Your town. Your life. Your magazine.

Image by Carl Chaston Fry at

Last month's cover photograph was by Jordan Lawrence

Included this month:

  • Community

  • TV Recommendations & The Reading Room

  • Meet Our New Members

  • News, Features & Articles

  • Style

  • Home & Garden

  • Events with Bimla's Buzz

  • Reviews

  • Coupon Codes & Special Offers

  • Kids' Page

Image from

Remember, Remember.

November - the month to make Guy Fawkes proud. This year as fireworks are not going to be the same as usual, how are we going to raise our spirits and what can we celebrate? We have ideas for radiant recipes, captivating cocktails and are taking a leaf out of the Scandinavians' book - they have lovely ways of handling dark winters and feeling cosy.

When delivering through letterboxes we do so with freshly sanitised, clean hands and avoid homes that have a 'no junk mail' notice displayed (although we wouldn't class this as junk mail!). As a small team we're building on the areas we deliver to and may not cover the same places each month unless requested. Don't miss out - if you'd like to ensure you receive future issues, message us with your postal address and we'll make sure you get one each month one way or another.

Wishing you a lovely November!

Sal, Debs & Cheranne x


More Tea, Vicar?

Reverend Simon Heron, the new vicar of Christ Church, answered a few of our nosey questions so that we can tell you a bit about him...

Where did you move from?

We moved from North Essex, where Simon was Vicar of three churches and kept a close eye on about a dozen more. Gill worked as a primary school music teacher and then with a local educational charity in Colchester.

What are your first impressions of Cheltenham?

There are a wonderful amount of places we can go for coffee! Having moved from a more rural environment, we’ve embraced the greater number of facilities that being in a town offers. Being able to get a takeaway delivered is far more exciting than it should be.

What fresh ideas do you bring to Christ Church?

Much is about building on the excellent work that is going on here already. We have a passion for working with children and young people, so being involved in the life of our local schools will be important. We are determined that Christ Church can play its part at the heart of our community to an even greater extent than it already does.

With many people struggling emotionally at this time, do you have any advice to help members of the community stay on an even keel?

The Mental Health fallout from the pandemic is going to have a significant impact on the people in our communities. Keeping up connections with others is vital. Virtual is not as good as face to face, but make time to speak to someone every day, by phone, online, even over the fence with next the door neighbour. A ‘hello’ from a stranger can make someone’s day.

What are the plans for celebrating Christmas with Christ Church?

As the regulations for how we are able to meet change almost daily, it’s been an interesting challenge! We still hope to have a carol service, Christingle, and Midnight Communion, although they will undoubtedly look a little different from the way they have looked in previous years.

Rev Simon has added some videos on the Christ Church website called 'Simon Says' which you can find here: He's also on Twitter @siheron where his bio says: 'The Rev at Christ Church Cheltenham - love God, my family, my Mac, and a nice ripe piece of brie.' His website is where he blogs about Vicaring. We'd like to thank his wife Gill for contacting us and facilitating the mini interview, and know you'll join us in welcoming them and their family to Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Animal Shelter

'Based in the heart of Gloucestershire, we rescue and re-home over 650 unwanted and abandoned cats, dogs and small animals every year at a cost of around £650,000.

Thanks to the generosity of the public we can continue to look after the animals in our care. We receive no Government or Lottery funding.'

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to cancel our major fundraising events, suspend our rehoming service and close our on-site charity shop, vets, grooming and boarding facilities.

Although we are starting to reopen our on-site facilities we are operating at reduced capacity and we are still unable to hold any fundraising events so the charity continues to lose thousands of pounds. Your donation at this time matters more than ever.

Your generosity will mean that Cheltenham Animal Shelter can continue to care for dogs, cats and small animals in need.

  • £5 helps with flea and worm treatment for a cat or dog for one month

  • £15 helps with a course of vaccinations for one pet

  • £20 helps towards the cost of specialist food for pets with dietary needs

  • £70 helps to neuter an abandoned or unwanted animal

  • Any amount you can give will help animals in need

Help us help them by making a donating today:

Cheltenham Playhouse Fundraising

Fondly named the 'Cheltenham Noticeboard comedian', James Fear has gone and set up a fundraising page to raise much needed funds for the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre. The theatre missed out on a recent government grant although they felt that the 50K application would have been fair. Join James, his nan, Wendy-from-Number-23 and lots of Cheltenham Noticeboard group members in supporting them by donating here:

A statement from Suzy at Theatre Studio which is based in Cheltenham Playhouse...

'The beautiful Cheltenham Playhouse is not only Theatre Studio’s home where we nurture the youth of today but a much loved home for many people around Gloucestershire who love the arts. The theatre has always been a safe and loving environment for us where we can learn and be creative. We were so sad to learn that they were not granted any government funding and we fully support them and everyone who is actively trying to help.'

Fascinating facts

Did you know there used to be a swimming pool in The Playhouse?

'The premises underwent many enlargements and improvements throughout the 19th Century, with the addition of a sizeable swimming pool, showers, air, steam and vapour baths, plus its own steam mill and bakery from around 1836, which made use of the energy produced by the boilers used in the salts manufacturing process. The main swimming pool could be covered over to allow gymnasium classes and cycling lessons to be held and in later years the baths played host to exhibitions, dances, fancy dress balls, dinners, and even an indoor cricket school!

The town council financed the Playhouse until 1957, when local volunteers took over the running of the venue under the guise of the Theatre & Arts Club. It is still run by volunteers to this day and has been a registered charity since 2001. The auditorium and green room were refurbished in 2008 – following, but not due to, the twin floods of 2007. Today, the venue also hosts dance classes, mothers and toddlers and other community groups.'

from Cheltenham Playhouse Website

A New Form of Fundraising

Tokyo Tattoo Studios in Cheltenham raised £600 in one day for the Playhouse by doing a flash sale on theatre themed tattoos. James Fear was there to take photographs, which he is offering to do for other businesses who join in with this fundraising drive. James said 'These kind of fundraisers really help raise the money quickly. I will photograph them and all the images will be yours. Over to you, team! If you don’t own a business, don’t worry, you can still donate.


The Social Dilemma. Netflix.

When a bunch of tech experts sound the alarm on the dangerous human impact of social networking, it's time to sit up and listen. Clear and comprehensive, The Social Dilemma presents a sobering analysis of our data-mined present. The 90 minute combined drama and documentary powerfully illustrates the dark side of social media in a creative way. An eye-opening and intelligent film, even downright terrifying at times, as a good cautionary tale ought to be.

