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Newsletter – May 2023

Hello everyone,
The bunting will soon be up ready for the street party on Sunday, 7th May to celebrate the Coronation.  Please could we remind everyone in the High Street to move their cars in plenty of time for the street closure from 10.00am.  This event is being sponsored by the Crown pub and Josh Ford Loveday and MinchLife thank them very much indeed.  This is allowing us to bring all the live music and entertainment to you at no charge.  There will be a bar in the Undercroft.  Alan Vaughan will also be screening a fabulous Coronation film in the Market house at 1pm;  3pm and 5pm which includes a Portal through time; Minch School;  Minch 1953 Coronation;  Marking Day;  George V Coronation and lots of other footage.
Picnics, chairs etc can be brought to the High Street from 10.30 am and it will be on a first come basis.  The Crown and Henry’s will be open for refreshments, the Cotswold Club will be open to all, with an outside bar and providing colouring for the children, and the party will be from 12.00 noon until 6.00pm.
Amberley’s party is on the same day with a hog roast and live band.  There will also be a children’s magician from 2.30pm – 3.30 pm.  Tickets must be bought in advance.
The Big Help Out
In tribute to His Majesty The King’s public service, The Big Help Out is being held on Bank Holiday Monday, 8th May.  The Big Help Out will highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities across the nation.  The library has decided to celebrate our local community volunteering and a display is currently being organised.  Local organisations dependent upon volunteer help are welcome to take photographs/posters, displaying their work, to the library to be displayed.
Cows on the Common
The cows will be out on the Common on 13th May.   Please can we make a special plea for dog walkers to clear up their mess whenever and wherever it happens.  There have been many complaints about the pavements and roads but the grass is so important due to the damage that can be caused to calves and their mothers.  There is a parasite within dog poo that causes calves to abort, about 5 a year die because of this.  Similarly, it is important to drive slowly and with great care as cattle are not familiar with the highway code and can step into road at any time.  Do not touch the cattle or feed them (they are not pets) and remove all litter. 
Annual Parish Meeting
The annual parish meeting will be held on Monday, 15th May at 7.00pm in the Minchinhampton Baptist Church Hall.  All residents are invited to attend and it gives you an opportunity to meet your councillors and find out more about the parish council’s activities.
Minchinhampton Community Library
Please note that from Tuesday, 2nd May the library will be staying open until 12.30pm  on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  The new opening hours will be as follows:  Monday 2 – 4.30pm; Tuesday 10am – 12.30pm, 2 – 4.30pm, Thursday 10am – 12.30pm,  2 – 4.30pm, Friday 10am – 12.30pm, 2 – 4.30pm, Saturday 10am – 12.30pm.  Please note that the library will be closed on Bank Holiday Mondays, 1st May, 8th May and 29th May.
The Crown, Minchinhampton
The redecoration is complete and everyone seems very happy with the new décor and food menu.  Simon, the Manager, has lots of ideas for building up the business.  The first event was a community dog walk with Jess from Pamper and Scamper.  It was a great success and raised a great deal of money for abandoned spaniels in Spain.  Every week several musicians play live music on a Wednesday evening and this has become very popular.  The Crown are also sponsoring the Coronation party with Josh Ford Loveday.
Burleigh Court Hotel
The Burleigh Court Hotel are holding numerous events during May – too many to mention in detail below.  They include patio pizza parties, Royal tea party, a night for wine buffs and food lovers, supper club, foraging experiences, and kitchen garden workshop.  Please check the Events section on their website here, and our events diary online.
Ragged Cot
The Ragged Cot are holding a Jazz, Blues & BBQ Garden Party on 27th May, and a Songbook Jam Session on 11th May.  See below for more information.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which features Oscar winning actor Jim Broadbent, was released on Friday, 26th April and is currently showing at Vue in Stroud (and maybe as another future Minchinhampton Movie Night?).  The cast, including Broadbent and production crews were spotted inside a phone box used especially for the scene near Tom Long’s Post on Minchinhampton Common and close to the Woolpack in the Slad valley back in October 2021.  The film is based on the novel of the same name by Rachel Joyce, who also wrote the screenplay. 
Minchinhampton Theatre Trips (MTT)
On 26th April a group from MTT went to Bristol Hippodrome for a Welsh National Opera performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, everyone enjoyed it in different ways, it was certainly an unusual production!  Sadly the planned visit to Pride and Prejudice in Malvern has not attracted enough people to go ahead.
The next visit, on Wednesday, 16th August, is to the Windmill Theatre, Newbury, a delightful, small theatre in a historic building beside the River Lambourne.  The performance is Lord of the Rings, based on Tolkien’s trilogy, it includes large scale puppets and music, and must be very imaginative.  The cost to cover your ticket and the coach is £70, which needs to be paid by 24th May.  If you have visiting grandchildren they would love this too.  To book tickets or to go on the mailing list please contact Chris Stevens,  

