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					August - September 2013                                           Issue 190
I am writing this on a day when it is 29°C outside; that’s the same temperature
today as Rome, or Lagos, Nigeria. Unaccustomed to such balmy heights,
Lechladers (Lechladians?) will go to extreme measures to cool off, from
swimming in the Thames, to sitting with your feet in a paddling pool; from
wet flannels on one’s head, to generous quantities of ice cream from Dolci
di Lechlade. Spare a thought for the inhabitants of Verkhoyansk, Siberia.
Their temperature is anything from -68°C in winter to 37°C in summer; that’s
a range of 105 degrees! How would you cope with such changes? How would
such extremes change your lifestyle? Human beings are immensely
adaptable, but we can be easily stressed when faced with significant and
sudden changes.
         A while ago, somebody (if you are interested, it was psychiatrists
Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe in 1967) invented a scale measuring
stress. Over 5,000 patients were asked to mark how relatively stressful 43
life events were. Death of a spouse was 100 on the scale, whereas Christmas
only ranked 12. Vicars may give a slightly higher rating for Christmas, but
the general principle is clear. As a Christian I am not immune from difficult
and painful events in life – loved ones still get sick and die; accidents on the
road happen; children can cause anxiety in all sorts of ways; financial worries
begin to creep in upon you. I still come across people who think that
becoming a Christian, a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, means a life of
unending bliss and jollity. Actually, if you want an easy life, can I suggest
that there are easier ways than being a disciple of Christ? Jesus told his
disciples that they must take up their cross and follow him and to expect to
be hated as He himself was hated. Being a Christian may not make me
immune from the vagaries of life in a fallen world, but it does give life a
meaning, a purpose and it does give a certainty that there is a God in heaven,
and He sees us and loves us. And that makes all the difference in the world
when life seems to be crumbling all around us and we feel we have come
to the end of the line. We may be flexible and adaptable when it comes to
extremes of weather; we may pride ourselves on being a resourceful sort of
person, but there will come a time when our own resources dry up and we
have to rely on something or someone else.
         About 3,000 years ago, David, King of Israel, wrote in Psalm 55,
‘Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.’ Wherever we find
ourselves on the stress scale, we can have confidence that we are never
alone and our Maker and Redeemer is always there – behind us, before us
and beside us. Thanks be to God.
                              Andrew Cinnamond

Services and other events
The Baptist Church (Sherborne Street, GL7 3AH) extends a warm welcome
to you to join us for our 10:30am Sunday services. Before each service there
is a prayer meeting at 9:45am. 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 – Saturday mornings from 10:00am to 12 noon: Lechlade Baptist
Church is open each Saturday between 10:00am and 12 noon, serving tea
and coffee along with a selection of homemade cakes. If you’ve never been
before, please come along to find out what all the fuss is about!
Card-making group, which meets on the first Wednesday of the month from
2:00pm until 4:00pm. Make some greetings cards to give to family and
friends, and enjoy a break over a cup of tea.
         For further information about any of the above, please contact Paul
Graham (Minister-in-Training) on 01367 252197.

Flower and Banner Festival
On a sultry weekend in July, the Baptist Church threw open its doors to hold
a flower and banner festival. This event enabled visitors to enjoy a wide
variety of flower arrangements alongside our collection of banners – and
refreshments in the church building and its garden. The banners, made by
members past and present, illustrated words from the Bible, and we were
also treated to an insight into how each chosen banner had stimulated its
accompanying display of flowers.
        One of the flower arrangements evoked Jesus’ final days and hours.
Its author wrote, ‘The gnarled bogwood represents Christ’s agony on the
Cross. The single lily denotes His loneliness in the Garden of Gethsemane.’
                                 Vicky Stone

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’s always nice for me to write a short piece at the end of the year and to
reflect on what we have accomplished. I cannot possibly include everything,
as the achievements and progress at St Lawrence School this year have
been stunning.
         31 Year 6 pupils finished their primary school phase with us at the
end of term – Max A, Harry, Max B, Charlotte, Elena, Ollie, Max C, Jayne,
Lily C, Phoebe, Megan, William, Henry, Bertie, Oliver G, Ben Hawkins,
Sophie, James, Ben Hodson, Adam, Robbie, Alice, Ian, Izzy, Aleth, Callum,
Estella, Jacob, Lilly P, Stella and Sophie P. We also said farewell to Layla,
Ruby and Kiara in Reception, Lillia in Year 2, Phoebe in Year 4 and Marcus
in Year 5.
         We wish all our school leavers and their families the very best for
the future. We also wish Mrs Howard, our Reception class teacher, and her
husband all the very best with the impending birth of their first child next
         One of our governors, Richard Akroyd, ends his term of office at the
end of this academic year and we thank him for his commitment and
dedication to the school over the years.
         I want to thank my wonderful team of committed staff; they have
worked tirelessly this year, with the introduction of many new initiatives and
always in the best interests of your children.
         I want to end by thanking all of you – pupils, parents, church
community, friends and governors – for your hard work and support.
Everyone goes that extra mile at St Lawrence, and that makes the school a
very special place. I look forward to working with you all next year.
                                 Nicola Morris
                                 Head Teacher

Katherine Dipple has obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Japanese
from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Katherine is a former pupil of St Lawrence School and Farmor's School.

Katie Yorke, a former pupil at Farmor's School, qualified as a Solicitor earlier
in the year and was admitted to the Law Society on 21 June. Katie is now
working in Corporate Law.

Forthcoming special services and events

Sunday 11 August   10:00am          Together at Ten – all age service
                   6:00pm           Songs of Praise at the Trout Inn
Sunday 25 August   10:00am          Service of the Word (Morning Prayer)
Sunday 1 September 10:00am          Together at Ten – ‘Pyramid Rock’ Bible
Sunday 8 September 10:00am          No service at St Lawrence
                   10:00am          Cotswold Ministry Team Service at
                                    Fairford with Bishop Michael
Sunday 15 September 10:00am         Parish Communion with Baptism
Sunday 22 September 10:00am         Harvest – Service of the Word (Morning
Sunday 29 September 6:00pm          Healing Service

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.

The library was absolutely packed with people when Joanna Trollope visited
on 20 June for our official opening. Joanna was so friendly and supportive,
made a point of speaking with everyone and signed copies of her books
which she had kindly donated to raise funds for the community library.

Free Summer Activities for Children
Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge: Are you brave enough to
enter the Creepy House? All you need to do is visit the library to join the
challenge and then borrow at least six books and visit the library three times
over the summer holiday. Win lots of goodies and a certificate.
    There will be Creepy House activities on Thursday 15 August at 10:30am
and a Creepy Treasure Hunt on Thursday 22 August at 10.30am. These
events are for primary aged children – please call in to the library or phone
01367 252631 to book a place.

Read to a Dog: Shandy has already visited the library twice and is very keen
to return as she really enjoys listening to children reading to her. She will be
in the library on Saturday 17 August from 11:00am to 12 noon and is also
very happy to return at other times by appointment. Please call in to the
library or phone 01367 252631 to make arrangements.

Storytime for Pre-school Children: Storytime will continue on Wednesday
mornings at 11:00 am throughout the summer.

Children’s Stories on Request: Children of all ages are very welcome to
come in to the library at any time and ask one of the volunteers to read a
story with them.

New Opening Hours: The support of our wonderful volunteers has enabled
us to extend our opening hours for a trial period. The library is now open for
at least three hours every day (except Sunday).
             Monday      10 am – 4 pm
             Tuesday     1 pm – 4 pm
             Wednesday 10 am – 1 pm
             Thursday 10 am – 1 pm
             Friday      1 pm – 6 pm
             Saturday 10 am – 1 pm

The first Annual General Meeting of The Friends of Lechlade Library will
take place on Wednesday 25 September.

