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Cotswold pledges to tackle climate change

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Cotswold District Councillors have pledged to take action on climate change after a motion to Council received unanimous support.

A meeting of full Council agreed to sign up to the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change, a nationwide initiative by the Energy Saving Trust to cut carbon emissions.
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Talking about places faraway competition at Shire Hall, Gloucester

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‘The Olympic challenge, do the benefits outweigh the environmental impact?’, ‘Aids – is this a disease of the uneducated?’, ‘The Sticky Truth? Unfair trading using ethical labels.’  These are just some of the topics being discussed at the “Talking about places faraway” competition being held at Shire Hall in Gloucester on Wednesday 6th February.

This event provides an opportunity for young people to share their views, concerns and knowledge about global issues.  Teams of up to 10 students aged 15 and 16 from ten Gloucestershire schools are taking part in the annual global competition run by Gloucestershire County Council’s International Education Office. 

Each of the schools taking part has been asked to prepare a 5 – 7 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. The presentation can take a variety of forms e.g. PowerPoint, debate, rap, street scene. Although most of the input will come from the students, a panel of “experts” will take part and judge the event.

Following one school’s presentation, delegates from other schools will be encouraged to ask questions.  Members of the panel will make short contributions to the discussions before passing on to the next school presentation. Six schools will be competing in the morning from 09.45 to 12.00 and four schools in the afternoon from 12.45 to 3.00.

Marks are allocated to schools for the style, delivery and content of their presentation and to the way in which they participate in the ensuing discussions.

Councillor Joan Nash, Cabinet Member for Schools, said: The topics the young people will be discussing are very much in the news and in the minds of people of all ages.  I am sure that all of the presentations will be thought-provoking and perhaps will give a different perspective on these important issues.”

Schools taking part this year are:

  • Rednock School
  • St. Peter’s Catholic High School
  • Sir William Romney’s School
  • Stroud High School
  • The High School for Girls
  • Winchcombe School
  • Archway School
  • Balcarras School
  • Dene Magna
  • Sir Thomas Rich’s School

Other topics covered will include: “Has religion a place in schools anywhere?”, “Fairtrade versus food miles”, “Population increase”, “Think Globally, Act Locally”, “Are the Olympics compatible with a sustainable future?”, “Food miles and fair trade”, “Global punishment – do we need global clarity?”

The winning school will receive a glass trophy and funding towards travelling to London to the Houses of Parliament to discuss global issues with an MP.

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

Drawings and works on paper past and present – Fosse Gallery Fine Art

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Girl on Terrace, Richard Eurich OBE, RA (d. 1992).Sunday 20th February – Saturday 1st March Fosse Gallery Fine Art Stow-on-the Wold

The latest exhibition at Fosse Gallery Fine Art, Stow-on-the-Wold,Gloucestershire is a selection of Drawings and Works on paper past and present by the following artists:-
AR Middleton Todd, RA
Richard Eurich, OBE, RA
Gus Cummins, RA
Christopher Johnson
Annie Newnham
William Gear, RA
David Imms
Kay Gallwey
William Bowyer, RA
Mick Rooney, RA

Fosse Gallery Fine Art
The Manor House
The Square
GL54 1AF
Telephone 01451 831319
The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30 – 17.00  

Fancy volunteering at a museum, art gallery or historic site?

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

On behalf of the Gloucestershire Museums Group, Gloucestershire County Council is inviting potential ‘Heritage’ volunteers to come to one of two open evenings being held at Cheltenham Art Gallery on 13th February and at the Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley on 28th February, between 6.30-8.30pm.

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer, in a variety of roles, at museums, historical buildings and art galleries across the county. Volunteers carry out all kind of jobs including museum curators, exhibition officers, education officer, historic house gardeners, accountants, tour guides, shop staff, researchers and visitor service staff. A current vacancy is Volunteer Apprentice Vine-keeper!

You don’t have to have any previous experience, just a few hours or days to spare and an interest in heritage! Volunteering is excellent for people looking to get some new experience, update their skills and find new friends. Volunteers have access to a wide range of free or subsidised professional training courses throughout the year, such as how to look after ancient artefacts.

Cllr Tony Hicks, Lead Cabinet Member for Adult Services said: “Gloucestershire’s heritage is rich and varied and offers a wide range of interesting volunteering opportunities. We are blessed with both large and small museums, beautiful buildings, intriguing sites, surprising galleries and fascinating artefacts. ”

The open evenings will kick start with some refreshments and introductions, followed by a behind the scenes tour of the venue and presentations by the museum curators and current volunteers. Staff from a range of other museums will also be there to talk to you about their work. There is no obligation to sign up at the open evenings, but visitors will be able to leave their contact details if they wish.

Book your place at one of the open evenings:

  • 13th February 2008 6.30-8.30pm at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum Contact Helen Brown on 01242 775708
  • 28th February 2008 6.30-8.30pm at The Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley – Tel: 01453 810631

Source: Gloucestershire County Council

County Fire Service is flying high

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It’s official – Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is one of the most improved in the country.

The Audit Commission’s comprehensive performance assessment (CPA) report released today (Thursday 31st January) says GFRS, which forms part of Gloucestershire County Council’s Community Safety directorate, is a dynamic service, which stands as the fifth most improved in England.

The Commission’s annual assessment grades fire service’s on their direction of travel and gives them a star rating of one to four.

GRFS is improving well according to its direction of travel and it has a three-star service, which means it is performing well, consistently above minimum requirements.

The report also says number of deaths and injuries from accidental fires in Gloucestershire has reduced and is now one of the lowest in the country.

Gloucestershire’s record of arson attacks has dropped significantly and figures are well below the national average.
The county’s strong emphasis on community safety was also praised by the Audit Commission.
The report says: “Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has a good community safety culture and this is supported by clear structure processes for the management of risk.

“It is performing well in most areas of service delivery, from prevention and protection through to emergency response.
“The service has a wide range of community safety initiatives in place and these are operating well and benefiting the local community.

“Overall it is a dynamic organisation that works well with the County Council.
“Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is becoming the community safety focused organisation that it strives to be and has developed some innovative and dynamic plans to meet the modernisation agenda.”

The Audit Commission’s Comprehensive Performance Assessment  (CPA) is a national assessment measuring how services perform.

The CPA uses a combination of nationally recognised service ratings and an assessment of each service’s capacity to improve, known as a direction of travel.

The star ratings are based on performance across the service and include things like value for money and overall service assessment.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Terry Standing, said: “This assessment is a credit to the hard work of all our staff.

“I am very pleased that Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been recognised as one of the most improved in the country as this reflects the commitment we have put into providing the best service possible.

“The fire service is a key element in providing community safety and working with people in local communities and education the young and old about the dangers of fire and how to stay safe on the roads is one of the most rewarding aspects of our job.

“I am very proud that this was highlighted in the report, but we are not complacent and we will continue to strive for further improvements in the future.”

Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Will Windsor-Clive said: “This is a very good assessment, which highlights our commitment to community safety and protecting the public.

“This report also proves that we are providing a service which is value for money for council tax payers.  I would like to thank all of the staff for their hard work and commitment in achieving this and we now need to build on this positive assessment as a foundation for the future.”

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