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Issue 4 Winter 2011

Tewkesbury

SEASON’S £100IZES

WORTH OF PR

TO BE WON!

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CHEER! & our heart felt best wishes for 2012

Trusted Local Businesses, How to Make a Difference, Local Projects, The Rotary Club

Photo by Jack Boskett | Pictured: Chuck Pavey, Richard Booth, Anne Bayliss.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

EDITORIAL

Dear Tewkesbury Resident, “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something”.

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ost of us feel that we want to give. Instinctively we feel that it’s important, but it’s also confusing. Important because we appreciate the need, confusing because where do we start?. What do we support among the ocean of appeals?. We wonder what criteria we should use to make our decisions, we agonise over what kind of giving makes the biggest difference. Often our giving is reactive, seldom strategic. Rarely are we in direct touch with the organisations we support, and even more rarely are we in touch with others asking the same questions, perhaps giving to the same causes. TheSolution and Rotary’s aim is to transcend all these questions and to enable the Tewkesbury community to feel entirely engaged in the process of helping where we can do most good.

Please join our Giving Circles A relatively new term for a very old tradition, a giving circle denotes the pooling of resources of time, skills and money for a common cause or causes within the same community. A major appeal of such cooperation is that it increases awareness of what is achieved collectively, and as a consequence enhances feelings of engagement, personal satisfaction & reward. The question we need to ask is what exactly can we achieve when we come together as motivated individuals with a shared concern for our community?

Share in our vision TheSolution are working together with Rotary & other interested parties with a common goal to help our town and the surrounding villages function more compassionately. We aspire to contribute to a community that is more humane, more vibrant, more resilient & peaceful, where the whole community joins with us in taking responsibility for the future we are creating. We are all only too aware that today’s reality includes shrinking resources, increased need, decreased impact & a suffocating sense of doom, & we quietly fear that against this background there is no hope of re-igniting strong community? TheSolution & Rotary however, quite frankly refuse to contemplate anything else. We believe not only that it is possible to do so, but that it is entirely practical & achievable, just as long as we each accept certain core fundamentals, namely:

• We accomplish what we hold ourselves accountable for. • Each and every one of us is creating the future, every day, whether we do so consciously or not. • Everyone and everything is interconnected and interdependent, whether we acknowledge that or not. • Being the change we want to see means walking the talk of our values • Strength builds upon our strengths, not our weaknesses.

Imagine the potential if we each held ourselves accountable for making our community a better places to live. We sincerely hope that more & more local residents will be motivated & indeed inspired to contribute to our giving circle. It will be the combination of small affordable amounts, whether of time or money that will make the difference. This is indeed the very essence of a giving circle. We are all ‘in this together’, so let us work together to make our town one we can be proud of. Please turn to the back page where you will find a standing order to facilitate your donation. Please remember it is combined resources that will make the difference. Every donation no matter how much is hugely appreciated. We promise to use every penny wisely. Moreover, via this newsletter we will keep you directly informed on what it is you are helping us to achieve. It is our firm intention that you will benefit from your contribution because as a consequence we will build a better place to live. If you are aware of or are involved in any specific projects where you believe our pooled funds can be put to good use please let us know. This whole project is intended to be just one big joint venture in all directions. The more of us who get involved, the more successful we will be. Sincerely, TheSolution Team, Rotary & our enthusiastic & growing support network. Please join with us.

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FEATURES

TheSolution On the Web www.TheSolutionOnline.co.uk

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ork has started in earnest on our new faster, prettier, interactive and easy to navigate website which should go live in January 2012. We have engaged the skills of Richard Jaques and his professional winning team at “Cotswold Web Design Services”. (www.cotswoldwebservices.co.uk) In fact, we have invited Richard as a permanent partner to TheSolution as we feel our community project needs ongoing proficient web design, optimisation and hosting expertise. The intention is to provide an easy to use online focal point on the web, for Tewkesbury residents, where you can interact with all aspects of your community and area. It will be one of the first sites you will find when searching about anything Tewkesbury related in Google. An all in one, easy to access place,

Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year to all our readers! TheSolution website will provide details about local facilities, what’s on, events, historical facts, facts and figures and info for visitors, road reports, weather, important contact numbers, lost and found, classified ads, free competitions, live web cam etc. Downloadable coupons and discount vouchers will also be available The website will also aim to provide a comprehensive & detailed business listing. Residents can click through and see a photograph of the referenced tradesperson and obtain their full contact details and read a little about what they do. An exciting development will be the free provision of a secure hosted web area for Tewkesbury sports clubs,

Over four days in August, 48 local children and adults were involved in brightening up a local eyesore in their community.

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n partnership with an urban art company, Severn Vale Housing worked with the local young people and residents over a week to paint the hoarding around a development site to represent their local area. Since the project there has been a great sense of pride and ownership of the work and vandalism on the site has decreased.

