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It definitely feels like Spring is on its way! Especially with all the exciting events March has to offer. Firstly, don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday 10th March – our restaurants have some fantastic ideas for a real treat. Then of course, March is the highlight of Cheltenham Racecourse’s calendar, starting with Champion Day on the 12th, followed by Ladies Day (13th), St Patrick’s Day (14th) and the grand finale Gold Cup Day on Friday 15th. Check out our race day dining offers – the Brewery have a host of festival activities for all your pre and post race entertainment. Watch live racing on the big screen and Ladbrokes staff are just around the corner to take your bets and supply you with the latest odds. If you are dressing to impress at the races, why not visit Nikki at Extreme Lengths – she has given us an insight into the transformation achieved by using clip-ins. Whatever advice you need for your health and beauty regime we have it covered from hair, feet, gym offers and fitness walks. We have two great competitions this month – don’t forget you can now enter all of them via email or post. Win tickets to see the Vienna Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty at the Bacon Theatre, and a pair of Silver tickets in Kingholm’s Mira Showers Stand to watch Gloucester take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. With Easter fast approaching we have some delicious chocolatey treats to try your hand at in our ‘Delicious Dishes’ column, and catch up with our ‘In the Garden’ expert Julia Smith offering advice on how to get your garden ready for spring.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day!

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Contents Food & Entertainment 5 Delicious Dishes 9 Health & Beauty 13 What’s On 21 Did You Know? 28 Homes & Gardens 32 In the Garden 41 Professional Services 48 Money Matters 53 People First Policing 57 Index of Advertisers 58 Competition Winners 58 Competitions 21 & 29

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You’ll need to book in advance! PRITHVI restaurant We hadn’t heard of Prithvi until we had an invitation to sample their menu, and now it’s cemented in our memories for all the right reasons. It is a small, superb restaurant in Bath Road with simple, tasteful decor and, as one very satisfied customer described it, “fine dining at its very finest”. Proprietor Jay is extremely passionate about his restaurant and demonstrated a great pride in explaining that what we were going to eat was authentic food that he would eat at home, but with a slight twist – unlike many Indian restaurants that cook for the British palette. All the staff were very friendly and professionally trained – the service was impeccable. Any cutlery used was replaced between courses. My husband got up for a comfort break and his napkin was refolded. Water was topped up without having to ask. The table was ‘swept’ with a rolled napkin between courses. This may all sound a bit too formal to some, but we felt completely relaxed throughout due to the unobtrusive manner in which the Prithvi team performed their service. There was a pleasant wait between courses too, making for a thoroughly enjoyable evening – as Jay informed us, when you book a table, it’s yours for the whole night. This is not your typical Indian restaurant with the usual chicken/lamb tikka masalas, bhunas, kormas etc. The menu presents a select variety of dishes, all freshly prepared to order. Starters ranged from £4.90-£7.90 and mains from £7.90-£13.90, or you can choose to have the ‘Tour of

Prithvi’ which Jay recommended to us. This was five sumptuous, beautifully presented courses starting with an Amuse Bouche followed by Chingri Puri-Tiger Prawns. We then savoured the Machli-Tandoor Roasted Salmon which we all raved about and just wanted to eat over and over again, before moving on to the Nargil Duck (braised breast of duck with a cumin and honey crust) which just melted in your mouth and was served with an individual pot of coconut rice. Next up was Kadhu Lamb – slow cooked lamb on a bed of cinnamon roasted butternut squash – accompanied by a nan bread. Then just when you thought you couldn’t eat any more, a delightful plate of fresh fruit and delicious home-made ice-cream with a type of doughnut. The ‘Tour of Prithvi’ is served to entire tables only, but we couldn’t recommend it strongly enough. It was heavenly and the total quality dictates, without doubt, it is extremely good value at £35 per person. Our daughter – who ordinarily eats Chicken Tikka Masala when she has an Indian meal – was quite taken aback. The fantastic flavours of the food and wonderful ambiance created by the friendly professionalism of Jay and his colleagues has left her longing to return as soon as possible. We dined mid-week, but if you want to try this exceptional restaurant on a Friday or Saturday you will need to book well in advance – I think that says it all really!

