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Contents JULY 2018 | Vol.6 | No. 7

5 Disjointed Ramblings

20 Barn Theatre gem

7 Helping good causes

22 Cotswold Arcadians

8 Dame Esther Rantzen

24 Chindits champions

13 Beautiful summer

27 Your July recipes

18 Woodland walks

30 Classified

Local news and charity events

Local charity initiative

Q&A with a heroine

Tips to look your best

Enjoy your local woods

Little Voice highlight


Outdoor Shakespeare

Forgotten heroes event

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n fact, I think packing is the worst bit of camping. After that it’s a breeze – as long as you can remember how to put the tent up (note to husband: poles on the outside this year, please!). Then it’s a question of crossing your fingers and hoping you get that one magical long evening when the sun shines, the kids play outside with new friends until it’s dark and all is well with the world. ˜˜˜ Firstly, and if you fancy a great day out, it’s the Cotswold Show and Food Festival in Cirencester Park on Saturday 7th and Sunday, 8th July. Among the highlights will be aerial displays from the RAF Falcons parachutes, the Bremont Great War Display and the Poppy Parachute Team. The Savage Skills BMX Team, the UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team, will also thril the crowds. Show-goers can also learn all about traditional rural skills through demonstrations and hands-on experiences and there will be more than 200 trade stands and food stalls, showcasing the best of the British countryside, its history, traditions and produce. For more details and tickets visit

˜˜˜ A dramatic flypast featuring more than 50 aircraft from the Royal Air Force will provide an aerial set piece to launch RAF centenary celebrations at this month’s Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford. The flypast, which takes place on Friday 13th, will see many of the RAF’s operational aircraft accompanied by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) flying in formation above the crowds at the airshow. For more details about the show, which is on until Sunday 15th, visit ˜˜˜ If you fancy a lazy Sunday summer afternoon of free live music head to Cirencester Abbey Grounds for Bands in the Park performance. Acts on this month include CAJE Big Band featuring Mrs Peel on Sunday 1st, Crickland Band on Sunday 8th, Big Brunch Band on Sunday 15th, Chedworth Silver Band on Sunday 22nd and Oelixdorfer Musikzurg on Sunday 29th, all 2.30-4.30pm. ˜˜˜ Or why not join The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital for its jazz swing picnic on Saturday 7th at The Mill House, Coln St Aldwyns. Gates open at 5.30pm with

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As I write this we’re busy packing for our first camping trip of the summer. When I say packing, I mean piling up the tons of stuff we’ll never squeeze into the car.

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Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. The screening starts at 7pm, and tickets cost £17 or £15 for museum members. You can book them online at or call 01285 655611. ˜˜˜ The Corinium Museum and the Roman Society are organising a Discovery to Display day excursion on Saturday 21st from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The day will include a tour of the Cotswold Archaeology Office in Kemble to hear about recent excavations and take a look at how finds are processed. Then it is on to the Corinium Museum Resource Centre in Northleach where the museum team will explain the next stage of the process, before heading to the Corinium Museum for a talk from museum director Amanda Hart and a chance to look at the galleries. Transportation will be provided. Booking is essential. Visit ˜˜˜ This summer’s exhibition in the Gallery at Bingham House in Dyer Street, Cirencester is on the theme of the work of artists local to the town over the last two centuries. The gallery is open on alternate Saturdays until 6th October, from 10am until 2pm. Admission is free. It is open this month on Saturday 14th and 28th.

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What would be a helpful change for youngsters’ mental health? “Families should have a big basket by the door and, as each person walks in, drop their mobile phone in. For the next three hours they all talk, eat, laugh, watch television, whatever. But it’s not easy; I’m a phone addict myself. For young people not to have real conversations with people they love is terrible. The artificial pictures created by social media and virtual friendships, which can turn into cyber-bullying or online grooming, are harmful. I’m not saying all families are perfect but I think techfree family time can boost self esteem.” Q. Are older people lonelier today than previously? “Yes. Extended families live together less than they used to, and are dotted further apart. Technology is supposed to bring us closer but quite a lot of older people feel uncomfortable with it. Most Silverline callers call us because they’re lonely, often in the evening to say goodnight to someone as they haven’t spoken to anyone for days or weeks. We offer friendship calls on a regular basis and much more support and are urgently looking for more volunteers.”

