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A Village Magazine produced by volunteers for the village of Hardwicke Delivered free to 2,176 homes monthley since 1989.

Latest Covid-19 communications can be found on the 

dedicated Coronavirus page, (link above) 

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After 4 months away our volunteers have agreed that the time is right for us to resume our hard copy magazine. As we begin the long road back to a new ’normality’ it's time to send our sincere thanks to those of you who kept us going through the past few months, just a few of whom are mentioned above. We hope you have all navigated your way though the Covid-19 maze unscathed so far; for those who have not, and those that may have lost loved ones or friends, our thoughts are with you.


August 2020

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Battle of Britain Anniversary


2020 marks the 80th anniversary.  

The battle's duration recorded as being from 

10th July until 31st October 1940.

It is epitomised in Churchills immoral words


‘...Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few...’


‘...We will remember…’


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August 2020

Born in August 


1st 10BC Claudius I, Roman emperor whoinvaded Britain in AD 43 and made it a province of Rome.

3rd 1867 Stanley Baldwin, British statesman and Conservative Prime Minister three times between 1923 and 1937.

4th 1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet and radical, eloped with 16-year-old Harriot Westbrook in 1811 and in 1814 with MaryGodwin (see 30 Aug below), whom he married in 1816.

6th 1881 Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin whilst working at St. Mary’s Hospital, Londonin1928.

9th 1757 Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer: his networks of roads, canals and bridges formed the backbone to theworld’sfirst industrial economy, most spectacular perhaps his iron suspension bridge over the Menai Straits.

8th 1953 Nigel Mansell, Formula 1 and IndyCar racing world champion.

11th 1897 Enid Blyton, London-born author of over 600 children’s books, including ‘Noddy‘, the ‘Famous Five’ and the‘SecretSeven’.

12th 1762 George IV, King of Great Britain and Ireland. His extravagances and the scandal surrounding his marriageto Caroline of Brunswick made him an unpopular monarch.

13th 1888 John Baird, cottish electrical engineer and pioneer of the television. In 1929 his mechanically scanned 30-lineapparatus was used by the BBC for its first television programmes.

15th 1888 T E Lawrence, British soldier and writer, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, who recorded his exploits against the Turks in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

17th 1920 Maureen O’Hara,Dublin-born actress who moved to Hollywood and starred inThe Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Black Swan and The Quiet Man.

21st 1765 King William IV of Great Britain and Ireland, also known as ‘the sailor king’ as he joined the Royal Navy at 13. Williamwas well known for his affairs and had 10 illegitimate children by actress Dorothea Jordan.

22nd 1957 Steve Davis, snooker world champion,the first player to earn £1 million from the game.

26th 1676 Sir Robert Walpole,  Whig politician and the first ‘prime minister‘, restored financial stability after the South Sea Bubble, was forced into the War of Jenkins’s Ear with Spain.

27th 1910 Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Albanian-born missionary.Albanian-born missionary dedicated to the care of the poorand sick, particularly in India.

30th 1797 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Author of Frankenstein London-born writer, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley andmarried him in 1816, author of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus?

31st 1913 Sir Bernard Lovell, astronomer, developed airborne radar systems in WWII, responsible for the construction of 250-ftdiameter radio telescope at Jodrell Bank near Manchester.




It is difficult to know where to start as there is so much that has changed since my last article.

Let us start by looking back at this crisis. It easy in retrospect to dwell on things that could have been done better and there will be the inevitable Inquiry which I am sure will take a long cold look at the Covid Pandemic.

Locally we have seen some incredible activity. We have seen Local Government at both County and District Council level continue to provide key services including Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, rubbish collection and many others. It should not be forgotten that schools have of course remained open for the children of key workers throughout. County and District Council have also been responsible for the distribution of two Grant Schemes that have distributed 2,200 grants totalling £24.5m in the first scheme and a further £2m in the second scheme. We are now seeing the return of other activity including Highways and Planning. However what has impressed me most of all is how Communities have come together to support those in need and the incredible work of Community volunteer groups.

