Tetbury Advertiser September 2020

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Notice to Advertisers Copy date for the October Issue is Thursday 17th September 2020

Delivery - 3rd/4th October 2020 Please ensure that copy is submitted by the deadline. There is NO guarantee that late copy will be published. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage arising from any error, inaccuracies or omission from any copy or advertising in this publication. The Editor reserves the right to omit any item not considered suitable for printing. All reasonable efforts will be made to meet the wishes of our advertisers.

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


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Hello Readers. It gives me great delight (and slight trepidation) to introduce myself to you as the new editor of the Tetbury Advertiser. Delight for obvious reasons, being part of this successful publication and helping it grow and benefit both local businesses and you the readers alike. Trepidation, as I hope I can continue to provide the same level of service for Tetbury and the surrounding villages, following in the footsteps of the award winning previous editors. My background is within marketing and I have for the last 20 years worked within the financial services, IT and more recently the construction industry. My husband, Dave Roberts, has for many years been behind the layout and design of the Advertiser and together as Wilprint and Design Ltd we look forward to working with you all. Although most of this year has seen unprecedented times we can assure you that publishing is resuming and I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s good to see some sense of normality reappearing. I would like to finish by thanking Richard Smith and the Lions for their help making the transition between Editors so smooth and clear. Although not putting his feet up entirely, Richard as Associate Editor continues to be an integral part of the ‘Advertiser team’ . Mary Roberts Editor

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LOCAL AUTHORITIES Tetbury Town Council, Old Courthouse, Long Street. Tel: 01666 504670 (Mon-Fri 9am - 3pm) Council Info. Services, in Council Office. Email: executiveofficer@tetbury.gov.uk



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The Serendipity of second-hand Books Ah, the joy of browsing through secondhand books! – one of the few things I missed about not having a summer holiday this year. Wherever we go, we always end up in vintage bookshops. They’re my main source of holiday souvenirs and more besides. Last August in Norfolk, the proprietor of The Old Station Bookshop in Wells-nextthe-Sea introduced himself to us as Harry Potter’s potter. Some years before, a film company’s properties scout had spotted the bookseller’s side-line in ceramics, nestled between the books. A few days later an order arrived, presumably delivered by owl, for two sets of matching pots in different sizes – one small version for Harry Potter and chums, the other scaled up for Hagrid the giant. The film scout had clearly adhered to my golden rule of second-hand bookshop shopping: never look for anything in particular. On no account take a shopping list because you won’t find what you’re looking for. Instead, browse the shelves with an open mind, and let the books find you.

Timely Reading The best second-hand books leap out at me with extraordinary timing. A vintage copy of Where No Mains Flow, Rebecca Warren’s witty memoir of restoring an old cottage, kept my sense of humour intact as we did up our own place. Just after I’d joined a VE Day 75 committee, the first book I saw at the Bookbarn near Wells was a slim hardback of The White Cliffs, Alice Duer Miller’s novel in verse written in 1940. (Yes, it predates the Vera Lynn song.) I’d never heard of it, but in

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Then there are the books I’ve acquired simply for the sake of their covers. Naturally, it was during Storm Ciara that a vintage hardback of Joseph Conrad’s Typhoon leapt out at me, its cover so atmospheric that you can practically hear the wind roar. Best of all are the curiosities bought as talking points. Who could resist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Return of Sherlock Holmes printed entirely in Pitman shorthand? Now all I need to be able to read it is an old copy of Teach Yourself Pitman Shorthand. But I’d better not go searching, or I’ll never find one.

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its heyday it sold a million copies and was even credited with bringing the Americans into the Second World War. Just after my sixtieth birthday in January, I decided to reread Graham Greene. On my next visit to a second-hand bookshop, I picked up The Burnt-out Case. Wondering when it was published, I opened the book at the copyright page: 1960, same vintage as me. Suddenly I felt very old.

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also created heightened uncertainty for many in our town. We were already aware that summer holidays put extra pressure on some of our local families, which has been amplified with schools being closed for a prolonged period of time as well as other economic pressures.

I hope this finds you all safe and well in the strange times we are all living with. Firstly, I would like to thank Tony Sykes for his successful tenure as Lion President, and his wife Elisabeth for her gracious support to him. It has certainly been a very challenging year. I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself. My wife Gail and I, moved to Tetbury nearly eight years ago after both completing full careers in the British Army. Since moving to this lovely town, we can honestly say we have never felt more at home. The recent circumstances have highlighted how fortunate we are to live in such a fantastic and supportive community. This time of year would normally be incredibly busy for the town, with Wacky Races, Woolsack, Summer Show, and other initiatives, ensuring the visibility of the Lions around the town. Regardless the Tetbury Lions have still been busy behind the scenes identifying different ways we can still follow our motto of ‘We Serve’. As with all groups we have been unable to meet in person during the pandemic, however, due to the wonders of technology our monthly meetings, like many others, have gone ‘virtual’. This does appear to be the ‘new norm’ at least for the immediate future, however it does mean we have been able to carry out our business of supporting the community as well as each other. With the phrase ‘you’re on mute’ quickly becoming the most mentioned term of 2020!


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As life starts to return to some form of normality we are endeavouring to carry out our first physical meeting next month. British summer permitting, this will be an open-air event, as well as getting important Lions business completed I am looking forward to the social interaction the situation allows.

