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									December 2011 - January 2012                                     Issue 180

For a townie such as myself, walking through a field of cows is a deeply
unsettling experience. Could I outrun them if they charged? Will I contract
some nasty bovine disease? Is there a bull boyfriend lurking nearby? I am
glad to report that I passed through the field without mishap and arrived at
my destination – the church of St John the Baptist, Inglesham. It was like
entering a different world. Not only had I ventured into the county of Wiltshire
and the Diocese of Bristol, but the unassuming little church is an
extraordinary time capsule, a slice of this country’s wonderfully rich Christian
history. Mercifully saved from Victorian ‘improvements’, Inglesham church
shows successive layers of wall decoration through the centuries. Medieval
murals are overlaid by later Scripture texts, as conservators have carefully
exposed different layers of plaster. A pilgrim’s foot here, an angel’s wing
there, all give testimony to the hopes and beliefs of a Christian community
that used this building to worship God through all the joys and sorrows of
          The temptation on visiting historic churches is to see the Christian
faith as an exhibit in a museum, a relic of a bygone age, something people
did in ‘the olden days’. Yet around the world over the season of Advent and
Christmas millions of people will once again affirm their faith in Jesus Christ,
who, in the words of the 4th-century Nicene Creed, ‘was incarnate by the
Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also
for us under Pontius Pilate’. Central to what Christians believe is that God
is not remote or distant from us, but became a real flesh and blood human
being like us and was born into this world. Jesus was both divine and human
because he came to do what only someone who was divine and human
could do – reconcile a holy and perfect God with a rebellious and sinful
humanity. Jesus was born in the squalor of a Bethlehem stable, not just to
lead a good life and set a good example; not just to teach some nice parables
and stories that find their way into children’s books. Jesus came to open up
the possibility of us coming back into relationship with God our Creator.
Through His death and resurrection we can be forgiven and enter into a new,
eternal life. We cannot buy this new status before God; we cannot earn it by
anything we do. It is by faith alone in who Jesus is and what He has
accomplished for us. This is why Christianity stubbornly insists that we hold
Christmas and Easter together. Maybe this year, like the layers of Inglesham
plaster, we need to peel back the layers of ‘stuff’ that lie on top of Christmas
and see what truth and relevance lies beneath. May each one of us discover
for ourselves that Jesus is the Prince of Peace, the One that we can centre
our lives around.
                             Andrew Cinnamond

It is incredible how many are involved in the (mostly) smooth running of St
Lawrence Church. Even as the vicar, who should really know what is going
on, I am still discovering people quietly getting on with their various
ministries, not looking for public acclaim or reward, but content to be serving
other people and God. We now have a crèche up and running during our
Sunday 10am service and we are very grateful to be able to use the bottom
floor of the Town Library for this. I am convinced that if we want to attract
new people, including families, to our local church we need to ensure safe,
convenient and well-run childcare is available. It doesn’t just happen by
chance; it needs to be planned for and prayed for. St Lawrence needs to be
representative of the whole Lechlade community, not just a small section of
          On 9th October we had a fun all-age Harvest service, where the
theme was bread. People were greeted with the smell of freshly baked bread
as they arrived in church; the children participated in a lively quiz about bread
around the world; and we shared together our harvest loaf as we departed.
          On 30th October we celebrated All Saints in the morning and had
a very moving All Souls service of remembrance in the evening, when I
spoke about the reality of grief and the nature of Christian hope. On the
evening of 6th November we had a special service of celebration for the
completion of the Restoration Appeal. Archdeacon Hedley Ringrose was
the preacher on that occasion and Keith Salway, Chairman of the Restoration
Committee, eloquently gave the story of the appeal and exactly what had
been achieved. St Lawrence Church stands at the centre of Lechlade, not
just physically, but on an emotional and spiritual level, too. I am immensely
grateful for the dedication of the men and women who help to preserve this
fine building. On 13th November the church held our united Remembrance
Day service, which was standing room only, such were the numbers
attending. It was humbling to meet serving and retired members of the armed
forces and to welcome the large number of scouts and their dedicated
leaders. Sam Edwards from the Baptist Church gave a thought-provoking
sermon on homecomings from Romans Ch. 8.
          2011 is the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and there
have been many events and services across the English-speaking world to
mark the occasion. I attended an excellent conference at the British Academy
in London, where the keynote speaker was the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Rowan Williams. Closer to home, the Methodist Church hosted an
ecumenical event on 20th October when the visiting speaker was biblical
scholar and translator Nicholas King.
          We are immensely privileged to have a wonderful church school in
the parish, but also mindful of our responsibility to support the Board of
Governors as they seek to find a new head teacher to replace Alison Lock,
who is retiring at the end of the academic year after many years of faithful
service. Please do remember to pray for Vicky Jones, the new Chair of
Governors, at this busy time. I have now started to lead morning worship at
the school and I can assure you that it is a nerve-wracking experience to
stand before two hundred children and say something meaningful!
         By now our thoughts will be turning to Advent and Christmas –
please do see the church services and diary sections of The Bridge for all
our service details, or read the parish Christmas card, which will hopefully
have landed on your doorstep! It is easy to get sidetracked with the busyness
of the season, but it is still a valuable exercise to take a step back at some
point and ponder what on earth it is all about. Our Advent Quiet Day on the
evening of Monday 28th November is greatly valued by many, or maybe
quietly slip into the church by yourself some time and pray that you would
get a renewed sense of wonder at God taking on human flesh and being
born into this world. Who knows where it might lead you?
                                Andrew Cinnamond

Every term the whole school have a golden afternoon as a treat. Tosca
Knight, a Year 2 pupil aged 6, chose to go to the cinema. When she came
back, she wrote this poem and brought it into school:-

        The cinema,
        Scary, dark and loud,
        But I felt very proud.
        Juicy, sucky sweets,
        What fantastic treats.
        Mrs Evans by my side,
        Harry, helping me to hide.
        I loved my day at the cinema.
        Hoorah! Hoorah! Hoorah!

        by Tosca Knight, age 6 years

We hope that you enjoy reading THE BRIDGE – A Window on Lechlade.
The Bridge is produced bi-monthly and, if you live in Lechlade and would
like to receive regular copies, we can deliver six issues to your home for an
annual subscription of £2.50. Copies can be posted to addresses outside
Lechlade for an additional cost. Please contact Maureen Cliff on 250321 or
Linda Kent on 253175 or email subscriptions@lechladebridge.org.uk for
further information. Magazines can also be purchased from the Newsagents
or St Lawrence Church at a cost of 50p per copy.

Forthcoming special services and events:
Sunday 11 December    4:30pm Christingle Service
Sunday 18 December    6:00pm Town Carol Service
Saturday 24 December 4:30pm Crib Service
Saturday 24 December 11:30pm First Communion of Christmas
Sunday 25 December    8:00am Holy Communion
Sunday 25 December    10:00am Parish Communion
Sunday 8 January      10:00am Together At Ten Family Service –
Sunday 29 January     10:00am Guest preacher: Daniel Kirk (our
                               Crosslinks World Mission Partner)
Sunday 29 January     6:00pm Healing Service

Regular services:
On Sundays:
       8:00am     Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
       10:00am    Parish Communion (Common Worship)
       6:00pm     Choral Evensong

On the second Sunday of the month:
       8:00am    Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
       10:00am   Together at Ten (Family Service for all ages) – unless
                 changed as above
       6:00pm    Sung Eucharist

Every Thursday:
       10:00am      Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

Every Monday:
       8:30am       Morning Prayer

   Interactive sessions for children aged 3-14 @the Ark on the above
                Sunday dates apart from Family Services
         Contact Tessa Cobb on 01367 253100 for more details

Little Lights – a short informal service for pre-school children and babies
   Contact Kathy Newton on 01367 252543 for dates and more details.

The Clementson Memorial Nursing Trust was one of Lechlade’s charitable
trusts resulting from the merger in 1957 of the Lechlade and District Nursing
Association, the Alfred Clementson Charity and the Clementson Memorial
Nurses Home Charity. In 1964 it became the Clementson Trust.
          The Lechlade and District Nursing area covered Lechlade, Southrop
and Eastleach and was set up before the NHS came into being, when people
had to pay for a nurse to visit. For the poor and chronically sick this was
often a great expense, so the Association helped towards the costs. Alfred
Clementson was vicar of Lechlade 1879-1902 and a Dixie Fellow of
Emmanuel College, Cambridge, who still serve as patrons of the parish. He
died in 1927, aged 89, and is buried in Hove. We do not have details of his
will, but we know that he left money for the benefit of Lechlade’s ‘sick and
poor’ and this was invested in War Stock and with Barclays Bank.
          The Clementson Memorial Nurses Home was the building now called
Clementson Cottage next to the Old Memorial Hall. This was used as the
Nurses’ Home and the Children’s Welfare Clinic, having been given by Mary
Gray and Lady Eleanore Stephens in 1932. When the building was sold, the
money was invested by the Charity Commissioners and the interest is now
used by the Clementson Trust for the benefit of Lechlade, Southrop and
Eastleach residents who are in need.
          Originally ‘bedding, comforts, food, fuel and medical and other aids’
were distributed and grants to enable people to ‘go away for convalescent
and recuperative holidays or obtain domestic help’. Now the Trust helps
children, young people, the elderly and people with disabilities by way of
grants to individuals and organisations. Anyone can apply for themselves or
on behalf of a relative/close friend to one of the trustees listed below:

