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

Unfortunately due to Covid19 Hardwicke Matters will not be printed this December2020 or January 2021

Also due to a lack of resources this website has not been updated since September 2020.

Hopefully this will be rectified soon, please check back next month.

Thank you.

Latest Covid-19 communications can be found on the 

dedicated Coronavirus page, (link above) 

August- October 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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…113 Days in Summer…

10th July 1940  The Battle of Britain begins. The German Luftwaffe attack British supply convoys in the English Channel for the first time.

1st September 1940

German intelligence claims that Fighter Command only has 200 aircraft and just one to two raids could finish them. In fact the RAF has more aircraft than at the beginning of the Battle. 


7th  September 1940

This day marks the beginning of the Blitz when an attack on London is launched by the Germans, starting a nine-month long campaign against the city.


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15th September 1940

Hailed as 'Battle of Britain Day'. In this heavy day of fighting, Fighter Command shoots down 56 German aircraft. This costly raid convinces the German High Command that the Luftwaffe cannot achieve air supremacy over Britain, and the next day daylight attacks are replaced with night-time sorties as a concession of defeat.

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17th September 1940

Hitler postpones Operation Sea Lion, the invasion of Britain, until further notice.


31st October 1940

On this day the last daylight raid by the Germans take place in the UK. It's the end of the Battle of Britain. However night-time attacks continue throughout the winter of

1940-41 only ending when the Luftwaffe move east in preparation for their attack on the Soviet Union.



Sorry nothing from our councillor this month

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.

Quiz for under 11's

(answers at the bottom of the page)

1.  What’s the orange bit in the middle of the egg called?

2.  What is the 10th letter of the alphabet?

3.  Who is the nation’s PE teacher?

4.  In the nursery rhyme who kissed the girls and made them cry

5.  Who wrote the Harry Potter books?

6.  Who is the Prime Minister of Britain?

7.  What is closer to earth, the moon or the sun?

8.  Which travels faster, light or sound?

9.  Who is the fastest 100m runner in the world ever?

10. What language do they speak in Australia?


Quiz for under 16's

(answers at  the bottom of the page)



1.  What is the name of biggest sand desert in the world?


2.  What name is given to the nut of an oak tree?


3.  What are the names of Harry Potters parents?


4.  What is the name given to animals that only eat plants?


5.  How many pockets does a snooker table have?


6.  What kind of food is pawpaw?


7.  The great barrier reef is situated in which ?


8.  In which year did the 2nd World War end?


9.  What 2 colours make up the flag of Spain?


10. What are the 2 longest rivers in the world?



September is the ninth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the third of four months to have a length of 30 days, In the Northern Hemisphere September is the seasonal equivalent of March in the Southern Hemisphere.

Autumnal equinox 22 September


The Birthstone for September is the Sapphire


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Sapphire is one of the two gem-varieties of corundum, the other being ruby (defined as corundum in a shade of red). 


Think sapphires are just blue? Think again.

While blue sapphires are the most well-known of their kind, the gemstone actually comes in many colors, including pink, yellow, orange, black, colorless and green.

There's even a color-changing sapphire (yes, that's its actual name), which does exactly what you would expect.

The "padparadscha" is the rarest kind of sapphire. Its name means "lotus flower" in Sanskrit. The hue of the padparadscha has long been a source of debate, but most argue that its salmon tone falls somewhere between pink and yellow. 

Their variety can make them great alternatives to pricier colored diamonds.



The next time you oversleep and miss that morning yoga class, maybe your jewelry can help.

Many believe that wearing the blue sapphire, known as the "wisdom stone," can provide mental clarity and tranquility and improve the wellness of the mind.

Its healing abilities come from its blue ray and trace amounts of the corundum mineral.

Astrologists consider the blue sapphire one of the most potent gemstones. Vedic astrologists revere it for its stress relief powers and its ability to help bring order to thoughts. They also believe it to be the best stone for the nervous system and the healing of vision and hearing problems.

According to the ancient healing science of color therapy, the sapphire's magical "powers" are manifold. It has been used to alleviate headaches, hiccups and even symptoms of cancer. 



That's right, ladies and gentlemen. I bet your 5th-grade science teacher probably didn't tell you this one.

Structurally, the ruby and the sapphire are exactly the same stone. Same chemical composition. Same mineral structure. 

So what makes them different? Their impurities! 

The ruby's exquisite color has earned it its own name. We would say it's well-deserved. Wouldn't you agree?



We are sure you've heard the terms cut, color, clarity and carat tossed around in the discussion of diamonds. If you're buying a sapphire though, go ahead and toss them around all you want now, too.

