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6 Whilst the pastry is cooking, make your filling. Peel, quarter and core the apples, then slice thinly lengthways. 7 In a food processor, cream together the butter and caster sugar, then gradually add the eggs one at a time, followed by the ground almonds and baking powder. 8 Put the mixture into a large bowl then stir in half the apple slices. Spread over the base of the pastry case, arrange the rest of the apple slices on top and scatter over the flaked almonds. 9 Put in the oven for 35-40 minutes, but keep an eye on it and cover with a bit of foil if it is getting too brown. Leave to cool. 10 10 Dust with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of thick cream or ice cream.

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Aquitaine’s ocean gateway. There’s great accommodation aplenty, ranging from marinaside luxury to gems like our Airbnb apartment in L’Houmeau, just north of town. We loved this relaxed seaside community with its easy access to central La Rochelle, proximity to the sleepy waterways of Parc Naturel Régional du Marais Poitevin, and stunning sunsets. It also has convenient access to the swooping bridge leading to Île de Ré’s extensive beaches, Phare des Baleines lighthouse, salt marshes and sleepy fishing villages – make sure to visit La Flotte.

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S September eptember sskin kin ssense ense September is a good month to review our skin. Summer has faded and often left our skin feeling dry and dehydrated. It is the month where perhaps we should consider adding serums into our routine to give the skin an extra boost without overloading it.

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which helps to maintain optimum skin health, and is an unusual product in that you apply to the face and neck as the last stop in your skincare regimen. If you’re like me, you might like to try out a product for a month or so, then know if you see and feel the difference to your skin. Often I apply to just one side of my face so I really know when I see a change.

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great quality products but without huge price tags. A few drops morning and night makes a big difference to the skin, then add your creams or serums afterwards.

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Police Police and and Crime Crime Commissioner Commissioner Martin Martin Surl’s Surl’s

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between the old year and the new. It provides the opportunity to reflect on the twelve months that have passed with one eye on what might lie ahead. Whilst crime throughout the UK is rising, the increase in Gloucestershire has been much less than other comparable areas. This means that despite the impression you might have got from some news outlets, Gloucestershire is still one of the safest places in which to live. As the range and complexity of crimes continues to grow, the answer is further complicated by the additional social issues around mental health and lack of youth provision. With much of the Constabulary’s time now spent as first responders to the mental health crisis that is gripping our country, what you might call ‘conventional’ police work is being squeezed. And whilst the

primary task of all Police and Crime Commissioners, as laid down by the former Home Secretary who defined the role, is to reduce crime, what is apparent is that the role of the Constabulary is now more than just that. As a summary of the twelve months from April 2018-March 2019, this year’s annual report highlights the challenge of

dealing with a growing range and complexity of crimes, complicated by additional social issues around mental health and lack of youth provision. It reflects on key announcements regarding collaboration with bordering forces and Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service, budget details, award winning services and the continuing success of the Commissioner’s Fund. As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am required to produce an annual report reflecting how I have carried out my responsibilities over the past 12 months and progress in delivering the Police and Crime Plan. Since Accessibility and Accountability is one of my priorities, I am keen the report is circulated as widely as possible.

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like I needed a cry, a hug and a nap, in that order. Of course, as an adult I did none of those things, but shared my feelings with my friend, who suffers from Fibromyalgia so understood perfectly. I suddenly realised why little kids simply lose the plot – especially on birthdays, Christmas, holidays and ‘nice days out’ – and we see parents exasperated having done so much to make them happy, only to see tears and tantrums.

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We are just not built to sustain such wonder. We have a limited amount of ‘joyability’ within us before we need to calm down, and process it all. This is why they have naps, and why we adults sometimes need them too.

