Tetbury Advertiser October 2023

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Established 1974 • Produced by the Tetbury Lions - www.tetburylions.com • Circulation 4,600 October 2023 TETBURY ADVERTISER Inside this issue... History of Tetbury Society Men’s Sheds
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The Cat & Custard Pot Inn is a traditional pub with eight lovely en-suite bedrooms.

It is a stone’s throw from Tetbury, Malmesbury, the Beaufort polo club and the Westonbirt Arboretum.

Sitting in the centre of a lovely village, Shipton Moyne, the Cat has a bustling bar which serves great local beers as well as classic pub food with a modern twist. Relax and unwind next to the cosy log burner or keep up to date with the latest sport, the Cat caters for all!

Our new Pizza terrace is open Wednesday to Sunday and serves authentic Italian pizza produced by our traditionally trained pizza chef.

To book a room or table visit our website or call us 01666 880249

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Useful Information


Christ Church, The Chipping 01285 653655

St. Marys’ - C of E - Church St. 01666 500088

St. Michael’s - R.C. - The Green 01666 502367


Suite 132,Corinium House, Corinium Avenue, Barnwood Point, Gloucester GL4 3HX Tel: 0345 680 5029


TEL: 0808 800 0511


Phoenix Tetbury, Long Street. Tel: 01666 502303 The Tolsey Surgery, High Street, Sherston. Tel: 01666 840270


Malmesbury Road. Tel: 01666 502336

OSTEOPATHS Tel: 01666 503599 & 01666 502214

4th Oct Tetbury Art Society

Demonstration by Miranda Songer 7.30 pm at The Tetbury Library. See article for details.

5th Oct The History of Tetbury Society

Host a monthly talk on “What is radical history?” by Stuart Butler. See article for details.

9th Oct Tetbury WI

Talk by Norma Mills of Stroud UKE. 7.30 pm at The Goods Shed.

10th Oct World Mental Health Day.

11th Oct Tetbury Film Society

“Broker” 7.30 pm at the Dolphins Hall.

16th Oct Tetbury and District u3a

Host a monthly talk by Nick Brazil. 10.30 am at The Goods Shed. See article for details.

18th Oct St Mary’s Primary School Open Day. See article for details.

18th Oct Badminton House Wine Tasting

With Joanna Sims. See their website for details.

21st Oct Tetbury Art Society

Table Top Sale at The Market Hall. See article for details.

22nd Oct St Marys’ Church

Hosts iSing CELEBRATE event. 4.00 pm at St Mary’s School.

Friends of Tetbury Community Transport October trips: To book 0345 680 5029


Bookings can be made at www.dolphinshall.org or email: contact@dolphinshall.org

LIBRARY Close Gardens. Tel: 01666 502258 (Mon 10.00-1.00, Tue 10.00-5.00, Wed 10.00-5.00, Fri 10.00-6.00, Sat 10.00-1.00)


Tetbury Town Council, Old Courthouse, Long Street. Tel: 01666 504670 (Mon-Fri 9am - 2.30pm) Council Info. Services, in Council Office. Email: reception@tetbury.gov.uk

Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester. Tel: (01285) 623000

NATIONAL EXPRESS Bookings taken at the Visitor Information Centre. Daily return service from Cirencester to Heathrow. www. visittetbury.co.uk

POLICE STATION The Old Courthouse, Long Street Tel: Emergency - 999, Non-Emergency101 (note new number).

RAILWAY STATION Kemble - 6 miles

Enquiries Tel: 0845 748 4950


Sir William Romney’s, Lowfield Road. Tel: 01666 502378 St. Mary’s Primary, St. Mary’s Road.Tel: 01666 502275.


Monday-Friday 9.00-3.00 Tetbury Town Council Offices 01666 504670. Saturday 10.00-4.00

Tetbury Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 01666 503552

The Friends of Tetbury Community Transport Roger Bellairs, 07759 142577

TETBURY CARES, www.tetburycares.org

Website to signpost local health services

TETBURY LIONS, www.tetburylions.com

Tetbury Town Crier Tony Evans, 24 Box Crescent, Minchinhampton, Nr. Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 9DJ.

Tel: 01453 731355 Mob: 07969 302042

Email: tonyevanstowncrier@btinternet.com

VISITOR INFORMATION 33 Church Street. tourism@tetbury.gov.uk Tel: 01666 503552

The Team
Notice to Advertisers and Contributors Contents
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Beauty Corner 9 Chelworth Bookworms 12 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens 15 Girlguiding 18 History of Tetbury Society 17 Lion’s Den 5 Mayor’s Report 13 Men’s Sheds 50 News from St Marys’ Church 10 News from St Michael’s Church 54 Shots from a Lawyer’s Gun 54 South Cotswold Bridge Club 21 St Mary’s CE VA Primary School 53 St Mary’s Playgroup 24 Tetbury and District u3a 22 Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust 27 Tetbury Art Society 29 Tetbury Bowls Club 30 Tetbury Chess Club 33 Tetbury Cricket Club 53 Tetbury Film Society 9 Tetbury Goods Shed 49 Tetbury Hospital 58 Tetbury in Bloom 40 Tetbury Library 35 Tetbury Nursery Playgroup 36 Tetbury Probus 39 Tetbury Rugby Club 57 Tetbury Theatre Group 42 Tetbury WI 45 The Feoffees and the Thirteen 46 Young by Name 4
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What’s in a Name?

Have you ever wanted to visit a place simply because its name intrigued you? On a short break in North Devon, I am pleased to have had the opportunity to visit Westward Ho! The exclamation mark that is part of the seaside town’s official name makes it sound so thrilling. The only thing I know about Westward Ho! is that Charles Kingsley wrote a novel by that name, so I assume he thought it worth celebrating.

Yet as I plan our trip, I discover the novel Westward Ho! predates the town. Kingsley wrote it in 1855 while living in Bideford. Only in 1863 did an enterprising firm of developers start building an eponymous town nearby to cash in on the novel’s popularity.

There’s no copyright on book titles, so I wonder this doesn’t happen more often. It’s a much more exciting approach to

merchandising than the usual t-shirts, tea-towels and tote bags. My daughter and I would visit a real-life Moomin Valley like a shot.

So, if Kingsley’s book didn’t take its name

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from the town, where did it originate? Received wisdom is that it came from Victorian water-taxi signs indicating their direction of travel along the Thames. There was also a play by the same name, written by John Webster and Thomas Dekker in 1604, about the westward expansion of London. There followed plays called Eastward Ho! and Northward Ho! but no Southward Ho! Maybe Jacobean playwrights, like London cabbies, didn’t like going south of the river. I wonder whether Westward Ho! is the only place name in the world to include an exclamation mark, and I’m pleased to discover another town with not one but two. I think St-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha! in Quebec, Canada, sounds like a fun place until I find it’s named after the French word haha, meaning an impasse, rather than for a civic sense of humour. It’s the same word we use in English to mean a concealed trench to prevent animals passing from farmland to gardens, dispensing with the need for a fence or wall that might spoil the landowner’s view.

The nearest haha I know to Tetbury is at Westonbirt School, at the edge of its Grade I listed gardens. A vintage list of school rules forbids pupils from roaming beyond the haha. This instruction must have perplexed new girls, unless they all had hahas at home.

Meanwhile, back in Bideford, I discover on YouTube a satirical song called “Westward Ho! – Massive Letdown” by Half Man Half Biscuit. With a discography that includes “Trouble Over Bridgwater”, “Back in the DHSS”, “Dickie Davies Eyes”, and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Road”, there’s a band that knows how to work a name.

