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Places

The Cotswolds is an area renowned the world over for its chocolate box selection of picturesque towns and villages.

Three cities - Gloucester, Bath and Oxford - provide a kind of triangle around the fringes of the Cotswold Hills, so we've also included them in our potted guides to 'Cotswolds Centres'. 

But it's the glorious array of Cotswold towns and larger villages that are the main focus of this mini guide to the Cotswolds.

You can choose to click on the 'potted guide' buttons to find out a little about the history and culture of each place, or you can click 'find out more' for a round-up various activities and businesses that can be found in each area.
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Senior football club currently running two sides in Stroud League divisions 1 and 3. Home games are played at Stuart Playing Field, Tobacconist Road, Minchinhampton, near Stroud, on Saturday afternoons. To find out more about the club, visit the website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/minchinhamptonrdsfootballclub
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Support for people with mental health difficulties. Contact Di Taylor 01608 645296.
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MJ-UK Music and Arts is a production company that runs voluntary youth and community projects alongside professionals. The Cirencester-based project, run by renowned opera singer Maria Jagusz, has made a name for itself by putting together musical productions over two weeks in August, with performances at the Bingham Hall. MJ-UK's aim is to produce musicals, operas and concerts to very high standards, giving students and young adults the opportunity to learn new roles and repertoire and to gain invaluable experience in performing. Maria specialises in coaching youngsters hoping…
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The school, based at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre on Thursday evenings, welcomes you to the concept of Karate. Our students learn more than just how to kick and punch. They learn self-discipline, etiquette and respect. Our classes are taught in a relaxed but disciplined manner and are great for both children and adults alike. The varied workouts (line work, bag work, Kata and sparring) are both rewarding and stimulating. For more information contact John on 01608 643903 or 07984 791866.
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The society was founded in 1982 to promote the study of local history within Moreton-in-Marsh and the surrounding district, a countryside steeped in history. Since its inception the society, with an average membership of 100, has carried out a programme of talks and visits, concentrating, as far as possible, on local villages and towns and the people who lived in them. The committee has published two books, as well as a quarterly magazine (now sadly discontinued).  Arrangements are under way for the society’s archives to be scanned so…
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Contact kenburder@tiscali.co.uk
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Based in London Road, Moreton, the first team plays in Gloucestershire Northern Senior 1 and reserves in Stratford Alliance Division 1. For more information, visit www.moretonrangersfc.com
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Meets 1st Thursday afternoon of the month at the WI Hall, New Road, Moreton-in-Marsh. Contact Trish 01608 651367
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Meets 2nd Thursday of the month at the WI Hall, New Road, Moreton-in-Marsh. Contact Jo 01608 650821
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Meets every Tuesday at Redesdale Hall, Moreton, 7.45pm, September to April. Contact Mike Rees on 01608 650825.
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We are an outdoor lawn bowls club based in Redesdale Place, Moreton-in-Marsh, and have approximately 100 playing and social members. We play friendly matches Ladies, Gents and Mixed matches against other clubs in our area at weekends and during the week.  We also have an outdoor Wednesday afternoon internal league in addition to playing in the North Cotswold League. Some of our members also enter Inter-club and County and National competitions. New members at all levels of ability are always welcome. www.moretoninmarshbowlsclub.co.uk  
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Based at a lovely ground in Batsford Road, the team plays in the Cotswold Hills Cricket League on Saturdays. www.moretoninmarsh.play-cricket.com
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Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7.30pm, excluding August and December, at Broadwell Village Hall, Broadwell, near Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0TL. Membership costs just £35 per year. Visitors are also very welcome to join us at our meetings, and the entrance fee for them is £4.50. Tea/coffee served from 7pm. Contact Mrs N Dickinson on 01451 832199, email j.a.dickinson@virgin.net or visit www.tcandsw.org.uk/moreton-in-marsh.html
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This club, which meets on the second Wednesday of the month, provides meetings, outings, holidays, dancing, rambling and social activities for local people of retirement age. However, due to its popularity, we are over-subscribed and there is a waiting list. New members are welcome to join our ramblers held on Fridays throughout the year.  For more information, contact club secretary Helen Hancox on 01608 650972. 
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Information, support and regular social events for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis. Local support line 0800 111 4311.
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The society was formed in 1952 from an existing WI group and its first production was a comedy, Fiddlers’ Elbow.  Since then, at least two full-length plays have been presented each year at the Nailsworth Town Hall. One-act plays have also been entered into drama festivals across Gloucestershire with considerable success. We also boast a travelling variety group, The Strollers, who perform at the request of various organisations. For more information, visit the website at www.nailsworthdramaticsociety.com
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We are a friendly and enthusiastic brass band based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. We are a community band, playing at a wide range of venues from summer parades to regional competitions. The main band is available for year-round bookings. We can also provide a reduced band or a five-piece band to suit smaller functions. The main band practises every Monday evening from 7.15pm in our bandroom in the centre of Nailsworth. We also have a thriving training band which continues to supply us with talented new musicians and a…
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Contact Barbara Steiner on 01451 850897 or email info@nauntonmusic.org.uk
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Meets in the Village Hall on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Contact 01451 850475. 
