Changes To Waste Collections Christmas 2017

Your recycling and waste collection day will change following the Christmas holiday period.

Normal collection day – Revised collection day

On Friday 22nd December – No change, Food / Garden

Was Friday 29th December – Now Tuesday 2nd January, Everything

Was Friday 5th January – Now Monday 8th January, Food / Garden

Was Friday 12th January – Now Saturday 13th January, Everything

From Friday 19th January, back to normal

For other collection days, you can find your waste collection calendar here: www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/

New Northleach Shopper Bus Service

We are really pleased to announce that Community Connexions will be starting a new service in a few weeks’ time. The bus service will support those who need transport to help with shopping. The pre-bookable service will pick residents up from their home and head to Tesco Extra in Cirencester, every Tuesday morning between 9:30 and 12pm, starting on 12 December 2017. Concessionary bus passes can be used on the service, which will cover Northleach, Eastington, Farmington and Hampnett.

Thank you to all those who responded last month as your feedback has enabled this service to start. Please download the poster and pass these details on to anyone you think may benefit from it.

Have a Fun & Safe Halloween

Halloween is tomorrow and although many enjoy this event, there are a number of residents whose children and pets do not. If you want to avoid callers, please find attached a poster you can print off to show Trick or Treaters you are not taking part.

In addition please find information from Cotswold District Council about how to recycle your pumpkins,

and advice from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) on how to ‘dress safe’.

Village Agents Are Now Community Connectors

From 1st October 2017 the Village and Community Agents scheme is combining with social prescribing to become a new service called Community Connectors.

Village and Community Agents have been working across the county for 11 years and helped thousands of older people and communities gain better access to services and information as well as providing support and assistance to those who need it most. Over the past four years, social prescribing has offered GP practices and other healthcare professionals a mechanism for referring patients to a range of local non-clinical services.

The service has been extended so that anyone over the age of 16 living in Gloucestershire, or registered with a Gloucestershire GP, can access Community Connectors. Referrals can be made by a health or social care professional, a voluntary and community group, members of the community as well as via self-referral.

The service can offer one to one support for individuals and can also signpost or refer people to activities and groups available in their area. Community Connectors on the ground will have extensive local knowledge and will be able to facilitate local activity.

It can be helpful for people:

  • in times of change, for example after redundancy, health issues or retirement
  • in times of emotional hardship, such as after a bereavement
  • who are worried about debt or financial issues
  • who don’t know where to turn for support
  • who would like to volunteer in their community

A poster and local leaflets will be available soon in GP surgeries and elsewhere.

The Community Connector provider in Cotswold District is Gloucestershire Rural Community Council. Contact them directly on 01452 528491 or info@grcc.org.uk.

Lions Club Celebrates 100 Years With 100 Crocus Bulbs

Northleach and Fosse Lions Club has kindly donated 100 crocus bulbs to Northleach to celebrate the Centenary of the foundation of Lions Clubs International. Our 100 bulbs have been planted in the flower beds in the Market Place and we look forward to a lovely display in early spring next year.

The Lions support local communities in many ways. They would like to remind people in our community that they are there to offer assistance.  Please let them know if they can help your organisation with fundraising or in other ways however small.

Northleach with Eastington Town Council would like to thank The Lions for this kind gesture.

Keep Onesiphorus in Northleach

Onesiphorus – “Onesi” to his friends – has been sponsored by local charity Friends of the Cotswolds and is one of the many hares on this year’s hare trail, running throughout the district.

His aim is to raise funds for the restoration of the Old Prison. He is due to be auctioned on 6th October at Cheltenham Racecourse with all the other hares. But, with a bit of crowd funding, we hope to keep him for the town and help raise money to finance the refurbishment of the prison at the same time. Just £1 from every resident would see us well on the way to reaching our target!

Make a donation

Keeping Onesi in Northleach is a project by district councillor Chris Hancock, who will attend the auction to place the bid with the funds raised. All monies raised by the appeal will be donated to Friends of the Cotswolds, via the auction if his bid is successful or given directly if he is not.

How will the funds be used? The immediate need is to refurbish the outer circle of the site, where the farm carts and implements are stored. This involves replacing rotten timber, protecting and repairing stonework to the external wall and repainting the timbers and fencing. The cost is expected to be £15,000. Over £6,000 has already been raised, but we hope that if Northleach can bid successfully to keep Onesiphorus we will raise another £2,500 towards that target. He can then be seen in Northleach for the rest of his natural life and help promote our town, our special buildings and our events.

So how did Onesi get his name? His namesake Onesiphorus Paul was a key social reformer in the 18th century.  He worked to significantly improve conditions for inmates with the aim of avoiding reoffending. His building-designs, of which this is one of the first and few that survive, went on to be the models for prisons all over the world. Hence, the building is of national and international importance and Grade 2* listed. It is now owned by the Friends of the Cotswolds, the charity which, together with the town, successfully campaigned to ensure that it remained a public building.