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October 2019


Treorchy Male Choir Concert SHORT STORY

Henry Harvests A Good Result CULTURE

Panto: The UK’s Quirkiest Tradition?


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Good Times? No Story There. I always think that to start my magazine without an intro in the form of this editor’s letter seems a bit rude. Like launching into a conversation without a ‘hello’.

However, it can be a challenge each month to think of something to say. The natural default is a comment on either the weather or how quickly the year is going. So let’s get it out of the way: October already, wasn’t the weather in September lovely, I’m not looking forward to the darker nights! (On that note - remember the clocks go back by one hour on 27th October.) Do I comment on the contents of the magazine, when you can see for yourselves what’s inside? Or should I tell you about my month? I have a happy life, but I realise that doesn’t make for an interesting story.

When I try to tell my family or friends of some fun I’ve had I often get a glazed ‘you had to be there’ sort of response. However, when I can relate an anecdote of when something went wrong I get full attention. Not catastrophic you understand, but something like making a flight by the skin of my teeth and the series of events that caused me to be late. I guess no film was ever a blockbuster without something going wrong along the way. As long as it has a happy ending the challenge of getting there is where the entertainment is. And on that gentle musing, I need to get this magazine to print and sort out distribution for this month. Contributions from you, the reader, always welcome!

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In 1992 the world-famous Treorchy Male Choir performed a concert to raise funds for the Lions Club of Cheltenham for the first time. Next month, on Saturday 16th November, they will be back at Cheltenham Town Hall for their twelfth concert on behalf of the Club.

Over the years, the concerts have raised over £35,000. The proceeds have gone to various local causes, including Cheltenham's Oncology Unit, the Meningitis Trust and Acorns Children’s Hospice. Funds have also gone towards the running costs of the Club's Holiday Caravan in Burnhamon-Sea which allows local disabled people and disadvantaged families to take a break. The proceeds of this year's concert will be shared between Acorns Worcester (to help care for and support local children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions), and the running costs of the Club's Holiday Caravan (over £4,000/year). For 130 years the Treorchy Male Choir has been recognised as one of the greatest choral ensembles of all time. World tours have included trips to North America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, where they conducted three sell-out concerts at the Sydney Opera House. To see and hear the choir locally is a great honour and furthermore the concert will also feature local soprano Susan Black.

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Pick a retirement hobby while you are still working

Retirement beckons, and with it the opportunity to do the things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had time for. However, research by the Skipton Building Society has shown that we don’t always follow up on our dreams of an active retirement: apparently, many of us start to feel bored and undervalued within just ten months of stopping work. According to the Age UK Index of Wellbeing in Later Life, the rate of our general wellbeing can increase by 20% if we simply engage with the world around us, whether that’s through social activities in the community, physical activities or creative pastimes. Finding the right hobby can help you make new friends and give you a sense of purpose, which ultimately benefits both your physical and mental health. But here are so many options, it’s often hard to know where to begin.

Sociable hobbies Joining a choir can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your leisure time. It’s estimated that a staggering 2.8 million Britons now belong to a choir, and recent research has shown that group singing is a particularly fast way to create social bonds – in other words, it’s a speedy shortcut to making new friends. Other ways to meet people include 8

volunteering at an animal shelter, joining a book or film club or local amateur dramatic society, helping at a charity shop, or starting a social media group such as a neighbourhood watch.

Home alone If you want something you can do at home, creative hobbies such as upcycling furniture, card-making or jewellery-making could be perfect. Get inspired by the speedy arts and crafts videos available on YouTube or scour charity shops and second-hand bookstores for cheap ‘how to’ books that can teach you a new skill. Buy vintage jigsaws, write poetry or short stories, take up knitting or baking or learn to fix up an old car. Alternatively, find a pen pal in the UK or overseas with the help of clever phone apps that make it easy for you to chat to people all over the world. The great outdoors Exercise is important for health. Whether you choose something like metal detecting (which you can do on your own) or Nordic walking (which you would normally do as part of a group), there are so many hobbies that encourage you to explore the great outdoors and get fit in the process. Fishing, trainspotting, birdwatching and amateur astronomy are also popular and will encourage you to get out and about in the open air.

