WEEKLY  column of Tetbury news by Kevin Painter

1. Tetbury Goods Shed excited to present 'legend' of blues and rock scene 

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.

2. Next car boot sale in Tetbury 

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.

3. Next offering of regular piano club 

It gives great pleasure as always that Tetbury Good Shed Arts can present and invite you on Wed 26 June to the next offering of the regular Tetbury Good Shed Piano Club.

The popular monthly Piano Club has grown out of the Goods Shed hugely successful and popular Wednesday afternoon musical concerts with local amateur musicians playing for an appreciative and interested audience.

As well as incorporating the warm social atmosphere of such gatherings the Piano Club provides a wonderful opportunity for talented amateur musicians who work so very hard at their craft to be able to play to their peers and others.

All are welcome to come along and listen to a diverse and ever-changing programme.

If you would like to be one of the performers then we ask that you contact the Co Ordinator Maggie Dyson on 01666 837358 (email maggie.dyson@btinternet.com) before booking your ticket. However if you just want a lovely afternoon and please visit to book your ticket New website, tickets online are only £3.50 and the afternoon starts at 2 o'clock The mouth watering Whistle Stop Café will also be open from lunchtime and during the afternoon, offering a range of refreshments.

Please note on the day on the door tickets will cost £4.00

4. Invite to another fascinating talk 

On Wed 26 June 2024 7.30PM you're invited to another fascinating Tetbury Good Shed Talk. Spend an evening with adventurer and Parkinson’s campaigner Guy Deacon to mark the launch of his book Running on Empty and an upcoming Channel 4 documentary of the same name.

Guy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010, and in 2019 started planning and preparing for an ambitious solo overland trip from his home in Sherborne, Dorset to Cape Town, South Africa, plotting out a route that took him via the beautiful but at times extremely challenging west coast of Africa.

As a natural-born adventurer, Guy developed an early appetite for travel journeying to the United States and Canada in his gap year and to Northern Kenya and the Sahara during university holidays.

Joining The British Army in 1985, his career has taken him all over the world. As a young officer in The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, he travelled extensively throughout Africa. He also served 18 months with the UN in The Congo for which he was awarded an OBE for his services in disarming and demobilising rebel forces.

As Colonel of The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC), his lifelong achievements and in particular his strategic vision for the RAC within UK defence were recognised with a CBE.Notwithstanding his diagnosis in 2010, he continued his Army career until 2019.

Thereupon, Guy turned his attention to the planning and preparation for his ambitious solo overland trip to Cape Town. The talk will cover his remarkable expedition, highlighting the experiences of people who are living with Parkinson’s in the UK, throughout Africa, and beyond. This was a route that Guy had wanted to do since his university days.

But, forty years on, and now with advanced Parkinson’s, it was a journey of personal challenge and self-discovery. Importantly, he wanted to use the journey as a platform to raise awareness and understanding of Parkinson’s disease in the UK, throughout Africa, and beyond, at the same time fundraising for both The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Parkinson’s Africa.Tickets are £15.00 For more information or to book your tickets please visit the new website :www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk

5. Screening of the Holdovers 

On Thursday June 27 Tetbury Goods Shed Cinema are pleased to be screening the film The Holdovers (15) Nobody likes teacher Paul Hunham – not his students, not his fellow faculty, not the headmaster, who all find his pomposity and rigidity exasperating.

With no family and nowhere to go over Christmas holiday in 1970, Paul remains at school to supervise students unable to journey home.

After a few days, only one student holdover remains — a trouble-making 18-year-old named Angus, a good student whose bad behaviour always threatens to get him expelled. Joining Paul and Angus is head cook Mary (Randolph)-an African American woman who caters to sons of privilege and whose own son was recently lost in Vietnam.

These three very different shipwrecked people form an unlikely Christmas family sharing comic misadventures during two very snowy weeks in New England. The real journey is how they help one another understand that they are not beholden to their past and can choose their own futures. Staring Paul Giamatti, Dominic Sessa, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

Doors and bar open at 7:00pm the film starts at 7:30pm-9:20pm tickets are £7.50 For more information or to book your tickets, please visit the new website:www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk

6. Holiday at home scheme 

Holiday at Home 2024 Many will be aware of the fantastic Holiday at Home project run by Tetbury Area Church Together (TACT).

When they host various days in the year aimed at getting together older Tetbury folk who do not normally get away for holidays. This is a chance for companionship, chat, entertainment and food!They had a successful Tea Party in May, and are now in the throes of planning the main days of the year, 2 full days on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of August.

The days consist of getting the guests to Christ Church; Coffee and various activities in the morning; a 3-course lunch; an afternoon of entertainment and closing with some tea – of course we then need to take our guests home! There are different groups of guests for each of the days. Days are already fully funded, so are FREE to our guests.

This all cannot happen without a team of volunteers, to share the various roles during the day. They have had a brilliant team over the years, but for some, age is catching up with them as well, so the lovely team really could do with some more volunteers please!! It is a brilliant time, and volunteers have as much fun as the guests.

They are having an open meeting for volunteers on Thursday 27th June at 7.30 p.m. at Christ Church Hall, They really would like to see some new faces to join the gang For more information, you can email Brian or Sue by ringing 01454 238222 or email bacwoodb@aol.com. Or ring Michèle on 07973 698840.

