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We have Easter themed events galore this month, so whatever you are planning this spring you will be spoilt for choice. Whether it is evening entertainment, days out with the kids or if you are spending time at home we have some fantastic ideas for your house and garden. To make the most of the beautiful spring weather the Handsam Boat Company are commencing their boat hire and cruises. With the Easter school holidays looming, Prinknash have their Mad Hatters tea party, the Brewery have a Mini Spring Farm and Dean Valley Railway have some great days out for children and adults alike. For evening entertainment at The Bacon Theatre, The Roses and Westonbirt Concerts we have all the details to book your tickets now. The Cheltenham Poetry Festival is on for five days through April, with 95 performers in various venues. Our Delicious Dishes column has an Easter theme this month, two great recipes – one for adults and one for the kids. Or, if you would rather take it easy, don’t forget to take your vouchers along for a great value meal at the Wheatsheaf or Brown Jug. If you are wanting to have fun whilst getting fit and healthy why not join Laura, a personal trainer who is running 4week bootcamp packages with various venues starting from the 1st May. Our Property column has the pros and cons on ‘buying versus letting’ and our home improvement advertisers have some fantastic ideas to create your dream home.

Contents Food & Entertainment 5 Delicious Dishes 7 Health & Beauty 14 Did You Know? 18 What’s On 19 Homes & Gardens 32 In the Home 39 In the Garden 41 Property News 45 Professional Services 47 Competition Winners 54 People First Policing 57 Index of Advertisers 58 Competitions 23 & 25

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Melanie Meigh inside ‘Teal’ the gypsy caravan and (right) her father Philip.

Developing dreamland This month’s ‘cover girl’ is Melanie Meigh (pictured with her feathered friend Rubette) who runs Prinknash Bird & Deer Park which was created by her father – Philip Meigh – in 1974. Living locally, Philip was an established cartoonist and artist and he had amassed an impressive collection of waterfowl before his death in 2008, and Melanie has done a marvellous job in developing her father’s dream ever since. She has worked extremely hard to maintain the beautiful tranquility of the park, while adding more and more delightful features for all age groups to enjoy. There is always an extremely warm welcome for visitors – not just from Melanie and her staff, but from the abundance of cute creatures waiting to greet you, all full of individual character and eager to make new friends. Visitors can bottle feed Bambi, groom Toffee and Treacle (the miniature donkeys) and meet the array of birds and deer who will all gladly feed from your hand. You can even book one of the beautiful gypsy caravans – ‘Teal’ or new addition ‘Eider’ – for your child’s party, or join in the Easter fun in the ‘Mad Hatter’s Marquee’ – see our ‘What’s On’ section for details. Another new arrival at the park are the Kookaburras which have been handreared by Melanie. They are being trained to be tame enough for hand-feeding and, hopefully, to perform flying demonstrations in the summer. Melanie is in the final stages of organising another major step forward in what the park has to offer – the construction of an education centre and new shop – again, both in keeping with the relaxed atmosphere of this wildlife haven. Why not visit Melanie at the park this month – you’re certain to experience some wonderful photo opportunities with the incredibly friendly birds and deer all around you.

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You will need: 225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into small pieces. 250ml/8fl oz double cream. Method: Put the chocolate and cream in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stir until smooth then leave to cool. Whisk until the mixture begins to hold its shape. Use some to sandwich the sponges together then cover the cake with the rest and either leave slightly roughed up or smooth with a palette knife. Decorate with chopped flakes and mini eggs and pipe on a message if required.

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Putting her stamp on it Many local people will have already witnessed the developments taking place at Charlton Church Post Office – new owner Jude Watts and her team have made a huge effort to date, but the work’s only just begun. Jude enlightens us on recent events and improvements for customers ... “Since taking over at the beginning The team (l-r): Louise Davies, Jill Robinson, Jude Watts and Veronika Jordan of February we have been exceptionally busy. Trainers have been in as well as auditors to ensure everything is done correctly. They have been amazed at the volume of people that use this Post Office and also how diverse all the transactions have been, from Fishing Licences to Car Tax to many large volume parcel senders (ebayers), Premium Bonds, Banking, Pensions, Foreign Currency – the list goes on. “I would like to thank everyone for their continued support and patience through the transition of new ownership and the renovations. There have been a few staff changes recently to help improve the service we offer. There’s been lots of interest in the CK Craft Section and I am pleased to announce the first display (in April) from Bob Lea – a local illustrator of children’s books that are produced by Puffin and sold in Australia – with books at a reduced RRP. There will be different displays each month – details available soon. “The Post Office is now open at lunchtimes and an application to extend opening hours on Saturdays has been submitted. We are also under review to become a ‘Main’ Post Office which would result in investment funds to further upgrade the premises, improve opening hours and add extra services for our customers. “Charlton Church is a highly regarded Post Office within the network and I’ve recently been advised we may be one of 500 (out of 11,500) that get to sell the Gold Medal Olympic stamps on the Sundays following the Medal wins. J u d e Wa t t s “I look forward to seeing you all in the future.”

