Author: Kate

Jess Glynne to perform Live at Kingsholm Stadium

Make sure you’re ‘Right Here’ at Kingsholm Stadium on 18 June 2016 as Gloucester Rugby kick off their summer concerts by welcoming Jess Glynne, one of the UK’s hottest chart stars, to the Kingsholm stage. First coming into the public consciousness as the vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Grammy Award winning and #1 hit ‘Rather Be’; pop sensation Jess Glynne has since become one of the biggest UK breakthrough acts of recent years. Her number-one charting debut album, ‘I Cry When I Laugh’, has now turned double platinum in the UK, making it the highest selling debut album of the past year. She also became the second British female solo artist after Cheryl to have five number-one singles in the UK. Following her three Brit Awards nominations for British Breakthrough Act, British Female Solo Artist and British Single for ‘Hold My Hand’, 2016 continues to be a massive year for Jess with no sign of slowing down. Jess Glynne said: “It’s going to be great fun playing at Kingsholm Stadium the home of Gloucester Rugby on the 18th June. I love outdoor shows so I can’t wait to share the summer evening with my fans!” Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby CEO, added:”Kingsholm has established itself as a terrific live music venue attracting a host of big names. Following the success of Elton John and Madness last summer, we are thrilled to...

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“Get your Skate on!” Temporary Skate Park comes to Gloucester Cathedral

  Gloucester Cathedral will host a temporary skate park this week. Visitors will have the opportunity to come and enjoy a fantastic temporary skate park that will be set up in the cathedral itself with dedicated scoot and skate sessions for different age groups, catering for young children to young adults. The three day event will culminate in an exciting competition and presentation. The park itself is run by Christian Skaters, bringing years of first class scooting and skating experience from the many festivals they have led across the country including a hugely successful event at Malmesbury Abbey. Canon Andrew Braddock said, ‘cathedral skate is a brilliant opportunity for us to welcome children, families and young people into the cathedral for what will be an amazing and memorable event.’ Tickets cost £2.00 per session and booking is essential. Information about how to book can be found at: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or telephone 0845 652 1823 (Mon-Fri 10.00am-4.00pm)   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling taken over by French organisers

One of the UK’s wackiest traditions, the annual Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling is expected to undergo a controversial makeover this year, as French event organisers, Poisson d’Avril, have confirmed plans to take over the local tradition. While it dates back to the 1800s, the Cheese Rolling was officially cancelled in 2010 following health and safety concerns – although that hasn’t stopped loyal competitors from flocking to Cooper’s Hill in Gloucester every year since – with 2016 set to see an official comeback with a continental twist. Undergoing a complete rebrand, the event on Monday 20 May 2016 will now be known as Le Fromage de Roulement Français – which translates to The French Cheese Rolling – with the customary 8lb Double Gloucester cheese to be replaced by a traditional French 1kg Camembert wheel. A spokesperson from Possion d’Avril told SoGlos: ‘Using Camembert makes much more sense from a health and safety perspective, as the cheese is softer and will bounce nicely, with no danger of being injured by off-course cheeses for spectators’ The event will continue to see fearless contestants chase the cheese down the death-defyingly-steep slope, with thousands of local and international spectators expected to attend. Visitor numbers from France are expected to be so high, Eurotunnel is rumoured to be putting on additional services between Folkestone and Calais, with special rates for passengers dressed as their favourite cheese....

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Countess chosen to become the county’s High Sheriff

  The new High Sheriff of Gloucestershire has been confirmed as The Countess Bathurst of Cirencester.   In an ancient ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday the 15th of March, Her Majesty The Queen took part in the traditional ‘hand pricking’ with a silver bodkin, said to have once belonged to Queen Elizabeth I, to pick out the names of the new High Sheriffs for the counties of England.   The prick means for the first time ever six women will hold some of the county’s most senior positions, with a female Bishop, the Right Reverend Rachel Treweek; Dame Janet Trotter, who became the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2010; Lady Bathurst as High Sheriff; Suzette Davenport as the Chief Constable, and lady governors overseeing both Leyhill Prison and Eastwood Park Prison.   Countess Bathurst officially takes over the role from current High Sheriff, Dr Roger Head OBE on April 17th at a colourful ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral, attended by approximately 800 guests and members of public. These will include the county’s sitting judges, circuit judges, High Court judges, as well as representatives of the judiciary, emergency services, councils and community leaders.   “I am hugely honoured to be taking on such an important role,” said the Countess. “The Bathurst family have always been part of the county’s community and have held this vital office in the past. Sir...

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Information appeal after aggravated burglary in Hardwicke

Police are appealing for information after an aggravated burglary in Hardwicke. The incident happened at an address on Green Lane at around 9pm on Tuesday March 22. Two men entered the bungalow while the female victim was in the property. One of the offenders threatened the victim with a weapon and demanded cash. The two men took jewellery before leaving the property. The two men were described as white and in their early twenties. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 446 of March 22. You can also contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester Cathedral tower lights up in pink celebration of Race for Life

Gloucester Cathedral and staff are showing their support again for the Race for Life event happening in Gloucester by lighting the Tower pink for a week. The Cathedral and Cancer Research UK Race for Life team are calling on Gloucester women of all ages, shapes and sizes, to defy this dreadful disease by entering the Race for Life 5k and 10k events at Gloucester Park on Sunday 12 June at 10.00am. The 5k and 10k event will start at the same time in Gloucester Park, they’ll take a route around the City’s landmarks including the Docks, Cathedral and Gloucester’s streets, with the 10k taking a very scenic lap of Alney Island Nature Reserve for the extra distance. In addition and to help swell the ranks, a team of volunteers and events managers will be rallying the troops at the charity’s Race for Life ‘Battle HQ’ in Gloucester Quays Outlet Mall on Thursday 31 March  from 10am. Capturing the power and passion of Race for Life, Battle HQ will give shoppers a chance to get ‘made up to fight’ with hot pink lipstick and an elaborate warrior headdress, which is decorated with feathers, studs and hot pink laces. As well as the chance to get ‘battle ready’, shoppers can capture their own picture of defiance in the specially-designed Battle HQ ‘selfie station’.   Organisers hope the Battle HQ will stop Gloucester shoppers...

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COLUMN: The Very Thing With Simon Rickards

We start this week with news that a  huge vegan music festival returns to Bristol’s Ampitheatre on 21st & 22nd May. Vegfest provides an excuse for a massive party and this year they have a number of super headliners for the evening part of the show. Marhsall Jefferson headlines the Saturday House Party supported by live sets from Alison Limerick (whose chart hits include the classic “Where Love Lives”), Adamski (who scored an unforgettable no. 1 with “Killer” in 1990) and Criss Cross from Club Yeyo.  On Sunday hip hop/electronic dance group Stereo MC’s and vegan reggae artist Macka B headline the main stage with support local artist in the shape of Andy Compton featuring Celestine and Sabrina Chyld. More information and tickets for this incredible event can be found at: http://bristol.vegfest.co.uk/ More big news from Gloucester’s number one venue this week as the Guildhall announced the legendary Ash are set to return to the city on Monday 25th July. The band have played here in the past and always sell out, so getting your ticket early is an absolute essential!! I have seen them a couple of times, last at Lakefest and I can honestly say they are NOT to be missed. They are on sale now so go and book: http://venues.gloucester.gov.uk/Freetime/Guildhall/listings/music/Ash.aspx   With Easter being upon us there’s obviously a lot of music events around Gloucestershire. I’d encourage everyone to pop down to Gloucester Quays...

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Laser survey guides the way for historic Fleece Hotel’s restoration

A 3D laser survey and record of The Fleece Hotel is being created to get a better understanding of the history of the site and to ensure it is preserved for future generations. The former hotel is part of Gloucester’s wonderful heritage, containing a 15th century timber-framed inn, standing above a 12th century tunnel vaulted undercroft. The site was acquired by Gloucester City Council from the former Regional Development Agency. The council has undertaken various works to stabilise and secure the buildings and demolish the more recent additions, but is now moving on to the next stage in the site’s restoration. Gloucester City Council is working with Butler Hegarty Architects to get an up to date record of the site of the site, to understand its condition and the potential cost of bringing it back into use. Included in the work, architects will do a 3D laser survey of the 12th century undercroft, known as the Monk’s Retreat, which is believed to be the finest example of its kind in Europe. The work is being done to derisk the site for potential investors by quantifying the level of work needed to bring the historic buildings back into use. The council is looking to see the site redeveloped as part of the regeneration of the Blackfriars area.  The Council continues to hold discussions with interested parties on the future of the site, but this survey is seen as crucial in taking that interest forward. The work, which will...

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17-year-old motorcyclist seriously injured following collision in Tuffley

Police are appealing for information after a 17-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision in Tuffley. The incident happened on Stroud Road, near to Tuffley Lane at around 7.35pm on Sunday March 20. A blue LexMoto motorcycle, ridden by a 17-year-old youth from Brockworth was in collision with a black VW Golf driven by 30-year-old Gloucester man. The motorcyclist was trapped underneath the car and was freed by fire officers and treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Gloucestershire Royal hospital for treatment for serious leg injuries. He was discharged from hospital later that day. Anyone who may have information on this incident who have not yet spoken to police should call 101, quoting incident number 395 of March 20. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Bishop of Gloucester to spend week in prison

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek, will spend the week leading up to Easter at Eastwood Park Women’s Prison. This visit will be exactly a year on from when Bishop Rachel first visited on the day of her announcement. This time Bishop Rachel will spend three days with the staff and women prisoners to learn more about the life of the prison and the realities of what it’s like to be a female prisoner. The institute for Criminal Policy Research states that more than 700,000 women and girls are held in penal institutions throughout the world. The analysis indicates that the number of women and girls in prison has increased by 50% in the past 15 years. Across the UK, more than 13,500 women are imprisoned each year. The Prison Reform Trust reports that women entering prison are more likely to have been imprisoned for non-violent offences and are highly likely to be victims as well as offenders. More than half (53%) report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child. Bishop Rachel will spend time shadowing the prison Chaplain, attending prison focus groups and also leading special services. These will include a service at which Bishop Rachel will wash the women’s feet, to represent when Jesus washed his disciples feet before the last supper. She will also bless the Holy Oils and lead...

