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Doggy DNA

Doggy DNA

DNA Protected is supported by Gloucestershire Constabulary

We are seeing a rise in the thefts of not only ‘working’ dogs but also treasured pets which are then ransomed back to the owner or used for breeding purposes. There have also been instances where owners who have advertised the loss of a dog, have been asked for cash for the return of the animal but when money is paid, it transpired that the criminal was never in possession of the dog and it was just a scam to obtain the cash.

Better than Data Chips

We have all seen on TV that criminals have been caught as a result of their DNA being found at a crime scene. DNA like fingerprints are unique to an individual and the same applies to animals, in particular to your dog. Their DNA is unique to them and cannot be altered or removed like a data chip.

It is easy and straight forward to obtain the DNA from your dog, a simple mouth swab is used to collect the sample, which is sent to the laboratory where the swab is analysed to generate the DNA profile. The DNA profile is then added to the Forensic Dog DNA Database.

The problem has always been how to identify an animal positively when it is recovered into Police possession, DNA now give’s a reliable and positive result to that question, which can be used in court. This is a positive way of identifying your dog and getting it back to you should it be lost or worse happens and it gets stolen.

The video above is a short video showing how the sample is taken. The DNA swabbing kits are available from:

For more information please contact Simon Bailey 01452 754630 or via email



Berkley and Sharpness Residents Action Group

SDC are required to accommodate 12,760 new houses between 2020 – 2040. Of these 5,223 are already planned but of the remaining 7,537 they propose to accommodate 2,400 (31%) in a so called “garden village” between Berkeley and Sharpness. In addition a further 490 houses will be accommodated on smaller sites in the area. A second phase to the “garden village” is planned to follow with a further 2,600 houses by 2050.

With developments already agreed, the total number of new houses in the Berkeley and Sharpness area will be over 5,500.

To put this in context this would be a new town approximately 5 times the size of Berkeley. If you include existing houses in the Berkeley -Sharpness area it would form an urban area similar in size to Cam and Dursley .

An action group called BASRAG (the Berkeley and Sharpness Action Group) representing the concerns of local people about development between Berkeley and Sharpness has been formed. We are concerned about Stroud District Council’s proposals in their Local Plan Review for a ‘growth point’ between Sharpness and Berkeley in a so-called “garden village” of 5,000 houses. The group was formed following locally organised residents’ meetings held in both Sharpness (Dec 2018) and Berkeley (Jan 2019).

Request from BASRAG

  • Read their www site at BASRAG
  • Send in a response to the Planning Inspector and have your say by Wednesday 21st JULY


Calendar Update

Stinchcombe Calendar 2022

Time is marching on and plans for the Stinchcombe Calendar for 2022 are taking shape.

We are hoping to be able to go to press in September so that the calendars will be ready for sale in October in anticipation of Christmas and of course the New Year 2022.

The success of the calendar however will depend on you for the photographic and/or artistic contributions that you have captured or created over the year with scenes of the village and surrounding area reflecting the different seasons and months of the year.

 Do you remember some of those lovely shots which you shared on Stinchcombe social especially during the winter?  Now is the time to look through your pictures and send your contributions to the panel with any shots for the calendar.

The panel will be looking to create a calendar with a visual focus on this lovely area of Gloucestershire where we live and the community of Stinchcombe to which we belong.

So this article is to remind you about the Stinchcombe Village Calendar 2022 and to invite you to submit possible photographs, paintings or drawings relating to Stinchcombe for a particular month, which could be selected for the 2022 calendar.

Entries should be sent to the following dedicated email address as soon as possible and no later than the beginning of September 2021, ready for the panel of experts to make their selection.

All pictures submitted will be considered, but the judges’ decision will be final.

The calendar will then be prepared for printing.

Guidelines for calendar submissions are as follows:

  • Anyone of any age with an interest and knowledge of Stinchcombe and its surroundings is encouraged to submit an entry.
  • There is no entrance charge, but if your work is selected we would expect to be able to print it in the calendar and sell the calendar on behalf of the PCC.
  • There should be a title that identifies the aspect of Stinchcombe in the picture
  • Each entry should be clearly marked with the month to be represented.
  • There should be a clear link between the month and the subject of the picture.

Please help make 2022 a special year that captures some of the best memories of our lovely village during its different seasons, activities and events.

Open Countryside

The Right to Roam

Rights of way and accessing land

You can access some land across England without having to use paths – this land is known as ‘open access land’ or ‘access land’.

Access land includes mountains, moors, heaths and downs that are privately owned. It also includes common land registered with the local council and some land around the England Coast Path.

Your right to access this land is called the ‘right to roam’, or ‘freedom to roam’.

What you can and cannot do

You can use access land for walking, running, watching wildlife and climbing. 

There are certain activities you cannot usually do on open access land, including:

  • horse-riding
  • cycling
  • camping
  • taking animals other than dogs on to the land
  • driving a vehicle (except mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs)
  • water sports

But you can use access land for horse-riding and cycling if: 

  • the landowner allows it
  • public bridleways or byways cross the land – horse riders and cyclists can ride along these
  • there are local traditions, or rights, of access

Dogs on open access land

You must keep your dog on a lead no more than 2 metres long on open access land:

  • between 1 March and 31 July – to protect ground-nesting birds
  • at all times around livestock

On land next to the England Coast Path you must keep your dog under close control.

There may be other local or seasonal restrictions. These do not apply to public rights of way or assistance dogs.

Excepted land

On access land some areas remain private (‘excepted land’). You do not have the right to access these areas, even if they appear on a map of open access land.

