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As depicted by our Lovebirds on this month’s cover, ‘love’ is the theme running through many of our February pages. From flowers for your sweetheart to a delicious homemade Valentine Cheesecake, both of which are sure to delight your partner – or intended partner! Or maybe you prefer to treat someone to a night out? We’ve an abundance of ideas for your entertainment including comedy and ladies’ nights, concerts and shows. If dining out is what you have in mind, you can save 20% on all food during February at the Brown Jug, and with the Brasserie Group VIP Club Card offer you can save £££’s for a year with fantastic discounts at many local businesses. And, if that’s not enough, readers of The Local Answer will receive a free bottle of wine when they join the Brasserie Group Club! Talking of romance, we have a host of wedding fayre open days for you to attend in some fantastic venues – full of ideas for your big day. Half term will soon be upon us, and our What’s On section is packed with school holiday entertainment ideas – from bird and animal parks to activity days and theatre trips. Whatever the weather, there’s something for everyone. The 18th Cheltenham Folk Festival also takes place this month – a weekend full of fun for all the family including concerts, indoor camping, morris dancing, workshops and kids events. We are delighted to have many new advertisers this month. As always, if you decide to use any of the services promoted, please let companies know where you saw them.

Don’t forget to treat your Valentine!

Contents Food & Entertainment 5 Wildlife Matters 8 Vouchers 10 Delicious Dishes 11 Short Walks 12 Property 13 Pets & Pet Care 21 Holidays & Travel 22 Health & Beauty 24 Feeling Great 25 What’s On 29 Homes & Gardens 45 In the Home 51 In the Garden 61 Professional Services 66 Money Matters 69 People First Policing 73 Index of Advertisers 74 Competition Winners 74 Competitions 25, 32, 34 & 41


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The Isbourne College, located in the heart of Cheltenham, is the first of its kind in the country solely dedicated to offering educa"onally accredited holis"c-related courses. All courses are accredited by the na"onally recognised awarding body, the Open College Network West Midlands Region (OCNWMR). College Director Julia Ingram said, “Accredita"on demonstrates that academic quality and standards are important a#ributes to both the College and the students.” Offering a range of accredited courses designed for both holis"c professionals and the holis"cally curious, the College courses will cover: • Holis&c Living: Founda&ons for the Balancing Body, Mind and Soul • Self-Care for Holis&c Prac&&oners – Avoid Burnout and Increase Resilience • Holis&c Client Care – Managing Treatment and Expecta&ons • Business Essen&als for the Self Employed Prac&&oner • Developing Your Holis&c Business and A'rac&ng the Right Clients The Isbourne College is an exci"ng new branch of the Isbourne Founda"on, a registered charity. For informa"on, call 01242 254322 or visit

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Wildlife Matters Nature enthusiast Wayne Morris talks about two of our native owls and his experiences with them. I don’t know about you but I love the sound of a hooting owl – maybe I’ve watched one too many horror films in which these “unsung” film stars provide a spine-tingling ambience! The Tawny Owl – our most common owl – is at its most vocal in autumn, hooting away as it sets up territorial rights in preparation for the winter struggle for food. A lazy hunter, the Tawny Owl can often be seen in your car headlights as you drive through Gloucestershire’s woods, perched on a bough of a tree listening and waiting for the slightest sound of a scurrying mouse or, another of its favourite prey, a bank vole. The Tawny is very much at home in ancient deciduous woodland and, like all owls, have fantastic hearing – their concave facial discs trap sound waves just like a satellite dish catches radio waves. They also fly silently, as their peripheral wing feathers are such that they do not produce a swishing sound that could potentially alert a nearby ‘meal’. These predators hunt by stealth! I once saw around five Tawny Owls standing on the road, looking as if they were having a meeting. Were they wising-up on something?! In contrast, the Barn Owl is an active hunter – it is much smaller

than a Tawny, whitish in colour and beautiful to observe. You will often see them at dawn and dusk hovering over open fields before ‘dive-bombing’ upon sight of its prey – not dissimilar to the kestrel’s actions. There are captive breeding programmes to maintain their numbers as the Barn Owl is much more vulnerable to long periods of snow cover than the Tawny. The Barn Owl does not hoot but tends to make a hissing or snoring noise. These owls are also responsible for the myth surrounding ghosts being white, as they fly around graveyards – Barn Owls flying at night can look very ‘ghost-like’ indeed. My first ever sighting of a Barn Owl in the wild was a moving experience – many years ago I was driving at night when I noticed a white bird flying along with me on the other side of the road. At first I thought it was a seagull. I slowed down ... it slowed down. I stopped the car, and it stopped and perched on a fence. It then turned its head to reveal its prominent facial disc and looked in my direction. We appeared to acknowledge each other, and I felt I’d connected with nature and wildlife. It eventually flew off and I drove home feeling excited and spiritually richer for the sighting. A truly fantastic experience.


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Friends of St. Mary’s Church Charlton Kings

If a time traveller from the 1500s, say, had travelled 500 years into the future, would there be anything in the modern Charlton Kings he or she would recognise? One or two roads that used to be tracks maybe – perhaps even a pub – but the main feature would have been St Mary’s Church, then as now the centre of the village. It is still here now because previous generations supported and nurtured it for us all to enjoy. If, like us, you would like future generations to continue to enjoy our church, then why not help to preserve and protect this beautiful Charlton Kings centrepiece? You can do this by becoming a Friend of St Mary’s where, for a modest subscription, you can help to safeguard its future.