Looking forward I think there are two main concerns.
The first is that we continue to be careful and maintain social distancing to avoid a second outbreak. Gloucestershire County Council has published its Covid 19 Local Outbreak Management Plan.
The second concern is for the local economy. Central Government has and I expect will continue to invest a large amount of money into the economy but there will need to be a local recovery plan organised by and delivered by Local Government. You can do your bit by shopping locally and supporting local businesses.

If you have any questions on this or anything else please get in touch with me, you can email me at or call me on 07802 595 307.

Cllr Stephen Davies July 2020

Eric Vick Transport Ltd

For many years Eric Vick Transport Ltd supported Hardwicke Matters with a half page advert in this location. Unfortunately this iconic Hardwicke based haulage company closed in April, 70 years after farmer’s son Eric Vick bought his first trailer to transport livestock around Gloucestershire.

The family-owned business grew into an international haulage firm with trucks across the Middle East operating a modern fleet of 44 tonne trucks with curtain side tautliners, many of which have 9’ 6” internal height.
Its closure was not Corvid-19 related and unfortunately means the loss of around a dozen jobs.

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A statement issued by Director Rob Vick said: ‘Whilst pleased to have kept the business going for five years after the death of its founder and driving force, Eric Vick, the family are unable to see a profitable future that would provide secure employment. Hardwicke Matters would like to thank them for their support of local events over many years and wish the family all the best for the future.

August 2020

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Compost Corner


August in the Garden

The last official month of summer is the perfect time to enjoy your garden while it’s still at its best. Children are on school holiday, lawns are in full use, and there’s plenty of delicious fruit and veg to fill your dinner plate. You might be thinking about having a holiday this month, but August isn’t the time to take your eye off the ball in the garden.

Here are some of the main jobs:


Use water butts as much as you can to water your plants.

Recycle your water - collect washing up water in a bucket outside for watering beds and lawns.

Use boiling water as a weed killer on your paved areas. Weeds wilt and die within a few days.

Top up ponds and bird baths regularly.

In the flower garden

Water camellias and rhododendrons thoroughly this month to make sure that next year's buds develop well.

Keep patio container plants well watered and feed with a liquid fertiliser every fortnight.

Dead-head bedding plants and perennials to encourage them to flower into the autumn and stop them self-seeding.

Trim any lavender plants after they've finished flowering to keep them compact.

Take cuttings of your favourite tender perennials such as pelargoniums and fuchsia to propagate them for next year.

Prune climbing roses and rambling roses once they've finished flowering (unless they’re repeat-flowerers in which case leave them)

In the vegetable garden

Continue to feed tomato plants with a tomato fertiliser and remove lower leaves to help with air circulation and prevent disease.

Pinch out the top of tomato plants to concentrate the growth into the fruit that has already formed. Aim to leave 5 or 6 trusses of fruit per plant. 

Dry or freeze excess herbs to use in the kitchen later on.

Continue to harvest second early potatoes now - perfect for salads! Start harvesting your maincrop potatoes as the leaves yellow and die back. Store your potatoes in hessian sacks which exclude light but allow ventilation.

Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic once the foliage has flopped over and yellowed. Store them in onion bags to prevent mould developing.

Harvest French and runner beans little and often to prevent them from setting seed.

In the fruit garden

Plant out any rooted runners of strawberries for a good crop next year.

Harvest your fruit trees - cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots should all be ripe now! Early varieties of apple trees will be ready towards the end of the month.

If you have a glut of autumn raspberries, blackberries or loganberries, freeze them on trays for a couple of hours and then bag them up to use over winter or make some jam !!

Prune the fruited stems of your blackcurrant bushes after harvesting. Cut back the fruited canes of your summer raspberries, leaving the new green canes for next year's crop. Tie in next year's raspberry canes to support wires or fencing.

From your armchair

August is a great time to enjoy your garden, but also to decide what you’d like to change for next year. Here are some tips:


Make rough sketches of your flower borders and vegetable plot to help plan for next year.

Take lots of photos of your garden if you want to rearrange things over the winter - it's much easier to do this if you have a reference point.

Think about which bulbs you would like for next spring - now’s the time to order ready for autumn planting.

