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November 2019



The Tewkesbury Big Weekend Returns in 2020 SEASONAL EVENT

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




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Remember, Remember... ...the fifth of November, when it will be time again for crackling bonfires, tasty hog roasts and colourful firework displays. Not everyone is a fan of the latter though. Animals, in particular, are often frightened of the loud noises and flashing lights, so make sure you keep your pets safe and indoors. If you are worried about your pet, you can speak to your vet about tips, tricks and products to ease the stress that fireworks can cause.

on their Christmas lights. Christmas markets, festive days out and seasonal entertainment will help you kick-start the "most wonderful time of the year". Have a look at our 'What's On' section for more information.

At the end of this month, it will be time for local towns and villages to switch

Have a lovely month,

On 11th November the nation will remember and honour those who have sacrificed their lives to secure and protect our freedom. Look out for local Remembrance Day services, parades and poppy sales.

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Local History

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

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

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

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

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

already experimented growing woad for dyeing cloth in an earlier attempt to give employment to the local poor and at the same time make money for himself. Two more local gentry were also involved in the project. Giles Broadway of Postlip Hall was a cousin of John Stratford. His grandfather was the first member of the family to claim to belong to the gentry. Giles had enough money to buy the manor of Bishop's Cleeve in 1606 and also build the present Postlip Hall in 1614. In 1624 he then sold the former Bishop of Worcester's manor house, which was part of the manor of Bishop's Cleeve, to the rector, Timothy Gates, for ÂŁ3000. The Gates' family home stood in East Anglia but his father was a younger son who had moved to the Midlands. Timothy had acquired most of his fortune by marrying the widow

Cleeve Hall, bought by Timothy Gates for ÂŁ3000 in 1624, since then the central frontage has been completely re-built

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

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Tewkesbury Big Weekend prepares for 2020 comeback

After a well-deserved break in 2019, the organising team of the Tewkesbury Big Weekend is back together and busy planning next year's festivities. The weekend in May 2020, will see the return of the popular Dog Show, which will take place at The Vineyards this time. As in previous years, Cheltenham Animal Shelter will be closely involved in the running of the show. Forms to enter your dog(s) will be available soon. The much-loved walking parade has already attracted first enquiries from local groups that wish to partake. The organising team would like as many sports teams, social groups, schools and nurseries to get involved as possible. The riverside activities will include the usual boat parade and the opportunity to go on a peaceful boat ride to see corners of the town one would miss on foot. Children’s water activities and the boat race will also be back. The 2020 Big Weekend will see stalls, showcasing local crafts, inside the Town Hall. Visitors might also be treated to entertainment and a demonstration or two. For more details on booking a stall, the boat race or if you wish to get involved, please email carolcrilly@ For regular updates, find the 'Tewkesbury Big Weekend' on Facebook. 8

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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

ones to pick up Caspar’s deposits – and they would not hold much.

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.

Since Henry seemed to expect a response, Caspar panted loudly. Once Caspar had been safely deposited at his home – to collapse on his bed and sleep until his owners returned – Henry went to his shed to collect a black bin bag and his picker-upper. “Granddad, is that you?” called a well-loved voice. “Rosie!” exclaimed Henry with pleasure as he recognised his granddaughter’s voice. “Do you fancy coming for a walk with me and picking up litter in the forest?”

After popping indoors to let Annie know where they were going, Henry and Rosie set off. Rosie was in charge of the pickerupper while Henry had been delegated to hold the bin bag. Apart from minor distractions such as spotting the biggest and shiniest conker, Henry and Rosie spent a very enjoyable hour filling their bin bag. “Can we do this again next week, Granddad?” asked Rosie. Henry beamed down at her. “I can’t see why not,” he said.

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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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Tewkesbury Christmas Market and Light Switch-On Sunday 24th November is the date to put in the diary for the annual Tewkesbury Christmas Market and Light Switch-On. The town will once again be full of festive spirit with over 70 craft and market stalls along the High Street. Father Christmas will switch on the lights at 5pm with help from one lucky person whose name will be drawn from a pool of supporters who have made a donation towards the event via Just Giving. The Christmas Lights are organised by a voluntary committee and financially supported by the kind people of Tewkesbury. Fundraisers, including coffee mornings, donations and the 'Sponsor a Bulb' campaign help keep the event, which costs around ÂŁ8,000 each year, alive. A grant from the Town Council and support from the

