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Stinchcombe Village Hall Autumn Update

Extension and Improvement Project

Following several public consultations earlier in the year The Village Hall Trustees have made changes to the design of the Hall extension and prioritised the installation of acoustic panels which were highlighted concerns from a few local residents. Full Planning permission was obtained for this improvement project, and we have obtained quotations from 4 local Builders. We are currently applying for Grant funding and planning several Fundraising events; details of events will be announced shortly. Subject to raising sufficient funds we hope to commence work in around 12 months.

Stinchcombe Village Hall Classes & Clubs

At the consultations it became apparent that a few people were not fully aware of current events and activities at the Hall, these are all listed on the Hall website and listed below.

Better Balance

About Better Balance

Tuesdays, 12:45pm-1:45pm.

Our classes are designed for those who have had a fall or are concerned about their balance. Classes consist of a mixture of chair based and standing exercises.

Anyone who feels the classes could benefit them are eligible to attend. You can either self-refer or be referred by a health professional to participate in the classes. Please complete referral form here.

The Better Balance scheme promotes balance and confidence while helping to:

  • Prevent falls and improve stamina
  • Increase strength, mobility and flexibility
  • Lower the risk of osteoporosis
  • Improve blood pressure and cholesterol

Blood Donors

Regular sessions are held in the main Hall, Book online. Telephone 0300 123 23 23

Boogie Shoes Line Dancing

Every Thursday with classes for all levels

  • 7:00pm – 8:00pm Beginners
  • 8:00pm – 9:00pm Improvers
  • 9:00pm – 10:00p Intermediate

We hold line dance classes on a weekly basics to learn all the new dances coming out.
Our club is made up of people of all ages and gender who enjoy making new friends and just simply like having fun!!!
They enjoy spending time together at our Classes and Events.

Cam & Dursley Table Tennis Club

Tuesdays at 7.30pm

The Club is open to anyone interested in the game of table tennis.

Visitors are always welcome but to ensure the Club is open and there are table available, it is preferable to ring NIGEL MEREDITH (tel 07884435122 or 01453 546795) or email tt2u2013@gmail.com. Table subs are £4 a night for normal club nights, and membership is £17 a year if you decide to join.

The Club has three teams in the Stroud Table Tennis League and have home matches on Tuesday evenings from September to March. However, there are usually practice tables even when matches are being held.

Cook Stars

Kids Cooking Classes

Tuesdays 3:45pm-5:00pm Minis and Juniors, ages 2-11

At Cook Stars we take care of all the preparation to make it easy for your Children to simply come along and enjoy our sessions. All ingredients, cooking equipment, an apron, packaging and cooking know-how is provided! Everyone takes home their lovely dish along with a recipe card to cook again at home. We even see to the clearing away and washing, we provide everything you’ll need to cook we also treat children to a craft activity and a snack to keep them entertained during cooking time.

There’s lots of opportunity to experiment with different preparation methods….weighing, measuring, shape cutting, decorating, rolling and much more! We learn about different ingredients, try new foods and develop useful life skills. We believe the secret to pleasurable learning is though ‘play’ so we keep our class sizes small to tailor our support and encourage individuals whilst we cook up a wide range of delicious dishes.

Claire Langran

  • Tel: 07947 906246
  • email: claire@cookstars.co.uk
  • Website

Dance Classes for children aged 2 years & up!

Mondays 5:15 – 6:15pm for Tap & Jazz for 8+
Thursdays 10:00am – 10:45am for Pre-schoolers 2-4 years

Tap & Jazz for ages 8+

This class is all about learning brand new skills in tap dance & jazz. From beginners to children with some experience we welcome you all! Each class focuses on exercises to better your technique in both genres followed with a routine at the end of the class that you will continue to work on for a few weeks.

Pre-schoolers class

Our preschool class is all about learning new dance moves & techniques, making new friends, building your little ones confidence & most of all, having fun! We want to encourage children to be themselves and to always make learning new things fun! Grown-ups are welcome to stay in class & watch.

