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November 2019



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Winchcombe Christmas Festival: 3 Dec


New Comedy Club brings top comedians to your doorstep Bearded Lady Comedy Club is delighted to announce a new comedy night starting at Stanton Village Club on 8th November. It aims to bring some of the best circuit comedians to the Cotswolds and save people the need to travel to Birmingham, Bristol and beyond. The rural village social club is far from quiet with an established and well supported live music programme throughout the year, but the introduction of comedy to the venue is a new venture for everyone. The opening comedy night has an impressive first line-up taking the stage, including Mark Maier, Gareth Berliner and Lindsey Santoro. Headliner, Mark Maier is an awarding-

winning comedian, whose credits range from The Harry Hill Movie to teaching and performing improvisation comedy with Catherine Tate as well as a string of successful radio series. He will be supported by Gareth Berliner also known as Macca from Coronation Street, who has been performing stand-up comedy for over 10 years with great national and international success. Lindsey Santoro, a finalist at The English Comedian of the Year and Funny Women will complete the line-up, which will be held together by local MC Jon Wagstaffe, known for his fast pace and high energy. The doors will open at 7.30pm (8pm start). Tickets can be purchased in advance from (£12.50 plus booking fee) or bought for £15 on the door.

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Improving the lives of both rich and poor? Tobacco growing 400 years ago

In 1619, just 27 years after Queen Elizabeth I visited Sudeley, as described in my last article, Winchcombe and its surrounding area became famous, or even notorious, for the growing of tobacco. A folk memory of this eventful episode still survives in the town, but it was only in the 1970s through the research of Dr Joan Thirsk, then of Oxford University, that historians began to take an interest. Who were the individuals behind what Dr Thirsk called 'Projects for Gentlemen, Jobs for the Poor'? They provide the subject for this month's article. Two strands came together to make tobacco growing an attractive proposition in the early 17th century – poverty and taxation. In 1575 when Queen Elizabeth I granted Winchcombe an annual fair, the town was described as being 'in a ruinous and decayed state'. The poor state of traditional agriculture could not keep thousands out of poverty but tobacco growing and processing could give them work and provide profits for the gentry. The second factor was that King James I increased the tax on imported tobacco in 1604 by 4000%! Despite the king himself arguing strongly against tobacco smoking, it was gaining in popularity and so homegrown tobacco had an ever-expanding market. Who were the individuals behind this tobacco project which stretched from Winchcombe to Cheltenham? Six have been identified by historians – a closeknit group related to each other in 6

John Lygon's Arle Court, most of which was demolished in the 19th century

various ways. They belonged to what historians have called the parish gentry; gentlemen living comfortable lives whose influence only extended to their local area. The brains behind the project was a typical example. John Stratford was the namesake and youngest of five sons of John Stratford whose family house still dominates Farmcote. He had gone to London to seek his fortune in trade, but salt, soap, flax and cloth never produced the results he wanted and so when the opportunity to make a possible fortune out of tobacco arose, he seized it. In 1619 he rented land from John Lygon of Arle Court outside Cheltenham. John had been given it by his father, as his older brother William would inherit the ancestral home at Beauchamp Court, Madresfield in Worcestershire. The third entrepreneur, Thomas Loring of Haymes on the slopes of Cleeve Hill, came from an established local gentry family who had lived there since the 1400s. Interestingly, Thomas had

Thomas Loreng's Haymes house which was completely demolished in the 18th century (Courtesy of Gloucestershire Archives [D309/P1])

already experimented growing woad for dyeing cloth in an earlier attempt to give employment to the local poor and at the same time make money for himself. Two more local gentry were also involved in the project. Giles Broadway of Postlip Hall was a cousin of John Stratford. His grandfather was the first member of the family to claim to belong to the gentry. Giles had enough money to buy the manor of Bishop's Cleeve in 1606 and also build the present Postlip Hall in 1614. In 1624 he then sold the former Bishop of Worcester's manor house, which was part of the manor of Bishop's Cleeve, to the rector, Timothy Gates, for £3000. The Gates' family home stood in East Anglia but his father was a younger son who had moved to the Midlands. Timothy had acquired most of his fortune by marrying the widow

Cleeve Hall, bought by Timothy Gates for £3000 in 1624, since then the central frontage has been completely re-built

of Peter Cox, his predecessor as rector. Just one name remains to complete the jigsaw of the local gentry growing tobacco for their profit and providing jobs for the rural poor. His name will be revealed in my next article as I continue this fascinating story from 400 years ago. - David Aldred

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In 1992 the world-famous Treorchy Male Choir performed a concert to raise funds for the Lions Club of Cheltenham for the first time. Next month, on Saturday 16th November, they will be back at Cheltenham Town Hall for their twelfth concert on behalf of the Club.

