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					October - November 2013                                           Issue 191


LETTER FROM THE PRESBYTERY
Letting go
Chaim Potok remembered asking his father about death when, at the age
of six, he saw a dead bird.
         “Why?” I asked.
         “That’s the way the Ribbono Shel Olom made his world, Asher.”
         “Why?”
         “So life would be precious, Asher. Something that is yours forever
         is never precious.”
                  (My Name is Asher by Chaim Potok, 1972)

Autumn can be mellow and it can be melancholy. All beauty involves letting
go. The full beauty of life, which is God’s kingdom, only comes by a way that
includes letting go of some things. Jesus compares it to the seed that has
to fall to the ground and ‘die’.
          We have to learn to be free of our fears. In the end we have to be
free of the fear of death itself. We do our best to hide it, but that fear is
perhaps the root cause of all sin – of cruelty, of exploitation, of hoarding.
          The paradoxical power of this ultimate letting go frees us to take part
in that process: no longer having to grasp and cling; no longer having to
defend the poor little ego we think is ourselves; no longer having to prove
our worth and reality.
          The person who fears death is already dead. The person who has
ceased to fear death has begun to live.
                                 Fr Philip Beisly
    Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury Fairford, with St Mary’s Cricklade

  Chaim Potok (1929–2002) was an American Jewish author and rabbi.


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NEWS FROM ST LAWRENCE CHURCH
The summer months are considered quiet months in the life of the church,
but in fact lots of things carry on beneath the surface. For five weeks over
the summer we were delighted to have Richard Dryer on placement at St
Lawrence. Richard is an ordinand (Anglican speak for a minister in training)
from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, a theological training college of the Church of
England. The classroom can teach you lots of things, but you do need to
see the reality of parish life as part of a church family. Richard wholeheartedly
threw himself into things – preaching, leading prayers and services, helping
with funerals, parish visitation and was also an enthusiastic team member
of Pyramid Rock, our holiday Bible club.
          Pyramid Rock was a wonderful joint venture with our friends in the
Baptist Church and was for four days, 27–30 August, followed by a joint
all-age worship service on Sunday 1 September. We had 31 different children
attend and a great variety of songs, games, craft, stories and general
silliness, all on the theme of Joseph’s life in the Old Testament. The inside
of St Lawrence was transformed by moving the pews to the sides and having
banners with hieroglyphics on the pillars and decorative props in the form of
pyramids, Tutankhamun’s mask, a sarcophagus (with wrapped-up mummy,
of course), a sphinx, and three eight-feet tall palm trees! The Scripture Union
materials were excellent and good fun for both the team and the children.
Both churches hope to hold another holiday club in 2014.
          Our church school is in fine health under the leadership of Miss
Morris and her staff. The Summer Fair, with a strawberry cream tea theme,
on 6 July enjoyed great weather, and a huge range of different stalls and
activities entertained both the school community and the wider population
of Lechlade. The vicar can report, that purely from a health and safety point
of view (the reader will understand), both the barbecue and the beer tent
were serving very good produce. Once back from the summer holidays, the
school also had a wonderful Harvest Service on Friday 20 September. The
church was beautifully decorated with colourful banners, displays of fruit and
vegetables, and scrumptious bread baked by each class in the school. This
bread was then sold to parents at the end of the service, raising £75 for the
church!
          The harvest loaf was kept by the church for our Harvest
Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 22 September, which was a truly joyful
occasion, complete with the oranges and lemons quiz, food being donated
to the Swindon Foodbank, and the choir in good voice. The sermon on that
occasion was based on the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats in Matthew
25, where Jesus reminds the crowds that what we do for the least of Christ’s
family, we do for Him. A presentation was also made to Tessa Cobb, who
is now standing down from co-ordinating the children’s Sunday activities,
@the Ark. Tessa will still be involved leading some groups, and it was good
to acknowledge the huge amount of time and effort she has given over many
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years. We have also produced a little card detailing all the children’s and
youth activities in the parish – please do take one and it would be great to
have a group of people committing to praying for this vital ministry.
         We are continuing to care for the fabric of our fine church building.
Plans are being drawn up for the refurbishment of the vestry, which is sorely
needed, and also repairs to several areas of floor tiles. Our new
churchwarden, Richard Bell, is helping to organise these works, together
with Christine Vagnolini, our existing warden. We are very blessed to have
such capable and committed church officers, who do so much behind the
scenes to ensure the smooth running of services and church life. We are
also most grateful to the labours of the Restoration Appeal Committee and
the steady stream of income to maintain our well-loved building.
         Talking of income, our PCC Treasurer has reported that 49 people
have now joined our Parish Giving Scheme, which is managed by the
diocese of Gloucester on our behalf. This also means an additional £10k
p.a. of income, which effectively bridges the gap between our income and
expenditure in the General Fund. This is really good news – not because we
want to be a wealthy church sitting on lots of cash, but because it means we
can develop the various ministries we are involved with in Lechlade and
around the world through our mission partners.
                                  Andrew Cinnamond


NEWS FROM ST LAWRENCE CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Another school year has started, and the sunshine welcomed us back to the
beginning of the school term. All the children seemed rested after enjoying
lots of outside play over the summer break. We welcome two new teachers
to school this academic year, Mrs Sibson and Mrs Eaglestone, and we also
welcome 28 new reception pupils and 3 other new pupils throughout the
school. We hope they will all be very happy at St Lawrence.
         The school looks bright and cheery and ready for learning. We had
a whole school electrical rewire and many of our flat roofs resurfaced over
the summer period and, with a lick of paint and the display boards backed,
we are ready to move through the autumn term.
         Our value this term is ‘Creativity’. If you don’t have the opportunity
to come into school itself, then have a look at our value display board in St
Lawrence Church to see what we are up to. This week is Harvest Festival;
the theme this year is ‘Bread’ and all children will have the opportunity to
make bread in their classrooms.
         We are always grateful for the amount of support the local
community contributes to our school, and if you would like to join at any point
to hear children read or join in with some activities, then don’t hesitate to
contact the school.
                                 Nicola Morris
                                Head Teacher
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LECHLADE BAPTIST CHURCH
Services and other events
The Baptist Church (Sherborne Street, GL7 3AH) extends a warm welcome
to you to join us for our 10:30am Sunday services. Before each service there
is a prayer meeting at 9:45am. 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. If you’ve never been before, please come along to find out what all
the fuss is about!
Card-making group: This meets on the first Wednesday of the month from
2:00pm until 4:00pm. Make some greetings cards to give to family and
friends, and enjoy a break over a cup of tea.
         For further information about any of the above, please contact Paul
Graham (Minister-in-Training) on 01367 252197.

News and views
Inner : Action 2013 was a creative opportunity to pray in a different way,
using a series of multisensory prayer stations. As we carried out each activity,
we were led in sequence from focusing our thoughts on God, through
reflecting on our current experiences of life, to prayer for other people in the
wider world.
         The first activity, Distractions, set the tone: a compass resting on a
map of the night sky pointed true North but lost its sense of direction when
distracted by moving magnets*. As we manipulated the magnets, we were
invited to consider the question, “What are the things that distract us from
our true North?” Here are some comments from participants:
         “Each of the six stations gave me a fresh perspective on the
         Christian life, and much to think about.”
         “A searching period of reflection.”
         “A help and guide to different ways to focus one’s prayer time.”
We are very grateful to Lisa Cherrett for curating this event.
*Concept adapted from Distractions by Steve Collins, in Alternative Worship (SPCK
2003).

CribFest, the display of nativities of all shapes, sizes, and nationalities, will
be taking place at Lechlade Baptist Church between 14 and 18 December.
Free entry for all. Please watch out for more information closer to the time.

                                  Vicky Stone




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SERVICES AT ST LAWRENCE CHURCH
Forthcoming special services and events:
Thursday 3 October   7:30pm     Harvest Festival at the Trout Inn
Sunday 13 October    10:00am Together at Ten – all age service
Sunday 3 November    10:00am Together at Ten – all age service
Sunday 10 November 10:30am Remembrance Service
                     6:00pm     Holy Communion

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.

    Crèche available each Sunday in Church Cottage for 0–3 years.

Little Lights – a short informal service for pre-school children and babies.
   Contact Kathy Newton on 01367 252543 for dates and more details.


