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September 2018

What’s On in and around Malmesbury

Issue 120

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Heritage Open Days

Athelstan Museum Opens The Moravian Church After Restoration

Eye Can Write Jonathan Bryan’s Profound Story


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To September’s Edition It’s September and back to school! It’s also time for my favourite blackberry and apple crumble! A few new businesses featured this month, so be sure to flick through and support them. Cotswold Coffee Roasters have a great offer for new customers and Photography by Sally-Anne tell us a little about what they can provide. Speaking of great offers we have a one off special offer of 25% off and the chance to win a years free advertising (T&C’s apply) all to celebrate Malmesbury Connections 10th Anniversary issue.

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Are you running the risk of outliving your savings? In a world of low interest rates, ever-changing legislation and increasing life expectancy, Nathan Ind Financial Planning offers some useful guidance on retirement planning.


igures published in The Pensions Regulator in July 2017 reveal that the proportion of individuals who forgo advice and take a ‘DIY’ approach to managing their pension pot in retirement has risen from 5% to 30% following the introduction of pension freedoms legislation in 2015.1

Indeed, concerns continue to grow for those who choose to draw on their pension savings without taking advice. Drawdown demands a different mindset to that needed by those who retire with an annuity, as it requires individuals to plan their own investment strategy and ensure that withdrawals are sustainable. And while the majority are taking a sensible approach, the minority are withdrawing pension funds at rates that would see their money run out in a decade or less, if they are reliant on it as their main source of income. And if they’re relying solely on the state pension to see them through their later years, they will have to accept that their standard of living is going to drop significantly. The State Pension provides a limited income (currently £164.35 for a single person, per week, based on a full NI record), which falls drastically short of what is really needed to fund a

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Wealth Preservation Surgeries are being held, strictly by appointment only, on 28 September at the The Old Bell, Malmesbury, SN16 0BW from 10.00am to 6.00pm. All surgeries last approximately 40 minutes and are held in the strictest confidence without obligation. Call 01666 824646 to book an appointment or request more information including your complimentary guide to retirement planning. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than the amount invested. An investment in equities does not provide the security of capital associated with a deposit account with a bank or building society. The levels and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation can change at any time and are generally dependent on individual circumstances. 1

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Eye Can Write : Jonathan Bryan’s profound story Eye Can Write is as mezmerising as it is thought provoking and challenging. Never mind the author’s ability to make words dance across the page, the story of Jonathan Bryan forces the reader to question their own perceptions of disability. We are all taught that appearances can be deceiving, but Jonathan teaches us not to limit the physically disabled persons abilities to our expectations of them. Without giving too much of the story away, Jonathan is a 12 year old who attends Malmesbury Secondary School. The positive view he has of the world is inspirational concidering the enormous challenges he has faced throughout his short life. Perhaps it was the long time he spent unable to communicate that gave him such a deep understanding of what it is to live, that exceeds most of our own. His achievements and the legacy he has created are truly exceptional. However, this is not only a story of Jonathan. It is also a story of a mother’s love and of a teacher’s instinct, without which we all would have missed out on all Jonathan has to offer. Eye Can Write is a must read for this summer for young and old. Echo is an independent catering business offering simply delicious food. WEDDINGS DINNER PARTIES HOT & COLD BUFFETS CANAPES CORPORATE EVENTS BARBEQUES FUNERAL TEAS PRIVATE DINING

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Heritage Open Days: 6th - 9th and 13th - 16th September In 1991, the Council of Europe and the European Commission set up European Heritage Days to encourage the appreciation and protection of Europe’s diverse cultural assets. They wanted to throw open the doors to historic monuments and buildings, particularly those normally closed to the public. Today, Heritage Open Days are held in September in 50 countries. England’s Heritage Open Days have grown into England’s largest heritage festival, with over 5,000 events held annually, including exclusive openings and family-friendly activities. This year, for the first time, the festival will take place on two consecutive weekends. It will also mark the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act with ‘Extraordinary

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Malmesbury’s First World Memorials Malmesbury Town Council, Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9BZ A guided walk to visit all but one of the town’s memorials and some graves. A walk starting at Malmesbury Town Hall via Moravian Churchyard, Abbey, Triangle, United Reformed Church and finishing at the Cemetery, Tetbury Hill. More than 7

