Editorial 181 – no printed magazine

Hello fellow lock-downers, We have reluctantly decided not to publish a printed magazine for June/July 2020.  Last time there was a huge amount of new information that we thought it was important to get ‘out there’ – especially for those without easy internet access.  Right now, however, there is less to justify the slight extra […]

Editorial 180

Dear Readers, I hope you are all staying as safe and well as possible in these difficult times. We are all taking the utmost care to stick to all distancing and sanitising advice here and urge everyone to do so. We hope you like Sarah’s poem on the ‘corona and dren‘ page – the line […]

Corona Virus -Please Ask for Help

Isolated? You are not alone! The so called ‘social distancing’ is very badly named. At this time ‘social togetherness’ is more apparent more than ever – just in a physically distant sort of way. There are so many good people wanting to help those that perhaps do not have friends or family close by. If […]

Corona – calling all Volunteers

Would you like to spend some time helping others – shopping, other errands, dog walking or just being a friendly face (voice!) to talk to? We are sure that those of you that can are helping friends and family, but this is a hard time for people who do not have local support – and […]

Corona and Children

School related questions – there is a lot of information on www.gloucestershire.gov.uk, but if you can’t find your answer, there is a dedicated phone line and email address to help parents with all school related enquiries, including questions relating to Free School Meals Tel: 01452 426015 or email COVIDSchoolenquiries@gloucestershire.gov.uk. There are some really good free […]

Corona – Doctors and Vets

Doctors Health concerns in general should initially be addressed by checking NHS online services for advice if possible or otherwise by phoning 111. Use electronic means for repeat prescriptions as far as possible (e.g. Google EverGreen or Patient Access). Please check for online updates/info news from your surgery if possible – otherwise always email or […]

Corona – 61 Bus and other restricted services

Number 61 Bus Service. The Service is being reduced to two-hourly – see the temporary timetable:- https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/West/Temporary/61.pdf Or just go to www.stagecoachbus.com and look for the updates. On the up side, time restrictions applying to the English national concessionary bus pass scheme in Gloucestershire will be removed from Monday 23 March. Anyone holding a pass […]

Corona – A little help….

Some  of the kind offers being made by our business community  – and a little government relief.   Electrical Breakdown help I would like to offer, for a 3 month period, free Electrical call outs to anyone within Eastington, to include one hour of labour. This would be for any loss of power or any […]

Corona – scams

It is so hard to believe that there are some inhuman people out there who would take advantage of vulnerable people in this world-wide time of trouble. However this is the case, so on top of everything else, we now have to watch out for this. One unpleasant scam recently was targeting the parents of […]

Parish Matters 180

PARISH MATTERS I am writing this on the morning after the Prime Minister has told us all to stay at home; I hope you are all well and keeping safe. If you need help or advice please don’t hesitate to get in touch, if we don’t know the answers we have ways of finding them. […]

District Council News letter

Ebley Mill is now closed to the general public for the duration of the Covid-19 epidemic. Please telephone in any emergency to 01453 766321, where you will be directed to the relatevant contact for the reason for your call. Out of hours number is 01453 222104 A more comprehensive Customer Services email address is customer.services@stroud.gov.uk […]

Severn Vale Rotary

Severn Vale Rotary Due to the current unprecedented situation we very much regret to announce that two of our main charity fund raising events have been affected. The Severn Bore Breakfast which was to have taken place on Good Friday 10th April 2020 has been postponed until 18th October 2020 by which time hopefully matters […]

Cotswold Canal Trust

Due to the Corona Virus, please note that all activities run by The Cotswold Canals Trust are cancelled until further notice. This includes Visitors Centres, Book Store, Western Depot, Eastern Depot, Boat Team activities, Boat Trips and log sales. The office is currently closed until further notice but can be contacted on 01453 752568. CCT […]

Eastington’s Whalebone Arch

Whalebone arches are one of those odd things that pop up in various parts of the world. They usually consist of a whale’s jawbones. Examples in the UK include Whitby, the Isle of Lewis, and Edinburgh. Farther afield they can be found at Isafjordour in Iceland and even a double one in the Falklands Islands. […]

Eastington PlayGroup

This term has for obvious reasons not been like our previous spring terms, but even though it has been much shorter is has been filled with fun none the less. We have been planting seeds for our mothers day gifts, which with any luck will bloom into a beautiful primrose and we have been talking […]

Wild Hogs rescue

The weather this winter has been so mild that many hedgehogs have not hibernated. Please keep feeding them in your gardens with cat food and water as they are all hungry at this time of year. We have had reports that hedgehogs have started breeding. This is very early, as we do not usually see […]

St Michael and All Angels, Eastington

The big news is that public worship has been suspended for the foreseeable future as well as the church closing its doors. Weddings and baptisms have also been suspended, as well as lent courses, bell ringing and all other church gatherings. In relation to funerals, these will continue, albeit with significant restrictions. On the one […]

Ecotricity and the FGR Stadium

The Secretary of State declined to ‘call in’ planning permission for the football stadium on the North side of the A419. This means that Dale Vince now has outline planning permission to build it. There are certain conditions, and there are plenty of details to haggle over before full detailed permission is given. In the […]

A419 – Knights Brown update

The toucan crossings at Chipmans Platt and Oldends Lane will be commissioned week commencing 23 March 2020, and the footpath surfacing will be completed this week. We will be installing new road crossings along Downton Road this month and we are hoping to complete the majority of the works during the day. It may however […]

Eastington Community Land Trust

Just as the weather was improving…….Covid-19 shuts us down By the end of February, we were feeling positive about the progress that E.G.Carter were making, coping with wind (no fences fell down) and rain (remember Storm Dennis?). This was the scene in mid-February, with foundations coming out of the ground but surrounded by standing water […]

Eastington Methodist Church

Where is your priority? – God or Toilet Rolls? We live in surreal times. At the time of writing, the supermarket shelves have been stripped and on the TV people can be seen walking across the supermarket car park under the load of enough toilet rolls to keep them going for many weeks. What do […]

OHMG – Community Centre

Update from the Owen Harris Memorial Ground Committee (OHMGC) which manages the Eastington Community Centre and the public field at the Memorial Ground. Firstly we would like to wish everyone in our own Parish and the surrounding Parishes all best wishes for the future in these uncertain times. We are very lucky to have such […]

Keep Well, Keep Moving (Yoga)

What unprecedented times we are living in right now. It seems like each day there is new information to digest, new restrictions to navigate, new worries to cope with. In such times of uncertainty it is important, now more than ever, to take care of your physical fitness and well being and to try and […]

Sylvia Bliss

Many of you will have enjoyed reading the memoirs of Mrs Bliss in previous editions of this magazine. You can find them by choosing the history category  or just type ‘Bliss’ into the search box. We were very saddened to learn of her passing in January. SYLVIA GRACE BLISS Sylvia was born on the 17th […]

Editorial 179

Your news… your ECN! Written by You, Produced by Tom & Jan Low and Mary Gribble. Dear Readers, I hope you all had a pleasant Christmas time and we wish you all a Very Happy New Year. – and a Very Happy Birthday to Betty Barnfield, whose 100th birthday we help to celebrate on page […]