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  1. Another good one to try is The House in the Tree
  2. You could try they are very good.
  3. All the best to you and your family Paul.
  4. I wouldn't like it if I found an owl in our woodburner especially as most mornings there are a few glowing embers in the grate. Many years ago when I was a tiddler we had a hamster as most kids did. This one had a habit of escaping from its cage. One morning we got up only to find the cage empty again. We searched high and low but could not find "Hammy" anywhere. In the evening my gran heard noises behind the Rayburn and she placed some food in front of the fire and sat up through the night until he came out. He was a bit sooty but none the worst for his experience. Another time he escaped he was found in a frying pan in the kitchen cupboard.
  5. Thank you very much Jack we do our best to help where we can.
  6. PET owners are being warned about the deadly nature of antifreeze this winter, as motorists prepare their cars for the colder weather. Vets often see a significant increase in the number of pets, particularly cats, falling victim to antifreeze poisonings in the winter. This year Cats Protection has recorded 189 suspected cases of antifreeze poisonings in the first ten months of this year, so vets are offering advice for drivers and pet owners to try and reduce the number of pets suffering. “Not many drivers or pet owners are aware that their pets are at a high risk of falling ill from antifreeze,” said Dr Huw Stacey, vet and director of clinical services at Vets4Pets. “But it contains a toxin called mono ethylene glycol, which is very harmful when consumed by animals, and ingesting even the smallest amount is enough to be potentially fatal. “Signs of antifreeze poisoning can show within 30 minutes of ingestion, as mono ethylene glycol is very fast acting and, without treatment, a pet can die within 24 hours. Just one teaspoon can prove lethal for a cat and one tablespoon for a dog. “Cats are particularly at risk because they tend to hide under cars for shelter and could lick up just a few drops of antifreeze that drop down from the engine.” Among the advice issued by vets is for motorists to clean up accidental spills of antifreeze and for owners to understand the signs of poisoning in their pets. Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy and Government Relations said: “Tackling antifreeze poisoning is not easy, however, we are keen that antifreeze and other products containing ethanol glycol are labeled to warn consumers of the dangers to pets such as cats and dogs. “Many labels already warn about the danger of antifreeze to children if the product is consumed, but we’d like companies to add a warning regarding the danger to animals too. “In the longer term we’d like to see antifreeze manufacturers developing alternative non-toxic antifreeze products. “We’d also advise people to clear up any antifreeze spills immediately and avoid using it in water features, to help prevent accidental poisonings.” Any pet that has consumed antifreeze can develop kidney failure and, if left untreated, can be fatal. Signs of antifreeze poisoning in cats or dogs include vomiting seizures and an increased thirst. Dr Stacey added: “Antifreeze is sweet tasting for pets, which is why they are drawn to licking up spills or leaks from a car engine, or if a bottle spills in the household and it isn’t cleaned up thoroughly. “It is also used in water features to prevent them from freezing over in the winter, so if a pet is out roaming in nearby gardens, they may come across a fountain and innocently drink the running water not knowing its poisonous effect. “Antifreeze is helpful for our cars, but has detrimental effects on our beloved pets, so if an owner suspects their pet has ingested it, they need to take the pet to their local vet immediately.” For more information visit: My mum lost her cat in similar circumstances a few months ago. One minute he was fine and 2 days later he had to be pts.