Singing away
The church congregations will be well aware of the joy and satisfaction that
the choir gets from helping to lead the music, thus enhancing the worship,
at St Lawrence. We all sing away enthusiastically, but hopefully musically,
in such favourites as ‘Zadok the Priest’ or the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ on special
festal occasions; we are grateful to be continuing an old established tradition
when we sing Stanford’s Magnificat in C at Evensong; we are challenged by
‘And I saw a new Heaven’, but wonderfully rewarded when it adds to a very
moving Remembrance Sunday service and to sing ‘Peace, Perfect Peace’
quietly at the conclusion of a sermon is no less exciting.
         However none of this is achieved without hard work. For the younger
choristers, aged 8–16, the rehearsal begins at 6:15 and it is wonderful for
the adults to be greeted on their 6:40 arrival by these youngsters singing
away around the piano – even the youngest being encouraged to sing in
small groups or as a soloist. The confidence gained by doing this and having
an equal responsibility, within the choir, with the adults is immeasurable. On
occasions as they prepare for their RSCM awards there will be groups under
the leadership of the Head Chorister and other senior award holders dotted
around the church working at music theory.
         In the last few weeks groups have sung away in a different sense.
We joined choirs from the area at the service in Cirencester Parish Church
at which all the newly appointed church wardens were welcomed to their
posts by the Archdeacon and we were delighted to support our own Church
Warden, Christine Vagnolini, at this inspiring service. The music chosen was
not too complex, but it was a very pleasant surprise at the afternoon
rehearsal to discover that we were to sing Bruckner’s beautiful motet ‘Locus
Iste’ as an Introit. The basses were also grateful that all three verses of
‘Guide me, O thou great Redeemer’ were in harmony and in the same hymn
the St Lawrence front row made the conductor look up, with fear in his eyes,
when they sang ‘Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction’ with such expressive
         Our next away-day was in Gloucester where we combined with
choirs from across the diocese for the RSCM Festival. Those who travelled
in the Lechlade minibus were joined by two former Head Choristers at the
cathedral, so St Lawrence was very well represented. In fact in the Order of
Service we were put down as St Andrew’s, Lechlade – does this mean we
can have another Patronal Festival and all the music that goes with it? The
day started with a rehearsal in the Chapter House taken by the Assistant
Organist and after a lunch break the Organist and Choirmaster made sure
we were up to the standard of his Cathedral Choir, which was there to give
us a great lead. The music for this service was much more challenging, but
we were well prepared, having rehearsed it at home and also at a rehearsal

away at Kempsford. We discovered that the Boyce Jubilate was indeed joyful,
if it was sung ‘Allegro’, the responses were those which we regularly sing at
Evensong, the Shephard setting of the Mag and Nunc became more
enjoyable the better we sang and that there was plenty of time to catch a
breath in ‘Hear my words, ye people’ by Parry, because the Cathedral Choir
sang the semi-chorus, which gave us the chance to hear professional singers
at work. The address explained what an important part a choir and music
played in church worship and, before the final hymn, awards were made to
those in the diocese who had passed their Bishop’s and Dean’s
examinations. It was tremendous to be there and to see Georgia receiving
her Bishop’s Award and Abigail her Dean’s Award. Unfortunately Holly was
unwell, so was unable to be given her Dean’s Award.
          The following Saturday we forayed forth to Cirencester again, but
this time to join Cirencester Choral Society for a Vivaldi workshop run by
Ralph Allwood. Choral societies are not renowned for their low average age,
but our very youthful (in part) group was made extremely welcome – it
probably helped that the chairman had heard two of our senior choristers
sing solos in Fairford Church and therefore knew the standard to expect from
our choir members. The two Vivaldi works studied were his Gloria and
Magnificat. The former was known by all, the latter by none, so we all learnt
something. The afternoon rehearsal was a sandwich – tea and cake in the
middle. Evening Prayer in the church gave us time for further sustenance
and then we gave an informal performance, which was very well received
by our audience. It was a wonderful experience to sing such marvellous
music in such a beautiful setting with so many enthusiastic singers. In fact
if the basses had accepted the very kind invitation of the altos to join them
for a refreshing cup of tea in the genteel surroundings of the Fleece Hotel,
it would have been a perfect day!
          The choir is very well aware that its most important singing takes
place on Friday evenings and twice on Sundays, but these other
opportunities give experiences of new music and new ideas, which can only
improve what is offered at the church each week. None of this would be
possible without the commitment and expertise of our organists, Anne and
Diana, and, overseeing all our endeavours, our dedicated and inspirational
Choir Director, Rachel.
                           Musings from the Back Row

Daniel de Iongh plays Chopin and Rachmaninov in St Lawrence Church on
Thursday 15 August at 6:30 for 7:00pm. Proceeds to Choir funds. Further
details from Peter de Iongh on 252266.

A Delicate Truth by John le Carré (Viking)
The story is told by Tony Bell, a recent member of the Secret Service, and
concerns a counter-terror operation code-named Wildlife being mounted in
Gibraltar – so secret that Tony is kept out of the loop. The operation is a
failure but Tony has suspected a dangerous conspiracy. He is posted
overseas for three years but on his return he has to decide whether his duty
lies to his conscience or to the service. To quote: ‘If the only thing necessary
for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ how can he keep silent?

This Boy – A Memoir of a Childhood by Alan Johnson (Bantam)
This book tells the story of two incredible women – Alan’s mother, Lily, who
battled against ill health and extreme poverty, and his sister, Linda, who
assumed parental responsibility to keep her brother out of care. We follow
the two through living in condemned housing, frequently being hungry, and
experiencing race riots. Linda took all the jobs she could get after Lily’s death;
meanwhile Alan became a musician playing electric guitar and vocals for
various rock groups. Music and football (QPR) were his life until eventually
he became a husband, father and postman while still a teenager. It’s a very
moving story and, of course, we know how it progressed to Alan becoming
the Labour MP for Hull West and filling various Cabinet positions under both
Blair and Brown. An amazing story!

Dear Lumpy by Roger and Louise Mortimer (Constable)
Some time ago I read and enjoyed the book Dear Lupin, based on letters
from Roger Mortimer to his son. Lupin had been far from satisfactory, going
from job to job, country to country, never settling, and his father’s letters were
admonitory, full of advice, but always affectionate and amusing. This book
covers the letters sent to Louise, Lupin’s sister, always called Lumpy. It is a
lovely book – affectionate, funny, covering the period from boarding school
to Louise’s marriage to Henry – called by father HHH (Hot Hands Henry). It
is a perfect example of the art of letter writing and of the affection between
a father and his daughter. I loved it.

Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant (Mulholland Books)
A very apposite title. I couldn’t put it down and, once read, I kept going over
the dénouement in my mind. It is the tale of Gaby Mortimer, an early morning
TV presenter, who finds a body on the common near her home. We follow
the turns and twists of the police investigation and a lot of the evidence keeps
leading back to her. This is an unpredictable, twisty story and – again I quote
– ‘Assume nothing, believe no one, check everything.’

In the last issue I reviewed a book called An English Affair about the Profumo
scandal and Stephen Ward. I have now read that there is to be a musical
called Stephen Ward with music by Lloyd Webber opening at the Aldwych
Theatre. Interesting!

The new Lechlade Community Fund is open for business
Over the past year the generous monthly donations of about 30 Lechlade
residents and businesses have built up a new Community Fund of several
thousand pounds now available to help support initiatives which will benefit
the people of Lechlade.
         Our first donation was to assist in opening the Community Library
and the second towards new stage curtains to help the work of the Memorial
Hall. The trustees (of the Lechlade Heritage and Development Trust, which
is the legal charitable vehicle) are now anxious to receive more proposals,
especially for projects which are new ideas and ventures needing a helping
hand to get them off the ground. If our donation would help to get matched
funding from elsewhere, that would be doubly welcome.
         A simple application form will get things going. Contact Richard Bell
(, Alan Hoaksey ( or Keith
Salway (

Lechlade craft and gift fairs are continuing to prove popular with both
stallholders and locals. A huge variety of items are available from shabby
chic homeware and hand-knitted items to sweetie cakes! Each event also
has a pop-up cafe serving light refreshments. A new addition is my 5-year-old
son’s ‘colouring corner’ in which he has a variety of colouring pads and plain
paper along with crayons – perfect to amuse the little ones whilst you browse
some fantastic stalls.
         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 fairs are held at Lechlade Memorial
Hall and run from 2:00 to 5:00pm:
               31 August in aid of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
                28 September in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance
         Interested in booking a stall or want to nominate a cause to support?
Please email me on
                               Hayley Schofield

PROFILE – Hayley Schofield
Many of you will be aware of the Craft Fairs that have started in the New
Memorial Hall this year. Indeed, like me, you may have visited and been
tempted to spend money! They are the brainchild of Hayley Schofield who
has lived in Lechlade for thirteen years.
          Hayley was born in Swindon but moved to Somerset and then back
to Swindon with her father’s job. She moved to Lechlade because she
thought that a small community would be a better place to bring up children.
She used to work in customer service but is now a full-time mum to her three
children. Her eldest son is at Farmor’s and the younger two go to St
Lawrence. Hayley also has her younger sister living with her as their mum
died from cancer a few years ago. We must not forget Hayley’s husband,
Calvin, who comes from Wigan originally but has lived in Lechlade longer
than her.
          Back to the Craft Fairs. They were started in February of this year,
prompted by stallholders who supported Little Learners events that Hayley
was organising. They were looking for more regular opportunities to sell their
wares in Lechlade and Hayley was keen to start something new for local
people. Her idea is to offer a variety of stalls so that local people, especially
those who cannot easily travel outside the town, can buy a wider range of
interesting things. She is also hoping to attract an ever increasing range of
local stallholders. The table fees cover the costs and stallholders donate
raffle prizes. The proceeds from this go to a different charity each month.
Hayley has chosen some of the charities but she would love nominations
from local people. The next fair is on 27 July and the charity is Winston’s
Wish. This is a charity very close to Hayley’s heart as it supports bereaved
children and has been very helpful for her younger sister. The following fair,
on 31 August, is in aid of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Not to be left out,
Hayley’s husband has completed a food hygiene course so that he can sell
refreshments at the fairs.
          Little Learners also benefits from Hayley’s community spirit as she
is in her third year on the committee and is now chairperson. She is
responsible for a wide range of issues from staffing to fundraising. She has
two main aims. One is to continue to strengthen the already good links with
the school. Miss Morris, the head at St Lawrence, is very keen to support
this and children at Little Learners who are about to start at ‘big school’
experience a number of short visits, like playtime and lunchtime, as well as
more formal classroom experience. The second aim is to fundraise to update
the pre-school outdoor play area.
          In addition, Hayley has taken a belt and braces approach to
pre-school–school co-operation by joining the FOSLS (Friends of St
Lawrence School) committee. She is promoting closer ties by encouraging
each group to have a presence at each other’s events.

