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									February - March 2012                                             Issue 181

January is probably the coldest and darkest month of the year and many
people’s thoughts focus on simply keeping warm. Here at the vicarage we
had a new wood-burning stove installed in the front room, which gives a
cheery glow and a very welcome heat. Hundreds of logs were delivered to
feed its insatiable appetite. We have also welcomed Oscar the new vicarage
cat, who finds great joy in stretching out in front of the stove and falling
asleep. We were originally looking for a dedicated mouse-hunting machine,
but may have to settle for a furry draught excluder instead.
          Two thousand years ago the imprisoned Apostle Paul reminded his
young colleague Timothy to ‘fan into flame the gift of God’. It’s an interesting
phrase that recognises both the divine and the human aspects of a Christian’s
life. Every believer has been given a unique range of experiences, gifts and
abilities to use in the service of the Kingdom of God, but they still need to be
exercised, developed and rekindled every now and then. This vicar has had
to relearn the long dormant skills of lighting a decent fire – rake out the grate,
scrunch up the right amount of paper, lay on top the appropriate pattern of
sticks, light it without burning your hand, judge just the right moment for the
fire to catch and to start placing the logs on top. Even then, it still needs the
wisdom of Solomon to decide how far to open the vents at any given time!
          In 2012 what will we do with the gifts that God has graciously blessed
us with? Will we fan them into flame, or let them lie dormant like cold ashes
in the neglected corners of our lives? The one who trusts in Jesus Christ
becomes a member of the worldwide Christian Church and our local church
becomes the local branch of that great spiritual body. I am always humbled
and impressed by the sheer variety of gifts that the local churches in Lechlade
exhibit, but there is always room for more! Perhaps in the coming months
we can take stock and commit ourselves afresh to fanning the flames.
                               Andrew Cinnamond

We hope that you enjoy reading THE BRIDGE – A Window on Lechlade.
The Bridge is produced bi-monthly. If you live in Lechlade and do not already
subscribe to the magazine but 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.

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. Other regular events taking place at
the church are:
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
Like the Year 6 children at St Lawrence School, in November we enjoyed
participating in ‘Operation Christmas Child’ run by Samaritan’s Purse. This
is a Christmas appeal that helps school and church communities connect
with children in need in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Participants
wrap shoeboxes and fill them with age-appropriate gifts. The boxes are then
delivered by local partners on the ground.
         Early in December the Riverside Recorders put on a short informal
concert of seasonal music in the chapel. It was fun to see and hear all the
different sizes and shapes of recorder.
         The scene changed again for the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service on
Christmas Eve, when candles lined three sides of the chapel and added to
the air of mystery as we celebrated the birth of Christ. A short skit and a film
clip helped the traditional carols and readings to resonate with everyday life.
                                  Vicky Stone

1.   A good place for blonde people to cross
2.   Keep it on the downs?
3.   Death at the bottom of the hill?
4.   A breeze in a hurry
5.   A home that the third little pig would approve of
6.   How much for a vital piece of DIY kit?
7.   A middle eastern man meets a man of the cloth
8.   Surely it is in Yorkshire?
                                                         Answers on Page 33

This that I love

This that I love:
My life in dance, the music in my ears; the stillness around me as I twirl centre
stage, I can feel my dress floating with me; the sight of my competitors as
they leap where I once stood; the coldness of the metal on my skin as I’m
cheered, I’ve won; the stiffness of my tutu net, yet the beauty of its own
rhythm; listening to my own voice, singing different pitches for my song; my
thumping heart, cold and shivering skin as I wait for the final result; chatting
quietly back stage to both old and new friends, whispering facts as we line
up to go on; the roar of the crowd as I take my final bow and curtsey, I’ve
done it once more – created an atmosphere; the last of my energy saved for
these last minutes, my fingers flowing out, perfectly in time with the music,
my blistered feet splitting down below, I daren’t show my pain to the judge;
my brain ticking over as my last moves are shown; this is my life in dance.

by Ellie Bannister, age 10 years

At the end of November we were privileged to have the winners of last year's
Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod give a concert in aid of the British
Heart Foundation. The choir and band of St Lawrence School and Farmor's
School choir also gave us lively and entertaining performances. Anticipating
a large audience we asked if we could use St Lawrence Church as a venue
instead of the Memorial Hall and this was kindly agreed. The concert was a
sell-out and we made a profit of over £1800, all of which goes to an
Oxford-based research project to help children with heart disease. Thank
you to all who attended and a special thank you to the wonderful Wessex
          Our next event is on Wednesday, 21st March when, as last year, we
are taking over the whole of Pino's restaurant. Tickets are £17 and are
available now from any committee member or phone 01367 253762 or 01367
253319. The meal will be buffet-style, not the normal menu. The restaurant
can only seat 64 people and last year we had to turn away people who left
it too late to get their tickets.
          Throughout January we are one of the three charities being
supported by Waitrose. Those of you who shop at Waitrose will know the
system of tokens, one to each customer who then chooses which one of the
three nominated charities to support. When last I looked we were ahead. If
your copy of "The Bridge" arrives before the end of January do think about
a shopping trip to support the BHF. The money will be donated to the same
Oxford-based project mentioned above.
                                  Elaine Long

It has been a busy Christmas/New Year period at St Lawrence, but behind
all the hustle and bustle and preparation, as a church family we have enjoyed
celebrating the birth of Christ. The Advent Retreat on 28th November helped
us to consider the implication of Jesus the Light of the World coming into
our present darkness. The vicar had a touch of flu when the PCC Christmas
social was happening at the vicarage on 5th December, but judging by the
considerable noise downstairs, Kate was doing an admirable job entertaining!
          On Friday 9th December the church was delighted to host the whole
school for its Advent worship in the morning and the school carol service in
the evening. The latter event included a nativity play using adults and the
teaching staff. This vicar wonders if any church has ever seen a heavenly
host like the one portrayed by the teachers that evening. ‘Little Learners’
pre-school also visited the church that week and we enjoyed searching for
stars around the building and explaining all the different figures in the nativity
scene. The children also loved making their own Christmas cards.
          The next day was the very successful Christingle workshop in the
Methodist Church hall, ably organised by Tessa Cobb. In the evening was
a highlight of the Christmas season – the Church Christmas Concert. A huge
‘thank you’ to all those who helped in the smooth planning and running of
the event. Particular thanks must go to Keith Salway, Chair of the Restoration
Committee, and Rachel Bath, our dedicated Director of Music. The choir
sounded superb and Vivaldi’s Gloria proved immensely popular with those
          The Christingle Service on Sunday 11th December was a real joy
and it is a very special moment when the lights go down, and the children’s
faces are lit up by their Christingles, as they stand around the church. Like
Christmas trees, it is another German tradition that Britain seems to have
embraced wholeheartedly.
          A very different occasion was ‘Carols at The Trout’ on Thursday
15th December. It is wonderful that Bob and Penny allow us to come and
prove that the Church is about the people and not the venue. Our Town
Carols on Sunday 18th December was a joint ecumenical event organised
this year by the Baptist Church with Bishop Peter Vaughan preaching. We
should never take these joint events for granted and it is good to come
together on regular occasions and show our unity in Jesus our Lord.
          The Christmas service at St Birinus on 21st December was not
helped by the vicar’s car refusing to start and therefore the rather puffing
incumbent arriving late – to be greeted with friendly cheers/jeers. Gold
jewellery was borrowed from the residents to illustrate the gifts brought by
the wise men. Remembering who exactly lent what added interest to the
end of the service.
          Christmas Eve saw the hugely popular Crib Service in the afternoon,
expertly directed by Kathy Newton and her team. Mr Tinsel and Mr Bauble
also made an impressive (and very sparkly) appearance to show the wrong
attitudes we sometimes have to the Christmas season. The evening saw our
First Communion of Christmas service, a great way to usher in Christmas
Day. Holy Communion reminded us why exactly Jesus came into this world.
A few hours’ sleep and it was the services for Christmas Day and the
celebration of the Nativity. Gordon Land, our effervescent lay reader, knew
how to keep the vicar happy and presented him with a gift of pork scratchings
at the service. We were glad to welcome many new faces to our services
that day, and also to welcome back many familiar ones.
         Advent and Christmas, as the busiest time of the year, ably
demonstrated the fact that St Lawrence is in good health as a church family
and we have a great Gospel to proclaim to the community around us. In
God’s strength we look forward to seeing what the next chapter in the
church’s life will bring.
                             Andrew Cinnamond

