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Newsletter – 1 January 2023

Hello everyone and a Happy New Year!
Many people did a great deal to make the town look attractive for the Christmas festivities and to keep us all safe by clearing snow and ice – thank you to everyone involved.
Tracey Clements organised the Advent windows around Minchinhampton.  Take a stroll and see how many you can find – they will be up until Twelfth Night.  Hopefully this will become an annual event and we hope to produce a printed copy of the trail another year.
1       9 Cambridge Way         
2       16 High Street
3       Stafford Cottage, High Street
4       The Kitchen, High Street
5       1 Windmill Road
6       Well Hill
7       28 Friday Street
8       52 West End
9       5 Market Square
10     High Street
11     Well Hill
12     27 Sheppards Way
13     14 West End
14    Vestry Cottage, Church yard
15    Parsons Court, Priory Cottage
16     Glebe Road Cul de sac
17     Common Way, Old Common
18     9 Grange Close
19     West End Cottage, West End
20     36 West End
21     7a Butt Street
22     1 Tooke Road
23     26 Box Crescent
24     Holy Trinity Church
Cllr Chloe Turner will be collecting used Christmas cards from the first week of January – these are upcycled for fundraising by Cobalt Health in Cheltenham.  Brookes Hair & Beauty and Minchinhampton Community Library are both kindly hosting collection boxes during opening hours, and if you are part of the rugby family, Andy Burfoot will set up a box at the club for the first weekend of the season (7th/8th January).   Chloe is also very happy to collect from homes as needed – please contact her direct at or 07710514689. 
Christmas Tree Recycling
Recycle your Tree in aid of Longfield Hospice.  Register here before 3 January.   Collection will be 8, 9, and 10 January, 2023.
Carols on Christmas Eve.  Thanks to Nkokoto Link, the Market House, the Community Choir and Nick Moss for organising Carols under the Market House.  It was more popular than ever and raised £330.40 for the Charity. Www.minchinhamptonnkokotolink
M & B Stores worked incredibly hard to help us all over the Christmas period as they do throughout the year.  Thanks to everyone especially Kelvin Chapman and Brian Powell.
Cappella Singers
Unfortunately the Cappella Singers had to postpone their Christmas concert for safety reasons due to the weather.  Please note that A Christmas Fanfare will now be held on Saturday, 28 January at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Original tickets purchased through Ticketsource should have been automatically refunded, and can be bought again after 1 January.  Other ticket holders may use their tickets on the new date, or click here to request a refund by email.

  Local & Community News  

Tetbury St will be closed for four weeks for maintenance from Monday, 9 January 2023.
The Pop-up Pantry is open every Tuesday from 10 – 11.30 at Minchinhampton Youth Centre in Tobacconist Road.  They have a large selection of dried and tinned goods available on a “pay as you can” basis.  Anyone wishing to donate food or toiletries and other essentials can drop them at Henry’s or take them to the Pop-up Pantry on Tuesday mornings.  Do tell anyone who could benefit from this great facility.
Warm Spaces
Now winter has set in, the Minchinhampton Warmspaces team have pulled together a list of cosy places where you can sit and have a cup of tea and a chat.  Please click here for more information.  In addition, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton, is open every day from 9am till dusk and is warm and open.  And starting on Sundays from 1 January, the church will be open from 2pm till 4pm for free hot drinks, Wi Fi, and fun things to do.   Supported by grants from Minchinhampton Parish Council and the Co-op, we are pulling together to keep warm, save a bit on your energy bills and cheer ourselves up with some company, or even peace and quiet. Please spread the word.
The Crown’s plans for refurbishment have been delayed.  Mark and Fiona are unsure at the moment about the dates for closure but will put notices on the door as soon as they have dates.  They will also make an announcement on MinchLife Facebook page.
The Ragged Cot are pleased to announce that they will have live music from mid-January every Saturday in The Ragged Cot Gastropub.
Neil Tildesley – The Goodfellow on 14th January
Abi Phillips – Wedding/Event Singer – vocals & guitar on 21st January
Manos Puestas – latin jazz trio on 28th January
Contact:  Email:, tel:  01453 731407.  Cirencester Road, Minchinhampton, GL6 8PE
The Burleigh Court Hotel will be closed for renovations from Monday, 2 January.  The restaurant re-opens on Wednesday, 25 January.

