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Welcome to March ... It’s our birthday! The first ever copies of The Local Answer were distributed in March 2009 and our first Gloucester edition was published in August 2012. The style of the magazine has evolved more by chance than design during the last five years so, to mark this milestone occasion, we’ve listened to feedback from readers and advertisers and are extremely proud to present our brand new look for The Local Answer! We hope you like the improvements we’ve made and enjoy tackling our new Quick Crossword and Sudoku puzzles. We’ll keep adding new features of interest when we can. The whole team at the office, pictured here on the left, have been involved in making the magazine the largest, monthly distributed local guide across both Cheltenham and Gloucester. We now distribute 84,000 copies every month, with nearly 80,000 delivered direct to homes through our army of dedicated distributors. And, over the coming months we’ll be producing more editions to spread The Local Answer to many more Gloucestershire people. Watch this space!
Inside this month ... Food & Entertainment 6 Vouchers 6 Delicious Dishes 7 Pet Care 9 Property 11 Health & Beauty 18 Holidays & Travel 24 What’s On 26 Short Walks 46 Homes & Gardens 47 In the Garden 57 Quick Crossword 61 Sudoku Puzzles 69 Professional Services 75 Money Matters 77 Local Policing 81 Index of Advertisers 82 Competition Winners & Rules 82 Puzzle Solutions 82 Competitions 4, 24, 31, 32, 34, 37, 39 & 40 Page 3
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The Local Answer has gone from strength to strength since the first issue (above) was published in March 2009. Initially serving the ‘Charlton Kings & Leckhampton’ areas of Cheltenham – with 5,000 copies distributed – we now produce 84,000 copies every month, delivering c.80,000 direct to homes across Cheltenham and Gloucester. The publication was launched to satisfy the requirements of advertisers needing to convey Gloucester The Loc al their messages to ANS WE R residents in the area, and readers searching for local services. Therefore, we focused on key aspects that we believed would make the publication work – the best distribution, the best quality of content and presentation for a magazine of its type and, of course, extremely competitive rates. 40,000 DELIVERED
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Our loyal advertisers were only going to get a return on their investment if our non-paying clients – you the readers – ‘used’ the magazine. Fortunately we seem to have got more things right than we’ve got wrong for both readers and advertisers alike. Growing to our current situation – delivering to 16 times as many households as when To advertise call 01242 510500
we started – wouldn’t have been possible without people appreciating what the publication brings to them. Behind this extreme level of success has been a fantastic team. As a ‘family-run’ business, the support from family members has been a key factor throughout – from helping to deliver the first issue, to being involved in all other aspects of the business as the company developed. With a committed and skilled office team, a growing army of loyal distributors, plus great print and facility suppliers – collectively we have delivered great success to so many of the county’s businesses and a wonderful ‘free’ monthly publication to residents. But we’re not finished yet! We will continually strive to improve the publication and its reach. New team members will be joining this month as we prepare for the future. Things that involve a number of different people are only truly successful if everyone plays their part. I’d like to thank everyone involved in any aspect of The Local Answer for the contribution each of you has made. Dave Kingscott – Managing Director Page 5
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with Oliver Wilkinson of Charlton Kings Vet Centre 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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When it’s time to say goodbye It’s a sad reality of being a pet owner that despite all the joy and pleasure we get from having a furry member of the family, eventually there comes a time to let them go. As a veterinarian it is a regular part of my job and one which I have had to come to terms with over the years. Failing health comes in as many forms for our pets as it does for us humans. Cancer is probably still the biggest nasty that forces the issue but heart disease, organ failure, or just old age are all common reasons for us to have to make the painful decision. I have often said to pet owners at least we can spare them the final unpleasantness of terminal cancer or insufferable pain and I feel that at least this final act can be one of kindness and release. For pet owners though, as much as we know that we are sparing them much discomfort, it’s a heart-wrenching decision to make – and many will feel a sense of guilt that is entirely unjustified. I talk to owners about ‘quality of life’ and try to help establish whether we have come to a point that a pet is either too debilitated or unhappy to continue. However, given that many animals can be incredibly stoic and continue to eat and interact in the face of considerable ill-health, making these decisions is sometimes extremely difficult.
