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Newsletter 1 November 2021

Dear all
A message from Lou Buckley – Chair of MinchLIFE
MinchLife would like to thank everyone for coming to the Street Party in September and for the many people who contributed without attending by buying raffle tickets, sponsoring us and helping in so many ways.  We raised a massive £4,000 towards the Country Fayre in 2022 which is wonderful news!  As it was such a success, we plan to hold a street party every alternate year – intermittent with the Country Fayre;  so Fayre in 2022, then Street Party in 2023, Country Fayre in 2024, Street Party in 2025, etc. 
Going forward, we will be asking charities to apply for grants from the proceeds of the Country Fayre, but this year we will give a percentage of the unexpectedly high funds raised from the Street Party to the following local charities – the Market House, Horsfall House, Minchinhampton Scouts and Guide Groups, Sunflowers Suicide Support (a local Charity helping families affected by suicide) and Minchkins.
Many thanks again to our wonderful community – we had a fabulous day, and the Country Fayre is another step closer to fruition.  Well done Minchinhampton! 
Cows should be going in as the clocks go back but this can take as long as mid-November.   Please take extra caution as you drive across the Commons, especially when dark.   Please also remember that pavements are for pedestrians and cars should not drive or park on them. This is particularly important to protect wheelchair and pushchair users.
Dogs on Common
On Sunday, 3rd October a dog was seen chasing some cows on Minchinhampton Common. The cows were forced to run away due to the distress being caused. Luckily two Police Community Support Officers were on hand to help the owner catch his dog.  On this occasion no severe harm was caused to the cows. It was observed more dogs were roaming around off their leads close to the group of cows, where there was a calf present.

The police would like to remind dog owners of their responsibility to keep their dogs under full control especially around livestock.  It is recommended that you keep your dog on a short lead, of less than 2 metres and keep as much room between you and the livestock as possible.   Livestock worrying is a crime and farmers have the right to shoot dogs if worrying livestock. Owners can be prosecuted and if convicted could face a fine of up to £1000.  The Farmer depends on his animals for his livelihood and incidents that affect the livestock can be detrimental to the financial viability of the farm.

Kennel Cough
The local National Trust team have been made aware of an increase in cases of kennel cough among local dogs, including many who exercise on Rodborough & Minchinhampton Commons.  There is no way to know where and how dogs might have caught the infection so it may be a coincidence but they have asked Minchinhampton & Rodborough Commons Advisory Committee to pass this on to local residents in case dog owners want to take any precautions when meeting other dogs.  You can read more about kennel cough here –
Minchinhampton Parish Council
Would you like to join Minchinhampton Parish Council?  Candidates with expertise or areas of interest which would assist Minchinhampton Parish Council in its various functions are urged to consider applying to be co-opted as a council member to represent the Brimscombe Ward. Enthusiastic candidates with a solid interest in local matters would be welcomed to take their turn to represent the council and their community.  Good interpersonal skills, and an ability and willingness to be committed to the council, and to attend meetings, are essential, and vocational or professional qualifications are desirable.  If interested please contact the clerk Jo Barber on 01453 731186/ by 8th November 2021
Post Office
It has come to our notice that Minchinhampton Post Office closed suddenly recently. This was apparently due to an “abusive customer”.  This has upset the staff so much that they are considering closing permanently. There is a notice outside their premises explaining the position and how the system works with regards to Royal Mail. They cannot bend the rules and so this apparently may appear unhelpful at times. Please keep in in mind that every member of our community deserves respect. 
Minchinhampton Climate Action Network (MinchCAN) is an ever-growing group of concerned locals doing what they can to help reduce climate change. Visit their website to get involved in their projects, explore locally-relevant research, and find out about local ideas and initiatives for how to live more sustainably. They are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Here are their events for November.  
3rd November, 7.15pm, Box Village Hall – screening of ‘Cowspiracy’, with refreshments and introduction from Minch CAN – tickets £4 from
20th November, 7.00-11.00pm, Market House – Christmas ‘Swish’ event (festive pre-loved clothes swap, with refreshments).  £5.00 entry (includes first drink).  For more information contact
Minchinhampton Community Apple Pressing
If you missed the excellent Apple Pressing in the Undercroft on Saturday, 9th October you may be interested to view a three-minute film created by Alan Vaughan on his You Tube channel Eyeplays.  Link here to view:
Minchinhampton Players
Minchinhampton Players are operational again!  They held an open meeting in September and more than twenty people came along to hear their plans to put on a Minchinhampton based revue – with some added pantomime elements.  Rehearsals are now in full swing, with performances booked at the Market House at 7.30pm on 2nd, 3rd and 4th December.   It promises to be a very jolly evening of sketches and songs, and quite a few surprises.
