Practical tips for your home from The Purple Plumbing People

Practical tips for your home to help you through the colder months in the most economical and cost-effective way.

Bleed your radiators
Getting air out of the radiators is often overlooked. If the radiator is hot at the bottom but cold at the top then air is the prime candidate. A cheap bleed valve key is all you need, let the air out gently until a drip or two of water appears and tighten back up.

You may also have trapped air within the system which leads to poor circulation and therefore a decline in the effectiveness of the heating. Look for a small Automatic Air Valve perhaps by your hot water tank which will have a black or maybe a red thumbscrew on the top. Loosen it slowly, let the air hiss out and then do it back up again.

Immersion cylinder
If you have an immersion cylinder, it’s worth turning on the immersion to see if it works. Wait until you’ve used most of the hot water (after a bath for instance) turn the boiler off so that it’s not heating the water and turn the immersion on. You can sometimes hear it working, a bit like a kettle, but if nothing has heated up after an hour then it’s probably time for a new one.

Mains stopcock
It’s worth finding out where your mains stopcock is before winter takes a grip… it’s the surest way of controlling any leaks or burst pipes should the worst happen. Find it… and try shutting it off.

Is there something dripping?
It could be an overflow – if it freezes on a frosty night you could have the drip coming through the ceiling instead! Get things checked out and renewed before the problem gets bigger.

Lag external pipes
If you have an external condense pipe running from the boiler to a gulley or drain it’s worth lagging it in cold spells. If it freezes completely it can cause the boiler to stop.

The simplest way to prevent the pipe freezing is to get it lagged but in the coldest weather, even this may not be enough. If your external pipe has frozen, you usually just need to pour a kettle of hot water over it. If the frozen pipe caused your boiler to stop working, try pushing the ‘reset’ button – or turn it off and on at the mains.

Does your system need to be re-pressurized?
Do you know how to re-pressurise a sealed system such as a combi boiler? If the pressure drops below 1 bar it’s likely the boiler will stop working properly. At 0 – 0.5 bar it will stop completely. Have a look in your manual or check it out online for guidance for your system.

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TV’s The Crown Star and Olivier Award Nominee Takes to the Stage in the Cotswolds

Award winning actor Patrick Ryecart will lead the cast of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Cirencester’s – Barn Theatre.

The Olivier Award nominee will be playing the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The new adaptation by renowned writer Alan Pollock will also feature original music and lyrics by Finn Anderson.
Olivier Award nominee Patrick can currently be seen in the hit TV series about the Royal Family The Crown, while other credits include Poldark and the movie – The King’s Speech.

“Scrooge is a joy for any actor to play,” Patrick explained. “It is a huge challenge, Alastair Sim’s version was amazing and it will be interesting to see what direction Phil (Bartlett, the director) goes with. Scrooge does not realise he is horrible as he is sculpted by his father and his circumstance so it will be challenge to try and play this large character.

“It is a pleasure to work with the young, vibrant and enthusiastic team at The Barn. I have grandchildren and this is a Christmas show so it is wonderful and a pleasure to be a part of.”

The Barn’s reimagined actor-musician production of Charles Dickens’ festive masterpiece runs at The Barn Theatre from 28 November – 4 January 2020. The production is the final instalment of The Barn’s highly successful 2019 season of in-house Built By Barn productions.

Alan Pollock said of his new adaptation: “almost everyone knows this fantastic story. But every time I see or hear it I wonder ‘why is Scrooge like he is? What made him this way?”

The full A Christmas Carol company includes Bronte Alice-Tadman, Jonathan Charles, Tom Chudley-Evans, Laura Coates, Connor Going, Grace Liston, Nuwan Hugh Perera and Rosie Zeidler. The role of Tiny Tim will be played by Trixie Cook, Georgia Dibbs and Scarlette Lavery.

A Christmas Carol is the final production of The Barn’s 2019 season of in-house productions. The season included four other productions: Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion, William Shakespeare’s classic history, Henry V, the comic thriller The 39 Steps, and the musical Daddy Long Legs.

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Have your say – Cirencester Growth Hub Brexit Survey

Brexit dominates the news agenda and at Cirencester Growth Hub we are supporting local businesses by answering questions and giving them guidance.

At the time of writing, we were heading towards the October 31st deadline, but whatever happens (or doesn’t happen) on that date, there will still be many questions and concerns from businesses of all sectors.

As champions of developing businesses in the Cirencester area, it is also our duty to represent the views of local enterprises. It may be 119 miles from Gloucestershire to the Houses of Parliament, but businesses based here are entitled to a voice.

So to gather the feelings and concerns of business people in the area, we have set up a short survey, which will help inform the message we give to MPs.

We have a Brexit Hub on the Gloucestershire Growth Hub website – – which has helpful links and information. This includes details of international trade events, expert articles, frequently asked questions and a link to the survey.

We have also included a link to the government’s 7-step tool to help businesses get guidance relevant to their particular sector.

Deb Govier, Business Navigator at Cirencester Growth Hub, said: “To find the solutions to businesses’ challenges, we want to hear from business owners. We will use this information to make sure that Gloucestershire’s voice is heard in Westminster, and to make sure that we have the resources to support businesses’ specific needs.”