Lechlade:  Revd Dr Andrew Cinnamond, Mr Paul Cobb, Mrs Christine
           Vagnolini, Mrs Philippa Hunter, Mrs Barbara McNaught
Southrop: Mrs Bridget Hinton
Eastleach: Mrs Jane Jenkinson

        The trustees usually meet twice a year, June and early December,
but grants can be given at any time.
                            Andrew Cinnamond

I would like to thank everyone for the cards, messages, flowers and
expressions of sympathy which I have received during my recent
bereavements; I have been greatly comforted and I am deeply appreciative.
                             Verna Reay

At our October meeting Ros Burden gave an informative talk on Chinese
medicine and acupuncture. This holistic medicine, which coexists
increasingly with our western approach, treats the entire person on an
individual basis and is often successful with long-term conditions where
traditional treatment has no more to offer. Chinese medicine aims to control
energy flow – known as chi – by unblocking stress.
         With over five hundred acupuncture points on the body there are
commonly only a hundred which are in regular use. It takes years of training
and practice to learn the skill of combining these points to the maximum
benefit of each patient. Acupuncture has helped people to give up smoking
and cure drug addiction or alcohol dependence. It can alleviate menopausal
conditions, asthma symptoms, hay fever, depression, insomnia, boost the
immune system and control long-term pain. Stroke victims can improve
recovery time if referred to an acupuncturist. Bell’s palsy, period pains,
muscle spasms, common problems in pregnancy and physical symptoms
caused by emotional problems have been treated with success.
         In China diet and food intake are seen as medicine and the use of
herbs in cooking is deemed very important. In addition, infusions of medicinal
herbs are prescribed on an individual basis to treat most medical conditions.
Worldwide research, particularly in China where it remains the medicine of
choice, continues to prove the efficacy of acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Training to become an accredited acupuncturist includes a degree course
and years of practice, often on visits to China. There is a register of
recognised acupuncturists (BAAC) and for Chinese herbalists (RCHM).
         In November Tony Osman gave us a talk and demonstration on
glass. Silicon dioxide, sodium oxide and calcium carbonate in set proportions
are combined with ground recycled glass and heated in a hot furnace to
create fusion. As the temperature is lowered the glass becomes less viscous
and can be formed into shapes and coloured with use of various oxides.
Glass has been found in ancient burial chambers dating back to 3000 BC.
Wood fires were used in Egyptian times, the viscous glass was gathered on
a tube and a globe created by rotation. The Romans were into glass
fabrication, as evidenced by some of the finds made in Gloucestershire.
         Today glass production has been diversified and heated solid rods
are stretched into glass fibre strands which have applications in insulation,
furnishing fabrics, communications and medical examinations. Films of glass
can be created by blowing heated glass from a tube. Toughened glass is
made heat resistant by the addition of borax. Acres of glass are used in
modern building techniques. Food is sold in jars of pure glass which is
chemically inert and resists contamination.
         Finally we were privileged to watch a demonstration of glass
moulding techniques in the making of a perfume bottle with a glass stopper.
This proved to be magical and much more than chemistry!
                                Diana Ord
Our Christmas meeting will be on Thursday December 15th at 2:30pm when
Susan Marshfield returns with a talk entitled ‘The Lighter Side of Life’.

Services and other events
The Baptist Church (Sherborne Street GL7 3AH) extends a warm welcome
to you to join us for our 10:30am Sunday services. Before each service there
is a prayer meeting at 9:45am. On Christmas Eve we’ll be holding our Carols
by Candlelight service at 6:00pm. Our Christmas Day service will be at

Other regular events taking place at the church are:

FruitShoots Kids Club, which is an activity club for children aged 5 to 11.
FruitShoots meets on Mondays from 3:30pm until 4:30pm during term-time
for games, crafts, a drink and a snack, and a Bible story. There is no charge.
Card-making group, which meets on the first Wednesday of the month from
2:00pm until 4:00pm. Join us to make new friends – and some greetings
cards to give to family and friends!
Prayer meeting/Bible study: These meetings, which alternate, take place
on Thursdays from 7:30pm until 8:30pm.
Beans Coffee Shop, which is open on Saturdays from 10:00am until 12
noon. Drop in for a drink, some home-made cake, and a good chat! There
is a kids’ corner with toys.

For further information on any of the above, please contact Sam Edwards
(Minister-in-Training) on 01367 252197.

News and Views
In September we enjoyed sharing a simple Harvest Supper together. The
occasion gave us an opportunity to reflect on the work of Operation Agri, a
grass-roots charity that focuses on helping poor communities with farming,
water, health care and practical skills. In northern Uganda, OA trains groups
of people returning to a former war zone in low-input farming, and provides
them with oxen and ploughs. In Thailand, it trains recovered drug addicts in
the production of organic coffee. As it happens, Don Gillard has first-hand
knowledge of one of OA’s projects – bee-keeping project in north-eastern
Brazil, and so he was able to share his reflections with us after the meal.
         OA also runs a scheme in which certain tools (including sewing
machines) are repaired and restored and then given to farmers in poor
communities. Dave Chandler acts as our liaison person for this scheme, and
is always willing to collect suitable items.
                                  Vicky Stone
Virginia Adsett, our guest speaker for October’s members’ meeting, brought
with her a profusion of memorabilia to illustrate her talk, ‘Those Were the
Days – Looking Back at the 40s’. Virginia and her assistant Jill Morse have
worked in museums for very many years and their knowledge and expertise
is phenomenal. Virginia told us how the outbreak of the war (1939) brought
about new attitudes and values, a community spirit, a feeling that everyone
should do their bit towards the war effort, e.g. dig for victory, save fuel, make
do and mend. The evacuation of children from the cities began in August
1939 and Anderson shelters were distributed in areas likely to be bombed.
Everyone had a gas mask and was encouraged to carry it at all times. The
radio became the focus for family entertainment and for the latest news.
Popular programmes such as ‘The Kitchen Front’ advised housewives how
to make the most of their rations. Women filled the gaps left by the men who
had gone to war – posters urged women to join the services. The cinema
showed morale-boosting films and popular songs lifted spirits against a
background of blitz, bombing and shortages. The Allied invasion of Europe
on D-Day, 6th June 1944 was followed by victory in May 1945. However,
austerity was worse after the war and food queues were even longer. In
September 1946 the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition opened in London,
reflecting the nation’s transition from wartime to peacetime production,
displaying thousands of mainly household products. The new Labour
government set out plans to nationalise utilities and transport. Prefabricated
houses were built to replace those which had been destroyed in the bombing
and council estates and new towns sprang up. Television broadcasting
returned on 7th June 1946 but was limited to a few hours daily. Princess
Elizabeth married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey on 20th November
1947. In 1948 London hosted the first post-war Olympic Games.
         The October walk was at Frampton-on-Severn, just up river from
Slimbridge. Due to the unseasonably hot weather it was altered to take
advantage of a shady wood – continued around the old gravel pits, now
used for water sport and a haven for wildlife – past the village green which
at 22 acres is reputed to be the largest in England – past the church and
along the towpath by the canal where a mill housed in an old factory building
produces the corn for the Duchy of Cornwall. They saw old houses and
15th-century cottages and a splendid wattle and timber barn.
         At the AGM in November after the Treasurer, Secretary and
President had made their reports, a new committee was elected and Sheila
Bennett was re-elected to serve as President for another year. The guest
speaker Rachael Rodia, a Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists,
gave a short speech on ‘Holistic Massage Therapy’. She told us about the
benefits of massage – how it releases tension and stress allowing the body
and mind to relax – improving sleep and digestion – helping the body to fight
off infection – getting rid of toxins and enhancing well-being. Massage can
be used alongside conventional medicine.
        The Group Carol Service at St Lawrence Church will be on 5th
December at 7:00pm. The Christmas get-together will be on 6th December
when the ‘Halfpenny Bridge Singers’ will entertain us. If you would like to join
us contact Sheila Bennett 01367 252379 or look on the town website.
        All the WI members would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.
                            Urszula FitzGerald

We were very sorry to hear that one of our members, John Oldroyd, died on
10th November. John was full of enthusiasm for history, agrarian history in
particular, and was a very supportive and helpful member of the LHS
committee. We shall miss John and send our condolences to his family.
         At our October meeting, Anne Bowring spoke about the Gunpowder
Plot, basing her story on the various Catholic safe houses in the south
Midlands where the plotters met, such as Huddington Court in Worcestershire
and Coughton Court in Warwickshire with their priest’s holes and secret
signs. Apparently Guy Fawkes was recruited as he knew how to use
gunpowder! Anne left us with the intriguing thought that maybe there was
no Catholic plot to kill the king at all and the whole affair was actually
orchestrated by Robert Cecil, James I’s chief minister, who hated Catholics
and wanted them expelled from the country.
         There is no meeting in December. Our next meeting is on Monday
16th January 2012, 7:15 for 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall, when John
McNaught will talk on ‘Crime and Punishment over the Ages’. Guests £4.
For further information please contact Mike Bennett on 252379 or visit our
website www.lechladehistory.co.uk.

