Author: Shaun Moore

Robinswood School Junior Wardens complete successful scheme

Junior Wardens from Robinswood School in Matson have just finished a successful term in the role and have been hailed as shining examples of young people who want to make a positive difference in their community. During the packed nine-week scheme the pupils carried out community inspections, met the local mayor to suggest improvements and took part in anti-social behaviour and road safety awareness sessions. They even tasted life as police officers when they took part in the “Mini Coppers” initiative and patrolled outside their school, promoting pupil safety in light of concerns about obstructive parking. The Junior Warden scheme is run by Gloucester City Homes in conjunction with Together in Matson and the police and this was the first time a new, shortened version of the scheme has been run, introducing a number of changes aimed at making it more beneficial. Police Community Support Officer Chris Jenkinson, who helps manage and run the schemes throughout the city, said: “The Junior Wardens are well known throughout the city for the positive impact they have on their communities. The wardens learn lifelong skills to help them in their development to young adults. They understand how they can strengthen their community but also how to have a voice and make sensible decisions. This is part of a policing priority to help young people become young adults as laid out by our Police...

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Muddiest sporting pitches in the UK revealed

The muddiest sporting pitches in the UK – where the most matches are rained off or affected by inclement weather – are in Wales, according to research by laundry appliance brand Belling. The study combined Met Office weather data with research amongst grassroots sports clubs across the UK, looking at the number of games rained-off or affected by water-logged pitches. Belling’s survey found that thousands of football, rugby and hockey fixtures are cancelled every winter in the UK, with the nation’s poor weather being largely to blame. According to the research, the top ten locations most likely to have a fixture affected by wet weather and poorly maintained pitches were named as: Cardiff Glasgow Preston Huddersfield Plymouth Blackpool Carlisle Manchester Gloucester Liverpool Belling also named the dirtiest sports team in the UK, but instead of judging dangerous tackles, dissent or the number of red cards given, it called out to its social media community for the muddiest sporting snaps – the filthiest of which has received team sponsorship to purchase new kits, plus its own Belling Sensicare machine to keep them pristine. Rugby team Haverfordwest Ladies, based in Pembrokeshire, Wales, was named the dirtiest team, regularly battling muddy and waterlogged conditions to perform near top of their division. The ladies team plays on a Sunday, after the men’s team uses the pitch on a Saturday – meaning that the...

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Little Mix to perform at Kingsholm this summer

Little Mix are to perform at the home of Gloucester Rugby this summer. The girl group will perform their signature hits, including ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Wings’, alongside tracks from their new album ‘Glory Days’. Pop acts like Little Mix don’t come along that often. Growing better and bolder with each new album, they understand the brilliance of pop music and how it relates to their passionate and loyal fan base. 2016 was an incredible year for the band with another massive No.1 single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, and their album ‘Glory Days’, shooting straight to No.1 on the Official Albums Chart. The record has spent a total of four weeks in the peak position and is quickest selling album in the UK charts by a girl group since Destiny’s Child’s Survivor in 2001. It is also the longest-reigning girl group No.1 album of the millennium. Little Mix said:  ‘We can’t wait to come to Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester as part of our Summer Shout Out tour. To be able to perform our new album ‘Glory Days’ alongside our biggest hits to you all in the stadium will be a great way to kick-start the summer!’ Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby CEO, said: ‘We are delighted to have attracted the world’s biggest girl band to Kingsholm Stadium, as we continue to display our appetite to...

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Appeal for witnesses to Gloucester sexual assault

Police are appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault in Gloucester yesterday. A woman was walking along the alleyway that runs off Derby Road towards Asda between 2.45pm and 3pm when a man approached her and started talking to her. The woman entered into conversation with the man as they walked towards the train station before he pulled her towards him and sexually touched her. He then left towards Asda. The man is described as being of mixed heritage, 5ft 11ins tall, in his mid to late 20s, of slim build but “muscley”, with a moustache or goatee and short, tidy dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing and carrying a plastic bag. Anyone who saw the man or the incident should call 101 and quote incident 446 of 11 January. 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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The Best Bar None awards are back

For the second year in a row, pubs, bars and clubs in Gloucester are competing to receive national recognition for their commitment to improving the city’s nightlife experience. After winning the ‘National Best New Scheme’ award in 2016, Gloucester is hosting the Best Bar None awards for the second time. On Tuesday 17th January Gloucester City Council, and its partners in Safer Gloucester, is hosting its nationally recognised awards ceremony at Kingsholm Stadium. The black tie event is starting at 7pm and will see pubs, bars and clubs in Gloucester compete to receive recognition for their work to make the city a safer place at night. Applications for the awards opened in July and more than 18 submission were made. Safer Gloucester officers assessed each application to see which ones reached the accredited standards set by the national best bar none association. The categories within the awards include, best chain pub, best independent pub, and the best small local pub. A full list can be found here: www.safergloucester.co.uk In order to win its category, each establishment must have demonstrated how it has gone above and beyond to comply with the licensing regulations, support public safety and prevent crime and disorder in Gloucester over the past year. Best Bar None is a nationally recognised award scheme which aims to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder, help licensed traders to build...

