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Get into the festive spirit this Christmas with The Local Answer team. Join us for our comprehensive guide to Christmas to ensure you don’t miss out on the great offers and events Gloucestershire has to offer this month. This month’s What’s On section has everything, from where to visit Santa to Christmas carol concerts, Christmas markets, crafts, films, pantos, sports, New Year parties and our usual gig guide – there really is something for everyone! Christmas dinner is a big focus of the holidays, and we are fortunate to have some fantastic local farmers and suppliers here in Cheltenham who will ensure that you serve up the very best quality local meats and fresh vegetables on the big day – see inside for inspiration. If you like baking, then our ‘stained glass’ biscuits are simple to make as inexpensive gifts or tree decorations, and are a fun activity to engage children away from the television and electronic gadgets. If you are planning on giving your home a good pre-Christmas clean, then call in the professionals and treat yourself to some help. Finally, if the festive season leaves you feeling a bit flat then don’t despair. It’s not all about Santa! Why not focus on your own goals for health, happiness and well-being with help from the practitioners in our Health & Beauty section. However you celebrate, or even if you don’t, we wish you all the best for the Christmas season.

A Very Merry Christmas to all our Readers! The Local Answer Limited 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 9QS MANAGING DIRECTOR Dave Kingscott – t 01242 541070 e dave@thelocalanswer.co.uk ADVERTISING John Barker – t 01242 541077 e john@thelocalanswer.co.uk Malcolm Cantwell – t 01242 541074 e malc@thelocalanswer.co.uk Aimie George – t 01242 541072 e aimie@thelocalanswer.co.uk LEAFLETS Mark Goldsmith – t 01242 541075 e leaflets@thelocalanswer.co.uk

PRODUCTION Susan Bozzard – t 01242 541075 e susan@thelocalanswer.co.uk EDITORIAL Alison Hambling – t 01242 541073 e alison@thelocalanswer.co.uk Helen Kingscott – t 07885 433067 e helen.kingscott@hotmail.co.uk DISTRIBUTION Ci nd y D un can t 0 1 2 4 2 541075 m 07720 098934 e c i n d y @ t h e l o c a l a n s w e r. c o . u k

Contents Food & Entertainment Delicious Dishes Did You Know? What’s On Health & Beauty Homes & Gardens Property News In the Garden

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Professional Services Money Matters People First Policing Index of Advertisers Competition Winners & Rules Competitions 21, 23 & 28

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Merry Christmas! to all our customers – past, present and future On the cover this month we picture Santa with two of his helpers – his head Elf and Blitzen the reindeer. While all three are happy to join in the Christmas fun, they spend the rest of the year bringing cheer to our Advertisers as part of The Local Answer Sales Team. Santa – alias John Barker – looks after many customers in the Gloucester area and is always keen to bring joy to others. Born in the city, and educated at The King’s School, John is a big rugby fan – currently playing for Hucclecote RFC. Aimie George is dressed up as Blitzen for our cover image, and she helps companies to promote their goods, services and events in the Cheltenham area. A Cheltonian through and through, Aimie went to Bournside School and has continued to live in the Hatherley area ever since. Our ‘senior’ Elf – Malcolm Cantwell – has lived in Gloucestershire all his life, and has 40 years’ experience in the county’s publishing industry. Malcolm uses his knowledge to assist clients in both Cheltenham and Gloucester with their marketing campaigns. If you would like to find out more about how advertising in The Local Answer can help your business grow in 2013, why not give Aimie, John or Malcolm a call. They would be delighted to discuss your requirements with you, and you can rest assured there will not be a ‘hard sell’ practice employed by any one of them – they will simply provide you with all the information and advice you need to make up your own mind.

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The Brown Jug 242 Bath Road Cheltenham GL53 7NB Telephone: 01242 521736 Email: info@brownjug-cheltenham.com www.brownjug-cheltenham.com

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New Year’s Eve Party at the Brown Jug Tickets £7 if purchased before 14th December and £10 a ticket otherwise after date LIVE MUSIC FROM “THE STEAMROLLER BAND” Free food and fun from 7.30pm Tickets on sale at the Brown Jug bar Group bookings of 6 or more receive a 10% discount

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Superb Sunday Roast made in Leckhampton from local produce from Burley Farm Sunday lunch is served 12pm to 4pm Two courses for £12.95 per person Children Two courses £6.50 per child No service charge and group bookings welcome We serve free range chicken, Leckhampton lamb, pork, topside beef and also cater for vegetarians. All our roasts are served with cauliflower and leek cheese, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, parsnips, gravy and roast potatoes. Booking in advance advisable in December.

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Delicious Dishes

1 Preheat oven to 180C, fan 160C, gas 4. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment. 2 Using an electric hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and add the vanilla extract. 3 Fold in the flour and stir until combined. You may need to add a little extra if it is too sticky, but don’t over mix. 4 Halve the dough and roll into 2 flat discs. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Makes approx 30. Something for the children to make to hang on the christmas tree or to give as a gift to friends or family.

