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IF anecdotal evidence is anything to go by Gloucestershire County Council could be about to start coining it in as motorists continue to ignore a new road layout in the town. Drivers will be now being fined for driving through the previously busy Boots Corner and the county council has already written warning letters to those breaching the new traffic system. The once-busy town centre route has been officially closed to traffic since Thursday July 12th, with only taxis, buses and some other vehicles exempt from the forthcoming fines. Unofficial reports have suggested scores of drivers have still navigated the route since the cut-off date. Tracey Crews, of Cheltenham Borough Council, said drivers who failed to obey the new rules had been getting warning letters, but they would now be introducing fines. Fines are expected to be £60, reduced to £30 if they pay within two weeks. A previous trial closure saw complaints-a-plenty with allegations of unclear signage and complaints from traders.


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Childhood bereavement charity launches support group for parents

Winston’s Wish, a charity that supports children and their families after the death of a parent or sibling, are pleased to launch a new parent support group on the first Tuesday of every month from the 7th August until the 4th December 2018, in Cheltenham. This new group has been established to reach out to parents or carers who are supporting a child or young person who have experienced a death in the family. The aim is to provide a safe and confidential space in which people can discuss and explore any of the issues, challenges or concerns they may be experiencing when coping with a death in the family, and for parents or carers to receive support while meeting others in similar circumstances. Luisa Miller, Family Support Practitioner at Winston’s Wish, said: ‘’We’re looking forward to launching our parent support group. At a time when you are experiencing your own grief at the death of a partner, child, other family member or friend, supporting a bereaved child can seem overwhelming. This is an opportunity for you to come along and receive face-to-face support in order to help you face the future with confidence and hope.’’ The group will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at Winston’s Wish, 17 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, GL50 3DA. Doors will open at 7pm for tea and coffee, with the meeting beginning at 7.30pm and running until 9pm. If you’d like to go along, call the projects team on 01242 515 157, email or simply drop in on the first Tuesday of the month.

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London men jailed for Cheltenham stabbing

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TWO men from London have been jailed for a total of 24 years and 11 months for their involvement in a stabbing in Cheltenham in 2016. Jordan Weston, of Southend Lane admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to a stabbing in Cheltenham in 2016. At Bristol Crown Court yesterday, Tuesday 17 July, Weston was sentenced to 12 years and 11 months imprisonment with a further four years on licence for the attack. His co-defendant, 22-year-old Uzoma Izunwa, had denied the same charge but was found guilty following a trial at Gloucester Crown Court in November last year. Izunwa, of Sumner Road, Croydon was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and will serve a further four years on licence. The pair had chased a man through the streets in the town centre on 12 August 2016 and repeatedly stabbed him as he fell to the ground. The victim suffered 15 or 16 stab wounds but did not suffer life threatening injuries in the attack. In May this year Weston was also found guilty of a separate second offence of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm following a

trial at Gloucester Crown Court. He had denied stabbing a man three times at Gloucester Park on Monday 4 July 2016 over a drug dealing dispute, but a jury took less than an hour to return a guilty verdict. Gloucestershire Constabulary officers pursued Weston even though the victim was not willing to work with police. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for this offence to run concurrently. At the time of the incident Weston was wearing distinctive clothing which helped him to be identified despite the CCTV footage of the assault being of a poor quality. The victim suffered a superficial laceration to

the right chest wall and left side of his abdomen as well as a deep laceration to his left forearm. Shortly after these offences Weston was charged and convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin in the Cheltenham area under Operation Emperor Gloucestershire Constabulary's crackdown on drugs. He was sentenced to three years and eight months. His most recent sentence will run consecutively to the sentence he is currently serving. Detective Inspector Ian Fletcher said: "Weston and Izunwa are a classic example of County Line operators. They took advantage of vulnerable persons and used extreme

UKIP to field candidate AFTER an absence last time UKIP will be contesting the Cheltenham Constituency at the next General Election. A Parliamentary Hustings at which local members will vote on the adoption of a Parliamentary candidate to take on the duo of Alex Chalk and Max Wilkinson will be held on Thursday 9th August. The Eurosceptic party did not field a candidate in Cheltenham in the snap 2017 General Election, and it was represented in the 2015 General Election by well-known local resident and businesswoman Christina Simmonds (pictured) who at the time managed to get herself into The Cheltenham Standard’s headlines over an alleged traffic offence and a Police enquiry over damage to a car. Commenting Richard Ford, the Chairman of UKIP Gloucestershire said, "I am delighted to announce that UKIP will once more be contesting Cheltenham at the next General Election, and that we are currently in the process of adopting a Parliamentary Candidate to represent the town. Now more than ever it is so important to give voters in Cheltenham a proper choice, other than that between ‘Remainer Lib Dem Max Wilkinson and Tory ‘Remainer’ and Lib Dem Lite Alex Chalk, who are frankly like two peas in a pod in that their views are

so very similar.” He went on to add, “UKIP will be standing the only BREXIT candidate in the constituency, as in addition to the Lib Dems and Tories the Labour and Green candidates will also be for Remain.” He continued, “We have been approached by many Cheltenham residents who were frustrated by the lack of a UKIP candidate in last year's General Election and have also been contacted by many former Conservative and Labour voters who have lost patience with the two

large parties, with Theresa May and with her lack of progress towards Brexit over more than two years. Both Theresa May and Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk were of course prominent supporters of Remain at the 2016 EU Referendum. UKIP will be the only party 100% committed to ‘Leave’ standing in Cheltenham, and we urge all Cheltenham voters, whichever party they may have previously supported, to join the UKIP candidate in backing Brexit and backing Britain. "

violence to either secure their drug territories or to send messages to others who wished to challenge their position. "This investigation was lengthy and convoluted but through skill and sheer grit and determination DS Martin and DC Swinyard have secured convictions against two very dangerous individuals. "Judge HHJ Cullum commented that he believed there had been an escalation of violence shown by both offenders and it was his view that they were dangerous and posed a real risk of committing further offences likely to cause significant harm. "The sentences passed at Bristol Crown Court show that both Gloucestershire Constabulary and the courts will not tolerate this level of criminality and both Weston and Izunwa will now not see freedom for a considerable amount of time. "I would like to personally thank all those members of the public who came forward providing either evidence or intelligence which led to this successful conviction. With the help of our communities we can rid the county of similar dangerous offenders and send a message that Gloucestershire is not an easy target for County Line offenders."

