Monday, 12 February 2018

Rekindle Feb 18 Article: Children in Need

CHILDREN IN NEED by Virginia Stourton, Rekindle

I was interested to read that Parents are now seeking Coaches for their children as young as four. Considering that the mainstream coaching industry is now worth £1.5 billion worldwide there is a good chance that parents making use of the system themselves can see advantages that will assist their children.

Children as well as adults are under a great deal of pressure to perform to a high standard. Falling short of ideals today would appear to cause more trauma than previously perceived.

Never mind get over it are no longer robust enough to see one through.

Yes, it is annoying when your little angel goes upstairs and slams the bedroom door leaving a devotedly cooked meal on the table.

Ok you have not been there, so you won’t know that the knee jerk reaction is to run upstairs and plead for them to come down.

Worse, if you are a bit fraught you find yourself apologising and saying of course it was ok for the mobile to be used while eating as you had not thought it might be an emergency. Bah! If this parenting, then roll on the coach for four-year olds.

So, you ask how is it done? It begins with detailed conversations with the parents. This is best not done with a drink in your hand.

Then time spent getting to know the child at home. That’s why the nondisclosure of drink could be important.

Playing games before moving on to key activities which include magic breathing. A slow deep breath that brings a child back into the moment. (no mention of where they were when out of the moment- never mind)

Each child gets a small soft toy called a breathing buddie which can rest on their stomachs enabling them to see them rise and fall.

Anger emotions are also played through puppets. The results seem good for which there is not room to describe here.

My own parenting, I now see was shamefully lacking. I was not beyond sitting outside the slammed bedroom door with a saucepan of delicious melted chocolate- just enough for me.

On complaining about an outrageous telephone bill (no mobiles then) the teenage culprit threatened to leave home. My answer: so am I

I guess it’s me who needs the breathing buddie now.

Love is the best remedy and if coaching four-year olds is a way of showing this who am I to knock it.
For more info about Rekindle contact or call 07799 066464 / 01285 720833

The Body Workshop Cirencester-Change the way your mind and body feel!

Are you fed up of your body feeling a certain way? If so why not look at changing the way you take care of your mind and body by exploring a new exercise approach.

Over the last 10 years research has been building regarding neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections.  With every repetition of a thought or emotion, we reinforce a neural pathway - and with each new thought, we begin to create a new way of being. These small changes, frequently enough repeated, lead to changes in how our brains work.

How does this link into Pilates? Well Joesph Pilates’ work focused on connecting the mind and body, while doing his exercises in order to change how his mind and body felt.

We Offer…...
MatGroup exercise class done on a mat (max 12 per class) 
Reformer - using a spring resistance machine, that you can lie, sit and stand on (max 6 per class)
Studio - individually tailored programmes using all of the Pilates equipment (max 4 per class). Suitable for those who maybe rehabilitating from injury.
Seated - for those less mobile and cant get up and down from the floor easily.

We also offer weekly Franklin Method Workouts which use the same idea that thoughts and images can change and improve how you move and feel. This conditioning class will raise your heart rate, tone your whole body and make you feel great. Only available in Cirencester at The Body Workshop Studios.

For more information call/email us 01285 655446/ or visit

Phoenix Gardeners get Ready for Spring

Phoenix Gardeners getting ready for spring
Phoenix Gardeners are already thinking about the spring and how nice Cirencester will look this summer.  

Over 2000 plug plants are on order, ready to be planted up in March to go out into the town’s tubs and hanging baskets.  Meg Blumsom, co-ordinator said “Each year we have a different colour scheme and aim for a relaxed rather than municipal planting style”.
Money to pay for the flowers is mostly raised by the group of volunteers themselves.  This year they will hold a coffee morning on March 7th in Bingham Gallery, and a plant sale in the market place in May.  Some tubs are sponsored by local groups or businesses that are keen to see the town look a nice place, and it is hoped that more of these will come forward.
But the group also needs volunteers to help keep the 50 tubs looking their best.  Volunteers are asked to give about half an hour a week over the summer to mind one or two tubs by watering, dead-heading etc and can be carried out at times to suit your needs.
If you prefer a regular commitment, then a small group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday to maintain the main flower bed in the Abbey Grounds. 
If you are interested in volunteering, or helping in any other way then please get in touch. or telephone 01285 657696

Pet Talk with Corinium Vets Feb 18: How to Get Pets in Cars!

Pets in Cars!
Tips to help a pet get used to the car

Give your dog treats in the car without actually driving anywhere. Keep the rides very short and positive. Take your puppy on short car rides as early as possible.
Get your dog used to windshield wipers. Use pheromone treatments, Adaptil collar or Adaptil Spray in the car, 30 minutes before the journey. You could try ginger tablets for dogs for car sickness. Phone your veterinary surgeon to discuss using more potent motion sickness medicine if this fails.

