Author: Shaun Moore

The Queen at 90: Beacon to be lit on Robinswood Hill this Thursday

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, the Beacon on top of Robinswood Hill will be lit this Thursday. This will be one of many lit across the UK and the Commonwealth to mark the event. There will be a short ceremony at 8.30pm when the beacon will be lit. The Mayor, Sheriff and Leader will represent the City Council. Robert Bernays the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire and Lady Bathurst the County’s high Sheriff will also be present. This is an open event, all are welcome. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Conservatives launch City Council election manifesto

Conservatives in Gloucester have launched their manifesto for next month’s all-out City Council elections. The Party, which has run the Council since 2004, makes a number of key pledges in the 18 page document.  Their priorities include: •    Low council tax. •    More working with other councils, especially the County Council, to save money and improve services. •    More regeneration – including the new bus station, a revised Kings Quarter scheme and Bakers Quay. •    More recycling – doorstep collection of more materials, including cardboard. •    A new cultural venue for the city. •    Tougher enforcement of environmental crime – including reintroducing City Centre wardens. •    Making the most of our history – a major festival for Aethelflaed and the Civil War anniversaries in 2018. •    Tackling knife crime. In the foreword of the document, City Council Leader Paul James says, “We are now on the verge of achieving something very special in Gloucester, with many regeneration schemes large and small on the verge of delivery. The new bus station is on site, with the revised Kings Quarter scheme to follow on from it next year.  Bakers Quay has been acquired, planning permission granted and a start on site due later in the year. We have shown through the delivery of last year’s Rugby World Cup that we can play a part on the global stage and this should give us renewed ambition.” The elections are for the whole council, with 39 councillors...

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Arson at farm in Haresfield

Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson at a farm in Haresfield. The incident happened at around 6pm on Friday 15 April, where fires are believed to have been started deliberately in three separate places. A barn load of hay and straw were set alight which damaged a tractor and other farm implements. Two teenagers were seen running from the farm shortly before the incident. Police are asking for anyone with information, or the two teenagers themselves, to come forward and help with enquiries. Call 101 quoting incident 347 of Friday 15 April. 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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Missing 16-year-old girl found safe and well

*UPDATE*Beth Forsythe, the 16-year-old who went missing from Gloucester last night, has been found. She was located safe and well by officers on Broadway at around 12.50am today.   Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing 16-year-old girl from Gloucester. Beth Forsythe was last seen at around 9.30pm yesterday leaving her home in the area of Alfred Street. She is described as white, around 5 foot 7, of a slim build, with very long dark brown hair and has a West Country accent. She was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms, a black jumper and a blue coat with a fur trimmed collar. Police and Beth’s parents are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare and urge anyone who sees her to call 101 quoting incident 508 of Tuesday 12 April.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Community Safety events coming to a town near you

Residents in Painswick will have the opportunity to meet their new community safety advisor on the 16th April at a safe and well event in the centre of the village. The event, which will take place between 10am – 4pm, will be attended by Paul Barrett who was recently appointed as community safety advisor for Painswick. Paul, who is one of 20 community safety advisors across the county, will also work with the village agent in Painswick to set up drop in sessions at local venues, and also attend and make links with all the appropriate communities that run out of the Painswick area. These drop in session will be starting in May when a time is agreed and will happen at Painswick town hall. However, anyone wishing to meet Paul before then can attend the engagement event on Saturday the 16thApril. These events have been taking place in town centres throughout the winter and are continuing through 2016. The events are designed for residents to speak to dedicated community safety advisors about how to keep safe and well in their homes. They also discuss health and wellbeing. Firefighters who carry out safe and well visits also offer to fit smoke alarms for free, as well as giving advice on personal safety. There were 4,145 safe and well visits carried out in 2014/15. Safe and well visits are a...

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Argument after bull dog attacks lurcher on city cricket pitch

Police are appealing for information after a bulldog-type dog injured a lurcher on the grounds of a Gloucester cricket club which sparked an argument between owners. The incident happened on the sports pitch located on Spa Road, near to Gloucester park at about 6pm on Saturday April 9. The owner of the lurcher was walking the dog on its lead across the field when the offending dog, thought to be a bulldog or bulldog/pug cross bit its ear. The offending dog then tried to bite the lurcher on its neck but was saved from injury by its collar. The lurcher’s owner then attempted to kick the bulldog off, which then caused an argument between owners. The owner of the offending dog is described as female, white, with curly blonde hair and aged between her mid-thirties and mid-forties. She spoke with a local accent. The woman was with a large-built man and two children walking a husky. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 361 of April 9.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Fresh faces at Gloucester City Council