Our project with “The Men in Sheds” is going from strength to strength. Although of humble origins the allotment has been an amazing success, producing homegrown goods available each Wednesday morning in return for a donation. This is proving to be of equal value to the local residents as well as the ‘Men in Sheds’ themselves. We have also had a huge success in the massive logistical challenge of embedding the new workshop in it’s new home in Springfield’s Industrial Estate. A heartfelt thank you must go to our amazing friends at Eagle Plant, whose heavy plant equipment facilitated the move. Another example of why we are proud to call this town home. I appreciate that these are incredibly challenging times, I hope you can all live as full a life as possible, whilst remaining safe and well. This pandemic has highlighted some amazing shows of ingenuity, adaptability and kindness, however it has

An annual payment of £13 buys you into the Lion’s 200 Club lottery. We use these subscriptions to help local causes – and you get the chance to win a cash prize! Application forms can be obtained from Malcolm at Tetbury Hardware. June Draw - Caroline Miles - £100.00 July Draw - Gail North - £20.00, Rita Fryatt - £20.00, Paul Stead £20.00, M Callahan - £20.00 August Draw - Crad Evans - £20.00, David Williams - £20.00, R H Henson - £20.00, Ken White - £20.00

The application process to access the services of the Food Bank was paper based which could be slow, but the challenges Covid-19 presented, highlighted the delays and fast tracked an initiative that has been in the pipeline for a while. I am pleased to say an initiative by the Tetbury Food Bank has moved this process online reducing the whole end to end timeline significantly, meaning the most vulnerable can get the support they require when they need it. Trialled locally, this initiative has now been introduced across the country. As you can appreciate this new way of doing things has helped especially over the last twelve weeks with an increase of demand of 81%. The herculean effort from the food bank team is just one example of why I am extremely proud to be a part of this town. We are also delighted to have contributed to the recently opened Playstation kids play area close to the Goods Shed, the £750 donation has provided two wooden benches. It is with regret however that I report the passing of former Lion Mike Kniveton. Mike was a Charter Member of our Lions Club and was very involved in the early days. Although not holding any Club office he was a very active member for around 15 years. He worked hard and was a great Lion helping with many fundraising events. He was a great family man with two sons, sadly he lost one at a very young age. He and his wife Joan have helped so much with the care and upbringing of their granddaughter. Mike was also active in later years with Tetbury in Bloom. Finally, as we sat reflecting on a very damp summer show this time last year I’m sure none of us could have anticipated how different 2020 would become. The extra pressures it would place on our lives is one of the reasons why I have decided my tenure as Lion President will focus support to the mental wellbeing of the population of the town. More details of how we as Lions will support this venture will follow. In the meantime, stay safe, support each other and see you in the next Lions Den.

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Tetbury in Bloom For me, the summer has gone by at breakneck speed, and since the beginning of June, the massive effort put in by the Tetbury in Bloom team to complete the planting and keep it all watered and fed, has really paid off. We have received a huge number of appreciative comments this year thanking us for continuing with the planting despite the difficulties caused by the lockdown and social distancing. In April, we had to take the difficult decision whether to continue with our plant order and gauge whether the Covid

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upon for 2021. Very soon we’ll be planting additional bulbs in various locations, ready for next year’s display. It won’t be long either before the hanging baskets we supplied to residents and traders start coming to their end and come next month I’ll be contacting everyone who supported us by buying them, to arrange a time to collect the empty containers so we can wash and disinfect them ready for use again next year. The order list for 2021 is already underway, so if you wish to place an order now, all you need to do is contact me on 01666 504213 or email sue@tetburyinbloom.org.uk and I’ll add your requirements to the list. Sue Hirst, Team Leader, Tetbury in Bloom

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Dolphins Hall and Recreation Ground Over this whole summer so far it has been great to see the recreation ground being so well used by so many people. After years of neglect, we started work last year on improving the upkeep and maintenance of the Recreation Ground. The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the work we started a few weeks ago improved the facilities enjoyed by everyone out on the Recreation Ground.

By the time you read this, we will have hopefully received, or be very close to receiving planning permission for the Dolphins Hall Redevelopment Project. It has been a long and sometimes painful journey to get here, but the hard work is only just beginning. Also as I write, we are waiting for Tetbury Town Council to release the S106 funds for the project. Once that is done, we will have all the funds we need for the first of the two projects in the plan. We can then hopefully begin building the new Community Youth

and Sports building on the edge of the recreation ground before the end of the year, and also move into full fundraising mode for the second project that replaces the hall itself. You can follow the project in more detail either on our website at https:// dolphinshall.org or on our Facebook page. As always, if you have any comments or concerns, please do contact me on chair@dolphinshall.org. Steve Scott (Scotty), Chair of Trustees Dolphins Recreation Centre.

This has been possible thanks to the great work of Paul Jones, trustee and Chair of Grounds Committee, who has managed to secure a five-year funding plan of over £40,000. These funds will be invested directly into all the green space, which we own and manage to improve the experience of visiting and using the facility for all our many user groups. We are also pleased to let you know that we have just spent over £4,000, replacing three pieces of equipment in the small children’s playground. The new equipment will hopefully be in place sometime in September. We want to give a big thank you to the Lions who contributed £1,500 towards this equipment.


