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November 2019


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Message from The Mayor The Deputy Mayor and I were pleased to welcome Civic Dignitaries from our county and beyond to lunch on Onion Fayre Day. I sincerely thank the Onion Fayre Committee for their hard work.



Christmas Lights Switch-On On Saturday 23rd November, the town centre of Newent will once again host our Christmas Lights Switch-On with its procession and seasonal stalls as well as a visit from Father Christmas. Defibrillators Following generous donations by FODDC, the Holts Health Centre, Newent Rotary Club and Newent Summer Charity Skittle League, the Town Council is now able to purchase and install another defibrillator in Newent. Negotiations are underway to have this new defibrillator fixed to the Library wall. Neighbourhood Development Plan Following the well-attended consultation on 5th October, questionnaires continued to be returned and are now being professionally analysed for use in future policy writing undertaken at this stage by the members of the Steering Group and other volunteers with specialised knowledge. Arboretum Car Park Extension The Council has agreed to extend the small car park at the Bradford’s Lane entrance to the Arboretum to provide spaces for up to ten cars. FURTHER INFORMATION Information about the Council, its activities and contact details for councillors, can be found on the website at uk or ring 01531 820638. A version of this newsletter is available on our website.



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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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80% of dogs over the age of 8 and cats

● Exercise regimes: Most stiff dogs will

over the age of 14 are affected by arthritis,

benefit from two or three shorter walks

and without management, this can lead to

every day rather than one long walk.

animals becoming increasingly immobile

Some dogs can also benefit from

due to a combination of mechanical

hydrotherapy and physiotherapy.

difficulties and pain.

● Supportive medication: Various

Recently, a group of our vets and nurses went to a talk by Hannah Capon, a vet who has focused her career on improving comfort in older animals through direct treatment, educating veterinary teams and providing resources to owners. The hub for this is It shows a range of resources – we find the guides on making your home more arthritisfriendly particularly helpful.

medications can help your pet feel more comfortable. This includes oral medication that you can administer at home or injections that are given directly into the joint (these are done under general anaesthetic). ● Comfortable bedding: Many animals benefit from having thicker, non-slip bedding as this will provide much-needed padding to achy, painful joints. If you are at all concerned about your

● Weight control: Overweight pets tend to struggle far more with stiffness and arthritis than slender ones. This is because the extra weight puts more strain on the joints. ● Non-slip flooring: Dogs can really struggle to walk on laminate or tiles. Putting runners or rugs down can reduce strain from slipping. Keeping their nails short

pet's mobility, or would just like some advice, please contact the surgery. Don’t forget to get prepared for fireworks in the lead-up to bonfire night. We run an offer on Feliway and Adaptil to help your pets keep calm. IF YOU BUY A DIFFUSER, YOU WILL RECEIVE A FREE REFILL OR TRAVEL SPRAY WITH IT!

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Your local EVENTS GUIDE CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES Ongoing until 14 Dec, Tues - Fri: 10am - 4pm; Sat: 10am - 1pm, United Reformed Church, Broad Street, Newent Christmas cards from over 25 charities for sale.

WINTER OWL EVENINGS 2 - 30 Nov, 6.30 - 9pm, International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, GL18 1JJ. Spend a magical evening watching owls fly by moonlight. £35 per person. Approx. 2h. Ticketed event only.

NEWENT AND DISTRICT CAMERA CLUB 7.30pm, Newent Library 5 Nov: Martin Fry: “The Cotswold Lad Returns”. 12 Nov: Club Workshop. 19 Nov: Judging competition entries “Street”. 26 Nov: Battle competition between Newent, Beacon and Ross Camera Clubs. New members welcome. TREASURES OF FAR CATHAY. 7 Nov, Highnam Community Centre (Gambier Parry Hall), GL2 8DG. With Peter Le Rossignol. The wonders and exoticism of the East that held the West enthralled for over two centuries. Ticketed event. The Arts Society West Glos: 01684 833701 70TH ANNIVERSARY 9 Nov, 7pm for 7.30pm 26