Another successful Seniors' Party
Once again the Memorial Hall in Lechlade and the Palmer Hall in Fairford
were the venues for the Lions' parties for local senior citizens with raffles,
bingo, the Lechlade Community Band and an old style music hall act as part
of the entertainment. “It was a relaxed and informal afternoon which we hope
that everyone enjoyed,” said Lion President Richard Bell.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the very generous people of
Lechlade, Kempsford, Fairford and the surrounding district who so
generously supported both the street collection and the raffle over the
Christmas period. In total over £3,000 was raised, all of which will go into
the Lions' charity account to be spent on good causes including the
continued operation of the Lions' community minibus and the senior citizens’
parties in Lechlade and Fairford held in January each year. We are very
grateful for your continued support.

Lions' Bric-a-Brac Sale
Saturday 25th February, 11:00 am to 12:30pm at the Pavilion, Oak St,
Come and help raise money for the many charitable causes supported by
the Lechlade and District Lions club by buying items in our bric-a-brac sale.
Entry is 50 pence. For any enquiries please phone 01367 242490.
                               Sue Coakley

Forthcoming special services and events:
Sunday 12 February     10:00am World Mission Weekend with Henry
                                Scriven from CMS
Saturday 18 February   10:00am Men Aloud Out – Brunch at The Trout
Wednesday 22 February 7:30pm Holy Communion with Ashing
Saturday 25 February   9:00am Ladies Breakfast at St Lawrence
                                Church – ‘Open the Door’
Sunday 26 February     7:15pm Youth Service
Sunday 18 March        10:00am Mothering Sunday Service

From 27 March to 19 April – Experience Easter event in the Church – look
out for more details

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

On the fourth Sunday of the month:
       8:00am     Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
       10:00am    Service of the Word
       6:00pm     Evensong

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

As the audience arrived at Little Learners for the Nativity Play in December
they were enveloped in a warm and happy atmosphere. The room was
absolutely packed with families and friends and brightly decorated with stars,
Christmas trees and snowmen as well as a nativity scene and, of course,
Santa stuck up the chimney!
     All the children had been given the opportunity to take part and they
literally rose to the challenge of their grand entrance, climbing to the top of
some steps to greet the audience and show off their splendid costumes, and
then carefully descending the steps to the stage floor to gather for the stable
scene. Some were a little hesitant and needed gentle encouragement, while
others already looked as if they owned the stage. The children then sang
Christmas carols and songs with obvious enthusiasm, jingling bells,
drumming and wearing reindeer antlers. Afterwards we all enjoyed delicious
mince pies which had been made by the children themselves.
     Little Learners are holding an Open Day on Saturday 4th February
between 10:00am and 12 noon. It is a chance for new parents, as well as
those whose children already attend, to come and ask questions and see
what it is like. All are welcome to come along with their children and meet
the staff and see the lovely setting.
     Their next fundraising event is a Pie and Pudding Night at Colleys
Supper Rooms on Monday 5th March at 7:30pm. It will cost £16 per person
(£3 of which will go straight to Lechlade Little Learners) and everyone is
welcome! Please phone Karen on 01367 253880 to book a place.

The Lechlade Players will be performing two One-Act Plays on Friday 24th
and Saturday 25th February at 7:30pm in the New Memorial Hall, Lechlade.
The first play, called 'Thermal Underwear', concerns Golden Wedding
celebrations which go awry, causing amusement for the audience but friction
between younger members of the family. The happy couple remain totally
oblivious to their family's frustrations and matrimonial problems. The second
play, entitled 'Charity Begins', illustrates the difficulties that can arise in the
case of mistaken identity for a new volunteer and a client seeking advice
about a wayward spouse.
         We are delighted to announce that we shall be joined by musicians
under the umbrella of 'Arts in Lechlade'(AIL), who have generously agreed
to play for us both before the performances and during the interval when
wine and light refreshments will be served. The food, consisting of bread,
cheese and pâté, etc., and the wine will be included in the ticket price.
         Look out for posters and book early as we sold out in June and many
people were disappointed.
                          Laura Hulse - 01367 252034

At our December meeting we welcomed back Susan Marshfield with her
witty take on ‘The Lighter Side of Life’. She reminded us that there is often
humour to be found in everyday events. Emotional occasions such as
funerals and weddings are sometimes lightened by unexpected comments
or observations. Television newsreaders may mispronounce or trip over
words. Broadcasters may use exaggerated metaphors or odd speech
patterns. The effect may serve to lighten the importance of the content. Are
we safer on the streets of London now than in the skies of 1940?
          Children always amuse us with their natural interpretation of nursery
songs, Bible stories or everyday expressions. Many families have their own
special words which originate from a child’s first mispronunciation. How
many of us remember our own childhood misinterpretation of traditional
carols or nursery rhymes? Examination answers never fail to provide a rich
source of unintended humour, providing a lighter side to the drudgery of
marking. Other chances for lightening the mood unexpectedly are often
found in the making of wills or the wording of a doctor’s diagnosis – a flash
of hilarity in one of life’s serious moments.
          In January we were entertained by Angela Panrucker who described
the origins and symbolism of the most noble ‘Royal Order of the Garter’.
Founded by King Edward III in 1348 in the years following the Black Death
and during the 100 Years War with France, the king endeavoured to raise
spirits by re-creating the mythology of King Arthur and the Round Table. He
established this military brotherhood of knights to be based at Windsor
          The knights of St George became the Order of the Garter after the
King had defended the honour of his mistress when she lost her garter during
a visit to France. He rebuked those who would defame her by pronouncing,
“Shamed be he who thinks evil of it”. “Honi soit qui mal y pense” then became
the motto of the Order and still appears above a representation of the garter,
surrounding the shield on the royal coat of arms.
          St George’s Chapel Windsor was dedicated to the Order and stalls
were provided for the twenty-five Knights of the Garter who wore blue velvet
cloaks – hence the term “blue-blooded” – and a blue velvet “bonnet” with a
tall white feather. Henry VII added a gold Garter chain of office to the
costume. Appointment to the Order is solely in the gift of the sovereign.
Ladies, royal family members and foreign royalty may also be honoured.
          Royal Garter Day is an annual service in the chapel, incorporating
the pageantry of a procession through the courtyard at Windsor Castle.
Robed in colourful costumes which date back centuries, the participants join
a ceremony which is unique in the world. Parades of guardsmen, Yeomen
of the Guard, ceremonial knights, bands of the Blues and Royals and the
Household Cavalry precede the core of twenty-five knights and

accompanying royalty across the courtyard to the chapel entrance.
Spectators are authorised to attend by ballot.
        Our next meeting will be on Thursday 16th February at 2:30pm when
Di Alexander presents a talk entitled ‘Pen and Polisher’. New members are
always welcome to join us.
                                 Diana Ord

Christian Concern for Families Worldwide
We celebrated Christmas in our usual way and were delighted that Andrew
could join us. Our circle touched the four walls! Sheila led the prayers, we
sang carols and listened to some lovely readings and then had a splendid
tea – thanks to all who contributed.
         Our January meeting was our AGM with a chip shop lunch before it
and puddings provided by the retiring committee. Kathy thanked everyone
for their part in our branch – we have helped a lot of families this year by
raising money, by bringing in donations for worthy causes, in our involvement
locally with Little Lights, @the ark Sunday School, baptism and marriage
preparation, parenting groups and with our giving to families in need of, for
example, a holiday or debt advice. We have sent funds to our worldwide
family projects too. All we do is underpinned by prayer. A new committee
was elected and members came forward, volunteering to help for the year
with various tasks that help the branch run well.

