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Welcome to our September issue and, for all you adults eagerly awaiting the start of the new school year – don’t worry, it won’t be long now! Although the school holidays are almost over, there’s still plenty going on in and around Cheltenham this month to entertain all age groups. For any sports enthusiasts – or those just wanting to help a good cause – the Cheltenham Triathlon takes place on the 8th, followed by the Cheltenham Half Marathon on the 15th. And for those feeling really fit, Sue Ryder are holding their 25th annual bike ride in October – better get training! Another huge event in the county’s calendar is the Newent Onion Fayre, taking place on the 14th September. This is a fantastic day out for the whole family – see pages 34-35. This month’s columns provide various helpful tips, from how to improve our self-confidence and prepare our gardens for the new year, to helping keep our furry friends free from fleas! Why not take the family for a stroll in the beautiful Wye Valley, stopping off at the award-winning Abbey Mill for some tasty refreshments. And finally, Gloucester Rugby kick off their home campaign of the new Aviva Premiership season on Saturday 7th September when they host Sale Sharks. Let’s hope the Cherry & Whites can get off to a winning start.

Contents Food & Entertainment 5 Delicious Dishes 5 Pet Care 9 Vouchers 10 Health & Beauty 14 Feeling Great 17 Short Walks 20 What’s On 21 Homes & Gardens 36 In the Garden 45 Professional Services 58 Money Matters 61 People First Policing 65 Index of Advertisers 66 Competition Winners/Rules 66 Competitions 26, 27, 28 & 29

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Expelling the myths about confidence I had a conversation with a friend recently who said “I would love to be more confident”. “What is stopping you?” I replied. She stopped and thought for a few moments – “I don’t believe in myself, but until now I hadn’t really thought about that fact!” she exclaimed. I have heard many tales, and read a lot of research over the years saying men are naturally more confident than women, and extraverts are more confident than introverts, but in reality we are all different. Some fly through exams whilst others of us feel like running off until the exam is over. In job interviews some people perform really well whilst others become tongue tied. When we start a relationship with someone it can be both exciting and nerve wracking, so much so we want to disappear into a giant marshmallow! So why is that? The reasons are different – self confidence is a psychological state in which we believe in our capabilities to do something. The components of self confidence include motivation, self efficacy (i.e. a person’s belief that they can succeed in a situation), levels of self esteem, our personal beliefs, our environment as well as our innate personality (the nature/nurture debate) and depends on whether our outlook on life is positive or negative. “So how can I improve my confidence?” my friend asked. “Start by doing four things,” I replied: • Think with confidence • Talk with confidence • Know what you are good at • Work on what you need to improve and believe you can do it. That might sound an easy solution, but how straightforward it is in reality will depend on your starting point. If you would like some more insight into building your levels of confidence, please get in touch with me ...

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D Go straight on and keep to the right of the fence to the triangulation point. With the trig point to your right, continue straight on along the path, until you see a sign pointing downhill to the Devil’s Chimney. It’s worth making a detour and going down to see this landmark. It’s to your right once you’ve reached the seat on the cliff edge. Head back up to the footpath again then continue southwards along the track, past the quarry to the road. 3 This distinctive, isolated spike of rock is known as the Devil's Chimney and is a popular local landmark. Its exact origin is not known for certain – whether it is the result of differential erosion, a quarryman’s joke or a genuine relic of quarrying. Climbing is prohibited to limit erosion.

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G Cross the stile and continue ahead with the wood on your left, to the stile on the left just before the corner of the field. Cross this and follow the woodland on the left for about 200yds (180m) H Cross over to the woodland on the right, carrying straight on at its end to a stile. Cross the stile and carry straight on with the field boundary on your left until you reach the main road. I Cross the road and turn left, then right on to the footpath on the other side. Follow the path with the field boundary on your left to a stile on the left in the corner of the field. Cross the stile following the right hand field boundary. Cross another stile, continue straight on through a kissing gate to the main road. Turn right for about 100yds (90m) and cross the road to the layby.