Consequently, when I finally arrive at Westward Ho!, I’m bracing myself for a let-down, but thick fog drifts in from the sea shrouding the whole place, making it impossible to form a fair judgment. My sense of wonder therefore remains intact. Not so my computer’s grammar checker, sent into meltdown by all those rulebreaking exclamation marks.

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…Lions Zone Chair Richard Stannard to our September meeting. We held a film night of the Wing Walk and Wacky Races at the Priory on the 13th of September where the Aero flight team gave an interesting talk on Wing Walking and their other adventures and we celebrated the income from donations for this event.

We declined a number of requests for funding through the month; some of which (eg SWR all weather pitch, The People For

You Charity) have been asked to return with a request once more information is available or they are better prepared. We made our regular donation of £200 to the Foodbank and raised just over £100 for local charities at a bucket shake in Tesco’s in early September. We expect a revamped version of the Lions 200 Club before too long. Watch this space.

The £1,000 we were allocated from the Tesco blue token imitative has sadly been

lost as we are unable to hold Wacky Races next year and we are not allowed to transfer it to anything else.

We shall be assisting the Great Tythe Barn with their Christmas Fayre on the 26th of November, including providing items for sale made by Tetbury Men’s Sheds (strongly supported by Tetbury Lions and covered elsewhere in this issue but see the growing participation in the photo).

There will also be another Lions Big Quiz at the Great Tythe Barn on the 16th of of December – get your team together now ready to win some wonderful prizes.

We have more potential recruits to Lions “in the pipeline” but more Lions are needed if we are to support events, large and small, throughout the year. Why not give Lions a try; young and old, male and female members will all be made to feel very welcome at our monthly meetings at 7.30 pm on the first Wednesday of the month at the Priory.

Come along and see what goes on. Your ideas and energy could help support and benefit the people and organisations of Tetbury whilst at the same time you will have some fun.

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September has been a relatively quiet month for Tetbury Lions but we were pleased to welcome…


Harvest Special Severn Boar

Every year Ken travels to Charles Faram's Hop Farm to collect freshly harvested crops for this brew. It's always deliciously autumnal.

Late September

Bramling Cross is used to create this mellow beer with the long-lingering fruity characteristics synonymous with Uley Ales.


Pigor Mortis

This special brew needs no introduction. Our 6% rich, dark Ruby will be available later this year. Just in time to ward off the winter blues.


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What are Thread Veins?

Thread veins are permanently dilated capillaries. These tiny capillaries have extremely thin walls, just one cell thick, that constantly dilate and constrict throughout our lives to help regulate body temperature. However, contrary to popular belief, they are not broken capillaries. Over time, these capillaries can lose their elasticity. As a result, they may not be able to constrict as efficiently, leading them to become permanently dilated. This is when they become visible through the skin, appearing as pesky thread veins, which we all hate, especially after a glass of red wine!

What Causes Thread Veins?

Ageing: The skin gets less elastic over time, making veins more visible. Genetics:

Some families might have a higher chance of getting them. Pregnancy: The body changes a lot during pregnancy, which can affect veins. External Factors: Things like constantly wearing glasses or being in harsh weather can play a role. Lifestyle Choices: Smoking or being very active in sports might be causes. Hormonal Changes: Changes in hormones can affect veins. Skin Fragility: People with thin or delicate skin might be more prone to them. While these veins are typically harmless, they can be a concern for many people.

So how Can Thread Veins Be Treated?

Thread vein treatments are always most successful when conducted over a course, rather than an one individual treatment.

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One common method involves accurately positioning the tip of an extremely fine probe, the size of an eyelash, over the vein. A gentle current is then applied to the skin’s surface, causing that section of the vessel to disappear, before moving onto the next section. While many small vessels can be addressed in each session, it is crucial not to overtreat any one area. This is surprisingly comfortable so nothing to fear!

Can You Prevent Thread Veins?

To prevent facial thread veins: use sunscreen to guard against UV damage; moderate alcohol intake; embrace gentle skincare; avoid extreme temperatures/ harsh exfoliation and have a good skin care routine appropriate for your skin type.

Post-Treatment Care

Post-procedure, it is natural for the skin to appear slightly inflamed, but this redness will subside - depending on the size of the area this can be a few hours or a few days.

I always recommend, refraining from touching, picking, or scratching the area. Avoid makeup and skincare products for at least twenty-four hours post-treatment. If the nasal area has been treated, try not to blow your nose aggressively.

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… Stow-on-the-Wold to come to Tetbury Film Society! If you are not already a member of Tetbury Film Society, it’s not too late to join.

On Wednesday the 11th of October we will be screening ‘Broker’ (Cert 12). Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda is known for his unconventional-family dramas which show another side to life, including the Palmed’Or winning ‘Shoplifters’, which I would also highly recommend. In this film he applies his delicate touch to the unexpected topic of “baby boxes” put out by churches in Korea for unwanted newborns.

We are a small membership-based club showing world cinema, where people can watch the screenings of films which might otherwise not be shown in mainstream

cinemas. We are based at the Dolphins Hall where we have our own large screen and projector. Doors open at 7.00 pm and films begin at 7.30 pm prompt.

At £27 per person for the programme of nine films, and with the occasional glass of wine, Tetbury Film Society is remarkable value for money.

Remember, you are welcome to join us as a visiting guest, or bring a visitor with you, at anytime.

For full details and an application form, visit our website www.tetburyfilm.org.uk or call our membership secretary Patricia on 01666 502085.

Activities like swimming, saunas, and highintensity workouts should be off the agenda for a minimum of forty eight hours and remember, always shield the treated skin from direct sun exposure. SPF should always be worn and reapplied every two hours. So, if those pesky red veins on your face or body bother you, remember there are always solutions to eliminate them – you don’t have to endure them and feel self-conscious.

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As each child arrived, a team from church offered them this card to tie on their book bag, as a prayer and blessing. We’d also spent time chatting to class teachers beforehand, and the school looked amazing: all ready for the new school year. We continue to be involved with Tetbury’s children, young people and families in lots of different ways.

At Sir William Romney’s our Youth Worker, Mandie Winbow and Curate Steve help support the students. Then at St Mary’s we help with whole-school Collective Worship twice a week: once with the clergy team leading (Steve, Pauline or me) and once with the Churches’ Together “Open the Book” team, who act out favourite Bible stories, which the children love. There’s also the Faith Explorers’ After-School Club, which continues to be popular!

On Sunday the 22nd of October at 4.00 pm, iSingPOP CELEBRATE returns for all the family. Held in St Mary’s school hall and run by all the churches in Tetbury, there will be crafts, a Bible story, time for prayers and songs, and tea for everyone. In our 10.00 am Sunday service in church, we have a lovely band of people who lead Little Fishes Sunday School, which is great.

October opens with the lovely Tetbury Music Festival, hosted at St Marys’ Church and on Sunday the 1st of October that includes the special Tetbury Music Festival Eucharist at 10.30 am. It is always a great celebration, so please do come along if you can.

With love and praying for God’s blessing on us all, Poppy.

The Revd Canon Poppy Hughes Parish Priest, St Mary the Virgin & St Mary Magdalen Church, Tetbury

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Tetbury Town Council has a vacancy for a Town Councillor following the resignation of Councillor Mark Baker which can now be filled by co-option.

If you fulfil the eligibility criteria below and are interested in becoming involved in local decision making and helping to shape the future of Tetbury please consider applying.

Applicants are asked to apply in writing, setting out why you wish to be considered as a councillor and any qualities or experience that you have that you think would benefit the Town Council.

All candidates will be voted by the present Councillors of Tetbury Town Council at the October meeting of the Town Council, which is being held on Monday 23rd October, Tetbury Library, Close Gardens starting at 7pm, all applicants will be requested to attend for the present Councillors to ask questions before voting takes place.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 16th October.

