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  1. Welcome to the boards David.
  2. Hi Julia and welcome to the boards. I hope your event goes well and raises lots of money for 2 great charities.
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  4. This years event will take place on Sunday, September 9 at the Frampton Court Estate in Frampton on Severn between 9am and 6pm. Returning for it's 33rd year, the renowned show has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the last truly traditional country fairs. There will be a vast array of activities and events including more than 400 trade stands and three display rings in what will be a celebration of the best the countryside has to offer.
  5. Looking forward to seeing the darkroom pictures.
  6. A NAILSWORTH councillor and youth worker was thrown a surprise party to celebrate 50 years of service. Councillor Steve Robinson, the chairman of Nailsworth Youth Club, was honoured at an afternoon tea party held at the club on Northfield Road. He was lured to the club on Sunday, July 22 by vice-chairman Phil Sullivan under the pretence of meeting people interested in providing funding for the club. Instead he was met my former colleagues and members of the club, some of whom he had not seen for 35 years. Cllr Robinson was presented with a quartz clock in recognition of his work with young people since the age of 18. He said: “It was a complete surprise, I was just gobsmacked. “I have enjoyed working with young people and I still do. “They are an important part of a community. They have their part to play and we should always remember that.” Cllr Robinson was a youth worker in Stonehouse and later a senior youth worker for the Cotswolds area. He still volunteers at the youth club alongside his duties as a town and district councillor for Nailsworth. The surprise party was organised by Tracy Young, the club’s youth worker for the last 16 years. Tracy said: “He’s made a difference to a lot of young people’s lives. “Steve keeps good old-fashioned youth work at the heart of everything we do, giving young people a voice and somewhere to go. “He’s always doing this for everyone else so it’s nice for someone to do something for him for a change.”
  7. A FUTURISTIC mansion which featured in BBC One’s Sherlock is to open to the public for the first time ever, for just one day. Visitors will be able to take a peek inside Swinhay House, in North Nibley, as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Swinhay House will open, by kind permission of owner Sir David McMurtry, on September 16. The opening has been organised by Stroud Civic Society, whose committee member, David Austin was the architect for the building. There will be guided tours of the house and visitors will also be able to wander through the extensive gardens and grounds. There are ten floors, a swimming pool with a retractable floor, a squash court and an enclosed and glazed winter garden. From most levels of the house there are panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The house is surrounded by nearly 60 acres of landscaped grounds and a series of themed sunken gardens allowing uninterrupted views to the lake and beyond. It was used in the final episode of the third series of BBC One's Sherlock, as the home of nemesis Charles Augustus Magnussen. Swinhay House will be open on September 16 from 2pm to 6pm. Entrance must be pre booked, and application forms will be available two weeks before from Stroud tourist information centre (01453 760960). Booking opens on August 28 at 9am and closes on September 10 at 5.30pm. For further information visit and
  8. A pair of Eurasian Beavers have returned to the Forest of Dean for the first time for around 400 years. They have moved into a new 6.5 hectare home and it's hoped they will improve biodiversity, they also have the potential to reduce local flood risk. Regular monitoring will continue on site throughout the three-year project to assess these ecosystem benefits. Environment Secretary, Michael Gove said: "The beaver has a special place in English heritage and the Forest of Dean. This release is a fantastic opportunity to develop our understanding of the potential impacts of reintroductions and help this iconic species, 400 years after it was driven to extinction. The community of Lydbrook has shown tremendous support for this scheme and the beavers will be a welcome addition to local wildlife. "The project is an example of our wider approach to enhancing biodiversity. It is another step towards our aim of leaving the environment in a better state for future generations." Forestry Commission Forest Management Director, West England Forest District, Kevin Stannard said: "Today's release of Beavers is a momentous occasion for the Forest of Dean. "We are looking forward to seeing the ecological and hydrological benefits the beavers will bring to the Greathough Brook. "I am proud to have led the Forestry Commission team, and support their commitment to connect people with nature here in the Forest of Dean."
  9. A rare Chinese tree is coming into flower for the first time in a quarter of a century in Gloucestershire. The emmenopterys henryi at Batsford Arboretum is one of only a handful to have blossomed in England since it was introduced to the country in 1907. It is thought the extreme weather of 2018 may have triggered flowering. Head gardener Matthew Hall, said: "I've looked at this tree for so many years and I didn't believe it. I've never seen one in flower, it's unbelievable." The first recorded flowering of the tree anywhere in England was at Wakehurst Gardens in West Sussex in 1987 with a 23 year wait before it flowered there again in 2010. A specimen has also flowered twice at Borde Hill in Sussex and at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Mr Hall said the flower buds on the 30ft (9m) tree at Batsford are "developing" and are expected to be in full bloom at the beginning of August. "I've been keeping a close eye on it but as each year went by, I thought it may never happen," he said. "But this weather, its been extreme. The trees haven't been enjoying it but the emmenopterys has - it is absolutely perfect."
