Bibury Antiques Fair

Bibury Antiques Fair is back after the winter break on Sunday 7th April.

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 or call Andy on 07977 936882.


FREE workshops at McGills

At McGills, we understand the importance of keeping accurate accounting records for businesses, in order to quickly and accurately prepare financial statements whenever necessary.

That’s why we’re offering regular free workshops on bookkeeping and record keeping.

Our experts will simplify the art of bookkeeping and teach you how to review the constant financial situation of your business and its tax obligations. We will also offer our best advice on how to kick-start any new business into action; whatever the idea, whatever the dream.

We are currently hosting workshops at our offices in Cirencester on Friday 5th April 2019, Friday 12th July 2019, Friday 4th October 2019 and Friday 3rd January 2020, which are free to attend.

Sessions will start at 4pm to 6pm and will include specialist bookkeeping and start-up tips, followed by an invaluable Q&A session with our experts.

To book your place today, please email

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Auto enrolment contributions are increasing

There’s a payroll chore this month if you have an auto enrolment pension scheme. And, more significantly, a higher ongoing cost burden for employing people.

From 6th April 2019, the minimum percentage of salary that you must contribute to eligible employees’ auto enrolment pensions is increasing from 2% to 3%. The overall contributions rise to 8% of salary each month. So for staff, their minimum contributions are rising from 3% to up to 5%, depending on the amount you decide to put in.

As the employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that these increases are implemented. You’ll need to assess which employees are affected, make the necessary adjustments to your payroll and communicate the changes to your staff. The Pensions Regulator does have the power to issue fines for non-compliance with April’s rises. We’d also advise reviewing your budgets to ensure they can account for the extra cost.


Please note that, depending on your pension scheme rules, there may be a provision for your employees to avoid their contribution rises. It is known as opting down. You can refuse an opt-down request but, if you permit it, your employee would have to go through the auto enrolment process again as required.

It’s important to flag that you are not allowed to actively promote opting down, as it goes against the intention of the legislation, and can have knock-on effects that disadvantage your staff. Therefore we only mention this so you are informed, in case your staff raise it with you.

For more information, contact Mel Wigley at The HR Dept:

Experience Thyme this Easter 19th-22nd April

Go on – put all your eggs in one basket!

Stay ~ Eat ~ Cook ~ Relax

  • Escape for a couple of nights or the whole Easter break
  • Dine in The Swan and The Ox Barn
  • Journey through traditional Easter dishes in the Cookery School
  • Relax with treatments in Meadow Spa

Book now or call 01367 850174 for more information.

How Wrag Barn developed from farming to golfing

In the early 1980s, the 150 acres of land at Sevenhampton, which is now Wrag Barn golf course, was farmed by the Manners family with a rotation of arable and grassland. Tim Manners’ parents had always been keen golfers and Tim had played as a Junior so, with a plan of the course, we went to visit the Bond brothers at St Mellion, who had developed their farmland into several golf courses and a hotel in Cornwall. Their wisdom encouraged Tim and his parents to proceed with the venture. Simon Gidman from Hawtrees & Son was the course designer, planning permission was granted and Tim employed a friend of his to mark out the levels, paid for with beef from our herd. He hired a dumper truck and a digger and, for 12 months, was the envy of all his friends as he created the course with his digger. Irrigation was installed and a bore hole sunk for irrigation water and greens levelled and tees shaped.

This picture of our eldest aged 4 has sparked much debate as to exactly where it was taken, but it illustrates the prairie like nature of the course when it was first built and it took a long time for the trees to grow and create the parkland style course we enjoy now.

The Clubhouse was built on the site of a disused barn which was built of wrag stone. This isn’t a type of stone, but a method of building. The Clubhouse was designed with the changing rooms downstairs and the bars and reception rooms upstairs to make the most of the stunning views over the Berkshire downs. It has since had two extensions, so that we can accommodate; weddings, parties, wakes and conferences. It lends itself well to team building days as delegates love getting outside and always feedback that it helps with creativity.

The business is ever evolving as we reinvent ourselves to keep up with current trends and demands. We have introduced a new membership category and use social media for a large part of our communication. Last year we introduced an app so that members can book tee times and competitions, top up their bar card and check member information and competition results. The plan this year is to introduce a live leader board in the Clubhouse.

As a family-run business, we strive to create a community that develops our Juniors, provides enough competitions for our serious golfers, with enough fun for those seeking a more sociable pastime. Our Seniors section is well known for embracing new members and providing support if life becomes challenging. In short, we try to dispel the assumption that golf is stuffy and all rules and dress codes, instead it can be fun, engaging and sociable with mix generation competitions encouraged. You never know quite what reception you’ll receive from Gary, the golf club dog, but we are confident our team of staff will always do their best to make sure that your visit to Wrag Barn will be a pleasure whether it’s your wedding day or a cup of coffee on a quiet weekday morning.

Air Tattoo Business Club offer

It would be great if you could join us at the Air Tattoo on Friday 19th July and we are offering FLBC Members a special discount. Please find below a link to a hidden page with the discount already applied: or we can invoice you directly.