Forthcoming Events for your Diary

The following are a few events coming up – but there are MANY more that you may not wish to miss.  Please check our website for details!
4th June.  Comedy of Errors (Rain or Shine Theatre Co), Manor House, Amberley
9th and 10th June.  Stuart Singers’ Concert, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.
10th June.  Folk/Blues Event in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind, Market House.
11th June. Horsfall House Charity walk.
16th June Twelfth Night.  Festival Players.  Horsfall House.
17th June. Minchinhampton School PTA Summer Fete, in collaboration with Minch CAN, our local climate action group. 
17th June. Stroud Choral Society with Youth and Children’s Choir. Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton
22nd June.  Coach trip to the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley with Ian Jarvis.
  Further Afield The Dunkirk Mill Museum
The Dunkirk Mill Museum in Nailsworth will open on Saturday and Sunday, 20th and 21st May.  For the remainder of the season it will open on the first and third weekends and last Wednesday of the month and most Bank Holidays.  For entry fee, dates, walks and other mill openings, see
Cotswold Playhouse
5th/6th May . 7.30 pm.
Let’s talk about Philip.   £12.  65 minutes.
When 30 years of family silence is broken Helen begins a detective like quest to discover the hidden story behind her brother’s suicide.
11th12/13th May. 7.30pm.
The Children.  Hexagon Players.  Two scientists are living quietly in an isolated cottage on the coast as the world around them crumbles then a friend arrives with a disturbing and challenging request.
More info


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, 3rd  2.30-4.30pm  Minchinhampton Women’s Institute:  Health & Wellbeing.  Coronation Scout Hut, Dr Browns Road.  Guests and visitors are always welcomed. For more details, contact 884606.
Thursday, 4th  10.30am-12.00noon.  Hampton Probus:  How the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger.  Cotswold Club, High Street, Minchinhampton.  Members with guests by invitation. For further information contact:
Friday, 5th  6.30-8.00pm  Box Bar.  Box Village Hall.  An enjoyable social hub for the village.
Saturday, 6th  10.00am onwards  Coronation & Celebrations.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Live screening.  Anyone welcome to join.  Refreshments.
Saturday, 6th  8.00-11.00pm  Boogie Bop Boys at the Club.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Hits from the 50s and 60s.  Tickets £5 for members and £10 for non-members available from the bar or on the night.
Sunday, 7th  12 noon-6.00pm  Coronation Street Party.  High Street, Minchinhampton.  Everyone in Minchinhampton is encouraged to come with their tables and chairs and food. Bar and live music from 1pm – 6pm.
Sunday, 7th   1.00pm   Amberley Coronation Party.   Outside (or Amberley Parish Rooms).  Hog Roast, Magician, Live Music, bring own drinks.  Tickets £10.00 (£7.00 under 12) to be purchased in advance.
Monday, 8th  10.30-12.00noon  Poems in the Porch Room  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Welcomes all, but especially people who are living with memory problems.  Contact Jo Smith on 01453 834714 for further information.  (Usually held on first Monday of month but moved due to May bank holiday)
Tuesday, 9th 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:
Wednesday, 10th  9.30-11.00am  M.A.P.S. Meeting (Minchinhampton Additional Needs Parent Support Group).  Minchinhampton Baptist Church, Tetbury Street.  Support group for parents/carers/family members of children with any type of additional need/disability/neurodivergence.  Anyone who feels as if this group would benefit them is welcome.
Thursday, 11th  10.00am-12.00pm  Minchinhampton Probus: Turn left at the Pacific.  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Meeting starts 10.30am.  New members and guests welcome. Contact John Collinson
Thursday, 11th  8.00-11.00pm  Songbook Session:  Jam Session.  Ragged Cot, Cirencester Road.  Will feature songwriter Simon Storrie and Sons of the Delta.   A collection for the musicians will take place on the evening.
Friday, 12th  9.00am-5.00pm  Coach Trip to RHS Malvern with Ian and Kate Jarvis.  Coach £21, Group Entry Ticket £27, Total £48 per person (Coach only option for RHS members wishing to secure their own ticket) For more information email or telephone 01453 833131.
Friday, 12th 2.00-3.00pm  iPhone Photography course.  Box Village Hall.  No charge to attend, but please email to reserve your place.  Don’t forget to bring your fully charged iPhone and any questions you may have.
Friday, 12th  7.00-10.00pm  Games Night.  Box Village Hall.
Saturday, 13th  9.30am-12.30pm  Plant Sale.  The Green, near Amberley School.  Cash only.  Bric a Brac, Refreshments.  In aid of Women’s Refuge.
Saturday, 13th  Cow Marking Day.  The Cows return to the common
Saturday, 13th  11.00am – 3.00pm  Marking Day event with Stroud Valleys Project, National Trust, Butterfly Conservation, etc.  The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common.  Activities for all ages to enjoy, including walks and talks, displays and an exhibition of local commons history.
Sunday, 14th  2.00-5.00pm  Hyde House Cottage Spring Garden.  Hot drinks and cake on the terrace. In aid of Horsfall House.  Entry is by voluntary donation with some parking available and easy access by foot along Knapp Lane.
Monday, 15th  7.00-9.30pm  Annual Parish Meeting.  Minchinhampton Baptist Church Hall.  All residents invited to attend. 
Monday, 15th  7.30-9.30pm  Minchinhampton Gardening Club:  Stroud Community Seed Bank.  Minchinhampton School.  For more information please contact the Secretary John Fivash tel: 01453 764956 email:
Tuesday, 16th  2.30-4.00pm  Cotteswold Naturalists Field Club:  Work of the John Moore Museum, Tewkesbury.  Box Village Hall.  Contribution of £2 from members and £5 from visitors is requested. Followed by refreshments at no additional charge.  Contact:  Email: Tel: 01452 813228
Tuesday, 16th 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:
Tuesday, 16th  7.00-9.30pm.  Minch Book Club.  Table 14, The Crown, High Street, Minchinhampton.    May’s book is “Lessons in  Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus.  Contact:  Rachel Montgomery at or 07715 303707.
Tuesday, 16th  7.30-9.30pm  Box Gardening Club:  Gardening for Wildlife.  Box Village Hall.  Visitors welcome (£4 per talk).  Contact:  Email, or Mark Rogers. 01453 833558, Gill Ogle 01453 839041
Wednesday, 17th  10.30am-12.00noon.  Social Book Club.  Minchinhampton Community Library, School Road.   “Travel” will be the theme for this month’s book discussion.  This can be interpreted as you wish.
Thursday, 18th 10.30am-12.00noon.  Hampton Probus:  AGM and the Crown Jewels.  Cotswold Club, High Street, Minchinhampton.  Members with guests by invitation. For further information contact:
Thursday, 18th 12.00noon-3.00pm.  Minchinhampton Ladies Lunch Club:  Life as a Country Auctioneer.  The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton Common.  New members welcome but it is important to contact Biddy Hadfield before attending the lunch.
Friday, 19th  12.00-2.30pm  Friday Lunch  The Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.   All welcome to a two-course lunch.   All donations will support a new project working with the Bishop of Masasi.  Sign–up sheet at the back of the church to help with planning, and if you have particular dietary needs.  For further information contact: Linda or Stephen Jarvis 884545.
Friday, 19th  6.30-8.00pm  Box Bar.  Box Village Hall.  An enjoyable social hub for the village.
Friday, 19th   7.00-10.30pm  NSPCC Quiz Night & Supper.  Amberley Parish Rooms.  Tickets £12.50 to include supper from Jane Fearnley 01453 872296 or email
Friday, 19th  7.30-9.00pm  EPOS Swedish Youth Choir.  Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Popular modern songs in both English and Swedish.  Entrance free with a retiring collection.
Monday, 22nd  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:

Tuesday, 23rd  7.30-9.30pm  MinchCan AGM  Box Village Hall.  Open to everyone to find out more about how you can get involved with climate action locally.

Thursday, 25th  9.30-11.00am.  Stroud Businesswomen’s Network Meeting.  Minchinhampton New Golf Course, off Hampton Hill.  Non-members who would like a free introductory meeting please email
Thursday, 25th 10.00am-12.30pm  Minchinhampton Probus: So they just got it wrong (Peter Petrie).  Porch Room, Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton.  Meeting starts 10.30am.  New members and guests welcome. Contact John Collinson
Thursday, 25th  6.00-10.00pm.  Hampton Probus:  Brewery Visit & Pizza Supper.  Stroud Brewery, London Road, Brimscombe.  Members with guests by invitation. For further information contact:
Friday, 26th  4.00-6.00pm.  Ping Pong & Games Club.  Box Village Hall.  All ages welcome.  Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday, 26th  7.30-10.00pm  (PROVISIONAL) Minchinhampton Movie Night:  Living  Market House, Minchinhampton.  Starring Bill Nighy.  Directed by Oliver Hermanus from a screen play by Kazuo Ishiguro.  Nearer the date (if event is being held) tickets £6 from the Market Stores (cash only).
Saturday, 27th  2.00-4.00pm  Archaeology Walk on Minchinhampton Common.  Join Stroud Valleys Project and renowned pre-historian and former Minchinhampton resident Professor Tim Darvill for a delve into the common’s past.  Tickets £7.00 adult, £3.00 child here.
Saturday, 27th 5.00-9.30pm  Jazz, Blues & BBQ Garden Party.  Ragged Cot, Cirencester Road.  Bouncy Castle.  All you can Eat £20 adult, £10 child.  01453 884643
Sunday, 28th  10.30am-1.00pm.  Minchinhampton Walking and Wildlife Group: Skylarks on Minchinhampton Common.  Led by Karen Colebourn.  Meet at Reservoir carpark – Minchinhampton side.  Contact:  If the weather is very poor, we will cancel by email by 9.00am.

Sunday, 28th  8.00-10.00pm.  Arkwright’s Quiz.  Cotswold Club, High Street.  Teams of 4, £1.00 per head.
Thursday, 1st June  10.30am-12.00noon.  Hampton Probus:  How to get kids to read.  Cotswold Club, High Street, Minchinhampton.  Members with guests by invitation. For further information contact:

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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