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Children are never too young to learn martial arts and Ninja Tots & Ninja Kids runs classes in the south Cotswolds for children aged from two up to 11. The classes, which are held at a number of locations including in Cirencester and Stroud, teach children good behaviour, manners, teamwork, ambition, confidence and dedication, whilst giving them a chance to keep fit and have fun. The fun and educational programme helps to build confidence and develop essential skills, with three age-appropriate curriculums: Ninja Nippers run from aged two to…
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NOOG is an organic gardening group based in Chipping Norton. It was formed in 1992 by a group of local gardeners who wanted to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to demonstrate that organic gardening is a viable alternative. Our membership is made up of novice and experienced, amateur and professional gardeners, all with an interest in gardening and growing food without chemicals. We are affiliated to, and act as a local group for Garden Organic (formerly The Henry Doubleday Research Association), who have a…
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Founded in 1969 the aims of the North Cotswold Arts Association are the fostering, promoting and enjoyment of the Arts. We are a lively and friendly art group who are interested in all the visual arts. Anyone with a love of developing their knowledge and skills is welcome, whether professional or beginner. We have regular monthly meetings at Broadwell Village Hall, near Stow-on-the-Wold, where we hold demonstrations, talks and practical session. We also run workshops at very competitive prices, covering watercolours, mixed media, acrylics, mosaics, pastel and oils. Members…
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We are a collection of individuals who share a common interest - beekeeping. The club caters for beginners and experts alike and we always welcome new members. We can help you get set up and advise on suitable sites to keep your bees. The members all keep bees in the North Cotswold region of Gloucestershire and hold monthly meetings normally on a Wednesday at 7:30pm in Adlestrop Village Hall during the winter months. We are regularly in contact with farmers and landowners who wish to house bees on…
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Email chair@northcotswoldcamra.org.uk or visit www.northcotswoldcamra.org.uk
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The North Cotswold Chamber Choir is one of the finest choral groups in Oxfordshire. Formed in 1992, our repertoire embraces a huge range of styles encompassing music of the last thousand years, from Gregorian plainchant and Hildegard von Bingen, via sacred Tudor anthems and masterpieces of the Baroque period, to secular, contemporary and popular works. The choir enjoys an enviable reputation for the excitement and panache of its performances, and has sung alongside soloists of international stature including Nancy Argenta, Catherine Bott, Jennifer Smith and James Gilchrist. Rehearsals…
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North Cotswold Community Radio (NCCR) broadcasts a selection of music, local news stories and programmes relevant to the local community. For more information, visit www.northcotswoldonline.com/
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Secretary Fiona Barnett 01608 650217. Contact david.brown1945@blueyonder.co.uk
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Red Foodbank vouchers can be exchanged at the following places Moreton-in-Marsh Congregational Church, Tuesdays 10am-12 noon Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church, Thursdays 10am-12 noon and 2-4pm Cotswold Christian Centre, Gretton Road, Winchcombe, Tuesdays 1-3pm and Fridays 11am-12.30pm Chipping Campden Baptist Church, Fridays 12.30pm-1.30pm Manager Rhian Morgan. For more information call 07879 375562 or email info@northcotswold.foodbank.org.uk
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Aligned with Age UK, the group meets for a chat and a raffle followed by a speaker or something similar. Other activities include summer and Christmas dinners, afternoon tea events, outings and holidays, concerts and show visits, regular pub lunches and members join with Moreton-in-Marsh Interest and Leisure Club walks on Fridays. For more information, contact Age UK customer relations on 0800 169 87 87 or email contactageuk@ageuk.org.uk
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Monthly meetings on various topics held at Winchcombe Library, Back Lane, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5PZ  Contact Chris Adamson on 01242 680469 or Sylvia Hughes on 01242 673788, email sylviahughes58@hotmail.com 
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Flying site near Moreton-in-Marash. Contact Ken Rathborne on 01386 858649, email info@ncmac.co.uk or visit the club's website at www.ncmac.co.uk
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Thursday evenings 8pm-10pm at Naunton Village Hall, Gloucestershire GL54 3AS  Contact 07554 252021 or visit www.northcotswoldsaikido.co.uk
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Northleach and Fosse Lions Club was formed in late 1989 with an initial 20 members and numbers are still at about that level. We meet at the The Wheatsheaf Inn, in the centre of Northleach, every second Tuesday of the month for our business meeting. We also make the fourth Tuesday of the month a social evening which includes our partners. A lot of our members are people who have moved into the area. A few of our retiring presidents have also gone on to become zone…
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The Cotswold Hall, Northleach, Wednesday mornings 9.30am-11.30am. Suitable for beginners, intermediate and experienced dancers. Bring soft shoes. Call Hilary 01285 851798
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Situated just outside Stroud, Oakridge Cricket Club plays in the Cirencester District Cricket Association League on Saturday afternoons in the summer. Friendly fixtures are played on Sundays. New members are always welcome.         To contact the club, call 01285 760375, email steverobbins97@hotmail.com or visit the club website at www.oakridge.ecbstaging.net
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Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Oddington Village Hall, near Stow-on-the-Wold. Contact Sue John on 01451 830989
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Meets at Village Hall 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. For more details contact Becky Pearman on 01608 643643.
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Contact glynn.nixon@googlemail.com
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Contact president Anne Newhill on 01452 814144, email anne.newhill@btinternet.com
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Meets 3rd Monday of the month 2pm at North Cotswold Hospital, Moreton-in-Marsh.  Contact Mike Winter on 01451 831194
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Contact Mike Sessarego on 01386 593392 or email michael.sessarego@gmail.com 
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Phoenix WI meets in the community room at St Peter's Court, Cirencester, on the second Tuesday of each month from 7pm-9pm. It is a small but very friendly and caring institute which extends a warm welcome to visitors and new members. Phoenix WI offers much more than "Jam & Jerusalem" by having speakers on a variety of subjects at meetings, organising outings, quizzes, walks, celebratory meals and a knitting group. For more information contact Mary Bartlett (president) on 01285 653478 or Joan Cook (secretary) on 01285 654681.
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Secretary Lance Osborne 01666 825835
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Radio Winchcombe is a voluntary-run community radio station which is always looking for new ways to raise money for equipment and licences. It welcomes people to join its volunteer team by training as programme presenters, programme makers and studio technicians. Help is also needed with fundraising ideas and at events, assistance with publicity and advertising and we always welcome any new ideas and material suggestions. Radio Winchcombe is based at the Youth Centre, Gretton Road, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5EE For more information, call 01242 609571, email studio@radiowinchcombe.co.uk or visit www.radiowinchcombe.co.uk
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Randwick are a Stroud-based side with three senior sides and an expanding youth set-up all currently playing in the Stroud District Football League. Randwick became a recognised FA Charter Standard Club after years of hard work. Randwick 1sts play at Archway School, Paganhill, Stroud, while the 2nds and 3rds play at Jubilee Fields in Randwick. For more information about the club, contact Phil Stafford on 01453 752149, email phil@staffs.go-plus.net or visit www.clubwebsite.co.uk/randwickfootballclub
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Meets Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm at Bingham Hall, King Street, Cirencester. New members welcome. Call Nye Lewis on 01285 656107. 
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We are the largest humanitarian organisation in the world with 34,000 clubs across the globe....20 or so in the local area. We operate through small, friendly clubs which all have a different character and style. We are very relaxed and informal group who enjoy each others company while putting something back to the local community and funding Rotary managed overseas projects. Kingham & The Wychwoods is a very informal club and we welcome singles, couples/partners together of all ages. We are a local busines and social networking…
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Meets Tuesdays 7.45pm at the Old Stocks Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold. Contact Dave Prout on 01451 821478.
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Clubhouse Mayo Road, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire. New players always welcome - Minis, Juniors, Seniors, Vets, Girls Tag www.shipstonrugbyclub.co.uk
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Shipton under Wychwood Cricket Club runs three teams on Saturdays and also a friendly side on Sundays. Tuesdays in the summer is our club night where there is nets, coaching, fielding practice and the bar is usually open. Shipton compete in the Oxford Times Cherwell League. The 1st XI are in Division 1, and the 2nd XI in Division 5 with the 3rd XI in Division 9. We also compete in the nPower Village Cup, and midweek knockout competitions. The First XI won the National Village Knockout at…
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Based in Nailsworth, the club are currently members of Division One South & West of the Southern League and play at the Meadowbank Ground. Established in 1900, in Shortwood, Nailsworth, the club was promoted from the Stroud and District League to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in the early 1970s, before joining the Gloucestershire County League in 1975. After finishing as runners-up in 1979-80 and 1980-81, the club won the league in 1981-82 and were promoted to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League. After finishing second in…
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South Cerney Players are a well established amateur dramatics society based in one of the largest villages in the Gloucestershire. The Players produce two main productions every year in South Cerney Village Hall with talent largely drawn from the village. The aim is to deliver high quality productions - including thrillers, comedies, farces and pantomimes - in a village context and to provide value-for-money entertainment.  The Players are always looking for new members, whether people are interested in set building, acting, painting, producing or directing. As well as…
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Meets in the Memorial Hall on the 3rd Tuesday at 7:30pm. Contact Michelle Horace on 01608 641749.
