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July 2019

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UBB (Gloucestershire) Construction JV


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Gloucestershire Energy from Waste Facility getting ready for the next phase of commissioning and first waste deliveries

  • The next phase of commissioning will start by end May 2019 with the refractory dry out
  • Commissioning is an essential and standard element of testing for all Energy from Waste facilities
  • The tests will see all systems running to maximum capacity to verify that all equipment is ready for operation
  • First deliveries of waste have been scheduled for 30th June

 Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire has announced that the Gloucestershire Energy from Waste facility is now preparing to enter the next commissioning phase.

This significant construction milestone will begin commence by the end of May, and is a statutory requirement of all Energy from Waste facilities before it can commence operations. Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire will receive its first deliveries of waste from June 30th.


Commissioning is a series of tests undertaken in logical order. The next phase will involve testing of systems, including the drying out of the refractory and steam blowing alongside others. Once these are completed and signed off, the facility will test the full operational system using waste as a fuel.


Each phase of the commissioning process is interdependent, with the preceding test informing the timing of subsequent tests. After analysing data and measuring performance, Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire will receive the first deliveries of waste on the 30th June, with all additional deliveries starting within a week of that date.


The tests are not representative of daily operations but will confirm that the equipment is working correctly and safely, and operations are able to commence this summer.


Commenting on this milestone, Craig Kirk, Project Commercial Director, Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire said:


“Commissioning is a routine element of construction for power facilities such as the Gloucestershire Energy from Waste facility. It is not a time exact science as there are many elements to it, particularly in a complex engineering build such as this. Each week, we analyse performance and as a result make adjustments to the process and scheduling in order to make the facility ready for operations. It is critically important that we test that all the equipment and processes are working as they should before the facility is operational. As part of this, we are working with the Environment Agency who are monitoring the performance throughout.”


This phase starts with the pre-prep tests involving the drying out of the refractory and steam blowing, leading to the first firing of waste, both of which may emit a noise and a plume of steam which may be noticeable in close proximity to the site.


Commissioning will be complete once the facility has met the conditions and limits as set in the Environmental Permit, having been monitored by the Environment Agency throughout the process. At this point, the facility will be certified and approved for full operational use.


For more information and to read the commissioning FAQs, see below or please visit


July 2019

The Commissioning Phase FAQs

 1.     What is commissioning?

Commissioning is the process of testing all systems and equipment in the facility to ensure they work properly. It is the first time that waste will be processed. 


2.     Why does it need to happen?

The commissioning phase is a standard but essential element of testing for any Energy from Waste facility, and is required to ensure the facility is fit for purpose and operates as intended.


3.     What does it involve?

These are the first tests of the equipment using waste as fuel. All the systems are tested to ensure they work correctly, monitoring equipment is providing the correct feedback information and all emergency alarms and safety protection systems are working as they should.


4.     Will it be noticeable?

The ‘pre-prep phase’ before the commissioning starts, involves the drying out of the refractory (the lining which protects the boiler from the high temperatures experienced during burning of the waste) and steam blowing (where steam is blown through the boiler tubes to ensure they are clean), both of which will emit some noise and a plume of steam which will be noticeable for short periods of time close to the site.


After this happens, the first batch of waste will enter the system. During this period, up until the facility is fully operational in summer 2019, there will be occasional loud noises, which sound similar to when you bleed a radiator, and plumes of steam as the first combustion gases are pushed through the ducting to test all systems.


5.     Is it safe?

Yes. The testing is designed to ensure that all equipment is working safely before the facility begins processing residual waste.


6.     Will it smell?

The facility is designed to ensure that all odours emitting from the waste material are contained within the facility. All waste will be processed indoors and there will be no waste stored outside.


7.     Will it affect the environment?

The emissions of the facility will be continuously monitored and regularly audited by the Environment Agency (EA) to ensure all emissions are within the EA guidelines.


8.     Will there be emissions monitoring?

Yes, emissions from this site will be continually monitored during the commissioning phase by Urbaser Balfour Beatty Gloucestershire. This information is provided to the Environment Agency who can perform spot checks at any time.