PRITHVI RESTAURANT 37 Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7HG. Reservations: 01242 226 229 info@prithvirestaurant.com Opening Hours: Lunch 12-2pm Weds-Sun. Dinner 6-10.30pm Tues-Sun. Pre-theatre: 6-7pm. Closed Mondays. Reception open: 11am-10.30pm Tues-Sun. Gift Vouchers now available. Dress Code: Smart casual.

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Delicious Dishes Make this easy no-bake treat with the children this Easter ...

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Easter Chocolate Fudge Cake Ingredients: 150g unsalted butter, at room temperature; 150g light muscovado sugar; 40g cocoa powder; 150g self-raising flour; 1tsp baking powder; 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda; 2 medium eggs; 1tsp vanilla extract; 142ml soured cream; 2tsp golden syrup. For the ganache: 250ml double cream; 250g dark chocolate. To decorate: 1 chocolate flake, crumbled; 120g mini eggs. Method: 1 Heat oven to 180C, gas mark 4. Grease and line 2x18cm sandwich tins. 2 Beat together the butter and sugar until pale. 3 In a separate bowl, sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt; mix well. Add to the creamed butter and sugar. 4 In a jug, whisk the eggs with the vanilla, soured cream and syrup. Pour over the dry ingredients and beat together. Divide the mixture equally between the tins. 5 Bake for 20-25 minutes until springy. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. 6 For the ganache, put the cream and chocolate into a bowl over barely simmering water. Heat gently until the chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat and stir briefly, until combined and smooth (don't overstir). 7 Allow to cool for 1 hr, or until thick enough to spread. 8 Use slightly less than half to sandwich the cakes together. Spread remaining ganache over the cake, then decorate with flake and mini eggs. 9 Store your cake in an airtight container in the fridge to keep it fresh for longer – if it lasts that long!

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Oh what a difference! Once again it’s that time of year when hoards of visitors descend upon our town to enjoy the thrill of the Festival and Cheltenham becomes a sea of tweed jackets, and a riot of colour. One way to get noticed is to visit Nikki at Extreme Lengths. Nikki has 30 years’ experience in the hairdressing industry and is a dab hand at giving you the dramatic look you crave, to ensure you stand out from the crowd! Not only can she cut and style your hair but she also offers hair extensions which will add volume and glamour in an instant. Our model Morna Wallace kindly let Nikki put clip-in hair extensions to show what a difference they can make. Clip-ins are designed to stay in the hair for 24-48 hours, but are re-usable allowing you to alternate your style again and again. Nikki is more than happy for you to return to her salon for all your evenings out! Nikki started by sectioning off a small piece of hair from the mid-section, just under Morna’s natural hair. She curled it with hair straighteners then back combed the roots to prevent the extensions from slipping. She did this right across the head and managed to have it all done within 20 minutes. After that it was just a case of styling Morna’s hair, turning her into a fine filly ready for a days racing! The whole transformation was complete within an hour and Morna’s dramatic new look wouldn’t see her out of place in the Champagne bar cheering on the horses.

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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. 3 MARCH BATSFORD ARBORETUM – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams, breathtaking views with beautiful spring flowers. Open for charity 10am5pm. Adults £7, children £3. Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB. 6 MARCH CRAFTS AND GIFTS FAIR Special Mothering Sunday Fair, handcrafted gifts, chocolates, textiles, quilting, scarfs, glass, baby clothes, toys and produce. 10am-2pm. Admission free. Tewkesbury Town Hall, High Street, GL20 5AL. 7 MARCH DRINKS AND LIGHT BUFFET FOR SINGLES Don’t Do Dating: drinks & light buffet for singles without pressure at the Lansdown Bar (upstairs). Bring friends and create new ones. www.dont-do-dating.co.uk, 07712 433978. 8 MARCH BAVARIAN OOMPAH NIGHT At Churchdown Community Centre with The Bierkeller Schunklers. 8 till late. Supper £12.50 www.lincfund.org. 9 MARCH OPEN MORNING AT THE KING’S SCHOOL, GLOUCESTER Nestled around Gloucester Cathedral, with an inspiring setting unlike any other, come and discover this Independent Day School for girls and boys aged 3-18 years. 10am12pm. 01452337337. www.thekingsschool.co.uk. 10 MARCH MOTHERS DAY AT BOWDEN HALL Three course carvery, spa voucher and a gift for every mum. £20 per adult, £10 child. 12.30-3.30pm. 0844 815 9077 www.mercuregloucester.co.uk. DON’T DO DATING WALK: 3-4m circular walk through beautiful Cotswold countryside starting and ending at a pub. www.dont-do-dating.co.uk, 07712 433978. 12 AND 27 MARCH LADIES ME TIME EVENING Take a couple hours out of your busy life just for you. Pampering and treats, wine & nibbles. Limited numbers. 07712 433978 www.jttevents.co.uk/whats-on-2/. 12-15 MARCH CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL Four days of magnificent jump racing to a crowd of 230,000 people framed by the Cotswold Hills. 12th March: Champion Day, 13th March Ladies Day, 14th March St Patrick’s Thursday, 15th March Gold Cup Day. Tickets: www.cheltenham.co.uk.

