This month's newsletter includes:
The Reading Room
New Members & Events
News, Features & Articles
Cocktail & Recipe of the Month
Coupon Codes & Special Offers
We're well into the summer now so we've got some Top Summer Picks for you this month. We love the stylish fire pits to choose from at Charlton Island and the cute Weber BBQ from Tewkesbury Garden Centre that looks like it could be following R2D2 around in Star Wars. You can find these and more gorgeous items on our Home & Garden page, as well as Wild Edge Garden Design for great gardening tips in Emma Reuvers' monthly blogs.
Sarah at MYVOS - Sustainable Wardrobe Edit Service has some tips about wearing a mask: 'Treat it like an accessory - choose masks that suit your style, then you won’t mind wearing them. Message me if you need a stylish one!'
The Bicycle Hub is part of the Cycle2WorkScheme which can help you save 25% on a new bike and also the Fix Your Bike Scheme - they're a registered supplier so you can get your normal service but the government will pay £50 of it! If you're interested in claiming your £50 voucher to get your #bike fixed, be ready to register HERE.
The latest on the The Cheltenham Noticeboard Facebook group progress is that we reached a mammoth membership of 20K people! 'It started with a kiss... never thought it would come to this.'
Inspired by Sir Tom
Here’s Jenson Warner, 6yrs old and inspired by Sir Tom during the height of lockdown. He too wanted to do something to say thank you to all of our hardworking NHS during the pandemic. His plan was to try and reach 10,000 steps a day and ask family members to sponsor him a £1 for doing so. After a few weeks & over 100,000 steps, he raised £170!
Jenson's mum Jo told us: 'We’re so proud, this was a great challenge for Jenson. Not only did he raise money for our brilliant NHS, but he kept himself distracted and active during a very strange time.'
Jenson's mum and dad run M5 Motorhome Hire just outside of Tewkesbury. They've been extra busy this year already, with people wanting to take UK holidays.
I May Destroy You
BBC iPlayer. 12 part series.
I avoided watching this for a while - all the descriptions of it sounded too dark for my poor confuzzled brain, but it is AMAZING! Written, directed and starring the brilliant Michaela Coel, it is completely unique and engaging. The protagonist, Arabella, searches to make sense of a sexual assault following being spiked in a club; she needs to heal and to understand and maybe avenge. The story incorporates the lives of her two best friends and looks at the challenges of 20-30 year olds in the realms of dating, relationships and consent. It isn't always the easiest watch, but it is such an original piece of work - I would urge you to dive in.
BBC iPlayer 9 part series.
The real life, but dramatised, story of Phyllis Schlafly who mobilised the homemakers of America to stand against the feminists' drive to bring in the Equal Rights Amendment. A stylish piece, great soundtrack and a nostalgic trip back to the 70s. It also has a great ensemble cast with Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Tracy Ullman among them.
Ahahaha! From the sublime to the ridiculous! I have a guilty pleasure - reality TV - I bloody love it! This absolute nonsense charts the lives of crew on board a $40 million motor yacht. We get to see the comings and goings, the dubious hierarchy, the bitching and back stabbing and thoroughly entitled (and very, very rich) guests. Mindless rubbish. I am now looking forward to enjoying Below Deck - Mediterranean and Below Deck - Sailing!
THE READING ROOM
A is for Accra is a beautifully illustrated journey around Ghana from A to Z, and it rhymes! Younger children will recognise the letters in the book and have fun identifying items they know in each illustration. Older children learn about Ghana and the world around them. There's a glossary in the back for parents to learn more and share with their kids about the places, foods and people in the book.
The book is illustrated by our lovely Cheltenham friend Nana Afua Pierre and I asked her to tell me a bit more about it...
'Ekow Pierre is my older brother. He used to live in Boston MA, where the winters were unbelievably cold. He and his wife KK used to reminisce about lovely warm Ghana starting with the letter A, hence A is for Accra.
He asked me to illustrate it and I agreed in a heartbeat. We did it over a series of Skype calls... the joys of technology! We both acknowledged the lack of black and brown faces in children's literature growing up, people who looked like us, and realised we could do something about it. It was a great way to reconnect with my childhood in Ghana and a great way for my children to make a connection to Ghana too.'
For anyone interested in this alphabet book, it is like a first-class, round-trip ticket to Ghana! It's available to order on Amazon.
