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MinchLIFE Newsletter – October 2020

MinchLIFE Newsletter
1 October 2020
Hello everyone
As you know we have not been sending regular monthly newsletters from MinchLife for some time now but in future hope to do so once a month.   Please let us know at about anything you would like brought to the attention of the community and/or anything that your Club or business is organising.
Due to Covid so many things are changing but a few “events” are beginning to creep back in.  Do remember how helpful all our local businesses have been through lockdown and difficult times and continue to support them.
Community News
Minchinhampton Market
Minchinhampton Market now takes place every Wednesday from 8.30 – 11.30 am in the Undercroft, Market House, Minchinhampton.   Come and buy home baked goods, preserves, crafts, greeting cards, plants, honey, fruit & vegetables.
Minchinhampton Community Library
Since reopening in September, the hours are now being adjusted to the following, from Monday, 5 October. 
Monday:   2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Tuesday:  10.00 am – 12 noon and 2.00 – 4.30 pm
Friday:      10.00 am – 12 noon and 2.00 – 4.30 pm
Saturday:  10.00 am – 12 noon
Unfortunately, the library is not able to open on Thursdays during October, as previously hoped, due to a shortage of trained volunteers.  But this may be possible in November, so if you would like to check please ring the library on 01453 885497, look at their website,, or go and look at the notice on the door.
Horsfall House Free Respite Walk raises £10,900! 
On Sunday, 13 September Horsfall House held their annual Charity Walk for free Respite Care.  The weather was perfect and the turnout was very high – approximately 387 walkers.  Everybody seemed to enjoy the experience, with Gatcombe Woods and the  gardens at Avening Court giving particular pleasure. Many said they are looking forward to next year’s walk.
Horsfall House would like to thank all the walkers, sponsors and volunteers for their donations and help in helping to make the day such a success.  Respite Care has become recognised as a very important facility in the community.   Horsfall House thanks their Patron, HRH Princess Anne, for allowing access through Gatcombe Woods and to the owners of Avening Court for opening their stunning gardens.  Particular congratulations and thanks should go to Assumpta Golding from the Kitchen, Janet Rutherford and Nigel Stapleton who not only walked the ten miles but raised a large amount of money through sponsorship. There were also several very generous donations and these are so much appreciated.  Details of next year’s walk to follow.
Minchinhampton Market House is open for business.  In accordance with Covid 19 restrictions the Market house have produced a policy and risk assessment.  It can be found on the MMH website along with the booking forms you will need to use to book the facility. Joe May is the Booking Manager.  He will be able to help you with assessing whether and how your activity can take place safely within the facility. Contact Joe by email on
Local Business News
Most businesses are working more or less normally now.   Obviously, these days are very difficult for everyone and our local businesses need your support now more than ever. 
M & B Stores, Market Square, Minchinhampton.
Full range of groceries and provisions, and happy to source special orders.  Various special offers – look at window for details.  Due to social distancing the Market Stores are continuing to serve from the door for the foreseeable future, due to lack of space in the till area – keeping both customers and staff safe.
Newspaper deliveries are ongoing along with grocery deliveries too.  The staff are glad to help those self-isolating.  Contact Brian with your requirements by emailing or phoning 883265.
Thanks to all for their support over the last six months.
Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday:  7.30 am – 6.00 pm
Saturday:  7.30 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday:  8.00 am – 3.30 pm
Henrys, Market Square, Minchinhampton.
The new opening hours are as follows: 
Tuesday: 8:45 am -3:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Thursday: 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Friday: 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
Henrys are currently serving a range of delightful handmade meat & veggie sausage rolls and scotch eggs from The Cake Box, their usual array of cakes, freshly baked pastries from Fat Tonis (Friday & Saturday).
The Crown, High Street, Minchinhampton.
Currently closing promptly at 10.00 pm with last seating at 8:30 pm (last seating at 5.00 pm on Sundays).  Open from 5 pm for dinner service but booking in advance essential.  All staff will be required to wear face masks.  All guests will also be requested to wear a face mask upon entry, and any time away from their allocated table.
