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					February - March 2013                                             Issue 187
‘Tis the season for a whole host of nasty germs, bugs and diseases to be
doing the rounds. Even vicars are not immune from such despicable pests.
Experts are still divided over the existence of ‘man flu’, but at least 50% of
the population believe it is real. At this time of the year the nation’s houses
are stocked with all manner of preventatives, restoratives and vitamins, all
purchased to help us remain fit and healthy over the winter months. ‘Mansize’
tissues will see active duty from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Business and
commerce, schools and families will all struggle, as coughing, spluttering,
sneezing and nose-blowing take on epidemic proportions. Britons will spend
billions on all manner of tablets, powders, syrups, ointments and preparations
in order to feel better. We all do it; in fact, it would be irresponsible not to.
          My point is this. We are taught to care for our bodies – ‘Don’t forget
your 5 a day!’, exercise more, cut down on your fat, up your fibre, less booze,
more fish, etc. etc. We do care for our bodies, but neglect our souls. The
High Streets of Britain PLC are littered with food shops, chemists, opticians,
dentists, chiropodists, physiotherapists and even tattoo parlours and nail
bars. But where do we nurture and feed our souls? Where are the
megastores selling truth and meaning 24/7? Where are the glitzy centres of
confession and forgiveness? Hope emporiums? Eternity bazaars? Where
can I find showrooms of unconditional love?
          Christianity (still) offers a fully rounded, satisfying worldview, which
is less about organised religion (surprisingly difficult to define) than about a
personal encounter with the God-Man Jesus of Nazareth. The faith of Jesus
works in different cultures with different peoples – it travels well. This faith
has developed and changed over the centuries, understanding the difference
between core and secondary beliefs – it has lasted well. Christianity has a
proven track record over two thousand years of providing comfort and
support in the midst of all the vagaries of life – it lives out well. Jesus warns
against caring for our material needs at the detriment of everything else –
‘For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?’
(Mark 8: 36). He even stated that it is better to lose an eye, hand or foot than
to risk eternal punishment.
          The Christian Church holds out a wonderful offer of hope,
forgiveness and love, but it also insists that Jesus makes demands upon us
– big, radical, holding nothing back sort of demands. Jesus pours scorn upon
our culture’s preening, self-important fascination with outward looks and
physical perfection. He wants us to have a different perspective, to see a
spiritual world that transcends the superficial and shallow. For many, that is
a great release from the tyranny of trying to have the perfect
body/tan/figure/hair/wardrobe etc. God created us as physical beings and

we need to cherish and care for our bodies. We are also to ensure that we
care for our spiritual needs and come to Christ, ‘the Bread of Life’. He is the
only One who can bring us true fulfilment and satisfaction and feed our
hungry souls.
                             Andrew Cinnamond

In the previous issue, Marian Winckles wrote about our 30th anniversary
coffee morning at the Tea Chest last November when we took the opportunity
to thank our wonderful team of distributors and collators without whom we
could not manage. Now I would like personally to thank Marian and my other
colleagues on the editorial committee because again, without their
commitment and skills, there would be no Bridge magazine.
         Marian offers much help and sound advice over editorial matters
and writes many interesting and lively articles. Her husband, Simon, uses
his computer expertise to design the magazine and is also master of the
printing machine in Church Cottage, resulting in very few pages being
discarded during collation.
         David Newton is the longest-serving committee member, having
been involved with the magazine for nearly 30 years, first as sports editor
and then as treasurer, giving wise advice in financial and management
         Maureen Cliff organises the collation and distribution of the
magazine with great efficiency and John Deacon provides effective liaison
with the St Lawrence PCC.
         I am immensely grateful to them all for their loyalty and support and
also to those members of our community who write so willingly for The
Bridge, some over many years, and of course to our readers.

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 for further information. Magazines can
also be purchased from the Newsagents or St Lawrence Church at a cost
of 50p per copy.

Services and other events
The Baptist Church (Sherborne Street, GL7 3AH) extends a warm welcome
to you to join us for our 10:30am Sunday services. Before each service
there is a prayer meeting at 9:45am.
         Other regular events taking place at the church are:
Card-making group, which meets on the first Wednesday of the month from
2:00pm until 4:00pm. 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.

News and views
The Christmas period was a busy and exciting time, with plenty of activities
that involved many people in different ways. All the services went well, with
the carol services well attended and people in good voice. It was really good
to join with Andrew Cinnamond at St Birinus for a joint carol service, which
was enjoyed by all. The Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve was well
supported. The message, that Jesus being ‘present’ with us every day is the
best ‘present’ we can receive, is still true today.
         The first Crib Fest also went well, with many people popping into
the church to view the wide variety of nativity sets and enjoy the homemade
mince pies. The good news is that we will be doing another Crib Fest this
year, so do keep an eye out for more details. The Sheep Trail was popular,
with many shops commenting on the number of enthusiastic children who
were dashing in and out, sometimes forgetting to collect their stickers in the
rush. We’re very grateful to all those who hosted a sheep, some of whom
moved the sheep to make the hunt more interesting!
         As we move on into 2013, the church will still be running the weekly
Beans coffee morning on Saturdays alongside its normal calendar of events,
as well as seeking new ways to demonstrate that Jesus is for life, not just
for Christmas.
                                Paul Graham

Advent and Christmas are some of the busiest times in the Church Calendar,
so it was good to take time out in the annual Advent Retreat at the Windmill
Barn, Clanfield. A good number attended and we enjoyed reflections from
Bp Peter Vaughan. During Advent we were encouraged to consider the
important biblical discipline of fasting and our Parish Book, Celebration of
Discipline, by Richard Foster, also helped people to go deeper in their faith
and know God better.
          The Advent Carol Service on Sunday 2 December is a highlight for
many people, with the chandelier lit and the choir processing in by
candlelight. It is a poignant reminder that it is all about Jesus Christ coming
into this world, and shining as a light in the darkness. The Christmas Concert
this year took on a different hue, with St Lawrence Choir under Rachel Bath
taking a well-earned break and instead a varied programme of readings and
song from the Oriana Singers, John Wright, Graham Martin and others made
for a most pleasant evening, with proceeds going to the Restoration Appeal.
          The Christingle Service was held on Sunday 9 December in aid of
the Children’s Society. A very well-organised and well-received Christingle
workshop was held the day before in the Methodist Church Hall and saw lots
of Christingle-themed crafts, art and games. Many thanks to Tessa Cobb
and her team for their enthusiasm and energy! Many of the children came
to the service the next day.
          The Mothers’ Union Christmas service and lunch was held on
Wednesday 12 December in the Memorial Hall and it is always a fun occasion
to attend. (Incidentally, Elizabeth Reay of the Lechlade branch of MU is now
the President of the diocesan branch and many members attended the
commissioning service in the cathedral with Bishop Michael. Please do pray
for Elizabeth, as she takes up this demanding position.)
          The Vicarage was a scene of festive fun and entertainment over the
first few weeks of Christmas, whether it was a full-blown Christmas dinner
for the teenagers’ discussion group, drinks and nibbles for the PCC, or an
extended table operation for all the staff and clergy. As vicar, it really is a
privilege to be able to open our home and share hospitality with those who
provide so much care and attention behind the scenes.
          The Town Carol Service was held on Sunday 16 December, and
this year it was St Lawrence’s turn to organise the proceedings in the form
of a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols. It was well attended and very good
to see Christians from different local churches represented. The Trout had
a bumper congregation/clientele for their Christmas service on Thursday 20
December. The main bar area was jam packed and our lay reader, Gordon
Land, very ably steered everyone through the service. With a brief respite
for mince pies, those remaining enjoyed a mummers’ play, complete with St
George, a Saracen and a doctor with a big hat. Continued thanks to Bob and
Penny at The Trout for their support and encouragement.
After the normal Sunday pattern of services on 23 December, Christmas
Eve saw the Crib Service in the afternoon with a distinct shepherds and
sheep theme, and the First Communion of Christmas to see in Christmas
Day. The Crib Service is one of the biggest events of the year and it was
definitely standing room only in the church. Kathy Newton had written a
lovely script, ‘Where are the Sheep?’, and after several rehearsals it all came
together beautifully and was greatly enjoyed by everyone present. The vicar,
I hear, was particularly fetching in red and white stripey dressing gown.
Christmas Day is a very special day when as a Church family we celebrate
the nativity of our Lord Jesus. There were many guests present, and we are
grateful that friends and family returning home to Lechlade make their way
to St Lawrence Church over the holiday season. Apart from the vicar wishing
everyone ‘Happy Easter’ instead of ‘Happy Christmas’ (I put it down to mental
fatigue and/or simply thinking ahead), everything seemed to go smoothly
and my prayer is that something sung, said, prayed or confessed would
really stay in people’s hearts long after the Christmas services are over.
                              Andrew Cinnamond

