Oyez Oyez Oyez: Welcome To The New Northleach Town Crier

The role of Town Crier dates back to mediaeval times when many people could not read or write. Town Criers performed a valuable public service passing on important announcements and a loud voice was essential.

These days town criers perform more of a ceremonial function. A competition held on the eve of the Coronation resulted in the appointment of Matt Backhouse to this volunteer position. His first task was to proclaim the coronation of the new king!

To book the Town Crier, please contact matt.backhouse1@gmail.com.

Town Council Election Results 2023

The election results for Northleach with Eastington Town Council are in.


Election Candidate Votes % Outcome
Mark Tennant 356 9% Elected
Patsi Rainey 343 9% Elected
Flam Wellman 322 8% Elected
Brian Dennis Hulcup 301 8% Elected
Chick Saunders 269 7% Elected
Jules Russell 233 6% Elected
Terry Morley-Blackwell 232 6% Elected
Simon Guy Woolley 231 6% Elected
Matt Jackson 228 6% Elected
Byron James Anthony Hadley 226 6% Elected
Laura Kirkby 220 6% Elected
Valerie Glynn 178 5% Not elected
Andrea Jane Richell 167 4% Not elected
Gina Blackwell 162 4% Not elected
Alan Charles Richell 157 4% Not elected
Rosalind Sara Lyon 148 4% Not elected
Gerry Ponfield 45 1% Not elected

Voting summary

Details Number
Seats 11
Total votes 3818
Number of ballot papers issued 699
Number of ballot papers rejected 28

The existing councillors will retire on Tues 9 May and new councillors take office on the same day.

Northleach Bus Shelters to be Repaired

NORTHLEACH, 03 MAY 2023 – The Town Council is pleased to advise residents that the damaged bus shelter on East End is due to be mended next week.

Funding to repair the bus shelter was agreed at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday 20 April. Bristol-based firm P40 Ltd has been appointed to repair and reinstall the wooden bus shelter, which had been tipped over onto the pavement in late March. The bus shelter by the Fire Station will also be renovated and given new anchors.

Gloucestershire County Council has kindly agreed to share the cost of the repairs to the two bus shelters. We would like to extend our thanks to the Transport Infrastructure Officer for his help and support.


Enquiries to: Town Clerk, clerk@northleach.gov.uk.

Elections 2023 – Statement of Persons Nominated

Following the close of nominations yesterday, the full list of candidates for all elections has now been published.

Below is the Statement of Persons Nominated for the 11 seats on the Town Council. There are more candidates than seats so the election will be contested on Thursday 4 May 2023.

Also below is the Statement of Persons Nominated for Northleach Ward in the election for a local district councillor.

Full details of the elections and all candidates in Cotswold District are online – see “Current and Future Elections”: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/elections

Statement as to Persons Nominated for Northleach With Eastington Town Council

The following people have been or stand nominated for election to this Town.

Name of Candidate (surname first):

  • Blackwell, Gina
  • Glynn, Valerie
  • Hadley, Byron James Anthony
  • Hulcup, Brian Dennis
  • Jackson, Matt
  • Kirkby, Laura
  • Lyon, Rosalind Sara
  • Morley-Blackwell, Terry
  • Ponfield, Gerry
  • Rainey, Patsi
  • Richell, Alan Charles
  • Richell, Andrea Jane
  • Russell, Jules
  • Saunders, Chick
  • Tennant, Mark
  • Wellman, Flam
  • Woolley Simon, Guy

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Statement of Persons Nominated for Northleach Ward: northleach-ward

Grounds Maintenance Contract 2023-25

Northleach with Eastington Town Council is inviting tenders for a two-year grounds maintenance contract with the option to extend for a further year. The scope will include grass cutting, strimming, hedge trimming, and other ground maintenance tasks as defined in the Specification and associated Plans. Areas of work comprise playing field, recreation grounds, churchyard and cemetery, and highway verges.

Please see the Invitation to Tender for further information and how to apply:


Tenders are to be returned in a sealed marked envelope ‘GM Tender’ to Pauline Rigby, Town Clerk, Northleach with Eastington Town Council, Westwoods Centre, Basset Road, Northleach, Cheltenham GL54 3QJ on or before noon on Thursday 12 January 2023.

Friends of the Cotswolds Awarded National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant

The Town Council is delighted to share this press release from local charity Friends of the Cotswolds.


Friends of the Cotswolds awarded a grant of £235,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to create a range of volunteer-led projects over the next 2.5 years- Rooted in the Community: The Old Prison

NORTHLEACH – 21 October 2022 – The Friends of the Cotswolds has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £235,600 for an exciting heritage project; Rooted in the Community: The Old Prison. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on reconnecting the Old Prison in Northleach to the local community and bringing its heritage to new audiences.

The project will start in November 2022, and over the course of 2.5 years, will deliver a range of developments at the Old Prison including a Community Wellbeing Garden, an Education Programme working with local primary schools, an Oral History Project and events and exhibitions in partnership with Corinium Museum and Gloucestershire Constabulary Archives.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable people of all ages to engage with their local heritage and explore the roots of this important heritage site. There will be many opportunities for volunteers to get involved and learn new skills with full training provided; new roles will cover all elements of the project with something for everybody.

The Friends of the Cotswolds is an organisation that works to protect and enhance the region’s unique environment, heritage and culture. Having bought the Old Prison in 2013, the Friends have worked over the past decade to ensure it remains open to the community and will now take the site forward to connect local people with the fascinating heritage of the Old Prison.

Commenting on the award, David Rockey said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will support more people to connect with the Heritage of the Old Prison.”

The total project costs run to £250,000. The Friends of the Cotswolds is incredibly grateful to local support for the project who awarded us grants totalling over £14,000 in match funding. Our thanks to:

  • Build Back Better Councillor Scheme- Gloucestershire County Council
  • Northleach Community Grant – Northleach with Eastington Town Council
  • Northleach Town Trustees
  • Northleach Youth Club and Community Trust
  • Notgrove Trust

About Friends of the Cotswolds

Friends of the Cotswolds is a small charity based in Northleach. We purchased the Old Prison from Cotswold District Council in 2013 to ensure it remained open to the public to visit and enjoy. https://friendsofthecotswolds.org

Our partners Relish run the café at the Old Prison, and we run the visitor attraction. The site is also home to the Cotswolds National Landscape team and community radio station Cotswolds Radio.

Away from the Old Prison, we support local apprentices through our Cotswold Craft Apprenticeship Scheme which we continue to promote with funds available for new apprentices.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund 

Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.