Dates for the next two months are:
February 2nd: Deanery Candlemas service at Meysey Hampton Church led
by Revd Jean Brown, 1:45pm, followed by tea in their village hall (lifts from
our hall at 1:10pm)
February 8th: Branch meeting, 2:00pm at Memorial Hall when Jackie and
Alan Slough will speak of their work with bereaved parents
February 1st and 15th: Little Lights, 1:45pm
March 14th: Branch meeting, 2:00pm at Memorial Hall with Revd Andrew
Cinnamond ‘From Belfast to Lechlade’
March 23rd: Lent Lunch for all
March 7th and 21st: Little Lights

Little Lights is a baby and under 5s group, held twice a month in Church.
We have a short service with singing, instruments, prayers and a story
followed by tea, toys and chat. Do come along – no charge and we are really
pleased to welcome new faces. Enquiries to Kathy on 252543.

In November, Steven Blake spoke about the remnants of ‘Medieval Wall
Paintings’ or the ‘poor man’s Bible’ to be found in Gloucestershire churches.
Some of these colourful paintings were for decorative purposes but they
were mainly medieval visual aids, used by the priest to instruct illiterate
congregations and warn them of the consequences of sin. Common subjects
were the saints, especially St Christopher, the Apostles, and the Doom or
Last Judgement, often showing St Michael weighing the sins of the souls.
Most paintings were whitewashed over at the Reformation and replaced by
black and white texts or the royal coat of arms to emphasise the supremacy
of the king.
         St Mary’s, Kempley has one of the best preserved sets of paintings
in England, including Christ in Majesty and a wheel of life representing the
ten ages of man. Deerhurst has a portrayal of a saint, thought to be 10th
century, and if so likely to be the earliest surviving wall painting in England.
Stoke Orchard contains a near complete cycle of the life and miracles of St
James of Compostela. A decorative scheme with fleur-de-lys can be found
at Ampney Crucis, and a Doom painting with the sifting of souls at Stowell.
Hailes church has depictions of St Christopher, a hunting scene, and animals
from the medieval bestiary such as unicorns and griffins.
         A large audience was present in January to hear John McNaught
talking about ‘Crime and Punishment over the Ages’. The modern jury
system has evolved from the ancient custom where men of good character
in the community were required to uncover the facts of the case and their
verdict was dependent upon this personal knowledge. Later, jurors ceased
this investigative role and based their verdict upon the evidence brought
before them by witnesses; indeed, previous knowledge of a defendant or
background to a case now excludes someone from serving on a jury. The
Internet and social networking sites are considered threats to the jury system
as jurors may be tempted to research into and discuss cases. Under the
assize system introduced by Henry II, High Court judges from London used
to travel over six ‘circuits’ to hear cases. This large number of local courts
sitting at certain times of the year only was replaced in 1972 by a smaller
number of Crown Courts sitting permanently in the larger centres.
         John described lay magistrates as the unsung heroes of the criminal
justice system. They deal with 95% of criminal cases; only 5% are dealt with
by a jury court. Magistrates have been in existence for over 800 years,
originally ‘keepers of the peace’ and becoming ‘justices of the peace’ in
1361. They are still able to ‘bind over’ people who are liable to offend and
break the peace. Magistrates formerly tended to be wealthy landowners and,
of course, male; the first female magistrates were not appointed until the
         Imprisonment as a sentence is a modern concept. People used to
be kept in custody only until they were brought to trial and the usual
sentences were death, exile/transportation or flogging. Prisons were built
from the late 18th century and the unsanitary conditions meant that typhus
or jail fever was rife and more people died from disease than were sentenced
to death. By 1800 there were about 200 crimes subject to the death penalty,
many introduced to protect the property of the rich. Until 1868 hangings were
held in public, attracting large crowds, and hangmen used to sell the rope –
hence the expression ‘money for old rope’.

        Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. We are hoping to mount
a display in June and if anyone has any documents, photographs or other
memorabilia connected with the Coronation, the royal family or any significant
events of the last 60 years which they would be willing to lend to us, please
contact Shan Garnell on 01367 253087 or any committee member.

Future meetings at Lechlade Memorial Hall, 7:15 for 7:30pm
Monday 20th February: ‘The Upper Thames Patrol: The Waterborne
                             Home Guard’ by Bill King
Monday 19th March: ‘The Bayeux Tapestry and the Battle of Hastings’
                             by Iain Willox
For further information please contact Alan Garnell on 01367 253087 or visit

Lechlade Brownies offers a wide range of activities for girls aged 7 to 11
years. We meet on a Wednesday evening during term time from 6:15 to
7:45pm in the Pavilion.
          Amongst the exciting range of fun activities we do are: crafts, games,
community projects and sports. Of course, being Brownies, many of the
activities lead to a badge. And we don’t just stay in the hall! Recently we
have sung carols for senior citizens and improved our cycling skills and in
February we will be meeting up for a fun day with other Brownies from the
area to celebrate Thinking Day. In the summer we aim to go outside for
tracking, scavenger hunts, boat trips and mystery tours.
          If you would like to find out more or put a girl’s name on the waiting
list contact Zoey Moore on 01793 752227 or lechladebowl@gmail.com. You
can put a younger child’s name down and she will be contacted when she
is old enough and a space is available.
          There is a Guide unit for older girls in Meysey Hampton. Please
contact Caroline A’Bear on 01285 850943 for details.

‘Classical Spectacular’ at the Royal Albert Hall
‘More exciting than EastEnders, more spectacular than Strictly Come
Dancing and definitely more talented than The X Factor’ was how conductor
John Rigby introduced the 2011 Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert
Hall in the presence of, amongst others, some 50 members of Lechlade
         There then unfolded an eclectic selection of timeless classical
favourites, too many to list here, but including the William Tell Overture,
Zadok the Priest, the Blue Danube Waltz, Nessun Dorma and the 1812
Overture. These were variously enhanced by the London Philharmonic Choir,
four superb soloists and the muskets and cannon of the Moscow Militia. The
audience was whipped into flag-waving patriotic fervour by joining in with
performances of Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory,
easily matching the Last Night of the Proms in enthusiasm and volume!
         All this was accompanied by the magnificent Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra under John Rigby, frequently enhanced with contributions from
the Band of the Welsh Guards and the wonderful organ of the Royal Albert
         The overall atmosphere was made all the more awe-inspiring by the
impressive lighting effects which continued throughout the performance.
Selecting a favourite would be nigh-on impossible, but if I, personally, could
ask for just one more encore, it would be for the emotive strains of Nimrod,
from Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra.
         The closing encore was a spirited Cancan, with dancers in the aisles.
The dancers closed their performance by giving a kiss to the tops of the
heads of gentlemen sitting in the aisle seats. They appeared to be selecting
only the bald-headed – Health & Safety?