Although Hayley does not have a paid job, it is clear that she is extremely
busy with all her community activities. She prefers it this way as she can fit
her commitments around caring for her children.
          I mentioned that Hayley’s mum died from cancer and for the last
three years Hayley has taken part in the Race for Life at Lydiard Park. For
the first time this year Hayley was delighted that her younger sister was able
to join her.
          Hayley is one of those community-minded people who seem to thrive
in Lechlade. And aren’t we, as a community, fantastically lucky to be able to
benefit from people like her? Let’s hope that the Craft Fairs grow to be a
great success and solve all our Christmas present needs for years to come!

This summer, we have shown the big box office films Les Misérables and
Lincoln. Both films were excellent and were greatly enjoyed by large
audiences. Our film for September, which will be shown on Sunday 15
September, has not yet been confirmed but it is likely to be The Great Gatsby,
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. Please
check posters on town noticeboards and in the Community Library nearer
the date.
          With a 5 metre wide screen and an all-round sound system, the
Memorial Hall has excellent facilities for showing films. Please do join us and
see films as they were intended to be seen, on a big screen with a large
audience. Films are always shown on the third Sunday of the month. Films
start at 7:30pm with doors opening at 7:00pm. Refreshments including wine,
soft drinks, tea and coffee are available. Tickets cost £3.00 and seats can
be reserved by phoning 01367 253633. All proceeds go to local community
                                 Simon Paul

It’s been a busy summer term here at Little Learners with lots of activities
both at the pre-school and out and about including: sports day, weekly visits
to the community library and a fun day out to a working fire station and on
to Kidz About for some soft play fun. It’s also time for us to say goodbye to
our older children who will be making the exciting journey on to ‘big school’.
Those moving on to St Lawrence have regularly been in for playtimes and
stories with the new teachers so that the children are aware of what
September brings.
          Our AGM was in May. This saw some change to the committee
line-up and Nathalie taking over as the head fundraiser. She is full of lots of
amazing ideas to help us raise much needed funds, so keep a look out for
requests for help or donations over the next year. Our next big fundraiser
will be in November (date to be confirmed) with a festive mini market and
auction of promises. If you have something suitable to donate please do not
hesitate to get in touch on our new committee email:
          Some sad news is that Carol Keogh, our current pre-school
supervisor, has decided now is the time to move on and face some exciting
challenges in her career. We all at Little Learners would like to wish Carol
the best in her new job and to thank her for the many years she spent within
the Little Learners team.
          We have also made the exciting decision to open up for more
afternoon sessions due to popular demand and will now be open for five
morning sessions and five afternoon sessions. For more information please
contact our administrator Anne Thomas on 01367 250278.
          The holidays are upon us and I have included a fun crafting activity
to keep your little ones amused!

Make your own ladybird/bee pencil topper
You will need:
For the ladybird:           For the bee:
Large red pompom            Large yellow pompom
Medium black pompom         Medium black pompom
Small black pompoms         White felt
Black pipe cleaner          Black pipe cleaner
Wiggly eyes                 Wiggly eyes
Glue                        Glue

For the Ladybird: Wrap the pipe cleaner once around the red pompom.
Twist together underneath and then twist the ends into a spiral. This will hold
your bug on to your pencil. Glue the largest black pompom on to the front

as the head. Stick on the small pompoms as the ladybug’s spots. Finish off
with two wiggly eyes.
For the Bee: Wrap the pipe cleaner around the yellow pompom. Twist
together underneath and then twist the ends into a spiral. This will hold your
bee on to your pencil. Glue the black pompom on to the front as the head.
Cut out two wings from the felt and glue them to the bee's back. Finish off
with two wiggly eyes.
                      Hayley Schofield – Chairperson

We will reconvene in September after our summer break. The main works
we will be singing are Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Vaughan Williams’
Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Key dates:

Wednesday 11 September: rehearsals start, 7:30–9:30pm (location:
Fairford United Church, Milton Street, Fairford, GL7 4BW)
Saturday 26 October: Vocal intonation workshop with Lotti Newstead,
focusing on the term’s pieces. 10:00am–4:30pm. £15 per person.
Sunday 17 November: afternoon rehearsal in St Mary’s Church, 2:00–
Sunday 1 December: Concert in St Mary’s Church (rehearsal 2:00–5:30pm;
evening concert start time to be confirmed)

New and returning members warmly welcomed – see website for more details or contact John (Musical
Director) or Jane (Membership Secretary) on 01285 713681.

Christian concern for families worldwide
In June our deanery quiet morning was held at Coln St Aldwyns Church and
was led by our dear friend Rev. Jean Brown. We had a short time of worship
and then reflected on the Bible passages whilst we walked in the churchyard,
the beautiful vicarage garden overlooking the Coln valley and the different
stations in the church that Jean had set up. What a warm welcome we had
at the vicarage! We were so thankful to Ros and Rev. Craig Bishop for letting
us use their home for early morning coffee as it was so chilly outside and
later for lunch outside in the glorious sunshine.
          Many of us went to Bath for the MU AGM where we gathered in the
Forum with hundreds of other members from the UK and worldwide to hear
about what the MU has been involved with in the last year and to listen to
speakers to inspire us in our work as Christians helping families all over the
world, including the amusing Adrian Plass, Christian author and speaker.
Those who didn’t go met for our normal monthly meeting in the hall, kindly
led by Maureen Baxter.
          In July we gathered with the deanery at the Watermoor Community
Centre for our annual cream tea. Sadly, it was chilly so we had to be inside
rather than in the parsonage garden as planned, but it was good to meet up
with members from Tetbury, Cirencester and the Ampneys. Some of our
members stayed in Lechlade to run Little Lights.
          Over 20 of our members had a trip out to Wyck Rissington where
we had a guided tour of St Laurence Church with good examples of church
window architecture in particular. This was the church where Gustav Holst
was the organist and choirmaster when he was 17 years old. It is well worth
a visit as Wyck Rissington is a glorious Cotswold village. We then went into
Stone House Garden by kind invitation of Katie Lucas, garden designer,
where we saw a wonderful array of paths, borders, roses and flowers with
tea and cake on the patio.

Diary Dates
Friday 9 August: Mary Sumner Day diocesan picnic in Stow with short church
service at 3:30pm. Please let Kathy or Sylvia know if you want to go for the
whole day or just the afternoon.
Wednesday 14 August: Garden meeting at Heather Freeth’s, 5 Chancel
Way. She has plenty of seats so not many garden chairs needed, thanks.
Bring one wedding photo to share with everyone of a wedding you have
Wednesday 11 September: Fruits and Foods of the Bible. Find a Bible text
that includes food and bring an example to put on the bring and buy stall to
raise money for families in need.

Little Lights
It has been a great pleasure to run pram services and toddler play twice a
month. We love meeting young mums, dads, grandparents, carers and of
course babies and pre-school children. Thank you to all the helpers and to
Kate and Andrew for holding the last session before our summer break with
lunch in the vicarage garden. They kindly invited all the Little Lights, baptism
families and friends with pre-school children!
         Kathy and Pat, parenting facilitators, have just finished running a
7-week parenting course for 0–6 years. Thank you to those parents who
came along. We do hope they found the time useful! Another is planned for
the spring if we get eight parents to sign up.
         There will be no Little Lights in August. On Sunday 1st September
at our short family service at 10:00am those Little Lights who are leaving to
start school will be presented with a gift by the head teacher of St Lawrence,
Nicola Morris. Please could all Little Lights families come along that day to
meet her.
         Wednesday 4 September: Little Lights picnic and walk. 12:15pm.
Meet in Buscot village car park (if wet, Buscot village hall). Let us know if
you need a lift. Kathy 252543 or Sylvia 252477.
         18 September: Little Lights starts back in church on the first and
third Wednesdays of the month in school term time at 1:45pm. Please bring
your friends.
                                    H Freeth