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The Way of the Cross – On the Streets of Gloucester

This Good Friday, 25 March, Gloucester Cathedral and the city’s churches come together for the third year running to stage the Passion, the last hours of Christ in the streets of Gloucester.  Performed by people from the Christian community, it is a chance for the people of Gloucestershire to re-live the events of that first Good Friday, from Jesus’ sentencing by Pilate to his Crucifixion. The events of Good Friday did not take place behind closed doors, inside a building. They happened on the streets, and it is important that we bear witness to this. Before we reach the eggs, chocolate and bunnies, there is blood, pain, sacrifice, suffering but most importantly, love. Writer and director Rachel Murray says, ‘This is going to be a provocative production, even in rehearsal on the streets, people have been profoundly affected.  We have been able to build on last year that was attended by over 500 people and are hoping for even bigger audiences this year.  I can promise some surprising and deeply affecting moments.  All are welcome to come along, engage with a big community project, be part of the action by joining the cast and crowd and accompany Jesus in the final hours of his life’. The drama begins at 10.00am at the Gates of Gloucester Cathedral, come and be a part of it.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Eight men sentenced following £300k drugs investigation

Eight men, including five with links to Gloucestershire have been sentenced to a total of nearly 46 years in prison relating to two drugs conspiracies in the county. The conviction of the men followed a detailed investigation by Gloucestershire Police involving two large amounts of cocaine with a street value of between £120,000 and £150,000 each being brought into Gloucestershire from Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Along with drugs, over £63,000.00 in cash was also seized. Seven men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a class ‘A’ drug, an eighth man was found guilty at trial and a ninth man was found not guilty. All eight guilty men were convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine in January this year. At Gloucester Crown Court today (Tuesday March 22) Omar Hassanjee, aged 35, originally from Gloucester and now living at an address on Sarehole Road, Hall Green, Birmingham received a 10 year sentence. Hassanjee was found guilty in January following a trial after pleading not guilty. Marcus Campbell, aged 37 of Linton Avenue, Kingsway was sentenced to seven years six months in prison. Mark Douglas, 51, of St Swithuns Road, Hempsted was sentenced to seven years. 28-year-old Sonny Curran of Rye Avenue, Cheltenham was sentenced to five years six months in prison and his father Patrick Curran, 56 of New Barn Avenue Cheltenham, received a four year-ten-month sentence. The other men sentenced today were:...

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E-Fit of two men posing as police officers in Brockworth

Police have released e-fit images of two men that they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary where the offenders posed as police officers. The incident happened at an address on Lea Road in Brockworth between 6.45pm and 7.15pm on Wednesday February 17. Two offenders approached the elderly victim’s house claiming to be police officers chasing somebody. They asked the victim to accompany them to the back garden. While the victim was distracted a third offender then walked into the property and was confronted by the victim’s sister. The third offender then left. The first two men had a brief conversation with the victim asking about money left on the property and locks on the windows before being joined by the third offender. The three men claimed to have caught somebody and left the scene. It is believed that nothing was taken during the incident. The first two offenders are described as white, male and around 50-years-old. The third offender is described as male and between 24 and 26-years-old. Anyone who recognises the two men in the e-fits is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 339 of February 17.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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TVs and holidays more important than sleep, Gloucestershire residents say

In the average lifetime, we spend on average 24 years tucked-up in bed – often not getting a good night’s sleep. Yet Gloucestershire residents have admitted to putting more thought into new clothes, holidays, TVs, washing machines and even sofas than what they bed down on. According to an independent survey* by online mattress company Leesa, 36% of people think picking a holiday destination is more important than choosing a mattress. Over a third (32%) spend more time picking out new clothes than considering their sleeping spot, and nearly a fifth (19%) prioritise picking out a new shiny TV over anything else. Just 14% of people said a mattress is one of the top three things they put the most thought into buying – less than the number who carefully consider sofas (15%) or washing machines (18%). This is despite sleep, or lack of it, being a well documented contributor towards health problems including heart disease and diabetes. Residents might be wise to spend more time considering their mattress, with over a quarter (26%) of survey respondents from Gloucestershire admitting they rarely get a good night’s sleep (0 – 2 nights a week). One of the biggest culprits, it would seem, is confusion around what makes a good mattress – and how often to replace it. To help shoppers sleep better at night, mattress veteran Jamie Diamonstein from Leesa...

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Barton and Tredworth safeguarding open day

The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children and Adult’s Boards are supporting a community open day in Gloucester on 23rd March.   The annual event, hosted by Barton and Tredworth Neighbourhood Partnership, is an opportunity for the local community to come together and find out more about safeguarding.   The theme of this year’s open day is ‘safeguarding and supporting the community’ and will cover a range issues that effect communities, both in Gloucestershire and nationally.   Organisations supporting the day include The Hollie Gazzard Trust, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucester Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS), AGE UK, Gloucester Old Persons Association and many more. Representatives from these organisations will be available to answer questions, offering information, advice, guidance and support to anyone who comes along. Teas, coffees and cakes will also be available.   Dave McCallum, Independent Chair of the Gloucestershire Children Safeguarding Board said “It’s great that community groups are getting involved, taking a lead and making safeguarding a real priority for their local area.   “Safeguarding is everybody’s business and we need to all work together to have the greatest impact.   “Events like this raise awareness of safeguarding locally and are a fantastic way to share the safeguarding message. I’d like to encourage any community thinking about hosting this kind of event to get in touch and we’ll do anything we can to help.”   Marilyn Balderstone from the Barton...

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History in the making as Gloucester Cathedral gets set to recruit Girl Choristers

Gloucester Cathedral have announced the establishment of Girl Choristers, who will sing as members of the Cathedral Choir for the first time in history.  Auditions will be held on Saturday 23 April for girls aged 7-12.   The Cathedral is now embarking on a thorough recruitment process, including planned visits to schools, and an exciting ‘Come and Sing Open Day’ at the Cathedral on Saturday 9 April. Girls and boys aged 7-12 are invited to come along and experience the fun of singing in this fantastic building and to get a small taste of what it might be like to be a Cathedral Chorister.   Girl Choristers will be drawn from local schools, much like the Cathedral’s unique Youth Choir.  Adrian Partington, Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral said “We hope to select choristers from a range of backgrounds, many of whom may not have considered the prospect of singing in a Cathedral Choir before.  Our aim is to ‘discover’ some very talented girls along the way.”   The Girls will begin rehearsing in September and will then sing at Evensong each Monday from October as well as at Christmas and Easter services, playing a full part in the Cathedral’s musical worship. The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said “This decision represents an exciting new chapter in the Cathedral’s famous Choral Foundation.  We are thrilled to be...

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‘Pottering around the Cathedral’ New dates announced

More tickets have gone on sale for the hugely popular ‘Pottering around the Cathedral’ tours.   On Tuesday 31 May and Wednesday 1 June come and have a magical experience as we take you on a tour behind the scenes of the filming of Harry Potter at Gloucester Cathedral. Visit the film locations and find out the secrets of how the Cathedral was transformed into Hogwarts. Join in with some enchanting crafts, try some potions and enjoy the sweets eaten by Harry and his friends. Don’t forget to try on the sorting hat to find out which Hogwarts house you’re in. Coming dressed up as your favourite character is encouraged!   Tours depart at 6.15pm, 7.00pm and 7.45pm with three tour groups per time slot. Last entry will be at 7.15pm. Tickets are available from www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk, Telephone 0845 652 1823 or in person at the Cathedral Gift Shop, but hurry, they will sell out fast!   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Abdi Said sentenced to 22 years in prison for murder of Ian Denham in Gloucester last year

24 year old Abdi Said, of no fixed abode, has today been found guilty of murdering 32 year old Ian Denham. Said was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum sentence of 22 years. A jury at Bristol Crown Court found Said guilty of fatally stabbing Mr Denham last September. The incident happened at the flat of a friend of Denham’s in Nettleton Road last September. His family say they are pleased there has been justice for Ian. They said: “Ian was a good man and a dedicated son, father and brother.  A lot has been said about him but he always tried to do his best for his family and he didn’t deserve to have his life ended in such a brutal way. “I would like to say thank you for all the kind words and wishes sent to our family. Nothing can make up for our loss but today’s verdict means we can now try to move forward as a family.” DCI Ruth Mather is the senior investigating officer in the case.  She says she is pleased with today’s verdict. “At the heart of this is a young man with a young family who has had his life taken from him in the most violent manner.  I am pleased the jury agreed with our findings that Said deliberately killed Mr Denham.  It is just sad that he did not accept responsibility and spare Mr...