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Spring is in the air! Spring has sprung, and is the perfect time to brighten and enhance your home. Here at Interior Needs we can supply, advise and design on complete refurbishment projects, or help to update your existing décor by adding a stylish new blind or some vibrant soft furnishings, all ready for the new season. Why not come and check out our suppliers fantastic new Spring/Summer collections and breathe new life into your decor.

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As much as we love the return of some sunny weather, it is not always welcome in our homes. So from a blackout roller blind for the bedroom or a practical vertical for the office, Interior Needs has a fantastic range of fabrics for all blind types . One particular type, The Perfect Fit system, is proving very successful. With its revolutionary click in frames (no need for drilling) and choice of either roller, venetian or pleated to operate within its neat and sleek framework, it is the ideal choice for doors, tilt and turn windows and conservatories. Conservatories will start to feel the heat over the coming months, and roof pleated blinds are your ideal solution. At Interior Needs we pride ourselves in the knowledge and experience with conservatory blinds. Interior Needs can make that conservatory, sunroom or orangerie into a comfortable living space once more, to be enjoyed all year round.

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Have fun getting fit, lean and healthy! It’s probably fair to say that too many of us don’t invest enough time in two of the most important things in our lives – our own bodies and health. Whether you want to get in shape for the summer holiday or simply just to feel healthier, fitter and more energized, Laura Milne can help! Laura is a personal trainer and, alongside her work at Reach Fitness near the lido, she has been running bootcamps since last summer. Don’t panic! While the term ‘bootcamp’ can provoke visions of Sargent Major’s bellowing at new recruits and pushing them till they collapse – LM Bootcamps are designed to encourage, advise and support members in the achievement of their goals.

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During the winter Laura has run the camps indoors, but now spring is here she’s “going outside” with new start-ups in Cheltenham, Bishop’s Cleeve, Winchcombe, Gloucester and Chosen Hill – all starting Tuesday 1st May. It’s not all about exercise, guidance on nutrition and support from Laura and other bootcampers are extremely important too. Laura said: “We work hard and have fun. Technique and safety is vital – you will be guided throughout. There is a nutrition guide to follow and this will help get you the healthiest you have ever been, along with workout plans to be completed at home. You are supported and given information to assist you every step of the way by text, email, nutrition evaluations and much more.”

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The Local Answer Event Listings are compiled and presented in good faith with the kind support of many contributors. We recommend you use the contact details provided to check event information updates prior to planning your visit. 1 APRIL TALON – THE BEST OF THE EAGLES This renowned Eagles tribute celebrate their fifteenth year playing the music of the world famous band The Eagles. Featuring hits such as Hotel California, Take it to the Limit and Life in the Fast Lane. Tickets £19. www.rosestheatre.org. 01684 295 074. WATER FESTIVAL & BOAT JUMBLE Live music, demonstrations of crafts, free entry to the museum and thousands of boating bargains, held in the car park of the National Waterways Museum. 10-3. £3.50 www.gloucestershirewaterwaysmuseum.org.uk VARIETY CONCERT Longford Village Hall – 7pm. Kieran Powell, ventriloquist plus full supporting cast. Family fun and song show. £6 or £5 concession or in advance. Refreshments. 01452 381642 2 APRIL HOP [U] Easter Family Film, 2pm. Blending state-ofthe-art animation with live action, Hop is an hilarious family comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. Come along from 1pm in fancy dress for Easter activities, costumed characters and a chance to meet real-life bunnies from Pets at Home. Then settle down in front of our cinema screen to watch this fun-filled film at 2pm. Tickets: £6 to include an Easter treat. Box Office: 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk 2-9 APRIL EASTER BONANZA AT DEAN HERITAGE CENTRE Search all over the woodland site for easter eggs and visit the newly hatched easter chicks. Enter the name the rabbit competition and take part in the easter theme treasure hunts. www.deanheritagecentre.com. 01594 822170 3-6 APRIL FAMILY EASTER CHALLENGE AT WESTONBIRT Can you complete Westonbirt’s Easter challenge? Follow a trail of clues around the arboretum, explore the early signs of spring and solve our spring riddle for a sweet

