Thank you for joining us for another edition of this newsletter - we hope you enjoy it and are coping with the strange circumstances we all find ourselves in.
This month we can let you know about who's delivering, various classes and courses you can find online, which local tradespeople are still working, as well as interesting articles and of course introducing the lovely new members of the directory. Both new members deliver something that you might like to try. Now is such a perfect time to be supporting local producers and providers.
The Cheltenham Noticeboard Facebook group has reached a membership of over 17,800 people. Thank you to the admins Lisa, Natalie and Debs who are helping keep this running smoothly. A special thank you to Jen Kiely-Smith of Just Jen Dog Walking and Ronnie's Field who was with us almost from the start and has been a huge support over the 5 years we've been running it. She's now stepped down from the time-consuming and sometimes stressful role in order to focus on her business and enjoy some peace! She will have honorary access to the group wall for advertising, and anything else we can do for this wonderful person and good friend.
Sal & Debs x
COVID-19: Rapid Response Appeal
'An appeal to support our amazing NHS staff. Our hospitals are under increasing pressure as a result of COVID-19. Donations to this appeal will help us to respond quickly for our staff, supporting them wherever the need is greatest.'
Karen Organ, Senior Fundraiser for the charity, is so devoted that she actually shaved her hair off for this appeal. Follow the charity on Facebook to keep updated on its appeal and click here for Karen's JustGiving page.
The charity said: 'How incredible does our Senior Fundraiser Karen Organ look after braving to shave her hair off for our COVID-19 Appeal?'
Yes, she really does! Well done, K-Lo!
LINC NEEDS OUR HELP!
COVID-19 has hit charities hard, as Claire Charlton from LINC explains...
'Cancer care will not stop during this crisis. LINC is being asked to provide food deliveries to patients being discharged from the ward and fund travel expenses for children to be able to visit their mum following her stem cell transplant in Bristol. We continue to fund the clinical psychologists helping both patients and our staff at this stressful time as well as provide financial grants.'
A woman flees an arranged marriage in Brooklyn to start a new life abroad, then her past catches up to her. I hadn't seen such a detailed insight into the Hasidic Jewish community in New York - I knew nothing at all about it and found it fascinating. However, one article calls it a 'dangerous, misleading fairy tale of transitioning from the secular world' and The Jewish Journal was not best pleased with it either, claiming that it 'degrades Hasidic Jews into caricatures'. See what you think - it's worth a watch and you'll find it on Netflix.
A Mother's Son
Available on ITV Hub. Two episodes of 60 mins each. The story of a nightmare scenario. What happens when a young girl is murdered and all signs seem to be pointing to your teenage son being the killer. It goes without saying that the acting is fabulous, and it's filmed in beautiful Southwold. I watched it in one sitting (proud face) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Starring Hermione Norris, Martin Clunes, Paul McGann and Nicola Walker.
Race Across The World
iPlayer. 8 x 1 hour episodes. I got addicted to this programme last year and was thrilled to see it returning for a second series. 5 couples are challenged to make a globe crossing journey overland. They are given the cash equivalent of the air fare it would cost to get from A to B. The route and planning is up to them, but there are checkpoints along the way. What they do know is that the money won't last, so they will need to work in order to subsidise it. First couple to the finish win a cash prize.
It is a wonderful study of human relationships - Series 2 sees two married couples, a brother and sister, a mother and son and an uncle and his nephew. Right from the get-go there are obvious flaws and challenges within these relationships, and part of the joy is watching how they learn to cope together in extremis.
This race isn't for the faint of heart!
The other joy is seeing the journey through the eyes of the backpackers, stunning scenery, unexpected weather, local colour and the vagaries of bus travel.
Set in and around Aberystwyth, despite the unrealistically large quantity of murders occurring for such a sleepy seaside town and the nature of the subject, it is an endearing thriller. The subtleties of the relationships in the Police team and the characters they meet, combined with the Welsh dry wit, make for compulsive viewing on Netflix. I want to watch it again to count exactly how many times they mention the elusive Iwan Thomas.
Outrageous and cruel. That's all we can say!
