Local Groups

December 2019

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"Poppy Appeal"

During our busiest time of the year I would like to thank all our volunteers, Tesco stores, Tesco Knit & Natter, and Aldi for all their help.

Our Poppy Plod on 27th October was a cold but sunny day and 64 walkers, joggers and runners turned up, lovely to see so many young people. Our thanks go to our time keepers and also Wincanton's our sponsors for all their donations and hard work.

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As usual we collected in Tesco and Aldi and the general public gave very generously. The total raised in the Hardwicke & District area for last year was £27,919 another record year, hopefully we will do the same again this year.

Once again many thanks to everyone.


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Our Branch meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 30pm at the RBL Club in Green Lane and new members are always welcome.

Carol Bratty B.E.M.

Branch President

October 2019

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New Knit and Natter Group 

To Knit or not to knit, that is the problem 

To Crochet or not to crochet, that is the question 

To Natter in good company, that is the answer 

Come and join our Knit and Natter tea party at Quedgeley Library every Tuesday afternoon 2—3.30. 

December 2019


Our August outing was on the Steam train to Minehead, we had some amusement during the journey as a herd of cows decided to lead the way along the line.

On our return journey we had a cream tea on the train which was very good. The weather was lovely and warm and the beach was very inviting. Our Autumn began with our September meeting. We had a speaker telling us about the Suffragettes and Votes for Women. We learnt a lot of facts which we didn’t know about Suffragettes. For our October meeting we had a speaker telling us about Henry VIII’s wives, Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves. Our next meeting will be our AGM followed by a speaker on 400 years of Stroudwater textiles - so begins another WI year. 

We have lots of activities during the year, three outings, 5 Days Away and a further outing later in the year, a monthly lunch group, crafts, knit and natter, walking group and visits to cinemas, concerts, etc. throughout the year. 


We meet in Quedgeley Community Centre on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 am. If you would like to join us please ring Lorraine (721763) for more information

November 2019

Help if we Can 


A Service and Parade was held by Help if we Can. The Dedication of the Colour which they purchased for the Hardwicke Army Cadet Platoon was dedicated by Canon John Ward, Chaplain of Help if we Can in a packed St. James' Parish Church, attended by the County High Sheriff, the Chairman of Quedgeley Town Council; the Chairman of Hardwicke Parish Council; the Mayor of Ledbury and other dignitaries. A parade led by the Corps of Drums from the Naval Unit TS Alacrity from Portsmouth led cadets from both Alacrity and TS Ledbury (Hereford) to the church. The Pipes and Drums from St. Andrews led the Army Cadets and Colours from the Emergency Services and other organisations. At the Service, the Army Cadet Colour was placed on the High Altar and blessed by the Chaplain before he handed it to the Chairman of Help if we Can Steve Smith who asked the High Sheriff to present it to the Ensign. Andrew Oldham and Michelle Mazelin, both Vice Chairs of Help if we Can presented certificates of affiliation to both TS Alacrity and TS Ledbury for the support they have given over the 8 years the organisation has been in being. After the Service, the parade reformed and marched to Severn Vale School where the Salute was taken at a march past by the High Sheriff. Refreshments were then served in the school by the Stroud Valley Guides and cheques were presented to many groups that were selected from monies raised during 2018-19 by Help if we Can. Help if we Can continues to grow and has raised many thousands of pounds for good causes. Anyone who might like to be involved in some way are asked to make contact.




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Hardwicke Village Hall


Please email your interest to: chair@hardwickevillagehall.org.uk


Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, GL2 4QA

Registered Charity No.: 279925


December 2019

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Walking for Health in Severnside

The next walk in the area will take place on Monday 2nd    December starting from the Stables Cafe, Saul Junction. Meet at 10.45am for a 11am start. Please note the later start time for this walk.

As ever, the walk can include stiles and muddy field paths, will be approximately 2 miles in length and should take a maximum of 1.5 hours.


Walks in the new year will take place on Tuesday 7th January, Wednesday 5th Feb and Thursday 12th March.  

For more information, please call Nick on 01452 740265 or Keith on 07811 123700 alternatively email Nick on nandanailsworth@yahoo.co.uk or Keith on kparry61@icloud.com." 


Keith Parry & Nick Peters - Walk Leaders  

December 2019

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Emily from Emily Cakes came to talk to us in October and told us about her local business and how her interest in cake making and decorating had grown over time into a commercial success.

Fondant icing had mostly taken over from royal icing, noticeably since the 1990s. Apart from the normal recipe, fondant icing can also be made using marshmallows and it is now also possible to buy special kinds for various decorating needs. This, together with the helpful gadgets which can be purchased nowadays but were not available years ago, has made cake decorating so much easier and less time-consuming.


