Recycle Your Christmas Tree

‘Real’ Christmas trees are 100% recyclable. xmas-trees-graphic

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.

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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 lodgepark@nationaltrust.org.uk.

You can also find Lodge Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NTLodgePark/ or on Twitter @NTLodgePark.

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Christmas Crime Prevention

CSP-Christmas-campaign-680x481This is the time of year when it’s getting darker earlier and people are preparing for Christmas by making more purchases. Regretfully we have had a number of police messages come through this week relating to local break-ins, vehicle thefts and in particular burglaries from outlying buildings. So it seems like a good time to remind everyone of the police advice:

  • Ensure homes and outlying buildings are fully locked when empty.
  • Invest in timer switches and security lights to help illuminate your home when you are not in. These are readily available from local shops and supermarkets. If you work full time, please be aware that on dull days, lights are now going on in houses from as early as 3.30pm. Homes in complete darkness will stand out as being unoccupied.
  • Ensure outside lights are working and that sensors are pointing in the appropriate directions.
  • Do not leave presents or expensive equipment on show or stacked up under the Christmas tree as these can be easily seen.
  • Do not tell people on social media that you are away.
  • Be aware of what you put out for recycling. Large TV or computer boxes will alert people to recent purchases. Turn these inside out or take them to the recycling centre instead.

Please pass on these messages to your neighbours. A well-lit and occupied street will help to deter opportunists.

Christmas/New Year Waste Collections 2016

2016-new-waste-collection-calendarPlease find attached the Christmas waste collection schedule (copied below). If you’ve still got a copy of the new collection calendar issued in September (see photo, right), the changes are already included so it shows the correct dates for the holiday period.

In Northleach our Friday 30th December “everything” collection will move to Tuesday January 3 and our Friday 13 “everything” collection moves to Saturday January 14.

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Doorstep Callers in Northleach Again

We have just heard that there are some people going around Northleach knocking on doors and trying to sell things. This has been reported it to the police but please report it yourself if you wish. Below is previous communication from the police about this with some information on “Nottingham Knockers”, which is the generic term for this type of seller. A “no cold callers” sticker is attached that may be of use.

“This message comes to you from the Gloucestershire Constabulary. Our telephone number for non-emergencies is 101 and calls cost 15p each. Visit the Constabulary website at www.gloucestershire.police.uk.

This is a message from the North Cotswolds Local Policing Team. Please continue to encourage your members to report similar incidents in the future so that these door step sellers may be discouraged from entering Gloucestershire.

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Re-open the Old A40

Road-closed-sign-oldA40-220wThe old A40 runs between the A40 at Puesdown and the Old Prison at Northleach and has been well used by local people as an alternative route to Northleach and to villages such as Yanworth and Compton Abdale. It was closed in 2015 as a result of a wall collapsing and the ground subsiding.

Whilst we all understand that it takes time to investigate and remedy a situation, Paul Hodgkinson believes that enough is enough and that County Council highways bosses must now act and provide a timetable for the road to be re-opened.

Support Paul’s campaign to re-open the road. Add your name and details to the petition below and help us to help out pressure on Gloucestershire County Council and Highways to re-open the old A40 as quickly as possible.

Sign the petition to re-open the old A40

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