Tetbury Advertiser November 2021

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November 2021

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Tetbury Art Society “Paint a Long” with Miranda Carter, St Michael’s Hall 7.30 pm.

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History of Tetbury Society talk on “The Woodchester Wayside Britain’s First War Memorial”. See the article in this issue.

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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 HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336 OSTEOPATHS Tel: 01666 503599 & 01666 502214

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10th Nov Leighterton Primary School Open Morning 10th Nov Tetbury Film Society Showing “Lad” 7.30 pm at the Dolphins Hall. Please see the article in this issue. 11th Nov Remembrance Day. 12th Nov Cricket Club Quiz Night Dolphins Hall 7.00 pm. Please see the article in this issue. 13th Nov Tetbury Library Story Time 11.00 am. Please see the article in this issue. 14th Nov St Marys’ Church Remembrance Service, 2.30pm at the War Memorial 15th Nov u3a “Walking to Rome” talk by Chris O ‘Grady 10.30 am. Please see the article in this issue.

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and serotonin, bringing us physical and mental health benefits. My grandma used to tell me “Virtue is its own reward”, but so, it seems, is kindness. Thus being kind to others is also an act of self-care – and a great way to make yourself feel better that is entirely free of calories and alcohol units.

The Meaning of Kindness In the run-up to World Kindness Day (13th November), I fell to wondering exactly what the word “kindness” means – not in behavioural terms, but regarding its etymology.

whom is me. The anthology, to be launched on World Kindness Day (13th November), is the brainchild of its editor, bestselling novelist and philanthropist L J Ross. All the authors have donated their stories for free, and all profits will go to Shelter, the charity for the homeless and those in poor housing. The hardback and ebook are now available to pre-order online via this link: linktr.ee/ EverydayKindness, or you can order your copy from The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, created in 1995, promotes the idea of spontaneous generous gestures to strangers, such as leaving money behind the till of a coffee shop for the next homeless customer or letting someone go in front of you in a supermarket queue. Many such acts are done anonymously. The phrase “anonymous benefactor” always makes me think of Magwitch in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, although most nameless donors will have only anonymity in common with Pip’s ex-convict associate.

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The dictionary reveals that the noun “kindness” is related to kin, as in family (kith and kin) or race (mankind). As an adjective, it originally meant “with the feeling of relatives for each other” – all very well provided your family members had a high regard for each other. Not until the fourteenth century did “kindness” begin to be used more in the modern sense: “courtesy or noble deeds”, with “noble” indicating selflessness rather than a posh pedigree.

When making online donations I always hesitate before clicking the “show my name on the website” box in case it looks like virtue signalling. I also wonder whether offering this option is just smart psychology on the part of fundraising sites. Do donors who make their name visible feel obliged to give more money than those who hide their identity? I’d love to know.

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Lion’s Den Last week I presented a plaque and certificate to Tetbury Fire and Rescue Service, in grateful recognition of all the extra demands placed upon them in support of the NHS during recent times. Once again, I’d like to say a big “Thank you.” We sold out of tickets to our wonderful Charter Night, held at Westonbirt, and it was a fabulous occasion. We were greatly honoured to have the company of the Lions International Director General.

Where is the year going? Here I am – already telling you about our contribution to Tetbury and District for November – and there’s only one edition left for the year; It will soon be December! I trust everyone is ready for Christmas? Despite Covid, we Lions have been keeping busy, finding ways to fundraise to help a number of needy charities, and those in the community who need our help.

I am delighted to tell you that we have been able to provide support for the foodbank and will continue to do so, and Tetbury Hospital were delighted with the money we were able to donate to them toward further equipment purchase. Avening Parish Council, who I mentioned in last month’s column, remain highly delighted with their Zip Wire, to the extent that they have invited members of Tetbury Lions to take part in a trial run!

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

In the October 200 Club draw, there were 4 winners each receiving £20.00. Mr J A Huntley, Mr R Glanville, Mrs. S Greenway, Mr M Jeans.

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Lions, under the supervision of Lion Ken White, were delighted to help with the parking arrangements for the very popular Cherington Show, as you may remember reading last month. We’ve also been able to make a donation to the Show Committee since then – hopefully we will be asked to help again next year. Organisation of arrangements for next year’s Wacky Races are now well underway – and the date for your diary is the 2nd of May. We’d love to hear from anyone in the community who would like to help us with this wonderful family day out. Lastly – and for me this is quite exciting(!) – the President and Vice President of Tetbury Lions will be taking part in a Wing Walk in April of next year, as part of fundraising for Dementia. We will announce the date in the December issue, and I’ll also give you the details of a “Just Giving” page, which will be monitored by a Lions member. Do remember our Community Support Team are always available to help – just give us a call.

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Avening Primary School It’s all happening at Avening School! There is so much activity happening in school at the moment and it doesn’t stop at the end of the school day. The variety of weekly after school clubs taking place this term include football, tag rugby, cross country and art. FGR also run a multi-skills club after school each week. Plenty of singing to be heard at the moment too with our Young Voices choir learning the songs for the concert in January held at the Birmingham NEC.

A team of year five and year six pupils participated in our first interschool event since before Covid, when they took part in a Quick Sticks Hockey tournament at Deer Park School. We were so impressed with the teamwork displayed by our players who won both matches they played, as well as learnt hockey skills.

open morning last month. Visitors were given a tour of our school by members of the School Council and House Captains, then treated to delicious cake made by resident baker Mrs Wilkinson. For more information, please contact the school office and for more information about this busy place of learning, please see our school website: www.avening.gloucs.sch.uk

We were so delighted to welcome visitors back into our school again at our annual

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Before half term, school held its annual harvest festival with children bringing in donations for Cirencester Foodbank. The year one – year six pupils also, in their classes, paid visits to the community orchard in Avening where they took part in seasonal workshops.

