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Gloucestershire Highways – Adverse Weather Bulletin

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Updated: 13.30pm 17th Jan

Severe Weather Warning from the Met Office (Issued at 10:22 on Thursday, 17th January 2008, valid from 06:00 on Friday, 18th January 2008 until 23:00 on Saturday, 19th January 2008):

Early Warning of Heavy Rain

Regional risk assessment for the following areas
- Wales(60%)
- NW England(40%)
- SW England(40%)
- All other regions less than 20%

The Met Office is expecting rain to become persistent and be heavy across parts of Wales during Friday and Saturday. The largest rainfall totals are expected over higher, exposed ground to the west, where accumulations of up to 100 mm are possible by the end of Saturday. In view of the already saturated ground, localised flooding is likely and there could be some disruption to transport networks. Heavy bursts of rain will occur over other western areas, but accumulations are expected to be lower, with less risk of disruption. There is a risk that rain may persist into Sunday, but confidence on this aspect is low. Updates will provide further information. This warning will be updated by 11:00 am Friday morning.

However, our own weather provider has looked at the weather models and predict about 58mm to 60mm in Wales for this period, and about 25mm of rain for Gloucestershire.  We will continue to closely monitor the situation and are very mindful of the impact that rain in Wales will have on our own river levels

Today: showery.  Possible heavy squalls this afternoon.  Dry overnight
Friday: bands of drizzle giving a few mm of rain
Saturday: rain over Wales were the majority of rain will fall, though we will have some showers.
Sunday: possible rain.

Road Closures:

East: No major roads are closed

West: B4213 near Turley; Northway Lane, Tewkesbury; Walton Cardiff; A48 to Flaxley; Lydbrook; B4228

Central:  No major road are closed

Hot Spots (these roads are currently passable but with care):

East: All major routes now clear.

West: Other major routes are clear

Central: Prestbury: High Street, Noverton Lane, Priors Road, New Barn Lane

Teams are continuing work across the network to clear debris and make safe any defects.  Jetters, sweapers and gully emptiers have also been deployed.

There is still a significant amount of surface water on the network and motorists should take care.  We would also like to re-iterate the need for motorists to be considerate of others and drive through areas where there is surface water at an appropriate speed.  Driving through these areas too fast creates a bow wave and this can have a potentially devastating impact on properties that may otherwise have not been affected by flooding.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

Hear local expert talk about historic houses

Events, Places by Adam No Comments »

Chipping Campden Almshouses. Photo (c) Rick http://ligthelm.multiply.comJoin local historian John Loosley at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum later this month when he hosts a talk on the historic almshouses of Gloucestershire.

The evening talk takes places at the Park Street venue on Thursday January 31st, and will focus on Gloucestershire’s many interesting almshouses, which date from the 12th century through to Victorian times.

John Loosley will explore the origins of these almshouses, the people who founded them and the rules and regulations the almspeople had to obey. Many of the almshouses – some of which are still in use today – are particularly fine architectural examples of their period.

‘Gloucestershire’s Almshouses’ is part of a series of evening lectures taking place at the Corinium Museum. It runs from 7pm–9pm, although finish times may vary because of time for questions.

Booking is essential and tickets for the event cost £5. Annual season ticket holders and Friends of the Corinium Museum receive a 10% discount.

Please contact Helen Arbon at the Corinium Museum on 01285 655611 or email museums@cotswold.gov.uk to book a place or to find out about other events.

Photo: (c) Rick, http://ligthelm.multiply.com

Source: Cotswold District Council

Other Corinium Museum articles:
Master mosaic making at Corinium Museum session
Classic pottery comes to Corinium Museum
Hands-on history sessions over half-term at the Corinium Museum
Make Bronze Age jewellery at Museum session

Gloucestershire pupils raise over £5,100 to feed children in developing countries

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

Pupils from 54 schools in Gloucestershire have given generously and raised over £5100.00 to feed children in developing countries.

Schools were invited to take part in the World Food Programme’s ‘Buy One Give One Free’ initiative, which took place on World Food Day on Monday 16th October.  Schoolchildren were asked to donate 11p, which is the amount needed to feed one child in the developing world for one day.

