The latest Tetbury news by Kevin Painter. 

1. Town hosts soon to be famous visitors 

Tetbury recently hosted two soon to be very famous visitors Ethel and Ernie the Pug twins Star and inspiration for the new book

Curly Tales – The curious adventures of Ethel and Ernie the Pug twin. Written by Bunny Hargreaves as the first of many educational adventures of the Pug twins Ethel and Ernie. Though intended for young learners, we hope that the entire family will enjoy these adventures.

When Bunny first started writing Curly Tales during lockdown in the Spring of 2020 she had a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve, a never ending set of small, inexpensive, subtly educational books, creating the characters of Ethel and Ernie into household names, just like the Mr Men or Peppa Pig. The first book – Holiday – is in fact Geography disguised in rhyming verse, describing the Country and a feature of that Country, and if you look very carefully at the beautiful illustrations you will find flags for each Country on each of the pages.

The beautiful hand drawn illustrations have been created by young Edward Blyth, each illustration is unique and drawn entirely from Edwards special talent for interpreting the verses into his personal illustrations and vision. Edward is a shining example for those who have neurodivergent superpowers.

Edward is still at Stroud college and was keen to get involved in the adventure that is Curly Tales, this is a first for both Edward and Bunny as neither has written or illustrated a book previously. When Bunny started writing the books, she knew that she wanted to link the book to a charity which would benefit from the book itself but also a percentage of all the proceeds of each book sold will benefit Read for Good – a local charity which encourages children to love reading. Their work is carried out in schools and hospitals throughout the UK. Please look at their Web site:

Bunny owns the real Ethel and Ernie and would be delighted to come to Schools, Libraries, Bookshops and anywhere else who would like the first Curly Tales adventures read to them and hopefully Ethel and Ernie will sign any books bought.

Ethel and Ernie and Bunny with delighted when visiting the famous pet shop where they were welcomed on the famous sofa at the Tetbury Pet Shop by manager Karen and even offered the unique Pupa-chino(this is something you have to experience!) Snack in a Healthy, additive free and eco-conscious environment. Bunny thanked Karen and owner Alistair for the perfect and most appropriate location for this launch.

This is so much more than just a pet shop this is an experience. He book is available from

2. Family play session 

On Wednesday, January 3 there will be a family play session from 10.00 until 12.00 noon at the Dolphin Hall there will be a baby and toddler space free tea, coffee, toast.

There will be a bouncy castle and activities for primary age children. Children to be supervised by a parent/carer at all times no booking necessary

3. Have fun in the woods

On Friday, the 5th of January you can spend the last days of your Christmas holidays have been fabulous fun in the woods working together in a team scavenger hunt, as you race to find natural treasures and collect points.

Can you add enough to light a fire boil kettle and make yourself hot chocolate and toast marshmallows marshmallows?! At lunchtime cook your own meat or veggie burger and a sausage as part of the campfire cook up for pudding now be baked chocolate bananas. In the afternoon carve your very own fantastic fox to take home for more information visit. There are 10 free spaces and this is for year 7 to 11.

This is another fantastic event organised by TAYCT. More information about this or any of the many initiatives please visit

4. New Year's Party to start the year 

 On Friday, the 5th of January 2024 TAYCT are delighted to announce and to get the year off to a fantastic start that there will be a fantastic New Year’s party for year 7-Year 11 free at the Dolphin Hall New Church Street Tetbury. Tickets are required even for free so please visit the Eventbrite booking link

5. Looking for something new? 

Looking for something new to start the New Year with? Well why not try Lindy Hop at the Goods Shed.The first one for 2024 will be January 9.

6. Lindy Hop for beginners 

It was the American GI soldiers who bought Lindy Hop to Britain in the early 1940’s. It’s the daddy of all Swing Dances.

It’s fun, its cool and you get fit at the same time. 7.00pm – Beginners Level – This is for complete novices, we will teach the basics step by step building on the fundamentals each week. We explain about lead & follow and how to feel and listen to the music.8.00pm -Improvers Level–

This class is for dancers who already have some experience in dancing Lindy Hop. An understanding of 6 and 8 count rhythms and the ability to triple step is preferred.

We will build on core moves adding in Lindy Turns, Swing Outs and Circles. Some fun footwork variations and Charleston steps will improve your musicality to elevate your dancing to another level.

7. Tetbury Film Society showing heartfelt drama 

 On January 10 , Tetbury Film Society will be showing Confetti (Cert U) this heartfelt moving drama inspired by director Ann Hu’s own experience asks the question how far would a mother go to reverse the fate her child? Confetti tells a story that begins in China but then moves to America and it is the tale of a mother, Lan Chen (Zhu Zhu), who faces difficult choices when she discovers that her nineyear-old daughter, Mei Mei (Harmonie He), is dyslexic.

Thomas (George Christopher), an American teacher working in China, is the one who identifies the child’s condition, but dyslexia is not officially recognised in that country. Finding no schooling of a kind that would help available there, Lan takes a bold decision.

She decides to travel to New York with her child in order to find a specialist school for her and she does this even though she does not speak English and despite it not being possible for her husband (Li Yanan) to accompany her. She can, however, on arrival make contact with a fellow Chinese known to her, Shen Juan (Yi Liu), and, importantly, Thomas has put her in touch with a helpful friend of his, the writer Helen McCLellan (Amy Irving).

The film stars Amy Irving and Helen Slater alongside popular Chinese actress Zhu Zhu and rising young star Harmonie He. As usual, doors at the Dolphins Hall open at 7pm for a 7:30pm screening.

8. Open budget public consultation 

Tetbury Town Council will be having an open budget public consultation meeting for members of the public to question the budget and for the Council to justify their figures, this will take place in January 11 2023 at 6:00pm situated at Good Shed Art Centre.

All members of the public are welcome to give the council the views on the proposed precept or any part of the Budget, in the consultation meeting. Comments from the consultation will be considered by the council when it makes its decisions on the budget at the meeting of full Council to be held on the January 30. The Christingle service will take place at 4.00 pm on January 21 at St Mary’s.