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COLUMN: The Very Thing with Simon Rickards

The big county new this week comes from Wychwood Festival who have made the incredible announcement that their Saturday night headliner will be none other than the legendary 10CC!!! The band, famed for a string of hits throughout the 70’s including the iconic “I’m Not In Love”, will also be joined by The Correspondents, The Selector, Smashing Blouse, Honne and a personal favourite of mine, the amazing Stereo MC’s. So, get yourself connected (see what I did there?) and get your tickets from www.wychwoodfestival.com There’s an absolutely massive gig on at Gloucester Guildhall tonight when the venue plays host to the mighty Hunter & The Bear. They will be joined by local favourite Quigley who I recently featured in the column and is an absolute shining star just waiting to burst onto the national scene. There are tickets still available and I know that you are able to buy on the door. I strongly urge you to get along – two absolutely amazing acts in an incredible venue – support local music, have a great night out and just enjoy!!   It’s hard not to mention the thrills that have gone by this week with the Cheltenham Festival. I’ve not been in the town much for various reasons but when I’ve been around it’s been amazing to see the vibrancy of the place. On every street corner there has...

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Vehicle performs careless manoeuvre whilst police deal with collision

A vehicle was witnessed performing a careless manoeuvre this morning whilst officers and paramedics dealt with a road collision. The incident happened at around 6.20am today (Friday 18 March) on the A38 between Claypits and Cambridge. Police were in attendance at the scene of a collision to assist the ambulance service with traffic issues, when a queue of vehicles from the Claypits direction began to build. A white Mercedes then carried out a careless overtake manoeuvre. Officers are urging anyone who witnessed this incident to contact them. There are potentially several witnesses as many vehicles were overtaken by the Mercedes. The driver of the vehicle in question is also advised to hand themselves into police. Call 101 quoting incident 63 of Friday 18 March. In light of this incident, motorists are reminded to remain patient in traffic caused by a collision. Performing careless manoeuvres can put themselves, other drivers and staff working at the scene at risk. Drive safely and with caution to avoid causing another accident. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester says farewell to pay and display

Gloucester City Council is investing £1million in state of the art car parking facilities, including injecting £750,000 in the Eastgate Shopping Centre car park and introducing up-to-date parking systems at Kings Walk.   As part of the city centre regeneration project the city council is investing heavily to improve parking in the city centre, starting with a £750,000 investment into the Eastgate Centre car park. The car park, which is on the roof of the shopping centre, is starting to show signs of wear and tear and this cash injection will solve issues such as the damaged road surface and faded parking lines.  This is the first major overhaul of the rooftop surface for many years and will substantially extend its life.   A new ‘pay on foot’ parking system is also being 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.   In addition to the ‘pay on foot’ payment machines, users who are paying by contactless debit or credit card will be able to ‘wave and pay’ on entry and exit. A sensor will register the payment allowing the customer to visit the car park without having to receive a ticket at the machine.   The ‘pay on foot’...

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Missing 17-year-old last seen at Cheltenham Racecourse

Gloucestershire Constabulary are appealing for the public’s help to find a 17-year-old boy, who was last seen at Cheltenham Racecourse yesterday. Lee Morgan was doing work experience at Prestbury Park and left the site at around 7pm, but failed to return home and has not been seen since. Lee is vulnerable and has links to Cinderford and Lydney, but people at the racecourse today are urged to look out for him. He is described as white, around 6 foot 3, of a stocky build, with ginger hair. He was last seen wearing his uniform – black trousers and black shoes. Anyone who sees Lee is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 539 of Thursday 17 March. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Racially aggravated assault outside Gloucester nightclub

Officers in Gloucester are appealing for information after a racially aggravated assault outside a nightclub. The victim, a female student, was outside Liquid on Eastgate Street at around 3.30am on Thursday 17 March, when she was approached by another woman. The offender racially abused her and physically assaulted her. The victim did not sustain any injuries. The offender is described as white, around 18 to 23 years old, between 5 foot 4 and 5 foot 7, with straight blonde hair. She is also thought to be a student as the altercation occurred on a student night in the city. If you can help police identify her, please call 101 quoting incident 244 of Thursday 17 March. 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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Market place to premier international flavour in Gloucester

Award winning Market Operators, Market Place are bringing a fantastic International Market to Westgate, Southgate and Northgate street this weekend.   From Saturday 19th – Tuesday 22nd March the city centre will be buzzing with a fantastic family friendly atmosphere with over 30 traders who have travelled from all over the world to be here.   There will a fantastic range of delicious flavours for visitors to explore and experience from Italian tapas, Jamaican chicken, Spanish paella, Traditional German Schwenkgrill, Snowdonia cheeses and French crepes to Thai noodle bars, Churros, Greek Grill House and exotic meats from around the...

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Hopping good fun Easter Bunny Hunt

Gloucester City Council is inviting families to join the hunt for paper Easter bunnies on Tuesday 29th March at Hucclecote Meadows. As well as the search, there will be craft fun, which families can make and take home. There is a £1 admission for children, who must be accompanied by an adult, and adults are free to enter. The admission covers all activities and entry to the bunny hunt. Fancy dress is also welcomed, but appropriate, outdoor footwear should be worn for enjoying the activities. Cllr Jim Porter, Gloucester City Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “I hope that families and young people come along to enjoy the brilliant events we have scheduled during the Easter break. “Come rain or shine, families can have a great day out and take part in some fun craft making.” The event will take place between 10am until midday, regardless of the weather. It takes place at Hucclecote Meadows, Lobleys Drive, Abbeymead, Glos, GL4 5YG. All children and families are welcome. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Join the city spring clean for our Queen

Gloucester City Council is organising the annual ‘spring clean’ on 24th March, as part of the clean for the Queen project. Clean for the Queen aims to give the country a tidy-up ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday in April. Gloucester City Council will be encouraging and supporting businesses, groups and individuals who want to ‘do their bit’ to help our streets, parks and neighbourhoods sparkle. On 24th March, between 10am – to 2pm, the Guildhall will be come clean for the Queen headquarters, from which all the cleaning operations across the city centre will be managed. The campaign,...

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18-year-old man stabbed in Tredworth

Police are appealing for information after an 18-year-old man was stabbed in Tredworth this morning.   It happened in St James Park between 3am and 4am.   The man suffered a small puncture wound and a collapsed lung. He was was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.   The man has reported being attacked by three men with Eastern European accents.   Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucestershire Police on 101. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Back of the net! Active Together helps encourage non-traditional football

Quedgeley Wanderers Football Club (QWFC) has been awarded a grant of £1000 by the Active Together team at Gloucestershire County Council to provide walking football for the over 40’s in the community.  The grant encourages more sport and physical activity across the county and enables communities the control to create their own opportunities to get active and healthy together. QWFC applied for a grant so the club could provide football sessions on the astroturf pitch at Waterwells.  Their idea for the scheme is to encourage people aged over 40 to be involved with football if, due to a lack of mobility or for other reasons, they are not able to play the traditional game. As part of the package of improvements paid for by the active together grant, QWFC were able to hire Waterwells Astro Hire for 27 sessions, buy balls, a pump, goal keeper gloves and first aid kit, and an advertising board for the sessions.   Based on football, the key difference in the rules from the standard game is that if a player runs, then they concede a free kick to the other side. This restriction, together with a ban on slide tackles, is aimed both at avoiding injuries and allows the playing of the sport by those who are unable to play the traditional format. The way walking football is played promotes cardiovascular fitness whilst...

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It’s Almost Here! Gloucester Residents’ Weekend

Gloucester Town Crier Alan Myatt with his Residents Card. Rediscover your city between the 18th and 20th of March with the Gloucester Resident’s Weekend. With close to 100 special offers to take advantage of, the 3-day event organised by Marketing Gloucester will include free and discounted admission to many local attractions, free guided tours and special offers at numerous shops and restaurants for Gloucester Residents. Paul James, Leader of the Council said: “Residents’ Weekend gives Residents of Gloucester a chance to get out into their city and explore all the great places and attractions it has to offer. It’s great to see so many local business’s and attractions coming together to give back to the people of the city and help put on a spectacular weekend for the residents to enjoy”. In keeping with the theme of finding out more about your city, on Saturday, King’s Square will host stalls for various local community groups from 10am until 4pm, including Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Gloucester City Marathon, Young Gloucestershire, the Hello Gloucester team and the Cotswold Prostate Cancer support group. Along with all these, there will also be live music throughout the weekend and an international Market on The Cross on Saturday. Lise Noakes, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “The offers this year are appealing and really give the people of Gloucester a diverse mix of activities and discounts. It’s...

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City’s Unique Cultural Fayre Recognised as Champion of Diversity

The Barton and Tredworth Cultural Fayre gained recognition last week, as it was shortlisted for the ‘Excellence in Equality and Diversity’ award at the Central TPAS Awards. The annual awards held by the Tenant Participation Advisory Service showcase inspirational success stories of tenants, communities and landlords working together. The Cultural Fayre launched in 2013, with this year’s event set to be the biggest yet. The community event is delivered by local residents together with community groups and other organisations and provides the opportunity for local people of all cultures, backgrounds and ages to get together and learn more about diversity in the area. Initiated by a resident, the partnership formed with the aim of delivering an event celebrating and involving as many of the area’s different cultures as possible, to break down barriers. Despite stats showing that Barton and Tredworth are the most ethnically mixed areas within the City and with more spoken languages than inner Birmingham, there had never previously been an event celebrating the range of culture. Working together the steering group turned the ambitious and precarious plans for an event into a reality. The group worked hard to source funding, resources and members of the various communities to provide taster foods and entertainment reflecting all cultures, overcoming issues with engaging residents and also language barriers. The Fayre is now an event eagerly awaited by local residents....

