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									October - November 2012                                           Issue 185

LETTER FROM THE VICARAGE
One of the many delights of living in Lechlade is the close proximity of
glorious countryside. Last week I took a stroll down the Seven Stiles Walk
and sat on the riverbank near the Roundhouse. The sun was shining, the
multitude of silvery fish in the river were playing near the surface, and swans
were gliding gracefully along. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I caught
a flash of blue as a kingfisher swooped down from a majestic willow tree to
catch a fish. This magnificent little creature then flew off at great speed, under
the wooden bridge, and along the river. This nature display wasn’t planned
or paid for. I had not scheduled it into my diary, nor had it been organised
by committee. It was simply a wonderful glimpse of the natural world that
would have happened whether I had been there or not. If we had the eyes
to see, we would be constantly amazed at the created order, of which we
are part.
     Of course, there is another side to nature, which we cannot be oblivious
to. Oscar the Vicarage Cat (OTVC) has grown into a formidable furry killing
machine, often presenting us with the fruits of his hunting trips – worms, giant
dragonflies, mice and birds. The little gifts that OTVC leaves us often make
me grateful for having a vinyl floor, if you get my drift. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
in his 1850 poem In Memoriam talks of ‘Nature, red in tooth and claw’. He
was grappling with the tension that Christianity is based on love, yet nature
appears callous and heartless. How can a believer reconcile these two
things? How to navigate between a glorious kingfisher and what the cat drags
in?
         A healthy Christian worldview weaves together several different
strands of thinking. First, God created the natural world and saw that it was
good. There was no pagan dichotomy between an evil material world and a
good spiritual world. Secondly, things went badly wrong as humanity rebelled
against their Maker and went their own way. ‘The Fall’ meant that the created
order also suffered as a consequence and things are not as they should be.
Thirdly, the prophets spoke of a future time when things would be restored
to the way they should be. In the 8th century BC Isaiah used symbolic
language to describe the world that is yet to be: ‘The wolf shall dwell with
the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf
and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.’
Many centuries later this Gospel hope crystallised into the expectation that
when Jesus Christ returns again there will be a new heaven and earth, and
the old, fallen order will be renewed and perfected.
         Pious twaddle? Romantic nonsense for those unable to cope with
the realities of life? Christianity insists that believers on this earth are like
strangers in a foreign land. Our true home is waiting for us and therefore we
should not put all our hope and trust in the things of this present life. That
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emphatically does not mean we are not to engage with the needs we see
all around us, it is simply to have an eternal perspective on the here and
now. Bertrand Russell wrote in 1925: ‘I believe that when I die I shall rot.’
So, we come from nothing, we go to nothing – is it any wonder that there
seems to be little meaning or purpose in between? Christian belief is not
lazy escapism or a search for certainties which are not there. Christians
attempt to be agents for good, to be ‘salt and light’ in our communities and
British history bears eloquent witness to Christian men and women who
have transformed our society for the good whilst acknowledging that there
is a much better world to come. We live the present in the light of the future.
Bertrand Russell again: ‘I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion,
as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of
moral progress in the world.’ History would beg to differ. There is much
beauty in this world, but there is also pain and suffering. Together with
millions of Christians around the world I look forward to an even better world,
a world restored and repaired. But until then, there is work to be done.
                             Andrew Cinnamond




ST LAWRENCE CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
From the new Head Teacher
It is a privilege to introduce myself as the new Head Teacher of St Lawrence
Primary School. I am delighted to have been appointed and will work
tirelessly to promote the best interests of the children, staff and local
community.
           A good education is crucial for the wellbeing and fulfilment of our
children. As society continues to change, it is important that schools provide
a safe and stable environment where all young people feel valued and where
they can learn and achieve.
           I have moved to St Lawrence from my previous post as Head
Teacher of Crudwell Primary School in Wiltshire. I believe that high quality
teaching and learning is at the heart of every good school, and I look forward
to working with the staff at St Lawrence to ensure our children have the best
opportunities to be successful.
                                  Nicola Morris


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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. Make some greetings cards to give to family and
friends, and enjoy a break over a cup of tea!
Bible study/Prayer meeting: 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 homemade cake, and a good chat! There is
a kids’ corner with toys.
         For further information about any of the above, please contact Paul
Graham (Minister-in-Training) on 01367 252197.

From the Manse
Well, I ought to introduce myself as you’ll hopefully see me – and the family
– around the town quite a bit in the coming months. My name is Paul Graham,
married to Vicky for nearly fourteen years, and we have two boys who have
just started at St Lawrence School. I’m the new Minister-in-Training at
Lechlade Baptist Church.
          Up until recently, I was to be found working at the Great Western
Hospital in Swindon, but please don’t think that I’m medically trained. I left
all that to the professionals and spent my time constructing reports and
statistics that continue to prove (I hope) that we still have a wonderful health
service that consistently seeks to do the best it can.
          The journey to join you in the community of Lechlade is a longish
one, so I won’t bore you with the details here. However, I will say that I am
truly delighted to be here and the whole family have been made to feel like
this is ‘home’ already. I’m looking forward to working with the Baptist Church,
seeing how we can continue to serve in the wider community, while also
studying at Regent’s Park College in Oxford. I’m particularly excited by the
opportunities that come from being in a town that always seems to have
something going on!
          If you see me traipsing round the town, probably on my way in or
out of the many antique shops that we’re blessed with, please stop me for
a chat. I’m always happy to listen, even happier when there’s a cup of tea
on offer as well (milk, with no sugar, please!).
                     Praying for God’s blessings on you all.
                                       Paul



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NEWS FROM ST LAWRENCE CHURCH
A relatively quiet period at the church over August, when many of the church
family were away on holiday, the Cinnamond family included. The world was
watching as the extraordinary spectacle of the Olympics and Paralympics
unfolded before our eyes in London. I know many in Lechlade managed to
get tickets to various events, or avidly watched on TV.
         On 8 August the doughty menfolk of St Lawrence enjoyed an
evening at The Trout, playing Aunt Sally (the rules of which I am still rather
unsure about) and munching scampi and chips. Men are often under-
represented in our churches and it is good to see this group flourishing. If
you are interested in further men’s events, see Gordon Land or Chris
Vagnolini. On 16 August there was a piano recital at the church by the
accomplished Daniel de Iongh. It is again a blessing to the whole community
to be able to stage such musical offerings in our church building.
         ‘Little Lights’ is a very informal service in the church for pre-school
children and their parents/carers. Ably run by Kathy Newton and helpers
from the Mothers’ Union, it is a brilliant and fun introduction to the church
and Christian beliefs. The service happens every fortnight on Wednesday
afternoons. On Sunday 9 September we had a ‘Little Lights’ service as part
of our regular ‘Together at Ten’ service, when we presented many of the
older children with books as they go up to school for the first time. There
was a joyful noise as the little ones played instruments at the appropriate
time (usually) and listened to the story of Jesus and the ten lepers. During
a craft activity at the back of church, there was some adult teaching on the
theme of being thankful. Many people expressed to me how good it was to
have the children in the church and we do need to encourage a new
generation of children and families to become part of the church fellowship.
There are so many other attractions on a Sunday morning that we have to
work hard and pray for opportunities to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to
our children and young people.
         At the start of September the church offered a ‘Bible Overview’
training course so that people could see the broad sweep of the Bible from
Genesis to Revelation. It was loosely based on the book God’s Big Picture
by Vaughan Roberts, rector of St Ebbe’s in Oxford. Sometimes it is helpful
to look at the overall themes in Scripture and not get too bogged down in
the minutiae. 33 people attended the course, which was held on a Saturday
morning in Church Cottage and repeated on a Wednesday evening. It will
probably be worthwhile running the course again next year.
         Our Harvest service was held this year on Sunday 16 September
and it was very helpful for Peter and Elisabeth Vaughan to tell us something
of the work of the Swindon Foodbank, a practical Christian response to
poverty and need in our own local area. Harvest is an annual reminder of
just how blessed we are in this country and how we are called to be


