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MAY 2019 | Vol. 7 | No. 5

WHAT'S INSIDE

5 Disjointed Ramblings

Local news and charity events

8 Gabrielle’s dreams

Q&A with star singer

11 Fabulous festivals

Highlights for all tastes

14 Lechlade Festival

Star-studded highlight

18 George Underwood

Fosse Gallery exhibition

21 Remarkable royal women

Local author Erin Lawless

22 Chelsea Flower Show

Blooming attractions

25 Foster families needed

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26 Bakes beyond boundaries

With Paul Barlow-Heal

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WELCOME

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I think it’s fair to say that there’s been

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few weeks, which is perhaps inevitable

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When my husband and I

first met he played cricket

every weekend. However,

that all stopped when we got

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I thought that I had washed my last

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y nine-year-old boy is obsessed with the game

and his team has a busy summer of fixtures

coming up. My husband coaches the junior side

and plays every Saturday, and even my sevenyear-old

daughter is joining in – she can't wait

to start the All Stars programme this month. I suppose there

could be worse ways to spend my summer than watching a

spot of cricket – as long as I have a good book with me!

••• Firstly, and as you might expect there are some great

things on over the first bank holiday of the month, including

Cirencester's Fleece Fayre on Monday 6th. This runs from

10.30am until 6pm in the Market Place and is a lovely, free

event for all the family that celebrates the town and the

history of the wool trade. Highlights will include live music

and performances, Maypole and Morris dancing, a vintage

and makers' market, lots of local food and drink, craft

workshops and more!

••• For more bank holiday family fun why not head to

the annual Lechlade Duck Race on Monday 6th? Organised

by volunteers from RAF Brize Norton, this popular fundraiser

returns to Riverside Park after taking a break in 2018. The

event will feature a wide variety of attractions, including

fairground rides, a mobile farm, static helicopter, food and

drink stalls, inflatables and face painting, although the main

draw is, of course, the duck race itself, which will see around

6,000 plastic ducks released in to the Thames. Spectators

can sponsor a duck for £3 and the winner will receive a cash

prize of £300, with prizes for the runners-up. Money raised

will be shared between the event’s four chosen charities, the

Royal Air Force Association, the Cotswold Water Park Trust,

the Lechlade Memorial Hall and Lechlade Little Learners. For

more information about the event, including timings, or to

sponsor a duck, visit www.lechladeduckrace.com

••• And you can enjoy some more duck race action at

the bank holiday at the end of the month at South Cerney

Street Fair and Duck Race on Monday 27th. The event, which

runs from 10am, also features local entertainment, live

music, great food and a wide selection of stalls. Visit www.

southcerneystreetfair.org.uk

••• Also on over the late May bank holiday is Lechlade

Vintage Rally and Country Show. From Saturday 25th to

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family. Admission is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions,

with kids under 16 able to enter for free with a paying adult.

••• The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s

Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala also runs from Saturday

25th to Monday 27th. More details of the event, described as

the best steam gala for miles, at www.gwsr.com

••• Back to the start of the month, and a quick reminder

that Cirencester Bowls Club, off Ashcroft Road, is holding

an open day on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th from 11am

to 3.30pm. The club dates back to 1930 and welcomes

men and women of all abilities. If you would like to give

it a go, turn up on the day, or to find out more see www.

cirencesterbowls.org.uk

••• The Minety Dance Theatre is celebrating its 20th

anniversary with a showcase at the Sundial Theatre,

Cirencester, on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th, at 7pm. Tickets

for this performance of theatre and dance are £12 or £10

from www.sundial-theatre.co.uk, or the box office on

01285 654228 or emailing boxoffice@cirencester.ac.uk

••• Over at The Barn Theatre in Cirencester a Sondheim

musical, Merrily We Roll Along, runs from Wednesday

8th to Saturday 11th. The show comes from the team

behind the sell-out production of Fiddler on the Roof. For

tickets see www.barntheatre.org.uk. Just a mention for

Gloucestershire law firm BPE Solicitors, which is a sponsor of

The Barn. It’s great to see businesses supporting the arts.

••• Staying with local arts, and New Brewery Arts in

Cirencester is hosting an exhibition by Aimee Lax, who uses

a range of materials, including ceramics, steel and acrylic

glass, to explore her fear and fascination of human effects

on the natural world. The exhibition is on until 2nd June and

there is a meet-the-artist event on 1st June from 2pm.

••• Whitewall Galleries in Cirencester will welcome

acclaimed Russian artist Anna Razumovskaya to introduce

her latest collection on Saturday 25th from noon to 2pm.

