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December 2020

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Paper copies of this document are available to view at the following locations:

  • Parish council offices open to the public
  • Public libraries
  • Stroud District Council offices, Ebley Mill


Public Exhibitions

We are holding the following public exhibitions around the District during the consultation period. This will provide an opportunity to chat to officers working on the Local Plan review.

  • Monday 2 December: Brookthorpe Village Hall, 2pm to 6pm.
  • Tuesday 3 December: George Room, Stroud Subscription Rooms, 2pm to 6pm.
  • Wednesday 4 December: Stonehouse Pavilion, Oldends Lane, 2pm to 6pm.
  • Friday 6 December: Cam Parish Hall, 2pm to 6.30pm.
  • Saturday 7 December: Cam Parish Hall, 9.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Tuesday 10 December: Hardwicke Village Hall, 2pm to 7pm
  • Friday 13 December: Sharpness Village Hall, 2pm to 6.30pm.
  • Saturday 14 December: Sharpness Village Hall, 9.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Monday 16 December: Slimbridge Village Main Hall 2pm to 6.30pm.
  • Tuesday 17 December: Slimbridge Village Main Hall 9.30am to 12.30pm.


An extra exhibition date in Berkeley is to be confirmed.


How can I make comments?

We have not posed specific questions within the Draft Local Plan document. However, we welcome comments on the contents of the Plan. We have set up three surveys – Policies, Sites and Other sections of the Plan. Please respond by clicking on the relevant survey below and adding your comments. So, for example, if you wish to comment on a particular site, click on Sites and scroll down until you find the sites you wish to comment on. If you wish to comment on a policy, click on Policies and add your comments to the listed policies. Comments on other parts of the Plan (e.g. issues, vision, strategy, delivery, appendices) should be added to the Other sections survey.

If you want to submit a new site for consideration, click on Site Submission Form.

Alternatively, you can submit comments by email: or by writing to:

Local Plan Review

The Planning Strategy Team

Stroud District Council

Ebley Mill

Stroud GL5 4UB

December 2019

The winner of the Hardwicke Matters Christmas Front Cover competition is Emme Chan. Congratulations and well done. 

The runners up of the Hardwicke Matters Christmas Front Cover competition is Izzy Sherratt, Jorja McLoughlin, Sophia Harper and Jasper Dyer. Congratulation and well done.  

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December 2019

Winter is coming – are you ready?

With winter on its way, road users should make sure they are ready for the change in conditions when they are travelling around the county.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are working together to promote the ‘Safe and Social Driving’ message.

Following some simple steps will ensure you are prepared for what’s ahead.

-   Cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists should consider the effects of low sun when it is behind you, as this might affect the vision of nearby motorists. You may have a clear view but those coming in the opposite direction may not. You should always wear suitable high-vis clothing and position yourself where you can be seen.

-   One of the main problems when driving in sunny conditions is glare, as it can seriously reduce your ability to see the road ahead. The situation can be worsened by having a dirty windscreen so keep it clean, both inside and out.

-   Lower your speed where visibility is reduced and be aware of pedestrians and cyclists as they are more difficult to see, and of vehicles behind you; they may also be affected by the sun’s glare.

-   Check your vehicle is ready for winter and always carry an emergency kit. It should include items such as an ice scraper and  de-icer, torch, warm clothes, blankets and a shovel – and make sure you have a charged mobile phone with you.

-   Make checks on your vehicle regularly, such as checking and replacing the anti-freeze in the radiator, make sure your lights are clean, check the bulbs and make sure your tyres are correctly inflated and replaced before the tread has reached the legal minimum.


Mark Astle, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: “It’s important to take these precautions when travelling during the winter so you’re ready for the change in conditions. You should carry out regular checks on your vehicle to minimise the risk of breaking down and take extra care when the roads are wet from rain or snow.”

Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member with responsibility for the fire service, said: “We want people to stay safe when travelling in the winter so please make sure you’re prepared. An emergency winter kit should be kept in your car as you never know when you might need it and be aware of other road users, particularly when there is glare from the sun.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said: “I made ‘Safe and social driving’ one of the priorities of my Police and Crime Plan because I want all road users to show respect to each other. Whether on two wheels or four, it is even more important we are aware of our duty of care when the clocks go back and conditions become potentially more hazardous.”


January 2020

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December 2019

Hardwicke Parish Council

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


Dates of Meetings for 2019

December 2nd

Dates of meetings for 2020


January 6th

February 3rd

March 2nd

April 6th

April 23rd       Parish Assembly

May 4th            

May 11th Annual Meeting of the Parish Council (subject to change)

June 1st

July 6th

August No Meeting

September  7th

October 5th

November 2nd

December 7th


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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.

