Hardwicke Matters


Local Groups

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Hardwicke Court Open Days

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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 for Historic Houses Association members; for non-members entrance is £1 which goes to The Gloucestershire Society, a charity founded in 1657 which supports families in desperate need in Gloucestershire. Guided tours of the house are held half hourly from 2pm; last tour 3.30pm

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LEGO Brick Workshops at 

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Saturday 7 July to Sunday 23 September 2018


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Put your LEGO-building skills to the test, compete against other builders in exciting challenges, and create a model owl to take home, at Slimbridge Wetland Centre's LEGO Brick Workshops.

Little and big kids alike will be putting their building skills to the test at Slimbridge Wetland Centre this autumn, at its LEGO Brick Workshops.


Taking place on selected dates from Saturday 7 July to Sunday 23 September 2018, the enjoyable workshops will see visitors taking part in exciting challenges, building their own version of Sam the short-eared owl to take home.

There are just 15 places in each LEGO class, ensuring close guidance from the LEGO experts, with the course leader having been trained by LEGO design company Bright Bricks.


Promising heaps of fun for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages, visitors can also check out the Giant LEGO Brick Animals Trail, with 14 amazing creations on show and dotted around the day out destination.


Also in August at Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Family Introduction to Wildlife Photograph


Wednesday 8 August 2018

A practical and enjoyable day for budding 

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young wildlife photographers (aged 8 or above) and their parents to learn how to get great shots of wildlife. This event is suitable for all skill levels and camera types (compact or SLR).

Starting with an illustrated introductory session looking at composition, technique, fieldcraft and equipment, you will then head outside for a practical session of nature photography.

Small course numbers mean that there will be plenty of time for 1-2-1 tuition.

Time                   10am to 1pm

Cost                    £32 per adult and child

Extra children and parents in a family group can be included in a standard booking at an additional cost of £10 per person, space allowing.

Places are limited so please book in advance online. If you are interested in a sold out event, please contact our Bookings Team on 01453 891223 or email events.slimbridge@wwt.org.uk  and we will add you to our waiting list or advise on alternative dates and availability.



Council pledges to protect biodiversity


Gloucestershire County Council agree to form a highways and biodiversity working group, aiming to protect and encourage endangered species of plant and wildlife to flourish in grass verges.


At Wednesday’s (27th) full council meeting members voted unanimously to support a motion put forward by green party councillor, Rachel Smith. The request presented by Cllr Smith was to set up a working group that’s purpose is to protect and support biodiversity in Gloucestershire.


Once put together, the group will work with district, town and parish councils to understand how highways crews can maintain grass verges, making them help rather than hinder biodiversity in the county. Another priority for the group will be to make sure the highway remains safe for cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles alike at the same time.


Cllr Rachel Smith (Stroud: Minchinhampton, Green), member of the Labour and Green Co-operative Alliance at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am very pleased to see so much support for this motion. Grass verges are a last remaining refuge for many bees, butterflies, birds, bats and bugs as the wider countryside becomes increasingly hostile. I look forward to working with the cabinet member for highways to address what Gloucestershire can do to help protect and encourage species of plants and wildlife.”


Cllr Vernon Smith, (Tewkesbury, Conservative) cabinet member for highways, said, “The council cuts the grass verges to keep the highway safe for all road users, but we try to leave some of them as long as possible for our wildlife. That said, I do look forward to reviewing the way we maintain our verges to try to strike a balance between safety and safeguarding biodiversity.”


Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach, Liberal Democrat), leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Gloucestershire County Council, echoed the sentiments: “I am pleased to support this motion because this is an issue which has already been raised in the Cotswolds. In Cold Aston parish I’ve been working with Highways and the Parish Council there to ensure that verges are managed properly with an eye on making sure the flora and fauna are kept where possible whilst maintaining road safety.”


The motion stated:


This council further notes:


  • That thousands of species are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss.
  • That the loss of biodiversity is having serious consequences for the resilience of ecosystem functions on which our communities and countryside depend. 
  • With the loss of lowland meadows and pastures across the UK, grassy road verges in particular offer vital refuges for plants and wildflowers.”

