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Winter 2009

Recycling rates smash targets

COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL is one of the UK’s leading authorities with its improved waste, recycling and food/garden waste collection service. Figures released earlier this year show that Cotswold District Council increased its recycling rate to 61 per cent over the past 12 months. At one point between July and September 2008, the Council’s recycling/ composting rate reached 69%, twice the rate achieved by most other councils and twice the Government’s target. According to, the Cotswolds has become the second highest performing council in the country for its efforts at recycling and composting, moving from 63rd place to 2nd in the league table. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is set to become top. Since June 2008, Cotswold District Council has collected food waste

Recycling rockets: Cllr Mark Tufnell and a SITA crew weekly, residual waste fortnightly and provided a blue sack to each household for card and cardboard recycling alongside a black box for

paper, magazines, glass bottles/jars, cans, tins and aerosols. Residents can also have their garden waste collected at a cost of £30 per year.

Mark Tufnell, Cotswold District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time by becoming one of the country’s best recycling authorities. “We achieved this by introducing a new waste collection service and fully explaining the new scheme to residents before it was implemented. “The waste team and our front of house staff have worked tirelessly to keep the message of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ in the forefront of residents’ minds. The key is that Cotswold residents themselves are also keen to recycle.” The league table of best performing local authorities will be verified and released to the public by Defra at the end of the year.

Also inside this issue of Cotswold News Green Christmas Find out how CdC is doing its bit for the planet Page 7

What’s On The Cotswolds events and Christmas celebrations Page 15

The recession - our commitment to help

Council Leader Lynden Stowe

As We FACe a sixth successive quarter in recession, Cotswold District Council remains committed to help wherever possible to ease the impact on the District’s residents, despite facing unprecedented financial challenges of its own. Although a recent survey suggested that the Cotswolds had the most resilient economy in the country, we at Cotswold District Council realise that the recession has probably impacted on all of our residents in some way, whether directly or indirectly. The Council receives its money from

government grants, Council Tax, fees and charges and interest on investments. All of these streams are under considerable pressure. This is not sustainable and is expected to worsen in future years due to the national economic situation. It is also clear that, whatever the outcome of the next general election, there will need to be big reductions in financial support to the public sector. We are looking at savings of at least £2.3m over the next five years, but this has to be balanced against delivering value for money services for the people

of the Cotswolds. We are already working towards this, and a number of initiatives are expected to save the Council nearly £2million. These initiatives include joint working and sharing services with West oxfordshire District Council. We are also in the process of reviewing the Council’s management structure, to streamline the number of managers at both authorities, reduce costs and control the budget for staff salaries. Council Leader Lynden stowe said: “The more money that the Council can save will mean more money to spend on crucial services, and will enable us to

keep our share of Council Tax low and limit any increases in fees and charges. “These are just some of the challenging decisions that the Council is having to take in the current economic climate, but decisions which will hopefully benefit all within the Cotswolds at this particularly difficult time. so, if any of you are having difficulties paying your Council Tax or other household bills, or are facing redundancy, then please contact us - while we may not be able to provide direct support in all circumstances, we can probably put you in touch with an organisation that might.”

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In  maY  tHIS  year  I  was  privileged  and  proud  to  be  elected  Chairman  of  Cotswold district Council by my fellow  Councillors.  It was a particular honour  for  me  after  26  years’  service  as  a  district  Councillor  and  four  terms  as  Council Vice-Chairman. the current year has been a diffi cult  one for many people in the Cotswolds,  and I am sure that nearly all of us have  been  affected  by  worldwide  events  in  some  way,  whether  due  to  the  global  economy  or  confl icts  in  far-off  places.   Unfortunately,  there  do  not  appear  to  be  easy  solutions  to  these  and  other 

problems in the short-term. However,  in  my  many  years  as  a  district  Councillor,  I  have  always  been  impressed  by  the  resilience  and  spirit  of  our  communities,  whether  in  the  larger  market  towns  or  in  the  rural  settlements.    We  have  so  many  organisations,  often  voluntary,  who  work  tirelessly  for  the  good  of  others,  and  so  many  people  who  are  willing  to  help  those  less  fortunate  than  themselves.  It is easy to take this help  and  support  for  granted,  so  I  would  like  to  say  a  huge  ‘thank  you’  to  all  those  people  who  provide  support 

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for the community and help make the  Cotswolds such a special place to live. We at the district Council face many  challenges  in  the  year  ahead,  but  I  am  sure  that  all  Councillors  will  do  whatever they can for the people of the  Cotswolds. So, as Christmas approaches, I would  like  to  wish  you  and  your  families  a  joyous  festive  season,  and  look  forward  with  optimism  to  a  happy  and peaceful 2010.

LIKe MAnY LoCAL authorities, CdC is experiencing a huge amount of change. This ranges from internal process redesigns to the way the authority collects waste and recycling from its 38,000 households.

“Investment in the ICS programme will help staff work towards their goals” To help the Council’s officers and customers manage the challenges ahead, Cotswold district Council’s head of Front of house, Marketing and Communications Monica Stephens and Front of house Team Service with a smile: Cotswold customer staff are on top of their game Manager Sarah Cantwell are leading

working together really works sInCe CoTsWoLD DIsTRICT Council and West oxfordshire District Council joined forces back on november 1st, 2008, the two Councils have already seen great benefits from the sharing scheme. Chief executive of both Councils David neudegg – who is sharing his working week between the two local authorities – has been at the forefront of plans to streamline services at both councils.

“This joined-up working between the two councils will lead to huge financial savings” In the long term, this joined-up working between the Councils will lead to huge financial savings and more efficient working between the two bodies. not only do both Councils share David’s services, but one of the Directors from

West oxfordshire is now also shared the director of corporate resources Frank Wilson. Joint working across a range of services is also being investigated, ensuring both authorities continue to deliver top quality, value for money services for their residents. It has been suggested that up to 30 posts could be shared between the authorities over the next 2 years, including positions in IT, human Resources, Revenues & Benefits and Building Control. each Council will retain the substantial majority of their staff working on their council-specific issues, while savings are predicted on a small number of joint management or specialist skills posts being shared between the two Councils. More news on what is happening and what services will become shared will be available when a final decision is made and positions are finalised in early 2010.

the delivery of the Institute of Customer Service (ICS) programme across the Council. The focus for the ICS team at CdC is to help and support officers to achieve their potential and work towards an ethos of continuous improvement. Monica Stephens said: “Investment in the ICS programme will help staff work towards their goals but also encourage staff to stop and think – was that okay? Could I have handled that customer enquiry in a different and better way? “In these times of change, looking at what we do and how we do it is crucial to helping us deliver our service better and at a lower cost.” The Institute of Customer Service is the professional body for customer service, to ensure customer service professionalism and performance. The Institute consists of members from across the private, public and third sector and boasts nearly 7,000 individual members.


Our aim... is to provide a 

clean and green environment and  value-for-money services to the  people of the Cotswolds.

Our priorities . . .

We have refreshed our priorities  for the years 2009-10 to 2011-12:  Cleaner and Greener ● Cut waste to landfi ll ● more recycling ● less litter  ● lower carbon emissions   ValUe For moneY ● low council tax ● Financial control ● effi cient council SUPPortInG CommUnItIeS ● Homes for local people ● activities for young people ● Quality of life for older people ●  Community resilience to  fl ooding and other emergencies

look out for the stories related  to our priorities in this edition  of Cotswold news.


Winter 2009

£100,000 boost for local gyms


Three of Cotswold District Council’s leisure centres have benefited from new or updated gym equipment as well as internal makeovers this summer The CoUnCIL owned leisure centres at Tetbury and Chipping Campden have both undergone refurbishment work and received updated gym equipment during the summer months, while Cotswold Leisure, Bourton-on-the-water has also been kitted out with brand new, top-of-the-range exercise machines.