start, Pauntley Village Hall A celebration of all things '70s to mark the hall's 70th birthday. Dig out those '70s clothes (optional), enjoy a '70s-style chicken and chips supper (vegetarian option avail. if pre-booked), and dance to great '70s music. Prize for best outfit. BYO wine/ beer. Raffle. Tickets: £8 from Lesley on 07549 539307 or Booking required by 5 Nov. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10 Nov, St Mary's Church, Newent. 75th Anniversary of the D Day Landings. Guest speaker: Rt Revd Rachel Treweek – Bishop of Gloucester. 9.30am: Parade gathers in the Civic Car Park. 9.40am: Parade departs to march through the town. Service begins at 10am. Including: A reading of the Roll of Honour at the War Memorial. Observing of 2 minutes silence at 11am. HEALING SERVICE WITH PRAYER 13 Nov, 7.30pm, St Mary's Church. Guest speaker Rev Phillippa Donald.

ART LECTURE 14 Nov, 2pm, Highnam Community Centre (Gambier Parry Hall), GL2 8DG. The Arts & Culture of Fin-desiècle Vienna: When Vienna was one of the most exciting artistic laboratories in the world. Visitors welcome. T: 01684 833701

THURSDAY AFTERNOON GROUP. 14 Nov, 2pm, St Mary's Church Room For the older generation. Tea, cakes and games or speaker. office@ CHRISTMAS FAYRE 16 November, 10am 4pm, Kings Arms, Newent In aid of Newent Youth Services. Lots of stalls and entertainment.


COMMUNITY CINEMA 16 Nov, Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start, Newent Community Centre, Ross Rd. Family film & refreshments. Free admission; children must be accompanied by adults. For further details: Andrea Cox U3A MEETING 19 Nov, 9.45am - 12pm, Newent Memorial Hall "Be careful what you wish for! How I was given more historical records." by Elizabeth Tebby Germaine.

NEWENT LAKESIDE WI 19 Nov, 7.30pm, Sheppard House, Newent, GL18 1TL. Beetle Drive and AGM – Clare Jenkins. T: 01531 822289.

N. GARDENING CLUB 21 Nov, 7.30pm, Newent Memorial Hall. Christmas party - Ukele Ally & Friends. T: 01531 820761

FILM EVENING: YESTERDAY (12) 22 Nov, 7pm for 7.30pm start, Pauntley Village Hall Tickets: £5.50 to incl. tea/ coffee & cake. BYO wine/ beer. Raffle. Advance booking please. Call 01531 822315 or email pauntleyvillagehall@

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE 23 Nov, 11am - 4pm, The Latchen Rooms, Longhope, GL17 0QA. Variety of craft stalls, teas, coffee, cakes; hot & cold food, beverages. Raffle. Free entry. T: 01452 830781 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON. 23 Nov, Newent town centre. With procession, seasonal stalls and a visit from Father Christmas.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 23 - 30 Nov, St Mary's Church, Newent. Over 60 trees on display, decorated by local charities, clubs and organisations. Entrance £1, accompanied children free.

NEWENT AND GORSLEY BRANCH MOTHERS’ UNION. 26 Nov, 2pm, St Marys Church. Christmas Party. For details: Annee Barwell - 01531 820932.

NEWENT ART GROUP EXHIBITION AND SALE 29 November, 8.30 - 11.30am, to be held within the Newent Country Market at the Memorial Hall. The Art Group always welcomes new members.

Full tuition provided. Contact Janice (tutor) on Janice.lyall@

THE RETURN OF REMI HARRIS 29 Nov, 7.30pm, Cliffords Mesne Village Hall. Jazz Blues Guitar. Courtesy of Yardbirds Arts. Tickets: £12 (under 18s: £6) from Gareth: 01531 821654 THE FADDLE FAIR: CHRISTMAS STREET MARKET. 30 Nov, 1pm 6pm, Coleford. 30+ stalls selling everything from local handmade goods and arts & crafts to local produce. Street food, children's entertainment & live music. HANDEL’S MESSIAH 30 Nov, Newent Community School. Newent and District Choral Society concert. For details: 01989 750528.

