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Newsletter – 1 June 2022

Hello everyone,
So much is going on this June.  You can read about each day’s celebrations below.  
MinchLife have reprinted the Queen’s Silver Jubilee magazine in its entirety and added a few pages to produce a Jubilee Souvenir Programme.  These are available to buy, at £3.00, in most of the shops in Minchinhampton and also on the day. We hope you will enjoy this little trip down memory lane.  There is a full programme of what is happening on the School Field on Sunday 5 June from 1pm and we hope that the whole town will come together and bring a picnic and enjoy the fun. 
There will be a beer tent, Henry’s will be there with his mobile van and Madhus Rasoi will be selling Indian snacks.  Bands include The Jazz Friday Big Band, Archalia – a classic band from the 60s to the 2010s, Becky Dellow Band playing traditional folk music, The Two Hats Trio playing get up and dance classics, vocalists, choirs and a community sing along – the words to some of the songs are printed in the Souvenir Programme. The Kidz Zone will have lots of activities too!  The Programme also features a specially commissioned portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Florence Ghulam aged five years.   We have a new sound system so hopefully everyone will be able to hear – this was a difficulty at the last Street Party. 
MinchLife would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support and in particular Glos County Council for their grant which has allowed us to host this event free of charge.
Many streets in Minchinhampton and the surrounding villages are getting together for Jubilee celebrations over the holiday period and it is wonderful to have happy get-togethers after the painful years of Covid and the Ukrainian war.  The Cotswold Club has a full programme too on Saturday, 4th June.  Holy Trinity has Jubilee Praise at 5.30 pm on Sunday, 5th – a chance to sing your favourite hymns.   Burleigh Court has a weekend of events starting this Thursday 2nd.  More info from the Hotel below.
Details of all these parties, concerts, Horsfall Walk etc. can be seen under Events.
Well Hill Closure
Well Hill will be closed on Saturday, 4 June (from the top of the road by Boots The Chemist to The Shard Livery and Stables). The closure, which has been permitted by Stroud District Council, will be in effect from 11am to 7pm, to allow the Well Hill Platinum Jubilee Street Party to take place. There is alternative access via New Road.
Box – Road Closure
Box residents are holding a street party on Saturday, 4 June at 2pm.  Please note that the road that runs alongside Box Village Green will be closed all day between its junction with The Pen and Scar Hill. This is for the safety of everyone attending, especially the children, and to provide space for tables and chairs. The road will, of course, remain available to emergency vehicles.
Sustainability Volunteers wanted for MinchCan
Minch CAN are having a walking and biking sustainability discovery trail for Great Big Green Week on Saturday, 24th September, and are hoping that lots of local sustainability heroes will take part.  It’s an Open Gardens style event, where everyone from families to neighbourhoods to communities to businesses will welcome curious visitors and chat about the sustainability thing that they do, whatever it may be – energy, food, upcycling, repairing, sharing, rewilding, anything!

The trail circles Besbury, passing through Hyde, Brimscombe, Burleigh and Minchinhampton.  There’ll be a route to follow, and is strictly foot and/or pedal-powered!  If you think you might like to be part of the trail – or know someone who might – please
contact Dmytro from Minch CAN for a chat by emailing
Minch CAN got together with the Cubs on 19th May to mark UK Overshoot Day,  the day the UK went ‘over-budget’ on natural resources.  They did a variety of green activities together, had a lively climate Q&A, and paraded out to Tom Long’s Post to make a pledge to do better and #MoveTheDate – to play their part in getting Britain’s natural budget back in the black.
Message from Minchinhampton Committee of Commoners and Cllr Steve Hemmings
A resident of Box has expressed concern that a cow allegedly damaged their car whilst it was parked outside their house.  The Graziers’ Committee sympathises with the issue but the position is quite clear – cattle can roam throughout the old parish boundaries of Minchinhampton and, under The Animals Act 1971 section 8, the owner of the animal has no liability for the actions of his animals provided he has rights of common (which all our graziers do).

