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					April - May 2013                                                Issue 188

A visit to Israel and Jerusalem is always a memorable one for the Christian
believer. It really brings it home when you see the ruins of the temple mount,
the ancient city walls of Jerusalem and the winding streets and alleyways
that made up the route of Jesus carrying the Cross.
          When we read the Gospel accounts of that first Easter it can
somehow seem remote, distant, abstract – an imaginary landscape that we
dimly recognise from pictures, old black and white movies, children’s books.
It is hard for us, removed by two thousand years of history and more than
two thousand miles of geography, to grasp the impact of the sights, sounds
and smells of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter
Day. Travelling to Israel, as many millions of pilgrims have done over the
years, is one way of reducing that distance and reimagining those events
which are foundational for Christians, and, indeed, for much of our Western
civilisation. We remember that these were real historical events happening
to real flesh and blood people.
          Jerusalem was getting ready for the biggest and loudest and busiest
of the annual Jewish festivals – the Passover. It was a graphic reminder of
Israel’s rescue from Egyptian slavery centuries before. It involved sacrificing
thousands upon thousands of animals in remembrance of the animals that
were killed on that final night in Egypt. It was said that the gutters of the
temple were literally flowing with blood during the celebrations. God had said
that every Hebrew household was to sprinkle the blood of a lamb on their
doorposts, so that the angel of death would ‘pass over’ God’s people, hence
the name of the festival. This act of divine salvation and mercy would point
the way ahead to God’s final act of rescue for humanity. Jesus would be the
final, once for all sacrifice. Jesus knew he was the ‘Lamb of God’, and as he
came into Jerusalem in that final week of his earthly life, he would have seen
thousands of lambs outside houses, in makeshift pens, in backyards.
Waiting. Jesus knew what was happening; he knew what his destiny was.
Like the doomed animals waiting, Jesus felt the enormity of what would soon
happen. We often think of Jesus of Nazareth as a victim of circumstance, a
mere blip in the records of Roman criminal history. Yet, Jesus had spoken
to his disciples about what was going to happen. The prophets had foretold
the horrors of the Cross long ago. It was Jesus in control, not Roman
governor or Jewish high priest, and certainly not the shouting crowds.
          The crowds streaming into Jerusalem for the Passover thought it
was an annual holiday like any other; they had happened before, they would
happen again. But it would never be the same. Everything was waiting,
poised. Prophecy was going to be fulfilled. A new covenant was being
established. A new age was dawning: the age of Christ and His Church.
Easter eggs, fluffy chicks, bunnies and hot cross buns hardly do it justice,
do they? Somewhere along the line the momentous events of the Cross and
the resurrection of Jesus Christ have been airbrushed out of our national
life, so we are left with a vague spring festival about new birth and life after
the rigours of winter. Maybe we are too squeamish and don’t want to think
about a man being tortured and crucified (we want something jolly and
uplifting). Maybe we don’t want to consider that our eternal destiny is tied
up with what happened that first Easter (we prefer the chocolate eggs, thanks
very much). Maybe we don’t want the supernatural and miraculous to
interrupt the normality of our lives (we quite like the safe and predictable,
          Christians are unashamedly Easter people; we follow the One who
died, was raised to new life, and is now in Heaven ruling and reigning over
all. Wishful thinking? Silly, primitive nonsense? Or perhaps the most exciting
discovery you will ever make? Enjoy Easter in 2013.
                               Andrew Cinnamond

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THEY SEE (2 words)
HERE COME DOTS (3 words)
I’M DOT IN PLACE (2 words)
CASH LOST IN ME (2 words)

Answers on page 37

The Baptist Church (Sherborne Street, GL7 3AH) extends a warm welcome
to you to join us for our 10:30am Sunday services. Before each service there
is a prayer meeting at 9:45am. On Thursdays we meet from 7:30pm until
8:30pm for either Bible study or prayer.
     You might also be interested in some of our other activities:
Beans – Saturday mornings from 10:00am to 12 noon: Lechlade Baptist
Church is open each Saturday between 10:00am and 12 noon, serving tea
and coffee along with a selection of homemade cakes. Beans was set up by
Sam Edwards, and is still going strong. In fact, we’ve had an increase in
those coming over recent weeks; to the extent that we are having to set out
more tables and chairs to cope. If you’ve never been before, please come
along to find out what all the fuss is about!
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.
         For further information about any of the above, please contact Paul
Graham (Minister-in-Training) on 01367 252197.

News and views
CribFest 2013 – an invitation
It doesn’t seem that long since we said a fond farewell to Christmas and
we’re already looking forward to the next one! One of the new events that
we ran last December was CribFest, a two-day display of 30 different nativity
scenes. We are already planning this year’s CribFest and are busy collecting
and making new nativity scenes.
        But we realise that we shouldn’t be selfish, so we’d like to invite
individuals or groups to either loan or make nativity scenes for display.
Please be creative: last year we had nativities from far-flung places such as
Bethlehem and Nigeria, two made from toilet roll tubes, two knitted, and even
one made up of rubber ducks.
        We’ve already got one from the Caribbean for this year, so the
challenge is on to get one from further afield! Some church members are
busily making child-size figures for display, and we’re looking forward to
transforming part of the church into a stable.
        If you have a nativity scene you would like to loan to us, or you would
be interested in making one for CribFest, please contact Paul Graham on
01367 252197 or via email (
                                  Vicky Stone

January and February are quiet months in the church, but behind the scenes
there were still lots of things going on.
          Thursday 10 January saw the annual Mothers’ Union service at
Gloucester Cathedral, with Lechlade’s own Elizabeth Reay appointed as
diocesan president. It is a role requiring a lot of energy and co-ordination,
so do please pray for Elizabeth and the vital ministry of MU both in the UK
and around the world. The Restoration Appeal held their annual curry night
in the very pleasant surroundings of Khushi on 15 January and the two
sittings raised a considerable sum for St Lawrence Church. Many thanks to
Khushi manager, Muj Ali, for his help.
          The weekend of 26/27 January saw the visit to Lechlade of Stuart
Windsor, from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a Christian organisation
dedicated to defending the rights of persecuted Christians around the world.
On the Saturday evening there was an excellent meal, followed by a
presentation on some of the issues facing the Church globally and a very
powerful testimony from two Pakistani Christian men who had to flee their
native country because of intimidation and attacks from Muslim extremists.
Stuart spoke at both the 8am and 10am Sunday services, giving further
insight into the human rights violations and abuses suffered by many
Christian men and women. For many of us, this was a really eye-opening,
first-hand account of what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I for one came away from the weekend thanking God for the freedoms we
have in Britain and with a renewed determination to take seriously our
responsibility to be one part of the worldwide Body of Christ. We are, after
all, part of a church family that meets in a building dedicated to the memory
of Lawrence, who suffered and was martyred for his Christian faith.
          Youth and children’s work continues to carry on in lots of different
ways around the area – from our joint Youth Service at the Baptist Church
on the last Sunday of every month, to the teenage discussion group meeting
in the vicarage for a curry evening (a theme developing, possibly?), to the
Scripture Union x:site events happening for all the 7–11-year-old children of
the South Cotswolds Team Ministry at Kempsford School every couple of
months, to the regular @the Ark Sunday groups. There is also the Little
Lights pre-school service ably run by Kathy Newton and her MU team, the
crèche that now meets downstairs in Church Cottage during the 10am
service, and the after school clubs run at Farmor’s School in Fairford by
Chris Saunders, our team youth worker. Our church school also comes into
the church on a regular basis, sometimes as a whole school, sometimes as
individual classes. I also go into school to speak to staff, parents and pupils
and there are exciting initiatives to start an after school ‘Bible Buddies’ group
and to integrate the church and school communities more closely. Please
continue to pray for these various ministries and encourage those who love
and care for our children and youth.

