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Issue 01

March 2011


Local People, Local Businesses, Local News and Information

MP backs local big society idea Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson and Councillors Claire Wright and Brian Calway met with local businessmen recently to discuss an initiative to help the community Councillor Wright said, “we are particularly excited about TheSolution’s ideas to help Tewkesbury’s young people as this is an especially challenging time for them”.

MP Laurence Robertson

Mr Robertson agreed it was an excellent idea and would look into ways of helping it get off the ground. Further enthusiastic endorsement has been received by Mr John Reilly, head teacher at Tewkesbury School Mr Reilly said “ We want our students to become successful, confident and caring adults who will be able to play an active part in society where adaptability, enterprise and consideration for others are increasingly important. We already encourage civic & charitable endeavours & welcome this new opportunity to extend our links with the local community & businesses”. Simon Carter of Visability Window Cleaning, a member company of TheSolution is confident that local people will want to get involved once they appreciated

all that is planned. “This will work because of local businesses accepting that if we wish to thrive, then the community in which we operate must also thrive & be a better place to live. We must play our part in making that so, but we also need community leaders, youth workers, parents, teachers, and interested parties to come forward”. One idea is to get out of work youngsters contributing to the Tewksbury community and rewarding them when they do, but this is only one of many proposed initiatives intended to make a difference for everyone in the area. “We can use our existing business infrastructure to run the fundraising and marketing but we need other good people to help with the community aspect”, explained Simon. Find out more here and click on the “Big Society”.

Can you help, or get involved? Email: or tel 01684 296555


Local Interest pg 2, 3 Recruitment pg 4 Free Prize Draw pg 4 Solution Members pg 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 About pg 12 Image at top - Tewkesbury Abbey - Jack Boskett

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Former local school boy in Afganhistan Even in our line of busi-

Comments from Staff at Tewkesbury School on Lee Ebsworth, former student from 1998 to 2005. Mrs Sarah Green, Sixth Form Deputy recalls how Lee was a real ‘live wire’ during his time in the Sixth Form. “Lee was one of the outstanding personalities with a real sense of

ness you can be asked to

adventure, leadership and dedication.

do the strangest of things, but memorable at the same

He undertook an A Level in only one year gaining a high

time. I received a call from

grade. This took a great deal of hard work and was a

my son Lee, who was at

remarkable achievement. Lee was a natural leader

the time doing his six month

amongst his peers and had plenty about him. I always

tour of duty in Afghanistan

felt that he was destined to go on to do something special

saying mum can you make

and ‘out of the ordinary’ with his life, so I am not sur-

a Troop Flag please as the

prised to hear that he has gone on to become an Officer

companies out here are

in the Military”. Mr David Graham-Kevan, Head of Physical

charging the earth and the

Education, said “Wow, what a great achievement. I am re-

flags are only a moral boost for the soldiers.

Photo of Lee Ebsworth

ally pleased to hear

Not having ever made a flag before I nervously agreed to

about his success.

do it. I ordered two different colours of fabric which were to

Lee was a ‘top lad’,

be cut and stitched diagonally. When it arrived I just stood

a really friendly,

there scratching my head for a day. Two weeks later after

hard working and

researching Latin and embroidering an emblem of two

reliable student.

Swans heads crossed with a few verses in Latin which I won’t repeat as at the end of the day it was to boost the moral of our soldiers. The translation had them in hysterics once they had found out what it meant. I received a

As an Officer I think he would definitely gain respect by leading by example and also be good at

phone call from them after they received it and was told

the personal ‘man to man’ stuff. He always had a smile on

by my son “mum your a legend out here” I was so moved

his face!”.

when they said it had been immortalised on a wall there for

Tewkesbury School is always pleased to hear about the

everyone to see as they felt it was the best troop flag they

achievements of any former students and would like to

had seen.

congratulate Lee on his accomplishment and wish him

I believe it is “Morley Troop” as they called themselves that are the legends along with all of the other sons,


continued success in his future career. Please contact Lyndsey Sallis, PA to the Headteacher at

daughters, husbands,

the school (on 01684 292152) if there are any interesting

wives and friends that

achievements by former students that you would like to

are in our armed forces.

make the School aware of.

Supplied by Terry Wilson Tewkesbury Blinds & Curtains page 11.