The 8th Lechlade Gardening Club Flower and Produce Show will be held at
Lechlade Memorial Hall on Saturday 7 September. The show is open to the
public and it is hoped that this event will be even better than last year.
Schedules are available from Lechlade Newsagents or Moore Allen estate
agents in Lechlade. Schedules are also available on the Internet. Open the
Lechlade Gardening Club website and
you will see full details.
         We hope that mums and dads encourage their children to enter the
various sections as well as doing so themselves. Don’t forget the Allcourt
Meadow Trust Cup for the best photograph, taken by a child under 16 years,
of the area around Allcourt, Lechlade. Men need to start practising their cake
making as there is a special section. There is always rivalry. Ladies, you
have many areas to show off your talents as usual but don’t forget to look
at the schedule regarding required flower arrangements and crafts. Lastly,
for the budding photographers there are set criteria and a set number of
         Let’s hope the weather we are now receiving will produce a bumper
crop and entries. See you there.
                                Tim Yeoman

‘There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even
its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.’
(Alfred Austin)
         I believe, when last I reported on my condition, I was cold and wet.
My last comment was that, ‘One day of sun does not a summer make’ and
how right was I. Plants in the ground thought they were in for a bonus time
of good weather but it soon turned cold and wet. The nature reserve next to
my plot had risen so high it dislodged a footbridge.
         As I report my condition this time it is hot and dry, so dry that my soil
has started to look like a dust bowl and despite my owner’s attempts to water
on a regular basis, back-breaking work at the best of times, it does not seem
to make very much impression. We gardens and allotments want rain and
plenty of it.
         Despite the protestations above, many of the plants on my allotment
aren’t looking bad. In fact my Early Potatoes have been producing some
reasonable size tubers but they are already starting to suffer some blight.
Hope it’s not catching. Early Peas and Broad Beans have been picked and
main crops are beginning to develop. The Onions are swollen together with
the Shallots and will soon be coming out to dry. The Garlic is really good this
year but the hardneck has done better than the softneck Garlic.
         The Sweet Peas, grown for my allotment, never made it here but
were snaffled by his wife for the house garden. Oh well, all is equal in love
and war.
         Today has seen Celeriac and Leeks planted and more main crop
Peas and Broad Beans are getting ready in their individual cells to be planted
in any spare ground together with Climbing French Beans.
         There have been some casualties to date. The Carrots have been
sown twice so far, as have the Parsnips, with the rows looking like crochet,
holes all over the place. Even the Climbing French Beans rotted on the first
         Why do people want allotments – peace and quiet, plenty of
exercise, good food when it matures and the chance to dig up the odd newt
or toad when foraging for the first digging of potatoes? Who wants to go to
a supermarket and get it neatly washed and wrapped? More next time.
                             Your friendly allotment

Summer at Whelford Pools and Roundhouse Lake
I wouldn’t want to be a fish at Whelford Pools nature reserve at the moment.
A visit there in the searing heat was enlivened first of all by the sight of a
kingfisher (which sat obligingly on a branch near the hide and dived into the
water every now and then for fish fry) and also by the many herons and
cormorants respectively stalking and drying their wings on the exposed
gravel islands. Another piscivore (fish eater) in the form of a common tern
whirled over the water as if in training for the air tattoo, and swooped low
over the lake to dip its beak into the water for the (one has to assume)
nervously expectant fish.
     At Roundhouse Lake, the terns were wildly wheeling around the two
new tern rafts, and about twenty of them were clustered around one of the
rafts, upon which at least six large chicks were visible.
     There was also plenty of other evidence of successful breeding seasons
for the denizens of the lake. Walking around the shore, it was unnerving to
see the ground itself moving. On closer inspection, it turned out to be
hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tiny frogs, hopping through the jungle of
short grass and trying desperately to avoid being squashed by the large
steel-toecapped boots of a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust employee. A further
hundred metres round the lake, and there were still hundreds of frogs all
over the place. I don’t know what percentage of these froglets will reach
adulthood, but even if it’s only about 1 per cent, that will still be a lot of frogs,
and the benefits from the unlucky majority to the next tier of the food chain
will have been significant!
         On the lake edge itself, the marginal plants were almost obscured
by the bright blue bodies of hundreds of common blue damselflies, which
billowed up in colourful clouds at my approach. Every now and then a buzzing
clatter of wingbeats heralded the approach of a larger dragonfly, in this case
powder-blue black-tailed skimmers. A striking male reed bunting struck a
pose in the reed bed at the back of the lake, and the distinctive song of its
relative the yellowhammer struggled to make itself heard over the garrulous
din of the terns. The only creatures that didn’t delight were the horseflies,
which, when you start to sweat, are quick to introduce themselves. But then
again, nature hasn’t been put there for human pleasure – it’s just lucky for
us that it brings so much of it.
                 Will Masefield – Cotswold Community Wildlife Officer

Visit to Buscot Park gardens
Three ladies regularly come from their home in Stow-on-the-Wold to
Lechlade Gardening Club and they were not disappointed with July’s meeting
which was a tour of the Buscot Park grounds. Head gardener Peter Auger
guided the group on a perfect summer evening. It was hot and still and Peter
explained that due to the cold late spring the garden had never looked as
good as the April/May flowers were still in bloom along with the summer
roses, delphiniums and more.
         Peter explained that the grounds had been divided into themed
gardens – a water garden, the Egyptian garden, a four seasons walled
garden and many more – and he encouraged the group to pay special
attention to how plants had been grouped to achieve the design elements
in each garden. The large greenhouse has the second oldest grapevine in
the country. It was a cutting from the vine in Hampton Court in 1789 and had
an impressive crop of grapes which will be harvested in the late summer.
The present Lord Faringdon has installed many interesting and creative
features including a stainless steel waterfall and a replica Chinese terracotta
army. It was an inspirational and exciting event.
         Lechlade Gardening Club meets every second Wednesday in the
month at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall. Flower Arranging is the topic of the
meeting on Wednesday 11 September and members should bring their own
flowers to be arranged. New members are always welcome and members
benefit from 10% off seeds and plants at Burford Garden Centre and 50%
off seeds with Thompson & Morgan.
         Don’t forget the 8th Lechlade Flower and Produce Show which will
be held on Saturday 7 September in the Memorial Hall. Schedules are
available from Lechlade Newsagents and Moore Allen estate agents in
Lechlade. Details are also on the website
                                 Tim Yeoman

Are you a student under 25 years of age living in Lechlade and about to go
into Vocational Training or entering College or University? If so did you know
that you can apply for a small grant towards books or materials needed for
every year of your course from The Lechlade Education Foundation Charity?
        To apply for a grant please write to the Trustees c/o Mrs M Baxter,
Bridge Cottage, Downington, Lechlade, GL7 3DL or email (including your
address) to by 1st October and your request will
be put before the trustees meeting in October.

Well done Andy Murray – a magnificent win and with all the pressure of the
media and the public wanting him to win Wimbledon and become the first
British Men’s Champion since Fred Perry 77 years ago. The last British
Ladies’ Champion was Virginia Wade in 1977. Hopefully this will help inspire
young people to take up tennis and follow in his footsteps.
          The weather this month has certainly improved and so there has
been plenty of tennis both matches and social tennis. The Men’s A team is
currently lying 4th, the B team 3rd, the C team 3rd and the Ladies are 6th
so a little work to be done there!
          The intra-club tournament is progressing with the finals day to be
held on Sunday 8 September. James Gale has been running some Play
Tennis sessions on Saturday mornings from 10:00am until 12 noon and
these have been enjoyed by everyone.
          Our next fundraising event is the Quiz on Saturday 21 September.
Tickets will be available soon but can be reserved by phoning Maureen
250321 or Gay 252091.
          Social tennis continues on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings
at 9:30am and on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm and Thursday evenings at
6:30pm. Please contact Mark Thomas on 07795 517553 for details of
coaching for both adults and juniors. Mark also offers a re-stringing service.
There is ladies’ coaching on a Wednesday from 9:30am until 11:00am.
          If you are new to tennis or returning after a break, do please come
and join in, you would be most welcome. The club has a good mix of
competitive and social tennis as well as social and fundraising events. For
details about the club please phone Maureen Cliff (250321) or visit the
website at
                                   Gay Oliver

Friday the 13th of September at noon, defying convention, is firmly a day for
good news because Esther Cavett, that very talented pianist, is coming back
to us, this time with Alison Moncrieff-Kelly, cello, to give us a Serenade and
Sandwiches with some splendid music by Beethoven and Shostakovich.
You know the drill: an hour of fine music from noon; light refreshments and
wine add to everyone’s enjoyment then we seek your donations for the
restoration fund. A real feast. Please come and invite your friends too.
                   For the Appeal Committee, Keith Salway

