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W Welcome elcome ttoo M May ay ...... This month sees the introduction of another exciting feature – our brand new Entertainment section, headed up by our new Entertainment Editor Patrick Baines. We’ll be bringing you local articles, stories and reviews from across Gloucestershire, covering a broad range of topics including film, theatre, art, culture, literature, music and so much more! Read more inside and on our website – www.thelocalanswer.co.uk We’ve got two bank holidays to look forward to this month, so whether you spend those extra days off attending events around the county, having a go at our latest ‘Delicious Dish’ or challenging yourself to get some much needed housework done, we have plenty of articles to inspire you!

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2 Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the chicken in batches for about 10 minutes. 3 Add the chicken and juices to the white sauce, stir and cook for another 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. 4 Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. 5 Put the leeks in a pan with a little water, cover and cook until they have gone very soft. Drain then add the courgette, pesto, soft cheese and chicken to the white sauce, stir well then heat until bubbling. 6 S t i r t h e p a s t a i n to t h e m i x t u re a n d t i p i n to a l a rg e oven proof dish. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs or cheese and pop under the grill until it browns.

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It’s It’s h hard ard tto o ffault ault B Basel asel T h i s m o n t h we s t a y i n G e r m a n speaking Europe, in Basel, where I recently visited the Baselworld Watch Fair again. Aside from re m i n d i n g m e h ow B a s e l wo r l d t o t a l l y d o m i n a t e s B a s e l i n M a rc h , I was again struck by the appeal of this border city. Part of Basel’s appeal is the cosmopolitan multiculturalism from being at the Dreiländereck (tripoint) where France, Germany and Switzerland meet . Language, food and culture reflect this. Yet Switzerland’s French and Germanspeaking heartlands, Germany ’s Black Forest or the French Vosges, are easy to reach if you fancy a change from city life. There’s plenty of accommodation, with the proviso that prices and availability suffer when big trade fairs are on, so do your homework . From Hotel Schweizerhof Basel, to the excellent youth hostel or boutique Hotel Stuecki, there’s a great choice.

The The p pastries astries SSwitzerland witzerland d does oes sso ow well el l Unsurprisingly, like a microcosm of Switzerland itself, Basel offers diverse culinary choice, ranging from cheap and cheerful to stunning – but wallet busting – ultra-Haute cuisine. Confiserie Bachmann or Holzofenbackerei Bio Andreas exemplify great sources of snacks and the pastries Switzerland does so well. Then you’ve a great s e l e c t i o n o f Fre n c h , I t a l i a n , traditional Swiss and Asian dining – and much more, all the way up to the likes of Michelin 3-star Cheval Blanc near the impressive ancient ( 1 2 2 6 ) M i t t l e r e B r ü c k e o ve r t h e Rhine. To fully appreciate filling Basler Mehlsuppe, classic Fondue or i n s p i re d i n te r n a t i o n a l cu i s i n e demands some serious exploring first. Central Basel is a joy on foot – or using the city’s ubiquitous trams –

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Shaken Shaken not not sstirred tirred Bond. It’s an iconic surname. For me personally it means so much more and many people will empathise with my thoughts. It ’s the surname of someone who I have grown up with, a character that I have experienced both through the spectacular writing of Ian Fleming (do read all the books) and through the films I have watched with my family and many special friends over the years.

N Not ot jjust ust a h hunk unk o off m metal etal a and nd rrubber ubber The Bond series introduced me from a very young age to how ethereal a car can be. It can morph from beyond a pure hunk of metal and rubber, into a symbol, a dream, a vision. The Bentley Amherst Villiers in the books, the Aston Martins and the Lotus Esprits became, for me, cars that transcended purely a motoring vehicle. For car people these early experiences brand themselves into their lives and act as motivation to one day be able to own t h e b a d g e o r c a r t h a t t h e i r h e ro e s drive. For me the ownership of an A s to n M a r t i n i s w h a t k e e p s m e motivated to work every day! I go to the cinema in Cheltenham to watch the Bond films when they are released; it ’s one of those little personal institutions of mine. I love to

see the youngsters with their parents a n d k n ow t h e m a g i c t h a t w i l l b e created for them will be very special in t h e i r l i ve s . M e m o r i e s c a n b e s u c h strong things. I was in Cirencester one afternoon with a close friend partaking in lunch at a hotel. The restaurant was quiet , just us two and a small party of three friends at the back . However, on that table of three was a certain Sir Roger Moore. I didn’t realise until he walked p a s t o u r t a b l e. I s a i d to m y f r i e n d , “that’s Sir Roger Moore” and the lady from their group, a few seconds behind him, smiled and said to me “yes it is”.

My friend and I carried on with our l u n c h e o n a n d s o o n t h e M o o re p a r t y were leaving. As Sir Roger stood nearby, he looked over to us several times as if he wanted us to say ‘hi’. I guess he had been tipped off by the lady that I recognised him. I thought to myself, I am going to wave you over next time you look and ask you about all the cars you have driven over the years, but then I stopped myself. He looked frail and my instincts told me that something was maybe not as it seemed.

A ffleeting leeting cconnection onnection off rrespect o espect He looked over again and then I just gave him a smile and a clear nod of acknowledgement. He warmly smiled to me and nodded back too. Somehow that fleeting connection of respect felt just enough for that day – no more, no less. A few months later the sad news came through that he had passed on due to cancer and I thought back to that day. Some people would have wanted photos with him, an autograph, etc. and knowing the gentleman he was he would have o b l i g e d o n t h a t a f te r n o o n . B u t s o m et i m es w h at i s u n s a i d a n d a s h a r e d a c k n ow l e d g e m e n t i n t i m e makes for the strongest memories.