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˜ A short story written by local writer Geraldine Faulkner ˜ Henry was taking Caspar for a walk. It was not something he did often but Caspar, a dog of mixed parentage who belonged to Henry’s neighbours, Tom and Alice, had been left at home on his own for the day. They had buttonholed Henry while he had been pulling up beetroots in the garden and he had not had time to think of an excuse for why he couldn’t take Caspar out for them. “I could be planting daffodil bulbs instead of taking this mutt for a walk,” muttered Henry as they turned into a footpath leading into the Forest of Dean. Caspar looked at Henry from under his shaggy fringe. He could smell squirrel and wanted Henry to walk faster. It had been a few months since Henry and his wife, Annie, had walked down this footpath and he ‘tsked’ loudly when 10

he spotted discarded crisp packets and empty plastic bottles on the path. Faced with a walker’s dilemma, should he pick the items up and stuff them in his pockets until he found a bin, or ignore them? Henry decided to be a good citizen; he picked up the litter and carried on down the path. The Forest was looking lovely in its autumnal colours. Copper coloured leaves were falling off the trees and swirling around dizzily as Henry and Caspar continued on their way. “Oh, not again!” exclaimed Henry as he spotted sweet wrappers among the fallen leaves. Caspar thought the same thing as once more he was obliged to stand still as Henry stood and fumed. Henry didn’t have a plastic bag with him – only the

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He held up the black bin bag and the picker-upper.

“I’m going to have to come back with a black bin bag and my picker-upper,” he told Caspar. “Something has to be done about this litter.”

Rosie’s eyes shone. She adored Henry and the opportunity to have him all to herself was too good to miss.

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Sesame chicken and crunchy veg stir fry Stir-fries are a great way to use up any left over veggies in the fridge. This one has added crunch with red cabbage and a nutty sprinkling of sesame seeds.

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Auction Anecdote I’m afraid I am going to have to mention the dreaded “Christmas” word as auction rooms can be a fantastic place to purchase ‘something special for someone special’. This is particularly true of jewellery which can be bought at a fraction of the price found in the shops. Auctions enable you to easily purchase something unique and of amazing quality. Although one can buy all types of jewellery at auction, there is a very strong demand from the trade for Victorian diamond and pearl brooch set antique jewellery Sold £620 that has come freshly onto the market. Imagine my pleasure when I recently went on a house call to find a large collection of Victorian and Edwardian jewellery, including a surprising number of pearl-set star brooches of exceptional quality and in beautiful condition. The vendor explained that she had a photograph of five great aunts, each wearing a severe expression and a black high-necked dress adorned by the brooches now in her possession. There was a flurry of interest in the collection and although a beautiful modern diamond solitaire ring made £1,500, I gained more pleasure from selling all the pretty antique pieces – often for more than double their presale estimates. Interest came mainly from a few jewellery buyers in the room, a specialist in antique jewellery from London and an unknown buyer from Ireland who was bidding online. Smiths’ forthcoming sales will take place on 8th November and 6th December and will provide a fantastic opportunity to buy and sell all types of jewellery at this busy time of year. Entries for the December sale are invited on the 12th, 14th, 19th and 21st November, 10am - 3pm or by appointment. For further details please visit www.smithsnewent or call 01531 821776. - Written by Rita Kearsey, Manager of Smiths Auction Room at Newent

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One of Britain's rarest mammals returns to the Forest of Dean Once a familiar feature of the woodlands

“We are delighted be involved with the return

in England, the pine marten stood on the

of the pine marten, a charming, but highly

brink of extinction – until very recently;

elusive mammal that was once widespread

following the successful release of 18

throughout England,” said Rebecca

pine martens into the Forest of Dean.

Wilson, Forestry England’s Planning and

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, together

Environment Manager in West England.

with Forestry England, Vincent Wildlife

“As native omnivores, pine martens play

Trust and Forest Research have reached

a vital role in the delicate balance of wood-

a major milestone in a project to

land ecosystems. Living at low densities

bring the pine marten back home.

in the landscape, they forage on fruit,

From the same family as otters and weasels, pine martens were once common among British wildlife. Similar in size to a domestic cat, with slim bodies, brown

fungi and a range of prey including the grey squirrel, a non-native species which is having a detrimental impact on broadleaf woodland throughout England.”

fur and a distinctive cream ‘bib’ on their

The 2020 Biodiversity Strategy for England

throats, they have long, bushy tails and

identified the need to recover threatened

prominent rounded ears.

species and habitats across the country.

