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North Cotswold Food Bank, Donations Needed

We continue to collect donations for the North Cotswold Food Bank at the Westwoods Centre and are asking for your help this Christmas period. With schools off the need increases as children who normally receive free school meals will not be in receipt of these for a few weeks.

The Cotswold Fosseway Lions (formerly the Northleach & Fosse Lions) have just made their fortnightly delivery to the Food Bank of items left at the Westwoods Centre. Their support in this is really appreciated by the Town Council. The list of items needed is updated regularly and can be found here: https://northcotswold.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

I have spoken to the team at the Food Bank. In addition to the normal long life tins and packets of food that they distribute they are also in need of general household cleaning products. They specifically stated toilet roll (large packs are fine as they split these up), jay cloths, sponges, washing up liquid, cleaning liquids and washing machine items. (They noted that capsules or liquid washing machine items are best as powder clogs in the cold warehouse).

The next delivery will be going early on Tuesday 18th December. Items can be left in the Westwoods foyer.

Many thanks for your donations over the last few years.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

Attempted Burglary, Midwinter Road On 29 November

Incident: 211 29/11/18

At around 13:00 on 29/11/18 two unknown males entered a property in Midwinter Road, Northleach via a window. They were scared from the property a dog inside and did not take anything at all. If anyone in the vicinity of Midwinter Road, Tayler Road or The West End has any CCTV or has seen anything at all then we would very much like to speak to you.

Please send me an email via Charlie.Symes @ gloucestershire. pnn. police. uk

I have also heard a few rumours whilst on foot patrol in Northleach that there is a spate of burglaries in the town, this is untrue so there is no need to worry!

PCSO Charlie Symes

(Note from the Town Clerk: There have been a number of people reporting on Facebook that someone entered or attempted to enter their properties. These incidents must be reported to the police so they are aware of the issues and can deal with these appropriately in terms of resourcing and reporting).


Changes To Waste Collections Christmas 2018

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 21 December.  The following week, the crews will NOT be working on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 December and Wednesday 26 December.  They will also be on holiday on Tuesday 1 January 2019.  As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 21 January 2019. 

The collection days will change from week commencing Monday 24 December and The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 21 January 2019. Please note crews will be working on four Saturdays – 29 December, 5 January , 12 January and 19 January – to catch up.

Northleach’s waste collection calendar, including holiday changes:


Please also note that Christmas trees can be taken to the following Garden Centres after Christmas for recycling up until 13 January 2019. (Once collected they are turned into peat-free compost):

  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Cirencester, GL7 6EU
  • Batsford Garden Centre, Batsford, GL56 9QB (will be taking trees from 6th January)
  • Wyevale Garden Centre, Lechlade, GL7 3DP

Commenting on the arrangements, Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“As always, we try to minimise disruption to the schedules over the Christmas and New Year holidays while providing the crews with a reasonable break.  Residents are now familiar with our revised schedules during the festive period and they have always responded favourably in the knowledge that everything gets back to normal within a few weeks.”

She continued: “We anticipate that households will accumulate larger amounts of waste during Christmas and New Year.  I would urge everyone to recycle as much as possible and to make the most of our kerbside recycling services, and recycling facilities across the district. Many large gifts use cardboard packaging and it is worth emphasising that the Ubico crews will only collect folded cardboard at the kerbside.  We also encourage everyone to recycle all the extra bottles that seem to accumulate over the festive season.

“For those who like to clear things away very quickly, please note that Household Recycling Centres will be open on most days during the holiday period.  However, please note that both Household Recycling Centres in Cotswold District now close for one day during the week  (Fosse Cross on Tuesdays and Pyke Quarry on Wednesdays). Both will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The new winter opening hours are 10 am to 4 pm. For more details see www.recycleforgloucestershire.com.

“North Cotswold district residents should note that we have an agreement permitting the use of the Shipston on Stour recycling centre in Warwickshire. For more information and opening times for that site, please visit Shipston on Stour recycling centre.

“Additionally don’t forget that there are many excellent recipes for leftovers on the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ website.  It’s also encouraging to hear about the growing popularity of recyclable wrapping paper rather than the metallic – and expensive – option which is not recyclable.

