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L o n g l e v e n s & L o n gLfoocradl Local

Apr to May 2012

news and information for your local community Your local area page is on ourarea web site at: At Last! A NEW FORM OF HEATING FROM GERMANY Simple to install, Powerful, and no more servicing - EVER!

In Germany and Austria it can get as low as -20, even -30ºC and a single snowfall can be as much as 3ft or more overnight. To deal with this severe cold they need powerful heating able to cope with sub zero temperatures and sudden climate change. They need excellent control and above all - low running costs without the need for constant servicing and replacement parts. The solution, incredibly... is electric! This incredible heating could be the answer to help beat ever increasing energy costs and amazingly, it is not gas or oil, or solid fuel - but clean electric! All you need is standard supply and NO special tariff like economy 7. All over Europe more people are choosing to heat their homes and offices with this very special form of electric heating in preference to oil gas or E7. In our area, more and more of our customers are making that same decision and when you see this incredible heating for yourself you could be next! The heating looks just like conventional radiators, but STOP! it is very different! Put simply, that clunky central heating boiler needing constant servicing and replacement parts isn’t the only choice anymore! Now you can heat your homes, offices, extensions or conservatories with these incredible heaters providing individual control over every room without the need for a central control or wasted boiler space. This incredible German heating simply plugs in! Job Done! You can do just one room or the whole house! This heating, whilst quite NEW in the UK has been mainstream for a very long time in Germany and Austria. Sunflow Ltd. offer a complete solution which can include disposing of your old central heating system, even oil tanks! Discover for yourself this incredible German heating. Get your FREE brochure by calling our 24hr Brochure Line on: 0800 158 8270 or email: Replacement Service Sunflow can take the worry out of disposing of old central heating systems. We have a package price that includes the safe and certificated removal of oil, lpg and gas systems, even old oil tanks! Questions? Call Suzanne on 0800 158 8272

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Please mention TheWorksLocal when responding to adverts Welcome to the latest edition of The Works Local. This magazine is sent free to homes in your area on a bi-monthly basis. It is your link to keeping in touch with what is happening on your doorstep and find out about local businesses. If you have any views that you would like to express, or information that you would like to pass on to other residents, please or email phone (01452) 530381 and we will add it to the magazine for free. Visit our web site for more news & info: H J BEBBER STEPHENS REPOINTING

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Local Contact Information Longlevens AFC Young people up to 18 years Contact: Steve Martin 07841 581172

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Longlevens Rugby Football Club Mini 7-9yrs, Midi 10-12yrs, Junior 13-17yrs. Contact: John 01452 421958 Contact: Steve 07721 416014 Contact: Rob 01242 510557 Longlevens Youth Project Longlevens Village Hall, Church Road. Tuesday evenings 7.45-10pm (Oct to March) Kendal Road Baptist Church, Longlevens 01452 520752 Lonsdale Road Methodist Church 01452 522002 The Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester, GL2 9EB 01452 524447 Village Hall, Longford Lane, Gloucester GL2 9EL 01452 730 569

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Editor: Dennis Barnsley

I’m Dennis and as an agent for the Works I have been distributing the Longlevens local to your homes for many years, so it is likely that you may have seen me on my rounds. I am now looking to submit some interesting articles, which I hope, will complement our already popular magazine. For future issues I will be looking for local topics, your opinions (good or bad!), stories & people of interest so any suggestions would be most welcomed - please email As a community magazine we are always trying to extend our links with local businesses and believe that our low budget advertising offers could be the answer to promoting a company’s business during the current “credit crunch” climate.


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Kingsholm Cricket Club Junior Section The 2011 Season was the most successful for a number of years with the Under 15 team remaining unbeaten in the Cheltenham District Youth League and the Under 13 Team only losing 4 games. In 2012 the club will be running 4 sides at Under 17, Under 15, Under 13, and Under 11. The Under 17’s will play in a Gloucestershire Cricket Board competition on Sunday afternoons and the Under 15’s will play on Monday evenings in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Cricket Association League and Cup competitions. Under 13’s will play on Sunday mornings and Under 11’s will play across the week when fixtures are arranged. Club coaching evenings are held at the Cricket Ground, Sandhurst , on Friday evenings for Under 11 to Under 15 and Thursday evenings for Seniors and Under 17’s, from New players are always welcome at all age groups, so if you are interested, please phone Clive on 612326 or by e-mail to

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Posy Lane (between Denmark Road and Lansdown Road) Gloucester

Hard courts and grass courts League tennis (3 mens teams and 3 ladies teams) Social tennis – day time and evening Adult and junior coaching Enquiries: Dave Padfield 01452 302818, email Coaching enquiries: Graham Baum 01452 840280, email Please feel free to contact one of the above if you want to chat about playing.