July 2020

News from Citizens Advice Stroud & Cotswold - Pension Credit

This is an income-related benefit made up of 2 parts, and is designed to help pensioners on low incomes.

Guarantee Credit is intended to top up the weekly income of a single person in receipt of State Retirement Pension, whose income is below £173.75, or a couple who have both reached state pension age, and whose joint income is below £265.20. There are slightly different rules for couples where one is below state retirement age.

Savings Credit is an extra payment for people who have additional pensions or savings. To be entitled to Savings Credit the claimant must have reached State Retirement Pension age before 6th April 2016.

All Pension Credit claims are means-tested, however income from Attendance Allowance and Personal Independence Payments are disregarded and may allow an increase in Pension Credit payment.  If you receive an award of Pension Credit you may be entitled to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support, and you can still be eligible if you own your own home. You will also not have to pay for your TV Licence if you are aged 75 or over.

There are many pensioners missing out on possible awards of Pension Credit:  

To find out if you may be entitled contact The Pension Credit Claim line: freephone 0800 99 1234.
A friend or relative can also call for you.

Or if you would like any more information and help with this or any other matters, please contact us on our Confidential Freephone : 0808 800 0510 or 0808 800 0511  Mon to Fri 10 am to 4 pm

If you know anyone who might need our help, and particularly those who do not have access to the internet, please pass on our details - we are just a phone call away.

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Agust 2020

Citizens Advice Stroud & Cotswold
Attendance Allowance

For this month’s article we would like to give you information about Attendance Allowance: this is a benefit that helps with extra costs if you have an illness or disability severe enough and require someone else to help you with your personal care needs. The benefit does not cover mobility needs only.

Attendance Allowance is not means-tested, which means what you earn, or what savings you have will not affect any benefit you may be entitled to.

You can make a claim for Attendance Allowance if you have reached State Pension age, or are older, and you have an illness or disability, either physical or mental or both. The benefit is paid at two rates depending on the level of difficulties you have and help required, and is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions.

You do not have to have someone caring for you in order to make a claim. If you receive any Means-Tested benefits they may be increased if you are awarded Attendance Allowance.
In order to qualify for Attendance Allowance, you will need to have required the help of someone with your personal care needs for at least 6 months prior to making a claim, unless you have a terminal illness, in which case you can make a claim immediately under the Special Rules.
Please note the claim form for Attendance Allowance is extremely lengthy and complex so we advise you take expert advice before completing the form. To obtain a claim form call the Attendance Allowance helpline on: 0800 731 0122.

If you would like more information about this article, or any other matters please contact Stroud Citizens Advice on Freephone: 0808 800 0510. Further information can also be found at
and search for attendance allowance.

August 2020

'Hardwicke Matters’ Matters

Hardwicke Matters Contact Details 

Letters, notices, articles, queries and other communications can be forwarded to Hardwicke Matters by :-

• email to 

• placing written communications a sealed envelopelabelled ‘For

  Hardwicke Matters’ in one of the drop-boxesin Tesco Expree on

  Elmgrove Road East or Westbourne News  onWestland Road.  

• for advertising only, telephone Valerie Lockley on

   07597 337854 or email advertising 


HM Disclaimers

Whilst Hardwicke Matters welcomes articles of interest, it reserves the right to reject or amend items offered for publication. 

Wherever possible, articles should be no longer than 500 words unless intended for serialisation.
Hardwicke Matters takes no responsibility for views expressed by contributors and does not endorse any products or services advertised.


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The data will only be used for Hardwicke Matters business. 

You have the right to view, amend or delete any of your personal information we hold. 

Requests must be made by email to or in writing to the editor (see below) 

The Hardwicke Matters Data Protection Policy conforms to the The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.


July 2020

Gloucester Citizen. August 3, 1912

Remember every Yankee Car sold means £100 wages less for British Workmen. Support British Industry by purchasing ALLDAYS CARS. Prices from £220. Gloucester Agent: Bubb, Hardwicke Garage. Brand New Alldays Cars hired 7d mile. Enquiries invited. 



