Hardwicke Matters


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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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Join us at Hardwicke Parochial Primary School for our annual Friday evening summer celebration, open to all our friends and neighbours and fun for all ages. Visitors can expect great live music, food and drink including bar and BBQ, inflatables, games, stalls, demonstrations, ice cream, face painting and lots more. 


All profits from the event go towards improving learning in a fun way for all children at the school, and it's a great opportunity for our local community to socialise. Please support us!


Get event updates on Facebook at fb.me/HardwickePTA

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June 2018 

Do you take photographs? 

Enter our local landscape competition and have your work on public display. 

A special competition is now open to find three photographs which celebrate the beauty of our local landscape. 

Gloucestershire Archives gathers keeps and shares documents relating to Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. A transformation is currently underway at the Alvin Street building in Gloucester city centre, where the collection is held. It is now known as Gloucestershire Heritage Hub which is open to members of the public. It houses a wealth of county history including baptism, marriage and burial registers and nine miles of other unique documents useful for those researching local history or their family tree. As part of the building’s refurbishment, three large feature walls are planned in the public areas which will show off the beauty of our local landscapes. 

A competition is being held to find three photographs for the feature walls which will be seen by more than 10,000 visitors each year. Entries must show off the beauty of the local landscape and not be gloomy or excessively dark. Well composed quality images will be selected which reflect different areas of our historic county, such as forest, rolling hills and the River Severn. 

The competition is open to everyone. Those under 16 years of age will need permission from a parent or guardian. 

Entrants must have taken the photos themselves and own the copyright. A maximum of three photos can be submitted per person. The image must show the landscape of Gloucestershire or South Gloucestershire and be an uncropped landscape format (not portrait). It must have a high quality resolution, a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch) and 6000 x 3500 pixels. 

How to enter 

EITHER send an A4 print of your image, with your name, address, telephone number and email address to Gloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3DW. Please mark the envelope ‘Gloucestershire Heritage Hub photo competi-tion’. OR send a low resolution image (no more than 2MB) to archives@gloucestershire.gov.uk with ‘GHH photo competition’ in the subject line of your email. 

Please give a brief description (up to 60 words) of the photo, including its location. We will use these details, with the winners’ names, in the plaques for each feature wall, as well as in a calendar, on social media and in publicity to promote the winners. 

The closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday 6th July 2018. 

Heather Forbes, head of the archives service at Gloucestershire County Council said, “Our Heritage Hub is a welcoming facility that helps local people access, gather, keep and share documents that tell the story of Gloucestershire’s unique history. We’re looking for some new photographs that show the beauty of our local landscape. The competition winners will have this rare opportunity to see their work on public display.” 

The competition will be judged by Professor John Ingledew, an author and professional photographer who has curated many photographic exhibitions, county councillor Ray Theodoulou and county archivist Heather Forbes. 

The three winners and nine runners-up will each receive four free 2019 calendars featuring their photographs. All 12 winners will also be offered a tour of Gloucestershire Archives’ treasures. For a preview of the Heritage Hub’s new reception and research areas, and the feature walls where the winning photographs will be displayed, view the architects' 3D representation. Click on an area and look around using the arrow keys. For best results use a Chrome browser.

Gloucestershire Archives reserves the right to exclude any photographs it believes may have been edited excessively. 

Winners will need to provide a high quality image due to the size of the walls which are 4290mm x 2240mm; 6120mm x 2540mm; 4500mm x 2900mm. 


Entries will not be returned so please remember to keep a copy. Unsuccessful en-trants will not be contacted and we will not provide feedback on entries. 

Entrants will retain copyright in the photographs that they submit. By entering the competition entrants grant to Gloucestershire County Council (Gloucestershire Ar-chives) the right to publish and exhibit their photographs within the Heritage Hub building in Alvin Street, Gloucester and on the Gloucestershire Archives’ website in perpetuity. Also for use in calendar, social media and other publicity to promote the work of the winners. 

Gloucestershire County Council (Gloucestershire Archives) will only use personal details supplied for the purposes of administering this competition. We will only keep your personal details for as long as is necessary to fulfil these purposes, then securely destroy/delete personal information provided. We will not pass on details to a third party other than the competition judges. The winners’ names will be displayed next to their photographic wall, within the calendar, and used in publicity to promote the winners. 


