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A Village Magazine produced by volunteers for the village of Hardwicke Delivered free to 2,500 homes monthley since 1989.

Do you have any photo’s of?


Please could you lPlease could you look amongst your old photographs to see if you have a good clear photo of:
• The laying of the Millennium Stone in Hardwicke in 2000
• A public summer fete at Hardwicke Court, any year will do

If so, I would be very grateful to borrow them to put them in my forthcoming book
'The Story of Hardwicke'. You will be credited under your photo if chosen. Please contact either Andy Mumford on 07771900409 or myself on 01452 543668.

Thank you in advance
Carol-Anne Marsh


November 2019

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Firework safety 

From the RoSPA website

Despite annual safety warnings, firework celebrations still end in painful injuries for too many people, including very young children. Yet fireworks can be great fun for families, not just around November 5 (Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night), but also Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year. 

Injury figures support the advice that the safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a large public display - far fewer people are injured here than at smaller family or private parties. But if you’ll be having a firework party at home, you can make the occasion fun and safe for everyone by following the Firework Code, as well as some sparkler and bonfire safety tips. 

Firework Code 

Only adults should deal with setting up firework displays, the lighting of fireworks and the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used (and remember, alcohol and fireworks don't mix!). Children and young people should be supervised, and watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance. Follow these top 10 tips for a safer fireworks party: 

-   Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm 

-   Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time 

-   Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary 

-   Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back 

-   Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks 

-   Never return to a firework once it has been lit 

-   Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them 

-   Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators 

-   Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire 

-   Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving. 


Planning a Display 

Adults and children love firework displays because they feel reassured it will be a safe and professionally organised event. But there is a lot more to organising a display than lighting the blue touch paper! To make sure that your display is fun and safe, follow our guidelines to having an explosive night’s fun! 

Setting Up A Display 

What to do...Display Design 

Before designing your display, you should have appointed a firing team who will light the fireworks. This should be no more than three people, with one person in overall charge of the team. The firing team should have previous experience of lighting fireworks and should have a good knowledge of safety issues.

For an exciting and colourful event, plan your display well: 

Work out a firing script – decide which firework will be let off at which time and in what order

Start with noisy effects and cycles of fireworks at ground level, then low level, then effects high in the sky, back to ground level again, ending with a real flourish 

Start with set pieces at the front, move onto novelty candles and batteries to high level rockets and shells. 

By pre-sorting, you can have different effects, colours and noises 

Follow the instructions on the labels carefully 

Set up the display in daylight and practise the firing schedule at least once beforehand 

Make sure you have a torch so you can read the instructions in the dark during the display 

Ensure you have enough timber for static pieces, as some may need to be nailed to stakes 

These should be set up in advance of the event and assembled carefully to avoid damaging the firework or fuse 

Only use launcher tubes for rockets – never use milk bottles, buckets or stake them in the ground 

Do not use matches or a lighter to light the fuses. 

Have waterproof m atches to light the portfire 

Do not allow anyone to smoke when handling fireworks or in the firing area when the display is set up 

When setting up, follow the instructions as to how far away fireworks should be placed from each other 

Do not use mortar tubes for more firings than specified in the instructions

Put the last firework in place about 30 minutes before the display and ensure the area is well guarded to avoid accidental lighting or sabotage. 

Cover them with plastic bags to avoid wet from rain and dew. 

After your display 

Keep the public away from the safety, display and fallout area until after the site is cleared 

Wait until after the display is finished before collecting spent, dud or misfired fireworks 

If cold, fully spent fireworks can be put into the bin 

If a firework fails to go off, leave it for at least 30 minutes before lifting. 

It can then be made safe by immersing it in water. 

Wear gloves, goggles and hold at arm’s length when lifting 

Do not remove misfired mines from mortar tubes. 

Fill the tubes with water overnight and remove them the next day 

Come back the next day during daylight to completely clear the site.

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September 2019

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We are inviting children living in Hardwicke or belonging to a group held in Hardwicke e.g. Cubs/Brownies etc to design the front cover of our December/ Christmas edition of Hardwicke Matters. 


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We are running the competition in the same way as in previous years.


The following information should be written on the reverse of the completed entry in block capitals in pencil. Please don’t use felt tip pen for these details as it shows through when the entry is scanned. Information should be printed on the back of the work only: 

Name of child, address and telephone number 


If the child belongs to a group, please enter that information e.g. 1st HW Brownies along with the Group leader’s name (to help sorting the prizes out into groups) 

A signature is required from the parent or group leader saying that the design is totally the child’s own work. We will group the entries into age groups. 