Nicked for supplying drugs

TWO men from Birmingham have been arrested and suspected Class A drugs seized as part of our investigations to target County Lines drug dealing. On Tuesday (17 July) officers executed a planned stop of a vehicle which had been identified as travelling between Birmingham and Gloucester. The vehicle was safely stopped on the A40 northern bypass and a search resulted in approximately £1,000 worth of suspected crack cocaine being seized. A 21-year-old man and a 23-year-old man, both from Birmingham, were arrested on suspicion of Class A drugs supply. They have been released under investigation pending further enquiries. County Lines relates to the phone lines people use. Drugs gangs set up a dedicated phone number for people to order and supply drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine. They also often take over the homes of vulnerable people and exploit children by using them as drug mules.

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Rogue traders in Cheltenham GLOUCESTERSHIRE Constabulary is warning people to be on their guard following a series of incidents involving rogue traders in Cheltenham in recent weeks. In one incident in Charlton Kings a man aged in his 80s paid more than a thousand pounds to have various work carried out by a man who knocked on his door. He also offered to build a Cotswold stone wall in the garden for £3,900 and the elderly victim agreed, however the result was paving which was not cemented together. The victim's daughter contacted Action Fraud after finding out about the building work and the cheque was cancelled. However, the victim was sadly still conned out of more than £1,000 in cash in this scam. In another incident a man had been driven to his bank by two unknown men who had been doing building work at his property. The man was confused and didn't know why he was being asked to pay more money. The two men charged thousands of pounds for work which is believed to have cost no more than £100. In a separate incident a member of staff from a bank in Cheltenham alerted police to a


possible scam after a woman aged in her 70s was attempting to withdraw a large sum of money. The woman had explained to staff how two unknown men visited her home and said she owed money for building work which had been done years ago as the company had now gone bankrupt. The two men, one believed to be aged in his 40s and the other under 25, had been travelling together in a white van. Local Policing Constable Di Butler said: "Please make your elderly or vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours aware of these types of doorstep scams and help them to avoid being future victims of this callous crime. "Even the most vigilant people can become a victim so please just be wary of who offers you work by visiting your home out of the blue. "Always check the identification of a trader as if they are genuine they would expect this and would wait. If you are not sure, don't open the door and report it by calling Action Fraud or police on 101. "This type of offence involves people offering to do work for cash up front and can often affect the older community or vulnerable people who are likely to be home during

the day. One way these people trick victims is by saying they have previously completed work for them. "The victims often find that the work is of a poor standard, they have been vastly

overcharged, the work wasn't completed, or the work wasn't needed in the first place." If you think that you have been misled or fallen victim to a rogue trader, then please contact Trading

Standards on 03454 040506 to report an incident or obtain advice. You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or police on 101, however always call 999 if you feel intimidated or

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Town hall development delayed

WORK on future options for Cheltenham Town Hall has been delayed due to challenges in the current funding environment for major capital projects. External funding will be required to bring the project to life. A number of concepts have been considered for the town’s historic venue. These include a visitor attraction, world class performance space; conference venue; and a community arts centre; and range from minimal refurbishment within the existing footprint, costing around £8m, to an option which delivers all desired requirements including an extension, costing around £30m. The resulting funding gap for each of the options ranges from approximately £7m to £20m. Given the amount of capital investment needed and the size of the funding challenge, the project

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cabinet member for healthy lifestyles at Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “It is essential that we find best possible options for this iconic building and ensure that any plans are fit for purpose, financially sustainable and offer social, economic and cultural outcomes for Cheltenham. “Despite our hard work, we have yet to identify the best solution

for the town hall’s redevelopment. “We’ll continue to look for a fundable solution which delivers the cultural ambitions of our Place Strategy where people, communities, culture and business will all thrive.” Jaki Meekings Davis, Trustee for The Cheltenham Trust and part of the Joint Commissioning Group working in partnership with Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “As with all projects, it is not until you have more information that you can look at more detail into the nature of a project, its deliverability and the wider opportunities. The work to date has allowed the Joint Commissioning Group to explore feasible elements of the project and phasing, we want to get this right, so there is more work to do.”

A MOTHER of two from Cheltenham who celebrated losing 11 stone by doing a charity sky dive has described the experience as “amazing”. Despite her fear of heights, Paula Lea booked the sky dive to raise funds for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) who have provided support and information to Paula and her family ever since her 18-year-old daughter, Katie was diagnosed with Alagille syndrome, a rare and incurable condition which can affect the heart, lungs and bones as well as the liver. “The most nerve-wracking bit was in the plane when I looked out and realised this really was happening” said Paula. “But I absolutely loved it and would do it again. I’m so pleased to have done it and to have raised £400 for a charity which means a lot to me.” Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation commented: “CLDF is the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver

diseases, by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. To do this however, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations, so we are delighted that Paula has

overcome her fear of heights to do this for us and so glad she enjoyed the experience” You can still support Paula’s sky dive by going to ising/paula-lea3