Applications must be submitted to the CEO, Tetbury Town Council, The Old Courthouse, 63 Long Street, Tetbury, Glos GL8 8AA or via email to ceo@tetbury. gov.uk

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the CEO on 01666 504670

Criteria for a Councillor:

To meet the criteria for becoming a councillor, individuals must fulfil certain requirements. These criteria are designed to ensure that our elected officials are qualified and capable of effectively representing the community:

• Age and Residency: Candidates must be at least 18 years old and either a British resident, a resident of the Commonwealth, or a resident of the European Union.

• Registered as a local government elector for the town and/or who has

• During the whole of the twelve months preceding the appointment occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the town and/or

• Principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the town and/or has

• During those twelve months resided in the town or within 4.8 kilometres of it;

• And is not disqualified from holding office by reason of any disqualification set out in Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 (see below).

• Holds any paid office or employment within the authority.

• Is subject of a bankruptcy restriction order.

• Has within five years before the day of election been convicted in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and has had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine.

Commitment and Availability: Councillors must be committed to attending council meetings, engaging with constituents, and dedicating their time to the responsibilities of the position.

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This book really split the Bookworms. Some liked the episodic nature of the book, others found that the widely varying stories made it rather disjointed. Some liked the follow-up discussions; others thought these added little other than to spread a few red herrings. Whilst the final twist was satisfying, you will have to make up your own mind as to whether it was woth waiting for.


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Please to try to support your local retailers, you will be surprised at the range of products and services they offer often at very competitive prices. So, before you travel or start up your computer give our local shops a try. We at Tetbury Hardware have been your local store for nearly 12 years. We can deliver items locally subject to value.

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Mayor’s Report

It is lovely to see so many businesses investing in their premises in the town.

On 18th August, I was delighted to unveil the new mural at Tetbury Bowls Club and to meet the artists, Keith and Kate Apperley. This stunning artwork depicts many wellknown landmarks and is a clever way to disguise some storage sheds. I hope that it will become a new Tetbury landmark!

It was also lovely to get out and about recently, to attend several events in the town, including the town Carnival, the Tony Jones Family Fun Day at the cricket club, the Art Club annual exhibition and History of Tetbury event in the Market House, the opening of various venues in support of the national Heritage weekend, and the Tour of Britain cycle race. They all help to make Tetbury a great place to live and attract visitors.

On 30th August, I also attended the Go Wild Funday and Community Safety Showcase on the Recreation Ground, co-hosted by the Cotswold Community Safety Partnership and the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner. It was lovely to see so many youngsters and their families enjoying a range of free activities (including circus skills, African drumming and dressing up), and to speak with representatives from various groups who work so hard to keep us healthy and safe (such as the Police and Fire services, Bromford Housing, Age UK and the Foodbank, amongst others). It was also heartening to receive praise regarding how Tetbury Town Council provides and supports youth provision.

Tetbury Town Council was well represented at the Cotswold District Council Parish and Towns Forum, which focused on District priorities and all things planning. Joe Harris, the Leader of the Council, has offered to come to talk to Tetbury Town Council about partnership working, for example how, together, we might address the issue of finding burial ground in Tetbury.

Unfortunately, due to funding pressures, Cotswold District Council has taken the difficult decision to withdraw its grant towards the running of the Tetbury Visitor Information Centre (VIC), which helps to promote our town. This is despite record visitor numbers to the premises on Church Street. The VIC is a valuable town resource. Sue and Matthew are very welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable about what is going on in the local area for residents and visitors alike. (Remember, you can get leaflets there for many local attractions, and buy tickets for the Goods Shed performances and National Express coach travel, alongside purchasing small gifts and Charity Christmas cards, and so much more.)

The Visitor Information Centre staff can tell you about the new local walks, led by Dr Alison Grierson-Brookes. These combine historical and archaeological content. To launch this new attraction, some Councillors recently tested out the one-mile town walk. We had a lovely time. I think we all learnt something new, and I would definitely recommend taking a tour. The walks will begin late September starting from the Visitor Information Centre.

As well as running the VIC Sue and Matthew try and promote the town through social media. They post daily on Twitter (@tetburyvic) and two or three times a week on Instagram (@visit_tetbury) and Facebook (VisitTetbury). Matthew is often seen with his phone out when walking through the town looking for something out of the ordinary that visitors and townsfolk may find of interest or amusing. The VIC staff also take pleasure in visiting new businesses to the town to promote on social media.

For more details about what’s on in Tetbury please visit the VIC or check out visittetbury.co.uk. The Visitor Information Centre is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 3pm.

Tara, our CEO, and I also met with the Goods Shed trustees and Dame Nia Griffith (MP for Llanelli and chair of their Goods Shed trust), who is interested in developing their goods shed into a community hub and how we had approached our project. It was a good opportunity to showcase what the Trustees, Town Council, and the many volunteers have achieved.

If you would like me to attend your event, or if you have any issues you want to raise, please call me on Tetbury 504746 or email me at liz.farnham@tetbury.gov.uk .

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…what a shame it came too late for the younger population as they have just returned to school. How lovely to be able to sit out in the garden until late evening though. The mixture of warm and wet weather has, of course, given the Wardens plenty of path clearance work – some of which has been around Tetbury and Tetbury Upton.

However, I am starting this article with a less local aspect. Woodchester Mansion, a Victorian Gothic masterpiece located within the National Trust’s Woodchester

Park is a building to which many Wardens donate their time - particularly related to renovation. For most of the year part of the Mansion (the house brewery and servants’ accommodation) cannot be accessed because of the rare Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats that roost and breed in the spring and summer months during which time they must not be disturbed. A brewhouse was a common inclusion in many of the larger country houses from early times until the late nineteenth century. The water supply would have

risked carrying harmful bacteria leading to disease so was not drunk “neat.”

Beer was the favoured drink, even in the later eighteenth and through the nineteenth centuries. Both ladies and gents imbibed, from the humble to the haughty in society – beer for breakfast, lunch and supper. Teas and coffee were luxuries beyond the means of most and supplies to remoter areas difficult.

By October, the bats have departed so “their” section of the building becomes available to visit – this year on the 14th and the 15th of October between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm – last entry 4.00 pm. There is a website - www.woodchestermansion.org. uk/ - and I can send a very comprehensive, focussed article to those interested in learning more (let me know on Warden. Ian34@Gmail.com). Please consider visiting.

Moving on to the recent local work of the Wardens, this month’s photos are of the path behind the houses from Cutwell, leading to the exit on Longfurlong Lane. This path is naturally narrow, restricted by walls, hedges and fences, and the growth you can see in the “before” photo illustrates how easily it can become difficult to navigate.

This was one of the Tetbury paths we cleared around the area late August.

My last subject returns to the free guided walks the Wardens lead. You can easily access the list of guided walks on the AONB website at https://www.cotswoldsaonb. org.uk/visiting-and-exploring/guidedwalks/ where there is the function to highlight walks in a specific area, within a month and categorised by level of difficulty.

Thank you for reading, I hope the above will prove useful.

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… ‘Gloucestershire Cave and Rescue, our county underground.’ Jon Maisey and I decided at the beginning to leave the cave rescue for another meeting and concentrate on our county underground where the Gloucester Speleological Society (GSS) have been exploring and unearthing stone quarries around Windrush, just off the A40. These quarries were not as you would

imagine large holes in the ground, but a network of tunnels from where the stone was ‘mined’ preserving the landscape.

Although Jon has only been involved in this project over the last five years, GSS has been involved in the project since 1980 when they first entered the mine. Since then, they have carried out extensive

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clearing, securing and mapping of the sites to uncover a rabbit warren of tunnels, which appear to have three entrances, suggesting three separate mines. There are signs though that much more could be underground waiting to be discovered. Records show that there were workings from the early 1720s, on land leased by Earl Sherborne and carried on through to about 1900 when regulations were brought in making safety measures too expensive to implement.