Welcome to these new members who run local businesses bringing you great quality services and products...
Elegant celebrations, creative events and luxurious parties.
Based in Cheltenham in the heart of the Cotswolds, Bimlabee specialises in elegant celebrations, creative events and luxurious parties. With over 13 years of event experience and a little black book of trusted suppliers Bimla is here to help!
Starting her event career in the not-for-profit sector, Bimla moved on to work for one of London's leading private luxury agencies GSP where she ran celebrity parties in stunning locations including St Tropez, Monaco, Ibiza and Puglia. She then joined Smart Group as a division Director where she ran the bespoke team for a number of years, finally setting up her own consultancy in 2015.
Her friendly approach ensures couples and clients are put at ease from first meeting. With a unique ability to listen to client's requests and work hand in hand with them, the results are always truly bespoke, on budget and seamless from start to finish.
Bimla gave birth to Finlay Archer Jackson on Wednesday 22 July at Gloucester Royal Hospital.
'Gave us a bit of a hard time but he’s here now and that’s the main thing!!'
Huge congratulations to you and your family on this wonderful new addition.
Pets & Well-being Support (PAWS) CIC
Supporting Cheltenham pet owners with health or mobility issues.
'I'm sure most owners agree, pets are great company, as well as providing purpose and routine. A dog walker or other pet carer can make it possible for you to take better care of your pets, plus your shared home, and be a regular friendly visitor.
Whether you need specialist advice, regular walks or occasional help on bad days, delivery of pet supplies, or a hand cleaning up after your pet: PAWS can make that happen for an achievable price.' Alison Samways, PAWS Founder
Maita’i combines South America sizzle and Cotswold glamour to your party, making it feel like an exotic holiday with devastatingly good cocktails.
With over 20 years’ experience, Maita’i Events provides second to none event management services, as well as a mobile bar and cocktail lounge. We can tailor any party to your desired theme and venue, organising every element of entertainment, catering and decoration down to the finest detail. Our experienced team has been putting on dazzling events for years, so we know how to make it an occasion to remember. Call Karl on 07742 744019 email HOLA@MAITAIEVENTS.CO.UK
Tag Trojans Summer Sports Camp
Use code ‘BQT869’ for 10% off all of our sessions!
'Welcome to Tag Trojans - we have helped 1000s of children over the last 20 years to acquire a healthy, positive attitude towards sport and develop valuable skills along the way. This summer we are back open with exciting and safe, multi-sport sessions for children from reception to year three (Ages 4 to 8). Your children’s safety is our priority and each session will be thoroughly planned and delivered by our excellent coaching staff.
Enjoy different themes each day of the week, such as fancy dress on Wacky Wednesday and huge water fights on Fun Friday. For more information about our club and how we have made our sessions safe or your children this summer please visit our website.'
Marcus Raymond & Tag Trojans Team
Liana's Beauty Company
Recently relocated to Cheltenham, Liana’s Beauty Company is based within La Bella’s Boutique, specialising in luxury nail and beauty treatments. We use only top beauty brands and offer a variety of treatments including CND nails, Nouveau lashes and HD Brows. All nail clients are treated to a Jo Malone hand massage.
Liana is a HND qualified beauty therapist with years of industry experience. Liana has worked in a variety of salons throughout her career, from St Andrews to Aberdeen.
When creating Liana’s Beauty Company, Liana handpicked her favourite products and treatments to ensure her clients have the best salon experience and long lasting results.
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Night Star Cinema
Night Star Cinema is coming to Glenfall House on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August 2020. Gates open at 7pm and the movie starts at 8.30pm. The ultimate open-air cinema experience - a time to create memories with your friends and family. Due to social distancing, tickets are limited, so check with your friends who's in, send them the link, and buy today! BOOK NOW!
On Friday the film is 'Yesterday': Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.
On Saturday it's 'Grease' (VERY exciting!) so here's the theme tune to get you in the mood...
FREE Family Tree
Julie Martin did my family tree and is offering to do yours, free of charge! It was so interesting to discover that I am descended from farmers, grocers, drapers, glove makers, colliery train drivers, engineers and bakers and that some of the ancestors emigrated to America and became Mormons!
Contact Julie on Juliemartin@blueyonder.co.uk to enquire about having your family tree done too.