Borough Council also contribute to the success of the event. The organisers are very grateful for the help they are receiving and would like to thank the local community and businesses for their support. This year, visitors can look forward to Father Christmas and his reindeer, a display of falcons, live music from Tewkesbury Town Training Band and others, as well as numerous stalls selling everything from delicious food to beautiful craft items. The funfair will also be back to entertain young and old. The event is a fantastic way to start the Christmas season, spend time with family and friends and get some Christmas shopping done. If you would like to support it and have the chance to help Father Christmas switch on the lights, please visit the Just Giving page at tewkesburychristmaslights. Page 25

The Old Post Office Shop

The shop is a wonderful example of members of the local community working hard to keep independent shops alive. You can keep up to date with what’s happening at The Old Post Office Shop via Facebook and Instagram. For enquiries email cotswolds/

Kemerton's former Post Office & Village Shop has been reimagined into a destination café and quirky vintage shop. It reopened earlier this year as The Old Post Office Shop, a Cotswold café where everything is for sale! The shop stocks an ever-changing array of unique furniture pieces, art, decorative items and more. The furniture is hand-selected from all over the country, making each piece one of a kind. It is part of the shop's mission to promote recycling and reusing. Local jewellery designer Jo Gordon also has a small studio at the shop, where she designs and makes bespoke jewellery while working on her own collections. Further to the new additions, the shop continues to sell village shop provisions to the local community. They include Tewkesbury honey, milk, fresh sourdough, butter and eggs. The café serves gourmet cakes from local independent bakers, Fairtrade barista coffee, delicious cream teas and a selection of savoury lunch options. Located at the foot of Bredon Hill and surrounded by stunning Cotswold countryside, The Old Post Office Shop is a great stop off if you are out on any of the beautiful walking or cycling routes in the area. 26

Your local EVENTS GUIDE VISITING CHOIR 6 Nov, 5.30pm, Tewkesbury Abbey. Academia Musica.

TREASURES OF FAR CATHAY 7 November, 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

ROBIN HOOD MEETS THE BABES IN THE WOOD 7 - 9 Nov, 7pm, Watson Hall, Tewkesbury. By the Manor Players. £6 - 10. Tickets available from The Orange Pig or Box Office: 07875 336475 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.

COMEDY NIGHT 8 Nov, 7.30pm for 8pm start, Stanton Village Club With Mark Maier, Gareth Berliner, Lindsey Santoro and Jon Wagstaffe. Tickets from (£12.50 plus booking fee) in advance or for £15 on the door. ILLUSTRATED TALK 8 Nov, 7.30pm, Abbot’s Parlour, Abbey House, Church Street. On walking

the entire coast of England and Wales (by Chris O’Grady). £10. T: 07516 410100

COME AND SING WITH CLEEVE CHORALE 9 Nov, 9.45am, St Michael & All Angels Church, Bishop’s Cleeve. Rehearse and perform Haydn’s Creation with Musical Director Heather Parker. Incl. a light lunch and tea & cake. Scores will be provided. Tickets: £15 (£5 for full-time students) or just come to the performance at 3pm for £5. Tickets available from 01242 674114, George Lewis Footwear or on the door. PRE-CHRISTMAS FAYRE 9 November, 10am - 12pm, 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 (by the Abbey Choir)

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

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 Nov, Cheltenham Racecourse. 3 days of adrenaline-packed horse racing action. 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. PHILOMUSICA CONCERT 16 Nov, 7.30pm, Tewkesbury Abbey. Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs; Brahms: Requiem. Soloists: Kathryn Jeffree & Roderick Williams. Tickets: £16 (u16s free) available from 01452 506417; or the Abbey Shop. TREORCHY MALE CHOIR CONCERT 16 November, 7.30pm, Cheltenham Town Hall With guest Soprano Susan Black. In aid of charity. Tickets: £25, Seniors £23. Box Office: 0844 576 2210

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COACH TRIP TO BIRMINGHAM GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET 23 Nov, coach leaves 9.30am and drives back at 4.30pm, Park your car at Alderman Knight School. Visit the largest Christmas market outside Germany and discover German food and drink, toys, decorations, jewellery and crafts. Held in the city centre. Tickets £14 each or 2 for £25. Available from Tewkesbury District Twinning Association members, 07975 994901 or CHELTENHAM CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON 23 November, 5.30pm, near The Queens Hotel Family fun, live entertainment and appearance by Father Christmas.