For all you cycling needs, including puncture repairs! Collection and delivery service available

Call Nige on 07551923072 or 01452534622

All are welcome at a Free Open Day at the Club on Saturday 21st April, 9am for 5 to 7 year olds, 10am for 8 to 12 year olds, 11am for teenagers, 12noon for adults. Equipment will be provided for you to “have a go”

Please mention TheWorksLocal when responding to adverts Longlevens Library Update As the Library staff, adapt to the recent organisational changes, the library remains an important hub within our community. Christine Fields, the overseer of the library is keen to encourage more people to use this excellent facility. A new Radio Frequency ID Self – service machine has been installed and initial feedback indicates that customers are very happy using the system, supported by library staff who always ready to offer help where needed. Whilst installing the equipment several changes were made to the layout of the library. This included a re- organisation of the shelving which has made access to books far more customer friendly, whilst providing a more spacious area for activities and reading. Finally the Serving Counter has been modified and lowered to produce a more accessible and child friendly option for their younger customers. The involvement of the Community is obviously important to the library which offers a variety of classes to all age groups. An Art Group has been established which is aimed at Beginners / Improvers and gives anyone with a leaning towards art to try to develop their skills. Certainly the gallery wall of paintings indicates that there are some talented artists in Longlevens. The Stitch club meets fortnightly. Sewing and needlecraft circles are on-going in a relaxed environment and new members are always welcome. Christine reminds me that there are computer classes available which are organised by Gloscat which provides short course that are free to people from within the Community. An added bonus is the availability of a volunteer computer tutor who is designated to the library. There are Improvers courses also planned and places are available. Anyone interested should contact the library directly. A current initiative involves establishing a link between the Longlevens Junior School and the Milestones school where Year 6 pupils from the junior school are partnered with a child from the Milestones school to form a “Reading Buddy” partnership system. The library acts as the meeting point for this activity. We will learn and report more about this commendable scheme as it develops. It is pleasing to see that the library is in a very stable position and operating effectively. We, therefore as a Community should give our full support to this valuable resource. So why not pop into the library and check it out – you may be surprised at what is available to you – more often than not at no cost at all!


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Longlevens AFC Longford Lane Wednesday: 6.15 pm Ring Mo: 01452 532719 St Lukes Church Hall Stroud Road Thursday: 6.00 pm Ring Sandy: 01452 413067

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Longlevens Youth Update As we go to press the U16’s Youth Football team are currently second in the Cheltenham Youth league after leading the table since December. Following a sterling team performance to beat title rivals Badsey Youth away the lads were then beaten by the current League Champions Forest Green Rovers (FGR) by a score of 0-2 in a very close fought game at Longford lane. This result meant that the” Levens” lads would have to win their last three games to stand a chance of winning the league. However, with games against their main rivals FGR and Gotherington Youth to play it could well be the last game of the season before the championship is actually decided! The squad has played some really attractive football and has fully deserved its place at the top of the league. Let’s wish the lads every success as they take on this final challenge. Also a big thank you must go to Garry Turner, Owner of the Quedgeley based Company Abbey Design Associates, for generously providing the Youth team with sponsorship in the form of Training Tops and Water Proof Jackets. Some of the Players and Secretary Jo Grainger in their new” Kit”

Please mention TheWorksLocal when responding to adverts Our Talented Community: Local Artist, Andy Lloyd You can imagine my surprise when travelling along Sandford lane I was confronted by a Railway Steam Engine travelling towards me. Further investigation revealed that the Steam Engine was in fact a scaled down version painted on to a Garage door! This unique mural was commissioned by Alistair and Liz Goldie who asked local artist Andy Lloyd to complete the painting. Andy’s only guide to what was required was a picture of a Steam train depicted on a tea towel. The photo graph shows the successfully completed Mural which is a tremendous piece of work. Whilst tracking the origin of the painting I was introduced to Andy Lloyd, an artist who specialises in Murals and Figurative or Portrait paintings. Andy’s work has been acknowledged both nationally and internationally with several appearances on TV and Radio to his credit and later this year his artwork will feature in an Arts magazine to be published in Washington DC. Andy, who lives in Longford lane, is a semi- professional artist and part- time nurse.He has over 20 years’ experience and his works include several murals which are currently adorning the walls of both the Gloucester Royal Hospital and the Longlevens Junior School. Andy’s has recently re directed his creative talent into writing science fictions novels and although it is a relatively new venture, he has already had three novels published. As an honorary member of the Cotswold Art Club, Andy has demonstrated his artistic prowess on several occasions at the Nature in Art Centre, Twigworth, for the GSA (Gloucester Society of Artists) The GSA could be described as an Artist’s co-operative where local artists combine their works into exhibitions and then compete to attract potential buyers to their paintings. Andy also helps to organise and promote the popular Art in the Park exhibition, which takes place annually, during June and July at the Imperial Gardens in Cheltenham. This year Andy will be one of 15 artists exhibiting their work at the exhibition. To see more examples of Andy’s work, why not visit the web site at As you will know we are always looking to promote the talents of people from within our community, so if you know of anyone who falls into this category please let me know and I will contact them for a chat.

