“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 lourenzahargraves@gmail.com

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 (www.ticketsource.co.uk) 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 www.cotswoldfestivalofmotoring.org.


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 admin@myheadspace.org.uk. Your support is very much appreciated.

Kathryn Pulham, Chair of Trustees

Headspace Charity No. 1189822


It started on 24th March 2020 with the Covid-19 lockdown when my Grandfather could no longer go to the Gym for physical exercise. He started walking around his garden with a target of 100 days non-stop and after achieving this decided to go on to do 365 days to maintain his physical and mental well being by regular exercise.

On 13th October he had to stop as the garden was getting boggy from walking around it and the pavements were icy with the winter weather and had became a hazardous. Everyone was concerned that he might fall over.

As I am a Personal Trainer I managed to source a static exercise bike for him that was safe and sturdy with supports on the sides and handlebars with a pulse metre. He could now carry on inside a warm and safe environment.

At 86, he has had two knee replacements, screws in his left foot, a dislocated 90 degree right leg before his knee joints were replaced and was in the Army Physical Training Corps for 21 years, the Territorial Army for 25 years and still has not stopped. As the saying goes ‘ Do not stop otherwise you will lose it’

At the end of March 2021 he will have achieved 100 days on the bike in addition to the 100 laps of his garden and also he’s doing additional chair exercises and so will have undertaken a ‘Triple Lockdown Exercise Regime’. He has been doing this for his own well being but to motivate other OAP’s to get out of their chairs and do some active exercise to maintain their well being both mentally and physical. 

If you would like to give a donation to Bourton’s  local charities via his JustGiving page, to promote the well being of the elderly please visit:


Charlie Griffin

A year of support from our community

By Will Morgan, Principal

Although we have not been able to hold events for the last year, which bring people together and raise funds for our school, I have often been reminded of the generous and considerate nature of our local community.

Before Christmas, over £600 was raised by our PTA and Cotswold Radio during a quiz, which has helped to fund a new canopy for a social and dining space at our school. Students will see this when they return after the lockdown. People also donated laptops to ensure that every child has had the technology to access home learning.

In January, we asked parents and carers if they would like to contribute to a fund to support NHS workers. Within a fortnight, donations from our school parents and carers reached an incredible £1,240.

The idea came from one of our school families, who wanted to give NHS staff a treat to show that people appreciate them, during some of the most critical weeks of the pandemic. The money provided bags of treats (as displayed by Cotswold School student Poppy, pictured) and lots of healthy ready-meals, made by The Long Table, a social-enterprise in Stroud.

Our latest fund-raising project is an Easter Marathon Challenge. This is an optional goal to help staff and students focus on their wellbeing by getting exercise and fresh air. Participants are aiming to clock up the 26.2 miles of a marathon by walking or running over the Easter fortnight.

One way to support us is to visit our website – www.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk – and click on the ‘donate’ button on our homepage. Money raised helps to support the positive mental health of our students, working closely with local youth charity Headspace.

4 Shires Swimming Club

4 Shires Swimming Club are waiting Swim England’s advice of when training and competitions will start again following restrictions imposed through Covid-19.  This has been a difficult time for our coaching teams to help maintain swimming squad fitness levels. Most of the swimmers attend daily workout sessions via Zoom which has shown how technology can help maintain team spirit and camaraderie.  Well done to all that have attended.

We are also pleased to announce our Swimmer Of The Year, this year it has deservedly been awarded to Immy Lawrence. Immy’s hard work and perseverance has paid off with many great swims throughout the year. We also highlight our most improved swimmers throughout the 2019/2020 year, this year the most improved girl was Annabel Barnard and most improved boy, Max Hayman. Well done all for your excellent work and look forward to seeing you flourish throughout next year.

It is also that time to select next years club and vice captains.  The Girls captain will be Charlotte Oliver with vice captain Emma Andrews.  The boys captain is Aaron Hamilton, with Ben Warner vice captain.

