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children and pensioners 5th November - All Souls Evensong at St Marys’ 6.00 pm. More details in this issue 8th November - Tetbury Art Society in St Michael’s Hall 7.30 pm. Allan Norwood on ceramic painting 9th November - Gentle Duplicate Bridge at Christ Church See the South Cotswold Bridge advertisement in this issue 12th November - Winter Fayre, Market Hall See the St Mary’s Playgroup article in this issue 13th November - TACT Remembrance begins at St Marys’ 2.30 pm. More details in this issue 13th November – Tetbury WI Annual meeting 7.30 pm in the Dolphins Hall 16th November - Probus One at St Mary’s Day Centre 10.30 am Talk about Poland by Bob Adams 25th and 26th November – Cherington Christmas Fair Please see the Advertisement in this issue

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Young by Name When Every Night is Fireworks Night The Lord Mayor of London’s proposal to abolish wood burners in the city’s Emission Zone should not have affected us out here in rural Gloucestershire, with our abundant supply of fresh air and local logs. I don’t know whether there’s a fuel equivalent to food miles, denoting how far a product travels from source to point of use, but the journey of some of the wood burned in our house can be measured in metres rather than miles. Even so, his announcement made me realise that it was time to replace my ancient

woodburning stove with a more efficient, less polluting contemporary model. The stove itself had been hinting to us for some time that it was ready for retirement. Bits kept falling off it, and running repairs had become more frequent. By the end of last winter, we’d reached the point at which closing its multi-paned double doors had turned into a Chinese puzzle. Unfortunately, I’ve always been very bad at doing Chinese puzzles. The stove’s efficiency was also decreasing. This went against the (wood)grain in a household fitted with solar panels, supplied by electricity from sustainable sources (Ecotricity), and populated by habitual wearers of jumpers, thermals and boots throughout the winter.

Considering that we’d bought it twentyfive years ago second-hand, for £150, we didn’t feel it owed us anything, so we made for the nearest stove showroom, prepared to splash out. We plumped for the most environmentally-friendly woodburner on display, designed to burn wood at the optimum temperature for fuel efficiency, while minimising emissions and particulates. In short: more heat for less logs – and a conscience as clear as the new stove’s window. Now in pride of place in our inglenook stands a neat iron box with one large rectangular window in its single door. The stove’s size and shape remind me of the television we had when I was a child, and it’s just as compelling to watch. Its clever design keeps the glass forever clear, providing a constant display of flames and sparks from an ever-changing array of kindling and logs. It’s like having a Guy Fawkes’ Night display in the comfort of my own front room. But best of all, the fire works. I wish you a cosy November, however you choose to keep warm. Debbie Young Debbie’s latest cosy mystery novel, Trick or Murder? culminates in a chaotic fireworks party at a Cotswold village vicarage. Its sequel, the Christmas special in the Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series, Murder in the Manger, will be published on 6th November. For more information, please visit her website:


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sufficient for the Lions Club to send £500 to Nepal, making a total of £2,500 which we have sent direct to the Lions Club of Kathmandu. The collections also enabled us to send £1,000 to Médicins Sans Frontière, who are carrying out relief work in Mexico. Maybe you saw these splendid bandits while you were in the town?

Members of Tetbury Lions were out and about in the town on several days during September,

For their ever-popular Autumn production, the Dolphins Drama group are this year putting on a very entertaining version of that old favourite, Sleeping Beauty. We in the Lions take great delight each year in extending an invitation to all senior citizens in the town to be our guests on the opening night of this production, Wednesday the 22nd of November. This is an exclusive performance as no tickets are sold and attendance is only as a registered guest of Tetbury Lions. If you would like to come along, please contact Ken White on 01666 504189. He will add your name to the list and will arrange transport if needed. With a free raffle, transport and refreshments, this is always a very well-attended night and because of licensing/fire restrictions, seats must be limited, so do please get in touch as soon as possible.

collecting for the South-East Asia Floods and the Mexico earthquake victims. The very generous people of Tetbury donated

Remembrancetide is fast approaching and Lions members will be active again this year. On the 11th of November

Lion’s Den there is a ceremony in the Market Hall to Commemorate the Centenary of the 1st Wing (Training) Australian Flying Corps, who made use of airfields in this area during the first world war. The Guest of Honour will be Group Captain Carl Schiller, OAM, CSM, RAAF (Retired,) President of the Australian Air Force Association, Victoria Division. During the ceremony we will also exchange banners with the Lions Club of Point Cook Australia, whose banner recognises their ties to the RAAF at Williams Airforce Base in Point Cook - the birthplace of the Australian Air Force. On Remembrance Sunday, Lions will be attending the service in St. Marys’ Church, which will be followed by a parade through the town. As Lion’s President, I will have the honour of laying one of the wreaths at the war memorial at St. Saviour’s this year. It is with much sadness that we hear long serving Lions Club member Ron Poppleton has passed away. After distinguished service in the second world war, he was awarded the Légion D’Honneur. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Jill and family. Ron led a long, productive and very active life. Steve Parr, President, Tetbury Lions

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Avening Primary School Proud of our pupils! Sport has always been very prominent in our school and our pupils are given the opportunity to experience a great variety of different sports ranging from hockey to archery. We are only half a term into the new school year and already, our Avening sports stars have set a precedent for the year ahead with a recent win at the Quick sticks hockey tournament at Deer Park School and a triumphant performance by our y5/6 cross country runners who won the team race at Kingshill School. Looking forward, we have a girl’s football match and a netball tournament both at Kingshill, followed by a sports hall athletics event at SWR before Christmas. Last month we welcomed the new vicar of Holy Cross Church, Reverend Gerald into the school. He joined us for our harvest festival where this year, the pupil’s offerings were donated to Tetbury Food Bank. This month, the Reverend will be joining us again for our remembrance service held in the church and for a special service to be held during the forthcoming happiness week to coincide with national antibullying week. It was a very proud day on Friday 6th October when we opened our doors

to parents, relations, members of the community and prospective new pupils and parents, during our annual open morning. We couldn’t have been prouder of our fabulous members of the school council and members of y6, who took on the role of tour guides for the morning. One of the comments written in our visitor’s book truly reflects what a great job they all did: ‘Happy children, happy teachers and a lovely school.’ Aside from showing guests around the school, the school council have been run off their feet organising a cake stall to raise funds to buy new playground balls, as well as considering opening a KS2 tuck

shop, selling healthy snacks. They’re also planning ideas for Children in Need – one idea being a school ‘Danceathon.’ Watch this space for more on this! Thank you to everyone that has supported our Avening Primary School IT fund (APSIT). So far, we have managed to purchase a set of 16 LearnPads and 16 laptops, which will enhance our provision and help to ensure that our children become the digital citizens of tomorrow. For further information about our happy, busy place of learning, please see our school website; Avening Primary School

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Christmas in Tetbury Festivities Commence! As promised in my last article, here are the full details of this year’s Christmas Festivities. For more details of all the events, including an entry form for those wishing to have a stall at the switch-on evening, please visit our website: www. The Christmas trees and the lighting are to be installed during the week commencing Monday the 27th of November, brightening those dark winter evenings. The judging of the Christmas shop window displays will be held on Monday the 4th of December, from 7.00 pm. The theme is “The Twelve days of Christmas” and we look forward to seeing the wonderful displays for ourselves. The annual formal switch-on of the town centre Christmas lighting displays is to take place on the evening of Thursday the 7th of December and Church Street will be closed to traffic from 4:30 pm to 8 pm (30 minutes

later than in previous years.) This will allow stallholders and musicians to set up, and will also enable the procession to make its way safely from Saint Mary’s church. For those of you planning your journey home, do take this into account. There will also be a temporary “No Parking Restriction Order” from 3.30 pm in The Green, between Market Place Mews and St Michael’s Church. This will allow traffic

to pass through easily, without fear of obstruction or damage being caused to other parked vehicles. Those wishing to take part in the torchlit procession should assemble in Saint Marys’ church from 5:25 pm, where Santa Claus will be on hand to greet you, and Mel and I will be available to hand out glow sticks. The procession will leave at 5:35 pm promptly, to make its way to the Market House. At 5:40 pm, in front of the Market House, there will be entertainment from the children of St Mary’s School choir. They will also lead the community singing of “The Twelve days of Christmas” with Avening Silver Band there to accompany the singing.

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Our Beavers, who are between six and eight years old, have been learning about healthy eating and cooking. They have made smoothies and their smiley face pizzas could have given the Great British Bake-Off contestants some serious competition!

his spiders, snakes and centipedes. The Beavers would also like to thank Malcolm and Liz Philby for their very kind donation from Adam’s fund.