Extensive hunting, however, together with the loss of the woodlands pine martens once called home, resulted in near extinction in England. Historically, they were pushed to the more

Similarly in 2018, The Government’s 25-year Environment Plan stated that the reintroduction of native species like otters and polecats was key to nature’s recovery.

remote parts of the UK, becoming Britain’s

Vincent Wildlife Trust, a national

second-rarest native carnivore. Eventually,

conservation charity that focuses on

their only remaining stronghold was in the

British and Irish mammals, has for the

North-West Highlands of Scotland, but now

past 20 years highlighted the decline

things are looking up for the pine marten.

of pine martens in England and Wales.


In a bid to safeguard the future of this

Members of the public are unlikely to

charismatic creature, the organisation was

spot these solitary mammals, which have

able to move 51 pine martens from Scotland

exclusive territories and go out of their

to Wales between 2015 and 2017, where

way to avoid each other, and people.

they now have an established population.

The future looks bright for this species

During this time, the Forest of Dean was

as they are protected by the Wildlife and

identified as another potential location

Countryside Act (1981). This, combined with

to reintroduce the pine marten. Between

the support from the people of the Forest

August and September this year, 18 pine

of Dean, and wider Gloucestershire, will

martens were moved from Scotland to

ensure that the pine marten can come

Gloucestershire, fitted with tracking

back to its native home for good, paving

collars and released into the Forest.

the way towards healthier woodlands

Their activity will be closely monitored.

and adding to the wildlife diversity

The hope is that over the next two years,

of the county, and the wider country.

more pine martens will be released into the

The project has been made possible

Forest and that a population will establish

by Forest Holidays and supported

there. This population will then spread and

by the Woodland Trust.

link up with the recently reintroduced Welsh pine martens, creating a new stronghold for the species and ensuring its survival.



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One-day Art Exhibition in aid of Lilian Faithfull Home


Robin Reckitt, the celebrated Winchcombe artist who lived for many years in Puck Pit Lane is now at 91 living in The Lilian Faithfull Home in Cheltenham, where he has a small studio attached to his room and still continues to paint. Robin was a great teacher, taking groups abroad for painting holidays and demonstrating his techniques to art clubs around the Cotswolds. He still encourages and helps amateur painters in the home. He is well known for his landscape paintings, particularly of the Cotswolds, but even more so his illustrated books of birds for Birdlife International. He painted birds in some 12 overseas countries, including Sudan, Egypt and the Cape Verde Islands, all of which he visited for fieldwork and sketching. He will be exhibiting with other artists and selling paintings to support the care home where he now lives. This event is for one day only and is a great opportunity to purchase an original painting prepared for the above books. The exhibition will be at The Guide Hall Winchcombe on Saturday 7 December from 10am till 5pm. Profits will be donated to The Lilian Faithfull Home.

The Emmanuel Festival of Decorated Christmas Trees has gone from strength to strength over the last 20 years and has become a real community highlight. Every year, it attracts a large and varied set of entries – the artistic, the ingenious, the thought-provoking and, of course, the beautiful – from a wide range of local groups and individuals. The festival, which is open to everyone, is the perfect way to kick off the festive season! Entrance: £2.50; under 16’s free. OPENING TIMES: Friday 6th December, 6pm - 9pm: Carol singing, mulled wine and mince pies amongst the trees. Saturday 7th December, 11am - 5pm: Cheltenham Children’s Choir performance at 11.15am. 7pm: Carol Concert with Cotswold Male Voice Choir and Naunton Park Primary School. Tickets: £6 (under 16’s free). Sunday 8th December, 2pm - 6pm For more information or to enter a tree (by 24 Nov), contact Sharon Wallington on 01242 570075 or officeemmanuelchurchcheltenham@ Submissions may be made in hard copy (Emmanuel Church, Fairfield Parade, Cheltenham, GL53 7PJ) or by email. Page 25

Your local EVENTS GUIDE FASHION FUN AT THE OX 7 Nov, The Ox, 10 Cambray Place, Cheltenham GL50 1JS Enjoy sharing platters & wine in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere whilst enjoying a fashion show from Bodega. See the latest arrivals and choose what you will be wearing this winter. In aid of Linc Charity. Ticket at £17.67 from ROBIN HOOD MEETS THE BABES IN THE WOOD 7 - 9 Nov, 7pm, Watson Hall, Tewkesbury. By the Manor Players. £6 - 10. Tickets available from The Orange Pig or Box Office: 07875 336475

BAKING, MAKING  SHAKING WI 7 Nov, 8 - 10pm, Bishop's Cleeve Football Club, Katye Lane. Lechlade Craft Barn help us make fabric Christmas baubles. Come along as a visitor and enjoy the speaker, tea/coffee and cake for only £3. 5 Dec: Christmas film night, relax with friends and popcorn!

