Rememberance Sunday

 The Market House being used as the centre for Remembrance Day activities at 11.00 am 11th November

The Market House being used as the centre for Remembrance Day activities at 11.00 am 11th November

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November News

The Feoffees and Thirteen of Tetbury

 

We have recently been asked by a local resident for more information regarding our work and role in our town both today and the part we have played historically and I hope to answer a few of these questions:

 

The Feoffee and Thirteen were formed in 1633, as Lords of the Manor of Tetbury in trust for the town, when the town was purchased by four locals from George, Lord Berkeley and his mother, of Berkeley Castle. The Feoffee are the Trustees and are financially responsible for The Romney Charity and The John Phillips Millennium Green Trust and are supported in their work by the members of the Thirteen.

 

Members of the Feoffee, there are 7, come from the Thirteen when a vacancy becomes available.  The Thirteen were historically made up of the Jury of the Town and the Town Bayliff. Today the Thirteen look to elect members from the community who are involved in and work for the benefit of the town and its residents.  This is a feudal and archaic democratic institution.

 

The Romney Charity – The Trustees (Feoffees) are empowered to use the assets under their control for the general benefit of the people of Tetbury, in particular, the advancement of education, relief of poverty and the provision and maintenance of the open areas, recreational spaces and other properties owned by the charity.

 

The John Phillips Millennium Green Trust – the main aim of this trust is to provide informal leisure amenities for the people of Tetbury

 

PRESENT MEMBERS

 

FEOFFEE

Lance Vick – Chairman

Dave Hicks – Vice Chairman – responsibility for The Market Hall

John Hugginson – responsibility for The Chipping and Chipping Car Park

Mike Houghton – responsibility for the Herd Lane Allotments

Will Cook – responsibility for Preston Park and the Railway Line

Richard Cooper - responsibility for Lower Gumstool Hill and the Millennium Green

Dave Norris – responsibility for Open Spaces

 

THIRTEEN

Jim Pearce – Chairman                                   Danny Bristow

Tony Walsh – Vice- Chairman                       David Smith

Nikki Ind – Secretary                                        Rachel Lee

John Price                                                            Richard Witchell

Peter Witchell                                                     Mike Avis

Mike Francis                                                       Darby Law

John Latter

 

You can find out much more about our history and the current work we do in the town, by visiting our website www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk or speaking to any member of the Feoffee or Thirteen, we would be pleased to hear from you.

 

We have recently had a parking space become vacant at the bottom of Gumstool Hill at the Millennium Green, if you would like to rent, please contact Feoffee Richard Cooper via our website.

 

Finally, I am pleased to confirm that in the last month we were able to make grants to local residents towards the following –

 

  • Equipment for a local apprentice plumber

  • Books and equipment for a number of local students going to University and College

 

Lance Vick – Chairman

October News

The Feoffees and Thirteen of Tetbury

 

The autumn has been busy with the Beating of the Bounds, led by Feoffee Richard Cooper and which was finished off with coffee and biscuits in The Market Hall, along with the presentation of The Feoffee accounts and the Heritage Weekend, co-ordinated by Feoffee David Hicks.  Both events were held at the beginning of September and were well attended and thoroughly enjoyed. 

The Community Orchard at Herd Lane is now full of apples and we invite you all to help yourself and enjoy this fruit – if you are not sure where exactly the orchard is, please just ask one of us and we will send you in the right direction.

 

Finally, I am pleased to confirm that the following grants have been made over the summer:

 

  • St Mary’s Church Bell Ringers – grant towards the purchase of new ropes and muffle

  • Summer Youth Drama Workshop

 

If you want to know more about us and the work that we do within the town and grants available, please speak to any member of The Feoffee or Thirteen, or check out our website  www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk and we would be pleased to hear from you if you have any projects which you feel may be of interest to us.

 

 Lance Vick – Chairman

September News

The Feoffees and Thirteen of Tetbury

What a wonderful summer it has been, with glorious sunshine and lots to do in the town.

Our Community Summer BBQ was a great success, with friends old and new catching up on the Millennium Green and children enjoying playing together at a lovely summer event.  If you missed us this year, please look out for the date next year and come along and join the fun!

Autumn Dates for your Diary

·         8th September - Beating of the Bounds – Meet under Bath Bridge at 9.30am for the historic walk around the boundary of the town – please wear appropriate clothing and shoes, everyone welcome, including dogs.  Afterwards, join us in The Market House for Coffee and Biscuits and the presentation of The Feoffee Annual Accounts

 

·         15th/16th September - Heritage Weekend – The Market House will be open from 10am – 4pm – come along and hear all about The Feoffee & Thirteen and our history in the town, with items on display which are not normally on public show

Finally, I am pleased to confirm that the following grants have been made over the summer:

  • ·         St Mary’s Day Centre – to allow this vital service to our elderly to continue
  • ·         Monies for a young person attending a volunteering expedition to Columbia
  • ·         Tetbury Guides – to allow this service to our young people to continue
  • ·         Tetbury Cricket Club – monies towards a new roller

If you want to know more about us and the work that we do within the town and grants available, please speak to any member of The Feoffee or Thirteen, or check out our website  www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk and we would be pleased to hear from you if you have any projects which you feel may be of interest to us.

