Author: Kate

Suspicious incident in Abbeymead last night

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for information following reports of a female in distress in Abbeymead last night. At 9.45pm on Wednesday 28 December a man was walking his dog in Upton Lane, Abbeymead when he heard a woman screaming and he saw a man trying to force her into a car.  The man picked her up but she managed to break free and she was last seen running away from the bridge that goes over the M5 towards Abbeymead. The woman was tall, with long dark hair.  She was smartly dressed in black, wearing high heels.  The man was white with a beard and wearing a maroon jacket.  The car was large, dark in colour, possibly a Vauxhall with blacked out windows. We’d like to hear from anyone who may have further information regarding this incident and the safety of this woman.  Do you know this woman or are you the woman?    Do you know the man involved?  Please call 101 quoting incident number 417 of 28 December 2016. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man arrested in connection with assault on woman in Tewkesbury

A man has been arrested in connection with an assault on a woman in Tewkesbury in November. The incident happened near the taxi rank in Tewkesbury High Street at around 1.40am on Sunday 20 November. The 37-year-old victim was on a night out when there was an an argument between her husband and a stranger. When the woman stepped in between the two men the stranger punched her in the face. He then walked away with two other men. The victim was left with three fractures to her left eye socket and related bruising and swelling. Earlier this month police issued CCTV of three men they wanted to talk in connection with the incident. Following calls from the public all three men have been identified and a 25-year-old Gloucester man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He has been bailed to return to police on 23 March 2017 pending further inquiries. Officers would like to thank all those who responded to the appeal. Anyone with information on the crime who hasn’t yet come forward can still call 101 and quote incident 35 of 20 November. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Chilling discovery: illegal tobacco concealed in fridge

Tobacco with an estimated street value of over £1000 was seized by trading standards last week. The illegal goods had been concealed inside a secret remote control-operated compartment at a shop in Gloucester. An officer from the county council’s trading standards team made the discovery whilst serving papers for a previous incident, where £1800 was seized from the same premises on Friday 16th December. The cash is currently being held under the Proceeds of Crime Act pending further investigation. Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: “The sale of illegal tobacco undermines legitimate businesses in Gloucestershire and funds criminal activity. This latest example demonstrates the degree of sophistication involved in illegal tobacco sales and suggests a highly skilled operation. “Trading standards officers are highly skilled in identifying unscrupulous vendors. It is to their credit that we are able identify and prosecute those who flout the law.” Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: “Illegal tobacco is often produced without being subject to quality control. Aside from the usual health concerns associated with smoking; ingredients such as rat droppings, tea and dangerous heavy metals have all been found in counterfeit tobacco seized in the UK. “It is crucial that those who choose to endanger public health in this way are brought to justice.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester man Martyn Cox banned from city centre for persistent begging

A man has been banned from entering Gloucester city centre after ignoring offers of help and warnings about his behaviour from police and Gloucester City Council. A civil injunction order was imposed on Martyn Leslie Cox, 42 and from Gloucester, at Gloucester County Court last week. It means that Cox is forbidden from “using or threatening to use violence against or engaging in conduct which cause or is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any person within the City of Gloucester” and entering or begging at any time within the city. The order will remain in place for a year and any breach could be deemed contempt of court and result in a custodial sentence. Police have issued an image of Cox to help ensure anyone who sees him in the exclusion zone can report it by calling 101. Councillor Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council said, “We continue to work in partnership with the police to offer support to every person we see on the city centre streets. We appreciate the vulnerability of people on the streets, but we also recognise the impact of their anti-social behaviour on the wider community when they’re faced with begging and street nuisance. Our partnership working will continue to address the root causes of street nuisance and we hope that people will engage with support that’s...

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Countywide street homeless outreach contract awarded to P3

Gloucester City Council, alongside eight partners, have committed over £300,000 to continue funding the countywide rough sleepers outreach team and associated work. Gloucester City Council has partnered with the five other district councils in the county, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, and Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, who have all contributed funding to enable vital work with some of our city and county’s most vulnerable individuals for at least two more years. The outreach team was previously funded by a central government grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government, which has now finished. The partners have jointly funded and commissioned the team to find and assess people who are new to sleeping on the streets, or who are longer-term rough sleepers with complex needs, and to support them into accommodation and support as quickly as possible. The total of £312,000 will mainly pay for the outreach team, as well as the part-time County Homelessness Coordinator and a budget for the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol which enables winter emergency accommodation in addition to normal pathway options. The current contract with St Mungo’s charity ends on 31st December. Following a competitive tender process, the new contract, to start on 1st January without a break in service, will be delivered by P3, a charity which also runs homeless assessment centres, young people’s supported accommodation, and community-based support...

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Men charged for supermarket burglary in Bourton on the Water

Three men have been charged in connection with a supermarket burglary in Bourton on the Water. Thomas Townsley, aged 26, and Lee Thomas, aged 38, both of Tuffley Avenue in Gloucester, have been charged with burglary. Thomas was also charged with dangerous driving. They were arrested at the scene. After police enquiries, we arrested two other men on suspicion of burglary in connection with the incident. Malachi Headman-Cook, aged 27, of Linden Close in Brockworth, was subsequently charged. A fourth man, aged 26 from Gloucester, remains in custody for questioning. Townsley, Thomas and Headman-Cook will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates Court today (Wednesday 7 December). The charges are in relation to a burglary at the Co-op on Station Road in the early hours of Tuesday 6 December, which resulted in a police pursuit on the A417. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Witness appeal after Quedgeley collision

Officers are appealing for any outstanding witnesses to a collision in which a pedestrian suffered a serious head injury this afternoon. A blue Mini Cooper, driven by a local woman, collided with the 21-year-old woman on Severnvale Drive just off the Tesco roundabout in Quedgeley at 1.10pm. The pedestrian was subsequently taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for further assessment. Motorists are being diverted around the scene by officers investigating the incident this afternoon. Anyone who saw the collision but hasn’t spoken to police should call 101 and quote incident 226 of 7 December. Gloucester News Centre –...

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White goods trader convicted for lack of waste control

A Gloucester businessman with a shop on Barton Street has been convicted for failing in his duty of care for controlled waste. A prosecution held at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Monday 28th November found that Mr Philippe Lassey of 120 Barton Street, Gloucester had failed to control the commercial waste produced on his premises. The court heard how Mr Lassey had instructed a vulnerable person to clear waste from the rear of the commercial premises by discarding it in fifteen 240 litre domestic bins and two 1100 litre communal bins. The 240 litre bins were filled to the top inside 120 Barton Street and then replaced back on the highway on All Saints Road, and the 1100 litre bins were filled and pushed back to the sheltered housing from where they came. The seriousness of the offence came to light when it was confirmed that 15 separate households on All Saints Road, and several sheltered housing tenants, were left with nowhere to store their domestic waste until the next collection day, ten days from when the incident took place. Further investigations saw a weigh bridge used to measure the amount of material placed in the bins, and this found that the illegal waste amounted to approximately 2.5 tonnes. Cllr Richard Cook, cabinet member for environment said, “The city council takes incidents like this very seriously and we’ll always prosecute...

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Kate returns to her roots to help young people become adults

Youth Justice worker Kate Langley has come home to Gloucester to help vulnerable young people through their difficult teenage years and avoid conflict with the law. She is answering the call of Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) who has made helping young people become responsible adults one of the priorities of his time in office. Kate, 40, who lives in Hempsted, has an eighteen month old son Lewis. She went to St. Peter’s School, Gloucester and after graduating from Leeds University worked in youth justice in some of the most challenging areas of London. She was not planning to leave but the lure of home and her new role was too good to turn down. She said, “I loved it in London. I loved the work. But my family is here and I’m excited by the opportunity”. Kate works as part of the Gloucestershire Youth Support Team, which is provided by Prospects – the education, employment, training and care company – on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. Kate leads on youth justice for the integrated team and through multi- agency working will lead the Young people Becoming Adults part of the PCC priority plan. “It’s very encouraging that this is a priority for the Police and Crime Commissioner. I think we are very lucky in Gloucestershire that the PCC places such importance on diverting young people away from the...

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Meet Santa in his secret Christmas Cavern at The Warehouse!

  The Warehouse Climbing Centre in Gloucester has received some very exciting news! A letter has arrived from the North Pole announcing that Santa will be visiting The Warehouse during December as he finalises preparations for Christmas. He’s got a little bored of shopping centres though, and this year he was after somewhere a bit different to set up his grotto and meet all the good children of Gloucestershire with their Christmas wish lists – and where better than the most exciting and realistic underground cavern in the county – The Cave at The Warehouse! Santa will be joined by some of his best little helpers – the Elves, who will guide explorers through the twinkling tunnels and Christmassy chambers of The Cave to try and find the secret cavern, meet Santa and receive a present.  Father Christmas understands that not all children may be able to manoeuvre their way through all of The Cave’s 100 metres of tight tunnels, so there is the choice of a shorter, less difficult 4 metre route, or if they prefer can just meet Santa in his Grotto! Santa will be all set up and waiting in his cavern from Friday 16th to Tuesday 20th December. For more information and the specific times available on each day, and to book a visit, please see the website www.the-warehouse.co.uk and follow the instructions for some fab festive fun. With prices...

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Carols on the Hour and Christmas Market at Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral’s choirs are limbering up for a marathon carol-singing session on Saturday 10 December. Aimed specially at the busy Christmas shopper, Carols on the Hour are bite-sized bursts of festive praise sung by the Cathedral Choirs on the hour between 11am and 4pm. First up is the Cathedral Junior Choir at 11am and 12 noon. They are boys and girls aged 8-13 who sing together on Saturday mornings and at various services in the Cathedral. The choir is free to join and no audition is necessary. For the first time ever, at 1pm and 2pm, it’s the turn of the Girl Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral Choir. The girls, now in their first full year as Cathedral Choristers, will sing a weekly service each Monday during term time and at some special services throughout the year. At 3pm and 4pm the Cathedral Choir take to the stage. Today’s choir is the successor to the boys and monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, who sang for daily worship nine centuries ago. Alongside the carol services from 10am to 4.30pm will be the Cathedral’s Christmas Market in the Cloisters and Chapter House with over 60 stalls selling locally made crafts, Christmas cakes and chocolates, stained glass, jewellery and vintage collectables. There will be festive refreshments for sale in the Chapter House and the Cathedral Coffee Shop. Don’t forget to...

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Stagecoach takes Santa on a Vintage Routemaster Tour

Stagecoach West has announced that it is planning to take the Vintage Routemaster on a tour around Gloucester, Cheltenham and Swindon with Santa aboard for the duration of one week. Children aged up to seven years old can go onboard and visit Santa for a £2.50 donation towards Pied Piper.   The Vintage Routemaster features a temporary grotto for Santa between Monday 12th and Saturday 17th December, stopping at the following locations between 11am and 3pm each day;   ·         12th December – Visiting some selected Gloucester children’s nurseries ·         13th December – Cheltenham High Street, outside the Regent Arcade ·         14th December – Kings Square, Gloucester ·         15th December – Wharf Green, Swindon ·         17th December – Kings Square, Gloucester (*extended hours on Saturday 11:00 – 16:00)   Families can board the Vintage Routemaster, which will be decked out as Santa’s Grotto, and pay a £2.50 donation for all children under the age of seven to visit Santa & his elves and receive a present from him. Stagecoach West local drivers have purchased over 550 brand new presents for children aged under seven years old, all of which will be wrapped and handed out, with the proceeds of the £2.50 donation going to Pied Piper.   Founded in...