About the Project The former youth and community centre in Northway, now derelict, has been purchased by Severn Vale to provide eight new affordable homes. While planning permissions are sought this site has been the cause for many complaints in the area. Community Involvement team manager Kate Calladene said “As soon as we took over the site, we knew something would have to be done quickly to help address the eye sore problem”. The community involvement team worked over the summer to consult with the younger residents to design and develop a mural. Pulling together their pictures, thoughts and ideas with local landmarks of the Northway area a design came together, which was painted over a week. 48 young

people, including a few adults who wanted to get involved, worked with two Spearfish artists to spray the design onto the hoarding over the four days. The results are fantastic and a great sense of pride was developed by the young people who took part. Objectives: • To develop community cohesion and pride in the local area • To brighten up a local development site and eyesore • To engage young people in a positive urban art experience • To consult with residents in the area about local issues and needs Impacts: • 48 children and adults being involved in a positive community activity and expressing pride in the work they have achieved • Positive feedback from residents thrilled to see the piece developing • The community have taken ownership of the mural and since completion no vandalism has been reported on the site • Residents have commented on how lovely it is to see the mural and what a great project it has been

schools, churches and charities. After an organisation has joined for free, they can sign in to their own site area where they may, for instance, post their latest clubs sports scores, blog, make announcements and write articles. Within each organisations area will be the facility to chat to other like-minded members a la “facebook” style. They could also choose to make any important or interesting information public. Say for example the Rotary Club were holding an annual fundraising event. They could chat about the finer detail in the secure area and then choose to make a public announcement about the date and time for the event. This would then appear on the TheSolution home page and would of course be seen by all visitors to the site. We expect to be able to report on all the functionality and great features of the new website in the next issue.

“The beginning is always today.” Mary Wollstonecraft

The Future The hoarding will be up around the site until development begins on the new housing. When work begins the boards will be relocated to another site locally so that the art work can continue to be appreciated. Severn Vale Housing plan to develop and deliver many more local community projects in the Northway area over the coming years. The community involvement team are currently undertaking community consultation to assess local need with the aim of developing sustainable projects in the future.

Pictured: Part of the finished hoarding created by local residents and young people in Northway

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ROTARY CLUB

Rotary Charity Concert 2012

Rotary Action! “We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbours. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.” Grace Lee Boggs

The annual Rotary Charity Concert at Tewkesbury Abbey will be held on Saturday 31st March 2012 featuring the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra.

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Crocus Bulbs In the middle of Winter and with the prospect of some cold and wintry weather to come, it is not too early to start thinking about the appearance of the crocuses announcing the arrival of Spring.

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o you remember last year when the Rotary Club arranged for 15000 bulbs to be planted in Tewkesbury? The display in late February was wonderful, a carpet of purple crocus flowers appeared on the Stonehills roundabout, along Ashchurch Road, at Marina Court, Victoria Gardens, Bredon Road and also at Twyning Green. Why did we do it? The purple crocus reminds us of the colour of the die that is used on the small finger of each child to show that they have been immunized

against polio in Nigeria, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, the only four countries where polio is still endemic. Rotary International has undertaken to raise $200million by June 2012, having been challenged by Bill Gates of Microsoft. The Gates Foundation gave $355million and together Rotary and the Gates Foundation intend to eradicate polio throughout the world. Look out for your opportunity to donate to the End Polio Now campaign when the crocuses appear again in the Spring.

Senior Citizens’ Party Did you know that we organise an annual party for our Senior Citizens?

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he next one will be on Saturday February 18th 2012 at the Watson Hall when there will be afternoon tea and cakes followed by ice cream and entertainment and a chance to catch up

with friends. Always a very popular event and so it is advisable to reserve your place early by calling in to see Alan Verrinder at Zeiss Opticians in the High Street to make sure of a seat as the numbers are limited.

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his concert has become an established event in the Rotary year as well as for the youth orchestra who always enjoy the opportunity to perform at Tewkesbury Abbey in the presence of a large and appreciative audience. The programme for 2012 will include Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf for which we have will have the well known actor Robert Hardy as narrator. Robert enjoys visiting Tewkesbury as Patron of the Battlefield Society and we are delighted that he has agreed to support our charity concert. Other items in the concert will be Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Nights’ Dream Overture and Incidental Music and the ever popular 5th Symphony by Beethoven. The concert is being run in conjunction with the Town Mayor, Chuck Pavey, whose charities will benefit from the proceeds, in addition to the Rotary charities. Tickets priced £10 each (£5 for children under16) will be on sale in the New Year and will be available from Jennings Carpets in Church Street, Tewkesbury Abbey Shop or any member of the Rotary club. Please do support this concert, you will not be disappointed to listen to these very talented young musicians.


ROTARY CLUB

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama

Pictured: Local Heroes

Work Aid

Fireworks Night

Putting old tools in new hands

Photographs from a wonderful event organised by The Rotary Club

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he response to the request for donations of old garden tools, workshop tools, sewing machines, typewriters, etc has been remarkable! The Rotary Club is supporting this charity which reconditions and repairs old tools and equipment before sending them out to Africa for use in villages and communities to assist them with growing their own crops and building their own houses. There is a collection point at the Handyman Centre in Bredon Road and so if you can look in the garage or workshop for all those old tools that you no longer need, or which are in poor condition, please drop them into the box and the Rotary Club will do the rest. Since August you have fi lled the box 5 times! Thank you for your support. For more information on the WorkAid charity, visit the web site at www.workaid.org

Youth Opportunities

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otary organises several annual competitions for young students and this year the Tewkesbury Club would like to encourage as many as possible from the local area to take part. The competitions include Young Musician, Young Photographer, Young Chef, Young Writer and Youth Speaks. Details of the competitions are available at all the schools in the locality or by contacting The Solutions magazine.

