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  1. Horsley tip - otherwise known as Pyke Quarry Household Recycling Centre - will close in June for upgrades. The tip will be shut from Monday, June 4 to Friday, 22 June inclusive. The work includes changing the way waste and recycling materials are compacted. A mobile materials handler will replace the existing equipment which, the council says, is old, frequently breaks down and is expensive to maintain. The council will also be removing the five existing fixed compactors and providing new open top skips to enable the switch to mobile compaction. To prepare the site for the new machinery, the country council will be carrying out ground repairs and casting a large new concrete pad. Finally, the council will be renewing the signs for the waste and recycling material containers as well as road markings. Site staff will be trained up on the new gear so Stroud residents can ensure they get everything they needed squashing squashed. During the tip’s closure all other household recycling centres will be open as normal. The closest alternative centres are Hempsted in Gloucester and Fosse Cross near Cirencester. For a full list of the household recycling centres in Gloucestershire visit: Pyke Quarry HRC will re-open on Saturday 23rd June.
  2. A VINTAGE hot rod driver is hoping to put a smile on the face of children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses – but he needs a bit of help first. Brett Pillinger, who has organised the ‘Miles for Smiles’ event this Sunday (May 20), is planning to give around 50 poorly children a ride around in hot rods, classic, vintage and American cars from Prescott in Gloucestershire to Broadway, near Evesham. To accommodate more children, Mr Pillinger is asking for hot rod and vintage car owners from around the county to offer seats in their vehicles in aid of the charity. “I need an assortment of cars. I’m after cars that are not your normal type of car,” he said. “Hot rods, classic, vintage, big cars especially. The more seats the better.” “I’ve done a few things like this before. It is quite a spectacle. “Last year, we drove around Prescott race track but this year we thought we would take them for a drive in the country. “The kids absolutely love it and it makes them so happy. “It’s something for the families too because they are going through just as much stress.” To pledge your support and more importantly, your car, call Mr Pillinger 07977128434 or email
  3. THE Cotswold Olimpick Games is edging closer with the entertainment for this year announced. Along with popular returning sports such as shin kicking there will also be fire-eaters and fireworks with Olympic gold medallist and world champion rower Matt Gotrel officially opening the games. Cavalry of heroes will feature jousting on horseback, whilst The Sambassadors and Coventry Corps of Drums will lead the torchlit procession. There will be street food and a hog roast for visitors to get stuck into whilst the ever popular champion of the hill will see a parade of the teams who compete in a succession of rural sports beginning with the traditional obstacle race. The games will take place this year, after they were cancelled last year because of a lack of funds and volunteers. There were also concerns that safeguarding regulations mean that previous sports have had to be adapted. However, a new committee headed up by Tom Threadgill, the new chairman of the games has worked hard to convince people to get involved through a revamped Facebook page and a more complete website. The committee has also made changes to keep the games modern but also to retain their tradition. A statement on the games' Facebook page said: "We are excited to announce that the Cotswold Olimpicks return this year. "We have been working hard to ensure the revelry and celebrations continue in the name of Robert Dover himself." The Robert Dover Cotswold Olimpick Games open at 5pm on Friday June 1 on Dover's Hill near Chipping Campden.
  4. Fairground games, art workshops and sports are among the activities at the UK’s first national festival dedicated to specialist learning. At FestABLE, young people with disabilities and learning difficulties can play boccia and polybat, listen to live music, and enjoy a TwoCan theatre workshop and performance which brings a David McKee story to life with sign language and audio description. Award-winning writer and actress Sally Phillips - who starred in Smack The Pony and fronted the BBC documentary A World Without Down’s Syndrome? – is one of several prominent speakers at the one-day event in Cheltenham which brings professionals, parents and young people together to tackle the big issues facing young people with disabilities and learning difficulties. The discussions and presentations will cover important topics such as a review of the Children and Families Act, finding the balance between providing services and ensuring young people have choices and building a SEND workforce. The UK’s only wheelchair accessible hot air balloon will be tethered in the grounds, and weather permitting, it will offer rides on a first come first served basis. There are also market stalls, quiet areas, and a circus-themed immersive sensory space. FestABLE will be hosted by National Star College at its fully-accessible campus outside Cheltenham from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday June 2, 2018. Tickets: adult with disabilities (16+ years) - £10; other adults (16+) £15; seniors, students and unemployed £10; carers accompanying someone with disabilities and under 16s enter free. Professionals £45. Visit to book tickets or call 01242 534722.
  5. We bought some this week but they looked better than they tasted which was a bit of a shame.
  6. I am a bit of a hoarder Paul and have found things that I didn't know I had.
  7. You can't beat The Glasshouse Paul. We often go there for Sunday lunch with doggy bag in handbag for a beef sarnie later on in the evening. You can't beat it.
  8. A CENTURIES old tradition near Stroud will be celebrated on the Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons again this year. Marking day, which is always held on 13 May, is the date on or after which graziers can release their cattle to roam the ancient common grasslands for the summer. The day, which falls on a Sunday this year, takes its name from when the cows were brought from their home farms to a pound at the Old Lodge to be “marked” with identifying ear tags, or more historically with a branding iron, before they were freed. Grazing is essential to the management of the beloved hilltop open spaces, without it scrubby woodland could begin to encroach, and rare wildlife habitats would be destroyed. Modern traffic across the unfenced commons has, however, caused some conflict with cattle in recent years and motorists are warned to be aware that cattle will be back on the commons. Campaigners have increased their road safety efforts and this summer a new vehicle activated sign is set to warn motorists to slow down to avoid the cows. The sign was funded for Minchinhampton Parish Council by Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, who is also expected to attend the Marking Day event, alongside Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service representatives. National Trust volunteers, supported by the charity’s staff and other organisations, will hold a free information day for the public at Old Lodge on 13 May from 10am until 3pm. As part of the day there will be guided walks, talks, and a film which will highlight the importance of both commons’ archaeology and explain more about the rare wild flowers, butterflies and birds that can be found there. Ecologist Dave Simcox will be on hand to explain his wildlife surveys of the commons, environmental charity the Stroud Valleys Project will attend, and the Back from the Brink project, an organisation which works to save threatened species from extinction, will also be there.
  9. A rabbit was warned by police overnight after being the unwitting reason for the report of a burglary. Gloucestershire Constabulary were called on Tuesday evening to reports of a burglary. However, on arriving at the scene of the ‘crime’, they found that the reason for the noise was a pet rabbit. Officers on the scene gave the raucous rabbit ‘suitable words of advice’ before leaving the building. Gloucester Police Force Control Room posted on Twitter: “Call to a possible burglary in process. “Officers attend to find the culprit is in fact a rabbit making lots of noise in its hutch. “It was given suitable words of advice.”
  10. We went to Tewkesbury a couple of weeks ago and noticed some wonderful drippers in a cake shop window. Unfortunately we didn't go back the same way so never bought any. Maybe next time.
  11. We recycle a lot Nobby and only put out a small kitchen bin of rubbish, which can't be recycled, once a fortnight. We also have a compost heap which is great for all the garden waste and potato peelings etc. I like to do my bit where I can.
  12. That's a shame Jack. Can't you put the cardboard in the blue bags provided for recycling?
  13. Hi Nobby, Glad to have to you back. How are you all doing?
  14. It's good to be able to see the garden again now the snow is melting. Roll on warmer weather.
  15. Our boiler packed up on Saturday morning. Luckily we have a wood burner so was able to light that to keep us warm. Boiler now seems ok and is working so hot water and warmth again.