In preparation for our night hike they have been learning how to read a map, solved puzzles about Tetbury and drew maps from home to school. We are looking forward to our next guest who talking to us about looking after pets and is bringing

Our Scout (10 ½ -14 yrs) adventures included the Strategy camp, where they roamed the 3,000-acre Cirencester Park enjoying over twenty activities, from pioneering to Supermarket Sweep, climbing to caving, and even nail-painting and custard

jumping! This was followed by a narrowboat trip where scouts gained their Power Coxswain badge. We welcomed back one of our old Scouts, Ollie Davis, who presented his World Challenge trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Speaking of adventures, Jean has been chosen to lead the Gloucestershire contingent to the Haarlem Jamboree (Netherlands) in 2019 and we hope some of our Scouts will join her! We have a few spaces in our Scout Troop available so please contact us if you are interested. Sadly, we do not have a Cub Pack (8-10 ½ yrs.) and would like to make this available. Can you inspire? Are you bursting with energy and ideas? Do you want to make a difference to young people locally? We urgently need extra leaders, helpers and/ or committee members. Whether you can spare an hour a week or a day a year, we have roles working with young people or helping behind the scenes. With full support and training, you can experience the fun, friendship and adventure of Scouting. And no, you don’t need to have been a Cub or a Scout. If you can help, please let us know! Finally, a reminder for your Diary is the Scout Christmas Post - collection boxes will be out from 1st December. Tom Glover, Group Scout Leader 01666 500 960


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St Mary’s Playgroup As the evenings draw in and a nip is in the air, we are looking forward to the excitement that Autumn brings – with conkers a-plenty, playing in the beautiful leaves and splashing in a puddle or two! This term has been fun so far, as we are still getting to know our new recruits, while refreshing our knowledge of our ‘old timers’ and allowing them to lead the play with their interests. The Pre-schoolers have started their Forest School sessions on the St. Marys School grounds and have great fun finding plenty of mini beasts, climbing trees, enjoying hot chocolate, as well as “driving to the motorway” in their newly built “car.” Forest School is a fantastic opportunity in which to allow the children to take risks, develop selfesteem and learn through our natural world. We have been reading the little red hen during sessions and the children have been baking bread, grinding seeds and singing “Five Currant Buns” very loudly! The children have also been exploring natural objects such as conkers in the sensory trays - and proudly showing us their own found treasures. After showing a particular interest in money and shops, the children have also had great fun turning the role-play area into a post office and have been posting

letters and parcels. This evolved into a visit to the Post office in Tetbury, to explore the sorting office (which was enjoyed by the grown-ups too!) and posting their own letters home. They loved meeting a real life “Postman Pat.” Thank you to all those who made our visit so much fun! On the 22nd of October we hosted a Family Fun day (with a bouncy castle, bar and plenty of fun activities) at the Rugby club to help raise vital funds for educational resources – look out for an update next month! We also have a Winter Fayre in the Market Hall on November the 12th which will see many local crafters selling their wares. Please pop by for tea (or mulled juice) and cake and a little Christmas shopping.

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Our seedlings group continues every Monday morning from 9.30 - 11.30 am at the front of the Christ Church. It is run by Kelly, our Playgroup deputy, and is a great opportunity to meet other mums and children in a relaxed and friendly environment. The group is now very popular, with different sensory/craft activities each week and plenty of toys for those at all ages and stages, so please feel free to drop in. For more updates of what we are doing within Playgroup, please visit our Facebook page @stmarysplaygrouptetbury or have a look on our website www. to arrange a visit or for more information. Vikki Morris, Secretary to Playgroup committee

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Tetbury Camera Club A smart idea that has changed the world Here is a question for quiz well as anyone interested in computing, communication photography. When was smartphone launched?

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There is a view that the phone first called a smartphone was launched by IBM 20 years ago and about the same time, something similar was also being introduced in Japan. As well as being a mobile phone, the IBM device, called the Simon Mobile Communicator, incorporated a touch screen, an address book, a world clock - and could be used to send and receive emails and faxes. By today’s standards it actually wasn’t all that smart and other hand-held devices had already been able to do some of those things, but the Simon did pave the way for lots of additional technology, like that introduced by computer innovator Steve Jobs, when he launched the first iPhone a decade later, with a small lens installed because it could even take photographs. And how did it impact Tetbury Camera Club? Well it certainly means that when our members set off to take pictures they are currently the exception rather than the norm, using cameras and not smart phones. Our members appreciate that there is room for all sorts of picture-taking, from party-time selfies to more artistic landscapes, telephoto wildlife shots to 720310 ET Lumley:Layout 1


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The transformation of Tetbury Goods Shed from a derelict shell is due, in very large part, to our indefatigable Chairman of the last four years, Will Cook. He has recently agreed to take a well-earned break and, in future, the position of Chairman of the Trustees will be rotated every six months. Having won the short straw, I am the first such person in the post.

We about to launch two major projects: In the next few weeks, a Finnish railway carriage (donated by Leicestershire County Council) will be transported from Snibston Discovery Park to Tetbury. The Newsletter Issue 6 10 Newsletter Issue carriage is 60 feet long and two feet wider than a conventional British Rail carriage. Getting it under all the motorway bridges Carriage Come to GoodsP on the way and manoeuvring into HRHRailway The Prince oftoWales opens It has always been an a position onto track behind the Goods HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES visited the The Prince then met and talked to several carriage next to the Goo Trust members, showing a genuine Shed on 22 December 2016 to available for free it seem Shed is quite a challenge, but all is Goods warmth and interest the project. observe progress and officially open the The in Snibston Discovery building. Leicestershire County C in hand! The interior of the carriage He spent some time with the artist and site is being cleared. T musician Nicola Clark and with the He was met by our chairman, Will Cook, track and two sets of en Mary Doyle, whose is in good condition but the outside and the Mayor, Stephen Hirst, and was amateur sculptress, was prepared take beautiful stone sculpture, Bernieto the Owl,it then shown around the new auditorium was chosen ahead of 3 had pride of place. needs some attention. Will Cook and and a number of exhibits. The carriage, a Finnish V used as a café/restaura Grayham Cleaver will be organising the Being Finnish it has a Ru mm) and the larger load restoration work, so anyone interested dimensions than its Brit in helping would be very welcome, width of 10 ft and a high Western but it is broad even if it’s just holding a paint brush! The carriage is in excellent condition for its age, only

needing some external paintwork to spruce it up. With its The plan is to convert one half of the carriage into a café and double doors at each end andspace double glazing throughout the carriage will be able to act as an all-season café or be the other half into a workshop. Throughout the summer, the Goods adapted for arts and crafts instruction. With all the items being offered with it, it only remains for the Trust to Shed operated a successful outdoor café, run by Sally Cosham undertake the groundwork for the rails and to construct a wooden wheelchair access ramp. This work and the and an army of volunteers. However, with the colder weather and transportation of the carriage will cost an estimated and sponsorship is urgently needed to defray shorter days upon us, the café will beThe£20-25,000 closing forScurlock, theJo Gale, winter onand Kate Lewis with (left) Nicola Prince talks to James Andrea Payne these costs as Leicestershire Council have said the carriage Clark and Barrie Doyle must be removed by 31 Oct 2017. See below for more on Saturday 28th October. Once it’s been restored, we will then have our fund name for the the Arts Centre an all-weather café that can keep goingAthrough year. (Photo: Helen Hyde)

The other major project is the installation ofatRecent a last cinema projector, short debate the meetingEvents of TRLRT, find it. The new name also gives rise to the members decided that the the abbreviation TGS, which it is official name of the new arts hoped will become recognised together with sound and lighting systems which can be excellent usedand for The last month has seen some popular events.a The awardcentre would be “Tetbury Goodsand Matt Rosebladebrand were much appreciated gaveof usexcellence. an excellent comedy other events. This is due to take placeShed”.in January 2018 andchuckling. will amateur comics keeping the audience The greatly talented Geo To manage TGS there will Notsobigband gave a virtuoso performance but sadly the message also had no We appreciate that, for most be a new operating company, take two weeks to complete. We will then be showing twobrought or more audience enjoyed it. Le Swing a unique blend of female jazz voca locals, it will always be just ‘the formed to give TGS the double and occasional an evening of French Goods Shed’.bass We added Tetbury to trumpet to perform professional, flexible and creativecha films a week, for nine months of the year. The choice of fi lms will be classics, in their gypsy jazz-inspired This distinguish ourdelivered building from otherown goods direction that willstyle. ensure thatperformanc the venture inaugural Swingand Jiveto session the Goods Shed success. on Tuesday 12 September sheds, such as Stroud, ensure at that is a business varied and interesting - not just the latest offi cedance stuff that of box the series of jive lessons led by you Jim Hannaway and Sarah Vernon you do not need a partner in order to go. It’s a great social event with the BY APRIL 2017,to the Goods Shed will be ready in to hold events. We are planning key can watch in the big cinemas. If you would like be involved the cise. The numbers attending were a challenge running events and festivals around which the year’s programmefor willthose revolve but thisthe willfirst s an intimate atmosphere the evening provedevents. to be great ease leaveand plenty of opportunities for other public and private If you fun. wouldTo like to selection and showing of films, please get in touch. there willavailability, be two sessions Tuesday evening at 7pm and 8pm so cho enquire about please every send an email via the website. AFTER MONTHS of agonizing and then a