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History of Tetbury Society Tetbury in Lockdown, again…! We may just have come out of lockdown here, but this is not the first time. In 1665-66 The Great Plague was raging in London but Tetbury escaped by appointing additional special Constables on the main approaches to the town. A public meeting decided to appoint eight people, including the two Town Constables to be stationed at the entrances to the town to prevent visitors. All inhabitants, except the very poor, were to take time out of their working day to “watch and ward” the entrances to the town. The following were not permitted entry “any traveller from London or any other place, nor any goods whatsoever” unless certified as clear, or two or more of the ‘Constables’ could guarantee they had been in isolation for thirty days. No carrier, by horse waggon or wain was allowed to drive through. Nor were children or friends allowed from out of town. All visitors needed to quarantine themselves for thirty days as did anyone who allowed any of the above into town. These precautions definitely paid off as there were no deaths reported during this time. Luckily, that quarantining of people and goods has not taken place during our most recent lockdown. How would we have

coped without our food deliveries and Amazon parcels! It obviously meant that Tetbury then was entirely self-sufficient. The Great Plague began to be reported on in the 1660s with news from Europe. The first recorded death was on April 12th 1665. At the end of April 1665 Samuel Pepys first mentions the plague in his diary, he finished the month with these words “Great fears of the Sicknesses here in the City, God preserve us all.” He writes of the slow spread across the city with mentions of “remedies against it, some saying one thing, some another”. His diary recounts the minutiae of his life and business and on occasion mentions in passing the plague. On June 7th “I did in Drury-lane see two or three houses marked with a red cross upon the doors, and ‘Lord have mercy upon us’”, and then on the 10th “In the evening home to supper, and there

to my great trouble hear that the plague is coming into the City”. Throughout June it spreads rapidly across the city, through July and August to the height in September when 7,165 people die in a week. During this time two thirds of the population of London leave the city including the King. Pepys continued with his diary and on 16th October he notes how empty London is, but also “it being very cold again, God be thanked for it.” This was because the plague decreased in cold weather. It wasn’t until September of 1666 that the plague was truly ended as a result of The Great Fire of London when many of the rats and fleas which had spread the plague were killed. Sadly, Heritage Weekend exhibitions will not be taking place this year. More news to follow later. History of Tetbury Society





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News from St Marys’Church I think my favourite was Arwen’s imaginary creature called “Rainbow Sprinkles”. And we had lots of prayers thanking God for all the wonderful creatures in the world (real and imagined).

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In June, we were able to open St Marys’ Church building for individual prayer. It was good to welcome people into this sacred space. As one person wrote in an email: “I just wanted to say thank you for keeping the church open for private prayer. I’m not a parishioner … but my darling dad died during and because of COVID19 in mid May, and barring the very tiny crematorium service, I’ve not been able to set foot in a church to say some prayers for him. Today I did so and I feel quite a lot better to be able to experience the familiar peace and comfort of a church setting. Thank you to you and the parish team for keeping the church open and safe at this really difficult time. It means a great deal to people like me, and I thought I should drop you a line to express my gratitude.” Of course, permission has also been given to hold public worship in church buildings. After lots of discussion, it was decided to keep our 10am Sunday Worship on Zoom as our main service each week. It has a wonderful sense of community – especially now people stay afterwards for the virtual coffee time! And there’s a deep sense of prayer and reflection – with everyone involved using the “chat” function to share their prayers. If you would like information about joining this service, please email our lovely Parish Administrator Diana at office@tetburychurch.co.uk. In addition, we started a weekly Benefice Service of Holy Communion. It is at 5.00 pm on Saturday evenings, and is a very gentle and reflective service. With physical distancing, we can accommodate twenty four individuals or members of the same household, with space allocated in advance. Again, you can contact Diana for more information about attending.


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Finally, we have started to have funerals, and one wedding, in the church. These have been very personal and intimate, and it is always a privilege to support families in this way. Especially moving, of course, was Fran Eddoll’s funeral in late July. He was a remarkable man, and so loved, admired and respected. I continue to pray for his family, and all those who have loved ones at this time. This comes with my love and prayers to all. God be with you, Poppy The Revd Poppy Hughes Parish Priest, St Mary the Virgin & St Mary Magdalen Church, Tetbury Follow our online Sunday Worship on YouTube by searching for the “Tetbury Benefice” channel. Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ St.MarysTetbury Website: www.tetburychurch.co.uk

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Leighterton Primary School

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The children at Leighterton Primary School amaze us! Reception, Year One and Year Six came back to school in June and children of critical workers have been here at school all through the lockdown. They all loved coming back to school to see their friends and the teaching team, but our school looks very different now to when the lockdown began. Now we are working in ‘bubbles’ which are smaller groups of children and adults who all stay together. All of the bubbles remain together throughout the day and they do not mix with other bubbles so that everybody stays as safe as they can.

Each bubble comes into and leaves school at an allocated time so that the bubbles do not mix. They all have their own playtime and lunchtime too and the children learn outside as much as possible. When they are in their classrooms, the children have their own table space with

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estate in Cirencester Road, the move provided free of charge by Eagle Plant. This was a very smooth and quick operation, thanks to the skills of Andy the Eagle Plant driver. The Club is very grateful to both for this support.

