Author: Shaun Moore

Gloucester Cathedral awarded £4million for Project Pilgrim

Gloucester Cathedral have today announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a £4,160,300 grant for Project Pilgrim. Project Pilgrim Phase One: the Heart of Gloucester is a £6m project to help the Cathedral to fulfil its role as a dynamic place of spiritual, community and heritage activity. This investment will improve and restore specific areas of the building and grounds as well as uncover and share stories about the people and events which have helped to define the significant role it has played in the City and Nation’s history. The ambitious plans include: –      the creation of a new Cathedral Green, providing a public space in the historic heart of the City –      conservation of the 15th Century Lady Chapel and its magnificent stained glass –      provision of a new entrance and welcome area –      improvements to access and story-telling across the site –      installation of solar panels on the nave roof This will be supported by a varied three year programme of activities to enable more people to connect with this iconic building’s heritage. Work is scheduled to begin in the late summer, after Three Choirs Festival 2016. The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: ‘We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confidence in Project Pilgrim. This represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Cathedral to play an even greater role in the lives of...

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Gloucestershire Police launch mounted section trial

After many years, mounted police are returning to Gloucestershire for a twelve month trial. It follows a successful international project run in Gloucestershire two years ago, which showed that horses are a useful tactic for the police both in terms of reducing crime and serving the public. Based at Highnam Court, Boris and General and their riders will be covering the whole of Gloucestershire, and the public will see police* on horseback patrolling local areas. Chief Superintendent Gary Thompson, who has been leading the project, says the horses will be become part of our day to day policing of the county. “As a policing tool, horses are invaluable in terms of crowd control and being able to cover larger and more inaccessible areas of the county on patrol.  However, they are so much more than that.  We want Boris and General to become part of the policing family in Gloucestershire and for the public to enjoying meeting them, and their riders, as part of day to day life.” The trial has been backed by the Police and Crime Commission Martin Surl who says the horses will be an asset to the force. “The research shows that people love to meet the horses and that means our officers are making more contact with the public on a daily basis.   The trial is a cost-effective way to see how well this works and...

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Ship of Fools – Gloucester concert in aid of Severn Area Rescue Association

Tom Lewis, the internationally famous singer and songwriter, is to appear in concert at the Fountain pub in Westgate Street, Gloucester on April 1st at 7:30 p.m. Tom is the writer of many songs including “The Last Shanty” and “Marching Inland”. He is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty’s Royal Naval diesel submarines; although now he’s comfortably located on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, through the loneliness and lure of the sea, to traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others’ melodies. Tom is patron of the Gloucester Shanty Festival and this concert is being held to raise funding for that event. Tom went to school in Gloucester and will be arriving in the city by canal boat. Tom will be supported by local group, the Two Anchors. The Gloucester Shanty Festival itself will be taking place from the 27th to the 29th of May in and around Gloucester. It features more than 30 different acts as well as sing-arounds, a beach party, treasure trail and a pirate walk! There will also be many activities for children. All proceeds from the Gloucester Shanty Festival will be donated to SARA, the Severn Area Rescue Association. All tickets are available from the Gloucester Shanty Festival website: http://www.gloucestershantyfestival.co.uk/ Gloucester News Centre –...

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Jeremy Hilton steps down as Lib Dem county leader – To concentrate of other political projects

Liberal Democrat county councillor, Jeremy Hilton is to step down as group leader on Gloucestershire County Council, with immediate effect. Cllr. Hilton has been Lib Dem group leader for a total of ten years. Jeremy Hilton said: “I am going to take at least a year’s sabbatical from a leading role at Shire Hall, in order to concentrate on other political and personal projects. “My reasons are threefold. “Firstly, we have Gloucester City Council elections in May and with good fortune we shall have a strong Liberal Democrat group after 5th May. I want to ensure that our new city council group beds in well and that we become a dynamic team on the council. “Secondly, I have 18 months to run as the Liberal Democrats national Local Government Association (LGA) spokesperson for the fire and rescue service. “I am incredibly busy as the chairperson of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee. We are lobbying for changes to the Police and Crime Bill. Last week I met the Home Secretary to explain to her the LGA’s opinion about the bill. The proposed legislation could see Police and Crime Commissioners running the fire service rather than local councillors. In Gloucestershire, this would see the county council lose responsibility for managing our superb fire and rescue service. “Finally, we have elections to the county council in 2017 and I wish to...

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Litter pick on Alney Island as part of Clean for the Queen project

Gloucester City Council is planning a big litter pick of Alney Island Nature Reserve as part of the Clean for the Queen project to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. The event will run from 10am until midday on Thursday 24th of March. All tools will be provided. The site is flat but can be muddy. Please wear warm clothes, waterproofs and sensible footwear. Anyone wishing to take part should meet by the large metal gates, the entrance to Port Ham substation, on the A417 Over Causeway, GL1 2RX, at 10am. There will be safe off road parking inside the metal gates which will be open for the event. Gloucester News Centre –...

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More projects for City Centre Historic Area Grant Scheme

Two schemes for the restoration and bringing back into use of listed buildings at risk in Westgate Street have recently been granted planning and listed building consent.  Since 2013 the City Centre Historic Grants Scheme has been revitalising the city centre conservation area by providing grants to local businesses and property owners to carry out repairs, re-instate architectural features and bring back into use vacant floor space. The grant scheme which helps with the building repairs is funded by the city council’s City Centre Investment Fund. Now, 41 Westgate Street has consent for a new shopfront and change of use of the upper floors to a one bed apartment and 78 Westgate Street also has consent for a new shopfront, with separate access leading to a new two bed apartment on the upper floors. Both properties have been recognised as priority projects for the City Centre Historic Areas Grant Scheme. The owners are currently preparing their grant applications and it is hoped that the city council will be able to make an offer to each within the next couple of months. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council: “I am really pleased that both these two properties will be developed to continue the regeneration of Gloucester centre. “Our grant scheme has already helped a number of properties in Westgate Street, which is our most historic street. We want...

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Young Designers do the robot – winners Chosen!

The two overall winners for this year’s Gloucester museums young designer’s competition have been chosen, from hundreds of entries received from over 50 schools. This year’s winners are; seven year old Amelie Rose Halls from Elmbridge Infants School, the infant category winner, and 10 year old Khadija Dilnawaz from Naunton Park Primary School, the junior category winner. More than 50 primary schools from across the county took part in the competition. The brief given to students was to design a poster to publicise this summer’s blockbuster exhibition – ‘Robot’.  ‘Robot’ opens at the Museum of Gloucester on Saturday 16th July, and will run throughout the six week summer holidays. The exhibition will feature robots from TV and film productions, and will include Iron Man, R2D2, C3P0, Terminator 2, Red Dwarf, iRobot, Michael Jackson’s ‘Moonwalker’, and many others.  A special preview event is being held at the museum on Friday 15th July, to allow members of the public to be amongst the first to see this hotly anticipated exhibition as it comes to Gloucester. Tickets for the special preview event are available to purchase online at http://venues.gloucester.gov.uk/freetime/museums/. A prize-giving ceremony will be held at the Museum of Gloucester on 2nd April, where both overall winners will be presented with their prizes, including an annual family membership to the Gloucester Life Museum and The Museum of Gloucester, a museum goodie bag,...

