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What! a fantastic competition we have for you this month – a wonderful solid oak table and four stylish chairs worth £479 courtesy of What! Store. The Eastern Avenue company is celebrating it’s first anniversary and has proven to be a great success story for Gloucester. They’ve made a point of employing local people and are delivering a huge range of products to their customers at extremely affordable prices. This month they are focusing on all you need for your pets and garden – see centre pages. We’ve also got our regular competition courtesy of Gloucester Rugby. This month is a chance to win tickets to watch the Cherry & Whites take on Saracens in their last home Aviva Premiership fixture. Our cover this month features students from the National Star College at Ullenwood. With others, they’ve already won the regional competition stage for a new TV show hosted by Carol Vorderman and Loyd Grossman – Food Glorious Food. Read all about ‘Star Bistro’ on page 5. ‘Indian Salmon’ is this month’s delicious dish – see how easy it is to prepare on page 9. If you don’t fancy cooking yourself a treat, why not pop out to one of our fabulous restaurants for some total indulgence? In ‘Homes & Gardens’ we have numerous ideas for this time of year – from help with your Spring clean to lots of trades and services to maintain and improve your home.

Contents Food & Entertainment Health & Beauty Delicious Dishes Leader’s Life Vouchers What’s On Gloucester Rugby Did You Know? Homes & Gardens In the Garden Professional Services People First Policing Index of Advertisers Competition Winners/Rules

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Star Students in TV semi-finals Four Cheltenham students are through to the semi-finals of a TV national cookery competition. The team from Star Bistro at National Star College won their regional heat on the new ITV series ‘Food Glorious Food’ which will be aired at 8pm on Wednesday 10th April. The show is hosted by Loyd Grossman and Carol Vorderman, and Star Bistro team’s ‘Star Pimm’s Summer Jelly’ won the favour of the judges which include Stacie Stewart, Anne Harrison and Tom Parker Bowles. Stacie said the jelly was “absolute perfection – it’s all a beautiful taste of summer and the orange sauce is the taste of the show.” Students Georgina Ivins (18), Rachel Janes (20), Tristan Blick (19), and former student Joe Cook are now preparing for the semi-finals which take place this month. The winner of the series will collect £20,000 and have their dish produced and sold by Marks & Spencer. Along with bistro and college staff, the students recently watched the show in which they won their regional heat at a celebration dinner at the Hotel du Vin. Their Star Pimm’s Summer Jelly is on the menu at Star Tristan Blick adds the finishing touches. Bistro and they hope people

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Fantastic Music Events at Café René Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival

The R&B flag for the 2013 Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival will again be flown by Café René – the perfect place for this prestigious summer event with its combination of a fabulous indoor venue plus an outdoor stage in a natural amphitheatre at Greyfriars. Now in its eleventh year, the Festival starts its exciting week of musical fulfilment on Monday 29th July with top toe-tapping Rhythm and Blues musicians and bands entertaining audiences for seven days. Café René are proud to announce how their weekend line up is looking so far: Saturday 3rd August kicks off with Damon T, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Gotcha, Land of Giants, The Infinite Collective and the mighty John Fairhurst to headline this fantastic Saturday feast of music.

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Sunday 4th August will be opened by Jake Watson followed by The Lawrence Jones Band, The Worried Men, Innes Sibun, Aynsley Lister and, widely recognised as one of the finest Blues singers, Connie Lush. The grand weekend finale not only has superb musical content but more entertainment throughout Saturday and Sunday can be enjoyed with face painting for the children whilst ‘grown ups’ only can experience the Café René ‘Real Ale & Cider Festival’. Supplement your hunger with a pig roast or the famous ‘René BBQ’. Each year the festival is FREE for all to enjoy. Throughout the week Café René help raise money through various fundraising activities for a well deserving cause (to be announced) – last year the sum raised was £2310.15 for Macmillan Cancer Support and they are always keen to better their fundraising efforts year on year, so please take some sheckles for the charity buckets.

2-11pm Saturday 25th May 2013 On Saturday 25th May 2013 Café René will once again be hosting the free charity inner-city festival – Rene:Gade Festival. Now in it’s fourth year, it has gone from strength to strength, becoming a date for people to remember, and a much loved event supported by the local music scene and its bands. 2012 saw the introduction of the ‘Man V Heat’ Chilli eating competition as a midway break in the festival, and it was a massive success. Surprisingly there was no shortage of participants, who were willing to pit their senses against Café René’s chilli, resulting in a head to head where two contestants bravely (or stupidly) took joint first place after a raw chilli eating round. Each year Café René also have an outside bar and their famous

René BBQ keeping festival goers full and refreshed throughout the day. Running from 2-11pm, it is a full day of live music and it’s free! All that Café René ask is that people donate whatever spare coins they have to the chosen charity (to be announced). This year some incredible bands will be playing – KSH and The Going Goods, Emmett Brown, Swift Manouver, 6Fears7, Prime Position & Blatantlee Sly, The Beat Harlows – and many more are being arranged. Café René are really looking forward to hosting the bands – after all, what’s better than music, friends, food and (hopefully) a bit of sunshine! The event is open to all ages until 7pm provided minors are accompanied by a responsible adult, parent or guardian at all times.

