Home’s Carol White and Oscar winner Sir John Mills, is an earthy, awardwinning adaptation of H.E. Bates’ classic novel and was filmed here in Tetbury with John Price in a cameo role. Our new Art Exhibition opened the other week – local artist Alison Seymour Williams presents ‘Life Inspired by African and Asian Textiles - A collection of pastels, drawings and innovative prints’ – this exhibition is free to

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Storm Alex at the beginning of October certainly put an end to most of the summer displays that we tend. At least it was made easier to decide when to start preparing them all, ready for the winter months ahead and to start planting over 2000 bulbs in various locations around the town, to enhance the spring displays next year. One of the locations to receive extra bulbs this year is the Diana, Princess of Wales

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Autumn provides us with a wealth of objects for the children to discover and investigate, and we thank parents and staff who’ve brought things in for us from their walks around Tetbury. As we continue to help the children settle back into playgroup we have been spending lots of time outdoors exploring sunflower heads, pine cones, conkers and the beautiful colours of the leaves. Indoors we’ve been using these wonderful items from nature to support the children’s creative, numerical and physical development. How? They’ve made leaf puppets with wooden lolly sticks, hedgehogs with air-dry clay, painted and printed with pine cones, and with conkers they’ve rolled them in autumnal coloured paint to create wonderful patterns. They’ve made caterpillars with googly eyes, and used tongs to pick the conkers up; a tricky exercise which supports hand-eye coordination and development of the muscles in hands and fingers which will help them start to grip a pencil. Children typically develop gross motor skills used for things like walking, jumping and hopping first, the muscles and fine motor skills required for a controlled tripod grip to hold a pencil aren’t usually in place until a child is around 5 years old. Developing a good pencil grasp is a natural process, with an incorrect hold much harder to unlearn if it’s been rushed. Our preschoolers have also been practising their number recognition counting conkers into labelled jars. Autumn also provides us with many festivals for the children to learn about including Harvest, Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night. These all fit in to an area we follow as part of the Early Years curriculum

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Here at Tetbury Bowls Club things are winding down. The games and matches we played in the summer were all finished by the end of September and the green is starting its resting and treatment phase. It was lovely to be able to get out in the sunshine and enjoy our bowling even under such limiting conditions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though our social side will be taking! place just yet so, for the foreseeable future, no Friday night get togethers in the clubhouse.


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Avening Primary School

Normally in October, we hold our school open morning. Instead, this year we have filmed a virtual tour, which will be ready to view on our school website over the next few weeks. The tour will be led by members of our school council and our head teacher Mrs Rushton, is more than happy to answer any questions or queries for families interested in joining Avening School.

The first half of autumn term certainly has gone by in a flash! Despite the restrictions and procedures in place due to Covid-19, we have managed to accomplish many exciting and different things in a short space of time. The school council, made up of children from throughout the school, held their first meeting socially distant and in the open air at which they discussed their ideas and how to make the usual events on the school calendar as Covid safe as possible. There is plenty to look forward to in the run up to Christmas with the Kestrels class (y1/2) taking part in a felt-making workshop to support their term topic on local mills and ‘In and Around Avening’. The Eagles (r/y1) and Kestrels have also been on walks around Avening, finding objects, buildings and landmarks that link with the history of the village. Meanwhile, the Owls class (y5/6) have participated in a K’nex challenge which is led by Stemworks and aimed at developing an understanding of science, technology, maths and engineering. The Owls class have also taken part in an environmental project called the ‘Orchard project’ where they have been discovering everything there is to know about soil.

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No one knows what is going to happen next year but…

I was very pleased to see that Bristol Old Vic has been awarded a substantial amount that will help them. We visited there last year and it is certainly a lovely historical theatre, with a great restaurant.

…we have had some notifications from a few of the theatres we visit on a regular basis. We have sent a questionnaire to find out to what our members are prepared to commit before we book anything because, unfortunately some theatres are having to close down and some are not taking group bookings. Anything that is booked will not be performed until April 2021 but, of course, we have to book well in advance.