Q. Do you get hassled much and what’s the weirdest fan mail you’ve had? “I don’t think of it as ‘hassle’ – I never mind posing for a selfie. People who dislike me avoid me, I suppose! A group of lads from Scotland once wrote to me asking if I’d send a photo of myself in black suspenders. I didn’t reply, no. I remember when I started on television the producers used to laugh at the letters I had from Visit our website gentlemen over 60; I was a pensioners’ pin-up. Now I’m a pensioner myself and to read our full I don’t get any.”


Q. Did you enjoy your time at Oxford? “I loved it. I think you can be at your happiest and at your most unhappy at university because you’re in that volatile stage in your life and, of course, you have exams upon which your future depends. You have time to indulge in your favourite hobbies but you have to be quite resilient. I’ve got friends who live in Oxford and I’m very proud of being an honorary



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fellow of Somerville. I love wandering around the colleges, especially in spring and summer. And of course, going for a punt on the river with some white wine on a piece of string. You must do that!” Q. What is the most surprising lesson from motherhood? “What an appalling grandmother I am! I can’t say ‘no’, I spoil them rotten which my children hate. Being a granny is quite wonderful.” Q. Where’s your favourite place to visit? “There’s a beautiful rose garden at Mottisfont which I absolutely adore. They’ve got lovely herbaceous borders at this time of year.” Q. What do you eat? “Practically everything except chilli and pork – neither of which I like. I hardly ever drink alcohol – it doesn’t agree with me. I eat lots of fruit and whatever else comes my way.” Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had? “My mother always said things will look much better in the morning, and they do. And my late husband Desmond used to say ‘never let the sun go down on your wrath’ when I tried to sulk.” Q. What’s your abiding memory of George Michael? “I had lunch with him to thank him for his fabulously generous donations to Childline, which he wanted to keep secret. He was a fantastic, talented human being; it’s a huge loss. His music was background to some of my best times. My favourite hit has to be Jesus to a Child – George donated all of its royalties to the charity.” July 2018

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˜˜˜ The Arts Society Cotswolds lecture on Wednesday, 11th July, is called Angels from the Realms of Glory: The Wilton Diptych and the Roof of Westminster Hall. The former is described as one of the most beautiful yet enigmatic paintings ever made and the latter as outstanding in the history of English art. The talk will be given by Mark Cottle at the Warwick Hall, Church Green, Burford, at 11.30am. Non-members welcome; suggested donation of £10.

This month Lechlade Gardening Club’s usual meeting is replaced by a coach trip to Chenies Manor House Plant Fair on Sunday, 15th. The cost is £21 and includes the coach, driver’s tip, and entrance to the gardens and plant fair. A tour of the house is £4 extra and can be booked on arrival. The pick-up is 9am in Lechlade on Burford Road by the New Memorial Hall and the estimated time of return is 6pm. For more details and booking please call Audrey Barnes on 01367 252242. ˜˜˜

˜˜˜ Ever fancied giving open-water swimming a go? If so, the Lechlade and District Lions Club is holding an open-water swimming challenge for charity at Bowmoor Lake, courtesy of the Bowmoor Sailing Club, on Saturday 4th August. The Lions tell us Bowmoor Lake is one of the best open-water swimming locations in the Cotswolds as

the lake is fed by an underground stream and the water is managed to minimise weed growth. The event starts at 10am and is open to all who are capable of swimming at least 500m in a pool. There will be four events to suit all levels of competence – a 200m swim close to the bank and 1km, 2km and 3km swims. Entry is £5 for the 200m event and £10 for the other events. This is not a race, but an opportunity to challenge yourself and raise money for charity. Visit ˜˜˜ Keen cyclists in the Cotswolds may be interested to hear about a cycling event this month in memory of Sharon Laws, the Olympic cyclist from the Cotswolds who died last year at the age of 43 after a battle with cancer. Sharon, who was based in Bourton-on-the-Water, did a lot to raise the profile of cycling in the Cotswolds, including promoting the local leg of last year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain. She attended The Cotswold School in Bourton and the school is now organising the Sharon Laws Sportive in association with British Cycling. The 43-mile route (one mile for every year of Sharon’s life) will take place on Saturday 7th, starting and ending in Bourton, and visiting The Rissingtons, Bledington, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Burford, Windrush and Sherborne. A shorter loop is available for children and families. Visit details/173195/Sharon-Laws-Sportive

