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1 April 2020

COVID -19 Update from the County Council

 (forwarded by Hardwicke Parish Council)

People shouldn't be referred to adult social care without their knowledge/consent. It is important the normal process for referrals is followed - details are available on the county council's website< or by calling the adult helpdesk number 01452 426868 Mon to Friday. 8.30 to 5pm


* If you need help or someone you know does please visit the Community Help Hub. People can now register to the county's community help hub by calling  01452 583519 Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm, as well as online a

IMPORTANT: People should only register if they need help now, not if they may need help in the future.


* Please follow the national advice rearing staying at home unless its absolutely necessary to go out for reason set out in the guidance - this will help manage the spread of Covid-19 and support the NHS and care sector to cope


* If you are a business and need advice and support, please go to the Government's dedicated web



* Please take time to look after your mental health - make sure you are keeping your mind and body active


* Remember to keep up the good handwashing and to catch sneezes and coughs in a tissue.


* A dedicated phone line and email address has been set up to help parents with all school related enquiries, including questions relating to Free School Meals. Tel: 01452 426015. Email<

31 March 2020

Gloucestershire County Council latest news update

Gloucestershire’s community help hub gains over 2,000 volunteers in the first week

Gloucestershire councils have pulled together to get support to those who are most in need. Residents, charities and businesses have come forward in incredible numbers with over 2,000 already signed up to support.

31 March 2020

Could you be one of the crucial key workers helping to keep vulnerable people safe?


As Covid-19 prompts more workers to self isolate, the council is launching a fast track recruitment programme to recruit care workers who are crucial in keeping our county’s most vulnerable people safe.


Gloucestershire County Council,  as part of its Proud to Care offering has developed a fast track recruitment programme to help care providers fill a number of flexible, temporary and permanent paid roles, which means successful applicants could be making a difference to someone’s life in a matter of days.


The adult social care sector already faces a shortage of staff and it is estimated that 15 percent of the workforce are currently not able to support frontline service delivery because of self-isolation measures.


Working in social care is incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding, where every day is different and most people don’t realise that the skills they’ve developed and values they hold, can be transferred to a successful career in care.


The council is encouraging everyone who wants to make a difference, to talk to the team about opportunities in care.


Choose one of these options to get in touch and a member of the team will give you a call:



Interviews will take place by telephone and online.


Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care at Gloucestershire County Council said: “More than ever before, we need people to help support our county’s most vulnerable. We are looking for individuals who want to be part of the incredible work being done to support vulnerable adults across the county during this incredibly challenging time.


“I know from personal experience as a nurse just how rewarding it is to support people and I would encourage people to apply. You don’t need to have previous experience, just a natural flair for helping people, as full training will be provided.”


Changes to bus timetables

In light of the Covid-19 crisis and following the government’s advice to limit non-essential travel, temporary changes to bus services are being introduced from Monday 30 March.






A - Prestbury to GCHQ 

Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly service in the evenings.  Sunday service to be confirmed.


B - Charlton Kings to Cheltenham

Hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly service in the evenings. Sunday service remains hourly.


C - Springbank to Cheltenham

Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly service in the evenings. Sunday service is every 30 minutes.


D/E - Bishops Cleeve to Hatherley & Warden Hill

Every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings. Sunday service to be confirmed.


F - Cheltenham to Leckhampton & Coronation Square

Hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime. 


H - Arle Farm to Cheltenham

Hourly service Monday to Sunday daytime.


N - Noverton Park to Cheltenham

Hourly service Monday to Saturday. All buses will call at both Buttercross Lane and Desert Orchid Road.


W - Winchcombe to Cheltenham 

Remains an hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime. No Sunday service.


10 - Cheltenham to Gloucester

Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, hourly in the evenings. Sundays to be confirmed.


41 - Tewkesbury to Cheltenham

Hourly service Monday to Sunday daytime.


51 - Swindon to Cirencester & Cheltenham

Every 2 hours on a Monday to Sunday. 


66 - Stonehouse to Cheltenham via Stroud

Every 2 hours Monday to Sunday


93 - Arle Court Park & Ride to Cheltenham

This service will no longer be running. However, the 94 will instead serve Arle Court Park & Ride. Please see below.


94 - Cheltenham to Gloucester

Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday daytime, every 30 minutes evening service. We will not be running the 94X.


94U - Cheltenham to Gloucester

From the 23rd March, we'll be running an hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime.


97/98 - Cheltenham to Gloucester

Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings and on Sundays. 



Forest of Dean & Herefordshire


22/23 - Coleford to Gloucester via Cinderford & Lydney

Every 2 hours Monday to Sunday


33 - Gloucester to Ross-on-Wye & Hereford

Every 2 hours Monday to Sunday


34 - Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth

Some return journeys have been removed.


36 - Monmouth to Hereford

Some return journeys have been removed.





1 - Matson to Gloucester 

Every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings and every 20 minutes on a Sunday.


2/2A - Upton St Leonards to Gloucester 

Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings and every 30 minutes on a Sunday. 


6 - Longlevens to Gloucester

Minor changes to the usual timetable.


8 - Brockworth to Waterwells Park & Ride & Hunts Grove

Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday. Hourly service in the evenings. This service will also be extending to Hunt's Grove from 19 April 2020. 


9 - Tuffley to Gloucester 

Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday, hourly in the evenings.


10 - Tuffley to Gloucester and Cheltenham

Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday, hourly in the evenings. Sundays to be confirmed. 


12 - Quedgeley to Gloucester 

Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, hourly in the evenings.


13 - Gloucester to Abbeymead

Minor changes to the usual timetable. 


71 - Gloucester to Tewkesbury 

Minor changes to the usual timetable. 


94 - Gloucester to Cheltenham

Every 30 minutes Monday to Sunday daytime, every 30 minutes evening service. This service will now stop at Arle Court Park & Ride.


94U - Gloucester to Cheltenham

From the 23rd March, we'll be running an hourly service Monday to Saturday daytime.


97/98 - Gloucester to Cheltenham

Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, hourly in the evenings and on Sundays. 


351 - Gloucester to Tewkesbury

Minor changes to the usual timetable. 





61 - Bussage to Woodmancote via Stroud

Hourly between Bussage & Stroud Monday to Saturday. Every 2 hours between Stroud & Woodmancote.


63 - Forest Green to Gloucester via Stroud

Hourly on Monday to Sunday


64 - Stroud to Gloucester via Stonehouse

Hourly on Monday to Sunday


66 - Stonehouse to Cheltenham via Stroud

Every 2 hours Monday to Sunday


67 - Cashes Green to Stroud

Every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday.