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New and improved recycling service launches

Gloucester City Council is launching its new and improved waste and recycling service from January 16th 2017. Following a detailed consultation last year about what residents would like to change about waste and recycling in the city, Gloucester City Council is launching its new service this month. As a result of the public feedback, the new and expanded waste and recycling scheme means that residents are 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. Residents have received their new collection calendars in the post and it’s important to check them carefully as some collection routes will be changing. This will mean some properties have a different collection day when the new service starts next week. Although collection days could change, recycling and food waste collections will continue to be weekly and garden waste fortnightly as now. Blue reusable sacks for the collection of corrugated cardboard are currently being delivered into residents green boxes after they have been emptied. These sacks can be used...

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Persistent shoplifter banned from Gloucester city centre

A persistent shoplifter has been banned from Gloucester city centre after receiving a criminal behaviour order at court. Bradley John Windle, 37 and of Deans Way in Gloucester, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to two thefts from shops in the city. A Criminal Behaviour Order was then granted meaning Windle cannot enter the city centre except when he has an arranged appointment or enter any business that is part of the Gloucester City Safe scheme. The order will last two years and any breach could result in a prison sentence. PC Mark Mansfield said: “Windle has been a constant thorn in the side of businesses and the police in Gloucester. He’s been responsible for tens of shoplifting cases, causing harassment, alarm and distress to many. “We hope this order helps change things but if it doesn’t he could face prison. “We’re releasing his photo so that people can report any breaches to us on 101.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Have you lost your drone at the ‘drome?

Staff at Gloucestershire Airport are trying to track down the owner of a drone found at the aerodrome.  The quadcopter type was discovered in a locked compound, seemingly having made an impromptu arrival sometime since the morning of Saturday 7th January. Operations director, Darren Lewington said: – “We’re very keen to speak to the craft’s owner. This particular model looks to be a relatively low cost example, typical of those found in high street stores and we’d guess it’s a Christmas present.  Nevertheless, operating a drone near an Airport is illegal and potentially very dangerous.  We are the busiest general aviation airport in the UK and handled over 83 000 flights in 2016.  Our Air Ambulance and Police helicopters sometimes operate on a 24-hour basis and our airspace extends two miles from the airfield and up to 2000ft.  A collision with a drone, even of this size, could have catastrophic consequences. We’ve passed the drone onto the police and we’re hoping that the onboard camera’s SD card will help identify who the machine belongs to.  If anyone has any information, they should contact Gloucestershire Police quoting incident number 205 of 10th January.” A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: – “It is unlawful to fly a drone in restricted airspace, for example an airport, over a crowd (including people in vehicles), or over a built up area. If we are confronted...

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Museum extends New Year event

Following the success of last year, when over 1300 people visited, the Jet Age Museum is extending its popular ‘Junior Pilots Wanted’ event, aimed at children of all ages, over the New Year weekend.  The popular attraction will open on Saturday 31st December, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd January from 10-4pm. In addition to being able to climb aboard the cockpits of a Gnat trainer, Hunter fighter, Vulcan bomber and Trident airliner, there’ll be a treasure hunt and a chance to participate in the “Jet Age Landing Gear Constructor Championship.” Sponsored by Safran Landing Systems and Virtual Aerospace – the Airport’s new flight simulator attraction – youngsters will need to use their engineering skills to piece together a mini landing gear system against the clock.  There’ll be prizes on the day for the fastest times and an opportunity to take part in the finals in February. Airport operations director and museum trustee, Darren Lewington said; ‘2016 has been an excellent year for the museum.  Our visitor numbers have exceeded our expectations and we’ve now welcomed more than 75 000 people through our doors.  We’re hoping that 2017 will be just as good and the New Year weekend is the perfect opportunity to see what we have to offer. Our collection tells the story of Gloucestershire’s aviation heritage and we’re very much hoping to inspire the next generation of pilots...