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16 MARCH SLEEPING BEAUTY

The classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty, to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent traditional score, is combined with stunning Petipa choreography and exquisite costumes, to portray the struggle between good and evil. Performed by Vienna Festival Ballet’s troupe of elegant young dancers, this timeless tale of love is sure to enchant and

enthral ballet enthusiasts of all ages. 7.30pm. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. Tickets: £17 (£15) Children £13. 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk, www.viennafestivalballet.com. 16-17 MARCH KEMPLEY DAFFODIL WEEKEND

Enjoy a visit to Kempley and surrounding villages. Guided walks to see the daffodils. Exhibition and plant stall at St Edwards Church. Home made goods and produce. Park and ride bus available. Kempley, Dymock GL18 2BU. www.kempleytardis.org.uk.

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17 MARCH BOWDEN HALL WEDDING FAYRE For wedding ideas and suppliers. Cat walk and fashion show, large discounts on weddings booked on the day. Hog roast, live music. Free entry. 11am-3pm. 0844 815 9077. www.mercuregloucester.co.uk. 18 MARCH CHELTENHAM JAZZ Art Themen Sax player and pianist Dave Newton play at Everyman Studio Theatre at 8pm. Tickets £13. 01242 234488 www.cheltenhamjazz.co.uk, email: cheltenhamjazz@blueyonder.co.uk. 20 MARCH LECTURE: ROYAL DIAMONDS The fourteenth annual De Ferrieres Lecture given by Caroline de Guitaut, curator of Decorative Arts at the Royal Collection an authority on the royal jewels including the Faberge collection. 7.159.15pm. £10. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. To book tickets call 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk. DON’T DO DATING DINNER Join other happy singles for a delicious meal at Real China. www.dont-do-dating.co.uk. 07712 433978. HEAL ROMANIA FASHION SHOW High Street quality – bargain prices. All sizes available and ready for purchase on the night. Sacred Hearts Church Hall, Charlton Kings. 7 for 7:30pm. Tickets from Megan 01242 241412 – £5 or £6 on the door. Cash-credit/debit card facilities. QUIZ NIGHT Cheltenham Connect is holding a Hollywood themed quiz night! Come and join in the fun. £5 to include sandwiches. Cash bar. 7.30pm. Cheltenham Bowling Club, Suffolk Square. Please book in advance via sherylw@btinternet.com. 21 MARCH DANIEL O’CONNELL: DANIEL O’DONNELL TRIBUTE If you enjoy the beautiful singing voice of Donegal’s very own boy next door, Daniel O’Donnell, then you’ll love the UK’s only tribute to the man Daniel O’Connell. 7.30-

26 MARCH – EASTER FAMILY FILM: THE MUPPETS [U] Timeless fun and action-packed onscreen antics are promised in the latest offering from Disney’s The Muppets. All the favourite characters must be reunited from around the world to help raise millions of dollars to rescue the beloved Muppet Theatre: Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and Animal all come together for The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever, resulting in brilliant songs, laughter and adventure. Activities 1pm, Film 2pm. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. Tickets: £6.50 to include an Easter treat. Box Office: 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk. 10pm. £14.50. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. To book tickets call 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk. LADIES SHOPPING AND PAMPER EVENING Shopping and pamper treatments. In aid of Upton St Leonards School and playgroup. 7.30-10pm. £5 on the door. Contact Jo 07977 580304. Lakeside Suite, Bowden Hall Hotel. GL4 8ED.

