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Monday, 4 September 2017

Meeting cancelled

The Parish Council meeting due to take place this evening (Monday 4th September) has had to be cancelled as, unexpectedly, only two of the councillors were able to attend.  The quorum required to hold a meeting is three.

There is still a vacancy on the Parish Council to be filled by co-option and, if that place had been filled, it probably would not have been necessary to cancel the meeting.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Agenda for Parish Council meeting on 4th September

The agenda for the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 4th September in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall is now available here.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

MADS event in October


Maisemore Arts & Drama Society is hosting an evening of music and stories on Friday 20th October from 7.30 pm featuring  Mumbo Jumbo performing ‘electric acoustic sound’, songs and stories.  They were nominated for the British Blues Awards as songwriters of the year).

Tickets cost £10 and are available from Sheila Wardle   01452 411402.

Friendship Club and Maisemore loss

Jane Evans, Friendship Club Coordinator, writes    
On behalf of the members and helpers of the Friendship  Club, I wish to send our sympathy to Terry Yardley and his family following the death of Marion his wife. She was a Godsend to the village of Maisemore and beyond. Always reliable, she never let anyone down, nothing was too much trouble. She was a talented cook, dressmaker, friend to everyone, and a Secretary to many Committees etc, etc. Her family will miss her, and the club already miss her laughter and fun. 


However, in her usual efficient way, she had asked her friend and fellow helper Mary Payne at the Maisemore Riding for the Disabled if she would take her place cooking for the Friendship Club. Mary has proved to be the ideal person and we are very grateful that Marion arranged this transition for us.
    
In recognition of the help and involvement of Marion's life - of which I have mentioned only a few things, some 200+ people attended her funeral. The Friendship Club cooks provided the food with help from members of the Maisemore Riding Club plus others. She will be greatly missed, and always remembered, with love.

    

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Excellent Fete!

Maisemore Fete on Monday raised £2397.65 to be split between Church and Village Hall funds.  That's over £200 more than last year.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success and to everyone who came along and helped achieve such an excellent result.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Maisemore Fete Day

Don't miss Maisemore Fete - 2pm on Bank Holiday Monday at the Village Hall.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

What's in your blue bin?

Officers from Tewkesbury Council recently visited the plant that deals with sorting the stuff that comes from blue bins - with some surprising results  and revealing some costly errors by householders.

More details at https://www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/news/whats-in-your-blue-bin.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

'Harvest of Gloucestershire Poetry' at St Giles

Ros Lane writes:
Make a note of this future event taking place on Thursday 12 October 2017 at St Giles Church Maisemore – an evening of poetry. The title is “A Harvest of Gloucestershire Poetry” with some beautiful poetry by poets born in Gloucestershire, some of whom lived in Gloucestershire too. 

We will be privileged to have the granddaughter of F. W. Harvey reading his poetry, the daughter of the late Dr Cookson reading his poetry, and Eric Freeman will be reading poetry with his wonderful Forest of Dean accent! We will also be hosting a living poet: Adam Horovitz from Stroud, the son of Frances and Michael Horovitz, a great friend of Laurie Lee.  Adam's poems will be read out as will those of Frank Mansell, Leonard Clark, Eva Dobell, Edward Thomas and Melford Jones.

Starting at 7.30pm, there will be a break for refreshments and it's expected to finish before 10pm. There will be no charge for entry but a retiring collection will be held for money to go towards the provision of a defibrillator for Maisemore.

Thanks for cutting those hedges!

Pedestrians are much safer on the pavements of Maisemore thanks to those residents who have responded to the Parish Council's request to trim back overhanging hedges.  These have had the effect in the past of forcing pedestrians off the pavement and into the road.

Although many of the problem hedges have been tackled, a few still remain.  A particular problem at this time of year is brambles growing through the hedges and hanging down over pavements.  Please do make sure you haven't got any of these as you might be liable if they caused an injury.

Parking on pavements is still a problem for pedestrians, especially if they have a pushchair or wheelchair.  The advice from Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is "Please don't park on the pavement, not even for a moment!".  Pavements are for People.

Local History Society programme starts in September

Ros Lane writes:
On Thursday 21 September 2017 the Maisemore Local History Society begins a new season of local history talks. Incorporated with the AGM we have a talk by Mike Hall with the intriguing title “Severn Tsunami? The Story of Britain’s Greatest Natural Disaster”.


Further talks will be on the subjects of Alney Island, Hidcote Manor Gardens, The Industrial History of the Forest of Dean, Stroudwater Textiles, Development of Gloucester Cathedral, Thomas Hughes - a Stroud Apothecary, plus in February a members’ evening with Robin Stayt, Derrick Hall, Andy Sysum and Charles Dobbin.

With membership at £12 and eight meetings, what better value could you have! Plus of course refreshments!

