Wrag Barn supports the CALM Charity

This year the CALM Charity Annual Golf Day at Wrag Barn Golf Club was held on Thursday 20th June. There were 82 golfers who took part in a 9 hole competition before a delicious lunch of ham, eggs and chips and there then followed an 18 hole competition in the afternoon. A buffet supper in the evening set the scene for prize-giving, drawing the raffle and an auction.

CALM quote on their Facebook page: “We can confirm that thanks to Club Choice Ireland and our other amazing sponsors and, most importantly, generous golfers, we raised £7,000 on the day.”

The Deputy Mayor of Swindon attended during the day and, in the evening, Cllr Kevin Parry jined us to give out the prizes.

Thank you so much to everyone that made the day special, including Wrag Barn staff and the CALM Charity golf committee.

News from Cirencester Growth Hub

The holiday season is approaching, so if you’re in business and planning to take a vacation or staycation, we wondered what the best business advice books might be to take with you to the beach.

Here are some suggestions from Yesim Nicholson, Cirencester Growth Hub manager, and our three Business Navigators – Deb Govier, Stephen Meyer and Eva Tunez Salvador.

Deb selected ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!’ by Robert T. Kiyosaki. Deb said: “I just enjoyed understanding different ways of thinking about life and it is all based on how the way you act and what you put in at the start leads to success later on.”

Stephen picked ‘Gung Ho’, by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles. He said: “I find this book quite inspirational in terms of working together as a team.”

Eva’s selection was ‘Take Your Shot’ by Gloucestershire-based business coach Robin Waite, which she also translated into Spanish. “The author uses a real case study using a story format and any business can relate to it. It can be read in 90 minutes and I just find it really motivating.”

Finally, Yesim opted for Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘The Tipping Point’ because it gives “insight into the complex way in which a brand or initiative reaches the tipping point”.

Cirencester Growth Hub is next to the Royal Agricultural University and is part of the wider Gloucestershire Growth Hub network and supports new and growing businesses. A range of events and workshops are staged every month, all of which are free to Gloucestershire-based businesses. There is also co-working space, available on a pay-as-you-go or membership basis.

Free events in July include workshops on

‘How to be a better leader’ (10th July)

‘How to design a killer marketing plan’ (17th July)

‘How to manage employee absence’ (24th July).

Also, during August, we are offering our three meetings rooms for hire for free on a limited basis of one booking per company. Happy holidays!

For more information about Cirencester Growth Hub, visit www.thegrowthhub.biz/cirencester email cirencester@thegrowthhub.biz or call 01285 889850.

Ripples offer to FLBClub members

Ripples community magazine is offering 10% discount off your first advertising order. Enquiries about this offer can be made to: http://ripplesmag.co.uk/advertising.

When you advertise in Ripples, your business will reach more than 12,000 people at 6,000 addresses from Down Ampney in Gloucestershire to Langford in Oxfordshire. Our monthly door-to-door delivery includes Fairford, Lechlade and surrounding villages.

Now is the best time to get your boiler serviced!

Yes, seriously!

Now that the weather is warmer, the last thing on your mind will be getting your boiler serviced. However, did you know that turning the heating back on after the summer is when many boiler problems occur? Why not avoid the Autumn rush and have your boiler good-to-go when it turns chilly? Did you know that servicing your boiler annually will ensure it is running safely and efficiently, will help reduce maintenance costs and also prolong its lifespan?

Book before the end of August to claim your extra Free 7-Point Check, which usually costs £65 + VAT. We will:

  1. Check that the programmer and room thermostats switch on/off correctly.
  2. Check the central heating pump for signs of leakage, unusual noise or over-heating.
  3. Check the zone valves that control the flow of water through your heating system switch on/off correctly.
  4. Check that the thermostat radiator valves (TRVs) work efficiently and control the temperatures correctly on all your radiators.
  5. Check you have a CO alarm and that it is working properly and not out of date.
  6. Check for rust in your heating water as this is a sign of corrosion that can cause damage to your heating system.
  7. Check your immersion heater (if you have one). This is the emergency back-up for hot water and the likelihood is that it hasn’t been used in a while. We’ll take a quick look to check that it’s working.

Call The Purple Plumbing People on 01367 252807.

Bibury Antiques Fair

The next Bibury Antiques Fair is on Sunday 7th July.

This popular Antiques Fair is held from 10am till 4pm on the first Sunday of each month in the lovely Bibury Village Hall GL7 5NR. It is easily found being close to the Church. Refreshments are served from around noon, mostly tea, coffee and cakes and few special munchies!

This may be a small fair, but there is a fabulous stock of items including a selection of jewellery, ceramics, glass, silver, pictures and even some clocks and furniture. To find out more, visit www.biburyantiquesfair.com or call Andy on 07977 936882.


The Riverside Inn & Lechlade Marina bring steam to Lechlade

Lechlade residents and visitors were treated to an afternoon of steam when 12 steam boats, an electric vessel and a vintage diesel boat descended on The Riverside Inn. The Arkell’s Brewery pub was included in a river trip organised by David Howard of the Consuta Trust and David Avery of The Steam Boat Association. A series of river competitions were put on for the public on Sunday 2nd June.

“It gives the public a chance to see steam boats in action on the Thames” said organizer, David Avery. “The rain came in, but did not dampen our spirits. Big thanks to The Riverside Inn’s managers, Will and Ayesha, as well as Ian from Lechlade Marina” he added.

Julie Moss of Arkell’s Brewery said: “Will and Ayesha are trying to bring something different to The Riverside and. over the last couple of months. we have seen live music, a history weekend and now steamboats. The pizza shack is now up and running in the garden. so it is an excellent time to come and discover The Riverside Inn or to come back for another visit.”

For more information or to book a table or room please call: 01367 252534 or email: theriverside.lechlade@arkells.com.

The Club’s Private Eye features in Prima

Prima is a monthly women’s magazine published in Paris, France, but also has editions in Spain, Germany and the UK. The magazine features articles about everyday living and fashion, beauty, décor and cuisine. Alison Harris of Miss AM Investigations will be featuring in the September edition, which is available in August, and the article is about women who have had a late career change.

Find out more about Ali’s private investigation work by contacting her on 07388 925001, enquiries@missaminvestigations.co.uk, www.missaminvestigations.co.uk.