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Welcome to the November issue of The Local Answer. Our cover this month is the symbolic poppy – paying tribute to those who have sacrified their lives since 1920. Remembrance Day is on Sunday 10th November. We hope that we are able to give you plenty of ideas for this month’s many firework displays and parties. Why not visit Gloucester Docks and then follow on to the Café René’s Firework Extravanza party. Enjoy the ever popular bonfire and firework display at Burley Fields Lakes – don’t forget to enter our Firework Spectacle competition and win tickets to take the whole family. If you are considering hosting your own firework party What! Store has a huge range of discounted fireworks on sale now. If you have yet to arrange your Christmas party with friends or colleagues, Capital Venue have announced one last date due to high demand for their ‘Sleigh Bells Ball’. There’s also ‘Ice White Parties’ in the magnificent setting of Bowden Hall, and something for everyone at the Holiday Inn’s themed party nights. For those preferring a cosier evening why not try the Edgemoor Inn, The Old Rectory, The Tigers Eye, Café René or The Tudor Arms – all with fabulous menus on offer. Don’t miss your chance to win a prize in one of our numerous competitions – they include rugby tickets, beer, theatre tickets, panto tickets, fireworks display and photography event tickets. There’s even a chance to win a lawnmower service. As always, many thanks to all the companies who have donated the prizes!

Contents Gloucester Remembers Food & Entertainment Delicious Dishes Short Walks Vouchers Health & Beauty Leader’s Life What’s On Gloucester Rugby Homes & Gardens In the Garden Did You Know? Professional Services Money Matters People First Policing Index of Advertisers Competition Winners/Rules Competitions 15, 16, 18, 24, 28, 29 & 37

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Gloucester remembers People of Gloucester and the surrounding area will come together during November to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of us all. On Sunday 10th November the city’s Service of Rememberance, organised by the Gloucester branch of the Royal British Legion will see civic dignitaries, representatives of local organisations and the public placing wreaths and poppy crosses at the War Memorial in Gloucester Park. Chairman of Gloucester City Royal British Legion, Garry Mills, is keen for as many people to attend as possible. He said: “This is such an important event for the whole community. We all benefit today from sacrifices made by so many service men and women throughout the last century and in recent times too.” Garry asks for everyone attending to be in the park by 10.30am – the service will commence promptly at 10.48am and will include music from the Salvation Army Band before and after the two minutes silence observed at 11am. If you would like to mark the occasion by placing a wreath or poppy cross, they will be available at Eastgate Mall for two weeks prior.

Gloucester City Council Leader Paul James also encourages a strong show of support: “With its long and proud military history, Remembrance Day is always poignant and very moving for people in Gloucester. Recent conflicts really bring home the sacrifices our armed forces have made and continue to make. The numbers of people attending the Remembrance Services have grown in recent years from across all communities, reflecting the way in which we are all touched by these events. I would encourage people from across the city to come together to mark this special day.” Later in the day a service will be conducted at Gloucester Cathedral at 3pm

(please be seated by 2.40pm), followed by a parade from the Cathedral to Gloucester Guildhall at approximately 4pm involving members of the Royal Naval Reserves from HMS Flying Fox, the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion, Royal Air Force Reserves, Veterans, Royal British Legion and others. Other events of remembrance around the city are: Sunday 3rd November – Festival of Remembrance at GL1 Leisure Centre (7.30pm); Sunday 10th November – Morning Observances at Tredworth Cemeteries (from 10.10am); Monday 11th November – Two minute silence in Eastgate Mall (11.00am).

Remembrance Day and the symbolic poppy Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday or Poppy Day) is a memorial day observed in countries of the British Commonwealth of nations since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. The term ‘Armistice’ means a cessation of hostilities as a prelude to peace negotiations. In the context of the first world war ‘the armistice’ generally refers to the agreement between the Germans and the Allies to end the war on 11th November 1918. This was by no means the only armistice of the war, however the most significant was signed at 5am on the morning of 11 November 1918 and came into effect six hours later at 11am – hence the quote ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during

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World War I. The initial ‘Armistice Day’ was held at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a “Banquet in Honour of The President of the French Republic” during the evening hours of 10th November 1919. The first ‘official’ Armistice Day was held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following morning. After World War II the name was changed to ‘Remembrance Day’ or ‘Remembrance Sunday’ and, beginning in 1939 in the UK, the twominute silence was moved to the Sunday nearest to 11th November in order not to interfere with wartime production should 11th November fall on a weekday. The remembrance poppy has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war. The use of the poppy was inspired by John McCrae’s World War poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves in Flanders – their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

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A wonderfully tasty meal in itself – suitable for vegetarians pepper and plenty of nutmeg (you may think this won’t work, but it really makes the dish). 4 Unroll one of the packs of pastry on to a non-stick baking sheet. Pile the filling in the centre, then brush the edges with the beaten egg. Unroll the second piece of pastry over the top and press the edges down to seal. Brush with beaten egg, then cut equally placed slits across the width of the pastry top. 5 Bake until the pastry is crisp and golden – 40-45 minutes.

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A Use the car park next to the cricket pitch in Stanton. Turn right out of the car park and, at the junction, turn left and walk as far as the fork near Pear Tree Cottage and the Stott Lantern. B Turn right and follow the ‘Cotswold Way’ sign to Shenberrow Hill. Continue on the track and turn right just before a gate down to a stile. Cross this and continue to the next stile. Stanway House

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D Continue ahead to a signpost on the right and turn right, passing through the farm to a gate. Turn right to pass in front of the farm. Continue along the right-hand edge of the field, straight on at the first gate and, at the next gate, bear half-left to a stile. E Turn left and enter the wood ahead. At the junction with the track, turn right and follow the bridleway back into the wood following the marker posts down to the road. F Turn right and continue along the main road to a stile on the right marked ‘Cotswold Way’. Follow the path to the road and turn right past Stanway House to a gate on the right.

