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November 2019




Chicken and Veg Stir Fry CHARITY CONCERT

Treorchy Male Choir Concert: 16 Nov LOCAL EVENT

Cheltenham Christmas Lights Switch-On: 23 Nov


Town Centre Talking Dickens’s Christmas Carol to cast its spell at the big lights switch-on Remember the giant witch, who brought something very different to the Cheltenham Christmas Lights switch-on last year? The challenge for Cheltenham BID has been to come up with something equally impressive for this year’s event. Working with Cheltenham-based Evenlode Productions, we’re going to bring Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to life with his three ghosts following different routes through the town. The giant – and family-friendly – ghosts will converge on a stage near The Queens Hotel, where there might even be an appearance by Father Christmas. The switch-on will be on Saturday 23rd November, so put the date in your diary and start thinking about which ghost you’ll be following from Montpellier, Cambray Place or The Brewery Quarter. And the Christmas celebrations don’t stop there. There will be a late-night shopping evening with a difference on Thursday 5th December. Carol singers, choirs and bands will perform on the streets, all Cheltenham Borough Council’s car parks will be free from 1pm and there will be free bus travelling from both park-and-ride sites and on some Stagecoach services. Kevan Blackadder, Cheltenham BID Director 2

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One of Cheltenham's most popular foreign language clubs celebrated its 70th birthday in September. It is not known exactly when the German Club first started in Cheltenham but it is generally assumed that members have been meeting regularly since at least 1949. One of the longest-serving members, John Kennet who joined in 1957, became Treasurer in 1960, was elected Chairman in 1965 and became Secretary in 1995. He "retired" in 2010 but remains an active member, having served on the Club's committee for 50 years! The Club organises regular monthly talks and events at Parmoor House covering a wide variety of subjects to do with the German-speaking world. It is perhaps unusual in that the members, who are mainly British, generally converse in German, some fluently, others using as much of their limited knowledge of the language as they can manage. Members like to join the exchange events held with Göttingen, Cheltenham’s German twin town since 1951. The Club might even be older than 70... the Club's website (https:// reports that in 1935 a solicitor named George Booy attended a meeting of the "German Club". Four years later, in 1939, a wedding party was held at the "Austrian-German Club". Does this make it the oldest language club in Cheltenham? Page 3

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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. 6



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TREORCHY MALE CHOIR CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF ACORNS CHILDREN’S HOSPICE 16th November 7.30pm, Cheltenham Town Hall In 1992 the world-famous Treorchy Male Choir performed a concert to raise funds for the Lions Club of Cheltenham for the first time. 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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Over the years, the concerts have raised over £35,000 for local causes. The proceeds of this year's concert will be shared between Acorns Children’s Hospice (to help care for and support local children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions), and the running costs of the Club's Holiday Caravan in Burnham-on-Sea (£4,000/year). For 100 years the Treorchy Male Choir has been recognised as one of the greatest choral ensembles of all time. World tours have included trips to North America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, where they conducted three sell-out concerts at the Sydney Opera House. To see and hear the choir locally is a great honour. The concert will also feature local soprano Susan Black.

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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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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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Winter Hanging Baskets Hanging baskets are a great way to create a miniature gardening space with your choice of colours. Once established they make even the gloomiest back yard look more cheerful, or the prettiest patio look even more gorgeous. Making a hanging basket is not difficult and although traditionally a summer planting feature, they work just as well for the winter months. Plenty of plants make for a colourful basket and your local garden centre or nursery should have a good selection, including winter-flowering pansies (I am fond of the purple and yellow varieties) and heathers, Gaultheria with its waxy red berries, dianthus for late autumn into early winter and assorted miniature shrubs, including variegated Pieris, Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ and variegated euonymus, to help give structure and colour. The shrubs will look great in a container for a year or two, before being planted in the garden. 22

A thicker, almost felt-like liner provides insulation in cold weather as well as keeping the compost and plants in place. I suggest a 35cm (14”) diameter basket as it can take more plants and, because it is larger, resists cold better. You’ll also need compost. Stand the basket in a large flowerpot before you start to prevent it from rolling about. Once the liner is in place, remove the chain at one anchor point to stop it getting in the way. The liner will protrude above the basket edge at this stage but this helps to keep the compost in place. Use good quality multi-purpose compost, firming it gently, and fill the basket about half full. Mesh baskets allow for easy side planting. Cut holes in the liner then insert small plants such as pansies at regular intervals around the sides of the basket, inserting them from the outside inwards to reduce damage. Nestle the

roots into the compost and make sure that the liner is back in position after the last plant is in place. Add more compost to cover the roots of the side plantings and firm again gently. Next get the central plant in place and add three more upright plants such as miniature shrubs, equally spaced around the edges. For extra colour, add more winter bedding plants around the very outermost edge of the basket. Pinch out any faded flowers and add more compost, carefully filling in any gaps before watering thoroughly. Your hanging basket will soon fill out but stand it in a sheltered spot for a week or two to allow the roots to establish before hanging it in

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Councillors Corner Gold Award for Sandford Park Sandford Park has been awarded a Heart of England in Bloom Gold Award. This award, an improvement from Silver last year, is thanks to the phenomenal hard work of Cheltenham Borough Council, LINC, Friends of Sandford Park, Vision 21 and lots of volunteers. I am pleased to have helped a little bit by securing grant funding for a couple of the park projects, including the pétanque court and the LINC sanctuary garden. One thing I am really keen to see is for the toilets in the park to be improved and open all year long. If you have any thoughts on the park please get in touch. Date set for Boots Corner decision A date and venue have been set for the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) Committee meeting that will decide the future of the Boots Corner traffic changes. The TRO meeting is due to take place at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Road on Wednesday 11th December at 10am. The meeting is open to the public. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please contact Joanne Bolton on 01452 324197. The consultation is still open so if you haven’t had a chance to comment yet there is still an opportunity to do so: Plans for traffic calming measures on Rodney Road have been delayed and I still have not had any information on potential traffic calming plans for the St Luke’s and College Road area, but am pursuing both of these issues.