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New life given to Eastgate Street’s Henley plaque

In partnership with The Card Factory, Gloucester City Council breathes a new lease of life into the W.E Henley plaque on Eastgate Street. The plaque was first mounted on to the wall many years ago to commemorate W.E Henley, the world renowned poet, born at No 5 Eastgate Street in Gloucester. Throughout the years the plaque has received wear and tear damage so it was agreed by city council and Card Factory that the plaque would be given a refresh, which Card Factory have generously agreed to pay for the repainting. After receiving specialist treatment from a company in Derbyshire, Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, and a representative of Card Factory will be unveiling the newly refreshed plaque on Wednesday 23rd March at 9:30am. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “It’s important that Gloucester remains proud of its history as well as its future. “We’re only at the beginning of our regeneration project and the future of the city looks exciting and fresh, however our history is still something that I feel immensely proud of. I am honoured to be unveiling the newly painted and refreshed plaque that commemorates such a talented poet.” Cheryl Stange, Regional Manager for Card Factory, said: “We are pleased to have made this small gesture to recognise W.E.Henley’s important place in Gloucester’s heritage, we hope our customers and...

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Gloucestershire Airport and Citywing launch Amazing Archie on Scottish flights

When bosses at Gloucestershire Airport and Citywing heard about Archie Koncher’s story, they stepped in to send him to Scotland!    15-year old Archie, from Stoke Orchard, is thought to be one of just three people in the country with Propionic Aciduria. This rare genetic condition means his body converts protein into lethal toxins, which damage his vital organs.  He is limited to just 25g of protein a day – equivalent to a pint of milk – and any more than that could kill him.   Archie’s mum Salli set up a fundraising page via social media network Twitter using the hashtag #AmazingArchie to raise money for a trip to Glasgow to watch Scottish Premiership football side Partick Thistle FC play.  Partick’s manager is Alan Archibold – also known to fans as ‘Amazing Archie’ – and the club has also supported Salli’s campaign, sending the youngster signed football shirts.   Airport operations director Darren Lewington said: – “We saw Archie’s story on Twitter and realised that we might be able to help because our new connecting services via the Isle of Man to Glasgow and Newcastle begin at the end of March. We contacted Citywing and, together, we’ve agreed to fund flights for Archie and his parents to travel to Glasgow on the inaugural weekend service, which departs on Friday 1st April.  We’re bringing them home on Sunday evening...

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Bursary expands Audrey’s horizons

A Gloucestershire counsellor is learning from her peers across the world, thanks to a bursary awarded through her landlord.   Audrey James changed career six years ago to train as a Psychodynamic counsellor, and in 2013 she set up Restore Counselling Service, based at Gloucester docks.   She has now become a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and is benefiting from the wealth of online learning materials at her fingertips.   Her membership was funded by the Two Rivers Housing David Garnett Bursary. Audrey lives in a Two Rivers home in Gloucester and she read about the offer in the not-for-profit housing association’s quarterly newsletter.   The bursary was launched last year to mark the retirement of the organisation’s longserving Board member and Chair, David Garnett. He is a life-long academic and supporter of housing and education issues, and was keen to further the learning and career aspirations of Two Rivers’ tenants. All tenants and members of their immediate family were invited to apply, and Audrey was awarded a share of the bursary fund, plus a package of additional practical support to help grow her business and learning ambitions.   “I am extremely grateful to the bursary for supporting me, and I know it will improve the help I can give to my clients,” said Audrey “In my line of work it...

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Gloucester Charity walk to take in the city

The annual Walk 4 Hollie has moved its route and will now start and finish at Gloucester Quays.   Walk 4 Hollie is now in its third year and will take place on Sunday the 24th of April. The charity event, walked by families and groups, will now start at Gloucester Quays Portivo Lounge with live music and stalls. The walk has a start time of 2pm and will for the first time have a landmark route, going around various attractions in Gloucester before returning to Portivo for more music and entertainment.   “We initially began with a route from Cheltenham to Longlevens but the charity and its following has grown so we wanted to extend the walk and the fun people can have,” said Hollie Gazzard Trust chairperson Nick Gazzard.” “The route is 10K long and you can purchase a t-shirt to wear on the walk for £5 by emailing info@holliegazzard.org stating your size. Sponsor forms can be downloaded from our facebook page /holliegazzardtrust” he added. The Hollie Gazzard Trust was set up by Nick Gazzard following the death of his daughter Hollie, who was stabbed to death while at work at Fringe Benefits & La Bella Beauty Salon, Gloucester. The charities aim is to promote the dangers of knife crime, reduce the level of domestic abuse and to help, support and fund young hairdressers in Gloucestershire through...

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A creative incubator launched in Gloucester – Kick-starting creative industry

The creative and cultural sector definitely seems to be on the up in Gloucester.  Hot on the heels of announcements of a new culture strategy for the city and following significant funding from Arts Council England last year for cultural events surrounding the Rugby World Cup, a new cultural and creative hub is to be opened. The new centre will be based in Grosvenor House and Kings House, Gloucester and will provide over 15,000 square feet of space for visual and performance artists to produce work and rehearse. Lise Noakes (Con) Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure stated: “This is a fantastic new resource for the cultural sector and will really help retention of young and aspiring artists, as well as helping raise the profile of the arts in the city.  I am happy that as a city council, we have been able to facilitate the use of empty office and retail space in such a creative way to bring benefits to the people of the city without incurring any significant costs”   The new cultural hub will be entitled the “Jolt centre” and the concept has been developed to help Kick-start creative industry, in a similar way to the business hub supported by GFirst LEP and The University of Gloucestershire.  Marketing Gloucester, the city council, Arts Council England and other partners have been promoting the concept for nearly two...

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Fears that ‘Coxit’ could be the end of Gloucestershire Police

The proposed defection of the Cotswolds to neighbouring West Oxfordshire to create a new council could signal the end of Gloucestershire Police as we know it. The county’s constabulary – the second oldest in the UK – could find itself in competition with Thames Valley Police if Cotswold District Council goes ahead with its plan to form a unitary authority with West Oxfordshire, or ‘Coxit’ as it is known. Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl has been told by leading counsel that breaking-up a police district would have serious implications for one of the two adjoining police forces under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. The legislation is invoked when a council breaks away to create a new authority with a neighbouring council in a different police district. That could lead to the Cotswolds becoming part of the Thames Valley Police District, a development that threatens Gloucestershire Constabulary’s independence. The final decision would be made by the Secretary of State. The potential crisis has arisen following the Government’s move to encourage local authorities to bid for more power and control over spending, a process known as devolution. The case for Gloucestershire has been developed by Gloucestershire County Council, the six district councils, GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). If successful, devolution would...