Lechlade Cricket Club is very pleased to announce the appointment of Luke
Sellers as Player/Coach. Luke is a very highly regarded Level 3 cricket coach
and ECB tutor (he coaches the coaches!). Luke has played cricket for
Gloucestershire 2nd X1 and also represents Herefordshire. He is a very fine
bowler and more than handy batsman. For further details about junior and
senior cricket opportunities at Lechlade Cricket Club, please contact Club
Chairman Paul Rowley on 07967 480666 or paul.rowley@orchard-

Well, it seems such a long time ago since my farewell service at Lechlade
when I was presented with my lovely warm cloak, and my Licensing Service
in Meysey Hampton when so many of you came to support me in my new
post. I shall always remember the service – I was walking on air! The choir
and the atmosphere were amazing.
          I have such wonderful and warm memories of my time in Lechlade
where everyone seems to be so caring. I feel as though I have laughed,
cried, celebrated, waited and prayed both with individuals and with all the
community, not just inside but outside the church as well. Let me take this
opportunity to say a very big thank you for the very generous gift which
sent me on my way, but even more importantly for all your warmth and
friendship during my three years at St Lawrence.
          But God often calls us out of comfortable places to serve him
elsewhere, so I felt his hand on my shoulder and followed his calling to The
Meyseys. Our house is just about to be put on the market and hopefully
we shall be moving in to the vicar’s house in Meysey Hampton in the New
Year, which will be a period full of mixed emotions, leaving our home of 34
years, but being much more accessible in the parish and able to join in with
the community.
          I naively assumed that life in smaller parishes would be somewhat
less frenetic, but I have a feeling that there was an expectant anticipation
for the arrival of ‘the new vicar’ and I have been so heartened by the number
of weddings and baptisms which I have been asked to officiate at. With
Remembrance services, the Christmas services in three churches and a
Dedication service for the new roof at Castle Eaton in January to plan, I
am kept busy. The people in my new place have welcomed me so warmly
and I am trying to get to know as many as possible and win their trust. I
have joined the ranks of those rural vicars who dash across country on a
Sunday morning to do multiple services. Please pray that the weather will
be kind over the winter months!
          Thank you, Lechlade, for helping to shape me and my ministry. I
will continue to pray for you all and wish you every blessing for the
Christmas season from both Dick and me.
          With warmest wishes from Jean Brown, ex-curate of Lechlade and
now Team Vicar for The Meyseys.

I’ve been sitting here in the Cotswold Water Park Trust offices wondering
what to write for this edition of The Bridge, and I’ve just been disturbed by
an interesting noise. It was a regular ‘beep’, similar to that of an electric fence,
or an alarm system. It reminded me of a Scops Owl that lived outside the
villa where I stayed in Mallorca last year, and sure enough, it was a close
relative – a Little Owl. We saw its silhouette against the night sky (at 5pm –
how depressing!) before it flew off to the next building to continue declaring
the boundary of its territory.
          This might seem like odd behaviour for the start of winter, but many
birds are actually thinking about setting up territories already – these early
breeders include the Tawny Owl, Mistle Thrush and Raven, who will be
having young by February. In fact the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is
keen to receive as many sightings as possible about these early breeders,
so keep your eyes peeled and your ears open and if you see any of them
nest building, feeding young, or, top of the list, the young fledging, then
please send in your reports online at www.bto.org.
          And talking of sending in reports of your bird sightings, Gareth Harris,
the Biodiversity Manager at CWPT, has just mentioned to me that he is
missing 20 Curlews! The roost this year is down on the regular number, and
Gareth is keen to find out if they have found somewhere else to reside, so
he’d be keen to hear from you if you find them! You can contact Gareth by
emailing gareth.harris@waterpark.org and if you want to find out more about
the Curlew, check what it looks like, or hear its distinctive call, visit
          Now is an exciting time for people who enjoy a spot of birdwatching
in the Water Park; the Starlings are starting to gather for their aerial displays,
the winter thrushes are arriving to raid the berries on the trees, and the lakes
are starting to fill with a variety of wintering wildfowl, some of which will have
travelled thousands of miles to spend the winter here.
          A word of caution for anybody wanting to get a really good view
though – during the past two winters a lot of the lakes have frozen over,
meaning that the larger lakes become the only places where the birds can
still take refuge on the water. These sites are then incredibly important for
the birds to feed and to roost, and make any disturbance to them even more
significant. So if it does get cold and you see a lake swarming with birds, try
to enjoy them from a safe distance with binoculars – the effort of moving from
lake to lake can be very draining on these birds during the harsh winter
                                   Steve Edmonds
                       South Cotswolds Reserves Manager

Our next performance will be a Christmas Mummers’ Play scheduled for
December 15th. Two groups of Players will be touring between Lechlade
pubs around 8:00pm. These short playlets have been performed across the
country since Elizabeth I and were a way that locals could raise a few
pennies for their Christmas. Our script has been written by Baz de Sylva in
the traditional style with some Lechlade flavour. The venues are ‘The Swan’
at 7:30, ‘The New Inn’ at 8:30, ‘The Crown’ at 7:30 and the ‘The Trout’ at
8:30. Times are flexible depending on the consumption of beverages so
come along for a bit of good old English fun.
         Spurred on by the huge success of the One-Act Plays performed in
June, John Williams is busily rehearsing two further one-acts with a third still
in the pipeline. The first play, ‘Thermal Underwear’ by Andrew Davies,
concerns a couple celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary at their
daughter’s home. Despite champagne and canapés it’s obvious both their
children are having problems with infidelity. Mother continues to view life
through rose-coloured spectacles but comedy descends to farce after father
attacks the plumbing with a hammer.
         The second play, ‘Charity Begins’ by Bettine Manktelow, is a comedy
involving a charity organisation. Problems arise for a new recruit thrown into
a counselling role without training. Confusion occurs. Who is the client and
who the advisor? Come and find out!
         These plays will take place in the New Memorial Hall, Lechlade on
February 24th, 25th and 26th providing repairs are completed in the
Memorial Hall. Otherwise look out for details of an alternative venue.
                          Laura Hulse (01367 252034)

Thank you for your support at the recent Charities Mini-Market when cards
sold amounted to £140 and small gifts £80. I have a good selection of
Christmas cards. If you need some do give me a call. The Christingle Service
will be on Sunday 11th December at 4:30pm at St Lawrence Church. If you
would like a Christingle Collecting Candle in which to put odd coins and
bring to the service, they will be in church from the end of November. Your
help really does make such a difference to children and young people who
are vulnerable and in need of protection from exploitation.
         With thanks and looking forward to seeing you.
                     Sylvia Dennish, Hon.Sec. (252477)

The Theatregoers’ visit in September to the newly refurbished Everyman
Theatre in Cheltenham was a triumph. An epic play, set at a time of great
social change and revolution, The Madness of George III combines Alan
Bennett’s darkly humorous dialogue with fine acting by its large cast. David
Haig, as George III, gave an extraordinary performance with impeccable
timing and delivery – he was perfect. If you have the opportunity to see this
popular and much-praised production as it continues its tour, do not hesitate.

Thirty-nine members of Lechlade Theatregoers enjoyed a great day out at
The Watermill, near Newbury, to see Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Charles
Dickens’s novel Great Expectations. The story revolves around a young
orphan, Pip, who is terrified by an encounter with an escaped convict in a
fog-laden churchyard. Haunted by the eccentric Miss Havisham, and
tormented by his unrequited love for the cold-hearted and capricious Estella,
he squanders money left him by an anonymous benefactor and becomes
heavily in debt. Pip struggles to come to terms with his mysterious “great
expectations” and, when his benefactor is revealed, a dramatic chain of
events unfolds. Imaginative acting and simple but effective sound effects
added touches of humour to the production.

Jan North and her daughter Rachael would like to thank all those who
attended the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Summer Shopping Event in
August in the New Memorial Hall. £224 was raised on the night. The charity
funds research into the causes and treatment of breast cancer. Their
fundraising allows them to invest in vital research into the causes of different
types of breast cancer which, ultimately, will lead to a cure.
        The local Cotswold Breakthrough Breast Cancer group is based in
Cirencester and organises events throughout the year, including fashion
shows, quizzes and an annual Pimm’s and Plants event, which is sometimes
hosted by their patrons Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen.
        The next event is a Pop-Up Christmas Shop on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th
December, 10:00am–4:00pm (3:00pm Sunday). This is at their patrons’ home
– Roberts House, Siddington GL7 6EX. Everyone is welcome to shop and
enjoy mulled wine and mince pies.

 Lions’ Christmas Collection
The Lechlade and District Lions will be bringing their Christmas Float to
Lechlade for their street collection on the evenings of 12th, 13th and 14th
December. In addition, the Christmas Float will be in the Market Place on
the morning of Saturday 17th December from 9:30am to 12 noon.
        All donations go into the Lions' charity account and are used to
support local, national and international good causes. Among the many local
groups to receive funding this year were Lechlade Little Learners who
received a donation towards their new canopy. The Lions provide a minibus
which is used by many local groups including Lechlade Day Centre.

Lions’ Senior Citizens Party 2012
The annual party is on 14th January 2012 at the Memorial Hall, Lechlade
from 1:30 for 2:00pm to about 4:00pm. Please join us for an afternoon of
convivial fun and entertainment. This year the entertainment is by a group
of Scottish dancers and a local singing group. Attendance lists are in the
Newsagents and the Post Office or ring Mike on 253286 to register. If
required we can arrange transport – please let us know when you put your
name on the list. The party is open to all local Seniors but please register as
places are limited and we have to cater for you all. If you can, please come
along and brighten up a dull January afternoon.

