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OUR High Street is set to receive a £700,000 renovation as John Lewis, currently developing a major new store on the grounds of the old Beechwood Arcade, were said to be 'appalled' by its current condition. MP Alex Chalk confirmed the news with the first phase of redevelopment to be completed by the opening of the new John Lewis store by August 2018. The renovation will make its way from the lower end of Winchcombe Street and all through the Town Centre up to the Strand Street end of the High Street. The

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by Beau Pergusey Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Cheltenham BID (Business Improvement District) and the Cheltenham Development Taskforce are all working in tandem to upgrade the current downtrodden image of the centre of town. The improvements will see a transformation to the paving, seating and signage of the High Street. Continued on Page 5

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Parliament, and with council bosses to try to force a way forward. With the funding secured, the Borough Council now must come up with a realistic and deliverable solution. The work simply must be done by the time John Lewis opens next year. No ifs, no buts.'' Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development

and safety said: ‘’Investing in the High Street has been a priority for a long time and I am pleased that we are now in a position, with a design company and many key partners on board, to press ahead with the work. I am proud that our town centre remains strong and has a prosperous future. We have been engaging with John Lewis

partnership over the past few months to align our programme wherever possible with the much- anticipated new store opening to customers next year, the town is an ideal choice for new businesses and investors. These improvements to the public realm will add further momentum to the strength of our town centre.’’

What a stunner MP Alex Chalk expressed a need for speed and efficiency with the work, 'The paving on the High Street is a mess, and I know John Lewis share my deep concern about the broken slabs and tarmac infills. I’ve been holding meetings with their senior management in

A man once imprisoned for making explosives has been sent back to jail after he was caught with a stun gun. MARTIN Counsell, 57, of Brooklyn Road, Cheltenham, had bought the device, which was disguised as a torch, on eBay, Gloucester Crown Court heard. Jailing him for eight months, Recorder Kevin de Haan QC said by possessing the weapon Counsell was "literally playing with fire". In mitigation the court heard he wanted the parts to make a Geiger counter. His lawyer read a statement saying Counsell's hobby was electronics and he had intended to reuse the stun gun components but added he "did not see it was a firearm and it had not been used". Chloe Griggs, prosecuting, said the weapon "carried a 5,000-volt charge" but

"was not in working order". "He said it was listed on eBay as a 'self-defence torch'. He was aware it had a high voltage current. He said he bought it to build a Tesla coil and a Geiger counter [an instrument that measures radiation]," she said. Counsell was jailed for two-and-a-half years in 2012 for making explosives he intended to use on his home to deter burglars. As he was still under licence from that conviction Mr de Haan said he had "no option" other than to send Counsell back to prison. He told the defendant it is "never pleasant to see a man of his age in court" but "you must have known you were doing something unlawful".

Really rubbish by Beau Pergusey

SOME Cheltenham residents were left confused, disgusted and annoyed as their recycling was not properly collected, leaving piles of unsightly rubbish on the street. The Park area residents were left looking at their recycling rubbish that should have been collected on Friday 1st December, but was left soiling and disfiguring the streets until Monday 4th December, with some of the rubbish blowing about the roads and pavements. One angry resident who was complaining bitterly said, “is this what we pay our taxes for? They can’t even manage to collect the

recycling on the times they say they will. It’s an absolute disgrace and someone in the council needs to be held responsible for this fiasco”. This situation comes just weeks after the council's disastrous effort to distribute the new recycling calendars, in which a mistake was made in the initial leaflets forcing re-prints and redistribution to be done to the tune

of nearly £9'000 of tax payer's money. The change to the recycling system and the council's avoidable errors has led to some Cheltenham residents being unsure about the correct dates to put out their rubbish. We reached out to the council to provide an explanation to how this situation keeps happening but are yet to receive an official statement.

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Campaigners at 10 Downing Street Campaigners have delivered a letter to Downing Street demanding a probe into claims of historical abuse at boarding schools is stepped up.

THE allegations centre on Dowdeswell Court and Badgeworth Court schools in Gloucestershire and Clouds House in Wiltshire - all privately run. Pupils allege they were subjected to "horrific" abuse during the 1970s and 1980s, a 2015 BBC investigation found. Campaigner Glenis Ansell claims the police investigation has stalled. She said: "The allegations that have been made have been very poorly investigated, and the people involved need help. "We're asking the Prime Minister to add some pressure to the police forces in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire to complete the inquiry, so they don't keep delaying it." More than 130 potential victims have been interviewed and 76 have made formal statements of complaints alleging abuse. Several former teachers and members of staff have also been interviewed by Gloucestershire Police. The men worked at Badgeworth Court and Dowdeswell Court near Cheltenham, and Clouds House near Salisbury. Gloucestershire

Police confirmed an investigation is ongoing, and said that evidence against seven suspects, including former teachers, in

connection with 15 allegations of abuse will be put before the Crown Prosecution Service with a view to prosecution.

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Boy injured in collision on Bamfurlong Lane

POLICE are investigating a collision in which a 16-year-old boy was injured. The collision happened shortly before 5.30pm on Sunday 19 November in Bamfurlong Lane, Cheltenham and involved a blue BMW X1 and a white Aprilia RS 50 moped. The boy, who was riding the moped, suffered serious leg injuries and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where he underwent surgery. The driver of the BMW, a woman in her seventies, was taken to hospital for precautionary checks. Officers investigating the incident, which happened at the junction with the B4063, would like to hear from anyone who witnessed it or has any information which would help with their enquiries. Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk quoting incident 370 of 19 November.