The work should be in colour but can be anything seasonal – nativity, Father Christmas, snowy scene etc and can be in any medium but it must be suitable for commercial printing. Please ensure that the entry is drawn portrait NOT landscape as it has to fit into the usual size of the front page and should measure 120mm across by 130mm down. 

The overall winner will feature on the cover in colour with age group winners on the back page in colour. We will reduce the size of the work by runners up to fit the back page. For younger children, it would be a helpful to draw out or cut the paper to the correct size. There will be prizes for the overall winner and age group winners and their names will be published. Any entries from groups e.g. Brownies, will be delivered to the group leader for distribution. 

In certain cases, we know that parents/guardians do not wish the name of their child published for a variety of reasons. We will not publish the name as long as there is a CLEAR note saying that this particular child’s name should not be published. Should such a child be a group/overall winner, we would simply say something like the entry is from ‘a 6 year old Brownie’ etc. 

However, we at HM will need to know the name of the child so that prizes can be delivered to the correct address. Any un-named entries will not be considered. 

Entries should be sent directly to me at 14 Cornfield Drive, Hardwicke or dropped (in one large envelope) in either of the Hardwicke Matters boxes at the One Stop Shop or Westbourne News. 

November 2019

Pull the Other One; It’s Got A Bell On It!’ - Epilogue 

In the last two articles I shared a light hearted view of my first experiences at bellringing dispelling many of my stereotypes I had associated with bellringing. The article was first published in 2005, just a year after I started ringing, but the experience is ageless. So, in true writers’ style I thought it deserved an epilogue. 

Us new ringers continued to develop their skills with the Hardwicke Parish Church group who had adopted us. Like any skill, practice make perfect (…I‘m not so sure perfection is possible in the art of bellringing mind. I have come across ringers in their 80’s who have spent a lifetime bellringing who say they are still learning new methods) and after a few months we were proficient enough to begin learning basic methods. 

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A method is the ‘tune’ that the bells ring. During a quick chat to a guest after ringing for a wedding I was surprised to be asked why we kept ringing the wrong bells. It turned out they thought that the only way bells should be rung is in strict rotation; i.e. bell number 1, followed by bell 2, etc, 1,2,3,4,5,6. This known as ‘rounds’. Ringing rounds might sound nice for a wedding but if that’s all we rang it would hardly present a challenge. If the sequence is changed at each round then the bells can effectively play a tune. These set sequences are known as ‘methods’ and forms an integral part of bell ringing. Indeed, learning to ring the bell is the easy part, the hardest part is learning the methods. There are currently 20437 recognised methods, enough to keep the keenest ringer busy. 

As time went on new bell ringers joined the group whilst others moved on due to changing work or family commitments. When I moved abroad myself with work, I discovered that ‘full circle ringing’ (…ringing a bell such that it swings in a complete circle from mouth upwards around to mouth upwards and then back again repetitively…) is predominantly a UK centric pastime. 

Unfortunately, the Hardwicke group disbanded while I was away so I joined the Quedgeley group on my return; quickly finding that bellringing is much like riding a bicycle, once learned, never forgotten. Should you fancy having a go please come along to one of our practices, we are a welcoming bunch. We practice at St James Parish Church, Quedgeley every Thursday evening between 7.30 - 9pm and every other Monday evening at St Nicholas Church, Hardwicke between 7.30 - 9pm. We also ring before the Sunday morning service at St James Parish Church Quedgeley. 

If you wish to know more please contact the Tower Captain, Dave Franklin, on 07899907125. 

KJ Marsden

November 2019

Tomato, Apple and Celery Cream Soup - serves 4

150 – 175 g (5 – 6 oz) tomatoes quartered; use the stalks as well, if wished 

150 – 175 g (5 – 6 oz) apples quartered; use the cores as well, if wished 

150 – 175 g (5 – 6 oz) celery, cut into 5cm (2”) lengths, plus leaves

50g (2 oz) BUTTER 

110g (4 oz) onions, finely chopped 

55ml (2 fl oz) dry sherry 

Freshly grated nutmeg 

1 small pinch of ground ginger 

¼ tsp salt Freshly milled black pepper 

570 ml (1 pt) chicken or vegetable stock 

Apple slices and snipped fresh chives, to garnish 

Croutons to serve.

