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MinchLIFE Newsletter – 2 January 2021

MinchLIFE Newsletter
2 January 2021

Dear all,
Happy New Year to everyone.  Difficult times as we enter Tier 4, meaning all the non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants hairdressers/beauty salons and sports centres have to close but we are lucky to continue to have the Kitchen* and the Chip Shed open for take-aways, and M & B Stores, Henry’s and Taylors open for food and essential items – helping us as they have done all the way through this Covid crisis.  Thank you so much to all of them. 
* Note that the Kitchen is closed for one week from 4 January.
The Coronavirus Response Group (MCRG)
is still active and if you require help or want to volunteer please go to our website   Alternatively ring 07307 155119 or email
Whilst we are in Tier 4, MCRG will again offer the following services:
– Shopping
– Phone support – please do call if you’re feeling a bit lonely and just want a chat
– Prescriptions – delivery Mon, Weds and Fri
– Deliveries of frozen meals from Keith the Freezer
The phone will be on between 10am and 1pm each day (except Sunday); answerphone at other times – please do leave a message.
Keith the Freezer
Is open Wednesdays from 9.30 until 10.30am at the Hub in Tobacconist Road.   Deliveries for those unable to attend can order by Thursday 1pm – for delivery Friday.  Contact 07307 155119 or email  Open to all, take what you need and pay what you can.
MinchLife website
Everyone can now easily apply to receive this newsletter.  Go to and scroll down the page and enter your name and email address.  That is all you need to do – please encourage your friends to do so too. 
Christmas tree recycling
You have until 4 January to arrange collection of Christmas trees from outside your home through Longfield hospice.  They will be collecting between 10 and 12 January.  
Christmas card recycling
Do take your used Christmas cards to either the Nailsworth Computer Shop, 52 George Street, Nailsworth (there is a box there) or the Amberley Inn between 4 and 14 January and they will be delivered to the Cobalt Centre – a medical charity. 
Minchinhampton Market House
You have until 10 January to respond to the Public Consultation about further improvements in the Undercroft and hall in 2021.  Please do so – if you haven’t had the form with the questions do email, or complete the online questionnaire here.
Minchinhampton Library
The library will be unable to open as planned on 4 January.  In the meantime, you can renew books online and return books by putting them through the letterbox.  The Minchinhampton Community Library Trustees continue to be guided by government advice and hope to be able to provide a scaled-down service contacting users who have reserved books online.
Christmas lights in the High Street
We do apologise as they have been very disappointing. The solar lights did not sparkle as we had hoped – there was just not enough sunshine in the High Street.  As we said before we are extremely grateful to the Robbs for supplying the trees and to the Parish Council for buying the lights.  Big thanks too to Richard Leech and his team for putting the trees in place.  Next year we need to aim for an electrical supply and younger people to help!
Horsfall House
To date 198 vaccinations have been carried out – staff and residents and a small number of people from the community.  New residents are able to be admitted again and the Manager and staff have worked incredibly hard through very difficult times.
Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club
Members are currently being contacted regarding their subscriptions being waived for 2021. The Council also would like to gauge the level of interest in talks by Zoom:  members are being invited to send their views to David Thackray ( or Peter Cornish (  Technical expertise to help host Zoom meetings would be welcomed. 
Minch Players  says thankyou to everyone who watched and shared the ‘Silence of the Undercroft’ film. To date it has had 760 views.  As a New Year offering, they have put together a Youtube radio version of ‘The Marble Staircase’ which was due to be performed live  on stage at the Market House in April 2020.  The play is set in a Box village country house in the 1930s and 1950s, telling a little known story surrounding a regular house guest, Guy Burgess, the Cambridge spy, in the 1930s, and the effect this had on both families.  Many of the facts are true, some are half-truths and the rest is pure imagination.  The links to the play are as follows:
Marble Staircase Act 1 link
Marble Staircase Act 2 link
Litter on the Commons
We have been asked by the Facebook Group “Five Valleys Wombles” to encourage everyone to pick up litter whilst walking around our beautiful commons/villages.   People can join this group if they wish to and post pictures and encourage others to litter-pick. 
Future Events
For the first time we have no events to publicise and our events calendar for January/February is empty.  Unfortunately, the coffee-time concert due to be held at Holy Trinity Church today had to be postponed.  Dates for the Parish Council Zoom meetings have not been released yet – for further details please email the
So for now, those of us not working, we need to stay at home and wait for the vaccine. Everyone in MinchLife wishes you all the best for 2021.
Anne and Janet


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