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Message from our PCSO

Please find below a message from PCSO Charlie Symes.

I wanted to pop this alert out to everyone in the North Cotswolds to say that Stow Police Station is still here! And whilst we are not open to the public every day, we still operate from this location and officers still work here 24/7.

The station is open Monday – Wednesday from 9 am till 5 pm, where the reception is manned by our Customer Contact Advisor, Bob Hardie, who will be happy to; take details, give advice or find an officer for you to speak with. He can be contacted for NON URGENT enquiries on 01452 907273, or by calling 101 and dialling extension 7272 or emailing receptionstow@gloucestershire.police.uk. All of these are checked by Gloucester HQ if Robert is not available.

Please remember always call 999 in an emergency. The 101 number and contact details above should only be used for non urgent matters.

Charlie Symes
PCSO 9251
Stow Police Station

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire – Annual Report

Dear all,

Martin Surl, The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire has published the Office’s Annual Report which you can read here: https://www.gloucestershire-pcc.gov.uk/download/4846/.

A summary of the twelve months from April 2018-March 2019, it highlights the challenge of dealing with a growing range and complexity of crimes, complicated by additional social issues around mental health and lack of youth provision.

It reflects on key announcements regarding collaboration with bordering forces and Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service and includes a harrowing account from an Road Traffic Collision survivor who now uses the experience to warn new and novice drivers as part of the ‘What If?’ road safety programme.

Budget details, award winning services and the continuing success of the Commissioner’s Fund are all covered in the 16-page document which is also available in hard copy.

If you would like a hard copy of the Annual Report, please contact on pcc@gloucestershire-pcc.gov.uk or call 01452 754348.
Kind regards

Chairman’s Update July 2019

Hello again Everyone.

We had a busy council meeting this week so I’ll keep it brief – you can check out what else went on when the minutes are published. Hopefully this note will give you a heads-up.

We bestowed the honour of Freedom of the Parish to Chris Hancock for his excellent service to our town over many years and on many groups including of course the Town Council. This is the highest honour we can give and I would like to thank Vicki Hewer for formally nominating Chris, Alan Wellman for presenting the scroll to Chris and many of those that know Chris for coming along to witness the event. Well done all.

We have a new member of the council. Janine Larner has joined us and started contributing to our work on her first meeting. Welcome aboard Janine.

We were also joined by County Councillor Nigel Moor who brought us up to date regarding the 801 bus service. There’s too much detail for this update but the take-away is that there remains a lot to do to get this important bus service to where we would like it. Watch this space and future council updates for news.

The Town Council is involved in a number of areas where we believe we can make Northleach a safer, cleaner, active, healthy and successful place for all residents. At this month’s meeting we:

Reviewed the Police Report which shows that we have a lower crime rate than many other areas – but there is still too much crime and so we should remember that if we are affected by any crimes then we MUST make sure it is recorded by the police. It not enough to simply broadcast on Facebook as this will not get police attention.
Confirmed this year’s Litter Pick as September 14 starting at 10:00 on the KGV Field.
Working out ways in which the council can help the town deal with any potential closure of the Post Office. There are a number of interested parties and we will work with them all to see how together we can make sure we keep this important service going. We will update you as this initiative moves forward – if you have any interests or ideas then please let us know. The council cannot run the Post Office but hopefully we can support anyone who is trying to keep it open.
Operating the Youth Programme 2019 where many events are planned. We have booked 2 days with Play Rangers, 75 places on a variety of courses at Far Peak and 2 sessions in the Westwoods Centre for World Jungle who will likely offer Street Dance and Circus skills. Look out for more notices from Cat.
Meeting on a regular basis to develop the strategy of the Town Council by taking into account what you, the residents, tell us you want and what we can afford (in both time and money). The next meeting will be in August and we will publicise our views on the priorities we believe we should follow – and we look forward to your feedback. Without knowing your views, we cannot be confident we are doing what you want us to do with our resources. Please let us know at any time what you think the council should do or should stop doing.
Progressing the installation of bike racks in the Market Square following a number of requests. We need to do some more planning with Gloucestershire Highways but we expect to see something soon.
Coordinating closely with the District Council and Gloucestershire Highways to ensure gullies in the town are kept clear to avoid flooding. Please let one of the councils know if you see a blocked gully.
Confirmed we are planning Northleach VE Day celebrations for next year – please get in touch if you have any ideas and would like to help.

We will continue to try different ideas for a Councillor Surgery so that you can come and meet us in an informal setting to share any comments or issues. Watch out for September’s session.

All formal meeting minutes and other information are on the Town Council website, and please, let us know if this brief update is useful . . . or otherwise.
Cllr Rob Platts

Stay Strong & Steady Class

The weekly Stay Strong and Steady Class at The Westwoods Centre on Tuesdays will be at a slightly later time  2.15pm for the six weeks of the school holidays.  The later time of 2.15pm will apply between Tuesday 23rd July and Tuesday 27th August.  Classes will be with Kathy Chesters.  Cally will return in September.

Community Play Ranger Sessions-Northleach

Dear all,

Northleach with Eastington Town Council are delighted to announce a programme of activities for youths and
young people over the Summer holidays. These will include Play Ranger sessions, activities at Far Peak plus dance and skills workshops! All of these are being funded by grants we applied for last year from the Youth Activities fund at Cotswold District Council.     

The activities begin next week with the Play Ranger sessions on Monday 22nd July and Monday 5th
August from 10 – 4pm. Aimed at age 7 – 14 years, under 7’s are welcome if accompanied.

Details of the events can be found here 

Please find below information for parents and carers.

Information for Parents/Carers

Our Community Play Rangers activities target 7-14 year olds. Under 7’s are welcome and should be accompanied by a parent or carer. We love families to join us at all our sessions.

Community based activities are free and open access. This means there is no formal registration – children can leave the site at any
time. Our Play Rangers will not stop them and will not know they have left.

We encourage children to take responsibilities for their own actions. We think this is good for them. They will be encouraged to resolve
disagreement and conflict amongst themselves. We will intervene if absolutely necessary.

Play Gloucestershire believe that children need and want to take risks when they play. Our Play Rangers aim to respond to these needs by offering children stimulating, challenging environments for exploring and developing their abilities. In doing this, we aim to manage
the level of risk so that children are not exposed to unacceptable risks. Our experience tells us that whilst children play outdoors they
are likely to have accidents. We promote adventurous play whilst trying to prevent children taking unacceptable risks. If this causes
concern please come along and speak to us.

Our range of activities include active play, den building, fires, arts and crafts, informal sports and games. We encourage children to play freely and choose what they do. They do not have to do anything if they don’t want to.

Children will get wet, hot, cold, smelly (from wood smoke) muddy and dirty and need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Better
to wear old play clothes than ruin your best!

Our Play Rangers will provide drinking water at all sessions. We promote healthy eating and sometimes will provide free fruit.

We believe all children have the right to play. Please talk to us if your child needs additional support to enjoy Play Rangers. We
welcome disabled children & their families.