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Friday, 21 July 2017

Concern at spread of invasive plant

Himalayan Balsam. PHOTO: ERICA MARTIN
CONCERNED about the spread of Himalayan balsam, even beyond the rivers and canals where it has usually been found, the Inland Waterways Association has launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to get involved in controlling this invasive plant, according to a report in Towpath Talk.

Himalayan Balsam is now encraching on to Maisemore bridge from the Gloucester side of the river.

The IWA wants to see more individuals helping to control the plant following warnings in national newspapers and elsewhere that the plant has become even more widespread this year.

Whether people are walking the dog or out with family and friends, everyone can help by pulling up a few plants if they see it before the seeds have started to develop. IWA has come up with a 3 stage check list, Pull Snap Stomp, to remind people what to do:

    Pull – Check IWA’s Himalayan Balsam identification guide to be certain that it is Himalayan balsam and then pull up individual balsam stems – they pull up very easily,
    Snap – break off the root below the lowest growing node,
    Stomp – Pile it up in small heaps for it to rot down, away from the path. Bigger piles can be stamped on to assist the rotting process – small children love doing this and it makes a great sound!

And that’s all there is to it, although IWA does also ask people not to trespass onto private land beyond the towpath or bank, to only pull up the Himalayan balsam where it is safe to do so, and not to pull up any plants once the seeds have developed later in the summer, in order to avoid it being spread to new locations.

Further advice and information about Himalayan Balsam and the Pull Snap Stomp campaign can be found on IWA’s website, including a downloadable poster, and people are being encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #PullSnapStomp.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Funerals and flowers at St Giles

The sombre note has continued at St. Giles this month  - firstly with the funeral of Colin Streeter, who lived in Maisemore some years back and has family attachments to the village.  It was a beautiful and emotional service. This was followed by the memorial service for Stephanie Parsons whose brother Stephan arranged the most magnificent display of flowers that the church is ever likely to witness!  He and his helpers adorned all the windows and pillars with flowers and foliage, some of the peonies as big as dinner plates and beautiful perfume from dozens of roses, whilst at the altar , 2 enormous urns full of various blooms. The service, with 3 eulogies, was an excellent tribute. I should like to thank everybody concerned who helped afterwards to clear things away. Later in that week, the ashes of Cora Ann Gough were interred in a private service.

Let's hope that this sees an end to the sadness at St. Giles as we look forward to the wedding of Scott Warner and Louise Barter in warm sunshine; the weather certainly keeping us on our toes with such changes in temperature of late.

We send greetings to our friends at Deanwood Lodge, many of whom enjoyed their latest service led by Rev. John, singing along in the sunshine.
From material submitted by Marnie Mitchell

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Join the Treasure Hunt

Maisemore Arts and Drama Society are holding a Treasure Hunt on Saturday 5th August starting between 4 and 5pm.  

The starting point is Maisemore Village Hall and it's expected to last between an hour and an hour and a half, walking round Maisemore in search of picture clues and ending up at The White Hart.  See the full poster here.

Entry costs £1.  For more information, please contact Mark Wardle - 07785 367774 or

Monday, 10 July 2017

Consultation on possible new housing development

An open invitation has been issed to residents to attend a Community Consultation Drop-in Event on a proposal for 60 new homes at the northern end of Maisemore.  The event will be in Maisemore Village Hall on Wednesday 19th July between 2.30 and 6.30pm.  The full invitation is here.

The proposal is being put forward by London-based Siteplan UK LLP, and more information about the company is available on their website,

Parish Council chairman Andrew Cooley has written to Siteplan UK to give them some of the current background to planning in Maisemore and the text of his email is here.

Monday, 3 July 2017

More broadband information

Fastershire and Gigaclear have published a 'Parish Pack' with more information about the roll out of ultrafast broadband, pahse 2.  You can read the brochure here.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Maisemore Local History Society - Summer Outings 2017

The first outing was on Wednesday 24 May 2017 - this was an all-day event coach trip to Rodmarton Manor, an “Arts and Crafts” house filled with beautiful furniture made in that period. We then travelled to Avening where a wonderful buffet lunch was prepared by the WI, which we enjoyed. Then in the afternoon on to Brownshill near Chalford to a very small church, St Mary of the Angels, a Romanesque-Baroque style building surprisingly built as late as the 1930s, where Richard Barton gave us a detailed history of the church - a very successful day.

