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A Village Magazine produced by volunteers for the village of Hardwicke Delivered free to 2,500 homes monthley since 1989.

Latest Covid-19 communications will be published on this page,

earlier entries can be found on the dedicated Coronavirus page, (link above)


Gloucester County Council Notice on 29th June 2020

‘A Life in Lockdown’: Gloucestershire residents invited to submit their memoirs

Have you kept a diary of life during lockdown? Do you have memories you would like to share with future generations? Gloucestershire Archives, working with county museums, libraries and other local organisations, want to hear about your experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘A Life in Lockdown’ brings together projects from Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucestershire Libraries, Gloucester History Festival, The Museum of Gloucester, University Archive and Strike A Light to capture the thoughts, feelings and experiences of people living in Gloucestershire during lockdown.

People of all ages are invited to get involved by keeping a written diary, or by saving materials which show the impact of the pandemic, for example printed leaflets, posters or photographs, or audio or video materials. Submissions will be added to Gloucestershire Archives’ existing records of historic public health emergencies for communities in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire to learn from.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member responsible for Archives, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the diverse experiences of people in the county, preserve stories of community spirit, and permanently acknowledge the hard work and dedication of everyone who played a role in caring for others and keeping vital services running in challenging times”.

Full details of how to get involved can be found here:

Gloucester County Council Notice on 25th June 2020

More than 1550 free laptops and tablets for vulnerable children

A stack of laptops and tablets will be making their way to 1558 vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in the county to support them to learn at home.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, remote learning and safe access to the web has become more important than ever before, and with the summer holidays just around the corner, the new devices will ensure all children in the county have the same opportunities to study away from school.

The laptops and tablets, which have been supplied by the Department for Education (DfE), will be distributed to children and young people identified by the county council and schools. This includes those in care or who are care leavers, as well as Year 10 pupils who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to access the technology they require.

For some children and families who do not have internet at home, they will receive, in addition to their laptop, a 4G hotspot device to help get them online.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader at Gloucestershire County Council said:


“Our priority is to make sure that all children in the county have the same opportunity to get the education they deserve. Schools have stayed open throughout the pandemic to support vulnerable children and have worked hard so those staying at home are able to learn, but the Department for Education’s allocation of laptops and tablets to children and their families who need them most, will further help them to thrive and succeed.”


Distribution of the devices will begin on Monday 29 June and will be carried out throughout the week, by firefighters from Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service.

Gloucester County Council Notice on 22nd June 2020


New drop-in service for young people who need someone to talk to

Together with its health partners, the county council is launching a new anonymous, one-to-one telephone/online chat drop-in service for children and  young people struggling with their mental health.


Tic+ Chat (pronounced tic chat) is for young people aged between nine and 21 years old who need someone to talk to and it goes live today at 5pm. It is funded by the county council and is commissioned jointly with Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group for the next 12 months.


This is a challenging time for everyone. We’ve all experienced sudden changes in our routines and are living with uncertainty. For some young people, the pandemic may also worsen or trigger anxieties they were already struggling with.


We want to let them know they are not alone and make sure they can access the support they need. They can speak to the friendly Tic+ Chat team about anything which is troubling them. No problem is too big or too small – the team won’t judge.


No appointment is necessary and the service can be accessed by calling 0300 303 8080, or via online text chat at the Tic+ website: between the hours of 5pm-9pm Sunday to Thursday.


The launch of Tic+ Chat is part of a package of mental health support the county council is delivering to help people during the pandemic and beyond. In May, it launched Kooth an online mental wellbeing platform designed for young people experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, such as anxiety, low mood or stress.


Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, said: “It’s really important that young people are able to receive mental health support, especially during Covid-19 when they aren’t able to see friends, or go about their normal routine.


“Talking to someone else about worries before they get bigger can make a huge difference, so I’m pleased that we are able to offer this one-to-one help for them online and by phone.”


Dr Lawrence Fielder, GP and Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: Making things better for children and young people with mental health problems is one of our top priorities, and with the coronavirus pandemic changing so much for us all, it has never been more important for young people to be able to find the support they need to help them cope when things are tough. We are delighted to be partnering with our county council colleagues and tic+ to provide this service.”


Safety Alert From Stroud District Council by email on 22nd June 2020

We’ve been alerted to people knocking on doors in Lower Framilode claiming to be from Stroud District Council, and offering grants.


We have posted warnings on our Facebook and Twitter accounts to warn residents, with a link to the Gloucestershire Constabulary website to report similar activity online.


Facebook: @strouddistrictcouncil

Twitter: @StroudDC


Please share the information, and the social media posts if you are able.


Best wishes,



Rachael Lythgoe

Corporate Communications Officer Stroud District Council

Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf
Stroud, Gloucestershire. GL5 4UB

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Working together to make Stroud district a better place to live, work and visit

19th June 2020

Police Support During the Covid-19 Pandemic - Latest Update

Over 850 speeding drivers stopped as part of Operation Haste speeding campaign

More than 850 speeding drivers were stopped by police as part of a multi-agency speeding campaign.
Operation Haste campaign urged motorists to ‘Slow Down, Save Lives’ and was in line with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s ‘Safe and Social Driving’ priority.
The operation saw officers target roads in Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury, after concerns were raised by residents about speeding vehicles.
Between 25 May and 7 June, officers from the Neighbourhood Policing, Roads Policing, Camera Enforcement and Special Constabulary teams visited a total of 165 locations across the county, where they carried out speed checks.
A total of 1344 vehicles were stopped with 178 drivers receiving a speeding ticket and a further 646 drivers being given verbal warnings and roadside education on the dangers and unsociability of speeding.