As a county, they raised £5144.26, which translates into 46,766 extra children being fed through the World Food Programme’s School Feeding Programme.

Many events were organised by pupils themselves, with school councils and classes coming up with ideas to raise money for the World Food Programme’s School Feeding Programmes including miles of pennies, auctions, car washing and theme days. Bishop’s College, Shrubberies Special School and Heron Primary School won a competition to tell the story of their campaigns.  Representatives from these schools will be visiting the World Food Programme in London next month.

Councillor Joan Nash, Cabinet Member for Schools; said: This is an extremely impressive amount of money to be raised by our schoolchildren. Through their generosity, they have ensured that over 46,000 children will receive a meal.  This is a wonderful example of pupil power and participation and I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of the schools which took part”.

Representatives from School Councils of some of the schools that raised money have been invited to a ceremony to be held at Shire Hall in Gloucester on Wednesday 16th January where Greg Barrow, a representative of The World Food Programme will receive the cheques from students of Archway School, who raised the largest amount of money.  Jo Davidson, Group Director of Children and Young People’s Services, will be presenting certificates.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

Historic shoes and footwear fairytales at the Corinium museum

Events, Features, Places by Adam 2 Comments »

A month-long exhibition which looks at historic shoes and footwear fairytales will open at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester on Sunday January 20th.

‘Cinderella Shoes’ will showcase 200-year-old silk shoes with gorgeous gold-coloured buckles; huge protective boots from Victorian times; funky and chunky Seventies platform shoes and tiny baby bootees from 1900.

The fabulous footwear comes from the Museum’s own collection and that of local collector Shelagh Lovett-Turner.

Alongside the exhibits are big, shoe-inspired collages made by children from Acorns Day Nursery, Bright Eyes Children’s Centre, Cirencester Opportunity Group and Stepping Stones Nursery.

The toddlers all met the Museum’s Education Officer Rachael Holtom, who showed them some of the old shoes, played shoe-inspired games with them and told a story that involved shoes. The children then created their own artwork inspired by shoes and shoe stories.

Rachael said: “There are quite a few stories and rhymes that involve shoes – ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’, ‘Puss in Boots’, ‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’ and so on.

“The children have all produced fantastic artwork and really enjoyed looking at the old shoes and the shoe activities that their nurseries organised.”

The footwear on display is grouped into fairytale themes, under the story headings. There will also be hands-on activities for small children, such as decorating a shoe outline with buttons and buckles, shoes to try on and a chance to measure their own feet .

For adults, there are also ‘lucky charm’ shoes to look at, which were hidden under floors in the past in an attempt to stop witches entering homes. Visitors can also find out how the humble boot played a part in female emancipation, why shoes were not always made to fit the left and right foot and see a small selection of cobbler’s tools.

The exhibition runs from Sunday January 20th to Sunday 24th February and entrance costs £1. For opening times and more information, please phone 01285 655611.

Source: Cotswold District Council

Wine and Dine Evening with Edward Sheldon Limited in Shipston on Stour

Events, Food and Produce, Places by Tony No Comments »

Edward Sheldon wine merchantsFriday 15th February 2008 at 7.30pm

Edward Sheldon Limited are independent Wine Merchants who have been trading in Shipston-on-Stour since 1842. They have a range of over 700 wines and, although they specialize in French wines, their list incorporates a wide and diverse range from around the world.

On Friday 15th February at 7.30pm they are holding a Wine and Dine evening with Wine Maker Philippe Germain.

The Germain family own five estates in Bordeaux and three in the Loire Valley and Philippe will be taking guests through wines from prime sites in these regions.

The ticket price is £30.00 per person to include a 4/5 course meal and wines.

Put the date in your diary and go along and learn about the wines, drink the wines, have a good meal and support your local Wine Merchant all at the same time.