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We are running two sponsorship campaigns to raise money for the Community • Creativity • Culture Culture money carriage and the film equipment. We Community, already Creativity, have some from grants, events and fundraising drives, but we need to top this up through public sponsorship. Last year, you kindly contributed over £45,000 towards the cost of the retractable seating in only three months, which has since enabled us to put on a terrific programme of events. Your support and generosity is helping to enrich the lives of Tetbury residents and the surrounding villages and is also attracting people from much farther afield, and we are beginning to make a name for ourselves. As this builds up, we will be able to raise our game and widen our appeal. Details of the sponsorship schemes can be found on our website and in leaflets which are about to be dropped all over the town. John Andrews, Tetbury Rail Lands Trust

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Bridge is beginning in Tetbury on Thursday the 9th of November, in the rear hall of Christ Church, opposite the Chipping Car Park. This will be Gentle Duplicate Bridge, which will be played in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere - and there will be help available if you need it, so that everyone has an enjoyable time. Come along with a partner, or on your own as we will provide you with a partner. South Cotswold Bridge was started in June 2017 by Jim Edwards and Keith and Elaine Sharpe and they already run a successful Gentle Duplicate session on Wednesday mornings in Malmesbury. Jim is an Associate English Bridge Union teacher and is at present running Beginners and Improvers Courses. Keith is a County player and qualified Teacher, and Elaine is a former National Junior co-ordinator for Wales Bridge. Our aim is to build a Bridge Community for all levels and standards, from social ‘kitchen Bridge’ to Club levels, as this fun game is the number one Mind Sport which can be played anywhere in the world. South Cotswold Bridge

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A little bit more magic and merriment Leave your country house misconceptions at the door and discover more at Whatley Manor. Whether it’s a festive get-together, a family gathering or the office Christmas party we have got it covered. Grey’s Brasserie will have a completely new look as of November 4th. Discover our new stylish interior and exciting festive à la carte menu.

Sample dishes from our festive à la carte menu Crayfish & macaroni thermidor Bubble & squeak scotch egg Crispy duck leg roasted pumpkin, date puree, grelot onion, duck sauce Roast loin of venison, red cabbage, smoked chestnut, kale

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The Dolphins Running Club The Dolphins outgrow their pod! Tetbury Dolphins Running Club will be celebrating its first birthday in November. Due to the clubs overwhelming success, it has now outgrown the ‘Pod’ it shared with the Youth Club and is getting a new home at the Rugby Club.

started running within the last nine months. The fastest woman was Eileen Hodgson (1.53.44) and fastest man was Mike Bull (1.44.24). October saw the third group of ‘Couch 2 5k’ runners graduate from the 10 week course. The super speedy group gained new PBs at Kingsway’s Parkrun.

If you would like to find out more about joining the club please follow our facebook page or check out our website: TetburydolphinsRC/ TetburyDolphinsRunningClub Rebecca Pass, Press Officer

The club has grown from eight members to 80 in less than a year. The club was founded by Eileen Hodgson and Susan Rawle. Their aim was to bring all runners in and around Tetbury together in a friendly, encouraging and all-inclusive environment by offering a broad range of paced groups and activities for all abilities. The club look to promote running both as a sport for the competitive enthusiast and as a recreational fitness activity. Over the past nine months TDRC have been working with Active Gloucestershire and Glos Girl Can to encourage people to get active by offering free Couch to 5k courses. The course aims to get complete beginners running 5 km in 10-12 weeks. So far the club has lead 24 new runners to complete the 5km course. Many of these runners have now become qualified Run Leaders and now training for 10km races. The club is not just about running, it has recently set up a Wednesday morning ‘Tot Trot.’ A leisurely stroll along the old railway every Wednesday at 9.30am, meeting at The Goods Shed. Suitable for toddlers, bikes, babies and buggies. A great way to meet other parents. The club have achieved amazing success in many events over the last year. The Dolphin Dash turned Tetbury turquoise with over 70 runners taking part in 5/10k events, Ruth Walker got 3rd place at the Cheltenham Challenge 10k, and Darren Mustoe took 2nd place in his age category at the Race to the Tower 2017 ultra-marathon, covering 56 miles.


Twelve new members of the club completed the Cancer Research Race for Life. A massive achievement, as these ladies had only joined the club eight weeks prior to the event. Eileen Hodgson took second place in her age category and Darren Mustoe took 18th place in his age category at this year’s Westonbirt 10k event. TDRC was awarded The Club Champions trophy at the Cotswold 24- Hour for their hard work and support during the event. Steven James clocked up 144 km and finished 13th in the solo category. Team captain Darren Shepherd successfully led the Tetbury Dolphins’ mixed relay team to complete 27 laps covering a total of 243 km in 24 hours! Twenty Dolphins completed this year’s Cheltenham Half Marathon. Six of the runners were first-timers who had only

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The creep of the rubber stamp… Many years ago, I used to travel in faraway places and I collected a series of stamps and visas on my passport. The most exotic stamps would often denote the mark of a tyrannical regime. The rubber stamp did not feature greatly in Britain. When swearing papers, it was always enough to say that was your signature, rather than having to sign in the presence of the Commissioner that took the oath. But after 9/11 the process of authentication

became more demanding. The banks and the court officials - particularly in the Court of Protection, encouraged by the development of the Money Laundering regulations - have appeared to take a peculiar delight in rejecting documents that are important to the elderly and infirm. I can understand this on part, because I can recall being a part-time functionary in the courts, and being given a pile of divorce files to certify if the parties were entitled to be granted a decree nisi. The major excitement of the day was to spot an error in the papers and send them back…

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun With Lasting Powers of Attorney, the stakes are high. because in many cases they involve old people who desperately want someone else they trust to take charge of their financial affairs. If they fail, that choice has gone, if in the meantime they have lost their mental capacity. Anyone can then ask to be appointed by the court to take over the finances. although they will not necessarily be accepted, as the family can make representations. One solicitor in my employ had to certify that her client had capacity, but forgot to tick the box saying she was over eighteen. This came back to haunt us four years later, when we attempted to register. One nice old man struggled to date his signature in the year 2017, but he crossed the seven low down so that it looked like a two. I witnessed the document on the same day and certified it - but the application was rejected, even though the officials admitted when challenged by me, that the forms did not exist in 2012. To pass the certificate test when the document is registered, we must include the correct wording on each page and sign every page. The banks have begun to reject these, if they do not show the firm’s rubber stamp on them, even though I have not found anything in the regulations that say we must incorporate the rubber stamp. The land registry at least has the decency to ring me up if they cannot read my writing and ask me to confirm I did certify a document, but the banks do not, despite having my contact details. The courts loathe handwriting. This can lead to rejection if they can allege a different-looking name appears later in the document - even if a forename is in the wrong column, or looks vaguely different. It is very tiresome if attorneys use assumed names rather than their birth name. We need to keep ahead! 100208 KP Gardens

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup Glitter season has begun at the playgroup! The children have just celebrated Diwali with lots of craft activities, including making sparkly clay candle holders. We are now about to start our firework display, where the children will be splatter painting, making kitchen roll rockets and Catherine wheels. Outside we will be building bonfires out of the natural resources in the garden. Children will be having hot dogs and jacket potatoes for snack.

went really well and the children enjoyed selling the cakes to the parents. In the crèche the children have created a beautiful autumn display and are now in the process of making a bonfire display. At the play and stay group, Laura will be making her bread stick sparklers that go down so well with both the children and parents. Our next dates for bingo are as follows: the 2nd, 16th and 30th of November and then

the 14th December. If you wish to come along the evening starts at 7.30, there are lots of lovely prizes to be won and all proceeds go to the playgroup. If you wish to contact us about any of our facilities you can do this by ringing 01666 504855 and asking for Karen or Linda or by email on tetburynurseryplaygroup@ Raewyn Platts, Tetbury Nursery Playgroup