AFTER being awarded a prestigious judges choice spot for the Miss England national final at the Miss England Semi Final, at Kelham Hall, Nottingham, on 3rd July the Miss England team and director Angie Beasley have recognised all of Courtney’s hard work and achievements this year and have crowned her with a new title...Miss Cotswolds for 2018/19 Courtney said: ‘I am honoured to be able to represent the Cotswolds on a national and prestigious stage, I will ensure that I use this platform to promote the beauty and uniqueness of my surrounding

area, and to continue to support a range of local events and causes. Thank you to the Miss England Team for recognising my hard work and presenting me with this opportunity, for believing in me enough and for allowing me to represent the Cotswolds and become an ambassador for my area’ 19 year old Courtney who works as a Catering Team Supervisor at The Fire College in Moreton-InMarsh won the title of Miss Popularity at The Miss Cheltenham Final, held at The Racecourse at the end of March, with overall winner of Miss Cheltenham being awarded to

team are now working with consultants to explore a further ‘hybrid’ option which could be developed in phases and could be easier to deliver using national and local funding. Leading up to the commencement of the project, it will be important to ‘open up’ the town hall to new audiences in new ways to secure its future too. Cllr Flo Clucas,

Sky dive raises funds to fight childhood liver disease

Tickled pink - left to right, Hospice Sister Mari Pittman, Staff Nurse Lydia Gray and Simon Ford, MD of Allstone and Speedy Skips, at the cheque presentation.

Speedy success for hospice VOLUNTEERS and staff at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice are delighted that a bighearted gesture by a Gloucestershire skip hire company has raised an incredible £6,950 for its specialist care. In 2016 Speedy Skips, part of Gloucester-based aggregates supplier, Allstone, agreed to donate £10 to the county hospice for each pink skip the company hired. This year alone the initiative has raised £2,500 for the hospice, bringing the fantastic fundraising total to almost £7,000, which could pay for 386 hours of care at the only hospice with an inpatient unit in Gloucestershire. Allstone managing director, Simon Ford, is delighted that his company's initiative has raised so much money for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court. He said, "This idea first came from a meeting with Sue Ryder at a charitable event. "I thought: how can we help this charity and encourage other businesses to support it at the same time. "The Pink Skips campaign, sign written with the Sue Ryder logo, was born and over the past three years every time a customer has hired one from us we have has donated £10 to the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court

Welcome to your new Miss Cotswolds Personal Trainer and Zest Bootcamps owner Katy Van Hemelryk. Since then, she has competed in the national Miss Popularity final and reached the Semi Final of Miss England and now finally has a place in the Finals when Miss England 2018/9 will be crowned during a glittering ceremony on 4th September Courtney has raised hundreds of pounds for charity and has been working closely with figures in the community, including the Mayor of Cheltenham 2017/18 Klara, the Mayor of Cheltenham 2018/19 Bernard, the Hollie Gazzard Trust, Cheltenham BID, Julie

and the Pied Piper appeal, the Firefighters charity with many more to come! This past year she has raised almost £3000 so far (more to come!) through a variety of challenges including a tandem skydive and a bungee jump! Courtney and the other finalists are busy raising money for Beauty with A Purpose, the Miss World charity for disadvantaged children all over the world and upcoming challenges include: •The highest charity abseil in the UK, off Broadgate Tower, London, September 1st •A devil mud run, in the Cotswolds

Hospice, which gives such vital care to families in Gloucestershire. "Sue Ryder is a local charity and we are a local business. It is great to see exactly how the charitable donations we have made will make such a big difference to families living in our local community." Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice director, Elise Hoadley, said: "We are so grateful to all those who have already hired a Pink Skip from Speedy Skips, raising vital funds for our hospice. "Having Speedy Skips as a family run local business choosing to support our hospice and local families in such an innovative way means a lot to us. Not only are they raising much needed funds for our care, but they are raising awareness as well. "You can't fail to see the bright pink skips with our logo on them going out and about around the county. Everyone at the hospice shares their thanks with the team at Speedy Skips and Allstone." For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit To hire your Pink Skip from Speedy Skips and support Sue Ryder visit or Tel. 01452 536536.


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A new way to retire in the heart of Cheltenham… HOUSING is about far more than just four walls and a roof. Nestled in the heart of Cheltenham lies two jewels waiting to be unwrapped to an expectant list of potential purchasers. It’s not easy to ensure that historical architecture is both kept and yet improved, especially in Cheltenham, but that’s exactly what developers PegasusLife have managed to achieve with One Bayshill Road and the impending Clarence Garden site just around the corner, which was of course the old Police Station. Established in 2012, PegasusLife was created to rethink and reinvent the places and ways in which we live as we get older. Over the past century, the population has aged dramatically, yet


many of the retirement housing solutions on the market no longer meet the needs of the new generation of retirees. At PegasusLife they want to provide housing solutions that take a modern approach to delivering housing that meets these demands head-on. Their philosophy centres around bringing together the country’s leading designers, academics, creative thinkers and producers to create developments that are uniquely designed to embody the character of its location, the interests and the lifestyles of the people who live there. One Bayshill Road which was the old Kraft building is a unique collection of apartments designed by Glenn

Howells Architects who have drawn inspiration from the Montpellier locale. Two Grade II listed villas have been beautifully restored to complement the Regency architecture of the street, while a modern building seamlessly connects them. Pass through the planned reception and concierge area and you'll reach the open kitchen. All very smart and on a level rarely seen outside topnotch hotels. Inside, the one, two and three-bedroom apartments provide light and spacious living areas, with a variety of sociable spaces that enable both a sense of community and ‘belonging’. The rooms with balconies are a pure delight offering some of the best views of our town.