Our second outing was to Nailsworth on Saturday 24 June 2017. Here we split into two groups and had guided tours of two mills: Gigg Mill and Dunkirk Mill. Our group started with weaving at Gigg Mill with demonstrations by two very knowledgeable people: Peter Frost and Robin Mitchell. We then met up again for lunch at Egypt Mill Hotel and Restaurant. Our group then went to Dunkirk Mill where huge water wheels provided power for the making of fine cloth which became world famous: “Stroud Scarlet” provided the colourful tunics of soldiers, yellow was made into tennis balls and green clad the tops of billiard tables. Plants were grown close to the Gigg Mill providing dyes for the colours of the cloth. Ian McIntosh provided the commentary for the walk to and around Dunkirk Mill with two other people: Keith Browne and Nick Browyer. All in all a long day with so much information given out. What kept occurring were the phrases which had association with the cloth trade. Here are a few: teasing, “wheels within wheels”, “dyed-in-the-wool”, tenterhooks, “fast and loose”, “through the mill”, and lastly “drop him into it”, the sad tale of a very small weaver who kept producing careless work, which of course the very tall powerful mill owner rejected - finally he took the poor man by the collar and hung him out of the window above the mill pond,  threatening to “drop him in it” if he continued to produce any more work which he would have to reject.

Two super outings! We now look forward to the new 2017-2018 season starting on Thursday 21 September 2017 with the AGM followed by a talk on the tsunami which came up the River Severn in 1607 and saw some 2,000 people killed.

Rosealeen Lane, MLHS Secretary

Cycle path re-opens

The long wait is over.  The bridges on the cycle path alongside the A417 have been repaired and the safe route into Gloucester for cyclists and pedestrians has been restored.

Many thanks to Chris Jones who has kept up the pressure on Sustrans and Gloucestershire County Council.  
Thanks also to those who generously offered a contribution to the funding of the work.  Chris has confirmed that GCC have agreed to pay, so no other financing is needed.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Agenda for Parish Council meeting on 3rd July 2017

The agenda for the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 3rd July at 7.30pm in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall is now available on the Agendas and Minutes page of this site.

The minutes of the last meeting on 8th May, which was the Annual Parish Council Meeting, are also available on the same page.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Living well with dementia

Deanwood Lodge has organised an event in Maisemore Village Hall on Thursday June 29th at 3.30pm at which the main speaker will be June Hennell MBE.  Full details are here.

You can join June on a sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, but always absorbing roller-coaster ride - and leave feeling more prepared for whatever dementia throws at you.

Tickets are free, but pease reply to Deanwood Lodge to let them know you want to attend - email or phone 01452 415057.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Hempsted Recycling Centre tempoaray closure

Hempsted Household Recycling Centre (HRC) in Gloucester will be closed from 19-23 June for work to accommodate more traffic and reduce queues.

Other recycling centres in the County can be found here.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Funeral of Ron Lane

Ron Lane's funeral was held in St Giles Church, Maisemore, on Monday June 5th.  The church was full to overflowing, bringing friends from so many aspects of his life together. There were tributes from his grandchildren Natalie Girard, Oliver and Abigale Lane and Rev Canon John Evans.  The church was full of laughter and applause, for a celebration of his life, reflecting how much he was loved and respected.  There is more here about that life over the 20 years in Maisemore and before.

Maisemore Fete update

Maisemore FĂȘte is on Monday 28th August 2017.

A few more volunteers are needed urgently to help with the fĂȘte this year. Please contact Emma if you can help ( or 07984419596).

Donations of the following items are also needed for this year:
Bric-a-brac, crockery for smashing, jewellery (don’t worry if it is slightly damaged, we can fix it), books, raffle prizes, tombola prizes, cakes and produce.

Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Village Hall on Sunday July 16th between 2pm and 4pm or on Friday August 25th between 2pm and 4pm.
Cakes and produce can be delivered to the Hall on Monday 28th August between 9am and 11.30am.

If you wish to drop off items at another time, please use the contacts below:
Lynda Kyle (Bric-a-brac)
Erica Clark (Jewellery) 07486285868
Pippa Cooley (Books)
Emma Holdaway (Crockery, Raffle prizes and Tombola prizes)

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Rectory Farm full planning application

The application for full planning permission for 28 new homes on the Rectory Farm site (application 17/00538/APP) has now been submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council by the developers, Newland Homes.

The site has already received outline permission (application 15/00131/OUT) so the current application is for 'reserved matters' such as the appearance and landscaping of the scheme.

The developers have sent out a card to every household in the village showing the overall plan with some additional details and contact information.  More information is available on the Tewkesbury Borough Council website.  These details include illustrative street scenes but the planning layout has not yet been put on the TBC site so it can be seen here.  The scheme follows closely that included and approved in the outline proposals.

The Parish Council has not yet received formal notification of the application from TBC.  When this happens, councillors will consider whether to include discussion of it on the agenda for the next meeting on 3rd July or whether to hold a special meeting.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Untimely death of Ron Lane

Notice published in Gloucester Citizen
It is with sadness that we report the death of Ron Lane, who made a significant contribution to the Maisemore community.  He was taken ill while walking home from a Village Hall committee meeting and died from a heart attack two days later.