In the spirit of trying something new, this year we were allowed to hold a
candlelit service for Candlemas on the evening of Sunday 3 February at St
John the Baptist, Inglesham. This wonderful medieval church is now
administrated by the Churches Conservation Trust and only three services
a year are permitted. It is officially part of the parish of St Michael’s, Highworth
(Bristol diocese) and is actually in Wiltshire, but an intrepid bunch of Lechlade
worshippers braved the near Arctic conditions to attend. The choir coped
wonderfully well with the atmospheric conditions, i.e. cold and dark, to sing
Choral Evensong. Candlemas is traditionally a service where the church
candles were blessed for the coming year and when the midpoint of winter
has passed. The sermon was on that great saying of Jesus in John’s Gospel
Ch. 8, ‘I am the Light of the World.’
          The beginning of Lent was preceded by our ‘Quiz and Pancakes’
evening on Shrove Tuesday, once again with crêpes from the Twinning
Association gratefully received. Richard Dadson was again the erudite
quizmaster and again the same team won. As the old saying goes, ‘If it ain’t
broke, don’t fix it.’ Ash Wednesday in Lechlade was a combined South
Cotswolds Team service with a good number attending from the local area.
As Lent started, more than 60 people attended our joint Lent Groups ‘Closer
to God’, this year looking at spiritual disciplines in our lives. Many thanks to
Mary Bainbridge for putting together the study materials for this well-received
course. Lent is a season for reflecting on our faith, confessing our faults and
repenting of those things which separate us from God and neighbour. The
MU Lent Lunch on Thursday 28 February was much appreciated by those
who attended and the profits went to various worthy causes.
          The PCC designated February/March as the time when the church
family of St Lawrence would be asked to consider how we can best resource
the future growth of the church. Susan Holmes very kindly agreed to give
three presentations on how we can use our time, talents and money to grow
our church ministries. Attendees were invited by PCC members to consider
switching their giving to the diocesan Parish Giving Scheme, which has
proved so successful that it is being rolled out nationally across the Church
of England. We all know we are living in a time of economic recession and
many are suffering financial hardship, but we all need to be reminded that
giving is very much part of Christian discipleship and we are not immune
from the financial pressures upon Gloucester diocese and the national
church. Do consider joining this scheme – questions to Paul Larsen, our
PCC Treasurer.
          Our ‘Together at Ten’ services on the second Sunday of the month
aim to provide informal worship, with a greater emphasis on reaching out to
children and young families. Mother’s Day on 10 March was well attended
this year, with posies given to ladies in the congregation, children doing a
quick treasure hunt for giant coins around the church, lots of noise with
rattles, shakers and maracas, and even learning a memory verse (God says,
‘You are precious to me, you are honoured, and I love you.’ Isaiah 43:4). We
were thinking of the lady in Luke 15 who loses one of her precious coins,
searches for it and after finding it rejoices with her neighbours. God searches
for us and there is great celebration in Heaven when someone comes to
God in repentance and faith. Simple story – truly profound meaning. As a
church we need to do more to represent the diversity of Lechlade’s
population and ensure that the next generation also hears of the Good News
of Jesus Christ. There are so many other things that families could be doing
on Sunday mornings! Being accessible and relevant to those with little
experience of church will mean change and adaption. Not always easy, but
it is what God calls us to do as his followers and witnesses. It is easy to look
back with gratitude for all that God has done through St Lawrence Church,
but we also need to look forward with anticipation for all that God will
accomplish through us.
                               Andrew Cinnamond

Our first production of 2013 was ‘An Evening of Ayckbourn’ – two one-act
Alan Ayckbourn plays. Both plays had an underlying theme of adultery but
there the similarity ended! Between Mouthfuls was set in a restaurant with
two couples and a long-suffering waiter whereas Gosforth’s Fete, as the
name might suggest, was set at a village fete, where the eponymous
Gosforth was struggling to hold everything together as calamity followed
calamity. Both plays were greeted with much laughter and applause and the
cast performed brilliantly – some cast members appearing in both plays. We
were also fortunate in being able to call on some talented local musicians
to provide a musical interlude during the interval on two of the three nights
– Go for Broke on the Thursday and Take Two on the Friday.
         Our next production is in June – this time three one-act plays and
rehearsals are under way. Tickets will be available nearer the time so look
out for the posters and advertising and come along. If you have never been
to a Lechlade Players’ production before, make this your first time – you
don’t know what you’ve been missing!
         The AGM was held on 12 March and the new committee are now
ready and raring to go! We are always on the lookout for new members –
budding thespians of all ages but also anyone interested in becoming
involved backstage, front of house, etc. If you think you might like to join us,
please        contact         the     secretary:        Pam         Chadwick
( or 252358).

To celebrate National Libraries Day on 9 February and encourage younger
readers to practise their reading skills we invited Shandy, a fully trained guide
dog, to come and listen to young children reading aloud. Shandy’s obvious
interest in both child and story and her natural patience made her an
excellent listener!
         We also displayed reviews written by volunteers and Friends of the
Library of books which are available from the library. The reviews can be
read on our website
Lechlade Community Library is run by Lechlade Library Ltd, an incorporated
charity – this means that we are both a charity and a limited company. All
the directors and staff are volunteers.
         We receive an annual grant from Gloucestershire County Council
which covers our basic running costs, and an initial grant from Lechlade
Town Council towards other costs has allowed us to start to buy new books.
However, we will rely on grants and fundraising for much needed investment
in other items such as chairs, computer desks, decorating materials, etc.
How you can help
By volunteering: We have a wonderful group of volunteers and new
volunteers are always welcome. Tasks vary from issuing and discharging
books to editing the existing stock, helping customers with queries and
ensuring that local information for residents and visitors is up to date. Full
training and support is available. Volunteer registration forms are available
from the library.
By donating money: Become a Friend of Lechlade Library by donating a
minimum of £10 per annum. Membership entitles you to attend member-only
events, to be the first to know about new book purchases and to be kept
informed of news and events at the library. Application forms are available
from the library.
By donating books: We are very happy to receive donations of books.
Books published in the last two years are likely to be added to stock, but
older books may be sold to raise funds for the library.
   Library opening hours: Monday 10–4; Wednesday 10–1; Friday 1–7;
                            Saturday 10–1.
For more information about library activities and events contact or telephone Sue Coakley on 01367 253306.

‘Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle … a seed
waiting to sprout and the anticipation nurtures our dreams. An allotment, in
reality, can however be a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like
life itself.’
           I told you I was taken over last year by an enthusiastic amateur who
has created plots out of my ‘allotted’ area. The snow came and went in
February but the ground is still wet and cold and the water table seems far
too high at this present time for that situation to change much in the next
couple of weeks at least, but that hasn’t stopped preparation taking place
for this year’s crops.
           The Potatoes, early, salad and maincrop, have now been put in egg
boxes with their chits upwards and they will go in in March hopefully when
the chits are about ¾ to 1 inch long. The Onion seeds that were sown to
supplement the Japanese onion sets, already in and sprouting like the Garlic,
are poking through the compost in a V formation but their shoots will soon
straighten up. The Aquadulce Broad Beans are now bursting through as are
the Early Onward Peas. It gladdens the heart when the new green leaves
appear. Hopefully the pesky mice have been foiled this year by sowing these
in divided seed trays and they will be planted out next month.
           My owner sowed some Sweet Peas in the cardboard tubes he made
previously, which will allow them to be planted out without disturbing their
roots and a few of these will be planted beside the Runner Beans to
encourage pollinators to the beans when they are put in, but only half came
up so a second sowing has been made with hopefully much better results.
I think the wife has an eye on a few of the sweet peas for the home garden!
           A variety of Tomatoes and Chillies have been sown in the
greenhouse, under constant warmth, and these have now gone into 3-inch
pots to grow on. No doubt a few of the outdoor tomatoes will go into my
allotment in due course. Let’s hope the weather will be kind enough this year
to allow them plenty of growth. The white and red Shallots have also been
started in modules and their roots are forming well.
           March is going to see a burst of activity regarding sowing in the
greenhouse for planting on the allotment in the next few months but that
wretched cold is affecting my soil badly and I won’t want anything planted
until the chill has been taken off. One day’s sun in March does not a summer
                               Your friendly allotment