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L Looking ooking Good, Good, Feeling Feeling Great Great with w ith M Matt att W Wagstaff agstaff

TTaking aking b back ack ttime ime L a c k of t i m e i s o n e of t h e m a i n barriers that crops up time and again w h e n t r y i n g to g e t f i t a n d r e m a i n healthy. The government ’s weekly g u i d e l i n e s o f 1 5 0 m i n u te s o f moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise along with strength exercises sounds like a lot! However, when you think that your weeks contains over 10,000 minutes t h o s e g u i d e l i n e s a re a v e r y s m a l l percentage of time. With daily stressors and ‘to do lists’ a t a n a l l t i m e h i g h , f i t t i n g yo u r exercise in can be difficult. But fear not! Gone are the days of having to spend 60 minutes exercising or in the gym to gain your exercise points. Let me talk you through how to gain j u s t a s m u c h f r o m a s h o r te r t i m e frame.

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TThe he Bottom Bottom LLine ine I n m y l a s t a r t i c l e I d i s c u ss e d I B S, w h i c h i s s o m et h i n g m o st p e o p l e have heard of, but have you heard of IBD and do you understand what it i s ? I B D s t a n d s fo r I n f l a m m a to r y Bowel Disease, which covers the conditions Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, and affects over 300,000 people in the UK . Now the reason many of you may not have heard of or understand IBD is because it is what is known as an invisible illness and there is a lot of stigma and isolation attached to the disease. I myself have Ulcerative Colitis and I am passionate about raising awareness and helping p e o p l e u n d e r s t a n d t h e sy m p to m s and conditions. Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are chronic (on-going, lifelong) conditions and symptoms vary from person to person, ranging from mild to severe. People go through periods of remission and flare ups.

• Pain in the abdomen, often crippling • A p p e t i t e a n d we i g h t l o ss , w h i c h can often be rapid and due to the b o d y n ot a b s o r b i n g n u t r i e n t s because of inflammation of the gut • Fatigue – this is one of the symptoms I always experience, even in remission SSymptoms ymptoms • Diarrhoea often mixed with blood, • Anaemia • Mouth Ulcers mucus and pus • Urgency and lack of bowel control • Feeling generally unwell • Inflammation in the joints and eyes • A n x i e t y a n d D e p re s s i o n , o f te n d u e to s t i g m a , embarrassment and isolation of the above symptoms Complications can arise, particularly with Crohn’s, s u c h a s s t r i c t u re s a n d f i s t u l a s, a n d d e p e n d i n g o n w h a t m e d i c a t i o n s y o u a re on there can be several side effects. There are a variety of medications to help reduce t h e s y m p to m s a n d h e l p p e o p l e s t ay i n p e r i o d s o f remission and I myself have

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platforms, we have recreated trends with stylishness and originality. Given the country will soon be a b u z z o f p a t r i o t i s m a n d m o re m a r r i a g e m e r c h a n d i s e t h a n ev e n Buckingham Palace could hold, it only seems fit that this month’s fashion focus be on the statement pieces you need to invest in to keep tradition going. T h i n k K a t e M o ss c i r c a 1 9 9 7 a t a London Fashion Week press call in her iconic jumper, or Geri Halliwell the same year performing at the Brit Awards in that union flag dress. The Knightsbridge Blazer in red (right) from Holland Cooper might be more of a payday purchase at £399, but it doesn’t get bolder than that. Its striking and polished tailoring is ev e n l i n e d w i t h t h e u n i o n j a c k f l a g – p at r i ot i s m at i t s finest. As always, attent i o n i s i n t h e d et a i l a n d m u st b e p a i d accordingly. Inject t h a t b o l d b l u e i n to your outfit with the Suffolk Fedora in

navy from Hicks & Brown (left). At £89 its classic feather and minimal fuss is perfectly patriotic in a subtle, stylish way. As it is a Royal we d d i n g a f t e r a l l , nothing says crown jewels like your own sparkler. Find an accessory that is small, but lacks no less shine like the Aqua Topaz Cocktail Ring from up and coming jewellery brand Emily M o r t i m e r ( l ef t ) . At £ 3 5 0 t h es e g e m s t o n e s w i l l m a k e y o u fe e l l i k e you’re having a Royal wedding of your own!

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know tough, you could call a helpline such as Child line (0800 1111). Talking to people you trust for advice and support can work wonders. The s a y i n g “ a p ro b l e m s h a re d i s a problem halved” is often very true as once you’ve shared your problem, you are well on your way to making things better. It ’s also important to remember that you don’t deserve to be bullied; bullying is never okay, and no-one has the right to do it. So many young people believe the things a bully tells t h e m a b o u t t h e m s e l ve s a re t r u e. They aren’t . It is essential that you don’t lose your sense of self-worth and happiness. Make sure to spend lots of time with people who make y o u fe e l g o o d a n d fo c u s o n t h e things that make you happy. Remember the things you love about yourself and try and stay positive through this difficult time. Don’t let the bullying take over your life. It’s a good idea to try and stand up for yourself; no-one has the right to m a k e yo u f e e l s m a l l , s o b e i n g assertive is very important. The more you practise being assertive – that means saying how you feel without being rude or aggressive – the more confident you will get . Blocking the

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What’s On 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. THROUGHOUT APRIL/MAY ROYAL SOCIETY OF PAINTERPRINTMAKERS (RE) 200th anniversary exhibition of selected member prints, sets of which are held at the British Museum, The Queens collection and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Strictly limited quantity for sale. Simultaneously at Chapel Arts and Bankside Gallery, London. 25th April – 12th May. Coffee Shop available. Wed-Sat 10am-4pm. www.thechapelarts.com 1 MAY FLORA GUIDED WALKS Discover the wild flowers of Westonbirt Arboretum on this guided walk. Explore the vast array of beautiful wildflowers that grow on the Westonbirt Downs and woodland. Free after admission. Some offpath walking. 10:30am. For full details visit www.westonbirtarboretum.com Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury GL8 8QS. 0300 067 4890. 1-5 MAY THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. For details visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 1 MAY – END OF JUNE SELECT FESTIVAL 2018 – MIXED SCULPTURE EXHIBITION Eight artists will be displaying their work in the herbaceous borders and in The Garden Café. The sculpture has been