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3 Stanway House is a fine Jacobean building built by Sir Paul Tracy early in the 17th century. Extensive modifications made in the 19th and 20th centuries were removed in 1948, and much of the present building is original. Surrounding the house are one of England’s finest water gardens, created in the 1720s and since restored. As well as ponds and a formal canal there is the striking 300ft (91m) high single-jet fountain – the tallest in Britain – which was added in 2004. Past occupants of the house include Dr Thomas Dover. He was known for his mercury-based medicines but is chiefly remembered as the rescuer of Alexander Selkirk – with the literary identity of Robinson Crusoe – from the island of Juan Fernandez in 1708.

4 This rather unusual, thatched, cricket pavilion was given to the village by J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan and visitor to Stanway House in the 1920s.

G Go through two gates and follow the waymarks through the parkland and the fields to a gate before the buildings. Turn left to the road and then turn right. At the junction turn left back to the car.

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Andy Rouse is one of the UK’s most wellknown and highly respected wildlife photographers. Join him at the Bacon Theatre for his brand new talk for 2013: an informal presentation, packed with stories, musical pieces, anecdotes, questions from the audience, some truly awful jokes and, of course, incredible images of wildlife.

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A spellbinding adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo. Room on the Broom is a magical, musical delight for children aged 3+. Friday 1.30 & 4pm, Saturday 11am & 2pm. Tickets from £12, Family Ticket Special £40 (2 adults/2 children). The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 2 NOVEMBER CRAFT FAYRE AT ST. CATHERINE’S Numerous stalls at this local fundraising event – glassware, ceramics, wood, textiles and more. Raffle. Hot food served on the day. Free entry. 11am-3pm. St Catherine’s Church, London Road, Gloucester. FIREWORK PARTY AT CAFE RENE Fireworks to music, a guy fawkes, sparklers, bbq, roasted chestnuts and fire performers. Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm.


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3 NOVEMBER CREATIVE MARKET AT THE DICK WHITTINGTON Celebrating Gloucester’s finest arts and crafts in the historic setting of this fifteenth century merchants house The Dick Whittington pub. 10am-2pm. To book a stall call 07881 288676. 100 Westgate Street, Gloucester. LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

The Rotary Club of Cheltenham Sunrise brings Last Night of the Proms back to the Everyman for another superb evening of music and entertainment with the Glevum Symphony Orchestra, in aid of The Willow Trust and other Rotary supported projects. 7.30pm. Tickets from £16. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 5-9 NOVEMBER SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS Seven Brides for Seven Brothers returns to the Everyman with a sensational brand new hi-tech production with colourful costumes, fabulous sets, special effects and sassy high energy performances. Starring Sam Attwater and Helena Blackman.

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7.45pm daily and 2pm matinee Thursday & Saturday. Tickets from £19. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 6 NOVEMBER MATT WOOSEY Blues master at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 8 NOVEMBER VICTORIA KLEWIN & THE TRUE TONES Vocal led jazz, blues & soul at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 8 NOVEMBER LIMEHOUSE LIZZY Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, worldwide. Expect Celtic influenced tracks like Whisky in the Jar and Black Rose, plus classic tracks The Boys are Back in Town, Sarah and many more. 8pm. £15 (£14) Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. 8-9 & 13-16 NOVEMBER FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Presented by the Playhouse Company. Evening and matinee performances. Tickets £12, £10. Box Office 01242 522852.


Disco Roadshow, small fun fair, pig roast, burgers, chips and licensed bar at Burley Fields Lakes, Leckhampton Lane. Gates open and bonfire lit at 7pm. Kids Show starts at 8.15pm. Grand Finale at 9.45pm. Last admission 9pm. Adults and Children £4 in advance, £6 on the night. Tickets on sale at Burley Field Lakes Farm Shop, Leckhampton Convenience Store, Budgens (Charlton Kings) and Bargain Booze (Bath Road). Call Steve on 07831 734683, Pam on 07769 700067 or 01242 861333. Strictly no alcohol, fireworks or sparklers to be brought in.

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WIN TICKETS! Everyone loves a curry – after all, it is Britain’s national dish! Broadcaster, writer and Celebrity Masterchef finalist, Hardeep Singh Kohli, is on a mission to find the best Indian takeaway in the UK – and he brings his ‘Indian Takeaway’ show to the Bacon Theatre on Saturday 16th November at 7.30pm. This is his third national tour, following two sell-out years on the road and at the Edinburgh Festival, and promises a hilarious evening of cooking live on stage. Hardeep will order a takeaway at the start of the show, having selected one from audience suggestions submitted via He will then race against the clock to cook his own sumptuous feast before the takeaway arrives. Along the way he’ll be sharing recipe tips, anecdotes and wonderful stories of his shared Scottish and Indian heritage. The show culminates with some lucky audience members coming on stage to sample both meals – so make sure you book early for a good seat to be first in the queue! Tickets cost just £16 or £14 for concessions and may be booked online at or by calling the box office on 01242 258002. The Local Answer and Bacon Theatre have teamed up to give three lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets each – to enter our draw, just send your name, address and telephone number to Indian Takeaway, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to – please state ‘Indian Takeaway’ in the subject line. Closing date: Sunday 10th November 2013. 9 NOVEMBER END OF SEASON CHRISTMAS SALE Grab those Christmas present bargains with homewares, gifts, toys and Christmas stock from within the City and Folk Museum shops. Free gift wrapping. 10am5pm. Wheatstone Hall, Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery. BIG JIM AND AMERICAN ERIC Live classic guitar music at The Dick Whittington pub, from 8pm. 100 Westgate Street, Gloucester.

