Local Groups

January 2020

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 First of all I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Xmas  and a healthy New Year. 

The Poppy Appeal and Remembrance went well. Hardwicke Church was full to overflowing on the 10th November and on the 11th in Tesco we had a great attendance with our county fundraiser city councillors the Sheriff of Gloucester and Richard Graham taking part.

Our Vice Chairman attended the ceremony and march past at the Cenotaph with the R.A.F. Oman Veterans. 

Presentations of the Memorial Plaques were made, many thanks go to Mens Shed for those, and Beech Green School laid Poppies on our wooden cross during the silence. Our thanks go to the public and everyone who helped in whatever capacity to make the Appeal successful.

We look forward to 2020 when we will have our Poppy Awards Night in March. We will also be taking a group of about 15 members to visit the Battleback Centre in Lilleshall where we will be given a full afternoon tour and briefings on the work done there. We will be presenting them with a cheque to aid their work.

In April we will be holding our Anniversary Dinner, then in May a celebration of then end of World War II, also in May and the 100km Walk around Ypres in Belgium also in May. Our meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month and will usually have a speaker, Please come along and see what we can do.

Carol Bratty B.E.M. 

Branch President


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

February 2020

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On 17th December our meeting took the form of a Christmas Party with lively entertainment provided by the Stanley Singers - a twenty-strong choir - who sang a variety of songs and carols. Members were able to join in with some of them. 

The first meeting of the New Year was the time to pay our annual subscriptions. Then some interesting quizzes followed, once again compiled by Joe Blewitt, which everyone enjoyed.

Anne Robinson, a Community Wellbeing Agent, then gave a short talk about the Wellbeing Service for Stroud and Berkeley Vale which can offer support and information when needed, including referring people to the appropriate organisation to deal with their problem. There are surgeries at Frampton, Stonehouse, Nailsworth and Stroud. Leaflets were available at the meeting and GPs can refer you to the Service. The Service itself can be contacted on 0345 863 8323 and Anne is available on 07870805550.

The Club - for over-60s - meets at Quedgeley Village on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

For further information contact Terry Prosser (01452 725331) or Sue Lovell (01452 724620)

February 2020

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2nd Hardwicke Brownies 

Over the summer the girls and leaders spent a weekend away at our headquarters in Deerpark, Cowley. During our stay we built a bonfire and toasted marshmallows, tie-dyed t-shirts, completed secret undercover challenges and even went down a 200m zip wire! As well as this, during the winter term, we visited Tuffley Fire Station and along with other Severn District units, we went on a trip to Longleat Safari Park to visit the festival of lights.

Badge work forms a big part of our life at Brownies with last term focusing on first aid, which incorporated a variety of support strategies in emergency situations, for example the recovery position, DRsABC and bandages. (Any more serious emergencies were taught to get an adult for support).

Due to all the politics that has been in the news recently, we decided to take part in Parliament Week. To complete the relating badge, the girls created campaign posters on why their chosen biscuit was the best and took part in a vote once all campaigns were completed. It was a very interesting topic to debate! Additionally, the Brownies attended the Remembrance Parade at Hardwicke Church to commemorate the fallen soldiers. In the meeting prior to this the girls participated in a fun filled, but factual, activity night in relation to 11th November and created hama bead poppies with a quiz to finish off the night.

During the last six months, four of our Brownies moved onto Guides, but not before completing their gold awards. This is the highest award that you can receive as a Brownie.

From 2nd Hardwicke Brownies.

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Rainbows are aged 5 to 7. 

Brownies are aged 7 to 10. 

Guides are aged 10 to 14. 

If you would like to sign your daughter up to a local unit, please visit the girlguiding.org.uk website or email severndistrictguiding@gmail.com

March 2020

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"Chris Witts, a regular visitor to our meetings and an authority on the subject of the River Severn, came to talk to us in January. His talk was entitled "From Source to Sea". The Severn is the longest river in Britain and has its source in Plynlimon in Mid Wales. 

