LATEST Tetbury news in Kevin Painter's weekly column. 

1. Tetbury town councillor's parting letter shines light on disability

AT the last full Tetbury Town Council meeting, a member of the public, former town and district cllr Tina Stevenson, read out two letters on behalf of former Mayor Cllr Ann Pearce and Cllr Peter Leech. 

Peter’s letter said: “I am sorry to say that after I suffered a stroke on Friday 29th December. I feel that I no longer need the stress and pressure the role of town councillor has brought. “I have enjoyed the last year on Tetbury Town Council and have, hopefully had a positive effect helping those who have needed it.

“I will still be there for anyone who needs help, just not as a councillor, I will still champion the awareness of inclusion and equality within our wonderful town!” Peter said afterwards:

“I am deeply sorry it had to come to this. “I would like to however thank all the people who made that evening and day so special for me, our amazing fire crew who made me feel safe and secure and an inclusive part of Christmas parade but most of all to the children and the grown-ups for making the event so special!’

Ann’s letter was also read out.

2. Evening of Jazz

ON February 17 Tetbury Good Shed are delighted to present an evening of Jazz with the Ben Holder Quartet.

The Ben Holder Quartet is one of the most exciting bands to emerge in recent years. They masterfully mix old jazz favourites and upbeat swingers with some more recent material and leave audiences up and down the country shouting for more. Expect jazz violin as you’ve never seen it before! Ben Holder is the most acclaimed and exciting jazz violinist in the UK.

His classical studies began at the age of six and were complemented by training at the Birmingham Conservatoire. An introduction to jazz came in his early teens – classic masters such as Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson and Stephane Grappelli – and lead Ben to truly find his place as a musician.

To book a ticket or for further information, please visit www. Advance tickets are Individual Seat, Adults £15.50 Or on the door on the night tickets will cost £19.00. There will also be a licensed bar and the doors open at 7.00pm. The performance starts at 7.30 pm - 9.45 pm.

3. Lovely and meaningful event 

Something lovely and meaningful is a presentation at Kingsley house of Mindsong, music for dementia on Tuesday, 13th February 2024 from 2:00-3:00 pm.

Mindsong is a Gloucestershire charity reaching people with dementia through music and song. Mindsong’s singing groups, courses and music therapy sessions offer hope, inspire joy, unlock memories, enhance quality of life, and enable participants and their families to live well.Everyone can join them! To book Call Kingsley House at 01666503333

4. Girl's Rugby 

Are you New to Girls Only Rugby or fancy giving it a go?

Then come along to the girls only sessions on Thursday 15th February 2024,Girls (Yr 5&6) - 9am - 10am. Girls (Yr 7&8) - 10am - 3pm at Tetbury RFC, The Rec, 16 Hampton Street, Tetbury, GL8 8JN.

To book more information please Email leonhorton82@gmail. com.

Tetbury Girls Rugby is flourishing with two established teams both having great seasons. Dedicated & Experienced girls only coaches

5. Film screening 

On Wednesday 14th February, Tetbury Film Society will be screening the French drama “Full Time” (Cert 12A). This French film follows a woman who is forever racing between family commitments and work duties.

It won the Horizons awards for best actress (Laure Calamy) and best director at the Venice Film Festival 2021.

Everyone is welcome. Doors at the Dolphins Hall open at 7pm for a 7:30pm screening. Tickets for visiting guests cost £6 and can be purchased on the door. There will be Charcuterie Cheese Evening - Thurs 15th Feb | 6-8pm at Martin and Malthouse 3A The Chipping,