Two new Corporate Directors have been appointed at Gloucester City Council to join the management team from May 2016. Anne Brinkhoff will join the city council, leading on partnership working, while Jonathan Lund will lead on service transformation. The roles have been created to strengthen the work that the city council has already started in regenerating the city, building strong community links and making Gloucester an excellent place to live, work and visit. Both have a proven track record of working successfully for councils and their appointment will help drive the ambitions of the city forward. Anne is currently a Programme Manager with the LGA, but was formerly a Director at Cotswold District Council, giving her a really strong insight into the demands and needs of a local authority, and how to make the most of the exciting times that lie ahead for Gloucester following last years Rugby World Cup. Anne Brinkhoff said: “Gloucester is a fantastic city and I can’t wait to get started in my new role. Today, working in local government is so much more than just providing services – bringing our partners and communities closer together is essential if we’re to get the best deal for our city and I hope to play a key part in that. “Like all local authorities, the city council faces many challenges and I will be looking for every...

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Train cancellations and severe delays after signalling fault at Birmingham’s New Street station

*UPDATE* Signalling fault has been fixed. Services are slowly returning to normal. Rail passengers on routes into Birmingham New Street are being advised by Network Rail not to travel by train this morning unless absolutely necessary following a serious problem with the signalling system. An ongoing failure of the power supply to the signals, which control the safe movement of trains, means trains cannot get in or out of the south end of the station. London Midland is advising its passengers not to travel by train this morning and other affected operators include Virgin Trains, Arriva Trains Wales and Arriva Cross Country. Passengers travelling on other routes through Birmingham are also advised to check before they travel as trains and stations are likely to be very busy. A Network Rail spokesman said: “Our engineers have been working to fix the problem at Proof House Junction, south of Birmingham New Street, since 4am, however they have not been able to restore the power supply. This will lead to severe delays and cancellations across the city as operators cannot run in or out of the south end of Birmingham New Street. “I strongly advise passengers to check before they travel this morning and consider if they can find an alternative route to work as disruption is likely to continue for some time. “We are very sorry for this disruption and a...

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Gloucestershire launch Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Programme

Further and higher education providers in Gloucestershire are inviting employers from across the county and south-west to ‘Think Higher’ on Friday 15 April, by choosing higher and degree level apprenticeships for their workforce. Apprenticeship programmes can lead to many different levels of qualifications, and it is now possible to achieve higher education qualifications, including a full Honours degree, through an apprenticeship.  Higher and degree apprenticeships provide more choice for people looking for a higher level qualification. They are the best combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning, and also great news for employers, making businesses more competitive and more productive whilst retaining and attracting a more talented workforce. The launch of the Think Higher Campaign at The Growth Hub in Gloucester on 15 April, is a exciting and unique collaboration between Cirencester College, Gloucestershire College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and the University of Gloucestershire. As well as finding out about the latest apprenticeship offer, experts will be on hand to explain the potential impact of the Apprenticeship Levy, being introduced by the Government in 2017 for all large employers.  From next year, large employers will be able to use their apprenticeship levy funds to meet the costs of supporting their staff to take higher and degree apprenticeships.   There will also be one-to-one advice clinics on how your company could benefit from an apprentice. Principal of SGS College Stroud,...

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COLUMN: The Very Thing with Simon Rickards

Wow – what a week for news on the local music circuit!! There was much excitement when Gloucester Rugby announced that Jess Glynne will be popping down to Kingsholm to play a summer show on 18th June. I saw Jess play at a small venue in Banbury at the start of her career just as “Rather Be” was topping the charts and I have to say that she’s quite the performer. I’m sure that anyone going won’t be disappointed – so if you haven’t got your ticket yet (and why wouldn’t you have?!) make sure you don’t miss out!! They’re on sale here! Gloucester Guildhall absolutely made my day by announcing that one of my favourite 90’s bands are set to make their first ever appearance in Gloucester. Kula Shaker will be gracing the Guildhall stage on Friday 13th May and is a MUST for anyone who remembers hits such as Tattva, Hey Dude or Govinda. Tickets are on sale now and available here.   Just over the border in Herefordshire, the wonderful Nozstock Festival this week announced their lineup – and it’s an absolute banger!! Amongst the standout acts are Imelda May, The Skints, Goldie, Jaguar Skills and Jurrasic 5. There is an absolute wealth of talent on the bill with many rising stars and this really is a family festival so there’s something for everyone. Tickets are...