Ingredients: 175g unsalted butter, softened 200g caster sugar 1 medium egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1x 250g bag of clear fruits (boiled sweets) coloured ribbon, for hanging biscuits on tree

5 On a surface dusted with flour, roll out the pastry to a thickness of 0.5cm. Using a 10cm star-shaped cutter, cut out stars and place on the baking trays. 6 Stamp out a small hole in the middle of each star, the same size as the boiled sweets. Place one sweet into each hole. Using a skewer, make a small hole in the top of each star (to hang on the christmas tree later). Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until turning golden. Cool on a wire rack. 7 If hanging your biscuits, thread some ribbon through the hole in each biscuit and tie a knot in the end. Keep in an airtight container until needed.

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Chris Berry Florist

Est. 1985 Flowers for all occasions delivered in Cheltenham and surrounding areas at competitive prices. Orders being taken for Christmas now

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Cheltenham

The name of our town of Cheltenham comes from the small river which rises in the hills to the east and eventually flows into the Severn. It was only a hamlet during the 10th Century – part of the Kingdom of Mercia – and had a population of around two hundred people. In 1226 a weekly market was established by Royal Consent – presumably on the site of Market Street, just off the Gloucester Road. This drew-in people from surrounding areas to trade and establish relationships. It was a farming area, and slow growing in terms of population. Four hundred years later only about 1,500 people lived here. A Grammar School was founded in 1578 and the area had become well known for brewing, tanning and general leather working.

Becoming a ‘Spa’

Discovery of the mineral waters (1740s) changed the area forever. After King George III visited in 1788, new springs were sought out and established, and Cheltenham became a very fashionable place for the gentry to build second houses to which they migrated during ʻthe seasonʼ. The population had doubled to around 3,000, but the arrival of these new would-be home owners meant that this expanded rapidly – they all needed servants, tradesmen, merchants and suppliers of all kinds of goods. By 1850 Cheltenham had grown to accommodate 30,000. Many fine new buildings were erected such as Royal Crescent, The Promenade, the various Pump Rooms and both the Gentlemanʼs and Ladies Colleges.

Trams in the main streets

Mains services – water, sewerage and gas were laid down and electricity arrived in 1895. The turn of the 20th Century saw the population rise to over 50,000 – trams ran in the main streets and seven railway stations established. For the first time there was light engineering here and the firm of HH Martyn built its fabrication works at Suningend – eventually employing a workforce of over 1,000. During World War II, the population of Cheltenham grew tremendously – the Government moved some of its most secret establishments here, and ʻshadowʼ factories of companies manufacturing vital war supplies followed – mainly allied to the aircraft industry – to be largely out of the range of regular aerial bombardment. The workforce needed to operate these resulted in a serious shortage of accommodation. Workers were billeted with local families by compulsion, as the population nearly doubled. Today, the size of Cheltenhamʼs residents has stabilized at around 110,000 as it struggles to avoid merging with the nearby City of Gloucester.

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MerryChristmas

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. 28 NOVEMBER-4 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Craft and art by local makers. The Gardens Gallery, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham. 10am-5pm. Free entry. A range of workshops will run alongside. Participants can try their hand at anything from paper sculptural garlands, decorative icicle making, yarn bombing and handmade soaps. Great gifts to buy and make! 30 NOVEMBER-23 DECEMBER ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS AT WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM A spectacular illuminated trail, crafts, gifts and festive family fun. Father Christmas will be turning on the lights with his reindeer at 5pm on Friday 30 November. Adults £9, Concessions £8, Children £5. To book tickets call 03000 680 400 or visit www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry. 1-24 DECEMBER THE VERY HUNGRY POLAR BEAR Amazing underground Christmas adventure at Clearwell Caves. Children can see Santa in his underground grotto, choose a present, then follow the delightful displays telling the story of the Very Hungry Polar Bear. No booking required. Daily 10am-5pm. £8 adults and children. 01594 832535. www.clearwellcaves.com. 1 DECEMBER CREATE FOR CHRISTMAS Join Susie Early and make your very own Christmas willow wreath. £25. Booking essential. Price includes materials and refreshments. Out of the Hat, 100 Church Street, Tewkesbury. Tel: 01684 855040 www.outofthehat.org.uk. MINI FUN FAIR Take your little ones to The Brewery’s mini fair between 11am-4pm. The Brewery, Henrietta Street, Cheltenham GL50 4FA. 1-2 DECEMBER FESTIVE SHOPPING WEEKEND Unusual gifts, decorations and festive produce available from an array of stalls at Slimbridge WWT. Normal admission includes free entry to stalls. 9.30am-5pm. 1-2, 8-9,15-24 DECEMBER WINTER WONDERLAND The Bird & Deer Park at Prinknash turns festive. Meet Santa, see the park lit up with miles of twinkling lights, get a free gift for every paying child, meet Rudolph and Prancer the reindeer, have your face painted and meet the Christmas Fairy. £8.50. Call 01452 812727 or book online at www.thebirdpark.com.

