Platinum pooch wins coveted award

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:45am Monday 14th July 2014

A DIAGNOSIS of MS 13 years ago turned Arthur Findlater’s life upside down. An able, fit and practical man, Arthur had to adjust to a new future of steadily increasing disability. In 2008, he discovered Canine Partners and was given Daxi, an assistance dog, to help with everyday tasks from shopping to fetching the post. Now this partnership are celebrating a prestigious prize– the Canine Partners’ Platinum Award – only the third achieved in the charity’s history. With help from young neighbour Chelsea, Daxi has learned to complete a range of complicated tasks that showcase how remarkable a dog he is. Arthur explained, “There were things on the platinum award that I couldn’t do myself so Chelsea helped with all of those. She was amazing. She was very quick at learning to teach Daxi and she came round every day for about an hour for three months.” “Daxi loves working but it is very difficult. Even the most patient carer is going to get hacked off when I throw the pencil on the ground four times in a row. With Daxi if I drop it again he’ll pick it up again every time.” As well as the constant companionship and the special bond that they share Daxi also helps Arthur in more subtle ways. “People find it difficult to know how to talk to me, but with a dog people find  another thing to talk about. I’m no longer that funny man in the wheelchair, I’m the man with that lovely dog.” Despite his usual discipline Arthur also added “When you take his lead off he becomes a normal hooligan dog, and to see him running around the park is very uplifting.” Daxi is now seven years old, and eight in August. As a puppy he received three months of intensive training at the Canine Partners’ training centre and then a further two weeks when he and Arthur were partnered so they could learn to work together. Canine Partners hopes to raise funds for more of these amazing dogs and holds sponsored yearly bluebell walks, including this year, to raise the charity’s profile and to help train more dogs. Paul and Daxi will be taking part in a walk on May 15 with the aim of improving on the £1,000  they managed to raise for the organisation last year. Their walk will be in honour of the colossal difference that their partnership has made to Arthur’s life and to celebrate Daxi’s recent platinum award. Donations can be made via Arthur’s Just giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/arthur-findlater or in person if you happen to spot Arthur and Daxi out and about in Cirencester.

Air salvage company on a high after Cirencester business award

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Mark Gregory at Air Salvage International based at the Cotswold Airport

10:40am Monday 23rd September 2013

Air Salvage International has been a world leader in dismantling and storing aircraft from its base at Cotswold Airport for 12 years. This year the company was flying high after picking up the award for business of the Year from the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce. Charlotte Shepherd met founder and managing director Mark Gregory.

Sentinel Systems gears up for an even bigger future

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Andrew Holder, Allan Robertson, Bill Paulson and Daniel Boulton from Sentinel Systems who won the Cirencester Business Award for Innovation

2:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013

Kemble manufacturing company Sentinel Systems picked up this year’s award for Outstanding Innovation of the Year from the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce. Charlotte Shepherd met a small team gearing itself up for big things.

Hospitality at its best at the Royal Agricultural University

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Members of the award-winning hospitality, housekeeping and conference teams at the Royal Agricultural University

12:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013

ALTHOUGH better known for its provision of education, the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been offering conferences, weddings and bed and breakfast for many years. “We have been active in the conference market since 1985,” said corporate services director Teresa North. “We are better known for what we do for students but our conference business has grown a lot.”

Neon Play are double award winners

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Oli Christie and staff in front of the Neon Play offices in Cirencester

8:58am Tuesday 10th September 2013

For the third year running, mobile app studio Neon Play was a winner at the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, receiving two awards from judges. Charlotte Shepherd spoke to Neon Play managing director Oli Christie about the company’s continued success.

Cheers to enterprising students from Royal Agricultural University

2:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013

ENTERPRISING students at the Royal Agricultural University who are behind the success of real ale and cider makers Muddy Wellies, were the toast of the local business community at the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Octavia Karavia is Cirencester Ambassador

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester's first literary festival for children begins next week

6:00am Saturday 17th August 2013

The Cirencester Chamber of Commerce announced Octavia Karavia as the Cotswold Life Cirencester Ambassador at its business awards earlier this year for her thriving business Octavia’s Bookshop. Charlotte Shepherd met her at the Cirencester shop.

Sue Ryder wins sustainable award

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Sue Ryder wins sustainable award

5:00pm Friday 16th August 2013

SUE Ryder Market Place is no stranger to recognition and this year the Cirencester charity shop picked up the Sustainable Business of the Year award at the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business awards. Charlotte Shepherd met retail manager Mark Wilson.