TheSolution would love to include such stories in future issues.

Morley Troop Flag

Older Persons Group (Optimists) for the over 55’s who meet on a weekly basis to share tea and stories and access information and advice. PPNP arrange outings, events, and activities e.g. Magic Mouse computer course and Health & Wellbeing events. History Project to bring the community together to gather photographs and stories from the past. Garden project providing workshops and gardening advice to all in the community.

Priors Park Neighbourhood Project Priors Park Neighbourhood Project was set up in October 2004 to improve the lives of Priors Park residents, by identifying the needs to enable responses which are accessible, affordable and motivate lifestyle changes. Our mission statement is ’to improve the quality of life for residents of Priors Park through creating opportunities for individual and community development’ We have been working for the past six years with the Priors Park Neighbourhood Project. The importance of the role of the voluntary sector and community charities such as the Priors Park Neighbourhood project cannot be overstated. We believe that all the facilities and projects we provide have to be based upon providing practical and positive benefits for all the community. At the same time participants need to have ownership and see for themselves the benefits of working together. Priors Park Neighbourhood Project offer daily support, advice and information to the residents, as well as signpost to specialists. We also offer a varied range of services and projects out into the community such as: Citizens Advice Bureau, County Community Projects, Chiropody, Health Advice, Police Information Point and Independence Trust all seen as a vital resource in an area of high deprivation. Projects catering for the needs of the residents are: -

Play On The Park Breakfast & After School Club which will soon occupy a newly refurbished building. It is a facility which benefits young children and their working parents, as well as a play scheme during the summer holidays. Tewkesbury Community Nature Reserve Project is receiving huge public support and the conversion of a large area of wetland in the centre of Tewkesbury for the benefit of all is becoming a reality. We are very excited with what Simon Carter and TheSolution are proposing particularly as it relates to involving the young in the community in which they live - they are after all our future. Brian Calway & Claire Wright t: 01684 290 069 e:

Local government accountability “The emphasis needs to be on local authorities being democratically accountable to local people rather than to central bureaucratic systems”. localgovaccountability Date of statement 13 October 2010 Do you agree? TheSolution is keen to avoid a political agenda, but making sure our hard earned money is spent wisely is just common sense. We are happy to provide a focal point to keep our council on it’s toes.


recruitment SALES MANAGER VISABILITY Cleaners a rapidly developing residential window cleaning business is looking for the right person to operate as a self-employed Sales Manager/Co-ordinator. Talk to us to find out exactly what is on offer. Previous experience not a major concern. Attitude, drive and integrity more important. We are based at Highfield Business Park near Tewkesbury. Call 01684 296555 and ask to speak to Simon.

DOMESTTIC CLEANERS WANTED Got It Maid Agency need self employed domestic cleaners, for duties in and around Tewkesbury. £10.00 per hour. Standards are high as we recruit only the best for our clients. Must have ability to work unsupervised, to be reliable, polite, friendly and 100% trustworthy. Own vehicle an advantage, but not essential. You must have evidence of identification, residency and provide references. Please call Mags Warren on 01684 290490 for details.

WINDOW CLEANER VACANCY Expanding domestic window cleaning business require good quality self-employed window cleaning operatives.

TheSolution readers can access great savings online!! Go to

Need to be reliable, friendly, well organised, good communicator, self-motivated, and trustworthy. Work from home. Own vehicle needed - ideally a van, or else a tow bar for a trailer system, to carry water. We provide everything else (water fed pole technology - no ladders). Call for informal chat on 01684 296555

Do you want to run your own business? Not sure what to do, or how to get started? Little or no previous experience, but just know you have what it takes? If this is you, why not have a chat with us at TheSolution. We are developing a local marketing co-operative as highlighted in this publication. It has become apparent that there are some gaps in the market in terms of local service providers in certain areas. If you want to start a business for the right reasons, we would be happy to offer our insights, guidance and support as part of TheSolution. No harm in talking. Call 01684 296555

and click the SECRET link for money off vouchers and discounts.


You’ll find it on the “TRADES” page. Click the “Solution Trusted Mark”

Somewhere…..that’s right…. somewhere in hyperspace on our website, is an entry form for a FREE prize draw!

Ssshh! don’t tell your friends..they’ll all want to download them! It’s an adobe PDF file so you’ll need a PDF reader to open it. Most computers have one already installed.

