Saturday, 19 January 2019

The Growth Hub Cirencester Embrace the New Year

Centre manager Yesim Nicholson
Happy New Year from the Growth Hub

As we move into 2019, now is an excellent time for business owners to make plans for the year ahead. At the same time, there are factors which business owners need to be aware of and to accommodate in their business planning.

For example, in April, we see the introduction of Making Tax Digital – the government’s initiative to digitalise the taxation system, which in this first phase will affect VAT returns; we have political uncertainty affecting the markets, with Brexit dominating the news agenda; and unemployment is low, so businesses looking for new staff need to be creative in the way they seek and retain employees.

At the Growth Hub, the mood is very optimistic. The office space we have available for rent is almost full and we have a growing number of business people using our extensive co-working space, either by taking out a membership or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

We are also now offering half-day passes, as we realise many people – particularly working parents - can’t come to the Hub for the whole day, and can only manage a few hours between drop-off and pick-up.

The Growth Hub, next to the Royal Agricultural University, offers business support to growing Gloucestershire businesses. Part of the wider Gloucestershire Growth Hub network, Cirencester offers a range of fully funded business support services, including one-to-one business support, workshops and events.
Mindfulness with Hilary Norris Evans
Coming up in January are workshops on: helping your business to become a great place to work, on January 9; ‘How to get more done in less time’, on January 16; the second Mum and Dad Preneur networking meeting, on January 22; successful recruitment, on January 23; and on January 30 an ‘Introduction to business insurance’.

For more information about Cirencester Growth Hub, visit, email the friendly team at or call 01285 889850.

Centre Manager Yesim Nicholson pictured

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Discover The Cirencester Scene-Puts Your Name In 12,000 Homes

Advertise With the Cirencester Scene-12 Years of Regular Delivery

Over 130 issues in print.
Friendly, down to earth and cost effective. Find out more.

This well established Cirencester based local magazine was re-launched in 2007 in the midst of the recession, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. It is well loved by the community and highly regarded as the go-to magazine both for local news and its extensive What’s On events listings.

As each magazine is well read and often held on to for the whole month, it means that your advertisements get seen! The Cirencester Scene Magazine is delivered monthly to 12,000 homes and businesses in Cirencester and surrounding villages.

Over the years, the Cirencester Scene has produced nearly 120 issues and had over 700 individual advertisers. During that time, some advertisers have appeared in every issue! This is a great result and shows the good effect of repeat advertising.

We have advertising at prices to suit different budgets, starting with our Noticeboard ads from as little as £20 a month with a block booking of 6 months. This is ideal as an ongoing cost effective presence for tradespeople! We also have a variety of advertising packages that not only include discounts, but also complimentary editorial space for our
businesses to promote themselves.

Not only does the Cirencester Scene offer advertising, but we give space to local news, articles and community promotions too. As well as this, local charities, community groups and clubs are offered substantially reduced rates to advertise their events.

Alongside our print presence, we also have a wide Social Media reach with over 2600 local followers on Twitter and 1000+ likes on Facebook. This means when we post an article on our blog we have a wide local reach too!

Contact us Now!
Your business can benefit by advertising with the Cirencester Scene. Simply call us now on 01285 659673, or check our website
We make the most of being in print for 12 years!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Corinium Radio Jan 19: Giffords Circus

Tony with Nell
The Day the Circus Came to Corinium Radio

The circus didn’t only come to town recently…it came to Corinium Radio!

Volunteers from Cirencester’s local community radio station soaked up the flavour of the ‘big top’ when a special guest from the world of circus paid a visit to our studio.

The VIP was none other than circus founder Nell Gifford, who was in Cirencester to switch on the town’s Christmas lights.

Nell, from Gifford’s Circus, was kind enough to spare us a few minutes for an interview as the clock was ticking down to the big moment when she had to light up Cirencester.

A performer, horse trainer and designer, Nell lives in the Cotswolds with her family.

Her appearance at the Cirencester Advent Festival also celebrated the 250th anniversary year of the modern circus.

Said station spokesman Tony Coleman, “It was great fun and an honour to interview Nell. I tried to get her to tell us what the theme of next season’s show was going to be but she was playfully keeping it secret at the time.”

You can listen to the Advent Festival build-up and Nell’s interview on the ‘listen again’ facility on Corinium Radio’s website, Look for ‘Advent Highlights’ under the ‘specials’ section in the list to the right of the page.

Corinium Radio also raised a glass during the festive season at its annual end-of-year gathering.

Officially the fayre was mince pies and sherry but, as you might expect, there was lots more on offer.

Added Tony Coleman, “We have to say a big thank-you to our chair Carole Boydell for hosting the festivities.

“It really was a lovely finish to a very busy year.”

So it’s a Happy New Year from us all here at Corinium Radio. If you want to join us contact Carole Boydell on 07776 144033 to see what we’re all about. Find out more and visit

