WEEKLY COLUMN of Tetbury news by Kevin Painter

1. Choral music at the Goods Shed 

Tetbury Goods Shed are delighted to present on Sat 11 May 2024 at 7:30 Gloriana – choral music of two Elizabethan ages Performed by the Cappella Nova Chamber Choir.

Queens Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II both reigned during astonishingly rich and golden ages of musical composition.

This concert by the Bath-based Cappella Nova Chamber Choircelebrates English choral music, both sacred and secular, written during their times on the throne. Madrigals and motets by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Thomas Morley are contrasted with works by Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams and James MacMillan.

The second half in particular is taken from two song collections offered to the two queens – The Triumphs of Oriana in 1601, A Garland for the Queen in 1953 – and from Britten’s opera Gloriana.

The concert highlights the amazingly rich and vibrant musical life of two of England’s greatest queens, who between them reigned for over 114 years. They perform three or four concerts each year with a wide range of sacred and secular music, usually in aid of local or national charities.

Other musical activities include singing for church services and weddings.

Proceeds from the concert will support the work of Longfield Community Hospice in Minchinhampton.

Tickets Advanced £12.50 and 25 £10 or on the door of the night tickets will cost 16 and £13 respectively respectively

2. Annual town meeting for Tetbury 

The Annual Town Meeting for Tetbury will be held at St Mary’s C of E Primary School, St Mary’s Road, Tetbury, GL8 8BW on Monday 13th May 2024 commencing at 6.30pm.

This meeting will be open to the public and Local Government electors registered in the town of Tetbury (Local Government Act 1972, s13(1)).

Any Tetbury resident is entitled to ask a question at this meeting, if you are unable to attend and wish to ask a question, could you please email reception@tetbury.gov.uk before Friday 10th May 2024.

The Agenda is Introductions and welcome from the Mayor, Councillor Liz Farnham.

To approve the minutes of the last Annual Town Meeting held on Wednesday 24th May 2023.To receive the Annual Reports from the Town Council Committees, Working Groups, Allotment Association, Visitor Information Centre, Police Museum and Courtroom, Tetbury Police with Public Questions on the Annual Reports.

And then To hear the comments, requests, and recommendations of the electors

The Annual meeting of every parish (or town) must be held between 1st March and 1st June. The Town Meeting consists of the local government electors for the parish – every person on the Register of Electors for the parish has the right to be directly involved in how their parish is run.

They have the right to raise issues to go on the agenda, speak and vote at meetings. It is not a meeting of the Town Council, but it must be chaired by the Chair of the Town Council if he or she is present.

So do come along this is your chance to ask your questions about your Town, or you may even have some suggestions!

3. New exhibition at the Goods Shed 

Tetbury Goods Shed are delighted to present on Wed 15 May 2024 - Their new Exhibition: Sue Bown – Space and Place The exhibition runs from Wednesday 15 May through to and including Sunday 16 June 2024.

The Opening times are 10.00am-4.00pm Wednesdays through Sundays.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays and occasionally for other events in the main hall they recommend you call first if travelling a distance to avoid disappointment. And you can have the opportunity to Meet the artist on Saturday 25 May 10.00am-4.00pm.

Sue Bown’s large-scale energetic abstract work explores shape, colour and movement. Noticing detail in the world around her has been part of Sue’s essence for as long as she can remember. Originally from Surrey, Sue moved to Devon where she found the coastal energy sparked her creativity and inspired her to paint. Two years ago she left Devon for Cirencester.

Now living in the Cotswolds, she is aware of how the local colours and energy are asking questions in her practice; hence the reference to place in the title of this exhibition. Sue has exhibited work nationally and internationally.

She has exhibited work in commercial galleries in the South West and in the South West Academy. Collaboration has also been a strong component in her practice: she has contributed to a many creative community projects focused on the themes of connection and breaking boundaries.

4. Afternoon music with Charlie's Angels 

Tetbury Goods Shed are delighted to present Afternoon Music with Charlie’s Angels On Wed 15 May at 3.00pm.

