Tetbury community news with Kevin Painter

TETBURY Town Council is pleased to announce that following the High Court ruling all town council meetings will now be held face-to-face as from May 6.

The first face-to-face meeting will be the annual council meeting, and will be held at the Dolphins Hall, New Church Street, on Monday, May 17, commencing at 7pm, where the mayor and deputy mayor will be elected by the council.

Even though council meetings are open to the public and the press, unfortunately there will still be restrictions in place as to the number of people who can attend, so members of the public will be admitted on a strictly first come first served basis, and you will of course still be required to wear face masks when in the meeting.

Most of the council committee meetings will still be held in the chamber at the town council offices with the planning and full council meetings being held at the Dolphins Hall.

Following the new rules any members of the public who wish to participate in the meetings will have to attend the meeting in person.

The council would like to welcome Steve Scott and David Creed who have become the newest town councillors and joined for their first official meeting at the annual town meeting.

This will be their first live meeting and interestingly it will also be the first live meeting of the current mayor Ann Pearce who has served her entire year chairing the council via virtual online teams meeting.

TETBURY Goods Shed cinema is delighted to be showing the film Knives Out (12A) on Thursday, May 20.

To keep safe within the Covid guidelines, they are now running two shows of every film due to limited numbers per showing.

The first showing will take place from 2pm - 4.15pm with an evening viewing from 7pm - 9.15pm. Tickets are £7 each.

All tickets to be pre-booked via www.shed-arts.co.uk or by calling into Tetbury Visitor Information Centre who can book your ticket(s) for you.

Knives Out is a 2019 American mystery film written, produced, and directed by Rian Johnson.

The film evolves around renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) who is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday.

The inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate.

From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.

With an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martel. Please do not turn up without pre-booking.

ON Friday, May 21, Tetbury Goods Shed Art Centre is pleased to present Wilde without the Boy and the Ballad of Reading Gaol.

Performed by Olivier Award nominee Gerard Logan and with music by Simon Slater, the piece is a window into the bruised soul of a literary genius.

Gareth’s brilliant dramatisation of “De Profundis“, Oscar Wilde’s searing letter to his lover, written from his Reading Gaol cell.

Wilde’s poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol narrates the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge, convicted of murdering his wife.

Award-winning composer Simon Slater’s beautiful and original score provides a moving accompaniment to the performance.

All tickets to be pre-booked via www.shed-arts.co.uk or by calling into Tetbury Visitor Information Centre.

Tickets are £12.50 plus booking fee. Doors open at 7pm. There will be a licensed bar.

A FANTASTIC new post-lockdown piano club is beginning at The Goods Shed in Tetbury.

The first one will be on Wednesday, May 26, from 2-4pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity for amateur musicians, many of whom have worked hard at their music for the past year who can finally play for other people.

Since acquiring the Steinway grand piano, the Goods Shed has hosted hugely successful and popular tea concerts on Wednesday afternoons with local amateur musicians playing for an appreciative and interested audience.

It is hoped that Piano Club 21 will build on this and incorporate the warm social atmosphere of these gatherings with the opportunity to play for a group of peers.

The Whistle Stop Café will also be open from lunchtime and during the afternoon offering a range of refreshments.

Initially, whilst Covid regulations still apply, numbers will be strictly limited and all participants will need to book in advance.

Anyone wanting to perform should contact in the first instance Maggie Dyson via maggie.dyson@btinternet.com or by calling 01666 837 358.

Maggie will be able to confirm availability and performance time slots.

There is just a small charge for all who attend, whether playing or listening.

Tickets (for participants or guests) £2.50 each.

All tickets to be pre-booked via www.shed-arts.co.uk or by calling into Tetbury Visitor Information Centre.

Please do not turn up without pre-booking. If you do not have access to a computer, please come into the Tetbury Visitor Centre and they will book your ticket(s) for you.

CONGRATULATIONS and well done to our very own Revd Poppy Hughes who on Monday was part of a special service of Collation and Installation as she was made Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral.

Poppy said: ''I feel very honoured - and my lovely father was a Canon of Southwark Cathedral, so that connection is special for me.

''It also feels like a tribute to the ministry we have built together here, and this will so much in my prayers on Monday.

''Restrictions mean I've asked a few people to 'represent' the Benefice, along with a small number of family and friends."

This honour comes as no surprise to many who can't believe the amount of work that she puts into the local benefice of Tetbury, Beverston, Long Newnton and Shipton Moyne.

THE lovely enthusiastic people at Greening Tetbury are encouraging people to paint the town green in June.

This will be a very simplistic event/celebration to show that Tetbury is a town committed to tackling the problem of climate change.

The official opening will be on June 5, at 12noon with the mayor and the town crier.

There will be a special Greening Tetbury flag flying during June from the council building and the Market Place.

The council will also display a banner created by the children of St Marys.

There will be many many window displays and the children will judge the displays with a prize giving on June 26.

Greening Tetbury will have a table (and gazebo!) behind the Market Place each Saturday during June where members will be available to engage with the public on all things 'Green'.

They will also have a quiz and will be asking people to say what they feel Tetbury should be doing towards the Climate Change problems.

To find out more or to get involved please visit the website greeningtetbury.org.

YOU will be able to join in with activities to discover the plants and animals of our churchyard at St Marys' Tetbury on Saturday, June 12, From 11am to 3pm.

The day will end with an outdoor service at 3pm to celebrate the wildlife in our care.

The event will take place as part of the churches count on nature initiative which runs the Caring for God’s Acre’s Love Your Burial Ground week from Saturday, June 5 – Sunday, June 13.

Further details will follow.