The opens in a new windowEU Settlement Scheme is open for applications for all EU, EEA (European Economic Area) and Swiss citizens (including any non-EU family members) who live in the UK, and want to continue to have the right to live, work and study in the UK following Brexit. The deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June 2021, so we are urgently seeking all those who may not yet have applied.
In Gloucestershire, Citizens Advice and Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) are partnering with Gloucestershire County Council to offer free advice and help to any individuals or families applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.
With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.
John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Gloucestershire, part of the opens in a new windowWalking in England suite of websites – one for each county in England, has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.
With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.
So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!
Chris Davies used to work in decommissioning at Berkeley and is now the Parish Council representative on the Site Stakeholder Group (SSG). They meet quarterly where they discuss progress, problems, and the Regulators give their reports. All local councils have representatives.
The Speed Watch Group and the Stinchcombe Playground Working Party have sent all Stinchcombe households a survey asking what level of Precept the Council should levy and what level the householders would be willing to pay.
The website has been upgraded to an SSL Certificate at the start of 2021. It’s that little “padlock” to the left of the site address on your web browser. The address is also now https:// we before it was just http://.
What does it mean
To put it simply, the extra “s” means your connection to that website is secure and encrypted; any data you enter is safely shared with that website. The technology that powers that little “s” is called SSL, which stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.”
The League of Friends at the Vale hospital has been contacted by local surgeries. Asking if they can inform as many people as possible not to contact surgeries directly regarding vaccination availability.
At the present time local surgeries are being inundated with unnecessary phone calls.
In line with the guidance set out by the Government, Surgeries will contact their patients when they are eligible.
The Vale Hospital is closed for minor emergencies whilst they are using it for vaccinations. The rest of the hospital is operating as normal.
If you think that jaw dropping Wildlife is only to be found overseas, in Stinchcombe we are blessed with our own Great Migration – the annual return of amphibians to their ancestral ponds. On warm(ish) wet nights in early spring, hundreds of toads (and some frogs and newts) make their way across fields, hedges, ditches, woods to the ponds where they spawned to mate. We probably wouldn’t know it was happening if it wasn’t for something else they have to cross: the roads. If you’re driving down around St Cyr’s at the right time, it is very much the wrong time- the lanes are littered with the little creatures and it is nigh on impossible not to squash them. Unless of course, some kind humans help them.
For quite a few years now, Stinchcombe has been blessed with a strong team of volunteer Toad Patrollers who keep a weather eye on the lanes and are ready to grab raincoats and buckets to collect up the toads on the roads. It is now time to put together the team for 2021. It’s an interesting way to spend a February early evening – enjoying the full moon, the stars, owls, badgers, foxes, mice as well as the various amphibians on our patch, and social distancing is so easy!
Gloucestershire Toads On Roads
Tramping up and down the lane on cold, damp nights is not for everyone and there is no guarantee that you will see a toad but there are other ways to help out; investigating sightings, putting up posters etc. If you would like to help out this year, please let me know. Even better, sign up to Gloucestershire Toads On Roads – GlosTOR- a county organisation linked to the national Amphibian Charity Froglife. They coordinate all the toad crossings in our county and provide guidance as well as feeding our results into the national database for important conservation work. You can sign up to GlosTor here: 2021 GlosTor Signup Form.If you have signed up before, please do so again- they don’t reuse contact details from previous years.
We are in Stroud District and our crossing is Stinchcombe Church Road. They will then put you in touch with me as Patrol Manager (one of my favourite descriptions) and I’ll be in touch with more information.