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					June - July 2013                                                 Issue 189
And the winner is…
This time last year I was busy at work, waiting, like so many of us, for the
summer to begin. We were promised a certain amount of sunshine that
seemed to diminish as each weather report was broadcast. Barbecues that
had had their first airing during a balmy Easter period were put back into
winter storage as the rain clouds laughed at our optimism and kept us all
indoors, cursing. But, by driving us indoors, we were able to partake in some
of the best sporting events in living memory. Alright, we’ll ignore the
embarrassment that was Euro 2012 on the assumption that the less attention
we give to football, the better our chances next time around. We’ll also ignore,
to a large extent, that other great rain dance, the cricketing season, that saw
England squander their number one spot in world cricket by managing to
dodge just enough rain showers to lose the Test Series against South Africa.
So much for that.
         Because, it all pales into insignificance when compared to the events
across the country that began in earnest with the arrival of nothing more than
a hurricane lamp carried across stormy tarmac on a wet Friday in May. Over
the following weeks, as the Olympic Torch made its way up and down the
country, changing hands and counties at a relentless pace, a growing sense
of expectancy swept along in its wake. I remember being fairly jaded at the
beginning, a feeling brought home by the catalogue of scare stories, of
alleged Olympic brand totalitarianism, of institutional bungling and
disorganisation that just sounded so ‘British’ and smelt of impending, glorious
         But then the bug started to work its magic. We started to wonder if
something not too terrible might actually be the outcome. Even our
pessimistic outlook allowed us to start thinking that we could potentially come
up with something only slightly toe-curlingly awful. And even that turned to
something akin to amazement when the Opening Ceremony began. Anyone
who witnessed the ceremony, from the trip down the Thames (The Riverside,
take a bow) through to the eye-wetting sight of the Olympic bowl being lit by
those who we may see competing in Rio, will never forget that night. One of
my boys certainly won’t forget it; we constantly remind him that he fell asleep
during Venezuela’s grand entrance, so missed Team GB’s ‘Heroes’ and the
rest. So near, and yet so far…
         And so we embarked on the craziness that prompted many to dub
2012 as the ‘greatest summer of sport ever’. Sports that don’t even register
in the media were getting headlines in national news as London seemed to
be paved with gold, silver and bronze. Stories were told and retold of
achievement, community and joy found in every corner, under every flag
and in every face. Well, nearly every face. Because for every Mo Farah,

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there was a Zac Purchase who, along with his partner Mark Hunter, gave
their all to finish their race in a shattering, sobbing second place. Tears of
joy, tears of disappointment, all mixed together over the Olympic and
Paralympic Games.
          So much of this sense of triumph and failure is also apparent in the
Bible. We read of King David, God’s own beloved, who spent so much of his
life doing what was right, but also wouldn’t get far as a marriage guidance
counsellor. Glorious success and abject failure, hand-in-hand. Move to the
New Testament and the most wonderful model of all that is right and wrong
with any of God’s children; the disciples. Each one of them spending months
on the road with Jesus, hanging on his every word, witnessing his incredible
love and truth, but still forgetting about him when the going got tough. And
yet, it was on these fallible shoulders that the responsibility for Christ’s
legacy, the church, was carried.
          And it’s as true today as it was then. We don’t celebrate the failures
of the church and its representatives, but we acknowledge that, just as they
were, we are all human, fragile and susceptible. We celebrate the victories;
those brief moments when we connect with our neighbour, when we serve
each other in love, or when we forgive someone for hurting us. Then, like
the best athletes, we acknowledge our own divine coach, the one who sets
our feet on the path, who loves us even when we don’t. And each of us in
the churches in Lechlade can probably tell of stories like this; where we have
either been the blessing or the blessed.
          But we can also tell you of stories where we’ve let the side down.
Stories of times when we’ve gone it alone, against the coach’s advice; when
we’ve fallen beside the track, tired of failing, only to find that the coach has
been with us the whole time, waiting for the moment to pick us up as we
apologise, dust us down and together we set off in the right direction again.
          So, the challenge is thrown down; come to church to meet some of
the greatest successes and most abject failures in the world and get to meet
the best coach the world has ever known and will ever know.
                                   Paul Graham

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.

It has been a very busy time for everyone in school since we came back
after the Easter holidays for the summer term. Reception, Year 1 and Year
2 pupils have had a very successful visit to the Waterways Museum in
Gloucester. The children took part in a workshop on Roses and Castles
Crafts, went on a Northwich narrow boat and dressed in Victorian costume.
They then had a lunchtime cruise on a Dunkirk Little Ship and toured the
         Y3 and Y4 classes have had a workshop in school on Gravel is Great
run by Jill Bewley of the Cotswold Water Park Trust, and have school visits
planned for later in the summer term. The Year 5 class have visited the
Tower of London where they took part in a workshop on Walter Raleigh and
saw the Crown Jewels. The Year 6 class have taken their SATs tests and
are taking part in a five-day residential visit to the Pembrokeshire Activity
Centre in June. They have lots of other activities planned for the last few
weeks of their time at St Lawrence before going on to secondary school in
         The school held a successful music evening recently when pupils
who are learning to play an instrument, either in or out of school, were able
to play a piece of music in front of an audience. Singers and maypole dancers
from St Lawrence performed at the Lechlade Music Festival on Friday 24
May. All classes have had regular sessions at Lechlade Community Library
this term.
         A lot of work has been done to improve the school environment and
building this year. We have recently had the whole main corridor of the school
carpeted, and some painting work has been taking place. Some major
electrical and roofing work is taking place throughout the summer holidays.
We recently held a garden working party where volunteer helpers used
donated topsoil and compost to create beds for each class to cultivate.
         On the sporting front, Y5 and Y6 pupils have had cricket coaching
organised by Fairford Cricket Club, and the Y4 and Y5 pupils have had tennis
coaching from Mark Thomas from Lechlade Tennis Club. Y5 pupils took part
in a dance festival at the Bingham Hall in April. Various year groups have
also taken part in the Cirencester swimming gala, kwik cricket tournaments
and other sporting events.
         FOSLS (Friends of St Lawrence School) organised a very enjoyable
disco for pupils and are now making preparations for the summer fete on
the theme of Strawberry Fayre which will be held on Saturday 6 July. Please
come along and support this community event if you can. We are hoping for
some sunny weather in July.

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 7:30 until 8:30pm
for either Bible study or prayer.
     You might also be interested in some of our other activities:
Beans: 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. 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.

A Festival of Banners and Flowers
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July
The church will be open all weekend from 10:00am to 5:00pm for visitors to
view the church and to see God’s Word depicted through banners and floral
tributes. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the garden, weather permitting. (NB:
Tea and coffee will not be served during our morning service on Sunday
10:30–11:30, but will be served thereafter.)
         For further information about any of the above, please contact Paul
Graham (Minister-in-Training) on 01367 252197.

There was a great night of Spring Fever on 20 April when, thanks to the
energetic leadership of Jay Mathews and the enthusiastic skills of over 30
members of five local ensembles, an audience of over 90 enjoyed an evening
of real delight and achievement. Thank you all – and the fund benefited by
a splendid total of about £550.
     Then, on 10 May came the much awaited return for a record fifth time
of Eulalie Charland, Maiko Mori and Lawrence Durkin – Trio Aquilon – for a
delectable Serenade and Sandwiches with Haydn, achingly lovely Schubert
and gossamer-textured Ravel. A triumphant concert it was, acclaimed by
over 70 fans of these superb musicians. Generous donations covered all the
costs and the final benefit, with gift aid, for the fund will exceed £800.
     Harriet Colley and Ashok Gupta, originally to come in August, will now
appear in March 2014. Our next noontide Serenade and Sandwiches, defying
fate, is on Friday 13 September when Esther Cavett, piano, will return, this
time with Alison Scott-Moncrieff, cello. The committee will soon meet to plan
2014 and new ideas and suggestions are always welcome.
                   Keith Salway, for the Appeal Committee

Measure for Measure 29 July – 3 August
A prosperous brothel-keeper, with her faithful pimp and hard-working whores;
a foppish rake; a gullible nobleman; an unapologetic murderer; and a
fanatical executioner: just a few of the colourful characters that populate the
swinging city that is the setting for Shakespeare’s brilliant Measure for
Measure. No one bothers with the laws on morality, because the indulgent
duke who runs the place is happy to turn a blind eye. So the bars are full,
and business is brisk in the red-light district.
I had as lief have the foppery of freedom as the morality of imprisonment
However, the revelry is not to everyone’s taste. Some seek refuge in the
monastic life, others in their remote estates. Meanwhile, the duke’s assistant
is itching for an opportunity to enforce the law, while the chief justice dithers
– not that the hapless constable is likely to be much use.
’Twas never merry world since lechery was put down
From Monday 29 July to Saturday 3 August Cotswold Arcadians will be
performing Measure For Measure in the beautiful grounds of Hatherop Castle
– not only do they provide a delightful backdrop for the production, and lovely
surroundings for picnics beforehand, but they contain echoes of the period
in which the play was written and is being set. The castle’s seventeenth-
century occupants were deeply embroiled in the religious controversies of
the time – indeed it is said that there is a tunnel somewhere in the grounds
to allow those being persecuted to escape.
          Open for picnics from 6:00pm, performances commence at 8:00pm
(seating is in a covered, tiered grandstand). Following sell-outs in the past
two years (Macbeth 2011, The Comedy of Errors 2012), early booking is
advisable to avoid disappointment – please visit the website or telephone the box office on 01285 898019.
                               Catherine Hitchman

A talk will be given by the historian Nicholas Orme at St Giles Church, Great
Coxwell on Saturday 29 June at 7:30pm. £5 including refreshments. Tickets
and enquiries to Peggy Martin on 01367 240499 or email Tickets also available from Lighthouse Bookshop
in Highworth and Mustard Seed in Faringdon.

