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									October - November 2011                                         Issue 179

For a townie like me combine harvesters, hay bales, tractors and trailers are
all very exciting. Certainly in my last parish, Wandsworth in south London,
we were not used to such exotic machinery going past. Harvest in an urban
setting becomes a bit meaningless, as you can buy the same sort of food at
any time of the year, so it is good to be in Lechlade and feel closer to the
land, appreciating how food is produced. Even in the vicarage garden we
have been busy collecting apples, pears, blackberries and raspberries. It is
hard not to be thankful to the Lord of the harvest and realise how many good
things we are blessed with. It has been said that the worst thing about being
an atheist is that there is no one to say ‘thank you’ to – when you marvel at
a stunning sunset, a flotilla of swans gliding effortlessly along the river, or
the intricate beauty of a tiny flower or snowflake.
          Three thousand years ago King David wrote in Psalm 8, ‘O LORD,
our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!...When I consider your
heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have
set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that
you care for him?’ Nature helps us to keep a healthy perspective – we are
part of a created order, a universe of the most extraordinary diversity and
detail. In Lechlade we see that reality on a daily basis. How do we respond
to creation, except by acknowledging a Creator? And what happens if that
Creator is not a remote, disconnected entity, but a loving, compassionate
Father, who cares about each one of us? And what happens if that God took
on human flesh and blood and entered into our world as a man, who shaped
wood with his hands? What happens if this is not pious waffle, but actually
true? It changes everything. So next time you munch a mushroom or ponder
a potato, say together with King David, ‘O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is
your name in all the earth!’
                           Revd Andrew Cinnamond
                     Team Vicar, St Lawrence, Lechlade

We hope that you enjoy reading THE BRIDGE – A Window on Lechlade.
The Bridge is produced bi-monthly and, if you live in Lechlade and would
like to receive regular copies, we can deliver six issues to your home for an
annual subscription of £2.50. Copies can be posted to addresses outside
Lechlade for an additional cost. Please contact Maureen Cliff on 250321 or
Linda Kent on 253175 or email for
further information. Magazines can also be purchased from the Newsagents
or St Lawrence Church at a cost of 50p per copy.

Services and other events
The Baptist Church (Sherborne Street, GL7 3AH) extends a warm welcome
to you to join us for our 10:30am Sunday services. Before each service
there is a prayer meeting at 9:45am.

Other regular events taking place at the church are:
FruitShoots Kids Club, which is an activity club for children aged 5 to 11.
FruitShoots meets on Mondays from 3:30pm until 4:30pm during term-time
for games, crafts, a drink and a snack, and a Bible story. There is no charge.
Card-making group, which meets on the first Wednesday of the month from
2:00pm until 4:00pm. Join us to make new friends – and some greetings
cards to give to family and friends!
Prayer meeting/Bible study: These meetings, which alternate, take place
on Thursdays from 7:30pm until 8:30pm.
Beans Coffee Shop, which is open on Saturdays from 10:00am until 12
noon. Drop in for a drink, some home-made cake, and a good chat! There
is a kids’ corner with toys.

For further information on any of the above, please contact Sam Edwards
(Minister-in-Training), tel: (01367) 252197.

News and Views
Following the ‘Arctica’ Bible Club, we enjoyed chatting to the parents and
children who came along to a barbecue on 10th August. Everyone sat
outside in the fading sunlight, while the smell of roasting sausages wafted
through the air.
         When the children had explored the church garden they drifted
inside, where some of them made and flew a fleet of Lego aircraft. Playdough
was an unexpected hit with the older ones! Meanwhile, their parents were
able to view many of the photos taken at the Club.
                                 Vicky Stone

Thank you seems so inadequate when it comes to saying Thank You to all
of you good people for supporting our Vicar’s Reception by contributing such
yummy food, wine and drinks. All who spoke to us said how much they had
enjoyed the magnificent “spread”. It was a feast indeed and the feast is ready
to begin. Thank you all of you – individuals and the business houses who so
generously supported us through your time, your advice and your giving.
God bless you all.
                                Sheila Mouna

It is with a real sense of gratitude that I write this as the new vicar of St
Lawrence. Kate and I, and our children Theo (5) and Eva (3), have been
made to feel immensely welcome in Lechlade, so thank you so much for your
words of welcome, cards, cakes, and even runner beans and marrows! We
can honestly say that we have felt God directing us to this parish and church
family, and our prayer is that God will graciously use us to proclaim His
Kingdom and Gospel.
          It has been humbling to know that during the interregnum St
Lawrence was being well cared for by the staff team of retired clergy in the
parish and Jean Brown, our curate. Jean has done a great job in holding
everything together, but she is now heading off to pastures new, a House
for Duty position in the Meyseys and Castle Eaton. Her last Sunday was 25th
September and her licensing will be 4:00pm on Sunday 9th October at St
Mary’s, Meysey Hampton. During the search for a new vicar many people
were involved in the daily running of the church – a sure sign of a healthy
church family.
          On Sunday 7th August we held our patronal festival, when we gave
thanks for St Lawrence and other Christian men and women, who were
martyred for their faith. The Church Father Tertullian once said that the blood
of the martyrs was the seedbed of the Church, and he was right. It is good
to remember those who were prepared to suffer, even unto death, for the
sake of Christ and His Church. Today we build on those strong spiritual
foundations. The week after saw our choir, well-drilled under Rachel Bath’s
expert leadership, sing at Llandaff Cathedral. By all accounts it was a most
enjoyable and uplifting occasion, and appreciated by all who heard them. On
Sunday 4th September I had the privilege of baptising three lovely girls, Tia,
Evie and Lily McBain from the same family, a first for me. It was a happy and
bustling occasion in the church, what with the parents and nine godparents
gathered around the font. The next Sunday we celebrated with Peter and
Elisabeth Vaughan their golden wedding anniversary, and they generously
provided drinks for everyone after the service.
          The worshipping community at St Lawrence never stands still and
we look ahead to a joint deanery service on 16th October in Fairford at
6:00pm. It will be good to join together with other churches, which comprise
the South Cotswolds Team Ministry. Our Remembrance service will be held
at 10:15am on Sunday 13th November, when we give thanks and remember
those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom and liberty. None
of us knows what lies around the corner, but we can be confident that our
Father in Heaven is faithful and sustains us, even in dark and troubling times.
                              Andrew Cinnamond

It seems amazing to me that we are, yet again, starting another academic
year. School life is so very busy that the year seems to fly by, as we are
involved in the curriculum, activities with other schools, community events
and identifying with the national picture.
         Like all other sectors of public life, we are experiencing tighter
budgets. We have always been good housekeepers and made the best use
of our budget, so that every child benefits throughout their primary education.
However, there are now extra demands on a finite sum of money, so we do
our best as a self-supporting school community. As a result, during the
summer holidays, a team of families worked on the school pond and its
surround, so that we now have a vibrant outdoor learning area that will be
able to house a whole class whilst studying the wildlife in and around the
pond. We also knew that our dining room was looking tired and shabby and
so, in August, a team of 10 people, comprised of school staff, governors
and church members, each gave a few hours to re-decorate the room. As
a result, the children returned in September to a clean, fresh environment,
pleasing to everyone. Heartfelt thanks go to all our helpers.
         Through the generosity of another school family, we have leased
an extension to our school field. It is now fenced and ready for use. Hedging
and some trees will be planted in November to enhance the environment
for the children, local people and, of course, the wildlife.
         On Friday 4 November we will be organising a Firework and Bonfire
Night on the school site and adjoining field. This is a joint event with
Lechlade Scouts, and we hope that you will join us for a hot dog, fun and
                                  Alison Lock
                       St Lawrence CE Primary School

The society’s next performance will be on Saturday 12th November at 7:30
pm in St Mary’s Church, Fairford, when it will be performing Missa Solemnis
in C Major by Mozart (K337), Cantata No. 1 by J S Bach – Wie schön leuchtet
der Morgenstern (“How Brightly Shines the Morning Star”), Ave Verum
Corpus by Mozart (K618) and Morning Star by Arvo Pärt. Soloists: return
visits by Fiona Dobie (Soprano), Natanya Phillips (Mezzo), Nicholas Pritchard
(Tenor) and Henry Herford (Bass). We are delighted that once again Fiona
Brown will accompany the concert on the organ.
          Tickets are available from Blenheim Antiques in Fairford Market
Place, through the society’s website ( where
you can find general information about the choir and its concerts, or by
telephoning John (Conductor) or Jane (Membership Secretary) Read on
01285 713681.

Many of us will remember Mrs Muriel Pilkington’s talk on the Gunpowder Plot
and how exciting she made this part of our country’s history. So it was with
keen anticipation that we looked forward to her talk in July on the Burford
Mutiny – we were not disappointed.
         The period is the 1640s, the Civil War; Charles I is king and considers
himself above the law. The people are divided – the Royalists and the
Parliamentarians – and what made it all so interesting for us is how many of
the skirmishes took place around here – Oxford was a Royalist centre,
Burford Priory was occupied by Charles’s supporters, Cirencester was a
centre for the Parliamentarians and the Puritans. Thus the Levellers
movement was formed and, after the Civil War was lost, England became a
republic for eleven years. It is quite amazing how the events of those years
have such a bearing on our lives today – the army was reorganised, and no
one was above the law, including the king, and there are now many tenets
of democracy in this country from those days. It was all fascinating and Mrs
Pilkington is a born lecturer, holding our interest from first to last.
Feeling jaded at passing the 50 milestone? Unstimulated by the offerings on
TV? Then maybe counting frogs in the sub-tropical forests of Australia is the
thing for you. Having had a lifelong interest in reptiles, frogs, etc., our speaker
in August, Jill Bailey, responded to an advertisement on the Internet for
volunteers to help Earthwatch with various research projects – all for free.
Having had experience of such work in various parts of the world, within a
month she was on her way to Sydney where she was involved in a frog count
extending up the coast to Queensland.
         If you like crawling along steep river banks on slippery bark above
fast flowing streams with frogs, toads, snakes and spiders for company in
the pitch dark -- this would be for you. Even camping had its hazards; with
attacks from possums and having your tent pegs stolen by a kookaburra –
which gave her the title of her talk: ‘A Kookaburra Stole My Tent Peg’.
         For me, I’d rather accept being 50!
Our next meeting will be on Thursday 20th October when the speaker will
be Mrs R Burden and her subject ‘Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture’.

