Author: Shaun Moore

Barnwood Park Arts College considering expansion

As more school places are needed in Gloucester, Barnwood Park Arts College is proposing to accept more students from September 2019, and both boys and girls from September 2018. If the plans are agreed, Barnwood Park Arts College, which currently takes 150 girls a year, would have a mixed intake of girls and boys from September 2018 in Year 7 only. Boys would not join the older years, but would move up from Year 7 year on year. The school would then offer 30 additional year seven places every year from September 2019, so would have a potential intake of 180 students, If the proposed plans are successful, to accommodate the additional students, the school will be working with the local authority to improve PE facilities and provide extra resources needed to accommodate a mixed intake. If planning permission is agreed, the building work would begin in 2018 and be completed by September 2019. Housing developments in Gloucester have increased the number of children needing secondary school places. There are currently more Gloucester primary school students than there are secondary places and extra places are needed for boys as well as girls. The changes mean that boys in the Barnwood area will be able to choose a local school. Boys that have older female siblings attending Barnwood Park Arts College will also be able to go to the same...

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New Homes Play Tribute to Former Housing Manager

Nine new properties were officially launched in Coney Hill last week. The development brings eight high quality two-bed bungalows and a four-bed house on the previous garage site and wasteland and delivers more much needed accessible affordable housing to the area. The new development is named Norman Thomas Walk after the previous Housing Manager at Gloucester City Council, who sadly passed away in 2011. As a fitting tribute, Norman’s sister, Tina, opened the properties alongside former councillor Mary Smith. This development marks Gloucester City Homes’ fifth new build development in Gloucester over the past year. Ashley Green, Chief Executive at Gloucester City Homes said: “The launch was a special day. Norman Thomas was a true inspiration to myself and many Housing Officers both with the City Council and GCH during his career and it is fitting that our new housing development is named after him. I am sure Norman will be looking down on these new homes with a wonderful smile.  I am so pleased that his sister Tina was there to launch our new homes.” Michael Hill, Director of Property Services at Gloucester City Homes added: “GCH are making a real difference to the lives of many people, providing improved life chances through the provision of well designed, safe and warm homes. There is much more to be done but we have made a great start with 5...

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Museum offers history talks

Visitors to the Jet Age Museum on Sunday 27th November will have the opportunity to learn about the roles Gloucestershire’s airfields played in both World Wars. Esteemed aviation authors and historians David Berryman and Dave Partridge will be giving talks on the earliest pioneering days of Royal Flying Corps WWI activity at Rendcombe and Leighterton through to the aircraft development, production and operations in WWII at places such as Staverton, Stoke Orchard, Kemble and Brockworth.  The talks will take place at 11, 12, 1.30 and 2.30pm. Museum trustee, Darren Lewington said: – “We’re delighted to be offering our visitors an additional reason to visit on Sunday. Our County has played an important role in military aviation for a century and it is very much our job to tell that story.” The museum reached another milestone last week when the 10th Cheltenham Beavers became the attraction’s 75 000th visitors since its opening in August 2013. Darren added: – “Our weekday schools, clubs and group tours, which are available by prior arrangement – along with special events such as these talks –  are bringing our story to a much wider audience and making a significant contribution to our fundraising activities.  We need to raise over £750k for our phase two development, which will add an education facility and gallery to our portfolio.” Located at Meteor Business Park, the museum is a...

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Fierce competition for GRFGS farming awards

The Gloucestershire Root Fruit & Grain Society Annual Dinner and Prize Presentations were held at Gloucester Rugby Club on Friday to celebrate the cream of the crop of farming within Gloucestershire.  The prizes and cups were presented by the Chairman Kevin Kingston and his wife Elise. Boddington Estates Ltd won the most sought after and fiercely fought prestigious Premier Award for most points in all classes. The Farm Championship was won by S J & L E Middle of Sandhurst and the Livestock Championship was won by R J & B J Kingston & Sons (Tresham) and the award for the Most Promising Young Farmer went to Ruth Gilder of H W Smith & Son. The event just gets bigger each year with around 275 guests attended the evening awards. Secretary Samantha Pennington from Bruton Knowles – who has been involved in organising the Society’s activities over the past 25 years said: “To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement, this Society continues to go from strength to strength and the standard of entrants who want to win gets bigger and better every year.” To mark her long service, the chairman from 1991 Mr John Burcher presented Sam with a YSL handbag following donations from the membership and sponsors. Land Rover kindly donated a half day off road experience and the President auctioned it off and raised £300. With other...

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New and improved recycling service – coming to a street near you

Gloucester City Council is set to launch its new and improved 2017 waste and recycling service from January. Earlier this year, Gloucester City Council asked residents what they would like to change about waste and recycling in the city. As a result of the public feedback, the new and expanded waste and recycling scheme will mean that residents will soon be able to recycle corrugated cardboard, mixed plastics, textiles and shoes in addition to the current collection of glass, paper, cans, plastic bottles and food. Gloucester residents who make the most of the new service will minimise the non-recyclable waste left in their black bins and prevent excess waste from being landfilled. The recyclable materials collected will be sorted into brand new recycling vehicles and will then be sent for onward re-processing into new products. The city’s residents will soon receive their new collection calendars in the post, and it’s important to check them carefully as some collection routes will be changing, resulting in some properties having a different collection day when the new service starts. Although collection days could change, recycling and food waste collections will continue to be weekly and garden waste fortnightly as now. Residents will receive a new blue sack for corrugated cardboard recycling during the first two weeks of January 2017. Crews will place the blue sacks in the green recycling boxes after they...

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Free cancer information and support coming to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Macmillan Cancer Support’s team of Information and Support Specialists are coming to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December to offer free, confidential information and support to anyone with a question or a concern relating to cancer. No appointment is necessary, and anyone is welcome. The team launched the ‘Info Pod’ service to visit new sites including libraries, hospitals, and shopping centres across the region in order to reach and support more people affected by cancer. Details of the visit:   Date: Monday 28 November – Friday 2 December   Location: Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Inside main entrance – by Costa Coffee,                 Great Western Road, GL1 3NN   Opening hours: Monday 28 November – 10am to 4pm                           Tuesday 29 November – 10am to 4pm                           Wednesday 30 November – 12pm to 6pm                           Thursday 1 December – 12pm to 6pm                            Friday 2 December – 8am to 12pm                          Helen Kennedy, Lead Cancer Information and Support Specialist, says, “We wanted to make sure we go even further this year to get support into the heart of the community. We are now getting out and about more and can offer a variety of services depending on where we are going. We have a large range of free information leaflets for people to take away about all aspects of a...

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Assize event takes place this weekend

Gloucester’s historic Assize of Ale will take place tomorrow.  The Sheriff’s Assize of Ale raises funds for the city’s civic charities, Longfield Hospice and Leonard Cheshire Disability, and dates back to medieval times when the Sheriff was responsible for ensuring the ale on sale in the city was of palatable quality.  The event usually takes place as part of Heritage Weekend in September but this year was delayed due to the Henry III coronation re-enactment. The Mayor, Councillor Neil Hampson, will be standing in for the Sheriff and he, together with an army of followers dressed in medieval clothing, tour the pubs in the city’s historic core collecting cash for charity and carrying out a slightly bizarre ritual involving a wooden stool, someone dressed in leather breeches and an egg timer.  The Sheriff has an “Ale Conner”, whose job it is to sit on a wooden stool, on which a small amount of ale has been poured, wearing a pair of leather trousers.  If after three minutes the trousers stick to the stool, the ale does not pass the test.  Conversely if the Ale Conner can move freely at the end of the three minutes, it does pass.   The tradition was reintroduced in 2003 by City Council Leader Paul James during his year as Sheriff of Gloucester and has taken place in each year since.  Cllr James organises the...

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Revealed: Gloucester is the UK’s most secretive city

Our finances are one of those things that people often keep close to their chest. But a recent study of 2,000 consumers, conducted by first direct, discovers that some people are a little more secretive when it comes to their finances than others – and people from Gloucester appears to be top of the table. Below are the top ten cities that are most likely to fib about their finances and have been untruthful in the past about anything from current accounts to store cards. Top 10 most secretive cities Gloucester – 43% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their partners (67%), with the main culprit being debt (21%) Worcester – 38% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their partners (40%) and parents (40%), with purchases being the most likely confession (23%) Leeds – 35% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their partners (52%), with debt being the most likely secret (21%) Southampton – 33% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their partners (56%), with debt being the most likely fib (16%) Birmingham – 32% have fibbed about some area of their finances in the past – most likely from their parents (36%),...

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Minister tells councils to work with PCCs on fire service reform

The question of who runs the fire service in future moved closer to a resolution yeserday aftenoon when Policing and Fire Service Minister Brandon Lewis told councils they must discuss the issue with their local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Emergency services collaboration was among the items being discussed on the second day of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Partnership Summit at the Queen Elizabeth ll Centre in Westminster. Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service is run by the county council. PCC for Gloucestershire, Martin Surl, said he hoped Mr. Lewis’ intervention would at last open up a dialogue with Shire Hall which had so far been unforthcoming. Mr. Surl, who was sharing a platform with Mr. Lewis at today’s conference, said: “It’s unlikely any PCC came into office wanting to be fire commissioner. It was certainly not my ambition. But when you consider the benefits we’ve seen in terms of openness, accountability and transparency in respect of the police service, if that can be applied to the fire service then it is an opportunity we should explore. “In areas similar to Gloucestershire, where I am Commissioner, where police and fire share the same geographical foot print; where our headquarters are on the same compound; our control rooms are divided only by a glass wall and the chief fire officer already leads...

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New contractor appointed for Kings Quarter regeneration

Gloucester City Council has now appointed LDA Design and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to carry out the regeneration work of Kings Quarter. The tendering process was six weeks long and closed in October this year. It was a successful and competitive process with more than 90 expressions of interest submitted. The new contractors, LDA Design and JLL will start working straight away. Initially the priority will be working with the regeneration team for three days a week, focusing on the design and business plan for the project. Cllr Paul James, leader of the city council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We’re delighted to be working with LDA and JLL on one of the city’s most important regeneration scheme. This demonstrates our continued determination to deliver this project to the benefit of the city.” Esther Croft from LDA, said: “We can’t wait to start on this exciting regeneration project. It will make a very visible difference to the area surrounding Kings Square and the train station.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Libraries ready to grow and support businesses

Gloucestershire Library service has been selected as a key partner in the future of growing businesses across the county as part of the expanding Growth Hub. The Growth Hub is a partnership between the University of Gloucestershire and GFirst LEP, which aims to help businesses across the county to grow and be successful. The hub is a point of contact for businesses that are looking for information, knowledge and experience they need to grow. Gloucestershire County Council’s library service joining the partnership means more Growth Hubs will be available across the county, in the heart of local communities. All 31 Gloucestershire Libraries will provide impartial business advice and guidance and signposting customers seeking specialist business advice to the most appropriate resource. Libraries cover the whole county and attract 2.2 million visits a year, from around 100,000 people. All libraries have free public Wi Fi and computers and the council is committed to extending digital access. Two libraries are having improvements made to include gadget bars, interactive screens and tables aimed at enhancing customer experience. Sarah Danson, Senior Project Manager of the Growth Hub Network at GFirst LEP, said: “We’re really excited to see the Network starting to take shape, after a great response from interested partners to help us strengthen and grow the Growth Hub, and its services. Giving businesses greater opportunities to access the best type of tailored...