Charlie’s Angels came together in 2021 after Janice Anderson and Anne Cunningham met at Minchinhampton Folk Club.

They both have vast experience singing in bands and music venues particularly in the South West.

Janice is known locally as one of the blondes in ‘Blondes with Beards’ and as former lead singer with local band ‘Redwing’ and duo ‘Junk’. Anne sang with contemporary folk band ‘Badgers Set’.Their repertoire is varied but always features strong vocals and harmonies with guitar and uke accompaniment.

They sing traditional folk, country, pop and have dipped their toe in the water of writing and arranging a few of their own songs.

They are, whenever possible, joined on stage by Jane Whaley on whistle and clarinet, and Christina Snell on violin. Jane is a seasoned local performer and a regular at Minch Folk Club and other venues. Christina is also one half of successful local band The Peekies. Advance tickets are just £3.50 (plus booking fee)

Tickets on the door cost £4.00. The Whistle Stop Café will be open if you fancy a nice cup of tea (or coffee) and perhaps one of Sasha’s delicious cakes.

For more information or to book you ticket, please visit the new website:www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk There will be a selection of tables and chairs set out in the hall for you to choose from on arrival.

5. Cinema screening next week 

Tetbury Goods Shed Cinema are pleased to be screening the film And Then Come the Nightjars(PG)on Thursday May 16 Adapted for the screen from Bea Roberts’ multi-award-winning stage play, And Then Come the Nightjars tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a Devon farmer and the vet who is assigned to cull his precious herd.It’s 2001 and in a barn on a south Devon farm Michael and local vet Jeffrey are awaiting the birth of a cow to join a herd.

Michael recently lost his beloved wife, Sheila, and Jeffrey is clearly in the process of losing his wife, not least because of his growing drink problem. There’s another cloud: foot and mouth has a hold in the area.

Doors and bar open at 7:00pm the film starts at 7:30pm. Running time: 1hr 20mins. Tickets are £7.50 For more information or to book your tickets, please visit the new website: www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk

6. The Jazz Defenders 

On Saturday 18 May Tetbury Goods Shed are delighted to present The Jazz Defenders. Led by one of the UK’s most formidable jazz pianists, George Cooper, The Jazz Defenders are a group born from a deep love of Blue Note jazz, drawing on a wealth of inspiration to craft their own raw and vibrant compositions.

The hard bop recordings of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Art Blakey were highly regarded for a reason – catchy horn lines and incredible musicianship combined with Rudy Van Gelder’s engineering skills mean they will forever be regarded as classics of the genre.

The Jazz Defenders are a group that defend the legacy of those recordings whilst creating its own original identity and distinction.The music they produce together is a modern soul jazz slant on this classic hard bop, effortlessly channelling the spirit of the golden Blue Note era of jazz.

The group’s brainchild, pianist and composer George Cooper, has at a young age already amassed a comprehensive repertoire of musical credits including Hans Zimmer, Nigel Kennedy, U2, Slum Village, MF Doom, The Brand New Heavies, The Haggis Horns, Abstract Orchestra and Lack of Afro.

Tickets are Individual £12.50-£16.50. Group ticket price £38.00-£76.00 For more information or to book your tickets, please visit the new website: www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk. Please note: tickets on the door on the night will cost £20.00 and £16.00 respectively.

7. Family event at school hall 

You are all invited to iSing Pop Celebrate, on Sunday, the 19th of May in St Marys’School Hall 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.

8. Hospital hike 

The Tetbury Hospital Hike will take place on Sunday 19th May 2024. This will be a very rare opportunity to see glorious Estcourt Park (By kind permission of Juddmonte Farms) by either running or walking through their beautiful private grounds.

The Start/Finish will be in the field near the St. John the Baptist. church, Church Lane, Shipton Moyne, GL8 8PW.