Sunday, 6 January 2019

CDC: Specialists Advise Against Park and Ride on Emissions Grounds

In early December, Cotswold District Council’s Cirencester Parking Project concluded that a park and ride transport scheme for the town would generate increased traffic and pollution.  As a result, they will not be pursuing this as a sustainable parking option.
Chairman Cllr Mark Harris explains,
“Several people have suggested that Cirencester might benefit from a park and ride facility but specialists in this field have advised that in rural areas of Britain there are serious downsides to these schemes.  In particular, the emissions produced outweigh the emissions prevented because many motorists have to go out of their way to use park and ride sites.   Furthermore there are significant environmental issues in creating a carpark on what is likely to be a greenfield site.  
“What this all means is that a small reduction in urban traffic is offset by the generation of extra traffic beyond town boundaries – and a marked overall increase in emissions.”
Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, the CDC Cabinet Member overseeing parking in Cirencester, adds,
“We know that people continue to be concerned about the parking problem in Cirencester and we plan to meet the extra demand by erecting a multi-storey car park at the Waterloo site as soon as possible.  Latest estimates show that, subject to planning permission, work could start on site in early 2020 and could be completed within about one year. This is a more sustainable solution compared with park and ride, and I can assure residents near the Waterloo that we are committed to addressing concerns about issues such as environmental risks, traffic management and design impact.
“In the meantime, we are pleased that so many motorists are using the ‘free after 3 pm’ offer in the Brewery and Forum car parks to help spread demand.  We are also encouraging people to take up the free parking offer for weekends and public holidays at the staff car parks for Cotswold District Council (GL71PX) and St James’s Place (GL7 1 PX), especially during the busy Christmas period.”
“We continue to welcome feedback on our plans.  For updates on progress, please see in a new window) If you have any queries about the project please email, call us on 01285 623000 or write to Parking Team, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX.”

Royal Voluntary Service in Cirencester

Can you help?
Volunteer to start something new in Cirencester
Volunteering charity, Royal Voluntary Service is making a call for volunteers to step forward in Cirencester to kick start a range of new social groups for people in the their community, particularly those in later life.

The call is part of a programme, Bring People Together, being delivered by the charity and Prudential and that wants to encourage more people to volunteer to help run, or start their own social activities.

A number of new groups have emerged since the programme began in Gloucestershire including a Knit & Knitter group and an over 60’s Yoga group.

Charlie Allen, Community Engagement and Development Worker for Gloucestershire at Royal Voluntary Service said: “Socialising and getting involved in activities is a great way to improve mental health and wellbeing and increase happiness. These new groups will help to reduce isolation and improve connections between people in the local community. Social activities could include; running a quiz group in a community hall, establishing a book club in a local library or exploring new ways to bring people together over food. All ideas are welcome.”

No previous experience is necessary as full training will be provided.

To find out more about volunteering contact Charlie Allen on or call 07774 334 322 or visit

The Body Workshop Open Day

Join in With The Body Workshop's Open Day – Sat
urday 26 January

Have you ever asked yourself why so many people are doing Pilates these days? The answer is, it changes people’s lives by Reducing stress, Mobilising the spine, Strengthening the core, Improving posture and Helping to “future proof” your body against injury.Now you can try it for FREE at The Body Workshop Pilates Open Day on Sat. 26 Jan.  

We have been teaching Pilates in Cirencester for nearly 20 years and our 5 highly qualified teachers offer 30+ classes a week in 2 dedicated studios in King St, Cirencester.

At the Open Day we are offering free:  Mat, Reformer and Seated Pilates Classes and The Franklin Method® Spine Class. Classes are suitable for all - male/female, young and old... and all abilities from beginners to advanced.

So, why not make 2019 that year that Changes Your Life?

To book  onto the open day via
    01285 655446

Corinium Museum January 2019 Events

One of Cirencester's best resources.


Swimming with Men
Corinium Cinema
Thursday 10 January, 7pm

A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team.

Cert: 12A
Run time: 1 hr. 37 min.

Cost: £6.50 per adult, £5.50 concession

Prehistory: A Story of Stone, Bone and Pottery
Afternoon workshop with James Harris
Thursday 17 January, 2-3.30pm

A lecture and handling workshop using fabulous prehistoric tools and pottery. Learn to identify objects from the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. Find out what the greatest ever human invention was.

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 members
Booking recommended

Dress and Identity in the Roman Empire
Afternoon Talk with Dr Valija Evalds
Wednesday 23 January, 2-3.30pm

The third in a series of 3 talks exploring Roman art and architecture. This illustrated lecture will explore the clothing of the Roman world: its textures, its colours and its symbols; from senators to slaves, to matrons and brides. 

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 members
Booking recommended

Rural Cinema
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 January, 2.15pm

The Corinium Museum takes part in the Rural Cinema Scheme. Films are released approximately 4-6 weeks in advance. For film titles contact the Corinium Museum or visit our website.

Cost: £5.60 per adult, £4.80 concession

Spotlight on the Orpheus Mosaic
Gallery Talk with Emma Stuart
Wednesday 30 January, 2.30-3pm

The Orpheus Mosaic represents one of Britain’s finest examples from Roman Britain. Join Emma to hear about the design, unusual archaeology and the eventual rescue of this impressive mosaic. We will spend time in the gallery next to the mosaic giving opportunity for discussion and appraisal.

Cost: £3 per adult, £2.50 members
Booking recommended

La traviata
Royal Opera House LIVE Opera
Corinium Cinema
Wednesday 30 January, 6.45pm

From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes too late – Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love in with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera’s wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant ‘Sempre libera’ – both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Cost: £17 per adult, £15 members
Booking recommended

Evening Lecture with Dr Caroline Morris
From Saints Bones to Charles Dickens’ Monkey
Thursday 31 January, 7-8.30pm

Henry VIII’s glove, Jane Austen’s Table, Sir Edward Elgar’s glasses – biographically significant objects like these have been displayed for centuries. Today, there are hundreds of museums and historic houses across the country dedicated to celebrated figures and filled with their possessions. Dr Caroline Morris will share her research on biographical objects with a brief history of their display; describing the influences upon the development of the modern biographical museum from the medieval reliquary and the Renaissance wunderkammer to Romanticism and the Arts & Crafts movement.

Cost: £7 per adult, £6 members
Booking recommended

Please contact us if you would like any further details or images for any of the events that we are holding.