Lechlade Bridge for June July 2012

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					June - July 2012                                                Issue 183
FAREWELL LETTER FROM SAM EDWARDS
One of the first sermons I gave in Lechlade involved telling the story of Jesus
turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana, Galilee, which is the first
miracle story in John’s Gospel. I think it’s amazing and significant that Jesus
doesn’t begin his public ministry at the local synagogue or in a prayer meeting
or at a theological college. Instead what does he do at this critical and busy
time in his ministry? He decides to take time out of his busy schedule and
go to a friend’s wedding, but more than this he decides to use water jars that
were used for Jewish ceremonial washing and to transform their use, by
turning the water into wine, so that the party could continue. This miraculous
story tells me that Jesus is more concerned about building authentic kingdom
relationships than about traditions or rituals.
          Jesus’ emphasis on kingdom relationships is something that has
inspired and motivated me in the last two and three quarter years whilst in
Lechlade. Building relationships of trust, love and friendship between the
church and community is something I believe Jesus would be asking us to
do, and in some small but significant way things like Beans Coffee Morning,
Kids Club, Carols by Candlelight, Pub Carols, Easter ecumenical events and
last year’s Holiday Bible Club have developed God’s kingdom relationships
in a positive way. From what I see, there is still a long way to go though. The
churches and community need to work even more closely together, and
Christ’s concern for the poor, the marginalised and the ‘sinner’ needs to be
emulated through practical love, empathy and action. Just as the water jars’
use was changed and transformed, my prayer for the churches is that they
are not simply buildings people go into on a Sunday morning but places
where the Holy Spirit is working to bring change and transformation to
people’s lives each day of the week.
          As for me and Jenni, we will always have special memories of
Lechlade because it was the place where we were married. It has been a
privilege to serve Christ here and there have also been a number of friends
who have supported us throughout our time, and for this we thank you. We
have been blessed by God’s gracious hand guiding us throughout, and now
that we are moving to new pastures, we continue to go with the phrase ‘but
for the grace of God go I’. For it is God that called me to Lechlade, God who
has enabled the church and its mission to grow in the town and God who
now presents a new and exciting challenge for us in Lancashire. As I leave
Lechlade my one hope is that people will have seen Christ in me and that
God’s name has been honoured through my work. As for the future, I look
forward to living out my faith in two communities that have great social
problems and are in need of God’s love. If I can point people to God’s love
for them and bring honour to his name then this would be my biggest
achievement.
                  Sam Edwards, Baptist Minister-in-Training
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NEWS FROM ST LAWRENCE CHURCH
Easter is always a highlight of the Church calendar and 2012 was no
exception. ‘Experience Easter’ on 28–29 March saw school pupils setting
up various stations around the church to reflect on the Easter story. You
could stop at Gethsemane and think of Jesus’ anguish in the garden; sit at
the Last Supper and think about what the bread and wine represent; see
the Cross as the mixture of agony and salvation; observe the stone rolled
away from the empty tomb with a pathway consisting of stones which every
pupil had written their name on. It was a very moving and challenging
experience. The pupils did a wonderful job guiding visitors around the
exhibition, and they and their teachers deserve great credit for all their
inspiration and hard work.
         The 1st of April was Palm Sunday and we began the morning with
the traditional palm procession around the town followed by a joint service
at St Lawrence, when David Hopkins from the Baptist Church was the
preacher. The choir was in good voice, the weather was kind to us, and the
fluttering of palm crosses and branches was a wonderfully public
proclamation of our Christian faith. The Monday of Holy Week saw the
combined service to mark the end of our Lent Course. Nearly 70 people from
across the denominations signed up for the course studying Steven Croft’s
book ‘Experiencing God’s Love’. It was a joyfully varied, multimedia
smorgasbord of a celebration, complete with glow-sticks, foot-washing, an
agape meal and an opportunity to think about the different images of
transformation – rooted, washed, enlightened, tended and welcomed. The
quietness of the service of Compline was held on Tuesday and Wednesday
evenings and well attended. Maundy Thursday was a service of Holy
Communion and Foot-washing – a stark reminder that the ultimate fulfilment
of submission and service is Christ offering Himself on the Cross. On Good
Friday we had a combined March of Witness around the town with a very
evocative dramatised reading of the Passion narrative. We then separated
for our different services. At St Lawrence we held a Reflection on the Cross
and the choir very helpfully sang the Reproaches as a wooden cross was
displayed. It took us to the heart of our faith – the Son of God sacrificing
Himself so that we could be forgiven and reconciled to God. On Easter Day
the church service began in darkness until the Paschal Candle was lit,
representing the light of the resurrection on that first Easter Day – as the
Easter joy spread, so we lit other candles in the church and recited that
famous Orthodox Paschal greeting: ‘Christ is risen!’ ‘He is risen indeed.
Hallelujah!’ The movement from the dark terrors of Good Friday to the joyous
celebration of Easter Day is a truly profound spiritual experience.
         The Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held on 18 April and it
was good to see several new faces elected to the Parochial Church Council.
As well as the legalities of the event and various reports of church ministries,
it was also an opportunity to think about the future of the church family at St
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Lawrence and which direction God may be guiding us in. The Vicar’s Report
is available at the back of the church, but the main priorities were seen (with
the aid of a jolly Powerpoint presentation) to be prayer, Bible and mission.
We also thought about our resources in the shape of the church building,
the church cottage and our finances with a stewardship campaign to be run
in the autumn.
          Plenty of our youth went away for a weekend on 20–22 April and
had a great time together. Many thanks to all our leaders and Chris
Saunders, our Team Youth Worker, for their enthusiasm and commitment.
Sunday 22 April also saw Daniel Kirk (our CMS mission partner in Chile)
being ordained in London by Rt Rev. Hector ‘Tito’ Zavala, the Primate of the
Southern Cone. Dr Andrew Kirk, Daniel’s father and Lechlade stalwart, was
the preacher on that excellent international occasion. It was wonderful to
see so many friends, family and supporters travelling to London for the
ordination service. The next Sunday, 29 April, we had the baptisms of Joshua
Kirk (son of Daniel and Ellelein) and Poppy Hammond (the granddaughter
of our local doctor, Dr Ian Thomson). In the evening that day there was the
monthly youth service at the Baptist Church. It was tremendously exciting
to see the church well filled with young people, parents and supporters. I
gave the talk on the cost of following Christ and looked at the Christian
Church being persecuted in many parts of the world.
          As the wettest April on record gave way to a hugely underwhelming
May, the church of St Lawrence welcomed the Lechlade Food and Drink
Festival on 6 May in the Market Place. I was delighted to be asked to say a
prayer for the festival and all those attending, and the choir, and those brave
enough to venture outside, sang a stirring hymn before retreating back inside
to start the service! In the interests of quality control this vicar sampled the
burgers, olives and ‘Old Lech’ ale. I am pleased to report that everything
seemed in order.
          On Saturday 12 May the newly elected PCC went for a day away
to Kempsford Manor, where we enjoyed strolling around the gardens, having
a lovely lunch, and praying and talking about the priorities for the church.
Christian Aid Week began on Sunday 13 May and we had a good time at
our ‘Together at Ten’ service commissioning the collectors, thinking about
giving the right tools to those less fortunate than ourselves, and sticking
luminous yellow hand shapes on to the choir screen to pledge our support.
We thought about James Chapter Two in the New Testament and the
importance of ensuring our faith is worked out in practical action.
          Monday 14 May was the date set for another ‘Serenade and
Sandwiches’ event in aid of the Restoration Appeal. On this occasion the
‘Olympianist’, Anthony Hewitt, gave a wonderful recital and explained his
charity bicycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats with his trusty piano
travelling behind him in a van. A delightfully bonkers enterprise, but

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thoroughly worthwhile. You can learn more from his website:
www.olympianist.com.
          From all the above it should be clear that there is lots of diversity
and energy in the church family of St Lawrence and we give thanks to God
for that.
                            Andrew Cinnamond




ST LAWRENCE BELLS
Some of you may have noticed that the church bells have sounded different
in recent weeks. We know that many people are aware of the reason but,
just in case you are not one of them, we thought we should let you know
what is happening.
          During a routine inspection it was discovered that the headstock on
the third bell was cracked. The headstock is the part of the frame that is
attached to the bell and, if it failed, the bell would fall, and might even end
up in the porch as it is very heavy. Therefore we have not been able to ring
it for several weeks now. The same inspection revealed that there was also
a less drastic problem with the tenor bell and a part of that has now been
taken away for repair. With two bells out, we have decided not to ring at all
until all six are back in action.
          Members of the PCC have been very supportive and it is hoped that
the bells will be ringable again by the Jubilee weekend. So hopefully we will
be able to support the town’s Jubilee celebrations as planned.
                                        MW




LECHLADE COMMUNITY FUND
An article in the last Bridge set out the thinking behind a wish to create the
Lechlade Community Fund as a continuing fund to support valuable local
new projects in the town. The trustees of the Lechlade Heritage and
Development Trust, which will be the charitable body to carry the fund, have
been delighted that enough promises have been received – more will always
be welcome – to get this off the ground and we hope that over time it will
further build into a powerful force. Many thanks to those who have promised
standing order support and gifts. Funds will be accumulated until the autumn
and then suggestions will be invited for the first awards.
                                  Keith Salway

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LECHLADE BAPTIST CHURCH
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.
         Please note that Sam and Jenni Edwards’ last day with us will be
Sunday 17 June, when Sam will be preaching at the 10:30am service. All
are welcome.
         For further information on any of the above, please contact David
Duffey (01367 250368) or Lisa Cherrett (01793 861773).