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responsible for alleviating the needs of others. Some useful resources from
Tearfund were also placed at the back of church. (Throughout September
we are having a sermon series on stewardship and how as Christians we
should use our resources and begin to think about issues of social justice,
poverty and generosity.)
          During the summer our lay reader in training, Rob Mitchell, had a
church placement in Witney and also got more involved in the prison ministry
at HMP Leyhill chaplaincy. This is in addition to continuing his studies and
being self-employed as a landscape gardener – a busy man! We hope in
2013 to have a Sunday particularly focusing on prison ministry with Rob
sharing his experiences with us. Do ask Rob what he is up to and how the
training is going.
          Prayer is the lifeblood of any church and it is encouraging to know
that as well as our Sunday services, individuals and groups regularly meet
up for prayer. Denver Keegan co-ordinates our prayer triplet network –
groups of three people who have committed themselves to praying regularly
together. There is no set agenda and every group is different, but the
common consensus is that it is a great way to get to know other people and
to enjoy a shared journey into prayer. Anyone can join up and Denver is very
happy to make the connections, so do get in touch with her if you would like
to know more. On 10 September there was a meeting up of all the prayer
triplets to encourage one another, to pool ideas, and to think about how we
can organise prayer meetings on a wider and more frequent basis.
          As vicar I continue to be humbled by the committed and faithful
service of many people at St Lawrence. It is not the church leadership or
clergy that make things happen; it is that unseen and often unsung group of
men and women who want to serve Christ and His Church in a myriad of
different ways. We salute you!
                               Andrew Cinnamond




SUBSCRIPTIONS
We hope that you enjoy reading THE BRIDGE – A Window on Lechlade.
The Bridge is produced bimonthly. 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.
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SERVICES AT ST LAWRENCE CHURCH
Forthcoming special services and events:
Sunday 7 October     10:00am Parish Communion with The Rt Rev.
                               John Went, Bishop of Tewkesbury, and
                               Ram Prasad
Sunday 14 October    10:00am Together at Ten – an informal service
Sunday 28 October    10:00am Service of the Word – Morning Prayer –
                               Back to Church Sunday
Friday 2 November    6:00pm    All Souls Service
Sunday 4 November 10:00am Family Service
Sunday 4 November 6:00pm       All Saints Service
Sunday 11 November 10:30am Remembrance Service
Sunday 25 November 10:00am Service of the Word – Morning Prayer
Sunday 2 December 6:00pm       Advent Carols

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 COMMUNITY LIBRARY
We had a really good response to our volunteer open morning and we now
have the core of volunteers we need although more will always be welcome.
The next step is the training of the volunteers on 2 and 11 October followed
by parallel running with the current library staff from 19 October. The
handover from the County is on 1st November and the first day of the new
service will be on Friday 2 November when we will be open from 1:00pm
till 7:00pm.
      We will continue to offer the same services as today with extra computers
and more information for residents and visitors to our beautiful town. Library
users will continue to use their current library cards and can still reserve
books from any other library to be delivered to Lechlade for collection. We
will be buying new books to keep the stock current and will also welcome
donations of new books.
      We will be open for one extra hour each week. The new hours will be:

                           Monday 10 – 1 and 1 – 4
                             Wednesday 10 – 1
                            Friday 1 – 4 and 4 –7
                               Saturday 10 – 1

We have agreed the principles of the lease with the Community Library taking
responsibility for internal repairs and the County continuing to be responsible
for the structure of the building. The County will be undertaking some repairs
and re-painting of the frontage before we open so you should soon see
scaffolding going up at the front of the library.
     It is all very exciting although, as you would expect, there is a lot of work
going on behind the scenes with the management committee doing a great
job of getting everything ready for November.
                                    Sue Coakley
                      Chairman, Lechlade Community Library




COMBINED CHARITIES CHRISTMAS MARKET
The annual combined charities Christmas market (organised by the Lechlade
branch of Cancer Research UK) will take place on Saturday 17 November,
9:30am to 12:30pm, at Lechlade Memorial Hall. Please come along to
support your favourite charities. We have more charities than ever before
attending the event this year! There will be plenty of stalls with Christmas
cards, gifts, fun and games for all the family, plus refreshments. See local
noticeboards for further details. Enquiries – call Chris on 01367 252741.

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THE LECHLADE OF 1991
(through the eyes of The Bridge)
The Bridge of 21 years ago was edited by Stephen Parsons, the then vicar
of St Lawrence, assisted by Rosemary Bell who was the assistant editor of
the first Bridge in 1982. In his Editorial he writes about the first Gulf War,
which was raging at the time. Whilst he does not support war, he is supportive
of action against an evil dictator like Saddam Hussein. Stephen was not to
know at the time but Desert Storm was merely the curtain-raiser!
          The proposed development of what is now the Perrinsfield estate
was clearly hot local news as was the associated grant of £250,000 for the
building of a community centre. Ted Pierce writes of the work of the Sports
and Leisure Sub-Committee and concerns that the projected total cost of
£500,000 would place a massive fundraising burden on the community. We
all now know that the planning application was passed and the community
centre project was realised.
          The 1991 Bridge still carried readers’ letters. One correspondent
laments the muddy state of the footpaths in the area and complains that, in
an area surrounded by gravel pits, no gravel can be found to give a decent
walking surface!
          As was the case with the first Bridge, many of the contributors of
articles are people who are still writing for the magazine now and, therefore,
taking a very active role in our community. Sadly, some names that appear
in 1991 no longer appear today because they have died. These include Ted
Pierce, Joan Jerrome, Peter Sonley and Ray Hayden, who contributed three
articles.
          However, some things never change! The parish council of 1991
were preparing to put up ‘NO FOULING’ notices. Clearly the reading skills
of dogs, and their owners, have not improved!
          The picture of Lechlade painted by the advertisements was very
different in 1982. The 1991 view is more recognisable as the town we know
today. The number of advertisements is very similar to today’s and eight of
the advertisers are the same. These include M. J. Lane, heating and
plumbing, Moore Allen & Innocent and Crowdy & Rose. Some are the same
businesses but wearing different faces. Londis was still ‘John Coxeter’,
Lechlade Country Market was the ‘W.I. Market’ and ‘The Paper Shop’ is now
Lechlade News.
          Unsurprisingly, some names have vanished from the town. Spar no
longer trades in the Market Square, Joy of Lechlade no longer styles hair or
tints eyelashes and the Tavern Stores building has been through several
different incarnations since its owners advertised grocery and ‘hand knitted
woollies’ in 1991. One business has gone but lives on as a ghost! J. Sparkes
is no longer an Aladdin’s cave for the DIY enthusiast but its ironmongery
heritage still lingers!


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The drift towards advertising services rather than the sale of actual products
had begun by 1991. No less than three businesses offer help with heating
and plumbing and two deal with electrics and appliances. A reminder of how
quickly technology has changed in the last twenty years comes with an advert
from a company offering to ‘provide a solution to all your communications
problems’. Car phones, faxes and cordless phones are among the solutions
listed but there is no mention of mobile phones. Yes! There was a time, not
so long ago, when life went on without the need to describe your every action
to a distant audience!
         However, the advert that brought me up short was one from ‘Connect’
in the Market Square. I think of 1991 as being recent past but their description
of themselves as ‘Stockists of fine Town & Country wear for the discerning
woman’ has echoes of a world I thought was long gone. Is it me?
                                      MW




ST LAWRENCE CHURCH CRECHE
for Babies and Toddlers
Available each Sunday (bar Family Services) in Lechlade Library from
10:00am until service end. Leave your little ones with us while you enjoy a
Sunday Service – all creche volunteers are CRB checked and would love to
entertain your babies and toddlers to the age of 3 years for part or all of the
service. Come along and meet us any Sunday – toys, puzzles, stories and
more.
        If you would like further details please contact Nathalie Bradley on
01367 253589 or email nathalieannbradley@hotmail.co.uk. We also would
welcome any new volunteers to help us on a bimonthly basis.