Helen, Dominic and I would like to thank all our friends in Lechlade for their
kindness and support following the loss of Simon. The many cards, letters
and messages have been greatly appreciated and have been of immense
comfort to us all at this sad time.
                                  Marie Heath

Forthcoming special services and events:

Sunday 9 June       10:00am      Together at Ten – all age service
Sunday 16 June      10:00am      Parish Communion – Father’s Day
Sunday 23 June      10:00am      Service of the Word (Morning Prayer)
Sunday 30 June      6:00pm       Healing Service
Sunday 7 July                    Patronal Festival
Sunday 14 July      10:00am      Together at Ten – all age service with Little
Sunday 28 July      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 babies.
   Contact Kathy Newton on 01367 252543 for dates and more details.

         Team Vicar: Rev. Andrew Cinnamond – 01367 253651
          Churchwarden: Christine Vagnolini – 01367 252845
           Assistant Wardens: Brian Rudge – 01367 253433
                              Richard Bell – 01367 253888

We have had lots of fun and busy sessions at Lechlade Jollytots baby and
toddler group recently! There is a good mix of age groups, from babies to
pre-school children. The babies have a quieter area with mats and interactive
toys, while the older children enjoy a good space to use trikes and ride-on
toys and our recently purchased balls. We are lucky to have a wide range
of toys such as a play kitchen, train track, garage, slide, see-saw and a tool
bench recently kindly donated by Lechlade Little Learners Pre-School. The
children love the art and craft activities, books, puzzles and instruments too!
         Our recent activities include a ‘Good as New’ sale, in which we
brought along any good condition children's equipment, toys and clothes
that our own children no longer used, that other parents/carers might find
useful. We have also made the most of our great location by the playground
and held a ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ after our normal session. The children had
fun at the playground with their friends followed by a picnic lunch.
         During the sessions we have started singing rhymes and songs
before snack time, and we are hoping to do a sponsored ‘sing-along’ soon!
         Lechlade Jollytots is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:00–
11:30am, meeting at Lechlade Pavilion (Oak Street, next to the Memorial
Hall and playground). Each session costs just £1 per family and the first
session is free – and it’s always good to see new faces!
         For further information contact Jo: 01367 252512 or Sally: 01367
252491 or email

 Wendy Hall has been one of the leaders of 1st Lechlade Brownies for many
 years. Current and former Brownies have enjoyed her creative and fun
 activities always delivered in a quiet, calm way. Now Wendy has decided to
 move on from Brownies and will be leaving at the end of this summer term.
 She will be sorely missed by the current Brownies and the Brownie Guider,
 Zoey Moore. Zoey would like to pay tribute to Wendy for all her hard work,
 support and quiet commitment.
           However, this leaves Lechlade Brownies with a huge problem. It
 cannot continue to run with just one adult leader. Whilst occasional parent
 support at meetings can be helpful it does not replace an adult who attends
 regularly and takes part in the planning and organisation process that allows
 the brownie pack to run. The adult could become a uniformed member of
 the Girlguiding movement but this is not essential as all that is required is
 the time and commitment to help.
           Please consider whether this is something that you or a family
 member or friend could do. Spread the word as the unit will not be able to
 continue unless someone comes forward. If you would like to volunteer or
 find out more about what the role entails contact Mrs Zoey Moore on
We are holding a Garden Party at Ryton House by kind permission of
Barbara and John McNaught, 5:00–7:00pm on Saturday, 22 June. Tickets
are £10 to include sparkling wine and canapés. For tickets phone 01367
253319 or, between 10 and 15 June phone 01367 253762.
         The importance of our fund-raising efforts was powerfully brought
home in an inspirational day in London put on by the British Heart Foundation
specifically for fund-raisers. Two of us from the Lechlade committee went
and learned a lot about how well our money is spent. In addition to major
involvement in national campaigns such as No Smoking Day and getting
cigarette machines banned (smoking being the single most preventable
cause of heart disease), BHF has joined with Unilever to promote publicity
about women and heart disease, has arranged with the Football Association
to have 900 defibrillators available at football grounds, has made available
funding for heart failure nurses which keeps people out of hospital, has linked
with Marie Curie Cancer Care to provide end-of-life care for those dying of
heart failure and is funding 32 projects in UK areas of deprivation. In addition
we learned that many commonplace treatments such as aspirin, statins,
identifying those at risk through genetics and new surgical techniques are
the result of BHF research. The next ten years, we were told, will focus on
why some people are prone to heart disease, on stem cell research and
increased funding of BHF professors. The Chief Medical Officer for the BHF
told us that with enough money and the right type of scientists we will
eventually be able to repair damaged hearts.
         A major area of BHF-funded research was the topic of the guest
speaker at our Annual General Meeting in April. Dr Nicola Smart of Oxford
University focuses on looking at how heart muscle that has been damaged
in a heart attack might be repaired. If it were possible to understand how the
heart develops in the first place it might be possible to understand how to
grow new heart muscle. In the UK someone has a heart attack every two
minutes. Only half the number of people die after a heart attack than died
50 years ago, mainly thanks to treatments based on BHF research. However,
after a heart attack there is no cure other than a transplant but for the one
million patients with heart failure there are only about 100 hearts a year
available. A protein, thymosin beta-4, is essential in developing the heart in
embryos in the womb but it becomes dormant after birth. Experiments on
mice using this protein have successfully led to the growth of new cells. Dr
Smart and her team now hope to learn how to apply their findings to human
beings so that eventually a heart might be repaired after a heart attack. Dr
Smart thanked the BHF for funding and supporting her work.
                                  Elaine Long

Report for year ending December 2012
The Parochial Charities were set up many years ago from money left by
local residents for the benefit of the more senior citizens of Lechlade and
most of the money is now distributed as Christmas gifts. In December 2012,
Christmas gifts were given out totalling £3580; hopefully we included people
born in Lechlade who are now well into their 70s. If anyone feels they should
have been included please let the trustees know as it is difficult for us to
know who these people are! Of course people who have moved into
Lechlade are also included where possible, but the original intention of the
charity was for people born in Lechlade so we must try to honour this.
          £74.50 was paid out from small charities. The Wellman Charity of
£1 for a loaf of bread for ten widows is paid near Christmas. The Oatridge
Charity of £5 for the twelve oldest people is paid on Valentine’s Day. £4 is
paid from the Rainton Charity towards the upkeep of St Lawrence Church
and 50p is paid for the vicar’s sermon on Good Friday. The balance in the
Parochial Charities account at 31 December 2012 was £1483.82.
          The Educational Foundation is from money left for the benefit
of schoolchildren and students under the age of 25 years and also for the
support of the Sunday school. Payments this year were £400 to students
entering university or other further education courses, £200 for the deanery
youth weekend, £81.64 for Open the Book courses and project at St
Lawrence School, £408 for Royal School of Church Music courses and
medals, £400 to students on overseas projects, and £19.96 to @the Ark
(Sunday school). The balance in the Educational Charities account at 31
December 2012 was £6329.35, but a large donation has since been given
to St Lawrence School for this year’s projects.
          The Milward Charity paid £10 to twelve people; this was originally
called a clothing charity. The balance at 31 December 2012 was £5.30.
                               Maureen Baxter

Sunday 9 June
Meysey Hampton and the Cotswold Sheep Society have joined together to
hold a challenge where three spinning teams pit themselves against one
another to spin the wool from a Cotswold sheep and knit it into a child’s
jumper in seven hours. Spinning starts at 9:00am.
     There will be a flower festival in the church, scarecrow trail, school art
exhibition, open gardens, working art studio, classic car club, craft stalls and
exhibitions. Gloucestershire Archives will also be in attendance with
information on the resources available at the archives and the many ways
in which they can be used for research.

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:
         June               Bristol – Pirates of Penzance
         July               Windsor – Birdsong
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:
         August             Newbury – The Witches of Eastwick
         September          Malvern – The Private Ear-The Public Eye
If you would like to join the Theatregoers please contact Phil Tubbs on 01367
253762 for an application form.
                                 Maureen Rose

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

Informal monthly coffee morning for parents and carers on the school
and nursery run
9:00–10:00am on Wednesdays 12 June and 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 welcome.
                              Kate Cinnamond

Our Civic Society – 40 Years Young!
At their 40th AGM and party held in late March, members of the Lechlade
and District Civic Society heard that their numbers continue to grow and that
the financial structure of the society is sound. Whilst reflecting on the
changes to Lechlade over the past 40 years, the chairman, Stewart Bruce,
told the meeting that the society would continue to strive to make our town
a better place in which to live, work and relax. In this endeavour, the society
was hugely supported by being a member of the national organisations Civic
Voice and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
          Referring to local developments, the chairman outlined the work
planned for Lechlade Riverside Park. This was explained in detail later in
the meeting by an excellent presentation by Charles Eatwell who was leading
a project, under the initiative of the Cotswold Water Park Trust, with the aim
of integrating the park with the town. Improvements to the car parking
facilities would be followed by a new pedestrian and wheelchair-friendly ramp
connecting the pavement over Ha’penny Bridge to the Thames towpath.
Coordinated planning of individual projects would continue to be supported
by the Civic Society as it was believed that substantial advantages for the
town could result from their implementation.
          The chairman made reference to a difficult planning environment
where the government was urging default approval of planning requests,
often where previously caution would have been exercised. A proposal to
construct nineteen houses on a known flood affected field near Moorgate
had been strongly opposed by the society in close coordination with the town
council, district councillors and many individuals, and Cotswold District
Council rejected the application at their planning meeting in mid-April. On a
negative note, the Lakes By Yoo site developer continues to block the public
footpath through their estate and no alternative route has been provided.
          As a result of the Methodist Church being offered for sale, the society
supported the town council’s unsuccessful bid for the property. However, as
a result of subsequent discussion in the community, it is clear that there is
a need for additional facilities over and above those currently provided by
the Memorial Hall and the Pavilion. The town council is now undertaking a
review of the needs of the community.
          In conclusion, the chairman thanked the members of the society’s
executive committee for their work over the past year and the members of
the society for taking an active interest in our community and in shaping our
town and its environment.
          If you would like to be kept informed of developments in our
community, or play a part in shaping them, join your Civic Society by calling
Hon. Sec. Bob Dennish on 01367 252477.