The Kitchen, High Street, Minchinhampton.
Opening hours:  8.00 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday. 
Peter and Assumpta Golding are the welcoming hosts. They serve delicious breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas and lunches.  All of the food is prepared fresh daily and they work with local suppliers so the food is always seasonal, locally sourced and of the finest quality.  Birthday and Anniversary cakes and catering for small or medium parties.  Telephone 01453 882655.
Stafford Cottage Boutique, High Street, Minchinhampton.
Stafford Cottage are delighted to announce the launch of their brand-new website.
They offer free local delivery (GL6 9** only) as well as Royal Mail delivery.  (Free for orders over £70).  They are receiving lots of lovely new Autumn stock at the moment, and the first batch is in the shop, ready for your perusal.   Sale items £10.
(two sale rails inside as well as the outside rail)
Opening hours are:
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10.00 am –  4.00 pm
Wednesday – 10.00 am –  4.00 pm
Thursday – 10.00 am –  4.00 pm      
Friday – 10.00 am –  4.00 pm            
Saturday – 10.00 am –  2.00 pm     
Chip Shed, West End, Minchinhampton.
Opening hours:  
5 pm – 9 pm  Monday – Thursday
12 noon – 9 pm Friday and Saturday. 
Pre-order recommended.   
Will deliver Thursday, Friday and Saturday, if you live within 3 miles of Minchinhampton.  For details please look at their website,, or telephone 01453 731221.
Local Club News:
Cotteswold Naturalists Field Club:  As with many other clubs, they are looking at holding talks for members by Zoom, although they are aware that this format does not suit everyone.  More news to follow next month.  
Minchinhampton Gardening Club:
Minchinhampton Alternative Gardening Show, was held on Saturday, 12 September 2020.  The committee decided that the show in the school hall would be cancelled this year, but after all the time we’ve had to grow flowers and vegetables this spring and summer, an alternative means to display your produce was proposed. The Minchinhampton Alternative Gardening Show (MAGS) took the form of a summary of photographs of exhibits of produce, photos, allotments, and gardens provided by the exhibitors and compiled into a digital document. There was no judging, prizes or entry fee – just a way of showing your produce and seeing how others have managed and the domestic science section was replaced with gardens and allotments.
The ‘event’ was open to residents of Minchinhampton and members of the Gardening Club who submitted just one photo for each class entered, (except the photography section, where 2 photos per class were allowed).
Do look at the photographs and report on
Temps Needed:
Minchinhampton Parish Council is restructuring its staffing. Temporary office assistance, which could lead to permanent part time employment, is urgently required.  Bookkeeping expertise is high priority and would be especially welcomed, as well as sound general IT and administration skills and experience.  Interested?  Please email without delay.
Cows on Common
As the nights continue to draw in, please remember that the cows will be out and about until late October.
Local Event News:
Wednesdays:  8.30 – 11.30 a.m. Minchinhampton Market, Market House Undercroft, High Street, Minchinhampton.
Fridays:  10.00 am – 12.00 noon, Horsfall House Charity Shop, at the Cotswold Club, High Street, Minchinhampton
Saturday, 3 October 2020.  9.00 am  – 12.00 noon.  Plants and Book Sale including a small selection of Boden clothes at the Market House Undercroft.   All funds to benefit the Market House.
Saturday, 3 October 2020.  11.00-11.45 a.m. and 12.00 – 12.45 pm.  Coffee Time concert at Holy Trinity Church.  Limited availability – Booking essential.  To order tickets for second sitting please go to:
Saturday, 3 October 2020.  Charity Cake Sale in West End, Minchinhampton.  50% proceeds to Homestart.
Wednesday, 21 October 2020.  Time to be confirmed.  (Rescheduled from April) Minchinhampton with Box Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Holy Trinity Church.  Churchwardens to be elected and people are needed on the PCC and Deanery Synod.  More information from
Monday, 26 October 2020.  7.00-9.00 pm.  Full Parish Council Meeting (Virtual).    Members of the public wishing to watch the meeting should email the Parish Clerk to request joining details.
Saturday, 7 November 2020.  11.00-11.50 a.m.  Coffee Time concert at Holy Trinity Church.  Booking essential.  This event is now full but if interested click the Waiting List button at
Monday, 9 November 2020.  7.00-9.00 pm.  Parish Council Planning Meeting (Virtual).  Members of the public wishing to watch the meeting should email the Parish Clerk to request joining details.
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 very soon.

Janet Chamberlain/Anne Parry


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