9.     Will it affect local residents?

As we run through the commissioning process, there may be occasional noises as a result of these activities. If this occurs, they will happen infrequently but may occur during anti-social hours, although this will be avoided as much as possible. Disruption to the public should be minimal and noises will not be evident during normal operation of the facility. They are result of all systems running to maximum capacity during the commissioning phase.

10. Will the incinerator be firing continuously during the hot testing phase

Commissioning replicates all the stages of normal operation to fully test the systems. Although there may be short times when internal inspections are required, the system will be firing almost continuously throughout the commissioning period.


11.  Is the building work finished?

90% of the building work will be complete including all the facility and process management and safety systems. The remaining 10%, including landscaping and selective architectural details to the buildings, may still be outstanding at the point of testing.


12.  Does it mean the facility is operational?

Once the commissioning phase is complete, and all equipment and systems are verified as working correctly, the facility will begin operations in summer 2019.


13.  What happens if it goes wrong?

All the systems within the facility are designed to ‘fail safe’ if anything is not working correctly. This means that in the event a system does not work as designed, there is an alternative back up system or process. In the rare instance these fail, the system can be closed down safely.


14.  How long does it take?

‘Pre-prep’ has already started and will be followed by the commissioning process, which is scheduled to run until the facility is fully operational during summer 2019. Preparatory activities for commissioning are already underway.


15.  What is the difference from cold commissioning?

Cold commissioning ensures that all equipment is fitted and connected correctly within the facility. It does not involve the burning of waste. This commissioning phase includes the burning of waste to confirm that all the equipment, once fitted, is operating correctly.

16.  Who monitors the commissioning process?

The Urbaser Balfour Beatty commissioning specialists, supported by the Urbaser Balfour Beatty operations team who will operate the facility for the coming years, will monitor the commissioning process and ensure all tests are completed successfully.

17.  Who signs off that the commissioning process is complete and that all standards have been met?

Once Urbaser Balfour Beatty has verified that the facility is compliant with the conditions and limits set out within the Environmental Permit, it is the responsibility of Urbaser Balfour Beatty to approve and sign off the successful the commissioning of the facility.

18.  What are the traffic movements during commissioning?

As the facility moves from construction to operation, the nature of traffic movements will change. There will be a decrease in construction and site worker vehicles and an increase in waste delivery vehicles as deliveries of waste begin. These vehicles will deliver in line with planning permission conditions.

19.  Who can I talk to if I have concerns?

If you have any concerns you can call 01452 379 880 (during office hours) and 07860 268578 (for emergency out-of-hours) or email Alternatively, there are bi-monthly Community Liaison Group meetings attended by the local Parish Councils, District and County Council members and immediate local residents and you can contact one of these representatives to raise your concern. Representatives from Urbaser Balfour Beatty, the Waste Planning Authority (Gloucestershire County Council), Waste Disposal Authority (Gloucestershire County Council), Environment Agency, and District Environmental Health Authority (Stroud District Council) also attend.

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    UBB (Gloucestershire) Construction JV


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Update and advice from Citizens Advice, 

marking 60 years in Stroud. 

 We continue to seek new standing order donors to our charity - to celebrate our 60 years in Stroud with our ‘60 for 60 Campaign’

The great news is that we now have 14 new donors! Please help us achieve our goal by the end of the year in order to maintain this free, confidential and independent advice service to our community. 

We ask that you consider making an annual pledge in the form of a standing order – as little as £5 a month is a valuable contribution, especially if you are able allow us to collect Gift Aid on your donation. Please phone us on Freephone 0808 800 0510 and ask us to send the necessary forms. 

This month’s advice: We would like to let you know about Council Tax Discount for those people living alone, or with someone else in the property, who has a severe mental impairment. If your condition is considered to cause ‘severe mental impairment’- which is likely if someone has a diagnosis of Dementia - it could mean that they are disregarded for Council Tax liability. 

