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What’s On 5th October - Probus One at St Mary’s Day Centre 10.30 am “Charity Work in Romania” talk by Mike Ogbourne 6th October – FOAS Quiz Night, Avening village hall See the Primary School article in this issue 7th October – St Marys’ Church Barn Dance Please see the article in this issue 9th October – Leighterton Primary School Open Morning 9.30 am - 10.30 am 10th October - Luckington Community School Open Morning 9.15 am - 11.3 0am 14th October – Lions Fun Quiz at Dolphins Hall 7.30 pm – see the advert in this issue 18th October – St Mary’s CE VA Primary School Open Morning 9.30 - 11.30am. 19th October - Probus One at St Mary’s Day Centre 10.30 am “The Sailors’ Society” talk by Yvonne Penn 24th and 25th October - Westonbirt Fair and Festival Please see the article and advert in this issue 25th October - Film Evening (“Their Finest”) at Dolphins Hall In aid of Longfield Hospice 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets £8.50 - Contact B Ball on 01666 504656 28th October – Tetbury in Bloom “Race Night” Fundraiser Please see the details in this issue

28th October – Pumpkin Carving Festival 10.00 am at the Close Nursery. Ronan’s Trust The Dolphins Running Club meet at the Rec on Thursdays at 7pm.

Useful Information POLICE STATION The Old Courthouse, Long Street Tel: Emergency - 999, Non-Emergency 101 (note new number). DOCTORS Romney House Surgery, Long Street. Tel: 502303 The Tolsey Surgery, High Street, Sherston. Tel: 01666 840270. TETBURY CARES, Website to signpost local health services HOSPITAL Malmesbury Road. Tel: 502336. PHYSIOTHERAPY Tel: 501766. CHIROPODIST Tel: 504228. OSTEOPATHS Tel: 503599 and 502214. LOCAL AUTHORITIES Tetbury Town Council, Old Courthouse, Long Street. Tel: 504670 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) Council Info. Services, in Council Office. Email: Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester. Tel: (01285) 623000

CHURCHES Christ Church, The Chipping 01453 298389 Gospel Hall, Hampton St.Tel.503166 St. Marys’ - C of E- Church St. 500088 St. Michael’s - R.C. - The Green 502367 Tetbury Community Church, 25 The Ferns 07739 909047. SCHOOLS - SWR Comprehensive, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275. Rodmarton Primary School, Tel: 01285 841284

Contents Avening Primary School 34 Bridge Club 53 Chelworth Bookworms 27 Christmas in Tetbury 35 Community Speedwatch 45 Computer Advice 21 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 6 Dolphins Dramatic Society 38 Dolphins Hall 30 Friends of Tetbury Community Transport 43 Girlguiding 16 History of Tetbury Society 19 Leighterton Primary School 40 Letters to the Editor 6 Lion’s Den 5 Longfield - Tetbury Cares 59 Mayor’s Piece 18 News from Christ Church 42 News from St Marys’ Church 14 Priory Inn Blog 37 Probus 11 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 12 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 55 St Mary’s Playgroup 56 Tetbury & District Footpath Group 50 Tetbury Art Society 10 Tetbury Camera Club 9 Tetbury Classic Car Show 31 Tetbury Goods Shed 32 Tetbury in Bloom 8 Tetbury Library 39 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 26 Tetbury Police Museum 51 Tetbury Shopmobility 46 Tetbury Theatre Group 24 Tetbury Town Youth Football 15 Tetbury WI 23 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 22 Unsung Hero - September 37 Westonbirt Charities Fair 48 What’s On 3 Young by Name 4

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Young by Name Season of Mists and Mellow Idleness People often say to me “I don’t know how you do so much!” But I have plenty of sins of omission, because, as an optimist, I am constantly trying to fit more into the day than can physically be done. I wish I could bring myself to subscribe to the ‘Fall Off the Desk’ rule, invented by my former boss. She held that if you ignored a task for long enough, there’d no point in doing it.

Harnessing Time’s Chariot Not being that defeatist, I decided last month to re-embrace the time sheet. Years ago, working as a consultant, I had to keep timesheets to demonstrate I’d spent no more hours on a client’s business than they had contracted to pay for. These days, my chief client is me, but I hoped the practice

Toggl lets you set a timer running as you begin each new task. My first experiments were fun, but flawed, due to pilot error. I kept forgetting to turn it off when I went to lunch, logging five-minute tasks as taking an hour. Usually I turn my computer off before I got to bed, but when I forgot, Toggl recorded a gruelling night shift. I may burn the candle at both ends, but I’m not that bad. With constant mistakes reducing its accuracy, Toggl’s novelty started to wear off, and I wondered whether to send the little squirrel into hibernation.

bathroom cleaning my teeth. (Well, it could have been worse.) Here’s to a season of mists and mellow idleness for us all. I think we deserve it. Debbie Young Debbie Young’s seasonal autumn read, “Trick or Murder?”, book 2 of the Sophie Sayers 340208Mysteries, Piano Tuition 22/2/08as a 22:24 Village is now available paperback and an ebook.

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might help me get more ticks on my action list each day - or at least excuse me from wasting precious time on the ironing. The last time I filled in timesheets was before the invention of smartphone time management applications. We used to get by with paper lists, or by using commercial systems such as Filofax. Such systems may look smart, but they’re not exactly exciting. My friend’s collection of Filofaxes earned him a place in the book Dull Men of Britain, alongside a drainspotter. No, that’s not a typo.

Then by chance over breakfast, I heard an article on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme promoting the importance of idleness to the creative mind. To be more productive, it suggested, I shouldn’t be managing my working hours but increasing my down-time. I already knew my best ideas arise when I’m not actually trying and sure enough, after the programme finished, I got the idea for this column not at my desk but while in the

Squirrelling Time Away So, this time round, I decided to go hightech, choosing from a wide selection an app called Toggl, because it reminded me of1110609 Tog, theJoredGale:Layout squirrel from1the19/5/09 1960s children’s television series Pogle’s Wood.

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Lion’s Den You may have heard or read about Ben Wernham. He had a horrific swimming pool accident in April 2016 and spent a considerable time in hospital and is now a tetraplegic. Tetbury Lions followed Ben’s journey closely and supported Ben’s wife Ella when she was travelling to Salisbury to see Ben. Ella set up the Best4Ben fundraising campaign which raised over £100,000 and allowed a huge amount of work to be carried out on their house to enable Ben to go home.

