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Notice of Election for the Gloucestershire County Council election

27 March 2017 at 11:39

To view the Notice of Election click on this link

Election of Councillors to Gloucestershire County Council

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Rail improvement work Reading - Paddington 26th March

24 March 2017 at 10:59

Sunday 26th March - service affected up until 1pm

The work will allow Network Rail to complete a key piece of work for the electrification of the Great Western mainline.
This means significant changes to London Paddington rail services throughout Sunday morning. 

Services will operate normally after 1pm and Network Rail are encouraging customers to switch to later journeys. To help with that they will accept fixed train tickets on services running later in the day.

As this work was not in Network Rail’s original programme, they have not been able to give customers as much notice as usual.

Full details of the changes are on their website www.GWR.com/26March

Twitter @gwrhelp

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Footway improvement works - Bath Road

15 March 2017 at 10:22

20th-24th March (not including weekends 7:30am - 5:30pm daily
Bath Road, Stonehouse

On behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, Amey will shortly be improving the footway at the above location. Please see the map showing the extent of the scheme.

To ensure the safety of pedestrians, road users and Amey's workforce, it is likely that some sections of this footway will need to be closed while they work on them. Amey will do everything they can to accommodate pedestrian access in and out of properties and apologise for any disruption.

Please note that parking on the road adjacent to this stretch of footway (as marked on the map overleaf) will be prohibited between 7:30am and 6pm during the works. Amey will make every effort to contact the owners of any vehicles left parked on road but, to help avoid unnecessary and costly delays, may have to arrange for them to be removed to a secure area until collected by owners. If you find that your vehicle has been removed, please contact them on 08000 514514.

Amey thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.

If you have any queries please contact Amey on 08000 514514 or email GCCHighways@amey.co.uk.

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Young & old(er) helpers get stuck in at our community litter pick

15 March 2017 at 10:18

21 people and 1 (eager) dog picked litter for the town on Sunday. The group consisted of Town Councillors and residents (including 3 children) who wanted to make a difference to the amount of litter left discarded in our town. All were rewarded with homemade cakes and tea after, with some 20+ bags of rubbish and recycling being collected, with some bags being so heavy they had to be collected from the different areas by truck!

We hold a community Litter Pick every two months, and over the last couple of years we've been doing it there has been a visible decrease in the general amount of litter lining our streets, parks and alleyways.

THE COSTS OF LITTERING

More than 30 million tonnes of litter are collected from the streets in England every year. This is enough to fill Wembley Stadium to the brim four times over.

Each year, local authorities across England spend almost £1billion clearing litter from our streets, parks, highways and public spaces8. This is the price we all pay as taxpayers to keep our nation clean.

Litter is also one of the first signs of social decay. If we don’t care about litter on our street, in our parks or on our high streets, we are unlikely to care about other environmental issues that negatively impact on our lives, our communities and society.

The bill for cleaning up the chewing gum from an average town centre is £20,000 – and often needs to be done up three times a year. That’s £60,000 of avoidable expenditure. Multiply that for the 936 towns in England and it is £56 million which is wasted.

There will always be a cost to empty litter from bins but, if people did the right thing, a large part of this £1billion could be spent on other services. These are services that are also under threat, being cut and are vital to individuals and to society.

Please support us in trying to alleviate litter and it's consequences by join gin us at one of our 'picks' listed below. Your support is appreciated by the town.

Sunday 14th May
Sunday 9th July
Sunday 10th September
Sunday 12th November

The picks will start at 2pm at ‘The Pod’ (Youth Centre) in Oldends Lane Playing Field.

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Footpath closure

13 March 2017 at 18:00

From Tuesday 14th March - Friday 17th March

The footpath between the steps to the Globe Inn Level Crossing and the town centre car park will be shut for resurfacing work from Tuesday 14th March for around 3 working days. The level crossing will stay open. Stonehouse Town Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

The work is being carried out by Stonehouse Town Council with grant funding from Great Western Railway and Gloucestershire County Council.

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Vacancies at Stonehouse Town Council

28 February 2017 at 16:37

Head of Property Maintenance

Stonehouse Town Council has a strategy for improving the recreational facilities of the town. Our strength lies in the quality of our people and the services they deliver. Maintaining a safe, secure and well-presented environment, you will carry out general maintenance on premises and recreation grounds all year round and in all weathers, whilst prioritising a varied workload. Strong communication (both written and verbal) and organisation skills are key to this role. Clean driving licence required. Starting salary rate £ 20661 (pro rata/37hrs) 35 hours per week 25 days holiday plus bank holidays. 