In order to qualify for Council Tax Discount on these grounds a person must meet the following criteria: 

Have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent. 

Have a certificate from a registered medical practitioner confirming the diagnosis 

Is entitled to a qualifying benefit such as Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payments. 

Please do contact us on freephone 0808 800 0510 if you would like more information on this matter. 

June 2019

Help if we Can

Help if we Can have a quiz night planned to take place on Saturday 1st June in the Thatch, Bristol Road, Quedgeley starting at 7.00pm. 

All welcome but it would be helpful if you booked in your team (need a name) at the address below. Teams of 4 £6. There is of course a raffle and food will be on sale. 

On Saturday 22nd June at Severn Vale School we are holding our Annual Indoor Show with the Gloucester Excelsior Band, the Spakuleles, Pam Westwood, Angies Community Choir and the Susan Tomlins Schools of Dance. Starts at 7.00pm. Again, if you want to book in advance contact the address below or just turn up on the night. 

Finally, on Sunday 30th June, we have the BIG BIG SHOW at Fishers Meadow. Open to the public from 10. 00am-4.00pm. The 30th June was the day that the first 999 calls were made and responded to and so the theme this year will be the Emergency Services who are all coming along with other arena events, stands, Classic Cars, a Dog Show, Fun Fair rides and embracing the parade from Quedgeley Community Centre to the Showground. 

More info 01452 725343 before 8.00pm please. 

Steve Smith 

June 2019

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 Hardwicke Parish Council 

Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday June 3rd 2019 


Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes Cllr Fran Welbourne 

Cllr Darren Morris Cllr Lyn Welbourne 

Cllr Mark Ryder Cllr Tony Doyle 

Cllr Jill Brearley Cllr Graham Brearley 

Cllr Denise Powell 

In attendance 

County Councillor, Stephen Davies, District Councillor David Mossman and Kevin Lee, Clerk 

63/19 Apologies 

Apologies were received from The Chair Cllr John Perkin and District Councillor Gill Oxley. 

Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes (Vice Chair) chaired the meeting 

64/19 Declarations of Interest 

There were none 

65/19 Public Consultation 

Nothing Raised


66/19 Minutes of previous meetings 

Resolved; to approve the Minutes of the Annual Meeting and the ordinary meeting held on May 7th 2019 

67/19 District Councillor and County Councillor Reports 

District Councillor David Mossman gave an update on the District Council’s Governance Review. A proposal was being put forward to a Meeting of the Full Council in July with a recommendation that Hunts Grove be established as a new Parish Council with effect from April 2020. 

Cllr Mossman informed Parish Councillors of the progress of the review of the Local Plan. There was concern that land within Hardwicke could be identified for develop-ment. This would be to provide for the unmet housing need within Gloucester (under the ‘duty to co-operate’) and not to meet housing targets for Stroud District. District Councillors were strongly opposed to any future development in Hardwicke and would challenge any proposals. 

It was noted that land within Brookethorpe with Whaddon could be identified as an al-ternative to Hardwicke. 

County Councillor Stephen Davies reported on a further review of an OFSTED inspection of the County Council’s services for young people. It had been recognised that there had been some improvements but the pace of change had been too slow. 

The County Council had agreed a policy target to be 80% carbon neutral by 2030 and fully carbon neutral by 2050. 

68/19 Planning Applications 

The Parish Council considered its response to the following planning applications; 

S.19/1069/HHOLD Madams End Cottage 

There had been a number of previous applications at this location. 

Resolved; to object to the application as the proposed amendment to the original application is considered to be a material change and would not qualify as a ‘non material’ amendment. 