Though most consider the sapphire's color the most important of the Cs, its cut is a close second.


Because the cut of a sapphire directly affects its color!

The center of the sapphire must reflect light in order for its color to shine. If it doesn't, it's considered a "window." Windows aren't necessarily a jewelers friend, and they demand much lower prices in the jewelry market.



There's more to our friend the sapphire than its good looks. 

Sapphires rank at 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. That's just one behind the diamond, whose name as the "hardest stone to man" gave it its fame to claim.

Apple used lab-created sapphires on the screen of its new watches. So, if you drop your watch and the screen stays intact, you have the sapphire to thank (still, maybe not something you want to test at home).

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With the Padparadscha Sapphire being extremely rare, they often times have asymmetrical cuts. Clarity is important in the padparadscha’s because with their light coloration inclusions are easily revealed. High clarity may need to be sacrificed to obtain a brilliantly colored stone. It is difficult to find a padparadscha over two carats in weight. When one is found it is considered exceptional and extremely rare.

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The zodiac signs for September

Virgo; August 23 - September 22

Libra; September 23 and October 23


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The September Birth Flower is the Aster.


The name Aster comes from the Ancient Greek word ἀστήρ (astḗr), meaning "star", referring to the shape of the flower head.

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster, smooth aster, smooth-leaved aster, glaucous Michaelmas-daisy or glaucous aster) is a flowering plant native to Canada and the United States.[4]

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September Facts

  • It is the first month of the Autumn season.

  • September is often associated with fire because it was the month of the Roman god Vulcan. Vulcan was the Roman god of fire and the forge.
  • Harvest festivals celebrated on Sunday closest to the Autumn equinox on 22nd September

September Births

5th     1946   Freddie Mercury, aka Frederick Bulsara, lead singer of Queen.

7th     1533   Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, she was declared illegitimate then went on                  to lend her name to an age, reigning for 45 years.

8th     1157   Richard I, also known as the “Lion Heart”, King of England for ten years

12th  1852 Herbert Henry Asquith, Yorkshire born Liberal Prime Minister who as chancellor of the

         Exchequer introduced the old age pension in 1908.


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14th   1909  Sir Peter Markam Scott, son of Robert Falcon Scott (of the Antarctic), ornithologist, conservationist, broadcaster

          and sportsman - founder of WWT Slimbridge

15th   1890  Agatha Christie, one of the most successful crime writer’s of all time, creator of Belgium Hercule Poirot and spinster

          sleuth Miss Jane Marple.

16th   1387  King Henry V of England defeated the French with ‘two fingers’ at Agincourt.


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17th   1929  Sir Stirling Moss, London-born grand prix racing driver of the 1950’s and 60’s,

          he retired after a crash at Goodwood in 1962.


19th   1839  George Cadbury, Quaker chocolate manufacturer and social reformer, together

          with his brother Richard created the model village of Bournville for their workers’.


20th   1914   Kenneth Moore, star of stage and screen, perhaps best remembered for his role

          as Douglas Bader the WW II fighter pilot in Reach for the Sky.

22nd  1791  Michael Faraday, chemist and physicist, son of a London blacksmith his experiments in electromagnetism resulted in

          him making the first dynamo, he also produced the basic laws of electrolysis.


23rd   63 BC  Augustus, the first Roman emperor, the adopted son of Julius Caesar who

         defeated Caesar’s assassins at the Battle of Phillippi and brought stability to the Roman             empire.

26th   1888  T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot, poet and critic, born in St. Louis, Missouri he

          became a British subject in 1927 and established himself as one of the most important

          figures of 20th century English literature.

29th   1758  Viscount Horatio Nelson, His inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy,

          and unconventional tactics brought about a number of decisive British naval victories,

          particularly during the Napoleonic Wars.


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The Harvest Festival

The word ‘harvest’ comes from the Old English word hærfest meaning ‘autumn’, aptly the season for gathering the food of the land. A prosperous harvest ensured that a community would be fed throughout the potentially barren winter months.

The church festival that is the most common harvest celebration still held today originated in Morwenstow, Cornwall in 1843, when Reverend Robert Hawker invited the parishioners of his church into his home to receive the Sacrament in “the bread of the new corn.”

In the UK the harvest festival is traditionally celebrated on the Sunday nearest the harvest moon.  The term "harvest moon" refers to the full, bright Moon that occurs closest to the start of autumn, the autumnal equinox. 

The name dates from the time before electricity, when farmers depended on the Moon's light to harvest their crops late into the night. Most years, the Harvest Moon is in September, but around every three years, it is in October.