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Police appeal after two serious collisions in Gloucester

Police are appealing for information on two serious collisions in Gloucester today. The first collision happened at around 6am this morning, where the motorcyclist – a 20-year-old man from Tuffley – was riding along Bruton Way when he came off. The man was taken to Gloucestershire Royal hospital for treatment where he sadly died of his injuries. It is believed that there were no other vehicles involved in the collision. The road was closed for around six hours from the railway station traffic lights to the junction with London Road whilst collision investigation was carried out. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 109 of April 3. In a second collision a 56-year-old woman has been left with life-threatening injuries after her wheelchair that she was in was struck by a car on Great Western Road at around 12.15pm today. The victim was struck by a Volvo V40 car registered to Bream. The victim sustained serious leg and internal injuries and was initially treated at Gloucestershire Royal hospital before being transferred to Southmead hospital in Bristol. The road was closed for around 5 hours to aid officers investigating the collision. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact police quoting incident 202 of April 3. A 35-year-old man from Bream was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified. As...

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Bravery of ASB Witnesses Recognised

On Thursday 24th March, Gloucester City Homes (GCH) & Project Solace held a Witness Recognition Event to thank a number of brave Gloucester residents who have stood up to Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) over the past year.   GCH & Project Solace recognise that failure to tackle ASB can substantially blight quality of life and can damage the ability to develop sustainable communities.   The event therefore thanked and recognised the bravery and courage of many key witnesses who played a vital part in taking action against perpetrators, of which many have helped to secure action such as injunctions, prosecutions and evictions.   Guest Speakers included Barrister Iain Wightwick and Mike Cook from Victim Support Gloucestershire, who gave empowering and informative presentations. They explained the impact of ASB, the importance of working together to tackle it and why the bravery of those that take a stand is vital to the success of tackling ASB successfully alongside key partners.   At the event, Anita Pope Director of Housing and Communities for GCH, Chief Inspector Alastair Stenner for Gloucestershire Constabulary and Gill Ragon, Head of Public Protection at Gloucester City Council were delighted to present Recognition Awards to the witnesses.   The event, attended by over 60 people, was a huge success and as well as paying thanks, underlined the importance of working together not only to tackle but to educate and...

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Appeal for information to help trace missing woman Katie Seaborn from Gloucester

Police are appealing to the public for information to help trace the whereabouts of a missing woman from Gloucester. 28-year-old Katie Seaborn went missing from Gloucester on Tuesday March 29. She is believed to have links to Cinderford. Katie is described as white, around 5ft 7ins tall of medium build and with dark brown shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a blue Nike hoody, blue jeans and trainers. Officers trying to locate Katie are concerned for her welfare and would urge anyone who may have information on her whereabouts should contact Gloucestershire Police, quoting incident number 453 of March 29.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Attack on vulnerable Gloucester man – do you know this person?

Police investigating a brutal attack on a vulnerable man in Gloucester last week have released CCTV images of a woman with a buggy who may have witnessed the assault. The incident happened in an alleyway that links Cromwell Street and St Michaels Square at around 7.30pm on Thursday March 24. The victim –  a 59-year-old man – left his sheltered housing at around 7pm on Thursday and walked to Wellington Stores where he bought, amongst other things, some cigarettes. He left the shop and entered the alleyway where he was confronted by three people who attacked him, demanded money then stole his cigarettes. The victim suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken jaw. Detective Constable Aimee Batt who is conducting the investigation reiterated her appeal for anyone to come forward, in particular a woman captured on CCTV in the vicinity and at the time of the assault. Dc Batt said “We would particularly like to speak to a woman pushing a buggy who we believe would have passed through the alleyway at the time of the assault and would have seen the three men with the victim. She was then captured on CCTV walking from Wellington Street into Arthur Street. “This was a savage attack on a vulnerable man who suffered very nasty injuries. Anybody who may have witnessed this I would urge to come forward and contact...

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Gloucester Cathedral invites you to bring your pet along to a special “Blessing of Animals” service

A Blessing of Animals service will be held at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday 16 April at 2.00pm. This special service is an opportunity for everyone who works with, values and loves animals to thank God for them and to have them blessed. You are invited to bring any animal that you care about with you, from your goldfish to a favourite hen, from a prize lamb to a stick insect, and of course your dogs, cats, rabbits and ponies are all welcome too. The Cathedral’s special donkey Gentle will help us to re-enact the Bible story of Balaam and his ass and a former vet will be reflecting on Animal Therapy. The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said; “The love of God is shown most especially in creation, so it is right to bring those we care for to be blessed. Do come to your cathedral – and bring your owners too!” Gloucester News Centre –...