reward. Create a spring mask, magic wool flowers and make an Easter or spring card for someone special. 10.30am-3.30pm. www.forestry.gov.uk 4 & 11 APRIL HOP INTO HERITAGE – DROP-IN WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN See if you can hop all the way around our ‘Scrambled Egg’ Easter Trail at the Heritage Centre to find the bunnies and eggs – break the code to claim your prize. Drop into our fun Easter craft workshop too where you can make a stained glass egg or create your own bunny to hop. 10am-1pm. Contact the Tewkesbury Heritage Centre for more details or to buy tickets on 01684 855040 or email tewkesburytic@tewkesbury.gov.uk. 100 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Glos GL20 5TT. www.outofthehat.org.uk 4 APRIL FEAST OF FIDDLES Some of the UK’s finest fiddle players bring their own individual styles together. Visiting many musical genres, this show has a wide dynamic range and will have you dancing in the aisles and even shedding a tear. This is the bands 19th year in performance and their critical acclaim gets louder every year. £20. www.rosestheatre.co.uk. 01684 295 074. MATT WOOSEY AT THE CAFE RENE Live Blues roots music at Café Rene, 31 Southgate Street, GL1 1TP. 9pm – free entry before 11pm. info@caferene.co.uk. www.caferene.co.uk. 5 APRIL EXAUDI This stunning vocal ensemble perform a recital of madrigals old and new at Pittville Pump Room. Tickets from £6. 8pm. 0844 576 2210. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk GYPSY FIRE This dynamic quartet breathe new life into classical, jazz, latin, rock, blues and beyond. Tickets £14. 0844 576 2210 www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk EASTER FUN AT THE BREWERY Safari Sid and face painting. 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Get wild with face painting and shows with Safari Sid and his talking animals. www.thebrewerycheltenham.com

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The Fixham Theatre is set for a grand reopening and needs Bob’s help to fix the stage for a brand new musical. But when Spud decided he wants to be the star of he show, the job doesn’t go exactly to plan. Will the theatre ever be ready? Will the show go on? Bob’s going to need help from his friends. Filled with well known and exclusive songs, join Bob and help him fix it in this big theatre build. Don’t forget to take part in the Bob The Builder workshop in the morning. Family tickets £12. www.rosestheatre.org. 01684 295 074 6 APRIL RIKSHAW BRIDES Live rock, soul & blues music at Café Rene, 31 Southgate Street, GL1 1TP. 9pm – free entry before 11pm. info@caferene.co.uk. www.caferene.co.uk. TUBBY BLUES CLUB Mick Simpson Band and Otis Mack and the Tubby Bluesters. 8. United Services Club, Cheltenham GL50 4DW. £10. 01242 691998 RICK CHASE 9pm, Royal George, Birdlip, Cheltenham.

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7 APRIL THE BIG LAUGH CAFE AT GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL The monthly comedy club have Suzi Ruffell, Danny Ward and Tim Clark to ensure a fun packed evening. Hot food and disco at every show. £12. www.gloucester.gov.uk. 01452 503050. SPRING HAS SPRUNG PAINTING AND DRAWING WORKSHOP This painting and drawing workshop around the theme of spring enables you to explore what the season means to you and to try your hand at painting and drawing in watercolour and acrylic and exhibit your work in The Roses Bar afterwards. Suitable for participants at all levels, no previous experience necessary. Led by Nick Moore. 10.30am – 4.30pm. £20. www.rosestheatre.org.uk 01684 295 074 BOOGALOOS Live music at the Bayshill, 85 St Georges Street, Cheltenham, 9pm. MAGIC MIRROR Live music at Charlton Kings Club. 8.45pm. £2. Charlton Kings, Cheltenham THE VIBE Live rock, pop and soul covers at Spectre, High Street Cheltenham. 7, 8 & 9 APRIL GLOUCESTER QUAYS GARDEN PARTY Major new 3-day festival celebrating outdoor living. Three key themes: Fashion, Flowers and Food. With 80 market stalls selling vintage clothing, jewellery, garden furniture, ornaments, plants and seeds. Free expert demonstrations and gardening advice. For daily opening times please visit www.gloucesterquays.co.uk. 9 APRIL EASTER EGGSPRESS

