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A note from the Editor NEW YEAR, NEW US Welcome to the February issue of your local community magazine! As you will notice we have made a few changes to the magazine to give it a new look and fresh feel. We’ve made it easier for you to navigate through the pages, included some new and improved regular content features alongside the usual local news and events, and there will be some exciting prize giveaways (see page 15). You’ll also find in this edition our new monthly big interview feature where we interview a prominent local figure and ask them the questions you would like to be answered. If there’s someone, in particular, you would like us to interview, then let us know at info@lovelocalmagazines.co.uk. We hope you enjoy our new look magazine! We have many more exciting new features and plans for the coming months to make sure the magazine is informative, of value to our readers and always provides great local news and features, so keep an eye out and enjoy the read!

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Pruning Tips & Advice February is usually the coldest time of year, but it can also be an exciting time in the garden when the spring bulbs start to show and there are new buds on shrubs and trees. On fine days you can start to see signs of new life in the garden, which will keep your motivation level high. Renewal pruning advice: Most neglected, overgrown shrubs and climbers can be given a new lease of life by hard pruning. For complete renewal cut stems to within 15-30cm of the ground, or use a lighter trim for shaping by cutting back only one half to a third of the stems. Cut back any dead growth on perennials to allow new growth to develop. Groom grasses by pulling or cutting out all the dead leaves (using gloves or a rake makes it easier). Keep off the soil if the ground is frozen or waterlogged but if not, continue to dig it over adding wellrotted farmyard manure or soil improver. To produce the most spectacular flowering display on your Wisteria, shorten side shoots on the main stems now. Sweet peas can be sown now (under a cover) and remember to clean and repair tools and wash pots and seed trays.

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Cheesy Vegetable Gratin A warming one-pan family supper packed with winter vegetables and topped with a rich cheese sauce. Serve with toast or crusty bread.

Ready in: 55 minutes | Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 350g small cauliflower florets 1 large courgette, roughly chopped 100g mushrooms, sliced 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped Large handful baby spinach leaves, chopped 1 tsp dried oregano 350g tub fresh four-cheese pasta sauce 150ml passata 100g Red Leicester cheese, grated Freshly chopped parsley, to garnish

METHOD Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof frying pan (see TIP) over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further minute. Add the cauliflower, courgette and mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 5-6 minutes, then stir in the tomatoes, spinach and oregano. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour over the pasta sauce and turn gently to coat the vegetables. Drop spoonfuls of the passata on top and scatter over the grated cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve straight from the pan with toast or crusty bread, if liked.

TIP If your frying pan is not suitable for use in the oven, transfer the vegetables to a large shallow baking dish before pouring over the cheese sauce.




Raspberry & Vanilla Panna Cotta Ready in: 1 hour, plus overnight chilling Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 75g fresh raspberries, pureed 1 sheet leaf gelatine


600ml double cream 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 pared strips lemon rind 50g caster sugar 2 sheets leaf gelatine Few drops pink food colouring


2 ready-made chocolate brownies, halved horizontally Fresh raspberries

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THE BIG INTERVIEW Martin Surl has been Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner since 2012. Love Local Magazines met with him to see how he's making Gloucestershire safer.

■ What made you want to become

the PCC for Gloucestershire? It's a job that I thought would be really interesting. I was actually following the green papers through parliament when I was working in London for ACPO which was the terrorism branch of chief officers. The job looked tremendously interesting, but I never really thought I would win the election. I knew it was a fantastic opportunity, so I had to get involved. I'm a local person, I understand policing and I seem to have the right skill set for it, so I thought I’d give it a go!

■ If you weren’t the PCC for

Martin Surl

Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner

"Gloucestershire is the third-safest place to live in the whole of the UK"

Gloucestershire what would be your ideal job? This is my dream job! I’ve had some great jobs in the past within the police service – I got to work abroad in Estonia to help modernise its police service after the country left the Soviet Union; I got to work in the capital after the London bombings on counter-terrorism for five years; I’d always wanted to be the police commander in Cheltenham – and I got to do that – I’ve had a great career, but there’s nothing else I really want to do.

once a week to discuss how the constabulary is doing – always taking the position of the public, not the police. I’ll ask the questions that the public wants to ask, but isn't always able to and ultimately hold the chief to account. I’m also responsible for the finances of the police service to make sure the money is spent efficiently and have a lot to do with the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan, which includes things like ensuring that the constabulary becomes more environmentallyfriendly; improves its performance around burglary and always provides a good service.