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Wildlife Wildlife Matters Matters with w ith M Maxine axine Raggatt Raggatt

Tree T ree hole hole hideout hideout As vicious storms strike through our countryside, they often leave a fair bit of destruction. Branches can be ripped from trees at the trunk, leaving a hole from where its leaves once sprung. Holes can also form from fungal attacks and nooks made by the natural growing process. Devastating as it may sometimes seem, this can be quite useful for wildlife. It is, in fact, these tree holes and fallen branches that can create a new sheltered home for many different species. Over many decades the tree holes will often increase in size, offering more space for larger species to call home. This is because the trees often continue to grow and change; therefore, the hole changes and adapts with it. Woodboring insects also play a part by nibbling away at the tree’s new wound, resulting in a size increase.

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those of 50 years and older. Huge beech and oak trees found in ancient woodlands often have the most impressive tree holes, serving up snuggly homes for their wildlife.

Tenants T enants of of the the hollows hollows In the early days, smaller inhabitants tend to use tree holes. These can be woodlice, spiders, beetles and centipedes. Water gathers in some holes, which attracts insects that lay aquatic larvae. Bee and hornet nests are also found in these hollows, which can help them set up a good defence against potential predators. One of the places dormice love to nest in the summer is in tree hollows. They are often small enough to be one of the first inhabitants after a branch has broken off. They later move down to ground level during the autumn to hibernate. To advertise call 01242 510500

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It may not be widely known but rugby is quite popular in Sweden. And it’s not just the men’s game that’s popular because a good number of women play rugby as well. And helping the women to improve is a rugby coach from Gloucestershire, someone who is very well known around the county and who has done so much for the great game for a good number of years now. Step forward Richard Whincup, who is kicking coach for the Swedish women’s rugby team. He’s got a few other roles in rugby as well, namely kicking coach for Worcester Warriors’ women’s team and Stow-on-theWold men’s teams.

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great, but if we don’t, we don’t. The great thing about skittles is that it is such a friendly, social sport.” So where did the name Spare Bears come from? “I googled it,” laughed Powick, who has been playing skittles for about six years. “We wanted an unusual name and that was ideal because if you get a spare in skittles you’re doing well. The other name we nearly went for was Pinguins.” Lord of the Pins, meanwhile, will play their home matches at England’s Glory on Wednesday evenings while Frampton CC’s home alley is Cadbury Hall at Frampton on Severn. Frampton, who will play their home games on Tuesday evenings, are mainly made up of cricket club members and used to play in the Stroud and District Skittles League. the new hockey season. The league season gets under way in September and Windsor, an umpire, is sure to be in big demand in the 2019/20 season. The 57-year-old, a member of the Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Hockey Umpiring Association – or HGWHUA for short – has umpired at national league level in the past but these days operates in the Men’s West Premier Division. That still means many miles on the clock, however, because as he says: “I can be umpiring in Cirencester or Cheltenham one week, or Swansea or Plymouth the next.” Windsor, who lives in Gloucester, qualified as a national umpire in 2002 and operated at that level for a couple of years before concentrating on the West Division. For full verssions of all these storiies and more visitt www.thelocalanswer.co.uk

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Gloucester llegend Gloucester egend P Peter eter Ford Ford cheering on on Cherry Cherr y and and Whites Whites cheering The Rugby World Cup is special, very special, but if this year’s extravaganza in Japan has a downside it’s meant that the start of this season’s Premiership campaign has had to be delayed. Gloucester rugby fans have to wait until the penultimate weekend of October for the opening round of Premiership fixtures. Before that it will be the Premiership Rugby Cup that takes centre stage in September. But after Gloucester’s exploits in the Premiership last season when they finished third, the wait will surely be worthwhile for supporters of the Cherry and Whites and one person who certainly hopes so is Peter Ford, one of the club’s favourite sons. The 87-year-old is one of only two surviving life members of the club – his great friend Mickey Booth is the other – and he remains as passionate about the club today as he was when he was one of the club’s star players throughout the 50s and 60s. Ford happily admits that last season was “much better than everyone expected” and he credits head coach Johan Ackermann as one of the main reasons for the upturn in fortunes. Ackermann is looking forward to his third season at the club and Ford said: “Things look good, the atmosphere is much better than it was. There seems to be a lot more togetherness, it seems the pl ayers want to play for each other.” That’s vital, of course, and something that Ford, a back row, preached during his five seasons as captain all those years ago. As a back row he was obviously impressed by Gloucester’s forwards for much of last season – “It’s a good pack,” he said – but he admits it was one of the backs who got him out of his seat more often than most.