Other properties have secluded green terraces, which provide opportunities for gardening. The finishing on each apartment is beyond quality with high grade products and fitments throughout. Again, in keeping with some of the best hotels in the world. The One Bayshill Road spa will be fully equipped with an herbal sauna, a salt and steam room and a hydrotherapy pool. They’re even offering a choice of massages and manicures which can be enjoyed in the dedicated treatment rooms or in the privacy of your own apartment. Talk about luxury and pampering!

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Hot property Detached family home situated on the popular and exclusive 'Stauntons Hill' development at Over on the outskirts of Gloucester. Offering five double bedrooms and built in 2002 by Swan Hill Homes, this spacious home offers accommodation in excess of 3,000 Sq Ft as well as private south westerly facing gardens.

'Stauntons Hill' offers a delightful setting by the River Severn with shrubbery and trees all around the development, giving it a countryside feel with the property also owning a share in the surrounding 13 acres plus there is a restaurant within walking distance which offers accommodation for visiting guests.

The ground floor offers a reception hall which leads to the main rooms on this floor and has an oak staircase leading up to the first floor. There is a cloakroom, an 11'5 (min) x 7 study (max) and a 14'5 x 19'3 living room that has a stone open fireplace and double doors leading through to a 13'9 (max) x 26'10 (max) conservatory with views of the garden and the residents' land beyond.

The dining room measures 11'4 x 14'3 and is reached by double doors from the reception hall plus there is an 19'3 (max) x 18'4 (max) kitchen/breakfast room offering storage units and worksurfaces as well as an integrated dishwasher, a built-in double oven and grill as well as a five burner gas hob. This room also has double doors leading out to the side garden, ample room for a sofa, a breakfast table and chairs etc and a door through to a utility room with both washing machine and tumble dryer included plus there is a door to outside.

The first floor offers a galleried landing and a family bathroom which has a separate shower plus there are the five double bedrooms with the 15' (min - excluding recess) x 17' (excluding dressing area) master bedroom having two built-in wardrobes, a dressing area and an ensuite bathroom with a separate shower.

The 9' (min - to wardrobes) x 15'9 guest bedroom also has two built-in wardrobes as well as an en-suite shower room. The third and fifth bedrooms measure 9'7 (min) x 17'1 and 9'5 x 13 respectively and have a view to the cathedral in the distance with the fourth bedroom measuring 12'8 x 11'8 having both a view of the cathedral in the distance as well as a view of the garden and the resident's land beyond.

The property is warmed by gas fired central heating, has double glazing and off road parking on the driveway that leads to the 20'8 x 17'11 double garage which has both power and lighting and a pitched roof providing additional storage.

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Over is within reach of local schools, Gloucester's city centre and the historic docks plus the 'Gloucester Quays' designer outlet, the antiques centre, Sainsburys supermarket and the multi-screen cinema. Finally for those buyers looking to commute, the A40 is nearby to provide access to Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and M5 motorway (Junction 12) or to the A417 to provide access to the M4 motorway.

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Star job for Star student

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A young high flier has proven disability need not be a barrier in the financial world by landing a job with a leading FTSE 100 company. And it all started with a casual conversation about the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. Rhys Joyce is a student at National Star College in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, a specialist college for young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties. Last year he met Jonathan McMahon, Joint Chief Operating Officer of St. James's Place Wealth Management during a function at the college. ‘We talked about the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and I explained that I had completed my Silver Award. Mr McMahon suggested I shadow him a day at work which I was honoured to do,” said Rhys. The 19-year-old has Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy which affects his mobility and he uses a power wheelchair. This week he completed his three-year BTEC Level 2 Sport programme. Rhys decided to approach St. James’s

Place about opportunities with the company and, following an online interview and two face-toface interviews, he was accepted on a one-year contract at their head office, which will start in September. “I couldn’t believe it when they told me. It has been a big inspiration of mine to be like everyone else and to have a job

Dripping money BUSINESSES are being urged to be 'water wise' during the sustained spell of hot, dry weather and cut consumption as well as costs. So far Severn Trent Water which supplies most of the county has said it will not be necessary to follow other parts of the country and impose a hose pipe ban. But SES Business Water says small changes to save water in the workplace can make a big difference to keeping demand down, from offices filled with employees to small businesses with a handful of staff. There is the added benefit that taking action to reduce water usage can also translate to lower bills. There are three simple steps any small business can take to cut consumption and costs: encourage efficiency, limit leaks, and switch to save. Spotting water saving opportunities can be simple: a running tap uses six litres of water a minute and using the half flush on the toilet saves 30 litres per person, per day encouraging staff to adopt water saving behaviour by placing posters and reminders next to sinks and in bathrooms can make a big difference. Small leaks can add up to a lot of waste: for example, a tap dripping at one drop per second wastes 4,750 litres a year. Something as simple as repairing a tap washer can save £18 a year which can add up for businesses with multiple sinks or premises. Leaks aren't always easy to spot: if a


business' consumption has increased and there's no obvious reason for the rise (such as an office expansion or an increase in staff numbers) then further investigation is wise to avoid paying for hidden leaks on premises or hidden underground. Small businesses can also shop around to save costs: since April 2017, the nondomestic water market in England has been open to competition, meaning businesses don't have to stick with their regional supplier. Switching can unlock better rates, allow businesses with multiple sites to consolidate their supplies into one

so that I didn’t have to take money off the state,” said Rhys. St. James’s Place has been working with National Star College and Rhys to ensure that the company’s office in Cirencester is accessible, and he is provided with the right equipment to help him in the role, including an electronic

moving desk. Jonathan McMahon, Joint Chief Operating Officer, St. James’s Place, said, “We’ve worked closely with Rhys to ensure the role suits him and his talents, and that he has all the support he needs to do a great job. We’re looking forward to welcoming Rhys on his first day in the office and know he will make a valuable contribution to the company.” St. James’s Place has been a strong corporate supporter of National Star, which is a national charity. “For a number of years now, the team at St. James’s Place, and myself personally, have witnessed the incredible achievements of the young people at National Star”, continued Mr McMahon. “The charity is passionate about enabling young people with disabilities to realise their aspirations, and this is something we fully endorse.” “I’ve been fortunate that St. James’s Place has seen the person and not the wheelchair,” said Rhys. “It’s a great opportunity and I am grabbing it with both hands.”