“At a time when everything seems so out of control and the people you’ve elected are bogus and there’s so much random violence and hatred, it fills you with such hope and admiration to even be part for a short time in a community where people have connected to strangers to try to put out a hand.” Susan Sarandon Designed and printed by www.cotswoldwebservices.co.uk | DECEMBER 2011 TheSolution 05


FEATURES

Let’s Celebrate! On Thursday October 12th. TheSolution were delighted to host their very first community-networking event at Basepoint.

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ttendance was diverse making for lively conversation on a wide range of subject matter, the common theme being, what can we do individually & collectively to make Tewkesbury, Northway & the surrounding villages a better place to live?  The intention now is to make this a major evening event for the town on a quarterly basis commencing, January 26th. 2012, venue, The Roses Theatre. Please consult our website for full details & to book on-line.  The aspiration of the event is to be able to celebrate on a regular basis our triumphs & to set goals & targets for the future, specifically the following three months on each occasion. All are welcome. The only qualification is that you care about our town & it’s residents, but please remember to let us know you plan to be with us. Either pre-book on-line or phone 01684 296 555.  Why not come along & let’s share our ideas, our pet projects. Let’s talk about our gripes & our moans. Then let’s talk about what we are prepared to do about it!!

Photos by Jack Boskett. Buffet supplied by Rachael’s See directory for details on our member companies including Jack & Rachael.

What people say about some of TheSolution’s members: ThatWinePlace “I bought some wine recently which was sensibly priced & very good. Richard was very helpful.”

Outside at Basepoint. There at the beginning!

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” Denis Waitley

Alex Crosby of Sign Link, Andrew Turner Rotarian extraordinaire & Simon Carter of TheSolution

Gym & Tonic Health & Fitness “I love it at Gym & Tonic. You have as much help as you need, whenever you need it.” Nickie Philipson-Stow

Firmfix Windows & Doors “I would just like to thank you and your team for doing a first class job with excellent results, it has transformed the front of my home.“ Mr P, Cheltenham

Steve Deakin, Bredon

Rachael’s “Very enjoyable buffet. Lovely & fresh, well presented, good range & all tasty.” Gerry Brain, The Money Works, Gloucester.

Cleeve Pest Control “I called Tim in the morning and by 4pm he had visited and dealt with it. My pest problem was gone! Fast Friendly and very knowledgeable.” G McColl

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Tewkesbury School students Ben Freke & Zoe Harrison with issue 3 of TheSolution newsletter, available free direct to your door or through our membership.

First Impressions “Just to say many thanks for the fab bags and the unexpected discount – what a lovely surprise! – not to mention of course the usual fantastic service. I think you should call yourselves ‘First Impressions – Second to None’!” Diana Thomas, Trilogy Professional Service

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Communication and your child by Alaina Storrar, little-raspberries@hotmail.co.uk

How to combat the dangers when raising a child in the so called ‘age of communication’. Village Agent Jane Griffiths & Claire Newman of Severn Vale Housing

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Councillor Claire Wright & an animated Jane Thorndale of Severn Vale Housing

Richard Jaques, Cotswold Web Services & Gerry Brain, The Money Works partaking of our excellent buffet supplied by Rachael’s

Simply Flowers “From the initial discussion of our ideas, through to the design and delivery, your professionalism and happy nature meant that I didn’t have to worry at any stage. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Mr and Mrs Piff.

Jeff Leroux Accountants “Jeff ’s service is fast & efficient with a no fuss approach.” Simon Carter, Tewkesbury Park

My Great Grandfather Restaurant “Beautiful, rich, tasty Pork and stilton... very nice, be back for more soon... Yummy!“ Paul Byard, Gloucester

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his is the age of communication. Messages and conversations can be transmitted from the comfort of our homes to all over the world through use of the telephone and the internet. Entertainment can be found simply by turning on the television or the computer or laptop. But what does this mean for our children? Early Years teachers have been reporting for over a decade now that children are entering school less able to communicate effectively. This difficulty means that they are less able to access other areas of learning successfully, and, if these struggles cannot be rectified, they are put at a disadvantage as they progress through their school lives. This has been blamed on poor parenting by poverty stricken and stressed families, but it is in fact an issue that all parents should consider very carefully. Children begin learning to communicate short periods of time, but if it is on too before they even leave the womb. From frequently the child does not fully learn inside they can hear the voice of their how to interact satisfactorily with a real mother as she interacts person. This is again with family, friends compounded by the Early Years teachers have and colleagues. An surge of ‘interactive’ understanding of been reporting for over a toys combining sound the give and take of and light to stimulate decade now that children are conversation is begun a child and the rise as the baby presses on in websites providing entering school less able to the wall of the womb games for children as communicate effectively. and feels the mother young as a year old. gently press back. Once Again, the child is out in the wide world, the baby is happiest learning to simply be entertained, not how when face to face with another human, to interact with a real person. watching and beginning to imitate the Fortunately these concerns can be facial expressions and sounds that person easily rectified simply by spending time makes. This process is interrupted when talking with and listening to your child new mothers on maternity leave spend their without distractions like mobile phones time watching television as they care for or computers. Keep television watching their child. The lights and rapidly changing to a minimum and try to watch with your images distracts the baby’s attention and child, discussing what you see. Why not try the background noise interferes with him reading and talking about books, playing being able to hear the more important games that need imagination rather than speech sounds of the real world. equipment. Keep talking, and don’t forget The rise in outward-facing pushchairs to listen to what your child has to say. and slings has made this issue worse. The baby or child may be able to see the world more easily from this position, but whom Thank you to Alaina Storrar of will they talk about it with? They may be little-rapsberries@hotmail.co.uk. We able to hear their parent’s voice, but young are most grateful to Alaina for her third children often do not recognise that they article now. are being spoken to unless they can see the person’s face looking at them. Do you have something interesting This interruption continues as the to say? We are only too happy to child grows and the television is used include contributions from local as a babysitting device. All very well for residents. Designed and printed by www.cotswoldwebservices.co.uk | DECEMBER 2011 TheSolution 07


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assured of a warm welcome & owner/chef Matt Gabb’s culinary delights. Meanwhile Ann & John offer a highly attentive service at First Impressions. Here is a short over-view of their business. A personal visit is highly recommended to discuss your requirements.