DIWALI GALA EVENING AT THE KOLOSHI Koloshi are celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light. The evening includes welcome drinks, a gala buffet of finest Indian cuisine made from locally sourced and authentic fresh ingredients. PLUS live entertainment in the form of fire and glow entertainment, Indian dancing, live music and a craft and interest reception (local business stands). Enjoy a memorable and magical evening with many of the traditions

of Diwali such as a sweets table, gold lamps and wearing new clothes! So this is an opportunity to experience all sorts of Indian delights (and an excuse for a new outfit!).Tickets £25. Contact Koloshi on 01242 516400 or visit SNOW WHITE

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Presented by Vienna Festival Ballet. Based on the traditional Grimm’s Brothers story, this ballet incorporates all the important elements – an enchanted mirror, a beautiful young woman, a shiny red apple and Prince Charming, too. With exquisite costumes, beautiful staging and talented dancers, this spellbinding ballet promises to entertain and dazzle the whole family. 7.30pm. £17 (£15) Children £13. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002.

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9 NOVEMBER VIVALDI: GLORIA Monteverdi: Beatus Vir, Ave Maris Stella. Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D Minor plus other Baroque music performed by Charlton Kings Choral Society and the Regency Sinfonia. Tickets £15 (£7.50 for under-18s) on the door. For further information call Isabel 01451 822110. Pittville Pump Room. 7.30pm. CRAFT MARKET The Cross. 10 NOVEMBER NEON THEMED ZUMBATHON Raise funds for the charity of your choice that’s close to your heart and have F-U-N while doing so. Everyone welcome from little ones to grandparents and better half’s to best friends... take it at your own pace and be part of this fun filled fund raiser with some awesome special guests and tantalising twists!! Be there or be square... 2-5pm, Bournside Sports Centre,Warden Hill Road, GL51 3AU. Visit Facebook: Ally’s Zumba Fitness Cheltenham to book.


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14 NOVEMBER OTHELLO Poignant, intense and heartbreaking; Shakespeare’s Othello mercilessly explores every inch of the human condition. This classic tale of deception tells of a tempestuous journey from scandal and intrigue to lust and vengeance and hurtles towards its dramatic and agonizing conclusion. 7.30pm. £16 (£14), Students £12. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. 15 NOVEMBER THE BBC BIG BAND

After last year’s success, Russian State Ballet are back with classics for the whole family. The company will be performing Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet during their three day visit to the Everyman. Various times and ticket prices – visit for details. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 13 NOVEMBER CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS – ALLDAY WORKSHOP Come along to this special Christmas themed workshop and go away with your very own Christmas Stocking to give to a loved one, plus a very full stomach! £75 per person, includes all materials, tuition, lunch, teas/coffees and cake. 10am-4pm. Gloucester Folk Museum. Tickets available online at or Guildhall box office on 01452 503050.

Multi award-winning jazz vocalist, Tina May, joins the internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band for a celebration of the legendary leading ladies of the Big Band Stage. 7.45pm. Tickets from £20. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573.


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WIN TICKETS! The Everyman’s Traditional Pantomime is Back!

Who could wish for more? Let the Everyman Theatre be your very own genie and grant your wishes this Christmas with a real festive treat. Join their hero Aladdin on his journey from rags to riches, defeating the evil Abanazar and winning the heart of the beautiful princess. Featuring Tweedy the Clown from Giffords Circus (who was such a big hit last year that they’ve asked him back), complete with a fantastic flying carpet, magic tricks, good clean fun and frolics with William Elliott, back as Widow Twankey and, of course, wishful thinking with the Genie of the Lamp! The panto runs from 29th November to 12th January. Book a magic carpet ride to the Everyman’s biggest panto yet – call 01242 572573 or visit Courtesy of the Everyman Theatre, we’ve got 3 Family Tickets (2 adults, 2 children) to give away – fabulous family fun! To enter our draw just send your name, address and telephone number to ‘Aladdin’, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to – please state ‘Aladdin’ in the subject line. Closing date: Thursday 14th November 2013. 15 NOVEMBER KING SOLOMON UK Reggae from the South West at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 16 NOVEMBER-14 DECEMBER ST NICHOLAS WISHING TREE

How about a personalised hand-written note from Victorian Father Christmas? Come along to the Folk Museum and place your magical Christmas wish on the St Nicholas wishing tree. The elves will set to work and Father Christmas himself will write back to you! Letters can be collected from the tree a few days after leaving your

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wish, or posted to you at your preferred address. Tickets: £2 to receive a handwritten reply, additional 50p to post back to you, free to come in and collect. Gloucester Folk Museum. 16-17 NOVEMBER NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – THE SLEEPOVER For one night only we are opening the doors of the City Museum for a fantastically fun sleepover experience! How about story time and a hot chocolate before settling down to sleep in the Museum? This is one children (and adults) will not forget in a hurry! £55 per person, (£45 for Museum members). Tickets available online at or the Guildhall box office on 01452 503050. Children must be at least 7 years old to attend. Group bookings must allow 1 adult per 4 children. Camping mats supplied, visitors must bring their own sleeping bag and pillow(s). (Hot chocolate, breakfast cereals, toast and drinks provided). Gloucester City Museum. 16 NOVEMBER NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM For just one night Gloucester Museum are holding a fun sleepover experience, Children must be at least 7 years old and bookings must allow 1 adult to 4 children. Mats are supplied but visitors must bring their own sleeping bag and pillow. Evening storytime with hot chocolate, breakfast cereal, toast and drinks provided. 8pm9am. £55 per person. Call 01452 503050.