Lechlade craft and gift fairs are proving popular with both stallholders and
locals and with three events already being held there are more booked right
up until November. A wide range of items are available from soaps and bath
bombs, cupcakes and sweets to handmade cards, handknitted items and
shabby chic homewares. There is also a pop-up cafe available at each event.
         Each event supports a different charity or cause with a charity raffle
that the stallholders have kindly donated to. The full proceeds from the raffle
are given to the charity or cause. The next events are as follows – they will
all be held at Lechlade Memorial Hall and run from 2:00 to 5:00pm:

        29 June in aid of the Lechlade branch of the British Heart Foundation
        27 July in aid of Winston’s Wish
        31 August in aid of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
        28 September in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance

The first two events were well attended despite the weather with the first
raising £74 for Lechlade Little Learners and the second raising £100 for
Epilepsy Purple Day. If you would like to find out more information about the
events or to nominate a cause please email Hayley on
                             Hayley Schofield

On Friday 3 May, the new £27,000 practice netting facility was officially
opened by Steve Silk, the cricket development manager at Gloucestershire
Cricket Board. Mayor Christine Eatwell was also in attendance. This
wonderful new facility is already having huge benefits for both junior and
senior cricketers alike. Players can now train and receive coaching…even
if the English summer tries to do its worst!
          Club chairman Paul Rowley thanked the kind individuals who had
donated to the cause and also the ECB, Lord’s Taverners and Somerfield
Trust who made grants for the project. Steve Silk commended the cricket
club saying, “From my point of the view at the GCB, Lechlade are one of
those clubs that are a joy to work with. They have a fantastic, proactive
committee that work incredibly hard and don’t just expect things to be done
for them. The strides they have taken in recent years – setting up a junior
section from scratch, achieving success at senior level and developing their
facilities – are testament to that.”
          The evening was rounded off with a great coaching session for the
kids – and a glass of bubbly for the parents and senior players.
          For further details of everything that’s going on at Lechlade CC,
please contact me on 07967 480666 or at
                            Paul Rowley (Chairman)
Honour for Mike Cawsey
A former member of the First Responders team has been honoured by the
Queen. Mike Cawsey, who was an early member of the team and ‘on call’
for 25,000 hours, has been made a member of the Order of St John of
Jerusalem in recognition of his outstanding commitment.
         The house-to-house collection this year has raised close to £16,000
and our thanks go to all our collectors whose hard work helped us achieve
this magnificent result and to everyone in the local community who has
continued to show their support through their generous donations. This will
help us enormously to maintain our services with the community.
         The need for work done by the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital
has never been greater, members were told at the annual meeting at the
hospital on Thursday 25 April. The testimonial, read out to a gathering of
more than 50, came from the Fairford doctors’ surgery. It said that ‘every
day clinicians see the difference’ the league’s services make towards helping
health delivery in the area. New chairman Graham Hewitt outlined some of
the work done with the help of money raised throughout Fairford, Lechlade,
Kempsford and surrounding villages during the course of the year and
thanked his predecessor, David Phillips, for his nine-year tenure of office.
         The league’s services include a highly successful home nursing
operation which received praise after a lightning inspection by the Care
Quality Commission, care services provided jointly with Prospect Hospice,
and the twice-weekly Edna Dawes luncheon club for vulnerable pensioners.
The number of clinics in the building continues to grow. Reports were also
presented on behalf of the burgeoning car service, for which there is always
a need for more volunteer drivers, and the First Responders voluntary
emergency service.
         The treasurer, Paul O’Shaughnessy, reported that all this work had
cost the league more than £100,000 during the year, all of which had been
raised by members’ work and by the charity shop in Lechlade.
         The league now has a new website:

Providing Loving Care and Support to the Terminally Ill
The amount raised for the hospice from the spring collection this year was
£937.10. Thank you to all the box holders in Lechlade for continuing to
support the hospice. If anyone would consider having a box, to help raise
funds for this cause, please contact me on the number below.
                          Mary Williams (252695)

Lechlade Strawberry Fayre
St Lawrence C E Primary School will be hosting a Strawberry Fayre on
Saturday 6 July from 12 noon to 3:00pm. Attractions will include delicious
strawberries and cream (kindly provided by The Co-operative), tea and
cakes, ice creams (from Jim’s Ice Creams), pony rides and lots more!
        There will be live entertainment, including an Irish dancing display
by the Farrell School of Dance, maypole dancing and a karate demonstration
by the schoolchildren. If you are hungry or thirsty there will be plenty of
goodies to whet your appetite, including a BBQ featuring locally produced
sausages and a beer tent with beers brewed at the Halfpenny Brewery.
        Of course, there will also be all the stalls, games and attractions that
you would normally associate with a school fete as well as a few surprises!
All money raised on the day will benefit the school through its parent/teacher
association FOSLS (Friends of St Lawrence School).
        If you would like to help or sponsor an attraction, all offers of support
are welcome. Please get in touch via the school website:

I don’t do illness! Accidents, yes – give me something to trip over or under
and I am your man. Breaking the odd arm, hand or foot is par for the course.
But illness – no!
         So it was a bit of a surprise when I was whisked off to the Great
Western Hospital, suffering from a double heart block and pneumonia. Not
surprising that hearts get a little tired of thumping away non-stop for well
over 80 years. You would think a car engine was fantastic if it did even half
that work.
         The care and expertise in GWH was fantastic. I began to wonder
quite how poorly I was when I received visits from a bishop and three clergy
friends. Reminded me of the saying – ‘Death is God’s way of telling you to
slow down.’ However, if my heart gets fed up again, it now has a pacemaker
to help it along.
         Isn’t Lechlade a marvellous place for making friends? Flowers,
countless telephone calls and thirty or more cards. One, which I greatly
treasure, was from dear Rachel and her wonderful St Lawrence choir –
twenty-one messages!
         Thank you all so much for your encouragement, friendship and
affection – it has been a tremendous help.
                                   John Knott

A second course in Lechlade!
The second course of the Fairford & Lechlade Food & Drink Festival 2013
will be held in Lechlade Market Place on Sunday 9 June and promises to be
a good day out for all the family. The festival is organised by Fairford &
Lechlade Business Club and sponsored by Linden Homes. All 32 stalls have
now been sold with some of your old favourites plus some new temptations
as well. The array of delicacies on offer consists of wines, rapeseed oil,
chutneys, jams, chocolate, real ale, cupcakes, traditional English fruit
cocktails, wooden kitchen utensils, salami, North African Berber cake,
home-grown pork and lamb, liquorice, Indian food, fish, crêpes, olives,
sauces, potted game, home-baked bread, organic fruit liqueurs and burgers.
           As well as the gastronomic delights on the stalls, teenage girl band
Remedy will be providing light musical entertainment to suit all tastes. Even
the band has a food connection, as one of the girls lives at the egg farm at
           New for this year is a Tomato Trail competition for the children and
it is free to enter. Ten pictures of tomatoes will be hidden around the Market
Place. All you’ve got to do is find the ten pictures and make a note of the
letter of the alphabet which is written on the picture. Then rearrange those
ten letters to spell a food-related word. There will be a prize for every correct
           The Lechlade Food & Drink Festival will be open all day from
10:00am till 4:00pm and costs nothing. Come for breakfast, stay for lunch
and take something home for dinner.
           If you require any more information, contact 01285 712150, email or visit
                                  Chris Roberts
Very many thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the recent
house-to-house collection – £1314.60! This will help vulnerable children and
young people who are forced to run away from home to escape violence
and neglect, but find themselves alone and at risk on the streets.
         Children’s family support centres aim to support families by
improving health, education and quality of life. Children who care for parents
or siblings are given support and children in care are given a voice. Many
children in the UK are living in poverty. We strive to support them to flourish.

