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Road Works Started

So, the Road Works have started on Taits Hill Road.

Currently, its opposite Yew Tree Pub to Lay new Gas service from 5th Aug until 11th Aug. https://one.network/?117557563

Then from the 14th to 26th it’s for the Carriageway Resurfacing on the hill https://one.network/?115027377 with the road closed 7pm until 7am

And just to make sure, also from the 14th until 26th, there is resurfacing of the B4066 Berkeley Road. https://one.network/?115027373

Sunday Service 9th August

Sunday 9th August

9:30am  A Service of the word on Zoom (no Service at St George this week)
Please click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84815575109?pwd=K1ordGEyRENzRXhqdk1oY2RhQjZkZz09
Meeting ID: 848 1557 5109
Passcode: 806433
You can also join the service on Zoom by calling 0203 481 5240.

10.30am Virtual Coffee on Zoom
Please click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81619712164?pwd=c0wvelI1L0Y0bHJEcnAvUmp3R3ViUT09
Meeting ID: 816 1971 2164
Passcode: 823024
You can also join coffee on Zoom by calling 0203 481 5240.

11:10am Holy Eucharist at St Cyr’s Church, Stinchcombe (not streamed online)

Attending in Person at St Cyr:

  • There is limited capacity in our churches but we won’t be issuing tickets. Please arrive in good time; maintain social distancing and follow the instructions of the wardens.
  • The Church of England is now “strongly recommending” that face masks are worn in church, except for those leading, preaching or reading (while speaking) and a where a physical distance of more than 2 metres can be maintained.
  • If possible please bring your own hand sanitiser to clean you hands before & after receiving communion.

Watching remotely:

  • The 9:30 Zoom service will be live on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/StGeorgeCam/ you’ll get a notification when we go live on Facebook by 9.20 am, if you follow the page.
  • The zoom service will then be on YouTube later on Sunday.
  • The service can also be listened to by telephone from Monday morning on 01453 708200.
  • The ORDER OF SERVICE is available to download. Please see below for notices.
  • If you have any feedback on the live streaming please email or call Fiona.
  • If you, or someone you know, would like any help with Facebook, Zoom or YouTube, please let us know and we’ll do our best.

The Week Ahead

  • Morning Prayer at 9.00 on Facebook Live continues through the week. If you have any prayer requests, please do let us know..
  • Services on Sunday 16th August
    • 9:30am Zoom Service of the Word
    • 11:10am Holy Communion @ St Cyr

Notices

  • St George is open from 10-4 for individual private prayer. Please follow the guidelines when you enter church using the hand sanitiser and keeping 2m from others. 
  • St Cyr will be closed during this week while the organ is being restored. 
  • Foodbank:   Supermarkets have baskets for donations or you can go to the foodbank website to donate.
  • Fairtrade and Eco goods are still available from Debbie Jones by emailing debbie.j.jones@btinternet.com or phoning 07761 157466. Goods can be either delivered or collected, just get in touch.
  • The Exodus study guide – an opportunity for you to look at God’s word on your own, in your own time frame and explore more how the ancient words in Exodus can guide in our own 21st Century lives. Available from eden.co.uk or other sources. Over the Summer , if you would like to, there will be an opportunity to come together to informally chat about the book too.
  • Here, Bishop Rachel‘s message, you can read.
  • If you would like to Give to St George’s please consider:
    • Joining the Parish Giving Scheme (Direct Debit) on line or by calling 0333 002 1271 (Parish: CAMM)
    • Setting up a Standing order or making a BACS payment to
      • St. George’s Cam Parochial Church Council
      • NatWest  Sort Code: 55-61-38   Account: 03745031
    • Giving on-line through our Give a Little Page
    • Or talk to Fiona or Ian

Getting together

  • We are looking forward to meeting up together as church.  Until we can do that as we used to, we’re planning a chance to meet up together, in small physically distanced groups, for a cup of tea/coffee and a cake/meal. It must be outside (in the garden or a picnic) which is the safest place, so this will be weather dependent.  
    We are suggesting that we invite one another out on Sunday 23rd August and we’ll need both guests and hosts for this to work.  Please let Louise know if you would like to host or be a guest, and would you like to join for a cup of tea/coffee and cake/meal.  