The artist has been the subject of a collector’s book entitled

Anna Razumovskaya: Romantic Realist and is one of the

most exciting and collectable contemporary artists.

••• The Arts Society Cirencester is holding a lecture

called Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites in the Royal

Agricultural University lecture hall on Wednesday 8th.

Guests can register from 1.15pm for a 2pm start. People can

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and work ahead of her performance at Blenheim Palace on Thursday, 20th June.

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Q.

Hello! How do you feel about

turning 50 this year? “I can’t wait! To

reach 50 is exciting, a real celebration.

I’m embracing getting older – some

people sadly don’t even make it to 50

so I can only be thankful I’m still here, loving life.”

Q. Are you sick of being asked about your

ptosis, which is why you cover your eye? “Not

really. After 25 years I still get asked about it

so I have to accept I always will. I don’t mind

explaining why I cover my eye, it’s personal choice

and how I feel comfortable. Each to their own I say!”

Q. Are you super-healthy and how do you

relax? “I’m so not healthy, which isn’t good. I love

Haribo and all things sweet. When I’m relaxing I

love a good box set on Netflix or a sci-fi novel.”

Q. What’s the greatest lesson motherhood has

taught you? “That you don’t stop being a taxi.”

Q. How do you feel about the critical acclaim

Under My Skin has earned? “The way my new

album’s been received has been phenomenal. When

you write songs and haven’t released new music in

a while you don’t know if you still can. I made an

album I love and am proud of so people telling me

they love it too is an amazing feeling. I can’t wait to

perform songs old and new at Nocturne Live.”

Q. What advice would you give to any budding

musicians? “Stay true to yourself, do what makes

you happy and follow your instincts.”

Q. Are there any rising stars you think deserve

to be huge? “I think Lady Leshur is amazing and

I’m sure will be a huge star very soon.”

Q. What format do you most like to listen

to music on? “I still buy CDs, mainly in the

supermarket. I like physical copies, I never stream

anything, I’m old-fashioned like that. My daughter

has a record player and I actually loved listening

to my new album on it as it came out on vinyl. It’s

lovely to hold and play, I should get more really.”

Q. What’s your favourite live show so far? “It

has to be performing for Nelson Mandela at the

Brighton Centre in 2000. He told me afterwards

he wanted to get up and dance. I’ll never forget

that and will harp on about it forever!”

Q. What’s on your horizon? “I’d love to go to

Nashville to write songs, I’ve done elements of

country before in my music but to actually go

there and be in the history of the place would be

amazing, one of my ambitions for sure.”

Q. Who is your dream party guest? “George

Michael, I loved him growing up as an artist and

think he was amazing. He sent me flowers and

champagne when Rise went to number 1 and I

never got to say thank you. I’d like to hang out.”

Q. What would you wish for if you had the power?

“I know it’s obvious but how can I not say peace?”

● Gabrielle will perform at Blenheim Palace’s

Nocturne Live series, 20th – 23rd June, alongside

Gladys Knight and Disco Classical plus Sister

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FESTIVALS

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Whatever your age, taste or background there are a whole

host of festivals to get your musical juices flowing, writes Liz Nicholls

estival season is upon us – which is

great news for us here at Round &

About Towers (we’re fans of a bash).

Perhaps you are one of the supremely

dedicated / lucky few to have bagged yourself

a Glastonbury ticket..? Yes the Mother Of All

Festivals is back at the end of June but if, like me,

you’ll be enjoying it from the comfort of your sofa

there are loads more to get fully immersed in...

“I’ve been going to festivals with my wife and

festival buddy Josie since the early ’90s and made

some halcyon trips to Glastonbury and Reading,”

Rob de Bank, Bestival curator tells me. “I’ve slept

in a collapsed tent partially underwater, canoed

down a Glastonbury thoroughfare, got emotional

watching Stevie Wonder and Elton John at Bestival

and tried Fuji Rocks in Japan and Coachella in the

American desert for a change... but the festival

I’ll always come back to is our very own Camp

Bestival. We created the show for our kids and

their kids and future generations so it’s very close

to our heart but it’s also so much fun. And the

ultimate way to have some fantastic family time

away from screens and technology. I can’t wait

to see Chic, Annie Mac and The Human League

here this year.” This summer’s dance-deluxe Camp

Bestival at Dorset’s Lulworth Castle, 25th to 28th

July, has a heroes and superheroes theme and also

offers bangers in the form of Jess Glynne, Sister

Sledge, Goldie and others including Omid Djalili

and Mr Motivator. Visit www.campbestival.net

Multi-award-winning Lechlade Music Festival

will rock the second May bank holiday, 24th-

26th, with The Feeling, Rob Heron and his Tea

Pad Orchestra and loads of free family fun such

as storytelling, yoga and circus skills; www.

