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Temporary Road Closure Oldends Lane

19 October 2017 at 14:42

As part of their Railway Upgrade Plan Network Rail will be closing the Road under the railway bridge at Oldends Lane/Rylands Road Stonehouse between 28 October 2017 and 27 November (Complete Road Closure)

Between 28 November 2017 and 17 December - the road will only be closed on Saturday Nights 10:00pm until 10:00am.

Click here for futher details and a map showing the roads affected.

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Co-option of Councillors

05 October 2017 at 11:23





for the Ward of Stonehouse - By Co-Option

Any persons wishing to be co-opted should apply

by completing the Application Form available on -

(Your Council – Policy Document) 

Or from the Town Clerk:




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Local Dance Show

25 September 2017 at 16:04

Many young dancers from the Stonehouse Itchy Feet Dance Club and also from Stroud are putting on a formal Dance show on Sunday 29th October at The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham at 7.30pm.

The Show features over 60 local performers as young as 3 up to adults.

Primarily the dancers are from Stonehouse but also taking part will be dancers from other Stroud areas.

Fund-raising towards the cost of putting on the show will include bag-packing at the Co-op and other local supermarkets.

This will be a great family event so please support all the effort and commitment that everyone involved is putting in.

Tickets are available from the Bacon Theatre Box Ofvfice and websit - costs £11.00 per adult and £9 for children/concessions.

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Changes to Rail Services

07 September 2017 at 11:41

The next stage of work on the Great Western Railway network electrification programme will be to test the overhead wiriing in the reading area, which will have an impact on all Thames Valley and High Speed Services on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017.
Services between Swindon and Chippenham will be amended and connecting services to London will be impacted by this work.  Full detsils are available on a dedicated web page

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Rail Crossing Extinguishment

21 August 2017 at 12:44


Rail Crossing Extinguishment - Public Footpath MST.26 - Linking Burdett Close with Anderson Drive.

Notice has been received from Public Rights of Way, Gloucestershire County Council that an Order relating to the extinguishment of the rail crossing between Burdett Close and Anderson Drive.

Any representations about or objections to the Order must be made no later than 13th September 2017 by writing to:

Rights of Way Lead Officer, Gloucestershire County Council, Sjire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG

Notice of Order         Sealed Order        

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Stonehouse Library plans to move to Town Hall

11 August 2017 at 16:17

Headline: Councillors agree to move forward with plans which could see Stonehouse library move into the town hall

STONEHOUSE Town Councillors have agreed to begin talks which could see the library move into the town hall.

At a meeting held on Monday 7th August 2017 the Town Council voted to move forward with plans from Gloucestershire County Council, which will now produce a proposal for public consultation.

If approved, the library would be ‘co-located’ within Stonehouse town hall in the High Street from its current site in Elm Road.

Stonehouse Mayor Theresa Watt said: “We look forward to seeing how the proposals develop and welcome the commitment from Gloucestershire County Council to work with us to help improve the services we offer and create a better Stonehouse for all.”

Under the proposals the library would remain in the town hall for a minimum of 25 years with a two-to-three year notice period to move.

“This is the first step in a process that is fantastic news for Stonehouse,” said county councillor for Stonehouse Lesley Williams.

“Better access to the library at the centre of a new community hub is something that I have worked hard for.

“I welcome the joint working between the county and town council and hope that it will bring further benefits for the residents and business of Stonehouse.”

The plans aim to secure the long-term future of the library and could see GCC contribute towards the running costs of the building based on the floor space provided.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member responsible for libraries at Gloucestershire County Council, feels that this is a step forward to creating a community hub in the centre of Stonehouse, as well as a chance to improve the library’s services.

“This is an exciting development and I welcome the decision of Stonehouse Town Council to work with us to deliver an improved and more accessible local library service,” he said.

“This is at the moment an option that will now be considered in more detail.

“If adopted the proposals will see the library move to a high street location, and be part of a new community hub in the centre of Stonehouse.

“The proposals will also bring about better opportunities to engage with the community and increase partnership working with the town council."

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Temporary Road Closure

07 July 2017 at 11:27

Temporary Road Closure B4008 Gloucester Road, Stonehouse 25 August 2017

Gloucestershire County Council intends to make an Order to temporarily close under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 (as amended) part of B4008 Gloucester Road from 20 meters either side of the rail bridge, a total distance of approximately 50 meters.

