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Newsletter 1 December 2021

Dear all,
MinchLife have always tried to make the town look festive at Christmas.  The Robbs have, as in the past, generously donated ten small trees for the High Street, a large tree for the Undercroft and a similar tree for the Vestry Cottage grounds.   As we have met difficulties putting festoon lighting across or down the High Street, we are planning to concentrate on lighting the top of the town.   We have received generous donations from the David Thomas Trust, Howard Tenens Logistics Ltd and Minchinhampton Parish Council.  Henrys and the Crown have also offered to contribute to the costs as their buildings will particularly benefit.  We are extremely grateful for this support.
The Market House is already lit in a similar way so hopefully this Christmas will be brighter and better!
Christmas Trees 2021

Minchinhampton Christmas Trees have a fabulous selection of fresh, top quality Christmas Trees from the West Country.   Grown on mixed plantations with minimal resources, to protect rich wildlife habitats.  Harvested areas replanted annually to maintain a natural environment.  Pip and Dave Robb, from Minchinhampton Christmas Trees, very generously donate trees for Minchinhampton High Street, the Churchyard and the Market House.  Do support them in return!
Now open 9am-5pm daily, until Friday 17 December 2021 at Minchinhampton Scout Hut, 16 Dr Brown’s Road, Minchinhampton, GL6 9BT. Order by Monday 13 December, by phone (07708 778301), or click here to order online.  

There is also a Christmas Tree Store at Winstones Icecream who also supply Rental Christmas Trees.  If you are worried about the environmental impact of cutting down a Christmas tree each year, then this is the tree for you.   Now open Monday-Friday: 9:30am – 5:00pm (5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday) at Winstones Ice Cream, Greenacres, Bownham, Stroud, GL5 5BX.  Tel: 01453 873270.  You can also order your rental tree here.  

Longfield Hospice:  Tree Recycling scheme.  In partnership with Just Helping, Longfield Community Hospice will collect and recycle your real tree for a donation to their hospice care, helping to support people when they need us the most.   Registration is now open and closes on Monday 3 January 2022:

Experience Christmas.   Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton. 
There will be a series of displays telling the Christmas story inside the church from Monday, 13 December until Sunday, 2 January, 9.30am-5.00pm.  Do go along and experience the joy of Christmas.  Suitable for all ages.
Minchinhampton PTA
Sadly the PTA are having to postpone their Christmas Fair again this year; all the more reason to show your support for the school by joining in with their special Christmas Auction of three amazing prizes as part of their seasonal fundraising efforts.  Full details can be found here , where you can place your bids online.  Auction closes on Saturday, 11 December.
Longfield House Christmas 2021 Auction
Longfield Community Hospice support adults with life-limiting conditions from diagnosis onwards. They help them to understand and to cope with their illness, its impact on their lives, and support them to live well.  All of Longfield’s services are free-of-charge thanks to the generosity of the community.  Online bids for a range of wonderful auction lots can now be placed here until 12 December.   There are over 20 amazing prizes.
Minchinhampton Community Library
Opening hours until Christmas will be as follows:  Monday 2.00–4.30pm, Tuesday and Friday 10.00am–12 noon, 2.00–4.30pm, and Saturday: 10.00am – 12 noon.  Please note that the library will be closing for Christmas at 4.30pm on Tuesday, 21 December and will be reopening on Tuesday, 4 January 2022. 
There are plenty of new books available for loan, as well as a good range of second-hand books and Christmas jigsaws for sale – donations of which are very welcome. 
The volunteers would like to thank everyone for supporting the library over the past year, and look forward to welcoming back others in the New Year when it is hoped to extend the hours.  Please check their website ( and facebook page for further news.

Tea-Time Concerts: 
Music at Minch is the umbrella name for the concerts happening at Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton. There is a regular series of short concerts on the first Saturday of each month.  Entry is free with a retiring donation to cover costs – that way, music is made accessible to as many as possible.  Please note that the concert previously advertised to be held on Saturday, 4 December has now been cancelled, but the next tea-time concert will be on Saturday, 1 January at 4.30pm and will take the form of a traditional Viennese New Year’s Day concert.
Wednesday, 1 December, 10.00am-noon, Horsfall House Christmas Fayre.  Cotswold Club, High Street.
Wednesday, 1 December, 2.30-4.30 pm, WI Meeting:  Teddy Bears.  Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road.  New members welcome.  For more details, contact the WI Secretary on 884606.
Thursday-Saturday, 2-4 December, 7.30pm, Home Groan Too! By Minchinhampton Players.  Market House.  Sort of pantomime/review show.  Tickets from Market Stores – £10.  
Friday-Saturday, 3-4 December, 7.30pm, Stuart Singers’ Christmas Concert.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.   Tickets £12 (Friends of Stuart Singers £10) are available online here.  or from Market Stores in Minchinhampton. You can also order from Lynn Bevis 01453 882440.  Children under 16 free (with accompanying adult) on Saturday.
Saturday, 4 December, 9.30am-12.30pm, Makers Market.  Market House.  Local Crafts & beautiful gifts.

