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NOVEMBER 2012

GLOUCESTER

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Welcome to the November issue of The Local Answer. We hope that as the dark nights and colder weather take over you will find plenty of good things in our magazine to look forward to in the coming weeks. Remember, remember the fifth of November! Guy Fawkes night may not be strictly celebrated on the fifth anymore, but our What’s On section has details of where you can see some great firework displays. Following the fireworks at Gloucester Docks, there’s an ‘after party’ at Café René on the 3rd November for grown ups. Burley Fields Farm near Cheltenham are giving away five free tickets for their display on the 10th November – see page 17 for details. Our cover star this month is Gloucester’s Aidan O’Donnell, alongside Magpie – a beautiful pony who lives and works at Cotswold Riding for The Disabled. Aidan’s life has been greatly enhanced by this fantastic charity who will benefit from fundraising at the three day Open Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on 16th, 17th and 18th November. You can read all about Riding for The Disabled and the events at Cheltenham Racecourse on pages 22 and 23, plus there is a chance to win free tickets! If you need a fun night out, head over to Gloucester’s new venue, The Capital Venue, offering entertainment from professional snooker tours to comedy nights. Christmas is approaching, so be quick and book your party or meal now. Why not make your own decorations at Tewkesbury Heritage Centre, or try making your own Christmas Pudding – see page 7!

Contents Food & Entertainment 4 Delicious Dishes 7 Leader’s Life 8 Health & Beauty 10 What’s On 12 Gloucester Rugby 13 Vouchers 24 Did You Know? 25 Homes & Gardens 25 Property News 30 In the Garden 31 Professional Services 35 Money Matters 39 People First Policing 41 Index of Advertisers 42 Competition Winner & Rules 42 Competitions: 13,17,23 & 24

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Served with wok fried new potatoes or chips & salad Choose from: Lamb Rump. 8oz Ribeye steak, 8oz Swordfish steak, or fresh vegetables and halloumi cheese

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A winning combination – Aidan, Magpie and Cotswold RDA Our cover this month features Magpie, a very handsome 16-yearold pony who lives and works at Cotswold Riding for The Disabled. He doesn’t always look that smart – but he has been entering a few competitions lately and scrubs up really well! He is such a kind, patient and very responsive pony – just the type RDA need. Beside Magpie is Aidan O’Donnell one of many riders who ‘love him to bits’, well anyone who met him would! Aidan is 14 and lives with his parents, Nicky and Jeff, in Richmond Avenue, Gloucester, and has been riding at Cotswold RDA for 21⁄2 years. His disability is Asperger syndrome – a form of autism, which is a lifelong condition effecting how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people. It is known as a ‘hidden disability’, meaning you can’t tell someone has the condition from their outward appearance. The three main areas of difficulty for sufferers are social communication, social interaction and social imagination. Characteristics vary from one individual to another and, as well as the three main areas of difficulty, people may also have a love of routines, special interests or sensory difficulties.

Try stopping him now! Aidan is home educated as he found school life too much to cope with. He feels very uncomfortable in crowds, doesn’t like changes to his routine and his sensory difficulty is noise – he hated the dining hall at school as it was too loud. His parents suggested to him that he might like to try horse riding. He didn’t want to initially, but agreed to give it a try in the knowledge that if he didn’t like it, he could stop. Well you try stopping him now! Nicky and Jeff can’t believe the

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2012 were riders that came through RDA (and many of these people started for therapeutic reasons!). Perhaps 2016 will be Aidan’s year, but he and others will need all the help Cotswold RDA can provide through facilities, cost-effective training and support. In turn, this wonderful charity can only deliver to the level of funding it receives from generous public donations and financial assistance from businesses and other organisations.