Everyone loves a curry – after all, it is Britain’s national dish! Broadcaster, writer and Celebrity Masterchef finalist, Hardeep Singh Kohli, is on a mission to find the best Indian takeaway in the UK. Hardeep will order a takeaway at the start of the show, having selected one from audience suggestions submitted via He will then race against the clock to cook his own sumptuous feast before the takeaway arrives. Along the way he’ll be sharing recipe tips, anecdotes and wonderful stories of his shared Scottish and Indian heritage. The show culminates with some lucky audience members coming on stage to sample both meals – so make sure you book early for a good seat, to be first in the queue! 7.30pm. £16 (£14). Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002.

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16 NOVEMBER RUSSELL KANE: SMALLNESS The Jedward-haired award-winning comedian returns with a new blisteringly big-small show. 8pm. Tickets from £21.50. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 17 NOVEMBER GLOUCESTER CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND LANTERN PARADE

To celebrate the 110th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved book, The Tailor of Gloucester, this year’s parade will feature lanterns based on the story and its characters, created by Gloucester schoolchildren working with local artists.

Father Christmas will also be making a guest appearance. The procession will begin at the St Kyneburgh Tower on Kimbrose Way/Southgate Street and pass through Gloucester City Centre and make its way to Gloucester Cathedral as the lights are switched on overhead. There will be a short carol service at the Cathedral. 4.30pm. Gloucester City Centre. LIGHT NIGHT IN THE GATE STREETS Markets, street entertainment, good food and more following the Christmas Lantern procession. 5-8.30pm. Gate Streets. LANTERNS OF GLOUCESTER AT THE DICK WHITTINGTON Join us to celebrate the Christmas light switch on and the lantern procession. Bring your lanterns and display them in the courtyard. 100 Westgate St, Gloucester. STEELEYE SPAN WINTERSMITH TOUR Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are back with a new live show and a new project. 7.45pm. Tickets from £19. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 18-23 NOVEMBER CHIN CHIN Felicity Kendal and Simon Callow star as two people who have something in common: their spouses are having an affair! Set in 1950’s Paris, Chin Chin tells of the often hilarious and ultimately disastrous effect of the affair, as the jilted couple rendezvous in a Paris apartment to set the world to rights, where they declare their

independence in life, and in love... 7.45pm daily and 2pm matinee Thursday & Saturday. Tickets from £14. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 19-23 NOVEMBER TH£ VOYS£Y INH£RITANCE Presented by the Phoenix Players. Harley Granville Barker adapted by David Mamet. At Gloucester’s Kings Theatre. Edwardian family discover a poisoned legacy of financial corruption. £9, £8 from 01452 522795 or Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, 28 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 20 NOVEMBER THE RICH O’BRIEN PROJECT Jazz and funk from the South West at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 22 NOVEMBER HOWLING LORD Bar room folk at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 21-23 NOVEMBER FLINT STREET NATIVITY Coming soon to Maisemore Village Hall Theatre! A comedy for grown-ups written by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls). Performed by MADS. Book before end October and choose your seat. For your priority booking form, email your name and tel no to: or tel 01452 525333.

Oooh Aargh! F u n o n t h e f ar m t h is C h r is t m a s Children will enjoy a trailer ride with a helpful Elf from the Farm Market to Farmer Christmas’ Grotto. Here, they can feed his donkeys, help decorate his Christmas tree and, as long as they’ve been good this year, meet Farmer Christmas.

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21-24 NOVEMBER GLOUCESTER QUAYS VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET Travel back in time for a festive shopping experience featuring Victorian characters, brass bands, choirs, street entertainers and a traditional carousel. Browse over 130 decorated stalls selling artisan crafts, fine food and drink and unique Christmas gifts. Thursday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. Gloucester Quays. 23-24 NOVEMBER VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET IN THE GATE STREETS Stalls, street entertainment, good food … and lots of Christmas spirit! Saturday l0am7pm, Sunday l0am-5pm. Gate Streets. 23 NOVEMBER FATHER CHRISTMAS AT THE EASTGATE To celebrate the arrival of Father Christmas, The Eastgate have forecast some snow all the way from the North Pole plus some of his reindeer! The Grotto will then be open every weekend running up to Christmas. The cost for a visit and a gift is £5, plus there is the option to take the magical moment away with you on a photo gift too. Eastgate Shopping Centre. 23 NOVEMBER CHELTENHAM’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ‘SWITCH ON’ An afternoon of street entertainment in the town centre followed by the switching on of the Christmas lights at Regent Arcade at 5.15pm, followed by Beechwood Shopping Centre at 5.30pm and the High

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Street from 5.45pm. The parade concludes at The Brewery at 6.15pm with great entertainment and even guaranteed snow from 3pm. 24 NOVEMBER CHELTENHAM COLLEGE CHRISTMAS FAIR Wrap up Christmas before December at this exclusive shopping event. Over 70 stallholders offering an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of treasures and treats! 10am-5pm. Tickets £5 (u-16s free). Call 01242 265694 by 18th November to book and receive a complimentary glass of ‘Fizz’ on the day. Cheltenham College, Bath Road,

Cheltenham GL53 7LD. For list of exhibitors visit 27 NOVEMBER BEATRIX POTTER: ARTIST, STORYTELLER & COUNTRYWOMAN Come along to the City Museum and hear world-renowned Beatrix Potter expert, Judy Taylor-Hough, talk about the fascinating life of Beatrix Potter. To coincide with the 110th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’. £5 per person – tickets available online at or the Guildhall box office on 01452 503050. 7.30pm. Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery.