620 - Old Sodbury, Yate & Pucklechurch to Bath 

One journey removed from normal service.



Pulhams & Son


Service 801 - Moreton-in-Marsh – Stow-on-the-Wold – Bourton-on-the-Water – Northleach – Andoversford – Cheltenham Royal Well. Operating a reduced timetable from 28March until further notice.


All other Gloucestershire services are currently operating a normal timetable.



Cotswold Green


Service 54/54a/X54  Stroud – Cirencester. Currently operating a school holiday timetable until further notice. All other services operating normal timetable at the moment.



Hedgehog The North Cotswold Community Bus: all bus services are suspended until further notice


The Villager Community Bus: all bus services are suspended until further notice 



Issued by: Communications team, Gloucestershire County Council, 01452 427554,






27 March 2020

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Scam Alert

There have been some reports of scammers operating in your area and its something we’ll continue to monitor and keep you updated on.

In the meantime, here’s some advice from Action Fraud on Coronavirus related scams they’ve seen reported so far across the country:

The message sent out from Trading Standards yesterday also contained useful information regarding scams. More information can be found here

Sent on Behalf of PS Ash Shingler

Message Sent By
Bob Lloyd (Police, Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Gloucestershire)

26 March 2020

COVID 19 - Gloucestershire Community Hub


The community hub for Gloucestershire is now up and running. It will be available on 01452 583519, Monday to Friday between 8:30-5pm. You can also access it via this link:

Please can you register anyone who urgently requires help in the next

4-5 days. Can you also ask any community groups, Individuals or businesses to pledge their support if this is something they have requested.


Dear readers,

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus we are unable to deliver April’s Hardwicke Matters magazine.

Asking our distributors and deliverers to go out would be against government advice and I am sure that some of you do not want a non-essential item arriving through their letter box, which is quite understandable.

As the magazine has been printed, we would hope to deliver as soon as it is deemed safe to do so even if that turns out to be in May.

Stay Safe



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24 March 2020

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Gloucestershire Community Hub Help and 

Text Message from HM Government

Gloucestershire’s Councils and partners have created a community help hub to connect local people who need help, with others who can provide the support they need.

As further measures are put in place to delay the spread of Covid-19, local people Have already started to pull together to arrange help in their area for those who need it, but not everyone has existing connections.

In response, the councils across the county have come together with the police and health partners to create the hub to connect local people who need help, with individual, groups and businesses who can provide the support they need.

The hub includes four forms:

‘I can offer help’ – is for those people who are able to support neighbours with tasks such as picking up prescriptions, shopping, dog walking and more

‘I need help’ – can be used by individuals to ask for help

‘My neighbour needs help’ – may be used by people to request help on behalf of a neighbour, relative or friend who cannot access the internet themselves

My business can help’ – will allow local businesses who may have skills and resources other could benefit from, to offer their help

The information collected will be shared with the relevant local council who will connect people who can help each other, or if appropriate refer individuals to an existing service.

Residents are encouraged to share details of the community help hub on social media using the hashtag #GlosCommunity.

The hub will be accessible from every district council website, and from the county council’s website at

Please pass this information on to anyone who may not have access to the internet as they may wish to contact their local district council.

Text messages are also being sent out by the Government with the following texts:


“GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT New rules in force now; YOU MUST STAY AT HOME. More info & exemptions at 

Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”

This message is genuine.

This is the end of the message.


24 March 2020

An Update from Chief Constable Rod Hansen

“Firstly I want to thank everyone for their continued support through these unprecedented times which we are all facing together.

“The new measures announced by the Prime Minister yesterday to increase social distancing and stay at home have been put in place to save lives and protect the NHS. They are there to protect you and I’d urge you all to please comply with them.

“We’re working around the clock to understand what the legislation will mean, and we’ll share this with you in due course. In the meantime, there will be more visible policing across the county in support of the Prime Minister’s directive, ready to respond when needed, to help keep Gloucestershire safe and, I hope, to provide reassurance.

“Please help us find our way through this – given the extraordinary community spirit we’ve already seen throughout this fast moving situation, I hope we have your cooperation.

“As a police service, we have a duty to protect life and support the Government and our partners in health agencies in the fight against this pandemic.

“The message I have given to my staff is that we will focus on policing by consent, working with people. Enforcement should be a last resort as we hope people will listen and cooperate. I have however let all my staff know that they have my full backing when they do exercise legal authority if the circumstances require and justify it. 

“Please do follow the advice, stay at home and help us to help the national effort. I am grateful for your patience and continued support during these times of great uncertainty.

“Please be reassured that we are still here if you need us for an emergency, however overnight we had numerous calls to our Force Control Room asking what these new measures mean.

“I must stress that it is vital our emergency 999 and non-emergency 101 phone lines are kept free to deal with crime related issues.

“When we have the answers, we will share these with you through our numerous channels including social media, on our website and through Your Community Alerts ( – a free messaging service where you can sign up to receive emails.

“If you are a victim of crime please continue to report it online at, using 101, or in an emergency, 999 – and we will respond as normal.

“You can also keep up to date with information and advice on and locally from our partners at Gloucestershire County Council where a community help hub has been set up for those who need support or can offer help

“Once again thank you for your continued support and please help us, cooperate with us and lets all do everything we can to save lives and protect the NHS."

24 March 2020

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This advice was forwarded by Gloucestershire Police, Neighbourhood Watch Officer using the Gloucestershire Community Alerts System. 

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Citizens Advice Stroud & Cotswold 

Attendance Allowance

This is a benefit that helps with extra costs if you have an illness or disability, either physical or mental or both, and severe enough to require someone else to help you with your personal care needs.  You can make a claim for Attendance Allowance if you have reached State Pension age or are older, and it is normally payable after six months of needing the care.  It is paid at one of two rates, £58.70 or £87.65 per week, depending on your care needs.  Attendance Allowance is tax-free and not means-tested, which means your income and savings will not affect the level you may be entitled to.


You do not need to have someone actually caring for you in order to make a claim.  The claim form can be obtained from the Attendance Allowance helpline on 0800 731 0122 by providing your contact details.  Please note that the form is complicated and lengthy and you may wish to get advice and help before completing it.  If you would like more advice on this or other matters please contact Stroud Citizens Advice weekdays 10 am to 4 pm on Freephone: 0808 800 0510.  Further information can also be found at and then search for attendance allowance.