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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. STARTING IN SEPTEMBER WILDLIFE ILLUSTRATION Classes in Shurdington on Wednesdays during term time (10 weeks) 10.30am12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm. Tutor is a professional Illustrator. Low prices. Contact Valerie Hopkins on 01242 231158. UNTIL END OF SEPTEMBER LAND ROVER SAFARI Every weekend (weather permitting) from 11am-2pm, every day during school holidays at 2pm. Go out into the reserve with an expert warden and enjoy views of the wild birds that live on the banks of the Severn. Book tours on arrival at the centre. Adults £5 children £3. Slimbridge WWT, GL2 7BT. 01453 891223. UNTIL 30 OCTOBER CATHEDRAL LIBRARY TOURS Experience the cathedral’s historic library, as well as enjoying access to the Triforium exhibition and the Whispering Gallery. Adults £5, children aged 6-16 £1. Available from the Cathedral shop. Gloucester Cathedral. 01452 528095. gloucestercathedral.org.uk. 30 AUGUST & 6 SEPTEMBER MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING AND PARTYLITE SALE Be part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, meet new friends and enjoy coffee and cakes to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. 24 Enyon Close, Leckhampton GL53 0AQ. Contact Natalie: 07593 543427. 31 AUGUST & 28 SEPTEMBER ‘HAVE A GO DAYS’ AT PRESCOTT SHOOTING

1 SEPTEMBER COME & PLAY FOOTBALL

Girls and boys welcome to come and play football for Brockworth Albion – Chartered Standard Club with qualified coaches. Meet new friends and play regular football. Contact Gary: g_norris@glos.ac.uk or 01452 551789 for details – it would be great to hear from you! WELLCHILD PETTICOAT FAIR 40s and 50s inspired vintage stalls and retro-themed workshops. Tickets £5 on the door or call Jess Akino on 0845 458 8171. All proceeds go to Wellchild. 11am4pm. Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham. wellchild.org.uk. ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW

An evening of live music with support from The Patsy Gamble Trio. 7.30pm. £22. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. bacontheatre.co.uk. 3-7 SEPTEMBER BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY

Try your hand at clay shooting (£25), archery (£20) or air rifles (£20) where you will join a group of up to 6 people for an hour’s tuition with a professional instructor who will teach you the basics of your chosen sport. All insurance and equipment is provided on the day.12+ for the clay shooting and archery, 10+ for air rifles. Call Dan for further details on 01242 673542, 07921 951477 or email dan@prescottshooting.com.

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6-8 SEPTEMBER UK DISABILITY SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP

The Capital Venue are proud to host the 2013 Disability Snooker Championship – a coming together of cue sport brethren, each registered disabled. The competition will run over three days and will be opened on the Friday night by special guest Jeremy Kyle. Competitors’ entry is £25 and free for spectators all weekend – simply register at thecapitalvenue.com and select the free entry pass. The Capital Venue, Edison Close, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester GL22FN. 01452 223214. morray.dolan@onqpromotions.co.uk. 7 SEPTEMBER FUND RAISING COFFEE MORNING Come and support the Renal Unit at Bristol Children's Hospital and Kids Kidney Research. There will be homemade cakes, gifts to buy, raffle prizes, a bouncy castle and face painting. Leckhampton Village Hall, Church Road, Cheltenham, 10.30am12pm. GLOUCESTER RUGBY V SALE SHARKS The first home match of the new Aviva Premiership season kicks off at Kingsholm at 3pm. Cheer on the Cherry & Whites as they battle for victory at the start of their home campaign. Kingsholm Stadium, Kingsholm Road, Gloucester GL1 3AX. 0871 8718781. gloucesterrugby.co.uk. 7 SEPTEMBER MORETON SHOW Country show offering something for everyone. Competitions for horses, cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, dogs, crafts and flowers. Over 300 trade stands selling everything from farm equipment to gardening gear. Country larder food hall. Book advance tickets online at moretonshow.co.uk to save £3 from the on-the-day ticket price.