A number of people have spoken to us about the fact that the church bells
did not ring in the New Year. We are aware of the part that the bells play in
welcoming the New Year for those in and around the Market Square and
take pleasure in joining in. However, the sad fact is that our numbers are
depleted to such an extent that we were unable to raise a band to ring this
year. We were as disappointed as those awaiting us at midnight.
         We have some young learners but what we are in desperate need
of are adults who are able to ring but currently either don’t or ring elsewhere.
The lack of ringers with some experience affects our ability to ring for Sunday
services, weddings and other special occasions. It also means that we can’t
take on any more learners, youngsters or adults, at the moment as we do
not have enough experienced ringers to support them and ensure that they
are learning safely.
         We are a friendly band – we would say that but it is true – that enjoys
BBQs and other social events as well as ringing activities. We practise on
a Friday evening from 7:45 to 9:00pm straight after choir practice. If you can
help us or would just like to know more about what we do please contact
Jenny Smith 01367 250117 or Marian Winckles on 01367 252851.

This term we have introduced a pen licence system into school where the
children have to demonstrate that their writing is neat, well formed and a
consistent size. They are then given their licence to use a pen for their writing
in school and are supplied with a special pen as a reward. In the first week
back we awarded three pen licences: to Bea Granville, Dan Hunt and Emily
Tinney. Below is an example of writing from Bea Granville in Year 5, who
was awarded her licence.
                                Nicola Morris
                               Head Teacher

Our latest information board, featuring work and leisure on the River Thames,
will be installed soon on the south bank of the river, opposite the Riverside
pub. Our thanks are again due to Keith Williams for the tremendous amount
of time and energy he puts into researching and producing these boards.
          We meet at 7:30pm on the third Monday of every month except
August and December in Lechlade Memorial Hall. Annual subscription £9.
Guests £4. We shall be pleased to offer free entry to anyone who has not
attended an LHS meeting before on presentation of this copy of The Bridge.

18 February: ‘It was so gloriously exciting’ – Miss Trehawke Davies, the first
             woman to fly the channel and to loop the loop.
18 March: Old Paths and Trackways of Gloucestershire.
15 April:    The Whiteway Colony – residential community near Stroud.
20 May:       Gimson and the Barnsleys – Arts and Crafts furniture makers
              based at Sapperton.

In the summer we hope to mark our 25th anniversary with a guided walk
round Lechlade and a celebratory social event.
        For further information please visit or
phone 01367 253087.

New Chairman
David Phillips has decided to retire as chairman of the league and Graham
Hewitt has been elected new chairman. An enormous thank you goes to
David for his excellent chairmanship over the last nine years during which
the league has continued and expanded its services to the local community.
         The league’s House to House Collection will be held between 7
and 21 April. This is an important fund raiser and is vital in assisting us in
delivering care in the local community. We do rely heavily on the generosity
of the community and look forward to receiving your continued support.
         For information on all the league’s activities and on how to get
involved please look at our new website:
                               Graham Hewitt

Forthcoming special services and events:
Wednesday 13 February 7:30pm Ash Wednesday: Holy Communion with
                                 Ashing (joint team service)
Saturday 23 February   9:00am Ladies’ Breakfast at St Lawrence
Sunday 24 February     7:15pm All Age Youth Service at Baptist Church
Sunday 10 March        10:00am Mothering Sunday Family Service
Sunday 24 March        10:20am Palm Sunday: Ecumenical Service
                                 with procession at 10:00am
Monday 25 March        7:30pm Service for Lent Groups at Baptist
Tuesday 26 March       7:30pm Compline
Wednesday 27 March     7:30pm Compline
Thursday 28 March      7:30pm Maundy Thursday: Fellowship meal in
                                 St Lawrence
Friday 29 March        10:00am Good Friday: March of Witness –
                                 Procession from the Market Place
                       11:00am Service: Meditation on the Cross
Sunday 31 March        10:00am Easter Day: Parish Communion
                       10:00am Easter Communion at the Trout Inn
                       6:00pm Songs of Praise
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)
        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
        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.

The community library is now run entirely by volunteers and generous local
support has resulted in extra funding enabling us to bring in new books and
equipment. Our wonderful volunteers offer at least three hours every
fortnight to help run the library and their enthusiastic commitment, flexibility
and willingness to share their skills and expertise has been outstanding –
they all deserve huge thanks as there would no longer be a library in
Lechlade without them.
          We have received several generous donations recently. The
Lechlade Heritage & Development Trust, through the Lechlade Community
Fund, has donated £436 towards the cost of new carpet, Lechlade
Community Cinema has given us £100 for the purchase of new DVDs and
the Lechlade and District Lions have donated £250 for the purchase of new
children’s books. PG Events have provided us with free new signage, Peter
Whistler has made and installed a new book slide for the return of books
when the library is closed and Gary Holland has donated shelving for the
display of new books. Several volunteers and other members of the
community have helped with redecorating, cleaning and other tasks. We are
extremely grateful for all this help and support.
          The local authorities have also given substantial support.
Gloucestershire County Council has provided four new computers, so we
now have six PCs available for public use, and has assisted with training
our volunteers and providing staff support. GCC also provides £10,000
funding a year and remains responsible for the structure of the building.
Cotswold District Council has agreed to grant the community library full
exemption from council tax this year and Lechlade Town Council is
contributing up to £6,000 funding a year.
          The official opening of the community library with Susan Hill was
due to take place on 16 January but unfortunately had to be postponed until
later in the spring. Instead we took the opportunity to hold meetings with the
library volunteers and the Friends of Lechlade Library to discuss ways of
developing our services to meet the needs of the community.
          For more information on volunteering or becoming a member of the
Friends of Lechlade Library, please contact or
telephone Sue Coakley on 01367 253306.
          If you have not yet visited the community library, do come in and
see us or have a look at our website
          Current opening hours are: Monday 10–4; Wednesday 10–1; Friday
1–7; Saturday 10–1.