The theatre is situated on King Street, a few yards from the floating harbour, and from 1972 to 2016 the public entrance was through the Coopers’ Hall, the earliest surviving building on the site. Architect William Halfpenny built the Coopers’ Hall in 1744 for the Coopers’ family company. It has a debased Palladian façade with four Corinthian columns and remained in the hands of the Coopers until 1785.

Subsequently it became a public assembly room, a wine warehouse, a Baptist chapel and eventually a fruit and vegetable warehouse – quite a variety of uses. The theatre was built between 1764 and 1766 with the design of the auditorium being similar to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. The theatre opened May 1766 with a prologue and epilogue given by David Garrick and also became a patent theatre and took the name of The Theatre Royal at this time. Both the Bath Theatre Royal and Bristol Theatre Royal featured performers such as Sarah Sissons whose ghost, according to legend, haunts the Bristol theatre. The new theatre complex was completed in 1972. If you want any details of the Theatre Group please ring Helen Price 01666 503187 (Chairperson) or Diana Challis 01666 502768 (Vice-Chairman) Celia Bayes Tetbury Theatre Group

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Tetbury Camera Club After a lengthy hiatus, Tetbury Camera Club has been meeting again. For the past several weeks, members have been meeting on Tuesday evenings via Zoom the online meeting website. As we have all experienced not being able to meet with those who have similar interests to our own, it has been nice to resume club meetings again. We have tried to keep our online programme the same as our past in-person programme where possible. We have also added some new ways to help our members stay active in photography. Our first speaker, Steve Myall, a Bristolbased photographer, talked about Street Photography and his ‘100 Stranger’ Project. Steve set himself a goal to photograph 100 strangers that he meets for the first time. He makes a portrait and talks with his subjects and then posts the pictures and information online with the subject’s permission. Steve gave some great tips and advice on how he finds and approaches his subjects. He started the project a few years ago and has photographed over 300 people since then. Sally Sallett, presented to us ‘Never Underestimate An Old Woman With A Camera’. She showed a variety of work and talked about some of her post-processing techniques. She uses a variety of digital cameras to create her pictures. Everything from DSLRs to Point and Shoot cameras, as well as the camera on her mobile device, showing that the camera is just a tool to be used by someone with a creative eye. ‘Your Kitchen Drawer’ was the subject of our first monthly challenge. Club members were asked to create pictures of items found in their kitchen drawer. There were some very creative pictures presented by the club’s members. Why not give it a try and see what you can find in your kitchen drawer to photograph?

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Girlguiding The picture of Girlguiding in Tetbury is going to be very different… …after the pandemic but we are determined that it will be as good as we can make it! The leaders were re-energised after a Zoom District meeting and we will continue to find new ways to support each other and start to resume meetings for the girls.

1st Guides have started meeting on Zoom and have been trying to complete the Express Myself theme award. One week they solved the marshmallow mystery in a cluedostyle game, and they invented new uses for everyday objects in the pillowcase game. As a uniformed youth organisation we come under separate rules regarding meetings and, if leaders decide to meet, are allowed up to 15 girls at any session as long as they socially distance. There is no pressure on the leaders to return to meetings yet as each has to weigh up the risks and decide if they are comfortable with meeting face-to-face. We have strict rules to follow and have to produce a comprehensive risk assessment before any meeting can take place.

adequate leaders present. We were very sorry to lose Casey, one of our Brownie leaders, to Bristol but are delighted to hear that she is going to continue volunteering. We would love to hear from you if you are interested and please do continue to register your daughter (Girlguiding.org.uk) if they would like to join us.

We are looking for more volunteers to join our happy team as, when we return to meetings, we will need to ensure we have

Sue Doidge Tetbury District Commissioner tetbury@girlguidingglos.org.uk


Rainbows have been the most active section and their leaders have posted videos on Facebook and run face-to-face meetings outside at the Goods Shed. They have adapted games, activities and skill builder badges to promote social distancing. Their focus this term has been the themes of Positive Influence and Community Action. The Rainbows have been discussing who is responsible for helping different areas in the community (including how they can help), and how we can re-use and recycle rather than throw things away. They have talked about their views and how to share them whilst accepting that others may have different ideas. We are very grateful to the Goods Shed committee for giving the Rainbows permission to use the covered area next to the Whistlestop cafe meaning inclement weather isn’t such a problem. They are hoping to continue outside for a few more weeks and hope the weather stays mild.