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LECHLADE HISTORY SOCIETY
In June a group of us went to join up with the History Society in Fairford
where two of their members took us on a comprehensive guided tour round
the town. We covered a lot of ground and learnt a lot of fascinating snippets
of Fairford history.
          At the highest point in the town, at the top of Coronation Street, we
learnt that there used to be a town reservoir. We were shown the former
water tower standing rather forlornly in a field. Nearby was the site of some
long demolished farm cottages. You could spot the ghostly remains of
airbricks and doorposts incongruously positioned in the field and garden
walls that were formerly house walls. Although the residents of these
cottages could have thrown stones at the water tower from their back doors,
they had no running water supply!
          We heard plenty of tales of Fairford residents from the past. A
Countess of Rothes, who lived in a large house off Coronation Street, was
a survivor of the Titanic disaster. Less commendable was the man who built
a grand house in the Market Square using money gained from the slave
trade!
          This visit was followed, in July, by a visit to Wroughton where again,
members of their History Society led us round the hidden gems of old
Wroughton. And who knew, based on the impression gained from driving
through on the main road, that Wroughton had hidden gems? The town is
full of watercourses, fed by springs rising on the slopes of the downs, which
used to support a number of mills. We were shown one beautifully restored
building complete with its wheel! The sound of running water seemed to
follow us everywhere. One chocolate-box cottage even had its own waterfall
– I’ll leave you to guess its name.
          Wroughton’s other former claim to fame was horse racing and Brown
Jack was its star performer, trained at the Barcelona Stables in the town.
Brown Jack could be described as the most popular flat race horse ever with
numerous wins to his name including winning the Queen Alexandra Stakes
at Royal Ascot six times! He is remembered by the pub named after him.
          Former residents of Wroughton were clearly suspicious of those
hailing from the neighbouring Swindon! There were strong objections when
it was discovered that Swindon people were to be admitted to their isolation
hospital. When the Barcelona Stables closed it was replaced by a nunnery
and I have found a text describing the sisters doing ‘missionary work’ in
Swindon. The nunnery was not built until the 1960s! Clearly Swindon was
either saved or considered to be beyond hope as the site now boasts a
number of very desirable modern houses.
          Our thanks go to Mike Bennett for initially organising the visits and
to Alan Garnell, who took over and organised the final details.
                                       MW


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On Monday 17 September Richard Day gave us a talk about the Bugatti
family. No one is better placed than Richard as he is the curator of the Bugatti
Trust, based at Gotherington, near Cheltenham. The Bugattis were an
aristocratic Milanese family, artistically very gifted – architects, sculptors,
engineers. Their most famous member was Ettore. Ettore’s father Carlo
(born 1858) believed in the Arts and Crafts principles, in an amazing, joyful
way. He produced some astonishing furniture. Do Google him! Ettore and
his younger brother Rembrandt adopted as their slogan ‘Beauty and
Function’, Rembrandt in his famous animal sculptures and Ettore in his
motorcars.
          The main subject of the talk was Ettore and the Bugatti cars. His
first vehicle was a motorised tricycle and then he went on to produce in turn
for Prinetti & Stucchi, de Dietrich, and Deutz Gasmotoren Fabrik until 1909
when he set up his own business in Molsheim in the Alsace (he had taken
French citizenship and the Alsace produced coal and iron). He designed
cars for racing circuits and Bugatti cars had great success, winning the very
first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929, coming second in the first French Grand
Prix at Le Mans in 1911 and then winning the Le Mans 24-hour race in both
1937 and 1939. He was meticulous in even the smallest part of his designs;
every screw, every bit of material was of the highest quality. He made a great
deal of money by patenting all these detailed parts and selling them to other
manufacturers. He designed too a lightweight train that travelled in 1930
from Paris to Lyons in 4½ hours! It was his son Jean who developed the
magnificent luxury motorcars for personal touring.
          After the Second World War it became impossible to keep going
(already before the war decline had set in). Eventually the VW giant bought
the name, the famous elliptical badge and the site in the Alsace and now
produces the famous Veyron, voted as the ‘Car of the Decade’ (2000–2009)
by Top Gear. It is the fastest car within the legal limits on the roads.
          I cannot describe the Bugatti cars, but the Internet gives some
wonderful images from this great stable of motor vehicles.
                                      HdeI
Future meetings at Lechlade Memorial Hall:
Monday 15 October, 7:00 for 7:15pm – AGM followed by ‘Barley, Beer and
Barrels’ by Martin Way
Monday 19 November, 7:15 for 7:30pm – ‘Gloucestershire’s Literary
Heritage’ by Mary Moxham
          For further information please contact Alan Garnell on 01367 253087
or visit www.lechladehistory.co.uk

We were very sad to hear that Norman Stewart, an LHS member for many
years, passed away on 14 September. Norman was a long-standing and
keen supporter of the society and served on the committee for several years,
always ready to help with any task. We send our condolences to his family.
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A GOOD READ
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
The sequel to Wolf Hall and following the career of Thomas Cromwell. The
year is 1535 and Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, has failed so far to
produce the necessary son to secure the Tudor line. On a visit to Wolf Hall,
Henry meets and falls in love with the plain Jane Seymour, and thus starts
a miasma of sexual politics, not only to satisfy the king but to find a way
through for the sake of the nation following the king’s break with Rome and
the creation of his own church. It is all fascinating, following the machinations
of this episode in England’s history, culminating in the beheading of Anne
Boleyn. Totally absorbing.

Toby’s Room by Pat Barker (Hamish Hamilton)
Those people who have read Pat Barker’s trilogy Regeneration will be familiar
with her novels set in the battlefields of France and in London – the year is
1917. This is another such novel, the story of Toby and Elinor, brother and
sister, closest (too close) friends, and the effect on Elinor when Toby is
reported missing. She is desperate to know when, how and where Toby died
and accepts the help of a fellow art student who was with Toby when they
were both blown up in a foxhole in France. Moving from the Slade School of
Art before the war to Queen Mary’s Hospital where attempts are made to
rebuild people’s lives, the novel covers art and surgery. It is a very powerful
and moving story, beautifully written and thought provoking.

The Fishing Fleet – Husband-Hunting in the Raj by Anne de Courcy
(Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The story of countless young women unable to find husbands in England,
partly because of the Great War and also because of the numbers of young
men fascinated by India and its tales of jobs, who went out to the country to
experience and enjoy the hectic social scene with dances, parties, picnics,
amateur theatricals and perhaps even a tiger shoot. Anne de Courcy has
done her research well and the book is full of first-hand sources – unpublished
memoirs, letters, diaries, all of which bring this forgotten era to life. Apart
from the fun, there was heartbreak too as children were sent back to England
from an early age to be educated; sometimes Raj wives didn’t see their
children for years and had to choose between staying in India with their
husbands or leaving husbands to be in England with their children.

The Other Mitford – Pamela’s Story by Diana Alexander (The History Press)
In February the Ladies’ Group had a most interesting talk by Di Alexander
(reported in the April/May edition of The Bridge). Her talk, entitled ‘Pen and
Polisher’, was most entertaining and informative. She told us of her years as
a columnist with Cotswold Life and the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard,
but she also told us of the years when her children were small and she worked

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as a cleaner for Lady Pamela Mitford. I thought readers might like to know
that Di Alexander has now written a book about Pamela. The review in the
October issue of Cotswold Life is full of praise for the book, and I for one will
look forward to reading it.
                                     IMP




LECHLADE CRICKET CLUB
1st XI gain promotion
Despite probably the worst season in living memory, in terms of the ghastly
weather, Lechlade Cricket Club has had another wonderful year and
continues to go from strength to strength.
          Highlights of 2012 include the 1st X1 winning the highly competitive
WEPL Wiltshire division and promotion to the Glos/Wilts division for 2013 –
a superb achievement by Paul Godding and his playing squad. The launch
of a senior 3rd X1 and an under 13 team have both been very successful.
Several young LCC players are now representing Gloucestershire at various
age groups and the Lechlade Swans (girls) won their first match. We had
Charlotte Edwards, the England ladies’ cricket captain, come to Lechlade
and coach the Swans too. Our ‘Howzat’ video won us £1000 and the fete/car
boot sale generated £2,500 despite the grim weather. £27,000 was raised
separately which has funded our swanky new 2-lane netting facility. It looks
superb and will be a fantastic facility for juniors and seniors alike.
          We employed Luke Sellers as our first ever club coach and he has
been a real asset. Luke will be returning for 2013 to continue his great
coaching work with all the players. The end of season dinner, organised by
Jon Merrett, was a fabulous event where we all toasted another spectacular
year for Lechlade Cricket Club.
          The club’s main goals for 2013 are to be highly competitive in all
three senior leagues (or win them!), to continue to develop our talented
youngsters, to redouble our fundraising efforts, and to get to grips seriously
with our new pavilion project – very much needed to cater for the large
numbers of junior and senior players we have, and we hope it will become
a facility that will be an integral part of the community on a wider level.
          Many thanks to all the selfless people who have helped make 2012
another wonderful year for Lechlade CC.
                              Paul Rowley, Chairman
                        paul.rowley@orchard-press.co.uk

