As lockdown comes to an end, loneliness levels are at a record high

It was 31st October. Strolling through Cheltenham at 10pm, crowds of drunken ghosts and devils gathered around street corners, enjoying one of their last few nights of drinking in pubs on Halloween before the second lockdown. This time, the lockdown had been announced to last only a month. The reality was, with darker evenings and…

Meghan Markle’s miscarriage story inspires women to speak up

Two women who have experienced recurring miscarriages have come forward to share their experiences following the announcement of Meghan Markle’s pregnancy loss. The Duchess of Sussex, who wrote a feature for the New York Times, has encouraged some women who’ve gone through miscarriages before and during lockdown to speak up about their similar losses. ……

Breaking the mental health stigma with mindfulness

“You might have a sore foot or headache and mental illness is just the same as that. It’s OK to say you’re struggling with how your brain is working and it will get better.” – Alice Lowrie, Mindfulness for Children, Stroud. It’s ‘Time to Talk Day’, which sees a nationwide effort to break the stigma around…

REVIEW: Harry Redknapp speaking at Media Festival

Walking in to an already half-packed room filled with an excited crowd, the blue lit-up stage was ready in anticipation for Harry Redknapp’s casual entrance. Grabbing a seat fairly central to the stage, I heard muttering from the groups beside me about Harry’s time in the jungle: “Do you think he’ll talk about jam roly-poly’s,”…

Is stalking awareness in Gloucestershire moving forward?

The father of a girl who was stabbed to death by an ex-partner has called for a stalking specialist to enter No.10. Nick Gazzard, is one of the founders of the Hollie Gazzard Trust, created after his daughter Hollie was murdered following persistent stalking and harassment from her ex. He thinks it’s important to increase…

Do voters think the political system needs reform?

In the lead-up to today’s General Election, it’s become clear that across the UK voters are torn between voting for what they believe in or voting tactically. The biggest question from this: Should our voting system change or would proportional representation further corrupt our political situation? The UKs First Past the Post voting system, according…

Opinion: The week when class turns to objectification

Picture this. You’re at the Gold Cup. You’ve saved up all year for this only to gamble and probably lose all of your earnings. You’ve travelled to Cheltenham especially to get all dressed up and flaunt your £20 and £50 notes around as if they’re nothing. You try and speak in a high-class accent and…

Why hundreds of dogs took over the racecourse

Hundreds of Labradors and other dogs took over Cheltenham Racecourse for a stroll around in the fog with their owners. The walk attracted families and children along with a variety of dogs of all different breeds and sizes. It was organised for the one-year anniversary of the Facebook group Gloucestershire Labrador Owners.  The group consists…

One of Cheltenham’s first litter picks comes to St Paul’s

The first litter pick run by Plastic Free Cheltenham attracted a large number of students and families to clean up the streets of St Paul’s. Everyone who attended the event were equipped with gloves and litter pickers to clear the area of cigarette butts and plastic packaging that had been building up in bushes, on the…

The shop that’s reducing Cheltenham’s use of plastic packaging

A unique shop in Cheltenham is focused on bringing sustainability to the town by offering loose staple foods to their customers. Inspired by Loose in Stroud, Food Loose and Plastic Free at Global Footsteps Cafe in Cheltenham gives the chance for customers to fill up their own containers with food, to cut down on buying foods with…