Please note that following national guidance on Covid-19  Citizens Advice Stroud has closed its face to face services at all offices and outreaches, but will continue to operate a phone and email service.  If you need advice please do contact by phone 

0808 800 0510, or email by using the email advice page on our website: 


Covid19 Doorstep Scam

There has been an emerging trend of criminals taking advantage of the COVID19 Virus.
Reports include people visiting homes posing as volunteers,police officers and Welfare officials in an effort to gain entry to homes of elderly and vulnerable people and steal items.

Tactics include offering fake services, and help with chores and shopping.

Please encourage residents to be vigilant and check all credentials.


Source Commuity alerts


CRONONAVIRUS Where To Find Advice

You can keep up to date with information and advice about Coronavirus on and

Last updated 19/03/2020 16:00


Household Recycling Centres Closed

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on the evening of Monday 23 March that everyone should stay at home to save lives, we have closed all household waste recycling centres with immediate effect.

Recycling centres will not open from Tuesday 24 March onwards, for an indefinite period. Visiting recycling centres is not included in the reasons for leaving home.

All households should make full use of their kerbside waste collection service, which your local council is making every effort to keep operational for your recycling, green and food waste and general waste.


Help if we Can


Dear all


All Help if we Can events have now been postponed. This includes our 12th visit to the Menin Gate in May.

We are working on something big for when this is all over.


Steve Smith

Chairman of Help if we Can



St Nicholas Parish Church Hardwicke

All routine church services are cancelled on advice of Archbishops. We are likely to open the church on each Sunday for a limited discreet period of personal prayer for anyone but with no service or Eucharist. The church notice board (on the road) will be kept up to date with times etc etc




March 2020

Reflection on our times

Crikey. Normal times, remember them?

If we try to find a positive, this virus has reminded us of the important things in life.

It has taught us how vulnerable we are.

How to not take anything for granted.

It has taught us how everybody and everything is connected to each other.

And how much we all need each other.

It is acting like one giant pause button, and getting us to reflect on our collective treadmills.

There will be good to come out of tough times.

It might not always feel like it, but we are hard-wired to help each other.

Communities will come together.

Amazing people will work out how to help others.

The human spirit will shine through.

Stay safe.

Now go wash your hands.

Thanks to our very own Chris Edwards

March 2020

Hardwicke Matters - Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held in the small lounge of Hardwicke Village Hall on 
Tuesday 14th April 2020 at 7.00 pm. Come and vote on your officers and committee for the next year and hear about our achievements during the past year. We shall also be looking at the accounts for the past 12 months. It’s not a long meeting but we value your input and any ideas you have for the magazine.




March 2020

Hunts Grove Community


On the 1st April 2020 Hunts Grove will become a separate Parish with its own Parish Council.  

Following consultation with Hunts Grove Residents Association, Hardwicke Matters Committee have agreed to continue including Hunts Grove in its magazine distribution for the immediate future. The financial implications will be closely monitored to ensure its viability. 



April 2020

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April 2020

A different Kind of Easter egg - from Google

Easter eggs are hidden features or messages, inside jokes, and cultural references inserted into media. They are often well hidden, so that users find it gratifying when they discover them, helping form bonds between their creators and finders. Google's employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time for projects of personal interest, and Easter eggs are sometimes created during this. 

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Google avoids adding Easter eggs to popular search pages, as they do not want to negatively impact usability. 

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Q: Alexa/Google, drop a beat

Q: Alexa/Google, open the pod bay doors

Q: Alexa/Google, I am your father

Q: Alexa/Google, how old are you?

Q: Alexa/Google, do you know Siri?

Q: Alexa/Google, do you know the muffin man?

Q: Alexa/Google, do you have any pets?

Q: Alexa/Google, What is the value of pi?

Q: Alexa/Google, rap for me?

Q: Alexa/Google, what is the meaning of life?

Q: Alexa/Google, roll a dice?

Q: Alexa/Google, Sing a song?

Q: Alexa/Google, beam me up

Q: Alexa/Google, are we in the Matrix?

Q: Alexa/Google, never gonna give you up

Q: Alexa/Google, testing

Q: Alexa/Google, who farted?

Q: Alexa/Google, why did the chicken cross the road?”

Q: Alexa/Google, Self-destruct


April 2020

FUSION – Hardwicke Church Youth group for children aged 11 to 18

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Fusion is suspended indefinately due to coronavirus

Gloucester Journal. December 1,1906.

TO LET, from 25th December, Church House, Hardwicke, four bedrooms; large productive garden, large greenhouse, stable, barn, cider and mill-house, piggeries, orchard attached, three acres choice fruit trees.—Apply Ralph Ellis, 1, Sutton Road, Kidderminster


All personal data is held securely by Hardwicke Matters. Data will be treated confidentially and will not be disclosed to external organisations. The data will only be used for Hardwicke Matters business. You have the right to view, amend or delete any of your personal information we hold. Requests to do this must be made by email or in writing addressed to the editor and dropped off in the box at the Tesco Express on Elmgrove Road East, or Westbourne News on Westbourne Drive, Alternatively. Please send E-mails to The Hardwicke Matters Data Protection Policy conforms to the The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018. 

April 2020

What do you call a dog with a fever? A hot dog

Why do golfers wear 3 pairs of pants? In case they get a hole-in-one

Thank you for the giggles Freddie. Anyone else fancy sharing some giggles?

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April 2020

From Our MP

It is a pleasure to prepare my first contribution to Hardwicke Matters as your new Member of Parliament sat in my little office in the Palace of Westminster. I have a window (which is apparently a great honour not always afforded to new Members) that should allow me to look across the Palace roof but it is shrouded in stacks of scaffolding!

These first 2.5 months have been a whirlwind of settling into the job while also organising offices and staff. We now have an office on King Street in Stroud and I have been conducting regular weekly surgeries that are packed weeks in advance. If you would like to see me about a local matter or you want to raise something, please do not hesitate to contact me at

In Westminster, we held the budget today. I had breakfast with the new Chancellor last week and having listened to his ambition for the country, despite the difficult circumstances of the global Coronavirus issues, I was not surprised the budget is so bold. I warmly welcome his focus on infrastructure, fuel duty freeze, alcohol duty freezes to help our pubs, business rate reductions and tax cuts for around 2.5 million people in the South West, lifting 104,000 people out of paying National Insurance contributions altogether. I have been personally campaigning for Further Education colleges like SGS Stroud so the large funding boost for colleges is excellent.