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LADIES’ PAMPER EVENING AT THE HALLMARK HOTEL Beauty treatments and products. 6.309pm. £3 or 2 for £5 in advance. £3 each on the door. Call Leanne 07017 404364 or vicechair@abbeydaleplaygroup.co.uk. 22 MARCH CHURCHDOWN MALE VOICE CHOIR LINC has launched ‘Make a Difference Campaign’ to improve the Clinical Psychology service to its haematology patients. Churchdown Male Voice Choir, with accompanist James Quinn and Ralph Barnes on the stand, has been invited once again to hold a concert in support of this campaign. The concert will be in Pittville Pump Room, beginning at 7.30pm. Sue Black, the fabulous soprano, will be the guest soloist in the event, which promises to be a spectacular occasion. She has a beautiful voice and a sparkling personality. Tickets for the concert are £10 and are available from 03004422 or online at www.lincfund.org. MONKEY POET’S MURDER MYSTERY AT THE BACON THEATRE This new double bill from the critically acclaimed multi award-winning poet Simian guarantees a night of thought provoking laughter, with two very different shows for the price of one: Murdery Mystery and Monkey Poet. 7.30-10pm. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. £12. 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk.

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WIN TICKETS! Sleeping Beauty Vienna Festival Ballet return to the Bacon Theatre on Saturday 16th March with the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent traditional score. With beautiful music, exquisite costumes, stunning Petipa choreography and wonderful performances by a troupe of elegant young dancers; this timeless tale of love is sure to enchant and enthral ballet enthusiasts of all ages. Sleeping Beauty portrays the struggle between good and evil superbly. Incensed at being snubbed at the Christening of Princess Aurora, the wicked fairy Carabosse lays a curse on the young princess, proclaiming that she will one day pierce her finger and die. With the intervention of the Lilac Fairy the entire palace instead falls into a deep sleep and, a century later, Prince Florimund overcomes the dreadful obstacles to awaken the sleeping princess with a kiss. Tickets to watch this exquisite classical ballet cost just £17, £15 for concessions and £13 for children and may be booked via the Bacon Theatre box office on 01242 258002 or by visiting www.bacontheatre.co.uk. To enter our draw for 3 x pairs of tickets just send your name, address and telephone number to Sleeping Beauty, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to competitions@thelocalanswer.co.uk – please state Sleeping Beauty in the subject line. Closing date: Friday 8th March 2013.

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NEW ARRIVALS: (left) Kookaburras come to Prinknash Bird & Deer Park and (above) Melanie with ‘Eider’ – the adorable gypsy caravan.

There’s so much to do and see ... In 2009 Prinknash Bird & Deer Park introduced ‘Teal’ the ‘roll top’ gypsy caravan for children’s parties of 16 or more, and has since added sister caravan ‘Eider’ – the perfect place to have a more secluded child’s party. Eider seats four children and two adults with ease for the birthday picnic and costs just £45 including entry to the park. It took seven months to hand paint Eider and deck out the caravan internally with delightful fabrics to charm any child. Eider is situated in the Golden Wood, not far from the famous Wendy House, and must surely be the most unique venue in England to celebrate a birthday. This really is the place to be seen for your child’s special day! As if this is not enough, last summer the Park got off the ground with the Kookaburras who are flown at 12 noon every day! Park owner Melanie Meigh hand-reared the Kookaburras and they are now tame enough to be fed by visitors and, of course, entertain their ‘guests’ with their aerial demonstrations. Since 1974 the park has been a wonderful, tranquil place for children, parents and grandparents to enjoy beautiful gardens and meet a variety of wildfowl and other critters eager to make friends – and it just keeps on improving. Plans for an education centre and café have now been approved and work is expected to start soon.

