This month's newsletter includes:
What to Watch - TV Recommendations
New Members - NINE OF THEM!
Features & Articles
Cocktail of the Month with Liberty Deacon
Online Entertainment, Courses & Classes
Review of Ronnie's Field by Katie Dobson
Coupon Codes & Special Offers
This month we can let you know about who's re-opening, who's delivering, classes and courses you can find online, as well as coupon codes, new articles and introducing the fabulous new members of the directory. Now is an even more important time to support local producers and providers, and if you receive a wonderful service hopefully you will continue using them after the crisis passes.
The Cheltenham Noticeboard Facebook group has reached a membership of 19,700 people! Thank you to our moderators who are helping keep it running smoothly. We tweaked our joining questions to ensure everyone is on board with the motto of KINDNESS.
If you're a member of the group, please note that at weekends you must use existing threads as we're spending time with our families and only checking in to the pending posts dashboard about once a day. Often we're getting 30 or more new posts an hour to approve or decline so it really helps when people add to existing posts of the relevant subject rather than starting new ones.
The Hive has Rebranded as Bloom Studio & Wellbeing
Jo and Chelsea have taken a big step in letting go of The Hive name / brand and have used this time to think about how the cafe and studio can be successful moving forwards.
Bloom was born from a dream to create a welcoming space that helps people feel good in their bodies and minds. It is built on the idea that community and a feeling of belonging can be one of the most powerful ways to improve our health.
It has been brought to life during the UK's lockdown in 2020, with well-being proving even more important due to the impact on people during COVID-19 restrictions.
Previously 'The Hive', mother and daughter team Jo and Chelsea Baker took over the building in January 2020. A complete family affair with Chelsea's partner Ben who will be running the cafe bar downstairs (coming soon). We all work closely together to nurture and develop the family business whilst supporting each other each step of the way.
Bloom is a truly beautiful destination. Its spacious and light studio is a very special place to enjoy classes, workshops and events, and its purpose built treatment room is of the highest quality and a serene place to enjoy the holistic treatments on offer.
Our friendly team of teachers, therapists, students, clients and visitors make Bloom what it is. We look forward to meeting you soon and growing together.’
The cafe downstairs will eventually be The Urban Meadow but this is still a work in progress… will keep you updated! Our treatment room will continue to operate as and when we are allowed to reopen.
Our website is www.bloom-cheltenham.co.uk where you can book onto our current timetable, where there are lots of FREE offerings from various teachings in yoga for adults and teens, meditation, barre and dance.
Frances Bennett has released a single - Time Stood Still - with ALL proceeds from sales going to Mental Health Foundation. She sent us this and asked us to share it with you:
'By downloading my song, you are contributing toward an important cause, all the more crucial during times like these with millions at home. Thank you in advance for supporting my song and Mental Health Foundation.'
The Salisbury Poisonings
BBC Iplayer. 3 Part series.
When Yulia and Sergei Skripal are poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent, the resulting investigation and the attempts to prevent massive loss of life by everyday heroes are brilliantly portrayed in this drama. Based on the true story of the events that took place back in March 2018 in Salisbury. Anne-Marie Duff and Race Spall lead a very impressive cast. Highly recommended!
Little Fires Everywhere
Amazon Prime (Free to View) 8 Part series.
Binged! Absolutely binged this! Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington star in this adaptation of the book by Celeste Ng. The unravelling of the characters and their lives is so fascinating and brilliantly done, the cast is strong throughout, and it touches on a lot of really interesting, problematic situations. I am strangely left hoping that they don't squeeze a second series out of it - sometimes it's just best to leave things alone... did I learn that from viewing this series?!?
Alan Bennett's Talking Heads
BBC iPlayer 12 parts.
A remake of these classic monologues from the master. Sarah Lancashire, Martin Freeman and Jodie Comer are just some of the stars to take part.
Murder In The Outback
Channel 4 4 Parts.
Pete Falconio, a British backpacker went missing in 2001 while on holiday with his girlfriend Joanne Lees. Joanne was the only witness and this series sets about re-examining the evidence, which is, frankly, mostly her narrative. The only evidence used to convict Bradley Murdoch was a small sample of DNA, but it was sufficient to put him in prison for Pete's murder and the assault of Joanne. It is a really gripping story, the press were less than sympathetic to Joanne - and it has to be said that her testimony is deeply sketchy! By the final episode, I was convinced I knew what the revelation would be, who'd done it, whole scenario clear in my head - but no! It was one of those bloody programmes that has no resolution. Nothing. Nada. It just finished. Four hours of my life I will never get back. Thanks Channel 4.
