Calling Northleach Knitters! Help Knit A Christmas Tree

Last Christmas a local village knitted a Christmas tree created from knitted squares and it has been suggested that the people of Northleach could do something similar for this coming Christmas. At the end of the Christmas season it would then be dismantled and stitched into blankets for those in need of Winter warmth.

If you feel that you could contribute some squares the following is the format required:

  1. Size 8 (4mm) needles should be used
  2. Any shade of green double knitting wool can be used. This includes acrylic mixes.
  3. Small squares – cast on 20 stitches. Using garter stitch knit until 3 inches have been worked then cast off.
  4. Medium squares – cast on 30 stitches. Using garter stitch knit until 4 inches have been worked then cast off.
  5. Large squares – cast on 40 stitches. Using garter stitch knit until 6 inches have been worked then cast off.
  6. Not required but if wished work onto the square a small Christmassy motif or the child’s name who knitted the square.

For more information please call Bud Dutton on 01451 860341.

It is important to stick to the 3, 4 or 6 inch squares so if the numbers of stitches listed above do not suit your knitting tension please vary the number of stitches per square.

There will be a collection box available on the ground floor of the Cotswold Hall.

[Image by Mollie Taylor © CC BY 2.5.]

Another casual vacancy (Notice of Vacancy March 2017)

NOTICE is given that, due to the resignation of Neil Fletcher, a vacancy has arisen for a Councillor for the Town Council.

Northleach with Eastington Town Council has wide ranging responsibilities including the Westwoods Centre, the town allotments, Neighbourhood Plan, bus shelters, cemeteries, closed churchyard, Pavilion, Playing Field, play areas, planning applications, Charter Market and grass cutting … to name a few.

The scope of work for Parish and Town Councils is enormous and whilst they may not appear to as high profile as the County and District Councils, they can influence the issues that affect people in their immediate area and their day to day lives. We work closely with both the District and County Council to help deliver benefits to our residents, increase efficiency and cut costs.

If you are interested in helping your community and would like to find out more then please do one of the following:

  • Come along to our next Town Council on Wednesday 22nd March (7pm at The Westwoods Centre). Everyone is welcome.
  • Contact the Clerk on this email for an informal chat, or
  • Contact one of the Councillors whose details are on our notice boards and website.

Kind regards
Cat Crompton

Northleach with Eastington Town Council

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.