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Meets Tuesday evenings at The Parish Rooms, Gosditch Street, Cirencester from 7pm-9pm. Contact Faye Rose on 01452 858220 or visit www.sja.org.uk/gloucestershire
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Thursdays, Willow Court, Bourton Industrial Park. 7pm-9pm. Contact Jemma Allen 07738 247016
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St John Ambulance, Stroud Division, provides first aid and a range of ambulance and other care services to the Stroud community and surrounding areas. We meet every Tuesday evening at our HQ at Daniels Industrial Estate in Stroud from 7.30pm-9pm to do our divisional training and keep our skills up to date. The evening sessions cover a wide variety of subjects, first aid related, and sometimes of wider interest areas. Contact Jim Stokes on 01452 858220 for more details.
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Ringing practice at St Peter's Church, Winchcombe, is on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, and Sunday ringing is at 9.45am. If you're interested in learning to ring, or if you'd just like to come along and see what ringing entails, contact the tower captain Clare Pritchard 01242 602814.
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The club is based at The Magpies stadium in Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, which has a capacity of 3,300. Stonehouse joined the Western League in 1947 and between the 1950s and 1970s, the team regularly attracted crowds of over 2,000 to their games. As Stonehouse FC, the club entered the FA Cup every season between 1947 and 1975, reaching the Second Qualifying Round on seven occasions. The club was known as Stonehouse Freeway until 2007 when the men's and youth teams merged. Since then, Stonehouse Town have enjoyed…
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Meetings are on the 1st Friday on alternate months between October and June, held in St Edward’s Hall, Stow, at 7.30pm. Contact Nigel Surman 01451 833783 www.stowcivicsociety.co.uk
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Stow Rugby Club was founded in 1879 and was a founder member of the Gloucester Rugby Union. It moved to its present site in Oddington Road in 1967. In 1984 a new clubhouse was built and this was later extended and renovated in 1996 to provide the extensive facilities enjoyed by the club today. For more information, call 01451 830887 or visit the club's website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/stowrfc/
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Meets 1st Tuesday of month 2-4pm, Broadwell Village Hall, near Stow-on-the-Wold. Contact Fiona Vann 01451 821291
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Contact Forbes Campbell 01451 832188 or Dennis Fisher 01451 830068
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Cricket is played at Stow-on-the-Wold in a delightful setting with picturesque views of the Cotswolds. We are a young side, with an element of maturity, playing in the Cotswold District Cricket Association. If you would like to get involved or arrange a game please contact Ashley Andrews via e-mail on ash_andrews1@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07891 536418.
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Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday mornings of the month. Contact Tim Sedgley on 01608 652696.
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Mondays, Stow-on-the-Wold Church Rooms. Contact Brenda Parsons 01451 831876 
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Meets at the Stratton House Hotel, Gloucester Road, Cirencester GL7 2LE on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9.45am. All welcome. Contact John Head 01285 652720.
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Stroud & District Athletic Club is a local, friendly and professional club based at Archway Sports Hall, Archway, Stroud GL5 4AX, usually meeting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm. The club boasts a membership of approximately 350, covering an age range from eight to 80-plus, and all athletic disciplines and abilities. Running groups cover all abilities from walk, jog and beginners through to fast and distance running groups.  Archway Sports Hall has ample car parking with changing and shower facilities. If you are interested in joining the club,…
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We are a self-governing organisation working under the umbrella of "The Third Age Trust". We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2014 and currently have over 450 members. U3A is an an organisation where retired or semi-retired people from all walks of life, and all ages (there is no upper or lower age limit) can meet like-minded men and women to expand their knowledge, share interests and acquire new skills. Retired people have gained a lifetime of experience, expertise and know-how from our occupations, professions or hobbies and we…
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Stroud Chess Club, which has enjoyed considerable success in the North Gloucestershire Chess League in recent years, is always on the look-out for new players of all levels. Club nights are held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Black Book Café, 1 Nelson Street, Stroud GL5 2HL and occasional social nights are held at various venues during the summer. For more information, contact club secretary Adrian Walker on 07895 683290, email chessmates@sky.com or visit the club website at www.easytorecall.com/stroudchess/
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Founded in 1834, Stroud Choral Society is one of the oldest choral societies in the UK. With a rich history, this friendly group has approximately 130 members rehearsing in Marling School Music Hall in Stroud on Monday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30pm. The society aims to give two major concerts a year with a professional orchestra, as well as a summer concert and a Christmas concert. Huw Williams is the musical director and conductor. His wealth of musical experience, combined with his sense of humour, energy and an apparently unlimited…
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Stroud Civic Society is for everyone who cares about their surroundings in the Five Stroud Valleys. Stroud Civic Society is committed to the preservation and protection of our heritage, but also concerned about the quality of new development. We keep an eye out for planning applications and make representations as necessary. In some cases our views on proposals are formally sought by local authorities. On contentious issues, the society makes its views known to the relevant planning authorities and through the media. We participate at public inquiries and…
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Stroud Hockey Club caters for all ages and playing standards, but above all, it has a sociable and friendly atmosphere and it's a great place to meet people and make new friends. The club runs three men's teams; two ladies teams; a Badgers (boys) team; a Vixens (girls) team; a mixed team; three indoor teams and a thriving junior hockey section. Most matches are played on a Saturday, with home games on an astroturf pitch at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stratford Road, Stroud. Indoor hockey games are…
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Dating back originally to 1967, Stroud Light Music Choir were formed by the amalgamation of a local ladies’ choir and a male voice choir. The choir gives concert performances of light opera and operetta in the spring and autumn at Stroud Subscription Rooms. For more information, email thesecretary@stroudlightmusic.org.uk
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Stroud Local History Society, which currently has over 80 members, holds monthly meetings indoors from September to April, on the local history in Stroud and surrounding area. Meetings are normally held at the St Laurence Church Hall in The Shambles, Stroud, and various visits are also arranged during the summer. Membership is open to anyone interested in the local history of Stroud. For more information, visit the society's website at www.stroudlocalhistorysociety.org.uk
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The club was founded in 1953 and has been very active ever since. The objects of the club are to arrange a programme of rambling, youth hostelling, caving, mountain walking, cycling, pony trekking and other outdoor pursuits. The club also aims to encourage a greater knowledge, love and care of nature and of the countryside. Stroud Rambling Club is an independent organisation affiliated to The Ramblers Association for insurance purposes and does not necessarily hold its views. For more information, contact membership secretary Jonathan Fowler on 01453 765490 or email…
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Stroud Valleys Community Car Club provides members with flexible access to cars as and when they need them, without the costs and hassle of car ownership. The club provides 24-hour access to cars located in key convenient local areas including Cainscross, Bisley Road, and Slad Road. A Vauxhall Corsa hatchback, a Kia Picanto and a Zafira people carrier are available and can be booked out at short notice for one hour or more. The club owns, maintains and insure the cars - you just book and drive! If you…
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Baden Powell Hall, Lansdowne, Bourton-on-the-Water, Tuesdays 9.30am-10.30am. £4.50. Contact Denise Nethercott 07909 874186
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Monday 10am-11.30am Cotswold Health & Fitness Club, Hawthorn Court, Bourton Industrial Park; Tuesday 10.30am-noon Bourton Leisure Centre. Contact Valerie Nicholson 01608 652835
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The Thames Head Singers, based in the Stroud area, is a mixed voice chamber choir founded in 1980, performing a wide repertoire of music from classical and sacred to traditional and modern. The group aims to achieve high singing standards and enjoy ourselves at the same time. Every year we perform several concerts and sing choral services at cathedrals. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at Brimscombe School, Stroud, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The choir’s musical director, Andrew Hopwood, studied voice at the Birmingham Conservatoire and worked for 20 years as a…
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This charitable organisation based in Cirencester has a long association with library provision in the town and takes its name from its benefactor, Daniel Bingham, a native of the town, whose philanthropy endowed the Bingham Library first opened in September 1905 in Dyer Street. Bingham's intention was to provide "a place to study, for recreation, and for reasonable amusement; a permanent resource for the student desirous of supplementing the education which he has already received in his school days; and a pleasant refuge for the ordinary…
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Directed by Philip Colls, this Stroud-based choir, was founded in 1960 by the late Mark Foster. One of Gloucestershire’s premier chamber choirs, we sing music from many different periods and in diverse styles, usually unaccompanied but occasionally with instrumental or orchestral accompaniment. We have given concerts near Barcelona and in south-western France, in Crete, in the abbey on Iona, in North Germany and at the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. For more information on The Cappella singers, visit the website at www.cappellasingers.co.uk
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The Care Café is held at Chipping Campden Baptist Church on the first Saturday of every month, from 12noon until 2pm. It is now in its fourth year. During the winter months we serve home made soup - anything from leek and potato to lentil and tomato, broccoli and stilton to butternut squash and chorizo. In the summer months we serve a ploughman's lunch. The lunch is absolutely free - sometimes a contentious issue, since a common perception is that there is no such thing as a free lunch!…
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This is a friendly society for people of all ages who enjoy music and the company of others with similar tastes. Our season runs from September to May and the regular evening meetings are normally held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except September and January on the 3rd Wednesdays only. Meetings are held at the Ashcroft Centre, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, at 7.30pm. There is a break for refreshments at about 8.30pm and meetings end at about 9.30pm. The centre has a loop system…
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Meets at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, October to March. Come and join us, make new friends and enjoy excellent speakers. Contact Jean Warner on 01285 659936.