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Inquest into death fall student A CAMBRIDGE University student from Cheltenham who took a hallucinogenic drug before falling to his death died accidentally, an inquest has concluded. Thomas Millward, 19, was found unconscious at the foot of a Girton College stairwell on 5 March last year. The first-year engineering student suffered a traumatic brain injury and died in hospital the next day. Assistant coroner Simon Milburn said Mr Millward's family had been through "an incredibly difficult experience". The court was told Mr Millward and his girlfriend Daniella Mieloszyk had taken a substance which was probably 1P-LSD, a legal high at the time - which has since been banned. At an earlier hearing, toxicology expert Dr Susan Paterson said of the "mindaltering" substances: "It's possible to think you can actually fly. That's wellrecorded with this drug." Jurors unanimously concluded that Mr Millward's death was an accident. Mr Milburn

expressed his condolences to Mr Millward's parents, Brian and Maisa, and sister Izy, who attended the three-day inquest in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. After the hearing, a statement released from Girton College said a strict anti-drugs policy at the university - which students sign on arrival - had been updated to include legal highs. "During his time at Cambridge, Thomas Millward was a loyal friend to those who knew him, a gifted student and a talented sportsman," the statement read. "Girton College is a closeknit community and everyone was deeply affected by his death. "We offer our sincere condolences to Thomas's family and friends and continue to offer welfare support to students and staff affected by this tragedy." Mr Millward's family made no comment after the hearing. Thomas Millward, 19, was found unconscious and naked after falling from a stairwell at Girton College on 5 March last year. He is thought to have taken a variant of

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hallucinogenic LSD beforehand, an inquest in Huntingdon heard. Mr Millward died in hospital the next day of a traumatic brain injury. Cambridgeshire assistant coroner Simon Milburn said the engineering student and his girlfriend Daniella Mieloszyk took a substance which was probably 1P-LSD, a legal high at the time which has since been banned. A toxicology expert told the court that people can believe they can fly after taking the drug. Mr Milburn said the couple took the drug at around 15:00 GMT and Mr Millward was found to have fallen four hours later. Fellow Cambridge student Tessa Duff, 20, told the court Ms Mieloszyk had previously mentioned to her that the couple had considered taking drugs. "After that, neither of them mentioned it to me again until they knocked on my door after they had already taken it," she told the inquest in Huntingdon. She said their condition "wasn't particularly alarming", but "they just

seemed confused". "If I tried to engage with them they would partially respond then look at me, and look at each other, and say 'this is so strange, is this real?'" she said. After about 45 minutes the pair returned to Mr Millward's room, she said. She later heard an "echoey bang" but she stayed in her room, the inquest heard. Dr Susan Paterson, head of toxicology at Imperial College, London, said analysis of blood samples showed Mr Millward had taken either LSD or 1P-LSD. But, she said, it was not possible to determine which drug had been taken nor the concentration consumed. She described it as "the most potent mind-altering substance there is". "You lose your perceptions, your senses become confused, your senses of colour and sound become distorted," she said. "It's possible to think you can actually fly. That's wellrecorded with this drug," she added. She said effects typically start within 30 to 90 minutes of taking the drug and last between three and 12 hours.

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Men in Cheltenham urged to ‘slim like a man’ A SLIMMING Consultant who supports 150 people in Cheltenham to lose weight each week says men shouldn't be shy about joining a slimming group as more and more blokes are giving it a try and the evidence shows they lose more weight than women. Maxine who runs the Gloucester Road Primary School Slimming World group says: "Weight problems are common among both men and women, but figures show that men typically keep weight worries to themselves for as long six years, as many just don't like to ask for help". She added, "The good news though, is that more and more men are becoming open to the idea of getting support and there are now more than 60,000 men using Slimming World groups around the country - some of them are in my group! "There are lots of reasons why the programme works well for men. Our generous Food Optimising eating plan means it's possible to satisfy even the biggest of appetites and, whether it's steak and S home-baked chips, a Sunday Roast or a spicy curry, you can

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still enjoy all your favourite meals - and with a beer on the side too, if you so wish. And, in group, men love the mix of support and healthy competition they get from being part of a club, as they are cheered on their journey to success. They also love the fact that, as they lose weight and gain confidence, they are supported and rewarded to get more active, if they want to. Callum, from Cheltenham who has lost 12st 7lb with the group since May 2015 says: "Joining Slimming World has been one of the best things I've ever done. "I was pretty nervous on my first night, but from the moment I walked into the group everyone made me feel really welcome. There were other guys there too which helped put me at ease. Now those strangers have become a whole set of new mates, willing me on to do well each week. We have a good laugh in group, as well as share challenges, our plans for overcoming them, ideas for getting fit and active and plenty of recipes".

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I HAVE been one Lansdown’s borough councillor for just under 4 years. For me the most enjoyable and rewarding part is giving residents a voice. I believe most people will accept that we need to address the issue of housing in Cheltenham, but this does not mean covering every plot with whatever makes the most amount of profit for the developer. Any development should reflect the characteristics of our town and ensure that our local services are not overstretched. That is why I am so pleased with the announcement that the Conservative County Council has decided to build a new £30 million secondary school that not only meets future needs but relieves pressure on our existing schools. This is a tangible investment in our town and young people. Another investment worth celebrating is the news that £700,000 be spent on improving the paved area outside the new John Lewis store. The original design by the Liberal Democrat controlled borough council when responsible for Cheltenham’s highways was flawed and has not stood the test of time. This may sound like “turkeys voting for Christmas” but I do question the need for so many borough councillors. Why is it that staffing levels have been reduced but this has not

been reflect in the number of councillors? The Conservative county council has reduced the number of councillors and democracy still functions. Bearing in mind that the county is responsible for education, social services, highways, etc; it is worth noting that for every county councillor in

Cheltenham there are 4…yes, 4 borough councillors. Furthermore, there are borough elections every 2 years, instead of the more sensible 4 years. What a waste of Cheltenham taxpayers’ money. A Conservative controlled borough council would look at addressing these issues.