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Clean cut in city thanks to new ground maintenance kit

Gloucester will be even greener for the Queen’s 90th birthday this year as city council partners AMEY have a new ground maintenance kit ahead of spring to keep the city looking clean and fresh. AMEY, who have a new lease arrangement with HSS, have received new grounds maintenance kit that will allow Gloucester City Council to effectively and efficiently deliver quality grounds maintenance work, at no extra cost. The replacement equipment has recently arrived and has already been put into use, ahead of spring. As part of the contract with Gloucester City Council, AMEY are obliged to renew kit to ensure the service is effectively delivered. Items included in the new kit include strimmer’s, pedestrian mower’s, hedge trimmers, blowers, personal protective equipment and several different hand tools. Cllr Jim Porter, Gloucester City Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “Having modern, effective and efficient kit is critical to us achieving the high quality of grounds maintenance we require so that our residents and visitors can enjoy our parks and open spaces. “It is pleasing to see that AMEY have introduced this new kit prior to grass cutting season and it is now being put to good use. “The equipment will help the city continue to look its best, alongside projects such as Clean for the Queen, which the local community have been fantastic in supporting.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Paws on Patrol Returns to Gloucester Park – What does your Super Hero Look Like?

Paws on Patrol is returning to Gloucester Park in May for a fifth year. On Saturday 7th May at midday, the Park will be full of activity with displays from Gloucestershire Police Dog Team, LG Agility Group, Ali Magic’s Heelwork to Music and The Quack Pack – farmer Meirion Owen with his amazing Border Collie herding Indian Runner Ducks around the arena. There will also be a novelty dog show, which everyone is welcome to take part in and is free to enter. Gloucestershire Police are also offering the chance for two lucky young people to go into the arena to assist the Police Dog Handlers with their displays. Safer Gloucester is inviting any young person who is a resident of Gloucester to draw or paint their ideas of their own Hero Dog and send or take it to the Safer Gloucester office at Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EQ by Friday 22nd April 2016. There will be two categories – under 11 years, and over 11 years. Submissions can be drawn, painted or digital, but should be no bigger than A3 size. Children and young people should let their imaginations run, and consider what would their hero dog look like? Would it have clothes? Would it have special adaptations? Would it have superpowers? What is it’s name? All entries must include the child’s name, age, address and...

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UPDATE: Missing Gloucester man Howard Huse found

*UPDATE* We’re pleased to update you that a man reported missing from Gloucester yesterday has been found. Howard Huse, 53, and who lives in the Coney Hill area, left for work at 7am yesterday (Tuesday 22 March) but did not arrive at his workplace in Cheltenham. Following an appeal yesterday evening Howard returned home safe and well. —————————————————————- Police in Gloucester are appealing for information to help trace a missing man from the city. Howard Huse, 53, and who lives in the Coney Hill area, was last seen leaving for work at 7am today but he did not catch his usual bus in Barnwood and did not arrive at his workplace in Cheltenham. While officers have not been made aware of any personal problems Howard is experiencing his disappearance is out of character, which is why they want him or anyone who sees him to come forward on 101. Howard is white, 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build and with short greying hair. He was last seen wearing black or navy trousers, a t-shirt, grey zip-up cardigan and black or navy coat. If you have information please call 101 and quote incident 106 of 22 March. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester Docks plaque commemorates Korean links

Gloucester City Council will be erecting a plaque at Gloucester Docks to commemorate the city’s links with the City of Paju in the Republic of South Korea. The Gloucestershire Regiment played a heroic role in the defence of South Korea during the Korean War, holding out against the Chinese army at the Battle of Imjin River (1951), despite being heavily outnumbered.  The people of South Korea recognised the Glosters for protecting Hill 235, where the 1st Battalion the Gloucestershire Regiment were famously ordered to ‘hold on where you are’, by naming it ‘Gloster Hill’. A memorial to all the Glosters who fought in the conflict was unveiled in 2014, at the same time that Gloucester City Council and the City of Paju signed an agreement to co-operate on economic and cultural issues. Paju Walk, which is the walkway in the Docks running parallel with Southgate Street, was named in recognition of the ongoing links and to recognise the relationship between the two cities. It links Back Badge Square, by the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, with Mariners Square by the Mariners Church. Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “We are delighted to add this plaque to the Docks as a very public statement of our friendship with Paju. “The Gloucestershire Regiment’s action at the Battle of Imjin River is a part of our military history of which we are very proud. “This plaque will help to remind existing and future generations of the role...

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Youth grants available in Gloucester

Up to £50,000 is available for voluntary and community group projects within the city. The funding, allocated to Gloucester City Council at the end of February by Gloucestershire County Council, helps groups to deliver activities to young people across the city. Groups have until 8th April to apply. The funding has a quick turnaround each year so groups receive the money they need as early as possible in the next financial year. Each voluntary or community group can apply for up to £2,500 to support projects within Gloucester City to deliver youth participatory activities. One community group project to have previously benefited from the grant is Strike A Light. They arranged for ACE Dance and Music, a professional dance company from Birmingham who specialise in touring dance shows and dance work with young people, to host sessions with children and young people aged 8-18. The funding was also used to host a performance that parents, friends and families of the young people could attend. Strike A Light has received support from Gloucester City Council three times, and now have regular groups of young people taking part in dance activities. Another group who benefited from funding from the city youth grant is Gloucester Blazers Wheelchair Basketball Club. The club had its most successful year last year, with both teams being promoted in the national league. The clubs activities and competitive games developed both physical fitness and mental alertness for the young people, who take part, and...

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‘Vlog’ asks Gloucester residents to have a voice in Mays ‘all out’ elections

  Gloucester City Council’s returning officer is encouraging people to make their voice heard by registering their right to vote, in a new online video message. A video created by Jon McGinty, the returning officer at Gloucester City Council highlights the reasons why people who live in Gloucester should make sure they can have their say on Thursday 5th May when the polls open. The newly released video, which can be found at www.gloucester.gov.uk on ‘Elections 2016’ page, reminds residents that voting registration closes on 18th April 2016 and encourages anyone who is not yet registered to do so before it’s too late. On Thursday 5th May 72 polling stations will open up across the city for Gloucester’s ‘all out’ election, but people need to register their right to vote first. The ‘all out’ elections that are happening in May mean that all 39 city councillors will be elected at the same time, instead of a third every year as in the past. This means that city elections will now be held once every four years. Registering your vote doesn’t take long and is done easily online at www.gov.uk/register-to vote and it can be done at any time. If you do not have access to the internet you can call the elections office on 01452 396203 to register. You will need the following information: *   Current and previous address *   Date of birth *   National insurance number (If you do not know your NI number you should contact the...

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UPDATED: Missing 16-year-old girl from Gloucester found safe and well

*UPDATE* Caitlin Hancock, who was last seen on Saturday 19 March, has been found safe and well. As a result of today’s earlier appeal, she has been found safe and well in Gloucester.   Gloucestershire Constabulary are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing 16-year-old girl. Caitlin Hancock was last seen at around 7pm on Saturday 19 March when she left her home in Gloucester and failed to return. She is believed to have gone missing of her own accord and is considered vulnerable. She is described as white, 5 foot 8, of a medium build, with very long mousey brown hair usually tied up in a ponytail and has her tongue and lip/chin pierced. She was last seen wearing a black tracksuit and a salmon pink Superdry jacket. Anyone who sees Caitlin is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 80 of 20 March. Gloucester News Centre –...