Quotes like: 'fake news receives SIX times as much engagement as the truth' and 'social media is a drug... that starts to dig deeper down into the brain stem and take over kids' sense of self worth and identity' come thick and fast. Yet it still takes you back when you see statistics of the dramatic increase in self harm and suicide among teenagers over the past decade.

If you've seen The Social Dilemma, you're probably now having trouble using social media. If you haven't watched it yet, then maybe you should.

Review by Neil Townend, MD of The Moonlighting group, based near Tewkesbury:
Image BBC


BBC iPlayer

Another brilliant short series from the Beeb. An all star cast, including Alison Steadman, Adrian Lester and Peter Davison, giving it their all in a beautifully written six parter.

The drama focuses on four people, one house and many lives. Interlocking stories of choice, potential and huge decisions. I loved this clever, thought inspiring drama and think you will too.

Image ABC

Australian Masterchef

Amazon Prime

Jeez! I must get out more… oh yeah… forgot for a moment!! So, if you’re stuck in the house I have discovered this beauty. Approximately 25 gazillion episodes to catch up on – I kid you not. To my mind a much more enjoyable format than our British version. There are challenges, masterclasses (really fab if you enjoy cooking and fancy upping your kitchen game) and intense elimination battles. Hosted by three kind, helpful but suitably critical judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan (new judges for this year have just been announced).

Having started in 2009, if lockdown lasts for another 6 months, this will see you through!

Image Thailand Tatler

My Octopus Teacher


Such a sweet documentary. After having a breakdown from the stresses of work and life, a South African man takes to the sea daily without a wetsuit or diving cylinder to discover more about the creatures of the kelp forest. He meets an octopus who astounds him with her strategies for avoiding predators and catching food, and over time manages to gain her trust and affection. Octopuses (octopi is also correct - looked it up) of her variety only live about a year and in that time they learn so much. This is worth watching.


Image The New York Times

Girl, Woman, Other

by Bernadine Evaristo

As soon as I saw the vibrant cover design by @madebykaran I wanted to read the book. DO judge this book by its cover! Are you ever reading and think "Ooh I must get this book for so-and-so!"? I'm already loving it but as I haven't finished it yet (putting a magazine together doesn't allow many hours of recreational reading) I asked Joanne at The Refocus Clinic for a review...

'Evaristo is blazing a new pathway for the undefined spiral roles of identity that are shaping a new discourse in society as we know it. Evaristo demonstrates an inordinate day to day wealth toward the steeples of identity – Girl, Woman, Other. These roles intertwine, exchange, upgrade, and downgrade previously understood beliefs and values; interacting in unpredictable and tender ways. Evaristo is demanding a new spiral discourse on the identities that probe, support and deepen the dynamic rhythms that exist within the roles of family, friendship, love, and kin-ship. Her characters both young and old transition through 360-degree cycles of life, whether looking forward or back. Evaristo deepens our truth, asking many questions that need not be answered, allowing us time to absorb unwinding discourses. The questions are granted space, for the 12 characters of Evaristo’s choosing to paint a new presence. An epic read!'

Here's what The Guardian had to say...

'Her eighth novel follows 12 characters, most of them black British women, moving through the world in different decades and learning how to be. Each character has a chapter; within the chapters their lives overlap, but their experiences, backgrounds and choices could not be more different. There’s Amma, a lesbian socialist playwright, and non-binary Morgan, who uses the internet to navigate their gender identity – but also Shirley, a teacher who feels alien in Amma’s community, and Winsome, a bride who has arrived from Barbados to an unhappy marriage. Many of the characters are close – friends, relatives or lovers – while others simply visit the same theatre on the same night, or argue with each other on Twitter.'


Spice Lodge Kitchen, Homelands, Bishop's Cleeve

The brand new Spice Lodge Kitchen in Bishop's Cleeve, which is part of the East India Cafe family along with Balti Walla and Robi's Takeaway Cheltenham, is bringing you the exquisite taste of Anglo-Indian Food.

We serve you with authentic dishes from the Indian sub-continent and pride ourselves on traditional freshly prepared Indian cuisine that is delivered directly to your door when you order online from our websites. Our menu is a compilation of popular favourites. From tandoori grills to traditional thaalis and much more, we offer a wide range of choices that will certainly tickle your taste buds.

Something to try: Vegetarian Tasting Menu

Indian cuisine has evolved over a period of 5000 years and shaped by the influences of religious beliefs, social customs and foreign infiltrations. You'll love our take on the finest vegetarian recipes influenced during the Raj era.

Virtual Event Ideas

Entertainment for the new reality.

After 24 years delivering live events, The Moonlighting Group has adapted to bring you virtual events and entertainment during the 2020 Covid crisis and beyond.

There's a fabulous choice of events: Virtual Office Party, Escape Room, Russian Roulette, Race Night, Pop Bingo, Online Auction and our favourite of all - Virtually The Best Pub Quiz Ever!

Cheltenham Noticeboard entered a team in one of these virtual pub quizzes - surprisingly we didn't win - but it was great fun.

Join Quiztaztic on Friday 13 November at 8pm for the UK's most entertaining virtual quiz (ever)! Get your team together to play along to our live-streamed, premium show complete with videos, music, unique question styles and CASH prizes.

Just click ‘Going’ on the Facebook event, or email with QUIZ INFO in the subject line.

All the information you could possibly need is here:


Image from Historic Royal Palaces
Image from City Girl Network

Iceland's New Ideas on Fireworks

A ministerial committee in Iceland has made the following recommendations on curtailing the use of fireworks in their country:

  • Short-term measures put in place by local health committees related to fireworks pollution

  • Licences and supervision for fireworks displays

  • A more restrictive timeframe during which the use of fireworks is permitted

  • Fewer days on which fireworks are sold

  • Increased supervision and oversight on fireworks use

  • Penalties and fines related to misuse of fireworks

  • The appointment of a working group to discuss a new financing model for ICE-SAR rescue teams

A joint statement issued by the committee emphasised the importance of taking practical measures to improve public health while also ensuring that Iceland’s Search and Rescue organisations remain well-funded (ICE-SAR currently earns half its annual revenue from the sale of fireworks).

Per the proposed regulations, it would only be permissible to set off fireworks in Iceland during the following windows: 4.00pm on New Year’s Eve to 2.00am on New Year’s Day; 4.00pm to 10.00pm on New Year’s Day; 4.00pm to 10.00pm on January 6th (Þrettándinn, otherwise known as Epiphany, or the last day of Christmas).

Current law in Iceland allows for the sale and use of fireworks from December 28 until January 6, during which time they are not permitted to be set off between midnight and 9.00am, except on New Year’s Eve.