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Announcement of regeneration and economy strategy for 2016 – 2021

Following a consultation with the residents and businesses of Gloucester, the Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy has been published detailing the City Council’s eight priorities for the next five years.   The strategy focuses on delivering major regeneration sites, delivering a vibrant city centre, enhancing cultural activity and working towards ensuring local people are best placed to benefit from new jobs. The document looks to draw partners together to deliver an exciting future for the city. It highlights positive facts about Gloucester, the regeneration ‘journey so far’ and what the future holds for the city. Clearly outlined in the strategy are the eight key objectives for Gloucester that will be delivered by the council, along with its partners, by 2021. These priorities include: Delivering major development sites The five key sites discussed in the strategy are, the Kings Quarter regeneration scheme, the Blackfriars project, Gloucester Quays and Gloucester Docks, the Canal Corridor and the Railway Triangle. Creating a vibrant city centre It is a high priority for the city council to secure a ‘Purple Flag’ status for Gloucester, which is an accreditation for managing the night-time economy. In the next five years the city centre will be developed to include an array of new ventures, including innovative housing, hotels, enhanced leisure facilities, car parking and retail space. Developing small sites The new strategy acknowledges the importance of smaller sites in...

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Spring Holiday Fun is on the cards at the Eastgate Shopping Centre

The Eastgate Shopping Centre, Gloucester is bringing the garden into the Shopping Centre for the Easter holidays with a programme of family fun themed around the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. On Saturday, 19th March, the White Rabbit will visit the Centre, to hand out mini Easter Eggs and a special Mad Hatter’s playing card, inviting families to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Good Friday, 25th March. On Good Friday, 25th March the Mad Hatter, Alice and Queen of Hearts will entertain children with crafts, games and family fun sessions between 11am and 1pm and 2pm and 4pm and children presenting their playing card to the Queen of Hearts will find out whether they have won a prize or have to pay a forfeit. “With the new “Alice through the Looking Glass” movie to be launched in May, we thought it was a great opportunity to recreate a scene from Lewis Carroll’s adventures with Alice,” says Jason Robinson, Centre Manager. “Working with our stores and the Ting Tang Theatre company, we hope to create a family activity which captures the feel of a Spring Garden and the magic of Alice’s Wonderland.” On both Good Friday and Easter Saturday, Makendoo will also be in the Centre, inviting children to join them at Easter themed craft workshops between 11am and 1pm and 2pm and 4pm. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Name change for Gloucester museums

Gloucester Folk Museum and Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery are being renamed as part of a new look for the museums. Museum partners, staff, councillors and local businesses have been invited to Gloucester City Museum on 21st March to launch the new names and faces of the two museums, with the public being invited to view the new look of the museums from Tuesday 22nd March. Gloucester Folk Museum will be renamed as Gloucester Life Museum, and Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery will be known as The Museum of Gloucester. Both museums will have a fresh new exterior signage as well as the new names, and Gloucester Life Museum, currently Gloucester Folk Museum, has a brand new 1950s living room and kitchen. The change came after extensive research was undertaken, which revealed that the current names were not effective and didn’t reflect accurately what the two museums have to offer. Both museums are a key component of both the visitor economy and a cultural hub for local communities, providing stimulation, education and fun. To celebrate the new facelift the museums have some extra special events and exhibitions planned for summer 2016, such as the ‘Robot’ exhibition opening at The Museum of Gloucester on 16th July. The exhibition will feature robots, cyborgs and androids from TV and Film Productions, and will include a full size Iron Man, Michael...

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Share the Care? Could you offer a short break and make the difference?

Gloucestershire County Council is asking people to consider if they could make a positive difference to the lives of disabled young people and their families. The council will be celebrating Share the Care week between the 21st and 25th March. The aim of the week is to encourage people to become Family Link Plus carers; offering short break care to disabled children. There are 55 disabled children and young people from across the county who benefit from short breaks, thanks to the commitment of carers and the Family Link Plus team. The council currently has 58 Family Link Plus carers. The council’s Family Link Plus service offers family-based short breaks to disabled children and young people. The breaks gives the young person some quality time and new experiences, while their parents and siblings can spend time together or make time to do other things they need to, like attend appointments and go shopping. There will be a chance to find out more about Family Link Plus and how you could get involved by visiting the community information bus at the following locations: Tuesday 22nd March 9.30am – 5pm at the cross in Gloucester Thursday 24th March 10am – 4pm outside Marks and Spencer, Cheltenham Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Providing families and with short breaks is a fantastic way to support parents and carers....

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Appeal for information after spate of burglaries in Highnam

Officers in the Forest of Dean are appealing for information after a spate of burglaries in Highnam. The first burglary occurred in West Field between 5.45am and 10.45pm on Saturday 12 March. Offenders forced entry to the rear of the property and a large amount of cash and jewellery were stolen. A second burglary happened between 9am on Saturday 12 March and 7.50am on Sunday 13 March on Gordon Close. Offenders forced entry and conducted an untidy search but nothing is thought to have been stolen. At around 7.30pm on Saturday 12 March, a witness reported seeing four men looking into windows of properties on Hill Crest. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incidents 446 and 503 of Saturday 12 March and 107 of Sunday 13 March. 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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GFM Radio given 5 year extension to broadcast

Gloucester FM has been given another five-year licence to broadcast to the City and surrounding areas. A statement from station chairman, Colin Riley, read: “It is with great pleasure that the Board of Gloucester FM GFM 96.6 can announce that the application to Ofcom for an extension of our Community Radio License has been successful and have been granted the opportunity to broadcast for another 5 years.” “We would like to thank everyone who was involved in this successful submission, including the people in the community who have already come forward with offers to volunteer their time, skills &/or money donations to help keep us on air.” “However this exciting news is only the start of our journey into the future & we invite even more people to join us along the way.The word COMMUNITY radio says it all, without community Involvement, without YOUR support, we are nothing!” “GFM 96.6 needs you, your support, donations, financial revenue through advertising or donations to survive this year and beyond.If you wish to be part of our future, make a donation or advertise. Please contact us: Admin –  01452 525 425Email: admin@gloucesterfm.com” The radio station broadcasts from The Trust Centre in Tredworth, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. GFM launched in October 2000 and recently celebrated its 15th birthday. Gloucester News Centre –...

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PICTURES: England legend Stuart Pearce arrives at Longford AFC

England legend Stuart Pearce is making his debut for Longford AFC this afternoon. The one-time defender, who was sacked as Nottingham Forest manager last year after a previous six-year stint in charge of England’s under-21 team, has signed up to play one match for the club. The Non-League side are playing against Wotton Rovers. Kick off was at 3pm. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Ex-England player to make debut for Longford AFC today

England legend Stuart Pearce will make his debut for Longford AFC today. The one-time defender, who was sacked as Nottingham Forest manager last year after a previous six-year stint in charge of England’s under-21 team, has signed up to play one match for the club. The Non-League side will play Wotton Rovers. Kick off is at 3pm. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Stagecoach West supports Disabled Access Day in Gloucester

Stagecoach West will be joining hundreds of venues and companies across the UK today to showcase their accessibility as part of Disabled Access Day.   The second annual Disabled Access Day aims to encourage disabled people, their friends and families to visit somewhere new, whether that’s a coffee shop, cinema, museum, sports centre or anywhere else. Stagecoach will be joining over 100 venues and companies that have already signed up to take part in the day.   The local bus operator will be offering disabled passengers the opportunity to take part in a ‘Try a Bus Day’. Customers will be able to visit a bus at Gloucester Bus Station between 10am and 1pm and meet with staff to share any ideas or concerns about bus travel with Stagecoach. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the efforts made by the company to make access to services easier and the chance to try to use a bus in an atmosphere free from pressure or time constraints,   Rupert Cox, Managing Director of Stagecoach West, said: “Disabled Access Day is a great opportunity to spend time in the community, learning from the people we serve and looking at what we can continue to do to help those with disabilities. We’re delighted to be able to support this important day, whilst also educating and reassuring passengers about our services.   Stagecoach West...

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Hollie Gazzard Trust nominated for two national awards

The Hollie Gazzard Trust has been put forward for two National Suzy Lamplugh Personal Safety Awards. Nick Gazzard, chairman has been shortlisted the Taking Stalking Seriously Award while the trust itself, set up in memory of the murdered Gloucester hairdresser Hollie Gazzard, has been nominated for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust Safer Community Award.   The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was set up by Suzy’s parents to highlight the risk of stalking and to provide advice and support to those at risk. In 1986 25 year old Suzy, working as an estate agent, went missing after she went to go meet an unknown client. She was legally declared dead in 1993 and to this day her body has still not been found.   Nick Gazzard and other members of the trust will attend the awards to be held at the prestigious Church House in London’s Dean Yard on Friday the 17th of March.   “It is a real honour to get this kind of acknowledgement from another worthwhile charity,” Nick Gazzard explained. “Like us, they (Suzy Lamplugh Trust) are trying to raise awareness of the issues surrounding stalking. I speak for both myself and the trust when I say we are proud to be nominated and are looking forward to the awards to get to meet so many great people.” For more information on the Hollie Gazzard Trust please visit the...

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Unlicensed private hire driver and driver with unregistered vehicle prosecuted

Gloucester City Council has successfully prosecuted an unlicensed private hire driver and a private hire driver who was using an unlicensed vehicle following pro-active out of hours enforcement work.   On Saturday July 18th 2015, Mr Daryoush Lack, from Cheltenham, picked up two undercover police officers who had not pre-booked the journey.   Investigations following the offence established that Mr Lack was using an expired private hire driver’s badge making him an unlicensed private hire driver.   Mr Lack pleaded guilty at his trail at Cheltenham Magistrates Court in February.   He was fined £300 with six penalty points endorsed on his DVLA driving licence, and was also ordered to pay costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £30. A second private hire driver was observed committing an offence which took place on Sunday 30th August 2015 during an out of hour’s enforcement patrol. Gloucester City Council licensing and enforcement officers observed a private hire vehicle carrying and dropping off passengers. At a later date investigations discovered the private hire vehicle that was witnessed was unlicensed as the private hire vehicle licence had not been renewed.   The driver, Mr Tanveer Parvez, from Gloucester, was summonsed to attend Cheltenham Magistrates Court on 7th March 2016 for an initial hearing.   Mr Parvez failed to attend Court on the day, but magistrates decided to hear the case in his...