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UPDATE: Boy hit by a bus in Gloucester seriously injured

A boy who was involved in a serious collision with a bus is in a stable condition. The incident happened on Park End Road in Gloucester at the junction with Trier Way just after 3.05pm yesterday, where a 10-year-old boy suffered serious injuries. The air ambulance attended and airlifted the boy to Bristol Children’s Hospital, where he is poorly but stable with significant leg and abdominal injuries. The road was closed whilst officers carried out enquiries and re-opened at around 6.50pm. Police have already spoken to witnesses who were at the scene, but urge anyone else with information to call 101 and quote incident 308 of 18 March. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Parkend Road in Gloucester closed following serious collision

There are likely to be road closures in place for some time in Gloucester this afternoon following a collision between a bus and a child. Officers were called to the collision on Park End Road at the junction with Trier Way just after 3.05pm today, where a 10-year-old boy had suffered serious head injuries. The air ambulance is attending and road closures have been put in place on Trier Way. Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible while a full collision investigation takes place. Anyone who witnessed the collision should call 101 and quote incident 308 of 18 March. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Police issue urgent appeal to trace missing Casey Virgo, 15, Tuffley

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a missing boy from Elderwood Way, Tuffley in Gloucester. 15-year-old Casey Virgo is a very vulnerable boy with learning difficulties. He was last seen at around 9.15am today at his home address and went missing shortly after. He is a white male, 4 feet 11 inches tall, of slight build with short ginger hair. He was wearing a grey Cabrini hoodie, dark jeans and dark Nike trainers. Police are very concerned for Casey’s welfare so are appealing for anyone who may have seen him to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101 quoting incident number 150 of 12th March. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Illicit tobacco trade targeted in trading standards operation

Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards officers have seized large quantities of illegal tobacco from shops in Gloucester and Cheltenham that has a legal price tag of £23,866.   An intelligence led operation working alongside specialist tobacco detection dogs from Wagtail UK, Operation Henry involved officers targeting four shops in Gloucester and one in Cheltenham.   Operation Henry was a national plan and took place across the country. Detection dogs discovered concealed stashes of tobacco at a number of premises, which are now the subject of legal investigation so cannot be named at this stage.   Eddie Coventry, head of trading standards, said: “People who deal in illegal tobacco are more likely to encourage others, especially children and young adults, to smoke’’.   “All tobacco is harmful but the illegal tobacco market and in particular the availability of cheap cigarettes makes it harder for smokers to quit and remain smoke free’’.   “Our trading standards officers are working hard to keep these illegal products off the streets and are cracking down on the businesses and individuals that flout the law’’.   “Detection dogs can find tobacco and cigarettes in the most unlikely places and in addition to having their stock confiscated offenders could face unlimited fines and up to ten years in prison.” The seizure included 1,730 packs of 20 cigarettes, which equals 34,600 cigarette sticks and 557 pouches of...

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Stub it out for No Smoking Day

Help is at hand for Gloucestershire people who are thinking about quitting smoking as No Smoking Day comes around this year on the 9th March. There will be events around the county for No Smoking Day to help people take the healthy step towards quit smoking. Gloucestershire NHS Stop Smoking Service staff will be at Merrywalk Shopping Centre, in Stroud, on Tuesday 8th March from 10.30am until 1.30pm. They will be there with information stands and free resources to help people take the step to stop smoking. In Gloucester, town crier Alan Myatt will be patrolling Gloucester city centre on Wednesday, encouraging people to visit the Quit Stop Shop in Southgate Street. In Cheltenham, the Clinical Commissioning Group’s health bus will be parked outside Marks and Spencer on Wednesday. Staff will be able to provide support and encourage people to make the leap to stub out cigarettes and kick the habit. Anyone quitting through the service will receive a free ‘quit kit’ when they first quit to help keep up the fight against smoking, whilst stocks last. Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: “I’m very keen that we use this day to encourage as many people as possible across the county to quit smoking. “I know from my own experience how hard it can be to stop, so having the support and advice from professionals is...

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Free dog microchipping events across Gloucestershire

A month before it becomes a legal requirement for all dogs to be micro-chipped in England, councils across Gloucestershire are holding events to allow pet owners to have their dogs chipped for free.   The Forest of Dean District Council has been working in partnership with the Dogs Trust over the past two years to host free dog chipping roadshows to ensure that the majority of dogs in the district are chipped before it becomes law.  This direct action has resulted in a reduction in the number of stray dogs being taken to kennels by the Council’s Street Wardens. Cllr Terry Hale, Cabinet Member for the Community said:  “From 6 April 2016 all dogs over eight weeks old in England must be microchipped. It generally costs around £20 to have a dog micro-chipped, but we’re hoping that these events will encourage anyone concerned about the cost to turn up and have their dog chipped for free, so they are not breaking the law when the legislation comes into force on the 6 April.”   The Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Group, made up of animal welfare officers from five of Gloucestershire’s district councils, the police, the animal welfare arm of Gloucestershire Trading Standards Service and the RSPCA, has organised the events, which all take place on Wednesday 9 March.   Times and locations of the events are as follows and dogs...

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Gloucester’s 99p Stores closes down to be re-branded as Poundland

The 99p store on Southgate Street in Gloucester has closed. It will re-open as Poundland on March 12th. 99p stores were recently purchased by the discount chain. A spokesman for Poundland said: “We can’t wait to open our new re-branded store. Our store in the Eastgate Shopping Centre will also remain open.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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WATCH: Coopers Edge School wins British Museum competition

Coopers Edge School pupils have won a national competition as part of the ‘Huge History Lesson’ organised by TES and the British Museum.   The pupils chose the Hawker Typhoon fighter aircraft as their historic ‘artefact’.  The aircraft was built by the Gloster Aircraft Company on the Brockworth site where their school now stands.  The children visited Gloucestershire Airport’s Jet Age Museum, where volunteers are building a Typhoon cockpit and met Peggy Fisher and Phyllis Gough, who built Typhoons in the 1940’s.  They created a nine minute film, which beat more than 100 entries from around the UK to win the prize, which included a VIP, ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the British Museum, where they met historian Dan Snow.   The museum’s strapline is ‘Preserving the past, inspiring the future’ and I think it is fair to say, we’ve achieved that with this project!  Many congratulations to the Coopers Edge team and our grateful thanks to the volunteers at Jet Age Museum, who made the project possible.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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COLUMN: The Very Thing with Simon Rickards

Every year I await the first line up announcement for Barn On The Farm with great excitement. It’s no secret that it’s my favourite festival, it never fails to disappoint. Remember, this is a small gathering that takes place at Over Farm, but over the 5 years that they’ve held it so far they’ve had the likes of Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Hozier, James Bay, Bastille, The Staves, Gabrielle Aplin, Lewis Watson and so many more who have gone on to great success. So today it was no surprise to see that the first wave of announced artists on their bill for 2016 was something to behold. First of all the headliners – Jack Garratt (the BBC Sound of 2016 winner) and the hotly tipped Oh Wonder. Joining them are the likes of Gavin James, JP Cooper, Mahalia, Martin Luke Brown & Billie Marten with many more to be announced. Whilst maybe some of the names might not be familiar to some, given the festival’s knack for showcasing talent that goes on to the sort of success of the already mentioned, I would massively recommend you get yourself a ticket and go and experience this festival – words aren’t enough. They’re on sale now from www.barnonthefarm.co.uk Gloucester Guildhall came up trumps this week with the announcement of a massive gig on 6th May when Maverick Sabre makes his first...