Invaluable support

Aidan proudly presents his winning rosettes.

difference in Aidan’s behaviour since attending RDA. He has really come out of himself and now regards the volunteers as friends and will actually talk to them about things going on in his life. His parents said the support from the volunteers has been fantastic. Aidan, along with five other riders, entered the Midwest regional round of the ‘Countryside Challenge’. They came away with a 6th, 3rd, 2nd and amazing 1st from Aidan who was also joint winner of the trophy awarded for the rider with the highest points. Aidan went on to the Nationals held at Hartpury in July and came a magnificent 3rd! Nearly all of the British ParaEquestrian squad on the pathway to

Cheltenham Racecourse itself has provided invaluable support over many years, and continues to do so. Another concerned organisation – Countryside Alliance – is also paving the way for much needed funds to be raised for Cotswold RDA by sharing proceeds from its forthcoming event at Cheltenham Racecourse. The ‘Countryside Day’ on Friday, 16th November is the first of three great days of entertainment for the whole family – for more details see our ‘What’s On’ section. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer at Cotswold RDA or, maybe, to provide a donation to help with running costs or put towards more characters like Magpie, please contact the centre direct for more details: t 01242 584420 e cotswold.rda@btconnect.com w cotswoldrda.org.uk

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Café René’s Banging Fireworks After Party Following the fireworks in Gloucester Docks, Caféé Renéé ’s Banging Fireworks After Party will take place on 3rd November 2012 from 9pm with entertainment all round, warming Renéé BBQ with roasted chestnuts and free sparklers for sparkly people. John Mustoe will be playing in the bar from 10pm and Housebound will be playing in the Cellar Bar until late. Free entry before 11pm only £2 after.

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Granny’s Christmas Pudding

Delicious Dishes

Method Mix together the almonds and dried fruit. Add the sugar, breadcrumbs, orange rind and suet, then the flour, salt and spices, stirring at each stage. When well mixed, add the beaten eggs, orange juice and The last Sunday of the ‘Church Year’ – the Sunday before Guinness, stir well to make a fairly stiff consistency. Cover Advent – is often called ‘Stir-up Sunday’. It is the traditional day the bowl with a clean damp cloth and leave in a cool place for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the overnight (for at least 12 hours). Christmas Pudding whilst making a wish. Next day, grease the pudding basin and line the bottom This year it is on 25th November. with greaseproof paper. Fill with the mixture, pressing well Ingredients down. Cover the top with a double layer of greaseproof (makes one large 2lb/1.2 litre pudding) paper, pleating it in the middle to allow for the pudding to 2oz (56g) Flaked Almonds rise. 6oz (170g) Sultanas 4oz (113g) Currants Cover top with cotton cloth about the size of a man’s 6oz (170g) Raisins handkerchief, tie with string around the basin, then bring the 4oz (113g) Soft Dark Brown Sugar corners together at the top and tie to make a carrying handle. 4oz (113g) Fresh White Breadcrumbs Put the pudding into a large steamer or pan of boiling water Finely grated rind and (sufficient water to come half way up the side of the basin). juice of 1 Medium Orange Simmer for 6 hours (or 4 hours and for another 1½-2 hours 4oz (113g) Shredded Suet before serving). Keep a good eye on the pan, topping up 4oz (113g) Flour with boiling water to half-way up the basin as necessary. Pinch of Salt Leave the puddings until cold, re-cover with clean 1 rounded tsp (5ml) of Ground Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Mixed Spice greaseproof paper and cloth and store in a cool, dark place. 2 Large Eggs, beaten On the day you wish to serve, steam for a further 1½-2 ¼ pint (150ml) Guinness hours (although heating in the microwave is fine, with no loss Make the pudding one day – cook it the next! of quality).

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Leader’s Life

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Gloucester is on the up! Leader of Gloucester City Council

The news that the City Council has signed the Development Agreement for the Kings Quarter regeneration scheme with Stanhope plc has been widely welcomed. It sets out the legal basis on which we will work together to deliver the scheme, transforming the area around Kings Square and the bus station. It took a lot of work and negotiation so reaching agreement is a real step forward. There is a lot still to do – we need to give the public chance to comment, assemble the land needed for the scheme, take it through the planning process and, most urgently, sign up new retailers for the units it will create. The opening of B&M in the former M&S store in Southgate Street and the news that TK Maxx will be opening in their Northgate Street premises are two further boosts to the cityʼs retail economy, along with a number of other formerly empty units being filled. Our thoughts will soon turn to Christmas, with the Christmas Procession and lights switch-on taking place on Sunday 18th November and the Rotary Club of Gloucesterʼs Charity “Tree of Light” being switched on at 6pm on Thursday 6th December. Another piece of exciting news for Gloucester is the