Excepted land includes:

  • houses, buildings and the land they’re on (such as courtyards)
  • land used to grow crops
  • building sites and land that’s being developed
  • parks and gardens
  • golf courses and racecourses
  • railways and tramways
  • working quarries

Use public rights of way to cross excepted land.

Find open access land

Books Piled High

St Cyrs Bookstall

It is wonderful to have heard of so many new people moving into our beautiful village. We thought that it may be an opportune time to remind everyone that there is a Book stall inside St. Cyr’s Church.

We have some good quality books, but would be most grateful if anyone has any children’s book which they may be willing to donate. These would benefit the younger members of our parish who have arrived recently! Any donations of good quality books are very much welcomed and can be left at the back of the church. We also have a small selection of DVDs and CDs.

St. Cyr’s is open daily, so please do pop in and have a little browse if you are passing by. It is a very interesting and attractive church with lots to see inside, it is also YOUR church, so please do visit!

With many thanks, Wendy Hamilton

Deer in the Field

60 New Houses in Stinchcombe?

Potential 60 House Development Taits Hill Road

by Russell Legg

Framework Plan
Framework Plan, Planning – Application 2021/0325/EIAS

Sensitivity Assessment

Clifton Homes. (who advertise on their website a “no win, no fee planning permissive service“) are conducting a sensitivity assessment ahead of a potential planning application in the village. At this stage the Application is for a “Screening request for proposed 60 dwellings, public open space and ancillary works

We understand that at this stage this is NOT a planning application for 60 dwellings. It is our opinion however that it will inevitably lead an application for such.

Stroud District Council are looking for feedback and evidence on the wildlife, flora and fauna of this ecologically rich meadow. Do you have pictures, information verbal or written to submit to prove the diversity of this rich site?

Our Reply

Please can you comment directly on the SDC Planning Portal against the application. Could you also provide a copy of your submission to Russell Legg.

Already, we have contacted and sought the advice of a Planning Consultant to support the local residents who would be affected by the forthcoming application. We also made the following five points to the Stinchcombe Parish Council, and the Local Councillors for Stinchcombe and Cam who have all been very supportive.

  1. We already have an adopted local Plan signed off in 2015. There is a great deal of certainty as to where growth and development will go. Stroud District Council has 6.56 years forward supply of land to satisfy that plan. Speculative and unplanned development such as this scheme are contrary to the local plan and unnecessary.
  2. Irrespective of this the site is in the influence of the Cotswold AONB and would significantly and detrimentally detract from this Landscape character.
  3. Access arrangements are sub standard and would make safety on Taits Hill Road a major issue.
  4. The lack of services and facilities mean most residents would need to use a car.
  5. The Site is rich in ecology and in the absence of a more detailed survey the development would be detrimental to the Ecology of the area.
Impact of the proposed site
The proposed site viewed against the backdrop of the AONB

Taits Hill Action Group

We have also formed the Taits Hill Action Group to communicate and co-ordinate all the information and objections of the local residents in the local area both Stinchcombe and Cam.

  • Clingre Down – John Delafield- 01453 544 597
  • Field Lane and West End – Ken Eales – 07785 516 569
  • Orchard Leaze – Heat Patel – 07425 318 461
  • Taits Hill Road – Russell Legg – 07850 383 649
  • Stinchcombe Village – Kath Hudson – 01453 542 132

Questions, Queries and Help with Comments to the SDC please contact your local co-ordinator please.


Are we seeing the slow death of Democracy?

by Richard Bartlam

Rule by the people

From the Encyclopaedia Britannia Democracy, literally, rule by the people. The term is derived from the Greek dēmokratia, which was coined from dēmos (“people”) and kratos (“rule”)

The world seems to me to be changing, slowly and surely, to a one that is less Democratic and more Authoritarian. In the last twenty years China has once again receded to the complete one person one party state, with Party App Xi Jinping on phones now tracking, teaching, spying on its people. Gone are the days of the “Little Red Book” when you can have an app for that! We see democracy in Hong Kong slowly being squeezed to death by the State and it operates an estimated 1,200 concentration camps in Xinjiang. Also gone are the days when China was content to be the world’s cheap manufacture, it now also has an aggressive foreign policy.

Likewise Russian, since Putin became acting President on 31st December 1999 when Boris Yeltsin unexpectedly “resigned” he become the de facto “head” of Russia. He first served two 4 year terms, but was barred from a third by the then constitution. So he handed over the “power” but was immediately made “Prime Minister of Russia” Since regaining the “Precedency” for two more terms he has eliminated all candidates in the opposing parties and suggest major constitutional amendments that will keep him in power past 2024. During his term Russia has moved in an autocratic direction

Both of the above are countries where one man has used that party to become omnipotent. However what I find equally disturbing is what is happening right now in Texas USA where one party is now trying to secure the next election by changing the voting rules. Thus eliminating a large proportion of the the population from voting with the Republicans introducing 389 bills with restrictive provisions in 48 states. Is American, the “land of the free”, the next country to be the land of the single party?

Only around half the worlds population live in a “democracy” but some like India should now now be downgraded as an “Electoral autocracy” Other countries like Saudi Arabia although having implemented some modest reforms for women still allow no political parties or national elections. An International Aline was “hijacked” by state security to arrest an opposition blogger but despite much protest, little real actions has been take by the EU. Likewise, little has happened to Myanmar since the the government was overthrown and disappeared.

Governments of the world should re-read the poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller. A poem I have always found emotional to read. The words may need to change, but the sentiment of the poem remains true today. And if our governments truly believe in democracy, maybe it’s time to speak out?

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

If you are interested in the above, perhaps you might like to read “Democracy under Siege” by Freedom House.

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