The children are enjoying having a bigger say in the planning and it has been very interesting observing what has been selfchosen. Empty boxes that can be used for the small world toys, in the home corner or used in the creative area, has proven really popular. Empty boxes really encourage children to use their imagination, negotiation and language skills. Now we have returned from the half term break the pre-school children have begun to practice for the nativity play, which will be held at the beginning of December. After the play we will be having a mini Christmas Fayre, to raise further funds for our muchneeded windows. The end of term cake sale


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Making and sticking to your 2015 fitness goals Planning for

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the goal and completion date firmly set in – the chance a fresh start, the theforyear ahead The formal beds in the churchyard, as your We mind. it down! ce to reignite your fitness, lose those heldWrite another very successful Race Leaves are falling, but it is not too late to plant mentioned in last month’s article, should Making one big target isOctober great, and as this ds, run that race and break that Night on Saturday 28th our is now have a new look, and the Diana daffodil bulbs and other spring flowering thanks go to the you really want to businesses achieve that – for onal best! bulbs, for a magnificent start to next year’s Memorial bed on The Green will be thinnedwhatgrateful kindly sponsored the races – Bristow out. Many of the Phlox and Michaelmas example, running a marathon or losing five this looks and sounds great on display. But instead of paper, planting bulbs this Photography, Clark & Maslin, Highgrove daisies will fi nd new homes, giving the stone. But these targets take considerable when the ink has dried and it comes Enterprises (who also sponsored the race Princess Diana roses (which still do so well, time and it’s easy to lose sight. Creating n to it (inevitably after the Christmas DOWDING & SON even after almost twenty years,) more shorter-term goals aimed at the main goal k it is harder and sweatier than ever), space to breathe again. Television Sales and Repairs is beneficial, and these must also be goal seems much further from your & Digital Box Sales. Apart from the autumn task of thinning • Television to stick to ‘SMART’. A monthly objective might start p. Even if you’ve managed out and refurbishing beds, the team also Television Repairs. • goals for a few Table weeks,& Standard results aren’t with simply going to the gym three times plans to replace the seven slightly tiredlamp repairs. • away, looking ‘cattle troughs’ in the town centre ys seen straight and we are all per week. TV‛s etc tuned in & set up. • NEW with smart new ‘easy watering’ containers. tient even at the best of times. remote controls. • Replacement This will be a time-consuming job, not only As we are all habitual creatures we fall cking to your Collection targets &requires a installing the new troughs but transferring delivery service into certain routines or habits, which can be tured approach•and belief in in the for an yourinner repairs & sales the existing box trees and tête-à-tête bulbs good or bad. Creating an exercise habit can Malmesbury Tetbury from the old troughs to the new ones. The ability to reach what you set.&You must areas. be vital in helping you achieve your goal. new containers will, however, save a lot of Avonprocess Road, Malmesbury, ble to visualise12,the and the Wilts end SN16 0DL Start with an easy habit that will be easy to time and effort in the future. – but don’t just fantasise! 07778 354668 stick to, and make sure you are consistent Come the last week in November, in support forwith a friendly and aking ‘SMART’ objectives the help and perform this habit for at least two of our ‘sister organisation’ Christmas in rainer or by yourself ispersonal a great service way of beat is vital, weeks. For example, perform 30 minutes Tetbury, the Day Team be found otherwise you lackwillthealsoability loping exercises and regimes that are to track improvement. under the Market Hall, dressing the town’s of exercise on a Monday, Wednesday and Christmas trees that will adorn the shops. for you. Follow these steps to plan a Friday. Once you have been doing this for ATTAINABLE r fitness goal. 4-6 weeks, change it – maybe increase the A goal should be achievable for you – are length of your workout or switch exercises. CIFIC you in the right place and have the right al must be individual to you, aiming at access for the objective you have set? This will keep your body and brain guessing, and help lead you to your 2015 what you want to SettingWhy put off tillcan tomorrow what the smaller ones help you develop fitness goal – you can do it! accomplish. General and work Genial can do today? towardsJobber a bigger end goal. targets lead to winner’s prizes,) Jesters, Lyndsey’s, Tetbury Friendly, reliable service, Established June 2005 Fish & Chip shop, Tetbury Hardware and reduced focus and too REALISTIC The George Veterinary Group. Many thanks To be realistic you must be able to visualize much wiggle room. also to everyone who came on the night, yourself achieving the objective. 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From Russia….. …with Marsha Lees, our speaker on the 7th of September. And what a good talk she gave! Now Living in Gloucestershire with her English husband, Bulgarian-born Marsha grew up in Moscow in the 1950’s and 1960’s from the age of six. She recalled the living conditions at that time, and how her family had interacted with the community. Enjoying a happy childhood, she praised her free education. Marsha illustrated the very poor and crowded living accommodations of many, but at no stage was she critical. Rent-free state-owned flats, allocated on the basis of five square metres per person, often led to a whole family of several generations living in one room, with shared washing and toilet facilities. Each family was allocated one ring on a fourringed cooker in a communal kitchen, which necessitated planned cooking.

Reactive people, political change and travel freedom led to improvements. Endless queuing for limited goods gradually eased except when the first McDonalds opened in Moscow in 1989. A three-hour queued formed for what was an eye-opener for Muscovites. But Marsha stressed Moscow had changed greatly. It had now become a busy modern crowded city with a thriving middle class, offering many shopping choices. She showed pictures of typical family life, activities and meals. On one public holiday, International Women’s Day, Marsha said it was customary for men to give flowers and a small gift, usually a cake, to the women in their lives. As a mark of respect, newly-married couples placed their wedding flowers on the grave of a soldier killed in action. It was a fascinating talk by a very articulate lady.

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News from St Marys’ Church Goodbyes are as much a part of life as the seasons of the year. Those words are particularly poignant as November arrives. This is the time when the Church turns to remembering particularly those who have died: the goodbyes we have said to our loved ones, and to those who have served their country and their God. Remembering means – literally – to put something together, to “re-member”: integrating our past into our present. That means recalling all the good things and the difficult things about people, relationships, places and experiences which are now past. It means celebrating the “good stuff ”, and the way this has allowed us to become the people we are today. And it means facing things which have hurt and distressed us, and understanding how we can come to terms with those experiences.

Marys, followed by the observance at the War Memorial. After that – before we know it – we are moving into Advent. We will be having a Quiet Day on Friday 24th November in the Village Hall in Shipton Moyne. It will be a chance to take a step back and reflect on what it means for us for Jesus Christ to born into the world – Emmanuel, God with us. Do please contact me or our Parish Office if you are interested in coming along. The Quiet Day is followed by our Advent Carol Service at 6pm on Sunday 1st December in St Marys’ Church. Tetbury Area Churches Together is unable to organise the Christmas Tree Festival in St Saviour’s Church this year, but I’m very pleased to say that Tetbury Town Council enjoyed this incentive so much in 2016

that they’ve stepped forward to continue it this year! Please apply to Tara Niblett for a booking form, if you’ve not received one already. 01666 504670, or executiveofficer@ And do make a note of some special events that are coming up in December. On Saturday 2nd December we have our Church Christmas Market in the Market Hall, 10am-12.30pm. There is the children’s Christingle Service at 4pm on Sunday 10th December, and the Candlelit Carol Service on Sunday 17th December at 6pm. More of course in the December edition. With love and prayers. Poppy The Revd Poppy Hughes Parish Priest, St Mary the Virgin & St Mary Magdalen Church, Tetbury Join us on Facebook: St.MarysTetbury

All of this feels so right for autumn. The season reminds us that life is fragile, and precious. So I feel so privileged to support families who have lost loved ones, with our All Souls Evensong on Sunday 5th November at 6pm. In this quiet, reflective service we name all those for whom we have held a funeral over the past three years, and all those you ask us to remember that night, and lighting candles in memory of each life we are recalling. Please do contact our Parish Administrator Diana Sharp if you would like to add a name to be remembered (01666 500 088). Then of course we have Remembrance Sunday itself. This is a wonderful community occasion, coming together to involve everyone, young and old. St Marys’ Church is packed, with all the children and young people so beautifully turned out in their uniforms, to present their colours, and the join in the march through town with the brass band. It is all the more moving because we share the service as Churches Together in the Tetbury Area, with ministers and readers drawn from all our churches. Do join us for this very special service on Sunday 13th November at 2.30pm in St


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Now that we have changed the clocks…

their reason is, and to always make sure that your doors are locked, even though you may be in the house.