Another month flies by and we find ourselves in October. What a September it has been though. The news has been so full of all the disasters around the world that at times it has been difficult to keep abreast of it all. The Lions, as you would expect, have tried to support by sending money to those who are not best placed to recover. There are Lions Clubs throughout the world and by sending money direct to a Lions Club we ensure every penny is used to help those who really need it. We recently sent £2,000 direct to the Lions

Club of Kathmandu for the victims of the devastating floods in South East Asia. You might have seen us in the town braving the weather collecting and this allowed us to send a further £500 for which we are very grateful to everyone who kindly donated. The great British weather played its part in this year’s Car Show. Setting up on Saturday was achieved in the sun but on the Sunday the heavens opened. Rain is not good for vintage open-top cars and of course this prevented many from venturing out. It also discouraged large numbers of spectators, though there was a steady stream at the gate I was manning. The Lions tombola was duly manned, but by 2pm it was clear that the weather had won and we were getting rather cold and damp. So, with very few people about we decided to pack up, go home and dry out.

The BBC’s DIY SOS team completed the project and this is the subject of a TV programme, yet to be screened. One item that has made a huge difference is a lift so that Ben can reach the first floor and be part of family life. The Lions donated £1,500 towards the cost of this lift. I visited Ben to hand over the cheque and I was very very impressed with the work done on the house. A date for your diary. The Tetbury Lions Quiz Night will be held on Saturday October 14th at the Dolphins Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets including a fish and chips supper are £10. You can get your tickets from Arkwright’s Store – Oh! I mean Tetbury Hardware - or direct from Saxon Greenway 01666 504715. I hope to see some of you there. So that’s it for another month. Have a great October everyone. Steve Parr, President, Tetbury Lions

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Cotswold Voluntary Wardens Another Tetbury Job Completed!

The warden’s work party tackles tasks spread over the South Cotswolds, so it is not often I can report on a Tetbury job, two months running. On 7th September, we were again in Tetbury, since I have been in discussion for some time with Miller Homes, (the builders of the Highfields new housing estate on Highfields Farm,) about the reinstatement of the public footpath across the corner of the estate. With construction of this part of the estate nearing completion, this was now possible. We have installed a stile, retrieved from nearby, on the boundary between the estate and the open land in front of Highfield Farm house. We re-built the ends of the dry-stone wall where the old original stone stile was. The builder has surfaced a wide path suitable for prams, push chairs and wheelchairs from this original start of the path by the roundabout across the estate road to the boundary, where we have installed the stile. We improved the stile line for users of the London Road entrance by clearing vegetation, although this should be the job of the County Council. This now safely reinstates the footpath to Avening and also round to Blind Lane, to return to Tetbury.

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Tetbury and District Footpaths Group are keen to set-up an improved circular walk under this scheme. A proposed route will be surveyed with the improvements and signage being done by the wardens. This route will use the newly opened railway walk from Tetbury Good Shed toward the Trouble House. The aim of the project is to bring more people into Tetbury. Meantime, I am glad to see the railway walk is being well used by locals and visitors.

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, I would like to thank everyone for all the lovely letters and cards - and for attending Tony’s funeral service. Many thanks also for all the generous donations received, which have been sent to the Alzheimer’s society. I really appreciate all the support I have been given during the last few years, as well as at this recent sad time. It has helped Andrew and Nicola to know what lovely kind friends I have in Tetbury. I would also like to express my gratitude to all those who cared for Tony at Romney house surgery when he was at home. Special thanks must go to Alison Hesketh for organising the carers group which gave us access to the further courses that many of us found very helpful. Thank you everybody, Celia Bayes

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The information giv en at the start of the Cotswold Voluntar y Wardens’ article in September’s iss ue of the Tetbury Advertiser is incorrec t. The route along the old railway line is not open as a public bridleway as far as the Trouble House as was stated . This is because legal proceedings to dedicate the Duchy’s section are not yet complete. The Duchy kindly allowed the track bed to be cleared and the Cotswold Wardens made a good job of it, however it is not yet a publi c right of way. The source of the mi sinformation was quite wrongly given as the Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, who report any news about the railway line path directly to your reade rs. Yours, Paul Lockley

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• Sunday 8th October at 10.00 am (for the Dursley Waking Festival) from Dursley Market House for 6 miles via LIttlecombe and Westfield Wood. • Wednesday 18th October at 10.00 am from Swan Hotel, Wotton-Under-Edge at 10.00 am for coffee departing at 10.30 am for 5.5 miles to Kingswood and Wortley, returning via The Cotswold Way with fine views. • Monday 23rd October at 10.00 am from Beaufort Arms pub car park in Hawkesbury Upton for 4.5 miles via Horton. • Sunday 29th October at 10.00 am from Chipping car park, Wotton-under-edge for 9.5 miles via North Nibley, Charfield and Kingswood (bring packed lunch) Richard Glanville, Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

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TETBURY’S STRONGEST 2017 Early in 2017, Priory Gym Staff Member Rebecca Dickenson had the vision to celebrate the achievements of Priory Gym members and other local strength athletes by organising Tetbury’s first amateur strongman competition. The day (09/09/2017) was held at The Priory Gym in Tetbury, and with the sun shining from the moment the gazebos were set up, there couldn’t have been a more ideal September day for hosting the event outside. There was a constant stream of family, friends and people from the community who came along to watch a fantastic group of men and women compete (whilst enjoying a Jesse Smith’s burger), ranging from novices who had never competed before, right through to Natalie Marsh, who is part of Team GB Powerlifting. With hundreds of followers on social media, Natalie boasted after the event, “I honestly can’t thank the organisers enough, the atmosphere and the competition was like nothing I’ve ever witnessed before”. The atmosphere throughout the day was truly fantastic and every single competitor was cheered, supported and mentored from all of the other competitors as well as the crowd – the whole event was charged with positivity. “What an amazing day at our first competition – proud to say it was a massive success. Some amazing competitors with some amazing lifting and such a supportive and fantastic bunch” shared Marc Hocking, owner of The Priory Gym after the day had come to an end. Not only was the day enjoyed by all, but the community in Tetbury has once again shown that they can come together, and in doing so raising a fantastic £500 for Hope for Tomorrow and £500 for Tetbury Youth. We would like to thank the local businesses who supported the event including, Tetbury Audi, Car Care, Tetbury Hardware, Shutes, Platinum Feather Consultants and Grosvenor House, Henry’s Café, Five Valleys Christian Fellowship, The Royal Oak, Snow Business, Nailsworth Strength and Fitness, Catalyst Personal Training, Hobbs House Bakery as well as a special mention to Heidi Bailey, Lucinda Perrett and Rebecca Dickenson for all of their hard work!

Team GB Athlete, Natalie Marsh, preparing a 172.5kg sumo deadlift.

Priory Gym members, Henry Ravenhill & Grace Kunzler man the pop-up bar.

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Laurence tutoring Priory Gym member Will Offord, in the deadlift.