announcement that we have made it onto the “long list” to host matches for the Rugby World Cup in 2015. In fact, Kingsholm is the only Premiership Rugby stadium to make it through to the long list of 17. The final 12 will be selected in the New Year. Over the last few years, the Council has been shrinking in size and we donʼt need as much office accommodation. We have come to an arrangement with Regus plc, a global serviced office provider, to lease three of the floors of our North Warehouse building at the Docks – which will save the Council money, give us an income and bring jobs to Gloucester. Work is due to start imminently on refurbishing the building. So itʼs been an action-packed few weeks and, despite a difficult climate, I believe Gloucester is on the up.

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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. 27 OCT – 9 NOVEMBER THE ARCHITECTURE OF CLOTH COLOUR & SPACE EXHIBITION Textile artwork display at Gloucester Cathedral, designed by Ptolemy Mann and Anna Glasbrook. From 9am. Free. 1 NOVEMBER CREATE FOR CHRISTMAS Join Susie Early for a fantastic opportunity to make some lovely Christmas willow. Choose a Christmas tree or an angel. £20. Booking essential. Price includes materials and refreshments. Out of the Hat, 100 Church Street, Tewkesbury. www.outofthehat.org.uk. 01684 855040 2 NOVEMBER TSARS + OUI LEGIONNAIRES Live indie post punk music at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 11pm. Free entry before 11pm, only £2 after. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk 3 NOVEMBER FERN BONFIRE & FIREWORKS Professionally organised by the Forest of Dean Lions Club and Severn Dean Lions Club. Funfair, hot food, free car parking. Gates open 5pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. £5. Speech House Field, Speech House, Coleford, Forest of Dean. GLOUCESTER DOCKS FIREWORKS A spectacular display will again be organised by Gloucester Round Table. Live music, local radio, market stalls and hot food. Tickets: Adults £5, child £2.50, Family £12.50. THE BIG LAUGH CAFE: ROB DEERING & GUESTS Stand up comedy, plus table seating, food, drink and a disco to follow. £12. The Guildhall, 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1NS. 01452 503050. 3-4 NOVEMBER ORCHARD STREET FOOD & CRAFT MARKET, GLOUCESTER QUAYS A special bonfire weekend market with stalls selling food, artisan crafts, jewellery and more. 10am-7pm, Saturday 11am5pm. Fireworks on Saturday 3rd, gates open 6pm, fireworks start at 7pm. 7 NOVEMBER FOLKLAW Live new age folk music at the Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 9pm. Free entry before 11pm, only £2 after. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk OPEN MIC NIGHT Cross Keys Inn, Cross Keys Lane, Gloucester. 9pm.

9 NOVEMBER HIP ROUTE Live Roots, Blues and Rock at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 11pm. Free entry before 11pm, only £2 after. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk THE COUNTERFEIT STONES Classic hits, retro costumes and humour as The Counterfeit Stones tell the story of The Rolling Stones. Described by The Guardian as ‘better than the originals’. 7.30pm. £20 (£19). The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX. 01684 295 074. 10 NOVEMBER BONFIRE & FIREWORKS DISPLAY BURLEY FIREWORK DISPLAY

Disco Roadshow, small fun fair, pig roast, burgers, chips and licensed bar at Burley Fields Lakes, Leckhampton Lane. Gates open and bonfire lit at 7pm. Kids Show starts at 8.15pm. Grand Finale at 9.45pm. Last admission 9pm. Adults and Children £4 in advance, £6 on the night. Tickets on sale at Burley Field Lakes Farm Shop, Leckhampton Convenience Store, Smith & Mann (Charlton Kings) and Bargain Booze (Bath Road). Call Steve on 07831 734683, Pam on 07769 700067 or 01242 861333. Strictly no alcohol, fireworks or sparklers to be brought in. PARACHUTING IN GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL WITH PUDSEY BEAR Local teddy bears are invited to join Pudsey Bear as he parachutes along a zip wire high in the nave of Gloucester Cathedral to raise money for Children in Need. Organised by The Golden Valley Kite Fliers. For details call 01452 528095 10-14 NOVEMBER SNOOKER PLAYERS TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP Come and watch the world’s greatest snooker players at The Capital Venue, Edison Close, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester GL2 2FN. To book tickets visit www.southwestsnookeracademy.com. From just £10 to access all matches.