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14 & 15 APRIL DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Thomas the Tank Engine steams into the Forest of Dean to cheers all round, though the Fat Controller still has to be convinced. Thomas has done some daft things over the years. His whistle stuck and his fire was put out to stop it, a big fish stuck in his tank, he ran out of water and he ran out of coal. You name it, it’s happened to Thomas. However, the Dean Forest Railway will have a job to brick him up in a tunnel, as there are now none in the Forest! These

will be full days of simple entertainment in a remarkable environment and good value for money! The railway’s gift shop at Norchard possibly has the largest range of Thomas the Tank Engine themed gifts in the South West and Wales. An extensive range of railway DVDs and books, calendars, cards, jigsaws, games and other items suitable for all the family. There’s a mail order service too. Please call the shop on 01594 845840. To book online visit www.deanforestrailway.co.uk – prices: adult £14, child £8, family ticket £44.

easter bonnet competition, easter egg decorating and egg hunt. Visit www.gwsr.com for details. 10 APRIL AN INSPECTOR CALLS AT THE EVERYMAN THEATRE An award winning musical, the magnificent West End and Broadway production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller. For ticket office call 01242 695574. 10-12 APRIL JURASSIC PLANTS AND OTHER ANCIENTS AT WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM Meet trees once nibbled by dinosaurs, some of the very first flowers and an ancient tree that inspired the samurai! Make your own leaf fossil and help us to create a giant picture of ancient plants with prehistoric paints! 10.30-3.30pm. www.forestry.gov.uk

11 APRIL KRIS DOLLIMORE Live solo acoustic blues music at Café Rene, 31 Southgate Street, GL1 1TP. 9pm – free entry before 11pm. info@caferene.co.uk. www.caferene.co.uk. 11, 14 & 15 APRIL MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY AT PRINKNASH DEER & BIRD PARK Invite your friends to enjoy the theatre sets and a wild children’s tea party, including free face painting and entry to the park to enjoy the tame deer, miniature donkeys and family Wendy House. From 11.30am. 01452 812727. www.thebirdpark.com 12 APRIL MINI SPRING FARM AT THE BREWERY Kids can pet sheep, goats, chicks and ducklings. 11.30am-3.30pm. www.thebrewerycheltenham.com

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13 APRIL BLACK RUSSIAN Live gritty sexy rock n roll music at Café Rene, 31 Southgate Street, GL1 1TP. 9pm – free entry before 11pm. info@caferene.co.uk. www.caferene.co.uk. THE CLONE ROSES AT GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL These four lads from the North West have been delighting audiences at sell out venues across the UK. Their set includes Roses’ classics such as “Waterfall”, “Made of Stone”, “This is the One” and many more. Tickets £10. www.gloucester.gov.uk. 01452 503050 14 APRIL STRICTLY SOCIAL DANCING A fantastic night guaranteed – ballroom, Latin American and popular sequence. Free parking. 7.30-10.30pm. Quedgeley Community Centre. www.glosdance.co.uk JEWELLERY MAKING WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS Join expert Lisa Warren for this delightful look at making your own jewellery to take home, wear or give as presents. You will make both a necklace and a pair of earrings in this workshop where the only difficulty is deciding which beads to use. 10am12noon. Booking essential. £22 per person which includes all materials and refreshments. Contact the Tewkesbury Heritage Centre for more details or to buy tickets on 01684 855040 or email tewkesburytic@tewkesbury.gov.uk. 100 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Glos GL20 5TT. www.outofthehat.org.uk

17 APRIL FILM: JANE EYRE [PG]

55+ & RETIREMENT ROADSHOW This exhibition is for those nearing and in retirement, for those who care for others or needing care themselves. Exhibits and expert advice designed to cater for all your retirement needs. Admission free. 01886 88077. Gloucester Guildhall. 15 APRIL JOE BROWN Rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown with his five piece band including his son and record producer Pete Brown will be on stage all evening at Cheltenham Town Hall. Tickets £20.50. 0844 576 2210. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk 16 APRIL COMPLETE BEGINNERS LADIES JOGGING COURSE 10 Week Course starts at 6pm till 7pm for 10 consecutive weeks. We meet at the Prince of Wales Stadium, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham. Tuition from a fully qualified and insured UK Athletics Coach. Sessions are structured so that no one is left behind and no one is made to feel like they aren’t achieving. £20 for the course. Contact Kerry Newell on 01452 813611 newell.kerry@gmail.com