Memorials will be examined, their history explained and a number of war graves visited. Opening Times Friday 7 September: Tour 1400 Saturday 8 September: Tour 1015 Booking Details No booking required Access Although those with restricted mobility will be welcomed the walk uses narrow pavements (Abbey Row

& Gloucester Road) and busy roads have to be crossed. The first part of the tour as far as the Abbey is more accessible. Additional Information Max 25 people per tour/session. Walk takes at least one and a half hours Contact for the day: Charles Vernon 01666 824376 Organised by Malmesbury Civic Trust

Athelstan Museum opens the Moravian Church Malmesbury Moravian Church, Oxford Street, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9AX Athelstan Museum has been working on restoring and converting the Moravian Church in Oxford Street Malmesbury. Now for the first time the finished building is open to the public.

Last year we opened the derelict Moravian church in Malmesbury as part of the Heritage Weekend. This year we have finished restoring and converting it to further the work of the museum and for use by the community. Although we have made changes we feel the building still reflects its heritage. Do you? Come and see!

Members of the Friends of Athelstan Museum will be on hand to chat and answer any questions. Opening Times Saturday 15 September: 1030-1630 Sunday 16 September: 1030-1630 Booking Details No booking required Athelstan Museum 01666829258 http//

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Local Travel Agent is Best in Britain Local Travel Agent Miles Morgan travel were crowned the best in the whole of the UK at a glitzy awards ceremony in London last week. The agent with a shop in Malmesbury had its most successful night ever, with a total of three awards at the premier travel award night of the year. Managing Director Miles Morgan received an “Outstanding Contribution to the Travel Industry” award in recognition of not only the success of Miles Morgan Travel, but also his work for the industry as a whole - including being a board member of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents). The company then won the Best Travel Agent for the South West and Wales for an unprecedented 3rd year before their major accolade, Best Travel Agent in the UK. MD Miles Morgan said “I was totally overwhelmed, we beat TUI, Thomas Cook, Trailfinders, Flight Centre, the list goes on. These companies are much more established than us and certainly have a lot more shops.” Morgan put the success down to his staff: “I am so proud of the staff at Miles Morgan Travel, their knowledge is exceptional but their genuine interest in looking after our customers and their holidays is what sets us apart from the others.” Your local service for Wills, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney and other legal needs.

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Um, sorry, but why are we Brits so polite? by Kate McLelland “Err … excuse me, sorry, but … um, I’m afraid you’re standing on my foot.” The British have politeness written into their DNA. Nowhere else in the world will you find people so ready to put up with discomfort rather than be considered pushy or rude.

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Men, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention discuss and seek help for mental health issues are two major reasons why their life expectancy remains lower than women’s.

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The biggest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt. Although suicide is often clearly linked to mental disorders and alcohol abuse, many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis: a trauma, relationship break-up, financial problems or chronic pain and illness that suddenly overwhelms us. Conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, loss and a sense of isolation are also risk factors and rates are high amongst marginalised groups, e.g. refugees, migrants, prisoners and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. So how can we help to prevent suicide, both as individuals and a society?

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• Encourage others (especially men) to express their feelings and seek help with mental health issues, and increase awareness of the dangers of alcohol and its misuse. Suicide is preventable, says The British Psychological Society. “Early identification and effective action can get people the care they need.” Depression and alcohol-related disorders must be identified and treated swiftly.

• Pay closer attention to those around us. Many suicide victims reportedly seemed ‘fine’ just days or even hours before ending their lives. We must look out for warning signs and, on a practical level, remove (as far as possible) the means for attempting suicide from those we fear are at risk. If you are struggling with a crisis or a mental health issue, do get help. It may feel like your pain will never end, but things can get better. In his book Reasons to Stay Alive, depression sufferer and bestselling author Matt Haig reminds us that depression may seem vast, but it’s always smaller than us. “It operates within you; you do not operate within it. It may be a dark cloud passing across the sky, but… you are the sky.

