Editorial ECN 176

Your news… your ECN!  Written by You, Produced by Tom & Jan Low and Mary Gribble. Dear Readers, Hello again, and welcome to your late summer edition of ECN. Once again the Ecotricity/FGR stadium seems to be the hot topic, with more twists and turns in the story than our new Book Club’s first novel! […]

Parish Matter 176

Housing Needs Thank you to everyone that completed the Housing Needs Survey distributed a few months ago. Gloucestershire Rural Community Council is analysing the responses and putting into a report for us. We hope to be able to publish the highlights of the report in the next edition. Boundary review The Community Governance Review that […]

District Councillors Newsletter 176

  Ecotricity Update : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Good News (from our perspective) is that the proposal for the Forest Green Rovers Stadium proposed by Ecotricity was rejected. We believe that this proposal is generally unpopular in Eastington, but if you are a supporter of this we would be interested to […]

Duck Races 2019

Eastington Duck races took place on 7th July, this annual event feature 200 rubber ducks racing down the river along with all the more traditional features of a village fete. This year we were lucky to be joined by two brilliant contrasting bands; a steel band, ‘Steel Attraction’ and a rock band, ‘Boxcar Mavericks’ . […]

Eastington Primary School – Class 1

Class 1 have been busy thinking about how we can care for our environment as part of our topic on ‘Glorious Gloucestershire’. We studied the story ‘Dear Greenpeace’ by Simon James. In the story Emily believes she has found a whale in her pond and so writes to Greenpeace to ask advice about how she […]

Playgroup Autumn Term Newsletter

We have had a fantastic summer term with the children, enjoying lots of outdoor activities including having fun in the paddling pools and eating ice lollies to keep cool. The children participated in a mini sports day, joining in with running, jumping, football and team games – we played hungry hippos where the children laying […]

Get active!

Walkie Talkies Please come and join us for a lovely walk through the Toadsmoor Valley to The Bear at Bisley and back. Meet at 1pm sharp at The Badger Eastington on Sunday 15th September. Lifts from the Badger will be available – please get in touch to book your place or for more info. 07806 […]

Wild Hogs Hedgehog Rescue

Hello from Wild Hogs. We’re having such a busy summer in the hospital. Such a lot of our admissions this year are orphaned or abandoned babies, often three or four in a litter and weighing as little as 30 or 40 grams. They take a lot of caring for, having to be hand fed on […]

Open Windows

Dear Residents, Just a polite reminder as this warmer weather continues….. I would like to remind you that, as night draws in, please ensure that you close windows that are at ground level as an opportunist may try to enter your premises. If you feel you need to have the window open for fresh air, […]

Eastington Community Orchard Group

  Coneygree Community Orchard – Paths Completed by Knight’s Brown Community Assistance Team A big thank you to Knight’s Brown, the contractors on the roundabout upgrade project, who provided free materials and workforce to finish off our two paths (featured in last ECN edition). This was provided under their Considerate Contractor programme and they kindly […]

Eastington Community Land Trust

Eastington Community Land Trust Ltd. (ECLT) Providing the homes that Eastington needs News Update ECLT has now been granted full planning permission by Stroud District Council to build 23 homes in Claypits that will be offered entirely for affordable rent. The Council’s decision came in June after several years of preparation and consultation. The development, […]

NEW! Book Club

Laura and Liz who work at the Kings Head House Hotel are starting up a book club! On the 2nd Tuesday of each month with the location being in The Kings Head House Hotel. Books and genres will be a joint choice or put to a vote. The first book is ‘Our House’ by Louise […]

Lights in the sky at Cress Green

By Steve Mills We’ve talked about the impact of the Second World War on Eastington in several previous articles, but given the recent events recalling the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it seemed timely to look at a very local but largely forgotten piece of military history that survives within the village. This takes the form […]

Stonehouse Walking Festival

The first Stonehouse Walking Festival takes place from Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd September 2019. The programme ranges from challenging walks of several miles, with some steep inclines resulting in lovely views, to a half hour flat walk suitable for people in wheelchairs and others with mobility problems. There are walks past a weir, viaduct […]

Dog Poo

It is hard to believe that in this day and age we are still hearing about dog mess being left on the pavements and foot paths. Surely EVERYONE knows by now that apart from being unpleasant, this represents a genuine health hazard to children and to other animals. It can cause diseases like ringworm in […]

Eastington Mews?