News and Views
In April Sam Edwards travelled to Kolkata, India with a group from Bristol
Baptist College. On his return he wrote: “My trip was full of different
experiences … I felt encouraged to see the hands-on work the Baptist
Missionary Society (BMS) is doing to provide slum-dwelling children with
schooling and a better life. The children were so appreciative of even the
smallest gift, and seemed happy, even though they had so little. I also saw
the good work Christians are doing through a company called Freeset, a
fair-trade entity offering employment to women in Kolkata’s sex trade. This
hit home to me how much we can make a difference by buying their products
online: Freeset has a 96% success rate in bringing women out of prostitution.
But more than this, I was inspired by the Indian Christians' enthusiasm and
courage for the Gospel. We went to rural Muslim and Hindu villages to preach
the Gospel, and this was a risky business. But the Christians went with the
motto of William Carey, the first BMS missionary in north-east India: ‘Expect
great things from God; attempt great things for God.’ People were not
ashamed of the Gospel but ready to proclaim Jesus as Lord and Saviour
even if this meant danger, imprisonment, or death.”
                                  Vicky Stone

Sam and Jenni leave Lechlade with our love and best wishes for the future,
and with our thanks for their work in our community and their support of The
Bridge.


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SERVICES AT ST LAWRENCE CHURCH
Forthcoming special services and events:
Friday 1 June  12:00noon Jubilee Serenade and Sandwiches
Sunday 3 June 6:00pm       Jubilee Evensong
Sunday 10 June 10:00am     Together at Ten Family Service
Sunday 17 June 10:00am     Parish Communion – Father’s Day
Sunday 24 June 10:00am     Morning Prayer – Service of the Word
Sunday 22 July 10:00am     Parish Communion – Patronal Festival
Sunday 29 July 6:00pm      Songs of Praise at the Trout Inn

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 Communion – Prayer Book

      @the Ark – interactive sessions for children aged 3–14 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

         Team Vicar: Rev Andrew Cinnamond – 01367 253651

                            Churchwardens:
                       Paul Cobb – 01367 253100
                   Christine Vagnolini – 01367 252845



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LECHLADE HISTORY SOCIETY
We have arranged two evening visits this summer – Monday 18 June to
Fairford, and Monday 16 July to Wroughton. Booking essential. Please
contact Alan Garnell on 01367 253087 for details.
         At our April meeting Malcolm Watkins told us about ‘The Care of
Babies and Infants in Tudor and Stuart Times’. Much of our knowledge about
childbirth and the care of babies is taken from images in mainly Continental
paintings, engravings, embroideries, etc. Midwives were expected to be
highly skilled and were required to take an oath before a bishop that they
would carry out their duties to a high standard, care for poor as well as rich
women and not charge extortionate fees. Babies were ‘swaddled’ until the
age of three months by being tightly wrapped from head to toe in strips of
linen cloth, with their arms and legs inside the wrapping so that they were
unable to move. They were probably kept in this uncomfortable state all day
long as it was believed that movement of the limbs had to be restricted to
keep their bones straight. Swaddled babies were often hung on a nail on the
door to keep them off dirty floors.
         Teething rings were sometimes made from coral as there was a
strong belief that this protected children from being stolen by fairies. Rattles
could be very ornate with ‘bells and whistles’ to amuse the child but walking
frames usually had fixed wheels so that the child could only go back and
forth in a monotonous straight line.
         Malcolm had subtitled his talk ‘Boil a Mouse in Urine’. In 1621 Grace
Acton’s recipe book included instructions for preventing bedwetting: a mouse
should be boiled in urine, then pounded to a paste with chopped acorns and
coal and fed to the child on an empty stomach. Even in the early 20th century,
‘mouse sandwiches’ were used as a cure for bedwetting.
         For further information about the society, please contact Alan Garnell
on 01367 253087 or visit www.lechladehistory.co.uk.



ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION
Cirencester Branch
The collecting boxes in and around Lechlade and Fairford raised £1238.36
in the year ending 31 December 2011. I would like to thank all those
businesses and clubs who hold boxes and the generous members of our
communities who donate.
         There will be an RNLI Flag Day in the centre of Lechlade and also
at Lechlade Garden Centre on Saturday 23 June. This will run in conjunction
with the one in Cirencester on the same day.
                                Joan Tyrrell
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GLOUCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST
Wind in the Willows comes to the Cotswolds
If anyone was adventurous enough to have braved the elements and walked
through Greystones Farm Nature Reserve in Bourton-on-the-Water over the
past few weeks, they may have been greeted by the terrifying roars of local
schoolchildren coming from the hay barn. They certainly would have been
alarmed by the sight of a six and a half foot badger, a dapper water vole, a
myopic mole and a toad of confused gender driving a convertible sports car.
Who wouldn’t be? But there’s no need to panic, for these bizarre goings-on
are part of our Cotswold Rivers Living Landscape programme, which, in
partnership with the Dreamshed Theatre Company, has put on a series of
specially adapted Wind in the Willows performances which have delighted
over 900 people (in truth three smaller children cried, but other than that
people were delighted). Written specially for GWT by Dreamshed’s Bill
Cronshaw (aka Badger), this version has American mink as the baddies,
invited to the riverbank by one of Toad’s madcap schemes and consequently
terrorising Ratty (a water vole of course) and his kin. In the denouement,
the mink are captured by the characters’ friends in the audience, and it is
strange that it has taken us this long to realise that the best way to catch
mink is to lure them into an Audi S4 convertible by way of a cross-dressing
toad. Embarrassing really, but we live and learn.
         I’ll talk about water voles in Lechlade in ensuing articles, because
there are important populations of this beleaguered mammal right under
your noses (clearly I don’t mean that they’re clinging precariously to your
upper lip, but they are clinging precariously to existence, and GWT are
working hard – with partners such as the Cotswold Water Park Trust, the
Environment Agency, the Cotswold Rivers Trust and Natural England – to
ensure their continued survival).
         The Dreamshed cast have been fantastic throughout,
accompanying GWT staff and the schoolchildren down to the riverbank at
Greystones Farm to see Ratty’s real home and learn about river wildlife
conservation, but most of all to have fun in the countryside. It has been a
real pleasure to see the audiences responding so enthusiastically to the
characters, and to see children buzzing through the water meadows like
inebriated bees (they weren’t inebriated – I’d like to stress that most
vigorously). It is so important that children get outside to play in the natural
environment and to recognise that they are a part of it, not separate from it.
Badger’s closing lines from the play encapsulate the importance of this
connection very aptly: “It was a bond that would remain strong as long as
there was the countryside – and people (like you) who care deeply enough
about it.”
         If you are interested in volunteering to help wildlife in the Cotswolds,
either at our reserves in the water park or further afield, please contact me
at will.masefield@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk or 07793 307056.
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                             Will Masefield
                Cotswold Rivers Community Wildlife Officer

Steve Edmonds, who previously wrote for us on behalf of GWT, has now
moved to a new post in Devon. We thoroughly enjoyed reading Steve’s lively
reports and we are delighted that Will has offered to continue informing us
in such an entertaining way.


ST LAWRENCE CHURCH
Open Forum – tackling the big questions
In light of the current debate, initiated by the present government’s radical
proposal to ‘redefine’ marriage, a meeting is arranged to consider the issue:
                   ‘Marriage – what is all the fuss about?’
This will take place on Wednesday, 20 June at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall.
The discussion will be introduced by Dr Andrew Kirk.
          This is an open invitation to anyone to come and contribute their
opinion.