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Get active for double celebration The Sue Ryder charity are asking for people to get active this October and take part in a 35 mile bike ride in Cheltenham. 2013 marks the 25th annual Ride for Ryder in Cheltenham with this year promising to be better than ever! Thanks to the support of the Cheltenham Touring Cycle Club, the Cotswold cycle ride is an integral part of the Sue Ryder events calendar and much loved by all those who take part. Sue Ryder believe that every person living with any kind of incurable illness has the right not just to receive specialist medical care, but also the emotional support they need to cope with the difficult and distressing effects of their illness. Even more than that, they believe they deserve as much flexibility and freedom as possible to live out the rest of their lives in the way that they want.

2013 is a double anniversary! Not only is it Ride for Ryder’s 25th birthday, it’s also the 60th anniversary of Sue Ryder providing incredible care. What better year to come on down and help raise vital funds for people living with life threatening and life limiting conditions? Ride for Ryder is open to people of all fitness levels. If you are a keen cyclist or just want to make a day of it with your friends or family then Sue Ryder want to hear from you! It’s a fantastic opportunity for everybody to get involved, have fun and help raise money for a worthy cause.

Sue Ryder relies on people taking part in events such as their Ride for Ryder Challenge to help raise much needed funds. It is encouraged that everyone who takes part has a fundraising goal of £60 to tie in with the anniversary. £50 could pay for a programme of bereavement sessions to help people cope with loss and £120 equates to the cost of a nurse for the day (an 8-hour daytime shift). For more information or to help make the anniversary year the best Ride for Ryder yet, register today with your friends and family – visit SueRyder.org/RideForRyderLCH. The fee for online advance registration is £12 (£15 on the day) – Come along, take part and support Sue Ryder.

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A beautiful day out The Wye Valley and Royal Forest of Dean are wonderful places to visit any time of year, and are particularly beautiful during the autumn months. The faster flowing river and brilliant colours of the forest provide an exceptional spectacle – whether you view them from the warmth of your vehicle or wrap up for a stroll in the clean air. Set on the banks of the River Wye amidst breathtaking scenery at Tintern, the award-winning Abbey Mill is an ideal location to pause for a while. It’s open all year round, seven days a week. There’s ample car parking, great views in every direction and much to do and see in the centre itself. In amongst the ‘Old Mill Buildings’ are the waterfall and trout pond, and the buildings themselves house five distinctly different shops displaying all sorts of traditional clothing, houseware and gifts. You can also admire the skill and patience of members of the ‘Wye Valley Craft Association’ demonstrating their individual crafts.

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7-20 SEPTEMBER GLOUCESTER HISTORY FESTIVAL Gloucester History Festival celebrates more than 2000 years of History with over 100 events for people of all ages. The Festival starts with the annual Gloucester Day parades through the city centre on Saturday 7th September, followed by Heritage Open Days from 12th-15th September and concluding with a unique series of History Talks from 16th-20th September. Heritage Open Days is a national event celebrating England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering FREE access to places that are usually closed to the public or which normally charge for admission. The 2012 Heritage Open Days in Gloucester was the 3rd largest event nationally. Highlights of this year’s programme include the chance to see inside Britain’s finest example of a Tudor timber-framed town house at 26 Westgate Street and the delightful Kingsway Manor Farm which dates back to the early 16th century. All but one of the History Talks will be taking place at the historic Blackfriars Priory. Talks will be on a diverse range of subjects including Richard III, Beatrix Potter, Gloucester Prison, Nuclear Power, George Whitefield and Berkeley Castle. Tickets available at Gloucester TIC. Visit gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk. 8 SEPTEMBER CHELTENHAM TRIATHLON A fun event open to people of all abilities age17+ to raise money for LINC and Sandford Lido Limited. The events include

Swim 500m, Cycle 15km and Run 2.7km. 10am. £30. Visit sandfordparkslido.org.uk to download application or call 01242 524430. BRIDE AND GROOM SHOW Wedding exhibition at Cheltenham Town Hall. Open 11am-3.30pm with Fashion Shows at 12pm and 2.30pm. Free entry. brideandgroomshow.com. 9-14 SEPTEMBER FALLEN ANGELS Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe star as best friends Julia and Jane in a heavenly new production of Noël Coward’s divine comedy classic. 7.45pm. From £14. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk. 11 SEPTEMBER YUMMY MUMMY PAMPER EVENING Put your feet up and be spoilt at the Chapel Spa. Sample fabulous Mama Mio products, mini treatments from the Spa team, tastings with Hotel Chocolat, great tips from Mini Moments and more. For pre/post-natal mums (and friends). 710pm. £12.50 each for 2 for £20. jttevents.eventbrite.co.uk 12 SEPTEMBER WINDSURFING COURSE Learn how to windsurf – and look cool! Six lesson/week programme for 14-18 year olds starts Thursday 12th September – 57pm. At the end of the course all participants should be able to windsurf unassisted. Only £30 for all six lessons.