Below are the names of some well-known Christmas carols and songs written
in an unfamiliar way. Can you work out what they are usually called?
1. Bleached yule
2. Righteous darkness
3. Nocturnal noiselessness
4. Red man en route to Lechlade
5. The quadruped with the vermilion proboscis
6. Our fervent hope is that you thoroughly enjoy your yuletide season
7. Parent was observed osculating a red-coated unshaved senior citizen.
8. Give attention to the melodious celestial beings

Answers on page 38

The Summer League tennis finished on a high for the Men’s A team who
finished 4th in Division 1 and will, therefore, remain in Division 1; this is a
first for the Club, so congratulations to all who played. The Men’s B team
also did well, coming 2nd in Division 4 and winning promotion next season.
The Men’s C team gave an opportunity to those unfamiliar with match play;
they had some closely contested matches although results did not always
go their way. The Ladies battled hard again and will remain in Division 3 by
the narrowest of margins.
          The Club has two mixed teams entered for the Winter League, the
A team in Division 2 and the B team in 5. The A team have lost 2 but had an
impressive win over Purton A with the ladies coming from 0-5 down to win
7-5, 6-1. Well done to Maureen Cliff and Jane Saddington in very wet and
windy conditions. The B team have won both their opening matches against
Burbage B and Pewsey C.
          The quiz night on 24th September was a great success. Des Williams
made an excellent job of quiz master and made everyone use the “little grey
cells”. Thank you to all those who bought tickets, made puddings, helped in
the kitchen and donated raffle prizes. Our next fundraising event is on
Saturday 4th February when the Jazz duo Ain’t Misbehavin’ will entertain
us. Tickets will be on sale in December.
          Socially, the annual dinner is on Friday 9th December, mince pies
and wine on Tuesday 13th December and the solution for overindulging at
Christmas an evening of tennis, snacks and chat at the Delta Centre in
Swindon on Saturday 7th January.
          Tennis continues on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings at
9:30am and on Thursday evening at 6:30pm. Please contact Mark Thomas
on 07795 517553 for details of coaching for both adults and juniors. There
is ladies’ coaching on a Wednesday from 9:30am until 11:00am.
          If you are new to tennis or returning after a break, do please come
and join in, you would be most welcome. For details about the Club please
phone Maureen Cliff (250321) or visit the web site at
                                   Gay Oliver

Providing loving care and support to the terminally ill
The Christmas mini-market was very well attended again this year. The
Hospice Christmas card sales were excellent, and combined with the raffle
raised a grand total of £725.00.
        Many thanks to everyone who supported us on the day.
                               Mary Williams

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING by Julian Barnes (Jonathan Cape)
The winner of the 2011 Booker Prize – the story of Tony Webster and Adrian
Finn who first met at school and swore to be friends for life. Now Tony is
retired and is remembering – but memory can often be imperfect, as a
lawyer’s letter is about to prove. Beautifully written and I enjoyed it but found
I couldn’t rave about it as much as the Booker judges did.

BEFORE THE POISON by Peter Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton)
I have always enjoyed Peter Robinson’s stories about DCI Banks, so when
I read a review of his latest book, not about said Inspector Banks, I felt I
must try it – and I wasn’t disappointed. This is the tale of an ex-composer
of music for Oscar-winning films who, in his retirement, buys unseen an
isolated house in the Yorkshire Dales. However, he doesn’t find the space
and the quiet he had expected. Sixty years ago a man died in the house
and his wife, Grace Elizabeth, was convicted for his murder and hanged –
and something is pulling him deeper and deeper into the story of Grace. A
really good compelling read.

THIN PATHS – Journeys in and around an Italian Mountain Village by Julia
Blackburn (Jonathan Cape)
Julia Blackburn writes of a remote mountain village in northern Italy to which
she moved, with her husband, in 1999, but the story is not of their relocation
but about the villagers themselves. Learning Italian as she went along, she
got to know the people, such as Nanda, who kept the village shop and
Adriana, who had long kept a diary of village life. She learnt that until recently
the villagers were ‘owned’ by the local landowner, and only half of what they
owned or harvested belonged to them – the rest was taken by the ‘padrone’;
this even applied to the village women! It is a many-layered book covering
nature, the village and villagers, and her own personal trauma. A truly
wonderful, beautiful and humane book.

THE KASHMIR SHAWL by Rosie Thomas (Harper Collins)
A lovely, long, absorbing story – one to curl up with by the fire on a cold dark
afternoon. The story of Nerys Watkins, newly married to a missionary and
posted to India. High up in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers the lakeside city
of Srinagar, the exquisite heart of Kashmir, where the British live on
houseboats and flirt and gossip as if there is no war. I won’t go on – the story
gets complicated, two generations are involved – it’s a long, delicious read.

Refurbishment project successfully completed
After over two years of fundraising and several months of volunteer
‘construction’ the all weather pitch has been completely refurbished. The
original surface had to be removed in January 2011 after 17 years of
continual use had left it in an unsafe condition.
         By July 2011 there were sufficient funds to replace the damaged
wood around the pitch with new pressure treated timber and volunteer
resources undertook this work throughout the summer. All of the original
wood that remained was then repainted. Fundraising continued and the new
surface was able to be laid during October 2011. The pitch was made
available to local youngsters as soon as the works were completed, but the
formal opening of the pitch was on 26th November with the ribbon being cut
by Trustee and Town Councillor Sue Coakley who managed the project. All
of those who had helped with the project were invited to the opening and
Simon Paul, Chair of the Lechlade Memorial Hall & Recreation Ground
Charity and Christine Eatwell, Mayor of Lechlade both spoke of their gratitude
for the generous support which had made the project a success.
         We are very grateful for all donations received including: Memorial
Hall and Recreation Ground Trustees (from reserves); Lechlade Town
Council; Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association; Women’s Institute quilt
reallocation; Community Cinema reallocation; Sweet Fuels; Lechlade
Heritage and Development Trust; Lechlade and District Lions; Lechlade
Tennis Club; Lechlade Cricket Club; donations following Mrs New's funeral;
Summerfield Charitable Foundation; Jack Lane Charitable Foundation; BT
Community Champions Award. In addition, our Quiz Night in January 2011
raised £1,155.95.
         Also our thanks to the very many volunteers who helped with the
work, of whom Richard Bell, Neil James, David Murphy, Keith Musson, Simon
Paul and Tim Yeoman deserve special mention.
         The pitch can be hired for 90 minutes at a cost of £20 to include
changing rooms and floodlighting if required. Bookings can be made by
phone on 01367 253325 or at bookings@lechladeonthames.co.uk. When
not in paid use the pitch will be available for youngsters to use as before.
                                 Sue Coakley

Christmas Coffee Morning
All are welcome to join us in a coffee morning, including mince pies, raffle
and bring-and-buy, between 10:00am and noon on Friday 9th December at
25 Kingsmead, Lechlade. All donations will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
For more details contact Pam Miles (250053) or John Deacon (250159).

Campaign to bring high-speed broadband to rural Gloucestershire
With Government support, the Borders Broadband project is working to
improve internet services in rural Gloucestershire. The process of finding a
supplier is already underway – but first we have to prove there is enough
demand from local people, communities and businesses.
        This is where you come in. In the next few weeks, local Broadband
Champions – volunteers from your community – will be out delivering
questionnaires. Please take a little time to complete and return your
questionnaire to Lechlade Town Council at the Memorial Hall or send it
freepost to Gloucestershire Rural Community Council.
        To complete the survey online – or to find out more about the
campaign – visit the GFirst website www.gfirst.co.uk/broadband. Borders
Broadband is also conducting a separate online business survey. If you live
in Gloucestershire and run a local business, you can complete both
residential and business surveys.
        If you are interested in volunteering as a Broadband Champion for
your community, please contact Chris Cowcher at GRCC on 01452 528491.

Ride and Stride Sponsored Event
This is an annual event to raise money for GHCT by riding or striding between
as many churches as possible on the day of the event. It is a national event,
with each county raising money for its own trust. Each participating church
is asked to provide someone to welcome those who visit, to sign their sponsor
forms and to offer light refreshments.
           On the morning of Saturday 10th September a group of ten cyclists
set off to visit thirteen local churches. The plan was to stop halfway for lunch
and a rest. Our first churches visited were in Lechlade, where we ‘signed in’
and had our sponsorship forms signed before we cycled off down quieter
lanes in the direction of Southrop, Eastleach, Holwell and Shilton, where we
stopped for a pub lunch and break. Following lunch we got back on our bikes
and visited Alvescot, Kencot, Filkins, Broughton Poggs, Langford and Little
Faringdon before returning home to Lechlade weary and ready to stop! At
the end of the day we had clocked up nearly 25 miles.
           On our route we met other cyclists and walkers as well as two young
girls riding their ponies between the churches. We had a great day of exercise
and enjoyment and can recommend the day to anyone keen to give it a go.
           We raised £186.00 in sponsorship – thank you to all who sponsored
us and to all the people who welcomed us at the different churches.
                      David and Liz Benson (local organisers)

Become a Trust member
The Cotswold Water Park Trust is determined to move forward from all the
recent events and to proceed with the many tasks ahead – and above all to
make a difference, for the people and for the wildlife of the Cotswold Water
Park, through conservation, education, promotion and involvement. To this
end they are keen to encourage a greater number of people to join as
         The Trust manages hundreds of acres of land, from Neigh Bridge
Country Park to Riverside Park. It fundraises for a wide range of projects –
more and better public paths, improved parking facilities, the creation of
nature reserves – and campaigns to protect endangered species like the
water vole, otter, bats and black poplar. It monitors and reports on the wildlife
of the area, using scores of volunteers throughout the year and working
tirelessly in partnership with many other organisations. The Trust aims to
promote better understanding of the rich diversity of the area through a
successful schools’ education programme and exciting public events like
the sell-out fossil hunts, talks and workshops.
         “To achieve all this and more, we need help, and so are seeking the
support of the very people who will benefit from our work. By becoming a
member of the Trust, people will have priority booking on our events
(including fossil hunts), regular newsletters on our activities, an annual
members only event, 10% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, and voting rights
at our Annual General Meetings,” says Jill Bewley, Communication and
Events Manager.
         You can join online, by post or over the phone. For full details please
go to www.waterpark.org/trust.