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Mayor attends Pop-Up Retreat YOU may have heard of popup restaurants or pop-up shops; now pop-up retreats have arrived in Cheltenham and Cllr Klara Sudbury was one of the first to experience it on Monday 4th December. This micro ‘Balance Retreat’ designed for busy people, ‘popped up’ at The Isbourne Holistic Centre. The Pop-Up Balance Retreat is a new concept designed by Helen Hayes, a Traditional Acupuncturist and Wellbeing Mentor, now specialising in helping busy people find a work-life balance and manage stress. The format combines approaches for relaxation, stress-management and invigoration taken from the

worlds of Traditional Chinese Medicine (think acupuncture without the needles), yoga and the modern day. They can literally “pop-up” anywhere too – even in a boardroom! Each Pop-Up Retreat creates a “switch-off zone” where relaxation fills all the senses. People leave feeling totally relaxed and restored and with some useful tools to help them put them put their own wellbeing back on the agenda. Helen Hayes, Founder of Balance Retreat said: “Having come from the corporate world myself and at one point I was even juggling four jobs, I realised that the main barrier to de-stressing, was lack of time. Whilst I

seemed to have a lot of the know-how, I lacked the time to put it all in to practice. This is actually a very common issue for many – they know should be doing, but very few are doing it - as we are all too busy! “The Pop-Up retreat format I have devised is created for these very people. It’s the equivalent to hitting the reset button for our minds and bodies. “I am thrilled that the Mayor of Cheltenham was able to take time out of her busy schedule to attend. It is so important to take time out and switch off, especially at this time of year when everyone becomes even more busy than usual in the run up to Christmas.”

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Westminster-man Alex Chalk MP

LAST month I raised the future of Cheltenham’s A&E at Prime Minister’s Question Time. Although NHS managers have been quick to slap down suggestions of any threat, I am determined that they are left in no doubt about the value that we place on our A&E. Back in 2013 Cheltenham’s Accident and Emergency hours were reduced. One of the first things I did when I was elected in 2015 was hold urgent meetings with the key NHS Trusts in Gloucestershire. I made it plain that Cheltenham needed to keep its current A&E services and they shouldn’t rule out restoring full services. In 2013 the NHS stated that the reason was because of a shortage of specialist middle grade doctors. I want to discover if that’s still the case. I’ve highlighted the issue with the Prime Minister. Now I’m intending to hold a Parliamentary debate. The local NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan is an opportunity to introduce a night time urgent care centre. This would operate between 8pm and 8am every day. Let’s be clear, it must be in addition to existing daytime A&E

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New £30M school for town? Gloucestershire council has revealed its favoured location for a brand new secondary school in the town. WORKING with planners at Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough Councils, the county council has tagged land off Kidnappers Lane in Leckhampton for the proposed £30m school. The land has long been identified by developers for housing. However, it's predicted that there won't be enough secondary school places in Cheltenham by 2019, so the county council has expressed an interest in the land for a brand-new school. If nothing is done to tackle the lack of spaces in Cheltenham secondary schools by 2019, all year 7 places will be full with 128 children being left without a place. By 2021 this will increase to around 188 children without places, a figure that will continue to grow every year. All proposals for development will need to go

through Cheltenham Borough Council's planning process before construction can start. If it is decided to build a new school off Kidnappers Lane in Leckhampton, the council will encourage the local community to take part in creating the new

school. This will include a series of consultation events, which will ask for their opinions on ideas put forward by prospective developers. Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "We've said all along that there is a real need

Fined for dumping a banger!

LAST month, a successful prosecution was brought against a local person for abandoning his vehicle. In March the council received a complaint of an alleged abandoned Renault Laguna that had been left in Centrum Park, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham. One of the council’s community protection officers inspected the vehicle and deemed it to be abandoned. Enquiries established that the vehicle was not taxed and did not have a current MOT. Further enquiries were made and Mr Dragomanu

Ahdrei-Eugeh of Wellington Street, Gloucester was identified as being the registered keeper. A letter was sent to Mr AhdreiEugeh giving him the opportunity to come forward and explain why he had abandoned his vehicle, a 15-day removal notice was also attached to the vehicle indicating that the council would remove it should there be no response. As no correspondence was received from the registered keeper within the specified time, the vehicle was collected and disposed of. Mr Ahdrei-Eugeh

was issued with a fixed penalty notice which offered him an opportunity to pay the penalty to discharge any liability to further action being taken against him in the Magistrates’ court. The fixed penalty charges were £200 if paid within 14 days, and this was reduced to £120 if paid within 10 days. As Mr Ahdrei-Eugeh failed to pay the penalty charge, the council had no option but to institute legal proceedings against him. Mr Ahdrei-Eugeh was found guilty in his absence and was fined £440 and ordered to pay

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£350 towards the cost of the case being brought to the court by the council. He was also issued with a victim surcharge of £44. Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, said: “Abandoned vehicles can be a danger to members of the public and this latest prosecution sees that we will always take enforcement action where evidence is available for us to do so." The total fine and other charges Mr Ahdrei-Eugeh was issued came to £834.

