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Heart of England Mencap will be at the Stratford Homes and Garden Show at Alscot Park

Heart of England Mencap to set up stall at Alscot Park

The services of Heart of England Mencap will be showcased at a gala night raising funds for the charity.

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The ACP festival

Five things to do this weekend (July 12-13)

The weekend is imminent, but there’s still time to make plans. Here are five suggestions of what to do this weekend in and around the Cotswolds

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(L to R) Angela Davis, Natalie Green, Annie Newell (Postcode Anywhere), Billy Johal and Mary Hughes (Midlands Air Ambulance).

Keeping the Air Ambulance airborne

Charity bike-ride is a fund raising success

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Nicola Benedetti (Universal/Simon Fowler)

Nicola Benedetti at Cheltenham Music Festival

World-renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is artist-in-residence at the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival, which runs until July 13. Nicola, who is both performing and holding master-classes, answered questions at a special music-festival lunch at Ellenborough Park last week.

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Stratford Town Trust

Stratford Town Trust named as finalist in Charity Times Awards

Stratford Town Trust has been recognised as one of the best charities in the country as a finalist in a national competition.

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Paul Hollywood on BBC's Great British Bake Off

Baking Bad?

The BBC’s Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood will be making his first appearance at Gloucester Quays Food Festival this month. Katie Jarvis spoke to the artisan baker who’s the best thing since sliced bread.

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Tracy and Jan have cream tea on The Rita Ellen

Stratford: Boating with the Bard

Tracy Spiers experiences Stratford-upon-Avon from a different perspective, 
as she takes to the water

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Russell Tuck, Gyles Brandreth and Adrian Elwell

Stratford recruitment firm ranked top employer

A specialist Warwickshire recruitment firm is celebrating being voted one of the UK’s best places to work.

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With all those lovely warm bodies thrashing around in the sea, the words ‘children’, ‘sweetshop’ and ‘brutal inevitability’ spring to mind

Adam Hart: We’re gonna need a bigger boat

Adam Hart talks sharks, and with all those lovely warm bodies thrashing around in the sea, the words ‘children’, ‘sweetshop’ and ‘brutal inevitability’ spring to mind.

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A Greedy Man in a Hungry World by Jay Rayner

Food for thought from Jay Rayner

Katie Jarvis meets Jay Rayner (for the second time; she’d rather not talk about the first), to chat about his book – Greedy Man in a Hungry World – and why, when it comes to everything we thought we knew about food, we may well have to eat our words

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Vortex, by Guy Stevens

Please DO touch: on form at Asthall Manor

The biennial on form exhibition looks forward to welcoming visitors to the beautiful surroundings of Asthall Manor and some of the finest stone sculptors in the world

Words by Candia McKormack

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Rosedale

Supported Housing scheme soon to open in Shipston

A £1.25 million supported housing scheme for local people with learning disabilities will open its doors in Shipston-on-Stour on June 9. Flats at Rosedale are now available, offering local people with learning disabilities independent living, but in a supported environment.

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Morecambe played by Bob Golding

June at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

Promotional feature: This June, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury is welcoming jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth, a Rock ‘n’ Roll spactacular, Beauty and The Beast and a play about one of Britain’s best loved entertainers - Eric Morecambe

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Tank driving in Warwickshire

Filling up our tanks

Cherry and Emma talk food and tank driving in Warwickshire

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A Rwandan woman talking about her basket weaving business during the event at Warwick University

Do women hold the key to economic growth in the Developing World?

Sarah Windrum discusses gender inequality in the workplace - and how enabling women to work could hold the key to economic growth in the developing world

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Robin Ince

ROBIN INCE: When science meets comedy

Certainty? You’d have to be an infinite monkey to believe in that, Robin Ince tells Katie Jarvis ahead of his appearance at the Cheltenham Science Festival, June 3-8

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Willow Tree staff, residents and their families at Willow Tree Nursing Home's event / Photo: Paul C Wynn

Willow Tree residents treated to ‘home shopping’ experience

Residents of a Rugby-based nursing home have enjoyed a local shopping showcase from the comfort of their own home thanks to a specially-arranged event

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Mark Gale, chief executive of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust at the On Toast cafe in Matson

Power to the people: Mark Gale’s Cotswold life

It’s 15 years since Prince Charles declared Mark Gale the UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Mark now runs the charity Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, which, together with the family company Westmorland, is responsible for Gloucester Services, a new £40 million motorway-service area on the outskirts of Gloucester, due to open in June. At the heart of the project is a commitment to supporting the surrounding communities: 300 jobs will be created; the restaurant and farm shop will use local, artisan-made produce; and sales from the site will generate around £10 million over 20 years for residents’ groups and charities.

