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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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Coca Cola truck to visit Gloucester

The iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck will pull into Gloucester this Christmas. The famous Coca-Cola truck, that features in the brands TV adverts, is visiting Kings Square in Gloucester on Sunday 13th December 2015. To celebrate this happy time of year, Coca-Cola is sending the big red truck all around the country on a ‘Christmas Truck Tour’. People are invited to come and enjoy the magic with a chilled Coca Cola, Diet Coke or Coke Zero to the sounds of festive music. When it arrives at Kings Square, near December, even Scrooge will struggle to not join in the Christmas spirit when he sees it decked out with fairy lights and yuletide cheer. Visitors can enjoy a real piece of magic as they take in the snowy Christmas wonderland and enjoy free bottles of fizz from the Coca Cola Christmas helpers. Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “For a lot of people, myself included, the sight of the Coca-Cola advert marks the start of Christmas. This is why I think it’s so magical that the truck is coming to our city for people to enjoy.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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University public debate to discuss cheating in sports

The University of Gloucestershire is hosting a panel discussion focussing on cheating in sport – from individuals bending the rules to international corruption – on 27 January at Park campus, Cheltenham. With investigations into alleged corruption at FIFA and widespread doping claims in several sports including athletics, never before has fair play been so under scrutiny. Heroes and Villains: why do we care about foul play in sport? will ask why does cheating even matter and what can we do about it? Looking ahead to what should be another exciting year of sport with the European football championships in France and the Rio Olympics just two of the landmark happenings on offer in 2016, does sport in general need to recover its reputation? Tom Bradshaw (Academic Course Leader: Sports Journalism) will be looking at the argument from the perspective of a journalist. He says: “The media are often accused of building people up and then knocking them down. Sometimes the media appears to act as judge, jury and executioner, and I’m looking forward to discussing the rights and wrongs of this at the public debate.” The rest of the panel consists of Dr Emily Ryall (Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy of Sport) and Dr Abbe Brady (Course Leader for Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise and MSc Sports Coaching). Emily says she will be approaching the subject from “a...

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Winter lights to add Christmas sparkle to Gloucester Docks

A new winter attraction will be brightening up the historic Gloucester Docks from this evening. Five beautiful ships and boats will be dotted around the main basin and strung with lights throughout December.   Mhairi Smith, Director of Events at Marketing Gloucester said: “We want to enhance the area and make it more attractive for the festive season. If the lights are well received then we will look at expanding the project next year.”   The lighting trial was made possible with the assistance of the Canal and River Trust, Tommi Neilsen & Company boatyard, Gloucester City Council and organisers, Marketing Gloucester.   Nick Worthington, Waterway Manager at the Canal and River Trust said: “I’m pleased to support Marketing Gloucester on this exciting ‘Winter Lights’ event. The Canal & River Trust are keen to enable creative ways of animating the unique historic setting of the Docks.”   Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council said: “We are delighted to support the ship lighting project. It adds another attraction to the city for locals and visitors. I’m sure it will prove popular with photography enthusiasts, especially with the reflections on the water.”   The lights will remain on the ships until 1 January 2016. Gloucester News Centre –...

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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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Bella Italia to open at Gloucester Quays next month

Gloucester will be getting its very first taste of Bella Italia, bringing some Italian sunshine to the festive season, as the dining group is set to open a brand new restaurant in the city on 18th December – JUST in time for Christmas! The £920K restaurant is creating over 30 new jobs in the area and promises fun, generous, high value, quality Italian dining, 7 days a week over at Gloucester Quays Outlet. Bella Italia is a friendly, Italian restaurant where carefully sourced, authentic ingredients mean that food is brimming with flavour yet affordable – warm welcomes and perfect pastas await. It’s the ideal restaurant for family get-togethers, girly catch ups, date nights, steak nights, business breakfasts and most things in between!   Gloucester’s very special Bella Italia will be styled in Bella’s new trademark colourful, fun, Italian image. The restaurant will house a plentiful 136 covers and features boutique outdoor seating too, making it a perfect last minute Christmas shopping pitstop!   The restaurant is also proud to be launching a brand new menu for Bella – more details will be revealed upon opening, but Gloucester visitors can expect the most authentic and scrumptious dishes yet! This will of course include a fabulous Italian festive feasting menu starting at £16.95 for 2 courses.    Gloucester’s General Manager, Jorge Alves, said, “We’re excited to be wishing everyone in Gloucester...

