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What’s On in and around Malmesbury

July 2017 Issue 106

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Summer is here. School holidays are just around the corner (see page 36 for a few ideas on keeping the children entertained) Consequently, there is so much going on this month. Don’t forget Crudwell’s Strawberry Fayre on the 7th to 9th July. Also on that weekend is the Boondock’s Festival 7th & 8th. Wiltshire Air Ambulance has launched a big challenge to local businesses to use their skills to turn £50 into £500 to help raise money for their new airbase at Semington. Are you up for the challenge? Big congratualtions to Brinkworth Dairy who have added another award to their list of accolades. Enjoy the summer!

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MALMESBURY LEAGUE OF FRIENDS ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN David Hide has been elected as the chairman of Malmesbury League of Friends (MLOF) in succession to Robin Clark. At their recent AGM, Alison Lewis was elected as vice-chair, with David Rutherford continuing as treasurer, and Wendy Harris elected as secretary. Robin Clark has retired after over 50 years as a trustee and 20 years as chairman. He commented: “ Over that time, there have been many changes both in Malmesbury and to the League. When I took over as chairman, our funds were modest and we had a hospital which always needed our help. So we were constantly fund raising. Recent generous legacies have strengthened our financial position and enabled us to make some substantial donations to both charitable organisations and individuals.” David Hide, who was vice chairman, has been a trustee for five years. He has lived in Malmesbury for over 40 years and is a former chairman of Malmesbury Tennis Club, where he still plays regularly, and a member of Malmesbury Concert Band. He ran his own public relations consultancy in the town until his retirement five years ago.


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David Hide centre back with Robin Clark centre sat.

He said: “ I am greatly honoured to be elected as chairman in succession to Robin Clark, to whom MLOF owes so much. Although we no longer have our own hospital, there are still considerable demands on our funds, including the Malmesbury Primary Care Centre, Athelstan House, locally based charities and needy individuals.”

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BUSINESSES wishing to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s new airbase at Semington, near Melksham, are being challenged to use their entrepreneurial skills to transform £50 into £500.

David Philpott, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We’d like to thank Chippenham Motor Company for their generous sponsorship of our 500 Corporate Challenge. They are providing the starter funding of ÂŁ50 for each of the 50 companies who take part in the challenge.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is launching the 500 Corporate Challenge and is looking for 50 businesses to take part. The challenge runs for five months from 1 June to 31 October 2017. Each business which signs up will be given £50 to start their fundraising and must raise a minimum of £500 for the charity’s Airbase Appeal. If 50 companies achieved this it would raise a total of £25,000 towards the building and equipping of the new airbase at Outmarsh Farm, Semington.

“The 500 Corporate Challenge is a fun way for businesses to use teamwork, skills and creative flair to make a real difference in your local community and be part of a special legacy by raising funds for our Airbase Appeal.

“It’s up to you to think of innovative ways to turn the initial ÂŁ50 into ÂŁ500, provided it is safe and legal. It could include car rallies, bake offs, family fun days or black tie dinners. The challenge runs for five months Chippenham Motor Company is proudly sponsoring so if you’d like to take part please get in touch with us.â€? the 500 Corporate Challenge and has generously For more information about the 500 Corporate donated the challenge fund of ÂŁ2,500. Challenge go to support-our-appeal/500-corporate-challenge/ or email Adam Bailey, Managing Director of Chippenham Motor Company, said: “Chippenham Motor Company believe Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a vital part of the fabric of the emergency services and absolutely vital to the Wiltshire community. The new airbase is fundamental • Migraine to the future of the air ambulance service and the • Neck and back pain protection of everyone, whether they be a visitor or • Knee and hip osteoarthritis resident of the county.


“Throughout the year we will be assisting the charity to raise vital funds to keep Wiltshire Air Ambulance flying and the 500 Corporate Challenge is the cornerstone of our fundraising for the year. “The concept of providing the necessary funding to raise what we all hope will be at least ÂŁ25,000 from small to medium sized businesses was very appealing to Chippenham Motor Company. This amount of