Peaceful, quick and painless When the decision has been taken the actual process of euthanasia is usually very peaceful, quick and painless. I usually place a catheter into a vein to allow administration of the anaesthetic, often alleviating the need to have anyone holding the pet other than the owners should they wish to be there at the end. A sedative can be given if a pet is particularly anxious or stressed by this process. Finally we administer a concentrated overdose of injectable anaesthetic – the animal falls asleep instantly then quickly passes away in a matter of seconds. I’ve performed the procedure far too many times and it always leaves me with mixed emotions. Last year I said goodbye to one of my own pets, Marley the cat – a stray that ended up at the clinic and worked his way into my heart. He lived an over-indulged life with me and the years were very kind to him. Sadly, as with many cats, his kidneys failed and the end came quickly. Like many pet owners I wrestled with making the decision, but once I could see that the spark had left him I knew it was time to let him go. Some pet owners put on a brave face, some can't bear to be there at the end – I felt I needed to do the deed personally and shed more than a few tears in the process. Sometimes a grieving pet owner will say to me that they can't face ever having another pet but it's only because they bring so much happiness and enrich our lives so much that we feel their loss so acutely. I honestly believe that owning a pet is both a joy and a privilege – one which hopefully gives us many years of immense pleasure. Along with that is the responsibility to look after our little friends and make sure they have as happy a life and gentle a passing as we can give them.
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this property is (albeit subject to planning consent) bound to attract interest for use as a perfect ‘Bed & Breakfast’ enterprise. In addition to the spectacular views due to its great positioning in this sought after area, the property benefits from a large storage room/area, double garage (with electric doors) and ample off-road parking space for several vehicles. Internally this versatile building has much to offer too, including 6 bedrooms (4 with large en-suites), family bathroom, 4 reception rooms, and a spacious kitchen – perfect for entertaining guests! It’s understandable why estate agents Joanna and Christine of Housemoves.co.uk strongly recommend that anyone interested in viewing High Roost contacts them very soon: House-moves.co.uk 01242 517800 email@example.com www.house-moves.co.uk Page 11
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Happiness through hypnosis Tayma Wallbridge has recently joined the experienced team of specialist practitioners at Oakwell Health, adding her qualified hypnotherapy skills to the range of services available at the Charlton Kings practice. Tayma’s passion for helping people overcome their personal obstacles to achieve a happier, healthier life is driven from her own experience of the positive outcome of hypnotherapy. She explained: “After developing a sudden fear of driving on motorways I spent a long time avoiding them altogether. In the end I decided to try hypnotherapy – it changed everything. I became perfectly happy to drive on any motorway and, such was my belief in the treatment, I decided to train as a hypnotherapist myself.” After qualifying, Tayma quickly built her own successful business – ‘Accredited Hypnotherapy’ – and, over the past four years, several hundred people have benefited from her skill. Tayma said: “Hypnosis is very ordinary. We go in and out of light
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There’s always time for indulgence Hands On Walk-in Backrub is the first walk-in massage centre outside London, offering affordable seated acupressure massage plus deep-tissue, reflexology, Reiki, Shiatsu and many other techniques. Hands On owner Dominic Neate said: “I came across walk-in centres offering TouchPro acupressure in London last year and I couldn’t believe how good it felt, or how inexpensive it was.” The TouchPro routine takes 20 minutes, but can be adapted down to 10 (for just £10) or up to 30 minutes. It comprises 28 acupressure techniques and targets 60 specific points on the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and back. “It feels truly amazing; fantastic for relaxing tight spots and tension, leaving you feeling light and revitalised. We’ll have you fizzing with delight!” Dominic ensures us. He continued: “There’s no need to book or undress. You just walk in at lunchtime, after work, shopping, exercise – or whenever – and our specially trained therapists will do the rest. And it won't break the bank – we offer a 10minute massage for just £10. For table massages it is best to book on 01242 243333. “There's no better time to love yourself than now – that’s our motto.” 11 Regent St, Cheltenham ☎ 01242 243333
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Meet our friendly family of Otters: Flo, Minnie and Ha Ha and hear a talk from their keeper as they tuck into a tasty fish supper. Talks are at 11.30am and 3pm every day. Free with admission. wwt.org.uk/visit/slimbridge TOAD HALL TALK – WWT SLIMBRIDGE Come to Toad Hall to learn about the world of amphibians, and their habitats. If you are brave enough you will have the opportunity to hold some of his collection of frogs, toads and newts, and ask all those questions you have always wondered about. Talk 2.15pm daily. Free with admission. wwt.org.uk/visit/slimbridge EVERY TUESDAY BETHESDA LUNCH CLUB Come and enjoy home-cooked food and make new friends. Starts at 12.30 on Tuesdays £2.50 per meal. New members are most welcome at Bethesda Methodist Church Gt. Norwood Street GL50 2AP. Contact Dawn 01242 677738 or Val 01242 232444 EVERY WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY JEWELLERY MAKING COFFEE SESSIONS 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 including tuition and refreshments. Materials extra. Pre-booking required. firstname.lastname@example.org. 07828 552610. verchieljewellery.co.uk.