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Regeneration plans gather pace

Plans to redevelop the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of Gloucester have taken an exciting step forward. Following public consultation in the autumn, Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council are submitting proposals for the redevelopment of the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of the city. The Local Development Order will be presented to the city council’s planning committee for approval in the New Year, and will pave the way for developers to put in planning applications to help reshape the landscape of the city. In April 2015 funding of £4.13m was secured from central government and the GFirst LEP Gloucestershire Growth Deal 2015 to 2021 to prepare the site ready for redevelopment and to incorporate renewable energy generation into the proposals, helping the Shire Hall offices to become one of the most energy efficient buildings around. Since the project started, a lot of work has already taken place. Archaeological investigations and site investigations have taken place, as well as the knocking down of disused police cells at the rear of Shire Hall. So far, proposals have included much needed housing for the city as well as student accommodation for the University of Gloucestershire and other associated facilities. The development order will be presented to the city council’s planning committee in the New Year. Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to...

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Accolade for carer who completes NVQ early while pregnant

A Gloucester care home worker has won plaudits for completing her qualifications in record time – and while pregnant. Hannah Muggleton, who works at The Knoll Care Home, finished her NVQ in an astonishing three months, when she was expected to take a year. Now the 23-year-old, who is expecting her first baby in a matter of weeks, has been named “achiever of the month” by the firm that oversaw her qualification, Aspiration Training. Course leaders were wowed by Hannah’s commitment to completing the course before she went off on maternity leave. Hannah started as a Care Assistant at The Knoll, in Stroud Road, Tuffley, in 2014 and will be back to work next year. She said: “I love my job and I was determined to get my NVQ before I went off on maternity leave. The course has really boosted my confidence and I was spurred on by the kind praise and support from my colleagues, who really helped me believe in myself. “I’ll miss everybody I work with, and of course the residents, while I’m away but I’m really looking forward to meeting my baby too.” Debbie Smith, manager of The Knoll, said: “We’re over the moon for Hannah. She’s worked so hard and it’s an amazing achievement to have got through what was expected to take a year in just three months. She never complained about...

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Cheltenham BID’s £10-a-week travel deal for town centre staff

Cheltenham’s Business Improvement District (BID) has set up a deal with Stagecoach that will provide cheaper bus travel for staff of more than 600 businesses in the town. Members of staff buying a weekly or monthly pass can travel at significantly reduced prices. Anyone travelling in the Cheltenham area can buy a weekly ticket for just £10 – and travel for seven days – and there are similar savings across Gloucestershire. Stagecoach managing director Rupert Cox said the company was delighted to be working with the BID. “We are keen to support Cheltenham businesses and their staff and want to see use of our services in the town continue to grow,” he said. BID Director Kevan Blackadder said: “This is a great way for town centre staff to save money, while easing the pressure on parking spaces at the same time. “The deal will help staff already using Stagecoach’s services but we hope it will also encourage many others to look at travelling to work by bus. Compared to the cost of using a car to get to work, the weekly or monthly tickets will represent a significant saving.” Cheltenham BID represents more than 600 businesses in the town centre, and as well as introducing schemes to save the businesses and their staff money, will work to ensure the town flourishes and to increase footfall and the number of visitors....

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Remember, remember to stay safe in November

  Bonfire night is just around the corner and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) are working with Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards to help keep people safe. To make sure that everyone has a fun and safe bonfire night this year GFRS is encouraging people to attend one of the county’s many organised events. Licensed events are the safest way to view fireworks because they have experts who plan and design an exciting and safe display. However, if you are hosting your own bonfire night party, the service has prepared some tips to make sure you stay safe:...

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Help The Family Haven achieve £250

Gloucestershire based charity The Family Haven, which provides a day centre for vulnerable families with children under five, is calling on local people to help it gain extra funding through Localgiving’s Grow Your Tenner campaign. The will be using the funds to buy an iPad for the Nursery to enable the children to access education software to improve their reading and number skills as well as teaching them how to use a computer The campaign launched at 10am on the 18th October and will end either on the 17th November at 5pm or when all the funds have run...

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Gloucester Culture Board appoint eight new members

Gloucester City Council adopted its culture strategy earlier this year and one of the first key milestones was to appoint a new board of trustees to help put culture at the heart of the city. The newly appointed board will implement the ambitious strategy which aims to make Gloucester known for its distinctive culture: innovative and excellent, quirky and edgy, diverse and community–based with a strong focus on young people. The board’s purpose is to make the city a better place to live, work and play by engaging and empowering local communities and leaders to help transform the City. Before creating the strategy and recruiting these positions, the council spoke with a broad range of partner organisations that have a strong stake in Gloucester’s cultural future and share the same vision. With the support and commitment of the Arts Council England, the finalised strategy outlines key priorities which are designed to put Gloucester in pole position to be UK City of Culture in 2025. The board will be responsible for taking the 10 year strategy forward, building on the strengths of diverse communities and pointing to opportunities for development of culture in the city. The interview panel, which included Dame Janet Trotter DBE, HM’s Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire, Clare Titley, director of Philanthropy at Arts Council England, Kate Danielson, a member of the board and city councillor Lise Noakes, interim...

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Demolition work completed at Gloucester Bus Station

Gloucester’s new bus station hub is continuing to take shape this month as demolition of buildings has been completed, the archaeological dig has finished and the ground investigation has started. Gloucester City Council is making great progress on the build of its new bus station hub in the city centre. Now the demolition and archaeology has been completed the contractor can start to prepare the ground for investigation and use a drilling rig to create deep boreholes. Due to its history the ground must be fully investigated before Kier, the contracted builder, can start to build on site. These investigations are now underway. During the first half of the last century the area was used as a cattle market and results from the archaeological dig show that it was also likely to have been a flood bank in the 3rd to 4th century AD. Utility companies have also begun to draw up plans on how they’ll divert services ahead of the construction phase. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The new bus station hub is an exciting but complex project.  We have to work closely with utility companies, the county council and our contractors to make sure that any disruption is limited and the project runs smoothly.” “We’re making great process so far and I’m excited about seeing the next stage...

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Half-term fun at Gloucester’s City Museums

  This October half term Gloucester’s City Museums are hosting a variety of fun activities for young people of all ages. Why not spend your half term being shown around the Eastgate Chamber by a Roman soldier or getting crafty and creating your own piece of art? There is something for everybody at the museums this year and tickets are selling fast. ‘Museum Makers’ Craft workshops for children – mini beast puppets Come along to Gloucester Life Museum to make your very own mini beast puppet, ready for the Halloween celebrations. Tuesday 25th October, 10.30am – 12pm or 1pm...

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An evening with former World Champions boxer Frank Bruno in aid of children’s charity

Frank Bruno, the London born former heavyweight champion boxer, is set to visit Gloucestershire for a fundraiser for Winston’s Wish – the charity for bereaved children. The evening, which takes place at the end of October, will see Bruno talk to boxing fans about his career, famous fights and his 95% knockout rate. The boxer started his career as a professional in 1982 and quickly achieved 21 consecutive wins by knockout. He won the WBC title in 1995, defeating Oliver McCall, and won 40 out of his 45 bouts. An Evening with Frank Bruno has been organised by Spa Promotions and takes place at Hatherley Manor Hotel in Gloucester. VIP tickets are available for £100, which include a champagne reception and a photograph with Bruno, whilst standard tickets are set at £80.00. All tickets include a 3 course meal, a prize giveaway and a charity auction in aid of Winston’s Wish. Anyone looking for further information about the event, which takes place on the 21st of October at 6pm, should contact Spa Promotions on 07470498828 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1017722011598750. Elizabeth Thatcher, Community Fundraiser at Winston’s Wish, commented: “It’s really exciting to have such a well-known name like Frank Bruno appearing at an event in aid of Winston’s Wish. With such an illustrious career, I’m sure all attending with hear plenty of fantastic anecdotes and stories. We cannot thank Spa Promotions and...

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‘Aim High’ Scholarship takes off at Gloucestershire Airport

Gloucestershire Airport and aviation charity fly2help are gearing up to welcome ten lucky teenage students to the Airport during half term, who have been selected for the fly2help Aim High Scholarship programme. The students will be given a behind-the-scenes insight into the County’s airport – the busiest general aviation airport in the UK – combined with visits to Jet Age Museum and other Airport-based businesses such as Aeros, Babcock Mission Critical Services, Air Traffic Control college Global ATS and the new flight simulator business, Virtual Aerospace.  They’ll also be visiting RAF Brize Norton and Rolls Royce and Airbus at Filton during an action packed week. Fly2help has run scholarship programmes and aviation taster days for young people at the Airport for three years now and is rolling out the initiative to other airports around the UK.  The charity has also just relocated its head office from Kemble Airfield to Staverton. Airport operations director, Darren Lewington said; – “Gloucestershire Airport has chosen fly2help as our charity to support for several years now and we’re proud to run these scholarships.   With the charity now joining our diverse Airport community, they’ll have access to a huge range of businesses and activities on their doorstep. “From the earliest days of flight, on display at our Jet Age Museum, right up to the cutting edge of modern engineering and training, I’m sure they’ll have...

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Work in the pipeline to make sure the A46 is stable for the future

The A46 at Coopers Hill is beginning to show signs of deterioration so Gloucestershire County Council is taking steps to keep it safe and keep traffic flowing. In 2011 the county council carried out land stabilisation work and since then it has regularly monitored the area to check if the land under the road is moving any further. A recent inspection found that more investigation work is needed to find out if any movement of the land under the road is the cause of problems on the road surface. The investigation will help the council decide if any further work is needed. From Monday 24th October detailed ground investigation work will begin and temporary traffic lights will be in place to keep the road open. To help traffic continue to flow well through the area, the lights will be hand operated during peak travel times. The investigation work is expected to be complete by Monday 7th November. Depending on what the investigation work finds, it may be possible to remove the temporary traffic lights at the weekends. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, “We want to keep people moving easily through Gloucestershire and as the A46 is such a major route, it’s really important we make sure it’s fit for the future. “By investigating the land underneath the road we can fully understand the situation,...

