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Summer is over and the warm weather seems to have disappeared with it. But don’t despair – there’s plenty to look forward to in the coming months with Halloween at the end of October and Christmas just round the corner! The ever-popular Frightmare Festival is back at Over Farm Market this month – take a ride on the Haunted Hayride or enter the Fright House, but be sure to book soon as this spooky spectacular is bound to sell out fast! Alternatively join in the fun at Prinknash Bird and Deer Park with face painting, fortune telling and a walk around the enchanted woods! If you’re interested in photography, wildlife and conservation, be sure to book tickets for ‘Wild about Animals’. Presented by award-winning photographer Andy Rouse, it promises to be a great evening’s entertainment at the Bacon Theatre. And here’s one for the ladies – a vintage themed Ladies Lunch Fashion Show at Gloucester Rugby Club where the models are sure to dazzle in their 50’s style attire. Fans of the hit TV show, ‘Have I Got News For You’ may be aware that one of its stars, Paul Merton, is coming to Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 19th October with his group of ‘Impro Chums’. They will provide a night of new and unique comedy inspired by you, the audience! Finally, we can all look forward to an extra hour in bed towards the end of October, as the clocks go back! See our ‘Did You Know?’ feature for a bit of background information about why this system was implemented.

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Stars of spontaneity come to town Cheltenham Town Hall plays host to Paul Merton and his worldrenowned ‘Impro Chums’ on Saturday 19th October – the third night of their UK 2013 Autumn Tour which runs until 23rd November. Paul and his chums – Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Mike McShane and Suki Webster – will create a new and unique comedy show every single night, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off. They are a unique, vintage blend of experience and inventiveness: Paul Merton is a founder member of The Comedy Store Players, and still regulary appears at the ‘Comedy Store’. Mike McShane is best known as one of the original crew of ‘Whose Line’ and has been to and fro, from America to Britain with stops in Hollywood in between. He is married to the beautiful and gifted Karen, and is tolerated by an English cat named Henry. He would like to thank his fellow Chums for keeping him sane. Lee Simpson became a member of The Comedy Store Players in 1987. He is a founder member of ‘Improbable’, one of the country’s foremost theatre companies and, along with

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Richard Vranch, he wrote and performed on ‘Paul Merton – The Tour’ and ‘Paul Merton – The Palladium’, he also directed Paul in ‘Paul Merton – And This is Me’. Richard Vranch is also a Comedy Store Player. He improvises and writes comedy, and does voiceovers, animations and panel shows. He’s appeared on Radio 4’s ‘Just a Minute’, and toured the world – from Mexico to Palestine – acting in sketch shows. He has a PhD and presented a Channel 4 science show. He now performs a comedy/science/hula-hoop act ‘Dr Hula’. Suki Webster is a regular guest of The Comedy Store Players and has toured the world with ‘Paul Merton And His Impro Chums’. More recently she co-wrote ‘Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock’ (BBC4/2) and a Morecambe and Wise tribute show (BBC1). She also cowrote, and was Assistant Director on, ‘Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood’ (BBC2). Don’t miss out on a fantastic and unique night of entertainment. If you’re unable to attend the Cheltenham event, you can still catch the act nearby – the chums are at Coventry, Swindon and Bristol on 2nd 11th and 19th November respectively. For further information and a full list of tour dates visit

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An education in entertainment Paul Merton – one of Britan’s best loved comedians – is well known for his improvisation skill. His humour is rooted in deadpan, surreal and sometimes dark comedy and he is considered by a number of critics and fellow entertainers to be among the nation’s greatest comedians. He is a regular guest on Radio 4’s ‘Just A Minute’ and is an established face on TV shows such as the hugely popular ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘Room 101’, ‘Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock’ (BBC4/2), ‘Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood’ (BBC 2) and his travel series for Channel Five in India, China, Europe and, more recently, ‘Paul Merton’s Adventures’ and the televised series of ‘Just A Minute’ (BBC2). Paul was born on 9 July 1957 in Parsons Green, London, to his English father – Albert Martin, a train guard on the London Underground – and his Irish mother, Mary Ann (neé Power).

Long-running banter Over many years appearing on ‘Have I Got News For You’, the viewing public have been entertained at times by Paul’s banter with fellow team captain Ian Hislop regarding their educational backgrounds. Ian became head boy at independent boarding school Ardingly College before reading English Literature at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, while Paul failed his ‘Eleven Plus’ before attending Wimbledon College, a Jesuitrun secondary school that had just become a comprehensive, where he achieved A-levels in English and History. After leaving school, Paul

worked at the Tooting employment office for seven years. Paul often claims he was inspired to go into comedy at an early age watching clowns at a circus, remembering: “I had no idea that adults could behave like that”. He gained his earliest professional credits under his birth name (Paul James Martin), including an appearance as a yokel in ‘Time’ – an episode of The Young Ones in 1984. On joining Equity he found the name Paul Martin was already taken, so he renamed himself after Merton – the district of London where he grew up. Though he had harboured serious ambitions of becoming a performing comedian since his school days, it wasn’t until April 1982, at the ‘Comedy Store’ in Soho, that his dream was realised. He recalls that on only his second or third night he ‘found’ the dour role that has influenced his comic approach ever since.

Paul will be performing with his ‘Impro Chums’ at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 19th October (see opposite page). For your chance to win a pair of tickets to this night of spontaneous wit, enter our draw by sending your name, address and telephone number to Impro Chums, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Ullenwood, Cheltenham GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to – please state ‘Impro Chums’ in the subject line. Closing date: Friday 11th October 2013.