The Friends of St Mary’s Charlton Kings are holding their Annual Service on Sunday 9th February at 10am. All are welcome – please contact for further details.

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A delighted Gwen Harris with the £250 worth of artist’s equipment she won in Strand Arts’ Christmas Draw.


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Valentine Delicious Cheesecake Dishes

Ingredients: For the base – 200g digestive biscuits; 100g unsalted butter, melted. For the filling – 3 sheets of leaf gelatine; 142ml carton single cream; 300g full-fat soft cheese; 100g golden caster sugar; finely grated zest of 1 lemon; 3tbsp lemon juice; 300g strawberries, hulled and chopped, plus a few extra to decorate (keep leaves on a few); 142ml carton double cream.

Method: 1 Seal the biscuits in a plastic bag and crush them to fine crumbs with a rolling pin or whiz them in a food blender. Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the crumbs and mix well so the crumbs are soaked. Tip the mixture into a loose-bottomed 24cm round cake tin, at least 5cm deep, and press down with the back of a metal spoon to make an even layer over the bottom of the tin. Chill in the fridge while you make the filling. 2 Submerge the gelatine leaves in a dish of cold water and leave to soak and soften for 5 minutes. Pour the single cream into a pan and bring just to the boil, then

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take off the heat. Take the gelatine leaves out of the water, give them a good squeeze to get rid of excess water, and stir one by one into the cream (they will dissolve instantly). Leave to cool for a few minutes. 3 Beat the cheese in a bowl with the sugar, lemon zest and juice until smooth and creamy. Mix in the cream and gelatine mixture and the chopped strawberries. 4 In another bowl, lightly whip the double cream so it falls in soft peaks, then fold it into the strawberry mixture. Pour into the cake tin and smooth down lightly. Chill for at least 211⁄22 hours until set (the cheesecake can be made a day ahead). 5 To serve, run a knife between the cheesecake and the tin to loosen it, remove it from the tin, then take it off its base and put it on a serving plate. 6 To decorate, save a few whole strawberries with the leaves still on, halve the others lengthways, then pile them in the middle. Or dip some strawberries in chocolate, or buy/make some chocolate hearts – be creative!

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its importance as an archaeological site, for it has had exceptional historic continuity as a settlement. There is evidence of human habitation since Neolithic times, a period of some 5000 to 6000 years. Just to the east lies Salmonsbury Camp, an Iron Age hillfort that was occupied until Roman times. The Romans crossed the River Windrush here via the Fosse Way, the bridge, of course, having long since decayed. There are several places of interest in Bourton that the walker may wish to visit before or after the walk. Here are a few: • Birdland Park and Gardens is home to over 500 birds including parrots, flamingos, falcons, ibis, pelicans and the only King Penguins in England. The gardens cover 7 acres (2.8ha) of landscaped parks and lakes. • The Model Village is a replica of Bourton at the time it opened in 1937 at 1/9 th scale, complete with authentic stone walled and tiled houses, churches and a miniature River Windrush. It took four years to construct, and follows the detail of the village faithfully, including a model of the model. • Bourton Model Railway exhibition covers about 500 square feet (46 sq m) with over 40 British and continental trains travelling through various miniature scenes. • The Cotswold Motoring Museum opened in 1978 with a 1920s theme but has since expanded to include motoring in the 1960s and 1970s. Among the vintage cars, motorcycles and bicycles are thousands of items of memorabilia, and a collection of over 800 period advertising signs.

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A Use the car park beside the main road to the

south east of the village. Turn right out of the car park and continue for about ¼ mile (400m) as far as Hilcote Drive on the right. B Turn right, then first left, and after 40yds (36m) turn right down a public footpath between two houses. Cross the stile at the end and continue ahead through two gates to the footbridge across the river. C Cross the river and turn left along the edge of a field to a gate. Go through this and the gate ahead to follow the path through the trees. Turn right through a gate into the field and turn left to a gate in front of a barn. D Turn left over the footbridge, then turn right to the end of the second, smaller lake. E Turn right, cross the footbridge and stile. Then turn right, following the fence and crossing a stile to reach a gate onto a track.


F Continue straight on through a gate in a gap

in the hedge. Walk ahead to the next gate on the left. Go through, turn right and continue to the gate at the edge of the plantation. G Bear left across the field to the gate ahead and then head slightly left across the next field to the far gate. Cross the footbridge. Continue up the right hand edge of the field to a well-defined crossing track. (Turn left if you wish to visit Clapton-on-the-Hill.) H Turn right and follow the track to a large field. Bear right across the field following the waymark. I Continue straight ahead over several fields and waymarked stiles, eventually passing through a plantation to a footbridge on the left. J Cross over and turn half-right. Cross the next footbridge continuing ahead and over a stile to a track. Continue ahead to a gate and the road. Turn right back into the village.

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Opening eyes – a fresh approach to estate agency New sales and letting agent opens in Cheltenham ... February 2014 sees the Cheltenham launch of a revolutionary new concept in estate agency, which director Peter Osborne believes will be welcome news to home sellers and landlords across the town. Offering selling fees from as little as £325 or 0.85% for a full estate agency service, and £169 for a tenant find service – Peter expects Open House Cheltenham to substantially reduce the costs traditionally associated with moving home or letting property. The company’s objective is to combine the best of a traditional estate agency service with the low fees associated with personal property selling websites.