  10. A pilot scheme for sharing meals is starting up in Stroud. The scheme is for those who have cooked too much and do not like the idea of wasting food, or others who simply have a love of cooking. It will allow food-sharers to give away their surplus for immediate consumption, or freeze it for later use. The dishes will then be distributed as ‘take-away’ for others in their local community. Organisers ask that those who receive meals offer the same to others when they are able to. The scheme would work on a weekly rota system, one day a week, with information shared amongst those taking part by text and/or email. Anyone who would like to participate in the scheme, or just hear more about it, should contact Debbie on 07905 341163 or Sounds like a good scheme. We all waste too much food.
  11. The Stroud Folk Weekend returns for a 6th year this time taking place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September 2018 at Stroud Subscription Rooms, in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Stroud Folk Weekend is an event consisting mainly of pub sessions, singarounds of predominantly traditional music and Morris dancing in the streets, and doesn't hire performers. SFW is more about people getting together and making music, singing songs and dancing rather than on formal concerts. There are also usually some paid concerts in conjunction with the weekend.
  12. The Gloucester Stone Carving Festival returns to Llanthony Secunda Priory over the August bank holiday weekend. This fantastic weekend will showcase the talents of skilled stonemasons as they create super works of art on the theme of ‘mythical creatures’. Watch in just two and a half days as their fantastical and magical beings come to life. Llanthony Secunda’s grounds and buildings will be open to the public for the first time since building work started in January 2017. Visitors will be able to tour inside and see the newly-restored spaces for the first time. Over the weekend there will be stalls, demos, have-a-go activities, music, food and drink to entertain the whole family. The festival ends on August bank holiday Monday with a live auction at 1.30 pm. Profits from the auction will support the Priory Trust to help us continue to look after our special collection of 15thC - 19thC listed buildings and structures. http://
  13. Generally speaking each event accommodates between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors at each event. There are between 70 and 100 traders at each show along with a children’s play zone accommodating shows such as Punch and Judy, a Magician, Circus Skills, Falconry displays, children fun rides and inflatables etc. If that is not enough, there is live music, demonstration/talks, a chilli sauce competition which the public judge, a chilli eating competition and various bars offering unique refreshments.The stars of the Cheese and Chilli Festival are the traders and we have some of the UK’s best producers at the shows. The event will bring an amazing array of tastes, colours and experiences to town and is a ‘must go to event’. Come rain or shine, the event will be fantastic!Cheese and Chilli straight from the farm, you can’t beat it, but if you get Cheese and Chilli’d out, we have a number of craft and shopping stalls, so in between enjoying your cheese and chilli, you can do some shopping! There is also a great selection of fast food all keeping to the cheese and chilli theme so no need to bring the picnic, but you are more than welcome to! To be held at Sandford Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1DZ on 04 Aug 2018 - 05 Aug 201810.00 - 17.00
  14. Homeless people in Gloucester will now be able to get vital food and supplies from a vending machine in the city. The vending machine will be stocked with sandwiches, water, underwear, toiletries and sanitary products. Vulnerable people pick up tokens from the George Whitefield Centre, in Great Western Road, and spend them on items from the vending machine. The vending machine has been stocked with the help of Quedgeley company Laurens Catering, Sainsbury’s, in Northgate Street, and Tesco, in Quedgeley.
  15. A 183-year-old Grade II-listed arts and entertainment venue has been sold for £1 in order for it to remain in public ownership. The Subscription Rooms building has been sold to Stroud Town Council by the district council and will be run as a community-owned venue. It will be leased to a trust which has been set up to run the building. As part of the agreement, the district authority will provide a grant of £230,000 towards operating costs. The trust plans to raise funds to make improvements to the building, which is in the centre of Stroud, including an upgrade to the toilets, bar and cafe. "We believe that within five years we can turn the Sub Rooms into a vibrant, lively arts space that will be financially sustainable," town mayor Kevin Cranston said. The terms of the new 30-year lease state that the building must continue to be available to the public for cultural use. Stroud Town Council will maintain public ownership of the building.