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Delicious Dishes Caramelised Tarts with Toffee Sauce

Ingredients: 300g/12oz puff pastry; 500g/1lb 4oz apples, such as Braeburn or Cox; 1⁄2 lemon; 75g/3oz soft brown sugar; 50g/2oz butter; 100ml/4floz double cream; caster sugar. Method: Toffee sauce – this can be made several days ahead, kept in the fridge and then gently warmed when ready to serve. 1 Heat the butter and brown sugar, stirring until dissolved. 2 Gently boil until the sugar turns golden brown. 3 Add the cream and simmer for 2-3 minutes until golden and thickened. Caremelised Tarts 1 Preheat oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. 2 Roll out pastry to 5mm/1⁄4in thick. Cut six 10cm/4in circles and knock up the sides with the back of a knife. Score a line with a knife 2cm/3⁄4 in from the

outside of each circle. Prick the inner area with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and return to the fridge. 3 Peel, core and slice 400g/1lb of the apples. Place in a saucepan with 15ml/1 tablespoon water and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Cook over a gentle heat until softened. Cool. 4 Thinly slice the remaining apple, removing the core but not the skin. Place a spoonful of the apple puree in the centre of each pastry circle. Spread to where the line is scored. Arrange the sliced apple over the top. Brush the pastry rim with milk, sprinkle with caster sugar and cook for 20 minutes. Serve with a scoop of ice-cream.

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Withington and Our front cover this month shows a delightful landmark in the village of Withington – a stone crocodile head which jets water into a trough all year round. It was created in Victorian times and recently renovated by local a stonemason. Withington is a small Cotswold The Loca l village between Cheltenham and Cirencester straddling the River Coln. On the west bank of Withington the village rises, encompassing the manor house and the Grade I listed church of St Michael and All Angels which dates back to the 12th Century. In 2006 an archaeological dig was conducted in the village and televised by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ programme. A family of moles had uncovered pieces of mosaic which were then noticed by local archaeologist Roger Box who called in the Time Team to investigate. They spent three days digging the site and uncovered a previously unknown Roman Villa. Just downsteam from the crocodile is Fossebridge – a pretty hamlet with four acres of gardens and a lake. Why not visit the crocodile and then take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Chedworth Woods – see this month’s ‘Short Walk’ on the next page. You could then, perhaps, warm yourself up and indulge in a superb lunch and refreshments at The Inn at Fossebridge – a charming 17th century coaching inn with a cosy bar and log fires. Why not enter our competition (above right) and you may enjoy your lunch or dinner for free! YOUR FAVOURITE FREEMIUM


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WIN A 2-COURSE MEAL FOR 2 PEOPLE! Courtesy of The Inn at Fossebridge we’ve got a Two-course Meal for Two People for one lucky reader to win. The Inn at Fossebridge is located in the pretty hamlet of Fossebridge, where the Fosse Way drops into the Cotswolds valley of the River Coln, an area of outstanding natural beauty. During the autumn, you can enjoy a brisk stroll around the lake and then retreat inside for a warming meal. There are also delightful walks to be discovered from the grounds up to Stowell Park, Yanworth and Chedworth Roman Villa. To enter our draw, just send your name, address and telephone number to Fossebridge, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to – please state ‘Fossebridge’ in the subject line. Closing date: Monday 14th October 2013.



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1 These are the remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in Britain. It is thought to have been inhabited as a country house over a period of 250 years. The location was chosen for its sheltered position, water supply, and communications. The first villa was built in the 2nd century but was later altered and enlarged some time in the 4th century, from which the present buildings date. The first remains were discovered by accident in 1864 by a gamekeeper who began to notice fragments of Roman paving and pottery among the rabbit burrows. A museum now houses finds from the site, and there are several impressive mosaics of varying quality, the remains of two bathhouses and hypocausts for underfloor heating.

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This is a pleasant walk that includes the wooded banks of the River Coln. When planning the walk allow plenty of time to visit the Roman villa, owned by the National Trust, it is regarded as one of the finest examples in Britain. It gives a fascinating insight into 4th century Roman Britain and has some beautiful mosaics.



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The Romans introduced large edible snails to Britain and they can still be seen in and around the villa.

A Use the car park near the villa. Walk back down the road to the gates on the right at the bottom of the hill and turn right along the track. Continue to the road and carry on a short way just past the house on the right. B Turn right up the steps into the wood. Cross the first track and turn right at a second track. After about 30yds (27m) bear half-left downhill to the main track in the valley. Turn right and follow this track up the valley to the open field. 2 The ancient Chedworth Woods have a great diversity of flora and fauna. Ancient woods are those which were in existence before 1600 and because of this they tend to be very rich in wildlife. Bluebell, primrose and wood spurge can all be seen in the area as well as ramsons (wild garlic) and wild strawberry. There are also many woodland birds such as tawny owls, woodcock, nuthatch, blackcap, wood warbler and wren. In damp weather the large Roman snail which was introduced by the Romans might be spotted.

C At the entrance to the field, turn slightly left and head uphill across the field, aiming for the marker posts visible in the distance. Bear left slightly as you pass the two trees and join the road. D Turn right for ½ mile (800m) to a bridleway on the right just as the road starts to descend steeply. E Turn right and follow the track, passing the buildings on the right and walk through several gates. F As the track ends continue along the path which bears slightly right, just to the right of the gate straight ahead. Follow the path into the wood and continue downhill. Stay on the path to a stile and then follow the track straight ahead for a Chedworth short distance. At the road turn left back to the car.

