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June is 'Hobbs House Bakery' month!

Hobbs Bakery image from Tetbury Goods Shed Calendar

Midsummer draws near and so we come to June and the Fabulous Baker Boys' page in the also-seriously-fabulous Tetbury Goods Shed calendar.

Hobbs House Bakery was established in the Cotswolds in the 1920s. It's a true family business with five generations of baking experience; now bringing up the sixth batch of aspiring bakers. 

Hobbs' expert team of bakers produce an exceptional range of high quality breads, pastries and confectionery for the shops in Chipping Sod bury, Nailsworth and, of course, Tetbury.

You'll find their Tetbury shop in Church Street, just up the road from St Mary's. Just fabulous!

Hobbs House Bakery Tetbury

Fab calendar photo at top of story by Colin Peacock



For all the Wolds, a stage!

If you've been down to Tetbury's rail lands park in the last few days, you couldn't fail to notice that our outdoor performance stage is looking splendidly complete.

Demountable posts and rails provided the finishing touch, recalling the platform's original use as a cattle loading dock for the railway (they will come off for performances).

With the Shed itself due to close, soon, for several months' rebuilding work, we plan to stage some low-key theatrical and other events on the platform this summer.

Staging a revival

Restoring the Victorian cattle platform has always been part of the Trust's plan for the Rail Lands. And it needed a lot of TLC as, by 2015, over half a century of neglect had taken its toll:

Months of voluntary effort went into the rebuild. Graham Cleaver, Will Cook, Barrie Doyle, James Scurlock, David Walker, not forgetting Bill the dog, took on the lion's share. Their hard work saved the Trust over £25,000, which is what it would have cost to employ a contractor. The saved money will go towards the restoration of the Goods Shed itself.

James Scurlock, Graham Cleaver and Will Cook 

Generous donations from local supporters made the rebuild possible, by meeting the cost of materials and items like the safety fence. Huge thanks to Louise Verity, Carsten Mikkelsen, Sheila and David Todd (ex-Tetburians now living in the US) and Rob and Margaret Gibbs. Together these individuals contributed half the cost.

We also received £1,000 from the Jack Lane Charitable Trust, £200 from the Tetbury Lions and a £250 'small sparks' award from the Barnwood Trust, which paid for skip hire and the paving of the wheelchair ramp.

Who says they don't make 'em like they used to?

Concert is a sell-out success

The Orchard Room on the Highgrove Estate played host to a memorable recital by internationally-renowned composer Jan Vriend on 2 March.

Organised by Jan’s partner, Josie Price, with the help of Tetbury Goods Shed group members Chris Burrows and Karen Quaddy, the event raised over £2,000 for the Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Project.

Tickets for the event, which was also supported by The Royal Oak Tetbury, Whatley Manor Hotel and Calcot Spa, sold out quickly as many music lovers in the area remembered Jan’s previous fundraiser at Chavenage in 2014.

Playing his own instrument, moved from his town centre home to the Orchard Room for the occasion, Jan’s programme followed the theme of ‘a fantasy to a dream’

Opening with JS Bach’s jubilant Fantasie in C-minor BWV 906, Jan followed up with the same commposer’s technical and harmonically challenging collection of four duets (BWV 802-5).

His performance of the complete Chopin 24 Preludes enthralled the audience, especially some of the lesser-known pieces, described by Jan as “so unusual, alien and mind-blowingly-original they seem hell-bent on defying every rule in the book.”

The Orchard Room’s excellent accoustics allowed Jan’s compositional skills to be fully appreciated during his own Liebesträum No. 4 - the ‘dream’ part of the evening’s theme.

Jan wrote six Liebesträume between 2009 and 2011 for fellow Dutch pianist Ralph van Gaat, who premiered Nos 1-3 and 5 and 6 at Westonbirt School in 2013. This year’s performance of No 4 - the most technically-challenging to play - completed the cycle.

He culminated the programme with a return to Chopin, drawing out the full palette of instrumental textures in the Sonata in B-flat minor Op. 35, before closing in dramatic style with a brief and breathtaking Schubert Impromptu.

Will Cook, chairman of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, said: “It was a fantastic evening. Tetbury is fortunate to have such talent in the town and we are very priviledged that he has chosen to devote so much time to it in support of the Goods Shed project.”

Jan added: “I can’t wait for the Shed to open its doors early next year. It will have so much to off er the town. I am hoping to hold a series of ‘educational’ recitals there next year where we’ll look at the way some great composers worked and hopefully allow people to enjoy their music even more.”

Goods Shed Arts Centre to Open in 2016

Great news! The funding shortfall on the Goods Shed Arts project has been bridged.

It means that refurbishment and conversion work will start early in the New Year. 

All being well, Tetbury's brand new community Arts Centre will be open for business in summer 2016.

Tetbury Town Councillors voted unanimously on 16 November to bring the project's funding up to the £530,000 needed in order to appoint a contractor.

"It's fantastic news," said Will Cook, chairman of Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust, after the meeting. "Thanks to the council's decision, the next phase of the project can now begin."

The total includes £136,000 in grants secured by Tetbury Rail Lands Regeneration Trust group since 2013; £111,000 in Section 106 monies1; and £250,000 contributed by the town council, which owns the building. 

The Trust will continue to raise funds through events and grant applications so that the new centre will have the best possible facilities and equipment. 

When the building and fit-out is done, the rejuvenated GWR goods shed will offer local people, community groups and visiting artists a multi-purpose space for music, drama, events, functions and exhibitions.

The plans incorporate a state-of-the-art digital cinema system with full surround sound, able to present live streaming of plays, ballet and opera as well as near-to-release-date movies. 

Raked seating is part of the plan - the 185 seats retracting fully against the end wall when not in use.

Expect to see construction work starting in January or February!

1 Section 106 payments are made by developers towards the costs of providing community and social infrastructure