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This group was established in Cirencester in 1999 by Sandra Dukes, to create an opportunity for classical guitarists to develop their musical skills and perform as an ensemble. The Ensemble today comprises a junior, intermediate and senior section who also combine into a unique Guitar Orchestra, the only one of its kind in Gloucestershire.  The junior group are mostly of primary school age and playing together does much to build their confidence both as group and solo players. The intermediate group, who in addition to developing their musical…
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The Cotswold Listener is the free local talking newspaper for the visually impaired living in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the north Gloucestershire area. Our sole purpose is to help the visually impaired stay in touch with what’s happening locally, stay aware of the issues that interest them, enabling them to live their lives more independently. Established in 1978, The Cotswold Listener is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers and funded entirely by donation. We produce a weekly recording throughout the year comprising local news, a magazine section and…
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The Cotswold Male Voice Choir was formed in 1949 and has since become one of the best known male voice choirs in the Midlands and the South West. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, and a warm welcome awaits you, whether you want to sing or just to see how a male voice choir works. For more information on the choir, visit the website at www.cotswoldmvc.org
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The Cotswold Players gave their first performance in Amberley in 1911 and in the early years they toured their plays to the villages around Stroud, setting up stage at schools and village halls. In the early 1920s, John Masefield (later Poet Laureate) was very active with the Players as playwright, co-producer and later as president.  Theatrical history was made in 1922 when The Cotswold Players became the first actors to take a play to one of HM Prisons, when they presented Jerome K Jerome's The Passing of…
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Formed in 1976, the choir originally called itself the 'The Mickleton and Weston Subedge Choir', because it met one week in the school room at Weston and the next in Mickleton School. The choir now meets on Thursday evenings at King George's Hall, Mickleton, and since 1977 it has performed two concerts each year here in the hall, raising money for many good causes. It is a mixed ability choir for all ages, and members come from places such as Broadway, Chipping Campden and Ebrington, as well…
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This is a men's group which meet up fortnightly on Friday mornings. There is also a ladies Probus Club, which meets fortnightly on Tuesdays. We organise occasional outings for members and their partners to places of interest, local walks, lunch and other social events. The Probus Club is a social event sharing experiences meeting new people, inviting speakers to talk about things of interest over refreshments and usually regroup afterwards in the local pub. Contact secretary Tony Mason at abmason13@btinternet.com
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Meets every Thursday evening (except after a Bank Holiday) at 7pm for 7.30pm at the Cotswold House Hotel, The Square, Chipping Campden. Call 01386 840330
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Formed in 2008 as a community choir, The Wychwood Chorale has become an accomplished group that performs multi-part arrangements of classical, spiritual and popular works sung both accompanied and a capella.   You’re welcome to join us either if you’re a seasoned singer or if you’ve never sung before or cannot read a note of music – all that is required is your commitment to rehearse for a concert at the end of each term. If you’d like to join the choir and make music in a friendly…
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UkeStroud is a friendly group of people who live in or near the Stroud Valleys who like to have fun playing ukulele. The group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month (and the fifth Thursday if there is one) at Pitchcombe Village Hall at 8pm for two hours of music. The cost is £2 including tea or coffee and biscuits. UkeStroud started as a spin-off from the UkeGlos group in Cheltenham. It has players of all ages and abilities and newcomers are always made…
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Talks, tea & outings. Meets 1st Wednesday of each month at Friends Meeting House, Thomas Street, Cirencester from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Contact Anne on 01285 657998.
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The association is based in Stroud and chief instructor Sensei Nick Quilliam Renshi 7th Dan has been training, competing in and teaching traditional Wado-Ryu Karate-Do since 1969.  The WKA has a number of classes for both adults and children in various locations throughout Gloucestershire, with clubs in Stroud, Bussage, Eastington, Stonehouse, Gloucester and Nailsworth. It also holds, and takes part in, several events throughout the year at these locations, as well as at other clubs both locally and throughout the country. Nick Quilliam trained with three of the…
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Watershed Stables, Coates, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6NS. Contact Bob Merrill 07866 972389, email watershed@googlemail.com or visit www.watershedrda.org.uk
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Whitefriars Sailing Club is located in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park on Lake 26, with 85 acres of sailing water. It is a friendly club where the emphasis is on enjoyment rather than competition.  Whilst we have a full calendar of club racing, open competitions and training courses, the lake is available for those who wish to sail at leisure, with an additional programme of fun sailing and social events for all ages. The club's full address is Lake 26, Cotswold Water Park, Ashton Keynes, SN6…
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The club plays at Abbey Fields Community Centre in Back Lane, Winchcombe. The season runs from late September to the end of March. We welcome experienced and new players. For more information contact Lesley Rafferty on 01242 602860 or email mike_and_les@btinternet.com
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Fun and friendly group singing Gospel, African, British, American, Pop, Jazz, Balkan, Sacred, Pacific and more. No auditions, no sight reading - just bring your voice and join in. All songs taught by ear. Meets Wednesday mornings from 10am till noon in term-time in the Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe GL54 5QH. Termly subscription equivalent to £5 per session. Introductory session free of charge. Contact Liz Hooper on 01905 620827 or email Lizhooper@naturalvoice.net
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Our beautiful ground is located at Corndean Lane in Winchcombe, amidst rolling hills and overlooking Sudeley Castle, the perfect place to play and watch the wonderful game of cricket. Please do come along and watch a match on a weekend or join us on a Friday evening for a BBQ with the juniors. Facilities include a multi wicket square, two practice nets, one with bowling machine, a lovely pavilion with score-box and a licensed bar with pool table. Our adult teams compete in the Cotswold Hills league…
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Senior football club currently running two sides in Stroud League divisions 1 and 3. Home games are played at Stuart Playing Field, Tobacconist Road, Minchinhampton, near Stroud, on Saturday afternoons. To find out more about the club, visit the website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/minchinhamptonrdsfootballclub
Support for people with mental health difficulties. Contact Di Taylor 01608 645296.