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or printed they are able to offer many gift ware items such as mugs, place mats, key rings, etc. which can be personalised with an image or design of your choice. With no minimum order they can produce one off items or single item repeats of previous orders if required. Full details are in the Membership Directory so why not visit their website to see what is available.

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How would you cope in an emergency? The following practical tips are kindly provided by Mena Canning of MC Training.

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ena writes “First Aid isn’t just knowing how to put on a bandage, tie a sling, or administering CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), life saving skills that they are… sometimes knowing how and when to make the phone call are just as important. For instance how do we get help in this country? Dial 999 or if we are using a mobile phone did you know that the number is different? We use 112. Both numbers work whether we use a land line or a mobile phone, but if we keep 999 for the land line and 112 for the mobile network it is more efficient. If you dial 999 on a landline, the address of the phone automatically comes up on the emergency operator’s computer, so if it is necessary for you put the phone down it doesn’t matter they will still be on the line until help arrives at your location, you won’t cut them off. I am sure you have noticed that sometimes your mobile phone does not work in certain locations; you find that there are ‘dead’ spots. However, even if

Pictured: Mena with a group of Priors Park children

First Aid isn’t just knowing how to put on a bandage, tie a sling, or administering CPR... sometimes knowing how and when to make the phone call are just as important. you are in one of these areas if you dial 112 then your transmission will still be picked up by the nearest available mast. Your

The Royal British Legion By Peter Godwin, Secretary, Tewkesbury RBL Club – peteregodwin@hotmail.com

Without doubt, the facts show that the Legion has become the largest and most effective charity supporting the Armed Forces community.

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nfortunately, that is not the public perception. When asked what is the image of The Royal British Legion (TRBL) the answer is unanimous; it is Blazers, Badges and Berets and the Poppy Appeal – and that is only for the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday, right? That is the perception the reality is very different. The Legion is involved in many areas of community life and welfare is at the heart of what the Legion does. The fact is today the Legion has an image problem, people do not see what it does and the contribution it makes. So what does the Legion do? 1. Remembrance 2. Welfare • Compensation Advice

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Inquest Advice Benefits & Money Advice Help with Disability Benefits Immediate Needs Grants Jobs & Careers Help with starting a business Free handy van service Companionship at home and in hospital • Overseas Support • Grants and loans 3. Fundraising (The Poppy Appeal is only a part of it!!) 4. Poppy Travel 5. Recovery Centres for serving personal • Battle Back Centre • Personal Recovery Centres 6. Poppy Break Centres 7. Poppy Homes 8. Legionline (08457 725 725) 9. Publications

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call will be answered; your GPS position pinpointed and help can be called even if you don’t have any credit on your phone. “While we are on the subject of mobile phones, did you know about ICE? In Case of Emergency. If you put ICE, then the number you want informed in your contacts, the Emergency Services will know who to contact if you were to be rendered unconscious. “Children as young as three and four years old can be taught to use the phone to call for help if their carer collapses. We have all heard about young children who have saved lives when they have been taught how to call the emergency services if “Mummy goes to sleep” and they can’t wake her up”. Mena has visited several play groups and preschools to teach the children how to make that all important call to the emergency services. More recently Mena called into POPS, a holiday play scheme based at Priors Park in Tewkesbury. Children were given the opportunity to dial for help using mobile phones, taking it in turns to speak to Mena ‘the operator’. Not only did the children have fun, but if they find themselves in an emergency in the future, they will know how to get help. If you are interested in learning lifesaving skills yourself or need a first aid training qualification for work, why not get in touch with Mena on 01452 547 994.

• Legion Magazine 10. Campaigning 11. Legion interactive • Legionlive • Twitter • Facebook • You Tube 12. National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) 13. Poppy Shop There are many strands to the Legion’s work but welfare is the heart of what it does today. It is estimated that over nine million people are entitled to help from the Legion should they need it. The Legion’s target is to help the 500,000 most in need. Anyone who has served in the Armed Forces for one week is entitled to ask the Legion for help. This entitlement includes that person’s dependants too, another facet of the Legion’s help that is not widely appreciated. In 2010, the Legion raised over £115 million, and spent £114 million on its charity work. Today the Legion spends £200,000 per day or £1.4 million a week; and that adds up to £72 million a year on direct support to individual people. In the next issue, I will show the effect of the Legion’s work supporting today’s Armed Forces Community.


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The Changing Face of Work & Careers By Denise Taylor

The world of work has changed; no longer can you climb a career ladder with one company.