Warning to motorists after spate of nearly 50 vehicle breaks

We’re asking motorists to please be vigilant following a spate of nearly 50 vehicle breaks since April where tools have been stolen. Between 1 April and 15 June, 47 thefts from vehicles were reported around the county, with work vehicles mostly being targeted. 
Doors or locks are being forced before offenders search inside the vehicles and steal items. We’re encouraging workmen to use “no tools left in this vehicle overnight” signs and forensic markers that will help to identify any stolen tools that may be recovered, as well as keeping a record of tool serial numbers.

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Warning issued over dangers of swimming in open water

Gloucestershire Constabulary and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people not to attempt to swim in open water as they enjoy the warm weather which is due to return next week.
It follows a number of reports about people swimming in lakes, quarries and other water sources over recent weeks.
As the hot weather continues during the summer, the two agencies are offering a reminder about the risks involved, including hypothermia. Other hidden dangers include strong currents which can overwhelm even good swimmers very quickly.

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Covid-19: Help us keep children safe from abuse and neglect

During the lockdown we are all spending more time at home self isolating or social distancing, but some children may be at a greater risk of abuse, neglect and household adversity.
Keeping children safe and protecting them from harm is our top priority. We are asking everyone to play their part and report any concerns they have about a child’s safety or welfare.

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The Family Information Service is here for you!

Many families may be finding current circumstances difficult and worrying.  Whilst having more time together as a family can be a pleasure, the additional pressures of home schooling, managing your child’s anxiety and not seeing friends and loved ones is a challenge for us all. A free confidential advice line is providing guidance and emotional support on any aspect of parenting and family life.

17th June 2020

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Coronavirus-Related Scams - How To Protect Yourself

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

2 - Shopping online
If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 - Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.​​​​​​​

9th June 2020

Free advice and support for local businesses

Gloucestershire County Council’s Trading Standards have extended their free advice scheme until 31 August for small local businesses that have been forced to close or restrict their normal activities during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Gloucestershire’s Trading Standards usually charge £70 per hour to provide business advice and support; however the service is waiving the usual charge until 31 August 2020 especially for smaller business and start ups who may have been particularly affected.


Working closely with GFirst LEP and the local Growth Hubs, officers from the Trading Standards team can provide free advice and guidance to local businesses on a wide number of issues such as the manufacture, safety and sale of goods and services both online and over the telephone.


The team can also provide detailed advice to business on how legal requirements are applicable for particular products or services and help with quality assurance audits, due diligence checks, training and analytical testing.


Gloucestershire Trading Standards can help to ensure owners get the right advice to clearly understand and meet the legislative requirements of their business activity and potentially save them money in costly product recalls and other remedial action.


Businesses across the county can contact Trading Standards for advice and support via emailing


Local business owners are also encouraged to look at the self help guidance available online at


Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for Trading Standards, said: “As Covid-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted; it’s important we start to get the economy back up and running. Many local businesses around the county have been directly impacted by the coronavirus crisis.


“By contacting Trading Standards, owners will be provided with sound advice and guidance to help get their business back on track. I’d encourage local businesses to take up this offer of free advice and support.”


4  June 2020


New funeral arrangements in Gloucester


In response to latest government advice, from Friday 5 June Gloucester crematorium will accommodate up to 20 mourners, whilst continuing to minimise the risks of Covid-19 and provide dignified and safe funerals.


Gloucester City Council has reviewed the position regarding attendance at services, and can now allow a maximum of 20 mourners to attend a funeral service.


The council asks mourners to follow the government guidelines when entering the chapel and social distancing is essential.


The new arrangements which come into force on 5 June are: 


  • 2m social distancing signs will be displayed; however families from the same household will be able to sit together.
  • Mourners will be asked to use the hand sanitiser located in the entrance of the chapel.
  • The chapel will be appropriately cleaned after every service.
  • Hymn books will not be available; however the words will be projected onto the chapel screens. No paper copies will be provided, as this will help to limit the potential for virus transmission.
  • For any mourners that can’t attend the funeral, a webcast will be available.
  • We can offer a range of different service times to suit the needs of our bereaved families.
  • Toilets will remain open.
  • Our telephone lines are open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday on 01452 396902.
  • Purchasing memorials for your loved ones is still available, forms can be provided by your funeral director, and sent via email or through the post.


The new measures may need to change at anytime should there be a high rise in the number of covid-19 cases.


Cllr Richard Cook, Leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in line with government guidance, it is still appropriate to limit the number of people in any public space and ensure social distancing. All funeral services in Gloucester will continue to go ahead but only a maximum of twenty mourners will be able to attend. We understand that this is a difficult time for all of our bereaved families; our condolences go out to them all.”


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

Gloucester County Council Service Notice on 23rd June 2020

New ‘reserve and collect’ library service to be launched

A new service is set to become available for users of Gloucestershire libraries enabling them to collect items.

Libraries have been closed since March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and cannot be fully reopened yet.

The new service will ensure customers can request books, DVDs and other available materials that they would like to borrow and book a slot for collection.

To reserve and collect, you simply browse through the online catalogue, find the items you wish to borrow and reserve them.

You will then be sent an email with a link to select a slot to collect the items.