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Chefs Omar Allibhoy, Gary Hunter, Chris Galvin, Emma McQuistan, Kevin Tew, and Andrew Kojima

The impossible bream

Posh fish is off the menu as Katie Jarvis can barely afford a sardine when she sets out to feed herself on just £1 a day

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Sally Magnusson

Sally Magnusson: Holding on to memories

Sally Magnusson’s deeply affectionate book about her mother, Mamie, is a wonderfully personal account about the effects of dementia on someone we love. Words by Katie Jarvis

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Harry Baston, 1917

Witney at war

This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War 1. Shirley Lock recollects her father Harry Baston’s involvement in the war, from the Somme to Ireland - and home to Witney, Oxfordshire.

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Polly Lyster

The select few

Stroud International Textiles, and the annual select festival, celebrate the very finest work from artists, makers and designers and bring them to the Cotswolds. Candia McKormack talks to organisers Lizzi Walton and Charlotte Abrahams about plans for this year’s event

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Kate Williams

Kate Williams and the woman behind an empire

Katie Jarvis talks to Kate Williams, the author of a new book about the woman who enthralled Napoleon, who will be appearing at Chipping Campden Literature Festival, May 6-11

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Musician Johnny Coppin at Haresfield Beacon, an area where he takes inspiration for his songs

Johnny Coppin: Natural-born singer

Johnny Coppin’s new album celebrates our landscape, traditions and people. He tells Katie Jarvis about his Cotswold life and why he’s at home in the countryside

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Pictured (left to right): Tina White and Alisha Savage from eResponse Recruitment launching the firm’s Easter egg donation campaign / Picture: Daniel Graves Photography

Children to benefit from recruitment experts’ Easter Campaign

A Coventry training and recruitment firm is calling on local people and businesses to help make Easter ‘eggs-tra’ special and donate chocolate treats for children in care.

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Several of the HMC team with the defibrillator

Heritage Motor Centre installs life-saving defibrillator

Following on from ‘National Heart Month’ in February, the Heritage Motor Centre has installed a defibrillator and trained all sixteen of their first aiders in life-saving CPR.

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Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner and the satirist’s stance

The impressionist and TV presenter Rory Bremner tells Katie Jarvis why politics shouldn’t be about people huddling into the centre for warmth and reassurance

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CLFDA 2014

Nominations open for the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards

We are pleased to be able to bring you the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards at Cheltenham Racecourse on July 7.

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Sean Nolan and Berny Poulton are hoping to raise enough capital to allow them to finish their 'Dream Song' game

Living the dream

Words and pictures by Keith Meatheringham

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Film producer David Pearson beside the River Severn, the location used for his Oscar shortlisted and BAFTA nominated film Black Car Home

Down by the river with David Pearson

Katie Jarvis talks to award-winning film-maker David Pearson about the Severn, our wonderful community spirit and his Cotswold life. Photography by Carl Hewlett

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Martina Laird as Sophie in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (2012 Production) / Photographer: Jonathan Keenan

Moon On A Rainbow Shawl at Malvern Theatres

The theatre production Moon On A Rainbow Shawl, a drama about a collection of Trinidadian people and their personal lives, loves and losses, comes to Malvern Theatres this February and March

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Patron Sally Bee with Gerry O'Donnell from Evesham Cardiac Rehab

Heartfelt support for Evesham Cardiac Rehab by celebrity

Author and television celebrity Sally Bee has been appointed to represent the Evesham Vale Cardiac Rehab charity, as its first Patron.

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Stratford Town Trust’s Chief Executive Helen Munro

£1m to be awarded as CommYOUnity Challenge winners are announced

The countdown is on with a fortnight to go until the winner – or winners – of a £1 million prize designed to get a new community projects off the ground in Stratford are announced.

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Village pantomime

Building Communities Through Seasonal Traditions

Ettington village come together to stage a successful 3-night pantomime

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Steve Parrish riding Valentino Rossi's Yamaha MotoGP bike

MotoGP commentator and former World Superbike racer Steve Parrish comes to Cheltenham

MotoGP commentator and former World Superbike racer turned practical joker Steve Parrish is to appear at the Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham on Friday, February 28.

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Money makeover

Does Your Money Need a Makeover?

This week Sarah gets money makeover tips on saving money in 2014 from Dave Grove of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

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Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi Live

(Promotional Feature) Comedian, best-selling author and Radio 4 regular Shappi Khorsandi is back this spring with her highly anticipated new show Shappi Khorsandi Live.

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The Prince of Wales

The Prince’s Trust: All in a good cause

As Cotswold Life’s publisher, Archant Life, throws its support behind the Prince’s Countryside Fund, here His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales explains the ethos behind the Fund and the positive effect it has on farmers and rural communities

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Birdsong on the stage

Faulks’ Birdsong brought to the stage

The acclaimed World War 1 novel Birdsong has been adapted for the stage, and The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham will be performing it this February. Al Senter spoke to playwright Rachel Wagstaff and Birdsong’s author Sebastian Faulks about the process of shifting a story from the page to the stage.

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Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax: Taming the Black Dog

If Virginia Woolf invented stream-of-consciousness as a literary form, then Ruby has perfected it as a conversation style. Katie Jarvis spends some time with the far-from flaky Ruby Wax

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