Lechlade Gardening Club meets every second Wednesday in the month in
the Clarke & Pierce Room, Lechlade Memorial Hall at 7:30pm. Guests are
very welcome. The programme for the following few months is as follows:

14th December Trug Making by Carl Sadler. This is an unusual talk giving
              the opportunity to buy an unusual Christmas present.
11th January  A talk on Clematis
8th February  Valentine Ideas for Flower Arranging by Caroline McShane
14th March    The Importance of Bees by Chris Wells

Further talks will include the Royal Parks, Umbellifers, Planting for June,
Conifers, and Lawn Care. All are welcome to join or attend for a talk of
interest. Queries to 01367 253121.


Saturday      3rd    SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Methodist Hall 2:00pm
                     LIGHT UP LECHLADE Christmas Lights Switch-On Market Place
                     from 4:00pm
Tuesday       6th    U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘A Victorian Family’s Musical
                     WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm Christmas get-together with the Ha’penny
                     Bridge Singers
                     TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:30pm
Wednesday     7th    THEATREGOERS ‘South Pacific’ at New Theatre Oxford
                     COMMUNITY BAND Trout Inn 8:00pm Christmas music
Friday        9th    MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT Coffee morning at 25 Kingsmead
                     10:00am to 12 noon
                     RIVERFOLK Christmas folk music Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday      10th   CHRISTMAS CONCERT St Lawrence Church 7:30pm including
                     Vivaldi’s Gloria and Carols for All
Sunday        11th   CHRISTINGLE SERVICE St Lawrence Church 4:30pm
Monday        12th   RIVERSIDE RECORDERS Baptist Church 7:30pm ‘In Dulce Jubilo’
Tuesday       13th   RIVERFOLK Memorial Hall 7:45pm concert by St Agnes Fountain
Wednesday     14th   MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm Christmas party
                     GARDENING CLUB Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Trug Making’
                     HA’PENNY BRIDGE SINGERS AND MUSICIANS Carol singing
                     evening trail around town pubs
Thursday      15th   LADIES’ GROUP Memorial Hall 2:30pm ‘The Lighter Side of Life’
                     LECHLADE PLAYERS evening performances of Mummers’ Play in
                     town pubs
Saturday      17th   LIONS Christmas Float in Market Place 9:30am to 12 noon
Sunday        18th   TOWN CAROL SERVICE St Lawrence Church 6:00pm
Saturday      24th   CRIB SERVICE St Lawrence Church 4:30pm
                     CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT Baptist Church 6:00pm
                     FIRST COMMUNION OF CHRISTMAS St Lawrence Church 11:30pm
                     St Lawrence Church Holy Communion 8:00am;
                     Parish Communion 10:00am
                     Baptist Church service 10:30am

LIGHT UP LECHLADE Christmas Lights Switch-on
3rd December from 4:00pm in the Market Place

LIONS’ Christmas Float with Carols and Father Christmas
Lechlade street collection – evenings of 12th, 13th and 14th December
Lechlade Market Place – morning of 17th December
The float will visit Kempsford on the evening of 6th December.

                                      Secretaries/organisers: PLEASE enter details of your eve


          JANUARY 2012
          Tuesday   3rd U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘Another Man’s Shoes’
          Saturday  7th SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Methodist Hall 2:00pm
          Wednesday 11th MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 12:30pm lunch and AGM
                         GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm ‘Clematis’
          Friday    13th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Saturday  14th LIONS Senior Citizens’ Party Memorial Hall 2:00pm.
                         THEATREGOERS ‘Written on the Heart’ at Stratford
          Sunday    15th COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
          Monday    16th HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Crime and Punishment over
                         the Ages’
          Wednesday 18th ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 2:30pm ‘Ashmolean Paintings’
                         COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
          Thursday  19th LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘The Order of the Garter’
          Friday    27th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm

                                           REGULAR MEETINGS
          Please check with organisers about Christmas/New Year closures

          Each Tuesday               Day Centre 10:30am – 3:00pm Memorial Hall
          Each Wednesday             Fitness League 9:45am Memorial Hall
          Each Thursday              Country Market 8:30 – 11:00am Church Cottage
                                     Bridge Club 7:15pm Clarke & Pierce Room
                                     Scottish Dancing 7:30 – 9:30pm Memorial Hall
          1st Sunday each month      Antiques Fair from 10:00am Memorial Hall

ents in the Town Diary which is kept in Lechlade Library

The funeral service for Len Jones was held at Kingsdown on 20th July. Born
in Southampton in 1923, Len was apprenticed to an ironmonger before being
called up in 1941. He served in the Ordnance Corps and met Pam while
stationed at Corsham; they were married in 1945. After the war he joined
the Bath Gas Company, working mainly in customer accounts until his
retirement in 1986. Len and Pam had two sons: Stephen, and Timothy, who
sadly died in 1978. In the early 1990s, after Len had a heart attack, they
moved from Bath to Lechlade to be near Steve and his wife, Deb. Len was
very much a family man, who adored his grandchildren, and he became
Pam’s devoted carer after she had a stroke in 2000.
           Len loved cycling and tried to go out at least four times a week, often
covering 7 or 8 miles. He regularly changed his bike for the latest model,
passing the old ones on to Deb, and for many years he organised the local
sponsored ride for the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust. Len was
very interested in natural history and was a keen angler, spending many
hours fishing on the Bristol Avon. He also enjoyed art and became an
honorary life member of the Art Society. Len had latterly hankered after a
Mercedes Benz but could never bring himself to change his old Citroën;
fittingly, we were able to arrange for his final journey to be in a Mercedes
                                        Steve Jones

The funeral of Eileen Joyce Harding Manley aged 91 years was held on
9th September at St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church, Fairford. Eileen had
a rich and accomplished life, and a long association with Lechlade that
included many years as a teacher at the Convent of St Clotilde.
         Eileen trained as a nurse in Mile End, London – and remembered
pushing patients around to safer parts of the hospital during the Blitz. Nursing
took her then to the post-war tenements of Glasgow and to Uganda with the
Colonial Nursing Service. It was there that she met her husband – John.
They emigrated to Australia where Elizabeth was born, but did return to
England and various other moves followed. This included several very happy
years in a bungalow at the aptly named Paradise Farm just outside Lechlade
where Gerard and Will were born. She embarked on and obtained a degree
in Oceanography from the Open University – in the days before video
recorders and the internet which meant very early morning viewing to catch
the televised lectures! Following John’s death, Eileen moved back to
Lechlade from the family home in Filkins in 1987… but not to relax yet. She
embarked on two separate trips to work as a volunteer for Mother Teresa’s
Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. In latter years she was a regular at the
Lechlade Day Centre and also kept herself interested in sports and the news
– thank heavens for Radio 4, and her dog Rosie.

        She will be remembered by her family and many friends, and all
those whom she has worked and associated with from neighbouring
communities. Her children and grandchildren are so thankful for her good
and long life. It is a privilege to have shared it and we hope she will remain
proud of all of us.
                                        Will Manley

The funeral of Judy Lees was held at St Lawrence Church on 12th October
followed by the committal at Lechlade cemetery. Judy was born 12th
November 1944 and died 25th September 2011, aged 66, and is survived
by her partner Derek, three sons, Mark, John, Paul, and five grandchildren.
Judy will be remembered by those who knew her for her infectious laugh and
love of Aston Villa Football Club.


