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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’.

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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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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. 6

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.

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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.

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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

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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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Once the soil is well-firmed, use a spade or a trowel to dig out a hole for each

rock; this keeps the rocks securely embedded so they won’t shift even in heavy rain.

Use smaller bits of stone beneath the rocks to wedge them firmly. Add more soil over these bits of stone and then more soil between the rocks when they are in position. Water well to settle the soil, topping up if necessary.

to make a planting hole, then remove the pot, pop the plant in the hole, and fill in around it with some compost. When you have finished planting you can topdress the soil surface with good-looking horticultural grit or gravel.

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Spiced pumpkin cheesecake Rich, creamy and spiced with cinnamon, this autumnal cheesecake is best baked the day before serving.

Ready in 2 hours, plus cooling and chilling | Serves 8


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

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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.

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.


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.

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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Cross the field to meet a junction with a good wide track and a sign post. Continue straight on (signposted Windrush Way) along the track downhill through a gate and the track turns left. Follow the track left B over a stream, proceeding ahead to pass between the abandoned buildings of Waterhatch Farm.

your footsteps to the junction C and bear right towards a footbridge and gate, partially hidden in the hedgerow. Go through and keep ahead over an open field towards trees. Go through two gates to pass through this narrow belt of trees, walk across the next field aiming for the far left hand corner.

Just past the buildings, before the track bears right, take the footpath on your left by an electricity pole. Cross an electric sheep fence and walk across the field to the far side keeping parallel with the posts to meet and cross over the electric fence. Continue ahead along a track with trees either side to meet a junction C. Bear right and follow the grassy track with mature trees on your right for approx 400 metres and enter a wood.

Bear left through a metal gate D and continue along the track on your right soon passing a small reservoir on your left. Where the track bears sharp right towards farm buildings, turn left through a metal gate and immediate right to continue in the same direction but with the hedgerow now on your right hand side. Follow the hedgerow, go through a gate, continuing until you reach a track.

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Follow the main driveway, crossing the lake by the bridge and continue gently uphill; after approximately 150 metres take the footpath on your right A through a gate passing a play area on your left. Keep going ahead and pass through a metal gate and bear right diagonally across the field following the way marked posts to the far right hand corner. Go through a gate in the corner of the field, turn right to cross Beesmoor Brook via a bridge and after about 15 metres and before reaching the road, turn left through a gate signposted ‘Windrush Way’.

Cross the field bearing slightly right moving away from the brook, through a gap in the hedgerow and walk gently uphill towards a wood. (This next section can be muddy after rain). Cross a footbridge and stile, follow the path with the wood (No Man’s Patch) on your left over three more stiles to a gate. Go through and up a slope to emerge in a large open field (with an electric fence when occupied by sheep).


Follow the narrow path for approx 200 metres and look for the remains of the villa on your left and a narrow footpath on your right leading to a small roofed structure. The structure is protecting a mosaic floor beneath a corrugated tin roof and some plastic sheeting held in place with stones.

Cross the track and go through a gate in the hedge on the right to enter a field with Sudeley Castle visible in front of you. The path bears left, walk across the open field to pass the castle on your right. Upon reaching the main driveway turn left to retrace your steps back into Winchcombe and the start of the walk. © Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome 2017

WWaW hope you enjoy the walk, however the walk is undertaken at your sole risk and WWaW have no responsibility for loss, damage, injury or interpretation. Every possible care has been taken to ensure the information given was accurate at the time of creation.

Distance: 5.2 After viewing the mosaic, replace the sheeting and stones and then return to the main pathway. Turn left and retrace

This walk is courtesy of Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome. Each month we publish a different route. All routes are available to view on their website:

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.