 June 2018

Rotary event a run away success 

The inaugral Kingsway Family Fun Run arranged by the Rotary Club of Severn Vale held on 15 April went very well. 

A maximum 250 runners, joggers and walkers took part raising a massive £2,200 for The Pied Piper Appeal and other Rotary charities. 

Big thank you to Kingsway Runners for all their help and for the 26 volunteer marshals they provided. 

Generous sponsorship from AllCooper, Cass Stephens and Pertemps plus support from CGT Lettings, Gloucester City Council, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, Tesco, Werxco meant that every penny in entry fees went to good causes. 

To find out more about Rotary membership and events visit www.SevernValeRotary.org.uk 

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Joint activities 

As well as running our own separate meetings, there are times when we come together and do joint activities. The first of those was the Remembrance Service at Hardwicke Church in November. Church parade is an important part of being a Beaver, Cub and Scout and we had a good turnout of people on the day to represent Hardwicke Scout Group. 

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Both Beavers and Cubs enjoyed a circus skills workshop and a trip to skill zone. The circus skills workshop was great fun and enjoyed by both the Beavers and Cubs and the leaders! We did balancing with peacock feathers, juggling with scarfs, plate spin-ning, stilt walking and riding on bikes and unicycles. Separate trips to the skill zone gave Beavers and Cubs an opportunity to learn about safety. It was very informative and interactive and they all learnt lots about how to keep safe at home, when out in public places and when using public transport. 

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A few weeks ago, Beavers and Cubs had a joint sleepover at Go Banana’s in Stroud. A very popular sleepover that is always enjoyed. Although not sure why it is called a sleepover as there is never usually much sleeping due to them all being so excited! 

Recently, we have had three members of Hardwicke Scout Group take part in Gloucester Gangshow. Gloucester Gangshow is a singing/dancing/acting performance that is organised and put on by members of Scouting and Guiding. It is open to anyone in scouting from Cubs upwards and anyone in Guiding from Brownies upwards. Our three members had a brilliant time! It is a great experience and an amazing production to be part of and we are hoping that next year more members of Hardwicke Scout Group will get involved! 

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Finally, we would like to say a massive thank you from all Scouts, Cubs and Beavers to Hardwicke Matters for a very generous and fantastic donation that goes a long way to covering the costs of running all sections within Hardwicke Scout Group and allows us to continue doing all of these wonderful activities. 

If anybody would like any further information about Hardwicke Scout Group please contact the relevant section leader or our Group Scout Leader or Publicist: 

Group Scout Leader – Nicki Elkins nickielkins@gmail.com 

Or 07891 115012

News from Hardwicke Scout Group 


We have a very dynamic Beaver group who are always on the go doing exciting activities to keep everybody entertained. The history of scouting is important for all sections to learn about and with Beavers we made a timeline from one end of the hall to the other; starting with the year Scouting began and ending in the present day, highlighting all the important milestones along the way. Everybody learnt something that night – including the leaders! 

Part of being a beaver is all about learning new skills so we had a very successful skills evening where they learnt how to polish their shoes, how to tie shoelaces, how to roll their neckerchiefs and how to make a bed. This proved challenging but all of these things are important skills that Beavers will need to help them in life as they get older. 

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In November we had a firework themed sleepover where we painted firework pictures, made rockets and sparklers, made a guy for the bonfire and did our famous ‘Beaver biscuits’ which involved lots of icing, sweets and sprinkles! The highlight of the sleepover was definitely the bonfire and firework display we had in the evening which was enjoyed by all! 

Scouting happens all over the world so we spent one week learning about life in other coun-tries; we focused on France, Germany, Australia and Mexico. We looked at the flags and a map of each country, we talked about what language they speak in each country, what Beavers are called in each country and what type of food they eat – and we even got to try some! 

Beavers recently completed their cook’s badge which was good fun although quite messy! They each made chocolate rice krispie cakes, fruit kebabs and mini pizzas and we talked about food hygiene and keeping safe while cooking in the kitchen. 