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Stronger communities to be built with Community Chest funding

Community groups across the county will receive grants of between £500 and £5000 to spend on local projects which they have developed. Gloucestershire County Council has written to 32 local voluntary and community groups this week to allocate £100,000 worth of small grants thanks to its Community Chest funding programme. The fund is part of the council’s work to encourage active communities and the grants are for projects that help people to become more involved in their community, and that will improve the viability of places where local people come together. The Cotswold Friends ‘Friends Connect’ project has been awarded a grant of £5000 to extend its current services of befriending, carer respite and community events. This includes a service to help more isolated residents in the North Cotswolds to use tablets such as Hudls and iPads to connect with the outside world and learn new skills to help relieve loneliness and isolation. Clients will be loaned a tablet on a six month trial and given weekly training from the volunteers at Moreton in Marsh library, or in their homes if they are unable to travel. SoFabSports has been awarded a grant of £1041 to set up Gloucestershire’s first disabled girls football team – one of only five in the UK. Known as a ‘pan-disability team’ it will be made up of footballers with differing impairments, playing together. The...

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Appeal after opportunist thief steals elderly woman’s handbag

Police are appealing for witnesses after a handbag was stolen from a 79-year-old woman in Gloucester last Thursday. The victim was returning to her blue Hyundai Getz, which was parked on Stanley Road close to the junction of Stroud Road, at about 12.30pm. As she got into the car an unknown male opened the passenger door and stole the woman’s handbag before running off. The handbag contained bank cards, documents and a small amount of cash. The male was described as white, 5ft 10ins tall – 6ft tall, of skinny build and wearing a black or navy jacket worn with the hood up, a black baseball cap and dark coloured jeans. If you witnessed anything or have information that could help police please call 101 and quote incident 203 of 24 March.   Gloucester News Centre –...

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Police appeal after stabbing in Gloucester

Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Gloucester. The incident happened at around 11.20pm on Friday March 25th at the junction of Faraday Close and Huxley Road. The victim – a 30-year-old local man – was walking home with his partner after a night out when he was approached by three black men. One of the men then asked the victim if he had a cigarette to which he replied that he didn’t. The victim then felt a sharp pain in his stomach and the three offenders ran away. The victim suffered a small wound to his abdomen and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal hospital for treatment. He has subsequently been discharged from hospital. Anyone with information should contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 507 of March 25. Gloucester News Centre –...

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Retirement regeneration plan will increase housing choice and create jobs

A public exhibition will give local residents the opportunity to view and comment on McCarthy and Stone’s preliminary plans to redevelop land off St Ann Way, Gloucester Quay. McCarthy and Stone’s plans seek to develop the site with approximately 30 Retirement Living apartments and 54 Assisted Living (Extra Care) apartments, specifically designed to meet the needs of people in later life. The proposals will significantly increase local housing choice, whilst regenerating a vacant brownfield site and creating up to 18 jobs for local people. The plans are still at a preliminary stage and no planning application has been submitted. The public exhibition marks the next stage of the community consultation and will be held: On: Tuesday 5th April At: Gordon League Rugby Club, Hempsted Lane, Gloucester, GL2 5JN Between: 3pm – 7pm Darren Humphreys, Regional Managing Director at McCarthy and Stone said: “Our proposals provide an important opportunity to increase local housing choice for older people whilst regenerating a brownfield site. Our plans will also create the equivalent of up to 18 full-time jobs in the centre of Gloucester through the provision of on-site care, catering and maintenance staff.” He continued: “We want to hear from the local community and our future home-owners before we finalise our plans. We will be displaying our preliminary plans and ideas at a public exhibition where our project team will be on hand...

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Could Gloucestershire’s magnificent seven be a green light for UK police?

Gloucestershire Constabulary has taken possession of seven electric vehicles – and if Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl gets his way, they will not be the last. Gloucestershire Police have tested a number of electric models to check their viability. Now the first seven Nissan Leafs have arrived. Three are marked cars for use in urban areas. The other four are unmarked for use in other operations. Mr. Surl said, ““The police are big car users with the vast majority of its fleet currently running on diesel engines. Since the Volkswagen emissions scandal, we know that diesels are not as good for the environment as we thought and I believe the police can and should make an important contribution to reducing emissions by using cleaner vehicles. “Already Gloucestershire is taking a lead by becoming the only force in the UK to hold ISO 14001 accreditation which gives advice on how to measure consumption and reduce waste. I see no reason why other forces in the country shouldn’t follow our example”. Gloucestershire Constabulary currently has 412 vehicles with 89.32% run on diesel and the remaining 10.68% on unleaded petrol. By the end of the year, the Commissioner will expect the Constabulary to have conducted a route and branch audit of its environmental footprint. Electrification of the police fleet will continue where operationally viable and emissions will be an increasing element in the decision...