CHILDREN’S PUMPKIN TRAIL Ongoing until 9 Nov, Mon Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 2pm 5pm, Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BX Seasonal Pumpkin Trail: Younger children can find the pumpkins hidden around the museum; older children will answer questions relating to the spooky season. Once complete, children can claim a prize. £1.50 per child. 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 SANDFORD PARKS LIDO EVENTS Keynsham Rd, Cheltenham, GL53 7PU 6 Oct: The Devil's Aquathlon and Devil's 2K Swim 12 Oct: Dog Swim - Saturday 13 Oct: Dog Swim - Sunday For more information visit

TEWKESBURY MOP FAIR 9 & 10 Oct, 4 - 10.30pm, Tewkesbury Town Centre The biggest street fair in the West returns with traditional rides and stalls complemented with the very latest thrill rides. Fun for all ages. Car parking will be provided. Note: The Town Centre Main Car Parks (off Oldbury Road) will not be available during the Fair. T: 01684 855040

AUTUMN DIESEL WEEKEND 12 & 13 Oct, GWSR, Toddington station. Diesel running weekend featuring a fleet of 50+year-old heritage diesel locomotives. For details: FRIGHTMARE 12, 18, 19, 24-26, 30 & 31 October, Over Farm Market, GL2 8DB.A 12A rated event. All children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: £22. Ample free parking

METHODIST CHURCH ONE WORLD WEEK COFFEE MORNING 12 October, 10am - 12pm, Methodist Church, Bishop's Close, Off Tobyfield Rd, GL52 8NT. Join us for cake, coffee and conversation. We will be collecting donations in kind for the local food bank.

CHELTENHAM MEMORY WALK. 13 Oct, Event opens at 10am, walk starts at 11am, Pittville Park, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE Sponsored walk for all ages and abilities to raise money to defeat dementia. Registration £10pp, fundraising target: £160. Incl. walker t-shirt and finisher's medal. T: 0300 330 5452 MUSICAL AFTERNOON TEA 13 Oct, 3 - 6pm, Watson Hall, Barton Street, Tewkesbury Tewkesbury Town Band. Tickets: £7. T: 01684 291675

CLEEVE LADIES PROBUS CLUB 9.45pm, Tithe Barn, Bishop’s Cleeve. Refreshments followed by a talk. 15 Oct: A history of spies. 29 Oct: The story of Katherine Parr. New members welcome. To join: 01242 529664.

GIN TASTING 15 Oct, 5.30pm, Siblings Brewery, Cheltenham GL52 6UY. Welcome drinks, distillery tour & explanation of the processes. Gin tasting (unlimited G&Ts), Gin Quiz, light snacks and Q&A. Tickets (£21.83) from Page 27


BISHOP'S CLEEVE WI MEETING. 15 Oct, 7.15pm, Tithe Barn, Bishop’s Cleeve. 'History of Teddy Bears', speaker Dr. Gillian White. Competition: Your Favourite Teddy. T: 01242 677520. WOODMANCOTE WI 17 Oct, 7.30pm, Woodmancote Village Hall World of Puppets by Whisper and Shout. T: 01242 672791 WINCHCOMBE LIVE 18 October, Doors open 8.15pm, White Hart, Winchcombe Stompin Dave. Tickets: £10.

COTSWOLDS FOOD & DRINK FAYRE 19 & 20 Oct, Toddington station car park & Winchcombe station Over 40 exhibitors. Trains will run throughout the day (two steam trains, one diesel hauled train). Free parking at Cheltenham Race Course, Toddington and Winchcombe stations. Free admission to the fayre. STARLIGHT HIKE 19 Oct, 7pm - 12am, St Edward's prep School, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham A night to remember. Shine bright in memory of loved ones on this 10k walk and support Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. To sign up, call 01242 24162, email org or visit LeckhamptonSLH. TEWKESBURY MODEL TOY & TRAIN COLLECTORS FAIR 20 Oct, 10.30am - 2pm, Tewkesbury School, Ashchurch Road, Tewkesbury GL20 8DF. T:01270652773 28

CLEEVE CONCERTS 20 Oct, 7.30pm, Tithe Barn, Bishop's Cleeve China Crisis: The boys bring their RETROspective tour & perform all their hits. Tickets from Chelt. Town Hall, 0333 666 3366 or GOTHERINGTON, WOOLSTONE & OXENTON WI 23 Oct, 7.30pm, Gotherington Village Hall. "Gloucestershire’s Queen - Katherine Parr"; speaker: Mike Bottomley. For more information: 01242 317276 or SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING. 24 Oct, 2 5pm, Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE Scottish Country Dancing to CDs. £5; pay on the door. Derek Latham: 01452 306857. GRAND CHARITY AUCTION 25 Oct, The Wilson Gallery, Cheltenham. Drinks, canapés and the opportunity to bid on some spectacular bids. Auctioneer: Phil Allwood. Tickets £21.83 from

ENCHANTED SUDELEY 26 Oct - 3 Nov, from 10am, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe Follow a magical fairy tale trail through the castle and gardens while discovering scenes from a host of famous stories from Grimm’s fairy tales. Included with general admission. HALLOWEEN STEAM AND SCREAM 26 & 27 Oct, Winchcombe Station. Join the ‘Spooky Special’ train at Broadway, Toddington or Cheltenham Race Course Station and get in the mood with a special Halloween quiz on the train.