LECHLADE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
Malcolm Watkins, guest speaker at the April meeting, brought with him ‘A
Cabinet of Curiosities’ and we spent a fascinating evening as teams
attempted to identify this collection of unusual objects. There was much
creative guesswork, followed by surprise, as Malcolm later gave us the
correct explanations.
        In May Cherry Hubbard entertained us, in costume but without
knickers – just like the Tudors, with a talk on ‘Tudor Life’ accompanied by
many of the replica artefacts she uses to bring her tales alive. It was another
evening for us to rack our brains and be surprised at the ingenious objects
used for everyday tasks more than four hundred years ago.
        The meeting planned for 5 June has been cancelled as it clashes
with Diamond Jubilee street parties in Lechlade so our next meeting will be
on Tuesday 3 July. Susan Marshfield will give a talk called ‘Strange Things
Do Happen’.
        Do come and visit our cake stall at the Big Picnic – Party in the Park
behind the Memorial Hall on Monday 4 June.
        Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall, Lechlade, 7:15 for 7:30pm.
We welcome new members. If you would like to join us, contact Sheila
Bennett on 01367 252379 or find us on the Lechlade website –
www.lechladeonthames.co.uk.
                                Lynda Tubbs

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COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST
An update on progress




Inglesham Lock
This is the familiar view of the Roundhouse at Lechlade marking the point
at which the Thames and Severn Canal used to enter the Thames. It seems
an unchanging scene but behind the willow branches is Inglesham Lock,
which is now in trust hands and undergoing restoration.
          Over £100,000 has so far been pledged for the restoration and work
is well underway although, typically, there are challenges as well as
progress! Although the trust now owns the lock and a length of canal beyond
it, it does not own the Roundhouse itself or the bridge that leads to it. This
means that access for workers and machinery can be difficult. However, the
site has been surveyed, trees felled and the lock and a length of canal
upstream of it cleared. In exposing the spill weir a lot of beer bottles were
found, some from a Cirencester brewery, showing that working on canals
has always been thirsty work!
          A number of projects are in the pipeline. The lock brickwork is being
rebuilt but new lock gates will be required. The landing stage on the Thames
side of the lock was formerly by the Roundhouse so will need to be rebuilt
on the other side. Planning permission is being sought for this although water
voles have chosen the same spot to set up home! The trust is working with
English Nature to provide a new habitat for them in a run-off ditch that flows
into the Coln. Badgers have also got into the act by building a foraging sett
around the spill weir. They are being encouraged to forage elsewhere!
Upstream of the lock, the towpath was on the Roundhouse side. However,
this is currently in private ownership although the trust is hoping to buy it in
the future.




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Gateway Bridge to Inglesham
Beyond Lechlade’s own bit of the canal, restoration work is continuing apace
as this view of the previously overgrown and dilapidated Rucks Bridge shows.
Eysey Lock has also been rebuilt and a smart new Eastern Depot created
at Alex Farm.
          The major focus currently is on dredging, especially between the
Gateway Bridge on the Spine Road and Cerney Wick Lock where the
aspiration is to run a trip boat tapping into the potential customers visiting
the Gateway Centre. The spill weir has been rebuilt but water levels are
problematic with a lack of feeders, which will need to be managed. The
towpath along that stretch is heavily walked and needs adequate surfacing.
          Cowground Bridge, near Siddington, is another current project
where, amongst other things, trees are being cleared and dry stone walls
rebuilt.
          The usual pattern of work in this stretch of the canal is for trees and
canal bed clearance to happen in the autumn and winter and the, supposedly,
warmer and drier months to be kept for work parties undertaking specific
projects and towpath maintenance. This is where you, dear reader, come in!
The trust is always looking for new volunteers to help. There are opportunities
for daytime, evening and Sunday volunteering and a range of activities that
you can become involved with. If you are interested, check out the Cotswold
Canals Trust website www.cotswoldcanals.com or contact John Maxted
directly on 01285 861011 or maxtedj@aol.com.
                                      MW

UNIVERSITY NEWS
Don’t forget to let us know if you or other members of your family enter
university or other educational and training establishments this year or obtain
any qualifications. We would be very pleased to include news of your
achievements and successes in The Bridge.

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LECHLADE LIBRARY
Update from the Town Council
The Library Working Group has worked tirelessly over the past two years to
retain a County run library in Lechlade. Three public meetings have been
held to ensure that the actions we take are endorsed by residents of the
town. In addition we have written many letters and attended numerous
meetings with GCC.
         However, I am very sorry to have to tell you that our latest proposal
for a Local Library, utilising the extra hours from Fairford and the 3 hours
County library staffing in their Community Offer, has been rejected by the
County. This despite Lechlade Town Council pledging £6,000 per annum to
support the library and a Friends of the Library Scheme to raise additional
funds.
         We are very grateful to our good neighbours in Fairford who agreed
in principle to the reallocation of their extra hours to Lechlade subject to a
consultation with existing library users. It is very disappointing that their
generosity, and that of our town council and community, has been rejected
by the County.
     However, the Library Working Group has been successful in negotiating
much improved terms for a Community Library:

    The County will retain responsibility for the structure of the building.
    The £10,000 revenue grant from the County will potentially continue
    beyond the initial four years.
    Two more People’s Network PCs will be provided and supported by the
    County.
    We will get 3 hours on-site support per week from a member of the
    County’s library staff.
    We will be fully integrated with their library management system so that
    one card will provide access to both Community and County libraries.

We have set up a charity, endorsed by a public meeting on 27 July 2011, to
run a Community Library in Lechlade. We have support from a core of willing
volunteers and from Cotswold Volunteers who have offered the services of
the shop manager in Lechlade to help with volunteer staff rotas etc. However,
more volunteers will be needed if we are to keep the library open for the
same hours as at present. If you would like to help please contact me on
01367 253306 or sue@suecoakley.plus.com.
                             Cllr Sue Coakley




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LECHLADE LADIES’ GROUP
Our April speaker, Peter Grace, whose talk was entitled ‘The Lost Places
of Cirencester’, told us of the many lost opportunities in the recent history
of the town. The Abbey, torn down and replaced with a block of flats, has
only what remains of the Monks Tree standing in the grounds. St John’s
Hospital is now isolated. Black Jack Street, still one of the most character
parts of town, has lost many shops and the old council offices go unnoticed.
WH Smith was Bridges Garage until they relocated. Their derelict site has
recently shown some interesting archaeological finds – follow developments
at the new museum.
         In the Market Place, where some of the shop facades still resemble
the original premises, stood the town water pump; an iron grid is now in its
place. Farmers markets, the last agricultural link, have closed. The old
workhouse now houses Cotswold District Council. The town station, lost to
the Beeching cuts, had been a vital link to the outside world with connections
from Kemble to Paddington, Gloucester and Bristol. The railway workshops
on the site of the fire station and the old stone workers’ cottages in
Watermoor, now demolished to make way for flats, were a last link to
Cirencester’s industrial past. Factories which flourished in the town centre
were replaced by the Brewery car park
         Along Cricklade Street Bailey’s department store was redeveloped.
Thankfully the fire damage to Millets a few years ago was well renovated.
Many shops have changed tenancy including the late lamented Woolworths.
The development of Dyer Street in the sixties was the nadir for Cirencester
– an orgy of grey concrete – shop fronts torn down and the congregational
chapel demolished. The last cinema was demolished to make way for a
housing development above the remains of the Roman forum.
         In May we welcomed Mo Begg from ‘Cotswold Riding for the
Disabled’. Every week more than 23,000 children supported by over 18,000
volunteers are helped into the saddle and enjoy the thrill of horse riding. In
Cheltenham the CRD is based at the racecourse. As well as indoor mounts,
enabled by the use of a ramp, step and block/hoist, disabled riders are able
to ride out across the racecourse in fine weather. All the ponies are on loan,
selected for their temperament and ability to work to voice command. The
centre also provides riding holidays in Wales which give parents and carers
a break. Funds come from activities in the community including balls, golf
days and a racecourse stall. There is also a special collection on the day of
the Gold Cup.
         Our next meeting is on Thursday 21 June at 2:30pm when John
Clark will be speaking about an ‘Underwater Treasure Hunt’. All new
members are welcome.
                                 Diana Ord



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Barbara McNaught wrote this account of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee
celebrations for The Bridge in 2002. Is anyone willing to write for us about
this year’s Diamond Jubilee?
ONE PERSON’S JUBILEE
There are still some Union Jacks and bunting around the town to remind us
of that happy weekend. I wanted to have a large Union Jack on the house,
but with nowhere to put a vertical flagpole we would have to have hung it
over the front door and John said that the house would look like an embassy
… This was a weekend when the town came together and really celebrated.
A weekend to remember. Planning had started about a year before with a
committee formed and meeting every month to decide on a programme, find
funding and plan the details. These are just some of my impressions and
memories of it all. Let’s start with the tubs in the Market Place, which I hope
you agree are looking quite Golden. These are the work of the Gardening
Club, who agreed to plan, plant and maintain the six tubs for the Jubilee
year. Did you realise that they are filled with organic compost produced from
Oxfordshire’s waste recycling programme? Very good value and the plants
obviously love it. Pity Gloucestershire doesn’t do the same thing. Only one
tub disaster recently when one of the small conifers was taken away and
replaced with a brick!
         Friday of that weekend was the Balloon Launch and what a success
that was. I can’t tell you why I was moved by the sight of 50 golden balloons
sailing away up into the distance, but I was. The children who let them go
were clearly thrilled and loved their individual certificates designed and
printed by our computer guru, Barry. My job was to sell flags and red, white
and blue helium-filled balloons. They all sold out like hot balloons, not
surprisingly because I discovered afterwards that I had been selling them
below cost price. Very good value! Sadly the helium ran out before either
the balloons or the queue so I had to turn disappointed customers away.
         Saturday evening and it was the Jubilee Quiz organised by Probus.
Great fun, all questions to do with the last 50 years. I won’t tell you how badly
a team called the Judge and Jury did … John had to go to a service in
Salisbury on Sunday morning but I stayed here for the combined service at
St Lawrence. It was a memorable service of celebration and thanksgiving.
         No time to stop, it was fine weather for the Sponsored Walk around
the parish for the British Heart Foundation. I decided to go for the Full Monty
and walked the longest route. Happy chatting and nature ramble all rolled
into one, partly along the Thames Path and over the new wooden bridge. I
found a tiny bird’s nest of rabbit fur and straw which made my day.
         No time to stop, it was back to get ready for the Jazz Concert. Wow,
what a treat! Picnics of every shape and size; some formal, some informal.
Families and friends mingling and sharing and, would you believe, having a
good time. Children delighted to be able to run around and join in, all to the
background of great music played by the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Band.