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

December 2019

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Tuesday 17th Drop-in Coffee, Teas & Toasted
         Teacakes £1.50   Books 40p or 3 for £1.00
        Raising funds  for JAMES HOPKINS TRUST


December 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.

December 2019

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BBC News - Home

White Island volcano: Death toll rises to eight, police say

Two people who were being treated in hospital after Monday's eruption have died, police say. Posted: Thu 12th of December, 2019

What are beauty pageants really like for black women?

Black women hold four major pageant titles, but black pageant winners say there's more to the story. Posted: Thu 12th of December, 2019

Why like Emma Watson, we're happy to be single at Christmas

After Emma Watson declared herself happily single, Newsbeat talks to people rejecting being part of a cosy couple. Posted: Thu 12th of December, 2019

Sunderland v Newcastle: The 'race' to return the election result

How do Sunderland and Newcastle return election results so quickly and is there really a race? Posted: Thu 12th of December, 2019

Volcano tourism in the spotlight after New Zealand eruption

Huge numbers of tourists risk scaling active volcanoes every year. Posted: Thu 12th of December, 2019

November 2019

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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

December 2019

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Yuletide Log

If time is short and you haven't managed to bake a Christmas cake, this quick recipe might just fill the gap, especially for children who don’t like fruit cake. They may even enjoy helping to make it. You can even make it minty in the middle if you wish.


Prep time 30 mins

Cooking time 10 mins

Serves 8



For the cake

85 g plain flour 

3 eggs,  

85g golden caster sugar,  

2 tbsp. cocoa powder,

1/2 tsp  baking powder


For the filling

140g dark chocolate—broken into pieces,   

1 tbsp. golden syrup,  

284ml double cream

200g icing sugar sifted,  

2—3 extra strong mints, if using icing sugar

holly to decorate.


Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Grease and line a 23 x 32cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.


Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric whisk for about 8 mins until thick and creamy.


Mix the flour, cocoa and baking powder together, then sift onto the egg mixture. Fold in very carefully, then pour into the tin. Now tip the tin from side to side to spread the mixture into the corners. Bake for 10 mins.


Lay a sheet of baking parchment on the work surface. When the cake is ready, tip it onto the parchment, peel off the lining paper, then roll the cake up from its longest edge with the paper inside. Leave to cool.


To make the chocolate icing, melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Take from the heat and stir in the syrup and 5 tbsp cream. Beat in the icing sugar until smooth.


In a separate bowl whisk the remaining cream until it holds its shape. Unravel the cake, spread this cream over the top, scatter over the crushed mints, if using, then carefully roll up again into a log.


Cut a thick diagonal slice from one end of the log. Lift the log on to a plate, then arrange the slice on the side with the diagonal cut against the cake to make a branch.


Spread the chocolate icing over the log and branch (don’t cover the ends), then use a fork to mark the icing to give the effect of tree bark. Scatter with un-sifted icing sugar to resemble snow, and decorate with holly.


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

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.

December 2019

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Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas as people would have known it then. By the C17th, Christmas had become a holiday of celebration and enjoyment – especially after the problems caused by the civil war. Cromwell wanted it returned to a                  religious celebration where people thought about the birth of Jesus rather than eat and drink too much. In London, soldiers were ordered to go round the streets and take, by force if necessary, food being cooked for a Christmas celebration. The smell of a goose being cooked could bring trouble. Traditional Christmas decorations like holly were banned. It was illegal to eat mince pies anywhere in England on Christmas Day. Oliver Cromwell considered pies a forbidden pagan pleasure and on December 22, 1657, his Puritan Council banned consumption of mince pies on Christmas Day. But his decision to ban all Christmas celebrations did not go down well in Kent and London in 1657, and disturbances broke out and were known as the Plum Pudding Riots, resulting in Oliver Cromwell sending 3000 troops to enforce the ban.  Mince pies in Cromwell’s time were filled with meat, not the fruit that we associate with mince pies these days. 



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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:

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

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. 

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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.  

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

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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

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

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

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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


December 2019

Do you have any photo’s of?


Please 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 or
• 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

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. 

December 2019

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Did You Know?


To Blot One's Copybook

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Those of you who are as old as the hills, like me, may well remember wooden school desks with lift up seats and sloping desk lids.  Long ago, inkwells were filled with black or dark blue ink and there was a recess for your pens. 