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Daniel Woolf to stand for UKIP in Longlevens By-Election

Conservative defector and Old Richian Daniel Woolf is to stand for UKIP in the Longlevens by election, which takes place on Thursday 3 rd November.  32 year old Dan,  who has taught at Sir Thomas Rich’s as well as at many other schools throughout the city and who was raised in Gloucester said :” I am absolutely delighted to have this opportunity of representing the residents of Longlevens on Gloucester City Council. Currently the Conservatives have 100 % of the seats representing Longlevens at City Council, County Council and Parliamentary level. When over three quarters of those who are entitled to vote in Longlevens don’t even vote Conservative this surely cannot be right. I am appealing to all those in Longlevens who are therefore not currently represented at all to vote for me, and to make history by returning myself as the first UKIP councillor ever to be elected anywhere in Gloucester. For my part I undertake to be an energetic and effective ambassador for Longlevens at Gloucester City Council, instead of yet another Conservative councillor who will not be able to say or do what he thinks is best for Longlevens, but will simply be forced to toe the party line. There are so many urgent issues to be tackled — ranging from knife crime, to traffic congestion and the Elmbridge roundabout to the University expansion and development...

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The Mane Event: Barton’s ‘going home’ to Barton

He was given his name by the public and his first public appearance will be in the part of Gloucester he was named after. Barton, the newest member of Gloucestershire Constabulary’s mounted section, will be guest of honour at St. James City Farm next week, on Thursday. Barton’s name was chosen by the public at the Gloucestershire Police Open Day at Waterwells last month where it received nearly a quarter of the 524 votes cast. He is the section’s second new recruit along with Teddington who was also named by the public, and will be on parade with his other stablemates Boris and Huntsman. Imran Atcha, co-ordinator of the charity which runs the City Farm, Friendship Café and Gymnation said, “We’re very excited at the prospect of seeing Barton and two of the other police horses. We have our own riding school so there should be lots of interest”. Barton, a six year old Skewbald breed is six years old and 17 hands high. He is the fourth recruit as part of an ongoing trial to establish whether a mounted section in Gloucestershire is desirable and necessary. Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said, “We are already finding that where mounted patrols have been operating they have provided a reassuring presence and there’s been a good connection between the police and public. “There has been a lot of research...

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Gloucester Cathedral Tower lights up red to mark the launch of the 2016 Poppy Appeal

  The Tower of Gloucester Cathedral will light up red from Monday 24 October to Sunday 13 November in support of the Royal British Legion’s 2016 Poppy Appeal. It will remain lit red until Remembrance Sunday and all are welcome to attend the Annual County Remembrance Service at the Cathedral at 3.00pm, when Gloucestershire gathers to recall all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Attending the service will be Civic Dignitaries, members of the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, Gloucester Sea Cadets, serving and ex-members of the Armed Forces. Following the service at approximately 4.30pm a parade will...

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Albion House receives Townscape Heritage fund makeover

  Albion House, opposite Gloucester Docks, is being transformed into nine modern flats with the help of money from the Townscape Heritage fund. The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), which is partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Gloucester City Council, is continuing to regenerate historic buildings in the Southgate Street area of the city. Albion House, which was built in 1831 and originally used as a hotel, is currently in very poor condition after being empty for over 10 years. Money from the fund will help regenerate the grade two listed building and transform it into prime located housing in the heart of the city. A grant of £94,000 has been awarded to the complete refurbishment of the Victorian building including restoration of historic architectural details. Sash windows will be installed at the back and where possible significant features will be maintained internally whilst still creating new and modern additions. The £1.2 million THI scheme is two years in to a five year programme. It is designed to regenerate the Southgate Street area and improve older properties in one of the key gateways to the city. So far approximately £620,000 has been spent on the renovation of 10 properties and improvements to the St Mary DeCrypt Churchyard walls are also underway. Thanks to the scheme work has also begun to restore 125 Southgate Street. This property will be...

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Cider with Fergus this apple day

Fergus the horse will be turning back time this October for the annual apple day event at Gloucester Life Museum. The event will take place on Saturday 22nd October between 11am – 4pm and will take place in the traditional cider mill at the museum. As part of the day, those attending will be able to watch Fergus turn the mill and crush apples, creating the pulp that traditionally was used to then make cider. There will also be lots of apple-themed crafts around the Life museum itself, with the chance for visitors to crush apples in the garden of the museum. The Museum Sweet Shoppe in Gloucester Life Museum garden will be open for business all day, and the Lassington Oak Morris Men will be on hand to offer some free workshops and performances. The museum will be open to the public throughout the day, and the tearooms will be open and offering hot drinks and cakes. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “I think it’s really important that Gloucester Life Museum celebrates our annual Apple Day because traditionally, cider making and all apple related products were big business for the local area. “There will be lots of fun events and activities taking place, from morris dancing to apple crushing, so I hope we will see lots of families enjoying the day.” There is...

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Be Royally Entertained at Gloucester Cathedral this Half Term

Head to Gloucester Cathedral this half term where celebrations to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Henry III’s Coronation continue. “Coronation Crafts” is a fun and Free family activity for all to enjoy. Bring your camera and take a ‘selfie’ dressed up in regal robes and crown, sitting in a special throne under the beautiful stained glass window of King Henry III. Get creative designing, making and wearing jewellery and crowns fit for a King or Queen. Come and join us from Monday 24 October to Saturday 29 October between 10.30am and 3.30pm, we look forward to welcoming you. If “What really happened at Henry III’s Coronation at Gloucester in 1216?” is of interest then be sure to join us on Friday 28 October at 7.00pm for an Illustrated Talk by Professor Richard Rastall, Emeritus Professor of Historical Musicology at The University of Leeds. Henry III’s coronation in Gloucester Abbey on 28 October 1216 was a somewhat hurried affair, designed to legitimise the claim of a nine-year-old king and carried out on the very day of his accession. Hurried or not, the coronation had to be performed in an obviously legitimate way, and so presumably at least the principal elements of the usual procedures and ceremonies were followed. The talk will be illustrated by some vocal and instrumental items.  Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at this special coronation event...

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Gloucestershire’s first Deputy PCC checks-in

Former BBC Political reporter Chris Brierley has started his new job as Gloucestershire’s first Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. Mr. Brierley, 36, who joined BBC Radio Gloucestershire in 2005 and has also worked for BBC Radio 5-Live, BBC West’s Politics Show and the corporation’s political unit in London, will help share Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl’s burgeoning workload. Mr. Brierley said, “There is so much good work going-on in Gloucestershire under the umbrella of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC). I am keen to play my part and help communicate it. “It is a new challenge for me and I can’t wait to get down to work”. Mr. Brierley will lead on a number of projects to be decided, represent the PCC in meetings, in public and act on his behalf as required by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, the legislation which created PCCs. His appointment was confirmed by the Police and Crime Panel last month. Mr. Surl said, “Chris is joining us at a critical time. Not only am I about to introduce my new Police and Crime Plan but the Government has also indicated it’s keenness to devolve even more powers to PCCs. “I already have a talented team and Chris will fit in well as we continue to develop a strategy regarding policing, crime and victims of crime.  He...

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New parking system just the ticket

Following an investment of £130,000, Gloucester City Council is launching a new state of the art payment system in two of its car parks.   From Monday 3rd October, the new pay on foot and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems for Kings Walk and Eastgate car park will go live.   This means that customers will now take a ticket on arrival to the car park and pay via the pay stations or exit terminals once they’ve finished enjoying their time in the city.  The new ‘pay on foot’ system means customers don’t need display a ticket in their car windows and can relax without rushing back before their ticket runs out.   In addition to the new 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’ parking systems will be supported by using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) allowing disabled users to pre-register their vehicles and drive into the car park hassle free. The ANPR system will automatically recognise the registered vehicle and the barrier will rise, on both entrance and exit.   As part of the changes, MI permits cashless parking will no longer be...

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Filming for new American TV series about Shakespeare to be filmed in Gloucester

Filming for a new American TV series will be taking place at Gloucester Cathedral this week. The series called ‘Will’ is about the early life of William Shakespeare. Star Trek actor Colm Meaney and Trainspotting actor Ewen Bremner are featured in the cast. Filming is due to take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Gloucester News Centre –...

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First phase of Elmbridge roundabout a success

The second phase of the Elmbridge Court roundabout improvements kicks off first thing Monday morning. Crews will focus on widening the approach lanes and the A40 Golden Valley exit. Throughout the first phase crews have worked on digging up the existing road and positioning the new hamburger lane. Utility companies have also begun their work, the foundations for the new subway have started and the draining system is underway. On Monday, as the second phases starts, the inner ring closure around Elmbridge will be completely lifted and reopened as focus moves on to the approaching lanes of the roundabout. Over the next six weeks works move away from the centre of the roundabout, and the approaching lanes on both the southbound and northbound A40 Northern bypass will be narrowed. No lane closures will be in place at the roundabout between 7am and 9am. However, the current single lane closure on the southbound A40 Northern Bypass approach, just before the roundabout, will be reclosed after 9am so these works can be carried out safely. Elmbridge Court roundabout is one of the busiest junctions in the county. These much needed improvements will help relieve congestion, save commuters time and allow traffic to flow more smoothly. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Elmbridge roundabout is already starting to take great shape. The crews have worked tremendously...

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Indoor market welcomes new butcher

Local butcher ‘Simply Meat’ has joined the selection of stalls at Gloucester’s Eastgate Market. The new stall, which opened last month, offers a range of beef, lamb, chicken and pork products. Some offal products are also available. The market offers a wide range of services including a barber, beauty salons, tattooist, watch and phone repairs, key cutting, sewing materials, clothes, make up, jewellery, household items and specialist gifts. The new butcher adds to the fantastic choice of food already on offer with a fishmonger, a delicatessen, a mediterranean olive stall and a café with plenty of seating which serves a range of hot and cold food and drink. Ian Davis, Butcher at Simply Meat said, “I’m a traditional butcher supplying a range of household favourites. Visit us in Eastgate Market for the finest cuts of pork, chicken, beef and lamb, a range of quality offal and our delicious sausages and burgers made from our own homemade recipes.” The market is managed by Gloucester City Council. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester city council said, “Having a traditional butcher is an important part of a market’s offer and it is something we’ve missed since our last butcher retired. I’m delighted to welcome our new trader and I wish him every success.” The market is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5.00pm and there is a...

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Gloucester security company step in to help local nature reserve

Gloucester based security business Allcooper have come to the aid of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust after their new Crickley Hill café was broken in to in early September. Thieves forced their way into the newly established eatery in the early hours of Sunday 4th September, causing in excess of £5000 worth of damage to the building and its contents. As a matter of routine the café team ensure nothing of value is left on the property out of hours so the intruders left disappointed. On discovery, staff worked hard to clean up the mess and were able to open at lunchtime on Sunday, just in time to feed hungry walkers and explorers visiting the popular nature reserve. Allcooper took over maintenance of the existing security system at Crickley Hill when GWT acquired the site from Gloucestershire County Council in April 2016. On hearing about the break-in, the team at Allcooper came to the rescue of the charity and offered to fit a more advanced system free of charge, securing the café against any future attempts to sabotage the small business. Allcooper Director, Roman Cooper explained: “As long-standing supporters of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, when we heard news of the break-in we offered our services free of charge to carry out a complete security review of the site, and to install a new system that will maximise its protection. It is difficult...

