Friday, 16 March 2018

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NFIB Alert - False Telephone Preference Service Calls

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:
  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.
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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

MADS plans new production

The Maisemore Arts & Drama Society is planning a new production to be staged on 23rd & 24th November.  All the details are on the

A play reading for the comedy "It Runs In the Family" is planned for Tuesday 17th April at 7.30 in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall.  This will be followed on Wednesday 24th April at 7.30pm with a second read through and auditions, also in the Village Hall.  MADS is particularly keen to find a 'young person' to join the cast.
For further information email or visit the website -

Monday, 12 March 2018

Defibrillator to be installed soon

A defibrillator is to be installed on the Village Hall in the very near future and will be available for anyone to use in the case of a cardiac emergency.

The device has been bought by the Parish Council with the aid of a substantial donation of money raised for the purpose by Ros Lane and with the full co-operation and support of the Village Hall Committee.

At least one awareness and training session is to be arranged once the defibrillator is installed.  Before arranging this, it would be helpful to hear from anyone interested in attending.  Please email to say you're interested, and give a preference between a daytime or evening session or a session during a weekend.

Maisemore Local History Society meetings

Ros Lane writes about the Maisemore Local History Society:

Our last meeting of the 2017/2018 series brings Carolyn Heighway, a notable local historian, who will give an illustrated talk entitled “Architectural Development of Gloucester Cathedral”; this will be on Thursday 20 April; doors open 7:00 p.m. to begin 7:30 p.m. Visitors very welcome £2; refreshments always follow.

Our February meeting was very successful with five of our members giving short talks. Robin Stayt, our president, spoke about the history surrounding the Lamprey Pie from the middle ages right up to the present. Next came Ken Cole who has published a book about the famous Angus breed of cattle at Maisemore Park; he spoke about the work his father did showing in London and concluded with how he found online a medal his father was awarded for best of breed. 

Andy Sysum talked about the work he does with Gloucestershire Family History Society based at Alvin Street at the Records Office. Charles Dobbin informed us about the work carried out by REMAP U.K. who work with disabled people adjusting equipment to make it bespoke for that person.

Finally, David Jones took people through the new MLHS website showing all the additional information recently added. Again a full hall which made it very rewarding for the band of people who prepare the hall, serve refreshments and make visitors and members very welcome.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Minutes of March PC meeting now online

The draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 5th March 2018 are now online here.  Minutes published before the next meeting - on 14th May 2018 - are always draft versions until confirmed at the next Parish Council meeting.

The Audit Statement for 2016/17 is now also online here.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

New date for Spring Clean-up

The postponed Maisemore Spring Clean-up has been re-arranged for Saturday 24th March.  The event is linked in to other similar ones all over the country under the umbrella of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

All volunteers will be very welcome at the Village Hall from 10am till 12.30pm.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Church could be key to faster broadband

At the Parish Council meeting on Monday 5th March, a presentation was given by Tristram Charnley of Voneus.  The meeting was attended by about 13 local residents as well as all the Parish Councillors. 

A Voneus receiver attached to
an existing tv aerial
The wireless broadband system supplied by Voneus is a 'line of sight' or 'near line of sight' system and their proposal is to put a small aerial on the top of the church tower to be linked to the fibre supply that already goes to The Steadings business park and provides plenty of bandwidth.

Each customer would also have a similar small aerial to receive the signal. The aerial is a grey circular box, no more than about 20cm (8 inches) in diameter, which can be mounted on a wall or on an existing tv aerial.

A Voneus receiving aerial
mounted on a wall near a
conventional satellite dish.
Typically, the system would provide between 30 and 50 Mbps for download and between 5 and 10 Mbps for upload.  The cost of the basic system, offering 20GB of data per month would be about £19.99 a month.  A system offering unlimited data would cost £34.99 a month.  Customers could use existing phones connected to this system and dispense with their BT landlines.