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




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LECHLADE LADIES’ GROUP
In July we welcomed back Angela Panrucker, who gave a very interesting
talk on the history of Sudeley Castle. The Winchcombe site has been
occupied since Saxon times although the present-day castle was largely
restored by the Victorians. A site of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, originally
the name meant ‘the southern field’. The estate thrived by farming sheep for
the wool trade and the current ruins date back to the time of Ralph Butler
who built the first Sudeley Castle with the proceeds of ransom money
extorted after the Hundred Years War. The estate passed into royal hands
after the Wars of the Roses until Tudor times. After the Reformation much
of the abbey stone was plundered to build houses in Winchcombe of which
there is evidence to this day.
         Sudeley became the home of Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry
VIII, who then married Thomas Seymour and died in childbirth. She is buried
at Sudeley. Mystery surrounds the fate of her daughter. Many royal visits
ensued, including the many progresses of Elizabeth I.
         The castle was razed after the Civil War on the king’s orders. Not
until 1837 was the estate renovated by the Dent family of glovemakers. It
became a family home and remnants of the original remains are there to this
day. The innovations included ornamental gardens, using Tudor roses, and
the church by George Gilbert Scott.
         The Dent-Brocklehursts first opened the castle to visitors in 1951.
Henry is the current owner in residence. The estate now boasts a physic
garden with herbal remedies, a knot garden, tearooms and a garden centre
and holds many events over the year including battle re-enactions, antiques
fairs and air ballooning. Well worth a visit.
                                  Diana Ord

Our speaker in August began by telling us that humour and a good chuckle
does wonders for our general well-being. Rosemary Prosser lived up to this
maxim when she then began to relate many amusing anecdotes about her
time running a bed and breakfast business at her farm. The seeds for the
idea were sown during her honeymoon – not for her ‘sweet talk’ but an
earnest discussion on the merits and viability of running a bed and breakfast
like the one in which they were then staying.
         She had trained as a farm secretary but then had a break for ten
years when she joined the police force. With the death of her parents she
and her husband took over her parents’ farm and decided that the house
had to bring in some income; the idea formed sixteen years earlier began to
take shape, beginning with foreign students on a month’s exchange visit
then visitors from all parts of Britain and abroad. The Antiques Roadshow
team and members of the Sealed Knot Society in full costume were among
the guests. Caravan and camping facilities were started and once, when 50
caravan club members were expected but 260 arrived, it caused great
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consternation not only to Rosemary but also to the neighbours, who never
spoke to her again. Their complaints resulted in visits by the police and by
a TV crew and also a two-page spread in the local paper. On other occasions
a guest burgled the house and fled owing a considerable amount of money
and a visit from a nudist club was fortunately averted. Needing more space
the family moved to Devon and began self-catering instead.
                                     VJH

The Ladies’ Group meets in the Clarke & Pierce Room at 2:30pm on the
third Thursday in each month. New members are always welcome.
                     17 October: Marks and Spencer
                        21 November: The Arctic



LECHLADE ACTIVITY FAYRE
Come and find out what Lechlade has to offer
A Community Facilities working group has been set up with members from
the Town Council, the Memorial Hall Trustees and the community with the
remit to look at the current availability of facilities and to consult with the
community and identify what additional facilities may be needed in the future.
          As part of this consultation there will be an Activity Fayre on Saturday
12 October in the Memorial Hall from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Entry is free. All
local clubs, organisations and societies will be invited to come along and
promote their particular club. At the same time, visitors to the event will be
given the opportunity to comment on the existing and future community
facilities they think that Lechlade needs.
          Entry forms for organisations are available from the Library, the
Memorial Hall or electronically on the Lechlade Town Council Facebook
page. This is a great opportunity for the community to experience the many
activities that already exist in Lechlade and to have their say in the future of
Lechlade and for clubs and organisations to recruit new members.
          For more information please contact Christine Eatwell on 01367
252055.


THE COFFEE STOP
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 9 October, 13 November and 11 December. Younger siblings
welcome.
                             Kate Cinnamond
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LECHLADE COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The library is now open for at least three hours every day except Sunday
and we are thrilled that the number of people using the library has rocketed
over recent months. Our local customers continue to come in regularly and
many head straight for the New Books section which is continuously
replenished with new stock. Tourists are taking advantage of our Visitor
Information Centre and our volunteers’ local knowledge about walks along
the river or where to go for lunch or a drink. Our six PCs are also used heavily
by local residents as well as visitors accessing their emails, booking flights
or finding out about local places of interest.
          The Summer Reading Challenge was a great success and special
thanks are due to Marian Winckles and her daughter Victoria for arranging
a fabulous window display and activities for the children to enjoy. Another
of our volunteers, Tad Wenhryniuk, produced a wonderful model of the
Creepy House. And of course a very big thank you to all the children who
took part!
          One of our founding directors, Hilary Hull, has moved away from the
area recently and we would like to thank her very much for her tremendous
contribution to the success of the library in its first year. As well as organising
and coordinating all the volunteers, Hilary spent many hours choosing new
books to buy for the children’s section and was also secretary of Lechlade
Library Ltd.
          Our volunteers continue to do the most amazing job. If you would
like to join our team, learn new skills and make new friends, please call in
to the library and speak with them.

New activities in the autumn:
      Workshops and individual training on Computers.
      Family History workshop with the Gloucestershire Archives team
      and Lechlade History Society.
      Support for Job Seekers, e.g. CV writing workshops.
      Children's events including Read with a Dog as well as all our usual
      children’s activities.
      We are also negotiating with the county council to try to get a
      Citizens Advice Bureau back in Lechlade at least on a part-time
      basis by offering space at the library to host this.
                                   LK




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CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUPS – What are they?
An explanation from Lechlade Medical Centre
It has been realised for a long time that expenditure in the NHS cannot
continue as it is. People are living longer and new treatments are being
introduced all the time. It is felt that it is no longer acceptable to go on doing
the same things in the same way – and so something had to change!
         That change happened on the 1st of April this year – the introduction
of a new NHS structure. On the surface you would not have noticed much
difference. GPs are working in much the same way as before. The difference
is ‘behind the scenes’ and the way in which your future care is being planned.
         Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are the cornerstone of
the new health system. Each of the 8,000 GP practices in England is now
part of a CCG. There are 211 CCGs altogether and the one working on your
behalf is the Gloucestershire CCG (http://www.gloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/).
The Gloucestershire CCG will commission the majority of health care
services on your behalf. This includes emergency care, elective hospital
care, maternity services, and community and mental health services.
         GPs, nurses and other health professionals now sit on the boards
of the commissioning groups as it is thought that they know what is best for
their patients. As well as commissioning evidence-based, cost-effective and
efficient services, the CCG will be tasked with saving money. This will be
done by trying to do things differently as well as purchasing services from
non-NHS private providers. For many observers the introduction of private
providers is seen as potentially destabilising the NHS. This is because
different organisations will be encouraged to compete with each other to
provide your care.
         There is also concern that increasing competition could make it
harder to offer patients ‘joined-up’ services and that local NHS providers
could be left with the more complex services, making it harder for them to
balance their budgets. There are also concerns that when profit-making
companies with shareholders win contracts, money will leave the NHS
unnecessarily.
         Only time will tell as to whether the new structure brings about the
desired change in clinical pathways with increased efficiency that helps to
save money.




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ST LAWRENCE CHURCH CHOIR
Singing successfully
In the August edition of The Bridge you were able to read of the
achievements of Georgia, Holly and Abigail. As the choir begins the new
academic year you may like to know how other members of the Front Row
have progressed over the last twelve months. All the following awards have
been achieved through an understanding of music theory and of the
important part that music plays in the liturgy and worship of the Church, as
well as an ability to sing both prepared and unseen music to a high standard.
Congratulations go to Annabelle and Ben on gaining their Dark Blue Ribbons
and to Phoebe, Isis and Matilda on achieving Light Blue. None of these
awards can be obtained without hard work, concentration and consistent
attendance.
          With these talented singers the future of the choir is in good hands
and the succession will be maintained by Daisy, Tia and Max, who, having
attended regularly and shown enthusiasm and ability, have been admitted
as full Choristers. Estella and Sophie have also joined as Probationers – we
welcome them and wish them every success and enjoyment in their
membership of the choir.
          The choir is very grateful to the work over the year of our Head
Chorister, Georgia, and the St Lawrence Chorister, Holly, who have kept
both the Front and Back Rows in order in practices, in the vestry and in
services, as well as setting an outstanding example of commitment and
musicianship to all, and to our Librarians, Abigail and Ben, who have ensured
that all the correct music is always ready before each rehearsal and service.
                          Musings about the Front Row




COMBINED CHARITIES CHRISTMAS MARKET
The annual Combined Charities Christmas Market (organised by the
Lechlade branch of Cancer Research UK) will take place on Saturday 16
November, 9:30am to 12:30pm, at Lechlade Memorial Hall.
         Please come along to support your favourite charities. There will be
plenty of stalls, with Christmas cards, gifts, fun and games for all the family,
plus refreshments. See local noticeboards for further details.
                       Enquiries – Chris (01367 252741)




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LECHLADE MOTHERS’ UNION
Christian concern for families worldwide
We were able to make the most of the weather in early August and had our
monthly meeting in the Freeths’ garden, sharing wedding photos spanning
a century, which proved very entertaining. In September, members found
Bible texts about food and donated the item mentioned … the produce was
sold for MU work with families worldwide. We were pleased to welcome Paul
Graham from the Baptist Church who spoke about God’s provision for us
all.

Diary dates
Wednesday 9 October at 2:00pm. We will be packing boxes for Operation
Christmas Child and Joan Townsend will pop in to tell us what happened to
last year’s boxes.
Wednesday 13 November at 2:00pm. We look forward to hearing Vicky
Jones tell of her Christian Journey with flowers.
        Kathy is hoping to start ‘mix-em-up’ evening MU meetings once
every two months especially for people who may like to join but cannot make
daytime meetings.