It called for:

“This council therefore resolves to set up a working group to:


  • Work with districts, towns and parishes to develop highways management systems that protect and support biodiversity in Gloucestershire.


  • Review the GCC highways and biodiversity guidance for Gloucestershire, taking into consideration Plantlife's Road Verges and Wildlife Management Guidelines Here
  • Embed action points into highway management contracts which give contractors clear instructions and communicate expectations. For example, the pro-active management of registered conservation verges.”


More info on Plant life –

Plant life's vision for Britain's road verges is simple: verges remain safe for motorists but are managed for wildlife as a matter of course. Some simple changes - like cutting less and later in the year can significantly improve the biodiversity on our verges, bringing benefits for wildlife, for us and for future generations.

Plantlife research estimates that if all of the road verges in the United Kingdom were managed for nature there would be a spectacular 418.88 billion more flowers, or 6,300 per person in the UK.


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 July 2018



"The Club had its usual summer break and therefore there were no meetings in August.

To settle back into the routine as usual a quiz is being arranged for the first meeting in September, something members always enjoy.   Also, as a new Committee is being formed, at that meeting it will probably be necessary to ask members for nominations/offers to join the Committee to bring it up to its full strength.


Later in the month there will be a talk (including photographs) about the Stroud area.



We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 1.30 p.m. at the Quedgeley Village Hall. If you are over 60 and would like more details please contact Laura Tremble - Tel. No. 01452 690976."


Many thanks




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June 2018

We are SO much more than

 'Jam and Jerusalem'



We Tried Something New

In July


Had good fun doing it

There is no meeting in August

An opportunity to enjoy some social time together

And arrange our programme for 2019


Wednesday September 19th

4prs Underpants & 2000miles

Talk by   Chris O’Grady


Members of Stonehouse WI are joining us for the evening


Hardwicke Village Hall at 7.30pm


And have fun doing it, Making new friends, Gaining new experiences

That’s the WI


Members free            Visitors £3.00


for more information about Hardwicke WI

Contact  pamelajlewis@hotmail.co.uk /  01452720541



Lis Humphries


Lis was the most generous, gentle, thoughtful and kind, friend and long-time fellow member of Hardwicke Women’s Institute. She served on the committee and was our President for many years. We shall all miss her so much.  On behalf of Hardwicke WI our deepest sympathy goes out to those who will miss her most, her family.



September 2018


We have been very lucky to recruit 2 more members to our Executive

Committee and they have immediately taken up their duties with enthusiasm.


So our programme for the next month or two is:


Visit to the Gloucester Crematorium on Thursday 6th September at 6.30pm. You need to book for this.


Our AGM is on Sunday 9th September in Tesco Quedgeley Meeting Rooms (by kind permission).


Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas near Lichfield in

Staffordshire on Thursday 13th September. Coach filling.


The Airborne  Forces Arnhem memorial Service is on Sunday 16th September at 6.15pm at Swindon Village in Cheltenham. Want a lift or share your car?


Our Annual Quiz Night is in Quedgeley Community Centre on Saturday 13th October at 7.15pm. Teams of 4.


Visit to the Police Control Room on Sunday 14th October at 6.15pm. Limited numbers.


Trafalgar Dinner in Quedgeley Community Centre on Saturday 20th October and the Trafalgar Day Service is in St.James' Parish Church, Quedgeley at 2.15pm on Sunday 21st October. You need to book for the dinner.


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Steve Smith


Please inform your colleagues and friends especially any that might have served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines or the Merchant
Navy or associated groups.



September 2018

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Another busy month for the Branch which started with the annual rip to Weston on 8th July as well as that two members attended the RAF100  Commemorations in Gloucester. The Tapestries commissioned


by RAFA Gloucester were on view in the Cathedral were excellent showing all the RAF stations in Gloucestershire.


        On 21st July several members

attended the Membership Meet up

Initiative at Kingsholm. It was an

opportunity to meet with the Head

Office Staff all in one place in an

informal setting.


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     At the time of reporting our Chairman and Standard Bearer are attending GP90 a re-creation of the 1928 Pilgrimage of families to the WW1 battlefields. They will be touring the sites and on Wednesday 8th August around 1,500 Standards and the same number of wreath layers will parade through Ypres and pass under the Menin Gate where the wreaths will be laid.