Called ‘Home Groan Too!’ it follows a similar format to their highly successful revue ‘Home Groan’ – in that it’s been written by members of the cast, and also includes several filmed items.  BOOK NOW. Tickets are available from Market Stores – £10 each, cash or card.
The Stuart Singers are performing on 3rd and 4th December in Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton for the first time in 2 years.  A very varied repertoire – not just Christmas songs.  Tickets £12 (Friends of Stuart Singers £10).  Children under 16 go free.  Tickets are available online or from Market Stores in Minchinhampton. You can also order from Lynn Bevis 01453 882440.
Launching Youth Academy at the gym
at Minchinhampton Fitness Hub, next to the youth centre.  Every Monday and Friday: 16:00-17:15 (age 13-18), come whenever, during that time slot.  PAY AS YOU FEEL! 
Book via
Open Afternoon at Minchinhampton Community Hub (Minchinhampton Youth Centre and The Hub): 
Following on from the survey in the summer holidays, playground ideas are progressing nicely but the community hub would like to share their ideas and designs with everyone in the community.  There will be an open afternoon on Friday, 19 November between 3.00-5.00pm.  Come and see how they are getting on, give your feedback and find out how you can get involved.  Also find out more about the children’s and youth clubs, the Fitness hub, other activities going on in the building, or just to see what facilities there are on offer.  Free drinks and biscuits available all afternoon.  
Coigne Nursery
Coigne Nursery, in Tobacconist Road, has been part of the community for a very long time.  They have now extended their opening hours to 5 days a week.  The nursery is also trying to find out some of the past history of the Coigne Nursery.  Please email the manager Stacey Walker at if you have any old photographs/snippets of interesting information.
**New** Absolute Beginner Modern Line Dance Class
This weekly class starts at 6.45 – 7.45pm on Wednesday, 3 November in the main hall of Minchinhampton Primary school.  No previous experience needed.  £5 pay as you go,
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, 3 November, 2.30-4.30pm.  WI Meeting.  The Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road.
Wednesday, 3 November, 7.15-9.30pm.  Climate Film Night ‘Cowspiracy’ – MinchCAN.  Box Village Hall.  Tickets £4.00 in advance.  Email
Thursday, 4 November, 9.30-2.30 pm.  Wild Food Foraging.  Burleigh Court Hotel.  £65.00 includes lunch.  Booking:
Thursday, 4 November, 10.00am-12.00 noon.   Hampton Probus:  Rev Steve Newnes – Being a Prison Chaplain.  Cotswold Club.   Members only.   Should anyone be interested in joining Hampton Probus please contact the Secretary David Hartridge at
Saturday, 6 November, 9.30am–12.30pm.  Minchinhampton Makers’ Market.  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Local Crafts and Gifts.
Saturday, 6 November, 4.30-6.00pm.  Tea-Time Concert (Handel German Arias).  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  No tickets required.  Retiring collection with either cash or card donations.
Saturday, 6 November, 5.00-8.00pm.  Minchinhampton Fireworks.  Minchinhampton School Field.  Bar, Bonfire, BBQ.  Tickets £6 adult, £4 child, £15 family (2 adults, 3 children – advance only).
Monday, 8 November, 7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Planning Committee.  The Trap House, West End.  For agenda see Parish Council website.
Thursday, 11 November, 10:55am.  Royal British Legion Armistice Day.  War Memorial Cross, Market Square.  Short service.  High Street will not be closed.
Thursday, 11 November, 1.45-3.30pm.  New Voices Choir.  The Hub, Tobacconist Road.  A welcoming, supportive choir for people living with neurological conditions and aphasia or recovering from brain injury or stroke.  Contact or call 07742 653819
Thursday, 11 November, 7.30-9.00pm.  Amberley Gardening Club:  A brief History and Restoration of the Old Priory at Woodchester.  Amberley Parish Rooms.  All welcome.  No entry fee.
