Author: Natalie Newman

New ‘BBC Tours’ coming to Gloucester Cathedral in August!

Film friendly Gloucester Cathedral is the place to be this August for the launch of the new and exciting BBC Tours. For three nights only you can come and enjoy an exciting and informative tour as we take you behind the scenes of some of the BBC’s biggest shows filmed at Gloucester Cathedral, including: The Hollow Crown (Nave/Garth), Sherlock (Crypt), Wolf Hall (Nave/Cloisters) and Doctor Who (Millers Green). Knowledgeable guides will lead you around this amazing building where you will see costumes relevant to the era/style of the show, hear snippets of insider information and be prepared for a...

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Westgate Farmer’s Market?

As we all know, Fridays mean Farmer’s Market here in Gloucester. A lot of people love them. I know that I spend all week looking forward to eating a pork roll from the spit roast stand, or getting some fresh olives from the lovely lady who stands next to HSBC with her stall. Because so many people love the Farmers market on a Friday, some business owners on Westgate street thought it would be a good plan to move the Farmers market down to Westgate Street once a month. This is an attempt make Westgate Street look more attractive...

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Art In the City

  Are you a budding artist? If you are then this will be the event for you! Art in the city is a painting competition for artists all over Gloucester to showcase their talent. All mediums are allowed, from oils, watercolours and pastels to acrylics, pencil and pen and ink. The subject? Gloucester. Our fine city is rich with history and beautiful landmarks. All of which are enough to inspire any artist. Art in the City is challenging all artists to capture that history and beauty on their canvas. But how do you accept this gauntlet? All information is...

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One handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy donates free tickets

Celebrated International one-handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy is urging people to get involved in Carers Gloucestershire’s fundraising event on the 5th June ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’.  To encourage people to register for this event, this highly acclaimed pianist is offering two free sets of tickets to his concert in Cheltenham at the Parabola Arts Centre on Sunday 29th May 2016.  Winners will also be able to meet Nicholas and will receive a signed CD. Nicholas McCarthy , who at one point was told he would never have a career, is not your average artist. Born in 1989 without his...

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The House of The Tailor of Gloucester 10 year anniversary!

Wednesday 9th March marks the 10 year anniversary since The House of the Tailor of Gloucester was successfully reopened to the public. A celebratory tea and thank you the volunteers for their loyal support, is being held over the road in College Court, at Lily’s Tea Rooms at 4.30pm to mark this anniversary. Without the help of the Gloucester Citizen in raising awareness of the scheme for local, interested people to purchase shares in the Company, this unique attraction in our City would not have been viable. Sufficient funds were raised in order to secure the iconic premises and to start...

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Treasure Seekers celebrates second birthday

Treasure Seekers, a Gloucester organisation that seeks to help disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the local community, has recently celebrated its second birthday. The Westgate Street shop, based near the Gloucester Cathedral, has been providing work opportunities to people who wish to secure long-term employment, but have previously lacked the skills and experience to be able to achieve this. The shop – which sells gifts, homewares and retro sweets – provides placements and training opportunities to allow individuals to gain new skills and progress to new jobs. As well as providing retail experience, the organisation runs many other initiatives...

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Gloucester Guildhall launches filmmaking scheme

  Gloucester’s city centre entertainment venue, the Guildhall – which has screened many blockbuster films and hosted performances from well-known acts over the years – will soon be focussing more of its attention on local talent. The ‘Filmmaker Forum’ will commence on Saturday, 19th March, and Gloucester Guildhall intend to hold many more or these events throughout the year. The forum will allow the opportunity for budding local producers to showcase their work, and take part in a question and answer session to help extract information from those who are more established in the industry. Chloe Homer, film programmer...

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The Hollie Gazzard Memorial Bench

Any passers by on Southgate Street in the past few days may have noticed a new bench decorated with flowers and balloons. To mark the two year anniversary of 20 year old Hollie Gazzard’s death, a memorial bench has been set up in the city centre. The Gazzard Family raised £9,000 on a day filled with art, expression and meaning dedicated to Hollie in June 2014. This money was used to set up the bench outside the salon that Hollie worked at, Fringe Benefits. The Hollie Gazzard Trust was set up shortly after Hollie’s passing to help young hairdressers...