    The Poppy Appeal Organiser attended the Poppy Seminar held at

Highnam Court, a chance to see what is new for this years appeal.


    The “Tuesday Club” celebrated its 12th Birthday with a buffet and entertainment by the “Dudettes” duo. The next Branch meeting will be on Wednesday September 12th. Advance notice for your diary. The “Poppy Plod” will be on Sunday 21st at 11am. The usual 2.5km or 5km walk/run/jog or walk the dog around the lanes in Hardwicke. This will be our 10th so come along and join us to launch our Poppy Appeal this year.



Carol Bratty B.E.M.

Branch President



 September 2018

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The next walk in the Severnside area will take place on Wednesday 12th of September from near the Wycliffe Boat House at Saul Canal Junction  meeting at 9.45am for a 10.00am start.


As ever, the walk can include stiles and field paths, is approximately 2 miles in length and should take a maximum of 1.5 hours.


Later walks in the year will take place on Thursday 18th October, Wednesday 14th November and Thursday 13th December. 


For more information, please call Nick on 01452 740265 or Keith on 07811 123700 or alternatively email Nick on nandanailsworth@yahoo.co.uk

 or Keith on kparry61@icloud.com


Nick Peters & Keith Parry - walk leaders


The Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a group of patients working with Frampton’s GP surgery to help improve services.


We want to better understand your needs, priorities and issues, so we can work together to deliver the highest quality of health care locally. Please give us any feedback by emailing myppg@framptononsevern.com or by calling Alison Drake on 741988.


Is That Gordon’s Pizza?


CALLER:  Is this Gordon's Pizza?

GOOGLE: No sir, it's Google Pizza.


CALLER:  I must have dialed a

              wrong number.  Sorry.


GOOGLE: No sir, Google

              boughtGordon’s Pizza last month.

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CALLER:  Oh ok.  I would like to order a pizza.


GOOGLE: Do you want your usual, sir?


CALLER:   My usual? You know me?


GOOGLE:  According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you

               called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses,                     sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thickcrust.


CALLER:  OK! That’s what I want.

GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta,

              arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a wholewheatgluten-                free thin crust?


CALLER:  What? I detest vegetables!

GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good, sir.


CALLER:  How the heck do you know!

GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your

              medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the

              last 7 years.


CALLER:  Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetable pizza!  Ialready 

              take medication for my cholesterol.

GOOGLE: Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication 

               regularly.  According to our database, you only purchased abox

              of 30 cholesterol tablets once, at your local Pharmacist, 4

              months ago.


CALLER:  I bought more from another Pharmacist.

GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statement Sir!.


CALLER:  I paid in cash.

GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank



CALLER:  I have other sources of cash.

GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your last tax return, unless you bought

               them using an undeclared income source, which is against the




GOOGLE: I'm sorry, sir, we use such information only with the sole

              intention of helping you.


CALLER:  RIGHT THAT'S IT!  I'm sick to death of Google,

              Facebook,Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others. I'm going to an

              Island without internet, cable TV, where there is no cell phone

              service and no one to watch me or spy on me.

GOOGLE: I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport first, it

              expired 6 weeks ago!


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Hardwicke Village Hall


Please note that Hardwicke

Village Hall will be closed from

Monday 30th July to Sunday 12th

August inclusive to enable some

further enhancements and

refurbishments to take place.


Hardwicke Village Hall

Committee AGM

7pm Tuesday 9th October

at the Village Hall


We are actively seeking people to join the team to be part of the Committee to help run the Village Hall. Please come along to the AGM to meet us or email your interest to





A selection of the Regular Classes

held at the Village Hall include:



Playgroup 9.15am-2.45pm

Art Group 2pm-4pm

Rainbows 4.45pm-5.45 pm

Sequence Dancing 7.30pm-10.15 pm


Playgroup 9.15am-12.15pm

Brownies 6pm-7.30pm

Circuit Training 7.45pm-8.45pm


Playgroup 9.15am-12.15pm

Sequence Dancing 1.45pm-4.15pm


Playgroup 9.15am-2.45pm


Toddlers 10am-11.30am


Mini Marines 10am-12 noon


Please email your interest to: chair@hardwickevillagehall.org.uk


Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, GL2 4QA

Registered Charity No.: 279925


On a Positive Note


  • "Fall seven times and stand up eight."—Proverb
  • "Happiness is a quality of the soul...not a function of one's material circumstances." –Aristotle
  • "I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." --Mother Teresa
  • "The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another." --Alexander Graham Bell
  • "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." --H. Jackson Brown, Jr
  •  "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." --Alphonse Karr
  • "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." --Steve Jobs
  • "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." --Henry Ford
  • "Be yourself; everyone else is taken." --Oscar Wilde
  • "If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it." --Elon Musk
  • "Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave." --Mary Tyler Moore
  • "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." --Confucius
  • "I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him." --Galileo
  • "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." --Mark Twain
  • "If life seems jolly rotten, there's something you've forgotten! And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing..." --Monty Python

Always look on the bright side of life (anyone singing?)





I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high. She looked  surprised.

Working in a mirror factory is something I can see myself doing.


What’s the difference between a well dressed man on a bike and a poorly dressed man on a unicycle?



Why is a boxing ring square?

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I took the shell off my racing snail, thinking it would make him run faster.  If anything it made him more sluggish.

Why is it called tourist season if you can't shoot at them?


What did the pirate say when he turned 80?

Aye matey. 

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 September 2018

100 years since the end of the First World War


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I am researching the men of Hardwicke who fought in the First World War, not only those who died and are remembered on our War Memorial on St Nicholas Church Lych - Gate, but also those who returned.


There will be a small display in the Church around Remembrance Day, 11th November.


I have included some details about their families and where they lived in the village, their military service and what happened to them on their return home. I also have a few photographs.


I wondered if there might be any relatives of the men, living in the village who may have information that I could add.

Please contact me at valporter@waitrose.com or 07876576346



September 2018

St Nicholas Parish Church, Hardwicke

The month of September 2018

Sunday September 2nd – Trinity 14


“True Religion”


Parish Eucharist 11.00am

Also Sunday School at the Church 11.00am


Sunday September 9th – Trinity 15



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“Storyteller” Family Eucharist 11.00am

Holy Baptism 1.00pm


Sunday September 16th – Trinity 16


“Profit and Loss”


Parish Eucharist 11.00am
Also Sunday School at the Church 11.00am

Holy Baptisms 1.00pm


Sunday September 23rd – Trinity 17


“The First and the Last”


“Simply Worship” Eucharist 11.00am
(with our worship group and contemporary worship songs)

Holy Baptisms 1.00pm


Sunday September 30th – Café Style Church



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Café Church at Hardwicke Primary 10.45am

(informal service, all are very welcome)

Looking Ahead…


Saturday September 8th – Open Church 12 noon - 2.00pm


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Refreshments including Bacon Rolls, Bring & Buy and time for quiet.

Drop in… it would be good to see you! 

This is also the day of the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust’s annual

Ride & Stride event so we will welcome visiting cyclists and walkers!


Saturday September 22nd – Coffee Morning 10:30am – 12 noon

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In aid of MacMillan Cancer Support - the “World’s Largest Coffee Morning”.

This Macmillan charity event will be held in Hardwicke Church.


Wednesday September 26th - Spoken Word Night from 7.30pm

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Baptism (Christening) or Weddings - phone Fr. Andrew 01452 720015


Email : vicarage@inbox.com      

Our Website : www.hardwickechurch.info


Join us on Facebook – follow us on Twitter: @StNicHardwicke


Bell ringing practice: every Wednesday, 7.30 - 9.00pm Interested in learning? Please come and meet us! tel. Carrie 01452 883882

A warm welcome awaits you at St Nicholas, Hardwicke

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Vicar and Parish Priest of Hardwicke and Elmore with Longney

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Vicar’s Viewpoint 


To everything – turn, turn, turn…


There is a season – turn, turn, turn 

And a time to every purpose under heaven...

A time to plant, a time to reap…”   sang the Byrds in 1965.