designed to complement the nursery’s range of plants and unique setting. All works will be for sale. Free admission. Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays. Miserden Nursery, Stroud GL6 7JA. 01285 821638. www.miserdennursery.co.uk 2 MAY RSC LIVE: MACBETH Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. 7pm. £16.50 (£14.50, students £12.50). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6EP. www.bacontheatre.co.uk JON BODEN & THE REMNANT KINGS In spring 2018 Jon Boden, former leadsinger of Bellowhead, will head out on the second leg of his ‘Afterglow’ album tour, featuring the newly extended Remnant Kings. Including the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and along with Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The South Seas) the band will be joined by string and brass sections to bring the album to the stage. 7.30pm. £22. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, GL50 1QA. 0844 576 2210. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk 3 MAY WAYNE HEMMINGWAY With a career spanning four decades in the design industry, Wayne Hemingway has a fair few stories to tell. Insightful, thought-provoking, often hilarious and always truthful, Wayne’s rise to success was a rather unusual one, with his big

break on a Camden market stall. 8pm. £17.50 (conc £15.50). 01453 760900. Stroud Subscription Rooms, George Street, GL5 1AE. www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk WEDDING FAIR Come and visit the best of the Forest of Dean Wedding Suppliers to help with your wedding arrangements. Dresses, cars, photographers and table decor. No booking needed, just turn up. Free entry. 6-9pm. Forest Hills Golf Club, Mile End Road, Coleford, GL16 7QD. 01594 810620. foresthillsgolfclub.co.uk 4 MAY THE RAGDOLLS A musical journey through the sounds of one of the most successful bands of all time, performing classic 50s songs including ‘Still of the Night’ and ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’. The second part of the show is party time, where all the famous hits appear, such as, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Grease’ and many more. 7.30pm. £17.50 (£15.50). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6EP. www.bacontheatre.co.uk FAITH: THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY Wayne Dilks portrays the late superstar George Michael in this outstanding tribute show. A celebration of 35 years of hit records that will take you on a journey from George’s early years with Wham through to his successful solo career, with hits such as ‘Club Tropicana’, ‘I’m Your Man’, ‘Faith’, ‘Careless Whisper’ and ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’. 7.30pm. £25.50. The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX. 01684 295074. www.rosestheatre.org

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Spring has arrived at The Bird and Deer Park! everything is brimming with life. The breeding season is in full swing as ducklings hatch and the deer prepare to calve – it’s all go! Since the arrival of the New Visitor Centre, the park has become ever more popular and never more so than for children’s parties. Parents can meet their guests in the centre prior to enjoying their child’s birthday in the famous Gypsy Caravan or the stunning Mad Hatter ’s Marquee. Both locations have been designed with both parents and children in mind, so if you’re looking for a full day out with nature then look no further. Where else can you be surrounded by wildlife in all its forms but still have all the trimmings for that special day? For more information on Birthday Bookings please call 01452 812727 or visit our website at www.thebirdpark .com

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4-6 MAY ORIGINAL MOUNTAIN MARATHON RUNNING FESTIVAL The OMM Festival is coming to the Forest of Dean. 2000 people from across the country will gather for an epic weekend with friends or family. Trail running, Mountain Biking and Orienteering. FREE camping for friends or family of OMM competitors. Huge 50m marquee with catering and bar. For full details please visit www.theomm.com/omm-festival 5 MAY TAPLEY HOUSE Donnie and Sid are a couple of lazy twenty-somethings, thrown together by fate under the roof of Tapley House. When a new tenant arrives, a dark secret is revealed and all hell breaks loose. Jealousy, love and a mysterious old lady are thrown together in a mayhem of pre-destination, and Donnie and Sid are the only two idiots that can save the day. 7.30pm. £8-12. Kings Theatre Gloucester, Kingsbarton Street, Gloucester GL1 1QX. 01452 300130. MAKERS FAMILY FAIR An exciting range of family based local makers and small businesses. Discover a selection of clothing, art work, furniture, delicious treats and so much more! A great opportunity to get to know some locally based small businesses! 10.30am.

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Free entry. Stroud Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE. 01453 760900. www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk POLISH HERITAGE DAY The second year of the biggest Polish festival in Gloucestershire, organised by Polish Association Gloucestershire, which takes place in Kings Square in Gloucester. This is an important occasion for the local community to celebrate Polish culture and traditions. For more details please visit www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk. Kings Square, Gloucester, GL1 1RP. 5-6 MAY ROSS BEERFEST Beers, cider, Prosecco, food, live music, camping and free parking. £5 entry. Open from noon. For more information and tickets please visit www.rossbeerfest.org. Ross Rowing Club, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5NX. BIRDSONG WORKSHOP Join our Reserve Wardens to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day and get help identifying the birds you can hear around the reserve with our birdsong workshop. Learn how to identify birds by their calls and song and then enjoy a full English breakfast in the Kingfisher Kitchen. 7-10am. £22 (including breakfast). WWT Slimbridge, Bowditch, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT. 01453 891900. www.wwt.org.uk/wetlandcentres/slimbridge

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5-7 MAY CHRISTCHURCH ABBEYDALE FLOWER FESTIVAL Stunning floral displays celebrating life and activities at Christchurch Abbeydale, Heron Way, Gloucester, GL4 5EQ. Light lunches and refreshments available. Saturday 5th: 10.30am-4.30pm. Sunday 6th: 12.30pm4.30pm. Monday 7th: 10.30am-4.30pm. Free entry. OLYMPIGS From hobby horse races to hay bale hurdles, from wheelbarrow racing to welly wanging, this family fun sports day is guaranteed to bring out your competitive side and find your inner Mo Farrah. Join in the fun from 1.30pm on the event field and see if you can be an OlymPigs Champion! Cotswold Farm Park, Kineton, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5UG. 01451 850307. cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk 5-12 MAY TITANIC – THE MUSICAL An amateur production brought to you by COS Productions. Come aboard the ship of dreams in this heart-stopping and riveting ride through the final moments of Titanic’s fateful journey. Plunge into an unforgettable performance of glamour, chaos and heroism. For times and prices visit barntheatre.org.uk. The Barn Theatre, 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester GL7 1BN.