We know from seeing frequent discussions on local forums that many people in Gloucestershire would welcome such regulations being considered here too. There are concerns about the effect it has on pets, wildlife and farm animals as well as the obvious dangers and noise of amateur pyrotechnics.

Why do we celebrate Guy Fawkes' Night?

Guy Fawkes, born in 1570, was born to a Protestant family but when he father died his mum married again - this time a Catholic. Fawkes was influenced by his stepfather and during his teens he converted to Catholicism himself. He spent several years of his career fighting for the Spanish army where he adopted the Italian name Guido and finally came up with a Baldrick-style cunning plan.

'Fawkes and 12 others spent 18 months calculating a plan to blow up the House of Lords, kill the king, and replace him with a Catholic alternative. In order to do this, the group transported 36 barrels of gunpowder to the cellar below parliament, and planned to set the gunpowder alight when James I opened parliament on 5 November 1605. On 4 November 1605, Guy Fawkes was caught guarding gunpowder in a cellar beneath the Houses of Parliament.'

The plot was foiled and Fawkes was arrested for his involvement in the plot. During his imprisonment in the Tower of London, he was continuously tortured for two days. Finally, he admitted his involvement in the plot and signed a confession, signing his name ‘Guido Fawkes’.

Guy Fawkes was sentenced to death by being hanged, drawn and quartered. In January 1606 at the age of 36, Fawkes took to the scaffold in Westminster in London. It's been suggested that after the noose had been placed over his head, Fawkes purposely jumped from the scaffold in order to break his own neck. By doing this, he avoided being cut down after being hanged and having his organs cut from his body while still alive. Fawkes’s dead body was cut into quarters and sent to different parts of the country, where they were put on display for the public to see. (Gory.)

The story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot has continued to be told ever since, and in the 19th century it became customary to burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire every year on 5 November to mark the failure / celebrate the attempt of the plot. In some areas, kids still push a home-made Guy around in a push-chair and shout "Penny for the Guy?". I noticed one Gloucestershire village was doing a scarecrow competition last month. What old or new traditions have you observed or would like to?

Readers' Thoughts on Fireworks

'Like the social side like bbq and mulled cider. Just wish they weren’t so loud. It must be terrifying for livestock. I also dread to think where they are manufactured.'

Debbie Boulton

'Love fireworks.'

Claire Doré, Claire Doré Coaching

'Against them. They should change to silent fireworks and limit firework displays to organised events so people can prepare their animals for these events. Let’s switch to silent fireworks.'

Lisa Unique, DJ

'We have a ‘quiet firework display’ here so as not to torture all our lovely animals. The fireworks are not silent but they are quiet. The fireworks are beautiful and everyone has a wonderful time. A lot of the adults say they far prefer an evening that doesn’t render them shell-shocked.'

Dordie Ketley, Middletown Farm Shop

'Dangerous, loud and ridiculous. Why can’t people look at the stars and the moon and appreciate Mother Earth instead whilst not terrifying our beloved animals.'

Sarah Paterson Mortgage Broker

'I love them. But think only quiet ones should be sold for home use. The big bangers should be kept for the professional shows only! My grandad died on firework night. A huge loud bang went off, he jumped out of his chair and had a heart attack on the spot! So there should be a sound limit for home use. Plus it can upset pets. I’m not against special family time in the garden having fun with them in a safe way. I have many happy memories from my childhood with dad setting them up.'

Anna Newman, Sugar Bowl Bakes

'They need to be only used at organised events and the sound limited. Banned for home use. At the moment it feels like a war zone when they go off. Awful for animals, babies and those suffering with PTSD.'

Ashley Wilks, Ashley Wilks Art

'Silent ones are beautiful. I think planned days such as Nov 5th and New Year are OK for the noise, as people can plan in advance. Unplanned fireworks can cause such awful distress to people and animals.'

Janie Whittemore, The Healing Company

Fascinating Fact

Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets. How cute is that?

If you have prepared a bonfire in your garden make sure to check for hedgehogs before lighting it as bonfires are particularly attractive to them to hide in. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society says: 'Build bonfires on the day they are to be lit to save hedgehogs and other wildlife from appalling suffering.'

Image - Cruffins from The Find, Cheltenham

Getting Cosy, Scandi Style

by Birgitte Winther

It’s safe to say that the word 'HYGGE' has been hard to avoid during the last few years. It’s been slapped on candles, shoes, bags, jumpers etc and while most people know it has something to do with candles and being cosy, if you ask a Danish person (or any Scandi – as we all have some sort of word for it) they will often tell you it’s really more of a feeling. Well, that’s great, because you can’t really market or export a feeling, hence the need for the items above.

I will tell you now it does definitely have something to do with candles (more on that below) BUT since this year has been challenging at the best of times what we need to get through a cold, dark winter is RAW hygge (Rå Hygge). See, I bet no one told you there was levels of hygge. Raw hygge is the highest level.

This is potentially something we (The Scandis) have invented because we have to go through the dark, cold winter (which could potentially run from September to May and on the shortest days the sun starts going down as early as 2-3pm!) and so we need another level of hygge to get through it and to keep our minds and bodies in a positive state during this season.

So, what we have decided in Scandinavian countries is instead of fighting it (winter) we are going to embrace it! Because what choice do we have really…?

One thing a lot of Scandinavians do is to still spend a lot of time outdoors during the winter months. I am not suggesting anything extreme like Viking Swimming (!) but keep socialising outside, go to the park, forest etc with friends and family and bring a bottle of hot chocolate (or something stronger) and some blankets etc to make it comfortable. Make sure you dress properly though (cue funky boiler suits - a trend for both adults and kids in Denmark). We live by the saying 'there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes'. And to be honest spending a day in front of the fireplace or TV after long (cold or wet) walk in the woods does seems so much more rewarding. You have had your fresh air, moved about and can now fully relax.

Tips on how to maximise your hygge this season:

  • Give yourself a nice welcome home by adding an autumn wreath to your front door. The one shown is by TheBigBloomRoom.

  • Add outdoor lights (either strings or lanterns with candles) to your garden, balcony or porch area.

  • Have a basket ready in your hallway with your slippers (you can even buy some cheaper ones and have them for guests; it’s a great incentive for them to take their dirty shoes off and get comfy).

  • Have a hygge corner somewhere in the house, where you have your candles and a wool throw ready for the extra cold/dark days. (If it’s not a heavy chair you can then move it around the house to catch a bit of that winter sun through the window, just like our cats and dogs do). You will be surprised what even 5-10 mins of getting a bit of sun on your face can do to your mood.

  • Check your general lighting in the room where you spend most time in winter. Are they subtle, warm lights? Can you add a dimmer switch? Having warm subtle lights and candles gives your room a nice warm ambiance. Investing in a more expensive eco-friendly candle is well worth it. Or if you don’t want an open flame, you can now get some really cool fake candles.