“I’m delighted with this new top of the range gym equipment” It boasts brand new cardiovascular, resistance and free-weights equipment from leading gym supplier Technogym. Meanwhile, the 38 pieces of gym equipment which were housed at Bourton have been transferred to

the leisure centres at Tetbury and Chipping Campden, upgrading the old gym equipment which had been used at these two centres. As well as the new equipment, the three leisure centres underwent a refurbishment programme that consists of replacing carpets, the installation of flat screen televisions with freeview and the redecoration of the gym areas. Also, the air conditioning and ventilation system at Bourton-onthe-water was given a makeover, while Cotswold Leisure Tetbury now has an air-conditioning system for the very first time. Cllr david Fowles, Cotswold district Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said: “I’m delighted with this new top of the range gym equipment, which has enabled us to improve the facilities at three of our leisure centres.

“Combined with the necessary makeovers, this is a tangible demonstration of our continuing commitment towards enabling members of the public to continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” The new gym equipment and refurbishment work comes courtesy of Cotswold district Council’s Cabinet, who approved a capital sum of £100,000 for work to be carried out at the three centres in May. From this total, £80,000 was used for the new equipment, while £20,000 was put towards the refurbishment works. The work started at the end of June with all three leisure centres – Cotswold Leisure Chipping Campden, Cotswold Leisure Tetbury and Cotswold Leisure Bourton-onthe-water – all reopened for business by the middle of July.

Weight for it: Fairford’s extended gym to open this winter

new equipment is state-of-the-art EXERCISE ENTHUSIASTS IN AND around Fairford will be able to benefit from a brandnew gym when an extension to the town’s leisure centre is completed in December. A new gym – which will be triple the size of the existing one – is currently being built on the site of Cotswold Leisure Fairford, and the Council’s leisure officers expect it to be open to the public in early December. When completed, the gym will contain new, state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, similar to what is now in place at Cotswold Leisure Cirencester, with cardiovascular equipment - treadmills, steppers and exercise bikes - complete with

built-in audio-visual entertainment. Only the gym area at Cotswold Leisure Fairford is currently closed while the work takes place, the rest of the site is open as usual. In the meantime, members of Cotswold Leisure Fairford - who have been informed of the work in advance - are able to use the gyms and equipment at Cirencester, Tetbury or Bourton-on-the-Water. For further information on anything leisure-related that Cotswold District Council offers, please contact the Council’s leisure services team on 01285 623000.

T.H.E. very best: Three council gyms - including this one at Bourton have had makeovers


new 9-3X arrives at Skurrays Saab designed to satisfy even the most demanding of lifestyles and tackle the harshest of climates, the new Saab 9-3X has arrived at Skurrays Saab, ready to deliver Saab’s most intense driving experience yet. with prices starting from just £24,995 for the 1.9TTid model, the much-awaited new 9-3X provides an ideal alternative to large and heavy crossovers or SUVs. It offers distinctive looks, a versatile Sportwagon body, advanced all-wheel drive technology,

excellent fuel efficiency and functional storage. Colin Pulman, Brand Manager

“We have received a fantastic response from customers so far”

at Skurrays Saab, said: “we are delighted that the new 9-3X has now arrived at our showroom and

we are looking forward to showing customers how versatile this impressive car is. we have received a fantastic response from customers so far and are keen to invite as many people as possible to visit our showroom to enjoy this unique driving experience.” representing Saab in wiltshire and the Cotswolds for the last five years, Skurrays Saab prides itself on its dedicated team of highly experienced staff who are committed to offering exceptional standards of specialist service and sales advice to car buyers across the region. The dealership’s Langley road showroom is conveniently located approximately 10 minutes from Cricklade, just off the A419 and a few minutes from J16 of the M4 and displays a wide selection of both new and Approved Used Saab models. with a parts and service centre on site and a comprehensive aftersales package also available, Skurrays Saab can offer customers

the complete Saab experience. In January 2009, the company was purchased by Gloucestershire based businessman nick Plevey and nigel harvey. Managing director nick and Brand Manager Colin Pulman each bring with them over 30 years experience in the automotive industry. Joining a team of seven Saab specialists, nick and Colin have already driven Skurrays Saab to new levels of success.

The west Swindon-based Saab dealership forms part of the Skurrays group which was founded in 1899 and is now one of the longest established motor dealers in the country. To find out more about the new Saab 9-3X, visit Skurrays Saab on Langley Road, Hillmead, West Swindon SN5 5QJ, call 0844 209 8277 or visit


Winter 2009

Events promote safety in the community

Winter security

PoLICe In The Cotswolds are urging householders to take stock of their home security after the clocks went back on sunday october 25th. once the clocks changed late last month, a noticeable crime trend is a rise in the number of house and shed burglaries. however, a few simple, commonsense precautions can drastically reduce householder’s chances of becoming a victim. PC Mark godsland, Crime Prevention Design Advisor for the Cotswolds, said: “Burglars like an easy target. If a house appears occupied, they are more likely to move on until they find one in darkness or insecure. “It is very easy to purchase time switches from hardware shops. These can be used on various electrical equipment as well as lights to give the impression the house is occupied. “Adjustments such as fitting extra locks and additional external lighting can make a significant difference in preventing crime. “You should also ensure all tools and furniture are put away, and sheds and garages are secure. Thieves will often use tools taken from insecure outbuildings to try and break into a house. “If possible all equipment should be kept in a security chest and if you have a garage, put your car away.”

A joint initiative between all the councils across the county and Gloucestershire Police has helped to raise people’s awareness of reporting crime this autumn nATIonAL CrIMeSToPPerS weeK – which ran from September 19th26th – saw a series of events and information stalls set up around the county to inform the public about the Crimestoppers service and how residents can all play their part to cut crime. The event was launched in Cheltenham town centre on Saturday September 19th to promote the Crimestoppers helpline, and the Cotswold Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership (SSCP), of which officers at Cotswold district Council are heavily involved, has been doing its bit to help get the message out across the district. The Council’s Community Safety team contacted all Parish Clerks in the Cotswolds this autumn, aiming to drum up support for the Crimestoppers service, and the Council will liaise further with these groups during the autumn and winter to ensure they know the purpose of Crimestoppers and the number people can ring. Cllr Barry Gibbs, Cotswold district Council’s Cabinet member for housing and Communities, said: “This free telephone number is a hugely valuable aid to any resident who wants to do their bit to reduce crime, so Cotswold district

Council was really proud to support Crimestoppers week this autumn. “our community safety team will continue this valuable partnership work in a bid to reduce crime and the fear of crime

even further in our neighbourhoods.” Crimestoppers is a free telephone helpline that encourages anyone who may be aware of criminal activity to call Crimestoppers and report the crime. The Crimestoppers helpline number is 0800 555 111 or visit

tHInKInG aboUt YoUr drinking has  been highlighted in the Cotswolds this  autumn, thanks to alcohol awareness  Week (october 19th – 23rd) which set  out  to  raise  public  awareness  of  the  scale and harm of alcohol abuse The Crimestoppers logo has now been placed on all CdC and Fosseway Living vehicle fleets. Crimestoppers was started in Gloucestershire in 1995 and since its launch, it has contributed to over 1000 arrests.

Anyone wanting information on Crime Prevention in the Cotswolds and Stroud Division can call PC Mark Godsland, at Cirencester, or PC Cindy Pickersgill, at Stroud, on 0845 090 1234.