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MALMESBURY JOINS IN NATIONAL RECOGNITION OF BABY LOSS On Saturday the 8th September 2018 at 3.30pm, Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire will hold the ninth in a set of national remembrance services for people who have experienced baby loss, whether during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. Nearly 20 services will be held around the UK, allowing bereaved parents, families and friends to join together in acknowledging and remembering babies that have gone too soon. The services are organised by The Mariposa Trust, which held its first service in 2012, and celebrated its 100th service at the end of 2017 in Westminster, London. The charity now provides support that reaches over 50,000 people each week through it’s 6 divisions offering support through baby loss, pregnancy after baby loss, fertility, adoption and more. The charity was founded by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who sadly suffered the loss of 5 babies. They saw that there was an extreme lack of support available to parents like them, and so decided to start the ‘Saying Goodbye’ services. Now 5 years on, the charity holds Cathedral services in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France and the US, and is looking to expand these further in 2018 and beyond. Sadly baby loss affects around 1 in 4 pregnancies each year in the UK, with nearly 700 babies lost each day. 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. The services allow people to stand with others who have experienced the similar trauma of baby loss, and collectively acknowledge and remember each life lost. The services are open to people of faith or no faith, whether people have lost recently or decades ago, and welcome not only parents, but also the extended family and friends. The services are uplifting and moving events filled with music, poems, acts of remembrance and more, and have been attended by countless thousands of people, who have found healing and solace by attending. One of the many attendees said this about her experience of attending a service: “The Saying Goodbye service gave me the time and space to formally recognise all of my babies and the experience of being with people who just knew how it felt was a real strength. The loss of a baby by miscarriage is never formally recognised by ceremony - no funeral service is held, no date is noted, no names are recorded. As I stood with other parents and proudly rang the bell for my 14 babies, I felt unbearable sadness but also a great privilege in being able to properly celebrate their existence. For the first time ever I felt my tears of grief, loss and love were allowed, shared and understood.” Zoe Clark-Coates commented “We invite anyone who has gone through or been affected by baby loss, to join us for this special event. Come and join with others who have been through a similar expereince, in remembering

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10 Series pivot door and inline panel with side panel, from £1,863.70, Merlyn Showering: 00 353 56 779 15555; Pure and simple or luxuriously ornate, your bathroom can be a practical and indulgent haven. When planning a bathroom, practicalities must come first, but with thought and inspiration from books, magazines and websites, you can create a room that reflects your style as well as being warm and welcoming, clean and calm. Think about who will use the room, how often and when, and consider the fittings you want. Sketch the room to scale on squared paper, indicating the positions of windows, doors, radiators and pipes, and allow generous space to move around in. Avoid moving pipes if possible to reduce installation costs. Plan out the electrics, marking the position of light fittings (which must be wetrated) and perhaps a shaver socket/toothbrush charger. Shallow false walls can hide cables and pipework, while underfloor heating frees up wall space as no radiator is needed. Finally, work out what is possible given your budget and available space. Bathroom fittings come in a multitude of styles and prices, but simplicity is often best; if on a tight budget, invest most in moving parts such as shower doors and taps. Include plenty of free-

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History’s Most Famous Hybrids

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by Kate Duggan Vox Nest Kids Cabin Bed, £695 from Kids’ bedrooms have to tick a lot of boxes. They need to provide plenty of storage space for toys, clothes, books and games, plus a bed and enough space to play. That can be challenging when a room is roughly the size of a broom cupboard, but it can be done… BEDS WITH STORAGE When you don’t have much floor space, the key is to make the most of the space you have vertically. Mid and high-sleepers and cabin beds are ideal for smaller bedrooms. Sleepers tend to be bed frames with taller legs. They often come with furniture that fits underneath, or you can add your own. Cabin beds typically have more built-in storage. This Vox Nest Kids Cabin Bed is fully customisable. The frame is £695 from www.cuckooland. com, which includes some shelves, and you can add organisers, pull-out drawers, a desk, pull-out wardrobe and more. Budget-friendly cabin beds can be picked up from www. and N&N Furniture Bargains on Facebook.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS Children’s clothes usually don’t need that much hanging space, so the bottom of wardrobes is often wasted or used as a dumping ground. If you’re buying new, look for a wardrobe that includes shelves or drawers. If you already have a wardrobe, see whether you can fit an extra rail, squeeze in a small cupboard or add some large storage bags or boxes. Don’t have space for a standard wardrobe? Built-in wardrobes can be expensive, but simple hanging rails can often be fitted into alcoves quite easily. They start from just a few pounds in Ikea. If you’re struggling to fit everything in, vacuum pack seasonal clothes to store in the loft until they’re needed.

