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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.


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

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

Safari Supper 3

Safari Supper 24 Review

Stinchcombe Safari Supper
Friday 1st March 2024

What an amazing evening we all had at the 3rd Village Safari Supper, such a popular event!

Altogether, 75 people enjoyed canapes and drinks in the church followed by delicious dinner and wine with their hosts around the village followed by puddings, cheese, port, coffee, tea and more wine back at St Cyr’s.

Safari Supper

The raffle was, as usual, fantastically popular, raising nearly £600 with terrific prizes which were all so generously donated by local people. This year the Friends of St Cyr are specifically raising funds to install “state of the art infra-red heating in the church, a major project which will allow us to be more cost efficient and work towards being carbon neutral. We also need to fund £10,000 worth of roof repairs replacing all the ridge tiles.

The Safari Supper raised nearly £2,500 and we thank all our hosts around the village: The Battys, Browns, Jelfs, Leggates, Leggs, McFarlane/Woolfendens, Pinches and the Thomases.

Safari Supper

Thanks also to everyone who donated raffle prizes and those who made canapes and puddings. A huge thanks to all our guests from the village, from Minchinhampton golf club and everyone who travelled to support the event. A massive special thanks to Roger Batty and Lynn Brown who led and organized the whole evening, we are indebted to them.

Safari Supper

Hopefully for the next Safari Supper we will have created more circulation space at the back of the church and our new heating system will be up and running. Can’t wait!!!

Russ Legg

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