1 MARCH DARKSIDE – PINK FLOYD Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, Darkside, the Pink Floyd tribute band, make their first visit to Cheltenham with a spectacular live show – promising all the atmosphere, lights and laser effects and, of course, the passion of Pink Floyd classics played live. See and hear that promise fulfilled in a seven minute show reel at darksidefloydshow.com. 8pm. £15 (£12). Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. bacontheatre.co.uk. 2 MARCH
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6 MARCH LADIES PAMPER EVENING FOR MAGGIE’S Come and put your feet up, enjoy a drink and a taster pamper treatment – you deserve it! Be treated to beauty and pamper and a little crafty shopping in the wonderful Maggie’s lounge. Enjoy a giggle and some natter and unwind from the day whilst supporting a fantastic modern care centre. 7.30pm, Maggie’s Centre Cheltenham. free entry, donation welcome. maggiescentres.org 8 MARCH CHELTENHAM COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL OPEN MORNING (3-13) Cheltenham College Preparatory School will be hosting an Open Morning for prospective students and parents this spring, offering the chance to take a tour of its excellent facilities, meet the staff and pupils and more. Please contact the Admissions Office or visit our website to register: 01242 522697. email@example.com cheltenhamcollege.org. CHARITY SPRING FAIR Many stalls available – gift ideas for Mother’s Day, jewellery, clothes, children’s toys, cakes. Raffle with prizes donated by stallholders. Coffee shop and entertainment. 11am-4pm. St Andrews Church Hall, Montpellier. Entry fee £2 to include a free tea/coffee. All proceeds to The National Star Centre.
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Review by Mel Jones When you hear names like Blazing Fiddles and Blowzabella, you’d be forgiven for not being able to easily identify the musical genre, but after last month’s annual Cheltenham Folk Festival at Cheltenham Town Hall, you’d be surprised to find out how well known these groups are locally and further afield. This year Cheltenham celebrated its 18th Cheltenham Folk Festival, which saw the town literally overtaken during Valentine’s weekend with festival goers, morris dancers and a whole host of folk musicians including a number of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees.
Electrifying and mesmerising Take Bella Hardy, who headlined the festivals Final Concert on Sunday night with Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young, called The Fiddle Girls. Whilst Eliza Carthy is the Festival Patron and has been nominated for one of the greatest musical accolades, the Mercury Prize, and is already a multiple Radio 2 Folk Award winner. The concert was electrifying and mesmerising, with an audience of both young festival goers, those new to folk – who I sense similar to me, may well have been prompted by the likes of Mumford & Sons – and traditional folk fans, many wearing festival sweatshirts from the 1st one, back in 1997! I was lucky enough to meet one half of multiinstrumentalist duo, Greg Russell and Ciaran Aigar, who between them play no less than 6 instruments, plus vocals. I was struck by their youth and was interested to hear that they had both grown up in musical families, and are about to release their second album, having already played a successful national tour – whilst juggling their studies!