Congratulations to all the swimmers for their hard work throughout the year and for maintaining fitness levels during covid-19 and we look forward to seeing you back once the government guidelines permit. We also look forward to welcoming new swimmers into the 4 Shires Swimming Club.  Please find our contact details at www.4ssc.co.uk

Richard Warner

Cotswold School


By Will Morgan, Principal

I hope you are all enjoying a rest and the chance to get away from your desks over the summer holidays.

The end of our school year looked quite different from usual, but we recognised the effort and achievements of our whole school community, nevertheless.

During ‘enrichment fortnight’, we conducted a virtual House sports day. Poseidon was the top scoring House with 1067 points. Notable effort came from Leandros (Year 7), Cally (Year 8), Toby (Year 9) and Jacob in Year 10, who clocked up 98, 80, 109 and 72 points respectively for their Houses.

Students from all year groups took part in our virtual Cadence festival, organised by Miss Thomas. This year, unable to hold this popular event live, we shared a video medley of student performances, which shows how strong our students’ focus and sense of community has remained.

Musical output was complemented by virtual exhibitions by Years 7, 8 and 9, who responded to events during the lockdown crisis with thoughtful and expressive works of art.

If you’re keen on exercise, why not join The Cotswold School Cycling Club? It’s an online group, which you can find on the free app ‘Love to Ride’ and log your miles each time you go for a bike ride.

A reminder that our new Year 7s only start on 2nd September; the whole school returns on 3rd September. More information is on our website in our ‘Welcome’ section. Do check our website for news and updates https://cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/.

Finally, I wish you a happy and relaxed summer. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our students next term at The Cotswold School.

Bourton Tennis Club

If you’ve been walking past the tennis courts recently you may have seen the members enjoying a game in the (sometimes) good weather! We are really back into the swing of things with club competitions underway and a new singles box league. Lots of social tennis too so if anyone is thinking to take up tennis or wants to get back into the game please do visit our website for more information and join us on court.

Juniors will benefit from some extra coaching being held during the summer holidays by coach, James Hilltout. And it will be handy for them to get in as much practice as possible with the Junior Club Championship scheduled for September this year! We have a growing junior section so if you have children or teenagers interested in the game then please do contact us.

Please visit our website at www.bourtontennisclub.org for more information and to download a membership form.

See you on court!

Alex Peyton

Outstanding learning for current and future pupils

By Will Morgan, Principal

When you receive this magazine at the beginning of June, we will be entering the final half term of this academic year.

At The Cotswold School, dates and milestones have passed but we have been unable to mark them in the usual way. Not least of these significant events is the public examinations. Our Year 11 students, for example, would now be taking their GCSEs. Our Year 13s would have completed their A Levels.

At this point in the school calendar, a variety of trips and excursions, sports matches and open days would normally be under way.

Year 6 children, who are taking up a place at The Cotswold School in September as our new Year 7s, are very much in our minds. Their last months of primary school have been subject to much upheaval and they have spent many weeks separated from their friends.

We are adapting our transition and induction activities so that we can still provide an open and warm welcome for them to our school and will be in touch with their families over the coming weeks.

In these unusual times, there are currently a few spaces available at The Cotswold School for Year 7 entry. We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in our last four inspections, so if any family is still considering school places, I would be delighted to have a conversation with them. Please get in touch by emailing admin@thecotswoldschool.co.uk or visit our website https://cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/ for more information


On Sunday 1st March, 2 local gymnasts joined 12 of their teammates at their Grade 5&6 examinations at the Forest of Dean Gymnastics Club. Martin and Kerwen Collett, Directors of The Gym Centre and local Bourton Gym Club, are delighted to share some wonderful results!

Both Holly Smith and Emily Lord took part in the Level 5 Grades Exam. Holly Smith came away with a Commended and Emily Lord a Distinction! Alongside them, their teammates racked up 1 pass, 8 Commended and 1 Distinction!

The club is extremely proud of all its gymnasts, not only for the way they performed, but also for how well they represented the club. We look forward to seeing how these gymnasts are going to continue to excel and represent the club in such a fantastic way!

Special congratulations should also go to Emily Broadbent our Senior Club Coach and her very hard working and dedicated team of coaches that worked tirelessly to get the Gymnasts to this level.

If you are interested in gymnastics, get in touch – 07870624180

Gabby Norton

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