Author: Shaun Moore

Reducing flood risks in Barnwood

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

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Unhappy girls, body image and the power of social media

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

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Appeal for missing Quedgeley man

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

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Plan your journeys around A38 closure

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

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Gloucester Cathedral’s Project Pilgrim is on the up!

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

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UPDATE: Vulnerable missing woman from Gloucester found

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

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Help serve up culture at city museum

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

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

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

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Late night levy considered for Gloucester

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

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Gloucester gets ready to welcome the Tour of Britain

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

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

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

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

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

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Peter Andre is bringing his book tour to Gloucester

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

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Robots of Gloucester have one last hurrah

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

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See the past come alive with Retro Festival

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

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Crews fire up for open day

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

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Fire crews dealing with barn fire in Churcham

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

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Justice served as £72,000 seized from illegal tobacco couple

A couple have pleaded guilty to several offences of selling illegal tobacco products and not paying excise duty. Susan and Harold Bennett, 54 and 73, from Coleford, appeared at Gloucester Crown court yesterday. Both entered guilty pleas in relation to three offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and a further offence under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. The case came following a tip-off received by Gloucestershire Trading Standards Service in 2015 that the Bennetts were selling illegal cigarettes and tobacco from their home. In July 2015, Trading Standards obtained a warrant to enter their home with the assistance of HM Revenue and Customs and the Police. More than 100kg of tobacco was discovered on the premises and more than 750 packs of 20 cigarettes. The estimated street value of the seized tobacco and cigarettes was over £22,000 and the amount of duty evaded was more than £20,000. As well as the tobacco items seized, over £72,000 was seized in cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. John Cooper, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “We will continue working with our partner agencies to disrupt the criminal trade in illicit tobacco, which costs the UK around £2.1 billion a year. We encourage anyone with information about the illegal supply, sale or distribution of tobacco to contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.” Cllr Nigel Moor,...

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Fred and Rose West’s former nanny Caroline Roberts dies

Tributes are being paid to Fred and Rose West’s former nanny Caroline Roberts who has died after a short battle with cancer. The 61-year-old from Cinderford was 16 when she hitched a ride with Fred and Rose West and subsequently took a job as their nanny. Weeks after she quit, the Wests picked her up again and took her back to Cromwell Street where she was subjected to horrific sexual abuse. Caroline escaped. The Wests went on to kill at least 10 women. Caroline is the only victim of the Wests known to have survived. She later described her ordeal in the books ‘The Lost Girl’ and ‘The One That Got Away’.   Andy Jones, who runs the Crime Through Time museum at Littledean Jail, paid tribute to Caroline’s courage in dealing with her abuse by the Wests. “I have known Caroline personally for many years and she was a very brave, kind, thoughtful and forgiving woman,” he said. “She always said she forgave Fred and Rose and she wanted to speak to Rose and the children, but sadly that never happened. “Caroline was always a much-loved lady and mother who had survived appalling torture and abuse at the hands of evil serial killers Fred and Rose West. “But she would never shy away from telling her traumatic life story and always felt a strong sense of guilt that she survived while many other did...

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Family of Ah’kiell Walker issue tribute

The family of three-month-old Ah’Kiell Walker, from Gloucester, have issued a tribute following his death last Sunday. In a statement: We are blessed to have had our beautiful baby boy Ah’Kiell in our family, even if for such a very short time. He was taken too soon but his beautiful eyes, smile and amazing hair will always be in our hearts. Our days are so much darker without his smile but we will never forget the times we had.   He is being cared for now by his Great-Granddad in heaven and a new star shines brightly in the sky. Everyone loves him and misses him more each day. Until we hold you in our arms again our baby boy, rest in peace our little prince.   At this time we, as a family, would appreciate some space to grieve in peace for the most beautiful boy in the world. Gloucester News Centre –...

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New Matson Development Completed

On Friday 22nd July Gloucester City Homes (GCH) launched its third new housing development in Matson this year. The development at St Peters Road compromises of five properties, a mixture of two apartments and three houses.   The building has commenced following Gloucester City Homes (GCH) becoming an independent housing association. As a commitment to tenants GCH promised to build 100 new homes within 4 years. So far 33 homes have been built with a further 32 planned within the next year, making a strong start.   The launch gave the opportunity for the new tenants, residents from the area, those working in the community and dignitaries to look around the much-needed new homes. Feedback was positive and many people were impressed by the new development.   Ashley Green, Chief Executive of GCH said: “We have made a strong start already and are looking forward to regenerating areas of Gloucester such as Matson to provide more high quality affordable homes.”   The new residents are looking forward to moving in next week, one commented: “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to move into one of the new houses; they are great and just what my family needs. My children won’t all have to share a room and there is a secure garden, which we are over the moon with.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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CCTV released of suspicious car after stabbing in Gloucester

Police investigating a serious assault where a man was stabbed in Gloucester, have released CCTV images of a suspicious vehicle. Officers are eager to speak to the occupants of a silver Vauxhall Meriva, registration KF57 AJO, which is believed to have been involved in the incident which happened at 7.40pm on Monday 4 July on Park Road. A 27-year-old local man was walking across the zebra crossing near to the entrance of Gloucester Park when he was approached by two men. A physical altercation occurred between the three of them, before the victim was stabbed in the stomach and arm. The offenders ran off whilst the victim made his way to Trier Way using the main footpath through the park to ask for help. He was taken to hospital where he spent several days recovering, but thankfully his injuries were not life threatening. DS Neil Snaith, the investigating officer, said: “The vehicle pictured was in the Brunswick Square area of Gloucester during the time of the incident and has since been recovered by police following a collision in the Hester’s Way area of Cheltenham on Wednesday 6 July. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the occupants but we have released the images in hope of jogging a witness’s memory. “We understand an incident of this nature is very concerning for local residents but we wish to reassure the community that...

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Burglar sentenced after DNA found in elderly man’s home

A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for a robbery and two burglaries in Stroud. Kevin McLarnon, aged 39, of Nouncells Cross in Stroud appeared at Gloucester Crown on Thursday 21 July to be sentenced after pleading guilty to the offences at a previous hearing. McLarnon robbed a 91-year-old man after breaking into his home in Stroud on Friday 1 April, stealing his wallet, bank cards and his late wife and late sister’s jewellery. The victim woke up at 2.20am to find McLarnon in his bedroom, who went on to menace him and search for belongings to take. The thief’s DNA was found by police in the house and the victim also picked him out from a selection of photos shown to him by police in an identification procedure. He also broke into two houses on Park Road in Stroud on Thursday 21 April with intent to steal. One of the houses was occupied by the homeowners at the time. PC Darren Reid, the investigating officer, said: “I am very pleased to see that this individual has been put behind bars after subjecting a vulnerable, elderly man to such a traumatising and distressing ordeal. “I hope the sentence is justice for the victims he targeted and indicates Gloucestershire Constabulary’s determination to tackling burglary and removing burglars from society.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Prince of Wales to attend Three Choirs Festival concert at Gloucester Cathedral

HRH The Prince of Wales will visit Gloucester Cathedral today. Prince Charles is Patron of The Three Choirs Festival and will attend a performance of Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’. The Three Choirs Festival is a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. It is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world. The Prince of Wales has been Patron of the Association since 2001, and attended a celebratory concert at Buckingham Palace in 2015 as part of the Festival’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Three Choirs Festival Chorus is made up of amateur singers from the three cities, who must pass a stringent audition then rehearse several times a week in their separate cities and in some joint sessions, before assembling in the host city for festival week. The Three Choirs Festival is run by dedicated voluntary committees in Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester, and supported by a small professional management team based at the Three Choirs Festival Association’s office in Gloucester. Gloucester News Centre –...

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COLUMN: Lessons on tolerance from the worst atrocity since World War ll

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Rocking the retro this summer

  For the second year in a row, Gloucester City Council is hosting its classic retro festival on August bank holiday weekend. On Saturday 27th August the pedestrian gate streets of Gloucester will be going back in time. The weekend will host a great variety of retro fun for all the family including vintage cars, themed streets and fancy dress. For the weekend Westgate Street becomes themed from 1900’s to 1949 and Northgate Street turns into the 1950’s.  Eastgate Street will be bringing back the 1960’s and Southgate Street will remember the 1970’s onwards. Local businesses, shops, pubs, restaurants,...