I wonder whether any of you have ever sent off for some of the plug plant
collections that Thompson and Morgan sell? I’m on their mailing list so they
send me enticing offers that I can’t seem to resist and the latest one has just
popped through my letter box, literally just arrived. It comprises 36 tiny little
plug plants: echinacea, lavender, poppies, geum, gaillardia and silene. They
are all in excellent condition and just need potting on. The offer was 1 penny,
yes that’s right, 1 penny. Postage was expensive at £6.90, but even so 36
plants for £6.91 works out at just over 19 pence a plant and these are all
perennials so that’s not bad. I have had one of these collections before and
they cut out all the hassle with germinating and pricking out seeds so if you
have a greenhouse and a little time you may like to consider them as a way
of broadening and enlarging your flower garden.
          August can be a very unforgiving month. Val Bourne echoes my own
feelings entirely when she says that it is a lacklustre month – a month when
it is often dry, the light is very harsh so plants don’t look their best, and any
mistakes show up, i.e. big gaps where nothing is in flower, or bad planting
combinations. She advises two notebooks; one you must always have in
your handbag (not sure where the men are going to keep theirs). I have one
with a floral cover which I know is for any garden related memos. It comes
with me everywhere so that on garden visits or lectures, friends’ gardens or
chance conversations I can just jot down a name or a detail. The other she
suggests is a larger book for your own garden. Divide your garden up into
areas and give the areas names so that you know which area you are talking
about. I have the South and North borders, the Urn garden, the Gravel
garden, etc. Take a double-page spread for each area of the garden and
get into the habit of recording your thoughts about each section using the
left-hand page for what works and the right-hand page for problems and jobs
to do such as dividing, moving, adding to, etc. I have not got a book like this
but I am going to start one immediately. In addition I have a gardening diary
which I think is invaluable. In it I record exactly when I do a particular job,
what the weather is like, and anything else that I think is interesting. So I
think that you should have two notebooks and one diary.
          Over five years ago a very dear gardening friend went on holiday to
Turkey and came back with some Turkish gourd seeds and he gave me
some. Sadly he died very suddenly and tragically. The seeds have sat in my
seed box at the bottom of the fridge in an envelope labelled Julian's Turkish
Gourd Seeds and for one reason or another I had never got around to
planting them until this season when I thought, ‘Either plant them, or throw
them out.’ Imagine my surprise when they ALL germinated. Isn’t nature
wonderful... I now have six gourd plants growing and I have no idea at all
what they are going to be like, nor whether they are edible or ornamental. I

shall let you know and hopefully next year I will have Julian’s Turkish Gourd
Seeds to give away.
          A couple of reminders. Your lavender should be trimmed in August,
and to help me remember I always tell myself it should be done on August
Bank Holiday. If you did not cut your wisteria back in July do it in August.
Cut back the long whippy growth to five or six buds. There is a very clear
short video clip on the RHS website which is very helpful. Just put ‘pruning
wisteria’ in the search box.
          And finally the second half of September is the best time to plant
clematis. Everyone should grow plenty as they take up so little space – they
just scramble over other things and extend the season on shrubs that have
finished flowering. Just remember don’t plant a clematis over a shrub such
as weigela which needs pruning after it has flowered. I have learnt the hard
way and I have, of course, planted a clematis over a weigela. The bush is
almost impossible to prune because the clematis is entwined all over and
through it – very difficult. Anything that doesn’t need pruning or that you
prune in the winter or early in the season is fine as the clematis won’t have
grown enough to be any trouble.
          Did You Know . . ? Lupins were the original green manure. The
Incas used them over 2,000 years ago to protect and enrich the soil and to
prevent soil erosion.

As some of you may be aware, we were lucky enough to be able to buy a
set of hand bells at the end of last year. This had been an ambition of ours
for some time. The tower bells at St Lawrence are very heavy and children
who are keen to learn to ring often cannot progress because they cannot
handle them unaided. This is, of course, very discouraging. In addition, it is
clearly not possible to take the church bells out to local groups so that people
can have a go to see if they would like to learn. I have written in these pages
before about our desperate need to recruit new ringers and a set of hand
bells was on our wish list to support recruitment and the retention of younger
          However, having bought the hand bells we did not have the funds
to cover the cost of purchase or refurbishment. I am delighted to be able to
tell you that through the generosity of local organisations and business and
our own efforts, the funds have been raised. We would like to thank The
Bridge and Moore Allen & Innocent for their contributions towards the cost
of the bells and Lechlade Lions for funds to pay for refurbishment. The hand
bells have already been adjusted so that we can start using them and we
hope to have them completely restored in the coming months.


Thursday    1st      MEN ALOUD OUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Tuesday     6th      U3A Visit to Lea Wood
                     WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm Lost Places of Cirencester
Wednesday 7th        MEN ALOUD OUT Aunt Sally Evening Trout Inn 7:30pm
Sunday        11th CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY FUN DAY Playing Field 1:00–4:00pm
Wednesday 14th MOTHERS’ UNION Garden meeting
                     GARDENING CLUB Evening visit to Aston Pottery garden
Thursday      15th COMMUNITY LIBRARY Creepy House event 10:30am
                     LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm
                     EVENING OF WINE AND MUSIC St Lawrence Church 6:30pm in
                     aid of Choir funds
Saturday      17th COMMUNITY LIBRARY Read to a Dog 11:00am
                     THEATREGOERS The Witches of Eastwick at Newbury
Wednesday 21st COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
Thursday      22nd COMMUNITY LIBRARY Creepy House Treasure Hunt 10:30am
Thurs 22nd – Mon 26th TWINNING ASSOCIATION Visit to La Chapelle des Fougeretz
Friday        23rd FAIRFORD HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS Fairford Community
                     Centre 8:00pm Story Supper Evening
Sat 24th – Wed 28th ART SOCIETY ANNUAL EXHIBITION Memorial Hall
                     10:00am–6:00pm (Wed 28th 10:00am–4:00pm)
Monday        26th Summer Bank Holiday
Tues 27th – Fri 30th PYRAMID ROCK Holiday Club St Lawrence Church 9:15am–12noon
Saturday      31st CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Memorial Hall 2:00pm

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

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          SEPTEMBER 2013
          Tuesday       3rd    U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm The Tewkesbury Benedictines
                               WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm India and Nepal
          Thursday      5th    MEN ALOUD OUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Friday        6th    RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH Trout Inn 7:30pm
          Saturday      7th    FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW Memorial Hall 2:00pm
                               SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Pavilion 2:00pm
          Sunday        8th    FAIRFORD HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS 2:00pm Open garden
                               in Quenington
          Tuesday       10th U3A Visit to London
                               TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Wednesday 11th COFFEE STOP St Lawrence Church 8:45–10:00am
                               MOTHERS’ UNION Clarke & Pierce Room 2:00pm Fruits and Food
                               of the Bible
                               GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm Flower
          Friday        13th SERENADE AND SANDWICHES St Lawrence Church 12 noon
                               Piano and Cello recital
                               RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Saturday      14th GLOUCESTERSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST Ride and Stride
                               INNER : ACTION Baptist Church 12:00 noon–4:30pm (last entry)
          Sat 14th and Sun 15th VALE OF WHITE HORSE GLIDING CENTRE Open Weekend
          Sunday        15th COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
          Monday        16th HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm The Arms and Armour
                               of a Medieval Knight
          Tuesday       17th ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:00pm
          Wednesday 18th COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
          Saturday      21st TENNIS CLUB Quiz Memorial Hall 7:30pm
          Wednesday 25th THEATREGOERS The Private Ear-the Public Eye at Malvern
          Friday        27th MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall Cheese and Wine evening
                               RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Saturday      28th CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Memorial Hall 2:00pm

nisers about summer closures
  10:30am–3:00pm Memorial Hall
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   7:00pm Clarke & Pierce Room
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nts in the Town Diary which is kept in Lechlade Library

Anthony Gabriel (Gabe) Forde was born on 12 October 1934 in Ireland
and moved to Britain in 1957 to work with his brother in a lorry business. He
met his wife Esme three years later whilst driving through Lechlade. Together
they had three children and six grandchildren. Gabe was a devoted Man Utd
fan to the end and he died peacefully in the Great Western Hospital on 23
June 2013, aged 78. Hs funeral was held at St Lawrence Church on 5 July.

Eileen Tomlinson, late of Gales Court, Lechlade died on 13 June 2013,
aged 93 years. She had lived in Lechlade for about 30 years.

We welcome:
         2 June           Mia Mildenhall
         13 July          Misty Kellett

We remember:
         5 July           Anthony Forde

We remember also:         Eileen Tomlinson

Find out if gliding with the birds is for you
The Vale of White Horse Gliding Centre is holding an open weekend on 14
and 15 September. You can find out more about the most friendly and
affordable way to fly, and there will be the opportunity to take a trial lesson
experience at special prices and find out how a glider can fly for hours and
travel hundreds of miles using just the energy in the air.
         There will be some vintage aircraft as well as gliders on display, also
refreshments and BBQ. Members will be pleased to answer your questions
about this challenging but safe air sport.
         Open from 10:30am to 4:00pm at Sandhill Farm Airfield, Highworth
Road (B4000), Shrivenham. Enquiries: Peter Berridge 01367 252706

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

August 12th          In loving memory of Florence (Babs) Smart.
August 26th          In memory of Gordon Kent.
September 11th       In memory of William Henry Taylor.
September 18th       Remembering 1948.
September 28th       21 years ago – Caroline.
September 30th       In our thoughts today Florence (Babs) Smart.