Versatility of Cheltenham’s Town Hall The concerts were interspersed with live open sessions – musicians literally turning up, tuning up and playing together. It’s amazing how versatile Cheltenham’s historic landmark Town Hall is – the Drawing Room transformed into a session space, complete with Real Ale Bar, and music drifting along it’s corridors which were filled with a busy market selling everything from quirky vintage jewellery to music and even accordions. A short walk over to The Playhouse and there was every kind of musical workshop you could imagine from ukulele’s to harps. My personal favourite was a workshop simply called Cotswold Jigs. Always keen to try something new, this didn’t disappoint, with an introduction to dancing a solo jig. Luckily I had flat shoes and a sense of fun, spending a happy hour as a novice dancer. I quickly grew in confidence, although I don’t think I will be joining a morris dance group anytime soon – even if many of us Cheltonians associate our annual folk festival with their colourful displays in the centre of town each year! Page 28
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8 MARCH COFFEE CONCERT Marietta Davina – voice and piano. £6 available on the door, includes refreshments. All proceeds go towards the work of Gloucester Cathedral Choir. 11am. gloucestercathedral.org.uk. 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. Hear the passion ... hear the music ... hear the people sing! 7pm. everymantheatre.org.uk. 01242 572573. 10-15 MARCH THE LIFE OF GALILEO Ian McDiarmid repeats his astonishing performance as Galileo, leading a huge ensemble cast in this theatrical tour-deforce from Royal Shakespeare Company. everymantheatre.org.uk. 01242 572573. 11-14 MARCH LIVE MUSIC AT THE BREWERY THROUGHOUT RACE WEEK Join the Dublin Jacks and the Sons of Navarone each night of the races for some foot stamping music to get you in the festive spirit! 5-9pm. With Irish Dancing
MEDIEVAL MADNESS Learn about this most fascinating historical era with Gloucester Folk Musuem. 6-9pm for an evening of crafts, tours and trails. Adults £5, children £3. Family ticket £12. gloucester.gov.uk/citymuseum. 01452 503050. 18 MARCH HOW TO CATCH A STAR
5.30-6.30pm. Henrietta Street, Cheltenham GL50 4FA. thebrewerycheltenham.co.uk. 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 cheltenham.co.uk/fixtures/the-festival for all ticket prices and packages. 14 MARCH LADIES NIGHT 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.mercuregloucesterbowdenhall @jupiterhotels.co.uk. 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 more. £1 entry, children free. 11am-5pm. Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellegate Street, Gloucester GL1 2HN. helsbellesboutique.co.uk.
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18-22 MARCH A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM & THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Propeller return to the Everyman with their own inimitable style. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk. 19 MARCH NOT QUITE WHAT I HAD IN MIND
Kevin Brownlow is a film editor, director, preserver, historian and biographer, Hollywood Oscar and Bafta award-winner. In this year’s de Ferrieres Lecture, he looks back on the strange trajectory of his career, with clips from the films he loves. 7.15pm. £12 (FCAGM members £10). Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. bacontheatre.co.uk. 21 MARCH CHARITY BOOK LUNCH WITH STROUD AUTHOR KATIE FFORDE
Join local author Katie Fforde for a meal at Ruby Tuesday in The Brewery as she launches her latest paper book chick-lit novel “A French Affair”. Katie visited the Brewery back in 2009 for a similar successful event and we are delighted to
welcome her back. Tickets are just £25 per person – with all profits to Macmillan Cancer Support – and include a 2-course set lunch, glass of wine, signed book and a talk by Katie. This fundraising event was a sell-out in 2009 and is sure to be popular, so please book early to avoid disappointment. To reserve your place please call Demelsa on 01242 574 373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ruby Tuesday, The Brewery, Cheltenham. 22 MARCH OPEN MORNING AT THE KING’S SCHOOL, GLOUCESTER
