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Dec 2010 / Jan 2011

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Please mention TheWorksLocal when responding to adverts Welcome to the latest edition of The Works Local. This magazine is sent free to homes in your area on a bi-monthly basis. It is your link to keeping in touch with what is happening on your doorstep and find out about local businesses. If you have any views that you would like to express, or information that you would like to pass on to other residents, please email or phone 0871 288 7285 and we will add it to the magazine for free. Visit our web site for more news & info: The Works cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services that appear in this magazine. Designed & distributed by The Works News, Media & Events 0871 288 7285 43 Hawthorne Avenue, Gloucester GL4 4QB

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Please mention TheWorksLocal when responding to adverts Local Contact Info Leckhampton C.E. Primary School Hall Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL53 0HP Old Patesians RFC Everest Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL53 9LG St.Peter's Church The Rectory Church Road Leckhampton Cheltenham Glos. GL53 0QJ Leckhampton Surgery Lloyd Davies House 17 Moorend Park Road Cheltenham GL53 0LA St Philip and St James Church Parish Office, Church House, 60 Painswick Rd, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 2ER Tel: 01242 573508

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Up Hatherley Children's Centre provides services to children and families. A varying on going programme of services are available from Baby Massage to Stay and Play. Please come and see us, call 01242 863977 or visit the website At Up Hatherley Library (small centre inside the library and other venues in the community) *** Debt clinic 1st Monday of every month 4.30-6.30pm ***

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Characters in Our Community: A Kennel Club Star In this edition we focus on Dorothy Bridge, a lady in the Community who is considered a star by the Kennel Club of Great Britain for her charitable work in Organising Dog shows for Charity. Since Dorothy moved to Gloucestershire in 1954, she has since dedicated her life to breeding and showing her prized family of shih-tzu dogs and the walls of her lounge are decorated with photographs of her dogs and numerous rosettes which are representative of the many show prizes awarded to her “family”. Her dogs are always entered for the prestigious National Crufts Dog show, in which she has been close to winning several times, and achieved a valuable runners up award in the Puppy Class during the year 2000 Championships.

Dorothy pictured with her family of Dogs

Dorothy’s other passion is her charity work and it is in this area that she has been recognised by the Kennel Club. In January Dorothy will have organised her 100th Companion dog show! Companion dog shows are charity dog shows, and are open to anyone who wishes to enter their dog, irrespective of breed. Shows can have as many as 30 – 40 different classes or categories, with prizes for each one. For the more serious owners there are 8 classes for Pedigree dogs and 3 classes for Obedience. However, these are supplemented by novelty categories for Veterans and Junior Handlers made up of Beauty and Novelty categories like: Best Condition, Best 6 Legs (Dog and owner!) Best Party Trick, Most Appealing Face and even one for Waggiest Tail! Everyone who enters the show has a good chance of taking home a prize. Although it is a competition, it is also very much a social and enjoyable occasion for everyone involved. Dorothy organises a show on a monthly basis between September and April with shows currently held at the Innsworth Community Hall. Each Companion show is held in aid of a specific Charity. Charities which have benefited from Dorothy’s work include: the Heart Foundation, Air Ambulance, the Donkey Sanctuary and more recently “Help the Heroes”. However, there are many other charities that also benefit and Dorothy often finds it difficult to keep everyone happy. The Kennel Club has nominated Dorothy as the “Best Companion Dog Show Organiser of the Year”. She will be presented with an award and trophy during the companion show to be held in January, which will coincide with the completion of 100 shows. A tremendous achievement, which deserves recognition for this valuable contribution to Charity and the Community. On Monday evenings, at the Longlevens Community Centre, Dorothy specialises in teaching Ring craft, and as a highly skilled teacher, teaches the art of showing dogs in the show ring. Check with Dorothy on 01452 311775 if you are interested. Dorothy’s fervour for her dogs and her work are very evident, therefore, if you want the chance to show off your pet dog, why not try one of Dorothy’s shows, the kids might love it too. Give it a go! The next shows are at Innsworth on the 27th December and January 15th 2011. Finally from the Community let’s give Dorothy our heartiest congratulations for her achievements to date and hope that she has continued success into the future, allowing many Charities to prosper from Dorothy’s commitment.