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1 DECEMBER-5 JANUARY ALADDIN Fun filled and colourful traditional family pantomime at The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury. Various times and tickets, from £11.50 – call 01684 295074. 5-8 DECEMBER GODSPELL Jacob’s Well Productions present this classic musical about a charismatic stranger who promises to make all things new. The Playhouse Theatre, Bath Road, Cheltenham. 7.45pm Wednesday-Saturday with matinee 2.30pm Saturday. £8-10. 01242 522852. 6 DECEMBER ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS A dazzling festive concert that features many favourite Christmas songs. 8pm. £17.50, £16.50 concessions, under 25s £9. To book 01684 295 074 or visit www.rosestheatre.co.uk. 7 DECEMBER CHARLTON KINGS CHRISTMAS MARKET Organised in conjunction with Charlton Kings Parish Council and forming part of the ‘Charlton Kings Christmas Lights Switch On’ event which is happening for the first time at Church Piece, on the green outside the Co-Op. The Council has arranged for the local school to provide a choir, Father

Christmas will be in attendance, children’s ‘fish ’n chip’ supper will be available and a children’s roundabout has been booked. Local coffee shop, Blend, will be open late providing coffee, hot chocolate, cakes etc. Market open 3-7pm with something for everyone – organic beauty products, candles, handmade jewellery, Christmas cakes and cake stands, cupcakes, children’s books, gifts and toys, vintage toys, furniture, home living gifts, charity stalls including Cotswold Riding for the Disabled, and lots more. The event will be raising money for Bettridge School, an inclusive, specialist special school in Cheltenham catering for the needs of children with severe, profound, multiple and complex needs. If anyone would like to book a stall or want to know more about the event, please email claire@visionmpr.com. VICTORIAN THEMED EVENING & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Enjoy carol singing, street entertainment, Christmas stalls, children’s rides and pig roast at Bourton-on-the-Water. 6-9pm. Why not dress up in Victorian costume? Free. MERRY SINGLES PARTY Happily single and want a good Christmas party – DDD are having a ball and a rock around the Christmas Tree with food, charity draw, fun, laughter and more. 7.30pm. 07712 433978. www.dont-do-dating.co.uk.

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7 DECEMBER GLOUCESTER & DISTRICT CHRISTIAN CHOIR A combination of Carols and Christmas songs will be sung with an interval for refreshments and raffle. There will be no entrance fee but a retiring collection at the end for the Mayor’s Charities which are Whaddon, Lynworth and Priors Neighbourhood Project, The Severn Freewheelers and The Friends of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum. Mulled wine/tea/coffee with mince pies. 7pm. St Michaels Church,1 Severn Road, Cheltenham GL52 5QA with refreshments at Cornerstone. 8 DECEMBER SANTA AND HIS REINDEER The Brewery will be playing host to Santa and his reindeer from 12pm-4pm. Children will be able to give the reindeer a cuddle and have their photographs taken. The event is free, but any donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be gratefully received. CREATE FOR CHRISTMAS – KIDS WORKSHOP In conjunction with Purple Glaze Pottery, make your own pottery decoration. Roll the clay, choose a shape, stamp your name and send to be fired. £6 for one decoration, £10 for two. Booking essential. Two sessions available: 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Out of the Hat, 100 Church Street, Tewkesbury 01684 855040. www.outofthehat.org.uk.

8-9 DECEMBER CHELTENHAM CONNECT 2012 CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Magical Santa’s grotto, entertainment from local singers and musicians, mulled wine, mince pies and a wide range of craft stalls. Beautiful pottery, jewellery, paintings, textiles, woodcrafts and homemade cakes. Bath Road Market. 10am-6pm. Anyone interested in exhibiting should contact scarlett@cheltenhamconnect.co.uk. 8-9, 15-24 DECEMBER SAIL WITH SANTA Enjoy a cruise from Gloucester docks this Christmas and visit Santa in his on-board grotto. £8 including gift. Gloucester Waterways Museum. 01452 318200. www.gloucesterwaterways.org.uk. 8 DECEMBER-5 JANUARY AWAY IN A MANGER

Children and families can explore the Nativity story around Gloucester Cathedral, then enjoy a free cookie in the coffee shop! Mon-Sat 10.45am-3.15pm, Sun 12-2.30pm. Free.