Now in its second year, the allotment project in Herd Lane continues to do well. It is generating a lot of interest and very favourable comments, even by visitors to Tetbury. We offer an open invitation to all men to come and join us each Wednesday between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm. Initially this may be just a social visit. Or you may want to meet the team and talk about our

plans and objectives, to which you may be able to provide valuable hints and tips. As an additional incentive, we generally have a delicious cake to share, provided by ladies from the WI. We are very grateful to those who continue to be very generous in purchasing our wide range of quality vegetables, knowing that all proceeds go to the Lions Club to support individuals or projects in the town. Our new carpentry workshop project has moved forward significantly. The facility has been transferred to the industrial

The interior is now taking shape; a workbench is in place and shelving too. Over the next few weeks we should have a power supply connected and all donated power tools will be PAT tested and certified fit for use. A wide range of hand tools and gadgets will need sorting and cleaning and once completed we will be good to go. With the workshop measuring 32’ x 10’ social distancing restricts numbers to no more than five. Various demonstrations are planned, the first likely to be chisel and drill bit sharpening. More details will follow in the coming weeks. The workshop will provide an opportunity for residents to partake in individual or group projects. However, it must be understood that we do not, and will not, offer a service similar to the BBC programme, The Repair Shop. We are not experts, just a happy band of volunteers enjoying creative projects. For details please contact Ken White on 01666 504189. Ken White, Men in Sheds

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News from Christchurch The Church is still the church. We continue to care, pray, support one another and seek to hear God’s voice. We have kept in touch by phone calls and a weekly letter goes out by email or by post to all our church community. So we are staying in touch with each other and with God and where we can with the wider community too.

Sunday Worship We worship, pray and even sing in our services. Yes, we have been meeting by Zoom for over three months now. We chat at the beginning, then I ‘mute’ everyone as we read the Bible and have a reflection on it. I have been sharing my screen for the hymns. Brian plays the keyboard and Sue leads the singing and we – although muted from each other – all sing in our homes. We have evolved a pattern that works for us.

Coffee Pot We have had a weekly Zoom stay-at-home coffee morning on Wednesdays, where we catch up, share news and often have quite meaty discussions about what we make of it all. This is taking a break in August, but we will resume coffee pot at home at 10.30 am on Wednesdays in September.

Wednesday Worship It was good but strange to meet together in church for Wednesday Worship. There were fourteen of us, who sanitised our hands on the way in and out, wore masks, sat two metres apart, prayed, listened to hymns and reached out to God, who reaches out to us. These are reflective services with music and projected images.

Chippin’ Chicks Our Friday morning toddler group is not meeting at the moment, and we don’t know when we will be able to restart safely. So going forward, for the time being …. • We will continue to worship weekly on Sundays at 10.30 am by Zoom. • We will hold Wednesday Worship in church on the 9th and 30th of September at 2.30 pm.

measures so we are unable to publish the Zoom contacts for these, but if you would like to join us, then get in touch and I can let you know the Zoom links. With best wishes, keep safe, God bless Noel Sharp, 01453 298389 noel.sharp@btinternet.com www.christchurchtetbury.org.uk

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Tetbury Art Society bring our chairs and painting equipment as long as we stayed at the back of the garden and away from their customers. We are not used to painting sites where there is coffee available! We would like to offer our thanks to the Close Hotel. The afternoon at the church in Sherston had been originally planned as a trip to Coaley Peak but the venue had been changed because of the heat wave; we wanted somewhere with some shade. Perhaps the weather will allow us to paint outside into September.

With most of our activities not possible at the moment, we have at least been able to do some outdoor painting on Monday afternoons in July and August. We have been able to drive ourselves out to a suitable spot, position ourselves well-away from one another and enjoy the painting and the socially-distanced company. We started off in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Tetbury, followed by the garden of the Close Hotel and then the churchyard at Sherston. We

lost one wet Monday afternoon and then a second due to excessive temperatures. St. Mary’s churchyard is of course a very local site and enabled us to see whether we could safely meet in this way: it worked very well with people spaced usually much more than two metres apart. The afternoon in the beautiful rear garden of the Close Hotel was much enjoyed. The manageress, Nicki, kindly allowed us to

We continue to stay in touch with one another thanks to the internet. We have even managed outdoor socially-distanced committee meetings when the weather permitted. Work on our new colourful website continues and we are looking forward to rolling it out in the not-toodistant future. Information on the Society can be found on our website www.tetburyartsociety.org. uk or phone Michael on 01666-502909 or Barry Barnes on 01666-503926. In better times, we meet on the first Wednesday of most months in St. Michael’s Hall, Silver Street, Tetbury at 7:30 pm. We are a friendly group welcoming those interested in art whatever level they have reached. Michael Kingham Tetbury Art Society


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St Mary’s C of E VA Primary School Education is absolutely essential to a child’s development – emotionally, socially and academically. Parents and staff have been very concerned about the amount the children have missed out on since March when schools were closed. It is not just the academic subjects but also the socialising, the face to face adult support, the routines, the sports, the events and the care we provide for some of our most vulnerable pupils. At St. Mary’s we have remained open to many pupils throughout the pandemic with children attending every day and we had over a third of the school attending by the end of the summer term. It is absolutely crucial that all the children return to school safely in September. Over the summer, the staff, governors and I have been thinking about the practicalities of returning to school and we continue to work hard to reassure families that school is the best place for children to be.

