This month's newsletter includes:
What to Watch - TV Recommendations
Features & Articles
Cocktail of the Month
Online Entertainment, Courses & Classes
New page - Coupon Codes & Special Offers
We made it! June is here at last! Well done for braving the storm so far and we hope you have emerged feeling hopeful and calm.
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 lovely 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 from them, it would be great to carry on using them after the crisis passes.
The Cheltenham Noticeboard Facebook group has reached a membership of 18,730 people. Thank you to the admins Lisa, Natalie and Debs who are helping keep this running smoothly.
Sal & Debs x
Congratulations Mags & Chris!
Afterwards they virtually mingled with guests and smooched to the Sonny and Cher hit “I’ve Got You Babe” as her 14-year-old son Jacob, who played photographer for the day, filmed the first dance.
“It went really well and it was a very beautiful day,” said Magdalena who is a massage therapist at the couple's wellness centre.
“We want to share our experience with other Covidcouples who might struggling through these difficult times so they can remember their wedding day as joyous rather than sad.”
Magdalena's beautiful flowers were from TheBigBloomRoom.
We saw this message from Magdalena at Wellness in Motion and thought we'd share it with you here...
Some of us can struggle with not seeing friends and loneliness, others may struggle to put food on the table. We are not in the same boat. But we can help others float better during this storm.
With FEED Cheltenham you will be helping those in need of food in your local community.You can help by by sending money or by sharing their posts and promoting what they are doing. Every help counts.
As I live in #Cheltenham this is the area where I am focusing my efforts of supporting community and those in need.
FeedCheltenham is a group of schools, churches and organisations that have come together to provide households in financial need with grocery shopping vouchers. Over 500 households have received vouchers. If you can, support them with a little donation. Thank you for your kindness and support of this great cause!
Big virtual hugs, Mags x
After Life Season Two
Ricky Gervais’ critically acclaimed After Life is back for another heart-wrenching, hilarious, rollercoaster of a season. If you have already seen Season 1 of After Life, then following Tony’s (played by Ricky Gervais) story further is a no brainer. The second season starts a little slower than its predecessor but builds up to a shocking amount of heartbreak and emotion, with some good laughs along the way. Season 2 shows us Tony at some of his lowest moments, but we also get to watch him grow into a person who is clearly passionate about helping the people he cares about most. If you haven’t given After Life 2 a watch yet, have your tissues at the ready.
Kyle Knight, via Cheltenham Noticeboard
I stayed up until 4am watching Normal People. I was left with deep sadness that I saw myself, my daughter and other of my closest females in the character of Marianne. It was pretty heartbreaking tbh, but how lovely was Connell’s mum? If only more parents were that conscious. *Spoiler* I also thought the impact of Rob’s ‘actions’ was so well depicted. I think I may have to watch it all again from the beginning and definitely read the book.
Jo Lingwood, Intuitive Readings London
Dead To Me - Season Two
Seeing Jen and Judy back on our screens is like getting back in touch with friends whose company you've missed. They're quirky, outspoken and funny and always on the brink of a huge disaster or about to have horrible truths uncovered and be found out. In a review on Google, Jack Holt says: 'Christina Applegate is the fire and Linda Cardellini is the earth of this show. And James Marsden pulls off a masterful performance that could have been a soap opera train wreck in the wrong hands.' The plot lines seem implausible but the characters are consistent, loveable and authentic. It was over way too soon.
The Real Marigold Hotel
Britt Ekland, Duncan Bannatyne, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Paul Chuckle, Henry Blofeld, John Altman, Susie Blake and Barbara Dickson arrive in Puducherry and settle into their beautiful new home. Based on the film of the same name, eight celebs are asked to consider retirement in India. The cost of living is low, the climate warm and the sights are breathtaking. This is Series 4 and I think they might have stretched the concept as far as it will go. It's a lovely programme, but you can only watch the Brits' "yoga/oooh! Spicy food/cows in the road" reactions so many times before it all gets rather predictable.
The Great British Sewing Bee
Balm for the soul. The wonderful Joe Lycett hosts this gentle programme where amateur seamsters compete to be named Britain's best home sewer. Judged by the dashing Patrick Grant and wonder ex punk Esme Young. It is just the soothing TV a locked down brain requires!