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UPDATE: Train services running again between Swindon and Gloucester after woman hit by train

*UPDATE* The line is back open but there are delays of up to 40 minutes. Likely to continue until around 13:00. A woman has died after being hit by a train between Kemble and Stroud this morning. There is currently no service on Great Western Railway between Swindon and Gloucester. Rail Replacement Bus Service is in operation. Police have confirmed that woman has been pronounced dead at the scene. Gloucester News Centre –...

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An Invitation for Mothering Sunday at Gloucester Cathedral

A special service will be held at Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday 6 March at 10.15am in celebration of Mothering Sunday.   The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, is inviting everyone to bring someone with them. He said “this could be a mother, grandmother, godmother or friend. Bring all your family with you and join us to share your love and gratitude for the special person in your life.”   The Cathedral Junior Choir made up of boys and girls aged 7-13 will be singing alongside the boys of the Cathedral Choir and the service will end with a presentation of flowers to all the mums who attend.   Following this special service the boys and girls of the Cathedral Junior Choir will perform a short concert in the Chapter House at 11.30am which is free to attend and will be a delight for all.   All are welcome so please do join us on this special day. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester City Homes is named top employer

Gloucester City Homes has been unveiled as one of ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For Profit Companies to Work For’ 2016.   The achievement was announced at an awards event in London on 24th February where Gloucester City Homes found out that they had secured 58th place in the prestigious, nationwide list of companies.   This is the second time Gloucester City Homes have featured on the list, with this being their highest ranking to date. The award recognises excellence in the workplace across a range of areas including: leadership and organisational values, training and prospects, wellbeing, teamwork, employee engagement, and how the organisation contributes to the wider community.   The accreditation which Gloucester City Homes has been awarded is due to their achieving a high score on Best Companies’ survey, which examined the ins-and-outs of company life. The survey reveals how employees really feel about their work environment.   Ashley Green, Chief Executive at GCH commented “I am delighted with the outcome and we will work hard to keep going up the ladder, but this is a marvellous result for our tenants, our team and the whole of Gloucester City Homes.”   Emily Cambridge, Head of Human Resources and Inclusion added “This achievement demonstrates how well we lead and manage our teams so that we can deliver high quality services to our tenants. To finish within the Sunday...

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Gloucester continues to get clean for the Queen

Gloucestershire College students, volunteers and city council staff will be continuing with their quest to get clean for the Queen by sprucing up Metz Way.   Gloucester City Council has been urging communities to come together and clean up their neighbourhoods as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage one million people to join together in tidying up their community in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday in April.   Before the volunteers, Gloucestershire College students and city council staff hit Metz Way in their high-visibility jackets armed with black waste bags and litter-pickers, the Amey green crew will cut back the hedges and verges along the cycle path on Monday 22nd February.   The litter picking session will then kick off at 10am on Tuesday 23rd February with a health and safety talk at the work base on Alfred Street. Once everyone is prepped and ready to go, the litter picking can start. The two hour clean-up will finish with a member of the city council’s waste and recycling team talking to the volunteers about the importance of recycling and what can and can’t be put in their recycling bin.   Over the next few months, the council and its partner Amey will work to remove chewing gum and wash the pavements across the city centre with a pressure washer.   The council will also be working with...

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‘Celebrate’ new theme for Gloucester Carnival 2016

Saturday the 23rd of July will welcome back Gloucester’s annual Carnival. The City Centre will once again be filled with a parade of floats and hordes of carnival entertainers to ‘celebrate’ Gloucester and all that is great about the city.   The 80th year of the Carnival will wind its way along Westgate Street, through The Cross, down Eastgate Street and round to Gloucester Park. The fun won’t end there, as when the procession reaches Gloucester Park, there will be a stage with live music playing until 10:00pm. The park will also be hosting the Wilson Funfair, food and drink stalls and more.   Karen Pearson, event operations manager commented: “We are working hard to deliver a really impressive Carnival through Gloucester’s city centre this year and give the community something to enjoy. It was received so well last year and we really want to keep the momentum going.”   This year’s ‘Celebrate’ theme was derived from the idea that 2016 sees plenty to celebrate in Gloucester.  Starting with the Queens 90th birthday, the 800th anniversary of Henry |||’s coronation at Gloucester Cathedral, Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday, the 400thanniversary since Shakespeare passed away, 100 years since Roald Dhal was born and 200 years since Charlotte Bronte was born, to name a few.   Councillor Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure said: “Carnival is a great tradition and it’s wonderful...

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Resident’s Weekend Returns as Gloucester’s High Street Bucks The National Trend

Resident’s Weekend returns this March for its fifth year running. This three day event is the perfect opportunity for Gloucester resident’s to explore experience and enjoy their city with many fantastic savings and special offers over the course of the weekend. From the 18th until the 20th of March 2016 there are free and special rate entry to some fantastic attractions and tours of the city, discounts at various restaurants, pubs and cafes and savings on a wide range of retail and leisure offerings across Gloucester.   Julian Dow, deputy centre manager of Eastgate Shopping Centre said – “Resident’s Weekend is a great event for resident’s cardholders and shopkeepers alike, exclusive deals and offers are put on for resident’s to enjoy and possibly lead to them discovering and trying new things in the city. It is wonderful to see so many people out for the event each year and it always brings a great atmosphere to the city”.   There is something to suit everyone whether it’s a fun filled family day out, some well deserved pampering or a chance to top up on your historical knowledge. Resident’s Weekend has supported city centre businesses over the last five years driving record footfall onto the high street with a range of attractive offers, entertainment and activities.   Jason Smith, Chief Executive of Marketing Gloucester says “Resident’s Weekend is a great...

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Appeal for witnesses after woman assaulted outside nightclub in Gloucester

Officers investigating an assault outside a nightclub in Gloucester are appealing for witnesses. The incident happened at around 4.15am on Saturday 30 January on a pathway between Bruton Way and the caged smoking area outside The Registry. The victim, a 23-year-old woman, was leaving the nightclub when she was approached by another woman. A physical altercation occurred between them resulting in the victim sustaining significant facial injuries. PC Neal Paddock, the investigating officer, said: “We have been investigating this incident since it occurred but we are now appealing for the public’s help. I urge anyone who witnessed the assault outside The Registry to come forward. “I also want to hear from anyone who may have seen a confrontation between two women in Elevation nightclub earlier in the evening, as it is believed tensions began between the victim and offender prior to the assault. They are thought to have been in Elevation between 11pm on Friday 29 January and 4am on Saturday 30 January.” Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 56 of Saturday 30 January. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111or 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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Gloucester Framed: Where the camera meets our city’s streets

Gloucester City Council is joining in with English Tourism Week by hosting a photography competition, showcasing Gloucester from the lens of amateur and professional photographers.   Gloucester Tourist Information Centre will display the best five amateur and five professional photographs in the window to promote their work. There is no theme, except to show Gloucester at its very best.   English Tourism Week aims to promote the importance of the tourism industry to the country.   People can submit their photographs until 19th February by emailing tourism@gloucester.gov.uk, and must include their name and if they are submitting to the professional or amateur picture. There is a limit of three photos per person.   Submitted images must be suitable for A4/A3 printing and all images will be credited as necessary.   Judging will take place on the 24th February and photographs will be displayed from the 29th February through to the 13th March. After this, the photographs will go on permanent display within the Tourist Information Centre.   Mayor Sebastian Field will choose the final winner who will receive a framed print of their image and see it displayed for all to enjoy in the café at Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery.   Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “In our vibrant and beautiful city, I am sure the photographs we...

