Local Groups

January 2020

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 First of all I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Xmas  and a healthy New Year. 

The Poppy Appeal and Remembrance went well. Hardwicke Church was full to overflowing on the 10th November and on the 11th in Tesco we had a great attendance with our county fundraiser city councillors the Sheriff of Gloucester and Richard Graham taking part.

Our Vice Chairman attended the ceremony and march past at the Cenotaph with the R.A.F. Oman Veterans. 

Presentations of the Memorial Plaques were made, many thanks go to Mens Shed for those, and Beech Green School laid Poppies on our wooden cross during the silence. Our thanks go to the public and everyone who helped in whatever capacity to make the Appeal successful.

We look forward to 2020 when we will have our Poppy Awards Night in March. We will also be taking a group of about 15 members to visit the Battleback Centre in Lilleshall where we will be given a full afternoon tour and briefings on the work done there. We will be presenting them with a cheque to aid their work.

In April we will be holding our Anniversary Dinner, then in May a celebration of then end of World War II, also in May and the 100km Walk around Ypres in Belgium also in May. Our meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month and will usually have a speaker, Please come along and see what we can do.

Carol Bratty B.E.M. 

Branch President


March 2020

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The Club had recently purchased a Bingo Set and at the second meeting in February it was put to good use for the first time. Sue Lovell acted as caller and as she had printed leaflets to inform 

players of the precept of each game as it was played the whole session went very smoothly and was much enjoyed by everyone taking part. 

In March a regular visitor to the Club, Jon Mason, the Planteria Manager at Highfield Garden Centre, came to give us the springtime update on the activities of the Centre. Plans were still ongoing to extend the Restaurant - a major project as the kitchen equipment and staff were already working to full capacity and everyone is aware of the existing car parking problems. He hoped that next year would be the plant department's turn for expansion. Jon demonstrated and gave advice on planting up containers, including a three-section alpine planter which he filled with saxifrage, sempervivium and purple sedum. Together with two other pots containing primroses, polyanthus, etc. he kindly donated them to a raffle to raise funds for the Club. He told us of problems, because of the weather, that the plant department and their suppliers, both abroad and in the U.K., had faced. February had shown a big loss but it was hoped that with a good March and April this would soon be recouped. Bulbs are not so popular these days. Customers do not have the gardening knowledge that was apparent years ago and are not aware of the preparation needed to develop plants from seeds and bulbs. The demand is for instant colour. 

Due to Convid-19 the Golden Age Club will be closed until the end of April. 

For more details please contact Terry Prosser on 01452 725331 or Sue Lovell on 01453 724620.

April 2020

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Hardwicke  W.I.

Hardwicke WI, like many organisations has been unable to meet since March.

Members, however, have kept busy making masks and scrub bags as well as enjoying some quizzes emailed out to complete at home. We have also made the most of the opportunity to exercise, keeping up our daily routines of walking or running.

Several of our members have been advised to shield due to age or medical conditions but the telephone and internet have ensured we have kept in touch.

Naturally, we have missed meeting up together and have had to cancel some very interesting speakers but we hope to rearrange some of them for next year. However, the WI National and County Federations are providing online talks which we are able to access.

A few members met up on the field beside the Village Hall recently, observing advice on group gatherings and keeping an acceptable distance from each other.

As this goes to print, we do not know when we will be able to meet up again for our usual monthly meeting but we will continue to publish meeting information in Hardwicke Matters.



July 2020

Help If We Can

Normally I send our Quarterly Newsletter in June telling you all of the things we have done to date and all of the things in the pipeline for the period between now and Christmas....but Covid 19 has interfered with all that and we haven't done much and we haven't much planned (so we haven't much in the way of funds to give away!

Our Usual Spring visit to take part in the Menin Gate ceremony in Ypres was cancelled as we couldn't get there and we had nowhere to stay it was cancelled due to fresh guidelines at the time by the British and Belgian Governments but fair do's to the Hotel in Ypres, they have honoured our booking, even though they couldn't give a refund we are all booked in to go in May 2021. So if you booked you are further booked and that leaves us with just 4 places to fill. Sadly we haven't enough to fill a coach to go to Normandy next year.

Our AGM is booked to be held at The Thatch on Tuesday September 8th at 7.15pm. You need to tell me if you intend to be there as seating needs to be arranged as per the current regs (changes daily)! This is an Election Year, we elect our officers and EC members every two years as it allows ease of carry on. We have an EC of some 14 members who all have roles to play within the Group enabling the 4 Vice Chairs to have a support member and it is working okay. So of anything goes upside down and we can't use The Thatch, I will let you know.