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. 22 MARCH THE SHOWSTOPPERS
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dance routines and catchy melodies, this award-winning team improvise using onthe-spot suggestions from the audience with unpredictable and often hilarious results. Now an Edinburgh Fringe ‘mustsee’, the all-singing, all-dancing, The Showstoppers have four West End seasons and an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series to their name. Suitable for ages 14+. 7.30pm. £15 (£13). Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. bacontheatre.co.uk. showstopperthemusical.com. 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. 11am-3pm. mercuregloucester.co.uk. 0844 815 9077 or email csales.mercuregloucesterbowden firstname.lastname@example.org. CORRAINE COLLINS Annual Choreographic Showcase. 2pm. £10 (£8). Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. bacontheatre.co.uk. corrainecollinsdance.co.uk. 24-27 MARCH JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Gloucester Operatic & Dramatic Society. 200 strong cast accompanied by “Queens Philharmonic Orchestra”. By kind permission of the Really Useful Group. Artistic Director Jerry Lane. Queens Philharmonic Orchestra with Paul LeinthallCowman. Voices Unlimited Ria Keen. Musical Director Sue Black. 7.30pm (matinee performance 2pm on Sat 29). £12-£50 available from Gloucester Cathedral Box Office on 0845 652 1823 or gloucestercathedral.org.uk. 25-29 MARCH BRASSED OFF Based on the 1996 film, John McArdle stars in this passionate and inspiring celebration of human endeavour and community spirit, featuring rousing live music and Gloucestershire’s own Flowers Brass Band. everymantheatre.org.uk. 01242 572573.
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Tony Stockwell is one of the country’s most well known and respected mediums and he has the gift of communicating with those who have passed, delivering their messages of love and reuniting them with their relatives and friends. This he does to a breathtaking degree in his remarkable show, using his extraordinary paranormal abilities to communicate amazingly accurate messages. At its best, Mediumship has the potential to change someone’s life and to instill in them a sense of peace, comfort and purpose. Journalist Mike Hallowell comments: “It’s one thing for a medium to tell you that they’ve got ‘someone who’s passed over’ coming through, and that ‘they love and miss you’. It’s something else entirely when they provide you with clinically accurate information about specific times, places and events that they simply couldn’t have gathered by scientifically-accepted means.” Tickets cost just £18.50 and may be booked online at www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk or by calling the box office on 0844 5762210. To enter our draw for the chance to win a pair of tickets, just send your name, address and telephone number to Tony Stockwell, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, you can enter via email – send your details, stating ‘Tony Stockwell’ in the subject line, to email@example.com. Closing date for entries: Thursday 13th March 2014.
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With characteristic wit, tenderness, plus a dive into surrealism, Stella Feehily’s new play ‘This May Hurt A Bit’ explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: What is the prognosis for this much-loved institution? The play, which runs from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th April, is presented by Out of Joint and stars Stephanie Cole and Jane Wymark (right). There will be a post show discussion following the performance on Tuesday evening. To book your tickets visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 01242 572573. To enter our draw for the chance to win a pair of tickets, just send your name, address and telephone number to This May Hurt, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. You can also enter via email – send your details, stating ‘This May Hurt’ in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for both postal and email entries: Thursday 13th March 2014.