‘Written on the Heart’ by David Edgar at the RSC’s Swan Theatre,
In 1604, James I commissioned 54 scholars to produce a definitive English
translation of the Bible, to draw a line under the Protestant Reformation which
had torn the country apart since the 1520s.
         But the story of the Bible began 80 years before, when the fiercely
Protestant rebel William Tyndale, a Gloucestershire man, was forced into
exile to make the first English translation from the original Hebrew and Greek,
and was burnt for his pains. By contrast, the leading translator of the first
books of the King James Bible, the erudite, conservative, High Anglican
Lancelot Andrewes, was a senior Bishop considered for elevation to
         Yet when he is approached by a group of bitterly divided translators
to adjudicate between irreconcilable Biblical readings, Andrewes is made
fully aware of the momentous implications of their work for the future of the
English church and state. Haunted by the bloody history of the English
Reformation, wracked by the fear that he has betrayed his own religious
ideals for the sake of compromise, but afraid of the dangers of renewed
religious conflict, Andrewes is forced to confront the moral as well as the
doctrinal vulnerabilities of the Anglican Church he has spent his life trying to
         Moving from the death cell of a Flanders prison via a village church
stripped by Protestant zealots to a sumptuous Bishop’s chapel, the play is
superbly staged and brilliantly acted. William Tyndale and Lancelot Andrewes
are played by Stephen Boxer and Oliver Ford Davies to critical acclaim.
‘Written on the Heart’ tells not just the story of a book, but of the times and
the men who made it.
         Such was the impact on our group many declared they would like to
see it again.
                                  DM and GM
Now that the festive season is over and the New Year has started many of
us will have made resolutions to try and get fitter. With that in mind visitors
are always welcome to come to any club session and give tennis a go; so if
you have a racquet languishing and unloved in the back of a cupboard why
not dig it out and come along. The weather may be cold but it is also bright,
though no doubt I’ll be wrong by the time you read this and it will be wet.
         The Delta evening on Saturday 7th January was a great success
with good tennis and lovely food! The two mixed teams entered for the Winter
League have recommenced after the Christmas break and despite the frost
the matches have been played. The A team in Division 2 have won 3, drawn
1 and lost 6 so will have a real fight in order to avoid relegation but the B
team in Division 5 have won 5 and drawn 2 and at present are in a strong
position to be promoted.
         Our next fundraising event is on Saturday 4th February when the
Jazz duo Ain’t Misbehavin’ will entertain us. Tony and Diane play six
instruments between them and their music is swing, Latin, jazz and salsa.
Tickets are on sale now, please phone 252091/252265. The AGM will be
held in the Pavilion on Monday 20th February at 7:30pm. All are welcome.
         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
DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY by P. D. James (Faber & Faber)
For a long-time fan of Jane Austen, reading this was an odd experience. P.
D. James writes very much in the style of Jane Austen, but not quite! It is a
story of the dastardly George Wickham and his attempts to “get back” at
Darcy’s family for what he considers his ill-treatment. The story moves quite
slowly, building up the atmosphere, but improves towards the end with court
scenes. I was amused to find characters from other novels – particularly from
Emma – included in the story. I found the whole story interesting, but not
particularly engrossing. Give me the real thing every time.

THE HOUSE OF SILK by Anthony Horowitz (Orion Books)
Set in 1890, and told by Dr Watson, this is the story of sinister and puzzling
events set in London’s underworld. Anthony Horowitz has made an amazing
job of writing as Dr Watson, in the style of Conan Doyle. I found it utterly
convincing. The characterisation is excellent, completely true to the spirit of
the Conan Doyle books, and the pace and powers of deduction are as you
would expect from Conan Doyle. I found it absorbing and enjoyed it immensely.

THE THREAD by Victoria Hislop (Headline Review)
A novel covering the years from 1917 to 2007 and following the fortunes of
two families in Thessalonika – Dimitri, who is born as a devastating fire sweeps
through the city, and Katerina, whose home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the
Turkish army and who flees across the sea to Greece. I found the story a bit
predictable and slightly too long, but I did find interesting the background to
the troubles between the Greeks and the Turks and the despair and privations
when the Germans invaded Greece and the subsequent rise of Communism
in this country. All new to me, pointing out again my abysmal knowledge of
modern history. A worthwhile read, even if I did find it slightly disappointing.

And last, but by no means least
CHARLES DICKENS – A LIFE by Claire Tomalin (Viking)
This is truly tremendous – a huge read (420 pages) but completely absorbing.
The amount of research Claire Tomalin had to do was prodigious, but her
writing style is so easy and the detail of Dickens’s life and that of his family is
fascinating. He was a man of many parts – autocratic, not to say bossy, with
his many children, kind and generous to those in need, cruel to Catherine, his
wife, and completely besotted by his young mistress, Nelly, who bore him a
son who died. He was an accomplished actor, particularly in his hugely popular
public readings – his reading of the murder of Nancy by Bill Sykes in Oliver
Twist had people swooning in their seats. He could make people laugh and
cry. He had enormous energy, boldness, imagination, showmanship and
enjoyment of fame. A really really “Good Read”.

Cricket Club News
Lechlade Cricket Club has appointed high class cricket coach Luke Sellers to
drive on the senior and junior coaching at the club. Luke is highly respected
within cricketing circles.
           Winter nets commence on Sunday 12th February, 11:00am–12noon,
at Farmor’s School, Fairford. They will run at the same time every week until
Sunday 8th April. New players of all abilities are very welcome to come along.
The sessions will be run by new club coach Luke Sellers. The club has also
launched a 3rd X1 for 2012 which we are very excited about. Ex 1st team
skipper and club president Adrian Sweet will be captaining the side.
           The club has gained planning permission to build new nets at the
ground. We are now waiting for the outcome of our grant applications. The club
is also on the hunt for a main club sponsor – feel free to get in touch.
           The Lechlade Lotto had its first draw just before Christmas. The £100
first prize went to Phil James and the second prize of £50 went to Simon Forster.
           For further details on the above, or to join this thriving community-
focussed cricket club, please contact Club Chairman Paul Rowley on 07967
480666 or paul.rowley@orchard-press.co.uk.