Site manager named among best in South West

simplified bill, and access better service. The UK water regulator Ofwat estimates that those businesses who have switched have collectively saved around £8 million on their bills by taking advantage of the open market and saved up to 540 million litres of water through water efficiency measures instigated by switching accounts. However, small businesses are least likely to have switched: just six per cent of small businesses in England switched water supplier in the first year of the non-domestic water market being open for competition, compared to 39 per cent switching providers of

other services such as energy, stationery, IT and pensions. Some 59 per cent admitted they weren't aware that they were able to switch suppliers. Max Langford, commercial director of SES Business Water, said: "Water efficiency should be front of mind during the heatwave to help prevent problems meeting demand, and simple steps can add up to make a big difference. "Businesses have an opportunity to get water wise and take steps to cut cost and consumption throughout the year, so our advice is to take the plunge into water efficiency today."

A REDROW site manager from Cheltenham has received a Quality Award at the NHBC’s annual Pride in the Job Awards. Mark Allen is currently overseeing work at the Brizen Park and Brizen View development near Cheltenham and is amongst 18 of Redrow’s site managers across the country that have been recognised. Brizen Park and Brizen View, situated just south of Cheltenham, have become two of Redrow South West’s most sought-after developments and consists of a variety of two, three and four-bedroom Heritage Collection homes. Now in their 38th year, Pride in the Job celebrates the exceptional contribution site managers make in creating homes of outstanding quality. With more than 16,000 site managers competing for the awards, this year’s Quality Award winners have been hand-picked for their excellent standards on site. Following 12 months of rigorous judging, these winners excelled and will now go on to compete for the Seal of Excellence and Regional Winner titles. Mark, who has worked for Redrow Homes for two years and received a NHBC award in 2017 for his work at the Ferrers Park development, said: “I am delighted to have received this award as not only does it show recognition for the work that I

do but it also shows appreciation for the efforts of my team.” Lee Hawker, managing director of Redrow South West, said: “We would like to congratulate Mark on his achievements so far and wish him all the luck in the next round. “The NHBC has a very rigorous judging process and only the best in the business receive the Quality awards so we’re very proud that Mark has reached this stage. “For Redrow, achieving award winning standards of construction provides further evidence that we’re producing a quality product.” Commenting on the Awards, NHBC Chief Executive Steve Wood said: “Pride in the Job recognises the hugely important role site managers play in delivering high quality new homes for residents and homeowners across the UK. Their role is undoubtedly one of the toughest in house building, they really do make the difference to quality on site. “Many congratulations to all of the 2018 Quality Award Winners.” Following the announcement of the firstround winners, the successful site managers are invited to attend the Regional Award ceremonies held in the Autumn to celebrate their exceptional achievement and go on to compete for a Seal of Excellence and Regional Award,

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Soaring expectations

AEROSPACE firms have responded to a speech by Theresa May meant to underline her Government's commitment to UK aerospace as Brexit storm clouds refuse to abate. Speaking at the industry showcase Farnborough International Airshow last week the Prime Minister promised to deliver £300 million of investment in a sector worth £60blln to the UK and supporting millions of jobs. Industry heavyweight Airbus spoke out just weeks ago that could reduce its presence in the UK because of Brexit disruption, heaping still more pressure on negotiations with Brussels. ADS, the powerful industry body which also represents companies in Gloucestershire including the mighty Staverton-based Safran,

the landing gear specialists, welcomed the statement - with a caveat. Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS said: "Today the Prime Minister opened the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow with a strong statement of intent on a future combat air strategy and important commitments to an Aerospace Sector Deal. "These important announcements and greater certainty on Brexit negotiations will provide vital confidence and encourage investment. "We are set for a busy and exciting week at Farnborough as the global aerospace, defence and space industries are here to do business, build new partnerships and discuss the ideas and technologies for the future of flight. "This will be the most

Cracking deal for Kohler A CHELTENHAM-BASED company will have its logo on the shirt of one of the biggest sports clubs in the world. Kohler Mira, parent company of Mira Showers Kohler Co., is well-known for its Mira Showers. Now the Kohler logo will be seen by millions across the world, on the sleeves of Man Utd's new kit for the 2018/ 19 season. Mira is a long-term sponsor of Cheltenham Town and has recently left its partnership with Gloucester Rugby. The Kohler brand logo will feature on the sleeve of the most iconic and best-selling Man Utd shirt, for both the men's and women's teams. The partnership also includes joint participation on

game day activities, innovative improvements to club facilities, global sustainability and social responsibility projects and other partner collaborations with Manchester United fans and Kohler customers and associates. Manchester United and Kohler celebrated the partnership with United fans around the world on 19th July when the new 2018/19 home shirt was worn for the first time by the men's team in the opening fixture of its Tour 2018 against Club America in Phoenix, Arizona. Manchester United's group managing director, Richard Arnold, said: "It is a pleasure to welcome Kohler to the Manchester United family as a principal

international show in our history and is the best place for UK and overseas businesses to showcase new capability to the international business, political and military leaders we will welcome through our doors this week." Mr Everitt said "international political, military and business leaders visiting Farnborough" would be "reassured by last week's Brexit white paper" but "keen to hear more about the UK's post-Brexit ambitions". ADS has warned before that given its dependence on cross-border trade in components the sector could be paralysed if the UK were to leave the customs union and single market. Exports in aerospace were worth an estimated £30 billion in 2017.