As well as completing badges and learning new things, Beavers also have the opportunity to go on trips and outings and take part in a range of activities. As an end of term treat before Christmas we went to the Warehouse Climbing Centre and at the end of this term we went to Tenpin for bowling. We were also lucky to have somebody come in and do a music workshop with us where we used drums, shakers and bells to make different sounds and beats of music. It was a very noisy but very enjoyable evening! 

Beavers recently completed their cook’s badge which was good fun although quite messy! They each made chocolate rice krispie cakes, fruit kebabs and mini pizzas and we talked about food hygiene and keeping safe while cooking in the kitchen. 

As well as completing badges and learning new things, Beavers also have the opportunity to go on trips and outings and take part in a range of activities. As an end of term treat before Christmas we went to the Warehouse Climbing Centre and at the end of this term we went to Tenpin for bowling. We were also lucky to have somebody come in and do a music workshop with us where we used drums, shakers and bells to make different sounds and beats of music. It was a very noisy but very enjoyable evening! 

Beavers age range 6–8 yrs; Meetings Tuesdays 5.15—6.16 Leader in charge Mriiam Fream (miriamfream@googlemail.com) 07831 795569 


This is purported to be a true story

A Harley Davidson Story

A man who lived in Kent owned a Harley Davidson motorbike. It was his pride and joy, his most cherished possession. One day, however, he thought it would good to have a sidecar fitted to the bike, so he contacted his local Harley dealer with the enquiry.

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“No problem” came the answer, “but I will have to contact the Head Office in the U.S, to place the order so if I can take details of the bike, sir, including model and serial number?”

The information was duly given and the order sent off to the U.S. by fax. The following day, the bike’s owner received a call from the Engineering Dept. at Harley in the U.S. “We have your order, sir, and it’s in hand but can I just confirm the model and serial number of your bike please?” The owner repeated the information and all appeared well.

Two days later, the owner received a call from Harley, this time from the Head of Engineering. “Thank you for your order, sir, it’s in hand but can I just confirm the model and serial number please?” “Well, I’ve given it twice already but here it is again...” replied the owner.

Two days later the owner received another call from Harley in the U.S., this time from the Vice-President in charge of Sales and Engineering. “Hello, sir, thank you for your order and I can confirm it is in hand. However, can I just confirm the model and serial number of your bike, please?”

By this time the owner was becoming quite irritated. “Look, I’ve given this information several times already, what’s going on?”

The Harley VP replied “Have you ever looked under the seat, sir?”
“Well no, of course I haven’t!”

“Well, if you loosen the six retaining screws and slide the seat to one side you will see something interesting” said the Harley VP.

The owner loosened the screws as suggested and lifted the seat. There underneath was beautifully inscribed on the chassis

“To Elvis, a very Happy Birthday, from Johnnie Cash”.

The owner sold the bike to the US for $4million.

Since Easter, the girls have been very excited about the many Royal events that have been taking place. Therefore we decided to complete the 'Royal Wedding Challenge Badge'. The girls learnt many key skills like; how to fold clothing, polish shoes, curtsy, make a bed, identify laundry symbols and lay a table fit for the Queen. We also decided to hold a fundraising royal themed tea party. For this, the girls made party invitations, designed their own bunting and made table decorations.
On the evening of the tea party, the girls came along with many guests, over 100 people! There was a royal quiz, cakes, refreshments, treasure map game, raffle and guess the name of the unicorn. With such a successful turn out, the girls raised £232.40!! The money raised will be going towards the Apperley Centre; a post 16 centre in Stonehouse for students with severe learning difficulties. The money will be used to get a sunken outside trampoline and to create a sensory garden for the students. A massive well done and thank you to all of the Brownies!
If you would like to donate to this excellent cause, you can do so via,
Throughout June and July, the girls are working towards their agility badge. They will be able to experience yoga, zumba dancing, circuits and an evening of water games!
From 2nd Hardwicke Brownies.
Rainbows are aged 5 to 7.
Brownies are aged 7 to 10.
Guides are aged 10 to 14.
If you would like to sign your daughter up to a local unit, please visit the girlguiding.co.uk website or email severndistrictguiding@gmail.com

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 July 2018


Having dealt with the business of the A.G.M. at the
beginning of the month, at our second meeting in May we were pleased to welcome Jon Mason from Highfields Garden Centre, as always a very popular visitor.