9 DECEMBER CHELTENHAM SILVER BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT Supporting Winstons Wish. 3pm at Pates Grammar School, GL51 0HG. Tickets are £5/£3 and available on the door or contact Lesley on 01242 230245. For further details www.cheltenhamband.co.uk 11 DECEMBER FAMILY CAROL CONCERT

Cheltenham Choral Society presents a family carol concert at Cheltenham Town Hall, supporting Midlands Air Ambulance who fund and operate air Ambulances serving central England, including Gloucestershire. Joined by choirs from Leckhampton Primary School and Airthrie School, plus the English Concertante Orchestra. The concert will be compered by Matthew Medhurst, a professional actor and drama teacher. 8pm. Tickets £12 (£5 under 13) unreserved available from Cheltenham Town Hall – 0844 576 2210 or www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

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Promenade Productions proudly present AN AMATEUR PRODUCTION

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A Traditional Family Pantomime

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FAMILY EVENTS at THE BREWERY

The Brewery will be a big part of Cheltenham’s Christmas celebrations this year, and a great place to go for a merry atmosphere and family fun. Look out for the giant Christmas tree and the spectacular lights and decorations festooning the centre. All the latest Christmas blockbusters will be showing at Cineworld and The Screening Rooms, and The Brewery restaurants will be twinkling with decorations and featuring festive menus. Frankie & Benny’s, Après, Ruby Tuesday, Harvester, Chiquito, Prezzo, Nando’s and The Real China will give you a break from the endless Turkey dinners with a choice of New York style, Contemporary European, Mexican Spice, Classic Italian, Portuguese Chicken and delicious Oriental Buffet. And after all that eating and drinking, the team at Fitness First will be happy to help you get fit for the New Year!

Mini Fun Fair Saturday 1st December, 11am – 4pm Enjoy a ride on the jets or try your hand at one of the traditional games during The Brewery’s Free Mini Fun Fair. Kids will be in their element at our Mini Fun Fair. Little ones will be able to take a ride on the jets, steering their own aircraft up and down, pretending to be Captain Jack Sparrow on-board the inflatable giant galleon ship, or get dizzy on the brightly lit Mini Miami machine. While the event is free of charge, donations will be gratefully received for the Make-A-Wish Foundation ®, which grants magical wishes to life-threatened children.

Live Entertainment Saturday 15th December, 12pm - 4pm Come on down to The Brewery on the run up to Christmas to see walk-about performers and kids can even have their faces painted for free! Any donations will be gratefully received for the Make-A-Wish Foundation ®. For further details visit www.thebrewerycheltenham.co.uk.

Santa and his Reindeers Saturday 8th December, 12pm – 4pm If there’s one thing kids love more than Santa it’s his Reindeer and The Brewery will be playing host to both attractions! From 12pm to 4pm children are invited to come and give the reindeer a cuddle, have their photographs taken and whisper Christmas wishes into their ears. Santa will be breaking for 15 minutes each hour, but visitors can enjoy live music and festivities whilst waiting. Any donations will be gratefully received for the Make-A-Wish Foundation ®.

The Play Farm Children’s Party Saturday 22nd December, 4pm – 6pm The Play Farm Children’s Party includes magic show, face painting, visit to Santa's grotto, lunchbox and drink for every child, games and Christmas arts and crafts. This is a ticketed event and we will be closing at 3pm to the public, there are limited numbers only. For information on purchasing tickets visit www.playfarm.co.uk.

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Dean Close School, Cheltenham 12 DECEMBER LUNCHTIME RECITAL 1.05pm at Cheltenham Town Hall. A Christmas celebration involving school choirs and talented musicians, in aid of Winston’s Wish, the national charity for bereaved children. £3.95. To book call 0844 576 2210. 13 DECEMBER AUCTION OF FURNITURE, ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES Special section featuring Fine Art & Antiques on sale. View two days prior to sale: Tues 9am-7pm, Wed 9am-5pm. Sale 10.30am. Prinknash Abbey Park, Cranham. 01452 344499. www.simonchorley.com. Enquiries@simonchorley.com. CELEBRATION OF MEDIEVAL ART An afternoon talk by Tim Porter at The Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester. From 2-4pm. £5.65. Booking essential. 01285 655 611 or visit www.coriniummuseum.cotswold.gov.uk. MEDIAEVAL BAEBES IN CONCERT Gloucester Cathedral at 7.30pm. Tickets £17.50 from the Cathedral Gift Shop – 01452 229813. 13-15 DECEMBER

AMATEUR DANCE AT THE BACON THEATRE Corraine Collins Dance Studios Practically Perfekt. £10 (£7). 7pm (Sat mat 2pm). 01242 582904. The Local Answer

WIN TICKETS! Peter Gill and Friends are back in the toasty warm of the Bacon Theatre with another hugely popular evening of Christmas inspired jazz, blues and boogie, on Friday 21st December. Jazz on a Christmas Evening is set to be the perfect recipe for a joyful night out over the festive period. The immensely talented local musician, promoter and author will deliver another evening of sublime, cool jazz, interlaced with a good helping of Christmas songs and his usual friendly banter. Speaking for the Bacon Theatre Jess Waterman says, “We are preparing for a packed house of revellers looking to share the ultimate Christmassy experience with friends. Peter Gill always delivers great entertainment and, with his hugely talented musician friends, he also has a knack of bringing audiences together.” Ticket holders are also invited to go along early to the Bacon Theatre for a complimentary mince pie and a warming mulled wine before the show. Tickets cost just £15.00 and can be booked via the Bacon Theatre box office on 01242 258002 or by visiting www.bacontheatre.co.uk To enter our draw for tickets just send your name, address and telephone number to Peter Gill Competition, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham, GL53 9QS. Closing date: Monday 10th December 2012.