Prime Minister Theresa May opened the Airshow and announced investment worth £343m for innovative R&D projects to support development of new technology in the UK, including for cleaner aircraft. She also announced that a new Aerospace Sector Deal will be created to further support the UK's status as a world leader in aerospace, and announced the launch of the Combat Air Strategy. The new strategy saw the announcement of the Team Tempest partnership between Government and industry partners BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA and Rolls Royce. The partnership is part of the Future Combat Air System Technology Initiative programme announced in 2015.

partner and our first shirt sleeve sponsor for both the men's and women's teams. "Our shirt is much more than what we wear, it embodies the passion of our fans and their allegiance to the club." David Kohler, president and CEO of Kohler Co, said: "Our partnership with Manchester United provides new opportunities to showcase the quality of Kohler products and services with passionate fans of the most farreaching and revered sports team on the planet. "An essential component of the relationship is our support of the new professional women's team, and we look forward to their debut and our ongoing support."

Sweet success LUXURY chocolate brand, Hotel Chocolat has recorded a huge jump in annual revenue. In a trading update for the 52-week period ending 1st July, the retailer, which has a store in Cheltenham, posted a 12 per cent year-on-year increase in sales to £116 million. Hotel Chocolat attributed its success to opening 15 new stores throughout the year, which added six per cent to year-onyear sales. The chocolatier also recorded 200,000 new online customers during the year. The company said customers value its luxury products, highly trained staff and its luxury Chocolate Lock-in sessions. It also said it has developed

several innovative new products for this year's autumn-winter season. Hotel Chocolat predicts profits will be in line with expectations when it publishes its preliminary results on 27th September.


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Cornbury Festival 2018 CORNBURY celebrated its 15th successful festival this month despite the fact that the festival was cancelled last year. Following the announcement that last year was the final festival organiser Hugh Phillimore received an overwhelming plea from festival goers to allow the festival to continue. Wow was it ever worth it! This gorgeous family music festival is set in the stunning 4000+ acres of Great Tew Park a short hop from Chipping Norton and within a stonesthrow from the illustrious Soho Club frequented by the Beckhams and Prince Harry no less Cornbury had its own line up

of celebs with appearances by Alanis Morissette, Squeeze, UB40, Pixie Lott, Deacon Blue to name but a few. For the foody brigade, the Hairy Bikers had a pop up restaurant which was fully booked throughout the festival with the boys popping in pre dining sittings to talk about their menu. They also had a great rock band that played during each dining session. For those in need of a good old-fashioned belly laugh you could hang out at the comedy stage and finish the night with a sing song around the campfire MOMS AND DADS DON’T PANIC THERE IS A KIDS ZONE A festival is not a proper festival without a grand selection of street food stands, beer tents, champagne bars (for those beautiful people who like to be seen)tattoo stalls ,vintage clothing stores and of course a fun fair. Oh, and Morris Dancers waving hankies and clanking bells! About 500 Motorhomes turned up, caravans tents and awnings to relax in the action packed Cornbury weekend chill out which lasted 4 glorious hot sticky nights We are reliably informed that the festival is planned again for next year at the beginning of July.

Go to for more information and sign up to their newsletter for more info The team at The Standard hopes to see you there next year!



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Let it be

THE hit Beatles Musical Direct from the West End Come Together and experience the iconic music of The Beatles with LET IT BE, the spectacular new concert jam-packed with over 40 of The Beatles’ greatest hits! Direct from the West End, this international hit show celebrates the legacy of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll

band. Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings to the heights of Beatlemania with live performances of early tracks including Twist and Shout and She Loves You as well as global mega-hits Yesterday, Hey Jude, Come Together and, of course, Let It Be. Plus experience an amazing reunion concert

Sue Ryder autumn celebration

featuring later hits including Back in the USSR, Live and Let Die and Here Comes the Sun. Travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends! 28 Aug – 1st Sept, The Everyman

DISCOVER AFRICAN BIRD LIFE IN THE HEART OF THE COTSWOLDS VISITORS to Birdland can imagine they’re on African safari in the heart of the Cotswolds this summer thanks to a major new feature. ‘Out of Africa’ features a total of nine aviaries; six of which have been newly constructed to showcase the huge variety of birds found on the continent. Among the new species on display are a flock of black-cheeked lovebirds and a colony of village weavers; famous for their extraordinary nest-building prowess as well as a flamboyance of flamingos featuring no fewer than 36 individual birds. Other species include touracos, starlings, guinea fowl and exotic ducks and the feature also incorporates the impressivelooking southern and northern ground hornbills. Plus don’t miss the new Pandemonium of Parrots display showcasing these highlyintelligent and brightly coloured birds. Famed for their mimicry skills and playful personalities this new integrated feature provides visitors with the opportunity to get close to over nine different species ranging from the rainbow lorikeets and rare golden conures to a range of macaws and cockatoos. Birdland Park and Gardens, in Bourton-on-the-Water, is home to one of the largest collections of exotic birds in the UK. The park’s magical combination of wildlife, woodland, riverside and gardens makes it the perfect day out.Birdland cares for


over 500 birds, ranging from the UK’s only breeding colony of king penguins and awesome birds of prey to parrots, cassowaries and cranes in a mix of free-flying and aviary displays. The beautiful surroundings make it the perfect destination for a summer day out and the daily holiday programme includes flamingo, penguin and pelican feeds throughout the day. Head to the Encounter Zone to meet African spurred tortoises, pet rabbits and guinea pigs or come face to face with a snake. The park also incorporates indoor enclosures for a variety of exotic birds and other wildlife alongside a host of other features and

attractions. Explore the Jurassic Journey trail to discover the giant ancestors of all of today’s bird species. Venture in to the Jurassicthemed landscape which is home to more than 30 different life-size dinosaurs for an interactive prehistoric adventure. Finish up at the Flamingo Point Café or enjoy a picnic whilst watching the flamboyant flamingos on the lake. Birdland Park and Gardens, Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-theWater, Glos, GL54 2BN. Open Daily From 10am (Except Christmas Day). Tel: 01451 820480 or visit for more information.