“While we hope to see a big upturn in recycling figures during this period, we realise that there is still going to be a build-up of non-recyclable waste at such a busy time.  For this reason, we will be allowing a ‘side waste amnesty’ for every household’s first full collection after Christmas Day; residents will be able to leave out additional amounts of non-recyclable waste in bin liners next to their grey wheeled bin/beige refuse bags. Please place all containers at the kerbside by 7 am on the revised day of collection so we can ensure that everything is picked up.”

For queries and further information about the waste and recycling services, please log on to www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the CDC Waste Hotline on 01285 623123.

Via press release from Cotswold District Council

Northleach Resident Honored in Cotswold Champions Awards

Please find below the winners of the inaugural Cotswold Champions award. It is great to see a Northleach resident amongst the winners and well done to all those who were nominated.

Kind regards,
Cat Crompton, Town Clerk

Via press release from Cotswold District Council
Public-spirited local residents were honoured at Cotswold District Council’s first ever Cotswold Champions Community Awards ceremony and celebration dinner which took place at the Royal Agricultural University on Friday 9 November.

This date was chosen specifically to coincide with the ‘We remember 1918’ weekend when the Cotswolds commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

CDC Chairman Cllr Julian Beale, had asked people to nominate residents and teams in the District to be chosen as Cotswold Champions, and many applications from all parts of the District were received across seven categories. Short listed candidates were invited to the 9 November awards ceremony and the following were announced as the winners, each receiving a prize of £1,000 courtesy of the award sponsors:

  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award – a young person (18 or under) who gives up time to help others (sponsored by Royal Agricultural University) Chelsey Dyson
  • Carer of the Year Award – a person who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour (sponsored by Badham Pharmacy) Bridget Salvage
  • Community Team Award – people from a sports club, activity group, health group etc. who give time to assist others (sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management) BEAM Gymnastics
  • Village Hero Award – a person who goes above and beyond for their village (sponsored by Air Salvage International) Elaine Drayton
  • Charity Event Award – a team that organises events to raise funds for charities (sponsored by Aura Care Living) Relay for Life
  • Town Champion Award – a person who makes an impact in their neighbourhood (sponsored by Tayler & Fletcher) Jennie Rainsford
  • Unsung Hero Award – a person who quietly makes a difference to other people’s lives (sponsored by Ian Carling, Founder of The Barn Theatre) Kate Lee.

Commenting on the inaugural awards Cllr Beale said, “Congratulations to the winners and runners up in each category – and many thanks to everyone who took part in the competition.  I would like to thank also the sponsors for their generosity and overall support, the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council for judging, and Council offices for creating a successful event.  The number and quality of nominees proves that the Cotswolds breeds champions.”
Professor Joanna Price, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) said, “It was an honour for the RAU to host these inspirational awards, celebrating Cotswolds residents who discreetly invest their time and energy in the community. We are very proud to have sponsored the Young Volunteer award which epitomises our belief that young people who give back to society and who put others before themselves are best equipped to become future leaders and good citizens.”

Attempted Break In, Northleach on Monday 12th November

Message from Neighbourhood Alerts:

At 22:30 on Monday 12/11/2018 we received a report of suspicious activity in the area of Bassett Rd, Northleach which enabled prompt police attendance. Person, or persons unknown stole a JCB from a nearby business and used it to break through the steel doors of a barn. Fortunately due to the prompt action of the member of the public reporting suspicious activity, it appears that the offenders fled the scene before being able to steal anything from the barn.

If you have any information that may relate to this incident, please phone 101 and quote Incident 466 of 12/11/2018.

Robert Hardie (Police, Reception, Stow)

Mobile Library Times for Winter To Spring 2018-19

The Mobile Library will be visiting Northleach Market Square from 14:15 until 16:15


  • Wednesday 28th November 2018
  • No visit December
  • Wednesday 23rd January  2019
  • Wednesday 20th February 2019
  • Wednesday 20th March 2019

A good selection of books for both adults and children

Use a computer free of charge.

For more information, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries or call 01452 426973

It’s free to join the Library