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Meeting on Saturday 7th May at The Old Chapel, Stroud Cemetery, Bisley Road at 5.00am prompt (sunrise is at 5:32am).
Opportunity to learn how to identify some common bird species.
Please note there is no parking on site – please park on Bisley Road.
The cemetery is quite steep in places, so the walk may not be suitable for people with mobility issues. Sensible walking shoes or boots are required.
To hear the birds at their best participants need to be quiet, so the walk is not suitable for children under 11 years old. Older children must be accompanied by an adult.
No dogs please.
Spaces are limited. For further information or to book a place please ring 01453 762817 or email [email protected].
The Home Farm Trust car wash team gives people the chance to experience the world of work so they can then go on to secure other jobs.
The project recently won the Mayor’s Award at the Stroud Town Council Annual Awards, in recognition of their employment support and their environmentally-friendly service.
Former employees have gone on to work for Morrisons and GIS and project supervisor Chris Butler says more local businesses could benefit from employing Home Farm Trust workers.
“It would be fantastic if more local companies would come in and see what our lads can do here – then they might be inspired to give them a chance and see how they get on,” she said.
“We’re proving to local companies that these people can do a job – they can turn up on time and work hard. Hopefully more employers will see that.”
While working at the Home Farm Trust project, employees get a range of experiences and learn transferrable skills such as dealing with customers, taking money and making bookings.
The employees are provided with advice and guidance and given the chance to discover their strengths and decide what they might like to do in the future.
The service also has an eco-friendly focus, hand-washing cars with water-saving methods at their site in the multi-storey car park on London Road, Stroud.
Mayor Kevin Cranston said: “The reason I chose this project for my personal award is that it ticks so many boxes.
“It is helping disadvantaged people to find work, teaching useful life skills. It is an environmentally sound activity, they only use about half a litre of water and no chemicals to wash each car, so there is no mess or pollution. Also a clean car is generally more fuel efficient.
“And finally they do an excellent job and provide an outstanding level of customer service, which all businesses should aspire to.”
The Home Farm Trust is a national charity, with a Gloucestershire regional base, which provides a range of services for people with learning disabilities, including supported living, residential care, and short break services.
For more information about the Home Farm Trust and employing people with learning disabilities, call 01453 832201 or email [email protected]
The Neighbourhood Development Plan has been approved by independent examiner Mr John Parmiter.
Mr Parmiter congratulated the town council and the volunteers for “all the hard work that has clearly gone into the drafting of what is such a well-presented plan”.
Over the past year more than 2,500 people were consulted in the creation of the Neighbourhood Development Plan. It was prepared by an independently chaired Steering Group set up by Stroud Town Council.
The plan has been praised by businesses and organisations including Historic England, the Federation of Small Businesses and the County Council.
The report focuses on three key themes – making Stroud town centre more welcoming, healthy and thriving.
“I congratulate the Town Council on taking such a positive approach to the plan’s aspirations for change, housing growth, for regeneration and accommodating sustainable development in the town centre.”
Residents of Stroud parish on the electoral register will be able to vote on the plan in a referendum in August.
When it is completed and approved by the community, the plan will become a statutory planning document that can be used to support or challenge planning applications.
It is the first Neighbourhood plan to be submitted to Stroud District Council.
Bob Hallam and Stuart Andrews were joint winners of the naming competition organised by Stroud Town Council.
The competition, which was supported by Stroud Life and the Cotswold Canals Trust received 65 entries.
The town council decided to run the contest after it awarded a £15,000 grant to the Cotswold Canals Trust to buy the two mud barges.
They will be used for canal maintenance and will be officially launched in a ceremony by Mr Hallam and Mr Andrews later this year.
Mr Andrews, who was a volunteer on the canal for several years, is so thrilled about his win that he plans to travel to Stroud from his home in Southern Spain for the big event.
The judges – Stroud Life Editor Ben Falconer, Mayor Kevin Cranston and Val Kirby, vice chair of the Cotswold Canals Trust – were looking for names that were linked together and expressed the spirit of Stroud.
Mayor Kevin Cranston said Warp and Weft were the natural winners.
“Warp is the long thread in a roll of cloth and the Weft is the shorter thread that crosses the warp. We chose the names as they clearly show a link with Stroud’s historic mills and weaving industry,” he said.
“A warp is also a name for a rope used for mooring boats. We also thought that the canal was like the Warp threading is way through the length of the valley whilst Weft represents the links reaching out to and drawing in the community from the sides of the canal.”
The judges praised the Year 10 CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) students at Thomas Keble.
“I was particularly impressed by the entries from Thomas Keble School, which had made a great effort to research the history of the canal and the people who built it,” said Stroud Life editor Ben Falconer.
“I hope to see Warp and Weft plying the canal for many years to come.”
Her efforts resulted in her getting work and being named Young Person of the Year at the Stroud Town Council Annual Awards.
The 20-year-old volunteered in the charity shop for The Door before being offered a business admin apprenticeship with the charity. Now she has a part-time fundraising administrator role.