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obs are changing so fast that how you earn your living in 10 years may be in a job that doesn’t even exist now. There is no guarantee that a degree will lead to a well paid career. There’s a need to think ahead, both whilst at school/college and at university to seek out work experience and other ways of gaining relevant transferable skills that will enable you to be ready for different options. The conventional choice is a gap year and then on to university, but even at 19/20 many young people have no idea what they want to do. Going to university should not be the default choice, but carefully thought through with a plan to develop relevant skills alongside academic studies. It’s not just skills, it’s also to develop interpersonal skills, confidence, and self determination. For some young people getting a job, and trying things out will be the better

choice. Choosing to go to University when a little older with greater clarity of what to study and why, thus having enhanced motivation. It’s less important what the job is, what’s more important is the gaining of useful skills. Working in a bar or fast food restaurant can provide evidence of being part of a team, showing up on time, completing a task even when you don’t want to do it, working with customers, communication skills and more.

How to decide what to do? Whether you are deciding what to study or what to do to earn your income, you need to think about what you enjoy doing, really understanding who you are and also with an eye on what sorts of jobs will be available. Think about what you enjoy. Do you like creative interests, are you considered

Shocker!! Tewkesbury not on verge of financial meltdown!!! By Alistair Wilkinson

One man’s uplifting insight.

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licking though the newspapers is not for the faint hearted. For starters the punctuation marks will take your head off, such is their abundance and brazenness. Then there is the subject matter. If the journalists are to be believed the end of the world happens on a bi-weekly basis. Frankly, I’m surprised we haven’t returned to using acorns as our national currency after hearing the media’s bombast about the global financial markets. Fortunately, I’m not a journalist. I’ve recently started working at Basepoint Business Centre, and consequently am surrounded by thriving, local businesses. Whilst business owners and the public understandably take heed of the recession, I fully agree with Roosevelt’s assertion that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I spoke to one of our licencees, Dave Osman from County Coffee about how he’s been finding business. “Nobody owes us a living & no one is

Say it loud and say it proud; I’m a Tewkesberian. going to just hand us business. The only way to succeed is to go out and sell. As a family business all my staff are very committed and follow the simple tenet “Effort equals reward”. Many of our clients are close to our base at Tewkesbury. There are so many fantastic companies in our area, most of whom have bought in to keeping business local. For County Coffee this has two obvious advantages. Firstly our delivery charges are greatly reduced and secondly and more importantly we can offer a more complete service.” Dave’s attitude is pragmatic, honest and unfazed. Furthermore it is not uncommon amongst Tewkesbury business owners, which is why the area is well placed to ride out the storm. As a newcomer to the town, I’ve been

to be non conforming, do you like self expression? Are you more interested in working with people? Are you seen as caring and helpful, do you like collaborative working environments? Are you careful and conscientious, do you like paying attention to detail do you like to collect and manage information? Are you analytical, interested in science, interested in research and independent thinking? Do you like to be physically active, are you seen as practical, would you like to operate equipment? Or is it business that interests you, would you like to sell products or ideas, are you seen as assertive and confident? Then think about your personality? Are you outgoing and sociable or more reserved with a preference for a backroom role. Do you want to be seen as an expert or do you prefer variety. To what extent do you want to focus on detail or ideas? You may be able to work out the answers alone, or you may need the help of an experienced careers coach. the more time spent reflecting on these questions and drawing conclusions the more likelihood of career success. Denise Taylor is a double award winning career coach with www.amazingpeople.co.uk. Books include ‘How to Get a Job in a Recession’ and ‘Now You’ve Been Shortlisted’.

impressed by many elements of the local community. From charities to businesses, from private enterprises to community groups; Tewkesbury is taking care of itself by individuals and groups helping each other. Coming from an idyllic village in Devon (idyllic, at least, to tourists), I feel well placed to comment on community. It may be harder to find the community-spirit of yesteryear in this digital, fast-paced world, but it is still evident. I hope you are already aware of this, but Tewkesberians have a very keen sense of community, and that is the basic ingredient for getting back on track. Say it loud and say it proud; I’m a Tewkesberian. If reading the newspaper, count the exclamation marks instead of reading the headline; if watching the news, add the words ‘in your opinion’ between each bong. Support your local clubs, charities and businesses, and know you’re part of a thriving and forward looking community. Dave Osman from County Coffee is one of many businesses at Basepoint diligently working away and bringing business to Tewkesbury. He’s a straight talking earnest man, so in case you’re not sold on what I have to say, I’ll let Dave have one last word. ‘Stay competitive, offer unrivalled service and always go the extra mile for your customers.’ Basepoint’s thoughts entirely.

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Scary shows at The Roses ‘I just love being involved and can’t wait to start rehearsals for next year’s show’ enthuses 17 year old Tom Burgess, and fellow members of The Roses Youth Theatre wholeheartedly agree.

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heir 2012 productions will be Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant (The BFG) for 5-11 year olds and Frankenstein for 11-19 year olds. Both shows will be presented together, on two performance days, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April. ‘The BFG’ will involve 60 young people, including members of the Junior Dance group as well as younger Youth Theatre members. The production will integrate live theatre action with paper cinema and large scale puppetry. Members of the cast will be fully involved in the writing of the music, assisted by a professional musician, and will perform the songs live. ‘Frankenstein’ will be devised, created and performed by 70 young people from the Senior Dance group and older Youth Theatre groups. The show will also integrate live theatre action and explore the use of fi lm and digital media. Members will also have the opportunity to develop script writing skills and literacy, in addition to performance skills. Along with a score of contemporary rock tracks performed live by an in-house Youth Rock band, this will be an unforgettable event. The youth theatre show is a celebration of young people’s creativity, talent and team work. As Take Part Officer Adam Payne points out ‘It requires dedication and courage to work collaboratively to create and perform a show for a live audience. Participants have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals working in theatre, fi lm, music, technical theatre and

Preserving the future... By Brian Calway

The role of a Tewkesbury nature reserve.