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Turntable or Triangle? A very small part of my job as Council Leader is approving street names for new developments in Gloucester. I don’t decide them alone. Council officers suggest the names based on a series of rules – i.e. they can’t normally be named after people who are still alive and they can’t be too similar to anything else that already exists locally. The Royal Mail are consulted and so are local councillors. Most of the time I accept the suggestions put to me. I was pleased to see that the former Gloscat site on Brunswick Road is to revert to being called Friars Orchard – the name it had when my old school, The Crypt, was there until the early 1940s. But I don’t always rubber-stamp the suggestions. The road serving the new development at the Railway Triangle was due to be called Turntable Way (for good reasons – it was a railway turntable, but I thought this sounded a bit like a record player!). I put it to the public, had a huge response and we called it Triangle Way. The development of the former Gardner Denver site on Barton Street is called Diamond Jubilee Close because construction started during the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign. The original name put forward was uninspiring Bluetree Close. We

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are one of only a few places in the country to have a road named after the Diamond Jubilee. Cavalier Close was rejected as a name for the Musket development in Matson because Gloucester was a Parliamentarian stronghold in the civil war. I vetoed the name Infants Close for a small development adjoining Longlevens Infants School in Cheltenham Road. I went out to the public and we settled on The Haylings, after a former local grocery shop. So a lot of thought goes into these names – like some of the older streets in the city named after famous Gloucester figures such as Massey Road in Barton, Robert Raikes Avenue in Tuffley, Thomas Stock Gardens in Abbeymead or Whitfield Street in the city centre, or the Inner Relief Road named after our twin cities – Metz, Trier, Gouda and St Ann. There will be plenty of street naming to do in the years ahead. If you’ve got an idea for someone or something we should commemorate, please let me know.


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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. 1-5 OCTOBER THE GRAND GESTURE

Northern Broadsides return to the Everyman with a riotous production of comic mayhem and exquisite farce, complete with a gypsy band and heavenly choir. Simeon Duff is working class, unemployed and desperate. His wife works. He’s lost all self esteem. He’s on the scrap heap and wants to end it all ... and so begins this brilliantly insane comedy about a man on the edge. 7.45pm. Tickets from £14. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 2 OCTOBER HANNAH FAULKNER Acoustic soul at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 4 OCTOBER THE OCCASIONALLY BIG BAND & FRIENDS Performing at Charlton Kings Club, Church Street, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8AB. 7.30-11.30pm. Playing an electric mix of pop, light rock, blues and soul music from the 60’s to the present day, covering the likes of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, etc to name just a few. Tickets £5

call 01242 535922. Festival feel but indoors – bring a picnic but strictly no alcohol please, there is a bar! Check out MOLLY SAMSON & THE CAUTIONARY TALES Bar room folk at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 4-13 OCTOBER CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL Whether it is the biggest names in sport, radiio, art, theatre, politics or publishing the literature festival has them all. Visit to find out more details and book tickets. 5 OCTOBER COTSWOLD MORRIS DANCE WORKSHOP A fun introduction to the art of Morris dancing! 10am-4pm at The Guild Hall, Gloucester. Everyone 16+ welcome. Visit the website for booking and information. 6 OCTOBER THE HEART OF THE COTSWOLDS WEDDING SHOW The latest bridal wear, floral arrangements, photography, jewellery and cake designs! Free entry, free welcome drink, free beauty treatments, amazing prizes, live music and fabulous goodie bag. 11am-3.30pm. Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, The Square, Chipping Campden GL55 6AN. FOREST SHOWCASE – FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL Marquees of more than 70 local producers plus cookery demonstrations and children’s workshops, arts and crafts and live music. The festival will be opened by BBC TV food personality Gregg Wallace who will be guest of honour throughout the day.

Tickets available to buy on the day. Adults £3.50, u18’s £1.50, family ticket £8. Visit for more details. 10am-5pm. Speech House Hotel Grounds, Coleford, GL16 7EL. 8-12 OCTOBER TO SIR WITH LOVE

Matthew Kelly and Ansu Kabia star in a new stage adaptation of E R Braithwaite’s autobiography, peppered with the songs and dances of the late 40’s; a time of austerity like our own where love, inspiration and hope win through against all the odds. 7.45pm daily and 2pm matinee Thurs & Sat. Tickets from £17. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573.



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9 OCTOBER PHIL KING Invigorating acoustic at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 9-10 OCTOBER TEWKESBURY MOP FAIR Largest street fair in Gloucestershire with sideshows, stalls, traditional games and fun fair. More information from Tewkesbury Tourist Information Centre 01684 855040. 11 OCTOBER AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE FOR BEGINNERS Square Dancing is a proven way to stay healthy. Cheltenham Square Dancing Club are looking for new members to join their club and enjoy evening and weekend dances. They meet at 7:45 at the Holy Apostles Church Hall, Charlton Kings every Friday. It is a superb way of improving your health and above all it is sociable and fun. To find out more please phone John Pearson on 01242 584179 or visit ALL CRAMPED UP Classic cramps covers at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. NGS OPEN DAY AT SUDELEY CASTLE 14 acres of beautiful gardens, topiary features, the famous Queens rose garden, and the Victorian kitchen garden. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated


to NGS on this day. Adults £11, children £6.50, Sudeley Castle, Near Winchcombe GL54 5JD 12 OCTOBER A UKELELE EXPERIENCE Enjoy a Ukelele Experience supported by Cynthia Baron with ‘Amusing Monologues’. In aid of The Smiles Foundation Elderly Care Unit (Romania). 7pm at Charlton Kings Baptist Church. Tickets £4 (Available from Kings Coffee House, Mary Jones 01242 511269 and on the door). THE BEACON GOSPEL CHOIR A toe-tapping evening of Gospel music to raise funds for various Severn Vale Rotary charities. 7pm at The Capital Venue, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester, GL2 2AB. Tickets £7 including wine and canapes. Box Office: 01452 223214 or book online at TEWKESBURY FARMERS MARKET & CRAFT MARKET Run by Grenchurch Markets, including craft market featuring work by local artists and crafts people. Local stall holders selling fruit and veg, cakes, cheese and meat. The Abbey Lawns Car Park, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury GL20 5PG. 9am-1.30pm. FOOD MARKET Featuring the very best in locally produced food and drink. Why not lunch in the market, enjoy the music and a glass of wine. Cookery demonstration by Helen Rossiter and a huge selection of our on site gifts and artwork. Free parking. 11am-4pm. Taurus Crafts, The Old Park, Lydney, Forest of Dean GL15 6BU.