Stars smash £55k for hospice

WALKERS have reached for the stars with their fundraising efforts for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, raising a staggering £55,500 following on from last month’s Starlight Hike A Night to Remember sponsored by Capita. This could pay for 18 hospice nurses for a month, more than enough to pay for one nurse to provide a month of care in each of the inpatient hospice care beds in the county, which are all housed at the hospice. Matt Reay is Events Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. He said, “This is the largest amount of money our Starlight Hike event has ever raised. It will make a massive difference to those families we care for and support. As a charity we rely on fundraising to keep our care services going. Thanks to all those walkers who turned out to

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be with us on the night and have been so busy fundraising before and since to raise this enormous amount of money. We are blown away by the response to the event.” The annual 10k night time walk around Cheltenham takes walkers from St Edwards Prep School in Charlton Kings to the

hospice grounds where they can leave a message for a loved one on a wall of stars. This year Bishops Cleeve based Capita were the sponsors. Nikki Moss, Customer Service Manager, from Capita said, "We were delighted to be this year's main sponsor of Starlight Hike, in

aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Working with representatives from the hospice in the build up to this prestigious event was truly inspirational, and an absolute pleasure - the professionalism, passion and commitment on show at all times was a credit to every member of staff and volunteer, and was an excellent fit with our own corporate values.” She also added, “Many of my colleagues took part in the hike itself, as the hospice holds special memories for a large number of our people here in the Cheltenham office, so for us as a business it was very important that we were giving something back to our people, as well as to the whole community in sponsoring the event.” Next year’s Starlight Hike will take place at St Edwards Prep School, Cheltenham on Saturday 20th October 2018 from 7pm.

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Banning ticket touts during key racing events A CONSULTATION has been launched by Cheltenham Borough Council on proposals to vary its current Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), to include prohibiting people selling second hand tickets from trading during key horse racing events. A PSPO is designed to prevent individuals or groups committing antisocial behaviour in a public area where the behaviour is, or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of others in the locality; and is also persistent or continuing in nature, and unreasonable. Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, says: “We are asking residents, visitors and partners’ views on a proposal to ban ticket touting during key horse racing events in certain part of the town. “With horse racing events at the racecourse growing in popularity, the problems associated with ticket touting are increasing too.

In order for the council and its partners to address this, we are proposing to vary the current Public Spaces Protection Order to include a ‘ban’ on this type of activity so that we can ensure people who visit or live in Cheltenham can do so in an enjoyable and safe way.” The current PSPO came into force on 26 April 2017. It restricts the public consumption of alcohol in certain parts of the town and places several obligations on dog owners. This amendment is to include a new prohibition on ‘ticket touting’ during key horse racing events in Cheltenham, these being: a) The Festival (March) b) The November Meeting (November) c) The Showcase (October) Information about the proposals is on display in the foyer at the Municipal Offices on the Promenade, Cheltenham and on the council’s website (www.cheltenham.gov.uk/co nsultations). The six-week consultation will close on 5 January 2018.

Lib Dems select Parliamentary candidate

CHELTENHAM Liberal Democrat members have selected Max Wilkinson as their candidate to take on Alex Chalk and the Conservatives at the next General Election. Earlier this year, former MP and candidate Martin Horwood announced that he would not be putting his name forward for the position due to personal reasons which were unconnected to politics. In the 2017 snap election the Conservative majority in Cheltenham was slashed to just over 2000 votes over the Liberal Democrats, making Cheltenham a top priority seat for the party once again. Labour finished a distant third almost 20,000 votes behind the Lib Dems. Max is a Liberal Democrat Cheltenham Borough Councillor known for his campaigning on housing, sustainable transport and the environment. His background is in journalism and communications. In 2014 he became the first Liberal Democrat to win a local

election in the safe Tory area of Park Ward for almost 25 years. He is 33 years old and lives in the town centre. Commenting on his selection Mr Wilkinson said, “I’m honoured to have been given such strong backing by local Liberal Democrat members and look forward to carrying on campaigning hard for Cheltenham. “I have a vision for the sort of town and country we want to create, including a housing market that works for everyone, better transport options, properly funded schools and more action to protect the environment - I will campaign positively on these issues.”

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IT’S not often that I praise Cheltenham Borough Council. So, with a small degree of delight I find myself heartily congratulating them on producing the most fantastic Christmas lights we’ve ever seen in this town. Whomever came up with this idea needs a good ‘Pat Pratley’ on the back. I’ll be honest, I was ready to get the knife out on this one, but I just can’t. It’s a blinding display of great lights that really does the town justice. The array as you approach Montpellier is amongst the best I’ve seen…and that includes some London Boroughs and abroad. Shame that the council had to spend some of this budget on adorning their own building. Are they really in a position these days to attract attention to themselves? Could this money have not gone towards a children’s party or something similar? Mind you, the street parties/events around the town were a bit bizarre to say the least. Santa did appear riding his sleigh/carriage on the High

Street on the 25th November. However, not a whiff of any reindeer though. Not even their droppings. Only two confused looking horses who had been labelled Prancer’ and Dancer’. Even the beleaguered ‘neddies’ looked a tad mortified at having to wear fake antlers. I can just see the RSPCA getting involved under the ‘embarrassment to horses’ act’. This week has also seen the battle of the bins. They’ve (and we know who they are don’t we folks?) managed to cock-up the recycling collections, which were in some areas, supposed to have been collected last Friday 1st Dec. And that date was on the back of the fiasco of the wrong leaflets. The recycling was still there at the beginning of this week. Simply not good enough and a health hazard. Might be that the Borough Council have a solution by way of the Pied Piper of Hamlyn, as they take all the rats down to the river for a dunking when it all becomes too much to handle?