Also, with the correct piping tools, decorating cup cakes which have become very popular recently is quite straightforward. Emily concluded her demonstration by handing out plates of cup cakes she had made for members to enjoy with their cups of tea.


Early in November,  when luckily the weather was kind, members went on a coach trip to Cardiff. Although known for its Castle and Bay it was the also well-known St. David's Arcade, the very large and principal shopping centre in Cardiff, that seemed to attract most members. With its numerous and specialised stores it gave members a great opportunity to visit unfamiliar shops to treat themselves or do some Christmas shopping. The many restaurants and cafes catered for most people's needs and members seemed to have had a very enjoyable day.


Our meetings are held at Quedgeley Village Hall on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. If you are over 60 and would like more details please telephone Terry Prosser (Vice Chairman) on 01452 725331 or Sue Lovell on 01452 724620."

September 2019


At Hardwicke Village Hall meets every Friday morning 

10—11.30 am, term time only. 

Cost—£2.50 per session or £3.00 for families. 

Enjoy Arts and Crafts along with a cuppa and a snack. 

Come along and let your little ones have fun! Open to ‘bumps’ to preschool age children. everyone is welcome.

December 2019

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Hardwicke  W.I.

On Sunday 3rd November on a gloriously sunny afternoon, members of Hardwicke WI gathered by the Millennium Stone armed with trowels, spades and dibbers ready to plant several hundred daffodil bulbs which came from Highfield Garden World. The job was achieved quite quickly thanks to those who gave up their time to come along. Hardwicke Parish Council supported the group's efforts by purchasing the bulbs and we all look forward to seeing a colourful display in the spring.

Our December meeting on 18th at 7.30pm will be our Christmas Party with poetry from Margaret Daniels. 

Dates for our 2020 meetings are:
15th January, 19th February, 18th March, 15th April (at Stonehouse), 20th May, 17th June, 15th July, 16th September, 21st October, 18th November and 16th December.

All meetings begin at 7.30pm and we meet at Hardwicke Village Hall. We are a fairly small but very friendly WI with lots of interests and we organise visits out each month between our regular meetings. Why not come along and join us!

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December 2019

St. Nicholas Parish Church in Hardwicke

Services in November 2019

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During the vacancy at Hardwicke Church, the Church Office will continue ot be available on 01452 720015 and via email at our new address church-office@gmx.com

December 1st 11 am Parish Eucharist. First Sunday of Advent.

December 8th 11 am "Storyteller Eucharist". Second Sunday of Advent.

December 15th 11am Parish Eucharist. Third Sunday of Advent.

December 19th 19:30 Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols.

December 22nd 11am "Simply Worship" Eucharist.

December 25th 11am Parish Eucharist. Christmas morning.

December 29th 11am Cafe Church


Are you ready for Christmas?  This is such a busy time of year – all those cards to write, all those presents to buy and wrap.  Let alone the decorations and the food and the people and family we make contact with, who we maybe only connect with once a year.  And it all needs preparation. The supermarkets start preparing for Christmas almost as soon as the summer holidays are over:  they replace the aisles of Barbecues with tinsel and    baubles. The Church also has a particular season set aside for preparing – we call it Advent.  Advent in the Church starts four Sundays before Christmas, so this year it begins on 1st December.  This is far from a tinsel-filled celebration time.   It is a time of penitence, of   self-denial.

Because the preparation we need as Christians for Christmas is nothing to do with cards or wrapping paper – it is everything to do with being ready to receive Christ into our world, into our lives.  For the Christ-mas, or more properly Christ-mass, that we celebrate on 25th December is the coming of God into the world as a human being.  It is the birth of Jesus, the only Son of God, as a human baby.  The scandal is that this Messiah was not born in a royal palace or somewhere of great splendour, but as we know in a dirty, smelly stable.

The account of the Nativity is a tremendous one, that points us to the real reason for the season – the wonder that God chose to become a human being out of love for us.  Jesus is God’s love embodied in flesh.  And that love was not only shown to us in the way that Jesus lived among people in Galilee 2000 years ago, the way he walked around, the things he said, the miracles he performed.

 God’s love was fully demonstrated in the way Jesus died  – the way he was totally unfairly executed as if he were some sort of criminal, on a cross – and then when he was raised to life three days later.  We only understand the enormity of God’s love embodied in Jesus, born at Christmas, if we look to the events around Easter.

We cannot begin to understand why Jesus was born, without understanding that God gave him to the world, to die on a cross for our sins, so that he would rise from the dead on the third day, to provide us with a way to forgiveness for sins. There has never been a time in all of human history, either before or since, when God had reached out in the same way to save his people.  The first   Christmas is a once and for all event.  This is the moment when salvation for humankind came to be.