14 DECEMBER THE VOICES CHRISTMAS CHOIR NIGHT Come and join The Voices, who were finalists at the BBC 3 Choir of the Year Competition in 2008. They will be singing carols and festive songs at The Capital Venue, Edison Close, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester GL2 2FN. £12. Doors open 6pm, show starts 8pm. Bar meals and drinks available. 01452 223214. www.thecapitalvenue.com. SLIMBRIDGE WWT – TALK BY NIGEL JARRETT – ‘BORN TO FLY’ Enter the world of the majestic European crane. Cranes are among the most ancient of birds and undertake great migrations every year. We’ve never truly understood the way these amazing travellers live – until now. This is the incredible story of an intelligent bird, a born survivor, with an uncanny ability to adapt to an everchanging world. Nigel will be bringing us up to date on the Great Crane project and spoon-billed sandpipers. Pre-book on 01453 891223 or email events@slimbridge.wwt.org.uk. FLOODLIT SWAN SUPPER AT SLIMBRIDGE WWT Settle in to the comfort of our heated observatory to watch our enchanting wild Bewick’s swans as they are fed by one of our expert wardens. Learn about their incredible stories and watch them feed amongst thousands of other birds. After this amazing spectacle you will be served a delicious three course meal in our

restaurant followed by tea and coffee. £25. Pre-book on 01453 891223 or email events@slimbridge.wwt.org.uk. 14 & 21 DECEMBER CHELTENHAM FARMERS MARKET Cheltenham Promenade in front of the Long Gardens. 9am-3pm. 15 DECEMBER CHARLTON KINGS CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT You are warmly invited to join Charlton Kings Choral Social at their family Carol Concert to be held at St Mary’s Church, Charlton Kings. 7pm. Admission £7. CHRISTMAS OPEN DAY AT PRESCOTT SHOOTING

Come and visit Prescott Shooting School for a Festive Extravaganza and find out what we do best! Fun for the whole family and special one day offers in the shop. Pinnock Wood Farm, Near Winchcombe, Cheltenham GL54 5AX. 01242 673542. dan@prescottshooting.com.

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15 DECEMBER CREATE FOR CHRISTMAS – KIDS TABLE DECORATIONS WORKSHOP Children can enjoy making a table decoration with fir, ivy and glitter. Booking essential. Two sessions available 10.30am12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Out of the Hat, 100 Church Street, Tewkesbury 01684 855040. www.outofthehat.org.uk. GLOUCESTER RUGBY Gloucester take on London Irish at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester GL1 3AX. 3pm. Tickets £15-£45. 0871 871 87 81. www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. ENTERTAINMENT AT THE BREWERY In the run up to Christmas see walk-about performers and kids can even have their faces painted for free! Any donations will be gratefully received for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For further details visit www.thebrewerycheltenham.co.uk. The Brewery, Henrietta Street, Cheltenham GL50 4FA. 15-16 DECEMBER ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET Cheltenham Promenade in front of the Long Gardens. 9am-5pm. 15, 17-22 & 24 DECEMBER ’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS An original and magical play for children by Bill Cronshaw and James Lark, about a small boy called Theophilus Scatterdust and

his adventures in Howlwood Hall. £12 adults, £10 OAPs, £8 children. The Playhouse Theatre, Bath Road, Cheltenham. Box Office 01242 522852. 15-24 DECEMBER RELAX WITH THE WILDLIFE THIS CHRISTMAS Visit Santa’s grotto and his real reindeer at the Cotswold Wildlife Park. The farmyard will have its own Nativity scene and the penguin talk will have its own festive theme. See Donner and Blitzen on walkabout. Special Craft Fair on Saturday 15th in the Brass Rubbing Room. 01993 823006. www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk. 16 DECEMBER LA NATIVITÉ DU SEIGNEUR A concert of Olivier Messiaen’s Christmas cycle for organ, performed by Ashley Grote. 6pm. Gloucester Cathedral. Admission free – with a retiring collection. THE SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS CAROLCADE The members and musicians of the Cheltenham Salvation Army unwrap their usual blend of music, drama and, of course, Christmas carols in their annual community performance to celebrate the Nativity. This year’s festive celebration includes The Cheltenham Youth Gospel Choir, plus special guests the Mayor and Mayoress of Cheltenham, all compered by Broadcaster and Journalist Cathy Le Feuvre. 3.30pm. £10, Family £25. 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk.

