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Newsletter – 30 July 2021

Hello again everyone,

Most of you will have received our last newsletter telling you about the Street party on Saturday, 18 September, 1pm – 8.30pm.  Do reserve your place if you haven’t done already and buy some raffle tickets. 

We also wish to highlight that Minchinhampton Gardening Club are holding their 38th Annual Show at the School Hall on Saturday, 11 September.  The show schedule and entry forms can be found in various locations in the town, but an electronic version can also be found here. Completed forms and entry fees must be submitted by 9 September 2021.
Minchinhampton Community Hub (MCH)

As you may know it is hoped to build a new playground next to the Hub, and before MCH commission designers and get quotes for equipment they would like to know what you and your family would like to use.  Do fill in the survey on
And feel free to post photographs and pictures of ideal playgrounds on the MCH Facebook page, or email

There is also a competition for your children to design their Dream Playground.   There are three categories; Ages 5 – 7, Ages 8 – 10 and 11+.  Closing date 5 September.  Win £10 to send on cakes and drinks at the Kitchen.  Playground competition entries should be put in the entry box which is in The Kitchen – on an A4 piece of paper with name, age and contact details on the back.

Minchinhampton Community Library
The summer reading challenge “Minchinhampton Reading Warriors” is now in full swing, but there are still spaces available for school-aged children, as well as those starting school this September.  Throughout the challenge, library volunteers support children, helping them to explore a wide range of different types of books and enjoy a range of creative activities and events.  Children receive stickers each time they finish a book and there’s a £5.00 book token for everyone who completes the Challenge (limited to first 100 places).

The hours still remain as follows:  Monday:  2.00-4.30pm, Tuesday and Friday 10.00-12.00noon and 2.00-4.30pm, and Saturdays 10.00-12.00noon.  We would love to extend our hours, but we need extra volunteers to help out.  If you love books, have time on your hands from this September and are able to pick up new computer systems easily, give the library a call on 01453  885497 during opening hours.

Minchinhampton Market House
As previously reported,there are plans to lift the 17th century stone of the ground floor undercroft of the Market House, level the surface, replace unusable pavers with appropriate pavers of the same stone, and re-lay the floor complete with channelling to permit the provision of 21st century services for the future.  This work will make the undercroft an attractive safe space in which to hold the weekly country market and other community events, especially for the youngest and older members of our community.

A more detailed update on the undercroft appeal can be found here.  Can you help to complete the funding for this Appeal to enable the project to be completed this year?  If so, please contact Tim Mowat, trustee, at, or telephone 01453-883369, or (mobile) 07909464066.

Heartshore Horses
Rachel Hatherley is running courses on Horse sense.  This is for young people to get a sense of horsemanship.  Do look at Minchlife website for her flyer, and for enquiries and bookings email  There are dates on 20 and 27 August and throughout the rest of the year.  Cost £120 a child.

Come and join the Dazzle fun next week at Minchinhampton Youth Centre!
‘Dazzle Tots’ for ages 2-5-Pre-school creative fun Movement, drama, craft activities, songs and yoga. Spaces only available on Wednesday & Thursday morning.
‘Cool Shakespeare’ for ages 7-12-Stage Combat, sword decorating, stage and drama skills, gory special effects, fun vocal and physical games, exploring the Elizabethan language, scenes and characters from three of the bards most famous plays.
‘Dazzle Dance’ for ages 5-11-Three fun, no pressure afternoons enjoying upbeat feel good music and routines. Dance style include Pop Video, West End Jazz and Disney Fun.
‘Ladies Summer Dance’ – Three evenings of dancing, laughing and sweating.  Dance styles include cane dancing to a showstopper from Funny Girl, 90’s Madonna Pop Video & the new craze..energetic, feel good Afrobeat. Choose 1, 2 or all 3! Open to ages 14+

Dunkirk Mill Museum and the Weaving Shed
at Gigg Mill, Nailsworth, are open for booked visits. Details of dates and arrangements for visiting are on the

Amberley Gardening Club
Have issued their August newsletter, which is published here.  They have also advised that there will be an in-person talk at the Amberley Parish Rooms on Wednesday 8th September at 7.30 pm, open to all, free of charge.  The guest speaker is Bob Brown, an extremely knowledgeable nurseryman from Cotswold Garden Flowers.  This will be the first of many meetings and events to come so if you would like to join as a member, please contact for further details.
Forthcoming events:
For further information of these events, and details of how to book, please click on the event or look at the Events calendar on our website https//

Friday, 30th July – Sunday, 1st August.Gatcombe Food and Drink Festival   A BRAND NEW 3-day festival celebrating the very best of local British food and drink set in the beautiful grounds of Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire. Tickets from £10. Day sessions 11.00am – 6pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and evening sessions from 6pm – 11.30pm (Friday and Saturday).

Sunday, 1 August and Sunday 15 August.   Sunday Summer Jazz with roast lunch at Burleigh Court

Wednesday, 4 August. Theatre trip to the Everyman in Cheltenham to see Absurd Person Singular.

Saturday 7 August. 10 am – 2.30 pm.  Minchinhampton Makers’ Market at the Market House. .

Monday, 9th August.  7.00-9.00pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Planning Meeting. Venue to be confirmed.

Wednesday 11 August.Coach trip with Ian Jarvis to Wells Cathedral, Bishops Palace and Street Market.  More details of this and trips to come from Ian at Abbeyhall Ltd on 01453 8333131/07403 399599 or on Minchlife website.

Monday, 16 August.  7.00-9.00pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Finance Committee.  Venue to be confirmed.

Thursday 19 August – Tuesday 31 August.Circus in Minchinhampton. The Hooley.

Monday, 23 August.  7.00-9.00pm.  Minchinhampton Parish Council Full Meeting.  Venue to be confirmed.

Friday 27 August – Sunday 29 AugustMinch Church Songfest.

Sunday 29 August. 10.30am – 1pm.  Walking and Wildlife Group – Eastcombe.  Meet in Bell Lane car park.

Sunday, 29 August. 1pm – 4pm. Longfield Hospice Summer Fete

Sunday 29 August.   Chalford Valley history walk and visit to St Mary’s Mill.  Some wet walking and diversions!  Meet 2pm by the Roundhouse, Chalford. Booking essential, 01453 766273 or £5

Monday, 30 August. She Stoops to Conquer(an 18th Century farce from Al Fresco Summer Theatre) at The Manor House, Lower Littleworth.  4pm (Gates open 2.30pm)

Please make a note of the following future events.

Sunday, 5 SeptemberHorsfall House Charity Walk.

Saturday, 11 September.    11.00am – 4.00pm.  Minchinhampton Gardening Club 38th Annual ShowMinchinhampton School Hall.

Friday, 17 – Monday, 20 September.  Art and Flowers Exhibition in Minchinhampton Holy Trinity Church.  (Preview event on Thursday, 16 September)

Saturday, 18 September.  1.00-8.30pm   Street Party in Minchinhampton.

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.  We are particularly keen to hear from all Clubs and Groups regarding their plans for September onwards.

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