More investment to improve Lechlade CC
Lechlade CC has added Ecosolve Ltd of Malmesbury to its team of professional
pitch advisors, which already includes Jason Hobbs, ECB pitch advisor, and
Graeme Balmer, Gloucester RFC groundsman. They are working with Lechlade
voluntary groundsman Nigel Pearce to improve further the playing surface at
the club. Jason and Graeme have supported Nigel enormously in recent years
and with the financial backing of the club’s committee the players have seen
great improvements in the playing surface and the pitch assessment scores
have risen similarly.
         Work started in early September 2011 with a full renovation programme
for the square, which included an application of 6 tonnes of loam and 75kg of
grass seed. Phase 2 of improvement activity has just been completed by
Ecosolve, who are now one of Europe’s leading aeration contractors and have
improved sports surfaces at many famous international venues.
         The revolutionary deep drill aeration processes took half a day to
complete and it is hoped this will improve drainage, relieve compaction and
further improve already good grass growth. In doing this it is hoped the wickets
will improve still further with added pace and bounce, which will, once again,
see games where in excess of 450 runs continue to be scored at the ground.
Further work is scheduled for early spring to ensure the Lechlade ground is in
top condition for the 2012 season.
         If you would like to know more about the benefits of the deep drill
process please contact either Nigel Pearce at Lechlade CC or
I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be a seedaholic! Recently I went
through my seed box and sorted, threw out and took stock. There weren’t
many varieties that I didn’t seem to have; in fact quite often I seem to
duplicate and buy the same one several times over, parsley being one
example. Anyway I have now put them into polythene bags, each labelled
with the months of the year, the theory being that I now have the seeds that
I should be sowing in February easily to hand in the February bag, ditto
March, etc. April’s bag would hardly close! A few years ago I went to a talk
given by a very enthusiastic professional gardener and he gave very precise
instructions about how and when to grow your tomatoes from seed. I thought
that I would pass this on to you as I am going to try it out for myself this year.
This is what he said... Plant your seeds on February 11th. (No idea why.
This year it is a Saturday.) It will take seven days for them to germinate. (I
presume there must be some heat involved.) In eleven days they should be
ready for pricking out, and only prick out those that have a good expanded
leaf. (These will be the healthiest cultivars.) Pot on into 5” pots for big root
formation. Plant into final positions the third week in April (not outside as
there could still be a frost). If using a growbag warm it up for three days
before planting into it (i.e. don’t use it straight from the garden centre where
it has been outside all winter). If possible face the first truss to the south,
and my notes say that you should get the first tomatoes in early July. Well,
shall we give it a go?
         This week we have scattered industrial salt on the asparagus bed
to keep down the annual weeds. It is very effective and the asparagus does
not mind. Why not use salt on some of the other weeds in the garden? We
have had very good results using it on dandelions and alkanet, both plants
with very long tap roots that are difficult to get out in one piece. If only a little
piece of the root remains the plant will regenerate, as those of you who have
tried to weed out dandelions will have discovered. Just put a teaspoon of
salt right into the centre of the dandelion; you can score the centre a little
with a knife too, so the salt goes right in. We have found that the plant just
withers away, though occasionally a second application might be necessary
for a big specimen. I would imagine that table salt would work just as well
as the industrial salt if you don’t have that to hand. Apparently there is
supposed to be a certain time of the year known as ‘dandelion and burdock
fortnight’ when the dandelion will come out easily with its root entire. I’m
trying to find out when it is. (I wish Joan Jerrome was here to ask.) There is
much to know about the burdock, all very interesting, but too much for this
column so I’ll just pass on this helpful hint about the dandelion. I quote:
         “The seed of a special broad-leaved variety of Dandelion is sold by
seedsmen for cultivation for salad purposes. Dandelion can be blanched in
the same way as endive, and is then very delicate in flavour. If covered with

an ordinary flower-pot during the winter, the pot being further buried under
some rough stable litter, the young leaves sprout when there is a dearth of
saladings and prove a welcome change in early spring. Cultivated thus,
Dandelion is only pleasantly bitter, and if eaten while the leaves are quite
young, the centre rib of the leaf is not at all unpleasant to the taste. When
older the rib is tough and not nice to eat. If the flower-buds of plants reserved
in a corner of the garden for salad purposes are removed at once and the
leaves carefully cut, the plants will last through the whole winter.”
         Perhaps you don’t want to poison them with salt after all.

Best local post office in the area
Lechlade Post Office has been awarded the accolade of ‘Top Performer –
Mails’ in recognition of the increasing volume of mail that is handled by the
office and the revenue generated. Lechlade has achieved the best
performance out of 40 post offices in our local region, trebling its business
in the last year.
         Officer-in-charge Anne Wilden says, “We couldn’t have done it
without the great support of the local people” and she would like to thank the
people of Lechlade and the surrounding area for using Lechlade Post Office
and taking advantage of the wide range of postal services it provides.
         If we continue to use the post office regularly, Anne and her staff
hope to offer even more services in the future.

Come and help clear the Downington Ditch
Working in partnership with the Environment Agency the Town Council has
agreed a maintenance schedule for the Downington Ditch. The Town Council
engages volunteers to clear a section of the ditch each spring and the
Environment Agency's own staff undertake their own clearance in the
autumn. This ensures that the ditch is well maintained throughout the year
whilst minimising disturbance of wildlife or birds during their breeding
seasons which occur during the late spring and summer months. Training,
tools and refreshments are provided and last year's volunteers genuinely
enjoyed the day.
        If you are interested in taking part please contact Cllr Sue Coakley
01367 253306 or email sue@suecoakley.plus.com.


Wednesday 1st      THEATREGOERS ‘Matilda’ at Cambridge Theatre, London
Saturday  4th      LITTLE LEARNERS Open Day 10:00am-12noon
                   SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Methodist Hall 2:00pm
                   TENNIS CLUB Memorial Hall 7:30pm Jazz evening
Tuesday     7th    U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘China’s Ancient and Modern
                   WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Mysterious Tales of the Forest of Dean’
                   TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Wednesday 8th      MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm ‘Working with Bereaved
                   GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm ‘Valentine Ideas
                   for Flower Arranging’
Friday      10th   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Wednesday   15th   COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
Thursday    16th   LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘Pen and Polisher’
Sunday      19th   COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
Monday      20th   HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘The Waterborne Home
Tuesday   21st     SHROVE TUESDAY
Wednesday 22nd     ASH WEDNESDAY
                   ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 2:00pm Humorous talk on art
Friday      24th   PLAYERS Memorial Hall 7:30pm One-act plays
                   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday    25th   LIONS Pavilion 11:00am Bric-a-brac sale
                   PLAYERS Memorial Hall 7:30pm One-act plays


                                                      Each Tuesday                Day Centre
                                                      Each Wednesday              Fitness Lea
                                                      Each Thursday               Country Ma
                                                                                  Bridge Club
                                                                                  Scottish Dan
                                                      1st Sunday each month       Antiques Fa

                                     Secretaries/organisers: PLEASE enter details of your eve


          MARCH 2012
          Thursday     1st    THEATREGOERS Ballet at Birmingham
          Friday       2nd    SERENADE AND SANDWICHES St Lawrence Church 12 noon Recital
                              of English Song. Donations to church restoration appeal
                              WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Baptist Church
          Saturday     3rd    SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Methodist Hall 2:00pm
          Monday       5th    LITTLE LEARNERS Pie & Pudding Night at Colleys 7:30pm
          Tuesday      6th    U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘Bletchley Park’
                              WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Radio Stations Under Fire in West Africa’
          Friday       9th    RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Tuesday      13th   ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm AGM and ‘Cave Painting’
                              TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Wednesday 14th      MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm ‘From Belfast to Lechlade’
                              GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm ‘The Importance of
          Thursday     15th   LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘League of Friends of
                              Fairford Hospital’
          Sunday       18th   MOTHERING SUNDAY
                              COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
          Monday    19th      HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘The Bayeux Tapestry’
          Wednesday 21st      BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION Pino’s restaurant
                              COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
          Friday       23rd   LENT LUNCH Memorial Hall 12:30pm
          Friday       30th   CIVIC SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm AGM and ‘Politicians and the

          18th – 31st March      FAIRFORD HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS
                                     House-to-house collection


  10:30am – 3:00pm Memorial Hall
ague 9:45am Memorial Hall
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ents in the Town Diary which is kept in Lechlade Library


  We congratulate:
  3rd December     Ewan Cotter and Rosalind Dale

   We remember:
   22nd December          Eileen Forster

        We remember also:         John Oldroyd
                                  Hilda Smith

Taken from a piece written by Joan Jerrome for the February/March 1987
Though many days of February are damp with grey-white mist, cold and
squelchy underfoot, when the sun shines one can sense the coming of
Spring, with nature awakening and buds beginning to swell. We enjoy our
resident songsters; among the most beautiful, the blackbird with his
full-throated symphony of liquid sound. The tiny wren too pours out a torrent
of song from a high point in the hedge. The wren being entirely insectivorous
feeds along the hedgerow, probing with its slender bill into cracks and
crevices for grubs, larvae, small spiders, flies and beetles. Periods of hard
weather often mean disaster for the wren with food difficult to find. In very
severe conditions, to keep warm, many birds huddle together in one
communal nest, tails pointing outwards.
          Another bird fascinating to watch is the kestrel or to give it its old
folk name ‘wind hover’, a name which characterises its effortless hovering
when searching for prey. The kestrel will use treetops and telegraph poles
as perches and lookout posts. Kestrels are solitary birds and, apart from
mating time, it is very rare to see more than one. Their colouring is very
attractive with blue-grey head and tail, light chestnut back with black marking,
and creamy white underparts. The female is similar with dark brown
markings. Both have a black band on the tail, noticeable when hovering. The
call is a shrill ‘kee-kee-kee’.