When Anne isn’t working with The Door she helps with several other charities in the town.
“She repeatedly goes above and beyond the scope of her role, and has contributed massively to the growth of our volunteer base, business network and fundraising capabilities,” said Barrie Voyce, Chief Executive Officer for The Door.
Anne received her award at a special ceremony held at the Old Town Hall.
Runners-up were Charlotte Bignell, one of the founders of the Stroud Town Youth Forum, and Sam Beard who is a volunteer and fundraiser for Allsorts.
Stroud Fringe Festival won the community award. “The team put on one of the best Fringe Festivals ever and has taken it back to its roots,” said Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
Runners-ups were the Stroud District Special Constables for their committed service to the community and Stroud Community TV.
Leonora Rozee, Hugh Barton and Camilla Hale, who spear-headed Stroud’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, received the environment award.
They have spent more than a year working with volunteers, consulting more than 2,500 people which has resulted in the draft plan.
Rob Trowbridge and his team at the Carphone Warehouse won trader of the year for their “superb customer service and their friendly, caring and welcoming staff”.
A special community award was given to Refugee Aid Stroud for “galvanising community efforts to support Syrian refugees”.
The Home Farm Trust car washing team received the Mayor’s award in recognition of their employment support and their environmentally-friendly service.
‘Stroud is particularly fortunate to have a large number of volunteers who do things to an amazing standard. We are pleased that we have been able to honour a few of them,” said Mayor Kevin Cranston.
It has approved an agreement worth up to £3,000 with Down to Earth Stroud for a gardening assistance scheme.
People who are unable to look after their garden due to age or illness are eligible to subsidised gardening support.
Amanda Godber, who runs Down to Earth Stroud, said that it can make a big difference to people’s quality of life.
“If they were keen gardeners and now unable to care for their garden, it can be very distressing,” said Amanda.
“Having the garden tidied up can make such a difference. This scheme is about supporting the vulnerable in our community.
“Our gardeners go above and beyond their work – and allocated time – and will always make time to have a cup of tea and talk to someone.”
It is open to people living in the Stroud parish and who are in receipt of housing benefit, PIP or higher level disability living allowance and have no able-bodied person living with them who could do the gardening. (A similar scheme for Stroud District Council tenants is also available through Down to Earth.)
They can receive up to 10 hours of gardening maintenance per property per year is available at a cost of £6 per hour per gardener.
The awards, organised by Stroud Town Council, recognise those people – young and old – who go the extra mile.
There are four categories: community, environment, trader and young person of the year. Groups or individuals can be nominated.
Stroud Mayor Kevin Cranston said anyone can nominate someone and that it just takes a few minutes.
“All you need to do is include the person’s name and contact details and a few sentences about why they deserve an award, said Mr Cranston.
“It’s a great chance to say thank you to the town’s amazing people who do so much to make our town such a great place.”
Young people under the age of 25 can be nominated for the Young Person of the Year award. It can be for contribution to culture and the arts, sports, community life or the environment.
The environmental award is for action to enhance the environment or improve awareness of sustainability issues.
The trade award is open to people who work in or run any shop, café, restaurant or other business in the parish of Stroud, not just the town centre.
The community award is for a group or individuals who have gone that extra mile to improve community life.
The winners will be announced at a special town meeting on Thursday March 24 at 7.30pm at the Old Town Hall.
The Annual Town Meeting is open to Stroud residents and is a chance for people to find what has been happening in the town and to discuss town matters.
A nomination form can be picked up from the Town Council office in London Road, which is open Mon-Thurs 10am-1.30pm and Friday from 9.30am-12.30pm.
Forms can also be requested by phoning 01453 762817 or are downloadable here. Nominations can also be made via email without the form.
The deadline for nominations is noon on Monday March 14.
Stroud Town Council awarded a £15,000 grant to the Cotswold Canals Trust to go towards buying two mud boat which will be used for canal maintenance and to keep silt from blocking the channel.
The new boats have arrived and now need names. The town council has teamed up with Stroud Life to run a naming competition.
The chosen names will be painted on the boats and the winner will get to officially christen their craft.
It is open to any Stroud resident and supporters of the Cotswold Canals Trust.
The names should be linked together and express the spirit of Stroud. Deadline for entries is March 18 with the winner being announced at the Annual Town Meeting on March 24.
The judges will be Stroud Life Editor Ben Falconer, Mayor Kevin Cranston and two members of the Cotswold Canals Trust.
Mayor Kevin Cranston said: “It will be great when Stroud will once again become a proper canal town. We wanted residents to feel a part of this exciting project so we thought it would be great if residents could have the honour of officially naming the boats.
“Stroud has a wonderful community spirit and we hope the chosen names will represent that spirit and the town’s rich heritage.”
Entries should include the two names for the boats plus the entrant’s name, daytime phone number, address and email address (if applicable).
Entries can be posted to Stroud Town Council, Thanet House, London Road, Stroud, GL5 2AD or emailed to [email protected]. Please mark entries Canal boat competition.
More information on the Cotswold Canals Trust website.