- What's On - events in and around the parish during October, November and December
- 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%.
- The Cotswold Conservation Board are organising this year a range of courses in Cotswold Rural Skills.
Working with local instructors, organisations, community groups and landowners they ensure that these courses are not only informative and practical but also make a noticeable and lasting contribution to the Cotswold landscape. So whether you want to try your hand at blacksmithing, stone carving, rebuild a 200 year old dry stone wall, have a go at
hedgelaying, scything, horse spoon carving, coppicing, or obtain a LANTRA qualification in brushcutting/trimmers or stone walling they have a variety of courses available.
For more informations see this leaflet or visit their website.
- Christmas is not far away! Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust have a lovely range of Christmas gifts from Christmas cards, their Adopt a Species programme and new for this year UK Wildlife Top Trumps (a very popular card game among children)- all proceeds raised go directly to support their work.
- SDC Car Park charges are going up on Thursday 26th October - for details see this schedule of charges
- Mobile Library - times and dates for October 2017 - March 2018
- ICT Qualification Courses provided by Gloucestershire County Council at Adult Education Gloucestershire, Commercial Road, Gloucester - enrolment days 4th & 6th December. Booking essential.
- Foster carers wanted!
- Volunteers wanted for local charity.
- Stroud District & Quedgeley Home-Start are now recruiting adults with parenting experience to help families in the community. They will be running a new preparation course for family support volunteers at Whitminster Village Hall on Tuesday 16th January until
Tuesday 27th March (excluding the school holidays). The free course will run for 10 weeks on one day of the week and each training session will begin at 10 am and run until 2.30pm. Would you like to volunteer?
- 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