Editorial June 2022

For the last time from us, Dear Readers, Hello! As many of you will have seen, Jan, Tom and Mary are ready for a break and are stepping down from the production of ECN. We have had a wonderful time sharing your stories and events and helping to promote the great community spirit that exists […]

ECO – Jubilee Picnic

If you’re looking for some fun on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, why not drop in for a family friendly picnic in the village’s very own community orchard? The main entrance is on Spring Hill, between the church and the driveway to Eastington Park. It’s being held at lunchtime on Friday June 3rd between […]

District Council News June 2022

For those who use taxis regularly, taxi fares in the District are likely to increase in the summer months. A report recommending a modest increase for the first for four years will be going to Community Services and Licensing Committee in June. This increase should help taxi drivers cover their recent uplift in fuel costs, […]

Eastington Playgroup – June 2022

Another busy term at playgroup, we can’t quite believe where this academic year has gone and that we will soon be going into the final term before the summer holidays. However, they do say time flies when you are having fun, and we have certainly had a lot of fun! We have enjoyed a lot […]

Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue June 2022

Please make sure you put plenty of fresh water out for wildlife as it can be life-saving in dry weather. We recommend feeding hedgehogs with dried cat food. This doesn’t attract flies during the hot weather and is good for the hedgehogs. We don’t recommend feeding bread, milk, mealworms, sunflower hearts, cooked meats or human […]

Blue Frog – Bread and Butter

  Thank you, thank you, thank you!! To everyone that came and supported the performance of ‘Bread and Butter’ in the church in March. We were truly overwhelmed by the support and the generosity of everyone who came. Both performances were amazing and our ladies from Hicklefords Bakery were absolute stars!! We raised over £1000 […]

Click and Collect: A Lockdown Story

Greg Giddens Lockdown drastically changed my life, much like it has everyone’s lives. For a time, it stole social experiences from us, and forced us to into becoming reclusive. Work became remote for many, isolating us from colleagues. Even going outside was restricted. Our homes became our whole world. For many this was deeply upsetting […]

Eastington Summer Yard Sale Trail

Sunday June 26th 10 am – 2 pm   Have a de-clutter – and/or walk around and grab a bargain! £5 sellers fee, proceeds to Eastington Church. Maps will be available on the day from the Badger and the Co-op and from the ECN website and on Facebook. Don’t miss out! Here is the link […]

Rotary in the Severn Vale

I’m happy to confirm that we are maintaining our regular breakfasts 07.00/07.30 at The Whitminster Inn on first and third Tuesday of each month. Our gatherings are always enjoyable with most having an interesting and often entertaining speaker. Recent speakers have included Stuart Watts, a local man, from Retro Track & Air Ltd. This family […]

Coming in June the Stanley Players’ presents two murder mystery comedies! In Michael Snelgrove’s Hidden Meanings a Fraud Squad investigator looking into the disappearance of £300,000 from a company’s accounts, doesn’t expect to walk in on Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, or to find himself investigating a case of murder. But in this hilarious farce, […]

Memories of Middlehall Farm

Stephen Mills The Covid pandemic had many of us isolating for protracted periods. Some (like me!) probably spent too much time in front of the television, although others used their time more productively, catching up with various things that had been put off for too long. Such was the case with former Eastington resident Dan […]

Red Kite over Eastington

20 years ago this would have been a rare sight – Red Kites were virtually extinct in England, due to persecution, destruction of habitat and use of pesticides. They were still present in Wales and they were re-introduced into the Chilterns. They have since spread their wings as it were, and moved back into Gloucestershire. […]

Frampton Village Society Talks

A warm welcome is extended to everyone to come to our series of 2022 illustrated talks which we hope will be of interest to all local people. The talks are ‘normally‘ on Friday evenings starting at 7.30pm in our Village Hall, but during Covid we have been organising some talks electronically via Zoom. We are […]

Eastington Methodist Church

Last Autumn, we announced that the members of the church voted to leave the Methodist Church of Great Britain denomination. This is proving to be a long drawn out process and we are looking to God to bring about a satisfactory or even miraculous outcome.. The decision has been made to close Eastington Methodist Church […]

Frampton Surgery Update

Patient Participation Group (PPG). We continue to work with the surgery to improve the service. If you have any feedback or suggestions for improvement, please email myppg@framptononsevern.com in confidence, or call Ali on 741988, or Jane on 740964. You can also contact the Practice Manager, Claire Farragher direct via www.framptonsurgery.co.uk – select ‘Administration Office’ and […]

Betty Barnfield

Betty passed away peacefully on Wednesday 27th April, aged 102. A service of thanksgiving for the her life was held at Eastington Church on Friday 20th May. Betty featured in ECN on the happy occasion of her 100th birthday, and had previously written for us about her memories of WWII. She was well known and […]

Editorial April 2022

Hello again, We are still enjoying the early spring as I write. What a joy to see – and feel – some real sunshine, to see the blossom and emerging flowers, and to see more people out and about. Even if there is cold weather in the forecast, this welcome taster is bringing hope of […]

Eastington Playgroup April 2022

We’ve had a very busy term so far and may the weather continue! Chinese New Year – the year of the tiger, sparked some interesting new foods to try. The children have enjoyed making Chinese lanterns and dragons. During the Winter Olympic games, we used maps to discover and explore our world, looked at different […]

Eastington Cricket Club

The usual pre season tension is in the air: Where did I leave my cricket kit at the end of last season and did I wash my kit after the last game? Those who found their kit (and washed it!) have had two net sessions already. There are two more arranged: ● Sunday April 3rd, […]

Eastington Craft and Chat Group

We enjoyed a lovely day out at Cheltenham Craft Festival in Cheltenham Town Hall. It was a very interesting day, the crafts on display were truly amazing – and although quite expensive I’m sure were well worth the money. We had a rest and coffees in the cafe, then some of us had a wander […]

Eastington’s coal wharf

Stephen Mills For more than two centuries, the Stroudwater Canal was one of Eastington’s most important features. Opened in 1779, its arrival cut through the village, creating an important trade route to the ‘outside’ world. At the time, its impact must have been significant, perhaps as great as when the M5 sliced through the parish […]

Walking for Longfield

Remember a loved one by taking part in this year’s Walk Longfield Community Hospice will be hosting a spring walk at 10.30 am on Sunday 15 May and encourages locals to sign up for the perfect family day out. The ‘Walk for Longfield’ will offer a choice of 5 or 10K routes, setting off from […]

Wild Hogs in your garden

Traditionally, spring is the time hedgehogs emerge from hibernation. This year, the weather has been so mild that many of them haven’t hibernated or have only done so for a short time. This means they need food and water, at a time when their natural food is limited. Hedgehogs naturally eat earthworms, beetles, bugs and […]

Ukulele!

Do you play ukulele? Would like to learn? Come and join us on a Monday evening at 7:00pm in the Kings Stanley village hall. We are a small, friendly and informal group of players of various abilities know as The Stanley Strummers. Complete beginners welcome. If you think you might be interested in joining us […]

Farewell to Eastington Horse Show

It is with great sadness, due to the ongoing development in the area, that after all these years we will have to call a closure on Eastington Horse Show. The 26th Annual Show was held at Claypits in 1951 – the first show being held in 1925, so has been going for 97 years, possibly […]