The Festival of Strength Weekend continued on Sunday (10/09/2017) with Europe's Strongest Man, Ultimate Strongman World Champion, (2X) Britain's Strongest Man and (8X) World's Strongest Man Competitor, Laurence Shahlaei, hosting a seminar at Priory Gym. Attendees were treated to one-to-one lifting analysis, hands-on demonstrations, discussion relating to optimal training and nutrition for strength and a Q&A session. The seminar was very well attended, receiving universally positive feedback from attendees, with some members even breaking personal records on the day; harnessing Laurence's vast knowledge and experience. Laurence spoke perceptively with obvious passion for his sport, taking care to help every member of the group with particular support and encouragement for younger participants. A pleasure as always, until next time, thank you Big Loz! 0911017

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Tetbury in Bloom Back to the Fuchsia I mentioned earlier in the year, that we have plans to refresh the churchyard – and we’ve installed more benches to enable visitors to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The so-called “Ange bed”, located opposite to the main door, has never looked so good. Originally created to make sense of a few lone shrubs planted in the grass, the bed was cut and then filled with spare plants from Ange Morrissey’s garden. It is now a glorious assortment of sustainable plants including hydrangea, berberis, Christmas Box and spotted laurel, all complemented by antirrhinum in pastel shades in the summer and a beautiful array of tulips in the spring. This flowerbed is a fitting tribute to Ange and Pete, who have stepped down from Tetbury in Bloom. We thank them for their commitment and hard work over the last decade. Over this coming month the formal beds will take on a slightly different look. The penstemon will be thinned out and hardy fuchsias and silver leafed euonymus will be added amongst the dark-leaf heuchera. They will provide welcome colour from

July to the first frosts in November, provide structure throughout the year and fit in with the plum and deep red colour scheme. With shelter from cold wind, fuchsias will grow perfectly well in either full sun or partial shade. We have used them to good effect in the Anniversary Gardens and alongside the Dolphins Hall. Fuchsia appreciate some shade at the hottest part of the day during very hot summer days and will be ideally suited to the churchyard.

Tickets are now available for our annual Race Night fundraiser on Saturday 28th October. All profits go towards Tetbury in Bloom and Christmas in Tetbury projects. Tickets can be obtained from Sue Hirst on 504213. More details can be found on our website uk or look out for in our advertisement in this month’s Tetbury Advertiser. We look forward to seeing you for a fun evening. Liz Farnham, Tetbury in Bloom


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Tetbury Camera Club at the time was apparently one of the richest men in England. Nearer to home, we took a short drive south west to Westonbirt, where we had the privilege of touring the gardens of Westonbirt House, principally created in the 19th century for Robert Staynor Holford, a leading shareholder in The New River Company, launched to bring fresh water into London and later to became a precursor of the Thames Water company. The trust which owns the house and grounds now opens them on select days in the summer and autumn, so if you see one of these dates advertised it is definitely worthwhile, visiting this hidden gem.

Impressive legacies, from three of the world’s richest men. Everyone likes a gift - and for anyone interested in photography, living in and around Tetbury is the gift that doesn’t

stop giving. Indeed, our location is one of the great bonuses to being a member of Tetbury Camera Club. Recently we’ve been north east to Minster Lovell, which was unknown to almost all of us and is home to the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall. It was built in the 1430’s for William, Baron of Lovell and Holland, who

Heading west and further afield, an equally entertaining trip was made across the border into Wales for an awayday break in Cardiff. Among other interesting things there we discovered two different facets from the life of The Marquis of Bute, who invested heavily in the development of Cardiff and in the mid-19th century was believed to be the world’s wealthiest man. Apart from a sizeable inheritance, much of his money came from Welsh Coal, which was traded and shipped from Butetown, an area not only named after him, but also developed to provide housing for many of his workers. Just north of Butetown the Marquis created a rather more imposing home for himself – Cardiff Castle. It was designed by the architect William Burges, who became renowned for the ‘heraldic’ fantasy style of his interiors and the faux medieval gothic embellishments which were a hallmark of the exterior of the buildings he designed.





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The picture by our member David Calvert shows the ceiling in one of the castle rooms and demonstrates just how flamboyant he and the Marquise could be when they combined great wealth with Burges’ undoubted imagination. While much of Cardiff still has an early Victorian character, it would be doing a disservice to the good taste of the Georgians if we had neglected to head north on one of our recent trips for an evening stroll around Cheltenham.

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We didn’t come across anything quite as extravagant as some of the sites we saw on the Cardiff visit, but we still ended the evening there as happy snappers, as anyone who cares to join us for our regular weekly meetings at Tetbury’s Priory Inn will discover. Tetbury Camera Club meets each Tuesday at 7.30pm and new members, or guests, are always welcome. There is more information and picture examples of our work on our web site:

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Tetbury Art Society

out past Didmarton and the barrow out at Nympsfield – both offering different challenges. Sometimes there were just three or four of us, but we did better than that on several excursions.

With the end of September, the summer is truly over.

Our August Exhibition was held over the long Summer Bank Holiday, from Saturday the 26th until Monday the 28th of August, and went well; we sold twenty paintings. To add a little extra interest, we issued visitors with slips to vote for what they considered to be the best painting in the exhibition and they seemed to take this duty seriously. So much so, that I received an email from one visitor wanting to know which picture had won and they were very pleased that it was the work that they had considered best – a coastal scene flushed with the reds of a low sun by Anne Weston.

But I can’t complain because our summer of outdoor painting was enjoyed by those of us who ventured out. In July and August, we missed only one Wednesday afternoon due to our Summer Social being the same day; one other Wednesday afternoon was spent on a shopping trip for art materials due to inclement weather but we were still left with six outdoor painting sessions over the two months – not bad given our climate. Since the September article was 681010 March Roofing:Layout 1 21/9/10 22:08 Page 1 written, we have tackled Worcester Lodge September saw us back indoors again for

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Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun Doubts on powers of attorney Recently, a retired Judge Denzil Lush was reported in the Press for expressing doubts about whether it was wise to give a lasting power of attorney to members of the family, because in his view the people given authority to exercise such powers frequently abuse them. A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document that is used to allow an infirm person to pass on control of their financial or welfare affairs to another person. When registered, the ‘donee’ is given guidelines, but there is noone watching over his or her activities until the death of the donor, at which time the donor’s executors take over. The judge took the view that a Deputyship order gives better protection to the infirm donor. A deputyship order arises when the infirm patient’s mind has deteriorated so far that he or she is incapable of understanding the nature of a power of attorney, and must rely on a friend or relative to apply to the court on their own volition, to manage the patient’s affairs. It costs £500 to issue such an application. The forms to be filled in are more complicated, and the costs are generally likely to be ten