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Fresh, fun, full of inspiration and features catwalk shows, over 40 suppliers, live entertainment, demonstrations and more. Let us help you plan your perfect day. RIDE FOR RYDER We’re asking you to get active this October by taking part in a 35 mile bike ride in Cheltenham for Sue Ryder. Not only is 2013 the 60th anniversary of Sue Ryder, it’s also Ride for Ryder’s 25th birthday. What better year to come on down and help raise vital funds for people in Gloucestershire living with incurable illness? Open to people of all fitness levels – whether you’re a keen cyclist or just want to make a day of it with your friends or family. Celebrate with Sue Ryder and support Leckhampton Court Hospice. The event starts at Burley Fields, Leckhampton Lane, Cheltenham. Entry fee £12. For more information and to register go to, or email or call 01242 246274.

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18 OCTOBER SKAVILLE Ska anthems and northern soul classics at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 18-19 OCTOBER THE SHOWCASE AT CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE Offering the chance to see seven highly competitive races each day and experience the racecourse atmosphere such as watching a race in the commentary box or seeing the jockeys weigh in after the race. Tickets from £9. 19 OCTOBER OPEN MORNING AT THE KING’S SCHOOL, GLOUCESTER

Tom Conti stars in this gripping courtroom drama as James Highwood, a television journalist who admits a killing but perversely chooses to defend himself, pushing the tolerance of the court to its limits and framing his defence in terms calculated to incense the judge. It will keep you guessing until the very end – not to be missed! 7.45pm. Tickets from £14. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 16 OCTOBER RUSS POOLE Acoustic singer/songwriter at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm.

Paul Merton, one of the UK’s best-loved performers, and his world renowned Impro Chums: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster will create a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off. 8pm. Tickets from £19. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA. 0844 576 2210. 19-20 OCTOBER GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S MIND, BODY & SOUL WEEKEND Complementary Medicine, Holistic Healing, Alternative Spirituality. Free parking, free talks and workshops. 10am5pm. Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham.

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. Personalised school tours.10am-12pm. 01452 337337.

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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 & Andy Rouse has kindly given us a pair of tickets for one lucky 8th November respectively to reader to see his ‘Wild about Animals’ show at the Bacon entertain each audience with a unique Theatre on Friday 1st November at 7.30pm. portrayal of his fun relationships with To enter our draw, just send your name, address and animals such as Grizzly Bears, Cheetah and Mountain Gorillas. telephone number to Wild about Animals, The Local Answer, He’ll also be talking about his project on local Little Owls too, and 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, will deliver a thought provoking segment on the wildlife and email details to – please endangered rainforests of Madagascar. Andy will also explain how state ‘Wild about Animals’ in the subject line. Closing date: a Grizzly Bear once sniffed his foot – and it lived to tell the tale! Monday 14th October 2013.


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A fabulous evening of music with 30 wellloved tunes from Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Les Misérables, Grease, The Lion King, West Side Story and many more performed live on stage by eight of the country’s finest singers and dancers. Back to Broadway combines captivating performances with dazzling costumes, stunning lighting effects and an amazing New York setting, to bring the excitement of Broadway and London’s West End together for one night of pure entertainment – the very best of Musical Theatre, with its drama, its beauty and its sheer joy. 7.30pm. £16 (£14). Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. FUNKINSTEINS Dance funk rock at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm.

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23 OCTOBER GLOUCESTER STYLE FESTIVAL Come and enjoy a vintage and cherry themed ‘Ladies Lunch’ as part of Gloucester Style festival, with an afternoon tea feel and 50’s styled models with bright lips and big wavy hair. At Gloucester Rugby Club, Kingsholm Stadium, Kingsholm, Gloucester GL1 3AX. Enjoy a drinks reception overlooking the ground followed by a beautiful 2 course lunch. From 122.30pm. £30pp. For tickets or more information. INDULGENCE EVENING AT STUART HOLMES SALON Hear from ex-Royal Butler Grant Harrold – guest speaker at this fabulous evening. Join some of Cheltenham’s favourite bars, eateries, shops and others as the awardwinning Stuart Holmes team and Indulgence Partners treat you to demonstrations, tasters, treatments and more. LIVE@GLOUCESTER STUDIO PRESENTS ‘BEST OF GLOS’ ACOUSTIC NIGHT Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. 24-26 OCTOBER THE RIVALS Presented by the Charlton Kings Community Players. St Edward’s Senior School Performance Hall at 7.30pm. £7.50 adults and £5 for persons aged 16 or under. For booking and more details, visit


19 OCTOBER-2 NOVEMBER FRIGHTMARE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL AT OVER FARM From a terrifying journey on the haunted hayride to a walk through your worst nightmare, a cast of bloody and scary characters will be waiting for you at Over Farm this Halloween. Visit for full details and to book advance tickets. 20 OCTOBER THISTLE WEDDING FAYRE Cheltenham Thistle Hotel. Open 11am3pm. Admission Free. Further details WEST GLOUCESTERSHIRE WEDDING SHOW The latest bridal wear, floral arrangements, photography, jewellery and cake designs! Free entry, free welcome drink, fabulous goodie bag, free parking and live music. 11am-3.30pm. Stonehouse Court Hotel, Bristol Road, Stonehouse GL10 3RA. 22-26 OCTOBER CIPHERS Following their recent successes with Our Country’s Good and Top Girls, Out of Joint return to the Everyman with a new play about spies, double agents, and the opaqueness of the human soul. Written by Stroud-based writer Dawn King, Ciphers begs the question: how well can you ever know someone who lies for a living? 7.45pm. Tickets from £10. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573.