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This spring, when so much ground to a halt due to the Corona virus, it seems it was ‘business as usual’ for the dedicated ‘Tetbury in Bloom’ workforce. All the tubs, beds and baskets were replan ted again, providing a brilliant summer display around town and lifting spirits. Their hard work makes such a big difference to our surroundings; I should like to extend to them a huge “Thank you!” Mrs Carolyn Weatherup

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Dear Editor, It is with regret that we have had to cancel what was to be our committee’s last Summer Show. I must say, I have had a great time during the last 45 years and I could write a book on the comings and goings and all the laughs that we have had organising the event There are many people that have been instrumental in its creation. Firstly, I would like to thank my surviving Committee Judith Randall our Honorary Secretary and Sheila Poole our Treasurer. Second thanks go to all our volunteers that help on the day, including my wife Pat who must have written thousands of raffle tickets out over the years! Also thanks must go to Terri And Ken White, Lynn And Paul Stead. Special thanks to all our Trades People for their endless and generous donations of raffle prizes and to Colin Poole, Roy Palmer and the Ind family; without these helpers on the day we could not run with our

small committee Finally, our thanks must go to our main sponsors over the years, Tetbury Lions, The Feoffees of Tetbury, I H S, John Newman at Jesse Smiths, Sue and Martin Clarke for storage of our show boards etc., Tetbury Recreation Ground and David Prosser for all their many contributions. If you would like to be part of the new committee, please get in touch with me for a meeting in early January Many Thanks

Our lovely, lovely Frances Compton died pea cefully on Thursday, 13th August. She was born and live d in 4 Chavenage Lane up unt il a few years ago when she mo ved to Kingsley House due to failing health. She loved Tetbury and the people and always had a smile for everyo ne. She particularly loved ani mals, especially dogs. She will remain in many people’s heart as a wonderful and kind character and will be deeply missed. Dee Buss

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St Mary’s Playgroup

We have always valued our online communication tool ‘Tapestry’ which we have been using for the last few years, enabling us to stay connected with our families and share with them photos and videos of what the children get up to in their session. Our parents have always enjoyed this and we think it’s a fantastic way of observing, sharing and assessing our children. So once ‘lockdown’ occurred we got to work in thinking creatively to come up with activities and videos to share with our parents and children. It was such a great way to provide (often much needed) inspiration for parents, giving them quick, and hands on activities that they could do at home with their little ones, as well as sharing tips and tricks on what they could do to support their learning whilst away. We recorded videos of us reading them stories, wake and shake dances to get them up and moving, as well as ‘dough disco’ for them to join in with (using playdough and some music!) to keep their hands moving and muscles growing.

A new year looking forward to a new start. It has now been almost five months since playgroup has been up and running and I think it’s fair to say that the new term and new year can’t come quick enough! This last term has really tested all of us in different ways and it’s definitely one that we’ll remember for years to come, for the good and the bad! For those that weren’t aware, unfortunately we were unable to re-open our doors before the summer holidays, which meant that we didn’t get to do so many of the things we would normally be enjoying during the last few months of the year. We missed out on fun in the sun at Forest School, an end of year trip, a train ride and some sad farewell goodbyes, all of which felt like such a let down to all of our children and families. That said, it made us think ‘outside of the box’ in staying connected with them all and instead I want to celebrate what we got up to and achieved against the odds of a global pandemic (how many of us knew this word before March?) and a lockdown forcing us to stay at home and spend hours out in the garden…

As the weeks went on we continued this online tool but also felt that our preschool children, who were due to ‘fly the nest’ and move on to school, were missing some much needed interaction with both us and their peers, so we introduced weekly zoom sessions, both for all the children as well as a dedicated mornings for the preschoolers. There was singing, dancing, stories and counting and we just couldn’t

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get over the fantastic response from both the parents and children to it – they really were brilliant! In the final few weeks we then arranged garden visits to see each of the preschoolers so we could catch up with them and present them with their certificates and gifts as we would have done at our annual leavers assembly. Finally, on the last day we organised a ‘distanced’ party in the park for families to join us for a picnic in the sunshine and a magic ‘carpet ride’ in hoops for each of the children. It was such a success and a well-deserved opportunity for laughter (and tears!) as the children raced around the field and families chatted across their picnic blankets. So now as we are getting ready behind the scenes to welcome our children back in September, I also wanted to take the opportunity to say a farewell (with much love) to our preschool children who will be moving on to pastures new. We will miss you all so much and can’t wait to see you all in time at ‘big school’ later in the year. I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of our parents – throughout this whole time you have stood by us, as we have had to make some truly difficult decisions. It’s why we are so proud to say St Mary’s is more than just a playgroup – we are a family and a community and support each other come what may. At the end of each write up in the advertiser we would usually remind you all of our weekly Seedlings baby and toddler group, however we are having to hold off on returning to run this as yet. We are currently trying to plan a way around this so please keep your eye out for further updates on our Facebook page. For any further details on who we are and what we offer please check out our facebook page @stmarysplaygrouptetbury or email us at stmarysplaygrouptetbury@ hotmail.com Heidi Bailey Playgroup Leader

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We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Shed very soon. Our staff had to be furloughed, but Sasha and Catherine are back in the café, whilst Kathryn our Administrator and Nick our Artistic Director, are currently back one day a week working from home for now. Our phone line is monitored remotely so you can be sure of a friendly voice when you call. The Whistle Stop Café is up and running five days a week for take away refreshments from Wednesday through to Sunday. Demand for Sasha’s delicious home-made cakes and mouth-watering hot takeaways was so great

that when they opened, they all but sold out! We have a well organised queuing system to an outside serving hatch and there are plenty of tables and seating around the Shed. We continue to explore ways to invite people safely back in the Hall so they can enjoy our Art Exhibitions. Artist Rob Collins had only just put his work up when Lockdown struck so we have asked him to let us keep his paintings for a little while longer to allow everyone to appreciate his amazing images of local places and customs.