For these months articles need to be submitted by 

  • May edition 10th April
  • Jun edition8th May
  • Jul edition12th June
  • Aug edition10th July
  • Sep edition7th August
  • Oct edition11th September
  • Nov edition9th October
  • Dec  edition6th November

Any changes to adverts should be sent in 

by 1st of the month 

July 2020

Gloucester Journal April 25th 1936


Friendly Committee’s Good Work In Village. For the third year in succession aged people of Hardwicke enjoyed a supper, concert, and social evening, organised in Hardwicke School, by the Village Friendly Committee.

During the winter season just ended the Friendly Committee have arranged concerts, whist drives, dances, and other events to aid the fund from which they provide the aged peoples’ supper, and also the social evening which is given annually to the school children of the parish. The children’s supper was held
about two months ago, and the aged people— they have to be 65 and over to qualify -had their little festivity on Thursday. 

March 2020 Do we do it?

 Some readers may wonder how we manage to deliver the magazine regularly to your post box every month? Well it starts with one of our volunteers collecting all 2500+ copies from the printers on the third or fourth Wednesday of the month. Prepacked boxes of the magazines are distributed to a number of volunteer distributors who in turn deliver ‘batches’ of magazines to the deliverers. Each deliverer covers an area of the Parish and delivers the magazine to each doorstep in their area.  They aim to get the magazine to your doorstep not later the first of each month.   

We could not do this without our dedicated team of over fifty volunteers who give up their time every month to ensure that you get your copy. 

The Hardwicke Matters Committee are extremely proud of, and grateful to, our team of distributors and deliverers.

July 2020

What is blue and smells of red paint?


Answer:  Blue paint.


What is the scariest thing you can read in braille?


Answer:  "Do Not Touch".

Giggles provided by Maddy Newman


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July 2020

The Citizen. March 18. 1905          

WANTED, on April 10. an Art Teacher, for Hardwicke School; salary £55.—Apply by letter to M. Lloyd Baker, Hardwicke Gloucester.                                    


July 2020

Gloucester Journal. May 9 1908

On Thursday evening the Hardwicke Miniature Rifle Club concluded their winter season by a gathering of the members at the Schoolroom, Hardwicke, under the chairmanship of the Captain and Secretary. A short business meeting was held, votes of thanks passed to subscribers, officers, etc. and the balance sheet, which showed a balance in hand of over £5, was adopted. At the conclusion of business the members sat down to a cold spread, undertaken by the Range officers. The remainder of the evening was devoted to harmony, with songs; bone solos; and a phonograph selection. 


July 2020

Gloucester Citizen. May,25. 1911

Empire Day

The celebration of Empire Day was observed at Hardwicke on Wednesday. The school children were assemble in the playground in presence of several friends and under the superintendence of Miss Stephens and the assistant teachers and carried out a suitable programme.
The Union Jack was saluted, and “The Flag of Britain and the National Anthem were sung. Colonel Metford, in very apt and fitting terms, addressed the children on the subject of the Empire and its citizenship. Three cheers  followed the songs, “The Red, White, and Blue,” “British Grenadiers,” figure marching,
and Kipling's “Recessional” hymn. Thanks were given to the speaker and resounding cheers, and before dispersing each child was presented with a souvenir of the occasion by the Misses Lloyd Baker.


August 2020

Gloucester Journal. April 11 1914

A very pleasant smoking concert took place at the Morning Star, Hardwicke on Friday evening, when Mr. C. Branham was made the recipient of a pipe and pouch, subscribed to by friends in the district. Mr. Wiltshire madethe presentation and in doing so said they were all very sorry to lose Mr. Branham, but at the same time wished him the best of luck. Mr Branham suitably replied. The remainder of the evening was devoted to harmony.


July 2020

FUSION – Hardwicke Church Youth group for children aged 11 to 18

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FUSION - Friday 17 July, 7.30 pm - virtual meeting - quiz over Zoom

Bring your own refreshments, plus pen and paper, Zoom link will be sent

July 2020

Gloucester Journal. April 7,1934.


