From the Editor

Sept 2019

Dear Readers

Well, there is certainly a lot going on in September judging by the number of diary dates on the calander. What a change from the August edition when everybody seemed to be away enjoying their holidays. This month you are invited to a circus at Hardwicke Academy, an art exhibition by Hardwicke Art Group at Elmore Village Hall, courses at Severn Vale School, the AGM at the village hall as well as the Open Day at Waterwells Police Headquarters to mention just a few. There is much more information throughout this edition. 

With the schools and probably a lot of clubs re-starting after the summer break, we would welcome news from all the activity groups in the area. Tell us what you are doing. Do you need more assistance? Tell us about your achievements. 

We shall be holding our usual Christmas cover competition for children. Specific invitations go out to the various youth/ children’s groups in the village but any child can enter. See the Home page for details and note the closing date. 

We shall again be inviting the adults to design the cover of our New Year edition, but more about that in another month. Suffice to say that the committee is always greatly impressed by the artistic talents of our readers. 

HAVE YOU LOST A MEMORY STICK WITH WEDDING PHOTOS? It has been found . See our Home page for more information. 

Mary and Ken Sims will be celebrating their Golden Wedding soon. Mary always writes such interesting poetry; this time about how she and Ken met and their life together. Thank you Mary, we hope you have a wonderful celebration in October. 

For those who have recently moved to the area, a reminder that we have a box in the One Stop Shop and in Westbourne News for any correspondence to Hardwicke Matters. This box can also be used for correspondence to the Parish Council but please ensure you address your envelope to the Parish Council OR Hardwicke Matters. I’ve opened more than one blank envelope, only to find that it should have been addressed to the Parish Council. 

Pat Gilbert 

A reminder to advertisers that any changes to their adverts need to be made BEFORE the 1st September for the October edition,  and any changes to their articles need to be made BEFORE the 5th September, a full set of articles only closing dates for 2019-20 is on the 'Directory' page.

To the Editor

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UBB (Gloucestershire) Construction JV


Dear Resident,


I am writing to let you know that Gloucestershire Energy from Waste facility is about to enter the next commissioning phase of construction.


Commissioning is a standard but essential element of testing for any Energy from Waste facility and is required to ensure it is fit for purpose and operates as intended. The commissioning phase tests all systems and equipment to ensure they work properly and safely. It is the first time that waste will be processed at the facility. 


As a neighbour, you may notice steam coming from the chimney stack at times, and hear occasional whistling noises. These are the effect of the systems and equipment being tested to their maximum capacity during the commissioning tests, and will not happen during normal operation.


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.


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 commissioning.


We anticipate that this phase will start by end of May and continue until service starts during summer 2019, with preparatory activities already underway.


You are receiving this letter as you are one of our neighbours who lives in reasonable proximity to our facility and we, together with the Community Liaison Group (CLG), wanted to ensure that you have this information directly. If you have any concerns you can call 01452 379 880 (during office hours) and 07860 268578 (for emergency out-of-hours) or email info@ubbgloucestershire.co.uk.


Kind regards,


Craig Kirk

Project Commercial Director

UBB Gloucestershire Construction JV

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Dear editor 

I think that most residents and motorists were pleased to see that the Bristol Road between Naas Lane and Tescos was resurfaced recently. In fact I saw an article where the 30 mph road marking were blacked out after being newly applied, a waste of money. 

Who, at GCC, was responsible for the timing of this work when Wales and West Utilities had planned gas main work and have now dug multiple holes along this stretch of road digging up the new surface and in the not too distant future creating numerous new potholes? Surely a short delay to the resurfacing would have been both timely and more cost effective as these pot holes will need to be maintained. 

No one could convince me that GCC were not aware of this planned work. 


Mike King 

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No resident letters for May, June, July or August

April 2019


I’m appalled at the state some people leave the churchyard at St Nicholas Church. I visited it on 19th November to tend to my fathers grave and right next to it I was faced with this rubbish tip! I returned home, brought back bin bags and cleared away the offending mess. Today I visited and the tip had returned! If the two bins provided are full, there are three or four more by the gate which one can’t fail to miss. PLEASE USE THEM………………………………………………………………….. It is not acceptable that nearby graves are being overshadowed by other people’s rubbish. 

From a very annoyed resident 


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March 2109

Dear Editor

There have been mentions in the Parish Council meetings of late regarding speeding in Pound Lane, Church Lane and Green Lane. 

I would like to remind the Parish Council of the serious and increasing problem of speeding vehicles in Sellars Road. The lanes have a degree of traffic calming due to their narrowness and blind bends which Sellars Road does not have. Speeds of well in excess of the 30 limit are witnessed daily, particularly during the evening rush “hour”. 

Barry Wood 

Sellars Road Resident 

Feburary 2019

Dumping rubbish

Dear Editor

I live at 24 Dimore Close, Hardwicke, and some inconsiderate person intermittently dumps their household rubbish, not able to be collected by the normal refuse collection, on the grass verge outside my house.

I’d like to make it clear that, contrary to what my neighbours or anyone passing my house may think, these items being dumped are nothing to do with me. If I have household items that I need removed, I either hire a skip or pay Stroud District Council to remove the items. I always keep my household rubbish on my own property while it awaits collection.

Yesterday (13 December), a bed arrived on the grass verge outside my home. A couple of months ago, it was old carpet, shelving, etc that sat on the grass verge for over a week before I concluded that no-one was going to remove it and I contacted Stroud District Council. The Council collected it as “fly-tipping”, which, of course, is exactly what this is and if the culprit is seen, they will be prosecuted. This meant that whoever dumped their rubbish outside my house, got it taken away free of charge, whereas those who do the right thing and leave rubbish on their properties until it is collected, pay and are not anti-social. Myself and another neighbour contacted the Council again about this bed appearing on the grass verge, and Stroud District Council have, again, recorded it as fly tipping.

Can I just ask the culprit to have some consideration for everyone in Dimore Close (and particularly me whose house is directly opposite the grass verge where the dumping takes place) to keep their rubbish on their own property and pay to have it removed? Do the right thing .... please!

Jennifer Cook


Editor’s note 

In response to the letter above about fly tipping, we have received a letter from a resident in Springfield who also had problems with fly tipping.

The instalation of a security light and camera as close to the verge as possible has in there case stopped the fly tipping.