lechladefestival.co.uk

The Beach Boys will star at this year’s Cornbury

Festival in Great Tew near Chipping Norton, 5th-

7th July. Also performing are The Specials, Keane,

Echo & The Bunnymen, KT Tunstall, Beverley

Knight and an amazing comedy line-up as well as

family-friendly fun; www.cornburyfestival.com

Quirky beauty Boomtown returns to Matterley

Estate in the South Downs from Wednesday 7th

to Monday, 12th August, featuring a stonking

line-up including Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage,

The Streets, Chronixx, Chase & Status, Groove

Armada, Slaves and Salt-N-Pepa to name just

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a few. District AREA 404 is

the new home for techno,

headlined by Carl Cox, Amelie

Lens, Four Tet and more;

www.boomtownfair.co.uk

Small is beautiful with

local festivals, as ever.

Folksy, rootsy and green, Wood

in Ipsden, 17th-19th May, will

feature Belshazzar’s Feast and lots

of ways to celebrate nature; www.

woodfestival.com. Raise a glass to

Bottle Kids, From The Echo and The Skandal while

raising spirits and funds for charity at Rokefest

near Benson, 24th-26th May; www.rokefest.

com. Hosted by Oxford Psychedelic Society,

Oddball Festival at Oxford’s Isis Farmhouse on

Saturday, 8th June stars Sun Ra Arkestra. Free

with entry or for season ticket holders, Cogges

Family Festival brings you craft, puppets, animal

handling and Morris dancing on bank holiday

Monday, 27th May; www.cogges.org.uk

Have a great time for great causes at BrightFest

in Brightwell, OX10 0SQ, on Saturday, 8th

June, with bands, family fun, a football

contest, bar (well stocked by The

Red Lion team) and food; www.

brightfest.org.uk. And Rugfest

is back, bigger than ever at

Wallingford Rugby Club, 21st-23rd

June, having joined forces with

Wallingford Beer & Blues, with

The Feeling, Freak Power, Galaxy

Thief and The Echo; www.rugfest.org

Basil Brush is the special guest at Wychwood

Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, 31st May to

2nd June; www.wychwoodfestival.com

Fantastic cover bands and tribute acts will

entertain you at Witney Music Festival on

14th & 15th June with the annual two-week

takeover in the town, 24th May to 9th June;

www.witneymusicfestival.co.uk

Free family-friendly Riverside Festival in

Charlbury, 20th & 21st July, has a pixies theme

in honour of the Pixies band and the headliners

for Saturday are local stars Kanadia;

www.riversidefestival.charlbury.com

Indie royalty will reign at the biggest Truck

Festival yet in Steventon, 25th-28th July. Wolf

Alice, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Slaves,

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Nothing But Thieves, You Me At

Six, Don Broco, Johnny Marr, Public

Service Broadcasting and more will

star; www.truckfestival.com

The same weekend, glorious WOMAD will

celebrate the world’s many forms of music in

Malmesbury, starring Ziggy Marley, Orbital, Salif,

Keita, Anna Calvi and more; www.womad.co.uk

Wallingford’s free Bunkfest will bring you music,

dance and beer from 30th August until 1st

September; www.bunkfest.co.uk

Towersey near Thame will honour the late folk

singer and activist Roy Bailey with the help of Tom

Robinson, 23rd-26th August. Newton Faulkner,

Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam, The Selecter,

Hothouse Flowers, Seth Lakeman, Steve Harley

and Cockney Rebel, Fisherman’s Friends and the

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will also star as

well as many more; www.towerseyfestival.com

Busted, The Feeling, Dodgy, Toploader and Judge

Jules will bring the ’90s vibe to Chilterns Live

near Tring, HP23 5QY; www.chilterns-live.co.uk

The Big Feastival returns to rock Alex James’

Cotswolds farm, 23rd-25th August. This

year’s foodie fun line-up includes Jess

Glynne, Rudimental, Elbow, Jo Wiley,

Prue Leith, Raymond Blanc and

perennial star Justin Fletcher (AKA

Mr Tumble) as well as munchies

galore! www.thebigfeastival.com

Latitude at gorgeous Henham

Park near Southwold, 18th to

21st July, offers Primal Scream,

EverythingEverything, Underworld, George

Ezra, Slaves, Lana Del Rey and more; www.

latitudefestival.com. Giddy up for some Jockey

Club Live musical highlights at UK racecourses,

including Madness (24th July), Pete Tong & The

Heritage Orchestra (31st July) and Jess Glynne

(8th August); www.thejockeyclublive.co.uk

Wild wonderland Wilderness Festival returns to

dazzle high society festivalgoers in Oxfordshire’s

Cornbury Park, 1st-4th August. You’ll find

banquets and feasting, plenty of celeb-spotting

opportunities, lakeside hot tubs, yoga and

intellectual and cultural brain food and lectures as

well as Robyn, Groove Armada and Freya Ridings.