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Upton St Leonards WI

Village Hall, Bondend Road, Upton St Leonards

1st Monday of each month at 7.30 p.m

Women’s Institute meeting. Come and join a friendly group of ladies and listen to our interesting speakers. See our website at or telephone 01452 614957. Visitors and new members welcome.

Scottish Dancing

Kingsholm School, Sebert Street, Gloucester

Tuesdays during Termtime

New season starts September 6 at 7.30pm. Beginners welcome. For more details ring 01452 306857 or see website

Twyver WI

Village Hall, Bondend Road, Upton St Leonards

2nd Monday of each month

You are welcome to join us at our friendly WI for talks & outings etc. For more information, call Sandra Lewis 01452-859421

Gloucester Ladies Probus Club

St Lawrence Church Rooms, Barnwood

1st and 3rd Wednesda y of each month

Come and join our friendly group for coffee, talks and various activities. Call Pam for more info on 611564

Waterways Festival & Boat Jumble

Gloucester Docks

Sunday 1 April

New and used bargains for boating, watersports and the outdoors. Live music, Crafts Public admission: £3.50, accompanied chidlren (under 14)Free. 10.00am - 3.00pm Free Entry to the Museum - Guided tours by appointment TRADE BOOKING ENQUIRIES - 07976 383971

Bath Road Market 'Pop up Shop'

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Monday 2nd Friday 6th April

There will be several market stalls at Bath Road Market all week including, handbags & purses, a wide selection of jewellery, handmade belts & shoes, alpaca shawls & clothing & a wide selection of gift ware, home ware & garden accessories plus some toys & easter gift ideas for children. Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm, pop in and see us! Support your local market and get great value for money! P.S. Don't forget the usual mixed markets are every Saturday and the farmers market is every Thursday.

Highnam Court Spring Fair

Highnam Court

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April

10.30am - 5.00pm In aid of Gloucester Cathedral, The Pied Piper Appeal and the NSPCC

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Across Cheltenham

2nd -7th May

One of the highlights in the jazz calendar in Europe. The Barclays Cheltenham Jazz Festival has become an unmissable date in the jazz calendar due to its unique blend of British stars, one off collaborations and the freshest new sounds. Box office: 01242 505 444

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Lakefest 2012

Croft Farm Waterpark, nr Tewkesbury

18th – 19th May

BIG names from the music industry are due to descend on Tewkesbury for a major new festival. The line up includes Toploader, Dodgy, Chesney Hawkes, Miles and Erica of The Wonder Stuff. Accommodation is available ranging from camping to Tipis and the Pod Village. Gates open at 2pm. They will remain open for the follwing hours: Friday - 2pm - 12, Saturday 8am - 11pm, Sunday 7am - 2pm Tickets: Earlybird tickets: Adults weekend £69, child (11 - 15) £39. Weekend + camping £79 for adults, £49 child (11-15). Available online or telephone Martin on 07736036967 or Lee on 07789965373

Grand Auction

Holy Trinity Church Hall, Longlevens

Saturday April 21st 2012

Viewing from 10.00, selling from 12 noon All manner of items for sale. This is a popular local auction which has been run for several years.

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DAVE’S TOP TIPS Power tools No self-respecting DIY enthusiast can be without power tools. These tools are now often so cheap it seems silly not to have them seeing as they can considerably improve the ease and speed of any job. Special consideration should be given to which type and make of tool to buy- should you pick one up costing a few pounds or one costing a few hundred pounds? Only you can decide! As an example if you are re-pointing the back of a house, you are going to need a 4.5-inch angle grinder to cut out the old mortar. You could pay between £10.00 for a cheap corded one and up to £250.00 for a good quality cordless one. The cordless one would be great but comes at a premium price, at least you don't need to worry about cutting through the cord! The cheap corded one will hopefully do the job and at that price can be thrown away afterwards or you may be lucky enough to get many years service from it! Cheap cordless tools tend to be let down by the batteries, which often discharge very quickly. For this reason corded power tools are a better alternative as you can always use them without having to wait for the battery to be charged! Regards, Dave Stevens. If in doubt call me (see main advert for number) and I will do the investigating for you. Disclaimer. All advice above is given in goodwill with many years experience. We cannot guarantee however that your problems will be rectified so please, if in doubt call us before undertaking any works yourself.

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What Is Modern Tennis? Modern tennis is a radical new accelerated teaching method as used in all the top tennis playing nations such as Spain and Russia and is now in the UK.

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Useful Numbers Gloucestershire County Council Highways Agency

Need a reliable painter? Please give me a call for a quote No job too big or too small Internal and external painting undertaken Call Steve on 01452 411963 / 07515761480 Leanne Dix Sports & Body Massage Therapist Clinic address 35a Chamwells Walk Longlevens, Glos. GL2 9JA

Full Body = ÂŁ30 Back, Neck & Shoulders = ÂŁ20 Tel : 07780 712777 E-mail :

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