One thing we have been able to secure is the Memorial we are erecting in memory all those who have passed away from the dreaded Covid 19 since March this year. A simple stone, no names, in memory of those we knew and those we didn't who have died from this awful disease. It is being Dedicated by our Chaplain on Armistice Day (Wednesday 11th November) as part of the annual service we arrange with Quedgeley Town Council at the War Memorial (and then the Memorial Garden where the Stone is being erected) so be there no later than 1045am.

The Last Night of the Proms Concert we had arranged with Choirs and Bands for Saturday October 17th has been another casualty of Covid 19 but we are hopeful that all will be well for the spring of 2021.

We have also been planning a Parade to say thank you to all those who remained at the pointed end throughout Corona. The planning has been going on for months and the hospitals, emergency services, stores, Royal Mail, school teachers and staff, Refuse Collectors and others have all had the invite, we are just waiting for the date to be agreed with HMG. The Parade is planned from Quedgeley Community Centre to Fishers Meadow where a short Act of Thanks will be said after marching past some of those involved above outside Severn Vale School. We will be doing a bucket collection en route and at Fishers Meadow for the Benevolent Funds involved. You will all be needed in some shape or form please.

As soon as things are good, our Annual Dinner will be resurrected (I'm starving); hopefully things might allow us to hold our Christmas Bucket Collections and take a part in the Christmas Lights Switch on at The Thatch (watch this space).

Our sick list is good now, Paul Arnold and Graham Smith have done well. Sue Hawkins has recovered from her 'mishap'.  Michelle and Andy have kept going throughout and let's not forget our good friends in travel and transport (Alison and Colin) who have been awaiting a restart. We have a new Patron to join our list, Rear Admiral Will Wallender CBE until recently the Flag Officer Sea Training Royal Navy is with us alongside his new role as Chief Executive of the SWAS.

So there we have it, I hope you can all make the AGM (let me know if you intend to be there for seating) or send your apologies to Margaret.

Take great care.



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September 2020

St. Nicholas Parish Church in Hardwicke


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As everyone will know by now, we are back in church for regular services which is a great joy! So many people have spoken to us about this, and to one another and others, over these last five plus months, and this is not at all 

surprising for we are, essentially, relational beings – one to another and, of course, in relation to God.

A lot has been written about the return to public worship lately, and there has been a great deal of discussion within the Church at local, Deanery, Diocesan and national levels about just what we have learned about “being church” during this period of lockdown, and how this might be incorporated/adapted into the church going forward. Suffice to say that the next few months are going to be very interesting indeed!


These last months have not been easy, and for many people have been desperately hard and sad, and there certainly isn’t going to be a quick or easy route back to “normality” and “business as usual”. In this respect we will all have to be getting ready and prepared for the “new normal” – whatever that eventually looks like.  In the meantime we look forward greatly to welcoming you back (whenever you feel ready) to worship in our beautiful Church – which has missed you all!


Not since the beginning of the 13th Century and King John’s dispute with the Pope in Rome have the parish churches of this country been closed for an extended period – so we aren’t the first worshippers in this Benefice to have been locked out of church, but I sincerely hope we’ll be the last ones! Paul wrote in his letter to those earliest Christians in Rome, who were themselves going through very difficult times:

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?...........No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 


In re-opening church for public worship things are not “as normal.” We are maintaining the 2m social distancing advice. There is a one- way system to be followed. Hand gel must be used on entering  church. Communion will be in one kind only (the bread) and there will be no sharing of the peace. We won’t be kneeling at the communion rail to receive Communion.


As churchwarden/s we will be there to help. Unfortunately, we are not permitted to sing during the services, due to risk of spreading the virus. The children’s area will not be in use, so if you are coming with your child/children, please bring something small along for them to play with if needed and obviously they won’t be able to wander around the church due to social distancing. A Face covering, at the time of going to print, is mandatory in church: to protect other people as well as yourselves.


We are collecting details of all attendees for the NHS Test and Trace system. It is not obligatory, but we would appreciate your support for this. Data protection rules apply.


All services are currently spoken Eucharist.


Andrew & Neil



April 2020

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English Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley Gloucester GL4 ONX 

covering Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway 

English Martyrs Catholic Church is the Catholic Church with pastoral responsibility for Roman Catholics in the area. 

Our Sunday Mass is at 9am and includes Children's Liturgy of the Word and beautiful music and singing. 

The mass is followed by tea and coffee in our parish hall. 

Normally there is also a Mass on Tuesday at 12 Noon and on Saturday at 10am but please check the latest newsletter which also includes details of other activates

 at https://gloucesteremaoc.com/

All services suspended indefinately due to coronavirus

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April 2020



All services suspended indefinately due to coronavirus


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Grace Church Quedgeley

www.gracechurchquedgeley.org www.facebook.com/ gracechurchquedgeley