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Your local EVENTS GUIDE CHILDREN’S PUMPKIN TRAIL Ongoing until 9 Nov, Mon Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 2pm 5pm, Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BX £1.50 per child. FASHION FUN AT THE OX 7 Nov, The Ox, 10 Cambray Place, Cheltenham GL50 1JS Enjoy sharing platters & wine in whilst watching 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 FIREWORKS DISPLAY 8 Nov, 6.15 - 8pm, Bishop's Cleeve Primary Academy Adults: £6; Secondary School Age: £5; Primary School: £3; Preschoolers: Free. Tickets will be available to purchase from outside Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy.

PETE SEN AND THE ANTHEM SPRINTERS 8 Nov, Doors open 7.30pm, Smokey Joe's, Cheltenham, GL50 4ED. Cheltenham’s multiinstrumentalist and songwriter Pete Sen (former Musical Director at Gifford’s Circus) will be performing live with his talented band The Anthem Sprinters. Tickets (£6) available from COME AND SING WITH CLEEVE CHORALE 9 Nov, 9.45am, St Michael & All Angels Church, Bishop’s Cleeve. Rehearse and perform Haydn’s Creation. Incl. a light lunch and tea & cake. Scores will be provided. Tickets: £15 26

(£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, Bishop's Cleeve Methodist Church, Bishop's Close, GL52 8NT. Refreshments, gifts, cake, tombola and 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

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET 14 - 24 Nov, Gloucester Quays Stalls selling, food, drink and bespoke gifts. Entertainment, incl. cheeky Victorian characters. Open-air ice rink. 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 seat and a large portion of fish and chips. TREORCHY MALE CHOIR CONCERT 16 Nov, 7.30pm, Cheltenham Town Hall. With guest Soprano Susan Black. In aid of charity. Tickets: £25, Seniors £23. Box Office: 0844 576 2210 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 5pm. Free entry. Free parking all day. T: 01684 855040 ALADDIN PANTO AT THE ROSES 30 Nov - 4 January, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Tickets: £15 £25. T: 01684 295074

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

GWSR SANTA SPECIALS 30 Nov and on various 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 (£16) from

HIGH BAROQUERY 30 Nov, Doors open 2pm for 2.30pm start, St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham. Afternoon concert by Musica Vera Chamber Choir. 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).


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.

21ST EMMANUEL FESTIVAL OF DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES 6 - 8 Dec, Emmanuel Church, Fairfield Parade, Cheltenham, GL53 7PJ. Entrance: £2.50; under 16’s free. For more information or to enter a tree (by 24 Nov), contact Sharon Wallington on 01242 570075 or officeemmanuelchurch CLEEVE CONCERTS 6 Dec, 7.30pm, Tithe Barn, Bishop's Cleeve The Manfreds. Tickets from Chelt. Town Hall, 0333 666 3366 or

WINTER CHARITY BALL 6 December, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham In aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Drinks reception, 3-course gourmet meal, exclusive auction and special Diamond Champagne Raffle. Individual tickets: £90. Tables of ten: £850. 01242 246162 or

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. CAROL CONCERT 7 Dec, 7pm, Emmanuel Church, Fairfield Parade, Cheltenham, GL53 7PJ. With Cotswold Male Voice

Choir and Naunton Park Primary School. Tickets: £6 (under 16’s free).

THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS 7 Dec, 7.30pm, St. Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham Seasonal music, carols and orchestral pieces presented by Jubilate Chamber Choir and guest choirs. Conductor: Ian Higginson. Adults: £12; Senior Citizens: £10, U21s: £8; carers free. Tickets available in advance from The Wilson; and also on the door.

CHRISTMAS PARTy 13 December, 7.30pm midnight, Seasons, Quat Goose Lane, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, GL51 9RX. Buffet meal, raffle & music by DJ Sparky. Dresscode: smart. Cost: £30pp. Raising funds for Swindon Village Primary School. To book: 07702 969791 or THE INTERNATIONAL 13 & 14 December, Cheltenham Racecourse Races, followed by Christmas Party. http://cheltenham.

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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

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Chalk Talk Next year, Cheltenham’s secondary schools from Balcarras to All Saints’ Academy will receive at least £5,000 per pupil per year. When I was first elected in 2015 our schools were receiving £4,200 per pupil, well below the national average. That was due to an outdated formula which prioritised urban areas at the expense of rural authorities like Gloucestershire. That unfairness was utterly unacceptable to me, which is why I led a national campaign to secure additional funding. With the support of local people, we’ve won an £800 a year increase for every Gloucestershire pupil. For more than twenty years, Cheltenham’s head teachers, teaching teams and governors have done a heroic job with fewer resources than schools in Manchester, Liverpool and London. It’s a tribute to them and their pupils that during that time our schools went from strength to strength. One of the biggest pressures that schools face is the astonishing surge in demand for special educational needs provision. I’m pleased that funding will be increased by £700 million next year - an 11% boost. There’s much more to do. But after years at the back of the queue, I’m delighted that Cheltenham’s schools are finally getting more of the support they deserve. - By Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham 28

21ST EMMANUEL FESTIVAL OF DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES 6th – 8th December 2019 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.

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