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DERRICK MUSTY AT 85
Happy Birthday Derrick!
Veteran musician Derrick Musty is pictured here celebrating his 85th birthday
on 18 July. Eastleach-born Derrick moved to Lechlade at the age of 7 and
he has been contributing to the local musical life ever since! During the 80s
and 90s, he taught brass instruments at St Lawrence School and he still
plays his cornet in the Lechlade Community Band. Derrick and Lechlade-
born wife Louise went on to enjoy a family celebration with their children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
                                     JB




LECHLADE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
In August Christine Bloxham, who has spent many years researching and
writing books about life and folklore in Oxfordshire, spoke about ‘The World
of Flora Thompson’. Flora was a quiet observer who wrote vividly about
working-class life at a time when life was hard, families were close, friends
were valued and neighbours were respected.
         At the September meeting Matthew Eatwell gave us an introduction
to Chiropractic. We heard about the training and practice of the chiropractor,
what they do, what they can treat and the types of treatment available. We
had some good advice about avoiding back and joint strain.

Next meetings:
Tuesday 2 October – Harvest Supper – meet at 6:00pm to eat at 6:30pm
Tuesday 6 November (Annual Meeting) – Swimming with Dolphins – Alison
Moore
        Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall, Lechlade, usually 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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THE LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF FAIRFORD HOSPITAL
Members of the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital have located some
attractive prizes for this year’s Christmas Draw. They include an away-from-
it-all stay at a show home in the star-studded Lakes by Yoo complex, a boat
trip on the River Thames and a cash prize of £50.
          The draw coincides with the annual Christmas Bazaar due to take
place at Fairford Community Centre on Saturday 17 November, which will
have all the traditional attractions as well as the draw itself.
          The league has made a number of innovations to supplement its
income in recent years. A charity shop is doing brisk business in Lechlade,
and a programme of open gardens has been well supported.
          “But the work done in the community to fill gaps in the National Health
Service locally costs us a great deal of money every year,” said the league’s
chairman, David Phillips. “While our effort is focussed less on the hospital
itself these days, our need to help people being cared for at home is growing.
As well as such services as home nursing and transport to and from
appointments which have been provided for a number of years, the Friends
are now working in partnership with the Prospect Foundation, providing
palliative and respite care for those who need it. We are grateful to everyone
who volunteers to help us, but we still need more money each year to fulfil
our commitments.”
          Anyone requiring more information about the League of Friends can
contact the Administrator, Mrs Julie Zarczynski, on 01793 725091

GLOUCESTERSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST
Sponsored Ride & Stride
Some thirteen cyclists visited St Lawrence on Saturday 8 September (none
from our congregation). Half of each rider’s total money raised goes to the
Churches Trust which St Lawrence can benefit from. Our thanks to all church
watch volunteers and to those from St Lawrence who have made donations
to the trust.
                        David and Elizabeth Benson


FAIRFORD & DISTRICT CHORAL SOCIETY
Fairford & District Choral Society is now busily rehearsing for its autumn
concert which will be on Saturday 10 November at 7:30pm in St Mary’s
Church, Fairford. The programme ‘Keep Calm and Carry on Listening’ will
include music by Handel (Dettingen Te Deum), Parry (I Was Glad), Victoria
(O Quam Gloriosum) and Mozart (Alleluia from Exsultate, Jubilate).
        Tickets     £8    (under     18s   £4)    are    available     from
www.fairford.org/choralsociety, Blenheim Antiques, Fairford Opticians, or
telephone 01285 713681 or ‘on the door’ on the night.

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PROFILE – Catherine Hitchman
Catherine’s energy and enthusiasm for all aspects of her life shine out when
you meet her. She has the happy gift of making you feel positive about
everything when you spend time in her company.
          She was born in Barnsley in 1962, fifteen minutes later than her twin
brother, Mark. She also has a younger sister, Julia, who now lives in
Australia. Many of you will know Catherine’s parents, Keith and Margaret
Broley. Keith ran a heating and plumbing business but had always had an
interest in the arts, particularly pottery. The family moved to Lechlade in
1975 when he found suitable premises in which to set up the Old Bell Pottery,
with Margaret and Catherine regularly helping in the adjoining shop.
          Catherine was a member of the St Lawrence church choir when the
late David Stephens was director of music and was instructed in bell ringing
by the late Ray Hayden. She attended Farmor’s School, where she became
Head Girl, and went on to study history at the School of Slavonic and East
European Studies, University of London. She thoroughly enjoyed taking
advantage of all that London had to offer, including many Saturday
afternoons at football matches, following an interest which had been sparked
off by a school trip to Leeds United’s Elland Road.
          Catherine always enjoyed coming home to Lechlade and during one
holiday she met her first husband, Paul, who was based at RAF Fairford.
She joined the Civil Service through the graduate entry scheme and worked
for the Inland Revenue in Swindon for two years but moved to the USA when
Paul was posted to Florida. She worked in an upmarket seafood and steak
restaurant as a ‘meeter and greeter’ and loved the whole way of life in
America. Her son, Donald, was born in 1987 but unfortunately Catherine’s
first marriage did not last and she and Donald returned to Lechlade in 1988.
She worked in a nursery in Fairford and then went back to the Civil Service,
working for HMRC in Swindon. She then went to a small accountancy firm
in Wanborough for several years before moving in 2005 to McGills in
Cirencester where she stayed for four years before deciding that she would
like to spend more time at home. However, Catherine is not one to sit still
for long and was soon looking round to see if there was anything she could
do to help in the community. She decided to volunteer as a Community First
Responder and was trained in basic life support and the use of a defibrillator
with the aim of reassuring patients and making a difference to the outcome
in a rural area where ambulance response times can be slow.
          Then of course there is Catherine’s love of acting. This began at
Farmor’s when she was a member of the chorus in Fiddler on the Roof.
Nothing further happened for many years until her mother persuaded her to
help out the WI drama group who were looking for someone to play the part
of a maid. She then got ‘bitten by the acting bug’ and joined the Lechlade
Players, happy to tackle any role but with a particular love of comedy and