  • Indoor plants can also add some life to the house during the winter months. If you don’t have green thumbs (I am one of you) then take advantage of the current trend of dried flowers, pampas grass etc.

  • I don’t need to convince anyone that cups of tea are a good idea, but baking can also be nice in the winter months. (And it heats up the kitchen = bonus!) Try to resist the urge to make too sugary treats (keep those for Christmas) but make some healthy snacks so you don’t get into the habit of too much Hygge-spise (cosy-eating). Yes, it’s a thing.

So remember it’s a choice to change your mindset and embrace the winter months. Also, spare a thought for your Nordic neighbours whose winters are significantly longer and darker than here in the UK. (Another reason I love living in Cheltenham with you smart people).

Get outside, get baking, have a chat with friends from your cosy corner (on Zoom if personal visits are out). Buy yourself a winter survival kit (candle, blanket, slippers etc). Some amazing cheap places to buy your cosy living winter essentials are: Tiger, TK Maxx, H&M Home to name just a few, but don’t forget to also support your local fairs, independent makers and traders (many of which will be online this year) as well.


Birgitte Winther lives in Cheltenham with her partner Simon, their 3-year-old daughter Florence and old Chocolate Labrador Audrey. She is the owner of Scandinavian Art Print store

It's 'Virtually' Christmas

Christmas 2020 looks like it will be quite different for many of us due to Covid, and not least of all the office party and entertainment.

With strict limitations on gathering in person, we have all had to become creative and adapt to using virtual platforms for work meetings and family and friends ‘get-togethers’.

Local favourites, The Moonlighting Group, have been at the forefront of event planning and entertainment since 1996, so it’s no surprise that they were among the first to produce an online Quiz at the start of lockdown last April.

They have also been putting together some great party packages for their regular clients, taking things virtual, without losing the sense of bonding and celebration, in whatever way we can, for now.

Their new website: not only features their Office Party planning, but also a bunch of great ideas for corporate event activities and games, to help combat those Covid blues and spread a little seasonal joy!


Are you really going out like that?

by Sarah Cross, Wardrobe Editor @myvosuk

Style tips about transitioning from home clothes to stepping out again.

The pandemic has interrupted how we dress and led to a shift in clothing that is driven by circumstance, not style. ‘Slob style’ is a fashion term. But most of my clients (and their partners) are now falling out of love with their daily lounge wear and loose middled attire, that is partly blamed for the expansion of many a waistline during the past few months, and want to re-find their style for their new norm.

Bloggers, influencers, writers and reporters are writing an endless supply of features telling us how even the dedicated followers of fashion are dressing down – so it must be a thing – but do we really want to dress like this? And more to the point, can we pull it off and still feel stylish?

'Even dedicated followers of fashion are dressing down - surely it must be a thing.'

We’ve always had the self-styled mavericks who dress as if they don’t care, and funnily enough it’s the men that spring to mind as I write this. Think FB co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, or government chief advisor Dominic Cummings, or even our very own PM - between these 3 men alone we’ve witnessed public displays of non-descript casual, mix-match and ill-fitting attire well before the pandemic struck.

However, for most of us ladies, our newfound comfort that arrived as a result of lockdown is no longer cutting the mustard, but neither is our pre-lockdown clothing. Plus, the way we receive clothing information has changed too. No more red-carpet celebrity show downs or finely curated Instagram feeds; instead we are seeing the rise of individuality. I think this as a BRILLIANT opportunity for us to reset. This is our time where designers are following our lead by turning to look at what customers are wearing first. And to my delight this has made both designer and consumer move towards sustainable clothes and the quality of garments rather than the seasonality of fast fashion and single-use behaviour.

'Individuality is on the rise and this trend is here to stay.'

I believe the answer is a more subdued and comfort-focused style, with a personal wardrobe of selected clothes that can be worn multiple times. However, it is important to emphasise that this does not mean the end of people wanting to look good and feel nice, in fact, it means the very opposite. We have finally reached tipping point where we have experienced the mass availability of ever changing clothing looks, which consequently has filled our wardrobes, to suddenly experiencing one universal comfort-dressing look, resulting in lounge wear. We now have everything we need to pop the two together and decipher our own individual style from our wardrobes.

How we dress can make us feel exposed or safe, and at the moment both the latter feelings are at war with each other while we figure out our new way. When we dress, we have knowledge that we will be seen even if we refuse to admit it. As humans, we are visual creatures and we use dressing as a means of visually expressing our individuality.

Tips on how to re-evolve your current wardrobe to create a new style:

1. Think head-to-toe - curating a complete look that includes your shoes, bag and any other chosen accessories such as hat, sunglasses, jewellery.

2. Wear your Bests - don’t limit a garment by categorising as ‘going out’. Every time you vacate your home you are going out, pair blouses with jeans and pop on your heeled boots.

3. Mix lounge wear with office wear - create a new style by pairing slouch knits with tailored trousers, silk blouse with joggers.

Plus: Visors will allow full make-up.

I’m going to leave you with this thought: Coronavirus will lead to a different world. I wonder if this will apply to clothing just as it applies to anything else. No matter how much you may wish to distance yourself from fashion, are you really going out like that?

Next month I’ll be focusing on how I think party-wear will be addressed this year.

Photograph by Emily Forgione

Finding Your Personal Style

with Elinor Salter

Finding your personal style doesn’t mean you have to follow trends or fashions, or slavishly copy a celebrity; it means expressing who you are inside and letting that inner vision become your outer voice.

Whether you decide you want to completely change how you look to suit who you are now, or who you hope to become, or whether you just want to add a few tweaks to make your look more current and reflect your personality more, it is important to only wear what you really love and makes you feel good about yourself and 'you' – this will make you feel confident and ready to take on the world.

The first thing to consider is the silhouette you like. Do you like flowy outfits or do you prefer straight lines? Do you feel better in belted jackets or do short boxy jackets feel more you? Take photos of yourself in the styles you love or collect images on a Pinterest board and stick to these styles when you are buying clothes or putting together your outfits.

Icon pieces

People whose style we admire all have statement pieces they wear all the time. Think Anna Wintour and her sunglasses, Audrey Hepburn and her ankle skimming trousers, Kate Middleton and her A-line dresses. Pick an icon piece that you absolutely love and make it your signature – it could be maxi dresses, faded blue jeans, jewelled ballet flats or a statement bag you always carry. Again, create a mood board on Pinterest with items that really catch your eye and see if there is a recurring theme – this can then be your icon piece.


