Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

Author: The Editor


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

Notice of Election – Parish Council

Stroud District Council Election of Councillors for the Parish Council listed below

Parish Council – Stinchombe
Number of Parish Councillors to be elected – Five

  1. Nomination papers can be obtained from the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, Glos, GL5 4UB or by emailing
  2. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, Glos, GL5 4UB between 9am and 5pm on any working day after publication of this notice but no later than 4pm on Thursday, 8 April 2021.
  3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 6 May 2021.
  4. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the Council Offices, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, Glos, GL5 4UB by 12 Midnight on Monday, 19 April 2021. Applications can also be made online:
  5. Applications, amendments to, or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the Council Offices, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, Glos, GL5 4UB by 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.
  6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the Council Offices, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, Glos, GL5 4UB by 5pm on Tuesday, 27 April 2021.
  7. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the Council Offices, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, Glos, GL5 4UB by 5pm on Thursday, 6 May 2021.

DOWNLOAD your copy here

SDC Elections 2024

Elections 2024

Elections 2024 – here’s all the dates, deadlines and information you need to know

Elections will take place on Thursday, May 2 for Stroud District Council, parish and town councils, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and some neighbourhood planning referendums.


Stroud District Council wants residents to ensure they are registered to vote. In order to vote, please go to You will need your national insurance number, registering only takes a few minutes. Alternatively, residents can register to vote by calling 01453 766321. The deadline is midnight, on Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Photo identification (ID)

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for registered electors to show photo ID when voting at a polling station. All electors will be required to present a government approved photo ID document at the polling station in order to be issued with a ballot paper. Residents are urged to make sure they are ready to vote by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

The most common forms of photo ID are permitted e.g., photo driving licence, passport, and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo. Only original documents are accepted. Further details and a full list of acceptable forms of ID are included on the Council’s website at

If you do not have an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply free-of-charge for a Voter Authority Certificate. To apply, visit or book an appointment to have a photo taken and complete an application at the district council offices by calling 01453 766321. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024.

Applications to vote by post online

You can now apply to vote by post online and will need to provide your National Insurance Number to verify your identity.

Apply for a postal vote at Postal vote application forms are available to download at or can be obtained by emailing or calling 01453 766321.The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024

Proxy votes

To apply for a proxy vote either:

Your proxy will need to vote on your behalf at your polling station and present their photo ID. The deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm, Wednesday 24 April 2024.

For more details, and information on emergency proxy votes:

Swedish Houses Plan

Our Swedish Houses are under threat.

Threat of demolition and redevelopment on The Avenue

You may or may not be aware that our 4 historic “Swedish Houses” situated at the top of The Avenue are under threat of demolition. These are the two pairs of timber clad dormer bungalows opposite the cricket pitch. The right-hand pair is owned by Stroud District Council (SDC) and have been left vacant for 5 – 6 years. Of the other pair, the house on the left (No4) is privately owned and the house on the right has a SDC tenant.
There are similar redevelopment plans for Swedish houses in Uley and Wotton Under Edge.

The SDC proposal

SDC wish to demolish all four houses and replace them with a high density complex of 16 dwellings, a mixture of houses and flats. The plan above is indicative of how they currently envisage the layout. The original plan was to squeeze in 18 dwellings, but this has now been reduced to 16.
The 16 dwellings would comprise 6 x1 bedroom 2 person flats, 3 x 2bedroom 4 person houses and 3 x 3-bedroom 5 person houses = 39 new residents with probably two cars per dwelling.

What we don’t like about the proposal

This plan raises concerns regarding visual impact, (especially with the site being adjacent to the conservation area and within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), road safety, inadequate parking facilities, drainage, and disturbance of wildlife to mention a few. Furthermore, our Swedish houses are an important part of Stinchcombe’s rich history. You can read more about that here.
Redevelopment of the site as a whole will require the purchase of No4. The owners have lived there happily for 27 years and would like to stay.