     

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday either remotely or in person!

God bless

Rev’d Fiona, Sophia, Andrew, Ken and the Team

Coronavirus Update

In the last newsletter I promised you an update, so these are my PERSONAL thoughts.

Worldwide.

Today, the worldwide number of cases reached 18.5M and looking at the logarithmic page in worldometer it doesn’t take rocket science to predict that if nothing changes, by the end of the year there will be 100m cases worldwide. There is also a great deal of under-reporting in many countries, (for political reasons and non-political reasons) This means that the possible number by year end may be much, much higher. 100m is around 1.25% of the world’s population.

Whatever the figure is at the end of the year, I am trying to say that this virus is still VERY active worldwide and will NOT go away until the Vaccine arrives, and the vaccine will arrive, but don’t go looking for your dose until WINTER 2021.

UK

I have been critical of the Government’s response from the start and unfortunately still remain critical.

  • The “World Beating App” which was given to NHS developers who unfortunately saw it as a chance to collect data, store it centrally, and allow for great data analysis. This is the same NHS where one hospital can’t send patients details electronically to another. E.G. Gloucester to Oxford. (No I don’t know why) to
  • “Track and Trace” which was again given over to be centralised. All very well, but can someone on a computer in their house talk to someone in Leicester who doesn’t even speak English? “Track and Trace” should always have been regionalised. Something now starting to happen in places like Manchester as they set up their own “Track and Trace” .
  • Likewise the “Testing” fiasco, no, don’t start me on the “Testing”

The UK government routinely talks about Testing CAPACITY, but surely the ONLY number that really matters and of any importance is the number of tests PROCESSED! The question the government should ask is “Why weren’t the other 178,747 tests done yesterday?”

However, in all this, I think the response of the British People has been remarkable, with one or two exceptions, where I despair, all in all the Great British Public has shown great sense, and remarkable politeness and kindness to each other. Something that I thought that would wear quickly off has remained as the months progress.

The Next Few Months

A lot depends on how well people continue to adhere to the rules about “Washing Hands”, “Distancing”, “Masks” and “Socialising”. All of us need to keep these newfound habits and not let them slip.

Unfortunately, because each part of the UK has different rules, which change frequently, (what happened to Boris’s red lights, or was it defcon 1-5) no-one really knows what rules still apply! So the common man is left doing what seems right…

So to the good news….although nationally the UK cases has slowly been rising over the last month from 550 (7D avg) it’s still only 800 (7D avg) even with all the loosening of the rules and does not show any rapid acceleration in numbers. (Cross Fingers!!)

In fact Stinchcombe sits in a large area of less than 2 cases per week. I see no reason why this will not remain the case except where cases are brought into the area from outside by mixing on holiday, or mixing of younger people. (18+)

However, I do see life as it is now continuing until the end of next year. We cannot stop hotspots occuring nationwide, but I do feel positive that the “second wave” can be avoided.

If you are interested, I do suggest you visit the government website for all the latest at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ and as always I would like to have your comments.

Scam Phone Calls – A NEW Warning

I had a phone call yesterday from a distressed reader who had received a phone call from AMAZON PRIME because she has an Amazon Alexa on her son’s account and they wanted money for using it. (untrue) She had also used her tablet to visit a “website” and was just about to leave the house to get £4000 from the bank….At this point she did a double take, remembered an e-news about scams, and thought to ring me on her mobile……..(just in time)..

I cannot stress how import it is to NEVER INTERACT IN ANY WAY with any Scam caller on the phone, DON’T PRESS 1, DON’T TALK TO THEM, DON’T LISTEN TO THEM……just PUT THE PHONE DOWN.

Once you start to talk to these people they have you….they are cold, vicious, cruel, immoral B***ARDS!