Options to suit all budgets Part of a network of ‘local property agents’ backed with national marketing support, Open House offer a range of selling and letting options to suit all budgets which they are confident will save people in Cheltenham thousands of pounds. The low fees are achieved by reducing unnecessary overheads, group buying power and the centralisation of non-customer facing functions. Peter, who’s been a resident of Cheltenham for over 20 years, commented: “The way that people are searching for property is changing, with over 90% of successful home buyers now using the internet. Combine this with those who found their next home via an advert in the local press or by a ‘for sale’ board, then this figure is likely to be a lot closer to 100%.”

“I believe that people still value the one-to-one service and local knowledge that an estate agent can provide, although I also believe consumers are more informed today and are prepared to shop around for great value service. This is exactly what I’ll be delivering with Open House Cheltenham.”

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Home sellers and landlords can find out more about Open House Cheltenham’s selling and letting options Great value service by contacting Peter on 01242 500448 or by visiting After a successful career in financial and professional services, Peter decided to stay in Cheltenham, and “A great value estate agency move into the estate agency and lettings industry, when his role was relocated to London. He said: “This and lettings service will be gave me the opportunity to really look at what I exactly what I’ll be delivering wanted to do with my career. I have always wanted to be my own boss and, having investigated a number with Open House Cheltenham” of business opportunities, I decided to join the Open Peter Osborne, Director House network.

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Pet Care

The Charlton Kings Vet Centre is fully equipped with a sterile operating theatre, digital radiography, ultrasonography and laboratory equipment. Drop in and have a look around. You will see many of the same friendly faces from our main surgery at Dragon Vet Centre. You can book your visits and pick up food, medications or pet supplies at either surgery if it’s more convenient. 17 Lyefield Road West Charlton Kings Cheltenham GL53 8EZ 01242 220158



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with Oliver Wilkinson Pet Insurance – are you getting value for money? There is no doubt pet insurance can literally be a life-saver for some pets and, given that supposedly 1 in 4 policies are claimed upon, you are much more likely to use your pet insurance than your house or car policies. But given there are literally dozens of pet insurance companies out there on the market, and all with different levels of cover and options to choose from, it makes it very hard to compare ‘like for like’ and know which is the best value. There are ‘life-long’ and ‘12 month’ policies, policies that have limits per condition with significant variations between what is covered and what is considered a pre-existing condition. There are big differences in the amount of excess you pay, and some policies make you pay a proportion of the total claim. It is, therefore, not surprising that it’s usually these anomalies and small print that end up causing the most problems for pet owners. It’s relatively easy to jump on a comparison website and look for the cheapest policy but are you really getting value for money and, most importantly, are they going to pay out when you do claim? Two of the most critical factors to consider are what are called lifelong vs 12 month cover and the issue of pre-existing conditions.

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We then went through a variety of exercises (squats, push-ups, pulley straps and weights) that were isolated to work certain areas of the body, followed by a 5 station circuit that consisted of full body movements to help tone my waist, legs, bum and arms. It was a massive benefit having Nick guide me through the session, ensuring my posture and technique were correct so that I was getting the best from my workout. It turns out my hands weren’t quite placed right when doing push-ups – I could certainly feel the difference when I did them properly. It’s always hard to motivate yourself in the gym so it was great having a personal trainer there to encourage me and spur me on when I was flagging. I will definitely be returning for another PT session in the future, but for now I am confident I can walk into a gym and know what exercises I need to do to help me achieve my goal! Trimnasium believe they are the ‘best’ functional gym in Cheltenham so, whether you are a professional athlete looking to be put through your paces or a yummy mummy wanting to get yourself in shape, why not get in touch – you won’t be disappointed!

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Enjoy a friendly coffee morning and make your own fabulous jewellery with tuition from Rachel in her shop at Verchiel Jewellery,1 Berkeley Mews, Cheltenham (behind the Swan). Wed 10.30-12.30, Thur 12.30-2.30. Only £5 inc tuition and refreshments. Materials extra. Prebooking required. 07828 552610. UNTIL 28 FEBRUARY FLOODLIT SWAN FEED Enjoy the magical winter spectacle of thousands of wild birds and Bewick’s swans wintering on Swan Lake in floodlight. Listen to the warden’s commentary from the heated comfort of the observatory and discover how we identify each Bewick’s swan individually. 6pm. Adult £6, child £4. Sat/Sun only. 01453 891900. DECOY DEMONSTRATIONS How do you catch a duck with a dog? Watch our very own furry canine assisting with conservation work as birds are caught and ringed in the decoy nets. Book your place at the Admission desk. 2pm. Included in normal admission. Saturdays only. 01453 891900. 1 FEBRUARY GROOVE ALLEGIANCE Easy Win Productions presents the second Groove Allegiance night, upstairs at Boogie Lounge. DJs playing funk, soul and more – all on vinyl. £3 on the door or £4 after midnight. Search Groove Allegiance on facebook and click attending on the group for £1 off. 10pm till late. 1A Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1PT.


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Come and celebrate bird watching at this special festival. Visit our hides to see Slimbridge’s wild reserve at its busiest time of year. Hear a range of conservation talks from experts and take part in a range of workshops and activities over the weekend including the ‘Help a Hedgehog’ team. There will also be lots of stands selling wildlife themed goods. 9.30am-5pm. Included in normal admission. 01453 891900. 1-2 & 15 FEBRUARY BIRD WATCH MORNING AT SLIMBRIDGE WWT Winter is a magical time with tens of thousands of birds on the Reserve. With the guidance of our wardens, come along and enjoy this magical sight along with spotting some of the extra special ones. Warm clothing, boots or wellies needed. 8am. £15 includes tea/coffee and a bacon roll. To book a place call 01453 891223.