Little Lights
This is our pram service and toddler play held in St Lawrence Church on the
first and third Wednesdays of the month – 2 and 16 October, 6 and 20
November at 1:45pm. We have instruments, rhymes, songs, prayers, stickers
and a story, and follow this with toys, tea and chat. New babies and
pre-school children are very welcome. No charge – just turn up.
         In September we said goodbye to Charlotte Bradley, Claudia
Cooper, Joshua Brown, George Payne, Angel Widdows, Seraphina
Matthews, Isolda Dennis and Harriet Titchener who have all started school.
We will miss them very much but hope they might come to the Sunday
children’s group from 10:00 to 11:15am in the Cottage where they can see
Kathy and some of the other Little Lights team there. We hope they will be
really happy at school and that what they have experienced as part of the
church family will help their understanding of school worship and life in a
church school.
                                     HF




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STEPHEN AND BETTY MULLALY
For about 20 years, until they moved from Sherborne House to live in Great
Rissington, Stephen and Betty Mullaly enriched the life of the community in
Lechlade in many ways. In my mind, two particular things stand out.
         In the late 1950s Duncan Sandys had set up the Civic Trust which
sought to make better places for people to live. In the early 1970s Stephen
founded The Lechlade Society, as a local amenity group within the Civic Trust.
It campaigned for the improvement of the local environment and it monitored
and commented on planning applications. Soon after its establishment there
was a real battle to fight. There was a proposal for a national water ski centre
to be based on Horseshoe Lake, just north of Lechlade, now the centre for
carp fishing. Despite local hostility, reasoned objections and robust personal
lobbying, the planners gave consent. Stephen called a meeting at Sherborne
House to discuss how such a controversial, noisy and polluting activity with
no local support had been foisted on Lechlade. The Director of Planning and
the local MP, Nicholas Ridley, were invited. All the local arguments fell on
stony ground and Nicholas Ridley washed his hands of the matter, saying, “I
never intervene in local planning matters”. Stephen was not so easily beaten.
He had been an officer in the Gurkhas and was a director of a BP company
and a member of the CBI. He had a plan. He knew the chairman of the
company which had extracted the gravel from the lake, went to see him and
pointed out to him the PR value of a big gesture. He persuaded the chairman
to give the lake, free, to the local community and so the water skiers were
thwarted. It was an astonishing achievement and a very happy result for
Lechlade.
         Betty Mullaly was a tireless fundraiser for the Red Cross. She
organised an annual fete at Sherborne House and involved the whole
community. These fetes were major events. She was very attractive and
charming and must have been a great beauty as a young woman. But with
the charm went steely energy and formidable skills of persuasion. If Betty
asked you to do something, it would take a brave man or woman to say no.
The sun always shone for her and the Red Cross fetes were wonderful, happy
occasions which raised a lot of money every year.
         Stephen and Betty were married for 70 years. They were devoted to
each other. For their contributions to public life, Stephen was made OBE and
Betty MBE. They both died in the middle of August within a couple of days of
each other. As Henry Wotton wrote in the 17th century on the death of Sir
Albert Morton’s wife:

                    He first deceased, she for a little tried
                   to live without him, liked it not and died.

He was 97 and she was 90. They will be remembered by many in Lechlade
with gratitude and affection.
                              John McNaught
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LECHLADE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
In August Peter Grace shared his wealth of knowledge and gave an
interesting talk on The Lost Places of Cirencester, illustrated with some
fascinating ‘before and after’ photographs, to show how much of
Cirencester’s heritage has been lost over the last fifty years.
          At the September meeting Shirley (and Richard) Bell gave us an
introduction to the slum school in Kathmandu, which they first visited two
years ago. The talk was both sad and inspiring and gave us a real feel for
their initial impressions of the school, children and environment as well as
addressing the current situation and future plans. We wish them, and the
accompanying group, a very successful visit in October.
          Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall, on the first Tuesday in each
month at 7:15 for 7:30pm.

    Tuesday 1 October: Sue Dearsley will talk about Street Pastors in
                            Cirencester
  Tuesday 5 November: AGM and 7A Café Demonstration – Simon and
                            Lizzie Morris

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, through
the advertising posters on the town noticeboards and on Twitter – search
for Lechlade W.I.
                               Lynda Tubbs




BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
We are delighted that for a second time the Wessex Choir will be giving a
concert in aid of the British Heart Foundation. This will be on Saturday, 16
November, 7:30pm in St Lawrence Church. In addition, there will be choirs
from St Lawrence and Farmor’s schools. Tickets are £10 if bought in advance
and £12 on the door. Mulled wine and fruit juice will be served in the interval.
The money raised will go to the Oxford-based project Mending Broken
Hearts, with a particular focus on helping children with heart disease. It is
hoped that in due course it will be possible to reverse the onset of heart
failure, restore the heart function and enable children to lead relatively active
lives. For tickets phone 01367 253319 or 01367 253762, see any committee
member or get tickets from Lechlade News.
                                   Elaine Long



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REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Why the Extra Names?
Those attending the annual Remembrance Sunday service in St Lawrence
Church in recent years may have wondered why some names in addition to
those listed on the war memorial are read out. The reason, in part, goes back
to 1998 whilst researching and publishing Lechlade and the Great War
1914–18 when, inevitably, more men who came from Lechlade and who died
on active service were identified in the parish magazine or from some other
source.
          During the research we were unable to locate the papers of the War
Memorial Committee which no doubt would have stated the criteria for names
to be included. It does appear that a wide scope was allowed as two men who
left Lechlade for overseas pre-war are listed – Samuel Sowden (Canada) and
Edmund Lewis (New Zealand). In addition, William Sadler Hartley, a resident
of Shaw in Lancashire, is included as he stayed with his granny, the
postmistress Sarah Sadler, each summer. Arthur Beak and Jonah Pass also
had left Lechlade before the war and lived in Twigworth and Cheltenham
respectively.
          References in various books and journals plus the internet and, in
particular, a major upgrade to the on-line records of the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission have enabled others to be identified. This supplementary
list starts with four Old Contemptibles:
5608 Pte Albert Hatton is well documented in my book as his daughter lived
in Hambidge Lane until a few years ago. He was badly wounded in 1915 near
Messines in Belgium and died in hospital in South Wales. He is buried in
Southrop churchyard.
7526 Pte William Norton, 1st Btn Royal Berks was born in Challow and lived
in Lechlade with his wife Jane when he rejoined the Royal Berks in 1914. He
was aged 30 when he was killed in action on 13th October 1914 and is
commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at La Ferte.
13940 Pte J. Newbury, 8th Btn Gloucestershire Regt was born in Lechlade
and enlisted in Cirencester. He died on 19th November 1915 and is buried at
Le Touret Military Cemetery in northern France.
Capt Walter Tosswill landed in France on 23rd August 1914. He was 22
when he died of wounds on 12th August 1916 and is buried at Lijssenthoek
Military Cemetery to the west of Ypres in Belgium. He is commemorated on
the memorial at Woolstone Church, north-west of Winchcombe. He had lived
at Clayhill, Lechlade and attended Cheltenham College and Sandhurst.
M2/047396 Pte Sidney Wheeler died in this country on 8th March 1917. He
was 48 and served with No.1 Reserve M.T. Depot, Army Service Corps. He
was born in Lechlade and his parents, William and Ann Wheeler, remained
here but he had moved to Maesteg with his wife A. E. Salway (formerly
Wheeler) of 12, Bank St., Maesteg. He enlisted in Cardiff and is buried in
Maesteg.
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T4/042413 Stanley Timbrell was another Army Service Corps man. He lived
in Sherborne Street and, aged 19, died on 24th May 1915 and is buried in
Greenwich Cemetery. 43rd res pk.
21065 Pte William Edward George, Wiltshire Regt Depot died on 6th March
1917, aged 19, and is buried at Dover (St James) Cemetery. He was born in
Lechlade and enlisted in Swindon where his parents, Edward and Mabel,
lived.
3873 Sgt E. G. Morse, 3rd Btn Coldstream Guards – he was awarded the
Distinguished Conduct Medal in January 1916, “For consistent good work
with the battalion transport throughout the campaign, bringing it up to most
dangerous places, sometimes night after night. He is untiring in his energy
and care of his horses.” He died of wounds on 11th June 1916.
Capt Sydney Walker, 12th Btn East Yorks Regt was killed in action on 19th
July 1916, aged 38. He was born in Lechlade and his parents lived in Oxford.
He is buried in Rue-Du-Bacquerot No.1 Military Cemetery, Laventie in French
Flanders.
27538 Pte Albert George Wright, 1st Btn Royal Berks was killed on 5th
August 1917. He is buried at Beuvry Communal Cemetery Extension. He was
born in Inkpen, Berks and was resident in Lechlade when he rejoined his
regiment in Newbury.
1165 Pte Charles Florey was born in Lechlade and was living here during
the early stages of the war but he enlisted in Birmingham joining the Royal
Warwickshire Regt. On the final day of the Battle of Cambrai (20th November–
3rd December 1917) he was killed in action; his grave was lost and he is one
of 7048 officers and men recorded on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval.
45033 Pte Herbert Ward was born in Lechlade and died, aged 18, while
serving with 5th Btn Royal Berks on 25th May 1918. His grave is on the
Somme in Ancre British Cemetery.
242284 Pte George William Pearce, 1/8th Worcs was the son of George
William and Annie Phoebe Pearce, of Buscot. He died of wounds on 15th
June 1918 in Italy and is buried at Cavalletto British Cemetery. He was born
in Faringdon and was living in Lechlade when he enlisted in Reading.
          In Lechlade Cemetery there is the grave of Pte Frederick Horne who
died in hospital in Oxford on the day the Armistice was declared. Similarly,
Pte Arthur William Beckinsale, 2nd Btn Worcs died on 11th November 1918
and is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery therefore must have been a
POW. He was the son of Richard and Minnie Rachel Beckinsale, of Broadwell.
He was born in Kencot and was a resident of Lechlade when he enlisted in
Oxford.
          These soldiers need more research and no doubt others will come
to light in due course. If any readers have any information on any of them I
would be pleased to receive details. Four additional Lechlade casualties from
1939 to 1945 have also been identified but more on them at a later date.
                                  Paul Cobb