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Share your views on the Gloucester City Plan

Gloucester City Council is inviting members of the public to have their say on what areas in the city have potential for development and what criteria they’d need to meet. The Gloucester City Plan delivers the Joint Core Strategy at a local level and sets out draft policies that reflect local issues and opportunities in the city. It looks at areas in the city that would be appropriate for development and growth to ensure that the council meets its development targets. The city plan outlines a possible 23 sites across Gloucester that would be suitable for development and a further 70 policies that protect the environment and make sure that new developments contribute positively to the city’s needs. The council is asking its partners, businesses and local residents what they think of the possible sites and policies in the plan and if there are any others that could be considered. Subject to council approval next month, a six week long public conversation on the city plan will launch on 16th January 2017. Cllr Colin Organ, cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “It’s really important that we hear from as many people as possible on this consultation. We will also be travelling around the city asking local communities to come and speak with us. “Development is essential to the growth of the city, but it should also serve the...

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Have your say on Gloucester’s shop fronts

Gloucester City Council is asking for feedback on new a design guidelines document for shopfronts, shutters and signage. The current Shop fronts – design guidelines for Gloucester was produced in the early 1990’s and needs to be updated to better represent the city’s regeneration. The public consultation will be open until the 16th January, 2017 and can be downloaded either by visiting http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/cityplan and searching for ‘current consultations’. A hardcopy of the consultation is also available from the city council offices at Gloucester Docks, the Guildhall, or Gloucester Library. Residents can give their views on the consultation by completing the form online on the website, or emailing any comments to heritage@gloucester.gov.uk. Once formally adopted, the updated guide will make sure that shop fronts and signage in the future help preserve and enhance the city’s unique and distinctive historic character. Gloucester has a number of traditional and historic shop fronts, especially in the gate streets. The aim is to ensure that these are preserved, and where lost, reinstated for a better quality environment to promote the city’s historic importance.  Cllr Colin Organ, cabinet member for housing and planning, said: “Gloucester has a unique and historic character, which we need to preserve for all to enjoy, and the new guidelines will help to make sure shops owners have support to do this. “Shopfronts play an important role in improving the appearance...

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the window displays of Gloucester are so delightful…

Gloucester City Council is once again following the North Star in search of the city’s best Christmas window display. The Christmas window competition has five different categories this year; national chain, independent retailer, elf and beauty, food and drink, and charity shops. Judging will take place on 8th December, with Cllr Paul James, Cllr Pam Tracey, Mayor Neil Hampson and city centre manager Jason Merritt considering the beautiful offerings on display. Winners and runners up will be notified on 16th December. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council said, “The Christmas best dressed window competition recognises those businesses that bring the spirit of Christmas to the heart of Gloucester. “This competition is absolutely fantastic, but it is so hard to judge a winner when there are so many fantastic displays. I want to thank each and every business that enters into the spirit of the festive season, regardless of whether they win or not.” Jason Merritt, city centre manager, said: “Over the Christmas period, many retailers and businesses go to great lengths to ensure their premises look as festive as possible. The competition is our way of thanking them for all their effort and for the pleasure their windows bring to everyone.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Fancy winning £25,000 after Christmas? Sign up for the Gloucester Lottery

Feeling the pinch in your pocket during the festive season? With the new Gloucester Lottery, you could be in with the chance of receiving up to £25,000. The local lottery has been set up by Gloucester City Council and would be open to residents of the city in a bid to raise money for charities and good causes in Gloucester. A special launch is being held on 13th December at Blackfriars Priory, with the first draw taking place in January 2017. It costs £1 per game to play and winners could receive up to £25,000 as part of the weekly draw. The council wants to make sure good causes and local charities can continue to receive financial support into the future. Setting up a lottery will help to raise money to continue to fund these projects. Gloucester isn’t the first council to do this, Portsmouth and Aylesbury Vale councils have also set up a lottery. Sixty per cent of the money raised will go to good causes. The rest of the money will go towards the prize money, an external lottery manager who will run the game, and VAT. Residents will be able to set up a monthly payment in advance with the option to do a three, six or twelve month repeating subscription by direct debit or payment card. Winners will be informed via email and will have...

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Elmbridge Court roundabout from the sky

As Gloucestershire County Council continues its work on one of the busiest roundabouts in the county, new images are released that highlight the progress so far. The improvements to Elmbridge Roundabout are on track and targets are being met. Since the work started in August crews have started work on creating the new hamburger lane, laying miles of kerbs, installing drainage and electrical cables and building a new and improved subway. To mark its progress, the county council have released images of the roundabout from the sky. Thanks to £9m government funding, once completed the roundabout will have a new straight-on ‘hamburger lane’, a widening of the approach lanes and the latest traffic signal technology. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “These images are incredible. They perfectly highlight all the great work crews are doing on the ground and give a real insight into what the roundabout will look like once it’s completed.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Driver verbally abused on M5

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses following an altercation on the M5. At around 5.50pm on 28 November the driver of a silver Volkswagon Passat reported being verbally abused by a lorry driver on the slipway at Junction 12 travelling southbound.  It’s alleged that the lorry driver was driving dangerously and then parked his van dangerously before getting out and beginning to shout and verbally intimidate the Volkswagon driver. Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this altercation or who may have dash cam footage available.  The livery on the lorry was A W Jenkinson Transport Limited. Please call 101 quoting incident number 430 of 28 November 2016. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Retirement homes regeneration plan for Gloucester Quays recommended for approval

McCarthy and Stone’s plans to regenerate a derelict site on Llanthony Wharf, adjacent to St Ann Way, with 55 Assisted Living (Extra Care) apartments and 28 Retirement Living apartments, which will significantly increase the housing choices for local older people, are being recommended by Council Planning Officers for approval. The plans will be presented to Gloucester City Council’s Planning Committee for a final decision on Tuesday 6th December 2016. As well as providing much needed homes for older people, a recognised local housing need, the regeneration plans will also deliver multi-million pound investment to the local area and create up to 18 full time jobs, through the on-site care, catering and maintenance staff. A further 50-80 jobs will be created during the construction phases. If approved, the redevelopment of this vacant, brownfield site, which is close to the city centre, will also boost the local economy, as residents of Assisted Living (Extra Care) and Retirement Living schemes tend to shop locally, often on a daily basis, increasing local spend. McCarthy and Stone has received support from the local community for its plans. 73% of feedback received at its public exhibition about the plans, held in April 2016, supported the redevelopment of this site with homes for older people and the design proposed, which will transform a brownfield site currently considered to be a local eyesore. Additional letters of local...

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Yule be sad to miss out as Guildhall Christmas show nears sell out

Schools and groups in the city are being called upon to book their tickets for Gloucester Guildhall’s Christmas show ‘Breaking the Ice’ before it’s too late. From 5th to 10th December, the city centre venue is putting on 13 performances of Filskit Theatre Company’s fantastic show, in partnership with Strike a Light Theatre Company. Due to immense demand, just two of the performances (the 5pm shows on Thursday 8thand Friday 9th) have tickets remaining and groups and schools are being called upon to book quickly to save missing this superb show. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “We knew this show would be popular but tickets have sold much quicker than we imagined! “The show is going to be great and the schools that have already booked are really excited about it. I’d recommend getting in touch quickly if anyone would like to snap up tickets for the remaining two shows before they sell out.” The interactive production (aimed at two to five year-olds and their families) is inspired by a true story about the unlikely friendship between a wild polar bear and husky, a story made famous via videos on YouTube. Children will have the opportunity to get on stage, play with the characters and experience interactive digital projections at the end of the show. Katy Costigan, Artistic Director Filskit...

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Have your say on City Council 2017/18 budget

Gloucester City Council’s budget for the coming financial year includes allocations for improving nature reserves, enhancing play areas in the city and regenerating the city centre. The 2017/18 draft money plan, which will be discussed in December’s cabinet meeting, includes investment into regeneration and improving the nature reserves in the city. The proposed budget, which is currently open to public consultation, allocates a total £13.5million investment into regenerating and improving the city through the council’s programme of capital investment. Earlier this year the city council started the £6.4million regeneration of Gloucester’s bus station and previously unused buildings, such as Albion House and The Fleece House, have also been injected with cash to make them usable. This regeneration is set to continue throughout 2017/18 with more than £5million being invested into the regeneration of Kings Quarter. However, councils across the country are facing some of the toughest financial times in decades. Also included in the proposed budget is an annual £5 increase in council tax for band D properties and possible ways on how the city council can make £2.6million savings by 2021/2022. Residents are being asked for their views on the savings that will see the organisation change how it works and make better use of its resources. This will focus on back office efficiencies and front line services will be protected as much as possible. The consultation, that...

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Have you heard the buzz? City parks are the absolute bees’ knees!

Gloucester City Council parks Robinswood Hill Country Park and Barnwood Park and Arboretum have been recognised for their efforts in creating habitats for bees and other pollinating insects, with one winning an award. As part of the annual Green Flag Awards, this year there was a special award for a Bees’ Needs award. Both parks, which were awarded green flag status this year, applied for the Bees’ Need award. Robinswood Hill was highly commended for their work, but it was Barnwood Park and Arboretum which won an award that was announced earlier this month. Both parks have been working to create habitats for bees and other pollinators. Robinswood Hill Country Park have introduced cattle and goats grazing, rather than using more mechanical measures, as well as leaving areas of grassland to grow longer – encouraging wild flowers to grow and be pollinated. Additionally, felled trees are often left to encourage wildlife habitats to form, and the margins of grass paths are left to grow, which offers valuable habitats for many different pollinators. Barnwood Park and Arboretum have held morning sessions and educational events during the year run by the Friends of Barnwood Arboretum and supported by officers from Gloucester City Council. The work morning sessions have been run to undertake general maintenance but at the same time provide habitat for and identifying pollinators that are present in Barnwood Park,...

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Shining the light on Roman Eastgate Chamber improvements

The historically important Eastgate Chamber has received a new lease of life thanks to safety and lighting improvements. Gloucester City Council has recently invested £8,000 in improving the chamber to enhance the experience for visitors and showcase the importance of Gloucester’s Roman history. The lighting previously within the chamber dated from the 1980’s and in some areas even earlier, which needed repair and was both unreliable and unflattering. The lighting has therefore been replaced and improved overall. The work, which started in early November, was made possible from the money raised from the sale of land at St Oswald’s. The steps to the chamber have also been painted and anti-slip stair edgings were put in to improve safety. There has been positive feedback from Civic Trust tour guides, the museum and people who have been on the tours since the lighting has been improved. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “I am really pleased that we’ve been able to make some much needed improvements to the lighting at Eastgate Chamber to further enhance the experience for visitors. “The chamber is a popular and important visual part of Gloucester’s Roman history. By updating the lighting to improve the visitor experience, I hope we can do the monument justice for many more years to come.” Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council,...

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New temporary arrangements of police receptions in Gloucester city centre

Police in Gloucester are on the move. They’ve got the builders in at Bearland so police reception will be in Shire Hall until further notice. The refurbishment work being carried out by Gloucestershire County Council, who own Bearland, is expected to take nine months to a year. Police reception at Bearland will close at 8pm tomorrow (Wednesday) and re-open in the Shire Hall reception area on Monday (5 Dec). Opening hours will be from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. In addition to the reception desk there will be a separate area for the public to speak confidentially to police staff. People will also be able to visit Barton Street police station which, from 1 December 2016, will have extended opening hours of 8am-8pm every day of the week. The new temporary arrangements will maintain a police presence in the heart of the city centre. Once the refurbishment work is complete Gloucestershire Constabulary will return to its more familiar home in Bearland. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Escape Rooms National Craze set to come to Gloucester

  One of the fastest growing activities nationwide is set to come to Libertys in Eastgate Street in Gloucester this February.   Charles Perkins of William Paige Ltd confirmed a lease had been signed and work was underway. This adds to the existing leisure activities at the site including The Paint Pot Pottery Painting and Hijinx Softplay and Playground   Gloucestershire first Escape Rooms site (Trapped Escape Rooms) will have 4 rooms to choose from with different themes which will be announced later.  But could included a Haunted House, Nuclear Bunker, Prison Cell or Mad Scientist Lair.   The...