Once you start to talk to them or INTERACT IN ANY WAY….they have you caught like a fish on the line.

You will NEVER RECEIVE A PHONE CALL FROM AMAZON!

I can’t stress that too much so I’ll say it again, You will NEVER RECEIVE A PHONE CALL FROM AMAZON!

Luckily, the tablet was switched off until it can be checked for spyware, the Police (tel 101) were informed and an incident number given. She also advised her BANK who cancelled her cards and re-issued new ones.

Last year a person in my company was scammed so I have a deep hatred of them. These people pray on peoples goodwill, trust, and honesty. The good values that people have.

For further reading, I suggest this page, and read all about the latest scams especially those related to TRACK and TRACE, and COVID-19

Russell Holloway leaps high to secure possession in Dursley's match with Old Centralians (1965)

55 Years in Stinchcombe

When we moved to Stinchcombe in the 1960’s the Village school was still open (it closed in 1966), the motorway was being built, the Stinchcombe Band and the WI were flourishing. The Stinchcombe Stragglers Cricket Club was well known and attracted  regular star appearances. Fundraising was mainly in aid of the Church.  Events in the Village Hall under the eagle eye of Miss Chew Hooper were relatively low key.

During the 70’s the Church bells rang out again. Dursley Rugby Club relocated and combined with the Cricket Club to form the Stinchcombe Sports Club. Junior cricket and rugby teams catered for the youngsters of the surrounding area. We celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in style. New people moved into the village and started to join in.

This trend accelerated in the 1980’s as new faces appeared on the Parish Council the PCC and other groups.   A Village Cook Book was produced and we had a Flower Festival in the Church and newcomers became involved in various schemes.

And so into the 90’s. The Village Hall widened its scope and was gradually refurbished and improved. There were barbecues, fun sports , November 5th bonfires and fireworks, open gardens, barn dances, treasure trails , checking of footpaths  and much more.

The 21st Century was ushered in with the lighting of a beacon on Stinchcombe Hill ( albeit in the fog!) The work of the Village Hall Committee has given us a superb venue for  more and bigger events : Summer Balls, craft fairs, concerts , plant sales, village shows, jubilee celebrations etc. The Friends of St Cyr’s Church was formed in 2005 and has seen completion of several ambitious projects, with more to come. The Village Plan published in 2008 and subsequently refreshed  has led to several  initiatives. We have seen Last Nights of The Proms, Open Gardens, concerts, exhibitions and a safari supper in the Church and have enjoyed the use of Church Farm Barn for barn dances, art exhibitions, garden parties, antiques road shows, wine-tastings and more. A History Society and book club have been formed and a village newsletter and e-news published. There is a set of Village Walks covering much of the parish. We have a theatre club and TGI Fridays.  In 2011 the Village came together in a big way with the Save Berkeley Vale Campaign to fight the erection of 4 giant wind turbines at the edge of the conservation area.

So now in 2020 how do we go on?  Lockdown has highlighted the wonderful sense of belonging and caring that we all share. I have been very proud to be a part of the activities through the years but some of us are ageing (reluctantly) and are slowing down. New young heads are needed so that we can move forward. We do have something very special in this village and now we require new faces on our committees with fresh ideas to carry on the work which has evolved through the decades. .

Tree Protection in Conservation Areas

Many of us live within the Stinchcombe Conservation Area (see the area marked in green on the map).  Not everyone realises that this gives automatic protection to any trees on our land above a certain size.

You can also see it on this map..https://stroud.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=8bbb5774fccb4fa79750bd1bb07706de

Cutting down, lopping or wilfully damaging a tree with a diameter of more than 75 mm at a height of 1.5 m above the natural ground level is an offence unless a Section 211 notice has been submitted to Stroud District Council (SDC).  The notice must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the work is carried out to give SDC time to consider it. 

Exceptions

  • a tree being felled solely to improve the growth of other trees can have a diameter of 100 mm before a Section 211 notice is required
  • SDC’s Planning Enforcement Policy states that consent is not required for dead, dying or dangerous trees
  • a planning application that includes specified tree work can be treated as a Section 211 notice for works to trees immediately affected by the proposed development.