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Twisted Tale Haunted Hayride Take a fun and terrifying ride on the legendary Haunted Hayride. Who knows what you’ll find along the way! PANIC! The Scare Award-winning PANIC! Is back for its’ second year. Enter at your own risk, but don’t panic! Fright House Lying abandoned, desolate and long since forgotten sits an old farm house.

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26 OCTOBER HAVE A GOOD DAY With Prescott Shooting. No experience or licence required. 1 hour sessions including clay shooting, archery and air rifles, from £20 per person. Tel: Dan on 01242 673542 or 07921 951477. 26 OCTOBER-3 NOVEMBER HALLOWEEN THEMED ACTIVITIES A wide selection of activities for children and families throughout the holiday including: pumpkin carving, trick or treat trees!, skeleton puppets, halloween lanterns, big monster cushions, stonemasonry and halloween chocolate making, Taurus Crafts, The Old Park, Lydney, Forest of Dean GL15 6BU. 27 OCTOBER THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE WEDDING SHOW Free advice from the professionals with rings, flowers, dresses, cakes, formal wear, invitations and much much more. Free entry, free goodie bag, free parking, live music and entertainment. 11am-3.30pm. Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Shurdington Road, Brockworth GL3 4PB. 29 OCTOBER BALLET BLACK Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black highlights and celebrates the talents of black and Asian dancers from around the world. 7.45pm. Tickets from £19. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573.


Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon’s style is observational, the subject matter is Life Itself, and the default expression is one of utter disbelief! Sometimes thoughtful, sometimes silly, but always punchy. 8pm. Tickets from £20. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. RICH O’BRIEN PROJECT Jazz and funk at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. 9pm.


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31 OCTOBER TO 2 NOVEMBER THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) Presented by the Reduced Shakespeare Company – the play that launched a thousand reductions! The longest running comedy in London’s West End! All 37 plays in 97 Minutes! Now revised for 2013 with the same recycled jokes – just put in a different order. 7.45pm. Tickets from £20. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 1 NOVEMBER WILD ABOUT ANIMALS

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. 7.30pm. £15 (£13.50). Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002.

Try 5 matches at Gloucester Rugby WIN TICKETS! Gloucester Rugby take on London Wasps in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday 2nd November kick off 3pm, Live at Kingsholm. For your chance to win 2 x silver tickets in the Mira Showers Stand simply answer the following question: Who made their 100th appearance for Gloucester Rugby at the away fixture against Saracens on Saturday 14th September 2013?

Gloucester Rugby are pleased to announce the launch of the Try 5 match ticket package which allows supporters the opportunity to choose 5 matches for one great price. Select 5 matches in The Shed for just £80 or a Silver seat in the Mira Showers Stand for just £130. Supporters can choose one game from Group 1, two games from Group 2 and two games from Group 3 to complete their Try 5. Group 1: • Leicester Tigers – Saturday 30 Nov. • Saracens – Saturday 4 Jan.

• Harlequins – Saturday 22 Feb. • Bath Rugby – Saturday 12 Feb. Group 2: • USA Perpignan – Saturday 12 Oct. • London Wasps – Saturday 2 Nov. • Newcastle Falcons – Sat. 16 Nov. • Worcester Warriors – Sat. 21 Dec. Group 3: • Edinburgh Rugby – Sunday 15 Dec. • London Wasps – 31/1/2 Feb TBC. • Newcastle Falcons – Saturday 22 Mar. • London Irish – Saturday 3 May. For more information and to book your Try 5 package simply contact the ticket office on 0871 871 8781 option 2.

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humour, fast-paced physical theatre and inspired by a sweeping Icelandic folk tale, SOOP Theatre weave a magical tale for brave adventurers aged 9 years and over. 2.30pm. Tickets: £10 (£7.50) Family £30. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. 3 NOVEMBER LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

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 A VIKING TALE

Presented by SOOP Theatre. Join Sigurd, the greatest Viking of them all, on an epic adventure – slaying a dragon, capturing gold and conquering a forest of flame; all with his faithful horse by his side. But when a cruel spell tricks his true love, Sigurd faces his toughest challenge yet. Packed with

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

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costumes, fabulous sets, special effects and sassy high energy performances. Starring Sam Attwater and Helena Blackman. 7.45pm daily and 2pm matinee Thursday & Saturday. Tickets from £19. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 8-16 NOVEMBER TOY SALE This year is the 31st annual toy sale at Charlton Kings Baptist church, their chosen charity is ACORNS Children’s Hospice. Every day except SUNDAY. Opening Hours 9.15 until 4.30pm. A vast range of goods on sale toys, games, books, DVD’s, CDs, Wii games, new jewellery and unwanted presents etc. For more info contact 01242 522559. 8 NOVEMBER LIMEHOUSE LIZZY

Renowned for an action-packed, pyrotechnic-fuelled, explosion of a show, 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.