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One of Cheltenham's best-known hotels is up for sale with a guide price of £3.6 million. SPECIALIST business property adviser, Christie & Co has been instructed to sell The George Hotel on St George's Road. The 31-bedroom hotel in the heart of Cheltenham is an impressive Grade II listed property dating from 1840 made up of five converted townhouses. Matthew Smith, Director at Christie & Co's Bristol office said, "This is a rare opportunity to purchase an established freehold hotel business in central Cheltenham. "We expect to see high demand from buyers, both local and international, looking to secure a freehold asset in one of the UK's most desirable towns. "The opportunity provides an array of possibilities to maximise gross profit margins by reconfiguring and creating more bedrooms, continue operating as a full service hotel or perhaps an alternative”.

Success on the cards SALES at budget greetings card chain, Card Factory, rose by 6.7 per cent over the last nine months. Growth in the nine months to 31st October was driven by its continuing store expansion scheme, as reported by Retail Gazette. The retailer, which has a store in Cheltenham said a strong first half sales performance continued in the third quarter, driven mainly by growth in lower margin non-card categories. The chain has opened 38 new UK stores in the year so far, bringing the total number of Card Factory stores in the UK to 903. The retailer aims to deliver approximately 50 net new UK stores in the current financial year and has started to plan its new store openings for the next financial year. Card Factory's two ecommerce sites - gettingpersonal.co.uk and cardfactory.co.uk - also continued to grow and attract increased visitor numbers.

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Gloucestershire Airport is on the lookout for three non-executive directors, including a chair of the airport board. THE Shareholding Councils wish to appoint three independent specialist non-executive directors, with the appropriate skills and experience to contribute to driving the airport business forwards. Candidates will be chosen for their relevant experience related to airport operations and management, and legal, commercial or financial management, in order to improve the commercial and financial performance of the airport. Gloucestershire Airport is the busiest airport for general aviation in the UK. It handled over 85,000 aircraft movements in 2016, of which around 1,300 were operating commercial scheduled or charter services. The airport is jointly owned by Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucester City Council. Time commitment is expected to be a minimum of two days per month, allowing for

attendance at board meetings and preparation. There may be a greater initial time commitment in the early months as the new board members familiarise themselves with the airport and its operations. Councillor Steve Jordan, leader at Cheltenham Borough Council said: ''This is an ideal opportunity for three people to use their strategic business skills to shape, champion and drive the future direction and governance of Gloucestershire Airport. One of those appointed will also take on the important role of chair of the airport board.'' Councillor David Norman MBE, cabinet member for performance and resources at Gloucester City Council, said: "As shareholders, ourselves and Cheltenham Borough Council want to make sure that Gloucestershire Airport has the right people in place to further develop its place in the local

economy. ''This is an opportunity for experienced individuals to make their mark on a major local business. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to use their experience to help the airport thrive now, and into the future." Remuneration will be £6,000 per annum for the chair and £4,000 per annum for the specialist non-

executive directors. It is anticipated that appointments will be for a period of 3 years initially. If you think you have the skills for this challenging, but rewarding role, information and an application form can be found at https://www.gloucestershireairpor t.co.uk/vacancies/ Deadline for applications is 1st December.

Accountants snapped-up!

A Cheltenham-based accountancy firm has been acquired by the Walsallheadquartered Baldwins Accountancy Group. Davies Mayers Barnett is the latest practice to join the group's South West region, which has grown to five offices following expansion over the last 12 months. The 70-strong business has revenues of more than £3.5m. Baldwins, part of the Cogital Group, has an annual turnover of more than £90m and employs about 1,500 people. Tim Davies, senior partner at Davies Mayers Barnett, said: "This year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary and it seems appropriate that we are now starting a new era in our history. "This is a great opportunity to grow our business, which will be

enhanced by the investment capacity and specialisms within Baldwins. We already have an excellent team of professionals here at Pillar House and we will be aiming to increase recruitment to push forward and achieve our growth plans." Shaun Knight, director of Baldwins, added: "Davies Mayers Barnett has a strong team of partners and directors making up their senior management team and has built a great reputation not only in Cheltenham, but throughout Gloucestershire and its neighbouring counties over the last 25 years.” "Our support and investment will benefit their clients, since we will be able to provide assistance in strengthening the quality and range of services they offer, which will help both businesses to expand."

Software developer bought in £11m deal A Cheltenhamheadquartered software company has been acquired in an £11m deal by a listed group. The Comapi group of companies, which is focused on the omni-channel messaging and cloud communication market, has been bought by Londonbased dotdigital Group. The acquired business reported revenues of £7.8m and EBITDA of £1.2m for the year ended December 2016. It currently employs about 30 staff. The purchase price is £11m, plus a further consideration of up to £1.2m in share options is also payable to the management team dependant on achieving performance targets over the

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next two years. DotDigital chief executive Milan Patel (pictured) said: "By adding Comapi to our business, dotdigital is executing on its vision to be an omni-channel marketing automation platform. "Comapi has built an impressive platform that, integrated with our software, will allow our customers access to the next generation of consumer engagement marketing technology aiding retention and boosting our competitive advantage in securing new customers." DotDigital provides software as a service (SaaS) and managed services to digital marketing professionals through the dotmailer platform.