Friday, 12 November, 7.30-10.00pm   Blues People (modern & classic blues songs & stories).  Box Village Hall.  Tickets £10:
Sunday, 14 November, 9.45-11.15am.  Royal British Legion:  Remembrance Sunday.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Church service and procession to War Memorial.
Monday, 15 November, 7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Finance Committee.  Venue to be arranged.  For agenda see Parish Council website.
Wednesday, 17 November, 10.00am-3.00pm.  Brimscombe CE VA Primary School Open Day. 
Wednesday, 17 November, 2.00-4.00pm.  Minchinhampton WI Scrabble Meeting.  Minchinhampton Community Library.  WI Members only.
Thursday, 18 November, 9.30-2.30pm.  Wild Food Foraging.  Burleigh Court Hotel.  £65.00 includes lunch.  Booking:
Thursday, 18 November, 12.30-3.00pm.  Minchinhampton Ladies Lunch Club:  Climate Change, a background to Global Warming.  Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common.   Please note lunches must be booked in advance – please do not just turn up.  For more details contact
Thursday, 18 November, 2.30-4.00pm.  Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club:  The Magic Lantern Christmas Show.  The Hub, Tobacconist Road.  Visitors welcome.  More information:  Jane Rowe, tel. 01452 813228 or email:
Friday, 19 November, 12 noon.  Lunch for Masasi.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  All welcome to two-course hot lunch with coffee or tea, and all donations will support a bee keeping project in Masasi, Tanzania.  Sign-up sheet at back of church or tel 884545.
Friday, 19 November, 1.00-1.30pm.  Madhus Rasoi Diwali Celebration Indian Takeaway.  Box Village Hall.  £25 meal for 2.  Bookings by Wednesday, 17 November.  01453 755934 E:
Friday, 19 November, 3.00-5.00pm.  Open Afternoon at Minchinhampton Community Hub (Minchinhampton Youth Centre and The Hub):  An opportunity to see progress, give feedback and find out how to get involved. 
Friday, 19 November, 3.00-7.00pm.  MinchCAN:  Swish Clothes wanted!  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Drop off your unwanted clothes etc for tomorrow’s event.
Saturday, 20 November, 7.00-11pm.  MinchCAN Swish Event Fundraiser.  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Community Clothes Swap (Christmas jumpers, evening wear etc).  Entry £5.00 (includes first drink)
Tuesday, 23 November, 10.00am-12.00 noon.  Traidcraft Christmas Coffee morning.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church Minchinhampton.  Christmas cards, gifts ,advent calendars as well Traidcraft groceries for sale.   Entry £3.00 to include Coffee & cake.
Wednesday, 24 November, 6.30-9.30pm.  Wine Tasting Event: a special wine buff & food lover experience.  Burleigh Court Hotel.  The wines will be paired with an eight-course, small plate tasting menu.  Tickets:  £80 per person (sold in pairs).  Bookings: 
Thursday, 25 November 1.45-3.30pm.  New Voices Choir.  The Hub, Tobacconist Road.  A welcoming, supportive choir for people living with neurological conditions and aphasia or recovering from brain injury or stroke.  Contact or call 07742 653819.
Friday, 26 November, 8.00am-5.00pm.  Coach Trip to the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC.  Contact:  Ian Jarvis 01453 833131 or email
Friday, 26 November, 7.30-10.00pm.  Ladies’ Dance Party 80s Prom.  Market House, Minchinhampton.  £25.00.  Only 25 places available.  Bookings:
Saturday, 27 November, 1.00-4.00pm.  Wild Wreath Making.  Burleigh Court Hotel.  £69.00 includes all materials & cream tea.  Bookings:
Saturday, 27 November, 7.30-10.00pm.  A One Man Performance of Canterbury Tales.  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Tickets £10.00 available at the Market Stores (cash only) or online from the Market House website,
Monday, 29 November, 7.00-9.30pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Full Meeting.  Venue to be confirmed.  For agenda see Parish Council website.
Wednesday, 1 December.  10.00am-12.00 noon.  Horsfall House Christmas Fayre.  Cotswold Club, High Street. 
December Events
Just a reminder that tickets are now available for Home Groan 2 in early December at the Market Stores and tickets for the Stuart Singers’ Concert also in early December are available from their website or from a member of the Choir.
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.
Janet Chamberlain/Anne Parry

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