Measure for Measure
From Monday 29 July to Saturday 3 August Cotswold Arcadians will be
performing Shakespeare’s brilliant comedy Measure for Measure at Hatherop
Castle. But the play also deals with some weighty moral themes too. How
far should you go to save someone’s life? Does power always corrupt? Which
is worse – too much control or too much freedom?
         Measure for Measure was written at the beginning of the 17th
century – the century in which England was to see civil war, the plague, the
execution of its king, and a brief period as a republic under Oliver Cromwell.
But the monarchy was soon restored. Charles II (the ‘merry monarch’) knew
how to have a good time – with his mistresses (Nell Gwynne the best known),
his love of the theatre, and his licences allowing women to act on stage.
Rumblings of discontent between Catholics and Protestants, and the ongoing
tension between the puritanical Parliamentarians and the cavalier Royalists,
made for a roller-coaster social and political ride. We might even be tempted
to think that Shakespeare had seen it all coming when he wrote Measure
for Measure. In any event, Cotswold Arcadians’ choice of 17th-century
England as the setting for their production provides a colourful and lively
context, with its flamboyant costumes, its rumbustious music, and its
multi-dimensional social structure.
         Tickets go on general sale from 1 May – please visit the website or telephone the box office on 01285 898019.
                             Catherine Hitchman

The Annual General Meeting of the Lechlade branch is on Wednesday 24
April in the Clarke & Pierce Room at the Memorial Hall. Wine and nibbles
will be served from 7:00pm and the formal meeting will begin at 7:30pm. Our
guest speaker is Dr Nicola Smart, BHF-funded Ian Fleming Intermediate
Basic Science Research Fellow at Oxford University. Maybe we’ll find out
what the connection is with James Bond! Her title is ‘How to Mend a Broken
          You will no doubt be aware of the Mending Broken Hearts campaign
that BHF is engaged in. Dr Smart works with Professor Paul Riley who has
spent almost a year setting up a £2.5m BHF-funded laboratory to work out
how to get heart muscle to repair itself. This is a whole new approach to
heart repair. An article about Professor Riley’s team in The Guardian recently
noted: ‘The team have rejected the more traditional path of cell therapy …
Instead these scientists are trying to understand what the chemical and
genetic switches are that turn something into a heart cell.’ This is absolutely
cutting-edge science and technology so do come along and hear about it.
Everyone welcome. There is no charge.
                                  Elaine Long

Forthcoming special services and events:
Sunday 7 April  7:15pm All Age Youth Service at Lechlade Baptist
Sunday 14 April 10:00am Service will include the Annual Parochial Church
Sunday 28 April 10:00am Service of the Word (Morning Prayer) and
                         Renewal of Vows
Sunday 12 May 10:00am Together at Ten – All Age service
Sunday 19 May 7:15pm All Age Youth Service at Lechlade Baptist
Sunday 26 May 10:00am Service of the Word (Morning Prayer)

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

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
           Contact Kathy Newton on 01367 252543 for dates and more

CCT Launch Inglesham
This summer the CCT launch Inglesham is once again to be seen on the
River Thames at Lechlade.
         Inglesham was commissioned by the trust in April 2004 and so this
will be the tenth summer she has cruised up and down the river. After nine
seasons the boat was beginning to look a little faded and worn and so this
year she has been refurbished with a new canopy and new seating in the
corporate green colours of the Cotswold Canals Trust. She provides
half-hour trips with a commentary on points of interest along the river and is
also available for longer charters for those who wish to spend more time
         Our half-hour trips start at our mooring on the Riverside Park. The
mooring is clearly visible because of our green CCT gazebo in which we sell
tickets for the boat trips and update visitors on the progress of the restoration
along the canal. So why not join our many regular friends and visitors who
drop in and have a chat! The half-hour trips are available at weekends, bank
holidays and during the school holidays, weather and river conditions
         Our river charters have proved very popular over the years. Groups
of up to twelve people book the boat for picnics, birthdays, reunions, annual
outings or just for a party on the river. The charters can be from one hour
up to four hours and go up the river past Inglesham Roundhouse or down
river through the locks.
         Inglesham is run entirely by volunteers. Last month six newly trained
steerers received their Certificate of Boat Management as required by the
MCA. New volunteers are most welcome, whether to steer the boat or help
in the gazebo!
         For further information, and charter bookings, ring 07787 485294 or
go to the website
                                  Wendy Read

We look forward to your company at our next concert, Music for Two
Elizabeths, on Saturday 13 April at 7:30pm in St Mary’s Church, Fairford.
The programme will include music by Byrd, Britten, Elgar, Finzi, Gibbons,
Parry, Tallis and Vaughan Williams.
        Tickets (£10 or £5 for under 18s) are available from Blenheim
Antiques, Market Place, Fairford (01285 712094) or by telephoning 01285
713681 or via the choir’s website

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 weekends, with time before the show for lunch and/or
         Our next visits are:
         April              Salisbury – Yes, Prime Minister
         May                Milton Keynes – Relatively Speaking
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:
         June               Bristol – Pirates of Penzance
         July               Windsor – Birdsong
If you would like to join the Theatregoers please contact Phil Tubbs on 01367
253762 for an application form.
                                  Maureen Rose
                                 (01367 252873)

Important message from the Chairman
Lechlade Theatregoers AGM will be held on Wednesday 24 July. Some
members of the current committee who have served for several years will
not be standing for re-election, hence new members are needed to ensure
the continued smooth running of the group. If you enjoy LTG events, please
seriously consider joining the committee and becoming part of the team who
make it all happen.
        Please contact any member of the committee to discuss the various
roles carried out within the group, answer any queries and, hopefully, put
your name forward for election.
                                Elizabeth Reay

My family and I would like to thank all our friends in Lechlade for your support
and kindness after the loss of Tony. Your cards, letters and messages are
very much appreciated and a great comfort at this sad time. Thank you also
to those who attended Tony’s funeral on 8 March and to Gordon Land for
taking the service.
                               Brenda Constable

Call for Applications to the Fund
The new Lechlade Community Fund was set up last year and is funded by
about 30 donors, mostly giving a monthly donation. More would be welcome.
It has also received much appreciated support from The Bridge magazine.
The fund operates under the legal umbrella of the Lechlade-on-Thames
Heritage and Development Trust, a registered charity.
         We seek to support new projects – even better if this support will
release matched funding from elsewhere – which will be of direct benefit to
the people of Lechlade. We have now made our first grant – to support the
opening of the community library with some of its new carpeting – and have
about £3,000 in hand at the moment to continue our work, so this is a call
for ideas and requests from the community.
         A simple application form will ask for the necessary details. You can
get this from me or from our Secretary Alan Hoaksey (
or Keith Salway (
         If you would like to become a donor, again please contact one of
us. And if you’re a UK taxpayer, your donation can also be gift aided, thus
increasing your gross donation by 25%.
  Richard Bell, LHDT Chairman,, 01367 253888