SUE Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is throwing open its doors for its annual autumn celebration on Saturday 8th September between 11am and 4pm. The event offers a rare opportunity to spend a day in the historic Grade II* Listed manor house grounds with plenty of fun, great food and refreshments for all the family. There's live music and entertainment planned at the all-day event, which is kindly sponsored by the big-hearted people at Gloucester Quays Rotary Club. Go along and enjoy a BBQ, with refreshments supplied by long term supporters of the hospice, Creed Food Service, pop up bar and bouncy castle, face painting and family fun activities. For a real foodie treat there will also be savoury pastries, jams and chutneys, chilli oils and boxed cakes to take away and a Prosecco cart and ice-cream cart. There will also be the opportunity to see the world's first knitted show garden installation for RHS - the Work of Heart Garden - in the very place which inspired its creation. With so much on you might need some time to relax, so why not enjoy some time in the hospice's beautiful surroundings in the 'pop up' Leckhampton Court Tea Rooms, enjoying something

tasty from our Bake Off. There will also be a grand raffle with a selection of exciting prizes to be won and bottle tombola organised by the team at Bishops Cleeve Tesco, helping to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. With entry just £2.50 with children under 12 free, the day offers something for everyone. Elise Hoadley, Hospice Director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said, “Our traditional autumn fayre is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy our beautiful grounds and buildings nestled in the foothills of the Cotswolds, whilst having a great day out with family and friends raising much needed funds for our hospice.” “We are home to the only inpatient unit giving around the clock hospice care in the whole of the county in addition to our day and hospice at home services. As

a charity all our services are given free of charge, but we rely on fundraising for most of our income." "Our Autumn Fayre is an important day in our fundraising calendar, and over the past five years it’s taken place we have raised over £21,500, which could pay for a staggering 1,200 hours of hospice care here.” “We’re really looking forward to welcoming lots of people through our doors for what promises to be a fun filled family day out.” Pay on the door, with gates opening at 11am and tickets available all-day costing £2.50 with under 12s going free. For more information on the Leckhampton Court Autumn Fayre visit onautumnfayre, call 01242 246285 or email leckhampton.fundraising@su

boundary pushing interpretation that includes all the definitive characters and spine-chilling fear as well as breathtaking illusions. Emotionally fulfilling, utterly terrifying, spellbindingly addictive

WARNING: A LIVE MULTI-SENSORY TRIP OF TERROR AGE 16+ Make the most of your visit to the theatre with their twocourse Pre-Show Lunch or Supper in Matcham's Restaurant for just £13.90, or avoid the queues in the bar by booking a space in their exclusive VIP Directors' Lounge for only £10 per person, including canapés and a complimentary drink. 28 Sept – 6th Oct 19.30 Main House /m-shows/dracula/

to remain in your seat. This is must see 60’s show for 2018. Starring Mike Pender (Original voice of The Searchers) Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits,

The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and the hits include; Needles and Pins, Out Of Time, I’m Into Something Good, Hippy Hippy Shake, Bend Me Shape Me, A Little Lovin, plus many more. Step back in time to when pop music was at its very best. The concert commences at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the box office on 08445 762210 or online uk

Dracula at The Everyman PRESENTED by The Touring Consortium Theatre Company in association with the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and Ewing Entertainment. The World Premiere of a brand-new stage adaptation of the classic thriller. Completely reimagined by a world-class creative team from London's West End and Broadway, discover Dracula, the iconic Vampire thriller that started them all. This brand-new multi-sensory stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's book is brought to irresistible life in a contemporary and

Sensational 60’s THE biggest and best 60’s show touring the UK, returns to Cheltenham Town Hall for one night only. With a brandnew production for 2018. The Sensational 60’s Experience brings you a three hour 60’s spectacular of pure nostalgia. The show with the definite feel good factor will transport you back to that magical decade that was the 1960’s. Six legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten where you’ll find it impossible

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Sport Crystal is clearly on form for King George at Ascot AN intriguing King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes takes place tomorrow at Ascot over a mile and half. The highly valuable midseason Group 1 usually attracts a small field but if all the protagonists stand their ground, tomorrow’s race could be the best we have seen in a good while. Heading the market is Crystal Ocean, a ready winner of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes, at Royal Ascot last month over the full distance of the King George. Having also been second in last year’s St Leger, there should be no stamina doubts about this horse, which may not the case with Michael Stoute’s other intended runner in the race, Poet’s Word, who is arguably better over a mile and a quarter.Stoute is, however, not one for tilting at windmills and a market move on the day for this improving 5 year old would be significant as the horse did beat top rated Cracksman in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Cracksman, apparently, did not enjoy the fast going at Royal Ascot and is unlikely to re oppose, unless better ground conditions prevail.Aidan O’Brien certainly has a rapidly improving three year old in Kew Gardens, winner of his last two ,and if he takes his chance ,looks a cracking each way bet at around 6/1 with Ryan Moore aboard .French horses have ,

by James Daly historically, had a reasonable record in the race and the Andre Fabre trained Waldgeist adds further spice to the contest, having won his last three races. Fabre’s four-year-old could easily outrun his odds, particularly if rain did arrive. John Gosden is likely to rely on Coronet who appears to be going the right way and is a likely player, but again may prefer a softer surface. Of the outsiders, Rostroprovich ran a game race in the Irish Derby and could possibly sneak a place, but as with many of these all age Group races, it is a question of whether an improving three-year-old can beat the older horses. Certainly, Kew Gardens looks the value in the race, particularly given Moore rode Crystal Ocean to win at Royal Ascot, but Stoute’s duo are likely to prove just too good, with a marginal preference for the Crystal.

