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Newsletter – 1 July 2022

Hello everyone,
We do hope everyone enjoyed the Picnic in the Park to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.   Over 700 people came to the school field and enjoyed the music and fun.  The weather could have been kinder but the children had a wonderful time.  The Children’s Entertainer was first class and 30 to 40 children attended each show.  For those of you who didn’t get a Souvenir Programme they are available free at the Library and some will also be given to the School for the children to take home.   The edition includes interesting articles and pictures from 1952 onwards.
MinchLife could really do with more people to help put on events such as the next Fayre which will take place on Saturday, 9 September 2023.   With that in mind we are having drinks in the garden at Leigh Elliott’s house, 3 Parsons Court, on Sunday, 10 July from 5pm.  Do come along and join us.  It is weather dependent of course.   If you feel you could volunteer some time to help bring the community together at any of our events – do get in touch.  Email us at
The Market House and MinchLife are also holding a Karaoke night on Saturday, 30 July.  Free entry and there will be great music and prizes.  Do come along! 
Tom Long’s Post
The 4-page July 2022 issue of Tom Long’s Post is now available to read on Minchinhampton Parish Council’s website via this link:
If you would prefer to have it delivered directly to your inbox each month, please email to be added to the mailing list, or give staff a call on 01453 731186.
Would you rather read a printed version?   Please do pop into the Parish office at The Trap House, West End, Minchinhampton from next Tuesday, 5 July,  when they should be ready for collection (the office is manned Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30am to 4.00pm).
Road Closures
You will see in Tom Long’s Post there are details of a temporary road closure in West End from its junction at Cuckoo Row to its junction with the High Street.  There are also road-signs alerting drivers to a road closure on Cirencester Road in early July (near the roundabout at Aston Down) and we have also heard Culver Hill will be closed in August. 
Minchinhampton Community Library       
Minchinhampton’s bespoke Summer Reading Challenge, Minchinhampton Reading Warriors – Flying High, will take place this Saturday, 2 July until the end September.  It will be open to all school aged children as well as those starting school this September.  Children can sign up for free at the community library as soon as it starts.   Throughout the challenge, library volunteers support children, helping them to explore a wide range of different types of books and enjoy a range of creative activities and events.  Children receive stickers each time they finish a book and there’s a £5.00 book token for everyone who completes the Challenge (limited to first 100 placed).
It is hoped to hold Craft Sessions for children in the library during summer.  Check MinchLife and Library Facebook for further news of dates and times.
Opening hours:  Monday 2 – 4.30pm, Tuesday 10am – 12 noon, 2 – 4.30pm, Thursday 2 – 4.30 pm, Friday 10am – 12 noon, 2 – 4.30pm, Saturday 10am – 12 noon. 
1st Amberley Guides took part in a challenge weekend called Strategy recently.  ‘16 girls from Amberley went to this event with over 2,000 participants, all in Scouting or Guiding.  There were torrential downpours but the girls were amazing. There were 30 different bases spread over 3,000 acres. 334 teams took part and all of Amberley’s teams came in the top half.  They took 166th, 27th and a fantastic 5th place!  They were the highest scoring girl guide team!  We are so proud of them all’ said their leader, Nicola Young. 
Stroud Valley Velos Tour de France Lynch will be held on Sunday 17th July with a start and finish at Chalford Sports and Social Club.  Choice of 100k and 62k routes through local villages (including Minchinhampton)  with a sometimes tenuous French connection.  Entry is £6 for non-members (aged 18 or above) to cover catering costs. For more details and registration click here:
Burleigh Court offers a fabulous event calendar over the summer. On the menu are wine tastings, pizza nights and live music events as well as a scrumptious a la carte menu in THE BURLEIGH restaurant every evening.  We also love anyone to just stroll in for coffee or drinks on the terrace. All welcome! Learn more here.

