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Parish Council Election Time

Local elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 7th May when all of the current Parish Councillors’ terms of office will come to an end. All but one are standing for re-election but there is a vacancy for a new Councillor. If you are at all interested in joining the council and helping to make a difference in the village, please don’t hesitate to contact the Clerk for more details: or 01453-544611

The Council is happy to welcome Simon Packer who joined in December and is a very welcome addition, but is sorry now to be losing Chris Snellock through pressure of work and thanks him for his valuable contribution over the last four years.

Friends of St Cyr AGM


The 14th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St Cyr will take place on  Wednesday 19th January 2020 at 7.30 pm in the Church. All are welcome. This is a chance for you to meet the committee and hear about our progress and plans for the coming year for the maintenance and improvement of our beautiful Church.

Any nominations for the committee should be sent in writing with a proposer, a seconder and the permission of the nominee, to reach the secretary by Wednesday 5th February 2020 If you would like a copy of last year’s minutes please contact me preferably by e-mail at .

If you cannot do this call me on 01453 542159 and I will post or deliver a copy to you. Obviously we can keep our costs down if we contact as many people as possible by e-mail!

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible
Jill Holloway (Secretary)

The Witches of Malmesbury


by Tony McAleavy

In 1672, the north Wiltshire town of Malmesbury was swept by witchcraft hysteria. Leading families were convinced that their children were under attack from an organised coven of witches. Fourteen people were arrested as members of the coven. Visiting speaker Tony McAleavy has researched this little-known episode using sources that survive from the time. He will tell the story of the witches of Malmesbury and what happened when some of the accused were sent for trial in Salisbury.

  7.30 pm Friday 21st February

Stinchcombe Village Hall

Entrance £3, all welcome

                                                        Free glass of Witches’ Brew

Dursley Flower Society

The next Dursley Flower Society meeting is on

Monday 10th February at
Stinchcombe Village Hall
1.30pm for 2.00pm

“Gardening for Bees”
Alan Wells

The Dursley and District Flower Society meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 1.30pm for 2pm at Stinchcombe Village Hall, GL11 6AW.

Membership costs £30 per year.  Visitors are also very welcome to join us at our meetings, and the entrance fee per meeting is £6.00.

Colesbourne Snowdrops

If you want to have a pleasant walk in the snowdrops this year try Colesbourne Park on the old Cirencester to Cheltenham road. About 35 mins away by car. Only open Saturday and Sunday afternoons until from 1.00pm until 4.30pm until 1st March it’s one of the best snowdrop gardens around. Wait for a week or so and they will be at their peak, and arrive early……

Pictures from today.

A Sea of Snowdrops!
Some of the 350 types in the collection

The “Blue Lake”
Hang Low
The Way Home

Wotton Climate Action

Local action is gearing up, and the new Wotton Area Climate Action Network (Wotton Area CAN), is working right across the local area – initiating and encouraging practical actions to reduce carbon emissions and engaging with local people to increase awareness of our changing climate. 

The network is working towards making our local area carbon neutral by 2030, in support of Stroud District Council’s own Carbon Neutral 2030 Vision.

Meetings are monthly on the 4th Thursday from 8 – 9.30 pm in The Chipping Hall (Under the Edge Arts centre), Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7AD.   We have a different and informative speaker each time on a wide range of subjects to do with climate change, e.g. carbon reduction, tree planting, community resilience, biodiversity, renewable energy, etc.  There are also opportunities to get involved in one of the Project Groups: on land use, home energy efficiency, transport, single use plastic and resources. 

The Wotton Area is full of talented and energetic people and we are a strong community, just what is required for the challenges ahead.

Everyone is most welcome – just turn up and see what we are about.  If you have ideas to share, bring them with you. 

Upcoming meetings:

23 January      Solar Streets project and tree planting update

27 February    Farming and climate change – 9 million hectares of hope

26 March          Building a Carbon Neutral Community – learning from Ashton Hayes

Tea and cake is part of everything we do! For further information and to subscribe to a monthly e-newsletter, contact, or follow us at WottonAreaCAN on Facebook and Instagram.