This bold new feature version of Charlotte Brontë’s timeless romantic drama promises a beautiful and gripping experience, with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender offering incredible on-screen chemistry. Tickets: £6 (£5). Box Office: 01242 258002. www.bacontheatre.co.uk 18 APRIL BOB SMITH Live controversial folk music at Café Rene, 31 Southgate Street, GL1 1TP. 9pm – free entry before 11pm. info@caferene.co.uk. www.caferene.co.uk. THE LOW ENERGY SHOW Cheltenham Town Hall 12.30pm to 9.30pm Free. Drop in for advice, talks, displays on saving energy in your business and at home. www.transitiontowncheltenham.org.uk

17-21 APRIL TITANIC THE MUSICAL Tony award winning ‘Titanic the Musical’ presented by the Cotswold Savoyards at the Everyman Theatre. Eves and Sat mat. www.everymantheatre.org.uk

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18-22 APRIL CHELTENHAM POETRY FESTIVAL Being held at various venues in Cheltenham the Poetry Festival is celebrating it’s second year with 95 performers over 5 days. www.cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk 20 APRIL LETZ ZEP Letz Zep have been featured on BBC1, BBC2 and ITV1; on Planet Rock Radio; in Classic Rock and Kerrang! magazines; as well as being reviewed in The Sunday Times by Jeremy Clarkson. The band even performed at the prestigious official launch party for Led Zeppelin’s Mothership album. Covering the entire recording career of Led Zeppelin, from Black Dog and Rock and Roll, to the haunting melody of Kashmir and the classic Stairway to Heaven; a gig by Letz Zep fully portrays the immense scope of Led Zeppelin’s iconic music. Tickets: £14 (£12) Children £10. www.letzzep.com. Box Office: 01242 258002 www.bacontheatre.co.uk OUI LEGIONNAIRES + CHARLIE BAXTER Live indie post punk music at Café Rene, 31 Southgate Street, GL1 1TP. 9pm – free entry before 11pm. info@caferene.co.uk. www.caferene.co.uk. 21 APRIL CHELTENHAM POETRY FESTIVAL Guests host free entertainment at the Brewery – ‘Perfectly Performed’ 2pm-4pm. www.thebrewerycheltenham.com

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Take the first dip of the year for an opening offer of just 2p and staff will be in traditional uniform. Open daily until September. Normal admission price applies after opening offer. Check website for opening times: www.sandfordparkslido.org.uk DRAGON & SHIELDS/PRINCESSES & CROWNS CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP Celebrate St George’s day with our dragon and princess themed craft workshop. You can be a princess or St George in our dressing up clothes in the Heritage Centre or get stuck into some serious craft to take home. Contact the Tewkesbury Heritage Centre for more details or to buy tickets on 01684 855040 or email

‘It’s rhyme for a story’ 1pm-2pm. Poet, actor and comedian, Barnaby Eaton-Jones presents an inspiring workshop. ‘The monster writing game’ 1pm-2pm. Poet and teacher Sarah Snell-Pym offers this fun-filled and literacy enhancing workshop. www.thebrewerycheltenham.com

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Tom Jones to perform live at Kingsholm Gloucester Rugby are delighted to announce that music legend Tom Jones will perform live at Kingsholm Stadium on Friday 22nd June 2012, for what will be the second concert to be hosted at Kingsholm in just over a year. The Welsh born music legend is well known for his classic hits and recent repertoire and will be making his latest offering with a new album in May 2012. Compiling a performance of hits old and new, this show is not to be missed. Gloucester Rugby are honoured to be welcoming Sir Tom Jones to Kingsholm for what is anticipated to be a great performance and evening of live music. Sir Tom Jones has had many successes in his 44 year career, with highlights including receiving a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 2009 the “Hitmaker” award from the US Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2010 the prestigious

TICKETS TO WIN! Gloucester Rugby have kindly given us a pair of tickets to see Tom Jones at Kingsholm on Friday 22nd June to be won by a lucky reader of The Local Answer. To enter, just send your name, address and telephone number to: Tom Jones Competition, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Ullenwood, Cheltenham GL53 9QS. Closing date: Tuesday 17th April 2012.

Jones, to perform live at Kingsholm. Following on from last year’s success with The Wanted, we set out to secure an artist that would appeal to a wider demographic, and Tom Jones certainly appeals to young and old, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge.” Tickets for the event went on sale on Monday, 12th March 2012, priced at £32 general admission. VIP tickets are available from £60, along with dining package priced at £100 per person and Hospitality Suites from £1,500 plus VAT.