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On Friday the 12th of November, the school council are asking the whole school to wear anything with stripes, spots or patterns to raise money for Children in Need. We also have ‘kindness week’ coming up this month with the whole school working on anti-bullying themes.


The village hall was transformed by our wonderful FOAS team into a Hawaiian beach before half term, ready for the long awaited, much anticipated school disco. The children were so excited beforehand and a huge thanks must go to FOAS and also to Mel and Richard Young who ran the disco. As well as being a wonderful event for the children, the disco also raised muchneeded funds for the school.

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Mayor’s Report Who can believe it’s only one month until Christmas! With that in mind, we will be announcing who will be turning on the lights at the Town Centre “Switch On” event in next month’s Advertiser! We are working hard to try to make this year’s event more in tune with previous switch on events, as last year was so restricted by the pandemic. I attended a “Brilliant Breakfast” event at Steepleton in aid of Women supporting Women at the Princes Trust, it funds vital life changing programmes for disadvantaged women in the UK. With statistics such as one and a half million women having lost income since the start of the pandemic, 57% of young women say they are worried about their mental health, and 35% of young female parents say they skip meals to make ends meet. These really are quite staggering statistics, and the aim of the initiative was to help raise £1 million from these events throughout the UK to help support this vital ongoing work. Andrea Payne the Health & Wellbeing co-ordinator, has more details of this scheme should any young women in Tetbury, or the surrounding area, feel that they could do with support for learning new skills, or to return to education, work or training. A big Thank You to all those who attended the Silver Sunday Expo event, and although the weather was challenging on the day, it was lovely to see providers help and support the members of the community who did venture out. I would like to extend a warm welcome to our two new Councillors who were Co-opted onto the Town Council last month. Returning to the Council after a break for personal reasons are, Cllr Rodney Smith, and new to the role of Town Councillor is Cllr Maggie Heaven. We hope that both new Cllrs will enjoy their time on the Council and help the council to provide the best for our lovely Town. The “New” Friendship Café will have started before you read this, however here is a reminder once again. Opening times will be 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, on Thursdays each week. There will be guest speakers who will be advertised in advance, free tea and coffee, and the chance to meet new friends and old. We will also have some playmats and toys for the younger visitors, so please do come along. Andrea will also be on hand for signposting, along with volunteers including myself, if anyone needs a chat about anything at all. Please remember Covid is still out there, so keep yourselves and your families safe by remembering Hands, Face, Space when you can. Stay Safe Cllr Ann Pearce, Mayor Tetbury Town Council

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Layering up this winter! As a skin care therapist, it is so easy to assume that everybody knows what they should be applying to their skin and in what order. However, in my experience, this isn’t actually the case. I want to stress how important it is to clean the skin and make sure all of the dirt and everyday grime is removed, if you desire that beautiful healthy glow. So here is a typical skin care routine:


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After cleansing always comes a toner. I know many people think a toner may be unnecessary or they may have bad memories of the old fashioned ‘witch hazel astringent like’ potion…. I promise you toners are now much more advanced, and toning is one of my favourite parts of my skin care routine. Toners today are a very fast penetrating liquid, that delivers a quick hit of hydration and brightens the skin at the same time. This results in a soft, plump and very dewy complexion.

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SPF Ok, I promise I am only going to say this once! “Thou must apply SPF every morning, of every day, come rain or shine!” Yes, the grand finale of your skin care routine is without doubt your SPF. Please don’t just rely on a moisturiser or make-up with an added SPF. You must wear a broadspectrum sunscreen (protecting against UVA, UVB and HEV light) on top of your daily cream/moisturiser. I promise this will be the best anti-ageing product you use, as the sun is the biggest cause of premature ageing, and will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. Michelle Stead , Beauty Corner


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Our ladies are enjoying the new meeting format where we now sit at more sociable smaller tables. Originally introduced to assist with social distancing, this new more informal arrangement is proving popular with our members who now can enjoy cosy chats in smaller groups and as they can also bring their own refreshments the congenial hum of friendly conversation filled the room. The future looks bright once again.

Once again, our ladies were able to meet for our monthly meeting at The Goods Shed where we heard from Jenny Body OBE. Jenny, a British aerospace engineer, was educated at an all-girls school in Bristol. She started a five year apprenticeship with Airbus and on completion of her studies at Imperial College London and Bristol Polytechnic she became involved in flight testing for Concorde and with the computer technology in aeroplanes. She went on to manage the complete portfolio for Airbus at Filton in Bristol. She told us of the highs and lows of her career. The Concorde crash in Paris and receiving her OBE from The Queen. She was engineering program manager for the A400M, a military plane based at Brize Norton, familiar to us lately as it was these planes that were recently involved in the evacuation of Afghanistan. On retirement, a career change saw her enjoy a full and interesting time at the Royal Aeronautical Society where she used her diverse range of experiences as the society’s first female President.

Next month, we meet once again at The Goods Shed to hear from Clare Walsh who will give us a demonstration of Indian Block Printing. We gather on Monday the 8th of November at 7.30 pm. Tetbury WI welcomes members from Tetbury and the surrounding villages and we look forward to seeing you there.