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6 MAY MAY PDSA PETLIFE Music from the Kaiser Chiefs, Jessie J, The Vamps and a few surprise guests. Funfairs, dog agility displays, military bands, food and drink , retail therapy and much more. Take a stroll through the PDSA Pet Village to learn more about pet well-being from our vets, and get a quick MOT for your dog. For more details visit petlife.org.uk. From £30. Individual attractions will be subject to additional charges. 11am. Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Prestbury, GL50 4SH. 01242 513014. OPEN MIC NIGHT Join us in the Bar for our monthly Open Mic session 4- 6pm (sign up from 3.30). The best of Gloucestershire’s up and coming talent. 4pm. Free entry. The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX. 01684 295074. www.rosestheatre.org 66-7 -7 MAY MAY KNIGHTS ON HORSEBACK & JOUSTING Knights and their impressive steeds will battle it out in the grounds of the Castle. Don’t miss their jousting tournaments and saddle stunt displays. Meet the gallant Knights and their wonderful horses – a great photo opportunity! Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, GL13 9BQ. 01453 810303. www.berkeley-castle.com 7 MAY MAY VICTORIAN MAY DAY Celebrate May Day in traditional style with classic games, activities and entertainment. Old favourites Punch and Judy will be here causing mayhem and you can try your hand at the Wheel of Fortune and Balloon Burst games to win some prizes! 10am. Included in admission. Sudeley Castle and Gardens, Winchcombe, GL54 5JD. 01242 604244. www.sudeleycastle.co.uk 88-12 -12 MAY MAY LETTICE AND LOVAGE St. John’s Players present the well-known comedy Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer. Box Office: 01452 713952. Online from www.eventbrite.co.uk. £8. £7 conc. St. John’s Hall, St. John’s Avenue, Churchdown, GL3 2DB. Car park and bar. 88-12 -12 MAY MAY GREAT EXPECTATIONS Following a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, young Pip is given an unexpected chance to better himself by visiting the reclusive and mysterious Miss Havisham. In the decaying grandeur of her house, Pip falls in love with Estella and helped by an anonymous benefactor, he moves to the bustling city to pursue his dream of winning Estella’ss heart and of becoming part of the educated elite. For details visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573.

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8-20 8-20 MAY MAY CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS The Festival returns with an enjoyable two weeks of performances by children and adults from Gloucestershire and all over the UK. Each day is different and includes dance, music, and drama. For full details of each day’s activities, see performing arts website cfpa.org.uk. 9am. £3. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, GL50 1QA . 0844 576 2210. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk 10 10 MAY MAY BATSFORD FOREST SCHOOL FOR TOTS!

A chance for pre-schoolers to engage with nature and explore our newly established Forest School site! Children can enjoy bug hunting, creating mud pies in our mud kitchen, craft activities, storytime and more! Sessions led by our Forest School Leader. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wellies and waterproof clothing/ old clothes are essential. Suitable for little ones who are walking, up to the age of 4. £3 per child. 10 -11am. Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9QB. batsarb.co.uk 10-21 10 -21 MAY MAY INSIDE-OUT GLOUCESTER: KINGDOM COME EXHIBITION Inside-Out have been invited back to the Cathedral Cloisters. The exhibition co-incides with Thy Kingdom Come, an International initiative, and the beginning of ‘FestiveALL’ at the Cathedral. As a group of six Christian artists working with paint, stone and textiles, we formed ‘Inside-Out Gloucester’ in 2015 to exhibit our art in the public domain and encourage dialogue about spiritual issues. Come and see our work! Free entry. Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX. gloucestercathedral.org.uk 11 11 MAY MAY LONDON CCA ALLING AND SPECIAL GUESTS Celebrating the 40 year anniversary of the release of the Give ‘Em Enough Rope album, London Calling will play the whole of the album along with a best of The Clash set. With special guest support from Borrowed Time, and reggae/punk tunes. 8pm. £13.50 (£16 on the door). Stroud Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE. 01453 760900. www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

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12-13 12-13 MAY MAY COTSWOLD BRICKS AND TR RA AINS WEEKEND Another LEGO® event is coming to the GWSR at Toddington. Be enthralled by the expertise of Southern Lego Train Club’s members, who will be providing the displays. There will also be demonstrations and a chance for our smaller visitors to have a go at building their own brick structures. For times and prices please visit www.gwsr.com. The Railway Station, Toddington GL54 5DT. 13 13 MAY MAY THE BIG BAD WOLF KIDS CONCERT Little Red Riding Hood will make your children howl with laughter – at the Big Bad Wolf! Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra join forces with young singers and narrator Lydia Kenny. Musical director Glyn Oxley will invite youngsters to try their hand at conducting and to join orchestral players on stage to get a closeup experience of classical instruments. 3pm. £11.50. Stroud Subscription Rooms, George Street, Stroud, GL5 1AE. 01453 760900. www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk 15 15 MAY MAY VICTORIA AND ABDUL Abdul Karim arrives from India for Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favour with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. 7.45pm. £8 (£7). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6EP. www.bacontheatre.co.uk 115-19 5-19 MAY MAY MY FAIR LADY The story of an Edwardian cockney flower girl’s transformation into the pride of London society. This beautiful production will transport you to the flower markets of London and the glittering heights of an Embassy Ball where everything is ‘Absolutely Bloomin’ Loverly’. For details visit www.everymantheatre.org.uk The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. 16 16 MAY MAY ‘ AN A AM MERICAN IN PARIS’ THE MUSICAL An American GI’s chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer leads Paris to become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs, and showstopping choreography. 7pm. £16.50 (£14.50, students £12.50). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6EP. www.bacontheatre.co.uk

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18 18 MAY MAY MASTERWORKS CONCERT 63 For fifteen years, pianist James Lisney’s Masterworks has proved to be a highlight of Cheltenham’s classical programme. His virtuosity and integrity are internationally recognised as evidenced by his residencies at London’s Southbank Centre, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall in New York. 7.30pm. £15. Pittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham GL52 3JE. 0844 576 2210. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk THE UPBEAT BEATLES

Powerhouse vocals, precision harmonies and tight musicianship. The show takes you through the Fab Four’ss long and winding road from the early Cavern days through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road. If you love the Beatles you’ll love this show, and if you don’t love the Beatles you’ll love this show! 7.30pm. £19 (£18). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6EP. www.bacontheatre.co.uk