MEDIEVAL BANQUET 30 Nov, 7.30 - 11.30pm, Hillside Brewery, Nr Longhope, GL17 0NG. Charity event in aid of Forest Pulse. 3-course meal with vegetarian/vegan option, music, dancing, raffle and auction. Prize for best costume. Admission by ticket only. Tickets: £25pp; available from the Forest Pulse office or the Hillside Brewery shop. Contact: charitymanager@forestpulse. or 01594 826357. CHRISTMAS AT PERRYGROVE 1, 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 - 24 Dec, Perrygrove Railway, Coleford, GL16 8QB. Watch Father Christmas come down the chimney. 25-minute show with a story, singing, refreshment and presents. Tickets lasts all day, so enjoy as many train rides as you like. Advance booking essential. T: 01594


COMMUNITY CAROLS 1 December, 3pm, St Mary's Church Room, Newent. Celebrate the closing of the Christmas Tree Festival by singing traditional Christmas carols with music from the Cheltenham Salvation Army Band, Tambourines and various artists. Retiring collection in aid of the Church restoration.

Regular events

KNIT & NATTER GROUP Every Monday, 10.30am, Community Café, 36 Broad St, Newent. Bring your knitting, crochet or sewing project and join in. 01531 821389 or 07967 683853. MAY HILL COUNTRY DANCE Last Wed/month, 10am 12pm, May Hill Village Hall Liz Cox: 01452 830899

MEETINGS ABOUT PRAYER. Sundays, St Mary's Church, Newent. 8.45am: Communion. 10.15am: Communion or Morning Worship. 4pm: Informal Cafe-style worship with tea and cakes.

MEND & REPAIR CAFÉ 16 Nov, 10am - 1pm, Community Cafe, 36 Broad St, GL18 1AJ. Bring your broken, damaged and worn out items for our expert volunteer repairers to fix. Small donation only. Cake & drinks for sale. T: 01531 890 609 MUSICAL THEATRE EXPERIENCE SESSIONS Wednesdays, 9.15 - 11am, Newent Memorial Hall

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Songs from the Shows. Entry: £5 on the door. All ages and abilities. For more information: Jo Roach 07376 032818 or Joanna. NEWENT & AREA PRAYER FOCUS 1st Wed/month, 8.30am, St Mary's Church Rooms, Newent. Come along and pray for our area with members of all the churches.

NEWENT & DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB 2nd & 4th Tues/month, 10am - 12pm, Newent Memorial Hall.For retired and semi-retired businessmen and professionals. 12 Nov: “Rembrandt” - Chris O’Grady talks about his extraordinary life and his passion for painting

his own changing faces. 26 Nov: “It’s behind you” Christine Morgan. A familiar cry for those who enjoy the slapstick humour of pantomime. Hissing and booing encouraged.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP 2nd Mon/month, except May, July & Dec, 10.30am, Sheppard House, Onslow Road, Newent, GL18 1TL. All affected by Parkinson’s welcome. For details call Diane: 01452 790628. WALKING FOR HEALTH Every Thurs, 10 - 11am, Meet at Chillout Zone, Newent. For all abilities. Short & local walk followed by refreshments. Margaret Highton: 01531 820245 or Scheme Co-ordinator

Barbara Woods:01594 562240.

Local Markets

KEMPLEY PRODUCE MARKET. 2 Nov, 9.30am 11.30am, Kempley Village Hall. Local seasonal produce at good prices. For info Maggie Bligh 01531 890332,kempley; NEWENT COUNTRY MARKET. Fridays, 8.30 11am, Memorial Hall Local fresh food, incl. including cakes, savouries, jams and chutneys. Seasonal vegetables, eggs, cut flowers, plants, meat, etc.

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