H Pictured: Last year’s production ‘His Dark Materials’ (Photo by Jack Boskett) arts-management, and get a unique insight into the arts as a profession.’ And it’s not just the members themselves who get stuck in. Adam adds: Our annual production also provides a shared family learning experience involving parents and the rest of the family in supportive roles behind the scenes.’ And the young people are involved behind the scenes too by helping raise the money to make the shows happen. Look out for innovative ways Youth Theatre members are looking to fundraise this year and please support them. You can get involved in other ways too – whether that is sewing costumes, buying an advertisement in the programme or… the list is endless. And, of course, buying tickets to come along and see some fabulous shows on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2012. For further information please contact Take Part Officer Adam Payne tpofficer@rosestheatre.org or call the Box Office 01684 295 074

igh quality natural environments foster healthy neighbourhoods: green spaces encourage social activity and reduce crime. The natural environment can help children’s learning The above, an extract from the NEA and Marmot Review, Fair Society, Healthy Lives and contained in a recent White Paper emphasises the importance that the government places upon preserving and protecting our natural environment and the biodiversity it contains. The project continues to make progress under the supervision of The Tewkesbury Nature Reserve Management Board and the above is written into its Business Plan. The Board has recognised the opportunities that the location of the wetlands in the centre of Tewkesbury provides for the community to become involved. With this in mind the Nature Reserve Voluntary Group and The Community Pay Back Scheme have been working hard to clear an area of ground to facilitate access to the area for all members of the community including the disabled. When the access is completed it will also provide information on the species and wildlife of the wetlands area. Volunteers have begun the process of gathering data and evaluating the potential of the site. A lot remains to be done however before we can in Tewkesbury have a nature reserve which can compete with other similar schemes in the county It can and does provide opportunities for everyone in the community to become involved. If you are interested in giving some of your time to our project you will be most welcome. If you wish to assist or join the volunteer group you can do so by contacting the Priors Park Neighbourhood Project office on 01684 290069.

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Tewkesbury has a Village Agent Jane Griffiths, who has been working as a Village Agent in surrounding parishes for the past four years, now covers Tewkesbury, including Mitton and Northway, plus Ashchurch and Walton Cardiff.

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he role of a Village Agent is to provide older people in Gloucestershire with easier access to information and services. We can make home visits when required, providing information and enabling direct access to a wide range of services. If necessary, this visit is followed up by experts who will provide specialist information, advice and services. The principal objectives of the Village Agent Scheme are that: • Older people (over 50 but particularly those who are older, frail and vulnerable) feel more secure, more cared for and have a better quality of life. • Older people have easy access to a wide range of information that will enable them to make informed decisions about their own well-being. • Older people are in receipt of any services or assistance that can help them remain independent in their own homes. • Older people are engaged to enable them to influence future service provision.

Pictured: Village Agents strive to help older people remain independant in their own homes.

“The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbour.” Hubert H. Humphrey

The scheme has been operating very effectively in rural parishes over the past few years. In essence, the Village Agent aims to fi ll a gap created by modern society. In years gone by, older people would be supported by a (geographically) close family, and every parish would be self-sufficient, having their own Vicar, Schoolteacher, shop, pub, Squire etc. Nowadays, it’s more likely that younger generations have moved further afield for work, the Vicar covers 6 or 7 parishes, the school is now a ‘des res’, and the village shop, which would have been a meeting place, and somewhere to pass on information, is long gone. With good reason, older people feel more isolated, particularly where they aren’t able to access good transport links, and are missing out on vital services and information. I’ve seen what a difference the scheme makes to people, enabling them to live independently and more safely in their own homes. Tewkesbury is a natural extension of the scheme, and I feel quite ‘at home’, having relatives in the town, and a youngest son still at Tewkesbury School. My husband was born in Barton Street, and I’ve been to the Mop Fair every year since we met 27 years ago! If you have any queries about remaining independent in your own home, I can be contacted on: Tel: 07810 630 244, or Email: jane@villageagent.grcc.org.uk

Heard of the ‘work club’? It started in Northway at Sycamore Chapel and has since moved to the PPNP (Priors Park Neighbourhood Project) offices every Monday starting at 12.00am (noon). New Year New Start Taster Course on:

‘How to Manage your Money?’ 9.45-12.00am Starts 18th January 2011 Every Wednesday for 4 weeks Jubilee II Building at Priors Park Open to residents 19+ who require access to training to further their changes of employment. FREE to anyone in receipt of a recognised means tested benefit. Priors Park

Contact: George Shelton T: 01684 276 163 E: g.shelton@sky.com

WEA Registered Charity No:1112775

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t started in Northway at Sycamore Chapel and has since moved to the PPNP (Priors Park Neighbourhood Project) offices every Monday starting at 12.00am (noon). Run by volunteers from and for the community and in conjunction with Northway Borough Councillors, it is a support group offering workability skills such as help with your CV, writing letters or job searching. Interested? Contact George below. In addition to the Workclub, WEA (Adult Learning Charity), PPNP and the Borough Councillors have worked together to provide you with an opportunity for you to enhance your work skills – for example applying maths, English and ICT by providing courses. The first course is a fun way to learn maths – but we need sufficient attendees so

Pictured l to r: George Shelton (Course Tutor), Adele Carter (Borough Councillor for Northway), Carol Batsford (PPNP). if you are interested see the contact on the poster on the left. If this is successful then more courses will follow.

