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Cheltenham YO U R F R E E LO C A L COMMUNIT Y MAGAZINE

January 2020

SHORT STORY

A New Year Break UPCOMING EVENT

Light Up Cheltenham RECIPE

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

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THE ROTARY EFFECT The Rotary Club of Cheltenham North has been around for almost 50 years and is one of four Rotary Clubs in Cheltenham. Together we will be celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Cheltenham in 2021/22. We are part of Rotary International, the world’s largest service organisation with 1.2. million members and 35.000 clubs in over 200 countries. We empower youth, improve health, promote peace, and advance our communities in all corners of the globe. Our global community’s impact has never been greater – and it continues to grow.

End Polio Now Polio Plus, Rotary’s most ambitious program to date, has been described as 'the finest humanitarian project the world has ever known' by a non-governmental organisation. Polio has no cure and though the results have been astounding thanks to a massive immunisation program with two billion children now protected from the disease, we still need to eradicate the virus completely.

Rotarians spend many hours on service projects Our club’s members dedicate their time, expertise, and talents to provide support in the local community, help charities, and internationally through the programs of the Rotary Foundation. Locally we raise funds through yearly events such as the Rotary Carol Concert, the Wine Festival, the Beer and Cricket Fest, and others.

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Step by Step Whether it’s the New Year that’s driving change, or a forthcoming ‘big’ birthday, those milestones act as a motivation for change. But whilst short term action is fairly easy how do you keep it going? The trouble is we are wired for short-term satisfaction and many ‘life improvements’ really deliver no instant or tangible benefit. E.g. “I’ll exercise more so I have a longer life.” Difficult to think that far ahead if you are in your early 30s. I have found what works best is to set yourself a specific goal and to start small. So if, for example, you are planning to read more this year, instead of making your resolution just that, try and come up with a specific plan like 'This year I am going to read one new book every two months'. It's certainly achievable, you can measure your success (did you read a new book

every two months or not?) and once you are into it, you can reevaluate your target and put the goalpost up (e.g. read a book each month). What also helps is telling others, so if you are serious about making a change, tell somebody about it - it can be a friend, a family member or a colleague. They might even be able to help you reach your goal or join you on your journey. One of our goals this year here at Love Local is to make this magazine even more locally relevant (see page 9 for more information on how you could help with this). There will also be other exciting changes taking place in the next couple of months, so watch this space! Have a wonderful January,

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Town Centre Talking The lights are off – let’s turn on some lights! One of the most depressing things about the start of a new year is when the Christmas Lights disappear across Cheltenham town centre. The lights sparkled across the town this year, with Cheltenham BID adding Winchcombe Street to the areas covered. But although everywhere seems a little dull when the lights go off on January 5, don’t worry too much. Light Up Cheltenham, an event which the BID first launched in 2018, will return for three weeks from 1st February. Not only will more than 30 buildings be lit, the event will also see the return of the Observation Wheel, which proved extremely popular when it came to Imperial Gardens for the first time last year. People riding the wheel chose not only to see the many floodlit buildings after dark but also as a day time activity, getting a very different bird’s eye view of the town. In a new venture this year, we will be doing fully guided tours of the buildings involved. On several nights across the three weeks, the guides will give informative walking tours. Look out also for our launch event, which will see illuminated street theatre drumming group Spark! parade through the town from The Brewery Quarter to Imperial Gardens on Saturday 1st February. And what better way to spend Valentine’s Day during Light Up Cheltenham than by visiting one of our great restaurants, pubs or bars? Some of our features will be turning red for one night only.

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A New Year break

A short story written by local writer Geraldine Faulkner Unusually for Henry, because he would normally be outside in the garden or taking their neighbour’s dog for a walk, he was sitting on the sofa in the living room in front of a warm wood-burner. He had already checked the greenhouse that morning to make sure his wintering plants were doing well and filled the bird feeders so that the robin, dunnocks and hedge sparrows had something to squabble over. Now at four o’clock in the afternoon and with the light fading outside, the only decision he had to make was whether to have some mixed nuts or a hobnob. His wife, Annie, was in the kitchen making them both a cup of tea. “I know most people find January a gloomy month,” said Annie cheerfully as she came in with the tea tray. “But I rather like hunkering 10

down in front of the wood-burner and enjoying a movie.” She handed Henry his tea before settling down in an armchair so they could watch ‘The Secret Garden’ together. Years ago, Annie had discovered that the only way she could get her husband to watch a film all the way through was to ensure it featured a garden. Henry finally came to a decision. He opted for a hobnob, dunked it in his tea and leaned back to watch the film. All told, it had been a good Christmas. He and Annie had even enjoyed a second Christmas celebration when their adored granddaughter, Rosie, who had fallen ill with chickenpox just before the festivities, had come with her parents to celebrate a belated festive family day. Together with one of Annie’s famous roast dinners, they had opened presents, watched Rosie enjoy her toys and all played


charades. Yes, it had all worked out rather well. The only thing to mar the occasion was the unexpected gift from their two daughters who had presented Henry and Annie with a week’s stay in a four-star London hotel at the end of January. Annie had been so delighted that no one had noticed the horrified expression on Henry’s face. The thought of being in an over-heated hotel with lots of other people, rather than enjoying the crisp fresh air of a January day when he could be planting dahlias, begonias and petunias, was anathema to him. Even a suggested visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew had not cheered him up.