Ron was a member of the Parochial Church Council,  recently organising the new church heating system.  He also gave stalwart support to the History Society, where he did all the photography and slide shows.

He will be greatly missed.  His funeral is at 2pm on Monday 5th June in St Giles Church, Maisemore and afterward in the Village Hall.  People attending the service are asked to park in the Village Hall car park.  It has been requested that there be family flowers only, with other marks of respect being by donation to the British Heart Foundation, which may be sent c/o S C & B S Cocks, Funeral Directors, 59 Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3TL (01452 617892), with cheques made payable to the charity.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Grapevine on line

The June edition of Grapevine - Maisemore's monthly newsletter - is now on line here.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Spillage on the A417

Around lunch time on Thursday a quantity of compost was dropped from a trailer travelling through the village on to the  A417 near Rectory Farm.

This was rapidly cleared up thanks to Mike Bubb contacting Richard Griffiths (Griff) who came along with the sweeper from Chamberlayne Farms.  Many thanks to all involved.

The Parish Council had contacted the County Council, but Griff had dealt with it before GCC could get there, so GCC were contacted again to let them know not to attend.

Annual Parish Meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday and contributed to some interesting and constructive discussions. 

The next Parish Council meeting is on Monday 3rd July and members of the public are very welcome to attend.  There is a time allocated at the start of the meeting for questions and comments from members of the public on any item on the agenda.  If you have an item that you would like included on the agenda, please contact the Parish Clerk, Diane Baldwin, who can advise on whether the Parish Council has any relevant powers.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ward Boundary Review

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is reviewing ward boundaries of District and Borough Councils across the country, including Tewkesbury Borough Council.  A review is triggered by more than 30% of the electoral wards becoming outside the +/-10% of the average electorate per Councillor.

Details of TBC's submission to the Boundary Commission can be found here.  It is based on the number of councillors remaining the same at 38, and there are no proposals to change the Highnam with Haw Bridge ward, of which Maisemore is part.

The Commission will be consulting on its draft recommendations from 6 June to 7 August 2017, when again any interested party will be able to comment.  The LGBCE will then publish its final recommendations on 10 October for implementation in May 2019 at the next scheduled Borough Elections.

Action on overgrowing hedges

The Parish Council is contacting Tewkesbury Borough Council's contractors, Amey, to take enforcement action on hedges that grow over and partly obstruct pavements.

Amey are expected to contact householders and, if no action is taken, they will cut the hedges and raise a charge.

The decision by the Council follows a number of advisory notes on this site and in Grapevine, but the problem persists.

The Council is also looking at ways in which the rules against parking on pavements can be enforced.  This practice puts pedestrians at risk, whereas parking on the road is both legal and helpful in reducing traffic speed through the village.

New Parish Councillor

Robert Scott will be formally co-opted on to the Parish Council at its next meeting on 3rd July.

The co-option was agreed at the last meeting subject to completion of the necessary documentation, and this has now been done.  Robert's contact details will be put on this site immediately following the next Parish Council meeting.

This will leave one vacant place on the Council, and anyone interested should contact the Parish Clerk, Diane Baldwin - or phone 01531 650885.

St Giles Church

Marnie Mitchell writes:

With Easter  now well behind us, after Holy week Reflections and the moving Final Hour service at Ashleworth (where all the churches were represented) it was back to our own services at St. Giles. The annual St. Georges day parade took place. Well done to the Leaders on the day who managed brilliantly without their scout master Tim, who was busy awaiting the arrival of his grandchild! All the colours were dutifully presented and vows renewed. 

We had still been having gremlins in the lighting system over Easter when Rev. Jean Herrick took evensong in half light (and we all ate the cup cakes provided by Lynn our organist, thanks Lynn!).  The lights were kindly rectified by Ron Lane before his sudden and untimely recent death - he will be much missed.

Our Annual General meeting took place in church recently where all the standing officers were re- elected and everyone thanked for all their valuable help over the past year, however our treasurer Mick Browning has (once again) asked to stand down after this term of office, so if anybody could help us out, please contact me or we will be in deep trouble!

The wedding season is now upon us so hopefully they will all have some more lovely sunshine on their special days - it has certainly brought us some beautiful blossom on all the fruit trees so with luck we will all have plenty of fruit later in the year!

Community Emergency Plan

The committee that maintains Maisemore's Community Emergency Plan met last week under the chairmanship of Cllr. Debbie Burgess to review the Plan.

The Community Emergency Plan (CEP) is a document which captures key information which would be useful in the event of a major incident or an emergency such as severe weather conditions which caused disruption.  The plan includes a Household Emergency Plan which you may find helpful.  It's available on this website here

At the centre of the CEP is the Communication Network, which is a pyramid structure enabling communication to every household in the parish. For this purpose the village is divided up into small areas of 10-15  houses and each area is allocated to a Network Contact.  