Since 1982, Over Farm Market has sold a wide selection of fresh locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables, more recently adding pickles and preserves, local wines, beers and ciders to their range. There is now a bakery, delicatessen and butchery. Even their Christmas trees are home grown! As the years have gone by, Over Farm has diversified massively in order to keep the business alive and well. Their “Frightmare” Halloween festival is now the largest in the Southwest, attracting around 15,000 visitors throughout the month of October. “Barn on the Farm” music festival started in 2010 and is now a weekend home for almost 1,500 people during July. The farm itself now produces a massive 80 different varieties of fruit and vegetables of which over 90% is sold through the farm shop and local farmers markets. 2013 saw 24 wedding parties take place in the everpopular “Over Barn” as well as 22 other private functions. They continue to offer school trips where would like to take this opportunity to thank children learn about the importance of farming and We all of our customers for their continued support where food comes from. over the last couple of decades. As a small token of our appreciation, please bring this 2014 will see the business continue to diversify! page with you on your next visit for Plans are afoot to take control of the catering aspects of 10% off your shopping. the company including weddings, seasonal activities Many thanks! and even a range of sauces! A new building to house The Over Farmers the farm shop is being heavily discussed after planning permission was granted back in 2012. January of this O ver G lo u c es te r G L 2 8 D B year has already seen Rob pass his microlight instructors course – now he is able to use the farm’s runway for trial flights and to instruct wannabe pilots. w w w. o v e r f a r m m a r k e t . c o . u k
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27-29 MARCH PLAYHOUSE VARIETY SHOW
Cheltenham’s Playhouse Theatre presents a variety show with a mixture of song, dance and comedy. Featuring Kieran Powell from TV’s ‘Britian’s Got Talent’, one of the country’s most talented comedy ventriloquists, Egyptian Spirit Dance Troupe. The young people of Theatre studio. Songs from the Westend and Broadway with RSTC. Zigs Dance Troupe showing us just how fit they are as they spin around the
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pole. Greg and Kate Aston singing favourite songs. From Deepend Theatre Company Cliff Cocks and Adam Wright. Matinee Sat 29th 2.30pm £9 with conc of £8. Thurs 27th & Fri 28th 7.45pm £10 with conc £8. Sat 7.45pm all tickets £10. Playhouse Theatre GL53 7HG. Box Office 01242 522852. playhousecheltenham.org. 29 MARCH CINDERELLA
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the most well-known rags-to-riches fairy tale. Cinderella will delight the whole family! 7.30pm. Adults £18.50 (£17.50), children £13. Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. bacontheatre.co.uk. viennafestivalballet.com. 30 MARCH MOTHERS DAY LUNCH
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On Saturday 29th March at 7.30pm, the Bacon Theatre plays host to the Vienna Festival Ballet’s beautiful production of ‘Cinderella’, and we’ve been given three pairs of tickets to be won by lucky readers. A mistreated young girl, two comical ugly stepsisters, a glass slipper and a handsome prince come together in a dazzling classical ballet, choreographed by Shelia Style and all set to a melange of music by Rossini. With elegant costumes, beautiful staging, talented and supple dancers and all the essential elements of one of the best known rags-to-riches fairy tales – Cinderella is sure to touch the hearts of the whole family. Tickets cost just £18.50 (£17.50) for adults and £13 for children, and may be booked online at www.bacontheatre.co.uk 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 Cinderella, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Alternatively, you can enter via email – send your details, stating ‘Cinderella’ in the subject line, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for both postal and email entries: Thursday 13th March 2014.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE AMATEUR GARDENING SOCIETY G.A.G.S. is a gardening club based at St George’s Centre, Grange Road, Tuf<ley, Gloucester. We have monthly Friday evening meetings with interesting speakers on gardening and other subjects loosely connected to gardening. We would welcome new members whether you are a keen gardener, want to learn more, or just enjoy other people’s gardens. We have several coach outings during the year to Weston, local gardens and places of interest, and further a<ield to Wisley Gardens in Surrey. We’ve just enjoyed a trip to the panto at the Everyman (You’re never too old for a panto!) We have an Annual show at the end of August where we exhibit what we have grown, made and baked – so everyone can enter something. Our membership fee is £7 annually plus £1 per meeting.
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3 APRIL HORSE & COUNTRY TV
Horse & Country TV are delighted to present an evening with equestrian Olympic gold medallists Carl Hester MBE and Charlotte Dujardin OBE. The evening will be hosted by H&C presenter Jenny Rudall who will interview Carl and Charlotte about their journey together from Charlotte’s arrival as a groom at Carl’s yard right up to the Olympics and beyond. Celebrity guests will be on hand in the audience and Jenny will be taking questions to keep Carl and Charlotte on their toes. After the event Carl and Charlotte will be signing autographs in the foyer. The evening will be filmed for future broadcast on Horse & Country. 7.30pm. £20 and £10 for under 18s. Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. bacontheatre.co.uk. horseandcountry.tv.
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An informal evening of spoken tales penned and performed by local writers. Those who remember sitting together as children and listening to a grown-up read a story with fond nostalgia will appreciate this relaxed event which recreates just that sort of experience – but for adults. The evening’s content will be penned and performed by local writers and this time the subject is families; the happy and not
The 4th annual Prescott Bike Festival is a fantastic day out for all the family. With special guest appearances, stands, stunt shows, rare racing bikes, live music and much more. Tickets available online from £12 or on the gate £15, children free accompanied by an adult. prescottbikefestival.co.uk.