The owner felt this is unfair and pointed out that residents probably do not know that they carry the risk if they leave their cars parked where cattle roam. This includes the centre of Minchinhampton as well as Box, Amberley and in fact anywhere within the cattle grids. The owner could understand it applying to the grasslands but was surprised village roads are also included.  This lack of awareness is a good point and so this message serves to remind all car and property owners that their vehicles, walls, gates and gardens are at risk. It is particularly inadvisable to park a vehicle near a wall or fence leaving a gap that a cow can attempt to squeeze into.  Remember that if there is a gap or an open gate of the right size, a cow may well be tempted to squeeze through it!
Most residents appreciate they live in a very beautiful area with free grazing cows and horses being part of a tradition which stretches back at least to medieval times. The common would deteriorate rapidly if not grazed.
Tom Long’s Post
Tom Long’s Post monthly newsletter, published by Minchinhampton Parish Council, has relaunched and a limited supply of printed copies can now be picked up from the Trap House on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays, 9am-12noon.  Copies are also available from the Library.  Click here for its June edition.
Minchinhampton Community Library          
The library will be opening on Thursday mornings from 9 June. 
Opening hours:  Monday 2 – 4.30pm, Tuesday 10am – 12 noon, 2 – 4.30pm, Thursday 10am – 12 noon, 2 – 4.30 pm, Friday 10am – 12 noon, 2 – 4.30pm, Saturday 10am – 12 noon.  However, please note that it will be closed this coming Bank Holiday weekend, from Thursday 2 June reopening on Monday, 6 June.
Now they are back to their permanent opening hours, they would love to see more activities taking place in the library.  Libraries aren’t just about books!  They are looking for volunteers to support or lead activities such as reading groups, book clubs, craft clubs, conversing in other languages, creative writing sessions, chess/board game clubs, children’s rhyme-times and story-times, and author events. They welcome your ideas to introduce a new activity or event to the library.  Please come and talk to one of the volunteers behind the desk, or telephone during opening hours on 01453 885497.
Ladies wanted!
Minchinhampton RFC are holding a ladies rugby taster session on Thursday 9th June, 6.30-7.30pm. – young or older! With a view to doing some more over the summer. Nothing too heavy, just a relaxed way of introducing women into the game. Clubhouse will be open for drinks afterwards also. No pressure to join in. 
Burleigh Court Hotel
Are holding several events over the bank holiday weekend, namely a Pizza Patio Party with fireworks on Thursday 2 June. Jubilee Afternoon Teas from 2 – 4 June and a Jubilee Roast Lunch Party on Sunday 5 June with live music by Kisskie.  For more details and bookings click here.   

Advance Notice

Giffords’ Circus will be back on the Common with a new Show.  11th – 22nd August.  For more information click here
Summer Yoga will be back this year, from 22 to 26 August.  There will be two classes each day (Monday to Friday) on Rodborough Common, behind the Fort, in the morning from 10 to 11 and in the evening from 6 to 7.  More information here.


 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, 1 June 1.00-3.00pm.  Jubilee Afternoon Tea, Longfield Hospice, Burleigh Lane.  Now Sold Out.
Wednesday, 1 June  2.30-4.00pm.  Minchinhampton Women’s Institute:  Speaker from Allsorts (Stroud Charity).  Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road.   New members and visitors welcome.  For more details contact the Secretary on 884606. 
Wednesday, 1 June 6.30-9.30pm.  Summer Wine Tasting with Dinner.  Burleigh Court Hotel, Burleigh.  Tickets £65. or tel 01453 933043.

Thursday, 2 June 7:15-9.30pm.  Stuart Singers Rehearsal. Minchinhampton School.  If you have questions about joining the Stuart Singers please contact the Membership Secretary
Friday, 3 June 2.00-5.00pm  Jubilee Afternoon Tea to raise funds for Scouts Jamboree attendance in Korea.  Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road.  Attendance £10 adults, £6 children.   Bookings: or
Friday, 3 June  7.30-10.30pm.  Granny’s Attic:  Folk Trio.  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Tickets £16.00 on sale online here  or Market Stores, Minchinhampton.
Saturday, 4 June 9.00am-7.00pm.  Box Residents Street Party.  Note road closure detailed above.
Saturday, 4 June 11.00am-7.00pm.  Well Hill Residents Street Party.  Note road closure detailed above.
Saturday, 4 June  12.30-5.00pm.  Littleworth Residents Street Party.  The Common between The Old Bakery and The Black Horse
Saturday, 4 June 12.00 noon – 11.30pm.  Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at the Cotswold Club.  High Street, Minchinhampton.  Children’s activities in afternoon and music in evening.