Saturday, 4 December, 2.00-5.00pm and 7.00-10.00pm, Annual Christmas Wreath Making Workshops.  Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road.   Demonstrations and help on hand.  Price includes festive refreshments, equipment and demonstrations.  £20.  Contact helen_hadddrell or Laura on 07970 051380

Saturday, 4 December, 1.00-4.00pm, Wild Wreath Making.  Burleigh Court Hotel,  Burleigh Lane.  Includes all materials and delicious Cream Tea.  £69.00.  Bookings:

Sunday, 5 December, 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00-5.00pm, Children’s Christmas Craft Workshops.  Market House, Minchinhampton.  For ages 5-12.  Morning session fully booked.  Bookings:

Monday, 6 December, 7.00-9.30pm, Minchinhampton Parish Council Planning Committee.  Venue to be confirmed.  The agenda can be found on the Parish Council website before the meeting:

Wednesday, 8 December, 9.15am-5.00pm, Coach Trip to Cribbs Causeway.  Coach £17 per person.  Contact:  Ian Jarvis Tel:  01453 833131
Thursday, 9 December, 10.00am-12.00 noon.  Minchinhampton Probus:  The Life and Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church.  New members are very welcome.
Thursday, 9 December, 7.30-9.00pm.  Amberley Gardening Club:  Christmas Celebration, talk and demonstration.  Amberley Parish Rooms.  New members welcome.  Christopher Bailey at:
Friday, 10 December, 1.00-1.30pm,  Madhu’s Rasoi Indian Christmas Takeaway.  Box Village Hall.  Please email bookings by Wednesday, 8 December.  Madhu & Team T:01453 755934 E: W:  Menu can be found here.
Friday, 10 December, time on tickets.  Keith Allen Shownight, Cotswold Club, High Street.  SOLD OUT!
Saturday, 11 December, 1.00-4.00pm, Wild Wreath Making.  Burleigh Court Hotel,  Burleigh Lane.  Includes all materials and delicious Cream Tea.  £69.00.  Bookings:
Saturday, 11 December, 7.30-10.30pm, Arkie’s Quiz and Christmas Meat Draw.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  £1.00 per player.   Please email in advance if you intend to attend to: Non-members to be signed in.
Monday, 13 December- Sunday, 2 January, 9.30am-5.00pm.  Experience Christmas.   Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Experience the joy of Christmas.  Suitable for all ages.
Monday, 13 December, 7.00-9.30pm, Minchinhampton Parish Council Full Meeting.  Venue to be confirmed.  The agenda can be found on the Parish Council website before the meeting:
Thursday, 16 December, 2.30-4.00pm, Cotteswold Naturalists Field Club:  Fonts.  The Hub, Tobacconist Road.  Visitors welcome.  For further information contact Jane Rowe, tel. 01452 813228
Thursday, 16 December, 12.30-3.00pm, Ladies Lunch Club:  The History of Fairford Air Display.  The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common.  New Members welcome.  Please note lunches must be booked in advance – please do not just turn up.  For more details contact
Thursday, 16 December, 7.30-10.00pm, A New Song for Christmas (Capella Singers).  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Tickets:  £15 in advance or £17.50 at the door.  Free for carers and school students.  Bookings, More information 01453 884454
Friday, 17 December, 12.00-2.30pm  Friday Lunch Club.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church.  All welcome.  Donations will support a bee keeping project in Masasi Tanzania.  There is a sign–up sheet at the back of the church to help with planning.  For further information please contact: Linda, or Stephen Jarvis 884545.

Friday, 17 December, 6.30-8.00pm, Light up a Life.   Longfield Hospice at Minchinhampton Holy Trinity Church.  An opportunity to remember and celebrate family and friends who are no longer with us.  Light a candle for someone special and watch it shine brightly during the event.

Friday, 17 December, details of time at the club,  Cash Bingo.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Members only (guests to be signed in).

Saturday, 18 December, 7.30-10.00pm, Thameshead Singers with the Capriol Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert.  Bach Magnificat in D with Christmas Carols.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Tickets £13 in advance (£15 on door).  Under 16s free. box office 0333 666 3366

Monday, 20-Wednesday, 22 December, 11.00am-4.00pm, Art Workshops for Young People, Studio 18, Hope Mills Business Centre, Brimscombe.  Ages 13-18.  Free.  Contact for enquiries.

Thursday, 23 December, details of time at the club, Grand Christmas Bottle/Prize Draw.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Members only. 
Sunday, 26 December, 10.30am-1.00pm.  (PLEASE CHECK IF ON!)  Walking and Wildlife Group.  Contact for further details.

Friday, 31 December, time as on ticket.  New Year’s Eve Disco.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Members and guests welcome.  No ticket, no entry. 

Saturday, 1 January, 4.30-6.00pm.  Teatime Concert:  Traditional Viennese New Year’s Day Concert.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton. Entrance free but there will be a retiring collection for the Organ Appeal fund.

As we have said before, we don’t normally publish events outside the parish of Minchinhampton but in view of the difficult climate for the arts and the fact that the Cotswold Playhouse is so popular we print below details of their performances:
Book online at or phone 0333 666 3366.

Friday, 3 December at 7.30pm. (Tickets £12)
Kick in the Head Productions presents Musically Speaking
Raconteur and pianist to the stars, Andrew D Brewis shares a lifetime of experience from the wings and orchestra pits of theatreland.  He is joined by West End star Maria Kesselman (Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and many more) to perform the finest songs from the legends of Shaftesbury Avenue and Broadway.
Thursday, 9 December to Saturday, 11 December at 7.30pm. (Tickets £12)
Hexagon Theatre Company presents Breaking the Ice by Carolyn Spice. 
For the Mansell family, Christmas is a time of well-established traditions and rituals. Not this year though, as a sudden change in the weather sends them and their unexpected guests along a completely different path.  Breaking the Ice was written especially for Hexagon, by a member of the company. It is the first production of this heart-warming, and often funny, play about friendship, marriage and the prospect of retirement.

As always, please do get in touch if you would like us to add anything to our newsletters or if you see any omissions or alterations.   If you know of any newcomers to the town please do tell them about Minchlife and this newsletter.

On behalf of MinchLife we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and good wishes for 2022.


Janet Chamberlain/Anne Parry


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