Fleece Hotel is Cirencester success story

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Fleece Hotel is Cirencester success story

1:00pm Friday 16th August 2013

The Fleece Hotel is one of Cirencester’s newest success stories and received the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Award to recognise its place in the town. Charlotte Shepherd met general manager Rebecca Smith.

All About Eve picks up business award for pr campaign

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: All About Eve picks up business award for pr campaign

11:25am Friday 16th August 2013

All About Eve Photography picked up the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Pr and Marketing Campaign of the Year accolade at this year’s business awards. Charlotte Shepherd met with photographer Kate Brown.

Brewery Blues promoter John Drummond puts local talent on the map

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: John Drummond, promoter of Brewery Blues

4:00pm Tuesday 13th August 2013

Brewery Blues promoter John Drummond had his dedication to showcasing local talent rewarded earlier this year when he was named as the Creatives Champion at the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Charlotte Shepherd met him.

A clear vision helps Kate Markland to the Business Person of The Year award

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Physiotherapist Kate Markland, winner of the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year award

2:00pm Tuesday 13th August 2013

 PHYSIOTHERAPIST Kate Markland, 36, admits to being in “absolute and complete shock” when her name was called as the Business Person of the Year at the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce awards.

Gloucestershire Bundles ready to help those in need

11:41am Tuesday 13th August 2013

A VOLUNTARY organisation that relies on an army of mothers and grandmothers is helping families in crisis throughout Gloucestershire.

Family fun at Open Farm Sunday

1:36pm Thursday 6th June 2013

THIS Sunday more than 70 farms in the South West and at least 350 farms in the UK will open up their gates for Open Farm Sunday.

Volunteer drivers needed for essential local service

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Winston Lewis

1:50pm Tuesday 4th June 2013

COTSWOLD Volunteers is looking to recruit new drivers for its essential transport service, which includes the Voluntary Car Scheme and Dial-a-Ride.

Cirencester Choral Society is in fine voice after 150 years

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A concert at the Parish Church on Saturday, December 8 2012

9:08am Tuesday 30th April 2013

THIS Saturday, May 4, an audience of around 400 music lovers will pack out the Parish Church in Cirencester to hear more than 110 singers and a 35-strong orchestra performing as part of the Cirencester Choral Society.

Bourton's Model Village gains listed status

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Bourton's Model Village gains listed status

12:19pm Tuesday 23rd April 2013

BOURTON-on-the-Water Model Village has received a giant accolade from English Heritage as the only model village to receive a heritage listing.

A fledgling Cirencester company takes flight

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A fledgling Cirencester company takes flight

12:30pm Thursday 25th April 2013

WHEN local businessman Mark Moore found himself out of work there was a moment when the 42-year old from Avening thought “now what?”

Apprenticeships are offering a chance for real-world experience

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The 2012 Cirencester College apprenticeship graduates

11:38am Thursday 14th March 2013

During National Apprenticeship Week young people and employers are being encouraged to see if apprenticeships could be right for them. Charlotte Shepherd looks at what Cirencester College can offer to a would-be apprentice and also asks what is in it for the employer?

Almshouses are not a thing of the past

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Almshouses at Watermoor Road

12:48pm Thursday 21st February 2013

Almshouse charities can be found across the Cotswolds, including Cirencester, Tetbury and Stow on the Wold. Many people imagine that almshouses are relics from the past but with 35,000 people living in them across the UK, these charities are providing a vital need for social housing. Charlotte Shepherd looks at the relevance of almshouse charities today.

Business awards launched at Cirencester Chamber of Commerce

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Winners and runners-up of the 2012 Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Awards

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Cirencester Chamber of Commerce launched the 2013 Cirencester Business Awards. Previous winners, judges and sponsors were on hand to lend their support to this prestigious annual event.

A walk through the snowdrops at Colesbourne Park

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A walk through the snowdrops at Colesbourne Park

10:38am Tuesday 22nd January 2013

In February Colesbourne Park will open up its renowned gardens for its annual snowdrop display. And with the collection of snowdrops (galanthus) now totalling 250 cultivars, there is sure to be something to please everyone.

Cotswolds Gymnastics Club wow with their annual display

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cotswolds Gymnastics Club wow with their annual display

12:00pm Thursday 10th January 2013

GYMNASTICS has had a fantastic year. Olympic bronze medal success for Team GB favourite Beth Tweddle in front of an ecstatic home crowd was one highlight. But it was the men's gymnastics squad who really caught the imagination, winning their first team medal in a century by claiming bronze.