   We welcome:
   23rd October           Carlos da Silva
   23rd October           Esmeralda da Silva
   23rd October           Jula Kowalczyk

  We congratulate:
  1st October   Paul Sheppard and Karen Sherman
  6th October   Paul Larsen and Lynda Dennison

   We remember:
   12th October           Judy Lees

         We remember also:        Eileen Manley
                                  Marian Metters
                                  Pamela Mills

February 1982 saw the publication of the first edition of The Bridge magazine
in its current form. That means that this edition, no. 180, marks its 30th
          There was a parish magazine called The Bridge before this.
However, it carried a limited amount of local information, prompting some
Lechlade residents to form a committee to produce a new look publication
that was written by local people about their community. Michael Page, the
then vicar, became editor with a committee that included Rosie Bell, as
secretary, Barry Cropper, as treasurer, John Traas, as sports reporter and
Sylvia Munsey overseeing distribution. Although the material was typed up
locally, it was printed in Cirencester. A special mention must be made of the
cover, which was rather clever. An aerial photograph of the centre of
Lechlade, supplied by a local pilot, was used as the background with a pen
and ink drawing of the northern riverbank, between the bridge and the
church, superimposed upon it. It would be lovely to use it again but ‘in-house’
production might make it a challenge.
          Stephen Parsons instigated the DIY production approach when he
arrived in 1987 as printing costs were becoming prohibitive. New people
were persuaded or press-ganged into exciting new experiences involving
off-set litho printing, collating and the wielding of giant staplers. Stephen’s
interest in innovation also led to the production process becoming
computerised in 2002.
          So, according to The Bridge, what was happening in Lechlade in
early 1982? Well, the weather had clearly been awful with both St Lawrence
and Farmor’s schools opening late after the Christmas break due to snow.
St Lawrence did not even manage to be open for the whole day as the
school’s heating decided that it was not equal to the battle. Arthur Chase,
in his role as newsagent, had to struggle to Swindon himself to collect the
papers through snow drifts and minus temperatures using a borrowed Land
Rover! Talking of Arthur, those who know how much he has done for the
community will not be surprised to learn that his was the first Bridge profile.
The article outlines his progress from his early years in Thetford, Norfolk, to
his central role in Lechlade where he has, amongst many things, helped to
found a youth club and been a parish councillor, Lion and governor of
Farmor’s School.
          Many of the other articles are from organisations who still regularly
contribute, giving a wonderful feeling of continuity. There’s the RNLI,
Brownies, Guides, Bellringers, Gardening Hints and the WI. The January
meeting of the WI had a talk that, I think, many of us might feel would be
useful today. A Mrs Baldwin from Barclays Bank spoke on “How to get the
most out of your bank”. Anything would be helpful these days! In addition,

there are some lovely personalised obituaries, a section headed “Vicarage
News”, although it is very St Lawrence focused, and a half page “Village
Diary”. It is perhaps a testament to the vibrancy of our community that the
current diary covers two pages!
          One section which is over three pages long is the “Sports News”.
This is perhaps a tribute to the efforts of the sports reporter but it does put
the infrequent contributions of some of the current sports clubs to shame.
Where are all your articles? We would love to feature more about the sporting
activities of local people whether their team plays in Lechlade or beyond.
One reason for the length of the sports section is a piece by Ray Hayden, a
regular contributor from the beginning, about the Lechlade Football Club of
30 years ago, i.e. 1951/52. There is a photograph of the team with Ray in
his national service uniform. At that time, the ground was on a field behind
Downington House which regularly flooded. As there were no changing
facilities the visitors changed in The Crown and the home team had to arrive
in their kit. John Traas closes his section by congratulating the football club’s
New Year’s Day Bed Race team. Apparently they put their success down to
a strenuous two week training period during which they stayed out as late
as possible and drank as much as they could every night! Sounds like fun!
          Time moves on and things change but the Lechlade of 30 years ago
sounds very like the bustling and lively community we have today. At its core
are people who are prepared to give up their time to organise and run things.
Looking at those mentioned in the first Bridge, some have been busy for a
very long time and deserve our thanks.

On Sunday 18th December, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, there will be a
celebration of Advent through music and Biblical readings at 6:00pm in the
church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Horcott Road, Fairford, led by an
augmented parish choir.
        The celebration will be based around the plainchant antiphons that
are used in the last week of Advent. The texts will be familiar to many as
they are the basis for the verses of the well-known Advent hymn ‘O come,
O come, Emmanuel’ and are a very ancient tradition in the Church going
back as far as the fourth century.
        There will be mince pies and other seasonal refreshments in the
parish room afterwards, and a retiring collection in aid of CAFOD’s East
African Famine appeal. CAFOD is the Catholic Fund for Overseas
Development and is part of the Disasters Emergency Committee.
        All are very welcome. Enquiries to Sally Mercer on 01793 752705.

Ray Hayden, who died in June 2011, wrote for The Bridge for more than 30
years, reporting on bell ringing, cricket and football as well as writing articles
on local history, and we are indebted to Ray for all that he did to support the
magazine. Below is an abridged version of an article which first appeared
in The Bridge in June/July 1995. A video of Ray describing these events
was shown at a recent Lechlade History Society meeting.

Immediately after the outbreak of war, Lechlade became a garrison town.
All unoccupied buildings were commandeered for use as billets for soldiers
or for other military purposes. Ryton House became the headquarters and
also accommodated the Officers’ Mess. The Sergeants’ Mess occupied part
of the Swan Inn and the other ranks’ mess was in the Memorial Hall. An
outbuilding at the rear of the New Inn was used as a guardroom and the
Market Square became a parade ground. Later some Nissen huts were
erected in the Loders (then open fields).
          Early in the war, members of the Corps of Royal Engineers practised
their bridging on the river. At one stage there was a Special Operations unit
stationed here. They were officially known as the Phantom Squad and are
mentioned in accounts of the Battle of Arnhem. A unit of the Pioneer Corps
was also stationed here for a short time, and then the Americans arrived.
Several units were billeted here, including a company of medics. They kept
the local children well supplied with sweets and chewing gum and also taught
them how to play baseball and volleyball.
          There were Royal Artillery units equipped with searchlights and
listening apparatus in fields at Mill Lane and Paradise Farm. Their job was
to detect enemy aircraft by day and night. Pillboxes were erected along the
river banks and anti-tank obstacles were installed at both St John’s and
Halfpenny Pike bridges.
          A Home Guard unit was formed and these stalwarts manned the
church tower every night watching for possible enemy parachute landings.
A similar unit known as the Upper Thames Patrol moved up and down the
river at night. Our Air Raid Wardens used whistles to give warning of
approaching enemy aircraft, and the ‘all-clear’ was sounded with rattles.
There was a Rescue Squad and an Auxiliary Fire Service unit equipped with
a trailer pump. A fine body of Special Constables was led by ‘Boss’ Harrison,
the headmaster of St Lawrence School.
          Evacuees arrived from Holborn and Barking with some of their
teachers. As the school was very crowded, the carpentry room was pressed
into service as a classroom with two classes sitting back to back.
          The most frightening time was the night in November 1940 when
German bombers could be heard passing overhead on their way to devastate

Coventry. Another night to remember was 5th/6th June 1944 when the sky
was again full of aircraft, but this time it was our own troop transports and
gliders carrying men of the airborne forces to Normandy from the aerodromes
in this area. Prior to D-Day, ceaseless convoys of British and American
military vehicles loaded with men and equipment passed through Lechlade
on their way to the south coast embarkation ports.
          It was all very exciting for those of us who were too young to realise
the full horror of war and, although we enjoyed the celebrations when it was
all over, life became a little dull for a time after that.

Update from Lechlade Town Council
"We are delighted that the judge has ruled in our favour and our library will
stay open," said Councillor Sue Coakley, Chair of Lechlade Town Council's
Library Working Group.
     The judge has quashed the county council's current plans for the
libraries. If the County want to change their current library offer then they will
have to start the whole process again, this time ensuring that they put proper
mitigating measures in place to avoid adversely or disproportionately
impacting vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, such as the elderly, disabled,
single parents, etc.
     The council were denied the right to appeal immediately by Mr Justice
McKenna, but they can still apply directly to the court of appeal. The judge
also ruled that the council should pay costs. We hope this means that most
or all of the money people so generously donated in support of the challenge
will be refunded, including the £500 from Lechlade Town Council.
     "We believe that the best course of action for Lechlade now will be to
work with the County to secure a continued County library provision –
potentially with community support," said Sue. "The last thing we want is to
be facing the threat of closure again in the future."

This article appeared in the first Bridge magazine of February/March 1982.
The market town of Lechlade, with little over 1,000 inhabitants, had no motor
traffic before about 1910, so that one could walk down the middle of the
roads in perfect safety. The streets then were of blue stone sprayed in
summer time with water from a water cart to lay the dust. The slopes between
the pavements and the road used to be gravelled and the rights over them
were owned by the Lord of the Manor, tolls being collected for the erection
of market stalls and cattle and sheep pens at the street markets that were
held on the last Tuesday of the month. Sheep hurdles would be erected
overnight in the Market Place and the slope opposite the end of Sherborne
Street was used for a cattle ring. Market days were busy with farmers and
dealers from the surrounding district, with sometimes up to 1,000 sheep and
400 cattle changing hands. The traditional Lechlade Fair, held on September
9th, was in former times a horse fair but soon after the turn of the century it
became a funfair with roundabouts and side shows. Steam engines powered
the galloping horses of the roundabouts and the travelling fair’s gypsy
caravans would park on the gravel slopes with their side shows, coconut
shies and stalls.
          Transport was in the main by horse but the East Gloucestershire
Railway was a link to Oxford and places further afield. A horse-drawn bus
was run from the New Inn in the Market Place to meet passengers at the
station on the Burford Road. Mail arrived by train from Oxford daily at 1pm
and was brought from the station to the post office on a red painted hand
truck. Other mail arrived early in the morning from Swindon, and the first
delivery, made on foot, or by bicycle to the outlying parts, went out by 8am.
          Until 1911 the village had no electric light, the streets being lit by oil
lamps, lit nightly by a lamp-lighter. Water was supplied from a deep well in
Keble Allotments (off Station Road) although many houses still used their
own wells. There were a number of standposts around the village. These
had a lion’s mask from which the water spouted and one can still be seen
in Little London.
          There was a Parish Council and a Rural Council to which in the 19th
century Lechlade appointed 2 councillors to attend meetings in Faringdon.
The Vestry or Parish Meeting was responsible for appointing a policeman
and also for providing fire fighting apparatus. The latter consisted of a
horse-drawn Merryweather engine, which was housed in the building
adjacent to Ryton House in the centre of the village. The brigade was
summoned by the ringing of a bell which can still be seen on the roof. The
engine also served Eastleach, who paid £1 each year for this privilege. The
Fire Station was once called “The Blind House” (meaning blind drunk) where
offenders were put to sleep it off for the rest of the night. This building has