The Network is also used for occasional distribution of information and for raffle tickets for the Village Fete. If you would like to know more about the role and volunteer as a Network Contact, please contact Debbie Burgess, tel 01452 523730

Supporting Dementia Awareness Week

Deanwood Lodge has been running a series of events  in recognition of Dementia Awareness Week and to celebrate its 5th Anniversary.

For more information, email

Monday, 15 May 2017

Agenda for Annual Parish Meeting

The agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting - on Wednesday 24th May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall - is now on this website here.

The meeting is open to all registered electors of the Parish of Maisemore.  A brief report from any group or society in the village will be most welcome - please let the Parish Clerk (Diane Baldwin) know if you intend to give one - or phone 1532 650825.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Update on Intensive Poultry Unit

The Parish Council has receive a response from the Environment Agency about the application for an EA permit for a proposed intensive poultry unit near Maisemore.

The Environment Agency say:

"We have received comments on the application. We are now reviewing these comments and will ask the applicant for further information if necessary. Following this we carry out a technical assessment and make a draft decision.

Once the draft decision is made we will send this through to you, along with the draft decision document which will address the comments which we have received.  The second 20 day consultation period will then start for public comments.

At present there is not a fixed date when a draft decision will be made – but we will keep you updated on any progress"

The Environment Agency has also provided some documentation about the way they consider such applications:

Frequently Asked Questions

Factsheet- Manure

Comments that can be considered

Planning considerations



Friday, 5 May 2017

County Councillor re-elected

Re-elected County Councillor for
Highnam Division, Cllr Phil Awford.
(Tewkesbury Borough
Council photo.)
Phil Awford has been re-elected for the Highnam Division of Gloucestershire County Council with about 71% of the votes cast.

Details of this result can be found on the GCC website here. The full results for the County Council are here.

Gloucestershire County Council has changed from no party having an overall majority of councillors to Conservative control.

Councillor Awford regularly attends Maisemore Parish Council meetings to report on the County Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council, of which he is also an elected member.  His contact details for both Councils can be found on the Contacts page of this site..

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Agenda for Annual Parish Council Meeting

The agenda has now been published for the Annual Meeting of Maisemore Parish Council.  This is like an AGM for a Parish Council and includes such elements as the election of a chairman and vice-chairman.

It also provides an opportunity for the co-option of new councillors to fill the present two vacancies. The agenda can be found here.

Thursday 4th May is polling day

It's polling day in the County Council elections and the polling station is at the Village Hall.  The poll closes at 10pm.

If you have a postal vote and haven't sent it in, you can take it to the polling station at any time until the poll closes and hand it to the polling clerks.  Registered postal voters can't use the ordinary ballot slip but only the one sent out with the other postal vote details.

Gloucestershire County Council still provides many important services for Maisemore residents despite the reductions in local authority powers - and funding - by recent central governments.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Hempsted Recycling Centre will close for 5 days in May

From 8th – 12th May, Hempsted Household Recycling Centre (HRC) in Gloucester will be closed for work to accommodate more traffic and reduce queues.

The changes will take effect in June and are being made in response to customer feedback and increased use.

The temporary closure is necessary for the work to go ahead safely, but the duration has been kept to a minimum. A second closure in June will be needed during the final stage of work; details will be communicated nearer the time.

Work includes extending the upper road area and creating a multiple lane system, as well as increasing the boundary size to accommodate heavy vehicles. The plans will also make it possible for a reuse shop to be added in the future.

Alternative recycling facilities are available at the HRCs at Fosse Cross, Wingmoor Farm, Oak Quarry and Pyke Quarry however residents may prefer to plan their visit before or after the closure dates to avoid potential queues at other sites.

The full list of household recycling centres is available on

This closure will not affect recycling and waste collections in Maisemore.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Annual Parish Meeting

The date of the Annual Parish Meeting has been fixed as Wednesday 24th May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

This is an opportunity to learn not just what the Parish Council has been doing but also to hear from various groups and societies in the village about their activities in the past year and their plans for the future.

If you would like to report on your group's activities, please just contact the Clerk on 01531 650885 or email

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Trade on the River Severn

Ros Lane writes:

The March meeting of Maisemore Local History Society brought Dr Nicholas Herbert to give an excellent illustrated talk on “Trade on the River Severn in Gloucestershire”. 
Along the river were numerous small Pills or harbours which enabled ships to off load and to avoid the low tides and sandbanks. Another method for off loading were the many riverside Inns along the river, details of which were illustrated by Dr Herbert. With the advent of the canals, the use of the river declined, but the sight of of the Trows passing through the countryside must have been a wonderful one .
Now the season of meetings are over, the members have three summer outings to look forward to. There is a visit to a Blacksmith, two working Mills at Nailsworth, and Rodmarton Manor.

