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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-
winning comedian, whose credits range from The Harry Hill Movie to teaching and performing improvisation comedy with Catherine Tate as well as a string of successful radio series. He will be supported by Gareth Berliner also known as Macca from Coronation Street, who has been performing stand-up comedy for over 10 years with great national and international success. Lindsey Santoro, a finalist at The English Comedian of the Year and Funny Women will complete the line-up, which will be held together by local MC Jon Wagstaffe, known for his fast pace and high energy. The doors will open at 7.30pm (8pm start). Tickets can be purchased in advance from www.stantonclub.co.uk (ÂŁ12.50 plus booking fee) or bought for ÂŁ15 on the door.
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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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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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
Giles Broadway's Postlip Hall with the Happenstance Border Morris dancers at the annual Postlip Hall beer festival held in July Page 7
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@ btinternet.com. 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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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.
Ready in: 20 minutes | Serves 4
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp grated root ginger
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
350g chicken breast fillet, cut into thin strips 2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely grated 225g broccoli florets, blanched (see Tip) 2 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp runny honey
300g pack fresh noodles 1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
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Heat the vegetable oil in a large wok or nonstick frying pan over a high until until almost smoking. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds then add the onion and chicken and stir-fry for a further 2-3 minutes until the onion is tender and the chicken is almost cooked through.
Add the grated carrot and broccoli and stir-fry for another minute then stir in the soy sauce, honey and noodles with 1-2 tbsp hot water. Stir fry for a further 1-2 minutes until the noodles are piping hot. Stir in the sesame oil and half the sesame seeds.
Divide the stir-fry between four warmed serving dishes and top with the rest of the sesame seeds and the shredded red cabbage. Serve immediately with lime wedges.
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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 auctions.co.uk 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.
For more information visit www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk
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Special Offer With the season of goodwill fast approaching a local hospice is asking Gloucestershire businesses and individuals to consider celebrating the best of the festive season with them, whilst supporting local families in need of expert and compassionate care. Being held at the iconic Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham on Friday 6th December the Winter Ball offers a night of glitz and glamour whilst presenting the unique opportunity to give back to the local community by raising vital funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice – home to the only hospice inpatient unit in the county. In the past four years, the event has raised almost £100,000, which could fund an incredible 5,263 hours of care for local families who have a loved one with a terminal illness. The evening consists of a drinks reception, a three-course gourmet meal, an exclusive auction under the expert hammer of TV’s auctioneer Philip Allwood and a special Diamond Champagne Raffle from R.J Spicer Goldsmith with the chance to win a diamond worth £1,000. Individual tickets are £90. Tables of ten cost £850; further bespoke table packages are available. For more information call 01242 246 162 or email Leckhampton.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ 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 email@example.com. https://www.facebook.com/theoldpostofficeshop https://www.instagram.com/oldpostofficeshop_ 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 www.stantonclub.co.uk (£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. thejockeyclub.co.uk/ 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. www.gwsr.com 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; firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com. 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 www.rosestheatre.org 28
CHRISTMAS FAIR 30 Nov, 11am - 4pm Tewkesbury Abbey Traditional fayre with lots of stalls. Free entry. www.tewkesburyabbey.org.uk
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 www.gwsr.com.
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 www.musicavera.eu. 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 www.sudeleycastle.co.uk (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 www.tewkesburyabbey.org.uk
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. www.winchcombe.co.uk
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 www.cleeveconcerts.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Christmas Festival
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. co.uk or see www.facebook.com/ WinchcombeChristmasFestival.
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