Keeping tabs on crime: Crimestoppers and Cotswold District Council are working together

roadshows tackle underage drinking last  year  Cotswold  district  Council  teamed  up  with  local  youth  workers,  retailers,  the  Police,  GdaS  (Gloucestershire  drug  and  alcohol  Service) and GInI – part of the Young  People’s  Substance  misuse  Service  -  to  launch  the  ‘don’t  buy  for  Under  18s’ roadshows, to tackle the problem  of  underage  drinking  and  proxy  purchasing (buying alcohol for others). the  roadshow  has  visited  tetbury,  moreton-in-marsh,  Fairford,  lechlade,  Cirencester  and  Chipping  Campden  where  advice  and  information  was  given  on  the  dangers of underage drinking, health  risks  for  teenagers  and  the  penalties  adults could face if caught buying for  underage drinkers. the  most  recent  stop  was  at  tesco  in Cirencester on Friday october 23rd.  Cllr  barry  Gibbs,  Cotswold  district  Council’s Cabinet member for Housing  and Communities, said:  “We  are  committed  to  tackling  the problem of under age drinking  and antisocial behaviour. 

“Part of this solution is highlighting  the harm people can cause by buying  alcohol for under 18s.” CdC  has  also  been  involved  in  an 

“Highlighting the harm people can cause by buying alcohol for under 18s” alcohol  network  group  at  its  trinity  road  headquarters  and  supported  the  ‘too  drunk,  too  Stoned’  event  in  Cirencester’s  abbey  Grounds  in  September. 

For further information or advice on any issue to do with drinking, please contact Cotswold District Council’s Community Safety team on 01286 623000 or visit the Council’s website www.cotswold.


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CotswoldNews  Winter 2009

Search for affordable homes on-line tHe HUnt For affordable housing has  been  made  easier  this  autumn  after  a  county-wide  choice  based  lettings  system was introduced in September.  Gloucestershire  Homeseeker  is  a  partnership  between  the  six  local  authorities in the county. People  in  the  Cotswold  district  are  already  familiar  with  choice  based  lettings and bidding for a home, as the  district  has  been  using  a  Cbl  scheme  since 2004. 

A new county-wide choice based lettings system now makes looking for affordable housing easier now,  however,  thanks  to  Gloucestershire Homeseeker, they can  now  look  at  properties  that  become  available,  both  in  the  district  and  across the county, and put their names  forward for them. most  properties  in  the  district  will  only  be  available  to  people  who  already  have  a  connection  to  the  Cotswolds. Weekly  adverts  are  published  showing  available  properties  and  people looking for affordable housing 

New home, new year: Find your ideal home thanks to Gloucestershire Homeseeker can now express their interest via the  internet,  an  automated  telephone  service or by text. Gwen  russell,  the  chair  of  the  Gloucestershire  Homeseeker  partnership, commented: “the  old  system  of  three  bands  has  been  replaced  by  one  with  four  different priority bands – bronze, silver,  gold  and  emergency  –  which  refl ects  differing levels of housing need.”

EXTRA CARE SCHEME older PeoPle In the  Cotswold district are to  benefi t from a local housing  boost following the granting  of planning permission for  a new extra care housing  scheme. as part of the development  of Kingshill South in  Cirencester, a new extra-care  housing scheme will provide  60 one and two-bedroom  apartments for rent.  the scheme will  enable residents to live  independently with their own  front door, but in a communal  setting with care and support  staff available 24 hours a day  if needed. extra care is a really  good option for people who  need extra help, providing the  opportunity to be part of a  community as well as having  your own front door and  independence. the Council is working  in partnership with  Gloucestershire County  Council and the Primary  Care trust on the new 

development, which is aimed  at people aged 55 and over.  the new scheme, being  built by berkeley Homes in  partnership with Housing 21,  is due to complete in earlymid 2011 and will be made  available to older people who  currently live in either rented  or owner-occupied homes.  as well as enjoying  well-equipped apartments  built to a high specifi cation,  residents will also benefi t  from communal facilities  including a residents’ lounge,  restaurant, laundry room,  buggy store and private  garden. a door entry system  with individual intercom and  an emergency call system  will provide a safe and secure  environment. 

For more information about this scheme, please telephone Cotswold District Council’s Gwen Russell on 01285 623408 or by email, gwen.russell@

over  16,000  people  are  currently  on  housing  registers  across  the  county.  they  have  all  been  automatically  transferred  into  the  new  system  and  will  need  to  activate  their  application  with  their  existing details. letters  have  been  sent  to  all  applicants explaining how to sign-up,  and any urgent advice and assistance  on  housing  matters  will  continue  as 

normal.  advice  and  support  will  also  be  available  for  users  of  the  new  system  who  do  not  have  internet  access  to  ensure  that  they  can  participant it in. Gloucestershire  Homeseeker  advertisements,  publicising  available  homes,  are  on  display  online  and  in  public  places  such  as  council  offi ces,  housing  association  offi ces  and  libraries.

homes for local people In LIne wITh one of the Council’s priorities – ‘homes for local people’ Cotswold district Council is helping to provide affordable housing at sites across the district. In 2008-09, the Council, in partnership with housing developers, oversaw the completion of 73 affordable homes in the Cotswolds. In Tetbury, sites at Criddle Billington and The retreat have been given a share of affordable housing, with 12 homes at Criddle Billington and 19 at The retreat. work has started on 16 affordable houses at hampton Street in Tetbury. one third (8 of the 24) of homes at newland Mill Stratton in Cirencester are affordable. At Station road in Moretonin-Marsh, 14 out of 41 homes are affordable, and the number in the north Cotswolds will peak at over 50 when 37 affordable houses are completed in Bourton-on-thewater. The Council is in talks with the developers of Kingshill north, in Cirencester, and it is hoped that around 50 affordable homes will be built on the site by 2011. Meanwhile, 20% (88 properties) of new homes at Kingshill South will be for affordable renting, and approximately 30% for shared ownership. The first homes should be completed within 18 months.

oil pollution is expensive and avoidable MAnY househoLDs In the Cotswolds have oil-fired heating and oil is the most common cause of water pollution, with leaks going into drains, streams, rivers and the ground around tanks.

The resulting clean up from a leak could cost the tank owner thousands

The resulting clean up from a leak could cost the tank owner thousands of pounds and could potentially even lead to prosecution. The disruption caused can result in gardens and patios being dug up and, if the oil seeps into the foundations of the property, the owners may have to move out due to the smell and fumes. each year the environment Agency are called to oil pollution incidents across the Cotswolds that could have been avoided by following these simple steps:-

Inspect your tank, associated equipment and pipe work regularly for corrosion, damage, interference and signs of leaks; use an oFTeC (oil Firing Technical Association Ltd) registered technician to service and inspect your boiler, tank, equipment and all pipe work, at least once a year. If possible always supervise your oil delivery, and discuss delivery procedures with your fuel delivery company, and check that they are happy with your tank and delivery arrangements; Check your home insurance policy, if, despite all your care, a leak does occur make sure you are covered for loss of oil and the pollution clean up costs; If you discover a leak or see oil pollution call the environment Agency’s 24-hour Incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 immediately. The sooner the eA become aware of an incident, the better their chance of minimizing the impact on water supplies and the environment.

A free oil Care Guide is available online at: Gettoknowyouroiltank.pdf

Winter 2009

Pledge to cut carbon footprint by 25% Cotswold district Council has laid down a marker in a bid to tackle climate change with a pledge to cut carbon emissions by a quarter by 2015. The Council produced a comprehensive 76-page ‘Climate Change and Carbon Management Plan’ in early 2009, pledging to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 25% in six years’ time, making an overall financial saving on energy expenses of £1 million. Achieving this target – through work with The Carbon Trust, other local authorities and energy efficiency bodies – would result in a cumulative saving of over 6,000 tonnes of Co2. And some of this target has already been achieved, thanks to different energy-saving projects. A pool cover to conserve energy at Cotswold Leisure, Bourton-on-the-water has already been installed, which will save the Council £2,700 in energy costs and 28 tonnes of Co2 per year.