■ What does the PCC do and what

■ How does Gloucestershire rank in terms

does a typical day look like for you? There really is no typical day. I must dispel one myth though, which is that my job is part-time – it's very much full-time! My duties include meeting with the chief constable, Rod Hansen, 12

of national crime and safety figures? Despite a general rise in crime across the whole country, Gloucestershire is the thirdsafest police area to live in in the whole of the UK. It hasn’t always been that way though, the situation has consistently improved


since I took office in 2012. Undoubtedly, there is still work to be done, but this is a fantastic county and a safe place to work and bring up a family.

■ Antisocial behaviour accounts for

tax by 5 per cent, and last year by 10 per cent. It was a difficult decision to make, but it allowed us to recruit another 74 officers and about 20 police staff. Local people in Gloucestershire are the ones paying for improvements to policing now, so I believe it’s really important for them to have their say on the kind of policing that’s relevant to them. In addition, the government has realised that the cuts went too deep, and has promised 20,000 new officers nationally. If they keep their word then we think that equates to 143 new officers for Gloucestershire.

nearly a third of all crimes in the county, ■ What is your biggest single priority what is being done to reduce this? for the safety of Gloucestershire Antisocial behaviour is a problem. The residents in 2020? force in Gloucestershire lost over 300 There isn’t one single priority, but it’s my officers in the last few years, which is a job to ensure that every priority of my huge number, so they’ve understandably Police and Crime Plan is met been focusing on really harmful by the constabulary during my "Antisocial crimes. But now that austerity time in office. A full list of my is over, I’ve been going back to behaviour, priorities is available online them to say "you need to focus (www.gloucestershire-pcc.gov.uk). requires a change on the volume crimes now’"; this It includes things like focusing in society" includes burglary and retail crime. on providing a safe and positive By reintroducing community policing and working with our friends and agencies through The Commissioner’s Fund we’re hoping to achieve this. You can’t just police your way out of antisocial behaviour, it requires societal change, and that’s why we need to work together with local people to change the culture within communities. Every crime matters, because every victim matters.

environment for children and young people to grow; ensuring the police are accessible and accountable in all they do; making sure that no one is overlooked and that Gloucestershire is a green and pleasant county; and that those enjoying the county’s night-time economy feel safe.

■ What is the PCC doing to increase

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What’s the history of Valentine’s Day? The origins of St Valentine’s Day are said to have begun as early as the third century and were possibly influenced by the Roman fertility feast of Lupercalia held on 15th February, By the eighteenth century, handmade Valentine’s cards had become popular and were very elaborate with flowers, ribbons and lace. They would often feature Cupid, the mischievous winged son of Venus, Roman goddess of love. He also appeared in much romantic verse as the bringer of often unrequited love – hence a missive was necessary to let the object of your desire know of your affections! With their sentimental notion of romance and the language of flowers, the Victorians elevated Valentine’s Day to the popular celebration it has become today. In 1858, The London Journal wrote of St Valentine’s Day that it was both “natural and proper that at the start of spring the predominating sentiment in the human mind should be the sentiment of love; and to this accordingly the anniversary of our saint is directed”.

HOME & INTERIORS Open plan living may look great, but is it really practical for everyday living?

Open Plan or Broken Plan?

Welcome to Broken Plan

By Katherine Sorrell Although everyone loves open-plan living, sometimes we need a quiet, separate space. Huge open spaces can be difficult to heat, too, and noise can sometimes be an issue. ‘Broken plan’ is a practical evolution of open plan, retaining the elements we love, particularly good light and a feeling of openness, but with subtle elements to divide large spaces into more manageable ones, with different zones for different activities. Spaces may even be opened up or closed off as desired. Broken plan aims to be the best of both worlds. Temporary dividers are convenient and less expensive: a screen, for example, a large floor-standing bookcase, or even simply a slender console table. They can be easily moved around or removed as necessary. An open-plan space can be divided visually, using simple tricks such as changes in paint colour or floor finish and mini ‘rooms’ are easily created by grounding furniture arrangements on a rug or in an area of contrast flooring. Finally, employ lighting as a powerful tool to delineate space. Form zones of different lighting types, including pendants and wall lights, and carefully position floor and table lamps. If possible, install different circuits (controlled by switches or dimmers) to break down the 18

spaces and illuminate different parts to suit your needs, whether it be a living area or bedroom, a kitchen or a dining area.