The Bridge would like to thank Jean Brown for supporting the magazine and
ensuring that our readers have been kept up to date with news from St
Lawrence Church during the interregnum. Jean has always been very willing
to write for us and we have much appreciated her warm and perceptive
‘Letters’ at the front of the magazine. We shall miss you, Jean, and you leave
for The Meyseys with our love and very best wishes for the future.

My move from St Lawrence School to Farmors School has been great!! I
may have got lost in the huge school a couple of times but my friends have
helped me out, and older students have pointed us in the right direction. It
has been an opportunity to meet loads of new friends and teachers, and all
coming from different places in the area, and it feels now like I have gone
from oldest to youngest in the school. Being the little fish in the big pond is
such a big change!!
        Secondary school is very different to primary, but I feel it has been
good and a very successful experience. I was surprised about how much
homework we got on the first week but through the last few weeks we had
less and less (luckily!!). I love the school because it is such a change from
St Lawrence as we change classes and teachers every lesson. It has taken
me ages to learn all the names and I feel sorry for the teachers who are
learning hundreds.
                                 Abigail Bradley

Last December the Localism Bill was published which promised radical
decentralisation with a 'power shift' away from the centre towards local
communities. Now, ten months later, the purpose of planning is being called
into question. Gone are the one thousand-plus pages of planning guidance
to be replaced by 52 pages. So far, so good, but the focus is now not on
communities but on growth. Development will have a default answer of “yes”,
which rather clouds the promised power shift to communities. How can this
situation be stabilised to ensure that development plans are for the social,
economic and environmental well-being of everyone living and working in
an area?
          Certainly, communities need more support and advice. They need
guarantees that time and effort invested in creating a neighbourhood plan
will not be ignored when permission for a development rides roughshod over
their efforts. There should be a right of appeal introduced where a community
can appeal a planning grant that does not have community consent. The
planning system should support diversity in the high street and protect local
services, such as post offices and libraries. Finally, planning policies should
not distort the system by assuming development is good unless proven
otherwise. Localism is still evolving: its success will rely on the trust and
support of communities. Lechlade Civic Society, and its national body The
Civic Voice, are actively engaged in trying to form the concept into an
acceptable process.
                                     Stewart Bruce
                      Chairman, Lechlade & District Civic Society

Lechlade branch
Buy your Christmas cards early! Our next event is a Christmas Bazaar on
Saturday, 22nd October, 10:00 - 12:00 in the Methodist Church Hall in
Lechlade. Entrance is £1 and includes tea/coffee and biscuits. On sale will
be BHF Christmas cards, home-made cakes and preserves and a number
of other stalls providing reasonably priced Christmas presents. Everyone is
          On Saturday, 26th November, at 7:30pm we are privileged to
present a concert by The Wessex Choir which won the Male Voice Choir
section at the prestigious International Music Eisteddfod in Llangollen in
June this year, beating competition from choirs from all over the world. The
choir has over 60 members and will undoubtedly make a wonderful sound
in the venue for the concert, St Lawrence Church. Tickets are £10, to include
a glass of mulled wine or fruit juice. For tickets phone 01367 253319 or
01367 253762, see any committee member or buy them from Lechlade
          Also performing in this concert will be choirs from Farmors and St
Lawrence School. It is particularly appropriate to have young people taking
part in the concert as the money raised will go to a specific project in Oxford
researching the potential for stem cell-based treatment of children with
premature heart failure. At the moment children with progressive heart
failure are faced with a heart transplant as the only viable cure. The problem
is compounded by a lack of donor hearts and rejection of the transplanted
organ. The Oxford team is working on possible ways of improving the
survival of the infected heart muscle and the regeneration of the muscle via
cell-based therapies to reverse the onset of heart failure, restore heart
function and return the children to relatively active lives.
          The British Heart Foundation will be funding this project from
October this year and an appeal to raise £50,000 will be launched in Oxford
to help towards the cost. This concert is Lechlade’s contribution.
                                   Elaine Long

Leave your little folk with us and enjoy a peaceful Sunday morning
Starting on 2nd October in Lechlade Children’s Library is the NEW Church
Creche. Come along from 9:45am on any Sunday morning bar Family Service
weeks and find friendly faces, toys, books, colouring and more – suitable for
babies, toddlers and little ones to the age of 3. All volunteers are CRB checked.
         Any donations of good quality second-hand toys for babies and
toddlers would always be very gratefully received! For more information
please contact Nathalie Bradley on 01367 253589 or email

Forthcoming special services and events:
Wednesday 5 October 1:45pm Little Lights
Thursday 6 October    7:30pm Harvest Service at The Trout Inn,
Sunday 9 October      10:00am Harvest Festival Service
Sunday 9 October      4:00pm Licensing Service for Revd Jean Brown
                               at St Mary’s, Meysey Hampton
Saturday 15 October   9:00am Ladies Breakfast at the Methodist Hall
Sunday 16 October     6:00pm Deanery Service at St Mary's Fairford
Wednesday 19 October 1:45pm Little Lights
Sunday 30 October     7:15pm Youth Service at the Methodist Hall
Thursday 3 November 7:30pm Men Aloud Out Curry Night at Jaflong
Tuesday 8 November             Restoration Appeal Grand Curry Night
                               at Jaflong Restaurant (6pm and 8pm
Sunday 13 November 10:15am Remembrance Sunday Service
Sunday 13 November             @the Ark Pool Party – please contact
                               Tessa Cobb (253100) for details
Sunday 27 November 6:00pm Advent Carol Service

Regular services:
On Sundays:
       8:00am     Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
       10:00am    Parish Communion (Common Worship)
       6:00pm     Choral 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) – unless
                  changed as above
       6:00pm     Sung Eucharist
Every Thursday:
       10:00am    Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Every Monday:
       8:30am     Morning Prayer

Interactive sessions for children aged 3-14 @the Ark on the above Sunday
                     dates apart from Family Services
          Contact Tessa Cobb on 01367 253100 for more details

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

Christian Concern for Families Worldwide
During August and September we met and enjoyed some special times. The
August meeting was a trip out – lunch at The Bell at Langford followed by a
visit to Filkins and Broughton Poggs. We had a very interesting talk from
Diane Blackett and split into two groups to enjoy the museum. It has an
amazing collection of country family bygones from the village and our area,
many of which were collected by George Swinford who died in 1988 aged
100. There are snippets of information about people such as William Morris,
Sir John Cripps, former editor of The Countryman, and Richard Pace of
Lechlade. We visited Broughton Poggs Norman church with its leper window
and scratch marks on the south door marking the hours of service for the
priest 800 years ago! We then had a cream tea in Filkins Church, which was
built in 1857, and a time of prayer.
          In September we listened to Daphne Hardwick who spoke about life
in Uganda, particularly about childbirth.
          Little Lights started back after the summer and those present who
were starting school received books . . . Ben, Hugo, Louis, Evie, Trinity, Laura
. . . We will miss them dearly but wish them well.

Diary dates:
Saturday 8th October at 10:00am – decorating church for Harvest Festival
Wednesday 12th October at 2:00pm – ‘Mercy Ships’ an illustrated talk by
Adrian Stubbins. Christmas cards will be available at this meeting.
Saturday 5th November – Festival Service at Gloucester Cathedral. Coach
will leave at 9:15am and return at 3:30pm. At this service we will present our
money raised for Africa. £19 includes a meal at The Highwayman. Book with
Elizabeth asap.
Wednesday 9th November at 2:00pm – ‘Memories of Japan’ talk by Marion

Little Lights – pram service and toddler play. First and third Wednesdays
of each month: 5th and 19th October, 2nd and 16th November. Enquiries to
Kathy (252543).

I have been touched by the kindness, thoughtfulness and consideration of
the community of Lechlade following the death of my beloved Richard. Your
letters, cards and messages have been, and will continue to be, a great
source of comfort and pride to me.
         Jonathan, Gay, Vanessa and Mark join me in thanking you all.
                               Nora Clarke