 S.19/0954/FUL Haywicks Lane; 

Members noted that the land concerned was on the boundary between Elmore and Hardwicke Parish Council’s. Elmore had already submitted comments on the application. It was noted that that the application could effectively be a change of use and was not supported by Cllrs 

Resolved; to object to the application and support the views of Elmore Parish Council 

S.19/1010/HHOLD 24 Dovedale Close 

Resolved; to raise no objections 

S.19/1004/DISCON Hunts Grove 

Resolved to raise no objections 

69/19 Finance Report 

The Clerk presented the finance report for the period ending May 31st 2019 and the list of monthly payments 

Resolved; to approve the report and payments 

70/19 Grant Applications 

Members considered the list of applications for grants and approved the following: 

Tea Cake and Something Else £250 

Quedgeley Golden Age Club £250 

Hardwicke School Year 6 leavers The Parish Council agreed to cover the cost of the hire of the Village Hall 

Resolved to approve the Grants as set out above 

71/19 Parish Councillor and Lead Member Reports 

Cllr Lyn Welbourne reported on the concern of residents about the tree which had been cut down in Dimore Close and the state of the footpath and the concern about the possible damage to the drains. The clerk agreed to take up these concerns with the district council. Cllr Lyn Welbourne asked if the Wales and West Utilities could be asked to move the containers in Westland Road as the work in Hardwicke had now been completed. 

Cllr Darren Morris gave an update on the preparations for the 125th Anniversary Family Fun Day. It was agreed to hold a further meeting to confirm a list of stall holders. 

Cllr Mark Ryder reported that the development by Bovis Homes at Hunts Grove would have eleven streets. Residents had suggested names that had a historic significance to Hardwicke and Haresfield. A full list of proposed names would be circulated. 

Cllr Mark Ryder referred to the planned athletics road races and noted that due to the proposed changes to the access roads to Hunts Grove there would be an impact on races after 2019. The Clerk agreed to contact the race organisers. 

Councillor Graham Brearley raised concern about the poor state of the highway near to Puddleducks in Church Lane. There was a concern that the carriageway could collapse into the ditch. The Clerk reported that the matter had been raised with the County Council and a highways inspection had been undertaken. He also expressed concern that the cutting of the grass verge along Church Lane had not been cut wide enough. The Clerk agreed to discuss this with the contractor. 

Councillor Demelza Turner-Wilkes reported that the noise from the DPD depot at Hunts Grove was horrific with the pallet trucks moving around the depot at 3.30 in the morning. Many residents were being affected and it was agreed that an approach should be made to the enforcement officer at the district council. 

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June 2019

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May 2019

Hardwicke Parish Council 

Dates of Meetings for 2019 

All meetings are on a Monday, unless indicated. Meetings commence at 19.00 and held at Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane Hardwicke. 

July 1st

August 5th (Date to be agreed if meeting required)  

September 2nd 

October 7th

November 4th

December 2nd 

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June 2019

Hardwicke Court Open Days

Hardwicke Court is open every Monday from Easter until the end of October. The house is open from 2-4pm and the gardens until 5pm. 

Entrance is free to Historic Houses association (HHA) members. Entrance for non-members is £1 which goes to the Gloucestershire Society, a charity founded in 1657 to support families in desparate need in Gloucestershire. 

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June 2019

From Our MP

After decades in the pipeline, the Javelin Park incinerator is finally about to fire up. 

It’s a sad day for the county and for those living nearby who see the impact is has on our environment, daily. 

Gloucestershire’s planners refused permission for the incinerator because of its visual impact on the landscape. Sadly they were over-ruled. 

But the impact is far more than visual and, at the very least, we should learn the lessons from this white elephant so that other counties are not also burdened. 

Firstly, there must be greater financial transparency with a lack of full scrutiny of one of the biggest financial undertakings by Gloucestershire County Council, with only a handful of Conservative councillors privy to the full financial details. 

I am hopeful that the court case now underway against Gloucestershire County Council will shed some light on why they renegotiated the contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty without allowing a fresh tendering process. 

I’m also concerned about the traffic implications, particularly lorries arriving via Junction 12 of the M5, already a difficult junction. 

But my prime concerns remain health, the impact on air quality and the wider environmental impact. 

I have been working with experts for two years to look at emissions from incin-erators. It has become clear that regulations are inadequate, and so too is moni-toring technology and the very smallest particles emitted by incinerators are not properly monitored. 