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From your local PCSO...

Lend with care

Hello everybody and welcome to what will be my regular column in TheSolution magazine.

Transform peoples lives with a £15 microloan.

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y intention is to update you on what your local police are doing. I will be talking to you about all the different activities we are involved in and the ways in which we can all help each other to keep Tewkesbury’s residents safe from harm. Over the past three months my colleagues and I have been looking into crime associated with unlicensed scrap metal collectors in the area. This came about following a community meeting at the end of August where local people expressed their concern. So far in addition to regular policing of licenses and driving documentation, two specific operations have been carried out. This involved police in both marked and unmarked cars working in partnership with environmental health officers from Tewkesbury Borough Council. The outcome was that a number of metal collectors were given words of advice, and one individual had a tannoy system, which he was using to draw attention to himself when collecting, confiscated by our partners from the council. In addition another driver was found not to have the required insurance policy for this kind of work and so had his vehicle seized and removed from the road at his expense. Unlicensed individuals not adhering to the rules represent a risk to the public as their activities go unmonitored by the authorities. It is my belief that our recent actions will help send a clear message to those in this line of work that the only acceptable way to operate is when they are properly licensed, insured and using the correct equipment. Plain clothed officers recently stopped a man they believed was acting suspiciously on Tewkesbury High Street. A subsequent search found him to be in possession of a quantity of cannabis. Officers went on to search this man’s home where more cannabis was found. He was arrested for possession of a class B drug. This is an excellent example of the type of proactive policing that goes on every day in the area. As we approach the festive period I am conscious that the potential for crime increases. At this time of year the number of thefts and burglaries we deal with always goes up but it is alcohol related crime that will be occupying much of my time and thoughts. The constabulary’s anti drink drive campaign is well publicised and well known all over the county. Here in Tewkesbury we will be as robust as anywhere with local officer working in

Pictured: PCSO Chris Scott tandem with specialist traffic officers targeting those who endanger the lives of others by getting behind the wheel whilst under the influence of alcohol. We are always grateful for information that helps us tackle this problem, if you know of someone endangering lives in this way please call the police’s new non-emergency number on 101. Operation Scorpion is now in full swing and leaflets outlining what it’s about can be picked up from any police station reception. Op Scorpion looks to clamp down on violence, disorder, drug and alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour. At Christmas time many people enjoy relaxing with friends and having a few drinks, this is fun and also is a benefit to the local economy. However, loutish behaviour is simply not acceptable and a zero tolerance approach will be taken to anyone acting this way. As mentioned in The Local Solution inaugural edition I am the police community support officer (PCSO) responsible for Tewkesbury’s town centre. Over the coming weeks I will be pounding my Christmas beat around the area’s many shops. I hope this publication will encourage people to stop me and say hello. I am always pleased to stop and talk about any issue or to just meet local people and provide them with a friendly face they may be able to use in future as a point of contact with the police. Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Contact us: Non emergency phone: 101 Emergency: 999 E: Christopher.scott@gloucestershire.police.uk

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he Solution’s aim is to facilitate Tewkesbury to help itself. Our focus will always be projects that encourage & assist those who wish to build something where the benefits are on-going to our community. We do recognise however, that we increasingly live in a global village, & to be too introspective is perhaps short sighted. But if it is difficult to decide how to help on our doorstep, how do we help beyond our own community? The very questions that are identified on page 2 are multiplied a hundred fold when we start to look further afield, especially to the most deprived areas of the world. A big concern of course when we donate to charities is whether our giving reaches the people we are so desperate to help, or does it get diverted & end up benefiting, even in part, some despot or warlord? The good news is, just like we believe we can help address these questions & quandaries locally, we also believe we can globally, not that we are suggesting there are any warlords in Tewkesbury! We would like to propose therefore that as our giving circle grows, a percentage

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should be allocated to lendingwithcare. org. The first UK site of its kind, lendingwithcare uses the expertise of one of the world’s largest international development organisations to enable us to make small loans to those wanting to set up or run their own business in some of the world’s poorest countries. It should be remembered that most of the world’s poorest people have no access to basic financial services, and therefore little hope of lift ing themselves out of poverty. As such microfi nance as it is described has enormous potential. We can start with as little as £15. With that, not only do we get a chance to change somebody’s life, but also, via the lendingwithcare website we get to see the difference we are making as regular updates about the entrepreneur are posted. We can follow their amazing progress & see how our loan is transforming every aspect of their lives. Unlike a charitable donation, which once made is gone forever, a loan through lendwithcare enables a small amount of money to be beneficial over & over again. Moreover, this is not about handouts, but a hand up, providing the wherewithal for people very often with enormous pride to help themselves. Their gratitude is apparent in the less than 2% default rate We invite, & indeed strongly encourage you to investigate for yourself this amazing website & to reflect upon it’s significance as we truly believe it facilitates an opportunity for us to help transform lives in some of the world’s poorest communities, not just in a short term sticking plaster type way, but long term & sustainable, very often benefiting a whole community, perhaps in many ways not so very different from our own. The joy is that because it is a loan, it is paid back oven an agreed period in to our account, which means it can be used over & over again. As such one donation can change many lives.