TEWKESBURY CHRISTMAS MARKET AND LIGHT SWITCH-ON. 24 Nov, Tewkesbury High Street 70 + craft and market stalls, Father Christmas and his reindeer, display of falcons, live music, food and more! Light Switch-On at 5pm.

SARAH MCQUAID CONCERT 29 Nov, Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start, The Old Baptist Chapel, Tewkesbury, GL20 5RZ Singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid introduces her new album 'If we dig any deeper it could get dangerous'. BYOB – no bar. Tickets: £10 advance or £12 on door. T: 07887 523770 ALADDIN PANTO AT THE ROSES 30 Nov - 4 January, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Tickets: £15 £25. T: 01684 295074 28

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 at £16 per adult/child available from

HIGH BAROQUERY 30 Nov, Doors open 2pm for 2.30pm start, St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham. Afternoon concert by Musica Vera Chamber Choir. Vivaldi : Gloria in D; Marcello: Concerto in D for oboe and strings; Pachelbel: Kanon in D; Haydn: Insanae et vanae curae. Tickets: £12 available at the door or from SPECTACLE OF LIGHT 30 Nov - 30 Dec, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe Explore a beautiful illuminated trail around Sudeley Castle’s stunning grounds. This year's theme: Peter Pan. Tickets available in advance from (Adults £16.50, Children £9.90) or on the day (Adults £20, Children £12).


AFTERNOON STROLL 1 Dec, 2pm meet at Warders Alley (beside M&Co, High Street). Stroll around the lanes & alleys of Tewkesbury. £2.50.

GUIDED BATTLEFIELD WALK. 1 December, 2pm, Meet at Abbey Lawns car park, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury. T: 01684 855040 ADVENT CAROL SERVICE 1 Dec, 6 - 7pm, Tewkesbury Abbey. T: 01684 850959

CHARITY CONCERT: TENORS UNLIMITED, THE ‘RAT PACK OF OPERA’ 2 Dec, 7pm, St Gregory’s Church, Cheltenham. In aid of ‘Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees’ and the ‘Aid to the Church in Need’ charity. Tickets (adults £15; u16s £7) from: www.tenorsunlimited. com/tickets 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. CLEEVE CONCERTS 6 Dec, 7.30pm, Tithe Barn, Bishop's Cleeve The Manfreds. Tickets from Chelt. Town Hall, 0333 666 3366 or

CAROL SERVICE AND READINGS 8 Dec, 4pm, The Old Baptist Chapel, Church Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5RZ

Will be followed by refreshments. Family-friendly; all welcome. Further details:

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CRAFT FAIR 2nd Sun/month, 11.30am 2.30pm, Bishop's Cleeve Community Centre Wide range of stalls; refreshments. Free entry. Libby Cleal: 07776 301767.

CRICKET PRACTICE Sundays, 10am - 12pm, Bushley Cricket Club More players wanted, esp. for ladies team. Kit & coaching provided. Any experience catered for. 01684 292350 or 07812 179002.

DANCE WITH PARKINSON'S & MS. Tuesdays, 1.15pm,

Marina Court, Trafalgar Rd, Tewkesbury, GL20 5AY. £5 per session, incl. refreshments. A friend or carer can come too for a £1 suggested donation towards costs. 01242 603207 for details. Term-time only. MEMORY CAFÉ 4th Wed/month, 2 - 4pm, Tewkesbury Day Centre, Station Road. For those with memory problems and their carers/companions. Tea and cakes. Free entry. Tel. 01684 296238 TEWKESBURY CARE TO SING. 2nd Weds/month, 2 - 4pm, Tewkesbury Day Centre, Station Rd, GL20 5DR. For those with memory problems and their carers/ companions. Sing your favourite songs together. Tea & cakes. £2.50/person.

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COUNTRY MARKET Fridays, 9 - 11.30am. Tewkesbury Town Hall Homemade cakes, savouries, preserves, crafts, seasonal vegetables/fruits, plants & shrubs. Refreshments.

FARMERS & CRAFT MARKET. 2nd Sat/month, 9am - 1.30pm, Abbey Lawns Car Park, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5PG. Local produce and local arts and crafts. T: 01684 855040

GENERAL RETAIL MARKET Weds & Saturdays, 9am 3.30pm, Spring Gardens Car Park, Oldbury Rd, Tewkesbury, GL20 5DN. More info Dave Joynes, 01386 840138.

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

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