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Gloucestershire Echo - - WHERE I LIVE - Jan Fe­bery jan-dave-fe­[email protected]

The Sev­ern­side Lunch Club meets on the first Tues­day of ev­ery month in Apperley Vil­lage Hall.

The club pro­vides a friendly meet­ing place and a hot, home cooked lunch for around 25 se­nior cit­i­zens.

The group is look­ing for volunteers to help with the ca­ter­ing which will about seven hours of your time, once a month.

If you feel you could help or for more in­for­ma­tion, call Sue and Pete on 01452 780610.

Deer­hurst Church is look­ing for more helpers to join the rota for strim­ming the church­yard once a fort­night in the grow­ing sea­son.

Con­tact Jim Bur­rows on 01452 780516 if you are able to help.

The cricket sea­son is un­der­way and Apperley CC have played a num­ber of friendlies.

On Satur­day, May 4 the sec­ond XI host their Stroud coun­ter­parts, start­ing at 1pm. Spec­ta­tors will be very wel­come.

You will al­ways be wel­come at the cricket ground to watch and en­joy a drink at the bar.

As well as the se­nior sides, the club has Un­der-11 boys and girls and an Un­der-13s team in the Leadon Vale Youth League. Ann Wiseman [email protected]­


The An­nual Tidy Up Winch­combe Day takes place on Satur­day, May 4, start­ing at 9am on Abbey Ter­race.

Please come along and help keep our town tidy.

Bring along any equip­ment you may have – brooms, dust­pan and brushes, hoes, scis­sors.

» Due to the lo­cal elec­tions, the next meet­ing of Winch­combe Town Coun­cil will take place on Wed­nes­day, May 15, start­ing at 7.30pm.

All res­i­dents of Winch­combe and Greet are wel­come.

» Come along to a car boot sale on Satur­day, May 25, from 10am–2pm in Winch­combe Li­brary car park.

All pro­ceeds will go to Winch­combe Day Cen­tre.

As well as the car boot sale there will be face paint­ing, chil­dren’s games, candy floss, dough­nuts, cof­fee, burg­ers, smooth­ies and lux­ury milk shakes.

Book your pitch to­day. Car boot ad­mis­sion is £6 (please bring your own ta­bles) and buy­ers’ en­try is 20p.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Marie Giles on 07775 717853 or email mariegiles­[email protected] » Sue Stur­geon sue.stur­[email protected]­


The church ser­vice at St Mary Mag­da­lene, Elm­stone Hardwicke on Sun­day, May 5, at 10.45am will be Holy Com­mu­nion from The Book of Com­mon Prayer.

The Uck­ing­ton & Elm­stone Hardwicke Women’s In­sti­tute meets in the vil­lage hall on Thurs­day, May 9, at 7.30pm. This will be mem­bers’ night with a craft demon­stra­tion and the com­pe­ti­tion is a spray posey.

The next af­ter­noon whist drive held in the vil­lage hall will be on Tues­day, May 14, at 2pm. En­trance, raf­fle, re­fresh­ments and prizes only £1. Come along and en­joy a friendly game of cards

There will be a cof­fee morn­ing on Satur­day, May 18, from 10am-noon at the Uck­ing­ton & Elm­stone Hard­wike Vil­lage Hall.

Raf­fle, jar­bola, cakes and books all on of­fer. Pro­ceeds in aid of Women’s In­sti­tute.

The 12th an­nual Save The Coun­try­side walk will take place on Sun­day, May 19 at 2pm.

Ev­ery Tues­day from 10.30am-noon, Chat­ter­box cof­fee drop is held in St Lawrence Church, Swin­don Vil­lage. Join us for a chat, com­pany, cuppa and cake.

» Ev­ery Thurs­day at 10.30am, the singing group Go Vo­cal meets at the vil­lage hall.

Led by Linda Corcoran, they sing old and new, rock and pop.

New mem­bers are wel­come, there is no need to read mu­sic and no au­di­tion to join.