The Parish Council’s Position

Stinchcombe Parish Council have already met with SDC Housing officers to discuss the plans and held an open meeting for parishioners, which housing officers declined to attend. The Parish Council subsequently wrote to Housing stating their opposition to re development of the site. The wish of the Parish Council is for the council owned Swedish houses to be sensitively restored to modern standard whilst retaining their important historic status.
Swedish houses at three other locations in Stroud District have been or are to be refurbished.

Stinchcombe History Society’s position

Not surprisingly SHS wants to preserve these historic buildings, which we have included in our heritage walk and in our Virtual Village house histories. We’ve tried and failed to get the two empty Swedish Houses listed by Historic England. Historic England recommended looking at local designation options, which we will do in parallel with any other measures for their protection.

What stage has the proposal reached?

At the Stroud District Council Housing committee meeting on the 19/3/24, members voted to add the Stinchcombe, Uley and Wotton Under Edge sites to the new Homes and Regeneration programme and progress redevelopment for the provision of new council homes, subject to planning permission. They agreed for £14.7 million to be funded from capital receipts and from Homes England.

An amendment was approved requiring that an update be brought back to committee as soon as practicable regarding highways safety and other key infrastructures considerations before the submission of planning applications. This amendment will at least ensure we get some insight into what highways and other statutory consultees think before the planning stage.
Housing currently estimates that the feasibility and pre planning stage would take another 12 – 24 months and it would take another 3 – 4 months to get planning permission.

What can we do?

The stated programme means there is still time to prepare a strong case for saving the Swedish houses and preserving our village landscape and history.

It is not something the History Society and Parish Council can do on their own – we need the support of a sizable number of villagers.

If you care about this issue and want to help. Please email with your comments.

Please include your full name if it isn’t obvious from your email address, and your postcode. We only ask this in case it should prove to be necessary if your comments are needed to show support against the threat of demolition to Stroud District Council.

Tony Mcaleavy

A Stump Descendant

A fascinating story, of hard work, opportunism, murder, and the rise to power of the successful family of a weaver from North Nibley. This was the story that the Stinchcombe History Society was told by Historian Tony McAleavy last Friday 8th in the Village Hall. The story was of a man called William Stumpe who was a just poor weaver in North Nibley but set off to make his fortune in the 1500’s.

The King is a direct descendant of a man from North Nibley!

In around the year 1500 William Stumpe moved to Malmesbury where he became extremely wealthy as a result, first, of his successful business making wool cloth and, second, by the way he obtained control of much of the property of Malmesbury Abbey after the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539. Tony McAleavy, a local historian from Malmesbury, has investigated William Stumpe’s family tree and discovered that King Charles III is a direct lineal descendant of the man from North Nibley. Some seventeen generations separated the King from his North Nibley ancestor. The following chart supplied by Tony shows the direct line of descent from Stumpe to our King today.

1stWilliam Stumpe of North Nibley (died 1552)
Joyce Berkeley
2ndSir James Stumpe (died 1562)
Bridget Baynton
3rdElizabeth Stumpe later Lady Elizabeth Knyvett (died 1587)
Sir Henry Knyvett
4thKatherine Knyvett later Countess of Suffolk (died 1633)
Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk
5thLady Katherine Howard later Countess of Salisbury (died 1673)
William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury
6thLady Elizabeth Cecil later Countess of Devonshire (died 1689)
William Cavendish 3rd Earl of Devonshire
7thWilliam Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire (died 1707)
Lady Mary Butler
8thWilliam Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire (died 1729)
Lady Rachel Russell
9thWilliam Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire (died 1755)
Catherine Hoskins
10thWilliam Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire (died 1764)
Lady Charlotte Boyle
11thLady Dorothy Cavendish, later Duchess of Portland (died 1794)
William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland
12thLord Charles Bentinck (died 1826)
13thRev. Charles Cavendish-Bentinck (died 1865)
Caroline Burnaby
14thCecilia Cavendish-Bentinck later Countess of Strathmore (died 1938)
Claude Bowes-Lyon, Earl of Strathmore
15thLady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon later Queen Elizabeth (died 2002)
King George VI
16thQueen Elizabeth II (died 2022)
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
17thKing Charles III
The Stump Family Tree

Stinchcombe Community Speedwatch

Stinchombe Speed Watch update March 2024

Stealthy Speed Monitoring: The Results

We all paid for the radar speed sign via our Council Tax so it’s only right that there should be a progress report.