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pantomime as she doesn’t mind playing the fool! She remembers a
performance of Jack and the Beanstalk when the beanstalk refused to be
chopped down and another when an elderly member of the audience became
so caught up in the action that she set about the giant with her Zimmer frame!
         She became involved with the Meysey Players, who specialised in
Shakespearean productions under the well known director Roger Jenkins,
and got ‘bitten by the Shakespeare bug’. Her first role was Slender in The
Merry Wives of Windsor, followed by Ratty in The Wind in the Willows. This
led to the Cotswold Arcadians and roles in Cymbeline, Macbeth and, this
year, The Comedy of Errors. Catherine received a nomination for best
supporting actress for her role in the Lechlade Players’ production of Charity
Begins which was entered for the Gloucestershire Theatre Association
one-act play festival this year.
         The Crown in Lechlade was where Catherine met her husband Peter,
son of long-time Lechlade resident Diana. They were married in October
1999 and their daughter, Rebecca, was born in 2001. Peter is senior
mechanic at Simpsons garage in Highworth and his practical skills are put
to good use in DIY projects at home and by the Lechlade Players with
set-building, lighting, etc. – but they cannot persuade him to take to the stage!
Catherine’s love of history has always stayed with her, and the family recently
enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Rome with all its amazing sights and works
of art.
         Catherine currently works part-time as a bookkeeper at Colleys and
is pleased to have a local job in such a friendly working atmosphere. She
cannot imagine living anywhere other than Lechlade as she enjoys the many
opportunities here to join in with community activities in a relatively peaceful
area of England.
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GARDENING HINTS
I’ve started making plans for next year already, and sometimes these ideas
seem so obvious and so simple that I feel annoyed with myself for not
thinking of them before. We have several mature trees in the vegetable
garden (not ideal for a vegetable garden I know, but there they are…) – a
walnut, a damson and an old apple, and next door’s chestnut tree which
shades the corner by the compost heap. In the summer when the leaf canopy
is thick the ground underneath all these trees is dull and uninteresting and
gets infested with the weeds that like to grow in these nice shady places. It
looks dreadful and I despair. Yesterday, as I gardened in this glorious
September sunshine the answer hit me. In spring the trees are bare. There
is ample light and I can turn the foot of the trees into little spring gardens
with bulbs and hellebores, follow on with foxgloves and finish the season
with ferns and herbaceous geraniums which don’t mind the shade, and,
under the apple tree where no self-respecting vegetable allows itself to grow,
I’ll plant the creeping alpine strawberries which grow in woods. (I am copying
this idea from Oxford Botanic Garden’s vegetable plot – never be afraid to
copy!) I’ve already sent off bulb orders to four different companies and I can
feel my excitement rising. Plus the fact that this year I have fallen in love
with hardy ferns, but that will be quite another story. Roll on next year – in
my case hope always springs eternal.
           I’ve done some research into the ‘weeds’ that spread so easily in
these areas of the garden and they turn out to be wild flowers just growing
in the wrong places – some with useful and interesting medicinal qualities.
Do you have Wood Avens? A relative of the geum and the leaves are very
difficult to tell apart when you are weeding. It has little five-petalled yellow
flowers on tall stems followed by little burry balls of seed heads that stick
onto all your clothes. Its common name is Herb Bennet, from herba benedicta
(I’m afraid that we have christened it Gordon Bennett). In folklore it was said
to have the property of protecting against charms and spells, and to give
protection against rabies and poisonous snakes. Apparently you can eat the
leaf in salad – it has a very high vitamin C content and it is used in many,
many herbal remedies.
           What about Alkanet or Common Bugloss, a member of the borage
family and a hairy relative of the forget-me-not? It does indeed look very
pretty in the woodland garden with little blue flowers, but it seeds itself
everywhere and has a tough old taproot that goes down and down and
down… You can make dye from it if you can ever get it up. I actually asked
for a piece of this from a friend years ago and have regretted it ever since.
           Then there is Woundwort, stachys sylvatica, which looks rather like
a dead-nettle and I have only just discovered what it really is. It likes damp
shady woodland and has thick creeping roots. An old authority tells us that
this herb ‘stamped with vinegar and applied in the manner of a pultis, taketh


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away wens and hard swellings, and inflammation of the kernels under the
eares and jawes’ and that ‘the distilled water of the flowers is used to make
the heart merry, to make a good colour in the face, and to make the vitall
spirits more fresh and lively’. The whole plant is styptic and its main use was
to stem the flow of blood. So well was it thought of in medieval times that it
was also called Allheal. So now that I’ve discovered that I have unknowingly
grown an Apothecaries’ Garden perhaps I should not be so keen to get rid
of it as these ‘weeds’ obviously have their uses. If anyone would like any do
come and ask but don’t say that you have not been warned.
          Now for Nature Watch! These are the sights I have enjoyed in this
late summer/autumn season: comma butterflies on the sedum heads, red
admirals eating the fallen apples, hundreds of bumblebees in every shape
and size on the agastache ‘Black Adder’, two really big lime hawkmoth
caterpillars (always go and investigate when you see a cat staring intently
and curiously at the ground), bees enjoying the sunflowers and last but by
no means least, and not so much enjoy as be fascinated by, slugs’ mating
habits and egg collections. The eggs look disconcertingly like slow-release
plant food pellets, but are whiter. I’m afraid that I have put them into the green
wheelie bin.
                                       BMcN




PARALYMPIC TORCH-BEARER
Simon Paul, who runs Lechlade’s community cinema, was chosen to be one
of the torch-bearers for the Paralympic Games when the flame made its
journey from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Stadium. Simon was selected
because of his inspirational work with young people on a film-making project
as part of BT’s education programme supporting the London 2012 Games.
He was cheered on by crowds of onlookers as he carried the flame through
Regent’s Park in London. Simon is a former chairman of governors at St
Lawrence School and plans to visit the school to tell the children all about
his experience.




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OCTOBER 2012
Tuesday     2nd    U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘The Elgin Marbles’
                   WI Memorial Hall 6:00pm Harvest Supper
Thursday    4th    HARVEST SERVICE Trout Inn 7:30pm
Friday      5th    SERENADE AND SANDWICHES St Lawrence Church 12 noon ‘A
                   Garland of Song’. Donations in aid of Restoration Appeal
Saturday    6th    LADIES’ BREAKFAST St Lawrence Church 9:00am
                   SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Methodist Hall 2:00pm
                   FRIENDS OF ST LAWRENCE SCHOOL barn dance Memorial Hall
                   7:30pm
Tuesday     9th    TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Wednesday   10th   MOTHERS’ UNION Clarke & Pierce Room 2:00pm ‘African
                   International Christian Ministry’
                   GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm ‘Lawns’
Friday      12th   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday    13th   SONGS FROM THE SHOWS St Lawrence Church 7:30pm
Monday      15th   HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:15pm AGM ‘Barley, Beer
                   and Barrels’
Wednesday   17th   ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 2:00pm ‘Still Life in Pastels’
                   COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
Thursday    18th   LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘You Cannot Be
                   Serious’
Friday      19th   PUBLIC MEETING on Flooding Memorial Hall 1:00pm
Saturday    20th   SALSA FOR THE TERRIFIED Methodist Hall 10:00am
                   THEATREGOERS ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at
                   Cheltenham
Sunday      21st   COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
Friday      26th   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday    27th   BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION Quiz Memorial Hall 7:30pm




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                                             Each Tuesday               Day Centre 10:
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                                             Each Wednesday             Fitness League
                                             Each Thursday              Country Market
                                                                        Bridge Club 7:1
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DIARY


          NOVEMBER 2012
          Friday        2nd       OLD TIME MUSIC HALL Memorial Hall 7:30pm
          Saturday      3rd       OLD TIME MUSIC HALL Memorial Hall 7:30pm
          Tuesday       6th       U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘All about Bagpipes’
                                  WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm Annual meeting ‘Swimming with
                                  Dolphins’
          Wednesday     7th       LITTLE LEARNERS Mini market Memorial Hall 7:30–9:30pm
          Friday        9th       RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Saturday      10th      SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Methodist Hall 2:00pm
                                  NATIONAL TRUST Memorial Hall 2:30pm AGM ‘Octavia Hill
                                  Anniversary’
          Sunday        11th      REMEMBRANCE SERVICE St Lawrence Church 10:30am
          Tuesday       13th      TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Wednesday     14th      MOTHERS’ UNION Clarke & Pierce Room 2:00pm ‘Livability’
                                  GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm AGM and
                                  social event
          Thursday      15th      LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘A Day in the
                                  Life of a Deputy District Judge’
          Saturday      17th      COMBINED CHARITIES CHRISTMAS MARKET Memorial Hall
                                   9:30am–12:30pm
                                  LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF FAIRFORD HOSPITAL Christmas
                                  Bazaar Fairford Community Centre
                                  THEATREGOERS ‘Charley’s Aunt’ at Bath
          Sunday        18th      COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
          Monday        19th      HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Gloucestershire’s
                                  Literary Heritage’
          Wednesday     21st      ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 2:00pm critique of members’ work
                                  COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
          Saturday      24th      TAP DANCING FOR THE TERRIFIED Methodist Hall 10:00am
          Friday        30th      RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm


          Saturday 1st December CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON Market Place
          Sunday 2nd December ADVENT CAROLS St Lawrence Church 6:00pm


MEETINGS

 :30am–3:00pm Memorial Hall
nch Club 12:30–2:00pm
    9:45am Memorial Hall
    8:30–11:00am Church Cottage
 15pm Clarke & Pierce Room
ng 7:30–9:30pm Memorial Hall
 from 10:00am Memorial Hall




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FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS

ST LAWRENCE CHURCH
BAPTISMS
We welcome:
   12 August         Thomas Rhys Shelley

MARRIAGES
We congratulate:
   10 August     Thomas Rush and Lianne Sammons
   1 September Luke Stevens and Charlotte Brassington

FUNERALS
We remember:
   20 September Phyllis Hall

We remember also:            Norman Stewart




LECHLADE & DISTRICT TWINNING ASSOCIATION
17th Jam Festival
The sun was shining on the 17th Fête des Confitures in La Chapelle des
Fougeretz, always the third Sunday of September. Six of us went out to sell
the 319 jars of marmalade and lemon curd and we successfully sold out –
so lots of French will be enjoying marmalade on their toast this week!
         At the Jam Festival there are over 30 stalls with everyone selling
their products with some very interesting combinations. This year the theme
was pear. We unfortunately did not have a product that fitted that category
to enter the competition…
         I would just like to say a very big thank you to all the people who
make marmalade for us to help raise funds – without you we would not have
anything to offer at the Jam Festival – and also a big thank you to our
Marmalade Coordinator and team for all their coordinating.
         If anyone would like to join the Twinning please let me know and I
will then ensure you get all the details of what is going on. We are currently
planning our trip next year to La Chapelle so please keep the August bank
holiday weekend free (24–26 August 2013). More details will be available
shortly.
                         Jane Sullivan (01367 253477)

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FLOODLIGHTING
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 October–November 2012 as
recorded in the floodlighting diary:

October 12th         In loving memory of Ray Hayden.
October 13th         In memory of Robert Long.
November 6th         In loving memory Alan Hawkins on the 10th Anniversary
                     of his death. Loved always, Tess.
November 12th        In memory of Gordon Kent.
November 21st        For Ted.

In addition donations were made for August and September:

August 17th          In memory of Grace Moir.
August 28th          In loving memory of Kathleen.
September 16th       In memory of Dacre Watson.
September 22nd       In memory of Lise Watson.
September 29th       In memory of my mother on her birthday.

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 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.
                                  Jan Taylor




OBITUARY
The thanksgiving service for Phyllis Hall was held at St Lawrence on 20
September, followed by a committal at Kingsdown crematorium. Phyllis was
born in 1931 and died at home at the age of 80. She is survived by her
husband Cliff, two children and five grandchildren. Phyllis was for many years
a teacher and was involved in a wide range of interests and community
groups. The church was well filled and some of the family had travelled from
California to say goodbye to their mother and grandmother.

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LECHLADE GARDENING CLUB
On 8 August the Gardening Club, which meets on the second Wednesday
in the month at the Memorial Hall at 7:30pm, was given a talk by Floyds
Climbers and Clematis who are based just off the A350 between Chippenham
and Lacock at Showell Nurseries. The talk was mainly on the cultivation and
maintenance of clematis but included unusual perennials.
         On 1 September the club held their 7th Flower and Produce Show
in the Memorial Hall. The entries were up and despite the extremes of
weather the produce was of an extremely high standard with the comments
of the judges stating that in respect of the flowers they were of an
exceptionally high standard compared with other similar shows in the area.
We do appreciate the effort made by all and many thanks. We appreciate
the effort made by parents in encouraging their children to participate and
look forward to similar and increased support in future shows.
Cup winners were as follows:
Vegetables        Cutler & Bayliss Cup             Brian Gray
Fruit             Jim Ludlow Cup                   Brian Gray
Flowers and Herbs Lechlade Gardening Club Cup      Barbara McNaught
Flower Arranging Barclays Bank Rosebowl            Mary Sheffield
Domestic          Moore Allen & Innocent Cup       Margaret Mattingley
                                                   and Pat Robson
Wine                 Cotswold Wine Company Cup Claire Brown
Photography          Crowdy & Rose Cup             Ian Mcleod
Crafts               Lechlade & District Lions Cup Margaret Mattingley
The Chairman’s Cup for most points overall was won by Brian Gray.
Well done to all cup and certificate winners.
                                 Tim Yeoman

September’s meeting transformed the front of the Clark & Pierce room into
a mini forest. Andrew Pedrick arrived with about 50 conifers of different
shapes and sizes. His enthusiasm for and knowledge of these plants was
very evident in his very amusing and informative talk. We learned that
conifers respond very well to a liquid seaweed feed. Snails love to climb
conifers to eat the young top shoots but do not like to be watered with a
crushed garlic clove stirred into a can of water! His plants were available for
sale and a number of members took this opportunity to buy the more unusual
specimens.
         Our next meeting at 7:30pm on 10 October in Lechlade Memorial
Hall is a talk about Lawns by Jon Mason. Jon is an excellent speaker who
has previously spoken to us on the subject of fruit growing. We look forward
to hearing his tips on lawn care etc. Visitors and new members always
welcome. Visitors £3. Members £2.
                                  Joan Tyrrell

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Events for the remainder of the year are:
14 November: AGM and social event.
12 December: a talk by Laura Thornton from Bloom Room, Lechlade on
creating a Christmas Wreath and a chance to win and buy same.




LECHLADE LADIES’ GROUP
Our speaker in August was Mrs Lynn Hilditch and her subject ‘A Woman in
a Man’s World’. I think we all had a guess at what the ‘man’s world’ would
be – it was as an air traffic controller! After starting her career as a nurse,
she began to think (prompted by her father) that to work for a ‘ministry’ would
be better – better hours, better pay, a uniform – so she left the world of
nursing and joined the RAF. She had to undergo many tests – aptitude,
intelligence, medical – but at last she started her training, moving from Biggin
Hill to Hendon, then Thetford, etc. etc. until finally she was commissioned
as a fully fledged air traffic controller. In 1973 she married. She had children
but was able to leave the service temporarily and then go back in 1984. Her
service then covered Brize Norton, Colerne, Lyneham, and back to Brize,
from where she finally retired. It was obvious that Mrs Hilditch had enjoyed
every minute of her life in a man’s world. Her infectious enthusiasm for the
life and her ability to have fun and not to be bothered by teasing from her
fellows must have helped enormously. We too relished her enthusiasm and
enjoyed hearing about the ups and downs in a man’s world.
     Our talk in October will be entitled ‘You Cannot be Serious’. Do come
along and join us; you will be most welcome.
                                     Iris Pierce




LECHLADE LITTLE LEARNERS
We are holding a Mini Market in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 7
November from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Tickets are £3 per person to include a
raffle ticket and a drink as well as nibbles. Extra drinks are available for a
donation. There will be a variety of stalls and pampering treatments available
to purchase; each stallholder has kindly donated to the raffle and also paid
a fee for their pitch. All proceeds made will be going directly into Little Learners.
                                  Hayley Schofield

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LECHLADE MOTHERS’ UNION
Christian Concern for Families Worldwide
The diocesan Mary Sumner Day picnic (named after our founder) was held
on a glorious August day in the New Inn garden. Many thanks to Nick for
letting us use the lawn and the mooring. Everyone (well over 150 attended
from the diocese) met in Church where Maureen Baxter kindly told everyone
about the history of St Lawrence. We then moved to the New Inn for our
picnic lunch, followed by boat trips, quizzes and a treasure hunt around the
centre of Lechlade – besides lots of chatting! The afternoon concluded with
prayers and hymns alongside the River Thames.
         At our September meeting we welcomed Caroline Maclean (Denbigh
and Elspeth’s daughter) who spoke especially about her life in Malawi and
Tanzania. She said that Mothers’ Union is a real lifeline in the communities
there. She spoke particularly about the very worthwhile work preventing Aids.
         We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the Memorial
Hall at 2:00pm. All welcome. £2 to include tea and raffle.

        10 October: ‘African International Christian Ministry’ – Sue Townsend
        14 November: ‘Livability’ – Alastair Emblem

Kathy and Pat are running a parenting group in January for eight parents
with children up to 6 years. It will be on a Monday evening at Kathy’s for
seven weeks.
         If you would like to know more about MU throughout the world and
would like to join us in a meeting, please come along or contact Sylvia
Dennish, our secretary, on 252477. We would love to have some young Mum
members and are happy to start an evening group once a month if required,
where we would have speakers to do with family life and about what MU
does, prayers and refreshments. It’s a great charity to be involved with and
has 4 million members!