18 DECEMBER

ROTARY CAROL CONCERT

Cheltenham North Rotary Club is proud to present its 35th annual Carol Concert in the Princess Hall of Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Compered by Nicholas Parsons, performances by BBC Chorister of the year 2009 Laurence Kilsby. Leckhampton CE Primary School Choirs, The Gotherington Singers and Gloucestershire Police Male Voice Choir. 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (under 16’s £8) from TIC 01242 522878 or visit www.visitcheltenham.com, LINC 08454 224422 or www.lincfund.org, Parabola Arts Centre 01242 707338 www.parabolaartscentre.co.uk 19 DECEMBER CAKE SALE Pip and Jim’s pre school are holding a cake sale and last minute Christmas shopping morning after the Pip and Jim’s Pre School Nativity in St Philip and St James Church, Leckhampton. 10.30am till noon.

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Gloucester Rugby launch ‘Try 5’ ticket package Gloucester Rugby are pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Try 5’ match ticket package which allows supporters the opportunity to choose 5 matches for one great price.

Rugby fans will be able to select five matches of their choice from three groups in The Shed for just £75 or a Silver seat in the Mira Showers Stand for just £125. Supporters can choose one game from Group 1, two games from Group 2 and two games from Group 3 to complete their ‘Try 5’ ticket package. The matches included are as follow: Group 1: • Exeter Chiefs – December 22nd 2012 kick off 3pm • Harlequins – March 30th 2013 kick off 3pm • Saracens – April 20th 2013 kick off 3pm

Group 2: • London Irish – January 5th 2013 kick off 3pm • Worcester Warriors – February 23rd 2013 kick off 3pm • London Welsh – March 23rd 2013 3pm Group 3: • London Irish – December 15th 2012 kick off 3pm • Mont De Marsan – January 17/18/19/20 2013 kick TBC • Bath Rugby – February 1/2/3 2013 TBC

For more information or to book your ‘Try 5’ ticket package contact the ticket office on 0871 871 87 81 (option 2)

WIN TICKETS! Gloucester Rugby take on London Irish in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday 5th January KO 3pm. For your chance to win 2 x Silver tickets in the Mira Showers Stand simply answer the following question: Which team was Gloucester Rugby’s first home Aviva Premiership match of season 2012/13 against? Send your answer along with your Name, Email Address and Mobile Number to: competitions@gloucesterrugby.co.uk Don’t forget to mention you’re a Local Answer reader!

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Old Pats Juniors – A thriving community club ABOUT THE CLUB

Success for our junior players at the Old Patesians RFC is very important to us. We want every one of our 400 young players to enjoy their rugby and feel that they have succeeded in achieving their best in this great game. We believe that by focusing on developing the players as individuals, success as a team will come. We are a club that welcomes new players of all abilities, catering for children aged 4-7 with tag rugby to children aged 8-18 with competitive, contact rugby. Sunday mornings are a hive of activity at our home ground in Everest Road and at the Cheltenham College School.

ETHOS

Our club ethos is also very important to us. The behaviour of players, coaches and parents will define the status and perception of the Old Pats RFC, so we have agreed a set of words with clear associated behaviours, that inspire

consistency in approach across each age group. The words that we expect all associated with the Juniors to embrace are: Inspirational, Fair, Supportive, Energetic, Imaginative, Reflective, Disciplined & Successful. They describe our ethos and provide the foundations for an ambitious club determined to succeed with every child.

OUR SPONSORS

We are extremely grateful to those that have provided sponsorship and donations this season. Sherborne Solicitors, Intoco Engineers, Morgan Construction and Lakes Bathrooms are among a group of very generous companies that are proud to be associated with youth rugby at the Old Pats. These funds have been ploughed into kit for our junior players and ensuring they have a professional look whenever they play. For further information visit www.oldpats.co.uk/juniors

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Winter Wonderland commences on the 1st & 2nd and the 8th & 9th December then daily from the 15th to the 24th. Meet Santa in our stunning Wendy House, collect a free gift for every paying child, enjoy over 3.5 miles of twinkling lights. Have faces painted and meet our Christmas fairy in the enchanting gypsy caravan and let’s not forget the famous reindeer, Rudolph, Prancer and their calf Comet! All this and more for £8.50 per ticket, birthday groups available. Book online @ www.thebirdpark.com or call 01452 812 727

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20 DECEMBER FESTIVE FILM – ARTHUR CHRISTMAS [U]

Up at the North Pole, it’s Christmas Eve and a calamity has happened. One little girl hasn’t received a present from Santa! Can Santa’s youngest son, bungling Arthur, save the day? With an enormous Christmas tree, twinkling fairy lights, an enchanting film and a gift for every child, this is the perfect treat for the whole family. Santa from 4pm, Film at 5pm. £6.50 to include a Christmas treat. 01242 258002 www.bacontheatre.co.uk. 21 DECEMBER PETER GILL AND FRIENDS – JAZZ ON A CHRISTMAS EVENING Come rain, snow or hurricane, Cheltenham’s own pianist and vocalist Peter Gill always delivers with his popular evenings of jazz, blues and boogie. Come early for a free mince pie and mulled wine before the show. 7.30pm. £15. 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk.

CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET Cheltenham Promenade. 9am-3pm. FLOODLIT SWAN SUPPER Watch thousands of wild Bewick Swans from inside the heated observatory as they overwinter at WWT Slimbridge on the floodlit swan lake. Then enjoy a delicious 3 course meal and tea/coffee. £25 plus admission. Booking essential. 01453 891223. www.wwt.org.uk. CAROLS IN THE CATHEDRAL Age Concern Carol Concert at Gloucester Cathedral. 2pm. Free admission. To request seats please call 01452 422660 or email Linda.shepherd@ageukgloucestershire.org.uk 22 DECEMBER GLOUCESTER RUGBY Gloucester versus Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester GL1 3AX. 3pm kick off. £23-£49. 0871 871 87 81. www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. THE PLAY FARM CHILDREN’S PARTY The Play Farm Children’s Party includes magic show, face painting, visit to Santa’s grotto, lunchbox and drink for every child, games and Christmas arts and crafts. This is a ticketed event and we will be closing at 3pm to the public. Limited numbers only. For information on purchasing tickets visit www.playfarm.co.uk. 23 DECEMBER CAROL SERVICE AT GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL The traditional service of readings and carols with the acclaimed Cathedral choir. 6pm. Free admission, donations welcome.

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CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM Annual Christmas swim at Sandford Parks Lido, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham GL53 7PU. Gate opens at 10.30am for 11am swim. The water will be extremely cold so this event is for adults only, and disclaimer form must be signed. Free, with collection for the charitable trust which runs the Lido. 26 DECEMBER BOXING DAY MORRIS DANCING The Gloucestershire Morris Men will be performing their traditional and colourful folk dances (in Cheltenham) outside the Queens Hotel at 9am, and Imperial Gardens at 10.30am, before moving to Gloucester where they will dance outside the Cathedral at noon.

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26 DECEMBER BANISH THE BELLY THIS BOXING DAY FOR WINSTON’S WISH Burn off that pudding and clear your head with a 2 or 4 mile Boxing Day jog around Cheltenham Racecourse in aid of Winston’s Wish. Registration 9am in the Best Mate enclosure. Run starts at 10.30am. £5 entry fee, mince pies for all finishers! 01242 515 157 for more information or visit www.boxingdaychallenge.co.uk. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 31 DECEMBER NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE Live music – doors close 10pm. Tickets now available – ask at bar. Five Alls, Bath Road, Cheltenham. 07788 666667, nicktownsend5s@gmail.com.

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY The Brown Jug, 242 Bath Road, Cheltenham. Ticket only event. Live band and disco. £10. Limited number of tickets available, so book early! Telephone 01242 521736. NEW YEARS EVE PARTY Celebrate the New Year at the beautiful Cheltenham Town Hall. Smart attire, 7.30pm-2am. Tickets £90, £65, £29.50. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk. 1 JANUARY NEW YEAR’S DAY JUMP RACING Wrap up warm and join the exciting atmosphere at Cheltenham Racecourse. From 10.30am, last race 3.55pm. A familyfriendly event with various ticket prices. www.cheltenham.co.uk. 0844 579 3003.

23-27 JANUARY CINDERELLA Promenade Productions proudly present Cinderella – a traditional family pantomime. This amateur production will delight young and old with the magical ‘rags to riches’ tale, complete with comical Ugly Sisters, handsome prince and a full supporting cast. Lots of laughs, stunning sets, fabulous costumes and great dance routines. 7pm daily and 2.30pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets £8-£12 (concessions available) from Showcase, 1315 Montpellier Arcade, Cheltenham GL50 1SU, 01242 224144 or visit www.promenadeproductions.co.uk.

REGULAR EVENTS

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ZUMBA WITH ALI Mondays 16.00 ZumbAtomic,Play Farm, The Brewery & 18.20 Hillview Community Centre. Tuesdays 18.20 Leisure@cheltenham. Wednesdays 17.45 Springbank Community Centre. Thursdays 18.00 Painswick Centre, 19.30 Bournside Sports Centre. Fridays 18.00 Hillview Community Centre. Saturdays 10.00 Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, 11.00 ZumbAtomic, Exmouth Arms, Bath Rd. Call Ally 07875 227549, allyzumba@hotmail.com IRISH DANCING CLASSES At Bishops Cleeve and Warden Hill. £6 per lesson. Children 5 years upwards prepared for displays, competitions, examinations or just for fun. For details contact: Mary McCarthy-Felton ADCRG on 0794 647 5980 or www.mccarthyfelton.wordpress.com LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH JAM SESSION HOSTED BY JOHNNY DUFF TOO ROCK FOR COUNTRY All welcome to come and join in. 8.30pm. The Bayshill Inn, 85 St Georges Street, Cheltenham. FOURTH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH SOCIAL BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE Everyone welcome to a fun and friendly dance evening featuring all Ballroom and Latin styles including Argentine Tango and Salsa. From 7.30-10.30pm. £6pp. The Wheatpieces Community Centre, Columbine Rd, Tewkesbury, GL20 7SP. Contact DancewithDeb on 07760 763967.