Alternatively an ‘off the shelf’ service will also be available where you can choose the type of stock you wish to borrow, instead of specific items, and library staff will select something for you. When it is available you will be sent an email inviting you to choose when you would like to collect it.

If you do not have internet access staff will arrange for a ‘ring and read’, where a customer will call and request the type of stock or title required that can then be collected, or ‘home delivery’ service.

All collections will be managed with social distancing and the online catalogue is available at

If you haven’t yet joined your local library and want to browse our digital catalogue and take advantage of this new collection service, go to

This service will be available from Monday 13 July and a list of the libraries that will be offering it will be announced in due course.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know how much people value libraries so we’re pleased to be able to offer this new service. Our digital service has been extremely popular, but we appreciate it’s not quite the same as being able to borrow what you want from your local library.

“These reserve and collect and off the shelf services will allow you to select reading material and then arrange to collect it from the library.”

He continued: “I’m grateful for all the hard work staff have been doing behind the scenes over the past few months. We hope these services will provide the items people wish to borrow while offering reassurance to those who want to limit their time in public spaces.”


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.”


For more safety advice, please visit




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


Notes to Editors:


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.

July 2020

Born in July 


1st   1961      Diana, Princess of Wales, affectionately remembered as the Queen of Hearts

2nd  1489      Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury burnt at the stake following Mary’s accession to the throne

4th   1845      Thomas Barnado, Dublin born evangelist who founded homes for the destitute children

5th   1853      Cecil Rhodes, Hertfordshire born colonialist, financier and statesman of Southern Africa,

7th   1940      Ringo Starr, The Beatles drummer, and more significantly, the voice of Thomas the Tank Engine.

9th   1901      Barbara Cartland, Birmingham-born romantic writer, step grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales.

11th 1274      Robert I, King of Scotland, also known as Robert the Bruce,

12th 1730      Josiah Wedgwood, Staffordshire potter and industrialist who transformed pottery design and manufacture.

14th 1858      Emmeline Pankhurst, Manchester born suffragette

15th 1573      Inigo Jones, London architect

16th 1723      Sir Joshua Reynolds, English portrait painter and first president of the Royal Academy.

17th 1827      Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, London born chemist and explosive specialist, co-inventor of cordite

18th 1720      Reverend Gilbert White, English naturalist who wrote The Natural History and Antiquities of Selbourne.

19th 1896      A J Cronin, used his background in medicine to write his Scottish novels Dr Finlay’s Casebook.

20th 1889      John Reith, first director general of the BBC

21th 1934      Jonathan Miller, London born multi-talented TV, film and theatre director, author, editor, presenter

22nd 1926     Bryan Forbes, actor, director and producer, founded Beaver Films with Sir Richard Attenborough in 1959.

23rd 1886     Arthur Whitten Brown, with John Alcock made the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic on 14 June 1919.

24th 1929     Peter Yates, British film director of Summer Holiday, Bullitt and Krull fame.

25th 1848     Arthur James Balfour, statesman and Conservative Prime Minister,

26th 1856     George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist Nobel prize winner in 1925.

27th 1870     Hilaire Belloc, MP, poet and author,

28th 1866     Beatrix Potter, author and illustrator, created childrens classics Peter Rabbit, Samuel Whiskers, Squirrel Nutkin,

29th 1913     Baron Jo Grimond, St. Andrews born leader of the Liberal Party,

30th 1818     Emily Brontë, novelist, one of the three Bronte sisters,wrote Wuthering Heights

31st 1929      Lynne Reid Banks, London born author

Gloucester County Council Notice on 22nd June 2020

Canal towpath set for major upgrade

The Gloucester Canal Towpath is in line for a major upgrade to encourage sustainable travel and improve accessibility.


Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve a proposal to apply for a £433,736 grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to fund the works.

The towpath, on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, offers a route between Gloucester and the south of the city, linking areas including Hempstead, Podsmead, Quedgeley and Kingsway.

The project aims to improve the quality of the towpath by completely resurfacing it, as some areas are prone to surface water flooding and have varying width along the route.

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It aims to encourage people to enjoy the health benefits of using the towpath to travel into Gloucester and reduce use of cars, in line with GCC’s travel by-cycle strategy linking a countywide network of dedicated cycle and walking routes. It is also part of a long distance cycleway promoted by Sustrans, who run the National Cycle Network.

The project sets out to promote the economy of Gloucester through sustainable transport links and to improve the health and wellbeing of communities.

The works include biodiversity improvements to support the creation of new wildlife habitats and information boards detailing the rich history of the area would also be put up.

Resurfacing work has already been carried out on other stretches of the towpath in two other phases, costing £750,000, and this is the next phase of the project.

It would be undertaken by landowners and project partners the Canal and River Trust (CRT) and their contractors Kier on land between Elmore Lane West and Haywicks Lane. It would begin in September 2020 and be completed in spring 2021.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “This is a fantastic scheme as we want to make the towpath a popular route for commuters and recreational use. We hope it will encourage people to leave their cars at home and enjoy the health benefits of using this safe and scenic route instead.

“Working with our partners the Canal and River Trust, we hope the project will increase accessibility to the towpath and help to connect communities with sustainable transport links, reducing the need to travel by car.”

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, local councillor for Quedgeley, added: “I’m pleased to see further progress on this excellent project. These improvements to the canal towpath will encourage people to walk and cycle and will provide a wonderful route that I’m sure will be widely used. I’m looking forward to seeing the next phase of this project get under way.”

Papers for the cabinet meeting on 17 June can be viewed online here.

