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Post Office Consultation Campaign Heats Up

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Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown today spoke of the sheer level of opposition to Post Office closures following the series of public meetings he held across the Cotswolds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cotswolds MP overwhelmed by response to Post Office Meetings

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Seven public meetings organised by Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown took place this weekend in Rendcomb, Stratton, Weston-sub-Edge, Blockley, Guiting Power, Aldsworth and Meysey Hampton to discuss the closure of these Post Offices and those in the surrounding areas.

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Cotswolds MP Organises Public Discussion on Post Office Closures

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Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP for the Cotswolds has arranged a series of public meetings for all affected residents to discuss the proposed round of Post Office closures in the Cotswolds.

The meetings will serve as an opportunity for people to hear more about and air their views on the effects of the closures, to learn more about the consultation process and to hear the options available to residents.

Mr Clifton-Brown is urging anyone with an interest to attend: “We need to work as a community to respond to the challenges put before us by these announcements. Cotswolds residents showed their unity of purpose and strength of character during the summer floods and we must now work together again”

Details are as follows:

Date/Time Location Affected Post Offices
Saturday 9th February
09.00 – 10.00
Weston-sub-Edge Village Hall Weston-sub-Edge
10.30 – 11.30 Blockley: St Georges Hall Blockley, Longborough
12.00 – 13.00 Guiting Power Village Hall Guiting Power, Temple Guiting
14.00 – 15.00 Aldsworth Village Hall Aldsworth, Sherborne
16.15 – 17.15 Meysey Hampton Village Hall Meysey Hampton

Residents wanting further information about these meetings should contact Gloucestershire Conservatives on 01452 371630 

Source: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP Cotswolds

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Post Office Ltd Delivers Crippling Closure Programme

Features, Places by Tony No Comments »

Final details of the Post Office Closure Programme, made public on Tuesday 5th February 2008, have been described by Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown as more devastating than the Beeching Railway cuts of the 1960s.

“For a constituency as rural as the Cotswolds the level of proposed closure will be a disaster. For many people, particularly the elderly, this will have a massive negative impact upon their lives.”
“The most distressing aspect is the fact that if we are successful in saving one Post Office, another will have to be closed either in the Cotswolds or one of our neighbouring constituencies.”

The Post Offices at Meysey Hampton, Weston-sub-Edge, The Beeches and Stratton are to be completely closed.

Meanwhile the following are to receive outreach services with limited hours per week:
Blockley – 14 hours
Longborough – 9 hours
Guiting Power – 8 hours
Colesbourne – 5 hours
Sherbourne – 5 hours
Aldsworth – 3 hours
Rendcombe – 3 hours
Temple Guiting – 2 hours

“It is essential now that we take our fight forward against these proposals. I would urge everyone in the affected areas to attend the public meetings I will be arranging on the 8th and 9th February in the affected areas. Details will be made available of the final timings later this week. ”

Source: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Cotswold)

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Northwick Park Camp – new monument dedicated to Polish soldiers and families

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Mavis Lady Dunrossil, , H.E. Barbara Tuge-Erecińska Polish Amassador, Mr. C. MaryszczakThe Northwick Park Grotto has been restored and a new memorial erected

The camp in Northwick Park, near Blockley in Gloucestershire, was built in 1943 as an American Field Hospital. In 1944 the International Red Cross took over the running of the Station Hospital. After the Second World War the camp was abandoned until 1947-8 when it was handed over by the War Department for occupation by the Polish Resettlement Corps.

Picture 1 above shows Mavis Lady Dunrossil – Chair Gloucestershire CC, H.E. Barbara Tuge-Erecińska Polish Amassador, Children in national costume who presented them with flowers and Mr. C. Maryszczak Chairman of the Polish Ex-Combatants Association. Photo (c)

World War II displaced thousands of people from Eastern Europe. Many Poles made their way to England with General Ander’s army and settled in disused army and air force camps scattered throughout the UK. Northwick Park was one of those Displaced Persons (DP) camps and held over 800 poles.

Northwick Park Grotto (c) Park Memorial (c) Grotto was built in the early 1950’s and was designed by Fr. S. S. Potoczny. It was dedicated to our Lady of Lourdes and was used daily for private contemplation and prayer by the people of the camp.

In the 1950’s General Anders, leader of all Poles in exile, visited all the Polish DP camps in the UK and in July 1952 he visited Northwick Park and over 3000 people, with Poles from other camps – Springhill, Long Marston and Daglingworth – coming to hear him deliver a message of hope and encouragement.

In 1968 Northwick Park was closed and lay neglected for some years before it was resurrected as a business park with many of the old nissen huts homes now becoming business premises.

The Polish Ex-Combatants Association of Cheltenham decided to restore the grotto and dedicate a new memorial as part of Poland’s year dedicated to war hero General Anders.

A special dedication ceremony was held at Northwick Park on Saturday 20th October when the ceremony in English and Polish was carried out by the Polish Ambassador Her Excellency Barbara Tuge-Erecinska. The restored grotto and the new memorial are now called “The Monument”.

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Blockley Ladies Choir strike the right note

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard by Adam No Comments »

(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. included with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Blockley ladies choir brought back some impressive silverware from the recent mid-Somerset music festival at Bath Guildhall, where they won two of the four classes they entered. Their success was especially pleasing as they are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and will be performing favourite pieces from their repertoire at a special anniversary concert in St. Georges Hall, Blockley, on Saturday,4th August.

The choir, originally formed to take part in WI activities, has welcomed scores of local women over the years who have enjoyed singing a wide variety of choral music, led from the beginning by Jenny Davey, who for many years ran the local post office and store with husband Tony, and accompanied on the piano for nearly as long by Dorothy White. Jenny, despite relocation to Caldicot in Gwent, still travels to Blockley every Tuesday to conduct the practice.

The choir entertains at local celebrations and fund raising events, and particularly enjoy singing at weddings. They work hard to improve their technique and have hosted successful choral workshops with guest conductors, attended by other choirs from a wide area. Taking part in competitions at music festivals is also important and challenging for us. The choir is always looking for new members. No experience is required – just a love of singing. They meet every Tuesday at 7.30p.m. in Blockley. With their busy schedule they also need volunteer assistants to help the conductor and accompanist on a regular basis. If you feel you would like to join, please get in touch.

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