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A Christmas Visit the Bird and Deer Park at Prinknash during the festive period to be enchanted in their ‘Winter Wonderland’ – making it a Christmas to remember for children of all ages! The park’s Reindeer – Rudolf, Prancer and Comet who's now 2 years old – are even more popular than ever with children at Christmas, and you can see them being fed at 4pm each day in the presence of a keeper to answer questions about these well-known Prinknash residents. The backdrop to all the fun is the stunning valley of magical Christmas lighting where the trees, the lakes and even the birds will be flooded with coloured lighting. This year Santa will be found sitting in his hand crafted Ash sleigh, pulled by the famous horse-shoe reindeer. All children will receive a Christmas gift from Santa and, if they want to leave that all important card, then this will be the time to do it.

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There’s so much more going on too – Nativity in the Wendy House, the Christmas Fairy in the Gypsy Caravan, free face painting, an activity tent where children will be encouraged to create their own cards for Santa, carol singing, and no doubt other little treats in store! Festive Food will be available including light snacks, hot dogs, and hot and cold drinks which will be charged separately to the entrance fee, as will professional photographs taken in the grotto to capture the magic. The beautiful grounds, full of wonderful creatures, will be open from 3.306pm each Saturday and Sunday from 30th November through to Christmas Eve, plus every day during the school holidays from 14th-24th December inclusive. Entry is only £9 if booked in advance and includes a special gift from Santa – book online at or call 01452 812727. There’s no charge for toddlers under one year old – the gifts are not suitable for babies. If you’d prefer a private Christmas Party, contact the Bird Park for details.

Come and join us at our Winter Wonderland from 3.30pm to 6.00pm on the following dates: Saturdays & Sundays, 30th November & 1st December, 7th & 8th December, then every day from 14th to 24th December inclusive. Make your childʼs Christmas complete by visiting our Reindeer – Rudolf, Prancer and Comet (whoʻs now 2 years old) – at their feeding time (4pm daily). Thereʼs a ʻChristmas Shopʼ, free parking and food and refreshments are available for purchase. Tickets (in advance) £9.00 per head and under 1ʼs go free!

27 NOVEMBER LIVE @ GLOS Local acoustic showcase at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 28 NOVEMBER EAMONN McCABE – A LIFE IN PICTURES

Interested in news, literature, celebrity, art or sports? Then this is your talk! Eamonn McCabe – author, 4 x Sports Photographer of the Year and celebrated Guardian Picture Editor recalls his lifetime in pictures. News, sports, portraiture – from Alan Bennett, Bono, Hopkins, McCartney, Al Pacino to Zadie Smith. Inspirational images and stories to entertain! Tickets £10 from, 0844 576 2210. Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham GL52 3JE. 29-30 NOVEMBER CANDLE-LIT TOURS The Folk Museum Tudor timber-framed building is a very special place, and under the flicker of candlelight it comes to life even more. Join Curator Sarah Orton as she leads us on a tour of the fantastic history of this historic grade 1* listed building, and really bring that Christmas spirit alive! Adults £8, Concessions (over 60s) £5. Tickets available online at or the Guildhall box office on 01452 503050. Maximum of 12 people per tour. Access to the upper floors limited due to the nature of the building, those with mobility problems may find this challenging. 6pm, 7pm & 8pm. Gloucester Folk Museum. OXJAM WEEKENDER At Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. 29 NOVEMBER TO 12 JANUARY ALADDIN

30 NOVEMBER MEET SANTA AND HIS REAL LIVE REINDEER One of the Brewery’s most popular events returns for a sixth year, with Santa arriving from the North Pole with two of his very special companions. This is a magical event which for many brings to life the spirit of Christmas. Children are welcome to meet the reindeer up close, get their pictures taken and say hello to Father Christmas in his sleigh, who will be listening carefully to their Christmas wishes. Plus there will be face painters on hand to festively decorate your little one or turn them into their favourite character. 12-4pm. The Brewery, Cheltenham. CHRISTMAS FAYRE Charity fundraising for Parkinson’s UK and Gloucester support group. Large variety of stalls and activities for adults and children alike. Free entrance. 2-5pm. Come and support a great cause. Quedgeley Community Centre, top of School Lane. CANTORES CHAMBER CHOIR SING FINZI One of the Cotswolds’ most popular chamber choirs is coming to Cheltenham this Christmas, singing Finzi’s masterpiece ‘Lo, The Full Final Sacrifice.’ Plus muchloved favourites including Parry’s ‘Songs of Farewell’ and Lauridsen’s ‘O magnum mysterium.’ Glorious harmonies in a wonderful setting. Tickets £10 from, on the door or via 01242 603988. Holy Apostles Church, London Road GL52 6HW.

The Everyman’s Traditional Family Pantomime is Back! Featuring Tweedy the Clown, from Giffords Circus, a fantastic flying carpet, magic tricks, good clean fun and frolics with William Elliot, back as Widow Twankey and, of course, wishful thinking with the Genie of the Lamp! Who could wish for more? For times and ticket prices visit The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573.

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30 NOVEMBER ST ANDREWS DAY Celebrate all things Scottish at The Dick Whittington, 100 Westate St, Gloucester. Karaoke and disco party. BJORN THE BEAR Bjorn the life size polar bear visits the Eastgate shopping centre. WREATH MAKING Make your very own wreath to decorate your front door – using both the traditional wreath making techniques as well as more modern ones, 2 – 4pm, £25 per person Tewkesbury Heritage Centre. 01684 855040. 30 NOVEMBER-22 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS GROTTO AT SLIMBRIDGE WWT Visit Father Christmas and receive a surprise gift. 12 noon-4pm. Saturdays and Sundays only. Normal admission plus £5 per child (including a gift). 1 DECEMBER CREATIVE MARKET AT THE DICK WHITTINGTON Celebrating Gloucester’s finest arts and crafts in the historic setting of this fifteenth century merchants house The Dick Whittington pub. 10am-2pm. To book a stall call 07881 288676. 100 Westgate Street, Gloucester. ADVENT CAROL SERVICE BY CANDLELIGHT A dramatic and majestic service to mark the beginning of the new Christian year. 6pm. Gloucester Cathedral.



