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Planning Advice

Pre-application advice and enquiries from SDC

Thinking of Submitting a Planning Application?

Pre-application advice is an optional service offered by SDC before full planning permission that allows you to understand how the development policies will apply, gain advice from a planning officer, identify any potential problems and rectify them before a full planning permission application is submitted.

Pre-application advice and enquiries is offered by SDC

Not sure if you need planning permission … find out by using the SDC new pre-applications services.

Planning mistakes can be costly, time consuming and lead eventually to enforcement notices being served.

Swift Box

Luxury Apartments now available

The first of many luxury apartments are now available and have just been opened for viewing in Stinchcombe. Eco friendly with locally sourced timbers and a natural slate roof.

These desirable apartments come fully furnished, with no rent and wonderful views of the countryside. Suitable for high flyers who are only in this country for a few months of the year.

Built by the Stinchcombe Swift Housing Association

No Waiting list, No onward Chain. A Must See.

Swift Box Feather Bed
A “REAL” feather bed to add that “Extra Luxury” feel

The sensible bit!

The first nine residences were made and supplied just before the end of the nesting season this year. Twelve more are on the order books and will be made once the cedar or larch has been delivered. There is no rush but it is hoped to have the second batch made this summer, ready for installation before the nesting period early next year.

Each home comes with an information leaflet with details of fixing and the best places to locate them.

John Brown has designed and made two sound systems that emulate the call of the birds, to tempt them to move onto Stinchcombe. These will be available on loan.

Multiple boxes are encouraged as the birds enjoy nesting close to each other. Further details and orders from John Pinch 07779 87 27 11

Stinchcombe Loves Swifts

Stinchcombe Loves Swifts

Give a Swift a welcome home in Stinchcombe

Swifts Boxes

John Pinch, Derek Crocker and Plamedi have been busy constructing the first batch of swift boxes, designed by John.

These have been snapped up already and John has ordered materials to make more. John Brown has come up with a cheaper version of the swift call system used in North Nibley. Hurrah for Stinchcombe ingenuity!

The aim is to get the first boxes up before it is too late for this year.  We hope this will be an ongoing project, building from year to year.

The Last Post for Sandy McDonald

A Grand Farewell

There was a grand farewell for Sandy at the Village hall. Followed by a walk down the road and across the fields to a beautiful spot at the far end of Sandys fields that steeply overlooked the Severn and the two Bridges on one side and then back to Stinchcombe and the hill the other side. A spot well chosen by Sandy to be his resting place.

At the graveside a letter from Sandy himself was read out for all to hear. However, because it was outside and everyone was at a distance not everyone could. So it is reprinted below:


My final thoughts.

Thank you all for coming to this celebration of my life.

My view on the content of this has changed dramatically during these recent final stages. I can honestly say that I am completely relaxed and content with where I now find myself.

What has led to this change you may well ask.
Look around I have been enveloped in a solid wall of love and affection pure and simple, My wonderful children Paul, Sophie Dougal and Lucy. Obviously they’re not happy, ‘too soon’ they feel. Yes me too. I might have liked another 10 or 20 years to enjoy all that I have right now but that is just not to be.

My children have accepted the inevitable and worked hard together to make this celebration of my life a joyous occasion . I always did and forever, now and always will love them. Full Stop.

My wider family, two brothers, Roddy and Ewan two sisters Lynn and Fiona.
We have been, to say the least, dysfunctional. The reasons for that are not important now, they are firmly in the past.
This event has and will allow functionality to prevail from now on. Importantly, the next generation, our children appear to function well with each other, we are McDonald’s and together, ironclad.

My friends gathered and shared from many walks of life and some of the diverse groups I joined and shared stuff, like Crisps and Coriander, Stroud Super Social, campervantics , Stroud active futures group and a dozen more.
To use an expression, I was a right tart. I joined whenever and wherever you were doing something and wanted to try AND you welcome me with open arms!