…it’s dark earlier in the evening and it’s darker in the mornings, autumn has really set in with a vengeance.

Christmas is of course a time to go shopping for presents - but always make sure that all parcels are put in your car boot out of sight. Car parks are good hunting grounds for chance robberies, where car break-ins are an ideal place for criminals who see parcels on the back seat of cars as an opportunity to do their own particular brand of “help yourself” Christmas shopping.

Dark nights and mornings do bring risks to the safety of our homes and we must be very vigilant, to maintain security both at home and in the many public areas in our town. Make sure that all doors and windows are secure when you are not at home. When you go out, leave a light on to give an impression that someone is at home - and be vigilant for ‘cruising’ white vans, whose occupants may be lining up targets as intruders.

Although too late for this year’s Christmas Shopping the Town Council are seriously investigating Church Street, Long Street and maybe London Road as sites for the installation of CCTV Cameras to cover The number of distraction robberies seem these main streets to identify suspicious happenings. Several Town Council Staff to be on the increase too - but it’s quite a visited the Waterwells Headquarters of the simple habit to keep to never, ever let a 681010 March Roofing:Layout 1 21/9/10 22:08 Page 1 Gloucestershire Constabulary and were stranger into your home no matter what

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Tetbury Town Youth Football The club is seeing some fantastic performances and results across the youth teams, which is testament to the dedication of our coaches, the commitment of our players and the support of parents. Regular updates and photographs are included on our Facebook page ‘Tetbury Town Youth FC’. The U7’s had their first taste of league football, with many having progressed

from the Tiny Tigers. Their team photo is reproduced here, proudly showing off their new kit and I would like to thank their sponsors, Tigger’s Nursery, who continue to support our youth teams. The FA is keen to promote girls participation in football and regularly arrange events nationwide to support this. The FA Girls Football Week takes place between the 6th and 12th of November. At Tetbury Town F.C., we have a number of girls enjoying their football alongside the boys, with many age groups at the club having mixed teams. We are pleased to announce that two of our female members have been selected by the Gloucestershire FA to become involved in their specialist programme,

which supports the development of elite female players across the South West of England. Grace Purnell was selected for the U12 ‘Gloucestershire FA Girls Advanced Coaching Centre’ and Sophie Norris was invited to join the U10 ‘Gloucestershire FA Girls Skills Extra Programme’ for the 2017/18 season. Well done girls! More specific training sessions have been arranged for our goalkeepers. Alan Knott, ex-England Schoolboy international and Portsmouth player, has kindly given his time to run a few coaching sessions for any budding ‘Bruce Grobbelaar’ or ‘Joe Hart’ within the club. Specialised training like this will be a great benefit to our players and teams. Thank you to everyone who dropped in their blue counters for Tetbury Town Youth Football Club at local Tesco stores during September and October. We are currently waiting for the tokens to be counted before finding out how much money we will be awarded - and this will be put toward improving our training facilities. Ours doors are always open and we welcome boys and girls of all abilities and confidence levels, as well as those who would like to offer help, in any form, to support our club. No matter how big or small, your help is always appreciated. Anyone interested in joining Tetbury Town Youth Football Club, please contact me on 07879 441938 or Richard Norris, Tetbury Town Youth Chairman



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Priory Inn Blog “November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” Emily Dickinson One of the best mornings of the week for us, is our trip to the Saturday Stroud Farmer’s market, where we load up The Priory Inn van with seasonal vegetables and fruit. We get cheese and other dairy products from our network of 30-mile suppliers, trays of mushrooms and charcuterie from Monmouthshire artisans, and fruit, apple juice and honey harvested from ancient Gloucestershire orchards, at Days Cottage. A mild Saturday morning at this bumper time of year brings hordes of shoppers, spawning sociable and chattering queues at the most popular stalls. One of those stalls is manned by Jim from Hotchpotch Organics. Jim is described online as “Peasant extraordinaire - he likes nothing better than resting on his hoe and surveying his brassica patch; he’s a proud cauli-grower and a whirling dervish behind the market stall.” Jim’s vegetables are organically grown from seed, fertilised from grazed clover, irrigated from the sky and helped along if necessary with a minimum of fossil fuels. A combination of his farming methods and being picked at their peak, alongside Jim’s enthusiasm and knowledge, results in a taste sensation with all of his produce. The Christmas Party season is almost underway and we have a tasty festive menu with choices to suit everyone available on our website. This can be pre-booked every day for lunch or dinner between now and January 2018, for groups between six and sixty in number. If you really want to let your hair down, then reserve a table on one of our two Christmas party nights on the 14th and 21st December. This really “ups


the ante” when it comes to a festive party atmosphere, with crackers, twinkly lights and an in-house DJ spinning your discs! Please call to reserve a table. Live music continues at The Priory Inn through November to a laid-back Sunday night atmosphere: On the 5th, John Ross a singer/songwriter whose style is tinged with folk influences plays for us, followed

by Blind River Scare - and on the 19th Teri Bramah weaves her own particular magic on a whole bunch of Americana covers and original songs. Steve Page plays the month out on the 26th November. There are more details on all the artists on our website. Follow us on Twitter @ThePrioryInn to stay informed. Tanya Kelly, The Priory Inn

‘Rollover’ Unsung Hero for November Dear Editor, My name is Fran Norris - and to say I was amazed to have been nominated as the “Unsung Hero” for October would be an understatement! I know who the culprits were and have spoken to them… I don’t feel fully deserving of this award, so therefore, if it is possible, can you ask the Priory Inn if they could roll it over? For November? If so then I should like to nominate the four ladies who volunteer to clean St Saviour’s Church every fortnight. I often walk there visiting my son-in-law’s grave, when I also pop into the church. It’s wonderful to see it kept so neat and clean. Their names are Mrs Alison Bricknel, Mrs Sandra Richardson, Mrs Anne Ponting and Mrs Alison Horton. These are the people who really deserve recognition. Best Regards, Fran Norris Ed: Fran – your selflessness continues to do you credit! Although this nomination doesn’t follow our tradition of keeping things anonymous, rules are made to be broken – and The Priory Inn have kindly agreed to accommodate all four of these hard-working ladies. If they are kind enough to contact me soon, I shall ensure they receive a voucher for a meal for four. If there’s someone you know who repeatedly contributes selflessly to the community, then please do let me know - my details are on page three of the magazine.




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Christmas Parties at The Priory Inn Our Christmas party menu is designed around the very highest quality Cotswolds festive fayre and is available by reservation anytime from November until January 2018. We have Christmas party nights on Thursday 14th and 21st December when you can join us for a special festive atmosphere, great food, twinkly lights, music and dancing. The Christmas party menu is designed for groups of between 6 and 60 people, but groups less than six are also welcome to join us on the party nights (by reservation). Our ground floor private dining room can seat up to 16 people. Should your group wish to select its own choice of music and have a dedicated member of our waiting team for the evening, please call and ask for costs and details.

Starters Caramelised parsnip, apple and puy lentil soup (v) Three layer vegetable terrine with spiced plum chutney (v) Beetroot-cured smoked salmon with horseradish crostinis Cotswold charcuterie with local pickles

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Several ladies attended the WI Autumn Council meeting, at the Pittville Pump Rooms in Cheltenham. The winner of the BBC TV “Sewing Bee” competition was the speaker, who gave a most interesting talk about how the programme was put together and screened. A party of nine members are looking forward to attending the “Crafts for Christmas Day” show at Birmingham NEC at the beginning of November. Indeed, there are lots of events planned for the Autumn and Christmas period. We will be running our Village Quiz on November 3rd, the proceeds of which will be donated to Tetbury Hospital. This year our Christmas shopping trip will be to Worcester on Friday 1st December. This will be during the Victorian Christmas Market which is only open for a few days. We very much enjoyed a previous visit to this market a few years

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“Order and surprise: these are two intertwined elements that make for any great library.” Michael Dirda Visitors to Tetbury Library during Libraries Week greatly enjoyed the Yarn Bombing installation for its crafted skills, joyful beauty and constant surprises! Thank you

to everyone of all ages who made and brought in pom-poms and donated yarn and to The Bike Shed for the loan of the bicycle. Huge thanks to our Yarn Bombers: Angela, Cheryl, Judy, Karen, Peggy, Suzie and systems operator ‘Knitting Liz’ – your imagination and vast skills have amazed and delighted us all. The group are continuing to meet to make props for our story times as well as octopuses to comfort premature babies. Everyone (with any or no previous knitting or crochet experience) very welcome to