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This Autumn the children have been having lots of outdoor fun. On a few afternoons we’ve taken them on trips around town, to the memorial garden and the Goods Shed play park. They loved picking up apples in the Rail Lands orchard. They then brought them back to playgroup, washed them, had a go at chopping them safely and enjoyed eating them for their snack. The few left over have been used to print some great pictures. We’ve also, of course, been exploring conkers, using them to help with counting, weighing them in scales, and rolling them in paint to make interesting patterns. We’ve also looked

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The Feoffees and The Thirteen I would like to start my update this month by thanking Thirteen member John Latter… …for his dedicated twenty nine years of service to our organisation, following his recent retirement. John was instrumental in the creation of the Community Orchard and he is often found around the town maintaining the trees and outside spaces owned by the charity. His expertise regarding trees has been invaluable and those of you who have enjoyed an apple crumble or pie from the Community Orchard owe it to John and his vision. Thank you John. I am pleased to report that this year’s Beating of the Bounds took its normal format and was very successful, with a good turn out and some new faces – thank you to Feoffee Richard Cooper for leading and to all those who assisted with refreshments at the Market Hall afterwards. It is almost that time of year again, please look out for our team towards the end of November when we will be completing

the annual decoration of the Market Hall with lights and trees, ahead of the Town’s Christmas celebrations. The charity was also pleased to recently support a local student going to University with a grant of £250 for equipment. Finally, we were all saddened to hear of the passing of past Thirteen member Verity Lloyd, and as a mark of respect a minutes silence was held at the start of our October meeting. We send our condolences to Verity’s family and friends.

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History of Tetbury Society James Harris from the Corinium Museum, Cirencester spoke on the 7th of October, his subject was ‘Prehistory of the Cotswolds, highlights of the Material, Culture and Settlement Archaeology of the district ‘. Over the last seven years the Cotswolds have yielded many archaeological artefacts and new housing and other developments continue to reveal finds. The museum has a large collection which has been reclassified meaning the display to the public has been improved. He showed pictures of what can now be seen by visitors, but much is also available on their website. There were three websites that he mentioned as being very useful - www. heritagegateway.org.uk/gateway/, www. historicengland.org.uk and www.maps. bristol.gov.uk/kyp/?edition=glos. There is also the Corinium Museum website www. coriniummuseum.org Apart from physical finds, crop marks revealed by aerial photography provide evidence of ancient occupation. The Upper Thames area from Lechlade through Cirencester to Rodmarton is a most fruitful area to the archaeologists. He showed us several finds from Hazleton near Northleach, which was clearly an area that had been investigated in depth by archaeologists.

Bronze Age (2500BC – 800BC) is characterised by Round Barrows, Henges (Condicote) and Hill top enclosures. Cirencester Park has an example of a round barrow. The Cotswold Community, formerly a school, has a great deal of archaeology on the site. In fact, two beautiful swords were discovered with their points directly into the ground, as in the legend of Excalibur. Moulds used to repeat manufacture, and bronze and copper tools were used. Iron Age (800BC – AD43, the beginning of the Roman era) iron tools were used, and coins were introduced. Next month our speaker is Phillip Goodwin, talking to us about ’The Woodchester Wayside Cross, Britain’s first War Memorial’. We meet in Christ Church on the 4th of November at 7.30 pm. History of Tetbury Society

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News from Christ Church We have just had our autumn TACT Meeting. TACT stands for Tetbury and Area Churches Together which includes St Marys’, St Michael’s, Christ Church and Five Valleys Christian Fellowship. Although we have separate articles here and worship in different churches most of the time, we

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He holds us with his glittering eye, “There was a ship” quote he… These lines from Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner came to mind when our colleague Michael Auden told us how he was snatched from his school and sent across the Atlantic to spend war years with his aunt and uncle in Canada. A formidable

RN escort promised a safe arrival. He had happy memories of his time there – fur trading, logging, hard bright winters, an unfamiliar schooling. Then came the order to report to the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia to join a Royal Navy cruiser which had undergone repairs in the United States. Another wartime Atlantic voyage! The tonnage war – U-boats against escorted, slow-moving convoys – was not yet won.


Tetbury Probus These two Atlantic crossings by the time he was sixteen years of age should allow us to call Michael an Ancient Mariner. At our September meeting a visiting speaker, Dr Timothy Brain, in a spirited and confident address, well-illustrated, set out to persuade us that our greatest composer of the last one hundred and fifty years was Ralph Vaughan Williams. Stretching from the days of Wagner and Brahms to the more recent time of Benjamin Britten, he composed symphonies, concerti, operas, song cycles. Although he declared himself to be ‘a determined atheist’ he edited hymnals, composing some himself, wrote a mass and an opera ‘A Pilgrim’s Progress’ which had a far from secular theme! But, as our speaker reminded us, everybody must eat. Perhaps his greatest achievement was to create, in collaboration with Gustav Holst and collectors of English folk songs, a uniquely English style of composition. Unkind people call this The Cowpat School. Be that as it may, it has endured. His works are in the concert repertoire, some frequently played. When most composers die their works die with them. This is not so with Ralph Vaughan Williams. Denis Cartwright Tetbury Probus


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Cirencester Foodbank Cirencester Foodbank is bidding farewell to Rachel Brindley… …who has been the Foodbank’s Project Manager for six years and is moving to take up a new career challenge in the private sector. Rachel has been a highly effective and popular Manager at the Foodbank and has overseen significant development of the Foodbank in the South Cotswolds. During her tenure Rachel has witnessed a steady growth in demand for the services which the Foodbank provides through its staff team ably assisted by over two hundred local volunteers. She

demand increased by thirty-five per cent, with some six thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine emergency food parcels being provided to people in the South Cotswolds – three thousand four hundred and sixty-one of these went to children.

Chair of Cirencester Foodbank, Anne Currie, said: “We are extremely grateful to Rachel for her inspirational management of the Foodbank through some challenging times and are sorry to see her go; we wish her every success in her next career steps.