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For those of us who have faith in God, we do ask ourselves “what is God saying to us through this crisis?”

see the character of God. I believe God speaks through human wisdom and the best scientific knowledge. In my attempt to discern, I feel God is variously sad, frustrated, angry, eager to help, always compassionate.

God is saying: “Look at who is hurting, most vulnerable, and help them.”

God is saying: “Get to know your neighbours again.”

God is saying: “Value your doctors, nurses, carers.”

God did not send or create this pandemic, but God always responds, always wants to communicate with us, help and save us. We must be humble about this, we cannot read God’s mind, but through Jesus we

God is saying: “Use this time to reconnect with your loved ones in your home.”

God is saying: “To busy people slow down and build a rhythm of rest into your lives.”

God is saying: “Enjoy a walk from your home and simple beauties of life again.”

God is saying: “Let my people reconnect with me spiritually again.”




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Mayor’s Report Welcome to the November Mayor’s piece, at the time of writing numbers of COVID-19 cases are on the increase, please if it is recommended that you isolate, then you really do need to follow those instructions carefully. At all times remember Hands, Face, Space! Let’s all keep our wonderful town. its residents old, young and vulnerable safe. We have some changes to report at the Town Council Offices, and it is with great sadness that I have to report that Georgina Osman is leaving us for pastures new, Georgina has been with the council for five years and joined as an office junior, working her way up to the current Interim E.O. We all wish Georgina well in her new life adventure, I’m sure she will make a great success of her new job role. We have some great news to report on behalf of our hard-working Police Museum curator Maria, who has successfully managed to obtain a pot of grant funding money delivered by the South West Museum Development, which is the sector support for organisations within the accreditation scheme. The grant is made possible by funding from the Art Fund and the Arts Council England. The Museum was awarded £3250 toward an exciting project to get volunteers in to help enable the re-opening of the Museum as well as some equipment, and to do all the rest of the back-room stuff. The Curator will be engaging a consultant with expertise in volunteering to help both the Curator, and a small group of volunteers, to develop a recruitment plan and the necessary policies needed. Remembrance Day is going to be very different this year, like we covered our windows in rainbows to thank the NHS, let’s do the same but with poppies. We will remember them.

Let’s talk Christmas!

Peter Powell of Creative Hairdressing, has been in discussions with several of Tetbury’s independent retailers and bounced around an idea to help our towns traders to remain in business and survive the pandemic. The idea is a simple one, of trying to convince our town that to quote one well known saying “Keep it local” and buy local rather than on the internet, in reward for this, any gift vouchers bought from local traders, the purchaser will be given a 10% discount leading up to Christmas. The voucher will be called the ‘Tetbury Token” and participating traders will be advertised, with shops also displaying posters. Finally, THE BIG TOWN SWITCH ON event, Friday the 4th of December 2020. We want to achieve a huge town switch on, so that no matter where you are, the magic can be seen from the comfort of your own home. Turn off all festive lights inside and out by 6.oo pm then as a community we shall simultaneously switch them on again at 6:30 pm. dŝƉŽĨƚŚĞDŽŶƚŚ There will be an award for the best light display in the town as judged by the young people. We would also like householders to email in addresses for displays so that we can create a festive trail Recommendations: for the young people to follow to make sure that ŝĚLJŽƵŬŶŽǁ͍ ƵƌŝŶŐůŽĐŬĚŽǁŶ͕ • Soups with croutons they get all the magic that Christmas can bring! ůŵŽƐƚĂ ŽƵƌĨŽŽĚǁĂƐƚĂŐĞ • Curries ƋƵĂƌƚĞƌ;ϮϮйͿ ŚĂƐĚƌŽƉƉĞĚďLJ Please email the Town Council email which is ŽĨĨŽŽĚďŽƵŐŚƚ ĂƚŚŝƌĚ– ďƵƚǁĞ • Bubble & squeak ďLJĐŽŶƐƵŵĞƌƐ ĐĂŶĚŽŵŽƌĞ͘ reception@tetbury.co.uk