Cirencester Growth Hub, by the Royal Agricultural University, is part of the Gloucestershire Growth Hub network and supports developing businesses. Events and workshops are staged every month, which are free to Gloucestershire-based businesses. There is also co-working space, available on a pay-as-you-go or membership basis.

For more information email, call 01285 889850, or visit

Festive Fun at Wrag Barn

Christmas Parties

Join Wrag Barn Golf Cub for festive lunches, private parties Christmas Party Nights to remember.

New Years Eve Party

See 2020 in at Wrag Barn’s New Years Eve Party. Book before 5th November and get 10% off!

Christmas Cracker

A round of golf and a 2 course festive meal just £36 per person.

Call 01793 861 327 to book any of the above.

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Christmas offers for FLBC Members from Chute Design

Art Commissions

New member, Nigel Chute, of Chute Design would like to make members a special offer, which could be an ideal Christmas present for family and/or friends. As well as product design and artwork, Nigel also takes commissions on bespoke artwork and is offering a half price deal for FLBC Members on any commission placed before Friday 8th November. As a guide, Nigel typically charges £500 for a house picture, so it would be only £250 to FLBClub members. Included in the discounted price will be a professional quality art scan should the customer like a copy.

This is a great present for someone with a new house or for someone who has a character property or even a holiday home that is let out. Actually, a great present for just about anyone!

Christmas Cards

Capture the essence of Christmas with a bespoke card design I’ll create just for you – private or business including printing, envelopes & delivery (delivery free to FLBC members).   Plus ultra low minimum order quantities of 25.

To find out more, contact Nigel on 01285 239016,, or visit

Eco Friendly Gifts by local artist Jen Winnett

“I am a local Eco-Artist producing eco-friendly gifts with my animal illustrations. These include Affordable art prints, Eco-Bags, Eco-Cards, Glass chopping boards, Mugs, Stationary and more.

As a member of FLBC I would like to offer 10% off all orders from other members between now and Christmas.

Please see my website and use FLBC10 on checkout to receive discount.

Thank you and happy eco shopping!


A busy October for Paul

Paul Holmes from PCH Business Support is delighted to be appointed as a Business Advisor for the Growth Hub in Oxford, continuing to work closely with the Growth Hubs across Gloucestershire and also being appointed as an Associate Director for the Inspire Business Network, a very busy October!

PCH offers monthly business support packages for Business Owners and helps develop strategy, evaluate the business and help them grow.

“Working with Paul has enabled me to develop a more focussed approach in bringing a service to market. A good mix of support and challenge has improved the likelihood of success and I would recommend Paul to anyone looking to grow their business.” Peter Heather – Areten

“Your advice yesterday was invaluable and provided focus in abundance. I would highly recommend signing up to the next session if you need clarity and focus” Kate Avril

PCH Offers an initial hour of consultation free of charge which may be enough on its own to help your business move forward!

Please contact or call 07715008521 for more information

A different approach to recruitment

MTRecruitment is completely different to other recruitment firms and is led by Matt Thornton who, prior to creating the consultancy practice, spent 24 years in hiring management positions and fully understands how to work with clients to achieve a win-win result.  This is why all our assignments are charged on a flat fee structure.

Using a Recruiter who fully understands your requirements and the types of people you’re looking for takes a whole load of pressure off the hiring process and can save time and money.  Whilst this is a more beneficial way of going about recruiting, there is still that uncomfortable feeling  around the fees that recruiters charge.  Most recruiters will justify their fee by explaining what they’re doing for it. However, in a lot of cases, the recruiter isn’t working in a way that is collaborative and, in some cases, is downright scandalous!  This clearly leaves the employer feeling that they could have done a better job themselves rather than paying huge fees for terrible service from the people they’ve entrusted to carry out the assignment.

Getting recruitment right takes practice, patience and dedication to the process.  From understanding the reasons why the need has arisen in the first place through to writing the job and person specification, drafting job adverts and then the sourcing, sifting, interviewing and offer stages takes expertise and skill.  However, a lot of businesses don’t see the process through correctly, often resulting in poor outcomes which can ultimately cost the business a lot of wasted time and money as well as  potentially damaging their reputation with disgruntled applicants.

If you would like to know more about how we charge and what we offer in terms of service, please feel free to give either Matt or Michaela a call on 01993 228 700 or drop us a line with your details and a good time for us to call you back to

Introducing Fable Kitchens

“Hello fellow Business Club members!

Jon and Andy created Fable Kitchens in August of this year with a clear mission statement; to provide truly bespoke kitchens, handmade right here in the UK.

Andy has worked for some of the country’s most prestigious kitchen manufacturers and has delivered training seminars for kitchen designers at home and abroad.

From our base in Bibury, we visit our customers in their home at every stage of the project from the first initial consultation, design presentation, survey and finally the installation. Every kitchen we create begins with a completely blank canvas. We take the time to truly understand what our customers want from their kitchen and work collaboratively with them to create a design that perfectly meets their needs and tastes.

Fable are delighted to have joined the Fairford and Lechlade Business Club. We attended the awards launch and were made to feel really welcome and met some very inspiring people!

If you would like to learn more about Fable Kitchens, you can visit our website at Or hopefully we will have the chance to meet in person at the next Business Club event!”

Jon & Andy – Fable Kitchens