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LECHLADE HISTORY SOCIETY
In September we learned about the Arms and Armour of the Medieval Knight
and Dr John Paddock, former curator of the Corinium Museum in Cirencester,
dispelled many myths.
         Armour was not so heavy that knights could hardly move and had
to be winched into their saddles. Shakespeare knew this: ‘I saw young Harry
… rise from the ground like feather’d Mercury, and vaulted with such ease
into his seat’ (1 Henry IV, 4.1). Medieval armour weighed considerably less
than the equipment carried by men who fought on the Somme or by those
in Afghanistan today. However, medieval knights in the 13th century suffered
greatly from overheating due to inadequate air intake through their armour
and were disadvantaged by limited vision and hearing when wearing the
great helm, which totally enclosed their heads apart from narrow eye slits.
Another misconception is that armour was so expensive that only the rich
could afford it. Cheaper armour could be bought at markets and fairs but
most of this has not survived so all that remains for display in museums is
the armour of princes and the nobility. John also exploded the myth of the
chivalric mounted warrior. Medieval battlefields were places of utter carnage
and horrendous injuries.
         Mail (chain mail is not strictly the correct term) was the most
successful form of armour ever invented and is still in use today as protective
clothing for butchers, woodcarvers and the police. One mail shirt could
comprise many thousands of metal rings. By the end of the 14th century
polished steel plate armour had taken over as the main form of protection
and during conflicts such as the Wars of the Roses many knights in full plate
armour actually fought on foot rather than on horseback.
                                      LK

Monthly meetings
We meet on the third Monday of every month except August and December
in Lechlade Memorial Hall.

21 October at 7:15pm:             AGM followed by Road Travel and
                                  Transport in Georgian Gloucestershire by
                                  Dr Nicholas Herbert, former editor of the
                                  Victoria County History of Gloucestershire.
18 November at 7:30pm:            Education in Wiltshire in the 19th and early
                                  20th centuries by Michael Marsham.

New members and guests are always welcome. For further information
please visit www.lechladehistory.co.uk or phone Shan and Alan Garnell on
01367 253087.



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THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY
Very many thanks to everyone who contributed to make the Summer Lunch
such a success – £580! This will help the most disadvantaged children in
this country, many of whom have no one else to turn to, to ensure that they
are loved, valued and listened to. In hardest times children are the hardest
hit. The network of programmes includes drop-in services for runaways, as
well as children’s centres and support for young carers. Children who are
refugees from violence and giving those in care a voice are supported. Lives
of many more children are transformed by pressurising government and local
authorities to change policy and practice to protect them, and the negative
attitudes that perpetuate harm and injustice are challenged.
         I now have Christmas card samples – a good range. Let me know
if you would like to see them and place an order. Thank you for your kindness
and support, fighting childhood poverty, harm and neglect.
                            Sylvia Dennish 252477
                              Lechlade Secretary




ST LAWRENCE, LECHLADE RESTORATION FUND
“We could have been at the Wigmore Hall or Cadogan Hall in London” … “It
was a massive pleasure” … “A really lovely occasion” … “Wonderful welcome
we had.” These were the comments from Helen Jones, giving a warm vote
of thanks for us all, and from Alison Moncrieff Kelly and Dr Esther Cavett,
our artists, after their triumphant cello and piano recital at a Serenade and
Sandwiches given to swell the fund on Friday 13 September. Early
Beethoven gave way to dark, gripping Shostakovich written in 1934 when
he daily awaited the knock on the door that would mean Siberia, and we
really did feel that chill into our bones. It was a great hour of music making
and, frankly, no other town in the Cotswolds could have matched it.
         Anticipation now turns to December and the great news is that the
special Lechlade Christmas Choir will be back this year under the lively baton
of Rachel Bath on Saturday 7 December for the Lechlade Christmas
Concert with some Britten and Schubert, a draught of mulled wine, then a
fine programme of carols for all. That great guest organist John Wright will
be there too to add his incomparable panache. Tickets at just £10 again will
be available at Lechlade News from mid November and you just have to be
there.
                    For the Appeal Committee, Keith Salway



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A GOOD READ
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling) (Sphere)
I had to read this, after all the hoo-ha in the papers, but I have to say I found
it long-winded and rather disappointing. It’s the story of the death of a
beautiful top model who fell from the balcony of a Mayfair flat on a snowy
winter’s night. Did she fall or was she pushed? – and that is what we find
out some 450 pages later. The investigation is carried out by private detective
Cormoran Strike, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, abetted by Robin, a
‘temp’ working in his office. The action takes place in Soho and the East End
of London. Perhaps I wasn’t in the mood for it!

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd (Hodder & Stoughton)
An epic novel with a background of Paris and covering the lives of four
families across the centuries – their loves and marriages, their secrets, their
irreconcilable differences of birth and faith – and ending with the defeat of
the Germans and the rise of General de Gaulle. Beautifully written, and I
was completely absorbed by all 750 pages of it. In the preface, Edward
Rutherfurd talks of Paris as a city of love, of splendour, of terror, and a city
of dreams. He doesn’t exaggerate!

The Girl from Station X – My Mother’s Unknown Life by Elisa Segrave
(Union Books)
The author’s mother suffers from Alzheimer’s – she is also an alcoholic and
is living in a special home. Elisa is finding the whole situation very trying and
has no patience at all with it. All her life she has felt that her mother didn’t
love her, that all her emotion was centred on her son, Raymond, who
tragically drowned as a boy. Then Elisa finds a stack of her mother’s diaries,
going back many many years. She begins to read them and learns so much
about her – her work with British Intelligence, including Bletchley Park, her
travels, her many lovers, her adventures with Bomber Command. Gradually,
Elisa’s relationship with her mother changes. The diaries cover a wide
spectrum of life before and after the war, and at the end I found myself moved
to tears in reading the love letters between her grandparents. An interesting
and absorbing read.

No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell (Hutchinson)
Another of Ruth Rendell’s Wexford novels – the inspector is now retired and
feeling a bit lost. However, his old friend Mike Burden is investigating the
murder of Sarah Hussain, the vicar of St Peter’s Church, Kingsmarkham,
and invites ex-inspector Wexford to sit in on the case. The inspector is deep
into his study of Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
but nevertheless accepts Mike’s invitation. It’s a pleasant and fairly nostalgic
read – nostalgic because the previous Wexford novels were really more


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interesting than is this one. I really wonder why Ruth Rendell wrote yet
another one of this series – certainly it’s not (to my mind) up to the standard
we have always enjoyed.
                                     IMP




1st LECHLADE SCOUT GROUP
It has been a while since the last report from the Scout Group but we have
been very busy providing an active programme for the Beavers, Cubs and
Scouts. Activities have ranged from camps at Cranham scout campsite, an
expedition to the Brecon Beacons, raising cash for water schemes in African
villages, planting the tubs in the Market Square area, hikes, kayaking on the
Thames, a summer camp at Biblins campsite by the Wye and having a go
on a simulator at RAF Brize Norton.
         Our band of Leaders continue to do a great job planning and running
these activities and support from parents remains a critical success factor
especially with behind the scenes tasks such as fundraising planning and
delivery. Our annual bonfire night and fireworks event with the school is
coming along – watch out for posters – and this helps us subsidise camps
and other events. Many proficiency badges and training awards have been
achieved by the youngsters and this is testimony to the hard work by Leaders
and the provision of a well planned programme week by week.
         Looking ahead, 2014 will see the Centenary of Scouts in
Lechlade. The Parish Magazine edition published in October 1914 refers to
the Scout Troop which started in August and photographic evidence exists
from 1915 when Baden Powell himself inspected Lechlade and Bibury
Scouts. Various events are being planned for 2014 including a family camp
– it should be a great year for Scouting in Lechlade!
                                   Paul Cobb
                         Group Scout Leader (253100)