Eileen Forster – a tribute from her family
Eileen was born in Nanpantan, Leicestershire on 11th March 1933, eldest of
two daughters to Myer and Ellen Levin. The family had moved to north-west
London by 1939 and she met Ron at youth club in Kingsbury in the 1950s.
They were briefly separated whilst Ron completed his National Service.
Eileen worked for the London Press Exchange as a statistician and head of
department before marriage to Ron in 1961. They lived for a few years in
Kenton, Middlesex, where Simon and Michele were born.
         Ron worked for Hambro Life (later Allied Dunbar), travelling all over
the UK as a premises manager. When the company relocated to Swindon in
1974, the family looked around the local area and very quickly settled upon
Lechlade, where a brand new estate, Lechlade Park, was being built. Eileen
and Ron purchased one of the first houses on the new estate with its open
views to the cricket club. They were the only one of the original owners not
to have moved on!
         Eileen was a keen gardener and flower arranger. She had worked
at the local florist and at the library. She was also an avid reader, enjoyed
crosswords and computer puzzles.
         Eileen and Ron celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June
last year on safari in South Africa, which had been a long held desire. Eileen
was incredibly proud of her family and their achievements. Simon is married
to Jo and has two daughters, Jasmine and Nadine. Michele is married to
Mike and has two sons, Liam and Jake.
         Unassuming and private, Eileen lived a quiet and simple life. To her
family and friends and other people around her, she gave much but asked
for very little in return. Barely apart from Ron for any length of time for almost
60 years, Eileen’s health began to deteriorate in September and she passed
away peacefully on December 7th with her family around her.
         Taken too soon, a light has gone out without so much as a flicker.
All we have left is the precious memory of how brightly it burned and the
warmth it gave us.

In the last edition of The Bridge, I compared the Lechlade of 1982, when The
Bridge first appeared in its current incarnation, to today’s community through
the window afforded by the articles in this magazine. The overall impression
was of a lively community that was strong on continuity. However, the
pictured painted by comparing the advertisements of then and now is of
change; both in terms of the businesses in the town itself and of changes in
the way our lives operate.
           The first striking difference is the number of advertisements;
forty-seven in 1982 but only thirty-one in 2011. It is amazing to realise that
in 1982 we hadn’t even heard of the Internet let alone learnt to “Google”
anything! Advertising possibilities are now much wider and businesses think
bigger. Lechlade Garden Centre advertised in 1982; they think on a rather
larger scale these days! In 1982 80% of the adverts were for Lechlade
businesses whereas the current figure is 64%. We are used to shopping
across a wider area and the way businesses advertise reflects this.
           The second surprise is the nature of the advertisers’ businesses. In
1982 75% of the Lechlade advertisers were selling actual things to buy and
many of them were useful everyday things rather than “antiques”. Six shops
advertised groceries, bread and cakes including Coxeters (Londis), Spar
(where the antiques are next to the Post Office), Deacons (which is no longer
a shop at all) and The Tavern Stores (which had a recent brief life as a
college). It is difficult to imagine the town supporting this many purveyors of
everyday goods today in competition with the “You shop and we drop”
approach to trading! Some shops sold more frivolous items such as “Glen
Crochet” in Thames Street, which advertises “Icelandic” sweaters, and “Bits
and Pieces” in Oak Street and “Serendipity” (the antiques market by the
traffic lights) which sold gifts.
           With only 30% of the current Lechlade advertisers selling actual
things, the focus is much more on services. We can take care of ourselves
physically with osteopathy, chiropody and Pilates; financially, by keeping our
accounts up together, and legally, by visiting the solicitor.
           The trend is the same when you look at the advertisers from outside
the town although the number of advertisers is similar. In 1982 I could buy
haberdashery, soft furnishings or fruit and veg in Fairford whilst televisions
and jewellery were only a little further away in Highworth. I can’t buy any
actual things from the current crop of non-Lechlade adverts but I can still
look after myself in various ways. However, the big opportunities are in
improving my home environment with the help of architects, builders and
landscape gardeners.
           Some of the 1982 adverts seem to hark back to a bygone world even
though it is only thirty years ago! Stanley F. Crowe is selling coal and coke
from his Burford Road depot, Crossleys milk retailers operate out of Swan

Close, J. E. Powell and Son describe themselves as “general drapers and
outfitters” (the charity shop on the corner of St John’s Street) and J. Sparkes
& Son advertise their ironmongery (now the appropriately named antique
shop). Sparkes always looked chaotic but they sold everything you ever
wanted and in the ones and twos that you needed; as long as you were
prepared to rummage through a tin of left over bits and pieces to find it! One
advertisement seems out of place – the mole catcher. It is in the 2011
magazine but it seems to come from Victorian times; even the 1982
magazine seems too recent!
          Amongst all this change there are some reassuring constants. Some
advertisers have stood the test of time and feature in both publications.
Moore Allen and Innocent are the only advertisers with exactly the same
name, although they do state that they were established in 1845 so thirty
years is nothing to them! John Coxeter has morphed into Londis and The
Paper Shop is now Lechlade News but they are the same businesses in the
same locations. Finally, Lechlade W.I. Market was welcoming everybody to
the Memorial Hall on a Thursday morning in 1982. It is now Lechlade Country
Market in Church Cottage in the Market Square but on the same day. It’s
essentially the same thing but the name seems somehow more fitting to the
21st century!
          What will Lechlade business community be like in 2041? My guess
is that you won’t be able to buy a thing, except antiques of course, but you
will be able to get your every health need attended to from the comfort of
your architect designed landscaped home!

What a wonderful way to celebrate a centenary!
Lechlade has raised over £9,323 in one year. £470.78 was collected at the
Garden Centre in March. St Birinus held a very successful coffee morning
in September and raised a splendid £685. The weekenders held two
meetings and raised a total of £425, but pride of place must be Penny and
Bob and their team at The Trout who have raised just over £3,180 from a
raffle and sales at the “Jam Shop” on the bar.
         Costs to train the nurses continue to rise and I don’t think there is
anyone who has not personally benefited from one of these splendid people
or known of someone who has. Cancer sadly seems on the increase, but
so are the cures and we do not always hear of these.
         I am extremely grateful to you all. Thank you.
                               “The Jam Lady”