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Former fire fighter to receive war honour

A D-Day veteran, who served Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) for 30 years, is being honoured by the French government. Eighty-nine year old Jack Crawford, along with other surviving veterans from the Second World War, is being presented with France’s highest distinction the Order National de la Legion d’honneur. The Legion d’honneur was established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte and is awarded in recognition of both military and civilian merit. On the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014 the French President, Francois Hollande, announced that the Legion d’honneur would be awarded to all British veterans who fought for the...

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Mother’s national recognition for two decades of brain injury care

A Gloucester mother who devoted the past 21 years to caring for her daughter after she sustained a life-changing brain injury has been shortlisted for a national award. Gail Lucas, from Barnwood, in Gloucester, will be recognised at an annual awards ceremony organised by Headway – the brain injury association, as one of just three people from across the UK in the running for the title of Carer of the Year, sponsored by SweetTree Home Care Services. “I’m shocked that I have been chosen as a finalist for such a prestigious award,” said Gail. “I’m not great at receiving praise; I just get on with making sure I provide the best life for my daughter. I do think of Headway as my family though so it is lovely to be nominated by them.” It was in 1995, when Gail’s 15 year old daughter Tina was involved in a road traffic accident. She sustained a severe traumatic brain injury and was in coma for 14 months before leaving hospital and returning home to live with her mum. As a result of the accident Tina needs support with all acts of personal care and daily living.  She has quadriplegia with spasticity and ataxia. As well as dysarthria, memory difficulties, and significant cognitive challenges. In the 21 years following Tina’s injury, Gail has worked selflessly, tirelessly and with great creativity to ensure...

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£2.6 million investment on its way for new railway station car park

Investment from Great Western Railway (GWR) has been made possible by Gloucester City Council for the regeneration of the vacant, semi derelict land on Great Western Road.  The derelict site located on Great Western Road will be transformed into a new car park for the railway station from next autumn. The site had been earmarked many years ago for a new court building which never came to fruition. The city council acquired the land from the Ministry of Justice and has leased it back to GWR with no cost to the taxpayer. The new car park will create access into the railway station, directly onto platform four, from the north eastern side of the city. This project will create 245 parking spaces and allow commuters the opportunity to park on the opposite side of the current car park. The extra spaces in a new location will not only reduce travel time but ease traffic and relieve pressure on the existing car park. Cllr Paul James, cabinet member for regeneration and leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “This new car park represents major investment in our city by the private sector. It will bring back into use a vacant site and make it easier for people to use the station. “This project has involved many months of work by council officers and I’m proud of the role that the we’ve...

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Warning for public to be vigilant after scams in Gloucester and Cheltenham

Police are urging the public to be vigilant after scams in Gloucester and Cheltenham. Groups of people, described as Eastern European, have been approaching members of the public on the street asking if they want to buy iPhones and iPads at a low price. The victims are then shown the products and receipts to prove their legitimacy. One incident happened on Eastgate Street in Gloucester on Thursday 3 November between 11.25am and 11.50am. The victim, a man in his 50s, gave the scammer £280 for the goods but he was handed a bag full of rubbish instead before the offender ran off. Another victim was targeted on the Promenade in Cheltenham between 2pm and 2.20pm on the same day. A man in his 20s paid £550 before realising he had been given a bag not containing the goods. The offenders, who were men, made off in a green Renault Megane on both occasions. If you are approached by somebody on the street selling items suspiciously, we advise that you do not hand over any money to them, even if the product seems legitimate. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Anyone with information on these scams should call police on 101 quoting incidents 287 and 325 of 3 November. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester charity director endorses Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training Awareness Week

Hayley Huntley, director of local charity Glo-Active, is one of 6,000 people to have enjoyed the benefits of the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training. As a result of the popular programme, more disabled people are leading active lives. To celebrate the success, we are calling on the nation to raise awareness during Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training Awareness Week (24-28 October 2016). Carers, support workers, parents, volunteers and community groups and organisations have all benefitted from the low-cost, high-quality training, with tens of thousands of disabled people’s lives positively enhanced as a result. Hayley said: “These days, when were are planning our activity sessions we consider all the different adaptations that might be required. Perhaps in the past if we set up a game of tennis or cricket we just thought about the traditional game with the usual spaces and participants, and we didn’t consider adapting it. “Nowadays we are thinking a lot more, now we have an understanding that everyone participating can enjoy the same outcomes just in different ways. “You can learn how to make your activities much more inclusive and, once you develop the skills, you’ll wonder why you never did it before. That alone demonstrates the worth of Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training.” During the Awareness Week the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), who run the Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training programme in partnership with sports coach UK, will...

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Shop left severely damaged after car reverses into wall

A shop has been left severely damaged after a car reversed into a wall at Olympus Park in Quedgeley. It happened between 6.50pm and 7pm on Friday 21 October when a blue Vauxhall Astra reversed into the back of Boots. The vehicle damaged a steel gate and three air-conditioning units, leaving the store with no heating and a repair cost of thousands of pounds. The Astra is described as being sky blue in colour and an old style model. There were three or four men in the car, described as being in their teens. Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident 439 of 21 October. Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ Gloucester News Centre –...

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Commissioner’s new plan will build on lessons of first term

Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl will underline the importance of local policing in his next Police and Crime Plan. It is, he will say, ‘the golden thread’ that links police with local communities and makes policing in the UK unique to other countries. Laying the foundations for the plan, the strategy for his next four years in office which is due to be launched early in the new year, Mr. Surl said it was time to reflect on what had been achieved in his first term and plan for the years ahead. Reflecting on recent events, he said “Crimes involving drugs and knives, hardly unique to Gloucestershire, has led to levels of violence we’ve not seen since the 1980’s. Officers and staff are to be congratulated on their outstanding work in bringing the offenders to justice and going on the offensive against those who seek to flood our county with drugs and rule by violence & intimidation. “But whilst it is absolutely right to vigorously pursue those who seek to harm us, I do not believe executive action alone will win the peace. That’s why in the new police and crime plan I stress the importance of maintaining neighbourhood policing even if it means adopting a different approach. “Tempting though it may be to throw all the resources at the here and now it is important that...

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Trust thanks Pied Piper Appeal for interactive screens for children’s waiting areas

  Children and young people visiting two of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust’s sites will now have access to new interactive games, thanks to a generous donation from the Pied Piper Appeal.   The charity, which helps sick and disadvantaged children, has donated the interactive screens, complete with a built-in seat, to the Trust’s waiting rooms in Gloucester and Cheltenham. Visitors to the Children and Young Person Service (CYPS) at Acorn House, Gloucester, and Evergreen House, Cheltenham, have been putting the screens to good use while waiting for appointments.   One parent, who took her son to Evergreen House, said:...

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Mental Health at work discussed at University of Gloucestershire

CIPD and solicitors from Willans’ employment law team co-organised a panel of experts to discuss mental health in the workplace. The event took place at the University of Gloucestershire Park Campus in Cheltenham last week as the nation was asked to recognise mental illness via the World Mental Health Day (10 October). The panel consisted of Simon Wall of CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal Development), Dr Charlie Vivian of Icarus Health Solutions, Laura Davis of Willans’, Bev Jones from Awaken and Nick Gazzard of the Hollie Gazzard Trust. They were asked to engage the room and discuss a proactive approach to mental health from the position of an employer and employee, as well as from the industry, health and legal perspectives. Nick Gazzard, whose daughter Hollie was fatally stabbed at work in 2014 and while in an abusive relationship used the talk to share thoughts and words from a programme he is rolling out across the region called ‘working without fear’, about the effects that domestic abuse and stalking has on both the employer and the employee in the workplace. Abuse can lead to underperformance, presenteeism and the victim taking days off work and being late for work. Domestic and work lives are so entwined, the abuse affects their concentration and as such, it is not good for them and it is not good for the company. Abuse is...

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Clive Walford to stand in Longlevens by-election

Former Gloucester Rugby player Clive Walford will be the Conservative candidate in the Longlevens by-election caused by the sad death of Councillor Jim Porter. Clive lives in Estcourt Close and has lived in the Longlevens area for 36 years.  He worked for 31 years in the criminal justice system but has now largely retired, giving him the time needed to serve the community.  He has pledged to campaign on issues ranging from protecting open spaces to dealing with HGVs using inappropriate routes through Longlevens, dealing with the impact of the University of Gloucestershire’s expansion and secondary education in the north of the city. Clive is a former Chairman of the Estcourt Close Allotment Association and is an active member of the Residents Association.  He played for and captained Old Richians RFC and played for Gloucester.  He is Chairman of the Gloucester Rugby Players Association. Clive said, “It is a great honour to be chosen to stand in Jim’s place.  Jim was a man I greatly respected and I hope to carry on his good work.” The area’s two Conservative councillors Paul James and Kathy Williams are supporting Clive.  Kathy Williams said, “Clive has a real passion for Longlevens and I enjoy working with him as part of our team. He gets things done!  If Clive is elected as City Councillor for Longlevens I know there is a lot we...

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E-fit released following burglary in Hardwicke

An e-fit has been released of a suspect wanted in connection with a burglary in Hardwicke. Two men broke into a woman’s house on Green Lane, whilst she was at home. One of the offenders threatened her with a screwdriver whilst demanding money. Although not physically harmed, she was left very shaken. A small amount of cash and thousands of pounds worth of jewellery was stolen. This happened between 9pm and 9.45pm on Tuesday 22 March. An e-fit has been released of one of the suspects and anyone who recognises it should call police on 101 quoting incident 446 of 22 March. Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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£1,000 boost for Hollie Gazzard Trust

Members of local charity Hollie Gazzard Trust are celebrating after their CRUSH support programme for teenage victims of domestic abuse has been successfully rolled out thanks to Vodafone’s Community Connection Award. Hollie Gazzard Trust was selected by the Vodafone store team in Gloucester to receive the £1,000 award back in October, 2015. The charity run by Nick Gazzard, was set up to help young people (between 13-19 years of age) whose lives have been affected by violence and domestic abuse. Thanks to the £1,000 award, the charity was able to offer a structured programme of support and empowerment to a number of local teenagers who have witnessed, expressed or are at risk of domestic abuse. The tailored programme of counselling and group therapy is designed to help these victims move forward and form safe and healthy relationships with others. Nick Gazzard, entered the charity for the award and said “It was great to be chosen as the Community Connection Award winner by Vodafone – we are a relatively young charity and all the acknowledgement we receive can only help raise the awareness of what we are trying to do in Gloucestershire and beyond.“ Vodafone’s Community Connection Awards, launched in 2014, have already made a difference to more than 100 local communities across the UK. Selected by local Vodafone staff and aimed at supporting local causes, the awards have been...

