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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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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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