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The Inspirational Dolphins Awards ceremony took place at the Dolphin the 29th September and was very well attended. The aim of the awards is quite simply to say a heartfelt “Thank You!” to the various groups and individuals who do so much for the town. These are the people who go “that bit further” and who are an inspiration to others. A special thank you to Tara, Georgina, Sandra, Tina and Caroline who worked very hard to put the event together. Councillor Kevin Painter, responsible for the concept of the award, told the Advertiser “It’s already been suggested

that this should be a biennial event, as there were so many busy people unable to attend the evening, and so many other people who are also truly inspirational, so the next event is now planned as a major event for the town involving even more celebrants. A candle loses nothing by sharing and lighting another candle, it only gains; that is how inspiration works - and why our town shines so brightly.” The winners at this year’s awards were: Tetbury in Bloom, the whole team and Sue Hirst, Chair, the Dolphins Hall/Recreation Committee and Maggie Heaven, the Chair, the Dolphin Amateur Dramatics Group and

Jenny Miles, the History of Tetbury Society and Joy Peerless, the Tetbury and District footpath group and Ian Thomas, and the Tetbury Civic Society and Roy Angell. Also awarded were the Christmas in Tetbury committee, Chris French of Tetbury Lions, the Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, James Surlock and Ros Holland, the Tetbury Summer Show committee including the dauntless Ken and Terry White, the Tetbury Dolphins Running club, (Eileen Hodgson and Claire Mustoe,) Tetbury Women’s Institute, Chris Gibson and the whole group, the Rotary Club of South Cotswold’s Charles Nichols and the Community Choir and Jill Dodge.

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We are now “into top gear” at the Dolphins Hall! Several years ago, £11.000 was given to the Dolphins Hall by Wessex Water Board with the intention that it be put towards a project. This money has now been voted by Tetbury Town Councillors to be released to The Dolphins Hall Trustees. At the September meeting of the Hall Trustees, all but one of the votes cast was in favour of the money being used toward re-vamping the front car park. This involves lifting the gravel and taking down the centre barrier. It is yet to be voted on as to whether the car park will be returned to lawn or tarmac, but all the people currently paying for car park spaces will be accommodated within another area of the Dolphins Hall. The gentlemen’s cloakroom and the disabled cloakrooms are now complete and sparkling, and the ladies cloakroom commences refurbishment on November 6th. The full refurbishment is also on-track, to commence on the 1st of August 2018 – and Joe Stockvis has been very busy obtaining quotations for new stage curtains and curtains for the main hall windows, too. Meetings are taking place with the Drama Group so that they are

involved in the process of installation; these will also be installed next year. The next Tea Dance will be held on Saturday 5th November, between 2.00 and 4.00 pm. These dances are held on the first Saturday of every other month, and the modest cost of entry, £5 per person, includes tea and cakes. The very talented Angela and Bryan Palmer also take a “Learn to Dance” class every Tuesday evening at the hall. Please see their website for details – or of course visit ours, at http://www. Our Dolphins Lunch Club is held every third Friday in the month and it’s proving to be a wonderful way of meeting other residents of Tetbury and surrounding areas. The cost is £5 per head. Please telephone Sue Townsend 01666 505301 or Maggie Heaven to make a reservation. Our Christmas Bazaar, which is being held on Saturday the 2nd of December, between 10 am and 4 pm, will also have tea, coffee and cakes available – and If you would like to take a table to sell your goods, (at a cost of £10 per table,) please contact Maggie Heaven on 07747 608990. D. J. Sweet lightning will be holding a Christmas Eve family disco between 6.00 and 10.00 pm, and a New Year’s Eve Disco, too. Our fullystocked bar will be open on both occasions, so come along and join in the fun. We are delighted to say that not only do we have new tables and chairs, we now also have table clothes to fit both our round and rectangular tables, and chair covers with ribbons to enhance any occasion. To keep up-to-date with events, please take a look at our website and our Facebook page. Both are now under the watchful eye of Kim Wood, who works tirelessly to keep things upto-date. Everything from Dances to Discos, from Weddings to Art Exhibitions - and lots more in between - is now taking place at the Dolphins Hall, so see you soon! Maggie Heaven, The Dolphins Hall

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All of us involved at Girlguiding Tetbury would like to say ‘Congratulations’… …to Sue Doidge and Pat Gardiner for achieving Inspirational Dolphins Awards for their services to Guiding in Tetbury. The time and dedication they both put into supporting the girls and volunteers is indeed an inspiration. We would also like to say how much we appreciate the support of local people and organisations. One example being Dave Kelly and The Priory Inn who invited 15 very hungry girls from 2nd Tetbury Brownies to make and eat their own pizzas. As part of their Cook badge the girls have been learning about, and cooking food from around the world. Dave gave a short talk on the ingredients used and the history of pizza (surprising some of the girls who

Our Rainbows unit have been using the outdoor facilities available to us at St Mary’s Primary school, where they’ve been learning about making and following tracks and trails. The girls were split into groups and made a trail for each other to follow. They really enjoyed collecting all the materials; twigs, pine cones, leaves and stones, they set about making a trail from the forest school area back to the hall. They were very good too as no one got lost! 1st Tetbury Guides continues to offer a diverse range of activities to the ever increasing band of young women, from bridge building (with spaghetti) to slime making (with talcum powder), from sewing badges on camp blankets to making chocolate brownies. The girls enthusiasm and appetite to try new things, working in small groups to plan and execute activities, is fantastic to watch. This term has seen us open up the Parent Rota for the first time in some 8 years. We are very grateful to those that offer up an evening of their own time as this means we can accommodate more girls in the group.

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Taster packs for the new and updated Girlguiding programme to be launched next year, have recently been sent to us by HQ, and all the units are trialling them and reporting back on how they find them. Last month the girls of 2nd Tetbury Guides had the chance to see the new Senior Section resources and choose some to try out for the rest of the term. They will all be moving to the Senior Section soon. Other programme ideas were discussed and a Christmas visit to London by train is on the cards. This coming month girls from all our units will support Remembrance Sunday & Children in Need. In last month’s Advertiser the first 3 prize winners from our new 100 club were announced and the next draw will take place soon. There are still tickets available, and for ease we now have a standing order option. Please email us if you’d like to join, or if you have any other enquiries about the Girlguiding groups in Tetbury. Caroline Swinburne, Leader: 2nd Tetbury Brownies



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Leighterton Primary School As part of Science Week at Leighterton, our whole school visited ”We The Curious” (formerly @Bristol,) earlier this week. Children in Key Stages One and Two also visited the Planetarium to support the topics they are learning about in school. Children from Haymead Class and Ridge Class have written an account of their brilliant day:

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was responsible for ‘maintenance,’ so the standard was inconsistent as some found the cost excessive. Even the roads in towns could be in poor condition and Nicholas began by showing us Cheltenham High Street in about 1740!

…was the subject of Nicholas Herbert’s talk to HOTS on the 5th of October.

Gloucester was the hub locally, especially as it was on the main crossing from England to Wales. The ‘Gloucester Journal’ in 1729 recorded coaches to Bristol, and a ‘waggoner’ taking goods and passengers to London once a week. Roads in the Severn Vale were poor and subject to flooding in the winter.

The original very ancient tracks, mainly used by horse riders, pack-horse trains or people on foot, were narrow, though drovers’ roads for moving cattle and sheep toward London were wider. Each village

History of Tetbury Society Changes were necessary as the country developed and improved travel facilities were required. Parliament began passing acts, setting up Turnpike Trusts which were empowered to improve and maintain the main roads and to levy tolls. Detailed schedules for tolls for each user of the road were included in the acts and gates were set up across the road to enforce the charges. The trusts did not always choose to maintain the current route and Nicholas mentioned the changes made to the roads from both Gloucester and Tewkesbury. Because of turnpikes, Cheltenham became an important junction. The turnpikes into Tetbury were from Cirencester and on to Bath – established 1743, to Malmesbury – 1756, to Wotton and Dursley via Kingscote and Beverston – 1758, and to Nailsworth – 1780. He drew attention to some of the more interesting road aspects in Tetbury, saying that the steepness of Blackhorse Lane was the reason for the packhorse bridge over the stream in Cutwell. Even some of the packhorse trains preferred to find an easier way! The ford alongside that bridge was obviously for drovers, wagons and other wheeled transport.