A bunch of daffodils falling off the back of a bicycle caused an accident on the Bristol-Gloucester road at Quedgeley on Sunday

When the flowers fell to the ground, the rider of the machine dismounted and went back for them. A car. driven by Mr Samuel Norton, of 17, Twentieth avenue. Lowhill, Wolverhampton, swerved to avoid him as he stooped to pick them up, and  collided with some railings. The impact was only a slight one and the damage to the railings and car was not serious, although the car narrowly missed striking a telegraph post. 


August 2020

Hardwicke Parish Council 


Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday July 6th 2020 Meeting held remotely by Zoom Meeting Platform


Cllr John Perkin (Chair) Cllr Fran Welbourne

Cllr Darren Morris Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes

Cllr Denise Powell Cllr Mark Ryder


In attendance

District Councillors, Gill Oxley and Dave Mossman, County Councillor Stephen Davies, Adam Hampson, Peter Rotherham, Ian Butler and Kevin Lee (Clerk)

65/20 Apologies

Apologies there were none.

66/20 Declarations of interest

There were none declared

67/20 Public Questions

There had been no questions received

No questions received

68/20 Minutes of Previous Meeting

Resolved; to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on June 1st 2020

69/20 Co-Option to the Parish Council

The Clerk reported that the District had confirmed that the Parish Council was able to Co-Opt to the Parish Council to fill the casual vacancies.

The Chair, John Perkin welcomed Adam Hampson, Peter Rotherham and Ian Butler to the Parish Council and Members agreed to their Co-Option.

Resolved; to approve the Co-Option of; Adam Hampson, Peter Rotherham and Ian Butler to the Parish Council

70/20 Hunts Grove Parish Council

District Councillor David Mossman gave a report on the establishment of Hunts Grove Parish Council. Hunts Grove was established as a Legally Constituted Parish Council effective from April 1st 2020.

As a consequence of the local elections being postponed in May 2020, a Shadow Council, appointed by Stroud District Council, would be responsible for the

operation of the Council until the elections in 2021. The appointed councillors are; Gill Oxley, David Mossman, Tom Skinner and County Councillor Stephen Davies. The first meeting of the Hunts Grove Parish Council would be held on July 31st

2020. The meeting would appoint a Chair for the Council and seek to appoint a community representative to serve on a Committee of the Council.


Resolved to note the report

71/20 County Councillor, District Councillor and Parish Councillor Reports

District Councillor Gill Oxley reported that Stroud District Council had introduced mandatory training on equality and diversity for councillors. Gill suggested that Parish Councillors be offered access to the training. District Councillors had also received training on Licensing.

Gill had been in discussions with Youth Services officers who supported the Youth Forum. Members of the Youth Forum had expressed a desire to undertake a targeted litter pick in the area.

County Councillor Stephen Davies gave an update on the funding that central government had given to the county council in order to support local businesses. There were a number of highways matters that were being followed up, these included; the damaged hedge in Church Lane and the adoption of the roads in Hunts Grove and Hardwicke Grange. There were also parking problems at Hardwicke Grange which were causing concerns for residents.

In response to a question from the Chair, John Perkin Cllr Davies advised that the proposed resurfacing of Green Lane and Church Lane would probably be carried over to 2021.

Cllr Davies reported that no further meetings had been held in respect of the Energy from Waste Facility’s liaison group.

The Chair, Councillor John Perkin reported that the Police had been contacted in respect of youths gathering around the youth shelter and the anti-social behaviour. He also noted that some of the wooden posts around the playing field had been removed.

Resolved; to note the reports and to agree to Parish Councillors undertaking Equality and Diversity Training

72/20 COVID 19 Volunteer Group

Cllr Darren Morris gave an update on the support being provided by the volunteer group. Volunteers were continuing to provide support for, shopping, dog walking and collecting prescriptions. The Chair, John Perkin had offered to help out with the dog walking.

Members thanked Darren and the other volunteers for all their support to local people during the pandemic.

73/20 Play Areas and Outdoor Gym

Members considered all the updated advice from Government, Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association and HSE in respect of opening play areas and outdoor

gyms. The Parish Council had requested that a contractor undertake an inspection of the equipment in view of the fact that the equipment had not been used for

several months. An inspection had been undertaken and the report was being prepared.