CALLING TEWKESBURY BUSINESSES Get your business in the lime light. Call The Solution for details or visit

FIND IT amongst our web pages and simply enter the requested details for a chance to win a £100 voucher, to use at any of the Businesses in this magazine. Winners details will be announced in this mags next issue in June/July 2011. Winner drawn at random. Winning individual will be contacted by TheSolution by telephone or email by end of July 2011. Prizes can not be exchanged for cash, no alternative whatsoever. Only one entry per household. Multiple entries will be null and void. TheSolution’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered in to. Free to enter. No purchase necessary. Full terms and conditions on TheSolution website at


solution members Ichiban-koi would like to help you keep your pond looking good and fish healthy. Here are a few tips for the coming months As we enter spring it is a good time to carry out useful maintenance, make sure the filter is clean and there is no dead leafs /sludge in the bottom of the pond as this is a breeding ground for bad bacteria. If you have a UV fitted now is the time to change the bulb and clean the quartz sleeve but take care not to break this as they are very fragile. Adding a filter start/boost is very beneficial around April time as when the fish start getting more active they will be giving off more waste and the filter needs a boost to cope with this, feeding should be small and often as this is better for the fish rather then one large meal daily. If thinking of changing your filter UV etc march is a good time to do this as the fish are still fairly quiet and you wont disturb them too much. I am more then happy to answer any question you may have just given me a ring any evening. I also offer a verity of service from pond cleaning, filter maintenance, fitting of equipment and health visits. And will offer a 5% discount off all products from my website when mentioning this newsletter. Rick Jones

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King & Lewis Decorating Service is a recently formed business partnership of two local popular decorators covering Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire surrounding areas. Already having a large client base King and Lewis joined forces to enable them to cope with the growing demand. They have over fifteen years experience between them and have the ethos that the end result is only achievable thorough preparation, attention to detail, and use of top trade products. Great care is taken in their work and respect of customer’s homes and property is paramount. All aspects of decoration are undertaken, interior and exterior, from painting to specialist wallpaper hanging. Feature walls to complete redecoration, with advice on colours, finishes, and solutions to problem walls and ceilings. Well versed in domestic, commercial and rental properties. For a friendly, local solution to all your decorating needs with a business you can trust contact Stuart King or Gavin Lewis for a free no obligation quotation. At a time when finances are tight we aim to give our customers the best possible price without compromising our standards. ‘King & Lewis Decorating Service Transforming Homes And Workplaces’

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We are a local and experienced independent residential letting agency, dedicated to bringing a new, fresh and professional approach to the letting and property management market within the Tewkesbury area. We have recently relocated to Tewkesbury from Worcester and are looking to expand our portfolio in Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas.

We’ve just had Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest times days in a florist

We offer a fresh and friendly approach with a personal and professional

year and we’re now looking forward to Mothering Sunday on the 3rd

service throughout the whole process of the Letting and Management of

April 2011. For me the wedding season is upon us and this is where my

a property.

work begins. I love to create flowers for someone’s special day and be

We can offer a choice of services to suit your needs and we are able to

a part of their memories. PS - Don’t forget to spoil your mum you know

tailor a service to cater for your individual requirements. We would wel-

she deserves it. 3rd April 2011.

come the opportunity to provide a free rental valuation of your property and

Flowers for all occasions ... at affordable prices..... Weddings, Events,

advice on letting, with absolutely no obligation.

Corporate displays,

We guarantee to beat any like for like quote and we will also ‘Guarantee the rent’ on any managed properties taken on in March.

Please feel free to contact us for more information on: 01684 292154

Sympathy Tributes, birthdays, Anniversaries.

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At UKGM we strive for the latest & best in garden equipment technology, that is also improved & developed by our own technicians. Based in Northway, Firmfix is a well established family run business specialising in the manufacture and installation of quality PVCu products,

We also offer a full spares & technical back up with all products sold and then backed by our dealers.

we are an ISO 9001 registered company and hold 5 BSi Kitemark’s.

This not only ensures the product is correctly setup when you receive

We pride ourselves on being different from our competition, from our

it, but is one of the most important aspects aftermarket care. This will

non-pushy salary paid sales staff to our experienced fully-employed

ensure long service life.

building and fitting teams.