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Gloucester Cathedral serves up a sumptuous Medieval Banquet

On Friday 30 September at 7.00pm the magnificent Nave of Gloucester Cathedral will be transformed into a majestic medieval banquet hall. At 7.00pm guests will enjoy a welcome drink on arrival before being served a bountiful medieval feast. Throughout the evening costumed musicians and medieval ladies and knights will transport everyone back in time with music, dancing, storytelling and even table side combat! There will also be a superb auction giving guests the opportunity to win some amazing prizes which will be revealed on the night with proceeds going towards the upkeep of Gloucester Cathedral. Audience participation and the wearing of medieval style costume is encouraged and will add to the authenticity of this truly entertaining evening. Over a hundred tickets have already been snapped up for this unique event leaving fewer than 20 places available to book. Tickets cost £50 and are available from 0845 652 1823, in person in the Cathedral Gift Shop or at www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk Discounts are available for groups of 6 people or more. Please contact Sarah Steel on 01452 874 965 for further information, to discuss a group booking or to order your table wine in advance.  A paying bar will be available on the night. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Carers recognised for long standing dedication to fostering

Foster carers Judy and Steve Hutchinson from Hucclecote are being recognised by Gloucestershire County Council for their dedication to the young people in their care. Judy and Steve have been fostering for the county council for over 23 years and in that time they have fostered 29 children. They usually foster on a short-term basis, including in an emergency and as respite carers, where they provide short-term care to allow regular carers to have a break. They have also helped prepare young children to move to permanent homes with adoptive parents. Judy and Steve have two grown up sons of their own. Steve and Judy said, “We began fostering because we wanted to make a difference and help some of the many children who through no fault of their own can’t safely live with their birth families – at least for some time. Over the years the children have given us much fun and joy, though many have come with their challenges!  We’ve had the privilege of seeing them settle in our home and respond to love and care. “The most common response when people hear we are foster carers is ‘I couldn’t do that as I could never let them go’. This is one of the hardest aspects, but we feel that it is worth the pain and heartbreak of parting when you know that you’ve made a difference...

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Burglar sentenced after being witnessed by neighbour

A burglar has been sentenced after a neighbour witnessed him committing the crime. Robert Mayer, aged 41, of Quay Street in Gloucester, was sentenced to three years and three months in prison after appearing at Gloucester Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and attempted theft and was sentenced to three years for the burglary. He was sentenced to another three months, to run consecutively, for the theft and attempted theft. The burglary occurred last month, on Wednesday 24 August, on Priory Road in Gloucester, when Mayer climbed into a secure courtyard and kicked down a wooden door to the property. He carried out an untidy search and located the keys to a vehicle parked on the driveway. He looked inside the vehicle and then attempted to open a set of gates at the front of the property to escape. Meanwhile, a neighbour was witnessing the burglary and called police. Officers quickly attended, disturbing Mayer who jumped over a garden fence to get away. He was later found hiding behind a wheelie bin in a nearby alleyway. This case shows the importance of witnesses and that their sightings and information are key. If you witness a crime in progress or suspect suspicious activity, alert police immediately by calling 999. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Elmbridge update – improvements to county’s busiest roundabout on track

The Elmbridge Court roundabout has almost completed its first stage. Tarmac for the new lane is being laid and the foundations for the subway are taking shape. The £7million investment work on the Elmbridge Court roundabout is on track with the first phase completing at the end of this month. Throughout these first five weeks crews have worked hard on digging up the existing road and positioning of the new hamburger lane, with tarmac being laid this week. Utility companies have also begun their work at the roundabout, the foundations for the new subway have started and the draining system is underway. Elmbridge Court roundabout is one of the busiest junctions in the county. These much needed improvements will help relieve congestion, save commuters time and allow traffic to flow more smoothly. Once the entire scheme is completed, there will be a new straight-on ‘hamburger lane’, a widening of the approach lanes and the latest traffic signal technology at the roundabout. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said, “This first phase has seen crews work tremendously hard. This project won’t happen over night, but it is clearly already taking shape and we’re making great progress. “I’d like to thank road users for the patients they’ve shown whilst we carry out the works. The improvements to this roundabout will be significant and improve the traffic...

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Warning about the risks of illegally imported dogs

The UK has seen a year on year increase in dogs being illegally brought in to the country, putting the health of other animals and the general public at risk. This warning comes after three puppies in Gloucestershire have been quarantined this month. It is hoped that all will return home to their owners, after being checked for diseases such as rabies, which can easily be transmitted to other animals and humans. The UK has been rabies free, except for a rare strain carried by some bats, since 1922. The disease is spread by the bite of an infected animal, or where infected saliva comes into contact with an open wound. It is a fatal disease to humans unless treated very soon after exposure, before symptoms develop. Dogs with a pet passport can travel safely and securely without the need for long quarantine periods. Other animals covered by the passports include cats and ferrets all of which would have been vaccinated against rabies. Anyone buying a dog from outside the UK should be aware that the dog: Must be at least 15 weeks old Must have a valid pet passport which means the dog must be micro-chipped, and have been vaccinated against rabies must have a tapeworm treatment between one and five days before its expected arrival in the UK Must be brought in through an approved route Head...

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Police arrest suspected burglars after tracing them on CCTV in Gloucester

Police have arrested two suspected burglars with the help of CCTV in Gloucester. A member of the public called police whilst witnessing a burglary taking place on Brunswick Square at around 5.20pm yesterday (Wednesday 21 September). She gave a detailed description of the offenders, enabling CCTV operators to locate them on Southgate Street a few minutes later. Officers attended and arrested two men on suspicion of burglary – a 31-year-old from Matson, and a 40-year-old of no fixed abode who was also arrested for possession of Class B drugs. They remain in police custody for questioning. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Roman artefact winging its way back to Gloucester

Cotswold Archaeology An extremely rare wing from a Roman bronze sculpture found by archaeologists in Gloucester is heading to the Museum of Gloucester.   Archaeologists from Cotswold Archaeology found the sculpture on the former Gloscat building site in Brunswick Road as part of a site investigation, ahead of the construction of the Greyfriars Development.   The wing, which is 14cm long, was heavily covered with dirt and corrosion when it was found. It has since been given a clean up to reveal the ornate detail, which shows finely sculpted feathering.   Wings that take an eagle-like form are a feature of Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory. Archaeologists believe that the wing is likely to have come from a winged victory statuette.   Finds of Roman bronze sculpture are extremely rare in Britain and this find goes to reinforce Gloucester’s status as a high ranking city in Roman times.   Andrew Armstrong, city archaeologist at Gloucester City Council, said: “The discovery of the Roman wing is fascinating. It’s a great example of how important archaeological remains can be discovered and protected during modern building works.”   Vicki Hopson, business development manager at Museum of Gloucester, said: “This is a really exciting find for the city, and adds to the museum’s extensive collection of Roman artefacts on display.   “We’re really pleased to be able to show it off to...

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Moat Primary School working hard to improve  

The Matson based school is taking immediate action to improve pupil progress and drive up the quality of teaching.   In July, Ofsted inspectors rated the school as inadequate, putting them into ‘special measures’. Staff and governors are now working closely with Gloucestershire County Council to set out a plan to improve standards.   The report praised the efforts made by the new executive headteacher to improve pupils’ behaviour. They noted the new systems that had been established were working well, and that staff were making sure they were followed.   There was also praise for the improvements to the way that pupils are taught phonics and that these had seen standards raise.   Ofsted highlighted the need for the school to:   Improve the quality of teaching and learning through regular training in perceived weaker areas. Improve the standards of pupil’s output, both in terms of presentation and content. Improve leadership and management by regularly monitoring the quality of teaching and learning throughout the year and taking action quickly to tackle any weaknesses.   Executive Headteacher, Tim Cooper, said; “The staff, board of governors and I are absolutely committed to providing the best possible education for all our pupils.   “We are obviously disappointed in the report’s findings. However, I am certain that, with the support of governors, staff, the county council and our parents, we will rapidly make...

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16-year-old boy sexually assaulted in Gloucester Quays toilets

CCTV images have been released of a man police want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault. A 16-year-old boy was using the urinal in the Gloucester Quays toilets at around 1pm on Friday 9 September. A man next to him began grinning and then touched the victim inappropriately. The victim shouted at the man to get off him before leaving the toilets. The offender was of Asian origin, around 5 foot 10, in his 20s or 30s, with a beard. He was wearing a baseball cap backwards, a white American football jersey, blue jogging bottoms and grey shoes. Anyone who recognises the man in the images, or the man himself, is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 463 of 9 September. Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court Gloucester News Centre –...

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Witnesses sought following serious assault in Gloucester city centre

Officers investigating a serious assault in Gloucester city centre are appealing for witnesses. A 36-year-old man left Fusion on Southgate Street at around 12.30am on Tuesday 13 September. He was then assaulted and taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by an ambulance, after sustaining serious head injuries. He has since been discharged. There is currently not a description of the offender and it is not known exactly where the assault took place. Officers are trawling CCTV of the city centre to establish these details. Anyone who thinks they saw the assault should call police on 101 quoting incident 208 of 13 September. Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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More access to digital technology

Local people are to benefit as Gloucestershire County Council gives its refurbished computers to community cafes and drop in hubs.   With help from its ICT partner Sopra Steria, the council is refurbishing and donating the computers it no longer uses as part of a new project called e-Forwards.   e-Forwards is part of the council’s Forwards initiative which helps disabled people in Gloucestershire to get into work.   Giving more residents access to computers also improves digital inclusion and helps people to live more independent lives.   Digital inclusion is about making sure that everyone regardless of their background, their age or where they live, has access to IT and can use the internet.   Being online helps people feel more connected and 81%* of people in the UK over the age of 55 say that being online makes them feel part of modern society and less lonely.   Nowadays digital skills are helpful to find employment and carry out jobs, but in the UK 21%* of people still lack the skills they need to take advantage of the internet. Disabled people and older people are some of the most digitally excluded in the country.   In Gloucestershire the county council and Sopra Steria are already making a difference.   In Coleford in the Forest of Dean four computers have already been installed at the Sixteen Community Café,...