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Changes in floor level Lowered ceilings to create cosy areas Glass walls Steel-framed internal floor-to-ceiling windows Pocket doors Sliding/folding doors Hinged, panelled doors Screens Large bookcases Console tables Lighting zones Changes in paint colour Differences in flooring Rugs to create mini ‘rooms’


Cosy up your home this Winter

By Katherine Sorrell

Spring may still be a while off, but there are ways to make your interior more inviting, even in the midst of winter. Make long, dark nights and chilly mornings more bearable with some clever thinking. To start, make sure your lighting is up to scratch. A well-designed lighting scheme reinforces a sense of security, comfort and vitality, and making dramatic improvements could be as simple as adding a floor lamp in a dark corner or a reading lamp next to a favourite armchair. For the best effect, layer lighting so that it comes from a variety of sources and directions. Add the leaping flames of a log burner or a few pretty tea lights or candles for an atmospheric evening in. Colour can make all the difference to a room’s feel, and a quick paint job – perhaps just on one wall – can be transformative. Earthy or spicy colours such as claret, mustard, ochre or chocolate are great choices, while navy or dark grey are more neutral and perhaps easier to live with all

year round. Don’t be afraid of trying darker shades – not only are they very on-trend, but they are really effective at creating a feeling of cocooning comfort. Think about the other main colours and textures in each room. For warmth underfoot use a deep pile rug or two to add extra softness, and consider swapping sheer, pale, lightweight curtains or blinds for something heavier and in a bolder shade – think wool, tweed, velvet or even felt, denim or mohair. In the bedroom, replace pale linens with sheets or a duvet cover in a deeper shade, piling on quilts, eiderdowns, bedcovers, throws and blankets, combining colours, patterns and fabrics for a glorious, sumptuous mixture. And in the living room, pile up cushions on sofas and armchairs for a sense of cosy luxury, then add some generously sized throws over the back: great for snuggling under. Draw the curtains, light the fire, pull on some fluffy socks, make a mug of hot chocolate and settle down with a good book or a favourite box set – baby it may be cold outside, but inside it’s warm, cosy and welcoming.

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● Change your passwords regularly ● Don’t use the same password for different devices or applications ● Use more complex passwords ● Use letters, numbers and symbols We all know that we should keep our passwords safe, use different ones on different devices and make them hard to guess, however, most of us brush off this simple advice because we think it’s too complicated or time-consuming. With cybercrime rising at an alarming rate, and organised criminals becoming even more sophisticated, leaving your password security to chance is a high-risk strategy. With a small amount of time, and a focus on safety and security, there are some easy and simple steps you can take to improve your password security. Focus on length. The best passwords are at least 12 - 15 characters long and should contain letters, numbers and symbols. Try not to use numbers and letters that run in sequence, add an element of randomness to your passwords. Use different passwords for accounts that contain sensitive or personal data. 22

The importance of this tip cannot be emphasised enough. If you use the same password across your accounts, once one of them has been cracked, all of your accounts and data become vulnerable. Share your password with…. no one and never write it down. This sounds obvious, but all too often people share passwords with partners or friends or even have a hand-written password book at home. Don’t let browsers remember your passwords. While this feature in many browsers may make it quick and easy to get into your accounts, it also makes it easy for someone who’s using the same computer or device to access those accounts (and all of your personal information) without needing to know your password.

Consider using Password Managers There are lots of password manager tools available that store and protect passwords like banks store and protect money – these tools can also create passwords that are incredibly hard to crack. Make sure they are a reputable company. Do your research and read through reviews to make sure you are choosing the best provider for you.


How safe is your PC data?