“It’s great to see so many Council workers getting involved and engaged with the project”

The Council has also recently upgraded the lighting at both Bourton and Tetbury Leisure Centres. not only will these upgrades provide better light quality for leisure customers, but they will annually save the Council £3,500 and 26 tonnes of Co2. work will be carried out across the Council, aiming to improve emissions from buildings as well as through the Council’s transport fleet

Roll with it: BOTWs pool cover, which is one of the Council’s energy-saving initiatives and business mileage. Cotswold district Cllr Mark Tufnell, Lead Cabinet Member for environment and Communities and Lead Member for Climate Change, said: “The Council’s Climate Change and Carbon Management Plan is a strategic action plan, working to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint and tackle the growing pressures from increasing energy expenditure. “The Council looks forward to taking advantage of the opportunities presented by climate change, whilst addressing the risks it presents, and delivering the benefits of carbon management across the district.” Kirsty Merritt, Cotswold district Council’s Lead officer for Climate Change, said: “Since

Award-winning Council oFFICeRs AT CoTsWoLD District Council were Cotswold District Council has now joined the delighted to collect a certificate for successfully 6th phase of the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority completing the Carbon Management Programme Carbon Management Programme, which is an during 2008-09. accomplished government endorsed programme. The certificate was awarded to the Council The Programme provides local authorities with at the Carbon Trust’s Public sector Alumni the support and guidance to develop a sound event, and was given in recognition and carbon management strategy and achieve real appreciation of the efforts in the field of emissions reductions. The Carbon Management Carbon management, emissions reduction and Programme is a free, year-long programme mitigation of climate change. specifically designed for local authorities. The Council signed up to the nottingham Declaration – a global pledge to tackle climate change – in early 2008, before signing up to the Carbon Management Programme in spring that year. CDC’s Climate Change officer Kirsty Merritt said afterwards: “It was the biggest gathering of Carbon Trust people who are part of the Programme, so it was great to attend the event. “There was a lot of best practice sharing and joint working, so it will prove to be very beneficial for the Council’s carbon management programme.” Climate action: Cllr Sandra Carter and certificate

the Council first got involved with carbon management, staff have really engaged with the project. I hope that we can maintain this momentum.” Cotswold district Council got involved with carbon management issues after signing The nottingham declaration in February 2008, a public declaration to tackle climate change.



Future climate change impact

Cotswold District Council has signed up to a national drive to reduce the country’s carbon footprint this autumn. The nationwide 10:10 campaign is a project that aims to get every section of society to strive to cut their carbon emissions by 10% in 2010. Anyone from local authorities, businesses, schools and individuals can sign up to the pledge, and the remit for councils taking part is simply to revise existing emission reduction targets, with new ones. signing up to this campaign is part of CDC’s ongoing commitment to carbon reduction and to act on the issue of climate change. The Council’s Carbon Management and Climate Change officer Kirsty Merritt said: “We are excited to be involved in such a large national campaign that could deliver the real carbon reductions that this country needs to achieve.” The 10% reduction that CDC needs to make will be made up of projects already identified in the Climate Change and Carbon Management Plan, published earlier this year.

For more information on the Council’s climate change plans, please contact Kirsty Merritt on 01285 623000. Anyone

interested in signing up to the 10:10 campaign – individuals can do so as well as businesses – should visit the website,


CotswoldNews  Winter 2009

FOCUS ON RECYCLING New collection service to The proposals to streamline the waste collection service will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds and standardise collection days. The CoUnCIL’S CABIneT have agreed to implement changes to the way residents’ waste in the Cotswolds is collected after its August meeting The proposals come in three parts:

Collection Round Optimisation The new proposals will include changing the day of the week residents’ refuse and recycling is collected, with plans to divide the district

into ten collection zones. Some residents currently have their waste and recycling collected on different days, which causes confusion. After the round zoning process has been implemented, residents should have a standardised collection day for all of their waste. This method, called ‘round zoning’, will see all refuse and recycling collections within a certain zone completed on one day of a working week. The collection crews will then complete the other nine zones over the rest of the fortnight, with all SITA collection crews working together

efficiently in the same area. SITA estimates that the round zoning process will change the collection days of approximately 80% of households in the district and is set to be introduced in early 2010. All households affected will be informed by the Council by way of letters and collection calendars being delivered to residents’ homes. Further tweaking of the rounds in the new zones will take place from early 2010, although the majority of households will not be affected by this.

Vehicle Optimisation Thanks to the overwhelming participation of Cotswold residents, the council has achieved the second highest recycling and composting rate in the country. however, because of the large amounts of cardboard being recycled, the Council’s contractor has had to collect paper and cardboard separately to glass and cans. now, there are plans in place to modify the recycling collection vehicles so that one vehicle is able to collect paper, glass, cans and

cardboard all at the same time. To gain valuable information on the alternative recycling collection vehicles, two types of recycling vehicle have been trialled in the district in August and September. Following these trials, SITA will recommend which type of vehicle it feels is best suited for the collection of all materials and if appropriate, the current vehicles will be adapted accordingly.

Crewing Level Reductions A review has taken place which has resulted in a reduction in the number of SITA workers in each vehicle, as much time is spent by SITA crews travelling around this rural district, and this will deliver immediate savings from early autumn. Cllr Mark Tufnell, Cotswold district Council’s Cabinet Member for environment and Communities, said: “The Council’s waste service has been operating for over a year and residents’ participation has greatly exceeded our expectations, which has resulted in the Council achieving the second highest recycling rate in the country at 61%.

“This success has resulted in the Council having to introduce these changes, which, once implemented, will result in an even more efficient waste collection service for residents of the district. “These plans will not only offer financial savings for the Council but should also provide residents with a regular and standardised day of the week when they know their rubbish will be collected.” Any changes to the collections will be agreed between the Council and its waste contractor SITA this autumn. It is anticipated that the changes to the day we collect residents’ waste should be rolled out from early 2010.

Households affected will be informed by the Council in writing These changes are part of our ongoing focus on providing value for money and will deliver significant savings on the cost of waste collection in the Cotswolds.


where does your wast As We geT closer to the busy and bustling festive season, one small part of most people’s households is bound to bulk up and get close to bursting point. And no, it’s not an overdose of turkey and trimmings, it’s actually our rubbish and waste bins that fill up quicker as we eat more, throw food and festive wrappings away and put bottles and cans out for the binmen. But has anyone ever thought ‘where does it all go’? For example, the rubbish you throw away could make a return in 2010, be it as another newspaper, another can of cola, or the tin of festive spam that you thought you’d finally got rid of! so, without any further ado, here is a brief look at what happens to your waste when it leaves your home…


Paper and cardboard is taken to the sita Kingshill Recycling Centre at Cricklade where it’s bulked and transported to a reprocessor to be pulped. From there, it is turned into recycled newsprint or other recycled paper products. Bottles and Cans are collected by Thamesdown Recycling. Bottles are transported to a company called Berrymans and the cans go to a company called novelis. Both are recycled into new bottles and cans.

Plastics are collected by Thamesdown Recycling and transported to a company called Valpac. Plastics can then be made into new items, such as drainpipes, plastic garden furniture and fleeces etc. Textiles – The salvation Army collect and reuse the clothing within this country as a first priority. Lower grade materials are sent to third world countries or where they may be essential during a large scale disaster, i.e. an earthquake to aid with relief activities.

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Christmas Collections oVer tHe bUSY festive period,  Cotswold district Council and our  waste contractor SIta have made  some seasonal amendments to the  days residents have their waste,  recycling and food/garden waste  collected.  the dates that SIta will be  collecting residents refuse, recycling  and food/garden waste over  Christmas are shown below.

during the two-week period after  Christmas day for the fi rst collection  only, you can put out additional nonrecyclable waste in black bags and it  will be collected.   If you have any queries about your waste collection days over the Christmas period please visit www. or contact the Council’s waste hotline on 01285 623123.

