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Polly Lyster

The select few

The last time I met up with Lizzi Walton, around two years ago, I was struck by what an incredible force of nature she was. Pretty much single-handedly she was running Stroud International Textiles (SIT) from her Stroud studio cum office. How does one woman run a year-round programme of events supporting artists, designers and makers and then organise ‘select’, an internationally celebrated annual exhibition, bringing talents from around the globe to the Cotswolds?

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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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Sarah Windrum

Five New Year’s Resolutions You Should Keep (or at least try to!)

90% of New Year’s Resolutions are broken by the end of February which is why this year I am making five small changes for long term benefit that I can stick to!

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Christmas Time by Craig Ogden

Craig Ogden: an Aussie abroad

He can’t surf here (has anyone told him about the Severn Bore?) but he can get to Heathrow quicker than he could from North London. Classical guitarist and Perth exile Craig Ogden tells Katie Jarvis about his Cotswold life

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Jessica Roberts

A Bright Particular Star

The arduous tasks of making nativity costume and tree decorating brings back memories for writer Jessica.

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The polar party at the Pole. Standing: Oates, Scott and Wilson. Seated: Bowers and Edgar Evans

Birdie Bowers: The Iceman cometh

The discovery of a dusty biography has led to a new book telling the tale of Birdie Bowers, who died on Captain Scott’s ill-fated trek to the South Pole. Words by Katie Jarvis; pictures by Carl Hewlett

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Nelson Mandela was a proponent of forgiveness, despite having been a political prisoner for 27 years

Mandela’s power of forgiveness and St. Helena’s Auntie Maglan

Nonny James considers Mandela’s message of forgiveness, and reminisces about Auntie Maglan, the woman who helped deliver her baby

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Mary Beard

Mary Beard: Having fun with the classics

From the 21st century gladiatorial arena of Twitter to the thorny issue of whether Romans looked at each other’s willies in public baths, Katie Jarvis is enthralled by the marvellous Mary Beard

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RAU choir with Adam Henson

Countryfile Christmas special stars RAU choir

Two agriculture students at the Royal Agricultural University got muddy with Countryfile’s Adam Henson, as they filmed their Christmas special on the University farms.

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Mark Davies, manager of Walton Hall and Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon

Q&A with the new manager of Walton Hall and Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Mark Davies who lives in Staffordshire is the Hotel Manager at Walton Hall and Hotel, Statford-upon-Avon. He explains what led him to the role.

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The 2013 beneficiaries of ticket sales from both shows will be Molly Olly’s Wishes and Young Carers

Bodies on parade in November charity fashion extravaganza

Thursday November 7 and Friday November 8, 2013, sees the return of the popular annual Bodies & Co. fashion shows for Charity. The two-day fundraising event has been running for thirty-four years and features around fifty male and female models, aged between five and seventy-five!

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The Royal Baby Bookazine

The Royal Baby

Congratulations to Prince George of Cambridge

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Dr Dawn Harper at home in Sheepscombe

Dr Dawn’s cycle challenge for National Star

TV doctor Dr Dawn Harper knows first hand how important it is to give young people with disabilities the best start in life.

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Jim Troughton - Warwickshire Cricket Captain

Interview with Jim Troughton

Warwickshire cricket captain Jim Troughton was on stage in a school production of Romeo and Juliet when disaster struck. The 15 year old was playing Gregory in the fight scene between the Montague and Capulet supporters at the start of the play. Any ambitions of following in the footsteps of his dad David (Dr Bob Buzzard from A Very Peculiar Practice) or grandfather Patrick, the second Doctor Who, died that afternoon at Trinity School in Leamington Spa.

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