UKGM Ltd strives for high quality and innovation. UKGM reserves the

To complement our existing products, we have recently introduced a

right to change products & specification without prior notice.

range of Traditional Timber and slim-line Aluminum windows, doors and conservatories. These are both available in a wide range of standard finishes or can be matched to any RAL colour of your choice. If you would like a quotation please don’t hesitate to contact us (01684 296603) or visit our showroom at: Oakfield Close, Tewkesbury Business Park, Northway.

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We offer a free pre season check, to make sure your mower will start this season. Call Phil or John for more details...

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At Gym and Tonic we pride ourselves in our personal approach to each membership, we provide a friendly environment where members can have a safe, effective and enjoyable time whilst they exercise.

Health Beauty & Holistic Salon Browse our new website, we have many new treatments in our relaxed beautifully refurbished Therapy Rooms. Download your free £10 gift voucher from Do you want to lose a dress size in 3 weeks? Ten minutes with flabélos = a one hour workout. Free trail for all clients. We also offer Sun Beds, Spray Tans, Pamper Parties, and welcome ladies, gents. We are also wheelchair friendly.

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As a new member to Gym and Tonic we will ask you your goals from exercise and then specifically design a programme to help you achieve them, whether it be to increase fitness, weight loss, training for a race or general toning we can guide you into a healthy lifestyle. Once we have designed your personal training programme we then show you how to use all the machines safely and correctly and take you through your workout. At Gym and Tonic we will guide you round the gym as many times as you require until you are completely happy setting up the machines and following your personal training programme, then offer continuos support throughout your membership. so whether you are new to a gym or a regular gym user we will be able to fulfill your workout needs in a friendly atmosphere.

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TheSolution visited Independent Financial Adviser Gerry Brain and asked him to give an overview of their services at his firm. Hiring the services of a domestic cleaner to help cope with busy lives & to ensure a healthy work/life balance is becoming increasingly mainstream, but finding the right person for your needs enabling you to relax, confident that your home is in safe hands is not easy. Got it Maid would be happy to take the strain out of the process for you. Our recruitment procedures are rigorous & thorough enabling us to offer a trustworthy, reliable and diligent service. Whether you require a blitz clean or a regular weekly of fortnightly visit we would be delighted to provide an initial friendly consultation in order to establish an individually tailored schedule that meets your requirements.

Gerry commented that. “The Money Works are committed to Treating Customers Fairly and providing impartial high quality guidance in a professional and courteous manner. It’s our philosophy to explain finance and how it affects individuals, in an easy to understand way. We have accumulated over 40 years experience personally assisting people and giving advice in Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas. Our advice is usually provided in the comfort of a client’s home, at a convenient time to them. The majority of new enquiries and referrals come from existing satisfied customers and with our wide range of expertise, we aim to provide one place for most financial services.

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Please phone Mags Warren on 01684 290490

Do you have a ‘to do’ list of jobs around the house or Linda Willcox, founder of Must Be Natural, says “....we have one simple ethos: to source beautiful personal care products that use only the finest

office, but do not have the time, perhaps the requisite

natural and organic ingredients.”

skills, or even inclination to tackle for yourself?

At a time when more of us are thinking about the harmful effects of

Are you put off by the prospect of calling in various

chemicals in our food, she believes it is also time to question the ingredi-

specialised tradesmen? If so, why not call upon

ents contained in our beauty and body care products. There ís a serious question mark over the long-term effects of using synthetic chemicals on your skin, and negative stories feature in the press far too often. “That ís why Must Be Natural”, enthused Linda, “only offers natural and organic products from the UKís most respected suppliers”. Take a look at her website, whatever items you choose, you can be sure theyíll contain NO.... Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

Handyman2know and get them all done, either by an hourly rate, half day or daily. Whether you have a list of repairs or one specific job, Handyman2know is here to help.

t: 01684 290490

(SLS), DEA/TEA, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, artificial fragrances or colours.

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My Great Grandfathers My Great Grandfathers is a popular and busy restaurant concentrating on fresh seasonal produce and good wholesome British cooking. The quaint and cosy establishment comfortably seats 40 people and is the creation of Head Chef and Owner Mat and his wife Shiho.

L of a Driving Test Here’s a quick chat with Tony Watkins of “out&about” driver training regarding the new UK driving test which started last October.