Welcome to these NINE new members who run local businesses to bring you great quality services and products...
We're excited to announce that Morgan Associates has joined our Tribe! Morgan Associates is a local family business which has always done Lettings and can now offer Sales too. We'll have more information to show you later this month with their new website.
Sales & Letting Agent
Established in 1965 and superbly located in one of Cheltenham’s most prominent Regency buildings within Montpellier, Morgan Associates is the area’s longest established and most successful residential lettings specialist. This consistent success reflects the company’s dedication to providing a first class service to landlords and tenants in a rapidly changing and evolving rental market, where we regularly review our product and procedures to ensure best practice. We’re introducing Morgan Associates Sales, our Estate Agency division, offering the same level of service to vendors and buyers. Our sales division will be using the very best technology and portals in order to sell and market your homes.
The Bicycle Hub
As well as bicycle hire and servicing, The Bicycle Hub also offers a new and second-hand bicycle sales service with a number of adult, children’s and electric bikes for sale for those looking to become permanent pedal-ers! All of the bicycles we sell come only from trustworthy and respected sources and we work closely with the Gloucestershire Police to ensure their legitimacy. Located by Cheltenham Train Station.
A Cotswold hub for produce from the best local independents.
Our mission at Cotswold Essentials (formally plant af) is simple: to provide the highest quality foods from the best local independents, handpicked by us, delivered to you SUPER people.
Our team works tirelessly to source (almost always direct with the best LOCAL independents) the most DELICIOUS, PLANET FRIENDLY and AFFORDABLE products available. Use coupon code CHELT10 for 10% discount on all orders over £40.
Hand packed in Winchcombe, delivered to your door by our exceptional delivery service. *We offer FREE delivery to GL50, GL51, GL52, GL53, GL54 and a £2.50 delivery charge for GL19, GL20, GL1, GL2, GL3, GL4, Tewkesbury, Evesham. Gloucester, Andoversford and Bourton-on-the-Water (Tuesday/Friday only). Order by 4pm for next day delivery except Sundays.
Vahena Marsili Interiors
'I founded Vahena Marsili Interiors, an interior design firm providing high-end residential architectural and design services, in 2010. For the past ten years, I have managed a broad portfolio of projects, from re-designing single spaces to overhauling complete property renovations and/or extensions ranging from £70,000 to +£150,000. On each project, I act as the main project manager and interior architect for my clients, leading all aspects of the design process and collaborating with a highly skilled design and conception team including several architects and structural engineers as well as building contractors, kitchen designers, bathroom specialists, bespoke furniture designers, lighting specialists and art gallery directors.'
Doggy Style Dog Grooming
NEW DOG GROOMER!
For all those who have been looking for the perfect dog groomer in the Cheltenham area, we have a new directory member to introduce you to.
Hi I’m Anna!
I have been qualified and grooming from my own home since 2019. It’s a loving home environment where your dog will have free run of the house, so there’s no waiting around in crates!
I am based in Leckhampton, Cheltenham and am happy to groom, clip and pamper any breed. Your dog will be treated like part of the family while they’re here.
Call me on 07949 182410 to talk about what you would like me to do for your dog!
Harvey & Son Window Cleaning
'We are a professional reliable window cleaning company in Cheltenham, We are active all over Gloucestershire and offer fascia, soffit and guttering cleans as well as patio/driveway pressure washing.
We use the very latest in gutter cleaning technology - using specialist vacuum equipment to allow the cleaning of gutters to be performed as effectively and efficiently as possible, whether you have domestic or commercial property.
There is no need for expensive scaffolding to perform the survey or the cleaning itself, we provide video footage before and after, this is an extremely cost-effective way of maintaining your gutters.'
Welcome to the group lovely Kerry & Rob Metz from Cafe Boho! We've been talking for years and can finally introduce you officially! For those of you who haven't discovered this gem in The Suffolks - you have a treat awaiting you! At the present time Kerry and Rob are creating wonderful boxes of deli deliciousness, extremely tempting cake boxes, and their very own Poffertjes... that's little dutch pancakes to you and me! Please only attempt to pronounce this if you are wearing a mask (Covid joke - too soon?). Orders can be made via their website.
Curry is one of life's glorious gifts, but making one from scratch can be quite an operation if you're juggling lots of other things that need doing. With Hema's Kitchen premixes you can make the perfect curry with a handful of ingredients and just pour in the spices from the sachet. We've been trying these already and confirm they are fragrant and delicious.
Use coupon code CHELT5 at checkout for 5% discount. Enjoy your curries!
