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Fancy Some Voluntary Work? Your Museum Needs You!

Press release from Cotswold District Council. Release date: 18 July 2017

Volunteers are required to help give a new lease of life to an important Rural Life Collection. The Corinium Museum is working in partnership with the Cotswold Conservation Board (CCB) to preserve the Rural Life collection housed at the Discovery Centre in Northleach.  A £4,000 grant from the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and contributions from the Cotswold Museums Charitable Trust will fund the project.

Volunteers can find out more or sign up during a registration drop-in event at the Discovery Centre in Northleach on Wednesday 6 September from 10am until 2pm.  Free training sessions will then take place in September delivered by experienced conservator George Monger. The training will be designed to demonstrate safe preservation methods to clean and treat the Rural Life collection.

At the heart of the collection is a group of 23 farm wagons and carts, one of the largest publicly-owned regional collections anywhere in the country. Of particular importance are the examples of Cotswold and Gloucestershire styles of traditional farm wagons. Made in village workshops, these reflect the topography and farming traditions of their area and are truly distinctive, including a fascinating mix of bow and box type wagons.

James Harris, the Corinium Museum Collections and Engagement Officer,  says: “Volunteers will be at the centre of this project. This is a chance for local people who want to offer their time, learn some new skills, and to meet others with similar interests, all working towards a vitally important cause. It is my aim to develop a project which will run for consecutive summers.  No prior experience is necessary, other than a good level of fitness and a willingness to get stuck in.”

Richard Watson Visitor, Events and Interpretation Officer at the CCB, adds: “It’s great news that the Corinium Museum has been successful in obtaining the funding for work to start on the rural life collection. This will offer an interesting volunteering opportunity for anyone looking to develop their engineering or conservation skills and work as part of a small team to improve the condition of the collection.  It should be very satisfying to look back and see the difference the work has made.”

Volunteers can sign up to the project online by visiting http://corinium.volunteermakers.org or by contacting James at the Corinium Museum, jamesharris@slm-ltd.co.uk.

Summer Off The Streets 2017

World Jungle is holding several events in Northleach and Bourton as part of this year’s Summer off the Streets programme, supported by our County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson and the Children’s Activity Fund. The posters below detail all the events and how to book, if booking is required. The ‘Get Arty’ sesssion here in Northleach, as well as the Family Fun Day and Youth Festival are free of charge.

  • Samba Drumming Wednesday 9 August: 2.00-3.00pm @ The ‘Windrush Room’ in George Moore Community Centre, Bourton on the Water, GL54 2AZ
  • Get Cooking! Wednesday 16 August: 10.30am-12.30 @ The Westwoods Centre, Northleach GL54 3QJ
  • Friday 18 August: Family Fun Day @ Naight Park Bourton, 12.30-3.30pm
  • Friday 18 August: Youth Festival for ages 11-18: 5.00-7.00pm @ King George V Playing Field, Northleach
  • Music Technology Wednesday 23 August: 10.00am-12noon @ The ‘Windrush Room’ in The George Moore Community Centre, Bourton on the Water, GL54 2AZ
  • Get Creative! Wednesday 30 August, 2.00-400pm, The Westwoods Centre, Northleach, GL54 3QJ

Northleach Wins Great Cotswolds Clean-Up Competition

Cotswold District Council press release, dated 14 June 2017.

A group comprising almost 90 environmentally-conscious residents from Northleach has won the £500 first prize in Cotswold District Council’s recent Great Cotswolds Clean-up competition. A runners-up prize of £300 has been awarded to a North Cerney team while the third prize of £200 has been split between groups in Ampney Crucis and Meysey Hampton.

Continue reading Northleach Wins Great Cotswolds Clean-Up Competition

Amplifed Festival Local Residents Offer

The Amplified Festival will take place over the weekend of 21st – 23rd July near Northleach.

The organisers are offering a free entry ticket for Friday if you live within a 3 mile radius of the event and have a postcode starting with GL54 3 and GL54 4. This offer is limited to 4 per household and photographic ID or utility bill will be required upon entry to the festival.

Or why not enjoy the weekend (no camping) for a 50% reduction in the ticket price of £80.00… so £40.00 for the whole weekend. Again this is limited to local residents living within 3 miles and with the same postcodes, maximum 4 per household and photographic id/utility.bill being required upon entry.

Please go to the website amplifiedrocks.com and follow the ticket link or use the QR code on the poster.

Road Closure – A429 Fosseway, Fossecross Junction, June 2017

The A429 Fosse Way will be closed for carriageway resurfacing from Monday 19th June to Friday 30th June (not including weekends), from 0730 to 1730 daily. Attached is a map showing the extents of both the road closure and work areas (Amey Ref 22013836).

The road closure area (dotted red line on map attached) extends beyond the work area to help Amey manage through-traffic, and a signed diversion will be in place. However we will do all we can to provide access for residents and businesses in the road closure area where it extends beyond the work area.


Audit & Accounting Statements for Financial Year 2016-2017

The council is required to prepare an annual return for each financial year, which provides information about the council’s financial position and the internal controls. This contains three parts: the accounting statement, the annual governance statement and the external auditor’s certificate. The first two parts have now been completed and reviewed by an internal auditor in preparation for the external audit.


Any local elector has the right to inspect the accounting records and related documents for the financial year to which the audit relates. These documents will be made available on reasonable notice during the inspection period, which commences on 5 June 2017 and ends on 14 July 2017. To exercise these public rights, please apply to the clerk. For details see the attached Audit Notice 2016-2017.