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Rebecca Colpus

The South West called upon to help the British Polio Fellowship keep people warm this winter

Rebecca Colpus of The British Polio Fellowship explains why we should spare a though for those suffering from the late effects of Polio this winter, and how we can help the Winter Warmth campaign

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(Left to right) Amber Merrick-Potter of Escape Arts, Claire Bowry of Stratford Town Trust and Karen Williams of Escape Arts, on the new mezzanine

Slaughterhouse on track for Spring opening after CommYOUnity funding

The mezzanine is in and work on the extension has begun – The Old Slaughterhouse is on track to open as a heritage centre for Stratford in just a few months.

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At the 2013 fashion show

Annual charity fashion show helps grant wishes

When Jenni Fuller, founder of the Bodies and Co fitness groups, invited Rachel Ollerenshaw of Molly Olly’s Wishes to come along to the Bodies & Co charity fashion show to collect a £7k cheque for her charity, Rachel was delighted to be given a platform to raise awareness about her charity.

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'Three Kings' needed

Wanted: ‘Three Kings’ for three camels at Gloucester’s annual Christmas Lantern Procession

Marketing Gloucester is looking for three ‘kings’ to lead the annual Christmas Lantern Procession on Sunday, November 16, while riding camels through the Gate Streets.

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John Gordon Sinclair and James Lance in 'Perfect Nonsense'

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense: Cheltenham Everyman, November 10-15

Direct from the West End, adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse by The Goodale Brothers, and directed by Sean Foley.

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Cotswolds AONB

The Cotswolds AONB needs you!

Three new people are being sought by the Cotswolds Conservation Board to help play an important role in managing the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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Stratford Town Trust

More than £230k awarded by Stratford Town Trust

From homeless outreach to church repairs, befriending projects to specialist end of life care; more than £230,000 has been awarded to local good causes by Stratford Town Trust in its second grants round of 2014.

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Get planting with the WW1 Centenary Gardens project

The Royal British Legion is calling on the public to plant a living legacy for those who fought and died in the First World War as part of its Centenary commemorations. Working in partnership with Ashridge Nurseries on a project called Centenary Gardens, the Legion aims to keep the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War alive for future generations.

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Jenni Fuller with grandson Albert

Putting Bodies to good work

Annette Gann discusses Warwickshire-based fitness company ‘Bodies & Co’ and its philanthropic owner Jenni Fuller

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Jim Moray will be performing at the Stroud Folk Festival / Photo: Barbara Allen

Five things to do this weekend in the Cotswolds (September 27-28)

Wondering what to do this weekend? Here are five recommendations from us for what to get up to in the Cotswolds...

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(L-R) Nicola Asher, Margaret Gutteridge and Jean Grubb / Photo: Daniel Graves Photography 2014

Charity event is piece of cake for Kenilworth Care Home

A Kenilworth care home is set to raise funds for a cancer charity by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday September 26.

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Amber-Lauren with some of her work

Cotswold Arts: Baby, I was born this way

When Amber-Lauren Ballantyne-Styles gave up a promising career in acrobatic gymnastics aged just 13, she used the negativity she experienced about body image to channel into her astonishing art

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Hawkwood College, near Stroud, Gloucestershire

Coming home to Hawkwood

Candia McKormack visits the nurturing environment of 19th-century Hawkwood College

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Tim examining a pony with a pelvic fracture after a cart accident / Photo: Tim Brazil

Tim Brazil: Supporting the welfare of the working animal

For 46 weeks of the year, Cotswold veterinary surgeon Tim Brazil’s patients are the sports and pleasure horses of this area and beyond. But for the remaining six it is the working equines of developing countries, like India and Egypt, that demand his attention. Debbie Graham spoke to him about his work.

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

Schools urged to nominate ‘Children of Courage’

Schools across Warwickshire and Worcestershire are being urged to nominate ‘children of courage’ to be celebrated at an awards ceremony later this year.

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Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley: Weighty matters

Dr Michael Mosley is the medical journalist who brought the fast-diet phenomenon to the world’s attention. 
Katie Jarvis talked to him over a cup of tea, with no cake

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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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