REFUSE AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS If your normal collection day is:

It will be collected:

Friday 25 December

Monday 28 December

Monday 28 December

Tuesday 29 December

Tuesday 29 December

Wednesday 30 December

Wednesday 30 December

Thursday 31 December

Thursday 31 December

Saturday 2 January

Friday 1 January

Monday 4 January

Monday 4 January

Tuesday 5 January

Tuesday 5 January

Wednesday 6 January

Wednesday 6 January

Thursday 7 January

Thursday 7 January

Friday 8 January

Friday 8 January

Saturday 9 January

Monday 11 January

Collections back to normal


reen giants: The Council’s new waste zones will make your collections more efficient

te go? The food and garden waste is sent to the Dymock In-vessel Composter to produce compost for farms and gardens.

ncome generated from recycling is used to offset the Council’s costs.

Anyone wanting any further information on the Council’s waste and recycling service should contact the waste department on 01285 623000.

Please put your waste and recycling containers out by 7am on your normal collection day’

If your normal collection day is:

It will be collected:

Friday 25 December

Tuesday 29 December

Monday 28 December

Wednesday 30 December

Tuesday 29 December

As Normal

Wednesday 30 December

As Normal

Thursday 31 December

As Normal

Friday 1 January

Monday 4 January

Monday 4 January

Collections back to normal

What a waste eVeRY YeAR In the uK we throw away £10 billion worth of food which could have been eaten. Love Food hate Waste is a campaign from WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) which shows that by doing easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which ultimately benefits our purses and the environment too. If we all stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, it would have the same environmental impact as taking 1 in 5 cars off uK roads. has lots of delicious recipes to use up leftovers, hints and tips for storing food to make it last longer, a portion calculator to help you cook the right amount, and information

on what food date labels mean. There is something for everyone, whether you are a keen cook, or simply want to reduce the amount of food which you throw away.

Please visit lovefoodhatewaste. com for more details.



The Cotswolds? We love it!

Residents of the Cotswolds have a strong sense of community spirit and are very happy with where they live, according to results in the Place Survey, released this summer. ThIs nATIonAL suRVeY, carried out in the autumn of 2008, captures local people’s views, experiences and perceptions of their local area. The survey results show that the Cotswold District has done well in a range of categories dealing with residents’ feelings of belonging to a community and their views on their quality of life. nearly nine out of ten people surveyed in the Cotswolds are generally satisfied with the local area (88.8%), beating the results in this category for gloucestershire, the south West region and england. The District also scored above average for people who feel they belong to their particular neighbourhood (68%), and nearly 82% of Cotswold residents agree that people from different backgrounds get on well together. There are also positive scores on people’s respect and consideration for others, and the survey highlights resident’s enjoyment of civic participation and volunteering. The elderly are also well catered for in the Cotswolds, as over 90% of respondents over 65 said they were satisfied with their home and neighbourhood, while 80.8% of

people reported their overall health and well-being as good. In terms of crime and anti-social behaviour, the survey shows that residents of the Cotswolds feel both safe and secure.

In terms of crime and anti-social behaviour, the survey shows that residents of the Cotswolds feel both safe and secure People’s perceptions of anti-social behaviour scores low, while drug use and drunken / rowdy behaviour is also less of an issue in the District than across gloucestershire, the south West and england. In terms of local services, people’s satisfaction with land being kept clear of litter and refuse, and the District’s sports, leisure, museum and

gallery facilities, is above average. The Council has not scored as well for refuse collection and recycling, with satisfaction for these services at 64%. however, the survey was carried out shortly after the introduction of the new refuse and recycling service when the scheme was still settling down. since then, the Council’s recycling rates have risen to be the second best in the country (see page one). Cotswold District Council’s Leader, Cllr Lynden stowe, said: “overall, these results show that the people of the Cotswold District are satisfied with the area they live in, the Council and the services that we offer. “There was one blot in our results - satisfaction levels with our new waste service. This can be put down to some initial teething problems when it was first launched last summer. since then, we are pleased with the Council’s rise to second place in the uK’s recycling table, which I am sure better reflects people’s satisfaction with the service.” The Place survey is a national survey which will be carried out every two years, the first year being 2008.  Winter 2009

A helping hand: The People for You scheme gathers pace

Volunteers to help the elderly oLder PeoPLe In the south Cotswolds will continue to benefit from a helping hand and a friendly ear this winter, thanks to the Councilrun ‘People for You’ scheme.

The act of making friendships is hugely valuable This scheme, launched in Fairford and Lechlade in 2008 and Tetbury this spring, now boasts a total of 40 trained volunteers, who spend a valuable few hours a week befriending the elderly, many of whom rarely get visits and live lonely lives. People For You volunteers give older people better access to local information about housing, benefits, care and social issues, while they will also visit and help anyone returning home from hospital. Volunteers, all CrB-checked and

trained, visit the elderly in their homes to talk through problems and concerns, while giving them a regular friendly face to get to know and trust. Volunteers are paid expenses but frequently say their experiences are their reward for offering their services to the community. Bill wragge, health Policy officer at Cotswold district Council, said: “These willing volunteers act as the eyes and ears for older people in the community who may not know what is available, and the act of making friendships is hugely valuable for both persons.” It is hoped to replicate the success of these befriending schemes by expanding the service to Moretonin-Marsh and surrounding area. Anyone wanting help in Cirencester should contact Ro Lyon on 01285 642566, while Sue Black, who is available on 07507 641815, is the coordinator for Lechlade, Fairford and Tetbury.

Boost for women in business

Sign up to skills sessions: Cotswold Women in Business can offer a range of courses in the district

ComPreHenSIVe bUSIneSS Start-UP  courses aimed at women wanting to  get their ideas off the ground have  been launched at two locations in the  Cotswolds.  ‘Cotswold Women in business’  courses have been running at schools  in Chipping Campden and Farmors  in Fairford, where local women are  offering high quality courses and  workshops at subsidised rates.  the courses, which are hugely  popular and enjoy strong local support,  are run by local businesswoman  Sarah-Jane menato, who designed  and delivers and the programme, in  partnership with local schools.  Sarah-Jane explained: “If a woman  isn’t sure she has the right skills and  wonders how running a business might  fi t with her life and commitments, help  is at hand.  “running my own business has  allowed me to balance my need  to generate an income with the  responsibilities and joys of raising my  child.  “I have been able to do both, full  heartedly, and am passionate about  offering support to any woman in the  same situation.”

there are also courses available in  tewkesbury. 

Please contact Sarah-Jane Menato on 01386 701868 for more details.

Upcoming courses and  workshops include:   one-day taster sessions to put  a toe in the water and fi nd out  more run on dec 2nd 2009 in  Chipping Campden.   Comprehensive business Start  Up Courses to get you up and  running start on January 20th,  2010 in Chipping Campden.   monday monthly Workshops  with topics that include: legal  Surgeries, tax workshops,  marketing workshops,  Presentation Skills,  Confi dence building, effective  networking, negotiating  Skills, time management and  many more. run every month  in Chipping Campden and  Fairford.


Winter 2009

Emergency Details


SHoUld anY reSIdentS of the Cotswolds  have a crisis this Christmas, then there are  a range of bodies and organisations that could come to your rescue.  Please see below for a list of essential contact numbers should you  need them over the festive period. 

Police / Fire & Rescue / Ambulance

worK To redUCe the risk of flooding is taking shape in the Cotswold village of Poulton, between Fairford and Cirencester, thanks to a £7,650 Town and Parish resilience grant which was approved in September.