24 April 2020

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Ready, set, snap!

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s annual wildlife photography competition is now open for entries, with new categories and bigger and better prizes.

GWT would love to see your images showcasing the stunning scenery and spectacular wildlife here in Gloucestershire. We appreciate that movement is currently restricted due to lockdown but we think the ‘on your doorstep’ category provides the perfect opportunity for capturing snaps of wildlife and wild places close to your home – either in your garden or whilst out enjoying your daily exercise.

In addition to the adult categories, there is also a juniors category for those aged 17 or under – a great excuse for a family photography session, and a fun activity for children to take part in.

We're looking forward to seeing your entries, whether it's a photograph that's been taken on a smartphone, compact camera or SLR.

To find out more about the categories and how to enter, head to

Entries close at midnight on 31 July 2020.

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 Robin - by Alfie Owen


Coombe Hill - by Susan Cook 

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July 2020

In this month.....




Here are a few random events that happened in July in the Gloucester area in years gone by:


1st July 1903 – Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show came to Gloucester.  4 special trains with 500 horses and 800 people, including 100 American Indians arrived early in the morning and Gloucester citizens were treated to the sight of participants including cowboys, Indians and Cossacks riding through the city to Kingsholm. The afternoon and evening shows included a stagecoach hold-up, bucking broncos and Indian attacks. Buffalo Bill himself made appearances at each show and demonstrated his marksmanship with his Winchester rifle.  The Show moved on to Hereford the following day.


6th July 1844 – The Bristol and Gloucester Railway was opened on this day. Six trains a day ran between the cities, stopping at Yate, Wickwar, Charfield, Dursley, Berkeley, Frocester and Stonehouse.


7th July 1892 – An exhibition of gas cooking and heating stoves and food and cookery was opened today at the Corn Exchange.  Miss Lewis from the Nottingham school of cookery gave lectures in the afternoons and evenings and the Eureka Gas Cooker was shown in action and explained. Free tasting sessions were a major attraction. The event ran until 12th July. Admission was free but a small charge made for a seat.


15th July 1100 – The Abbey of St. Peter (which became the Cathedral) was consecrated by the Bishops of Worcester, Rochester, Hereford and Bangor. On 15th July 1900, special services celebrating the anniversary of the consecration were held.


16th July 1889 – A large proportion of the population of Hucclecote left the village to go on a day trip to Sharpness Point. The trip was organised by the vicar and other prominent citizens. The party went down the canal by steamboat accompanied by a band and arrived at Sharpness after a two-and-a half-hour trip.

The party saw the Docks, pier and shipping and then travelled to Berkeley Castle. In the evening they had tea in the Castle grounds before returning to Hucclecote by boat. The number on the trip was 250 from a Hucclecote population of 386.


 20th July 2007   – Torrential rain all day caused flooding throughout the county with Gloucester itself being badly affected. By the afternoon, floodwater was waist deep in places and more than 400 homes had to be evacuated.  By the 23rd, it was feared that the city’s water supply would run dry as the Mythe Pumping station near Tewkesbury was out of action. Water tanks and bottled water were brought in. Military and emergency staff managed to save the electricity sub-station from flooding. The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, visited the city.  In the county, 140,000 homes lost their water during this crisis.


30th July 1816 – The Duke of Wellington visited Gloucester and received the Freedom of the City. He was cheered by an immense crowd of people.  He later laid the foundation stone of the National School, and was entertained to a sumptuous dinner at the Kings Head Inn. He was accompanied by the Mayor and the Bishop throughout.


31st July 1535 – The Mayor of Gloucester welcomed King Henry VIII and his Queen, Ann Boleyn, who were staying in the city for 4 days. The Royal Party rode into the countryside for hunting during the day, and returned at night. The city presented the King with a gift of ten fat oxen and other gifts.

May 2020

Insights at Spinavita Chiropractic

By Jessica Davy - Chiropractor



With the government guidelines advising us to stay at home as much as possible due to COVID-19, many of us have had to adapt to a much slower pace of life. Our clinic has been shut for the last 4 and a half weeks and like many of you, I have had to settle in to a new routine of working from home.


Under normal circumstances I advocate getting your body moving as much as possible in a way that you enjoy and can commit to. Despite there the variety of online workouts being offered, nearly all forms of exercise are still restricted and it’s easy to feel disheartened and to find yourself withdrawing from all forms of movement.


While we all may have formed some bad habits, here are my top tips to get you moving more and sitting less!


Change it Up - Adopt a different posture every 20-30 minutes. Even small changes such as uncrossing your legs or using a footstool will help.

Work Standing - Place your laptop on a box, or work at the kitchen counter so you can work standing up. I don’t recommend standing for the whole day, but instead alternate between sitting and standing as often as you feel.

Schedule a lunch break - Its easy to become chained to your desk when working from home, but make sure to take a lunch break away from your desk. It's a great time to get some fresh air or to try a midday workout all to give you space and to boost your productivity.

Walk and Talk - When talking to your colleagues or loved ones on the phone or FaceTime, get up and walk around your house or garden.

Set Reminders - Set regular reminders on your phone or computer and aim for 2-3 minutes of movement during every hour.

Set a Goal - Hitting thousands of steps a day may not be achievable while we’re in lockdown, so lower your goal so that it’s still a challenge, but it’s achievable.

TV Breaks - Get up and move during every advert break or between each Netflix episode; it can be as simple as standing up, walking around the room and then changing your position on the sofa!