So, 2012 is here and I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to everyone on behalf
of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. If, like me, you indulged ever so slightly
(!) and now feel in need of some exercise, what better way than to visit some
of the stunning nature reserves around the county?
         Gloucestershire has some beautiful areas, and I’m very fortunate to
have the opportunity to work in most of them. I could just direct you to our
website to encourage you to get out and visit some of our nature reserves,
but I reckon I’ll have more success if I whet your appetite a little by waxing
lyrical about some of these wildlife hotspots.
         Starting at the opposite side of the county, certain parts of the Forest
of Dean quite simply take your breath away. Going up to the viewpoint at
Lancaut nature reserve and looking both ways along the river Wye gorge is
just magnificent. You’d have to go a long way to find a better picnic spot, and
if you visit at the right time of year you might be rewarded with sightings of
the quickest bird in the world, the Peregrine Falcon.
         Heading south and east across the river Severn you’ll find Lower
Woods SSSI, GWT’s largest nature reserve. This 700 hectare ancient
woodland is alive with bats, birds, butterflies and a stunning array of wild
flowers – the bluebells in spring are a sight not to be missed. Ancient
woodland management practices are being employed to restore the 23
separate woods back to their former glory, resulting in a range of sustainable
woodland produce that anyone can buy to support the work of the Trust.
         Going north you’ll find our Stroud suite of nature reserves, a beautiful
blend of grassland and woodland – a real must for anyone with an interest
in butterflies. Daneway and Strawberry Banks are just two of the highlights
of a number of reserves in fairly close proximity allowing for longer walks
taking in two or more sites.
         Next on the list are the Severn Hams reserves, spearheaded by
Coombe Hill, a large wetland site that regularly floods in winter (at the time
of writing it’s flooded!). This site is a haven for wintering wildfowl and waders,
and in the year just passed Oystercatchers bred for the first time since the
site was devastated by the floods of 2007.
         Travelling east across the Cotswolds takes you to Greystones Farm
at Bourton-on-the-Water, the focus point for our reserves in the north
Cotswolds. This organic cattle farm is the home to Salmonsbury Meadows
SSSI and the Salmonsbury Camp Ancient Monument – a fantastic blend of
wildflower-rich meadows and intriguing underground history.
         And last, but by no means least – the Cotswold Water Park reserves.
Obviously I don’t need to say much about them, because you’ve visited them
all already, haven’t you?!
                                   Steve Edmonds
                       South Cotswolds Reserves Manager

Lechlade Gardening Club wishes all its members and prospective members
a Happy New Year. As you may be aware, Lechlade Garden Centre has
decided to open a club called the Lechlade Gardening Club. This has led to
confusion but talks by us with them are still ongoing. We would like to reaffirm
that Lechlade Gardening Club, formed in the late 20th century, still meets
on the second Wednesday in the month at Lechlade Memorial Hall at 7:30pm
and we hope you will continue your support of this community group.
          December’s talk on Trug Making by Carl Sadler had to be cancelled
due to inclement weather but his talk took place at the January meeting. His
place in December was therefore taken by Peter Payne, lock keeper at St
John’s Lock, Lechlade, on the development through history of St John’s Lock
and the importance of river conservation. It was well received and full of

Future events include:
8th February – ‘Valentine Ideas for Flower Arranging’ by Caroline McShane
14th March – ‘The Importance of Bees’ by the Cotswold Bee Man, Chris
11th April – ‘The Royal Parks’ by Jim Butress
                            Enquiries to 01367 253121

The grand sum of more than £2,000 was raised by the League of Friends
at its Christmas bazaar. The event, which raises funds for the League’s
community work, offered a wide range of stalls and refreshments, which
were included in the entry charge. The bazaar was also the venue for the
annual charity draw, which raised nearly £1,000. An extra boost to takings
came from the sale of Christmas cards.
          “We were delighted by how well our fund-raising efforts have gone
this year,” said David Phillips, the League’s chairman. “Our charity shop in
Lechlade came on stream recently and we hope that will help us achieve
the large sum we need each year to maintain our work in the community.”
          The organisation can always use offers of help at the shop and with
its activities, which include drivers for the car scheme and collectors for the
house-to-house collection which has been fixed for the end of March 2012.
Offers to the Administrator, Mrs Julie Zarczynski (01793725091), or the
charity shop.

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 February–March 2012 as recorded in the floodlighting diary:-

February 20th   Remembering Constance on her birthday
February 27th   In memory of Bud Miles
March 8th       Always remembering Ken – his birthday. Joan Liller
March 8th       In memory of Dr Christopher Hasbury
March 11th      In memory of Jane Krouse
March 12th      In memory of Jane Krouse yesterday, today and always
March 14th      In memory of Edna Medley
March 16th      Thinking of you – Henry Smart
March 19th      Remembering Alan with love on our wedding anniversary –
March 20th      In memory of Nicholas Miles
March 24th      Remembering my beloved Helen. Joan Liller
March 27th      Caroline’s birthday

In addition donations were made for:-

January 31st    Remembering Alan with love on his birthday –Tess

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. 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

At the recent prestigious Nursery Management Today awards ceremony
held in London, Louise Jenkins of Lodersfield was delighted to be announced
as runner-up in the category “Nursery Manager of the Year”. This is a
national competition, and for her Filkins Nursery, being judged alongside
many larger units across the country, is indeed a great achievement.

This poem has been written by Laura Thornton of The Bloom Room in
Lechlade. We would welcome more contributions from local people on local
subjects which we could consider for publication from time to time. So please
send us your work, either prose or verse.

“Why do they call it the Roundhouse?”
My Gramp knew the reason because
He’d been walking the river’s path
Long before I ever was

He’d float, boat, fish and steal
Moorhens’ eggs from nests, for real
Now my feet know the same path as he
For the river’s attached itself to me

My dogs have know the best spot for a dunk
My boy where his twig galleons have sunk
I pick berries for crumbles and sloes for gin
Watch one season leave, as another comes in

I’ve seen Kingfishers, Herons, dropped raisins for Sparrows
Glimpsed Otters, Woodpeckers and the Red Arrows
Its curves are familiar to me, as my own
The view from Ha’penny Bridge means I’m home

And I hope one day, when my boy asks
“Why do they call it The Roundhouse?”
I’ll tell him the same as my Gramp told me
“It’s so the cat won’t poop in the corner”

                              Laura Thornton

Recycle, help poorer countries and raise funds for our school
St Lawrence School is really trying to raise awareness of eco issues,
especially waste and trying to reduce it. We looked into recycling and came
across the 'Rag Bag' scheme. This scheme is helping the environment and
helping local authorities meet their recycling targets, and also has the added
benefit of raising funds for our school.
         We found it met our needs to recycle unwanted clothes, but also old
rags, such as socks with holes, ripped and worn trousers or stained, ruined
clothes, which we all felt we had a lot of. We were delighted as it meant we
were not in direct competition with our local charity shops. We collect all
types of unwanted textiles including clothes, paired shoes (tied together),
hats, belts, curtains, towels and bedlinen. We can also take unwanted soft
toys (which some charity shops can't take).
         What we want is every time someone needs to throw out something
made of fabric, to stop, put it in a plastic bag and put it in our recycle bin
which is situated at the far end of the school car park. The textiles are sorted,
then graded according to quality for reuse or recycling. Good quality textiles
are exported to Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, providing good quality
affordable clothing. Poor quality textiles are cut into industrial wiping cloths.
         We chose to have a permanent bin. When it is full of plastic carrier
bags containing items for recycling, we just ring up and get it collected that
day. Once collected the textiles are weighed and sorted, then our school
gets a little bit of money too. We have decided to use any money made to
fund 'green' projects that our children want to get involved with in our school.
We are working towards our Eco Schools Bronze Award.
         So please, anyone who has any unwanted textiles, put them in
a plastic bag and put them in our recycle bin. The bin is clearly marked
with the Rag Bag logo.
                                 Heidi Brogden

The Society's Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 30th March
at Lechlade Memorial Hall, to hear of proposals and plans that affect our
town. All attendees are invited to air matters of local concern. Additionally,
you can enjoy a talk by Paul Wilenius, a renowned and vastly experienced
journalist, who will relate his life working with ‘Politicians and the Media’.
         Light refreshments will greet you from 7:00pm; the AGM commences
at 7:30pm and will be followed by the guest speaker.
         Civic Society members and any resident of Lechlade will be most
                Hon. Secretary – Bob Dennish 01367 252477