Applicants should telephone or email for an application pack

(Closing date 10th March):

Call 01453 822070 or email townclerk@stonehousetowncouncil.com

Customer Services Administrator

Communicating with the public is key to the delivery of the Council’s strategy. Representing us as the first point of contact you will prioritise complaints and enquiries with a can-do approach. Excellent IT skills and professional telephone manner are key to this role as well as website/facebook administration. A basic knowledge of book-keeping and a head for figures will also be required. This role is central to the business operation and will require a keen team player who can quickly adapt to changing demands. Building on your experience you will have the confidence to introduce new systems and maintain comprehensive data files to quality standards.

Starting salary £18070 (to be pro-rata/37hrs)  26 hours per week 25 days holiday (pro-rata) plus bank holidays.  Job share applicants will also be considered.

Applicants should telephone or email for an application pack

(Closing date 10th March)

Call 01453 822070 or email townclerk@stonehousetowncouncil.com

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Stonehouse In Bloom AGM - tonight 28th February

28 February 2017 at 10:10

Stonehouse Town Hall

All welcome. See the agenda for details of the contents of the meeting.

NOTE: 2017 JUDGING DAY
25th July 2017 at 9am

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Active for Life Health and Wellbeing Day for the over 50s

27 February 2017 at 13:09

Friday 31st March 2017 10am - 1:30pm
Stratford Park Leisure Centre
What is it?
An event showcasing the health and wellbeing opportunities for older people living within the Stroud District and beyond.
What does it involve?
From sports and dancing to tai chi and singing, clubs and groups from all over the District and County will be in Stroud to show the exciting diversity of activities there are out there for people over 50.
How much does it cost?
The event is FREE to attend. A hearty lunch of bread and soup will be available for a small donation. Please note lunch must be
pre-booked.
How can I take part?
Just turn up on the day to find out what is going on in the Stroud District for adults over 50 and try some of the taster sessions on offer.
FREE Taster Sessions
FREE Swim
FREE Pamper Pop-Up
FREE Tea & Coffee
For an up-to-date programme of events visit:
www.stroud.gov.uk/activeforlife
Popular sessions will fill up so if you want to guarantee your place on a particular taster just complete the booking form by downloading and printing the pdf here 
You can also book your space online by visiting http://bit.ly/2iaCwIH
or by calling 01453 754177.
Send your completed form to:
Active for Life,
Sport & Health Development,
Stroud District Council,
Ebley Mill,
Ebley Wharf,
Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4UB
Please note: Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Closing dates for lunch bookings: Monday 13th March 2017.
For more information contact us Stroud District Council:
email: hwb@stroud.gov.uk
Facebook @activeforlifestroud Twitter @activestroud
telephone: 01453 754177

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Homestart need volunteers

12 February 2017 at 19:51

Thursday 27th April

Home-Start offers a helping hand.

After 17 years of supporting families within the Stroud District, the Home-Start charity is still going strong providing a valuable service to families in the community. Scheme Manager, Alex Corgier said that “as statutory services struggle with increasing demands for early years help it is encouraging to see our local charity thriving and helping to meet the needs of vulnerable families. 

Home-Start offers non-judgmental practical and emotional support. A couple of mums supported by Home-Start gave us some feedback on the support they received: “It almost saved my life as I was in a bit of a mess – some days I would wake up and think I just can’t do this but if it was Tuesday I would think I can do this because my volunteer is coming”, and “little words of encouragement but they were true and sensitive and they mattered, then they were repeated and re-enforced and over time she made me believe I can do this and it will get better.”

Volunteers find supporting families beneficial too, whether it’s through putting personal experience or professional skills to use, or the simple ‘feel-good factor’ they get from helping others. 

Home-Start is seeking more volunteers to help. A training course will start on Thursday 27th April and applications are now being accepted. 

For more information ring 01453 297470 or 
email: enquireishomestartsd@gmail.com or visit: www.homestartsd.org.

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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 www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. 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

Email: elections@stroud.gov.uk

www.stroud.gov.uk/vote

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