MJ-UK Music and Arts is a production company that runs voluntary youth and community projects alongside professionals. The Cirencester-based project, run by renowned opera singer Maria Jagusz, has made a name for itself by putting together musical productions over two weeks in August, with performances at the Bingham Hall. MJ-UK's aim is to produce musicals, operas and concerts to very high standards, giving students and young adults the opportunity to learn new roles and repertoire and to gain invaluable experience in performing. Maria specialises in coaching youngsters hoping…
The school, based at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre on Thursday evenings, welcomes you to the concept of Karate. Our students learn more than just how to kick and punch. They learn self-discipline, etiquette and respect. Our classes are taught in a relaxed but disciplined manner and are great for both children and adults alike. The varied workouts (line work, bag work, Kata and sparring) are both rewarding and stimulating. For more information contact John on 01608 643903 or 07984 791866.
The society was founded in 1982 to promote the study of local history within Moreton-in-Marsh and the surrounding district, a countryside steeped in history. Since its inception the society, with an average membership of 100, has carried out a programme of talks and visits, concentrating, as far as possible, on local villages and towns and the people who lived in them. The committee has published two books, as well as a quarterly magazine (now sadly discontinued).  Arrangements are under way for the society’s archives to be scanned so…
Contact kenburder@tiscali.co.uk
Based in London Road, Moreton, the first team plays in Gloucestershire Northern Senior 1 and reserves in Stratford Alliance Division 1. For more information, visit www.moretonrangersfc.com
Meets 1st Thursday afternoon of the month at the WI Hall, New Road, Moreton-in-Marsh. Contact Trish 01608 651367
Meets 2nd Thursday of the month at the WI Hall, New Road, Moreton-in-Marsh. Contact Jo 01608 650821
Meets every Tuesday at Redesdale Hall, Moreton, 7.45pm, September to April. Contact Mike Rees on 01608 650825.
We are an outdoor lawn bowls club based in Redesdale Place, Moreton-in-Marsh, and have approximately 100 playing and social members. We play friendly matches Ladies, Gents and Mixed matches against other clubs in our area at weekends and during the week.  We also have an outdoor Wednesday afternoon internal league in addition to playing in the North Cotswold League. Some of our members also enter Inter-club and County and National competitions. New members at all levels of ability are always welcome. www.moretoninmarshbowlsclub.co.uk  
Based at a lovely ground in Batsford Road, the team plays in the Cotswold Hills Cricket League on Saturdays. www.moretoninmarsh.play-cricket.com
Our meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7.30pm, excluding August and December, at Broadwell Village Hall, Broadwell, near Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0TL. Membership costs just £35 per year. Visitors are also very welcome to join us at our meetings, and the entrance fee for them is £4.50. Tea/coffee served from 7pm. Contact Mrs N Dickinson on 01451 832199, email j.a.dickinson@virgin.net or visit www.tcandsw.org.uk/moreton-in-marsh.html
This club, which meets on the second Wednesday of the month, provides meetings, outings, holidays, dancing, rambling and social activities for local people of retirement age. However, due to its popularity, we are over-subscribed and there is a waiting list. New members are welcome to join our ramblers held on Fridays throughout the year.  For more information, contact club secretary Helen Hancox on 01608 650972. 
Information, support and regular social events for anyone affected by multiple sclerosis. Local support line 0800 111 4311.
The society was formed in 1952 from an existing WI group and its first production was a comedy, Fiddlers’ Elbow.  Since then, at least two full-length plays have been presented each year at the Nailsworth Town Hall. One-act plays have also been entered into drama festivals across Gloucestershire with considerable success. We also boast a travelling variety group, The Strollers, who perform at the request of various organisations. For more information, visit the website at www.nailsworthdramaticsociety.com
We are a friendly and enthusiastic brass band based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. We are a community band, playing at a wide range of venues from summer parades to regional competitions. The main band is available for year-round bookings. We can also provide a reduced band or a five-piece band to suit smaller functions. The main band practises every Monday evening from 7.15pm in our bandroom in the centre of Nailsworth. We also have a thriving training band which continues to supply us with talented new musicians and a…
Contact Barbara Steiner on 01451 850897 or email info@nauntonmusic.org.uk
Meets in the Village Hall on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Contact 01451 850475. 
Children are never too young to learn martial arts and Ninja Tots & Ninja Kids runs classes in the south Cotswolds for children aged from two up to 11. The classes, which are held at a number of locations including in Cirencester and Stroud, teach children good behaviour, manners, teamwork, ambition, confidence and dedication, whilst giving them a chance to keep fit and have fun. The fun and educational programme helps to build confidence and develop essential skills, with three age-appropriate curriculums: Ninja Nippers run from aged two to…
NOOG is an organic gardening group based in Chipping Norton. It was formed in 1992 by a group of local gardeners who wanted to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to demonstrate that organic gardening is a viable alternative. Our membership is made up of novice and experienced, amateur and professional gardeners, all with an interest in gardening and growing food without chemicals. We are affiliated to, and act as a local group for Garden Organic (formerly The Henry Doubleday Research Association), who have a…
Founded in 1969 the aims of the North Cotswold Arts Association are the fostering, promoting and enjoyment of the Arts. We are a lively and friendly art group who are interested in all the visual arts. Anyone with a love of developing their knowledge and skills is welcome, whether professional or beginner. We have regular monthly meetings at Broadwell Village Hall, near Stow-on-the-Wold, where we hold demonstrations, talks and practical session. We also run workshops at very competitive prices, covering watercolours, mixed media, acrylics, mosaics, pastel and oils. Members…
We are a collection of individuals who share a common interest - beekeeping. The club caters for beginners and experts alike and we always welcome new members. We can help you get set up and advise on suitable sites to keep your bees. The members all keep bees in the North Cotswold region of Gloucestershire and hold monthly meetings normally on a Wednesday at 7:30pm in Adlestrop Village Hall during the winter months. We are regularly in contact with farmers and landowners who wish to house bees on…
Email chair@northcotswoldcamra.org.uk or visit www.northcotswoldcamra.org.uk
The North Cotswold Chamber Choir is one of the finest choral groups in Oxfordshire. Formed in 1992, our repertoire embraces a huge range of styles encompassing music of the last thousand years, from Gregorian plainchant and Hildegard von Bingen, via sacred Tudor anthems and masterpieces of the Baroque period, to secular, contemporary and popular works. The choir enjoys an enviable reputation for the excitement and panache of its performances, and has sung alongside soloists of international stature including Nancy Argenta, Catherine Bott, Jennifer Smith and James Gilchrist. Rehearsals…
North Cotswold Community Radio (NCCR) broadcasts a selection of music, local news stories and programmes relevant to the local community. For more information, visit www.northcotswoldonline.com/
Secretary Fiona Barnett 01608 650217. Contact david.brown1945@blueyonder.co.uk
