Ever Thought of Being a Local Councillor?

We have now received the nomination packs for those people interested in joining the Town Council. Every councillor on the current Council is up for re-election on 7th May 2015 and some have decided not to stand again.

Therefore anyone wishing to stand as a councillor needs to submit a nomination paper to the Returning Officer at Cotswold District Council by Thursday 9th April.

If you would like more information about the role of councillor then please contact me. Or you can speak to one of the current councillors whose details are on the website and our noticeboards at the Westwoods and the Market Place.

The Town Council is the most local level of government and in Northleach it has responsibilities for specific areas like the KGV Playing Field, play areas, allotments, cemetery, Westwoods Centre as well as managing some of the grass verges and trees (see What Do councils Do?). Current projects include the Neighbourhood Plan, the play area upgrade, the multi-use games areas (MUGA) project and existing issues include parking, dog mess and traffic.

Please get in touch if you would like more information or to receive a nomination pack.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton

Clerk, Northleach with Eastington Town Council

Northleach Playgroup Needs New Chair & Treasurer

Note: Northleach Playgroup Committee is a constituted voluntary group with charitable status. The chairperson and treasurer are voluntary roles.

northleach-playgroup-logoNorthleach Playgroup opened in 1992 and provides pre-school education for children within the town and surrounding areas. A voluntary committee made up of parents of children at the group and members of the local community manages the playgroup. The playgroup operates from a purpose-built building with the grounds of Northleach Church of England Primary School and offers funded early education for two, three and four year old children, with currently 34 children on roll.

The current committee can see that in the next 12 months, the playgroup committee are going to be short of two key volunteers to chair and lead the committee and ensure the management of the setting. Ahead of our AGM in July we are seeking volunteers to offer up a few hours each month on the committee – primarily we seek a Chairperson and Treasurer. These roles are well supported by the other eight members of the committee. Details of the roles can be found in summary below. It is important to stress that if these roles aren’t filled then the future of Northleach Playgroup will be under threat. We are writing to appeal to anyone who feels they can assist, please contact me at the number below so that I can explain the roles further.

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Community Transport Survey


If you live in or often visit the Cotswolds, Cotswold District Council would like to know what you think about transport needs in the area and how transport could be improved both for getting around within the area and to nearby towns.

To tell us more about what transport is needed for the Cotswolds and to give us your ideas, please fill in a short, simple tick-box questionnaire.

The surveys can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CotswoldCommunityTransportSurvey.

Alternatively, we have requested some hard copies of the survey, which will be available from the clerk at the Westwoods Centre or from Northleach post office, once they have arrived.
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Streetbank: A New Way to Share & Reduce Waste

Northleach has been challenged to come up with ideas to reduce waste and recycle more. Here’s one idea that could help us become the gRRReenest community in the Cotswolds:


Have you ever asked your neighbour to borrow something? Have you got a booster seat, a drill, a bike pump, a ladder that just sits in storage most of the time and you wouldn’t mind lending it to someone in your community? Streetbank is a free website and only takes a minute to join. If you add a few things that you’re happy to lend or even give away, or add a skill which may help a neighbour, in return you can see what other people in Northleach are willing to share.

There is a really short video that sums up the whole idea:

Borrowing instead of buying will save us all money and cut consumption in the process. Recently listed by the Times as one of the 50 websites you can’t live without, 1,500 people are meeting through Streetbank every month. We know it works. To make it work in here Northleach, we just need people here to join and start sharing.

Sign up for free to save money, reduce waste and make your community stronger.

Be a part of it at www.streetbank.com.

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Staff Wanted @ Cotswold Lion Cafe

cotswold-lion-cafe-210The Cotswold Lion Café is looking for café staff to become part of its friendly team at the Cotswold Lion Café housed in The Old Prison, Northleach.

They said “Recently under new management, we are looking to develop our offering and build our already strong customer base. We want someone enthusiastic, positive and passionate about excellent customer service as well as great food.”

Previous customer service experience is preferred; if you do not have the experience but have a great attitude you will be considered. Hours can be very flexible; the café is open between 9.30am – 4.30pm, closed on Monday during the winter months. The role will include but not be limited to serving customers, organising stock, maintaining the overall appearance of the café and assisting with events as and when required. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to develop their customer service skills and who enjoys meeting new people daily.

Please contact Café Manager – Jess
Telephone – 01451 861563
Email – jessica.hughes@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
Address – The Old Prison, Fosse Way, Northleach, GLOS, GL54 3JH