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THE BAND OF THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE CONSTABULARY CHARITY CONCERT A special charity concert in aid of National Star. Come along to The Salvation Army in Cheltenham (GL53 7HG) to enjoy fantastic music with special guests Charlton Kings Junior School Choir. Tickets are available for £5 from fundraising@nationalstar.org. 01242 527631. www.nationalstar.org JAZZ IN THE LADY CHAPEL: DOM FRANKS AND THE STRAYHORNS The StrayHorn quartet’s sound is accessible, lyrical but rooted in creative improvisation and hard-driving grooves. This concert will focus on material from the band’s newly launched third album Living With Spooks. 7.30pm. £16. Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX. gloucestercathedral.org.uk 18-20 18-20 MAY MAY WINCHCOMBE WALKING FESTIVAL The Winchcombe Walking Festival offers walkers of all abilities the opportunity to join a walk in the Cotswolds with knowledgeable guides offering snippets of local information. Walks range from 1.5 to 13 miles. If you like a challenge there is the 21-mile Winchcombe Way Challenge. The festival is popular, we recommend you book early. For further information visit: www.winchcombewelcomeswalkers.com/ festival-2

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18 18 MAY MAY – 17 17 JJUNE UNE ONE MINUTE One Minute follows several connected characters through their struggles with Daisy Schults’s disappearance: the two policemen investigating the disappearance; Daisy’s mother Anne; and Marie Louise, a woman who glimpsed Daisy after she had been separated from her mother. For times and prices visit barntheatre.org.uk. The Barn Theatre, 5 Beeches Road, Cirencester GL7 1BN. 19 19 MAY MAY ANIMALPHABET THE MUSICAL

High-energy actors, colourful puppets, amazing characters and fantastic songs combine to create AnimAlphabet The Musical. Join Colin the Country Cockatoo, Hip-Hop Donkey and Geoff the Geordie Jazz Giraffe on a fantastic family musical adventure. Songs written by Al and Sam of platinum pop band The Hoosiers. 2.30pm. £10 (£8). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6EP. www.bacontheatre.co.uk 119-20 9 -20 MAY MAY SOUTHROP VILLAGE GARDENS Southrop Manor and other village gardens will be OPEN in May! Entrance £5 for one day or £7 for both. Plant stall, Teas in the Village Hall. Proceeds for Hall refurbishment. Open from 1pm until 5pm. Southrop, Lechlade, GL7 3PD. SPRING STEAM AND REAL ALE WEEKEND The 10th Spring Ale and Steam weekend. Over the last decade the events have grown ever more popular with an increased range of beer on offer and this year will be no exception! In conjunction with the North Cotswold Branch of CAMRA up to 36 beers will be available from Winchcombe and Toddington stations, with a frequent train service between the two bars. For full details including times and prices please visit www.gwsr.com. 20 20 MAY MAY MAY MARKET A fun family event featuring the finest food and drink in the Forest of Dean. Lots of stalls with delicious local produce. Plus live music, activities and demonstrations. Free entry and parking. 11am-5pm. Taurus Crafts, Lydney Park Estate, Lydney GL15 6BU. www.cvt.org.uk

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22 22 MAY MAY LES AMAZONES D’AFRIQUE The first all-female supergroup of West Africa brings together musicians fighting violence against women. Whether they are undisputed stars or well-kept secrets, the musicians involved are among the most acclaimed voices in West African music. 8pm. £17.50 (£19.50 on the door). Stroud Subscription Rooms, George Street, GL5 1AE. 01453 760900. subscriptionrooms.org.uk 26 26 MAY MAY – 3 JUNE JUNE THE WILDLIFE ART SOCIETY EXHIBITION An opportunity to see and purchase beautiful works of art and to meet artists who are dedicated to promoting conservation of all species. 10am-5pm. Entry is FREE, with good parking, set in the beautiful grounds of Nature in Art Gallery and Museum, Main A38 Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA . SatNav Postcode: GL2 9PG. ROMAN MAY HOLIDAY Enjoy seasonal craft activities. Make a mosaic, badge or paper-craft. Raid the dressing up baskets and fashion yourself as a Roman. Suitable for all ages. Some activities include an additional charge to cover the cost of materials. 10.30am. Free event (admission applies). Chedworth Roman Villa, Cheltenham GL54 3LJ. 01242 890256. MINI BEAST WEEK Find out more about the mini beasts at Snowshill from items in our natural history collection to bugs and beasties in the garden. Free (normal admission applies). 11am. Snowshill Manor and Garden, Snowshill, near Broadway, WR12 7JU. 01386 852410. SPRING TO LIFE Spring is here – the leaves are unfolding, birds out on our reserve are singing, butterflies are starting to be seen and new life is appearing across our wetlands. Join us for a week of fun with lots to learn and plenty to keep you entertained. 9.30am-5.30pm. Included with admission. WWT Slimbridge, Bowditch, GL2 7BT. 01453 891900. www.wwt.org.uk/wetlandcentres/slimbridge 227-30 7-30 MAY MAY KNIGHT’S SCHOOL Grab your swords and head to Berkeley Castle for Knight School with our skilled knights in shining armour. Two separate sessions each day for ages 5-9 years and 10 years to adults. Make sure you stick around for the dramatic and action packed Warrior Show at 3.30pm each day too! £7.50. Berkeley Castle, GL13 9BQ. 01453 810303. www.berkeley-castle.com 1 JUNE JUNE ELECTRIC BICCYYCLE POLO AND GYMKHANA Longdole Polo Club, GL4 8LH. 7pm. £5 per car. Bar, BBQ and lots of fun! All proceeds go to Watershed RDA .

