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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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A photography project by Gem Hall aiming to capture the mood of the village of Oaksey has resulted in over 40 stunning pictures

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When the organ loft at Gloucester Cathedral became the training ground for three iconic composers

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The lockdown might be lifting but how many of our pubs and restaurants will survive?

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Take heart: the current crisis is a terrible one, causing hardship to untold millions. There have been other crises before this one, of course – and within living memory. Katie Jarvis revisits conversations she’s had with Cotswold residents, some of whom lived through not one but two world wars; and takes much-needed succour from their stories

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We face an invisible enemy that is changing forever the way that we live our lives. But we are resilient people – here’s how we’re coping with the lockdown and social isolation

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Stroud musician Sam Sweeney talks about live streaming, being in Bellowhead, releasing his second solo album, and the challenges of social distancing

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‘I didn’t like swimming with the tide. My idea of swimming is that I move, the water doesn’t’

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Dom Joly: You got the fear

Monday, May 11, 2020

‘Back home in lockdown, I feel an urge to cough but try to supress it as though I can repel early virus symptoms away using the power of my mind’

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‘The Farm Park team gathered together 800 aprons, 2,600 gloves and 120 hair nets which we donated to the Winchcombe Medical Centre’

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Several weeks into the coronavirus pandemic, and as funeral services – amongst other things – have been forced to change, it can be difficult to find any silver lining.

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, the day that formally recognised Nazi Germany’s surrender - so we gathered some beautiful old videos that capture the celebratory atmosphere of that first VE Day in 1945

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‘Practice Stoicism and you can endure all the painful vicissitudes of human life’

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What is a day like for a cute little chihuahua at the home?

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‘Once I am immune I’ll be able to volunteer for all sorts of helpful and useful things’

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Cummings’ Goings with BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Mark Cummings

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