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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 www.paulmerton.com.

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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 competitions@thelocalanswer.co.uk – 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

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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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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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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. everymantheatre.org.uk. 2 OCTOBER HANNAH FAULKNER Acoustic soul at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. 9pm, free entry before 11pm. caferene.co.uk. 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 cobalthealth.co.uk MOLLY SAMSON & THE CAUTIONARY TALES Bar room folk at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. caferene.co.uk. 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 cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature 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. glosmorrismen.org. 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. theheartofthecotswoldsweddingshow.co.uk. 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.

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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. everymantheatre.org.uk.

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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 thecapitalvenue.com. 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. tauruscrafts.co.uk

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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. caferene.co.uk. 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. cheltenham.co.uk. 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. everymantheatre.org.uk. 16 OCTOBER RUSS POOLE Acoustic singer/songwriter at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. caferene.co.uk.

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. cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk. 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. naturalhealthshows.co.uk.

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. thekingsschool.co.uk.

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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 competitions@thelocalanswer.co.uk – 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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25 OCTOBER BACK TO BROADWAY

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. bacontheatre.co.uk. backtobroadway.co.uk 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. gloucestercitizen.co.uk/style. 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. jttevents.co.uk/whats-on-2 LIVE@GLOUCESTER STUDIO PRESENTS ‘BEST OF GLOS’ ACOUSTIC NIGHT Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. caferene.co.uk. 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 charltonkingscommunityplayers.com.

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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 frightmare.co.uk/night/ for full details and to book advance tickets. 20 OCTOBER THISTLE WEDDING FAYRE Cheltenham Thistle Hotel. Open 11am3pm. Admission Free. Further details brideandgroomshow.com 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. thewestgloucestershireweddingshow.co.uk. 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. everymantheatre.org.uk.

Frightmare, the South West’s largest Halloween event, is back at Over Farm Market this October. Now into its 12th year the event continues to expand and offer the best Halloween event in the South West. Are you prepared to be scared?"

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. tauruscrafts.co.uk 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. thegloucestershireweddingshow.co.uk. 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. everymantheatre.org.uk.

30 OCTOBER ARDAL O’HANLON

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. everymantheatre.org.uk. 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. everymantheatre.org.uk. 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. bacontheatre.co.uk. andyrouse.co.uk.


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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A vintage and cherry themed ‘Ladies Lunch’ at Gloucester Rugby Club, with an afternoon tea feel and 50’s styled models with bright lips and big wavy hair. Enjoy a drinks reception followed by a beautiful 2 course lunch in the 1873 Club overlooking the rugby ground. Venue: Gloucester Rugby Club Ticket Price: £30 Ticket Hotline: 0871 871 8781


1-2 NOVEMBER ROOM ON THE BROOM

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. bacontheatre.co.uk. soop.org.uk. 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. everymantheatre.org.uk. 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. everymantheatre.org.uk. 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. everymantheatre.org.uk. 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

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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. bacontheatre.co.uk. limehouselizzy.co.uk.

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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 competitions@thelocalanswer.co.uk – 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. bacontheatre.co.uk. viennafestivalballet.com. 12-14 NOVEMBER RUSSIAN STATE BALLET AND OPERA HOUSE

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Presented by the Playhouse Company. Evening and matinee performances. Tickets £12, £10. Box Office 01242 522852. playhousecheltenham.org 9 NOVEMBER SNOW WHITE

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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 everymantheatre.org.uk for details. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573.

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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. bacontheatre.co.uk. icarustheatre.co.uk.

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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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night ... Let’s get batty at the Birdpark this Halloween

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 www.thebirdpark.com for details.


Pistons at the Brewery: Cheltenham Motor Club Introduction to Motorsport.

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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For a chance to try out Chiquitoʼs newly refurbished restaurant with a main meal for four off their new specials menu, simply visit www.thebrewerycheltenham.co.uk/competitions Competition runs until 31st October 2013, for full terms visit the website.

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 www.cheltmc.com www.cheltmc.com or email cmc@cheltmc.com.

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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15 NOVEMBER THE BBC BIG BAND

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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. bacontheatre.co.uk. hardeeplive.com. 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. everymantheatre.org.uk.

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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;?

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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.

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