Members Cllrs Demelza Turner-Wilkes and Denise Powell highlighted the need to undertake a full risk assessment prior to any opening and agreed to do a report for


the Council. It was agreed that suitable notices advising users to use hand wash and sanitiser before and after use of all equipment and to adhere to keeping 2 metre distance from other users. The Clerk reported that a number of suitable advice posters had been provided by Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association.

Cllr Peter Rotherham reported on the need to provide adequate checks and safety notices for the play equipment at Hardwicke Grange. It was noted that the responsibility for the play equipment lay with the Management Company. The Parish Council would, however, be happy to provide suitable notices and risk assessments for the Hardwicke Grange Equipment which could be shared with the management company.

Resolved; to only open the play areas and outdoor gyms after risk assessments had been undertaken and suitable advisory notices erected.

74/20 Planning Applications

The Council considered the application S.20/1247/HOLD Dovedale Close. Concern was expressed about the overdevelopment of the site and the impact on neighbouring properties.

Resolved; to object the application and to note the over development of the site

75/20 Land Transfer from Stroud District Council to the Parish Council

The Chair gave an update on the offer from Stroud District Council to transfer the areas of open space to the Parish Council. The offer would transfer the open spaces,

with the Parish Council owning the freehold. The district council would continue to maintain the transferred areas for a period of three years from the date of transfer. At current prices, the cost of maintaining the areas would equate to around £6.40 per year an increase in the parish precept.

Members acknowledged that the discussions had been taking place over a number of months and noted that the process had commenced through identifying these open spaces as part the NDP development.

Resolved; to agree to the transfer of the land and to commence the legal process with the district council

76/20 Finance Report

The Clerk presented the finance report for the period ending June 30th 2020 and the list of payments.

The Clerk had received the report from the auditor on the council’s accounts for the year ending March 31st 2020. The auditor had confirmed that the system of controls and accounts were appropriate for the purposes and that there were no matters to report.

Resolved; to approve the finance report and schedule of payments and to approve the auditor’s report

77/20 Hardwicke Matters

It was noted that Hardwicke Matters would soon restart the production and delivery of hard copies of the magazine

78/20 Date of next meeting

It was agreed that the next meeting of the Parish Council would be held by Zoom on August 3rd 2020 at 19.00


August 2020


August is the eighth month of the year and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days. 

Sextilius was the sixth month of the year in the initial Roman calendar but was later renamed Augustus in honour of the first Emperor Caesar Augustus.


August has three birthstone -  peridot, sardonyx, and spinel


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Peridot (sometimes called chrysolite) is gem-quality olivine and a silicate mineral with the formula of (Mg, Fe)2SiO4. Its green color is dependent on the iron contents within the structure of the gem. Peridot occurs in silica-deficient rocks such a volcanic basalt as well as in pallasitic meteorites. Gem-quality peridot is rare to find on Earth's surface due to its susceptibility to weathering during transportation from deep within the mantle to the surface.

In the Middle Ages, the gemstone was considered a stone that could provide healing powers, curing depression and opening the heart. Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August and the 16 year wedding anniversary gemstone. It is believed to instill power and influence in the wearer.

Onyx is formed of bands of chalcedony in alternating colors. It is cryptocrystalline, consisting of fine intergrowths of the silica minerals quartz and moganite. Its bands are parallel to one another, as opposed to the more chaotic banding that often occurs in agates

Sardonyx is a variant in which the colored bands are sard (shades of red) rather than black. Black onyx is perhaps the most famous variety, but is not as common as onyx with colored bands. Artificial treatments have been used since ancient times to produce both the black color in "black onyx" and the reds and yellows in sardonyx. Most "black onyx" on the market is artificially colored.

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Spinel is the magnesium/aluminium member of the larger spinel group of minerals. It has the formula MgAl2O4 in the cubic crystal system. Its name comes from the Latin word "spinella", which means spine in reference to its pointed crystals.