Olympic jumper on mend IRISH Olympian Jonty Evans has regained consciousness after his fall at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials.The condition of the Gloucestershire-based eventer has slowly improved over the past 10 days. The 46-year-old suffered a serious brain injury when he fell from Cooley Rorkes Drift on 3 June. In a statement, the rider's family revealed he is "beginning to interact positively with the medical team and his family". Evans was initially treated at Blanchardstown Hospital in Dublin after his fall at the second part of a water complex at the County Meath venue but is now recovering at Connolly Hospital after he was unconscious for almost six weeks. "Jonty is having physiotherapy and rehabilitation sessions, which will continue for the foreseeable future as he regains strength and his head injury continues to improve," the statement added. "Due to the need for Jonty to remain in a quiet and calm environment for a significant period of time, and to continue his recovery as privately as possible, the medical team have advised the

family to keep visitors strictly to a minimum. "The family deeply appreciate all the actions, support and kind words that Jonty has received over the past weeks from the eventing community - they have found this a great source of strength." Cooley Rorkes Drift, uninjured in the fall, was

considered for sale by its owner last year. However, Evans launched a crowd-funding campaign to keep the ride, and a target figure of £500,000 was successfully raised. The gelding will move to the yard of Staffordshire-based rider Andrew Downes while Evans continues his recovery.

Horsing around CHRISTIE Mclean from Gloucestershire was initially prevented from competing with Wallace because mules were barred from entering. However, after the case received considerable press attention, British Dressage changed its rules. The pair won the affiliated dressage event in Gloucester. Ms McLean, who competes in entry-level British Dressage,

said she was "thrilled" and "over the moon" following the win. "This journey has ended so positively. I am beyond words," she added. A mule is a hybrid animal born of a male donkey and a mare. Previously only ponies and horses could compete in dressage but now all animals born to a mare can take part. Wallace, 11, was rescued by

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary in Devon after he annoyed villagers in Ireland by tucking into their flowers. Ms Mclean, 31, started teaching Wallace dressage with the blessing of his guardian, Lesley Radcliffe. After her horses went lame, she asked permission from British Dressage to enter Wallace into her team - when the restriction to mules came to light.



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Gloucestershire's Ryan Higgins hits ton v Durham Specsavers County Championship Division Two, College Ground (from day one): Gloucestershire 315-7: Higgins 105, Roderick 67, Hammond 51; Stokes 3-40, Rushworth 3-82 Gloucestershire (3 pts), Durham (2pts)

Out for the season GLOUCESTERSHIRE bowler Liam Norwell and batsman George Hankins will miss the rest of the season because of injury. Right-arm medium pacer Norwell, 26,

picked up a hamstring problem in the county's opening T20 Blast match at Somerset earlier this month. And right-hander Hankins, 21, is out of action after

suffering a knee injury while playing for the second XI. He made just three and 10 in his most recent first-class appearance against Northamptonshire last month.

Ryan Higgins struck his maiden first-class century as Gloucestershire reached 315-7 on the opening day against Durham at Cheltenham. The 23year-old batsman faced 161 balls and hit 13 fours before falling for 105 to the final delivery

before stumps. England all-rounder Ben Stokes got through 18.4 overs and took 3-40 on his return to red-ball cricket. But the hosts had the better of the day, with Miles Hammond (51) and Fareth Roderick (67) also making fifties.

Former Cherry and White gets England under way

DAN Norton scored three tries in four games as England finished as runners-up at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. Gloucester-born international sevens record try scorer Norton helped England reach the final, but they missed out on the title as they were beaten 33-12 by New Zealand. Norton now has a World Cup runners-up medal to add to his Olympic silver with Team GB at the Rio 2016 Games. Head of England Sevens Simon Amor, the former Gloucester scrum-half, said: “It’s obviously disappointing to have missed out on that top spot but we made a few too many errors and turned the ball over too many times against a very good New Zealand team. “I’m delighted with the way that the guys performed right the way through the tournament - they came through some really close games and played some outstanding rugby.” Sione Muila gave New Zealand the lead after 60 seconds

and added a second from inches out before Mike Ellery took Norton's pass and sprinted through a gap to make it 7-14 at half-time. New Zealand restored their two-score advantage as Joseva Ravouvou's neat footwork saw him cross down the left wing before Harry Glover set up England’s second when he offloaded to former University of Gloucestershire student Ruaridh McConnochie who scored with three minutes remaining. The Melrose Cup was secured by the

reigning champions as Akuila Rokolisoa hit a supporting line following a break by Trael Joass, and then Joass grabbed his own score with time dead. England started their campaign with a 17-5 win over Samoa and former Gloucester wing Dan Norton scored twice in their 24-19 quarter-final against hosts USA. Norton and McConnochie were also among the scorers in the 29-7 last four win over South Africa to help England reach a second consecutive final.

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New edition of the Cheltenham Standard newspaper Friday 27th JULY 2018.

Cheltenham standard issue 88  

New edition of the Cheltenham Standard newspaper Friday 27th JULY 2018.