Use coupon code HEMP10 at checkout for your welcome discount! :)
Hemp seed oil has been dubbed 'Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil, due to the fact that it contains all of the 21 known amino acids and offers the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (Linoleic) to Omega 3 (alpha-Linolenic) essential fatty acids, determined to be the optimum requirement for a healthy skin.
Plumps tired, dry skin: Rejuvenates the skin, creating a more youthful glow.
Provides-long lasting moisture: If your skin gets dry halfway through the day, you may want to try this oil, since continued use over time will help your skin’s ability to retain moisture.
Cotswold Country Living
Handpicked Home Decor from Around the World
I met Cheryl (virtually met, not real life met!) when she joined our group and I ordered some lovely lampshades through her. She was great with advice on what to get and how we would fit them and also helped me find a couple of other items I was looking for.
Use code CHELT10 at checkout for your special discount.
Dutch Cheeseman UK
If you like the sound of cheeses such as Pesto Rosso, Truffle, Hot Pepper, 6 Months Matured Goats' Cheese, Cumin and Truffle, then you'll love Dutch Cheeseman.
Your special discount code is CHEESY10%.
FEATURES, ARTICLES & TIPS
New Group Moderation Team Member!
Over recent weeks it has become apparent that we need to represent our multicultural ethics on which the group was founded, and we didn't have anyone from the Black or Asian community represented in the moderation group.
Regina Doh from Teenage Survival Guide and Edufun CIC has kindly agreed to be on our team, however she works for the NHS as well as being a teacher... a very busy and kind woman... so she is going to be on hand to consult more than actively moderating the group.
Thank you to everyone who has helped keep the discussion respectful during the last few weeks. We appreciate your support in keeping it all running smoothly. x
We are asking not to be forgotten.
#ForgottenLtd is a grass roots campaign calling for the fair and equal support for small business owners, left vastly unsupported by the government support schemes launched in response to CoVid19 and the lockdown. Small limited companies do not qualify for any meaningful government support and taking on debt is not a solution.
What are we campaigning for?
We are calling on the government to:
Protect our incomes by giving us financial parity equivalent to that paid by the self employed capped at £2500
Allow furloughed directors to continue to work No one should be forced to abandon their businesses, We need to be in the strongest position possible to emerge from this crisis intact and to play our part in the countryʼs economic recovery
Extend Business Support Grants to all small businesses We need support now to save and sustain our businesses
Demonstrate a plan for the sustainable future of small businesses - we need clear guidance on what the exit strategy ʻcouldʼ look like and how small businesses can aim for a return to some semblance of ʻnormalʼ - while existing support packages must be extended, we need support now and to get through the inevitable recovery process.
My sister Annie seems to have a never ending supply of useful apps to tell me about, so I thought I'd start a feature sharing her app recommendations. Last month we had Strava and this month's is 'Flight Tracker'. Annie can point her phone at the sky and tell me exactly where that plane is flying to, where it's from and what it's carrying.
'The world's most popular flight tracker. Track planes in real-time on our flight tracker map and get up-to-date flight status & airport information.'
Cocktail of the Month
with Liberty Deacon
50 ml triple sec
50 ml sugar syrup
2 x fresh limes (juice only, rind would be rank)
8 cubes of ice
Blend, just a hand blender is fine. Salt round the rim.
Heaven in a glass!
Terrible Art in Charity Shops
I'm in a Facebook group of the above name. The thing is, some of the art is so terrible or so bizarre that it can appear wonderful! I can't reproduce any of the images here - what goes on Terrible Art stays on Terrible Art - so I've found some alternative examples online. Must be every artist's nightmare to see one of their pieces turning up here. I think I have some in my A Level portfolio that would qualify.
Where Are You Really From?
Do you remember this? A selection of people get DNA tested and it makes them think again about their heritage.
Mark and I did a DNA test when our friend Tim treated us to them and it turned out that my heritage is mixed and Mark's was 100% Sri Lankan.
I'm 39.5% English, 31% Scandinavian, 15.7% Irish, Scottish and Welsh, 9.3% Balkan, 3.3% Greek and 1.2% Nigerian. How about you?!
Dom Gittins made a video with his thoughts on what it means to be privileged in the UK in 2020. On his YouTube he has added the caption: 'These are only words, and words are lovely, but mean little without action.'
It was sent to me by a black female friend, who said: 'We need more white people working with the BAME community to make change happen. It is about listening and learning the process will take time. We need to keep on communicating and move forward. My friends are finding it hard because they feel that they are not racist and I am bringing to light about how their privilege is very different to mine. The times are a changing, we all have to work at it.'
Getting Things Done
I don't know about you but I have good intentions to get through my to do list every day, but more often than not it doesn't happen!
However I have noticed that if I do these three things I definitely get more work done.