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LECHLADE TENNIS CLUB
As I write this the courts are being refurbished and new netting and uprights
will be going around the courts when completed. The painting of the courts
will probably be left until the spring and so temporary lines will be painted
until then. Arrangements for playing have been made with Colston tennis
club for the morning sessions and Highworth and Fairford tennis clubs for
the evenings. Please look on the website for the times. Thank you to the
clubs concerned for helping out and also to the people living adjacent to the
courts for putting up with the noise of the drilling etc. Hopefully when done
we will have courts that play and look good. Once the work is completed the
gate to the court closest to the Memorial Hall will be left open although
non-members who play will, as before, be asked to put £4 per hour (adults)
and £2 per hour (juniors) into an envelope marked Tennis Club and to put it
through the Town Council letter box; the upkeep of the courts is considerable
so every little helps.
          The Summer League has finished and all the Men’s teams remain
in their respective divisions with the C team narrowly missing promotion but
the Ladies will drop to Division 4 next year. The club has two mixed teams
in the Winter League which will start in October.
          The finals day of the intra club tournament was held on Sunday 8
September. The matches were keenly contested and the results were as
follows:

Men’s Singles        Richard Dalby
    runner-up        Simon Robinson
Men’s Doubles        Richard Dalby and Dave Newton
    runners-up       Alan Parker and Alan Cordingly
Mixed Doubles        Hugh Niederer and Maureen Cliff
    runners-up       Richard and Jo Dalby
Ladies’ Doubles      Jane Saddington and Gay Oliver
    runners-up       Hazel Watkins and Maureen Cliff

The results of the Plate competition will be posted later as not all are
completed.
          The Quiz Night was held on Saturday 21 September and a report
will be in the next Bridge. Social tennis continues whilst the courts are being
done – see the website for arrangements. 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


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competitive and social tennis as well as social and fundraising events. For
details about the club please phone Maureen Cliff (250321) or visit
www.lechladetennisclub.doodlekit.com.
                                Gay Oliver



LECHLADE CRAFT AND GIFT FAIRS
Lechlade craft and gift fairs have had an interesting first few months and I
have been pleased with the support from the local community. With a variety
of stallholders selling anything from candles, handmade soaps and sweets
to shabby chic homewares at each event there really is something for
everyone. The added pop-up cafe serving drinks and snacks is proving
popular and the colouring corner hosted by 5-year-old Devon is a welcome
addition and keeps the children amused whilst the adults browse the lovely
wares on sale. The charity raffles bring a nice selection of items kindly
donated by each stallholder.
         I am looking for more charities to support next year and if local
support continues the Lechlade craft and gift fairs will be a permanent fixture
at the Memorial Hall. All events run from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and the remaining
dates for this year are:

                19 October in aid of St Lawrence School roof appeal
                     30 November in aid of Hedgehog Bottom

                     Hayley Schofield (07824 737416)
                    www.lechladecraftandgiftfairs.co.uk


UNIVERSITY NEWS
Luke Jackson-Ross
Many congratulations to Luke Jackson-Ross, who has obtained a First Class
Honours degree in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. He studied at the
University of Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. Luke is a former pupil of St
Lawrence School and of Burford School.

Hannah Cobb
Congratulations and good luck to Hannah Cobb, who is off to Nottingham
University to study for a BA in Management with Chinese.

Please remember to let us know about the achievements of other students.




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                                                                                LECHLAD


OCTOBER 2013
Tuesday   1st DAY CENTRE coffee morning Memorial Hall 10:45am
                U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm Scary Tales for Hallowe’en
                WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm Street Pastors of Cirencester
Thursday  3rd HARVEST FESTIVAL Trout Inn 7:30pm
Friday    4th RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH Trout Inn 7:30pm
Saturday  5th LADIES’ BREAKFAST St Lawrence Church 9:00am
               SOUTH COTSWOLD RECORDERS Pavilion 2:00pm
Tuesday   8th TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Wednesday 9th COFFEE STOP St Lawrence Church 8:45–10:00am
               MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm Boxes for Operation Christmas
               Child
               GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm Bugs and Pests in
               the Garden
Friday    11th FAIRFORD HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS Farmor’s School 7:30pm
               concert
               RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday  12th ACTIVITY FAYRE Memorial Hall 10:00am–4:00pm
Wednesday 16th ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 2:00pm The Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford
               COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
Thursday  17th LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm Marks and Spencer
Saturday  19th CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Memorial Hall 2:00–5:00pm
Sunday    20th COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
Monday    21st HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:15pm AGM and Road Travel and
               Transport in Georgian Gloucestershire
Wednesday 23rd THEATREGOERS Chin Chin at Windsor
Friday    25th RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday  26th LIONS Book Sale Pavilion 11:00am–12:30pm




                                                                                    REGULA
                                                    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



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DE DIARY


         NOVEMBER 2013
         Friday       1st    RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH Trout Inn 7:30pm
         Monday       4th    THEATREGOERS The Nutcracker at Swindon
         Tuesday      5th    U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm There’s a War on, You Know
                             WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm AGM and 7A Cafe demonstration
         Thursday     7th    MEN ALOUD OUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Friday       8th    RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Saturday     9th    SOUTH COTSWOLD RECORDERS Pavilion 2:00pm
         Sunday       10th   REMEMBRANCE SERVICE St Lawrence Church 10:30am
         Tuesday      12th   TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Wednesday    13th   COFFEE STOP St Lawrence Church 8:45–10:00am
                             MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm Christian Journey
                             GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm AGM and quiz
         Saturday     16th   COMBINED CHARITIES CHRISTMAS MARKET Memorial Hall
                             9:30am–12:30pm
                             WESSEX MALE CHOIR St Lawrence Church 7:30pm in aid of British
                             Heart Foundation
         Sunday       17th   COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
         Monday       18th   HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm Education in Wiltshire in
                             the 19th and early 20th centuries
         Wednesday 20th      ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 2:00pm New Brewery Arts
                             COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
         Thursday     21st   LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm The Arctic
         Saturday     23rd   FAIRFORD HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS Christmas bazaar
                             Fairford Community Centre
                             NEPAL EVENING Memorial Hall 7:30pm
         Friday       29th   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
         Saturday     30th   CRAFT AND GIFT FAIR Memorial Hall 2:00–5:00pm
                             CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON Market Place




AR MEETINGS
 10:30am–3:00pm Memorial Hall
Lunch Club 12:30–2:00pm
gue 9:45am Memorial Hall
rket 8:30–11:00am Church Cottage
   7:00pm Clarke & Pierce Room
ncing 7:30–9:30pm Memorial Hall
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 in the Town Diary which is kept in Lechlade Library



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OBITUARIES
The thanksgiving service for the life of Dawn Turnbull (1933–2013) was
held on Thursday 22 August at Kingsdown Crematorium followed by a
reception at Stanton House Hotel, Stanton Fitzwarren. With Ron, Dawn was
landlady at the Trout Inn in Lechlade for many years and lots of her friends
from that time attended the service. Rebecca Sarjent read the tribute at the
service.

The funeral of Sheila Mayer (1939–2013) was held at St Lawrence Church
on Monday 2 September, followed by a private cremation at Kingsdown
Crematorium. A reception was held afterwards at The George in Kempsford.
Donations were for the work of Prospect Hospice.




FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS

ST LAWRENCE CHURCH
BAPTISMS
We welcome:
   28 July               George Pears
   28 July               Ella Jean
   15 September          Matthew Bradley

MARRIAGES
We congratulate:
   14 September          Kit Harris and Chloe Mountford

FUNERAL
We remember:
      5 August           Anne Waite
      2 September        Sheila Mayer
      27 September       Les Hill

We remember also:        Iona Maton
                         Betty Mullaly
                         Stephen Mullaly
                         Dawn Turnbull



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LECHLADE LITTLE LEARNERS
This summer break has seen a lot of changes at Little Learners with Ann
Richardson, our pre-school manager, deciding that it was also time for her
to leave after over 20 years of working with us. We would like to thank her
for her hard work and support over the years and wish her every happiness
in the future. This meant we were busy recruiting for three new members of
staff to join the Little Learners team and we would like to welcome Sharon
Chase as our new manager, Kim McCue as our new deputy manager and
Kim Illingworth as our new afternoon pre-school assistant.
          The new sessions are proving popular and if you are thinking of
signing up your child to attend, these are our current sessions: Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9–12 morning session, 12–1 lunch club and
1–3 afternoon session. Wednesday is a half-day with just the 9–12 morning
session running.
          We have lots of fundraising activities planned for the upcoming
months so please keep a look out for those and support us if you can. As a
registered charity it is monies and donations raised that help us keep
everything up to date and make Little Learners a fun and safe environment
for your children.
          There are two things we are fundraising for at the moment. The first
is the outside area which is in need of sprucing up and we have many ideas
for adding herbs/hanging outdoor decorations and other items to make it a
more stimulating area for the children. The other is to make a sensory corner
for the children within Little Learners.
          Both these will need donations and if you can help in any way,
whether by a donation or you have some items that would benefit either of
these projects or are a local business interested in helping a good cause,
please get in touch!
                               Little Learners Committee
                        littlelearnersfundraising@live.co.uk




LECHLADE DAY CENTRE
All are invited to our coffee morning on Tuesday 1 October from 10:45am
to 12 noon at the Memorial Hall. Coffee (refills) and biscuits £1. Cakes and
produce, books and puzzles for sale. Why not stay for lunch – £6.
         The Lunch Club welcomes visitors of any age to lunch on Tuesdays
in term time. Please let Sylvia Dennish (252477) know the Friday before if
possible.