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Tourist Information Centre wins silver at industry awards

Gloucester’s Tourist Information Centre (TIC) has followed their regional success with national recognition at the ‘Visit England Excellence Awards’ in Blackpool.   After winning gold at the ‘South West Tourism Awards’, the TIC was shortlisted for the awards, making It the only tourist information centre to represent the south west.   The TIC fought off competition from Chesterfield, Eastbourne and London to place second behind Thanet in the ‘Visitor Information Provider of the Year’ category, ranking it second best in the country.   The awards recognise businesses that incorporate best practice and demonstrate excellence in customer service throughout their operation and celebrate the very best in quality and innovation.   Short listing is based on partnership working, commitment to excellence, staff training and development, creative marketing, green credentials and ensuring that the service is fully accessible.   Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure said: “It is fantastic that we have received this national recognition on top of the regional award.   “I am very proud of everyone in the team who has worked so hard to provide such a fantastic service. Gloucester is a great place to visit, and we have a fantastic tourism service that helps highlight that.”   Lucy Chilton, visitor services manager at Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for everyone in the team here.   “We’ve all worked so hard...

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Plans to make Kings Quarter gateway to Gloucester city centre

Gloucester City Council is proposing to refocus the Kings Quarter redevelopment scheme as the gateway to the city centre, rather than a retail-led scheme.  The revised proposals take into account changes in shopping habits and the evolving role of city centres as destinations. The council commissioned local architects some time ago, after consultation with relevant parties, to undertake masterplanning work for a revised Kings Quarter scheme. The masterplanning will take into account new plans emerging for the railway station, its car parking and pedestrian connections between the station and the city centre. The revised King’s Quarter development will deliver a mixed use scheme incorporating a new, high quality multi-storey car park, restaurants, other leisure uses and a limited amount of retail space. The scheme will also include a new, purpose-built, ground floor indoor market, subject to further consultation with market traders, freeing up the existing site at the Eastgate Centre for redevelopment. A hotel and residential elements are also being considered as part of the masterplan, which will be refined over the coming months with input from councillors, stakeholders and the public. There is no significant building planned for Kings Square, which will be enhanced to reflect its role as the most important public space in the city centre, although a new pavilion-style café building will be considered as part of the proposals. The city council has made important...

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School Gate Campaign launched at Robinswood Primary School

The School Gate Campaign was launched at Robinswood Primary School, Matson this week. The scheme aims to educate and encourage parents about the importance of keeping the school gates clear and adhering to the road restrictions in place such as zig zag markings and double yellow lines. Following concerns raised by both the school and community over the safety of pupils during the school run, the scheme was funded two years ago by the Police and Crime Commissioner in line with his Safe and Social Driving priority and with the support of Gloucestershire’s Road Safety Partnership. The campaign was launched on Wednesday alongside Gloucester City Homes’ Junior Wardens group, The Cool Kidz Crew, who patrolled as ‘mini coppers’ outside their school. They enjoyed giving advice to parents and pupils about road safety and safe places to park.  The school pupils also had a visit from Colin The Crocodile Copper who promotes road safety and how pupils themselves can help out and make things better. PCSO Christopher Jenkinson states that “Pupils’ safety is a priority for the local team. This campaign helps us to work in partnership with the school and pupils to help promote safety. As a local team we have been tasked to take on priorities from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan and this scheme fits in nicely with his priorities of Safe and Social Driving and...

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Swinging into spring with new equipment for Alma Place play area

Gloucester City Council is to invest £50,000 to refurbish another of its children’s play areas, this time at Alma Place in Linden. The city council currently manages 42 play areas across the city and in the last six years, working in conjunction with local communities, has invested over £1 million in updating and renewing over 20 sites, to help keep them safe and exciting to use. The design for the site includes play equipment items chosen by almost 200 local school children, after consultation with the nearby Linden Primary and St Paul’s Primary schools, as well as residents and ward members. The three city councillors for Moreland ward, Terry Pullen, Mark Hobbs and Neil Hampson have also allocated some of their members’ funding to install two new picnic tables in the play area. Work will start on site in early April, taking around 3-4 weeks to complete. The site will be closed and fenced off during this time. Amongst the new items to be installed will be play cars, springers and a play house for toddlers, plus an overhead ‘track rider’ which is similar to a zip wire.  A five-seat swing frame and a roundabout will also be installed. Some existing items, including baby swings, two climbing frames and a multi-use games area will be retained and refurbished. Cllr Terry Pullen said: “It was really important for me to...

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Gloucester Residents Weekend: Explore, Enjoy and Experience Your City.

This month sees the return of Gloucester’s Residents’ Weekend with a whole new batch of great offers for residents to enjoy over the weekend of the 18th to the 20th of March. Businesses all over the city will be putting on offers for Residents’ Cardholders to enjoy as a way to give back to the residents of Gloucester. There is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and attractions putting on offers this year from Gloucester Rugby, retail outlets, and coffee shops, to Sportbeat music festival and historic attractions.   Gloucester’s Residents’ Weekend was first organised in 2012 as a way to thank the people of Gloucester for being great ambassadors for the city, for instance when hundreds of thousands of people came to the city during the Rugby World Cup last year. It’s a great chance for residents to be tourists in their own city by allowing them to visit attractions for free or at a reduced rate, enjoy free tours of the city, as well as eating at a restaurant they may not have tried before.   Emily Knight, event coordinator at Marketing Gloucester said:”It’s great to see so many businesses taking part in Residents’ Weekend this year. The offers get better and better with each event. There are deals at museums, shops, beauty salons, festivals, restaurants and bars, and much more”.   But the offers don’t end...

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Appeal after cyclist assaulted with metal bar in Brockworth

A man was struck with a metal bar while cycling in Brockworth. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward in connection with the assault. It happened on Lobleys Drive at the junction with Stearman Road at about 1.40pm on Monday . The victim, a 55-year-old man, was cycling alongside his wife, who was running on the pavement, when a male approached them and hit him with a metal bar, causing cuts to his head and hands and grazing and bruising to his wrist. He required staples to the top of his head. Another cyclist stopped to assist and police would like that man and any other witnesses who haven’t yet come forward to make contact. Detective Constable Bee Chant said: “This was an apparently unprovoked attack and one that left the victim with some nasty injuries. “It’s an unusual incident in a low crime area and I want the public to be reassured that we are making good progress with our inquiries. “However we need more witnesses to come forward as it could be crucial in helping us solve this crime. If you can help please do the right thing and get in touch.” If you are one of the witnesses and haven’t spoken to police you should call 101 and quote incident 218 of 7 March. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800...

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Registry and Elevation nightclub earmarked for conversion

Developers are being sought to convert well known Gloucester nightspot The Registry and Elevation for residential use.   City commercial property specialists Bruton Knowles have been called in to sell the building which occupies a prominent position on Bruton Way.   Constructed in 2003 the Registry is a large club offering some 13,347 sq ft  on two floors. The property is next door to the Famous Pint Pot pub which is also offered for sale by separate negotiation.   Offers are invited in excess of £750,000. The vendor will consider offers made on a ‘subject to planning’ basis.   Robert Anthony said: “This is a purpose built and uniquely designed building which lends itself well to potential conversion schemes.   “It’s a large prominent building, probably too big for its current use. It would be suitable for a range of new uses such as residential apartments or student accommodation and the large open floor plates which would be fairly straightforward to convert.   “Conversations with Gloucester City Council suggest residential conversion would be supported although any such plan would require planning consent.”   The Registry is in a prominent position and is close to GL1 Leisure and Asda Supermarket.   CAD floorplans are available to explore current conversion opportunities.   For further information contact Robert Anthony at Robert.anthony@brutonknowles.co.uk Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man sentenced to 32 months for burglary in Winchcombe

On Friday 4 March at Bristol Crown Court, Alex Bingham, aged 26, of Matson Lane in Gloucester, was sentenced to a total of 36 months in prison after being convicted of driving whilst disqualified (four months) and dwelling burglary (32 months). During the late afternoon on Saturday 30 January 2016, a burglary occurred at a property in the centre of Winchcombe. A large amount of highly sentimental jewellery and porcelain was stolen from the property. Gloucestershire Police launched an immediate enquiry and were able to establish that a local traffic enforcement officer had seen something suspicious at the time of the burglary. From her body worn CCTV, police were able to identify the car used during the offence and the driver of the vehicle was Alex Bingham. Police located the car on Marlborough Road in Gloucester and later stolen property was recovered from inside the vehicle. Nearby, Alex Bingham was located and arrested on suspicion of dwelling burglary and driving whilst disqualified. He was interviewed, charged and remanded to court after admitting the crime when presented with the police case. Police officers were able to persuade Bingham to show them where more stolen property was hidden in a rural location. Sergeant Chris Barnes of Tewkesbury Local Policing, the officer in charge of the case, said: “Alex Bingham attacked a premises owned by an elderly couple and stole many items...

