- What's On - events in and around the parish during January, February and March
- Parish Charities
- Twinning Association
- Bisley Allotments Find out all about Master Gardeners
- Eastcombe Allotments
- Oakridge Allotments
- The Fruit Exchange a new project to save unwanted fruit around Stroud from being wasted.
- Sheffield University MYHarvest (Measure Your Harvest) is an opportunity to participate in an exciting research project that will estimate the contribution people who grow their own fruit and vegetable crops are making to UK national food production. For more information on how to contribute see MYHarvest.
- Gardening is good for you - get an allotment!
Researchers from The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences and
Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, used a cohort study of over 4,200 Stockholm residents aged 60 and over. The results of the study, which tracked participants' cardiovascular health for around 12.5 years, were published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The findings show that keeping active through gardening or DIY projects can cut the risk of heart attack or stroke by up to 30%.
- An interview with Isabel Oliver, Consultant Epidemioligist and Director of Field Epidemioligy for Public Health England, by Lesley Greene. This article was reproduced from Issue 1 2018 of the Allotment and Leisure Gardener magazine with kind permission of the National Allotment Society.
- Action Fraud - find out about the latest scams and online fraud, and how to avoid them.
- A public consultation on the emerging strategy for the Stroud District Local Plan will run for 9 weeks from 16 November 2018 to 18 January 2019.
- What are your views on the Cotswold Canals restoration
The community is at the heart of the canal restoration so local people, community groups and businesses are all invited to a series of consultation events.
Stroud organisation Creative Sustainability is delivering the project's community engagement programme and will be engaging with all three over the next few months, creating a range of opportunities for everyone to get involved. The aim of these initial community engagement events is to support local people and communities in engaging with the canal and wildlife heritage and ensuring that they are involved in all the projectís activities. People will find out more about wildlife conservation along the canal banks, the old canal archives, their local built heritage and engineering projects. The project team will be available to talk about future plans and all the ways
people can take part.
Stroud District Council has invested £3 million in the restoration of the Stroudwater Canal. The Heritage Lottery Fund recently awarded £842,000
development funding to continue work on the project ahead of an application for a full grant of £9 million which will be made later this year. This will
see the canal between Stonehouse and Saul Junction restored, and will link the canal to the national inland waterways network for the first time since
it was abandoned in 1954.
If you are interested in getting involved or want to share your views about the canal restoration come along to any of the following events:
- Saturday Jan 26th - 12-4pm Whitminster Village Hall, GL2 7NN
- Saturday Feb 2nd - 12-4pm Eastington Village Hall, GL10 3AT
- Saturday Feb 9th - 12-4pm Frampton on Severn, Cadbury Hall, GL2 7HG
- Fri March 1st - 12-4pm & Sat 2nd March - 10-4pm Stroud, Subscription Rooms, GL5 1AE
- Sat March 9th - 2-6pm & Sun 10th March - 12-4pm Stonehouse Community Centre, GL10 2NS
- The household recycling centre at Pyke Quarry, Horsley, is now only open from 10.00 to 16.00 and closed all day on Wednesdays.
From 31st March 2019 the recycling centre will remain closed on Wednesdays but the opening hours will be 09.00 to 17.00.
- Bulk Waste Disposal - Stroud District Council no longer offers free bulk waste collection, but there are lots of options...
- A new national phone number - 105 has been launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Key points to note about this service are:
- Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator - Western Power Distribution for Bisley parish - the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area
- 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. Customers can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too
- 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales
- Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from
- Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there's a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.
For a gas emergency dial 0800 111 999
- There are several public defibrillators in and around Bisley Parish - find out more about Defibrillators and how to use them.
- Report on the conservation work recently carried out on the Eastcombe War Memorial.
- Gloucestershire County Council Adult Learning Courses
- SDC Car Park charges were increased on 26th October 2017 - for details see the schedule of charges
- Mobile Library - times and dates for November 2018 - March 2019
- Foster carers wanted!
- Volunteers wanted for local charity.
- SDC Community Safety Partnership Strategy 2017-2021.
- Ronan's Trust Embracing Family Bereavement by being busy together - Ronan's Trust provides nuture and support to those who have suffered a close family bereavement.
Through gardening together, and having the opportunity to join our craft workshops Ronan's Trust offers a nurturing environment in which families can 'be busy together' with others in a similar position, providing opportunities for bereaved individuals and families to meet in small groups and work together in gardens and on land based projects, as well as offering natural craft activities. This enables people to create friendships and reduce stress. At group events people of all ages work alongside one another. They may wish to share their story, they may not. This is an opportunity to be busy together, to reduce levels of stress through working on the land and being creative.
Their allotment groups are in Bisley, Longford near Gloucester, Cirencester and Tetbury. They also provide practical support for those who have been immediately bereaved and need help in their gardens - mowing lawns, weeding, hedge cutting.
Ronan's Trust is also looking for volunteers to join their team. They need local volunteers to work in groups of 2 or 3 to help individuals in their gardens as well as volunteers to help care for their allotment spaces, with a team needed to care for their Cheltenham allotment from early 2017.
For more information please visit their website or email the Trust at or call 07757 710616.
- Advice on walking your dog in the countryside from Gloucestershire County Council.
- Local Historians Wanted!
England's history is marked in the fabric of its buildings and places. The most significant of these are listed, so they can be understood and protected for the future. Historic England are asking local groups to share their knowledge and pictures of listed sites, so we can record important facts about them, and even unlock the secrets of some. If you have stories to tell and pictures to share about a listed place, they would love you to join their project. Since launching in June, they have received over 15,000 contributions from people who have enriched the List with photographs, historical events, social history or information about the architecture or archaeology of a site.
Find out more and get involved...
- Stroud District Citizens Advice service
- visit our new website www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk
- Would you like to become a community volunteer?
- Help Needed For The Soldiers Of Gloucestershire Museum
- Winston's Wish - can you help ?
- Allsorts - a charity based in the Five Valleys supporting families who have children with disabilities or additional needs
The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!
Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.
For more information see the Stroud and District U3A website.
The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust.
- Frith Youth Club