Kitchen dancing - Dance parties are my favourite way to increase your heart rate, get your body moving and release those happy hormones. Play your favourite songs nice and loud and just let your body move!


Community Losses in 2nd World War as recorded on the St Nicholas Church Lytch Gate

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David George Faulkner

David was born on 2nd March 1923 to parents George Thomas and Clara Annie(nee Wellington) Faulkner. He had three siblings; Barbara, Anthony and Sylvia and attended Central Technical School, Derby Road, Gloucester. At the time of the 1939 Register, the family were living in Elm Cottage, Elmgrove Road, Hardwicke.

David, aged 23 was serving on H.M.S. Charybdis when it was torpedoed by German destroyers  and sunk in the English Channel on 23rd October 1943. He is also remembered on the Naval Memorial, Portsmouth.

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Peter Rodney Driver

Peter was born in Wokingham Berkshire during Q3 1920 to parents Francis Charles Driver and Clara Ellen nee Woodfield. They lived at Hardwicke’s old Post Office at Llanwern, Sellers Road. His civil occupation was Electrical Engineer.

Peter enlisted on 25th November 1940 and was recommended for training as a Pilot/Observer. He trained in Charlestown, Canada from 11th February until 1st April 1942. In June 1943 he was in Egypt and he also went to the Holy Land. He joined an Australian Squadron, 458 Squadron as a Flying Officer on 25th July 1943.

The Wellington FU – K  in which Peter was the Pilot took off from RAF Protville at 1821 hours on the night of 16/17thSeptember 1943 to patrol an area from Civitavecchia to Savona Gorjona islands thence Bastia and down the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it did not return to base. Peter died on the 16th September 1943 aged 23 and is also commemorated on the Malta Memorial as having no known grave.

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Sidney Charles Biggs

Sidney was born on the 21st May 1920, the son of Charles Daniel and Alice Biggs. Charles was a Baker at a Bakehouse, Confectionary and they were living in Bristol Road, Quedgeley.

At the time of the 1939 Census, the family were living at The Retreat, Bristol Road, Gloucester.  Sidney was a Plumbing Apprentice and worked for W A B Halls Ltd prior to enlisting in the RAF. He was a Sergeant in the 11th Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve Service Number: 1164957. On the 19th March 1945, on the outward run to last target at MILAUNGBYA PP170482, his aircraft, while maneuvering into attack formation went into a spin at 4000 feet and spun into ground and burst into flames, first fatality for unit in four months. Sidney was 24. He is also remembered on the Singapore Memorial. His parents were living at Dutch House, New Road (now Elmgrove Road East).


Community Losses in 2nd World War as recorded on the St Nicholas Church Lytch Gate

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Leslie George Sims

Leslie was born on 24th September 1923 to parents Henry and Nellie (nee Curtis) of Apricot Cottage, Hardwicke.

Hardwicke war memorial records Leslie as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, the CWGC records him as being in the Royal Horse Artillery. He was killed on the 11th September 1944 aged 20 years and is buried in Gradara War Cemetery, Pesaro, Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino, Marche, Italy.

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John William Hamilton (k.a. Jack)

John was born in 1898 to parents John and Elizabeth Hamilton. On 21st January 1921, he married Bertha Matilda Mustoe at St James Church, Gloucester. John was recorded as being a soldier.

In 1937, John and Bertha were living at Brook Cottage, Bristol Road, Hardwicke.

John was a Royal Naval Volunteer (Wireless) Reserve and was serving as a Telegraphist on the Aircraft Carrier HMS Courageous when it was hit by  U-boat U29 on 17th September 1939. John was killed aged 41 years. He is also commemorated on the Naval Memorial in Plymouth. Part 1V.

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Ronald John Perkins

 Private. No information on which regiment he served in or his connection with Hardwicke.             

July 2020

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Compost Corner


July  in the Garden

July brings long, warm days that continue late into the evening - perfect for pottering in the garden after work, hosting barbecues, and enjoying your beds and borders as they reach their peak.

Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise. 

Terracotta pots are prone to evaporation so dampen the pot down to keep roots inside cool and damp.

Water at dusk to reduce evaporation and use mulch to retain moisture around plants. Don’t use a sprinkler for the borders, water at the roots.

Water and feed sweet peas regularly, pick the flowers every few days, and remove seed pods to prolong flowering

Regularly deadhead bedding and perennial plants to encourage new blooms for as long as possible. Feed and deadhead roses to keep them flowering strongly.

Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed

Hoe and hand-weed borders often, so weeds don't have time to set seed.

Cut back hardy geraniums and delphiniums after the first flush of flowers to encourage new growth and further blooms.

Cutting back growth in hanging baskets can encourage new flowers and foliage and will revive the display. Make sure you that feed your baskets well after doing this.

Cut lavender for drying, choosing newly opened flowers for the best fragrance, then hang up in a cool, dark place 

Continue to tie in and train new growth on climbing plants.

Prune wisteria now. Just remove the whippy side-shoots from the main branch framework to about 20cm from their base (about five leaves from the main stem).

Summer can still throw up a few surprises – make sure tall plants and climbers are well supported in case of bad weather.