THE VERY SNOWY CHRISTMAS It’s the night before Christmas and Big Mouse and Little Mouse are putting up decorations. Little Mouse scampers out in search of holly but finds big white flakes falling from the sky. “Goodness me!” he cries, “The sky is coming undone!” Blunderbus Theatre Company are delighted to present their magical winter’s tale, based on the best-selling book by author Diana Hendry and illustrator Jane Chapman. With colourful costumes, beautiful puppets, a glittering snowy set, live music and lots of audience interaction, this charming festive show will melt even the chilliest of hearts. So, wrap up warm as Little Mouse (and Big Mouse) invite you to join in with the festivities. It’s going to be a jolly holly, snowy Christmas! Suitable for little mice aged 3yrs +. 10.30am. £8.50 (£7.50), Family £30. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002.

The Rotary Club of Gloucester’s Tree of Light nestles in the city centre at The Cross, providing a beautiful focal point. The Tree of Light allows you to remember loved ones at Christmas time whilst at the same time raising funds for worthwhile causes which support others who are in need. This event will be compered by BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Claire Carter and the tree will be switched on by the Mayor and Gloucester and England rugby star Ben Morgan. 6pm. Outside Gloucester Guildhall, Eastgate Street.

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Start the New Year with a laugh! For 2014 Promenade Productions, Cheltenham’s popular ‘panto provider’ have chosen a show which is a little different from the traditional pantomimes, but comes with more than its fair share of mayhem and merriment! Follow the legendary Robin Hood, as he battles the evil Sheriff of Nottingham to free the land from tyranny. Robin is, of course, aided by his merry men – Little John, Friar Tuck, Alan a Dale, to name but a few – while the evil Sheriff is hindered by his hilariously idiotic henchmen and a Soothsayer who fails miserably in her attempts to foretell the future in her crystal ball. Both Robin and the Sheriff are distracted by the beauty of Maid Marian whose nanny, Nora Tittle Tattle, adds even more hilarity to this highly entertaining pantomime. Loads of laughs, stunning sets, fabulous costumes, great dance routines, a large cast and lots of audience participation – a great night out! See you in Sherwood Forest! The panto runs from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th January 2014 at the Bacon Theatre – 7pm daily plus matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. Ticket prices £8-£14 and a Family of Four can share the fun for just £30 on Wednesday and Thursday performances – a great Christmas gift! Call Showcase on 01242 224144 now to reserve the best seats at the lowest prices.

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To enter our draw to win a pair of tickets, just send your name, address and telephone number to Robin Hood, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to – please state ‘Robin Hood’ in the subject line. Closing date: 14th November 2013. 6 DECEMBER JINGLE BELLS BALL The Capital Venue’s Christmas Jingle Bells Ball offers the perfect combination of fun, comedy, festive food and entertainment. Tables of 8 £160 or take advantage of the evening to meet new people and book onto an open table at £25 per seat, a minimum of 2 seats must be booked. The Capital Venue. 7 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS VINTAGE & CRAFT FAIR Enjoy some retail therapy at this popular city event, featuring traditional crafts and all things vintage. Adults £1, children free. 10am-5pm. Blackfriars Priory. 7 DECEMBER ONWARDS FLOODLIT SWAN FEEDS AT WWT Enjoy the magical spectacle of thousands of wild birds and Bewick swans wintering on Swan lake in floodlight. Listen to the warden’s commentary from the heated comfort of the observatory and discover how we identify each swan individually. Saturday and Sunday 6.15pm. £6/£4 excluding admission. Slimbridge WWT, GL2 7BT. 7-8, 14-15, 21-24 DECEMBER FARMER CHRISTMAS AT OVER FARM Enjoy a trailer ride with a helpful elf to Farmer Christmas’ grotto. Feed his donkeys and decorate his tree. Hot drinks and mince pies. Tickets £12 each child including 2 adults.

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7-8 & 14-24 DECEMBER SANTA CRUISES Sail with Santa – personalised presents for children, hot mince pies and festive drinks. Tickets also include a visit to the museum which will have Christmas workshops and lots more festive fun for everyone. Call 01452 318200 to book. £8.50 per person. Gloucester Waterways Museum. 7, 14, 21 DECEMBER SANTA’S CHARITY GROTTO Meet Santa in his grotto, bring your Christmas lists to him and have your photo taken with the main man! Your photo will then be put up on the Brewery’s Facebook page for you to upload free of charge. Santa will give a small chocolate gift to every child he meets. The grotto interior is kindly supplied by the Everyman theatre and staffed by the Stonehouse Rotary club. Also featuring Christmas star decorations from Cheltenham school children. Face painters wil be on hand to festively decorate your little one or turn them into their favourite character. 12-4pm. The Brewery, Cheltenham. 8 DECEMBER BRITTEN’S A CEREMONY OF CAROLS A special candlelight performance of Britten’s beautiful music sung by the Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral Choir accompanied by Eluned Pierce on harp in the Cathedral Quire. Admission is free and no ticket is required. 4pm. Gloucester Cathedral.