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Hollies Care Home A ‘win-win’ for the area of Dursley and South Cotswolds! The Hollies is set to open the all-new Holly Oak Dementia Care Home in Autumn 2020 providing state of the art care in comfortable and luxurious surroundings. The Hollies will now comprise the well established Hollies Nursing Care Home, Holly Oak Dementia Care Home, luxury Apartments and Care Suites. The fourty five bedroomed Holly Oak will contribute a significant investment in job creation for the area and provide the community with a service that is second to none in Gloucestershire. Set in a park overlooking Dursley, the Hollies provides nursing, dementia, residential and palliative care over a range of accommodation types including ensuite rooms, care suites and apartments. The Hollies has gone from strength to strength with outstanding reviews and accreditation

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legislation regarding large gatherings and also to ensure the wellbeing of the local community who are so supportive each and every year.

on Boxing Day, but like so many other leisure and sporting events, these will sadly have to take place behind closed doors,” explained a spokesperson for the Countryside Alliance.

… let local supporters and residents know that due to the impact of coronavirus, they will not be hosting their usual meets over the Christmas period this year but look forward to them returning in 2021. The officials of the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt, have taken this unusual step in order to prevent any potential breach of

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It is no surprise that service standards and amenities will be impeccable as the new development is the work of experienced and highly regarded care home owner Jonathan Hawkins and his very skilled and loyal team.

Potential new residents for The Holly Oak Dementia Care Home are already being assessed for immediate admission, initially into The Hollies prior to the opening of the new Home in October. 21 of the 45 new places have already been reserved. For enquiries please contact Duncan Pyne, Registered Manager, or Chloe Ebbs, Admissions Coordinator, on 01453 541400 or email Duncan@thehhollies.co.uk

Matt Ramsden, Master of the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt, commented “We are always so well supported by huge numbers of local people gathering to see the hounds over the festive period. Sadly, this year we are unable to meet as normal as we don’t wish to encourage large crowds of people. Our hunting activities continue in a Covid secure manner, but gatherings before or after hunting are not possible due to the Covid restrictions”.

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“Over a quarter of a million people usually support Boxing Day meets throughout the UK each year, so we appreciate that seeing the hounds and watching the spectacle of the meet is often one of the highlights of the annual festive activities for so many in the local area.” The Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt is disappointed that their usual festive meets will not go ahead as normal and will follow a different format this year due to coronavirus restrictions, but is very much looking forward to welcoming large numbers of supporters back again in 2021.

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further afield. This will need cars and we cannot car share except in our bubbles. More details of upcoming walks will appear on our website, one month in advance, as a rolling programme moving through into winter. Winter walks will be every two weeks. See www.tetburywalkers.co.uk under Walks Programme for details. As a member, you will need to phone or email the appropriate leader to join. Up to 15 participants can join the walk inclusive of the leader, the deputy leader and the back marker. Please note: No DOGS are allowed.

We started our new rolling programme of walks… …and trialled our new Covid19 process to keep our walkers safe and these went very well. We will need to keep our bubbles two metres apart and be aware of the risks of transmission of the virus, but it was so good to be out and about in the healthy fresh air. The weather has been kind to us and we have enjoyed the late beautiful autumnal weather now the trees are decaying in glory. Remember the Government are encouraging outside healthy exercise and walking is treated as an exception to the current rules. So many people have been stuck inside which encourages depressive fears so come out and meet your friends. You will have to become a member to walk with us but it is not very expensive £6. Contact Julian Upton to join on 07818 826530.