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used old-school copper wire and major network providers had no plans to upgrade it any time soon – even with Government funding. Villagers got together to take matters into their own hands and researched what alternatives were available. Vuillager Julian Morris, says: “There were a number of rural broadband initiatives out there, but they required significant time and investment from residents to run and manage the service. We needed a solution from a sound commercial organisation which we could simply subscribe and easily connect to. That’s why we chose Gigaclear. “The company held an open day which made people realise what they’d been missing out on for years because of poor broadband. Since connecting to Gigaclear, we’ve been able to take full advantage of the internet in a way that just wasn’t possible before. We watch TV shows using BBC iPlayer without interruption, access our daily newspapers online and most importantly have regular and reliable Skype conversations with our grandchildren. Additionally, I’m now able to work just as efficiently at home as in the office. This means that I can miss the rush hour completely and have a better work/life balance.” One of many comments from happy customers which contributed to our Trust Pilot four-star rating. ● To find out more call 0370 224 8915 or visit July 2018


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oods are amazing. They’re where imagination takes root. Where a love of nature grows and thrives. And they’re the lungs of our county. They are also the best place to escape to. The Japanese have a name for it; Shinrin-Yoku, which “forest bathing”. We’ve teamed up with The Woodland Trust, a charity that exists to protect native woods, trees and their wildlife for the future. Stratfield Brake, OX5 1UP, two miles outside Kidlington, is really family-friendly. The Woodland Trust began managing the 18.5-hectare site from 1997 after establishing a lease with the site’s owner, Oxfordshire County Council.

The wood is made up of a mature wood, a young wood and a wetland area. This wood contains tree species such as oak, field maple and elm, as well as many bird species such as tree creepers, rooks and woodpeckers. Old oak trees provide habitats not just for birds but also fungi, mosses, insects and bats. Sadly, at the moment, access is restricted to the mature woodland area in response to the presence of a disease called acute oak decline, which affects native oak trees, leading in some cases to their death. The disease poses no threat to either humans or animals, but it may be spread through movement 18 | R&A Cirencester / Lechlade

of bacteria picked up on visitors’ shoes and clothing or by vehicles. Therefore, on the advice of Forest Research, the Woodland Trust has temporarily closed Stratfield Brake’s mature woodland area to the public. There’s still plenty to observe at Stratfield Brake this summer including the meadows and the wetland. Just park near the sports club and follow the signs to the wood. There are four entrances to the site from here, creating a network of 1.5miles, buggy-friendly surfaced and unsurfaced paths in Stratfield Brake, which are level and have no width restrictions (but can get muddy in wet weather). One short loop of surfaced path leads to a birdwatching area overlooking the wetland. All year round it attracts all sorts of birds – you might be lucky to hear the drumming of great spotted woodpeckers high in the trees. There’s a good chance you’ll see mute swan, tufted duck, heron and coot and, if you’re lucky you might spot a rarity such as a little egret. This small heron is hard to miss as it has whiter than white plumage. Stratfield Brake is also a good place to join the Oxford Canal towpath; a 4.7-mile (7.6km) circular walk using the footbridge to Yarnto, developed by local Ramblers for the Canals & Rivers Trust. ● Visit for more woodland walks. Please remember when setting off for a walk, to take a compass, a good map, a bottle of water and a snack. July 2018




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irst produced in 1992, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Chamberlain has been named one of the top 50 best plays of all time. The play was nominated for six Olivier awards, winning three of them as well as the prestigious Evening Standard Award. Its film adaptation, Little Voice (1998) starring Jane Horrocks in the title role was also a huge hit receiving an Oscar nomination alongside numerous other awards for its screenplay and cast. This production will be directed by Michael Strassen. The Barn’s artistic director Iwan Lewis says: “Little Voice is a modern British classic and it’s

the perfect play to end our inaugural season. Michael Strassen is one of theatre’s great directors and it’s very exciting to welcome such excellent and prolific creatives to our theatre to bring his radical interpretation.”