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The Local Answer Event Listings are compiled and presented in good faith with the kind support of many contributors. We recommend you use the contact details provided to check event information updates prior to planning your visit. UNTIL 7 APRIL EASTER HOLIDAY FUN Crafts, Easter trail, Angell Pets and cruises on the canal. Gloucester Waterways Museum, Gloucester Docks GL1 2EH. 01452 318200 for more information. www.gloucesterwaterwaysmuseum.org.uk. 1-7 APRIL HENRY’S EASTER ADVENTURE AT OVER FARM Meet Henry and help the Easter Bunny search for Easter Eggs by trail and tractor ride. Duck racing, fun fair. No need to book. www.overfarmmarket.co.uk. 3 APRIL LEWIS CREAVEN BAND Superb live rock/blues. Cafe René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. 4 APRIL ’ALLO ’ALLO – 10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY AT CAFÉ RENÉ Join the birthday celebrations with a French flavour at Café René. Way Out West will be performing songs as far back as the sixties from 9pm. Complimentary frogs legs, snails, French cocktails and onion bobbing. Fancy dress a must! René BBQ until 11pm. 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. PSYCHIC DONNA As featured on ‘Living TV’ with no tricks or ear pieces she has taken the psychic world by storm. Tickets on sale now from www.thecapitalvenue.com or 01452 223214.

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ALED JONES CATHEDRAL TOUR The singing sensation and presenter will be embarking on a countrywide tour, gracing Gloucester Cathedral for one night only and featuring the Gloucester Cathedral Choristers. Tickets from £35. 01452 528095. 5 APRIL HOWLIN LORD Rock ’n’ roll folk music at Cafe René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. 6 APRIL PRO EVOLUTION WRESTLING Live wrestling at The Capital Venue, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester GL2 2FN. Tel: 01452 223 214. Visit www.thecapitalvenue.com for details. VINTAGE & CRAFT FAIR Hels Belles Boutique present a vintage and craft fair at Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2HN. Live entertainment in the gardens. 10am-5pm.

6 & 17 APRIL FLEA MARKET In aid of Battledown Ward and Glos Royal Children’s ward. Tewkesbury Town Hall 10am-3pm. Refreshments available. Jeanne 07986 849306. Free entry. 7 APRIL PRESCOTT BIKE FESTIVAL A fantastic day for all bike enthusiasts and family fun fans. Large display of historic, modern and race bikes. Venue: Prescott Speed Hill Climb, gates open 8am, action starts at 10am. Advance tickets £12. Run the Hill tickets cost £35 free of charge for bikes. 01285 657412. www.prescottbikefestival.co.uk.

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Psychic Donna will AmazeYou!

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7 APRIL FOLKLAW New age folk music. Cafe René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. 12 APRIL SKEW WHIFF Agricultural cidercore. Cafe René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. 14 APRIL PROMISES WEDDING SHOW Catwalk show, demonstrations and live entertainment. Over 50 exhibitors. Sunday lunch available. Free entry and goodie bag. Cheltenham Park Hotel, Charlton Kings. For more details contact 01242 222021 or visit jjtevents.co.uk/wedding-show. 17 APRIL MATT WOOSEY Supported by Damon-T and Jake Watson. Acoustic blues at Cafe René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. 19 APRIL LAND OF THE GIANTS Ska, rock & skanking horns at Cafe René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. 20 APRIL SPRING FAYRE Large variety of stalls and activities for adults and children. Free entry. 2-5pm at Quedgeley Community Centre at the top of School Lane. In aid of Parkinsons UK and Gloucester Support Group. 01452 539138.

21 APRIL TUDOR FUN DAY AT SUDELEY

The popular Tudor Fun Days are returning for more family fun with Tudor characters, falconry, circus workshops, have-a-go archery and lots more. 10.30am-4.30pm. Entrance fee only. www.sudeleycastle.co.uk. 24 APRIL LIVE @ GLOS ACOUSTIC NIGHT Local Acoustic talent showcase at Cafe René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. 25-28 APRIL SPRING GRAND SALE Grab yourself a bargain at the hugely popular Spring Grand Sale at Sudeley Castle from 9.30am-5.30pm (4.30pm Sunday). Visit www.sudeleycastle.co.uk. 26 APRIL COMEDY NIGHT AT KINGSHOLM Gloucester Rugby will be hosting its everpopular comedy night in the 1873 suite. Four hand picked comedians from across the country will line up with local boy Nik

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Hill on compere duty. Happy hour until 8pm. Tickets costs £6 in advance or £7 on the door. 0871 871 8781. www.kingsholmvenues.co.uk. THOMAS FORD Guitar and harmonica blues at Cafe René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. HAVE A GO DAYS Clay shooting, archery and air rifles at Prescott Shooting. 01242 673542 07921 951477. www.prescottshooting.com. 27-28 APRIL HIGHNAM COURT SPRING REVIEW Light lunches, afternoon teas, music on the lawn and garden related stalls raising funds for The Pied Piper Appeal. 10.30am-5pm, Adults £5, children free. Highnam Court, Highnam, Gloucester GL2 8DP. WARTIME IN THE COTSWOLDS A nostalgic, light-hearted wartime weekend travelling by steam train between Cheltenham Racecourse and Toddington. Family entertainment including wartime songs, civilian vehicles, model railway. Why not dress in period costume? Gates open 9.30am both days. Tickets: Adult £18, child £10, family £55. www.gwsr.com. 28 APRIL ‘WHEEL NUTS’ MOTOR SHOW A classic and vintage motor show displaying over 400 vehicles, in the beautiful grounds of St. Rose’s School, Stroud GL5 4AP. BBQ and refreshments available throughout the day and plenty for the family to see and do. Entrance: £3.50, Concessions £2.50 Children under 16 £1.

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