Something that has been of great interest has been the items left underground by the masons, plus their graffiti. The items include, unsurprisingly, clay pipes, but also working tools, a broken dinner plate and a shelf of shoes, which has caused some head scratching! In addition, worked ‘troughs’ appear to have been left underground, whether it was for the use of the horses for water, or other uses is not clear. One story is that the local band used to rehearse in the stable, indicating a large space for the stabling of horses. Jon thinks that this area has now been found and with it there is evidence that horses were used, as the ruts from the cartwheels remain in the floor as do worn walls from the swingle trees that were attached to the traces. Horse hooves were also found, but sadly have now been stolen.

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The wide variety of graffiti has been extensively recorded, some of which are on the walls and ceiling and indeed one on one ceiling is backward! These date from the mid 19th Century and early 20th Century, some are carved and some are written with pencils/pens.

Those whose names appear on the graffiti have been researched using the censuses many of whom are local men. The heyday seems to have been between 1851 – 1881. Much of the stone has been used for inside and mainly locally with some exceptions being Oxford Colleges (1803), St George’s Chapel, Windsor (1804) and others.

We look forward to Jon returning.

Next month our speaker is Stuart Butler, who will be talking about ‘What is radical history? The Tetbury Swing Riots of 183031, hear about Elizabeth Parker and Captain Swing’. That is in Christ Church, The Chipping on the 5th of October at 7.30 pm.

Thank you to Jon Maisey for the photographs.


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this is Lucy’s report: We had to get the coach very early in the morning and although there were queues at the airport the journey went smoothly, although we nearly missed our flight as we didn’t hear the announcement for boarding!

We took part in the Crazy 75 challenge in small teams, doing such things as Roly Polys and writing words with nature, we had to complete at least thirty-five to get the badge. We played a game in the forest in the dark that used candles. Due to poor weather we had to have our campfire indoors, but we did teach the scouts some of our traditional songs.

After packing up camp we travelled to Franker and met the Region Commissioner. One of the explorers brought us Sugar Bread, a local food. We then had two days sightseeing and shopping in Amsterdam. We went to the Upside-Down experience; a social media museum and we had a boat trip. On the final day we went for pancakes before heading to the Eurostar for our trip home. We finished our long journey home with a visit to Pizza Express!

It was a wonderful trip and I had an amazing time and would like to thank everyone who helped me fundraise to make it possible.

Our Rangers (aged 14-18) are a highly active group and this term will be going go-karting, assembling pizza ovens to cook pizzas, making ice cream, and lots of other exciting activities! If this sounds like something your daughter would be interested in taking part in,

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After a long drive we arrived at the beautiful Dwingeloo Campsite where we stayed with the scouts for a week. After a good night’s sleep, we started building the pioneering kitchen using logs and knots we learnt at Guides. We decorated it with bunting that we had made to bring over, which added a bit of England to our camp. The next day we went on a long hike around the local area with the explorers and scouts. In the evening we traded badges and neckers with scouts from around the world. We were also introduced to Kubb and Living Rise, Dutch games, which were great fun. We visited the local water park and despite rain we had a good time. We visited the scout shop on site and then a flea market in the beautiful local town, there were so many different stalls and we learnt a lot about Dutch culture. We also got to visit a Dutch supermarket comparing it to the UK.

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usually because the distribution is unusual, especially when the high card points (HCP) in your hand total around 9-11 points. Lower point counts are easier as we have the tools to make a decision: Weak two`s or pre-ementive threes. What to do with

a hand like the one below, when it`s your opening bid?

We have only 10 HCP and a losing trick count suggesting only three winners. But this is,

potentially, a strong hand with 2 five card suits. Some couples would count a singleton and a doubleton as 3 extra points on the first round thus reaching 13 HCP, but others might only take into account voids, singletons and doubletons on second round.

Another approach is to use the rule of twenty. First calculate your HCP, in this case 10. Then add to this the number of cards in your two longest suits. If that comes to 20 or more, then you can open. The hand above comes to exactly 20.

How about this hand?

A J 7 8 9 3 K Q 10 10, 4, 2 void Again 10HCP, but we have 7 spades. It is really too strong for a pre-emptive 3 spades but you could argue that describes your hand best. The rule of twenty suggests 1 spade, giving the point count precedence over distribution and your partner is less likely to pass. This would be my choice but it`s your call!

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Most of our groups meet monthly, and examples include Art Appreciation, Badminton, Curry Club, French Conversation, Golf, Photography, Playreading, Short Walks ……….and there’s so much more on offer.

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A day in the life of… our forest school leader

“On the morning of forest school, I begin my day by firstly assessing the weather. Unless it is very high winds, we are always outdoors. With my incredible team behind me, we prepare the snacks for the session, ensure we have plenty of water and have all the correct first aid resources. We then pack up the car and head off for a fun day in an outdoor environment.

Once down at forest school we begin our set up for the day by ensuring firstly, the site is safe by completing a ‘safety sweep’ where I ensure there are no harmful dangers and no animal poop! Secondly, that certain equipment is available for the children such as bug pots for bug hunting and binoculars for spotting birds. Thirdly, that the toilet tent is set up aswell as hand washing stations. I then plan sessions according to the children’s interests.

Once the children arrive, we sign them in and do a head count all together before we walk safely down to our site, taking in the wonderful world around us! Once in the gate we sit down at base camp and go through our important rules that keep us safe, then it’s time to go off to explore, learn and play!

Forest school gives the children the freedom to make their own choices, problem solve and develop their physical skills.

Sometimes we light a fire at base camp and cook various things on the fire. During the morning I ensure snacks are available and encourage them to make their own choices when they feel hungry.

Before lunch we sit down at base camp for mindfulness, to encourage the children to calm their mind and body. We close our

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My role as a forest school leader is very much to be an excellent role-model and to ensure the children are safe, inspired, happy, having fun, building friendships, engaged and are being challenged to learn more. Forest school has so many wonderful opportunities for children, boosting confidence, social skills, communication,

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Wow, what a busy and exciting summer we have had!

We ran drop-in sessions for young people on the Rec throughout the summer, family play sessions, cookery workshops, circus skills workshops, a bus trip to support young people to access Cirencester, an end of summer BBQ and also attended community days and events in the town. It was wonderful to see how well the activities were received, the numbers that attended and the variety of things on offer in Tetbury this summer

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We are extremely proud to announce that we have won the Gloucestershire HAF Award for the Best Family Event 2023 for the two Play Sessions that we ran in August. Back to our regular youth club sessions, we are excited for the year ahead and can announce two new weekly sessions for young people in Tetbury. We will be offering a Year 7 session on a Thursday in the Dolphins Hall which will focus on

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enjoying a mid-summer social at Shipton Moyne Village Hall and preparing for our summer exhibition which was held over the August Bank Holiday.

We had a really successful exhibition this year and sold twenty pictures in total. The Favourite Picture Competition was voted on by our many visitors over the weekend

and was won by Jackie Sapp.

On Wednesday the 6th of September we began our autumn season with a talk by Rose Arbuthnot, Painter, Poet and Thinker! Rose was born in Cheltenham and began painting as a child when a teacher encouraged her to copy an impressionist painting by Monet. She then studied Art

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and Art History at Edinburgh University and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Prince’s Drawing School in London. Rose is a co-founder of ‘The Owl Barn’ Artist Residency in Gloucestershire where artists are encouraged to develop their creative practice. Rose has travelled widely and exhibits in different galleries in London and has pictures in the RA summer exhibition.