Replacement

Landowners have a duty to replace felled trees with another tree of an appropriate size and species, in the same place, as soon as they reasonably can.  SDC has the power to enforce this duty or to grant a dispensation in response to a written request.

Enforcement

SDC’s Planning Enforcement Policy puts complaints involving protected trees into the “Priority Complaints – Requiring Immediate Investigation” category.  They have six months to bring a prosecution, which could lead to a fine of up to £20,000 in the magistrates’ court or, in serious cases, an unlimited fine in the Crown Court. In many cases they may negotiate remedial works with the landowner or issue an informal warning rather than prosecute.

Service Sunday 2nd August

Sunday 2nd August

9:30am  Holy Communion @ St George
9:30am  YouTube Live Streaming of service
11:00am  Zoom Virtual Coffee(Meeting ID: 817 5581 9831, Passcode: 750626 or call 0203 481 5240)
6:00pm  Evensong @ St Cyr

Attending in Person:

  • We have limited capacity but following last week’s trial service have decided not to issue tickets. Please arrive in good time; maintain social distancing and follow the instructions of the wardens.
  • The Church of England is now “strongly recommending” that face masks are worn in church.
  • The 9:30 service will be filled and streamed live, if you do not wish to be filmed please ask to be seated in a side aisle.
  • If possible please bring your own hand sanitiser to clean you hands before & after receiving communion.

Watching remotely:

  • The 9:30 service from St George will be live streamed on YOUTUBE on the St George Cam Channel. You can also watch it later on YouTube or listen to the service by telephone for Monday morning on 01453 708200. A link will also be posted on our facebook page.
  • The ORDER OF SERVICE is available to download. See below for notices.
  • If you have any feedback on the live streaming please email or call Fiona.
  • If you, or someone you know, would like any help with Facebook, Zoom or YouTube, please let us know and we’ll do our best.

The Week Ahead

  • Morning Prayer at 9.00 on Facebook Live continues through the week. If you have any prayer requests, please do let us know..
  • Services on Sunday 9th August
    • 9:30am Zoom Service of the Word (no Service at St George)
    • 11:10am Holy Communion @ St Cyr

Notices

  • St George and St Cyr are open from 10-4 for individual private prayer. Please follow the guidelines when you enter church using the hand sanitiser and keeping 2m from others.
  • Foodbank:   Supermarkets have baskets for donations or you can go to the foodbank website to donate.
  • Pop- Up Creative Cafes. Fiona would like to know if you can help with making cakes, commit to pray for it, or to help practically on Thursday morning for next 4 weeks. Thank you to those who have already offered help. Fiona will be in touch – particularly as the cakes need to observe certain making requirements because of the Pandemic.
  • Fairtrade and Eco goods are still available from Debbie Jones by emailing debbie.j.jones@btinternet.com or phoning 07761 157466. Goods can be either delivered or collected, just get in touch. 
  • New Wine has moved online. So from the comfort of your home you can access a Christian conference for all ages. See the website www.new-wine.org for more information or check out their YouTube channel or App
  • The Exodus study guide – an opportunity for you to look at God’s word on your own, in your own time frame and explore more how the ancient words in Exodus can guide in our own 21st Century lives. Available from eden.co.uk or other sources. Over the Summer , if you would like to, there will be an opportunity to come together to informally chat about the book too.
  • Read Bishop Rachel‘s message from last week.
  • If you would like to Give to St George’s please consider:
    • Joining the Parish Giving Scheme (Direct Debit) on line or by calling 0333 002 1271 (Parish: CAMM)
    • Setting up a Standing order or making a BACS payment to
      • St. George’s Cam Parochial Church Council
      • NatWest  Sort Code: 55-61-38   Account: 03745031
    • Giving on-line through our Give a Little Page
    • Or talk to Fiona or Ian

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday either remotely or in person!

God bless

Rev’d Fiona, Sophia, Andrew, Ken and the Team