Limited places so call now to book – 01684 772321 (ext 2), email tom@croftfarmleisure.co.uk. Croft Farm Water Park, Tewkesbury, GL20 7EE. 14 SEPTEMBER

NEWENT ONION FAYRE One day street festival and onion fayre. Live music, entertainment, food and drink, over 100 stands, exhibitions and children’s events. Not forgetting the onion show and onion eating competition, watch the ladies chomp their way through an eye-watering raw 5oz onion and the men a 7oz. Further information can be found at newentonionfayre.org. 15 SEPTEMBER CHELTENHAM HALF MARATHON Your next big run – a new destination roadrace set in the heart of our stunning regency town. This half marathon is designed for the joy of running – broad tree-lined avenues provide space to run, a diverse course combines regency splendour with bags of Cotswold charm, all topped off by the majestic Cheltenham racecourse bathed in the autumn sun. 0845 308 4001. cheltenhamhalf.co.uk.

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WIN TICKETS! Back to Broadway From the heartbreaking power of Memory, Music of the Night and Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, to the feel good energy of Summer Nights and Footloose – Back to Broadway celebrates the very best of musical theatre and will be presented at The Bacon Theatre on Friday 25th October at 7.30pm. Thirty well-loved tunes from Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Les Misérables, Grease, The Lion King, West Side Story and many more will be 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 – dubbed by Musical Theatre News as “one of the top touring musical theatre productions”. Tickets cost just £16 or £14 for concessions and may be booked online at www.bacontheatre.co.uk or by calling the 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 Back to Broadway, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to competitions@thelocalanswer.co.uk – please state ‘Back to Broadway’ in the subject line. Closing date: Friday 13th September 2013.

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15 SEPTEMBER KIKI DEED AND CARMELO LUGGERI Celebrating the release of their new album Sweeter Rain, Kiki will be performing at The Everyman alongside her musical partner, Carmelo Luggeri. They will be performing songs from the new album together with old favourites such as Don't Go Breaking My Heart. 7.45pm. Tickets from £19. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk. 16 SEPTEMBER RESTORATIVE GLOUCESTERSHIRE Are you non-judgemental and a good listener? Then why not become a volunteer at Restorative Justice Facilitator? Restorative Gloucestershire is holding a free information evening from 5-8pm in Cheltenham. Contact Sheryl at sheryl@restorativegloucestershire.co.uk or call 07896 857152. restorativegloucestershire.co.uk. 16-21 SEPTEMBER THE BUTTERFLY LION Starring Gwen Taylor, a wonderful awardwinning tale of enduring friendship. From the African veld to the rolling Cotswolds and the battlefields of First World War France, follow the adventures of Bertie and the White Lion as they strive to find sanctuary amonst devastating adversity. 7pm. From £14. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk.

18 SEPTEMBER LIVE MUSIC AT THE FIVE ALLS Entertainment duo ‘Which One’s Gerry?’ Free. 8.30pm. Five Alls, 232 Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7ND. Also: All live matches now being shown on BT SPORTS channel throughout September. STUART HOLMES INDULGENCE EVENING Join some of Cheltenham’s favourite bars, eateries, shops and others for the evening as the award-winning Stuart Holmes team and Indulgence Partners treat you to demonstrations, tasters, treatments and guest speakers. 7.30-9.15pm. Various tickets available. jttevents.co.uk/events or 07712 433978 for bookings. 20 SEPTEMBER THE GHOULS Rootless alt gypsy punk at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 01452 309340. From 9pm, free entry before 11pm. caferene.co.uk. 20-21 SEPTEMBER ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL AUTUMN SERIES: THE COTSWOLD CONNECTION Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham (includes world premiere of a Howells Violin Sonata; works by Bliss, Vaughan Williams, Holst). St Laurence'’ Church, Wyck Rissington: “By Cotswold, Severn and Wye: A Sequence of English Organ Music” and “The Soul of the Age: part-songs from Tallis to Vaughan Williams”. For pricing/program call Festival Director Em Marshall-Luck on 07808 473889 or visit englishmusicfestival.org.uk.