In 2020, the Northern Hemisphere autumn equinox is on September 22. Thus, for the Northern Hemisphere, this upcoming full moon on October 1 is our Harvest Moon, and is the closest thing we have to a day of thanksgiving.

Today we plan a fixed day for this celebration, in the past the harvest festival was based on when all the crops had been brought in. The whole community, including children, needed to help right up until the end, as lives depended on the success of the harvest.

As soon as the final cartload triumphantly returned to the farm the Harvest Supper, would take place. The meal would be accompanied by singing, drinking games and much reverie.

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Yorkshire Spiral or Drop Dolly

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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.


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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. 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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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.                                    


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. 


Gloucestershire Chronicle. 4 August 1906



Eliza N. of Hardwicke. pleaded guilty to being drunk while in charge of two children under seven years of age in the parish of Hardwicke on July 21st.

PC. Timms said the woman was so drunk that she had to be driven home by a neighbour.

In her charge were two children—one six years and the other eight weeks.

In reply to the chairman (Rev. C. E. Dighton), defendant’s husband said his wife had lately given way to drink.

The Chairman : Are these the only children you have?

No; we have ten.

The Chairman: Ten children and a drunken wife.

To defendant: You ought to be ashamed of yourself. There is only one thing for you to do, and that is to give up the drink altogether.

After conferring with his brother justices the Chairman said they would give defendant another chance. The case would be adjourned for a month, and if she left the drink alone in the meantime she would hear nothing more of the charge. If she continued to indulge in it she would lie severely punished.

Defendant promised to leave the drink alone, and left the court crying, with her husband.


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.


September 2020

Insights at Spinavita


Its important to regularly check in on yourself and assess your health and wellbeing. Many of us have felt out of rhythm, which is hardly surprising considering the number of challenges 2020 has thrown at us, but the start of the academic year is usually a clean slate and is a great time to establish some new routines.


Our health and wellbeing fluctuates and there are many different factors that affect us all in individual ways. Here are a few tips to help give you a boost:


Are you getting enough sunlight? We get vitamin D from the sun which keeps our bones strong and also improves our mood. Being in the sun for 10-20 minutes between 11am and 3pm will give your vitamin D stocks a boost.


Are you getting enough sleep? A regular sleep pattern improves our brain function, pain tolerance, and mood. On average, adults need 6-8 hours and going to bed at a similar time each night helps to set your body clock.


Are you hydrated and well fed? A balanced diet and good hydration habits help with energy, weight loss, and improves our mood and memory.


Are you active? We should aim for 150 minutes of moderate to intense exercise a week to lower our risks of long term conditions and release those endorphins!


For more information, head to our website for the full article.


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. 


September 2020

Hardwicke Parish Council 


Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on

Monday August 3rd 2020 Meeting held remotely

by Zoom Meeting Platform



Cllr John Perkin (Chair)                   Cllr Fran Welbourne

Cllr Ian Butler                                Cllr Darren Morris

Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes             Cllr Peter Rotherham

Cllr Denise Powell                          Cllr Mark Ryder

Cllr Jill Brearley                              Cllr Graham Brearley

Cllr Adam Hampson


In attendance

One member of the Public and Kevin Lee, Clerk


79/20 Apologies

Apologies for absence were received from .district and county councillors; Gill Oxley, Stephen Davies and Dave Mossman


80/20 Declarations of interest

There were none declared


81/20 Public Questions

There had been no questions received


82/20 Minutes of Previous Meeting

Resolved; to approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on July 6th 2020


83/20 Traveller Eviction from Sticky Lane

The Clerk gave a verbal report on the actions taken to evict the illegal encampment from the Parish Council’s Lane in Sticky Lane. On arrival at the site, the Parish Council had made contact with the Neighbourhood Warden and Police. The Family had indicated that they would be moving on within a day or so. It soon became apparent that this stated intention would not be followed through and the Parish Council sought legal advice. The advice led to the employment of bailiffs, the serving of notice and the eviction from the site. It was noted that the cost of the action was £2500


Member supported the action taken but agreed that, irrespective of the involvement of other agencies, the Parish Council should adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ to

any future encampments. The Clerk was asked to prepare a policy on dealing with Travellers incorporating a zero tolerance approach.


Resolved; to support the action taken and to develop a policy incorporating a zero tolerance approach


84/20 County and District Councillor Reports and Parish Councillor Reports

County Councillor Stephen Davies had submitted a written report which had been circulated to parish councillors. It provided an update on the adoption of roads at Hardwicke Grange.


Parish Councillor Peter Rotherham commented on the road adoption and the issues of parking.  The play area at Hardwicke Grange remained closed and would be subject to an inspection before being opened.