FEATURES, ARTICLES & TIPS
Why is Cheltenham such a desirable place to live?
Why is Cheltenham such a desirable place to live?
Named by The Sunday Times as The Best Place to Live 2020 - South West, Cheltenham is a popular town for people relocating from London and with property hunters in general. It's no great shock for those of us who live here - it is a lovely, lively place to be. Full of cultural events, excellent and varied festivals, and a plethora of great independent restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, we are spoiled for choice in so many ways. Our schools, both state and private, are considered to be of a generally high standard and there are good sports facilities, including the wonderful Sandford Lido.
As with all British towns, we will have to wait and see how big the effects of COVID will be in terms of shops and business survival; we already know that we have lost some of the chains, but hopefully the spaces will be filled with exciting newcomers and hopefully smaller, unique shops will get the chance to open doors in the empty properties. Pop-ups have been an exciting addition to our shopping habits over the last few years, and perhaps they will get their moment in the sun - something for the council and property owners to consider, particularly on the run up to Christmas. All that being said, we still have a fantastic range of shops to choose from, and The Promenade and The Suffolks are still beautiful areas to mooch around.
With the Stamp Duty holiday and the revival of the 90% mortgage loan, now is a really rather good time to buy property, for both private purchasers and landlords, and following the re-opening of the housing market there is a good and wide variety of properties available. If you're looking to move, our recommended agents at Morgan Associates have houses and flats to both buy and rent, and with an incredible 55 years of experience they are experts in their field.
Male Grooming is Booming
by Laura Cousins of Heavenly Holistics
Any excuse for us for some hunk pictures. Is hunk still a word?
Did you know men are spending more on beauty treatments than ever before? Male grooming is booming! A plethora of surveys has been released over the past year showing a significant rise in the popularity of male beauty treatments - in fact men have superseded women on the amount they spend each year. Beard trimming is in demand, while facials, manicures and massages are proving a hit too. If you're intrigued as to how good you can look and feel then read on...
Online Directories and a chat about marketing, by Cynneth Bonanos of Penny Red Media. This is Part 1 in a series of interviews with businesses in Gloucestershire. Here are the couple of questions and answers, but click on READ MORE to read the whole interview...
Thanks for your time Sali, I can imagine you must be really busy. As you know, this interview is about marketing and how you’ve marketed your business in the past. Before we carry on, it would be good to know a bit about what you do.
Hi, and thank you for your time too Cynneth! I run 4 online directories, a business club and several social media groups, as well as promoting our clients who are part of the directory and business club network. We have a good, loyal audience who trust our recommendations and we spend our time supporting the client network as well as entertaining and inspiring the audience as much as possible.
Being on a computer a lot and on social media does come with its stresses and strains. Working behind a computer myself, I know that it can be really tiring so how do you avoid burn out?
Ah I’m finding that the most strain is my EYES. I have cheap glasses off the rack and I need an eye test and some proper glasses. Working on the computer so many hours a day gives me headaches.
To avoid burnout I do a bit of yoga, walk the dogs, make lunch to have with my teenage son, have a phone chat. And I’m about to take a whole week off and leave everything to Debs!
“...we’re the online form of word of mouth...”
How to make mask-wearing more pleasant.
A friend told Debs the following tip to make wearing a mask a more pleasant and manageable experience... drip a couple of drops of essential oil onto the mask and get a whiff of a glorious fragrance instead of your own breath!
One of my favourites is Frankincense - Janie at The Healing Company was diffusing it at the first Reiki course I went on, as well as Lemongrass, and I've been in love with them ever since. I fancy the Sandalwood too but it must be very precious as it's a bit pricey.
Here are some ideas of other oils and their properties:
Orange is called the 'happy oil' and is often calming.
Lemon has a brightening and cleansing sensation.
Peppermint promotes energy and mental focus and can open up the respiratory system. It is a powerful oil and must often be diluted.
Lavender is good for anxiety.
Eucalyptus opens the mind as well as the lungs.
When Zoe Met Zoe
A few months ago I met for a coffee and Ideas Session with Zoe from Harwood Dance. During our chat we agreed that now was the time for a rebrand. I told her about the wonderful graphic designers we work with and she particularly loved Zoe at Rogue Design's style. Before long they met up and discussed the sort of look and vibe she was after, and Zoe D went off to her studio and created exactly what Zoe H wanted. She made several variations for her, including circles, squares and banners for use on her website, social media and brochures. All Zoes should definitely work together. As everyone loves a Before & After, here's the old and the new logo for Harwood Dance...