Input from Dominic Neate, local business owner: 'The tiger man made money out of imprisoning tigers. The animals are forced into a totally unnatural life of zero freedom and incarceration, all for money. When sanctuaries received his cats they were found in a very unhappy state. Here's a quote from IndieWire: “It’s kind of like the tigers were thinking, ‘Wow, my life is not worth living,’” Drotar said of Joe Exotic’s animals. “The animals are just happier [not under his care]. They are no longer just pacing. It was almost an immediate change with their demeanour. They see other tigers. They see other animals. They see a horizon. They just have more of a purpose for living.'
In a recent article Louis Theroux, who met Joe Exotic back in 2011, told an interviewer: 'The most troubling thing he said was probably that if the park went bankrupt he would kill all the animals'.
Next month we'll be talking about Normal People and After Life 2, among others.
Refreshment is Here!
Welcome on board, Michael Burford of Broadway Press - Ice Cyder and Apple Juice! We are so glad to have you and your cyder here... @Debs Willis and I enjoyed the ones we ordered and so did my sister Lucy and her husband John :)
'My wife and I started Broadway Press in 2019 with a vision of reducing food waste from local orchards by using an alternative processing method to reinvent cider!
I hold a masters degree in Chemical Engineering and with a scientific approach, we produce our 'Ice Cyder' and Apple Juice using a cryo-extraction process, freezing apples solid and then pressing them whole when thawed. This creates a deliciously smooth cyder with a flavour, aroma and mouthfeel that is truly unique. The freezing process alters the chemistry of the juice, concentrates the flavour compounds in the fruit and tastes true to the apple variety used, as if you've just taken a bite from the fruit itself!.
Over the last 12 months our unique tasting cyders have proven a favourite among those who 'don't like cyder' and traditional cyder drinkers alike, winning the People's Choice Award at The Royal Three Counties Cider Festival, and at our first CAMRA event, the 13th Colchester Winter Beer Fest we won Cider of the Competition!
In the Autumn, we moved into Cotswold Orchards on the edge of Broadway, the ideal home for us. We buy their 'class 2' fruit which the supermarkets won't accept because they're ever so slightly too ugly, and convert it into delicious cyder and apple juice! we then provide a local farmer (Todenham Manor Farm) with our pressed pulp to feed their pigs and cattle!'
The cider is great in cocktails too!
Dutch Cheeseman UK
'You may have met us at the street markets, now you can SHOP with us online! We have you covered from a range of various cheeses to Dutch delicatessen.
I would like to tell you a bit more about us and our company. My wife and I moved from The Netherlands to Cheltenham in 2018, Jade is from the UK and I am from The Netherlands. We have been running our company for seven years now and reopened our business in the UK. Dutch Cheeseman specialises in selling Dutch cheeses at events.
The high-grade product in combination with the professional service has already given Dutch Cheeseman the opportunity to let our customers taste the best Gouda cheeses for lots of years.
Dutch Cheeseman usually operates by participating in markets, Christmas markets, shows and food festivals. We recently opened our own web shop, so you can get our amazing cheeses online.
We also have a coupon code active especially for you which is CHEESY10% and valid for the whole of 2020, so please do make the most of this at the checkout!
Our delivery service is with Royal Mail and 1st Class. If you order is above £25 you will be given a free delivery, otherwise delivery charge will be £4.95.'
I can tell you that we loved our first order so much we've placed an order for more, including the Dutch waffles.
This is a great way to support a locally based business and get top quality foodstuffs delivered to your door.
FEATURES, ARTICLES & TIPS
I OWE MY LIFE TO MY SON & THE NHS
by Joanne Patterson of The Refocus Clinic
'My son Hamish-James, who is 18 and on his school holidays, was an absolute superstar throughout. He cared for me for 11 days at home with suspected Covid-19. When the paramedics came round and decided I was not ill enough to go into hospital he continued to look after me, monitoring my temperature every hour, my fluid intake and output and rubbing my back as I had hours of coughing fits. He eventually took his own course of action calling 999 some 15 hrs later. I was admitted within 20 minutes with an incredibly high inflammatory CRP marker of 265 and dangerously low Oxygen stats with Covid-19, viral pneumonia and bacterial pneumonia. In addition to all the ghastly Covid symptoms, whilst in hospital I collapsed, unable to take 1 more breath. My kidneys had stopped working, hence my lungs flooded with the fluid I was drinking: the NHS saved my life.
I became the first patient to be sent home from my ward, having survived Covid-19. I owe my life to the NHS.