"Chris Witts, a regular visitor to our meetings and an authority on the subject of the River Severn, came to talk to us in January. His talk was entitled "From Source to Sea". The Severn is the longest river in Britain and has its source in Plynlimon in Mid Wales.With slides to back up his talk Chris took us on the River's journey right through to the Second Severn Crossing in Gloucestershire and on into the Bristol Channel. 

With slides to back up his talk Chris took us on the River's journey right through to the Second Severn Crossing in Gloucestershire and on into the Bristol Channel. However, there is no definite line on a map to show accurately where the River ends. With every slide he gave lots of information and told us about the surrounding areas and places of interest. He spoke passionately about the crystal-clear water at Hafren Forest and the Clywedog Dam, below which there is a tin mine which members of the public can visit. The Rondo Singers with keyboard accompaniment came to entertain us in February A choir of men and ladies, attractively dressed in matching outfits, sang songs mostly from musicals and shows. There were two soloists - a lady who gave a rendering of "Getting to Know You" from "The King and I", and a gentleman who "sang "If I ruled the World" from "Pickwick". In his case it didn't take much, both from his appearance and very fine voice, to imagine it could have been Harry Secombe himself! Between each song a member of the choir told some jokes and amusing anecdotes which contributed to a very enjoyable concert." Meetings are held at Quedgeley Village Hall on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 

If you are 60 or over and would like more details please telephone Terry Prosser on 01452 725331 or Sue Lovell on 01452 724620." 

February 2020

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Hardwicke  W.I.

Our February meeting is entitled ‘Bend and Shake’ – a chance to take some gentle exercise and stretch those muscles! Come along on Wednesday 19th February at 7.30pm and join in with the fun! 

The WI nationally will be ‘showing the love’ to our environment by hanging green hearts in towns and villages across the country. 

The WI is a founding member of The Climate Coalition, a group of 130 organisations including The National Trust, WWF and Christian Aid, who work to protect what we love from climate change and lobby politicians to prioritise tackling climate change. In recent times, this concern for our natural environment has seen WI members rally against climate change and Hardwicke WI members are supporting this campaign in 2020. Look out for some green hearts appearing around the village in February.

Our programme for 2020 is very varied with lots to interest members and visitors at our monthly meetings as well as extra social events each month. Look out for more details in Hardwicke Matters.

You are welcome to come to any of our meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of each month in Hardwicke Village Hall from 7.30pm. There is no charge for visitors and you will receive a warm welcome.


March 2020

Our March meeting is entitled ‘Fun with Fondant’ – we will be learning how to shape fondant and enhance our cakes with some special decorations. If you’ve always wanted to know how to mould and shape fondant icing come along to Hardwicke Village Hall on Wednesday 18th March at 7.30pm and learn something new! 

We had a great time bending and shaking at our February meeting. I’m sure there were a few sore muscles the next day but we all felt better for a little exercise!
We hope you enjoyed seeing lots of green hearts around the village as we celebrated ‘loving our world’ on February 14th. We are also delighted to see some green shoots around the millennium stone – the bulbs we planted on November are beginning to come up and we hope everyone will enjoy a lovely display of daffodils quite soon.Hardwicke WI meets on the third Wednesday of each month in Hardwicke Village Hall from 7.30pm. You are welcome to come to any of our meetings, there is no charge for visitors and you will receive a warm welcome

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February 2020

St. Nicholas Parish Church in Hardwicke

Services in February 2020

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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

Feb 2nd 11am Parish Eucharist  

Feb 9th 11am Storyteller  

Feb 16th Parish Eucharist  

Feb 23rd "simply worship" Eucharist 

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

Valentine's Day, also known as Saint Valentines Day, originated as a church holiday on February 14th to honour martyrs of the faith - saints whose names were Valentine or Valentinus. It is believed that the first heart valentine note was sent by a Valentine who was in prison for a girl he loved. Valentines notes have been recorded for as far back as the Middle ages. While the meaning and celebrations of Valentine's Day has changed, it has remained as a special day to shower with love those we hold close. Valentine's day can create a variety of emotions for different people. For some it creates great satisfaction celebrating the love you have between you, your spouse, and your friends & family. For others it can cause feelings of loneliness. No matter your age or stage in life, Valentine's Day can be celebrated because of God's great love. John 4:8 Whoever does not love, does not know God for God is love John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Colossians 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. Genesis 29:20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her. Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of the heart 

Mark 12:33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength and to love your neighbour as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.