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Appeal to unite woman with purse dropped on bus in Gloucester

Police have issued CCTV images of a woman who dropped her purse on a bus between Gloucester and Cheltenham. Officers are trying to reunite the woman with the purse, which contained an amount of cash but no form of identification. The woman boarded the bus at Gloucester bus station shortly after 2pm on Saturday (23 January) and got off shortly after 2.35pm, possibly in the Churchdown area. If you are the woman or think you know the woman please call 101 and quote incident 317 of 28 January. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Wanted appeal for Gloucester man John Dominic Maguire

Police have issued a wanted appeal for a man they would like to talk to in connection with two burglaries in Churcham. Officers have carried out exhaustive inquiries to trace John Dominic James Maguire, 45 and of Worcester Parade in Gloucester, and are now turning to the public for help to trace him. Maguire is linked to two break-ins that happened in December. In the first incident on Friday 18 December a cottage was targeted and jewellery stolen during daytime hours. In the second incident on the afternoon of Sunday 20 December, homeowners returned to their bungalow in the village to discover it had been broken into and two men running from the scene. Maguire is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, of proportionate build and with short brown hair. He has a scar on the side of his face. Members of the public are urged not to approach Maguire but to call 101 or 999, if appropriate, straight away and quote incident 295 of 20 December. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester to celebrate Queen’s 90th Birthday

A number of  events will be taking place in Gloucester to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday. There will be a mix of celebrations to honour the 90th birthday of our Queen, with events such as beacon lighting, city dressing and street celebrations. Gloucester will be celebrating her majesty’s ‘actual’ birthday, on the 21st of April, by setting alight to beacons on Robinswood Hill overlooking Gloucester for everyone to see and enjoy. The city will also be dressed in Union Flags in order provide a jubilant atmosphere of the day. Stage two of the celebrations, the Queens official birthday on the 12th of June will see Gloucester hosting a street party in her honour, to coincide with the giant festive street party being held on The Mall in London. Jack Wakefield from Marketing Gloucester says “We’re excited to organise a street party here in Gloucester, especially one celebrating such a great milestone”. The festivities will include music, dancing and city dressing, bringing the whole community together for the celebrations The Queen celebrates her birthday twice each year. Her ‘actual’ birthday is on the day she was born, on the 21st of April, and is mostly spent in private but is celebrated by gun salutes throughout central London at midday. The Queen’s ‘official’ birthday is on the 28th of May and is when other members of the royal family join her for...

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Jobs at risk in Gloucester, Stroud and Lydney after Brantano UK goes into administration

The value shoe retailer Brantano UK has gone into administration leaving 2,000 jobs at risk, just three months after it was bought by a specialist retail investor. Administrator PwC said Brantano’s website and store network would continue to trade as normal for now. Brantano was bought by Alteri Investors last October but PwC said it had “experienced difficult trading conditions” and it was placed in administration “despite sustained efforts to make the business more commercially viable”. The administrator added that Jones Bootmaker, also bought from the Dutch-based Macintosh Retail Group in the same deal, was not affected by Brantano’s collapse. Tony Barrell, the lead administrator, said: “The continuing challenging conditions for ‘bricks and mortar’ retail stores are well documented. “Like many others, Brantano has been hit hard by the change in consumers’ shopping habits and the evolution of the UK retail environment. “The administrators are continuing to trade the businesses as normal whilst we assess the trading strategy over the coming days and weeks. “Staff will be paid their arrears of wages and salaries, and will continue to be paid for their work during the administration.” Robert Moran, who is leading the sales process, appeared hopeful of a buyer being found. He said: “Brantano is an established value shoe retailer in the UK and Jones Bootmaker/Brantano businesses attracted considerable interest during the 2015 sales process. “We are now assessing interest in the...

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Electricbase lights-up Gloucester with showroom launch

Electricbase has launched a lighting showroom in Gloucester as part of a national strategy to take advantage of the burgeoning LED market1 while strengthening its specialist offering among local tradespeople and their customers. The showroom located as part of the Buildbase branch on Metz Way is one of the first to open nationwide. For the first time Electricbase will be encouraging its loyal customer base of local builders and electricians to bring their own customers – the showroom has been designed as a comfortable place where the trade can confidently take their customers, taking advantage of the specialist expertise and product knowledge on-hand. The new venture incorporates more than 300 different LED lighting fixtures and fittings for the home and garden, a selection that is unavailable elsewhere in the market. The extensive range will include the latest cutting edge LED technology including a newly launched own-brand lighting range, Suregraft. Adam Okin, branch manager at Electricbase Gloucester said: “The LED market is growing fast, thanks to its greater energy efficiency, lower cost and environmental impact as well as enhanced safety and aesthetic appeal. More manufacturers and consumers are moving towards this option. We are responding by providing specialist showrooms that combine the latest technology and vast range of options to choose from with dedicated experts on hand to help make buying easier. “We already have an established market in Gloucester from...

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“Unruly” passenger sought after glass doors at Gloucester rail station smashed

British Transport Police would like to speak to the man in this CCTV image after the main doors to Gloucester rail station were smashed causing around £1,000 of damage. The glass in the automatic sliding doors was shattered after a man was seen kicking out at the entrance at around 9pm on Monday, 7 December 2015. PC Ben Smith from British Transport Police said: “Shortly before the damage happened, the same person is understood to have been removed from a train for behaving in an unruly manner. “We have now examined CCTV from the station and we have uncovered an image of a man who we believe may have more information about what happened. I would urge anyone who knows him to contact us.” Anyone with information should call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text the force on 61016 quoting reference G/B6 of 15/01. Alternatively, details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man indecently exposes himself in Gloucester

Police in Gloucester are appealing for information after a man indecently exposed himself to two women. The first incident happened between 9.10am and 9.30am on Thursday 14 January in Gloucester Park. The victim, a 32-year-old woman, was walking to work when a man was walking in the opposite direction towards her. As he approached her, she noticed his jeans were undone and he indecently exposed himself. The victim carried on walking and the offender made no attempt to follow her. A second incident also occurred on the same day between 9.30am and 9.40am on Weston Road. The victim, a 21-year-old woman, was walking towards her parked car when a man made a flirtatious comment. She then realised that his jeans were open and he was indecently exposing himself. The victim got into her car and the offender carried on walking past. The man in question is described as being in his mid 30s to 40s, around 5 foot 9, of a medium and muscular build, wearing dark clothing. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 90 and 92 of Friday 14 January. You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Gloucester News...