ART EXHIBITION 8 - 14 Nov, open daily 10am 5.30pm, with open evening Friday 8 Nov, 6.30pm - 8pm, Dove Gallery, 6 High Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5HT. Artists Jane Ware and Sue Jolley showcase their large bold abstracts and smaller vibrant artworks. FIREWORKS DISPLAY 8 Nov, 6.15 - 8pm, Bishop's Cleeve Primary Academy Adults: £6; Secondary School Age: £5; Primary School: £3; 26

Preschoolers: Free. Tickets will be available to purchase from outside the Academy.

COMEDY NIGHT 8 Nov, 7.30pm for 8pm start, Stanton Village Club With Mark Maier, Gareth Berliner & Lindsey Santoro. Tickets from www.stantonclub. (£12.50 + booking fee) in advance or for £15 on the door.

COME AND SING WITH CLEEVE CHORALE 9 Nov, 9.45am, St Michael & All Angels Church, Bishop’s Cleeve. Rehearse and perform Haydn’s Creation with Musical Director Heather Parker. Incl. a light lunch and tea & cake. Scores will be provided. Tickets: £15 (£5 for full-time students) or just come to the performance at 3pm for £5. Tickets available from 01242 674114, George Lewis Footwear or on the door. PRE-CHRISTMAS FAYRE 9 November, 10am - 12pm, Methodist Church, Bishop's Close, Off Tobyfield Rd, GL52 8NT. Christmas traidcraft, refreshments, gifts, cake, tombola and great raffle! REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10 Nov, 10am, Tewkesbury Abbey. 10am: Civic Serivce of Remembrance (please be seated by 9.45am). 11am: 2 minutes silence at the Cross. 5pm: Sung Eucharist (by the Abbey Choir) CLEEVE LADIES PROBUS CLUB. 9.45pm, Tithe Barn, Bishop’s Cleeve.

Refreshments followed by a talk. 12 Nov: Meal out. 26 Nov: The story of jazz. New members welcome. To join: 01242 529664.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET 14 - 24 Nov, Gloucester Quays Stalls selling, food, drink and bespoke gifts. Entertainment, incl. cheeky Victorian characters. Open-air ice rink.

WINCHCOMBE MUSEUM WINTER TALK 14 Nov, 2.30pm, Methodist Church Hall, Winchcombe ‘The History of House and Home in 100 Wooden Objects’; speaker: Mark Newsum. Entry: £4, incl. refreshments. Everyone welcome. THE NOVEMBER MEETING 15 - 17 November, Cheltenham Racecourse 3 days of adrenaline-packed horse racing action. Tickets from £9. http://cheltenham.

WINCHCOMBE LIVE 15 November, Doors open 8.15pm, The White Hart, Winchcombe. Grizzly and the Grasshoppers. £10 on the door. CHRISTMAS MARKET 16 Nov, 10.30am, St Michael's Centre, Bishop's Cleeve Stalls for all ages.

GWSR FISH & CHIPS TRAIN 16 November, 1pm - 2.45pm, Toddington Railway Station, GL54 5DT. Tickets: £24pp to incl. train travel in your reserved

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5pm. Free entry. Free parking all day. T: 01684 855040

TREORCHY MALE CHOIR CONCERT 16 November, 7.30pm, Cheltenham Town Hall With guest Soprano Susan Black. In aid of charity. Tickets: £25, Seniors £23. Box Office: 0844 576 2210

ALADDIN PANTO AT THE ROSES 30 Nov - 4 January, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Tickets: £15 £25. T: 01684 295074

PHILOMUSICA CONCERT 16 Nov, 7.30pm, Tewkesbury Abbey. Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs; Brahms: Requiem. Soloists: Kathryn Jeffree & Roderick Williams. Tickets: £16 (u16s free) available from 01452 506417; or the Abbey Shop.