Visit to our twin town of La Chapelle des Fougeretz
The evening of August 25th saw a party of 34 people drive quietly out of the
town en route for Brittany. They were members of Lechlade Twinning Association
heading off on their bi-annual pilgrimage to sister town La Chapelle des
Fougeretz. Being the newest member of the group I was asked to write my
impressions as a first time visitor. Our first stop were the docks at Portsmouth
where yours truly narrowly escaped arrest for having a kitchen knife in his
luggage. Well, how else do you cut up your malt loaf? After a lengthy wait we
boarded our ferry for a smooth and uneventful night crossing to Caen. Arriving
early on Friday morning our coach driver set off for the first destination of Bayeux,
home to the world renowned Bayeux Tapestry. For many this was not their first
viewing of this remarkable piece of craft but for myself it was very much an
unforgettable experience. This tapestry, or more correctly embroidery, was
commissioned to tell the story of Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King Harold,
journeying to France and becoming befriended by William, Duke of Normandy.
This 70 metre long tapestry is like an early film depicting the adventures of Harold
and William. It ends with King Harold being killed at the Battle of Hastings in
1066 by the invading army of William (the Conqueror). Patrons are provided with
a portable recorder which highlights and brings to life the chain of events and
explains the meanings of each new scene.
         After this great experience our trusty coach driver Mick, aided by “Doris”
his GPS, brought us safely to La Chapelle des Fougeretz where we were met
by a huge group of locals who were to be our hosts. It was with some trepidation
I discovered that my host family spoke no English and my French was schoolboy
at best. The fears were largely unfounded thanks to a phrase book and a
dictionary. It actually turned out to be fun and by the end of the five days we had
both learned a lot of each other’s language.
         On the Saturday the Twinners set off for a few hours in nearby Rennes
and experienced a huge outdoor fresh produce market. I teamed up with the
Brothwells and we explored the “Old Quarter” with its street sellers of old books
and super art works set in amongst very old buildings leaning at drunken angles.
The wandering accordionists and even bagpipe players just added to the old
charm of the city. After returning to our hosts I was introduced to the local game
of Palet (Puck) which involves a great deal of skill to throw cast iron weights to
land on a small board 5 metres away. During a subsequent walk we encountered
a number of families playing this game in the local park and a set has now
returned to Lechlade so that a challenge can be issued to the French next year.
The day was rounded off by a superb three course dinner in a local hall and
some of the Lechlade contingent played both English and French music between
courses. Our hosts really appreciated our efforts and most of them enjoyed the
chance to get up and dance.
On the final day of Sunday both Twinners and hosts set off for a day at Mont St
Michel. This stunning mount is an island topped off with a huge church. It is more
a historical record of architecture through the ages as the original monastery
built in the 8th century has been constantly added to over hundreds of years. A
guide was engaged to walk the whole party out through some fairly dangerous
sandy waters to a distant island where we enjoyed a picnic lunch. Although the
distance was only 3km out it was a hard slog often knee deep in water or slipping
over on mud with the consistency of butter. On our way back we were led to an
area of quicksand where some of our party tried going to Australia by the direct
route. This was the same quicksand that halted the army of William the Conqueror
and King Harold.
          The day was a fitting climax to a superb experience and although my
first time with our French counterparts, many of our party said it was the best
visit yet. I certainly left with regret and am sure that there is no better way to really
experience the truly French way of life. Vive la France!
                                        Baz de Sylva

Jam Festival
This year on 18th September the 16th Fête des Confitures was held at La
Chapelle des Fougeretz. Two of us went out to help sell – we had just under 400
jars of marmalade, lemon curd and chutney. It was a great day despite the
weather which kept some people away – in the morning loads of people who had
bought in previous years came to the stall and wanted to stock up for the year
ahead. The afternoon was more people who wanted to find out about English
marmalade, lemon curd and chutney and hopefully they will be inspired to come
next year and become one of our regulars!
          Thank you to all those who made the marmalade – without you it would
not have been a success. Thank you to Tony Cutler at Cutler & Bayliss for
supplying the lemon curd and Jaime Maskell for the chutney. Thank you also to
all that have been involved in coordinating and organising so that the day was a
success and thank you to Rosemary Callender for helping sell over 370 jars on
the day. The rest will go for sale at La Chapelle des Fougeretz’s Christmas Market.
          Next event for the Twinning Association is our Quiz Night on 8th October
at the New Memorial Hall, 7:00 for 7:30pm start. Tickets £8.00 to include fish &
chips with ‘pay’ bar. For tickets please contact Shirley White 01367 252884,
Debra Andrews 01367 252911 or Jane Sullivan 01367 253477.
          Another date for your diary is 19th November, when we will be holding
our now annual event – Call My Bluff-Take 3. Look out for further details.

Lunch Club
This is a reminder that the Lunch Club is starting again during term time. Why
not join us for a two course lunch followed by tea or coffee for £6? Please come
at 12:30pm and if you like, stay for the afternoon. So that we know numbers for
catering, please can you ring Hazel on 07796 211270 by the Friday before
coming. We are sorry but we cannot provide transport. We look forward to seeing
                                 Sylvia Dennish
PROFILE – Andrew and Kate Cinnamond
Andrew and his wife, Kate, and children, Theo and Eva, have settled in to the
town so well and have already become so much a part of the community that
it is hard to believe that his Licensing Service as Team Vicar was held as
recently as 22nd July. The service was led by the Bishop of Tewkesbury and
attended by over 300 people, including around 40 members of Andrew’s
previous congregation who had travelled from London to support him.
          Born in Belfast on New Year’s Eve 1971, the youngest of four children,
Andrew attended Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast and then, in the tradition
of many Protestants from Northern Ireland, went to the east coast of Scotland,
gaining an MA in English Literature from the University of St Andrew’s. While
studying at Scotland’s oldest university he enjoyed playing rugby and was
President of the Literary Society. He then moved to London, working for two
years at multinational investment bank Goldman Sachs in Fleet Street and
then for three years for a small investment company in Regent Street. His
office was near All Souls Church, Langham Place where he had already begun
to attend lunchtime services and appreciated being part of a large,
internationally diverse congregation. He worked as a lay assistant with student
groups, beginning to explore options for a life in the ordained ministry, and in
1998 was recommended for ordination by the London diocese.
          Andrew trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. He enjoyed
academic study, particularly church history, where his tutor was a Greek
Orthodox bishop, and was involved with student ministry in the St Ebbes district
of the city. He also played rugby for The Queen’s College. He spent one
summer in Pakistan under the auspices of the Church Missionary Society –
a ‘life-changing experience’ in a mainly Muslim environment. He was ordained
in 2001 and accepted for a curacy at Holy Trinity Clapham in the Southwark
diocese. This church had been the centre of the Clapham Sect, a group of
social reformers which included William Wilberforce. During his four years at
Clapham, Andrew began a PhD in 16th-century church history under the
supervision of the London School of Theology.
          Kate was born in Glastonbury and spent her childhood in Doulting, a
village near Shepton Mallet. She too studied in Scotland, gaining a degree in
English and Art History from the University of Edinburgh, and then took a
Master’s in Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London. She worked in the
Internet departments of Sotheby’s and the Financial Times, and then went to
work at All Souls, Langham Place as tape librarian. For some forty years from
the mid 1950s the BBC’s Daily Service was broadcast from All Souls and most
of the sermons were recorded on tape. Kate was responsible for digitising this
archive and the sermons are now available worldwide via the Internet. She
worshipped at All Souls and also taught at a Sunday school in south London.
Andrew and Kate were introduced through their respective flatmates and were
married at All Souls, Langham Place on 1st November 2003. They began

married life in the curate’s house in Clapham, a 200-year-old coach house, and
together they led a Christianity Explored outreach course, while Kate set up a
successful Mums and Tots group.
          As Andrew wished to continue with his doctoral studies, he could not
realistically commit to a full-time position as vicar. So he took up the post of
assistant vicar at All Saints with Holy Trinity in Wandsworth, where he and Kate
spent six very happy years, highlighted by the birth of Theo in June 2006 and
Eva in March 2008. Andrew served as Ecumenical Borough Dean for
Wandsworth Council and was also chair of Wandsworth Street Pastors, an
interdenominational volunteer group working with local teachers and police to
curb low-level anti-social behaviour.
          With his PhD studies nearing completion, Andrew was ready to become
a full-time vicar. On seeing the post at Lechlade advertised in the Church Times,
he and Kate felt that God was calling them to the town. Having spent most of
his life in urban surroundings, a more rural environment appealed to Andrew
and, of course, Kate had been brought up in rural Somerset. Their first visit to
the town was on a cold January morning and when they went in to St Lawrence
Church they were moved to find a group of people praying for the next vicar.
Lechlade was the first and only place to which Andrew applied and, as his
application was successful, he and Kate are sure that Lechlade is where God
intends them to be.
          Andrew and Kate are delighted to find that Lechlade is a diverse and
active community with so many people leading busy and interesting lives; it
has certainly challenged their preconception of a small, sleepy Gloucestershire
town! They enjoy visiting historic places and pursuing their interests in church
and art history and are enthusiastically exploring the local area. Theo and Eva
love living in the vicarage with its walled garden, having moved from a Victorian
terraced house with a small garden, and they have settled in happily at St
Lawrence School and Little Learners respectively. Andrew now watches rather
than plays rugby, following the Irish team, and also enjoys watching football,
having previously been a regular spectator at Craven Cottage, Fulham’s ground.
          They are keen to strengthen links between the church and the wider
community and plan to start a discussion group for teenagers and to establish
a crèche on Sundays so that parents can worship while their young children
are safely looked after. Andrew ponders how best to teach and present the
Christian message to a society which is becoming increasingly secular with a
declining awareness of the Christian tradition, and poses the question: “What
does someone coming to church for the first time want from the church?”

Yes, I know you do not want to hear this is less than three months to
Christmas and time to start preparations for the festivities. As usual, before
looking forward we look back...
          The August members’ meeting was ‘A Beetle Drive with a Difference’;
the ‘difference’ was that we had to draw ‘a flower’ and ‘a butterfly’ as we threw
the dice. As usual all the ladies entered into the spirit of the occasion, showing
how competitive they can be. The glass of Pimm’s and strawberries and cream
also went down well!
          The speaker at the September meeting was Joe Dunthorn, who is a
lecturer in History at the University of the West of England. In his talk ‘Women
in Prison’ Mr Dunthorn told us about his work as a volunteer for the IMB
(Independent Monitoring Board). He has worked at Eastwood Park (north of
Bristol) for forty years – when he first started it was a Detention Centre for 100
boys; it is now a Female Prison, holding 360 women. The volunteers act as
the eyes and ears of the public, checking on conditions, monitoring treatment
and writing reports to the Ministry of Justice. The women are able to speak in
confidence and their requests and complaints range from the simple to the
complex. The average age is 27, and there is a special unit for 17-year-olds
and a mother and baby unit. 15% suffer psychiatric problems, half suffered
domestic violence, a third sexual abuse. There are problems with drugs,
bullying, setting fire to cells and barricading. Nationally, only 6% of the total
prison population are women.
          The July GFWI walk was on the weekend of the Air Tattoo so the
walkers had to make an early start to avoid the traffic. Rosemary Neate told
me that it was well worth the long drive! They walked through woods to the
spectacular Symonds Yat viewing point. As the weather was not brilliant they
did not have to compete with the usual crowds of bird photographers who
watch out for peregrine falcons, buzzards, etc. They walked down the steep
incline to return along the river. This took longer than expected as an enormous
tree had fallen and was blocking the pathway, so a detour had to be devised.
An adventure in a beautiful scenic spot!
          September's walk at Longhope took the circular route through the
woods to Blaisdon and back for a delicious ploughman’s and apple pie and
cream. They were all glad to get back after the August break and to see old
friends. The oldest member on this walk, who lives in the Forest of Dean, will
soon be celebrating her 87th birthday – the forest is obviously a healthy part
of the world to live!
          I would like to thank Rosemary for all her help and contribution to this
          Our next meeting will be on October 4th when Virginia Adsett will give
a talk entitled ‘Those Were the Days – Looking Back on the 40s’. If you would
like to join us contact Sheila Bennett 01367 252379 or look on the town website.
                                 Urszula FitzGerald

The following events will be held in the Memorial Hall, Lechlade at 7:30pm
on the second Wednesday in the month. Non members are very welcome.
Any queries to 01367 253121.