Although you may be tempted to put off choosing a hobby until you’ve finally finished work, the evidence suggests that it’s a good idea to have a plan in place. With a little preparation, you should be able to walk out of work and straight into a life filled with exciting new possibilities.

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Henry harvests a good result

˜ A short story written by local writer Geraldine Faulkner ˜

Henry was pulling up beetroots in his vegetable patch and humming away happily to himself when he spotted his wife, Annie, coming down the garden with two mugs in her hands.

“Time for a break,” she said with a smile as she handed him a steaming cup of tea. They stood together in companionable silence sipping their hot drinks and admiring Henry’s pile of beetroots.

“Salad and a baked potato for tea tonight,” said Annie, wondering how they were going to get through so much beetroot in the next couple of weeks.

“I’ve just had a chat with Claire,” she added referring to their youngest daughter. “She was telling me how excited the children are about their half-term holiday.” Both Claire and her husband, Ian, worked full-time so Henry thought he knew what 10

Annie was going to say next.

“Can we have them for a couple of days?” he predicted.

“Well, not quite,” said Annie carefully. “Ian’s parents are suggesting they take the children away to an Airbnb holiday apartment in Devon.” “What!” barked Henry, spilling his tea all over the beetroots. “That means we won’t get to see them at all.”

Henry was a doting grandfather to all four of his grandchildren but he had a particularly soft spot for Claire’s daughter, six-yearold Rosie, who was the only one of the grandchildren who knew where he kept his secret stash of Hob Nobs in the greenhouse. Piling the beetroots into a trug, he stumped off towards the house.

Annie’s heart sank. Henry wasn’t going

to let this rest.

Sure enough, he was on the phone to Claire when Annie came into the kitchen.

“But Ian’s parents took the children away during the summer holidays,” he was saying. “We were looking forward to having a couple of days with them over half-term.”

Both Claire and her mother knew that Henry suffered from ‘granddad envy’. Jealously, he would monitor the time spent by the grandchildren with each set of grandparents. In fact, he kept a diary in his desk that he thought Annie knew nothing about, and would casually point out when Ian’s parents, a nice couple called Sue and Leslie, appeared to have enjoyed the lion’s share of the grandchildren’s company in any given school holiday.

Annie wondered how Claire was going to find a diplomatic solution to this latest eruption. There was a long pause as Henry listened to his daughter.

“That sounds a good idea,” he said finally. “Let’s give it a go and see how we get on.” He put the phone down and turned to Annie with a big smile on his face.

“Claire has suggested that we have the children after their judo club every Thursday afternoon. We collect them from school, take them to the club and then bring them home for tea before we drive them home or Claire collects them.” He rubbed his hands gleefully. “In the long run that counts for more than a week in an Airbnb apartment.”

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Panto: the UK’s quirkiest tradition? Oh, yes it is!

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Christmas may seem a long way off, but such is the popularity of pantomime, the best seats could have already disappeared in a puff of fairy dust.

Pantomime is a British tradition that’s guaranteed to mystify anyone who is unfamiliar with our culture. The name itself creates confusion: when US-based Baywatch actor Pamela Anderson received her first offer to appear in pantomime in Liverpool in 2010, she was convinced she would be “miming in a box” (bizarrely, she agreed to do it anyway). Like most traditions, pantomime has grown from customs and practices that have been transformed over time by changing tastes and fashions.

There’s nothing like a Dame

One of pantomime’s best-loved characters is the ‘Dame’. Nearly always played by a man, the Dame is generally portrayed as a vain, 16

foolish woman, determined to get a husband at any price. But, with the possible exception of the villainous Ugly Sisters in Cinderella, the Dame never fails to gain the audience’s affection. It seems that we Brits simply love the idea of a man acting out a female role.