The new Head of Foodbank, Anton Wynn, joins from his previous role as Mission and Outreach Layworker at Cirencester Ashcroft Church and Centre. Here he was responsible, since 2018, for identifying and meeting needs of the community and for developing Ashcroft as a community hub. Anton hails from the South Cotswolds and was educated at Marling School and Cirencester College. He also has a BA Degree in Youth and Community Work from Bristol Baptist College.

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We are now in November; we still need to take some caution, but life for many has got better after eighteen months of not knowing what will happen. As the dark nights draw in now that the clocks have gone back, we still need to keep an eye on the elderly, family and friends by helping them when necessary, if we are able.

we were fortunate that some Churches started streaming the Celebration of Mass by priests on their own. A priest must Celebrate Mass every day even in private. I took the opportunity to join Canon Christopher Whitehead of St John’s Church in my home town of Bath. Although I was grateful to be able to watch Mass online, it was not the same as being in church in front of the Blessed Sacrament, which is the centre of the Mass, of our Catholic Faith. We continue to celebrate Mass on Sunday at 9.00 am and twice during the week at 10.00 am; all are most welcome to join us. You will be welcome to attend Mass on Wednesday or Saturday morning at 10.00 am. A warm welcome awaits regardless of whether you are new to Tetbury or have been away for whatever reason. If you are

News from St Michael’s Church apprehensive about attending for the first time, you are welcome to come to one of our weekday services. Although we remember those who have passed away throughout the year, on the 1st of 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. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

We are gradually returning to normal in Church; the Bishops of England and Wales have said that they hope all will be able to return to Church by Sunday the 28th of November, which is the First Sunday of Advent; the first day in the new Liturgical Year. When we were in actual lockdown,

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Avening WI We are attempting to complete our Minchinhampton treasure hunt this month, with lunch at the Kitchen. We had to postpone this in August due to a deluge; usual British summer holiday weather! Our monthly News and Views will now go back to the old format of current dates and events. Bridget has produced it all through lockdown, with articles, quizzes and recipes to entertain members. Next year we intend to take part in the Federation Quiz, so we hope to get a good team together.

It is so reassuring to be returning to some of our old routines… …and we have been delighted to welcome several new members since restarting our monthly live meetings.

The catering team are providing a supper for Nailsworth Bowls Club this month. Also, we will take over the running of the Community Cafe in Avening Social Club. We are planning to serve bacon rolls in addition to the usual home-made cakes and scones. The café is a popular venue for village residents.

In October we were able to meet again in the Memorial Hall. We had a presentation by Dr. Phoebe Carter about our new community orchard in the village. The photograph shows members of Avening and Stonehouse WIs visiting the orchard. It was our birthday month too, so instead of the usual coffee and biscuits, we had cheese, wine and soft drinks.

There was a good response to a workshop arranged to make bunting for HRH Princess Anne, to decorate the barn on the Gatcombe Estate. Another workshop is planned for December, to make Christmas Wreaths. This has been very popular in the past as we share greenery and decorations ,then finish the meeting with a bring and share lunch.

In November our speaker will be Mark Cummings of BBC Radio Gloucestershire. He has been invited to speak at the start of the meeting as it is the AGM. Fortunately, there is no change to our Officers, so the AGM formalities should not take too long. Looking further ahead, our Christmas lunch is booked at the Snooty Fox. We have always had an enjoyable meal there. We can now revert to giving plants for birthdays. In January our Flower of the Month will also restart. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings which take place at the Avening Memorial Hall, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Shirley Hand, Avening WI


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Tetbury Art Society ! !

For our October meeting, members attended a workshop in !Mixed Media by Mark Kallard. Due to current restrictions some ten members joined him in St Michael’s Hall where he demonstrated the use of watercolour together with charcoal.

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He started by painting a loose still life in three primary colours Cadmium yellow hue, Cadmium red hue and Cobalt blue. This was then dried with a hairdryer – hence the queue when the members did theirs! Once dry the picture was covered with black willow charcoal which was spread evenly using hands – very messy! He then drew out the shapes using a rubber and shook off excess charcoal dust.



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Mark’s completed demonstration picture. An interesting process which went down well with those taking part. Our November meeting will be on Wednesday the 3rd of November from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm for a ‘Paint a Long’ with Miranda Carter.


Applying the Charcoal…. All meetings take place at St Michael’s Hall, Silver Street (B4014), Tetbury. For more information, please contact the Chair, Jenny Riley on 01666 840682 or email: tetburyartsoc@tetburyartsociety.org.uk or visit www.tetburyartsociety.org.uk Anne Weston Tetbury Art Society. 1001021

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u3a Can you help? Our webmaster, Lawrence, wishes to start a new group: u3a Database Administration and Website Design. Its primary task will be to share knowledge of using our u3a database management and website design tools: to spread and grow technical skills within our u3a. The Beacon membership database, bulk emailer and finance tools are licensed to us by the u3a Trust. To join this group, you should have some interest in, and knowledge of, managing database content.

Our AGM will be held on the 15th of November at 11.45 am after the monthly talk. Please see the website for details of how to apply for a committee role and find a form for submitting questions. All questions and applications for roles must be received by the 7th of October at the latest to be included in the meeting.

Our monthly talk for November is by Chris O’Grady, entitled “Walking to Rome.” What made Chris decide to walk from Pershore to Rome, following the old pilgrim roads equipped with a rucksack and four pairs of underpants? An uplifting story covering two thousand kilometres and the kindness of strangers.