By Carrie Marshall

Have you ever considered the impact and pain of losing valuable data or all your cherished digital photographs if your computer failed, had a terminal virus, or your data was hacked, stolen or held to ransom? Have you taken enough steps to protect and back up your data? Make sure you are backing up your data regularly. You can store data backups on cloud-based services such as Google, Microsoft, and Dropbox to name but a few. Whilst you will need an internet connection for cloud-based storage, they are very cost-effective and secure. Another great benefit of cloudbased storage systems is that they are continually and automatically backing up your data, and therefore your data is always live and securely backed up. For further peace of mind, it’s always a good idea to back up your important data to an external hard disk: that’s much faster and doesn’t require you to keep up a membership or pay a monthly subscription as some online services do. You can get a good external hard

disk for less than £40, and you don’t need to pay much more for faster, higher-capacity ones. To protect yourself from malicious software and hacking there are plenty of free options such as the excellent AVG Free, but it’s worth considering spending a little money on a paid-for security suite such as BitDefender Total Security (around £49/£69 for an unlimited-device Family Pack). BitDefender doesn’t just cover your PC: it protects Macs, Android and iPhone/iPads too, and it includes tools to stop bad things getting onto your devices as well as anti-hacking protection for your personal data. It comes highly recommended by the internet’s most trusted review sites. Top Tips

● Back up your data regularly ● Have an external storage device back up of essential data ● Use a cloud storage provider ● Use strong anti-virus software

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Auction Anecdote It’s a case of ‘Out with the New’ and ‘In with the Old’ at Smiths Auctions in Newent! Many of us will have started 2020 with resolutions to lead a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable life. This might involve cutting down on plastics, buying an electric car or going vegetarian or vegan. However, few people have thought about the fact that buying antiques or second-hand items is also a brilliant way to help the environment. Of course, once you think about it, it becomes clear that antique or even vintage furniture will have a far smaller carbon footprint than factoryproduced items. Add the transport factor and compare it to a saleroom which probably sources most of its items from within a twenty-mile radius. Once you weigh up the fact that antique furniture was made to last using superior quality woods and craftsmanship, it becomes blindingly obvious that buying at auction (or in an antique shop) is definitely the way to go. What is more, buying at auction will probably save you money. Many of our younger buyers, who are keen to ‘go green’, are interested in up-cycling whilst others are very good at spotting fantastic eye-catching pieces to furnish their homes with. Matching different pieces of furniture can create a ‘selective eclectic look’ which is very much on-trend at present. So take a look at the local auction calendars and antique shops and help ‘save the planet’ whilst hopefully enjoying a new hobby – but be warned, it can be addictive! Smiths’s next auction is on the 28th of February and includes a large selection of furniture, ceramics, glass, collectables, paintings, silver and jewellery. For further details and to view the auction calendar please visit www.smithsnewentauctions.co.uk or call 01531 821776 for more information. - Written by Rita Kearsey, Manager of Smiths Auction Room at Newent

Monthly Sales of Antiques & Collectables Friday 28th February includes Medals & Militaria, Silver, Gold, Jewellery, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Pictures & Collectables

Viewing Day prior 10am - 7pm and morning of sale Fully illustrated catalogues available online

Scottish Military Oil Portrait

Two Victorian Campaign Medals

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3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th March

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Home visits for larger consignments

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Lydney Harbour project team shipshape and ready to set sail Forest of Dean District Council’s Regeneration Officer, Richard Morgan and new recruit Rose Farrington, Community Projects Leader, are heading up the ‘Destination Lydney Harbour’ team. The £2.1M project will create safe, attractive transport routes into Lydney Harbour and develop the area as a recreation and tourism destination. Existing buildings will be upgraded with new toilets, a heritage information point and a new café will be installed. Mooring and seating points will be installed and improvements made to cycle routes, highway and station approaches. Signage will be improved and a new public art installation will welcome visitors to the site. A community rowing boat building project is also planned – bringing this traditional craft back to Severnside. Richard will coordinate the Destination Lydney Harbour project, overseeing a team which will include builders, landscapers and designers. Meanwhile, Rose will lead on the Signage and Public Art, Boat Building and Walking Trail elements. The team are delighted to have secured the expertise of Gloucestershire County Council’s Highways Department who will deliver the Harbour Road improvements, these are to include road resurfacing, creating a footpath and installing appropriate lighting. For more information and regular updates see https://fdean.gov.uk/ 26

Beavers return to the Forest of Dean Last Year, Scottish Natural Heritage captured a male and a female beaver from different areas of the river Tay in Scotland, where they had been living alone without a mate. Following some important health checks at the Five Sisters Zoo, near Livingston, they were then released separately at Greathough Brook in the Forest of Dean as part of a scheme which aims to tackle flood risk. Both beavers have been carefully monitored by Forestry England staff since their release last autumn and recent footage shows that they have settled in well and are building dams and felling trees. Rebecca Wilson, Planning and Environment Manager at Forestry England, said: "Our trail cameras throughout the site are giving us a fascinating insight into the behaviour of the beavers at Greathough Brook. Nocturnal dam building is creating deep pools of water, slowing the brook’s flow while the tree felling followed by coppicing trees will bring benefits for a variety of wildlife that depends upon more complex habitats. We are looking forward to seeing and sharing more changes to the site this year." Forestry England will continue to monitor the hydrological and ecological changes the beavers are making during the remainder of the trial.


