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Are you missing healthcare appointments because of transport issues?

31 May 2016 at 12:17

Gloucestershire County Council, alongside NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, wants to know how residents in the Stroud District find getting to healthcare appointments.

The Stroud District transport to health survey will be sent out to residents across the Stroud District in June to find out about their transport needs in getting to healthcare appointments and how well these are being met by existing services.

The council and NHS trust hope the survey will help them understand whether some residents in the Stroud District are struggling to get to health care appointments resulting in them not attending or not booking appointments at all.

Following the survey, which will run from 6th June – 20th June, the feedback from local people will help sculpt services in the future.

The survey will be sent to one in ten houses, and residents who receive the survey are asked to provide their input, even if people in their household drive or don’t use public transport.

The survey is available for all Stroud District residents over the age of 18 and is also available online and in paper form in Stroud District GP surgeries and Gloucestershire community hospitals.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for planning, infrastructure and planning, said: “Communities need to be able to access vital health appointments. I hope this survey will give us a better idea of how we can help more people to reach their appointment, which in turn will lead to a happier and healthier life.

“Difficulty with transport should not be a reason why people aren’t accessing these appointments.”

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: “Accessing health care appointments is so important. If you receive one of these surveys in the post, I urge you to complete it and give us your honest feedback, regardless of whether you have access to a car or not.”

For more information and to complete the survey online, please go to


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Latest funding bulletin from the Gloucestershire Alliance

26 May 2016 at 08:01

The Gloucestershire Alliance (an independent voice for the voluntary and community sectors within Gloucestershire) produces the Funding Opportunities Bulletin on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council.

The bulletin provides information on key funding opportunities available in Gloucestershire. This list is not exhaustive and is updated regularly. If you would like to receive an email alert when a new bulletin is available, please email the Alliance at
The latest version of the Funding Opportunities bulletin is available on the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance website
Key highlights:
Charities and community organisations, including those in Gloucestershire, are invited to apply to Bath Building Society’s Charity Awards for 2016.Charitable organisations must have an annual income of £250,000 or less. Page 18
The Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grant scheme is now open until 31 May 2016. Page 18
The grassroots giving programme from the Skipton Building Society is open until 29 July. Please note registered charities are not able to apply. Page 19
Biffa Awards has made some important changes to its funding criteria. Pages 29 and 107.
Grants are available from the Ministry of Defence Aged Veterans Fund for projects that support non-core health, wellbeing and social care needs of UK veterans over 65 years old. Page 47
Applications for hospice grants from the Masonic Charitable Foundation re-opened on 16 May. Page 57
The Community Radio Fund is open for applications until 5pm on 26 May 2016. Page 63
Music for Alice helps groups and organisations buy musical instruments or equipment and is open for applications until 31 May. Page 64
The Royal Society's Partnership Grant Scheme re-opens on 30 May. Grants are available for STEM projects for UK schools or colleges. Page 74
The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund from the Arts Council is now open. Page 89
The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund has funding available to enable communities to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable. Page 110
The Money Saving Expert Charity is running a special Innovation Round whilst undergoing a strategic review. It is open until 10 June for applications for new ways of delivering financial capability. Page 120
Tigerfish is giving away 52 websites to registered charities, one a week for a year. Page 132
Applications are open until 22 June for the Community Integration/Delivery of Local Services priority of the Armed Forces Covenant. Page 134.
The People Postcode’s Trust Small Grants programme is open for applications until 30 May. Page 156

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Stonehouse Town Councillor Vacancy for Ebley Ward

25 May 2016 at 09:27

Stonehouse Town Council have a vacancy for a Town Councillor to represent the Ebley Ward. To view the co-option notice please view it here.

If you would like to apply for co-option onto the Council please see the criteria and download an application form here or pick up a hard copy from the Town Hall (see our contact us page for opening hours).

The closing date for applications is Monday 20th June.

To read what is involved in being a Councillor and 'What we do' go to the relevant links on our website.

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Councillors 2016 - 2017 positions, committees & representations announced

24 May 2016 at 19:17

At the Stonehouse Town Council AGM last night the Chair (Mayor), Vice Chair (Vice-Mayor), committee members and representations were voted for (in the case of Chair/Vice Chair) and decided on by Councillors between them for committees and representation.

You can view and download a pdf of all Councillors positions here.

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Restoration of the old river channel at bonds mill Public drop-in event

17 May 2016 at 14:49

Thursday 26 May 3 - 7:30pm
Leonard Stanley Village Hall GL10 3TB

The Severn Rivers Trust (SRT) and the Environment Agency (EA) are working in partnership to promote habitat improvements along the River Frome for wildlife and people.

As the Frome is such an important tributary of the River Severn SRT and the EA are trying to help fish move up and downstream to feed, spawn and complete their lifecycles. Restoring the old river channel in the floodplain, near Bond’s Mill, is one way to allow migratory and local species to bypass the Mill weirs, which are one of the obstacles to their free movement.