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He also shared with us the road map published by John Ogilby which shows the route through Tetbury via Cutwell. That changed when the Turnpike Commissioners built Bath Bridge in 1775. In answering our questions, he said a Turnpike Act in 1780 made the towns responsible for the turnpike in their area - hence it was the Feoffees who widened Chipping Lane (now Chipping Street) in 1781, including the changes to the road from the north-east corner of the Chipping to Cirencester Road. We showed our appreciation as usual and Jane Haines drew attention to the booklet ‘Road Travel and Transport in Gloucestershire’, written by our speaker, which has recently been reprinted. ‘The Death of a King,’ (Edward II,) is the subject of a talk by Peter Petrie on 2nd March. As usual 7.30 in Christ Church. Tickets will be on sale for our Annual Social on Wednesday 6th December but must be limited due to the restrictions on the Market Hall. Alan Twelvetree, History of Tetbury Society


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News from Christ Church If I had to sum up our month of October, I would say it was about “discovering connections.” We celebrated our harvest festival and gave thanks to God for the beauty and fertility of the world. We remembered the deep connections between all parts of creation. Without water, there is no life, without the light of the sun there is no life, without oxygen there is no life – at least for most creatures. In the words of Chief Seattle, a Suquamish Indian and early speaker in favor of ecological responsibility: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” We discovered another side of interconnection, when we did our Skype linkup with a community in Malawi. It was fascinating to read Bible stories about bread, water and land and to compare our own thoughts with the responses of those living in the villages of Malawi. We are very different, and yet there is so much we hold in common. It brought to mind for me the wonderful poem “Human Family“ by Maya Angelou, which includes the lines: “We love and lose in China, we weep on England’s moors,

We remembered a connection of a very different kind too, in our service of thanksgiving for those who had died over the past two years. This is often a very helpful service for people who have been bereaved who want to remember their loved one a little while after the immediate loss. Those we have known and loved we are not forever divided from. As the popular poem by Henry Scott-Holland puts it: “I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near. Just around the corner. All is well.”

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Doesn’t time go fast? The pantomime is almost here, (Oh Yes it Is!) - and this one looks to be a real rollicking riot of fun and laughter for all ages.

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To cut down cost we often ask if we can borrow items of furniture for props and this production is no different but it was a very unusual ask – a spinning wheel! A huge thank you to Marian Beales for the loan of her beautiful spinning wheel. We will look after it. Do look out for the window

The Dolphins Dramatic Society prides itself on providing the community with enjoyable, varied and affordable theatre. We have kept prices under £10 for years and try to keep costs down by making our own costumes whenever possible, designing and painting the set ourselves,

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Costume costs vary from one production to another and are usually about £300. We’ve consciously tried to reduce the cost of costumes – and £187.91 should cover this production. The set will cost £89.67, we have £63.47 spent on props, £162.78 on the lighting, sound and music and £214.75 on Insurance, per production. Last, the banners for Sleeping Beauty cost £80.00 – and £54.50 goes toward the raffle.

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St Mary’s CE VA Primary School Outdoor Activities, Engineering, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Avebury and Lowfield Farm. We have reached the end of the first half of the Autumn Term and what a busy time it has been. Half way through September our Year 6 children went to Morfa Bay in South Wales, for an unforgettable week of outdoor activities. The children came back exhausted but full of stories. Here is what Charlotte wrote: “Once we arrived at Morfa Bay after a threehour long bus journey, we were split into

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any people would like to make monetary gifts to provide immediate benefit to loved ones as soon as possible. But there is a growing fear that money could run out, leaving them unable to maintain a standard of living later in life, especially if long term care is required.

The cost of care can vary considerably across the country, and will be dependent upon the type of care and level of support you will require. This will often be determine through a care needs assessment. However, with the average annual cost of residential care around £29,270, rising to over £39,300 for nursing care, the spectre of having to sell your property to meet care costs looms large for many (Laing & Buisson Care of Older People UK Market Report 2014/15). Even if people choose to remain in their own homes and receive care there, the cost is significant. And on top of all this, there is the threat of Inheritance Tax (IHT) taking as much as 40% of assets exceeding the nil rate band of £325,000 for a single person, or where the full allowance is passed to the surviving spouse, £650,000 for a couple. This can have a serious impact on people’s estates. More and more people are affected by IHT every year. It used to be a tax that was the preserve of the very wealthy, but escalating property values in the last ten years have put pay to that. For single people, Inheritance Tax applies at the top rate of 40% to assets worth over £325,000. This threshold is known as the nil band rate. For married couples and civil

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We are now in autumn; the days are cooler, the clocks change at the end of October when the nights are darker earlier - however, autumn can be a lovely time. The trees are changing colour, which can look lovely especially with the sun shinning on the leaves. This shows us God’s creation when he made everything for its time. Our Michael Fest Celebrations started with an Evening of Song, Music and Prose – and it was lovely to see the Church full. Our thanks go to Kieran, who did a great job as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and Graham our photographer. We hope there was something for everyone! We would like to thank our performers, including younger members of our congregation and girls from Westonbirt. All four girls played beautifully. The instrumentalists played beautifully too

and our singers, including Canon Tom Gunning and Avening Angels, were wonderful too. The poem and story that were read added a different aspect to the evening. Unfortunately, Fr Isidore was away, but in his absence Fr Modestus came and enjoyed the evening. I gave a word of thanks to all who took part, on behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council, and the evening finished with that wonderful hymn “Here I am Lord.” We look forward to welcoming the artists, plus a few more who were unable to be with us, next year! Our Mass of celebration which Fr Modestus presided at followed by a ‘bring and share lunch’ concluded the weekend. The Church had been beautifully decorated by our flower ladies and the smell was lovely. The money raised has been put toward the Parish refurbishment.

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at your convenience by contacting the Headteacher’s secretary on 01666 502378 or via email to September was Duke of Edinburgh Awards month, with a number of our students undertaking their Bronze expeditions. Two different year groups were undertaking their assessed expeditions, with the first being our Year 11 students. The Bronze expedition includes two days hiking and one-night camping, and working in small groups. The students have to work as a team by carry everything they need,

including tents and cooking equipment, And preferably not get lost! The weather couldn’t have been better, with clear skies and a good forecast, as they headed out into our beautiful Cotswold countryside. Over 30km walked with some tricky navigation but all the groups met this challenge head on to complete the expedition with flying colours. Two weeks later it was the turn of Year 10 students, again completing their assessed expedition. This time we headed to the North Wessex Downs - Uffington White Horse to be precise. This is a beautiful area highly recommended. Having worked with this group from the start, I always knew they were a strong group. And having observed how well they did on their practice weekend, I worked with Ocean Rock to increase the challenge. The students were impeccable, I could not fault any of them and neither could the Ocean Rock team who commented as follows: “We have not seen such a good group for some time in terms of attitude and demonstration of skills, it was the most challenging Bronze we have assessed this year.” While all the groups did exceptionally well, I do want to mention one group in particular. Life is often hard enough as it is, but when you have additional challenges to overcome it makes undertaking something like the D of E award even more impressive. Two of our students had the added challenges of visual impairment and hearing impairment to deal with, and although their team did a slighter shorter route they still hiked over 25km with full backpacks, over what was often very uneven ground. An inspiration and perhaps even a challenge, to us all! It is my desire to raise the profile of the Duke of Edinburgh Award here at SWR as we believe it is an excellent award for young people to undertake. The Bronze Award commences in Year 9 and so we’re already promoting it, and, given the level of interest, it could well be the largest group we’ve had, which is very exciting. Dave Nelson, Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator

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Ethylene Glycol poisoning: It won’t be too long before we’ll experience more frequent cold and frosty mornings with iced-up cars, so it’s a timely opportunity to discuss the dangers of ethylene glycol. It’s a chemical that is widely used in many of the products we purchase in order to de-ice our vehicles. It’s not just used as antifreeze in car screen washes but can also be found in hydraulic brake fluid and radiator coolant. Many of you will know that, if ingested, ethylene glycol (also known as ethanediol) is extremely toxic to dogs, cats and humans, even in very small amounts. The sweet taste of the chemical means animals will drink it willingly from puddles, or lick it off their feet after walking under a leaking car.

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Whilst it’s not Christmas yet you do need to plan early, so why not pay us a visit and see what goodies we have on sale – ideal stocking fillers for kids, and Christmas cards too. Go on, you know you want to! Our trial of opening on the second Saturday of each month this summer proved successful, with 114 attending. These were additional visits which otherwise wouldn’t have occurred, and represent an average increase in visitor numbers of 7.2% for each month. A big thank you to the Town Councillors who staffed the museum each Saturday. We are considering continuing the Saturday opening, but really need further volunteers for a range of tasks and activities. So, if you feel moved to help email curator@ or phone 01666 504670.