This will be a great day out for all the family with live entertainment by Route 44, Bar open 12.00pm onwards to purchase wine and beer plus tea/coffee and homemade cakes, Well behaved dogs on leads, are welcome too. Walkers and runners to start between 10am and 11am.

Entry fee which includes on hog roast and all accompaniments are, 20 Pound per adult. 15 Pound per child 16 and under. Numbers are limted, so please book early to avoid disappointment there are 2 Route options available - 5 miles and 7 miles.

Proceeds will go towards medical equipment and upgrades to the hospital facilities. To book or for more information Please Visit www.friendsoftetburyhospital.co.uk

7. Talk with vet 

On Wednesday 22 May Tetbury Goods Shed are delighted to present a Talk with vet Nick Thompson. Natural feeding and holistic pet care.

Nick Thompson has been fighting for responsible, species-appropriate raw food feeding for pets for over 25 years.

His tireless drive for healthy pets from birth to graceful old age brought him to raw feeding in the mid-1990s.In 1999, Nick established his specialist practice, Holisticvet (www.holisticvet.co.uk). Now based near Bath, he offers homeopathy, natural nutrition and herbal medicine and a lot of good old-fashioned common sense for dogs and horses.

His pet topics are gastroenterology and the microbiome and the misuse of pharmaceuticals in medicine.

He loves researching all aspects of human and animal nutrition.The talk is brought to the Shed in conjunction with The Tetbury Pet Shop, owned by partner team, Amelia and Alastair, The Tetbury Pet Shop (www.thetetburypetshop.co.uk) opened its doors at 7 Long Street in October 2022.

Their mission is to bring great products to the community, with a strong health-based ethos. The fantastic Tetbury Pet Shop team all care deeply for animals and have a combined experience of 60 years in the industry.

To book a ticket or for further information, please visit www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk Great news!

8. Community banking service 

As many people were sad to hear about the loss of the Lloyds bank Van in Tetbury, Tetbury Town Council are pleased to announce from Thursday 6th June 2024, Lloyds Bank will be providing a Community Banker service within the Town Council offices, The Old Courthouse, 63 Long Street, Tetbury GL8 8AA.

The Community Banker will be available to assist customers with: Card and PIN – reporting lost and stolen cards or ordering a replacement card or PIN. Manage your personal details – help update your personal details and contact preferences. Order a replacement cheque book / credit book.

View and order statements. Close your account. Help with Internet Banking and Telephone Banking. Payments and transfers – paying someone new, managing a Direct Debit or standing order, or transferring money between your

The Dates when these services will be available in Tetburyare Thursday 6th June,Thursday 20th June,Thursday 4th July, Thursday 18th July, Thursday 1st August, Thursday 15th August, Thursday 29th August, Thursday 12th September,Thursday 26th September.

9. Successful art exhibition 

Tetbury Art Society hosted a very successful spring exhibition over the bank holiday weekend and visitors were thrilled by all the diverse and unique array of artwork from the enthusiastic talented members on show at the superb historic Town Hall/ Market House in Tetbury.

There was a competition for people to vote for their favourite picture and the winner was Creek O Day lovely acrylic painting by Gill Ashley and the always enthusiastic Jane Riely Chair Presented her with a bottle of wine.

She added afterwards 'that It’s been such a pleasure to have a great turn-out of support for this very very successful weekend' and she wanted to thank her amazing members for not only their amazing varied individual artwork in different mediums but also for the dedication in helping run the free exhibition, and as always thanks must go to the Feoffees of Tetbury for use the magnificent Hall and of course the many members of the public who visited and some even purchasing the pictures by celebrating with the the artists this really is one of the nicest friendliest groups that you could possibly join and if you would like to find out more about them then contact the chair for more information contact the chair Jenny Riley on (01666) 840682 or email tetburyart.media@outlook.com .

You can always visit their website www. tetburyartsociety.org.uk Membership is open to all. And regular meetings will take place at Tetbury’s Priory Inn GL8 8JJ.

They also organise various trips and outings throughout the year for members to enjoy.