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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

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 to register your interest.

If you would like more information on becoming a councillor please follow the link:

Emergency Alert

Emergency Alerts!

The Emergency Alerts service

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live.

  • The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger.
  • It will be used to warn you in the event of emergencies, such as severe flooding.
  • If you receive an alert, read the alert carefully and follow the instructions.

On Sunday 23 April 2023 at 3pm, there will be a national test of the Emergency Alerts service.

Emergency Alerts are sent to all compatible mobile phones within an area of risk. They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data. Only the government and the emergency services will be able to send them. If you don’t have a mobile phone, you’ll still be kept informed through other channels.

If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone:

  • You’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound.
  • A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond.

You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine at
You can opt out of receiving emergency alerts; for more information on how to opt out please go to

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub Logo

Upcoming events @ the Heritage Hub

The Heritage Hub

The Gloucestershire Heritage Hub is home to the Gloucestershire ArchivesGloucestershire Family History SocietyGloucestershire Police Archives and a number of other heritage charities, including Gloucester History Festival.

Online Visitors

Even online, it a great source of information and even has it’s own YouTube channel

Upcoming events

Wednesday 25 January

13:00 – 14:00

Opening the door on house history, this online presentation will look at all aspects of house history in Gloucestershire from materials in the County Archives.

Castle or cottage; villa or farmhouse; town or country – whatever its size, age or location, your house will have a history.  Whether you will be able to find out much about it is another question – for as with all historical research a great deal will depend upon what has survived.  

Saturday 4 February

13:00 – 16:00 

Following the theme of house history, this Saturday event will include a programme of talks dedicated to house history research.  Talks from Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucestershire Family History Society. Free to attend, booking is advised. 

Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces

Cost of Living Emergency: “Warm Spaces” provision

Stroud District Council has set up a warm spaces resources page which includes an interactive map.

GL11 Community Hub

See the entries under Cam and Dursley for what is offered by our local support group #WarmGL11, coordinated by GL11 Community Hub. Local churches, the NHS, voluntary organisations and representatives from some parish councils are taking part. The resources page also has lots of guidance for organisations setting up warm hubs and their volunteers.

Along with a few others from Stinchcombe, I recently experienced the warm welcome at St George’s on a Thursday morning!


There is a cost associated with providing these much needed services. Stinchcombe Parish Council has not made a donation because it was decided that it should be a personal decision for individual parishioners.  If you are in a position to offer financial support and would like to do so, you can donate via the funding platform

Donations can be general, specific to GL11, one-off or recurring.


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