Lastly, but not leastly all my friends and neighbours from Stinchcombe and around. This is a lovely village full of lovely people and more recently a new generation with lots of children. A growing vibrant young place- what a place, treasure it nurse it.
I thank you for all for the support and help you’ve given willingly to me over the last 29 years.

My remains now rest forever in a beautiful willow coffin made by my own daughter Sophie and two of her friends made out of my own willow growing on my own land.
If that’s not the icing on the top of the cake, I simply do not know what could be .
Not all are or could be here, sadly. No matter, this plot is for all of you, forever.
Not to grieve- to celebrate because the ground itself will radiate the deep love and affection you have shown to me forever. Use it as and when you need it, I won’t be here but the embedded love in this place will be.
Remember this is a celebration of my life -celebrate !

Thank you all for coming and for any contributions you have or would like to make .
Goodbye Sandy.

You can Download Sandy’s own words here
You can Download Sandy’s Tribute here

Sandys Online Memory Box

If you would like to Contribute to the Longfield Community Hospice in memory of Sandy follow this link.

Notice of Uncontested Election

Election of Parish Councillors for Stinchcombe

Thursday 2 May 2024 Number of Seats: 5

I, being the Returning Officer at the above election, report that the person whose name
appears below is duly elected as Parish Councillor without a contest for Stinchcombe.

KIRKHAM Ian Philip
Manor Lodge,
Stinchcombe, GL11 6BQ

LEGG Tracey Lynn
Oak House, Taits Hill Road,
Stinchcombe, GL11 6PR

The Barn, Townsend Farm, The Street,
Stinchcombe, GL11 6AP

SHAW Marian Judith
Cotswold Chine, Taits Hill,
Stinchcombe, GL11 6PS

WALL Alison Jane
2 Taits Hill Road,
Stinchcombe, GL11 6PR

As the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of seats available, they are
duly elected without contest.
There will NOT be an election taking place on Thursday, 2 May 2024 for this Parish/Town

Notice pdf


Revision of Electoral Roll 24

The Church Electoral Roll in The Parish of St Cyr Stinchcombe

The Church Electoral Roll in The Parish of St Cyr Stinchcombe will be revised by the Parochial Church Council beginning on Tuesday 16th April 2024 ending on Tuesday 30th April 2024.

If your name is not already on the roll, and you wish to have it added, please contact Joan Jelfs ,Electoral Roll Officer, for a form (01453 542884) or a church warden, by 30th April.

Only those whose names are on the Church Electoral Roll may vote at the APCM later in May.

Joan Jelfs

Dursley Rocks 2024

Dursley Rocks 2024

An Invitation to ALL residents of Stinchcombe.

Dursley Rocks at Dursley RFC –Music/Beer Festival – 21st & 22nd June 2024

With the success of last year’s event, we have agreed to host the 11th Dursley Rocks festival on the weekend of 21st June 2024. It will commence from 7pm on the Friday evening through to the Sunday morning of 23rd June. This is a fully ticketed event.

It is a family, not-for-profit, community event. There will be camping for families for the weekend and live music from 7pm – 11.30pm Friday and midday til 11.30pm on Saturday.

We will have professional security on site from 6pm on Friday until midday on Sunday to protect the equipment and control event attendance.

There will be a range of drinks & food for sale accompanied with free children’s entertainment.

We will endeavor to minimise any disruption and as a gesture of goodwill, we would like to offer you 2 half price complimentary tickets for the Friday Evening or Saturday Day. To secure your tickets, please get in contact with me before 30th April 2024.

If you would like any more information, then please do not hesitate to contact me or Jake Martin.

Thank you for your continued support of the Club.
Yours faithfully,

Tracey Angell
07714 278274

Full price tickets:

  • Friday Night Beer Festival £10
  • Saturday Day Adult £25
  • Saturday Child £10 (5-17 yrs) Under 4’s FOC
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