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Because we are English it took till nearly the end before the dancing started,
but once that got going we could have danced all night.
         Good job we didn’t because there was no time to stop. Monday was
the day for the Street Parties and ours was a triumph. The Market Place, St
John’s Street, Wharf Lane and the School Yard all combined to have a party
in the Churchyard under the spreading copper beech tree. Such a feast! It
was a wonderful example of neighbourly co-operation. We seemed to have
the maximum of fun with the minimum of effort. But we didn’t drink enough!
We had beer left over! Bill Heslop took care of it and put it out the following
day for the refreshment of people walking along the Church Path and down
to The Trout. Some American visitors thought that England was always like
this. A good sum of money from donations to this has been given to the
Restoration Appeal.
         Time to stop, exhausted but well pleased. I feel that I’ve got to know
some people better and made some new friends. And I did buy the T shirt.
                                     BMcN



COTSWOLD WATER PARK TRUST
Volunteer help needed
In these days of the Big Society it seems that a growing number of people
are looking for opportunities to make a difference in their local area – the
Cotswold Water Park Trust can offer just such a chance. If you like being
outside, like meeting other people, like doing something where you can see
the results almost immediately, then why not come along and help with some
volunteering for the trust. You could spend the day outside with like-minded
people and above all make a difference from which you will directly benefit
– managed habitats mean more wildlife which means a more beautiful place
for you to explore and enjoy. Areas where we are currently looking for help
include:

The information desk at the Gateway Centre
Helping the ranger team on various tasks
Assisting with outdoor education sessions at Lower Moor Farm
Providing help with family events

No special experience is required and full training will be given, but it does
help if you are familiar with the area for the information desk and are
reasonably fit if wanting to work outdoors.
        If you would like to find out more, please call 01793 752413 or email
info@waterpark.org.
                                   Jill Bewley
                    Communication and Events Manager

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GARDENING HINTS
I feel rather chuffed. Last year, in June, I tried a gardening technique that I’d
never tried before; proper layering. Of course I have come across shrubs
and climbers that have layered themselves of their own accord, but I can’t
really take any credit for that. But this time I think that I can feel justifiably
pleased. I have a very good, very fragrant white wisteria and I wanted the
exact replica to plant as a twin further along the wall in the gravel garden.
The only way to get exactly the same one (label long gone missing) was to
clone it. We (the trusty Monica and I) read the books carefully and then had
a go with three long whips, two in pots and one straight into the ground.
Imagine our delight this month to find that all three look as though they have
taken. There will be rather an anxious moment when we come to severing
the new plant from its parent …
          Those of you of a squeamish disposition should stop reading now.
I needed some ericaceous compost, not something that I use very often.
There was an old bag sitting in the potting shed and I set about getting what
I needed out of it. To my great surprise I found two enormous slugs in the
bag. Not very surprising you might think as slugs and snails do get into bags,
bins, pots and anything else available – but the surprise was not that they
were there but what they looked like. I have never seen the like before and
I’m certain that they did not originate in this garden but were in the bag of
compost to start with. They were very beautiful. Yes, beautiful, truly. A
wonderful greeny brown with dark markings and stripes. I rushed to Google
(books are so passé now), and discovered that they were leopard slugs and
widely distributed in England and Europe. I’m afraid I did not want to kill them
but nor did I want them in the garden – they looked as though they could eat
a lot. So … I redistributed them to the churchyard. I’ve always thought that
it would make an ideal nature reserve and I didn’t think that God would mind.
Once you start reading about slugs there are endless tips and information
about how to control them. One that I rather liked was the learned professor
who says that there are a great many slugs and snails that come onto the
lawn at night, therefore if we only mowed the lawn at night we would kill
hundreds of them. He does warn that you should tell your neighbours so that
they do not think you have gone completely loopy, have some good light and
take great care because other creatures such as toads and hedgehogs will
be out there too looking for the slugs themselves. I don’t think that I shall go
that far, but I have started my border patrol when it is dark, which involves
a torch and a bucket.
          Nobody has sent me any photographs of their tomatoes – only two
French friends from La Chapelle – so I have no idea how yours are doing.
Our young plants are now in their grow bags in the greenhouse and we are
experimenting with a new system. Take your grow bag and fold it in two
across its waist, shaking the compost down into the two halves. Cut it into


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two and you have two deep sacks that will stand quite securely on their ends.
Punch plenty of holes in the bottom for drainage and now you have two very
good individual tomato sacks which should allow for a good root run. They
are far easier to water than the conventional flat grow bag and have less
chance of drying out. It will be interesting to see how the tomatoes get on.
Only drawback is two plants per grow bag rather than three.
         And finally, you read it here first – I predict that ferns are going to
make a comeback (if they were ever out of fashion). Ferns have the great
advantage of not being tasty for slugs and snails, and a lot of them will
tolerate a dry summer if droughts are to become a feature of future weather
patterns. We’re planting more anyway.
                                     BMcN


POLICE REPORT FOR 2011–2012
Lechlade continues to be a safe place to live. Crime on the whole has
decreased in the last twelve months in comparison to the previous year,
particularly with reference to domestic burglaries where there has been a
dramatic decrease of 71%. The only significant increase has been shoplifting
offences, which is indicative of our current economic climate. We continue
to work hard in relation to reducing antisocial behaviour in the town and
through joint working with the youth service and the local housing association.


LECHLADE THEATREGOERS
Barefoot in the Park – Malvern
‘The old ones are the best’ so they say. Certainly a true statement for Neil
Simon’s 1963 comedy Barefoot in the Park.
           The four main characters headed by Maureen Lipman, who also
co-directed this production, were a joy to watch. Also the two cameo parts
– the Telephone Engineer and the Delivery Man – complemented the main
characters and played their parts to perfection. Split-second timing, good
voice projection and a wonderful script. We laughed for the entire 2 hrs 15
minutes and wished for more.
           Maureen Lipman played the mother of wacky Corrie, married one
week to Paul, a struggling New York lawyer. The couple have just moved
into their top floor tiny apartment. Maureen Lipman’s comic timing is flawless,
delivering such lines as, “I feel like we’ve died and gone to Heaven. Only
we’ve had to climb up.” Then the couple’s bohemian neighbour turns up and
falls for Corrie’s sporty mother. I leave you to imagine ….. Sufficient to say
that it is Paul who walks ‘Barefoot in the Park’.
           Malvern Theatre has excellent facilities in the centre of this lovely
town. We aim to visit at least once a year.
                                 Maureen Rose
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NEWS FROM ST LAWRENCE SCHOOL
On Monday 30 April, Helen Sands, the Thames Troubadour, came to spend
the day with us. Helen is walking along the length of the Thames Path and
visiting schools that are near the river.
          Helen is a storyteller and told us three stories. They were myths and
legends from Egypt, Ireland and England. We tried to imagine what it would
be like to be a character from one of the stories and wrote about our thoughts
and feelings.
          Here are some of our ideas:

If I was one of the children, I would feel grumpy that someone had turned
me into a swan. It would feel funny to have a beak and feathers and webbed
feet. It feels strange being a human in a swan’s body and being able to talk.
                  Zoe Illingworth, Year 3 class, aged 8 years

I think the children felt very scared when they got turned into swans. I can
imagine all the prickles when the feathers came up. The swans couldn’t go
in the house and play around like children but they could fly and still talk and
sing.
                Phoebe Morgan, Year 3 class, aged 8 years




LECHLADE TWINNING ASSOCIATION
Visit from La Chapelle des Fougeretz
I am really pleased to say that 51 people from our twin town of La Chapelle
des Fougeretz are coming to stay over the weekend of 6–9 July. The
Chapellois will be arriving on Friday the 6th at around 8:00pm and spending
the evening with their host families. On the 7th we have organised for them
to spend a day in Stratford-upon-Avon, some going on a tour backstage at
the theatre and others doing a guided tour of the town, with a tour back
through some of the beautiful Cotswold villages followed by an evening of
entertainment at the Memorial Hall with a barbecue and ceilidh. Sunday
morning and evening will be with host families and the afternoon will be spent
by the river with options of different walks, a cruise on the river to Inglesham
and a traditional cream tea. Before the French leave on Monday they will
visit the Garden Centre prior to their planned day of visits and catching their
ferry.
                                  Jane Sullivan
                                  01367 253477




