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September 2018

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September 2018

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£700k upgrade proposed for

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal towpath


Great news for cyclists and walkers as Gloucestershire County Council earmarks £700k to upgrade the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal towpath between Monk Meadow and Elmore Lane West.


The funding, £200,000 successfully secured from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and £500,000 of developer contributions from the Kingsway development will be used to install a new more durable surface finished with timber edging boards. It is also planned to include some new street furniture such as benches and improved signs.


At its meeting on18th July cabinet will be asked to agree how the money will be spent. If approved, the work will be carried out by landowners the Canal & River Trust with work expected to begin in late summer and take about 20 weeks to complete.


It is hoped that this is only the first stage of the upgrade as there are plans to continue on from Elmore Lane West to The Pilot Inn at Hardwicke in the future. This depends on a bid for further funding. It will be known if the bid has been successful sometime next year.

The towpath serves as a key route between Gloucester City Centre and the south of the city linking areas such as Hempsted and Podsmead and the newer outer city developments at Quedgeley and Kingsway and is used for recreation, commuting and access to local services within Gloucester Quays and Gloucester City Centre.


The towpath also forms part of Route 41 of the National Cycle network which is a long distance route that when complete will connect Bristol, Gloucester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Rugby and Route 45 which links Chester, Bridgnorth, Worcester, and Gloucester to Cirencester and Swindon. 

Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood at Gloucestershire County Council said:

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to secure funding for this fabulous improvement to such a key route into Gloucester. The towpath is already well used and this significant upgrade will make it even more accessible and appealing to those who want to use it for work or leisure.

“I’m sure our work alongside the Canal & River Trust to improve the quality of the towpath will encourage more people to walk and cycle and enjoy this wonderful facility.” 


Mike Youe, Canal & River Trust enterprise manager, said: “We’re delighted such significant investment is being made in the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. It is enjoyed by so many people, all of who will benefit from these improvements.

"The canal is a fantastic space to relax and escape the pressures of everyday life. Whether you are boating, running, cycling or just popping out for a bit of fresh air, it offers something for everyone, so I definitely recommend you make a visit.”

Stephen Owen, Chairman of Gloucestershire Environmental Trust said, “Gloucestershire Environmental Trust is very pleased to provide this substantial grant towards the regeneration of the canal towpath.

“This meets several of the Trust's aims by improving access for people working or shopping in Gloucester without using a car, by providing a better and more enjoyable leisure experience and by creating more sustainable wildlife habitats.”


Stay fire safe in the home

If there was a fire in your house tonight, would you know the best way to exit your property safely? Are your hallways and back doors clear?

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is encouraging families to make sure they know how to safely exit their home in the event of a fire.
Below are five top tips from GFRS about to help you make sure you and your families can be prepared:

  1. Think about how you’d all get out in case of a fire, making an escape plan and practising it will help ensure that everyone can get out, stay out and call 999

  2. Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home so smoke can reach the alarms quicker giving you more warning time.

  3. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Smoke alarms can save your life, but only if they are working.

  4. Clear your escape routes. Make sure you can escape without tripping over to ensure a speedy exit

  5. Keep your door and window keys in a known and accessible place.

Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept so they can reach them easily and get out quicker in case of a fire.

The fire service also offer safe and well visits, which are an easy and free way to get advice and equipment to make your home safe. Crews can give helpful tips about staying safe and discuss the best escape routes for households as well as fitting smoke alarms for free.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Our fire crews work hard to support people be safe, in and out of the home. By knowing how you would exit your home in the event of a fire, it could save your life in an emergency.”

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is really vital that residents have a plan in place to evacuate the premis-es if the worst happens. The five tips we’ve provided are a quick and easy way to remember how to keep yourself and your family safe in the event of a fire.
Our firefighters continue to keep our communities safe on a daily basis and I am grateful to them, our control staff and officers for all their work.”

To arrange a free safe and well visit, please visit:

or phone 0800 180 41 40.

September 2018


Ride + Stride 2018:

Explore & Conserve our historic churches


It’s that time of year when the team at the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT) start dusting off the walking boots, pumping our bike tyres or getting together with friends to plan a driving tour around some of our wonderful local churches.


We’re asking anyone who values our region’s historic churches to take part in GHCT’s sponsored Ride + Stride event on September 8th.


It’s a great way to explore the local area with the fascinating history of local churches as a focal point. The money raised is split between the Trust and a participant’s chosen church.


“Whether you’re planning a full day cycling between a hundred churches, or a short driving tour to two or three, anyone can participate in Ride+Stride”, said Glenn Duff, Regional Organiser. “All the region’s churches are marked on the map at ghct.org.uk to help people plan a route.”


Ride + Stride welcomes cyclists of all abilities, as well as walkers, horse-riders and drivers. Just as important are those who take part welcoming others to their church – perhaps getting sponsored to play music, clean the church or mow the churchyard. If your church doesn’t have a Local organiser, perhaps you could co-ordinate the activity?


Contact Glenn if you’d like to know more about taking part, to order a banner advertising the event or to update the information for your church: rideandstride@ghct.org.uk or call 01452 538271.


The event takes place on Saturday 8th September and full details can be found at www.ghct.org.uk/ride-and-stride


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GHCT supports Gloucestershire's church buildings – helping keep them alive as places of worship, active centres of community life and landmarks of our architectural heritage.


Gloucestershire Local News 

Gloucester History Festival

1st to 16th September


Gloucester is well renowned for its rich history, heritage and culture. Each year in September, the city comes together for a two-week long festival which celebrates not only local but international history. This encompasses a wide programme of talks, workshops, performances and tours of historic buildings which are often closed to the general public.


Some of these events are even free of charge, and the aim of the festival is to engage all members of the local community, as well as visitors, in the fascinating subject of history. These events take place in a variety of locations across Gloucester, and really allow the visitor or even local to get to know the city on a more personal level.


All information on tickets, pricing, wheelchair access and more can be found for each event on this website. Browse all our events now to find your favourites and book tickets before they're all gone!



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The image is based on the famous England’s Glory matchbox cover

originally produced by the Moreland Match company. It was chosen as 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of S.J. Moreland and Sons match factory in Gloucester and also as a celebration of Gloucester’s industrial heritage and innovation. Moreland’s English Glory signage can still be seen on what was the factory building in Morelands Trading Estate on Bristol Road, Gloucester