1 FEBRUARY-2 MARCH SNOWDROP WEEKENDS Colesbourne Gardens will be open for the first of their magnificent open weekends from the first weekend in February with over 250 varieties of snowdrops. Church, waterfall and lakeside walk. Ample parking and plant stalls. Well behaved dogs welcome on leads. Tickets £7.50. 01242 870264. Check website for opening times 2 FEBRUARY DAVID BADDIEL – FAME: NOT THE MUSICAL Fame: our society is obsessed with it – but who will talk honestly about what it’s really like? David Baddiel, in his first full show for fifteen years, does. £24. 4-8 FEBRUARY

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9 & 23 FEBRUARY, 9 & 19 MARCH GUIDED FORESTRY WALKS Join experienced volunteer Dave Lucas and his dog Maisie for guided walks around Silk Wood, Westonbirt. Bring your own dog. Meet 11am at Skilling Gate. 10 FEBRUARY BLUES BROTHERS RELOADED

We’re getting the band back together! Blues Brothers Reloaded finished their mission a few years ago, with a sell-out final show in their home town, at The Everyman Theatre. They then went their separate ways, after nearly a decade of successful touring round the UK. Now the 10-piece tribute are back together for onenight only at The Everyman again. £19. 12 FEBRUARY BALLETBOYZ Following triumphant UK and international appearances on stage and screen (and previous sold out performances at the

Everyman), this phenomenally popular company features 10 exceptional young dancers in an exhilarating evening of exciting and explosive dance. The talent includes two stunning dance pieces by internationally celebrated choreographers Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett. From £19. 13 FEBRUARY JENNA MONROE SINGS AT

Love Laid Bare and Minor Obsessions. Tom Lehrer, Alison Krauss, Sondheim, Fairground Attraction, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Emmylou Harris. 7.45pm. Playhouse Theatre, 47-53 Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7HG. £12 & £10. 01242 522852. CHRIS RAMSEY Chris Ramsey: The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday morning television. After being “sent off” the Soccer AM sofa last year for misbehaving, Chris wonders whether he really is the Most Dangerous Man on Saturday morning TV – not to mention, whether he wants to be. £20.50. 14 FEBRUARY

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A full weekend of wonderful entertainment as the Festival continues to bring together some of the best acts currently working on the UK folk scene. Cheltenham Town Hall will once again act as the hub of the Festival, hosting the Main Concerts, Kids’ Place, Festival Bars and Café, the Market Place and the Box Office. The Playhouse Theatre will host more intimate concerts, workshops and daytime singing sessions. The popular Saturday night Festival Dance will be held at The Princess Hall. A range of fringe events will take place throughout the town over the weekend, including at the newly renovated The Wilson, Cheltenham’s Art Gallery & Museum. Weekend ticket prices: Adult £80, 5-16yrs £40, Family £215. For more information and to book weekend, day or individual event tickets, contact Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office on 0844 576 2210, or visit VALENTINES EVENING Celebrate Valentines with a delicious 3 course meal with coffee, chocolate, champagne and soft jazz music. £35 per person. Bowden Hall GL4 8ED. 0844 815 9077.





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NEW COURT World War 1 Museum

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Melissa aims to ‘educate and inform’ I recently met an incredible lady called Melissa Webb (pictured) at the museum that she has established in the Grade II listed building in Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, which, during the Great War period, housed a Voluntary Aid Detachment hospital for wounded soldiers. Melissa is a primary school teacher who, in 2008 found herself travelling through the old battlefields of northern France on her way home from a holiday in Italy. A day’s detour to take in the scenery turned into a three-week voyage of discovery, and things have never been the same for her since. Now thoroughly steeped in the history of the events of 1914-18, she is a walking encyclopedia of facts and knowledge which she wants to pass on to other folk – and especially to school children – in the next years which commemorate the 100th anniversary of the “war to end all wars”. After searching for two years to find a suitable venue, she has single-handedly set up two huge rooms in the building and filled them with artifacts, photographs, paintings and even a mock-up of a trench, from where visitors can look “over the top” through a periscope to avoid being shot at by the enemy! She has begged and borrowed items from interested

parties and, despite being entirely self-funded, provides the town with something that has been lacking for decades – a place to commemorate the 1,600 men (and a handful of women) from Cheltenham who lost their lives during the onslaught. I certainly congratulate Melissa on a marvellous achievement in creating such a powerful place of interest and Remembrance. Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum intend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War later in the year so, with the support they have through local funding and the space available to them, I look forward to visiting what should be another excellent tribute to Cheltonians who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. I urge you to go and meet Melissa, whose guided tour will surely be an eye-opener. Her aim, she tells me, is to “educate and inform”. She is clearly a very special person with exceptional talents to get you involved. Her website and contact details are below.

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Open to the public from 2pm-5pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday. Admission costs £3.50 for adults, £2 for children or £10 for a family (2 adults, 2 children) Teacher training courses and morning education visits for Keystage 1, 2 or 3 are also available – please phone Melissa on 07716 626 205 for further details and to book.