1. Switch off my email...
It's very tempting when you see that notification come in to stop what you are doing and read your email... next thing you know you are totally off track. Make a point of switching off your email and checking it only twice a day. If you want you can set an auto responder telling people that you will get back to them in a few hours.
2. Switch off my social media...
Again that little notification symbol can take you off track. I use an app called Self Control which allows me to block certain sites for a period of time.
3. Leave my phone in a different room...
We have so many different ways of communicating on a phone nowadays; WhatsApp, Messenger, FB, email etc that your phone could well be pinging all day... either switch off all notifications or simply leave it in a room where you can't hear it.
I'd love to hear your productivity tips.
Here's to a productive day!
Rachael runs The Business Network Hub.
Unlocking - Do You Have The Fear?
As July arrives we will see the easing of lockdown on a fairly major scale. Our 'non-essential' shops have re-opened, pubs and restaurants will join them from July 10th, and although social distancing is still being urged, I wonder how possible that is going to be in a large number of scenarios. I have the fear.
Following a cheeky heart attack in March, I have spent the last 3+ months shielding. With add-ons. I have seen people I probably shouldn't have done, I have treated myself to two ridiculously exciting trips to The Pleasure Dome (Waitrose), but mostly I have hunkered down, let my family do the supermarket sweeps, and avoided any gatherings. I have not missed 'normal life' and think that actually my natural state is a little bit hermit-like.
Truth be told, I have really enjoyed lockdown. I have not enjoyed watching my friends and loved ones struggling with the very real downside to the pandemic. Job losses, uni closures, businesses folding and so many people really struggling to make ends meet. The toll on mental health has been real also.
The prospect of our new found freedom is filling me with... I'm not sure how to describe it! Fear? Anxiety? Trepidation? Maybe a mix of all of three, but there is a definite sense of discomfort that we are being herded back into normality by the need to get the economy up and running again, rather than for the good of our health. We are seeing mass gatherings on beaches, in parks, and on the streets. I don't want to play!
Some lovely things have come out of this strange time, and I truly hope that we don't forget them. Small businesses who have made inspired changes to the way they work in order to keep us supplied. The joy of a sneaky take-out when the boredom of my own cooking has been real. The pleasure of a box of goodies arriving at the door from a local farm. Forgetting (just a little bit) how to drive. The usual became the unusual and the unusual became the norm.
Katie's Review for Ronnie's Field
'What a lovely place Ronnie’s Field is!!! It’s a private, totally secure field that you hire by the hour to walk your doggies. There are ball throwers and balls to borrow, biodegrade poo bags & eco friendly poo-tanks, picnic benches, tyre swings, lovely views, a fairy forest with REAL fairies and Jen even left a printed out Nature Trail for us to do.
Because there were no other people we were able to meet Mum & Tony there too. They have a little rescue dog who doesn’t go off the lead much and she loved mooching around with Mr Barker.
Liberty has already said she wants to go back with a picnic and a friend to play with... I totally concur... I’ll take a can of G&T and a friend to play with too!
It's so great to see our lovely directory members re-opening - we all need to make the most of our local businesses and help them recover from enforced shut down. Here is a list of the ones we know about, if you're a business club member not on the list let us know so we can include you next month.
The Find - Open now for take-aways and deliveries on orders over £20
The Workplace - Open.
Camp 4-2 11 - Taking bookings.
Blink Of An Eye by Natalie - Offering outdoor shoots.
Early Life Ultrasound Centre - Providing 3D & 4D scans from 4 July.
Heavenly Holistics - Taking advance bookings.
Tewkesbury Garden Centre - Open now along with The Flower Shed and Browns Garden Restaurant doing take-aways.
Munchies - Back with their fabulous lunchtime offerings.
Facials & Therapies by Sonia Norman - Taking advance bookings.
Restaurant GL50 - Opening on Saturday nights to start with, July 11th for take-away, 16th July for dinner service or take-away. Alternate Sundays they will provide a Sunday roast one week and Afternoon Tea the next.
Cafe Boho - Take away sweet or savoury boxes and their famous mini Dutch pancakes.
How Can We Help You?
We are here to listen and support you on your business journey and help you reach a wider audience. Cheranne can help you with keeping your website updated, design flyers for online use and carry out various other VA tasks. She and our other business support providers can be contacted through us.
Joining info for Cheltenham Noticeboard
Blogs & Articles
Facebook Groups, Workshops & Moral Support
Reserve a slot HERE by registering for payment with GoCardless and then fill in the application form where you can choose which package you'd like too. 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. Nine was full-on!
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
If your trade or niche is not on there, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org 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