Saturday, 4 June 9.30-11:45pm.  Alfresco Film Company:  Bohemian Rhapsody (12A).  Gatcombe Park Estate.  Bring own chairs and picnics (no alcohol), Bar, hot food and drink available.   Tickets £13.00 – £20.00.  More details and bookings here

***Sunday, 5 June 12.00 noon – 11.30pm.  MinchLife Jubilee Fayre, A picnic in the Park.  Minchinhampton School grounds.  Bring own chairs/tables etc.  FREE***

Sunday, 5 June 5.30-6.30pm.  Jubilee Praise.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  A Churches Together event.  Come and sing favorite hymns to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee.

Monday, 6 June 10.30am -12noon.  Poems in the Porch Room.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Welcomes all, but especially people who are living with memory problems.  Contact:  Jo Smith 01453 834714.

Tuesday, 7 June  9.30am-5.30pm.  Minchinhampton Gardening Club:  Visit to Ashwood Nurseries and Tour around Private Gardens.  For further information Contact: Secretary John Fivash tel: 01453 764956 email:

Wednesday, 8 June 3.30-5.00pm.  Messy Church.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Refreshments, Craft activities, Celebration worship.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Thursday, 9 June 10.00-12.00noon.  Minchinhampton Probus:  Little Bill Morris.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church.  New members and guests welcome.

Thursday, 9 June 6.30-7.30pm.  Ladies Rugby Taster Session.  Minchinhampton Rugby Club, Hampton Fields. 

Friday, 10 June 7.00-9.00pm.  Summer of Jazz Music Concert with RamsShackle Pizza Co.  Minchinhampton Rugby Club, Hampton Fields.   All welcome, including dogs. 

Friday, 10 June and Saturday, 11 June.  7.30-10.00pm.  Stuart Singers Summer Concert.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Tickets from Market Stores, online here, or tel 01453 882440.

Saturday, 11 June.  10.00-11.30am.  Churches Count on Nature.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  National initiative to discover the wildlife in Minchinhampton churchyard; children especially welcome and bring a butterfly net if you have one.

Saturday, 11 June.  2.00-5.00pm.  Amberley Platinum Jubilee Community Event. Flower and Produce Show, Beetle Drive, Morris Dancing, hand-made sandwiches and cake, licensed bar, flower arranging workshop, photographic display, artwork by the children at Amberley Parochial School, singing and maybe dancing.

Saturday, 11 June.  7.30-10.30pm.  Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link – A Musical Evening with Becky Dellow and Jeff Gillett.   Market House, Minchinhampton.  Tickets: £12.50 from  Market Stores, email or call 07867 972058.
Sunday, 12 June.  9.30am-5.00pm.  Horsfall House Charity Walk.  Starts from Minchinhampton Library.  To register, donate and see all the event details click here or call 01453 731227. 
Sunday, 12 June.  12.00noon-6.00pm.  Box Open Gardens.   Adult tickets £5 with free entry for accompanied children.  A dozen gardens across Box, from large more formal layouts to traditional cottage gardens.  Children’s Quiz, classic cars, a silver band, a plant stall, and cream teas.

Sunday, 12 June.  4.00-5.30pm.  Benefice Bring & Share Tea.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Sign up sheets for donations of food are in all three Churches.

Monday, 13 June  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 deputy clerk to request details.  Email:

Tuesday, 14 June.  9.00am-5.00pm.  Coach Trip to Hanbury Hall (with stop at Webbs of Wychbold).  Coach £23 and Non NT Entrance £13 – Total £36 per person.  Contact:, 01453 833131

Wednesday, 15 June.  7.00-9.00pm.  Royal British Legion Meeting:  40th Anniversary of the end of the Falklands War  (following the fortunes of the 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment) Cotswold Club, High Street.  Visitors welcome.