WIN TICKETS! On Friday 28th February at 7.30pm, the Bacon Theatre plays host to an evening with Steve Parrish. The BBC commentator is famous in the world of motorsport for his practical jokes and enormous personality. Steve’s daughter Frankie, who grew up with her father’s antics, will join Steve on stage as he delivers a fantastically funny evening of true stories – providing a completely different, colourful, humorous and, at times, daring portrayal of his career. Suitable for ages 14+, tickets cost just £20 and may be booked online at or by calling the box office on 01242 258002. To enter our draw for the chance to win a pair of tickets, just send your name, address and telephone number to Steve Parrish, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, you can enter via email – send your details, stating ‘Steve Parrish’ in the subject line, to Closing date for both postal and email entries: Thursday 13th February 2014. 15 FEBRUARY THE MUSUEM DETECTIVES CLUB A brand new club being held once a month in the City Museum. The club will be full of activities and stories and will give the children an opportunity to learn about the museum’s collections and earn their very own archaeology badge. 10.30am-12 noon (5-7 yrs), 1-2.30pm (8-11 yrs). £5 per child. Visit or 01452 503005 to book tickets. LA TRAVIATA La Traviata is an Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave – a love story shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding. The title La Traviata means literally The Fallen Woman or, more figuratively, The Woman Who Strayed. It is based on La Dame aux Camélias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. It recounts Dumas’ true-life affair with the beautiful demi-mondaine, Marie Duplessis. From £28. 15-16 FEBRUARY BRIDE: THE WEDDING SHOW The Cotswolds’ premier bridal exhibition – with over 70 exhibitors plus stunning choreographed catwalk shows to help you plan your perfect day locally. 10am-4pm. £5 in advance, £7.50 on the door. Cheltenham Racecourse. 01242 211099.


BEWICK’S SWANS A range of half term family activities will celebrate this special and much-loved visitor to WWT Slimbridge. Try to be a researcher when you head to the Peng Observatory to see if you can identify an individual swan with our help. In the visitor centre there will be craft activities and puzzles.9.30am-5pm. Included in normal admission. 01453 891900. 15 FEBRUARY-6 APRIL LIVE LAMBING AT THE COTSWOLD FARM PARK Come and meet the new spring arrivals at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. 10.30am-4pm daily. £8.95 (£7.95), Family £30. 01451 850307.

Join in the 150th anniversary celebrations of Victorian discovery of Chedworth Roman Villa. Hands-on activities to entertain all budding young archaeologists this half term. Meet an archaeologist with guided tours throughout the day, indoor arts and crafts and much more. 10am4pm. 01242 890256.

17-22 FEBRUARY BIRDSONG As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme, only comforted by the memory of former lover Isabelle Azaire as his world explodes around him. A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’ bestselling novel, on it’s first ever UK tour. From £14.

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Explore the beautiful conifer trees, then take part in the creative cone crafts. 10.30am-4.30pm. Price included in admission cost. No booking necessary. 19 FEBRUARY HOWLERS AT THE HALL Howlers comedy nights start in their new Pillar Room venue for 2014, promising to be bigger and better than before. First comedy night acts include compere John Robins, Keith Farnan, Matt Rees and Phil Nichol. Doors open 7.45pm, first act 8.30pm. £12. 20-23 FEBRUARY FAMILY PANTOMIME HICKERY DICKORY DOCK Great half term fun for all the family. 7.30pm (matinee Sat 22nd at 2pm) at Elmscroft Community Centre. Barnwood GL2 0SS. Adult £5, Jnrs £3. Box Office: 01452 617846.

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Courtesy of Everyman Theatre we have tickets to be won for ‘The Life of Galileo’ – a thrilling production from the Royal Shakespeare Company starring one of the UK’s finest actors, Ian McDiarmid, who leads a huge ensemble cast in this theatrical tour-de-force. The year is 1609 and a brilliant Italian scientist is about to make a discovery that will change the world. Observing the night sky using the recently-invented telescope, he sees the solar system with a clarity never before experienced by astronomers and realises that the earth orbits the sun. When Galileo’s opponents convince the Pope that these new findings pose a threat to religious dogma and may spark unrest and civil disobedience, he is denounced by the Inquisition as a heretic and forced to publicly denounce his theories. To enter our draw just send your name, address and telephone number to ‘Galileo’, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, email details to – please state ‘Galileo’ in the subject line. Closing date: Thursday 13th February 2014.

22 FEBRUARY-2 MARCH SNOWDROP WEEK AT BATSFORD Wander through the arboretum and enjoy the blankets of snowdrops which should be looking their best this week, but feel free to give a call on 01386 701441 for flowering update! Enjoy a lunch or afternoon tea. Gifts and plants on sale. 23 FEBRUARY CHELTENHAM BRIDE & GROOM SHOW Find everything on display to plan your perfect day. Free admission. 11am-3.30pm – Fashion Shows midday and 2.30pm. Town Hall, Cheltenham. MINI DOWNHILL RACE 3 The 661 Mini Downhill series is an excellent opportunity for all cycling enthusiasts or beginners. Entry fee £20. Registration 8.30am-11am, race starts at 11am from Pedalabikeaway, Cannop Valley, Coleford GL16 7EH. Visit for registration details before 20th February 2014. 26 FEBRUARY DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE Presented by Dot to Dot Drama. 4pm. £10 (£5). Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. 27 FEBRUARY COMEDY CLUB NIGHT AT THE CAPITAL VENUE Join compere Nick Page in the Athena Suite for a great evening of light-hearted fun with

Fin Taylor and Steve Harris. Bar available all evening for food and drink. Book online at or 01452 223214. 28 FEBRUARY STEVE PARRISH

BBC commentator Steve Parrish is famous in the world of motorsport for his practical jokes and enormous personality. Steve’s daughter Frankie, who grew up with her father’s antics, will join Steve on stage as he delivers a fantastically funny evening of true stories: providing a completely different, colourful, humorous and, at times, daring portrayal of this man’s career. Suitable for ages 14+. 7.30pm. £20. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002.