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Handbag stolen in Gloucester

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a handbag in Gloucester yesterday. A woman was walking along Westgate Street in the direction of Lower Quay Street.  She had just walked past the Archdeacon Street junction near Nick’s Taverna when she felt a strong yank on her arm.  A man on a bicycle had cycled past and grabbed the strap of her handbag pulling it from her shoulder.  The cyclist continued with the bag in the direction of The Cross. The red Gucci bag contained personal documentation and a purse with cash and bank cards. The man is described as white, aged 20-25.  He appeared quite tall, of slim build and wearing dark clothes with a blue or black coat. The bike was a traditional style bike in a dark colour. If you witnessed the incident or have any information relating to the theft please call 101 quoting incident number 330 of 19 December 2016. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Wanted appeal to trace persistent beggar suspected of breaching criminal behaviour order

Police have issued a wanted appeal for a man suspected of breaching a criminal behaviour order (CBO) banning him from entering Gloucester city centre. Richard Turbyfield, 40 and from Gloucester, was banned from entering the city centre in November, when the CBO was imposed at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court. It meant Turbyfield could not enter Gloucester city centre or ask anyone for money who he does not already know. Any breach could result in a prison sentence. Turbyfield has now been spotted on three occasions in the last week in the area he is precluded from entering. He was arrested on suspicion of breaching the order but failed to attend police custody last week for interview. The CBO was obtained after Turbyfield, who was in accommodation and claiming benefits at the time, was seen approaching numerous women for money in St Aldate Street in August. Turbyfield had previously been warned by police not to beg after a similar incident in Westgate Street days earlier. Turbyfield is only allowed to enter the exclusion zone to attend appointments and must leave the area immediately afterwards otherwise he could be arrested. The order lasts until November 2018. Police are urging people to call to report if they see Turbyfield on 101 if they see him or know where he is. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “The launch of our safe...

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VIDEO: CCTV released after two men assaulted in Gloucester pub

http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2016-12-19.mp4 Officers investigating an unprovoked assault in a Gloucester pub have released CCTV footage of the incident. The victims, a 41-year-old man and a 27-year-old man both from Cheltenham, were drinking with friends in Northend Vaults on Northgate Street when an unknown man head butted them and continued to punch one of the victims in the face. It happened between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Saturday 3 December. The 27-year-old victim sustained a split lip requiring stitches. The other victim sustained minor facial injuries. Police have released CCTV footage of the incident and the suspect afterwards, as well as images of the suspect and four potential witnesses. Anyone who recognises them, or the men themselves, should call police on 101 quoting incident 162 of 4 December. SUSPECT: WITNESSES: 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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CCTV image released of woman in connection with theft from post office customer

A CCTV image has been released of a woman police want to speak to in connection with the theft of a bag containing a Canon camera lens worth nearly £200 from a post office customer. The incident happened at the post office in the Oxebode, Gloucester between 1.20pm and 1.30pm on Friday 2 December. A man left his shopping bag on the floor of the post office and a member of staff, believing it belonged to someone else, handed it to a woman customer, who took it without hesitation. Officers want to speak to the woman and hear her side of the story. If you are the woman or recognise her please call 101 and quote crime 29042/16. 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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Gloucestershire Academy of Music receive ‘the best Christmas present’ as Barbican House remains

Christmas came early for the Gloucestershire Academy of Music when its directors, staff and pupils were told the future of their Blackfriars base at Barbican House was secure. Gloucestershire Academy of Music was informed of the good news at the end of term concert earlier this month when young musicians from three years upwards performed in front of their parents, teachers and special guests. There had been fears the Georgian-style building opposite Gloucester Docks would be bulldozed to make way for an access road to the city’s latest multi-million development. Plans for the area have now reached a point where the City Council can say with certainty that demolition of the building will not be necessary. The Council has now assured the academy that the building can continue to be an important asset to the city. Cllr Paul James, leader of the city council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “It’s really great news that such a fantastic organisation can remain in Gloucester and continue to provide valuable skills to the young people in our communities.  We had to wait until the plans for the area took shape and we haven’t compromised on getting the right scheme for Blackfriars, but I am delighted this is the outcome.” Tom Taylor, chairman for Gloucestershire Academy of Music, said: “This announcement is a huge relief to the academy as we are particularly...