News from the Churches

Marnie Mitchell writes:

At the first of our services for Mothering sunday, the children from Hartpury school came to St. Giles to act out thanks for their mothers.  The church was full and some of the children had made pictures of their mums whilst some sang about them individually and others read the liturgy beautifully and gave them posies. 

The following Sunday a rather smaller group enjoyed Rev.Penny's sermon, the hymns and a small plant.
The Lent group and its subject "abiding" has caused much discussion. Nearly all our churches were represented and there was plenty of scope for thought.  The word "abiding" now has many more definitions than just "living,staying and trusting."

Our first wedding of the year:- the sun shone in abundance and the bride Nicola looked radiant. Beautiful singing from St.Peter's School choir and a plethora of photographers from the Gloscat photography section should certainly provide Nicola and Andy with some great memories of their day. It was especially nice to see the guests all walking down the road in the sun to the village hall with the church bells pealing out for them.

I do hope you too have enjoyed the glorious weather in early April. I have never seen snowdrops, crocus, daffodils and tulips all out in my garden at once!

It has been brought to my notice that some people do not know about the "7 parishes magazine".  This brings news of events around our local villages; fetes, concerts, sports and adverts from local tradesfolk etc. as well as church news, and all for 30p a month(£3.50 year).  Anybody who would like one delivered to their home, please contact me on tel.01452 700790. (You will also find the details inside the church)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Draft minutes

The draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 6th March are now on the website here.

Previous agendas and minutes can be found by selecting the Agendas & Minutes page from the menu above.

Register to vote

Make sure you're registered to vote.

If you're not registered, you won't be able to vote in the County Council election on 4th May. The candidates are listed here.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Annual Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will be the "Annual Meeting" on 8th May at 7.30pm in the committee room of the village hall.

This is, in effect, the Council's AGM, where the chairman and vice-chairman are elected and a number of other annual decisions are made.  

It is also the next opportunity for two pople who care about what happens in Maisemore to join the Council, which still has two vacancies to be filled by co-option.  With only three councillors out of a potential five, it is in a precarious situation and could not hold a meeting if any existing councillor was unable to attend.

If you think you could help the village by joining the Parish Council, please contact the clerk, Diane Baldwin on 01531 650885 or email - or talk to any of the existing councillors.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Wild flowers on the approach to Maisemore

The Parish Council is hoping that it will be possible to sow wildflowers in the wide verge along the A417 on the approach to Maisemore from the Hartpury side.  There's a plan of the proposal here.

Some funding has been allocated in the Council's budget for this, but success will depend on volunteers helping with the project, which is being co-ordinated by Emma Holdaway.  You can contact her on or 07984419596.

The biggest job to start with will be scraping off the existing vegetation - and we have a head start on this because Mike Bubb - who runs Maisemore's groundworks company, Dirtworks - has offered to use his equipment to get the job done. Many thanks for that, Mike!

The wildflowers will be planted to create a bright and striking approach to our village and hopefully a reminder to motorists that they are approaching a residential area.  This will also encourage our local bee populations as the wildflowers will be nectar rich.  
If you are interested in helping with this project - or you want to use your own garden or verge to help get Maisemore buzzing, please do get in touch with Emma.

Maisemore Fete - save the date

Emma Holdaway writes:
Please remember to put Monday 28th August in your diary for the Maisemore Fete!  
We are looking for a few extra volunteers this year to get help with the jewellery stall, the children's races and refreshments.  We would also love to find someone who could offer face painting. 
If you would like to be involved or have any other ideas for the fete, please do contact me -: or 07984 419596.

MADS Annual General Meeting

Maisemore Arts and Drama Society is combining its AGM with a Beetle Drive again this year.

The event is in Maisemore Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 19th May.  

Jane McIntyre says "Please join us for a fun family evening - it's just £1 per person to play and all ages are welcome."  There will be a cash bar.

For more information contact Jane McIntyre 07947 259189 or

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

County Council elections

County Councillors are elected every fourth year - and this is one of those years.  There's information about what the County Council does at

The Notice of  Election is here.  It contains all the details you need if you want to stand for election.  Your nomination would need to be in to Tewkesbury Borough Council by 4pm on Tuesday 4th April.  The Borough Council is responsible for all elections in this area.

Assuming there is more than one candidate, the election will be on Thursday 4th May 2017.

Monday, 13 March 2017

New gas mill plan

Ecotricity, the green energy company, is submitting revised plans to Tewkesbury Borough Council for an anaerobic digestion 'gas mill' at Fiddington.  The site is south east of Tewkesbury and just east of the M5.