November 2011    AGM and a glass of wine
December 2011    Trug Making by Carl Sadler
January 2012     Garden Quiz
February 2012    Flower Arranging for Valentine’s by McShane Flowers
March 2012       Bees by the Cotswold Bee Man
April 2012       Royal Parks by Jim Butress
May 2012         Umbellifers (Cow Parsley)

The 6th Flower and Produce Show was held in Lechlade Memorial Hall on
Saturday 3rd September. After what was an awkward, to say the least,
season of dry, cold and then wet weather entrants still battled to produce
items for the show and show that despite the odds they can still produce
vegetables and flowers of a good standard. Handicrafts, some of which took
months to make, were beautifully made and cakes and breads were in
abundance. The committee would like to thank all those who showed their
produce and to the children who entered in greater numbers this year. They
would also like to thank the public who viewed the show in the afternoon and
made it a memorable occasion. We cannot mention everyone who won a
cup or a prize but the overall winner was Ruth Gillard with the Chairman’s
Cup. Our thanks of course must go to those who have given cups to be
presented and to those who generously donated prizes for the raffle. We
hope that many more will participate in next year’s show on Saturday 1st
September 2012.
                                 Peter Payne

Do you need some exercise? Do you play badminton? How about
coming to join us?
We are a sociable group of all ability players who enjoy badminton. If you
are interested in joining us, we play in the New Memorial Hall on a Monday
evening (apart from every third Monday of the month) from 8:00pm to
10:00pm. Come along for a free week to get to know us.
    For further details phone Debra Andrews on 01367 252911.

It has been a while since the Group last sent a report to The Bridge but this
one is timely as there has been a lot of activity in recent months to re-start
the Beaver Scout Colony (6-8yrs) and Cub Scout Pack (8-10yrs).
         Our Scout Troop (10-14yrs) has remained very active and the Scouts
have continued to work their way through various items of badge work. They
have also done very well in the District and County cooking competitions
and in the District football. On many evenings during the spring and summer
they have been canoeing on the Thames and this activity has been helped
by the arrival of Dave Henderson, a very experienced Sea Scout Leader who
has transferred to Lechlade. A number of Scouts participated in the Malvern
Challenge, an activity camp of over 4000 Scouts held annually. They
participated in a wide range of Scouting activities and James Cobb won the
‘Superstars 2011’ physical fitness competition.
         After an absence the Cub Scout Pack is about to re-start and this
will greatly assist the flow through from Beavers to Scouts. An experienced
leader has been found and we look forward very much to having a successful
Cub Scout Pack again. Recruiting has taken place and boys and girls will
also be taken in from the waiting list.
         Similarly the Beavers have re-started and are led by Jacqui Cooper
and a band of very keen and able adults. The Beavers have had a busy
programme over the last few months which has included a sleepover at
Cranham Scout Centre, visits to the Ernest Cook Trust at Fairford, to the
church and to Badbury Clump. A group of Beavers and Leaders also went
down to the Thames to see David Walliams begin his epic swim.
         The most significant event of the year has been the participation by
Emma Black and Rohan Muirhead in the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden.
The WSJ takes place every four years and Lechlade has provided a
succession of representatives in the County contingent over the last decade
or more. This huge international camp, followed by home hospitality in
Germany, was enjoyed greatly and we look forward to a presentation by
Emma and Rohan shortly.
         The major fundraising event of the year is coming up – Bonfire Night
on Friday, 4th November. This is now a joint activity with the school and
takes place by St Lawrence Primary School – see posters for details.
         Support from Cotswold Scout District and the County has been very
good recently and the Group looks forward to an active and successful year
                                   Paul Cobb
                               Group Scout Leader

The club meets each Thursday evening at 7:00pm in the Clarke Pierce room
at the Memorial Hall. Play starts promptly at 7:15pm and normally finishes
around 10:30pm. We stop for a short tea/coffee break (and chocolate
biscuits!) halfway through the evening.
          We are a friendly and enthusiastic Bridge Club, playing duplicate
bridge, although we are not EBU affiliated so master points cannot be won.
          Visitors and new members are most welcome. We do not offer a
‘host’ service but we will try to find players a temporary or permanent partner,
provided they contact John Elsey (252983) or Barbara Dadson (252989)
prior to the evening they wish to attend, or start playing.
          If you play Rubber Bridge and want to try something a little more
challenging then why not come along and try duplicate bridge – it’s great
        Full details of the club can be found on our website
                                     John Elsey

In August we saw the Live Theatre, Newcastle and National Theatre
co-production of The Pitmen Painters at the Malvern Theatre. The play,
which was written by Lee Hall, opened in Newcastle in 2007 and
subsequently transferred to The National and to Broadway, New York. The
plot is based on the unlikely, but true, story of a group of Geordie miners
who joined an art appreciation class in 1934. The teacher was an academic
who managed to cross a huge cultural divide to inspire the miners to start
painting. Some members of the group became successful and they
eventually mixed with members of the arts establishment.
         It is a funny play that asks big questions about education, culture
and the working class without preaching or being patronising or boring. The
skilful writing and acting made this a great trip to the theatre and the general
consensus was that this was one of the best productions that the
Theatregoers had seen for some time.

The annual Combined Charities Christmas Market (organized by the
Lechlade branch of Cancer Research UK) will take place on Saturday 12th
November from 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 notice boards for further details. Enquiries 01367 252741.

The Society made one visit this summer. About 25 members went on a
guided tour of Coln St Aldwyns, their guide being Ana Bianchi Evans who
has written about the history of the village. The evening was a great success.
         The first winter meeting was held on 19th September. The subject
of the meeting was ‘Ladies and the Vote’ by Paul Booy and his wife. He
spoke widely on the rights gained by women in the 18th century and the vote
being granted in 1918 to women over 30 years of age. Many questions were
asked at the end of his talk.

Future Meetings at Lechlade Memorial Hall
Monday 17th October, 7:00 for 7:15pm (please note early start time): AGM
and ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ by Anne Bowring.
Monday 21st November, 7:15 for 7:30pm: ‘Mediaeval Wall Paintings in
Gloucestershire Churches’ by Dr Steven Blake. Members and new members
will be invited to pay their subscriptions for 2011-12 at this meeting.
For further information, please contact Mike Bennett on 252379 or visit
                                 John Oldroyd
“Music and Magic” – A night to remember!
The Brize Singers under the musical direction of Peter Hunt will be presenting
a concert, supported by Geoff Roffe as Tommy Cooper and Noel Parkinson
as Master of Ceremonies, in Lechlade Memorial Hall on Saturday 15th
October at 7:30pm. Tickets are priced at £6 adults and £3 for under 16s and
are available from the League’s Charity Shop at Lloyds Chambers, High
Street, Lechlade or 01285 850322/01367 252706.
          The League’s Charity Shop in Lechlade has now been open for over
three months and is very busy. We are very grateful to those who have
contributed excellent stock, volunteers and those who have been in to buy.
More volunteers would be welcome not only in the shop but for our other
activities. For further information call David Phillips 01285 850322 or Julie
Zarczynski 01793 725091.
          We will be selling Autumn Raffle tickets with many exciting prizes
and our own Christmas cards depicting local scenes in the shop from the
beginning of October. The draw for the raffle will take place at our annual
Christmas Bazaar.
          A further date for your diary: Christmas Bazaar, Saturday 19th
November, 10:00am–12 noon in Fairford Community Centre. Any offers of
help or donations of cakes, bottles, good quality gifts or toiletries to Ruth
Berridge on 01367 252706. We will have a table at the Combined Charities
Christmas Market on the previous Saturday, 12th November.
                            David Phillips, Chairman

THE SMALL HAND by Susan Hill (Profile Books)
One late summer evening, Adam Snow, an antiquarian bookseller, takes a
wrong turning on his way home and stumbles upon a derelict Edwardian
house. He is curious and stops, making his way through the nettles and
brambles to the front door. Standing there, he feels the unmistakable feeling
of a small, cold hand creeping into his own . . . This is a short but
spine-chilling read, subtle but enthralling.

THE TROUBLED MAN by Henning Mankell (Harvill Secker)
Another of those intriguing novels involving crime by the Swedish Mankell
and featuring Kurt Wallander. The story is of espionage, betrayal, and new
information about events during the Cold War that threaten to cause a
political scandal. The investigation also involves the next generation of
Wallander’s family. This is the very last of the Kurt Wallander novels, for
reasons which will become clear as the story progresses. I, for one, will be
sorry, having read and enjoyed most of them.

THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (John
The story of Kamila Sidiqi who, after taking a teaching degree, found her life
changed overnight when the Taliban took control of Kabul. Her father and
brother were forced to flee the city and she was left in charge of her five
sisters and young brother. She was confined to the house, forced to wear
the chadri and, with no money coming in, she picked up needle and thread
and began to make dresses. She had tremendous grit and determination,
which enabled her to form a business which eventually grew to create jobs
and hope for many neighbouring women. This is a tremendous story of one
woman’s resilience in the face of despair, and it shocked me to learn what
life is/was like under the Taliban.

THE VAULT by Ruth Rendell (Hutchinson)
Chief Inspector Wexford has retired and is finding time hanging heavily on
his hands, but, by chance, he meets an old friend in a London street, a
detective superintendent who invites him to become an adviser on a difficult
case. Three bodies have been discovered in the coal hole of an attractive
house in St John’s Wood. None has been identified, but a fortune in jewellery
has been found in the pockets of one of the dead men. Wexford is intrigued
and excited by the challenge, which includes some danger to one of his
family. I didn’t find this up to the standard I expected from a Ruth Rendell
novel, and in fact I found my attention straying about halfway through. Not
one of her best, I think.


Saturday    1st    SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS Methodist Hall 2:00pm
Tuesday     4th    U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘The Battle to Defeat Malaria’
                   WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Those Were the Days–the 40s’
Thursday    6th    HARVEST SERVICE Trout Inn 7:30pm
Saturday    8th    TWINNING ASSOCIATION Memorial Hall 7:00pm quiz night
Sunday      9th    HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE St Lawrence Church 10:00am
Tuesday     11th   TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
Wednesday   12th   MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm ‘Mercy Ships’
                   GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm
Friday      14th   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
Saturday    15th   LIONS New Inn 11:00am-1:00pm book sale
                   FAIRFORD HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS Memorial Hall 7:30pm
                   concert by Brize Singers
Sunday    16th     COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
Monday    17th     HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:15pm AGM and ‘The Gunpowder Plot’
Wednesday 19th     ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 2:30pm ‘Natural Abstracts’
                   COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
Thursday    20th   LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm ‘Chinese Medicine and
Friday      21st   LITTLE LEARNERS Memorial Hall 7:00-9:30pm Girls Night In
Saturday    22nd   BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION Methodist Hall 10:00am-12noon
                   Christmas Bazaar
Thursday    27th   THEATREGOERS ‘Great Expectations’ at Newbury
Friday      28th   SERENADE AND SANDWICHES St Lawrence Church 12noon Castle
                   Brass Quartet. Donations to Church Restoration Appeal
                   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm

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

                                     Secretaries/organisers: PLEASE enter details of your even


          NOVEMBER 2011
          Tuesday      1st    U3A Palmer Hall, Fairford 2:30pm ‘History Alive’
                              WI Memorial Hall 7:30pm AGM and social evening
          Friday       4th    FIREWORK AND BONFIRE NIGHT St Lawrence School
          Saturday     5th    SOCIETY OF RECORDER PLAYERS 10:00am-4:00pm playing day
          Tuesday      8th    GRAND CURRY NIGHT Jaflong Restaurant 6:00pm and 8:00pm in aid of
                              Church Restoration Appeal
                              TUNES AT THE TROUT Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Wednesday 9th       MOTHERS’ UNION Memorial Hall 2:00pm ‘Memories of Japan’
                              GARDENING CLUB Clarke & Pierce Room 7:30pm AGM and social evening
          Friday       11th   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Saturday     12th   COMBINED CHARITIES CHRISTMAS MARKET Memorial Hall 9:30am
                              NATIONAL TRUST (UTRNTA) Memorial Hall 2:30pm AGM and ‘The
                              Cotswold Way’
          Sunday    13th      REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE St Lawrence Church 10:15am
          Wednesday 16th      ART SOCIETY Memorial Hall 2:30pm members’ artwork critique
                              COTSWOLD CANALS TRUST Trout Inn 7:30pm
          Thursday     17th   LADIES’ GROUP Clarke & Pierce Room 2:30pm demonstration of glass
          Saturday     19th   FAIRFORD HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS Fairford Community Centre
                              10:00am-12noon Christmas Bazaar
                              TWINNING ASSOCIATION ‘Call My Bluff’ wine tasting evening
          Sunday       20th   THEATREGOERS ‘Classical Spectacular’ at Royal Albert Hall
                              COMMUNITY CINEMA Memorial Hall 7:30pm
          Monday       21st   HISTORY SOCIETY Memorial Hall 7:30pm ‘Mediaeval Wall Paintings in
                              Gloucestershire Churches’
          Friday       25th   RIVERFOLK Trout Inn 8:00pm
          Saturday     26th   BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION St Lawrence Church 7:30pm concert by
                              Wessex Male Choir
          Sunday       27th   ADVENT CAROL SERVICE St Lawrence Church 6:00pm

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected death
of our dear friend and Methodist Minister Graham Tidmarsh on August
          Although Graham lived in Shrivenham, he was a much loved
member of the Lechlade community. The “Thanksgiving Service” for
Graham's life, held on September 9th at the Defence Academy Church in
Shrivenham, was attended by over 350 people, which is a measure of the
high esteem in which he was held.
          There will be a full tribute to Graham in the next issue of The Bridge.
                                      Jan and Ian Taylor

The funeral service of Doris White of Gassons Way was held in St Lawrence
Church on 3rd August followed by cremation at Kingsdown Crematorium.
She was the devoted wife of Graham for 59 years and also a well loved
mother and grandmother. Doris was a school cook for many years and she
greatly enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Doris was 83
when she passed away at the Great Western Hospital.

It was with great sadness we learnt that Richard Clarke passed away on
11th September at the age of 92. Richard served the Lechlade community
in many ways. He was a County Councillor and then a Town Councillor for
a total of over 20 years; he was a founder member of the Lechlade and
District Society, now the Civic Society, being its Chairman and then
President over 30 years of involvement; he was one of the first trustees of
the Lechlade Heritage and Development Trust. He took a leading role in
masterminding the Memorial Hall project and was active in liaising with all
parties involved in the Allcourt meadow development and the Lodersfield
housing and green extension.
          Richard was a chartered civil engineer and a chartered surveyor
and worked in government service for 26 years in Hong Kong. He was both
a master of the UK planning process and a supreme negotiator. Lechlade
will be forever indebted to Richard for his love of our community and his
unstinting and pragmatic approach to its development. His lasting memorial
is all around us. An irreplaceable part of Lechlade has gone forever.
                               Stewart Bruce
A service of thanksgiving for Richard’s life was held in St Lawrence Church
on 26th September. Other tributes to Richard appear elsewhere in this issue.

   We welcome:
   7th August    Connor Winter
   7th August    Sam Whyte
   4th September Tia, Evie and Lily McBain

  We congratulate:
  3rd September    Bryan James and Ruth Mattingley
  3rd September    Patrick Curran and Alexandra Pledger
  10th September   Max Abbott and Victoria Walecki (Wedding

   We remember:
   3rd August            Doris White

    We remember also:         Richard Clarke
                              Revd Graham Tidmarsh

Our latest news
Lechlade Little Learners welcomed three very important new additions at
the start of this new school year – three guinea pigs named Pinky, Fluffy
and Peanut.
         Following the very successful Sports Day and 40th Anniversary
celebrations in July and a generous donation from our former Chairperson,
Lottie McDiarmid, we were very pleased to have raised sufficient funds to
purchase the guinea pigs, their new hutch and a run. The children had great
fun choosing their names and enjoy the regular interaction with them (feeding
and exercising them and especially getting lots of cuddles).
         Our next big fundraising event is a Girls Night In on Friday 21st
October at Lechlade Memorial Hall between 7:00pm and 9:30pm. There will
be a variety of stalls selling a fantastic range of goodies including greetings
cards, sweets, toiletries, candles, jewellery and cupcakes and much more.
You can even get a relaxing head and/or foot massage after all that retail
therapy! Tickets cost £3 and include a raffle ticket, drink and nibbles. Please
come along and support us and have a fun evening.
         For more information regarding this event or any other fundraising
items, please contact Karen Londesborough on 01367 253880. We are also
now on Facebook – please search “Lechlade Little Learners”.

Lions' event raises £1,000 for Madina
Lechlade doctor Veronica and her husband Rohit, also a GP, have
volunteered their time to helping local staff running a feeding centre and rural
clinics in Madina, Sierra Leone – a country that has one of the highest child
mortality rates in the world. Dr Veronica was delighted to be able to share
photos and stories of the improvements that have been made to the facilities
and the lives of those who rely on them. “The feeding centre now has a supply
of fresh water and proper hygiene facilities thanks to the generous donations
by residents of Lechlade, Fairford and surrounding villages. And your efforts
are really making a difference – children who were previously too ill and
malnourished to even cry are now laughing and playing,” said Veronica.
          Lion Dave Sharp who coordinated the event said, “A great big thank
you to everyone who contributed and helped to make last Friday night’s
Madina fundraising event such a success. Everyone who attended really
enjoyed the evening and is in full admiration of the tremendous work Veronica
and Rohit do for the people of Madina.”
          The cheque, made out to the new Help Madina charity set up by
Rohit and Veronica, was presented to Dr Veronica and her husband Rohit
by Lion President Richard Bell and Larry Pearce, the District Governor of the
                                 Sue Coakley
Lions' Book Sale
Saturday 15th October, 11:00am to 1:00 pm at the New Inn, Lechlade
Come and help raise money for the many charitable causes supported by
the Lechlade and District Lions Club by buying books in our book sale. Entry
is 50 pence and you can fill a bag with books from a wide selection for just
£3 a bag! If you would like to donate books to the sale or for any other
enquiries, please phone Sue Coakley on 01367 253306.