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Summer and Autumn Walks in the beauty of the Cotswolds. Many of us have been walking the glorious Cotswolds in this beautiful spring and summer weather in our own social bubbles, getting our fresh air and keeping ourselves fit without a great deal of conscious effort; chatting merrily as we go. As the strict lockdown effects loosen up, the committee are looking at reinstating walking for September and October and start a programme of walks. We can now walk in groups but socially distanced of course. This will allow many who have had to endure lock down without company to get out, meet friends and enjoy a safe walk in the countryside. The group are currently reviewing the walking program and process, so that we can all walk safely together. More details on the way we will do this, the new rolling programme, and for a variety of walks around Tetbury you can walk independantly (available for free download), will be appearing on our website: www.tetburywalkers.co.uk have a look under publications. Nigel Berry, Tetbury and District Footpath Group


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Hope you are all keeping well and busy in these strange times. Although unfortunately we have not been able to do theatre visits we have in fact received memos from several of the theatres we use saying that they hope to resume performances at the end of the year. As you can imagine we do not want to book anything at the moment although they are oering refunds but sadly many theatres may be closing and we could lose a lot of money The Watermill at Newbury has been doing some outdoor performances in small groups for local people. The Mill at Sonning has started to do meals only.

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I am very pleased to tell you that Tetbury Hospital is now fully open again serving our local communities. I have set out below the measures we have in place to keep patients and staff safe, including a photo of Jadie, one of our very own Healthcare Assistants, wearing her PPE. Our NHS wait times for outpatient appointments are short and are regularly updated on our website www. tetburyhospital.co.uk If you would like to be referred to Tetbury Hospital please ask at your GP appointment.

Upon entry to our hospital we will check patients’ temperature, provide them with hand sanitiser and if they don’t have their own, a facemask. During the visit we will ask patients to keep two metres apart from other people, except from the clinical team who will be delivering their care. Every member of our hospital team will always have appropriate PPE.

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Tetbury Playstation I am very pleased to announce that… …the nursery playground project called “Tetbury Play Station” was officially opened on the 21st of August by the mayor of Tetbury; Cllr Ann Pearce. This will be the fourth playground in Tetbury, and the only one on the east side of the town. The nursery playground is made in the style of a railway station, complete with a railway engine and passenger coaches, a signal box, a passenger footbridge cumslide cum-climbing frame, and finally two swings. Appropriately enough, the playground is situated next to Tetbury Railway Goods Shed.

Thanks are due to Tetbury Town Council for providing the land for this project and for their ongoing support. Special thanks are owed to the four hundred residents of Tetbury who donated

£5 each for each fence post that surrounds the playground and to the mums who gave the project their backing. This kick-started the fund raising for the project, and was soon followed with major donations from Tetbury Lions, the Jack Lane Charitable Trust, Summerfield Charitable Trust, Bristol Water Company, Cotswold District Council Community Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Jill Dodge’s friend and Eagle Plant for lending us a digger. The project was started in July 2019 and funding was in place by March 2020 but opening it has been delayed by the virus epidemic. Thankfully the safety restrictions

were recently eased allowing the playground to be built. Health restrictions now permit its use (at the time of writing). The playground is designed to stretch the imagination of nursery age children – always supervised safely by responsible adults. So give it a go – and see the smiles on their little faces! Last but by no means least a big thank you to the play area team, fundraisers Barrie Doyle and Carol Paton and my right hand man and trusty friend, Grayham Cleaver. Full steam ahead. Will Cook


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Since the last time of writing so much has taken place! Cllr Rob McCorkell the Chair of Finance and Scrutiny has resigned for both business and personal reasons, also Cllr Rodney Smith has resigned for personal reasons. Although deeply saddened by these decisions, we wish both Rob and Rodney all the best in these uncertain times. Rob of course was Deputy Mayor, newly elected into this position is Cllr Peter Coleman, I look forward to working with Peter in the coming months. Cllr Gary O’Connor has now been elected Chair of the F&S Committee, Gary has also taken over my previous role of Chair of the Youth Committee, I will continue to remain involved with this committee, one that I had been so proud to Chair, from its new conception as a Town Council Committee, to one that achieved over more than double the budget previously allocated to Youth, to over £25,000. This enables us to double the amount of club hours provided in the Town, and have a healthy budget for grant applications from youth focused providers. The office restructuring is now complete, and Natalia is settling into her new role as Receptionist/ Administrator, and I’m pleased to announce that as of August 1st Tara Niblett is now the Chief Executive Officer/RFO and has permanently taken over from the previous Town Clerk. Georgina Osman is now the Interim Deputy Town Clerk.