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Tetbury Goods Shed There has been a flurry of activity down at the Shed recently; the sterling efforts of David Walker and his team continue, restoring our Signal Box which now stands proudly alongside the train carriage. Recently a gang of hard working and enthusiastic gentlemen lifted the four wall panels into place, slipped the tenons into the mortices and bolted everything together. Since then, they have fitted roof joists and put the door and windows into place. There is still a way to go, adding roof planking, slate tiling, and finials before the exterior is complete and attention can be turned to the interior. Our recent exhibition of prints by mathematical physicist and former Trustee Dr John Andrews proved very popular and his talk early in October was extremely well attended. He discovered these remarkable images by accident, while searching for patterns in the sequence of prime numbers. Despite studying prime numbers for thousands of years, no one has found a formula to predict them. Our current exhibition is by local artist Angie Spencer entitled “The Art of Listening “- a collection of paintings in

response to music and landscape and runs through until the 21st of November. By the time you receive this month’s copy of the Tetbury Advertiser the chances are we will have held our first Community Environment Day – our response to Cop26. “Our World in Your Hands” ran throughout Sunday the 31st of October with exhibitors including: Cotswold District Council, Cotswold Energy Group, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Greening Tetbury, Royal Agricultural University, Sir William Romney’s School art exhibition, Wild Carrot ebikes, Wildlife World, Yellow Lighted Book Shop and Young Gloucestershire. That same evening, we held a series of talks from: Dr Sophie Carabine OBE, lecturer in sustainable agriculture at the Royal Agricultural University; Chris CrookallFallon, CDC Head of Climate Action and responsible for CDC’s energy policy and Dr Gary Raw, environmental psychologist specialising in energy saving in the home.

to seeing you down at the Shed to enjoy a Tetbury favourite. Another local favourite is Johnny Coppin, bringing his fabulous festive show “All on a Winters Night” for everyone to enjoy on Saturday the 10th of December. We round off the month on Thursday the 30th of December with the timeless and much loved pantomime “Cinderella”. Details for all these events can be found on our website: www.shed-arts.co.uk We look forward to seeing you soon Tetbury Goods Shed Team



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Tetbury Camera Club Look down as well as up. Watch out! While looking at the colours in trees, you might be stepping on the subject of your next great photo. Leaves that have already fallen off the trees can make colourful patterns on the ground. Leaves can create a tapestry of colour on the ground just waiting to be photographed. You should also be on the lookout for single or small groups of leaves that have fallen on top of some bright green moss or grass.

Watch the forecast for foggy or misty conditions.

Autumn is a great time to get out and about with your camera. For one reason or another, I have missed the peak autumn colour the past few years. I see the leaves start to turn, and then, when the colours are at their peak, I have something to do, and the best colour

comes and goes while I am otherwise occupied. This year I hope it will be different, but if I miss peak colour again this year, here are a few tips to help you get great photos with autumn colour.

We all like to see photos with bright autumn colours against a clear blue sky, but don’t be put off if the weather is not fair and bright. Be on the lookout for foggy and misty conditions in the forecast. Fog or mist will add a sense of mystery to your autumn photos. The fog or mist will mute the bright colours, but the colour you are left with will still stand out.

Use a Polarising filter. Even under the best conditions, reflections can cause your photos to lack the bright colours you are expecting to see. A polarising filter will help to eliminate most of those reflections. If you are out while it is raining, just after it has rained, or after a heavy dew, the wet leaves will be highly reflective. These reflections, usually of the brighter areas around you, make it hard for the saturated colours to shine through. The polarising filter works by allowing light to enter your camera from a specific angle, therefore, diminishing reflections. By looking through the viewfinder and rotating the polarising filter, you will see when the bright colours come back.


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Tetbury Bowls Club Tetbury Bowls Club had the biggest turn out of the season for its Closing Gala on the 26th of September. The weather was kind while we played a series of games, followed by a delicious buffet provided by the Club Captains. For one of our players Dawn, it marked the end of an era. She has decided to give up outdoor bowls after over forty years and become a social member. We will miss her playing, and thanked her for her contributions…in return she thanked us in song! A great evening to end a much better than expected season. Now playing has finished, work on the premises can begin in earnest. Despite having all their new equipment stolen our contractors have been out on the green. I’m not sure what they’ve done as it currently looks awful but it will be beautiful again come the start of play next spring. Our hard working ‘Men in Hats’ have begun the mega task of the next phase of our development project. Walls have been taken down and huge holes dug for new foundations. It’s

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News from St Marys’ Church November. We are delighted that there are no restrictions on attending, so everyone is invited as we share in the traditional service, led by Tetbury Area Churches together. After two years, it will be so moving to sing together those much-loved hymns: “Eternal Father, strong to Tave”, “Jerusalem”, “O God our help in ages past” and then, of course, The National Anthem. At St Marys’ Church, those words “Lest we forget” have a special significance this year. You may have noticed that they are carved on the steps as you enter the church. The re-designed entrance was completed in 2018 and dedicated to the fallen as part of the Centenary Commemoration of the end of the Great War. So, it remembers not only those Tetbury men who fell in the two World Wars but would provide a permanent commemoration to the fallen of all wars.

Lest we forget. It will be a privilege to share in our remembering, both at the 11.00 am twominute silence on Thursday the 11th of November, and then on Remembrance

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We are delighted to say that this entrance has just made the front page! The photo shown here is on the front page of the Church of England’s new national guidelines on providing equal access to church buildings. The aim of this guidance is to ensure that when a church says, “all are welcome”, it really means it! We understand that we can only use the language of inclusivity when everybody can access our buildings and our activities. We hope that our re-designed main entrance does just that – and I love the way the design is like open arms, welcoming all.