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Appeal after vulnerable man seriously assaulted in Gloucester

Police have issued photos of a vulnerable man who was seriously assaulted in Gloucester and are appealing for anyone who knows anything about the incident to come forward. The 59-year-old Gloucester man left his sheltered housing at around 7pm on Thursday (24 March) and walked to Wellington Street Stores, where he purchased items including cigarettes shortly before 7.30pm. He left the shop and entered an alleyway on Cromwell Street that leads to St Michael’s Square. Here he was confronted by three people who attacked him, demanded money then stole his cigarettes. The victim suffered a fractured eye socket and broken jaw. Detective Constable Aimee Batt said: “This was a savage attack on a vulnerable man who suffered very nasty injuries. “We’re carrying out extensive inquiries that includes forensic and CCTV work but in the meantime we’re really eager to hear from people who may have seen something suspicious or know anything about the assault. “The victim has agreed for us to issue the injury photos in an attempt to encourage anyone who may be reluctant for any reason. “If you do have information please do the right thing and get in contact straight away.” Anyone who can help should call 101 and quote incident 356 of 25 March. If you want to stay anonymous then you can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. A 36-year-old Gloucester man has been...

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Police appeal following serious collision in Upton St Leonards

Police are appealing for information after a serious collision in Upton St Leonards. The incident happened on Upton Hill at around 5.30pm yesterday afternoon(Sunday March 27). A black Land Rover Discovery registered to Hempsted lost control on a bend and collided with a tree. One occupant sustained potentially life-changing head and leg injuries and was taken to Southmead hospital in Bristol for treatment. The second suffered less serious injuries and was treated at the scene. A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink drive and is currently still in custody. The road was re-opened at around 11.30pm. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 243 of March 27. Gloucester News Centre –...

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One Year On: Rachel Treweek reflects on being the Bishop of Gloucester

The Bishop of Gloucester has been reflecting on exactly a year since she first visited Gloucester on the day of her announcement as the first Woman Bishop. “Exactly one year ago today my husband and I were waking up in a room in Gloucester on the brink of me being announced as the new Bishop. It was a strange feeling – a mixture of terror and excitement – we were living in an ‘in between’ place, knowing that life would never be the same again. “On that day of announcement I had the privilege of visiting a women’s prison, and it has been a joy to be back there this week and to share in the events of Holy week. “Prison is an ‘in-between place’ – for many of the women there has been immense pain and brokenness in their lives, and yet there is the possibility of something new and different… “Today is Holy Saturday – An in-between day. Yesterday Christians lived the agony of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, and wept at our own brokenness. Tomorrow, on Easter day we will rejoice that life is stronger than death as Jesus Christ’s resurrection is celebrated. “But today on Holy Saturday, we live in that ‘in-between place’… “And for me, as a follower of Jesus Christ, it is one of the most profound days of the year because it is symbolic of...

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Stagecoach launch Easter ‘Spring Egg Hunt’

Stagecoach West has announced that certain buses within the region will feature bunny ears and Easter egg stickers on the windows. Passengers are invited to take a photo with the bunny ears for fun, or scan the QR codes within the Easter egg stickers in order to be taken to a competition page on the company’s website where they can be in with the chance of winning numerous prizes, including Sandford Parks Lido family annual passes and family cinema tickets. Until Sunday 10th April, passengers riding on Stagecoach West buses should keep their eyes open for Easter egg stickers with QR codes in them. Once scanned, the QR code will take the tech-savvy passenger through to Stagecoach West’s competition page, where users can be in with the chance of winning a family annual pass to Sandford Parks Lido, family cinema tickets and meal tickets. If passengers are not able to scan the QR code, they can also reach the page by visitinghttps://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/west/hop-on-board?utm_source=url-eg-buymymegarider.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=redirect&utm_campaign=board-2016march Alongside the Easter egg stickers, some buses will also have bunny ear stickers which make for a great selfie or Instagram photo. There are tickets available to suit all ages during the Easter holidays, in order to keep all the family entertained; Those aged between 5 and 19 years old can travel for just £2 all day within their zone The Family & Friends Explorer ticket is...

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Bakers Quay redevelopment to begin this summer

The Bakers Quay regeneration scheme has been given the green light by developers Rokeby Merchant. The green light follows agreement to the principles of the design of the scheme, including balconies and cladding for the rebuilt Provender Mill, being reached with city council planners and Historic England. A £4.8million external investment is also being negotiated, brokered by Gloucester City Council, designed at allowing the scheme to come forward more quickly, meaning contractors will be on site this summer. The scheme will see a new hotel built, bringing an extra 105 rooms to the city centre, a drive through coffee shop, commercial space and 166 apartments.  It...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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