In February we were visited by David Chapman, unit leader for the local First
Responders. He gave us a very comprehensive review of their work in our
area. Once alerted through the 999 call system the local volunteers aim to
be first on the scene of a medical emergency, except in the case of children
under 8 or evidence of a violent attack.
          First Responders are trained to recognise the severity of symptoms
and convey details to the paramedic ambulance crew. Breathing difficulties,
possible heart attacks, symptoms of strokes, diabetic comas, as well as falls,
choking and allergic shock are some of the reasons for domestic call-outs.
          We were given a demonstration of the use of a defibrillator and learnt
the importance of calling for immediate medical assistance.
          The organisation was set up six years ago at a cost of £22,000 and
is funded annually by the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital, which
provides £700 a year in support. Once the ambulance has arrived the
volunteers are stood down. Every year many local lives are saved.
          If you would like to join us for our interesting monthly talks please
watch for details on the noticeboards in the village. Our April meeting will be
on Thursday 18th at 2:30pm when PCSO Lesley Edgell will be speaking on
Neighbourhood Policing.
                                    Diana Ord

The new season starts on 1 April and hopefully it will be warmer. This last
month the weather has certainly been fickle with two beautiful days, when
it even felt warm and spring-like, followed by freezing temperatures and
threatening snow.
         The winter matches are now finished for Lechlade and at present
the A team is 6th in Division 2 and the B team 4th in Division 4. Although
some other clubs still have matches to play it should mean that both teams
remain in their respective divisions next winter.
         Our thoughts now turn to the summer where the club has entered
three teams in the men’s and one in the ladies’ in the Swindon and District
League. The matches will be starting after Easter and we look forward to
playing in warmer conditions and preferably less wind. One can but dream!
         Thank you to all who came and supported our event ‘The Knicker
Lady’ on 9 February. Those I have spoken to seemed to have enjoyed it and
Rosemary Hawthorne certainly had people laughing as she reminisced about
lingerie through the ages. Thank you to everyone who helped on the night
with puddings, clearing plates and putting away the tables and chairs – it is
much appreciated. There is a skittles evening on Friday 15 March where the
draw for Wimbledon tickets will take place.
         Social tennis continues on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings
at 9:30am and on Tuesday and 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

House-to-House Collection 7–20 April
We are a community based charity run by volunteers providing health related
support to the patients of our two GP practices in Fairford and Lechlade. The
league spent over £80,000 last year in supporting the people who live in
Fairford, Lechlade and the surrounding villages.
         Our annual house-to-house collection running from 7 to 20 April is
an important fundraiser and is vital in assisting us to deliver care in the local
community. Your donations enable us to fund a variety of services and help
us to bring care as close to home as possible.
         This is achieved through our Home Nursing Team, our contract with
Prospect Hospice, the Voluntary Car Service, the Edna Dawes Luncheon
Club, funding for Counselling Services and the weekly Foot Care Clinic at
Fairford Hospital.
         Please help us to continue and expand this support through your
generous donations. For information on all the league’s activities and on how
to get involved, or to donate online, please go to our new website:
                          Graham Hewitt, Chairman

Food Fiestas in Fairford and Lechlade
The bustling market towns of Fairford and Lechlade are home to a wide
variety of shops and businesses and, in particular, food and drink
establishments. Whilst many visitors come to the towns to enjoy walks along
the river, the majority of sightseers probably don’t appreciate that both
Fairford and Lechlade excel at tempting even the most discerning palate
with delicious delicacies and can tickle the taste buds with an amazing
assortment of food and drink from the many pubs, takeaways, restaurants,
cafés and hostelries.
        This will be the fourth year that Fairford & Lechlade Business Club
has organised this gastronomic delight, which brings together a huge
selection of local food, wines and ales in a traditional market place setting.
For starters, come along to Fairford Market Place on Sunday 12 May and
then enjoy the second course a month later in Lechlade Market Place on
Sunday 9 June.
        The Food and Drink Festivals will be open all day from 10:00am till
4:00pm. They are free to browse and taste and promise to be a good day
out for all the family. To find out more, email or visit

In January, Verity Hancock from English Heritage gave us an excellent
introduction to ‘Britain from Above’. This is a four-year, Heritage Lottery-
funded project to conserve, digitise and make widely accessible some of the
Aerofilms photographic collection of superb quality images which give a
visual history of how Britain changed over the first half of the 20th century.
         Verity is the project manager and she described how Aerofilms was
set up just after the First World War. The pilots flew from the London
Aerodrome at Hendon and, as they were not afraid to take risks, very
low-level flying resulted in spectacular aerial images of almost every
settlement in Britain.
         In 2007 the collection of 1.26 million negatives and more than 2000
photograph albums dating from 1919 to 2006 was purchased by English
Heritage and its Scottish and Welsh counterparts. 95,000 of the oldest and
most valuable negatives dating from 1919 to 1953 are being conserved,
digitised and catalogued with a view to them being freely available online.
Verity showed us some images of Lechlade, Fairford, Witney and Cirencester
and we enjoyed trying to identify some of the features in the landscape.
         If you register on the website you
will be able to download images and record your knowledge and memories
of the places shown. Help is also needed to identify unlocated images. LHS
has a link in the groups section of the website at

One of the pilots who founded Aerofilms was Claude Grahame-White and
he also featured in ‘It Was So Gloriously Exciting’ on 18 February, when
Peter Donovan gave us a most interesting talk on the life of Miss Trehawke
Davies (August 1880–November 1914), the first woman to cross the Channel
by air and to loop the loop.
         His research into all aspects of her life was astonishing, with
photographs and descriptions of the houses she had lived in from Somerset
to fashionable London, her education at the ladies’ school in Brighton, her
love of the theatre, her travels, not just airborne, but also at sea, e.g. to New
York, even around the Horn, her purchasing of several Blériot aeroplanes,
so that her pilots always had the most up-to-date machines to try out and to
convey her through the skies, and details of her great wealth, inherited from
her parents in 1907.
         She never piloted a plane herself, but flew in two-seater planes with
several young pilots, including Claude Grahame-White, but Gustav Hamel
was her favourite. With him she undertook her two great feats – the first
woman to cross the Channel by air (1912) and to loop the loop (1913). Harriet
Quimby, an American aviator, was the first woman who actually flew herself
across the Channel, just a fortnight after Miss Trehawke Davies’s flight.
Peter could tell us many details of her flights as she carried a notebook on
all her trips, making entries as she was going. Her life jacket was unusual –
an inner tube! She survived many hair-raising adventures, mainly due to bad
weather or mechanical troubles, but she always trusted her pilots totally. In
1914 Gustav Hamel was lost on a flight by himself over the Channel. And of
course after the outbreak of the First World War there was no civilian flying
over the Channel. At the end of her all too short life she had to give up the
great love of that life, flying, as she suffered from fainting attacks. Her
nephew had her buried in Golders Green cemetery in London.
          Our speaker enabled us to have a unique insight into the life of this
enigmatic, fearless, enterprising lady. The applause was well deserved.
                               Hermine de Iongh

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.

    15 April:    The Whiteway Colony – residential community near Stroud.
    20 May:      Gimson and the Barnsleys – Arts and Crafts furniture
                 makers based at Sapperton.

For further information please visit or phone
01367 253087.