It is customary at times like this to look back at the previous year with fondness
and regret, but always with an implicit anticipation of the year yet to unfurl. I
see no reason to fly in the face of this tradition, as my last year of involvement
in the Water Park reserves for the Wildlife Trust has been one of great
discovery and delight. It has been a daunting task, following the departure of
Steve Edmonds for pastures new, taking on some of the management of
Whelford Pools, Roundhouse Lake, Bryworth Lane and the Edward
Richardson/Phyllis Amey reserve in Lechlade – Steve had done a fantastic job
in bringing these lovely reserves back into management for wildlife, and his
are big boots to fill (although his chainsaw trousers are rather tight). But I have
immensely enjoyed learning about these reserves, how they respond to the
changing seasons, and how integral the volunteer groups are to the
management of them. If there’s any one paean I want to sing (and there isn’t,
there are two), it would be to the volunteers and their unflagging enthusiasm
and dedication to the enhancement of their local wild places. The volunteer
group and the Cirencester Rotary Club have been out in wind, drizzle, frost
and sunshine (occasionally) and I’m pleased to report that the group is growing
in numbers, whilst retaining many stalwarts of years past. We have had a ‘thank
you’ BBQ in Lechlade and also a very frosty Christmas BBQ at Whelford Pools
with the indefatigable Rotary Club. If you would like to join the volunteer group,
or just try out a day with us, do drop me a line.
          The other group that I always want to rave about, of course, is the
wildlife of the area, which was under some stress during the course of 2012.
The only regret that I can think of for 2012 is that the weather was so extreme
– droughts followed by persistent flooding. It will have tested (and be continuing
to test) the resilience of many wildlife populations. Whilst slugs and many plants
and orchids appear to have done well, many insect, mammal and bird
populations have struggled. It will be interesting, for example, to see just how
water vole populations have coped with being flooded out of their riverbank
homes. Can they bounce back next year? Can populations of butterflies and
other essential pollinators recover in 2013? I hope so; we need them. ‘Nature’
in its holistic glory will be resilient one way or another, even though individual
populations of species will rise and fall, sometimes in an obligatory pas de
deux with their predators or prey, sometimes at the uncompromising beck and
call of the weather. What we need to do (because we can’t control the weather)
is to make our landscapes more wildlife friendly and permeable to nature, so
that it has space to move around as conditions dictate. Biological diversity is
essential for us all, so we are looking for ways to help communities improve
their areas for wildlife. There are always new ways of doing this – we need not
confine wildlife to nature reserves – so if you have any ideas for community
projects please contact us and we’ll see how we can help.
          Best wishes for 2013.
                                          Will (07793 307056)
The wonderful ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ display in the window of Lechlade
Community Library was arranged by members of the WI Reading Group. It
caused a great deal of interest as passers-by tried to spot the pole dancer,
the Pied Piper’s rats and Lords Alan Sugar and John Prescott amongst many
other intriguing figures.
          Unfortunately the speaker booked to entertain us at the December
meeting had to cancel and, left to our own devices, we enjoyed mulled wine,
mince pies and Christmas-themed activities, including the annual hamper
raffle. In January over thirty members gathered for a New Year’s Lunch at
Colleys, where the meal was excellent and we were, as ever, thoroughly
          Our next meeting will be on 5 February when Eunice Allen will talk
about the work of Associated Country Women of the World – an international
organisation supporting rural women and their families through education,
training and community development programmes – and there will be a raffle
in aid of this worthy cause.
          On 5 March Nicola Cornick will speak about Ashdown House and
the Craven family and the competition will be for a cream jug.
          We welcome new members and, if you would like to join us, contact
Sheila Bennett on 01367 252379 or find us on the town website or through
the advertising posters on the town notice boards.
                                 Lynda Tubbs

Which road am I in?

    1.  A good place to live if you are a centurion
    2.  You should be able to see Stonehenge
    3.  I must be in the church
    4.  The son of Ceawlin must live here
    5.  Get tied up here
    6.  Home to campanologists
    7.  Where Henry VIII might have looked for his Christmas lunch
    8.  You might find the Duke of Cambridge here if his spelling was
    9. Mr Carson’s perhaps?
    10. Where you might find Bill Shankly visiting an old friend

Answers on page 32.

Our December meeting was all about the Old Time Music Hall, courtesy of
Mike Wallace. From small, rudimentary staging and a bawdy reputation,
where people met socially to eat and drink in the mid nineteenth century, the
music hall developed into nationwide entertainment. Music hall acts became
very popular, with melodramas and novelty acts, before the days of radios
and cinemas as family entertainment. Management companies employed
groups of artistes to tour the country appearing in respectable local venues
and theatres. Singers such as Harry Champion, Florrie Forde and Vesta Tilly
were very popular. Marie Lloyd became very famous and later, George
Formby. There were many comedy acts and monologue performers who
inspired the comics of yesterday.
          Our ladies all enjoyed the sing-song – joining in with many old
favourites we had learned from our parents and grandparents. Afterwards
we were served a Christmas afternoon tea organised by our committee
          In January we welcomed Marie Rooney from the Great Western Air
Ambulance charity. Since 1987 over 31 air ambulance schemes have been
set up around the country and we are the last area. The helicopters used by
the services are privately funded and very expensive to lease and operate.
Over 1500 calls were made last year, one in five of them life-saving. Nine
times out of ten there is a volunteer doctor on board along with a highly
trained paramedic, funded by the NHS. The crew are authorised to administer
all life-saving drugs. With a response time of 30 miles in 15 minutes, the air
ambulance takes the hospital to the patient.
          The service is called to remote locations where the rapid transport
of medical expertise is required. In rural areas this may mean accidents
involving farm machinery or horse riding. Other main call outs would be to
cardiac arrests and road traffic accidents. Routine 999 calls are monitored
by paramedics who make a decision as to whether the incident is life
          Based in Filton, the Great Western Air Ambulance needs to raise
the money for a new helicopter to be used in conjunction with helipads at
the new hospital complexes in Bristol. Core funding comes from a lottery
which is run for the charity and from charitable donations. Any offers to fund
raise would be gratefully accepted. Since we live in a rural area, we should
spread the news.
          We always welcome new members. Our next meeting is on
Thursday 21 February – 2:30pm in the Memorial Hall – when David Chapman
will be talking about the First Responders scheme.
                                   Diana Ord

Christian Concern for Families Worldwide
The Christmas events were very well supported and much enjoyed. Our party
before Christmas was on the usual lines with Sheila M leading the prayers.
We sang carols and some new readings were brought along. We were
pleased that Andrew and Paul Graham accepted our invitation. Tea was, of
course, the usual sumptuous spread! In January we had the AGM where we
enjoyed soup and puddings provided by the retiring committee. Kathy
summarised 2012 and we were able to think back to meetings, services and
speakers we had enjoyed. She reminded us that as a Christian charity we
had all done our part to help families in this country and worldwide this year
by prayer, practical help and fundraising.
         Kathy Newton consented to continue as our leader. Margaret
Mattingley and Elizabeth Reay stood down from the committee and were
thanked. Sylvia Dennish, Sheila Mouna, Sue Rudge, Maureen Baxter and
Joy Evans will carry on. Maureen Cliff will take over as treasurer.
         This does not mean that Elizabeth Reay is in any way leaving us,
for on Thursday 10 January a coachload of 53 from the deanery plus others
in cars went to Gloucester Cathedral to join in the lovely service when she
took over as diocesan leader. We were all so proud that a member from our
branch had taken on this role. We carried our banner with pride and enjoyed
Bishop Michael’s sermon along with a few hundred members from other
         Our branch is now part of Cirencester deanery along with Fairford
and The Ampneys with Poulton. Kathy will be commissioned as deanery
leader on Monday 4 February at 2:30pm at our Candlemas Service in St
Michael and All Angels, Poulton.