13-17 NOVEMBER LADIES IN RETIREMENT Playhouse Company presents an eerie Victorian thriller set in an isolated house on the Thames marshes.The Playhouse Theatre, Bath Road, Cheltenham. 7.45pm (plus Sat 2.30pm). £10 (£8). 01242 522852. 14 NOVEMBER TOM BROWNING Live music at the Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. Accoustic rock pop. 9pm. Free entry before 11pm, only £2 after. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk DR FAUSTUS Scene Productions presents this classic dark tale of damnation about a doctor who sells his soul to the devil. The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5NX. 7.30pm. To book call 01684 295 074. 14-16 NOVEMBER THE SEVERN BORE Come and watch this amazing natural phenomenon from the best vantage points at Minsterworth, Stonebench and Over Bridge as the Atlantic tide speeds up the River Severn and intrepid surfers ride the tidal wave. Various times: timetable can be seen at www.severn-bore.co.uk. Free. 15 NOVEMBER THE CHRISTIANS AT THE ROSES Garry Christian still headlining the band makes a welcome comeback some 25 years on with his smooth voice. £17. 7.30pm. www.rosestheatre.org. STAND UP COMEDY IS COMING TO GLOUCESTER The UK’s funniest comedians will be performing at The Capital Venue, Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester GL2 2FN. Among those performing will be Ian Stone from Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzz Cocks, Mike Gunn from Live at the Apollo and Harry Hills’ TV Burps and Stephen Grant – one of the UK’s funniest comedians and TV hosts. From £15. 01452 223214 16 NOVEMBER THE DELTARAYS Live music at the Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. R&B and Rock & Roll. 11pm. Free entry before 11pm, only £2 after. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. TEWKESBURY’S ITALIAN CHRISTMAS The real Italian food market. Italian meats, cheeses, salami, olives, oils, sausages, breads, cakes and sweets. Cascades car park. 9am-4pm. www.visittewkesbury.info.

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Top Class Rugby and Horse Racing for one great price! Gloucester Rugby and Cheltenham Racecourse have joined forces once again to offer sports fans the chance to watch top class rugby and horse racing for one great price courtesy of the 2012-13 Super Sporting Ticket.

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Several members of the first team squad: Dave Lewis, Jonny May, Charlie Sharples, James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Henry Trinder and Billy Twelvetrees were at the racecourse to help launch the ticket. The players were photographed on the final straight at Cheltenham with jockey David England and eight year old mare Moulin de la Croix with a number of them attempting in vain to out sprint the racehorse! The offer means that supporters can purchase a pass for the Best Mate Enclosure and a ticket for the Shed for just £23 or a pass for Tattersalls and a Silver Seat in the Mira Showers Stand at Kingsholm for just £49. The matches and meetings included as part of the offer are as follows:

Gloucester Rugby vs Exeter Chiefs on December 22nd and the New Year’s Day meet at Cheltenham. Gloucester Rugby vs London Welsh on March 23rd and the St Patrick’s Day, March 14th 2013, event at the Festival. A Best-Mate ticket at the races usually costs £22 on its own, so the combination ticket is a great deal for anyone who enjoys both rugby and racing. The Super Sporting Tickets offer a perfect opportunity for both venues to link sports together and connect locally. The Super Sporting Tickets are available now at www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk

Gloucester Rugby take on London Irish in the Amlin Challenge Cup on Saturday 15th December, kick off 3 pm, Live at Kingsholm. For your chance to win 2 x Silver tickets in the Mira Showers stand simply answer the following question: What was the final score of the Gloucester Rugby vs Bath Rugby fixture on October 6th 2012, Live at Kingsholm A) Gloucester 16 – Bath 10 B) Gloucester 26 – Bath 20 C) Gloucester 3 – Bath 33 Send your answers to competitions @gloucesterrugby.co.uk. Don’t forget to mention you’re a reader of The Local Answer!