  Club News  

Minch Book club began in June this year and meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm. They meet at The Crown (if The Crown is closed they will meet at The Old Lodge).  The club is a friendly bunch and welcome newcomers. There is never an expectation that you need to attend every meeting or read every book,  For some, joining the Facebook group is enough.  Book for January is Still Life by Sarah Winman.   Contact Rachel Montgomery at  or 07715 303707.
Ring for the King!
The bellringers at Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton are looking for new recruits who could be trained and ready to ring for the coronation in May.  Would you like to come and see what is involved, or do you know someone younger (usually aged 10+ but height strength and attitude are more relevant than age) whom you could bring?  Practises are on Friday evenings in the ringing chamber of the church – 44 steps up the tower – and also ring for the service on Sunday morning (as well as weddings and the occasional other special event).  Full 1-1 tuition is given.  It is a challenging but very rewarding hobby/art that can be carried on well into old age (80+!).  No requirement for church membership or attendance, just an enthusiasm to become a regular team member.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Angie (01453 884203/ or Tony (07557 108211/ or come along on a Friday evening. Best to ring or email first, just to check that we are indeed having a practice.

  2023 – Time to Get Fit!  

Plus Pilates
Pilates classes are restarting this week in Minchinhampton.  Monday and Fridays, 1.30-2.30pm at the Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road. 
Joes Tai Chi and Movement.  Friday mornings 7.00 and 10.00am at the Market House, Minchinhampton.    Contact Joe at or 07960 753782
HIIT:  Wednesdays, 10.00 am  Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road
Pilates:  Wednesdays, 11.00 am  Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road
Functional Fitness:  Thursdays, 9.00am Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road
Ballet Barre/Pilates:  Thursdays, 10.00 am  Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road
Contact:  07799 620117, Email:
Dance & Stretch:  6.00-7.15pm & 7.30-8.45pm Mondays, Minchinhampton Market House
Musical Theatre Dance:  6.00-7.00pm & 7.15-8.15pm Tuesdays, Minchinhampton Market House
Contact:  01453 886444,

Also look at the daily listings on our Events page for more activities, see below for how to see them.

  Forthcoming events for your diary  

Minchinhampton Market House
The repairs to the paving and improvements to the Undercroft will be completed in January.  Please click here for more information on the work carried out.  There is an invitation to join the Market House team in the Undercroft of the Market House between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday, 4 February to toast the completion of repairs and improvements.
As well as Who Does What on Saturday, 21 January there are events planned for
Saturday, 11 February:  Glowing Bright, the story of Marie Curie
Saturday, 25 MarchThe Odyssey, Greek Stuff
Saturday, 15 April:  Swing from Paris (gypsy jazz)
Please regularly check the MinchLife Events calendar and Minchinhampton Market House website for further details on how to obtain tickets.
Coronation Day – Saturday, 6 May 2023.  MinchLife are planning a Street Party with bands to be held after the official celebrations .   More details to be announced later.
At the Cotswold Playhouse in January and 2nd-4th February.
Around the World In Eighty Days
26th & 27th January & 2nd-4th February at 7.30pm, and on 28th & 29th January at 4pm
Tickets:  Adults £13/under 16’s £8.  


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. 
Sunday, 1st 10.30-2.30pm  New Year’s Day Walk  Box Village Hall.  Soup and Sharing Lunch afterwards.
Wednesday, 4th 2.30-4.30pm  Women’s Institute:  Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Coronation Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road.  Guests and visitors are always welcomed. For more details, contact 884606.

Thursday, 5th  10.30am-12.30pm  Hampton Probus:  Peter Scott and an update of developments at Slimbridge.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Members with guests by invitation.  For further information contact:

Saturday, 7th  10.00-12.00noon.  Coffee Morning Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church Minchinhampton.  All welcome.  If you require a lift please call 01453 889004

Saturday, 7th  4.30-5.20pm.  Teatime Concert:  Corelli Ensemble.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Baroque chamber music by Bach, Handel, Stolzel and Vivaldi on period instruments.  Admission free with retiring collection.

Sunday, 8th  1.30-2.30pm.  Free Taster:  Girls Rugby.  Minchinhampton RFC, Hampton Fields. 

Tuesday, 10th  7.30-8.30pm.  Cotswold Club AGM (for members only).  Cotswold Club, High Street.  (Nomination forms to be completed by 9 January.)

Thursday, 12th  10.00am-12.00noon. Minchinhampton Probus: W G Grace  Speaker Tim Brain.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Meeting starts 10.30am.  New members and guests welcome.