Date for your Diary
Summer Lunch
Thursday 25 July, 12 noon–2:30pm at 24 Roman Way.
£7.50 (which includes first drink). Raffle and bring & buy.
        We look forward to welcoming you.
                          Sylvia Dennish (252477)
Local landscape historian Alan Pilbeam told a large audience in March about
the Old Paths and Trackways of Gloucestershire. There are around 2500
miles of public footpaths in the county, some of Iron Age origin. The majority
date back to Saxon times when each village had a network of paths leading
to the lord’s watermill for grinding corn, to the woodland for gathering fuel
and timber, and to the common arable fields. In addition there would have
been a path to the local minster, an early Christian church and community.
          The earliest long-distance paths were pilgrimage routes to
Gloucester, Winchcombe and Hailes Abbey or trade routes such as the two
that converged on Lechlade: the Saltway packhorse track from Droitwich
which probably existed in Saxon times if not before and the Welsh Way cattle
drovers’ path which had wide verges to accommodate thousands of grazing
          The line of many old footpaths can still be traced in the landscape.
Holloways show the position of former streets in villages long deserted
through population decline caused by the Black Death or changes in
agricultural practice. Sunken greenways indicate the tracks along which
sheep were moved in winter from the hills down to the valleys. Narrow
passageways called tures in market towns such as Stow helped to control
the sheep as they entered the market place.
          With the coming of the industrial age, footpaths led to centres of
employment and tracks still run from hillside cottages down to the former
woollen mills in the Stroud valley. These paths were marked with
whitewashed stones so that workers could find their way home at night. Then
there were the towpaths used by the bow hauliers, men who pulled barges
along with ropes until horses took over. Other paths were used for leisure
activities such as walking between the sources of spa water in Cheltenham
or viewing ornamental gardens laid out by country house owners. Many old
paths have now been restored and improved for recreation and leisure
purposes but there are clues in the landscape to their history if you know
what to look for.
          In April our members enjoyed a most fascinating and challenging
talk by Joy Thacker about the Whiteway Colony, a Tolstoy-esque community
in the parish of Miserden near Stroud. This community was founded in 1898
by a group of ten anarchists from Croydon, all single middle-class socialists,
who were in revolt against the prevailing class system. Their ideals were:
back to a simple natural life, where all were equal, sharing in the common
good, working together in harmony; life without private ownership of land
and without ‘luxuries’ like corsets, hair rollers, tightly laced up shoes, frilly
dresses, cosmetics, jewellery (except home-made), etc. These were
replaced by loose-hanging hair, sandals or clogs, shift dresses, equality
without kowtowing, sharing everything in equal proportions. Decisions were
made with common consent.
Everyone got his/her own plot of land to cultivate; new houses were built by
the members themselves. Most helped in the self-built bakery, cultivated
their bit of land for vegetables etc. There was no livestock (as all were
vegetarians) except for sheep and donkeys. Craftsmen joined: a leather
worker, weavers, a blacksmith, a furniture maker. As they used no money
there were no taxes to be paid, except for tithes, which suited their
anti-establishment sentiments.
          Whiteway is not a nudist colony as some people like to think. Nor is
it religious or bound by outside conventions, e.g. there are no marriages in
the normal sense of the word; people live in a free union and form family
units. Such ceremonies as there are are rooted in nature and the seasons,
like maypole dancing.
          The colony is still thriving, adhering to its original principles, but going
with the times: a swimming pool, solar panels, now 67 houses, all ‘on loan’
from the colony, although they can change hands within a family. Joy got
hers via her father. She showed us many photographs, right from the
beginning, the last one of all the members in 1998 – the centenary year.

Summer events
Monday 17 June Evening visit to Coleshill. Limited numbers, booking
               essential. Contact Alan Garnell on 253087.
Monday 15 July Guided walks round Lechlade at 6:00pm and 7:30pm.
               Please book a place in advance by email to
      or by telephone to Alan
               Garnell on 253087 or Linda Kent on 253175.

Talented Young Performers
An Evening of Musical Entertainment on Saturday 6 July at Lechlade
Memorial Hall is a fantastic opportunity to see local upcoming talent perform
alongside top performance group MJ-UK, all of whom will be singing pieces
ranging from musicals right through to classical arias for your enjoyment.
         The night also includes the chance to see the Chris Treglown
Competition, where young performers compete for the Chris Treglown
Foundation Fund – a foundation which helps young performers pursue
further education in music. Local acts also performing in the show include
Henry Bateman and Remedy.
         Doors open at 6:30pm (show starts at 7:30pm). Tickets: £5, £7, £10.
For more information or to reserve a seat please call 01367 253633 or email
Dolly: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill (Profile Books)
Edward Cayley, an orphan, is sent to spend the summer with his Aunt Kestrel
at her decaying home deep in the Fens. Accompanying him is his cousin,
Leonora, beautiful but spoilt and spiteful; nothing seems to please her and
when she asks, no, demands, a doll from her aunt for her birthday, her fury
at the doll not being exactly what she wanted knows no bounds, but does
have far-reaching consequences. No more details, but if, just before you go
to sleep, you hear the sound of paper rustling and distant crying, don’t be

An English Affair by Richard Davenport-Hines (Harper Press)
I was interested to read this account of the Profumo affair as, at the time,
we were living in Cookham, just down the road from Cliveden and the
infamous cottage occupied by Stephen Ward. It was all very exciting at the
time and Cookham was abuzz with gossip. However, the book isn’t all about
the Profumo affair. It is basically a story about England at that time – the
60s, flower power and free love, the Cold War, Rachmanism, the criminal
underworld and chequebook journalism – and the determination of the police,
and the public generally, to make a sacrifice of Stephen Ward. He committed
suicide, but the whole court case seems to have been a farce. It is really a
most fascinating story and one that I personally found quite frightening with
the amount of hypocrisy, corruption and prejudice in the country at that time.

Complete Short Stories by Elizabeth Taylor (Virago)
I remember reading novels by Elizabeth Taylor many years ago, since when
she has largely been forgotten. However, the publishing of this complete set
in the autumn last year reminded me how much I had enjoyed her writing. I
wonder how many of you remember her novel Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont?
There are 60 short stories in this book and they range from comic to tragic,
old age to adolescence, loneliness, motherhood – every emotion is there.
It’s a big read but a very satisfying one – a book you can just dip into, but
one I found very difficult to resist, always wanting to read just one more story.

The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend (Penguin)
I haven’t read any of the Adrian Mole books, feeling that they wouldn’t interest
me. However, having been given this Sue Townsend book for my birthday,
I decided to give it a go. Well, I have to say I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t (as the
Sunday Times critic described it) ‘laugh out loud’ – I just found it unbelievable
and rather silly. The lady in bed is Eva; her husband, a noted astronomer,
is having a long-standing affair; her twins, Brian and Brianne, are in their first
year at university. Her sojourn in bed is misunderstood and legions of people,
believing she is protesting, gather outside her house and she begins to get

a reputation of a seer, an angel, a witch – take your pick. I did read it to the
very end but didn’t change my opinion. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood!

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon)
I loved this book. It’s so atmospheric, so gentle, so beautifully written
(long-listed for the last Booker Prize). The setting is Malaya – Teoh Yun Ling
has spent many years, from the age of 17, as a prisoner of the Japanese.
She has been cruelly treated and her sister has died in the camps. Now free,
she is employed prosecuting Japanese war criminals. She learns of a man
called Aritomo, once head gardener to the emperor of Japan, now working
in the Malay Peninsula helping to restore the once beautiful gardens. Teoh
Yun Ling approaches him to ask him to design a garden in memory of her
sister. He refuses, but offers to teach her all he knows and thus encourages
her to become his assistant and design a garden herself. Apart from the
chapters covering the Malayan Emergency when the nationalists are fighting
for independence from British colonial rule, it is a gentle book, which I found
quite affecting.

Since the beginning of the year, we have shown The Help, Anna Karenina,
Argo and Quartet – all excellent films. With a 5 metre wide screen and an
all round sound system with inductive loop, Lechlade Memorial Hall has
excellent facilities for screening films. Since the Community Cinema was set
up in 2002, attendance at films and other events now stands at over 6,400
and thousands of pounds have been raised for local community groups and
charities. Our most recent donation of £100 was to Lechlade Community
         On Sunday 16 June, we will be showing the film adaptation of Victor
Hugo's novel Les Misérables (cert 12A), starring Hugh Jackman, Russell
Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. And on Sunday 21 July,
we will be showing the film Lincoln (cert 12A), directed by Steven Spielberg
and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Please
do join us and see films as they were intended to be seen, on a big screen
with a large audience. Films start at 7:30pm with doors opening at 7:00pm.
Tickets cost £3.00 and seats can be reserved by phoning 01367 253633.
All proceeds go to local community organisations/charities.
                                   Simon Paul

Over the past three months we have continued to enjoy a wide selection of
talks. In March we heard from Dr Gillian White about the infamous Bess of
Hardwick. A sixteenth-century social climber, she was married and widowed
at a young age before marrying Sir William Cavendish, a member of the
royal court. Bess founded a dynasty of aristocrats with her six surviving
children. She built the original Chatsworth House, since rebuilt, home to the
Cavendish dynasty to this day. Her granddaughter married well, only to lose
accession to the throne with the succession of James I. Later in life, divorced
and alone, Bess returned to Hardwick, her childhood home, and built New
Hall with its great chamber, long gallery, giant tapestries, grand furniture and
collection of Elizabethan paintings which can all be viewed today. She was
buried in Derby Cathedral.
          In April we concerned ourselves with more local affairs when we
were visited by our Police Community Support Officer, Gemma Butcher. Her
main purpose is to provide a link between the public and the police force –
a means of local communication. This in turn gives some protection and
confidence to our community, helping to prevent local crime and disorder
which although on a minor scale can nevertheless be disturbing to
neighbours or elderly residents. Our local PCSOs can provide a listening
ear for victims of crime and gather together neighbourhood intelligence so
that an area can take back ownership of its surroundings. You can access
your local PCSO by dialling 101 where you will make contact with a duty
officer who will take it from there.
          Gemma gave us some pertinent crime prevention advice, based on
previous local incidents. Do not answer your front door to a stranger if you
have left your back door unlocked. A favourite ploy of distraction burglars,
working locally, has been for an accomplice to enter and burgle the house
through this open back door. Keep no cash in your home – this is usually
what burglars are after. Check the identity and validity of callers/workmen
and confirm their credentials by ringing the official company phone number
– not the one printed on what might be a fake ID card.
          In May we were visited by a speaker from the charity Send a Cow.
This small Christian organisation has been helping African farming
communities for over 25 years. Started by local English farmers, who donated
their livestock, cows are now sourced locally in arable areas of Africa.
Selected households, often decimated by Aids, are taught animal husbandry
and then benefit from a milk supply, providing vital nutrition, and also have
a means to fertilise their crops using cow manure. By selling excess milk
and crops families are able to find money for food, schooling, books,
uniforms, medicines/doctors’ fees and mobile phones (an important means
of communication in isolated communities). The charity arranges for a vet
to visit and check that the donated animals, including goats and chickens,
are being well sheltered and fed in the extreme climate. Send a Cow have
pioneered the virtual catalogue of gifts for Christmas and special occasions
which can be ordered and sent on the recipient’s behalf to an African farming
        Please come and join us for our next meeting on Thursday 20 June
at 2:30pm in the Memorial Hall, entrance fee £2.50, when we shall be hearing
about the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.
                                 Diana Ord