Cirencester family business sports success

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Celebrating 40 years of D&J Sports in Cirencester, from left to right: Dave Savage, Mark Savage, Nick Gregory and Steve Broadhurst

11:00am Thursday 10th January 2013

Local Cirencester shop D & J Sports Ltd has been in the business of selling sports goods and offering sound advice for 40 years. Charlotte Shepherd met the father and son team who are at the heart of this family-run business.

Local author Diana Alexander has a hit on her hands

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The Other Mitford: Pamela’s Story by Diana Alexander

10:30am Thursday 10th January 2013

Cotswold writer and former Wilts and Glos Standard journalist Diana Alexander had a busy end to 2012, with her first book published, The Other Mitford: Pamela’s Story. It sold out its first print run within three weeks.

Cirencester Hero gets recognition from town

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Roger Brown receives his award at the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce awards

11:30am Monday 3rd September 2012

There can be few more deserving of the title ‘hero’ than Cirencester-champion and fundraiser Roger Brown, who has battled his own health problems whilst continuing to serve his community. Charlotte Shepherd spoke to photographer Roger who picked up the Cirencester Hero accolade at the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards THERE was a look of genuine surprise and delight on Roger Brown’s face when his name was read out as the recipient of the Cirencester Hero award at this year’s Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Cirencester band The Flex aim high with first single release

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Left to right: Stu McDonald, Chris Mellor, Giles Refoy, Tom Flatman and Sam Gerard at the Wychwood Festival

1:38pm Monday 16th July 2012

LOCAL Cirencester indie band The Flex have been making a big noise thanks to the release of their first single.

A marketing triumph for Cotswold Open Studios

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Business award winner Tessa Webb wgrp1167v12 To order this picture call 01285 642642 or visit wiltsglosstandard.co.uk

11:55am Monday 16th July 2012

In our series of interviews with the winners of the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, Charlotte Shepherd spoke to Tessa Webb, the driving force behind the winner of the Pr and Marketing Campaign of the Year, Cotswold Open Studios.

Cotswold Olimpicks celebrates 400 years

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Ouch: The infamous shin kicking.

2:02pm Thursday 31st May 2012

This Friday thousands of enthusiasts are expected to descend on Chipping Campden to join in the annual Cotswold Olimpicks. This year promises to be extra special as the eccentric Games, which many believe to be the historic root of the modern Olympic Games, celebrates its 400th anniversary.

Wartime stories from a Syde farming lad

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Malcolm and his brother John outside Harcombe Farmhouse, in the same place where the photo used on the front cover of Malcolm’s War was taken

11:54am Tuesday 20th March 2012

SYDE resident and local farmer Malcolm Whitaker, 80, is using his memories of life growing up on Harcombe farm just outside Cirencester during the Second World War to raise money for charity.

Cotswold gymnasts deliver a fantastic festive display

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cotswold gymnasts deliver a fantastic festive display

1:30pm Tuesday 3rd January 2012

THE Cotswold Gymnastics Club’s annual Christmas display always promises to deliver quality gymnastics with all the trimmings and this year did not disappoint.

Benita Cegarra tackles business head on

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Benita Cegarra

11:32am Tuesday 3rd January 2012

Our series looking at the winners of the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Best for Business awards continues with Business Person of the Year, Benita Cegarra. She tackled teamwork, million pound savings and line outs with Charlotte Shepherd.

Idea hatches into a huge success

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The Ovo Energy team with founder and managing director Stephen Fitzpatrick (centre).

11:03am Monday 19th December 2011

For our series looking at the winners of the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Best for Business awards, Charlotte Shepherd spoke to Ovo Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick.

Making a difference in the Cotswolds

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Organisers of the Cotswold Volunteers recruitment drive at Bingham House, Katy Dawson, Oliver Stevenson with guide dog Yorkie, Judy Mills and Clare Finnimore with guide dog Reba

10:29am Tuesday 8th November 2011

This week we launch our I can do that! column looking at one area where a volunteer is making a difference. We also have 50 opportunities for Standard readers to fill. Charlotte Shepherd spoke to Cotswold Volunteers who have been at the heart of volunteering for 50 years.

Teamwork key to Cirencester's Sue Ryder store success

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Top team: Lucy Loquette, Carol Shirley and Janet Hughes.

2:40pm Thursday 3rd November 2011

Continuing our series on the winners from the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, Charlotte Shepherd spoke to Carol Shirley, manager of the Team of the Year at the Sue Ryder charity shop.

The sweet taste of success for cake makers Sugar Box

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Kelsie Hall with the keys to her new cake-making headquarters

10:10am Friday 21st October 2011

For part two of our series on the winners from the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce business awards Charlotte Shepherd met Kelsie Hall from cake making company The Sugar Box.