The proposed system would use grass from local farms (not maize) and the digestate would be used as fertiliser on these farms.

There is lots more information on the company's website here.

Crocuses help the campaign

The late planted "Purple 4 Polio" crocuses suddenly sprang to life last week and now are making a good show. I hope walkers will appreciate them.

The bulbs were planted in January by the Rotary Club of Newent and District, with the enthusiastic help of two representative families of Hartpury school. Bulbs have also been planted at the school. The objective is to keep the campaign going to eradicate polio, world wide. Although we no longer see suffering from it, it is so important to eradicate it completely, so that it can never come back and the immunisation programme can end.

The international Rotary movement, with huge financial support from the Bill and Melanie Gates Foundation, have played a crucial part in this.

Jeremy Chamberlayne

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Parish Council submits views on proposed intensive poultry unit

At a well attended Parish Council meeting on Monday 6th March, residents gave their views on the application for an Environment Agency permit for a proposed 100,000 bird intensive poultry unit at Astman's Farm.  

These views were then discussed by Councillors and the Council's submission - which you can read here -has now been sent to the Environment Agency.  The submission was accompanied by a table of expected traffic movements and the Council's adopted planning policy document.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Proposed intensive poultry unit

A revised plan of this proposal, showing the two x 50,000 bird broiler houses, is now available on the Environment Agency's website here.

Other information is also available from this link

The Parish Council will consider whether to make any representation about this application for an Environment Agency permit at its meeting on Monday 6th March at 7.30pm in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Church news and views

Marnie Mitchell writes:

"Second sunday service, even with our new heating flat out, everybody said "isn't it cold!" After a good sermon and rousing hymns we all enjoyed  a hot drink. The weather was slightly warmer for evensong the following week, lay led by Lynn, Sylvia and Liz with lovely hymns and a short reflection taken from chapter 8 of Paul's letter to the Romans, based on God's creation and environmental issues. We were very  pleased to have some extra visitors at the service.  At our last service of the month it was a great pleasure to welcome Canon Roger Grey, where he preached  of the mountain top experience of Peter, James and John during the Transfiguration of Jesus.

The annual World Woman's Day of Prayer was as usual a brilliant affair with many ladies from all the churches taking part. The theme this year was "Unfairness".  We in the west really have nothing to complain about compared to those in harsh conditions in some parts of the Phillippines, it was very  thought provoking,and lovely to have tea and yummy cake afterwards. Thanks as always to Eileen for organising it and to the ladies at the Methodist church for their hospitality.

When I attended Deanery Synod this month, we were all very pleased to hear that all our 7 churches had paid their full "quota".  This is the amount each church pays to support the bishops and priests with all their expenses (among other things).  Usually we are asked to contribute more so it made a pleasant change! The amount St. Giles has to pay each year is £7,650 by the way.

I am about to pay for the magazines shortly, so please may I remind anyone who hasn't paid their £3.50 to their distributor to do so - thank you!

Well, spring is almost here.  As I write this the buds are coming out on my trees and the plum blossom is being blown to bits!"

Friday, 3 March 2017

Thanks for the photos

A big 'Thank you' to everyone who has sent photos from in and around Maisemore for use on this site. As many as possible have been incorporated into the site heading, which now has a rolling display so that they can all be enjoyed.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Agenda for March Parish Council meeting

The agenda for the March meeting of Maisemore Parish Council has now been published - you can read it here.

As usual, it will be in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall and will begin with an opportunity for residents to raise points on any item on the agenda.

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is looking for people in Maisemore with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them.

The NPMS is helping improve understanding of what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. It has now been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. One of the reasons the scheme has enjoyed such good success in attracting volunteers is because of the support of local parish councils. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.

Do you know somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers the scheme has, the more information is generated making for an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

The NPMS is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

Across Gloucestershire there are still 30 squares available to survey, one of which is to the south of Maisemore either side of the river Severn.

The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available:

To sign up please visit or for further information please email or phone 01722 342743.

Housing Strategy published

Tewkesbury Borough Council has now published its Housing Strategy – At home in Tewkesbury Borough – 2017 to 2021. The evidence base (appendices 1a-1d), homelessness and homelessness prevention strategy (appendix 2) and tenancy strategy (appendix 3) are also published.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Zero carbon Britain - new report

The Centre for Alternative Technology reports:
"The Zero Carbon Britain team’s research over the last 10 years has shown that we already have all the technical solutions we need to reach zero carbon. Yet changing how millions of people live is a vastly complex challenge. So for the past year, we have focused on defining the social and political shifts that could make zero carbon a reality.
We asked the question: “what are the barriers preventing us from reaching net-zero, and how can we overcome them?

Today we’re publishing our findings in a groundbreaking new report, Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen."