More success!
The Wessex Male Choir entered their chamber choir into the Mid Somerset
Music Festival, held in the Guildhall, Bath in March. They received a
certificate of merit in the chamber choir group and the silver cup in the male
voice choir section.
     Following this success they attended the Cheltenham Festival of Arts at
the Town Hall in Cheltenham in May to compete in both the chamber group
and the male voice choir competitions. The chamber group were up against
strong opposition from six other groups but won their competition with a clear
win and were awarded the Price Trophy. The main choir then went on to try
their luck with the male choir competition and clearly won that section and
were awarded the Taylor Trophy. They were put forward for the overall Gold
Cup, which compares the winners of all the competing choirs, and won the
Gold Cup with a considerable lead over all the other choirs. Wessex Male
Choir are delighted with their wins and look forward to future competitions
in establishing themselves as one of the best male choirs in Great Britain.

12th International Choral Concert
The Wessex Male Choir are performing in the STEAM museum, Swindon
at 7:30pm on Saturday 6 July. Winners of the International Eisteddfod in
2011, they will be accompanied by their guests the Colla Voce Youth Choir
from South Africa and the Cor Meibion Pontarddulais male choir from Wales.
        The evening will consist of a variety of music both modern and
classic and will feature over 180 voices. Do come along and enjoy the
evening with the choirs in what is a beautiful and interesting setting providing
comfortable chairs and amenities such as toilets and a bar. Access for the
disabled is excellent. Tickets, priced at £12 for adults and £5 for under 16
years, are available from the Information Office, Regent Street, Swindon
(01793 466454), the Wessex Male Choir (01793 852786), the STEAM Ticket
Office,    Kemble       Drive,     Swindon       or     via     our     website
        Wessex Male Choir will also be performing in Lechlade for the British
Heart Foundation in November 2013, details to follow.
        Why not join us either as a chorister or a friend of the choir?
                                 Tim Yeoman

JUNE 2013
Saturday    1st    RNLI Street Collection
                   SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Pavilion 2:00pm
Tuesday      4th U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm Gloucester Waterways Museum
                   WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm Women and the GWR
Thursday     6th MEN ALOUD OUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Thurs 6th – Sat 8th      PLAYERS Three One-Act Plays Memorial Hall 7:30pm
Friday       7th RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH Trout Inn 7:30pm
Saturday     8th LECHLADE COMMUNITY LIBRARY Book Sale Pavilion 10:00am–12
                   ITALIAN MARKET Market Place
Sunday       9th FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL Market Place 10:00am–4:00pm
Tuesday      11th TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Wednesday 12th COFFEE STOP St Lawrence Church 9:00–10:00am
                   MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm
                   GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm Fragrance in your
Friday       14th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday     15th LADIES’ BREAKFAST St Lawrence Church 9:00am
                   LIVE AT THE TITHE Family Day at Great Coxwell Tithe Barn 11:30am
                   with concert by Show of Hands 7:30pm
Sunday       16th FATHER’S DAY
                   COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm Les Misérables
Monday       17th HISTORY SOCIETY evening visit to Coleshill
Tuesday      18th ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm Book Illustration
Wednesday 19th COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
Thursday     20th THEATREGOERS Pirates of Penzance at Bristol
                   LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm The Everyman
                   Theatre, Cheltenham
                   LECHLADE COMMUNITY LIBRARY Official Opening with Joanna
                   Trollope 5:00–7:00pm
Saturday     22nd BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION Garden Party Ryton House
Friday       28th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday     29th CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Memorial Hall 2:00pm

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

                                    Secretaries/organisers: Please enter details of your events


         JULY 2013
         Tuesday      2nd   U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm Bibury Trout Farm
                            WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm Life as a Paramedic
         Thursday     4th MEN ALOUD OUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Friday       5th RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH Trout Inn 7:30pm
         Saturday     6th FRIENDS OF ST LAWRENCE SCHOOL Strawberry Fayre 12noon–
                            PHOENIX RECORDER ORCHESTRA St Lawrence Church 7:30pm
                            MUSICAL EVENING with young performers Memorial Hall 7:30pm
                            WESSEX MALE CHOIR concert at STEAM, Swindon 7:30pm
         Tuesday      9th TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Wednesday 10th COFFEE STOP St Lawrence Church 9:00–10:00am
                            MOTHERS’ UNION outing
                            GARDENING CLUB evening visit to Buscot Park
         Friday       12th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Sat 13th – Sun 14th     FESTIVAL OF BANNERS AND FLOWERS Baptist Church
         Monday       15th HISTORY SOCIETY evening walks round Lechlade
         Tuesday      16th ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm Seascapes
         Wednesday 17th COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
         Thursday     18th THEATREGOERS Birdsong at Windsor
                            LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm Sudeley Castle
         Sunday       21st COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm Lincoln
         Wednesday 24th THEATREGOERS AGM Memorial Hall 7:30pm
         Thursday     25th CHILDREN’S SOCIETY Summer Lunch 12 noon at 24 Roman Way
         Friday       26th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Saturday     27th RIVERFOLK FESTIVAL Trout Inn 12 noon–11:00pm
                            CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Memorial Hall 2:00pm
         Sunday       28th RIVERFOLK FESTIVAL Trout Inn 12 noon–6:00pm
         Mon 29th – Sat 3 August     COTSWOLD ARCADIANS Hatherop Castle 8:00pm
                                     Measure for Measure

         FAIRFORD AIR SHOW Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July

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The funeral service for Harold Faulkner (28 July 1929–20 February 2013)
was held in the church on 6 March and was followed by the interment at
Sunningdale the next day. Sons David and Adrian Faulkner gave the tributes.

A celebration service for the life of David Stevens (8 October 1931–11 April
2013) of Leaze Farm was held on 24 April in the church, which followed the
cremation at Cheltenham crematorium in the morning. There were tributes
by Tonya Stevens, Anna and Ben Cox, and Kay Carslaw. A reception was
held afterwards at Leaze Farm.

Basil Hunt (15 October 1928–14 April 2013) was cremated at Cheltenham
crematorium on Thursday 2 May, followed by a service of thanksgiving in
the church. Ian Taylor gave the tribute. Refreshments were later served at
Fairford Bowls Club.


We welcome:
      5 May             Noah Danso

We congratulate:
      23 March          William Read and Megan White
      4 May             Joshua Wills-Mace and Kirsty Morris
      18 May            Paul Blackmore and Sarah Benson

Renewal of vows:
      28 April          David and Mary Bainbridge

We remember:
      24 April          David Stevens
      2 May             Basil Hunt

Many people comment on the fact that it is a joy to see St Lawrence Church
floodlit, especially in the dark winter months. This floodlighting is quite
expensive to run. For many years the people of Lechlade, and others, have
generously helped to fund this expense by giving donations to commemorate
a special event.
          If you would like to contribute towards the running costs of the
floodlighting and would like to commemorate a special person or event,
please enter the details in the diary which is at the back of the church. The
names and events will be published in The Bridge on a regular basis. The
PCC has suggested that a minimum donation of £10.00 would be appropriate
and if you are a taxpayer you could consider gift-aiding your contribution.
Gift-aid envelopes may be found at the back of the church and all donations
should be placed in the wall-safe or barrel.
          May I offer a huge thank you to all those who are already helping to
pay for the running costs of the floodlighting.
          Donations have been given to commemorate the following for the
period June–July 2013 as recorded in the floodlighting diary:

June 20th    In memory of Jinny Penneck who would have been 72 today.
July 14th    Remembering Ron Tooth on his 98th Birthday.
July 16th    In memory of Stan Hemmings on the Anniversary of his death.
July 20th    In memory of Kitty Palser on her Birthday.