Happy 50th Clare!
Clare at Tidal Training Direct Ltd turned 50 and her thoughtful partner pulled out all the stops to make it a beautiful occasion for her, despite the lockdown restrictions. He ordered flowers from Thebigbloomroom and a cake from Lucy's Indulgence. She got a vase from Cotswold Country Living and chose herself a gift from Colin on a socially distanced day out in the Cotswolds, where they had afternoon tea, followed later by dinner in a Cheltenham restaurant. Clare said she had no problem fitting in all that lovely food. I don't know where she puts it!
Last month we had Annie's Apps, this month it's Fanny's Apps because Fanny Snaith (Certified Money Coach) told us about Worldometer. It's fascinating!
Worldometer shows you real time statistics for world population, government & economics, society & media, environment, food, water, energy, health, Coronavirus - quite mind-blowing to watch the figures rise or decrease in front of your eyes. Don't ask me how they calculate it or where they get the figures from. Below is a screenshot taken on Tuesday 28 July, they will have changed a LOT by now...
Cocktail of the Month
A delicious bitter sweet Italian aperitivo. With a whiff of pencil sharpenings...
Very simple to make. Just combine the ingredients over ice and stir! Substitutions can be made: Vodka or sparkling wine (white or rose) can replace the gin, Aperol can replace the Campari.
It is sometimes said that one is enough...I disagree!
Sweet Red Vermouth 25ml
Recipe of the Month
Aubergine Parmigiana (Melanzane alla Parmigiana)
If you're a longstanding reader of this e-mag you might some kind of aubergine affair here before. I'm a big fan of an aubergine bake, although my stepson Leo hates it because of its texture and avoids it at all costs. Mark, Joe and I called in to see Gaby, Aaron, Lola and Seth in Ashburton after a few days in by the sea and they served up a beauty. It inspired me to find this version by Jamie Oliver and share it with you here.
“Get stuck into these moreish, scrumptious layers of slow-cooked tomato and aubergine – yum!” Jame Oliver
3 large aubergines
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
½ bulb spring garlic, or 1 clove of regular garlic, peeled and finely sliced
1 heaped teaspoon dried oregano
2x400 g good-quality tinned plum tomatoes, or 1kg fresh ripe tomatoes
freshly ground black pepper
a little wine vinegar
1 large handful fresh basil
3 large handfuls Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2 handfuls dried breadcrumbs
a little fresh oregano, leaves chopped
150g buffalo mozzarella, optional
This classic northern Italian recipe is a great way to serve aubergines. By layering them with Parmesan and tomatoes and then baking them you get an absolutely moreish, scrumptious vegetable dish. Great served with all sorts of roasted meats and with roasted fish as well.
First things first: Remove the stalks from the aubergines, slice them up into 1cm thick slices, and put to one side. Whether you’re using a griddle pan or a barbecue, get it really hot. Meanwhile, put 2 or 3 lugs of olive oil into a large pan on a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and dried oregano and cook for 10 minutes, until the onion is soft and the garlic has a tiny bit of colour. If you’re using tinned tomatoes, break them up, and if you’re using fresh tomatoes (which will obviously taste sweeter and more delicious, if they’re in season), very quickly prick each one and put them into a big pan of boiling water for 40 seconds. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and put them into a bowl of cold water for 30 seconds, then remove the skins, carefully squeeze out the pips and cut up the flesh. Add the tomato flesh or tinned tomatoes to the onion, garlic and oregano. Give the mixture a good stir, then put a lid on the pan and simmer slowly for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, grill the aubergines on both sides until lightly charred – you may have to do them in batches, as they probably won’t all fit into your griddle pan in one go. As each batch is finished, remove them to a tray and carry on grilling the rest until they’re all nicely done. When the tomato sauce is reduced and sweet, season it carefully with salt, pepper and a tiny swig of wine vinegar, and add the basil. You can leave the sauce chunky or you can purée it.
Get yourself an earthenware type dish (25 x 12–15cm). Put in a small layer of tomato sauce, then a thin scattering of Parmesan, followed by a single layer of aubergines. Repeat these layers until you’ve used all the ingredients up, finishing with a little sauce and another good sprinkling of Parmesan. I like to toss the breadcrumbs in olive oil with a little freshly chopped oregano and sprinkle them on top of the Parmesan. Sometimes the dish is served with torn-up mozzarella on top, which is nice too.