Sadly, just as we have declared a Climate Emergency and society is waking up to the need to reduce plastics and waste, Gloucestershire will be lumbered with backward technology which is a disincentive to reduce waste. 

Our county is now home to an edifice of out-dated technology and political inad-equacy. I have called for a parliamentary debate to look at the way councils handle large contracts like the incinerator and am hopeful that we can find greener, cleaner ways forward. 

Keep up-to-date with David’s work via his website and regular newsletter. 

June 2019

Tribute to Andrew 


Julie James 


Dear Friends, 

Since Father Andrew announced his impending retirement it is fair to say that the volume of good wishes, positive comments and reflections over his time in the Benefice have been tremendous.

There is absolutely no doubt though, as to the depth of sadness we all truly feel now that Andrew and Julie’s time with us in Hardwicke, Elmore and Longney has drawn to a close with their decision to move into a very well earned and thoroughly deserved retirement. We have been extremely fortunate as a church family and as a Parish to have had a minister who has given unstintingly of his time throughout the thirteen years he has served this Benefice. 

His strong ministry has drawn people into our church and Andrew's leadership in local schools has been warm, joyous and loved by adults and children alike. Indeed that inspiring ministry has opened a number of strong options as to our vision for the future alongside such things as making it possible for families to worship together more regularly and the interest Andrew has consistently taken in the young members of the congregation, and the way they can be full members of Church life from a very early age. 

Our thanks go to Julie also for her unstinting work in supporting Andrew and ourselves as churchwardens, and her unerring and consistent attention as a Reader in St. Nicholas. 

We give thanks for all they have contributed over the past thirteen years and wish them every retirement happiness in their new Hardwicke home, still amongst friends and family and the people who know and cherish their friendship dearly. 

We have been truly blessed to have Andrew lead us, and it certainly is true in this instance to say he (they) will be a very hard act to follow as we now start the journey with the Diocese of Gloucester to find a his successor. 

Andrew & Neil 

St. Nicholas Hardwicke Churchwardens 

June 2019

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We are looking for a volunteer who can spare approximately half an hour per month to deliver 60 magazines to houses in Ballis Square and parts of Foxwhelp Way. 

The magazines will be delivered to your doorstep and if you are interested, please contact Peter Hill on 07578364686, or 

June 2019

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 Nairac Youth Award Winner 

In March 2019, one of 2nd Hardwicke Brownies (in Severn District), Grace, was nominated for the Nairac Youth Award. She was nominated for her selfless efforts in raising money for charity. 

Grace has always enjoyed earning badges at Brownies, so in November 2018, Grace decided to complete her ‘Charities’ badge. She decided to run 60.44k during the month of November, in addition to any walking or running that she did day to day. She collected sponsorships for her challenge and raised a total of £150. Grace chose to donate the money to ‘The Honey Pot Children’s Charity’, as this charity is close to her heart. The charity has previously offered Grace a weekend away, as she regularly supports an autistic member of her family. This weekend enabled her to just have fun and be herself amongst her peers. Grace was so grateful for the opportunity that she was given, that she endeavoured to raise money to provide another youngster with the same opportunity that she had. 

In April 2019 Grace found out that she had won the Nairac Youth Award and was invited to Gloucester Catherdral to receive the award in the St. George’s Day service. She was presented with her award by her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Edward Gillespie O.B.E. She received a certificate, a silver plate and a further £200 to donate towards ‘The Honey Pot Children’s Charity’. 

We are all very proud of Grace and her commitment to this cause. Congratulations Grace! 

Anita and Sally Russan 

(Severn District Commissioners and Brownie Guiders). 

July 2019

History of Hardwicke Court (continued)

During the First World War Hardwicke Court, like many large houses, was used for the recuperation of injured and shell-shocked soldiers. With Michael Lloyd-Baker having been killed in action in the Holy Land his daughter Olive was the heir apparent despite being only 14 at the time of his death. She inherited formally in 1924. 