Little Lights
All pre-school children and babies are welcome to our pram service and
toddler play on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:45pm to
3:00pm. Next dates are 6 and 20 February, 6 and 20 March.

Kathy Newton is a parenting facilitator and will be starting a new group on
Monday evenings from 8:00pm to 9:30pm at her house after Easter. This is
suitable for parents with young children 0–6 years and will last for seven
weeks. There will be a charge of £5 for the book and a minimal charge for
drinks and nibbles each week. Email or phone
01367 252543 for more details. We usually like eight people to sign up.

MU meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm in
the Memorial Hall. On 13 February, Sylvia Gutzmer will speak about ‘A
Mother’s Love’. All welcome. £2 to include tea and raffle.
                              Heather Freeth
PROFILE – Paul and Vicky Graham
Last summer saw the arrival in Lechlade of Paul Graham as minister-in-
training at Lechlade Baptist Church with his wife, Vicky and their sons, Oliver
and Daniel. The family are already becoming well known in the town and the
football-mad boys are both very happy at St Lawrence School.
          Paul was born in Birmingham, where his father was vicar at a church
near Edgbaston cricket ground, and he still enjoys watching cricket. When
Paul was 9 the family moved to Nigeria, where his father was a mission
partner in the diocese of Jos for four years. On returning to England, his
father became vicar of St Michael’s, Highworth and Paul attended Warneford
School and then New College. He became involved in Christian youth work,
eventually spending three years as a volunteer youth worker in Highworth
and Swindon with Swindon Youth for Christ. A temporary job as a data entry
clerk with the NHS led to a permanent job for fourteen years at both Princess
Margaret Hospital and Great Western Hospital as an IT trainer and medical
          Vicky’s father was in the army and she was born in Hong Kong. The
family moved around until her father left the army when she was 8 and she
then attended school and college in Swindon. She started work at opticians
Haine and Smith, eventually becoming assistant manager. Paul and Vicky
were both involved in church work from a young age. They met at Upper
Stratton Baptist Church and were married in 1998. Oliver was born in 2002
and Vicky returned to work part-time until Daniel was born in 2005. She spent
a couple of years as a special needs teaching assistant at Holy Family
primary school in Swindon from 2010 until the family moved to Lechlade.
          Although he had been a member of the PCC at St Michael’s in
Highworth, now he was living in Upper Stratton in Swindon, Paul became
increasingly involved with the work of the Baptist Church there. He gradually
realised that he was settled within the Baptist community and believer’s
baptism by immersion seemed to him to be the right way to affirm faith. He
decided to explore entry into the Baptist ministry and when he was invited
to preach at Lechlade Baptist Church in 2006 he felt intensely that “there’s
something about that church” and wanted to do more here. In 2009 the
Baptist Ministerial Recognition Committee felt that he was not quite ready
to begin training. He became an Elder at Upper Stratton and then in the
summer of 2010 a sudden illness meant that he had to take a period of time
to recover, which set back plans by a year. This unexpected period of rest
gave Paul valuable time to think about his future and he became even more
certain that he could not see himself doing anything other than entering the
ministry. Happily, when he approached the church authorities again in
November 2011 he was recommended for training and came to Lechlade in
August 2012. Paul is studying part-time at Regent’s Park College in Oxford
while working with the Baptist community here.
          The warmth and vitality of this family are apparent from first meeting

them and Paul and Vicky are keen to become involved in our community
and to discover more ways to help those who might need their support. The
popular Saturday morning Beans coffee shop is attracting more and more
people and last year’s successful CribFest is set to become bigger and better
in future. With Paul and Vicky’s drive and enthusiasm, we can be sure that
innovative ideas and activities will continue to flow from Lechlade Baptist

Many of you may already know about our club. We meet on the second
Wednesday of each month at the Memorial Hall in Lechlade at 7:30pm. The
annual membership fee is just £5, with a £2 payment for each meeting
attended, and your membership card gives you 10% off seeds and plants
at Burford Garden Centre!
         In December, Laura Thornton from the Bloom Room florist’s shop
in Lechlade showed us how to make Christmas wreaths. Laura was
interesting and informative as well as making the evening great fun. She
also provided good ideas as to how the basic festive wreath may be adapted
for other purposes, for example, a lavender wreath as a summer present,
or a wreath made from fresh herbs. Laura supplies many of the raw materials
at her shop in Lechlade.
         On Wednesday 13 February, Bob Smith will talk about ‘Moths in the
Garden’. (This is a change of topic and speaker due to illness.)
         Other events in the coming year include a talk on the royal parks, a
special visit to Buscot Park, and speakers sharing knowledge on alpines
and on garden pests. Do join us. See our website for full details of how to join and our
programme of talks and visits.
                               Tim Yeoman

Imaging the Invisible: Inspiration and Exploration in Contemporary Art
UTDFAS are holding a Day of Special Interest on Thursday 7 March from
10:00am to 4:00pm in Lechlade Memorial Hall. The day is open to
non-members and costs £30, to include coffee and a light lunch.
         Iain McKillop is a professional painter and art historian. Born in
Gloucester, Iain has lectured in art and art history in schools and universities
for many years. Two of his altarpieces hang in Gloucester Cathedral (Lady
Chapel and Musicians’ Chapel) and he exhibits widely in British cathedrals
and churches. As well as showing illustrations of his art and works which
inspire him, Iain will bring a selection of his paintings, including a first viewing
of part of his latest project, a huge memorial to the bombing of Würzburg.
The programme will include:
         How can we read contemporary art most meaningfully?
         A discussion of his paintings and projects and influences behind
         Art in religious settings – what might you look for to inspire future
Tickets available from Diane Martin, tel 01367 252825.