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Restructuring is never an easy thing to do, however, I hope now we have made provision for a downstairs meeting room this will allow more accessibility for both the disabled, and parents of young children. It will also offer the ability to engage with Town Councillors and the CAB. The provision of this small meeting room will help us to facilitate a ‘drop in’ once restrictions are lifted further, to engage with the community on a personal level. It also allows both Tara and Georgina a much-needed opportunity to manage their respective roles, without the daily interruption’s, however, should you need to see either once we are open to the public again, then please feel free to phone and book an appointment. Victoria Bolwell has been successful in her application to be the new VIC Supervisor, and takes up her post working alongside Suzi Barnes in September. By the time you get to read this, I will have had the pleasure of officially opening the new children’s Play Area down at the Goods Shed, it has been a fantastic achievement by Will Cook and his team, with all the fundraising and the vision to create something that can be enjoyed by the children, with the facility for parents to watch over whilst enjoying a cup of coffee from the Whistle Stop Café. Further initiatives are in the pipeline and we look forward to continuing to work with Will on these projects. Tetbury Town Council voted unanimously to support the Tetbury Chamber of Commerce in its petition to Cotswold District Council regarding the raising of car parking charges. I have written to CDC to voice our concerns with regards to the effect to trade within our Town, as our Traders start to recover from lockdown. Please do try to ‘keep it local’ and support our businesses, and our community. Also, with this in mind please do try to keep pavements and footways clear, to allow for social distancing. This applies not only to our Town Centre but all around our beautiful town, as a whole, keeping hedgerows cut back and reducing street furniture are all essential to social distancing practice. If you know of a hedgerow that needs cutting back on public land, then please do let the office know on 01666 504670. We are pleased to introduce you to Natalia Phillips as the new Receptionist/Administrator. When the offices are open to the Public you will be greeted by Natalia in our new reception area. Natalia will be working Monday – Friday 9.30am – 1.30pm. Greening Tetbury recently held a Big Town Tidy Up and received a great response, our thanks to everyone who organised this event and to those who took part. Tetbury Town Council has 10 sets of litter picking equipment that are available to the community to use throughout the year, if you would like to borrow them please contact Natalia by emailing reception@tetbury.gov.uk or calling 01666 504670 between 9.30 am – 1.30 pm. As I draw this to a close, I would like to wish both St Marys Primary School and SWR my very best wishes in bringing the young people of our town back into full time education. Be Safe, Be Kind, and above all, look out for your neighbours! Cllr Ann Pearce Tetbury Town Council - Mayor

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Tetbury WI For more than 100 years the WI has been a support to women across the land. Originally designed to connect and educate women in isolated rural areas, by the outbreak of the Second World War the WI was a well-established pillar of life in rural Britain. Indeed, during that period, the WI made a significant contribution to the war effort whilst also offering fellowship and company to the many women left at home while their men were away. Friendships were forged and moral support given as the women came together to help out in their local communities.

members, some running various errands or simply checking on others. From the very beginning of the pandemic some of our ladies have been producing face masks which have been offered to our members, scrubs have been made and distributed to the various care facilities. Others have taken on the job of ringing around, endeavouring to contact each member to ensure no-one felt alone, offering a friendly chat especially to those members who were shielding or living alone. The various groups within our institute have continued to “meet”, albeit by video and “Zoom”. Now, more than ever the fellowship offered by this local group has come into its own.

As Covid restrictions remain in place all our usual activities are curtailed with visits, Many years may have passed but with meals and outings postponed until 2021, our this new crisis we face, once again our meetings too have had to find a new format. local WI has come up with ways to help In keeping with the WI spirit of adapting within our community, a lot of support has and working around new situations, Lorna 1130509 Springfields1:Layout 1 22/4/09 22:12 Page 1 organised a “Zoom” meeting, where member been given by individuals to their fellow


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Our last term of the 2019/20 academic year was certainly unusual… …but we made the necessary changes, enabling nearly twenty of our children to return in small ‘bubbles’, and many thanks go out to everyone that made that possible, especially the staff and parents. Having the children in smaller groups meant sectioning off the garden and Tetbury Town Council helpfully provided us with some bright and colourful barriers, which doubled-up as great background scenery to building/roadworks role-play! Recent fundraising also meant we were able to

We weren’t able to hold our usual preschool ‘graduation’ events in the last week of term, but we hope to invite our preschoolers back for a little ceremony in the garden in Autumn, to hand out their books and say a proper goodbye. We’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ for all the cards and gifts we received from our leavers, we wish them all well for the new and exciting journey into their reception year at Primary school.

Tetbury Nursery Playgroup wonderful natural objects the season brings, spending as much time in our garden as possible, along with wellies and waterproofs when required! At the time of writing, our Tuesday morning play and stay group and our crèche facility remain closed for the time being. If you’re looking for a playgroup or pre-school space for your child then please get in contact with us, visit our Facebook page, phone us on 01666 504855, or email us at tetburynurseryplaygroup@ eygloucestershire.co.uk Our popular fundraising Bingo sessions also remain on hold, but please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates. Caroline Swinburne Tetbury Nursery Playgroup All Aspects of Interior Exterior Painting

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Greening Tetbury Greening Tetbury continues to work towards reducing local carbon emissions… …and improving the environment and energy efficiency through activities connected with food, plastics and waste, energy issues and transport. At the end of July we held our first litter picking campaign, The Big Tetbury Tidy Up, which replaced the community litter pick planned for April but cancelled due to COVID-19. Over two weeks, families, dog walkers, couples and individuals all took up their gloves and bin bags to help improve the town and green spaces by picking up litter. Their litter-picking photos were entered into our Facebook competition to win a £30 book voucher for The Yellow Lighted Bookshop. The winner, picked at random from the photos submitted, was the Russell 100208 KP -Gardens family (Bruce dad, Benjie22/2/08 and Daniel21:50 - his two boys). Congratulations!

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To support a greener food economy, we can increase our spending on seasonal food grown locally. In Tetbury, we are lucky to have Close Farm, GL8 8PH offering ‘pick your own fruit and veg’. Pickers are now welcome on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9.00 am - 11.00 am. Go down the track by the Veg Shed to find Fred, the farmer, with barrows and clippers. Weigh your own produce; take your own bags! Great fun.

Call Fred on 07970 551721 or check the Close Farm Organic Vegetables Facebook page for more details. Stunningly fresh food is also available from Ros ( Aunt Addie’s Farm) at Tetbury Goods Shed, 10am-2pm Saturdays. And don’t forget Tetbury Lions’ Men In Sheds, who sell produce from their Herd Lane allotment on Wednesday mornings, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm.