Red Foodbank vouchers can be exchanged at the following places Moreton-in-Marsh Congregational Church, Tuesdays 10am-12 noon Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church, Thursdays 10am-12 noon and 2-4pm Cotswold Christian Centre, Gretton Road, Winchcombe, Tuesdays 1-3pm and Fridays 11am-12.30pm Chipping Campden Baptist Church, Fridays 12.30pm-1.30pm Manager Rhian Morgan. For more information call 07879 375562 or email info@northcotswold.foodbank.org.uk
Aligned with Age UK, the group meets for a chat and a raffle followed by a speaker or something similar. Other activities include summer and Christmas dinners, afternoon tea events, outings and holidays, concerts and show visits, regular pub lunches and members join with Moreton-in-Marsh Interest and Leisure Club walks on Fridays. For more information, contact Age UK customer relations on 0800 169 87 87 or email contactageuk@ageuk.org.uk
Monthly meetings on various topics held at Winchcombe Library, Back Lane, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5PZ  Contact Chris Adamson on 01242 680469 or Sylvia Hughes on 01242 673788, email sylviahughes58@hotmail.com 
Flying site near Moreton-in-Marash. Contact Ken Rathborne on 01386 858649, email info@ncmac.co.uk or visit the club's website at www.ncmac.co.uk
Thursday evenings 8pm-10pm at Naunton Village Hall, Gloucestershire GL54 3AS  Contact 07554 252021 or visit www.northcotswoldsaikido.co.uk
Northleach and Fosse Lions Club was formed in late 1989 with an initial 20 members and numbers are still at about that level. We meet at the The Wheatsheaf Inn, in the centre of Northleach, every second Tuesday of the month for our business meeting. We also make the fourth Tuesday of the month a social evening which includes our partners. A lot of our members are people who have moved into the area. A few of our retiring presidents have also gone on to become zone…
The Cotswold Hall, Northleach, Wednesday mornings 9.30am-11.30am. Suitable for beginners, intermediate and experienced dancers. Bring soft shoes. Call Hilary 01285 851798
Situated just outside Stroud, Oakridge Cricket Club plays in the Cirencester District Cricket Association League on Saturday afternoons in the summer. Friendly fixtures are played on Sundays. New members are always welcome.         To contact the club, call 01285 760375, email steverobbins97@hotmail.com or visit the club website at www.oakridge.ecbstaging.net
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Oddington Village Hall, near Stow-on-the-Wold. Contact Sue John on 01451 830989
Meets at Village Hall 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. For more details contact Becky Pearman on 01608 643643.
Contact glynn.nixon@googlemail.com
Contact president Anne Newhill on 01452 814144, email anne.newhill@btinternet.com
Meets 3rd Monday of the month 2pm at North Cotswold Hospital, Moreton-in-Marsh.  Contact Mike Winter on 01451 831194
Contact Mike Sessarego on 01386 593392 or email michael.sessarego@gmail.com 
Phoenix WI meets in the community room at St Peter's Court, Cirencester, on the second Tuesday of each month from 7pm-9pm. It is a small but very friendly and caring institute which extends a warm welcome to visitors and new members. Phoenix WI offers much more than "Jam & Jerusalem" by having speakers on a variety of subjects at meetings, organising outings, quizzes, walks, celebratory meals and a knitting group. For more information contact Mary Bartlett (president) on 01285 653478 or Joan Cook (secretary) on 01285 654681.
Secretary Lance Osborne 01666 825835
Radio Winchcombe is a voluntary-run community radio station which is always looking for new ways to raise money for equipment and licences. It welcomes people to join its volunteer team by training as programme presenters, programme makers and studio technicians. Help is also needed with fundraising ideas and at events, assistance with publicity and advertising and we always welcome any new ideas and material suggestions. Radio Winchcombe is based at the Youth Centre, Gretton Road, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5EE For more information, call 01242 609571, email studio@radiowinchcombe.co.uk or visit www.radiowinchcombe.co.uk
Randwick are a Stroud-based side with three senior sides and an expanding youth set-up all currently playing in the Stroud District Football League. Randwick became a recognised FA Charter Standard Club after years of hard work. Randwick 1sts play at Archway School, Paganhill, Stroud, while the 2nds and 3rds play at Jubilee Fields in Randwick. For more information about the club, contact Phil Stafford on 01453 752149, email phil@staffs.go-plus.net or visit www.clubwebsite.co.uk/randwickfootballclub
Meets Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm at Bingham Hall, King Street, Cirencester. New members welcome. Call Nye Lewis on 01285 656107. 
We are the largest humanitarian organisation in the world with 34,000 clubs across the globe....20 or so in the local area. We operate through small, friendly clubs which all have a different character and style. We are very relaxed and informal group who enjoy each others company while putting something back to the local community and funding Rotary managed overseas projects. Kingham & The Wychwoods is a very informal club and we welcome singles, couples/partners together of all ages. We are a local busines and social networking…
Meets Tuesdays 7.45pm at the Old Stocks Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold. Contact Dave Prout on 01451 821478.
Clubhouse Mayo Road, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire. New players always welcome - Minis, Juniors, Seniors, Vets, Girls Tag www.shipstonrugbyclub.co.uk
Shipton under Wychwood Cricket Club runs three teams on Saturdays and also a friendly side on Sundays. Tuesdays in the summer is our club night where there is nets, coaching, fielding practice and the bar is usually open. Shipton compete in the Oxford Times Cherwell League. The 1st XI are in Division 1, and the 2nd XI in Division 5 with the 3rd XI in Division 9. We also compete in the nPower Village Cup, and midweek knockout competitions. The First XI won the National Village Knockout at…
Based in Nailsworth, the club are currently members of Division One South & West of the Southern League and play at the Meadowbank Ground. Established in 1900, in Shortwood, Nailsworth, the club was promoted from the Stroud and District League to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in the early 1970s, before joining the Gloucestershire County League in 1975. After finishing as runners-up in 1979-80 and 1980-81, the club won the league in 1981-82 and were promoted to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League. After finishing second in…
South Cerney Players are a well established amateur dramatics society based in one of the largest villages in the Gloucestershire. The Players produce two main productions every year in South Cerney Village Hall with talent largely drawn from the village. The aim is to deliver high quality productions - including thrillers, comedies, farces and pantomimes - in a village context and to provide value-for-money entertainment.  The Players are always looking for new members, whether people are interested in set building, acting, painting, producing or directing. As well as…
Meets in the Memorial Hall on the 3rd Tuesday at 7:30pm. Contact Michelle Horace on 01608 641749.
Meets Tuesday evenings at The Parish Rooms, Gosditch Street, Cirencester from 7pm-9pm. Contact Faye Rose on 01452 858220 or visit www.sja.org.uk/gloucestershire
Thursdays, Willow Court, Bourton Industrial Park. 7pm-9pm. Contact Jemma Allen 07738 247016
St John Ambulance, Stroud Division, provides first aid and a range of ambulance and other care services to the Stroud community and surrounding areas. We meet every Tuesday evening at our HQ at Daniels Industrial Estate in Stroud from 7.30pm-9pm to do our divisional training and keep our skills up to date. The evening sessions cover a wide variety of subjects, first aid related, and sometimes of wider interest areas. Contact Jim Stokes on 01452 858220 for more details.