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This method involves sweating the vegetables for quite a long initial cooking period, sealed with greaseproof paper. This really brings out the flavour 

1 Melt the butter in a large, heavy pan, then add the onions and cook gently (about 10 minutes), taking care that they don’t burn or catch on the bottom. 

2 Add the sherry, vegetables, fruit, spices and seasoning then place a double thickness well dampened greaseproof paper over the ingredients and cover with a lid. 

3 Simmer gently for about 1 hour, checking occasionally that nothing is sticking. 

4 Remove the paper and add the stock and stir. 

5 Cool the soup slightly then liquidize to blend, then press through a sieve to remove the stalks and pips. 

6 Return to a clean pan, reheat, check seasoning and ladle into warmed bowls, garnished with thin slices of apple and croutons, if desired.

November 2019


Our big event on the 5th October was the Service of Dedication and Affiliation held at St. James' Parish Church in Quedgeley. The Parade, led by the Corps of Drums from Training Ship Alacrity from Portsmouth saw Naval Cadets from both Alacrity and TS Ledbury (Hereford) with Marine Cadets and the Colours of the Police and Ambulance Services together with the Airborne Forces Association and Cadet Colours march to the church. 

The second contingent saw the Pipes and Drums from St. Andrew's lead Army Cadets from Gloucestershire with their Colour bought by Help if we Can. The Service conducted by the Reverend Canon John Ward, Chaplain to Help if we Can saw the Colours parade to the High Altar where the ACF Colour was dedicated and laid on the altar. 

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Certificates of Affiliation were presented to Alacrity and Ledbury by Vice Chairs Andy Oldham and Michelle Mazelin in appreciation of the many times they had supported us in recent years. The ACF Colour was handed to the Chairman of ‘ Help if we can’ who then invited the County High Sheriff for Gloucestershire to formally present to the ACF. The parade reformed and there was a march past at Severn Vale School taken by the High Sheriff alongside the Mayor of Ledbury; the Chairman of Quedgeley Town Council; the Chairman of Hardwicke Parish Council and other dignitaries including Town Clerks and Councillors. Following refreshments in the school, cheques for good causes for the year 2018-19 were presented.

Les Chandler HiwC

November 2019

Young jobseekers helped to increase their employability and confidence 

Proud to Care Gloucestershire recently hosted three mentoring events with the Department for Work and Pensions, to increase young jobseekers’ skills and promote career opportunities in the care sector across the county. 

The aim of the Mentoring Circle events, which took place over the course of three weeks, was to engage with jobseekers aged 18-24 to help them to gain employability skills and grow their confidence. 

The mentoring team included representatives from three local care providers, Blue Bird Care, RehabilityUK and Lilian Faithful. Proud to Care, which is part of Gloucestershire County Council, promotes careers across care and health, and its website includes a dedicated jobs portal. 

Like many counties Gloucestershire has a shortage of people working in social care, yet there is a huge variety of roles available with real scope for development. A career in care is incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding, where every day is different. Most people don’t realise that the skills they’ve developed and the values they hold, can be successfully transferred to a career in care. The first session focused on building peer support and was a chance for attendees to share their experience of applying for jobs. The second session focused on CV building and applications, to increase awareness of what to expect when applying for a job. The last session covered interview skills and a practice interview, which was particularly popular. 

Feedback from the young people who attended the events was very positive. One has spoken with a care provider about joining the sector, another is in discussion about doing taster shifts in a care home and a third is working with their job coach to apply for a support worker role. Here’s what the young jobseekers thought of the sessions: “The 121 interview showed me what I have to offer.” “It gave me confidence and opened my eyes to new opportunities.” “It made me realise how many qualities I actually have.” Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The mentoring circle events were a great success, and proved beneficial for the young people who attended and the local employers who are keen to run more sessions with a mixed age group. “There are lots of opportunities across the health and care sector in Gloucestershire and I know from my own personal experience working in health, what a rewarding career it is. Whether you’re just starting out, returning to work or thinking of a career change, there are opportunities which could suit you. The next Mentoring Circle events will take place on 5 November. Anyone interested in taking part, should speak to their Job Coach at their local Job Centre. Browse vacancies and apply today at Proud to Care. 


November 2019

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Council’s cycling ambitions go up a gear!