Edward Sheldon Limited
6 New Street
Shipston-on-Stour
Warwickshire
CV36 4FA

Telephone 01608 661409
Email: finewine@edward-sheldon.co.uk
Web: www.edward-sheldon.co.uk

Advice on faulty thermostats in wake of tragedy

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Following the tragic death of a Somerset baby who died from being scalded by water from a hot water tank which had a faulty thermostat, Cotswold District Council is urging private landlords, homeowners and tenants to watch out for telltale warning signs with their water system to help prevent any further tragedies.

The guidance, based on Health and Safety Executive alerts, has warned that particular consideration should be given to hot water systems more than 10 years old and systems where homeowners and landlords may have other reason to suspect the adequacy of the initial installation or any subsequent work.

The warning signs people in any home should look out for include:-

  • Excessively hot water coming out of the hot water taps;
  • Excessive noise or ‘bubbling’ from the hot water cylinder;
  • Hot water coming out of certain cold water taps (some storage cisterns also feed cold water taps in the bathroom);
  • Steam/moisture in the roof space.

Private Sector Housing Manager Claire Locke said: “Councils treat their role of protecting local residents exceptionally seriously and are urging residents to make checks to try to prevent any further tragic losses of life through faulty thermostats.

“Local people with systems more than ten years old should be aware of how to spot whether their thermostat is faulty and who to contact to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

“In the first instance, we would advise homeowners with concerns to contact a plumber. Worried tenants should contact their landlord or housing association.

“Where serious problems exist, grant funding may be available from the Council to help vulnerable owners, who are in receipt of certain means tested or disability benefits, to carry out essential works, subject to conditions and availability of funding.”
Source: Cotswold District Council

Search for potential housing land in Cotswolds

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Cotswold residents are being asked to identify potential housing land in the District.

Cotswold District Council will be carrying out an assessment of possible sites during the first half of 2008, as required by Government planning policy.

The study will help the Council show that there is sufficient land to meet the community’s housing needs in the preparation of Cotswold District Core Strategy and associated planning documents.

These documents will eventually replace the current Local Plan and guide future development in the District to 2026.

Senior Planner Nicola Melville said: “The aim of the assessment is to identify as many sites as possible that have housing potential throughout the Cotswold District.

“Consequently, we are inviting any person or organisation to inform us of any sites that they would like to draw to our attention.”

Although the assessment will form an important evidence source, the Council stressed that it does not determine whether a site should be allocated for housing development.

If anyone wishes to put forward any potential housing sites, they should submit a brief description and a map (preferably 1:1250 scale) with the site clearly defined on it, to: Nicola Melville / Joanne Corbett, Forward Planning Team. Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 8.

Source: Cotswold District Council

The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens celebrate 40th Anniversary

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They have been working to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds since 1968 and are celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year. The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are the voluntary arm of the organisation that exists to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Cotswolds Conservation Board. Wardens carry out valuable conservation projects in the AONB and help to promote the area by encouraging the public to enjoy it.

There are now over 340 Cotswold Voluntary wardens but back in 1968 when they were established it was Head Warden, Major Ray Clarke’s job to recruit volunteers. Employed by Gloucestershire County Council to help found the Wardens, he set to work and by 1970 there were over 200 members.

The current Head Warden, Colin Boulton said:

“ It was no surprise that the number of warden’s swelled so quickly and that it stands at over 340 today. It is testament to Major Ray Clarke’s hard work but also to the dedication of those who have been wardens over the years and those who now make up the service. It also illustrates the great sense of achievement and fulfillment there is to be had from working voluntarily to care for an area that is well loved by so many. “

The Wardens will be celebrating their 40th year with a week of activity in the early summer, including parish walks in the north Cotswolds, family focused walks across the area, a public conservation work party in the south and a special event to mark the anniversary at the Royal Agricultural College.

A series of 15 short walks that are suitable for those using wheelchairs, power scooters and pushchairs has also been created to mark the 40th Anniversary. ‘Walks on Wheels’ which will be available to the public in the spring has been given the stamp of approval by access professionals and disability groups and all of the routes have been tested.

Wardens complete thousands of hours of conservation work every year and in 2006-7 broke their own record by collectively working over 40,000 hours. Their conservation work covers everything from walking route improvements, such as path clearance, gate installation and bridge building, to drystone walling, hedgelaying, scrub clearance and restoration of historic features. Wardens also lead hundreds of guided walks every year and hold stands at shows across the AONB.