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And anyone who goes to as many games as Ford – he hardly misses a home game and still goes to some of the away games, including the European Challenge Cup final against Cardiff in Bilbao a couple of seasons ago – won’t be surprised to hear him say that that man is fly-half Danny Cipriani. “He’s a players’ player,” said Ford. “He makes the players around him play better. The rest of the team want to play with him, he brings out the best in them and he’s got that eye for an opening. “He’s got time to play and in my day anyone who had time to play was a class player.” Billy Twelvetrees, who like Cipriani and Ford has played for E n g l a n d , is a n o t h e r p l a y e r w h o impresses Ford. “He always puts in an honest shift,” Ford said. “He’s a sound player, makes few mistakes. He tackles, he does his job. “And Ollie Thorley on the wing, he’s an attacking player, he’s done well.” So how does Ford think Gloucester will fare this season? “I’d be happy if they could do as well as last season,” he said, “that’s the hope. “Saracens are well out in front and Exeter are a good side,

I think we’ve done very well to get close to them. “Some of the South African lads have come in and done a good job for us, they are all class players. “The players come from all over the world, in my day we all lived within a few yards of the ground!” These days Ford still doesn’t live too far from Kingsholm – he lives in Churchdown – and he was certainly one of Gloucester’s great players back in the day. His was a career that saw him play more than 500 games for the club, captaining them when he was just 23, and he also played many times for Gloucestershire in an era when the county championship really mattered. Described as a “tall, sparely built, blindside forward with many of the traditional back row skills, noted for his massive hand-off and his ability with the ball at his feet, in addition to his tackling and speed around the scrum,” he had to wait until he was 31 before he won his first England cap. That was in 1964 and he played in all four games in the Five Nations Championship. Full story online.

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remains and boasts many species, including water voles, barn owls and otters. After the walk, enjoy refreshments in the new café. 10am12pm. £5. Greystones Lane, Bourtonon-the-Water, GL54 2EN. www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk 7 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER GLOUCESTER DAY

A day to celebrate all that is great about Gloucester with fun for all the family. Starting with the Model Funfair Exhibition at 10am, followed by the Mock Mayor of Barton’s Parade at 11am, the Thanksgiving Service at 12 noon and the Gloucester Day Parade at 2pm. For music, entertainment and above all FUN, head on down to Gloucester and join in the celebrations. Find full details of the day at gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk 8S EPTEMBER SEPTEMBER WEDDING FAYRE In aid of local charity Charlies Cancer Support. Professional wedding suppliers for your perfect day. Live music, hair pieces for sale, photographers, hair and make-up, cakes, jewellery and more! Free entry

plus a welcome drink and goody bag. 11am-3pm. Holiday Inn, Barnwood. 9-15 9-15 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER CHELTENHAM WELLBEING FESTIVAL A week-long celebration of wellbeing, which aims to help local people live life well. Whether it’s trying a new fitness class, finding an activity group, seeking support on a health issue, achieving more balance or to simply indulge, the festival will open the doors to give everyone the chance to explore every element of health and wellbeing on their doorstep. For full details of the festival please visit www.cheltenhamwellbeingfestival.com 10 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER – 6 O CTOBER 10 OCTOBER AS THE CROW FLIES Art inspired by the landscape, flora and fauna in and around a working quarry by Esther Tyson. This exhibition features a broad range of works both large and small, nearly all produced in the field. Many will be for sale. Come and meet Esther when she will be artist in residence. 10am-5pm. Main A38 Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA. www.natureinart.org.uk 113-14 3-14 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER HERITAGE OPEN DAYS A chance to explore Britain’s most complete Dominican Priory, owned by English Heritage and managed by Gloucester City. Most of the 13th century church remains, including a rare scissor braced roof. Guided tours last about 1 hour. No booking required. Max 15 people per session. 11am. Via Sacra, Ladybellegate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2HN. gloucesterblackfriars.co.uk