In addition donations were made for April and May:

April 8th    To celebrate the arrival of Matthew Geoffrey Bradley – our lovely
             new grandson – Linda and Marshall Bradley
April 14th   In memory of Basil Hunt a dear friend to many, who died on this
May 5th      In memory of Barbara Hill who would have been 86 today.
May 9th      To thank the ‘Master Chefs’ of Lechlade – from the Bradley
May 16th     In memory of Alan Muir – his 90th Birthday.
                                  Jan Taylor

Don’t be shy – tell us about your achievements!
Don’t forget to let us know if you or other members of your family begin
university or other education/training courses this year or obtain any
qualifications. We would be very pleased to include news of your
achievements and successes in The Bridge.
Before Holy Week came upon us, Bishop Michael came to speak to the
deanery about the serious financial issues the diocese is facing and also the
diocesan programme called Effective Ministry in Every Parish which seeks
to develop, ‘A culture, encouraging the ministry of all within the Body of
Christ, and seeking to ensure visible local representation of the church in
each community.’ Here, in the most easterly parish in the diocese, we can
be tempted to think that these developments do not involve us, but they do,
and we will not be isolated from changes that affect the whole diocese.
         We continue to enjoy very good relationships with our church school.
On 20 March the Baptist Minister-in-Training, Paul Graham, and myself spent
a whole day doing stations of the Easter story for each class. Each child
moved from the green station of Palm Sunday to the blue station of Maundy
Thursday, then from the red station of Good Friday to the gold station of
Easter Day. There was some very encouraging feedback from pupils and
staff, and the reality of the Easter narrative really struck with many of the
children. After Easter we saw the start of a new after-school club called Bible
Buddies – another joint venture with our Baptist friends. It is a privilege to
be involved with such a well-run and committed primary school.
         Palm Sunday was a bitterly cold day, but the hardy few ventured out
with palm branches to remember Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Monday of Holy Week saw the well-established and uplifting Lent Course
service at the Baptist Church. Many thanks to Mary and David Bainbridge
for co-ordinating our excellent course this year. Maundy Thursday was
celebrated with an Agape Meal, based on the old Methodist love-feast
pattern. On Good Friday there was an ecumenical Walk of Witness, followed
by a Meditation on the Cross, and Lynda Larsen, our resident art historian,
very kindly supplied appropriate artworks to be displayed on a screen. The
choir and organist Anne Crow provided very able support and Rachel Bath’s
solo from Bach’s St John’s Passion was the perfect accompaniment. Easter
Day was a great time of rejoicing and celebration, as we gave thanks to God
that the Cross was not the final chapter.
         On Sunday 14 April we had an integrated service with our Annual
Parochial Church Meeting. With Paul Cobb standing down after ten years’
exemplary service, Christine Vagnolini was left as our only Churchwarden
with no other nominations forthcoming. Brian Rudge and Richard Bell were
chosen as Assistant Wardens, but I am very aware that it is far from ideal
having only one warden for a parish the size of St Lawrence. On the musical
front, 20 April saw the Spring Fever concert, a wonderfully exuberant
showcase of local talent, masterfully orchestrated by Jay Mathews.
         With the traditional view of marriage coming under pressure like
never before, it was a wonderful occasion on Sunday 28 April when David
and Mary Bainbridge renewed their marriage vows on their 40th wedding
anniversary. The week after, we had the blessing of baby Noah Danso, and
it is a wonderful thing for us to celebrate the blessings and baptisms of young
children. Ascension Day on 9 May was celebrated as part of a joint team
service in Poulton church, and the next day we again welcomed the superb
Trio Aquilon for another Serenade and Sandwiches concert organised by
the Restoration Appeal.
          12–19 May was Christian Aid Week – many thanks to those who
helped with all the fundraising efforts. The end of May saw the celebration
of the great festivals of Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. The team youth service
on 19 May was again in a cafe format, with great live music and a guest
appearance by a group of French exchange students. Perhaps at this point
I should apologise for springing the Athanasian Creed on the unsuspecting
10am congregation on Trinity Sunday! Next time, I promise to put this ancient
creed in its proper context and try to explain what it says, and what it doesn’t
say. On Thursday 23 May, Archdeacon Robert Springett conducted his
regular visitation in the parish. Archdeacons do a tremendous job in the
Church of England and I for one am most thankful for Robert’s ministry in
this area.
          A huge amount of activity, ministry and service goes on behind the
scenes at St Lawrence, often unnoticed and unapplauded. It is a humbling
and encouraging place to be a part of.
                                Andrew Cinnamond

Come and explore the local footpaths
On Wednesdays throughout the summer there will be evening walks
exploring the many footpaths and rights of way in and around Lechlade.
Starting on Wednesday 5 June and running each week until the end of
August the walks last about two hours and leave from Barclays Bank in
Lechlade at 7:00pm sharp.
          The first couple of weeks will feature slightly shorter walks with
longer walks later in the summer as the evenings lengthen. So if you haven’t
walked for a while then the early walks are a good opportunity to find out if
this is for you.
          All walks cover some rough ground and stinging nettles abound at
this time of year so stout shoes and long trousers are recommended.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads across farmland
where stock is present.
          Contact      Sue     Coakley     on      01367      253306      or for more information or just turn up on the evening.

Come and meet Joanna Trollope
We are delighted to announce that Joanna Trollope will be officially opening
the library on Thursday 20 June. Joanna will be happy to sign copies of her
books which will be available for sale to help raise funds for the library. All
are welcome to drop in and meet Joanna and find out about the services we
offer between 5:00 and 7:00pm.
          Don’t forget our Book Sale on Saturday 8 June from 10:00am to 12
noon at Lechlade Pavilion. 50p entry. Come and fill a bag with books for your
holiday reading for only £3. Book donations welcome at the Pavilion between
9:00 and 10:00am on the morning of the sale.
          During the summer holidays we are taking part in the Summer
Reading Challenge – this year’s theme is Creepy House. There’s a
spine-tingling adventure waiting for children when they explore the Creepy
House, simply by reading six books from the library. Are they brave enough
to explore The Awful Upstairs, The Gruesome Ground Floor and The
Spine-Tingling Cellar?
          Throughout the summer we shall continue to offer children’s
activities on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and there will be another
opportunity to Read to a Dog. Shandy, a fully trained guide dog, will be
returning to listen to young children reading aloud. On her previous visit,
Shandy’s obvious interest in both child and story and her natural patience
made her an excellent listener and encouraged children to practise their
reading skills! Look out for posters.
          For more information about library activities, volunteering or
becoming a Friend of Lechlade Library, please call into the library, visit our
website at or telephone Sue Coakley on 01367
          Library opening hours: Monday 10–4; Wednesday 10–1; Friday 1–7;
Saturday 10–1.
Library chairman Sue Coakley was invited to attend a Royal Garden Party
in May in recognition of her enormous contribution to the continuing provision
of a library service in Lechlade and her other work for the community.

Nathalie, Martyn, Abigail and Charlotte Bradley would like to thank the ‘dinner
ladies’ who so very kindly helped out following the birth of Matthew. We are
truly touched by your kindness and generosity – it helped us more than you
will know. We are dedicating the floodlighting of the church to you in early
May as our way of saying thank you to you all – the ‘Masterchefs of Lechlade’!
                                  With love
                        Nathalie, Martyn and family.
For our meeting in April, members were invited to bring along plants and
seed for exchange. Tables were groaning with plants and received attention
from the club members who also had access to a number of gardening books
for sale from the African Children’s Fund bookshop. All in all a very
successful evening was had by all.
         The following events are taking place in the next few months:
12 June: Fragrance in your Garden by Don Everitt.
9 July: A garden visit to Buscot Park. There will be a charge of £5 per head.
7 September: Annual Flower and Produce Show in the Memorial Hall.
         Lechlade Gardening Club meets at 7:30pm on the second
Wednesday in the month in the Memorial Hall and new members are always
welcome. Details of the club and its events can be viewed on our website

Photography competition for under 16s
The Allcourt Meadow Trust has donated a cup to be presented at the
Lechlade Flower and Produce Show, on an annual basis, for the best
photograph of the Allcourt Meadow Trust area. The photograph has to be
taken by a person under 16 years old during the period 1 September to 31
August each year. The cup was presented to Lechlade Gardening Club in
2011/12 but last year, in its first year, there were no photographs entered.
         Lechlade Gardening Club committee would therefore encourage
children up to the age of 16 years to enter this competition. At the time of
writing the meadow is full of Daffodils, Coots and Moorhens. Even a pair of
Swans are showing an interest in the small lake and can be seen regularly
feeding on the weed, so there is plenty of activity and many sights to capture.
Please encourage youngsters to enter this competition this year, when the
best photograph will be chosen at the Lechlade Flower and Produce Show
on 7 September.
         Schedules for the show, including an entry form, are available from
Lechlade News or Moore Allen estate agents.
                                   Tim Yeoman

Would you like to come to lunch at the Memorial Hall on a Tuesday (during
school term time)? You are most welcome to join us and we would love to
see you. £6 for main course and pudding followed by tea or coffee. It is
helpful if you can let me know by the Friday before. We look forward to seeing
                            Sylvia Dennish (252477)