Thursday, 12th  7.30-9.00pm.  Amberley Gardening Club:  Innovation, Automation.  Amberley Parish Rooms.  Speaker:  Ian Sadler.  A look at how plants are produced in the 21st Century.  For further details about joining Amberley Gardening Club, please contact Christopher Bailey at
Sunday, 15th  7.30-10.30pm.  Arkwright’s Quiz.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  (Subject to weather conditions)

Monday, 16th 8.30am-3.30pm.  A trip to IKEA in Bristol with Ian Jarvis.  Coach £18, Entrance free – Total £18 per person.  Contact:  01453 833131

Monday, 16th  7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Planning Committee.  Trap House, West End.  Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should email the deputy clerk to confirm details.  Email:

Tuesday, 17th 2.30-4.30pm.  Cotteswold Naturalists Field Club:  Newark Park and its Rescue.  Box Village Hall.  Contribution of £2 from members and £5 from visitors is requested. Followed by refreshments at no additional charge. Contact: 

Tuesday, 17th  7.00-9.30pm.  Minch Book Club.  The Crown (or The Old Lodge if The Crown is closed)  January’s Book:  Still Life by Sarah Winman.  Contact Rachel Montgomery at or 07715 303707.

Wednesday, 18th  10.30am-12.00noon.  *New* Social Book Club.  Minchinhampton Community Library, School Road.  Bring any book you have recently read.

Thursday, 19th  10.30am-12.30pm  Hampton Probus:  Turn Right when the Butter Melts.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Members with guests by invitation.  For further information contact:

Thursday, 19th  12.00noon-3.00pm.  Minchinhampton Ladies Lunch Club:  Poppies amongst the Daffodils – The Dymock poets.  Speaker Andy Meller.  The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common.  New members welcome but it is important to contact Biddy Hadfield before attending the lunch.
Friday, 20th  12.00-2.30pm  Friday Lunch Club.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.   All welcome to a two course hot lunch with coffee, or tea, and all donations will support a bee keeping project in Masasi Tanzania.  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.
Friday, 20th  6.30-8.00pm  Box Bar.  Box Village Hall.  An enjoyable social hub for the village.
Friday, 20th  7.30-9.00pm.  Box Gardening Club.  AGM and Gardeners Question Time.   Box Village Hall.  All welcome.  Charge of £4 each for non-members.  Enquiries to Mark Rogers 01453 833588.
Saturday, 21st 7.00-10.30pm.  Burns Night Themed Quiz Night.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Tickets £10 per person and include a delicious Ploughman’s Supper. Teams of up to six are allowed. Don’t worry if you can’t raise a team you will be buddied up with others. Bar and raffle.  Contact or Market Stores for tickets.

Saturday, 21st  7.30-10.30pm.  He Does What? (Short Stories event).  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Tickets £12 (plus £1 booking fee) can be bought online here.  or from The Market Stores, Minchinhampton (cash only).  Card payment only at Bar.
Saturday, 21st  7.00-10.30pm.  Box (Veganuary) Safari Supper.  Around the village.  Organised by MinchCan.  For bookings or further details please contact Ginny Martin, Old Stable, Box or email her on

Monday, 23rd  7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Finance Committee.  Trap House, West End.  Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should email the deputy clerk to confirm details.  Email:

Thursday, 26th  9.30-11.30am.  Stroud Businesswomen’s Network Meeting.  Minchinhampton New Golf Course, off Hampton Hill.  Non-members who would like a free introductory meeting please email  

Thursday, 26th  10.00am-12.00noon. Minchinhampton Probus: The Roof of the World.  Speaker:  Peter Berry.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Meeting starts 10.30am.  New members and guests welcome.

Friday, 27th  4.00-6.00pm.  Ping Pong and Games Club.  Box Village Hall.  All ages welcome.  Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Saturday, 28th  7.30-10.00pm.  Cappella Singers:  A Christmas Fanfare (rescheduled) Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  A wonderful selection of Christmas music, some well-known and some more unusual, from the 16th to the 21st century.  Tickets £15 in advance, £17.50 on the day.  Free for carers and school students.  Further information 01453 884454 and here.

Sunday, 29th  10.30am-2.00pm.  Minchinhampton Walking & Wildlife Group.  Details to be confirmed.  Please contact for further information and to be added to the circulation list.

Monday, 30th 7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Full Meeting.  Baptist Church Office Room, Tetbury Street, Minchinhampton.  Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should email the clerk to confirm details.  Email:
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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