also been used as a mortuary, usually a temporary resting place for bodies
recovered from the river.
          Every winter the river overflowed its banks and flood water extended
to the houses on the south side of Downington. On occasions land floods
were known to cover the Fairford Road from Downington to Warrens Cross.
The river was still used to some extent by barges transporting heavy materials
such as coal and gravel, but boating and river-picnicking were popular
pastimes as also were the Water Carnivals held every August Bank Holiday.
The New Inn meadow would be occupied by spectators of the events –
swimming races, tub races, diving from various heights including the bridge,
decorated boats, greasy poles, punt races and sometimes water polo. Other
local sports included football, played at Loder’s Field, quoits played in Swan
Close and bowls, tennis and croquet in some private houses. Lechlade has
always had a good keen cricket club and the tradition continues.
          In the past, the Thames was for Lechlade the means of transport
and communication and the river has played an important part in village life.
Even today the recreation it provides plays a large part in the economic life
of the village, bringing visitors from near and far to enjoy fishing, boating and

               The Station Bus outside the New Inn circa 1900
                  (by courtesy of the Lechlade Bookshop).

Today I am in a sombre mood. Put it down to the autumnal weather, the
garden going into its dormant stage or the recent Remembrance weekend,
whatever it is it is going to influence this column. First of all today I have been
in Oxford at the Botanic Garden taking part in a course on growing
vegetables. It was really good (the first of three half-days – the next in March
and June), and somebody raised the question of leek moth. This year we
have had leek moth in our garden for the very first time, and now we have
no leeks for the winter. We were told that last year the Botanic Garden had
leek moth for the first time and this year they did not grow leeks at all. So
they may try to grow leeks next year and if they do they will cover the entire
leek patch with fleece so that the moth cannot get in to lay its eggs on the
juvenile plants, but this will be an experiment and they do not know whether
it will work. There are no insecticides for leek moth that are on the market
for non commercial growers.
          And this brings me to the main topic for today. I was doing a clear
up in my study. It involved going through a great quantity of papers and cut
out articles, and, as one does, it involved reading a lot of stuff before binning
it. I came across an article by Robin Lane Fox written in February 2001. I’ve
always rather admired RLF – he calls a spade a spade, has very decided
opinions and is a keen advocator of chemical warfare in the garden. In this
article he was extolling a chemical produced by Bayer called Provado
Ultimate Bug Killer containing the active ingredient Imidacloprid, which was
going to put paid to the lily beetle. He put forward an absolutely terrific case
for its use and I got very excited. I might not be able to combat the leek moth
but the lily beetle (which I have waged a war with all summer) was going to
be a thing of the past. I don’t know why I did it, but I thought that I would
Google Imidacloprid. Well, you look at what is on the packets of your food,
don’t you, and wonder what goes into it if it is processed, so I suppose this
was the same curiosity. What you find is not very comfortable. This is a
serious chemical, one of what are known as the neonicotinoids. This has
now been banned in France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia because it has
been linked to the dramatic decline in the honey bee population.
          So then I went to the web and looked up Provado Ultimate Bug Killer
(one of the few that is left to buy on the shelves of all our garden centres)
and looked up its active ingredient. This is now called Thiacloprid and is still
one of the neonicotinoids. If you look this up on Google, as before, there is
still enough to worry you. There are quite a lot of reassuring evidence based
sites that say it is not a risk to humans, but the Soil Association says that we
should not be using this range of chemicals at all, and that there is cause for
concern at what the effects are on the honey bee population. I think that I
have been somewhat naive. If I think about it logically, it stands to reason
that if a chemical is systemic, i.e. goes into the whole plant so that anything

eating its leaves etc is affected and dies, then the chemical will also be
present in the nectar and pollen. Therefore the honey bee, wasp, hornet and
any other pollinator will get the effect as well. And then think of these as part
of a food chain for other insects, birds and bats. Honestly I think that I am
ready to go wholeheartedly organic. Of course, this is a matter for personal
decision, but I am asking everyone to think about what they are using – think
about it, look it up and don’t be naive as I think I have been.

Our first concert next year will be a performance of Handel’s Coronation
Anthems and Mozart’s Coronation Mass – both appropriate in the lead-up
to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Rehearsals start on Wednesday 11th
January and run from 7:30 to 9:30pm in Fairford United Church, Milton Street,
Fairford with an extra rehearsal in St Mary’s Church, Fairford on Sunday
18th March from 2:00 to 5:30pm. The concert will be held on Saturday 31st
March in St Mary’s Church, Fairford.
         New choir members would be warmly welcomed. Please contact
John (Conductor) or Jane (Membership Secretary) Read on 01285 713681,
or via the choir’s website (www.fairford.org/choralsociety) where further
details of the Society can be found.

This year’s appeal is aimed at providing support to our injured Armed Forces
personnel in order to help them to recover and regain their confidence to
face their futures. The Royal British Legion already spends £1.4 million a
week delivering welfare to 160,000 serving and ex-service people young
and old, and their families. Collections took place throughout Lechlade from
29th October to 12th November and, despite the current economic situation,
the generosity of Lechlade's people overcame all the problems and raised
a record amount. The total donated was £4814.45 made up from:

House to House Collections                                      £1961.64
Street Collections (Londis and Garden Centre)                   £1263.06
Static Collections (Shops and Pubs)                             £ 774.22
St Lawrence Remembrance Service and evening concert             £ 748.53
Wreaths                                                         £ 67.00

If you can spare a couple of hours and would like to join a successful team
of collectors for next year’s appeal, please contact the Lechlade Area
Organiser – Stewart Bruce on 01367 253236.

REV. GRAHAM TIDMARSH, Methodist Minister
Graham Tidmarsh was born in Carshalton Beeches, South London, on
October 4th 1943. His family worshipped at Chiltern Hall, their local Brethren
church, and from about the age of 9 Graham also attended the Crusader
Bible Class which had a huge influence on his later life.
         From school he went straight into the Civil Service in Central London
and began a career in the assessment and control of major scientific projects
funded by the Government. He moved his church allegiance to the
Methodists, where he met Madeleine and they were married in 1968. A year
or so later they went out to Fiji on a 3 year Civil Service secondment and
when they returned Graham moved to a new job with SERC, the Science
and Engineering Research Council, in Swindon. They set up home in
Shrivenham and became members of the Methodist church there. Sadly, in
the autumn of 1983, Madeleine died. This was a huge shock to everyone
and so, a year or two later, family and friends were delighted when Graham
met and subsequently married Stella, a widow with two teenage children.
His new family gave him great pleasure especially when three grandchildren
         It was in the early 80s that Graham trained to be a Local Preacher
in the Swindon Circuit of the Methodist Church and he served the church in
that capacity until he candidated for full-time ministry on his early retirement
from SERC. He was ordained in 1997, as a Minister in Local Appointment,
and was given charge of two chapels, one in Blunsdon and the other in
Lechlade. As Minister of the Lechlade Chapel Graham was particularly keen
to foster an informal partnership with the other churches and often took
services at St Lawrence. He also invited the members of the Catholic
community to use the Chapel on Sunday evenings after the Convent closed
and they did so, with Father Richard, for a number of years. We really
enjoyed the years when Graham was our Minister and were very sorry when
he retired.
         In 2002 he became Minister at Shrivenham and during his time there
he and Stella revived the tiny Methodist Chapel in Longcot. He was also one
of the Chaplains at the Defence Academy – a post he held until his death.
He was always busy. He was the tutor for Local Preachers and Ministers in
Training. He was District Property Secretary and the Chair of the Methodist
Church Music Society. He and Stella loved music and both enjoyed attending
concerts and making music. Graham was a tenor and therefore in great
demand! Over the years he sang with many choirs and choral groups
including Swindon Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Swindon Opera, the
Faringdon Singers, the Ecumenical Choir of Shrivenham and the St
Lawrence Christmas Choir. Graham was also very aware of his
responsibilities to the local community. He was a Shrivenham Parish
Councillor for six years as well as a School Governor at Longcot and

Lechlade. Latterly he had trained to be a counsellor with the Samaritans and
was also a steward at Ashdown House.
        Graham was a wonderful man who never did or said an unkind thing.
His whole life was devoted to others. Although he “sat down” (the Methodist
term for retiring as a full-time Minister) in 2008 he continued to preach and
continued to tutor Local Preachers in Training. He was extremely wise and
could always be relied upon to give sound advice – if asked. He was very
fond of Lechlade and had many friends here. His last visit to Lechlade was
the Sunday before he died on the Saturday, August 20th. He was delighted
to have met so many old friends at Evensong and they were equally delighted
to see him.
        We rejoice in a life of Christian example and service by one who
chose, later in life, to become one in the succession of Mr Wesley’s preachers.
        Graham will be sadly missed but the world is a better place because
he has been here.