The  inkwells were in the right-hand corner of the desk lid making access to the ink   difficult for left-handed Victorian children, who were often taught to write with their right hand, even if they were naturally left-handed. Some were even physically punished for using their left hand!

Long before biros, gel pens or even fountain pens, these dip in pens, with replaceable metal nibs, were used in schools and elsewhere and were a development from quills. The saying ‘To Blot one’s copybook’ comes from the time when children progressed from writing with  chalk on a slate to using pencils and then dip-in pens. 

It was a very messy business and took a lot of skill to use these pens to write in their copybooks (exercise books). Sometimes the ink splattered leaving blots of ink on the page which couldn’t be erased resulting in the teacher deducting marks for messy work.  The child would have blotted their copy book.  Special paper, blotting  paper, was used to blot/dry the written work.

How much easier it is today with computers that will correct your spelling and grammar and never leave a blot on the page.


Pat Gilbert


December 2019

“Bigger, better, stronger” 

Council service wins national volunteering award


Gloucestershire Archives, part of Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, has been recognised nationally for outstanding work involving volunteers.

The annual award, sponsored by the National Archives and the Archives and Records Association (ARA), was given to Gloucestershire Archives for their work on the ‘Bigger Better Stronger: Archive Volunteering Re-Booted’ project. The panel were impressed by the vision and creativity of the project, the range of community partners involved and the level of audience engagement and development that was achieved.

One of the aims of the archives service is to build a network of local people and organisations with a shared interest in our historic county’s documented history, who can benefit from onsite and online facilities and support each other in gathering, keeping and sharing personal and community archives.

Volunteering plays a key part in building this network, and matching individuals to volunteer roles that help fulfil their personal goals and motivations. The number of volunteers involved at the Hub has doubled as the project has helped to break down barriers and diversify those accessing and taking part in the archives service.

The volunteering opportunities on offer have helped people from a variety of backgrounds; from retirees tackling loneliness, to members of the local community wanting to improve their language skills. The Hub has even helped young people gain the confidence and skills they need to find employment.

The ‘Bigger Better Stronger: Archive Volunteering Re-Booted’ project began in March 2018 when the first part of the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, ‘For the Record’, was launched. The project will continue until December 2020, although volunteering opportunities will continue indefinitely.

The judges considered the community impact of the ‘Bigger Better Stronger: Archive Volunteering Re-Booted’ project to be particularly important. It made community space available to volunteers of all ages with a variety of interests, who took part in activities including E-preservation, assisting with oral history recordings, “pinning” images to the ‘Know Your Place’ digital mapping resource and extracting information from 19th century mental health records as part of the ‘Never Better’ project.

The judges said: “Overall, we saw something inspiring and transformative in the design, management and implementation of this project by the archive service team that sets a new benchmark for the sector. Congratulations to everyone involved in Bigger, Better, Stronger.”

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member responsible for Gloucestershire Archives, said “Gloucestershire Archives play an important role in gathering, keeping and sharing the documented history of Gloucestershire and beyond. However, the real community impact the Heritage Hub partners are having on local people is awe-inspiring, and this is only made possible by all the hard work of staff and volunteers - we are very proud to have received this national award, and I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone involved in the project.” 

For more information on volunteering at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, visit

November 2019

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December 2019

Insights at Spinavita


Community spirit is at the heart of Spinavita Chiropractic. This year, we pledged to buying a Public Access Defibrillator to reciprocate your ongoing support as without your support, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to provide the services we do. 

Cardiac arrests happen when there is a problem with the hearts electrical rhythm, stopping it from pumping blood properly to the body. It can happen anywhere and at any time; at home, in the playground or in the street. Having a defibrillator easily accessible in the community has been shown to be lifesaving therefore we will put our machine on the outside of our building. 


Thank you to everyone that attended our Open Day in July where we launched our fundraising campaign for the defibrillator and raised £300 in our raffle. Over the next few months we will be hosting different events that are open to everyone, not just our current patients and we would love you to be a part of them. 


We’ll be in the Christmas spirit on Saturday 21st December with a Festive Bake Sale; the team will be here from 8:30-2 in their best Christmas jumpers, so pop in, say hello and grab yourself a Christmas treat. All money raised goes to the purchase of the defibrillator. 

Christmas, cake and a good cause, what a better way to round off the year? 