A week before they were due to leave for London, Annie had a phone call from Rosie’s mum, Claire. “The poor girl is exhausted. Work has been manic and she’s finding it hard to sleep at night,” she told Henry. “In fact, she is the one who could do with a break.” Henry saw his opportunity and grabbed it. “Why don’t you suggest Claire accompany you to London? It’s been ages since you two had time together, plus you could go shopping in Oxford Street.” Annie hesitated. “Are you sure, love?” Henry assumed his most saintly expression. “Anything to keep my girls happy,” he said.

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New Year - New Books From poetry to decorating, we’ve got a pretty mixed bag of books for you this month… A Year of Reading Aloud – Georgina Rodgers (editor) If you love poetry, try this collection of ‘52 poems to learn and love’, where you’ll find well-known names such as Sylvia Plath, E.E Cummings, William Blake and Maya Angelou alongside newer poets. Most of the poems are short enough to learn without too much difficulty, and they’re accompanied by a paragraph about the poet and the reason why the poem has been selected. Take up the challenge of learning one each week, or just dip in and out when you need an extra dose of beauty in your life. Booker Prize Shortlist 2019 – Various Looking for a new fiction book to lose yourself in on a long winter’s night? Fancy trying something a bit different to your usual genre? Treat yourself to the six novels from the Booker Prize shortlist. Stories range from Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities to Elif Shalak’s 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. Read them all to see whether 16

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larger scale and more complex plans if you’re already big on grow-your-own. Compost more Once you get in the swing of it, composting becomes second nature. Make sure you include kitchen waste such as vegetable peelings and apple cores. The amount of extra compost you’ll generate will be well worthwhile. Many local councils offer a good deal on basic plastic composters. Use that space! If you have a cold frame, porch, conservatory or greenhouse, put it to use! Any sort of protected growing area has the ability to increase what you can grow and when you can grow it. So raise your own summer flowers in it, force some bulbs in it in the winter or make off-season sowings of salad crops… make it work, but whatever you do, don’t use it as the family rubbish dump! Mulch more Make use of any organic matter that


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The Club also made donations through the Lions Club's International Foundation to Sight Savers, the Mozambique Disaster Appeal and the Bahamas Disaster Appeal.

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Donations have been made to the Suicide Crisis Centre, Headway Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Senior Citizens, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Hospital (incl. Oncology Unit), Churchdown Cancer Centre, Marie Curie, the National Star College, the Open Door Christmas Project, The Music Works and the Club's holiday caravan in Burnham-on-Sea. Smaller donations have also been made to various local people and organisations, and shortly the Club will present the Acorns Children’s Hospice with £3,000, which have been raised through the recent Treorchy Male Choir Concert.

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The past year has seen the Cheltenham Lions Club actively involved in many local service projects.

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WINTER DIARY Your useful guide to local events in and around the area

ALADDIN PANTO Ongoing until 4 Jan, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Tickets: £15 - £25. T: 01684 295074. www.rosestheatre.org NEW YEAR'S DAY RACING 1 January, Gates open 10.30am, first race 12.15pm, Cheltenham Racecourse Seven quality races & family entertainment. Tickets from £10. U18's go free. www.thejockeyclub.co.uk LINC LUNCH CLUB 3 Jan, The Old Courthouse, Regent Street, Cheltenham For supporters of LINC. New guests always welcome. The lunch typically costs £20 with £6 going to LINC. To join, email Louise at l.adkins@nhs.net. GUIDED BATTLEFIELD WALK. 5 January 2pm, Meet at Abbey Lawns car park, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury. 2-mile walk. Booking not neccessary. Stout walking shoes recommended. Families and dogs welcome. T: 01684 855040 WINCHCOMBE MUSEUM WINTER TALK 9 Jan, 2.30pm, Methodist Church Hall, Winchcombe ‘Michael Cardew at Winchcombe (1926-39), a pottery and its customers‘; speaker: Helen Brown. Entry: £4, incl. refreshments. 26

Everyone welcome. EPIPHANY CAROL SERVICE 12 January, Tewkesbury Abbey Sung by Tewkesbury Abbey Choir. Candle Celebration attended by Bishop Rachel. WEDDING SHOWCASE 12 Jan, 10am - 3pm, Tewkesbury Park Hotel. Explore the venue and meet suppliers. Free event, but registration advised. T: 01684 272300 RUBBER DUCK RACE 12 January, 11am - 1pm, Pittville Boating Lake In aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. FAMILY PANTO: ROBINSON CRUSOE & THE PIRATES 16 - 19 January 2020, The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham Thursday - Friday: Evenings: 7pm; Saturday: midday & 4.30pm; Sunday: 2.30pm. Tickets: £11 - £16 from Showcase on 01242 224144 or visit www.promenade productions.co.uk.

