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Friday, 16 February 2018

Faster broadband sooner?

The Parish Council has received this email from Voneus, who offer an alternative means of delivering faster broadband:

"Having heard a piece on Radio Gloucestershire describing the woeful state of broadband in Maisemore I thought this would be a good opportunity for Voneus to reach out to your community.

Voneus are a BDUK accredited provider of superfast broadband. With over 3500 homes now installed and a significant number of those in the Cotswolds and the South West, we would welcome the opportunity of meeting with interested local people and the Parish Council to explain our plans in your area and our method of delivery.

In a nutshell, we distribute fibre wirelessly to properties within line of sight and if no line of sight present we create a 'meshed network' to get to those harder to reach homes. There’s no digging or roadworks, we just install a point-to-point link to the highest site we can find – usually the church, and from there to the surrounding houses. The equipment is very discrete and suitable for listed buildings.

We are also partners with Gigaclear, so if their fibre eventually reaches your village we can migrate those who want it to our full fibre service, without them having to break a contract.

Voneus have vast experience of Community Fibre Initiatives and how they are provisioned. In your area we currently have networks near Frampton, Hardwicke and Redmarley so we have the necessary infrastructure in place to potentially provide superfast broadband into your village within a couple of months.

We deliver a service of 30-50mbps to individual properties. We have two simple offerings, £20 for 20Gb p/m or £34.99 for unlimited data, full details on our website.

I’m sure there will be a demand in your village so am eager to find a local champion who may be able to assist. I hope you can help!

We would be delighted to present something to your PC meeting. As Gigaclear partners and part of Fastershire we are aware of the plans, and also aware that dates can be subject to slippage!

As Maisemore is geographically close to Gloucester we see an opportunity to deliver a service in a much shorter timescale. The church would seem to be key, and we can offer a financial incentive in this regard."

As a result of this, Voneus have been invited to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 5th March at 7.30pm in the committee room of the Village Hall.  More information will be put on this website following that meeting.

Milestones restored

Thanks to the help of Combined Utilities, Maisemore's milestones 1 and 3 have been put in place.  

The work required the appropriate licences to close one of the carriageways on the A417 for a short time and install traffic lights, so that the work could be done safely.  

Combined Utilities have the necessary registration and the staff and equipment to do the job, and they were happy to help out.

Thanks to everyone involved.

James Yardley of Combined Utilities
puts the finishing touches to the
installation of the 1 mile stone.
James Yardley, (Marion's son), oversaw the work and we are most grateful for his professional operation and the compliance with Highways requirements.  The result is just great. We are also most grateful to David McDougal for the production of the cast iron plaques for the Maisemore Local History Society. The two mile plaque is with Chris Jones and, it is understood, will be affixed shortly to the stone which stands in the fence line of Cath Brearley's Milestone Cottage.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Plan to complete A417 'missing link'

Highways England is launching a consultation into options for the A417 ‘Missing Link’ - the single carriageway section including the Air Balloon roundabout - and the Gloucestershire County Council wants you to have your say.

The public consultation into the route options for the stretch of road launches on 15 February 2018 and will run until 29 March 2018.  There's more information here.

There are a number of events taking place in the county, where information will be available along with an opportunity to speak to Highways England representatives about the project and the consultation.  The closest to Maisemore are:

Sunday 04 March 2018
11am to 6pm
GL1 Leisure Centre
Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT
Thursday 08 March 2018
12pm to 8pm
Henley Bank High School (formerly known as Millbrook Academy)
Mill Lane, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4QF
Residents will be able to have their say on the shortlisted route options that will be published when the consultation starts. To make sure as many people as possible have chance to give their views, Gloucestershire County Council is supporting the consultation by hosting information points in some libraries and will be making the plans available at Shire Hall. The closest libraries are:

  • Gloucester Library, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HT
  • Hucclecote Library, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester, GL3 3RT
  • Brockworth Community Library, Moorfield Road, Brockworth, GL3 4ET

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Early buses into Gloucester retained

The new Swanbrook service 351 timetable includes a bus to replace the one that used to leave Maisemore (Persh Lane) at 8.35am on its way from Tewkesbury to Gloucester.

The new service starts from Hartpury College and leaves Maisemore (Persh Lane) a little earlier at 8.29am.

The continuation of a service at this time will be a lifeline for Maisemore residents who depend on it to get to work in Gloucester.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Congratulations on Fame

Congratulations to the young people from Maisemore who took part in the Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre production of the musical Fame.

It was a most enjoyable performance and a credit to everyone involved.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Full house for History Society meeting

Ros Lane writes:
On Thursday 25th January a full hall of members and friends had a fine history of the Forest of Dean heritage and its people.  Mr Peter Ralph - not a Forester I might add - came in the 1960’s to work for the Forestry Commission.  Over the years he has acquired many old photographs and a great deal of local knowledge of the people, places customs, occupations and produce such as charcoal, timber coal, stone, brick and iron.  With refreshments after the talk lots of discussion amongst friends followed, as always. 

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 22nd February when we have a members evening.  Robin Stayt, Ken Cole, Andy Sysum, Charles Dobbin and David Jones will each give a short talk on Family History,  Maisemore Angus Cattle and finding a medal awarded to your Father, to the Maisemore Local History Society website.  Refreshments always follow, visitors very welcome £2.  

On Thursday 22nd March 2018 Ian McIntosh will give an illustrated talk on “Stroudwater Textiles”.  Starting at 7:30pm doors open at 7:00pm in Maisemore Village Hall.  This is the follow-up of a visit the History Society made last year to the Gigg and Egypt Mills.  Visitors very welcome £2, refreshments follow the talk.

Grants of up to £170,000 available for local businesses

Tewkesbury Borough Council is encouraging rural business in Gloucestershire to apply for funding.

Grants range from £5,000 up to approximately £100,000 through the LEADER Programme, and from £35,000 to £170,000 through the Growth Programme. The Growth Programme offers grants for projects that will help grow and develop tourism in rural areas, whilst the LEADER programme is able to offer capital support for projects which support national and local key investment priorities (eg farm productivity, business support, farm diversification, tourism, culture and heritage and forestry productivity). The grants are funded by the European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Applications are invited from micro and small businesses as well as community organisations in rural areas.  Successful applicants must contribute to the creation of jobs, growth in businesses or organisations and demonstrate a benefit to the wider economy in rural Gloucestershire.

Councillor Rob Bird, Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead member for Economic Development said, “This is a unique opportunity for local businesses to get financial support with expansion projects, but the timeframe is very short, and the total funding available is limited, so I urge anyone with business development plans to act now and contact us." 

Further information is available from Neil Batt (Programme Manager) by emailing or calling 01594 812608.