Lechlade and District Lions Club Community Minibus is for use by
organisations within our close community. For bookings or an information
pack, please tel. 07553 406252 or email

Lechlade and District Lions Club meets on the second and fourth
Thursdays of each month at the New Inn, Lechlade. Contact Richard Bell
01367 253888 for further details or

1. A town full of bookworms        5.   A circumstantial greeting
2. Another birthday?               6.   A bovine crossing
3. Very expensive                  7.   A large bird on the water
4. A good place to cross           8.   Not an old place to put your boat
Answers on page 38
It’s 100 years since the last cargo boat travelled from Saul, on the Gloucester
and Sharpness Canal, along the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames and
Severn Canal to Lechlade. It took “Gem” three days to carry its cargo of
stone along the 36 miles and through the 56 locks. On August 12th a flotilla
of narrow boats set off from Saul to commemorate that last journey by
making the same trip but via the canals that are currently open for traffic.
          One group of boats travelled north via the Gloucester and Sharpness
Canal, Rivers Severn and Avon and then to Lechlade along the South
Stratford, Grand Union and South Oxford Canals and the Thames. This trek
covered 174 miles and 148 locks!
          The second group didn’t have a more relaxed time as their journey
was over 200 miles long and involved 135 locks. Their route involved “putting
out to sea” and the support of pilots. They went south from Saul and locked
down into the tidal part of the Severn; not the most favourable of places for
a narrow boat! They left the river at Portishead from where they travelled
along the Avon to Bristol Harbour and thence to the Thames via the Kennet
and Avon Canal.
          Both journeys took about 22 days. An excellent reason for the
re-opening of the Cotswold Canal, don’t you think?
          Both groups of boats arrived in Lechlade at the beginning of
September and were officially welcomed by the Mayor, Christine Eatwell,
on Sunday 4th September. Led by the Canals Trust trip boat “Inglesham”,
with the Mayor not quite at the helm but certainly aboard, the boats paraded
up the river to the round house. Many boats were decorated, some of the
crews wore traditional clothing and there was even a piper to set them on
their way! A Family Fun Day was arranged in the Riverside Field to welcome
the boats to Lechlade. As well as stalls and refreshments, children could
enjoy swing boats and a bouncy castle and, of course, there were trips in
          Along the route, both groups of boats promoted the restoration of
the canal, recruited new members and raised money. Some of you will have
seen the interview with the southern group on the Oxford BBC local news
when the boats were in the Oxford area. A camera crew from the BBC’s
“Inside Out West” was present on the Sunday to film the parade, so look out
for that later in the autumn. They went to film from the bridge near the round
house, perhaps in the hope that so many large boats turning there would
provide some entertainment! It is to the credit of the crews that only one boat
was briefly aground. The trip boat “Inglesham” has come to the end of its
cruising season at Lechlade for this year but look out for it from Easter of
next year.

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 2011 as recorded in the floodlighting diary:-

October 8th        In memory of Alison Gibbs- died this day 1990.-
                   Alan Gibbs East Allcourt.
October 12th       In loving memory of Ray Hayden who would have been
October 13th       In memory of Robert Long.
October 21st.      Neville and Sheila Mouna GOLDEN WEDDING .
                   “Thank you Lord for giving THE BEST”.
November 6th       In loving memory Alan Hawkins on the 9th
                   Anniversary of his death.
November 12th      In memory of Gordon Kent.

In addition donations were made for August and September

August 17th        In memory of Grace Moir.

September 9th      Our Wedding Anniversary CJB.
September 16th     Lisa Watson
September 22nd     Dacre Watson
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 tax-payer, 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

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Summer Lunch which raised a
total of £599.70, a magnificent result which will help vulnerable children and
young people at risk of being exploited for sex, exposed to crime, violence,
alcohol and drugs.
          I now have this year's range of Christmas cards. Give me a ring if
you would like to see them.
                    Sylvia Dennish hon. sec. Tel: 252477
Some Special Events
Our fund raising events resume in October with another in the very popular
"Serenade and Sandwiches" series at noon on Friday 28th October when
the Castle Brass Quartet will give a lively programme. Wine and light
refreshments follow, then we seek your donations for the appeal. Castle
Brass played very successfully some while ago at Kelmscott Manor and we
are very much looking forward to their visit.
         Another favourite happening and always greatly enjoyed is the
Grand Curry Night. Mr Ali is once again generously welcoming us to the
Jaflong Restaurant on Tuesday 8th November. Tickets for a delicious buffet
at £12-50 per head must be bought in advance at the restaurant (from mid
October), who will hold the seating plan, and this can be done singly for the
6pm sitting or by whole table of various sizes at 8pm. Thanks to Mr Ali's
remarkable support, all the ticket proceeds will go to the appeal. Now is the
time to get together with friends for an excellent night out.
         Finally, please mark your diary for the Lechlade Christmas Concert,
with the special choir directed by Rachel Bath, on Saturday 10th December,
last year a sell-out and always a great occasion. Details in November.
                           For the appeal committee
                                 Keith Salway

The football team currently play in the Cirencester & District League Division
1, having gained promotion from Division 2 last year, as runners-up. In
addition, they also won the league’s ‘Fair Play’ award for 2010/11. The club
are sponsored by the Crown Inn (blue strip) for home matches, and by T.Shirt
Studios (red/white strip) for away matches. Lechlade have the best pitch and
changing facilities in the league, but are still looking for new players. If you
are interested in joining the club please contact Steve Goddard (01367
253848), the club’s manager.
        We also compete for the Glos. County Cup (Minor Leagues), the
Cirencester & District Charities and the Arthur Shipway Cups and have
enjoyed success in these competitions on a number of occasions in the past.
The club was initially formed before the last war, but the current operation
was re-formed in 1987. At one stage there were first and second teams
running, with another team also playing in a Sunday league but, with many
local youngsters moving from the Fairford junior teams to their senior ranks,
recruitment levels have restricted us to one team.
        The club was sad to hear of Ray Hayden’s death earlier this year.
Ray was involved with the club from 1953, as a player for over 25 years, and
subsequently he held the offices of both Secretary and Chairman. He was
made a Life Member in 1981.
                                  John Elsey
Well, I’ve just picked 12lbs of tomatoes, and last week I picked 15lbs! Too
many I hear you cry – but if you could just see the beauty of them – Black
Russian, huge and a deep blackish red – Large Italian, lozenge shaped and
perfectly red – Tigerella, orange and striped with green, and then little orange
Sungold (so sweet), and Gardener’s Delight, slightly larger and a good
brilliant red. Honestly it doesn’t matter if we don’t eat them all, it is just a
delight having them as a harvest festival on the table. Now here’s a thing. I
did enter my orange Sungold into the Produce Show (if you did not enter
anything you should have done, and if you were not there as a viewer you
should have been). Last year my Sungold were disqualified because they
were orange and I had entered them into the Class for red or yellow cherry
tomatoes. This year, in order to get round this I entered them into the Class
for ‘Any vegetable not on the schedule’, and they still appeared to be
unacceptable, and – the mystery deepens, three of them were eaten! Yes,
they disappeared off the plate and the calyxes were left on the
floor......Unheard of in the history of Lechlade Produce Show.
           But this is only one of the tales to be told by exhibitors or would-be
exhibitors at the Show. What about the poor woman who went to get her
potatoes ready to enter on Saturday and discovered that her husband had
cooked them the night before! And what about the two complete rows of
carrots that were harvested in order to get three the same and every one
was a different shape. I actually think that carrots are like snowflakes – in
fact no two are identical. I wanted to enter dahlias, but the earwigs ate them,
so that was no good. My zinnias were disqualified because I had not put
other flowers with them in the Mixed Annuals Class (my mistake), but, let
me say at once unless you were to get the wrong end of the stick, that the
whole thing was a hoot and enormous fun. Come next year and find out.
           I don’t need to tell you that by the time you read this it is a bit late to
be ordering bulbs. I am doing that now and as usual I shall order too many.
But you can still plant tulip bulbs in November so if, like me, you are a little
tardy, don’t be discouraged. You may even get some bargains at the garden
           Last year I was given some seeds of Echium pininana, a native of
the Canary Islands (from Fairford!). It also grows well in the Scilly Isles. It is
exceedingly tall, being 5-12 feet, and is a biennial. I’ve managed to grow five
good plants from the seed and they are in the border – big rosettes of pointy
leaves looking very robust. They should throw up their tall spires of blue
flowers next summer. But I’ve got to get them through the winter and they
are not hardy. I can’t move them now to bring them inside as they are too
large, so my mind is being exercised as to what to construct and how to
construct it to protect them through the winter. I think that it will have to be
a kind of fleece tent on a framework of posts, not very elegant probably.

They are of the same family as Echium vulgare, common name Viper’s
bugloss (such a wonderful name), which self-seeds with me and which the
bees love. In times past it was regarded as a cure and a prevention for snake
bites, and the name bugloss comes from the Greek and refers to a cow’s
tongue, which may be to do with the rough and hairy nature of the leaves. If
this plant should visit you leave it be. It is a native wild flower and a very
valuable source of nectar for the bees. I think that it likes our alkaline soil. It
is not good on fingers though – it has tiny little barbs on the leaves and stems
which are really irritating and very difficult to remove, so wear gloves if you
are handling it.
         This week has seen the removal of a very large dark purple buddleia
from the flower bed near the house. I gave it a warning last year and told it
that it had to improve its performance or else it was for the chop, and I’m
afraid the chop came. It flowers for just about three weeks and the butterflies
are supposed to come – they never did. Then the flowers look dead for
months. Then you prune it and you have a horrible stump. It is definitely not
a bush to put in a prime place and the whole bed looks better now it is gone.
I may plant another in a faraway corner.
         And a footnote...I rescued a very large lime tree hawk moth last
week. He was making his way along the pavement outside the house, so I
scooped him up, thankful that he had fallen from the tree onto the pavement
and not onto the road. He had fallen on purpose because they pupate in the
ground and he was looking for some soil to bury into. So I took him home
and let him find his winter quarters under our lime tree. If you see any very,
very large bright green caterpillars with a horn on their tail going for a walk
under lime trees, just give them a helping hand and point them in the right

The Wessex Male Choir, winners at the International Eisteddfod 2011, will
be performing at the following venues in 2011. We hope to see you at one
of these events for charity.
29th October          Wootton Bassett for the Bible Society Anniversary
26th November         Lechlade for the British Heart Foundation
9th December          Central Hall, London for Parkinson’s UK
16th December         Holy Rood Church, Swindon for Wessex Male Choir’s
                      10th Anniversary Christmas Concert
All details of the events are on the website or
enquiries can be made via 01793 853753. If you are a male, 18 years and
over, and interested in joining this top world-class choir, details are available
on their website.