Nature teaches us that the world turns, and seasons pass. This is not new information brought about through modern understandings of the universe – the words of the Byrds’ classic song are taken from the bible, from the book of Ecclesiastes written about 2500 years ago!  Neither is this new information for farmers and gardeners who well understand the need to be in touch with the seasons to produce successful crops.


But for those of us, who shop mainly in supermarkets, we buy most foods all year round and seasons have less impact on our life. But there is something about observing the passing of the seasons that is part of being human and we need celebrations throughout the year like birthdays, Christmas, Anniversaries, the start of the school year, New Year’s Eve and so on.


In church our calendar revolves around Christmas and Easter, but many people find it easier to notice the passing of time not by reading the Bible but by reading the ‘second book’ of nature, with its seasons and ‘sun calendar.’
Some people notice the solstices (longest and shortest days of summer and winter) and the equinoxes halfway between (where day and night are equal, and all creation seems to hold its breath).


We share the same calendar of seasons. It is no accident that the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated at mid-winter, the darkest, coldest time of the year – the bible talks of Jesus as the ‘light shining in the darkness’, a timely reminder of the light Jesus brings to the world. And again, there is no accident that we celebrate Easter near the time of the Spring Equinox – we celebrate the dying of Jesus on Good Friday and his rising again on Easter Sunday, and the day in between, Holy Saturday where everything hung in the balance and the universe held its breath.


Very soon it will be the Autumn Equinox and the world will turn away from summer towards winter. It’s a good time to pause and reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going, “a time to laugh, a time to weep… a time to dance, a time to mourn…”   Could the turning of the seasons this year prompt you to see something bigger at work in your life?


After the success of our first event, “The Poet is Mightier than the Sword” is back in the wonderful atmosphere of St Nicholas Church in Hardwicke.

 This time we are welcoming people of all ages to share poetry or prose (short fiction or excerpts of longer pieces). Anyone who likes poetry is welcome, it’s free to come along and if you fancy a go at the open mic section then bring a poem.  If you just enjoy poetry then sit back and relax.

Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

Come and join us in celebrating the spoken word.


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English Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley Gloucester GL4 ONX is the friendly and welcoming Catholic Church with pastoral responsibility for Roman Catholics who live in the area where this magazine is distributed. Our usual Sunday Mass time is 9am and you would be very welcome to join us. In the first two weeks of July 2018 the Church will be welcoming the Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism to work in partner-ship with the parish and our sister Parish of St Augustine’s Matson 

 on a two-week mission, enabling both parishioners and non-parishioners of the par-ish to discover and to learn how to use their God-given gifts and abilities in the ser-vice of others. The theme of the mission is “Together, Radiate God’s Love” 

The two-week parish mission will include door-to-door visiting from Sunday 1st July to Friday 6th July. After the visiting week there will be a mission service for youth, for families with young children and a series of evening mission services for adults starting on Saturday 7thJuly for a week. These services are suitable for all Christians of all denominations and for those who would like to learn more about the faith. The mission will include extra masses and periods of adoration. If you would like a visit for a friendly chat about your faith and maybe a prayer or more infor-mation about the mission please email mission18.gloucesteremaoc@gmail.com and we will get back to you


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Grace Church Quedgeley

www.gracechurchquedgeley.org www.facebook.com/gracechurchquedgeley

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September 2018


September see all our activities resuming after the summer break.


Women's Fellowship every Monday at 2pm

we start the autumn program with an account of nursing work experience 

in the Philippines


Sunbeams every Tuesday 10-11.30am babies and toddlers 

time and space for the kiddies to play and meet old and new friends

accompanying adults have time to chat with refreshments for all 

Our Charity for the coming year will be 

ALLSORTS a support group for families with special needs children

I hope all our regular friends will still be with us and maybe some new ones too


Regular services are 10.30 to 11.30 each Sunday


Friends old and new always welcome

You do not need to attend Church services to be welcome at the other events

Come and give us a try


All welcome 

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Tuesday 18th September 10.30-12 noon


Drop in coffee Morning with Tea coffee and toasted Teacakes we have decided after a great deal of thought to increase the charge to £1.50