July 2020

This Month in History

1 July 1838   Charles Darwin presented a paper on his theory of the evolution of species and natural selection


2 July 1644   Parliamentarian forces defeated Prince Rupert at the Battle of Marston Moor


4 July 1776   Congress accepted the Declaration of Independence formally ending American links with Britain


6 July 1535   Sir Thomas More was executed after refusing to recognise Henry VIII as the head of the Church

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7 July 1307   English King Edward I dies on the way to Scotland to fight Robert the Bruce


9 July 1877   The inaugural Lawn Tennis Championship was played on top of the croquet lawns at Wimbledon


10 July 138   Death of the Roman Emperor Hadrian who ordered the building of Hadrians Wall


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11 July 1690 James II defeated by William III or William of Orange, at the river Boyne, Ireland


13 July 1923 The British parliament passes a law banning the sale of alcohol to under-18’s


15 July 1857  200 British men, women and children are chopped up by local butchers and thrown down a well at Cawnpore, as the Indian Mutiny continues


16 July 1557 Death, from natural causes, of Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

18 July 1920  750,000 war dead commemorated with the unveiling of the Cenotaph. It takes its name from the Greek words kenos and taphos meaning empty tomb

20 July 1588  The Spanish Armada consisting of 130 warships set sail for England from Corunna, 


21 July 1969  US astronaut Neil Armstrong is the first man in to walk on the moon


22 July 1946  Bread is rationed in Britain due to a poor harvest and drought


26 July 1978  The worlds first test-tube baby is born in Oldham General Hospital near Manchester


27 July 1953 The Korean War is formally ended . The three year conflict has consumed an estimated five million lives


29 July 1588 The English fleet under the command of Charles Howard and Francis Drake set sail from Plymouth to meet the Spanish Armada off the coast of Cornwall


30 July 1966  England win the Jules Rimet trophy, Football’s World Cup, at Wembley Stadium beating Germany 4-2 in extra time

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July 2020

July was originally the month of Quintilis in the Roman calendar. It was the fifth month of the year until January and February were added in 450 BC. It got its original name from the Latin word for fifth. Later the name was changed to Julius in honor of Julius Caesar who was born on July 12.

July birthstone is the ruby

  • The ruby is known as a protective stone that can bring happiness and passion into the life of the wearer
  • The ruby is also believed to protect the wearer from negative entities that leach positive energy, promoting spiritual vitality and wellness overall.
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The zodiac signs for July are

Cancer: June 21 - July 22

Leo:      July 23 - August 22
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July Birth Flowers are Larkspur or Water Lily


The larkspur represents the strong bond of love. In general, it signifies an open heart, ardent attachment to someone and the celebration of positivity.

Water Lily

 Symbolize pleasure and peace.
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July Facts

  • It is the second summer month after June.
  • There are many countries which have their Independence Day during the month of July. These include the United States, Belarus, Venezuela, Argentina, Belgium, the Bahamas, and the Maldives. The national days for France and Canada occur in July as well.
  • July is the warmest month in the Northern Hemisphere on average. It is similar to January in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Sometimes the hot, long days of July are called the "dog days of summer".
  • It is sometimes called the Hay month because the grass dries out due to a lack of rain and can be made into hay.

May 20

‘The Story of Hardwicke’

Whilst researching the history of Hardwicke for the Neighbourhood Development Plan I could find no single comprehensive or definitive source of history for Hardwicke. 

(I was later made aware of 'Voices of Quedgeley & Hardwicke' by Sandra Ashenford (Paperback, 2002)) 


A number of documents and articles provided a general overview of Hardwicke’s history, while others provided detailed accounts of single buildings and institutions such as St. Nicholas Church or the reformatory.  But I could not find that single source of knowledge and information.    


I briefly considered having a go at the history of Hardwicke myself. I am glad I didn’t because I have just seen a proof copy of just such a book, its titled ‘The Story of Hardwicke’ and is written by Carol-Anne Marsh. I have yet to read it thoroughly, but my initial view is of a comprehensive and interesting factual historical record of Hardwicke through the ages from ‘Neolithic and early Bronze Age’ to the present day.  The book reflects the story of a typical English community of scattered farmsteads with several outlying hamlets and a sleepy village at its centre.  The book includes the history of the land as it was bought, sold, exchanged, donated, farmed and developed over time whist the author uses the relationship between the gentry; the Church; the farming community; and the peasants’ suffrage to tie the history together.  


The history identifies completion of the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal in 1827 as one of the most influential changes to the landscape that affected the lives of everyone in Hardwicke.  The canal effectively split the Parish in two: east and west. Since then east Hardwicke has seen dense development whilst west Hardwicke remains relatively un-spoilt landscape with a number of farms and hamlets. 


The book is illustrated with a variety of pictures, drawings and paintings of local scenes by the author reminding us how fortunate we are to have access to beautiful countryside, the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal and the River Severn, just a mile away. 


Carol-Ann Marsh was born in Gloucester but spent her childhood in Fowey, Cornwall. She returned to Gloucester in 1953 and attended Ribston Hall High School before studying Interior Design at Gloucester College of Art; later achieving a Batchelor of Art Honours Degree with the Open University. Her interest in Hardwicke began after retirement in 2009 when she moved from Cheltenham to Hardwicke.


To purchase a copy of the book Please email we are making these available on behalf of the author during the pandemic.

It is hoped to arrange a full interview of the author post Covid-19.  

Kevin Marsden

Hardwicke Matters Editorial Team


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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. 

April 2020

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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. 


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.

April 2020

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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.


April 2020

From Our MP

It is a pleasure to prepare my first contribution to Hardwicke Matters as your new Member of Parliament sat in my little office in the Palace of Westminster. I have a window (which is apparently a great honour not always afforded to new Members) that should allow me to look across the Palace roof but it is shrouded in stacks of scaffolding!