Little Lights
Our pram service and baby/toddler play at Church started back in September
after a summer break. Many of our older children are starting school so we
will miss them very much but hopefully will see them at Sunday School (@the
ark) or at Church. Some of the leavers have been coming along since they
were born! Many of them were at our Family Service on 9 September where
they received a little Bible story book from our team. The leavers are:

Layla Williams      Amaris Messenger
Ruby Williams       Imogen Tinney
Rosie Hewlett       Sam Morris Adams
Freddie Eatwell     Amy Garner
Evelyn Smith        Lola Finn
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Robert Baker         Annie Rodia
Amelia Shippey       Meg Lloyd
Eva Cinnamond        Fraser Laird

May God bless them all in their new schools.
Little Lights will take place on Wednesdays 3 and 17 October, 7 and 21
November at 1:45pm. All welcome including new babies. No charge…Just
turn up.
                   Kathy 252543 davidnewton@talktalk.net




THE POPPY – A FITTING SYMBOL
Every year the UK shows its support for the Royal British Legion’s work
through its Poppy Appeal. For this nationwide event of reflection and
remembrance millions of poppies, wreaths and wristbands are produced to
raise money to help the country’s brave heroes.
         This year, as always, British troops have been posted to some of
the world’s most dangerous trouble spots. To date over 16,000 Iraq and
Afghanistan war veterans have been helped and 9.5 million people are
eligible for help. With figures like these the inhabitants of many UK cities,
towns and villages are personally aware of their own heroes and Lechlade
is no exception. Over the next ten years, the Legion will help seriously injured
young men and women returning from duty in purpose-built Personnel
Recovery Centres.
         In 1921, the world’s first Poppy Appeal raised £106,000 (nearly £3.5
million in today’s money) to help ex-servicemen and their families after the
First World War. Now the Legion spends £200,000 A DAY in support and
care. None of this great work would be possible without your donations.
         Collections will be carried out door to door throughout the town
starting in late October through to Remembrance Sunday. Collecting boxes
will be placed in many shops, and street collectors will be at Londis and
Lechlade Garden Centre. Please give generously and help our heroes, and
their families, to get the wide-ranging support services they deserve.
         If you can spare some time to join a very successful ‘Poppy Team’
please contact the Lechlade area organiser – Stewart Bruce 01367 253236.


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ST LAWRENCE CHURCH RESTORATION APPEAL
Our very popular series of Serenade and Sandwiches continues on Friday
5 October at noon when it will be a pleasure to welcome back for the third
time Charles Edmondson, this time with Laurenne Chapman, a very
accomplished young soprano. Their ‘Garland of Song’ programme ranges
delightfully from Handel to Bernstein. Please come. No tickets; refreshments
and wine follow and then we ask for your generous donations to the appeal,
gift-aided if possible.
          Graham Martin added great pleasure to our Jubilee concert with his
poised readings and wry humour and on the evening of Friday 23 November
he will present A Taste of Christmas with his old friend Christopher
Cannock, piano, at the home of Audrey and Ron King, ever-generous hosts
to whom we are most grateful. Numbers are strictly limited and so booking
will open first to those who have over many years supported Paul Larsen’s
talks. If there are any further places available then, nearer the time, details
will appear in the church bulletin.
          At the time of writing, in mid September, something of a mysterious
cloud hovers over the exact nature of our Christmas Concert on Saturday
8 December. Rachel Bath, who already carries a heavy voluntary load as
our excellent Director of Music at St Lawrence, has understandably decided
that this year additional professional commitments and the demands of a
growing family mean she cannot convene and rehearse our customary
scratch Christmas Choir and direct the concert. This leaves a big hole, which
we are trying to fill, so please reserve the date but keep an eye open for
posters and details nearer the time.
          To our many regular patrons of The Grand Curry Night, fear not;
thanks to a generous invitation from Mr Muj Ali, this will take place at the
Khushi restaurant to warm a winter night on Tuesday 15 January 2013.
Details next time.
                        For the Appeal Committee, Keith Salway




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LECHLADE THEATREGOERS
The Lechlade Theatregoers organise monthly outings by coach to a wide
variety of shows with usually no more than an hour and a half travelling time
– this means no driving and no parking issues. Most shows are matinees,
some midweek, some weekends, with time before the show for lunch and/or
shopping. Our last two visits were: West Side Story at the Wyvern Theatre,
Swindon in August and Radio Times at the Festival Theatre, Malvern in
September.
         Our next visits are:
         October – Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, The Importance of
                       Being Earnest
         November – Theatre Royal, Bath, Charley’s Aunt
These events have already been advised to members and tickets allocated.
However if you are interested please contact Barbara Dadson on 01367
252989 who will be aware if anybody is not able to go and wishes to pass
on their tickets, subject to there being no waiting list.
         Future planned events are:
         December – Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Carols by
                          Candlelight
         January – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, The Woman in Black
If you would like to join the Theatregoers please contact Phil Tubbs on 01367
253762 for an application form.
                                  Mike Bennett




BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
Lechlade branch
That wet Sunday morning of the Jubilee weekend seems a distant memory
now but those who valiantly took part in our sponsored walk raised a
magnificent total of over £2,000. In part this was due to the doubling of some
sponsorship by Barclays Bank and we thank them. We were lucky to be
joined at the outset of the walk by the actress Tina Hobley, currently starring
in Holby City, who added a touch of glamour to the walk.
         Our next event is a Quiz to be held on Saturday 27 October, 7 for
7:30pm at the Memorial Hall. Tickets are £12, inclusive of a two course
supper, and there will be a bar. Teams of a maximum of eight but if you are
fewer we can make you up into a team. For tickets phone 01367 253319 or
01367 253762.
                                  Elaine Long



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GLOUCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST
Riverside Wildlife in Lechlade
The sun made an apologetic appearance as I pulled into the Riverside Park
car park recently, and well it might be sorry – it’s a bit late to turn up and
casually announce that it’s here now and summer can begin. The chilly
autumnal wind made a fool of that suggestion for starters. But an area like
Riverside Park is exciting whatever the season, for the river and the network
of streams that flow into it are potentially superb wildlife habitats.
          In the reeds of the stream that feeds into the Thames I immediately
came across a patchwork of rodenty footprints in the mud. Nearby, however,
were the characteristically ‘flattened figure of eight’ droppings of a brown rat,
not the tic-tac shaped droppings I was hoping for. It’s probably a good stage
to point out that ecologists are known for these scatological proclivities – this
unseemly fascination with poo – for good reason. Many of our mammal
species are very hard to see in the flesh, and we rely on such field signs for
vital clues of their presence. Hard by the rat droppings, however, were the
footprints of another of our river-dwelling mammals – the otter. The return
of this mammal is a fantastic success story and testament to the value of
cleaning up our rivers of pollutants like sheep dip, which was largely
responsible for the otter’s decline in the first place. There will never be many
otters around – they are fiercely territorial and hold very large territories –
but they are back in most of our waterways now, as such footprints and
spraints (droppings) indicate. Their return is not uncontroversial, as they can
and do take large and valuable fish from stocked lakes, but they have been
a natural part of our ecosystems since the last ice age and live in balance
with the river.
          Over the footbridge by the Thames I delved into the other side of
the stream and immediately found what I had been looking for – the tic-tac
droppings of the water vole, together with piles of chewed vegetation,
gnawed off at a characteristic 45 degree angle. It is heartening to see such
signs, although the animal is so scarce now that people do not often see it
in the flesh as they used to. Riverbanks are very often flattened by cattle,
grazed hard to the edge, or scrubbed over, all of which are conditions which
the water vole cannot abide. They also cannot abide American mink, and
that they are here at all is largely thanks to the Cotswold Water Park Trust’s
successful mink eradication programme. We also need to ensure that banks
are sympathetically managed and strategically fenced where necessary, and
local volunteers are helping us to improve these habitats for wildlife. Ratty
has a future on the riverbank as long as we can all care about whether he
and his kin live or die.
          On the Thames itself I was treated to the sight of a kingfisher zipping
by, its flight arrow-straight and its beak laden with a struggling silver fish.
And as the late afternoon sun glinted off the water, five mute swans glided
massively down on to the surface like some of the more impressive aircraft
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touching down at RAF Fairford. In the forty minutes I spent at Riverside Park,
I felt as though the river and its denizens were very much alive, and yet there
is still a lot we can do for them. There’s so much to be positive about and to
appreciate, and the most important thing we can do with our children and
grandchildren is get outside and do some appreciating.
                                   Will Masefield
                   Cotswold Rivers Community Wildlife Officer