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1 MARCH DARKSIDE – PINK FLOYD Pink Floyd tribute band Darkside make their first visit to Cheltenham with a spectacular live show. 8pm. £15 (£12). Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. 2 MARCH CHELTENHAM PARK HOTEL WEDDING SHOW

A fresh, fun and interactive wedding show packed with the things you need for your special day. A huge range of exhibitors plus catwalk shows, demonstrations, live entertainment and more. Also wedding tips, free magazines and much more. All set in beautiful surroundings and in all main rooms across the hotel. 11.30am-4pm. Free entry, free goodie bag and free welcome drink. 9 MARCH HEAR THE PEOPLE SING Presented by Lions Club of Cheltenham and featuring The WestEnders, an established Musical Theatre Company. All past members of the London Production of Les Misérables. This thrilling gala concert is an unmissable evening celebrating the world’s most popular musical Les Misérables and many more. 7pm. 01242 572573. 11-14 MARCH CHELTENHAM NATIONAL HUNT FESTIVAL Champion Day kicks off an exciting racing week followed by Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Thursday and, the climax of the week, Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. Gates open 10.30am with the first race each day at 1.30pm and the last race at 5.15pm. Visit for all tickets prices and packages. Discounts available until 21st February.


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Hot strippers and a superstar drag queen will entertain you all night, in and out of costumes! Games and prizes, photo session with the acts available. £35 (ladies only) including 3 course meal with coffee and disco until 1am. 0844 815 9077 or email csales.merculegloucesterbowden 15 MARCH VINTAGE AND CRAFT FAIR Over 30 quality traders selling all things vintage, handmade, antique and collectable. Live entertainment throughout the day – everything from singers, brass bands to family friendly burlesque, vintage tearoom, BBQ, beauty salon, classic cars, plus lots

The acclaimed children’s theatre company Blunderbus are proud to present this funny and gentle retelling of Oliver Jeffers’ bewitching story. This clever new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling – a mustsee for small people aged 3-7 years, and grown-up stargazers too! 10.30am. £8.50 (£7.50) Family £30. Bacon Theatre, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham GL51 6HE. 01242 258002. 23 MARCH SPRING WEDDING FAYRE Over 40 wedding exhibitors providing everything for your big day. Free entry, free goody bag, bridal catwalk 12pm and 3pm, entertainment throughout the day. 11am3pm. 0844 815 9077 or email csales.merculegloucesterbowden

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Disneyʼs Tinker Bell & the Pirate Fairy is showing at Cineworld from Feb 14th (Cert U). When a lonely dust keeper fairy named Zarina steals the precious blue pixie dust, Tink and her friends embark on the adventure of a lifetime to get it back! After discovering Zarina has joined forces with the Pirates who inhabit Skull Rock, the Fairies must act fast before the Pirates use the blue pixie dust to make their ship fly and threaten the safety of Neverland and beyond. Whatʼs worse, Zarina blasts our fairies with a potent blend of dust that switches their talents – AND their outfits – making it nearly impossible (although rather comical) to defeat the pirates and get back the dust. To celebrate the movie release, Disney and Cineworld are offering a fantastic prize for the family! For a chance to win 5 tickets along with a childʼs Tinker Bell costume including shoes, bag and wand, visit The competition runs until 28th February 2014. For more of the latest offers, events and competitions at the Brewery visit:

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Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young

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Award nominees to perform at Cheltenham Folk Festival Five of the artists set to perform at the 18th Cheltenham Folk Festival this month have been nominated for the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Bella Hardy, performing as part of ‘Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young’ and ‘The Liberty to Choose’, and Lucy Ward, also performing with ‘The Liberty to Choose’, have both been nominated for Folk Singer of the Year. Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar have been nominated for the Horizon Award, while Chris Wood has been nominated for Best Original Song for ‘None the Wiser’. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards celebrate the very best of British folk music and outstanding talent within the genre with an award ceremony and live show on 19 February 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall. Nominees are chosen by a panel of 100-150 music industry representatives, including broadcasters, journalists, festival organisers, record company directors, agents and promoters. Now in its 18th year, the Cheltenham Folk Festival continues to bring together some of the best acts currently working on the UK folk scene. This year’s event takes place between Friday 14th and Sunday 16th February and ‘Blowzabella’ will headline the Friday night Opening Concert, which will also feature 2013 nominees for Best Duo, ‘O’Hooley & Tidow’. Saturday night’s Main Concert features 2014 nominee Chris Wood and headliners ‘Blazin’ Fiddles’. Sunday night’s Final Concert features ‘The Young’uns’ and bringing the Festival to a close are headliners ‘Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young’. Cheltenham Town Hall will once again act as the hub of the Festival, hosting the Main Concerts, Kids’ Place, Festival Bars and Café, the Market Place and the Box Office. The Playhouse Theatre will host more intimate concerts, workshops and daytime singing sessions. The popular Saturday night Festival Dance will be held at The Princess Hall. A range of fringe events will take place throughout the town over the weekend, including at the newly renovated The Wilson, Cheltenham’s Art Gallery & Museum.