Completed work will prevent a repeat of the floods in summer 2007

The project – which started in late May – involves the removal of several trees which impede water flow, the widening of the brook in three places along a 228-metre stretch and the introduction of special ‘gabion baskets’ to contain water flow. The work was initiated by Poulton Parish Council Chairman and retired Concorde engineer Geoff Chapman. Speaking to Cotswold news, Mr

Chapman explained: “what happened in 2007 put the size of the problem into context. with this scheme, I think we will be able to shift a bit more water along this channel, and even if we have rain such as in 2007, this would stop the water going over the main road.” The completed work will prevent a repeat of the situation in the summer of 2007, when several houses north and south of the A417 in Poulton suffered from flooding. The scheme will run alongside work already being carried out by Gloucestershire highways and Cotswold district Council, and Poulton Parish Council have been advised on the matter by CdC specialist officers Tim dowan and Joel hockenhull. CdC’s Community resilience officer Tim dowan explained: “Geoff has put in so much hard work and effort, all off his own back, and he has overcome a whole range of problems in trying to get this project off the ground”.

In an emergency dial 999. This should only be used in situations where:

someone is injured You see something suspicious Life is threatened You suspect a crime is being committed non-emergency dial 0845 0901234

Floodline dial 0845 9881188. This free service provides simple advice on what to do before, during and after a flooding event. Providing flood warnings directly to you via telephone, mobile, email, text message and fax. NHS Direct

dial 0845 484950. nhs Direct is a telephone health line that is available whenever you have health worries. someone will always be available with the knowledge and experience to give help and assurance on issues such as out of hours support, pre and post operative advice, or a 24 hour response to health scares.

Cotswold District Council

Reducing the risk: Poulton’s Geoff Chapman

Mapping out the message: Emergency plans are key to a community’s confidence

emergency plan tested FaIrFord SHoWed ItS resilient side this  spring when residents conducted a mock-up  emergency exercise in the town in march. the exercise was designed to test the town’s  emergency plan and residents acted out a  scenario where a fuel tanker had crashed and  blocked a main road in the town.  a range of volunteers for the exercise were  ‘evacuated’ to Fairford’s Community Centre,  which had doubled up as a ‘place of refuge’ for  the exercise. 

Overall, we think it worked extremely well

Special role-playing cards had been issued  to volunteers – which presented a range of  challenging health requirements – and the test  was seeing how the authorities could cope  with the different issues and problems that the  evacuees had. Cllr Chris roberts, one of two Cotswold  district Council ward members for Fairford,  said: “this exercise was designed to see how  our emergency plan worked and how it was 

put together, and overall, we think it worked  extremely well.  “there were a few areas that were  highlighted that may need some tweaking, but  generally, we feel we should all give ourselves  a pat on the back. We now think that, had this  been a real emergency, we would have been  able to manage.” Cotswold district Council’s tim dowan said:  “during this exercise, there were a variety of  different scenarios played out in order to give  them a ‘dry run’ in the event of a serious event. I  think they did brilliantly.” Following the fl oods that badly affected  Fairford in the summer of 2007, the town –  with grant help and offi cer assistance from  Cotswold district Council – was one of the fi rst  in the Cotswolds to initiate and produce an  emergency plan.  It is hoped this plan could be used to counter  not only the threat of fl ooding, but could also  be used in the event of traffi c accidents, air  crashes, or acts of terrorism.  there are already plans for another place of  safety exercise, with early 2010 being pencilled  in for a provisional date. 

dial 01285 623000 The Council offers a range of services to the residents of the District, including measures to tackle dog fouling, fly tipping, littering, abandoned vehicles, pest control, emergency resilience assistance, and many others. Please visit our website at for full details of the services we offer.

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Licence to party Are you holding an event in your town or village, either over Christmas or throughout the year? IF So, dId you know that you may well need a licence from Cotswold district Council to host this event? Under the Licensing Act 2003, anyone organising an event at any venue, with licensable activities at the premises, will need to obtain a Licence from Cotswold district Council to ensure they are keeping within the law. This includes ticketed events where alcohol is sold or where there is entertainment. Under the Licensing Act, there are three different types of licences for licensing a premises. These are Premises Licences (permanent licences), Club Premises Certificates (members clubs) and Temporary event notices (temporary licences). A Temporary event notice (Ten) is required when any licensable activities take place that are not covered by an existing licence. here are a few pointers and facts regarding Tens: To obtain a Temporary event notice, you need at least 10 working days to allow this to be processed. A Ten can be used to authorise events in premises involving a gathering of no more than 499 people at any one time Anyone aged 18 or over can apply for a Ten There must be a minimum of 24 hours between events in respect of the same premises and each event covered by a Ten can last up to 96 hours. To help make this issue clearer to residents and event organisers, the Council is starting an awareness campaign later this month to prevent unlicensed events taking place across the district. The campaign will consist of Council

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officers giving advice on Licensing, health and safety and preventing noise nuisance at events. These sessions will be held on Tuesday november 17th at Trinity road (6.30pm-8pm) and Thursday november 19th at the Moreton Area Centre (6.30pm-8pm). These events are open to all members of the public and places are available on a first come, first serve basis by contacting the Licensing Team on the contact details below.

A TEN can be used to authorise events in premises involving a gathering of no more than 499 people The Chairman of Cotswold district Council’s Licensing Committee, Cllr Clive Bennett, said: “There will be plenty of parties organised over the Christmas period, so we are trying to ensure event organisers comply with licensing legislation so they are able to have a successful event. “The last thing we want to do is cause unhappiness by organisers having to cancel because they do not have the required licence.” Anyone wanting further details about the rules for hosting events – or who has any questions regarding licensing – should contact the Council’s Licensing team on 01285 623000 or by email, licensing@

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Q + A on Temporary Event Notices WoUld YoU need a ten if you are hiring out a village hall for a party, disco, live music, even  if there will be no alcohol present? B4696 Spine Road

Chairs can be sold separately


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Would you need a ten if you were hosting a raffl e, with a bottle of alcohol as a prize?


NO Providing the alcohol is in sealed container(s) (but a Lottery registration licence may be required – please contact Licensing for further details)


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Would you need a ten if you are hosting a charity event, with alcohol included in the ticket price?

YES As including alcohol in the ticket price is deemed the sale by retail of alcohol What if you are attending a ‘bring your own alcohol’ event such as a quiz evening?

NO – providing there is no corkage fee (which is a charge levied by restaurants on people who wish to bring their own wine with them) and no regulated entertainment

Winter 2009



Winstone gets its wish

ChILdren In The Cotswold village of winstone have a brand new play area after Cotswold district Council approved a grant for £3,100 for the equipment this summer. The winstone recreation Ground Committee had applied to the Council’s Community Projects Fund in March, requesting the money for a new playground, and this grant was approved by Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe in May. Following this, work was completed on the play area in August, resulting in a brand-new recreation ground for the children in the village. This now includes a basketball hoop, two football nets and an activity centre complete with tyre swings, climbing nets and chains, wooden bridges and a slide.

the nearest place to take our children was Cirencester. “There are quite a few children in the village and all the mums thought we needed something for them. now, having this is ideal, as the children now have a place where they can all play together.” Cllr Barry Gibbs, Cabinet Member for housing and Communities, said: “This is exactly the sort of venture that the Council’s Community

Projects Fund should support, and I am very impressed with the play area created for the children in this village. “This is clearly popular with the children and will be a valued resource.” The Council’s Community Projects Fund is a grant that community groups can apply for, and is used to improve and enhance community facilities for all ages. The minimum grant available from the Fund is £1,000 and applicants

need to show they will be covering part of the costs. They are also required to show how plans will enhance community facilities or help to improve recreation and play schemes. If you would like more information on the Community Projects Fund, please contact Joseph Walker on 01285 623146 for an application pack.

“This is clearly popular with the children and will be a valued resource”

The play area now sits in a large field in winstone and replaces two football nets that had been put up nine years ago. The money for the play area was raised by the winstone recreation Ground Committee, through raffles, cake sales and a car boot sale. Penny Spice, who is a member of the Committee, said: “Before this was built, we did not have anything in the village, apart from the goal posts, and

Wooden wonder: New play area for Winstone thanks to Council cash

Play grant will provide fun TWo PARTs oF the Cotswolds will be getting a new lease of life for the children of the District next spring when their play areas are given a makeover.