Our October meeting will be held on Wednesday the 4th of Oct at 7.30 pm at Tetbury Library where Miranda Songer will demonstrate ‘Calligraphy in Art’. Miranda uses traditional English copperplate techniques with images based on the natural world drawn by hand. Please come and join us for what should an interesting evening.

Our annual Table Sale is being held at the Market house on Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd of October. We look forward to seeing you there.

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We’ve had a fantastic season this year!

It’s not just the fabulous results of the ladies and men’s leagues reported on last month, but the high quality of play demonstrated by our players during the club competitions. From May to midSeptember, our players pitted themselves against others and sometimes the vagaries of this summer’s weather! There were some great cliff-hanger semis and finals, with a few games finishing well after sunset which added to the challenge. Congratulations to all who made it through to the finals and won, and commiserations to the runners up. If you’d like to see the outcome of this season’s competitions, visit our website at www.tetburybowlsclub.co.uk/compwinners. We’re looking forward to our annual presentation night in November to recognise and celebrate the achievement of all our finalists.

As usual, our closing gala in late September signalled the end of outdoor play. We took our end-of season team photo, then played a game of Spider and a match. We ended the day rehashing the highs and lows of the season with a wonderful buffet spread courtesy of the Men’s Captain, Ladies Captain, Club Captain, and the Chair together with a drink or two from the bar. One of the season’s highlights has been how well the green has played; something lots of our visiting players have regularly commented on. Many often underestimate the skill, time and effort invested by our greenkeepers in making sure Tetbury Bowls Club offers a quality playing surface. And that’s perhaps because we don’t really know what’s involved, so here’s a quick overview:

• Mowing regularly – sometimes four times a week with two people going diagonally -- together with scarifying to

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• Maintaining an optimal watering schedule to keep the grass alive, so the unexpected high temperatures at the beginning and end of the season meant this was often a balancing act to get it just right

• Fertilising and conditioning as needed so that the grass was robust enough to withstand heavy usage, all the while monitoring for fungi or signs of disease which would set off another set of tasks!

Without the attention given to the green by our team of volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to attract and host teams from around the country. So, a huge heartfelt thank you to Vic, Brian, and Vincent for devoting

their time and doing their best to give us a wonderful green.

Now that we are into our offseason, an important upcoming date at the end of October is our Annual General Meeting when members will elect volunteers to a new management committee and vote on proposals for the coming year. Over the next few months, our members will be enjoying the various social events held at the club. These are a great way for everyone to keep in touch. If you’re interested in joining us as a social member, don’t hesitate to get in touch via email at tetburybowls@gmail.com or by completing the online membership form at www. tetburybowlsclub.co.uk/membership.

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a relatively static piece, the Rook is able to move any number of squares along the ranks and files which can make it a very manoeuvrable and powerful piece in a chess game. Indeed, two Rooks working together to provide mutual support are more than a match for a Queen. From their opening positions on the edge of the board it may take several turns to develop the Rooks and bring them into the game, ideally on open files from where they may be able to swoop down to the 7th rank and cause havoc in their opponent’s camp.

Last month’s puzzle (Figure 1) by Ercole del Rio in the Sept issue posed the question ‘what move should white play to checkmate the black King with the Bishop?’ The solution is Knight to e6 check! After black plays Queen takes Knight then follows:

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This month’s puzzle is also by Ercole del Rio. (Figure 2) With white to play all moves seem to lead to white being checkmated. Can white force a draw?

“Chess opens up and enriches your mind” or so claims international master Saudin Robovic. So, take Saudin’s advice and open up and enrich your mind by playing a game of chess at the Ormond Hotel in Tetbury. We meet every Wednesday morning from about 9.30 am, all levels are welcome, it’s very informal and completely free.


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We have a range of books on wellbeing and mental health as well as various hobbies such as knitting, gardening, DIY, and family history to name a few. We also have a section covering computers and business/ job hunting if you are looking for a fresh start, as well as subscriptions to Ancestry and Findmypast.

In addition, we also have a selection of eBooks available; all you need is your library card and your Pin to get started after you’ve downloaded the Borrowbox app. Our new app Pressreader also has a selection of newspapers and magazines for you to browse. If you are struggling with either of these, then simply pop into the

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We have a range of clubs that are free for anyone to join.

Knit & Natter group that meets at 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm on the second Tuesday of every month. A fun and informal group meeting to knit (or crochet) and natter, learn new skills and help anyone who is having problems or simply learning.

Scrabble club meets 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm on the third Wednesday of every month. A small and informal group that meets up and is an ideal chance to keep the brain cells active.

Library club meets around 11.00 am on the last Friday of every month. A small and informal group for those who find it difficult to come to the library on their own. Transport is provided but needs to be booked with us.

Paper Crafter’s group meets 10.30 am on the second Saturday of the month to make a card using various paper crafting techniques. The main technique the group focuses on is teabag folding, which is an intricate and beautiful technique with stunning results.

If you are keen to try something new and any of these groups sounds interesting, feel free to pop along and give it a go without any obligation to commit to every session.

Tuesday the 10th of October is World Mental Health Day and we will be holding a small tea and chat time at 2.00 pm during Knit & Natter. It will be an informal affair where you can simply pop along, have a cuppa, some cake and a chat. Even if you aren’t keen on knitting, please don’t be put off as you can still drop-in for a coffee and a change of scenery. We will have a range of books and wellbeing sheets etc out for you to have a browse through if you would like to have a look.

While the focus has been on wellbeing and positivity, it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Darcy as she goes on to pastures new. While we are sad that she has left us, we wish her well in her new endeavours.

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Our focus has been to let the children find their bearings and it’s been a joy to watch them grow more confident with their surroundings and their friends.

Our approach to settling children in at playgroup is fluid as every child is an individual. As an example a two year old will usually still have a secure attachment to their main care-giver so will need gentle steps; building a relationship with their key worker and learning that their parent will return to pick them up after a little while, so sometimes this involves them just staying for a short time at first, then gradually increasing the amount of time they stay. We use visual timetables to show the children each part of the day, pictures detailing ‘play’, ‘snack’, ‘lunch’ or ‘home time’ so they can see what’s happening next. Older children are often starting to want a bit of independence so generally (but not always) settle quicker. Through meetings with parents/carers and visits to us before

they start, we create a settling in plan for each child to hopefully make their first few weeks with us as smooth as they can be.

We have story times, group singing, games

and circle time chats, but a lot of time at playgroup is given to free-play, and to the children’s choice. In the planning we ensure there are activities on offer covering the early years curriculum from which the children can choose, including construction play, art and craft, creative role-play and small-world, maths and mark-making resources, and many opportunities for physical exercise and fresh air, underlying all is the promotion of healthy personal and social development. With the older children we have some more adult-led activities and often have a theme running through the planning such as ‘All about Me’. This encourages children to learn about themselves as individuals, thinking about their features and characters (they’re busy making faces in the photos after looking at themselves in a mirror).

Coming up we’ll be having an ‘applethemed’ week and looking at everything Autumn brings. If you’re out and about and find interesting autumnal natural resources on walks or in gardens we’d love conkers, pinecones, colourful leaves etc please just drop them in to us. We’ve had some donations recently of craft supplies and other bits and pieces, so we’d like to extend our thanks to those who’ve been kind enough to donate resources.

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to the Tornado’s first real operations during the first Gulf War in 1990-91. This then lead into RAF operations in the Middle East during the 1990s as well as world-wide deployments to locations as far flung as Alaska, Las Vegas and Labrador. Neville then talked through his time looking after the MOD’s gas turbine policy - including delivery of significant cost savings with the RAF’s RB199 engines.

He finished with his three years as Director of Harrier and Tornado, together with the decision of which fleet to retire - and the subsequent activity to turn Tornado into a highly capable Ground Close-Air Support aircraft at very short notice.