Lots of Halloween-themed fun, incl. arts and crafts and fancy dress - come dresses for the occassion. TEWKESBURY BONFIRE NIGHT & FIREWORKS 2 Nov, 6 - 9pm, Vineyards Field (behind Tewkesbury Abbey), GL20 5PG. Bonfire (6.30pm), Fireworks (7pm), Refreshments and children's amusements. Adjacent car parking. Free event; donations to charity collection welcome. Hosted by Tewkesbury Rotary Club.

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, Methodist Church, Bishop's Close, Off Tobyfield Rd, GL52 8NT. Refreshments, gifts, cake, tombola and raffle. 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

Regular events

BABY BOUNCE & RHYME Tuesdays, 10.30 - 11am, Winchcombe Library. For babies up to 18 months and their grown-ups.

CITIZENS ADVICE SESSIONS. 1st Mon/ month, 10am - 12pm, Abbey Fields Community Centre 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 FUNTASTIC FRENCH Fridays, 10am, BeSocial@ theCentre, Langley Rd, Winchcombe, GL54 5QN T: 07913 905484

KNIT & NATTER Fridays, 10am - 12pm, Winchcombe Library. Wool and advice provided. No charge although £1 donation suggested towards refreshments. Email: LUNCH DATE 1st Wed/month, 12pm 1.30pm, Guide Hall, Winchcombe. £5 on the door. Raising money for local charities.

RHYMETIME Saturdays, 11-11.30am, Winchcombe Library Stories, rhymes, songs & colouring for children 18 m. +.

THURSDAY CONNECTIONS 2nd & 4th Thurs/month, 2 - 4pm, Winchcombe Methodist Church. Board games, jigsaws, refreshments and chat. No charge although £1 donation suggested towards running costs. All welcome. Email: thursdayconnections@ WINCHCOMBE COUNTRY MARKET. Thursdays, 9 - 10.30am, Guide Hall,

GL54 5LJ. 2nd Sat/month, 9am - 12pm, under the Town Hall, outside the TIC. 01242 603124 or WINCHCOMBE GUIDED WALKS. Every Sunday until end of Oct, 11am & 2.30pm, Starting at the Winchcombe TIC, open to visitors or residents. Covering history of the area, 1–1¼ hours, under 1mile. New volunteer guides welcome. 01242 602925, winchcombe

Health & Fitness

DANCE WITH PARKINSON'S Mondays, 2pm, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe, GL54 5QH. £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). HAPPENSTANCE BORDER MORRIS DANCING Thursdays 7.30 - 9pm, Winchcombe School Hall A mixed Morris group. New and experienced dancers and musicians welcome. http:// or Tony: 07500 486 047. HEALTH WALK (FREE) Thursdays, 10.30am,

Meet outside the Plaisterers Arms, Abbey Terrace, Winchcombe. GL54 5LL Tel. 01242 582360

MOVE IT OR LOSE IT Tuesdays, 11.30am, BeSocial@theCentre, Langley Rd, Winchcombe, GL54 5QN Gentle exercise class for older people. £4.50 per session. T: 07746 672 726

TEA DANCE Last Wednesday/month 2 - 4pm, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe. With compere Ann Chen. Entry: £5 on the door - incl. refreshments. Proceeds to Winchcombe Day Care Centre. T: 01242 603207

WALKING FOOTBALL & RUGBY. Winchcombe Sports Hall, 8 Gretton Rd, GL54 5EE. Football: Mondays 3pm. £2 per session. T: 01242 603196. Rugby: Fridays 10.30am. £3 per session. T: 01452 872273 WINCHCOMBE WALKERS Last Thurs/month. Casual walks of 5-8 miles. Volunteers welcome. WinchcombeWalkers YOGA. Tuesdays, 7.15pm, BeSocial@theCentre, Langley Rd, Winchcombe, GL54 5QN. T: 07745 018919

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