Place the dish in the oven and bake at 190°C/375°F/gas 5 for half an hour until golden, crisp and bubbly. It’s best eaten straight away, but it can also be served cold. You can use the same method substituting courgettes or fennel for the aubergines – both are delicious. But do try making it with aubergines – you’ll love it!
You can use the same method substituting courgettes or fennel for the aubergines – both are delicious. But do try making it with aubergines – you’ll love it!
This month's recipe ticks all the boxes for a tasty, nutritious and warming meal. However, if you prefer to be cooked for we have plenty of takeaway options on the directory here.
'Just want to say a very big THANK YOU to Cheltenham Noticeboard and its many and varied readers who continue to recommend me each and every time someone is looking for a seamstress. Over recent weeks I've picked up quite a substantial amount of work as a direct result of this fabulous group and cannot stress enough how brilliant it is and how grateful I am to you all.'
Yvette Drake, SeamsRite Alterations & Repairs
Charlotte Caddick's Review for Morgan Associates
'Excellent letting agents, very helpful, got back very fast to all my enquires and was well looked after by Vikki. Highly recommended. Thank you, very happy.'
I got to spend LOTS of time with little Nala down in Devon. She's growing fast and has taken to growling and biting. I've been passing on some of Helen Motteram's training tips to Annie and family - she liked the Primula Cheese one.
My sister wasn't the only one to get a puppy. Carlos and Helen of Las Tapitas sent us this note and a gorgeous photo of Charlie (below right)...
'Just a quick one to let you know that we will be taking a few weeks off from our home delivery service. We will be resting and taking care of a little ball of joy that’s coming tomorrow (see attached picture :)) The idea is to return with an expanded route and new specials on Friday 4th of September. Best wishes, Carlos and Helen.'
The Onboarding Process
Here are some of the steps we go through when onboarding a new member of our network - so you know how thorough it is!
Set up payments.
Create listings on our directories.
Liaise with client for listing approval and to find out more about their business.
Invite into Members' Lounge (client group / business club).
Introduce / welcome to Members' Lounge.
Introduce on Cheltenham Noticeboard.
Add to Pinterest board.
Mention on Instagram.
Add into the social shout outs scheduling tool.
Introduce in e-magazine.
Add to our activity charts.
Who else pays this much attention to detail? Sometimes a few traces of OCD left over from younger years come in useful. You can apply it to your chosen career :)
Some of the things we do:
Blogs & Articles
Facebook Groups, Workshops & Moral Support
Branding & Marketing
Clive and Wendy at Marinades have been making the most of their directory membership by posting to our groups, as well as on their own social media profiles. Clive sent over some screenshots of their recent results, which they are very pleased with, and so are we! If you are a directory member reading this, remember to make use of this perk: you can post an ad onto the Cheltenham Noticeboard wall once a week, and on any of our other groups any time you like. You have access to a 20K+ membership - they won't all be watching, but many of them are. Also remember to check in with The Members' Lounge for marketing tips, videos, questions and catch-ups.
Reserve a slot HERE by registering for payment with GoCardless and we'll be in touch to discuss with you which package is the most suitable for your needs. Please note that applications are subject to reviews being checked and that we may already be fully subscribed in your industry. Being referred by an existing member is a great way to get started! Ideally limited to 4 new members per month. From now on we are having 1 on each package per industry niche, for example if you are a dentist, optician, vet or architect we have 3 slots available to choose from (Supreme, Classic or Club). If you are a plumber, beauty therapist or curry house we are full at the moment, with a waiting list.
Who Don't We Have on the Directory?
We have slots available for the following:
Fencing and Landscaping
Health Food Shop
Tennis or Swimming Coaches
...and various others!
Contact us on email@example.com to find out availability.
TO OUR TOP SPONSORS, DIRECTORY MEMBERS & READERS...
Thank you, guys, for making it possible for us to keep this e-magazine, our groups and social media platforms going. We LOVE working with you, we're proud of you and every single one of the directory members. Thank you to our readers for inspiring us to create something interesting and useful for you, and for the lovely feedback.
BYE FOR NOW! xx