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Four arrested for thefts from motor vehicles in Gloucester

Four arrests have been made in connection with thefts from motor vehicles in Gloucester. A 30-year-old man, a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, all from Gloucester have been bailed until Thursday 21 April pending further enquiries. The arrests are in relation to two incidents. One happened on Chester Road and the other on Hatherley Road, both on Sunday 21 February. A number of items of property have been recovered including a Sat Nav and designer sunglasses, with some being reunited with their owners. However, many items are still to be claimed. Victims of thefts from motor vehicles in Gloucester who have not yet been reunited with their stolen property, are asked to call PC 2086 Pinkney via 101, as they may be able to assist with enquiries. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucestershire College first UK college to buy house for student renovation

In a UK first, Gloucestershire College has bought a house in Gloucester as a renovation project for its construction and building services students, in order to further develop their skills and provide them with practical experience of working on-site. The College bought the two bedroom mid terraced house, situated on Tredworth Road, outright for £71,500 at the start of this year. Over 400 students studying electrical, plastering, brickwork, plumbing, painting and decorating, carpentry and bench joinery courses at the College’s Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean campuses will have the opportunity to work on the house, with completion planned for summer 2016. In addition, HNC construction students have been involved in producing drawings and surveys, while students from other academic areas have been documenting progress and designing colour schemes. The work to be carried out will include reinstating some of the original Victorian features and installing a modern kitchen and bathroom. This will involve stripping out, electrical work, plumbing, fitting new internal and external doors and windows, and renovating the garden and all other rooms, including plastering, painting and decorating. On site, experienced GC Project Manager, Rachael Capener will provide employability coaching and mentoring in her role as the ‘boss’ and ‘client’, while the College’s expert lecturers will provide practical support and supervision. No tools, materials or equipment will be left on site outside of the working hours. A...

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Popular Gloucester nightclub and bar up for sale

A popular Gloucester City Centre venue is up for sale. The Registry and Elevation Nightclub have gone on the market with offers of excess of £750,000. The property which was built in 2007 is also attached to the Famous Pint Pot public house, which is also available for purchase by separate negotiation. The listing by Bruton Knowles says the property appears suitable for conversion (subject to planning) for residential flats or student accommodation, or other alternative uses. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Total Wipeout Tour Gloucester event on Facebook could be a scam

People are being warned that a ‘Total Wipeout Tour’ event being advertised on social media could be an internet scam. The September event is being promoted on Facebook and says it will allow attendees to take part in a ‘series of challenges like you may have seen on Total Wipeout’, the hit television show. But the page gives no details of exactly where or which date it will take place. Instead the only information given is that the purported event has no official links to the BBC’s show. Despite the lack of details the page urges people to join the event for more information and full listings. A string of identical events supposedly taking place in other cities are also advertised online, but similarly give almost no detail. More than 6,500 people have already signed up to go to the Gloucester event. A number of people posting comments on the page say that it is a scam aiming to ‘data mine’ from those who reply. One said: “This page is fake and a scam used to get likes, after an amount of time the page will be changed into something else and illegitimately used to promote something or spam you.” Gloucester News Centre have tried to contact organisers. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Energy makeovers at Gloucester car parks

Major car parks in the city centre are being fitted with charge points for electric cars and new LED lighting as Gloucester City Council saves energy and helps the environment. Improvement work has started at car parks in Longsmith Street, Eastgate and Westgate Street. The car parking at both Eastgate shopping centre and Longsmith Street is being re-fitted with LED (light emitting diode) lights which will save energy and produce less carbon and pollution. The new lighting will also bring down the cost of energy bills and save money on maintenance as they last longer before needing repair. In addition, the Westgate Street and Eastgate car parks are being fitted with fast charging electric car points that will charge an electric car within three hours. The two charging points, part of a countywide installation programme, have cost £10,000 to complete with money coming from the county council’s Local Sustainability Transport Fund. Cllr Jim Porter, cabinet member for environment said, “The new LED lighting and fast chargers for electric cars will bring major cost benefits and environmental savings to Gloucester’s car parks. LEDs use significantly less energy than conventional fluorescent tubes saving money and carbon. They also last a lot longer and need less maintenance. Electric car owners will be able to put their vehicle on a fast charge while they’re parked in Gloucester and this will help lower emissions...

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Gloucester City Council clamp down on private landlords

Several landlords in Gloucester have been prosecuted after Gloucester City Council launches an investigation to crack down on unsafe privately rented accommodation.   The council has joined forces with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards to improve conditions in multiple occupancy houses and raise awareness of unsafe environments.   The city council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee has pledged its commitment to improving privately rented housing in the city. Already existing landlords who rent unsafe properties have been identified and informative leaflets have been distributed to raise awareness.   It was immediately agreed by the committee that Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Gloucestershire Trading Standards Service would work in partnership with Gloucester City Council to tackle unsafe properties.   This joint approach took affect instantly as a series of unannounced inspections were carried out.   The benefits of the partnership were seen straightaway with 37 properties visited, 68 per cent of which where identified as poorly managed. A further 33 properties in the city are scheduled to receive a further investigation.   As a direct result of partnership working, there have already been three successful prosecutions, 325 served enforcement notices and properties that have been illegally converted into flats have been identified.   Cllr Colin Organ, cabinet member for housing, health and leisure said, “Whilst the majority of landlords operate within the law and offer a good...

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Forging ahead with care and repair of historic ironwork

Gloucester City Council is offering a free workshop to property owners and anyone interested in the conservation of historic ironwork.   The event will takes place on Thursday 17th March at Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2HN and will begin at 10am.   The workshop, part of the Southgate Street Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), is funded through the heritage lottery fund and the city council.   The £1.2 million scheme is two years in to a five year programme, and is designed to regenerate the area and improve older properties in one of the key gateways to the city.   The workshop will look at conservation principles set out by the national heritage ironwork group, as well as a practical session with examples of ironwork and how to approach the replacement of lost ironwork. There will also be a light lunch provided.   The workshop will be led by Geoff Wallis, who runs a consultancy specialising in the restoration of historic machinery and metal structures.   Cllr Paul James, leader of the city council, said: “The Townscape Heritage Initiative will improve the appearance and condition of many of our older buildings.   “Decorative ironwork, such as railings, porches or balconies adds a great deal of interest to our historic buildings. It is important that we know how to look after these features and how to go about replacing them if they have been lost”.   To book a place at this free workshop,...

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Gloucestershire Hospitals to improve waiting times in A&E

Monitor has opened an investigation at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust because of concerns patients are waiting too long in A&E.  The investigation will also look at what additional support Monitor can offer the trust as it seeks to routinely see patients in Accident and Emergency within four hours.Last year, following an earlier investigation into the trust’s A&E, Gloucestershire Hospitals – which provides acute and specialist care in Gloucester and Cheltenham – agreed to make a number of improvements. These included developing and implementing a plan to cut waiting times in its A&E, appointing an Improvement Director to provide additional support and scrutiny on the trust’s progress, and to work with Monitor’s team of experts. However, the trust has not made enough progress on these actions and, as a result, has been unable to meet the 4 hour waiting time target in its A&E. Claudia Griffith, Regional Director at Monitor, said: “It’s disappointing that Gloucestershire Hospitals hasn’t made greater progress with planned improvements and patients are too often waiting too long to be seen in A&E.” “We understand that the trust may need extra support, including from its local health and social care partners, to cut its A&E waiting times, which is why we now need to look more closely at what can be done to improve A&E performance.” No decision has yet been taken on whether regulatory action...

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Gloucester Citizen abandons city for Cheltenham

The Gloucester Citizen is closing its offices at the Oxbode in Gloucester today. Staff will now be based at the offices of the Gloucestershire Echo, in Cheltenham, and Citizen readers are being advised to contact the newspaper at the Echo’s St James’ Square address. Both titles are now owned by Trinity Mirror following the company’s purchase of Local World. The Citizen had been based at The Oxebode, pictured above, since 2007, when it moved there from its previous St John’s Lane home. The Echo’s office sits 9.1 miles away from Gloucester city centre, a journey which takes around 22 minutes by car. Latest circulation figures show a sharp fall in sales locally. Gloucester News Centre –...

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PICTURES: Tree stump in Gloucester Park given wildlife makeover

A cherry tree stump in Gloucester Park children’s play area has been carved into different wildlife carvings. Professional wood carver Andy O’Neill created the carvings within the tree stump that reflect general British wildlife that includes hedgehogs, butterflies, frogs and ladybirds all linked together with flowing leaves Gloucester News Centre –...