Our first set of walks started at the Tetbury Goods Shed and had evocative names such as: Tetbury’s Lung, Inspiring Tetbury, Seeking Tetbury’s Heritage, The Circle and District Line and of Princes and Paupers, but we have now decided to explore

If you wish to walk independently yourselves, we have a variety of walks around Tetbury available on our website, free to download. Have a look under publications on our website: www.tetburywalkers.co.uk Or you can buy walk leaflets in our weatherproof format at the Tetbury Tourist Information Office or The Yellow Lighted Bookshop. Nigel Berry Tetbury and District Footpath Group



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It has been a busy month getting things up and running… …for how we will do things differently at TAYCT. Like everyone, we are continuing to think outside the box to keep everyone safe, but are also keen to ensure this generation

It continues to be a strange time for everyone but for young people, this time is critical for emotional and physical development, which affects behaviour, mental health and life chances. Some may argue that young people are at lower risk from infection from COVID-19 however, research is increasingly showing that they are at greater risk of other physical and mental health issues which may have longer term impacts (National Youth Agency). Their worlds have been turned upside down as life as they knew it stopped. They were suddenly isolated from friends, services, external support and opportunities were greatly reduced/restricted. There are now pressures to ‘catch up’ educationally, whilst still amidst this crisis and living in uncertainty, not knowing if their bubble/ school will be sent home and into isolation again. Helping young people to adapt to living safety with the virus is essential to support them to increase their long-term prospects, their health and well-being. As a community they need our support and compassion to do this. The youth workers have now taken to the streets and are engaging well with the young people that they see. It is such a great opportunity to meet, chat and support old faces but also gives us a fantastic opportunity to meet some new

young people who we wouldn’t normally meet. Young people have such creative ideas and we are very keen to collaborate on how we can adapt and improve things for them in the current climate. We also continue to be online to chat once a week, as well as hitting the streets and are as flexible as we can be to respond to the needs of young people in Tetbury. If anyone has any concerns about any young people it would be great if you can let us know, we would love to engage with them. You can follow us on Instagram (the_pod_tetbury) or Facebook (the peoplespodtetbury) to keep up to date on what we’re doing or go to our website: www.TAYCT.org.uk TAYCT is also part of the Cotswold Youth Network (CYN). We are always keen to work with other agencies, as we strongly believe partnership working brings out the best outcomes for everyone. Hopefully the half term activities that World Jungle had planned (also part of CYN) have gone ahead. Lisa and Jo were due to be there at Friday’s ‘Big Donut’ and see more of our local young people! Thanks, Jo Tancock, Project Manager TAYCT - The Pod

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We finally have a date for our AGM! Tetbury & District U3A’s first AGM will take place virtually via Zoom on Thursday the 19th November at 11.00 am. Places must be booked through our website and then you will be sent full details of the Zoom link. If you would like to volunteer to join the committee, tick the box on the booking form and a nomination paper will be emailed to you. This needs to be completed by you, a proposer, and a seconder, in line with the Constitution, and then returned to the Chair by the 12th of November. Questions ‘from the floor’ must be submitted in writing in advance on the booking form; there will be no online chat facility on the day and all attendees will be muted. Our website address is https://tetburyu3a.org.uk where you can find all the forms and instructions on how to proceed. We have quite a bit of news on how our groups are managing to “keep calm and carry on” in these challenging times. FRENCH CONVERSATION meets by Zoom every two weeks. GARDENING is doing a tour of local garden centres and sitting at tables of six or fewer for coffee and natter. PLAY READING is using scripts requiring small casts, maximum of six, and the scripts are left to decontaminate for a week before being reused. WINE meets monthly on Zoom. CREATIVE WRITING has been meeting outside at The Royal Oak but has moved to email as the days become colder and the weather less reliable. PHOTOGRAPHY is used to working outside with social distancing and plans a trip to Westonbirt at the end of the month in groups of up to six.

GLASS MAKING members have been working on their own to create some beautiful, and cleverly Covid-themed, tiles which you can see on our own website: https://tetburyu3a.org.uk HISTORIC BUILDINGS have no visits planned for this year but intends to get going in 2021. SPANISH held its most recent meeting in a local field shelter, to the bemusement of the watching horses. BRIDGE will require a new leader when groups can meet again. Social bridge continues virtually on BridgeBase. The QUIZ group is in abeyance as it is almost impossible to whisper likely answers while 2m apart and possibly masked. BOULES GROUP tends not to play in inclement weather so will be taking a break soon. They have been remarkably successful in carrying on outdoors for the last few months.