These first 2.5 months have been a whirlwind of settling into the job while also organising offices and staff. We now have an office on King Street in Stroud and I have been conducting regular weekly surgeries that are packed weeks in advance. If you would like to see me about a local matter or you want to raise something, please do not hesitate to contact me at

In Westminster, we held the budget today. I had breakfast with the new Chancellor last week and having listened to his ambition for the country, despite the difficult circumstances of the global Coronavirus issues, I was not surprised the budget is so bold. I warmly welcome his focus on infrastructure, fuel duty freeze, alcohol duty freezes to help our pubs, business rate reductions and tax cuts for around 2.5 million people in the South West, lifting 104,000 people out of paying National Insurance contributions altogether. I have been personally campaigning for Further Education colleges like SGS Stroud so the large funding boost for colleges is excellent.

We will include more information about my local and Westminster work on my website

With kind regards

Siobhan Baillie MP for Stroud, the Valleys and the Vale

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April 2020

These events are postponed indefinately due to coronavirus. The advert is included for support through media 

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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. 


April 2020

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

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Fusion is suspended indefinately due to coronavirus

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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June 2020

Hardwicke Parish Council 


Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday May 4th 2020 Meeting held remotely by Zoom Meeting Platform


Cllr John Perkin (Chair)         Cllr Fran Welbourne          

Cllr Darren Morris                 Cllr Jill Brearley      

Cllr Graham Brearley                              

In attendance

District Councillor, Gill Oxley, County Councillor Stephen Davies,

43/20 Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllrs Denise Powell and Demelza Turner-Wilkes and Cllr mark Ryder


44/20 Declarations of interest

There were none declared


45/20 Public Questions

There had been no questions received


46/20 Addendum to Standing Orders

The addendum to the Standing Orders to provide for remote meetings of the Council were approved

Resolved To adopt the addendum


47/20 Minutes of Meeting held on March 3rd 2020


Resolved to approve the minutes of the Meeting held on March 3rd 2020


48/20 COVID 19 report of work by volunteer group


Cllr Darren Morris gave a report on the support given to residents by the community support group. A group of 14 volunteers had given a range of support to around 25 local residents who were isolating as a result of the virus. The types of support included; shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking and keeping in touch with vulnerable residents.


Darren advised Councillors that a fund was available from the Stroud District Council which could be used to provide support for the volunteer work and it was agreed that the Parish Council would submit a grant application.


Members recorded their thanks and appreciation for the work put in by Cllr Darren Morris and by Teresa Morris.


Resolved; to continue to support the volunteer group and to apply for a grant from the district council


49/20 County Councillor and District Councillor Reports


County Councillor Stephen Davies had circulated a report and added the following; the works to reconstruct the part of the carriageway in Church Lane, which had been collapsing into the brook had been completed and that part of the road resurfaced. Cllr Graham Brearley noted that the work had resulted with the level of the road having been raised and this would cause problems with run off from rainfall. Cllr Davies agreed to discuss the matter with the Area Highways Manager.


Cllr Stephen Davies advised that the Household Recycling Centre at Gloucester would be re-opening and a booking in service would be introduced.


District Councillor Gill Oxley informed Members that due to the lockdown, planning officers had not been undertaking site visits and any notices to be displayed would be given to the applicants and asking them to put up the notices. In respect of the review of the Local Plan the district council, through the local MP had asked the Government if the review and Public Consultation could be delayed.


50/20 Planning Applications


The Council confirmed its response to the following applications;


S.20/0757/HHOLD Darleydale Close. RESOLVED To raise no objections


S.20/0788/DISCON Hunts Grove RESOLVED To raise no objections


51/20 Finance Report

The Clerk had previously circulated the finance report and list of payments for the period ending April 30th 2020


Resolved; to approve the report and agree the list of payments


52/20 Member Reports


Cllr Jill Brearley noted that the seat by the Millennium Stone had rusted in places and needed to be re painted.

Cllr Graham Brearley reported that the oak sleepers near to Puddleducks has rotted away and needed to be replaced.

The Chair, Cllr John Perkin noted that the grass areas in the play areas had not been cut and suggested that this be done before they came back into use.


53/20 Date of Next Meeting

It was confirmed that the next meeting would be held remotely on June 1st 2020


Meeting Closed at 19.40 

Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday June 1st 2020 Meeting held remotely by Zoom Meeting Platform


Cllr John Perkin (Chair) Cllr Fran Welbourne         

Cllr Darren Morris            Cllr Jill Brearley      

Cllr Graham Brearley        Cllr Denise Powell       

Cllr Mark Ryder       Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes

In attendance

District Councillor, Gill Oxley, County Councillor Stephen Davies, Adam Hampson and Kevin Lee, Clerk

54/20 Apologies

Apologies there were none.


55/20 Declarations of interest

There were none declared


56/20 Public Questions

There had been no questions received

No questions received


57/20 Minutes of Previous Meeting

Resolved; to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on May 4th 2020


58/20 Co-Option to the Parish Council

The Chair introduced Adam Hampson to the meeting; Adam had expressed an interest in joining the parish Council. Adam lived in Hardwicke/Hunts Grove and had attended the local schools. Adam gave a summary of his interests and his links with Hardwicke over many years.


The Clerk advised the meeting that the Notice of a Casual Vacancy had been posted on the Parish council’s Website and had been advised to the district council. It was noted that the Official Notice of Vacancy stated that if by June 14th 2020 there had not been a request to hold an election then the Parish Council would be able to fill the vacancy through Co-Option.


