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MinchLIFE Newsletter – 1 April 2021

Hello again everyone,
At last we are beginning to open up after lockdown.  As you will know open air sports such as golf, tennis, swimming are operating again and after 12th April 2021 we will be able to go to shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, the library, etc again and visit pubs and restaurants for outdoor meals.  It has been a very difficult time for many people but, as we have said many times before, we are lucky to live in this area and to have so many people offering help, services and supplies.  Stroud and its environs has even recognised as one of the best places to live in the country!


The Coronavirus Response Group will stop its current services on Friday, 9th April.  They will however keep reviewing the situation and will adapt and respond should there be another lockdown.
Experience Easter
Please come along and visit Experience Easter, at Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton … a series of displays telling the Easter story from Palm Sunday to Easter Day.  Open from 9.30am – 5.00pm until Sunday, 11th April.

M & B Stores
Kelvin Chapman has taken over as the new manager of M&B Stores, Minchinhampton.  He brings a wealth of experience through working for many years in the retail trade.  It has also been decided to do a total rearrangement of the shop in anticipation of reopening in the next few weeks. The shop hours have been extended in the evenings so from Monday -Thursday the shop will open until 6pm;  Fridays till 7pm; Saturdays till 6pm and Sundays till 4.30pm. Lindsey will be cutting back her time at the shop too and also as a partner but Jane, Lindsey and Brian would like to thank all their customers for their support throughout this pandemic and hope this will continue with these changes.
Minchinhampton Market House
At the AGM on 6th March, Janet Payne announced her retirement as Chairman.  She has held the position since 2014 and through her hard work and team-building she has been able to leave the Market House in a strong position both financially and structurally.  She is to be succeeded by Justin Hodges.  For more details see the full report here.

Horsfall House
There is an update on Horsfall House on Minchlife website.  Click here to read.
Death of Retired Minchinhampton GP
Dr David Somervell died peacefully at the age of 92 at his home in Bath.  He was a GP in Minchinhampton from 1970 until 1991 and practised at The Close in Well Hill just before the current surgery was built.  His funeral will be a private Cremation on 13th April and it is hoped to have a Memorial service for him later in the year. 
Minchinhampton Community Library
From Monday, 12th April the library will be opening again, times as follows:
Monday:          2 – 4.30pm
Tuesday:        10am – 12 noon, 2 – 4.30pm
Friday:           10am – 12 noon, 2 – 4.30pm
Computers, printing and photocopier will be available. Numbers entering the library will be limited to six (not including children).  The library trustees and volunteers would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and understanding and look forward to welcoming you back.


Stuart Singers new video
Here is the latest Stuart Singers video (Wade in the Water).
Dazzle Musical Theatre Workshops at Minchinhampton Youth Centre
3 days. For more details  Ages 5- 11 years. 6 – 8th April and 13th – 15th April.  There are also dance classes for adults available.
Tai Chi with Joe May on Minchinhampton Common
Thursday, 1st April at mid-day and then Wednesdays at 10.00am for five weeks. Meet near the car park in Bell Lane.  For more details contact Joe May on 07960 753782 or email
Minchinhampton Cricket Club
Spring and the smell of cut grass also bring the first signs of the cricket season!  The first adult training sessions will be held at Stuart Playing Fields on Saturday 10th and 17th in April, starting at 1pm.  All ECB Covid-19 guidance will be followed.  New members very much welcomed – whatever your previous experience!  An inter-club knockabout is then planned for Sunday 25th April, before the first league matches start on Saturday 1st May. We’re also thrilled to share that the brand-new sponsor of Minchinhampton Youth Cricket is Henry’s Coffee House & Dairy!  For more information, you can find the Club’s full March newsletter here or visit minchinhampton

1st , 2nd, and 3rd/ April, 8th, 9th /and 10th  April.  10.30am – 4.30pm.  Plants for sale.  Parkside, Cirencester Road.  Janet Payne and Chris French are selling spring plants and bulbs prior to Minchinhampton Market opening on Wednesday, 14th April.
3rd and 4th April. 1.00 – 5pm.  Burleigh Court Hotel picnic.
A delectable three-course picnic will be available on Easter weekend in the garden or as takeaway.  £19 or £18.00 to take away.  More details here.
Saturday, 3rd April.  11.00-12.30pm.  Music at Minch.  (Bach, Buxtehude and Stölzel). More details here
Wednesday, 7th April. 2.15 – 4.00pm.  Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club. Zoom Talk – The environmental and ecological benefits of the Stroudwater Canal restoration project.  Members only.
Saturday, 10th April. 1.00 – 3.00pm Adult Training at the Cricket Club
Monday, 12th April. 2.00 – 4.30pm  Minchinhampton Community Library re-opens
Monday, 12th April.  7.00 – 9.30pm.  Parish Council PlanningCommittee. Zoom
Wednesday, 14th April.  8.30am – 12.00 noon.  Minchinhampton Market reopens in the Market House
Friday, 16th April.  Collection 1.00-2.00pm.  Madhus Rasoi IndianTakeaway, Box Village Hall.  Menu online here.  Advance bookings: 01453 755934, email
Saturday, 17th April.  1.00 – 3pm.  Adult training at the Cricket Club
Monday, 19th April.  7.00 – 9.30 pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Finance Committee.  Zoom
Thursday, 22nd April.  6.00 – 7.00pm.  First youth nets at the Cricket Club
Friday, 23rd April.Burleigh Fireside Music & Dinner Night.  Burleigh Court Hotel.  The evening will feature Italian, Greek and Spanish guitar music by James Watson.  Pizza and tapas to share. Ticket price £5 per person plus food.  Please click here for further details.
Sunday, 25th April.  1.00 – 5pm Inter-cup Friendly at the Cricket club
Monday, 26th April.  Details to be confirmed.   Annual Parochial Church Meeting.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.
Monday, 26th April.  7.00 – 9.30pm.  Full Minchinhampton Parish Council Meeting.  Zoom.
Thursday, 29th April.  7.00 – 9.00pm.  First Adult nets at the Cricket Club
Friday, 30th April.Burleigh Fireside Music & Dinner Night.  Burleigh Court Hotel.  The evening will feature Italian, Greek and Spanish guitar music by James Watson.  Pizza and tapas to share. Ticket price £5 per person plus food.  Please click here for further details.

Do get in touch if you would like us to add anything to our Newsletters or if you see any omissions or alterations.  We are particularly keen to hear how all the various clubs have been operating during the past year and what plans they have for the next few months.

Janet Chamberlain/Anne Parry

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