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Northleach Resident Honoured 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

We Remember 1918 – The Human Poppy

Cirencester Community Development Trust has created a programme of events starting the week before Armistice Day with the “biggie” being the creation of a Human Poppy in Cirencester market place at 2pm on Sunday 11 November. They have provided the following information:

Human Poppy Event  This should be an amazing and emotional event that can be inclusive of the whole community.  Relevant information for this event is detailed below: –

  • We are starting a “big push” now to recruit members of the community to come along on Sunday 11 November to be part of the Human Poppy in the market place. 
  • The red and black flower with green leaves will be in Cirencester market square in front of the church
  • The formation of the Human Poppy will start at 2pm. Members will go to their allotted spot in the market place with their red, black or green poncho in their hands.  At a given point they will put their ponchos on and the poppy will appear as if from nowhere.  After the poppy is formed, at a given point, they will be asked to take off their ponchos and the poppy will disappear into nowhere.
  • Whole families can come along.  They can choose to be a soldier from Cirencester who fell in the Great War or from one of the parishes.  They can choose to be a relative or they can be an “unknown soldier” – the choice can be theirs and can be very personal if they so wish.
  • The event will be photographed and filmed using a drone and from the vantage point of the church tower.  There has been interest from BBC Points West who are hoping to send a TV crew.

The Human Poppy event is being project managed on the day by Iwan Lewis of the Barn Theatre and the officer commanding of 55 Squadron at 29 Regiment, South Cerney.

They are encouraging everyone to come and join in with the Human Poppy. Prospective participants may email the CCDT email address: – ccdtltd@cirencester.gov.uk, or call in to the Town Council office to register. (at Bingham House, Dyer St, Cirencester, GL7 2PP).

We Remember 1918 Programme of Events

Friday 2nd November

The Eleventh Hour – 7.30pm in the Parish Church ‘THE ELEVENTH HOUR’ by Coln Choir – music and readings focussed on local stories.

Friday 9th November

Royal British Legion – 6.30 for 7pm Parish Church, Market Place ‘Albert Hall’ style remembrance concert.

Community Awards Event- 7.30pm by CDC at the Royal Agricultural University to celebrate the work of local volunteers.

Sunday 11th November

Remembrance Sunday Service- 10.50am Wreath placing at the War memorial and March Past.

Creation of The Human Poppy – Begins at 2.00pm in the Market Place, Cirencester. Men, women and children will represent the fallen; each issued with red, black or green ponchos. They will cover the Market Place to create a Human Poppy.

Community Service – 5.30pm in the Parish Church and peal of bells at 7.05pm to mark the time of the Armistice signing

We Remember 1918 – The Concert – 7.30pm Remembrance Spectacular in the Corn Hall, Cirencester. Produced by the Barn Theatre.

SEA Consultation For Northleach with Eastington Neighbourhood Plan

To whom it may concern
The independent examiner of the Northleach with Eastington Neighbourhood Development Plan (‘NENP’) has noted that the final version of the SA/SEA has not been consulted upon, and that in order to comply with Regulation 13 of the SEA Regulations, a consultation must be run. This consultation will run until 17:00 on 6th December 2018.

The submission plan and supporting evidence, the SA/SEA and the examiner’s note are all published in full at: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/communities/neighbourhood-planning/neighbourhood-plans-in-force-or-development/northleach-with-eastington-neighbourhood-plan/

Joseph Walker
Community Partnerships Officer
Working for Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Councils

‘Looking To The Future’ with Gloucestershire County Council Roadshows

Gloucestershire County Council has published its Council Strategy 2019-2022 – Looking to the Future.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader, Gloucestershire County Council, explains:

It is important to be ambitious about what we want for the future of the county and clear about how we’re going to make it happen.

Looking to the Future sets out the council’s vision and level of ambition for the county over the coming years, and what it will do to support improved outcomes and quality of life for every community and business across Gloucestershire.

Looking to the Future sets out nine ambitions for the future of the county, adapted from those established through Vision 2050 to reflect the role the council plays:

  • A Magnet county- A growing working age population, with more 18-40 year olds with high level qualifications choosing to live and work in the county
  • An Innovative county- More businesses starting up, growing and investing in research and innovation
  • A Skilled county – More people with high-level skills and jobs in skilled occupations
  • A Prosperous county – Rising productivity and household incomes offering higher living standards
  • An Inclusive county- The economic and social benefits of growth to be felt by all
  • A Healthy county – People to have a good work/life balance and improved health and wellbeing
  • A Connected county – Improved transport and internet connections so that people and businesses can connect with each other more easily
  • A Sustainable county – More efficient use of resources and more use of sustainable energy
  • A Resilient county – Active, resilient local communities that keep people safe, provide them with support and help them to make a positive contribution.

Under the following headings, a range of actions have been set out in Looking to the Future, that will help achieve these ambitions:

  • Children’s wellbeing and safeguarding
  • Education and Skills
  • Health, Care and Prevention
  • Communities and Localities
  • Transport, Economy and Infrastructure
  • Highways
  • Council Leadership

Being ambitious about what we want to achieve will help the county go from strength to strength in the years ahead. There are challenges we must overcome and opportunities we must make the most of but by being clear about what it is we want to achieve, we can be successful and ensure everyone in the county reaps the benefits of that success.

Taking the Vision 2050 ambitions, adapting them to reflect our role, adds further weight to an already shared picture for the future, which is important because only if partners and communities are pulling in the same direction will we truly be successful.

A series of public roadshows to discuss Looking to the Future have been organised during November, starting in Gloucester on 1 November and ending in Cheltenham on 30 November:

  • 1 November 2018          13:45 – 16:45 The Cross, Gloucester
  • 21 November 2018        12:00 – 15:00 Stroud Town Centre
  • 22 November 2018        11:00 – 14:00 Tewkesbury Spring Gardens Car Park
  • 23 November 2018        10:00 – 13:00 Cinderford Town Centre (The Triangle)
  • 29 November 2018        10:00 – 13:00 Cirencester Market Place
  • 30 November 2018        11:30 – 14:30 Cheltenham Town Centre (outside Marks & Spencer)

For more information and a copy of Looking to the Future visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/lookingtothefuture.

Kind regards,
Cllr Mark Hawthorne  
Leader, Gloucestershire County Council