COVID-19 & VITAMIN D
'My sole motivation in sharing this information is to convey truthful well researched information that I believe may not necessarily be presented by some advisors in the same way. I hope you will appreciate the advantages to be gained by looking beyond fixed narrow viewpoints to critically evaluated interpretations of a wide range of available and helpful scientific information.
The measures identified could result in a win: win for both sides of the argument, allowing the UK to end the lockdown and return to business whilst keeping serious COVID-19 related cases and deaths low. Our business clients are currently struggling to access loans to keep them afloat, and even if they are successful, the burden of debt repayments will seriously handicap business going forward. Both the furloughing and the grant scheme for sole traders are wide open to abuses which will allow many to profit handsomely, inflating their incomes far beyond previous years’ levels. At the same time, other categories of previously profitable business qualify for no help whatever even if they lose all income. This is a highly inequitable situation which will prove far more costly to the taxpayer than anticipated, destroy many good businesses and leave many who are profiting with no incentive to get back to normality – all with disastrous consequences for the future of the UK economy.
The most serious threat to the health of the nation currently is not the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself, but rather, our response to it as a country. What is highly dangerous is the hyping up of fear levels in the public by the media together with manipulation and suppression of basic but scientifically robust information which can significantly reduce serious illness, hospitalisation and deaths and render SARS-CoV-2 a far less serious threat.
As you may by now know, there has been a disproportionate number of deaths in non-white darker skinned populations in the UK and the US. When taken together with those that are obese, another high-risk group, I am not alone in seeing one obvious commonality: people in both categories are extremely likely to be vitamin D deficient (please see the appendix for further detail). Abundant medical literature clearly shows that lack of optimal vitamin D levels (optimal levels being far higher than those required for the prevention of rickets) reduces resistance to viral, fungal and bacterial infections, unbalances the immune response resulting in cytokine storms, and directly impacts the respiratory system making ARD (acute respiratory distress syndrome) a far more likely and potentially disastrous outcome.'
Small Business Eligibility Checker
sent over by Mike Warner of Warners Cars
In early March the UK Government announced a £330bn package of support for businesses. Then on 26 March, the Self Employed Income Support Scheme. These announcements are on top of £30bn for businesses the Chancellor announced during the March 2020 Budget.
What’s available and is your small business eligible? See Summary and Eligibility Checker HERE.
Quick guide from The Guardian website.
'UK lockdown: what are the coronavirus restrictions?
What do the restrictions involve?
People in the UK will only be allowed to leave their home for the following purposes:
Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
Police will have the powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. To ensure compliance with the instruction to stay at home, the government will:
Close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship
Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with
Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals
Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed.'
There's more to read about this important subject on our blog HERE.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that this pandemic has our sleeping patterns shot to pieces, and when we are asleep our dreams are more intense, and at times, frankly, quite bizarre.
A number of people have mentioned that they are feeling unusually tired during the day, has a Nana Nap become the new Happy Hour?
Following a little research (and please note I am not a doctor/sleep specialist/scientist, despite having watched Gray's Anatomy!) it seems that this is all to do with something called Allostatic Load. I am going to offer up a link to a very interesting article. I was intending to attempt an explanation myself, but I feel that we have had a gutful of pseudo experts, so I'll leave the babble to Donald and encourage you to read THIS from the Harvard Business Review.
As far as the dreaming goes, can we make a pact? Listening to someone else's dreams is SO DULL! If you're desperate to share the content of your night-time imaginings, how about starting a dream diary...you could always lend it to someone with insomnia!!
So, read this second article written by Neuroscientist Dr Mary-Ellen Lynell about how the pandemic could be affecting your dream-scape.
The other strange discovery is that people are finding virtual communication bizarrely exhausting. I know a lot of you have moved with the times and are using Zoom and the like to keep in contact with your clients and customers and I'd love to know if you are finding it weirdly tiring.
According to Gianpiero Petriglieri, an associate professor at Insead Business School, being in a chat or meeting via video requires us to process a number of non-verbal signals and it is much harder to do this than in a face to face situation. It is difficult to relax into a naturally patterned conversation. Pauses and screen freezes also put us at dis-ease, even a small pause can cause us to feel the responder is less focussed or unfriendly.