To mark World Car Free Day, Gloucestershhire County Council launched its new campaign Travel by-cycle around Gloucestershire on Friday 20 September at Tewkesbury School. The sunshine and Newtown cycle track provided a perfect backdrop to launch the council’s new campaign promoting cycling and its plans for improving Gloucestershire’s cycle network.County councillors Vernon Smith, Patrick Molyneux, Richard Boyles and the council’s lead commissioner for communities and infrastructure, Philip Williams, joined students from Tewkesbury School and tried out e-bikes, provided by eCycle UK (Stroud). 

 They cycled e-bikes along Newtown cycle track, in Tewkesbury which is one of the busiest cycle routes in the county, with around 550 cyclists using it every day. It is a traffic free route and is particularly well used by students who walk and cycle to Tewkesbury School. The council has produced a booklet providing information on its investment in Gloucestershire’s cycle network, along with its future ambitions and investment plans. The council is developing a £9 million package of improvements to make cycling easier across Gloucestershire, including:

· £1.3million upgrade to the canal towpath linking Hardwicke to Gloucester city centre 

· £1million cycle improvements (funded by Gfirst LEP) connecting Aylburton, Lydney town centre, Lydney station, Dean Academy and residential areas 

· £3.6million route between Cheltenham and Gloucester which is due to be built in 2020 (working in partnership with Highways England) 

· £3million cycle scheme between Bishop’s Cleeve and Cheltenham 

The council will also be investing £30,000 to develop a digital map of the existing cycle network, with information on the extent and condition of our on-road cycle lanes, off-road dedicated cycle routes and shared routes. Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and local councillor for Tewkesbury East, said: “Making more trips by-cycle will help us all to reduce transport emissions that contribute to climate change. Cycling helps to reduce congestion, improve local air quality and is good for our personal health and wellbeing. Our ambition is ‘to make cycling and walking the natural choices for shorter journeys. We want to develop a high quality cycle network across Gloucestershire which connects our communities and encourages confidence in cycling for leisure, work, school and health.” Philip Williams, lead commissioner for communities and infrastructure said: “We have nearly 300 miles of dedicated cycle routes in Gloucestershire and 4.5% of trips to work are by-cycle, which is over twice the national average. However, we aspire to do better than this: our vision is for people to be able to travel by-cycle off road where possible between the urban areas of Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud; and in due course the Cotswolds and Forest.”

November 2019

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The Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner is required to produce an annual report reflecting how he has carried out his responsibilities over the past 12 months and progress in delivering the Police and Crime Plan. 

In line with his role as a democratically elected representative, the report is then presented to Gloucestershire County Council’s Police and Crime Panel and in addition to seeing it, the Panel has asked for it to be communicated and distributed as widely as possible. We would be grateful, therefore, if you could include the link: in your parish magazine/newsletter. Hard copies are also available from the OPCC at 

As a summary of the twelve months from April 2018-March 2019, this year’s annual report highlights the challenge of dealing with a growing range and complexity of crimes, complicated by additional social issues around mental health and lack of youth provision. It reflects on key announcements regarding collaboration with bordering forces and Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service, budget details, award winning services and the continuing success of the Commissioner’s Fund. 

If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact me. Vanessa Pegler PA to Richard Bradley, Chief Executive and Hilary Allison, Head of Public Affairs OPCC No. 1Waterwells, Waterwells Drive Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AN Tel: 01452 752343

October 2019

Let’s talk about suicide prevention
In support of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Partnership (GSPP) is launching an incentive to get as many people as possible to complete free online training that could help prevent a suicide.
The free training from Zero Suicide Alliance is called “Suicide – Let’s Talk”,is open to everyone and takes around 20 minutes to complete. Once the training has been completed, you can claim a free drink and cake or healthy snack from community cafés across Gloucestershire.
The partnership wants to train as many people as possible in the county to be able to identify when someone is having suicidal thoughts or showing suicidal behaviour, to help them to speak out in a supportive way, and to feel able to point the person towards to the correct services or support.
The reward can be claimed from select local cafés simply by taking a screenshot of the ‘thank you’ page, or by printing the page and showing it to the café staff. The incentive will be available for as long as funding lasts, so we encourage completion of the training as soon as possible.
The cafés taking part across the county are:
·         School House Café (Cheltenham)
·         The Sober Parrot (Cheltenham)
·         Café 31 (Cinderford)
·         Black Cat Café (The Market Place, Northleach, GL54 3EE)
·         Good News Centre Café (Newent)
·         Treasure Seekers Hub (Gloucester)
·         The Clean Plate (Gloucester)
·         Friendship Café (Gloucester)
·         The Canteen (Nailsworth)
·         Roses Theatre (Tewkesbury)
·         Priors Park Neighbourhood Project (Tewkesbury)
Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, said: “Suicide prevention remains a challenge locally and globally. We can all help to reduce the number of suicides in Gloucestershire by being alert to the signs, and encouraging people to talk to someone and reach out for support. This training will help save lives.”
The free training can be accessed here:

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November 2019

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For these months articles need to be submitted by  

  • Nov   10th Oct 
  • Dec 7th Nov 
  • Jan 20 5th December 

Any changes to adverts should be sent in by 1st of the month 

September 2019


The following recommendations were agreed at the full Council meeting held on 18 July 2019. 

The next stage is for a Reorganisation of Community Governance Order to be implemented to bring the recommendations into effect for the next parish council elections in May 2020. 


The creation of Hunts Grove Parish Council and amendments to Hardwicke and Haresfield Parish boundary 

a) A new Parish of Hunts Grove will be created and the Parish should be called Hunts Grove Parish Council; 

b) The effective date for the new parish council will be the 1 April 2020, with elections for the parish council to take place in May 2020; 

c) Hunts Grove Parish Council should return FIVE Parish Councillors; 

d) The parish should not be divided into wards; 

e) Changes are made to boundaries of the existing Parishes of Hardwicke and Haresfield as shown on Map 5; and 

f) No changes are made to the councillor allocations for Hardwicke and Haresfield Parish Council. 

Reason for decision: The creation of the parish better reflects the identities and interests of the community, and would provide effective and convenient local government. 

The next step will be to create the Reorganisation Orders so the changes will come into effect on the 1 April 2020 ahead of the local elections in May. We anticipate the Reorganisation Orders will be complete by October 2019 and will liaise directly with the Parishes/Town Councils that have been affected by any changes to their boundaries or electoral arrangements. 

November 2019

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November 2019

Stringbreakers badminton club

We are a small, friendly badminton group playing on Tuesday 6pm - 7.30pm and Thursday 6-8pm at St Peters sports hall, Stroud road, Tuffley. 

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We do have teams in the mixed, men's and ladies league division, but the main thing is to come and have fun. You don't need to bring a partner to play, just a racquet. Membership and pay to play options available. Contact Emma 07989 496316 or visit our website

November 2019

Hardwicke Parish Council

Dates of Meetings for 2019 

All meetings are on a Monday, unless indicated. Meetings commence at 19.00 and held at Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane Hardwicke. 


November 4th

December 2nd

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Distributors Needed


Hardwicke Matters is currently seeking volunteers to spare an hour or so each month supplying magazines to the deliverers. 


As a Distributor, you will receive a quantity of magazines every month which you will then split up and take the required number of magazines to approximately six deliverers. 


This is an important link in the delivery chain and if you would like to volunteer, Please contact Peter Hill on Tel: 

07578 364686 or 


November 2019

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We are open Monday through to Thursday starting at 9.15 until 12.15. We also run an afternoon session on Monday and Thursday for children I the final year at playgroup from 12.15 to 2.45.

Current session fees are £5.00 per hour for children agd 2 and £4.50 per hour the Term after children turn age 3. 

We are open for a total of 17 hours a week term time only (38 weeks a year) and were rated GOOD by Ofsted in May 2018. 

We accept A2YO funding, free 3 and 4 year old and 30 hour funding all with no extra charges or fees. 

Currently we have spaces to start at the beginning of September 2019, therefore please call us on 07724 139217 or e-mail us at so that we can confirm our availability as soon as possible.

August 2019

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November 2019

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September 2019

Hardwicke Court Open Days


Hardwicke Court is open every Monday from Easter until the end of October. The house is open from 2—4pm and the gardens until 5pm. 

Entrance is free for Historic Houses Association members; for non-members entrance is £1 which goes to The Gloucestershire Society, a charity founded in 1657 which supports families in desperate need in Gloucestershire. 

Guided tours of the house are held half hourly from 2pm; last tour 3.30pm  

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November 2019

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Katharine Pyle (November 23, 1863 – February 19, 1938) was an American artist, poet, and children's writer.

July 2019

Information Wanted

Last year I researched the men from Hardwicke who served in the First Word War - about 55 in all. I am now looking at the Second World War and would like to ask the residents of Hardwicke if they have any information, photos etc. 

