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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2:00pm Tuesday 13th August 2013
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1:36pm Thursday 6th June 2013
1:50pm Tuesday 4th June 2013
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.
12:19pm Tuesday 23rd April 2013
12:30pm Thursday 25th April 2013
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?
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.
12:00pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1:38pm Monday 16th July 2012
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.
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.
11:54am Tuesday 20th March 2012
1:30pm Tuesday 3rd January 2012
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.
11:03am Monday 19th December 2011
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.
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.
10:10am Friday 21st October 2011
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.
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.
12:17pm Thursday 29th September 2011
1:00pm Friday 2nd September 2011
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2:08pm Thursday 14th July 2011
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.
11:11am Tuesday 17th May 2011
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.
2:12pm Monday 28th February 2011
10:02am Tuesday 15th February 2011
9:40am Thursday 3rd February 2011
2:00pm Monday 24th January 2011
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.