New baby?

Come to ‘Baby & Me’!

Baby & Me is a free, weekly postnatal group for parents with babies aged 0-6 months, run by Home-Start Cotswolds. It’s a great opportunity to build your confidence as a parent, share experiences and learn more about your baby’s development in a friendly, supportive environment. Each week we cover a different topic, such as feeding, play and communication, baby massage and of course sleep!

Being a parent is hard and having a new baby can be overwhelming. Here is some of the feedback we received after the group that ran earlier this year…

‘The Baby and Me classes were a highlight of our week. It provided a safe space to discuss any queries about looking after my baby or even just to get some moral support and share experiences with other new mums. The play and music session really inspired me and helped me grow in confidence when playing with my baby.’

‘It helped build my confidence. I learned a lot talking to other parents and realised a lot of things I was going through were normal, like loneliness and anxiety.’

The next weekly group runs from Thursday 5th May to Thursday 30th June (not Thursday 2nd June), 1pm to 2.30pm at the George Moore Centre, Moore Road, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AZ. Don’t worry if you have missed some sessions – just call 01285 885391 or email for more information and to book a place.

We look forward to hearing from you!

New Coach for Bourton Tennis Club

Last month we said goodbye to our coach James Hilltout. James has been with Bourton Vale Lawn Tennis Club for some 30 years and we are all indebted to him for the great service he has given the Club. We wish him well in his future endeavours overseas!

We are very pleased to report we now have a new coach. Kingsley Harris is an LTA-accredited Level 4 Performance and Club Coach with many years’ experience as head coach at large and medium-sized clubs and as an LTA county and regional coach. As such, we are very happy to appoint someone of Kingsley’s exceptional calibre.

Kingsley will be picking up where James left off with the autumn term of the Junior Programme beginning in September. Kingsley will of course be offering coaching to adults too, so if you, or your children, are interested in taking tennis lessons please contact Kingsley direct on 07879 644218 or visit our website at for more details.

See you on court!

Alex Peyton

Kingsley Harris

Volunteers Needed for the Scouts

As a result of Lynn and Scott Dartnell, who were the Scout leaders of the 1st Bourton on the Water Scout group leaving, this has led to the scout section and the explorer section closing.

However, Nick Hawke the cub leader of 1st Bourton on the Water  who runs a very successful section, would very much like to hear from you to see if you would be willing to help the Cub section of the group, with a view to re-establishing the scout and explorer sections in the future.

Similarly we need some committee members who are prepared  to help occasionally with general support of the group.   

If you think you could help in contributing to the young people of the area, please respond to our secretary as indicated on the poster, or Nick Hawke, myself or the DC Team.

Nick Hawke

Ricky Campbell


Yours in Scouting

Ricky Campbell

Deputy District Commissioner/TA 

North Cotswold District Scouts

(H) 01451 810977 (M) 07973 193787
Fun, Challenge and Adventure for nearly 1000 Young People and Adult Volunteers in the Cotswolds 
District Chairman  Neil Musgrave  | County Commissioner Mark Spiller – District Commissioners Team – Paul Gowen –Josh Foye –Ricky CampbellFounder Robert Baden-Powell OM | Chief Scout Lt Cdr (Hon) Bear Grylls RN Registered Charity No. 303547

Have a Restful Summer

As this challenging school year closes, I am proud of what students and staff across the whole school have achieved and also looking forward to exciting times ahead. First, however, we all need a rest!

We have continued to provide some top experiences for students in school, in addition to our full curriculum. As far as we were able under the restrictions, we brought back clubs and visits this term. These included Year 7 STEM club and Back in Black jazz band rehearsals; a visiting West End director’s music workshops; a brilliant range of summer sports; and university, careers and apprenticeships support.

We have connected our students to experts around the world using Zoom and Teams: we hosted a fun Q&A with England Rugby players and a chance to debate with a professor of History at a top US university. Meanwhile, a group of Sixth Form students have been invited to participate in a prestigious international programme with a sustainability organisation called Voiz, contributing to an online resource of product reviews.  

Our school is expanding and the construction and refurbishment work to create new science laboratories, gymnasium, reception area, library and 10-classroom English department continues. I am delighted by the development and the facilities that we are adding. Within the next six months, as the work is completed, we know that we will enhance the experience of all our children; provide a welcoming place for visitors from our community and create an inspiring and spacious environment in which to teach and learn.