His demonstrations included constructing a hanging basket and filling troughs, pedestals and bowls with various summer  bedding plants. He also gave helpful gardening tips along the way. He then kindly
donated these finished items as raffle prizes for the Club. A selection of plants was also available for members to buy.

At our first meeting in June we were pleasurably entertained by a group of ten mainly ukulele, banjo and tambourine players, - hence their name - The Sparkeleles. Members sang along with well-known songs made famous by Elvis, Cliff, Lonnie Donegan and many others of that era. The Group concluded with songs such as Any Old Iron, Show me the way to Go Home, etc. etc. which of course all members knew and with which
they thoroughly enjoyed joining in.

If you would like to become a member of the Club please contact Jenny Sanford on 01452 883509. We meet twice a month at Quedgeley Village Hall."


  July 2018

Hardwicke Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday June 4th 2018



Cllr John Perkin                              Cllr Theresa Harrison

Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes              Cllr Fran Welbourne

Cllr Darren Morris                           Cllr Lyn Welbourne

Cllr Mark Ryder

In attendance

District Councillor Gill Oxley, County Councillor Stephen Davies, Denise Powell, Chris McGough and Charles Lanan from Hansteen (In respect of the item on Davy Way) and Kevin Lee, Clerk

52/18 Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllrs Graham Brearley, Jill Brearley and Kevin Marsden.

Councillor Theresa Harrison informed members that this would be her last meeting of the Parish Council as she would be moving away from the area.

The Chair thanked Theresa for her many years’ service to Hardwicke and the Parish Council and expressed how much her input had been valued.

53/18 Declarations of interest

There were none

54/18 Public Consultation

No Public in attendance

55/18 Minutes of previous Meetings

Resolved to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on May 1st 2018 and the Minutes of the regular meeting also held on May 1st 2018

56/18 Housing Proposal for Land off Davy Way

Chris McGough informed Members that he had been advised by Stroud District Council to consult with the Parish Council on proposals for a planning application in respect of Land of Davy Way. The area was currently identified for business use; it was a 20 acre site and was unoccupied.

Chris McGough stated that the land had been marketed for a long time as a business site but there had been no interest in taking on the site because of its viability. The question of viability had been referred to the District Valuer and the costings provided to the Valuer had been confirmed. It had been acknowledged that allocating the site for residential development would be viable. It was noted that the proposal would be for 160 dwellings with approximately 12 flats.

Parish Councillors raised number of concerns about the loss of business land and the potential employment opportunities. There was further concern about the additional traffic that would be created by the development. Members also commented that any residential development would be surrounded by business and industrial units.

Resolved; to note the proposals and to comment further once a formal planning application is submitted

57/18 Co-Option to the Parish Council

Denise Powell had applied for the casual vacancy at the Parish Council; her C.V had been circulated previously to Members and she gave a presentation of her knowledge and experience within the public sector.

Resolved; to approve the appointment of Denise Powell to the Parish Council

58/18 County Councillor and District Councillor Reports

County Councillor Stephen Davies reported on discussions that had been held with Gloucestershire Highways in respect of the access roads to Hunts Grove and advised that a meeting would be held on June 30th when the situation at Cross Keys Roundabout would also be discussed.

District Councillor Gill Oxley reported on the ‘walk around’ Hunts Grove with the Neighbourhood Warden, Parish Councillors and the PCSO. This was in response to issues raised by parish councillors and the residents association.

Cllr Oxley had responded to complaints about litter being left in the lay-bys on the A38 and in the verges approaching Pound Lane. A meeting was planned with the neighbourhood warden.

59/18 Planning Applications

The Parish Council considered its response to the following applications;

S.18/1045/HHOLD Ellis Farm Sticky Lane

Resolved not to support the application

S.18/0778/DISCON Land at Colethrop Farm, Bath Road

Resolved to support the application


Resolved not to support the discharge of condition 6; support the discharge of condition36; and to support the discharge of condition 37 when the detailed drawings reflect the recommendations in the report

S.16/1724/OUT Land at Quedgeley Trading Estate East

Resolved not to support the application and to request an urgent meeting with the district council to discuss the application and other generic matters

S.17/2193/REM Hunts Grove Access Road

Resolved; to support the additional evidence

S.17/2263/REM Land at Colethrop Farm, Bath Road

Resolved to acknowledge the additional evidence and inform the district council that the original response from the Parish Council remains valid