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Help wanted to keep Gloucester on the up

The Four Gates team have been very busy this year planting and watering flowers, as well as keeping litter free from our streets! We are looking for volunteers to join us for just a couple of hours per week to help us to keep our city looking good for everyone. We would welcome help from any businesses or individuals. If you can help us, please get in touch by emailing us your information at @fourgatesofgloucester.co.uk         Our first volunteer is Softdata Internet Ltd who are watering the plants in the area near to their office in...

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Scrumpties go on display at Gloucester Cathedral

Nineteen unique, fun and colourful Scrumpties will be moving in to Gloucester Cathedral on Wednesday 10 June where they will be cared for until they join the Gloucester Carnival on Saturday 25 July. Children from schools around Gloucester and just beyond recently designed each two foot tall Scrumpty as part of a competition to find the Gloucester 2015 mascot. The winning entry was by Kingsholm Primary School who now have the honour of seeing their design recreated on a bigger scale for The Citizen’s Scrumpty Trail running during August, September and October. The Scrumpties will be on display in...

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Gloucester Arts Council

We are seeking ALL the movers and shakers in the city across ALL genera , communities and religions who want to get involved and drive a vibrant and varied Arts scene in Gloucester, developing events and festivals of all shapes and sizes under the banner of The Gloucester Arts Project (GAP). GAP’s aim is to break down social and religious barriers under the common banner of the Arts and build pride and community in the city through connectivity: Fill The GAP To fill Gloucester with a vibrant and varied Music , Dance, Theatre , Literature and Arts Festival program...

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Gloucester City Centre Bollard Scheme

There is a new Bollard Scheme in Gloucester This is the letter that we received from Gloucester City Council regarding the new Bollard Scheme : As I am sure that you are aware, Gloucester City Centre and Gloucestershire County Council have promoted a scheme to install automatic “rising” bollards on the entrance to the pedestrianised  areas of Gloucester City Council – namely Northgate, Southgate, Eastgate and Westgate Streets – to enforce the existing Prohibition of Driving between 10am and 5pm, which is in place to make the area safe for pedestrians.  These bollards will rise and lower at those...

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A kick start for development on Gloucester’s brownfield land

Gloucester City Council is one step closer to securing funding which will support development on brownfield land across the city centre. The council has been successful in winning the first stage of their bid for a slice of £200 million government funding. The funding is available to create housing zones on brownfield land. The land in those zones will then be designated as a place for new homes to be built. Gloucester is now on a government shortlist of 29 housing zones across the UK aiming to kick-start development on brownfield land. The City Council will now work with...

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New project set to revitalise Gloucester’s Southgate Street

Work has now started on the first of a number of projects aimed at revitalising Gloucester’s Southgate Street. Following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) number 57 Southgate Street is first in line for improvements, with the building undergoing essential repairs to its structure. The work will also include the restoration of architectural details and new accommodation on the upper floors. A number of planned projects will follow as part of the Southgate Street Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) using the £897,400 HLF grant and a top-up of £300,000 Gloucester City Council funding. This means those living and...

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New Pages have been added!

We have been busy with this site over the last few weeks. We have added the businesses in Gloucester Docks, added new pictures to the sliders on our homepage, and a Property Opportunities page. This lists any vacant property in the centre. Vanda is currently walking the centre to make sure we are up to date, and the opportunities will have details of the estate agents managing the vacant shops. We hope this will make it easier for anyone who is looking for premises in Gloucester City Centre. If you have a business in the centre of the city and you...

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Richard III exhibition – a huge success

The exhibition featuring the reconstructed head of Richard III in Gloucester has been hailed as a huge success. Part of a national tour the exhibition at the City Museum and Art Gallery was visited by nearly 3,000 people. And the museum’s website received a total of 17,000 ‘hits’. “ It has been a massive success,” said Council Leader, Paul James. “It shows not only that we can stage great exhibitions but how much interest there is in the City and its history. When exhibitions are relevant and staged well people will come and see them. Richard III had a...

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Fri 28

Farmers Market

April 28 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm GMT