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Chorister Voice Trials at Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral Choir is holding its annual formal voice trials for boy choristers this Friday. Talented boys aged 6-9 who enjoy singing are being invited to audition for the possibility to join the historic Cathedral Choir.   Successful applicants will receive a world-class musical education and will have the opportunity to sing alongside professionals in the magnificent Cathedral six times a week.  As well as regular weekly services during term-time, the Choir sings at high-profile events at the Cathedral throughout the Christian year including Christmas and Easter.  Other performance opportunities include singing in the diocese, making recordings and broadcasts, as well as touring abroad.  Previous successful trips have included Canada, USA, South Africa and Sweden.   Choristers treasure the memories they make during their time in the choir and enjoy the unique camaraderie that being a Chorister can foster.  Former Head Chorister, Oliver Gibb recalls: ‘I would definitely recommend joining the choir, even though you work hard it is an enjoyable experience.’   Boy Choristers are educated at the King’s School, Gloucester, where their specific interests are fully supported; with this place comes a Scholarship, which reduces King’s School fees by 75%.  When a Chorister’s voice breaks, and they leave the Cathedral Choir, their Scholarship continues at 60% to enable boys to continue their schooling right through to 18 years, and to benefit from the renowned education on offer...

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McCarthy and Stone to consult on plans to regenerate quayside site in Gloucester

McCarthy and Stone, Britain’s leading developer of retirement accommodation, has acquired an interest in a redundant site off St Ann’s Way, Gloucester, and is proposing to rejuvenate it with Assisted Living (Extra Care) and Retirement Living accommodation, which will significantly improving the housing choice for local older people.   The site, which has been vacant for a number of years, has outline planning consent for redevelopment, forming part of a mixed use regeneration plan for the wider area, which includes new residential, employment, education retail and leisure uses, some of which have already been delivered on surroundings sites.   McCarthy and Stone is committed to engaging with the local community and has offered neighbouring residents, businesses and community representatives the opportunity to meet with the project team to discuss the early proposals. Where possible, McCarthy and Stone will incorporate local feedback as its plans are progressed.   A public exhibition, which will enable the wider local community to view and comment on the emerging plans, is also scheduled to be held in the coming weeks, with dates still to be confirmed.   Darren Humphreys, Regional Managing Director of McCarthy and Stone commented: “We are keen to develop a scheme which will positively contribute to the vibrancy of Gloucester Quays, through the regeneration of a long-standing vacant site. Our plans will also feature a high- quality attractive design, which will...

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Entries open for Dragon Boat Regatta at Gloucester Docks

Get a team together for CLIC Sargent’s 19th annual Gloucester Dragon Boat Regatta and help raise money for children and young people with cancer. Sunday May 8th 2015 sees the 19th annual staging of this colourful and popular event in Gloucester Docks. Companies, societies and groups of friends will make up the 30 teams paddling against one another raising funds for CLIC Sargent and other charities supported by the Rotary Club of Gloucester Severn. Each team will include rowers, a steerer and drummer – clad in bright fancy dress making their way across the Gloucester Docks in decorative dragon boats. Plenty of cheering from the crowds and the rhythmic beating of the drums are certain to provide a fun day out for the whole family. There will also be a funfair, stalls and live music promising to provide plenty of alternative entertainment on the day too. The CLIC Sargent Gloucester Branch is looking for enthusiastic crews of between 10 and 16 people  plus a drummer to race in the supplied Chinese-style dragon boats. You don’t need to be extremely fit or skilled to take part in this event, just get a good team together and you’re guaranteed to have a great day out whilst raising funds for CLIC Sargent. The registration fee for the event is £25 per person with a minimum entry fee of £300. Entry is open to everyone...

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Appeal for witnesses to Christmas Day assault in supermarket car park in Gloucester

Police are seeking witnesses to an assault in a supermarket car park in Gloucester in the early hours of Christmas Day. The incident happened in the car park of the Vauxhall Inn Supermarket on Barton Street between 4.30am and 5am on Friday 25 December. A 46-year-old man was assaulted with a metal object and suffered bruising and a cut to his eye. Officers believe there were several people in the car park at the time who may have witnessed the assault or a disturbance in the area around the time of the incident. They would like anyone with information who hasn’t already spoken to them to call 101 and quote incident 66 of 25 December. Two men, aged 26 and 24 and both from Gloucester, were arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in connection with the incident and have been bailed to attend Compass House custody suite on 26 January, pending further inquiries. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Two people released from car on M5 near Gloucester

Fire crews were called to a road traffic collision with persons trapped on the M5 southbound between junctions 11a and 12 yesterday morning. Two fire engines and the special incident support unit from Gloucester South and Gloucester North fire stations attended with a total of nine firefighters. Two persons were extricated at the scene and conveyed to hospital by ambulance.  The crews were detained for just over an hour. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Debt still a real problem in Gloucester, charity warns

Many Gloucester residents are still facing a daily struggle with debt despite the UK’s gradual economic recovery and a fall in the number of people seeking advice, a leading debt charity has warned.   Figures released today by StepChange Debt Charity show that 669 people in the Gloucester area called its helpline for advice in the first half of 2015 with average debts of £12,350. After they had paid all their essential bills, they had an average of just £7 left each month[i].   The figures coincide with StepChange Debt Charity’s new report, Navigating the New Normal, which shows that more than 1 in 5 Britons are currently showing at least one sign of financial difficulty and 2.6m of them are in severe problem debt. Of those 2.6m, 73% suffered at least one ‘income shock’ in the last year, such as job loss or a reduction in hours[ii].   The charity says that people on low and middle incomes are particularly at risk after an income shock, with a combination of little to no savings and an unresponsive welfare system leaving them unable to meet their basic costs. Shocks to their income often see them turn to credit to cope, which makes them 20 times more likely to fall into problem debt.   The report comes after the latest Bank of England figures showed the highest annual increase in...

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WANTED: Image released of man wanted for theft and assault in Gloucester

Police have released an image of man wanted in connection with a theft and assault in Gloucester. Guy Manley, aged 29, from Gloucester failed to answer police bail on Saturday 7 November after being arrested on suspicion of theft and assault following an incident at an entertainment store on Kings Walk three days before (Wednesday 4 November). Since failing to answer his bail, Manley is suspected of breaching his bail conditions by shoplifting from the same store on Monday 16 November. Officers have conducted thorough enquiries in order to trace him but are now appealing for the public’s help. Anyone who knows of Manley’s whereabouts is asked to not approach him but to call police on 101 quoting incident 99 of Wednesday 4 November. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man airlifted to hospital following collision on Metz Way in Gloucester

Metz Way in ‪#‎Gloucester‬ is closed due to a two-vehicle accident between Eastern Avenue and Bruton Way. Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 7am this morning. One fire engine from Gloucester South Fire Station, with a crew of four, and a fire engine and the Special Incident Support Unit from Gloucester North Fire Station, with a crew of four, were mobilised. On arrival, it was found that one injured adult male had been released and was conveyed to hospital by South West Ambulance Service and one adult male was still trapped in his vehicle. Extrication commenced immediately and the gentleman was freed by 8:08am and conveyed to hospital by Air Ambulance. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Man punched and stamped on in attempted robbery in Gloucester