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Frightmare bans public from wearing clown costumes

Frightmare Halloween Festival, which takes place at Over Farm in Gloucester, is banning members of the public from dressing up as clowns in light of the recent clown craze.   The scare event, which is now in its 15th year, uses trained clowns in and around its live horror attractions, but is asking members of the public to refrain from wearing clown costumes and masks or they will be denied entry. Matt Keene, organiser of Frightmare Halloween Festival said “We’d like to reassure ticket holders that the current clown craze is not linked or endorsed by Frightmare Halloween Festival in any way. We made the decision after numerous concerned parties contacted us.” “This is purely for the safety and security of the public and our staff on site and we still encourage the tradition of fancy dress for any other characters.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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New Hate Crime Coordinator appointed for Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Constabulary has appointed a new Hate Crime Coordinator for Gloucestershire.  PC Steph Lawrence is based at Barton Street, Gloucester but her role will cover the whole county.  She will be working closely with Victim Support and other partners and community groups to raise awareness and give oversight on hate crime. As the county prepares for National Hate Crime Week (8-15 October 2016) Gloucestershire Constabulary is launching its new, multi-agency Hate Crime Strategy at The Guildhall, Gloucester on Tuesday 11 October.  Integral to this strategy, and in addition to the appointment of the new Hate Crime Co-ordinator, we will be recruiting volunteers across the force to act at Hate Crime Champions.  One of PC Steph Lawrence’s tasks will be establishing the training for these volunteers. What is hate crime?  Hate crime and hate incidents are those where people are hostilely targeted because of their race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or trans-identity.  There can be ‘hidden’ victims also, including those from travelling communities or asylum seekers.  Older people and the homeless may also be victims of hostility too. Mary, a victim of hate crime living in Cheltenham said:  “For a while I didn’t want to be here anymore.  I didn’t want to be Asian.  I wanted to take my skin off and dump it.  The abuse I received that night will affect me for the rest of...

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Time running out to apply for your secondary school place!

Parents and carers of children making the step up to ‘big school’ next September have until midnight on 31st October to apply. You can apply online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/startingprimary 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by completing a paper form which can be downloaded from the same site or requested from the county council’s admissions and transfer team on 01452 425407. You must apply to the county council for a secondary school place, even if your child has an older sibling at that school. Parents are encouraged to list five preferred schools on their form as school places cannot be guaranteed – failing to include second, third and fourth choices could lead to children being allocated school places parents would not have chosen. Last year 96 per cent of parents choose to apply online, as it is easier and faster. Parents need to use the unique ID from their child’s primary/junior school to register. When considering which schools to apply to, parents are advised to: talk to parents who already have children at their local secondary schools look at the school websites read the latest OFSTED report for the schools find out about the entry requirements and oversubscription criteria consider how far away the schools are and how their child will get there as most children do not qualify for help with school transport – see the...

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‘Killer clown’ warning as craze hits Gloucestershire

Police have issued a warning after receiving six reports of people dressed as clowns acting suspiciously, following people or wielding knives since yesterday evening. It’s believed the reports are likely to be the result of the ongoing “killer clown” craze that has seen reports in other parts of the country. Officers say the incidents are not just causing real alarm in the community but tying up police resources. A police spokesman said: “The reports have been made in the Gloucester area and have mostly involved clowns carrying knives. “In one case a child was followed. “Clearly this has scared people and caused real distress. “We have attended these incidents as grade 1 emergencies and that limits our ability to attend to other incidents. “We haven’t traced anyone involved as yet as they have disappeared by the time we arrive but anyone we do find will be dealt with appropriately. “Whether those involved are doing it for a joke or not this is no laughing matter. “These are stupid acts that are really frightening people and wasting our time. Please don’t be tempted to do it. Think of the consequences.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Essential improvements for Valiant Way in Brockworth

Gloucestershire County Council is undergoing essential work next week to Valiant Way in Brockworth to resurface the road and installing bollards to stop lorries from parking on the roadside. The work will also include additional maintenance, including repairing lampposts, signs and barrier lights, which have been knocked by lorries parking in the area. The resurfacing of the Valiant Way and roundabout connecting to Delta Way will take place from Saturday 8th October to Friday 14th October. The road will be fully closed for the seven days and nights so that the work can take place quickly. The roundabout connecting Valiant Way with Delta Way will be closed for the first two days of the work (Saturday and Sunday), but will be reopened Monday to reduce disruption to businesses during the week. Diversions have been advertised ahead of the work with signs since the 27th September, and local companies have been made aware. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: “I am very happy to announce that such an important road is having improvements done to it. “The road is an essential link for Gloucester and the business park, and I would like to thank all businesses for their patience whilst we make these improvements.” Cllr Robert Vines, county councillor for Brockworth, said: “It is good to see the work going ahead and I know that it...

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Oxstalls Way in Longlevens to be resurfaced

Gloucestershire County Council is to start work this week to resurface Oxstalls Way, Longlevens. The work, which will take place on Friday 7th October and Monday 10th October, will help improve the road and take place from 7am – 5pm. Although the road won’t be closed, the width of the road and the machinery that needs to be used will mean that accessing the road whilst the work happens will be limited. Residents and those who park along the road are therefore being encouraged to avoid parking there on the two days. Anyone in need of gaining access is advised to speak to one of the workers on site and they will advise how to gain access. Local people have been made aware of the work, which is not happening at the weekend to try and minimise disruption to residents, with machinery being removed from site over the weekend. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: “We are committed to investing in our roads and I would like to thank residents for their patience during the work and apologise for any inconvenience caused.” Cllr Kathy Williams, county councillor for Longlevens, said: “This work taking place will be beneficial to all road users and it is good to see that improvements are being made to Oxstalls Way.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Residents rock around the clock for Alzheimer’s Day

Music mad residents of a Gloucestershire care home have relived the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll in support of Alzheimer’s sufferers across the country. Staff at the Knoll Care Home in Tuffley put on a show with classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s for residents, their friends and families – raising £100. The idea came from staff at the Stroud Road home who wanted to do something special to raise awareness for World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September. Staff dressed up in their best leather jackets and retro outfits for the day, with those not taking part made to pay a £3 fine. As part of the fundraising day staff also turned the home’s dining room into a replica of a classic American diner. Singer Brian Slade, whose mother also suffers from dementia, performed songs from the 50s and 60s including All Shook Up, Blueberry Hill and Be Bop a Lula. Money raised from the event will go towards days out and activities for the residents, many of whom live with dementia themselves. Debbie Smith, manager of The Knoll Care Home, said: “Alzheimer’s is a condition we are all too familiar with and the key to living with it is to keep the mind active and stimulated. “Our residents love the music of the 1950s, especially rock ‘n’ roll and our staff saw the opportunity to put...

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Learn more about the mysterious 2,000 year old ‘Mirror of Birdlip’

The Museum of Gloucester is inviting members of the public to join in on December’s ‘Culture Club’ and learn about the mystery behind the Birdlip Mirror, the largest prehistoric bronze mirror ever found. There are many mysteries behind the Birdlip Mirror and on 7th December between 1:10pm-1:50pm, David Rice the curator at Gloucester Museum, will be discussing its history and revealing the little known facts that help shape its importance. The mysterious mirror was discovered accidently in the summer of 1879 by a road mender called Joseph Barnfield in Birdlip. It is one of only 60 found in the world and, based on its appearance, belonged to a wealthy owner. When it was discovered almost 140 years ago, it wasn’t buried alone. A young woman, who is assumed to be the owner, and two men were in its grave. This indicates that it must have been a greatly treasured possession. Its true significance is unknown and there are many mysteries surrounding the people it was buried with. Decembers ‘Culture Club’ will explore these unknowns and discuss why its discovery is important to Gloucester. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “The Birdlip mirror is a great mystery, yet can tell us so much about our city almost 2,000 years ago. Not only is it a beautiful piece of Celtic art, but it...

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Spend an evening with Jane Austen at Gloucester Cathedral

On Saturday 22 October at 7.30pm Gloucester Cathedral’s Chapter House will host a very special evening of readings from the works of Jane Austen, bringing alive some of her most-loved and most-reviled characters.  An Evening with Jane Austen offers the opportunity to enjoy the comic absurdity of the Dashwoods, the heartfelt passion of Wentworth and Anne, and of course the devilish charm of the notorious Mr Wickham! Adrian Lukis, who played said Mr Wickham in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and Caroline Langrishe (Lovejoy) perform duologues from Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion. These respected performers are accompanied by vocalists and musicians whose interpretations of 18th-century and Regency-era music give audiences a glimpse into the evocative sounds of Jane’s own household. Limited VIP tickets are available for £50 and include a drinks reception and the opportunity to meet the artists, while standard tickets are £25, all available from Tel: 0845 652 1823 (Mon-Fri 10.00am – 4.00pm), in person from the Cathedral Gift Shop (Mon to Fri) or on-line at www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk. For more information, please contact Development Officer Sarah Steele on 01452 874965 or email reception@gloucestercathedral.org.uk. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Charity lottery for Gloucester?

Gloucester City Council is looking to introduce a lottery for local residents in an aim to raise money for charities and good causes. The £1 game could also see winners receive up to £25,000 as part of the weekly held draw. The city council would be the third council to start hosting a local lottery, after Portsmouth was recently given approval to launch their own version, and Aylesbury, who have been hosting a lottery since November 2015. The council wants to make sure that good causes and local charities can continue to receive support, even in continued economically difficult times, and by setting up the lottery, it will help continue to fund these projects. Aylesbury Vale District Council raised £60,000 for good causes after six months, which depending on sales, Gloucester City Council also hopes to make. Of the money raised, 60 per cent will go good causes. The rest of the money will go towards the prize money, an external lottery manager who will run the game, and VAT. Those wanting to play will be able to set up a monthly payment in advance with the option to do a three, six, or 12 month recurring payment, equivalent to £3, £6, or £12. Residents can do this either by setting up a direct debit or payment card. Winners will be informed via email and will have the money...

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New Silent Disco event comes to Blackfriars

A new ‘Silent Disco’ club event will be quietly descending on the historic Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester at the end of this month. ‘Shush’ will take place on Friday 30th September in the atmospheric and spectacular medieval South Range of Blackfriars, a 13th century monastery tucked away right in the heart of the city. Silent Discos have become a phenomenon at festivals and nightclubs across the globe, but it’s in unusual and interesting locations that such nights have really captured the imagination of audiences. The events combine wireless headphone technology and multiple channels playing music by several DJs at the same time. This gives clubbers a choice of musical styles to dance to by flicking a switch on the side of their headphones. Shush will feature some of Gloucester’s finest DJ talent, including Lil’ Joey and Dan Yip of Housebound playing house/club anthems, Bounce’s Sarah Field spinning indie and rock tunes, and former Gloucester Mayor (no, really) DJ Colossus offering up pop classics and guilty pleasures from the 80s to the present day. “If you’ve experienced Silent Disco before then you’ll instantly know why it’s such a great night out,” explains promoter Andrew Mitchell-Stead. “For those who’ve never been before it’s all about giving it a try – we guarantee within seconds people will get the fun factor of the night and spend the whole time flicking between channels...

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New game changing technology on the way to fill county potholes

Gloucestershire County Council is to trial a new way of producing asphalt, allowing highway gangs to work more flexibly with almost no wastage of materials at all. A pioneering new mobile asphalt production unit has arrived in the county and will soon be trialed on local roads as repair work continues. Road maintenance crews have traditionally collected asphalt from depots before heading out to roads that need surfacing. This, however, takes up valuable time from the day’s schedule and leads to wasted asphalt, because depots usually require a minimum order and it is difficult to judge the exact quantity needed for a job before working at the location. A new mobile unit has been developed that can mix aggregates and bitumen – the key ingredients of asphalt – in situ. This means that highway crews don’t have to head to a depot for a supply of asphalt each time it is needed. This method of ‘self-delivery’ means much greater productivity because crews are able to work on a greater number of jobs in a single day. It also means that only the correct amount of asphalt is prepared, to an optimum hot temperature, guaranteeing minimal wastage of materials and the best chances of a successful new road surface. The machines can produce between one and three tonnes of asphalt every hour and can be towed behind a standard seven...