For de­tails call 07833 510 565 or [email protected]­o­ » Anne Grif­fiths 01242 680602


The Hil­lview Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Hul­bert Cres­cent, has a coun­try and western night on May 11, 7pm-late, tick­ets £7.

The War­den Hill Ladies Group will be hold­ing a fundrais­ing mu­si­cal even­ing on Wed­nes­day, May 8, at St Christophe­r’s Church Hall, Lincoln Av­enue at 7.30pm. Tick­ets are £5 and all monies raised will go to The Pied Piper Ap­peal.

There is a va­cancy on the parish coun­cil to rep­re­sent War­den Hill.

Anyone in­ter­ested or who would like more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the clerk Ar­lene Deane 0n 01242 465762. The meet­ings are monthly.

The chil­dren’s ta­ble ten­nis free coach­ing ses­sion takes place on Tues­days at 4.30- 5.30pm in the Sal­is­bury Av­enue Play area.

En­cour­age your young peo­ple to take the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy this great sport.

This is sup­ported by the Leck­hamp­ton and War­den Hill Parish Coun­cil.

Messy Church takes place on the sec­ond Sun­day of each month at the URC Cen­tre, Sal­is­bury Av­enue, 3.305.30pm.

Come along and en­joy crafts, prayer, food and a story.

Drop-in dates with the PCSOS at Sadars Cafe Sal­is­bury Av­enue are Tues­day May 14 and Mon­day June 3, both 2-3pm. The Youth Group for eight-13 year olds meets ev­ery Fri­day af­ter­noon, 4-6pm, at The Brizen Young Peo­ple’s Cen­tre off Up Hather­ley Way. En­trance fee £1. Run by qual­i­fied youth lead­ers.

All are very wel­come at our weekly Sun­day Ser­vice at St All are wel­come at the weekly Sun­day Ser­vice at St Christophe­r’s Church, Lincoln Av­enue at 10.30am, fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments.

The Chel­tenham Big Band So­ci­ety meets monthly at Up Hather­ley Vil­lage Hall on the last Fri­day ev­ery month at 2.30pm, £2 en­try in­clud­ing re­fresh­ments.

The Break char­ity shop in Sal­is­bury Ave will open on Sun­days from 10am4pm. Please sup­port this great chil­dren’s char­ity.

The Hather­ley Health Walks meet at 10.15am for a 10.30am start ev­ery Wed­nes­day in front of the Hil­lview Cen­tre/hather­ley Li­brary, all wel­come.

» The Brizen Cen­tre off Up Hather­ley Way is avail­able to hire. Only £14 per hour, in­clud­ing use of the kitchen. Check the cal­en­dar for book­ings at the­brizeny­oung­peo­ples­cen­ » Anne Re­gan an­nere­[email protected]

Em­manuel Kitchen Com­mu­nity Cafe is open from 11.45am-1.30pm to­mor­row serv­ing light lunches.

This is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple in the lo­cal com­mu­nity to meet and so­cialise and en­joy a light lunch.

There is no charge for re­fresh­ments but do­na­tions to cover the costs are al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated.

Cobalt are hav­ing their An­nual Plant Sale on Satur­day from 10am to 1pm at Lin­ton House, Thirlestai­ne Road.

Lo­cal Green­way Nurs­eries are sup­port­ing this event with great qual­ity plants in­clud­ing hang­ing bas­kets, fruit trees, bed­ding plants and shrubs.

En­joy a cuppa and a slice of home­made cake whilst brows­ing the plants.

Prof­its from the event will help to fund the Char­ity’s work for lo­cal can­cer and de­men­tia pa­tients.

Sue Ry­der Hospice volunteers hold their monthly Cof­fee Morn­ing from 10.30am on Satur­day in the Day Cen­tre. Fresh ground cof­fee and home­made cakes will be served. Every­one is wel­come.

At the Ba­con The­atre on Tues­day, May 7, there is a show­ing of the film Free Solo, 7pm.