Debs, Cheltenham Lifestyle & Business
THE READING ROOM
Be a Free Range Human
10 years ago I came across an article about Marianne Cantwell in a Sunday magazine at my nanna's flat. She was in Bali and riding to a little internet cafe on a motor scooter to work from her laptop every day. That article inspired me to leave my job and go self employed. When Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell was announced in her newsletter as being updated and on offer I ordered it straight away. It's an exciting book, opening up possibilities and showing you that doing something you love could actually become a reality. This could be the book that helps you discover what you really want to do and how to make it happen. She also has podcasts.
Welcome to these fabulous new members who run local businesses... introducing wonderful things for you to enjoy!
A really warm welcome to Jameela Gordon, founder of this wonderful, small batch skincare company. Use coupon code HEMP10 at checkout for your welcome discount! :)
'After many years of using steroid creams and ointments on my eczema I had had enough and so had my skin. I began the hunt for a natural effective product that would treat my eczema without stripping the pigment out of my skin.
I couldn’t find one so I decided to make my own. My background in Holistic Therapies gave me a good understanding of essential oils, so with that my research began and soon I started to play around with formulations.
Over the last 5 years I have perfected my formulas to create products that heal and strengthen skin and that is how Beautifultrooth Apothecary was born.'
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.
Balance oily skin: Because hemp seed oil doesn’t clog pores, it’s often thought to be the ideal moisturiser for skin that has suffered from these issues.
Skin calming: If you could use some relief from the feeling of some temporary skin irritation, this may be the oil for you. Hemp seed oil is naturally calming and the moisture it provides combats temporary discomfort.
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: Hemp seed oil can protect against different environmental factors and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Suitable for all skin types: What do you do if your skin is just struggling? Maybe you have clogged pores or dryness all at once. Hemp seed oil is calming and soothing while providing just the right amount of moisture.
Mudwalls Farm - Fresh Produce Home Delivery
We grow and deliver a wide range of fruit and vegetables on our 250 acre farm in Warwickshire, as well as procuring from a number of highly accredited growers around the Midlands and further afield where necessary. It is so important to know where your produce comes from, and to be assured that it's not only fresh but has been grown to the highest standard.
Own grown top fruit, stone fruit and vegetables. For produce that we don’t grow ourselves we source from other local growers and as time has gone on from further afield around the country.
Card payment accepted over the phone.
01789 491078 (9am - 4pm) Ask for Henry!
Dutch Cheeseman at Cotswold Essentials
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.
'Welcome to Cotswold Country Living - an online collection of beautiful handpicked home decor and gifts, from soft furnishings, candles and lanterns to eco-art products. All with a modern, vintage, shabby chic feel, to inspire you to create a beautiful country home interior.
When you visit my website you will be able to browse through all the products available and see new arrivals, which are coming in every month. I hope you like the collection and please contact me if you need any help.
RAUM & WIDE
A collection of Scandinavian art, produced with quality materials from local artists.
Raum (in the sense of room) & Wide (in the sense of space/width) is all about providing affordable yet sustainable posters and art for your walls. Some pieces are made within the studio and some are presented by various Danish artists.
Founded in 2019 by Malou Weck (living in Copenhagen, Denmark) & Birgitte Winther (Living in Cheltenham, UK), we are passionate about bringing some scandinavian vibes to the UK.
We print in very limited numbers and are able to customise many of our pieces to suit your style of interior.
If you have any questions please get in touch! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. The Fathers (and stepdads) Day 'Best Dad' selection is on the Dutch Cheeseman website and has been designed for only the greatest of dads. It consists of a range of their 6 best cheeses - Pesto Rosso, Truffle, Hot Pepper, 6 Months Matured Goats' Cheese, Cumin and Truffle.
2. Papagee's Pizza is available Friday and Saturdays to the following areas only: Bishops Cleeve, Woodmancote, Prestbury, Winchcombe, Stoke Orchard - fresh and delicious, free delivery!
3. Pot of What - Handmade preserves and chutneys made by our friend Carol from Hooble. Delicious handmade preserves produced in the Cotswolds, using traditional open pan methods to ensure the natural flavours are maintained. Home grown produce and locally sourced and foraged ingredients are used where possible.