All developments are carefully designed to enhance visitors’ enjoyment of the park – strictly limiting any changes to those in keeping with the ambience of this Cotswold gem. While the surroundings are beautiful – and worth a visit in their own right – many people simply enjoy being close to the park’s inhabitants. There are so many enchanting characters to see and meet, and it’s the ability to get so close to all the creatures – and feed most of them – that ensures people return time and again. As well as the extensive collection of waterfowl and peafowl eager to feed from your hand, there’s the tame fallow deer, pygmy goats and, of course, the famous Prinknash reindeer – Rudolph and Prancer. There’s also miniature donkeys – Treacle and her mum, Toffee. This adorable duo love all the attention they can get – just like all the other friends you’ll meet at Prinknash. And, rapidly approaching his second birthday on 11th May is reindeer calf Cupid – so cute, and the only reindeer calf in Gloucestershire, so don’t miss the opportunity to capture some wonderful moments on camera. For further information on how enjoyable your next visit to Prinknash will be, or for details on hiring ‘Teal’, ‘Eider’ or the ‘Mad Hatter’s Marquee’ – call 01452 812727 or visit www.thebirdanddeerpark.com.


Easter excitement at the Bijou Bird Park Mad Hatter’s Marquee Prinknash Bird & Deer Park are pulling out all the stops this Easter holiday, and for the third year is running the Mad Hatters Tea Party which will be held on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Wednesday 27th of March. The tea party was a runaway success last Easter and includes entry to the park, face painting and – of course – tea in the stunning marquee which has been set up in true Alice in Wonderland madness. Whilst peacocks hoot, fallow deer graze and the miniature donkeys bray, the scene has been set for children to dress up and really go into a frenzy with the best Alice or Mad Hatter outfit winning tickets to the Park’s next event – Fairy & Wizard World – in May. To book your places (£10 per child and £6.50 per adult) for this wonderful Easter event, please contact the park (details below) – but hurry, spaces are limited!

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GLOUCESTER RUGBY Gloucester vs Harlequins at Kingsholm Stadium. 7.45pm. 0871 871 8781. www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. 29 MARCH-1 APRIL

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23 MARCH GLOUCESTER RUGBY VS LONDON WELSH London Welsh will be taking on the full might of Gloucester at home for an AVIVA Premiership match. Prices vary. 0871 871 8781. www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. 23 MARCH-7 APRIL HENRY’S EASTER ADVENTURES AT OVER FARM Join Henry and his friends on the Easter egg trail and tractor ride. 01452 521014. www.overfarmmarket.co.uk. 23 MARCH-14 APRIL EASTER HOLIDAYS – ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY AT SLIMBRIDGE Celebrate the long history of art at Slimbridge with a series of activities for adults and children. We will have a trail of wetland inspired art and photography. Learn more about Peter Scott’s work and try and sketch a Bewick’s swan bill. 9.305pm. Included in entrance cost. 26-28 MARCH A MAN FOR THIS SEASON Charlton Kings Community Players & Churches present ‘A Man for This Season’ at Sacred Hearts Hall, Charlton Kings. 26 & 27 March 7.30pm, 28 March 4pm. Tickets ÂŁ5 & ÂŁ3 under 18’s. Available from Joyce Parsons – 01242 517719. 27 MARCH MUM TO BE TIME Feel even more a Yummy Mummy: Exclusive & intimate morning of pampering for pregnant ladies. 07712 433978. www.jttevents.co.uk/whats-on-2.

Learn how to look at clues such as footprints to track wildlife in this fun family event. Our reserve manager Dave Paynter will help you look for signs of otters, voles, foxes and badgers which all visit and live in the wild at Slimbridge. The skills and knowledge you will gain will add interest to any countryside walk. 10.30am. Adults ÂŁ12 Children ÂŁ8. Booking essential. 01453 891223. 29 MARCH GREAT EASTER HUNT AT SLIMBRIDGE WWT Take part in the great Easter hunt through the grounds where you will find a host of cute characters. Enjoy a chocolate treat on your return to the centre where there will be lots of art and craft activities. 9.30am to 5pm. Cost included in entrance fee.

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29th March: Good Friday; 31st March: Easter Sunday; 1st April: Easter Monday. 29-31 MARCH GUIDED WALKS AT WESTONBIRT Enjoy a guided walk about the arboretum with a volunteer guide. Just register on arrival at the Great Oak Hall information desk. Free after admission. www.forestry.gov.uk. 30 MARCH HAVE A GO DAYS Try your hand at clay shooting, archery and air rifles at Prescott Shooting. www.prescottshooting.com. 01242 673542 07921 951477. 31 MARCH EASTER SUNDAY ACTIVITIES AT SUDELEY CASTLE Find the Easter Bunny, face painting, arts and crafts, owl talks in the pheasantry and visit Trevor Hill and his birds and animals who will be bringing meerkats, hedgehogs, lizards and more. 11am-4pm. www.sudeleycastle.co.uk.