We will include more information about my local and Westminster work on my website

With kind regards

Siobhan Baillie MP for Stroud, the Valleys and the Vale

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The Citizen. August 10. 1897 

Wanted, respectable young Man to milk and make himself generally useful – Apply Miss Sparrow, Hardwicke, near Gloucester. 

April 2020

Gloucester Citizen. September 27, 1933. 

FETE AT Hardwicke By the combined efforts of the Hardwicke G.F.S., Friendly Committee, Football, Cricket, and Ladies Hockey clubs, a garden fete was held at Hardwicke Court (by kind permission of Miss O. Lloyd Baker) and the sum of £22 was raised in aid of the Bishop's Appeal Fund.

April 2020

23rd April – St Georges Day…who was he?

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Saint George's Day is traditionally celebrated on 23rd April in many countries including  England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Catalonia.  Several states, cities, universities, professions and organisations claim Saint George as their patron. So who is he? George of Lydda was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origins, a member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian. He was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He died on 23rd April 303. He became one of the most venerated saints in Christianity, especially as a military saint, since the Crusades. In hagiography (the writing of the lives of saints) St George is immortalised in the legend of Saint George and the Dragon. 

The legend of Saint George and the Dragon tells of Saint George taming and slaying a dragon that demanded human sacrifices. The full legend is in The Golden Legend; or, Lives of the Saints a collection of hagiographies by Jacobus de Varagine. The legend was first set in Cappadocia around 11th and 12th centuries, but transferred to Libya in the 13th-century Golden Legend.  Apparently George came across the city of Silene in Libya where a dragon was poisoning all the country. The city gave the dragon two sheep every day so that he would do no harm to the people. When they ran out of sheep, the children and young people of the town were chosen by lottery to feed the dragon. Whoever the lot fell upon was delivered to the dragon. One time the lot fell upon the king's daughter. The king had his daughter dressed like a bride, embraced and kissed her, then left her for the dragon. 

Saint George happened by and asked what she was doing.

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She told him the story and George said, "Fair daughter, doubt not, for I shall help you in the name of Jesus Christ." The dragon appeared and came running toward them. Saint George, drew his sword; made the sign of the cross; then rode his horse swiftly toward the dragon. He struck the dragon with his spear, injuring him severely. The maiden led the meek dragon into the city, and the people fled in fear. Saint George said to them, "Doubt not. Believe in God and Jesus Christ, and be baptized, and I shall slay the dragon." Fifteen thousand men were baptized, not counting women and children, whereupon Saint George killed the dragon and cut off his head. The king established a church there in honour of Our Lady and of Saint George.

So there you go...the real George, and the legend of St George.

April 2020

This month in History

1 April 1662 Royal Society of London founded 

3 April 1721 Robert Walpole became the first Prime Minister of Britain.

2 April 1801 Admiral Horatio Nelson defiantly ignores orders to withdraw his forces and proceeds to sink the Danish fleet off its home port of Copenhagen. 

6 April 1199 Richard I (the Lion-Heart) of England dies from an infected wound 

7 April 1739 Highwaymen Dick Turpin hanged in York.

8 April 1838 Brunel’s steamship Great Western left Bristol on her maiden voyage to Boston.

10 April 1633 Bananas, never seen before in England, went on sale in a London shop. 

11 April 1689 The joint coronation of William III, Prince of Orange and his wife Mary II


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12 April 1606 The Union Flag becomes the official flag of Britain. 

13 April 1919 British troops fire into a crowd of 10,000 Sikhs. 379 people were killed and 1,200 wounded in the Holy City of Amritsar, India.

14 April 1983 The first cordless telephone went on sale in Britain. 

16 April 1746 Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) was defeated at the Battle of Culloden Moor in Scotland. 

17 April 1969 The voting age in Britain was lowered from 21 to 18.

22 April 1838 The first steamship to cross the Atlantic arrived in New York; the crossing took 18 days. 

23 April 1616 Death of William Shakespeare, playwright and poet, aged 52. 

24 April 1858 The biggest bell in the world, Big Ben, is finally ready for hanging in the clock tower of Westminster Palace, London


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25 April 1915 In World War I, over 70,000 Australian, New Zealand and British troops met fierce resistance from Turkish forces as they landed at Gallipoli. 

28 April 1770 English naval explorer James Cook arrived in Botany Bay, Australia. 

30 April 1945 In his hideaway bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler shoots himself

April 2020

Easter 2020

In Christianity, Holy Week is the last week of Lent and the week just before Easter. This year Sun, 5 Apr 2020 – Sat, 11 Apr 2020. Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday – are all included but Easter Day begins the season of Eastertide.

Easter day is 12th April 2020, so what decides the Easter date?    

In AD 325 the Council of Nicaea decreed that Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on or after the vernal equinox. The date of Easter Sunday can thus fall between March 22 and April 25. 

The next time the holiday will be this late is 2030. 

There are some modern traditions to mark Easter which are very common - such as Easter eggs, the Easter bunny and chocolate. According to many sources the Easter egg, can be traced to early Christians of Mesopotamia before it  

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spreading into Russia and Siberia through the Orthodox Churches; and later into Europe through the Catholic and Protestant Churches. But originally eating eggs was not allowed bychurch leaders during Holy Week. Any eggs laid that week were saved and decorated to make them Holy Week eggs, that were then given to children as gifts. 

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Victorians adapted the tradition with satin-covered cardboard eggs filled with Easter gifts before developing into the tradition that many people enjoy today. 

The first chocolate eggs appeared in France and Germany in the 19th Century. They were bitter and hard but as chocolate-making techniques improved, hollow eggs like the ones we have today were developed. They very quickly became popular and remain a favourite tradition with chocolate lovers today. 

The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century.

Due to their large litters of kitten, rabbits became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. This is why some children might enjoy Easter egg hunts as part of the festival. It doesn't do all the work alone though! 

In Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo and in parts of Germany by a fox. 

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April 2020

Stroud News and Gloucester County Advertiser. May 6. 1904

An exciting incident occurred Friday last in the villages of Hardwicke, Epney, Framilode, and Whitminster; fourteen boys having escaped from the Hardwicke Reformatory. The fact became generally known, and the keepers, assisted by villagers, were soon in search for the missing lads. Eventually their efforts were attended with success, as by ten o’clock the whole of the gang was re-captured. The majority were found at Monk’s Hill, but two wandered in the direction of Saul, and were seen making a quick march for the Walk Bridge. Subsequently both were caught at Whitminster. Two others were discovered at Epney, which completed the missing number.