Resolved; to appoint Adam Hampson to the vacancy, after June 14th 2020 and to formally confirm the Co-Option at the July Meeting


59/20 Covid 19 Volunteer Group

Cllr Darren Morris gave an update on the support to the community provided by the group of volunteers. A group of ten volunteers were regularly collecting prescriptions for vulnerable people. They were also collecting shopping and doing some dog walking. Darren reported that some of the residents that they were supporting had already been made aware that they would be isolating until October.

Members thanked Darren for the report and recorded their thanks for all the work he and Teresa and the volunteers had been doing to support local residents.


60/20 County Councillor, District Councillor and Parish Councillor Reports

District Councillor Gill Oxley reported that Stroud District Council were now conducting all there meetings by Zoom. Locally there had been complaints from residents about the lighting from Costa on the Bath Road. Gill had been in discussion with Environmental Health Officers and as a result Costa had agreed to change the times of lighting from 7.00 until 7.00 pm. The angle of the lighting had also been changed.


County Councillor Stephen Davies informed the Parish Council that the second round of funding to support local businesses had been provided to the district council. A sum of £1.4m had been made available to support businesses not covered by the earlier grant process. A recovery plan was being developed to support local business including a focus around tourism.


The County Council had opened up two recycling centres; Hempstead and Horsley. A booking service had been introduced.


In response to questions from Members Cllr Davies agreed to raise a number of issues with the Area Highways Manager, these included; resurfacing of Green Lane and Church Lane, the impact of the work to the ditch near to Puddleducks which had raised the level of the bank, lowered the water level causing die back to a hedge.


Cllr Jill Brearley commented on the work to the Churchyard and good the area was looking. It was noted that the wardens and other volunteers had been cleaning the gravestones.


Cllr Darren Morris reported that the issue of problem parking of vehicles for Amazon had returned. A new manager had been appointed and the problem was being raised with him. Darren asked for thanks to be passed on to the Council’s contractor for securing the play areas during the lockdown.


Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes reported that there had been complaints of residents lighting bonfires, the issue had been raised with the Neighbourhood Warden. Cllr Denise Powell advised that there were specific actions that could be taken under Environmental Health Guidelines.  There were continuing problems of noise caused by DPD Drivers and this had been raised on regular occasions with the District Council and residents had been advised to take sound  recordings.


Cllr Jill Brearley informed Members that in Church Lane a resident had been lighting bonfires which included packaging such as polystyrene.


Cllr Mark Ryder reported that parts of Hunts Grove had seen an increase in speeding traffic, particularly during the lockdown. Concerns had been raised about the lack of maintenance of the grass verges and open on phase 1 of the development; the street lighting not being upgraded. The developer Crest had been approached and although appearing helpful, nothing has happened.


Resolved; to note the report and for the Clerk to write to the district council to set out concerns and the issues raised.


61/20 Land Transfer from the District Council to the Parish Council

The Clerk gave an update on the discussions with Stroud District Council. The District Council had confirmed that it would continue to maintain the areas for a period of three years after the transfer. An initial figure had been provided to the Parish Council by the company that maintained the playing field. It was acknowledged that the number of cuts of the verges, that were suggested by the contractor far exceeded the number of cuts undertaken by SDC. It was agreed to meet with the contractor to view how the areas could be managed and maybe in a different way to support wider bio-diversity.


Resolved to note the update report and to seek a meeting with the Parish Council’s Contractor to get an accurate cost of future maintenance


62/20 Planning Applications

The Parish Council agreed it response to the following planning application

S.20/0664/DISCON Hunts Grove

The Previous Planning Permission S.18/2777/REM included a condition that the community deems essential and worked hard to lobby for based on experience  from the already completed areas of Hunts Grove.   Condition 5 “Prevent parking on the Hunts Grove spine road”.

Planning application S.20/0664/DISCON, the applicant (Bovis Homes) cites this is not in their responsibility or planning “red-line area”, as the infrastructure roads are the responsibility of Crest Nicholson. The application would, therefore, allow parking on the spine road


Resolved; to object to the application and to request that the matter be referred to the Development Control Committee


63/20 Finance Report

The Clerk presented the finance report for the period ending May 31st 2020 and the list of monthly payments

Resolved; to approve the report and agree the schedule of payments



64/20 Date of Next Meeting

The date of the next meeting was confirmed as July 6th 2020. If the rules relating to COVID 19 allowed for meetings to be held then the Village Hall would be used. If things remained the same then the meeting would take place using Zoom


Meeting ended at 20.00

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. 


June 2020

Summer Pudding


Cut the crusts off the white sliced bread (better if it’s a couple of days old) and cut into triangles.

Dip the bread into the reserved  juice and line a suitable sized bowl with it. Save some bread for the top.

Put the berries into the lined dish, placed the reserved bread on the top and pour over any remaining juice.

Put a plate/saucer on the top and weigh it down with something heavy . Leave over night in the fridge to set.  

Turn out onto plate, decorate with strawberries or left over fruit, and serve with cream or ice cream.

Delicious !



White sliced bread

Various soft fruits

Use any kind of soft fruits available ( I have just used some blackcurrants found in the bottom of the freezer and a frozen packet of Summer Fruits and berries) With some strawberries to serve.

Poach fruit gently for a couple of minutes to release some of the liquid. Add sugar or sweetner to taste. Drain off the liquid and put aside to cool.

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