November 2019

Hardwicke Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday November 4th 2019 


Cllr John Perkin (Chair)               Cllr Jill Brearley

Cllr Graham Brearley                   Cllr Denise Powell

Cllr Mark Ryder               Cllr Demelza Turner Wilkes     


In attendance

District Councillors Gill Oxley and David Mossman, 

County Councillor Stephen Davies, 

PCSOs Kevin Lee and Rachel Addinall, 

Peter Rotherham Hardwicke Grange Residents Association 

and Kevin Lee, Clerk


108/19 Apologies

Apologies were received from Parish Councillors, Fran Welbourne, Lyn Welbourne and Darren Morris.

109/19 Declarations of interest

There were none

110/19 Public Consultation

Peter Rotherham from Hardwicke Grange gave an update on the discussions with the Area Highways Manager and the PCSOs in respect of distributing letters to residents about parking. He thanked the Police and the Parish Council for its support in the matter.

Mr Rotherham gave an update on the operation of the Incumbent Management Company and the transition from Bellway Homes following adoption by GCC of the roads. There was a discussion as to whether the Parish Council would support taking over responsibility for the open spaces at some point in the future. Members agreed in principle to the proposal.

Resolved; to note the report


111/19 Minutes of Previous Meeting

Resolved; to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on October 7th 2019


112/19 Report by PCSOs

The PCSOs Rachel Addinall and Kevin Lee from the Local Policing Team gave an update local issues. Cllr Mark Ryder thanked them for their action and support in tackling Anti-Social behaviour in the Hunts Grove Area. Some ongoing issues of        security on the development had also been identified. The PCSOs had undertaken parental visits and had also given talks during school assembly.

Members thanked them for the report and for the ongoing support in Hardwicke.


113/19 Youth Forum

Members were invited to nominate representatives to a working group with the Youth Forum.

Resolved; to appoint The Chair Cllr John Perkin and the Clerk to the working Group


114/19 County Councillor and District Councillor Reports

County Councillor Stephen Davies reported on the latest Ofsted review of the Council Council’s Services to Children. Some improvements had been made and a full report would be sent to the County Council in December.

 Cllr Davies had taken over as Chair of the UBB Community Liaison Group. The Energy from Waste facility was now fully operational and there had been no variations in the air quality monitoring.

The Chair, Cllr John Perkin noted that the improvements to the Cross Keys Roundabout had led to some delays at the traffic lights leading to the M5 North Bound.

Cllr Mark Ryder reported that the bus service to Hunts Grove would commence in April 2020.

District Councillor Gill Oxley reported on the senior management changes at the District Council and the establishment of a new strategy team. The district council’s website contained updated guidance on transparency and openness.

Cllr Gill Oxley gave an update on the discussions held at a meeting of the district council’s environment committee. The committee had reviewed the potential changes to its local plan which included additional sites for possible development to meet the housing need. It was noted that land at Brookthorpe with Whaddon and at Hardwicke had been considered as possible future sights. There was an additional challenge to the council in that, under the duty to co-operate it may have to identify development land to meet the unmet need of Gloucester City Council. The inclusion of the sites would be subject to consultation.

Stroud District Council would shortly be commencing the next round of public consultation on its local plan, and as part of that consultation an exhibition was being held at Hardwicke Village Hall on December 10th 2019 from 2pm. Which would be open to all residents.

Parish Councillors expressed concern that the event was only open until 6pm and the Clerk was asked to request that the event be open until 8pm.

The Chair Cllr John Perkin reported that the developer Redrow had options on land within Hardwicke and were preparing outline plans. The Parish Council had been invited to an information meeting with Redrow in November. Redrow had been informed that the Parish Council did not support further development in Hardwicke and were referred to the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Development Plan. It was noted that the Parish Council had a duty and a responsibility under a district council local protocol to meet, without prejudice, with developers even where a development may not be supported.

Resolved; Members agreed to promote the consultation event on December 10th and encourage residents to attend. It was also agreed that following receipt of any development proposals for Hardwicke, the Parish Council would inform residents and hold an information event


115/19 Planning Applications

The Parish Council confirmed its response to the following applications;

S.19/2148/REM Hunts Grove

S.19/2149/REM Hunts Grove

Resolved; to support the above applications

S.19/1674/VAR Land At 21 And 23 Elmgrove Road East Hardwicke Gloucester 

Variation of condition 12 (parking) from S.17/1598/FUL



S.19/1639/HHOLD 41 Westland Road Hardwicke Gloucester   GL2 4QH

Extension over existing garage structure to create enlarged bedroom suite



S.19/1392/DISCON Public Open Space Hunts Grove Phase 3 Hunts Grove Drive Hardwicke Gloucester  Discharge Condition 23 (Construction Environmental Management Plan (May 2019)) & condition 38 (Arboricultural Statement (August 2017)) on permitted application S.15/1498/VAR



S.19/1267/MINAM Parcels R4, R9, R10A, R13, R14, R15, R16 And R20B Hunts Grove Phase 3 Hunts Grove Drive Hardwicke Gloucester   

Minor amendment to the application S.18/2777/REM - Replacement of Ibstock Brunswick Antique with Ibstock Grampian Red Mixture.  