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Dragon Whisperer to share stories at Sudeley Castle’s Spectacle of Light

THE world’s only living Dragon Whisperer will entertain families at this winter’s Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle – while helping flying dragons land safely and protecting the tower dungeon. Agent Green of DCHQ (Dragon Conservation Headquarters) – aka Cheltenham-based spoken word artist Chloe Green of the Midnight Storytellers – will draw on the magic of mythology to entertain families as part of the illuminated light and sound trail around the Winchcombe castle’s historic grounds. Agent Green said: “DCHQ recently found work at Sudeley Castle for a young

dragon known as Nightwatch, he’s running the central heating system from secret cellars deep under the tower. He’s also added his magical knowledge to the illuminations – making landing lights to help dragons avoid crashing into trees.” The family-friendly Spectacle of Light returns for a second season of sparkle with a new illuminated trail alongside the castle’s romantic ruins, water features and gardens. It will feature majestic trees, Moroccan lanterns, a kaleidoscope of parasols and an enchanted tree energising its sparkling roots, all lit under the stars and

accompanied by inspiring music. The dazzling displays take place on selected nights between December 8 – 30, with specific entry time slots from 5pm – 7:30pm each evening and free parking in the castle’s new allweather car park. Cheltenhambased event producer Nic Beeby said: “Bringing in an expert dragon whisperer to monitor flying activity and ensure everyone’s safety was our top priority, and I’m sure Chloe’s storytelling will bring a sense of family fun to the event that can be enjoyed by everyone. “Our second Spectacle of Light will appeal to

everyone from grandparents to grandchildren and seeing it come to life in such a beautiful setting will be fantastic.” Mulled wine, cider and hot drinks are available, as well as hot savoury treats along the way and scrumptiously sweet delights on the castle terrace. Advanced tickets have a 10% saving and are available from www.sudeleycastle.co.uk/Spect acle or by calling 01242 705555. You can also buy in person at the everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. ‘On the day’ tickets are only available in person from 4pm onwards at Sudeley Castle Visitor Centre.

PHOTOGRAPH: The world’s only living Dragon Whisperer ‘Agent Green’ with dragon hatchling Bitey Bob, prepares to welcome visitors to the Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle

Dick Whittington and his Cat Eric Barton revels in this year’s panto (oh yes, he does)!

Christmas at the Everyman Studio

The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen & A Gloucestershire Midwinter Presented by the Everyman Theatre in association with Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company NOW open in the Everyman Studio Theatre and transferring to The Kings Theatre, Gloucester in January 2018 (9th – 13th), this is a very special theatre experience aimed at young children aged 3-7. The Everyman is working with Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company to present magical stories from the master of fairytales – Hans Christian Andersen. Journeying across land and sea from a place where it snows all winter long; some unexpected travellers find warmth in the most magical of things - stories. Full to the brim with spoken word, song, puppetry and more; families and little storytellers will experience tales such as Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea and The Ugly Duckling. Supported throughout by live music, song and opportunities

for children to join in with the storytelling, this is a perfect festive celebration for younger audiences! Company Director, Lizzy Cummins said: “As a company we are drawn to stories and tales with a creative and magical edge and Andersen's masterpiece certainly delivers this. His strength of story and character is evident in its world-wide popularity and existing adaptations. This allows continuous generations to be captivated and inspired by his classic tales, which are culturally embedded in our society.” The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen Now until- Saturday 23rd December www.everymantheatre.org.uk/mshows/the-tales-of-hans-christianandersen/

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THEY’VE gone and done it again at The Everyman. By that, I mean produce a Christmas Cracker of a panto. Outside London this is probably one of the best provincial shows around in terms of staging and raw talent. Pantomime is there to entertain both the adults and the children… and this show does that in spades. It’s a ‘hoot’ a minute as the perennial clown ‘Tweedy’ steals the show with his antics, which kept all the children (and most of the adults) howling for a full 2& ½ hours. How can you not

like Panto when a theatre like The Everyman year on year manages to deliver a show that’s got huge slices of entertainment and adheres to the real tradition of panto’ at the same time. I

for one, became a kid again (minus the snotty nose) as I and The Blonde revelled in every song, dance and joke. The cast for this show are all round pegs in round holes. Not one passenger amongst

them…and that includes the younger cast members. In short, they gave it their all and provided the audience with a night to be remembered. So, if you’re up for a bit of laugh, don’t take yourself too seriously, then a night at The Everyman Panto Dick Whittington is the perfect way to see in Christmas. It’s on until 7th Jan. Book tickets www.everymantheatre.org.u k/m-tickets/event/dickwhittington-and-hiscat/9202/

Gloucestershire Midwinter

THE Everyman Theatre is also working with Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company to bring a special heart-warming seasonal revue to the Studio stage this Christmas and the Kings Theatre in Gloucester from 9th – 13th January 2018. A Gloucestershire Midwinter is a musical revue dealing with all things wintry, past and present in Gloucestershire. The Everyman’s Creative Director, Paul Milton said: “This is a show full of music and stories that are related to Gloucestershire, performed by the Everyman’s professional company of actors. Holst’s “In The Bleak Midwinter” is featured, of course, along with some vintage Laurie Lee, the story of how Oxbode Lane in Gloucester got its name and a Mummers’ play from South Cerney. There is also the first performance of an excerpt from “Imbecile”, a new book by local writer Alice Jolly, which tells the story of a mill worker from Stroud in the nineteenth century. It’s a festive package that celebrates all things Gloucestershire”. Studio Stage Cheltenham - Now until – Saturday 23rd December www.everymantheatre.org.uk/mshows/a-gloucestershire-midwinter-kingstheatre/