Cats should get used to the carrier before travelling. Never put it away, so it doesn’t only appear when there is a vet visit. Place absorbable bedding material (a large towel or an incontinence pad) in the carrier to avoid them having to sit in their mess if they have an accident. Familiar smells make your cat less stressed. Encourage your cat to sleep or be feed in the carrier. This allows the cat to pass it’s smell onto the carrier and bedding material. You can rub a cloth around the cat’s face to pick up the smell and place this in the carrier. Spray the carrier and the car with Feliway pheromone spray, 30 minutes before travelling. Cover the carrier with a towel or blanket.
The Highway Code states that drivers need to ensure that dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so that they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop too quickly. You should use of a dog seat belt harness, pet carrier, crate, or guard as ways of restraining your pet while driving. Drivers who don’t restrain dogs and cats while on the move are not just breaking the law, they could also be invalidating their car insurance.

Please feel free to contact our team at Corinium Veterinary Surgery if you need more tips and advice.

Local Aviation Scholarships at Cotswold Airport

Are you or someone you know eligible?
Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarships 2018 – Dates Released!
The hugely popular ‘Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship’, which launched back in 2007, will be open for 2018 applications from Monday 22nd January, with a closing date on Friday 30th arch. Twenty successful applicants will be invited to the interview stage of the application process on Saturday 21st April. Following the interviews, the 10 final scholars will be selected for the programme, which runs from Monday 6th to Friday 17th August (weekdays only).
The unique industry scholarship programme has changed the lives of many young people over its ten year history, seeing scholars embarking on fantastic careers in the world of aviation, from engineering to commercial flying (press case studies available). The programme was founded by Cotswold Airport owner, Ronan Harvey, an ex-RAF engineer, aviation expert and successful entrepreneur, who wanted to open up the braod and exciting world of aviation career opportunities to young people from the local area.
The scholarship programme has been significantly enhanced, with the generous addition of a sponsorship package from Gulf Aviation. 2018 marks the second consecutive year that Gulf Aviation has supported this initiative, enabling the organisers to include additional aviation industry site visits such as Bristol International Airport; an increased number of loggable fling hours; and drone tuition with on-site UAV Academy.
2018 marks the eleventh year of the Cotswold Airport Aviation Scholarship and has resonance and importance given 2018 also marks the 100th year of the founding of the RAF and the centenary of the end of WWI. In celebration of these two historic anniversaries, the best performer of next year’s scholarship will be fully trained for their PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) at Cotswold Airport, funded by the scholarship programme.

Students from Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Bristol and Berkshire can apply. Applicants must be 14 to 18 years of age on the 6th August 2018. Applications can be submitted online at

Stroud Choral Presents Bach St John Passion


A warm welcome awaits you at Stroud Choral Society’s Spring Concert at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Cirencester on Saturday 10th March at 7.00pm

After performing in other venues recently such as Tewkesbury Abbey and Bath Abbey this will be our first concert in Cirencester. We are very excited about this and are looking forward with great anticipation to coming back to perform in the Cotswolds especially at such a wonderful venue. We are one of the oldest choral societies in the country and were founded in the first part of the nineteenth century following the opening of the Stroud Subscription Rooms in 1834. We currently have around 140 members of all ages.

The St John Passion was written during Bach's first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on April 7, 1724. The structure of the work falls in two halves narrating the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John. Ariosos and arias reflect on the action, and chorales use hymn tunes and texts that would have been familiar to a contemporary congregation. Compared with the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion has been described as more extravagant, with an expressive immediacy, at times more unbridled and less "finished". Our performance falls just before Easter which of course is the perfect time for such an emotional and moving piece.

The Society, along with the excellent Canzona Period Ensemble and four professional soloists, will be conducted by Huw Williams who is also Director of Music at Bath Abbey.

Tickets are £15 (under 16’s free) and are available from Cirencester Visitor Centre on 01285 654180, via the box office at 01453 760900, from Choir members or on the door.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Corinium Radio Feb 18

New Corinium Radio Presenter Seeks Old CDs

Kate Jones our new volunteer presenter
A new volunteer with Cirencester’s Corinium Radio is offering to help listeners with their housework. Kate Jones, the local community radio station’s latest presenter, has come up with a way of cutting the dusting.

She’s launched an appeal for supporters of the station to donate old CDs which she can use in her new music and lifestyle show.
And, of course, they’ll also help boost the library of Corinium Radio, which still relies quite heavily on the CD format.
Said Kate, “With people often choosing to have a clear-out after Christmas, I thought this might be a good time to ask if they felt they could donate some of their old CDs.

“All discs will be greatly appreciated by the station, whether the music is modern or not and regardless of the style.”

At the time of writing, Kate was gearing up to launch her new programme ‘Podcast Live With Kate’ and was looking to include a wide range of both contemporary and older music tracks.
Said station spokesman Tony Coleman, “We’d better come clean and make it clear that Kate won’t actually be coming round to listeners’ homes to help with the chores.

“She just felt that if people were kind enough to donate CDs they weren’t using anymore they would have fewer things to dust.”
Donated CDs can be posted through the door or left at the reception of Bingham House in Cirencester where CR has its base.

For more about the appeal or if you think you could help run the station contact Corinium Radio chair Carole Boydell on 07776 144033.