This documentar­y fol­lows Alex Hon­nold as he be­came the first per­son to climb solo Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Cap­i­tan Wall with no ropes or safety gear.

On Thurs­day at 7pm there is an RSC live per­for­mance of Shake­speare’s As You Like It.

Em­manuel Ladies Probus Club meets from 10am on Wed­nes­day in Em­manuel Church rooms.

Rose Hewlett will give a talk called Liv­ing on the Edge - Com­mu­ni­ties along the Sev­ern Es­tu­ary.

New mem­bers and vis­i­tors are al­ways wel­come. Con­tact the sec­re­tary on 01242 262042.

The Re­gency Probus Club for men meet sfrom 10am on Wed­nes­day, May 8, at Chel­tenham Bowl­ing Club.

Philip Bowen will give the talk Bri­tain in the ’50s - The Op­ti­mistic Decade”.

Con­tact Mal­colm Howes on 01242 515998 for in­for­ma­tion on how to join this friendly club.

There will be a mem­ber of our lo­cal polic­ing team avail­able for ques­tions at the Parish Coun­cil Of­fice on Thurs­day, May 9 from 1-2pm, un­less there is a lo­cal emer­gency.

Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val of Per­form­ing Arts runs from May 7-9 at the Town Hall.

There will be a va­ri­ety of events each day in­clud­ing danc­ing, po­etry, singing and pi­ano recitals from 9am-7pm and ad­mis­sion is £4 with un­der-18s free.

The Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety meets at 7.30pm on Thurs­day, May 9, in Cen­tury Hall, Bish­ops Road, Shur­d­ing­ton.

Roger Um­pleby will ad­vise how to con­trols pests and disease with­out chem­i­cals.

There will be a craft fair on Satur­day, May 11 from 1-4pm at Em­manuel Church.

If you are a craft maker and would like to book a stall please email jane. faza­ckar­[email protected] or tele­phone 07960 361433.

Stalls cost £10 for the first fair. Artists and lo­cal busi­nesses are wel­come too.

Cof­fee, tea and cakes and a raf­fle in aid of a lo­cal char­ity.

Are you in­volved in a lo­cal char­ity or project which ben­e­fits peo­ple liv­ing in Charl­ton Kings parish?

If so you may be in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for a small grant from the Charl­ton Kings Parish Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity grant scheme.

The parish coun­cil sets aside a sum of money each year to sup­port com­mu­nity pro­jects and ap­pli­ca­tions for grants may be sub­mit­ted any­time be­tween April and Novem­ber.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and an ap­pli­ca­tion form can be ob­tained from the parish of­fice (01242 250087 or email [email protected]­tonk­ings parish­coun­

An ap­pli­ca­tion form and scheme rules can be down­loaded from Com­mu­nity Grants page on the Parish Coun­cil web­site.

The Parish Coun­cil and Com­mu­nity Open Meet­ing will take place from 7pm on Mon­day, May 13 in the Stan­ton Hall, Church Piece.

Re­fresh­ments will be served from 6.30pm and all res­i­dents of the parish are warmly in­vited to at­tend.

Chair­man Rob Wil­liams will make an an­nual re­port on the progress of the Charl­ton Kings Parish Plan and ma­jor up­com­ing­pro­jects.

Pre­sen­ta­tions will be made to last year’s re­cip­i­ents of the parish coun­cil’s com­mu­nity grants.

There will also be an op­por­tu­nity for you to raise any­thing you feel is rel­e­vant to our parish and par­tic­u­larly to con­trib­ute your thoughts and opin­ions on lone­li­ness and vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

The meet­ing will hear the re­port on the work­ing group’s progress since the last open meet­ing in Oc­to­ber and seek your views on re­cent work with the


Fol­low­ing the dec­la­ra­tion of a cli­mate emer­gency by Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil views are wel­comed while the coun­cil ex­plore set­ting up am en­vi­ron­men­tal group.

There are am­bi­tious plans to re­ju­ve­nate the Kings Hall and Grange Field as com­mu­nity as­sets.