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JOINING TOGETHER IN MALMESBURY TO REMEMBER THE 700 BABIES LOST DAILY IN THE UK When parents go through the devastating loss of a baby, whether during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, they often feel isolated and unable to process the overwhelming grief and trauma that miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal and early years loss brings. What most do not realise is that they are not alone and sadly around 700 other parents will go through the same loss each day in the UK. On Saturday the 9th of September 2017, a Saying Goodbye service will be taking place at 3.30pm at Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. This is the 92nd service that the charity has held since September 2012, and will be one of over 20 taking place this year. These uplifting and moving services filled with music, poems, acts of remembrance and more have been attended by countless thousands of people, who have found healing and solace by attending. The services though held in cathedrals and similar venues are open to anyone of any faith or no faith, are free to attend, and welcome not only individuals and couples who have been through loss, but also their extended family and friends. Children are welcome to attend, and there is no need to prebook, as the services are not ticketed events. One of the many attendees said this about her experience of attending a service:

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The reality of sudden job loss hit thousands of people in every region of the UK during the global financial crash, and although the economy is now recovering, the fact that we could suddenly lose our only source of income hasn’t gone away. If that time of financial crisis has taught us anything, it’s that we should prepare in advance for unexpected loss of income - a report from Legal and General¹ illustrates just how precarious our financial position really is: “the average household has a Deadline to the Breadline of just 29 days. For working age families it’s just 14 days.” So here are five steps that will help you become more financially resilient should the worst happen, and you find yourself without an income. 1. Understand your current financial position Only by understanding the reality of your present financial situation can sustainable changes be made. Gather together all your financial documents including bank and credit card statements, loan and credit agreements, and details of your monthly expenditure, to get a clearer picture of how job loss would affect you. 2. Prioritise and pay down debt If you consider the consequences of failing to make each debt repayment, it’ll help you decide which should take priority over others. Even


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though priority debts aren’t always the largest or most expensive, they should be paid first if the repercussions of nonpayment are serious. After that you could tackle the debts with the highest interest rates, although some people prefer to pay off the smallest loans first to provide motivation. 3. Save for an emergency fund Do you pay off debt first, or save for an emergency fund? There are two schools of thought: • The disparity between interest rates for savers and borrowers means you’ll pay more overall if you don’t repay debt first. • If you lose your job, the credit card provider may decide to reduce your credit limit, and you’ll have less money available for emergencies. Another factor to consider is the increase in identity theft that also leaves you open to potential problems, and again could reduce your access to cash when you need it most. 4. Additional income streams With so many people earning an additional income online, it may be worthwhile starting a small part-time business which would help financially if you lose your main source of income. Having a second income takes away some of the immediate pressure of job loss, even if it only covers your bills for a couple of months. If it’s flexible enough you’ll be able to work from home, and obtain the peace of mind that self-reliance

brings. 5. Network while you’re still employed It does no harm to network online or in-person while you’re still employed. Creating and nurturing professional and business relationships can mean you’re first in the queue for a new role or business opportunity should you lose your job. Use your network of friends and peers on LinkedIn and Facebook, and keep updating your profile with information about new tasks you’re taking on in your current role. Blending this with in-person networking where you get to know people better means you can find out about new projects or another company’s plans for the future. Putting a strategy in place for unexpected job loss allows you more time and freedom to choose your next move, whether that’s with another firm or entering selfemployment. ¹ advisercentre/campaigns/deadlineto-breadline-bp/report.html business-22283940

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Summer Escapes From future catastrophes to whole new worlds, this month’s reads are pure escapism.

The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave Isabella’s village is under the control of the ruthless Governor Adori, but the surrounding woods are under the control of a force even more dangerous. Isabella dreams of crossing the forest and charting the Forbidden Territories. A girl is found dead, and Isabella’s friend, Lupe, goes missing. With nothing to guide her but an ancient map, her beliefs, and her determination, Isabella sets out to rescue Lupe. This children’s book has gained rave reviews and while it lacks the depth needed to truly appeal to an adult audience, it’ll keep 9-12 year olds enthralled. Menagerie – Rachel Vincent A travelling carnival has come to town, complete with its menagerie of fantastical beings. Delilah has always thought herself human, but her reaction at the exhibits’ treatment is anything but, and she is locked away and put on display herself. Delilah befriends her fellow captives, refuses to accept her slavery and forms an uneasy alliance with one of her ‘handlers’. But is escape really an option in a world where she has fewer rights than an animal? An easy, enjoyable read, perfect for the sun lounger. A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin A boy wizard learning to control his powers, mystical lands, magical battles, dragons – this book has them all. First published in 1968, A Wizard of Earthsea tells the story of Ged – 32

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Jamie survives a virus that’s wiped out most of humanity. She’s on a planet far from home, and far from Daniel – the man she once loved. Together with the handful of other survivors she finds, Jamie sets out on the long journey across the stars back to Earth. If you’re not a sci-fi fan, don’t let that put you off. The Space Between the Stars is much more about human relationships and fragile societies than it is about space ships. This has summer bestseller written all over it.