Volunteer Drivers Needed Macmillan Cancer Support, Lydney Dial-a-Ride and Lydcare have teamed up to help people living with cancer in the Forest of Dean. Getting to and from the hospital when dealing with cancer can be a real challenge and with an increase in demand for community transport, more volunteer drivers are needed (full training is given). If you can help or for more information, please contact Louise Currie at Lydney Dial-a-Ride on 01594 843809 or louise@lydneydialaride.co.uk.

Mitcheldean Ladies Football Club is looking for

players to commit to the remainder of the season, for Sunday matches and weekly training sessions (Thursday nights at Dene Magna School, 6- 7pm). For more information or to join them, head to their Facebook or Twitter Page: @MitcheldeanL

New bus service providers following unacceptable conditions of school busses Gloucester Minibuses no longer provides the school bus service in the Forest of Dean following media exposure highlighting the unacceptable conditions that the buses were in. Footage taken by pupils attending Dene Magna School, in Mitcheldean, showed smoke coming out from between the passenger seats and mould and dirt covering parts of the interior. Other complaints concerning the state and safety of the busses were also made. As a result, Gloucestershire County Council terminated the contract with the bus company with immediate effect and launched an investigation. The new bus service is provided by F. R. Willetts Ltd and Marchants Coaches Ltd on an interim basis.

'Warm and Well' Scheme The Forest of Dean District Council supports a county-wide scheme, which aims to help people stay warmer and healthier in their homes by providing free energy advice. It ranges from simple changes one can make, to helping people access grants for insulation or providing information about renewable technologies. For more information and free advice, call 0800 500 3076 or visit www.warmandwell.co.uk. 27



Your essential guide to local events in and around the area NEWENT ONION FAYRE OPEN EVENT & AGM 4 February, 7.30pm, Newent Market House The team is looking for new members for fresh ideas and helping hands. onions@newentonionfayre. net, 07831762735 or 01531 821610 for details. CINDERFORD JOBS & CAREER FAIR 5th Feb, 10am - 11pm, Belle Vue Centre, Cinderford, GL14 2 AB. Free entry. Contact: Robert Watkins: 07919 555154 SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE DOWSERS 6 Feb, 7.30pm, Aston Ingham Village Hall, HR9 7LS. Talk about childbirth & rearing in Stuart and Tudor times. Entry on the door: Visitors £5, members £3. www.shd.org.uk TEWKESBURY WINTER 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 28

voucher. T: 01684 855040 WINTER OWL EVENINGS 7/8 & 14/15 February, 6.30 - 9pm, International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, GL18 1JJ. Spend a magical evening watching owls fly by moonlight. £35pp. Approx. 2h. Ticketed event only. www.icbp.org VALENTINE'S POTTERY PAINTING. 8 & 9 Feb, Hot Pot Pottery, Coleford, GL16 7NS. Paint a perfect pottery present for you or your partner. All pieces will be ready for collection by 10th Feb. £6.50 pp to paint plus the price of the chosen pottery piece. Please book in advance: 01594 837943 or info@hotpotpottery.co.uk. SPRING WEDDING FAYRE 9 Feb, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Hillside Brewery, Nr Longhope, GL17 0NG. Source the best suppliers for your special day. Free admission. Pre-register for your "I'm Getting Married" tickets to claim a free goodie bag upon arrival. www.hillsidebrewery.com SEVERN BORE 11 & 12 Feb, Minsterworth. One of Britain's few truly spectacular natural

phenomena. Access to public footpath adjacent to the Church. Please use one of the car parks. ART LECTURE 13 February, Highnam Community Centre (Gambier Parry Hall), GL2 8DG. Three Andalusian cities and their history, architecture and paintings; with Gail Turner. Ticketed event. T: 01684 833701 POTATO FAIR 15 Feb, 10.30am - 1.30pm, Littledean Community Centre, GL14 3LN. Annual event organised by Forest of Dean Allotmens. 60 plus varieties of seed potatoes, onion sets, shallots, garlic and more. Entry: £1 incl. raffle ticket. Refreshments. T: 01749860039 LOVE OUR PLANET, WE ONLY HAVE ONE! 15 Feb, 10.30am, Linton Village Hall, HR9 7RX Free talk about ways to reduce our use of singleuse plastics. Refreshments available, stalls and products to view and buy. HALF TERM POTTERY 15 - 16 Feb & 20 - 23 Feb, Hot Pot Pottery, Coleford, GL16 7NS. Book a 2-hour