Try to utilise wasted space as much as possible. For a start, add a hanging organiser to the back of the bedroom door. While they’re often designed for shoes, they’re perfect for dolls, action figures and teddies, or socks, tights, pants and vests. You could also look at fitting a shelf above Lots of beds are available as a the door to store games that don’t get ‘shorty’. These are shorter than normal beds and will usually fit a child used very often. up until age ten or eleven. In a small room, every item of furniture really needs to pull its


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Get your child’s next computer for less From clothes to computers, the cost of sending your offspring to school, college or university seems to increase every day. So how can you be sure you’re not spending more on technology than you need to? The trick is to get the maximum bang for every buck – and sometimes that means avoiding false economies. A cheap laptop may save you a few pounds now, but it might not be able to cope with everything your child needs it to do; for example, a Chromebook laptop may be ultra-cheap but if your child’s going to be using it instead of a TV its small screen isn’t going to be a lot of fun.

The sweet spot for budget laptops is around the £300 mark, and if you go much below that you’ll be cutting corners. It’s often a better idea to shop around for a second hand laptop on Gumtree or eBay (if you’re careful: stick to reputable sellers and make sure you follow the buyer protection policy so you’re protected against any shenanigans) – a powerful laptop that’s been well looked after for a year or two may be a better buy than a brand new, super-cheap laptop. That’s particularly true of Apple laptops. The cheapest Apple laptop, the MacBook Air, is currently £949 and isn’t particularly powerful. If you’re considering any Apple device, the first thing to do is to investigate whether your child qualifies for an education discount


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( If you or your child qualify, the discounts can be significant.

Another option is to consider a refurbished Mac. Refurbished computers are computers that have been sold and then returned. Sometimes that’s because of a fault that has since been corrected or because a customer simply changed their mind; sometimes it’s because the laptop was leased to a company and returned after the lease period is up. Whatever the reason, it can’t be sold as new. That can mean good discounts even on fairly new computers.

It’s important to understand the key differences between new and refurbished computers. They ship without faults but may have damaged or missing packaging, and they may have light cosmetic damage on their case. The warranty is much shorter, and any AppleCare insurance you take out will run out on the anniversary of the date the Mac was first sold, not the date you acquired it – so for example you won’t be able to buy AppleCare for a refurbished Mac that’s three years old.

As you’d expect, the older the Mac the bigger the discount – and if you’re a confident eBay buyer you can save even more. For example, at the time of writing a reputable eBay seller is offering a refurbished late 2014 MacBook Pro with 13” Retina display for £650. That’s a lot of money, of course. But the current 13” MacBook Pro starts at £1,249 and the refurbished one is good for several years yet.

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Moviola @ Grittleton Village Hall Wednesday September 26th

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [12A] The story begins in 1946 London, where we meet Juliet Ashton (Lily James), who is looking for something serious about which to write. Flashback sequences reveal that Juliet is working at resolving some of her own past issues. An unexpected letter; a curiously named book club; a remote location and a pig farmer are the triggers that entice her to set sail for Guernsey, leaving behind a book signing tour and an American fiancé (Glen Powell), who has swept her off her feet. Also starring Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay and Matthew Goode. Tickets £6 adults from Lesley on 01249 783157 or email [underscore between l and p] Doors open 7pm, programme starts at 7.30pm Future dates for your diary Wednesdays October 31st Journey’s End November 28th On Chesil Beach



