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MinchLIFE Newsletter – 26 June 2020

Hello everyone,                          
There are lots of changes happening locally in the next week or two as businesses start to re-open with the restrictions necessitated by Covid 19.   Please do try to continue to support all our local businesses who have worked so hard to help us through the extreme times of lockdown. 

In the meantime we would like to bring a few things to your notice:
MinchLife website  is introducing a new section “Made in Minch” – it is due to launch shortly and to sell goods produced locally.  Do get in touch if you would like to showcase your products on this site. 

Also do look at the section on Virtual Gardens and think about posting pictures of your garden for others to enjoy.
The Corona Response team have been extremely busy.   One family commented how beneficial it had been – the family had got to know an elderly man they wouldn’t otherwise have met and had learnt so much from him about being an evacuee and other life events.  It is a story we have heard many times.

Local Event News:
Friday, 26th June 2020.   7:55 pm Virtual Quiz night (Cotswold Club).  For further details see—Clubhouse/Minchinhampton-Cotswold-Club-165788823612412/

Saturday, 27th June 2020.  9.00 am  – 12.00 noon.  Plants and Book Sale at the Market House, Undercroft.   All funds to benefit the Market House.

Monday, 29th June 2020.  7.00 – 9.00 pm.  Virtual Full Parish Council Meeting.  For details on how to log on please contact the Clerk at Minchinhampton Parish Council.  01453 731186 Email:
Minchinhampton Football Club Pre-Season Training starts on Thursday 2nd July and then every Monday & Thursday evening thereafter.  7pm prompt start.  All players new and existing are very welcome.  Come along and join a friendly, sociable but competitive club on the up.

Stuart Singers:
As the dates for the Stuart Singers’ Summer concerts on June 5th and 6th came and went Stuart Singers thought you might like to know what they have been doing in Lockdown.   As it has become more obvious over the past few weeks that it is likely to be many months before the choir will be able to sing physically together, they decided to use Zoom to produce a video of the group singing.  

A demonstration by six members led by their recently appointed accompanist Matt Sharpe can be viewed by clicking on and go to Choir Videos.  There you will find a rendition of “Thank you for the Music”.  The choir are now looking at producing a choir-wide video.  

Stuart Singers hope very much to get back together before the end of the year and would like you to note that their Christmas Concerts are still in the diary for Friday, 4th December and Saturday, 5th December.  They very much hope to be able to put something on by that stage but only time will tell.  Singing is one of the areas which appears to be especially risky for the virus.

The Gardening Club:
The Committee has decided that the show arranged for this September will have to be cancelled. They would like to invite potential exhibitors to take part in an alternative show – The Minchinhampton Alternative Gardening Show – MAGS, by sending a photo of their produce to the Show Secretary, Peter Smith by 8 September 2020.  For further details please look at our website – details will be posted over the weekend.
Local Business News:
The Crown, Minchinhampton

In addition to being open for evening meals and drinks – takeaway only – Wednesday to Sunday, the Crown has introduced Sunday roasts –  takeaway style & pre-order only.   Call to place your order Thursday between 5pm & 9pm on 01453 488135.   Collection on Sunday between 12 noon and 4 pm.

Roast chicken, kale, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese & gravy £16
Roast Hereford Beef, Kale, roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, gravy & Yorkshire pudding £18
Squash, chickpeas & pecan nut roast with the trimmings £15.50
Kids Chicken, Beef or Nut Roast £10
Extra Yorkie £1

M & B Stores:
As we continue to monitor government guidance, we are assessing all options about the shop reopening for customers to come in.
As it stands, we will still be operating by serving from the door. This continues to keep staff and customers safe.
Our opening hours have extended during the week and will be as follows:

Monday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Our weekend hours will remain the same as they have been for the last few weeks:
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm

Thank you for your understanding and support.
From all at M & B Stores
Brookes Hair & Beauty
Are pleased to be able to finally open for business.  Please look at their website to see their new regulations:  Tel : 01453 883076, email:

Julies Hairstyles
Open on 4 July.  Taking bookings from 14 July as already booked up till then.  Tel 01453 887036.

No 3, the Salon
As of today I will be contacting clients in order, from when we went in to lockdown, and working through the great number of appointment requests. This is quite a big task so please bear with me whilst I get you all booked in!

Freya Rose Beauty
We are really disappointed that we still don’t have a date to open our doors again, BUT safety is paramount and that is what we need to focus on. Hopefully we will hear soon and at that point we will book your appointments in.

Minchinhampton Foot Clinic is now open for routine foot care as well as any urgent problems.

Burleigh Court Hotel, Brimscombe.  Grounds are open until 7pm for their pre-ordered picnics this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Enter the online shop via the website and select from the PICNIC MENU:

Local Community News:
Raid Local, 28 June (Gloucestershire)
A group of Dads from Minchinhampton School have been asked to take part in a charity bike ride in aid of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  They have only had one weekend to train.  The challenge consists of 137 km of riding with 3700 metres of ascent in a single day.   Donations would be hugely appreciated.

Minchinhampton Community Library
Minchinhampton Community Library is still aiming to re-open in September, by which time the front desk will have been replaced by a new one, which it is hoped will enhance the look and atmosphere of the building.  When the library re-opens it will probably be for reduced hours and with all the necessary PPE requirements.  In the meantime we are happy to be able to help Minchinhampton School by allowing them to use the library as a classroom until the end of term.

Minchinhampton & Covid 19: 
We have received the following message from Sian Wyn-Jones, local resident of Well Hill:   

If you live or work in the Parish of Minchinhampton and you think this is a good idea, please record your memories/feelings about the pandemic crisis.

We marvel at the photographs and records of life in the past and we forget that our experiences today will become another generation’s history to read. This is for people of all ages – it would be really good to get the views of school-age children too.   So we ought to collate our thoughts, feelings, experiences of the current pandemic crisis – this could be anything:   It could relate to your personal experience, that of your family, possibly being ill with Covid 19 or something else, how you spent your time, your work or school life, how you coped with food, how your neighbours coped, the community near to you, the country at large, weddings or holidays cancelled, your feelings about local, regional or Government initiatives or issues, your thoughts about the different stages of the lockdown and the future, what has been good, what has been bad, VE Day etc. etc………

Please record your bit of history – hand write or print it out, include photographs either inserted in the document or separately.  So that your thoughts will have some sort of context in the future, please include your name, age and an idea of where in the Parish you live – perhaps the road you live in.   You can be anonymous if you wish.   They may of course be edited in the future.

Assumpta at The Kitchen in the High Street in Minchinhampton has kindly agreed to collect them in (if you can, please use a plastic wallet) – she has a box for you to put them in.   I will file them in some sort of order, maybe by age, and then hand them over eventually to the Local History Group as a record of what the people of this Parish experienced.

As this is still ongoing, there is no deadline at the moment and you can put in two lots of your memories – one now and one later on, but please start writing things down before the memories of the build up to the lockdown and the early days fade.

Please note that if you are donating your recollections to the archives, you are consenting to them being used for the purposes of a record of this time and that they may be read, edited or published in the future as a record of the pandemic in our area and what we thought of it.

Get writing!!

Thank you. Siân Wyn-Jones


Do get in touch if you would like us to add anything to our Newsletters or if you see any omissions or alterations.  Please remember to use our new email address, as the old one will cease to exist shortly.

Janet Chamberlain/Anne Parry

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