There is an installation charge but, for most potential customers in Maisemore, this would be covered by a government funded voucher scheme.  All that is needed to claim the voucher is a screenshot of a speed test of the existing installation showing that it is slower than the government's base level.

If the Parochial Church Council are happy to approve this, superfast broadband could be available in Maisemore in a couple of months.  There would be a benefit to the church, as the PCC would be paid a small amount each month for every customer served by the system.

The Church of England recently reached an agreement with the government on the principle of using churches to provide this sort of service, so there is every reason to hope that the PCC can agree this and be the catalyst for a better broadband service in the village.

Progress will also depend on Voneus receiving enough expressions of interest in the system.  This can be done through their website -

Voneus are within the government and County Council Fastershire scheme and are partners with Gigaclear.  Gigaclear will be installing a fibre system to the village at some time later this year, but their timescales have been put back due to the collapse of the construction company Carillion.  When this fibre link becomes available, it will be possible to migrate the service to that without any penalty on the Voneus contract.  The cost for the Gigaclear service will be higher as it provides an ultra-fast broadband service direct to premises, subject to a connection charge.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Timely reminder from Neighbourhood Watch

MADS Quiz Night is still on

Despite the weather, the MADS Quiz Night is still on at 7.30pm in Maisemore Village Hall this evening (Saturday 3rd March).

If you can get there, you would be most welcome.  Entry is £2 per person and there will be a bar.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Be your dog's true best friend

There has been an increase in reports of dog fouling in Maisemore.  

It's not the dogs' fault, but some owners seem to think it's OK to leave their dog's muck for others to walk in.  It isn't.

Dog poop bags are not expensive and filled ones can be put in your green bin.

Tewkesbury Borough Council advises that there can be a £1,000 fine for allowing your dog to foul pavements and verges and you can see their full size poster here.

Community alert

Postponed due to weather warnings

The Maisemore Spring Clean-up planned for this Saturday, 3rd March, has been postponed because of the weather warnings.

Parish Councillors have agreed that, in the circumstances, it would be difficult to to do a good job and the risks to volunteers would be increased.  A new date will be fixed at next Monday's Parish Council meeting.

Also postponed due to the weather are the Community Speed Watch awareness session planned for Sunday 4th March and Hartpury Craft and Produce Market and the Dementia Awareness session, both planned for Saturday.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Community Speed Watch in Maisemore?

Hartpury and Corse Parish Councils are interested in forming Community Speedwatch groups in their villages and have organised an awareness session on Sunday 4th March at 11am in Hartpury Village Hall.  The session will last about an hour.

The Speed Awareness Session is designed to educate and train individuals/groups in the use of hand held speed guns and to ensure an awareness and understanding of the Health and Safety aspects of carrying out traffic speed surveys.

If you would like to help form a group assessing traffic speeds in Maisemore, you would be welcome to attend.  Andrew Cooley will be going to represent Maisemore Parish Council.  It's a free event provided by Gloucestershire Police.

The session will last about an hour and may include outdoor activities.

If you can't make the Sunday session but you're interested in the idea, please contact the Clerk -

Next Parish Council meeting agenda online

The agenda for the Maisemore Parish Council meeting on Monday 5th March is now online here.

The first item on the agenda is a presentation about the possible faster broadband system offered by Voneus.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Apologies - and thanks - to Complete Utilities

In the post about the restoration of Maisemore's milestones we incorrectly referred to Complete Utilities as Combined Utilities.  Our apologies for this error.

It was, of course, our local firm Complete Utilities who generously contributed the manpower and resources to get these milestones back in position.


Friday, 16 February 2018

Faster broadband sooner?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milestones restored

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

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

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

Thanks to everyone involved.

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

Monday, 12 February 2018

Plan to complete A417 'missing link'

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Early buses into Gloucester retained

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

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

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

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Congratulations on Fame

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

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

Friday, 26 January 2018

Full house for History Society meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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