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The Parish Council is in urgent need of some new blood, both on the Council itself and among the band of helpers who do their bit to keep Stinchcombe running smoothly. Please see the attached article fro the Summer Newsletter and if you think you can help at all then contact the Clerk (clerk@stinchcombepc.co.uk) or any Parish Councillor.

If you’re interested in becoming more involved in what’s going on in the village or are a new resident who’d like to get to know the place better, the Parish Council can offer several opportunities – and would really appreciate your help! They are:

Vacancy for a new Parish Councillor. This is open to anyone who lives or owns a business in, or within three miles of, the village and is an opportunity to be involved in village life and to have a say in what happens here. It involves attendance at approximately nine meetings per year, each of about an hour and a half with some communication by email between meetings. It would be an excellent way for someone new to the village to become established and get to know people and we would welcome applications from new residents as well as long-standing ones.

Ours is a very small Parish Council with only five members but a quorum of three, the same as for a council of ten members, is required for meetings. If we don’t have a full complement of councillors, a touch of flu and a traffic jam on the same day can mean cancelling a meeting at short notice. This hasn’t happened often but means that we would like to fill the vacancy as soon as possible. If you think you might be interested, don’t hesitate to contact the Clerk (clerk@stinchcombepc.co.uk, 544611) or Chair (marian-shaw@hotmail. com, 542604) for more information.

If you can’t commit to being a Parish Councillor but would still like to help, we also need:-

Dursley United Charities Representative. The Council is very grateful to Russ Holloway for his many years in this post. Dursley United Charity was formed in 2003 from the amalgamation of numerous small charities with benefits bequeathed to the parishes  of Dursley, Uley, Cam and Stinchcombe for the relief of persons in need, hardship or distress resident in one of the parishes. A trustee would represent the interests of Stinchcombe residents by attending two or three meetings a year. Most of the decisions are made via email. Anyone who is interested or who would like more information please contact me Russ Holloway, 01453542159.

Stinchcombe United Charities Representative. As representative of the Parish Council, being a trustee of Stinchcombe United Charities and The Matthew Tyndall Educational Foundation involves attending an annual meeting, usually held in late November. This is predominantly to consider applications for educational grants from young people and Christmas gifts etc., but also the general business of the charities. Note – until recently, the above two posts were held by one person and could easily be again.

Speedwatch Co-ordinator. The Council would like to thank Chris Snellock for his work in co-ordinating the Village Speedwatch Group over the last three years. Due to pressure of work, he is no longer able to continue to do so and the Group cannot continue without a replacement. If you are concerned about speeding in the village and interested in co-ordinating the group, please contact Chris (chris.snellock@gmail.com) for more details.