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Commissioner’s new plan is with “our children’s children” in mind

Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl today launches a consultation to canvass what the public expect from their police. The aim is to gather the views of residents, community groups, businesses and partners that will help advise the strategic policing priorities and contribute to the next Police and Crime Plan for Gloucestershire.A draft of the plan is published on the Commissioner’s official website, people can comment on it from now until 21 August. Following his re-election with an increased majority on a much bigger turnout, Mr. Surl will use his mandate to build on his first three and a half years in office when his priorities were making sure the police are there when they are needed; making it easier to contact them either by phone or online; protecting the elderly and vulnerable; helping young people become responsible adults; keeping them safe on the roads, on the town and online and protecting the county on the internet. Mr. Surl said, “Listening to local people is the most important part of my role and it’s the only way I can truly be the public’s voice in policing.  I have always adopted a countywide approach to crime prevention by giving local people the opportunity to get involved in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour through the Commissioner’s Fund which now supports 270 local projects. “I said during the election I saw...

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PICTURES: Tom Kerridge at Gloucester Quays Food Festival

Tom Kerridge returned to his home city of Gloucester to share the skills that have made him a household name. Speaking ahead of his appearance: “Having grown up in Gloucester and with strong family ties in the area, I can’t wait to return to the city. I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone at Gloucester Quays Food Festival, it should be a fantastic weekend.” With his warmth and keen sense of humour, Tom who is the chef patron of the two-Michelin starred Hand and Flowers pub plus another restaurant, The Coach, both in Marlow, has had a hugely successful TV career. Gloucester News Centre –...

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PICTURES: Levi Roots at Gloucester Quays Food Festival 2016

Celebrity chef Levi Roots entertaining the visitors to Gloucester Quays Food Festival. Levi soared to fame when he appeared on TV’s Dragon’s Den with his now famous Reggae Reggae Sauce. He went on to open his own Caribbean restaurant, launch a successful musical career, become a motivational speaker and even publish a business book. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Staysafe patrols to help in fight against knife crime

New “Staysafe” patrols are to start tomorrow night in Gloucester in order to help combat knife crime. Gloucestershire Police, Safer Gloucester, Families First and Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning are taking part in the new initiative, which will see the agencies talking to young people on the street, ensuring they are safe and offering help if they are vulnerable. The hope is that the scheme will ultimately help prevent anti-social behaviour and in some cases identify and stop young people who may arm themselves with knives. PC Helen Martin, who is helping coordinate the scheme said: “This isn’t about stopping young people having fun, it’s intended to ensure that activities and places that appeal to young people are safe and secure. “Police officers, PCSOs, Specials and youth workers, all in plain clothes, will be taking part in patrols across the city and surrounding areas. “We will be alert to young people who may be vulnerable because of drugs or alcohol or who may be in the company of adults adults who could be out to exploit them. “We’ll offer support and a place of safety if needed but we will of course take enforcement action if we need to. We’ll also be talking to parents and carers about any issues they need to be aware of.” Five patrols will take place across Gloucester between 7.30pm on Friday (22 July)...

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Find out more about the road layout for Gloucester’s new bus station

Gloucestershire County Council is inviting members of the public to view the proposals for the new road layout which forms a vital part of the bus station hub in the heart of Gloucester city centre.   On Friday 22nd July, 11am to 7pm, at Unit 11, Grosvenor House, (on the corner of Market Parade/Kings Square) members of the public can drop in to see the proposed changes to the roads that surround the new bus station, as well as some of the plans for the new bus station building. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions and help explain the reasons behind the changes.   Whilst Gloucester City Council is behind the regeneration of the new bus station, the county council is responsible for the roads surrounding it. This event on the 22nd of July is an opportunity for the public to come and see some of the proposed changes to the road layout, as well the bus station itself.   Some of the changes to the road layout will include relocating pedestrian crossings and alterations to bus lanes. Further proposals include:   A new junction between Station Road and Bruton Way Changes to the access for the NCP car park Alterations to Bruton Way Minor alterations to parking, taxi provision and drop off locations   If people are unable to attend the event at unit 11...

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Young people get ‘wrecked’ and learn the dangers of drink drug driving

Over 6,000 young people during this academic year are learning about the potential risks of drink and drug driving through a free workshop. The workshop, aimed at young, pre and novice drivers and their passengers, has been developed by the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership for Gloucestershire Engineering Training (GET) to support their anti drink drug driving campaign. By working together, these organisations want to prevent incidents from happening by teaching 17 – 24 year olds about the emotional and physical consequences of being involved in a crash after drinking or taking drugs. Those attending will learn about the law and enforcement for drink and drug drivers and how a driving conviction could affect their future. As part of a staged road traffic collision, learners will experience what it would be like to be cut out of a vehicle by the emergency services, showcasing the equipment which is used during a rescue operation. The course also covers drink driving the morning after and how to calculate a unit. Young people will also be introduced to a ‘Drugs Wipe’, used for detecting drug driving. Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, infrastructure and planning said: “More and more people are learning and understanding about the serious consequences that drink or drug driving can have on lives. Sadly some still feel as though they can control a vehicle after they’ve drunk alcohol...

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£3.5m boost for county cyclists on the cards

Highways England is looking at a £3.5m package of improvements to create a cycle-superhighway between Gloucester and Cheltenham.  Gloucestershire County Council has helped to fund a Highways England study which looked at better ways for people to cycle between the city and the town. The study supports a £3.5m package of improvements to the B4063, which runs alongside the A40 Golden Valley Bypass. The county council is keen to get more people cycling, especially between Cheltenham and Gloucester, a popular route for commuters. To help make cycle travel quicker and safer the council has invested £28,000 into a Highways England study, which could lead to up to £3.5m being invested by the Government in cycle infrastructure between Cheltenham and Gloucester. The study which has taken place over the last year, looked at a number of different solutions to provide a better link between Gloucester and Cheltenham for cyclists. The study looked at factors such as safety, accessibility, directness, personal security, planning issues, environmental impact, and cost. The plan would see changes to signage, junctions, and road layout to make it easier for people to choose to cycle. The proposal will now be considered in more detail by Highways England. Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, “We want to make it easier and safer for people to choose to cycle. Cycling helps reduce congestion and improve...

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CCTV images released of man linked to robbery of disabled woman in mobility scooter

CCTV images have been released of a man officers want to speak to about an incident in which a disabled woman in a mobility scooter was robbed. The woman was returning home when she was attacked in Sherborne Street in Gloucester between 7pm and 8pm on Sunday 26 June. A man ran up from behind her and pulled at the handbag she was carrying over her shoulder. The victim suffered a blow to the head and her glasses were knocked off as the man wrestled the bag, containing £20 in cash and various other personal items, from her before running off towards the play area further up the street. Anyone who recognises the man in the images or knows anything about this incident should call 101 and quote incident 388 of 26 June. 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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Summer Fun, and Cafe upgrade, at Robinswood Hill

There’s lots happening at Robinswood Hill in the school holidays. The Café has undergone a lot of work this summer and the new seating area and landscaping are now open. On Wednesday 27th July the new menu will be introduced, meaning that you can get good food at reasonable prices for all the family. And to help celebrate the new menu, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s annual programme of Summer Fun Days kicks off at Robinswood Hill with an eco-warrior themed programme of activities. There is now an accessible and level seating area outside the café where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or something to eat. The new menu includes salads, fresh baguettes, toasted sandwiches, and a range of delicious cakes and ice cream. In the Summer, the café will be open from 8am until 6pm so looks set to become a fantastic meeting place for friends and family. The Summer Fun day will start at 11:00 am. All the family are welcome, and should come prepared to be an eco-warrior for the day. There will a range of fun things to do, including a quiz trail where you get to learn more about how our waste affects the environment. There will be model-making where you can make wildlife from waste, so bring egg boxes and yoghurt pots of any type. and learn how to transform them into bugs...

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Gloucester to raise a glass to Hollie-Day

Longlevens Rugby Club will welcome the Hollie Gazzard Trust for a special day of fundraising at their inaugural Wooden Spoon Cider festival this weekend.   On Saturday the 23rd of July Longlevens Rugby Club ground will be transformed to host live music, family fun and food stalls for all to enjoy whilst raising money for Gloucester’s – Hollie Gazzard Trust. It will also of course be the club’s first Wooden Spoon Cider Festival so there will be plenty of the traditional apple drink for visitors to try. Hollie Gazzard Trust chairperson Nick said: “It is great to be asked to join with Longlevens to raise money for the Trust and Hollies’ memory. The people of Gloucester have been fantastic and I am looking forward to the day.” Gates open on Saturday the 23rd of July from 12noon and the admission is free. For more information please visit the website www.holliegazzard.org Gloucester News Centre –...