S.19/0844/DISCON Public Open Space Hunts Grove Phase 3 Hunts Grove Drive Hardwicke Gloucester

Discharge of conditions 23 (CEMP) and 38 (tree management) from S.15/1498/VAR covering the phase 3 central public open space, to the west of parcels R13 and R15


S.19/1391/MINAM Parcel R18 Hunts Grove Phase 3 Hunts Grove Drive Hardwicke Gloucester 

Minor amendment to S.18/2566/REM - Alterations to address minor inconsistencies between the road and residential layouts (locations of vehicle crossovers and trees). The addition of raised tables and bus stop locations.                                               



S.19/0965/DISCON Parcel R20B Hunts Grove Phase 3 Hunts Grove Drive Hardwicke Gloucester  Discharge of condition pre-commencement 21 (accessibility) of S.15/1498/VAR



S.19/0843/DISCON Parcel R20B Hunts Grove Phase 3 Hunts Grove Drive Hardwicke Gloucester  Discharge of condition 23 (CEMP) and 38 (tree management) from S.15/1498/VAR covering the public open space to the west of parcel R20B



S.19/0746/DISCON Land At Colethrop Farm Bath Road Hardwicke Gloucester 

Discharge of outline conditions 6 (archaeology) and 12 (contamination) from S.15/1498/VAR for Phase 3 Central POS, as per reserved matters submission S.19/0278/REM



S.19/0748/DISCON Land At Colethrop Farm Bath Road Hardwicke Gloucester 

Discharge of condition 2 (Landscape and Ecological Management Plan (LEMP)) from the Ecological Mitigation Area reserved matters consent S.18/2565/REM.



S.19/1849/CPL 46 Hildyard Close Hardwicke Gloucester   GL2 4PZ

Single storey extension at rear



S.19/1828/HHOLD Larian House Bristol Road Hardwicke Gloucester   GL2 4QY

Two storey extension and conservatory to side and rear of property.



S.19/1740/CPL 6 Dovedale Close Hardwicke Gloucester   GL2 4JH

Single storey rear extension  



S.19/1708/MINAM Parcels R4, R9, R10A, R13, R14, R15, R16 And R20B Hunts Grove Phase 3 Hunts Grove Drive Hardwicke Gloucester   

Minor amendment to the application S.18/2777/REM - The reconfiguration of the plots at the southern end of the Parcel R20B to provide a fire tender access.



S.19/1680/CPL 1 Colethrop Way Hardwicke Gloucester   GL2 4AZ

Single storey extension 



116/19 Finance Report

The Clerk presented the finance report and the list of payments for the period ending October 31st 2019

Resolved; to approve the report and payments

117/19 Parish Councillor and Lead Member Reports

Cllr Demelza Turner- Wilkes reported that there had been further issues of noise with DPD vehicles and the warehouse. This had been taken up with the company and residents advised to log and report issues. It was also noted that a resident had again raised the issue of the 10K run being held in the area.

Cllr Graham Brearley reported on the collapsed part of the carriageway in Church lane near to Puddleducks. It was agreed to advise the area highways manager. It was noted that the bypass channel was not functioning effectively and regularly blocked up. It was agreed to contact the area highways manager.

Cllr Mark Ryder reported that there was a busy period ahead in responding to the wave of planning applications in respect of Hunts Grove. These would cover reserved matter applications on a range of community facilities.

Cllr Ryder referred to the previous meeting of the Parish Council and the approval to fund meeting room hire for the HGRA. He stated that it was more appropriate to meet at a community facility in Hunts Grove. It was noted that there was a sum of money still available from a previous grant approval which Members agreed could be used to cover the cost of hiring a room in Hunts Grove. 

Cllr Ryder advised that further grant application would be submitted to the December meeting of the council.

Cllr Jill Brearley advised that the road surface along Church Lane and Pound Lane still had a lot of mud following the farming work. It was agreed to raise this with the area highways manager.

Cllr Denise Powell reported that the Village Hall would be holding a Christmas fayre on November 28th and there would also be a New Year’s Eve Party.

Resolved; to note the reports and follow up actions

118/19 Dates of Meetings for 2020

Resolved to approve the meeting dates for 2020


Meeting closed at 21.20