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Love and Tartan. A few days before this, on 21st July, we welcome local singer, Josh Kumra. Also a songwriter, Josh is originally from Swindon. He has been likened to a young Ray Lamontagne, and is best known for providing the raspy vocals on Wretch 32’s UK chart topper Don’t Go. This promises to be a very fun event, with a BBQ and drinks beforehand. And later in the summer, for anyone wanting to get more hands on, we’re offering a three-day Stone Carving course with experts, Pat Way and Will Whitmore, from 11th to 13th August. Patrick was awarded the Festival award at Bristol Festival of Stone in 2013

and Will has just returned from his first year at Barcelona Academy of Art. Lifelong friends, they both have fine art backgrounds and completed stone-masonry apprenticeships in Bath Spa. You can find out about all of our upcoming events online at www. Tickets can also be purchased from Tetbury Tourist Information Centre.

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Malmesbury Childrens’ Centre 10-11.30am Play Together- stay & play group for under 5’s, then 1-2.30pm Bumps & breastfed bablies. Supportive group for breast feeding Mums and Mums to be! ------------------------------------------------------------------Every Monday Fortnight - 2-3.30pm, Malmesbury Activity Zone & Leisure Centre. Singing for the Brain for carers and people with dementia. Call 01249 443 469 ---------------------------------------------------------------Every Tuesday - 1.30-3pm Bumps to Early Walkers-baby group for up to 18 months Tel: 01666 825566 ----------------------------------------------------Every 2nd Tuesday - Charlton Village Hall, Whist Drive at 7.30pm. Call Ruby 01666822457 or Jennifer 01666 823 228 ------------------------------------------------------------Every 2nd Tuesday - Lea Womens Institute meet in Lea Village Hall at 7.30p.m with an interesting and diverse range of subjects on popular and interesting topics. We also have a full range of social events. If you would like to join us please contact the President Sally Bird on 07732 356349 ---------------------------------------------------------------Every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm till 9:00pm, Oaksey senior youth club meets at Oaksey village hall, for lots of fun activities. Please contact nicholls@oaksey. com for more info. --------------------------------------------------------------------Most Tuesdays - The Activity Zone 12.30-15.30. Malmesbury Tuesday Club. Sandwich lunch (£3) followed by board games, quiz, puzzle or a talk from a visiting speaker. Occasionally we travel to enjoy a meal. Transport can usually be arranged. Call Rhiannon Parry on 01666 823 339 ----------------------------------------------------Every Wednesday - Sherston Ladies Swimming Club, Westonbirt Leisure. £4, bring a friend, fast lane available. Contact Annabel on 01666 840 592 ----------------------------------------------------Every 3rd Wednesday - North Wiltshire Village Flower Club, Crudwell Village Hall, 7.30pm Contact Margaret on 01285770639 ----------------------------------------------------Every second Wednesday - an open meeting for Malmesbury Art Club in The Hub, Malmesbury Town Hall from 2-4pm. All are welcome to bring work in progress or chat to members.Other events advertised around the town. ------------------------------------------------------Every Friday - Malmesbury Artisan and Farmers Market 9am to 3pm in the Market Cross ----------------------------------------------------Every Monday & Thursday Malmesbury Bridge Club meets for friendly duplicate bridge, Athelstan House


Primary Care Centre, 7 pm. Contact 01453 ----------------------------------------------------Every Tuesday and Thursday - Athelstan Club Room (behind the Co-op). Adults only help back stage, new members welcome. 0 ----------------------------------------------------Every 4th Wednesday - Wiltshire Family H at 7pm each 4th Wednesday of the month necessary! Free. Contact 01666 823 982 or -------------------------------------Every Saturday - Malmesbury Branch of t on a variety of topics, both traditional and evening talks on alternate months. New m and those new to textiles. ----------------------------------------------------Every Friday Malmesbury Concert Band – look-out for brass and woodwind players ( guitar) . We are a friendly group who rehe from 7:15 – 9:15pm. We perform at local B further details Fleming, the Musical Director, on 01666 57 ------------------------------------------------------Every Tuesday - North Wilts Chicks with Free, but refreshments to be purchased -----------------------------------Most Wednesdays - Crochet Tuition at page --------------------------------