Ringing practice at St Peter's Church, Winchcombe, is on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, and Sunday ringing is at 9.45am. If you're interested in learning to ring, or if you'd just like to come along and see what ringing entails, contact the tower captain Clare Pritchard 01242 602814.
The club is based at The Magpies stadium in Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, which has a capacity of 3,300. Stonehouse joined the Western League in 1947 and between the 1950s and 1970s, the team regularly attracted crowds of over 2,000 to their games. As Stonehouse FC, the club entered the FA Cup every season between 1947 and 1975, reaching the Second Qualifying Round on seven occasions. The club was known as Stonehouse Freeway until 2007 when the men's and youth teams merged. Since then, Stonehouse Town have enjoyed…
Meetings are on the 1st Friday on alternate months between October and June, held in St Edward’s Hall, Stow, at 7.30pm. Contact Nigel Surman 01451 833783 www.stowcivicsociety.co.uk
Stow Rugby Club was founded in 1879 and was a founder member of the Gloucester Rugby Union. It moved to its present site in Oddington Road in 1967. In 1984 a new clubhouse was built and this was later extended and renovated in 1996 to provide the extensive facilities enjoyed by the club today. For more information, call 01451 830887 or visit the club's website at www.pitchero.com/clubs/stowrfc/
Meets 1st Tuesday of month 2-4pm, Broadwell Village Hall, near Stow-on-the-Wold. Contact Fiona Vann 01451 821291
Contact Forbes Campbell 01451 832188 or Dennis Fisher 01451 830068
Cricket is played at Stow-on-the-Wold in a delightful setting with picturesque views of the Cotswolds. We are a young side, with an element of maturity, playing in the Cotswold District Cricket Association. If you would like to get involved or arrange a game please contact Ashley Andrews via e-mail on ash_andrews1@yahoo.co.uk or phone 07891 536418.
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday mornings of the month. Contact Tim Sedgley on 01608 652696.
Mondays, Stow-on-the-Wold Church Rooms. Contact Brenda Parsons 01451 831876 
Meets at the Stratton House Hotel, Gloucester Road, Cirencester GL7 2LE on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9.45am. All welcome. Contact John Head 01285 652720.
Stroud & District Athletic Club is a local, friendly and professional club based at Archway Sports Hall, Archway, Stroud GL5 4AX, usually meeting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm. The club boasts a membership of approximately 350, covering an age range from eight to 80-plus, and all athletic disciplines and abilities. Running groups cover all abilities from walk, jog and beginners through to fast and distance running groups.  Archway Sports Hall has ample car parking with changing and shower facilities. If you are interested in joining the club,…
We are a self-governing organisation working under the umbrella of "The Third Age Trust". We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2014 and currently have over 450 members. U3A is an an organisation where retired or semi-retired people from all walks of life, and all ages (there is no upper or lower age limit) can meet like-minded men and women to expand their knowledge, share interests and acquire new skills. Retired people have gained a lifetime of experience, expertise and know-how from our occupations, professions or hobbies and we…
Stroud Chess Club, which has enjoyed considerable success in the North Gloucestershire Chess League in recent years, is always on the look-out for new players of all levels. Club nights are held on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Black Book Café, 1 Nelson Street, Stroud GL5 2HL and occasional social nights are held at various venues during the summer. For more information, contact club secretary Adrian Walker on 07895 683290, email chessmates@sky.com or visit the club website at www.easytorecall.com/stroudchess/
Founded in 1834, Stroud Choral Society is one of the oldest choral societies in the UK. With a rich history, this friendly group has approximately 130 members rehearsing in Marling School Music Hall in Stroud on Monday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30pm. The society aims to give two major concerts a year with a professional orchestra, as well as a summer concert and a Christmas concert. Huw Williams is the musical director and conductor. His wealth of musical experience, combined with his sense of humour, energy and an apparently unlimited…
Stroud Civic Society is for everyone who cares about their surroundings in the Five Stroud Valleys. Stroud Civic Society is committed to the preservation and protection of our heritage, but also concerned about the quality of new development. We keep an eye out for planning applications and make representations as necessary. In some cases our views on proposals are formally sought by local authorities. On contentious issues, the society makes its views known to the relevant planning authorities and through the media. We participate at public inquiries and…
Stroud Hockey Club caters for all ages and playing standards, but above all, it has a sociable and friendly atmosphere and it's a great place to meet people and make new friends. The club runs three men's teams; two ladies teams; a Badgers (boys) team; a Vixens (girls) team; a mixed team; three indoor teams and a thriving junior hockey section. Most matches are played on a Saturday, with home games on an astroturf pitch at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stratford Road, Stroud. Indoor hockey games are…
Dating back originally to 1967, Stroud Light Music Choir were formed by the amalgamation of a local ladies’ choir and a male voice choir. The choir gives concert performances of light opera and operetta in the spring and autumn at Stroud Subscription Rooms. For more information, email thesecretary@stroudlightmusic.org.uk
Stroud Local History Society, which currently has over 80 members, holds monthly meetings indoors from September to April, on the local history in Stroud and surrounding area. Meetings are normally held at the St Laurence Church Hall in The Shambles, Stroud, and various visits are also arranged during the summer. Membership is open to anyone interested in the local history of Stroud. For more information, visit the society's website at www.stroudlocalhistorysociety.org.uk
The club was founded in 1953 and has been very active ever since. The objects of the club are to arrange a programme of rambling, youth hostelling, caving, mountain walking, cycling, pony trekking and other outdoor pursuits. The club also aims to encourage a greater knowledge, love and care of nature and of the countryside. Stroud Rambling Club is an independent organisation affiliated to The Ramblers Association for insurance purposes and does not necessarily hold its views. For more information, contact membership secretary Jonathan Fowler on 01453 765490 or email…
Stroud Valleys Community Car Club provides members with flexible access to cars as and when they need them, without the costs and hassle of car ownership. The club provides 24-hour access to cars located in key convenient local areas including Cainscross, Bisley Road, and Slad Road. A Vauxhall Corsa hatchback, a Kia Picanto and a Zafira people carrier are available and can be booked out at short notice for one hour or more. The club owns, maintains and insure the cars - you just book and drive! If you…
Baden Powell Hall, Lansdowne, Bourton-on-the-Water, Tuesdays 9.30am-10.30am. £4.50. Contact Denise Nethercott 07909 874186
Monday 10am-11.30am Cotswold Health & Fitness Club, Hawthorn Court, Bourton Industrial Park; Tuesday 10.30am-noon Bourton Leisure Centre. Contact Valerie Nicholson 01608 652835
The Thames Head Singers, based in the Stroud area, is a mixed voice chamber choir founded in 1980, performing a wide repertoire of music from classical and sacred to traditional and modern. The group aims to achieve high singing standards and enjoy ourselves at the same time. Every year we perform several concerts and sing choral services at cathedrals. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at Brimscombe School, Stroud, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The choir’s musical director, Andrew Hopwood, studied voice at the Birmingham Conservatoire and worked for 20 years as a…
This charitable organisation based in Cirencester has a long association with library provision in the town and takes its name from its benefactor, Daniel Bingham, a native of the town, whose philanthropy endowed the Bingham Library first opened in September 1905 in Dyer Street. Bingham's intention was to provide "a place to study, for recreation, and for reasonable amusement; a permanent resource for the student desirous of supplementing the education which he has already received in his school days; and a pleasant refuge for the ordinary…
Directed by Philip Colls, this Stroud-based choir, was founded in 1960 by the late Mark Foster. One of Gloucestershire’s premier chamber choirs, we sing music from many different periods and in diverse styles, usually unaccompanied but occasionally with instrumental or orchestral accompaniment. We have given concerts near Barcelona and in south-western France, in Crete, in the abbey on Iona, in North Germany and at the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. For more information on The Cappella singers, visit the website at www.cappellasingers.co.uk
The Care Café is held at Chipping Campden Baptist Church on the first Saturday of every month, from 12noon until 2pm. It is now in its fourth year. During the winter months we serve home made soup - anything from leek and potato to lentil and tomato, broccoli and stilton to butternut squash and chorizo. In the summer months we serve a ploughman's lunch. The lunch is absolutely free - sometimes a contentious issue, since a common perception is that there is no such thing as a free lunch!…
This is a friendly society for people of all ages who enjoy music and the company of others with similar tastes. Our season runs from September to May and the regular evening meetings are normally held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except September and January on the 3rd Wednesdays only. Meetings are held at the Ashcroft Centre, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, at 7.30pm. There is a break for refreshments at about 8.30pm and meetings end at about 9.30pm. The centre has a loop system…
Meets at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, October to March. Come and join us, make new friends and enjoy excellent speakers. Contact Jean Warner on 01285 659936.