A lively period of questions and answers rounded off the session.

One of our members Dr David Smith gave us a talk about his working life in Health Physics on the 17th of August.

David graduated from York University with a physics degree and stayed on at York to complete his D Phil in surface physics. He joined the National Coal Board in a research and development establishment, following in the famous footsteps of Jacob Bronowski and Rosalind Franklin. There he worked on the development of environmental sensors for characterising the atmosphere underground in coal mines.

He led two European research programmes on the measurement of radon underground and the development of a new type of respiratory protective equipment for use by miners in emergency.

In 1993, David was appointed as a Specialist Radiation Inspector in the Health and Safety Executive. He gave us some very interesting examples of what can go wrong when employers and employees fail to manage the safe use of radioactive material. He was personally involved in many investigations and accidents involving radioactive material and appeared as an expert witness in several successful prosecutions.

In 2000, he transferred to the Ministry of Defence as a specialist radiation protection adviser where he carried out post-conflict environmental surveys in Kosovo, Bosnia and Iraq. These were driven by the earlier use of depleted uranium munitions by US and UK forces.

Following the polonium-210 poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 he was closely involved in specialist MOD radiation monitoring support to the civil powers.

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Looking back over the summer, we are really pleased with…

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Although most people I’m sure were disappointed with all the cool wet weather we experienced during July and August, it was actually a bonus for us, as one of the most time-consuming and challenging tasks we normally face each summer, is watering. That task was obviously much reduced and our grateful thanks, as always, go to those residents (you know who you are!), who took on the regular responsibility of watering some of the locations we tend i.e., the bed at Braybrooke Close, the planter on Millennium Green, the tubs on the Chipping Steps, and the troughs at St Saviour’s church. We also wish to thank Sian

and Kate very much indeed for helping us to plant the summer bedding during June. With October now arriving, we’ll be turning our efforts to planting additional bulbs in the beds, especially tulips as they have a tendency to ‘disappear’ over time! By augmenting their numbers each year, it ensures that the beds in spring always remain full of colour.

This month, it is likely that the hanging baskets we supplied to residents and traders in June, will be getting past their

best. I’ll soon be contacting everyone who supported us by buying them, to arrange collection of the empty containers as and when you have finished with them, so we can wash and disinfect them ready for use again next year. If yours have already finished, and are ready for collection now, please ring me on 504213 or email me on sue@teturyinbloom.org.uk so we can arrange a suitable time to pick them up (or for you to deliver back to me, if you live outside Tetbury.) Very many thanks.

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In August we often have our summer outing and this year…

…42nd Street came to The Bristol Hippodrome for a short time so off we went. This was certainly a very good choice as 42nd Street was amazing.

Based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent 1933 Hollywood film adaptation, this backstage musical follows the rehearsal process of a Broadway show staged during the height of the Great Depression. The show is a juke box musical of sorts, in that in addition to songs from the 1933 film, it includes songs that Dubin and Warren wrote for many other films. Remember the songs “We’re in the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway?” When a revered Broadway director Julian Marsh, falls on hard times, he wants an ambitious musical to be his final production, to solve his financial problems. Young Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York, dreaming of her name in lights, catches his eye. A dazzling cast of fifty brings the story to life with the classic songs, wonderful tap dancing and colourful costumes. It was brilliant, so lively, colourful a real feel-good show, lots of smiling faces getting on the coach.

The West End production opened at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane in August 1984. The career of teenager Catherine ZetaJones , a chorus member in the 1984 West End production, was launched when a vacation and an illness felled both the actress portraying Peggy Sawyer and her understudy when one of the producers happened to be in the audience. Catherine Zeta Jones filled in and was impressive enough to be casted permanently in the role shortly afterwards. The production closed on the 7th of January 1989 after nearly five years. It was almost the same story as Peggy Sawyer!

Wednesday the 18th of October, we are visiting Malvern Theatre for a matinee performance of “Merchant of Venice,” which is the first Shakespeare we have seen for a long time, this will be an all day excursion.

Thursday the 9th of November, we are seeing “Twelve Angry Men” at the lovely local Everyman Theatre, this is a matinee performance but we are having the day there as an excuse for a shop, lunch, coffee, so a nice day out.

Our next trip booked is a long way off but is to see “Hamilton” at the Bristol Hippodrome. It is on the 22nd of May 2024. The tickets for this show were released very early as it

is so popular, to obtain a large number we had to buy early therefore our members who requested them have bought them. If you would like any other details about us do look at the website www. tetburytheatregroup.co.uk or telephone Diana Challis (our membership secretary) 01666502768 or Helen Price (our chairperson) 01666 503187.

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local, independent business more closely, learning about the history of jigsaw puzzles and how they are made.

One of our members, Claire, kindly invited the Garden Group to look around her garden on Chavenage Lane. With fabulous lawns and herbaceous borders, her garden is set out with distinct areas all surrounded by fields with cows in the distance. Later the same week several of the Garden Group ladies took advantage of the Badminton House Open Garden event. A selection of food and drink stalls along with local plant and flower sellers ensured a very successful day out for all.

The Craft Group were very productive over the past months, with textile bowls made from soluble fabric as their early summer project, followed by textile art inspired by our June speaker, Louise Parker, who discovered textile design during Covid Lockdown.

a family-run farm that has been producing craft ciders for over two hundred years. Growing, harvesting, pressing, and bottling on site, making it one of the oldest independent cider makers in the world. A bus load of our members along with some husbands and guests enjoyed this summer jolly with a buffet lunch, an insider tour and talk, cider tastings, along with their

For our August meeting we headed out on a daytrip to Sheppys Cider in Taunton, David Wright

cider museum and a farm shop to purchase goodies to take home. Many thanks to Alex at Sheppys for a great day!

Two separate tours of the Wentworth Wooden Jigsaw Company in Pinkney were also organised. One in July and the other in August ensured that smaller groups could experience the workings of this fascinating

Saxophone and Clarinet Tuition

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The Book group are reading “The Keeper of Happy Endings” by Barbara Davis which they are enjoying very much. This month we kick off our new Group, Time for Tea, contact Jan on Committee if this is a group for you!

Sunni held another of her ever-popular Gin evenings, this time it was all about “Grapes and Gin”, so each gin had some grape connection, a grape spirit, grape flowers used as a botanical or even wine added during the distillation process. Needless to say, the evening was another triumph.

After a summer break in August, the regular monthly coffee mornings commenced again in September. Gathering at The Snooty Fox on the 4th Monday of each month at 10.30 am for a casual coffee and a chat, the next coffee morning will be on Monday the 23rd of October. Ali has also been working on our Christmas party, this year to be held at The Priory in late November.

“Food- For Goodness Sake!” was the topic for our speaker this month, Susan Kinnaird, a reputed Nutritionist with a wealth of speaking to and advising medics all over the UK. Next month, we look forward to hearing from Norma Mills of Stroud Uke, she joins us on Monday the 9th of October at 7.30 pm at The Goods Shed. Tetbury WI welcomes members from Tetbury and the surrounding villages, do come along, we would love to meet you.

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…as the newest member of the Thirteen, we all look forward to working with him in the coming years.

Many thanks to those who came in September to the Market House for Heritage Weekend and to hear Thirteen member Tony Walsh’s talk on the history of the Feoffees and Thirteen. I am pleased to advise that donations to Tetbury Hospital of £50 were received. Also, thank you to those who took part in the traditional annual Beating of the Bounds and the presentation of the Charity accounts.

For those of you who use Preston Park, you will have noticed the installation of an accessible path along the top of the park and we hope that this will allow more members of our community to enjoy this wonderful area, walk their dogs, take their exercise and experience the birds and wildlife who live amongst us.