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Westonbirt Arboretum Great Oak Hall Saturday 29 September – Sunday 8 October 2018 10 am – 4 pm After a year’s absence, the Eeles family of potters return for another exciting show of their wide range of handmade ceramics. All the pots are individually decorated with a variety of slips, glazes and colours that are prepared by themselves, with extensive testing and firing, to produce the complete range of textures and patterns that makes the Eeles pottery so sought after. They are joined by two local artists, Gill Ashley and Jenny Riley. Gill works in acrylics, oil and watercolour, taking the subject matter as her inspiration for the style of representation. She has work in Canada, USA, Australia and Europe. Jenny paints mainly landscapes in a variety of media and also takes commissions for animal portraits. You can usually see more of their work at The Angel, High Street, Sherston, Wiltshire SN16 0LH and book a meal at the same time! Contact gill.ashley1@btinternet 01666 840993 or 01666 840682 for further information.

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September

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10.00 am until 5.00 pm Part of the display this year will be paintings to commemorate 100 years of the RAF Entrance is free!!! There will be work in progress tables with members to answer any questions and show “Tricks of the Trade” in various media. Also plenty of opportunity for visitors to have a go.


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In and Around Malme Sunday Lunch Club every 4th Sunday of the month in the Kings Arms call Ellen on 07557 922020, transport can be arranged. ----------------------------------------------------------Every first Sunday in the month Malmesbury River Valleys Trust hold working parties at Conygre Meade Nature Reserve at the end of Station Yard from 10am until Midday. For more details contact Frances 01666 823276 --------------------------------------------------------------Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday - Nordic Walking 9.45-11am in Malmesbury. Contact 07752567959 Every Monday & Thursday - Nordic Walking 7-8.15pm in Malmesbury. Contact 07752567959 Every Thursday Nordic Walking 9.45 to 11am in a local village contact 077525679 or Every Saturday - Nordic Walking 9-10.15am in Malmesbury. Contact 07752567959 ----------------------------------------------------Every Tuesday and Thursday - 7.30pm Tues 2.30pm Thurs, Crudwell Short Mat Bowls - bring flat shoes, we have the woods - Crudwell Village Hall ----------------------------------------------------Every Monday - 7.30pm Hullavington Short Mat Bowls. Bring flat shoes, woods provided, Hullavington Village Hall, all welcome, details from Pat 01666 838 646 ............................................... - 7:30pm Lea Short Mat Bowls Club. Need flat shoes, we have everything else, Lea village Hall. Call 01666 840 941 ............................................... - 1.00-3.30pm Malmesbury Monday Club. For the benefit of physically handicapped and elderly, residents of Malmesbury. Transport can be arranged in the immediate area. Contact 01666 824 351 ............................................... Malmesbury Singers rehearse from 7:30-9:15pm, Malmesbury Abbey. Two major concerts a year in the Abbey, one at Christmas, the other just before Easter. New members welcome, ------------------------------------------------------------------Every Monday 10am to 1pm Wiltshire Mind is a totally self funding Charity that provides a peer support group in Malmesbury. Where people who have/ are suffering from a mental health issue can meet in a safe environment, talk and make new friends. The group is facilitated by a qualified centre manager. The group meets at the Warden & Freeman Corporate Lower Office, 1 Market Lane, Malmesbury, SN16 9BQ. There is a small charge of £2 per week to cover the cost of the venue hire and refreshments. If you need any further information please call 01225 706532 or email: ------------------------------------------------------------------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 ---------------------------------------------------------------Mondays Alzheimer’s Support is launching a new art group at Lyneham Village Hall in November. The group will be held fortnightly on Mondays between 2pm and 3.30pm and is designed for people living with dementia and their families and carers to enjoy together. The group will be run by artist Fran Young and organised by Pam Ollis. Call Pam on 01380 739055 for more information.www. --------------------------------------------------------Malmesbury Library events are as follows: Every Tuesday 10.30 – 11 Baby Rhyme Time -A great way to introduce your little one to the library. Bouncing, clapping and nursery rhymes for babies and non-walkers. No need to book, just drop in. Every Friday 10.30 – 11 Toddler Time Action songs and rhymes for toddlers and walkers. No need to book, just drop in, Call the library for more information, 01666 823611 ----------------------------------------------------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 Secretary Judith Plevin on 01666 822928 ---------------------------------------------------------------Every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm till 9:00pm, Oaksey senior youth club meets