This group was established in Cirencester in 1999 by Sandra Dukes, to create an opportunity for classical guitarists to develop their musical skills and perform as an ensemble. The Ensemble today comprises a junior, intermediate and senior section who also combine into a unique Guitar Orchestra, the only one of its kind in Gloucestershire.  The junior group are mostly of primary school age and playing together does much to build their confidence both as group and solo players. The intermediate group, who in addition to developing their musical…
The Cotswold Listener is the free local talking newspaper for the visually impaired living in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the north Gloucestershire area. Our sole purpose is to help the visually impaired stay in touch with what’s happening locally, stay aware of the issues that interest them, enabling them to live their lives more independently. Established in 1978, The Cotswold Listener is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers and funded entirely by donation. We produce a weekly recording throughout the year comprising local news, a magazine section and…
The Cotswold Male Voice Choir was formed in 1949 and has since become one of the best known male voice choirs in the Midlands and the South West. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, and a warm welcome awaits you, whether you want to sing or just to see how a male voice choir works. For more information on the choir, visit the website at www.cotswoldmvc.org
The Cotswold Players gave their first performance in Amberley in 1911 and in the early years they toured their plays to the villages around Stroud, setting up stage at schools and village halls. In the early 1920s, John Masefield (later Poet Laureate) was very active with the Players as playwright, co-producer and later as president.  Theatrical history was made in 1922 when The Cotswold Players became the first actors to take a play to one of HM Prisons, when they presented Jerome K Jerome's The Passing of…
Formed in 1976, the choir originally called itself the 'The Mickleton and Weston Subedge Choir', because it met one week in the school room at Weston and the next in Mickleton School. The choir now meets on Thursday evenings at King George's Hall, Mickleton, and since 1977 it has performed two concerts each year here in the hall, raising money for many good causes. It is a mixed ability choir for all ages, and members come from places such as Broadway, Chipping Campden and Ebrington, as well…
This is a men's group which meet up fortnightly on Friday mornings. There is also a ladies Probus Club, which meets fortnightly on Tuesdays. We organise occasional outings for members and their partners to places of interest, local walks, lunch and other social events. The Probus Club is a social event sharing experiences meeting new people, inviting speakers to talk about things of interest over refreshments and usually regroup afterwards in the local pub. Contact secretary Tony Mason at abmason13@btinternet.com
Meets every Thursday evening (except after a Bank Holiday) at 7pm for 7.30pm at the Cotswold House Hotel, The Square, Chipping Campden. Call 01386 840330
Formed in 2008 as a community choir, The Wychwood Chorale has become an accomplished group that performs multi-part arrangements of classical, spiritual and popular works sung both accompanied and a capella.   You’re welcome to join us either if you’re a seasoned singer or if you’ve never sung before or cannot read a note of music – all that is required is your commitment to rehearse for a concert at the end of each term. If you’d like to join the choir and make music in a friendly…
UkeStroud is a friendly group of people who live in or near the Stroud Valleys who like to have fun playing ukulele. The group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month (and the fifth Thursday if there is one) at Pitchcombe Village Hall at 8pm for two hours of music. The cost is £2 including tea or coffee and biscuits. UkeStroud started as a spin-off from the UkeGlos group in Cheltenham. It has players of all ages and abilities and newcomers are always made…
Talks, tea & outings. Meets 1st Wednesday of each month at Friends Meeting House, Thomas Street, Cirencester from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Contact Anne on 01285 657998.
The association is based in Stroud and chief instructor Sensei Nick Quilliam Renshi 7th Dan has been training, competing in and teaching traditional Wado-Ryu Karate-Do since 1969.  The WKA has a number of classes for both adults and children in various locations throughout Gloucestershire, with clubs in Stroud, Bussage, Eastington, Stonehouse, Gloucester and Nailsworth. It also holds, and takes part in, several events throughout the year at these locations, as well as at other clubs both locally and throughout the country. Nick Quilliam trained with three of the…
Watershed Stables, Coates, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6NS. Contact Bob Merrill 07866 972389, email watershed@googlemail.com or visit www.watershedrda.org.uk
Whitefriars Sailing Club is located in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park on Lake 26, with 85 acres of sailing water. It is a friendly club where the emphasis is on enjoyment rather than competition.  Whilst we have a full calendar of club racing, open competitions and training courses, the lake is available for those who wish to sail at leisure, with an additional programme of fun sailing and social events for all ages. The club's full address is Lake 26, Cotswold Water Park, Ashton Keynes, SN6…
The club plays at Abbey Fields Community Centre in Back Lane, Winchcombe. The season runs from late September to the end of March. We welcome experienced and new players. For more information contact Lesley Rafferty on 01242 602860 or email mike_and_les@btinternet.com
Fun and friendly group singing Gospel, African, British, American, Pop, Jazz, Balkan, Sacred, Pacific and more. No auditions, no sight reading - just bring your voice and join in. All songs taught by ear. Meets Wednesday mornings from 10am till noon in term-time in the Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe GL54 5QH. Termly subscription equivalent to £5 per session. Introductory session free of charge. Contact Liz Hooper on 01905 620827 or email Lizhooper@naturalvoice.net
Our beautiful ground is located at Corndean Lane in Winchcombe, amidst rolling hills and overlooking Sudeley Castle, the perfect place to play and watch the wonderful game of cricket. Please do come along and watch a match on a weekend or join us on a Friday evening for a BBQ with the juniors. Facilities include a multi wicket square, two practice nets, one with bowling machine, a lovely pavilion with score-box and a licensed bar with pool table. Our adult teams compete in the Cotswold Hills league…
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