4. Box Fresh Streetfood is brought to you by Hetty and Lucie - kicking out some mouthwatering food for the masses, catering for the ravenous carnivores and vegan lovelies alike. You can order 'build your own burger' kits and amazing Sunday roasts with all the trimmings AND fabulous desserts. We had this last Sunday. It was awesome. My family agreed it was better than my Sunday roasts, which if I say so myself are pretty tasty.
FEATURES, ARTICLES & TIPS
Black Barbie is 40!
Mattel is making dolls that reflect all body types, skin tones and physical abilities these days, but it didn't start off like that. To commemorate the 40th anniversary the historic doll who signified a racial breakthrough, Mattel commissioned a re-imagining and reissue of the first ever Black Barbie. Designed by Bill Greening, this is not a piece-by-piece re-creation of the landmark doll. Rather, it is a brand-new creation that was influenced and inspired by the original. In a Mattel statement, Greening said: 'I hope people feel that it’s a fitting tribute to the original… I hope I’m doing the doll justice, and I hope collectors embrace the new doll. I hope maybe they display it side by side with the original and the new version and see how the beauty of Black Barbie transcends time.'
The Hamleys website says: 'The original Black Barbie made her debut in 1980. Though beloved friends of Barbie like Christie and Francie were introduced over the preceding decades, this was the first black fashion doll to be hailed as Barbie herself. She wore a stylish red dress and had her hair in a curly afro hairstyle; she sparked a new era of possibility for girls everywhere. To celebrate her ruby anniversary, 40th Anniversary First Black Barbie doll fittingly wears a flowing, red trumpet-styled gown with cut-away sleeves, inspired by her iconic outfit. Her hair is styled in a sophisticated up-do, a subtle nod to her original look. Finishing touches include golden hoop earrings, a necklace and a matching clutch. Now, like then, this anniversary doll captures the doll's signature statement: She's black, she's beautiful, she's dynamite!'
The Fabulous Baker Boy - Spotify Playlists!
I have the dubious pleasure of being in a band with Mr Mark Baker. He has a remarkable knowledge of music and has spent the last 10 years collating his favourite tunes, and thanks to the miracle that is Spotify, he has now curated them into some fantastic playlists. We have used and abused this talent as the soundtracks to our parties, BBQs, late night sessions and 'shower-ioke' attempts. They are all free to listen to, a truly wide range of genres and they come highly recommended. Follow him HERE.
In these restricted times when public pools are closed and the weather is heating up nicely, Wild Swimming seems to be becoming an increasingly popular activity. For those of us of a certain age it isn't a new concept; I could wax lyrical about the hazy days of long summers spent diving into lakes and rivers to cool down, all ginger beer and picnics, but I was never your Famous Five kind of gal (more Famous Grouse). If I'm honest, the mere thought of fronds of weeds and fish brushing past my legs is the stuff of nightmares. At the age of seven I got stuck on a swimming platform in Lake Lugano - I refused to get back in - there were fish! I have a vague recollection of my father literally dragging me back to shore, screaming (me, not my father), always the drama queen! But enough of the negatives. I am told by several friends that it is wonderful. I'll take their word for it.
All you need for wild swimming is a friendly lake or river (reservoirs are frowned upon). It doesn't matter what time of year it is - for some the colder the better! There have been a number of articles written by wild swimming first-timers, most of whom have promised it wouldn't be their last time. The joy of swimming in open water and feeling at one with nature ranks highly in the search for a quieter mind, and in these times of restriction and uncertainty that sounds very appealing.
My lovely friends Anna and Sophie decided that they needed to give Wild Swimming a go, they have been twice now and I believe are intending to make it part of their routine. Swimming in the River Avon near Tewkesbury was a muddy experience (the risk of Weil's disease is real), and the interest of some marauding swans made it somewhat more exciting than they had anticipated! A much nicer experience was in Woodchester near Stroud (now blocked off). The scenery is stunning, the water surprisingly warm and the whole place very quiet and calming. In contrast to the normal swimming pool experience was the whole pressure to thrash up and down doing lengths was obviously absent, just enjoying being in the water, taking time to enjoy the surroundings and the sheer freedom of being in control was medicinal. It sounds almost tempting. Come on in... the water's lovely!
Goodbye to SKA Star
Millie Small, the Jamaican singer known for her global 1964 hit 'My Boy Lollipop', has died aged 73.