Visit www.wildernessfestival.com

A new one-dayer, Over the Hill Festival will

feature some of the best UK Americana and roots


FESTIVALS

bands at Cogges Manor on 26th

August; www.cogges.org.uk

Reading Festival rocks the

August bank holiday weekend

(23rd to 25th August). This

year’s stars are The 1975, Foo

Fighters, Blossoms, plus Fredo,

Billie Eilish, Stefflon Don

and Camelphat; visit www.

readingfestival.com

Readipop will rock Caversham’s

Christchurch Meadows, 12th-

14th July, with Sleeper, The

Brand New Heavies, The Orb,

Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish,

Musical Youth, Audio Bullys

and local bands for great local

causes; www.readipop.co.uk

A dazzling black-tie party in

a stunning riverside location,

Henley Festival, 10th to 14th

July, has another great line-up

this year including Boy George,

Jessie J, Bjorn Again and Jo Wiley

with her ’90s anthems as well

as comedy from Ed Byrne, Andy

Hamilton, Julian Clary and more;

www.henley-festival.co.uk

Pennfest in Bucks on 19th &

20th July will star Goldie, Suede,

Peter Doherty, Fabio, Craig

David and many more stars;

www.pennfest.net

Supporting children’s charities,

Chris Evans’ Car-Fest heads to

Hampshire’s Laverstoke Park,

RG25 3DR, from 23rd to 25th

August; www.carfest.org

Enjoy your summer!

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Feeling

good

Family-friendly highlight Lechlade Festival returns over the bank holiday weekend,

from 24th to 26th May, with some huge talents including The Feeling

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to see these guys

on stage!

our own local, boutique festival is

jam-packed with more than 100

performers, including Ivor Novellowinning,

Brit Award-nominated band

The Feeling as headliners.

The Feeling burst on to the British pop scene in

2005 and enjoyed a string of top 10 hits, including

Sewn, Rosé, Fill My Little World, Love it When You

Call and Never Be Lonely. The band will perform

these and more from their Twelve Stops and

Home album which was recently reissued

celebrating its 12th anniversary.

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out, many older consumers still

haven’t investigated if they are

owed anything and many never will.

Carol Platt is one of the directors

of JMP Partnership. They have

specialised in PPI claims for 12 years

now. “Anyone aged over 35 who

has ever had a loan, credit card or

mortgage is likely to be affected by

this scandal, but the people who are

owed the most, by FAR, are those

aged over 55 and small businesses

who banked with Lloyds after 1980.”

5 Star Review by Roy Rich aged 59

Mr A from Cirencester

aged 68 received a refund

of over £5,600 of PPI on

his M&S credit card or

66 year old Mr B from

Fairford who we got a

refund for of £1400+ from

Halifax.

So why are so many

people — especially those

aged over 55 unlikely to receive the

huge sums they are owed? There are

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INERTIA — many older people simply

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money back, so they do nothing.

FEAR — they know that there

are companies out there like JMP

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but they don’t know who they can

trust.

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believe they are owed anything.

EVIDENCE — many people wrongly

believe they will have to provide the

evidence they were sold this product.

So why should people in Cirencester

trust JMP Partnership to manage

their claims?

JMP Partnership is

regulated by the Financial

Conduct Authority

(FCA). They are a Trading

Standards Approved

(www.iow.gov.uk/tas/)

small family business and

have helped thousands of people

to reclaim more than £60 million

most of which relates to mis-sold

PPI. Trading Standards has never,

in 12 years of trading, received a

single complaint from a client of JMP

Partnership.

“We can’t promise to get anyone a

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Carol Platt, of JMP Partnership

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JMP Partnership has been working

with BBC News and BBC

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to expose some of the deceptive

behaviour that banks have been

involved in.

‘Over the last 5 years we have sent

hundreds of examples of widespread

misconduct to the FCA (banking

regulator) and the point came earlier

this year when it became apparent

that nothing was being done to stop

it’ said Jon Platt, Managing Director

of JMP.