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Keep a watch for new-look neighbourhood newsletter

The Gloucester Neighbourhood Watch Association has launched its revamped community newsletter, just months after being faced with having to stop its production for good. Neighbourhood Watch is the UK’s largest and most recognised voluntary movement, with Britain’s first scheme set up in 1982. Since then, it has evolved from a collection of local schemes into a wider, national network. Its aim is to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen. Gloucester’s own Neighbourhood Watch scheme was established over 20 years ago and is dedicated to keeping residents informed with advice on how to reduce crime where they live. Their seasonal newsletter, Cascade, is distributed to over 14,500 Gloucester homes by a dedicated team of 450 volunteers and Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators. Each issue of Cascade includes important advice on fighting crime, updates from Police representatives and useful crime and safety-related contact numbers. Finding sufficient funding to cover Cascade’s printing and distribution costs continued to be a challenge for the Association’s committee members, who until recently, had reluctantly considered bringing it to an end. However, with the help and guidance of its long-standing supporters, Cascade has been given a new lease of life. Gloucester-based security specialists, Allcooper are main sponsors of Cascade and their proactive backing has helped the Association to continue production. As well as providing ongoing funding,...

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Trains cancelled and delayed due to high temperatures

Great Western Railway says it has issued a series of changes to timetabled services due to the heathwave. The rail operator says the changes have been put in place because track temperatures are expected to exceed 50C in parts of London later. It’s estimated many of its services would take 10-15 minutes longer because of the hot conditions. Here’s a summary of what is cancelled and changed: London Paddington to Oxford direct (calling at Slough, Reading, Didcot and Oxford) and return services are cancelled. Passengers are advised to travel to Didcot for connecting services to Oxford All Thames Valley branch lines to remain in branch operation but with no direct London services London Paddington to Bedwyn and return services will operate between Bedwyn and Reading only London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa and return will operate between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa only Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester City Council gets tough on nuisance behaviour

Gloucester City Council is getting tough on begging, drinking or taking legal highs on the street as part of a new policy to cut down on anti-social behaviour. While the council will always provide support for those who are genuinely in need, action needs to be taken against those who are there to dupe unsuspecting shoppers or cause anti-social behaviour. Various agencies across the city have received complaints of begging in the city centre, as well as concerns raised regarding rough sleeping. Multi-agency working has identified that many of those begging in the city centre are not homeless, and agencies are aware that some people travel to Gloucester to beg. The city council now wants to tackle this head on by introducing the safe and attractive streets policy. The policy sets out how the council will take a three-pronged approach – engage, support, enforce – to target persistent offenders and work with identified individuals. Where support isn’t successful, the council will look to enforce against persistent issues through civil litigation which is legally binding. The council and partner agencies have also proactively identified street drinking and the use of so-called “legal highs” as potential issues, and have included these in the policy so that they can be responded to effectively in future if needed. The Psychoactive Substances Act has now come in to force and is incorporated in to...

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Bus station test run, success

The next phase of the new bus station hub was completed this weekend, when 10 Stagecoach buses successfully took part in a test run at St Oswalds car park. This weekend, 10 stagecoach buses of all shapes and sizes, successfully drove around strategically placed cones which outline the proposed design of the new bus station. The test run went smoothly, with all buses easily getting from A to B ensuring that the proposed design of the new bus station is fit for purpose. It was important that this test run was carried out in order to guarantee that the design works, that there is enough room for buses of all sizes and that all vehicles can easily manoeuvre. Gloucester City Council is currently on schedule for the build of its new bus station hub in the city centre. The archaeological dig is complete, the rubble from the demolished buildings has been cleared and now, following the successful test run, the contracted designers, Kier, are in the process of finalising the design for the new look bus station. Speaking about the successful test run, Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration and change, said: “Ensuring that the design of the new bus station works, before the build begins, was vital. “All stagecoach buses easily moved around the cones, meaning that the design works and...

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RSPCA inspector recounts harrowing deaths of dogs in hot cars as charity issues advice

The RSPCA is issuing a fresh appeal to pet owners not to leave their dogs in cars or caravans as temperatures are set to soar to 32C in Gloucestershire. The animal welfare charity had more than 100 calls over the weekend from members of the public concerned about dogs in hot environments – including cars, caravans, conservatories and sheds – as temperatures climbed. On Saturday and Sunday (16 and 17 July), the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line had 106 reports of dogs left in hot environments and the influx of calls has prompted the charity to reissue its appeal to owners never to leave their pet unattended in a vehicle when it’s warm. Inspector Justin Stubbs shared his harrowing experience of seeing dogs who have died in hot cars following the deaths of three dogs this summer. And the animal charity expects many more emergency calls to dogs left in vehicles over the coming weeks. “They died a long, slow, agonising death” In an open letter to dog owners, inspector Stubbs writes: “This summer we have already seen the deaths of three dogs, left in a car. The weather was overcast, and if you believe weather forecasts, not hot. But it was warm, it was humid, Met Office records show the temperature in the area ranged from 16-19 degrees for the period of time the dogs were left, they also...

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Heat Health Warning for Gloucestershire

Heatwave temperatures have today been forecast for almost all parts of England, including Gloucestershire. The Met Office has forecast heatwave conditions in the South West, South East, London, East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber (as of Monday 18 July). Mike Wade, Deputy Director of Health Protection for Public Health England South West said: “Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for most people there’s nothing to really worry about. “But for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks. “This summer we’re urging people to keep an eye on those at-risk and if you’re able, offer help to stay cool and hydrated. This is a good time, before the warmer weather arrives, to think about who you may be able to assist and what you may be able to do – there’s lots of guidance on the NHS Choices and more detail in the Heatwave Plan for England.” The Met Office declared a Level 2 heat-health alert this morning (Monday 18 July) that means that there is a high chance that temperatures will hit certain thresholds for two days and the intervening night. Paul Gundersen, Chief Operational Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “High pressure, warm air and light winds will result in widespread very...

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Free art classes available during art in the city weekend

Budding artists or people who just fancy trying something new and different are being encouraged to sign up for a free art class as part of the Art in the City festival. Arts Council funding has meant that festival organisers Marketing Gloucester have been able to plan a range of art classes that will be totally free for people to take part in.   The hour long classes on offer are:   Saturday 30th July   10.30 am – Pop Art ( mixed media) 11am – Watercolour Painting 12noon –Mono Printing 12 noon – Silhouette painting 1pm – Street photography ( using mobile phones) 1.30pm – Life Drawing 2pm – Mask making 3pm – Origami   Sunday 31st July   11am – Charactures 12 noon – Pottery painting 12noon – Mosaic workshop 1pm – Painting with acrylics 2pm – Stained Glass painting 2pm – Space Monster mash up 3pm – Model boat making   For more information on each class and to sign up please visit artinthecity.org.uk and click on the workshop tab.   In addition to these classes there will also be a wide range of art demonstrations taking place across the city including chainsaw carving in Kimbrose triangle, stone carving in Blackfriars Priory, pottery, woodcarvers, lino painting, charcoal art and mural painting in The New Inn courtyard with artists collaborate  and Street Artists in Kings Square with...

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Businesses reminded to keep our city tidy

Gloucester City Council is reminding all businesses across the city centre about keeping their waste tidy and only putting it out at designated times. In 2015, following a consultation with businesses, a new city centre trade waste policy was introduced to agree that waste should only be put out between 6am – 10am on weekdays and that any waste not collected that day must be kept on the premises until the next collection. Recently there has been an increase in waste being put out overnight and left all weekend, which is not allowed. As well as being unsightly, the waste can attract vermin and there have been instances of bags being ripped open and spilling out over the street, or in windy condition, blowing across the city centre. In order to address these issues, heightened enforcement will be taking place and CCTV will be used to identify persistent offenders. Letters have been sent out to all businesses in the city centre. Any business that is caught breaking the agreement will be given a formal notice. Fines will be issued if these are ignored, and the council will also prosecute if continual offences are made. Gloucester City Council, along with partners, is committed to improving the street scene within the city centre to make it an attractive location which welcomes visitors, encourages inward investment and promotes growth. In the past...