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WIN TICKETS! The Everyman Theatre plays host to the wonderful musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers featuring EastEnders star and winner of Dancing on Ice Sam Attwater as Adam Pontipee and Helena Blackman (How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, South Pacific and The Wizard of Oz) as Milly. The show runs from 5th-9th November and we’ve got a pair of tickets each for three lucky readers to win in our draw. A sensational brand new hi-tech production with colourful costumes, fabulous sets, special effects and sassy high energy performances! Set in Oregon in 1850 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home. Only then does she discover he has six brothers – all living in his cabin. Milly sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness ... kidnap the women they want. It’s toe-tapping good with sixteen smash hit show stoppers! To enter our draw just send your name, address and telephone number to ‘Seven Brides’, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to – please state ‘Seven Brides’ in the subject line. Closing date: Friday 11th October 2013. 8-9 & 13-16 NOVEMBER

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. 12-14 NOVEMBER RUSSIAN STATE BALLET AND OPERA HOUSE


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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.

Presented by Icarus Theatre Collective. 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.

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Come and join us this Halloween at 3.30pm on Wednesday or Thursday 30th/31st October. Enjoy our illuminated enchanted wood, Trick & Treat the Wicked Witch in the Wendy House, Fun Fortune Teller in the Gypsy Caravan and face painting all free on the night. Bring your own pumpkin to enter a prize draw. Thereʼs a ʻHalloween Shopʼ, free parking and food and refreshments are available for purchase. Tickets (in advance) £8.00 per head and under 2ʼs go free ...

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Don’t miss out on the annual Halloween Special at Prinknash Bird & Deer Park where you’ll be welcomed by beautiful birds, dawdling ducks, flying bats and dashing deer as you explore the enchanting illuminations, spooky lighting and fun activities that are in store for you. It’s not often that you can enter the nighttime world of birds and bats but, as they all prepare for bedtime, it certainly gives you a new insight into the countryside at night. Halloween marks the end of the summer and gets us all in the mood for the winter months ahead as the children dress up for a fun evening, and The Bird Park is a wonderful setting for Halloween. Children can knock on the door of the Wendy House and see if the ‘not so’ Wicked Witch is going to give them a ‘trick’ or a ‘treat’ – or perhaps they can catch a treat another way! It’s all innocent fun and children love to be out as it’s getting dark, but knowing that they are safe. So wrap up warm and spot the ghosts in the woods and the birds in the trees! Have your ‘fun fortune’ told in the Gypsy Caravan and get your face painted to celebrate Halloween! Try the lucky dip, or keep warm by the small bonfire, and be spellbound by the delightful surroundings. If you are after more ‘fun’ than ‘fright’ then visit Prinknash Bird & Deer Park for their best Halloween yet! Tickets are on sale now, and a discount is available for advance purchases – visit for details.

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Chiquito will be re-opening with a new look on the evening of Monday 30th September. Customers will be able to enjoy delicious Mexican dishes such as sizzling fajitas, fully loaded nachos, juicy chorizo burgers and succulent BBQ ribs, as well as Mexican-inspired desserts such as fresh, hot churros with chocolate dipping sauce and banana taquitos. The Cheltenham restaurant is one of just a few Chiquito branches to serve breakfasts, with Mexican ranch eggs and the full breakfast sizzler set to send taste-buds soaring. With a full range of authentic tequilaʼs on offer, as well as a hand-picked cocktail list, Chiquito is set to be a true party venue. Kate McKenna, General Manager at Chiquito, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the residents of Cheltenham through the doors of our beautiful new look restaurant to offer them a real taste of Mexico, right on their doorstep. We pride ourselves on being able to cater for people of all ages and tastes, so hope people will come and give us a try! The restaurant is the perfect setting for a night out, tasty brunch or delicious lunch, as we offer a casual but vibrant atmosphere where people want to return time and time again.”


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The Brewery welcomes Cheltenham Motor Club once more on Saturday 12th for their annual Introduction to Motorsport and vehicle display. From 9:30am till 4:30pm there will be a number of modern/classic cars and motorcycles on Saturday 12th October, display, along with an exhibition of motoring 9:30am – 4:30pm photographs. Throughout the day Club members will be on hand to give you an insight in to this complex and diverse form of sport. You do not need to be a driver, as you can start marshalling at some events from the age of 14 years. In previous years this has been a very popular event for motor enthusiasts and the general public alike. You can listen to engines roar, climb aboard bikes and cars, and find out more information from the drivers. Cars on show include Rally, Racers, Dragsters, Hill Climb and Classic cars. If motorcycles are more your thing there are plenty on display including Motor-cross, Trials, Circuit Racers and Classic motorcycles. Vehicles will be displayed subject to availability. As always this is a free event but on the day the club will be collecting for the Breweryʼs chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information on this visit or email

Halloween Holiday Fun 31st October, 12-4pm

On Thursday 31st the Brewery will be celebrating Halloween with a Creepy Crawly event, with free spooky face painting included too. Expect a variety of insects and reptiles including a 15ft snake, lizards, cockroaches, giant millepede, scorpion and lots of creepy crawlies. Meet Andy who will tell you all about these weird and wonderful animals and give you an opportunity to handle some of these interesting specimens. In addition, to celebrate the release of DreamWorks animation Turbo (at Cineworld from 18th October) look out for snail races throughout the day. The movie is about an ordinary garden snail whose dream to become the fastest snail in the world comes true.

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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. 16 NOVEMBER RUSSELL KANE: SMALLNESS

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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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


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.

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WIN TICKETS! A Viking Tale Presented by SOOP Theatre, A Viking Tale is great family entertainment for brave adventurers aged 9 years and over, and is showing at the Bacon Theatre on Saturday 2nd November at 2.30pm. Join Sigurd, the greatest Viking of them all, on an epic adventure – slaying a dragon, capturing gold and conquering a forest of flame; all with his faithful horse by his side. But when a cruel spell tricks his true love, Sigurd faces his toughest challenge yet. Packed with humour, fast-paced physical theatre and inspired by a sweeping Icelandic folk tale, SOOP Theatre weave a magical tale – a show to remember, filled with charisma, style and entrancing stage craft. The Local Answer and Bacon Theatre have teamed up to offer three lucky winners the chance to see A Viking Tale. Tickets cost just £10, £7.50 concessions and £30 family, and may be booked via or by calling the Bacon Theatre box office on 01242 258002. To enter our draw to win one of 3 pairs of tickets, just send your name, address and telephone number to A Viking Tale, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to – please state ‘A Viking Tale’ in the subject line. Closing date: Friday 11th October 2013. 17 NOVEMBER 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

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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. 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:

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. 30 NOVEMBER 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.