The Lechlade Theatregoers organise monthly outings by coach to a wide
range of shows at theatres 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 weekend, with time before the show for lunch and/or
         Our next visits are:
         February           Cheltenham – Blood Brothers
         March              Newbury – Sleuth
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:
         April              Salisbury – Yes, Prime Minister
         May                Milton Keynes – Relatively Speaking
If you would like to join the Theatregoers please contact Phil Tubbs on 01367
253762 for an application form.
                                  Maureen Rose

The total rainfall in Lechlade in 2012, 897.75mm (35.34ins), was more than
double the 439mm (17.28ins) that fell in 2011. It also rained on 189 days,
34 days more than in 2011. On the days that it rained in 2012, the average
fall was 4.75mm, and in 2011, 2.83mm.
          The average rainfall for RAF Brize Norton (obtained from the
internet) is given as 679.6mm (26.75ins).
          The 2012 rainfall was sufficient to mean that had it not drained away,
then the whole of Lechlade would have been waist deep in water!
          An inch of rain per acre weighs 113.31 tonnes. That is equivalent
to five lorry loads of potatoes. The 2011 rainfall therefore weighed the same
as over 80 lorry loads of potatoes, and the 2012 rainfall an incredible 167
lorry loads, or some 4,000 tons, per acre. The Market Square measures
around an acre!
          The wettest month of the year was June (131mm–5.2ins), followed
by December (127.25mm–5.02ins). The driest month was March (18.75mm–
0.74ins), followed by February (24mm–0.94ins). The highest daily rainfall
was on 21 November (29mm–1.11ins), and a half-inch (12.5mm) or more
fell on 23 days (only 3 days in 2011!). The longest dry spell, 13 days,
occurred twice, once from 19 to 31 March, and again from 19 to 31 May. In
October, it never went more than 24 hours without some rain falling! The
wet spell which lasted through April and the first half of May proved a near
disaster for both farmers and gardeners, as it covered the main period for
the sowing/planting of many crops and development of bedding plants. In
2011, the longest dry spell, 16 days, was in April.
                                Richard Dadson

The Wessex Male Choir started their first rehearsals for 2013 on 8 January
at Abbey Meads, Swindon and will be looking to increase their repertoire
with new pieces being learnt in the coming weeks. They will be singing in a
variety of locations this year including locally in Devizes, Lechlade and
Swindon as well as further afield such as Sheffield, the Tower of London and
central London. The choir will also be entering several competitions, hopefully
to increase their tally of wins.
         The choir are always on the lookout for new male singers, so if you
think you would like to have a go why not look at their website or speak to Tim on 01367 252474. A happy
new year to you all and we hope to see some of you at our forthcoming
                                 Tim Yeoman


Friday     1st    RIVERFOLK Youth Acoustic Evening Trout Inn 7:30pm
Saturday   2nd    SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Pavilion 2:00pm
Tuesday    5th    U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘Mountaineering in Scotland’
                  WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘The Work of Associated Country Women of
                  The World’
Friday     8th    RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday   9th    CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Memorial Hall 2:00pm
                  TENNIS CLUB ‘The Knicker Lady’ Memorial Hall 7:30pm
Tuesday   12th    TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Wednesday 13th    ASH WEDNESDAY
                  MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm ‘A Mother’s Love’
                  GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm ‘Moths in the
Thursday   14th   THEATREGOERS ‘Blood Brothers’ at Cheltenham
Saturday   16th   LIONS Book Sale Pavilion 10:30am
Sunday     17th   COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
Monday     18th   HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘It was so gloriously
Wednesday 20th    ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 2:00pm ‘The Pleasures of Art in a
                  Working Life’
                  COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
Thursday   21st   LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘Community First
Friday     22nd   SERENADE AND SANDWICHES St Lawrence Church 12 noon ‘The
                  Gypsy Connection’. Donations in aid of Church Restoration Fund
                  RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday   23rd   LADIES’ BREAKFAST St Lawrence Church 9:30am

Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 PLAYERS One-Act Plays Memorial Hall 7:30pm


                                                     Each Tuesday                Day Centre
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                                                     Each Wednesday              Fitness Leag
                                                     Each Thursday               Country Mar
                                                                                 Bridge Club
                                                                                 Scottish Dan
                                                     1st Sunday each month       Antiques Fai

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         MARCH 2013
         Saturday  2nd SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Pavilion 10:00am Playing Day
         Tuesday   5th U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘Cotswold Wildlife Park and
                        WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Ashdown House and the Craven Family’
         Friday    8th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Sunday    10th MOTHERING SUNDAY
         Tuesday   12th ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm AGM
         Wednesday 13th MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm
                        GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm ‘The Royal Parks’
         Saturday  16th THEATREGOERS ‘Sleuth’ at Newbury
         Sunday    17th COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
         Monday    18th HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Old Paths and Trackways
                        of Gloucestershire’
         Wednesday 20th COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
         Thursday  21st LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘Bess of Hardwick’
         Sunday    24th PALM SUNDAY
         Wednesday 27th CIVIC SOCIETY AGM Memorial Hall evening (tbc)
         Thursday  28th MAUNDY THURSDAY
         Friday    29th GOOD FRIDAY
         Sunday    31st EASTER SUNDAY



  10:30am–3:00pm Memorial Hall
Lunch Club 12:30–2:00pm
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   7:00pm Clarke & Pierce Room
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Cliff Hall was born on 11 May 1929 and died on 30 December 2012, aged
83 years. He was predeceased by his wife Phyllis, who died in September
2012 and is survived by his two children, Nigel and Julia, and his five
grandchildren. He flew various different types of aircraft whilst in the RAF
and valued many of the friendships he made in the Air Force. Cliff was a
keen bowler, playing at Fairford, and both he and Phyl were awarded life
membership of Lechlade Bridge Club as founder and long-standing members.

Aidan Miller was born in 1925 on the Isle of Sheppey. He, his mother and
three siblings followed his father, who was a finance officer with the MOD,
to Plymouth, Malta and Gibraltar. So it was off to boarding school for the
children as they grew older. There he learnt to play rugby, which became a
passion of his. By the time he left school, it was the middle of the war and
he joined the Royal Navy and, by 1944, he was commanding a landing craft
on Omaha Beach, where our forces took heavy casualties. He received a
Mentioned in Despatches.
          On being demobbed, he joined the Bank of England, where he
played fly-half for the bank’s rugby team. One day, at the bank’s Roehampton
rugby club he met his beloved Sheila and they were married in 1956. In the
following years, they had three daughters. In 1962 Aidan was appointed
Chief Cashier in the Bank of England’s printing works. He eventually became
Chief Accountant there.
          He joined the Territorial Army in the 1960s and particularly enjoyed
the parachute training. He jumped over 40 times, revelling in the exhilaration
of leaping from an aircraft into space.
          Aidan retired from the bank in 1981 and, the following year, joined
the Royal College of Music as Bursar. It was an exciting time, as the College
was building an opera house within its grounds. The Queen Mother was
Patron and Aidan met her and several members of the Royal Family. He
finally retired in 1986 and he and Sheila moved to Lechlade.
          This proved to be a very successful and happy venture – a lovely
new house, beautifully decorated and furnished by Sheila, and a garden
which was Aidan’s total delight. He distributed much of his vegetable produce
to his neighbours and took great pleasure in opening his garden to the public
on occasion.
          He was very active socially, being Treasurer of the British Heart
Foundation, Chairman of the local National Trust and President of Lechlade
Probus Club. He and Sheila were marvellous hosts, entertaining their many
friends with frequent drinks and dinner parties.
          He took great pride in his growing family. They have been a
wonderful support to him and Sheila since Aidan developed Parkinson’s and
began to find it difficult to do the things he had most enjoyed. All of us
remember his humility, his generosity, his loyalty to his friends – this lovely,
kind, entertaining man with his wonderful and, at times, wicked sense of
humour and his joie de vivre. We shall miss the warmth of his friendship –
and the twinkle in his eye.
Adapted by JK from the tribute given at Aidan’s funeral service by his nephew.