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Top tips to keep your cat safe in the garden this summer

Summer’s here and just like gardeners, cats will be enjoying the long days and warm weather amongst the flowers and shrubs. Whilst most felines will be perfectly safe in the great outdoors, there are a host of potential garden hazards for cats – so Cats Protection’s Gloucester & Cirencester branch has compiled a list of tips to keep cats safe this summer. Lilies, barbecues and too much sun exposure can all prove harmful to felines, as explained by Miranda Smith, Branch Co-Ordinator. She said: “Many people are aware of the risks connected with sunbathing in humans but do not realise that cats can be affected as well. Whilst the sun can be very damaging, there are also lots of other potential dangers to felines during the summer months so we would advise owners to be aware of these hazards.” Cats Protection’s top tips to keep cats safe this summer are: Protect your cat from the sun – Like humans, cats can develop skin cancer from too much sun exposure and certain cats, particularly white and pale cats or those with sparse hair on their ears, are more at risk. A high factor sunblock can be obtained, and can be applied to vulnerable areas such as the ears, but owners should be aware that most cats will clean this off, so speak to your vet for advice on an appropriate...

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Radio controlled aircrafts stolen in Stonehouse

An image of two stolen radio controlled aircrafts has been released by officers investigating a burglary in Stonehouse. The aircrafts, both around eight feet in length, orange in colour and with powered petrol engines, were stolen, along with a radio controlled box, between 10pm and 11pm on Wednesday 13 July on Sydney. Offenders forced entry to a property’s garage, where the aircrafts were taken from. Anyone who has seen these items being sold, or who saw suspicious activity in the area, is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident 193 of 14 July. 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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Tributes paid to former council leader

Tributes have been paid to former leader of Gloucestershire County Council, Barry Dare, who sadly passed away earlier this morning. Cllr Dare was a county councillor for 20 years, from 1993 to 2013, representing the Moreton and Stow Division. Upon leaving the council he was appointed as an Honorary Alderman.  He was still serving on Cotswold District Council, having been re-elected in May 2015. During his time at the county council Cllr Dare held numerous roles, the most significant being as the council’s Leader from May 2005 to May 2010, when he handed over to current leader, Cllr Mark Hawthorne. Cllr Dare was at the forefront of the council’s response to the 2007 flooding emergency, and was determined that as much learning as possible would be made from that experience. Following the floods he founded the national Local Government Flood Forum and raised a flooding levy which has protected well over a 1,000 homes since then. Cllr Dare was always interested in politics and first served in his twenties as a councillor in Twickenham, and later as a parliamentary candidate. His professional career included an economics degree from the University of London, being a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a management consultant, Chief Executive of a number of companies, including Unwins Seeds, Chief Executive of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, and other non-executive roles. He also ran...

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‘Heavenly Light’ – The Glorious Glass of Gloucester Cathedral

On Tuesday 16 August Gloucester Cathedral will hold a special interest day dedicated to the beautiful stained glass that can be seen there. Offering you the opportunity to learn about the making of a stained glass window – to understand how to ‘read’ a window, and to marvel at some of the finest stained glass in the country, installed from the mid-1300s to June this year. The Great East Window, in particular, is of international importance. At the time of its installation in the 1350s it was the largest window in the world, and most of its original glass survives today. The early 20th century glass in the Lady Chapel is generally acknowledged to be the best of the Arts and Crafts movement.   This is the perfect opportunity to come and see the very latest addition. Designed, created and installed in the Lady Chapel this year by stained glass artist Tom Denny, the stunning new window is a Memorial to Gerald Finzi, a major English composer of the 20th Century who had strong links with Gloucester and Gloucestershire.   Tickets cost £31.50 per person including morning coffee and lunch served in the historic Parliament Rooms. To book your place Tel: 0845 652 1823 (Mon-Fri, 10.100am – 4.00pm) or to book on line visit www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk   Programme:   For this study day binoculars are a great advantage   10.00am:...

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Work starts on Gloucestershire’s energy from waste facility

The county takes a step closer to the end of landfill for household waste that can’t be reduced, reused or recycled. Work has begun on the new energy from waste facility that will see household waste that currently gets buried in the ground used to make enough electricity to power 25,000 homes, reduce carbon emissions by 40,000 tonnes, and save the county more than £150million. Hempsted landfill site will be full by the end of 2016 and the council’s landfill contract with Cory ends in 2018 so it is essential the council has alternative plans in place. The council signed a contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) to build the energy from waste facility on Javelin Park, near Haresfield in February 2013. Initial work is underway to install new fencing around the site. Temporary roads for construction vehicles, new drainage and installation of office accommodation for staff are next. Following construction and commissioning, the facility should be fully operational in late 2019. Cllr Ray Theodoulou, cabinet member for waste, said: “This is a major step forward towards our aim of 70 per cent recycling and will make a massive reduction in Gloucestershire’s carbon emissions. “Treating Gloucestershire’s rubbish that can’t be recycled in a clean and efficient way while generating electricity at the same time will save taxpayers money.” Currently over half of residents’ household waste is sent to landfill,...

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Family Fun at Teckels Animal Sanctuaries Summer Dog Show

Teckels will be holding its annual summer dog show on Sunday 14th August at Frampton on Severn. Following the success of previous shows, the event promises to be the biggest and best with something for everyone to enjoy. The fields on Church Lane, Frampton on Severn will be transformed to provide a setting with for  a fun packed day with the family and of course your four legged friends.  The dog show offers a selection of classes including waggiest tale, most handsome male, prettiest female, best trick and best pup, to name but a few. In addition there’ll be prizes for best of breed classes. If speed is your dog’s talent, then the dog scurry will be the perfect event.  Collie Wobbles Agility will also be demonstrating their skills and giving the dogs in the audience the opportunity to have a go too.  You’ll find a BBQ with a selection of food including vegetarian, teas coffees and home made cakes, ice-creams and milk shakes. There will be stalls with a variety of offerings from pet accessories and food to cards and presents. With games for the children, they will be sure to be entertained. In addition, if you’d like to capture the perfect picture of your dog, pet photographer, DPH Photography, will be on hand. “Last year’s Dog Show was a fantastic hit, with such a great number people...

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UKIP leadership contender to visit Gloucester

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Gloucester’s online retail revival

One of the biggest stories in retail in recent years has been how digital technologies have drastically altered the modern shopping experience. With the rise of multinational corporations like Amazon being able to cut overheads by operating remotely, it’s left many smaller bricks and mortar shops with tough questions regarding their existence in the 21st century marketplace. However, recent discussions have shown renewed enthusiasm amongst Gloucester’s merchants with many using innovative solutions to forge a more direct relationship with the customer whilst taking full advantage of the new digital technologies. For some retailers such as Miju Wools on College Street, there’s nothing better than inviting their loyal customers in for an informal gathering. The shop’s knit and natter sessions provide an evening’s entertainment in the form of knitting classes, and give a focal point for many crafting enthusiasts in the area. The sessions have also been complemented by a series of demonstrative pictures on the Miju Facebook page that once again demonstrate the potential of their products without any unnecessary advertising expense. The use of social media is a big way that many small businesses have successfully reached out to their target audiences. But having a constantly-updated main website can do much to serve a prospective customer base. Even out of town retailers such as Bedstar.co.uk have managed to reach far beyond their original coverage area thanks to a...

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University of Gloucestershire opens for clearing

Offering thousands of students support and advice, clearing has opened at the University of Gloucestershire. Students can receive a free clearing guide when they pre-register for the VIP clearing service and ask questions via online chat. The university is also running weekly campus tours for prospective students, and even if they don’t have their grades yet, but think clearing might be an option, students can look for courses on the UCAS website. Last year more than 100 students secured a place at the University of Gloucestershire before A-Level results day, including those returning from a gap year, and also students receiving results from courses including BTECs. Every year, thousands of students around the country come through clearing for a variety of reasons. The Net Natives National Clearing Survey 2015 found that last year 53% of students chose clearing for reasons other than not achieving their place at their first or second choice of university. Lucian Petre, now studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Gloucestershire, is one of them. “I applied late because I took the time to think about what I wanted to do very thoroughly,” he said. “Luckily clearing gave me that opportunity, rather than making a quick decision and being stuck on the wrong course.” Lucian added: “My advice is to not be scared to ask for help and guidance, since it’s always better to apply...