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Friends of Tetbury Hospital The Friends have been busy behind the scenes organising their 2022 events programme. This promises to be a wonderful array of events including open gardens, talks and walks. We’re also excited to be bringing back some of the annual events that were not able to go ahead last year. We want to be out in the community again, meeting you all and talking about what we do as members of the Friends Committee in support of our wonderful hospital. Last year we were delighted to have our Friends of Tetbury Hospital Christmas

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• Go to Gloucestershire libraries homepage www.gloucestershire.gov. uk/libraries/ • Scroll down and “search for a book” • Scroll down and “search and reserve” • Click on (This will be on the right-hand side if you are using a PC and at the bottom if you are using a tablet.) • Click on “Location” and choose Tetbury • Then scroll through until you find the event you would like • On a PC click on “Register for event”. On a tablet click on then “Register for event” • Fill in your details • Hey presto! We would like to run another Coding Club in the New Year and are looking for a volunteer to help out with this. You will need to have a good working knowledge of Scratch programming and be able to give two or three hours a week of your time to the group. If you would like some more information or have any queries please see Norah in the library. Or simply apply online www. gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/volunteerin-a-library/volunteer-roles-and-vacancies/

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Our monthly Nature Club packs are proving very popular. Each pack is crammed full of information and fun things to do. We are hoping to be able to start a monthly session indoors soon, so keep checking in the library and social media for details. We are hoping to start the remainder of our other groups in the New Year. All events will be advertised in the library and on social media so it might be worth your while following Gloucestershire Libraries on Facebook.


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On the 27th of September we held our Tetbury Hospital AGM at The Goods Shed.

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We want to express our thanks to The Goods Shed and Kathryn Limoi for organising everything so efficiently for us. With their exceptional facilities and large space it was the perfect venue for our Chairman, Jeremy Lodwick, and our Chief Executive, Zena Dalton, to showcase what we achieved last year, under such difficult circumstances of the pandemic, and the position we are in now. They also presented our new Minor Injuries project. There will be more on this as we move it forward next year.

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Tetbury in Bloom Having spent the second half of October clearing the summer bedding plants from all the floral displays we tend, planting over three thousand spring flowering bulbs at various locations throughout the town, our focus is now turning toward Christmas. During the last week of November, we’ll be back working under the Market Hall fixing the lights to the Christmas trees that adorn the shop premises in the town centre. The contractors will arrive to install the lights on the lamp columns and the ones in the five large trees located at the outer edges of the town centre. In recent years, the festive lights on the large trees and lamp columns have become more and more problematic, with them tripping out, either due to inclement weather or them developing intermittent faults, that just couldn’t be located and easily rectified. Inevitably this caused huge disappointment and a great deal of frustration to myself (who’s job it’s been for the past ten years to liaise with the contractors and get them back to deal with

the faults when needed) and of course to everyone else in the town. However, this year should be different! Together with Tetbury Town Council, we have raised sufficient funds to replace all the town’s lights, so with fingers tightly crossed, they will hopefully ALL stay on and bring much pleasure to everyone throughout the whole of the festive period!

Just another reminder for those of you who supported us by buying our hanging baskets in the summer: if you have now finished with them and as yet we haven’t had the empty containers back, please contact me on sue@tetburyinbloom.org.uk or ring me on 504213 to arrange their collection, so we can wash and disinfect them ready to reuse next year. Very many thanks. Sue Hirst, Team Leader, Tetbury in Bloom.

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Avon Rivers Trust clearing and cleaning the Ingelburn. The wonderful news is that an Otter was spotted there recently. What a result. It is so lovely to see the positive outcome of one’s actions. About progress in wildlife, I hope you have noticed the increase in hedgehog numbers. This is probably due to people learning through our local hedgehog interest group in Tetbury how to encourage hedgehogs with feeding, developing hideaways and making sure that they can move around through fences. Please take care when driving around at night, we don’t want to cull them now that they are increasing!

At Greening Tetbury we focused on nature for The Great Big Green Week. Firstly, we had the foraging which people really enjoyed, followed by the talk at the Goods Shed ‘The answer lies in the soil’. These talks, by local professional people in the agricultural world, were very stimulating and have led to a suggestion for further discussion on the subject.

By the time you’re reading this, the bulbplanting day will have happened, and the seven thousand wildflower bulbs will be safely in the ground at Old Folly Wood. We’re still looking for volunteers to help plant the seven hundred native trees in the adjacent field during late November to early December. If you’re able to spare an hour or more to help, please register interest on the “700 Trees & 7000 Bulbs” Facebook page or email greeningtetbury@ gmail.com Do come along to the Community Environment Day, being organised by the Goods Shed on the 31st of October, kick

Greening Tetbury off day for COP26. Greening Tetbury will have a stand; our theme will be ‘Getting ready for winter’. Getting ready for winter also means ‘Christmas’ , so we have decided to have a few small workshops to help you think about Christmas in a sustainable way. Come and learn new crafts, share your ideas, and have some fun. Maybe make some decorations

for the Christmas Tree Festival? Watch out on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages for the information, very soon. The next meeting for Greening Tetbury is on the 30th of November at 7.30 pm via Zoom. All are welcome. Come and join us: www.greeningtetbury.org Greening Tetbury

We will have a coffee and chat session soon in town. Dates will be announced on our Facebook, Instagram pages and our website. Further to the talk herewith a reading recommendation. English Pastoral by James Rebanks gives a lovely insight into old fashioned farming practices and explains what has changed in the last fifty years. The GBGW week ended with a wonderful community day of apple pressing. The sun shone and people came with their bags of apples. The purpose of Greening Tetbury is also to bring the community together and to have fun. Finally, a photograph competition was held during the week. The theme was ‘nature’ and the winning photo was taken by Harry Warner. Through our wildlife action group, members have been involved, in a collaborative way, with the Bath and Bristol

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Tetbury Scout Group we had a lovely time. Next term they will be working towards their global issues badge and taking part in parliament week, to see what changes they would make if they were running the country!