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Wellbeing house to be opened in Gloucester

A wellbeing house for people experiencing acute mental illness and emotional distress will be opened in Gloucester.   The premises, in Alexandra Road, will be operated by a local branch of the national mental health charity Mind.   In an initiative supported by both 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, the premises will enable adults to access support, therapy and advice for up to two weeks.   Dr Donna Lovell, Chief Executive Officer of Swindon Mind, said: “We have experience of running a similar wellbeing house in another part of the country. The service can prove to be a lifeline for people who might be experiencing the early stages of mental health crisis or for those who are experiencing emotional distress.   “We have learnt that sometimes people in emotional distress require a temporary place to stay away from their home but that a hospital environment or medical intervention is not always the best option.   “A wellbeing house provides another option when an individual is feeling overwhelmed and needs somewhere peaceful and away from everyday life to be able to take steps to recover from a period of mental illness.   “We will offer that space and also have access to a range of support services in partnership with 2gether NHS Foundation Trust should any further help be required.”   The premises will have...

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Appeal for witnesses following serious assault in Gloucester

Police in Gloucester are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted, causing him serious injuries. A 38-year-old man was assaulted by another man in the Cromwell Street area at around 10pm on Saturday (10 September). The victim was taken to hospital, where he remains for treatment. He sustained serious internal injuries and an injury to his head. DC Grace Samuel, the investigating officer, said: “Officers are trying to piece together exactly what happened on Saturday night to identify who was involved. “The victim is in a serious but stable condition, and has sustained life changing injuries as a result of this assault. It occurred in a public place where any number of potential witnesses maybe able to assist us with our enquiries, and most importantly provide us with information which may lead to the arrest of the person who has carried out this assault.” A CCTV image has been released of two women who are thought to have witnessed the incident and may be able to help police with their enquiries. These women, or anyone else who witnessed the incident or have information which can help police, should call 101 quoting incident 509 of 10 September. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or...

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Council supports flood scheme for more affordable insurance

Gloucestershire County Council is supporting a government scheme which will help owners with property at risk of flooding to buy insurance at reasonable and affordable prices. The government has agreed a scheme called ‘Flood Re’ with the Association of British Insurers. Flood Re aims to bring more affordable insurance to those who need it. On Saturday 17th September representatives from Flood Re will be holding a question and answer session with local residents at Gloucester Guildhall. The session begins at 2pm and experts will be on hand to give local people details about how to benefit from the scheme, and answer any questions. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, “Everyone should be able to access affordable home insurance, even if you live in a flood-risk area. I’d like to encourage anyone interested to go along and find out how you might benefit from a new insurance policy backed by Flood Re before the winter season.” Cllr Phillip Awford, Gloucestershire County Council’s representative on the English, Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee said, “This looks like a good scheme and I’m hopeful that it will benefit local people who’ve been affected by flooding.” For more information and to find out how to determine whether your property or business qualifies then visit http://www.floodre.co.uk/. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Is your child starting secondary school next September? Apply for your place now

If your child will be starting school in September 2017, you can now apply for a secondary school place. Parents and carers of children making the step up to ‘big school’ next September have until midnight on 31st October to apply. You can apply online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schooladmissions or download a form to complete. Last year 96 per cent of parents choose to apply online, as it is easier and faster. Parents need to use the unique ID to register online, which were included in letters sent home from their child’s primary/junior school. More than 6773 letters have been sent to parents and carers explaining how to apply and important dates for transferring to secondary school. Open evenings will also be running at all secondary schools. Details of the open evenings are available in our secondary school information booklet or visit the schools own website. When considering which schools to apply to, parents are advised to: talk to parents who already have children at their local secondary schools look at the school websites read the latest OFSTED report for the schools find out about the entry requirements and oversubscription criteria consider how far away the schools are and how their child will get there as most children do not qualify for help with school transport – see the home to school transport policy at gloucestershire.gov.uk/applyforabuspass how the schools will support...

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Robbery at pub in Upton St Leonards

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a pub in Upton St Leonards. A member of staff was forced to open a safe by three masked men after they forced entry to the premises on Gloucester Road at around 11.50pm on Wednesday 7 September. He was not physically harmed during the incident but was left very shaken. Thousands of pounds were taken from the safe as well as spirits from behind the bar. The offenders were all wearing dark clothing and black balaclavas, of a stocky build and had Birmingham or Midlands accents. They ranged between the heights of 5 foot 6 and 5 foot 10. Police urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time to call 101 quoting incident 4 od 8 September. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Jet Age Museum celebrates Meteor milestones

The Jet Age Museum continues the Gloucester History Festival celebrations by commemorating two milestones for the Gloster Meteor next weekend, 17th & 18th September. This year marks the anniversary of two historic aviation events for the Gloucester-built jet, the first to enter RAF service. Seventy years ago, on 7th September 1946, a modified Mark 3 Meteor broke the World Speed Record at 616 mph (985 kph). 7th July 1946 also saw the first live ejection from a Gloster Meteor. Marking these unique feats the Jet Age Museum is staging a celebration weekend of activities with illustrated talks on the early development of the ejector seat and a presentation on the build up to the breaking of the air speed record. There’ll be an exhibition of photographs recounting the events and the opportunity to sit in a genuine Martin Baker ejection seat. Aviation author Steve Bond will be talking about and signing copies of his new book ‘Meteor Boys’ published by Grub Street Publishing. Signing will be between 11.00 am – 1.00 pm on Sunday 18th. Museum trustee, Darren Lewington said: – “The Gloster Meteor was a world beater in its day and remains the most successful British military aircraft in terms of exports. Almost 4000 were built here in the City and the museum has the world’s largest collection with 6 examples on display, keeping that history alive.” The...

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Tomato-Obsessed Gloucester Schoolboy Hypnotised To Overcome His Fear Of Food

­   A Gloucester schoolboy who lived on a diet of tomato-based foods for ten years has finally eaten a proper meal – after being hypnotised to overcome his bizarre fear of food. Liam Pierce, 14, hasn’t been able to look at a vegetable without feeling sick since he choked on a pea when he was aged two.The childhood trauma caused Liam to become addicted to tomato-based products, and he would get through more than three bottles of ketchup a week. He was even forced to skip school lunches after classmates teased him about his daily diet of Heinz beans and spaghetti. At home he would smother his food in ketchup and eat an entire 250g pack of cherry tomatoes every night as a snack. He also scoffed his way through up to ten cans of tomato soup a week. His distraught parents desperately tried to wean their son off tomatoes but every attempt failed and they would catch Liam covering his meals with ketchup. Liam, of Abbeymead, Gloucester, was finally cured of his addiction and fear of other non-tomato foods after he underwent hypnotherapy sessions. After just one hour-long session with hypnotherapist David Kilmurry, Liam tucked into roast vegetables – without any sauce of tomatoes on the plate. Liam, who lives with mum Helen, his council worker step-dad Ian Pierce, 43, and stepsister Jessica Bees, 13, said: “For as...

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What will you discover at Gloucester at Heritage Open Days 2016?

With over 100 FREE events this year’s Heritage Open Days in Gloucester will be a heritage hub for everyone.   From 8th-11th September the usually-closed doors are being opened to the public and many walks, talks, tours and more are available for FREE. Gloucester Civic Trust have again organised this year’s line up for this annual event that runs as part of the Gloucester History Festival fortnight, which kicks off with Gloucester Day on 3rd September. The award-winning Gloucester Civic Trust have provided all the tour guides, volunteers and information for this wonderful international event held over the four days, that allows everyone to discover more about their city and its history and heritage – for FREE! For the last four years Gloucester has been in the top UK’s 5 cities for Heritage Open Days with something for everyone to enjoy. With over 2,000 years of history Gloucester has quite a lot to offer for this four-day celebration – with FREE tours, walks, guides, entry to many of the city’s historic and cultural buildings – where you can learn about the city you live in. This year follow the boy King Henry III as he processes through the city’s streets to the Cathedral, as part of the Coronation Re-enactment Parade to celebrate 800 years since he was crowned in Gloucester Cathedral and enjoy the medieval-themed entertainment. Do something new this...

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Major changes to Stagecoach Bus services from this Sunday

From Sunday 4th September Stagecoach are making bus service improvements across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. Services across Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean will see new timetables designed to improve punctuality in light of worsening traffic congestion. In response to customer demand, new trips will run on Services 1 to Matson and 8 to Cooper’s Edge on Sunday evenings, as well as on Service 12 to Quedgeley on weekday mornings. A small number of poorly patronised journeys on several different routes will also be withdrawn as part of the review. New direct buses will run with support from Gloucestershire County Council from Gloucester and Dursley to Thornbury as Service 60 and Bristol as Service 62/X62. These buses also call at Waterwells Drive in Quedgeley to provide an hourly service to the new Hunts Grove development. The County Council are also funding Service 69, linking Tetbury and Minchinhampton to Stroud. In Kingsway, Service 66 will change route to serve more houses on the estate. All buses will run via Rudloe Drive and Valley Gardens/Thatcham Avenue between Waterwells P&R and Copeland Park, running every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime. A daytime link between Kingsway, Asda and Quedgeley Matalan will be retained every 30 minutes by Service 66Q. New Stagecoach services will run in Chipping Sodbury, Yate, Wotton-under-Edge, Kingswood and Bath under contract to South Gloucestershire Council. The network, including...

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Jail sentence for man who sold illegal tobacco at a Gloucester store

Farman Haiday was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today for his involvement in the sale of illegal tobacco from General Store, Station Road, Gloucester between March and October 2011. Haiday, of Falkner Street, Gloucester, born on 27th April 1980  was the owner of the shop between March and October 2011. His co-defendants were sentenced in December 2013. Haiday, however, left the country in November 2011 and did not respond to court summonses. Although it was said that he had returned to his native Iraq, a warrant was issued for his arrest. When he returned to the UK in August 2015 he was arrested and brought before the courts where he pleaded guilty to 16 counts relating to the possession for supply and supply of counterfeit cigarettes from the shop. Between March and October 2011, officers from Gloucestershire Trading Standards Service carried out a number of inspections at General Store where illegal tobacco was found. Haiday was warned about this but continued to sell counterfeit cigarettes. Only small quantities of illegal tobacco were kept on the premises and observations by Trading Standards identified a vehicle and a property where stocks of illegal tobacco were kept. Shop staff frequently visited these storage areas to replenish supplies for the shop. It was found that illegal tobacco was being kept in a child’s play house at the rear of the shop. It was...

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Get cyclist savvy with safety campaign

Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is launching its new cycle safety campaign after receiving £550,000 funding to train thousands more young cyclists. In 2015 over 4,660 young cyclists were trained in the basics of balance and control through to making journeys in traffic. All training takes place on the road, with a Bikeability instructor riding with the youngsters. Now, the Road Safety Partnership (RSP) has been awarded £550,000 by the Department for Transport to help train over 17,000 young cyclists over the next three and a half years. Currently, the RSP works with 96 per cent of primary schools and 80 per cent of secondary schools across Gloucestershire and will be looking to do even more with the additional funding. Gloucestershire RSP is committed to reducing the casualty figure of cyclists around the county. The partnership is aware that a lot of collisions that happen between cars and cyclists take place at junctions, which is why part of the training focuses on taking special care when at a junction to make sure cyclists get home safely. Since 2005, the number of cyclists harmed has dropped from 216 to 130 in 2015, but the RSP want to see the number drop even further. June, July and September tend to be the worst months, with the hot weather and the start of the new academic year, which is why the RSP will...