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113-24 3-24 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER PAVAROTTI A riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of The Voice, The Man, The Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. Full details at www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Gloucester Guildhall, 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1NS. 1144 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER NEWENT ONION FAYRE

The 24tth Newent Onion Fayre with 3 stages of live music, street entertainers, dancing, fairground rides, exhibitions, Dog Show and lakeside events. Plenty for everyone including the Circus themed Funion Zone for children. Don’t miss the world-famous onion eating competition! Free entry. Car parking £5, includes a programme. Coach parking £15. For full details of the event please visit newentonionfayre.org HARDWICKE ART EXHIBITION Hardwicke Art Group is holding their Summer Exhibition at Elmore Village Hall. 11am-4pm. Admission free. Refreshments available. Come along and see what we create. Elmore Village Hall, Gloucester GL2 3NT. INFLA ATABLE 5K AT CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE The UK’s best inflatable obstacle course is even bigger, bouncier and more incredible. There are now 15 gigantic obstacles, making this the biggest inflatable 5k obstacle event ever created. Please see website for more details. Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Prestbury, GL50 4SH. www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham 1199 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER HOT FUZZ Here come the fuzz! In our opinion one of the greatest films ever, it’s a brilliant experience in the open air, even more so in the countryside in Simon Pegg’s hometown! Food and drink available to purchase. See website for more details. Gates open 6.30pm, film starts 8pm. Over Farm, Gloucester, GL2 8DB. overfarm.co.uk

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GCHQ AT 100 – JEREMY FLEMING & RICHARD GRAHAM This year marks the centenary of GCHQ. Its Director Jeremy Fleming joins former diplomat and Gloucester MP Richard Graham to talk about the history of this ground-breaking organisation from its origins in WW1 through Bletchley Park and the Cold War to its discreet but crucial role in keeping the UK safe today. 6pm-7pm. £12/£11. Via Sacra, Ladybellegate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2HN. www.gloucesterblackfriars.co.uk 2200 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER ALLO ALLO Pop along to this ‘umble café for a night to remember as Rene juggles The Gestapo, The Resistance, his secret affairs and his wife Edith. A hilarious comedy dinner show not to be missed! Enjoy a delicious three course meal with excellent comedy entertainment and disco. £38. See website for times and menu. Bondend Lane, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester, GL4 8ED. mercuregloucester.co.uk 2277 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER GIGGLEBOX Following sold out shows, Gigglebox returns with three new acts and loads more laughs, featuring the very best up and coming comedians on the circuit and in the process gives you one heck of a night out. £10/£14 with food. 7.30pm. 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1NS. www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk 2288 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER THE EVE APPEAL’S GO RED TREK Join The Eve Appeal as they trek 25km through the stunning Cotswolds to mark the end of Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month. Register yourself today or sign up as a team by calling 020 7605 0100 or signing up on the website – eveappeal.org.uk/trek 228-29 8-29 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER MALVERN AUTUMN SHOW Celebrating 25 years of food, the countryside, gardening and nostalgia. Shop for plants and flowers, see the Canna UK giant vegetables championship and much more. Advance tickets £18 (adults). Under 16s go free. Three Counties Showground. malvernautumn.co.uk 6 OCTOBER OCTOBER DEVIL’S AQUATHLON AT SANDFORD PARK’S LIDO A 400m or 2K swim at the Lido then a 10K run up to the Devil’s Chimney on Leckhampton Hill and back. 8-11am. Details at www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk/ events/2019-10-06-the-devils-aquathlon Managed in partnership with Sandford Lido Ltd and Cobalt Unit Appeal Fund.