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On Sunday the 1st of October, we have our special Tetbury Music Festival Eucharist at 10.30 am in St Marys’ Church. It will be a feast of wonderful music, and our curate The Revd Kim Hartshorne, will be preaching. On Sunday the 8th of October, we have our Harvest Festival service at the usual time of 10 am. Come and give thanks for all the wonderful gifts we are given in our life together, and 16:51 join in a rousing chorus of “We plough the fields and scatter.” Our celebrations also include the Harvest Barn Dance on Saturday the 7th of October in St Mary’s School Hall, 7 – 10.30 pm. Did you come last year? It is fantastic fun for everyone, with lots of dancing and a delicious fishand-chip supper. You’ll find me on the dance floor most of the night! Contact our Parish Office on 01666 500 088. Finally, I hope you enjoy this lovely picture from St Mary’s Primary School. Our theme this term is thankfulness, tied in to harvest time. So, we’ve been growing thankful hearts with help from Charlie, Charlotte, Jamie and Emma … planting the seeds of prayer in the soil of faith, watering them with hope and warming them in God’s love. And voila! A beautiful, thankful heart. With love and God’s blessing, Poppy The Revd Poppy Hughes, Parish Priest, St Mary the Virgin & St Mary Magdalen Church, Tetbury




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The season is now in full flow, with regular training sessions and matches for all teams. It is an ideal opportunity for the club to review good practice and continue to create an environment where everyone can enjoy football. The FA provides guidelines and tips about how to do this effectively as the club grows. Football is a great activity that can be enjoyed by all the family. Kids love playing and like their parents to take an interest. They don’t like spectators getting too involved from the touchline, or too much pressure put on them to do well. Following

FA recommendations for good practice, a ‘Code of Conduct’, that clearly states the responsibilities of players, spectators and coaches is issued at the start of the season. The club has recently invested in new Respect equipment to ensure football continues to be an enjoyable, inclusive and a positive experience for all. A good coach can be a positive role model that youngsters will remember for the rest of their lives. Our fantastic team of qualified coaches, some working towards their Level 2 qualification, focus on the ‘FA’s 4 Corner Model’ challenging players socially, psychologically, technically and physically and consider key learnings points for specific age groups: • The Tiny Tigers introduces football through playing fun games with friends – there are

Tetbury Town Youth Football some interesting animal noises echoing across the Rec on a Saturday morning and ‘Sharks and Fishes’ always causes a riot! • The Tigers begin developing skills and confidence in preparation for matches. • The U7 and U8 teams key learning points are having fun, playing with friends and putting skills to good use in 5 a-side matches. • Our U9 and U10 teams work towards acquiring new skills and learn to try their best in 7 a-side matches. • For the U11 and U12 teams, learning to be part of a team and game play are key learning points. Both participate in 9 a-side matches, which are classed as ‘competitive’ from U12 level. • The U14 team are learning to take responsibility and develop positional awareness. The full 11 a-side format is introduced in competitive matches. • The U16 and U18 teams key learning points focus on making in-game decisions and developing tactical appreciation in 11 a-side competitive matches.


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Girlguiding Girlguiding includes Community Service as an important part of our programme… … and eighteen members braved the wet weather conditions to help at the Tetbury Classic Car Show selling programmes – and making a collection. We’re very grateful to the organisers for donating the proceeds to our funds and we have promised to help again next year. In dry conditions!

meeting the girls again when they make it to Guides! I will still have to attend meetings for the foreseeable future, as we need to find at least two more people willing to attend regularly as leaders, to share the running of the unit with Rhiain – why not make this the term when you volunteer? We hope that Charlotte enjoyed her afternoon celebration event in Salisbury, when she received her Region Compass Award. She is now busy organising a Pack Holiday for her Brownies at the end of this month. This is an exciting time for Guiding as our

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Mayor’s Piece I think it’s a good idea to share with you some of the Council’s plans, which will provide many important benefits to our community. You may already know that we have commissioned work to progress the ‘change of use’ application for the extension to the burial ground at St. Saviour’s, to pursue permission at the earliest possible time. The drilling of boreholes in the small part of the Recreation Ground that we wish to use has already taken place - and we await the report. Consideration is also being

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As time goes by I will continue to update you with the progress of these initiatives and introduce to you any new developments that we may also be undertaking to support the expanding community that is Tetbury. Cllr Stephen Hirst, Mayor of Tetbury

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Bamford House in Silver Street became the Wing Headquarters.

In early November Group Captain Carl Schiller RAAF Ret’d, President of the Victorian Division of the Australian Air Force Association, will be visiting Tetbury to present the town with a bronze plaque commemorating the centenary of our shared history. During the autumn of 1917, the advance party of the AFC arrived in Tetbury, and houses and properties were requisitioned by the War Department for their use. The Workhouse in Gumstool Hill, now Kingsley House, became a Military Hospital - and 720208 Nailsworth Dom Applian

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The speakers at our September meeting provided us with a very full and entertaining hour. Their talk was called “Lives of Narrow Boat women, their children and their craft.” Four ladies, led by Jill Ruiz, spoke about different aspects of the lives of these women and this enriched the evening. They were dressed in the typical way wearing the colourful bonnets, aprons and skirts. We were given a very full account of the social history of the time and the women’s crafting methods were described using all the exhibits they had brought with them, including some very well-made rag rugs and beautifully

Tetbury WI earlier in September was very interesting. We gained much information about the stress and the benefits for people who work in this service which we may use but never really think about. Our next meeting is on October 9th at the Dolphins’ Hall. The speaker, starting at 7.30, will be Frances Benton. Her talk is called “Tears of the Dragon” and it’s about pearls. You’ll see from this article that we have a varied programme of speakers - thank you Lorna. If you are interested in our group then please come along as a visitor. You’ll be very welcome. Chris Gibson, Tetbury WI

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Tetbury Theatre Group The Theatre Group’s outing in September was a visit to The Mill at Sonning… …a small theatre situated on the banks of the Thames in a beautiful area of Berkshire, where lunch or dinner may be part of the theatregoer’s experience. The play was “Spider’s Web” by Agatha Christie, directed by Brian Blessed. The cast, none of whom were ‘names,’ were extremely good - especially leading lady Melanie Gutteridge and Joanna Brookes, who played the gardener. The set, the drawing-room of Copplestone Court, home of Clarissa and Henry, was well done - notably the parquet floor, arranged as a spider’s web. The atmosphere was helped by the sounds of thunder rolling around, but in fact this was a sound effect provided the real storm outside - and nothing to do with the play! The piece is both a murder story and a comedy. Clarissa, the second wife of Henry, falls over the body of Oliver Costello in her drawing-room. Costello is the drugsupplying lover of Miranda, Henry’s first wife. The police are summoned to the house by an anonymous caller – but by the

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igures released by HMRC confirm that, in the 2015/16 tax year, the government benefited from Inheritance Tax (IHT) to the tune of £4.7 billion1. It is the first time annual revenues have exceeded £4 billion and represents a 22% increase on the amount of tax paid in the previous tax year. The income received by the Treasury from IHT has soared by 70% in the last five years1. Analysis by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) suggests that the number of estates on which IHT has to be paid has quadrupled since 2010². Furthermore, it believes that more than 40,000 estates will be liable for the tax in 2016/17.