Tip of the Month Foraging! So much fun to be had at this time of year. The beloved blackberry is super abundant right now, for yummy blackberry and apple crumbles and bramble jelly. See our website - or go to the Woodland Trust website: woodlandtrust.org.uk/ visiting-woods/things-to-do/foraging for recipes and advice on foraging. See also their September recipes for rose hip syrup and sloe gin. Remember not to forage on private land unless you have the owner’s permission; know what you are picking and leave plenty for the wildlife! Make your voice heard at Greening Tetbury on Facebook and visit www. greeningtetbury.com Our September meeting will be announced on our Facebook page. Eleanor Lines Greening Tetbury

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Making an ass of oneself in lockdown. My father was a trusted and respected solicitor. When one of his successful clients, who had risen to be managing director of a national construction company and had instructed other firms on commercial matters, asked me to draft his will and advised his children to ask me to deal with his estate I felt very pleased, especially after unsuccessful attempts in the magistrates court to achieve a not guilty verdict when he was chairman of the magistrates. His widow died during lockdown and so I invited his son, who had retired, and his daughter to a meeting in my garden. I thought they would have a good view if they sat on a bench in front of a wall looking onto my weeping willow. The pigeons saw an opportunity and started to bomb them with their droppings which have plagued my car all summer. My clients desperately asked if there was an outside tap and I got into trouble with my wife for taking possession of her favourite cloth to do a clean-up job on the daughter’s hair. Another event could have occurred at any time. I had an elderly client, who was selling her house to move to a nearby town. In my father’s day (and mine for that matter as I was born only twenty one years after him), when acting on a property transaction, we would allow four weeks between entering into a binding contract and completion when the money changes hands and the keys are handed over. That gave us plenty of time to inform any lenders when they were to part with their cash and make the appropriate arrangements for all cheques to be lodged with the bank and cleared. Since then solicitors have given ground to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, which wields great power, and there is of course internet banking. Moving house is a tense enough activity but some solicitors and

conveyancing firms have developed a very annoying habit of not entering into a binding contract until after they have paid the money over until the agreed removal date, which adds to the tension i.e. the money is paid over and the receiving solicitor says he will hold the funds to the order of the buyer’s solicitor until contracts are exchanged as removal vans line up like daleks outside. My elderly client had booked her removers and

had paid a deposit to them. On the date before completion, we had not exchanged contracts and the sellers’ solicitors, who were a legal factory from up north, announced that they could not exchange contracts because they had not obtained ID from their clients. My client proceeded to cancel her removers. There was a happy ending, but perhaps the sellers’ solicitors need a visit from a few pigeons. Michael Hodge, Lansdown Legal

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South Cotswold Bridge Club Responses to an opening weak 1 NO TRUMP Our partners are very likely to call a weak 1NT as it is the commonest hand, yet everyone hates to be left to play it at the one level. How often have you heard “I hate a 1NT contract!” Since it is going to occur often we should be very clear with our partners how we are going to handle it. So if we open 1NT what should our partner expect? First, that you have a balanced hand of 12-14 High Card Points (HCP): no voids, no singletons and no more than one doubleton. Thus the shape will be 4,3,3,3 or 4,4,3,2 or 5,3,3,2 where the 5 is a minor suit or a major suit. This is now the teaching policy of the EBU since you are giving a very precise point count and you can rebid a strong five-card suit second round. Second, that you cannot be strong in all suits…hence the “weak” and you are looking to your partner for guidance. In standard Acol your partner now has a very good idea of your hand with a very precise point count, so they are in the driving seat.

Our System What might you agree with your partner? Here is what my partner and I have agreed and we think it works well. If I call 1NT and she has less than 10 HCP she would pass, unless she has 6 or more in one suit when she would upgrade the HCP by 3, so respond on 7 HCP plus. Remember you, as the opener must have at least 2 cards in that suit, thus you have at least 8 between you if your partner has 6.

Rebids after a red suit transfers to hearts or spades So how should my partner bid second round once I have confirmed 2 hearts or 2 spades? With 10 HCP or less she should pass. With 11-12 HCP she should invite to game in the agreed suit at the 3 level. With 13 plus HCP she should bid to game at the 4 level. South Cotswold`s Bridge normally play duplicate in Tetbury at 1.45 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Christs Church, in the Chipping and on Fridays at Minchinhampton Golf Club starting at 10 am. However we expect to be in lockdown for bridge for some time. Even if you use a very 130208 GLC Williams


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If my partner has at least 10 HCP points and one or more four-card major suits she would call 2 clubs (Stayman), which is forcing. If she has a five-card major suit and 10-19 HCP she would use a red card transfer (forcing). Thus “two diamonds” is a transfer to hearts and “two hearts” is a transfer to two spades. So far this is pretty standard stuff…but we now have two spades as an irrelevant call. Here systems vary. We like to use a 2 spades response to mean that my partner has one or two five-card minors and 10-19 HCP.


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Declarers Rebids All these responses are forcing. If my partner has responded 2 clubs = Stayman then I bid my best four card major. (If I do not have a four card major I must bid 2 diamonds, even with weak diamonds) If my partner has bid 2 diamonds = transfer to hearts I must confirm 2 hearts. If she has bid 2 hearts = transfer to spades I must confirm 2 spades. If she bids 2 spades = she has one or two minor five-card suits and then I can bid naturally. Note that with all these options we are still at the two level, nice and low able to settle for 3NT or a suit.

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