ALL CLASSES OFFER A 2 WEEK TRIAL PAY ON THE DAY!

Dursley & District Flower Society

Every 2nd Monday in the Month

Learn to arrange and enjoy flowers. Watch demonstrations by experts. Visit shows and festivals. Sales Table with containers and accessories. Meet every 2nd Monday in the Month 1.45 p.m. for 2.00 p.m. Anyone is welcome to join – modest subscriptions. You do not need to buy flowers regularly. You may attend as a visitor before joining the Society.

  • For further information contact: Margaret Wannell 01453 546200

Dursley Rugby Minnows

Dursley Minnows Rugby is a rugby-based play program aimed at pre-school children from ages 2-school entry. The sessions focus on building motor skill development and confidence for pre-school children to develop a love and enjoyment of exercise as they progress to school. We run separately to Dursley Rugby Club, however, maintain a close association to support the transition of players and parents to Dursley Rugby Club for under 6’s.

Contact: Arron

Dursley Karate Club 

Every Wednesday from 8pm

The club is an adult only club.

We accept new beginners at the start of each month. You can visit our Facebook page to leave a message. https://www.facebook.com/dursleywadokarate

  • Contact: For more information Tel: 07768 241522

Fit Fix Exercise Classes

Every Monday at 6.30pm

Our classes are martial arts & boxing to motivating & empowering music designed to tone muscle & burn fat. It challenges all parts of the body with high & low impact options to suit your personal fitness ability. We warmly welcome men & women wanting to make improvements to their health & well-being and of course have some laughs along the way. Mondays at 6.30pm. Yes, you can just drop in.

Contact:

  • Please phone Sam Cairns on 07793 755240 for any additional information.

Floating Lotus Yoga

Wednesday’s 6:30 – 7.30pm

The village hall has a wooden floor and is within easy access of Dursley, Cam and surrounding areas. Its rural location guarantees a peaceful place to practice yoga.  Ample on-site parking is available.

  • Contact us Tel: 07932 113893

Palette Club

Wednesdays 9.30 – 12.30 in the Committee Room

We meet to paint together 9.30 – 12.30 every week. We enjoy occasional demonstrations, workshops and outings to sketch or visit exhibitions.

Stinchcombe History Society

Stinchcombe History Society hosts talks and exhibitions which are advertised on the Village Hall calendar, Stinchcombe e-news, Stinchcombe newsletter, local Facebook pages and local notice boards.

Tiny Toads Stinchcombe Playgroup

Mondays 10:00am – 11:30am

A welcoming stay and play group for babies and toddlers (0-4s) and their parents/carers. . This is a community run traditional playgroup, all are welcome! Come and join us for some fun with the little ones. Meet other like-minded parents whilst the Children play. Tea, Coffee and snacks included. Booking is essential – search Eventbrite ‘Tiny Toads Playgroup’.

Zumba with Ali

Tuesdays 6pm – 7pm

Latin dance inspired fun fitness classes for any age and ability. Beginners very welcome. £5 pay as you go.

Contact

Stroud District Council

Disposal of batteries

Safe disposal of batteries (a further reminder!)

Residents are being warned not to discard batteries at home after a fire was started in a recycling truck.

The incident occurred when a crew from Stroud District Council’s waste and recycling partner, Ubico, was collecting recycling in Stonehouse earlier this month. After the contents of a bin had been deposited and then compacted, the crew heard an explosion and saw smoke coming from the back of the truck.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire. It is thought that the cause was a discarded battery or an e-cigarette. Hundreds of fires are caused by crushed or damaged batteries and gas cylinders incorrectly discarded in waste and recycling trucks and recycling centres across the UK every year.

Batteries, vapes, and electrical items should never be put in household waste or recycling containers. They can explode and cause fires when crushed, so they need to be disposed of separately. They can be disposed of at various locations across the district, including most supermarkets and household waste and recycling centres.

