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Christmas will be particularly challenging for many this year. We spoke to James Showers and Jane Diamond, directors of Family Tree Funeral Company to share their thoughts and tips on how to deal with feelings of grief over the holidays.

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If you know a business or individual who regularly goes above and beyond to make Cirencester a better place for all, nominate now!

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Mike Lowe is sceptical about the National Trust’s plans to modernise and questions whether a Nandos would work in Northleach

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One of the most ambitious developments in independent education over recent decades is now complete

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Dance success for Headington student

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A Headington dance scholar has won a coveted place at a competitive dance training scheme

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To mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we asked some film experts for their favourite films about the famous WWII battle

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It’s important for families to feel comfortable to discuss what they want before they die. For those saying goodbye, it will give them the confidence to create a funeral service that truly reflects the wishes of the person whose life they are celebrating. For those who plan their farewell, there is peace of mind – they know their wishes will be honoured and their family reassured.

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Bristol artist Luke Jerram is returning to the city of Gloucester this month with an exciting new community exhibition

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What price do you put on your principles?

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‘Some of the things on this list are real; some are imaginary. See if you can tell which is which…’

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Giving innocent animals a second chance is all in a day’s work for this versatile volunteer team

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The tales of two of Warwickshire’s most famous legendary figures and their calamitous clash on Dunsmore Heath

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Take in some of the Cotswolds’ beautiful ancient monuments with this walk

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Rachel Johnson’s book, Rake’s Progress, about her ill-fated attempt to be elected as a pro-Remain MEP for Change UK is hilarious, wise, and (at times) a knowingly hide-behind-the-sofa cringe. Katie Jarvis caught up with her in lockdown to ask life’s important questions. Such as, has she managed a haircut yet?

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Advance planning, also known as end-of-life planning, means putting plans and paperwork in place so that those organising your funeral and sorting out your estate will know what to do when you die.

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Our beloved Cheltenham Festivals have been put on hold during the coronavirus crisis – but they’re as busy as ever! Their creative education work has been providing solace for young and old alike during lockdown. July is traditionally Cheltenham Music Festival month: Katie Jarvis spoke with Ali Mawle, the festivals’ director of learning and public engagement, about how we can all benefit from their work

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‘You’re probably like me, sitting staring at a computer screen in the back bedroom while trying to work out what day it is’

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From 3D-printed visors and scrub production to hand sanitisers and IT support, Cotswold businesses and communities are rallying to help our key workers

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From dealing with extreme fatigue, dehydration and constant nausea, to tackling storms and being stalked by a shark, a brother-and-sister team from Gloucestershire took on the ultimate challenge to become the first sibling team to row an ocean

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