Advance Notice  

As reported last month, Giffords’ Circus will be back on the Common with a new Show.  11 – 22 August.  For more information click here.
Also, Summer Yoga will be back this year, from 22 – 26 August.  There will be two classes each day (Monday to Friday) on Rodborough Common, behind the Fort, in the morning from 10 to 11 and in the evening from 6 to 7.  More details here.
Walking+Talking Sustainability Discovery Trail with MinchCAN
24 September @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
As part of Great Big Green Week, MinchCAN are holding a Walking+Talking circular sustainability discovery trail centred on Besbury, and passing through Minchinhampton, Burleigh, Brimscombe and The Knapp.
You’ll be able to walk or bike a super-local Open Gardens/Studios type of Trail and see all sorts of sustainability action: wildlife gardening, river restoration, a pig club, community energy, and more!  Visit the  MinchCAN website for more information and to volunteer to be part of the trail contact
Autumn Fair at Beaudesert Park School
Saturday, 15 October, from 8:30am to 3pm at Beaudesert Park School.
Beaudesert Park’s highly anticipated Autumn Fair is returning this October.  Visit the school to start your Christmas shopping with stalls including Atelier18, Little Smartipants, Wovenology and Gasm Drinks. Food and coffees are also on offer in the Courtyard.  Entry is £3 on the door for adults (children U16 go free), all proceeds will go to local charity Read for Good.

  July Events  

For further information of these events and details on how to book, please go to our website
Also, please remember a list of regular weekly events can be found at the top of the Events’ page – click on a day of the week and you will see what is taking place, where and at what time.  For instance, the weekly Community Coffee Morning (with weekly notices) is held every Monday from 10.00am-12.00 noon at the Cotswold Club, High Street. 
Friday, 1 July 9.30am-5.00pm.  Pop-up Garden Furniture Outlet Store (Bramblecrest), Aston Down Business Park, GL6 8GA.  Pre-booked appointments at
Friday, 1 July 6.00pm-10.00ish.  Artisan Pop-up Pub Night, Building 1A, Aston Down Business Park, GL6 8GA. 
Friday, 1 July 6.30–10.30pm.  MinchCAN Summer Swish, Box Village Hall.  High Quality garments at bargain prices.  Bring fabulous pre-loved clothes, a few friends and enjoy the Box Bar.
Saturday, 2 July 9.30-11.30am.  Amberley Playgroup Nearly New Sale.  Amberley Parish Rooms.
Saturday, 2 July 10.00am-2.30pm.  Makers’ Market.  Market House, Minchinhampton.  The cake stall is back along with flowers, jams, glasswork, cards, pottery, up-cycling, sewn goods etc
Monday, 4 July  10.30am-12.00noon.  Poems in the Porch Room.  Welcomes all but especially people with memory problems.  For more information contact Jo Smith 01453 834714
Wednesday, 6 July  2.30-4.30pm.  Minchinhampton WI group: Turn Right when the Butter Melts.   Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road.  New members and visitors very welcome. For more information, contact the Secretary on 884606.
Thursday, 7 July 10.30am-12.00noon.  Hampton Probus:  From Railways to Royalty.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Members with guests by invitation.  For further information contact:
Friday, 8 July 10.00am-12.00noon.  Minchinhampton Holy Trinity Flower Guild Coffee Morning.  Little Acre, The Park.  Plant stall, cake stall and raffle.  Entrance £2 to include a cup of coffee.
Friday, 8 July 11.30am-4.00pm.  Summer at Highgrove with Ian Jarvis.  Coach £12.50 and entrance with 1.5 h. Tour £28.50.  Total £41 per person.  Contact:, 01453 833131.
Friday, 8 July 7.30-10.00pm  Minchinhampton Movie Night:  Operation Mincemeat.  Minchinhampton Market House.  Tickets from the Market Stores, £6.00 (Cash only).  Doors open 7.00pm.  Licensed bar.
Saturday, 9 July 7.30-10.00pm.  Capella Singers with Timothy Barrett (piano) – Summer Music.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Tickets £10 in advance (£12.50 on the day). carers and school students free, obtainable here or at the door.  Further info:  01453 753762.

