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Autism Awareness Week Coffee Morning

23 March 2016 at 09:24

Monday 4th April - 11am - 12 noon
Stroud Library, Lansdown Road, GL5 1BB

Show your support & help raise awareness!
Pop in to Stroud Drop In

For more information about Autism and the Awareness Week go to

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Pedestrian awareness: keeping each other safe

21 March 2016 at 17:58


43% (10 out of 23) of all killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in the tri-force area in January were pedestrians. The area includes Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Four of the ten collisions with pedestrians in January happened in Gloucestershire, with one being fatal.

One of the most important aspects to remember is that when crossing a road, make sure you have turned off any music you are listening to, stop texting, focus on the road and always use a safe crossing point.

All pedestrians are also being reminded that visibility is important, and wearing reflective and fluorescent clothing in the dark will help drivers see them more clearly.

Texting, eating or dealing with animals or children whilst driving can lead to distractions. Drivers are being reminded to pull over and carry out any action that may distract them from focusing entirely on the road, and therefore aware of any pedestrians that may be wishing to cross.

When a collision occurs between a pedestrian and a vehicle it is always the pedestrian that comes off worse. Often, these collisions are easily avoided if drivers keep their eyes open for pedestrians and avoid distractions when driving.

Pedestrians, of all ages, should do their bit to be safe too, by using safer crossing points and looking and listening for approaching traffic – any road can be crossed safely if due care is taken.

Being aware of potential dangers on the road is a responsibility for all who share it. Residents in Gloucestershire are being asked to commit to being a responsible driver and pedestrian by demonstrating safe and social road use to everyone.

Drivers must ensure that their windscreens are clean and free from mist or ice before they set off, they must make sure they ‘clear the screen and see the whole scene’ a pedestrians life could be in your hands, and if you can’t see them you may not be able to avoid them, so please give yourself a few vital moments to prepare for the road. And pedestrians remember that the Green Cross Code is not just for children – always stop, look listen and think!

For more information about road safety visit:

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Physical disability and sensory impairment needs survey

21 March 2016 at 17:37

The survey can be completed by the person with a disability, or on their behalf by a person who supports them.

Gloucestershire County Council is carrying out an all age Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Needs Analysis to map need and trends for people with physical disabilities and impairments. The results of the survey will form the creation of a report which will help to inform future Council policy.

The survey covers topics such as access (to buildings, the outside environment and public transport), accommodation, education, employment, care and support and healthcare and health and wellbeing.

Closing date Sunday 8 May.

If you need a hard copy of the survey instead please email


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New Recruits Welcome - Town Council Elections in May

15 March 2016 at 19:43

Have you ever considered becoming a Town Councillor?

Date of Election: Thursday 5th May 2016

Nominations deadline 4pm on Thursday 7th April 2016.

Most people’s impression of what a Councillor does is that they just attend Council meetings and nothing could be further from the truth. The duties and responsibilities of being a local Councillor are many and varied.

Town Councillors represent local people, helping to provide local amenities and facilities and are consulted regularly by County and District Councils. They have an active interest and concern for their local community and are not paid. 

Listening: One of the most important tasks of a Parish or Town Councillor is listening to and understanding the views of people in their community.

Meetings: A Councillor agrees to attend all meetings (reasonably possible) that he or she is summoned to. Most meetings are held in the evening but some committees and group representation may be during the day. 

Representation: Town Councils also need representation at other local government meetings or on local bodies/organisations and Councillors may be asked to serve on certain groups or attend functions on behalf of the Town Council.

Ceremonial Duties: In some larger councils there will be times when councillors are asked to attend civic functions as part of their duty to the community. e.g. Remembrance Parades etc.

Extra skills: Through all of these functions Councillors will draw on their own skills and experiences and it is the sharing of these skills that makes a strong team. Town Councils provide a focus for the community to identify concerns and projects and endeavour to solve them locally themselves. 

Responsibility: All Councillors are expected to abide by the Town Councils Code of Conduct.

The Election Procedure:

Ordinary elections of local councillors take place on the first Thursday in May every four years. Reorganisation of local government may cause alteration of the Election Day and election year in some cases.

1. Publication of the Notice of Election.

The Chief Executive of Stroud District Council is the Returning Officer and therefore has the duty to call an election. Election staff in the SDC's Elections’ Office have all the papers you will need and will be able to give advice and may check nomination forms.

2. Getting the nomination forms

You will need to contact Stonehouse Town Council or Stroud District Council's Elections Office to ask for the appropriate forms. 

3. Completing the nomination forms

You will need to fill in all your personal details and those of the people nominating you (one as a proposer and one as a seconder). You and those nominating will be asked to fill in your Electoral Register Number.

4. Checking the nomination forms

The Returning Officer will carry out an informal check of your Nomination Paper before you submit it. It is a good idea to have your Nomination Paper checked as soon as you can. This will allow time in case any corrections need to be made of if a completely new Nomination Paper must be completed.  