Lechlade craft and gift fairs are proving popular with both stallholders and
locals and with one successful event already held there are more booked
right up until September. There are a wide range of items available from
soaps and bath bombs, cupcakes and sweets, to handmade cards and
shabby chic home wares and lots more!
        Each event supports a different charity or cause with a charity raffle
that the stallholders have kindly donated to. The fairs will all be held at
Lechlade Memorial Hall and run from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Forthcoming dates
        27 April in aid of The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital
        18 May in aid of Bella’s Wishes
        29 June in aid of the British Heart Foundation (Lechlade branch)
If you would like to find out more information or to nominate a cause please
email Hayley on

Forthcoming Events
We are delighted that a great gathering of community talent is coming on
Saturday 20 April at 7:30pm to present Spring Fever. Managed by the
ever-energetic Jay Mathews, to whom we are most grateful, the Lechlade
Players, the Riverside Recorder Group, Lechlade Community Band,
Lechlade Community Voices and the Halfpenny Bridge Singers will be there
and it all sounds a great evening. Tickets from Lechlade News and some at
the door are sure to be in much demand at just £5. Wine available. Please
          Then at noon on Friday 10 May comes a real highlight of the year
with the return for a record-breaking fifth ‘Serenade and Sandwiches’ concert
of Eulalie Charland and Maiko Mori – with Lawrence Durkin now the
Trio Aquilon. These superb young artists have given us many memorable
concerts – who will forget the thrilling ‘Trout’ Quintet in 2011? – and this time
bring trios by Haydn and Ravel, the latter an especially beautiful, delicate
work well suited to the magnificent acoustics of St Lawrence. Entry is free,
together with light refreshments and wine – where else will you get that in
these hard, market driven times? – then we ask for your donations. We hope
for a big crowd for this special event.
          The fund benefited by over £800 on the Grand Curry Night at the
Khushi Restaurant. Even on a cold night in January, two well-filled sittings
were needed to cope with demand. The buffet was delicious thanks to a
team of five in the kitchen and special efforts made by Muj Ali to choose new
recipes and procure fresh spices. Muj very generously donated all the
proceeds from the tickets to the fund – a much appreciated gift.
          On another frozen Friday in February the trio ‘Jubovski’ thrilled a
lunchtime audience with ‘The Gypsy Connection’. Liz and Peter Cowdrey
and Jub Davis showed themselves as consummate musicians. Their virtuoso
display got cold toes tapping and generated huge praise for surely one of
our best concerts ever. Numbers were hit by the weather but a hardy
audience of over 50 and a donation which covered the artists’ fees still meant
that the fund benefited by nearly £500.
                    Keith Salway, for the Appeal Committee

Informal monthly coffee morning for parents and carers on the school
and nursery run
9:00am–10:00am on Wednesdays 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 taking your children to school or preschool. Younger siblings
                            Kate Cinnamond

February saw the Twinning hold a well-attended quiz with a difference at
the Memorial Hall – with very well thought out questions and also where we
were asked to build towers which were to be free standing! Our brain powers
were enhanced by a fish and chip supper from Monica’s Plaice which was
delicious and enjoyed by all.

Our next events are visits to La Chapelle des Fougeretz
         9-12 May to celebrate our 15th year of twinning. La Chapelle’s
German twin town Kalchreuth will also be there celebrating their 20 years
of twinning. There is a small contingent of Lechladians going to France to
mark the event. The programme includes a walk across the sands around
Mont St Michel, workshops and games celebrating the best of England,
France and Germany, and a dinner dance as well as an official ceremony.
         22–26 August: A coach will be leaving Lechlade about 16:30 to catch
the night ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo. Breakfast will be in St Malo with
free time to visit the town and then an onward visit to Cancale to see where
the oysters are harvested and free time in this pretty town before going to
La Chapelle early evening to meet up with our host families. Ty-time (La
Chapelle’s twinning association) are putting together a programme of events
for the weekend and we will then be catching the ferry back on Monday
morning to get back to Lechlade about 20:30ish. The cost of this trip is
£155.00 per person including a seat on the night boat and breakfast in St
Malo (cabins are extra and breakfast is optional). If you would like full details
or have any questions please contact me either by email or ring me on 01367 253477.
                                 Jane Sullivan

Wiltshire Cricket Captain joins LCC!
I am very pleased to announce that Joe Breet, the Wiltshire cricket captain,
has joined Lechlade Cricket Club.
        Joe is a lovely guy and a seriously good cricketer, and although
some of the very biggest clubs were after his services, he is excited by
everything we are doing at LCC and plumped for us! As well as representing
us in senior cricket, Joe is very keen to help with our junior coaching and will
be hands on in this role too. New Zealand Under-19 star Arnie Yugaraja will
also be arriving in Lechlade later in the spring.
        For further details on opportunities at Lechlade CC, please contact
me on 07967 480666 or
                                  Paul Rowley


APRIL 2013
Monday       1st EASTER MONDAY
Tuesday      2nd U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm AGM and ‘The River Lea’
                  WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Willow Baskets’ demonstration
Thursday     4th THEATREGOERS ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ at Salisbury
Friday       5th RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH Trout Inn 7:30pm
Saturday     6th LIONS AUCTION and Book Sale Memorial Hall doors open noon,
                  auction 1:00pm
                  SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Baptist Church 2:00pm
Tuesday      9th TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Wednesday    10th COFFEE STOP St Lawrence Church 9:00am
                  MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm ‘Help us Grow’ discussion
                  GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm Seed and Plant
                  BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION Pino’s restaurant 7:30pm
Friday       12th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Monday       15th HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘The Whiteway Colony’
Tuesday      16th ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm ‘Acrylics’
Wednesday    17th COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
Thursday     18th LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘Neighbourhood
Saturday     20th ‘SPRING FEVER’ St Lawrence Church 7:30pm in aid of Church
                  Restoration Fund
Tuesday      23rd ST GEORGE’S NIGHT Trout Inn music by Old TATT Band
Wednesday    24th BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION Clarke & Pierce Room 7:00pm AGM
                  and ‘How to Mend a Broken Heart’
Friday       26th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday     27th CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Memorial Hall 2:00pm

7th – 20th   LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF FAIRFORD HOSPITAL house-to-house collection

                                                    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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         MAY 2013
         Saturday       4th SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Pavilion 2:00pm
         Monday         6th EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY
         Tuesday        7th U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘Shazam – Old Picture Palaces’
                             WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘You Can’t be Serious’
         Wednesday      8th COFFEE STOP St Lawrence Church 9:00am
                             MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm ‘Savannah Education Trust’
                             GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm ‘Alpines in your
         Thursday       9th ASCENSION DAY
         9th – 12th          TWINNING ASSOCIATION Visit to La Chapelle des Fougeretz
         Friday         10th SERENADE AND SANDWICHES St Lawrence Church 12 noon with
                             the return of Eulalie and Maiko. Donations in aid of Church Restoration
                             RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Saturday       11th THEATREGOERS ‘Relatively Speaking’ at Milton Keynes
         Tuesday        14th ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm ‘Brush Painting – Have a Go’
                             TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Wednesday      15th COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
         Thursday       16th LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘Send a Cow’
         Saturday       18th CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Memorial Hall 2:00pm
         Sunday         19th COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
         Monday         20th HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Gimson and the Barnsleys’
         24th – 26th         LECHLADE FESTIVAL Riverside Park
         Monday         27th SPRING BANK HOLIDAY
         Friday         31st RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm

         12th – 18th        CHRISTIAN AID WEEK house-to-house collection

         Saturday 1st June ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION street collection

  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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nts in the Town Diary which is kept in Lechlade Library

The funeral of baby Frankie Morley-Hayward was held on Tuesday 26
February at St Lawrence Church, followed by burial in the town cemetery.
The service included the hymns ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Abide with Me’.
The sermon was based on the reading from Psalm 139, that God knows us
and loves us, even when we were being knit together in our mother’s womb.
Frankie was born on 11 December 2012 and died on 10 February 2013. The
family invited friends and family back to the Swan Inn after the service. Sam
and Scott expressed their thanks and appreciation ‘for the many kind words
and expressions of sympathy received during their sad loss’.

Joyce Button was born on 27 June 1936 and died on 27 January 2013.
The service was held on Monday 18 February at the parish church with the
committal at Lechlade cemetery. Hymns included ‘All Things Bright and
Beautiful’ and ‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer’. Joyce leaves behind
her husband John, eight children and numerous grandchildren. Donations
for polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a condition affecting several members
of the Button family, were received at the service.