Fifteen boys and girls came along to ‘Arctica’, the three-day Bible Club
offered by the combined churches of Lechlade. The venue was the Methodist
Church, which overnight had become Arctica HQ.
          When the young explorers arrived, the first challenge was to find
Wally the Walrus, who was always hiding somewhere in the church. Each
day also began with lots of catchy songs, and there was plenty of
entertainment from the front, especially when the explorers volunteered to
take part in competitions that involved shaving foam, canisters of cream,
and playdough. It brought new life to the phrase, ‘messy church’.
          When they were not laughing or cheering, the explorers and the
helpers found themselves groaning as Sam Edwards shared his collection
of puns and corny jokes in pantomime style. They also had to be on the alert
for the prompts that triggered the catchphrase, “Brr! It’s freezing!”
          After the opening session the explorers moved into the hall, where
they enjoyed dramatising Bible stories, playing games, and engaging in
various craft activities – from working with clay to making party bags and
filling them with other things that they’d created.
          The morning ended with another round of songs and games. On the
last day it was great to have all the explorers on stage, singing and dancing
as their relatives arrived to collect them.
                                   Vicky Stone

Sam Edwards and Jean Brown write: “This was a new venture for the
combined churches of Lechlade. It was a positive expression of their desire
to share Jesus' love with the people of the town. We hope that this will be
the first of many ecumenical Holiday Bible Clubs, serving as a building block
for shared mission between and through both Baptist and Anglican churches."

Congratulations and good luck to the following students who have gained
university places:

Camilla Hewens      English at Exeter University
Luke Hewens         History and Politics at Royal Holloway (London
Matthew Hewens      Business Studies at Greenwich Business School
                    (Plymouth University)
Hannah Jenkins      Modern Languages at Nottingham University
Jessica Stevens     Media and Creative Writing at Winchester University

I’ve heard many comments over the past few weeks about the summer that
we’ve had this year, most of them complaining that it’s been pretty miserable.
However, when I look back at the many days spent outside with volunteers,
I have to say we haven’t got wet that often, in fact hardly at all. And when I
look at the water level in the lakes and ponds at Whelford Pools and the
ERPA nature reserve at Perrinsfield, you’d think we’d just suffered a long
drought. Interestingly, just the other day the Environment Agency were
rescuing over 2000 fish from a section of the River Churn near South Cerney,
where the river was in serious risk of drying up. So, while we haven’t had
weeks of glorious sun, we also haven’t had much rain.
         At times this has been rather frustrating for me and my team of
volunteers, such was the amount of time and effort we had put in during last
winter to restore ponds and ditches, only to see them dry up! It is one group
of creatures that will hopefully benefit from the improvements we’ve made
to these freshwater habitats that I’m going to talk about in this article, as
they’ve been taking up a fair bit of our time over the summer and autumn.
         This order of species are my main passion within ecology – the
dragonflies and damselflies. My volunteers are probably fed up with me
banging on about them by now, as we’ve been carrying out surveys on a
regular basis to establish which species are breeding in which ponds and
lakes at our nature reserves. These surveys have entailed looking for the
larvae in the water, by doing that eternally satisfying ‘job’ of pond dipping,
whilst also hunting through the undergrowth around the edge of the lakes for
‘exuviae’ – the larval skins that are left behind when a larva crawls out of the
water and emerges as an adult dragonfly/damselfly.
         These fascinating insects are often misunderstood, especially by
those with a phobia of little things that buzz and crawl. They are impressive
predators (some species will catch and eat wasps on the wing as adults,
while as larvae the bigger species will regularly eat large tadpoles and small
fish), but pose no threat to us humans, who can just enjoy these coloured
jewels as they dart around by the water’s edge in the sun.
         Telling the dragons from the damsels is fairly easy once you know
the basics; the dragonflies are generally larger with thicker bodies, hold their
wings at right angles to their body while resting, and are fast, powerful fliers.
The damselflies are small and dainty in their proportions, hold their wings
along their body at rest, with quite a weak flight. If you get a close enough
view, you’ll also notice that the eyes of damselflies are separate, whereas
the eyes of most dragonfly species touch in the middle of the head.
         If you have a pond in your garden, why not see which of these winged
marvels you have living there? I guarantee - they’re incredible!
                                 Steve Edmonds
                        Cotswolds Reserves Manager

To our delight, we have been snail and slug free in our garden for a couple
of years. Not due to garden chemicals, but we believe, to Horace the
hedgehog. However, Horace has found a new aim in life, our slugs and snails
are not enough, he likes our pond water.
          Twice he has tried to hang himself in the netting we are bound to
keep over our pond. Herons love our garden and one of our 18 year old
goldfish thinks he is a dolphin and ends up on the lawn after three flips when
the mood takes him. Netting is therefore essential – to keep Jaws in and the
Heron out.
          However, having rescued Horace from the netting at least twice, we
raised the netting so that Horace was free to roam. Horace, however,
decided to take a dip. We do not know how long he had been in the pond
but we fished him out and duly tried to revive him.
          The prickly, soggy ball was brought indoors and wrapped in a towel,
in fact several towels as a fair percentage of the pond water was lodging in
his coat and poured out onto the towels! He spent some time in front of the
fire and was still not showing any interest in life, so we rang Mrs Tiggywinkles
Animal Hospital, who said, ‘Bring him in.’ That seemed fine until they said
they were at Aylesbury! Could Horace survive such a journey? So we rang
our local Blue Cross, who recommended we contacted the Oak and Furrows
Wildlife Rescue Centre at Somerford Keynes. This we did, and they
immediately said, ‘Bring him over.’
          Horace was put into a basket, wrapped up and covered with a towel.
A drive through torrential rain eventually brought us to the Rescue Centre.
On picking up the basket, we were horrified to find that Horace had
disappeared!! It did not take an Einstein to find Horace comfortably wedged
under the passenger seat. The staff at the Rescue Centre were highly
diverted and it was not long before five of them were swarming all over and
under the car trying to dislodge Horace who was clearly very comfortable
where he was, thank you! Needless to say, they were unsuccessful as they
were fearful of hurting Horace.
          Their advice was that as hedgehogs normally sleep all through the
day, to leave him be and when it was dark to put the car in the garage,
leaving the doors open with some food on the floor of the garage to tempt
him out, which, we were assured, would really happen.
          It didn’t!! We were beginning to think that Horace had decided to
hibernate under the passenger seat of our car – not a good idea as we were
going to a funeral the following morning and I was on my way to a game of
golf when I took Horace to the Rescue Centre! So Horace came to golf – I
like to think he enjoyed a quiet four hours warm and safe under the seat and
then –

Time – 11pm and Horace had been in the car for 12 hours. Enough was
enough, so I took off my belt and, after some very prickly rummaging, was
able to hook it around Horace’s curled up torso. After a quarter of an hour’s
gentle tugging, Horace appeared to be moving towards the spot where he
must have got in. Suddenly, it was all over as he popped out into the well of
the car, still rolled up in a tight ball, but breathing! He was swiftly put under
a juniper bush and ten minutes later had disappeared.
         There has been no sign of him since, on or off dry land. The pond
now has a ribbed ramp for thirsty hedgehogs.
                                      Richard Dadson
Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre:
               Tel 01285 862439            Website

When Beechcroft put in a planning application to start a development on
Tom Warner’s Field (as it was then known) there was a great deal of
opposition to the plans in Lechlade. Richard Clarke became involved in
drawing up the agreement between Beechcroft and Cotswold District Council
which resulted in the present development, known as Allcourt.
          The design of the houses would mirror those in the area. All were
to be in Cotswold stone and some of the roofs had Cotswold slate tiles, while
others had slates. Most of the chimneys were in stone, but a few were in
brick – as are other houses round about. Even those who were vehemently
opposed to the development now think how attractive it is – it has even been
described as a “future Arlington Row”!
          Not only was Richard involved in sorting out some of the planning
problems, but he also took a keen interest in the meadow in the centre of
the development. In due course, he became Chairman of the Allcourt
Meadow Trust, whose duty it is to care for the meadow in the interests of all
Lechlade residents and visitors.
          Thanks to Richard, we now have a very attractive meadow as you
enter Lechlade, where grazing sheep are especially popular, as is the pond,
where ducks and moorhens nest and breed. We owe Richard a great debt
of gratitude for helping to create and maintain this delightful asset. When he
retired as a Trustee two years ago, he donated a very attractive weeping
birch to the meadow. It will remind us of a lovely man who did so much to
help us enjoy our environment.
                                   John Knott

Bach Flower Remedy Workshop at Buscot Village Hall in October. If you
would like to learn how to use the flower remedies, please contact Christine
Davison on 07913912888 to book or for further details.