Parish Councillor Graham Brearley reported that the hedge in Church Lane, which had been damaged during the repair to the road/culvert had died and would need to be replaced. The Clerk was asked to refer the matter to the Area Highways Manger.

In respect of The Green, Cllr Graham Brearley asked whether consideration could be given to planting more trees which would add to the diversity of the area and also provide an additional barrier to any encampment.

Parish Councillor Jill Brearley noted the building works to a property in Sticky Lane and asked if planning permission had been applied for. The Clerk reported that the question had been raised with the district council’s planning team and the matter was being investigated. Cllr Brearley reported on the amount of litter being left in the lay byes on the A 38.


85/20 Planning Applications


The Parish Council agreed it repose to the following planning applications


S.20/1428/LAC Telephone Box Springfield

Resolved to raise no objections but t enquire if parts of the box could be used to assist in the renovation of the adopted telephone box in Sellars Road


S 20/1259/LBC Hardwicke Court

Resolved to raise no objections


S 20/1336/HHOLD 7 Elmgrove West

The Parish Council noted that there had been two previous applications for

for development at this property, one had been withdrawn and the other refused by the district council and subsequently refused on appeal. The Parish Council considered that the proposed apex was too high and that the construction would

result in a development out of keeping with the existing pattern of development,


uncharacteristic to Elmgrove Road West. The footprint of the proposed development would be too large.

Resolved To object to the application


86/20 Finance Report

The Clerk presented the finance report for the period ending July 31st 2020 and the list of monthly payments. The Clerk highlighted that the first part of the precept for Hunts Grove Parish Council had been passed to Hardwicke Parish Council to ‘maintain’ until the new Parish Council for Hunts Grove is able to establish its own accounts

Resolved; to approve the report


87/20 Date of Next Meeting

It was confirmed that the next meeting would be held on Monday September 7th 2020. Again held by Zoom


Meeting Closed at 20.30





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.

Fruit Cake Crumble



4oz/113gm Butter at room temperature

4oz/113gm Caster sugar

2 Large Eggs

6oz/170gm  SR Flour

½ tsp Vanilla essence

Pinch salt

Little milk if needed


4oz/113gm SR Flour (I replace 1oz of flour with some oats) and also add a little cinnamon

3oz/85gm Butter

3oz/85gm Light brown sugar

1lb/450gm Fruit (plumbs, peaches, rhubarb, apples,) all work equally well


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Cream the butter and sugar add vanilla essence, add eggs and flour little at a time, add little milk if needed. Spoon into a lined and greased cake tin. Place cut fruit on the top of the cake mix. Mix crumble topping together by rubbing  butter into flour and sugar. Sprinkle crumble onto top of the fruit. You can sprinkle a little Demerara sugar on top if you wish to.

Bake at 180 for approx. 1 hour. Leave to cool and dust with icing sugar.  Serve with cream or ice cream etc.  Freezes well 

(if any makes it to the freezer)!!


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Compost Corner


September in the Garden

September brings a change in season as autumn approaches, the leaves start to turn golden and the temperature starts to drop.

There’s plenty to keep you busy in the garden this month; Autumn is a fantastic time of year to plant your spring bulbs, feed your lawn or prepare your winter veg planting.

Plant wallflowers, pansies, forget-me-nots and other spring bedding in pots and borders.

Plant spring bulbs, including crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths in pots and borders.

Lift, divide and replant congested clumps of perennials.

Take cuttings from fuchsias, salvias and pelargoniums, collect ripe seeds from your favourite flowers and store in labelled envelopes, ready to sow in spring, Leave sunflower seed heads in place for birds to feed on.

Sow a New Lawn - 

It’s the best time of year to sow a new lawn. Don’t forget to give you lawn some tender loving care by raking, aerating and feeding with an autumn lawn fertiliser.

Prune back roses- 

Now is time to tackle the rambling rose varieties they should be pruned as soon as flowering has finished, cutting each flowering branch back to ground level and training in the strong new shoots from the base of the plants. If rose leaves have developed black spot over the late summer it’s worth taking time to remove all affected leaves, Do not put diseased leaves on your compost heap.

Kitchen Garden Jobs –

There may still be some apples and pears to harvest according to variety but don’t take these until fully ripe, check for maturity by cupping the apple or pear on the tree and lifting it upwards, if ripe the fruit will come away from the stalk readily and easily.

Lift and Store Onions - Ripe bulbs will store well throughout the winter, so lift any remaining onion bulbs and place them in a spot with full sun to ripen them off thoroughly, if you have a glass frame in the garden you can use this as it will keep the rain off.

If you have tomato plants outside then cut off a few leaves to expose the fruit to the sun and they will ripen that much quicker.