Central to Mat’s offering is the Roast of the Day, but the menu also has old favourites like Thai Fish Cakes and Braised Lamb Shank, through to a range of seafood, lighter grills and salads. Menus change now and again to take advantage of market availability and freshness. Home made puddings like Chef’s freshly baked crumble and custard or Turkish Delight and Ice Cream are firm favourites. To avoid disappointment, you are recommended to contact them and make a booking as it can get very busy.

A lot of what is now called the ìindependent drivingî part of the test has

Head Cook and Owner Mathew Gabb said, - Gloucestershire has quite a range, choice and styles of eating establishments, but quality freshly-made British cooking does not feature strongly here or seemingly across the United Kingdom. I intend to concentrate on honest wholesome cooking and use the finest, freshest ingredients to provide and showcase my

map is now part of the test. This is a start to modernising the way drivers are

British cooking”

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been taught in “out&about” lessons for many years. DSA Approved Driving instructor Tony Watkins commented on the changes, “I feel the changes should have been implemented a long time ago. The roads have become a challenging place and the driving test needs to reflect this. We welcome that following road signs or a set of directions on a assessed. I also think there are many other aspects in driving that need to be updated, such as Driver attitude towards other road users and the ability to negotiate motorways and complex road systems”.

Darrell Walker is a Part P registered electrician. He can undertake all your domestic, commercial and industrial needs. All his work is guaranteed. Darrell has provided some basic safety precautions that sometimes householders forget. is an independent scaffolding company based in Gloucestershire covering the South West and South Midlands and further if necessary. They are

Some of these may sound obvious... but we agree with Darrell, that they are good points to reiterate.

one of the most reputable and reliable firms covering this area, servicing

Don’t remove a plug from a power point by pulling on the cord. Pull the plug itself.

small builders to large construction groups. We pride ourselves on a

NEVER plug adaptors into adaptors.

professional and efficient service to meet all your requirements at the high-

Unplug items that are not regularly used. Items left plugged in can be a fire risk. They also waste energy if left on standby.

est standards. They offer: • Competitive pricing policy • no obligation extremely competitive free quotes • Top quality equipment • Scaffolding supplied and erected, • £5M public liability insurance cover • CSCS qualifications

Do not use any electrical items in the bathroom, unless they have been designed for use there. Immediately replace items that have damaged cords or with exposed wires. Do not use damaged sockets, replace them

• Over 14 years experience • Domestic & commercial work

ALWAYS turn electrics off at the mains if carrying out electrical repairs. Only attempt repairs if you know what you are doing.

• Re-roofing and chimney stacks • New builds and extensions

Use the correct wattage light bulb for all light fittings.

• Birdcages and walkways

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106 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5AB Right in the heart of Tewkesbury, Wrightons are an established supplier of both kitchens & bathrooms. Our service is all encompassing, starting with selection from our distinctive, stylish and excellent value ranges from traditional to modern, through to design, and finally fitting. Throughout the process you will receive our friendly, professional and knowledgeable service from this family run business. You are very welcome to browse our conveniently situated showroom and to chat to Stuart or Emma. If you then wish we would be delighted to visit your home and to provide a detailed plan and quotation totally free of charge and without obligation.

Our showroom opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 10am till 5pm Friday 10am till 4pm Saturday 10am till 2pm

As Tewkesbury premier residential window cleaning company, Visability is proud to be playing a central role in the development of TheSolution. Meanwhile, window cleaning continues to be how we make a living, so please call us and we will be delighted to add you to our ever expanding client base. Following our recent move to Highfield Business Park, we look forward to keeping as many of Tewkesbury’s windows as possible sparkling throughout the year.

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In response to demand, Visability + is a development from Visability Window Cleaning intended to address all those other aspects of the outside of your home that will benefit from some specialist attention. Left unattended the deterioration of the outside of a property will be slow & may go unnoticed until you look closely. With our specialist equipment & some serious muscle, the results can be spectacular. ‘Like new’ is a frequent comment.