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A Magical Winter Wonderland awaits you Illuminate your imagination this Christmas at Winter Wonderland. Sit in the hand crafted ash sleigh, meet Santa and who knows, maybe Comet the young reindeer will come to say hello. Twinkling lights, shimmering water, hooting owls, fairies and magic are found in abundance at the Bird Park where hosting Christmas events has become an art form. The Bird Park was nominated in the top 10 rural attractions to visit at Christmas by the Sunday Telegraph in 2010 and for good reason. There’s a resident red reindeer with calf, a Christmas fairy in a Gypsy Caravan and Santa in one of the most famous follies in England. To mark the special occasion, why not take a photo of the children with Santa on his beautiful sleigh.


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 meet Rudolph and Prancer our reindeer. All this and more for £8.50 a head – book online at www.thebirdpark.com or call 01452 812727

Prinknash Abbey, Nr Painswick, Glos. GL4 8EX book online or call Open seven days a week 10am - 5pm 01452 812727


Carry on Christmas at the Farm! Join in the fun at Over Farm for a lot of laughter, sexual innuendos and general tomfoolery as frustration surrounding the relationship is shared with the audience and taken out on the elves. Strictly over 18’s only. Contact Information Over Farm, situated on the A40 near Gloucester Sat Nav: GL2 8DB T: 07880 663808 W: www.overfarmmarket.co.uk E: matt.keene@overfarm.co.uk

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SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER POTTERY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

1ST NOVEMBER 6.30-9.30PM WILLOW FOR CHRISTMAS Join Susie Early for a fantastic opportunity to make a lovely willow Christmas Angel or Christmas Tree. £20 includes materials and refreshments. Booking essential.

SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2PM-4PM WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER 7.30PM-9.30PM WREATH MAKING Make your very own Christmas wreath to decorate your front door. We will show you how to make a thing of beauty to grace your home throughout the festive period. £25 per person. Booking Essential. Price includes materials and refreshments.

In conjunction with Purple Glaze Pottery make your own pottery decoration. Roll the clay, choose a shape, stamp your name or seasons greetings and don't forget the hanging hole! The decorations are then fired and will come back as a pure white decoration. £6 for one decoration (or two per child is £10). The decorations will be strung and ready for collection on Saturday 22 December. Two sessions available 10.30-12.30 or 1.30-3.30pm. Booking essential.

SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER TABLE DECORATIONS Children can enjoy making a table decoration with fir, ivy and glitter. Please note that they will be handling greenery with berries. If there is time we will also make a special wreath Christmas card. £5 per child. Two sessions available 10.30-12.30 or 1.30-3.30pm. Booking essential. An adult must accompany children for all Kids Workshops

Contact the Heritage Centre for more details or to buy tickets on 01684 855040 or email tewkesburytic@tewkesbury.gov.uk 100 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Glos, GL20 5TT. www.outofthehat.org.uk Page 16

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BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY

AT BURLEY FIELD LAKES LECKHAMPTON LANE CHELTENHAM

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10TH 2012 Kids Show at 8.15pm Grand Finale at 9.45pm

Gates Open and Bonfire lit at 7.00pm

SPLIT SHOW PROFESSIONALLY FIRED BY SANDLINGS FIREWORKS • DISCO ROADSHOW • SMALL FUN FAIR • • PIG ROAST • BURGERS • CHIPS • LICENSED BAR • TICKETS (Adults & Children) £4.00 in advance £6.00 on the night

DON’T MISS OUT – TICKETS ARE STRICTLY LIMITED Tickets on sale at: Burley Fields Lakes Farm Shop, Leckhampton Convenience Store, Smith & Mann (Charlton Kings) and Bargain Booze (Bath Road) TICKET LINES: Steve 07831 734683 Pam 07769 700067 or 01242 861333 STRICTLY NO ALCOHOL, FIREWORKS OR SPARKLERS TO BE BROUGHT IN* KIDNAPPERS LANE

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Fireworks Spectacle YOU and your family or friends could enjoy the Burley Lakes Fireworks Night for free by entering our draw. It really is a fabulous spectacle and has been enjoyed by families for over 20 years! Spaces are limited, so we recommend purchasing your tickets as soon as possible – if you’re lucky enough to win our competition you’ll receive a full refund on a maximum of five tickets. To enter the draw simply send your name, address and telephone number to: Burley Fireworks, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Ullenwood, Cheltenham GL3 9QS. Closing date for entries to arrive with us is Wednesday 7th November 2012.