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CCTV appeal after motorbike destroyed in arson attack

CCTV images have been released of a man police want to speak to in connection with an arson incident in Gloucester in which a motorbike was set alight. It happened in Barton Street just before 1am on Saturday 2 July. A first attempt was made to set light to the Kimco Hipster 125 but the fire burned out. A second attempt was made shortly afterwards and the bike was destroyed. The fire also caused extensive damage to a nearby store and put residents in the flats above at risk of serious harm. The person police want to speak to was wearing a light-coloured hooded top, light trousers and dark trainers. A number of people were in the area just before the incident and may have seen who was responsible for the fire. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident  34 of 2/7/16. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Stagecoach West promotes value for money during ‘Catch The Bus Week’

Stagecoach West is joining forces with sustainable transport group Greener Journeys to promote the benefits of bus use through the fourth annual ‘Catch the Bus Week’. The campaign, which takes place from 4-10 July, aims to drive awareness of the benefits of taking the bus and encourage local people to make the switch from the car that week and consider leaving the car at home for some journeys in the future. West along with Greener Journeys, which is spearheading the campaign, and hundreds of other participants all over the country – including bus companies, passenger organisations and local authorities – will be promoting the many benefits of bus travel through competitions, bus road shows and on board entertainment. During Catch the Bus Week 2016, Stagecoach will be running a Twitter competition to promote bus use and highlight that it is great value for money. Research carried out by Stagecoach earlier this year looked at the cost of around 35 key commuter routes in England, Scotland and Wales. It compared the weekly price of hopping on the bus with the cost of fuel and car parking for the same journeys. The research found commuters can save an average of around £1,000 per year by catching the bus instead of travelling to work by car – despite falling fuel prices at the pumps. Bus travel costs are around 55% cheaper than...

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University of Gloucestershire wins coveted Netball Superleague franchise

A professional netball team is coming to Gloucestershire thanks to a successful joint bid by the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Worcester. The Severn Stars is one of a number of new franchises in the Vitality Netball Superleague, announced by England Netball today. Gloucestershire and Worcester’s successful bid followed an intensive application and selection process that attracted huge interest from netball clubs and businesses throughout the UK. Head of School for Sport and Exercise at the University of Gloucestershire, Dr Anita Navin, has an outstanding reputation within the sport as a leading coach educator and is currently a commentator for Sky TV netball games. “I am thrilled at the outcome and I possess an incredible passion for developing netball in England and globally,” Anita said. “I look forward to supporting England Netball in their quest to be number one in the world offering exceptional netball opportunities to our local cities and communities.” Both universities have strong traditions of developing talented players. Students from both universities have been selected to represent England at this summer’s World Series in New Zealand. Gloucestershire and Worcester also both have associations with elite teams from other sports, including the University of Gloucestershire’s  ‘All Golds’ Rugby League Club in Gloucester and the Worcester Wolves British Basketball League team. Mick Donovan, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Inclusive Sport & Educational Development) at Worcester, said: “We...

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Commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral will hold a special service of commemoration for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on Friday 1 July at 5.30pm. The Very Revd Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said, “This is a difficult day to commemorate; there can be no air of celebration or even victory. One hundred years on, it is only right that we will gather together in the Cathedral to mark the appalling loss of life with quiet reflection and prayer”. As national commemorations are made on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, all are invited to join us at Evensong on Friday 1 July at 5.30pm to mark our local act of remembrance. The service will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants representing the county of Gloucestershire, as well as other military representatives. The service will last less than an hour. A Tommy helmet and an Officer’s Cap from the First World War will be placed centrally either side of a single candle on the altar and the citation of the holder of the Victoria Cross will be read aloud. A special Somme prayer will be said on the hour throughout the day. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Destination – Rio? Abbie hoping for Olympic sevens selection after whirlwind rugby year with England

Former Hartpury College rugby starlet Abbie Brown’s dream year could be about to get even better if she runs out at the Rio Olympic Games this summer. After securing a full-time contract with England Women’s rugby last September, Brown has travelled the world with the national sevens squad and now the 20-year-old is hoping her super season culminates in an appearance for Great Britain as sevens rugby makes its Olympic debut in Brazil. She said: “It’s been a whirlwind year and I’ve travelled the world playing rugby in places that I have only ever dreamt of. To even have the opportunity to be in with a shout of competing at an Olympic Games is a dream come true.” Brown was part of the hugely successful Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) women’s rugby programme at Hartpury after joining in 2013 and made her senior debut for England in the 15-a-side format of the game in the 2015 Six Nations tournament at the age of 18. She said: “I had a great time at Hartpury and it definitely helped me as it provided a really high quality of coaching and gave me the opportunity to get one-on-one advice to help me achieve my individual goals.” And since leaving Hartpury, her career has continued to blossom. Brown made her first appearance for the sevens squad last summer as she represented England...

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Hygiene and food preparation advice for residents in Gloucestershire following investigation into cases of E.coli O157

Residents in Gloucestershire are being reminded to take particular care with hygiene and food preparation practices as investigations continue into an increase in cases of E.coli O157 infection. Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with Environmental Health Officers and the Public Health Team at Gloucestershire County Council to investigate the cause of a probable cluster of E.coli O157 infections diagnosed locally. PHE has been working with those with symptoms to establish the likely cause of their illness by answering a detailed questionnaire to try and establish common exposures that might explain why they became ill. This has shown several of the affected individuals ate salad items prior to becoming unwell, although no individual salad item or supplier has been identified as the source. PHE is now reminding people to maintain good hygiene and food preparation practices especially with salad items which should be washed thoroughly before eating. Mike Wade, Director of Health Protection for Public Health England South West said: “E.coli O157 infection can cause a range of symptoms, from mild diarrhoea to bloody diarrhoea with severe abdominal pain and, on rare occasions, it can also cause more serious medical conditions. “E.coli O157 can be caught by eating contaminated food or by contact with infected animals. It can also be passed from an infected individual to another person if hand and toilet hygiene is poor. “We continue to stress...

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Work starts on historic Gloucester site following multi-million pound windfall

Work to refurbish the Llanthony Secunda Priory has started in earnest in the wake of a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid of £3.19million. News of the grant broke on March 24th, but in order to actually start work, those behind the project still had to secure match funding as well as provide a range of technical information and put some legal matters in hand before they could actually get their hands dirty. But all of this is now done and finally work has begun. Ahead of the main project, Historic England have funded just over £200k worth of archaeology and repair work on the precinct walls of the Priory. Jeremy Williamson, Chairman of Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust said “Work started with detailed recording of the remaining structures by archaeologists which helps us to understand what remains from each period in the Priory’s rather chequered past and so how to inform the repair and conservation. “The main part of the project involves a great deal of repair and repointing of several of the precinct walls.” Work has already taken place on the early brick wall on the boundary with the road (which has the rather special wayside cross in it), the stone wall between the brick range and the Victorian farmhouse has been repaired and repointed, while the vegetation making its home on the Tithe barn walls will also be...

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Landlords prosecuted over unsafe living conditions

Two more landlords have been prosecuted as part of Gloucester City Council’s continued crack down on unsafe privately rented accommodation.   The council joined forces with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) back in March, in a bid to improve conditions in multiple occupancy houses and raise awareness of unsafe environments.   This followed city council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee pledging its commitment to improving privately rented housing in the city.   On Tuesday 14th June at Cheltenham Magistrates Court , Gloucester City Council took enforcement action against two landlords. They had both failed to manage and maintain their ‘house in multiple occupation’ (HMO) to an acceptable standard, placing their tenants at risk of harm.   The two owners of the accommodation above The Hilltop Restaurant in Worcester Street, Gloucester pleaded guilty to failing to comply with management regulations and for failing to complete the work required in an improvement notice.   The property was refurbished after a fire in 2004 had seriously damaged the building., with the tenants in residence at that time having to be rescued by GFRS. However, since those repairs were made, the rented property had been allowed to fall into disrepair.   As part of the council’s on-going proactive work, the property was visited by officers and was found to have a faulty fire alarm system, which was permanently sounding, and ineffective fire doors....

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One Great Day at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Gloucester

Eastgate Shopping Centre is one of 60 shopping centres across the UK taking part in ‘One Great Day’ today. One Great Day is a series of family and community charity events being held throughout the month of June to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and other children’s health charities from across the country. Participating shopping centres provide a special family fun day that engages with the local community and raises money for a number of great causes. One Great Day was established in 2014 and has so far raised £150,000 and has now grown to include 46 different children’s charities. Eastgate Shopping Centre will be raising money for both the Pied Piper Appeal and Great Ormond St Hospital, both fantastic organisations, looking after the needs of sick children. The activities at Eastgate will consist of face painting, a football skills game to win goodie bags, children’s activity area and a raffle to win a prize of Eastgate goods worth more than £250! The fun starts at 11am and will run until 3pm. Keep your eyes open for a special visit from Glossy, the centres mascot. Jason Robinson Centre Manager of Eastgate Shopping Centre, commented:“We are absolutely delighted to be a part of One Great Day. Hosting an event like this gives us the chance to give something back to support the wonderful work of The Pied...