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New surface for A417 Ledbury Road in Bromsberrow

The improvement work will see 475 tonnes of new material put down to create a smoother road surface. The work will take place from Thursday 29th September and will be complete by Wednesday 5th October. It will be necessary to close the road to traffic each week day from 7:30am until 5.30pm at the M50 junction 2 up to Oak Drive Lodge. Outside of these hours, and at the weekend, the road will be open as usual. A diversion will be in place via Ledbury following the A449 to Ross on Wye then the A40 towards Gloucester before turning back onto the A417 towards Ledbury. Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles. Special arrangements have been made for school buses. Where possible they will be allowed through the work, otherwise they will be given a local diversion. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, “I’d like to thank local people, and regular users of this stretch of the A417, for their patience while we carry out these improvements. I’m sure everyone will be pleased with the new road surface once the work is complete.” Local county councillor, Will Windsor Clive said, “Local people and regular road users will really notice the difference along this stretch of the A417 when the work is done at the end of the month.” The county council’s highway crews work around the...

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Proposals show the future of A40 Over roundabout

Gloucestershire County Council is organising two events next week for residents and commuters to view and give their feedback on proposals for further improvements to the A40 Over roundabout. The county council is proposing a second phase of work to widen the southbound approach to the A417 from Maisemore and westbound to the A40 from Longford roads and to the rest of the roundabout to make it three lanes the whole way around to provide additional capacity. There will be two events held this week for residents and road users, at Hartpury Village Hall on Tuesday 20th September between 9am – 2pm, and Highnam Community Centre on Thursday 22nd September from 2.30pm – 7.30pm. The A40 Over roundabout is on the northwest of Gloucester and is the main point of entry into the city from the west. Highways England completed the first phase of improvement works in March 2015, including widening the A40 eastbound approach from Highnam to three lanes to allow a dedicated right turn lane, and the roundabout carriageway on the northern side. The council believes this work will reduce congestion at this key ‘pinch point’ on the A40 and reduce journey times for road users. Gloucestershire County Council will apply to GFirst LEP for funding, and hopes that improvement works will start in 2018, lasting around five months. Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure,...

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Gloucester to Maisemore cycle route set for repairs

Gloucestershire County Council has agreed to fund repair work on the Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 45. The work will see the boardwalk section near Maisemore repaired and reopened. The section includes a cycle bridge across the River Severn. Since last year the route has been diverted close to the A417 so local cyclists will be pleased so see the original route reopen once again. The work, which is expected to begin next year, is being funded by the county council and will be carried out by Sustrans. Sustrans is a UK charity which aims to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport for the benefit of their health and the environment. A design and schedule for the work is currently being drawn up by Sustrans. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, “We want to see local cyclists get back on the original track so the county council is pleased to help fund the work on the boardwalk section near Maisemore.” Cllr Phillip Awford, local county councillor for Highnam said, “This is a popular cycle route and I’ll be delighted to see it fully reopened.” Alistair Millington, Land Manager for England South at Sustrans said, “We’re delighted to be working with the county council to restore this route. It’s a vital lifeline for local people on foot and cycle, and an important link...

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Appeal for witnesses after man arrested for brandishing knife on Barton Street in Gloucester

Officers investigating an incident involving a knife on Barton Street in Gloucester are appealing for witnesses. It happened on Wednesday 14 September at around 5pm, when a man threatened another man with a knife. The victim ran to Barton Street Police Station for help and was not injured. Meanwhile, the offender walked towards Sainsbury’s Local and put the knife in his pocket. Police promptly attended and arrested the man in the store, who was shouting racially abusive language at the time. A knife was also seized. A 31-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and racially aggravated disorder. He was bailed until 14 October pending further enquiries. This is thought to be an isolated incident with no wider threat or risk to the general public. Witnesses have been spoken to at the scene but police are still appealing for anyone else in the area at the time who saw what happened to come forward. In particular, two men standing at the bus stop are thought to have witnessed the incident and they are urged to contact police and help with enquiries. Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 350 of 14 September. Alternatively, report information to us online at: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact-us/report-a-crime-or-incident/ You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111...

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Top EU delegation to visit Gloucester today

A delegation of forty-five former members of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union will be arriving in Gloucester today on a fact-finding mission. Gloucester was chosen as a destination as it is built on strong, historic traditions and has an enviable reputation as being a city on the up. The Association of Former Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body of the European Union made up of leading businessmen, trade unionists, consumers, professionals, farmers, voluntary organisations and other social groups across Europe. EU legislation can only be agreed after the EESC has been consulted. Every year, the influential former members of the EESC make a study visit to an EU country. This year, the UK has been chosen, visiting Oxford and on Friday 16 September, they will visit Gloucester. The timetable of the visit will include morning visits to two academic institutions with proud reputations.  The EESC group will stop by one of the oldest schools in the country, The Crypt School which dates back to the Sixteenth Century, and Severn Vale School, one of Gloucestershire’s most improved schools in recent years. In the afternoon the group will take part in a discussion with a panel chaired by Neal Carmichael, MP for Stroud and Chairman of the House of Commons Education Committee. The panel will also include Sarah Tufnell (Head Teacher...

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The big study: what do you think should be next?

Gloucester City Council’s overview and scrutiny committee is asking local people what topics they would like to see studied in depth over a period of 3-6 months. In the past the committee has looked into issues such as unadopted green land, the evening economy, flood recovery and raising the standard of private sector housing.  These studies have led to improvements for residents in and around the city and in some cases, such as private sector housing, the impact has been life changing. People can submit their ideas by emailing democratic.services@gloucester.gov.uk, or write to: Democratic Services, Herbert Warehouse, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EQ. Cllr Tom Coole, chair of the overview and scrutiny committee, said: “I’d love to hear from people living or working in the city on what they would like overview and scrutiny to look at in depth.  The committee will then choose one of the topics as a task and finish group.  However, I would remind residents that if they have an urgent issue they should still contact the council’s customer services team, 01452 396396.” Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “The city council is always keen to hear from the public about what they feel is really important to them so we can direct our resources towards achieving the outcomes they want to see.” All suggestions need to be submitted by Friday 23 September...

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New cabinet member appointed at city council

Cllr Richard Cook has been appointed as cabinet member for the environment at Gloucester City Council. Cllr Cook, who was first elected as a councillor for Kingsway at this year’s city council election, will step up into the role since the passing of Cllr Jim Porter. Having lived in Kingsway for the last three years, Cllr Cook spent a large part of his career working in purchasing and facilities management for an airline. With four grown up children, two grandchildren, a volunteer with several groups in Kingsway and Quedgeley, a former member of the parish council and on the Kingsway Residents Association, Cllr Cook is an active member of Gloucester’s thriving community . Cllr Richard Cook, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I am very pleased to be appointed to the role and am particularly looking forward to working with residents and communities on various environmental issues. “Jim Porter worked very hard to do the best for the local people around the city, and I hope to continue this work moving forward.” Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “Richard has lot of relevant experience and has shown a huge amount of enthusiasm to take on the role as the Council’s new cabinet member for the environment. “I know Richard will do a first class job in the role and I look forward to working closely with...

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Proposals to adopt a late night levy

The possibility of introducing a late night levy in Gloucester was discussed at the city council’s cabinet meeting this week. If introduced, the levy would be a charge made to all alcohol licensed premises within the city boundary (pubs, off licences, restaurants and members clubs) that are authorised to supply alcohol between midnight and 6am. Cabinet agreed to carry out a full consultation, starting today (Thursday 15th September) and running until Wednesday 7th December, giving residents and businesses the chance to give their views on the proposals. Cllr Jennie Dallimore, deputy leader of Gloucester City Council said, “We want to make sure that all our residents, and the people who visit our city, feel safe. If a late night levy was adopted the revenue raised would help manage the night-time economy, particularly to reduce or prevent crime and disorder and public nuisance. “I urge all night time traders to take part in our consultation and to give us their views.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Quayside and Blackfriars regeneration proposals – Have your say!

Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester City Council are to unveil further information about the proposed redevelopment of the Quayside and Blackfriars areas of the city, and they want to know what people think. People are invited to come along to a special drop-in event at Blackfriars Priory on Tuesday 20th September from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Consultation material will be on display and members of the project team will be available to answer any questions about the development proposals. A full public consultation will run from Tuesday 20th September until Tuesday 4th October. In April 2015 funding of £4.13m was secured from central government and the GFirst LEP Gloucestershire Growth Deal 2015 to 2021 to prepare the site ready for redevelopment and to incorporate renewable energy generation into the proposals, helping the Shire Hall offices to become one of the most energy efficient buildings around. Since the project was launched last year significant progress has been made. The disused police cells at the rear of Shire Hall have been demolished making way for new development. Archaeological investigations, site investigations and decontamination works have all been completed and new plans developed for the regeneration of this part of the city. The development area will cover around 2.9 hectares of land across Quayside adjacent to the River Severn in the western part of the site and Blackfriars in the south eastern part...

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City Council approves local lottery

Following cabinet approval, Gloucester City Council is looking to introduce a lottery for local residents in an aim to raise money for charities and good causes. The £1 game could also see winners receive up to £25,000 as part of the weekly held draw. The city council would be the third council to start hosting a local lottery, after Portsmouth was recently given approval to launch their own version, and Aylesbury, who have been hosting a lottery since November 2015. The council wants to make sure that good causes and local charities can continue to receive support, even in continued economically difficult times, and by setting up the lottery, it will help continue to fund these projects. Of the money raised, 60 per cent will go good causes. The rest of the money will go towards the prize money, an external lottery manager who will run the game, and VAT. Cllr Jennie Dallimore, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “The Gloucester lottery is a really exciting proposal and I hope that people get on board with the idea. It will support local voluntary organisations and charities and has the potential to help good causes address any funding pressures they may be facing. “Whilst this is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, the city council wants to remind everyone to gamble responsibly.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Further images released of witnesses to serious assault in Gloucester

Officers investigating a serious assault in Gloucester have released further CCTV images of three witnesses they would like to speak to. A 38-year-old man was assaulted by another man in the Cromwell Street area at around 10pm on Saturday (10 September). The victim was taken to hospital, where he still remains recovering. He sustained serious internal injuries and an injury to his head. His condition is stable and he is expected to be discharged from hospital within the next few days. DC Grace Samuel, the investigating officer, said: “Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the assault that took place on Saturday night.  “It occurred in a public place where a number of potential witnesses maybe able to assist us with our enquiries, and most importantly provide us with information which may lead to the arrest of the person who has carried out this assault. “The three females pictured may have significant information that could assist in identifying who has carried out this apparently unprovoked attack.” These women, anyone who recognises them, or anyone else who witnessed the incident or have information which can help police, should call 101 quoting incident 509 of 10 September. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will...

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Items chosen for bus station time capsule

The city council will be burying a little bit of Gloucester’s history later this month. A time capsule will be buried underneath the new look bus station. Members of the public, local businesses and schools were asked over the summer what they would like to see put in the capsule to represent the city. Lots of ideas were put forward and amongst the final items chosen is a copy of the Citizen newspaper, a Beatrix Potter mug with 150 year trial map, plans for the new bus station, a Scrumpty key ring, local rugby and football shirts with programmes and a bottle of Gloucester beer. The items will be buried next Tuesday by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. The Duke is The Queen’s cousin. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration said, “I’d like to thank everyone who gave us a suggestion for what to include in the bus station time capsule. It will give future generations an insight into our lives today.” The new bus station hub in the heart of Gloucester city centre will be the new gateway to the city. The modern design will include a fully enclosed station, 12 bus bays, a manned ticket office, electronic timetable displays, a new cafe and CCTV. Funding for the new £7.5million bus station comes from the GFirst LEP and the...