In addition a donation was made in June:

June 14th             To commemorate the 58th Wedding Anniversary of
                      John and Marjorie Barstow and the birthday of their late
                      grandson Lawrence.

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 floodlighting diary which is at the back of the church. The names
and events will be published in The Bridge for the appropriate months.
          The PCC has suggested that a minimum donation of £10.00 would
be appropriate and, if you are a taxpayer, you could consider gift-aiding your
contribution. Gift-aid envelopes may be found at the back of the church and
all donations should be placed in the wall-safe or barrel.
                                    Jan Taylor

How many churches can you visit in a day?
Have fun with family and friends by cycling, walking or horse riding to as
many local churches as you can in a day. Get sponsored per church. Half
of all money raised goes to a church of your choice and the rest to the
Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust. This event takes place on Saturday
14 September. Details and sponsorship forms from David Benson, 01367

One of the greatest concerns in the contemporary British Church is the lack
of children and young people in local churches and the aging profile of
membership. This isn’t unique to any particular area or tradition, it is across
the board. There is no use in sticking our ecclesiastical heads in the sand
and ignoring the issue, hoping it will go away. There is no use harking back
to some golden era of packed Sunday schools and vibrant youth clubs. Our
society has changed hugely in the past generation or so, and we need to
reassess the cultural landscape and think what our mission is to children
and young people in Lechlade. So I would like to spend a few moments
outlining to readers of The Bridge what is going on.
          Sundays are no longer a day of rest for the vast majority of people.
There are so many other alternatives to coming to church on a Sunday
morning – a family day out, shopping, sports clubs, etc. That is a reality we
need to face. It means that the majority of ministry to children and young
people happens outside of a Sunday service context. In schools we have
lunchtime and after-school clubs, as well as events focussing around
seasonal events of Easter, Pentecost and Christmas. Chris Saunders (youth
worker with the South Cotswolds Team Ministry) does a sterling job at
Farmor’s School on just these sorts of events. He also leads a Christian
youth club called Thirst in Quenington. Again, not visible to Sunday
worshippers! Many children will also attend camps, missions and holiday
clubs during their vacations.
          Here in Lechlade we are running a holiday club called Pyramid Rock
from 27 to 30 August in partnership with our friends in the Baptist Church.
It is based upon the life of Joseph in the Old Testament and produced by
Scripture Union, who have such a wonderful history of reaching out to young
people with the Christian message. SU’s national director is Tim Hastie-
Smith, who also looks after our neighbouring parish in Kempsford – a busy
man! The churches within the South Cotswolds Team Ministry are putting
the finishing touches to a bold initiative, in partnership with SU, of establishing
an ecumenical trust to co-ordinate and manage having young people living
and working in the area for a year and being involved with youth and
children’s ministry. We have two full-time and one part-time intern starting
in September 2013, living in Coln St Aldwyns. They will be funded by
charitable contributions and by the local churches involved. Their main area
of involvement will be with the eight Church of England primary schools, but
they will also be involved with youth services, church fun days, town youth
clubs and a whole host of other things. Again, many will not see the benefit
of this significant departure, as it will not necessarily result in more young
people in the pews, but it is sowing seeds of faith in the lives of hundreds of
young people committed to our care in the parish system.

Sundays are not, however, a child-free zone by any stretch of the imagination
at St Lawrence. As well as the committed youngsters in the choir, we also
have a range of groups from the crèche to The Grid for 11–14s and a teenage
discussion group for those from 16 to early 20s, rebranded as The Forum.
The second Sunday of each month is our Together at Ten service, which
aims to be a more informal service with an all-age feel to it. Recent services
have included members from our Little Lights pre-school service which meets
fortnightly in the church under the auspices of Kathy Newton and the
Mothers’ Union. It has been lovely to see the children being part of a wider
church family. They also seemed to enjoy the paddling pool set up in the
vicarage garden as part of the Little Lights picnic. Richard Dryer, an ordinand
(minister-in-training) on placement in Lechlade from Wycliffe Hall in Oxford,
manfully saw to the inflation and filling of the pool on a blisteringly hot day
– a great part of training to be a vicar!
         As a church family we need continually to seek new and innovative
ways of reaching out to children and young people, who have very little
experience of, or background in, the Christian Church. Gone are the days
when everything only seemed to happen on a Sunday. There are exciting
new patterns of ministry emerging, which may be disconcerting and alien to
some, but together with other local Christians we are committed to reaching
out to the next generation with the amazing and transforming love of Christ.
                              Andrew Cinnamond

The club enjoyed a very successful season, despite not quite capturing top
honours. The first team finished 3rd in Division 1 of the Cirencester & District
League, and the Reserves were 7th in Division 2.
         The club reached the finals of both the Gloucestershire FA Challenge
Cup and the CIA Arthur Shipway Memorial Cup, playing Tuffley Rovers and
The Beeches respectively.
         In the Challenge Cup Lechlade deservedly took the lead with a
well-worked goal, scored by Ashley Andrews, but in the second half Tuffley
raised their game and ran out worthy 2-1 winners, although both their goals
had a substantial element of luck!
         The Beeches proved very robust opponents and ended the first half
leading 1-0. Lechlade scored an early equaliser in the second half, through
Jonny Saunders, but a series of injuries weakened the team and they finally
lost the game 1-3.
         The first team includes a number of younger players, and this
season’s performance augurs well for the future.
                                 John Elsey

Cotswold arts and crafts
David Walton is a long-standing volunteer at Cheltenham Museum which
has an extensive collection of Arts and Crafts furniture. He came to speak
to us in May about Ernest Gimson and the Barnsley brothers, Sidney and
Ernest. They were architects, furniture makers and designers who were
influenced by the ideals of traditional craftsmanship and simplicity of design
promoted by William Morris and the architect Norman Shaw. The Arts and
Crafts movement was a reaction against poor design and the increasing use
of machinery in the mass production of badly made furniture, which devalued
the work of the craftsman.
          All three actually came from well-off families in the industrial
Midlands and studied architecture in London, but they wanted to put their
ideals into practice in a rural environment, using the skills of local craftsmen,
and decided to relocate to the Cotswolds in 1893. They all built houses for
themselves in Sapperton, using local materials and traditional techniques,
and leased workshop premises on the Bathurst estate, first at Pinbury Park
and then at Daneway House. They favoured the use of English hardwoods
and often incorporated decorative stringing and inlays. They intended that
some construction techniques should be visible and were particularly known
for their butterfly or double dovetail joints that used no glue. However, their
wish to produce well-designed hand-made furniture and fittings that were
also affordable was impossible to achieve as their methods were necessarily
          Ernest Barnsley built Rodmarton Manor but died just before it was
completed; the work was finished by his son-in-law Norman Jewson who
also bought and restored Owlpen Manor.
Coleshill’s secret army
In the summer of 1940 when the future looked very dark and a German
invasion was a very real threat, a secret auxiliary force was formed. Their
role was to act as resistance fighters should the enemy arrive. They would
be expected to blow up bridges and railway lines, attack enemy tanks and
planes and generally cause as much trouble as possible. Recruits were
selected and recruited individually and formed into local cells. Each group
was separate and knew nothing of other cells. Unsurprisingly, the auxiliers’
life expectancy, should they need to swing into action, was very short.
          As many of you will know, the headquarters for this force was the
Coleshill House Estate and, on 17 June, History Society members were
treated to a fascinating tour led by Bill King and his wife, Flora. We started
in the estate yard and walked up the hill to visit a newly reconstructed replica
of an auxiliers’ operational base. This has been built for educational purposes
and to take the pressure off the original base which still exists on the estate.