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8 & 15 OCTOBER 15 O CTOBER ROH: DON GIOVANNI The new Royal Opera Season begins with Mozart’s engaging masterpiece, which follows Don Giovanni, the women he serially seduces, and the vengeance that finally catches up with him. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Full details at gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Gloucester Guildhall, 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1NS. 11 11 OCTOBER OCTOBER BALMORAL BERKE 1937. The Pauncefoot Paint Company are set to unveil their latest paint range. The Company has gathered together the very crème of society to witness the unveiling of their latest colour range – Balmoral Berke. However, there is at least one person here who has other ideas about the true ownership of this paint range! Murder mystery, threecourse meal and disco. £29.95. Full details at www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk. Hallmark Hotel, Marlstone Close, Robinswood Hill, Gloucester, GL4 6EA. 1166 OCTOBER OCTOBER GOODALL ‘ETERNAL LIGHT’ Youth singers and dancers from St Peter’s High School, Ribston Hall High School and Denmark Road High School, along with members of Gloucester Choral Society and University of Gloucestershire, perform highlights from Howard Goodall’s ‘Eternal Light’, accompanied by Gaudeamus Youth Strings. £5 (u12s free). Includes a glass of wine/soft drink. Available from 01452 768928 or www.3choirs.org. Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, GL1 2LX. 2266 OCTOBER OCTOBER COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF COBALT

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Newent Onion Fayre, Gloucestershire’s greatest, largest and most successful one day free festival, returns for the 24th consecutive year on Saturday 14th September 2019. More than 15,000 visitors each year enjoy a street festival of food, drink , music, events, exhibitions, fun fair, activities and merriment. The Fayre is a very big draw for visitors with in excess of 150 stalls around the town, a large Food Village and three stages of live music. V i s i t t h e ‘ Fu n i o n Zone’ where kids can learn Circus Skills. The Onion Show, st a g e d in the Memorial Hal l, is a l s o u n i q u e – c l a ss exhibits can only be f ro m t h e O n i o n Family,, and there are children’s classes as well. The Onion Eating Contests for men and women attract many entries each year and take place in the afternoon on the main stage. For all information on the Fayre, and especially for entering the contests, please visit newentonionfayre.org. Alternatively, for general e n q u i r i es contact : onions@newentonionfayre.net

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Singer new monthly gig S inger sstarts tarts n ew m onthly g ig A new monthly music show has been set up by Gloucester-born singer/songwriter Emi McDade. ‘The Limelight Sessions’ see up and coming artists from all around the UK perform acoustic sets at the Gloucester Guildhall. The idea for the shows came after Emi – whose singing has earned praise from the likes of Nina Nesbitt and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens – wanted to try and bring more music to her home city. “I started performing around the county when I was around 15 – sad, folky ballads on a piano!” she explained. “Through my own performing, I’ve encountered so many incredible musicians. But so often tour dates don’t extend beyond bigger cities such as London, Bristol and Birmingham. “I wanted to bring some of

The first session was in June

these incredible artists to Gloucester, in a relaxed, almost living-room setting where everyone can share an intimate evening of storytelling and beautiful music together, and also really get to know the artists behind the songs.” The sessions take place on a monthly basis, with the first held in June of this year. Although the event has only been going for a few months,

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Emi is delighted with how the public has responded to the artists on show. She added: “We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the first few shows have been received. “We’ve had Hannah Grace send shivers down spines with soaring jazzy vocals, Luke Concannon with everyone on their feet dancing and singing, John Adams with us both laughing and crying with his storytelling melodies, and so many more breathtaking moments.” The next Limelight Sessions will be on Friday 6th September, with The Voice’s Vince Freeman, Nuala and Dan Wilde set to perform. For more information on The visit Limelight Sessions, www.facebook.com/Limelight Sessions Full story online.

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We all know the story. Now it’s time to relive the classic. Jon Favreau’s reimagining of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ is up there as one of the best of the recent series of live action remakes we’ve seen hit the big A young Simba. screen in recent years. Picture: Walt Disney Studios Staying almost perfectly true to the original, the story of course tells of lion cub Simba’s (Donald Glover) coming-ofage, with the tragic loss of his father Mufasa (James Earl Jones), and his journey to becoming king. If not even for anything else, this film is worth seeing for how visually stunning it is. At times, you forget that the characters are animated, and it’s hard to doubt that there are talking warthogs and meerkats parading through the desert singing Hakuna Matata. Full review online.