We welcome:
   15 December            Ridley Barton-Fox
   30 December            Zachary Cinnamond
   13 January             Isolde Maclay

We remember:
   21 December            Aidan Miller
   9 January              Cliff Hall

We remember also:         Margaret Farthing

Here I was, minding my own business and enjoying life as it goes by, not a
care in the world, growing my thistles, dandelions, and other lovely weeds
when along comes this guy and asks if he can take over part of my ground
to grow vegetables. My current owners were delighted to see some of me
being used. Last year he took over the whole allotment. He says that his
garden isn’t big enough and the only things worth growing are those that
you can eat. Well, apart from nasturtiums and pansies in the home garden
there wasn’t enough room to grow vegetables and flowers, and it seems
flowers won!
         I thought I would, over the next twelve months, tell you how he has
got on using my ground, good or bad. Last year he divided me up into
manageable sections with grass paths. Good idea, but who is going to keep
me spick and span? At least it gave him the excuse to get his boy toy, a
strimmer, but it certainly did the trick. Let’s hope he keeps me trim this year.
         I was dug over and the compost heap emptied over some of the
plots. Bet he has forgotten which ones but he’ll soon find out this year when
his carrots and parsnips fork. May teach him to keep a list of what was
planted and where.
         Christmas time was fun. He arrived with fork in hand, to dig up
potatoes and parsnips for Christmas lunch. I could have told him, after all
that rain, I was waterlogged and he was wasting his time. He did manage
to dive under the water and find some potatoes, ready washed, and the
parsnips came up with a loud squelch. Another lesson learnt, know your plot
and what should go where. Let’s hope this year will be better for him.
         He tells me he has now made some cardboard tubes out of the
Christmas packaging which he will use to sow early parsnips, to transplant
into the ground when ready, and has sowed Aquadulce broad beans,
yummy. He planted overwintering red and white onions and garlic at the end
of the year. He has sown white Hyland and red Sunrise onion seeds which
will be ready for planting out in March. Looks like I’m going to be busy. I
expect he will later look through his old seeds to see what he needs this
year. I hope he throws out last year’s carrot and parsnip seed.
                             Your friendly allotment

Informal monthly coffee morning for parents and carers on the school
and nursery run
9:00am–10:00am on Wednesdays 13 March, 10 April, 8 May, 12 June, 10
July in St Lawrence Church. Come and join us for tea, coffee and cake on
your way back from St Lawrence School or Little Learners. Younger siblings
                            Kate Cinnamond

We’re excited about new recruit for 2013!
Arnie Yugaraja (19) is one of the brightest prospects coming through the
Canterbury ranks in New Zealand. He topped the province’s run charts whilst
skippering Canterbury at the National Under-18 Tournament in 2011 (359
runs at 44.87) plus added 5 wickets at 23.20 for good measure. He
subsequently earned selection for the New Zealand Under-19 squad and
featured in the recent ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia. Yugaraja has
skippered Canterbury through the age groups, taking his Under-17 side to
the national title in 2009/10, finishing unbeaten. He captained the Under-18s
and last season played a pivotal role for the Canterbury Under-20 side.
         The left-hand batsman and economic right-arm off-spinner emerged
as a talent for the future at an early age. He was awarded a Cricket
Scholarship to attend the prestigious Christ’s College in Canterbury
(2007/09), hit a ton against Eton College whilst on an English tour, gained
a Lincoln University Cricket Scholarship in 2010, and was part of the New
Zealand Cricket Elite Player Development Programme in 2009. The gifted
youngster also churned out runs for Premier club side Riccarton during the
2010/11 season before embarking on a league season with Surrey
Championship side Chipstead (662 runs at 41.38 plus 18 wickets at 15.44).
We look forward to welcoming Arnie to Lechlade in April.
         Lechlade Cricket Club winter nets start on Sunday 3 February (and
every Sunday thereafter) from 12 noon till 1:30pm at Farmor’s School,
Fairford. New players very welcome to join us. For further details please
contact Paul Rowley on 07967 480666 or

Entering 2013, it would be reasonable to say, “Hang on, haven’t you lot
finished with restoration work by now?” but life is not quite like that with a
500-year-old treasure house. All the horrifically costly major tasks are, we
fervently hope, behind us. However, even small conservation tasks are still
painfully costly. We are guided always by the architect’s recommendations.
So, for example, some £8,000 was spent at the end of last year on repairing
stonework cracks etc. rather than leave them to breed more decay. This is
exactly where we should be – in control and on top of things as they arise
so they do not become rampant problems – and that is why we need to ask
for your support this year once again.
          The first ‘Serenade and Sandwiches’ noon concert on Friday 22
February is set to be a really exciting one. The virtuoso ‘Jubovski’ trio of
violin, piano and double bass is bringing us ‘The Gypsy Connection – from
Haydn to Eastern Europe’. Liz Cordrey, who leads the trio, has spent many
years studying the folk and gypsy music of the region. Entrance is free; light
refreshments and wine follow then we seek your donations. It should be a
top class event so please come.
          An equally fine evening is promised at 7:30pm on Saturday 20 April
when Jay Mathews is assembling a formidable array of Lechlade talent for
‘Spring Fever’, an evening of words and music given by the Lechlade
Players, the Riverside Recorder Group, the Lechlade Community Band, the
Halfpenny Bridge Singers and the new Lechlade Community Voices, to
mention but a few. It all sounds great fun. Tickets in advance and at the door
will be a recession-busting £5 bargain and wine will be available to add more
          Thanks to the talents of Graham Martin and Christopher Cannock
and the generous hospitality of Audrey and Ron King, a fine ‘Taste of
Christmas’ evening launched the season with words and music on 23
November and raised over £700. Graham also contributed to the Lechlade
Christmas Concert, which was of high quality, on 8 December. Thanks also
to our fine visiting choir, the Oriana Singers under David Moss, who kindly
travelled from the Dursley area on a day when they had already performed
a lunchtime engagement. Our old friend John Wright made the organ roar
and, stepping in at short notice, Linda Gerrard, soprano, proved a star. We
look forward very much to hearing her again. An audience of about 80 was
in fine voice for the carols and Dacre Watson brewed a lively mulled wine.
It was undeniably disappointing that we did not fill the church as in past years.
Kind sponsors paid for all the costs and, almost entirely as a result of one
major gift, about £700 was raised for restoration work.
          I am writing this just in advance of our Grand Curry Night, but thanks
to the generosity of Muj Ali all the ticket monies will again flow to the fund
and we are hugely grateful for that. In its first year, the Khushi restaurant

has made many friends in Lechlade and this warm and well supported
evening typifies Lechlade at its best.
                 For the Appeal Committee – Keith Salway