It has been great to see the group back up and running at full strength this term. We have spent the last eighteen months either online or outside and the young people have responded brilliantly. They have adapted to outdoor meetings like true members of the Scouting association, never complaining about the weather and just getting stuck into the activities. All three units have been very grateful for the space around The Goods Shed and along the track to Preston Park, as it has made a

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☛ READ in the final story how the author tracked down the whereabouts of an SS camp guard,

forever remembered by the survivors she brutalised.

This extraordinary and highly illustrated paperback is priced at £12 and is available through Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles and other bookstores. PROSECUTING THE GUILTY by Nigel Bance Readers that a 96-year-old German woman, Irmgard Furchner, Readers may may be be familiar familiarwith withthe therecent recentrevelation revelation that a 96-year-old German woman, Irmgard Furchner, was to stand trial as an accessory to the murder of 11,000 inmates at the notorious Stutthof concentration was to stand trial as an accessory to the murder of 11,000 inmates at the notorious Stutthof camp in Poland.camp in Poland. concentration Furchner never turned up on rst day, a hastya runner in a taxiinfrom her home Schleswig-Holstein. Furchner never turned upthe onfithe firstdoing day, doing hasty runner a taxi from herinhome in SchleswigThe police found her at a railway station near Hamburg and brought her before the judge. In an earlier letter Holstein. The police found her at a railway station near Hamburg and brought her before the judge. In an to the court Furchner had written: ‘Due to my age and physical limitation, I will not attend the court dates and earlier letter to the court Furchner had written: ‘Due to my age and physical limitation, I will not attend ask that my defence counsel represent me. I would like to spare myself this embarrassment and not make a the court dates and ask that my defence counsel represent me. I would like to spare myself this laughing stock of myself’. embarrassment and not make a laughing stock of myself’. Everyone is deemed innocent of course, but Furchner is damned by her rolelongas the longEveryone is deemed innocent beforebefore guilty,guilty, of course, but Furchner is damned by her role as the standing commander, SS-Obersturmbannführer Paul-Werner Hoppe, a Lt. standingpersonal personalsecretary secretarytotoStutthof’s Stutthof’s commander, SS-Obersturmbannführer Paul-Werner Hoppe, a Lt. Colonel hishis hands. OnOn Hoppe’s release from jail after serving just over sevenseven years he Colonel who whohad hadmuch muchblood bloodonon hands. Hoppe’s release from jail after serving just over became insurance salesman with many colleagues the wiser as to brutal years hean became an insurance salesman with manynone colleagues none thehis wiser aspast. to his brutal past. Germany’s prosecution record oncrimes war crimes has woeful. been woeful. So of many of thenever guilty never faced Germany’s prosecution record on war has been So many the guilty faced camp camp survivors in and court, and a staggering high office in and Germany and Austria. lawyers, survivors in court, a staggering number number reached reached high office in Germany Austria. Politicians, Politicians, lawyers, doctors andbehind more state werelaws shielded behind laws with few state bureaucrats, doctors bureaucrats, and more were shielded with few statestate prosecutors prepared to bring prosecutors them to book.prepared to bring them to book. In latest my latest Himmler gave me Chocolate , my research yielded likeFurchner. Irmgard In my book,book, Himmler nevernever gave me Chocolate , my research yielded up many up likemany Irmgard Furchner. Inmates of the Tannenberg camp, a Bergen satellite, called one, a female SS guard wanted by Inmates of the Tannenberg camp, a Bergen satellite, called one, a female SS guard wanted by the British, as the British, as ‘The Sadist’. She had fled to a village in what would become East Germany, and in an ‘The Sadist’. She had fled to a village in what would become East Germany, and in an extraordinary sequence extraordinary sequence of events, faked her of death on the very last day ofwith the many war. We heldvillagers a of events, she faked her death on theshe very last day the war. We held a meeting curious meeting with astonished many curious were astonished that body was in the church and they were thatvillagers her bodyand wasthey in the church graveyard. Weher gave them sight of the official death graveyard. Weother gave documents them sightand of the official death certificate other documents tograveyard dumbfound certifi cate and to dumbfound them further, Iand related that the body inand their themnot further, I related that in their graveyard waswho not was hers.also Sheconveyed had left to herthe IDvillage on a body of for was hers. She had left herthe ID body on a body of another woman pastor another who We wasbelieve also conveyed the village for burial on May 9, We believe burial onwoman May 9, 1945. that ‘The to Sadist’, with a pastor new name, had remained in 1945. the village to live that out ‘Thedays. Sadist’, with a new name, had remained in the village to live out her days. her Himmler never me Chocolate is available as a 374-page paperback with never-before-seen Himmler never gave gave me Chocolate is available as a 374-page paperback with never-before-seen photographs, and can be ordered through Waterstones, Foyles or any bookshop. photographs, and can be ordered through Waterstones, Foyles or any bookshop. 0741121

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At Leighterton Primary School, we are really proud that many of our oldest children are ‘Buddies’ for the younger children. Children in years five and six apply for the position by writing a letter of application. They are invited to attend an interview where they are asked questions by our head teacher. Many children are very nervous during the interview, as it is their first experience of being asked questions formally and they are very keen to be successful. After the interview each child receives a letter to let them know whether they have been successful and then they start training for their role.

for and they sit with these younger children during assemblies, role modelling excellent behaviour. The ‘Buddies’ and the younger children form really close relationships. At playtimes and lunchtimes, each day, we have a team a ‘Buddies’ on duty who lead games for our younger children and ensure they have a friend to play with. Another team sits with the younger children while they eat their lunch and the ‘Buddies’ support by helping to cut up their dinner having conversations as the children eat. This year, our youngest children in Apsemore Class and our year one children in Barnhill Class have ‘Buddies’, although in normal times, it is just the children in foundation stage. As year one children worked in ‘bubbles’ last year, it has been a surprise for them to meet the children from the rest of school face to face. Barnhill children love having a ‘Buddy’.