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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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Gloucester to celebrate Small Business Saturday with free parking and discounts

Gloucester is to celebrate Small Business Saturday on Saturday 5 December as part of a national campaign to support local independent businesses. The campaign originally started in the USA, but this will be the third year it has taken place in this country.   A number of businesses in Gloucester city centre are offering exclusive savings on retail and food – perfect for Christmas shopping or when you need a pit stop after being laden with presents.   Chez Rose 10% off on purchases over £10 College Street Originals 10% off any spend over £10 Cookes Coffee & Curios 10% off total bill when eating Hubble Bubble 10% off any spend over £10 The Mylk Bottle One cookie free per customer or a free scoop of ice cream, or a free large coffee Spellbound 10% off on any purchase over £10 Sugar Celebrations 2 10% off on purchases of equipment over £20   Gloucester City Council will also make the following car parks free after 10am on Small Business Saturday:   Station Road                             GL1 1QD          Westgate                                  GL1 2TU Hare Lane North                        GL1 2DF           Barbican                                   GL1 2HN   Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council said “We are delighted to be able to offer free parking at a number of car parks to support Small Business Saturday. We have tried to choose car parks that spread the benefit...

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£2000 stolen from 90-year-old man in cash distraction theft in Gloucester

Police are appealing for help in tracing a man and woman who stole £2,000 in a cash point distraction theft in Gloucester Between 10.30am and 11am on Wednesday 11 November on Southgate Street in Gloucester, a 90-year-old man was withdrawing money from a cashpoint when a woman began speaking to him and pressing buttons on the keypad in an attempt to distract him. During this time, a man is thought to have taken the victim’s bankcard. £2,000 was then later withdrawn from the victim’s account at the same cashpoint by the offenders. Police are concerned that another elderly man may also have been targeted by the offenders. He is described as white, bald, wearing glasses, a light purple shirt, dark trousers and a dark coat. He is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 163 of Wednesday 11 November. Gloucester News Centre –...

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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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Buses to divert during fireworks at Gloucester Docks

A number of bus services will be diverting this Saturday due to the fireworks display at Gloucester Docks. Services 10, 12, 66E & 66S will not be able to use Parliament Street and Southgate Street. Buses will divert via Brunswick Road, Park Road and Trier Way in both directions. The closure will be in place from 6-8pm. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester MP to Host Opportunities Fair this Friday at Blackfriars

Gloucester MP Richard Graham, Pluss, Forwards and learndirect will together host an Opportunities Fair on November 6th to help anyone looking for a job, whatever their age, ability or disability and wherever they are on the journey to finding what suits them best.   “This Fair,” said Richard, “builds on our last 11 jobs fairs – and makes a special effort, with partners, to be useful for those on Employment Support Allowance (ESA) as well as on JSA, looking for new challenges or seeking a first job after studying”.   The City MP said, “there’s a lot on offer: over 30 well known businesses including Gloucester Rugby, Gloucester City Council, McDonalds and our Armed Forces have many permanent jobs available. Marks & Spencer alone has over 30. From those who can’t be with us on the day, roughly 80 vacancies will be posted on a Special Jobs Board”.   Ruth Ward from learndirect, and Paul Jacobs from Pluss, encouraged anyone on ESA to come to the seminar that will advise people with disabilities what support is available for them specifically at 11:15am at Blackfriars.   “It’s a great opportunity to talk with employers direct,” said Ruth.   The Fair is open from 10am till 3pm, and Vikki Walters of GCC’s Forwards said it will continue the 2014 campaign of last year to make employers ‘Disability Confident’. Employers will hear about the contribution disabled...

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Gloucester City AFC issue update on new stadium

Gloucester City AFC have issued a further update on progress towards full planning approval for their new stadium. “Whilst it had been hoped to put the application in by the end of October progress on a couple of the conditions has taken a little longer than expected.” “It is of course vital to ensure they are completed to the standard required so taking an extra few weeks is sensible, with the application still expected to go in to the council during November.” “As per our previous update we are expecting this to take a little time to be approved by the council due to the pressure of work the planning department are experiencing so we are continuing to work closely with them and do not expect this slightly later application to result in a delay in the council’s deliberations.” “The club still expects to achieve full planning permission very early in the New Year. “Meanwhile we are continuing to work with the football authorities to maximise the assistance we can achieve from the various funding bodies this work continues in parallel to the planning application.” The club would like to express its continued thanks to the Council and to the many people who are showing huge commitment in helping to bring this hugely complicated project to full planning approval, and ultimately to a return to the City for the season after...

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