Find colours that you love and build your outfits around them. Maybe try colour blocking, adding either strong colours together, eg pink and red or green and purple, or sticking to neutral colours and adding creams and browns, greys and blacks. Another way of looking 'put together' is by wearing all one colour – maybe all beiges or greys, or all pinks. Once you have found your signature colours and start to build on these, you will find putting outfits together a synch as your wardrobe will start to become coordinated.

A Non Uniform Uniform

Don’t worry if you start to wear the same type of outfits all the time. If you feel comfortable and 'you' it will start to feel right. It will also become easier to shop and dress every day, as you know exactly what you going to look like. Make variations so you don’t get bored and maybe have a 'uniform' for work and one for play.

Classic Style

Always think about sustainability when putting together your style. Not just from an ethical point of view, although that is important, but also from a longevity point of view. Look for styles not only from current fashion but from the past. Items that will stand the test of time and wont feel dated and 'last season' the moment you buy them. Look in charity shops and vintage stores for well made classics that will elevate your look. This doesn’t mean that your style has to have a 'classic' look – ie twinset and pearls, but whatever you choose will be durable.


Don’t forget that shoes can make or break an outfit. It is no good having a 'va va voom' looking dress with a frumpy pair of shoes. Shoes are such an important part of you look so make sure they fit both your style and your lifestyle and build your outfits around them.

Brand Loyalty

If you find a brand that fits both your style and your body shape, don’t be afraid to stick with it. I'm not embarrassed that most of my clothes seem to come from Zara - I know they fit me, I know that whatever I am looking for they will have it, so I stick with them. This can be the holy grail of finding your personal style, so if you have a brand you love, celebrate it!

Wardrobe Organisation

Once you start developing your style, organise your wardrobe so you know where everything is. Colour code it, sort it into skirts, dresses, trousers, etc and keep everything in good condition and clean. Do a wardrobe edit and get rid of the clothes that don’t suit you or are too big, small, damaged. Aim to have a capsule wardrobe of around no more that 50 pieces. This will help to diminish that sense of overwhelm you get when you are looking for something to wear.

I hope this has given you some food for thought! I love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so please keep in touch.

Stylish wishes,

Elinor xx


Anti-Ageing Skincare Range

Liana’s Beauty Company is very excited to be launching the Medik8 skincare and peel range. Medik8 is dedicated to producing high quality skincare products with the best ingredients at the right strengths, and with a proven track record. The brand has tailored lines for specific skin solutions. You may have heard of the term ‘professional’ products. This essentially means that the products are sold through professional outlets such as doctors' offices, skincare clinics, medical and premium spas, plus a select number of specialist websites that deal with professional brands. Medik8 is a professional brand.

Medik8’s philosophy is CSA. That’s vitamin C, followed by sunscreen during the day and then vitamin A at night. An anti-ageing brand that thinks like a natural brand. Medik8 is developed just outside of London and is clean, cruelty free and environmentally aware. Medik8 is the world's most sustainable skincare brand!

Winter Skincare

Laura at Heavenly Holistics in The Suffolks is providing the following winter skincare treatments:

  • Advanced Facials

  • Dermaplaning

  • Chemical peels

  • Microneedling

  • Mesotherapy


When Your Brain Says Yes and Your Heart Says No

by Janie Whittemore of The Healing Company

It is often written how important it is to be ‘true to yourself’. But what does this mean? Why is it important? And how do you know when you are being it?

It starts with self-awareness. There are often small tell-tale signs that may appear in our body, mental processes or otherwise that can alert us to the fact that words may come out of our mouths but we know quite well internally that we believe or think something quite different. When what we are saying or doing is against our personal values, it doesn’t sit well with us.

Being courteous and saying the right thing, and the kind thing, at the time, has its place of course. But if we find that we are continually having to present another face to the world that is not in alignment with who we really are, it will end up causing problems. If we continually act in a way that we tell others is not a good way to behave this can cause real internal discomfort.

From a holistic therapy perspective, the body has many energy gateways, (chakras) and when one of these is not functioning well, we can feel out of sorts in related areas. These can be wide-ranging and not just confined to a localised body area, but such imbalances can also play out in our emotions, physical health and mental wellbeing. Someone brought up in a situation where they are expected to adhere to a regimen or doctrine they fundamentally disagree with, may end up experiencing physical issues in the energy gateway relating to true self-expression. This could be the throat, for example. Someone being abused, or witnessing that happening, may be compliant out of fear but know that it is not right yet cannot speak out. The stomach is also connected to fear – so the throat and the stomach may experience actual discomfort.

This is cognitive dissonance: when you know you are not in agreement with something but you do or say it anyway.

What can be done about it?

Cognitive dissonance can and does affect most people at some point, and as people grow and learn they may adjust their behaviours to sit more comfortable with their beliefs, thus causing less dissonance. In this way it can be turned into a positive. To live in alignment with our personal values is really important. Speaking your truth is a healthy thing to do, and with practice brings empowerment and the freedom to be you. Once comfortable in your own skin, you will be respected for your authenticity and people will be drawn to you. Life becomes less complicated too.

You can also have a holistic treatment which realigns the energy gateways and alleviate energy imbalances and physical discomfort. With your intention and a good practitioner, the layers of how you have been expected to be, how others see you, how you see yourself and how you would like to be can all be worked with, and incredibly positive results can result.

Editor's Choice
Vitamin D3-Max Spray from One Nutrition

Vitamin D for Optimum Immunity

by Eshani King

A mass of evidence from scientific research has gradually built up over the last 6 months pointing to deficiency of vitamin D being a major causal factor in serious illness from Covid and other respiratory illnesses. Since the research described in, and, further highly convincing evidence has emerged from the USA and Israel.

In light of this Matt Hancock the Health Secretary has recently ordered a new review. The current official advice to take only 400 IU of vitamin D3 daily is based on the low amounts needed for bone health, but far more is required to optimise immunity.

Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself over the winter when UVB light is too weak to make vitamin D:

  • The average person needs 6,000 – 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 a day from all sources for optimum immunity. Food is generally a poor source but fatty fish, butter, cream, animal fats and offal can probably provide up to a quarter. D2 from vegetable sources like mushrooms is not as effective.

  • As vitamin D is fat soluble, it should be taken in a fat-based carrier rather than as a solid tablet. Coconut oil, cod liver oil and olive oil is preferred to processed, high omega-6 seed oils such sunflower oil.

  • The amount of vitamin D3 required is proportionate to body size - smaller and larger people may need less or more.