60/18 Finance Report, Including the Report of the internal auditor and the Annual Governance and Accountability Return

The Clerk presented the finance report for the period ending May 31st 2018 and the list of monthly payments

Resolved; to approve the report and payments list

Members received the report of the Internal Auditor and confirmed the financial position of the council for the year ending March 31st 2018

Resolved To accept the report of the Internal Auditor

Members received the Annual Governance and Accountability Return and confirmed the content of the report

Resolved; to accept the AGAR Return and for the Chair to sign the relevant pages of the return

61/18 Grant Applications

The Clerk presented the grant applications for;

Hardwicke Scout Group

Tea, Cake and Something Else (a voluntary group set up to support residents at St Nicholas Court and Lloyd Baker Court)

Resolved; to award a grant of £250 to each organisation

62/18 Play Areas and Equipment and RoSPA Report

Members received the annual report on the Council’s Play Areas and Outdoor Gym Equipment. The report identified some items for attention as part of planned maintenance. The overall report noted that most items were of low risk.

Members noted that the surface of the play area at the Plantation did require some remedial work. There was a discussion as to whether to repair the damaged section or to resurface the whole area. A quote had been received for both items. It was agreed to try and gain further quotes.

63/18 GDPR Compliance

The Clerk gave an update on the action plan for the GDPR and introduced the revised Data Protection Policy

Resolved; to adopt the revised Data Protection Policy

64/18 Parish Councillor and Lead Member Reports

Cllr Mark Ryder gave an update on the residents association and commented on how well the community had joined together to clear up an area that had been subject to antisocial behaviour.

Questions had been raised about the bus service and the distance residents had to walk to get to the bus. The matter was being addressed by the County Council.

The Residents Association and Parish Councillors had been consulted over Road Naming for Hunts Grove and Stroud District Council had accepted the names put forward by residents.

Cllr Darren Morris informed the Council that there had been significant problems with lorries entering parts of Hunts Grove and causing damage to the completed residential areas. Discussions had been held with Crest and signage was to be improved.

A major parking issue had been created when Quedgeley Wanderers had held a football tournament with many visitors’ bays being taken up by people attending the tournament. A meeting was being sought with the PCSO to avoid future problems.

Cllr Theresa Harrison reported on the problems of overgrown weeds in parts of Wharfdale and also requested that Gloucestershire Highways attend to the visibility problems at the Cross keys roundabout.

Cllr Fran Welbourne noted that some of the hedges and footpaths leading to the Plantation and the footpaths around the school had overgrown.

Cllr Welbourne reported that a number of the Council’s notice boards had been in use for some time and were now in




Hardwicke Parish Council

Dates of Meetings for 2018


All meetings are on a Monday, unless indicated. Meetings commence at 19.00 and held at:-


Hardwicke Village Hall

Green Lane


GL2 4QA.


       July 2nd

       August Date to be agreed if meeting required

       September 3rd

       October 1st

       November 5th


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Juuly 2018

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Almost half way through the year, and still waiting for summer. On May 10th, 11th, and 12th 34 members of Hardwicke, Lydbrook and Ypres Branches along with friends took part in the 100km Walk around the Ypres Salient.

The weather was kind and everyone enjoyed themselves. Two of our younger participants managed to do the full 100km and the whole team which included several Gloster's Association members received the largest Foreign Team Award. 

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Two Branch members also attended the R.B.L. National conference in Belfast, held at the Waterfront Centre. One of the keynote speakers a lady whose husband was killed in Afghanistan managed to reduce the whole auditorium to tears as she recounted details of how her and her families life as changed by his death, and how she was helped with kindness and friendship by the local branch of the R.B.L.

The Tuesday Club continues to meet on the last Tuesday of the month, we welcome newcomers if you would like to join us for a meal and a chat please contact us on 729960.

The Branch meets every second Wednesday of the month and our next meeting will be Wednesday July 11th at 7 30pm, Come along and see what we do.

Carol Bratty B.E.M.
Branch President

From our County Councillor

A recurring theme.

It is a recurring theme that there is much going on in Hardwicke and therefore it is important that we keep working on getting the best outcomes that we can.


