Mrs Janet Bartlett joined the Parish Council in December 2013 to replace Mr Eric Collins who left as a councillor last year. At the Parish Council meeting in December Janet was officially co-opted as a councillor and welcomed by the other members of the Council.
Stinchcombe Village Players (RSVP) are back this year – bigger and better than ever! We are performing ‘Sleeping Beauty’ on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th March at 7:30pm, and on Saturday 8th March at both 2:00pm and 7:00pm (under 3s go free at the matinee).
The lead roles of Princess Aurora and Prince Valiant are taken by Luna Stephens and Sophia Smout, while King Basil and Queen Sybil are played by Sebastian Hamilton and Catherine Lloyd. They will need your support to defeat the wicked Zelda Blackadder, played by returning director Sarah Hopkins, while the Dame is portrayed by newcomer to the cast, but old hand to the stage, Daniel Johnson. There are many other faces, both returning and new, and the cast includes pupils from Rednock, KLB, Stroud High and North Nibley Schools.
As always the performances promise to be a highlight in the village year. Tickets are priced at £6 and will sell out fast for the popular nights – so get in early by ringing Nola Bradley on 544611, or you can buy them online (for the first time ever!) from www.stinchcombevillageplayers.org.uk.
The Parish Plan published in 2008 has come to the end of its planned five year life this year and, as agreed at the Village Assembly in 2012, the Parish Council has been working to update and refresh it. The original contributors to the plan have been consulted and the final draft of the refreshed plan is now ready for viewing by Stinchcombe residents as the last and main part of the consultation process. The draft has been placed on this website – click on Downloads, then Parish Council, Parish Plan and Draft Refresh 2013. If you do not have internet access you can request a paper copy by calling the Parish Clerk (Nola Bradley) on 544611. So that you can easily identify what has been refreshed the changes from the original 2008 Plan are highlighted in yellow on the Draft Refresh 2013 copy. This is your opportunity to submit any comments or suggestions on the draft to the Parish Clerk via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post (Hill House, Wick Lane) before a public meeting is held in the Village Hall. Please make sure that any comments or suggestions reach the Clerk by the end of October.
The public meeting in the Village Hall will be on Wednesday 20th November at 7.30pm and will include discussion of the comments and suggestions received on the draft in order to achieve final endorsement of the Parish Plan Refresh and agreement to its publication. Stinchcombe residents please make a note in your diary to come along.
A routine inspection of the Berkeley Rail Bridge, on the A38, raised potential problems with the structure meaning the bridge will eventually need to be replaced. The inspection, carried out by Gloucestershire Highways, found the bridge to be weak but not in immediate risk of failure. It also found that steps could be taken to reduce any further deterioration. Before the new bridge is designed, detailed surveys will be carried out and Gloucestershire Highways will liaise closely with Network Rail. In the meantime the bridge can be protected so a 30mph limit has been introduced to reduce the impact and stress on the structure. This is particularly relevant in the case of heavy goods vehicles. A temporary barrier system has also been installed to narrow the road on the approach to the bridge, to a point where drivers should feel that they need to slow down to travel through this section. A weight restriction will not be considered because this is an important route for goods vehicles travelling through the county and provides the alternative route in case of a closure on the M5 motorway. The 30mph speed limit is a temporary measure and will be revoked once the bridge works are underway.