By Jan Griffiths CRI CRFI Come and join Jan in a one day workshop; you will be amazed at what you can achieve! A great day out, meeting people and having some ‘me time’ or a unique gift for a birthday or anniversary. Whether you’ve painted before or only the garden fence, under Jan’s tuition you will take home a canvas you will be proud to display to family and friends. No experience necessary.All materials provided for you to accomplish a beautiful masterpiece!

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Oooh Aargh! F u n o n t h e f ar m t h is C h r is t m a s Children will enjoy a trailer ride with a helpful Elf from the Farm Market to Farmer Christmas’ Grotto. Here, they can feed his donkeys, help decorate his Christmas tree and, as long as they’ve been good this year, meet Farmer Christmas.

Contact Information Over Farm, situated on the A40 near Gloucester Sat Nav: GL2 8DB T: 07880 663808 W: www.overfarmmarket.co.uk E: matt.keene@overfarm.co.uk

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King’s Inspires Pupils For parents seeking to unlock their child’s potential, a visit to The King’s School, Gloucester, is a must. With around 520 girls and boys aged three to eighteen it is the leading Independent Day School in the area. Set within the Cathedral grounds it offers an inspiring setting and provides a special sense of identity and powerful community unlike any other. Increasingly families from across the county are sending their children to King’s where academic excellence, outstanding pastoral care and a unique ‘Keystones’ approach, seeking to identify and develop individual talent and personal qualities is offered. Monday to Friday a varied academic and extracurricular programme is presented with sports matches available at the weekend. The school’s twelve dedicated bus services enable access countywide. Headmaster Alistair Macnaughton is proud of the pupil’s achievements; high standards of behaviour, excellent academic results and a “can-do” approach to sport and extra-curricular activities. He says: “For all achievements and results, however, it is the feel of a school that is important. King’s cherishes and nurtures each and every individual both academically and in many other ways. Our sense of community provides an atmosphere of great happiness and fulfilment.”

Come and discover what is waiting for your child on our next Open Morning, Saturday 10th November, 10am–12pm. Further information is available at www.thekingsschool.co.uk or from the Registrar on 01452 337337 or registrar@thekingsschool.co.uk.

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16 NOVEMBER ‘MODERN DINOSAURS’ BY GRAHAM MAPLES AT SLIMBRIDGE A review of current knowledge regarding, the evolution of birds and the means whereby they undertake hazardous migrations. 7.30pm. Members of Friends of Slimbridge £5, Guests £6. Must be prebooked: 01453 891223, events.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk. 16, 17 & 18 NOVEMBER THE OPEN

Three days of racing magic. A major highlight of the British Racing Calendar. 80 trade stands in The Open Shopping Village, a great atmosphere in the grandstands, bars and restaurants and an historic race. Under 18’s are admitted free on all three days. For details see centre pages. To book tickets visit www.cheltenham.co.uk or call 0844 579 3003, and for dining and hospitality packages call 01242 537653. 17 NOVEMBER SLIMBRIDGE WWT BIRDWATCH MORNING – HIDE ROUNDS Join our warden as he opens our hides and learn about the different birds visible from each one and how to identify them in their seasonal plumages. 7.30am. £15. Must pre-book. 01453 891223 events.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk. TEWKESBURY’S FLAVOURS OF ITALY Italian style food and gift market. Italian meats, cheeses, salami, olives, oil, artisan breads, cakes, biscuits, coffee, sweets and Christmas gifts. Tewkesbury Town Hall. 10am-4pm. www.visittewkesbury.info.