As the autumn comes our thoughts and plans now move towards Christmas celebrations in Tetbury and the decoration with lights of the Market House and the Christmas Trees, which will be generously donated once again by the LowsleyWilliams family at Chavenage. I would like to thank them for their continued support and I am pleased to confirm that this year we have also purchased a new set of lights for the Market House.

Dates for your Diary

Friday the 1st of December – Light Up Tetbury

Sunday the 10th of December – Tetbury Hospital Santa Dash – starting under the Market House

Finally, we were pleased to award a financial grant to the Goods Shed for their ‘Off the Rails’ event, which proved to be very popular on such a lovely summers day.

If you think we may be able to help you or if you are a member of a group who could be helped with a grant, please visit our website - www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk – where you can also find out more about the work we do in our town. Finally, if you would like to volunteer to help us, please get in touch or speak to one of our members.

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Tight, pumping rhythm section, authentic guitars, tasteful keys and four part vocal harmonies will bring to life your favourite songs from your favourite decade.

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Did you come along the other weekend to this year’s Off The Rails Festival?

Over one thousande five hundred happy revellers packed the green spaces around the Goods Shed Arts Centre last weekend for our annual community festival. This family event now in its third year was the most successful to date.

The weather was blissfully kind; the stage fixed on top of the old cattle and sheep pens was vast; the acoustic was clear, and

the performers excelled themselves. Special mention must be given to Kym Cypher whose fans had travelled from as far as Devon and Scotland to catch the saxophonist and singer in prime voice.

There was a Samba band and a Samba Parade; Jack Calloway and the Midnight Creepers won prolonged applause for their skilled, foot-tapping traditional

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jazz numbers; DJ Andy Wyse kept things ticking along between the acts and the finale by the incredibly deep-bass of the Reggae Band Da Fuchaman rattled half the windows in town.

What was really different this year was a sense of the community coming together after a tricky 12-months and really enjoying each other’s company. Phillip Hodson said “It’s not just my fancy – I spoke to many of those present and all remarked what a credit to Tetbury the day had been.”

Special thanks to the small army of volunteers who worked all week to prepare the grounds and an exhausting two days afterwards to strike sets.


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Then, just two weeks on its heels came the three day Tetbury Book Festival organised in conjunction with Hereward Corbett and The Yellow Lighted Bookshop. This too was a great success – if a little wetter – especially on the Sunday when the tented bookshop sprang a leak, and it was all hands-on deck to move the books to safety. With a variety of authors, poets, directors, publishers, and explorers as well as a fascinating movie about the artist Vermeer and a fun if sometimes challenging fundraising (in aid of local charity Read for Good) Book Quiz finale! As always this took a lot of time and effort from our amazing team of volunteers backed this time by a range of helpers from Yellow Lighted, including a number of Hereward’s offspring as well as his brother Pie.

Looking ahead to October we will be hosting the second Tetbury 451 Comic Con, our Wednesday musical afternoons are back, plus an outstanding talk from a medal winning Triathlete, amazing music and so much more – please check out our full listing alongside this article.

And don’t forget our WhistleStop café, people travel miles to taste Sasha’s incredible bread and butter pudding!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Goods Shed very soon.

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On a warm autumn morning in September, eight Tetbury Shedders headed for Highgrove Workshops…

… for a day of training in carpentry skills. We were kindly invited to an interesting presentation of the heritage and craft skills that are passed on to the residential students every year. The 16 week courses are carried out in the Highgrove Estate’s Barley Court, a newly-restored 17th Century Cotswold farmhouse containing textile studios, and Street Farm, a series of bespoke workshops that cater for furniture-making as well as stonemasonry and related crafts.

Before the students moved in to start the Autumn term we spent a very instructive day using the state of the art equipment to learn the modern way to work in wood. We were very soon creating mortice and tenon joints and discovering the joys of a Domino wood joiner.

During the afternoon we were approached by a film crew making a documentary for ITV. They wanted to include us in the filming “as background” so watch out for the Tetbury Men’s Shedders on the telly in October. The well-known presenter posed for a photo opportunity with us on the condition we would not reveal his identity until after the programme was broadcast, so our group

photo has been redacted to keep you guessing. All will be revealed in the November issue. Our first Tetbury Men’s Shed outing was a very enjoyable one and we must extend our thanks to the Foundation’s Kazia and Nick for their hospitality.

For those who don’t know, our workshop is a converted shipping container sitting on a piece of scrubland on the Cirencester Road Trading Estate. Recent uncertainty about the future ownership and use of the estate has led us to seek a new location for our container workshop. Work is progressing to move the workshop to a new, more suitable location in Tetbury and we will be bringing you exciting news about the move in the next edition of the Tetbury Advertiser.

Over the Wall

Throughout the summer a selection of fresh produce and plants have been available “over the wall” on Wednesday mornings for a donation to Lions funds. We would like to thank the many passers-by who have enjoyed the fresh fruit and vegetables produced on our allotment. This October you will be able to pick up a range of Autumn produce, although we are planning to sell the pumpkins for Lions funds at St. Mary’s Primary School. Both of the Tetbury Men’s Shed operations rely on donations of tools and equipment which will be used and recycled rather than go to landfill. If you have anything you could donate to us, contact us on the number below.

Seeing the Tetbury workshop grow and move on is very exciting for all of us, and we have now extended our opening to two days a week to enable more members to join. Remember, you do not have to book

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flagship team having won the SDCA 100 Cup, runners up in the A league, winners of the B league, winners of the GYCL 100 league and SDCA T20 finalists (with the final delayed to next season!). Perhaps the most enjoyable thing for us as a club though is seeing so many of the players in our youth section taking the opportunity to play cricket outside of our organised matches and training. Every time I pop down the Rec there seems to be a handful of them with bat and ball in hand and that shows how far we’ve come with the youth section in the last three or four years under the great leadership of Lou and Jamie.

I can’t quite believe where the time has gone and our busy end to the season meant that I missed the last Advertiser deadline so it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me!

By the time you’ll be reading this, we will be into October and it’ll have been a few weeks since the cricket season finished...and what a season it has been! Our 1st XI finished runners up in their league meaning they’ve achieved promotion to GCCL Division 2 and our 2nd XI won their league, achieving promotion to GCCL Division 7, the highest standard our 2nd XI has ever played at and their first time in the County Leagues. Disappointingly, after a shock defeat in the penultimate game of the season against Stroud, our 3rd XI narrowly missed out on promotion finishing 3rd in their league. It really was a fantastic achievement all around and sets us up very nicely for the 2024 season, including hopefully the introduction of a 4th XI.

Outside of the men’s team, both women’s

Good day fellow athletes, St Mary’s CE VA Primary School, where children flourish.

As part of the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust we share the vision of enabling all to flourish. Since the start of the school year we have been thinking about how we are enabling all our pupils, families and staff to flourish through the work that we do.

Over the summer we had some beautiful Wall Art installed around the school to inspire our young learners and communicate our vision. As you enter the school the wall in the Reception area displays our school and Trust vision and the Key Stage 1 corridor depicts an underwater scene encouraging us to care for our environment. Around the school we have

teams put in strong performances, the A team winning the East division and the B team, in their first season, doing tremendous to finish 2nd in the Stroud division. The number of women playing cricket is a real strength for the club and we’ve had record numbers playing this year meaning again I’m really excited to see where this goes in 2024.