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BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
Do you watch Holby City? Are you a long-standing fan of Coronation Street?
If so, you will know who the actress Tina Hobley is, currently playing ward
sister Chrissie Williams in Holby City. Tina is going to join us for our Jubilee
sponsored walk on Sunday, 3 June starting at 10:30am from Lechlade
Market Place. The walk is four miles long with the option of a shorter, three
mile walk. There is a treasure hunt for children and a picture quiz for adults.
If you would like to join us phone 01367 253319 or 01367 253762 for a
sponsor form. The money raised will go to the ‘Mending Broken Hearts’
appeal which is researching into the use of stem cells to repair hearts
damaged after a heart attack or heart failure and ways of using stem cells
to repair the damaged hearts of children.
         Stem cell research was the topic of our AGM in May. Dr Carolyn
Carr, our guest speaker, was from the Cardiac Metabolism Research Group,
Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford University. Dr
Carr explained that during a heart attack heart muscle is blocked, leaving a
permanent scar. With heart failure the prognosis is not good: within one year
of heart failure 40% of patients die. Although there are therapies for heart
failure such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, etc., none of these will repair
damaged cells. Currently there is no cure following heart failure other than
a transplant. Dr Carr explained some of the research techniques used in
Oxford and concluded that cardiac stem cells have the potential to repair a
heart after a heart attack.
                                 Elaine Long




LECHLADE MEMORY CLUB
Following the success of memory clubs in Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-
in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold, a new memory club will open in Lechlade
on Friday 25 May. Val McKay, co-ordinator for North Cotswolds memory
clubs, invites everyone who is interested to come along.

                 Are you concerned about your memory?
         Or do you care for someone who has memory difficulties?

You are invited to join us at Lechlade Memory Club, St Birinus Court,
Gassons Road, Lechlade on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30am
to 12:30pm.
        It’s a FREE, friendly club for anyone who has memory difficulties
and their family, friends and carers. Join us for coffee, tea and cake, and a
chat and some fun! For more information call Val McKay on 01451 810637
or 07717 374484.

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JUNE 2012
Jubilee events Friday 1st–Tuesday 5th inclusive
Friday     1st     BALLOON RELEASE Market Place 11:30am
                   SERENADE AND SANDWICHES with organist John Wright at
                   St Lawrence Church 12 noon in aid of Restoration Appeal
Saturday 2nd       OPEN GARDENS 2:00–5:00pm
Sat 2nd–Mon 4th STEAM FAIR Trout Inn
Sunday     3rd     SPONSORED WALK from Market Place 10:30am in aid of British Heart
                   Foundation
                   EVENSONG St Lawrence Church 6:00pm
Monday     4th     BIG LUNCH ‘PARTY IN THE PARK’ Recreation Ground 12 noon–6:00pm
                   FUN DOG SHOW Recreation Ground 1:30–5:00pm
Tuesday    5th     RIVER EVENT, BOAT DECORATION AND TUG OF WAR
                   STREET PARTIES

Wednesday 6th     U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘The Solar System and Beyond’
Friday    8th     RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday 9th      SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Methodist Hall 2:00pm
Tuesday   12th    TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Wednesday 13th    MOTHERS’ UNION Clarke & Pierce Room 2:00pm ‘A Time for
                  Everything’
                  GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm ‘June Seasonal
                  Plants’
Saturday   16th   WESSEX MALE CHOIR concert at STEAM, Swindon 7:30pm
Sunday     17th   FATHER’S DAY
                  Sam and Jenni Edwards’ last service Lechlade Baptist Church 10:30am
                  COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
Monday    18th    HISTORY SOCIETY evening visit to Fairford
Tuesday   19th    ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm ‘Acrylic Inks’
Wednesday 20th    FAIRFORD HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS Open garden
                  Eastleach House 2:00–5:00pm
                  OPEN FORUM Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Marriage – what is all the fuss
                  about?’
                  COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
Thursday   21st   LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘Underwater
                  Treasure Hunting’
Saturday   23rd   RNLI Flag Day
Thursday   28th   THEATREGOERS Ben Hur at the Watermill
Friday     29th   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday   30th   TAP DANCING FOR THE TERRIFIED Methodist Hall 10:00am
                  FRIENDS OF ST LAWRENCE SCHOOL Summer Fete 12 noon




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DE DIARY


          JULY 2012
          Tuesday     3rd   U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘Travels in the South American Rain
                            Forest’
                            WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Strange Things Do Happen’
          Wednesday 4th     THEATREGOERS Memorial Hall 7:30pm AGM
          Fri 6th–Mon 9th   TWINNING ASSOCIATION visitors from La Chapelle des Fougeretz
          Saturday 7th      RECORDER FESTIVAL DAY Memorial Hall 10:00am–6:00pm
          Tuesday    10th TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Wednesday 11th MOTHERS’ UNION Outing
                            GARDENING CLUB evening visit to Kempsford Manor
          Friday     13th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Saturday 14th SINGING FOR THE TERRIFIED Methodist Hall 10:00am
          Sunday     15th COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
          Monday     16th HISTORY SOCIETY evening visit to Wroughton
          Tuesday    17th ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm ‘Sculpture for Science and Film’
          Wednesday 18th COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
          Thursday 19th CHILDREN’S SOCIETY Summer Lunch 12noon–2:30pm at 24 Roman
                            Way
                            LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘Summertime Flower
                            Arranging’
          Saturday 21st THEATREGOERS The School for Scandal at Bath
                            RIVERFOLK FESTIVAL Trout Inn 12noon–11:00pm with Richard Digance
          Sunday     22nd RIVERFOLK FESTIVAL Trout Inn 12noon–11:00pm
          Mon 23rd–Sat 28th COTSWOLD ARCADIANS Hatherop Castle School 8:00pm The Comedy
                            of Errors
          Saturday 28th SCOTTISH DANCING FOR THE TERRIFIED Methodist Hall 10:00am
          Sunday     29th SONGS OF PRAISE Trout Inn 6:00pm

          FAIRFORD AIR SHOW Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July




                                          REGULAR MEETINGS
           Please check with organisers about summer closures

           Each Tuesday                Day Centre 10:30am–3:00pm Memorial Hall
                                       Day Centre Lunch Club 12:30–2:00pm
           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




nts in the Town Diary which is kept in Lechlade Library



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FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS
ST LAWRENCE CHURCH

BAPTISMS
We welcome:
   29 April Poppy Hammond
            Joshua Kirk

MARRIAGES
  We congratulate:
  5 May     Richard Lewis and Gail Meacher

FUNERALS
We remember:
   16 May    John Reason
   18 May    Diane Chapman

We remember also:        Roger Thompson

ST LAWRENCE CHURCH RESTORATION APPEAL
Following hard on the balloons and kindly preceded for us by a ring of bells
from the tower, a special Jubilee Serenade and Sandwiches at noon
(please note this, the correct time) on Friday 1st June starts the weekend
of town celebrations. John Wright is a superb organist and, supported by his
soprano wife Helen and some readings and a little audience participation,
he will give us a regal programme of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Arne and
Walton to set the blood coursing. No tickets needed. Light refreshments and
wine as ever follow then we shall appreciate your donations. To add to the
gaiety of nations, the suggested dress code is red, white and blue. Please
come and make it a big occasion.
         Big occasion it certainly was on 14 May when, casting aside a cold
Monday morning, a splendid and enthusiastic audience of 95 crowded in to
hear ‘The Olympianist’, Anthony Hewitt, hard pedalling followed by his piano
from Land’s End to John O’Groats during May, give a superb recital. Anthony
had cycled up that morning in the rain from Newbury, was hospitably revived
with victuals and tinctures by Mary and Michael Colley, tore into a demanding
programme of Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Chopin with verve and
brilliance and then departed for Gloucester and another concert as swiftly
as he came. Stamina! He kindly played here for the appeal but his tour also
seeks to support six fine children’s and musical charities – see his website
www.olympianist.com to contribute.
                  For the Appeal Committee – Keith Salway

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SUMMER EVENING WALKS
Come and explore the many footpaths in and around Lechlade
On Wednesday evenings throughout the summer there will be evening walks
exploring the many footpaths and rights of way in and around Lechlade.
Starting on Wednesday 6 June and running each week until the end of
August the walks last about two hours and leave from Barclays Bank in
Lechlade High Street at 7:00pm sharp.
        The first couple of weeks will feature slightly shorter walks with longer
walks later in the summer as the evenings lengthen. So if you haven't walked
for a while then the early walks are a good opportunity to find out if this is for
you.
        All walks cover some rough ground and stinging nettles abound at
this time of year so stout shoes and long trousers are recommended.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads across farmland
where stock is present.
        Contact Sue Coakley 01367 253306 or at sue.coakley@plus.com
for more information or just turn up on the evening.