John 4:12 No-one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete within us

John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speach, but with actions and with truth.

John 4-7-8 Dear friends, let us love one another because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love, does not know God for God is love.

John 4:19 We love because he loved us first

Song of songs 1:2 Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth. for your love is more delightful than wine.


Neil and Andrew, 

Churchwardens, St Nicholas Church



March 2020

1st Short Parish Eucharist and St. Nicholas Annual Parish Meeting  

8th Simply Worship 

15th Parish Eucharist 22nd Simply Worship & Mothering Sunday 29th Cafe Church (and Clocks have gone forward)

How the time and Seasons slip by; Christmas and Epipha

ny over, and by the time you read this, Ash Wednesday (26 Feb) and the beginning of Lent calling for our attention. Even on News Years eve when I was purchasing a few necessities, I found Easter Eggs on the shelves (yes really!), quickly followed by hot cross buns and Easter biscuits just a week later. I still remember how as a very young child, not only did I learn the months of the year and the seasons, but also the rhythm of the Church year and its seasons. “A Crusty Elephant Likes Eating Apples When Tired.” That is what the priest said when he came into school on one of his regular visits. I must have been around six at the time, but I still remember thinking” what on earth have elephants got to do with Jesus in Nazareth?” However I have never forgotten Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Whitsun and Trinity – although these days it is Pentecost rather than Whitsun. Commercialism has overtaken most of our Christian Festivals. Technology has taken over our work life balance. The whole natural rhythm of life dulled by the pressure of modern day living. “Self” leaves no room for “share”. Help, though, is at hand. Lent, is time for reflection and maybe to adjust. This isn't about just leaving that chocolate bar in the cupboard for someone else or another day, but thinking about what Jesus did when he fasted, alone, in the desert. He made some really big decisions, and tempted as he was by the devil, did not take the easy way out. He resisted and denied the devil. He knew what he had to do. He knew it would not be easy, but he followed God’s plan in God’s time. If you are reading this you have already been called by God in some way – remember John 15: 12 – “you did not choose me, but I chose you” – so it would be natural to set some time away from all the hustle and bustle and listen to what it is that you are called to do. There is plenty of opportunity open to you in the Parish, but also please remember to take some time for you to be quiet and on your own to assemble your thoughts and your response to God. We pray that Lent will be fruitful for you and a fertile ground for God’s plans.

Andrew & Neil St. Nicholas Churchwardens

March 2020

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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/

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February 2020


Friendship coffee mornings 

Tuesday 21st February 10.30-12 noon 

Tea Coffee and Toasted Teacake £1.50 

Wide selection of books 40p each or 2 £1.00

Sadly Sunbeams have closed

Come and join us ALL WELCOME



Our Services in March Every Sunday 10.30-11.30am 

Tea and Coffee served after the Service

Womens Fellowship  Every Monday 2pm - 3.30pm approx except Bank Holidays 

A friendly mix of Speakers, Knit and natter and lively chat

 Monday 2nd March 

Lent Lunches will begin for the 6 weeks of Lent every Monday 12-1.30pm  

A simple meal of home made soup, cheese, fresh bread and butter  

A friendly get together, ALL ARE WELCOME  

Tuesday 17th March - Friendship Cafe  

Tea Coffee Toasted Teacake or Fruit Loaf  £1.50 with the proceeds going to the JAMES HOPKINS TRUST 

 A wide variety of books for sale - 40p each or 3 for£1.00 


February 2020



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Grace Church Quedgeley

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