Monday, 11 July 7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Planning Committee.  The Trap House, West End.    Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should email the deputy clerk to request details.  Email:
Wednesday, 13 July 6.30-9.30pm.  Wine Tasting with Dinner.  Burleigh Court Hotel, Burleigh.   Tickets £65.
Thursday, 14 July 9.30am-2.30pm.  Wild Food Foraging including lunch.  Burleigh Court Hotel, Burleigh.  £69 per person.  Bookings here
Thursday, 14 July  10.00am-12.00noon.  Minchinhampton Probus:  The Schneider Trophy.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Meeting starts 10.30am.  New members and guests welcome.

Friday, 15 July  12.00noon-2.30pm.  Friday Lunch for the Masasi Bee-keeping project.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  There is a sign–up sheet at the back of the church to help with planning, and if you have particular dietary needs. For further information please contact: Linda, or Stephen Jarvis 884545.  Donations. 
Saturday, 16 July  10.00am-4.00pm.  Local Artists & Makers.  Market House Undercroft, Minchinhampton.  There will be original art, fine art prints & greeting cards for sale alongside beautiful & functional ceramics, hand poured sustainable candles & gifts & nature inspired willow sculpture.
Sunday, 17 July  7.30-10.30pm  Open Mic Night.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  If you wish to perform please contact Lucy Chapman on the Cotswold Club Facebook pages, or email her at
Monday, 18 July  7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Finance Committee.  The Trap House, West End.    Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should email the deputy clerk to request details.  Email:
Monday, 18 July 7.30-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Gardening Club:  National Gardens Scheme.  Minchinhampton School (C of E Primary Academy), School Road.  New members welcome.
Tuesday, 19 July 7.00-9.30pm.  Box Gardening Club.  Box Village Hall. 
Thursday, 21 July 9.30-11.00am.  Stroud Businesswomen’s Network Meeting.  Minchinhampton New Golf Club.  Non-members who would like a free introductory meeting please email
Thursday, 21 July 10.30am-12.00noon.  Hampton Probus:  A ride around England:  one man, one horse, 2700 miles and 30 cathedrals.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Members with guests by invitation.  For further information contact:
Friday, 22 July 5.30-9.30pm.  Music in the Garden (in aid of the Organ Fund).  Little Acre, The Park.  A picnic concert of light classical and choral music in a glorious country garden.  Music from 6.45pm.  Drinks and Raffle available on the day.  Tickets £5 from Market Stores.
Sunday, 24 July 4.00pm-6.00pm.  The Recruiting Officer (Outdoor theatre by Rain or Shine Theatre Company).  Restoration comedy by Irish writer George Farquhar.  The Manor House, Lower Littleworth, Amberley.  Tickets £15.00, concessions £14.00, Children (under 15) £7 available here or tel 03306 600541.
Monday, 25 July 7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Full Parish Council.  Baptist Church, Tetbury Street.  Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should email the clerk to request details.  Email:
Monday, 25 July 12.30-1.00pm.  Suicide Support Group.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.
Thursday, 28 July 9.30am-12.30pm.  Amberley Gardening Club: Visit to Bourton House Garden, Bourton on the Water followed by Upton Wold.  For full details/times please contact:
Thursday, 28 July 10.00am-12.00noon.  Minchinhampton Probus:  From Council to Arts & Craft.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Meeting starts 10.30am.  New members and guests welcome.
Saturday, 30 July 7.30-10.30pm.  1960s Music Night.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  For more information contact the Cotswold Club 01453 882315.
Saturday, 30 July  7.30-10.30pm.  MinchLife Karaoke Night.  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Doors open 7.00pm.  Free entry.  Great music and prizes.

Sunday, 31 July 10.30am-1.00pm.  Minchinhampton Walking & Wildlife Group:  Swells Hill Butterflies.  Meet at Reservoir Car Park. If the weather is very poor, we will cancel by email by 9.00am on the relevant morning. Please contact to be added to the circulation list.
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.
Productions at the Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud
Friday, 1 July.  “Be” by the Greedy Pig Co. 
Saturday, 16 July. “Pygmalion”. Dot Productions
28 – 30 July.  “Let’s talk about Philip”. HW Productions.
Sunday, 31 July. “Cosi Fan Tutti”. Cardiff Opera.
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.

Anne and Janet


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