Since JMP Partnership started

exposing this scandal with the help

of the BBC, both Barclays & HSBC

have been forced to admit that they

will have to write out

to tens of thousands of

consumers they gave

misleading information to. BBC

News and the BBC consumer

affairs programme You &

Yours on Radio 4 have already run

a number of stories and the people

interviewed for these programmes

were clients of JMP Partnership.

Stephen Pearce from Wales was one

of the people who agreed to tell his

story to the BBC.

Stephen said “Barclays replied to me

and said that I didn’t have PPI, and I

was prepared to accept that at the

time because I assumed the bank

had done its research and that was

the truthful and correct answer”,

he said. After beginning to doubt

what he was told, Mr Pearce hired a

CMC (JMP Partnership) to pursue

the matter. Barclays finally wrote

back and admitted he had PPI after

all. The bank accepted that the PPI

policy had been mis-sold and offered

Mr Pearce a refund of £3,991.52.

Sharon Humby from the Isle of Wight

was lied to by Natwest and that lie

cost Natwest over £4,000 in total

compensation. More scandals are set

to be exposed every week.

Read two of the stories online

at www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45631655.

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businesses creditors.

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ART

Face

value

Imaginary People, a solo exhibition of paintings by George Underwood takes place at The

Fosse Gallery in Stow on the Wold, from Sunday 2nd to Saturday 22nd June.

18 | MAY 2019

G

eorge Underwood is an artist and

musician, best known for designing

album covers for various bands in the

1970s and his collaboration with his

long-term friend, the late David Bowie. Imagination

is the key word in George Underwood’s paintings.

He rarely uses models nowadays, preferring

to invent people who inhabit their own personal

world. There will be about 30 oils in the exhibition

with prices ranging from £950 to £10,000.

Commenting on his work George says: “I have the

gift of pareidolia. It’s seeing faces in inanimate

objects. I remember when I was about 10 years old

and seeing Dali’s painting The Disappearing Bust

of Voltaire. There are two nuns sitting next to

each other which then seemed to magically transform

into the bust of Voltaire. I thought this was

sensational. From this experience I am fascinated

by the infinite ways that a face can be depicted

and ever since then have been trying to paint faces

in as many different ways as I can. I also paint the

occasional animal which has possibly just arrived

from a parallel universe.”

George Underwood was born in 1947 and attended

Bromley Technical School where he developed

an interest in music alongside classmates David

Bowie and Peter Frampton. Underwood and

Bowie’s band, George and the Dragons, was shortlived

due to Underwood punching Bowie in the

left eye while wearing a ring on his finger, during

a fight over a girl, causing paralysis in Bowie’s left

pupil and his distinctive mismatched appearance.

The injury did not affect their friendship in the

end, and Underwood went on to record one album

with Bowie. After deciding that the music business

was not for him, George returned to art studies

and then worked in design studios as an illustrator.

Many of his colleagues in the music business

asked him to do various art works for them which

led to George becoming a freelance artist. Art

work for the first T Rex album and later David

Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust albums

covers established him as a leading and creative

art illustrator.

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á ...Continued from page 6. ••• Explore the town from ground level at a Medieval

Cirencester Town Walk being led by Dr Valija Evalds for the

Corinium Museum on Thursday 9th. The theme of the hourlong

walk, which starts at 2pm, is monks, merchants and

mud. And there's another town walk being held on Tuesday

21st, this time focusing on Cirencester in the Civil War, led

by Ian Thomas and will set off at 11am. The hour-long stroll

will bring to life the storming of Cirencester in 1643. You

will be able to see where events unfolded and consider the

significance of Cirencester in the English Civil War. The cost

is £7.25 per adult or £6.25 for members of the Corinium

Museum and booking is recommended as places are limited.

For more details see www.coriniummuseum.org

••• Enjoy a lovely walk, in aid of a great cause, with the

Hike for Home-Start Cotswolds on Wednesday 8th. This is

the annual fundraiser for the charity which provides support,

friendship and practical help for young families with young

children in the area. The 10km circular walk through the Coln

Valley starts and finishes at Cripps Barn, near Bibury. Find

out more and register at www.home-start-cotswolds.org.uk

••• Cirencester Civic Society is holding a fundraising

Gardeners' Question Time in aid of local charity The

Churn Project. The event, on Tuesday 14th at 7.30pm in

Cirencester Baptist Church, Chesterton Lane, offers a chance

d ...Continued on page 24.