Mainly flat course. Standard entry fee: £45. Reg. deadline: 17 Jan. Contact Norman Wilson on 01452 722720. WEDDING OPEN DAY 19 Jan, 11am - 3pm, Ellenborough Park Hotel Explore the venue and meet suppliers. T: 01242 545454 BULLY WEE BAND CONCERT 19 Jan, Doors open 7pm for 7.45pm start, Tithe Barn, Bishop’s Cleeve Tickets: £16, available online: http://www.wegottickets.com/ smedsongs or from Simon Medhurst (0797 0078220 or smed@smedsongs.com). FESTIVAL TRIALS DAY 25 January, Gates open 10.30am, first race 12.40pm, Cheltenham Racecourse Catch a glimpse of Festival contenders as they show the world what they're really made of. u18s go free. Free parking. Tickets from £10. www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

WINCHCOMBE LIVE 17 January, Doors open 8.15pm, The White Hart, Winchcombe. The Curst Sons. £10 on the door.

BURNS SUPPER 25 January, 6.45pm, Reddings Community Centre, the Reddings, GL51 6RF. Scottish Dance with Haggis Supper. Tickets in Advance: 01452 614995

GLOUCESTER CITY MARATHON 19 Jan, from 9am, Severn Vale Sports Centre, Quedgeley, GL2 4PR

QUIZ NIGHT 25 Jan, 7pm, St Michael's Centre, Bishop's Cleeve With supper. For more information/to book


email: stmichaelscentre bookings@gmail.com. WINTER WILSON CONCERT 25 Jan, Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start, Old Baptist Chapel, Tewkesbury, GL20 5RZ Kip Winter and Dave Wilson blend superb, often hardhitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with hilarious humour and tales of life on the road. Tickets: £10 from The John Moore Museum or £12 on the door.

February LIGHT UP CHELTENHAM 1 - 23 February, Cheltenham town centre. See Cheltenham lit up in beautiful colours (there will be walking tours) or go for a ride on the observation wheel at Imperial Gardens. Drumming group Spark! will open the event with a parade from The Brewery Quarter to Imperial Gardens on 1st February. GUIDED BATTLEFIELD WALK. 2 February, 2pm, Meet at Abbey Lawns car park, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury. 2-mile walk. Booking not neccessary. Stout walking shoes

recommended. Families and dogs welcome. T: 01684 855040

from Chelt. Town Hall, 0333 666 3366 or www.cleeveconcerts.com.

TEWKESBURY ALES FESTIVAL 7 Feb, 11am - 11pm & 8 Feb, 11am - 8pm, Watson Hall, Barton Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5PX. 80 Winter ales, food and local cider and perry. Judging of the CAMRA South West Perry final. Car parking provided a short walk away - look out for signs. Entry fee incl. glass and beer voucher. T: 01684 855040

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING. 27 Feb, 2 5pm, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham. Scottish dancing to CDs. £5, pay on the door. T: Derek Latham 01452 306857 or Andy Clark 01452 614995.

LINC LUNCH CLUB 7 Feb, Wesley House, Winchcombe. For supporters of LINC. New guests always welcome. The lunch typically costs £20 with £6 going to LINC. To join, email Louise at l.adkins@nhs.net. COFFEE MORNING 8 February, 10am - 12pm, Methodist Church, Bishop's Close, Off Tobyfield Rd, GL52 8NT. Fairtrade stalls, raffle, cake, refreshments. Join us for a firendly conversation. All welcome. CLEEVE CONCERTS 9 February, 7.30pm, Tithe Barn, Bishop's Cleeve John Adams. Tickets

POLAR PLUNGE 29 February, 10am 12pm, Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham. Swim 50m in the freezing water and help raise money for Winston's Wish and the St Vincent's & St George's Association. 17+ only. Registration fee: £10 pp; min. fundraising amount: £50. Swim begins at 10.30am. Spectators welcome. www. sandfordparkslido.org.uk

Local Markets FARMERS’ MARKET 2nd & last Fri/month, 9am - 2pm, Pedestrianised area outside Cavendish House, Cheltenham

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