May News

May News

The Feoffees and Thirteen of Tetbury

May is a busy month here in Tetbury and I would like to start by wishing the organisers of Wacky Races and Woolsack Day all the best for successful events.

By now the redecoration of The Market Hall has begun and we are doing our very best to keep any inconvenience caused to a minimum, however, if you are experiencing problems, please let us know.

Recently Thirteen member Nikki Ind and our Clerk Alison Mackay were pleased to attend the opening of the Children’s Zone at Tetbury Library, after the recent refurbishment and as you can see, the new sofa is already being put to good use by the younger members of our community.  The Feoffee were pleased to be able to give a grant to the library for this refurbishment, which is a valuable community asset and used by residents of all ages.

Grass Keep – does anyone wish to apply for the grass keep in Preston Park? Due to the nature of users – Dog Walkers, Runners, Families – this probably suits cattle best.  If you are interested, please contact Feoffee Will Cook.

Dates for your Diary

Community BBQ at the Millennium Green – Friday 28th June - 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!

 Beating of the Bounds – The annual walking of the boundaries of the town, followed by the presentation of

 our annual accounts

 Heritage Weekend – as part of this national event, The Market Hall and The Feoffee Meeting Room are open for the public with historic displays

Grants approved recently have included:

  • Parkrun

  • Sir William Romney School – Duke of Edinburgh Scheme

  • Goods Shed Piano Fund

  • St Mary’s Day Centre Monday Club

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

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March News

 

As many of you know, we are responsible for not only The Market House, but also areas of Open Space within our town for the benefit of the residents and the snow at the end of January, was not only beautiful, but allowed many of you to enjoy our largest area, Preston Park, with snowy walks and sledging.

 

2019 will be another busy year for us and the largest project will be starting on 15th April, when, as I mentioned last month, we begin the repair and decoration of The Market House.  This historic building is the centre piece of our Town and this essential maintenance will mean it will remain so for many years to come.  I would ask you to all please bear with us during the 5 weeks of work and I am pleased to confirm that during this work, 9am – 5pm, there will be manually operated traffic lights, in order to ensure that any inconvenience is kept to a minimum.

 

As a group, we are also very lucky that Thirteen member, Dr Tony Walsh, gives talks on the history of the Feoffee and I am pleased to confirm that he will be speaking over the next couple of months, not only in Tetbury and the surrounding villages, but as far a field as Cirencester and Cheltenham.  If you are a member of a group who would like Tony to visit, please let Tony know, either personally or via our website.

 

Finally, I am pleased to confirm that the Feoffee have made the following grants:

 

·         Tetbury Hospital - funds to assist with the purchase of an Ophthalmology Microscope

·         Wednesday and Friday Day Centre – grant to allow this invaluable service to continue to operate

·         Tetbury RFC Minis – grants towards tours for under 10’s, under 11’s and under 12’s

 

You can find out much more about our grants, 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.

 

Lance Vick – Chairman



February News

Happy New Year! Firstly, whilst Christmas seems a long time ago, I wanted to send a big thank you to Amanda and the team at Hobbs House Bakery and Peter Powell and the Creative team, who kindly supplied bacon sandwiches and coffee, for all our volunteers who decorated The Market Hall and the Christmas trees and Tetbury Heating and Plumbing who assisted with the installation of the lights. We would also like to thank the Dormers Close residents who decorated the Christmas Tree in Berkeley Wood.

 

The Market House - we start this year with a large project planned, the repair and decoration of our beautiful Market House in the centre of town.  This work is due to commence on 15th April and will take 5 weeks. During the day 9am – 5pm, there will be manually operated traffic lights in operation

 

Parking – we wanted to remind you that whilst The Chipping Car Park is operated by Cotswold District Council on our behalf, this Pay & Display Car Park is owned by the Feoffee and that any profits made are then used by the charity for the benefit of the town.  Also, we still have a car parking space available at the bottom of Gumstool Hill, if you would like to take the opportunity to rent, please contact Feoffee Richard Cooper, either in person or via our website.

 

Herd Lane – we have received complaints from residents regarding the tipping of rubbish and food waste along the bank and should you see anyone doing this, please report to us and we will take the appropriate action.  This is a public area for the benefit of our local community and we work hard to keep this tidy and would welcome your support in this matter.

 

History Talks – Thirteen member Dr Tony Walsh continues to provide talks to groups and organisations regarding The Feoffees and Thirteen and whilst he already has a couple planned for this year, if you are a member of a group who would like to know more about us, please either contact Tony, either in person or via our website.

 

Finally, at the end of last year we made the following fixed grants to community organisations:

 

  • Advowson (Town Council) - £70

  • Tetbury in Bloom - £1500

  • Holiday at Home - £1500

  • Reverend Hughes (Lecturers grant) - £30

  • St Mary’s Primary School annual grant - £3,000

  • Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust - £3,000

  • Tetbury Flower Show - £500

  • Tetbury Library £750

 

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.

 

 

Lance Vick – Chairman

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