The reason for the closure is for safety and structural railway bridge examination.

The road is expected to be closed on 24th August 2017 at 23.59 hours until 25th August 2017 at 05.30 hours or until the works have been completed.  

For further information please contact 08000 514514 or visist

Pedestrian access to premises on or next to the road and emergency access will be maintained.

Alternative route as signed on site.

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Lantern Making Workshop 18 Nov

14 June 2017 at 11:25

Join us in the Town Hall for a FREE lantern making workshop from 12.00 to 3.00pm on Saturday 18 November to make some lanterns to carry in the lantern parade on Saturday 2 Dcember at the Goodwill Fest.  No experience needed - we provide materials and instruction and plenty of help to make your lantern - all ages welcome.

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County Council Elections - make sure you are registered to vote

10 February 2017 at 13:33

Ahead of the County Council Elections taking place on Thursday 4 May 2017, Stroud District Council is urging its residents to get involved by registering to vote.  

Since the law changed in June 2014, every individual is now responsible for their own registration, rather than registering as a household.

Anyone who has changed their address or is a new voter needs to make sure that they are registered. Not being on the electoral register could also affect your credit rating.

Registering to vote is easy and can be done online by visiting Those registering will need to provide their date of birth and national insurance number.  Anyone without internet can contact the elections team.

You can register to vote at any time, but the deadlines for registration ahead of the election are:

  • Last date for Registration – Thursday 13 April 2017
  • Last date for Postal Vote Applications – Tuesday 18 April 2017
  • Last date for Proxy Vote Applications – Tuesday 25 April 2017

The publication of candidates standing in the elections will be available from Tuesday 4 April for the County Council Elections.

If you would like to know more about electoral registration, or request registration forms, please contact the elections team.

Phone: 01453 754 886


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Surviving Winter campaign

10 February 2017 at 13:29

Each year the Surviving Winter campaign raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well in the UK’s coldest months. Since November 2011, they have successfully raised £5.2 million and helped over 70,000 people survive winter. 

The campaign began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people survive the winter. Community foundations have excellent local reach and distribute all donations to people in need. 

Gloucestershire Community Foundation – ‘Surviving Winter’ campaign

Data from the South West Public Health Observatory indicates that death from causes attributable to the cold and poor living conditions has increased. The majority affected were over 75 years old. Older people living alone are most at risk. So, our appeal this year is as important as in previous years.

This does not reflect the real figures. Over 40,000 households live in fuel poverty Gloucestershire. Many suffer in silence during the coldest months often hidden from view, withdrawn from the world around.

Surviving Winter 2016 is a plea for local people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to Gloucestershire Community Foundation, who will use it to boost the capacity of voluntary organisations, who provide invaluable help and advice to people who need extra assistance in preparing for, and dealing with, the costs of the winter months. Parish councils can apply for funding too.

Funding from donation has been used in several ways, including providing warmth packs and blankets, boiler repairs, funding Meals on Wheels and lunch clubs, supporting homeless shelters, providing winter food parcels, helping people pay their energy bills and better insulate their homes, negotiating with local firewood/coal merchants for a better deal, providing a group with transport to keep them connected during the Winter.

It could also include education on how to say warm, community capacity building, and intergeneration activities; as well as support to Housing Associations to identify/work with tenants that can benefit from the fund

“For some people in our borough, they have to make a choice of whether to heat their homes or whether to eat. This is something which must be tackled at a community/parish level. We need to work hard to find, and then help those most at need.”

Last year, Surviving Winter raised over £4,500 to support fuel poverty projects across the borough.

Local examples include a befriending service to support older people in their homes, which tackled isolation and ensured older people could access local services. Another was a regular lunch club providing hot meals for older people during the colder months.

Through Surviving Winter, we can collectively pool the resources of the community to make a difference to those most in need. By supporting our campaign, you will help make the difference on whether someone can eat or heat their home, and give someone back their independence. This is a choice that no one should have to make, and if you do not need your winter fuel allowance this year then please donate it to Surviving Winter.”


You can donate by sending a cheque to: -Gloucestershire Community Foundation

 c/o The Manor Boddington,



GL51 0TJ

(You can also donate online)


If you want to apply for funding please contact complete the application form, this can normally be processed within a week. Go to  

 If you want to know more about the Surviving Winter appeal or how to support those in need, you can call Gloucestershire Foundation Director, Catherine Kevis on 0755 747 8855, or email her at

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