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NHS Vitamin D Testing Kits

Direct to the public - Vitamin D testing from NHS laboratory

  • A very small finger prick sample required to give you a laboratory based result for your Total Vitamin D and also your D3 and D2 levels. The UK’s original service to the public for Vitamin D, and currently involved in national research studies looking at the role of Vitamin D in Covid-19.

  • Packs are sent first class by Royal Mail, Monday to Friday. Once your blood spot is received, in-lab turn-round target is 10 working days. Occasionally result emails go to spam - do check your spam folders.

  • January Secret Shoppers include a junior doctor with a DEFICIENT result. Her two sisters are the February secret shoppers. Intriguingly one also has a low vitamin D.

Indian Restaurant Koloshi helps families in need

Local Indian takeaway service, Koloshi Kitchen, recently donated enough food to feed 20 families to a nearby school in Cheltenham.

Chef and owner, Azad Hussain, and his team at Koloshi Kitchen are passionate about supporting charity as well as their local community. With the current lockdown restrictions and the strain it has put on families and local food banks, they wanted to reach out and provide free meals to those who may be struggling.

Mr Hussain reached out to a local school, Gardeners Lane Primary School in Cheltenham, to ask if there was any way that he could help feed families that may be struggling and whose children attend the school.

By providing the meals through the school, Mr Hussain ensured that they would reach those families most in need. Mr Hussain has also provided these families with a 20% discount on their next order at Koloshi Kitchen, to provide additional support.

Mr Hussain said: "We are all struggling in our own way during this pandemic, but that does not mean that families, especially those with young children, should go without food. At Koloshi Kitchen, we are just trying to do what we can to help.”

Mr Hussain owns and runs Koloshi, an award-winning Indian restaurant situated in the Charlton Kings area of Cheltenham, and has recently launched Koloshi Kitchen, an Indian takeaway restaurant situated in Grosvenor Street, central Cheltenham.

Koloshi Kitchen has recently opened its doors, delivering to Cheltenham residents living within a 5-mile radius of the restaurant, providing a sophisticated, subcontinental Indian takeaway service during lockdown, allowing customers to experience fine, restaurant quality Indian dishes at home.

For more information on Koloshi Kitchen, visit



What's in the Spring issue

  • Community News & Stories

  • TV Recommendations & The Reading Room

  • Meet Our New Members

  • News, Reviews, Features & Articles

  • Events

  • Style

  • Wellbeing

  • Home & Garden

  • Local Makers

  • Bournside Photography Competition

  • Meet Local Business Owners

  • Coupon Codes & Special Offers

Happy Spring to you!

At the time of writing we are still in lockdown and determined to make this issue as bright, bouncy and refreshing as we can, in line with Springtime and all the hopes and new beginnings it brings. New shoots are making their way through the soil to find the sunshine as the new season is birthed. Children in gardens will be playing and laughing again, birds singing, blossom blooming as Nature does what it always has, year after year, century after century. After a gloomy winter it's high time for Spring to unfold and show us what it's got. In this issue we have optimistic articles and talented local makers as well as all the usual jolliness, information and interest we can find. The front cover image is by Charlie Millward, the winner of the Bournside photography competition. Charlie won a delicious family brunch delivered by Cotswold Breakfast Factory.

We intend this mini magazine to be a bright little gift that lands on your doormat and lifts your spirits, especially on grey days. If it's still a bit damp and chilly this is our way of offering you something free and chirpy! To new beginnings! x x

The ‘Spring is Sprung’ Rhyme by Anonymous (Not by Ogden Nash or Spike Milligan!!) Without fail, I hear the word ‘spring’ and this pops into my head…

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz
I wonder where the boidies is
They say the boid is on the wing
But that's absoid, I thought the wing was on the boid!

I have always thought that this poem was by the wonderful Spike Milligan, but have discovered today that it pre-dates him by AGES. I’ve got to say I am rather shaken by this news, but having spent way too long trying to prove myself right – I guess I’ll have to bow to the knowledge of Captain Google. Everyday’s a schoolday! Do you have a favourite poem or song that takes you into a season? Or, do you know who actually is responsible for penning my favourite? Please let us know!!

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Nana Afua Pierre, Artist & Author

Local author and artist Nana Afua Pierre, known as Naif, shares in this video about the importance of diverse and inclusive books for all children. This is part of the Cheltenham Change Conference for Lives of Colour.

You can read Naif's column, called 'I Imagine', in our December-January magazine...

'I imagine I was pretty apprehensive when I moved to Cheltenham as a fresh unemployed, newly married graduate. It was a rollercoaster ride for everyone, starting with the financial crisis, ending in a double dip recession. I was pretty anxious moving to an area I knew nothing about. I lived in Bishops Cleeve with my mother-in-law and my husband (also sporting that fresh-graduate-deer-in-the-headlights look), while we saved up money to buy a place of our own. Three years later, we did it! We bought a flat in Cheltenham on a first-time buyer's scheme and soon after started our family. That was in summary, how I found myself in Cheltenham, following my husband to the area he grew up in. I came here ultimately for love, but I also stayed here for love too.' READ MORE



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