Collect up some of the herbs in the garden – sage, parsley and thyme and dry them out or freeze them for use in the winter months.

In September 1830, a former Cabinet minister

became the first person to get killed by a train


On 15 September 1830, the world’s first intercity railway line, the Liverpool & Manchester was opened. It was the HS2 of its age, running for 35 miles linking the industrial colossus of Manchester with the port of Liverpool.

During the festivities 60 year old William Huskisson, an MP and former member of the Cabinet, attempted to ingratiate himself with the prime minister…and screwed it up. 

Crowds turned out to watch the first trains leaving Liverpool. Dozens of dignitaries came along for the ride; including prime minister and hero of the Napoleonic wars, the Duke of Wellington.

In all, eight trains left Liverpool. Seven formed a convoy on the northern of the two tracks; Wellington’s, being special, had the southern to itself.

The convoy stopped at Parkside to take on water. Railway staff warned the passengers to remain on their trains; they didn’t listen.  Around 50 people got off to stretch their legs. One of them was William Huskisson, then MP for Liverpool.  He was hanging around outside Wellington’s carriage chatting to the prime minister, when Robert Stephenons’s Rocket approached on the other track.

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The Duke of Wellington's train and other locomotives being readied for departure from Liverpool, 15 September 1830

Huskisson was now in its path. Warnings were shouted “An engine is approaching!” “Take care gentlemen!”.

Some passengers rushed back to their own seats; others got moved away from the railway lines altogether. Others noticed that there was enough clearance between the two lines to stand very still and allow the engine to pass.

Huskisson started to cross the line, changed his mind, went to cross it again, changed his mind again, and went for the stand-very-still option. By this point the Rocket driver was trying to stop the train, but it was too late.

The panicking Huskisson tried at last to clamber onto the Prime Minister’s train but in his haste he seems to have placed all his weight on the carriage door.

It swung open, leaving him dangling directly in the path of a train.  He fell onto the tracks in front of the train, suffering serious leg injuries and dying later that night.

Railways, it turned out, could be dangerous.


This month in Gloucester


1st September 1939

With the news that the country was at war, evacuation of children from the large cities began. Gloucester received children from Birmingham, arriving by train during the day. The first train held 245 children, the second 330 and the third, with older children, held 479.


2nd September 1483

King Richard III granted a charter to Gloucester whereby it became “the county of the town of Gloucester” i.e. a city. The city was administered separately from the county and was controlled by the Mayor, 11 aldermen, 2 sheriffs, 4 stewards and 22 burgesses.


3rd September 1541

The diocese of Gloucester was created from the diocese of Worcester, and the Abbey of St. Peter became the cathedral. The abbot of Tewkesbury became the first Bishop of Gloucester. Bristol was included in the diocese at first, then split off in 1542. The diocese was dissolved in 1552, reinstated in 1554, combined with Bristol in 1562, separated again in 1589 and combined yet again in 1836. It separated finally in 1897.


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9th September 1890

The girls at Morelands Match Factory went on strike for better pay. The strike was supported by many trades in the city, and a delegation was sent to help negotiate a settlement. As a result of the strike the girls received a small increase – 1/- for each 13 boxes filled as opposed to 1/- for each 14. As a result of the action, the Women’s Trade Union was established.


11th September 1899

The Citizen carried an advertisement for Herbert and Sons, sole agents for the “Transvaal” corset. This garment would wear well, and was “especially suitable for the fuller figure”.” The price of this “wonderful garment” was 6s. 11d.


14th September 1528

John Cooke left money in his will for the establishment of a grammar school in the city. This was first situated in the grounds of St. Mary de Crypt church, but later moved to land at Podsmead, previously held by Llantony Priory. The school is the Crypt School.

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19th September 1821

A man was flogged at a cart’s tail through the main streets of the city as punishment for “child stealing”. A large crowd watched the punishment, and a great many women were heard to complain that he was “not being whipped hard enough.”

21st September 1945

The Western Daily Press reported that the Coronation Chair which had been secretly stored in the crypt of Gloucester Cathedral for the duration of the war, had been returned to Westminster.


28th September 1882

Today was the first day of the Barton Fair which consisted of a large livestock fair and general funfair in Barton Street.  It was reported that at the livestock fair, horses and sheep did well but there were fewer cattle than expected. The funfair held a number of booths, One novelty was the presence of the “Iron Jawed man”, advertised by showing a picture of him holding a barrel in his mouth with three men sitting on it.


29th September 1849

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert changed trains at Gloucester. They were met by the Mayor and Corporation, who were introduced to the Queen. The visit lasted about 5 minutes.

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