We remember:
      18 February        Joyce Button
      26 February        Frankie Morley-Hayward
      6 March            Harry Faulkner

We remember also:        Tony Constable
                         Sylvia Cussons

This term for Little Learners has been a busy one with lots of visitors teaching
us about people who help. We’ve had a policeman, fireman, nurse and even
an optician! We have made lots of fun items after our visits including paper
nurse hats and a lollipop ‘stop’ sign – the children love getting messy, and
learning through play and craft is a very important part of growing up.
          We have also been reading many traditional stories including The
Gingerbread Man and the children enjoyed making their own gingerbread
man to eat.
          The children have had a few outings this term, one to the church
and also a lovely visit to the Tea Chest for our mid morning snack and drink
where we enjoyed some handmade biscuits and juice. We are now regular
visitors to the Wednesday morning story time held at Lechlade Library – the
children are always so excited to go and enjoy the wide array of stories they
          Keeping healthy has also been a topic for us this term with the
children doing a regular ‘wake n shake’ exercise every morning and learning
about foods that are good and bad.
          The Easter break is almost upon us and I have included a simple
crafting activity that will be fun to do:

Easter bunny/chick masks
You will need:
Paper plates
Yellow, pink paints (crayons or pencils will also be fine)
Pipe cleaners
Orange, pink card (you could use paint/crayons)
Elastic thread/string
Black pen/pencil

1. Paint the back of the plate in either yellow or pink (yellow for chick, pink
for bunny) and leave it to dry. 2. Cut out two eye holes. 3. For the chick,
cut out a beak from orange card and glue on (or draw one on if no card).
For the bunny, cut the pipe cleaner into three and twist together at the centre
to make whiskers and glue these to the middle of the plate. 4. For the bunny,
make two pink ears and attach them to the top of the plate. 5. For both –
make two small holes either side of the plate and thread through the elastic
and tie at each end to secure. Your masks are now complete and perfect
to wear at an Easter egg hunt!
                  Happy Easter from all at Little Learners!
                              Hayley Schofield

Snowdrops again. I went to a really good lecture given by Val Bourne,
well-known garden writer and committed galanthophile. Her talk was followed
by a tour of Rodmarton Manor gardens where there is a vast collection of
snowdrops and in dire, cold, wet conditions we bent down to peer at the
minute distinctions between the flowers. The really keen (mad?) people were
down on their knees in the rain taking close-up photographs… I have four
different varieties of snowdrop in my garden now, and thought that this would
probably do me, but unfortunately I have rather fallen in love with one called
Galanthus plicatus ‘Diggory’, a great big snowdrop that has petals that look
like seersucker, and there is another double called ‘Blewbury Tart’ – rather
green and upward facing. I don’t think that I shall ever become a fanatic but
I can see the fascination. Never divide them when they are flowering – wait
for them to die down fully and then replant deep, 4–6 inches.
          Now to serious things. By now everyone must be aware of the
concern over the decline in our bee population. I don’t want to turn this
column into a lecture on why this is happening and cite all the reasons and
individual statistics as all this information is out there if you want to look it up
(and I will happily give a copy of a good article in the Garden Organic
magazine to anybody who would like to read it). I do think that we, as
gardeners, need to do our bit in trying to help the bees rather than contribute
to killing them off. I’ve noticed that garden centres are now promoting
bee-friendly flowers with special labels, and Burford GC has a whole stand
devoted to seeds for planting a meadow to encourage bees, or butterflies,
or ladybirds and all manner of insects. This is a very good start but I also
want to encourage everyone to think twice about using some of the pesticides
that may be in our potting sheds, and, before you buy any more for the
coming season, see what they contain. The chemicals in the neonicotinoid
family are the ones to worry about. Unfortunately for us there are many
chemical names that come into this family, so anything with acetamiprid,
imidacloprid, thiacloprid or thiamethoxam should be avoided and I’m
afraid that this cuts out Provado Vine Weevil Killer and Ultimate Bug Killer.
The good news is that just this week in the newspaper I have read that the
Garden Centre Group, which also owns Blooms and Wyevale, has said that
it will no longer sell products containing neonicotinoids, and apparently B
and Q, Homebase, Wickes, Hillier and Notcutts have already said that they
will not sell these pesticides after looking at fresh scientific evidence on their
impact on bees.
          That is what not to do, now for a more positive what you CAN do.
Plant for the bees. They like single flowers better than double ones because
they can get to the nectar more easily. Garden Organic has designed a Bee
Border which you can access by going to
The list includes herbs such as garlic chives, fennel, sage, thyme, lavender
and oregano, and flowers such as sedum, echinacea and verbena
bonariensis. Sarah Raven’s website is full of enticing and informative hints
about what bees like as she is on her own personal mission. (Anyone who
missed her programme last year about her campaign to persuade local
councils to plant their formal flower beds for bees instead of using their usual
park planting missed a treat. The final programme showed one of the normal
beds of geraniums, salvias and double French marigolds, and another
planted with Sarah’s bee choices. The former was silent, not an insect in
sight. The latter was literally abuzz.) Finally my recommendation is agastache
‘Black Adder’. I grew it for the first time last year and I have never seen so
many bees and different varieties of bumblebees on one plant. It flowers late
in the season. Now I’ll rest my case.

Lechlade Probus Club has been in existence for 30 years. It enables men
who have retired from the professions or business to meet on a regular basis
and hear interesting speakers on a wide variety of subjects. The club meets
every other Wednesday morning at the New Inn and has about 60 members.
Talks last roughly an hour and cover subjects such as Polar Exploration, the
UK’s Space Programme, the History of Lord’s Cricket Ground and the
European Union – lots of other subjects relating to the Cotswolds as well.
          After our meetings, some of us adjourn to the bar, where we can get
to know fellow members better. Once every couple of months we have a
members’ lunch in the New Inn and, about once a quarter, we go off to a
local pub with our wives and have a social lunch. We also have a very
enjoyable lunch for members and their wives in the Memorial Hall shortly
before Christmas each year.
          That is how we carry out the club’s aim ‘to provide regular meetings
for retired professional and business men, particularly for those who would
appreciate and value, in their retirement, increased social contacts and the
opportunity for meeting others in similar circumstances’.
          If you have lived in or around Lechlade for some time, you probably
know a number of our members already. If you would like to hear more,
please phone Ian Westlake (01285 712329). We would be delighted to hear
from you.

PROFILE – Shan and Alan Garnell
Shan and Alan Garnell have lived in Lechlade for three years in a charming
cottage tucked away in a quiet backwater of the town. However, in those
three years they have become very much part of the community belonging
to a number of clubs and societies. More of those later.
          Alan has known of Lechlade for most of his life. His father was in the
army and trained at the military college in Shrivenham just after the Second
World War. Alan’s first school was in Old Town in Swindon. As an army family
there was a good deal of moving around after that, including some return
visits to Shrivenham, although Alan was at boarding school during this time.
Finally his father returned to the college permanently as a lecturer. Alan did
an engineering apprenticeship after school and began a career in engineering
based in the Birmingham area. However, he frequently visited this area to
see his family.
          Shan’s father was a cabinet maker before the war but turned to
farming. Shan was born in Somerset and the family moved to Dorset before
buying a farm in North Cornwall. The farm included land along the coast with
views across to Lundy Island so it must have been a shock for her when her
civil service work took her from Bath up to the Birmingham area!
          One of Alan’s interests was canal restoration. He had become
involved in the restoration of the Dudley Canal and in 1969 was working on
digging out the entrance to the Dudley Tunnel with a view to re-opening it.
Shan was new to the area and a work colleague suggested that she join her
helping on this canal restoration project. The rest, as they say, is history!
They both remember doing things on the project that would turn present day
Health and Safety inspectors grey on the spot. However, they were obviously
seriously keen on canals as their first home was in Gas Street, the legendary
epicentre of Birmingham’s canal network. Their cottage had one cold tap
and an outside privy! Gentrification has long since caught up with the area
and their little cottage is now part of a swish restaurant.
          They lived in the Sutton Coldfield area for many years with Alan
working in engineering whilst pursuing his interests in canals and railways.
Shan was involved in lots of community activities including WRVS, library
books on wheels and Girlguiding where she helped to run Rainbow, Brownie
and Guide units.
          After retirement an unexpected opportunity arose for Alan to return
to his roots by buying the cottage in Lechlade. Since returning they have
both joined the History Society and the Gardening Club. Lechlade clearly
spotted their potential as Shan is now the Chairman of the History Society
whilst Alan is the Programme Secretary ferreting out a range of fascinating
speakers. In addition he tends the Gardening Club accounts as well as his
own plants. Unfortunately, if any other clubs feel they have just spotted
untapped talent, neither Alan nor Shan are looking for any more committee
posts at the moment.
Alan has maintained his canal involvement with the Cotswold Canals project.
He is a member of the legendary ‘Gang of Four’ team although there are
usually around eight of them he tells me! They maintain the Siddington line
of the canal keeping the towpath clear in the summer and undertaking heavier
tree clearance work in the winter when there are no nests. The interest in
railways is now purely passive.
         Shan works in the Fairford Hospital League of Friends shop in the
town and helps with food preparation for the Day Centre. She is also a keen
lace maker belonging to a group in Alvescot and Glevum Lace Makers in
         When they have any spare time to themselves they enjoy gardening
and Alan does his own maintenance work on the cottage. They felt that the
time was right to escape the busy urban existence and they very much enjoy
Lechlade’s pace and what it has to offer them. It sounds as if the Garnells
and Lechlade have both benefited from the move.