A num­ber of fo­cus groups are be­ing set up so ideas can be fed into their plans.

Al­lot­ments are avail­able at Charl­ton Kings, Rye­worth, Haver, Croft and Sap­per­combe.

Tele­phone 01242 250087 or email ad­[email protected]­tonk­ingsparish­coun­ uk to ap­ply or for more in­for­ma­tion.

» Resur­fac­ing work on Ham Road has be­gun and will con­tinue un­til Mon­day Septem­ber 30. Any queries con­tact Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil on 0800 514514 or email struc­tural main­te­[email protected]­ter­ » Rose Ash­ton 01242 262042 ash­[email protected]­in­ter­


Bish­ops Cleeve Street Fair will be held on June 9.

The Street Fair Com­mit­tee have de­cided that the theme will be a cel­e­bra­tion of 50 years since the space land­ing.

The hope is this will en­cour­age en­gage­ment across the whole of our com­mu­nity - a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for fancy dress.

Look­ing back to 21 years ago, when the com­mu­nity had the first street fair, we had an amaz­ing car­ni­val pro­ces­sion.

It would make the Street Fair a fit­ting cel­e­bra­tion of 21 years, if we could mark the oc­ca­sion with a pro­ces­sion.

Most im­por­tantly we are on the hunt for anyone out there who has the name Neil Armstrong, and who would be will­ing to open the street fair.

Please con­tact pss.bad­[email protected] bad­ham­phar­

Gother­ing­ton Singers, a lo­cal women’s choir, are re­cruit­ing new mem­bers.

No ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary. Email Sally New­bury on­[email protected], phone 01242 317276, for more in­for­ma­tion or go to gother­ing­ton

The Bishop’s Cleeve U3A rock and blues band MU3AC will be per­fom­ing a sum­mer gig, sup­ported by the Sk­if­fleites, on Fri­day, May 17 at Chel­tenham Rugby Club New­lands Park, Southam Lane.

The con­cert is in aid of the James Hop­kins Trust with do­na­tions col­lected at the gig. Free tick­ets from 01242 675748.

Bishop’s Cleeve Methodist Church cel­e­brates its 60th an­niver­sary on May 4-5.

On the Satur­day there is an open af­ter­noon from 2.30-5pm with a ukulele wel­come band, con­cert at 3pm by Cleeve Har­mony, plus ex­hi­bi­tion of pho­to­graphs, memory board, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, re­fresh­ments.

On the Sun­day at 10.30am, there will worship led by Rev Dr Jonathan Pye, chair­man of the Bris­tol District and 6pm worship led by Rev Dr James Teb­butt, Su­per­in­ten­dent of the Glouces­ter­shire Cir­cuit.

Park­ing is avail­able at Bishop’s Cleeve Pri­mary Academy.

St Michael’s Hol­i­day Club will host spe­cial ses­sions on the theme of Trea­sure Is­land in Woodmancot­e School, Sta­tion Road.

This scheme which of­fers a range of play op­por­tu­ni­ties will run from Au­gust 12-16, 8.30am-2.30pm for one-seven year olds. Break­fast and lunch in­cluded.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to book a place con­tact stmichaels­hol­i­day­[email protected] or phone 07941 676161.

Cleeve Cho­rale’s Sum­mer Con­cert will take place at Grange­field School, Bishop’s Cleeve on Satur­day, July 6 at 5pm, per­form­ing along­side chil­dren from Grange­field School.

The Bard & Be­yond will fea­ture songs and son­nets by jazz leg­end Ge­orge Shear­ing, El­iz­a­bethan madri­gals and songs in­spired by po­ets.

Susie Mcguire has formed a new so­cial group aimed at peo­ple aged 60 and over in the area.

The idea is to meet for cin­ema, the­atre, meals out and gen­eral get to­geth­ers.

If you are in­ter­ested, please con­tact Susie on 0788771315­6 or email susie. [email protected]­

Come and join – your ideas could make a dif­fer­ence.