at Oaksey village hall, for lots of fun acti com for more info. --------------------------------------------------------------Every Tuesday (term time) Junction 17 R recorders of all sizes. Hullavington Church contact or problem we could omit the e-mail address -------------------------------------------------------Most Tuesdays - The Activity Zone 12.30-1 Sandwich lunch (£3) followed by board gam speaker. Occasionally we travel to enjoy a m Call Rhiannon Parry on 01666 823 339 ----------------------------------------------------Every 3rd Wednesday - North Wiltshire Vi 7.30pm Contact Margaret on 01285770639 ----------------------------------------------------Every second Wednesday - an open mee Malmesbury Town Hall from 2-4pm. All are chat to members.Other events advertised ------------------------------------------------------Wednesday Malmesbury gentle bridge from 9.45am at want to gain more experience in duplicate Sharp 01666 823568 keithandelainesharp ----------------------------------------------------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 Friday Malmesbury Concert Band – group who rehearse on Friday evenings in We perform at local Bandstands, and publ or email m ------------------------------------------------------Every Tuesday - North Wilts Chicks with Free, but refreshments to be purchased -------------------------------------------------------Most Wednesdays - Crochet Tuition at page ---------------------------------------------------Thursday Evenings 7.45 to 9.15pm at th bury Morris practice sessions. All Welco -------------------------------------------------------Thursdays Malmesbury Netball Club: W with a coach each Thursday 7 to 8 at the members are most welcome. ----------------------------------------------------Thursdays The Rise Trust Breastfeeding Su side Community Centre ------------------------------------------------------Sundays Writers Group ‘Malmesbury W ginners to published authors. Our friend environment in all aspects of writing. W call Felicia on 07928 104228 -----------------------------------------------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

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What’s On? Lane from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. If you’re interested, pop in for a chat to see us making lace or contact Doreen Campbell on 01666 823256. -----------------------------------------------------------Monday & Thursday Malmesbury Bridge Club for details please contact Carol Paton ---------------------------------------------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. -------------------------------------------------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 -------------------------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 Elaine Sharpe on 01666 823568 or ------------------------------------------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 ------------------------------------------New Gardening Café Alzheimer’s Support is launching a new Gardening Café at Malmesbury Garden Centre for people living with dementia and their carers. The group will feature tea, coffee and cake and a short talk that will include gardening themed tips, tricks and techniques. The Group will be held at 2pm on the first Monday of every month beginning in the new year. Contact Pam Ollis to find out more details on 01380 739055 or ------------------------------------------------Carer Support Wiltshire -Do you look after someone and would you like some support? A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who could not always manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse. Carer Support Wiltshire can offer you information, advice, emotional support, opportunities for training, breaks and a voice as a carer. We also organise numerous activities in the Malmesbury area including a Carers Group and a Carers Café. Please contact us on Freephone 0800 181 4118 or via for further information. (New) Malmesbury Support Group Venue: Burnham Court, Burnham Road, Malmesbury, SN16 0BH Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm Dates: , 28th August, 25th September Malmesbury Carers Café Venue: The Old Bell Hotel & Restaurant, Abbey Row, Malmesbury SN16 OAG Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm Dates: 23rd August, 27th September --------------------------------------------------Monday 10th September Malmesbury Garden Club present a talk by Margie Hoffnung, Rosemary Verey 1918-2001 Her contribution and legacy to 20th century gardening For details contact 01666 823093 ----------------------------------------------------Monday 8th October Talk by Lois Philips on green manures, catch crops and cover crops Charlton Village Hall 7pm. Contact 01666 823093 for details --------------------------------------------------------Every Tuesday 2pm-4pm Friends in Grief (FIG) A community based drop-in service where all people who are bereaved are welcome, where you can talk with others who may be experiencing similar thoughts and feelings, in an informal and supportive setting. While we recognise that grief is something we will all encounter at some point in our lives, when someone close to us has died we are often left feeling lost and alone. Having a place to go to for support can be helpful. • Free of charge and no need to book, just come along• Riverside Community Centre Gloucester Road, Malmesbury SN16 9JS Registered Charity 275745 | 201-2018

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