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21 APRIL HALF DAY WINE SCHOOL Enjoy tasting and learning about a great selection of Syrah and Shiraz wines at Articulate Wine Events’ Half Day Wine School at The George Hotel, Cheltenham. A gourmet lunch is included. Tickets: offer price of £75 per person. 01242 315053 info@articulatewine.co.uk EVENING SCENIC SUPPER CRUISE Enjoy a fish and chip supper with good ale on board a heritage diesel railcar through the leafy Forest of Dean. A good introduction to this forest line in convivial company and willing volunteers. 01594 845840 www.dfr.co.uk GUIDED TOUR OF THE PURTON SHIPS GRAVEYARD Historical walking tour by Maritime Historian Paul Barnett discovering the remnants of the majestic schooners, fabled Severn Trows and the mighty concrete warlords. Meet 1pm, Purton village car par, £1 donation. 07833 143231 for details. 22 APRIL POETRY FESTIVAL FREE KIDS EVENTS AT THE BREWERY ‘Poetry Bees’ – midday-1pm. Creative fun and frolics with Sarah Snell-Pym and the Poetry Bees. LYRA CONCERT Lyra,a group of Russian singers from St Petersburg is coming to St Mary’s Parish Church in Cheltenham town centre as part of their British tour. Their concert at 7.30 pm will reflect the rich legacy of Russian church music as well as the varied folk

music of their country. Tickets (£5) are available in advance from the Friends of St Mary’s and the Church Office and at the door before the perfomance. Refreshments will be served after the performance. For further information contact Friends of St Mary’s: 01242 513896; email: secretary@stmaryscheltfriends.org.uk HOWLERS AT THE HALL Cheltenham’s biggest and best comedy club features Matt Green, Tom Allen and headliner Jarred Christmas. Tickets £9. 8.30pm. For more details head to www.howlerscomedyclub.com. 25 APRIL-1 MAY ART EXHIBITION Towards Abstraction is a diverse and colourful exhibition of paintings by Group of Nine at The Gardens Gallery, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham. Open 10am-5pm. 26 APRIL ANTIQUES ROADSHOW BBC’s ONE’s Antiques Roadshow will commence filming it’s 35th series at Cheltenham Town Hall, doors open 9.30am and entry is free. People with larger pieces of furniture may send details to Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol or email them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk in advance to organise transportation. 27 APRIL THE UKEHOLICS Live music at the Green Room, Playhouse

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A classic branchline experience with two steam locos sharing the trains. The famous resident auto train will remind grandads of the old Stroud Valley service which finished in 1964. 01594 845840 www.dfr.co.uk JETHRO TULL The legendary Brit rockers are back in action playing their brilliant tracks Thick as a brick, A passion play and This was, so make sure you don’t miss them at the Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol. 7.30pm. Tickets £28.50. www.colstonhall.org KICK DOCTORS Live Music at Charlton Kings Club, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham 8.45pm. £2 non members. live music unique locations

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BACON THEATRE Jane Eyre [PG]

Tues 17th April at 7.45pm Tickets: £6.00 (£5.00) A beautiful and gripping cinematic experience

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Dean Close School, Cheltenham 28-29 APRIL HIGHNAM COURT SPRING FAIR Held every year in support of two very important charities: Gloucester Cathedral and The Pied Piper Appeal. Featuring live music, extensive garden, vintage and classic cars, activities for young people, 50 trade stands, plants and refreshments. 10.305pm. 08454 226119. www.highnamcourtspringfair.co.uk. THE BREWERY CRAFT MARKET

Local stallholders selling their unique, beautiful and tasty products over the weekend. 11am-4pm. 5-6 MAY TEWKESBURY FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL WEEKEND Go along to the Food Festival weekend of foodie things where you can learn all about the Tudors in our fun taste testing activities as well as decorate our giant vegetable plot. Dare to guess the food where who knows what terrible Tudor food you might be eating! The Tudors ate mainly meat –

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WIN TICKETS! Vienna Festival Ballet - Swan Lake Vienna Festival Ballet return to the Bacon Theatre with one of the best known love stories, on Saturday 21st April, with lavish costumes, stunning scenery and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky. Based on a Russian folk tale, the story of Swan Lake centres around Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. This beautifully choreographed full length ballet captures a range of emotions - from hope to despair, from melancholy to ecstasy, like no other. Aficionados and novices to traditional ballet will be treated to a magical, delicate and moving performance, not to be missed! ‘This production looks and feels absolutely right’ Worthing Herald Tickets cost £16.00 (£14.00 concessions) Children £12.00. To book call the Box Office on 01242 258002 or visit www.bacontheatre.co.uk. Thanks to the Bacon Theatre, we’ve got 3 pairs of tickets to Swan Lake to give away. To enter our draw, just send your name, address and telephone number to Swan Lake Draw, The Local Answer, 1 Ullenwood Court, Chetenham GL53 9QS. Closing date Tuesday 17th April 2012.