LOVING LOCAL pottery painting session or a pottery trial class. £6.50 pp to paint plus the price of the chosen piece or £35 pp for a pottery trial class. Pre-booking required: 01594 837943 or info@hotpotpottery.co.uk. COMMUNITY CINEMA 15 February, Doors open at 6pm for 6.30pm start, Newent Community Centre, Ross Road. Family film & refreshments. Free admission. Children must be accompanied by adults. For further details: Andrea Cox: acox27@btinternet.com

WILDLIFE SAFARIS 22 Feb, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, GL16 8JS. Hunt for bats, deer, badgers, foxes, voles, mice, hedgehogs and wild boar with Ed Drewitt (naturalist, broadcaster & wildlife detective). Bring warm layers, robust walking shoes and a torch. Walks lasts approx. 2h. Tickets: £40. T: 01594 833046.

VALENTINE'S DINNER 15 Feb, 6pm - late, Hillside Brewery, Nr Longhope, GL17 0NG. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu for £37.50 per couple (£18.75 pp). To book: 01452 830222

5K CHARITY MUD RUN 23 Feb, 10am - 1pm, Hillside Brewery, Nr Longhope, GL17 0NG. Run for fun and a good cause! All runners welcome incl. canicross. Mixed terrain with lots of mud, wooded areas, forest, open fields and just over 170m elevation throughout the race. £5 (for charity). To confirm your place, call or drop in in advance. T: 01452 830222

JULIE JULY BAND AT FOREST FOLK CLUB 16 Feb, 7.30 for 8pm start, The Orepool Inn, Coleford, GL16 8LH. A show from the new album “Lady of the First Light”. £7 on the door.

PANCAKE RACES 23 Feb, 12 - 4pm, Broad St, Ross-on-Wye For families, friends, colleagues and teams. Organised by Ross Lions and Ross Rotary Clubs.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS 20 Feb, 7pm for 7.30pm start, Gorsley Village Hall. "Downton Abbey" (cert. PG). At the door: Adults £5, Children (u18) £3. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance from 01989 720358. Tea, coffee & biscuits available; BYO drinks if you like (glasses provided). Fish and chips will also be available in the car park.

THREE CENTURIES, TWO PERFORMERS, ONE CONCERT. 28 Feb, 7.30pm, Linton Village Hall, HR9 7RX. 29 Feb, 7.30pm, Kempley Village Hall, GL18 2B. Local violinist Alice Earll and historical keyboard specialist Satoko Doi-Luck will perform music from the 16th, 17th & 18th centuries. Combination of music & discussion. Tickets £12 from 07891

254372, louise.earll@gmail. com or on the door. FILM EVENING 29 Feb, 7pm for 7.30pm start, Pauntley Village Hall "Downton Abbey" (cert. PG). Tickets £5.50, to incl. tea/coffee & cake. BYO wine/beer. Raffle. Advance booking please: 01531 822315 or pauntley villagehall@gmail.com.

Regular Events FARMERS MARKET 1st Sat/month, 9.30am 1pm, The Pavilion, St. Briavels. Produce, patisserie, fish, pies, etc. COUNTRY MARKET Fridays, 9.30am - 12pm, beside the Clock Tower in Coleford; Saturdays, 10am 12pm, Mushet Walk, near the Co-op. Home-baked goods, preserves, crafts, seasonal fruit & veg, etc. YORKLEY MEND & REPAIR CAFÉ 2nd Sat/month, 11am 1.30pm, The Community Centre, Yorkley, Bailey Hill, GL15 4RS. Bring your broken items for our skilled repairers to mend. Please phone or email us beforehand Andrew Worsley: 01594 562396, Andrew@earthy. f9.co.uk. Repairs are free; donations welcome. Charges for replacement part may apply. Visit the Café for drinks and refreshments during the sessions. Volunteer repairers/ menders always welcome. Page 29

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