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Attempted burglary at Gloucester café

A man police want to speak to in connection with an attempted burglary at a café in Gloucester is the latest to be added to Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Caught on Camera online gallery. Between 5.10pm on Thursday 9 August and 8.40am on Wednesday 10 August, a man attempted to gain entry to Hubble Bubble on Westgate Street by using a razor blade to tamper with the lock. However, he was unsuccessful leaving the razor behind. This case is just one of 12 featured in the latest batch of images at https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/news-room/caught-on-camera. Anyone who recognises a person in any of the images can report it quickly and easily via a special button on the page. Amongst the other cases, police want to speak to people in connection with criminal damage at a betting shop in Cheltenham and shoplifting across the county. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Appeal for witnesses and dash cam footage after man and woman injured in collision

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage to come forward after a collision in the Linden area of Gloucester. A silver Ford Focus collided with a blue Peugeot 208 on the Bowly Road and Raikes Road junction at around 8.05pm on Monday. The driver of the Peugeot 208, a 26-year-old woman, was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with a shoulder and arm injury. The driver of the Ford Focus, a 19-year-old man, sustained a minor head injury and was also taken to hospital. Police are eager to establish the circumstances of the collision and urge anyone who witnessed it, or who may have captured the incident on their dash cam, to make contact with PC 2265 Thomas by calling 101 quoting incident 438 of 12 September. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Number of new College students at Hartpury hits record high!

Hartpury has seen its highest ever number of new College students joining the famous Pury family this year! During a busy enrolment week last week, 1096 students started their journey as new College students – the highest ever number of new starters. While the majority will be studying vocational diplomas in Sport, Animal, Equine, Agriculture and Land-based studies, Outdoor Adventure and Uniformed Public Services, 126 will be starting the first year of their A-levels at the College, many of them combining their academic development with elite sport commitments. Some of the new cohort enjoyed a fun day of watersports activities at Croft Farm in Tewkesbury during enrolment week, while they are now enjoying an action-packed Freshers’ Week, including barbecues, quiz and games nights and the ever-popular Freshers’ Party. It’s no surprise that the popularity of studying at the College is increasing, given last year’s ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted for the care and support offered to students living on campus at Hartpury, which has the most residential students of any Further Education provider in the UK. Department for Education results released in January also showed that Hartpury again ranked as the top specialist land-based college in England for its vocational diploma courses, with the average grade being a Distinction and students making more progress from their starting points than at any similar college; achieving significantly higher grades than would have...

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Gloucestershire Constabulary Open Day this Saturday

The countdown is on to the Gloucestershire Constabulary Open Day. Following the success of the last two years, there will be demonstrations from mounted police, police dogs, roads policing and firearms. However, new this year are a series of lectures to give the public an insight into the unseen aspects of policing including forensics, intelligence, cyber-crime and child protection. Some of the forces partner agencies will also be involved including Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, the Army and the Royal Military Police. The open day will take place on Saturday 17 September between 10am and 3pm at Police Headquarters, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, GL2 2AN. Entry is free and there is free parking at the nearby Park and Ride as well as disabled parking on site. Gloucester News Centre –...

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See democracy in action at your city cabinet meeting

Gloucester City Council’s cabinet will be meet this evening and want to invite local people to come along and see how local democracy works. Cabinet currently comprises of six councillors including the leader of Gloucester City Council who chairs its meetings. It has responsibility for the day-to-day decisions on council functions and makes recommendations to full council on the major policy plans and the budget and council tax. By coming along to the meeting, which takes place at the Civic Suite in North Warehouse, Gloucester, from 6pm, members of the public can get an overview of how decisions are reached and made. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and chair of the meetings, said: “I really welcome the prospect of more people coming along to cabinet and getting an idea of what happens when we meet. “Local democracy is hugely important, it affects us all and you can learn a lot about your community by attending. In tomorrows meeting we will discuss the possibility of a Gloucester Lottery and the proposal to adopt a late night levy.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Sentimental jewellery and hundreds of pounds stolen in Shurdington burglary

Sentimental jewellery and hundreds of pounds was stolen during a burglary in Shurdington yesterday. Offenders forced entry to the property on Main Road. It is believed to have happened at midday, as the offenders knocked over a clock causing its batteries to fall out, stopping the time at 12pm. Around £700 in cash was stolen as well as jewellery of sentimental value to the victim. The property is near a busy road and it is hoped that a passing motorist or pedestrian may have witnessed suspicious activity at the time. Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 235 of 13 September. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News Centre –...

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National call for foster carers – can you help?

Across the UK, calls are being made for foster carers to help look after young asylum seekers, and Gloucestershire is now looking to do its part to help the national campaign. Most young, unaccompanied asylum seekers have arrived in the country through the southern counties, particularly Kent, and the government is asking other authorities to share the responsibility for providing a safe place for them to stay until their asylum claims are completed. The young people are being dispersed on a regional basis and Gloucestershire is part of the South West region. On Wednesday 21st September, Gloucestershire County Council will be holding an information evening at Maisemore Village Hall from 7pm to 9pm for anyone who is interested in finding out more about fostering, particularly fostering young asylum seekers. A social worker, an experienced foster carer and a young asylum seeker who has been fostered in Gloucestershire will be the at information evening to explain the process of becoming a foster carer. There will also be a chance to ask questions about fostering. The young people needing a foster home will be largely male, from 15 to 17 years of age and from a wide range of countries. They will not be part of the Syrian resettlement that the government announced some time ago. There are currently 21 young, unaccompanied asylum seekers in foster care in Gloucestershire. Sixty per...

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CCTV released in connection with sexual assault in Gloucester

Officers investigating a sexual assault in Gloucester have issued CCTV images in hope of tracing the offender. The incident happened at around 2am on Saturday 2 July at the junction of Market Parade and Clarence Street. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, was walking along Eastgate Street when she was approached by a man who asked her for directions. He walked with her until they reached the junction and then pushed her against a wall and sexually assaulted her. The victim shouted before the offender then walked off. He is described as black, in his 30s, of a medium build, around 5 foot 6 in height and was wearing a Barbour jacket. Police are eager to speak to the man in the image in connection with the incident. Images have also been released of two men he was in company with that night. DC Austin Parry, the investigating officer, said: “We have trawled CCTV and established that the three men attended several bars in the city centre on the evening of Friday 1 July. They frequented the Regal, Butlers, Zest and Liquid. “The images we have decided to release see the men entering the Regal at around 11pm. We particularly want to speak to the man alone in the image, but his associates in the other photo, may also be able to assist us with our enquiries. “I urge themselves,...

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Appeal for witnesses following road traffic collision

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious RTC on the B4008 last week. A van and a motorbike collided on the road between Junction 12 of the M5 and Stonehouse. The 52-year-old motorbike rider was taken to Southmead hospital. He suffered serious but not life threatening injuries. Officers want to hear from anyone who was in the area on Tuesday 30 August around 2.30pm. Please call 101 quoting Incident Number 282 of 30 August 2016. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Beautiful Gardens Across Gloucester Praised

This Summer Gloucester City Homes (GCH) hosted its eleventh Annual Garden Competition. During July, all tenants were welcomed to enter the competition which celebrates the hard work and effort that has been put into maintaining gardens across the City. The competition received nearly thirty entries from tenants in communities across Gloucester. The entries demonstrated some bright and varied gardens. The GCH Tenant Panel were tasked with the difficult job of judging the entries and awarded the five winners. After much consideration they chose winners of each category: Best Floral Garden, Best Hanging Baskets, Best Wildlife Garden, Best Balcony/Patio Garden and Vegetable Garden. Entrants were awarded with a prize to thank each person for taking pride in their home and community. Winners were visited by Jason Humphries, Tenancy & Estates Manager and Amanda Hayward, Housing Officer who handed over prizes and looked around each wonderful garden. We would like to thank everyone who entered the competition and those who invest time in their gardens to improve the appearance of their home and area. Jason Humphries, Tenancy & Estates Manager at GCH said “The Garden Competition is a great opportunity to acknowledge and thank residents for their efforts and creativity. The standard and quality of gardens across our neighbourhoods this Summer was very high, with customers showing a real sense of enthusiasm and pride. We’ve seen an array of beautiful flowers,...

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Putting in a cultural shift

If you’re passionate about Gloucester, the arts and culture, then you could be the person the city needs. As part of the city council’s cultural strategy, developed in conjunction with Arts Council England, Gloucester’s new culture board is looking for a chair and trustees to help shape the city’s cultural offerings. The strategy was adopted in March, and is supported by a partnership of organisations made up of the city council, Marketing Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral, University of Gloucestershire, Create Gloucestershire, Arts Council England and GUST. One of the first steps for the strategy was to set up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) to help put Gloucester on the cultural map. We’re looking for an enthusiastic hard-working Chair and ten trustees to join the Board alongside one trustee representing the city council (currently Councillor Lise Noakes). Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture at Gloucester City Council, said: “Gloucester is clearly a city ‘on the up’ but we still have a long way to go to have the cultural offering that residents deserve. “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to come and shape the future of Gloucester’s cultural landscape. “We want people that have a passion for the arts, culture and the city, to come in and help us put culture at the heart of the city.” Following the appointments, there will be an informal meeting of the board...

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Man stabbed in Gloucester City Centre

Four people have been arrested after a man was stabbed in Gloucester this afternoon. It happened in the St Michael’s Square area of the city just before 2pm. The victim, a man thought to be in his early forties, has non-life threatening injuries. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Renewed appeal to trace missing Quedgeley man

Police are renewing an appeal to trace missing Quedgeley man, Scot Holder after a second sighting. A member of the public responding to an earlier appeal, reported seeing a man fitting Scot’s description in Stroud between 9.45am and 10.10am on Sunday morning (4 September). He was sitting on a kerb near to the mini-roundabout at the junction of Painswick Road and Stratford Road. He was carrying a rucksack and had several days beard growth. Police are confident it was Scot. Taking into consideration the previous sighting in Brookthorpe and the route of travel so far, people in neighbouring Wiltshire are also being asked to look out for him. Anyone seeing Scot is urged to call 101 or 999 straight away. Gloucester News Centre –...