WESSEX MALE CHOIR
What a year 2011/2012 has been for the Wessex Male Choir! We became
the International Male Choir of the year in 2011 and from there never looked
back in respect of concerts for local and nationwide charities. In that season
we performed in London, Yeovil, Lechlade, Chatham Dockyard, Northwood,
Purton and Bristol as well as other places and performed our International
Summer Concert in STEAM, Swindon with the Kentucky University Ladies’
Choir to a full house of 600. We performed twice at Twickenham rugby
stadium, firstly to a crowd of approximately 36,000 at the Southern v Northern
Hemisphere rugby match to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity, and
then for the England v Wales Six Nations match to a capacity crowd of
86,000. On top of that we were asked to perform in August 2012 to a capacity
crowd at the newly built Wembley Arena for the Rugby League Cup Final.
         2012/2013 will be just as exciting, with concerts in Purton, Fairford,
Stanningley in West Yorkshire, the Guildhall in London, Salisbury Cathedral,
Wootton Bassett, Devizes, and culminating in the Summer Concert in
Swindon and a concert in the Tower of London.
         If you would like to join this exciting choir you need to be a male aged
18 years or over. You don’t need to read music but be prepared to put in
some work in order to join the choir in performances as soon as possible.
What you get out of it is good camaraderie, travelling the UK to concerts,
knowing that you are helping to raise large amounts for various charities and
huge enjoyment socially for you and your partners. Come and see us at one
of our practices with no obligation but we are sure once you have seen us
in practice or concert you will want to join.
         See our website at www.wessexmalechoir.co.uk which gives full
details of the choir and where we practise or contact Rob on 07939 249021
with any queries you may have.
                                    Tim Yeoman

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ARTS in LECHLADE (AiL)
‘TERRIFIED’ SERIES
The three ‘Terrified’ workshops were a great success and we will be doing
some more of the same, plus some new workshops, over the autumn and
winter.

Salsa for the Terrified: Saturday 20 October
Lechlade Methodist Hall, 10:00am to 12noon. £3.00 entrance.
Leader Clare Cordingley: clarecordingley@btinternet.com

Tap Dancing for the Terrified: Saturday 24 November
Lechlade Methodist Hall, 10:00am to 12noon. £3.00 entrance.
Leader Jennie Rainsford: jennie@mediaeden.co.uk

OLD TIME MUSIC HALL AND VARIETY SHOW
Arts in Lechlade is proud to present for the first time in thirty years Lechlade’s
Old Time Music Hall and Variety Show in the Memorial Hall on Friday 2
November and Saturday 3 November at 7:30pm. Bar and waiter service
organised by Lechlade Lions. Tickets £8.00 available from Lechlade
Newsagents or by emailing jaymathews124@mac.com or phoning 01367
253510.
         Some of the Music Hall performers will be taking part in a preview
show in the marquee, Trout Inn on Thursday 1 November at 7:30pm. Tickets
£5.00 on the door or in advance from the Trout Inn (01367 252313 or
chefpjw@aol.com).

LECHLADE ART SOCIETY meets in the Memorial Hall, 2:00pm–4:00pm.
Wednesday 17 October: Christine Russell – ‘Still Life in Pastels’.
Wednesday 21 November: Critique of members’ work by Paul Deacon
Contact sharonrellis@hotmail.com

LECHLADE COMMUNITY BAND meets at St Lawrence Primary School
Hall at 7:00pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Come and
try it out! Wednesdays 3 and 17 October, 7 and 21 November. All players
of any abilities welcome. Contact Peter Kingslake 01367 253200.

LECHLADE COMMUNITY SINGERS (Leaders: Jay Mathews and
Michelle Gazeley-Howitt)
Do you like singing but don’t have the confidence to join a choir? Come and
have a go at the newly formed Lechlade Community Singing Group. You
don’t need to read music, we teach by rote, nor do you need the greatest
voice in the world. The sessions will be relaxed and fun. You will sing a wide
variety of songs from light classics to modern. We meet every two weeks for


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an hour from 7:00pm to 8:00pm (prompt start please) in Lechlade Baptist
Church on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Wednesdays
10 and 24 October, 14 and 28 November. The first session will be free, then
£2 a week thereafter if you decide to join. Contact jaymathews124@mac.com
or 01367 253510 for further details, or just turn up on the night!

HA’PENNY BRIDGE SINGERS meet at Lechlade Baptist Church from
8:00pm to 9:30pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
Wednesdays 10 and 24 October, 14 and 28 November. New singers always
welcome. Come and have a go. Contact Louise Crossley: louisec@fsmail.net

SOUTH COTSWOLD RECORDERS
The next monthly playing session is on Saturday 6 October, 2:00pm to
5:00pm at Lechlade Methodist Hall. Conductor John Hawkes. Contact
jaymathews124@mac.com

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC meets on the second and last Friday of each month
at 8:00pm in the Creel Bar, Trout Inn. Singarounds on Fridays 12 and 26
October, 9 and 30 November. Players, singers and listeners all equally
welcome. £1.00 entrance. Contact jaymathews124@mac.com

TATT (Tunes at the Trout) is a small group of traditional folk musicians who
meet once a month in the Creel Bar, Trout Inn to play and sing together. We
often work on a particular ‘theme’ and prepare for a performance. Our next
meeting dates are Tuesdays 9 October, 13 November and 11 December.
Contact Jack Brothwell: jackbunny9@hotmail.com

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.




THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY
Very many thanks for the wonderful response to the Summer Lunch when
£662.72 was raised to help disadvantaged children and young people and
those at risk, being positive in what children can achieve and challenging
negative public attitudes towards them. Christian values and that childhood
is respected is at the centre of The Children's Society’s work. Thank you so
much for your support; even the sun shone for us that Thursday in July!
                                Sylvia Dennish
                             Hon. Sec. Lechlade

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LECHLADE TENNIS CLUB
Andy Murray, inspired by his Gold and Silver medals at the Olympics, gave
us a Grand Slam victory in Jubilee year in New York winning the US Open.
He won the hard way in five sets but he played some brilliant tennis on the
way. Hopefully he will inspire a new generation of players.
         Here in Lechlade we have our own home-grown inspiration! Two of
our lady members, Yvonne Kinch and Erica Thursfield, turned 90 this year
and after the mixed social tournament on 9 September they played an
exhibition ladies’ doubles set with Jane Saddington and Gay Oliver. Erica
and Jane won 6-2. This was followed by a celebration lunch and
presentation. Both Yvonne and Erica play tennis three times a week and are
certainly an advertisement for keeping fit and enjoying life to the full. The
mixed tournament was won by Sheila Knight and Alan Parker.
         The Summer League matches were finally finished at the end of
August because of the awful weather earlier in the season. The Men’s A
team finished 5th, the B team 6th, the C team 3rd and the Ladies’ team 4th.
All teams will remain in their respective divisions next summer. The Winter
League will start in October and we have entered two teams.
     The intra club tournament results are as follows:
         Mixed Doubles            Gareth Lloyd and Maureen Cliff
         Mixed Doubles Plate      John Elsey and Jane Saddington
         Ladies’ Doubles          Jane Saddington and Gay Oliver
         Ladies’ Doubles Plate Mary Williams and Erica Thursfield
         Men’s Doubles Plate      Nick Bent and Noel Brathwaite
         Men’s Singles Plate      James Gale
         Ladies’ Singles          Gay Oliver
     There are three results to come.
The quiz night will have come and gone by the time this is read so I hope
everyone who came enjoyed it. Thank you to those who helped by buying
tickets, making puddings, donating raffle prizes and helping with the tables
and chairs and all the other jobs on the night.
         There is club tennis on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings from
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 website at
www.lechladetennisclub.doodlekit.com.
                                  Gay Oliver




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