Aside from the business aspect, we are also using this tool to keep up with friends and family which, surely, should be relaxing and enjoyable but here, our subconscious is at play. We are sharply aware that we are being focused on which is an uncomfortable thing for many people, it is hard to be heard, difficult to concentrate on who is talking - as Petriglieri says, "It's like watching television, with television watching you."
So it's not that surprising to be feeling a little weary. Be kind to yourself. Take regular breaks. Don't be afraid to have the camera either off or positioned away from you. And if it's a social get together... don't be afraid to say no.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
By John Hopkins, retired wedding photographer.
'Having arrived early at a house on a large country estate in readiness to take photographs of the bride prior to her setting off to the church, I was invited to wait in the kitchen. The household was supported by several ‘staff’. I had not been waiting for very long when the internal door to the kitchen opened and in walked the bride, dressed only in a pair of panties and holding a matching bra in her hand. She was expecting to find the resident female cook, whom she was going to ask to help her sort out a problem with some rather stiff hooks and eyes on her new bra. After a few awkward moments, I was able to resolve the problem for her and she returned to her bedroom wearing a full set of underwear. I never did find out whether she told this tale to anyone else, but I did receive a few knowing glances from her throughout the rest of the day!'
Read article HERE.
Beautiful Oak Tree Swings
The Fine Wooden Article Company would like to share this offer with you...
Firstly we would like to send you our best wishes, we hope you are fit and well. We would like take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued and loyal support at this testing time. We would like to reassure you our webstore is still open and is operating under strict hygiene standards, each product is thoroughly sanitised before leaving the workshop via courier. During this uncertain time we’d love to be able to offer something to our customers alongside the current support we are providing for some elderly and high risk members of our local community. If you're trying to to keep your children (and your over grown children who are still young at heart!) entertained whilst the sun is shining, we may have the perfect solution for you...
We would like to offer our fun, practical & finely crafted solid Oak Tree Swings, with the option of personalised engraving, at a 20% DISCOUNT with the use of discount code: SPRING2020
Something to Look Forward To
Harriet from Foodworks told us about these retreats she organises near Marrakech in Morocco. They look like just what the doctor ordered. The classes are easy and relaxed - yoga and aqua aerobics; the 12K walk up the Atlas Mountains is a challenge for your sense of adventure and there's an evening in the Medina. The retreat takes place 24 - 28 September 2020. All the delicious food, retreat activities and accommodation in a shared room are included (£800); the only thing you have to arrange and pay for yourself is your flight from Gatwick to Marrakech. At time of speaking to Harriet, her flight was £90. This sounds like the retreat of a lifetime to me.
In case the wording is too small to read on the flyer, hop over to the Breathe Retreats website and you'll be able to see it much it much more clearly!
Recipe of the Month
Enjoy a plate of Sri Lankan sunshine at home!
Kotthu is a fine example of Sri Lankan hybrid food and served all over the country as luxury street food. It is made with finely chopped roti cooked with egg vegetables and/or meat.
Finely Sliced Red Onion
Pinch of Salt
Mixed Chilli Flakes
Ground Black Pepper
2 Free Range Eggs
150g Sliced Roti
25g Thinly Sliced Carrot
25g Thinly Sliced Leek
Heat a wok until hot. Add the coconut oil and swirl the wok until it covers the base.
Add the onion, salt, chillies, black pepper, and eggs.
Toss and cook until the egg has slightly scrambled, then add the roti, carrot and leeks.
Toss the pan rapidly on high heat for several minutes, until the vegetables are cooked but still crisp.
Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
Fill your tables and your family with a takeaway from The Coconut Tree!
Available from TCT Cheltenham Wednesday - Sunday, with delivery options through Deliveroo and Ubereats. Plus, TCT Bristol, Glos Rd will be opening for takeaways from 1st May!
ONLINE COURSES, CLASSES & SHOPPING
To save letting this e-magazine getting endlessly long, and so that you can find everything easily all in one place, we've created a new page for you called WHAT'S GOING ON ONLINE. Have a butcher's!
Libbi's Monthly Mention
Libbi, who I mention most months, recently had a change of career from design to nursing - she now works for the NHS in Surrey. The decision surprised us at first but makes complete sense as she's perfect for the role - so compassionate and caring. I looked through her Facebook photos to see if there was a picture of her in uniform, but in fact there are hardly any of her on her own. This one is from 2010. Her face is the same but her hair is longer now :) Love you Lib! x
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