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22-3 -3 JUNE JUNE BRITISH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS We are delighted to be hosting the 2018 British Water Polo Championships finals. Spectators are welcome to come and view some high level sporting action. 11am- 6pm. Full details att www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk Sandford Parks Lido, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PU. 9 JUNE JUNE SACRED HEARTS’ SUMMER FETE ‘Family Fiesta!’ Noon till 3. Merry go round, bouncy castle, live music, games and stalls, large selection of food and drink. Fun for all the family. Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 9AU. 10 JUNE JUNE 10 BISHOP’SS CLEEVE STREET FAIR – CELEBRATING R RA AF100 From 12 noon-4pm. Parades, stalls, entertainment, funfair, Jet Age Museum display and exciting Spitfire Flypast. Folly Gardens Veterinary Practice is organising a Dog Show – entry forms from Folly’s Vets, Badham’s Chemist and George Lewis Footwear. Purchase programmes, to include a raffle ticket for fabulous prizes, from shops along Church Road, Tesco 26/5 & 2/6 and on the day. Money raised will be donated to Jet Age Museum, Air Cadets and Christmas lights. 1166 JUNE JUNE PRESTBURY VILLAGE FAYRE & STREET PARTY Join us for fun and entertainment which includes music, BBQ, stalls, children’s games, talent show and belly dancers. Fayre opens at 12 noon until 6pm. Main events; The Burgage, Prestbury G52 3DL . Also involved: The Plough, Royal Oak , St Mary’s Church and WI Hall. For more information: www.prestburyparish.org Volunteers also required – contact Chris on 07741 472252 or email maughanshaw@gmail.com 66-7 -7 JULY JULY MILEFEST – MUSIC FESTIVAL

Milefest 2018 is a 24 band, over two stages, festival. On Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of July in Hartpury (GL19 3BG). We are accessible and affordable for all. All money raised goes to Milestone school – we have raised more than £30,000 over 6 years. www.milefest.co.uk Registered charity number: 1173333.

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In my January column, I said that 2018 would be a year of anniversaries for Gloucester, one of which was the 1100th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed and her burial at St Oswald’s Priory. So who was Aethelflaed (pronounced Eth-el-fled) and why is she important? She was daughter of Alfred the Great and she ruled over the Kingdom of Mercia – which covered from Lincolnshire in the North East to the Wirral in the North West and as far south as the Thames. She was a great military strategist, fighting the Vikings and holding land as far north as Yorkshire. England was, at that time, made up of many kingdoms, each with their own culture and traditions. Mercia was one of the largest and was fiercely independent. Aethelflaed made Gloucester its spiritual, cultural and learning capital. She founded St Oswald’s Priory in Gloucester and was responsible for the street pattern of the city centre, much of which survives today. Her leadership laid the foundations for England as a single country as we know it today.

We W en need eed tto om make ake m more ore o off o our ur m most ost influential influential d daughter aughter So, she really does deserve to be better known than she is. People have in the past written to me asking why, as a city, we don’t make more of our most influential daughter. There is a statue of Aethelflaed in the shadow of Tamworth Castle, from where she ruled Mercia, but only a plaque and an interpretation board here. Hopefully this year will start to put right how, historically, we have underplayed our links. A weekend of events is being put on to mark the occasion, ranging from living history, theatre and musical events at St Oswald’s Priory from 7th-12th June. A schools education pack has been produced to spread learning amongst the younger generation. To learn more about Aethelflaed, visit aethelflaedrises.com. It seems particularly fitting that in 2018, as we mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote and the election of the first women Members of Parliament, we also mark this anniversary of another strong female leader. Appropriately, the theme for this year ’s Gloucester History Festival is ‘Women and Leadership’. For more information visit gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk . So when you drive past the remains of St Oswald’s, on the corner of Priory Road and St Oswald’s Road, reflect on the story of this amazing woman and the role she played in the history of our city and in bringing about England the country as we know it today. @ @cllrpauljames cllrpauljames

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M Murray urray G Gardiner ardiner llooking ooking fforward orward tto oh hometown ometown g gig ig Gloucester-based musician Murray Gardiner says he’s “counting down the days” until his performance at the Gloucester Guildhall on 12th May. Murray, a self-taught musician, will b e p l a y i n g s o n g s f ro m h i s d e b u t album ‘Barebones’ as well as tracks from his eagerly anticipated second album which he hopes to release later this year. “This is a performance I’m really looking forward to, especially because it ’s in my hometown,” said Murray. “The Guildhall is such a great venue, hopefully there will be a good crowd which will make it even more special. I’ll be joined on stage by a live band, including one of the best guitarists I’ve had the pleasure of working with – t h e S t ro u d b a s e d g u i t a r i s t R o s s Gardiner – no relation!” he added. Murray has achieved plenty in his

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music career so far, his passion for performing is clear to see. He said: “I’ve been lucky enough to have p l ay e d a t s o m e a m a z i n g v e n u e s a l l over the world. Playing in South Africa and Zimbabwe was an experience I’ll never forget . I’ve played in several countries in Europe as well, all of them I’ve loved.” Murray, 37, says his early years were spent listening to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Chuck Berry. You can pick up on those influences in many of the tracks from his debut album – a mix of rock , country and blues shines t h ro u g h . Pe r f o r m i n g i s o n l y a s m a l l p a r t o f t h e j o b o f a p ro fe ss i o n a l musician though, as Murray also writes and produces his own material. “ I l ov e w r i t i n g . I g e t a l o t o f m y inspiration from listening to artists like Bob Dylan, he’s such a great lyricist,”

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h e a d d e d . H av i n g s t u d i e d a l o n g s i d e t h e re n o w n e d g u i t a r i s t G i l b e r t Biberian, Murray was inspired to produce his own debut album, which was released back in 2014. “I released it on my own record label, Silly Dog Records. The album was recorded inside my studio. I was really proud of it , I can’t wait to get back in the studio and record my second album,” said Murray. Murray expects to spend most of the summer in the studio recording tracks for his new album. Full story online.

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For horror film lovers, ‘A Quiet Place’ looks like being one of the must-see films of 2018. Directed by John Krasinsky, it features him and his wife Emily Blunt as the main characters. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world where blind monsters are intent on wiping humanity off the face of the earth. The monsters hunt based on sound, so the characters exist in a giant game of hide and seek; as long as they keep quiet, they’re safe. A t a b r i s k 9 5 m i n u te s, t h e f i l m doesn’t waste time g o i n g i n to to o m u c h d et a i l . T h e b e s t h o r ro r f i l m s a re t h e o n e s t h a t keep things simple, and that’s certainly the case here. Full review online.