••• The Arts Society Corinium talk this month is Visual

Illusions: Can You Believe Your Own Eyes? This will be given

by John Ericson at the Baptist Church in Chesterton Lane on

Wednesday 22nd at 7.30pm. The event is £7 for visitors. For

more details go to www.theartssocietycorinium.org.uk

••• On Wednesday 8th The Arts Society Cotswolds will

meet for a lecture called Art UK: Uncovering the Nation’s

Hidden Oil Painting Collection. This will be delivered by

Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac and will focus on the project to

catalogue every oil painting in public ownership in the UK,

which involved visiting 3,000 collections across the country

and photographing over 212,000 paintings. The lecture

offers an insider’s view of the project and describes the

detective work involved, some unusual collections visited

and intriguing paintings uncovered. It will include several

paintings of local interest. The lecture will start at 11am at

the Warwick Hall, Church Green, Burford. Non-members

are welcome for a suggested donation of £10. For more

information see www.theartssocietycotswolds.org.uk

••• Ever wondered what the view looks like from the

top of the tower of Cirencester’s Church of St John Baptist?

You can find out on Saturday 18th between 10am and 4pm

with a tour of the tower. The cost is £5 for adults and £2 for

children, over 8s only. Last entry is at 3.30pm.

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DAY OUT

Floral

feast

Credit: RHS /

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The Duchess of Cambridge

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garden design in January

Credit: RHS / Suzanne Plunkett

Welcome to

Yorkshire Garden

Credit: Mark Gregory

22 | MAY 2019

The blooming marvellous Chelsea Flower Show is a true horticultural highlight.

T

here’s nothing more British than

Chelsea Flower Show, with cuttingedge

garden design and plants from

all over the world, the show offers a

glamorous, unique and memorable experience.

Whether your green fingers can make anything

flourish or you only have to look at a plant to see it

off, this event from 21st to 25th May, has so many

aspects to enjoy and marvel at.

Internationally renowned designers and worldclass

exhibits vying to win RHS Gold medals and

the coveted Best Show Garden will greet you round

every corner with a few surprises too.

One garden that is sure to attract a great deal

of attention is the RHS Back to Nature garden

designed by The Duchess of Cambridge with

Andree Davies and Adam White. With the

emphasis firmly on the family and inspired by

childhood memories, the woodland garden offers a

place to play, learn and discover and as part of the

RHS’s partnership with NHS England is promoting

the physical and emotional benefits of gardening

and being outdoors.

Among the highlights (although I’m not sure how

you pick) are a garden inspired by a rock formation

on an Australian beach for show sponsor M&G

Investments and Welcome to Yorkshire which

consists of a towpath alongside a canal lock.

Artisan Gardens are making a welcome return with

smaller spaces offering thought-provoking designs

that tell a story such as The Donkey Sanctuary:

Donkeys Matter and The High Maintenance Garden

for Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The Chelsea Flower Show is also heralding the

health and wellbeing benefits of green spaces and

gardening for both people and the environment.

The centrepiece of the show is the Great Pavilion

which houses more than 80 exhibitors. A first for

this year is a fully-interactive and walk-through

garden, created by Tom Dixon and sponsored

by IKEA, showcasing sustainable, affordable and

forward-thinking solutions to growing food at

home and in the community.

After you’ve walked round and feasted on all that

– and that’s only a small fraction of what’s on offer

– you’ll be in need of some sustenance and there’s

no shortage of options there either, not least the

Jardin Blanc, an innovative dining experience from

award-winning Oxfordshire chef Raymond Blanc.

For more information about all the gardens and to

book tickets, please visit www.rhs.org.uk


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to put your questions to a panel of experts including Anne

Chambers (Kiftsgate Court Gardens), Derry Watkins (Special

Plants) and Val Bourne (Country Life). There will also be

refreshments, a raffle and plants for sale. Tickets are £10,

inc refreshments, from the information centre at Bingham

House, from The Churn Project, or call 01285 380038.

••• Lechlade Gardening Club’s May meeting is replaced

by a visit to Dorney Court and Savill Gardens in Windsor on

Wednesday 8th. The cost is £30, which includes the coach,

all entrance fees, guides and driver’s tip. Pick-up is 8.30am

in Lechlade and the estimated return is 6.15pm. For all

information, contact Audrey Barnes on 01367 252242.

••• Lechalde Art Society’s demonstration this month

takes place in The Pavilion on Tuesday 14th from 2pm to

4pm. The subject is creative framing and the demonstration

will be by Chris Smith. Non members welcome, £4.