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‘Every school should sign up for this road safety lesson’ says PCC

Students in Gloucestershire will soon have the chance to experience a serious road accident without actually being involved. The aim is to keep them safe on the road when they get behind the wheel.?? The story of how Louis Turner and Adam James survived a catastrophic crash which almost killed them is the backdrop to a new, hard-hitting road safety film which is the basis of a roadshow, developed for schools by the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership. Audiences will not only be able to see exactly what happened to Louis and Adam, they will also explore the emotions and experiences of everyone involved before, during and after the life-changing incident. And they will hear from all three emergency services, hospital staff, family members of people who have lost their lives, drivers who have been prosecuted and people living with serious injury. So far, 24 schools, colleges and training centres have booked to take part but   Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl, who financed the project as part of his drive for more safe and sociable driving, wants more. He said, “I think every educational establishment in the county should give their students the chance to be involved in this. Years 12 & 13 are when many of them have either just learned to drive, are learning to drive or are thinking about it. “Our research reinforces the need to provide preventative...

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Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Coronation of King Henry III in Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester will celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Coronation of Henry III with a re-enactment of his Enthronement in Gloucester Cathedral this Saturday. A Gloucester Schoolboy was chosen to be King for a Day. Eleven-year old Fraser Martin will be playing the role of a lifetime, (quite a few lifetimes actually!) as he portrays Henry III on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of his coronation in Gloucester. King Henry was crowned as a nine-year old boy at St Peter’s Abbey (the old name for Gloucester Cathedral) following the death of the infamous King John. The event in 1216 was the last time an English or British monarch was crowned outside of London and Westminster Abbey. Fraser, who won the ‘Search For A King’ competition; will be joined by his ‘footmen’, eight-year old Harry Morris and eleven-year old Toby Sellers on Saturday. A re-enactment of the coronation parade will process through Gloucester City Centre at 12.30pm. The ‘King’ will be carried aloft on a ceremonial chair from Blackfriars Priory, along Southgate Street towards The Cross, turning on to Westgate Street before making its way to the Cathedral via College Street. The Henry III Coronation Re-enactment will be presided over by The Right Reverend, Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester. Following the Coronation and Enthronement Ceremony, there will be a planting of a yew tree in the Cathedral grounds as part...

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County comes together for World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

Organisations from across Gloucestershire are joining others around the world to tackle the stigma around suicide for the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and World Health Organisation (WHO) World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 on Saturday 10th September.  Last year Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Partnership Forum (GSPPF) launched their five-year plan to reduce the rate of suicide in Gloucestershire through a range of actions, including raising awareness and signposting people to help available. The forum represents organisations from public, private and the voluntary and community sectors, as well as people with lived experience. As part of the commitment to reduce the suicide rate in Gloucestershire, agencies will be supporting World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 by making pledges on how they will be reaching out to people in need. Using the hashtag #GlosCares, councillors, local business leaders, staff and other dignitaries from around the county will be posting their pledges onto social media throughout the day and are encouraging people across Gloucestershire to join in. The pledges are designed to help tackle the stigma around talking about mental health, and direct people to the help they need, when they need it. Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will have its bus on the cross in Gloucester city centre on Saturday 10th September where staff will be on hand to offer support and information. There will also be a chance for people to...

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Henry III, a young king, a divided kingdom: good King or bad ruler?

The year is 1216 and in Gloucester Cathedral a nine year old boy is being proclaimed the most important man in the land, King of England.  His name was Henry. Now, 800 years later, Gloucester will be welcoming Henry back to the city in the form of a museum exhibition on the life and reign of Henry III, at the Museum of Gloucester. The exhibition opens in the city gallery at the Museum of Gloucester on Tuesday 13th September and runs until early 2017, so visitors to the city will have plenty of opportunity to visit. The exhibition will see some of Gloucester’s most important medieval treasures on display to explore the reign of Gloucester’s boy king. As part of the exhibitions, visitors to the museum will be able to see masterpieces of art alongside weapons of war and symbols of division showing England at an uncertain time in its history. At the end, it’ll be down to visitors to decide: was it a golden age of prosperity or time of fear for the citizens of Gloucester? An excavation at the site of Gloucester Castle earlier this year uncovered more items, which will be displayed for the first time at Museum of Gloucester. Other items on display will include a Bishop’s crozier decorated with gold and champlevé enamel and pennies of Henry minted in Gloucester. There will also be a...

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Success as nuisance behaviour in city centre drops

  Following the introduction of Gloucester City Council’s safe and attractive streets policy in July the number of persistent  beggars in Gloucester has fallen significantly. Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire Constabulary carried out an operation on 30 August to monitor and target the most persistent beggars in the city centre and found fewer beggars on the streets. This follows work done by city council’s community safety team, together with police and other partners, to help beggars and rough sleepers access the support they may need. Since July, when the safe and attractive streets policy was put in place, 19 people have received letters of concern. These letters...

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Chance to give views on the future of King’s Quarter

People across Gloucester are being given another chance to share their views on the future of Kings Quarter. Following the success of the first drop-in event, members of the public are invited to a second event on Friday 9th September and Saturday 10th September. The drop-in will be held at Unit 11 of Grosvenor House. On Friday, people can drop into anytime between 10am – 7pm and on Saturday the doors will be open between 9am – 1pm. The purpose of the drop in events is for members of the public to view the proposals for the future of Kings Quarter, and let the council...

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Reducing flood risks in Barnwood

A new trash screen is going to be installed on the Wotton Brook in Barnwood Park in September, which will reduce flood risks in the area. A trash screen is a steel structure comprised of a series of bars which allows water to pass through, but holds back debris that can then be removed. Most screens need to be cleaned regularly in order to avoid a blockage, and the current screen at Wotton Brook is difficult to clean meaning it often becomes blocked. Gloucester City Council will be installing the new screen from 5th September. It is designed to be far more efficient and better at catching the debris that is washed downstream. It will take approximately 1 week to install the new screen. The new screen will be bigger than the previous one to comply with current standards, but to reduce any visual impact, parts of the new screen will be painted black, rather than left steel grey. Gloucester City Council is working with the ‘Friends of Barnwood Arboretum’ as part of the work and an environmental permit has been obtained from the Environment Agency. Lloyd Griffiths, head of neighbourhood services at Gloucester City Council, said: “The current trash screen is no longer fit for purpose, which is why we are now going to be updating it with a brand new screen.’’ “The new screen will be much...

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Unhappy girls, body image and the power of social media

In response to the recent Children’s Society Report, The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek says we can no longer ignore the issues that social media can cause young people, in relation to their body image and unhappiness, especially in girls. Bishop Rachel said. “The scale of the problem we now face, with young people valuing who they are and how happy they are, based on physical appearance urgently needs addressing. The recent Children’s Society report identified that a third of girls are unhappy with their appearance and we know that many girls base what the ‘perfect body image’ is through social media and advertising. “We need to start encouraging young women to discover who they are as a whole person and to delight in that. So much of what they experience through social media presents a message of value based on physical appearance. This often leads to low self-esteem, which can lead to mental health issues. “Over the coming months I hope to meet with young people in secondary schools and listen to their voices about what matters to them and how we can challenge the perception of value being associated with body image. I long for every young person to discover their worth as a unique individual created in the image of God and to find happiness as they go on becoming who they have...

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Appeal for missing Quedgeley man

Gloucestershire Constabulary are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing man from Quedgeley. Scot Holder, aged 39, was last seen near his home in Quedgeley at around 4am yesterday after being dropped off from work. He has not been seen or heard from since. He likes to walk along the canal and at Robinswood Hill, so people in these areas are especially urged to look out for him. Scot is white, of a slim build, 6 foot 3 in height and has short black hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue t-shirt and black trainers. Scot also has tattoos on his arms – a Celtic band and skulls on his left arm and Chinese writing and the name ‘Rachel’ on his right arm. His disappearance is out of character and police and Scot’s family are growing increasingly concerned for him. Anyone who sees Scot should call police on 101 quoting incident 165 of Thursday 1 September. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Plan your journeys around A38 closure

Motorists are being reminded that the A38 bridge near Berkeley will be closed next week while essential repairs are carried out. In 2013, the northbound Berkeley bridge on the A38 was found to be weak so a 30mph speed restriction was put in place to reduce pressure on the structure. The first phase of the major scheme to repair it started a few weeks ago. The whole project, costing nearly £2.5million, includes completely replacing the bridge over the railway track near the Prince of Wales Hotel. Since work started temporary traffic lights have been in place to manage traffic using the busy commuter route and it has been working well. However, workers on site have discovered that there is additional preparation work needed to be done before the old bridge can be removed. From 6th September to 15th September the road will still be completely closed so workers and machinery can get full access to the site and ensure that the additional preparation work is complete. The project, which is being carried out with the  support of Network Rail, is planned to be completed in two stages. The first phase will still finish by Friday 11th November as planned when the temporary traffic lights will be removed. Network Rail will need to close the railway line during phase two, which is likely to take place early next year and...

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Gloucester Cathedral’s Project Pilgrim is on the up!

From Monday 5 September, Gloucester Cathedral will be kick-starting Project Pilgrim as the first bit of scaffolding is assembled to begin the installation of solar panels to the Nave roof. Before the solar panels are lifted into place some significant enabling works will be undertaken including repairs to the guttering and leadwork. Repairs to one of the beautiful roof pinnacles, believed to have been damaged by lightening, will be carried out by the Cathedral Stonemasons team. The solar panel installation will take place in October and will take approximately three weeks to complete. This innovative venture will mean that Gloucester is set to become the oldest Cathedral in England, possibly even the world, to embrace this very modern technology. As part of our commitment to a greener and more sustainable future, it is anticipated that the installation of up to 200 panels will reduce the Cathedral’s annual energy costs by 25%, enough to make 2,000 cups of tea every day of the year! Anne Cranston, Project Manager said “It’s fantastic to finally see all our preparation become a reality as the Cathedral enters a new chapter of its life. We are hugely excited to see the installation of the solar panels and to become a flag ship project for greener energy.” The “SOS: Sponsor Our Solar Panels” campaign was launched in August 2015 and has raised 90% of the...

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UPDATE: Vulnerable missing woman from Gloucester found

UPDATE: Susan was found safe and well in the Hempsted area. Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing woman from Gloucester. Susan Mitchell, aged 56, was last seen yesterday (Wednesday 31 August) at 9am in the Podsmead area. She is vulnerable and described as white, five foot in height and of a stocky build. She has short, black, straight hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a t-shirt, a black hoodie with white dots and carrying a cream handbag. Susan also has a tattoo on her right arm of a heart with ‘Mum’ written underneath. She is also likely to be in an electric wheelchair. Anyone who sees Susan should call police on 101 quoting incident 36 of Thursday 1 September. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Help serve up culture at city museum

Are you looking to expand your local catering business? Could you cook for the city’s hungry tourists? If the answer is yes, the city council could be looking for you. Following a review of the catering services provided at the Museum of Gloucester Café, Gloucester City Council is inviting interested parties to bid to run the service. The Museum of Gloucester on Brunswick Road in Gloucester hosts a number of events and exhibitions throughout the year, including the hugely successful robot exhibition which saw over 37,000 people coming to visit within the first five weeks. The council carried out a public consultation into the catering services offered in the city’s premises earlier this year, and the findings were presented to the council’s overview and scrutiny committee in June. Recommendations were then made to the council’s cabinet, where it was agreed to invite expressions of interest from community sector organisations or individual businesses to run the café service. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “I’m grateful to everyone that took the time to respond to our consultation, and to the overview and scrutiny committee for their recommendations. “We carried out a review to make sure that we’re making the best use of our catering facilities and now we want to hear from any community organisations or businesses that are interested in running...

