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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

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.

Voter ID

Elections 2024 – Voter ID

Elections and Photo ID

Remember, on all Elections like Thursday 2 May 2024 – electors must present photo ID at the polling station before a ballot paper can be issued.

Here’s all you need to know about voter ID:

• The full list of acceptable photo ID can be found at
• Only original copies of documents can be presented in the polling station.
• Photo ID can be expired as long as it resembles you.
• Postal voters will not need to present photo ID.
• For electors who have appointed a proxy to vote on their behalf, the proxy will need to bring their own photo ID.
• If you do not have an acceptable form of photo ID, you can apply free-of-charge for a Voter Authority Certificate at It is valid for up to 10 years as long as the photo resembles you. Make sure you have applied by Wednesday 24 April 2024.

For further information and questions? Email or call 01453 766321.

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:

SURVEY END DATE is Sunday 24 September

Dursley Running Club

Community Activities at Dursley Rugby Football Club

Community Activities at Dursley Rugby Football Club: How To Get Involved

I’m sure most Stinchcombe residents know of Dursley Rugby Club (DRFC) located at the top of The Avenue in the Village. However, not everyone may know that incorporated into the Rugby Club is a cricket club, a running club, a triathlon club and there’s also a gym available.

There is a wide range of activities for all ages which we’ll be telling you about over the next few editions, but firstly we want to let you know about two activities in particular – the Mindful Mile which runs every Saturday morning and the Autumn Walk2Run Programme which starts on Saturday the 16th September.

These two activities are run by Dursley Running Club (DRC) for the community and are as much about promoting health and wellbeing as running. There is no requirement to be or become a member of the club.

The Mindful Mile

The Mindful Mile is open to anyone of any age and children are particularly welcome. It’s held every Saturday at 9am starting at the Rugby Club and follows a one lap course around the grounds of the Club which can be run or walked or a combination of both. It’s supported by run leaders at the club with the particular aim of promoting health and wellbeing. Please feel free to just turn up and see what it’s all about.

The Walk2Run

The Running Club normally holds a Walk2Run programme in the New Year for anyone who is keen to try out running. Due to its success, we’re launching an Autumn programme as well this year which starts on Saturday 16th September and lasts for 10 weeks.

The programme is designed for adults as an introduction to running. It’s fully supported by experienced run leaders, many of whom have previously competed the programme. The aim is for everyone to build up their endurance gently over the 10 week programme so they are able to run or run/walk 5K. The sessions will incorporate warm up and stretching techniques to prevent injury.

Walk2Run will be incorporated with the Mindful mile on a Saturday morning at 9am and a second weekly session will be held on Tuesday evenings at 18.30, starting at the Club.

We have found that by following the programme as a group, participants will make new friends and are more likely to keep it going after the programme has finished.

If you’re interested in the Mindful Mile then please come along and join us with your family.

If you would like to join the Walk2Run sessions or have any questions, please contact Damian at

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