They have been working with a consultant on some options to restore the channel for the greatest benefit to a range of wildlife and the local community.

Staff from SRT and the EA will be available to discuss any concerns and questions on the day. If you are unable to make the drop-in event we would still like to hear from you.

You can contact the Severn Rivers Trust to request further information.

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Going for Gold 2016 - Stonehouse in Bloom Committee Meeting 10th May

09 May 2016 at 17:50

The next meeting of the Stonehouse In Bloom Committee is taking place on Tuesday 10th May at 6pm in the Town Hall, High Street  - everyone welcome. 

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PCC, Stroud District & Stonehouse Town Council Election Results

09 May 2016 at 13:45

Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner 

Martin Surl - Independent

For the full list of votes counted for the PCC Election go to the Stroud District Council website

Stroud District Councillors

Stonehouse - Chris Brine, Gary Powell and Mattie Ross - Labour

Stroud Valley Ward - Martin Baxendale

Hardwicke Ward - Dave Mossman, Gill Oxley and Tom Skinner - Conservative

Painswick and Upton ward - Nigel Cooper, Julie Job and Keith Pearson - Conservative

Coaley and Uley - Jim Dewey - Green

Thrupp ward - Martin Whiteside - Green

Trinity Ward - John Marjoram - Green

Stroud Farmhill and Paganhill - Haydn Sutton - Conservative

Uplands Ward - Chas Townley - Labour & Co-operative

Stroud Slade – Simon Pickering - Green

Berkley Vale - Gordon Craig, Haydn Jones and Penny Wride - Conservative

Cam East - Marinda Clifton - Labour & Brian Tipper - Conservative 

Randwick - Jonathan Edmunds - Green

The Stanleys - Nigel Studdert-Kennedy and Labour Party Steve Lydon - Conservative

Kingswood - Richard Reeves - Conservative

Amberley and Woodchester - Philip McAsey - Conservatives 

Severn - Stephen Davies & John Jones - Conservative

Cainscross - Jenny Miles, Rachel Curley and Tom Williams - Labour

Wotton-Under-Edge - Catherine Braun - Green, George Butcher & Ken Tucker - Lib Dem

Bisley - Tim Williams - Conservative

Stroud Central Ward - Skeena Rathor - Labour

Rodborough Ward - Nigel Prenter & Karen Mckeown - Labour

Minchinhampton - Nick Hurst & Dorcas Binns - Conservative

Chalford Ward - Chas Fellows, Liz Peters & Debbie Young - Conservative

Cam West Ward - Paul Denney - Labour & Jessica Tomblin - Conservative

The New SDC Council consists of:
Conservative: 23
Labour: 18
Green: 8
Liberal Democrats: 2

For the full list of votes counted for District Elections go to the Stroud District Council website

Stonehouse Town Councillors

Gwen Atkinson - Independent

Jo Byrne

John Callinan

Ray Clegg - Conservative

Deborah Curtis

Neil Gibbs

Timothy Jackson

Carol Kambites - Green

Gary Powell

Ginny Smart - Conservative

Paul Stephens

Pamela Swain - Independent

Theresa Watt

For the full list of votes counted for the Town Council Elections go to the Stroud District Council website

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Make sure you are registered to vote in the EU referendum on 23rd June 2016

06 May 2016 at 10:49

The referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union is on Thursday 23rd June 2016. If you have been already registered to vote in local and national elections before 18th April 2016 you do not need to re-register. Register to vote here.

For more information on the reasons why we should remain in the EU and reasons why we should leave go to a selection of the main campaigns below:


UK Government website

Britain Stronger in Europe

In Facts



Vote Leave

Get Britain Out

Leave EU



The Commons Library and Lords Library

Full Fact

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Two new table tennis tables for Laburnum Park

04 May 2016 at 13:51

The Amenities Recreation and Tourism Committee recently welcomed grants from the Children’s Activity Fund and Active Together Fund towards the provision of two table tennis tables at Laburnum Playing Field.

There has been local interest in the sport following the success of local lad Billy Shilton at international level. The Council agreed that this would be a healthy and social activity for all ages to enjoy. The Field will now provide a range of activities for a fun packed family day out.

This also supports Stonehouse Town Council's strategy to continue to foster health and well being in the town.

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Annual Meeting of the Town Council - change of date now Monday 23rd May

04 May 2016 at 10:48

As the counting of the Parish & Town Council elections is not due to take place until Monday 9th May it has become necessary to change the date of the Annual Meeting of the Town Council – this will now take place on Monday 23rd May 2016. 

Unfortunately the timing of the official results of the count will make it impossible to meet the regulatory period of notification required to summons Members to a Town Council meeting.

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