ST LAWRENCE SCHOOL SUMMER FETE
‘British Olympics’
Friends of St Lawrence School (FOSLS) are holding their annual summer
fete at St Lawrence School, Wharf Lane, Lechlade on Saturday 30 June.
The gates open at 12 noon and there will be fun for all the family from
pre-schoolers to grandparents. Anyone can have a go at competitive rowing,
cycling, archery and fencing; try your hand at circus skills, chance your luck
on the tombolas, or browse the books and produce, while the very young
can enjoy the bouncy castles, obstacle courses, and snakes (yes, real
ones!); or come and simply watch the entertainment in the arena – including
fencing, gymnastics and dancing demonstrations and a medal ceremony –
while you enjoy the licensed bar, including a Pimm’s tent, BBQ, crêpes, tea
and cakes and ice creams. There are prizes for the best children’s fancy
dress – be creative and represent a country, nationality or a country’s most
famous sportsperson!
         FOSLS are extremely grateful for the support and generous
donations from so many local people and businesses which make this a
truly community event. If you would like to help or make a contribution to
our raffle please contact Clair Tinney via the school, or get in touch via Fosls
Lechlade on Facebook.
         Don’t forget – if you have any old clothes, shoes, curtains, bedlinen,
etc., please take them to the Rag Bag recycling bin at the far end of the
school car park.
                                   Ruth Blyth

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A GOOD READ
The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler (Chatto & Windus)
I wasn’t a bit sure what to make of this book. Recommended three weeks
running in the Sunday Times as a ‘must read’, lauded by all the other papers,
it’s a very quick read and, in many ways, a sad one. Aaron is recently
widowed, his wife Dorothy having died when an oak tree crashed on to their
house in a storm, crushing her. Aaron busies himself at work, refusing to
accept sympathy (and many hot casseroles), and then Dorothy comes back
from the dead – not often, but materialising in the oddest places. At first she
only comes for a short time, but gradually she stops for longer and they begin
to argue. Beautifully written, but as I said, sad.

That Woman by Anne Sebba (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Yet another book about Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, this one
purporting to have new and hitherto unpublished information. The ‘new’
seems to be the letters which Wallis wrote to Ernest, her ex-husband, during
the time she was married to Edward – letters which were sad and regretful.
She was an enigmatic woman, fascinating in many ways, self-centred, but
not entirely full of self-confidence. I found the book interesting, well written
and researched, but I still didn’t find Wallis at all likeable, nor did I feel sorry
for her. I certainly didn’t feel that this was, as has been said, the romantic
love story of the century. I also felt we were perhaps well rid of Edward VIII,
who seems to have been weak in the extreme, acting like sulky child.

Skios by Michael Frayn (Faber and Faber)
Set on the Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation is preparing
for its annual conference and awaiting the arrival of Dr Norman Wilfred, who
is to give a lecture on the scientific organisation of science. However, there
is a mix-up at the airport and not only has Dr Wilfred lost his luggage, but his
whole personality has been taken over by a charming but unscrupulous
‘chancer’, leaving the good doctor with no luggage, no passport, and no idea
where he is. Really I found the book a bit silly (shades of Noises Off), but on
reading a very long review of it in the Sunday paper I began to wonder if I
had lost my sense of humour. The reviewer found the whole thing ‘absolutely
hilarious’, ‘hugely entertaining’, ‘leaves you with a sense of euphoria’. Well,
if you do read it, you will make up your own mind.


Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)
This is an amazing story, and one that has had repercussions in the status
of women today and their rights as to money etc. Isabella Robinson is married
to Henry – she is not happy. He is a miserable, bad-tempered man who has
taken full control of the money she brought to the marriage. Her one joy is
her love for her sons. Then she meets Edward, a medical student many years

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her junior, and she falls in love with him. All her dreams, all her hopes and
desires, every single meeting and conversation are religiously written down
in her diary. Then the blow fell – Henry found her diary, read it and set in
motion the wheels for a judicial divorce. A large part of the story covers the
work of the various solicitors and the court appearances. Isabella does finally
win the case, as the only evidence against Edward is her written diary entries,
but she is disgraced, has lost her beloved sons, her money, and her illusions.
This is an interesting (and true) story and particularly enlightening as to the
change in women’s legal rights.
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LECHLADE PAROCHIAL AND EDUCATIONAL CHARITIES
Report for year ending December 2011
The Parochial Charities were set up many years ago from money and land
(later sold and invested) left by local residents for the benefit of the more
senior citizens of Lechlade and most of the money is now distributed as
Christmas gifts. In December 2011, £3550.00 was distributed as Christmas
gifts, mostly to older people born in Lechlade. If anyone feels they should
have been included please let the trustees know as it is difficult for the
trustees to know who these people are! Of course people who have moved
into Lechlade are also included where possible, but the original intention of
the charity was for people born in Lechlade so we must try to honour this.
About £600 was paid out in smaller amounts during the year. The balance
in the Parochial Charities account at 31 December 2011 was £1514.46.
          The Educational Foundation is from money left for the benefit of
schoolchildren and students under the age of 25 years and also for the
support of the Sunday School. The payments this year from the Educational
Foundation were £3,030; of this, £1500 went to St Lawrence School, £240
for Sunday School (@the Ark) and youth courses, £390 for Royal School of
Church Music courses and £900 to students entering university or other
further education courses. The balance in the Educational Charities account
at 31 December 2011 was £4157.21.
          The Milward Charity paid £10 to twelve people; this was originally
called a clothing charity. The balance at 31 December 2011 was £32.54.

Student Grants
Students leaving school and entering further education courses whether
vocational or at university are invited to apply for a small grant to help with
books or equipment needed. Please apply in writing or by email by 1st
October 2012 to Mrs M Baxter, Bridge Cottage, Downington, Lechlade GL7
3DL; email mabaxter@hotmail.co.uk. If applying by email please include
your full name and address. The requests will be put before the charity
trustees at their October meeting.
                               Maureen Baxter
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LECHLADE MOTHERS’ UNION
Christian Concern for Families Worldwide
We have met several times since the last Bridge report. The first meeting
was a discussion on the paper regarding the suggestion to extend ‘marriage’
to allow same-sex couples to marry in church. On 14 April we met at midday
for the Wave of Prayer and the good attendance meant that several people
were able to read the Bible passages. Kathy read about what MU workers
in our link dioceses across the world are doing, about family difficulties there
and progress made through MU. This year we have already gathered funds
and sent them off to help with family projects worldwide. Into May and Rosa
Matheson came from Highworth to tell us about ‘The Book Project’ and the
increasing support for Friends of Angel’s Orphanage in Nepal. She was
rewarded by the interest shown by our members. Rosa has written a book
about the lives of 100 women – all an inspiration in their own way – a great
read. Our Quiet Morning was held in All Saints, Down Ampney on 16 May,
led by Rev. John Swanton, vicar of the Ampneys and Poulton. We listened
to the music of Vaughan Williams, sang quietly and reflected on his life, our
lives and the joy of music.

Diary dates:
On Monday 4 June we shall have a stall at the Jubilee celebrations.
Wednesday 13 June at 2:00pm in the Memorial Hall: Liz Curtis will tell us
about ‘A Time for Everything’. This will be preceded by midday prayers and
a salad lunch, if desired (please book, £4), when we shall be entertaining
Henley MU before they visit Fairford. Many of our members will be away in
Llandudno at the worldwide AGM. They will attend St Asaph Cathedral, the
Saturday meeting and have a few days’ holiday too.
Thurs 5 July: Deanery Cream Tea at the Old Vicarage, Poulton with bring
and buy, raffle, etc.
Wednesday 11 July: Outing to Aston Pottery with lunch in the church at
Bampton.

Little Lights is a baby and under 5s group held in St Lawrence Church. We
have a short service with singing, instruments and lots of fun and chat. Do
join us – no charge – on Wednesdays 20 June and 4 July between 1:45pm
and 3:00pm.
                                     HF




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ROGER THOMPSON
If you were asked to describe Roger I expect that most of you would begin,
“Well, he was a quiet man, kind, friendly, always quick to help when needed.
Always had a ready smile, a bit of a twinkle in his eye, and liked to stop for
a chat. A quiet man, yes, but good company too.”
         But this quiet man loved to fly away and the further he flew, and the
more exotic the destination, the more he liked it. He flew away first to Africa
in the 1950s – 21 years old and a budding civil engineer, he spent three
years in Ghana, living on the edge of the bush and working on the Tema
Harbour project. As his career flourished, he flew away more and more – to
the Middle East, Asia and South America. Roger was a sportsman, with
many lifelong sporting friends, and wherever he went in the world the first
thing he did was to join a local sports club. Cricket, hockey, football – you
name it, he played it. He was also a keen harrier and would run miles across
country in ridiculously hot temperatures.
         In the late 1960s he flew away with me and we began our life
together in Hong Kong. Our amah said to me one day, “Missy, you very lucky
lady, your master, very nice man. Some master all time frown, your master
all time smile.”
         When retirement in Gloucestershire beckoned, I did wonder how he
would take to no more ‘flying away’. He filled his life with other things. He
joined Fairford Bowls Club, becoming both secretary and chairman, and he
was constantly helping me with the Lechlade Players, with much set building
and general support. But would we ever get him on stage? It seemed unlikely
until the Cotswold Arcadians found themselves short of cast members for
King Lear … Roger stepped up to the plate and became a third of the English
army, a third of the French army, and assorted servants and standard
bearers. He never put a foot wrong, never made a wrong entrance, and
certainly never uttered a word – a perfect performance.
         And all through our life together there was dancing, particularly rock
and roll. But best of all for Roger was walking the cliffs of Devon with the
family – his girls, his son-in-law and me. So did he miss flying away? A little
perhaps. But he’s flown away now all right and we shall miss him more than
words can say.
                                Jennie Thompson