Stinchcombe Speedwatch

People asked why the sign wasn’t working when it first appeared. In fact, it was stealthily logging the time and speed of every vehicle in both directions. These baseline data show the “normal” speeds at the four places marked with a red star on the map i.e. the Highways-approved locations where we have a post and mounting bar. Baseline data also enable us to quantify the slowing effect of the sign when illuminated.

Stinchcombe Speedwatch

So, how much of a speeding problem does Stinchcombe have? Here are the results:

Largest number of speeders: Taits Hill Road – Blackthorn Barn

  • over 5,000 vehicles a day in total
  • around 2,800 of those exceed the 30-mph limit
  • about 120 vehicles a day exceed 40 mph, the majority heading towards the A38
  • on average about 4 vehicles a day exceed 50 mph

Worst speeding: The Avenue

  • about 4,000 vehicles a day in total
  • over 2,100 of these exceed the 30-mph limit
  • about 10% of speeders are doing more than 40 mph
  • on average about 13 vehicles a day exceed 50 mph
  • highest recorded speed 73 mph – in the middle of the day!

Less but not trivial speeding: The Street

  • about 4,000 vehicles per day in total
  • around 670 of these exceed the 30-mph limit, mostly by only a few mph
  • this matters in a residential area with village hall, sports fields and soon to be reinstated playground – a pedestrian hit at 30 mph has a 1 in 5 chance of being killed compared with a 1 in 3 chance at 35 mph

Lack of safe crossings: Taits Hill – Vale Vets

  • no real problem with the 30-mph speed limit being broken
  • even at these compliant traffic speeds we’re told that
    • pedestrians find it difficult to cross the road safely
    • residents struggle to pull out of their driveways safely
  • we recommend that Stinchcombe and Cam Parish Councils work together to lobby for road safety improvements

Initial results with the sign illuminated are encouraging!

We’ve only processed the initial results for The Avenue and The Street to date.

The Avenue

Traffic entering the village from Dursley Road encounters the sign. While it was in place, compliance with the speed limit in that direction increased from about 40% to nearly 75%. The mean speed fell from 32.7 mph to 29.0 mph.

The Street

While the sign was in place on The Street, compliance with the speed limit for traffic travelling in the Dursley direction increased by almost 10%, from 82.71% to 92.26%. The mean speed decreased from 27.2 mph to 25.8 mph.

What’s next?

Stinchcombe Speed Watch will continue to move the radar sign around the four locations. Now we know there is a particular problem with vehicles heading towards the A38, we’re going to do 2 weeks in each direction at Taits Hill Road – Blackthorn Barn.

After several complete cycles, we’ll issue a further report looking at the effectiveness of the sign over a longer period. Will the response of drivers diminish, or will there be a progressive training effect? Time will tell.

The report will consider additional ways to maximise speed reduction. Evidence from the Police suggests that their advisory letters to recorded speeders are an effective deterrent. We’ll be looking at the feasibility of measures that generate letters to the worst and most persistent offenders, including:

  • targeted manual monitoring; and
  • deployment of a permanent AutoSpeedWatch camera on at least one of the existing posts.

The Price Tag

There would be costs associated with the AutoSpeedWatch option, which we’ll quantify in the report. Stinchcombe Speed Watch already has funds to purchase a camera and cover the first year’s data connectivity charge. Ongoing operating costs (data connectivity and the Police’s charge for letters) would need to be met from the Parish precept, which comes from our Council Tax.

We’re keen that residents should see the cost data and have chance to express their views on whether the expense would be justified.

on behalf of Stinchcombe Speed Watch

Skip to content