••• Back to Cirencester and the Ciren Belles will be

hearing from Graham and Juliette Harris, of local charity

Cirencester Signpost, on Thursday 16th at 7.30pm. Voluntary

donations of £2 per meeting towards expenses is welcome.

••• The Blockchain and Crypto-Currencies: Everybody’s

Heard of Them, But How Do They Work? is the title of a talk

on Wednesday 8th to Cirencester Science and Technology

Society. This will be given by Prof Andrei Kirilenko, from

Imperial College Business School, and will start at 7.30pm.

It will take place in the Sir Emrys Hughes Lecture Theatre,

Royal Agricultural University. Visitors are welcome for £3,

students free. More details at www.cirenscience.org.uk

••• Staying at the RAU, but moving from The Blockchain

to Bijou Opera - an opera film club that meets periodically to

screen great opera performances (plus the occasional ballet

and operetta). The club’s next screening is The Marriage of

Figaro from the Met Opera in 1999, on Sunday 12th from

2pm to 5pm at The Parkinson Lecture Theatre at the RAU.

For details, including tickets, see www.bijouopera.co.uk

••• More music news... Acclaimed composer Debbie

Wiseman OBE, who has written music for TV (Wolf Hall

and Father Brown) and film, is to write a new piece of music

to mark the contribution of the village of Down Ampney

to a major Second World War operation. September is the

75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, a bid to

capture bridges along the River Meuse in Holland. RAF Down

Ampney sent Dakota aircraft and Airspeed Horsa gliders

over to Holland, transporting paratroopers and supplies. The

new piece of music will be called The Down Ampney March

and will be played for the first time in public on Sunday

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FAMILY

Could

you

foster?

Foster carers are part of what’s called “the team around the child”. As we approach

Foster Care Fortnight, between 13th and 26th May, we encourage you to consider it.

E

very year thousands of new foster

carers are needed to help young

people to flourish in life. Perhaps

you could be one of them?

Anne says she felt fostering was “something I

needed to do” and she has done emergency,

short-term, respite and parent and child fostering,

for everything from one night to four years.

More than 65,000 children currently live with

almost 55,000 foster families across the UK. This

equates to nearly 80% of the 83,000 children in

care away from home on any one day in the UK.

She adds: “You need to be calm and understanding

and willing to try. For some of these children,

nobody has ever tried. You can’t change their past

but you might be able to change their future.”

The Fostering Network estimates that fostering

services need to recruit a further 6,800

foster families in the next 12 months.

Foster Care Fortnight is the charity’s

annual campaign to raise the profile of

fostering and help recruit families.

The campaign, which has been running

for almost 20 years, showcases the

commitment, passion and dedication

of foster carers. Thousands of new foster

families are needed every year, with the

greatest need being help for older children, sibling

groups, disabled children and unaccompanied

asylum seeking children. Foster carers come from

all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Anne from Cirencester has been fostering for

Gloucestershire County Council since 2012. She

has three adult children and three grandchildren

and has experience of working as a teaching

assistant in a school.

“ You need to

be calm and

understanding

Thousands of new foster families are needed

every year to care for children, with the

greatest need being for foster carers for

older children, sibling groups, disabled

children and unaccompanied asylumseeking

children.

All are welcome as potential foster

carers – all that matters is that you can

provide a stable and caring environment

for a foster child. You don’t need to be

married or in a relationship, or to own your

own home, and your sexual orientation or any

disability should not hinder your application.

Whichever route you choose, you should rest

assured there is a support network to help anyone

who is committed and willing to foster a child.

● To find out more about becoming a foster carer,

visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fostering/

and sign up for updates. There’s more info too at

www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk

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FOOD

Ingredients:

Great

bakes

• 285g jumbo oats

• 150g light soft brown sugar

• 150g coconut butter

• 135g golden syrup or

maple syrup

• Zest and juice of one lemon

• 75g chopped dried apricots

• 50g dried cranberries

• 100g raisins

• 50g chopped walnuts

• Pinch of sea salt

• 30g pumpkin seeds

• 30g sunflower seeds

• 20g flax seeds

Prep: 10 minutes

Artisan baker Paul Barlow-Heal, dessert devotee and founder

of Cotswold Baking, shares a special recipe.

Ä Vegan fruit and nut flapjack

Paul’s

new range of

gluten-free cakes includes

Banana and Pecan, Mocha

and Walnut, Vegan Red Velvet,

Jasmine Tea Fruit Cake and Ginger

and Lemon cake. Visit www.