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Fox can outsmart rivals in Tingle Creek TOMORROW (Saturday) sees the running of the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase over two miles at Sandown Park .Usually, a small field of quality chasers line up, and this year looks to be no exception .Heading the market is the talented Mullins' trained Douvan who, until faltering in the Champion Chase at this year's Festival, was thought to be nigh on impossible to beat .It turned out the horse was injured in the race and was on the easy list for quite a while thereafter .There have ,however, been good vibes coming from connections in the last couple of weeks that the horse is back to full fitness but ,without a run this season, and ,at around even money, it is worth taking him on with second favourite Fox Norton. Fox Norton has already won this season when comfortably beating Cloudy Dream at Cheltenham in a Grade 2 last month, was narrowly beaten in that Champion Chase in March, before winning two Grade 1s in

by James Daly April. This is all very strong form and it is encouraging that his win last month came on soft ground when, previously, it might have been thought he preferred slightly better ground. Of the others likely to turn up, Paul Nicholl's second season novice Politologue will have his supporters and although he won the Haldon Gold Cup last month, there does not look a lot of substance to that form and he may not be good enough in any event. Obviously front running Special Tiara will try to run the

Spending spree at Kingsholm? GLOUCESTER are apparently "spending everything they physically can" on retaining their best players and recruiting new ones, says chief executive Stephen Vaughan (pictured) Gloucester are fifth in the Premiership; however, Vaughan wants further improvement. "We're definitely getting better [but] we're not going to go over the top with how good we are just yet," he said. Johan Ackermann's side are unbeaten at Kingsholm this season, but despite their success on the pitch, some of their players have been linked with moves away from the club. Moriarty, who is currently out injured, is reportedly a target for the Dragons, while Harlequins are said to be monitoring Trinder, and Matu'u could join Bristol. "I try not to speculate on rumour and gossip because there's a lot of it around and most of it is utter nonsense," Vaughan told BBC Radio Gloucestershire. "We're extremely active. I don't think it's right to be commenting on other people, but in terms of our own players, we're working very hard

sting out of the first two in the betting, but you would want to see much better ground on the day to be backing him, other than for a place. Mullins' second entry, Un De Sceaux, would be interesting, if showing up, but

presumably is only in there in case Douvan does not make the line-up. At Aintree tomorrow, the 3 miles 2 furlongs Becher Chase takes centre stage over the Grand National fences. Normally run at a quick pace, it can favour horses

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to secure the ones we want to keep here. "We've done a lot of work to secure some great additions for next season." Vaughan, who was appointed by Gloucester in December 2012 after working on the London Olympics, says the club are operating at full tilt in player recruitment. "We're there at the full salary cap, we're having the marquee players, spending everything that we physically can to keep moving the team further forward up the table and making the whole product better," he said. "I think we're starting to see little shoots of that. We're not going to get carried away but we're enjoying the journey so far."

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JOCKEY Willy TwistonDavies has decided to retire from horse racing at the age of 23, despite being cleared to return to the saddle after injury. Twiston-Davies, who is the son of trainer Nigel, broke two vertebrae and two ribs in a fall on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in March. He says he will now focus on breeding horses for racing. Doctors had cleared TwistonDavies, whose brother Sam is also a jockey, to make his comeback. Describing his retirement as a "tough decision", he said he is keen to follow his father into training. "Obviously I will miss it a lot, but at the same time I can see myself training one day,

perhaps when dad calls it a day, and I'm also keen to concentrate on the bloodstock side of things," he added. The younger Twiston-Davies brother has had more than 200 winners on the Flat and over jumps with highlights including victory in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot in 2016 and a Grade Two novice chase win for his father earlier this year. He was leading on favourite Foxtail Hill in the Close Brothers Novices' Chase at Cheltenham when they came down at the eighth fence. "The injuries have been difficult, but that's not the reason I'm stopping and I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my career," he added.

coming from behind and that might catch out likely favourite and prominent racer, Blaklion over the last two fences. If so, Vicente, providing his jumping stands up-he fell at the first in last season's National-could be

the one to capitalise, having gone up only 1lb for his close second at Cheltenham last month and who won last season's Scottish National over four miles plus. He is currently at a tempting each way price of 12/1.

Christmas Racing at Cheltenham Racecourse WRAP up warm for two days of glorious racing at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th December. The International promises high class action and starts on Friday, December 15 with real cheer as racegoers are treated to The Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase and the grand finale of the 2017 Crystal Cup Challenge, which is an exciting conclusion to a series of unique races across Europe. This final leg concludes 11 races which began in Pau, in South West France in February, and is worth 48,000 Euros, but in all, the overall prize money up for grabs is 733,000 Euros. As racegoers return on Saturday, December 16, they will be greeted by the Mid Life Choir-Sis who will be singing Christmas carols to maintain the festive mood. The Centaur will host post-racing entertainment where The Wickermen, one of the most indemand bands on the UK Circuit, will be in full swing. The feature race of the fixture is the Unibet International Hurdle and stands as a hugely significant race in its own right. It's also one of the leading trials for The Festival Unibet Hurdle in March.

Last year this was won by The New One, partnered by Champion Jockey Richard Johnson with a courageous front-running display at Cheltenham, and joined Relkeel and Birds Nest as triple winners of the race. Another highlight for Saturday is the ÂŁ100,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, which last year went to jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and Frodon, a novice who hadn't done so well a month earlier in the BetVictor Gold Cup. Of course as it is the festive season, there is always a great opportunity to find the perfect gift at Cheltenham's Shopping Village which has wide selections of unique retail offerings in its carefully selected trade stands. Popular brands include Hiho, Graham and McCartney Millinery and Cotswold Grey. Gates open at 10.00am on both days with the first race at 12.10pm and the last race at 3.40pm. Our next race meeting is New Year's Day on Monday 1st January which includes our ever popular Family Fun Zone. For further information on all racedays and to book tickets, please visit: cheltenham.co.uk

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Gloucester 39-15 London Irish