Maybe that’s because the practice of men appearing as women on stage is deeply embedded in British culture. Until the law was changed in the early 1660s, it was illegal for women to act in theatres, so audiences were used to seeing men performing in female attire.

Copying Commedia

Commedia dell’arte was a broad type of comic performance popular in Italy between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, which is said to be the forerunner of our traditional pantomime. Based on ‘stock’ characters, the plots generally featured a pair of lovers, a mischievous servant, a clown or pierrot character and a money-grabbing old man. While pantomime’s young lovers have changed little from Commedia dell’arte days, some of the other characters have been reworked to fit different plots. The clown is still with us in the shape of daft but lovable Simple Simon

or Wishee Washee, while Cinderella’s footman Buttons is a pale reflection of the Commedia’s high-spirited servants. Finally, the stock character of the old man appears variously as the foolish Baron Hardup (Cinderella), the villainous Fleshcreep (Jack and the Beanstalk) and the power-hungry Abanazar (Aladdin).

less popular parts of the Harlequinade but kept the transformation scene, where Harlequin waved his magic baton (nowadays a fairy wand) to show fairytale characters and scenes dramatically changing before the audience’s eyes. By the Victorian era the Harlequinade had become the two-act pantomime we would recognise today.

In the seventeenth century, British theatre borrowed some of Commedia’s characters to create an early type of pantomime known as a ‘Harlequinade’. But pantomime as we know it today was created when audiences began to demand more and more spectacle. Canny theatre producers discarded the

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The Rock Garden Is Alive… If you have ever dreamed of Sound of Music landscapes, then create your own! A garden mountain range might not be possible, but you may have space for your very own rock garden. So what do you need to do? You’ll need to choose a fairly sunny spot, ideally away from overhanging deciduous trees – most alpine plants like a fair bit of light and detest becoming clogged up with deteriorating leaves.

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200g digestive biscuits, finely crushed 85g unsalted butter, melted 500g full-fat soft cheese, at room temperature 100g caster sugar

75g light soft brown sugar 3 large eggs, beaten

425g can pumpkin puree 2 tsp vanilla extract

1½ tsp ground cinnamon


Raspberry sauce, to serve (see TIP)


Grease a 20cm round spring-form tin and line the base with baking paper. Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter and press into the base of the tin. Chill in the fridge whilst making the filling. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas mark 2.

Beat the soft cheese, caster sugar and 55g of the light soft brown sugar together in a large bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs. Place the pumpkin puree in a separate bowl and beat with the vanilla extract and ground cinnamon until smooth. Fold into the cheesecake mixture until thoroughly combined. Spoon the mixture over the biscuit base and gently level the surface. Sprinkle over the rest of the brown sugar. Bake the cheesecake on a baking sheet in the preheated oven for 1¼ -1½ hours until the filling is just set. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake inside until cold, then chill in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. Serve sliced drizzled with raspberry sauce.

For a quick raspberry sauce, push 200g fresh raspberries through a fine-holed sieve (discarding the pulp left in the sieve). Stir in 25g icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Your local EVENTS GUIDE AUTUMN WILDLIFE TRAIL Ongoing until 25 Oct, from 10am, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe. Children can follow a new wildlife footprint trail around the grounds to find out about the creatures that call our countryside home. Incl. with general admission. LITERATURE FESTIVAL 4 - 15 Oct, Cheltenham literature/ ANGLO AMERICAN AUTUMN CLASSIC 5 & 6 October, First car on the track 8.30am both days, Finishes around 5.30pm, Prescott Speed Hill Climb. Great family day out: Top class racing, American Car Displays, 2 for 1 - All American Cars, Live bands & entertainment, The World's Oldest Wall of Death, Race Season Finale with a party vibe. U14s go free with paying adult.