The rise in death duties reflects the surge in residential property prices, as well as the strong recovery in other asset values, which has dragged more households into the IHT net. The OBR reports that housing assets now account for around half of the value of estates notified for probate, highlighting the impact that rising property prices have had on IHT receipts. Meanwhile, the IHT nil-rate band has remained fixed at £325,000 per person (£650,000 for couples) since 2009, so it’s not surprising that the number of families paying IHT has risen. At the heart of this problem remains the simple fact that IHT is a voluntary tax; the Treasury relies on

inertia and people’s reluctance to confront the issue. The result is the record level of revenue generated, money which could instead stay in the family to support future generations. The boost to the Treasury’s coffers is a reminder of the damaging effect death duties can have on families’ plans to create and pass on wealth, and also that there are perfectly legitimate ways of mitigating IHT through foresight and careful financial planning. The mitigation of IHT does not require high-powered tax planning; only a willingness to discuss the issue, take action and make use of the many options available, such as establishing trusts where appropriate, and making use of annual exemptions like gifting. The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time and are dependent on individual circumstances. We will be holding no obligation Wealth Preservation Surgeries on 30 October at the Main office, 16 Church Street, Tetbury, GL8 8JG. If you are uncertain about how you stand regarding IHT and would like to know more about how to prevent much of your money falling into the hands of HMRC, or your local authority through long term care fees, book your consultation today. For further information or to request your complimentary guide to Inheritance Tax,

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Tetbury Nursery Playgroup Everyone has settled back in and enjoying the new school year, the older children have helped the new starters to settle and are enjoying being the ‘big’ children! During the holidays, we changed the way we do our planning and this meant

developing the layout of our space. Planning now has a bigger emphasis on the children planning their own learning, and having more opportunities to make choices. We will still be doing our adultled focused activities to ensure that the children are covering the curriculum. Due to the changes we have developed our craft area, so that children have greater access to a wider range of resources, to help build on their creative development. This area has so far been really popular; more space and being able to display their own work has made a real difference. We

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by the incredible Ros Holland - Adeline Farm Community Project offers facilities to the disabled, people with learning difficulties, and other groups in the local area. Well now you can pick up your weekends supply of tasty fruit and veg every Saturday 10am2pm outside the Goods Shed. Whilst, there why not enjoy a coffee and bite to eat our Whistle Stop Café has a generous and delicious range of freshly prepared sweet and savoury offerings. A little bit of advance news. John Andrews (Chairman of our Trustees) will be telling you in more detail next month, but we are all extremely excited that we have found an amazing vintage train carriage that will be coming down to the Goods Shed Arts Centre site soon. It’s Finnish, so wider than the usual UK train carriages, and thus perfect for our needs. It’s going to need some restoration and Will Cook is looking forward to bringing all his knowledge and expertise to bear. When he and his team have finished it, we will have the perfect space for workshops and events to run in tandem with the main Shed. But, as you can imagine, such things are not cheap, so we will be launching a special fundraising campaign. Keep an eye on our website for all the latest news.

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We are always on the lookout for volunteers – whatever your skill, talent or inclination; we would be delighted to see you. Perhaps you could help us to run events or workshops, to deliver leaflets and posters throughout the area, or work in our very popular Whistle Stop Café? Maybe you could help maintain the area, or perhaps you possess specialist skills we can benefit from? Why not drop in to the office, email me, or telephone me on 01666 505496. We are a friendly and diverse bunch, and would love to see you.

• You call to make a half hour appointment for me to visit you on a no charge, no obligation basis • I bring sample picture moulding and mount board to your home • You receive professional advice and a quotation for framing prints, oil paintings, fabric, memorabilia and also for updating existing 'tired' frames • I take away your artwork, frame it and redeliver at the agreed price within an agreed time scale

All events details can be found at our website: There, you can also sign up for our regular Newsletter to keep you up to date with all that’s happening. You can purchase tickets for all events online too, or via the Tetbury Tourist Information Centre in Church Street.



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Avening Primary School Politics, projects and playing with fire hoses… The new term has well and truly begun at Avening School, with pupils settling well into their new year-groups and classes and the new reception children adjusting well to school life. There have already been some very important visitors at school. Just two weeks into term, the Eagles and Kestrels classes were paid a visit by the local fire brigade, who demonstrated their firefighting skills and let the children have a go with some of the equipment. Their topic for this term is Fire, while the Hawks class (y3/4) will be looking at keeping healthy in ‘Feeling Fit’ and the Owls will be getting their hands dirty in their term topic – ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures.’ After school clubs have already started, with netball, running, tag rugby, football, art, French and Young Voices choir practice on offer for KS2 children and a sports

club once a week for KS1 pupils. We have introduced a smart new sports kit and updated our school logo on the uniform. School Council elections have already taken place and we have a brand-new council comprising of students from each year group from y2 through to y6. The School Council are integral in making decisions on issues such as fundraising,

special events day in school such as world book day and coming up with new ideas and improvements. In their first meeting, they discussed introducing a School Council tuck shop, fund-raising for more playtime balls, and contributed to some school policies. The term ahead promises to be an interesting one with a first aid session planned for the Hawks class; a science day for the Owls, as well as a special Lego Computer control session. The first half of the autumn term will end with our annual harvest festival where we will be gathering donations for a local foodbank. Next month we will announce details of this year’s Christmas productions which will begin rehearsals after half term break.

We look forward to bringing colour and cleanliness back to your favourite floor coverings. Contemporary or traditional, large or small, piled or flat woven, hand knotted or tufted, shaggy or sheepskin, wool or silk – your rug will be cleaned using the right tools and techniques for the job. You can drop off or we can collect by appointment and either way you're very welcome to visit, discuss your requirements, and see us in action.

FOAS have already started planning fundraising events for the year ahead kicking off on Friday 6th October with a fantastic quiz night in the village hall, followed by the annual Christmas market on 2nd December. For further information about our happy, busy place of learning, please see our school website; www.