BISHOP'S CLEEVE WI MEETING. 19 Nov, 7.15pm, Tithe Barn, Bishop’s Cleeve. Annual Meeting, Auction. T: 01242 677520.

WOODMANCOTE WI 21 November, 7.30pm, Woodmancote Village Hall Annual General Meeting our 57th birthday celebrations. T: 01242 672791 BC CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON. 23 Nov, 5pm, Bishop's Cleeve

CHELTENHAM CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON 23 November, 5.30pm, near The Queens Hotel Family fun, live entertainment and appearance by Father Christmas.

TEWKESBURY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND MARKET 24 Nov, 12pm - 6pm, Tewkesbury High St, GL20 5AL All-day event for the whole family with Christmas Lights Switch-on by Santa Claus at

GOTHERINGTON, WOOLSTONE & OXENTON WI 27 November, 7.30pm, Gotherington Village Hall. Maggie’s Caring Centres (speaker Maria Pascoe) and annual meeting. Visitors & new members welcome. For more information: 01242 317276 or

CHRISTMAS FAIR 30 Nov, 11am - 4pm Tewkesbury Abbey Traditional fayre with lots of stalls. Free entry.

GWSR SANTA SPECIAL 30 Nov and on selected dates in Dec, Toddington Station, GL54 5DT. Travel with Santa and his young elves on an early 1960's diesel rail car. Complimentary mince pies, hot/cold drinks, biscuits and fruit. Presents for the children. Free parking. Limited tickets at £16 per adult/child available from

HIGH BAROQUERY 30 Nov, Doors open 2pm for 2.30pm start, St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham. Afternoon concert by Musica Vera Chamber Choir. Vivaldi : Gloria in D; Marcello: Concerto in D for oboe and strings; Pachelbel: Kanon in D; Haydn: Insanae et vanae curae. Tickets: £12 available at the door or from

SPECTACLE OF LIGHT 30 Nov - 30 Dec, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe Explore a beautiful illuminated trail around Sudeley Castle’s stunning grounds. This year's theme: Peter Pan. Tickets available in advance from (Adults £16.50, Children £9.90) or on the day (Adults £20, Children £12). CANDLELIGHT SUPPER 30 November, St Michael's Centre, Bishop's Cleeve With entertainment. For more information/to book email: stmichaelscentre


ADVENT CAROL SERVICE 1 Dec, 6 - 7pm, Tewkesbury Abbey. T: 01684 850959

TENORS UNLIMITED, THE ‘RAT PACK OF OPERA’ 2 Dec, 7pm, St Gregory’s Church, Cheltenham. Charity concert. Tickets (adults £15; u16s £7) from: www. CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL 3 Dec, 5 - 8pm, Winchcombe Late night shopping event with festive entertainment, over 50 market stalls and 70 beautifully lit Christmas trees.

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING EVENING 5 December, Cheltenham Carol singers, choir and band performances. Cheltenham Borough Council’s car parks will be free from 1pm. Free bus travelling from both park-and-ride sites and on some Stagecoach services. Page 27

FESTIVAL OF DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES 6 - 8 Dec, Emmanuel Church, Fairfield Parade, Cheltenham, GL53 7PJ. Entrance: £2.50; under 16’s free. T: 01242 570075 CLEEVE CONCERTS 6 Dec, 7.30pm, Tithe Barn, Bishop's Cleeve The Manfreds. Tickets from Chelt. Town Hall or 0333 666 3366.

ART EXHIBITION 7 Dec, 10am - 5pm, The Guide Hall, Winchcombe Artwork by celebrated Winchcombe artist Robin Reckitt. Profits will be donated to The Lilian Faithfull Home.

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Winchcombe Christmas Festival

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Winchcombe shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants will be throwing open their doors for the town’s annual Christmas celebration on Tuesday 3rd December. The late-night shopping event (5 - 8pm) is a firm favourite in the Cotswolds Christmas calendar and will see over 50 market stalls take over North Street and Abbey Terrace. Together with local shops, the stalls will showcase a seasonal selection of fine food and drink, locally made crafts and beautiful gifts. There will also be a wide range of free entertainment on offer, including carol singing, Morris dancing and special performances from choirs, local bands, schools, and church and community groups. Father Christmas will be visiting town too, of course! The event is the perfect way to kickstart the festive season and to get some Christmas shopping done while enjoying the magical atmosphere amongst the fine historic buildings and ancient architecture of Winchcombe, which will be lit with over 70 real Christmas trees. For more information on the festival visit www.winchcombe. or see WinchcombeChristmasFestival.

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