Spinel gems are said to help set aside egos and become devoted to another person. Like most fiery red stones, spinel is believed to encourage great passion, devotion and longevity. Spinel is associated with the root Chakra, making it effective in increasing physical energy and stamina.

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The zodiac signs for August are

Leo; July 23 - August 22

Virgo; August 23 - September 22



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Gladiolus meaning strength and integrity, also symbolise infatuation.

The August Birth Flower is the Gladiolus or Poppy


Symbol of sleep, peace, and death
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August Facts

  • It is the last of the summer months.
  • The Islamic holiday of Ramadan runs from July 19 to August 18 in 2012.
  • August in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to February in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Many cultures call this month the harvest month or the time of harvest.


Fire safety top tips for a safe summer


With the dry weather predicted to last across the county, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is asking everyone to follow some simple steps to make sure they have a fun filled, fire free summer.


Due to the ongoing dry conditions, the risk of wildfires across the county has increased, with GFRS having already being called to a number of fires in open areas.


Everyone can play a part in helping the county stay safe by taking a few simple measures. When enjoying public spaces or the countryside litter should be disposed of properly. Glass and reflective material can start fires if left lying around and cigarettes must be discarded safely.


Wildfires can escalate quickly and are a serious danger to life, properties, the environment and wildlife, causing wide spread damage. Anyone who spots a fire in the open should leave the areas and call 999 immediately.


BBQs are an important part of summer but during dry conditions GFRS is asking people to take extra care when using theirs, and to not use them at all in wooded or dry grass areas, where fires can spread quickly.


These simple steps will help people BBQ safely:


  • never leave a barbeque unattended
  • keep them away from buildings, sheds, fences, hedges and trees
  • never barbeque on balconies
  • have a bucket of water nearby
  • make sure your barbeque is completely out when finished
  • never put ashes or disposable barbeques straight into the bin


Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has also seen an increase in the number of garden fires getting out of control. Often, these bonfires have spread to trees, hedges, fences, sheds and properties. Attending these fires means that our firefighters are unavailable to attend more serious incidents.


People should try and avoid having bonfires during this current period of dry weather to minimise the avoidable calls GFRS has to attend, instead appropriately storing your waste until you are able to dispose of it safely. Garden refuge collections have resumed and household recycling centres (HRCs) have re-opened for pre-booked visits only. Further information is available at


If you have to have a bonfire please be considerate to your neighbours and ensure the smoke does not drift across roads and become a danger to traffic.


Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We want people to enjoy their summer in Gloucestershire, especially as Covid-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted. However, it is important to stay safe and help prevent fires or stop them from getting out of control.


“We certainly do not want Gloucestershire to experience the devastation that wildfires have caused in other parts of the country so please avoid burning garden waste and be extra careful when enjoying time in the countryside. Simple steps such as using BBQs safely, putting rubbish in a bin and making sure cigarettes are put out will really help to prevent avoidable fires.”


Adam Openshaw, Head of Community Safety for GFRS, said: “However careful people are, bonfires can easily get out of control, especially during this warm spell of weather. We do not want Gloucestershire to experience the devastation that wildfires have caused in other parts of the country so we are asking the public to avoid burning garden waste and to be extra careful when enjoying time in the countryside. Small precautions such as using BBQs safely and the correct disposal of cigarettes can help prevent large fires.”


A spokesperson for Forestry England, said: “Our woodlands and forests are at risk, the continuous warm weather has significantly raised the wildfire threat, just one spark can cause a fire. We are asking people to not use BBQ’s or light fires in our woodlands and to ensure cigarettes are safely extinguished and disposed of responsibly.

“Our colleagues in Wareham Forest, Dorset recently suffered a devastating fire, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service found the remains of 11 disposable barbecues in the area. The fire was burning for almost two weeks and destroyed 220 hectares of forest. That’s the equivalent of 310 football pitches, all destroyed in a matter of days by carelessness and taking decades to recover.”


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Issued by: Gloucestershire County Council Communications Team, 01452 427554,


Forestry England manages and cares for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests, with over 230 million visits per year. As England’s largest land manager, we shape landscapes and are enhancing forests for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and businesses to grow.