WEEKLY column of Tetbury news by Kevin Painter 

1. Next heart and soul service on Sunday 

The next new 'Heart & Soul! Service will be on Sunday June 2 starting at 5.15pm Free Tea/Coffee/Cake.

Then at 6.00pm the Service begins. Heart & Soul is a new modern worship service at St Marys’ Tetbury which seeks to go on a journey of discovery exploring different ways of worshipping God.Each service may be different but we hope that they will offer something for all as we focus on what it means to worship God throughout each day of our lives.

All are welcome to share this journey. And will be at St Mary's Church Tetbury, on the 1st Sunday of every month. All Welcome. For more information email office@tetburychurch.co.uk or ring 01666500088.

2. Afternoon music at the Good Shed 

Tetbury Good Shed present, Afternoon Music with Lyn Briggs and Rod Howell on Wed 5 Jun 2024 at 2.00pm Originally from the north east of England, Lyn Briggs is a singer songwriter who now lives in Stroud.

Her music has been played on many radio stations including Oscar Brand’s folk show for WNYC in New York and BBC Radio West Midlands. She has performed in the USA, Australia and UK.

She writes about social history and the emotion of the human experience. Her words are all about music, her poetry has rhythm, tone, pitch and pace. Sometimes these poems transform into songs and even short stories.

She is currently recording an album of original material. Lyn will be joined this week by Rod Howell, who plays the Box of Bells.

This is a true English folk instrument, a unique multi-stringed type of zither designed and built by Eli Colman, a village carpenter in Somerset in the 19th century. The two instruments, made in 1887 and 1895, are almost certainly the only ones being played now and may well be the only ones surviving.

You can enjoy some super music, meet your friends as well as maybe making new ones. 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.

3. Tetbury joining nationwide events to mark D-Day events 

Tetbury will be joining in the nationwide events to mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day 6 June 2024 and the program of events are 9am - The raising of the Peace flag at Tetbury Town Council offices.

10am - Proclamation announced by the Town Crier on the steps of the Market House. The History of Tetbury (HOTS) will be holding a local History exhibition in the Town Hall/Market Hall from 10.00am till 4.00pm this is very relevant as Tetbury had a lot to do with the planning. 11am - A Poem read out in schools. 2.30pm - An engaging display at the Market House showing Tetbury's connection to D-Day an its rich heritage.

A display by Tetbury WI on rationing during the war 6.30pm - Bell ringing at St Mary's Church to join in'Our world is ringing out for peace’ 8.30pm - Music at St Mary's with the Nailsworth Brass Band. 9.00pm - A piper will play. 9.10pm -

The tribute poem 9.15pm - The lighting of Beacon on St Mary's Church tower Tetbury Good Shed will be Marking the 80th Anniversary of D-Day on Friday 7 June 2024 7:30pm

After the success of their performance at the Shed earlier this year, we welcome The Big Brunch Band back to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944 For more information or to book your tickets, please visit the new website:www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk Advance Tickets £12.

Under-25s £10(Booking fee applies) Tickets on the night will cost £15 and £13 respectively On Saturday June 8th 10.30am – 3.00pm at St Marys’ Churchyard. You're all invited to come and join in activities to discover, count and celebrate our plants and animals. Please come and join in activities to discover, count and celebrate our plants and animals.

3. Live moth reveal 

Peter Martin presents 10.30am ‘Live Moth Reveal’ outside in our churchyard. Peter Martin carries on at 11.00am Slideshow on Moths in church and questions.11.30 onwards you can join in with the ‘The Count’ - birds, bees, flowers, mosses, lichens, butterflies, moths and minibeasts etc.

You will be also able to meet the lovely Hedgehog expert. Enjoy the stalls. Buy some plants. There will be Refreshments.