Use the Stroud District Council’s Waste Wizard to find out how to dispose of batteries, vapes and all electrical items safely.

A video by campaign group Recycle Your Electricals and the National Fire Chiefs Council reiterates the importance of recycling batteries separately from household waste and recycling. 

Stroud District Council

What canal? A Survey.

What canal? This canal survey is for you even if you’ve never visited it

Community organisations are keen to hear peoples’ experiences of the Cotswold Canals – and views from those people who don’t currently use it, to generate a baseline so people’s awareness and attitude towards the canals can be measured over the coming years.

Everyone who lives in the Stroud district is welcome to fill out the survey including those who regularly use and enjoy the canals and wider canal corridors, people who live nearby, and others who live in the district who have never or rarely visited it.

The survey asks participants about the two linked Cotswold Canals: the Stroudwater Canal (from Saul Junction to Wallbridge in Stroud) and Thames and Severn Canal (from Wallbridge to Brimscombe). The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal (from Gloucester in the north to Sharpness in the south) is not included.

The survey is at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CotswoldCanals2023

SURVEY END DATE is Sunday 24 September

Be a councillor

Be a Councillor

Be a Councillor’ Event – Wednesday 6th September 2023

Have you ever thought about standing for election as a Councillor?

If you have a keen interest in your local community, have innovative ideas, a commitment to local people and are passionate about making a difference in the Stroud District area, then please join us to learn more about what being a Councillor entails. The ‘Be a Councillor’ event is being held in the evening on Wednesday 6 th September at Ebley Mill, Stroud District Council. The event will be an excellent chance for any prospective District, Parish or Town Councillors to find out what it really means to be a Councillor.

There will be presentations from Officers and current Councillors addressing how the Council works, the process of standing for election and the support that is available to Councillors. They will also outline a Councillor’s duties, the variety of opportunities that are available to them and give advice on how to how to successfully juggle this role with their daily life.

There will also be an opportunity to speak to current Councillors and ask any questions you may have about the role.

Wednesday 6 th September 2023 – Council Chamber, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, GL5 4UB. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

  • The event for prospective Parish/Town Councillors will start at 6.00pm
  • The event for prospective District Councillors will start at 7.00pm

If you think being a Stroud District councillor is for you please email democratic.services@stroud.gov.uk to register your interest.

If you would like more information on becoming a councillor please follow the link: https://www.stroud.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/becoming-a-councillor

Homes for Ukraine

Refugee Week in Gloucestershire

Every week is Refugee Week in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire County Council, as part of the local Strategic Migration Partnership, is celebrating the contribution refugees have in the county and beyond.

Refugee Week took place 19 – 25 June, however for public and voluntary sector partners every week is for supporting and celebrating refugees and asylum seekers.

Currently, Gloucestershire is committed to resettling 35 Afghan families under the government’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP), with 31 families currently resettled in the county. This means adults can get their lives back on track, while their children can flourish in welcoming and supportive local schools. There are also people being offered a safe place to live under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

Gloucestershire has welcomed nearly 1500 Ukrainian guests, including more than 300 school-aged children. While some have chosen to move on or go back to Ukraine, others have stayed and settled in the county. Currently there are 356 households hosting Ukrainian guests in Gloucestershire; opening their family homes to welcome those displaced by war.

In addition to those from Ukraine and Afghanistan, a further 89 families (364 people) from Syria have so far been supported to resettle in the county, under the Gloucestershire Refugee Resettlement Programme (GRRP).

Gloucestershire’s Strategic Migration Partnership

All resettlement schemes are over-seen by the Strategic Migration Partnership, made up of representatives from many of the public sector organisations in Gloucestershire. The partnership works with local charities and aid workers to establish local support as asylum seekers navigate their way to a safer environment to live in. They make sure asylum seekers get access to medical treatment, emotional support, and practical help, such as housing and clothes.