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Bishop Rachel to deliver her Maiden speech in House of Lords

The Bishop of Gloucester, the first female bishop in the House of Lords, will make her Maiden speech on Monday 7 March. This will be another landmark moment, where history will be made for the House of Lords and the Church of England. The Right Revd Rachel Treweek will make her introductory speech in a debate on women’s empowerment and representation in the UK, to link with and highlight International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. Bishop Rachel said: “As a follower of Jesus Christ I am committed to the flourishing of all and enabling people to fulfil their God-given potential, so it’s wonderful to be giving my maiden speech on an issue as important as gender equality.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Appeal for witnesses to criminal damage incident in Gloucester

Officers investigating a criminal damage incident in Gloucester are appealing for witnesses to come forward. At around 8.45pm on Wednesday 24 February on St Paul’s Road, a brick was thrown at a parked Audi causing the windscreen to smash. A dark 4×4 vehicle was seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time. Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 460 of Wednesday 24 February. A 45-year-old man from Gloucester has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently being questioned in custody. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man missing from Gloucester

Officers searching for a missing man have issued an appeal to help trace him. Mark Smith, aged 27, from Gloucester, was last seen on Saturday evening on Worcester Street. He is described as white, of a slim build, six foot tall, with a full dark brown beard. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, grey jogging bottoms, a black woollen hat and white trainers. Anyone who sees him is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 95 of Monday 29 February. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Old Richians RFC Set To Claim Promotion This Weekend into Gloucester Premier

A promotion into the Gloucester Premier league is within reach for Old Richians RFC, and if all goes to plan and they come away with a win against Widden Old Boys this weekend then the team will have the promotion they’ve worked so tirelessly for this season. The First XV team have racked up 16 wins and 1 draw this season. Some of the most notable wins for the First XV team this season including winning 72-0 against Painswick, 36-0 against Old Cryptians and 48-14 against St Brendans this past weekend. These wins have boosted the clubs points difference, with the team having racked up 156 points. If all goes to plan and they’re successful this Saturday, they only need to come away with 1 point against Southmead on Saturday 19th March in order to be crowned champions this season. Andy Jarrrett, Head Coach at Old Richians RFC, commented: “Our confidence has grown throughout the whole season but it’s evident now that we truly believe we deserve our place at the top. With so many leaders in the squad we have been able to continue moving forward regardless of injuries and unavailabilities.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester Framed finalists to be displayed

Gloucester City Council has been joining in with English Tourism Week by hosting a photography competition, showcasing Gloucester from the lens of amateur photographers. There were 60 separate entrants in the competition, and although the standard was very high, ten finalists were selected. The winner was decided yesterday by Mayor Sebastian Field at the Tourist Information Centre. The name of the winning photograph is Gloucester Cathedral and Docks Winter Thaw by Emily Shepherd The ten photographs will be displayed at Gloucester Tourist Information Centre from Monday 29th February until the 13th March. The photographs will then go on display within the Tourist Information Centre. There was no theme, except to show Gloucester at its very best. English Tourism Week aims to promote the importance of the tourism industry to the country. The winner has received a framed print of their image and can see it displayed for all to enjoy in Gloucester Museum. Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “The photographs we received were truly spectacular. “The standard has been extremely high and it has been very hard for us to judge them and select the final ten and a winner. “There is so much history and culture in Gloucester and I am pleased that the photographs have been able to capture it.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester City Council sets budget for 2016/17

Gloucester City Council has set its budget for 2016/17, including no changes to the cost of garden waste collection, car parking charges being frozen and a £3.8million injection from the New Home Bonus. The agreed budget will be £15.7m and it outlines how £600,000 savings will be made over the next financial year while continuing to protect front line service. Following a public consultation, which showed that the majority of residents were prepared to see a small increase to council tax in order to protect vital services, it was agreed that a 2.77% rise in council tax would be introduced –  the first rise in six years. This would be a £5 per year increase for band D properties in 2016/17, less than 10p per week At the meeting it was agreed that: There will be no changes to garden waste collection charges Car parking prices will remain the same The council will continue to protect frontline services Generating and attracting external funding will remain important Contributing to Gloucester City Council’s budget for 2016/17 is a £3.8million cash injection from the New Homes Bonus. This bonus is in recognition of the new houses that have been built in the city over the past year. Despite the savings that need to be made over the next year, the council is still committed to delivering its priorities.  Protecting frontline services and...

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Crowd gathers to remember Gloucester hairdresser Hollie Gazzard

A service of remembrance has been held in Gloucester on the second anniversary of the murder of Hollie Gazzard. Two years ago today, 20-year-old Hollie was stabbed to death in the hairdressing salon where she worked. The attack was carried out by her former boyfriend Asher Maslin who was jailed for a minimum of 18 years. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Sport Relief 2016: Gloucester’s Jamie McDonald to cycle 250,000 miles ‘virtually’

As part of the company’s 25th anniversary celebrations Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, are organising a large scale, mass participation cycling event in aid of Sport Relief 2016.   From 27 February – 11 March Unite staff, students and Gloucester world record holder Jamie McDonald will be cycling 250,000 miles and raising £250,000 under the campaign title of ‘The World’s Biggest ‘Virtual’ Tandem’.   Unite want everyone to ‘take a seat’ and therefore the campaign will incorporate a series of events. These include a static bike challenge in 28 cities where we have student accommodation and the John O’Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) challenge.   The campaign will culminate with a large static bike challenge at Observation Point, Southbank, London on 11 March. This will be a final push to reach the miles and income target.   Unite Students Chief Executive Mark Allan said: “Sport Relief is one of the UK’s best loved charities and we wanted to help our 46,000 students get behind it so we’ve organised a host of opportunities for them and other students. We want as many students across the UK as possible to get active and get involved to help us reach our £250,000 total which we’ve set.”   Jamie McDonald, adventurer, speaker, part-time superhero, commented: “I can’t wait to get cycling with the students, both on the John O’Groats to Land’s End...

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Martin St Quinton takes full ownership of Gloucester Rugby Club

Gloucester Rugby have confirmed that Martin St Quinton is the new 100% owner of the club with immediate effect. The announcement, which comes with the club still in the hunt for a top six finish in the Aviva Premiership and in the quarter-finals in its defence of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, brings to an end a period of uncertainty. The news that Mr St Quinton, previously the club’s Vice-Chairman, has increased his shareholding to assume overall control of the club, will ensure welcome continuity in terms of the management of the club. Mr St Quinton, who first acquired a 25% share in the club in October 2008 before subsequently increasing his shareholding, has purchased all the shares held by the Walkinshaw family and now has sole ownership of the club. The announcement follows the news in 2015 that the Kingsholm based club were seeking additional investment. A successful businessman in the fields of office equipment and mobile communications, Mr St Quinton has served as Vice-Chairman of Gloucester Rugby since 2008 but will now assume the role of Chairman. In addition to his involvement with the club, Mr St Quinton was Chairman of the Fundraising Group that raised £50m for Cheltenham Racecourse’s recent redevelopment. Speaking today at Kingsholm, Mr St Quinton commented: “I think it’s fair to say that the club wouldn’t be where it is today were it not...

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Gold for Gloucester!

Gloucester Tourist Information Centre has won gold in the visitor information provider category at the South West Tourism Awards. Gloucester was joint winner with Bodmin Tourist Information Centre for the award, which was held at Exeter Cathedral on 4th February. The award ceremony was organised by Services for Tourism, an organisation that works with tourism boards and companies. Bournemouth and Launceston were runners up, whilst Dartmouth and Discover Purbeck picked up bronze awards. Gloucester Tourist Information Centre has also been shortlisted as a finalist for the Awards for Excellence 2016, held by VisitEngland – the national tourist board. It is the only tourist information centre from the south west to be shortlisted in the nationals. It is up for the award of ‘Visitor Information Provider of the Year’. The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday 8th March at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The sixteen awards pay tribute to businesses and individuals who champion best practice and exhibit excellence in customer service, and Gloucester is a finalist for best visitor information provider. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure said: “It is fantastic that not only have we won the gold for the South West Tourism Awards, but that we have also been shortlisted as a finalist for the Awards for Excellence, held by VisitEngland. “I am very proud of everyone in the team who has worked...

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Plan approved to protect, provide and improve local playing pitches in and around Gloucester

Gloucester City Council has approved its playing pitch strategy which plans how it will provide accessible, sustainable and high quality outdoor sports facilities for all residents now and in the future. It is hoped that more people will be encouraged to participate in sport and physical activity for their general health and wellbeing if there are enough good quality sports pitches in Gloucester. Earlier this year the council carried out a city-wide review of local playing pitches and asked residents for their views on the playing pitches in their areas. The strategy, approved on 28th January, includes an assessment of the current sports and recreational facilities in the city, including artificial grass pitches, as well as opportunities for new provision. From now on the strategy will be a consideration when new developments are planned. It will help to protect playing fields from being lost and make sure that the right type, and quantity, of new pitches are provided as part of new developments. It will also make sure that investment is directed into the most important pitches, that the quality and accessibility of the pitches are monitored and improvements are made where possible. Sports clubs will be encouraged to apply for any national funding which may be available, and the city council will work with them when they put together their bids, offering advice and support. Cllr Colin Organ,...

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Bumper arrival of baby rabbits at St James City Farm in Gloucester

There has been a big surprise for the volunteers at St James City Farm in Tredworth with the unexpected arrival of 29 baby rabbits over the past few weeks.   Spokesman for the Farm Imran Atcha said: “The male and female rabbits are normally kept strictly apart from each other, because otherwise we would have a prolific rabbit population. However, one male somehow managed to enter the female quarters and had been living discreetly amongst them and it was only on Boxing Day that the miscreant was discovered, when his first 11 offspring appeared. The rampant father was immediately removed, but it was too late as he’d been in the company of the girls and a few days later, another 8 of his progeny were born. During the weekend, another 10 have been born so we now have 29 ‘kits’ (baby rabbits) to find homes for”.   The  bunnies are not allowed to be separated from their mothers until they are at least 8 weeks old so the first batch are not quite ready to go yet but the farm is taking pre-orders and asking for suggestions for names. The farm is run mainly by young volunteers as part of the Friendship Café charity and rely on donations for the costs of keeping animals. “Although they are very cute and cuddly, they are growing at a rapid rate and...