Special also have the opportunity to take part in Tower tours you can ring a bell, see the wonderful views.from 12.00 – 3.00pm there is a nominal charge for the tour £5 adult £1 accompanied children Outdoor closing service at 3.00pm. What finer way could there be to enjoy our beautiful countryside right on our doorstep in a completely safe environment. This really is a lovely enjoyable fun for all the family event. The day will conclude with a beautiful Outdoor closing service at 3.00pm. This is part of Churches Count on Nature

4. Invited to meet your Liberal Democrat candidate 

You're invited to meet your Liberal Democrat candidate Dr Roz Savage at the Ormond, 23 Long Street,Tetbury GL8 8AA. on Monday 10th June 6.30-8.00pm.

This will be your chance to Meet Roz and find out who she is and what she's going to do for you, your family and our community.

If you can't get to the meeting you can always contact her by email rozlibdem@gmail.com

Or visit her website www.rozsavage.com

5. Free BBQ on the Millennium Green 

The Feoffees and the Thirteen of Tetbury are pleased to invite you to Join them for a free Bar-B-Que on the Millennium Green, Gumstool Hill Tetbury on Friday 14th June from 6.00pm.

Do come and enjoy a great social evening.

Bring your own beverage. Any donations will be in aid of the Millennium Green project

6. Next Tetbury car boot sale 

On Sunday 23 June, will be the next Tetbury car boot sale at at Longfurlong lane, post code GL8 8TJ, Sellers can arrive at 9.00 pm and then open to buyers from 10.00 am. The cost is Sellers £5, Vans £7.

Admission is just 50p for Adults children are free.

And please remember this is a cash only admission.For more information or to book please email tetburycarboot@ gmail.com or ring or text (07900) 865535. Course weather permitting! There will be updates on Facebook Tetbury car boot

7. Mayor stands down 

On Monday 20th of May was the Annual meeting of the Council which Cllr Liz Farnham stood down as Mayor Liz said she was pleased to represent the town at the CDC meeting over the world farm development speaking in favour of the doctor's surgery proposition.

She also thanked the Council team for supporting her, and also her family friends and in particular her husband kevin for being her rock.

She also paid tribute to her close friend County Cllr Stephen Hirst who she said was her mentor. And she was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a round of applause.

At the sparsely attended council meeting with only 8 of the 15 counsellors present Cllr Peter Colman decided to nominate himself for the position of Mayor and was then seconded by his good friend Cllr Patricia Burrell although interestingly their were one abstention and one vote against.

Cllr Steve Scott was also elected as Deputy Mayor even though he was one not even present. Again the voting was one abstention and one against.

8. Tetbury rejoices as iconic event returns 

Well Tetbury rejoiced over the return of one of its most iconic events as the world famous Woolsack Races returned once again after its 4 year hiatus. An enthusiastic and supportive crowed lined Gumstool Hill on the Bank Holiday Monday to cheer on runners carrying a 30kg Woolsack on their backs as the competitors battled each other over the gruelling race up and down the 1 in 4 gradient Hill, on a beautiful bright warm day.

And in true Tetbury fashion the town welcomed visitors and locals alike with an amazing display from the Market Quarter, the Food Quarter and A Heritage Quarter the town celebrated with a street fair that featured street entertainers, local stalls and amusement rides, the brilliant Ilu Axé who entertained the crowds with Samba-Reggae Drums Dance and even the beautiful St Mary's Church opened not only Its doors but its Tower as well for the most stunning view over Tetbury The whole day had a wonderfully eccentric air celebrating the uniqueness of Tetbury as the perfect exquisite Cotswold market town.

Tetbury Is well-known and famous for its friendly warm people, who make it so, and a huge thanks must go to the Danny and Kristen Toft the amazing team who put together such a dazzling show.

However everyone who attended were absolutely thrilled by the performance not only of the competitors but the entertaining commentary by the amazing Richard Burton and Lester Murphy, Richard as always being the perfect ambassador for Tetbury special thanks must also go to the celebrities Danielle Harold and Max Bowden or Lola and Ben from Eastenders who presented the first of the awards of The “Richard Avis Memorial” Race. Well done every one.