As I write this, it is one of those rare winter days when there is a blue sky
and sunshine – have we turned the corner? – let’s hope so. Despite the
weather only one league match has been postponed so we are either a hardy
lot or mad!
         The teams have struggled a little and although the tennis has been
keenly contested and enjoyable the results have not gone our way. However,
the A team won their opening match of the year so let’s hope results continue
to improve.
         The evening at the Delta Centre in Swindon was a great success
with 28 members and friends enjoying their tennis, the chatter and the
delicious supper midway through the evening. I hope that our fundraiser on
9 February will be enjoyed by all and will report on that next time. Our AGM
is on Monday 18 February in the Pavilion at 8:15pm.
         Social tennis continues on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings
at 9:30am and on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Please contact Mark
Thomas on 07795 517553 for details of coaching for both adults and juniors.
Mark also offers a re-stringing service. 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. The club has a good mix of
competitive and social tennis as well as social and fundraising events. For
details about the club please phone Maureen Cliff (250321) or visit the
website at
                                   Gay Oliver

The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers (Viking)
This is a most enjoyable novel – a story of love and of second chances.
Agnès, who as a baby was found abandoned in a basket, is discovered
cleaning in Chartres Cathedral. No one knows who she is or where she came
from, but somehow her presence touches many lives from Abbé Paul to
Professor Jones, but also the vindictive and prejudiced Madame Beck and
Madame Picot. This story of darkness and light is told with wit and with charm.

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape)
It took me a bit of time to get into this novel but it did become quite absorbing.
A clever novel, one that made you think, and quite topical. Serena Frome,
a bright, pretty girl, has had an affair with an older man during her last term
at Cambridge. Through his influence she has been recruited by MI5. The
year is 1972 and Britain is going through an economic crisis (what’s new!).
Her first assignment brings her into contact with Tom Haley, a promising
young writer. Inevitably they fall in love, which doesn’t sit comfortably with
said assignment, code-named Sweet Tooth. Who knows what? Who’s telling
lies? She has to remember the first rule of espionage – trust no one. I
thoroughly enjoyed it.

A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris (Doubleday)
I have really enjoyed all Joanne Harris’s previous novels, but I found this
latest – a collection of short stories – rather tedious. I felt she was trying too
hard to be imaginative with lyrical prose and fantasy. Perhaps I wasn’t in the
right mood for it.

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (Faber and Faber)
A Lottery-funded first novel, shortlisted for the 2012 Booker Prize, the judges
and critics found it ‘sharp as a wasp sting’, ‘bitingly humorous’, etc. I didn’t
really agree with any of them. The story is of a family who, when taking up
their booking of a holiday house for a week, find a body floating in their
swimming pool. She’s not dead – her name is Kitty Finch, a botanist, and as
she is alone and homeless she is invited to stay with the family, occupying
the remaining spare room. Each chapter covers a day in the holiday week.
Not a lot happens, although Kitty Finch does have an impact on each of the
family’s lives. The only exciting thing to happen is on the last day of the
holiday – and I won’t let the cat out of the bag!
                                   Iris Pierce
Thank you to Iris for finding time to write these reviews amid the upheaval
of moving from Lechlade.

May I offer a huge thank you to all those who are helping to pay for the
running costs of the floodlighting. Donations have been given to
commemorate the following for the period February–March 2013, as
recorded in the floodlighting diary:

February 14th    Remembering Gladys Taylor on her birthday.
February 20th    Remembering Constance with all our love.
February 27th    In memory of Bud Miles.
March 8th        Always remembering Ken – his birthday. Joan Liller.
March 8th        In memory of Dr Christopher Hasbury.
March 11th       In memory of Jane Krouse.
March 12th       In memory of Jane Krouse yesterday, today and always.
March 14th       In memory of Edna Medley.
March 20th       In memory of Nicholas Miles.
March 24th       Remembering my beloved Helen. Joan Liller.
March 27th       Happy birthday, Caroline.

In addition donations were made for:

January 18th     Graham’s birthday (Mrs D Milsom).
January 30th     In loving memory of Daphne Tryon.

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

I am organising a craft and gift fair at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 9
February from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and then planning on it becoming a monthly
event. All the stallholders are donating to a raffle, the proceeds of which will
be donated to the ‘charity of the month’. I am looking for local charities that
would be interested in receiving this. For further information please contact
me at or phone 07824 737416.
                               Hayley Schofield

Recently a friend came in to the kitchen and looked with concern at the table
where I had put a small vase which had primroses and snowdrops in it. I
always try to have a vase of something from the garden on the kitchen table
– it is a little visual calendar of what is going on outside and I had been thrilled
to see the snowdrops and primroses starting so early and had picked a tiny
bouquet. “Do you think that it is unlucky to have snowdrops in the house?”
she said. I was astonished. I have never heard that said before and I have
picked snowdrops for as long as I can remember. Frankly, I didn’t believe
her although she assured me that it was an old country belief hereabouts.
            Of course, later that day I Googled it – bad luck snowdrops – and
sure enough up came all these country myths about the snowdrop and bad
luck, so you learn something every day. I shall continue to pick snowdrops
as I always have and am heartened to see that they are not unlucky when
brought in to the house after Candlemas Day. Candlemas is a Christian
festival celebrated annually on February 2nd, a Saturday this year. I won’t
go into how it all originated here as it isn’t to do with gardening, except that
it has given rise to a little folklore rhyme about the weather:
                            If Candlemas be fair and bright
                                Winter has another flight,
                         If Candlemas brings clouds and rain
                               Winter will not come again.
And in the States, February 2nd is Groundhog Day. This is when the
groundhog is supposed to peek out of his winter quarters and if he sees his
shadow, i.e. if it is sunny, he darts back inside for another six weeks’
hibernation, but if it is cloudy he remains outside as the weather will be
moderate. So there is no doubt in my mind that we want Saturday, February
2nd to be a cloudy, preferably rainy day and then we will be OK for the rest
of the month.
            Last year I kept a little gardening diary. Nothing fancy and not very
detailed, but it recorded the weather, when and what I planted and where I
planted it and what jobs I was doing each week. So I can tell you that this
time last year I was struggling to keep warm in February (using hand warmers
inside my gloves – the kind that golfers use), and pruning, pruning and more
pruning, and taking a vast amount of ivy off the garden walls. Then as the
weather started to warm up in March (you know when something in the air
is different, you know that spring is just around the corner because the world
smells different), the diary tells me that I started to move some plants around,
divide snowdrops and make my fern bed, which I shall be so interested to
see in its second year.
            Most of that early pruning was clematis and roses and I fed them all
at the same time, but I just wanted to share with you what Katherine Swift
says about pruning roses. I find her so eminently readable and helpful. She

says, “My rule is that there is no rule.” It all depends on what you want your
roses to do. Do you want them to flower high up or low down? Some shrub
roses can be clipped very short like a hybrid tea, but you can also train them
as short climbers, or you can peg them down. This is one of my favourite
ways of dealing with the roses that produce long whippy growth, like Tuscany
Superb. You bend down any long new growth coming up from the base and
hold it in place with pegs or wire hooks (KS suggests making the hooks out
of wire coat hangers). Having the stems horizontal like this will encourage
them to flower all along the length and you can grow other herbaceous plants
around them. She says that pruning roses is just like having your hair cut.
If you don’t like the result, console yourself that it will grow again and you
can have another go next year. And although pruning and shaping a rose
is a very satisfying task and the rose doesn’t mind being pruned every year,
equally it doesn’t mind if it does not get done. And take heart all those of
you who lack confidence with the secateurs – a rose is extremely difficult to
kill (if it is healthy to start with). We have been trying to get rid of a rose in
the garage yard for several years and every year up it comes again. Be
brave. Get pruning.