CHAPEL PILATES Everyday more & more people are being introduced to Pilates by a health care professional, or are made aware of it by celebrity advocates, testimony to its effectiveness given regular practice. A body conditioning method designed to develop balance between muscular strength and flexibility, the method requires both precision and control. Whatever your motivation, Pilates has something for everyone. Melanie Goddard is a certified body control Pilates teacher and member of the register of exercise professionals. With a wealth of experience gained from 20 years in the fitness industry, Melanie has specialised in this method for the last nine years. As a BCPA qualified teacher she is committed to regular and ongoing professional development. Today Melanie tailors her service to a small exclusive clientele teaching at her dedicated Pilates studio set in the tranquil setting of the village of Naunton near Upton Upon Severn.

For an initial consultation and postural assessment please call 01684 593320

Why not give your home a treat. Below is a list of some of the most commonly received requests to clean: 1. Conservatory roofs 2. UPVC plastic, gutters, soffits, cladding etc. 3. Garage Doors 4. Patios. 5. Driveways NB - As well as cleaning we can affect repairs & maintenance where necessary, including removing debris & blockages from guttering. Visability will be delighted to take care of keeping your windows clean, we may well do so already, but why stop there? Exterior property cleaning, other than windows is often an over-looked aspect of home maintenance, but so worth it. It is after all the first impression of your home (or place of business). If it has been left for some time, why not let us work our magic & then book us for an annual visit thereafter, taking advantage of our regular booking scheme. Of course this is entirely optional, but once you see the improvement we are confident that you will want to keep it that way.

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Welcome to Signlink! We have a host of experience in virtually every aspect of sign making, from large vehicle graphics on lorries to small one-off signs we can produce it cost effectively and in a range of finishes. Using our large format digital printers we can print photographic quality full colour banners, posters, exhibition graphics and large format stickers in a fast turn around time. We also have a professional designer that can create fresh designs for your business or advertising campaign or use your existing logo to create new layouts for signs and vehicles. For advice or to talk over any aspect of a project you may have in mind visit us at...

WE ARE PROUD OF OUR TEAM At Jason Jones Autocentre we have over 100 years experience in car sales, finance, repairs, customer care & servicing between us. We use all of the knowledge we have aquired to assist you in buying, reparing, servicing and arranging all of your vehicle needs. Jason Jones - Managing Director & Owner established the business in 2004 having managed a local Ford sales operation for the previous seven years. Jason has now sold some 9000 vehicles in and around the Tewkesbury area and thrives on the local support. See below and example of the type of offer we have available: or call 01684 276808

Unit 1 Highfield Business Park, Deerhurst, Tewkesbury Rd, Glos GL19 4BP


If you are searching for a hot tub or spa, owner Del says:

The hairy hobo is a freelance graphic designer based in Gloucestershire.

“We can provide you with unbiased information to help you make an

I provide creative design for brand, print and web for business and also

informed decision about what is right for your needs and budget. Come to

personal projects.

our showroom and see for yourself the high quality of our hot tubs. With

Why should you pick me?

exceptional customer service, quality and great value spas, you won’t be

I offer reasonable rates for good quality designs. I aim to provide my clients


with a smile at the end of the project and will always go that extra step

We give customers all the time they need to fully understand how to oper-

to fulfil the clients needs. I will also give you my honest opinion and best

ate their new purchase. We’ll run through all the controls, how to use the

options to suit your needs and budget. Also having 10yrs print background

chemicals safely and give you tips about maintenance. We are more than

I can also offer advice for print and also help to supply printed products.

happy to answer any questions or help you in any way we can - we want

My name is olly and thanks for reading a little bit about me.

you to enjoy your spa for many years”.

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Open 8.30-5.30 Mon - Fri Sat and Sun by appointment

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As an independent family run business we supply & fit only top quality products, but at prices that will pleasantly surprise. In an array of colours & materials, our choice include perfect-fit blinds, intu, venetian, vertical, velux, roller & roman, as well as curtains, pelmets, valences, throws, cushions in all shapes and sizes, bedspreads and pillow shams. Our commitment is to provide a complete & professional service with only honest advice & guidance, free of any pressure or obligation. You will find us to be fast & efficient & our clean & tidy craftsmanship will ensure perfect performance & years of stylish enjoyment. Contact Terry & Lee Wilson

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Grange Farm, Grange Road, Northway, Tewkesbury GL20 5DQ

We are a family run business which has been trading for over 35 years. The practice was started by Mr Jeff Leroux (Snr) in 1973. Mr Jeff Leroux (Jnr) joined in 1991. We pride ourselves that all our current clients are more than satisfied with the excellent service we offer and the fact that they are always able to contact and talk directly to either of the partners. Our services include the operation of a PAYE bureaux, completion of annual accounts including all Inland Revenue Income Tax Returns, VAT returns, Returns to Companies House and all other associated returns concerned with the running of your business. Our clients range from Sub-Contractors, Sole Traders, Partnerships through to Medium sized Limited Companies. So, if you are looking for a friendly, no-nonsense accountant, contact either of the Jeffs at AJ Leroux and Co.