Live Play Reading Tetbury U3A play readers have been invited to read a short play at the Goods Shed to the public on the 22nd of November. The play was written by members Stephanie Dale and Jeremy North with thanks to Marcus Galea for his editing help. It was especially designed for reading and discussion on Zoom and not for production on stage and as such is much closer to a radio play.

worn when entering, leaving, or moving. Tickets will be £6 per head to cover a cup of tea and a piece of cake on arrival, the reading, and the discussion afterwards. The performance is scheduled to end by 7.00 pm. Tickets must be booked in advance from the Goods Shed web site on https://shedarts.co.uk and this facility will be available shortly. No tickets will be sold on the door. There is limited availability so please book as soon as the ticket line opens. If you cannot make this date you can send for a script from: jeremy@jeremynorth.com . Judith Walker, U3A

The key character is Sir Richard de Montcalme who is not feeling too well…. The play features a mythical Gloucestershire village during the early stages of the Black Death in 1348 and is called “The Black Pit”. It invites comparison with our current situation, which is why there will be a short discussion afterwards, helped by Jane Haines of the History of Tetbury Society. It should be stressed that this is a Goods Shed event and our U3A will just provide the performers to read to the audience and to run the discussion. It will be run under strict Covid 19 conditions. Masks should be

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At this time of year, families with children due to start school in September… …would usually be invited to school to meet the pupils, staff and governors and find out more about life at St. Mary’s Primary School. Sadly, due to the current restrictions, we are unable to do this however we have, with the help of local resident and film maker Steve Hilliker, produced a fabulous video where parents can meet the staff and have a virtual tour of the school.

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We are now in November and still living in different times. A three-tier system has been put in place to combat the spread of Covid-19. Some areas have been put into local lockdown; we hope that they will be able to return to the current normal soon. Although we remember those who have passed away throughout the year; 1st November we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints and on the 2nd of November we commemorate all the Faithful Departed (All Souls). As a country we commemorate Remembrance Day on the 11th of November at the 11th hour. The laying of Poppy Wreaths at the Cenotaph is commemorated on the nearest Sunday to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict for their country is the right thing to do; they gave their lives for our freedom.

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History of Tetbury Society Lost and Found Just recently I have been contacted by a Tetbury resident who has found a very interesting ring in their garden. Following up from this a more detailed search was carried out only to uncover a few children’s toys, but nothing else of any significance! This ring is Solid Silver and dates from the 15th to 16th Century Tudor Period. The condition is amazing as it’s 15th to 16th Century. You will see that it is a ‘Seal’ ring with the inverted initials of TE; whether the TE refers to Tetbury or not we don’t know. We certainly had Thomas Escourt living here at the time, but who knows who it belonged to? As it is classed as ‘Treasure’ local museums are being offered it. This find led me on to thinking about other finds that have turned up in Tetbury gardens. Some years ago we were lucky enough to obtain a Tetbury token minted in 1669 with the town’s insignia of two dolphins on the obverse. They are the size of a farthing. I know of several of these which have been found in gardens locally.


But as it is not possible to dig in ours, we had to buy ours from an online auction site! Then in addition, I was contacted by the museum service some years ago to see if I could shed any light onto some human bones that had been unearthed by Vera Philips in her garden. At the time

I couldn’t nor could her family, but these have subsequently been re-buried in St Marys’ churchyard at a Reinterment Service officiated by Rob Church. On another occasion someone found a potsherd of a part glazed fragment. It was found to have belonged to the top of a jar for ‘S F Cleaver’s Genuine Bear’s Grease for the Hair 6d each’! Finally just after Doug Goulding had died, Lyla was speaking to her new near neighbour who was living in Francis Brown’s old house and who was having some work carried out, when the workmen found an old iron cross. After some research in our archives we discovered that it was the original church cross from the old church that Francis Brown had taken down when the new church tower was built in 1891. We have a note in his hand with a drawing of the old cross. We were given permission to take it away and John Wright agreed for the church to house it, but sadly, there was a delay and it disappeared. After that there were several years when it seemed that it had gone for good and we thought that the builders had destroyed it, when one day whilst walking down Fox Hill, I saw it behind some cars in a garden! I ran home excitedly and told Geoff, we eventually gained permission once more (as the original owner had now sold the property) and it is now safely recovered once more. Jane Haines History of Tetbury Society