How can you help?

The Homes for Ukraine scheme is always looking for new hosts who are able to share their home with Ukrainian guests. Find out more about becoming a host at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/your-community/ukrainian-support/gloucestershire-homes-for-ukraine-sponsor-guide/

Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers are looking for landlords who would consider renting to a refugee family resettled in Gloucestershire, through the Home Office Resettlement schemes. Find out more about GARAS at https://www.garas.org.uk/

FHAF

Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Free Family Holiday Activity and Food Programme

The Holiday Activities and Food programme will be available this summer for four weeks during the school holidays in Gloucestershire. It aims to provide children with free activities to keep them happy, healthy, and entertained.

Families who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals can register now for the summer Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) funded by the Department for Education.

This summer, using grant funding, Gloucestershire County Council is once again able to extend fun, enriching holiday activities to all children and young people in the county, through its Holiday Activities Programme (HAP).

Both the HAF and HAP programmes will run for four weeks during the school holidays.

Families are encouraged to:


There are lots of great options to choose from again including drama and science workshops, sports and games, art, and crafts, as well as the ever-popular ticketed attractions. More information is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/haf.

To support families in accessing and participating in HAF activities, six new HAF Community Connectors have been introduced in Gloucestershire. These Connectors, one for each district, aim to provide additional assistance to families in need. Furthermore, families eligible for benefits-related free school meals can apply for Holiday Free School Meal vouchers provided by the council. Each child, from reception to year 11, will receive £30 for a two-week period (£15 per week). More information on how to apply can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/holiday-school-meal-vouchers/.

Parents who have registered previously are automatically included and do not need to reapply. Families whose circumstances may have changed can find out about eligibility for free school meals on our website. Anyone who needs additional support over the summer can apply to the Household Support Fund, which supports households in the most need with food, energy and water bills, and other essential items. The council’s Support Hub also includes links to helpful information and advice, including tools to help save money and look after health and wellbeing.

Stinchcombe Parish Council - A community with Spirit

Parish Council News – July 2023

New Councillor

The Parish Council is back up to full strength as we welcome Tracey Legg as our new member. Tracey has lived in Stinchcombe for 25 years and brings with her considerable experience in administration work and a good understanding of the planning process which should prove very useful. We are pleased to have someone from Taits Hill Road on the Council as it’s good to have representation from various parts of the village.

As previously announced we have also recently welcomed Charlie MacFarlane to the Council. Charlie lives on The Street and has nobly agreed to take on the role of Chair of the Council where he’s already doing an excellent job.

Our other Councillors, Marian Shaw, Diana Davidson and Ian Kirkham all continue to carry out their duties and represent the village as well as ever.

Preparing for Winter

Gloucestershire County Council has agreed a process to allow us to have more grit bins. If you know of any bins that need replacing or relocating, or can think of particular locations where they would be useful, please let the Clerk know as soon as possible.

Once the leaves start to fall, blocked drains become an increasing problem and our County Councillor, Linda Cohen is starting a “Leaf It Out” campaign to try and encourage residents to clear the drains by their properties just to keep the worst under control without waiting for Highways to do it. Any help you can provide in doing this would be greatly appreciated. It would also be very helpful if, where possible, residents could avoid parking over drains so that Highways can reach them when they do come to clear them.

Highways Have Your Say

Gloucestershire residents are being asked for their views on all things highways after a new survey was launched. The survey asks residents for their views on road condition, grass verges, pavements, street lighting, road signs and more. Please try to spare the time to make your views known.
Gloucestershire County Council want more detail on what residents think at a local level. They’re also offering anyone who completes the survey the opportunity to take part in further focus groups to offer more detailed feedback.

Access the highways survey before it closes midday 1 August 2023. Offline submissions also available on request.
Reporting highways issues can be done online Your Highways – Report it – Highways (gloucestershire.gov.uk)

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