2012 was another wonderful year in spite of cutbacks and floods. I am about
to send off the annual cheque, which this year is £7,560. Penny, Bob, the
staff and customers at The Trout have raised a fantastic £3,359.55 from
sales of preserves and the collecting tin. St Birinus held a very successful
coffee morning in September, beating their previous record by raising
£814.69. Ella Mathison (aged 9) organised a tea afternoon, raising £116.68,
because her granny had been diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year. The
Weekenders raised £153.30 at their September meeting.
        Thank you all very much.
                            The Jam Factory

Pam Miles and John Deacon would like to thank all our friends who
supported us at the coffee morning last December. We exceeded the
previous year’s figure – this time raising a magnificent £161.50 for this cause.
A bring and buy sale also held at the same time raised a further £57 for the
Oxford Colon Cancer Trust. We hope you can join us again next December.
                                 Pam and John

LECHLADE ART SOCIETY meets in Lechlade Memorial Hall.
Wednesday 20 February, 2:00pm–4:00pm: ‘The Pleasures of Art in a
Working Life’ with Brian Adams.
Tuesday 12 March, 7:00pm–9:00pm: AGM. Contact Sharon Ellis:

LECHLADE COMMUNITY BAND meets in St Lawrence Primary School hall
at 7:00pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Wednesdays 6
and 20 February, 6 and 20 March. All players of any abilities welcome.
Contact Peter Kingslake 01367 253200.

LECHLADE COMMUNITY VOICES meet in Lechlade Baptist Church from
7:00pm to 8:00pm. No experience necessary. Wednesdays 13 and 27
February, 13 and 27 March. Come and join us. It’s good fun. Contact 01367
253510 or

HA’PENNY BRIDGE SINGERS meet in Lechlade Baptist Church at 8.00pm.
Wednesdays 13 and 27 February, 13 and 27 March. New singers always
welcome. Contact Louise Crossley:

SOUTH COTSWOLD RECORDERS Monthly playing sessions at the
Pavilion, Lechlade.
Saturday 2 February, 2:00pm–5:00pm, conductor Jay Mathews.
Saturday 2 March, 10:00am–4:00pm, playing day with Helen Hooker.
Contact 01367 253510 or

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC meets at the Trout Inn at 8:00pm. Fridays 8 and
22 February, 8 March. Players, singers and listeners all equally welcome.
£1.00 entrance. Contact 01367 253510 or

LECHLADE SCOTTISH DANCING CLUB meets every Thursday evening
at the Memorial Hall at 7:30pm. First session free. Contact Shirley Jenkins:
01367 252623.

TATT (Tunes at the Trout) Session playing in the Creel Bar, Trout Inn at
8:00pm. TATT is a small group of traditional folk musicians who meet once
a month to play and sing together. We often work on a particular ‘theme’ and
prepare for a performance. Next meeting Tuesday 12 February.

Regular playing members of the Riverfolk Acoustic club have joined forces
to produce a CD of folk music entitled ‘Local Folk’. It was an amazing feat of
teamwork – it only took two weeks to record and compile. Sixteen performers
contributed a track of their own original music or a cover version. The quality
of the music is excellent, and well worth the £5.00 it costs to buy. The first
run sold out within two weeks, and more have had to be produced! If you’d
like a copy of the CD, please contact Jay on 01367 253510 or
        All proceeds from the CD are going towards a special event on 15
June called ‘Live at the Tithe’ which is a celebration of our local folk art,
dance and music to be held at Great Coxwell Tithe Barn, Coleshill. For further
information, please visit

Arts in Lechlade has been working to raise money for you! We are going to
organise dance, drama, music or art projects for young Lechlade people.
We’d like to invite you to tell us what you might like to do. When we’ve heard
from enough people and we get an idea of what the preferences might be,
we’ll let you know when, where and what we’re setting up!

Youth Acoustic Evening
Riverfolk Acoustic club are holding the first ever Youth Acoustic evening for
young musicians and listeners in the Creel Bar at the Trout Inn on Friday 1st
February from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Free entrance for all.
          If you are under 21 and interested in playing or singing, or would
just like to come and listen (all ages are welcome to come and be part of the
audience!), please email Jay at and she will pass
on your details to Henry Bateman who will be MC for the evening. (Note for
parents/carers: the evening will be attended and supported by adult members
of the Riverfolk Acoustic club, and the usual rules about underage drinking
will apply.)

For the third year running the British Heart Foundation will be taking over
the whole of Pino’s restaurant, on Wednesday, 10 April, 7 for 7:30pm.
Tickets are £18 each. The food is buffet style put out at tables. For tickets
contact any committee member or phone 01367 253319 or 01367 253762.
Last year we sold out very quickly so don’t leave it too late to reserve a place.
        Our next event after Pino’s is a Garden Party on Saturday, 22 June,
5:00pm–7:00pm at Ryton House by kind permission of Barbara and John
McNaught. Tickets will be £10, available nearer the time but make a note of
the date.
                                Elaine Long

Interested in learning to knit?
Lechlade WI could get you started. A class has been arranged on Saturday
2 February (and possibly 9 February) from 9:30am to 12 noon in Church
Cottage. Contact Deb Jones, 253025, for more details and to book your

Evening of Comedy
The Lechlade Players are presenting two one-act plays by Alan Ayckbourn
on Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February in the Memorial Hall,
Lechlade. Between Mouthfuls is set in a hotel restaurant where two couples
realise a common bond, assisted by an interactive waiter. The other play,
Gosforth’s Fete, shows the local publican running the village gala; due to a
big mistake, bad personal news is publicised over the public address system.
In the plays Ayckbourn cleverly juxtaposes the thoughts and dialogue of his
characters in order to portray a faithful record of their lives. These are two
of the five plays that make up a collection called Confusions, reflecting
through comedy and farce the often tragic undertones of society.
         There will be live music and refreshments to complete the evening’s
entertainment. Tickets are £8. Look for posters giving more details or e-mail

 Answers to Round Lechlade Quiz on page 11.

     1.    Roman Way
     2.    The Cursus
     3.    Chancel Way
     4.    Cuthwine Place
     5.    Wharf Lane
     6.    Bell Lane
     7.    Swansfield
     8.    Katherine’s Walk
     9.    Butler’s Field
     10.   St John’s Street

Lechlade & District
    Lions Club

 WANTED Volunteer Drivers for the Lechlade &
       District Community Mini Bus

      Bookings & further details, contact:
          or Phone: 07553-406252

       * Subject to a VOSA Section 19 Permit

            BOOK SALE
             Saturday 16 February
             The Pavilion, Lechlade
              10:30am – 12:30pm
            Enquiries: 01367 253056


Editor: Linda Kent                              Tel: 253175
Assistant Editor: Marian Winckles               Tel: 252851
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