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Two teenagers sentenced after attacking vulnerable man in Tewkesbury

Two teenagers have been sentenced to prison for a total of 26 months for attacking a vulnerable man in Tewkesbury. Samantha Thomas, aged 19, of Despencer Road, Priors Park in Tewkesbury was handed a 10 month custodial sentence and Tyler Doyle, aged 18, of Second Crossing Road in Walton Cardiff was handed a 16 month custodial sentence. They both pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm yesterday (Thursday 16 June) at Gloucester Crown Court. At around 8.15pm on Tuesday 22 March, Thomas flicked a used cigarette at the 24-year-old victim and his partner as they walked past each other on Abbots Walk. The victim questioned her actions and then Thomas and Doyle became violent towards him. Doyle punched the victim to the floor and kicked him in the head. Thomas also repeatedly kicked and stamped on the victim. The victim sustained several injuries including a chipped tooth, bruising, two black eyes and cuts to his face and head. Insp David Goga, of the Tewkesbury local policing area, said: “This was a despicable crime which was completely unprovoked. I am very pleased that the two offenders have been apprehended and I hope that the local community is reassured that this behaviour will always receive the most robust action.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Three men sentenced following conspiracy to burgle across South West

On 10 June, at Swindon Crown Court, three men who are part of an organised crime group based on the outskirts of Gloucester were sentenced to a total of 24 years imprisonment for their parts in a large scale conspiracy to burgle. Joseph William Butler, 25 from Willows Caravan site, Sandhurst, Gloucester received a seven years custodial sentence. Jesse Gregory, 50 from School Hill, Brinkworth, Chippenham was sentenced to 10 years. David Wayne Royles, 53 from Sandhurst Lane, Gloucester received a seven years custodial sentence. All three were given discounts for time already served. The men admitted to their part in the conspiracy at earlier hearings. The conspiracy included 120 burglary offences at commercial properties spanning five police force areas (Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Thames Valley, Devon & Cornwall and West Mercia). They caused an estimated £471,847 of damage in the commission of the offences and stole around £211,000 in cash. The majority of offences occurred in Wiltshire so a small team of detectives from Salisbury with assistance from other Forces including Gloucestershire took ownership of the case, to get justice for over a hundred victims. On 28th May 2015 a large team of officers from Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Thames Valley Police carried out raids on a number of addresses in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and arrested the men. The same modus operandi was used during just over a year of offending...

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New care providers for Cheltenham and Gloucester

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), working alongside Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has appointed two new providers of domiciliary care to offer support in people’s own homes in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Last June, cabinet agreed to start the process to appoint home care and domiciliary companies around the county, to help more vulnerable people live the lives they want. New arrangements for care providers in the rest of Gloucestershire have already been successfully introduced and now providers have been appointed for the county’s two main urban areas. Comfort Call Ltd and Human Support Group Ltd have been appointed to provide the service in Cheltenham and Gloucester respectively. The contracts are for five years, which will help both companies plan for the future and invest in staff development and new ways of working to offer the best service possible to users. Comfort Call Ltd was formed in 2006 and delivers care to people in more than 40 locations across England.  Their dedicated teams, made up of more than 6,500 care workers, help people to continue living independently in their own homes. Human Support Group Ltd was established in 1998 and provides care across many parts of the country. The company also offers reablement care and healthcare services on top of providing domiciliary care. Their staff have local knowledge, and provide all levels of healthcare support to service users in their own...

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UKIP to open BREXIT shop in Gloucester today

UKIP are to open a BREXIT shop in Gloucester City Centre today. Dr Julia Reid, who represents the South West in the European Parliament, is to open the in St Aldate Street at 2pm. The shop will be open for the remainder of the Referendum campaign and will serve as a point of contact for people in Gloucester to obtain information and promotional material about Brexit. Commented Richard Ford, who was UKIP’s Parliamentary Candidate for Gloucester in last year’s General Election: “We are absolutely delighted to have this shop for the remainder of the Referendum campaign. What we are finding from our regular street stalls outside the Guildhall is that many people are still undecided about the EU, and they wish to obtain as much information as they possibly can. Obviously the Government spent £ 9.5 million of public money in promoting the Remain case by mailing every household in the country.  Our shop in Gloucester will be a small step towards redressing that imbalance. “We are working together with our colleagues in Gloucester Vote Leave to ensure that as many residents of Gloucester and Gloucestershire are as fully informed about the case for Leave as possible, and we are grateful that Julia Reid has taken time out of her busy schedule to travel to Gloucester to open this fantastic resource for us.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Band of Friends to headline Cafe Rene’s Rhythm & Blues Festival

Cafe Rene’s Rhythm & Blues Festival has become a key event during the summer in Gloucester. The popular bar and restaurant have unveiled their lineup for this year’s festival with Band Of Friends booked to close the festival on Sunday 31st July. The Band Of Friends is a celebration of Rory Gallagher’s music. Rory’s legendary rock and blues was popular around the world throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. Gerry McAvoy played on every album Rory ever made, and Ted McKenna played with Rory for over 20 years. Along with Marcel Scherpenzeel (who Gerry describes as the closest guitarist to Rory that you will ever hear), they keep the music of Rory Gallagher alive. Cafe Rene Rhythm & Blues Festival Line Up: Mon 25th July – Innes Sibun – 9:30pm Guitar virtuoso Innes Sibun and his all-rocking band deliver an electrifying mix of blues and rock. Innes is recognised as a word-class guitarist who has extensive international tours and TV performances to his credit. Tues 26th July – Debbie Bond – 9:30pm Blues singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years. Her singing has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur.   Weds 27th July – Lewis Creaven – 9:30pm Formed in Bristol with some of the best musical talent around, the Lewis Creaven band have...

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Concern for missing Gloucester man

Police are concerned for a Gloucester man who has gone missing. Dwain Rogers, 22, of Gurney Avenue, Tuffley was last seen in Cheltenham yesterday at around 5pm. Dwain is a vulnerable adult and police are concerned for his welfare. He is white, 5’11” tall with brown hair and wearing blue jogging bottoms, a black polo t-shirt and grey trainers with orange stripes. Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen Dwain or knows of his whereabouts.  Please call 101 quoting incident number 413 of 9 June. Alternatively you can call or text the Missing People Helpline on 116 000. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Free family fun day this weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday

Celebrations will be occurring all over the country this weekend to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. In Gloucester this weekend there will be a summer fete in Kings Square organised by Marketing Gloucester and funded by the City Council and Kings Walk Shopping Centre. There will be plenty of free activities going on in the square, providing fun and enjoyment for all the family to show support for Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Councillor Lise Noakes, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure at Gloucester City Council said: “From street, garden and tea parties to picnics, BBQs and competitions, a wide variety of celebrations will take place around Great Britain to commemorate the Queens 90th birthday.  Gloucester’s celebrations will be  on Saturday 11th June and take the form of a free Summer Fete for all the family to enjoy.  Kings Square will play host to the event between 11am and 4pm, providing a great setting for families to enjoy themed arts and crafts from Junk Fish, sand pits, swing boats, a Helter Skelter (small charge), music, balloon modelling, face painting, fun fair stalls and more. ” As well as the summer fete in Kings Square, Gloucester Cathedral will also be throwing a special summer garden party in honour of the Queen’s landmark birthday. The party will have a champagne afternoon tea in the cathedral’s secluded Garth, music and wonderful summer flowers to...

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TV Licensing reminds Gloucestershire businesses to be licensed ahead of Euros football tournament

Football fans around the UK are all set to enjoy the European football tournament playing out live on their TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones in the coming weeks, but some may have to arrange an afternoon off to make sure their employer is kept happy. With football fans across the South West all set to watch the big games on telly, TV Licensing is reminding businesses across Gloucestershire to make sure they are correctly covered by a TV Licence. The most talked about match of the draw is England v Wales, with the Group B game in the French city of Lens kicking off at 2pm on Thursday 16 June. Many workers in the South West will be leaving their desks to cheer on their favoured team in front of the canteen TV while some may choose to live stream the match on their work computer. According to recent research1, only one in three employees feel informed about the rules when it comes to watching live TV at work. To help managers inform their teams, TV Licensing has developed a Workplace Viewing Guide which provides simple guidance for workplace leaders and staff who want to watch the tournament at work. The survey also revealed only 20 per cent of South West employees at a permanent workplace operating a TV viewing policy said they have permission to watch any TV at work, meaning many local workers may miss out...