GLOUCESTER extended their winning run to five games after cruising past London Irish, who had David Paice sent off before half-time. Paice saw red in the 40th minute for an off-the-ball hit on Willi Heinz, who failed to return for the second half. Before going a man down the score was 20-8 following tries from Gloucester's Lewis Ludlow and Billy Burns, and a reply from Petrus du Plessis. Further tries from Burns, Jake Polledri and Henry Purdy sealed the win. While the late first-half drama cost Gloucester the leadership of captain Heinz, who failed his head injury assessment at the break following the heavy blow from Paice, the hosts made their numerical advantage count almost immediately. Burns went over for his second, and Gloucester's third try, with Billy Twelvetrees landing the extras to make it 27-8. Twelvetrees landed his sixth kick of the day after Polledri raced away to secure a try-scoring bonus point,

and while Teofilo Paulo managed to muscle over in response for the visitors, they were already consigned to their ninth straight Premiership defeat. Purdy then exposed an undermanned Irish, taking a cross-field kick from Burns to run in a fifth try, as Gloucester won five in a row in the league for the first time since March 2011 to move up to second in the table. Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann said, "The biggest thing is we ground it out tonight. It was not pretty but we showed we can go down in that arm wrestle. "But I will not lie to say I am pleased with the way we have played. We had a lack of intensity and accuracy, but it is mixed emotions because you have to be grateful that you have got over the winning line and scored 39 points." Speaking about the injury to Willi Heinz Ackermann added, "He is fine and is walking around. I don't foresee any dangers that he will be out for a few weeks. If he is out, it

will not be for more than a week. "I don't think it was intentional. Nobody goes out and gets a red card because he knows how much pressure he will put on his side. "There are rules and the referee have no choice if it is something that happens in certain parts of the body." London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy said, "It was a definite red card (for David Paice). I watched it once back on the replay and the referee got it spot on. "We pride ourselves on our discipline and we really let ourselves down going down to 14 men. "We were very much in the game at the time, a few elements were going really well for us and if we'd have gone on with 15 men, we would've had tactical plans for the second half. "But, all the plans go out of the window when you've got 14 men. You need to change systems, structures and then ask the boys to put in an incredible bit of effort to make up that man disadvantage."

Gloucester: Hudson; Purdy, Symons, Twelvetrees, Thorley; Burns, Heinz (capt); Hohneck, Hanson, Afoa, Savage, Thrush, Polledri, Ludlow, Ackermann. Replacements: Hibbard, McAllister, Denman, Clarke, Safe, Vellacott, Scott, Atkinson.

London Irish: Marshall; Cokanasiga, Mulchrone, McLean, Lewington; Bell, Steele; Elrington, Paice (capt), Du Plessis, Van der Merwe, Paulo, Coman, NorthcoteGreen, Cowan. Replacements: Woolstencroft, Reid, Hoskins, De Chaves, Treviranus, Meehan, Tonks, Fowlie.

Moriarty moving on!

WALES back-row Ross Moriarty will join Dragons from Gloucester for the 2017-18 season on a twoyear contract. The 23-year-old British and Irish Lions forward will be Dragons' first marquee signing under coach Bernard Jackman. "After meeting with Bernard Jackman, I was excited by the future plans of the club as the region looks to begin a new chapter in its history," Moriarty said. News of Moriarty's move comes soon after it was revealed that wing George North will return to Wales next season. Although North will return to Wales on a dual contract, it is not yet decided which of the four Welsh regions the Lions player will join.

Moriarty, who has won 17 Wales caps, was keen to return to Wales next season following a change in the Welsh Rugby Union's selection policy that any player taking up a new contract not with a Welsh region must have won 60 caps to be eligible to play for Wales. The back-row was exempt for this season because of his existing contract with Gloucester, but he would have become ineligible to play for Wales if he signed a new deal with the Cherry and Whites or any other club outside Wales after that. "Playing international rugby is the pinnacle of every player's career and with the new rules, it left me with no choice but to move to Wales to further my

international ambitions, especially with the Rugby World Cup ahead," Moriarty added. "I would like to thank Gloucester, specifically the players and coaching staff, for their continued support throughout my seven years at the club as well as Hartpury College who provided me with the foundations to achieve my goals. "Furthermore, I would like to thank the fans for their continued support. They have made the decision to move to Wales extremely difficult. "I am now looking forward to finishing the season off strongly and teaming up with Bernard Jackman and the Dragons at the start of next season."

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Equal spoils for Cheltenham Town

FOREST Green and Cheltenham shared the spoils in their first-ever Football League meeting. Forest Green nosed ahead in Gloucestershire derby on eight minutes when a Jamie Grimes howler allowed Christian Doidge to beat Cheltenham goalkeeper Scott Flinders for his 12th goal of the season - his seventh in five games. Mo Eisa then levelled things up in the 39th minute, making it 1-1 after former Rovers striker Danny Wright teed up the striker for his ninth of the season. FGR suffered a blow at the break when the influential Isaiah Osbourne failing to recover from a knock. And, five minutes into the second half, Rovers were indebted to young keeper Brad Collins. The Chelsea loan man produced a stunning onehanded save to keep the scores locked when he repelled Eisa's point-blank stab at a Kevin Dawson cross. Deep into stoppage time, Dawson's foul on Rovers substitute Omar Bugiel sparked a mass player brawl. Cheltenham's Dawson and Joe Morrell booked, along with Bugiel, to add to Cheltenham's Harry Pell earlier booking for a high lunge on Rovers captain Lee Collins. Rovers' Jack Fitzwater was then carried off on a stretcher following a clash of heads.


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