The youth section also went from strength to strength, with our Under 9’s winning numerous cricket festivals, the U11 girls narrowly missing out on a place at finals day, while both our U13 and U15 girls teams made it through to final days after strong league performances. While not one of our more successful teams on the pitch, the U13 boys have more than trebled in size and the improvement in their performances between May and August made them almost unrecognisable - credit to Wes for all the great work he’s doing there. Finally, special congratulations to our U11 boys team who have almost become the club’s

Finally, it would be remiss of me not to mention the Vets who have had more cricket than most this year, and in a shocking turn of events, have won more games than they’ve lost this season, while still being the top drinking side in the club! I’d thoroughly recommend next season popping down to watch them in action on a Wednesday evening and if you’re lucky, they might even have some leftover food going, with some of the players becoming renown across the country for their culinary after game exploits - Malc’s infamous spag bol and Jungle’s mouthwatering thai green curry were particular highlights.

We now go into our off season and a bit of a break before winter nets will start up in January. Before then though, we do have our End of Season Dinner at the Royal Agricultural College and would welcome all our players, members and supporters to join us. If you’d like to come, drop us an email to hello@tetburycc.co.uk and we’ll get you booked on.

See you all soon,

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stunning pictures inspiring children to read, to be curious and to be courageous.

We believe that providing opportunities for children to explore big questions and express their opinions enables us to flourish. This year we are introducing Philosophy for Children into our curriculum. Pupils explore big questions together, offering up ideas and opinions. Alongside this we are working with the charity Voice 21 which supports schools in developing children’s confidence to speak out – finding their voices so that they can succeed in school and life and ultimately flourish as individuals.

Our Year 6 pupils experienced a residential

week in September at Morfa Bay where they flourished in the great outdoors developing their friendships and relationships whilst challenging themselves and each other in outdoor and adventurous activities.

We will be holding an Open Day at the school on the morning of October 18th. Any parents with children who are due to start school in September 2024, are very welcome to come along to meet key staff and governors and enjoy a tour of the school from our Year 6 prefects. Visit our school website for further information about our school or contact Mrs Howe in the school office on 01666 502275 for more details.

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The Prigozhin Effect

One of my favourite grandmothers was taking her family off on a trip to the Middle East and asked me what would happen to her estate in the event of the plane crashing with no survivors. I told her that the most likely candidate to inherit her wealth would be her 102-year-old mother. The immediate effect on the recipient of this information was for her to order the entire family to remake their wills to ensure that 102-yearold great grandmother would inherit under no circumstances whatsoever. Various charities would benefit instead in the event of a Mr Prigozhin being on board, which was possible bearing in mind he had been seen in North Africa shortly before he was alleged to have been blown up. Besides this, it was a George Osborne budget that enabled a widow with children, stepchildren, and daughters-in-law to leave £1,000,000 free of inheritance tax, whereas a mother can in some cases only inherit the first £325,000 or £650,000 tax free from her child, depending on whether or not her late husband had catered for her. A charitable bequest is free of inheritance tax. I have generally found that taking instructions for wills, either on a home visit or in my annexe at home with cows occasionally peeping through the hedges and having my wife to witness wills has been a more satisfactory

News from St Michael’s Church

early mornings are chillier, the evenings are getting darker but today as I write this the sun is shining. .

Early in September, we said goodbye to Ft Philip; we held a bring and share supper in his honour and although sad it was enjoyable. Father was presented with a card and cheque.

As I said in my speech I have been the Administrator for fourteen years and it had been an honour. When one attends Mass, we only see one side of the priest, I feel privileged to have seen what goes on behind the scenes. I have worked for four very different priests. Fr Philip helped us through Covid, he cared and was sensitive. I thanked him personally for his care, support and understanding when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and died nine weeks later, eighteen months

experience than using an office interview room. The whole secret to this process, and what the Solicitors Regulation Authority has been preaching, is that we must know our client. Age and experience may help. Fifty years ago, my principal would emerge from the Garrick Club having had a few drinks to tell me “If you weren’t articled, I would sack you” and at the time minor judicial figures would adopt a bullying attitude. Covid has helped me see the light.

On the Property front, we face different challenges. We have been involved in several commercial sales involving the sale and purchase of farmland, barber’s shops, and public houses where agents have sat on the side-lines. On residential property it is a different playing field. Professionally we are not supposed to speak to other lawyers’ clients, but estate agents can. You can know your own client, but it is useful

to know what is going on in the other camp. If you have an estate agent on your side it is like having an additional member of staff for free, who can remind you what the other side is missing. In North Wilts, East Wilts and South Gloucestershire the agents are very friendly and supportive and have got better over the last twenty years, whereas on our relationship with government departments the least said the better.

It is incredible what a mess has been made by the government centralising its departments creating unnecessary frustration to the public and bringing transactions to a standstill by wasting time unnecessarily. It is a challenge to rise above it. They used to say, “Justice delayed = Justice denied”. It would be good if someone could listen.


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The missionaries opened the first church in York House, before purchasing the church in the Green. In the mid nineties the order left Tetbury and we came under the care of Diocesan priests.

We also learned of the death of Father Patrick Eastman; Father was one of many priests who celebrated Mass after the sudden death of Mgr. William Mitchell in 2008. In June 2009, Fr Patrick came out of retirement and became our priest administrator. His funeral is being held in Clifton Cathedral. May he rest in peace.

ago. Father came straight after the Mass on Ash Wednesday to see us.

By the time that you read this, our new priest administrator, will have arrived. Unfortunately, Fr Maria Selvan had to go to India on family business; we will give him a warm welcome when he returns and hope he enjoys himself with us. Father belongs to the Missionaries of St Francis De Sales; we at St Michael’s have come full circle.

All are invited to join us at Mass on Sunday morning at 9.00 am. Whether you are new to Tetbury or have been away from church for whatever reason you are assured of a warm welcome; people of all ages are welcome.

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The season is now a month old and…

…we’ve played our first fixtures across the club. The U12 and U14 Girls’ sides faced South Bristol in a double header, with both sides securing comfortable wins – the former notching up seven tries and the U14s running out 29-7 winners. Despite the return of driving rain, both the quality of rugby and the enjoyment shown by all the players were clear to see. The majority of the rest of the sides return to action on Sunday the 24th of September, with the highlight being the club hosting Dursley at SWR for the U8s to U12s.

We’ve placed leaflets and flyers advertising the club around the area as well as adverts in local media as part of our continuing drive to grow the Youth and Minis section. We attract players from a large area across Gloucestershire and north Wiltshire, and always welcome new starters – even at this stage of the season. Interest can ebb and flow as our players grow older, and we’ve been pleased to see a number of players returning to the game. The RFU’s main aims for coaches are to ensure that rugby is fun, as well as safe, as part of encouraging player retention. This goes hand in hand with a commitment to making sure that players in match day squads get to play at least half of the game time.

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We’re hopeful that interest is also piqued by the World Cup, which is well underway in France. England have started with two wins, watched on by members at the clubhouse. For adults who’ve become more interested in the game, possibly despite having little previous experience, we are considering activities including touch rugby. If you’re interested, please get in touch via the website or by emailing clubsecretary. tetburyrfc@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, Pike Field construction is progressing, as the soil importation phase approaches its conclusion. We will soon have our three platforms – two full size rugby pitches and a training area for the younger age groups – ready for grass planting and growing. We are also readying for surrounding works, including landscaping, tree planting, drainage and arranging utilities. It’s been a long process, but as ever the challenge has been to balance speed against spending our funds wisely. We continue to raise funds for future projects at Pike Field, including through sponsorship, but we’re making sure this doesn’t come at the cost of making rugby accessible to all of members in the meantime. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months!


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Visit our website to update yourself on the growing number of consultants that are available to you for NHS, self-funding, and private medically insured patients, saving you the need to travel further for your treatment.

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Our Minor Injuries and Illness Unit is open from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm (last walk-in patient at 5.30 pm).

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The Tetbury Hospital AGM will take place on Wednesday the 18th of October 2023 at the Goods Shed at 6.30 pm. All welcome. The Tetbury Hospital Team

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