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Price guide smashed as rural specialists celebrate successful farm sale

A former poultry farm at Bulley near Churcham in Gloucestershire has sold at auction – for more than £200,000 above the asking price. Matthew Peters from Bruton Knowles handled the five-lot sale held at Gloucester Farmers Club. He said: “This was an unusual sale as the bungalow is in need of fairly extensive refurbishment. But the farm is in a lovely spot just off the main A40 Ross-on-Wye road which attracted local and national interest resulting in some spirited and competitive bidding.” The farm was placed on the market following the death of John Van Nievelt, a well-known figure in Gloucestershire farming. Matthew reported that the five lots went for a total of £826,000 compared with the pre-auction guide price of £630,000. “Lots 1 and 5 were bought by people from away looking to develop the sites while 2 3 and 4 were bought by local farmers. “This was a great result and a good indicator of local land values. It just goes to show that with realistic guide prices, figures above expectations can be achieved. “The sale figures were a testament to how well the property had been farmed by the Van Nievelt family and the attractive setting with views to May Hill all contributed to the high level of interest.” Matthew went on:  “While small parcels of land adjoining urban centres would be expected to attract high...

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Dealership to kick off football match in aid of charity

Members of staff at a car dealership in Gloucester will be taking part in a football match in aid of its ‘Charity of the Year’ this month. Wessex Garages on Mercia Road has organised the event at the Newport International Sports Village on June 14 and some of the money raised will be donated to The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) in Cheltenham. Keith Brock, Managing Director at Wessex Garages, said: “Ahead of the European Championship game of England versus Wales on June 16 we thought it would be a great idea to host a charity football match between all of the Wessex Garages’ branches in England against all of the branches in Wales. “We have four dealerships in England and three in Wales and members of staff from each outlet will form an English team and a Welsh team and battle it out on the pitch. As well as being a great team building exercise the event is to raise money for our charities of the year.” Donations will be collected on the evening and Wessex Garages are taking £2 bets from all staff on the result of the game. All winning bets will then be entered into a raffle, where the first person drawn will win an extra day of holiday and the second person drawn will win half of a day holiday. The money raised...

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COLUMN: The Very Thing with Simon Rickards

Sportbeat really are ramping up with the announcements for their line up and have just released the details for their headliners on the Saturday night (20th August). I’m delighted to say it’s The Charlatans who will be blasting their hits across Plock Court and are sure to bring smiles and delight to everyone who is planning to go to this year, and attract a great many more people. The Charlatans are fronted by Tim Burgess and have had amazing success over the years have had 7 top 10 albums including no less that THREE number 1 selling albums. Joining them will be outstanding local reggae band King Solomon, the remarkable Quigley, Gloucester’s own Mark Marks, Griz-O, Joey Gill, Prime Position and Third Time Lucky. Bearing in mind the bill already has Happy Mondays, Echo and The Bunnymen and, my personal favourites, EMF – Sportbeat is lining up to be the hottest ticket of the summer. Get yours now at www.sportbeatfest.com Also announcing further bands to their line up is Gloucester Guildhall’s Underground Festival which runs on 24th-25th September. Their already impressive bill which includes the likes of Pretty Vicious and The Hunna is now made all the more incredible with the addition of Fatherson, Fort Hope, ROAM, Lisbon, INHEAVEN, Man Of Moon, Big Spring, Boston Manor, Fizzy Blood, The Decoy UK, Ross Angeles and Delicate Holly. Tickets are just...

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Weak Berkeley Bridge on the A38 to be replaced

Gloucestershire County Council is giving advance warning to motorists that work will take place between August and November, with a full road closure from 6th to 15th September. Two road bridges cross the railway line at Berkeley. One is an old stone bridge which carries traffic south and the other was built as a temporary structure in the 1970s to carry traffic north. In 2013, a routine inspection found the northbound bridge was weak and a 30mph speed restriction was put in place to reduce pressure on the structure. The northbound bridge now needs to be replaced with a permanent structure so that it remains safe. The work, which will begin in August and finish in November, is being funded by the LEP Growth Deal with £1.99m and a further investment of £450,000 from Gloucestershire County Council. The work must include a ten day closure of the road in both directions from Tuesday 6th September to Thursday 15th September while the old bridge is removed and the new bridge is put in place. This is because the crane needed to do the work is so big it will cover both carriageways. During the closure a signed diversion will be in place. Two-way traffic will be maintained during the rest of the work using the southbound bridge and controlled traffic lights. Motorists are being advised to allow extra time and...

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Ancient Roman remains found in Blackfriars

The remains of Roman town houses have been found in Gloucester’s Blackfriars area as part of an archaeological dig being carried out by the city council. The remains of large Roman town houses have been found at the archaeological dig currently taking place at Blackfriars. The dig, in the area of Bearlands car park near Ladybellegate Street, has uncovered a large Roman town house close to previous remains of similar buildings, implying that it was once an affluent place to live in the city. The remains of the town house are large and centred around courtyard; it is believed that it is part of a similar building found further north of the area in the 1980’s. At first investigation, it appears the house dates from around 300 AD, or possibly later. The dig at Blackfriars will see seven trenches made. With only one more to be dug, other findings have included Medieval remains, the western defensive bank of the Roman fortress (which dates from around 65-70 AD), and further remains of Roman buildings. This archaeological dig is taking place as part of the redevelopment of the Quays and Blackfriars. From an archaeological point of view, Blackfriars and the Quay are important parts of the city that can teach us about the history of Gloucester. The area includes the south-west corner of the Roman city of Glevum, the site of the...

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University of Gloucestershire to offer nursing degrees

The University of Gloucestershire is working with NHS Trusts in Gloucestershire to address nursing shortages by introducing a degree programme in Nursing from 2017. The Department for Health, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Royal College of Nursing are predicting a national shortage of registered nurses of almost 50,000 this year.  Gloucestershire has been experiencing its own nursing shortages.  It is estimated that the county needs around 450 new nurses a year and the NHS Trusts serving Gloucestershire are reporting significant challenges in attracting and retaining nurses. A new project led by the University in partnership with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is looking to tackle these shortages by introducing a new BSc Honours degree programme in Nursing.  This will build on the University’s existing higher education programmes in health and care. The University of Gloucestershire already provides training for nursing, with qualifications approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in non-medical prescribing and returning to practice.  It also offers a higher education apprenticeship programme in Health Care Assistant Practitioner.  The new Nursing degree will expand and complement the existing nursing training offered in Gloucester by the University of the West of England. Vice-Chancellor Stephen Marston said: “The University of Gloucestershire is committed to promoting the well-being of the county through the...

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People in Gloucester wanted to try out two new healthcare innovations

People in Gloucester living with long-term health conditions are invited to take part in an exciting healthcare innovation project to test and shape two potential new products. Both have been designed by entrepreneurs in the Westcountry: one product is designed to help people with dementia, while the other is an app to aid speech therapy. The call comes from the Design Together, Live Better project, which connects citizens with companies and entrepreneurs to co-create the next generation of healthcare solutions based on real needs. Intelligent Sounds Design Together, Live Better is recruiting people whose speech has been affected as a result of their health condition (such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or a head injury) to test ‘Intelligent Sounds’. This is an app for smart phones and tablets, which helps people practise, improve and perfect speech sounds. The Intelligent Sounds app has been developed by Jenny Dance, a linguist and marketing analyst from Bristol and Director of Phona Ltd. Jenny says, “I initially developed an app in partnership with Oxford University Press to help non-native speakers of English improve their pronunciation. Due to a neurological problem, I suffered episodes of slurred, unintelligible speech and began to see the potential for the app to be used as a speech therapy tool as well. “Through the Design Together, Live Better project, I’m really keen to work with people...

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Hidden illegal tobacco and cigarettes found after test purchase

On 6th June 2016, Shorsh ismail Hashmi, 28, appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates to face charges concerning the sale and possession for sale of illegal tobacco and cigarettes. Hashmi, of Flat 1, 11 High Street, Gloucester was, at the time of the offences, the owner of One Stop Shop, 107 Southgate Street, Gloucester. In November 2015 officers from Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards Service and HMRC made a test purchase of 20 Marlboro cigarettes from Hashmi’s shop for £5. The cigarettes were non duty paid and were labelled in Polish. Three further packets of illegal cigarettes were found behind the counter at the shop. A full investigation was then carried out in which trading standards officers found a concealment of illegal tobacco above a ceiling that had a hole high up in the wall in the toilet room at the back of the shop. A total of 94 packets of 20 cigarettes and 22 pouches of 50g tobacco believed to be worth a total £566 were seized. The total amount of duty evaded was around £666. Hashmi was not present at the time of the inspection, but was contacted by the shop assistant and attended shortly afterwards. The previous owner, Paywand Ismaeeli, was also prosecuted for similar offences in 2014. Hashmi faced three charges in total, one for the test purchase and two for seizures from the shop. Hashmi pleaded...