April 2020

Spinavita Chiropractic Clinic – INSIGHTS

This month our topic is pregnancy and the physical changes that a mother goes through. During the first trimester the baby is protected by the mothers boney pelvis and amniotic fluid. As the baby grows the mothers spine, muscles and ligaments add support. It is really important that these are all in balance and alignment in order for mother and baby to grow comfortably. It can be common for women to experience a moderate amount of discomfort during pregnancy, this is due to the changes that take place. In particular the stresses placed on the pelvis to prepare for birth. Keeping moderately active during pregnancy is really important. Regular, light movement of the body will help to keep the pelvis and surrounding muscles relaxed. If you’re a desk worker ensure you take regular breaks and you might need to modify your position and desk set up to accommodate your postural changes. Pain medications are often avoided or not an option during pregnancy, Chiropractic offers a safe, natural option to managing the aches and pains often experienced during pregnancy. Gentle Chiropractic adjustments help to provide balance to the pelvis as it adapts to pregnancy. Ensuring the pelvis is balanced it allows more room for the baby to move and shift position to grow and develop and in preparation for birth To find out more visit our webpage for the full article.

April 2020

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March 2020

Gloucestershire residents can recycle more according to survey 

Gloucestershire residents can and should reduce, reuse and recycle more after a study of ‘black bag’ waste showed recyclable materials like paper, clothes and food waste are ending up in landfill or the Gloucestershire energy from waste facility – Javelin Park.

The current county recycling level is 50%, but as a county we need to do better to protect the environment and deal with our waste more sustainably to improve the environment. All district councils offer kerbside recycling services, which the county council helps to fund and most residents live within easy reach of a household recycling centre. This means recycling is easy and accessible for most people. The county council aims to hit a 70% recycling rate eventually – and has made it clear that, if this isn’t achieved, the Javelin Park facility risks being too small for all of Gloucestershire’s predicted black bag waste. Cllr. Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning said “We work hard with our district council partners to promote and increase recycling rates, but we need residents to work with us to reduce waste and push our recycling rates up even higher. This will ensure we continue to have the capacity to process black bag waste and more importantly, keep up the our fight against climate change. He continued “Without Javelin Park this waste would be landfilled, creating CO2 contributing to climate change so as a ‘treatment’ method of ‘black bag’ waste it’s a better option. However, this survey shows there is still scope for Gloucestershire residents to help us do more.” To find out how residents can reduce, reuse and recycle there is plenty of information available at 

The full report on the composition of ‘black bag’ (residual waste) is available here. 

April 2020

Cheltenham Chronicle. February, 17.1923.


About 8 clock on Saturday night P,C. Barnfield, of Hardwicke met a stranger wheeling a bicycle on the Bristol-road. His demeanour aroused the constable’s suspicions and he hailed him and questioned his bona fides. He asked him if the cycle was his property, and he admitted that it was not and that he had stolen it from outside the Town Hall at Hereford. The man. who gave his name as Francis Charles Mitchell, was therefore taken into custody and later handed over to the police at Hereford.

April 2020

April Births 

2nd 1914 Sir Alec Guinness

3rd 1367 King Henry IV 

4th 1823 Sir William Siemens 

6th 1906 Sir John Betjeman

7th 1770 William Wordsworth 

9th 1806 Isambard Kingdom Brunel 

10th 1512 King James V of Scotland 

12th 1941 Bobby Moore 

14th 1904 Sir John Gielgud
16th 1889 Charlie Chaplin 

18th 1958 Malcolm Marshall 

20th 1889 Adolf Hitler 

21th 1816 Charlotte Bronte 

23th 1564 William Shakespeare 

24th 1906 William Joyce, ‘Lord Haw-Haw’ 

25th 1599 Oliver (Old Warty) Cromwell 

26th 1894 Rudolf Hess 

28th 1442 Edward IV

March 2020 Do we do it?

 Some readers may wonder how we manage to deliver the magazine regularly to your post box every month? Well it starts with one of our volunteers collecting all 2500+ copies from the printers on the third or fourth Wednesday of the month. Prepacked boxes of the magazines are distributed to a number of volunteer distributors who in turn deliver ‘batches’ of magazines to the deliverers. Each deliverer covers an area of the Parish and delivers the magazine to each doorstep in their area.  They aim to get the magazine to your doorstep not later the first of each month.   

We could not do this without our dedicated team of over fifty volunteers who give up their time every month to ensure that you get your copy. 

The Hardwicke Matters Committee are extremely proud of, and grateful to, our team of distributors and deliverers.

April 2020

Hardwicke Parish Council 

Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday March 2nd 2020 


Cllr John Perkin (Chair) 

Cllr Mark Ryder 

Cllr Fran Welbourne 

Cllr Darren Morris 

Cllr Jill Brearley 

Cllr Graham Brearley

In attendance 

District Councillor, Gill Oxley, 

County Councillor Stephen Davies, 

Three representatives from Redrow

31/20 Apologies 

Apologies were received from Cllrs Denise Powell and Demelza Turner-Wilkes

32/20 Declarations of interest 

There were none declared

33/20 Public Consultation 

There were no matters raised

34/20 Redrow 

Emma Powell, on behalf of Redrow, attended the meeting to advise the Parish Council of their submission to the Stroud District Council Local Plan Review. It was stated that Redrow acknowledged that Hardwicke’s NDP did not support further development in the Village and that the Parish Council’s response to the review reiterated the policies within its NDP.

Under the protocol of dealing with developers, which required developers to consult with Parish and Town Councils, Redrow advised the Parish Council of its proposed future development for land (on which it had ‘options’) within Hardwicke. Copies of the proposals were presented and discussed with Parish Councillors.

It was noted that the timescale for the Local Plan Review was that the district council would be presenting its final review to a meeting of full council around July time and that the revised plan would be presented to the Planning Inspector. The Planning Inspectorate would then undertake an ‘examination in public’ which would possibly commence in late 2021.

Emma Powell said that Redrow would be happy to present their proposals to a future public meeting which could be held after the local elections.

Resolved; to note the presentation and thank Redrow for their attendance

Further information about the Review is held on the district council website

35/20 Minutes of Previous Meeting 

The Minutes of the meeting held on February 3rd 2020 were approved and signed by the Chair 

Resolved to approve the Minutes of the meeting held on February end 2020

36/20 County Councillor and District Councillor Reports County Councillor Stephen Davies gave an update on a number of items 97% of students had been offered their preferred places at secondary school. 