The nationally-funded Playbuilder initiative aims to develop or refurbish play areas across the country, and £1 million has been given to

Play pluses: Lechlade’s Cllr Sandra Carter and Cllr Alex Palmer

gloucestershire towards improving 22 of these facilities across the county. The Cotswolds’ share of this money – being managed by Cotswold District Council – is £82,000 and an independent panel has earmarked the play areas in Lechlade and Andoversford for improvements. Lechlade’s play area will be sited next to the village hall where there is already a skate area. The design will blend natural features and more traditional equipment as well as a zipwire, space net, springboard and sandpit. Andoversford’s play area is also near the village hall, in a large and undulating field. An amphitheatre, jungle climber and zip wire will replace an unappealing site and will provide challenging, physical play without compromising safety. Both play areas are part of larger developments that will eventually include toddlers as well as older teenagers and the parishes are busy fundraising to provide these extra facilities as soon as possible. The designs for the area have to show they can include children with disabilities and they have to appeal to children who

like to play more quietly as well as those who want to run and tumble. Cllr sandra Carter, one of the two ward members for Lechlade, said: “The previous play area had to be removed because it was too dangerous, but hopefully now this will be made into a fantastic play space that will be well used by all the town’s children.” All parishes who applied for funding had to show how they had involved children in planning the new areas and both Andoversford and Lechlade have made sure the end result would please them while providing a place where whole families could gather. In 2010 the Cotswold district will receive its second slice of funding and we plan to develop a further two, or possibly three, play areas. These areas will be selected from the remaining five shortlisted areas that did not get funding in year one. By March 2011 the Cotswolds will have four or possibly five new, high quality and exciting play areas that will provide enjoyment for local children and those from further afield.


Play area opens early the village of Chedworth has  a brand new play area in place  after Cotswold district Council  gave the community almost  £6,000 of grant money.   the Council gave the small  Cotswold community the  Community Projects Fund  grant this summer, which has  been put towards new play  equipment for the site next to  the village hall.  Plans to install the  equipment was already  ahead of schedule thanks  to the scattered showers in  august, and the village  now has a bigger  multi-play area  after the site was  offi cially opened on  Saturday october 17th.   the new play area  now boasts a selection  of slides, scramble nets,  tunnels and modern birds’  nest swings. there are also  bouncy spring seats, a gravity  bowl swing and a cushioned  fl oor to ensure the children’s  safety. Howard Westlake,  chairman of the Chedworth  Play area Committee,  said: “I had a dream a couple  of years ago to provide  something for the children of  this village.  now the play  area is on-site, it’s very  satisfying and I’m very  pleased with what  we’ve done. “I’m sure this will be  used by younger and  older children alike,  and will get a very good  reception and be well used.” along with money that  the Play area Committee  has received from CdC,  the Gloucestershire  Community Foundation and  Gloucestershire environmental  trust have also contributed to  the project.   overall, the play equipment  has cost over £30,000, and mr  Westlake added:  “as well as generous  fi nancial contributions, lots of  people have helped in other  ways: from laying turf and  ground-levelling to keeping  our accounts in good order.”  For more information on grants available to local communities from Cotswold District Council, please contact the Council’s Community Planning officer Joseph Walker on 01285 623000, or by email: joseph.


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Winter 2009


November November 12th

‘Night Blight’ and ‘Astronomy of the Ancients’

Come and hear an expert in his field when Bob Mizon comes to the Corinium Museum for two lectures. ‘night Blight’ (2pm-3.30pm) will examine light pollution and the night sky, while ‘Astronomy of the Ancients’ (7pm-8.30pm) looks at the contributions that ancient civilizations made towards our understanding of astronomy. Booking recommended. Tel 01285 655611 for details. Corinium Museum, Cirencester

admission or free to annual season ticket holders and Friends of the Corinium Museum. Tel 01285 655611 for details. Corinium Museum, Cirencester

November 27th – December 20th

Enchanted Christmas

With Christmas coming, all the massive trees at Westonbirt Arboretum are getting decked out with thousands of festive lights. Come and enjoy a magical stroll around the famous illuminated trail and discover the perfect way to celebrate the festive season. every Friday, saturday and sunday evening from 5pm-8.30pm (last entry 7.15pm) Costs £8 (adults), £7 (concessions) or £4 (children, 5-18 years) Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury

4.30pm. Fun for all the family. Burford, Oxon


Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

December 1st

Chipping Campden ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Evening

December 1st - December 24th

Reindeer Trail - Family Event

December 3rd

John Dunstable: A Medieval ComposerAstronomer

hear Tim Porter talk about John Dunstable, a composer during the time of The hundred Years War, who was the first english musician to achieve international celebrity. Tim’s talk will outline his life and background and introduces his intricate music. From 2pm-4pm, tickets cost £5 / £4.50 for Friends of the Corninium Museum. Tel 01285 655611 for details. Corinium Museum, Cirencester

December 10th

Gustav Holst and the Planets

November 14th – January 16th

November 27th - January 9th

December 3rd

Working in partnership with the Cotswold Astronomical society, the Corinium Museum presents an illuminating, twomonth-long exhibition about astronomy. Visitors can learn about space, constellations and the planets, and the links with Roman and greek gods, myths and legends. Tel 01285 655611 for more details. Corinium Museum, Cirencester

see and hear the magical tale of the princess destined by a curse to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall asleep for a hundred years. set in a fairytale kingdom of Camelot with King Arthur and Merlin, we will weave an exciting story full of handsome knights and princes, an evil witch to defeat and a beautiful and sleepy princess to save. A family ticket for four costs £48. Tel 01242 512515 for more details. Everyman Theatre

The official switch-on service will start at 6pm, when Jason Durr – who plays DC Mike Bradley in ITV’s heartbeat – flicks the Christmas switch. Father Christmas will be on hand, while a band will play festive carols. The evening will be rounded off by a performance by the Ashton Keynes Big Brunch Band. Town Centre, Tetbury

gustav holst, born in Cheltenham to a Cirencester mother, is most famous for The Planets, written during the First World War. This talk by Tim Porter introduces his early life and adventures and the influences behind his musical masterpiece. From 2pm-4pm, tickets cost £5 / £4.50 for Friends of the Corninium Museum. Tel 01285 655611 for details. Corinium Museum, Cirencester

December 4th

December 12th

start the festive season in Victorian dress at this late-night shopping event. The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 6pm, and there is a prize for Best Dressed Victorian for both adults and children. From 6pm-9pm. Bourton-on-the-Water

santa will arrive in stow on the Wold at 2.15pm. After this, the light switch-on will be followed by an evening of carol singing and late shopping until 7pm. Stow-on-the-Wold

Gods and Planets

November 19th

Van Gogh’s Night Skies

Art historian Juliet heslewood explores Van gogh’s night skies at the Moreton Area Centre with an afternoon talk (2pm4pm) exploring his work depicting starry nights. To book call Moreton Area Centre on 01608 650881. MAC, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh

November 21st - 2nd Dec

Whattle Hurdle Course

Learn how to split hazel down it’s length and to twist it. Discover the mysteries of the starting and finishing sequences and how to build up the weave. This fairly strenuous 2 day course should give you a good grounding in some basic greenwood techniques. All tools provided. Cost £110 inc. materials. Booking essential. Contact Brian Williamson on 01453 790666. Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury

November 24th

New Saxon Acquisitions Treasure of the month

Join the Corinium Museum’s Dr Alison Brookes and be one of the first to see and hear of the museum’s latest collection of saxon objects, the Treasure Act process and how the museum got hold of these rare pieces. Lunchtime talk. Included in

