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 […]

Jolly Joggers

Hello dear Jollies! We are a group of friends meeting at 7pm every Monday at the Eastington Co-op during term time, welcoming people of all ages and abilities. Our group is totally free and open to all. We originally set up Jollies as a ‘complete beginners’ forum offering company to members on our runs during […]

Police liaison – Community Alerts

www.yourcommunityalerts.co.uk “Please be aware we have had reports of victims receiving phone calls from people claiming to be Police Officers who say they have arrested someone possessing a cloned bank card in the victim’s name. The caller will then ask the victim to withdraw cash, or ask the victim to move their money to a […]

Easter Egg Hunt 2019

Another Great Egg Hunt and another lovely spring day in which to enjoy it. The standard of art-work for this event just keeps going up and up – here are just a random few of the amazing Disney-themed creations on show, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Thanks all involved – […]

1st Eastington Brownies

Since Easter we have been concentrating on learning and applying new skills and getting out of doors; We’ve been pretend cycle riding. We’ve been stone painting whilst sat in the sun, it’s very therapeutic we discovered, look out when you are out and about for the Eastington Rocks ‘Join Brownies’ stones. All the ones in […]

Spring Yard Trail

  The Spring Yard Trail on Sunday 28th April was blessed with good weather, and was another successful and highly social event for the village – getting people out ‘n about and talking to one another – as well as discovering the odd ‘treasure’ and/or maybe making a a few bob! Many thanks the Katie-Anne […]

Community Orchard new paths

A Tale of 3 Paths at Coneygree This is an on-going tale, because laying paths takes many work parties for our volunteers. This part of the tale alone includes 9 tons of stone and at least 25 people (from age 7 to 77) at various times. Paths have to have a purpose, and each one […]

Chipmans Platt Roundabout

Chipmans Platt Roundabout and A419 road works – an update from the contractors, Knights Brown. Works are progressing well on phase one of the A419 Highway Improvement Scheme at Chipmans Platt. We have been busy working at night to try and ensure we cause minimal disruption to the road network. If it looks quiet during […]

Alkerton Rangers FC

Alkerton Rangers will be allowed to participate in the remaining part of the 2019/20 season in Stroud District League 4 However to enable us to continue, we need new players to join our existing team This is a new start for the club this season and we will be under new management. A date for […]

Eastington Cricket Club

Eastington Cricket Club have resumed playing on Saturday afternoons at the Owen Harris Memorial Ground following the winter break. Spectators are most welcome at home games which start at 1.30 pm and last about 5 hours. In June there are home games on 1st and 15th; in July on 6th, 27th and Monday 29th. On […]

Age UK – Local Volunteer appeal

Could you visit an older person who has just come out of hospital? If you have some time to spare and fancy trying something new that really makes a difference to older people in your area, then we would love to hear from you as we are looking to expand our existing team of volunteers, […]

The Reverend Ward – Eastington’s motoring vicar

Over the years, Eastington has had its fair share of vicars that looked after the spiritual needs of the parishioners. Most carried out their duties unobtrusively and have disappeared quietly into the mists of time. However, there were exceptions. Perhaps one of the most notable was the Reverend George Thomas Altimus Ward, vicar of Eastington […]

St Michael and All Angels

After some consideration and thought as to how the clergy can more effectively engage with the parishes within the Stroudwater Team, it has been decided the clergy should be given more specific areas of responsibly. The solution is a system of clusters in the Team where each member of clergy has oversight of 5 parishes […]

Eastington Methodist Church

There are a variety of Café Church sessions coming up in June and July. The first is on Sunday 9th June at 11am where a guest speaker from SIFT will tell us about their work in Nicaragua. This will be followed by a fellowship lunch. The one on 16th June will be about Jesus going […]

District Councillors’ Newsletter

The Forest Green Rovers Football Stadium application will go to the Development Control Committee (DCC) on 12th June, 6pm in the Council Chamber at Ebley Mill. We understand that the usual 3 minute rule for those that wish to address the Committee will be waived, but at the same time, repeated comments, either for or […]

Editorial 174

Dear Readers, Welcome to spring! – we hope you are all enjoying the sunshine. We hope also that you like our new blue pages format, and that the new category index will help you to find that special service you are looking for. Please support our advertisers where possible – without them there could be […]

Parish Matters

Enclosed in this month’s newsletter is the Parish Housing needs survey for 2019. We last conducted this survey in 2013/14 and the valuable information it revealed was the foundation for both our Neighbourhood Development Plan 2016-2031 (NDP) and the Eastington Community Land Trust (ECLT). People’s circumstances and needs change, so it’s important that we update […]

Purple 4 Polio at the School

For over 30 years, Rotary and its members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. The Purple4Polio initiative was launched by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland to raise funds and awareness for our efforts to eradicate polio and promote the work of our global campaign, ‘End Polio Now’. When a […]

First Eastington Brownies

Our Mamma Mia sleepover in January was a huge success and the Brownies all wanted to know when we could do it again! I never knew that so many meatballs could be eaten in one sitting, (they were absolutely enthralled by the concept of Smash, and that you could make mash without a potato) next […]