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The Wassailing Christmas lunch fundraising event will be held at Calcot Manor on Sunday 10th December. More details can be found on our website www.christmasintetbury. or look out for our advertisement in next month’s Advertiser. If you want to reserve your place now though, please contact Sue Hirst on 504213. We are extremely grateful to Highgrove Enterprises for sponsoring additional new lights for the larger trees to give them even more impact. We also thank everyone who has voted for us in the Tesco “Bags of Help” scheme. We won’t know the result of the voting until after the submission date for this article but it appears that we have done extremely well. We hope that you’ll enjoy what we’ve done with the money. Liz Farnham, Christmas in Tetbury


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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

Mains Roast Wiltshire turkey rolled with traditional stuffing and served with cranberry sauce, rich gravy and all the trimmings Bavette steak and mushrooms in a red wine sauce with roast potatoes Chestnut and herby root vegetable tatin (v) Roasted hake in a hollandaise sauce with crushed new potatoes

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We include a 10% discretionary service charge for Christmas events. This money is passed directly to our team. We hope you will agree that it is well-earned at this time of year, but equally if you feel it is not justified at the end of your meal, please feel comfortable deducting it from the total. ~ London Road GL8 8JJ ~ 01666 502251 “Dining in a 30 Mile Food Zone”


“...we aim to farm as though we are going to live forever, and live as though this is our last day.” Local dairy farmer at Harvest Festival Local autumnal food is delivering the ultimate rainbow of crops – from the deep sheen of purple-blue aubergines, crisp red and verdant green shafts of chard, through to endless shades of mellow orange and yellow squashes exploding with nutty, earthy flavours. A delicious sweet temptation we now offer on our dessert menu is a line of petit fours courtesy of talented baker and chocolatier Ori Hellerstein. Based in Stroud, Ori handcrafts delicately flavoured artisan truffles: sea salt caramel, milk chocolate and hazelnut praline,

chocolate orange cream and raspberry ganache.We offer the chocolate fudges, each with familiar flavours running through them. Experience of growing up in his mother’s Israeli bakery, blended with a cordon bleu cooking background, resulted in Ori launching ‘The Artisan Baker’ and his new fudge and truffle brand, Costèllo and Hellerstein. You can immerse yourself in a sample of Ori’s taste-sensation fudge and truffles at the end of your meal, or enjoy them any time with a cup of tea or a cappuccino. Or you can find him every Saturday, at Stroud market! Live music continues through October to a laid-back Sunday night atmosphere: On the 1st, Steve Page performs some of the finest Americana being played in the UK today. Wildwood Jack follows on the 8th blending fingerstyle acoustic guitar and ukulele and we welcome Larkham and Hall on the 15th

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The Priory Inn Blog with a mix of jazz & classical piano with sultry vocals. The Plinks play on the 22nd, a duo providing an engaging evening of covers and originals. An old favourite Steve Degutis plays on the 29th of October to suit an eclectic crowd. There are more details on all the artists on our website. Follow us on Twitter @ThePrioryInn to stay informed. Tanya Kelly, The Priory Inn

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My friend and I should like to nominate Frances Norris of Combers End as a candidate for the Unsung Hero award. Fran is a friend to everyone, and nothing is too much trouble for her. When my husband was in hospital, nine times in the last year alone, she was on hand many times and at all hours to take me to visit him, if my family were unable to. Quite recently she had an SOS from another friend of ours too, whose husband had slipped in the shower – and even though this was before 7 am in the morning she went straight there to help. She is also a tireless helper with community tasks - with coffee mornings and other efforts in aid of the Goods Shed, in baking cakes and other incentives, and she also helps behind the scenes with the Dramatic Society. Numerous things! Thanks for hopefully considering her, she really is One In A Million. Yours sincerely, Name and Address Withheld Ed: I’m delighted to be able to reward Frances for her neighbourliness and hard work, and if she is kind enough to contact me soon, I shall ensure she receives a voucher for a meal for two, generously provided by the Priory Inn. 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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Dolphins Dramatic Society Oh my goodness, how rude of me…


…I mentioned in the last article that we have some new members but didn’t tell you who they are! A very warm Dolphins welcome goes out to: Martin Porter, Neil Hainsworth, Carla Gallagher, Helen Ryder and Mark Cuss. They are all in the autumn production, are incredibly talented and will give you, the audience, some new faces to watch. Did you know that the origins of the fairytale of Sleeping beauty go back to a version of the story found in the narrative Perceforest, composed between 1330 and 1344 and first printed in 1528? Sleeping Beauty” (French: La Belle au bois dormant “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood”) by Charles Perrault, or “Little Briar Rose” (German: Dornröschen) by the Brothers Grimm, is a classic fairy tale which involves a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince.

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Well of course with pantomime although the gist of the story remains the same, it does get padded out with all the ingredients for a jolly good panto romp and ensures the audience get a rollicking good laugh from start to finish.

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The Dolphins Dramatic Society will make sure we have you all wiping tears of laughter from your eyes and the children spellbound by the magic and wonder of it all. Do make sure you have the dates in your diary 23, 24, 25 November, with a matinee as well as the evening performance on Saturday 25. Tickets will be available early November from our unique Box Office – Tetbury Hardware (thank you Malc) or you can buy them online from It’s a fun night out (or afternoon) for all the family, so do come along!

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“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination.” Sidney Sheldon During National Libraries Week, Tetbury Library will be bursting with imagination! Running from Monday the 9th to Saturday the 14th of October, our own Yarn Bombing Group will be celebrating all that is wonderful about the library, community, creativity and imagination by blitzing the building with yarn-created objects!

Everyone’s welcome to come along to see and enjoy this temporary installation, and there will be little freebies hidden in some of the books for some lucky borrowers to take home. The Yarn Bombers will be having their regular meeting on Tuesday the 10th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm, so this is the perfect time for knitters and crocheters of all abilities, (even absolute beginners,) to join in at the start of their next exciting project. The Growth Hub opens at the library this month, helping to fuel and sustain the ideas and imagination of local business owners (including potential businesses.) The

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Tetbury Library library will be storing a collection of up-todate books and information on everything related to business development, as well as providing access to online support. Drop in for more information, or go to http://www. and click on ‘Library Growth Hub Network.’ Another special collection of books that the library currently stores is aimed at helping anyone who has long term health conditions. Topics covered include arthritis, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, injury, ME as well as mental health, and help for carers themselves. A member of staff will be happy to help you locate the books that you need. Please just ask! Dates for clubs this month: Writing Group 2nd, 16th and 30th, Crafters 7th, Library Club 27th. Both Scrabble and Baby Bounce and Rhyme every Wednesday and Chess every Friday. ‘People for You’ will be at the library on Friday the 20th of October, 11 am – 12 pm, and available to talk to anyone who would like information on the befriending service they provide for older members of our community. From the 2nd to the 8th of October is Get Online Week – so if you’ve always imagined getting the most out of the internet then book your free session with our Computer Buddy! Kylie, Linda, Liz & Sophie, Tetbury Library

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Leighterton Primary School Our children have made a wonderful start to the new school year, amid the excitement of the building work going on all around us. Our new Foundation Stage children have also joined us in our youngest class – Apsemore.


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Very quickly, they started full-time and have settled in really well, already working on their topic, ‘Oh, the places we can go!’ Our Key Stage One children in Bowldown Class have quickly made new friends and are also working on their topic, ‘Off on a journey’. They have been reading a book called ‘The Snail and the Whale,’ by Julia Donaldson, and finding out where the snail and the whale have visited on their journey. ‘All things bright and beautiful,’ is the topic for Haymead Class and they are very interested in the building of our new classrooms. Our oldest children in Ridge Class are learning about, ‘Earth and Beyond’ - and some of them have already had the opportunity to visit a planetarium to find out more about space. 


