Weekly column of Tetbury news by Kevin Painter

1. Invited to Church event 


You are all invited to iSing Pop Celebrate, on Sunday, the 16th of June 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.

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.

2. Dursley Male Voice Choir to perform 

Dursley Male Voice Choir will be performing on Sunday, June 16 at Tetbury Goods Shed. The choir brings a varied programme to the Goods Shed that has, in part, been developed in preparation for a tour the choir will be undertaking later this year to Edinburgh.

Dursley Male Voice Choir was founded by a group of enthusiastic local singers in 1978 and has since grown to be one of the principal male voice choirs of Gloucestershire, with up to 40 singers drawn from communities around Dursley and the wider Stroud district.The Choir performs eight to 10 concerts each year, the majority of them for charity.

As well as local concerts the choir performs at many venues, around the UK and internationally.The choir is under the shared musical direction and accompaniment of their accomplished pianists Barrie Cooper and Matthew Sharp, who will show off the Goods Shed’s Steinway piano to best effect!

Doors open at 5:30pm. The Concert starts at 6:00pm. Tickets are Adult £12.50 and Under-25 £10 For more information or to book your tickets, please visit the new website:www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk

PLEASE NOTE: On the door on the night tickets will cost £16 and £13.

3. Play time at the Goods Shed 

Tetbury Goods Shed are delighted to present on PLAYTIME 19th June 2024 PLAYTIME. Pie-Rat Island – a journey on the high seas. Brought to Shed by Sidney and Tristan from The Last Baguette.

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 she learns about the environment. Ratty has a lot of ideas but sometimes things dont 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 and make . Join Sidney and Tristan of the Last Baguette fame for a fun relaxed participatory theatre session. Suitable to 2 – 6 years of age.

To book a ticket or for further information, please visit www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk Tickets cost just £5.00. Sessions last one hour and are for 2-6 year olds and their grown ups.

Just 25 spaces available (under 12 months of age are also free but do not need to be booked in advance) A Parent or Responsible Adult to accompany their Children as they are not able to care for unaccompanied children. Doors Open at 9:45AM for a 10:00am start

4. Annual art exhibition at school 

Sir William Romney’s School is proud to announce its annual Key Stage 3 Art Exhibition at Tetbury Goods Shed. It is free admission. Open 10:00am-4:00pm, from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 23 June 2024.There is a range of artwork on show, from bright and colourful animal paintings to Greek Myth monster heads and Surrealist landscapes that will interest and amaze!

Please come along and enjoy the exciting artwork created by the talented young Art students this year. Opening times are 10-4pm Wednesday through Saturday. Sometimes the main hall may be close for other events. Please check before travelling

5. Afternoon music at the Goods Shed 

Tetbury Goods Shed are delighted to present on Wed 19 Afternoon Music with Uke Stroud starting at 2:00pm “It’s hard not to smile when you have a ukulele in your hand” Formed in 2010, Uke Stroud is a friendly club for ukulele players from Stroud and surrounding areas.

We have welcomed this group of enthusiastic players to the Shed a number of times, and they have always been well received. They may well be joined by the local members of the Tetbury ukulele group, T’Ukes.

They will be playing a varied repertoire of well-known popular songs, many with a folk influence. Audience members are very welcome to join in with the singing if so inclined, and song words will be available.

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.

6. Multiple events taking place in our area

You will enjoy being led down the Garden Path with this summer's first Everything in the Garden South Cotswold arts festival, centring on Tetbury and nearby arts venues.

Highlights of the festival include: An Everything in the Garden selling art exhibition at Spencer House Gallery, 34 Long Street, Tetbury. 21 June to 24 August. Open Thursday to Sunday. Free entry.

A Nature's Garden selling art show at Tetbury Goods Shed, 26 June to 11 August. Open Wednesday to Sunday. Free entry.

A Meet the Artist event at Tetbury Goods Shed, 11am to 3pm on Saturday 29 June. Free entry. Co-organiser Chris Woodcock said: “It's been fantastic to pool expertise and devise multi-media events and collaborations, helping to promote each venue and each starring participant and supporting art and culture in our talented South Cotswold region.”

More details – including special incentive offers to enjoy free refreshments, get reduced Garden entry or win £100 towards purchasing an artwork – are available from Spencer House Gallery or call 07841 979273.

On Sat 22 Jun 2024 Tetbury Goods Shed are excited to present The Keith Thompson Band. For over 25 years guitarist and legend of the blues and rock scene, Keith Thompson, and his band have been rocking stages all over Europe and beyond.

With dozens of album credits to his name, and influences such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, John Martyn and Gary Moore, a fantastic night of truly excellent music is guaranteed.Keith has shared the stage with, The Groundhogs, “Ten Years After”, “Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes”, Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac), Mike D’Abo, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Larry Burton, Dave Markee and Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton Band and Tina Turner) Greg Ridley of Humble Pie, Robbie Blunt, (Robert Plant) Luther Grosvenor of Mott The Hoople, Gino Washington, and countless others.

The band are: Keith Thompson – guitar/vocals; Patsy Gamble – saxophone/backing vocals; Roy Adams – Drums, and Mark Butler – Bass. For more information or to book you ticket, please visit the new website:www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk . There will be tiered seating and some tables and chairs set out in the hall for you. Tickets are £15.00. Under-25s £10.00 Tiered seating. Some tables and chairs also available.

7. Next 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. Of course weather permitting! There will be updates on Facebook Tetbury car boot.

8. D-Day celebrations 

Tetbury shared its secret heritage and connection with D-Day, with the event that marked across the world as a time to remember the selfless sacrifice and courage of all those involved as we used this Commemoration to pay our tribute to those who gave so much to secure the freedom we all enjoy today.

The Peace flag was raised at Tetbury Town Council offices then at 10.00am the Proclamation was announced by the Town Crier on the steps of the Town Hall/ Market House. The History of Tetbury (HOTS) held a fascinating local History exhibition, complimented by a display by Tetbury WI on rationing during the war, in wonderful appropriate costumes. Poems were also read out at the local schools at 2:30 pm The evening event opened with bell ringing, then the welcome was given by the Mayor of Tetbury Cllr Peter Coleman.

Then Reverend Canon Poppy Hughes gave the welcoming Prayer and led the people in to song with “Shine, Jesus, Shine”, followed by a lovey Bible reading by Young Xander Avis from St Mary’s Primary school complimented by a moving poem read by the pupils of Sir William Romney's School. Nailsworth Brass Band led every one into singing Jerusalem. A beautiful tribute was read out by Deputy Lieutenant, Caroline Duckworth.

Giving thanks. The lone Piper played the beautiful haunting 'Highland Laddie' which led us to the countdown of the lighting of the beacon by fire station crew hi above on the Church tower. Poppy gave us a final blessing in the evening concluded with the national anthem played with reference by the Nailsworth Brass Band.

As the sunset the amazing Light display complimented the magnificent St Mary’s Church Tetbury is proud of its special connection to D-Day as it is a little known fact that American regiment, the 654th Engineer Topographic Battalion, which was based in Tetbury, had a key role in the success of the invasion, which was a major turning point of the war.

As part of a top secret project, the Tetbury-based troops prepared and constructed a 3D map of Omaha Beach which became a vitally important tool used to capture the beach and move inland.

A plaque was placed in the town to commemorate D-Day on the 70th anniversary in front of the Malt House.

'For your tomorrow, we gave our today’ J M Edmonds