21 SEPTEMBER THE CONFIDENCE BALLOON

Confidence building programme with Lorraine John. Parmoor House, Lypiatt Terrace, Cheltenham GL50 2SX. Telephone Lorraine on 07803 538518 for a booking form or book online at allaboutchange.co.uk. THE POLIO MILE-ITIS CHALLENGE Organised by the Rotary clubs of Cheltenham in aid of polio eradication across the world. The challenge is to lay a mile of coins in Montpellier Gardens. To contribute contact 01242 676734 or simply turn up on the day.10am-4pm. THE MUSICIAN – ORGAN CONCERT An evening of popular music with Nick Martin (Blackpool Tower) including Music of the Night, Radetsky March and accompanying silent movies. In aid of James Hopkins Trust for severely disabled children.7pm. £6. St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham, GL50 3PL. 07596 355063 or themusician.org.uk

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WIN TICKETS! Out of Joint returns to the Everyman Theatre this month following their recent successes with Our Country’s Good and Top Girls, with a new play by Stroud-based writer Dawn King. Set in a world of secrets and subterfuge, Ciphers begs the question: how well can you ever know someone who lies for a living?

“Most of what she told me about herself is a cover story. She is a British Intelligence Officer. How far would she go to get information out of me? The answer is, quite far.” Justine is found dead. Her sister Kerry sets out to discover what happened to her and finds herself submerged in a world full of secrets that makes her question who Justine really was. Dawn King’s debut play Foxfinder was “thrillingly original” (Time Out), “a contender for new play of the year” (The Guardian) and a“spell-binding dystopian parable” (Independent). Now, in Ciphers, she has written a smart and provocative thriller about spies, double agents, and the opaqueness of the human soul. Out of Joint is the internationally acclaimed touring company founded and directed by Max Stafford-Clark. It has premiered plays by numerous brilliant writers including Caryl Churchill, David Hare and Mark Ravenhill. To enter our draw just send your name, address and telephone number to ‘Ciphers’, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to competitions@thelocalanswer.co.uk – please state ‘Ciphers’ in the subject line. Closing date: Friday 13th September 2013. 23-24 SEPTEMBER PORRIDGE Amateur theatre presented by Promenade Productions. Proceeds will be donated to the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts. 7pm. Adults £9, children £6. Box office and information: Showcase 01242 224144. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 24-28 SEPTEMBER HORRIBLE SCIENCE From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes the seriously squishy world premiere of Horrible Science. Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk. 26 SEPTEMBER JUST A LAUGH A MINUTE Just a Laugh a Minute is a simple title for a wholly out of the ordinary event. Nicholas Parsons demonstrates his unique ability as a solo performer and raconteur, as he recounts tales from his life working in the various, unpredictable and always fascinating professional world of show business. 7.30pm. £16 (£14). Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. bacontheatre.co.uk. 27 SEPTEMBER EAST GLOS MACMILLIAN COFFEE MORNING East Glos Club host the ‘Biggest Macmillan Coffee Morning in Cheltenham’. Great coffee and cakes, lots of stalls, free entry

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and parking, grand raffle. Great fun! 10am12.30pm. Old Bath Road Cheltenham GL53 7DF. eastglos.co.uk. 01242 230562. GALA CONCERT Featuring Mary-Jess, the Band of the Prince of Wales’s Division, the Warminster Military Wives’ Choir. In aid of SSAFA and Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. 7pm. £10£25 available from Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. Gloucester Cathedral. 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

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Starring Olivier and Tony Award winner Tom Conti. Conti is brilliantly suited to the part of James Highwood in this gripping courtroom drama. With more of its share of surprising twists and turns, 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.