from oxen, deer and even badgers! Spend time decorating your own fruit and vegetables to place onto the mural which will be displayed in the Heritage Centre throughout the summer. 10am – 4pm. Contact the Heritage Centre for more details or to buy tickets 01684 855040 or email tewkesburytic@tewkesbury.gov.uk 2-7 MAY CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL Tickets now on sale for this year’s Jazz Festival, the perfect way to spend your May Bank Holiday weekend. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com 2-7 MAY

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BARNWOOD BOWLING CLUB OPEN DAY Come along and have a go. Men, women and beginners of all ages welcome. Take up a new Past time and make new friends. Trainers or flat shoes please. 11-2pm. Further details 01452 415113. 10-13 MAY MALVERN SPRING GARDENING SHOW For a special day out set within the backdrop of the beautiful Malvern hills. The show features glorious gardens and plant exhibits and over 100 of the finest nursery displays. Book online 01684 584924. 12 MAY THE RANDWICK WAP An ancient festival and procession led by the Mop Man who waves his mop to clear

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This event is taking place in Gloucester Park between 12 noon and 4pm. It is a joint event between Gloucester Police and the Safer Gloucester Partnership. There will be numerous activities taking place for the whole family including police dogs displays, dog grooming lessons, face painting and bouncy castles.

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NEW ARRIVALS: (left) Kookaburras come to Prinknash Bird & Deer Park and (above) Melanie with ‘Eider’ – the adorable gypsy caravan.

Even more to do and see ... In 2009 Prinknash Bird & Deer Park introduced ‘Teal’ the ‘roll top’ gypsy caravan for children’s parties of 16 or more, and is now adding sister caravan ‘Eider’ – the perfect place to have a more secluded child’s party. Eider seats four children and two adults with ease for the birthday picnic and costs just £45 including entry to the park. It has taken seven months to hand paint Eider and deck out the caravan internally with delightful fabrics to charm any child. Eider is situated in the Golden Wood, not far from the famous Wendy House, and must surely be the most unique venue in England to celebrate a birthday. This really is the place to be seen for your child’s special day! As if this is not enough, by the summer the Park is hoping to have got off the ground with the Kookaburras who will be flown at 12 noon every day! Park owner Melanie Meigh has been hand-rearing the Kookaburras and expects them to soon be tame enough to be fed by visitors and, of course, entertain their ‘guests’ with their aerial demonstrations. Since 1974 the park has been a wonderful, tranquil place for children, parents and grandparents to enjoy beautiful gardens and meet a variety of wildfowl and other critters eager to make friends – and it just keeps on improving. Plans for an education centre and café are close to completion and work is expected to start soon.

All developments are carefully designed to enhance visitors’ enjoyment of the park – strictly limiting any changes to those in keeping with the ambience of this Cotswold gem. While the surroundings are beautiful – and worth a visit in their own right – many people simply enjoy being close to the park’s inhabitants. There are so many enchanting characters to see and meet, and it’s the ability to get so close to all the creatures – and feed most of them – that ensures people return time and again. As well as the extensive collection of waterfowl and peafowl eager to feed from your hand, there’s the tame fallow deer, pygmy goats and, of course, the famous Prinknash reindeer – Rudolph and Prancer. There’s also miniature donkeys – Treacle and her mum, Toffee. This adorable duo love all the attention they can get – just like all the other friends you’ll meet at Prinknash. And, rapidly approaching his first birthday on 11th May is reindeer calf Cupid – so cute, and the only reindeer calf in Gloucestershire, so don’t miss the opportunity to capture some wonderful moments on camera. For further information on how enjoyable your next visit to Prinknash will be, or for details on hiring ‘Teal’, ‘Eider’ or the ‘Mad Hatter’s Marquee’ – telephone 01452 812727 or visit www.thebirdpark.com.