The men on the War Memorial are: 

  • Peter Driver who lived in Llanwern (old PO, Sellars Road) 
  • Ronald Perkins, address unknown 
  • David Faulkner, Elm Cottage, Elmgrove Road. 
  • Leslie Sims, Apricot Cottage and School Farm Cottage 
  • John Hamilton, Parents, Sunnyfield Road. John & Bertha Hamilton, Brook Cottage, Bristol Road, Hardwicke 
  • Sidney Biggs, Beverley, Elmgrove Road 

I am also interested in villagers that served in the war and returned. 

Thank you. 

Val Porter, Morning Star Cottage, Bristol Road, Hardwicke. 

Tel: 07876 576346

PS. Also wondered if anybody might know who managed the Morning Star Inn from 1966, after Walter and Gladys Smith, until its closure in 1981. 

November 2019

Hardwicke Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday October 7th 2019 


Cllr John Perkin (Chair) 

Cllr Jill Brearley 

Cllr Graham Brearley 

Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes 

Cllr Darren Morris 

Cllr Denise Powell

In attendance 

Kevin Lee, Clerk 

Jemma Grieve and Steve Miles from Stroud District Council along with six members of the Youth Forum attended to give a presentation. 

96/19 Apologies 

Apologies were received from Parish Councillors, Fran Welbourne, Lyn Welbourne and Mark Ryder.

District Councillors David Mossman and Gill Oxley. 

County Councillor Stephen Davies. 

97/19 Parish Councillor Anthony Doyle

Parish Councillors observed a minutes silence in memory of Tony Doyle who had sadly passed away recently 

98/19 Declarations of Interest 

There were none 

99/19 Public Consultation 

No questions raised 

100/19 Minutes of Previous Meeting 

Resolved; to approve the Minutes of the meeting held on September 2nd 2019 

101/19 County Councillor and District Councillor Reports 

There were no further updates to matters raised at the last meeting 

102/19 Planning Applications 

The Parish Council considered its response to the following planning applications

S.19/1828/HHOLD Larian House Bristol Road Resolved; to raise no objections 

S.19/1925/VAR Hunts Grove The application referred to the variation in conditions to noise levels affecting some of the properties. It was noted that the Parish Council had previously raised concerns about the variation and had also raised questions over monitoring the air quality. 

Resolved; to note the changes and to confirm the Parish Council’s previous response 




The above applications referred to matters at Hunts Grove and no further responses were noted.


103/19 Governance Review 

Members received a verbal update on the discussions held with the district council on the establishment of the Hunts Grove Parish Council. A number of actions were confirmed; 

Stroud District Council would be responsible for setting the precept for Hunts Grove for 2020/2021 

Stroud District Council would be providing a grant to the ‘ghost council’ to enable the provision and purchase of office and administrative items so that the new parish council would be up and running in April 2020. 

It had been confirmed that the grant could not be provided by Hardwicke Parish Council 

The district council would discuss with Hunts Grove School the possibility of part of the school being used as a polling station for the parish council elections in May 2020

Resolved; to note the report 

104/19 Finance Report 

The Clerk presented the finance report for the period ending September 30th and the schedule of payments. The report also provided the external audit report for 2018/2019 

Resolved; to approve the report and schedule of payments and to note the report from the external auditor 

105/19 UBB Community Funding Group 

The Chair, John Perkin gave an update on the decisions made by the funding group in respect of the grant applications. UBB would be writing to all applicants to advise of the outcome of the grant application Resolved; to note the report 

106/19 Parish Councillor and Lead Member Report 

Cllr Darren Morris gave a report on discussions that had taken place about setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for Hunts Grove. There had been incidents of anti-social behaviour and the Police had been involved in seeking to respond to the issues. The Hunts Grove Residents Association had requested that the Parish Council cover the cost of hiring a meeting room for their regular meetings. A room at the School had been offered to them. The Parish Council agreed to cover the cost of a room hire for meetings at the Village Hall. 

Cllr Graham Brearley raised concern about the road near to Puddleducks where the edge of the carriageway was eroding. It was noted that the County Council had planned some resurfacing works for Church Lane but it was unclear if this included erosion. The Clerk agreed to confirm with GCC. 

Graham commented on the poor maintenance of the ditches along the lanes and suggested that the matter be raised with the County Council to encourage a planned maintenance programme. 

Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes gave a report of the meetings of the Stroud and District Road Safety Partnership. The main topics for discussion had been around speeding traffic and consideration was being given to a district wide TRO to address speeding. There had been discussions also about establishing community speed watch groups which would undertake speed surveys in conjunction with the PCSOs and where appropriate make visits to repeat offenders who regularly exceeded speed limits. It was noted that the provision of a hand held speed recording equipment would costs around £250. Members agreed that setting up a Hardwicke Speed watch group would be a positive way forward.

The Chair, Cllr John Perkin reported on the ceremony for the Hardwicke Army Cadets and the discussion with the leaders on providing a suitable base for them. It was agreed to approach the cadet force to explore what support would be needed by the Parish Council to maintain a presence for them in Hardwicke. 

Resolved; to note the reports and to follow up on the actions identified 

107/19 Hardwicke Youth Forum 

Five members of Hardwicke Youth Forum along with Jemma Grieve and Steve Miles from SDC joined the meeting to give a presentation of the group’s findings from their consultation exercise. The survey covered areas such as; how safe young people felt in Hardwicke and what contributed to not feeling safe, how young people spent their spare time and what activities would they like to see provided. The survey also asked about attitudes to providing a youth club and how it should be run and range of facilities available. The results showed that around 41% of respondents did not always feel safe with concerns around groups of people and gangs gathering together, poor lighting in alley ways and parks. There was also concern about drug dealing, smoking and drinking. The range of activities that young people identified a need for were; a wide range of sports, youth club/meeting place, movie nights, music systems and access to Wi-Fi Parish Councillors expressed their thanks for a very professional presentation and consultation exercise. Members were supportive of taking forward a number of the areas identified and agreed to set up a joint working group to see how to deliver on some of the activities. 

Resolved; to set up a joint working group with SDC and members of the Youth Forum

November 2019

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September 2019

 Message from Stroud District Council


Changes to recycling rounds: you’ll need to put everything out by 6am 

Residents are being reminded to put waste out by 6am on the day of collection. This will be particularly pertinent in the coming weeks, as a new recycling collection round is being introduced to cater for the growth in property numbers. Whilst residents will not experience any change to their scheduled collection day, recycling may be collected at a different time than previously. Putting refuse and recycling out by 6am, which is our standard guidance, will ensure there is no disruption. 

November 2019

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November 2019

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The British Red Cross

We all know their symbol and see the great work they do at emergencies around the globe. However, did you know they offer many other services?

Here in Quedgeley there is a Red Cross centre, it is called a Hub and forms part of the Nationwide equipment supply locations. The one in Quedgeley offers Wheelchairs of all sizes, ancillary equipment, walking aids, and Toileting equipment. Similar to many charities they are unable to provide equipment free of charge, but the cost of hiring is often a lot less cost than buying new. Often things are only required for a short time, possibly after an operation. So why BUYHIRE. At present it can only open on a Tuesday, the reason of that is its run by volunteers. However if more people could spare a few hours a week, they would love to open it every day. So are there people in Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway that would like to join the small existing team and enable the Red Cross to run this much-needed service? The right person would need basic I.T. skills, like meeting people, it is local, it is indoors, it is warm, has a kitchen and toilets. And FULL BACKUP and training is provided The Red Cross It has an on-line shop of many things at 

If you think you can help contact the Quedgeley base on either 01452 726688 or 01452 881613. Both are answer machines but you will soon be contacted.

November 2019

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November 2019

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Apple, Date and Apricot Pickle - makes approx. 6 lbs

1 lb onions 

1 ½ lbs cooking apples – peeled and cored 

1 lb stoned dates

1 lb sultanas 

1lb dried apricots 

1 lb soft brown sugar 

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper – or to your taste 

1 pint ready spiced vinegar

Mince onions, apples, dates, and apricots OR finely chop OR pulse in a food processor. Alternatively, grate apples and chop onions, dates and apricots 

Mix in sultanas, sugar and pepper. 

Pour over vinegar and mix thoroughly. 

Cover with a cloth or cling film and leave for 24 hours. 

Pack into sterilised jars and store in a cool place. Keeps for many months. Once opened store in the fridge. Good with cold meats, cheese etc. 

This recipe can be reduced for smaller quantities

November 2019

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

This group meets one Friday evening a month in a variety of venues, usually at Quedgeley Methodist Church or, in the summer, at Saul Village Hall and Playing Fields. It’s a time to meet and chat with friends, and enjoy some games and activities. There are always refreshments of some sort, whether chips, hotdogs, pancakes, or bring and share party food. Three or four times a year, we have a fun trip out somewhere. 

