Job Vacancy: Administrative Assistant @ Cotswolds Discovery Centre

Job title: Administrative Assistant
Location: Cotswolds Discovery Centre @ the Old Prison, Northleach, Gloucestershire
Job description/advert attached
Contact: or 01451 862000
Apply : via our website
Closing date: Noon on Thursday 9th March



Amateur Dramatics in Northleach

Many small towns and villages around the country enjoy amateur dramatics groups (AmDram), involving all sorts of different people, many of whom have acting talents they did not know existed. Then there are others, perhaps, whose skills lie in stage management, set design, lighting, electrics, advertising/marketing; or even prompting actors when they forget their lines. It can all be a lot of fun and bring together many diverse groups of people.

Northleach is fortunate to have the splendid Westwoods Centre and The Cotswold Hall, either of which could support a stage production. Initially, the Cotswold Hall might be ideal but later, if the project became a real success, then the Westwoods Centre would offer a much larger space and seating for the audience – but at higher cost.

This note is designed to see what kind of interest there might be in Northleach. Should you have some contribution to offer, be it suggestions, or just support for the idea then please contact Robert Cusins by email to:

Robert looks forward to hearing from as many as possible; and hopes to form a pilot group to plan a way forward.


Adapted Property in Northleach Available Soon

Bromford have a property in Macarthur Road which used to be leased on a commercial basis to a care organisation. Since this has come back into their stock, they have been working to convert into residential accommodation which is fully adapted for customers with a disability.

Bromford says : “We are having an ‘Open House’ at the property at 32 Macarthur Road on Tuesday 31st January from 12pm to 3pm. Everyone is most welcome to drop in and have a look around. This would benefit a family in the locality who would benefit from moving to an adapted home.”

The property will be advertised on Gloucestershire Homeseeker and priority will be given to those families bidding who need the adaptations. If you would like to be considered, register with Gloucestershire Homeseeker or speak to Cotswold District Council Housing Advice Team on 01285 623000. Further information in the leaftlet below.

Vote for a New Name for the Westwoods Development

Cotswold District Council has asked the town council for our feedback on proposed street names for the new development on the former school playing field at Bassett Road. Building is expected to start soon. (Scroll down for the poll).

Other roads on the site of the Westwoods Grammar School are named after former headmasters at the school, William Fallows and Wilbert Bassett. Proposed street names should have historical relevance, and the town council strongly supports the idea of continuing the theme of using headmasters’ names.

Stuart Shaw was headmaster from 1979 to 1988. Charles Lowry and Henry Askew are believed to have been headmasters before Wilbert Bassett. We also suggested Bradley Drive as James Bradley was educated at Northleach Grammar School and later became Astronomer Royal.

The developer had proposed ‘Westwoods Drive’ for the main street in the development, but we felt that this could cause confusion as it would mean the Westwoods Centre was not on Westwoods Drive. They also put forward ‘Heritage Gate’ as the name for the private drive.

The developer may not adopt the name we suggest, but we would like to provide them with alternative choices that have local support. You can pick two choices in the poll.

The poll will run from now until 9am Monday 23 January.

The district council has advised us that “the selection of new street names requires careful consideration to ensure that they are suitable for the area and will not conflict with or duplicate any existing names in the same locality.” We cannot use the names of people who are still living.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

‘Real’ Christmas trees are 100% recyclable.

Residents who subscribe to the council’s green waste collection service will be able to recycle their used Christmas trees simply by placing them in their green bin. Please ensure that the tree is broken into manageable lengths so that it will fit comfortably in the bin. The next green waste collection day in Northleach is Monday 9th January.

You can also take your real Christmas trees to the following locations where they will be recycled and turned into compost:

The garden centres will take delivery of trees during the first two weeks in January only, ready for shredding by the district council’s contractor.


National Trust Seeks Volunteers at Lodge Park

Lodge-Park-Volunteers-Dec16-300x400Lodge Park is a unique 17th century grandstand on the Sherborne estate looked after by the National Trust. We had a successful year in 2016 welcoming 11,311 visitors and holding events such as the 17th century re-enactment group ‘The Household’. In February 2017 we will be re-opening for the new season offering a variety of volunteer opportunities.

We are looking for friendly, proactive people to help give an excellent welcome to visitors; share the history of Lodge Park as well as head guided tours around the Bridgeman landscape. We are open Friday-Sunday from 11th February until 28th May and then Friday, Sunday, Monday from 2nd June – 2nd October. We offer the opportunity to engage with members of the public as well as help conserve our local heritage in a beautiful part of the Cotswolds.

If you feel this would suit you then contact Lodge Park directly on 01451 844130. When the venue is closed (as it will be during the winter), please leave a message on the phone with your name and contact details and you will receive a call back as the property is checked regularly over the closed season. Alternatively send an email to

You can also find Lodge Park on Facebook at or on Twitter @NTLodgePark.