5. Sending the nomination forms back

It is imperative that you submit your forms in accordance with the Timetable of Proceedings. Failure to do so will render your application null and void! The deadline for nominations is absolute and you must have a correctly completed nomination submitted by 4pm on Thursday 7th April 2016.

As part of your application to be a Town Councillor you must sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and thereby undertake to observe an ethical Code of Conduct when dealing with matters on behalf of the community. A Councillor also completes a register of interests.

If you wish to be nominated as a Town Councillor please pick up your Nomination Papers from the Town Hall.

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Stonehouse Town Council Receives 'Quality Status Award' in National Scheme

15 March 2016 at 17:01

Stonehouse Town Council has received a prestigious 'Quality Status Award' as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. This achievement recognises that the council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Moreover, Stonehouse Town Council goes above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.

The Town Council is only the second Council to achieve Quality Status in the County, the other Council being Tetbury.

The Local Council Award Scheme is a peer assessed programme that has been designed to both provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is through the sector working together to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities that individual Councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential.

Stonehouse Town Council’s Chair Theresa Watt is delighted by the award...

“We have continually tried to improve our policies, procedures and services to our community, and we are delighted that this has now been recognised by a national governance organisation. It does not mean we will rest on our laurels though and we intend to ensure that we continue to consult with our community and bring forward schemes that will benefit our community here in Stonehouse."

To celebrate this achievement, the Council is planning to have the Quality Status Award presented to the Council at its Annual Town Meeting on Monday 27th April at 7pm by the Chief Executive Officer of GAPTC -Gloucestershire Association of Parish and Town Councils.

Currently the Council is working on producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan and looks forward to developing further community engagement through this process. Going forward the Council will refine and update its strategy to ensure that it delivers value for money with  facilities and services secured for the future.

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Successful Stonehouse Community Litter Pick

14 March 2016 at 10:41


The sun came out, as did young and old(er) members of the Stonehouse Community to support our regular 'Litter Picks'. On Sunday 13th March as on previous picks we tackled our usual areas plus sites that had been earmarked as being 'litter' hotspots from our residents feedback. At least 25 bags of rubbish and recycling were collected.
Well deserved free tea and cake was in good supply afterwards.
We will be publicising our next one in a couple of months, so again if any residents/businesses are aware of areas that need tackling please get in touch with Liz Lawrence at the Town Hall

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Stonehouse Town Council awarded £6,000 for Stonehouse Station Link Path

11 March 2016 at 19:48

GWR offers £6,000 to support areas of real social need in Stonehouse.

A scheme in Stonehouse will benefit from a share of £750,000 in the first year of a Great Western Railway communities improvement fund to support areas of real social need.

Designed to help boost local communities, up to £750,000 a year is available for three years as part of a £2.2 million Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF), and today successful bids for April 2016 have been announced.

The fund will see:

Stonehouse Town Council awarded £6,000 for Stonehouse Station Link Path

Improvements to existing path to station from social housing area. For one of most deprived areas of Gloucestershire, increase access to station and wider employment opportunities offered by rail network

Stonehouse Town Council’s Mayor and Chair said:

“We welcome the award of £6,000 funding from the GWR Customer and Communities Fund which will enable Stonehouse Town Council to improve the footpath linking the Station to the town centre car park.

 “The grant will contribute to the cost of resurfacing, improved visibility and signage so the footpath is easier to use and more obvious. We want to improve access to the station and relieve pressure on the small station car park.”


With match funding, the total investment for Stonehouse scheme is £9,000.

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

 “We are committed to improving the journeys of our passengers, as well as the economic prosperity and social footprint of the regions and communities we serve.

“We had many responses from those in our communities looking for help, and I am delighted to be able to announce the schemes that have been successful in this first year of funding; helping to put our people, our customers, at the forefront of what we do.”

All the proposals were presented to a panel of representatives from GWRs Customer Panel (made up of local customers), the Advisory Board (made up of local stakeholders), and the executive management team. Final recommendations were then put to the Department for Transport (DfT) for approval. 

So that GWR could start the scheme in April 2016, proposals for the first round of bids were requested in the Summer of 2015.

With match funding a requirement of successful bids, over £1.2 million has been committed to good causes.

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Stonehouse Community Litter Pick - Saturday 13th March, 2-3:30pm

01 March 2016 at 23:02

Community Litter Pick

Saturday 13th March, 2-3:30pm

Start at the Youth Club in Oldends Lane

It would be great if any of you in the community could spare a couple of hours to help with our quarterly litter pick. Since we started these regular picks just over a year ago there is a general consensus that it has made a real difference to the town, 'If people don't see a mess they won't make a mess'.

We target different areas in Stonehouse in pairs. All equipment, hi viz vests etc. provided.

Tea & cake provided after in the Youth Club

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