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1 APRIL EASTER EGGSPRESS AT GWR Catch one of the Easter Eggspress special to Winchcombe Station from either Cheltenham Racecourse or Toddington Station. Lots of Easter Activities and Easter Bonnet Competition. Tickets £15, child £6. 01242 621405. www.gwsr.com. 6 APRIL 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. 7 APRIL PRESCOTT BIKE FESTIVAL A fantastic day for all bike enthusiasts and family fun fans. Large display of historic, modern and race bikes. Prescott Speed Hill Climb, open 8am, starts 10am. Advance tickets £12, ‘Run the Hill’ £35. 01285 657412. www.prescottbikefestival.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 information contact 01242 222021 or visit jjtevents.co.uk/wedding-show. 20 APRIL THE BOOTLEG BEE GEES Performing at St Edward’s School, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8EY. Tickets £15 each to include welcome drink and table buffet. 7.30pm. In aid of Linc. 0300 422 4422 email: linc@glos.nhs.uk.

21 APRIL TUDOR FUN DAT AT SUDELEY CASTLE 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. 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 it everpopular comedy night in the 1873 suite. Four hand picked comedians from across the country with local boy Nik HIll on

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WEEKLY EVENTS LOSE WEIGHT FEEL GREAT! ALLY’S ZUMBA FITNESS – CHELTENHAM Mon: Hillview 18.20 Wed: Springbank 17.45 Thurs: Painswick 19.00 Fri: Hillview 18.00 Sat: Exmouth 10.00 07875227549, allyzumba@hotmail.com – Fantastic rates on kids parties and block Zumba bookings as low as £4! EVERY MONDAY CHELTENHAM HEALTH WALKS Free walking session, open to all, of between 20 and 60 minutes, followed by tea and coffee in the Leisure Centre. Meet 2pm in the reception at Cheltenham Leisure, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham. Tel 01242 775202. (Bus route H) BLUES NIGHT DAVE LLOYD AND GUESTS At the Royal Union, Hatherley Street, Tivoli. 9pm Free. LIVE JAZZ at the Daffodil,18-20 Sufford Parade, 8pm. EVERY TUESDAY BLUEGRASS SESSION at Corner Cupboard, Winchcombe. 8.30pm. BABY BOUNCE AND RHYME For babies up to 18 months. Takes place at Cheltenham Childrens’ Library, Clarence Street, Cheltenham from 10am to 10.30 and from 11am to 11.30 at Hesters Way Library during termtimes. PAUL NEWMAN AND PETER NEMESVARI At the Royal Union, Hatherley Street, Tivoli. 9pm. EVERY WEDNESDAY CHELTENHAM HEALTH WALKS Free walking session, open to all, of between 20 and 60 minutes, followed by tea and coffee in Morrisons cafe. Meet 10.30am outside Hatherley Library, Caernarvon Road, Cheltenham. (Behind Petrol station). Tel 01242 775202. (Bus route D) EVERY THURSDAY LIVE MUSIC – The Apple Tree, Woodmancote, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham. Free entry. 9pm. JAM/OPEN MIC Run by Dan, 9pm at The Restoration, HIgh Street, Cheltenham. EVERY FRIDAY OPEN MIC – Fiery Angel, 83 Hewlett Road. Free entry. 9pm. EVERY SATURDAY JAZZ AT THE DAFFODIL – 12.30-3.30, 18-20 Suffolk Parade. EVERY SUNDAY LIVE MUSIC – Rising Sun Hotel, Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham. 9pm. FAT TONY’S JAM – Somerset Arms, Moorend Street. 8pm