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GARDENING HINTS
What a small world we live in. We have just come back from a few days in
the Scilly Isles (our first trip and definitely not our last). We visited the famous
garden at Tresco and whilst we were there took advantage of a guided walk
given by an RSPB man, who talked not only about birds but also about
butterflies, moths, flowers and trees. He pointed out a huge fully grown elm
tree – elm disease never reached the Scillies. Someone questioned the
amount of ivy growing on it and wondered whether it was bad for the health
of the tree, but he said no, it was not anything to be overly concerned about.
It was not in the interests of the ivy to kill the tree and he stressed the
importance of ivy for being a home to all kinds of insects and small birds, as
well as providing pollen and nectar when other flowers are going over. So
don’t be in too much of a hurry to remove every trace of ivy from your garden.
The flowers are opening now – little drumsticks of 15-20 flower heads with
yellow anthers rich in pollen and nectar. As autumn turns to winter many
insects, including butterflies, will go to them to feed. In December the ivy
berries will appear, and these become an important food source for birds.
So back to the small world … listening to two of our fellow walkers speaking
with great knowledge about moths and butterflies, I suddenly realised that
both of them had been to speak at Lechlade Gardening Club, he on the
subject of moths, and she with a colleague on butterflies. I felt privileged to
be there with experts, who were imparting their knowledge so freely and
wisely. All were worried about habitats changing and how this will affect
wildlife, but on an optimistic note the butterfly lady, Sue, said that the
butterflies have had a good summer after a rather bad spring, and that
numbers of some species have increased. We passed a buddleia with
several red admirals on it and were told that this is also important for moths,
who come to feed on the blossoms at night – something that I had never
thought of, but will try to see for my own eyes next year.
          The gardens at Tresco are very exotic, with huge examples of tender
plants and succulents which would perish here in the winter. (Like the giant
echiums I tried to grow, and spent a huge amount of time and energy erecting
very unsightly protective cages of fleece around for the winter. They died).
Agapanthus grow on all the islands and were just coming to an end. As we
walked about we came upon many little stalls by people’s gates with fruit
and vegetables, agapanthus bulbs, fleshy succulents and aeoniums (I call
them the telephone cactus as they remind me of the old-fashioned
telephones). It was tantalising for me (a plantaholic) to have to pass them
by, as not only would they probably die in Lechlade, but I had no room at all
in my luggage as they do not allow anything bigger than a small handbag in
the tiny airplane to Exeter.
          So, we returned to an abundance of produce in our own garden.
Both a joy and also somewhat of a dilemma – what to do with it all? We have
never had such a crop of damsons, so we eat them stewed for breakfast,
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lunch and supper. The mulberries have literally dripped off the tree. Of all
the fruit they seem the most luxurious as you can never buy them
commercially – they do not store and go mouldy at the drop of a hat. (A friend
has made mulberry vodka – sounds good!) The fig tree has never been so
laden with huge ripe figs – so laden in fact that it broke one of the fixings in
the wall and has had to have a serious and rather untimely prune. Apples,
pears, blackberries – what a feast. And the squirrels had a feast, early on.
The hazelnut tree was heavy with unripe nuts and the pesky squirrels got
every one, eating them well before they were ripe enough for us to pick.
         A lot of people think that peonies should not be moved. Well,
apparently this is an old wives’ tale and October is the best month for
transplanting them. Dig up your clump as the leaves fade and with a pruning
saw divide into pieces with roughly five buds, replant (not too deeply), and
feed with a general fertilizer. Feed again in the spring. I always mulch mine
with garden compost for the winter. And now? Getting ready for next year
of course. If I tell you all the jobs that you could/should be doing you’ll
probably get depressed and give up. It’s basically bulb planting, digging,
division of clumps and planning. And winter pruning … And the magazines
always tell you to do boring things like wash the flowerpots and sharpen the
lawnmower blades. And tidy the potting shed … but why not just get those
books and catalogues out and have a good read by the fire.
         Did You Know . . ? Around 60 species of butterfly are seen regularly
in the UK, but there are around 2,500 species of moth. 100 species fly in
daylight but most appear at dusk. They are just as affected by habitat loss
as butterflies, with numbers dropping by about a third since 1968.
                                    BMcN




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I MUST STOP PUTTING MY HAND UP!
I must stop putting my hand up. It probably started at school, when I thought
I knew (certainly mistakenly!) the answers to questions the teachers asked
us. Nowadays, the hand still shoots into the air when we attend meetings
and have to signify our agreement (or otherwise) to the election of committee
members, or passing accounts. But this hand-up business can lead you into
strange places.
           At the annual Little Faringdon lunch, there is an auction of various
desirable things, such as a handbag from Kate Moss, or things to do, such
as a box and lunch for eight at Lord’s for the Test Match. This luncheon
raises between six and eight thousand pounds each year to support St
Margaret’s Church in Little Faringdon. Various very generous people offer
these prizes, which people are invited to bid for.
           This year, one of the things on offer was an hour’s flight over
Gloucestershire in a friend’s private plane. So the bidding started and, aided
by an injection of some excellent wine, I started to put my hand up. Once
there, I couldn’t take it down again! So I ended up paying for this flight in my
friend Dacre Watson’s plane.
           Dacre drove me down to Oaksey airfield, where we found his plane
in a hangar and manhandled it on to the tarmac. Petrol was poured in, we
climbed aboard, which involved a spot of torso folding, and, in a few minutes,
we were zipping over the grass and into the air. The advantage of a high-wing
monoplane is that there are no wings to obscure the view below.
           So we had a perfect view of Badminton House and Park, Tetbury,
Malmesbury, Cirencester, Northleach, Burford, Lechlade (twice!), so that I
could look down on our house, then over the main runway at Fairford (not a
plane in sight) and towards Oaksey. At this point, Dacre asked me if I would
like to fly the plane. No, I didn’t really fly it, but I did keep it in a pretty straight
line for a few miles until we got near Oaksey. Then it was over to the expert.
I do straight; not up and down!
           It was a perfect morning with wonderful visibility, great views of
well-known places and a perfect pilot.
           So, perhaps I shall keep putting my hand up – and hoping for another
such treat.
                                          JK




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LECHLADE 8TH FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW
Flower and Produce Show a great success
Despite the awful conditions this year, particularly for flower and vegetable
growers, the show was a huge success with entrants and entries in each
section up from last year. There was a huge increase in the Photography
section and comments overall by the judges were complimentary to all who
took part. Lechlade Gardening Club would like to thank all who took part in
producing flowers/arrangements and vegetables both small and enormous,
those who over the year created some wonderful handicrafts and those
bakers who fancied themselves as Mary Berry. There were truly some
delicious cakes, breads, jams and wine on show. Thanks also go to the ladies
who sent in cakes for consumption by members of the public during the
show.
         Please ensure that you put the first Saturday in September 2014 in
your diary as that is when we hold the 9th Flower and Produce Show and
hope for even more entries than ever.

Winners of the trophies were:
Cutler and Bayliss Cup           Vegetables           Mr R J Cuss
Jim Ludlow Cup                   Fruit                Brian Gray
Lechlade Gardening Club Cup      Flowers and Herbs    Barbara McNaught
Barclays Bank Rose Bowl          Flower Arrangement   Mary Sheffield
Moore Allen and Innocent Cup     Domestic             Ian Andrews
Cotswold Wine Company Plate      Wine                 Claire Brown
Crowdy and Rose Cup              Photography          Ian McLeod and
                                                      Tim Yeoman
Lechlade Lions Cup               Crafts               David Bindon
Allcourt Meadow Cup              Photography at Allcourt Ian Mcleod

Chairman’s Cup for highest aggregate points in show Barbara McNaught

Lechlade Gardening Club meets on the second Wednesday in the month
at Lechlade Memorial Hall at 7:30pm and new members are particularly
welcome.

                 9 October: Bugs and Pests in the Garden
                      13 November: AGM and Quiz

For further information please visit www.lechladegardeningclub.co.uk.
                               Tim Yeoman




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

October 12th  In loving memory of Ray Hayden.
October 13th  In memory of Winifred Smith on the 100th Anniversary of
              her birth.
October 13th  In memory of Robert Long.
October 18th  In memory of Jean Gregory on her birthday.
October 19th  To celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary – Jean and
              Brian Elliott.
November 6th Remembering Alan with love; died 2002.
November 12th In memory of Gordon Kent.
November 21st For Ted.

In addition a donation was made for September:

September 29th In memory of my mother on her birthday.