Most Thursdays - Line Dancing Group 7 £5. All welcome. Current venue: First Th Hunt, other Thursday’s in Sherston Villag ------------------------------------------------Malmesbury Netball Club: We are a frie each Thursday 7 to 8 at the Activity Zone most welcome. ----------------------------------------------------Sundays Writers Group ‘Malmesbury W ginners to published authors. Our friend environment in all aspects of writing. W call Felicia on 07928 104228 -----------------------------------------------Every Fiday at Malmesbury Library todd 11am. 01666823611 -----------------------------------------------Thursdays Historical society of Wootton month at 7:30pm in the first floor functi High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 Visitors : £3.00 Programme and general 511195 Stella Taylor 01793 852361 -------------------------------------------First Thursday of the month Sherston 01666840578 Every Friday - Malmesbury Lace Group Lane from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. If you’re int making lace or contact Doreen Campbe --------------------------------------------------------Fridays Lunchtime pilates from 1.15 to --------------------------------------------------------Fridays Malmesbury Bridge Club is runn January. There will be 21 sessions lasting lowed by six sessions of assisted play. E be a one off cost of £20 for the English B will be limited to 12 and if you think you tact Jim Edwards on jimedwards2011@h ----------------------------------------------

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Saturdays and Tuesdays The Malmesbury Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild hosts talks and workshops throughout the year on a wide range of traditional and contemporary embroidery, textiles and art. All our workshops and talks are open to visitors. For more details, email malmesburyembroiderers@, visit our blog at or contact Janice Botterill, Chair on 01249 721609. -------------------------------------------------Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Nordic Walking 9.30-10.45am in Malmesbury. Contact 07752567959 Every Monday & Thursday - Nordic Walking 7-8.15pm in Malmesbury. Contact 07752567959 ----------------------------------------------------------Hankerton History Group:- bi-monthly meetings with a speaker (local or invited with a particular topic) for the next few months. There will also be meetings of a more particular nature relating to Hankerton and these will be advertised around the village -------------------------------------------------------CALLING ALL BRIDGE PLAYERS! Malmesbury Bridge Club is looking for new members.! The Club is planning to run assisted play evenings on the second and third Thursdays of each month at 7pm at Athelstan House in Malmesbury where tea,coffee and biscuits are provided. If you think you might be interested please email the membership secretary Jim Edwards at -------------------------Malmesbury & District U3A Retired? Semi-retired? Looking for new challenges? Then why not join us? With over 400 members and 30 different interest groups, including arts & crafts, book group, history, gardening, pub lunches, dancing, theatre trips, etc. Check our website for more information: For more info contact Ann Roberts-Phare on 01666 823971 or ------------------------------------------Wednesday 26th July Moviola at Grittleton Village Hall, ‘Hidden Figures’ Doors open 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets from Lesley 01249 783157 or l_palmer@ --------------------------------------------------27th to 30th July WOMAD festival go to for details ------------------------------------------------Friday 7th July at 7.30pm Opera Brava at Rodmarton Manor La Boheme. The Marriage of Figaro Saturday 8th July at 7.30pm Box Office; 01444 443000, Online Tickets: Adults £30 before 1st June Children £10 5-16 Adults £35 after 1st June Children £10 5-16 Rodmarton Manor, Rodmarton Road, Cirencester GL7 6PF between Tetbury and Cirencester --------------------------------------------------Saturday 8th July 7.30pm Fontanella, Recorder Quintet – Malmesbury Abbey Music Society At Malmesbury Abbey, tickets £15 (£5 students) available from Abbey Bookshop (01666 824924 --------------------------------------------------Saturday 15th July 2017 Discovering William of Malmesbury, A day of fascinating talks about Malmesbury’s Great Medieval Writer with some of the World’s leading scholars Tickets for the day are £14, £10 for students Tickets are on sale from Malmesbury Abbey or online at william.eventbrite. com ----------------------------------------------------------7th & 8th July Don’t leave it too late to get your tickets! ---------------------------------------------------------7/8/9th of July Crudwell Strawberry Fayre. On the 7th at 7.30, The Dursley Male Voice Choir at Crudwell Church. Adults £8, Children £4, includes beverage. For more information visit -------------------------------------------------------LINK provides a voluntary car service for residents living in the Malmesbury area, taking those in need to medical appointments and visit sick relatives between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday 016666840861 ---------------

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