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City council awarded for security innovation

Gloucester City Council has been awarded for its innovation in the security industry following a joint working project with BT and Gloucestershire Police before last years Rugby World Cup. The Gordon Mclanaghan Award was received last month for providing free public Wi-Fi in Gloucester city centre thanks to use of the existing CCTV network. WiFi access points were co-located with cameras to make use of the existing transmission infrastructure. This provided a new free-to-use public WiFi service throughout the city centre. This integrated solution for improved CCTV and new public WiFi service proved more cost-effective than carrying out each as stand-alone projects. It also eliminated the need for extra work as existing camera locations were used. Taking place last summer, the project also saw most of the city’s CCTV equipment replaced with high definition cameras and some cameras relocated. The city’s control room equipment was replaced with new monitors and digital recording facilities. Cllr Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods said, “We were delighted to win the innovation in the security industry award on the 14th November. By using the existing CCTV infrastructure the Wi-Fi could be put in quickly without any expensive or disruptive work. “Our city Wi-Fi means that shoppers, residents, workers, tourists and other visitors can connect to the internet easily and free of charge from their mobile devices and tablets whilst out and about...

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Noisy neighbour fined for breaching civil injunction

A family from Gloucester have been found fined for breaching a civil injunction and banned from entering Barton and Tredworth for the next six months. Gloucester City Council attended Gloucester County Court on the 3rd November 2016 to prove that Mr. Julius Gazi and Ms. Bohumila Karchnakova of 56 Salisbury Road, Gloucester were in breach of a civil injunction obtained from the Youth Court on the 28th January 2016. The couple, who did not attend the hearing, were found guilty of breaching the injunction on several occasions. The initial civil injunction had been in place since 29th January 2016. Officers from Gloucester City Council gave evidence to the judge to support the hearing. It included several separate instances in August and September, where the family played loud music and argued during the night. The families’ behaviour caused local neighbours stress and anxiety. The judge approved the council’s application in the defendant’s absence as they did not attend the hearing. They were however summoned to appear at Gloucester County Court for sentencing on Friday 2 December 2016. During sentencing, the judge took the view that even with the families limitations of the workings of the legal system, the fact was that family had been warned verbally, they had received noise abatement notices, they had received cautions, they had been convicted twice in the other courts for noise nuisance, and yet...

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

The bright lights of Gloucester have been celebrated as councillors and officers from Gloucester City Council have decided on the city’s best Christmas window displays. The Christmas window competition has five different categories; and the winners and runners up are: National Chain: Winner: Marks & Spencer Runner ups: Peacocks, Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Charity Shop: Winner: Footsteps Runner up: PDSA. Food & Drink: Winner: Cookes Coffee & Curios Runner up: Jane’s Pantry. Elf and Beauty: Winner: Graduations at No.9 Runner up: Mark Blake. Independent Retailer: Winner: Miju Wools Runner ups: Gloucester Life Museum, Bridal Sale Shop. Judging took place on 8th December, with Cllr Paul James, Cllr Pam Tracey, Mayor Neil Hampson and city centre manager Jason Merritt considering the beautiful offerings on display. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council said, “The Christmas best dressed window competition is a wonderful chance for us to recognise the businesses that try their hardest to get that festive vibe spread across our city. “It was so hard to judge a winner again this year, when quite a number of businesses in each category have made a real effort. I want to again thank each and every business that enters into the spirit of the festive season.  I’d love to see even more businesses take part and I hope we will see an even greater range next year.” Jason Merritt, city centre...

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New iron railings being installed around St Mary De Crypt Churchyard

The St Mary De Crypt Churchyard has started to receive new iron railings this week. The design of the new railings has been based on old photographs and, as much as possible, will replicate the ones that previously surrounding the yard. It’s believed that the original railings were removed during the second world war but the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) scheme, in partnership with Gloucester Civic Trust, felt it was time to replace them. The work is being done by Gloucestershire metalworker Jon Cicuttin, and is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery fund, Gloucester City Council, and the Gloucester Civic Trust. The work will be completed early 2017. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Elmbridge crew donate £500 to children’s Christmas charity

As the festive period takes hold Gloucestershire County Council partner, Griffiths, is donating £500 worth of children’s toys to local charity, Hamper Scamper. Hamper Scamper is CCP’s Christmas Giving Scheme. It is designed to spread festive cheer to some of the most disadvantaged children, young people, families and vulnerable adults at Christmas time. As the charity relies so heavily on the generosity of donations, Gloucestershire County Council asked Griffiths, its contractor working on the Elmbridge roundabout improvements, if it could donate £500 worth of construction toys to the charity. Nigel Davies from Alun Griffiths Ltd said: “We are delighted to have donate to a worthy Charity and to bring laughter joy and happiness to children this Christmas.” Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We were so pleased when Griffiths agreed to make this generous donation to the CCP charity. “It’s a great charity that provides joy and happiness at what can be a very difficult time of year for some.” Cordell Ray, CEO of CCP said: “We are extremely grateful to the team at Griffiths for thinking of CCP and making this donation. Just imagine the joy all of the shiny new diggers will bring to children. “One of the best things about Hamper Scamper is bringing businesses together to spread Christmas cheer across the county, and that’s just what Griffiths have done this Christmas.”...