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Blowzabella Festival Director, Jo Heatley, said: “The Folk Festival is the first of Cheltenham’s major annual Festivals. The town comes alive with the sounds of folk music, song and dance and we want to get as many people involved as possible by bringing some of the best in local and national folk artists to perform across the town.” Tickets are still available with prices for the weekend £80 Adult, £40 5-16 year olds and £215 Family. Individual event and day tickets are also available. For more information and to book tickets, contact Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office on 0844 576 2210, or visit

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the Carpet Doctor in to return them to their former glory. Peter is one of only 12 Master Rug Cleaners in the UK and had to make two trips to Dallas in the U.S.A. to do the necessary training and exams. They pick up, clean and return all rugs. The Cleaner Stone Floors side of the company cleans and restores all stone floors, whether natural or man made (including those annoying and dirty grout lines). Peter explains “When a limestone or travertine floor is laid, because it is stone, people think the maintenance regime will be minimal and it will stay looking pristine for many years. Sadly this is often not the case as seals wear away (if the floor was ever sealed in the first place!) and soiling can soon become ingrained into the stone and grout lines. We specialise in returning the stone to that “just laid” look and then applying a quality seal to protect it going forwards”.

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In t he G arden with Julia Smith

Being too eager is a waste of time As I write this we have had such a lot of rain that I am seriously thinking about building that ark. However by the time you read this all may have changed. We have not had seriously cold temperatures yet this winter, but I have a feeling that as the east coast of America has been suffering the lowest temperatures in 50 years, bad weather may well be on the way. It is too easy to get carried away in February and think that spring is just around the corner – it isn’t! I have found that being too eager is a waste of time – wait a few more weeks and plant when the conditions are more favourable and the plants get off to a flying start and soon catch up with the poor struggling specimens that you couldn’t wait to pop in the cold, wet ground. Once February is out of the way everything seems to speed up with bulbs flowering and vegetable seeds to be sown and weeding and tidying in the borders and the lawn needing cutting again. Anyway enough of what is to come, what to do this month ... To help with the New Year weight loss, why don’t you turn your compost heap? Empty it onto a tarpaulin and replace it in the compost bin, allowing the air to get to all the decaying matter. If it is too wet and slimy, add shredded paper or cardboard. Make sure you cover it with a lid or a piece of old carpet etc. If the weather allows, get out in the borders and remove any weeds. Compost the annual weeds but dispose of things like dandelions (perennial weeds that continue growing year on year) in the garden waste collection (they compost at a much higher temperature to kill off any problem seeds). Removing weeds now will make your job so much easier later on in the season before they take hold. This is the perfect time of year to get to grips with putting stakes in your borders. Hazel or birch is the ideal thing to use for ‘pea sticks’ (not just for peas!) and now is a great time to cut it as the sap rises and it gets a little more pliable, and before the leaves appear. 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. ~ 07929 587751

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It’s been a crazy few months for Cloudy2Clear Windows. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as homeowners take advantage of their services. Managing Director Paul Spiller feels that it’s all about service. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year

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Tax Returns – why leave them so late? I have spent most of my last four weeks helping clients to complete their tax returns prior to the filing deadline at the end of January. I do it at this time every year and, on each occasion, I ask why people leave it so late to deal with their own financial affairs. My financial adviser contacts tell me that some of the best deals on tax-free investments are announced in the run-up to the end of the fiscal year at 5 April. Why? Because the majority of us leave it until the last minute to make our contributions. It’s amazing when you think about it. Ok, so you only submit your tax return once, but there is more than compliance at stake here. A number of the returns that we have processed in recent weeks have generated refunds – prompter submission would have put that money in your bank account months earlier. Others had significant tax bills to pay, with little or no time to arrange their finances.

‘The evil day’ I tried to work out why. One client explained that the later he left it, the later he had to pay me. Refreshing honesty, but an isolated view I suspect. Most of those who leave it late are almost certainly putting off what they see as ‘the evil day’. Maybe HMRC should offer incentives rather than beat taxpayers with a stick when they fail to comply. Would an early filing incentive help the government to collect all those returns without the unseemly rush every January? I suspect not, but it works in the retail sector with post-Christmas sales, so why not for tax returns too? A final thought. HMRC reports that over 1,500 people filed their tax returns on Christmas Day 2013. Despite the workload, not even I had to resort to that! Roger Downes FCA – Managing Director 01242 244856

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Gloucestershire Constabulary People First Policing This month’s article is supplied by Police Sergeant Simon Ellson of Cheltenham South SCT. Simon reviews the end of the old year and the beginning of 2014 ... A belated Happy New Year to you. Cheltenham South Police had a successful Christmas and New Year period. Whilst the town was busy with festive revellers and shoppers throughout December, incidents and crime were down on the same period last year. The Christmas light switch on in the Town Centre continues to be a hit with residents of Cheltenham. The evening was very busy with more visitors than expected, leaving Sgt White and his team immersed in crowd control! Though everything ran smoothly in the end. As always, New Year’s Eve kept us occupied, with night crews having to stay on in to New Year’s Day. Unfortunately a few drunken party goers causing disorder led to some arrests, but the vast majority of people in the town centre had an enjoyable evening. On the first two Saturdays in December Cheltenham South Police were part of a multi agency group aiming to highlight the issues of begging in the town centre. Cheltenham Partnerships Begging Working Group printed 1000s of flyers which were handed out to shoppers in the High Street and Promenade. The message: if you give to a beggar the likelihood is you will be feeding their drink or drug addiction and not providing assistance to feed or clothe them. Please don’t give money to beggars in the town centre – if you wish to assist, your money will be better spent by donating to a local food bank or Church. Please don’t give burglars an easy opportunity – always ensure your windows and doors are locked. You might have seen myself and colleagues from the Safer Community Team in the High Street on a Wednesday. Over the coming months we will be taking shelter in the Beechwood arcade – please pop along and say hello. We are there to listen to your concerns and offer any assistance we can through an array of practical crime prevention advice. Over the coming weeks we will continue to work hard to provide the best possible service to Cheltenham South. We are always trying new ideas to engage with the local community. We have a twitter account – @CheltSouthPol (not for reporting incidents) – and we’ll also be holding a Police Community Meeting chaired by Inspector Waterhouse on 12th February (7.30pm) at the Stanton Rooms, Church Piece, Charlton Kings. Each area also has a designated Police Community Support Officer and Police Constable – if you are unaware of who yours is, or what Police area you live in, please visit and click Local Policing Area. Wishing you a safe and crime free 2014! Gloucestershire Constabulary

