This week's Tetbury news by Kevin Painter. 

1. New business officially opened

Well it was a real red carpet event as James Padden officially opened and welcomed every one to the new Tetbury flooring business Flooring South West.

Tetbury Mayor Cllr Liz Farnham proudly cut the ribbon with some very special shears owned by Lutz Wagner a true Savile Row Taylor who’s discerning clientele has included nobility, royalty, it's the attention to detail and the warm friendly approach that makes this new business a cut above the others, again literally.

Upon the ribbon being cut and the many people entering the premises they were treated to a sumptuous array of nibbles and drink, and if that was not enough people were given an amazing goodie bag from the superb flooring providers Brampton Chase.

James Padden, aged 41, proud Father-of-three brought his business Flooring South West to Tetbury because he wants to give back to the community that he grew up in just a few miles outside in the lovey village of Kingscote.

James said: "First I want to Thank my family and friends all who have supported me. And the amazing new people I have met in this wonderful town, and feel quite blessed, and really feel at home here, which is appropriate as good flooring helps turn any house into a home!

"I will be taking an active interest in the Town by supporting the New Woolsack Races The New Tetbury Comic-Con and the New Tetbury Chamber.

"We are proud to support the British wool trade from our own historic home town Tetbury and we are also able to supply and fit carpets from well known established manufacturers such as Brintons, Axminster, Westex, Victoria, Brockway, Crucial Trading, Associated Weaversand of course a special mention of carpets from Riviera Home's Tetbury range.

"Please drop in and we are always happy to come to visit your home to undertake a free site survey."

The location 51 Long Street, Tetbury a former antiques shop and now transformed into a showroom which showcases some of the highest quality flooring in the area. To contact over further information please visit

2. Call for girls to show world what they are made of 

Tetbury Cricket Club are calling all girls from Tetbury and the surrounding areas to step onto the cricket pitch and show the world what you’re made of!

Whether you’ve played before or are just starting out, cricket is for everyone and there’s no better way to start than the weekly Tuesday indoor session at the SWR Sports Hall, 6.00pm until 7.00pm for U11-U15 Girls only!

And its supported by Level 2 coaches for more information or to book email or visit the website

So Join them and together they can help you become the next generation of cricket starts! And let’s break stereotypes and smash boundaries!

3. Everyone is welcome to film screening

On Wednesday 13th March, Tetbury Film Society will be showing ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ (Cert . 12A).

This film stars Jim Broadbent as a pensioner who travels the length of the UK to visit a friend in a hospice and his adventures along the way. Doors at the Dolphins Hall open at 7pm for a 7:30pm screening. Everyone is welcome.

Tickets for visiting guests cost £6 and can be purchased on the door.

4. Taize in Tetbury 

Taizé in Tetbury returns this month at Christchurch, the Chipping, Tetbury on WEDNESDAY 13th March at 7pm.

A beautiful, contemplative way to continue your Lent journey with prayer and chants from the Taizé community in France. From 6.30 for a very short music practise for those who wish. All are welcome to this ecumenical service.

No need to bring anything except an open heart On Saturday 16 March 2024 there will be a special Lenten Choral Concert at St Mary's Church, Tetbury, GL8 8JG by the amazing Avebury Vocal ensemble, with Conductor: Peter Tims and Organist Joe Barber.

The performance will include, Allegri Miserere, Bairstow The Lamentation and music by, Stainer, Bruckner, Lotti and Reger. The Concert begins at 7.00 pm. For more information please visit Tetbury Goods Shed are pleased to present on Saturday, March 16 the return of the comedy club at the good shed from 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

Come and have fun in the company of some of the finest, and funniest, stand-up comedians from the UK comedy circuit, with the Comedy delights being delivered by blistering hilarioustalents of Susan Murray, Eva Bindeman and Mike Cox! Susan Murray is a bad assed black country lass taking no prisoners with her irreverent, close to the knuckle and honest humour.

She will have you laughing well into the next millennium with her razor sharp cynicism. Funny, cheeky, in your face, sometimes surreal and always a bit twisted.Eva Bindeman is a North East Comic bringing a warm, conversational sense of humour with a twist of the unexpected.

Recently seen on BBC 1 and iplayer for the BBC New Comedy Awards, Eva is a performer to look out for this year and beyond. Funny women “one to watch” 2022. Mike Cox has quickly made his mark on the comedy scene with his sharp witted observational style which saw him crowned South Coast Comedian of the Year in 2014 as well as making the final of the prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off in 2016. He can be seen at comedy clubs up and down the UK.So treat yourself and end the year with a big big laughter fest.

To book a ticket or for further information, please visit Tickets are Adult £13.50. Under 25 £10 for an individual seat, and booking fees apply. There will also be a licensed bar and the doors open at 7:30. The performance is suitable for age 18 and above.

6. Bible stories 

You are all invited to iSing Pop Celebrate, on Sunday, the 17th of March in St Marys’ Church starting at 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm

This is for all the Family where are you will be exploring the best of bible stories and ask questions big and little, and enjoy time together with crafts, chatting and sharing iSingPOP song and prayers.

And if that's not enough there will be a special Easter chick hunt in the churchyard. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.Please bring your own cup.

All are welcome as this is run by Tetbury Area Churches together : Saint Mary's, Christ Church, Five Valleys Christian Fellowship and Saint Michaels Catholic Church.

7. Wonderful opportunity to visit Westonbirt 

TATCT have a wonderful opportunity to take a group of young people to Westonbirt Arboretum to take part in an exiting project after Easter. We hopefully have use of a mini bus but we need someone to drive for us.

Is there anyone in the community who has completed the MIDAS training within the last e years and who might be able to help? It would likely be a Tuesday afternoon taking a group from Tetbury to the Arboretum for 4pm and picking them up again at 6pm. The project would be run for 7 weeks.

Please get in touch if you think you might be able to help of share with anyone you know of.

We would love to hear from you so that we can make this project happen please contact