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phone 01452 522682 – booking essential! Restricted access – please enquire when booking. Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. 19 DECEMBER STOCKING FILLER MARKET Lots of stalls and pre-Christmas entertainment. An opportunity to buy those last minute gifts from this final Gate Street market of the year. 5-8.30pm. Gate Streets. 20 DECEMBER CAROLS IN THE CATHEDRAL 2pm. Gloucester Cathedral. Admission is free but please contact 01452 422660 or to request seats. 21 DECEMBER CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CRAFTS Fun packed activities to make Christmas extra special. Tickets in advance £6 per person. 9.30am-4pm. Nature in Art. ST CECILIA SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT 7.30pm. Gloucester Cathedral. Tickets £14 (£7 under 18’s) on the door on the night. Available from Cathedral Shop 01452 229813 and from Gloucester & Cheltenham Tourist Information Centres. 23 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL 3pm Family Crib Service with the lighting of the Christmas Trees & 6pm Christmas Carol Service.


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Wonderful entertainment for wildlife lovers and photographers alike! Multi-award winning wildlife photographer and conservationist Andy Rouse is a ‘larger than life’ character, and his ‘Wild about Animals’ tour showcases his latest work from around the world and the UK. Great pictures, funny anecdotes, irreverent chat, toe tapping music – it’s all in his action-packed show which is suitable for photographers and animal lovers alike. It’s a great night out! Andy has published 18 books and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Tiger and Gorilla conservation projects. He says: “My aim is to inspire others to love the natural world as I do – only by caring will we ever hope to conserve what we have for generations to come.” He is bringing his show to the Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, and the Blake Theatre, Monmouth, on Fridays 1st & 8th November respectively to entertain each audience with a unique portrayal of his fun relationships with animals such as Grizzly Bears, Cheetah and Mountain Gorillas. He’ll also be talking about his project on local Little Owls too, and will deliver a thought provoking segment on the wildlife and endangered rainforests of Madagascar. Andy will also explain how a Grizzly Bear once sniffed his foot – and it lived to tell the tale!



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D i d y o u k n o w? The origins of the lawnmower Edwin Beard Budding was a mechanic – building and repairing machinery for the textile mills of the Stroud valleys. He got the idea of the lawnmower after seeing a machine in a local cloth mill which used a cutting cylinder mounted on a bench to trim the irregular nap from the surface of woollen cloth and give a smooth finish. He realised that a similar device could be used to cut grass if the mechanism was mounted in a wheeled frame to make the blades rotate close to the lawn’s surface. It's rumoured that Budding tested his grass cutting prototype at night to avoid curiosity and ridicule from his neighbours. The first machine produced was 19 inches wide with a frame made of wrought iron. The mower was pushed from behind with the motive power coming from the rear land roller which drove gears to transfer the drive to the knives on the cutting cylinder. There was another roller placed in between the cutting cylinder and the land roller which was adjustable to alter the height of cut. On cutting, the grass clippings were hurled forward into a tray like box. It was soon realised, however, that an extra handle was needed in front of the machine which could be used to help pull it along. Two of the earliest Budding machines sold went to Regent’s Park Zoological Gardens in London and the Oxford Colleges. Budding entered into partnership with local engineer John Ferrabee in May 1830 – Ferrabee paid the costs of development, obtained letters of patent and acquired rights to manufacture, sell and license other manufacturers in the production of lawn mowers. Budding’s mower was designed primarily to cut the lawn on sports grounds and extensive gardens, as a superior alternative to the scythe, and was granted a British patent on 31 August 1830. It took ten more years and further innovations to create a machine that could be worked by animals, and sixty years before a steam-powered lawn mower was built. Ferrabee and Budding made the mowers in a factory at Thrupp Mill near Stroud. In 1851 it became the Phoenix Ironworks and produced cloth making machines, water wheels, agricultural machinery and steam engines as well as lawnmowers. By 1862 the company was making eight models of lawnmower in various sizes and had produced over 5,000 machines before production ceased in 1863. Budding also invented the “screw” system on an adjustable spanner! Page 36

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Surviving a downturn in the economy doesn’t just mean making it through a recession. It means managing the first signs of growth too. Despite the last few years being the worst economic period in living memory, the number of businesses suffering formal insolvency proceedings is well short of the levels seen in previous recessions. So have all those surviving businesses weathered the storm and have a solid platform on which to build in the good times, or have they scraped by and are ill-equipped to cope with growth? In these circumstances, cash is king. You have survived, but have you got the cash reserves to allow you to take on more staff, invest in equipment or purchase stock? If you are managing cash, make sure you don’t work for nothing. There is no substitute for good credit control. You couldn’t walk out of a shop without paying for the goods (well, not legally at least), so why allow business customers to get away without settling their debt? Think about invoicing in advance or in instalments as the work is done. It’s no good assuming that the banks will lend you the money. They might – for the right proposition – but there is no substitute for a properly capitalised business that generates and retains reserves to invest in its future. Planning is vital too. Managing cash flow means knowing what your costs and income are likely to be. I see too many firms who don’t budget or plan cash flow. Their chances of managing the upswing are not as strong as those who do. Roger Downes FCA – Managing Director 01242 244856