We’ve decided. Ryton House garden is going almost organic. I’ve thrown
away the Ultimate Bug Killer (well, it is in the garage waiting to go into the
appropriate bin at the tip). I shan’t use any sprays or chemicals on bugs, just
use fingers in plastic gloves for greenflies, lily beetle and asparagus beetle
and night patrol for slugs and snails, plus Round Up very carefully on
selected weeds. So in my determined fervour imagine how delighted I was
to see a product at Burford Garden Centre in a plain brown box called simply
‘Slug and Snail Deterrent. 100% recycled. Rainproof granules’. Reading the
small print it said that this was made from unwanted ceramic baths, sinks
and loos from the UK, thus saving them from landfill. It could be used for
vulnerable flowers like delphiniums, pansies and various vegetables. It was
all made in the UK and the box and all wrappings were completely recyclable.
Just the job, I thought, and bought a box. Well, I wish that I could now tell
you to go out and buy some for yourselves, but I’m not going to. What does
it look like? It looks like pulverised sinks, baths and lavatories – very
unattractive and at £5 a box, somewhat expensive too. I think gravel would
be just as effective.
         There is still time to do the Chelsea Chop. This season is behind
because of the terrible weather so plants usually ‘chopped’ in Chelsea week
(hence the name) can be given the treatment a week or two later. This is
very useful for perennials that have a floppy habit such as sedums and
nepeta. Take a pair of scissors and prune the plant by a quarter, third, or
even a half. This delays the flowering time and can result in smaller but more
abundant flowers, but it means that you can stagger flowering of different
clumps. Also you can cut half a clump and leave the rest, or cut around the
outside of a clump leaving the middle to grow on and flower as usual, then
when the middle is going over cut that down and the outside will be flowering.
I’ve never been brave enough to do this before as it does seem rather drastic,
but having seen it demonstrated by Derry Watkins who wielded her scissors
with utter abandon and confidence in her garden near Bath I’m going to have
a go. Anyone particularly interested in perennials and herbaceous border
maintenance should look out for an excellent book called The Well-Tended
Perennial Garden by Tracy DiSabato-Aust (odd, but correct!). The book is
clear, well illustrated and covers all aspects of the border and plants. Highly
         I love it when I get a mystery plant turning up unannounced in the
garden, and I’ve got one now. How it came I do not know, but there it is bold
as brass growing in the border with several flower buds on it. Nobody could
tell me what it was, until I went to Derry Watkins’ garden and saw it growing
there. Apparently it is a tragopogon, but until the flowers open I won’t know
which one it is. It turns out to be in the salsify family and Sarah Raven says
that she used to grow the vegetable salsify in the veg garden to eat, but now

she grows it in the border as she thinks the flower is so pretty. Can’t wait to
see which one mine is.
          This has not been an easy gardening year so far and looking in my
gardening diary for last year I see that June was the wettest month since
records began and I threw out all my tomato plants on 28 July because they
were all infected with blight. In my case hope always springs eternal, so I
am growing tomatoes again, but I will not crowd them into the greenhouse
as I did last year. Fingers crossed and good luck to all of you. Don’t give up!
          Did You Know . . ? The name strawberry is derived not from straw
but from an Old English word meaning ‘to stray’ because of the plant’s habit
of producing runners and straying off.

In a fascinating talk at the April meeting, Norah Kennedy introduced us to
the tools, techniques and materials that she uses to create baskets and
garden structures in stripped and unstripped willow. As she spoke, she
demonstrated some of her techniques and, at the end of the talk, presented
the basket that she had made for our raffle.
         We enjoyed an amusing account of the experiences of a Wimbledon
linesman and umpire when Brian Partridge came to our May meeting. After
hanging up his own racquet, Brian trained as a linesman and appeared at
Wimbledon between 1992 and 2002. He umpired 533 matches, spent a total
of 542 days on court and, during this time, learned to see the humour in the
most challenging of situations.
         Some members attended a Food Hygiene course along with some
of the Day Centre team. All passed the test and the certificates are awaited.
We were able to run a Picture Framing course over two afternoons, where
members used some very technical tools and equipment to frame their own
pictures – an enjoyable and worthwhile course. There was also an excellent
visit to Highclere, although the weather was so poor that the party left
Highclere early and spent time in Newbury instead.
         On Tuesday 4 June Dr Rosa Matheson will talk about Women and
the GWR. Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday in
each month at 7:30pm. We welcome new members and, if you would like to
find out more, contact Lynda on 01367 253762. You can also find us on the
town website or through the advertising posters on the town noticeboards.
                                 Lynda Tubbs

The new season started on 1st April and it is definitely warmer and although
showery weather-wise things are looking up! The social tournament was
played in brilliant sunshine on Sunday 5 May and after six rounds with
members playing with and against each other the Ladies’ winner was
Maureen Cliff and the Men’s winner Richard Dalby.
         The Summer League matches started last week and with the Men’s
B and C teams winning and the Ladies’ team and Men’s A team having a
draw it was a good start to the season. Hopefully it will continue.
         The club was fortunate to have been granted some money from the
Cotswold District Council Youth Funding Scheme to enable the young people
of Lechlade and the surrounding area to participate in sport. We are very
grateful to Sue Coakley for facilitating this and putting forward our application.
As a result James Gale will be running some Play Tennis sessions on
Saturday mornings from 10:00am until 12 noon. All those aged 8–18 are
welcome. Please phone James on 07748 576633 for further details.
         Our next social event is the Treasure Hunt on Friday 14 June. Social
tennis continues on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings at 9:30am and
on Tuesday evening at 6:00pm and Thursday evening 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

                         LECHLADE PLAYERS
 Have you got your tickets for The Lechlade Players Triple Bill of One-Act Plays?


Then rush along to the Book Cave and buy them now because time is running out

Performances on Thursday, 6, Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June at Lechlade Memorial

          Doors and bar open at 7:00pm. Performances start at 7:30pm.

Wildlife bursts into frenetic activity
When nature bursts into its full, verdant exuberance in the spring, it is always
a bit startling, I find. When you’ve been searching for the tiniest signs of life
in the frost-bitten ground, in obdurate buds and obstinate bulbs, the full
panoply of spring – charging ahead with irrepressible momentum – can be
a bit overwhelming. But this year, because of a gruellingly protracted winter,
it has happened even faster than usual. Everything is rushing around like
the white rabbit, although I don’t remember Lewis Carroll’s creation
fornicating quite as much as real bunnies do. And it’s not just rabbits, of
course, but everything else also desperately trying to catch up and produce
as many progeny as they can as quickly as possible.
           At Whelford Pools nature reserve last week the cacophony of
birdsong was great to hear – melodious blackcaps and blackbirds, the thinner
fluting of robins and the incessant scratching songs of sedge and reed
warblers. Several coots on both lakes are sitting tight on towering stick-nests
(one of them is particularly impressive), a robin is nesting in the first hide, a
mute swan in the reed bed beneath it, and geese are on tern rafts on both
lakes (one Canada goose and one greylag). There were also noisy common
terns taking an interest in another raft (and in both tern rafts newly floated
at Roundhouse Lake), so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for signs of nesting
this year. It was good to see a hobby zooming across the lake on sickle-
shaped wings – an adaptation for high-speed flight also to be seen in swifts
and noctule bats. The dragonflies that hobbies love to snack on are just
starting to emerge too, so keep your eyes peeled for predator and prey alike.
It was also interesting, and a little unsettling, to see a pair of Egyptian geese
fly in. These feral escapes are quite aggressive to other breeding birds and
are not hugely welcome for that reason.
           But the discovery of another invasive species at Whelford was less
welcome still – the creeping menace of Himalayan balsam starting to colonise
the banks on one side of the far lake. Time to call in our heroic volunteers
for a couple of mornings of balsam pulling, for if we let this plant set seed,
it’ll be all round the lake next year at the expense of the native diversity of
marginal vegetation. Himalayan balsam is particularly damaging in river
ecosystems, where it dominates all other herbaceous vegetation and dies
back over the winter, leaving bare soil which erodes the banks and silts up
the river bed, damaging ecosystems and reducing fish-spawning
opportunities. Sadly it is all too well established in the water park, but we
can at least protect our reserves from it. Although bees do like its nectar, the
negative aspects of the plant far outweigh this positive attribute. Not every
burgeoning aspect of nature is to be welcomed in the spring, it seems!
           If you are interested in volunteering with us, need advice or have
any          other       questions,      please         contact       me       at
               Will Masefield - Cotswold Community Wildlife Officer
Chairman’s Report to the Annual Town Meeting
I would like to pay tribute to all the trustees who work so diligently throughout
the year to maintain the Memorial Hall, Pavilion, All Weather Pitch and
Playing Fields. I suspect the work done by trustees is largely unseen within
the community so I would like to let you know who they are. Sue Coakley,
Don Gillard, Grenville King, Sheila Bennett, Mike Bennett, Ron Needham,
Laura Hulse, John Elsey, Michael Stone, Maureen Cliff, Keith Musson, Ian
Thomas, Creighton Muirhead, Sylvia Dennish, Tim Yeoman and Steve
Trotter all served as trustees in 2012/13.
          One of the key decisions trustees need to make each year is the
level of charges for use of the facilities. In 2012, expenditure for the year
was slightly higher than income. Over the past few years, to maintain the
long-term financial viability of the trust, trustees have agreed to increase
charges by about 5% each year. We believe that increasing charges by a
modest amount each year is a sensible approach, particularly in the light of
recent significant increases in utility bills.
          During the year a considerable amount of maintenance work has
taken place. The hall floor was replaced in August 2012. This caused only
minimal disruption and we are grateful to users who were very helpful and
flexible during the period when the hall was out of use. Other items included
a new front door, a new microphone for the hall’s audio system, redecoration
of the Clarke Pierce room and maintenance of the lighting and emergency
lighting systems. We now have a maintenance contract in place to keep the
all weather pitch in good condition and work was completed in February to
replace all of the floodlight bulbs.
          Following the closure of the Methodist Hall, trustees agreed interim
arrangements to help groups which had been displaced. This allowed
affected groups to use trust facilities at the rate that they would have paid if
they had continued to use the Methodist Hall. Trustees also agreed to
introduce an hourly rate for groups wanting to use the Pavilion.
          Following the public meeting to discuss the possible bid by the town
council to purchase the Methodist Hall, meetings have taken place between
a group of town councillors and trustees to investigate whether community
facilities in Lechlade are able to meet the needs of the community now and
into the future. The outcome of these discussions, which have received
excellent support from Gloucestershire Rural Communities Council, is that
a Community Building Steering Group has been set up. The purpose of this
group is to identify existing community facilities, to identify whether there is
a demand for community facilities which is not currently being met, and to
make recommendations on the type of facility which will best meet the needs
of the community if additional facilities are required.
          I would particularly like to thank John Elsey and Keith Musson as
chairmen of the Memorial Hall and Pavilion committees respectively as well
as Mike Bennett (treasurer) and Sue Coakley (secretary) for the enormous
contribution they make to the smooth running of the trust facilities. My sincere
thanks to Laura Hulse and Sylvia Dennish who have decided to ‘step down’
as trustees after many years’ service. Both of them have contributed an
enormous amount to the community both through the organisations which
they have represented and as trustees. My thanks also to Ginette, Neville,
Tracey, Caroline, Ali and Deborah for their work throughout the year. I am
very grateful for their dedication in maintaining the high standard of these
facilities for the benefit of the community. I would also like to take this
opportunity to welcome Alwyn Davies who has recently agreed to become
a trustee.
                Simon Paul - Chairman of Trustees (May 2013)