 

 Lance Vick – Chairman

 

Events

The Feoffee and Thirteen of Tetbury invite you to join them at the following events this month:

 

·       8th September - Beating of the Bounds - Meet under Bath Bridge at 9.30am for the historic walk around the boundary of the town – please wear appropriate clothing and shoes, everyone welcome, including dogs.  Afterwards, join us in The Market House for Coffee and Biscuits and the presentation of The Feoffee Annual Accounts

 

15th/16th September - Heritage Weekend – The Market House will be open from 10am – 4pm – come along and hear all about The Feoffee & Thirteen and our history in the town, with items on display which are not

Feoffee and Thirteen BBQ

In June the Feoffees and Thirteen organised a community BBQ on the Millennium Green for the whole town to enjoy. This was a free event and appreciated by so many people.  We were so lucky with the glorious sunshine.  Thanks go to Danny Bristow for organising this and all of the Thirteen members who helped.

Here are some pictures from the event.

 

 

 Tetbury residents enjoying the BBQ

Tetbury residents enjoying the BBQ

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 Danny Bristow and friends cooking for Tetbury

Danny Bristow and friends cooking for Tetbury

 Local residents enjoying the BBQ

Local residents enjoying the BBQ

 Rachel Lee, Nicky Ind and Jim Pearce serving for the Thirteen. Thank you!

Rachel Lee, Nicky Ind and Jim Pearce serving for the Thirteen. Thank you!

June News

The Feoffees and Thirteen of Tetbury

 

Over the last month or so we have seen a number of changes in the Thirteen, firstly Pam Bird – our hardworking and historically, the first woman in history to be voted as a member of the Thirteen – decided to stand down after 18 years. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Pam for her contribution to our work in the town and particularly The Market Hall over this time. Pam has been presented with flowers and the Thirteen of Tetbury Emeritus, along with a farewell Afternoon Tea at The Close.

Secondly, I am pleased to confirm the appointment of Darby Law to the Thirteen, who we welcome and look forward to working with on our projects in the town.

Many of you may not realise that the Feoffee have a number of parking spaces available for rent in the town, both in The Chipping and at the bottom of Gumstool Hill and which we hold a waiting lists for. However, recently an opportunity has come up for one space at the bottom of Gumstool Hill and if you are interested in renting this, please contact us via our website.  The annual rent is £350 (1st January – 31st December – pro rata if taken part way through the year).

Finally, we hope to meet you at one of our events over the summer months, the dates of which are given below:

8th September              - Beating of the Bounds

15th/16th September   - Heritage Weekend

If you want to know more about us and the work that we do within the town and grants available, please speak to any member of The Feoffee or Thirteen, or check out our website  www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk and we would be pleased to hear from you if you have any projects which you feel may be of interest to us.

 

 Lance Vick – Chairman

May News 2018

The Feoffees and Thirteen of Tetbury

 

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With the summer approaching, our town will start to burst into flower, with our flower beds and hanging baskets being prepared and displayed.  It has been a busy spring for us, as custodians to a number of Open Spaces in the town which include – The Millennium Green, Preston Park and the Railway Line, The Knapp, Scavenge Lane and Cutwell.  We are pleased to have been able to replace the tree, which previously had to be removed for safety, at Cutwell and I must thank Dave Norris, John Latter and John Price for arranging the planting of this tree.  They were pleased to be joined by the children from Puddleducks, who we hope will watch this tree grow big and strong, as they do.

 

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If you want to know more about us and the work that we do within the town and grants available, please speak to any member of The Feoffee or Thirteen, or check out our website  www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk and we would be pleased to hear from you if you have any projects which you feel may be of interest to us. We hope to meet you at one of our events over the summer months, the dates of which are given below:

 

29th June                     - Community BBQ at the Millennium Green

8th September             - Beating of the Bounds

15th/16th September   - Heritage Weekend

 

Finally, I am pleased to confirm that we have recently given three grants for equipment to students at Cirencester College, University and Teacher Training.

 

 Lance Vick – Chairman

April News 2018

The Feoffees and Thirteen of Tetbury

Happy Easter to you all, hopefully by the time you read this, the ‘Big Freeze’ which we experienced at the beginning of March, has given way to more spring like weather and we can look forward to planning events in our town.  This year the Feoffee and Thirteen are planning to hold their Annual Town Community BBQ on the Millennium Green on 29th June at 6pm.  For those of you who are new to the town or have never attended before, this is a ‘free of charge’ community event, an opportunity to meet your friends old and new and enjoy a burger or hotdog – just bring a blanket, chair, drinks and yourselves – everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting you all there!

 

Dates for your Diary

 

29th June                     - Community BBQ at the Millennium Green

8th September               - Beating of the Bounds

15th/16th September   - Heritage Weekend

We are planning some more work at our open space area in Cutwell this spring, with a new Oak Tree due to be planted to replace the tree which had to be removed for safety a year or so ago.

Grants approved recently have included support for an Expedition to India, an Expedition to Borneo and support for software for a college course.

If you think we may be able to help you or your group with an education or training grant, please visit our website – www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk -  or speak to one of our members.

Lance Vick – Chairman

March News 2018

The Feoffees and Thirteen of Tetbury

 

As Spring arrives and the young people of our town start to prepare for their GCSE’s and A Levels in the Summer, I thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight the availability of education and training grants, as they move forward from school.  

Our charity is able to make grants towards equipment for people undertaking apprenticeships for a trade or those entering into further education. 

In addition, we can also award grants to local schools, groups and clubs and this month we have been able to provide a grant to Tetbury Rugby Club towards their Under 11 boys Rugby Tour.

If you think we may be able to help you or your group with an education or training grant, please visit our website – www.thefeoffeesoftetbury.co.uk -  or speak to one of our members.

Lance Vick – Chairman