THE 50/60 CLUB Meet Mondays 7.30pm Cheltenham Regency Hotel. Various social events for young minded active single people age 50+. Call mobile: 07766 224602. email: FiftySixty2012@yahoo.com

17 NOVEMBER-24 FEBRUARY SLIMBRIDGE FLOODLIT SWAN FEED Enjoy the magical winter spectacle of thousands of wild birds and Bewick’s swans wintering on Swan Lake in floodlight. Listen to the warden’s commentary from the heated comfort of the observatory and discover how we identify each Bewick’s swan individually. £5 adults, £3 children. No need to pre-book. 01453 891223 18 NOVEMBER WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS WITH IAIN GREEN AT SLIMBRIDGE Understand how your camera works and the basics of photography, but want to finetune your photography of the natural world? Based in the classroom and outside you will explore and practice various advanced techniques and subjects. Suitable for users of SLR cameras only. Plenty of time for 1-2-1 tuition. 10am-4pm.£60 includes lunch and refreshments. 01453 891223. events.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk. 21 NOVEMBER LOST SOUL WAYNE Accoustic punk folk. Live music at Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 9pm. Free entry before 11pm, only £2 after. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk. 22-25 NOVEMBER ARTISTRY BY JAN – PROFESSIONAL ART TUITION Visit Jan at the Victorian Christmas Market, Gloucester Quays, who will be holding art demonstrations and taking bookings for her one day workshops. No experience needed, any age. All materials provided to accomplish a beautiful masterpiece. Workshops held at Concept Photography Studio, Bonds Milll, Stonehouse. 01452 720501/07780 696526 or visit www.artistrybyjan.com VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET – GLOUCESTER QUAYS Come and hunt for presents and bargains amongst the 90 or so decorated stalls, and soak up the atmosphere with brass bands, choirs, traditional childrens carousel etc. Free. 10am-7pm, 10am-5pm Sunday.

JEWELLERY PARTIES 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! www.bohemiankids.co.uk ~ 07810 015220

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After their sell-out concert last year at Longford, the locally renowned ‘Heart & Soul’ choir, who celebrate their tenth anniversary early next year, make a return visit to the area when they perform at The Milestone School in Longford Lane, Gloucester, to raise much needed funds for this wonderful school. School Hall at 7pm. £5. Refreshments. For advance tickets ring the school on 01452 874000, Dave on 01452 381642 or email admin@milestone.gloucs.sch.uk 28 NOVEMBER LIVE AT GLOUCESTER STUDIO Live music at the Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. 9pm. Free entry before 11pm, only £2 after. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk 30 NOVEMBER FUNKE & THE TWO TONE BABY Live music at the Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. Blues Americana. 11pm. Free entry before 11pm, only £2 after. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk

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23 NOVEMBER BENNY GALLAGHER IN CONCERT One half of 70’s duo Gallagher and Lyle, Benny performs in the intimate setting of Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve. 7.45pm. 0844 576 2210. www.cleeveconcerts.co.uk GOTCHA Live music at the Café René, 31 Southgate Street, Gloucester. Jazz, Funk, Latin. 11pm. Free entry before 11pm, only £2 after. 01452 309340. www.caferene.co.uk 24 NOVEMBER GLOUCESTER RUGBY V SALE SHARKS Aviva Premiership Rugby at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester GL1 3AX. Kick off at 12 noon. www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. Ticket hotline: 0871 871 8781.

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The UK’s Funniest Stand Up Comedy Is Coming to Gloucester 15th November 2012 Doors Open 6pm, Show starts from 8pm

Ian Stone Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzz Cocks, Michael McIntyre & Live at the Apollo "A masterful exponent of self-mocking Jewish humour" - The Times Newspaper

Mike Gunn Live at Jongleurs, the 11 o’clock Show, Live at the Apollo, Al Murray’s sit-com, Harry Hill’s TV Burps, Match of the Day Magazine "Mike Gunn will make you die laughing" - The Guardian

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Raising money – music to charity’s ears Cotswold Riding for the Disabled are extremely grateful to Countryside Alliance for sharing the proceeds of the ‘Countryside Day’ at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 16th November 2012. Funds raised will be used to continue the fabulous service the racecourse-based RDA centre provides for people with physical disabilities and/or have learning difficulties or special needs. Some of the cash raised will also be put towards developing the riding centre to deliver an improved facility for the future. One of the riders who benefits greatly from the work done at the school is 4-year-old Joshua Horsley from Tewkesbury who has spina bifida. He is pictured thanking one of his favourite ponies, Boris, for ‘letting him ride’, and with volunteers helping him to lead Boris over the poles. Joshua’s enjoyment is clear to see.