For anyone who is new to Lechlade, we are very fortunate to have some
excellent community facilities. The Memorial Hall has two rooms: a large
main room with a stage and a smaller room, known as the Clarke Pierce
room. There is also a well-equipped kitchen and a bar area off the Clarke
Pierce room. The main hall can seat 150 people and it has excellent
audio-visual facilities which can be used for presentations and other events.
Facilities include an all round sound system, a 5 metre wide drop down
screen and a projector which can be hired. Rooms can be booked separately
or together. There is good wheelchair access and plenty of parking.
          The schedule of charges is displayed on the noticeboard outside
the Memorial Hall and on the town noticeboard outside Londis. Users are
charged per session: morning, afternoon or evening. Separate rates apply
to different users: commercial and non-resident users; groups; local groups,
parties and charity events. Lower rates are available for regular users.
          The Pavilion, which is adjacent to the Memorial Hall, is also available
for hire. Most users are charged per session, but an hourly rate has recently
been introduced.
          Whilst all of these facilities are well used, there is some spare
capacity. If you would like to set up a new group or simply want to hire a
room for a single event or a regular session, please contact the bookings
clerk     by    phone      on     01367     253325     or    by       email    at
                                   Simon Paul
                     Chair of Trustees of the Memorial Hall

Christian Concern for Families Worldwide
We have recently enrolled six new members. Shirley Bell, Susan Codling,
Dora Gurnett, Helen Jones, Jean Jones and Julie Sharp joined our branch
during a Thursday Communion service led by Andrew at St Lawrence
Church. We also welcomed Dorothy Durran who had been a member in
Worcestershire and Hazel Catling who was a member in Easthampstead,
Berkshire. We now have more than 60 members.
         MU is a very worthwhile charity supporting families all over the world.
Even if members cannot or do not want to attend meetings, they join because
they believe in family life and want to help in their own way. On Friday 27
September we shall be having a cheese and wine presentation evening at
the Memorial Hall where you can find out what we are about.
         Last month Joe Sayers spoke to us about the schools that the
Savannah Education Trust have built in northern Ghana. He showed us a
film and brilliant slides of the children’s lives and of course their new schools!
The trust, made up of a small band of people, made a connection in Ghana
and have provided four schools and trained teachers. It is amazing what can
be done with faith and determination.

Diary dates
Thursday 6 June: Deanery Quiet Morning at Coln St Aldwyns Church led by
Jean Brown. Leave Lechlade at 9:20am. Take a garden chair and picnic
Wednesday 12 June: 2:00pm in the Memorial Hall. Meeting led by Maureen
Baxter for those not attending the AGM in Bath.
Wednesday 3 July: 2:30pm. Cream tea at Watermoor Parsonage,
Cirencester. Leave Lechlade 1:50pm.
Wednesday 10 July: Trip out in Gloucestershire to a church and garden. To
be arranged.

Little Lights
Pram service and toddler play on the first and third Wednesday in the month
in school term time from 1:45pm to 3:00pm. Wednesdays 5 and 19 June, 3
and 17 July. Do join us – no charge.

9–12 May saw the 15th year celebrations of our twinning with La Chapelle
but at the same time the 20th anniversary of the twinning between La
Chapelle and Kalchreuth in Bavaria. A delegation of seventeen went over –
we joined in a breakfast for 100 at the local school as the coach from
Kalchreuth had just arrived. In the afternoon some workshops were
organised which we all took part in, in teams of two English, two German
and two French. Workshops included singing, dancing, playing pellet, skittles.
They had also put together a very interesting exhibition of all the various
visits over the years. The evening was with host families.
          The trip last year across the bay of Mont St Michel was such a
success when we went that this was replicated on Friday. Six of us did the
walk with our fellow guests and hosts. May is slightly different to August and
the sea was going out when we were trying to cross the rivers. Seeing the
guide wade out a very long way did not fill any of us with great confidence
but we went and made it and it was a very nice walk with beautiful views of
Mont St Michel. There was a visit to the abbey which some did and some
did not and enjoyed a drink in a café instead.
          Saturday was the official day of ceremonies – 4:00pm and all had
been planned very carefully. Christine Eatwell who signed the first charter
as her first official duty as mayor found herself re-signing the charter as her
last official duty. There were speeches from the three mayors and the raising
of the flags and the exchange of presents. We gave some very nice, specially
made Aston Pottery plates to commemorate the occasion. We were given
a lovely plaque which will find its way on to one of the walls in the Memorial
          In the evening there was a dinner dance at a restaurant on the
outskirts of Rennes which accommodated 186 people for a three-course
dinner which was delicious, served beautifully and hot! Before the aperitif
were the speeches from the presidents of each of the twinning associations.
They were well received – most had an element of the state of Europe and
mine discussed my increased skill in selling marmalade at the Jam Festival!
          If anyone would care to join us on our next trip to La Chapelle des
Fougeretz, leaving 22 August and back 26 August for £140 per person
(excluding seat or couchette on the boat), please ring me on 01367 253477
or email me at There is a whole programme being
organised and there are a few seats left on the coach!
                                 Jane Sullivan

Main contact: Jay Mathews. Please note new phone number: 01367

Special Events
Live at the Tithe (
Lechlade Riverfolk and White Horse Folk Club in Highworth are organising
a Family Day at Great Coxwell Tithe Barn on Saturday 15 June. We are
celebrating our local folk culture with folk acts from four local clubs, music,
food, bar, stalls, dancing, art activities, drumming workshops, art workshops,
storytelling, magic shows and much more. Free entrance (gates open at
11:30am). Programmes £1. Information from Jay Mathews 01367 860869
In the evening there will be a Concert by Show of Hands at 7:30pm in the
barn (tickets £17 from Derrick Beer on 01793 762070 or

Phoenix Recorder Orchestra with guest soprano singer Alison Wray in
concert at St Lawrence Church, Lechlade on Saturday 6 July at 7:30pm.
Come and marvel at the range of recorders – from the tiny Sopranino to the
mighty Sub Contrabass – the biggest recorders you will have ever seen!
Tickets     £7    available    from     Lechlade       Newsagents       or or 01367 860869.

RiFF6 (Riverfolk’s sixth folk festival) in the gardens and marquees of the
Trout Inn, Lechlade. Non-stop music, stalls, face painting, barbecue, real
ales. Camping available in the field – contact Bob Warren at the Trout Inn
for details. Free entrance.
Saturday 27 July: 12 noon to 11:00pm.
Sunday 28 July: 12 noon to 6:00pm.

Regular meetings
LECHLADE ART SOCIETY meets in Lechlade Memorial Hall from 7:00 to
Tuesday 18 June: Book Illustration with Suzie Keeble.
Tuesday 16 July: Seascapes in Mixed Media with C J Cassells.

LECHLADE COMMUNITY BAND meets in St Lawrence Primary School
Hall at 7:00pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Wednesdays
5 and 19 June, 3 and 17 July. All players of any instrument welcome. Contact
Peter Kingslake on 01367 253200 for further details.

LECHLADE COMMUNITY VOICES meet in Lechlade Baptist Church from
7:00 to 8:00pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
Wednesdays 12 and 26 June, 10 and 24 July. No singing experience
necessary. Contact 01367 860869 or

HA’PENNY BRIDGE SINGERS meet in Lechlade Baptist Church from 8:00
to 9:30pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Wednesdays
12 and 26 June, 10 and 24 July. Harmony singing and reading music is an
advantage but not essential. Contact Peter Kingslake on 01367 253200 or

Saturday 1 June from 2:00 to 5:00pm in the Pavilion, Lechlade. Conductor:
Dick Little. Contact 01367 860869 or for details.

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH meets at the Trout Inn at 7:30pm on
Fridays 7 June and 5 July. MC Henry Bateman. All younger players welcome.
Audience of any age also welcome!

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC meets at the Trout Inn at 8:00pm. Fridays 14 and
28 June, 12 and 26 July. Players, singers and listeners all equally welcome.
£1 entrance. Contact 01367 860869 or

TATT (Tunes at the Trout) session playing in the Creel Bar, Trout Inn at
8:00pm on Tuesdays 11 June and 9 July. 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
on 01367 252623 for details.

Lechlade & District
    Lions Club

 WANTED Volunteer Drivers for the Lechlade &
       District Community Mini Bus

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

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Assistant Editor: Marian Winckles                 Tel: 252851
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