There will be a spring plant sale to mark the start of Chris­tian Aid Week as the main fea­ture of the Methodist Church cof­fee morn­ing on Satur­day, May 11, 10am-noon.

There will also be a Traid­craft stall and an ex­ten­sive ex­hi­bi­tion of Chris­tian Aid work across the world.

Cleeve Ladies Probus Club meet­ings take place at Bishop’s Cleeve Tithe Barn at 9.45am

May 14, Out­ing - de­tails later. May 28. To be con­firmed. June 11, Tim Black­more. Topic to be con­firmed. June 25, the story of a Wim­ble­don lines­man, speaker Brian Par­tridge.

Bishop Cleeve Methodist Church Wed­nes­day Fel­low­ship wel­comes new mem­bers both men and women to all meet­ings which take place in the Church Hall at 2pm. May 8, The Nel­son Trust. May 22, Mem­bers own.

Cleeve Car­ers and Friend­ship group, this group reaches out to those in the com­mu­nity who may not be car­ers but are home alone or would sim­ply like to meet with oth­ers for friend­ship.

Meet­ings at 2pm in St. Michael’s Hall. May 14, Wilt­shire farm foods and demo with Susie Mawer.

This group is look­ing for an or­ga­nizer to run their monthly Mini Bus trips.

Anyone in­ter­ested in tak­ing on this post, please con­tact 672029.

The Bishop’s Cleeve WI meet monthly in the Tithe Barn, Bishop’s Cleeve, on Tues­day evenings at 7.15pm. May 21, Res­o­lu­tions - fol­lowed by Mind­song.

Gother­ing­ton, Wool­stone and Ox­en­ton WI meets at 7.30pm on the fourth Wed­nes­day of the month in Gother­ing­ton Vil­lage Hall.

As well as a wide range of speak­ers, there is a weekly art group, monthly lunches, craft groups and work­shops, tai chi and so­cial events. Vis­i­tors and new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

On May 22, Al­lan Wells will give a talk en­ti­tled The Sting in the Tale as part of a res­o­lu­tions even­ing.

Bishop’s Cleeve Li­brary Club which meets on the third Tues­day of the month can meet your needs as trans­port can be pro­vided for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 01242 672217.

Cit­i­zen’s Ad­vice ser­vice ses­sions take place in the parish of­fice on Mon­days from 10am-2pm.

The li­brary can also of­fer ac­cess to the ser­vice via Skype, to book a ses­sion con­tact the li­brary staff or ring 0845 235420.

St Michael’s Hall hosts North Cotswold Food­bank ses­sions ev­ery Fri­day from 9.45am to 11.15am.

Do­na­tions to the food bank can be left at Bishop’s Cleeve Parish Coun­cil of­fice, hours of open­ing Mon­days, Tues­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days 9am-3pm, Wed­nes­days 10am-3pm.


Woodmancot­e Probus Club meet­ings take place on Tues­days at Woodmancot­e New Vil­lage Hall, start­ing at 9.30am with re­fresh­ments fol­lowed by the talk at 10.30am.

May 7 no meet­ing; May 14 Robert Dudley, El­iz­a­beth I and Ke­nil­worth En­ter­tain­ment of 1575, speaker Dr Gil­lian White.

Woodmancot­e WI meets at 7.30pm on the third Thurs­day of the month in Woodmancot­e Vil­lage Hall.

May 16, WI Res­o­lu­tions will be fol­lowed by A Day in the Life of a Vet with Brad Cooper.

For more in­for­ma­tion about fu­ture meet­ings con­tact 01242 672791.


Join us for re­fresh­ments in the Link Room of the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Shur­d­ing­ton on Fri­day 17 May from 3.30-5pm. This is a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion to name the Link Room ‘Sobey Suite’. Mrs Jo Sobey has been in­volved in the So­cial Cen­tre, now re-named Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, since it was built in the late 1980s. Every­one wel­come.