Easter excitement at the Bijou Bird Park Mad Hatter’s Marquee Prinknash Bird & Deer Park are pulling out all the stops this Easter holiday, and for the second year is running the Mad Hatters Tea Party which will be held on Wednesday the 11th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th of April. The tea party was a runaway success last Easter and includes entry to the park, face painting and – of course – tea in the stunning marquee which has been set up in true Alice in Wonderland madness. Whilst peacocks hoot, fallow deer graze and the miniature donkeys bray, the scene has been set for children to dress up and really go into a frenzy with the best Alice or Mad Hatter outfit winning tickets to the Park’s next event – Fairy & Wizard World – in May. To book your places (£10 per child and £6.50 per adult) for this wonderful Easter event, please contact the park (details below) – but hurry, spaces are limited!

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13 MAY DRAGON BOAT REGATTA AT GLOUCESTER DOCKS Around 30 teams of between 11 to 17 people will be taking part in the ancient Chinese tradition of Dragon Boat Racing at Gloucester Docks between 10am-6pm, in aid of CLIC Sargent. Entrance is free of charge and the fun packed days includes stalls, fun fair and live music. Should you wish to enter a team please contact Steve Markham on 01452 724144 for an information pack. 12 MAY CHELTENHAM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT Programme to include music by Faure, Mozart and Brahms, featuring Fiona Beck (oboe) and conductor Toby Purser. 7.30 pm at St. Andrew’s Church, Montpellier. Tickets £15 with concessions from Cheltenham TIC or at the door. 22 JUNE

TOM JONES LIVE AT KINGSHOLM Music legend Tom Jones will perform live at Kingsholm this summer. Tickets from £32 and are now available on general sale from www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk or contact the box office on 0871 871 8781 option 2.

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23 JUNE HIGHNAM COURT GARDENS Brass bands, craft stalls, teas and cakes Admission £6 inc refreshments. In aid of Gloucestershire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. 11am-5pm. www.glosmsinfo.org.uk PLAN B (Ben Drew) multi-talented singersongwriter, rapper, actor and film director will be performing at Westonbirt Arboretum. Tickets £32. Forestry Commission box office 03000 680400 or buy on www.forestry.gov.uk. 1 JULY CHELTENHAM’S RACE FOR LIFE Ladies, let’s walk, jog or run Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2012 to help more of them survive. In 2012 we want more women, raising more money for more triumphs against cancer. Take part for you, for a loved one, for everyone affected by cancer and enter Cheltenham’s Race for Life events at Racecourse, Either 5k at

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APRIL EVENT Safari Sid and face painting 5th April 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Mini Spring Farm 12th April 11.30am-3.30pm Kids can meet, hold and learn about lambs, goats, chicks and bunnies at The Brewery’s Mini Spring Farm on Thursday 12th April.

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WIN Marvel’s The Avengers Goodies and Cineworld Tickets! To celebrate the upcoming movie release of Marvel’s The Avengers, The Brewery is offering one lucky person the chance to win a bunch of The Avengers merchandise plus 2 x cinema tickets. “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the Super Hero team up of a lifetime.The Avengers is continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The Avengers is showing at Cineworld, Cheltenham from 26th April 2012.

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Holistic Policing Something that your local policing team have been keen to promote over the last 12 months or so is the use of Restorative Justice. RJ is a way of bringing those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a Tim Waterhouse part in repairing the harm Cheltenham South LPT. Inspector and finding a positive way forward. It includes using these processes formally (for example, a restorative justice conference involving victims and offenders), or informally, in the course of daily work (for example as used by a police officer to deal with low level crime on the beat, or a teacher, to manage a conflict between young people in the classroom). In criminal justice, restorative processes give victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, to get answers to their questions, and an apology. It lets offenders understand the real impact of what they’ve done, to take responsibility and make amends. Restorative justice holds offenders to account for what they have done, personally and directly, and helps victims to get on with their lives. Some of the processes we have already put in place are already having an impact. Operation urination where we don’t arrest/fine for urinating in the street but bring the offenders back the next morning for a bucket and mop exercise, anger management courses run by a local martial arts expert which shows the implications of violence and the normal RJ's such as bringing neighbours together to discuss disputes can on the face of it look silly but can have huge implications on their lives. This Constabulary has also gone one step further: COP’s - Community Orientated Policing where a degree of sense and practicality has returned, with some sensible discretion thrown in. Credit must go to the Constabularies Commanders for this. It gives officers an opportunity to think about what is best for the victim, and not just arrest. But don’t be thinking we do not arrest anymore, we do, but this gives us the opportunity to think a bit more holistically about the problem. Anyway, enough of me, keep them doors and windows locked and keep safe. Gloucestershire Constabulary

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