Taster sessions for singers
The Wessex Male Choir are offering taster sessions each Tuesday in April
for male singers over 18 years. These are open to those who like singing,
but you don’t have to be a Pavarotti or a Paul Potts. You just need to enjoy
singing. The taster sessions start at 7:30pm at Abbey Meads Church in
Swindon, which is used by the choir for their practices. There is no
expectation on you if you come along, but it will give you the opportunity to
hear the choir in rehearsal and to speak with choristers about their
involvement and what you are likely to gain should you consider joining, then
or in the future. In fact why not bring a friend with you as well? For further
information contact the choir via their website
or ring Tim on 01367 252474.
                                 Tim Yeoman

Christian Concern for Families Worldwide
In February we welcomed Sylvia Gutzmer, who spoke about ‘A Mothers
Love’. She told us about her German mother-in-law’s struggle to survive
under the Nazi rule during the Second World War as a young Mother with
a small boy in Germany. Our members loved learning how this Mother had
to leave her beautiful home and possessions to keep her child (Sylvia’s late
husband) safe and provided for. We enjoyed hearing of her inner strength,
faith and bravery. We were delighted to see the beautiful photo of her and
the family treasures which had been buried in the garden until after the war!
         In March we had another local friend, Jay Mathews, to speak ‘To
the Heart of Children’. She spoke of her teaching life/role as a school
governor and how important the spirituality of a child is … how a child’s
personality/faith develops with the rich experiences and opportunities that
life may give them. We had the chance to reflect on our schooldays and
remember the happiest occasions … for some of us that was a long time
ago but the memories were very clear!
         Our Lent Lunch profit was £300.88 and we thank those who came
along and supported this event. All the money made will be sent off to our
worldwide fund helping families in many countries.

Future programme
Monday 8 April: Lady Day. 12 noon at Cirencester Parish Church followed
by bring and share lunch.
Wednesday 10 April: 2:00pm Memorial Hall, ‘Help us Grow’ discussion.
Wednesday 8 May: 2:00pm Memorial Hall, ‘Savannah Education Trust’ by
Joe Sayers.
Friday 24 May: 12 noon. Cathedral prayers in Gloucester Cathedral.

Little Lights
Thanks to those who came to our family service on Mothering Sunday.
All pre-school children and babies are welcome to our pram service and
toddler play session on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in school
term time from 1:45pm to 3:00pm in St Lawrence Church. Do join us – no
charge. Wednesdays 17 April, 1 and 15 May.

WI members have had a very busy start to 2013. Four members have taken
courses at Denman College and we have run a technology gadgets and
gizmos day in Lechlade for sixteen members. Food hygiene and picture
framing classes are planned in the next couple of months, and several ladies
will be joining the monthly walks around the county. We are also planning a
workshop to make dresses for the Dress a Girl Around the World project.
After Easter a group will be visiting Highclere Castle near Newbury to see
where Downton Abbey is filmed.
          At our February meeting Eunice Allen talked 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; Eunice spoke of a particular emphasis
on family planning and HIV/AIDS awareness. The proceeds of the raffle were
donated to this worthy cause.
          Nicola Cornick was our speaker in March. She has extensively
researched the Craven family, who were wealthy landowners in the 17th
century, and their link to Ashdown House. William Craven, the 1st Earl had
a long association with Elizabeth of Bohemia who was a sister of Charles I.
The Craven family supported Charles financially and therefore lost most of
their estates at the time of the Civil War. Once Charles II was restored to the
throne the family once again rose to prominence in royal circles and the
building of Ashdown House began. It was designed as a hunting lodge for
Elizabeth but she died before building began. The Craven family lived in the
house during Victorian times and it eventually passed to the control of the
National Trust in the 1950s.
          On 2 April Norah Kennedy, who lives in Stroud and has been making
baskets from stripped and unstripped willow for 27 years, will be giving a
demonstration of Willow Basket Making.
          Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday in each
month beginning at 7:30pm. 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 noticeboards.

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 months of April and May 2013, as
recorded in the floodlighting diary:

April 2nd       For Jane on her Birthday.
April 7th       For Ted.
April 21st      Remembering “Rosentere” with love on what would have
                been their 101st Birthdays. March 20th and April 21st.
April 30th      In memory of Edith Hasbury on the Anniversary of her death.
May 14th        Happy memories of Christopher Long. 1967–1982.
May 19th        In loving memory of Henry George Smart.

In addition, donations were made for:

January 9th   In memory of Sylvia Cussons who died on this day. Fondly
February 20th In memory of Ron Tooth. February 20th 2011.

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

12 – 18 May
During Christian Aid Week, we shall be having a house-to-house collection
in Lechlade. Please bear in mind that all monies given will help change and
give hope to people who are living in desperate and hopeless situations.
Charities can claim back the tax paid on all gifts of money. If you are a UK
taxpayer, Christian Aid can receive 25p more from the government for every
£1 you contribute – at no extra cost to you. Just fill in the form on the envelope.
        We are always looking for helpers. Please give me a ring if you feel
that you can help in any way. Together we can make a difference. Thank
                             Shirley Bell (253888)

In February we were treated to a fascinating talk by Bob Smith from Stroud
on the life of the British moth. These insects are as important to the
cross-pollination of our plants as are bees and butterflies but, unlike bees
and butterflies, because of the nature of the moth being both nocturnal and
operating in daylight hours, they are constantly helping us in our gardens.
Butterflies are usually seen as the most prevalent because of their bright
colours but in fact only number some 120+ types. On the other hand the
understated moths number over 1500+ in types. The beauty of the individual
moths was shown to us by spectacular photography, in detail, of moths which
had been caught by Bob in his own garden and greenhouse using a special
moth trap full of egg boxes on which the moths alighted. When photographed
in daylight they posed quietly for the camera. Bob collects moths for study
by others and to give talks to schools and clubs like ours.
         Unfortunately the March talk by Jim Buttress on the Royal Parks
was cancelled due to ill health. We apologise to all our members and others
who were coming to see Jim and we will try and get him back in the future.
Talks are always arranged on the proviso that they may have to be cancelled
due to unforeseen circumstances and we can only apologise again.
         On the second Wednesday in April there will be a Seed and Plant
Exchange at 7:30pm at Lechlade Memorial Hall. All are welcome. If you have
a viable packet of seeds that you no longer need or have a glut of
cuttings/plants etc., bring them along to the hall and exchange them free of
charge with others. Entry is £3 to this event.
         Please remember that we have our own website at which gives details of future events.
Members can receive 50% discount on Thompson and Morgan seeds and
10% discount from Burford Garden Centre on seeds and plants.
                                 Tim Yeoman

Parish Church of St Lawrence, Lechlade
Volunteers are sought to fill vacant weekly 1-hour slots in the churchwatch
rota for the coming season from 1 April to 27 September.
          Duties are simply to be there, make visitors welcome and be inspired
by the timeless tranquillity of the surroundings. Swapping with other
churchwatchers is easily arranged if the unexpected happens, and there is
a list of stand-in volunteers available to cover holidays etc., so churchwatch
is not a commitment to be in Lechlade every week of the summer!
          Interested? Like to know more? If so, please contact Christine
Vagnolini on 01367 252845.