Together we can make a difference! As a charity we at Third Sector Services rely on volunteers in the office and out on the road driving.

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t present we have approximately 30 volunteers working for us in the Tewkesbury area alone but we are constantly on the lookout for more as our service is greatly in demand. What people do not always realise is the extent of our ‘door to door’ service. Our aim is to ensure our users maintain their independence – sometimes our drivers are the only people they see during the week, so it is as much about having someone to chat to and taking them out to see what’s happening in the world as getting them to where they need to be. There is a perception that we are all about health appointments, which of course is part of what we do, but our remit is so much wider than that! We recently took a passenger to London to visit relatives, returning to take him home the following week. The passenger could not have been more pleased – “It was fantastic – I was picked up from my door and the very friendly driver put my luggage in the car for me so that I didn’t have to worry about it. On the way he was happy to stop for comfort breaks whenever I needed one. Having ensured he

had safely delivered me and my luggage to my destination he then reassured me that he would be back the following week to take me home – and all for less than a taxi would have cost!” Apart from our volunteer driver cars we also have wheelchair adapted people carriers and minibuses – so trips for individuals, groups and families can easily be arranged as part of the ‘bigger picture’. Perhaps you have a friend, neighbour or relative who would benefit from using our service – it is amazing how even the shortest of trips out can lift someone’s spirits, especially as we have the winter and its cold short days ahead of us. Alternatively you may have some spare time on your hands and could help us by becoming a volunteer – in the office, driving or perhaps delivering information literature to our users. If you would like any further information about our service or volunteering please contact Bev Miles on 01684 297209 or Bev@thirdsectorservices.org.uk Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm. Or call into our office at Unit 1, 78-80 Barton Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5PY

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Make A Difference – Give Local REGULAR MONTHLY STANDING ORDER Complete and return this form to The Solution at the address below: To The Manager at: (name of your bank)

I authorise you to pay ROTARY CLUB OF TEWKESBURY THE SOLUTION ACCOUNT at HSBC Bank Tewkesbury, Sort Code 40-44-10 and Account No 013355XX the selected gift amount below starting on / / [Day/Month/Year] and thereafter on the same day of every subsequent month until further notice and debit my account accordingly. This standing order supersedes all previous standing orders to Rotary. Please accept my continuing MONTHLY gift of (tick): ☐ £5

☐ £10

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Charity Begins At Home As you may know, theSolution has teamed up with the ROTARY CLUB OF TEWKESBURY and will be using their charitable experience, skills and professional infrastructure to help with fundraising for the Tewkesbury Community. We have set-up a special theSolution fundraising account in which 100% of theSolution donations will be ring-fenced for use in the Tewkesbury community. We will report on its progress and where your monies have been spent and how you have helped individuals and organisations. Please help us with this special community fund and provide an ongoing amount that will help good causes in Tewkesbury. Why not do your bit and give something back to the place where you live. Fill in and return these form(s) TODAY! Thank you.

Fill in YOUR BANK DETAILS

The Wonder of Gift Aid Your Bank Address: Gift Aid is a great and easy way for charities to increase the value of your donations... by claiming back the basic rate tax paid by the donor.

and Postcode: Your Name: Your Account Number:

How it Works

Your Sort Code: Your Signature: X

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Fill in YOUR DETAILS Your First Name:

If you are a higher rate tax payer, they also benefit from the tax relief as they can claim back the difference between their higher rates of tax at 40 or 50 per cent and the basic rate of tax at 20 per cent on the total value of their gross donation.

Surname: Email: Home Address:

Postcode: Please sign the declaration below if applicable GIFT AID DECLARATION (Reg Charity No: 1027590) “I am a UK taxpayer. Please treat all gifts of money that I make today to the Rotary Club of Tewkesbury and in the future as Gift Aid donations.” Name: Your Signature: X

When an individual, sole trader or partnership gives money to our charity, we can take their donation under the Gift Aid Scheme – which is money they’ve already paid tax on – and reclaim basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs on its ‘gross’ equivalent – the amount before basic rate tax was deducted.

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You must pay an amount of income and/or capital gains tax at least equal to tax the charity reclaims (currently 25p per £1). You can cancel this declaration at any time by notifying us. If you no longer pay the appropriate tax, you can cancel your declaration. If you pay higher rate tax you can claim more tax relief in your Self Assessment tax return. If you are unsure whether your donations qualify for Gift Aid tax relief, request leaflet IR65 from your local tax office. Please notify us if you change your name or address.

Return whole form to: TheSolution, 2 Battle Road Tewkesbury Gloucestershire GL20 5TZ

Currently, every £1 YOU give we can claim an extra 25 pence for the charity! In order to make a Gift Aid donation you’ll need to make a Gift Aid declaration. See Form on this page.

Technical Stuff You can use Gift Aid if the amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax you’ve paid in the tax year in which your donation is made (6 April to 5 April) is at least equal to the amount of basic rate tax the charity is reclaiming on your gift. If you make a number of donations you will need to consider the tax you’ve paid on each donation on an accumulative basis. If you don’t pay enough tax you may be required to pay any shortfall in tax to HMRC. You don’t necessarily have to be working to be paying tax. Keep a record of the total amount of your Gift Aid donations for each tax year.

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TheSolution Newsletter Dec 2011