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University appoints former England captain as Director of Netball

The University of Gloucestershire have appointed a former England captain to head up its netball and Severn Stars professional netball team. Pamela Cookey, a two-time Commonwealth bronze medallist for England and seven-time Superleague winner, will become the university’s first Director of Netball from the beginning of October, working alongside newly appointed Severn Stars Head Coach Mo’onia Gerrard. 31-year-old Pamela, who was born in Birmingham and now lives in Bristol, won bronze with England in the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. She announced her retirement from international netball in November 2015 and will leave Superleague champions Surrey Storm to take up a full-time position at the University of Gloucestershire. Pamela will combine her director role with a Senior Lecturer post in the School of Sport and Exercise, with a brief in the development of university sport. The Severn Stars is one of a number of new franchises in the Vitality Netball Superleague, a joint project between the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Worcester that was announced by England Netball in June. Pamela Cookey said: “I’m very excited to be joining the University of Gloucestershire in this new role. I hope to pull together my experiences from my own playing career and those from my roles in business and management to reach the high performance targets we are aiming for at the university. With this opportunity and the way...

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Appeal after woman injured in Quedgeley non-stop collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was injured in a non-stop collision in Quedgeley. A small light coloured car collided with a pedestrian and drove off from the scene without stopping. It happened at around 10.40pm on Saturday 27 August when a 25-year-old woman was crossing at the junction of Lower Meadow and Harvest Way. She sustained leg injuries requiring hospital treatment. The driver of the vehicle, or anyone who witnessed the incident and hasn’t yet spoken to police, should call police on 101 quoting incident 536 of 27 August. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Improvements to the Elmbridge roundabout are well underway

Gloucestershire County Council and its partners are now one week into the work on Elmbridge roundabout and crews are well on track. This week the initial works to the roundabout have seen crews start the digging through the centre of the roundabout. This essential work is the first phase to the much needed ‘hamburger lane’ which will ultimately ease traffic flow and reduce congestion. The new lane isn’t a simple job and in order to facilitate this work the inner roundabout lane will be closed and lanes will remain narrowed on the approach for approximately another five weeks. Works have also begun on the extension to the Elmbridge Court subway. This week the crews started the foundation work for the new walls and will continue this aspect of the project next week. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “So far we’ve received really positive feedback on the works being done, it’s clear that people are really behind this project. It’s great that now the crews are on the ground and already making such fantastic progress. “This scheme is very much needed to help relieve traffic flow in a central part of Gloucestershire. We’re asking road users and local residents and businesses to bear with us throughout the works, especially the first six weeks, and perhaps allow extra time for your journey if you’re...

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Council sends clear message against fraud

Gloucestershire County Council is supporting residents who have been approached by neighbours asking them to commit parking fraud. Residents in the Westgate area of Gloucester city centre have come forward in support of the restricted permits for parking in their area. Current restrictions allow each household to purchase parking permits for up to a maximum of two vehicles. However, some residents with more than two vehicles have been asking householders with less than two vehicles to help them out with spare permits – an offer which, if accepted, could be classed as fraud. Residents got in touch with the county council earlier this month to make it clear they were not happy at being approached with this offer and they even collected a petition in protest. The council has now confirmed that it will be taking tough action against anyone who makes a fraudulent application for a permit. Anyone found applying for, or using, a permit that they are not entitled to could have all permits for that household cancelled and the payments would not be refunded. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, “The arrangements we have in place for resident parking are fair and we simply won’t allow them to be abused. If anyone has information about someone using a parking permit which doesn’t belong to them please call 01452 425000 and let us know.” Cllr...

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New Gloucester Base for 2gether Services

A building in central Gloucester is to be redeveloped as the new home for many of the city’s community mental health services.   2gether NHS Foundation Trust has purchased Pullman Place, in Great Western Road.   The four-storey building will provide high quality, purpose designed clinic space and office accommodation for services.   Jan Furniaux, Service Director for 2gether’s Gloucestershire Localities, said: “This is the next in a series of planned developments, as part of our ongoing commitment and investment in the continued quality improvement of our services.   “We’ve recently opened our Forest of Dean Hub, in Cinderford, our refurbished Stroud Hub, at Weavers Croft, and also the Fritchie Centre, our base for our research team and Managing Memory 2gether service, in Cheltenham.   “Pullman Place will become our new Gloucester Hub and is the perfect location, being in the centre of the city with very good public transport links. It is also near to other health and social care partner premises, such as Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and is close to our own Wotton Lawn Hospital.   “We’re investing in new premises, recognising that we need to continue meeting the changing needs of our local communities and provide the best possible accommodation from which to deliver our high quality services. This development will benefit service users, carers and also our own staff.”   Teams moving into Pullman Place...

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Men charged after H20 assault – appeal for witnesses

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Roman flood defences discovered under Gloucester bus station

The first phase of the archaeological dig at the Gloucester bus station has now been completed and the findings reveal an ancient flood bank created from bricks and stones of demolished Roman buildings. The archaeological dig under the bus station that was carried out by Cotswold Archaeology commissioned by Gloucester City Council in July this year, has now finished. The results show that the large area we use at the city’s main bus station, would have been a flood bank in the 3rd to 4th century AD. Experts say the area would have suffered from flooding so banks would have been created to protect the city. The findings reveal that residents of the Roman city of Glevum used discarded bricks and stones from demolished buildings to reinforce the southern bank along the River Twyver which was likely to be used as a flood defence. The evidence suggests that during the medieval period the area was a meadow or marshland that was subject to continuous flooding from  the River Twyver which would have been further north-east. No buildings or settlement were found during the investigation so it is believed that the ground would have been too boggy and not suitable for construction. This suggests that the White Friars friary (a Carmelite monastery)  didn’t extend as far as the bus station and was entirely around the junction of Station Road and...

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National Burger Day: What is the best burger in Gloucester?

Gloucester Burger Review has been reviewing burgers in Gloucester since April and has now tasted 19 of the City’s burgers. As it is #NationalBurgerDay we thought it’s the right time to share our ongoing findings. According to data from Gloucester Burger Review, a blog dedicated to finding the best burger in Gloucester, the average price for a burger in Gloucester is £9.63, the cheapest burger found so far is Burger Star’s Giant Star Burger with Cheese & Bacon coming in at a favourable £6.50. For people who want to spend a bit more money, CHiMiCHANGA’s Smoky Mountain burger has been the most expensive, priced at £12.75. Each burger has been rated out of 10 in the following categories; Beef, Bun, Fillings, Sides, Aesthetic Appeal and an overall out of 10 rating has been produced. Gloucester Burger Review has found that the burger with the best beef in Gloucester is Hubble Bubble’s beef burger scoring a remarkable 10 out of 10. Buns are an interesting subject in the world of burgers, to brioche or not to brioche? Well, Gloucester Burger Review has the answer, Brioche. The burger with the best bun in Gloucester has been found and it is a joint accolade, Ed’s Easy Diner, Tank and CHiMiCHANGA all rated 9 out of 10 on bun quality. Fillings is a very diverse category and can make or break a burger....

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Pond life!

Gloucester City Council is inviting all young people to take a dip into the wonders of different ecosystems with a pond safari. The exciting event will take place on Sunday 28th August between 12.30pm – 2pm at Hucclecote Meadows, a site of specialist scientific interest. Ranger Felicity Davies hopes to show the young explorers some of the wildlife that lives in the area, including caddisfly larvae, pond snails, beetles, leeches and nymphs. To explore the wild wetlands young adventurers need to book in advance and be accompanied by an adult. It costs £1 to take part, but is free for accompanying adults. Lloyd Griffiths, head of neighbourhood services, said: “These sort of events are put on to try and teach young people about their local surroundings and habitats that they may not necessarily realise exist. Don’t forget a pair of wellies!” On the day, anyone attending should go to Hucclecote Meadows, Lobleys Drive, GL4 5YG, and meet in the first field by the pond. To book a place, please phone 01452 303206. Sensible shoes and clothing should be worn. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Bank holiday waste collection in Gloucester

Gloucester City Council is reminding residents that refuse and recycling collections due on Monday 29th August will be taking place as usual. Dawn Fearn, recycling and waste manager, said: “Our waste service provider, Amey, will be working normal hours during bank holiday Monday on 29th August. “We would continue to encourage people to recycle as much as possible, as bank holidays tend to generate additional waste as families take the opportunity to meet up or get out and about. Crews will collect recycling and food waste weekly, and there will be no change to garden waste collections either.” You can find out more information at http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/resident/bins-and-recycling, including a printable bin collection calendar, or phone 01452 396 396. Gloucester News Centre –...

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WIN: Two pairs of tickets to Witcombe Cider Festival

  It’s back for the 5th year!!  Witcombe Cider Festival 2016  – bigger and better than ever before… August Bank Holiday 2016 will see Witcombe Cider Festival offering another great musical line up and a party atmosphere, where friends, family and cider aficionados can all enjoy a great weekend together – in the shadow of the world famous Cheese Rolling destination. On Saturday 27th August headliners – Lethal Bizzle, Artful Dodger and N-Trance will be making sure you have a night to remember…. While on Sunday 28th August the festival atmosphere will be created by DJ Legend Judge Jules!!  With Duke Official and Happy Mondaze. Music starts at 1pm with support acts throughout the afternoon, including local favourites The Revolvers, Thrill Collins, Tommy and The Fuse and Quigley plus many more The finest Cider available in the UK will be served in the marquee alongside a great selection of ales, beer, spirits and wine. With plenty of festival stalls, the delicious food village and exciting funfair there’s a great weekend to be had. Rugby For Heroes the Official Charity Partner of Witcombe Cider Festival, will be providing some action in the “Rugby For Heroes Zone”. Try scoring a conversion or get some tackling tips from the experts with the coaching sessions taking place through the afternoon. Gloucester News Centre are giving readers the chance to win one of two pairs...

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Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Trophy Tour is coming to Gloucestershire following historic win

The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Trophy will visit Cheltenham and Gloucester this weekend as part of its tour of Great Britain and everyone is invited along. Following Great Britain’s historic win against Belgium in the 2015 Davis Cup final, when Team GB hoisted the trophy for the first time in 79 years, the Lawn Tennis Association has decided to celebrate this momentous occasion by delivering the Davis Cup Trophy Tour across the country to thank the tennis community including players, coaches, venues and volunteers who supported the team on its incredible journey. It also wanted to inspire a new generation to pick up a racket and get involved in tennis. When it arrives at Cheltenham’s Montpellier Park, young tennis players will feel inspired to pick up a racket and have a go at free tennis sessions with their families with the coaching team from East Glos Club. There will also be a BBQ hosted by In the Park, arts and crafts and Olympic sports to try thanks to The Cheltenham Trust play rangers.  The event, which runs from 10am until 1pm, has been designed to be fully accessible. James Deem of the Lawn Tennis Association said: “It is fantastic to have the Davis Cup Trophy Tour come to Gloucester and Cheltenham, we would love to see as many people come as possible come down and see the trophy and...

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Young people urged to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia before starting university

Young people going to college or university this autumn are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) due to the MenW bug, one of the most aggressive and deadly strains of Meningitis. Cases of MenW have been increasing year-on-year, from 22 cases in 2009 to nearly 200 cases in the past 12 months. There are a number of strains of the infection and the vaccination gives protection against four of them: Men A, Men C, Men W and Men Y. These illnesses can be deadly and survivors are often left with life-changing disabilities. Young people going on to university or college are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicaemia because they mix with so many other students, some of whom are unknowingly carrying the bacteria. But anyone in this age group is strongly advised to get the vaccination – whether starting college or not. GPs will be writing to the following groups to encourage them to get vaccinated at their surgery as soon as possible: all 17 and 18 year olds (school year 13; born between 1/9/1997 to 31/08/1998) 19-year-olds who missed getting vaccinated last year (anyone born between 1/9/1996 to 31/08/1997) PHE is also advising anyone aged up to 25 who is starting university to get vaccinated by their GP. Ideally young people should get vaccinated before term starts – to ensure immunity. But...