A heartwarming tale about crafting a life you really want to lead by turning yo u r b a c k o n m a ss consumerism. C a i t g o e s i n to great detail exploring ways of saving m o n ey b y c u t t i n g i te m s . out the n o n - e ss e n t i a l Interestingly, when she stops spending her monthly income, she discovers she’s h a p p i e r l i v i n g a m i n i m a l i s t i c l i fe s t y l e. Her savings give her the chance to spend money on travelling and enjoying life away from fast food restaurants. A real game-changer for anyone searching for major change in their lifestyle, I’d recommend this book if there’s something you want to do but have always put on the back-burner. Full review online.

There are lots of original features in GT Sport, but the new game's gorgeous graphics are what you'll notice first . This is a game that really lends itself to a n e n o r m o u s w i d e s c r e e n television; I’ve played many driving g a m es b u t n o n e a s v i s u a l l y impressive as this one. GT Sport is a satisfying racer with plenty of depth and atmosphere, stunning visuals and sounds that are so impressive, you forget you are playing a games console. Arcade mode is where the real fun is, the challenges and tasks are a total joy. Full review online.

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Christopher continued: “The surgery has been difficult but if I can do it, so can others. My ambition is to inspire. Too many people prefer to suffer in silence – I did.” After being made redundant from his job in IT in 2015, Christopher devoted all his spare time to completing the b o o ks h e s t a r te d w r i t i n g w h i l e a t secondary school. “ I h a d a v i v i d i m a g i n at i o n w h e n I was young. I always loved reading comics and fiction books. I started writing my Gambler ’s Den series at secondary school. When I was made redundant three years ago I took the time to finish the books off.

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air and shouting in the house! ” A l l t h e h a rd wo r k , t h e h o u r s a n d h o u r s o f w r i t i n g , h a d b e e n wo r t h i t . The best thing about being a published author is the feedback you receive from people who have read the book . It ’s incredibly rewarding to receive positive messages of support.” The book is set in the wilderness of t h e d e s e r t . I t re v o l ve s a r o u n d t h e owner of a travelling casino – Franco – a m a n k e e n to s t ay w i t h i n t h e boundaries of the law. Something h a p p e n s t h at m a k es h i m q u est i o n whether living by the rule book is the best thing to do. He faces a battle against both the bad guys and the law, and things turn very dark. What follows i s a n e p i c s to r y o f i n t r i g u e a n d adventure. C h r i s to p h e r s a y s h i s a m b i t i o n i s to carry on writing once he completes his c u r re n t s e r i e s . H e s a i d : “ Wr i t i n g w i l l always be my passion. I haven’t thought too much about the future. I’d quite like to get into writing for comics or videogames, but books will always be my first love.”

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Release Release tthe he w wild ild cchild hild Children nowadays are spending an increasing amount of time indoors and as a result are becoming detached from the wonder of the outside world. For various reasons it has become harder for children to spend as much time outside as they once did. It is i m p o r t a n t fo r b o t h c h i l d re n a n d fo r wildlife that the two engage as, with w i l d l i fe a n d t h e e n v i ro n m e n t i n a precarious position, we need a future generation that values and enjoys the natural world. With the approach of summer, there i s n ev e r a b e t te r t i m e t o g e t o u t s i d e with the children and here are some simple ideas of activities that the whole family can enjoy.

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Alternatively, try geocaching w h i c h i n v o l ve s f i n d i n g h i d d e n ‘ c a c h e s ’ t h a t a re concealed all over the UK . Visit www.geocaching.co.uk to find out more.

2 2.. D Do o a sscavenger cavenger h hunt unt This can be done in the garden, your local area or further afield. List ten or so natural items and send the c h i l d re n o f f to f i n d t h e m . Items such as a daisy, a stick or an empty snail shell – you can make it as hard or as easy as you like. You could also give them larger things to locate, such as an oak tree or a particular bird, and they could take a picture on a phone or camera. As well as having f u n , t h i s a l s o g i ve s t h e m t h e opportunity to learn to identify some of our native wildlife.

3 3.. CComplete omplete a b bug ug h hunt unt This is another free and easy activity.. Go out in the garden or have a stroll around an area and see which minibeasts are lurking. If you have a m a g n i f y i n g g l a ss a n d a b o o k fo r identification that can help, but it is not essential. The main thing is to fire their interest . Remember to treat anything y o u f i n d w i t h c a re a n d re t u r n i t to where it was found.

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5. 5. Take Take on on a challenge challenge In June the Wildlife Trust run ’30 Days Wild’ – a scheme that encourages c h i l d re n to d o s o m e t h i n g w i l d ev e r y day of June. They provide loads of great ideas and you can send off for a pack to h e l p y o u w i t h t h e c h a l l e n g e. V i s i t wildlifetrusts.org/30DaysWild.

6. 6. Encourage Encourage them them to to care care Following Blue Planet II, we are only too aware of the impact of plastic on our wildlife. If you visit the beach this s u m m e r t a k e p a r t i n a t w o m i n u te beach clean. This is a great way to show the consequences of our actions on the natural environment plus it really shows how everyone has the opportunity to make a positive impact. It’s also good fun, especially if you add an element of competition as to who can collect the most! The site www.beachclean.net has loads of useful information. There are just a few ideas that might pique your children’s interest in their natural environment whilst providing some family fun as well. It is so important that children get outside and get the chance to explore all that the natural world has to offer. You have to know and care about something if you are going to look after it. We have so much great wildlife and wild places to visit in the UK , so grab the wellingtons, get outside and enjoy it together!

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Together Together iin ne electric lectric d dreams reams Electric cars once seemed like a thing from a science fiction movie, but they ’re more popular than ever before, and are incredibly beneficial in comparison to conventional petrol or diesel cars. However, because of t h e i r n e w s t a t u s, t h e y a re a l s o t h e cars with the most myths surrounding them, which may seem a little offputting when considering a new car.