Adding to the entertainment The Cotswold RDA team are adding to the entertainment and fun at the Countryside Day by putting on a Musical Ride in the winners’ enclosure at 11.45am. Musical rides were introduced at the centre by new yard manager Debbie Powell in order to provide variety and development for both ponies and riders alike. It has proven to be extremely rewarding for those involved, with some of the riders and ponies entering – and winning – regional and national events. The ride will be performed to a piece of music used in the film Champions called ‘Hall of Fame’, and the services of numerous volunteers is necessary to ensure the safety of both riders and ponies – neither of whom are used to large crowds and noise. The four ponies being used – Magpie, ‘B’, Bilbo and Bobby – and their riders Victoria, Mandy, Felicity and Connor, would appreciate every bit of support you can give them on their big day. The ride will immediately follow a brief talk about Cotswold RDA by centre manager Mo Begg – combined the talk and ride will last about 20 minutes. A lunch has also been organised for the day to help raise money for the charity through auctions for those present, and a fabulous prize has been donated by Lauren Perrier – a complete range of bottles of Champagne – for which tickets are on sale now (contact details below) and will be throughout the day. If you would like further information about Cotswold RDA, please email cotswold.rda@btconnect.com, telephone 01242 584420 or visit cotswoldrda.org.uk.

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• Gates open 10am • First race 1.10pm • Last race 4.05pm One of the most popular days of the season, Friday at The Open is Countryside Day with its unique country fair atmosphere and a range of displays and demonstrations covering many equine and other country pursuits. The Thoroughbred Breeders Association stages the ever-popular National Hunt Stallion display on this day. The Countryside Alliance is kindly sharing this year’s proceeds with Cotswold Riding for the Disabled Association which is based at the racecourse. They will be adding to the fun with a Musical Ride in the winners enclosure and running a Champagne raffle during the day (see left). There are six high quality races, with the feature event being the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, over the twists and turns of this unique cross country course. After racing there is a Brightwells Bloodstock Sale, to which all are welcome.

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• Gates open 10am • First race 12.55pm • Last race 3.45pm For many racing fans, this is the day when the new Jump racing season really gets into top gear. The Paddy Power Gold Cup has been run every year since 1960 and in that time most of the sport’s greatest names have won the race. Last season’s victor was Great Endeavour, adding to the amazing record of his owner David Johnson, who has now won the race seven times. Trainer David Pipe was winning the race for the first time, adding to his father Martin’s eight victories and it was a third win for jockey Timmy Murphy. Don’t rule out another Pipe-trained winner this season too! There are five other highly competitive and valuable contests on one of the best Saturday cards of the entire season. Plenty of Irish horses and racegoers also make their way to Cheltenham for The Open, which only adds to the vibrant atmosphere.

THE OPEN SUNDAY

• Gates open 11am • First race 1.10pm Last race 4pm • Charity race 4.10pm Another cracking six race card on a day that sees Cheltenham Racecourse host a range of children’s activities for the first time ever, including face painting and a soft play area. Adam Henson will be present with many of the cute characters from his rare breeds farm for children (and adults!) to meet. The racing high-light is The Open Hurdle, which sees the up and coming stars of the hurdling world take centre stage.

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What’s On Clubs & Sports Gloucester Rugby 13 Shipton Golf Course 20 Attractions Burley Fields 17 Capital Venue 21 Cheltenham Racecourse 22 & 23 Prinknash Bird & Deer Park 14 &15 Slimbridge WWT 18 Tewkesbury Heritage Centre 16

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