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Young singers, DJs, bands and soloists take to the stage at SoMAC’s King’s Square stage

King’s Square’s ‘mini-festival’ -style stage – part of SoMAC (Summer of Music, Arts and Culture) –will feature young up-and-coming pop, rock and urban musicians from around Gloucestershire at lunchtimes from Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th August.   The musicians, aged from 12 upwards, have all been working in some way with Gloucestershire’s community music charity, The Music Works. They have either attended Audio-Base Saturday morning rock, pop and music technology sessions at Sir William Romney School, Tetbury or Lakers School, Coleford or the after-school club at Sound Space studios, which is in the grounds of Forest High, Cinderford; or they’ve taken part in studio sessions at Studio 340, Cheltenham, which is co-run by CCP and The Music Works.   These fresh new artists will be featured in the ‘community artists’ section of the packed King’s Square live music programme, between 11am-12noon on Tuesday and Thursday; 11am-12.30pm on Wednesday; 12-2pm on Thursday; and 11am-12noon on Friday.   On Tuesday, the stage features Wesley Lowe, Millie Elsmore, Robyn Laura and Shawn Wheatley, solo singers for the Forest of Dean and Tetbury area; on Wednesday, Drifted, a band based in and around Tetbury and Chelsea Adams, Chloe Ward, Rhys Wilkins, soloists from Forest High; on Thursday there’ll be a range of musicians from around the county; and on Friday, Tetbury-based 12-year-old DJ/producer Daniel Kostine (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxs5XklNaic)  takes to the stage, plus Spanish...

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Attempted robbery on vulnerable man in Gloucester

Two men attempted to rob a vulnerable man at knifepoint in Gloucester on Sunday. A 29-year-old man was crossing Painswick Road at the traffic lights when he was approached by two men. One of the men was white, around six foot two, of a muscular, skinny build and in his twenties. He had blonde hair and was wearing jeans and a blue Adidas short sleeved shirt. The other was black, around five foot eight, of a medium build, also in his twenties. He was wearing a dark balaclava over his face, black tracksuit bottoms and a black hoodie. They were both riding mountain bikes, one of which was black and red. The two men verbally abused the victim before one pulled out what is described as a Swiss army knife and threatened him. They went onto demand money from the victim. They were disturbed by a passing member of the public and made off from the scene empty handed in the direction of Saintbridge. Although the victim was not physically harmed, the ordeal has left him very upset and distressed. Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened between 7pm and 7.30pm. To provide information, call police on 101 quoting incident 93 of 15 August. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org....

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Elmbridge roundabout drop-in event

On Thursday 18th August between 2:00pm-8:00pm local residents and businesses, road users and the wider public are invited to a ‘meet the contractor’ event for the improvements to Elmbridge roundabout.   Gloucestershire County Council is starting improvement work on Elmbridge roundabout on 22nd August, but before the first spade hits the ground a ‘meet the contractor’ event will happen on the 18th August.   The event will be held at Gloucester North Fire Station, in Churchdown and is an opportunity for people to meet the teams that will be on the ground, carrying out the work, for the next 13 months at Elmbridge roundabout.   The roundabout is one of the busiest junctions in the county, the much needed improvements will help relieve congestion and save commuters time. In order to achieve the new look roundabout, some disruption will be caused.   The ‘meet the contractors’ event will allow people to learn more about the project and gain a better understanding of what will be happening throughout the 13 month highways project.   The team who will be at the event available to answer any questions and explain the project in greater detail, include representatives from Gloucestershire County Council, Amey & Alun Griffiths Contractors.   Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, “If anyone wants to know more about the Elmbridge roundabout scheme, then this event is the...

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E-fit released following serious sexual assault in Painswick

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SoMAC brings more free workshops to Gloucester

The Summer of Music, Arts and Culture (SoMAC) in Gloucester has had a very successful start to its first year with thousands attending some incredible events such as; Art in the City, Carnival, Rugby in the Park, Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival and the Fireworks Spectacular. SoMAC still has lots in store for Gloucester throughout August with events such as Sportbeat Festival, Gloucester Goes Retro, the Gloucester Mini Folk Festival and the SoMAC Stage in Kings Square. The SoMAC stage will be in Kings Square between Tuesday the 23rd August and Friday the 26th August and will host a star-studded line-up of DJ’s, community artists and musicians as well as free workshops in dance and beatbox, puppet making workshops and performance groups such as London based acrobatic theatre group Mimbre.  The SoMAC stage is hoping to bring more culture to Gloucester through music and arts and build on the ‘cultural revolution’ already taking place in the City. Mhairi Smith, Events Director at Marketing Gloucester said: “It’s fantastic that the Arts Council funding has allowed us to book such great professional groups from as far as London that Gloucester can see and experience through the free workshops that are also running in conjunction with the SoMAC stage. The SoMAC Stage will have great performers for the public to enjoy such as Avant Garde, Filskit Theatre, Mimbre, Tim Cassons, Slinky Love performance...

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Waterstones joins fight against mental health stigma

The Gloucester branch of a national chain of book stores has joined the fight against mental health stigma. Waterstones, in Eastgate Street, has hosted a weekly reading group of service users from 2gether NHS Foundation Trust for more than two years. The group, which is managed by 2gether Recovery College worker Jackie Webb, reads a selection of books, newspaper articles and poems together. Discussion then follows on what has been read. Jackie said: “The group meetings involve between five and 12 service users in general, and it’s an opportunity for people recovering from mental illness to join together, socialise, enjoy reading and get into a regular routine in the community. “It’s also very relaxing and therapeutic. The staff at Waterstones have been very welcoming and the group is so successful that we’ve got a waiting list.” Waterstones has now mounted a display of materials aimed at highlighting sources of mental health and wellbeing support near its ‘self help’ section. Store manager Katharine Seymour said: “We know that reading can be very therapeutic and there are many books that we stock that are aimed at helping to improve mental health. “We’re very happy to host the weekly reading group and want to do everything we can to encourage people to speak openly about mental health and tackle stigma which often prevents people from speaking up and seeking help.” One in...

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Appeal for witnesses after serious sexual assault in Gloucester

Gloucestershire Constabulary are appealing for witnesses after a serious sexual assault in Gloucester. The incident happened at around 3am on Saturday 13 August. A 39-year-old woman met a man on Sinope Street. A short time later he seriously sexually assaulted her in the vicinity of the playground next to Widden Primary School. The offender is described as white and had an Eastern European accent. He was aged in his mid to late twenties, 5 foot 4 in height and of a stocky, muscular build. He had short mousey hair, a flattened nose and was wearing a ripped light, blue t-shirt and blue jeans. DI Dave Shore-Nye, of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team at Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: “We are treating this incident very seriously and urge anyone with information to come forward. “We are particularly appealing for two men to contact us who came to the victim’s aid after the incident. They may have information which can help us with our enquiries. “We understand an incident of this nature can cause concern within the local community, but we wish to reassure members of the public that we are doing all we can to trace the person responsible.” Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident 299 of 14 August. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their...

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Reports of PPI scams in Gloucester and Littledean

Gloucestershire Constabulary are warning the public about a PPI scam which has targeted at least two residents in the county. A man in Matson, Gloucester received a phone call on Monday 8 August from a bogus PPI payment company claiming he was due a PPI refund of thousands of pounds. The scammer, a woman with a Canadian accent, said he could claim this by paying the company £2,000 in iTunes vouchers. The victim bought the vouchers and provided the scammer with the codes who asked for a further £600 in vouchers. He then realised it was a scam and reported it to police. Another man in Littledean received a similar phone call on Friday (12 August). The scammer, a man with an Asian accent, used the same tactics and the victim provided £150 in iTunes vouchers before being told to give a further £150 worth. The victim then became suspicious and called police. Officers are warning the public of this scam and offering the following advice: Be suspicious of an unexpected phone call offering you a big pay out for an unknown reason – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Do not provide money or vouchers to any company you are not familiar with, even if they claim to pay you back. If in doubt, take their details and tell them you’ll call them back....

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Man charged with Cromwell Street attack on vulnerable man

A man has been charged with a serious assault on a vulnerable man in an alleyway off Cromwell Street in Gloucester in March. Christopher McGlynn, 33 and of Cromwell Street, Gloucester, was charged with section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent and robbery and will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court in September. The charges relate to an incident that happened in an alleyway that links Cromwell Street and St Michaels Square at around 7.30pm on Thursday 24 March. The victim – a 59-year-old man – left his sheltered housing and walked to Wellington Stores to buy some cigarettes. He left the shop and entered the alleyway, where he was seriously assaulted and robbed of the cigarettes. The victim suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken jaw in the incident. He later suffered a bleed on the brain but is now recovering in a nursing home. Two men, aged 37 and 40, who were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident, have had there bail cancelled and will face no further action. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Future beatbox and dance stars hone their skills and take to the stage – FREE workshops

As part of Gloucester’s Summer of Music Arts and Culture (SoMAC), young people in Gloucester now have the exciting opportunity to work alongside professional beatbox and vocal artist Conrad Murray, as well as London based hip hop and contemporary dance company Avant Garde, before performing on stage in King’s Square. The two free of charge workshops have been programmed by Marketing Gloucester, in partnership with Strike A Light Festival, and are being offered to 13-25 year olds to give the young people in Gloucester the opportunity to learn new skills or develop their talent. Beatboxer Conrad Murray, who has performed at Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre, Latitude and Battersea Arts Centre, will be joined by two of his Beatbox Academy members and will be leading a three-day workshop. He described it as “a workshop where you create music using your mouth. The workshop will be for all abilities, from beginner to advanced, to come together and create original pieces and jams. We will be making beats, looping on a loopstation, jamming, singing and creating songs.” The second, two-day, workshop with Avant Garde Dance will explore hip hop and contemporary dance styles. The company are currently preparing for their national tour of the show Fagin’s Twist and young people taking part in the workshop will explore the characters and moves from the show and work with two dancers from the...

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Amazing Astier does the double as Hartpury graduate grabs gold and silver in Rio

Already with over 100 international sports stars Hartpury can now boast a double Olympic medallist amongst its alumni after France’s eventing star Astier Nicolas claimed an individual silver and team gold medal at the Rio games. Nicolas, 27,who graduated with a degree in BSc (Hons) Equine Management, opened his Olympic medal account as he spearheaded his country’s challenge for team honours at the games. A dressage score of 42 aboard Piaf de B’neville was held throughout a clear cross country and showjumping to ensure that he secured gold alongside his fellow countrymen. The former university equine academy rider doubled his medal haul in the evening’s action as his individual standing during the team phase of the competition saw him safely into second place ahead of the jump off. Despite picking up six penalty points during his round a final score of 48 was enough to see him pick up a silver medal behind double Olympic champion, Micheal Jung. Hartpury’s Rosie Scott-Ward said: “We’re so proud of Astier’s achievement, to win one Olympic medal is something not a lot of people will do but to win two in the same games is just incredible. “We always knew he had the potential to be one of the best and it’s great to see him working his way towards the top – he can be very proud of what he’s achieved. I...

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Gloucester ‘Bite Back’ at Loan Sharks with Week of Action

The England Illegal Money Lending Team, who investigates and prosecutes loan sharks, has teamed up with Gloucester City Homes to launch a week of action that will aim to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks.   Throughout ‘Bite Back’ Week, The Illegal Money Lending Team will encourage the people of Gloucester to avoid using loan sharks and to report the crime if they have been a victim. In conjunction with ‘Bite Back’ Week, Gloucester City Homes will also provide advice and support to residents in the area on safer and more assured ways to borrow money.   Commencing Monday 15th August, Gloucester’s ‘Bite Back’ Week will begin with a ‘Hello Bus’ from The Gateway, which will travel around Matson between 11am to 1pm, offering advice and guidance on how occupants in the area can avoid using loan sharks, joined by a special appearance from “Sid the Shark”.   Residents and local partners wishing to gain advice on how to avoid loan sharks are also invited to a free afternoon session at Baptist Church, Finlay Road, White City between 1pm – 3pm on Friday 19th August. During the event, “Sid the Shark”, England Illegal Money Lending Team’s Mascot will be handing out freebies and information leaflets and a light lunch will be provided by the Gloucester City Homes Team.   Tony Quigley, Head of the England Illegal Money...