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spinning of the wheels during braking is also used to recharge the battery. These cars can go much further than f u l l y e l e c t r i c o n e s, a s t h e e l e c t r i c m o to r is consistently being recharged.

Are Are they they e eco-friendly co-friendly Both petrol and electric cars rely on resources being taken out of the ground and made into fuel. However, w h i l e i t t a k e s m o r e e n e r g y to generate electricity than to refine petrol, an electric car uses far less

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is very happy at his new home just a long roll of the jack from Gloucester Docks. He is one of the driving forces behind the City of Gloucester Bowls Tournament , which the club run in conjunction with Gloucester Spa and this year runs from 29th July to 4th August. “It attracts players from all over the county and south west,” said Allsopp. “The majority of players are from Gloucester but we are hoping to make the event even bigger. “We get around 150 to 200 people taking part in open singles, men’ss w i l l p r ove j u s t a s successful as last year’s big day. That attracted a crowd of approaching 2,000 and raised more than £15,000. The centre-piece of the day was a game between a Wayne B a r n es I nv i t at i o n a l XV and a Forest Wayne Barnes Invitational XV, a game that was also watched by England head coach Eddie Jones who was only too happy to lend his support to a very worthy cause.

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pairs, ladies’ pairs, mixed pairs, men’s triples and mixed triples.” It’s clearly a decent event and the winner of the open singles will leave £250 richer. The money will be presented to him by the Mayor of Gloucester who will have a busy few days because he is also scheduled to bowl the first wood which traditionally gets the tournament started. The City of Gloucester Bowls Tournament is clearly a big part of Gloucester City ’s summer calendar but it is by no means the only event at the 50 -plus member club based in Spa Road. Far from it in fact. “Our ladies play in the county ladies’ league and have just got promoted to Division One under the captaincy of Barbara Whitehead,” said Allsopp. “And we’ve got a mixed team who play in the Glevum League and two men’s teams who play in the County 2-Rink League. For details about the City of Gloucester Bowls Tournament email sloppy.allsopp@hotmail.co.uk Full story online. it may well be in years to come. That ’s because the club that have lived through two world wars – when unsurprisingly club numbers dwindled – h a v e h i t o n m o r e h a rd t i m e s i n t h e past couple of years through no fault of their own. The much publicised pollution of the River Leadon back in July 2016 effectively forced them to move from their ‘home’ and it has certainly been a b a t t l e a t t i m e s to k e e p t h e c l u b afloat. The fact that the club have now turned the corner is largely down to a small, hardworking committee headed up by chairman Trevor Hyde, vicechairman Malcolm Chalmers, secretary and treasurer Richard Mander and committee men John Hill, Steve Martindale and Ken Price. For full versions of all these stories and more visit www.thelocalanswer.co.uk

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Tom Tom CCollinson ollinson iiss iin n uupbeat pbeat mood mood Tom Collinson is a man in a hurry. Gloucester City Winget’s relatively new captain is in a hurry to get his club back up to the level he thinks they should be playing. Relegation from the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire Division of the West of England Premier League last season hit the club hard, especially as it was not so long ago that they were playing in Premier One. Collinson took over as skipper twothirds of the way through the 2017 campaign, taking over from Scott Montgomery. And although he won his first three games in charge, he lost the final three which was enough to send the club down into the Gloucestershire Division. Now he’s plotting the fightback although he admits that in many ways this season will be unknown territory for himself and the club. “I don’t really know what to expect,” h e s a i d , “ b u t a n y t h i n g b e l ow t h i r d place would be an absolute disaster.” Not that the club would be satisfied with third, they want promotion and

Gloucester City Winget with the Abbey Business Equipment Cup which they won last year

that means finishing on top of the pile. And that is something that Collinson, a 26-year-old off-spinning all-rounder, believes is very achievable. “We should be higher than where we are,” he said. And he’s certainly got plenty of offfield support this season because the club h a ve a p p o i n te d fo r m e r Gloucestershire and Kent batsman Simon Hinks as their head coach.

“He played for Gloucestershire Over50s with Paul Baker,, one of our club members,” said Collinson. “We got in touch with him and he shares a lot of similar ambitions for the team as myself so it was a no brainer for us.” Collinson is also encouraged by the fact that the club have recruited top order batsman Ankit Patel from Sydney,, Australia. Full story online.

KKingsholm ingsholm look look forward forward ttoo a bbig ig yyear ear Kingsholm Cricket Club celebrate their 95th season in a very strong position. The 1st XI have been promoted to the Gloucestershire Division of the West of England League, the 2 n d X I a re s e e k i n g p r o m o t i o n from Division Six of Gloucestershire County League and the 3rd XI, after winning promotion in their inaugural season, are now i n D i v i s i o n O n e E a st of Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest League. These are indeed buoyant times for the club, who have appointed Ben de Vos as their senior coach a s t h e y l o o k to e s t a b l i s h themselves at the higher level. Matt Cayless is captain again after last season’s County League title success with club secretary Tim Wheeler describing him as a “thinking captain”. While his leadership skills will obviously be very important , so will his performances with bat and ball.

Kingsholm won the County League last season

Cayless will have pretty much all the p l ay e r s w h o s e r v e d h i m s o w e l l i n 2 0 1 7 a l o n g s i d e h i m i n t h e c u r re n t campaign although there will be one new face. That ’s Rob Birch who has joined from Apperley. Continuity has been one of the keys to Kingsholm’s recent success, with the club making a conscious decision

a couple of years ago to back their youngsters. When they make the short trip to play Gloucester City Winget on t h e o p e n i n g d a y o f t h e n ew c a m p a i g n o n S a t u rd a y 5 t h M a y they will have only Sam Wheeler, stalwart John Veits and Ryan Mcghee in the 1st team squad who were at the club when they were last at this level in 2011. Veteran Ben Cambridge, one of the club’s all-time leading bowlers, is taking a step back this year but can be called on for cover. “We made the decision to give youth a chance,” said Wheeler. “We’re staying with our young players.” It promises to be a very busy season at the club because they will also be competing in the National Village and County Cu p Knockout competitions and will be playing in both Gloucester and Cheltenham midweek leagues. Full story online.

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