A man was punched and stamped on during an attempted robbery in Gloucester in the early hours of Saturday. The incident happened close to the Jet garage on London Road shortly before 1am. The victim, a 48-year-old Gloucester man, suffered grazes, bruising and swelling to the head when two males attacked him after demanding his phone and wallet. They made off empty handed. A car is believed to have pulled over during the incident and police are eager for the occupants of that vehicle to come forward. Anyone who witnessed the robbery should call 101 and quote incident 25 of 14 November. A 33-year-old man of no fixed address and a 31-year-oled Gloucester man wereboth  arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery in connection with the incident and have been bailed to return to police on 11 December, pending further inquiries. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester City extend Joshua Cooke loan

Gloucester City have announced they have renewed the loan deal of Joshua Cooke from Swindon Town for an extra month. Cooke, 18, has impressed with his performances for the Tigers since arriving on loan last month and has scored three goals in that time, including the last minute equaliser away to Tamworth on Saturday. We are also hoping to conclude a deal to bring Cheltenham Town forward Harry Williams in on a month’s loan deal. Williams, 19, was with the Tigers on loan towards the end of last season and scored three times in seven appearances with the highlight being the winning goal away to Worcester City that kept the Tigers in the Conference North. Tim Harris commented: “We are aware of what Harry can bring to the table and he did a great job when he was with us last season. “He knows everybody in the squad and we would be delighted to have him on board to bolster our attacking options, so it is something we are looking into.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Two men wanted following two separate burglaries in Gloucester

Police have released images of two wanted men in order to trace their whereabouts. Both men are wanted for two separate burglaries in the ‪#‎Gloucester‬ area. Rhys Peter Shardlow has been wanted for a burglary in October. He is from #Gloucester and has links to ‪#‎Cheltenham‬ and ‪#‎Malvern‬ in‪#‎Worcestershire‬ Patrick White is also wanted for a burglary, this time in June. He is from Gloucester and has links to ‪#‎Witcombe‬ and ‪#‎Brockworth‬. Enquiries have been ongoing to locate Shardlow and White, but officers are now appealing for the public’s help to trace them. The two men are not considered dangerous to the public, however if anyone does see either of them they should not approach them and call police immediately on 101. You can also give information anonymously by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or viawww.crimestoppers-uk.org Gloucester News Centre –...

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RAIL: Train services through Gloucester cancelled or delayed due to emergency engineering works

There is currently no service on Great Western Railway between Gloucester and Bristol Parkway, and between Cardiff Central and London Paddington and disruption between Swindon and Bristol Parkway due to emergency engineering works at Bristol Parkway. No trains until 14:00 between Bristol Parkway & Gloucester, and Cardiff – Paddington. Swansea – Paddington will be diverted, extending journeys by 35 minutes not calling at Bristol but additionally at Patchway instead. Buses run between Bristol & Patchway Gloucester News Centre –...

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Gloucester Christmas Lights to be switched on this Sunday

The streets of Gloucester will once again welcome a parade of Christmas-themed lanterns the festive procession returns for its fifth year. The theme for this year’s parade is the classic Christmas tale of ‘The Nutcracker’. As per tradition, six primary schools have been creating the themed lanterns for the parade with the children carrying their works of art through the city before finishing at the Cathedral.   The parade will be setting off this Sunday (15 November) at 4:30pm from the Kyneburg Tower on Southgate Street. The parade will then make its way up through Southgate Street towards The Cross before turning down Westgate Street and then College Street illuminating up the city’s Christmas lights as it goes. The parade ends at the Cathedral, where the public are invited to a special Christmas carol service.   The schools taking part this year with the creation of the lanterns are The Grange Primary School, Hillview Primary School, Kingsway Primary School, Brockworth Primary Academy, Moat Primary School and Calton Primary School. The Mayor of Gloucester, Sebastian Field, will be visiting the participating schools in the lead up to the procession in order to make sure everything is going well and to speak with the students about the big day. The Sherriff, Jim Beeley, will be visiting the Grange Primary School on Tuesday the 10th and the Mayor will be rounding off...

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Extra police patrols in Gloucester on Halloween night

There will be extra police patrols in Gloucester tonight. Members of the public who are out and about will see an increased police presence in the city. The additional patrols have been put in place as a precaution to ensure communities stay safe during Halloween, the Rugby World Cup final and the first Saturday night since the darker evenings began. Those going on a night out over the weekend are reminded to follow personal safety advice. Make arrangements of how you’re going to get home – book a taxi with a reputable company or arrange a lift with a friend or family member. Let others know where you are and don’t walk home on your own or leave your friends alone. Don’t be flash with your cash or mobile phone – keep them out of view. Steer clear of trouble and be aware of your surroundings. If you see a problem, speak to a registered doorman or a police officer. If you’re leaving your home unoccupied for the evening, avoid becoming a victim of burglary – leave a light on or set one on a timer to make it look like someone’s in. Lock all of your doors and windows and lock away any tools or ladders, which offenders could use to gain entry to your property. Make sure all side gates are locked and secure. Local Policing Inspector,...

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Gloucester Guildhall shortlisted for NME’s Best Small Venue 2015 competition

The votes are in and Gloucester Guildhall has been shortlisted for NME’s illustrious Best Small Venue competition.   The music magazine launched its annual search in early October, prompting music fans across the country to vote for their favourite haunts. Gloucester’s gig goers have voted in their droves to put Gloucester Guildhall in the running to be crowned as the country’s best small venue.   Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said; “It’s fab that Gloucester Guildhall has made the shortlist for NME’s Best Small Venue 2015.   “Clearly a number of people feel like I do that an evening at Gloucester Guildhall is always one to be enjoyed.  They have such an amazing variety of events on offer, the building itself is iconic and the welcome from the staff is always warm.”   Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, added; “We’re very proud of Gloucester Guildhall and the role it plays in the life of the city. I’m delighted it has achieved this recognition and I would urge everyone to vote for it to be the overall winner.” Dan Charles, programming and marketing manager at Gloucester Guildhall, said; “We’re over the moon to get on the shortlist.   “We’re known for punching above our weight here, with acts such as Radiohead, Muse, Robert Plant, Foals and Super Furry Animals playing here over...

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Gloucester MP welcomes £10 Million Severn Trent Water investment combating stench

Gloucester MP Richard Graham visited Netheridge sewage treatment works to see first-hand a new £10 million investment project by Severn Trent Water to upgrade its treatment process, reducing odour for the local area.   The company is also generating its own energy at the site through its significant green energy programme. This is all part of its ongoing commitment to invest in treatment works like Netheridge.   “This investment,” said Richard, “will improve processing of all Gloucester’s sewage, offer capacity for treatment of the city’s food waste and increase electricity generated for the National Grid. Above all, Quedgeley and Hempsted residents will benefit from reduced smell.”   Gloucester’s MP was delighted to hear that equipment being installed incorporated quality Yorkshire steel.   “This is another considerable investment in our city’s infrastructure by Severn Trent Water. Although there will always be some smell from a sewage works,” Richard noted, “things will be better and the extra recycling potential is an added bonus.” Gloucester News Centre –...

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