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Method:

P

lace all the dry ingredients (except

the seeds) into a large mixing bowl

and stir to ensure they’re well

blended together.

Heat coconut butter, sugar, golden syrup, lemon

juice and zest in a saucepan, bring to a gentle boil

stirring to ensure all combined well and the sugar

has dissolved. Carefully pour the syrup on to the dry

ingredients and stir well, making sure all the dry ingredients

are well coated with the syrup mix.

Cooking:

30 minutes

Makes:

One tray bake

Transfer the mix to a shallow baking

tray lined with baking parchment

and spread the mix out evenly. Top

the mix with an even sprinkle of the

pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds.

Place the tray bake in a pre-heated

oven at 160C degrees and bake for

30 minutes until golden brown.

Leave to cool completely before

cutting and serving.


T

Perfect ingredients

he scheme launched in

2009 by the Eden Project

hopes to get even more of

us involved in the simple

act of fun and friendship by having

lunch with our neighbours. From that

first event which began as one day for

people to meet, greet, share, swap,

sing, play and laugh, it grew to more

than 9.3million people in over 90,000

events all round the country in 2017.

Here are The Eden Project’s top tips:

● Choose a venue – If you’re

planning a street party you’ll need to

ask permission from your local council

to have the road closed

● Pick a date – Most lunches will be

held the first weekend in June but you

can choose to suit you

● Consider your invites – Who will

you invite?

● Plan the food – Keep it simple,

don’t make too much work for

yourself! Perhaps make it a shared

picnic, get everyone to bring a dish

and contribute?

● Play music – A simple idea is to

get some background music going

with a few radios on the same station

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Add a handful of community spirit, a sprinkling of food and a big dose of fun

to create The Big Lunch on 1st and 2nd June.

or if you’re lucky enough to have a

musician in your street make the most

of it!

● Get local support – Don’t be

afraid to ask local businesses for help

with chairs or even prizes for a raffle

and let your local media know, too!

● Fundraise at your Big Lunch –

Uniting everyone can be the ideal

opportunity to help a cause close to

your heart or a local asset such as a

children’s play area

There may already be a lunch in your

street or area but if not then “carpe

diem” and start organising one today!

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RAMBLINGS

á ...Continued from page 24.

8th September at the church by Cirencester Band, which is

marking its centenary year in 2019.

••• Huge congrats to CCDA (Cirencester Creative Dance

Academy) Phoenix Blaze, who have qualified for the ECA

European Cheerleading Championships to be held across the

weekend of 6th and 7th July in Germany. Lots of luck!

••• Abbeyfields, the Cirencester residential home for

older people, has been in touch to ask if we can help spread

word of its appeal for more volunteers. The home would love

to hear from anyone who could help out by befriending one

of the residents, working in the house's garden, providing car

driver support or assisting on day trips. To find out more you

can call Abbeyfields administrator Nikki Browning on 07710

818721, or Nikki will be attending Cirencester's National

Volunteers Week event at Ashcroft Hall on 8th June between

10am and noon so you could pop along and see her there.

••• Kelmscott’s Morris Memorial Hall is holding a 50:50

sale on Saturday 18th between 1pm and 5pm. If you are

looking to declutter and sell unwanted items, book a table,

bring along items you wish to sell, including household

items, clothes and toys, and you keep half of the proceeds

with the remaining half being donated to the Memorial Hall.

If you want to buy, just turn up on the day! Full information

is available at www.facebook.com/MorrisMemorialHall

or by calling 01367 253103 or 01367 252403.

••• For all the fun of a fete head to the Old Rectory in

Quenington on Saturday 11th from 2pm until 5pm. There

will be duck races, a dog show, swing boats, beer tent,

barbecue and afternoon tea, among other things. Entry is £2

for adults and free for children.

••• A heads up for a tasty-sounding event next

month now. Cirencester Food Festival will take place on

Saturday 29th and Sunday, 30th June from 10am to 6pm in

Cirencester's Market Place and the Abbey Grounds. To find

out more see www.cotswoldmarkets.com

••• Next month will also see Langford host its first ever

arts festival from Friday 7th to Sunday, 9th June. The festival

will feature the work of 20 amateur and professional artists

on display and for sale in St Matthew’s Church and the

village hall. The village will be a hive of art-inspired activities

including artists sketching and painting, a photography

competition, a blacksmith offering a metalwork experience,

pottery demonstrations and more! Homemade cakes, light

lunches and refreshments will also be served and there will

be a bar. To find out more see www.langfordartsfestival.

co.uk

That's all for a busy May, see you with more in June...VC

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