Maisemore Parish Council's planning policy says: "The specifications of new houses should embody high energy efficiency in excess of Building Regulations requirements and, where appropriate, microgeneration in accordance with guidance on reducing carbon emissions.This report highlights the fact that the MPC objective is achievable.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Proposed poultry unit location.

Thanks to David Jones for providing this map showing the location of the proposed poultry unit for which an Environment Agency permit is being sought.

Location plan of the proposed poultry unit prepared by
David Jones using the Ordnance Survey Open Map facility.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Proposed new poultry unit

The Environment Agency has punlished a notice of an application for a permit, which is reproduced in full here:

New bespoke application for an environmental permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016
We've received an application for a permit from Mr Jon Smith, Mrs Josephine Smith, Mr Thomas Smith (trading as: GM Smith & Son).
Permit number: EPR/UP333ORL/A001
Regulated facility type: 6.9 A(1) a) (i) Intensive Farming > 40,000 Poultry
Regulated facility location: Astmans Farm Poultry Unit, Main Road, Overton, Maisemore, Gloucester, GL2 8HR.
The application contains a description of: the installation; the materials, substances and energy it will use and generate; the conditions of its site; the source, nature and quantity of its foreseeable emissions and their significant effects on the environment; the proposed techniques for preventing, reducing and monitoring its emissions and preventing and recovering waste; and an outline of the main alternatives, if any, considered. This information is held in a register at the following location: The Environment Agency, Riversmeet House, Newtown Industrial Estate, Tewkesbury, GL20 8JG.
You can look at our register 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday.  Please phone the National Customer Contact Centre on 03708 506 506 to arrange an appointment.  You may get a copy of documents on the register.  We may charge to cover copying costs.  If you have any comments send these by 08 March 2017.
Or write to P&SC - Land Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Park Avenue Sheffield, S9 4WF
Normally we must put any responses we receive on the public register.  This includes your name and contact details.  Please tell us if you don't want your response to be public.
We must decide whether to grant or refuse the application.  If we grant it, we must decide what conditions to include in the permit.

This is not a planning application, and it is expected that a planning application would follow if the permit is granted.  It will be on the agenda for the Parish Council meeting on Monday 6th March so that a representation can be considered.  Anyone may make representations to the Environment Agency, using the contact details above.

The site is about a quarter of a mile to the north of the village, just south of Overton Farm, adjacent to the stream that runs between the A417 and Old Road and which supplies the water to the lake between Church Road and The Rudge.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Draft minutes now online

The draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 9th January are now on this website - here.

Friday, 3 February 2017

News from the churches

At services in January, the season of Epiphany, Rev. Penny and Canon Michael spoke of the baptism of the baby Jesus and the arrival of the Wise Men, of unity and tribes being one together. Let us hope with a new leader  in the USA. some of God's hopes will come to fruition. 

We are now heading into Lent, building up to Easter, with meetings at Pete and Sally's house on Tuesday afternoons(2pm) and around the villages in Holy Week. 

The joint 5th Sunday service in Hartpury village hall was a pleasure to attend - communion followed by tea and cake and hymns chosen from around the church congregations and accompanied by the newly formed "music group" (more members needed by them to swell the sound, if you like to play an instrument, here's your chance!!).  There was a smaller turn out for this service than we hoped,  maybe due to the dreadful soggy weather or that so many folk are poorly.

At St. Giles, things carry on as usual.  We have  a Christening and 4 weddings to look forward to during the summer.  Let's  hope as the days get longer  and the trees gain their buds, everybody will be fit and well again.  Services at St. Giles are on 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays in the month and we would love to see you there. 

Marnie Mitchell.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Mobile library dates

The Mobile Library will be visiting Maisemore Village Hall between 2.15 and 3.45pm on
Thursday 9th February 2017
Thursday 9th March 2017 
Thursday 6th April 2017
Thursday 4th May 2017
Thursday 1st June 2017
Thursday 29th June 2017

It’s free to join the Library and a good selection of books is available for both adults and children.  You can also use a computer free of charge.

For more information, contact or call the Contact Centre on 0845 230 5420

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Environment Agency wants your views

The Environment Agency is conducting user research in some areas of England known to be at risk of flooding. What the Agency learns from this research will shape tomorrow's flood information service and benefit millions of people across the country.

The Environment Agency is asking you to help by providing feedback on how you feel about your flood risk and how you get your information.

As part of this research the Agency is looking for people who use the internet and those who don't.

You'll need to share your thoughts, either with a quick phone call or using a very short online feedback form, a couple of times during February and March 2017.

Taking part will help your community and make a real difference to the way the Environment Agency designs their services.

To register your interest you can telephone, email, or go online using the contacts below:

Telephone: 07790 776043 or 07713 626041

Monday, 23 January 2017

Fibre broadband in 2018?