Repairs to the ditch wall in Church Lane had been delayed due to voles nesting in the area 

The damaged drain in Green Lane, near to The Planation required further investigation 

A bus service to Hunts Grove would commence on April 1st

District Councillor Gill Oxley reported that she had received a number of complaints about fly-tipping and the Youth Forum had said that they would like to undertake an anti-litter campaign. 

At Stroud District Council a new working group of Members and officers had been set up to deliver carbon neutral by 2030. Resolved to note the reports

37/20 Planning Applications 

The following Planning Application was considered by the Council

S.20/0273/DISCON Hunts Grove, Land at Colethrop Lane Resolved; No Objections

38/20 Land Transfers 

The Chair presented the report and offer from Stroud District Council to transfer to the Parish Council open spaces, currently by the District Council. As part of the transfer the district council would continue to undertake the maintenance and grass cutting of the areas for a period of three years. The areas would be transferred to the Parish Council who then hold the full freehold. The additional requirement would be that if the parish council should. At some future point decide to develop an area then the District would receive 50% of any sale price. Parish Councillors wanted to have an estimate of the costs of maintenance after the three year period. Members did agree in principle to the offer subject to be clear on future costs. 

Resolved; to agree in principle to the transfer subject to the estimate of future maintenance costs and for the Chair and Clerk to seek a further meeting with the district council to clarify future cost information

39/20 Finance Report 

The Clerk presented the finance report for the period ending February 29th 2020 and the schedule of monthly payments. Resolved; to approve the report

40/20 Local Council Elections 

Members were advised of the time frame for the local elections and the requirements for completing nomination papers. It was noted that the formal notice of election would be announced on March 23rd and that nomination papers were available from the Clerk for Hardwicke and Hunts Grove Parish Councils 

Resolved; to note the report

41/20 Family Fun Day 

Darren Morris gave an update on the preparations for the day and the list of groups and stallholders to be invited. The Chair confirmed that he had spoken to a number of groups who had agreed to attend 

Resolved; It was confirmed that the Family Fun Day would be held on Saturday June 20th from 12.00 to 4.00 and that the Chair of the Parish Council, the Vice Chair of the Village Hall Committee, Cllr Darren Morris and the Clerk to the Parish Council form a working group to manage the event.

42/20 Parish Councillor and Lead Member Reports 

Cllr Mark Ryder reported that a lot of work had been put into the recent planning applications for Hunts Grove; in particular, the response to the Neighbourhood Centre. Over 140 objections to the changes had been lodged with the planning authority. He confirmed that, with the support of Cllr Gill Oxley the application had been ‘called in’ to the Development Control Committee. There were still incidents of construction traffic entering the development through Waterwells Drive instead of the recently opened access road.

Cllr Darren Morris gave a report on the project on Mental Health ‘Marshalling Men’s Health’ that was being delivered at the Village Hall. The organiser and provider had submitted a grant application for £295 which would cover the cost of hiring and the proviso of materials. Members supported the application and noted the invaluable work being delivered.

Cllr Graham Brearley gave an update on the condition of the Shorn Brook; Graham had met with an officer from the Environment Agency and was unable to identify a specific problem, it had been noted that there was less water flowing down stream. Graham also reported that a broken tree in Church Lane had branches leaning against a BT Cable.

The Chair, Cllr John Perkin reported that one of the newly planted trees had been damaged; John had retied the tree to protect it. 

The Chair reported that there had been a significant increase in dog fouling in the area, particularly along the footpaths/ pavements. The Clerk was asked to speak to the Dog Warden to request more signs be put up and patrols to be undertaken.

Meeting Closed at 21.10

April 2020

Gloucester Journal. April 11 1914
A very pleasant smoking concert took place at the Morning Star, Hardwicke on Friday evening, when Mr. C. Branham was made the recipient of a pipe and pouch, subscribed to by friends in the district. Mr. Wiltshire made the presentation and in doing so said they were all very sorry to lose Mr. Branham, but at the same time wished him the best of luck. Mr Branham suitably replied. The remainder of the evening was devoted to harmony.

April 2020

These events are postponed indefinately due to coronavirus. The advert is included for support through media 

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April 2020

In Gloucester this month..... 

Here are a few random events that happened in the Gloucester area in years gone by: 

3rd April 1867   -   Charles Dickens gave one of his famous readings at the Theatre Royal, Gloucester. He read one of his short stories, and an extract from “Pickwick Papers”. A press reporter was of the opinion that Dickens “was somewhat lacking in power as a reader”.

4th April 1942  -  German bombers attacked the Gloucester Aircraft Company’s works in Brockworth and Hucclecote. The raid took place at about 4 p.m. when many people were about in the open. The damage was extensive – houses and the factories were hit – and 18 people were killed, and over 100 injured.

8th April 1941   -  The first British Jet aeroplane did a taxi run and several short “hops” at the Hucclecote works. The aircraft engine was designed by Frank Whittle. The aircraft was converted to a fighter plane and made its first flight at Cranwell, Lincolnshire, in May. It was later to be named the “Gloster Meteor” and spent many years in service. 

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9th April 1867 - For many months the people of Gloucester had been raising funds for a lifeboat. 
The boat, costing £490, was built in London and transported to Gloucester by rail. On this day after a parade through the city, it was launched in Gloucester Docks before a large crowd by the Lady Mayoress. The lifeboat then gave a demonstration, including the rescue of a number of overenthusiastic spectators who had fallen into the dock. The lifeboat, named “The Gloucester”, was then taken to Falmouth where it served for 20 years.

14th April 1890  -  At the Petty Sessions, Joseph Hibbard was summonsed for wilfully obstructing a tramcar. The driver said he was driving down Southgate Street when he came up to the defendant who was driving a herd of cows.  The defendant refused to move aside, used bad language, was most abusive and struck the tram-horse with his stick.  The herd was cleared out of the way by members of the public.  Hibbard was fined 5 shillings, and costs. 

26th April 1827  -  The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal was officially opened.  A huge crowd attended to see the first vessels arrive, amid the firing of guns and ringing of church bells. 

27th April 1904  - A trial run of the new electric tram took place, from the city centre to Hucclecote. The Mayor and many civil dignitaries were among the passengers.  The trip took just over 30 minutes, and on the return journey the party stopped at Hucclecote House for champagne and cigars. The cost of a ticket is expected to be 2d each way. 