Ring any Bells? I think this is the old ‘Eastington Mews’ shop in Alkerton Road. It is an old photo that I found on a facebook group called ‘The Golden Days of The Great British Independent Shopkeeper’ – a group which now seems to have ‘shut up shop’ as it were, so I can get […]

St Michaels and All Angels

Please join us for our Sunday morning worship service at 11.15am for a time of fellowship, prayer, thanksgiving and reflection, followed by refreshments and the opportunity to meet friends. Our service is led by our congregation on the 1st Sunday of the month, with communion celebrated by one of our priests on the 2nd, 3rd […]

Eastington Methodist Church

By the time you read this, we will have said goodbye, farewell and God bless to our Minister the Reverend Graham Miles. We have greatly appreciated his ministry with us and he is now moving to a group of churches in the Skegness area. Our new minister is the Reverend Phil Summers who is already […]

Editorial 175

Hello Everyone, Cliché, perhaps, but Summer has arrived! – and I hope that this reaches you in as much glorious sunshine as it is being written. There is so much going on in and around Eastington over the warmer months. You will find notices of all sorts of events scattered throughout this issue, but there […]

Eastington Primary School goes Roman

On Monday 20th May 2019, Class 5 went on a trip to the Corinium Museum in Cirencester. As we are currently learning about the Romans, it was very interesting to explore the museum and find out more about them. After arriving at the museum, we ventured off to our first workshop. The workshop consisted of […]

Eastington Playgroup

We were very busy last term looking at expressive arts and design, colour mixing and recycled construction. The children were encouraged to choose and explore materials to express themselves by using clay, paint, dancing and mark making resources. Mothers Day Afternoon Tea We celebrated Mother’s Day and all the children made an invitation and decorated […]

Parish Council – Annual Report

Welcome to the Annual Report 2018-19 on the activities of the Council. You will find details of how the Council spent its money and how the Council funds this expenditure. The Parish Council consists of 9 councillors who represent an electorate of approximately 1,360. Elections are held once in every four years, the next election […]

Canal and River Frome INNS Control

Cotswold Canals Connected Canal and River Frome INNS Control The Cotswold Canals Connected (CCC) project aims to link up the Stroudwater canal from Stonehouse to Saul Junction. Alongside restoration of the canal itself the project has the potential to make a significant contribution to biodiversity by providing new habitats, and by re-forming an important link […]

Restore the canal with us!

Drop-in volunteering on the first Sunday of each month from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Next few dates: 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August. Meet outside Bond’s Mill Gatehouse, Bond’s Mill Business Estate, Bristol Road, Stonehouse, GL10 3RF. Park adjacent to the building. These are informal volunteering sessions focusing on vegetation management and towpath repairs/construction in the […]

Watch out for Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive weed which is really dangerous. The early warm weather has provided perfect conditions for it to thrive, and specimens have been seen in Glocestershire, mainly along the banks of waterways. It looks a bit like cow parsley, but is much bigger – it can grow up to several […]

Frome River Restoration Project (paleo channel)

The Severn Rivers Trust in partnership with six other organisations, are working towards increasing fish migration access across impassable barriers to migration and to improve the habitat beyond these barriers. The River Frome is a critical watercourse for the endangered European eel. Historically salmon and sea trout used to migrate up through Stroud and they […]

Teddy Tunes

Teddy Tunes Come on down to The lovely village of Frampton on Severn for a giggle and a jiggle with your little ones! Every Thursday 10am pronto during term time you’ll find us singing away accompanied by my guitar, perhaps shaking a tambourine and enjoying homemade cake amongst other delights at the hatch with our […]

First Dog-First-Aid Course a Success!

I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ for all involved in the Dog First Aid Course which took place in Eastington Village Hall. Whether you sponsored, spread the word or took part, I am grateful for all your precious time and energy. Twenty attendees took part in an intensive course which covered everything from […]

Ladies of Eastington 

Ladies of Eastington is almost 2 Years Old!!! In that time we have hosted Christmas fairs, collected donations for charities, numerous quizzes, clothes swap, floristry, Christmas crafts, crime prevention, cheese appreciation, wine tasting, dementia talk, visit to Tease salon, cake decorating, and holding an ACTUAL Olympic torch! Most importantly though, we have made friends with […]