Do you want an unusual and entertaining party activity for children? Then why not have a jewellery making party! Perfect for children aged 6+. I also run parties for larger groups e.g. Brownies/Guides and Adults! 07810 015220. www.bohemiankids.co.uk.

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It’s never too early to book your panto tickets! For 2013, Promenade Productions – Cheltenham’s highly popular ‘panto provider’ and winner of the 2012 Gloucestershire Theatre Association award for best local pantomime – promise to delight young and old with Cinderella. This magical rags-to-riches tale is complete with two outrageous and comic Ugly Sisters and the dashing Prince, supported by a full cast in this traditional family entertainment at the end of the Christmas season. Have a Ball – don’t leave it too late to book – because not even your Fairy Godmother will be able to magic you up tickets for this panto with lots of laughs, stunning sets, fabulous costumes, great dance routines and that very magic moment when Cinderella heads off to the Ball. Cinderella runs from Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th January 2013 at the Bacon Theatre in Cheltenham. Ticket prices from £8-£12 with concessions available. Evening performances start at 7pm and there are two Matinees on Saturday and Sunday, both 2.30pm.

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Thanks to Promenade Productions, we’ve got two FREE Family Tickets to give away – one for each of the Wednesday and Thursday evening performances. To enter our draw, just send your name, address and telephone number to Cinderella Draw, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Cheltenham GL53 9QS. Closing date Monday 10th December 2012.

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Passionate about High Quality Affordable Care Deanwood Lodge is a specialist nursing and dementia care home newly opened this spring. In just a few months the lodge already has 27 permanent residents. Suzanne, the Registered Manager, proudly showed us their beautiful home. Being a qualified nurse with over 12 years’ management experience has stood her in good stead, alongside the dedicated 30-strong team of trained staff, to provide the best possible care for your loved one. Deanwood Lodge has 47 single rooms, the majority with ensuite and wet room facilities. Some interconnecting rooms are available for couples. Respite care also provides affordable help for those needing a well earned break. Striving to provide a safe, homely environment, Deanwood Lodge has a modern contemporary feel with high-low nursing beds in each room, and residents are encouraged to bring some personal possessions to make it a ‘home from home’. The decor has been designed closely with the Alzheimers Society with dementia patients in mind. Each room has been decorated and refurbished to the highest standards – toning the decor to be beneficial to dementia patients. Food is of the highest standard, focusing on more traditional meals such as roasts and fish dishes, but a choice is always available and everything is cooked freshly by Deanwood’s trained chefs in the superb kitchen facilities which have been awarded a ‘5 star’ rating by Tewkesbury Borough Council. Residents are encouraged to participate in the daily activities run by Co-ordinator Vicki who organises an array of pastimes from flower arranging, music to baking.

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Gloucestershire Constabulary People First Policing

I have always thought that it is best not to take too much credit for reducing crime because you never know what is around the corner and any blame for an increase will find a home at your door; treat the peaks and troughs with the same degree of suspicion. So, all I will do is give you a few figures and let you make your own mind up about whether we are doing a good job for you or not. Crime is down 22% Tim Waterhouse from 1st April 2012 Cheltenham South LPT. Inspector compared to last years period which means we have had 750 less victims in the first 8 months of this year. We are detecting 36% of all crimes, which means that for most offences where we have some clues we do a pretty good job of getting some kind of justice, whatever that looks like. The problem always comes with the reported offences where we don’t have clues, such as the insecure car entered at three in the morning with its satnav stolen. They call it acquisitive crime, and this is why I keep banging on about locking your property. You would be amazed at how much time these thieves spend wandering around in the middle of the night looking for an opportunity; we know as we watch them occasionally and their chaotic meanderings. This is why we have spent so much time on targeting the individuals themselves as this seems to be more effective than just chasing the offence and trying to detect it after the event; being proactive and less reactive. It is working at the moment, but we do know that it only takes the release of 2 or 3 key individuals from prison for an increase in crime. We will have a new Police and Crime Commissioner in place by the time you read this. Fingers crossed that they will have the same view as myself that neighbourhood policing in all its many guises is something we should keep and nurture as it clearly works if staffed by people who care and want to make a difference. Your team at Cheltenham South do care and do try to make a positive difference to your lives. Hopefully this years crime figures reflect on that in a good way. Keep them doors locked and keep safe. Gloucestershire Constabulary

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