Thursday, 16 June.  10.30am-12.00noon. Hampton Probus:  Illusions (Speaker Howard Robinson).  (Subject to change as not suitable for ZOOM participants.  Cotswold Club, High Street, Minchinhampton.  Members with guests by invitation.  For further information contact:
Thursday, 16 June.  12.00noon-3.00pm.  Minchinhampton Ladies Luncheon Club:  The World of Chiropractic Medicine.  The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common.  New members welcome but it is important to contact Biddy Hadfield before attending the lunch.
Thursday, 16 June.  6.30-9.30pm.  Amberley Gardening Club:  Annual Garden Safari.  Open to members only.  This is an evening stroll to visit a few members’ gardens followed by a bring-and-share supper.  For full details of times/location contact
Friday, 17 June.  12.00noon-2.30pm.  Friday Lunch for the Masasi Bee-keeping project.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  There is a 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.  Donations. 
Friday, 17 June.  2.00-2.30pm.  Madhus Rasoi Indian Takeaway.  Box Village Hall.  Menu here.  £25 meal for 2.  Bookings by Wednesday, 15 June.  01453 755934 E:
Friday, 17 June.  7.00-10.00pm.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Festival Players return to Horsfall House, Windmill Road.  Gates open 6.00pm.  Outdoor event, bring chairs and picnic.  Tickets: £14.50 (concessions £13) 10% discount for parties of 10 and over.  Available from The Market Stores, Minchinhampton and Shiny Goodness, Nailsworth or online here.

Friday, 17 June.  7.15-10.30pm.  Arkwright’s Cash Bingo.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Eyes down 7:45pm.  All welcome, guests can be signed in.
Saturday, 18 June.  7.00-9.30pm.  Stroud Choral Society Concert:  England’s Glory.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Tickets £15 adult, £5 12-18, under 12s free.  Available online here or Box Office 03336 663366.  Also from Market Stores, Minchinhampton and choir members.
Sunday, 19 June.  2.00-5.00pm.  Amberley Open Gardens (in aid of Berkeley Vale Riding for the Disabled).  5 Open Gardens in Amberley £5.00 on the day, children free.   For more details contact:  Sue Barney 07798 778902
Wednesday, 22 June.  1.00-5.00pm.  Amberley Gardening Club:  Visit to Oak House near Winchcombe and Green Bough.  Afternoon Visit:  For full details/times please contact:
Thursday, 23 June.  10.00am-12.00noon.  Minchinhampton Probus:  Crocus (a talk by John John MacCartney), Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church.  New members and guests welcome.
Thursday, 23 June, Friday, 24 June and Saturday 25 June.  7.30-10.00pm.  Minchinhampton Players present The Marble Staircase (based on local historical facts).  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Tickets £10.00 from Market Stores, Minchinhampton.
Saturday, 25 June.  7.30-10.00pm.  Cantores Chamber Choir:  Mystical Songs (20th Century Choral Masterpieces).  Tickets £18 to include a programme.  Under 18s free – no ticket required.  Bookings here:
Sunday, 26 June.  10.30-2.00pm.  Minchinhampton Walking and Wildlife Group:  Skylarks on Minchinhampton Common.  Meet at Reservoir car park.  Contact to be added to the circulation list.
Monday, 27 June.  12.00noon-1.00pm.  Suicide Support Group.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.
Monday, 27 June 7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Full Parish Council.  Baptist Church, Tetbury Street.  Members of the public wishing to join the meeting should email the clerk to request details.  Email:
Thursday, 30 June  9.30-11.00am.  Stroud Businesswomen’s Network Meeting.  Minchinhampton New Golf Club.  Non-members who would like a free introductory meeting please 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 here or phone 0333 666 3366.
Productions at the Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud

June 9th – 11th* and 15th – 18th June.  7.30pm. *Matinee – at 2.30 p.m.
“Betty Blue Eyes” a Musical comedy based on the film “A Private Function” by Alan Bennett

29th June – 7.30pm.  “ Vanity Fair”  performed by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
William Makepeace Thackeray
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 area, please do tell them about MinchLife and this newsletter.

Anne and Janet

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