The cast includes newcomer Sarah Louise Hughes in the title role. The play tells the heart-warming story of a reclusive Northern girl-nextdoor whose remarkable ability to impersonate the great singers gives her a chance to transcend her tragically unappealing domestic life. But pushed by a foul-mouthed, harddrinking mother and coaxed into the limelight by her mother’s latest talent agent boyfriend, timid “Little Voice” will need to conquer more than just stage fright if she is to find her own voice in the world. ● The Barn Theatre, Beeches Road, Cirencester, GL7 1BN. Call the box office on 01285 648255 and visit

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Twelfth Night will be set in the fashionable seaside resort of Illyria in an England benefiting from the sustained prosperity of the Roaring Twenties. It was an era of social, artistic and cultural dynamism with Jazz music blossoming – the so-called Golden Age. Live music will be provided by a jazz group consisting of baritone and tenor sax, clarinet, cornet and ukulele banjo, with some specially arranged songs. Generally considered to be Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy, Twelfth Night is an incomparable blend of exquisite poetry, boisterous laughter and bittersweet emotion. Over 400 years it has become one of the most popular of his plays for young and old alike, yet it is 23 years since the Arcadians last presented it at their previous home of Quenington Old Rectory in Cirencester. Romantic love, and the pain it can cause, are key components of the play. The self-regarding central triangle involves Orsino, Olivia and Viola who are 22 | R&A Cirencester / Lechlade

“If music be the food of love, play on...” caught up, not in their family circumstances but in their own and each other’s fantasies. They are seen as prisoners of desire. But this can also be said of Sir Toby and Maria, Sir Andrew and his unrequited love for Olivia, and even, Malvolio in his self-love and unresolved passion for his mistress. No long and languorous soliloquies in this play – it’s a racey, pacey rom com packed with naughty humour, mistaken identity, gender switching, deceit, confusion, rollicks, frolics and beautiful poetry, beribboned and bejewelled in plentiful music from start to finish. The venue of Hatherop Castle in Cirencester (now a co-educational preparatory school) is part of an estate mentioned in the Domesday Book – the surroundings are beautiful so as summer sunshine has been ordered (!) why not get a party of friends together, bring your picnic and drinks, and why not dress up to match the setting of the Jazz Age in 1920s outfits too? ● To buy your tickets, visit or call the box office on 01285 898019. July 2018




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On Friday, 20th July, Piers Storie Pugh will deliver a talk on The Chindits 194344 in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund

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he 14th Army in Burma was known as the “Forgotten Army” because all attention in the UK at the time was on the war in Europe following D-Day.

One very knowledgeable champion will help ensure their heroic struggles in the jungles and plains of Burma are remembered and celebrated. Piers Storie Pugh is a noted public speaker on military topics including Escaping from Colditz, The Commonwealth War Cemeteries Worldwide and The Chindit Operations behind Japanese Lines. The Chindits were the largest of the allied Special Forces of the Second World War, led by Major General Orde Wingate DSO. The Chindits operated deep behind enemy lines in North Burma. For many months they lived in and fought the enemy in the jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma, totally relying on airdrops for supplies. There were two Chindits expeditions into Burma, the first in February 1943 – Operation Longcloth – consisted of a force of 3,000 men who marched more than 1,000 miles during the campaign. The second expedition, Operation Thursday, in March 1944 was much larger; the second-largest airborne invasion of the war, consisting of a force of 20,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers 24 | R&A Cirencester / Lechlade

with air support from the 1st Air Commando USAAF. Tragically, General Wingate was killed a few weeks after the launch of Operation Thursday. Ron Harding, who is 102 and lives in Gloucester, was one of those who fought in Burma. He narrowly escaped death and capture several times and, on one occasion, his position was overrun by the Japanese, forcing him to hide in a jungle hole for nigh-on three weeks before being rescued, suffering from dehydration and malnutrition.

Piers set up Remembrance Travel, specialists in war cemeteries worldwide, in 1985 and ran it for 25 years. He was a frequent visitor to Burma and has made five DVD films on the subject. He has accompanied his father to Colditz Castle several times. Piers was awarded the MBE (mil) for services to the Army and the OBE (civ) for services to The Royal British Legion and Remembrance. From 2011 -2016 he was Chief Executive of The Not Forgotten Association; a tri-service charity for the wounded. ● ABF The Soldiers Charity is holding this month’s fundraising talk and supper at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester on Friday, 20th July, at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £25 per person to include wine and a fork supper. To buy yours, please email or else you can call 01980 672337. July 2018

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˜˜˜ Well done to a group of environmentally conscious residents from the Barringtons who won the £500 first prize in Cotswold District Council’s 2018 Great Cotswolds Clean-up competition. Sue Coakley, cabinet member for the environment at CDC and head of the judging panel, said the judges had been particularly impressed by the way the group’s litter picks had boosted morale and led to new friendships. The group plans to use the prize money to buy more bins and for other environmental improvements. The council can supply bags, pickers, gloves and high-vis jackets for any groups in the district who would like to hold a community clean-up, and will also arrange for special collections of filled bags after litter picks. Please call 01285 623123. ˜˜˜ Congratulations also to the team of voluntary wardens who support the work of the Cotswolds Conservation Board. The wardens have recently been given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. Over the last year the wardens have put in over 48,000 hours of work across a diverse range of projects. Martin Lane, director of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, said the award was a wonderful recognition of the volunteers’ dedication to the region.