Richard and Nora Clarke came to Lechlade about fifty years ago, when they
bought Sunflower Cottage in Little London. For many years after that, Richard
was working in Hong Kong and so he let the cottage while he was away and
moved into it during his periods of home leave. Richard went to Hong Kong
on an aircraft carrier in 1946, very shortly after the end of the war against
         While he and Nora were there, they had four children, Jonathan,
Gay, Vanessa and Mark. Richard worked in the Crown Lands and Survey
Department and rose to become the Head of the Public Works Department
of the Hong Kong Government. He was instrumental in forging ahead with
the development of the Hong Kong container port, which is still the largest
container port in the world on throughput.
         When Richard retired, the cottage was extended and he took an
increasing interest in local politics. He was a County Councillor from 1981
to 89 – Vice Chairman of the County Council in his second term of four years,
and then a Town Councillor for twelve years.
         Richard really got very much involved in local affairs in 1988, when
Amey Roadstone offered Lechlade a sum of £250,000 in order to smooth
the way for their planned development of Perrinsfield. It was decided that a
new Memorial Hall should be built with this money, dedicated to those who
had lost their lives in the service of their country. Richard became Chairman
of the Community Recreation Committee in 1990. It was decided that there
would be a new All-Weather Sports Facility, Playing Field, Sports Pavilion,
as well as the New Memorial Hall.
         Richard was an exemplary Chairman of this committee, steering a
sensible course through the inevitable demands of various interested groups
and ensuring that the end result was a range of facilities that could be enjoyed
by every section of the community. Some of the meetings with townspeople
became very heated, but Richard’s diplomatic skills smoothed over these
conflicts and drove the work forward.
         Many meetings were held with various bodies to obtain additional
funding to complete the range of projects on site, and Richard was in constant
correspondence with these bodies to ensure the projects were properly
funded and completed on time. The volume of work can be judged by Ted
Pierce’s record that he received 10kgs of paperwork from Richard when Ted
came to write his excellent account of the Memorial Hall project. It is
appropriate that Richard and Ted will always be remembered in the
Clarke-Pierce Room in the New Memorial Hall.
         While all this was going on, Richard was busy in other directions.
He was one of the founder members of the Probus Club of Lechlade – an
organisation consisting of people who have been in business and commerce.
He, Kit Kidson and Robin Marsh must have thrived on the stimulus of this

organisation, since they each exceeded ninety years of age. One of them
threw a party in a local pub and said that it was, “Free drinks all round – as
long as you are over ninety!”
         Richard was also very active when the Beechcroft development was
mooted in Lechlade. Again, there was a great deal of local opposition to this
scheme, which was modified thanks to Richard’s excellent relations with the
company. He also became Chairman of the Allcourt Meadow, which provides
such an attractive entry in to Lechlade. Typically, this did not only involve
chairing meetings, but Richard walked around most days to make sure that
sheep, ducks, wildlife and flowers were all given proper support. He would
soon be on to one of the other Trustees if things were amiss!
         It is not often that a single man has made such an impact on a town.
Richard would be the first to say that he had wonderful back-up from many
colleagues – and that is true. But it was his experience, his drive, his ability
to get to the heart of a problem and solve it – and, above all, his rapport with
people from every walk of life that made him a really exceptional man.
         We, who live in Lechlade, only have to look around us to see Richard
Clarke’s legacy at every turn. He was a lovely man to work with and we are
all exceptionally lucky to have known him and had him as a friend. We all
owe him a great debt. Thank you, Richard.
                                     John Knott

Richard Clarke will be best known for leading the Lechlade Community
Project which ran from 1988 to 1996 and gave us the Sports Pavilion, the
All-Weather Pitch and the New Memorial Hall. Richard worked tirelessly
alongside his friend and colleague Ted Pierce, together with the other seven
members of the steering committee, and the Lechlade Community Project
took shape, turning a £250,000 donation from ARC into a facility now
probably worth considerably more and of huge benefit to the town. The
decision was taken by the Town Council to name one of the meeting rooms
in the Memorial Hall ‘The Clarke–Pierce Room’ in recognition of Richard and
Ted’s hard work.
         Richard was a great supporter of Lechlade and served as County
Councillor for this area for eight years, becoming Deputy Chairman, and he
also served as a Town Councillor for twelve years. Richard’s interests in
Lechlade did not only focus on Council issues; he became Chairman and
later President of Lechlade Civic Society, a founder member of Lechlade
Heritage and Development Trust, a committee member of Little Learners
and an active member of Probus.
         Richard would always give sound advice and support to anyone that
he felt was working for the benefit of the community of Lechlade. He will be
greatly missed by all who knew him.
                                Christine Eatwell

Community Arts groups go from strength to strength in Lechlade and are
providing a lot of creative fun and enjoyment for many people.
          We have the Community Band, the Ha’penny Bridge Singers,
Riverside Recorders, Riverfolk Club (including the newly formed TATT –
Tunes at the Trout), South Cotswold Society of Recorder Players, the St
Lawrence School Band and Choir, Lechlade Players, Lechlade Art Society,
Lechlade Scottish Dancing group and many more.
          Music groups are now regularly asked to play and sing at local
events like the day centre, lighting up Lechlade, local retirement homes,
fundraising concerts in St Lawrence Church and the Twinning Association
celebrations. The Art Society runs an annual exhibition that attracted this
year more than 350 exhibits and over 400 people to view them, and the
Players produce entertaining plays that are enjoyed by big audiences.
          In the spirit of creating a lasting community arts legacy, a new
non-profit making consortium has been established – AIL – consisting of a
central body of volunteers plus representatives from all participating
community groups. This consortium pledges to ensure good planning and
communication between groups and the community, to develop arts
programmes where groups can join forces for projects and festivals, and to
provide opportunities to apply for funding and grants to support and develop
the groups individually and together.
          Our fundraising focus aims to create opportunities and funding to
encourage young people to get involved in creative arts within the town.
Lechlade Christmas Festival
AIL (Arts in Lechlade) is planning a Lechlade Christmas Festival, which will
start in conjunction with the Lighting Up of Lechlade on Saturday 3rd
December and run until Sunday 18th December. The full programme is being
finalised and will soon be on the town website and on AIL’s own new website,
and there will be posters and flyers around the town from November with
the full diary of events.
          If you would like more details about AIL activities, want to join a
group, have an event you’d like to be included in the Christmas festival or
have ideas for future arts projects, please contact any of the following people:
     Jay and Ray Mathews:
     Jack and Jackie Brothwell:
     Jennie Rainsford:
Autumn meetings at the Memorial Hall
Wednesday 19th October at 2:30pm: Ronald Swanwick demonstrates
Natural Abstracts using oils and acrylics.

Wednesday 16th November at 2:30 pm: Members’ artwork critique with Paul
Members free, non members £3 entrance.
Contact: Sharon Ellis on 01367 253627
Blow the dust off your instruments and come and join your local community
band. All players on any instrument at all levels will be most welcome
(although absolute beginners or non-music readers might find it a struggle).
We meet in St Lawrence Primary School, Lechlade on the first and third
Wednesday evening of each month, 7:00 to 8:30pm. Wednesdays 5th and
19th October, 2nd and 16th November. £10 per term (September to
Contact: Peter Kingslake 01367 253200 or
Jay Mathews.
If you can read a little music and enjoy singing, you would be welcome to
join the Ha’penny Bridge Singers. We meet once a fortnight on the second
and fourth Wednesday of each month in Lechlade Baptist Church, 7:30 to
9:00pm. Fees £10 per term. Contact: Jay Mathews.
Each Riverfolk session is different, but always totally enjoyable, convivial
and full of great music. Come along and join us. We meet in the Creel Bar
at the Trout Inn, Lechlade on the second and last Friday of each month (be
careful of months with five Fridays!). We start at 8:00pm and entrance is £1.
Fridays 14th and 28th October, 11th (with a spotlight by Rose Little and
Chris) and 25th November.
TATT (Tunes at the Trout)
Tuesdays 11th October and 8th November, 8:00pm in the Creel Bar, Trout
Come and join us for some fun and relaxing folk music playing sessions.
You need to play an instrument and read a bit of music. The music we play
is available as free downloads from You will also be
most welcome to come and just listen! Free admission.
Contact: Jack
Our next monthly meeting is on Saturday 1st October, 2:00pm at Lechlade
Methodist Church Hall. Conductor Ann Marshall. Non members £4.
On Saturday 5th November we are having an all day playing day with Pam
Smith starting at 10:00am and finishing at 4:00pm. Cost for non members
£10. Further information from Jay Mathews.
Please      contact      Jay    Mathews       on      01367    253510      or for further information about the above


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                      01285 770968 (Evenings)
   Member of the British Traditional Molecatchers Register
       Member of the Guild of British Molecatchers
      BPCA/RSPH level 2 certificate in pest control
 Call now for a free, no obligation site survey and quote

  Quality private dental treatment in Highworth
  ….without the wait
       •   New patients always welcome!
       •   Routine family dental care
       •   Teeth whitening
       •   Cosmetic dentistry
       •   Full Time Hygienists
       •   Implants
       •   Sedation (techniques to help relax nervous patients)
      Ÿ    Facial aesthetics - Botox
      Ÿ    Full mouth rehabilitation
  Please call a member of our reception team for further advice on any of the above.
  Highworth Dental Care
  11 Sheep Street, Highworth
  SN6 7AA (Just off the Market Square)

                          Tel: 01793 762231

                    General Gardening
                              Peter Dennish
                                 R.H.S. Certificated
              Tel: 01367 252477                     Mobile: 07748090385

                                     Pilates Classes
                        At Lechlade Methodist Church,Thursdays 6pm.
                        Certified Stott Instructor. All abilities Welcome.
         Strengthens deep core postural muscles including abdominals and back muscles.
  Improves body alignment. Helps support and stabilize joints. Pilates is recommended by many
osteopaths, physiotherapists and other medical/physical therapy professionals as a rehabilitative
             aid or to prevent injury. Fast results for toning muscles and flexibility.
        Private appointments with postural analysis and Pilates programme also available.
             Phone; 01793 827172 / 07773080125 or email


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