The Parish Council has been given May 2018 as the 'probable' date of being able to order fibre broadband for Maisemore.

An email from the contractor says:

"Having investigated our network records the cabinet to which  Maisemore premises are connected (Exchange GLOUCESTER  Cabinet 27) is not 'Fibre to the Cabinet' enabled.

There is, therefore, delay in providing 'Fibre to the Premises' as part of the Broadband UK  project.  We are expecting, all being well, that you should be able to order fibre broadband from the second week of May 2018.

We often find unforeseen challenges and complexities that we simply couldn’t plan for.  These may need either more time to work around or a different solution altogether. Our published dates in most cases are accurate.  However, because of the above, unfortunately they can move. We strive to share as much information as we possibly can to help you to make your choices as much as possible.
We apologise there has been a delay but each cabinet will involve different amounts of work to fully enable and make it ready for orders.

Rest assured we are doing everything we can to deliver service as soon as we can."

No timescale is given from this 'probable' date when fibre broadband can be ordered to its actual implementation.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Planning update

There have been extensive revisions to the plans for Rustic House (application 16/01108/FUL).  The Applications for moving the Dirtworks yard has been approved ((16/01263/AGR and 16/01264/AGR), as has the application for 15 houses at Bell House Farm (14/00965/FUL).  Because of the scale of this, it has a section 106 agreement, which includes £15,000 for the Village Hall.  Full details can be found on the Tewkesbury Borough Council website.

Have you got Maisemore photos

This website has a number of photos displayed at random as a heading, and the Parish Council would like to increase the range of photos used.

If you have pictures that you think might be suitable, please email one or more to Andrew Cooley.

We can resize and trim any suitable pictures to the required size.  Unfortunately we can't offer any prizes or copyright fees, though.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Report it on line

Fly-tipping is just one of the things that can be reported to Tewkesbury Borough Council on line using the 'Do-it-online' page on its website.

You can report a wide range of things there - both to Tewkesbury Borough Cuncil and to Gloucestershire County Council.  Fly tipping and littering are just a couple of them, but it extends to such things as planning infringements, flooding, stray or lost dogs, potholes and blocked road drains.

A page which links to all the services provided by local authorities and other service providers is being devloped for this website - but it isn't a quick job.  In the meantime, we've added the TBC 'Do-it-online' page as a permanent link in the left hand column.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Maisemore Local History Society Meetings

The January meeting of the Maisemore Local History Society will be in the Village Hall on Thursday 26th  Dr Ray Wilson will be giving an illustrated talk entitled "Industrial Heritage of the Cotswolds".

On Thursday 23rd February Dr Steven Blake speaking, with illustrations, about "The Cotswold Way, 100 miles of history."  

The meetings start at 7.30 pm -doors open 7.00 pm - and visitors are always  welcome. The charge is £2, with refreshments afterwards.

Ros Lane

St Giles Church

Carols round the village went well this year. A smaller number than usual braved the elements to sing and collect money for Arthritis Research but I was delighted to be able to send a donation of £200.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and provided refreshments at church afterwards; also to Deanwood Lodge where we sang  first, following on the Wednesday afternoon with a longer service of  communion and plenty of carols, where a room full of residents joined in heartily.

Our midnight service on Christmas Eve - a cold night which saw the candles flickering and the Christmas tree glowing - was attended by around 30 people to greet Christmas day in the traditional way.

The joint service on January 1st was presided over by Rev.Jean Herrick and had representatives from all the churches.

Once again I wish you a very happy new year and hope to see some of you at St. Giles in 2017.

Marnie Mitchell.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Dog walking in the countryside

Gloucestershire Local Access Forum (GLAF) have re-released their leaflet on walking your dog safely and considerately in the countryside. 

Dogs in the countryside and the potential for conflict to arise with landowners and farmers has been at the forefront of GLAF’s work for a number of years. The leaflet was originally published in 2010 and received much positive feedback. 

GLAF say the content of the leaflet is as relevant today as it was when first published.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Bin day this week is Wednesday

Due to the holidays, the bin collection day this week is changed to Wednesday instead of Tuesday. This week it's the green general waste bin - plus the food waste caddy and - if you have one, your brown bin for green garden waste.

Please do make use of the food waste collection service - it's probably the most important bit of recycling we do. Did you know that, if all our food waste was collected and fed into anaerobic digesters - as ours is - it could provide at least a quarter of the country's domestic energy need? By contrast , if it goes into landfill it produces methane which gets into the atmosphere and is one of the most harmful greenhouse gases. So please don't put food waste in the general waste bin.

Food waste should not be loose in the caddy - it should be either in a compostable bag or in either an ordinary carrier bag or wrapped in newspaper.