April 2020

City of Gloucester 10k Run 

Due on 5th April 2020, the event has been cancelled due to coronavirus

February 2020

Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility 

becomes fully operational

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The Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility has now become fully operational, accepting up to 190,000 tonnes of residual waste each year from Gloucestershire’s homes and Household  Recycling Centres (HRCs) and producing over 116,000 megawatts hour of electricity per annum which is exported to the National Grid.

The facility transitioned from commissioning to operations at the end of October 2019 with the remaining project construction team working since then to address snags and complete the outdoor wildlife area. Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) is working on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) to treat the County’s residual waste, that is waste that is not readily reused or recycled, and is under contract for the next 25 years.

With the facility now in full operation, the county has minimised its reliance on landfill, thereby avoiding the production of methane, one of the more harmful greenhouse gases, as well as being able to generate enough electricity to power around 25,000 homes. In addition, the facility recycles aggregates and metals recovered from the process.

Furthermore, the site has a dedicated Visitor Centre which will be ready for use next month. Educational tours, courses and workshops on the waste hierarchy and recycling, climate change, and sustainability will be available for schools, colleges, universities, , as well as adult and community education groups to support sustainability-themed courses. The Visitor Centre also provides an area for community meetings and events, wildlife and outdoor amenities, and a location for business network events and meeting spaces. Use of the Visitor Centre, site visits and tours must be arranged and booked directly through the project website.

Commenting on this milestone, General Manager, Stacey Wright said: “We are pleased to have advanced to being fully operational from the commissioning phase and that the first few months have proceeded as planned. We are now making great progress on our Visitor Centre, living wall and  and our commemorative mural depicting the history of the site. From next month onwards, we hope to begin hosting visits and tours for  community and educational groups to show how the County’s  waste is being treated and converted into energy and useful byproducts, and how  the Facility supports Gloucestershire’s recycling activities.”

Cllr. Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning for GCC said: “Javelin Park is a cost-effective and environmentally sound solution for processing the county’s waste that can’t be recycled. It will generate enough power for 25,000 homes, massively reduces carbon and saves the tax payer £100 million over 25 years.”

The facility began its commissiong process in June 2019, when it first received waste to test the treatment processes. In October, the commissioning phase was signed off by Urbaser Balfour Beatty, and moved from construction to operations.

Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility operates under an Environmental Permit which was issued and is monitored by the Environment Agency.

For more details on how to visit the Facility, please visit: or email:

Photo credited to Andrew Dixon Photography

March 2020

What, When, Where, Why, and Who of Leap Second


The what

The Earth’s rotation is slowing at an uneven rate. Every now and then, a leap second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)*(see below) in order to synchronize clocks worldwide with the Earth's ever slowing rotation.

The when

In Gloucester, the previous leap second occurred on Saturday, 31 December 2016,

23:59:60. The next possible date is December 31, 2020.

The why

Two components are used to determine UTC


International Atomic Time (TAI): A time scale that combines the output of some 200 highly precise atomic clocks worldwide, and provides the exact speed for our clocks to tick.

Universal Time (UT1): also known as Astronomical Time, refers to the Earth's rotation around its own axis, which determines the length of a day.


Before the difference between UTC and UT1 reaches 0.9 seconds, a leap second is added to UTC and to clocks worldwide. By adding an additional second to the time count, our clocks are effectively stopped for that second to give Earth the opportunity to catch up.

Atomic clocks tick away at pretty much the same speed over millions of years compared to the Earth's rotation, atomic clocks are simply too consistent.

The how

How Often Are Leap Seconds Added?

Before the first leap second was added in 1972, UTC was 10 seconds behind Atomic Time. So far, a total of 27 leap seconds have been added.

However, this does NOT mean that the days are 27 seconds longer nowadays. The only difference is that the days a leap second was added had 86,401 seconds instead of the usual 86,400 additional 27 seconds compared to atomic time since then.

The who

Upcoming leap seconds are announced by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) in Paris, France.


Now you might be wondering about the where…so am I…again I!!!


*Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. This 24-hour time standard is kept using highly precise atomic clocks combined with the Earth's rotation.


Announced leap seconds to date since 2000


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April 2020

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Compost Corner

April in the Garden

April’s here and spring has sprung at last! Hopefully the gardens will have “dried out” a little and as the weather warms and early flowers start to bloom, all of a sudden it feels like there’s plenty to do in the garden again.

Feed and prune roses

Prune clematis - prune early-Top dress containers with fresh compost. If your containers are already full, replace the top 5 cm of old compost with fresh.

Lift and divide perennial plants now, to create new plants for your garden. Divide Primroses once they have finished flowering and divide hostas before they come into leaf.

Continue to remove faded flowers from winter pansies to stop them setting seed. Tie in climbing and rambling roses. Also tie in honeysuckle and clematis as these plants will be putting on growth now. Prune Forsythia as soon as they have finished flowering, cutting back to strong, young shoots.

Apply a layer of mulch around your perennials, trees and shrubs before the hot weather arrives. Use organic matter such as well-rotted manure. Feed raspberry canes, fruit bushes and fruit trees to encourage good crops this season. Apply a slow-release fertiliser around their base. Recut lawn edges to straighten them up and aerate lawn by spiking it with a garden fork.

A good time to Invest in a water butt. Position them under a downpipe to make the most of rainfall.

Move plants from the greenhouse to a cold frame before planting out to give them time to adjust to cooler temperatures.

April 2020

April was the second month of the year in the initial Roman calendar until January and February were added in 700 BC. It is likely that the Roman Goddess of Love 'Aprilis' was honoured when naming the month of April , but historians aren't totally sure of that factoid. April birthstone is the Diamond. 


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The largest gem quality rough diamond ever found was the Cullinan Diamond weighing 3,106.75 carats (621.35g) It was polished into nine large stones and ninety-six smaller stones.

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The April Birth Flower is the Daisy and the Sweet Pea


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The zodiac signs for April 

Aries: March 21 – April 19 

Taurus: April 20 – May 20 

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April Facts 

  • It is the second month of spring. 
  • It is a time of planting and spring cleaning. 
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the same as October in the Northern Hemisphere. 
  • In Ancient Rome the month of April was sacred to the goddess Venus. 
  • In England there are many cuckoo festivals. The arrival of the cuckoo bird in April is a signal that spring has arrived. 
  • April 23rd is St Georges Day

March 2020

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Free IT training extended to help more people get online

A series of free IT courses for beginners has been launched at new locations in Gloucestershire

The training is run in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council’s Fastershire project and Adult Education in Gloucestershire and will now being offered at Prestbury, Chipping Campden, Newent and Nailsworth Library.