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Out of Joint returns to the Everyman, following their recent successes with Our Country’s Good and Top Girls, with a new play by Stroud based writer Dawn King. Set in a world of secrets and subterfuge, 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.

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About Time A man discovers he can time-travel – which is very handy when Richard Curtis influences the course of his love life! For many young people, their 21st birthday is an important rite-of-passage. For Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) though, it’s a bit different from the norm... When he turns 21, he’s informed by his Dad (Bill Nighy) that he has the ability to time-travel! Tim is told that he cannot change history but he can change what happens in his own life – which leads to head-spinning complications when it comes to the world of romance! He soon meets and falls head-over-heels for Mary (Rachel McAdams), eventually winning her heart by rewriting history through time-travel trickery. But Tim soon discovers that the wonder of his ‘gift’ has unexpected and drastic consequences for himself and his loved ones. About Time sees British comedy titan Richard Curtis blend his signature gentle wit with an irresistible time-travel twist! 13 SEPTEMBER

Rush Chris Hemsworth puts pedal to the metal in the high-octane story of rival Formula 1 legends James Hunt and Niki Lauder. It’s 1976 and Formula 1 motor racing is dominated by two contrasting larger-than-life personalities. Austrian-born Niki Lauder (Daniel Bruhl) is a technically brilliant driver who worked his way methodically through the ranks to claim the number one spot at Ferrari. His rival at McLaren is handsome, charismatic, blond Englishman James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). Hunt’s skill behind the wheel belies a louche playboy image. But this is a sport where vehicles and drivers are pushed to the absolute limit. Death can be just a heartbeat away! Written by Oscar nominated ‘The Queen’ screenwriter Peter Morgan, ‘Rush’ is another nail-biting true story of triumph and tragedy from ‘Apollo 13’ director Ron Howard. The thrilling golden age of Formula 1 is meticulously re-created, while the sporting rivalry is brought brilliantly to life by Daniel Bruhl and ‘Thor’ star Chris Hemsworth.

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The Call A veteran 911 operator tries to save an abducted girl from a serial killer in this tense, nail-biting thriller. Many years ago, LA emergency phone operator Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) suffered a traumatic experience. Despite her professionalism, there was nothing she could do to prevent a young girl from being murdered while reporting a prowler. Today, she’s retreated from the frontline to train new operators. But while Jordan is teaching them about procedure, a call comes in from a terrified teenager named Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin). She’s been abducted by a serial killer and is now trapped in the boot of a moving car. In order to prevent history repeating itself, Jordan must not only advise Casey on how to thwart the maniac but also confront her own past! Directed by Brad Anderson, who made the multiple award-winning ‘The Machinist’, this is a supremely creepy and suspenseful race-against-time thriller. 27 SEPTEMBER

Runner Runner Student Justin Timberlake is recruited by crooked gambling tycoon Ben Affleck in this heart-pounding crime thriller. Bright but impoverished Princeton college student Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) needs $60,000 to pay his tuition fees. So he uses his skills to play for the cash in a game of online poker. But when he’s cheated out of his winnings, Richie decides to confront the owner of the site in person. Travelling to Costa Rica, he tracks down charismatic multi-millionaire Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Ivan is impressed by the young man and promptly offers him a highly-paid job. But Richie soon uncovers the sinister true nature of Ivan’s operation and is coerced by an FBI agent (Anthony Mackie) into supplying evidence. Trouble is, this is a high-stakes game – especially as Ivan is in the habit of feeding his enemies to crocodiles! Gemma Arterton takes the female lead in this steamy, highly entertaining suspense thriller from the director of ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’.

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Andy Rouse is one of the UK’s most wellknown and highly respected wildlife photographers. Join him at the Bacon Theatre for his brand new talk for 2013: an informal presentation, packed with stories, musical pieces, anecdotes, questions from the audience, some truly awful jokes and, of course, incredible images of wildlife. 7.30pm. £15 (£13.50). Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. bacontheatre.co.uk. andyrouse.co.uk. 2 NOVEMBER A VIKING TALE

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