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




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LECHLADE CRICKET CLUB
Gloucestershire County Cup Champions
Lechlade capped off their most successful season in 127 years with an 89
run win over Bedminster to win the Gloucestershire County Cup at the end
of August. The cup win followed a day after the club had experienced a day
of disappointment as both the 1st and 2nd teams lost on the final day of the
league season, with both teams missing out on promotion by the narrowest
of margins.
         Lechlade chairman Paul Rowley commenting on the cup success
said: “With the league disappointment fresh in our minds we travelled to
Bristol the following day and it’s with great credit to our Cup Captain Arran
Dickinson and Coach Luke Sellers that they lifted the team’s morale to secure
the win and finish the season as Gloucestershire County Champions.”
         Commenting on the club’s season, Rowley expressed how proud
he was at the club’s development and achievements over the last year: “From
the official opening of the new practice nets at the start of the season to the
Cup Final win at the end of the season it has been non-stop. It’s been a year
that has seen the club go from strength to strength from the continued
development of our junior programme and the continued success of all our
senior teams. The 3rd team in only its second year has now established itself
and with them winning half of their games this season promotion next year
is not out of the question. The 2nd team narrowly missed out on promotion
on the last day but finished a very respectable second, a tremendous
improvement on last year’s bottom spot and something I am sure we can
continue to build on.”
         Rowley then turned to the 1st team’s historic season: “We were very
proactive in player recruitment last winter and we attracted some very good
local cricketers to the club on the back of the signings of New Zealand
Under-19 International Arnie Yugaraga and Wiltshire Captain Joe Breet. The
team gelled fantastically under Captain Paul Godding and Coach Sellers
and after a disappointing start on the first weekend they were unbeatable
and to be in contention for the title come the last weekend was a dream
come true. Unfortunately the last Saturday was a great disappointment to
us all but to finish 2nd in the Glos/Wilts Division, our highest league finish
in our history, was none the less a great achievement.” Rowley then ended
with his hope that next season they would go one better in the league and
enjoy further cup successes.




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THE LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF FAIRFORD HOSPITAL
The league’s fundraising events in the summer were all very successful:
         Jazz Swing Band Picnic on 13 July raised £1800. Our thanks go to
Earl St Aldwyn for letting us use the gardens at Mill House, Coln St Aldwyns,
which provided a lovely setting for this enjoyable evening.
         Story Supper Evening on 24 August at Fairford Community Centre
was a sell-out and raised £300 for the league. Our thanks go to Eric and
Wendy Graham who organised this very enjoyable evening.
         Open Gardens at Quenington on 8 September. Despite concerns
over the weather this raised over £500 with visitors being able to see three
delightful gardens. Our thanks go to Mr and Mrs Bradley of Beech House,
Mrs Blackwood of The Old Post House and Mrs Hilarie Chester of The Long
House.

Our next three fundraising events are:
         11 October – Songs for Friends choir concert at Farmor’s School,
Fairford. The Brize Singers and A Splash of Red will be performing from
7:30pm. Tickets are £5 adults/£2.50 children and are available from Lechlade
News, Fairford Post Office, Fairford Hospital and the league’s charity shop
in Lechlade.
         16 November – Combined Charities Christmas Market at
Lechlade Memorial Hall. The league will be selling their own Christmas cards
and raffle tickets at the market.
         23 November – The league’s Christmas Bazaar at Fairford
Community Centre. Christmas cards, raffle tickets, cake sales, book stalls,
plants, refreshments, etc. will be available. Offers of donations and help will
be welcome. Please contact Ruth Berridge on 01367 252706.
         Please refer to our website www.friendsoffairford.org.uk for further
information.

The league’s Voluntary Car Service continues to provide a valuable service
to the local community for patients from Lechlade and Fairford GP surgeries.
Additional volunteer drivers, particularly from the Lechlade area, are needed
to help with this service, which takes patients to GP surgeries and local
hospitals for outpatient appointments. If you are interested in becoming
involved please contact our administrator Julie in the first instance on 01793
725091.
         Also in need of volunteers are the First Responders, the dedicated
team of first-aiders who are called out to emergencies locally ahead of the
paramedics if an ambulance is some distance away. Training is given to
everyone prepared to step in and maybe help save a life. Contact is David
Chapman: dcsachapman@btinternet.com.
                         Graham Hewitt – Chairman
                                01285 851022
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THOUGHTS OF A BORN-AGAIN GARDENER
For nearly 30 years wonderful Basil Hunt looked after our garden beautifully.
Sadly, in April our dear Basil died and for many, many reasons we miss him
dreadfully.
          My husband decided that ‘we’ should try to do the garden ourselves.
Although I love the garden I have little experience of gardening and even
less knowledge. However, quite liking the idea of ‘us’ doing the garden, I
have started to look at gardening with new eyes. My husband’s bit of the
‘we’ consists of mowing the lawn (he has bought a new mower) and of
pruning every bush in sight. He has three electrical hedge trimmers and yes,
you’ve guessed it, he does the trimming and I pick up the bits. I also do the
edging after he’s mown the lawn.
          On the positive side, I have started to take a real interest in plants
and with the help of my friend Jenny Britton have reorganised the rockery. I
have to say I think Basil would be proud of us.
          I have always enjoyed Barbara McNaught’s articles in The Bridge
but now I am taking her advice and have purchased a book to take with me
for jottings when visiting gardens. My very favourite National Trust garden
is Bodnant, near Conwy. It’s a wonderfully varied garden of some 80 acres
and I could visit every day and not get bored. Now I take a great interest in
how they plant up their beds but I don’t think I can aspire to the fantastic
laburnum arch.
          There are a couple of downsides to my new-found obsession; firstly,
I am in great danger of developing repetitive strain injury from all the hoeing
I have been doing and secondly, tortoise sitting this week has been difficult
as said tortoise George loves dandelions and I have been doing battle with
dandelions in our garden and so far I am winning. (I am losing the battle with
shepherd’s purse though.)
          My husband does not think my enthusiasm will last, but I am hopeful.
Basil was my inspiration and I don’t want to let him down.
          Watch this space!
                                   Jan Taylor
PS. At time of writing, 6 August, I have one runner bean – well, it’s a start!




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LECHLADE & DISTRICT TWINNING ASSOCIATION
A rookie’s eye view of twinning
“A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet” (according to Will Rogers,
whoever he might have been – a friendly feller one hopes, or else his quote
is rather wasted).
          What is the purpose of twinning? A valid question put to me, on the
eve of our recent visit to La Chapelle. Is it just a jolly for Lechlade members?
Worse still, is it paid for by the taxpayer? (It isn’t!) Are there meant to be
economic benefits to Lechlade? As a new member of Lechlade & District
Twinning Association – best £6 family membership ever – I didn’t have
answers to these legitimate questions.
          For several years I had been told what a fantastic experience a visit
to Brittany, with this group of assorted Lechladians, would be. Nothing had
quite prepared us for the truly wonderful short break which my son and I
enjoyed over the last Bank Holiday weekend. My earlier reticence was based
on a lack of knowledge and understanding. It’s all too easy to have
misconceptions, preconceived wrong ideas or prejudices. Yes, it is a jolly.
In fact it’s difficult to explain just how much fun can be had with convivial,
like-minded, sociable people. I shan’t even try. You had to be there, and I
would urge you to give it a go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
          I learned there is a more significant purpose than just an excuse for
‘a proverbial’ and several feasts – delightful though these may be. The
French of Brittany are of course Honorary Welsh, which means they are
naturally warm, sociable, and very welcoming. Their association is larger
than the Lechlade equivalent and they have fostered extremely close links
with their German twinned town of Kalchreuth.
          I’m not for a moment suggesting that a single community’s biennial
trip to France will restore Britain’s international prestige and reputation, or
foster peace, friendship and co-operation, all by itself. But the aggregate
goodwill of all the communities who reach out and link together, throughout
Europe, does have significant purpose. We’re just a very small cog in a very
large international wheel, where world peace isn’t something we can afford
to be complacent about, or take for granted. WWII wasn’t so very long ago.
It would be tragic indeed if its dreadful lessons were forgotten, or the
sacrifices of so many – including British, French and German – counted for
nought. The unimaginable pain and suffering of countries such as Bosnia,
Croatia, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, to name
but a few, were all too recently visited upon northern Europe.
          So no, there’s no direct economic benefit for Lechlade, and we can’t
guarantee world peace, but it’s a lot of fun enjoying the drink up (you’re
reading the abridged version), and making new friends along the way.
          New friends, in Lechlade, and La Chapelle. I really can’t recommend
the Twinning Association highly enough – or a trip to La Chapelle des
Fougeretz if you get a chance.
                                    Tony Roberts
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THE POPPY APPEAL 2013
90 Not Out
The Royal British Legion has been helping Service people and their families,
past and present, for over 90 years, and although their needs have changed
the need for its work is as vital as ever.
         The Legion spends £1.6 million a WEEK carrying out support
services which are flexible and wide-ranging. A nationwide network of
volunteers and staff operates locally to help those in need and, as guardian
of the Military Covenant, the Legion campaigns nationally for improvements
to legislation, public policies and statutory services. The Legion is the major
voice for Service and ex-Service people throughout the year, campaigning
and lobbying on a wide range of issues, including mental and physical health,
housing and homelessness, community and adult care.
         This year, as always, British Service personnel have been posted
to some of the world's most dangerous trouble spots, and many are paying
a high price for their bravery. The support that the Legion provides is just as
important for our Armed Forces now as it was 90 years ago.
         Please give generously when you see your local poppy sellers, or
give a little of your time, no more than two or three hours, by joining the
Lechlade poppy team. Contact appeal organiser Stewart Bruce, 01367
253236.