  • The aim should be to maintain blood level at 100-150 nmol/l or 40-60 ng/ml and to have some intake on most days. The NHS offers reasonably priced vitamin D tests to the public at:

  • As a precaution, if you do not eat much K2 containing foods such as animal fats, egg yolk, liver, cheese and fermented foods, taking 75-100µg K2 may be desirable to keep your arteries clear of calcium as vitamin D causes additional calcium to be absorbed from the gut. It is not a good idea to take calcium supplements while taking vitamin D and a higher vitamin D level makes this unnecessary anyway. K1 from vegetable sources is not very effective.

  • Magnesium is required to activate vitamin D and to transport it around the body. Vitamin D cannot help you much if you are deficient in magnesium and most of us probably are, particularly if we undertake lots of physical activity or we are chronically stressed. Carbohydrate based diets and sugar also deplete magnesium rapidly.

  • 100-400mg elemental equivalent of magnesium as magnesium citrate/glycinate/sulphate (not oxide) or equivalent of ionic liquid magnesium is recommended to obtain maximum benefits from vitamin D.

Don’t forget other great immune boosters: regular exercise, fresh air and daylight, natural foods rich in protein, zinc, selenium and vitamin A and E containing fats, keeping well hydrated, laughter and social contact - and for the minority of us who are brave enough and slightly mad, a swim in very cold water or an ice bath!

Please always take appropriate advice from your doctor as you may have conditions that make the above recommendations inadvisable.

Eshani King BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, FCA, CTA, BFP
Evidence Based Research in Immunology and Health
iHW informed Health Works

'The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.'

Albert Camus

You need three hobbies:
one to keep you creative; one to keep you in shape; one to make you money.



A chat with Cheltenham Entrepreneur Neil Gayler

by Cynneth Bonanos at Penny Red Media

Hi Neil, thanks for your time today. As you know, I’m chatting to various local businesses to find out how they market themselves. You run various businesses and I’m sure the readers would like to know a bit them, what services they offer and the person behind their success.

I have spent my entire working life in Financial Services. Following a thirteen year 'apprenticeship' as a Financial Consultant, I established Neil Gayler & Co, Independent Financial Advisers in 1997. Having built up the practice over 22 years, in June 2019 I sold my practice to the FA92 Group who formed a new business, NG Wealth, to continue to look after my clients. My role with them is engaging with new clients, explaining our proposition and undertaking any strategic planning and financial modelling that may be required prior to any regulated advice being provided by my colleagues.

I have also launched a new business, 'Making Life Simple', that is aimed at older people, particularly widows, which helps them to become, and thereafter remain, financially organised. I see this as being immensely beneficial to ladies whose husbands always did the finances and, now that they have been widowed, they are really struggling to get to grips with it. It will also be useful to Registered Attorneys and Deputies who are managing the financial affairs of (generally) older people who have lost mental capacity. This service will, therefore, appeal to Private Client lawyers.

I run a small holistic healing practice and am a Reiki Master, massage therapist, sound healer, crystal healer and shamanic healer amongst other things and run this business from a small Treatment Room upstairs from my main office. The room is also available for hire by other holistic practitioners.

You can read the whole interview here:


Image from Cheltenham Football Club

From Footballer to Local Landscaper

John Brough spent much of his life playing Club level professional football. If you’re from Cheltenham you may recognise him from his time playing for Cheltenham Town between 1998 - 2005. Before that, he played for various teams all over England including Hereford United, Notts County, Shrewsbury Town, Aldershot Town and Newport County. He was also involved in coaching the Cheltenham Town Youth Team for 5 years.

After spending most of his career outdoors, he knew that he wanted to do something which meant he could keep doing exactly that, and being behind a computer or in an office was not an option. Hence choosing landscaping. Over the last few years, John has gained experience in all aspects of landscaping, from laying turf and planting trees to designing and maintaining people's gardens.

In his spare time, John also manages Cirencester Football Club. He might not be playing any more but still holds the game of football as an important part of his life.

Fascinating Fact about Apple Pips

Apple seeds contain amygdalin, a substance that releases cyanide into the blood stream when chewed and digested. However, apple seeds in small amounts do not contain enough cyanide to cause harm. However, it is better to spit out seeds to avoid any potential issues.

Information from


Did you know?

20 November is Peanut Butter Fudge Day, according to Daniella at OMmaZing Chocolates!

Bimla's Buzz

Bimla is our events columnist and has organised events large and small, corporate and private, glamorous, low key, breathtaking in London and beyond, before moving to Cheltenham and settling down. Now she's a new mum and is adapting to the life changes that motherhood brings.

Wedding Wows!

A wedding invite drops through your door and your heart sinks. Will it be yet another long and drawn out day with pregnant pauses whilst you're forced to talk to Aunty Maureen with your now empty glass of Prosecco in your hand? Let’s hope not! Here are just a few fun ways of keeping the energy on your big day lifted and full of fun:

  • Guests love being kept entertained. Start your celebration off with a bit of music as they arrive at the ceremony. My guests had a mass group sing along while they were waiting for my arrival in the chapel.

  • Think about a quirky track to walk down the aisle to. My favourite ever bridal entrance was to the Pink Panther theme tune. It certainly kept guests smiling.

  • Consider drinks, canapés and music while guests wait for the photos to be done. And try to keep this part of the day to no more than 90 minutes at the most. Nothing worse than hanging around, wondering when food will be served. Garden games around this time can also be a helpful boredom breaker.

  • Speeches should be kept short and sweet. When asking friends or family be sure to give them a time limit. Usually eight minutes per speaker is about long enough.

  • Consider some at table activities for children and adults alike. Maybe a table magician, or ask guests to write pieces of advice for the couple. Think about colouring books and quizzes for the little ones.

  • Schedule your after dinner entertainment carefully. Photo booths, DJ and band. Work out your timings for the band with their manager. If you put them on too early nobody will dance.

  • Fireworks can be a fantastic way to signal the end of the night, but not everyone can afford such extravagance. How about buckets of sparklers for a group photo call before the photographer ends his or her shift.

Keep your guests regularly entertained, fed and watered and the day will fly by. I can guarantee friends will be talking about your wedding for years to come.

Love Bimla XoXo


Headshot by Eoin Schmidt-Martin

Julie's Chosen Charities

Pied Piper Appeal

Goals Beyond Grass

Cheltenham Open Door

Saxophone playing, recently retired Boarding House Mistress, glamorous do-gooder Julie Kent receives an MBE.

Julie Kent MBE often referred to as the Lady with the Sax or Gloucestershire’s glamorous do-gooder, has been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her 2020 birthday honours list, for her outstanding fundraising and services to charity.

Julie Kent is the chair at the Cheltenham Open Door charity, Vice Chair at the Pied Piper Appeal, Ambassador and Trustee of Goals Beyond Grass and very recently retired as House Mistress at the reputable Dean Close School.