St Giles Church news

Pleased to say the weather was kind for the wedding of Scott and Louise and also for the Christening of Isabella and Hugo later in the month where the church was full of friends and relatives. At our PCC meeting we once again discussed the need for a treasurer in the near future. If anybody could help in this way,even if just with the week to week outgoings, please contact me, many thanks.

We are now into the month of joint services and at the first one at Hasfield it was great to meet up with the Godsell family again, before they join us next year. They each told us of their activities since we last met and have certainly been busy!

We were so sad to learn of the death of Marian Yardley who was such an amazing person,organising and providing much of the food for the fortnightly Friendship club, along with her band of helpers.  Marian also donated the wreath to be laid at the church memorial on Remembrance day. Her kindness and bravery through her illness will not be forgotten. The funeral service at the family church, where she and Terry were married was full to overflowing with many folk standing outside in the rain.  It was lovely to hear Canon John Evans remembering her younger days and those of the rest of the family life.

May I remind you of the change  of service time on sunday 24th which will be at 9.30, for this month only, this is to fit in with other services.  Next month we will be announcing details of our exciting Poetry evening at St. Giles, so watch this space!!

From maerial submitted by Marnie Mitchell.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Extra Parish Council meeting

There will be an extra Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 15th August specifically to consider and approve the Annual Accounts and Governance Statement.  The agenda is here.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Comments on this site

There have been several comments on this site by people who have not given any identification.  Despite making it clear that anonymous comments will be removed, more have appeared, and these have been deleted.

As a result, the option to make anomymous comments has now been removed - comments can still be made by anyone using a Google account or an OpenID.

The Parish Council welcomes comments and suggestions from residents, but it would not respond to anonymous letters and will not accept anonymous comments on the website.  Parish Councils are required by law to be open and transparent and anyone wishing to comment on the website or make suggestions by any other means should be prepared to give some identification.

If you want something to be considered by the Parish Council, you should contact the clerk (clerk@maisemore-pc.org.uk, 01531 650885) asking for it to be put on the agenda for a Parish Council meeting.  The next PC meeting is at 7.30pm on Monday 4th September in the committee room of the Village Hall, and members of the public are welcome to attend.  Each meeting begins with a public participation section in which issues relating to any item on the agenda can be raised.

Severn Valley Schoolboy Scramble Club Event in Maisemore

The annual All British 2017 Andy Bubb Memorial Meeting organised by the Severn Valley Schoolboy Scramble Club will take place just outside the village on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August.

This event is a great opportunity for youngsters from the age of 6 to show their skills on the scramble circuit in the field at the end of Blacksmiths Lane in a fully supervised event.

Residents are very welcome to come along and watch the races, for which there is no admission charge.  Pedestrian access is down Blacksmiths Lane, but no vehicles should use this access which is a private road and bridleway - vehicle access is through the next entrance on the left going out of the village towards Hartpury.

It will, of course, be quite noisy, but it is in full compliance with regulations.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

New litter bin installed


Maisemore has its first litter bin - at the 'weir' layby on The Rudge, which is a notorious hot spot for litter.  Whether those dropping the litter will use it is unknown but, for those public spirited volunteers who pick up litter, the bin will make it more convenient  to dispose of it.

The Parish Council bought the bin - and many thanks to Mike Bubb and the Dirtworks team who installed it.  Arrangements will now be made for Tewkesbury Borough Council to include it in their collection rounds.

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 mwardle99@gmail.com.

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, www.siteplanuk.co.uk

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 lee@deanwoodlodge.co.uk 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 (ejholdaway@hotmail.co.uk 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) Lynda_kyle@outlook.com
Erica Clark (Jewellery) 07486285868
Pippa Cooley (Books) pippa@peartree-cottage.org.uk
Emma Holdaway (Crockery, Raffle prizes and Tombola prizes) ejholdaway@hotmail.co.uk.

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 - clerk@maisemore-pc.org.uk 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 info@deanwoodlodge.co.uk.

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 - clerk@maisemore-pc.org.uk 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 www.recycleforgloucestershire.com


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 clerk@maisemore-pc.org.uk

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.
 
Ros

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.

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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 clerk@maisemore-pc.org.uk - 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 ejholdaway@hotmail.co.uk 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 -: ejholdaway@hotmail.co.uk 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 jane.e.mc99@gmail.com.

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 www.gloucestershire.gov.uk.

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: http://www.npms.org.uk/square-near-me-public?dynamic-return_all_squares=true

To sign up please visit www.npms.org.uk or for further information please email support@npms.org.uk 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:


ENVIRONMENT AGENCY
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.
Online: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/psc/gl2-8hr-mr-j-smith-mrs-j-smith
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 www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries 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
Email: floodfeedback@gmail.com
Online: goo.gl/xNtKrw