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Woman robbed in sports field in Quedgeley

A woman was robbed in a field in Quedgeley over the weekend. The incident happened as the victim walked a dog through the large field between Stephenson Drive and Naas Lane at around 11.30pm on Saturday. The woman was listening to music and holding her mobile phone in her hand when she noticed a group of two males and a female walking in the opposite direction. They walked past her but a few moments later the victim felt a sudden pain to the back of her head, as though she had been struck on the head with a blunt object. She fell to the ground and dropped her phone and dog lead. Those in the group then attacked her – pulling her hair, slapping, punching and scratching her and forcing her to the ground again, demanding money. Eventually the woman managed to get free and run away. She later found the dog in a neighbour’s garden and the phone in the field the next day. The woman had suffered a lump to the back of her head and cuts and abrasions to her face, hands and arms. The female offender is described as white, around 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build and with dark hair that was slicked back into a pony tail. Anyone with information about the incident or witnessed the group in the field on the night...

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Six drug dealers sentenced to over 20 years in prison after undercover police operation

Six drug dealers have been sentenced to over 20 years in prison after a surveillance operation conducted by undercover police officers. They appeared at Gloucester Crown Court today (Friday 9 December) and were all sentenced for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Abdul Faina, aged 28, of Tamar Road in Brockworth, was found guilty after a trial and was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison. Glody Mandangi, aged 25, of St Pauls Road in Cheltenham, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison. Roberto Wade, aged 21, of Howard Road in London, pleaded guilty and was handed a prison sentence of three years and four months. Arron Falloon, aged 24, of Malden Road in Cheltenham, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison. Kimberly Knight, aged 30, of Lloyd Close in Cheltenham, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison. Anastassia Tepljakova, aged 29, of Elmfield Road in Cheltenham, was given a 12 month community order after pleading guilty, which involves drug rehabilitation. Between Tuesday 28 July 2015 and Friday 31 July 2015, Gloucestershire Constabulary officers in plain clothes watched the actions of the offenders in order to gather evidence of their drug dealing in Cheltenham. Mandangi and Wade were arrested on Friday 31 July 2015 in Joe’s Café on St Pauls Road after officers observed them...

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Adaptations Help Rozina Gain Independence at Home

Housing association Gloucester City Homes (GCH) with help from contractor AKW, have transformed the home of a young woman, Rozina, who needed accessible accommodation to enable her to live more independently and to pursue her education and career. Rozina had lived in a Neurological Unit for two and a half years, and the care team that looked after her were having difficulty finding a suitable home within the community.  Rozina was keen to live more independently, although various houses and flats had become available, issues regarding wheelchair access had unfortunately made them unsuitable for her. Rozina explained, “I needed a place where I could function, but still be a young person and have my friends over. The flat needed to meet my medical and physical needs but not look and feel like a clinical environment or be adapted to a point where it would be impractical for my friends, family and care team.” A suitable flat was found, that would allow Rozina to live independently and provide the amount of space she needed to store equipment whilst still having enough room to entertain her friends and family.  However, the kitchen and bathroom required significant adaptations in order for them to fulfil her needs. Rozina was keen to be a part of the entire process, visiting several times during the build and was involved in choosing the work surfaces, flooring,...

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Archaeological dig has started at the Fleece Hotel

The Fleece Hotel in Gloucester is undergoing its first ever archaeological dig. With help from funding from GFirst LEP, Gloucester City Council is taking steps to discover the history of the hotel and what is lying undiscovered beneath its grounds. For the first time in its history, The Fleece Hotel is having an archaeological trenching within its grounds. This type of investigation has never been done before and will provide another first in the site’s history. So far, two trenches have been dug by Cotswold Archaeology on behalf of the city council. One trench is in the former garage area just off Longsmith Street and the other is in the main yard which was formerly the car park of the Fleece Hotel, adjacent to Bull Lane. Andrew Armstrong, Gloucester City Council archaeologist, said: “As the Fleece Hotel dates back to the mid-13th Century it’s likely that we’ll discover some medieval remains. It is also really close to where we have previously found some Roman artefacts. Who knows what we’ll find.” Cllr Paul James, leader of the city council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Carrying out these archaeological works will help to remove risks for any future development of the site and will enable us to continue to build the picture of our city’s history. Some of the things we find when undertaking such works can be truly fascinating...

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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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Fri 23

Farmers Market

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