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77 Barton Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5PY

The Coversure commitment is to understand the needs of the local community, to provide a dedicated service that is truly accessible to everyone regardless of whether you prefer to deal with your insurances over the telephone or on a more personal basis in our conveniently situated local office. We are able to arrange all your general insurances including Motor, Home and Travel. We also have a number of specialist schemes for Public & Employers Liability, Taxi Insurance, Property Owners and Commercial Packages. Please call, or just pop in to discover the benefits of a local friendly service with dedicated on-hand knowledge where insurance needs can be discussed from every perspective.

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was founded in 2007 by David Shephard. They are a professional tree care company based in Tewkesbury. David has over 13 years of tree care experience and along with our experienced and highly qualified staff are able to provide a service that is unrivalled in the area. They pride themselves as being dedicated tree surgeons, specialist in the preservation and maintenance of trees and hedges in Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas. “No job is too small or too large. Whether you are a homeowner, Commercial Organisation or a Local Authority, we can cater for all your tree surgery needs”, says David. David also commented about their strong ethical philosophy, “Our environmental approach to our business means that we recycle 100% of all of the waste created through our work and aim to replant trees where ever possible”. Theocus Arboriculture provide free quotes and estimates so why not give them a call or get in touch today?

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what is it? The intention of ‘TheSolution’ is to be a resource, a point of reference for a growing & developing range of information and things of interest & of benefit, specifically about Tewkesbury and the surrounding area for Tewkesbury residents.

community and our wish is to provide a focal point via this quarterly newsletter and our website Through these methods and other promotional efforts we hope to blend commerce and the community, creating a win win scenario. We want these newsletters to be mostly about you. Your contributions therefore will be most welcome -

Funded by an exclusive

local event information, community activities, human

membership club of

interest stories and the like, will increasingly form the

invited local businesses,

primary content of our newsletter. As an example,

at it’s heart it is a

please read inside about Lee Ebsworth and his mum,

listing of local

Teresa, (Terry), from Tewkesbury Blinds, a founder

tradesmen, services and

member of TheSolution. Lee is a former pupil of our

shops that want to grow

local school. Via Sandhurst, the prestigious army

their businesses further

officer training academy, he has recently finished a

by promoting what

tour of Afghanistan.

they do with a social

So welcome to our first newsletter! It’s something

conscience and an awareness that if we

(see front cover). We want to help all sections of our

Tewkesbury Abbey at night - Jack Boskett

new, different, and we hope of value. Tewkesbury and

wish to prosper we must play our part in helping

the surrounding villages & countryside, in combination

Tewkesbury to prosper also.

with it’s strategic position and easy access to the M5,

These companies have all been required to provide

is a wonderful place to live & do business, but as with

references, testimonials and other trade accreditation

anything, there is always room for improvement.

where appropriate, to ensure that they are

It is our goal to position The Solution as a major

businesses you can trust and use with confidence.

contributor in helping however & wherever we can.

Your experiences when using our member companies

With your help also, we can build a bigger, better,

will be welcome so that we can improve on an

brighter & kinder Tewkesbury!

on-going basis and develop our reputations and standing still further. We also want to help Tewkesbury to ‘connect’, hence TheSolution Charitable and Big Society initiative

The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the TheSolution, The Solution Online, or anybody connected with the company. Reproduction of any material, in whole or part, is strictly forbidden without the prior consent of the publishers. All material sent at owners risk and whilst every care is taken, TheSolution will not be liable for any loss or damage. Information is correct at time of going to press, but some things like prices and dates can change and no responsibility is accepted for any changes, errors or omissions. TheSolution does not accept any responsibility for material submitted or any subsequent action taken as a result of reading or acting on any material in this newsletter. ©All rights reserved 2011.

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