As Nature Unfurls
A shocking thing happened last month. An ominous portent. I woke up one
morning to see a huge flaming orb in the sky, and the landscape was bathed
in its terrifying brightness. I thought carefully for a moment and then decided
to do what anyone would have done in the circumstances. I tore at my hair
and ran naked down the road screaming, “What does it mean?” And then a
distant memory in a dusty corner of my brain began niggling at me, and I
remembered what it was like to see the sun.
           Now don’t get me wrong – I can and do wax lyrical about the beauty
of winter, but January and February are low points in the year for many (both
human and otherwise) and when those first few signs of spring start to
appear it can feel as though a dark cloud is lifting. By now there will be plenty
of snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils pioneering the way into the new
season, and already the ornithological orchestra is tuning up for the
springtime symphony of birdsong.
           Around the Water Park great crested grebes have started to warm
up for their elaborate courtship rituals (in which they rise out of the water
and shake their heads at each other before presenting beakfuls of
waterweed) and herons are rebuilding their nests. A Lechlade resident
recently sent me a great photo of a bat that had come out of torpor and, with
a warm day to rouse it, had started feeding in the middle of the day. Winter,
though, may yet come back for a last reprise, as it often does, like the baddy
of a horror film, before spring bravely stakes it through the heart and the
credits roll. And now I’m feeling guilty and unfaithful for maligning winter, but
that’s only because spring is such an exciting time of ebullience and
rejuvenation. March and April, for this reason, are the busiest months of the
year for many wildlife species and communities. It’s a great time to get
outside and enjoy it – the best time, in fact – so do take the opportunity
whenever you can to find a wild place (even if that’s your garden) and watch
the wonders of nature unfurl.
           If you have any questions about what we do or are keen to improve
your local area for wildlife in any way, do contact me at
                                   Will Masefield

Strawberry Fair
FOSLS will be holding a Strawberry Fair at St Lawrence School on Saturday
6 July from 12 noon to 3:00pm, featuring a variety of food and refreshment
stalls, entertainment and fun competitions. Please save the date to support
our local church school.

Over 50 people gathered in the Memorial Hall on 26 January to enjoy a meal
and to hear from Rev. Stuart Windsor, Special Ambassador for Christian
Solidarity Worldwide. He gave many harrowing accounts of injustice against
Christians in many different countries during his visit over the weekend.
         The highlight of the Saturday evening was a testimony from John
Joseph, a Pakistan Christian. Speaking in Urdu through an interpreter, John
recounted his experience. He told us that he had been a prison visitor and
human rights activist in Pakistan. In 1994 he was in Lahore accompanying
to court three men, Salamat, Rehmat and Manzoor, who had been falsely
accused of scribbling blasphemies against the Prophet Mohammed on the
wall of the local mosque. If found guilty, the three men would face a
mandatory death sentence.
         Suddenly a motorcyclist drew up brandishing a Kalashnikov rifle.
The four men were fired at. One man, Manzoor, was killed outright, and John
himself was injured. John, a key witness to the murder of Manzoor, now
became a target for the assassins. If only they could kill him also, they hoped
they could escape justice. Eventually, with the help of trusted supporters in
Pakistan and Christian Solidarity Worldwide from the UK, both John and his
family and also his brother’s family were allowed to settle in the UK on the
grounds that all their lives were at risk if they stayed in Pakistan.
         In February 1995 the case against Salamat and Rehmat was
dismissed by Judge Bhatti, because no evidence of their supposed crime
of blasphemy could be produced. Salamat and Rehmat were freed, and
taken to Germany for safety. Sadly, three years later in 1998, a Muslim
extremist walked into Judge Bhatti’s office in Lahore and shot him dead for
having freed Salamat and Rehmat three years earlier. Later, in November
1995, the case against the murderer of Manzoor was dismissed because
there were now no witnesses to the killing.
         We were so glad that John himself was able to come to Lechlade
to give this personal account of his experiences. Stuart Windsor gave many
other harrowing stories of injustice on his visit to Lechlade over the weekend
of 26–27 January. If you want to learn more about the advocacy work of
Christian Solidarity Worldwide, look it up on
                               David Bainbridge

Flag Day
There will be an RNLI Flag Day in the centre of Lechlade and also at
Lechlade Garden Centre on Saturday 1 June.
        If you would like to join our team of volunteers and can spare an
hour or so on 1 June to help with the collections, please contact Joan Tyrrell
on 252928.

Special Events:
Spring Fever. Saturday 20 April at 7:30pm in St Lawrence Church. St
Lawrence Restoration Fund committee in collaboration with Arts in Lechlade
present a community concert by music and drama groups. Tickets £5.00
from the newsagent, or by emailing

St George’s Night. Tuesday 23 April at the Trout Inn. Music by the Old
TATT Band. Free entrance.

Live at the Tithe. Lechlade Riverfolk Acoustic and White Horse Folk Club,
Highworth are organising a special day on Saturday 15 June celebrating our
local folk art, dance and music at Great Coxwell Tithe Barn, Coleshill. Free
entrance. In the evening there is a paying concert by Show of Hands –
tickets £17.00 from For further information,
please visit or email

Regular meetings:
LECHLADE ART SOCIETY meets in Lechlade Memorial Hall
from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Tuesday 16 April: ‘Acrylics – Still Life into Landscape’ with Paul Weaver.
Tuesday 14 May: ‘Brush Painting – Have a Go’ with Jenny Mills.

LECHLADE COMMUNITY BAND meets in St Lawrence Primary School
hall at 7:00pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Wednesdays
3 and 17 April, 1 and 15 May. 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. Come and join us. It’s good
fun. Wednesdays 10 and 24 April, 8 and 22 May. Contact Jay Mathews:

HA’PENNY BRIDGE SINGERS meet in Lechlade Baptist Church at 8:00pm.
New singers always welcome. Wednesdays 10 and 24 April, 8 and 22 May.
Contact Louise Crossley:

Saturday 6 April from 2:00pm to 5:00pm in Lechlade Baptist Church:
Conductor Philip Evry.
Saturday 4 May from 2:00pm to 5:00pm in the Pavilion: Conductor Dick Little.
Contact Jay Mathews:

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH meets in the Creel Bar, Trout Inn at
7:30pm on Friday 5 April.

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC meets in the Creel Bar, Trout Inn at 8:00pm. Friday
12 April: Sing around and guest spot by Dave Ellis and Bo Howard. Fridays
26 April, 10 and 31 May: Sing arounds. Players, singers and listeners all
equally     welcome.    £1.00    entrance.   Contact     Jay   Mathews:

TATT (Tunes at the Trout). Session playing in the Creel Bar, Trout Inn at
8:00pm on Tuesdays 9 April and 14 May. 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. New players
always welcome. Contact Jack Brothwell:

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


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                           SATURDAY 6 APRIL

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          Book Sale Admission 50p; Auction Registration £1

                 Further details – 01367 252984/253888

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