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French toast with cherry compote

I love making French toast with slightly, stale bread. The sweet, gutsy slices offset the sharpness of the compote making it a nicely balanced dish. Almost any fruit works nicely cooked in this fashion. First pit 600g of cherries then add to a pan with 100g of caster sugar and the juice from an orange. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thick and syrupy. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool. Using a spatula, mix together 250g of mascarpone with 150g of crème fraiche, 40g of sieved icing sugar, Ÿ tsp of vanilla extract and the seeds from one vanilla pod then leave in the fridge until serving. Heat 500ml of full-fat milk in a pan with 2 tbsp of caster sugar and the seeds from another vanilla pod, stirring occasionally with a whisk. As soon as it comes to the boil, remove from the heat. When cooled, add three whisked eggs, whisking to combine. Thickly slice some bread and saturate in your milk mix while you heat a knob of butter in a frying pan. Use tongs to remove slices from the milk mix and fry on each side until golden brown. Serve with a dollop of vanilla mascarpone, cherry compote and dusting of icing sugar.


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What makes this special is the homemade mayonnaise. I highly recommend making your own with fresh herbs; well worth the minimal effort! To make the mayonnaise, add two egg yolks, 1 tsp of Dijon mustard, the juice from half a lemon and a pinch of salt to the small bowl of a food processor. With the motor running, very slowly and steadily pour in 100ml of rapeseed oil in a thin stream until the mayonnaise emulsifies. Add a small handful of fresh tarragon and chives then blitz again until the herbs are finely chopped and mixed into the mayo. Ideally, use about 300g of fresh white crab meat, but a mix of white and brown will do almost as well with as much mayonnaise as you like. Check seasoning and adjust salt then add white pepper to taste. Serve on toasted brown buttered bread with lemon wedges.

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˜˜˜ Back to Cirencester and, my gosh, this sounds good! The Gin Society is coming to the town for the very first time on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July. The Gin Society Festival at Bingham Hall will feature more than 100 gins and a prosecco cocktail bar. It will be open on the Friday 6-10.30pm, and 12-4.30pm and 6-10.30pm on the Saturday. Tickets are £9.75. Visit ˜˜˜ A quick heads-up for another new event – the first ever Cirencester Vegan Fair. This is being organised by the team behind the Stroud Vegan Fair and will be held in The Corn Hall on Sunday 23rd September with loads of food stalls and vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, pescatarians, omnivores and the curious are all very welcome! Entry is £3 (under-12s are free) and the doors open at 10am. ˜˜˜ Also on next month is your chance to enjoy some bank holiday family fun at Eastleach’s traditional, village

fete on Saturday 25th August. The fete, which raises funds for the village hall and St Andrew’s Church, 2-4pm and will feature plenty of games, stalls and refreshments. Entrance is £1, or free for under-12s, but dogs are not allowed. ˜˜˜ Have you heard about the new Cotswolds Loyalty Card? This aims to help highlight the range of fantastic services and products available on our doorstep, some of which you might not even be aware of! Members receive discounts from various participating stores, from chips to theatre tickets and suit hire to vet bills. Find out more or get your card at ˜˜˜ Lastly, we end with the lovely story of 23-year-old Holly from Cheltenham who has taken her first steps since breaking her neck last year, thanks to the help of personal trainer and rehabilitation specialist Dan Fivey. The Gym Cheltenham owner introduced Holly, who was left unable to walk or even weight bear after shattering her c6 vertebrae in a fall at home last August, to his NASAengineered AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill on her first visit. This reduces users’ body weight by up to 80%, making it ideal for people in rehabilitation. Despite being told by medical experts she was unlikely to walk again, over the past few months she has progressed from standing to walking and has even walked backwards. We wish you all the very best for your continued recovery, Holly! VC

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