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Friends of Tetbury Hospital We mentioned in last month’s edition that we would be introducing a couple of new fundraising ideas, as we’ve been unable to run any face-to-face events. Members of the Friends committee have been busy designing artwork and testing recipes to bring you The Friends of Tetbury Hospital Recipe Book (£12), and also a new and updated version of The Friends of Tetbury Hospital Mug (£10), some of you will remember the original mug from 25 years ago! Both of these will be available in December and are great stocking fillers. In the meantime if you want to pre-order you can email us at friends@teburyhospital. co.uk and we will contact you as soon as we have the stock available.

which they have very generously donated, to us towards an autorefractor, a machine that monitors a patient’s outcome after cataract surgery. The Feoffees have also been so supportive by donating funds towards a new BP monitor with a paediatric cuff, another piece of vital equipment for our minor injuries team. It goes without saying that without this help we would not be able to purchase essential new and replacement medical equipment. We cannot thank everyone enough for the

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As I walked across the Rec last weekend it was great to see the new equipment in the Play Park being well used by our local children, thanks again to Tetbury Lions for their financial contribution towards this. The Play Park is a key, and much loved part of The Rec, but is also one of the most problematic for us due to the safety and insurance aspects, before we even start to talk about the constant stream of vandalism the site has been subject to in recent months. Tetbury Town Council has recently informed us they wish to withdraw the support of their grounds team who have performed regular inspections of the Play Park (which is an agreement which dates back many years). This is a challenge for us as the regular inspections are a necessary obligation to keep the Play Park open. As

Continuing my trip around the Rec, it was great to see evidence of both football and rugby seasons in full flow and how the fact both these teams continuing to use the facilities contributes to such a vibrant feel onsite at weekends. Moving on to the Dolphins Hall, it is great to see some of our regular users back where they belong and running classes in a COVID secure manner. Seeing the hall open again is great and we’re working to ensure, unless further government restrictions are imposed, we can offer all our regular users the opportunity to return subject to having the relevant social distancing protocols in place. We couldn’t write our column this month without providing a further update on the Redevelopment Project. Much has been

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Wow! Our children are amazing, they have all settled back into playgroup seamlessly. We are also proud of our new children that have started as they are really enjoying their time with us, exploring, learning and building new friendships with one another. The children have enjoyed lots of ‘free choice’ from playing and exploring in the gravel and mud kitchen outside, to making their own ramps for the cars using the guttering. We are now developing more of a ‘deconstructed’ role play area which means less ‘things that are things’ and more loose parts and open ended objects. With no cooker, bed or table we have instead provided boxes, tubes, blocks, and a basket full of fabric along with baskets of conkers, curtain rings and pennies to see where their imagination takes them. This has opened up a whole world of new play and we’re really excited to see how this develops over the next few months.

Whilst I myself am excited for the imminent arrival of my new baby, I am also very sad to be going on maternity leave and leaving all the wonderful children and incredible staff here at St Marys’ at the end of October. During my two years at playgroup I have been part of a fantastic, supportive and caring team who really do go above and beyond for the children who attend. Even during lockdown the staff ’s main focus and priorities were to ensure the children were all kept happy, motivated and busy by creating some fantastic activities to do at home with parents and also creating their own fun Zoom classes online.

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I have so many precious memories and wow moments here at St Marys’, however I think my most treasured memory has been how we have developed such a brilliant Forest School site for the children to flourish and explore. Forest school is so important for the children as it encourages each child to build on their confidence and independence skills, encourages them to feel empathy for others and nature and develops their physical skills. It is also proved to improve mental health and well

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Tetbury WI At our October monthly meeting Sally Mabey entertained us… …with a Zoom talk about her daughter’s wedding in Istanbul. Having fallen in love with the country whilst on holiday, Sally’s daughter Kate went online to find someone to help her learn to speak the language. She met, and over time, fell in love with Serdar, their romance carried out over Skype. Sally’s talk took us through the drama of the wedding preparations in this far off country where culture and religion posed varying degrees of challenge. Kate and Serdar remain happily married in Cardiff. Over 30 of our ladies joined this Zoom event and this included our new 100th member!

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