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Index of Advertisers FOOD & DRINK Brasserie Group Odyssey World The Brown Jug

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WHAT’S ON Clubs & Sports Bickos Bike Shack 44 Caroline Crowther Intro’s 36 42 Cheltenham College Swim 36 Dance with Deb Danceworks Studio 10 Gloucester Rugby 41 Shipton Golf Course 10 Events & Attractions Abbey Mill 29 Bacon Theatre 32 Bowden Hall 33 CCP Cheltenham Challenge 44 Cheltenham Folk Festival 42-43 New Court WWI Museum 31 Prinknash Bird & Deer Park 30 Slimbridge WWT 35 The Brewery 41 The Everyman Theatre 34

HEALTH & BEAUTY Extreme Lengths Craig Thorn Isbourne College Kim Brunwin Ladyzone Leckhampton Chiropractic Me! Hair and Beauty Mobile Chiropodist NHS Oakwell Health S.D. Lonterman The Guild Hairdressing The Haven Trimnazium

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HOLIDAYS & TRAVEL Marchants Coaches Miles Morgan Travel Oxwich Bay Hotel

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HOMES & GARDENS Bathrooms Leckhampton Bathrooms Severn Vale Bathrooms Total Bathroom Building Services ARD Development Aubrey Howard Builders B E Rudman Dot & Dab Plastering Elite Loft Ladders FarrDenn Construction G Kelly Plastering GlosBuild Harry Antonious Homecare Property JTG Building Services

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LM Williams Building 68 Morgan Exteriors 60 New Leaf Construction 61 Newman Roofing Systems 68 R Richards & Son 2 Roofing & Building Solutions 56 56 RS Cladding and Roofing SWS Plastering 56 Carpentry Nick Burton 67 Three Piece Joinery 45 Cleaning Services 46&49 Britannia Cleaning Carpet Doctor 51 Clean Sweep 54 Hard Pressed for Time 20 Oven Busters 63 Pink Fairy Cleaning 49 Regency Cleaning 70 The Housekeeper 63 Electrical Services Beacon Electrical 71 Cotswold Rewires 68 County Electrical 72 Lume Electrical 46 Spa Service 63 Furnishing & Appliances Decoy Designs 46 Just Fabrics 53 MWE Furnishings Ltd 45 New Blinds 46 New Blinds – Shutters 49 Stoves and Fireplaces 59 Winnens 9 Gardening Services Acorn Gardening Services 60 Chosen Lawnmower Services 61 Landscape Creations 60 Mark Clifford Landscapes 61 Handyman Services Ian Badrock 61 John Wilson Maintenance 60 The Local Handyman 60 Heating & Plumbing A&R Stove Installers 64 Barker & Bayliss 68 Cotswold Plumbers 70 Firestyles 64 ID Godwin 72 KB Female Plumber 56 Maisemore Apiaries 60 Pete T Plumbing & Heating 46 Plumb It 71 Pure Plumbing 66 Kitchens Benchwood Kitchens 67 Hatherley Worktops 54 Leckhampton Kitchens 52 The Kitchen Workshop 48 Worktops Cheltenham 59 Painting & Decorating Adams Decorating 64 A Woman’s Touch by Pushpa 59 DT Painting and Decor 56 Female Decorator 68 Flairline Decorating Services 63

Floods 54 G Decor 46 71 Trevor Rogers Windows Doors & Conservatories AJ Windows 62 Albany Windows 76 Chosen View 64 C&L Windows 55 Cloudy2Clear 65 Emperor Windows 47 Misty2Clear Doors/Windows 57

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Auctioneers & Valuers Mallams Care Services Alexander Burn Charlton Kings Care Home Computers & Software Geeks PC Menders Education & Training Cheltenham Nursery French Tuition Winton House Nursery Legal & Finance Andorran

20 69 67 67 73 44 73 4 72

Books Angel 69 Locksmiths 73 Cheltenham Locksmiths Motors The Deal Maker 69 Office Equipment 72 Abbey Business Equipment Pets BJ Luxury Kennels 36 21 Charlton Kings Vet Centre Property Sales & Letting Adams Estate Agents 14-15 16 David Grundy House Moves 13 Open House 18-19 Perry Bishop and Chambers 17 The Property Centre 75 Ullenwood Court 16 Retail Strand Arts 10 The Flower Room 5 Vinyl Records 44 Skip Hire & Recycling Stevens Recycling 73 TV & Aerial 1st Choice Aerials 56 Utilities The Utility Warehouse 6

COMPETITION WINNERS Thanks to all who took part in our January competitions and congratulations to the winners: Everyman Theatre – Pair of tickets to see Moon Tiger – Mrs K Ball of Leckhampton, M Gillett of Up Hatherley and Mr Lloyd Thomas of Millbrook Gardens. The Bacon Theatre – Pair of tickets to see Showstoppers – Mrs Christine Osburn of Draycot Road, C Nuttall of Lexington Square and Mr R Beale of Bafford Approach.

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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