I heard this news on local radio station GFM so decided to find out more...
Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who originally produced the song, told the Jamaican Observer that she died from a stroke.
"It became a hit pretty much everywhere in the world… and it was just incredible how she handled it. She was such a sweet person. Very funny, great sense of humour. She was really special.” In a separate statement, Island Records heralded her as “a true original, a wonderful human being”.
'My Boy Lollipop' (originally 'My Girl Lollypop') was written in the mid-1950s by Robert Spencer of the doo-wop group The Cadillacs, and usually credited to Spencer, Morris Levy, and Johnny Roberts. It was first recorded in New York in 1956 by Barbie Gaye. A later version, recorded in 1964 by Jamaican teenager Millie Small, with very similar rhythm, became one of the top-selling ska songs of all time.
Considered the first commercially successful international ska song, Small's version of 'My Boy Lollipop' sold over six million records worldwide and helped to launch Island Records into mainstream popular music.
We know you watching it will cheer you up - here's Millie singing her hit song in 1973!
Higher than the Clouds
Local singer Rachel Lea releases song in memory of COVID-19 victims and pledges all money raised to Winston's Wish.
'I've released a song called 'Higher Than The Clouds', written and sang from my heart for the victims of COVID-19. I really just wanted to spread some hope in such an awful situation. I wrote this song in order to raise £50,000 for a beautiful charity in Cheltenham called Winston's Wish. They look after and support grieving children, help them to understand if someone is sick or has died from an illness and support in times of bereavement when funerals might not be possible. Especially around this time with the virus, they need more support than ever. It’s a pretty big one and a pretty big challenge but I am certain that with the support from lots of people I will be well on my way to raising 50K.'
My sister Annie keeps telling me about apps I've never heard of, so she's getting her own monthly feature here.
Strava is an app to help you track your exercise and follow the progress of your family and friends. Some people find it motivates them to move around more, and movement is known to be good for immunity. It's a free app with the option to upgrade to paid packages if you get really involved with the idea.
Russell's Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue, rehab and sanctuary in Cheltenham. Helen and Tristan Motteram have made it their mission to help animals in need and educate the public about the wildlife around them and how to help to care for it. The photograph is from an article in Gloucestershire Live.
Summer Camp is Back
Exciting News from Kate and her team at Camp 4-2-11...
'St Edward's, Cheltenham and Dinglewell Gloucester camps are now OPEN to BOOK for the Summer! Summer camp booking is OPEN for children aged 3,4,5 and 6 years (pre school to year 1). Children of key workers and vulnerable children can also book. We will update these ages in line with government guidelines. We will work closely with the government and Ofsted and will be implementing the latest health, safety and hygiene measures in relation to Covid19. Risk assessments, policies and procedures, timetables of activities and ratios will all be updated to provide the best care of your children.'
DISCOUNT CODE IS CHELT10. GET BOOKING! SPACES will be LIMITED. Codes available for NHS workers.
Cocktail of the Month
The Dirty Martini
This one is for Debs who has been craving one of these and has got me craving one too. The recipe is taken from the BBC Good Food website.
Mix up a classic dirty martini to impress guests at your next party. This easy, elegant cocktail combines dry gin, vermouth and green olives.
4-6 green olives, pitted, plus 25ml of the brine
150ml London dry gin
25ml dry vermouth, we used Noilly Prat
Put two martini glasses in the fridge to chill. Thread the olives onto two cocktail sticks and set aside.
Fill a jug or mixing glass with the ice, then pour in the gin, vermouth and olive brine. Stir until the outside of the jug feels cold. Taste to make sure that it's icy cold and that you’re happy with the dilution.
Strain the mix into the chilled glasses and garnish with the olive skewers.
...and they're back...
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 on the website WHO'S RE-OPENING page.
The Find - Open now for take-aways.
The Workplace - Opening on 1 June.
Camp 4-2 11 - Taking booking, further info in the e-mag.
Blink Of An Eye by Natalie - Offering outdoor shoots.
Early Life Ultrasound Centre - Providing 3D & 4D scans from 4 July.
Heavenly Holistics - Taking bookings from 1 June.
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 bookings for a return on 4 July.
How Can We Help You?
Sal and Debs are here to listen and support you on your business journey and help you weather the storm. 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.
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