The aim is to help reduce digital exclusion and ensure that more people have the confidence to use the internet.

Natasha Panchbhaya, Adult Education Delivery Manager, said, “The joint work between Adult Education in Gloucestershire and the Fastershire project has been a great success and in the last few months alone we have supported over 100 learners to gain new skills and learn about online safety, which seems to be a key development area for a lot of our learners.”

Fastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties.

Councillor Patrick Molyneux, Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills, said, “We’ve been delighted by the success of these courses so it made sense to offer this programme in more areas. We often hear how keen some people are to be able Skype or FaceTime with family or benefit from what the internet has to offer but say how they feel nervous or intimated. It’s amazing how quickly that can change after just a little bit of support and training."

Over 95 percent of Gloucestershire homes and businesses can access superfast broadband and speeds of 30mpbs or above and this is set to increase to over 97 percent by 2022.

To book a place or for more information, please contact Adult Education on 0800 542 1655 or visit


March 2020

Interactive road safety show seeks to shock student

Thousands of students from Gloucestershire will attend a 

hard-hitting roadshow, which aims to reduce the number of traffic collisions involving young people in the county. 


What if? is an interactive theatre and film event, telling the tale of two young men who were involved in a crash in the Forest of Dean in 2015. The pair take the audience on a journey through their experiences, exploring their emotions and the impact the crash has had on their lives.
The story will be accompanied by on-stage talks from the emergency services, road crash survivors, family members who have lost loved ones and paramedic lecturers from the University of Gloucestershire.

The What if? roadshow will be viewed by more than 5,500 students aged 16 to 24 in Gloucestershire throughout February, March and May. 

It is jointly funded by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS)

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and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and has been running since September 2016. 

The first show will be on Monday 3 February at Cirencester College and other venues will include EDF Energy in Barnwood, Gloucester, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre in Cheltenham and Hartpury College in Gloucester. 

Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member with responsibility for the fire and rescue service, said: “This roadshow aims to make young people fully aware of the impact a road traffic collision can have. It is a powerful way of raising awareness of the risks they face on the roads and how they can keep themselves and others safe. 

“We hope that alerting them to these dangers will have a positive effect on the way they drive in the future.” 

Martin Surl, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “It is very brave of the boys to put themselves through this process to help others and I am very grateful. This kind of emotive education has already proven to be effective since we started What If? back in 2016 and our research suggests in-car distractions and low awareness of risk contribute to road traffic collisions (RTCs) where young people are behind the wheel. This is why the roadshow will focus on such important issues.” 

As well as funding from GFRS and the OPCC, the What if? project is supported by Gloucestershire Constabulary, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), University of Gloucestershire, Severn Major Trauma and Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

March 2020

Energy From Waste Facility - Emissions from Incinerator 

Note from the Environment Agency issued Janury 2020 

Emissions from an incinerator are controlled by a combination of good combustion control and effective abatement. Water vapour and carbon dioxide are products of the combustion process. 

Therefore the exit gas from the stack at Javelin Park incinerator is a wet, hot gas. This means when the atmosphere is warm we don’t usually see a large plume, however in winter as the hot wet gases meet with colder air, the water vapour in these gases condenses rapidly to steam and produces what we term as a visible plume. 

The sites environmental permit set the limits pollutants can be emitted at and the site is required to continuously monitor oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, total organic carbon, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen chloride and particulate matter. These limits are set at levels to protect the environment and human health in all weather conditions. Smaller plumes can also be seen at the top off the site, not from the main stack. This is small losses of steam used to drive the site turbine. 

This is virtually a closed loop system, which enables energy recovery. The water is passed through a chamber (the Boiler) through which pipes containing the hot gases from combustion pass through. 

The resulting steam produced after it has passed the turbine is condensed and the water is returned back to the boiler. The gases from combustion and steam in the boiler do not come in to direct contact with each other.

April 2020

Simnel Cake Recipe 

Simnel cake has been eaten since medieval times as both a rich, sweet treat and a symbolic ritual. The fruit cake is topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ, minus Judas. 


12 oz/ 340g Currants 

1 lev tsp ground Cinnamon 

4 oz / 115g Sultanas 

6 oz/ 170g Butter 

3 oz/ 85g Mixed Peel 

6 oz/ 170g Caster Sugar 

8 oz/ 230g Plain Flour 

3 Eggs 

Pinch of Salt 


1 lev tsp 

Grated Nutmeg 

Little Apricot Jam 

Marzipan / Almond Paste (22 oz/ 680g )

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Grease and line 8” 9” cake tin, Set oven to 325F/160C.

Cream Butter and Sugar and beat in eggs.
Mix flour, dry ingredients and spices and add fruit and peel.
Stir dry ingredients into beaten eggs and sugar etc and add a little milk to bring to a “dropping” consistency.
Put half the mixture into the tin. Cover with a round of rolled out marzipan. Cover with the rest of the cake mix.
Bake in warm oven 325 for approx. 2 ½ hours.
When cool, coat cake with warmed Apricot Jam and top with a round of rolled out Marzipan.
Roll 11 small balls of Marzipan and place them on top and round the edge of cake. Return to hot oven (or under grill) for a few minutes to brown the Marzipan

April 2020

A Summer Bonfire Night

Weekdays in and weekdays out 

Its work for us without a doubt 

I leave at seven, my wife at eight 

The sad old cat at garden gate 

Resigns herself to one more day 

Of lonely hours to while away 

But then at six when we get back 

She drags her weary self from sack 

To watch the frenzied work that’s done 

She always likes to watch the fun 

There’s tea to cook, post to read 

Washing ironing, where’s my feed? 

And on these balmy summer nights 

When late in evening it’s still light 

Tea on the patio with some wine 

Time to relax,“Together” time 

The blackbird sings his very best 

While taking worms back to the nest 

The flowers make a fine display 

Forgotten now, the stressful day 

Times like this should last for ever 

But do they last , well almost never 

For now’s about the time 

Just as things are looking fine 

The neighbour who just does not care 

With arrogance and cheek so bare 

Lights up his bonfire, thick grey smoke 

He really is a charming bloke 

And though I’ve done my very best 

To get the anger off my chest I know 

He’ll never change his way 

And arguing would never pay 

The washing on the line may stink 

Smoke in our eyes make us blink 

Fumes fill the house upstairs and down 

But do we let it make us frown 

No, in the garden we’ll still sit 

I think they call it British grit. 

Peter Hill