                 “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”

Jan and Ian Taylor (compiled, in part, from the tributes given at the funeral)

Christian Concern for Families Worldwide
New members or visitors are always welcome to our meetings at the
Memorial Hall on the second Wednesday of each month. Do join us! £2 to
include raffle and tea. We shall soon have a new programme for 2012 with
interesting speakers, services and discussions of a broadly speaking
Christian nature. We have over 40 members and our eldest celebrated her
98th birthday in October! Congratulations were sent to Win Smith and some
of us celebrated with tea and cakes on the day. (Sadly Win is in hospital at
the moment after a fall.)
Diary dates:
Saturday 3rd December, 12 noon to 2:00pm: members running crèche in
Cottage for wedding
Thursday 8th December, 4:00pm: committee meeting at Kathy’s
Wednesday 14th December, 2:00pm in the Memorial Hall: Christmas party
with carols, prayers, readings and tea
Thursday 5th January, 9:30am: Deanery committee at Kathy’s
Wednesday 11th January, 12:30pm in the Memorial Hall: fish and chip lunch
followed by AGM. Orders to Elizabeth Reay.

Little Lights – pram service and toddler group
Wednesday 7th December at 1:45pm: Christmas meeting with special
refreshments and music
Wednesday 18th January at 1:45pm

May I offer a huge thank-you to all those who are helping to pay for the
running costs of the floodlighting.
        Donations have been given to commemorate the following for the
period December 2011–January 2012 as recorded in the floodlighting diary:-

December 10th       In ever loving memory of Eric Long
December 13th       In memory of Nicholas Miles
December 19th       In memory of Dick, his birthday. JFP.
December 23rd       Jim Ludlow for Betty
December 25th       Remembering “ROSENTERE” and Ron Tooth at this
                    special time of the year
December 26th       Richard and Shirley Bell – Wedding Anniversary
December 27th       Margaret and Chris Mattingley – Ruby Wedding
December 30th       In memory of Bud Miles
January 4th         In memory of Edith Hasbury
January 26th        In memory of Ray Hasbury

In addition donations were made for:-

November 17th       In loving memory of Nancy Hyde
November 21st       In memory of Ted on his birthday. IMP.

If you would like to contribute towards the running costs of the floodlighting
and would like to commemorate a special person or event please enter the
details in the diary. There is a new one for 2012 at the back of the church.
The names and events will be published in The Bridge on a regular basis.
         The PCC has suggested that a minimum donation of £10.00 would
be appropriate and, if you are a tax-payer, you could consider gift-aiding your
contribution. Gift-aid envelopes may be found at the back of the church and
all donations should be placed in the wall-safe or barrel.
                                   Jan Taylor

The Trustees of Allcourt Meadow have offered to donate a cup for the best
photograph of the Meadow taken by anyone under 16 years of age. Maybe
the sheep, or the ducks, a heron or the moorhens take your fancy. Perhaps
the frost on the pond reeds, or the snow on the trees – anything, in fact,
which happens on the Meadow. These photographs will be judged at the
next Lechlade Produce Show in September 2012 and the cup will be
presented to the winner. Get out your cameras and snap away!

Heavily inked in your diary, and already secured with precious tickets, should
be the Lechlade Christmas Concert in the church at 7:30pm on Saturday
10th December. The special Christmas Choir, hard at work for weeks now
with rehearsal under the lively baton of Rachel Bath, will give Vivaldi’s “Gloria”
then lead us in Carols for All. Expect too three soloists, our splendid guest
organist John Wright, and abundant mulled wine. Tickets are a lot of fun for
just £10 (£5) from Lechlade News: last year was a sell-out, so don’t delay.
         Back in October, we were all dazzled by the virtuosity of the five
young Cardiff players of “Castle Brass”, who gave us a programme ranging
from William Byrd to West Side Story. Grateful thanks once again to Helen
Jones and her generous team for giving us lunch. About £250 was raised
for the Appeal. As this is written, we are about to enjoy our annual Grand
Curry Night at the excellent Jaflong. Thanks to the remarkable generosity of
Junab Ali, to whom we give admiring thanks, all the proceeds of this and
many such preceding evenings (topping 700 tasty curries in total by now)
go to the Appeal. We shall raise this time approaching £700.
         Tiptoeing into the New Year, please reserve noon on Friday 2nd
March 2012 for another “Serenade and Sandwiches” when Richard
Worthing-Davis, a highly accomplished bass-baritone, will give us a recital
of English Song.
         The Appeal enjoyed another milestone at a special evensong on the
evening of Sunday 6th November when, on an initiative from Gordon Land
and supported by some historical research of Maureen and Chris Baxter, a
large congregation gathered to celebrate the completion of our twenty-year
programme of work and mark the centenary of a similar service held in
November 1911 to mark the end of the last great programme of work. Theirs,
with a list of ailments all too familiar to us, cost £850: ours cost £600,000,
so thus does inflation make mockery of us all. Then, the Archdeacon of
Cirencester preached and was heard with ‘appreciation and interest’. Copies
of his sermon were sold for 3d. This time, the retired Archdeacon Hedley
Ringrose preached, also to appreciation, but he told us the market price of
his sermon was now beyond measure. The service brought home how
fortunate our great Wool Church has been to find, in every generation,
generous hearts and skilled hands for its care and thus to ensure its great
heritage is passed on in good shape to future years.
                On behalf of the Restoration Appeal Committee
                                  Keith Salway

Community Christmas Festival 2011
Come and join us at the following events

Saturday 3rd December
Switching on Lechlade Christmas Lights
Market Square, 4:00pm. Performances by St Lawrence School Band and
Choir and Farmor’s School Musicians.
Travelling ‘Wassailers’ (group of local musicians)
Pubs and restaurants in Lechlade from 8:00pm onwards.

Tuesday 6th December
Session music evening by TATT (Tunes at the Trout).
Creel Bar, Trout Inn, 8:30pm.

Wednesday 7th December
Christmas music and other stuff.
Lechlade Community Band from 8:00pm onwards at the Trout Inn.

Friday 9th December
Riverfolk Club Christmas folk music.
Creel Bar, Trout Inn, 8:00pm until 11:00pm. Admission £1.

Saturday 10th December
St Lawrence Christmas Choir Concert
Conductor Rachel Bath. Vivaldi’s Gloria and Carols for All. St Lawrence
Church, 7:30pm.
Tickets £10 (£5 students) to include mulled wine from Lechlade Newsagents.

Monday 12th December
'In Dulce Jubilo'. A short informal concert including seasonal music by
Riverside Recorders. Lechlade Baptist Church, 7:30pm. Free entry and
refreshments – donations please for Baptist Church funds. To reserve a seat,
please contact Jack Brothwell on 01367 252642 or email

Tuesday 13th December
St Agnes Fountain in concert at the Memorial Hall. Doors and bar open
7:00pm. Concert starts at 7:45pm. Tickets £16 available from Lechlade
Newsagents or 01367 253510. See www.riverfolk.co.uk for details.

Wednesday 14th December
Carol singing ‘AIL’ trail around pubs and restaurants in Lechlade.

Ha’penny Bridge Singers and Musicians. 7:30pm start in the Market

Thursday 15th December
Lechlade Mummers’ Play performed by Lechlade Players.
Troupe 1: Crown Inn 7:30pm. Trout Inn 8:30pm.
Troupe 2: Swan Inn 7:30pm. New Inn 8:30pm.

Friday 16th December
Corryvreckan and friends. Back room of the Swan Inn from 8:00pm onwards.

January events
Sat 7th Jan   Society of Recorder Players, 2:00pm at the Methodist Hall
Fri 13th Jan  Riverfolk, 8:00pm at The Trout
Wed 18th Jan Art Society, ‘Ashmolean Paintings’, 2:30pm at the Memorial
Fri 27th Jan  Riverfolk, 8:00pm at The Trout

Please   contact  Jay    Mathews        on    01367      253510    or
jaymathews124@mac.com for further information about the above events.

Own Designed Christmas Wrapping Paper
Local people will be able to wrap up their presents in style this Christmas
with a uniquely designed wrapping paper, courtesy of the pupils at Hatherop
Primary School near Cirencester.
         The eco-friendly Christmas wrapping paper, which features
individual snowmen sketched by each of the school’s 83 pupils, is to be sold
to raise funds for improvements to the children’s play area at the school.
Already a number of local businesses have signed up to sell the wrapping
paper including Made by Bob in Cirencester, the Coln Stores in Coln St
Aldwyn and Restaurant Allium in Fairford.
         “This is a tremendously creative way to raise funds this Christmas
and congratulations should go to all the children for embracing the project
so wholeheartedly,” said Hatherop Primary Head Sam Bartholomew. “We
look forward to seeing this high quality wrapping paper at the foot of many
trees this Christmas.”
         Anyone interested in purchasing the wrapping paper direct should
contact      Stephanie      Hichens      on     07904110215        or     at
stephaniebennett2010@hotmail.co.uk. The price for each pack (10 sheets)
is £5 plus postage and packing.


Editor: Linda Kent                               Tel: 253175
Assistant Editor: Marian Winckles                Tel: 252851
Design and Printing: Simon Winckles              Tel: 252851
Distribution: Maureen Cliff                      Tel: 250321
Treasurer: David Newton                          Tel: 252543
For St. Lawrence PCC: John Deacon                Tel: 250159

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2. Holy Night                        6.   We wish you a Merry Christmas
3. Silent Night                      7.   I saw mummy kissing Santa Claus
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