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Help Save the Black Cat Café

“More than just a cup of coffee”

*** THIS SURVEY HAS NOW CLOSED, thank you to all who responded ***

At the meeting on 28 September, the Town Council heard from residents how much they missed the Black Cat Café since it had ceased trading last month.

A group of people are trying to put a rescue package together, working with the directors of the café business, and the Town Council resolved to support the effort.

A questionnaire is the first step. We would like to determine the level of support for acquiring the building as a community asset and launching a new café business. We would also like to hear from anyone who feels they can help.

Take the survey

There is less time than we hoped to save the café. We have been tasked with producing a complete business plan by Friday 21st October, so please complete your questionnaire as soon as possible. Paper copies were printed with a deadline of 30 October, before this was known.

Paper copies of the questionnaire are being distributed to households across the parish and can be returned to the collection box in Fruitcakes. Every household in town, and as many supporters of the café as we can reach, will be asked to complete one questionnaire, ideally capturing the input of the whole household, not just the individual completing the form. 

It would be very helpful if you could complete your response online, as this will save us time when collating the results. Click the button below to access the questionnaire online.

Take the survey

The questionnaire has been produced by Northleach with Eastington Town Council. Responses are anonymous unless you choose to provide your name. Any personal data will be handled securely and in line with the council’s privacy policy.

The results of the survey will be published by the Town Council in due course.

Stagecoach Bus Update New Service – S2

Important Information for People who used the Stagecoach 853 Service serving Northleach (Cheltenham – Witney – Oxford)

New Service – S2

S2 – The S2 will now run from Oxford to Witney and Curbridge every hour and extend to Cheltenham every 2 hours.

This bus will no longer serve Carterton but alternative connections are available on the S1 and 233.

This revised S2 replaces services 853 and S2X which will be withdrawn.

View S2 timetable

Remembrance Day Sunday 13th November 2022

The traditional open air service in Northleach to mark Remembrance will be held at 10:50 on Sunday 13th November 2022 beside the War Memorial at the Market Place. Residents are warmly invited to join us to mark the occasion.

The Market Place will be the subject of a road closure order for the duration of the ceremony. The temporary road closure will ensure that people can pay their respects without the noise of passing cars or risk of traffic accident. The closure order will apply to the Market Place and West End between the Market Place and Cotswold Hall. The closure will be in place for just the short period of the ceremony itself and the Town Council hopes that no one will be too badly inconvenienced by these arrangements. Please ensure that all vehicles required to be used during this time are removed prior to the order taking effect. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.

Public notices advising of the road closure will go up shortly and a copy of the legal order can be found below.

Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor

NOTICE is given that, due to the resignation of Mark Ogden, a vacancy has arisen for a Councillor for the Town Council.
The vacancy will be filled by election if a request from 10 local government electors for the Town is received within 14 working days of the date of this notice. The request must be received by 13th October 2022.

Requests should include each electors’ name and address and should be sent to the Chief Executive at the address below or by email to elections@cotswold.gov.uk
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 15th December 2022.

If 10 signatures are not received by the date given, the Town Council may fill the vacancy by co-option.  For further information please email the Town Clerk. clek@northleach.gov.uk

Road Closure – A429 Cirencester to Northleach


This road will be closed (as per the plan) from 22/09/22 to 30/09/22 to allow for urgent ash dieback tree work by Gloucestershire Highways.  There will be a rolling road closure along this stretch of road.  These roadworks have been rescheduled.  

Emergency access will be maintained.

Please find FAQ and a letter from the Communication Officer explaining the importance of the works below.

If you should require further information please email streetworks@gloucestershire.gov.uk


National Moment of Reflection on Sunday 18 September

Northleach with Eastington Town Council, the High Bailiff and Town Trustees invite you to assemble at the War Memorial on the Market Place for the National Moment of Reflection. This will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September. All residents who wish to join us are welcome.

Please make sure that you arrive by 7:50pm, as to ensure a smooth and respectful occasion.

The silence will be followed by the local reading of the Proclamation of accession of King Charles III.

See more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-moment-of-reflection.