Look­ing for­ward to St Paul’s Sum­mer Fete,on June 2. In the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre & Vil­lage Green 2-4.30pm in­clud­ing grand sum­mer draw, bottles, cakes, plants, stalls, bric-a-brac, tug o’ war, kid’s games, skit­tles, co­conut shy, cream teas, bar­beque, cider bar, bouncy cas­tle, face paint­ing and much more.

Preschool are hav­ing an Open Day on the week­end of May 18. Do at­tend and see the work that is done by their staff al­most ev­ery week

I do hope those el­i­gi­ble have re­ceived their Poll Card for the com­ing bor­ough, and parish coun­cil elec­tions.

This is tak­ing place in the Cen­tury Hall of our Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to­day May 2, from 7am-10pm.

For this rea­son, the usual Keep Fit class on moved to to­mor­row morn­ing.

We also have Mont­pel­lier Quil­ters meet­ing tonight and they too have been moved to Mil­len­nium Hall.

We also have the Euro­pean Elec­tions sched­uled for May 23, in the Cen­tury Hall. Yet an­other move for Keep Fit to the fol­low­ing Fri­day, to whom apolo­gies.

The next monthly drop-in cof­fee morn­ing in the Link Room from 10am to noon is due on Tues­day, May 7. It’s all free thanks to Clare Ste­wart. All se­nior cit­i­zens are in­vited to join us for a cof­fee and a chat.

The NHS have started a ten Tues­day ses­sion of par­ent­ing classes in Mil­len­nium Hall. » Mock Tests for many school chil­dren are back in both halls this Satur­day in the morn­ing. This is by in­vi­ta­tion only and has been held here for sev­eral years. » Paul Calleja-gera 07770 480272 [email protected]­d­ing­


Moveitor­losit of­fers easy to fol­low classes for older peo­ple to keep trim, strong and steady. Stand­ing or seated ex­er­cises are tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual needs. Classes with Angie are on Tues­days 10.30am-11.30pm and Thurs­days 2-3pm at Salem Bap­tist Church Hall, St Ge­orge’s Road op­po­site Jen­ner Court and Sand­fields Care Home. Car park­ing avail­able and it is on the A,D,E and F bus routes. The first class is free. Con­tact Angie on 01242 244682 or 07900 488 533.

Third Sec­tor Ser­vices pro­vide a doorto-door ser­vice for anyone who strug­gles to walk to a bus or has difficulty ac­cess­ing pub­lic trans­port. You can book 24 hours ahead or as far in ad­vance as two weeks. There is a small reg­is­tra­tion fee and each trip is charged in­di­vid­u­ally.

The ser­vice op­er­ates 9am-5pm Mon­day to Fri­day. Call 0345 680 5029 email com­mu­ni­ty­con­nx­ or visit Third Sec­tor Ser­vices.

Want to make new friends? Se­niors Cof­fee each Tues­day at The Na­tional Hunt. Go along any­time from 10am and leave when you wish or stay for lunch as oth­ers reg­u­larly do. There will al­ways be some­one there to wel­come you.

Chel­tenham Health Walk has a walk each Wed­nes­day - meet 10.15am out­side Hather­ley Li­brary (be­hind Mor­risons petrol sta­tion). If you can­not make this day there are other walks in other ar­eas which you can also join. Mon­day: P3 Nav­i­ga­tor Shop No 1 Prest­bury Road 10.30am: Tues­day 10.30am JT’S Cor­ner Cafe, Hester’s Way Re­source Cen­tre; Wed­nes­day 2pm The Par5k Cam­pus main Re­cep­tion, Univer­sity of Glouces­ter­shire; 2pm Mag­gies, The Lodge, Col­lege Baths Road; Thurs­days: 10.30am The Plais­ter­ers Arms, Winch­combe; Fri­day 10.30am The Li­brary Precinct, Church Street, Charl­ton Kings; 2pm The Royal Oak gar­den area, The Bur­gage, Prest­bury.

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