2011 may not be remembered for its long, sunny days, but it rained less and
on fewer days than either in 2010 or for the average for the area, using Brize
Norton data for the latter. Over a period of years, rainfall in the area has
fallen on 232 days. In 2010, it only rained on 156 days and in 2011, on 145
          In only February and December was the average reached, February
exceeding it by 3.75mm and December by 7mm. Not a huge amount in either
          Average rainfall for the area is 741mm or 29.2 inches. In Lechlade,
the 2011 total was 439mm or 17.3 inches. The 2010 figures were 500mm
or 19.7mm respectively. Despite the disparity in the figures, the amount of
rain falling on the days when rain was recorded was almost exactly 3mm for
the long term average, 2010 and 2011, which just goes to show that it is just
raining less frequently than in the past.
          Over the last two years, rainfall in Lechlade has averaged 470mm
(18.5 inches) – 63% below the area average. Little wonder the water levels
in the Nature Reserve lakes are the lowest anyone can remember!
          March and April were exceptionally dry months, with only 9.25mm
falling in March and 1.5mm in April, only 11% of what should have fallen in
the two months. The longest dry spell of the year ran from 15th April to 6th
May, inclusive, 22 days.
          Rainfall in 2011 was some 12 inches less than the area average,
and it would have been hoped that the winter rainfall would have made good
this deficit. Average rainfall in January and February totals only 4.2 mm, and
March is normally one of the driest months of the year.
          An awful lot of rain is going to have to fall in January and February
if a water shortage is to be avoided. It is not scaremongering to say that a
hosepipe ban threatens early in the year. Gardeners, in particular, should
be considering installing butts to save rainwater, if they have not already
done so. Where there is room, a second could be added!
                                  Richard Dadson

Happy New Year from AIL!
Have you made a New Year’s Resolution yet? Why not make a promise to
yourself to have a go at some of the Arts in Lechlade activities on offer in
2012? You are most welcome to come along and try out any of the following
group activities:

Ha’penny Bridge Singers meet at the Baptist Church, Lechlade, at 7:30pm
every second and fourth Wednesday of the month: 8th and 22nd February,
14th and 28th March.

South Cotswold Society of Recorder Players will meet in the Methodist
Hall, Lechlade, 2:00pm–5:00pm on Saturday 4th February (conductor Philip
Evry) and Saturday 3rd March (conductor John Hawkes). Non-members
£4.00 entry.

Lechlade Community Band meets in St Lawrence School, 7:00–9:00pm
on the first and third Wednesday of the month: 1st and 15th February, 7th
and 21st March.

Lechlade Art Society meets in the Memorial Hall once a month with a guest
demonstrator or speaker:
Wednesday 22nd February at 2:00pm – Humorous talk on art by Beryl Maile
Tuesday 13th March at 7:00pm – AGM and talk on Cave Painting by Robin

TATT (Tunes at the Trout) meets once a month at the Trout Inn, Lechlade:
Tuesdays 7th February and 13th March at 8:00pm.
Free entrance. Contact Jack Brothwell on jackbunny9@hotmail.com for

Riverfolk Acoustic meets on the second and last Friday of each month,
8:00pm in the Creel Bar at the Trout Inn:
10th and 24th February – Sing/play arounds. Entrance £1.00.
9th March – Short sing/play around plus special concert by Dave Ellis and
Boo Howadine. Entrance £2.00.

Lechlade Players perform plays and events for the entertainment of the
local community and visitors. They welcome everyone interested in
performing, helping backstage, front of house, publicity etc. Telephone
01367 253351 or email catherine.hitchman@virgin.net for further details.

Lechlade Scottish Country Dance Club meets every Thursday evening
at the Memorial Hall at 7:30pm. First session free. Contact Shirley Jenkins
on 01367 252623 for details.

See our website www.artsinlechlade.co.uk or email jay@artsinlechlade.co.uk
for further details of any AIL arts events or activities.

Our 2012 programme gets under way at noon on Friday 2nd March with a
new “Serenade and Sandwiches” when Richard Worthing-Davies,
baritone, will give us a Recital of English Song. Richard was in his youth
offered a place at the Guildhall School of Music to study singing but turned
instead to a management career, and more recently to practise
psychotherapy, but has now taken up his musical skills again and given
successful recitals. His centrepiece will be George Butterworth’s haunting
song series “A Shropshire Lad”. Butterworth’s hugely promising career was
cut short in the Great War, a heavy loss to English music. We look forward
to this concert with great pleasure; as usual admission is free and wine and
refreshments will follow with donations to the appeal.
         The Lechlade Christmas Concert in December was once again a
simply wonderful occasion, with a splendid audience in good well-mulled
voice and superb performances by the special choir directed by Rachel Bath.
We are especially grateful to Rachel for her inspired leadership. It was lovely
to have high Lechlade talent on display: Kathryn Tapley played one of
Vivaldi’s oboe concerti and then Charlotte Colley and Charlotte Hall were
among the soloists in Vivaldi's “Gloria”, joined by Sebastian Field, who is a
very fine countertenor from the Gloucester Cathedral choir. At the organ,
John Wright was his usual incomparable self. The celebratory occasion is
its own justification, but it also raised £1200 for the appeal and made a
magnificent end to a year which has seen some memorable music making
in the church.
         Our Curry Night in November was again great fun, patronised by
nearly seventy diners. Junab Ali has since sold the Jaflong business as he
found his many other interests, including as a Swindon councillor, were
proving too demanding. We are so grateful to him and his team for their
generous, friendly and gracious hospitality on many such occasions (curries
nobly and enjoyably eaten for the fund now much exceed 700 plates over
the years) and look forward, we hope, to continuing this event with our new
                          For the Appeal Committee
                                  Keith Salway

"Twickers” entertains Wessex Male Choir
The Wessex Male Choir, following their success at the International
Eisteddfod in June 2011, have been receiving some interesting invitations
and one of these was to go to Twickenham Stadium, the home of English
rugby, to perform to a crowd of 30,000 before kick-off on Saturday 3rd
December. The match was raising funds for the Help for Heroes charity and
was a contest between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. We arrived
about midday and were royally treated in the England Rugby International
Club until we went on the pitch for a sound check. The kick-off was at 4:30pm
and so before that time we entered the arena to entertain the crowd with
World in Union, Blades of Grass and Swing Low. Some of us, not having
been to a top rugby match let alone walking into the largest arena in the UK
that stages rugby, were in awe. The crowd loved it and we think we acquitted
ourselves well. We had a magnificent day watching the match and the other
entertainment provided by the group Blake and the Spirit Dance Team.
         The Wessex Male Choir now begin their 11th year after an exciting
and rewarding 2011. As a result we will be travelling to various parts of the
UK giving concerts to aid charity as well as our annual summer concert on
16th June at Steam, Swindon, when we will host Kentucky University Ladies’
Choir – an event not to be missed.
         The choir are once again looking for new members, so if you are
male, over 18 years and would like to sing or maybe you are a wife/girlfriend
who knows that their man can sing but is too shy, why not get them to come
along to one of our rehearsals which are held at Abbey Meads, Swindon, on
Tuesdays at 7:30pm. You will not be committed by coming along but you
may well get hooked. You can get further information on the choir, its
repertoire    and      future     events     by    visiting    our    website
                                 Tim Yeoman

Kempsford Literary Festival
10th March
Susan Hill 2:00pm
Christine Hamilton "Confessions of a Battleaxe" 4:00pm
Tickets £7.50. Tel: 01285 898584 or tickets@kempsfordliteraryfestival.co.uk.

Acoustic Open Mic Night
The George, Kempsford
Sunday 26th February 8:30pm
Sunday 25th March 8:30pm
All welcome. Call Al on 01285 810588.


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