Sleeping Beauty

November 28th

Planetarium with Explorer Dome

The Corinium Museum is hosting a Planetarium and ‘explorer Dome’ for one day only. enter the dome to find out more about the planets and spot the stars and constellations in the real night sky. suitable for adults and children over 5, shows will run at various times throughout the day; 10.15am-11.00am /11.15am-12pm / 12.15pm-1pm / 2.15pm3pm / 3.15pm-4pm. Booking is essential. Tel 01285 655611 for details. Corinium Museum, Cirencester

November 28th

Cirencester’s Christmas Lights switch-on

see Cirencester lit up as we welcome the festive season with the town’s Christmas Lights and street entertainment. 6.30pm. Market Place, Cirencester

November 29th

Burford Advent Fair

Come and witness Burford’s Christmas tree lights switch-on ceremony! starts at

International Year of Astronomy 2009

A late night-shopping event, free to come along, features a pig roast, carol singers and lots of stalls selling local produce. starts at 6.30pm. Chipping Campden

Discover the reasons behind many of our festive traditions and help Father Christmasfind his missing reindeer. Free after admission. Pay and Display Car parking only £5 per car. Tel 01666 880220 for more details. Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury

Sleeping Beauty at Everyman Theatre


Tetbury Christmas Lights

Victorian Fair & Christmas Lights

December 5th

Lechlade Christmas Lights

Come and see Father Christmas and his friends at the Lechlade light switch-on ceremony. Different stalls will be selling festive food, other attractions include a silver band and songs from the children of st Lawrence school. Market Place, Lechlade

December 5th

Moreton-in-Marsh Christmas Lights

Come and see Moreton’s Christmas light switch-on in the Cotswold town. A fair will start at 12 noon, followed by a selection of stalls selling local produce and crafts. Father Christmas will be at the event from 5.45pm onwards and a pig roast will feed any festive and famished visitors. Moreton-in-Marsh

Stow-on-the-Wold Christmas Lights

December 28th & 29th

Minerva and Markus Annoyus, the Mosaic Mad Romans The Mosaic Mad Romans will be visiting the museum to give visitors a unique opportunity to tackle mosaic making. Make a Roman style mosaic with traditional materials or a modern attempt with beads and glitter which you can take as a keepsake. Tel 01285 655611 for more details. Corinium Museum, Cirencester

December 28th – January 3rd

Artefact Adventurer Trail

help Indiana Jones find his treasure, which has been hidden around the museum, and once found, you will have your own bit of treasure to take home with you. Costs £1, telephone 01285 655611 for details. Corinium Museum, Cirencester

light up the night skies and  come to the Corinium museum  this autumn for an illuminating  exhibition about astronomy.  the Cirencester museum, in  partnership with the Cotswold  astronomical Society, will give  visitors the opportunity to learn  about space, constellations and  the planets and the links with  Greek and roman gods, myths  and legends.  Visitors to the exhibition will  learn about the work of the  Cotswold astronomical Society  and enjoy some incredible  views of space photographed  from Gloucestershire soil. this  exhibition is supported by the  royal astronomical Society  for the International Year of  astronomy.  the exhibition profi les  the valuable work of local  astronomers past and present;  including reverend James  bradley and nathaniel bliss  from Gloucestershire, both  awarded the title ‘astronomer  royal’ in the 18th Century, while  Cirencester-born elizabeth  brown was appointed director  of the Solar Section of the  liverpool astronomy Society in  1883. the exhibition will feature  the artistic creations of Chris  Williams, who is a member of  the International association  of astronomical artists. Chris, a  british artist, combines his skills  as a craftsman and designer  with an interest in stargazing to  create astronomical-led threedimensional forms. He draws  inspiration from the wealth of  data on the subject, including  aspects of cosmology and  physics within his work.  the International Year  of astronomy is a global  celebration of astronomy and  its contributions to society and  culture. a number of associated  events will take place across  the district to celebrate the  International year of astronomy  2009. the exhibition has been  supported by the royal  astronomical Society and opens  on Saturday november 14th. 


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Lottery fund enables research The Corinium Museum has been one of three beneficiaries after the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a £25,000 grant to help support young people’s understanding of the past. The Young Roots grant has been awarded in support of a partnership project – between the Corinium Museum, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and the Holst Birthplace Museum – which aims to develop young people’s knowledge and understanding of Gloucestershire’s rich creative heritage.

“This has been a fantastic experience for the young people”

The project, coordinated by Gloucestershire County Council’s Museum Development Officer Julie Reynolds, has seen the Corinium Museum work with Cirencester College to research the work of prehistoric metal-smiths, while college students visited the Park Street museum, as

well as the National Museum in Wales, for information about ancient metalworking. These visits were followed by a workshop at the Peat Moors Living History Centre in Glastonbury, where the students were given practical experience in the Bronze Age smelting process and taught how to produce metal tools and jewellery using ancient techniques. Emma Stuart, Outreach Officer at the Corinium Museum and the lead officer on the Prehistoric Metal-Smith project said: “This has been a fantastic experience for the young people involved. They’ve had a lot of fun, developed knowledge and skills and had the opportunity to experience experimental archaeology first hand. The project has been hailed a success and the HLF has given additional funding to the Corinium Museum for a prehistoric art exhibition. This will be held at the end of February 2010.

The Young Roots grant: Allowing visits such as this one to the Peat Moor Centre in Glastonbury

Christmas at the museum

Treasure of the month! A new hoard of objects are on show at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester this winter. One such object has got museum staff very excited – a Saxon silver penny – and was made the venue’s ‘Treasure of the Month’. The coin, which was originally used as currency during the reign of Alfred the Great, will be the subject of a talk by the Corinium Museum’s Dr Alison Brookes on Tuesday November 24th, when she will discuss its importance to the museum. The Cirencester venue obtained the coin, at a cost of £1,000, thanks to grants from the MLA/V&A Purchase Fund and The Headley Trust, as well as having to contribute themselves. The coin, which was bought from the landowner, was originally found by a metal detector enthusiast in Coberley, Gloucestershire in September 2002. Also on show at the Park Street museum this winter is an unusual medieval object depicting a human arm wearing armour. Its original function is not known but it may have been part of devotional figure used for private worship. Other items in the museum’s collections include a 14th Century shield shaped mount, which would be used to decorate wooden chests, caskets or a sword scabbard, while an 8th / 9th Century

silver hooked tag would have been used to secure small bags, purses and clothing. For more information on the Corinium Museum, its opening times or admission prices, please contact the venue by phoning 01285 655611 or by email,

Saxon silver: The coin was used as currency during King Alfred’s reign

Come and celebrate the season at the Corinium Museum and Cotswold Visitor Information Centre. As well as the Cards for Causes shop in the VIC, which donates money to 28 charities, the museum and VIC will be showing support for the Cotswold Care Hospice. Visitors can donate money to add a star to the museum tree with a Christmas wish or a memory of a loved one. In the run up to the festive season, the museum will be running a Christmas Trail, with prize, from December 1st, costing £1. Or you can book your children on a festive activity on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December from 10 to 11.30am whilst you do that last minute shopping. Also between 2 and 3pm everyone can drop in for more festive fun making tree decorations. Want to keep the family amused between Christmas and New Year? On December 28th and

29th, the Mosaic Mad Romans will be visiting the museum to give visitors a unique opportunity to have a go at mosaic making. Make a Roman style mosaic with traditional materials or a modern one with beads and glitter which you can take as a keepsake. There will also be an Artefact Adventurer Trail, costing £1, running from December 28th January 3rd. Help Indiana Jones find his treasure which has been hidden around the museum, and once found, receive your own bit of treasure to take home with you. The museum and VIC will be open over the festive period from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 2 to 5pm on Sunday apart from December 23rd to 27th inclusive, and New Year’s Day. Please see our website www. or local press for more details on how the Corinium Museum will be celebrating Christmas.

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