MONTHLY EVENTS LAST FRIDAY LIVE @ THE LANSDOWN: Treat yourself to a variety of some of Gloucestershire’s best talent – magic, comedy, circus, music and so much more. £7.50. Doors 7pm, show starts 8pm. The place to be the last Friday of every month! Info 01242 522700. www.jttevents.co.uk. LAST WEDNESDAY JAM SESSION HOSTED BY JOHNNY DUFF TOO ROCK FOR COUNTRY All welcome to come and join in. 8.30pm. The Bayshill Inn, 85 St Georges Street, Cheltenham. LAST TUESDAY OF MONTH LIBRARY CLUB 10am-11.30am. Library club meets at Prestbury Library, The Burgage, Prestbury. Members can choose books and meet others. Contact the library for more information and to get involved. Help with transport may be available.Tel: 0845 230 5420. www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries FOURTH SATURDAY

SOCIAL BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE Everyone welcome to a fun and friendly dance evening featuring all Ballroom and Latin styles including Argentine Tango and Salsa. From 7.30-10.30pm. £6pp. The Wheatpieces Community Centre, Columbine Rd, Tewkesbury, GL20 7SP. Contact DancewithDeb on 07760 763967.

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Frederick James Archer – one of the most celebrated jockeys of all time – was born in Cheltenham on 11th January 1857 in a small cottage originally called St Georgeʼs Cottage but now known as 43 St Georgeʼs Place. His father, William, was a successful steeplechase rider, who won the Grand National in 1858. By then, he had moved with his wife and five children to Prestbury, where his fatherin-law was landlord of the ʻKings Armsʼ public house. He took this over in 1861 and ran it until about 1873. This is where Fred grew up and his father taught him to ride. Fred showed a particular talent as a rider, and in 1868 his father apprenticed him to Matthew Dawson of Newmarket – one of the leading trainers of the day. The following year he ran, but lost, his first public race. From 1870 onwards the number of his wins increased steadily, culminating in 1874 with no less than 147 wins which made him Englandʼs ʻChampion Jockeyʼ – a position he was to retain for the rest of his short life. His reign as champion Fred Archer 1857-1886 jockey – which included, in 1885, an unthinkable 246 wins – a record that was not equalled until 1933 – brought him worldwide fame. It also brought him the need to keep his weight under control. At over 5 foot 8 inches, he was unusually tall for a jockey, and he spent much of his life on a diet, endless ʻpurgesʼ and Turkish baths – all which took a toll on his health. Although Archer regularly visited his family, he made Newmarket his home, and in 1882 he built himself a house there which he named ʻFalmouth Houseʼ after Lord Falmouth, his principal patron. The house was completed shortly before his marriage in January 1883 to Dawsonʼs niece, Helen Rose, by whom he had two children – a son, who died a few hours after birth, and a daughter, following whose birth his wife died, aged only 23 – an event which sent Fred into a deep depression from which he never fully recovered. Even before his wifeʼs death he was experiencing many problems such as gambling and race fixing which was never proved. He began to lose more often but continued to put himself through punishing regimes until, in early November 1886, his health gave way and he took to his bed with a chill that turned into typhoid fever. He had always kept a loaded revolver by his bedside as there had been a spate of burglaries at Newmarket and at about 2.25pm on November 8th 1886, depressed and delirious, he shot himself.

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Gloucester Rugby host Biarritz in quarter final Gloucester Rugby will take on Biarritz Olympique at Kingsholm in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final on Thursday 4th April – kick off 8pm. The game sees the Club feature in the knock out stages of European competition for the first time since April 2010 when they took on London Wasps at Adams Park. Gloucester closed out the pool stages with a 36-16 victory over Mont-de-Marsan in January – a win which made it six wins from six in pool one, clinched the group and secured a home quarter final. Gloucester Rugby have been involved in some superb European games over the years – who can forget the Toulouse game last season? Underneath the Kingsholm floodlights, this is sure to be another memorable occasion, and Nigel Davies and the team will value your support as always. In order to reward the loyalty of their season ticket holders, there will be a £5 discount per season ticket, in addition to the early bird discount, off the equivalent matchday price for their ticket. Season ticket holders can also purchase additional tickets at the early bird booking price for non members. The early booking prices end at 5pm on Tuesday 2nd April. There is also a special price for U-15s for this fixture – Shed and West Terrace tickets for only £1! Prices for the fixture are as follows: Season Ticket Holders Gold: £40, Silver Adult £32, Silver Concessions £24, Silver Juniors £5, Bronze Adults £22, Bronze Concessions £19, Bronze Juniors £5. East Stand: Adults £22, East Concessions £19, East Juniors £5. Shed: Adults £17, Shed Concessions £13, Shed