WESSEX MALE CHOIR
Do you have the voice?
Wessex Male Choir, international and regional winners of music
competitions, are looking to increase their numbers in the coming months.
They have a Christmas concert planned for Swindon in December but have
commitments locally and elsewhere in the UK during the forthcoming season.
A tour of Eire is being planned for the spring. In the last season they won
the Cheltenham Gold Cup as the best overall choir at the Cheltenham Music
Festival and they have recently sung in Sheffield with their patron, Aled
Jones, and Matt Cardle, winner of the X Factor.
        If you have the voice and enjoy singing, they would like to hear from
you. You can join them at practice in their base at Abbey Meads Church,
Swindon, at 7:30pm on Tuesdays. More details are available from their
website www.wessexmalechoir.co.uk.
        Come and join one of the best male choirs in the UK.
                                Tim Yeoman



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GLOUCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST
Vaccinating badgers on the farm
The pale fingers of dawn had begun to tickle night out of its slumber as we set
off to vaccinate Greystones Farm’s badgers last month. Even as I wrote that
opening sentence I knew that the analogy was ridiculous (regardless of its
literary defects) – night isn’t slumbering; it is vibrant and bursting with rude
and dramatic wakefulness. And the creatures that we hoped were in our traps
are some of the more active denizens of the farm during these hours.
          Controversy rages – and will continue to rage – over the best way to
reduce the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in domestic and wild animals in
this country, and until cattle vaccination is available to us (which will be the
most effective measure we can take, but not the complete panacea to all of
our problems), we must try to find the best interim solutions. So, armed with
BCG vaccines and diluents, syringes, stock marker, scissors, disinfectant
spray and protective gear, we set off in the gathering dawn to check our 30
badger traps. Over the preceding nights we had been ruthlessly reinforcing
the badgers’ addiction to peanuts, and having identified where they were active
and dug in the traps (large, wire cages which are tripped when the badger
moves a large stone at the back to access the peanuts), we had gradually
been moving the bait towards the back of the cages. Because most of these
baits were being taken, we were fairly confident that we’d catch a high
proportion of Greystones’ badgers, and these suspicions were given more
credibility by the presence of a badger in our first hedgerow trap.
          The process of assessing, injecting and marking the badgers was
attenuated a little due to the presence that morning of no less than three BBC
TV and radio crews (the cull in Somerset was announced midway through the
morning, hence the intense interest in this vaccination programme). However,
presenters and cameramen from all teams were very sympathetic to our need
to concentrate and to be efficient, so that the creatures did not spend longer
than necessary in the traps before being jabbed and released. They had plenty
of opportunities to get their footage that morning, because twelve badgers
were caught, all in great condition. A further eleven were trapped on the
following night (six of which were recaptures from the night before – the
peanuts are that good), and our work on that second morning was rigorously
audited by a vet from the AHVLA (Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories
Agency).
          Despite having to go cold turkey through lack of peanuts, our badgers
now at least have a better chance of remaining fit and healthy for the rest of
their lives. The hope is that, over the five years of this programme at
Greystones Farm (and in our Stroud valleys reserves), immunity within the
sett will have built up so that, in combination with improved farm biosecurity,
cattle testing and movement restrictions, our and our neighbours’ cows are
less likely to succumb to this devastating infection.
              Will Masefield – Cotswold Community Wildlife Officer
                will.masefield@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk
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BELIEVE IT OR NOT . . .
The following announcements have actually appeared in church bulletins or
been made in church services (not, we must hasten to add, in Lechlade).
Thank you to John Knott for providing these gems that we hope will amuse
all our readers, in particular Rachel and our wonderful choir and those who
compile our church bulletins!
Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things
not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they
can get.
Potluck supper on Sunday at 5pm – prayer and medication to follow.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend
him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What is Hell?’ Come
early and listen to choir practice.
The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be
seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several
new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water’. The sermon tonight:
‘Searching for Jesus’.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the church
basement on Friday at 7pm. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and
gracious hostility.
John and Janet were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a
friendship that began in their school days.
Miss Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again’, giving obvious pleasure to
the congregation.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
The Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals.
For those of you who have children and don’t know it, there’s a nursery
downstairs.



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ARTS IN LECHLADE (AiL)
LECHLADE CLUBS AND SOCIETIES FAIR
Come and see what’s going on in Lechlade
Saturday 12 October in the Memorial Hall.

LECHLADE ART SOCIETY meets in Lechlade Memorial Hall from 2:00 to
4:00pm.
Wednesday 16 October: The Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford – Jon Whiteley
Wednesday 20 November: New Brewery Arts in Cirencester

LECHLADE COMMUNITY BAND meets in St Lawrence Primary School
Hall at 7:00pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Wednesdays
2 and 16 October, 6 and 20 November.
          Drag your instrument from the attic, dust it off and come on down to
St Lawrence Primary School Hall at 7:00pm on Wednesday 2 October for a
Have a Go playing session – absolutely free of charge. All players of any
abilities welcome. Contact: Peter Kingslake 01367 253200 or Jay Mathews
01367 860869 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 9 and 23 October, 13 and 27 November. New members always
welcome. No singing experience necessary. Contact Jay Mathews: 01367
860869 or jaymathews124@mac.com.

RECORDER PLAYERS (SOUTH COTSWOLD SRP)
Saturdays 5 October and 9 November from 2:00 to 5:00pm in the Pavilion,
Lechlade. Conductor Jay Mathews. Contact Jay Mathews: 01367 860869
or jaymathews124@mac.com.

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC YOUTH meets at the Trout Inn at 7:30pm on
Fridays 4 October and 1 November. MC Henry Bateman. All younger players
welcome. Audience of any age also welcome! Contact Jay Mathews: 01367
860869.

RIVERFOLK ACOUSTIC meets at the Trout Inn at 8:00pm on the second
and last Friday of each month. Fridays 11 and 25 October, 8 and 29
November. Players, singers and listeners all equally welcome. £1 entrance.
Contact Jay Mathews: 01367 860869 or jaymathews124@mac.com.

TATT (Tunes at the Trout) session playing in the Creel Bar, Trout Inn at
8:00pm on Tuesdays 8 October and 12 November. TATT is a small group

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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:
jackbunny9@hotmail.com.

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



       Lechlade & District
           Lions Club
       MAKE USE OF YOUR NEW COMMUNITY
          MINIBUS. AVAILABLE TO LOCAL
        CLUBS, GROUPS & ORGANISATIONS*




         WANTED Volunteer Drivers for the Lechlade &
               District Community Mini Bus

                Bookings & further details, contact:
               Email: minibus@lechladelions.org.uk
                    or Phone: 07553-406252
                  or www.lechladelions.org.uk

                  * Subject to a VOSA Section 19 Permit

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               Lechlade & District Lions Club
                   announce their annual
                     Young Ambassador
                of the 21st Century Scheme
·   Are YOU between the ages of 15 and 19*?
·   Would YOU like the opportunity of winning £50?
·   Would YOU like your favourite charity to receive £200?
·   If you can answer YES to these three questions, then you should
    consider entering this year’s Young Ambassador Scheme.
·   For an application form and full details, please contact:
                         Lion Jake Nelson
                    Telephone: 01367 252607
          Email: youngambassador@lechladelions.org.uk
            www.lechladelions.org.uk/youngambassador
                  CLOSING DATE: 30 OCTOBER
                          *on 5 June 2014




     LECHLADE & DISTRICT LIONS CLUB
              BOOK SALE

                   Saturday 26 October

                          The Pavilion
                           Lechlade

                      11:00am – 12:30pm

                         Entrance 50p

                    Enquiries: 01367 252087
                    www.lechladelions.org.uk

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EDITORIAL COMMITTEE

Editor: Linda Kent                                Tel: 253175
Assistant Editor: Marian Winckles                 Tel: 252851
Design and Printing: Simon Winckles               Tel: 252851
Distribution: Maureen Cliff                       Tel: 250321
Treasurer: David Newton                           Tel: 252543
For St Lawrence PCC: John Deacon                  Tel: 250159

Key Dates for next issue:
            Copy Date:           Wednesday 20 November
             Print Date:         Tuesday 26 November
        Collation Date:          Friday 29 November.

Please email items to:       items@lechladebridge.org.uk

Please email adverts to:     adverts@lechladebridge.org.uk

Please ensure items and adverts are in either Word or RTF format with
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Hard copy or handwritten submissions may be left in the pigeonhole marked
THE BRIDGE in St Lawrence Church. The pigeonholes are in the cupboard
behind the blue curtain at the back of the church. Please mark all such
contributions clearly.

All information in The Bridge is published in good faith and is based on that
supplied to us.




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                         Sat 9–1
         Evening appointments available on request
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 Contact Martin on 01793 821201 or martin@countyclocks.co.uk
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   Traditional Sweets • Confectionery • Fine Chocolates • Ice cream
   Shop 2 High St, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3AE, UK


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