Over the past 40 years, the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens have achieved a great deal:

  • 1975 – Guided walks programme established – it continues to this day with over 300 walks a year.
  • 1976 – Drought in Britain. Participants on walks requested not to smoke for fear of fire.
  • 1980s – Wardens won two awards for their work. The Tidy Britain Award for their ‘Clean up the Cotswolds’ campaign and the Carnegie Interpret Britain Award for audio visual presentations on their work.
  • 1981 – Over 400 people attended Prestbury village guided walk.
  • 1991 – The Wardens Way and Windrush Way were created by wardens.
  • 1990s – Wardens work to create easy access (stile free) routes and lead wheelchair walks
  • 1993 – 25th anniversary celebration held at Royal Agricultural College.
  • 2001 – Wardens create an alternative Town and Village walks programme to allow visitors to continue to enjoy the AONB despite Foot and Mouth restrictions.

Website details: The Cotswold Voluntary Warden service

Cotswold defers Kemble enforcement notice

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The operators of Kemble airfield have been given more time by Cotswold District Council to ensure general flying activities are regulated.

The Council’s Planning (Regulatory) Committee today (January 9) agreed to defer re-issuing an enforcement notice against unauthorised flying activities at the site.

The operators have been given three months to submit evidence for a Certificate of Lawful Use or Existing Development (CLUED) or a planning application.

The Committee’s decision comes after a planning inquiry into the case was closed by the Planning Inspector in November after the Council withdrew its enforcement notice to avoid the risk of it being quashed on a technicality without other planning issues being considered.

The Inspector felt that the notice should have listed all the activities at the airfield to which the Council had no objection, as well as those it wished to take enforcement action against.

The Council maintains that the principal established planning use of the airfield is for storage, repair and maintenance, and that flying activities should only be ancillary and incidental to those operations.

Committee Chairman Cllr Sue Jepson said after today’s meeting: “Since November, the airfield operators have informed the Council that they are willing to make an application for a CLUED and the Committee was encouraged by this news

“On that basis, the Committee today agreed that it would defer re-issuing the enforcement notice for three months to give the operators a further opportunity to submit the additional evidence we believe is required for a CLUED or to make a planning application.

“It is clearly the case that the Council does not wish flying activities at the airfield to stop altogether – there are economic, social and heritage benefits in Kemble’s continued use as an airfield. However, the current level of activity is causing disturbance to some local residents and that is likely to continue without controls in place.

“We have a duty of care to our community to ensure the airfield is subject to appropriate planning regulations and have given the operators further time in order that we can bring this matter to a resolution.”

Get in gear with Moreton Centre’s driving tips

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A special event that gives young people the opportunity to learn about responsible, safe and legal driving is to be held in Moreton-in-Marsh next month.

Teenagers aged between 15 and 17 are being urged to sign up now for the Roadrunners project at Cotswold District Council’s Moreton Area Centre on Monday February 18th.

The event, between 10am and 3pm, is designed for young people who are thinking about learning to drive.  The course covers topics such as:

  • First driving lesson – A chance to get behind the wheel of a dual-control car, guided by a qualified driving instructor.
  • The costs of motoring – Find out how much a car costs to run and how to keep insurance and other costs down.
  • The dangers of speed – Can you judge speeds and braking distances? What happens in a crash?  Test your reaction times.
  • The role of the Fire & Rescue Service – Talk to firefighters about their work and daily experiences.

Roadrunners is a partnership between Cotswold District Council, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire LEA, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue and various youth and community groups.

The Moreton event, which was first held in 2005, will be run by representatives of all the organisations involved.

Moreton Area Centre Manager Sarah Cantwell said:  “This event follows on from our hugely successful Roadrunners projects at Moreton in previous years.

“All the young people who have attended in the past have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and gone away from the event with the skills and knowledge they require to be able to start driving and owning their own cars.”

The cost of the day is £3 per person, which includes lunch. To book a place for your child, please contact the Moreton Area Centre on 01608 650881.

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