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The invention of British Summer Time Amazingly it has been over 100 years since British Summer Time or BST was first proposed to Britain. Now it is just a twice-yearly ritual that we change the clocks, forward and back. William Willett, a keen horse rider was so incensed by the waste of morning daylight hours during the summer that he rallied all his life, even publishing a pamphlet called ‘The Waste of Daylight’ to encourage people out of bed earlier in summer, utilising the daylight hours. He died in 1915 with the government still refusing to officially accept BST, but it was just the following year that Germany introduced this system and Britain then followed suit in May 1916 – just a few weeks after – and we have been re-setting time ever since. The British government passed the Summer Time Act of 1916 swiftly and the first day of British Summer Time started on 21 May 1916, which was widely reported in the press. In 1968 the clocks went forward in March but did not return to Greenwich Mean Time in the autumn entering a three-year experiment called British Standard Time, staying one hour ahead of Greenwich until 1971 when the government decided to return to the original British Summer Time. Opinions still remain divided whether British Summer Time is a good thing – no-one can agree whether it is a solution or not – so the debate continues ...

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October is a good time to get on with the tidying up process in the borders. The soil will still be warm and moist, ideal for planting. Continue lifting and dividing clumps of perennials that have grown too big. Swap amongst your friends to increase your diversity of plants. Everyone loves something for nothing! One word of warning – it may be prudent to take all the soil from the roots of a plant from a friend’s garden, washing them off will ensure that you get rid of any perennial weeds like bindweed, so do be careful. Bindweed will have died down so you may not realise it is there, likewise the dreaded Ground Elder. Collect up fallen leaves and compost in a separate ‘leaf bin’. This can be either chicken wire wrapped round four stout posts set at the corners (have two made and use one whilst the other is rotting down as it takes a good year to create leaf-mold) or, if you don’t have the space, put the leaves into black bin-liners – half fill the bags and prick some holes in, then store somewhere outside. Evergreen leaves don’t compost well but would need shredding (things like holly, laurel and Mahonia). Don’t let leaves lie on heathers and dwarf conifers and other small shrubs as they can cause disease – they shouldn’t be left on the lawn either. A good collection method on the grass is to use the lawnmower, which shreds them at the same time. However, if deciduous leaves are lying on the flower borders in which all the perennials have died back they can be left – by springtime they will have disappeared if the worms are doing their job! Mulch is a term that is bandied about by garden articles, and it basically means a layer of material laid over the earth to keep moisture in and deter weeds. The composted leaves you make are perfect to lay down around Hydrangeas, and especially other plants which prefer an acid soil (pH of under 7) like Azaleas, and Camellias. Bark can also be used, as can gravel, slate chippings, etc. The golden rule is to make sure the soil underneath is moist before you lay down the ‘mulch’, and to remove perennial weeds such as dandelions. As always, if you fancy a change in your garden – be it just a replanted border or a complete garden design – do contact me by mobile or email (details below), or visit my website. Make this year a special one for your garden! ~ 07929 587751

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Interest rate dilemma The appointment earlier this year of Mark Carney (pictured below) as the new Governor of the Bank of England renewed speculation about the long-term future of interest rates. Carney has stated that they will remain at their record low level until he sees signs that the economy is on a sustainable course of recovery. He defines that by reference to unemployment levels. So until unemployment drops below 7%, interest rates stay as they are. Is everybody happy with Carney’s announcement? Millions will be, but not all. Actually, pleasing everyone is impossible, but we’ll ignore that for the purposes of this debate! For those who have borrowed money to fund their business ambitions or to buy their homes, low interest rates have been critical to success, and at times survival, during recent difficult economic times. It’s sad, but it’s true, that as we come out of difficult trading times and businesses expand, there will be more failures than in the last few years. Interest rates need to remain low to give businesses the chance to succeed. But what about savers? With inflation running at 2.8% per annum, a standard rate tax payer has to earn 3.5% just to keep pace with inflation every year. With interest rates at record lows, finding this sort of return, without taking risks that may be inappropriate, is a challenge. No, Mr Carney can’t please everyone. But at least he’s told us what to expect for the foreseeable future. Roger Downes FCA – Managing Director 01242 244856

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Ullenwood Court is an attractive, rural environment approximately 3 miles south of Cheltenham town centre and close to the A417/A419, which provides easy access to Gloucester, the M5 and M4. Our postcode is: GL53 9QS The Business Park provides a number of unique services to tenants at no added cost, including: ● Up to 100MB broadband capacity ● 24 hour video surveillance ● Full stand-by electrical supply in the event of mains failure ● Large overflow car park in addition to a generous parking allocation per building ● Daily postal collection service ● On-site defibrillator for emergency use ● On-site helipad for pre-arranged use ● Grounds and landscaping regularly maintained to a high standard

The well presented Offices include gas central heating, perimeter trunking, suspended ceilings, double glazed windows and carpeting throughout. Storage Units provide approx 307 sq ft (3,300 sq ft) Viewing – Strictly by appointment with and benefit from B1 and B8 planning uses. the joint sole agents:

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During September The Local Answer hosted training for the new Community Public Access Defibrillation equipment that was installed at the Ullenwood Court Business Park. Ullenwood Court owner Michael Cuttell (pictured below) arranged for the installation and training to take place as part of his continual enhancement of the facilities tenants greatly benefit from. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like the representatives of all the companies attending, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m extremely grateful to Martin Fagan from The Community Heartbeat Trust for the training sessions he has delivered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone was surprised by how easy the equipment is to use. It talks through, step by step, everything you need to do until the emergency services arrive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; giving the patient the best possible chance of survival. Hopefully weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never need to use the equipment but, in the interests of our tenants well-being, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on site if required.â&#x20AC;? One of the key messages highlighted by Martin was â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the only thing you can do wrong is to do nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. This was highlighted by the fact that you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt anyone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the defibrillator will only provide a shock if it is required. Martin explained what the equipment is, what it does, and provided statistics that demonstrate just how important it can be: â&#x2014;? A defibrillator delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. â&#x2014;? An AED is a portable defibrillator which uses intelligent technology to shock a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;shockableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heart rhythm. When applied to a patient, a sequence of voice

commands and screen messages guide the user through the defibrillation process. This means the machine can be used safely by people with no medical background. â&#x2014;? The cabinet storing the AED can only be opened by a member of the public with an access code given by the emergency services via a 999 call.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) happens between 140,000 and 200,000 times a year in the UK, making it one of the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest killers. The potential for saving a life is dependent on time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the faster medical help is administered, the better the chance of survival. â&#x2014;? To achieve a positive outcome when dealing with SCA, medical assistance must be given within 4-5 minutes of the event. In remote areas it is sometimes difficult to get an emergency medical team to arrive on scene quickly and this is â&#x2014;?

why Community Public Access Defibrillators (cPAD) play a vital role in helping save lives in rural communities. â&#x2014;? Statistics show that the survival rate after a SCA with CPR alone is 5%. By using a defibrillator, the survival rate increases to 50%.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Martin said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The very best people to save a life are those already on the scene. You cannot make the situation worse, only better, and may give someone a chance to live. Call 999 immediately and get the ambulance service to help. They will talk you through what needs to be done and, if required, tell you where to access a defib unit â&#x20AC;&#x201C; usually stored in high visibility yellow cabinets for easy recognition. CHT works closely with the ambulance service and together we can save lives!â&#x20AC;?

ALWAYS DIAL 999 IN AN EMERGENCY For more informaon on the Community Heartbeat Trust, AEDs or public awareness and training sessions visit:

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Index of Advertisers Food & Entertainment Apple Tree Inn 25 Café René 6 & 31 Fossebridge Inn 11 Gloucester Brewery 31 Holiday Inn 25 The Brewery 28 The Edgemoor Inn 29 Tiger’s Eye 8 & 31 Travel Venatour 29 What’s On Attractions & Events Abbey Mill 22 AWRP Wildlife Photography 18 Bacon Theatre 30 Capital Venue 17 & 20 Everyman Theatre 24 Gloucetser Style Festival 21 Over Farm 19 Paul Merton 4&5 Prinknash 26 & 27 Slimbridge WWT 23 Willowpitch - Vinyls Wanted 14 Withington 10 Clubs & Sports Bicko’s Bike Shack 15 Gloucester Rugby 21 Severn Sun Tai Chi 15 Shipton Golf Course 31 Health & Beauty Deano’s Mobile Barber 15 Homes & Gardens Bathrooms Severn Vale Bathrooms 42 & 43 Building Services ARD Developments 48 BE Rudman 32

Elite Loft Ladders FarrDenn Construction Plastering & Renovation Premier Property Maintenance Staverton Building Supplies Total Property Maintenance Carpentry Rhodes Carpentry Cleaning Services Grime Busters Oven Busters Electrical Services Cleevely Electrics GRP Electrical Furnishing & Appliances Furniture Factory Interior Needs Quedgeley Carpets Sapphire Carpets Spacemaster Stoves & Fireplaces Garden Services Challenge Fencing Chosen Lawnmower Services J R Landscapes Joe & Jamie Landscaping Master Sheds Twelve Oaks Woodlands Tree & Garden Heating & Plumbing Maisemore Apiaries Pete T Plumbing Plumbing 1st Pure Plumbing & Heating Stanley Plumbing Kitchens Hatherley Worktops Painting & Decorating Adams

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Michelle Powell 44 Retail Pound Farm Shop 25 Spa Service Domestic Apps. 38 What! 16 TV & Aerials 1st Choice Aerials & Satellites 45 Windows & Doors Albany Windows 44 C&L Windows 39 Cloudy 2 Clear 36 Emperor Windows 40 Professional Services Care Homes & Services Churchill Retirement Living 13 Computing Shiraz Badat 45 Education Artistry by Jan 7 Piano with Anna 15 Legal & Finance Aspray 9 Books Angel 44 HATS Gloucester 48 Motors AB Motor Vehicle Services 44 Pets BJ Luxury Kennels & Cattery 14 Property Sales & Letting Ullenwood Court 46 & 47 Recruitment Anderson Recruitment 9 Security Daniel Cox Locksmith 49 Jacksmen & Securi-Dogs 49 Skip Hire & Recycling Stevens Recycling 44 Utilities Utility Warehouse 49 & 51

COMPETITION WINNERS Thanks to all who took part in last month’s competitions, and congratulations to the winners: Everyman Theatre – Pair of tickets for Ciphers – Gemma Hipwood of Quedgeley and Mrs Ann Taylor of Slimbridge Road. Bacon Theatre – Pair of tickets for Back to Broadway – Mrs Sarah Riddick of Barnwood, Stuart Russell of Matson Avenue and Stephen Hawksworth of Abbeymead.

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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