Opera singer Maria Jagusz prepares the next generation of singing stars

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Maria Jagusz

2:16pm Tuesday 18th October 2011

The name Maria Jagusz at the top of a bill is always guaranteed to sell tickets. But this internationally renowned talented opera singer is now as happy preparing other people for the limelight as she is taking centre stage. She spoke to Charlotte Shepherd about her love of teaching.

Sending a hug in a shoebox

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: In the family...Operation Christmas Child organiser Joan Townsend with daughter Liza and grandson Jacob, 6. To order this picture call 01285 642642 or visit wiltsglosstandard.co.uk

2:34pm Monday 10th October 2011

For 20 years Operation Christmas Child has been sending shoeboxes crammed full of cuddly toys, sweets and everyday essentials to children abroad who have very little of their own. Charlotte Shepherd met Joan Townsend who helps to run the operation in South Cerney.

The only way is App for gaming company Neon Play

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: App, app and away...Oli Christie and his team at Neon Play in Cirencester wgrp1420h11 To order this picture call 01285 642642 or visit wiltsglosstandard.co.uk

12:17pm Thursday 29th September 2011

For the first in a new series looking at the winners from the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Best for Business awards, Charlotte Shepherd met Oli Christie, managing director of Neon Play.

Giffords circus comes to town

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Nell Gifford performing at Giffords Circus. Photo by Gem Hall Photography

1:00pm Friday 2nd September 2011

THE end of school summer holidays signals one thing in Stratton, Cirencester – the circus is coming to town.

Cirencester College celebrates 20 years

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The class of 1991: staff members who have been with the College since it opened.

10:03am Friday 2nd September 2011

CIRENCESTER College is 20 years old today and is revving itself up for a year of celebrations as it approaches its landmark 21st anniversary.

Badger vaccine trials begin at Wilidlife Trust

2:08pm Thursday 14th July 2011

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Wildlife Trust (GWT) is trying to prove to farmers that a badger cull is not the only answer to bovine tuberculous (bTB) as it begins its badger vaccination programme.

Society keeps history alive

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester Society in London members at Lincoln’s Inn, London, May 2008 from left to right, Peter Gillman, Lord Apsley, James Johnson, Derek Waring

1:10pm Tuesday 17th May 2011

Few societies can boast such longevity as that enjoyed by the Cirencester Society in London, which holds its 300th annual general meeting and dinner on May 20. Charlotte Shepherd met with a steward of this illustrious society.

Memories of the last trip through Sapperton tunnel

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: George William Gleed is pictured with his wife

11:11am Tuesday 17th May 2011

One hundred years ago George William Gleed steered the last ever barge through Sapperton tunnel. His grandson George Gleed spoke to Charlotte Shepherd about that last journey.

50 years of campaigning at Amnesty

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Amnesty International member Claire Morris

9:21am Tuesday 10th May 2011

On May 28 Amnesty International UK celebrates 50 years since its first campaign for the release of prisoners of conscience. Secretary of Cirencester Amnesty Group, Claire Morris, told Charlotte Shepherd how the local group would be marking the anniversary.

A place to go to 'let it all out'

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Pat Ayres with some of the eating disorder books she lends out

2:12pm Monday 28th February 2011

Last week was Eating Disorders Awareness Week and Charlotte Shepherd spoke to Pat Ayres MBE who for the last eight years has been a friendly ear in Cirencester for sufferers and their families.

Nepal school charity leaving a legacy

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Nepal schools charity leaving a legacy

10:02am Tuesday 15th February 2011

For the last three years a Lechlade charity has been making a difference to school children in Nepal. Charlotte Shepherd meets the founders of Nepal Schools Aid.

Apprentice scheme waiting to hire

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Apprentice Leah Price at Forces Recruitment Services in Gosditch Street, Cirencester

9:40am Thursday 3rd February 2011

Next week is Apprentice Week and Cirencester College Business School wants more young people to come forward to hear the words “you’re hired” in this challenging economic climate.

Taking steps to keep cervical cancer in check

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Emily Birrane with her daughters Fina, 1 and Baya, 3

2:00pm Monday 24th January 2011

THIS week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Emily Birrane who was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer tells her story in the hope that she can raise awareness into this disease.

Outstanding volunteer award for work at Miserden

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Outstanding volunteer award for work at Miserden

12:32pm Tuesday 18th January 2011

IT WAS not until retirement that David Perkins discovered an interest in butterflies but nearly 20 years on his dedication to the conservation of endangered butterflies and moths has been recognised by the charity he loves.






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