  7. Hi Jack, This might help
  8. THE Grange Care Centre in Eastington will be inviting people who may otherwise be alone to join them for Christmas lunch. A family business will be inviting those who have no plans for Christmas to join them for a festive celebration in the care home’s onsite pub between noon and 2pm on December 25 as part of a new 'spare a chair' project. Vikki Barnes who works in the Grange’s accounts department came up with the idea when she saw a television advert about the number of elderly people who will spend Christmas period: “I thought we have the perfect facility to host people who have noone to share Christmas with. “Nobody should spend Christmas by themselves, so we hope people can join us in our happy, family environment for lunch and to pull a cracker or two.” The care home team have been overwhelmed with offers of support and many people have messaged us to see how they can get involved and help. Phil Klor, director of the company which runs The Grange said: “When a member of the team first approached me with the idea of bringing 'spare a chair' into The Grange Care Centre I immediately recognised what a fabulous idea it was. “We relish this wonderful opportunity to reach out to people in our local community, particularly those who may be feeling lonely at this time of year, and try to make their Christmas a joyful occasion, full of festivities and celebrations. “I loved the concept so much; I immediately set the ball rolling to have this implemented across all our care homes throughout the country, if successful we hope to offer ‘spare chairs’ for Sunday roasts.” There are a number of spaces available at the Christmas table in Eastington, if you or a friend or relative would be interested in taking the care home up on their kind offer than you can contact The Grange Care Home on 01453 791513 or via their Facebook page:
  9. The stunning Geminids Meteor Shower will light up the Gloucestershire skies this week and is set to be one of the best ever. Wrap up warm and head out this week to see the peak of the stunning Geminids meteor show - known as "the king of the meteor showers." The show is set to last until Sunday, but the most impressive sight will be seen on Wednesday and Thursday night a the predicted waning crescent mood should create the perfect dark conditions for a stunning display. There could be up to 100 shooting stars an hour lighting up the skies between 1am and 2am on both days. Spotters should find a nice dark location and let their eyes adjust for at least half an hour. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, hence the name - so just to the left of the recognisable Orion constellation. Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: “They’ll be very good because there’s virtually no moonlight getting in the way at all. “Weather permitting, it could be one of the best displays we’ve had for a long time. The last one like this was in 2014, when there was very little moon. “Some of the brightest meteors I’ve seen have been Geminids. They move relatively slowly across the sky so are easy to photograph, and you can get one or two fireballs among them.”
  10. When Barn Owl Centre staff were called to a home in Shurdington, a tawny owl was perched in the living room, covered in soot. It had tumbled down the chimney and taken flight, luckily without even spreading black soot everywhere. And yesterday another owl had an amazing escape when a Forest of Dean householder discovered a tawny owl inside their wood-burning stove. Staff from the Hempsted, Gloucester-based centre were able to offer advice to rescue the bird in the Forest of Dean home safely, and plucked the other from the Shurdington home themselves around two years ago “It happens now and again at this time of year, because they are marking out their territory for feeding in,” said Vince Jones from the trust. “They use chimney pots as vantage points but owls are longsighted and sometimes don’t realise that if they fall they can get stuck.” He advised householders to get their chimneys swept regularly and to get an expert to install cowling or a ball of chicken wire at the top of the stack to stop birds falling in – it also stops jackdaws from nesting too. “We were called out to a little owl in a big Cotswold stone house in Tetbury once, and when it came down, it was followed by a large soot ball – there was quite a mess,” said Mr Jones. The centre can be contacted on 01452 383 999, via email at , on Twitter at @BarnOwlCentre, or via its Facebook page We've got one fitted
  11. Catching a Stagecoach bus in Gloucestershire will never be the same again. Contactless payments have been introduced and it is hoped it will reduce ‘congestion’ of people fiddling for the correct change. It has been introduced on all 280 buses operated by Stagecoach West throughout Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and South Herefordshire. It means that customers just have to tap their contactless-enabled credit or debit card as they get on the bus, wait for the bleep, collect the ticket and hop on board.
  12. Sorry Nobby, they are now on the compost heap
  13. ENVIRONMENTAL charity Stroud Valleys Project has joined members of the community in a bid to purchase land in the Slad Valley. Members of the community action group which fought against a proposed housing development on Wades Farm in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are seeking public support for their campaign to bring the field into community ownership. The group wants to raise funds to purchase the 9.5 acre field (Lot 2) of Wades Farm which is being marketed for sale by Bruton Knowles with a guide price of £200,000. he group plans to form a company limited by shares with a value of £1,000 each. The partnership with Stroud Valleys Project means that people can now pledge smaller sums for shares which will be owned by Stroud Valleys Project. The bid is being led by Stroud Town Councillor Simon Arundel who led the successful campaign in 2012 with his wife Elaine. They have raised pledges of over £75,000 so far and want more shareholders to join. Over 1,500 people wrote letters of objection to the plans by Barratts to build on the farmland which is now for sale. Land on the opposite side of the valley was subject of later applications by Gladman Developments who lost their Appeals to develop homes on Baxters Fields.
  14. Why not email they might be able to help you?
  15. We don't go to Bath that often but when we do we park at "The Park and Ride" which is a lot easier.