- What's On - events in and around the parish during June, July, August and September
- Parish Charities
- Twinning Association
- Sheffield University MYHarvest (Measure Your Harvest) is an opportunity to participate in an exciting research project that will estimate the contribution people who grow their own fruit and vegetable crops are making to UK national food production. For more information on how to contribute see MYHarvest.
- Bisley Allotments Find out all about Master Gardeners
- Eastcombe Allotments
- Oakridge Allotments
- The Fruit Exchange a new project to save unwanted fruit around Stroud from being wasted.
- Gardening is good for you - get an allotment!
Researchers from The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences and
Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, used a cohort study of over 4,200 Stockholm residents aged 60 and over. The results of the study, which tracked participants' cardiovascular health for around 12.5 years, were published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The findings show that keeping active through gardening or DIY projects can cut the risk of heart attack or stroke by up to 30%.
- An interview with Isabel Oliver, Consultant Epidemioligist and Director of Field Epidemioligy for Public Health England, by Lesley Greene. This article was reproduced from Issue 1 2018 of the Allotment and Leisure Gardener magazine with kind permission of the National Allotment Society.
- Now that's what I call Stroud - Friday 13th July 6-10 pm
Stroud Town & Five Valley's Youth Forum group are putting on an under 18's music event at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud. The evening event aims to support the future of the Sub Rooms by showcasing it as a venue for young people, while at the same time supporting local youth musical talent throughout the district.
The event will feature live performances from seven local youth bands, a soft drinks bar, plus the opportunity to purchase band merchandise.
Tickets will go on sale at £5.50 each and will be available to order from the Sub Rooms Box Office. After costs of running the event have been covered, 15% of any remaining ticket sales will be donated to a local Stroud based charity of the youth forum groups' choice.
- Stroud Youth Voice Newsletter - Spring 2018
- Pyke Quarry Household Recycling Centre, near Horsley, will be temporarily closed from Monday June 4 to Friday 22 June inclusive. During the closure,
the county council will be carrying out important improvement work at the site. For more information see Recycle for Gloucestershire.
- Report on the conservation work recently carried out on the Eastcombe War Memorial.
- Gloucestershire County Council Adult Learning Courses
- TSB Phishing Attacks
There has been a sharp rise in fraudsters sending out fake text messages (smishing) and phishing emails claiming to be from TSB. The increase in the
number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB's computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB's system issue to target people with this type of fraud.
Fraudsters are commonly using text messages as a way to defraud unsuspecting victims out of money. Known as smishing, this involves the victim receiving
a text message purporting to be from TSB. The message requests that the recipient clicks onto a website link that leads to a phishing website designed to steal online banking details. Although text messages are currently the most common delivery method, similar communications have been reported with fraudsters using email and
telephone to defraud individuals.
- Don't assume an email or text is authentic - always question uninvited approaches in case it's a scam. Phone numbers and email addresses can be spoofed, so always contact the company directly via a known email or phone number (such as the one on the back of your bank card).
- Don't be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text or email. Remember, a genuine bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your full PIN or password.
If you have received a suspicious TSB email, please do not respond to it, report it to us www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing and also forward it to If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime,
report it to us online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
- Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Investments and Fake Endorsements
Fraudulent websites alleging to offer cryptocurrency investments are dishonestly using the image of Martin Lewis, the founder and editor for moneysavingexpert.com, as an endorsement for their companies. The adverts using Martin Lewis to promote illicit schemes can be found on social media and other websites. Clicking on the advert takes you to the full article where Martin Lewis image is presented along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the fraudulent 'company'. Alternatively clicking on the advert will take you to a page where you are required to input your contact details, the suspect company then phones you and encourages you to invest.
Martin Lewis has published a warning to the public saying 'I don't do adverts. If you ever see one with my face or name on it, it is without my permission, and usually a scam'. The full article can be found here: blog.moneysavingexpert.com.
Similarly these fraudulent websites are also misusing images and fabricating recommendations from the investors on Dragons Den. These adverts also claim the investors on the panel trade in cryptocurrencies using their services to try and legitimise their company.
What you need to do:
- Don't assume it's authentic: Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don't indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.
- Don't be rushed or pressured into making a decision: A genuine bank or financial organisation won't force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Always be wary if you're pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.
- Stay in control: Avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. If you're thinking about making an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser - never use an adviser from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam.
- Visit the Take Five website and Cyber Aware(cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
- SDC Car Park charges were increased on 26th October 2017 - for details see the schedule of charges
- Mobile Library - times and dates for April 2018 - August 2018
- Foster carers wanted!
- Volunteers wanted for local charity.
- SDC Community Safety Partnership Strategy 2017-2021.
- Ronan's Trust Embracing Family Bereavement by being busy together - Ronan's Trust provides nuture and support to those who have suffered a close family bereavement.
Through gardening together, and having the opportunity to join our craft workshops Ronan's Trust offers a nurturing environment in which families can 'be busy together' with others in a similar position, providing opportunities for bereaved individuals and families to meet in small groups and work together in gardens and on land based projects, as well as offering natural craft activities. This enables people to create friendships and reduce stress. At group events people of all ages work alongside one another. They may wish to share their story, they may not. This is an opportunity to be busy together, to reduce levels of stress through working on the land and being creative.
Their allotment groups are in Bisley, Longford near Gloucester, Cirencester and Tetbury. They also provide practical support for those who have been immediately bereaved and need help in their gardens - mowing lawns, weeding, hedge cutting.
Ronan's Trust is also looking for volunteers to join their team. They need local volunteers to work in groups of 2 or 3 to help individuals in their gardens as well as volunteers to help care for their allotment spaces, with a team needed to care for their Cheltenham allotment from early 2017.
For more information please visit their website or email the Trust at or call 07757 710616.
- Bulk Waste Disposal - Stroud District Council no longer offers free bulk waste collection, but there are lots of options...
- A new national phone number - 105 has been launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Key points to note about this service are:
- Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator - Western Power Distribution for Bisley parish - the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area
- 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. Customers can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too
- 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales
- Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from
- Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there's a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too
- Advice on walking your dog in the countryside from Gloucestershire County Council.
- Local Historians Wanted!
England's history is marked in the fabric of its buildings and places. The most significant of these are listed, so they can be understood and protected for the future. Historic England are asking local groups to share their knowledge and pictures of listed sites, so we can record important facts about them, and even unlock the secrets of some. If you have stories to tell and pictures to share about a listed place, they would love you to join their project. Since launching in June, they have received over 15,000 contributions from people who have enriched the List with photographs, historical events, social history or information about the architecture or archaeology of a site.
Find out more and get involved...
- Stroud District Citizens Advice service
- visit our new website www.citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk
- Would you like to become a community volunteer?
- Help Needed For The Soldiers Of Gloucestershire Museum
- Winston's Wish - can you help ?
- Allsorts - a charity based in the Five Valleys supporting families who have children with disabilities or additional needs
The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!
Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.
For more information see the Stroud and District U3A website.
The U3A movement is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust.
- Frith Youth Club