The Head of House girls said that Julie was very fashionable and never seen in the same outfit twice, had endless enthusiasm, made a boarding house feel like a home and the girls that went there feel like her family.

When asked about the top ten things that she is most proud of, Julie listed one as “Being able to live with and look after hundreds of teenage girls, to be involved in their lives from the age of 13 to 18 and hopefully inspire them to be givers and to think about and make a difference to others less fortunate. I have always told them to aim high and give.”

Julie Kent MBE talks about her story and the challenges she has faced in the hope that it inspires others. After the heart breaking tragedy of losing her daughter Emily at the age of three to a brain tumour, she set out to try to ‘get something positive out of it’ if that was at all possible. As a result, with her husband Bern, The Emily Kent Charitable Trust was created raising over two hundred thousand pounds for children with cancer in Gloucestershire. It was initially set up to fundraise for anaesthetic equipment for use in the MRI scanner at Bristol Royal Infirmary and then to raise money for equipment for children with cancer.

Following a donation by the charity to The Pied Piper Appeal of fifty thousand pounds, the new oncology ward at Gloucester Royal Hospital was named after Emily along with the Day Care Unit at the new children’s hospital in Bristol.

Julie Kent wanted to let people know that losing a child doesn’t mean losing yourself - it can help you find your path and your purpose to help others. Julie wants to help women who have lost a child find ways of coping and living a life that is full of joy.

Julie Kent MBE, for those that have met her or interviewed her, is an unstoppable force for good and a whirlwind of relentless energy. Her catchphrase is 'Give Your Time, Give to Charity, Give Yourself'. Julie hopes that being awarded an MBE will raise the profile of the charities she is involved with and will help her to share her story to inspire more people to give.

“When people ask me how I feel being recognised and honoured with an MBE… obviously it’s an amazing honour. I go between thinking well it’s not that big, to wow this is really big for a girl brought up in a terraced house in Gloucester. I’ve always loved everything about being British - our heritage, fashions, the tradition, the royal family and pomp and ceremony. I am a member of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire and we have many dinners and ceremonies and I love it. Any excuse to dress up and I’m there!” Julie Kent MBE

For media enquiries contact Sian Gunney Consulting:



Beans, Beans, Good for the Heart

Beans and legumes are some of the most underrated foods on the planet. Studies have shown that the longest living people in the world are in Okinawa Japan and Campodimele, Italy and one of the things they have in common is their love of beans in their daily diets. The same can be said for Sweden, Australia and Greece.

Are you someone who remembers just how good they taste when you happen to have some, but doesn't make a concerted effort to include them regularly in meals? Perhaps this information will encourage you to take a leaf from Jack's beanstalk and get on the beanwagon. It's bean too long - it's time to rediscover the benefits of beans.

Love Your Legumes

Beans are classified into a group of plant foods known as legumes. These plants produce fruits and seeds inside a pod.

Spill The Beans

The people who live the longest in the world have been found to be consuming more beans. They eat them every day!

Cook Them Well

Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family - they grow in pods and must be consumed well cooked to destroy toxins.


Beans are an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, potassium, calcium, iron and zinc, fibre, complex carbohydrates and are low in fat.

Health Benefits

They are antioxidant, packed with polyphenols, reduce diabetes risk, help improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol, reduce cancer risk and boost gut health.

So Many Recipes

They are perfect for sauces, soups, salads, rice & peas, casseroles, dips and dhals, chilli, tortillas and the good old Full English. Dried and canned are equally good.

Where have you BEAN all my life?

Legumes are defined by the fact that they grow in pods, and beans are simply a type of legume (along with lentils, chickpeas, peas, and even peanuts). The bean family offers so many options - turtle, flageolet, pinto, cranberry, cannellini, kidney, black, butter, black-eyed peas, lima, mung, navy, soya, adzuki, anasazi - have we missed any? The most famous in the UK being Heinz Baked Beans which are made using haricot beans.

Adding ginger, fennel, cumin or caraway can help reduce bloating and, dare we mention it, wind! Beans have a reputation for causing wind but evidence suggests that the pros far outweigh the cons.

Throughout the world there are endless ways of spicing up or flavouring up your beans - every country has its own special ways. How about beans the Mexican way or Sri Lankan way? So tasty! Dhal is a staple of India and popular all over the world. A tip I've come across is to add the salt at the end so that it doesn't harden the beans during the cooking process and make it take longer. Some of our favourite local food businesses include beans and other legumes in their dishes - Poco Culina, The Coconut Tree, Marinades, The Find and Hema's Kitchen. Andy from Poco Culina wrote a blog called Spill the Beans that you might like to read. Our recommended Nutritional Therapist Ami Sheward also sings the praises of beans for your daily diet. Regarding the 'cook well to destroy toxins' matter - garden peas are the only exception. They can be eaten as raw as you like. Beans freeze very well and can be kept in the fridge for about a week; they also taste better over time, so why not cook some extra for the freezer.

Rice n Peas, a Jamaican dish (known as Peas n Rice in The Bahamas) is a very popular dish that usually accompanies Jerk Chicken - my family loves to have Rice n Peas with the Sunday roast as it goes really well with spicy gravy. The 'peas' are actually kidney beans.

Beans are a big hit with vegetarians and vegans, being filling and adaptable.

The 9 healthiest beans and legumes you can eat

According to

  • Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans - a great source of fibre and protein)

  • Lentils

  • Peas

  • Kidney Beans

  • Black Beans

  • Soybeans

  • Pinto Beans

  • Navy Beans (who has even heard of these?!)

  • Peanuts

Lastly, beans are cheap. When you are trying to make your food budget go further, beans are a no-brainer. If you'd like to learn more about how to make tasty recipes, ask Foodworks which courses they have coming up. We'd love to hear your bean recipe recommendations so if you have a delicious one, please send it in to us at This has BEAN fun! x

Cocktail of the Month

Bonfire Martini

by Karl at Maita'i Events


45ml Marshmallow Infused Vodka

20ml Toasted Marshmallow Syrup

15ml Cotswolds Cream Liqueur

A Double Espresso

Marshmallow Skewer Garnish


Mix and shake all ingredients and double strain in a Martini glass.

Put the marshmallows on a skewer and toast them (fire / blowtorch).

By the way, Karl says you can buy all the ingredients online (eg vodka £20, syrup £7).

Recipe of the Month

Marinades' Jamaican Patties

Patties are the original Jamaican fast food - available everywhere across the island with different fillings and perfect for snacking or lunch. Crispy dough, traditionally encasing spicy minced beef or lamb, this is a vegan recipe that you'll love. We've kept the quantity yield fairly high because a) we're used to cooking large quantities! and b) once you've tasted one the rest won't last long, and c) the next time you make them you'll want to freeze them, and that's a promise! Don't forget we usually have patties on our #marinadesathome delivery menu every month.