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7-12 APRIL THE MOUSETRAP The legendary, record-breaking hit thriller celebrates its 60th anniversary with its first ever UK tour. everymantheatre.org.uk. 01242 572573. 12 APRIL LONGLEVENS PARISH CHURCH ANNUAL AUCTION Great bargains to be found on household and leisure items donated to us. Viewing from 10am, selling at 12 noon. To donate items prior to event please contact Eric Chitty on 01452 500229. 15-19 APRIL THIS MAY HURT A BIT Stephanie Cole and Jane Wymark star in a new play exploring one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, from the company who brought you Ciphers, Top Girls and Our Country’s Good. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark everymantheatre.org.uk. 01242 572573. 19 APRIL STARGOLF OPEN DAY Come along for a complimentary round of golf. Play golf with a difference by supporting a charity whilst having fun! A beautiful relaxing Cotswold 18 hole par 3 course played over 9 fairways. Suitable for corporate events, team building days, fund raising events, membership or pay and play. Membership offers available on the
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Sponsored walk date moved WIN TICKETS! Gloucester Rugby, in conjunction with their delivery partners for The Road to 2015 Sponsored Walk, took the decision last month to move the walk planned for 9th February to the weekend of 3rd May. The difficult decision was driven by recommendations around the safety aspects of the event due to poor weather conditions. The good news is that the walk now coincides with the weekend of Gloucester's final home game of the season against London Irish.
Event will benefit from match day atmosphere The route is a 3 mile loop, starting and finishing at Kingsholm and taking in sights of Gloucester, including the Cathedral, Docks and the rugby posts in the park. The walk will be finished in time for the match day atmosphere to add a new dimension to the event. Everyone can get involved, raise money and then cheer on the team for the final time this season at Kingsholm. In the lead up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Gloucester Rugby are inviting all schools, rugby clubs, businesses and anyone from Gloucestershire and Wiltshire
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Sitting in a sheltered hollow high up in the Cotswold Hills above Broadway and the Vale of Evesham is the lovely village of Snowshill. Most of the unspoilt and picturesque village is built from the locally quarried honeycoloured Cotswold limestone with the picturesque cottages clustered around the sloping green. The area offers gentle strolls and its elevated position offers superb views of the surrounding countryside. A Turn right out of the free car park and follow the road past the manor through the village.
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Grow at least one thing to eat this year! Gosh have we been going five years already? Where has the time gone? I thought I would look at 2009 quickly and see what was hot in the world of plants and gardens then. Well, hot plants were the black varieties which featured very strongly at the Chelsea flower show of that year – things like Black Bamboo, and the Iris ‘Black Knight’. Talk was of global warming and the lack of rainfall of the future (that’s a laugh for a start) and how the Mediterranean plants are the way forward (I still think the people of the Somerset levels would be better off with rice growing!) Well let’s get back to the present ... even if you have never tried before, do grow at least one thing for eating this year. Things for beginners to grow would be runner beans, courgettes, cherry tomatoes, and ‘cut and come again’ lettuces. Don’t plant a whole packet of seed (you can share a packet amongst a couple of interested friends). The cherry tomatoes need starting off inside in a warm place towards the end of the month. Varieties like Tumbler can be grown in baskets and pots and need no special training so are pretty fool proof. The lettuce can be sown in small short rows every couple of weeks so you get a succession of plants to pick over. No one needs 10 courgette plants unless they are running a restaurant – two or three are ample and really one is just fine if space is limited. The runner beans can be made into a wigwam of canes and five or six plants are enough for this – sow two beans per pot and nip off the weaker one to ensure good germination. I know that I nag but do keep on top of the weeding – they will start to shoot up now and it will make it so much easier later on if you get on top of it. Things like dandelions need to have the whole root removed or they will regrow, so if they are in awkward places they are best squirted with a systemic weedkiller such as ‘Resolva’ or ‘Roundup’.
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