The building of our new classrooms is    progressing quickly. The children are enjoying watching the diggers dig trenches and move earth around, while the concrete mixers deliver materials for the foundations. The foundations are now all in place and the builders have been laying blocks for the wall panels to sit on. These will be delivered by the end of September and the building will quickly take shape after that. We can already see the layout of the classrooms and the children have been    comparing this to the plans to make sure    the builders are accurate!

The foundations are in place, ready for the new classrooms to be built. There will be an opportunity to meet the children, the teaching team, some of our Governors and parents, and to look around our school to see what goes on in each of our classes, as well as to see the progress of our new building. You will also be invited back to see our school once the building work is complete.

If you are not able to come and visit us that morning then you are very welcome to contact Miss Stark or Mrs Davey in    the school office on (01666) 890273; we    would be delighted to show you round   at a convenient time. Further information On Monday the 9th of October, we will be    about school is also available on our holding an Open Morning from 9.30 am to    website - 10.30 am, when you are very welcome to     1251009 come and look around our lovely school. Meryl Hatfield



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News from Christ Church All being well, in October we will be doing our first ever inter-continental Bible study, which comes about since I have two jobs. I am the minister at Christ Church, but also the Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid in Gloucestershire. Christian Aid has partners all over the world and our Harvest Appeal this year is for farmers in Malawi, who need help growing their pigeon pea crop.

deep roots are resistant to drought and can withstand the country’s increasing and destructive flash flooding. But no matter how hard Frank works on his crops, he finds it difficult to escape a life of grinding poverty, since unscrupulous middlemen are exploiting farmers by using illegal buying scales to drive down prices. It’s not enough to be good at farming in Malawi - to survive, you have to be good at business too.

cultural Bible Study before, and the results have sometimes been extraordinary. We live in a fascinating and privileged time when we can communicate instantly across great distances and hear first-hand about other people’s lives. I hope it will help us grow in understanding how other people live and believe, think and feel. And help us, as Christian people, to gain a deeper feeling for the worldwide body of Christ.

Christian Aid has enabled this kind of cross-

Rev. Noel Sharp, Minister at Christ Church, Tetbury

Christ Church, The Chipping, Tetbury. Sunday 15th Oct. @ 4pm ‘A Harvest Celebration’

If you've never been before it is an afternoon of Crafts, ‘Open The Book’ (ask the kids about that!), Worship Time and Food for all the family. Entry is FREE and it lasts until around 5.20 pm. If you've never been before, give it a try! Children aged 0-99 welcome !

Sunday 15th Oct - Our morning service at 10.30 a.m. is our Harvest Thanksgiving Service at Christ Church. Do join us for one of the special Thanksgiving services in the church year, and thank God for all He has provided. Christ Church have been partnered up with a community of Christians from Malawi – and they will meet up in Malawi at the same time as a group of us from the churches in Tetbury meet up at Christ Church. We will then be linked up online by the Skype utility, with a computer and projector at each end. We will share together our thoughts on harvest and the care of God in creation, and look at Bible stories on these themes together, telling stories from our own lives.



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A Malawian farmer called Frank – the man in the picture - says, “Even though I am growing more pigeon peas than ever, my life is miserable because of the low prices offered by the traders. The money is not enough to feed my family or pay school fees for my four children.”

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We have now been offering three trips a month to Tetbury residents… …since the beginning of the year, and we are delighted with the response to date. As many readers will know, we work closely with Community Connexions, who allow us to hire their vehicles and they take bookings on our behalf. All our drivers and escorts are volunteers and we aim to complement all

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other available transport services. Passengers are asked to make a voluntary and anonymous donation, to support the sponsorship monies already generously donated by the Tetbury Lions, the Feoffees, the Rotary Club and the Town Council. We are pleased to announce that Waitrose can now be added to the list of sponsors and that we’re now in the fortunate position of being able to expand our activities.

be relaunching a scheme operated by Community Connexions to enable Tetbury residents to get out and about. To this end, we have successfully negotiated a pilot scheme for Tetbury where short journeys undertaken under the car scheme will be subject to a return fare of only five pounds.

Since the Tetbury Cares seminar we have also been active in recruiting several new volunteer car drivers. They will

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Bonfire night is rapidly approaching and with it the problems of noisy fireworks frightening our pets. The best option is

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We now offer grooming of all breeds of dog at our Tetbury and Cirencester clinics. From a quick pampering bath and dry, to a full clip. Please call Hannah, our fully qualified dog groomer to discuss your requirements.


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seems no pattern in the type of vehicle or driver. Some seem to try to communicate a message to us, which gets lost as they speed by. Next time you see us give us a friendly wave, we are here to help to keep Tetbury safe.

A small team of volunteers from Tetbury don high-vis vests monthly, to stand at the roadside with the intention of recording the speed of any vehicle that is exceeding the speed limit. This venture is supported by the Police, the County Council and Tetbury Town Council. The intention is clear: we are trying to keep the roads in and around Tetbury safe for all our fellow residents. We record the time, vehicle registration, make, model plus the recorded speed of the vehicle and if the driver is using a mobile phone. Details of excessive speeders are then sent to the police who in turn decide whether to send a letter to the owner of the vehicle reminding them that they should obey the national speed limits. The number of vehicles we record varies each day and by location. Pleasingly, on some days we don’t need to record many at


all. But there are some vehicles that exceed the speed limit quite considerably - for example over 60 mph in the 40 mph area and over 40 mph in the 30 mph areas. There

For more information about the CSW incentive online, visit https://www. Community Speedwatch

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Tetbury Shopmobility Tetbury Shopmobility. We have a scooter surplus to our needs and would hope to sell it to a local resident.

Tetbury Shopmobility have been busy hiring out even more wheelchairs and mobility scooters this year. People visiting the Tetbury area have wanted a wheelchair or scooter at a wedding, for use at a conference at Westonbirt School and for other events.

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We have also been asked by local residents for help, whilst they are temporarily disabled. We have been gifted a very useful scooter, which can easily be loaded into a car, that belonged to a local person who sadly passed away recently. Tetbury Town Council have been handling our bookings since the start of this year and we are grateful to them and their staff for their invaluable assistance. For further information, visit our website or see the “Useful information” in the Advertiser. Sallie Dearnley, Tetbury Shopmobility



Just to be safe, keep your pets inside the house in the evenings for a few days before and after advertised displays

Try to walk your dogs earlier in the day to minimise contact with any sudden noises

Draw the curtains to muffle outside noise and flashes of lights

Put the television or radio on to mask the sound of any fireworks

Reward calm behaviour in your pet and ignore fearful behaviour

Resist the urge to comfort your pet if they show signs of anxiety

Make a den for your pet in a place that they normally visit when scared

Cats prefer a position of height, so a comfortable bed on top of a cupboard can make them feel safer

Your pet will be much calmer if stay with them at home during any displays For more phobic pets there are medicines and techniques that can also help

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Westonbirt Charities Fair Westonbirt Fair and Festival will be held… …on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th October this year, at Westonbirt School, between 10 am and 5 pm.