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Take measures to put off opportunists As we head towards the end of Autumn and the start of the Winter period, and in light of Operation Switch – our campaign to increase awareness of home security – I feel it is only right that I begin the column this month with some advice that may help prevent you becoming a victim of burglary. I must stress that it is very, very rare that thieves will enter your house if they believe that someone is inside. However, we have always found that during the Autumn/Winter months opportunist thieves tend to increase their activity because the dark early evenings give them a chance to see if anyone is at home and then strike. With a few simple measures though, you will be able to stop them finding out. Leaving lights on timers, fitting Neil Smith movement activating lights in your Gloucester Inspector gardens and closing curtains are all very easy, highly effective measures that you can take. Security devices like timer switches are available at the reception of Gloucester police station, and I would encourage you to purchase some of these. Please also visit – more information can be found at the crime reduction pages on our website. If you wish to consult one of our team about measures you can put in place, please make contact with us via 101. Away from our seasonal crime reduction advice, our work as part of the Avenger Task Force – the multi agency project to clamp down on gang activity in the city – continues. You may have read recently of an attack on a gang member who was assaulted and humiliated while being filmed on a mobile phone – all because he criticised one of the gangs. The attack was very unsettling and I am sure many people in the city will be shocked. I understand that, but would also like to reassure people that all the work we have been doing in mapping out the gangs and encouraging people to come forward has given us a clearer picture than ever before of the full extent of the issue. Again I can reassure people the problem is nowhere near the scale of big cities like Birmingham. It is an issue of concern though, which is why we are tackling it head on with our partners. While our crime operations team did a brilliant job gathering the evidence in this case, even when the offenders thought they had covered their tracks, the investigation began because a third party was brave enough to come forward to someone in the Operation Avenger team. That is a huge vindication of the project and the benefits it’s already yielding. I’m confident we are on track to beat this problem. Please remember – information about gangs or gang activity can be reported on 101 or emailed anonymously to


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Index of Advertisers Food & Entertainment Bowden Hall Café René Gloucester Brewery Holiday Inn Sebz Slimbridge WWT The Edgemoor The Old Rectory The Tudor Arms Tiger’s Eye

25 8 & 11 7 & 15 9 11 14 9 9 9 6 & 11

What’s On Attractions & Events Abbey Mill Wild About Animals Bacon Theatre Burley Fields Capital Venue Cheltenham College Everyman Theatre Taurus Crafts Over Farm Prinknash Clubs & Sports Bicko’s Bike Shack Discount Cycle Warehouse Gloucester Rugby Prescott Shooting Shipton Golf Course The Warehouse

16 30 16 17 & 24 21 20 18 15 19 22-23 24 11 15 31 11 29

Health & Beauty Bowen Technique Deano’s Mobile Barber GS Physiotheraphy & Sports Severn Sun Tai-Chi

12 12 12 12

Homes & Gardens Bathrooms Severn Vale Bathrooms Building Services ARD Developments BE Rudman

52 44 32

Elite Loft Ladders FarrDenn Construction GlosBuild Plastering & Renovation Premiere Property Maintenance RS Cladding & Roofing Staverton Building Supplies SWS Plastering Total Property Maintenance Carpentry Rhodes Carpentry Cleaning Services Britannia Cleaning Clean Rescue MY Cleaning Services Oven Busters Electrical Services GRP Electrical Furnishing & Appliances Britannia Dehumidifier MWE Furnishings Quedgeley Carpets Privacy Blinds Spa Service Domestic Apps. Sapphire Carpets Garden Services Chosen Lawnmower Services JR Landscapes Master Sheds Woodlands Tree & Garden Heating & Plumbing A&R Stoves Fire Wood KB Plumber Pete T Plumbing Plumb It Plumbing 1st Pure Plumbing & Heating Maisemore Apiaries Stove and Fireplaces Kitchens Hatherley Worktops Painting & Decorating A.D.A.M.S.

36 40 44 43 34 42 2 42 34 43 43 34 46 37 47 38 32 38 32 41 41 37 35 35 34 32 35 42 36 42 38 50 36 38 41 37

KDS Painting & Decorating Female Decorator Retail Cash 4 Clothes Pound Farm Shop Vinyl Records What! TV & Aerials 1st Choice Aerials & Satellites Windows & Doors Albany Windows C&L Windows Cloudy 2 Clear Emperor Windows

40 47 24 37 24 26-27 36 49 39 40 33

Professional Services Auctioneers Chorleys Care Homes & Services Churchill Retirement Living Computers & Software Shiraz Badat Legal & Finance Aspray Books Angel Bowden & Young HATS Locksmith Cheltenham Locksmith Daniel Cox Locksmith Motors AB Motor Vehicle Services Pets BJ Luxury Kennels and Cattery Recruitment Anderson Recruitment Northwood Lettings Security Jacksmen & Securi-Dogs Skip Hire & Recycling Stevens Recycling D.R. Skip Hire Utilities Utility Warehouse

31 4 47 4 47 47 46 46 49 49 13 45 45 49 46 43 43 & 48

COMPETITION WINNERS Thanks to all who took part in last month’s competitions, and congratulations to the winners: Paul Merton – Pair of tickets for Impro Chums – Roger Smith of Nine Elms Road. Inn at Fossebridge – 2 course meal for 2 – Tracey Millard of Hucclecote. Bacon Theatre – Pair of tickets for a Viking Tale – Geoffrey North of Churchdown, Christopher Harvey of Overbrook Close and Nigel Sargeant of Prices Ground. Andy Rouse – Pair of tickets for Wild about Animals – Josi Murfitt of Oxford Road Everyman Theatre – Pair of tickets for Severn Brides for Seven Brothers – Toni Hill of Hucclecote, Mr and Mrs Newton-Jones and Michelle Shepstone of Quedgeley.

COMPETITION RULES 1 Prizes are as stated and no cash or prize alternative will be offered. 2 Employees of The Local Answer and their families or households are not eligible to enter. 3 The first correct entry drawn at random after the closing date will win the prize as stated. 4 The winner will be notified by telephone after the closing date has passed. 5 The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 6 Entrants must be over 18 years, unless stated. 7 Proof of posting is not regarded as proof of receipt of entry. 8 The Local Answer accepts no responsibility for the provision of the prize, which remains at all times the full responsibility of the prize donor(s). 9 By entering any competition you agree to have your name published in the next issue of The Local Answer should you be drawn as a winner of the prize.


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