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August Newsletter

As usual please see below a list of events taking place in the Minchinhampton area for the next month.   Although we circulated events for August last month, quite a few have been added.  For more information and detail please look at the website

We have just found out that 2019 is the 750th Anniversary of the Minchinhampton Fayre – which was first held under a Charter granted in AD 1269.

When the Charter was granted to the Abbess of Caen in 1269 the town of Minchinhampton was the centre of a flourishing wool trade and the Fayres lasted for periods of one week, usually in the Spring and Autumn.  With the coming of rail traffic and the Industrial Revolution the Fayres went into a decline and it wasn’t until 1967 that a small group researching into this sort of entertainment decided to revive the original Charter.  The plan then was to have the Fayre every other year but Minchinhampton has been without this event since 2015.

Now it is back!  We, Minchinhampton Life, are hoping that we can revive this traditional enjoyment but we need your support.  Please come along with your family and friends and give generously so that our deserving local charities can benefit fully. Exciting raffle prizes include a weekend break in a cottage in Herefordshire.

The date is – Saturday 14th September, 2019.  The day will start at noon with a pageant involving all the school children from the area led by the Gruffalo;  all proceeds go to local charities and there will be bands, a circus skills’ workshop, a fun fair, Punch and Judy, dancing displays, choirs, a dog show organised by Teckels, pony rides, hawks, comedians, vintage cars, a gliding simulator, stalls, games, tombola  and so much more.  The Gardening Club will have its annual show in the school hall and the Church will host a wonderful wedding dress and floral display.  Food and drinks of every description – a hog roast, a display of Indian cookery and tastings, falafel, sausages, burgers, ice creams, cakes. Henry’s, The Kitchen and The Chip Shed will be busy as usual.    On the Saturday evening there will be an Open Mic event in the Market House and an afternoon of events at the Cotswold Club.

All the details of the Fayre participants can be found on the website as well as details of our generous sponsors.

Saturday, 3rd August 2019.  7.30 p.m.  Cash Bingo at the Club.  Cotswold Club.

Sunday, 4th August 2019.  12.00-4.00 p.m.  Picnic & Yoga for Charity.  Minchinhampton Common near reservoir.

Monday, 5th August 2019.  5.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.  Summer Theatre Trip to Malvern “Educating Rita”.  Bookings now closed.

Wednesday, 7th August 2019.  7.30 p.m.  Indian Street Food Special.  Food Demonstration & Meal.  Box Village Hall.  £20 per head.  Tel:  01453 755934 to book place.

Friday, 9th August 2019.  Movie Night – “Fisherman’s Friends”.  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Doors open 6.30, film starts 7.15 p.m.  Tickets £6.00 from Market Stores.

Friday, 9th August 2019.  7.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.  Supper Club at Well Hill, Minchinhampton.  £37.50 per head (bring own wine).  Bookings – Tel:  01453 731845.

Saturday, 10th August 2019.  8.30 p.m. – 10.45 p.m.   Blondes with Beards (Harmony group),  Cotswold Club.

Thursday, 15th August 2019.  10.30 – 11.30 a.m.  Children’s Dog’s Trust Event (stories & craft).  Minchinhampton Community Library.    Aimed at children aged 5-11 (to be accompanied by adult)

15th-27th August 2019.  Gifford’s Circus –  Xanadu – a new dawn is breaking.  Bell Lane Car Park, Minchinhampton.  See website for times and prices.

Saturday, 17th August 2019.  7.30 p.m.  Arkwright’s Bingo. Cotswold Club.

Sunday, 18th August 2019.  9.00-10.00 a.m.   All Age Worship in Giffords’ Big Top.  Minchinhampton Park.

Monday, 19th August 2019.   Trip to Waterperry Gardens, Oxon (Day out with Ian Jarvis).  Telephone 01453 833131 for further information.

Saturday, 24th August 2019.  7.45 p.m.  Arkie’s Quiz.  Cotswold Club.

Sunday, 25th August 2019.  2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. St Mary’s Mill, Chalford tours.  £3.00 adult ticket.  To book ring 01453 766273 or email

Saturday, 31st August 2019.  Outdoor screening of Grease.   New Barn Farm, Minchinhampton.   Approx 9.20 pm.  Tickets £15 – £22.00. Doors open 6.30 pm.  Book online at

Sunday, 1st September 2019.  3.30 p.m.  Box Village Show, Box Village Hall.

Wednesday, 4th September 2019.  7.30 p.m.  The Life and Times of Longford and Ham Mills.  Talk by Ian Mackintosh at Royal British Legion meeting, Cotswold Club.