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Shine up ya boots and have some yee-ha fun before the relatives arrive at The Christmas Ho Ho Ho-Down! Live music with the Jellied Reels playing a stomping mix of contemporary ceilidh music and well known tunes. There’s no bar so it’s a cheap night out with BYO tipple. Kick-off the festive season in style. Your Christmas starts here! And most importantly, all proceeds go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Tickets £12.50 per person to be bought in advance. Please contact Rosie on 07814 756039 or email to book your tickets.

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Event organisers- add your event here & online for free- just email with the details Mistletoe Mile Swim Do you enjoy swimming and are you looking for something to get fit for? If so, register now and get your goggles out to swim 1 mile in December and raise sponsorship for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Pools You can visit a pool of your choice and attempt to swim the mile in one go, or build up your distance over the month of December. Or you can take part in the adjudicated event being organised at Dursley Swimming Pool on Sunday 19 December 2010 9 – 11am where a volunteer will count your lengths and all swimmers will be offered complimentary mince pies for completing the mile. Why swim? This swimming campaign is being fronted by Margaret Algar, a supporter of Sue Ryder. Margaret swam solo across the English Channel in 2009 in aid of Leckhampton Court Hospice, just seven years after learning to swim properly! Margaret says ‘This swim is a perfect opportunity to train and achieve something really special before the party season. Swimming is great exercise for everyone so get your friends, family and colleagues to join in or sponsor you for taking on this challenge’. Registration Its £5 to register and all swimmers are asked to raise as much sponsorship as they can for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Register to take part online by visiting . All participants will receive training advice and support from Margaret Algar, along with a fundraising pack and certificate to display your achievement. The top three fundraisers will win a free swimming lesson from Margaret, who is a level 2 ASA licensed swim teacher, so you can perfect your techniques!

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Bath Road gets Christmassy With a Christmas Lights switch on, a Christmas Fair, and a Christmas Windows Competition, it’s all festive fun in Bath Road this December. The Bath Road Traders Association is celebrating the turning on of the Bath Road Christmas Lights with a public event at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road on Thursday 2nd December from 6pm. Live music with a ukulele band, carols from Leckhampton Primary School Infant Choir, a barbeque, and a visit from Father Christmas will make this a great start to the festivities for all the family. And the fun continues over the weekend with the Cheltenham Connect Christmas Craft Fair taking place at The Exmouth Arms 3rd-5th December. Adopting a Victorian theme, the event hopes to promote the wealth of local talent in the area and to get everyone to ‘think and buy local for Christmas’. With more than 40 local craftspeople, everyone in Regency/Victorian costumes, local choirs, bands and musicians, Punch and Judy shows, children's Christmas Grotto, mince pies, mulled wine and lots more festive cheer! Shops throughout Leckhampton are making a special effort this Christmas by joining in the Leckhampton Christmas Windows Competition promoted by the local community website LeckhamptonOnline. The magical window displays will all be shown online at and you will be able to vote for your favourite. So take a stroll around our wonderful local shops, soak up the festive atmosphere in Bath Road and vote for your favourite Christmas Windows from 2nd-20th December at Leckhampton is the place to be this Christmas!

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IT’S WILD WINTER FOR WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK Wild Winter Weekends are now in full flow at West Midland Safari Park as the Animal Reserves along with Discovery Trail open every weekend up until 13th February 2011. In December the Park is open every day too, from 1st until 24th. You will be able to encounter the fastest land animal on earth in Cheetah Plains, along with a magnificent display of rare and exotic animals in the 100-acre, fourmile, all-weather drive-through safari. There’s also the only pride of rare White Lions in the UK; the largest family group of White Tigers and more than 600 exotic animals from Elephants to Wild Dogs and Giraffe to Wallaby. There’s plenty to explore on foot too; including Discovery Trail with Twilight Cave -home to free flying bats, jumping rats and rare and mysterious Aye aye; there’s Seal Island and friendly Animal and Reptile Encounters too. In the Reptile House you’ll see all kinds of snakes and reptiles from all over the world. The Sealion Theatre has several stunning performances daily and is where you can watch South African Fur Seals perform their very latest antics in this 15 minute Show. Standard winter admission prices are £9.99 adults, £7.99 children 3-16 years and £8.99 for concessions. And, there’s a 10% saving on family tickets of 2 adults and two children costing just £32.36. Including a free return ticket. The winter admission charge includes the attractions listed. The amusement area and rides are closed for winter. West Midland Safari Park fully opens on Saturday, 19th February 2011. Further information is available from the Park’s website or by phone 01299 402114.

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