Sofka Zinovieff ’s second novel is set in Putney and in Greece. The time frame switches from the present day to the 1970s and is set around the relationship between an up-and-coming composer, Ralph, and a young girl, Daphne. Ralph is a friend of Daphne’s parents who set very few boundaries in the upbringing of their children. Zinovieff excels at shifting the tension; what was acceptable in the 1970s is unacceptable today, but she never lets us forget that Daphne was a child and Ralph a grown up. This novel often leaves a nasty taste in one’s mouth, but it is thought provoking and the descriptions of Greece are delightful. Greece is where Daphne is finally able to come to terms with her past and move on with her life. Full review online.

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Gloucester Day G loucester D ay celebrates celebrates anniversary anniversar y The annual Gloucester Day celebration takes place this year on Saturday 7th September. The event, which commemorates the 1643 Siege of Gloucester, was restarted a decade ago by Town Crier and passionate Gloucestrian Alan Myatt. “ Glouc este r Day is when we celebrate everything positive about the city,” he explained. “I resurrected the event around the time of the financial crash, to lift morale in the city and celebrate its huge role in history.” The Siege of Gloucester happened over 350 years ago during the First English Civil War when Gloucester, who had sided with Parliament, held off against Royalist forces. Years later, when Charles II returned to the throne, he

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c o mm a n de d G l o uc e s te r t o te a r down its walls, and reduced the city’s boundaries, leaving the area of Barton outside the city. The residents of Barton then decided to appoint their own ‘Mock Mayor’, a tradition which has been renewed for Gloucester Day. Nowadays the honour of Mock Mayor goes to a Gloucester

local who has done good work for the community. Following the Mayor of Barton’s parade, the main Gloucester Day Parade gets underway at 2pm, with hundreds of participants taking to the streets. Alan continued: “The parade is made up of all different people with a connection to Gloucester. We always welcome veterans and all types of local community groups.” The day will feature live music and entertainment from local groups, and there will also be stalls from local charities and organisations lining the streets – including us here at The Local Answer. For more information about Gloucester Day contact Alan Myatt on 07973 472896 or email alanmyatt@blueyonder.co.uk Full story online.

T The he Gloucester Gloucester DJing DJing duo duo You might think ‘The Sound of the Sunken Foal’ could be a clever metaphor, or a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Really though, the name of the DJ act, made up of best friends Clare ‘Elle B’ Bourne and Victoria Rose, simply comes from a drunken attempt at saying ‘funk and soul’. “I started The Sunken Foal five years ago with a different partner who then moved away,” explained Clare. “Victoria is my best friend and I got her into DJing around two years ago.” Clare herself has been mixing music for two decades, having bought her first set of turntables aged 19. “I had a group of friends who were all DJs,” she said. “I was

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rubbish when I started, it took a lot of practice!” The pair are now regulars at Café René, hosting their own nights every month, also often playing shows in Cheltenham, including a slot at the Jazz Festival two years ago. They also host their own radio

shows on community channels Gloucester FM and Dean Radio, playing what they describe as a “blend of both down tempo and energetic dance... a mixture of the popular and the obscure, a jamboree of the underground and classic”. “We just play the kind of music we like,” continued Clare. “Victoria is very much a soul girl, so we’ve naturally moved to play more of that. “I think something that sets us apart is that there’s always a very eclectic mix, lots of different styles, weird and wonderful records, a melting pot of uniqueness. Also we’re a female duo, which is not that usual!” For more information on The Sunken Foal, visit facebook.com/ thesoundofthesunkenfoal Full story online.

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Well it can be, but you have to think about one important thing before you buy – can this be recycled? The issue is that many of these items can’t be, and when the inevitable happens and there is a new, shinier cup that catches your eye, or you forget it one day and instead of having a paper cup, you try to do your bit and grab a new one at the counter of your favourite coffee shop, what happens to your old one?

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