FLAG FESTIVAL
The annual flag festival will run from the beginning of June to the end of
September. A record number of flags will fly this year including new flags
celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. I am grateful to all the shops, houses,
groups and societies who take part, but especially to the Lions who put up
and take down the flags each year.
                                Sue Coakley

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LECHLADE TOWN COUNCIL
Chairman’s Report for 2011–2012
At the end of my report last year I said that the months and years ahead
were not going to be easy. I was not wrong. Not only has the council had to
face new challenges but it has had to do it with a new council, and I would
like to welcome formally Alan Russell, Ian Daly, Ian Thomas and John
Krouse, all of whom have risen to the tasks that greeted them at the
beginning of their term of office. I would also like to welcome Ian Smith who
joined the council recently.
         Last year the town council made the decision to build into the precept
some contingency money to help us deal with some of the responsibilities
passed to us by Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County
Council – as it has turned out this was a very wise decision. This has enabled
us to support the youth club and library projects. The town council has
decided to build into this year’s precept a further sum of contingency money
to enable us to continue our support not only for the youth club and library
but for any other service we may find ourselves being asked to provide.
         I have always felt it was important for the Chairman (Mayor) to attend
as many committee meetings as possible so that I was fully aware of the
challenges and decisions the council was facing. Although we have specific
committees, all minutes from these meetings have to be approved by full
council. There are occasions when only full council can make a decision,
such as major planning applications, grant applications and responses to
directives from GCC and CDC, plus anything else the Clerk or Chairman
considers relevant to the whole council.
         I am now coming to the end of my term of office as Mayor. For the
past three years I have really enjoyed representing the community of
Lechlade at various occasions throughout the district and beyond. Over the
past twelve months Lechlade has hosted a music festival, a food and drink
festival and an Italian market, all very successful events which will be
returning this year. We welcomed BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s outside
broadcast team that transmitted for a whole morning from Lechlade, the
Cotswold Canals Trust’s centennial parade up the River Thames and of
course the big event that put Lechlade on the map, David Walliams’ Sport
Relief Swim. These have been some of the fun things the Mayor gets to do!
         For a town council to function efficiently it needs a good team behind
the scenes. This is where Ginette James, our Clerk, comes to the fore. The
past twelve months have not been easy for Ginette, getting to grips with new
legislation, new councillors and dealing with staff shortages. As always she
has risen to the occasion and I thank her for her hard work and support. Also,
my thanks must go to Neville Ashford who, as always, does an excellent job
in keeping Lechlade looking its best.



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        I am convinced that we have a great team in place to face the
challenges that lay ahead. We are a small council with limited resources but
I know that we will all continue to work hard with the community making
Lechlade the active, prosperous market town it has always been.
                           Cllr Christine Eatwell
                             Mayor of Lechlade
At the Town Council meeting on 14 May, Cllr Christine Eatwell was elected
Mayor of Lechlade for a further year and Cllr Jaime Maskell was elected
Deputy Mayor for a further year.

LECHLADE GARDENING CLUB
Lechlade Gardening Club invited Dr Keith Ferguson to give a talk on the
growing and storing of vegetables at their April meeting in the Memorial Hall.
Dr Ferguson, a former employee of Kew Gardens, gave an innovative talk
about the types of vegetables he has found most successful to grow in his
garden, which is mainly clay based. It was obvious that he, like us all,
continuously battles with the same pests, viruses and weather conditions.
The use of fence netting to create a cage over which fleece can be draped
to form a tunnel under which tender plants can be grown or to protect against
marauders such as carrot fly and the dreaded leek moth was interesting, as
was his use of florist buckets in which he mixes a well-known DIY store soil
conditioner with molehill soil for growing tomatoes. He emphasised the need
to consider not going overboard with excessive sowing, planting, etc., but
to concentrate on successive sowing throughout the growing season. Don’t
forget that molehill soil, which is the result of castling by moles during their
mating season, is mainly free from weed because it comes from deep down
and is a free medium for us all to use.
         In May we were treated to a talk by Lyn Miles, who lives in
Boscombe village in Wiltshire and opens her garden several times during
the year for the NGS. Her talk was on ‘Umbellifers’ and for those who are
not aware of the extent of this group of plants they can include vegetables
such as carrots and parsnips as well as cow parsley, ground elder, sea holly
and astrantias. They involve both tap rooted and fibrous rooted plants and
involve over 2000 species. When next you have a look at cow parsley see
how their florets are formed coming from a central stem and then you get
an idea about other plants that may fall into this category. The next meeting
will be at 7:30pm on Wednesday 13 June at Lechlade Memorial Hall and
will be a talk on ‘June Seasonal Plants’. We hope to see you then.
         Don’t forget that you need to be working towards the Flower and
Produce Show on 1st September. Come on guys, the challenge is to show
the ladies how we can produce a brilliant lemon drizzle cake! Girls and boys,
why not show your parents how to grow vegetables! Schedules are available
from Lechlade newsagents and also from Moore Allen estate agents.
                                   Tim Yeoman
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LECHLADE AND DISTRICT CIVIC SOCIETY
2012 AGM
The Civic Society, which is a member of Civic Voice and the National Council
for Voluntary Organisations, held a successful meeting on 30 March where
a short reception was followed by a lively AGM and an excellent talk by Paul
Wilenius, a renowned and vastly experienced journalist, who provided an
entertaining and fascinating insight into his life working in the world of
politicians and the media. The AGM benefited by attendances from town
and district councillors together with members of the society and visitors.
The meeting learnt that the society continued to be on a sound financial
footing and that no increase in the cost of membership was necessary.
         In the Chairman’s Report it was emphasised that the ramifications
of the government’s Localism Bill were becoming evident and this, together
with the new National Planning Policy Framework, would lead to a great deal
of work for all concerned if the policies were to be successfully translated
into acceptable and workable procedures. He continued by reviewing the
work of the society’s Executive Committee over the past year where a great
deal of effort had gone into participating in the Library Working Group in an
attempt to overcome the Gloucestershire County Council closure proposals.
Sadly, GCC continued to be hell-bent on removing Lechlade from the County
funded library system despite fully argued and costed alternatives having
been provided to them. The process had not been a great advert for
democracy in general and County political leadership in particular.
         A notable success had been the widening of the pavement on
Ha’penny Bridge where a suggestion by Ken Moir at the 2009 AGM had
been brought to fruition last December. Now the emphasis is turning to
providing a ramp from the pavement down to the Thames towpath with
Charles Eatwell leading a working group to achieve this goal. For the coming
year the society would continue its participation in the major groups in the
town and would closely scrutinise ongoing planning issues as well as the
new applications that were known to be in the pipeline. The meeting closed
with the chairman thanking the membership for taking an active part in
shaping Lechlade and its environment.

SAME OLD – SAME OLD!
In late April the Gloucestershire County Council ‘Scrutiny Committee’ met
to discuss serious misgivings that had been expressed regarding GCC’s
latest library closure plans. This is exactly the same procedure that was
followed last year when GCC was pushing through their first (flawed) plan
that was eventually rejected in the high court when, in November 2011, the
judge ruled them to be ‘guilty of bad government’. Unsurprisingly, the
Scrutiny Committee, which is of the same political hue as the GCC majority



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party, rejected the latest objections, so the closure programme goes forward
to the full council for their rubber stamp approval.
         Now, the only faint hope of retaining a County funded library in
Lechlade rests with Public Interest Lawyers who are studying the legalities
of the ‘new’ cuts.
                                  Stewart Bruce
                Chairman, Lechlade and District Civic Society



THE CHILDREN'S SOCIETY
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the recent House
to House Collection when a magnificent £1191.50 was raised to help
vulnerable children and young people.
        A date for your diary: Summer Lunch – Thursday 19 July, 12 noon
to 2:30pm at 24 Roman Way. There will be a raffle and bring and buy. Price
£7.50 which includes first drink. We look forward to seeing you.
                               Sylvia Dennish
                             Hon. Sec. Lechlade



WESSEX MALE CHOIR
Wessex Male Choir entertains Kentucky
The Wessex Male Choir will be holding its 11th international concert at
STEAM, Kemble Drive, Swindon on Saturday 16 June at 7:30pm. This year
our guest choir is the University of Kentucky Women’s Choir who will be
over 70 strong and therefore a considerable match for Wessex Male Choir
who currently boast over 60 members. It will no doubt be an entertaining
evening of rivalry, good humour and the joining together of like-minded
songsters. Before the concert you can partake of a pre-concert drink in the
bar of STEAM from 6:30pm and the concert doors will open at 7:00pm. There
is plenty of free parking and good disabled access plus you also get to look
around the interesting memorabilia. Ticket prices are £12 but there are
concessions for those over 60 and under 11. Details of the concert can be
found on the choir’s website www.wessexmalechoir.co.uk or by telephoning
01793 852786. This concert is likely to sell out quickly so book early and we
hope to see you there.
         Wessex Male Choir is recruiting male singers over 18 years old. If
you would like to be part of this dynamic choir, go to the website where more
details are available. As we were the winners of the international eisteddfod
in 2011, we have been asked to give concerts throughout the country to
raise funds for charities.
                                  Tim Yeoman

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FLOODLIGHTING
Many people comment on the fact that it is a joy to see St Lawrence Church
floodlit, especially in the dark winter months. This floodlighting is quite
expensive to run. For many years the people of Lechlade and others have
generously helped to fund this expense by giving donations to commemorate
a special event.
          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 which is 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 taxpayer 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.
          May I offer a huge thank you to all those who are already helping to
pay for the running costs of the floodlighting.
        Donations have been given to commemorate the following for the
period June–July 2012 as recorded in the floodlighting diary:

June 13th   For my sister Elsie.
June14th    Remembering George on his Birthday.
June 20th   In memory of Jinny Penneck who would have been 71 today.
July 14th   Remembering Ron Tooth on his 97th Birthday.
July 16th   In memory of Stan Hemmings on the Anniversary of his death.
July 20th   In memory of Kitty Palser on her Birthday.
July 31st   For the celebration of Charlotte Bradley’s 3rd Birthday.

