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Paloma Faith announces Gloucestershire forest gig

Paloma Faith will come to Gloucestershire in June Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Paloma Faith has announced she will play a gig in Gloucestershire as part of a summer Forest Live tour.

The singer/songwriter will perform at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury on Friday June 19 as part of the Forestry Commission’s outdoor concert series.

I am so excited to do the forest tour. I did it before and had such a wonderful time. We are very lucky in Britain to have such a beautiful and diverse landscape and I am excited to play for you there again. See you all in the summer.

– Paloma Faith

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences.

Tickets go on sale from 9.00am on Friday 23 January.

Tree planted in Tetbury for the Royal Wedding is stolen

The Duchess of Cornwall planted the wedding cake tree in 2011 to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton Credit: PA

It has emerged that a tree planted to commemorate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been uprooted and stolen from Tetbury churchyard.

The theft took place from St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalen, Church Street, sometime between 21 and 28 November.

The offenders pulled out the six feet high ‘wedding cake’ tree (‘Cornus Controversa Variegata’), which had been planted in 2011 by The Duchess of Cornwall in honour of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

It is owned by Tetbury Town Council.

The tree is now six feet tall Credit: PA


Duchess of Cornwall visits Bowood

The Duchess of Cornwall has been visiting Bowood House - home to Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne in Wiltshire - this afternoon, getting into the Christmas spirit as she joined them for their first Christmas Extravaganza. The Duchess even did some of her Christmas shopping!

She (Camilla) came to the stall and loved the array of toys I had, the traditional toys, and she purchased a big teddy puzzle from me.

"She commented about the toys but didn't mention the new royal baby. It was just a delight to meet her.

– Charlie Kinch, Buzz and Matilda Toys

The Duchess also bought a cream jug with a Union Jack on the side and a grey and red union jack-patterned dog neckerchief.

I believe she said they were for her two jack russells.

Lady Lansdowne had earlier bought one for her cocker spaniel, who has been running around with it on, so I think that helped.

I'm just thrilled she chose to buy from us and it was very pleasant to meet her. She was very nice and friendly.

– Laura Gough, director of Mutts and Hounds

The event is helping to raise funds for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, whom she is a patron.

The Duchess was also treated to a short Christmas carol performance in the chapel by the chamber choir from St Mary's School in Calne.

Motorcyclist still in hospital following crash in Tetbury on Friday

A motorcyclist is still in hospital with serious injuries following a road accident near Tetbury on Friday.

The crash happened at around 5pm on the B4014 near Long Newnton. It involved a silver Ford Fiesta and a Yamaha motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 65-year-old man from Cheltenham, was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and remains there receiving treatment. The driver of the car, a 24-year-old woman from Wiltshire, was not injured.


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