To those children and families joining us in Year 7, please visit our website to see videos and welcome messages from tutors and fellow pupils. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Will Morgan


Cubs Summer Term Review

Cubs returned to face to face meetings shortly after and soon got busy with some new activities.

We built rockets from pop bottles and sticks, although it was a few weeks before the weather allowed us to send them skywards, powered by vinegar and baking powder. The bank holidays in May saw us striking out across the local fields to visit and find out about our nearby churches as part of the hikes away badge. The cubs all did very well and there was barely a complaint to be heard – especially when the sun came out and there was the prospect of an ice cream at the Greystones café.

Throughout the term the cubs all learned to tie a clove hitch, square lashing and a reef knot. These were put to good use as they built rafts, with which we entertained locals and tourists alike by holding a series of races along the Windrush. All of the rafts held together and floated, which was mightily impressive. None of the cubs sank, which was a big relief.

By the time you read this, the cubs will have ended the term by rescuing injured spies from occupied France in 1944. This is a test of the map reading, first aid skills and problem solving skills, living The Scouting Associations mission of teaching our young people ‘skills for life’, giving them the confidence to learn, develop and the knowledge that they can tackle unusual situations whilst seeing the rewards of both individual effort and team work.

If you would like to be part of this energetic group of young people (and slightly older leaders), either as a cub or part of the volunteer team that gives them the opportunity to learn and develop, please contact Nick Hawke at

Nick Hawke

“At the Pavilion” Market

New indoor and outdoor Market at Bourton Vale Cricket Club, 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 9am-3pm.

Starting on Sunday 2nd May and Sunday May 16th. Will also run on the Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May.

The Market will have a wide variety of stalls including Bees Wax, candles, Soap, Interior Design, Clothes, bags, Cheese, Confectionery etc.

For more information contact

Cotswold Festival of Motoring

Cotswold Festival of Motoring

Returns Sunday 26th September 2021

The Cotswold Festival of Motoring is a fantastic day out for all the family.  This year it will take place at Bourton Vale Cricket Club on Sunday September 26th (10:00 am – 4:00pm).  For the car enthusiast there will be 180 vintage, classic, sports cars and super cars.  You will be able to vote for your favourite car in ‘The People’s Concourse’.

Motion Picture Motors will be there with cars from your favourite TV shows and Movies such as the Bullitt Mustang and Dodge Charger from the iconic 1968 movie’s car chase.   Live music will be provided by Paige and the Red Shift during the day.  There will be a bar, food stalls and entertainment for the kids including a free climbing wall, make and take craft stall and a make-up artist and retail stalls too.

Tickets cost £8 for adults and £2 for children with a family ticket costing £20.  If you book your tickets in advance from TicketSource ( you will get a 20% discount.

The event is being run by North Cotswolds Rotary and Rotary in the Rissingtons.  We would like to thank Brio Retirement Living for sponsoring this event.  All profits will go to Mind.  If you would like to exhibit a car or for more information on the event please go to


You may have seen some recent social media posts from Headspace and wondered what it’s all about. I’d like to introduce you to this new, local charity myself and a team of lovely people have set up to support local young people who are struggling with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

What is Headspace? Headspace offers counselling to local young people as well as therapeutic activities which promote emotional wellbeing. We’re seeking to TRIPLE this provision in 2021 and we have ambitious targets for the next 5 years. 75% of mental health issues begin in adolescence. Every year over 200 school aged children die by suicide.

There is an overwhelming need for the services we offer in this local area and this has been increased by the pandemic. Youth mental health services in Gloucestershire simply can’t cope with the demand and young people are waiting up to a year to get the help they need. Even then, to be referred they will have reached a crisis point – attempting or thinking about taking their own life or self-harming. We’re here to work proactively to support young people to access the help they need before then giving them the tools they need to cope with what life throws at them.   We need your support to raise money to triple our provision, but we also need volunteer youth workers, fundraisers and help with the awareness of our brand. You can find out more or get involved by contacting me directly at Your support is very much appreciated.

Kathryn Pulham, Chair of Trustees

Headspace Charity No. 1189822

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