7. First in the classical series 

Tetbury Good Shed are delighted to present the first in their 2024-2025 Classical Series the Eusebius Quartet,who performs regularly at venues throughout the UK, including Kings Place, Conway Hall and Fidelio Cafe.

Selected highlights include performances of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Heath Quartet at the Tetbury Festival, and Vaughan Williams ‘On Wenlock Edge’ with tenor Nicky Spence. In 2018 they were finalists in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, and continue to frequently perform live on BBC Radio 3.

They have appeared at numerous chamber music festivals including Aldeburgh Festival, Tetbury Festival, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and the Lewes Chamber Music Festival, of which first violinist Beatrice Philips is the Artistic Director and founder.The quartet takes its name from one of the two fictional characters invented by Robert Schumann for his musical journal writings.

These characters became symbolic of Schumann’s opposing moods: the fiery and impassioned Florestan contrasted the philosophical and dreamy Eusebius.Praised as “convincing and stylish” by Gramophone, the Eusebius Quartet was formed in 2016 out of a passion for the extraordinary music written for this formation.

They have gained a reputation for “personal yet authentic” performances (The Strad) and their debut CD, featuring the chamber music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold was released in October 2021 by SOMM Recordings to widespread critical acclaim, including being named as Recording of the Month by BBC Music Magazine in January 2022. Advance tickets are £15.00-£24.00 For more information or to book your tickets, please visit the new website:www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk

8. New reflective breakfast for women

You are invited to a reflective breakfast for women on Saturday, the 29th of June from 9:30 am until 11 am. This will be at the tranquil location of Christchurch The Chipping.

This will be a special time to chat and time to be encouraged as you share simple craft activity and be able to listen to someone sharing their faith and enjoy breakfast which would include hot drinks, pastries, granola, fruit and yoghurt. To book your place please email office@tetburychurch.co.uk although free a suggestion of a £5 donation on the day would be appreciated. This is a Tetbury Area Churches Together (TACT) initiative

8. Afternoon music recital 

On Sun 30 Jun 2024 you can enjoy an Afternoon Music Recital with Laraine Levin, commencing at 3 o’clock. In a series of performances by Laraine Levin MusB (Hons) MA HRM Assoc. CIPD and her music students who play piano, flute and recorder and are between the ages of seven and adult, ranging in ability level from beginner to professional.

This concert will certainly be a delight to experience and includes performances from a number of her students of all ages, covering well loved pieces from Handel, Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven and Gershwin, to popular songs you may also recognise.

Laraine herself will be closing the concert with the final movement of Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto in D major Op 283. Larine is a local music teacher who started playing the piano at the age of five and the flute at age seven.

Achieving grade 8 flute at the age of 13 and grade 8 piano at the age of 17, she was principal flautist in the Reading Youth Orchestra, Berkshire Youth Wind Orchestra and Berkshire Youth Orchestra and a Berkshire county music scholar She won multiple competitions and awards before going on to achieve a honours degree in Music from Manchester University, having studied with Richard Davies, principal flautist of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been teaching flute and piano for over 30 years, ten of which were in the USA.Sharing and growing a love of music has been a lifelong passion of Laraine’s and she looks forward to providing you with a musical treat at her forthcoming concert.

Doors open at 2.30pm at the perfect location of Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre tickets are £5.00-£8.00 For more information or to book your tickets, please visit the new website:www.tetburygoodsshed.co.uk

9. Standing room only to meet new candidate 

It was standing room only in The Ormond in Tetbury on Monday 10 June as many people came to to meet Roz Savage, the Liberal Democrats' candidate for the new South Cotswolds constituency.

Over 60 people from Tetbury and the surrounding villages came along to hear Roz speak about why she decided to stand for Parliament, and her priorities if she is elected our MP on 4 July. She answered questions about the proposed Lime Down Solar Park, the lack of affordable housing, and the crisis facing the NHS.

A local independent resident said 'I've always valued my political colour blindness, as what we should do is vote for the person, the best person for the job of representing us, and so far I have been very impressed with what I have heard this evening from this candidate who has a refreshing approach of being a realistic idealist.’

Speaking after the event, Roz said, 'It was great to meet so many local residents here tonight, to hear their views, and to answer their questions. I am enjoying meeting people on doorsteps and at events all across the constituency - I’m starting as I mean to go on, as somebody who listens to the communities they are here to serve. If you'd like to meet me and hear what I hope to do for you and your community, I'll be at the Old George in South Cerney on Monday 24 June.’ This is Girl Power - 2024 Tetbury style!

10. Inaugural festival taking place from this weekend 

The first inaugural Everything in the Garden arts festival centring on Tetbury and nearby arts venues. Continues with 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. Festival continues with 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.

An Everything in the Garden illustrated talk about Painswick Rococo Garden, presented by garden director Dominic Hamilton, combined with a live garden-themed musical programme at Tetbury Goods Shed, Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm. Booking now open.

An illustrated Year in the Garden talk about her year of artist residency at Painswick Rococo Garden by painter Angie Spencer. At Spencer House Gallery on Thursday 25 July, 7 – 8.30pm. Pre-booking required and tickets £10.

A free Meet the Artist event at Spencer House Gallery during the afternoon of Saturday 3 August.

The programme launched with a plein air painting and drawing contest at Painswick Rococo Garden in May. Winning and Highly Commended entries from that event will show at Tetbury's Spencer House Gallery, alongside other regional artists' new work, and Tetbury Goods Shed arts centre this summer.

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 34 Long Street, or call 07841 979273.