WEEKLY Column of Tetbury news by Kevin Painter

1. Congregation gather together 

Well it certainly a back-to-school day with a difference as the congregation of St Mary's Church gathered together at Mary’s School Hall, for the first of the Sunday Services of 10.00am Sunday Worship.

The reason this is being done is we all know the church is cold in the winter months, so the temporary move will give some respite in the depths of winter. and will continue for six Sundays until Sunday 11th February 2024.

This followed the discussion at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting in July about the need for winter measures and the warmth and love that was shared this uplifting service certainly proved popular taking us back to the days of childhood when some of us remembered assembly in the school hall.

And indeed fitting and appropriate as the children who attended the little fishes Sunday school made use of the facilities. Where they heard the story of the Three Kings visiting the Baby Jesus. And made a crown to wear!

This would be an ideal opportunity for even if not a regular churchgoer just to come along and see and be part of this lovely informal friendly gathering literally for all the ages.

At the end of the service there was refreshments giving people a chance to chat and talk and even make new friends.

And some of the children who attended different schools found it great fun.

The service which was Led by Canon Poppy Hughes made everyone feel welcome and part of the family in this less formal lovely setting and it certainly seems like this uplifting service will continue the Christmas spirit for as long as possible. Thank you Poppy and your amazing team

2. Notice given after resignations of councillors

Notice is given due to the resignations of Ann Pearce and Peter Leech vacancies has arisen for Councillors, for the Town Council of Tetbury.

The vacancies will be filled by election if a request from 10 local government electors for the Town is received within 14 days of the date of the notice.

This is Following on from Paul Day who also stepped down from Tetbury Town Council, there will now be an election to fill this vacancy.

As the date has been already set for this election should an election be requested for the other two vacancies (and at the time of writing it is looking like this will be the case) because for the other two vacancies this means there will be three vacancies that will be dealt with at the same time, therefore anyone wishing to stand as a candidate must complete a nomination paper and return it by hand to Cotswold District Council offices Trinity Road Cirencester by 4.00 PM on Friday, 19 January 2024

Please note the relevant paperwork can be downloaded from the website or alternatively you can contact the district council office if you would like a paper copy posted to yourself. Email elections@ cotswold.gov.uk .

Or you may ring 01285 623002. The election will take place on February 15 2024

3. Important notice after change of venue 

Here is an important notice in relation to the change and correct of time and venue for the, The Tetbury Town Council public consultation meeting to discuss the 2024/25 budget, this will be now taking place on Wednesday 17th January 2024 starting at 6.00pm and will be held in the Dolphins Hall, not the 11th at the Good Shed as previously advertised.

All members of the public are welcome to give the council their views on the proposed precept or any part of the Budget, at the consultation meeting, and of course being able to question the budget and for the Council to justify their figures. Comments from the consultation will be considered by the Council when it makes its decisions on the budget at a latter meeting of full Council when it will then set the precept.

This will be an ideal opportunity for the public to question the councils spending. And of course giving anyone the opportunity to influence and make their voice heard for the future of the precept figures, which of course will affect the next years council tax proposed increase. Come along and have your say

4. Programme of music 

On 13 January Tetbury Good Shed are delighted to welcome, a programme of music by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn with William Howard together with Matthew & Emma Denton.

William Howard joins members of the Carducci quartet in a programme of music by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn starting at 7:30 pm - 9:30. the program consists of ; Fanny Mendelssohn piano trio in d minor op.11. Felix Mendelssohn rondo capriccioso op.14 for solo piano. Fanny Mendelssohn ‘June’ and ‘November’ from ‘Das Jahr’.Felix Mendelssohn piano trio no.1 in d minor op.49. there will be an interval. William Howard is one of Britain’s leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries.

Matthew Denton has performed for more than 20 years as the leader of the Carducci String Quartet, he has recorded over 25 CDs. Emma Denton Studied at the Royal Academy of Music Emma has performed for more than 20 years as the cellist of the acclaimed Carducci Quartet.

To book a ticket or for further information, please visit www. shed-arts.co.uk Tickets are Individual Seat – Adults £22.50 and £16.50 for under 25 year and booking fees apply. Or if you prefer you can pay on the door however on the door on the night tickets will cost £26.00 and £20.00 respectively. There will also be a licensed bar and the doors open at 7.00pm The performance starts at 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

5. Beatles for sale 

On 19 January Tetbury Good Shed are delighted to present The Beatles for Sale (by arrangement with the Sounds that Saved History Agency).

The Beatles for Sale pride themselves on replicating the Fab 4’s onstage image, sparing no expense with their equipment and outfits, the ultimate intention is to recreate the magic of the Beatles in their sixties heyday.

They have a full repertoire of all the Beatles’ most famous songs; from early tracks such as Please Please Me and Love Me Do through to Rubber Soul and Revolver classics like Nowhere Man and Paperback Writer and right up to the likes of the seminal Hey Jude. This ‘Fab 4’ have worked with artists such as Midge Ure (Live Aid, Ultravox), Tony Visconti (David Bowie / Marc Bolan), Neil Finn (Crowded House) and Mary Hopkin (as produced by Sir Paul McCartney himself!) not to mention Morrisey and Nancy Sinatra, amongst a host of others.

To book a ticket or for further information, please visit www.shed-arts.co.uk Tickets are Individual Seat £20.00 and booking fees apply. Or if you prefer you can pay on the door however on the door on the night tickets will cost £24.00 There will also be a licensed bar and the doors open at 7.00pm, the performance starts at 7.30 pm - 9.45 pm.

6. Service rearranged  after cancellation before Christmas

Many families and children were very disappointed when the aways popular Christingle service on Sunday 10th December had to be cancelled! However fantastic news that the service will now take place at 4.00 pm on Sunday, the 21st of January 2004 at St Mary’s parish church and this will make next year even more special as you’re invited by the amazing iSING POP TEAM, who will bring their own fun and joy to this beautiful event. Come along and make your own Christingle and enjoy some singing around the fire in the magnificent setting of Saint Mary’s parish church. Please if you’re able to bring a donation with you for the children’s Society. This means we get to celebrate Christmas twice and we can hold onto that Christmas spirit for longer

7. The Last Baguette 

Tetbury Good shed are delighted to present Playtime with The Last Baguette on the 24 January 2024 with two performances at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Brought to the Shed by Sidney and Tristan from The Last Baguette.
You’re invited to Join Ratty and her friends for fun and gentle introduction to theatre with play along story telling, original music puppetry, theatre games, movement, craft and lots of imaginative play, as they present The Magic Castle – can you find your way through the castle?

Ratty has a lot of ideas but sometimes things don’t go according to plan….. can you help her by playing along and working together? There will be silliness, play acting, craft and music, expect to play, watch, laugh (lots) in this fun relaxed participatory theatre session. The sessions last one hour including a stay and play session, and is created for ages 2-6 and their grownups.

Younger and older siblings welcome! For information or to book please visit www. shed-arts.co.uk Tickets just £5.00 Under 18 months are free Please choose from Show one at 10.00am or Show two at 11.00am.