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Old Pats Juniors – ‘if you build it they will come’ The phrase ‘if you build it they will come’ is definitely true of the Old Pats Juniors at the moment. We get calls and emails on a weekly basis from parents wanting to enrol their children and our numbers are rising all the time. The systems we have in place are working. Every age group has a Head Coach, Assistant Head Coach, Team Manager, Qualified First Aider, Referee and numerous other Support Coaches. There are a range of people working behind the scenes making sure that everything is catered for so that the players can enjoy their rugby. Michele Butler and Norman Bell provide great food, James Luxton books coaching courses and sorts out the finance, Dave Powell and Hugh Bower regularly check the CRBs and registrations and Merv Jacques works wonders with his fixtures and pitches. We are all very lucky because we are all volunteers. Every adult involved with the Pats is ‘giving something back’, as they say. They do it for their children but actually commit to so much more. As Chairman of the Juniors I can’t believe the passion and commitment that they give and I see my role is to ensure that we have a well-oiled machine that allows for rugby development of all our players.

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A big thank you goes out to all our helpers. If you are reading this and want to ‘give a bit back’, on any level, then please get in touch. I would like to welcome Di Kingscott back as General Manager of the Clubhouse on a temporary, interim basis. The club could not be in better hands.

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Getting Cheltenham ‘ready for the off’ I can’t believe it is a year since the last Festival of racing up at Prestbury Park. All our planning is now complete and I think we have pretty much catered for most eventualities. The horses are coming (police ones that is), the staff all know their duties, we are getting some port-a-loos at strategic places round the Town, the licensees (we now call them DPS’s) understand their responsibilities, we have extra CCTV staff, the local authorities are standing by, the ambulance service is ready, our plan for a 999 village on the High Street will happen to help race goers, the clubs promoting lap-dancing Tim Waterhouse understand the line not to cross Cheltenham South LPT. Inspector and my teams are ready and willing to make sure this Festival is as good as previous years and keep people safe and encourage them to have a good time. All I need now is a couple of winners and to tell the wife I am working 4 nights in a row again! Fingers crossed that the majority will have a safe and enjoyable time and the residents of Cheltenham who are not involved do not get too irritable about the extra traffic and the obvious disruptions. Normal work does carry on however, despite the huge staffing implications that the races present. Crime is still falling and your local teams are still being as proactive as they possibly can. In the last couple of weeks we have carried out a drugs raid on a local nightclub, arrested people for cultivation of cannabis following a warrant and locked up 3 burglars after a successful sting operation. Behind the scenes we are still beavering away to try and keep your town as safe as possible and some recent new initiatives are helping to do this. Your safer community team have developed a plan similar to the driver awareness scheme which ‘speeders’ are asked to attend. Our model is more to do with minor violence and disorder in the town centre. We will be introducing these youths and young men, who are all ‘pleasant’ people without beer on board, to someone who suffered serious injuries at the hands of a violent drunk and getting them to face up to the potential consequences of their actions. It’s called restorative justice and we think it is a better way to go for some individuals than some of the current ways to deal with minor trouble. We will see how it goes. And finally, I must welcome our new Chief Constable, Suzette Davenport, who we all wish well for the future. Remember – keep ’em locked!

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Building Services Aubrey Howard Builders 46 B E Rudman 32 CKF Property Maintenance 41 Dot & Dab Plastering 40 Elite Loft Ladders 37 Harry Antonious 52 JTG Building Services 54 Morgan Exteriors 48 My Space Designs 53 Newman Roofing Systems 52 R Richards & Son Ltd 50 SWS Plastering 52 Carpets & Carpet Fitting Carpet Emporium 36 Carpets Direct 37 Carpentry JT Godwin Carpentry/Kitchens 47 Nick Burton 48 Three Piece Joinery 41 Cleaning Services Clean Rescue 34

Carpet Doctor Oven Busters Oven Clean Time For You Tip Top Cleaning

Kitchens Hatherley Worktops Montpellier Marble The Kitchen Workshop Worktops Cheltenham

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