ROUTE 61 BLUES BAND 5 Oct, 7.30pm, The Moats, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury, GL20 5PG. A Gloucestershirebased 5-piece blues band comprising well-seasoned and experienced musicians. Free entry. T: 01684294364 GUIDED BATTLEFIELD WALK. 6 October, 2pm, Meet at Abbey Lawns car park, Gander Lane, Tewkesbury. T: 01684 855040 SANDFORD PARKS LIDO EVENTS Keynsham Rd, Cheltenham,

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The Seven Tuns celebrates one year of success with Oktoberfest-style birthday party This autumn, The Seven Tuns in Chedworth is bringing a little bit of Oktoberfest magic to the Cotswolds to celebrate the gastro pub's first anniversary. The four-day event will take place from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th October (inclusive) and will include live entertainment from various local bands, including Stromboli, a special BBQ specialising in all manner of locally sourced produce and meats from the South West, and access to an Oktoberfest-themed outdoor seating area, complete with log burners and traditional pub games (backgammon, boules, etc.) for the guests to enjoy.

Co-owner of The Seven Tuns, Simon WillsonWhite, explains: “Our Oktoberfest-style birthday celebration is certainly going to appeal to lots of you. It’s not just about speciality beers and ales, it’s also about celebrating good wholesome food made with local and seasonal produce. The perfect combo for a great pub and a great birthday knees up!” Simon continues: “Our aim was always to bring our international experience to the Cotswolds and put Chedworth back on the gastro pub map. We now pride ourselves in being not only an award-winning pub but also - through word of mouth - the friendliest pub in the Cotswolds.” A special selection of beers will also be provided by the Cotswold Brew Company throughout the Oktoberfest-style weekend (Bavarian tankards to the ready).

Over the four-day event, there will be a special Cotswold-style Oktoberfest menu for the pub’s à la carte restaurant which prides itself in a 30-mile radius menu as well as an impressive bar menu which offers quirky pub favourites such as pulled beef chilli tacos and black pudding sausage roll. 28

The Seven Tuns, located in Chedworth, opened its’ doors on 19th October 2018 after extensive renovation and since then has grown from strength to strength greeting no less than 50,000 visitors through its doors and serving no less than 18,000 covers in that time. Tom Conway of Nobu, Criterion on Piccadilly and The Potting Shed fame, and Simon Willson-White, formally of The Ivy and The Ritz, together converted a once run-down 17th century Cotswold pub into a mecca for fine dining and wholesome pub grub. Tom’s passion for sustainability and sourcing seasonal produce has seen him working with local suppliers, using every part of the animal with a genuine ‘field to fork’ ethic.

Food and wine pairings have been championed by Simon. They play a key part in the pub’s ethos with various tastings taking place throughout the year.

The Seven Tuns is simply brimming with character and over the year has proved to be a firm favourite with the locals and connoisseurs of the gastro pub scene. As a dog-friendly pub it’s also on the radar for walkers, ramblers and horse-riding fans. For more information visit www.seventuns. To make a reservation call 01285 720 630.

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Going Dutch

First introduced in the Netherlands, where it is now part of their driving test, road safety bodies in the UK are promoting the technique of using your LEFT hand to open the driver’s door. This action means you will naturally turn your head to the right and thus look back over your shoulder for oncoming, or passing, cyclists.

The Dutch Reach, as it’s called, has been endorsed by a major UK private-hire firm, who now incorporate it into their driver training, and Olympic cycling gold-medallist Laura Kenny.

And I can see why Laura would lend her name to this door-opening method: last year a survey of 2,000 cyclists found that over 60% either had personal experience of a car door being opened in their path or knew someone who had. Just over half of those surveyed had sustained an injury as a result, some requiring hospital attention.

In the last couple of years there have been changes to the Driving Test in order, it’s said, “to bring it into line with today’s road conditions”. Perhaps, with the increase in cycling, which is no bad thing, the Government should consider introducing this door-opening technique into the driving test? It may seem trivial, but we are taught to look over our right shoulder before entering the carriageway, so why not do the same for when we exit the vehicle?

In the meantime, incorporating the Dutch Reach into your driving might just save a cyclist? By Iain Betson

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