And so in Advent we prepare as a Church for that time of great celebration, but also as church members, we prepare our hearts to be ready to experience God’s love and his forgiveness afresh, as he comes to us in the Christchild.    

Advent is a time to have some quiet reflection, to clear away all that clutters up our minds, and to make space within ourselves, for God’s love in Christ to come to us in a new and fresh way.

‘Quiet’, ‘space’, ‘uncluttered’, are all words that seem to be almost the opposite of what often happens in the run-up to Christmas.  That is where our approach as a Church is in contrast to the rest of our society.  In order to help us find this space, we recommend you spend time in silent prayer, we recommend time spent in contemplation.  It requires no words, no ‘techniques’ – quite the opposite – and can be a most rewarding and moving form of prayer.  Even if you have never tried anything like this before, try it:  as one part of preparing your heart for the coming of Christ into the world and into our lives this Christmas.

However we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christmas, may we each of us be prepared to know Christ born within our own lives, and to know his forgiveness, and his resurrection power at work within us.


Neil and Andrew, 

Churchwardens, St Nicholas Church


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December 2019


 Quedgeley Methodist Church 

We begin our Christmas Services on Sunday 8th Dec 10.30-11.30am with a Special Toy Service for Charity. 

Buy a new toy and bring it unwrapped to the Service. 

These will then be passed on to a charity for distribution to needy Children


 Sunday 15th will be a Communion Service 10.30-11.30am

    Tea, Coffee after the Service


 Sunday 22nd a Carol Service10.30-11.30am

      Tea, Coffee after the Service


   Christmas Eve Carols 6pm-7pm

         Watchnight service with Holy Communion 11.30 pm


Mondays Women's Fellowship 2-3.30pm NOT 23rd

           Tuesdays Sunbeams 10-11.30am

                    Tuesday 17th Drop-in Coffee,

    Teas & Toasted Teacakes £1.50  

      Books 40p or 3 for £1.00

        Raising funds for JAMES HOPKINS TRUST




October 2019

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English Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley Gloucester GL4 ONX 

covering Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway 

English Martyrs Catholic Church is the Catholic Church with pastoral responsibility for Roman Catholics in the area. 

Our Sunday Mass is at 9am and includes Children's Liturgy of the Word and beautiful music and singing. 

The mass is followed by tea and coffee in our parish hall. 

Normally there is also a Mass on Tuesday at 12 Noon and on Saturday at 10am but please check the latest newsletter which also includes details of other activates at https://gloucesteremaoc.com/

December 2019

English Martyrs Catholic Church

Catholic Church for Hardwicke


English Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0NX is the Catholic Church with pastoral responsibility for Roman Catholics in the area. Our Masses and Services at English Martyrs for Christmas are as follows:


Christmas Eve Tuesday 24th December

5.30pm Nativity of the Lord ‘Mass during the Night’ with children’s play


10.30pm Carols and readings before

11pm Nativity of the Lord ‘Mass during the Night’                   followed by light refreshments


The priest at English Martyrs Fr Gerry also has pastoral responsibility for their sister parish which is St Augustine’s, Matson Lane, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6DT. Their masses for Christmas are as follows:


Christmas Eve 24th December

7.30pm Nativity of the Lord ‘Mass during the Night’ with children participation.


Christmas Day 25th December

10am Nativity of the Lord ‘Mass during the Day’


Every week the normal Sunday Mass at English Martyrs is at 9am and includes Children’s Liturgy of the Word and beautiful music and singing. The mass is followed by tea and coffee in our parish hall. Normally there is also a Mass on Tuesday and Saturday at 10am but please check the latest newsletter which also includes details of our other activities at www.gloucesteremaoc.com 


December 2019

Preparing for Christmas

a time to catch ‘The Advent Virus’


During most of December nights get longer and longer, it can however be a month which disappears in a whirl of things to do. We can be so busy decorating, preparing food, going to parties, practicing music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the coming of Jesus Christ. Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos—the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the birth can be long, but it is familiar – this certainly is not the right sort of virus to have in preparing for Christmas.

On 25th December, the first day in the northern hemisphere when we can naturally tell the days are getting longer, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World, and in Christian tradition we celebrate Christmastide at least till the twelfth day 6th January.

In our preparation before we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christians celebrate Advent which this year begins on 1st December.  This is a season which should have symptoms which an anonymous email, I came across recently, sums up so well.




“Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a  serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

A loss of interest in judging other people.

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

A loss of interest in conflict.

A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

Frequent attacks of smiling.

An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.

Please share this warning with your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.”

Have a blessed Advent and Christmas.


Fr Gerry Walsh

Parish Priest at English Martyrs Tuffley which has pastoral responsibility for Catholics who live in Hardwicke.

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Grace Church Quedgeley

www.gracechurchquedgeley.org www.facebook.com/ gracechurchquedgeley