And now another Cold Case from our archives: The Swing Riots of 1830/31 were disturbances which took place mostly in southern England. Agricultural labourers,

suffering low wages and a lack of work after several years of bad harvests, rose up when their employers introduced threshing machines. The riots got their name from threatening letters sent to farmers and other employers, signed “Captain Swing.”

Amongst the many arrested was Elizabeth Parker. She was cited as one of only two females who were transported for taking part in the Riots. She was sentenced to be transported, but never sailed, as she was pardoned a few months later.

The riots spread into Gloucestershire in November 1830, with the Tetbury area seeing the worst of the disturbances.

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Parker was committed to Gloucester Gaol on 4 December 1830, described as 23 and a “labourer”. She was in fact a prostitute, and unusually she could read and write. She was charged, on the oaths of Cole and others, with having been among a mob which destroyed a threshing machine belonging to Jacob Hayward at his farm in Beverstone, on 26 November. At the Quarter Sessions in Gloucester on 3 January 1831, Parker took the stand with 23 men. John Tidcomb, a Tetbury farmer, identified Parker as being part of the mob, and stated he heard her say, “Be d....d if we don’t go to Beverstone, and break the machine!” Cole stated he had seen the mob in Hayward’s yard, attacking the machine. He said Parker did not hit the machine when he saw her, but was holding a sledge-hammer. Isaac Hayward, the nephew of the prosecutor, stated he had seen Parker and some men in the act of breaking the machine. When it came to the defence of the accused, all the men produced character witnesses, but Parker had no-one to speak for her. The jury deliberated for 5 minutes, then found all the defendants guilty. The story concludes next month…


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Sources: Jill Evans, Gloucestershire Crime History; Gloucestershire Archives, Gaol Calendars (Q/Gc 5/4); Gloucester Journal, 8 and 15 Jan, 1831 at Gloucestershire Archives; Morning Post, 6 April 1832, from the British Newspaper Archive website.

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Tetbury Art Society On Wednesday the 4th of October, we were visited by Phillip Kingsbury, his partner Catherine and their baby son too! Phillip, after attending art college, practised graphic design to make a living but now also makes lino prints. Over about a half hour, Phillip went through the process of making a design (in mirror image), transferring it to lino, cutting the design into the lino and printing it e.g. using the back of a wooden spoon to rub the paper onto the inked lino. Several ways of making multi-coloured prints were then described. At this point, the audience were invited to experiment with provided materials which they did, enjoying the remaining time carving, inking and printing. We were also invited to take part in the Inspirational Dolphin Award ceremony organised by our town council, with the suggestion that Barry Barnes would make a good nominee for an award since he contributed in other areas of town life too. We were happy to do that, as Barry has been an active member of our committee for many years. To give you some examples, he was responsible for the introduction of ‘5 by 5’s – (5-inch square pictures) - to raise money initially for Tetbury Hospital,

he proactively took on the organising of socials and trips, he runs our display of paintings at Tetbury Hospital (which still benefits the hospital) – and is truly inspirational. The only problem, which I feel sure other organisations share, is that we have many other members who also deserve to be recognised! I hope that there will be other opportunities in the future. From Friday the 13th until Sunday the 15th of October, we had our annual art sale in the Market Hall which I will be able to report on in the December issue of the Advertiser. Looking forward, at 7:30 pm on the evening of Wednesday the 8th of November in St Michael’s Hall, Allan Norwood will give us a talk about his experiences painting ceramics at Royal Worcester Porcelain.

can be found on our website www. or phone me on 01666-502909 or Barry Barnes on 01666503926. You will find that we are a friendly group welcoming those interested in art whatever level they have reached.

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Changes to the Village Agent Service Hello – as readers of the Tetbury Advertiser will know, my name is Aileen Bendall and I have been the Village and Community Agent in this area of the South Cotswolds for the last six years. From the 1st of October

this year, our scheme combined with Social Prescribing to become a new service called “Community Connectors.” I will continue to work in the South Cotswolds including Tetbury, Avening and the surrounding areas. In addition, there is another Community Connector, Lisa Hepworth, who works from a number of the surgeries in this same area. We, together with our other colleagues

across the whole of the Cotswold District, will be available to continue offering support to anyone over the age of sixteen. As before, there will be one-to-one support for individuals and signposting and referrals to activities and to other groups in our area. The service can be helpful for all people in times of change (after redundancy, health issues, retirement,) in times of emotional hardship, such as bereavement, when there are worries around debt or financial issues, to anyone who doesn’t otherwise know where to turn for support – and for those who would like to volunteer in the community.


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I have been fortunate to support and help many people across the South Cotswolds, and I hope that I can continue to do this as a Community Connector. This remains a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL SERVICE. Thanks to those in the South Cotswolds who have supported me in my role as a Village and Community Agent and I look forward to continuing to support you and the community as we move forward with this new scheme. If you think that I may be able to help you, a family member, a neighbour, a friend or a relative, please call our office on the number below and a home visit can be arranged. Gloucestershire Rural Community council (GRCC) 01452-528491 or email


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Maggies Tetbury Cares Your Maggie’s Centre in Cheltenham

The Maggie’s charity arose from the idea of a lady called Maggie Keswick Jencks in Edinburgh. Maggie was diagnosed with a terminal cancer, and whilst she felt the Doctors and the treatments she received was fantastic – she also felt that once diagnosed she had nowhere to go where she could have space and time to think, talk and get support. In 1996 the first Maggie’s centre was opened in Edinburgh. Sadly, Maggie, despite being involved in the design and planning of the centre, died shortly before it opened, but her thoughts, ideas and ethos are very

Hospital Donation Lions International is celebrating 100 years of service, and we in Tetbury Lions Club are just one of 46,000 clubs with over 1.4 million members throughout the world. Throughout the history of the Lions, sight programmes have been a major part of our fundraising efforts – for example, our collection of surplus spectacles has helped millions of people in third world countries.

much alive in the twenty-two centres now around the country today – especially as her chemotherapy nurse and first centre head is now the CEO of the charity. Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Cheltenham, situated in College Bath Road just down the road from the Oncology department, is a place people can go to for help and support with any of the problems or challenges that they face after a diagnosis of cancer. Under one roof, they can access cancer information from our Cancer Support specialists, who have a nursing background. Benefits advice and psycho-social support is available, either individually or within one of the many groups or courses/groups we have within our programme of support. These groups include a Men’s club, fitness sessions, a carer’s support course, relaxation sessions and complementary therapies. A copy

As part of the 100-year celebrations, each individual Lions Club was asked to identify their Centenary Community Legacy Project. Tetbury Lions Club decided to make a large contribution to the Tetbury Hospital Trust.

and explanation of our programme can be accessed via our website at www. - our Facebook page or by calling in to see us. You don’t have to make an appointment

The visual field machine currently in use at Tetbury Hospital will be past its useful life early next year, and if it’s not replaced, it would mean patients having to be referred to clinics at other hospitals, travelling much greater distances. Further, without a visual field machine, the ophthalmology service at Tetbury Hospital would not be sustainable, impacting negatively on current patients, particularly those with glaucoma who need to visit the hospital regularly to monitor their condition.

Visual field tests measure peripheral vision and are used to detect blind spots (scotomas), which could be a sign of eye diseases. The size and shape of a scotoma offer important clues about the presence and severity of diseases of the eye, optic nerve and visual structures in the brain. Many eye and brain disorders can cause We are pleased to announce, then, that peripheral vision loss and other visual field Tetbury Lions has collected enough money abnormalities. From 1st April 2016 to 31st to enable the purchase of a replacement March 2017 600 patients have had their machine, enabling eye clinics to continue 530212 Pat testing:Layout 1 17/1/12 visual fields checked at Tetbury hospital. in Tetbury. This donation, at £15,000 our

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half of us will have cancer at some point in out lives. In October Maggie’s Cheltenham will celebrate its 7th birthday and to date we have welcomed over 60,000 people through our doors - 15,000 already this year from across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

of living in the fear of dying’ so if you know or hear of anyone who is living with, or supporting someone living with, cancer in or around Tetbury, please do let them know about Maggie’s. Everyone with cancer should get the support they deserve.

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largest ever, was presented to Zena Dalton, Chief Executive of Tetbury Hospital Trust, during the Lions Charter Night on 20th October at the Hare and Hounds Hotel. The hospital is also looking to acquire an ophthalmic diagnostic scanner. With the Lions providing most or all of the funding for the visual fields equipment, it has freed up other funds that will allow the hospital to purchase the scanner as well. We’re very proud to have been able to help. Stephen Parr, Lion President

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