But there’s also a serious side – we usually start our meetings with a short quiet time for prayer and reflection, led either by one of our own group leaders or by one of the visiting members of Hardwicke Church ministry team who are always very welcome! We participate in some charity fundraising, such as foodbank collections and Christmas ‘shoebox’ collections. 

We have welcomed some visiting speakers on various topics. We support some Hardwicke Church events and about once a year, help to lead a service in Church. Some of the activities we have enjoyed over the past year or so are: Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day makes Advent party with silly games Pebble painting Talk on modern slavery Trampolining Outdoor games, rounders etc. Mini golf Talk on World War 2 Ice skating Escape Room Baking cakes and cookies for Church fundraising Meetings are usually advertised in Hardwicke Matters, but for more information, or to get added to the mailing list to be kept informed of future meetings, contact Kate Berry – or 07766433792

November 2019

New special school to help children reach their full potential 

Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet is being asked to approve the build of a new special school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs. 

On 9 October, cabinet will be asked to approve over £7.5 million to fund the new school, which will open in 2022. Social, emotional and mental health specialist schools support children with a range of different needs, which may include attachment difficulties, anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity. Sometimes these result from traumatic childhood events or a result of underlying medical conditions. These needs, which may lead to children becoming withdrawn and isolated or showing challenging behaviour, can make it difficult for children to succeed in mainstream schools. Each child is different but the national picture shows the vast majority of children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs do not make the same level of academic progress as their peers, and by age 20 only 30 percent have a qualification. This SEMH specialist school will help those children who can’t currently reach their full potential in a mainstream school and support them to return to mainstream education where possible. The proposed site for the school is in Brockworth, which would be easily accessible to both Gloucester and Cheltenham where there is the highest level of demand for this type of specialist education. It will provide 75 places for girls and boys aged 11 to 16, who currently have to travel to schools out of county or to independent schools to meet their specific needs. It is estimated this will save the council almost £2 million per year in placement and transport costs, and will mean that these pupils can access the education they need closer to home. Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for economy, education and skills, commented: “Our priority is to make sure all children in Gloucestershire get the education they deserve, which is why we are investing over £100 million into our schools. “National statistics show that children with social, emotional and mental health needs often don’t reach the same level of progress as their peers and it is vital that we improve the life chances of these children.” 

Cabinet will also be asked to approve £215,000 to adapt and extend Belmont Special School so they can support a greater number of children, and £75,000 for improvements at the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Alternative Provision School (CTAPS). 

Read the full cabinet reports for the SEMH school and additional new schemes of work.


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October 2019

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Have your say on the vision for Gloucestershire’s health and wellbeing Gloucestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board

Gloucestershire’s health and wellbeing Gloucestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board

wants your feedback on its vision to improve the lives of people in the county.

The board – made up of partners from the county council, NHS, district councils, and others – has developed a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy to make Gloucestershire a place where everyone can live well, be healthy and thrive.

Evidence suggests that as little as 10% of someone’s health and wellbeing is linked to health care – it’s our environment, jobs, food, transport, houses, education, and our friends, families and local communities that affect our health and wellbeing most. Gloucestershire is generally a healthy place to live but there is a lot of variation across the county, for example, life expectancy is up to 8.1 years lower for men in the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived areas.

The strategy has prioritised seven areas to focus on:

  • Physical activity: to make being physically active the social norm, and get 30,000 inactive people in Gloucestershire active. 
  • Adverse childhood experiences: to build resilient communities and organisations that take action to prevent the potential lifelong impacts of adverse childhood experiences. 
  • Mental wellbeing: for every Gloucestershire resident to enjoy the best possible mental health and wellbeing throughout their life. 
  • Social isolation and loneliness: to enable local people to build and nurture strong social networks and vibrant communities. 
  • Healthy lifestyles: to halve the level of childhood obesity and reduce the gap in obesity rates between the most and least deprived    parts of the county. 
  • Early years: to make sure every child has the best start in life. 
  • Housing: to improve the quality, affordability, availability and suitability of housing.

The chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Cllr Roger Wilson, commented: “We’re committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people in Gloucestershire. We listened to local groups and partners about what mattered to them most, and these priorities reflect their concerns and the areas where we can make the biggest impact. We now want to hear from as many people as possible to make sure this vision works for everyone in the county.”

To read the strategy and to give your feedback on the vision for health and wellbeing in Gloucestershire, visit