This procedure helps our children to prepare for applying for jobs in later life. Once the children have trained as ‘Buddies’, they are given one or two children to care

We are holding an Open Morning on Wednesday the 10th of November from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and prospective parents are very welcome to come along and see our wonderful school in action. There will be an opportunity to meet our teaching team and see some of the

activities the children take part in, as well as sample our delicious school lunches. If you would like to find out more or come and look around Leighterton Primary School on our Open Morning, you are very welcome to contact Mrs Davey in the school office on (01666) 890273 and we would be delighted to show you round at a convenient time. Further information about our school is also available on our website - www.leighterton.com Meryl Hatfield Leighterton Primary School

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Sir William Romney’s School Community Affair SWR was thrilled to welcome two hundred and fifty six visitors on our open evening and two hundred and thirty eight visitors across both of our open mornings last month. Families came from a range of local feeder primary schools and a few from further afield to see first-hand what our school had to offer. Activities on the night ranged from visitors having to break a spy mission in MFL to Medieval games in History. As well as exploring the wide range of activities / experiences beyond

the curriculum. Moving forward, SWR are also in the process of setting up a ‘satellite 6th form provision’ in conjunction with Malmesbury School. This model means that students will spend 4 days a week at Malmesbury school reaping the rewards of their post 16 expertise and then return

to SWR for one day a week to continue their A Level education, whilst thriving by having the continuation of the positive relationships, that have been nurtured here art SWR, to aid transition and offer pastoral support. As part of this several year 11 students and their parents attended the Malmesbury 6th form Open Evening, with a planned taster day visit in November.

Community Collaboration We continue to work with our students, as we emerge from the pandemic, to promote positive wellbeing and mental health, which features highly on our agenda here at SWR. Part of this approach is about being proactive and encouraging our students to take steps towards positive wellbeing and create habits that will see them face challenges with resilience in the future. Exercise, fresh air, and connection to our environment are among those positive steps and across school are encouraged through our extra-curricular activities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award and sports clubs. Plus, this year, kindly funded by the Tetbury Lions and supported by TAYTC several of our year 9 students have been visiting Westonbirt Arboretum to help build a community shelter and undertake several other woodland related activities. Whilst at the Arboretum, students are working towards their John Muir Awards – striving to make positive contributions to the environment. This project is a

perfect example of one of our key values of collaboration being put into practice. Firstly between students and secondly between various organisations within the community. Such opportunities are fantastic for our students. Sir William Romney’s School

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COULD YOU HAVE AN INHERITANCE TAX PROBLEM? Have you ever asked yourself “Do you want your estate to pay tax on your death?”. With good planning and not leaving it too late then there are many options that can help to reduce the liability. The 3 points to be considered that is causing many estates to pay inheritance tax are: 1) The nil rate band threshold of £325,000 has not risen since 2009. 2) Estate values have risen mainly due positive investment returns.

We offer a complete range of financial advice services; from retirement and investment planning to long term care planning in the Tetbury area. We have been awarded Chartered Financial Planner status, the financial industry’s ‘Gold Standard’ for best practice and code of conduct.

Jason Hill 3) A large amount of wealth in the UK is owned by over 60s which is the age Director bracket where sadly Covid has resulted in more deaths than usual. If you have not considered the above and want to make sure you have the right strategy, it’s often worth talking to a local chartered financial planner.


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Tetbury Film Society “A small story with a big heart.” In a change to our published film, Tetbury Film Society will be showing ‘Lad: A Yorkshire Story’ on Wednesday the 10th of November at the Dolphins Hall. As usual, doors open at 7.00 pm and the screening will begin at 7.30 pm prompt. ‘Lad’ is a British film based on the life of 13-year-old Tom, who struggles to come to terms with his father’s death. Given community service after getting in trouble with the police and helping a Yorkshire Dales park ranger to repair paths and build stiles, his life begins to find meaning again. It is based on the childhood of writer/ director Dan Hartley.

We are fortunate to be able to show this film because it is finding it difficult to get the interest of large distributors. Despite that, it has been very well received by those who have seen it. Dan’s goal is to get the twentyfive thousand votes required to get ‘Lad’ officially ranked by IMDb, the authoritative source for film and TV content. We can help by getting the film seen. Also in November, Kev and I will be joining the autumn online screening days run by the Independent Cinema Office looking for new films to show. Tetbury Film Society is proud to support independent films. Producers of independent films can express themselves freely because they do not have to comply with the same demands as big box office movies. They are often projects of passion; they are driven by an artistic vision. Still to come: ‘Summerland,’ ‘How to Build a Girl,’ ‘Faces Places’, ‘Everybody Knows’ and much more. For details of our full programme of events, visit our website www.tetburyfilm.co.uk. We were delighted to welcome guests to the October screening of ‘Yuli,’ the story of internationally renowned ballet dancer Carlos Acosta. 0050315

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