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UPDATE: Missing Gloucester woman found safe and well

UPDATE: Jade Mitchell has since been found safe and well. Gloucester Constabulary is concerned for the welfare of Gloucester woman Jade Mitchell. Jade is 20 years old and vulnerable.  She lives in Arthur Street, Gloucester. She is 5’ 1” tall, of medium build, fair skinned with short, curly dark brown hair lightly tinged with red. She has a lip ring in the lower left hand side of her lip.  She smokes and speaks with a west country accent. We believe that Jade is in Gloucester and we are extremely concerned for her welfare.  We would encourage anyone who has seen Jade or knows of her whereabouts to please call 101.  Alternatively you can call the Missing People Helpline on 0800 116 000 Gloucester News Centre –...

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Centurions charge up to second place at season half way point

The Gloucester Centurions Flag American Football team have charged up the SWC south division in recent weeks to sit second after two unbeaten tournaments at Merthyr & Plymouth. The Cents kicked off the season in April with a win against Plymouth and a defeat to league leaders Cardiff. This was followed by two further defeats in their first home tournament of the season where they fell to Northants Phantoms and Northants Titans Blue team. Those results were put in the past and the ever improving Cents flag team moved on to their third tournament of the season at Merthyr determined to turn their losing record back to neutral with two wins. First they faced the hosts Merthyr Tydfil Thuderducks and came out 33-26 winners in a very close match up. The second game however was to be a real test of how determined this Cents team would be as they faced early pace setters and up until that day, unbeaten Hereford Stampede. It was a fiery affair between the two sides with a few scuffles and a big turning point coming just before the half as the Centurions were awarded a penalty with a Hereford player over-stepping the mark giving the Cents the chance to take the lead in to the half time break which they took. The second half continued to ebb and flow between the two with...

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M5 CRASH: Police still searching for driver of MG Rover

The fourth man injured in the M5 collision on Thursday 2 June, who was taken to Southmead Hospital, has been transferred to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. He remains in a serious condition. The incident involved five vehicles and started when a Ford Mondeo and an MG Rover were in collision about half a mile south of the M50 junction at 1.05am today. A HGV then stopped and was involved in a collision with a silver Mercedes and black Mazda. The 24-year-old Gloucester man who was driving the Mercedes died at the scene while a 23-year-old Gloucester man who was a passenger in the vehicle also died. Another passenger in the Mercedes, a 23-year-old Gloucester man, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital but sadly later died. Tri-Force Chief Inspector Yan Georgiou said: “The driver of the MG Rover fled the scene of the collision before police arrived. Despite extensive enquiries to trace him, he has not yet been identified or located. It is also not known whether there were any passengers in the vehicle. “We are now appealing for the driver themselves to come forward, or for members of the public to provide information to us to help identify and locate them. “Their account of the collision is vital to our investigation and we urgently need to speak to the occupant or occupants of this vehicle to fully understand what happened during this...

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The Search For A King

Marketing Gloucester and Gloucester Cathedral are searching for an 8 – 11 year old to play a very special part in a one-off event for the city – taking place on Saturday 10 September 2016. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the coronation of Henry III which took place in Gloucester Cathedral. In 1216, a nine-year old Prince Henry, son of the infamous King John, was crowned at St Peter’s Abbey (now Gloucester Cathedral). What makes this coronation special is that it was the last time an English or British monarch was crowned outside of Westminster Abbey in...

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WATCH: Thousands attend annual Cheese Roll at Coopers Hill

Thousands gathered in Brockworth on Bank Holiday Monday to watch daredevil Chris Anderson claim his 17th Cheese Rolling title in one of Britain’s quirkiest annual sporting events. The 28-year-old careered down the 1:2 incline of Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, in the fastest time in pursuit of the coveted round of Double Gloucester cheese. “It’s brilliant, I’m really happy,” he said. “My friend Izzy John sadly passed away recently so this is for him and his family. He won it multiple times.” Competitors from across the world competed in the bizarre centuries-old event, which now takes place on an unofficial basis due to health and safety concerns over the high numbers of injuries sustained each year. Gloucester News Centre –...

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GALLERY: Cheese Rolling 2016

Thousands gathered on Cooper’s Hill for the annual Cheese Rolling event earlier. Did you know? At top speed, the cheese is estimated to reach 70 miles per hour, taking approximately 12 seconds to get from the top to the bottom of the hill. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Bike stolen from Abbeymead park

Police are appealing for information after a bike was stolen from a park in Abbeymead. The theft happened on at Coopers Edge Court, off Lobleys Drive at around 6pm on Thursday May 19. The victim left his bike to use the sports courts. He then turned around to see a male in his late teens or early 20s riding off on it. The offender had taken the bike without the owner’s concent. The bike is a grey and red Carrerra Parva mountain bike. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 419 of May 19. 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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Kier Construction preferred bidder for new bus station

Gloucester City Council have announced that Kier Construction is the preferred bidder for the new bus station in Gloucester. The project will deliver a much needed new passenger station for the city’s residents and visitors. The old outdated facilities will be replaced, creating a quality environment for passengers and a stunning new look to the transport gateway of Gloucester. Ben Ramsay, operations director at Kier, said: “The new bus station is a major step in Gloucester’s regeneration and it is an exciting prospect to be part of the team that is going to transform public access to the city”. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration and economy, said: “The appointment of our preferred bidder for the building of our new bus station is another significant milestone for this major project. “I am delighted that a locally-based firm has made it through to this stage, which is good news for local jobs and the economy.” Work continues in Gloucester as part of the regeneration of the city. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man exposes himself to woman in Abbeydale

A man exposed himself to a woman in Abbeydale on Friday night. Police are appealing for anyone with information to call 101 after the incident, which happened in the alleyway that runs from the community centre next to Glevum Park to Abbeymead Avenue between 10.15pm and 10.30pm. The victim, a 22-year-old woman, was followed by a man who shouted out to her to get her attention before exposing himself. The victim walked on to Abbeymead Avenue, where the man was lost from her sight. The man is described as white, aged 19-25, 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, of stocky build, wand with a clean shaven round face. He was wearing a dark hooded plain tracksuit top and matching tracksuit trousers and trainers. If you have any information call 101 and quote in incident 155 of 21 May. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester joins the nation to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday

Gloucester will be joining the nation to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen on June 11th. All residents of the City are invited to join 10 million people from all over the country to celebrate the milestone. Taking place in King’s Square, Gloucester’s celebrations will begin at 11am and run through the afternoon until 4pm. It will be a family fun day featuring a range of free activities and entertainment. Children of all ages will be able to enjoy funfair style games, balloon modelling, face painting, a sand pit, arts and crafts workshops and lots more – all for free. This wonderful national event is a great chance for the country to get together and show community spirit and support for Her Majesty The Queen who has served for over six decades. The last time Gloucester saw an occasion similar to this was the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012. The Diamond Jubilee Weekend was a huge success and showed Gloucester’s community spirit, which organisers of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations are hoping to see repeated with the family fun day. Last month, Gloucester commemorated the Queen’s actual birthday by lighting the beacon on top of Robinswood Hill. The Queen’s ‘official’ birthday is on the 28th of May and is when other members of the royal family join her for the spectacular Trooping the Colour...

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Property firm launches urgent appeal for foodbank storage space in Gloucester

Commercial property specialists Bruton Knowles have stepped in to launch a citywide search for new accommodation for Gloucester’s Foodbank.   The centre is rapidly running out of storage space at its Whitfield Centre HQ on the Great Western Road and is in urgent need of alternative accommodation in order to meet the needs of hundreds of people from the city.   William Matthews from the firm’s Gloucester office is leading the search for a storage space in the 3,000 sq foot bracket.   William said: “The foodbank takes donations from individuals and supermarkets and distributes goods to needy people in the city. They already have a street side unit but need to find a warehouse to store bulk items. They have around 600 crates of food due to arrive in June and need somewhere suitable to store and sort it.”   Gloucester Foodbank operates on a charitable basis with limited income through donations.   “We are actively helping them by looking at availability and using our network of business contacts to see if we can help.”   But there could be other benefits: “We are appealing to landlords with vacant premises in this size bracket as charity occupants can gain business rates relief.”   Gloucester Foodbank warehouse manager Gerry Malecki said the centre had served 5,500 clients in the past 12 months and the number of people in need...

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Fri 23

Farmers Market

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