           A secret base was created by digging a huge hole, constructing the
base and then covering it over again. The actual base consists of one main
room with bunks, a table and chairs, a small store room and basic toilet and
cooking facilities. To add to the clandestine feel, the smoke from the stove
would be channelled up a pipe in a hollow tree trunk so the cooking smells
would dissipate into the canopy. The main route in was down a steep ladder
in a vertical shaft but there was an escape tunnel at the other end. On our
visit I opted to crawl along the escape tunnel; the ladder looked scarily steep!
Once inside, you really did get a feel for what it would have been like for the
auxiliers should they have needed to use it for real. Very claustrophobic even
when you are not trying to hide from a deadly enemy.
           We then went up the drive, passing the original gates to the estate,
which were manufactured in Coalbrookdale, the cradle of iron production.
We stopped at the guard house, hidden from enemy aerial surveillance under
trees. Then on to the former stable block which was used for offices and
teaching rooms during the war with underground tanks used for water and
ammunition storage.
           Sadly the actual house was destroyed by fire in 1952. However, its
original layout is picked out in low rise hedges and Bill had photographs on
hand to show us what it looked like in 1940. From the house we walked on
through the trees to the surviving operational base which was built for training
purposes but would, no doubt, have been pressed into active service should
disaster have occurred.
           On the way we passed the foundations of buildings that were used
as a secret radio factory during the war. Apparently, what they were making
was at the leading edge of the technology of the time. Amazingly, the factory
site is right next to the Highworth to Faringdon road! During the war the road
would have been quiet and people knew not to ask questions.
           The original operational base, again within sight of the road, was
just like the reconstruction. It is a listed building and needs to be treated
gently nowadays. The vertical ladder is in such perilous condition that it is
unusable so the former escape tunnel has been opened up and you can
actually walk in. Good news for those of us not keen on climbing!
           This is just a flavour of our visit as Bill used his fund of personal
stories to bring the whole picture to life. We heard of the Highworth
postmistress, Mabel Stranks, who acted as the gatekeeper for new recruits
and the teenager who carried messages from Highworth to Coleshill using
roller skates!
           Most memorable of all were the stories of the recruits who came to
Coleshill to be trained in firearms, explosives and covert operations in the
knowledge that, should their services be called upon, they would be dead
within days. Many of these men took their secret to their graves as they had
signed the Official Secrets Act. Fascinating local history and a reminder of
the bravery and commitment of so many.
                                       MW                                 Cont’d
Town walks
On 15 July over 40 people joined us on a very warm evening for a walk round
Lechlade focusing on its development as an important market town and
inland port. We all enjoyed learning more about the history of the town, and
the exchange of historical information and conjecture continued over
refreshments in St Lawrence Church after the walks.
         We hope to offer more walks – either giving an overview of
Lechlade’s history or exploring specific aspects of its development. Please
let us know if you would like us to organise a walk for you.

Monthly meetings
There is no meeting in August. Our next meeting will be on Monday 16
September at 7:15 for 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall when Dr John Paddock,
a former director of the Corinium Museum, will tell us about The Arms and
Armour of a Medieval Knight. The intricate and often exquisitely beautiful art
of the armourer reached its peak in the 15th century.
         For further information please visit or
telephone 01367 253087.

Friends of Kelmscott Manor
This season has seen the launch of the Friends of Kelmscott Manor scheme
in support of the care and ongoing conservation of the manor and its
collections. Becoming a Friend will give you unlimited free entry to the manor
throughout the season and discounts in the tearoom and shop, as well as a
newsletter and invitations to lectures and other events. An added bonus is
invitations to events at Burlington House, the headquarters of the Society of
Antiquaries of London, which owns and manages the manor. Visit or telephone 01367 253348 for further details.
         The inaugural lecture for the Friends of Kelmscott Manor will take
place on Saturday 31 August at 6:00pm in the Morris Memorial Hall in
Kelmscott village. Linda Parry, FSA, a former deputy keeper at the Victoria
and Albert Museum and a leading expert on William Morris, will speak on
The Morris Family at Kelmscott Manor. Friends are entitled to free entry.
Admission for the general public is £8 – telephone 01367 252486 for details.
         Earlier this year, the manor was named by The Telegraph as one
of the top ten places to see English art.
         The manor is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:00am
to 5:00pm until 30 October. Admission to the house is by timed ticket. Ticket
office opens at 10:30am and last entry to the house is at 4:30pm. Adults £9.
Children (8–16) £4.50.

The choir held its 12th international choral concert at the STEAM museum
in Swindon on Saturday 6 July and were joined by the Colla Voce Youth
Choir from South Africa and Cor Meibion Pontarddulais from South Wales.
          Wessex started proceedings with a variety of well-known and
cherished numbers, all of which were delivered in their own highly
professional and entertaining manner. They were followed by the youth choir,
which performed with great aplomb despite the fact that the youngsters had
had very little sleep since leaving South Africa the previous afternoon. They
received a rapturous reception from the audience and it clearly lifted their
spirits, and their performance.
          Cor Meibion sang five numbers, four in Welsh, and, purely by
coincidence, as they had no idea the youth choir were also in the concert,
a fifth called African Prayer. The second half saw them return to the stage
with a really enjoyable selection of popular and well-presented numbers, but
their rendition of You Raise Me Up really made the hairs on the back of your
neck stand up!
          Colla Voce followed and, not to be outdone, their delivery of World
in Union was quite superb. The choir's appearance in this concert was a
precursor to their participation in the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen.
Wessex rounded off a fantastic evening of entertainment with a selection of
melodies which the audience really appreciated and enjoyed.
          Wessex Male Choir will be performing in Lechlade on Saturday
16 November at St Lawrence Church to raise funds for the British Heart
Foundation. Details will follow in due course so keep your eyes open for
posters advertising the event. They will also be holding their Christmas
concert in Holy Rood Church, Old Town, Swindon on Friday 13 December.
          If you are male, over 18 years old and would like to sing with Wessex
Male Choir please visit their website where
you will find details about the choir, where they practise and who to contact.
                                  Tim Yeoman

From the Chairman’s annual report
Once again the town council has had to face many challenges both financial
and practical and once again it has met these challenges head on. I would
like to thank all the town councillors for their hard work which has enabled
the council to continue to serve and support the community in a positive and
effective way. I would like to welcome Councillor Mel Farrant who joined the
council in February replacing Ian Daly who left in December. Ian played a
very valuable part in helping to set up a youth group after GCC withdrew its
support, and during the year the town council made the decision to continue
to support the youth club and the library.
          The town council has seen several difficult planning applications
over the past year, none more so than the Methodist Hall. It became obvious
that feelings were running very high as to what should be done with this
property. The town council therefore decided to hold a public meeting, which
was very well attended, and it became clear that the community facilities
within Lechlade were not sufficient to cater for the many groups and
organisations in the town and that something had to be done. The town
council and the Memorial Hall trustees decided to set up a group to look at
existing facilities and to question the community on the type of facilities
needed in the future. This group has now been set up under my chairmanship
with three town councillors, three Memorial Hall trustees and three members
from the community.
          In the coming year we will have to develop a Neighbourhood Plan,
which is a community-led framework for guiding the development and
regeneration of Lechlade and which will form part of Cotswold District
Council’s Statutory Development Plan. This project will involve public
consultation and it is most important that we develop this plan so that we
are well placed to challenge any planning application or decision that is not
to the benefit of the community, especially as the planning laws are being
relaxed by central government.
          Setting the precept is always a difficult task, which the town council
takes very seriously. We have to strike the right balance between being able
to provide services for the community and looking to the future, enabling
Lechlade to meet challenges head on.
          I said in last year’s report that I was coming to the end of my term
as mayor. Little did I know that I would be here for another year! This time
it is my last report, and in fact we already have a new mayor, Councillor
Steve Trotter. My very first formal duty as mayor back in 1999 was to sign
the twinning charter between Lechlade and La Chapelle des Fougeretz and
my last formal duty was to visit La Chapelle last week and re-sign the charter
on the 15th anniversary of the twinning – which rounds things off nicely. I
would like to thank Councillor Jaime Maskell, our deputy mayor for the past
four years, for his help and support.
Our town council office has seen some changes over the past year.
Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our assistant clerk Debra Duke who
had to move on due to family commitments. I am, however, very happy to
welcome Alison Webber as our new assistant clerk and Caroline Byrne as
bookings clerk. Our town clerk Ginette James has continued to direct and
support the council with her usual professionalism and diplomacy for which I
thank her.
        Neville Ashford continues to look after much of the needed
maintenance of Lechlade, going out in all weathers doing his best to ensure
the town stays safe. I am very grateful to Neville as I am sure the community
        Being a town councillor is not just about attending a council meeting
once a month; the work goes on week to week, month to month with councillors
giving up their time to ensure Lechlade gets the best deal possible. My sincere
thanks must go to them all for what is becoming a more difficult task year on
                                Christine Eatwell
                                 15 May 2013

A fifteen year fling!
It scarcely seems fifteen years since Jackie and I moved to Lechlade and
one of the things that attracted us to the town was the wealth of clubs and
organisations that exist here. Looking back, one of the activities that has
given us the most consistent pleasure is Scottish Country Dancing –
something we had never done before.
         Sometimes, people get the wrong idea about Scottish country
dancing – we don’t do the sword dance, you don’t have to be Scottish, you
don’t need to come along with a partner and you don’t have to wear a kilt!
We do Scottish country dances – like The Dashing White Sergeant etc.
         We decide on a programme of dances for the year and week by
week we work at them and learn them. We have four different people in the
club who take turns to lead the evening to explain the dances and show us
what to do. Yes – it does go wrong (quite often actually!) but we all have a
laugh and try again. It is a very enjoyable mental and physical workout that
combines fitness, fun and friendship.
         We are lucky to have this thriving club here that meets on Thursday
evenings in the Memorial Hall. So, if you fancy joining us then new members
are always welcome. We start again in September and if you want to know
more then please don’t hesitate to ring Shirley Jenkins on 01367 252623 or
phone me on 01367 252642.
                                Jack Brothwell