Bowen is a Relaxing Therapy which uses a gentle rolling action, over key areas of the body. This creates signals to the brain inviting Realignment, Balance and Good Health.

Now in our seventeenth year and bigger and better than ever, there’s something for everyone. You can spoil yourself with cashmere and jewellery, buy gadgets for men and stocking fillers for children, find the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family and treat yourself to something scrumptious from our artisan food hall.

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Perhaps you’d like a relaxing lunch in our spacious restaurant and to listen to one of our free talks by local authors? Penny Parkes will entertain you about life in the Cotswolds, Tracey Corderoy is an award-winning children’s author and Helen Landau will be speaking about the history of British aviation. Edward Marston, Judith Cutler, Margie Hoffnung and Polly Williamson will also be speaking. Children will adore hunting for our knitted reindeer and you’ll be amazed by our display of Wearable Art. There is so much to look forward to – and why not enter our ‘Wearable Mask’ competition? Details are on our website and our charities this year are Home-Start SD, the Great Western Air Ambulance and Toucans for Children. 150208 Maths & English


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Levels: A = easy to D = hilly 03.10.17, 10.00 am, A walk across local fields to Doughton Manor and beyond to Estcourt Park and back via a secluded valley and Starveall Lane, Length: 5 m 8 km, Level: A/B, Leader: Ian T 502939. 10.10.17, 2.00 pm, Cars Needed, Ramble part of the upper Avon in the Sopworth and Didmarton area, Length: 4 m 6.5 km, Level: A, Leaders: Linda & Helen 503187.

Those walking have generally agreed that it has been a good season, with varied walks and reasonably good weather. Our organised walks will start again in April 2018. We welcome new members or visitors on any of our walks; visitors are asked to contact the leader of the walk, in advance of the day of the walk. All walks start from the free long-stay car park by the Goods Shed off Cirencester Road. We are a footpath group, so walks may be muddy and stiles may be encountered. Whilst all reasonable care will be taken, it is the responsibility of each individual walker to be able to complete the route and to look 140208 Classic Windows


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another gentleman’s servant and pointed a pistol at his chest demanding his money and watch, before riding off down the road towards Gloucester.

Gloucester, Daniel was charged with robbing Mr Rudder, of Cirencester, Printer, and another person. (The pig-killer from Wickwar must have lived, otherwise Neale would have been on a murder charge.) He was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged.

He next encountered a man described as “a pig-killer of Wickwar,” who kept “The Sign of the Crown” public house, there. When the publican refused to hand over his pocket watch, the highwayman fired at him, lodging five slugs in his victim’s right breast.

Some accounts of the executions of highwaymen portray them as heroes going bravely to the gallows. Daniel Neale did not meet his end in such a way. He was executed at Over, near Gloucester, on 26 August 1763, alongside a thief called Richard Johnson. The Gloucester Journal reported that Neale, “expressed Terror at the Approach of Death, and seemed to think his Sins had been too great to be expiated by so short a Repentance, and prolonged the Moment in which he was to be turned off to the very last.”

“The King’s Highway”, from Magazine of Art, 1881 (via http://www.ancestry-images. com)

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Wired for Sound An electrical supply has been installed in Cell 3, to enable us to mount a vintage TV set that has been adapted with a built-in digital screen. On it we’re now showing the 1300-plus photographs of Gloucestershire Police vehicles provided to us by the Police Vehicle Enthusiasts Club. This is billed as “Vehicles through the Ages” and is accompanied by period music. Pop in and have a look and listen! And now what you’ve all been waiting for – as you’ve probably guessed – another Cold Case from our archives: The Capture of a Highwayman: Daniel Neale One night in June 1763, a highwayman rode out ‘to work’ on the roads between Bath and Tetbury. His first victim, at Lansdown on the outskirts of Bath, was a woman returning home from selling butter at Bath market, robbed of her day’s takings. Then a collier had three shillings and six pence stolen from him. His next victim at Toghill Turnpike was a gentleman’s servant, relieved of ‘a considerable sum of money.’ Toward Tetbury, the highwayman overtook

The highwayman lay low for a few weeks, but at the end of July Mr Samuel Rudder, well-known Cirencester printer and bookseller, was robbed of three guineas and his watch – and on the same morning, several other people were robbed by the same man. At noon that day, a man rode up to a blacksmith’s shop in Chalford Bottom to have his horse shod. While waiting, several people thought he answered the description given of the man who had committed the shooting and he was seized. In his pockets were found a brace of pistols loaded with stones and bits of lead, and about eight guineas in money. He was taken to a magistrate, and then to Gloucester Gaol.

John Silvester, Hon Curator, Tetbury Police Museum Email Sources: 1. Jill Evans, Gloucestershire Crime History https://gloscrimehistory.wordpress. com/2017/08/15/the-capture-of-ahighwayman-daniel-neale-1763/commentpage-1/#comment-595

The miscreant was Daniel Neale, a clothworker. From Gloucestershire, but living at Frome for some time, he had married a local girl who kept a shop there. It was believed that he had committed many robberies between Cirencester, Malmesbury and Tetbury. In August, at the County Assizes in

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2. Gloucester Journal, 1, 15, 22 and 29 August 1763 (at Gloucestershire Archives) 3. Bath Chronicle, 7 July, 4 Aug, 1 Sept 1763; Derby Mercury, 29 July, 12 Aug 1763; Oxford Journal, 9, 30 July 1763 (British Newspaper Archive)



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The new academic year has started with the smell of fresh paint at St. Mary’s Primary School. The builders worked very hard over the summer to get our projects finished on time, and the paint was still drying on the door frames when the teachers came in for their ‘Inset’ (in-service training) day.

In addition to all of this, we also have our new pond. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who contributed to our cause by giving their Tesco blue tokens towards this project. Thanks to your support the school received a grant of £5,000 from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme and over the summer the transformation began. There are a lot of bulbs which we won’t see till next year and the plants will take

We will be holding our Open Morning at St. Mary’s on Wednesday 18th October from 9.30 until 11.30am. If you have a child who is due to start school in September 2018, please come along for a cup of coffee, a cake and a chat with Mrs Woolley, Miss Jackson and the Governors and a tour of our school from our Year 6 children. We would be delighted to welcome you and answer any questions you may have. Mrs Jo Woolley, Headteacher

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