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Improvements to Elmbridge roundabout starts in two weeks

Gloucestershire County Council is starting improvement work on Elmbridge roundabout on 22nd August, thanks to £9m government funding. Later this month, significant work will begin on the Elmbridge roundabout in Gloucester. The roundabout is one of the busiest junctions in the county, the much needed improvements will help relieve congestion, save commuters time and allow traffic to flow smoother. Work will start on Elmbridge roundabout on 22nd August 2016, with completion expected in September 2017. Once completed, Elmbridge roundabout will have a new straight-on ‘hamburger lane’, a widening of the approach lanes and the latest traffic signal technology. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, “I’d like to thank people in advance for their patience whilst we carry out these improvements. We’ll be doing all we can to reduce disruption to people’s journeys and ask them to bear with us whilst this much needed work is being done. “The council is working to cut congestion wherever we can. That’s not just good for motorists – it’s good for Gloucestershire businesses, helping us protect and create jobs in our county.” The first phase of the improvements, which will last approximately six weeks, will see a 24 hour closure of the inner ring of the roundabout with single lane closures on all approach lanes. While the work takes place on the roundabout every effort will be made to keep disruption...

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Appeal to trace missing Manuela Demuth

Police have issued an appeal for information to help trace missing Gloucester woman Manuela Demuth. Manuela, also known as Isla, is 45 years old and from Abbeymead. She is believed to be very vulnerable and was last seen in Gloucester this morning. Manuela is described as white, around 5 ft 7ins tall, of large build and with short brown hair. She is a heavy smoker. She is wearing a bright green jacket, light coloured bottoms, red socks and sandals. Police are urging anyone who sees her to call police on 101 quoting incident 84 of 9 August. Gloucester News Centre –...

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One deceased and another critically injured after collision on A40 near Northleach

A man has sadly died and another is in a critical condition after a collision on the A40 near Northleach. At around 3.50am today, a black Seat Ibiza collided head on with a HGV. A 31-year-old man was pronounced deceased at the scene. Another 31-year-old man was taken to Oxford Hospital with life threatening injuries and remains there in a critical condition. Both men were travelling in the car which is registered to Gloucester. The HGV driver, a 62-year-old man, was not injured. The road was closed whilst a collision investigation took place and re-opened at around 12.15pm. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 46 of 9 August. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Care home turns cupcakes to cash for children’s charity

Residents of a Gloucester care home have helped provide day trips, medical equipment and support for children by baking cakes. The Knoll Care Home in Tuffley held their own Great British Bake Off in support of Sunny Day’s Children’s Fund. Staff and residents made cakes and cupcakes and ran a tombola, while relatives, friends and loved ones dug deep. The day raised £100 for the respected charity, which was chosen by new manager Debbie Smith. Debbie said: “We’ve been hard at work for a few weeks, with residents practising at baking their favourite cakes. At least that way, we were able to have a few ourselves because it wasn’t long before we sold out on the day. “Sunny Days is a charity very close to my heart and I’m really happy that everyone at The Knoll, as well as making me feel so welcome since starting, was able to raise money for such an important cause.” Sunny Days supports more than 650 families either through grants or holidays. It also provides support and advice. The national registered charity helps under-18s with a wide range of adverse medical conditions, including Leukaemia, Cerebral Palsy, deafness and blindness as well as other life-hindering conditions.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Come and help plant seeds to restore a meadow

Residents are invited to a free event at Horsbere Brook in Barnwood on Monday 15th August. The meadow at Horsbere will be restored thanks to special seed planting events which are taking place over the summer. The next session, which is free to attend, takes place from 10am to 12noon on Monday 15th August. Local people, families and friends are all invited to meet by the gate on Barnwood Link Road, GL4 3HR, or find the group on the mound which is to the left as you enter the reserve. People are asked to bring a pencil or hand fork to aid their seed planting. The seeds have been collected by volunteers at Hucclecote Meadows. Lloyd Griffiths, head of neighbourhood services at Gloucester City Council said, “This is the second seed planting session in Barnwood as part of our work for the Horsbere Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme. “The scheme not only aims to reduce the flood risk in the area, but it also works to improve the local environment too, and this planting allows us to harvest a greater variety of seeds.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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New fleet of trucks to bring better kerbside recycling to Gloucester residents

Gloucester City Council is set to buy 14 new recycling trucks and provide a new doorstep collection service for mixed plastics, textiles and corrugated cardboard. The council is planning to replace its current fleet of trucks which have reached the end of their life. The new trucks will deliver an enhanced recycling service for households right across the city because as well as collecting the food waste, newspapers and tin cans which residents leave at the kerbside now, they will also be able to pick up mixed plastics, textiles and corrugated cardboard too. The items left out for recycling will be sorted at the kerbside and placed into different compartments on the truck as they are collected. Residents can expect to see the new trucks with the extended service in their area at the beginning of 2017 and the council will be undertaking an extensive communications campaign to make sure that all residents are aware of the new service and the new collection schedule. Around 56,000 homes will be able to take part and residents will receive a new weather proof sack to place their cardboard into. Collection times will stay the same. Recycling and food waste will still be collected weekly and refuse will continue to be collected fortnightly. However, in some areas, the day of collection will change and any residents affected will be notified before the...

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£61m Euromillions’ Ex-wife Winner Insists She’s Not Jealous

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Elephant in the Room aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental ill health

An ambitious art project aimed at reducing the stigma that surrounds mental ill health is taking shape in Gloucestershire. ‘The Elephant in the Room’ is a project which  is being run by Indepdence Trust, in conjunction with the Nature in Art Museum and Art Gallery. Gloucestershire-based Independence Trust is part of a multi-agency countywide group which aims to tackle the stigma surrounding mental ill health. Members of the group include NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust NHS Foundation Trust, Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire Constabulary, ISIS Women’s Centre and Healthwatch Gloucestershire. Of great importance is the partnership with people who have expereinced mental illness to form, shape and champion the work. Gloucestershire’s Tackling Stigma group is supporting the Independence Trust project. Independence Trust has been working with a team of people, all of whom have a diagnosed mental illness, to create the huge elephant. The elephant will then visit different locations, so that people can sign their names on it in support of reducing the stigma surrounding mental ill health . The team has also been working with artist and tutor Camilla Metcalf, who herself has a long history of mental ill health and is an advocate for mental health, and with the Nature in Art Museum and Gallery, which is based at Twigworth, on the outskirts of Gloucester, to set...

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Gloucester MP Backing Heritage to Lead City Regeneration

Gloucester stands to benefit from over £7.3m worth of National Lottery investment following successful applications by Gloucester Cathedral and Llanthony Secunda Priory to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). HLF has supported 22 projects in the city since 2010, playing a major part in the revival of Gloucester’s heritage. The most recent successes mean that two of Gloucester’s most famous sites can now undertake major development projects: The Cathedral’s ‘Project Pilgrim Phase One: the Heart of Gloucester’ is a £6m initiative, with £4.1m coming from HLF, to improve and restore key areas of the building and grounds. The project includes plans to uncover and share stories about the people and events which helped to shape our nation’s history. Llanthony’s Reformation Project will see nearly £4m invested in the site with £3.2m coming from HLF.  Two of the historic priory buildings will be restored and brought back into use for both the local community and Gloucestershire College and so breathing new life into the site. Richard Graham (Member of Parliament) said: “Gloucester Cathedral is the jewel in our crown, but its setting will now be improved, and as a result the Cathedral will be more accessible to all. When Project Pilgrim is complete we’ll see the Cathedral in a new and better context. The Llanthony Priory Trust award will benefit Gloucestershire College students who will use the buildings, visitors to Gloucester Quays...

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Closure as car park improvement continues

As part of a £750,000 investment in the city’s Eastgate Shopping Centre car park, the carpark will be closed for four days this week. Work will be taking place between Tuesday 9th and Friday 12th August to refurbish the ramps leading up to the roof. During this time, the entire car park deck at Eastgate roof top car park will be closed. Motorists are being advised they will have to park in Kings Walk or other car parks around the city while the work takes place. The ramps off Brunswick Road to the service yard will remain open for deliveries to the shops at Eastgate but there will be no access at all to the car park. This work forms part of the City Council’s investment into car parking in the city centre. Following the work to improve the ramps, a new ‘pay on foot’ parking system will be introduced at Eastgate Shopping Centre and Kings Walk, allowing customers to pay for their parking once they’ve finished enjoying their time in the city, rather than feeling the need to rush back before their ticket runs out. The new parking systems will be supported by using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) allowing disabled users to pre-register their vehicles and drive into the car park hassle free. The ANPR system will automatically recognise the registered vehicle and the barrier will rise, on...

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What would you choose to be part of our history?

This autumn, the city council will be burying a little bit of Gloucester’s history underneath the new bus station and are asking the public what treasures they think should be included.  A time capsule will be buried underneath the new look bus station this autumn. Members of the public, local businesses and schools are being asked what they would like to represent Gloucester and included in the capsule. This little piece of Gloucester’s history will be hidden under the new bus station and hopefully rediscovered in the distant future. Its contents will represent what Gloucester stands for. Items could include a copy of the local paper and a photo of the cathedral as it is today. Or a Rugby World cup ticket, a bottle of ale from the Gloucester brewery and a signed photo of Simon Pegg could be amongst the treasures. All suggestions are welcome, no matter how bizarre, big, or bold. People are being asked to send their suggestions, along with a brief explanation of why it should be buried, to heretohelp@gloucester.gov.uk by 17th August  2016. The final objects will be announced on 31st August, before being buried on 1st September 2016 by a VIP guest who will be announced later this month. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Time capsules are a fantastic way to give future generations an...

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Sean takes up new role as Nissan Brand Manager

Sean Goodfield from Cheltenham has been appointed this month as the Nissan Brand Manager for Wessex Garages’ Mercia Road dealership in Gloucester.   In his new position, Sean will maximise sales and profitability and will aim to meet the manufacturer’s targets. He will also focus on the team at the dealership and motivate staff to perform to the best of their abilities.   James Bicknell, General Manager at Wessex Garages, said: “I would like to say a huge congratulations to Sean on his recent appointment. He has worked extremely hard during the past two years to get to where he is today. He joined us in March 2014 and left for two months this year but we just had to have him back and appoint him as our Nissan Brand Manager.   “Sean is professional at all times and is a very valued member of staff. He is very popular with our customers and staff alike and an asset to Wessex Garages. Sean’s new role is well deserved and I wish him the best of luck.”   Sean started his career in the motor industry as a Digital Sales Executive at Wessex Garages and then took on the role of a Sales Executive. He then left the company for a short period and recently re-joined as the Nissan Brand Manager.   The 22-year-old explained: “I am very excited to be...

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Jewellery stolen in Whitminster burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses to a daytime burglary in Whitminster yesterday. The incident happened in Paynes Meadow between 11.30am and 2pm. Unknown offenders forced their way into a house and carried out an untidy search of the rooms before ripping out a wall safe containing diamond, gold and ruby jewellery, documents and around £300 in cash. Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area or may have been offered any  jewellery from this break-in is urged to call 101 and quote incident 317 of 3 August. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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