In addition donations were made for April and May:
April 2nd For Jane on her Birthday.
April 9th    In loving memory of Alice and Arthur Saunders. From Joan
             Whatley, Adam, Diane and Tony.
May 5th      In memory of Barbara Hill who would have been 85 today.
May 19th To celebrate the marriage of Nerissa and Richard Jones.
May 29th In loving memory of Peter Sonley.
                                Jan Taylor




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COTSWOLD ARCADIANS
The Comedy of Errors
Is there life for the Arcadians after the doom-laden 'Scottish Play'? Most
certainly, yes! We are grateful to the headmaster, Paul Easterbrook, and the
governors for inviting us once again to stage our annual open-air
Shakespearean production at Hatherop Castle School, and rehearsals are
now well underway for The Comedy of Errors, with performances from
Monday 23 July to Saturday 28 July at 8:00pm.
         Two sets of identical twins, separated at sea as babies, find
themselves in the same city for the first time as adults. Soon, their friends
mistake the twins for one another and bewilderment abounds, as the wife of
one man declares the other to be her husband, pronouncing him mad when
he denies the claim. Exuberant, mystical and brilliantly farcical, one of
Shakespeare’s earliest and shortest plays is a romantic comedy of confusion
and ultimate reunion.
         The grounds of Hatherop Castle are open from 6:00pm for patrons
to enjoy picnics in the beautiful surroundings – you may bring your own picnic
or you can pre-order a picnic and wines from The Deli in Fairford to be
delivered fresh to Hatherop Castle on the day of the performance (01285
711 111 or go to www.thedeliinfairford.co.uk). The on-site refreshment tent
will serve tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits before the performance and
during the interval (alcoholic beverages will not be available).
         All seats are in a covered, tiered grandstand; tickets range from £16
standard/ £14 senior/ £8 full-time student and can be reserved from the CA
box office on 01285 898019 or from boxoffice@arcadians.org. For full details,
please visit www.arcadians.org. At the time of writing in mid May, sales are
ahead of last year’s sell-out Macbeth – so get your tickets now and don’t
miss out on an evening of enchanting theatre!
                              Catherine Hitchman




ROGER THOMPSON
I am writing to thank all the friends who have supported my family and me
through our sad loss of Roger. Your cards, letters and words have helped
more than I can say.
        Also, over £800 has been donated by you, in Roger’s name, to the
Acute Stroke Unit at Great Western Hospital, who looked after him with such
care.
        Thank you all very much.
                                     Love
                                    Jennie

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ARTS IN LECHLADE (AIL)
WORKSHOPS FOR THE TERRIFIED
We are pleased to announce the first Arts in Lechlade workshops which we
are gearing to those of you who have always wanted to have a go at
something creative or who used to participate in a creative activity but haven’t
done so for a while! We have entitled the series ‘Workshops for the Terrified’
(or mildly nervous!). Each workshop will take place at the Methodist Hall,
Lechlade and will cost £3.00 – to be paid on the day. You will need to bring
along your own refreshments (water preferably).

Tap Dancing for the Terrified Saturday 30 June 10:00am–12 noon
Leader: Jennie Rainsford
Have you been tapping your toes to Strictly and yearning to be Fred or
Ginger? Then come and have a go at our fun workshop. Jennie has been
tap dancing since the age of 7 (and that’s a very long time …) and has
appeared in shows and competitions – she has the embarrassing pictures
to prove it! The workshop is aimed at having fun, learning a few basics and
making lots of noise! You will be tapping round the kitchen before you know
it and we can teach you a great step for the supermarket aisles that no-one
will notice behind your trolley! We have lots and lots of tap shoes to lend you
so please email Jennie with your shoe size (tap shoes usually come up a
little tight so if you’re a half size, go for the next one up) –
jennie@themullions.co.uk.

Singing for the Terrified Saturday 14 July 10:00am–12 noon
Leaders: Jay Mathews and Michelle Gazeley-Howitt
Many of us love to sing but have been put off by bad experiences at school
or feel we can’t sing well enough to join a choir. Maybe you are one of these?
Perhaps you can’t read music and think this would stop you from singing in
a group or choir. This is the workshop for you! Jay and Michelle are offering
a morning of relaxing, fun group singing activities. They will offer strategies
to help maximise the potential of your voice (without making you sing on
your own!), teach you some songs to sing (without you having to read music)
and give you a taster of the fun to be had from singing with others in a group.

Scottish Dancing for the Terrified Saturday 28 July 10:00am–12 noon
Leader: Jeremy Spencer with live music by Jackie and Jack Brothwell
This will be a ‘fun’ introduction to Scottish country dancing – no, not dancing
over swords! – but dances like ‘The Gay Gordons’, ‘The Dashing White
Sergeant’ and a few more. Jeremy and his musicians Jack and Jackie are
experienced professional performers and will guide you through the jigs and
reels. You don’t need to be Scottish, you don’t need a kilt and you don’t need
to come with a partner – just be willing to give it a whirl!


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LECHLADE ART SOCIETY will meet in the Memorial Hall at 7:00pm on:
Tuesday 19 June: Tim Nash – Acrylic Inks
Tuesday 17 July: John Coppinger – Sculpture for Science and Film
Non-members £3.00 entrance.

LECHLADE ART SOCIETY ANNUAL EXHIBITION
This year’s Annual Exhibition will be held in Lechlade Memorial Hall on:
Friday 24 August (Preview night – invitation only)
Saturday 25 to Tuesday 28 August inclusive. Doors open at 10:00am. Admission
£1.00 (this includes refreshments and catalogue).

LECHLADE COMMUNITY BAND meets at St Lawrence School from 7:00pm to
9:00pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Wednesdays 6 and 20
June, 4 and 18 July.

HA’PENNY BRIDGE SINGERS meet at the Baptist Church, Lechlade at 7:30pm
on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come and have a go!
Wednesdays 13 and 27 June, 11 and 25 July.

SOUTH COTSWOLD SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS will meet in the
Methodist Hall, Lechlade on Saturday 9 June from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Conductor:
Jack Brothwell. Non-members £4.00 entry.

SOUTH COTSWOLD RECORDER FESTIVAL DAY
Saturday 7 July from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Lechlade Memorial Hall. Conductors:
Delyth Holland, Ann Marshall and Steve Marshall. £20.00 for the day. Phone
01367 253510 for information.

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC: Creel Bar, Trout Inn at 8:00pm. Entrance £1.00.
Fridays 8 and 29 June, 13 July.

RIVERFOLK FESTIVAL at the Trout Inn, Lechlade on Saturday and Sunday 21
and 22 July from 12 noon to 11:00pm. Headline Act on Saturday afternoon:
RICHARD DIGANCE. Local folk artists, entertainment for children, produce and
clothing stalls. Free entrance each day. www.riverfolk.co.uk.

TATT (Tunes at the Trout): Trout Inn at 8:00pm. Tuesdays 12 June and 10 July.
Free entrance. Contact Jack Brothwell on jackbunny9@hotmail.com for 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.
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RAILTRACK BLUES
I’m sat on a train but the train has broken down.
Getting quite angry, now the rain is coming down.

The driver says “Sorry, I know it’s a pain
but it’s that time of year and the wrong type of rain”.

Autumn comes by, alas and alack,
but the wrong type of leaves fall onto the track.

Winter blows in, and what do you know?
It’s ten below freezing and the wrong type of snow.

Spring bounces in, and I’m feeling fine
but the wrong type of blossom falls onto the line.

Summer heatwave is here. I can’t help but chuckle.
The points are so hot that they’re starting to buckle.

It’s so hot I feel queasy, I’m not having fun.
Well, what do you know it’s the wrong type of sun!

                           Steve Harris – Lechlade




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Description: Lechlade Bridge for June July 2012