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Please help Teckels Animal Sanctuaries win a M&S Energy Community Grant

Spare 30 seconds and vote online for Gloucester based animal rescue charity, Teckels Animal Sanctuaries’ campaign to be awarded a M&S Energy Community Grant. Teckels has applied for funding to cover the installation costs for an Air Source Heat Pump. They now need members of the public to vote for them. Only charities or community groups who collect the most online votes between 1 September-10 October are likely to win funding. Unsurprisingly, Teckels uses a large amount of hot water on a daily basis, mainly through the use of washing machines to clean blankets and bedding for the animals in their care. Washing machines are on the go at least twelve hours every day. With no gas connection on-site, hot water is currently provided by an electric immersion heater, which is expensive to run, meaning vital funds are being used on electricity bills when they could be allocated to improve the animals’ mental well-being, help fund Centre improvements and ultimately enable the Charity to take in and help more animals in need. An Air Source Heat Pump will reduce the cost of providing hot water. It is anticipated that all of Teckels hot water can be provided by the Air Source heat pump, saving up to 60% in energy use and over 16,600kg of CO2 per annum! Please vote for Teckels – their campaign webpage is https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/teckels-animal-sanctuaries-renewable-energy-campaign Gloucester News...

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Late night levy considered for Gloucester

Gloucester City Council is to begin a consultation on introducing a night levy for late night traders next month. Gloucester is a lively city, drawing in visitors to attractions such as the docks, the city centre and to clubs and bars within the city boundary, as part of a vibrant night-time economy for residents and visitors. Most people enjoy themselves safely and responsibly without creating any issues. However, an active night-time economy does bring additional costs for the council, the police and other agencies which deal with issues such as crime and disorder, anti-social behaviour and hospital admissions. The city council already has many initiatives to tackle this including high quality CCTV, taxi marshals and street pastors, but these are resource intensive so the introduction of a late night levy would allow relevant businesses to financially contribute toward these, and new schemes, to make sure that Gloucester continues to be a safe destination. The levy will be discussed at the city council’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday 14th September and if introduced it would be a charge made to all alcohol licensed premises within the city boundary (pubs, off licences, restaurants and members clubs) that are authorised to supply alcohol between midnight and 6am. In Gloucester there are currently 185 premises licensed premises authorised to sell or supply alcohol at these times. The council wants to seek the views of...

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Gloucester gets ready to welcome the Tour of Britain

As Gloucester cheers on the racing cyclists when they pass through the city on 8th September, local cyclists can get their bikes serviced for free. A special ‘Dr Bike’ event will take place at Kimbrose triangle from 8.30am until 2.30pm on the 8th September. As well as a cycle promotion stand and the famous carbon free bike which makes smoothie drinks, residents can take their cycles along before 12.30pm and get it serviced completely free of charge. The event has been organised by Gloucester City Council and has been jointly funded through Gloucestershire County Council’s Thinktravel programme. The Tour of Britain will whizz past the city council’s office at the docks at approximately 13.40pm on Thursday 8th September and the council is encouraging its staff to make the most of the tour by getting on their bikes and enjoying this healthy environmentally friendly mode of transport. Staff at the city and county councils will be cycling in to work, dressing down for charity, wearing fancy dress, taking part in lunchtime guided cycle rides and trying out their spinning skills on a static exercise bike. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council said, “We’re supporting the Tour of Britain as it comes through Gloucester. The race grows every year and it’s amazing to see. So soon after the Olympics this year it’ll be particularly interesting because it should attract...

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Gloucester Mini Folk Festival: Rousing Folk Finale for Gloucester’s Summer of Music Arts and Culture

Sunday 28 August sees a brand new event for the city that draws the SoMAC Stage and the Summer of Music, Arts and Culture to a close. The Gloucester Mini Folk Festival brings together folk, traditional and acoustic music to the heart of the city on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Bewelian (3.15pm) Taken from the old English word for ‘mix up’, Bewelian play traditional British songs with a electric twist. Taking British traditional songs and tunes as the core then mixing in the many styles that influenced the band members in their misspent youths, from Rock to Jazz to Ska, Bewelian are an arm waving, dancing-like-you-just-don’t-care celebration of life and folk. The band features Emma Vogwell (saxophone), Damon Coombs (bass), Alex McIntosh (drums), Joe Griffiths (saxophone) and Martin Vogwell (guitar). Edd Donovan and The Wandering Moles (2.15pm) Originally from Merseyside, Edd has made his home in Cheltenham. He has released two albums and The Guardian’s article on the “singing social worker” has gained Edd’s songwriting international attention. Edd’s music has been described by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson as “Summery alt-country to gladden the heart”. May Thrill (1.15pm) Featuring Hazel Baker (whistle and vocals), Roy Stirzaker and Bill Taylor (acoustic guitars& vocals) with material largely drawn from traditional English folk songs , many of which originate or were collected in Gloucestershire to add that extra local flavour. Mitchell...

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Witnesses sought over racially-motivated attack at bus stop in Gloucester

Police are appealing for witnesses to a racially-motivated assault at a bus stop in Matson in Gloucester. The incident happened at about 9am on Saturday 20 August in Norbury Avenue, near its junction with Baneberry Way. A group of people were standing at the stop when a white man in his 20s got out of a white van and approached them. He appeared to be drunk and started verbally-abusing two of the waiting passengers, who were both black. He then punched one of them. Police are keen to trace the victim who was punched. He was black and in his 20s and believed to be a Matson resident. A 22-year-old local man was later arrested on suspicion of assault and racially-aggravated public order offences and bailed till 28 September. Any witnesses who have not already come forward, including any who were on the bus that arrived while the incident was happening, is asked to call 101, quoting incident 152 of 20/8/16. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Peter Andre is bringing his book tour to Gloucester

Global superstar Peter Andre will be be signing his new book in Gloucester this October. The Aussie singer will appear at WHSmiths in Gloucester on Tuesday 18th October. Peter Andre is a global media superstar, best known for his music and television career. The peak in his music career was during the nineties, when he became the sixth highest-selling artist in the UK. He recently took part in BBC1’s huge Saturday night show, Strictly Come Dancing and instantly became a firm favourite with the public. Peter remains dedicated to his charity commitments and 2013 saw the launch of his very own charity, The Peter Andre Foundation, in conjunction with Cancer Research UK. He is also an ambassador for NSPCC, Caudwell Children and Health Improvement Project Zanzibar. Music remains Peter’s key passion and his 2015 album, Come Fly With Me, reached number 3 in the UK album charts. Peter will be signing copies of his latest book Between Us. The Gloucester event will be wristbanded event. Wristbands can be purchased in store prior to and during the event. Purchase price includes a place in the queue for Peter’s book signing plus one signed copy of ‘Between Us’. You will be required to show your wristband (as proof of purchase) to gain entry to the event, whereupon you will be able to join the queue. Peter Andrew will be signing copies at...

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Robots of Gloucester have one last hurrah

This weekend is the last chance to enjoy the ‘Robot’ exhibition which has left children and adults alike mesmerised by the likes of Iron Man, R2D2 and the life size bust of C3P0 from Star Wars. The exhibit, which has been on display at the Museum of Gloucester since 16th July, has seen such huge numbers of people flocking to get a glimpse of the robots that the museum has had to extend the exhibition by another day. The museum had anticipated around 6,000 visitors would be visiting to the see the famous robots, androids, and cyborgs from TV and film productions. Instead, with over 37,000 people coming to visit within the first five weeks of the exhibition, the Museum of Gloucester is really pleased to know that so many people have come along to enjoy and see the robots on display. The ‘Robot’ exhibition closes this weekend but the museum has planned extra opening hours to cope with the demand. On Friday 26th August, the museum will be open until 8pm, and an extra day has been put on for Sunday 28th August between 11am – 4pm. Entry to the ‘Robot’ exhibition is included in the normal price of admission, which is £5 for adults, £3 concessions, £12 for a ‘family’ ticket (up to two adults and five children), while under fives go free. Gloucester City Council’s museum...

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See the past come alive with Retro Festival

Gloucester Life Museum will be on Westgate Street this Saturday, inviting people to have the opportunity to handle some original World War Two artefacts, such as gas masks, ration books, and shrapnel, as part of the Gloucester Retro Festival. There will also be craft activities taking place during the day as well for children and families, including making your own paper planes. Themed items from the Life Museum gift shop will also be available to purchase on the day. Gloucester Goes Retro takes place on Saturday 27th August across the central gate streets of Gloucester.  Each of the four streets will have their own period theme – Westgate Street will be 1900s to 1949, Northgate Street is 1950s, Eastgate Street is 1960s, and Southgate Street is 1970s/80s. The Life Museum showcases the social history of the people of Gloucester through the ages, from Tudor times to the present day.  The museum houses more than 25,000 objects in their collection and will be bringing some items out for people to look at and handle. Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “This is a great way for families to learn even more about the history of our fantastic city and I hope that people can come along and see some genuine World War Two items. “We will have loads of fantastic crafts for...

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Crews fire up for open day

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) will be holding an open day at SkillZONE and Gloucester South Fire Station on Saturday 3rd September. The open day is free to attend, and will feature a host of activities, including fire service rescue displays, road safety activities and demonstrations. GFRS staff will be joined by colleagues from Gloucestershire Constabulary with their mascot ‘Colin the Crocodile’ and South West Ambulance Service (SWASFT) with their interactive ‘Simbulance’, which is an exact replica of a front line ambulance and one of only three in the country. Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA), Tesco’s “Farm to Fork” healthy eating programme, the prison service dog display team, Gloucestershire’s Fire Cadets and the firefighter’s charity will also be on hand to showcase their skills. Visitors will get the chance to find out more about SkillZONE and meet the volunteers who give safety advice to all sections of our community. SkillZONE covers a range of dangerous situations to teach a wide age group of children and teenagers how to recognise and handle each scenario presented in order to stay safe. Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said: “Our fire station open days help us get some serious messages out there through a fantastic free day out for all the family. “We want people to come along and have some fun while learning a few simple ways to stay...

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Fire crews dealing with barn fire in Churcham

Fire crews are dealing with barn fire at Lake Farm in Churcham.   Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service says three appliances are currently on scene.   The fire is in a large barn which is full of straw, as well as 3 or 4 containers, cars, and farm machinery.   Smoke from the fire can be seen from the centre of Gloucester. Gloucester News Centre –...

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