The aftermath of the war had left Britain indelibly altered and it was a time of many firsts, a current that Olive embodied alongside her firm taste for tradition. Intrepid enough to travel to India and even Japan - where she studied martial arts - she nonetheless described herself as a ‘neo-feudalist’ and once amused the Poet Laureate John Betjeman with the remark that “an ounce of heredity is worth a pound of merit”. 

Like her antecedents, Olive had a strong sense of duty and was a keen participant in public life especially at a county level. She became the first female High Sheriff of Gloucestershire and ran for parliament twice. Tenants in the county and in London remember her as a sometimes formidable but caring presence. 

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Olive Lloyd-Baker

As for many other ‘gentry’ families, the twentieth century brought various challenges for the Lloyd-Bakers and in 1935 Stouts Hill, the old Uley seat of the family, was sold and it became a prep school Then during the Second World War Hardwicke Court once again found itself in service, being converted into an ad hoc hospital for mentally ill patients. 

Olive never married, spending most of her life at Hardwicke with her companion Hedwig Schmidl. She died in 1975, having administered the estate for over half a century, and named her cousin Charles Granville Lloyd-Baker as her heir. 

May 2019

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Having lived on this estate for some years I still never fail to be amazed at the variety of wildlife visiting the garden; we have frogs, toads, several squirrels, 2 foxes and, last year, in excess of 5 hedgehogs who visited nightly, not to mention an abundant variety of birds.

I am delighted to pass on news of the first sightings this year of our prickly, slug eating, gardeners’ friend, the hedgehog in Hildyard Close and the surrounding area. These charismatic creatures are beginning to wake from their hibernation and venture out for a drink and something to eat.

As their name suggests, hedgehogs are most at home in the hedgerows and those of you lucky enough to have hedges in your garden would be helping these cheery little creatures greatly by leaving them in situ.

The penchant for decking and patios in residential properties has reduced suitable terrain/feeding ground and although efforts are being  made to replace hedgerows on a grand scale, with grants being available specifically for this purpose, the hedgehog is having a hard time of it. 

Wildlife corridors are needed to link garden/green areas and to this end, please spare a thought when you are tidying up your garden and leave a gap under your fence, or even cut a small hole in it (as I know several kindly neighbours have already done), to allow these little creatures to roam freely, away from the road and ever present danger of vehicles. Hedgehogs prefer to make their own home and a pile of leaf litter or logs left in a corner of your garden will allow them to do so.

Leaving fresh water and/or a tasty snack (mealworms or meat variety cat food, but not the fish variety and definitely not bread and milk, please) may allow you a glimpse of their entertaining antics during dusk and early evening. You will be alerted to their arrival by their snuffling sound as they busily rummage about in search of sustenance.

A recent survey suggests that in the 1950’s we had around 30 million hedgehogs but sadly now have under a million, hence they are now on the endangered list and need all the help we can give them.

June 2019

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The British Red Cross. 


We all know their symbol and see the great work they do at emergencies around the globe. However, did you know they offer many other services? 

Here in Quedgeley there is a Red Cross centre, it is called a Spoke and forms part of the Nationwide equipment supply locations. 

The one in Quedgeley offers Wheelchairs of all sizes, ancillary equipment, walking aids, and Toileting equipment. Similar to many charities they are unable to provide equipment free of charge, but the cost of hiring is often a lot less cost than buying new. Often things are only required for a short time, possibly after an operation. 

So why BUY IT when you can HIRE IT. At present we can only open on a Tuesday as it's run by volunteers. However if more people could spare a few hours a week, we would love to open it every day. 

So are there people in Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway that would like to join the small existing team and enable the Red Cross to run this much-needed service all week?. 

The right person would need basic I.T. skills and like meeting people. 

Bonus points - it is local; it is indoors; it is warm; has a kitchen and toilets... and FULL BACKUP and training is provided. 

The Red Cross has an on-line shop of many things at


If you think you can help or require more information contact the Quedgeley spoke on 01452 881613 or visit our website 

June 2019

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