The FLBC members discount cost is £200 (plus VAT) per person. You can book online here or email to book and be invoiced.

The Air Tattoo Business Club is a private members area at the show where companies can network in one of the Air Tattoo’s premier hospitality suites on Friday 19th July. Members will spend the day with like-minded organisations, hear insights from special guest speakers including Jo Salter, the RAF’s first female fast jet pilot, who is now a Director a PwC, all with the backdrop of the Air Tattoo’s legendary aviation action. Pilots and aircrew will also drop in throughout the day for photo opportunities.

The event starts at 9am with refreshments and structured networking followed by guest speakers from 10am-11am. The flying display is from 11am-3pm with lunch served during this time. Afternoon tea will follow at 3.00pm with guests departing at about 4.30pm.

Full Package Details

Air Tattoo Networking & Hospitality

  • 1 x place in the Aviation Club on Friday 19th July with other Air Tattoo Business Club Members
  • Morning Coffee, two-course buffet lunch and afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Air Tattoo Souvenir Programme
  • Guest speakers including: Jo Salter – the RAF’s first female fast jet pilot, now a Director a PwC
  • Media/Press in attendance
  • Photo/social media opportunities


  • Your logo and website details on, which has had 8 million page views in the past year
  • Post on Air Tattoo social media channels to circa 200k followers linking to Business Club website page
  • Email to our database of circa 90k and other Air Tattoo Business Club members
  • Exclusive use of the Air Tattoo Business Club logo

Discounted Rates

  • Friday Admission Tickets at £42 (full price £57)
  • Exhibition and Trade Stands – special Air Tattoo Business Club member area
  • Souvenir Programme Advertising – ¼ page £400 (£1000 rate card)

Witney Blanket Hall events

Friday 5th April and Friday 3rd May

Pie Nights are on Friday 5th April and Friday 3rd May at Witney Blanket Hall, 100 High Street, Witney OX28 6HL. The usual excellent evening: A wander upstairs, and round the garden (if it’s warm enough or you’re feeling brave) and a welcome glass of Prosecco. A starter, a choice of the excellent Mr Pitcher’s home-made pies with mash, pease pudding and/or vegetables, and then a yummy pudding or cheese. All for just £25 a head.

Bring yourself, your companion, your family, or mates, your fanclub or whoever for an Evening of Piemanship and, of course, our beer, wine and cider will be available at the bar. You are also welcome to explore the Hall at your leisure.

Thursday 11th April

Spookiness in The Great Room at 7pm for 7.30pm.

By popular demand, our famous neighbour, Bill Spectre, returns to The Great Room to tell us two fabulous tales:

The Tomb of Sarah by F G Loring – “Great God” he exclaimed. “The woman is alive!”

The Monkey’s Paw by W W Jacobs – “Beware for what you wish – For it may come true!”

Tickets cost £10 including a glass of wine on arrival. There will be an interval between tales with pay bar available.

We have yet to meet anyone who hasn’t enjoyed a “Bill Spectre evening”!

Saturday 20th April

A Walk with History – a morning tour around Witney at 10.30am and a pie lunch!

Come and enjoy the Blanket Trail around Witney with Geoff Tombs. Start at the Blanket Hall with 10.30am coffee and biscuits, and then a guided ramble around Witney’s famous Blanket Heritage and back to the Blanket Hall at 12.30pm for one of Mr Pitcher’s famous pies and a pudding. All welcome.

Tickets cost £20 including coffee, biscuits, tour and lunch.

No one leads a tour like Geoff. No one bakes a pie like Mr Pitcher!

Booking is essential, so please email Eleanor Martin at or phone Eleanor on 07793 007856 any time or 01993 706408 in working hours.

Lizzie Garthwaite Ballet

New classes available after Easter!

A class for Absolute Beginners is starting on Tuesday 30th April. This is the perfect opportunity to start right at the beginning with absolutely no previous experience required. Even those with two left feet are welcome!

Classes are held at Southrop Village Hall on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm – 7.30pm. (First 4 weeks must be paid in advance – £26).

New Improvers Ballet: This new class follows on from Beginners Ballet and is perfect for those with a good grasp of the basics, or those who have danced before. Every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm – 8.30pm at Southrop Village Hall. Cost £6.50. Drop-ins welcome.

Seniors Gentle Ballet: On Fridays from 9.30am – 10.30am at the Palmer Hall, Fairford. Cost £6.50. Drop-ins welcome.

For more information, please visit:

EMMETT Technique

Thanks to Mollie Collie and Ripples magazine for the lovely article about one of my dog courses – Dexter was our ‘model’ for the day and helped everyone get some hands-on learning. He has an ongoing injury, but was moving much more easily after two days of treatments!

Further courses are planned, so if you are interested in finding out more, please email: for more information. With Summer on its way, I will be out in the sunshine at the various village fairs in the area, so please keep a good look out. This is a chance for you to find out how EMMETT works and I’ll be offering treatments as well.