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Newsletter – 1 January 2022

Happy New Year!    Do hope Covid hasn’t caused too many problems for you all and that you had a happy Christmas.  It started off beautifully with the Community Choir leading carols in the Market Square on Christmas Eve.  They raised a lot of money for various charities at this, and other events, and are always happy to welcome new members.   Choir starts again on Monday, 10 January in the Porch Room, 7.30-9.00pm.  If you would like to join, email Lou Buckley at

New Year’s Eve update
The Cotswold Club are still running their New Year’s Eve disco event but please if you feel unwell do not attend.  They will be checking temperatures on the door and you must produce your ticket to gain entry into the club.
The Afternoon Tea concert at Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton on Saturday, 1 January 2022 has had to be cancelled because of ill health.  The next one will be on Saturday, 5 February. 
Also, Amberley Scout Group have announced with regret that they will not be holding their annual Burns Night Supper and Quiz in 2022, but hope to be back in January 2023 when they look forward to welcoming all their regular supporters (and new ones!)
Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club have also just announced that in view of the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases the Club’s Officers have decided that the first three talks of 2022 will now be delivered via Zoom.  Only 10 members plus 2 visitors attended their meeting on 18 December at The Hub, indicating that members were already prioritising which ‘in-person’ gatherings they wanted to attend.  They hope that by making this short-term adjustment that it will enable a larger number of members to enjoy the next three talks delivered by Zoom.  Anyone interested in joining the club please contact Jane Rowe at or Tel: 01452 813228.

Christmas Tree Recycling:
In partnership with Just Helping, Longfield Community Hospice will collect and recycle your real tree for a donation to our hospice care, helping to support people when they need them the most.  Their incredible team of volunteers will be collecting real Christmas trees from 9–11 January 2022.  Registration ( is now open and closes on Monday 3 January 2022.
Some people have had difficulty registering, and the Hospice advise as follows: 
Please could you ask anyone having difficulty entering their email addresses to try closing the existing open window in their browser and opening a new tab. Go back to and when completing the form rather than using any autofill to populate the email address could they write it in manually in both sections. 
This will allow them to then process to the donation section.  If this still doesn’t work call 01453 886868. 
PCSO Shane Reynolds Police Community Support Officer 924 – Stroud Local Policing Team has sent the following message:
Stroud police have been made aware of cars driving on the pavements in and around Minchinhampton.
Driving on the pavement is only allowed to gain lawful access to your property or in case of an emergency.
The law states that driving on the footway (or pavement) is an offence under section 72 of the Highways Act 1835 and is also prohibited by rule 145 of the Highway Code.
Minchinhampton has a number of small narrow roads and was not built for so much traffic but this does not negate the fact that it is illegal to drive on the pavement.  All drivers are reminded to be considerate of local residents, many of whose doors open directly onto the narrow pavements, as well as pedestrians who should be free to use the pavements safely.
In the next few months Stroud Rural Policing team will be in the area to educate and raise awareness in order to protect local residents and visitors. 
What you should do if you see someone driving on the pavement: ring and report using the number 101 or you can report it online via the Gloucestershire Constabulary click on Report and then Antisocial Behaviour links.
Minchinhampton Market
Please note there will not be one in January – it returns on Wednesday, 16 February in the Market House.
Madhus Rasoi – no Indian Takeaway meal this month from Box.  Will return in February!
Dazzle has two brand-new Beginners Burlesque Chair Dance courses starting in January in Minchinhampton Market House.  Burlesque is a fun alternative to going to the gym, improving your fitness and mobility.  Mondays or Tuesdays 6pm-7pm.  £30 for the 5-week courses.  For more information see
Johnny Coppin *****Tickets selling fast – Don’t miss out!!********
Friday, 11 February 2022 in the Market House, Minchinhampton. The concert will feature local singer songwriter Johnny Coppin  with Paul Burgess.  Tickets £15 can be bought at the Market Store, Minchinhampton (cash only) or online at
Minchinhampton Gardening Club are holding their AGM at the school on Monday, 17 January 2022 starting at 7.30 pm. Following reports and a talk there will be a chance to socialise and meet other members over drinks and nibbles. The meeting will be held in a Covid responsible way with good ventilation (wrap up warmly) sanitisation and mask-wearing where appropriate. All are welcome to come and meet the members at the AGM.   it is a very friendly welcoming club for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike.  Details of annual membership and 2022 subscriptions will be explained at the meeting.

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. 

Wednesday, 5 January, 2.15 for 2.30pm.  Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club:  Wildlife of the Windrush Valley.  Zoom meeting.  Members have already been sent an email giving meeting passcode.  For further information please contact Jane Rowe, tel. 01452 813228 (with answerphone) or email:

Wednesday, 5 January, 2.30-4.00pm.  WI Meeting.  Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road.  New members will be very welcome.  For more details, contact the Secretary on 884606. (Unfortunately the talk on Newark Park has been cancelled)

Monday, 10 January, 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 clerk to request details. Email:

Thursday, 13 January, 10am-12.00noon.  Minchinhampton Probus Meeting.  Police History in our Times (since 1974).  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church.  New members welcome.

Thursday, 13 January, 7.30-9.00pm.  Amberley Gardening Club.  From Cadfael to Caroline: herbal medicine, past and present.  Amberley Parish Rooms.  Visitors welcome.  For membership details, please contact Christopher Bailey at

Monday, 17 January, 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 clerk to request details. Email:

Monday, 17 January, 7.30pm.  Minchinhampton Gardening Club AGM.  Minchinhampton School Hall.  All welcome.

Tuesday, 18 January, 2.15 for 2.30pm.  Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club.  Percy Grainger – Folksong collecting in Gloucestershire.  Now by Zoom.  Members will be sent joining details prior to the meeting.  For further information please contact Jane Rowe, tel. 01452 813228 (with answerphone) or email:

Thursday, 20 January, Minchinhampton Ladies’ Lunch Club.  Horatio’s Garden.  Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common.  New members welcome but it is important to contact Biddy Hadfield before attending the lunch.

Thursday, 27 January, 9.15am-5.00pm.  Coach Trip to IKEA, Bristol with Ian Jarvis.  Coach £16 – Total £16.00 per person, Bookings, email

Thursday, 27 January, 10.00am-12.00noon.  Minchinhampton Probus.  “The Galápagos Islands.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church.  New members welcome.

Saturday, 29 January, 7.30-10.30pm.  Moscow Drug Club (Arts in Rural Glos Event).  Minchinhampton Market House.  Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where elements of Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, French Musette and Storytelling meet.  Tickets £12 available at the Market Stores (Cash only) or online at

Wednesday, 2 February, 2.15 for 2.30pm.  Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club: ‘I wish our Home Secretary had been at Hampton School Minchinhampton in 1894’ or How I Came to Write a Local History Book.  Talk by Kate Jarvis.  Zoom meeting.  Members will be sent joining details prior to the meeting.  For further information please contact Jane Rowe, tel. 01452 813228 (with answerphone) or email:

Monday, 31 January 7.30-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Full Meeting.  Venue to be confirmed.  Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should email the clerk to request details. Email:

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.

Thursday-Saturday, 13-15 and 20-22- January, 7.30pm.  The Cotswold Players present Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn
(Tickets £13).

Friday, 28 January at 7.30pm.  Apricity Theatre presents The White Heart Inn.  (Tickets £12)

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.

We wish you all the best for the New Year,

Anne and Janet

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