Good luck and all the best for great baking!

Clive, Wendy and Mikael

Marinades Caribbean 07785 776274 / 07800 840555
Insta and Twitter @marinadesjerk


For the Pastry:

2½ cups of plain flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons Caribbean Curry Powder (Dunn's River widely available in most supermarkets' world food section)
½ cup vegan butter (Vitalite works well)
¾ cup of cold water

For the Filling:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 tablespoon Caribbean Curry Powder
500g pumpkin or squash peeled and diced
1½ cups water
¼ white cabbage shredded
2 sweet potatoes peeled and diced
2 carrots peeled and finely diced
½ scotch bonnet pepper (seeds removed) minced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

For the Vegan Eggwash:

Coconut oil


  1. To make the pastry, combine flour, salt, baking powder and curry powder in a large mixing bowl. Break the Vitalite into small pieces and add to the bowl. Using your fingertips squeeze the butter into the flour and keep turning the mixture over by scooping under the mixture with both hands. When mixture resembles breadcrumbs add the water.

  2. Using your hands mix the dough until you form a ball. Knead it once it twice to fully combine it (but don't knead it too much) and separate into two pieces, flattening each piece into a thick pancake. Wrap each piece in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Dough will keep in fridge for 3 days. Remove from fridge about 30 minutes before using it.

  3. For the filling, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over a medium heat and fry onion and garlic for one minute stirring constantly, add the curry powder and cook for 2 more minutes stirring and scraping bottom of the pan to make sure it does not burn.

  4. Add pumpkin and ¾ cup of water and blend well with curry mix. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 10 to 15 minutes until pumpkin is soft enough to mash.

  5. In a separate pot cook the cabbage, drain completely and set aside.

  6. Crush pumpkin roughly, add remaining ¾ cup of water and stir well before adding cabbage, sweet potato, carrot, minced scotch bonnet pepper salt and black pepper. Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, place in a fresh bowl and let cool. Again this can be made ahead and kept in the fridge for 3 days until using.

  7. Preheat oven to 200 (180 fan) or gas 6. Cut each piece of dough into 9 pieces. Using a rolling pin on a floured surface, roll out each piece of dough into a rectangular shape with round edges.

  8. Spread a large spoonful of spicy vegetables mixture over one side of the dough leaving a 1cm border on outside edge. Using your index finger, paint water around the border, fold the other side of the dough over and press, fold and crimp the edges. Lightly press a fork around the edge of the patty.

  9. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and repeat until all dough and vegetables have been used up.

  10. Brush each patty with coconut oil and bake for 20 minutes or until patties turn a nice golden colour. Eat immediately, or cool and refrigerate for 3 days or freeze until ready to reheat.

  11. Enjoy with a cold red stripe, dragon stout or a glass of Wendy's special rum punch all available from Marinades Caribbean for home delivery to enjoy at home with other great authentic Caribbean dishes ️🖤🇯🇲


Amazing Results for Harwood Dance

Harwood Dance advertised on the inside cover of our September issue and Co-Principal Zoe Harwood sent us this message:

'Honestly, we’ve never had an intake like we had this September. Usually we have around 6 or 7 new students in Sept... we’ve had over 30 this year?! Thank you for all you do for us.'

Zoe Harwood, Harwood Dance

Miss Zoe also said: 'Last week someone asked for a dance school to be recommended on Cheltenham Noticeboard. We were recommended by so many people and, to our surprise, got the most recommendations. And then there was this comment.. Our hearts burst. We strive to stand out from other dance schools in Cheltenham by nurturing the WHOLE child rather than just their dance ability. We nurture each student holistically and help them grow to be the best human they can be. We do this without compromising our standard of dance - we have the most incredible exam and competition results. Harwood Dance is proud of who we are and what we represent.'

Here's the comment she's referring to: 'Harwood is a beautiful nurturing school where each and every child is embraced, empowered and supported to be the very best dancer they can be. It's not about chasing the gold but chasing their dreams. Always captured.'

Zoe has recently had new branding by Zoe Dwyer at Rogue Design, introduced by Cheltenham Lifestyle & Business. It's magical when you a fusion of Zoes. Advertisement artwork for this month, using Rogue Design's Branding, was by Jolly Good Design. Teamwork!

'A brilliant dance school, filled with the loveliest teachers and kindest pupils. I am proud to have been a student here for 14 years, and it will always have a place for it in my heart. Such an amazing atmosphere and such amazing memories. Perfect. xxx' Cailtin Gallagher


Some of the local businesses listed in our directory have added a coupon code giving our readers a special discount.

Visit the Coupons page to find out what they are:


Joining The Members' Lounge Business Club

Some of the perks of joining our network on a monthly subscription:

  • Your own online directory web page.

  • Membership of private Facebook group The Members' Lounge.

  • Networking events (virtual and real life, pandemic permitting).

  • Scheduled social shout outs.

  • Reduced advertising rates in e-magazine and printed magazine.

Some of the services we provide:

You can reserve a place by registering for payment with GoCardless, then email us at and we'll be in touch to discuss which package is the most suitable for your needs.

Applications are subject to reviews being checked and space availability in your industry.

Love this!

'I work flexibly, so while it suits me to email now, I don't expect a response or action outside of your own working hours.'

email signature by Jane Cook


Community & Lifestyle

Cheltenham Animal Shelter
01242 523521

DDV Smart Solutions - Automotive Paintwork Specialists
01242 700310

Gloucestershire Constabulary
101 for non-emergency enquiries; 999 for emergencies.

Mark Wijesinghe Bathrooms & Boilers 07717 741075

Property - Morgan Associates Ltd
01242 514285

Ollie's Lock & Safe Locksmiths
07725 338705

Business & Legal

Hooble - a helping hand with technology. Special offer web domains.
0333 577 6060

Penny Red Media
07581 851685

Rosie Reynolds Marketing
07967 832856

The Growth Hub
01242 715400

Festival Law for Personal Injury and Medical Negligence compensation claims. 01242 633775

The Divorce Manager - matrimonial law specialist for amicable divorce. 0800 294 0452


Thank you for your support, making it possible for us to keep this magazine, our groups and social media platforms going. We LOVE working with our advertisers and are proud of every single one of the directory members. Thank you, readers, for inspiring us to create something interesting and useful, and the lovely feedback from previous months. Special thank you to Cheranne for the design work. She makes it look beautiful and we're grateful.


Sal, Debs & Cheranne xx