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Gloucester woman spends 30 hours in wheelchair to raise awareness for charity

Sophie Tandy, from Gloucester, is challenging herself to spend 30 hours in a wheelchair to raise awareness of people who are paralysed and the work of leading spinal cord charity, Back Up. Back Up helps thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds rebuild their confidence and independence after a spinal cord injury. There are estimated to be 40,000 people affected by spinal cord injury in the UK today. The 25-year-old works at Wellspect Healthscare, a local company that supports Back Up’s life-changing courses. In September 2015, Wellspect gave Tandy the opportunity to volunteer on a Back Up course in Belfast. During the course, Tandy supported people who are paralysed to improve their everyday skills, such as using public transport. She also spent one day pushing around the city in a wheelchair. “It was scary, tiring and at times frustrating,” Tandy said. “But it also gave me a whole new perspective on how people live their lives when they have no choice but to use a wheelchair.” After the volunteering experience, Tandy wanted to do more for people affected by spinal cord injury. She decided to challenge herself by spending 30 hours in a wheelchair on February 1st, the day Back Up celebrates its 30thanniversary. “I though it would be a great way to fundraise and raise awareness for Back Up and also educate other non-disabled people on the...

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Gloucester City host ‘An evening with Phil Tufnell’

Gloucester City Football Club are delighted to announce details of our next Sportsman Evening on Thursday 31 March 2015, when we will be joined for an evening with Phil Tufnell. The setting for this fantastic evening in the company of one of England’s most loved sporting heroes will be the glorious Hatherley Manor Hotel, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester. Prices start as low as £50 for individual tickets and you will be treated to a superb three course meal and get to spend the a wonderful night in the company of a true sporting personality. Charismatic and controversial, Phil Tufnell is the former England cricket bowler with a talent for spinning the ball on the field and getting in trouble off it. One of the most talented English spinners of his generation, Tufnell mastered the art of bowling the slow left-arm spin at Southgate club in north London. Nicknamed ‘The Cat’ for his ability to sleep anytime, anywhere, Tufnell made his debut for Middlesex in 1986.The evening will be hosted by the fabulous comedian Owen Money. It was here that he developed a reputation for being a cricketer with big talent. He was occasionally in trouble for missing practice or minor matches and once missed a game when shopping for a fridge instead. This hilarious and amazing Welshman has won the Comedian of the Year award and performed alongside the likes of...

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Robbie Cundy extends loan at Gloucester City

Gloucester City have confirmed the extended loan deal of Oxford United central defender Robbie Cundy until the end of the season. Cundy has impressed since joining the Tigers on loan from the Kassam in December and Tim Harris has been pleased with his impact. Harris said: “Robbie has done really well for us since he’s come in just before the FC United game and he put in a good performance. “He has continued those good showings and results have really picked up with him partnering Sam Avery at centre back. “To that end we are very pleased to have secured Robbie’s services until the end of the season and we are grateful to Oxford United for this.” Cundy will stay with the Tigers until the end of the season but Oxford United have the option to recall him at 24-hours notice. Photo Credit: Neil Phelps. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester home baker a winner in national competition

A home baker from Gloucester has gained a coveted runner up position in a national cake baking competition.   Emma Furniss, 48, baked a cake in the shape of a hot water bottle as her entry into National Accident Helpline’s#UnderdogCakeOff competition, which asked bakers from around the UK to create a cake around the theme of recovery.   She said: “I have a passion for baking and making cakes for family and friends.   “I love baking, but normally make biscuits or little cakes, so this was definitely a challenge! “I thought of what I do when I am feeling a bit under the weather and a hot water bottle immediately came to mind.   “I wasn’t quite sure if I could replicate one as a cake but, having studied various pictures from the internet, I had a go and was pleased with the result.”   The competition closed in December and the winning entries were picked out by Reshmi Bennett, owner of acclaimed artisan patisserie Anges de Sucre.   She said: “I was really impressed how many entrants there were, and the quality of the entries, too!” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester City sign Luke Hopper

Gloucester City have announced the signing of striker Luke Hopper from Swindon Supermarine. Hopper, 26, was Marine’s top goalscorer last season and has already netted 15 times in 20 games in this season’s campaign. A product of the Swindon Town youth academy, Hopper was immediately snapped up by Adie Mings at Chippenham Town following his release by the Robins. At six foot tall, Hopper starred for the Robins in their magnificent FA Youth Cup run of 2006/07. Speaking about his new acquisition, Tim Harris said “We have watched Luke several times over the past six weeks and we feel he offers us something different to what we have. “He was top scorer for Supermarine last season and has a good goal ratio this year. You never lose the ability to put the ball in the net and has a great passion for the game. “Luke is a proven goalscorer and we are delighted to give him the opportunity at this level.” Hopper will be available for the Boxing Day fixture, which sees the Tigers take on Worcester City in the Severn Derby for the 100th time. Meanwhile we can confirm that striker Jonté Smith has left the club following the expiration of his short term three month contract. Harris said “First and foremost we would like to thank Jonté for all his efforts during his time with the club. “Jonté...

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Gloucester Cathedral Stonemasons repair 13th century effigy of Robert de Wakering

In 2012 at a local Forest of Dean church fondly known as “The Cathedral of the Forest” the head of the effigy of Robert de Wakering, appointed as the first Rector of All Saints Church, Newland in1216, was stolen by a prolific antiquities thief.  In 2015 the head was returned to its rightful owners after it was listed on Ebay and came to the attention of the police.   Following coverage by the local press, this story presented itself to Gloucester Cathedral’s Master Mason, Pascal Mychalysin as a fantastic opportunity to pilot a collaborative partnership between the Diocese of Gloucester and Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral to offer the possibility of conservation training to our apprentice masons.  The repairs to the effigy provided the perfect opportunity for James Bayliss and Paul Synan, both currently studying on the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship scheme, to learn about the conservation of ancient memorials.   James and Paul along with Senior Mason, Weislaw Szot visited All Saints Church to assess how to go about re-attaching the head (and feet, which were also found to be unattached) back to the body.   What follows is a step by step report from trainee Paul Synan of how the repairs were carried out:-   Lining up the head and feet for re-attachment. It was difficult to realign the head and feet accurately due to the fact that the...

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Gloucester home baker tops national competition

A home baker from Gloucester has been featured as one of the top entries in a national baking competition. Emma Furniss, 48, baked a hot water bottle cake as her entry into National Accident Helpline’s #UnderdogCakeOff recovery competition. She said: “I love baking but normally make biscuits or little cakes so this was definitely a challenge! “I thought of what I do when I am feeling a bit under the weather and a hot water bottle immediately came to mind“ The #UnderdogCakeOff competition, which asks adults to bake a cake around the theme of recovery, has now closed and Emma has made the shortlist to potentially win the competition. Prizes include a Fortnum and Mason hamper. Visit: www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/personal-injury-claims/recovering-your-injury.html/underdog-cake-off for further details and to enter a photo of your cake. You can view some of the top entries at uk.pinterest.com/nataccidenthelp/underdogcakeoff Once the competition has closed for entries, the photos will be judged and a shortlist and winner chosen by the team at artisan patisserie Anges de Sucre. Gloucester News Centre –...

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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 12 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.   At 1pm and 2pm, it’s the turn of the Cathedral Choir. 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. The choir has sung regularly on BBC Radio 3 live broadcasts and they will be broadcasting Choral Evensong live from the Cathedral on Wednesday 9 December at 3.30pm. They have just returned from a hugely successful tour to Canada in October and are very much in demand for concerts and services nationwide.   At 3pm and 4pm the Cathedral Youth Choir will take over. The choir is made up of 40 boys and girls aged 13-18. The choir sings Evensong each Thursday in the Cathedral and at other major Cathedral services, such as Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.   Alongside the carol services...

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Fireplace to kindle Gloucester history and encourage local knowledge

A new permanent exhibit is lighting up Gloucester City Museum as a carved oak overmantel, believed to be the last remaining relic of Gloucester’s old town hall, has been given pride of place.   The overmantel includes carved portraits by artist George Armstrong Howitt of Oliver Cromwell, King Charles I and the two coats of arms of Gloucester and has been placed over a Victorian fireplace restored in the 1980s from a house in Gloucester.   There is speculation that the overmantel is the last remaining artefact of the Gloucester Old Tolsey, the old town hall of Gloucester that stood at the cross of the gate streets.   It was replaced in 1892 following the construction of the Guildhall on Eastgate Street, where the overmantel had spent several years of its life in an upstairs room.   Gloucester Old Toley stood at the cross of the city centre from the mid 1400’s and was rebuilt in 1751 as a two-storeyed classical building of brick with stone dressings, having a parapet surmounted by urns and, over the main front to Westgate Street, a pediment with a carving of the city arms and insignia.   By the later 19th century the building had become unsuitable for the increasingly complex city administration, and in 1889 the town clerk and other city officers were housed in part of the nearby corn exchange. From...

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17th Century Hyett Family Burial Vault is unearthed at Gloucester Cathedral

An “extremely well preserved” family burial vault has been discovered “accidentally” at Gloucester Cathedral. The tomb in the North Transept contains coffins belonging to the Hyett family dating from the 17th and 18th Centuries. It was found by archaeologists who lifted a neighbouring ledger stone while carrying out an evaluation ahead of the possible installation of a new lift. The process caused a small hole to be created which allowed the contents of the vault to be seen. Cathedral archaeologist Richard Morriss said “the discovery of the 8ft (2.5m) deep chamber was unexpected.” “What you normally find when you dig up a ledger slab is earth and bones, there’s nothing specific in there. “But we can just see into a genuine intact family vault. “You would expect the cathedral to have been restored time and time again. The floors get churned up and re-laid, but this has stayed intact. “The coffins are extremely well preserved, you can still see the name plates. “And the name plates actually match up with the names on the ledgers above, which is remarkable.” Mr Morriss said the family must have been “pretty wealthy” to have afforded this kind of burial vault within the heart of the cathedral. The Reverend Canon Celia Thomson said the discovery of the vault was “really exciting” and the discovery of a child’s coffin was “particularly poignant”. “You can...

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Fri 23

Farmers Market

November 23 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm BST