At our June meeting Sally Lewis gave us a very comprehensive talk about
the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, from its early beginnings when it was
known as the Opera House and bought for £6000, to its present
refurbishment which cost £3million. It was opened in 1891 by Lillie Langtry.
         In the eighteenth century with the new influx of people to the town
and at the behest of King George III a theatre was required. It began as the
Wells Theatre until it was bought by Cheltenham Ladies’ College and closed.
An architect, Frank Matcham, who had built other theatres built a new one
and as times and tastes changed so did the type of production: musicals,
films, plays, comedy and even bawdy follies. With the closure of many
theatres during World War II big name stars appeared in Cheltenham.
         By the end of the fifties Matcham left, the Cheltenham Theatre
Association started raising money but it was bought by the borough council.
The Opera House was closed and in 1960 it opened as the Everyman
Theatre attracting many big names. The eighties saw further closures for
re-design at the time of the construction of the Regent Arcade. It was
habitable in 1986 with a new studio for occasional purposes to involve young
         It is a small theatre seating 700 but expansive shows like ice shows
and ballets have to tailor their performances to the small stage area. The
newly refurbished Everyman was opened by Princess Anne and the
production of My Fair Lady. 2011 saw a massive reconstruction with many
original features restored. It is now a fine building with grand décor.
         Ladies’ Group meets on the third Thursday of the month in the Clarke
& Pierce Room at 2:30pm – please do join us – you will be very welcome.

Cirencester, Tetbury and Lechlade branch
I am pleased to report that the collecting boxes in and around Lechlade and
Fairford raised £1468.50 in 2012. We also had a very successful Flag Day
and Garden Centre collection this June, which raised a record £642.39.
Thank you to all those businesses and clubs who hold boxes and the
generous members of our communities who donate.
         At a recent regional ceremony it was highlighted that the RNLI now
has a Flood Rescue Service which has already saved lives many miles from
the coast. In 2012, some 85 people were rescued by flood rescue teams in
eight deployments.
         Other interesting facts: 125 lifeboat launches to rescue animals,
4,752 weever fish stings treated by lifeguards, and 10 lifeboat launches on
Christmas Day.
         We are always looking for new locations for lifeboat collection boxes.
                             Joan Tyrrell 252928
In praise of Christine Eatwell

                No longer mayor, but wasn’t she great?
                Like Lechlade’s very own head of state.
                She was born to wear the mayoral chain
                but the House of Sherborne has ended its reign.
                How do we mark this marvellous time
                being ruled by a queen in her prime?
                A statue? A bench? A plaque? Oh no,
                I’ll ring my pal Michelangelo.
                ‘Hi Mike, love your stuff in the Vatican.
                Yeh, same style but our Pavilion.
                We’ll provide paint, ladders and tackle.
                When it’s done we’ll unveil our Christine Chapel.’

Christine has twice served as chairman of the town council and mayor of
Lechlade, most recently from 2009 until May 2013. She has been a parish
and then town councillor since the 1980s and was the first mayor of Lechlade
when it gained town status in 1996. Christine also represented Lechlade on
Cotswold District Council between 1999 and 2007. She has been elected
deputy mayor and Cllr Steve Trotter has been elected mayor for 2013–14.
        The town has also benefited greatly from the expertise and sound
advice of another former mayor of Lechlade, Nigel Jones, who has stood
down from the council this year. Nigel became a town councillor in 2003 and
served as mayor from 2006 to 2009.

Informal monthly coffee morning for parents and carers on the school
and nursery run
Come and join us for tea, coffee and cake in St Lawrence Church between
8:45 and 10:00am on the second Wednesday of each month in term time.
Wednesdays 11 September, 9 October, 13 November and 11 December.
Younger siblings welcome.
                             Kate Cinnamond

Annual Art Exhibition
Friday 23 August (official opening – invitation only).
Saturday 24 August to Wednesday 28 August open to public.
Doors open at 10:00am and close at 6:00pm (Wednesday 28 at 4:00pm).
Entrance free. Catalogues £1.00 each. Refreshments available.
See for details.
Next monthly meeting Tuesday 17 September, 7:00–9:00pm in the Memorial

Please note that most community arts groups take a break in August
and resume activities in September. Contact Jay Mathews for further
information – or 01367 860869.

LECHLADE COMMUNITY BAND meets in St Lawrence Primary School
Hall at 7:00pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Wednesdays
4 and 18 September. All players of any instrument welcome. Contact Peter
Kingslake: 01367 253200.

LECHLADE COMMUNITY VOICES meet in Lechlade Baptist Church from
7:00 to 8:00pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
Wednesdays 11 and 25 September. 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
11 and 25 September. Harmony singing and reading music is an advantage
but not essential. Contact Peter Kingslake: 01367 253200 or

Saturday 7 September from 2:00 to 5:00pm in the Pavilion, Lechlade. Contact
01367 860869 or

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH meets at the Trout Inn at 7:30pm on Friday
6 September. MC Henry Bateman. All younger players welcome. Audience
of any age also welcome!

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC meets at the Trout Inn at 8:00pm on the second
and last Friday of each month. Fridays 13 and 27 September. 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 Tuesday 10 September. TATT is a small group of traditional folk
musicians who meet once a month to play and sing together. We often work
on a particular theme and prepare for a performance. New players always
welcome. Contact Jack Brothwell:

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

The evening of musical entertainment on 6 July was a huge success. I’d like
to thank everyone who was involved in making this evening possible and all
those who came to watch. We raised a massive £710 for the Chris Treglown
Foundation Fund, and it has been announced that Sian Voller from
Kempsford will receive the award this year to help further her pursuit of a
career in singing.
         Some really good feedback and compliments about the evening
have made it so special: ‘Best £5 ever spent’ and, ‘The standard was very
professional.’ Many more compliments have been made and I am very
         MJ-UK will return to Lechlade in the future. In the meantime there
is a concert in Poulton on 3 August raising funds for the African Wells charity.
Call 01285 850773 for information and tickets.
         Finally the evening wouldn’t have been as much of a success without
Fairford Primary School Choir, Henry Bateman and Lucy Gray. All were
stunning and made the performance a huge success – thank you.
                                William Paul

Members of Lechlade WI were full of enthusiasm following a visit from
Rebekah Pugh of the Faringdon WI group, Folly Dollies. Rebekah told us of
the charity, Dress a Girl Around the World, which seeks to provide simple
dresses for girls who might otherwise never own a dress of their own. Armed
with patterns and examples, members started to sew. A workshop in April
saw ten members and friends produce 27 dresses in an afternoon while
others made dresses at home. At our June meeting we were able to present
Rebekah with 68 dresses, with the promise of more to come, and she
‘blogged’, “A HUGE thank you to the lovely ladies at Lechlade WI and also
a few other friends of members who helped make these [dresses]! Incredibly
there are still more to come! Wow!”
          At the July meeting we were entertained by Bob Jones who related
some of his more light-hearted experiences working as a paramedic. His
anecdotes ranged from being called out by someone who had run out of
cigarettes (very annoying and frustrating) to delivering babies in the
ambulance – the latter experience giving all the paramedics a feeling of joy
for the rest of their shift.
          Several members took part in the Gloucestershire Federation day
visit to the Wedgwood Museum in Staffordshire. One of the curators talked
about the life of Josiah Wedgwood, who developed a highly durable cream
coloured earthenware which so pleased Queen Charlotte that she appointed
him royal supplier of dinnerware. As well as touring the museum, members
were able to handle some pieces of old pottery and saw some of the pattern
books from which designs were copied.
          On Tuesday 6 August Peter Grace will give a talk called Lost Places
of Cirencester. Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday
in each month at 7:15 for 7:30pm. We welcome new members and, if you
would like to find out more, contact Sheila on 01367 252379. You can also
find us on the town website or through the advertising posters on the town
                                Lynda Tubbs

A fundraising event for The League of Friends of Fairford
   A Story Supper Evening with Chloe of the Midnight
   ‘Wickedly funny… Darkly tender… The magnificent story heritage of
            Britain powerfully retold with energy and humour.’
                  LOST LEGENDS OF BRITAIN
       Friday 23 August at 8:00pm in Fairford Community Centre
Doors open at 7:30 pm – Please arrive early to seat your table and get the
                               drinks in!
                               Cash bar
  Tickets £10 from Wendy or Eric Graham on 01285 711765 including
                    supper and story cabaret show.

      A fundraising event for The League of Friends
                       of Fairford Hospital

                          OPEN GARDEN

    Mr and Mrs Bradley have generously offered to open their lovely
riverside garden at Beech House, Victoria Road, Quenington, GL7 5BW
          Sunday 8 September between 2:00pm and 5:00pm
                             Entrance £5

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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