Two examples of issues that I have been involved in recently are:


Cross Keys Roundabout : I recently organised a meeting with fellow Coucillor Lesley Williams to update the local Parish Councils and other interested people on the plans for the Cross Keys Roundabout. These include spending over £2m on improvements. This will include the ducting and cabling for traffic lights although the traffic modelling suggests this will not be needed initially. There was a lot of discussion about increased traffic particularly with the expansion of Hunts Grove. If you want any more details please let me know,


Schools : In Hardwicke we have two planning applications related to schools currently.


The first is for a Primary School at Hunts Grove. There has been a lot of work done on the design and traffic flow and the general consensus is that this is now a good proposal that we hope will be passed. I am pleased to have helped if only in a small way about getting input from highways.


The second is for an additional temporary building on the Hardwicke Primary School site to support the Clearwater School. This is not ideal but it is worth clarifying that this is not an increase in the number of pupils on this site from the original application but a requirement for more space. The Diocese who are responsible for this school have confirmed that they will not be seeking to increase the capacity of this site regardless of further delays to the building of a permanent school. The options for a permanent home for the Clearwater School depend on a planning appeal and the options for finding other sites. I continue to work with the County Council and the Diocese to see what I can do to help.


These are just some of the issues I am working on locally, if there is anything I can help you with please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07802 595 307 or at Stephen.davies2@gloucestershire.gov.uk.”


 July 2018

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The next walk in the area will take place on Wednesday 11th of July starting from the car park by Splatt Bridge, Frampton. Meeting at 9.45 for a 10am start. 

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

Later walks in the area will take place on 

Wednesday 11th July, Thursday 16th August, Wednesday 12th September and Thursday 18th October. 

For more information please call Nick on 01452 740265 or Keith on 07811 123700 or alternatively e-mail Nick on nandanailsworth@yahoo.co.uk or Keith on kparry61@icloud.com

Nick Peters 

Walk Leader 

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Did You Know?

The month of June comes from the Roman, or Julian, calendar. 

June was initially named Iunius. The name either comes from the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter, or from the word "iuniores", the Latin word for "younger ones". 

In the early Roman calendar June only had 29 days.

It was Julius Caesar who added the additional day giving June 30

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15th Pebble Taylor will be 13 years old
10th William West will be 12 years old

We hope you both have a lovely birthday

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June 2018

We are SO much more than

 'Jam and Jerusalem' at


At the our Meeting in May we voted on the Mental Health resolution being debated at the NFWI AGM in Cardiff this month.

Members have attended a meeting of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucester Care Services, as they work towards merging the two organisations providing joined up mental and physical care, it is a great opportunity for WI members to put forward their thoughts and suggestions on what the main priorities and next steps should be.

Monday June 25th 10am – 11am
At Leisure at Cheltenham
Why not try Walking Netball (all the fun without the running)
Can we get up a team??

Friday July 13th
Promenade Productions For the Love of Musicals
At The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham
FOOD Poverty, PLASTIC Soup and ALLEVIATING Loneliness
Are topics that are very much in everyone minds, we can all do our little bit, but together as a National organisation we can do so much more, whatever the Subject
And have fun doing it, Making new friends, Gaining new experiences
That’s the WI

Many Congratulations to our Skittle Team for getting through to the next round
of the Skittles Trophy

The guest artist at this year’s GFWI Christmas Concert 

tickets go fast for this event so make sure you get yours

for more information about Hardwicke WI

Contact pamelajlewis@hotmail.co.uk / 01452720541

Boat Trips Workshops Days Out Skittles Pub Meals Walks Restaurant meals Dance tuition Campaigns Aid Work.

Contact pamelajlewis@hotmail.co.uk / 01452720541

To Make You Smile


Aircraft Engineers


Never let it be said that aircraft engineering ground crews lack a sense of humour. Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints and problems submitted by QANTAS pilots, and the solutions recorded by maintenance engineers:

By the way, QANTAS is the only airline never to have suffered a fatal



P - logged by pilot S - solution and action by engineers
P: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacing
S: Almost replaced left inside main tyre
P: Test flight o.k. except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not fitted on this aircraft.
P: No. 2 propeller seeping prop fluid
S: No. 2 propeller seepage normal, Nos 1,3 and 4 lack normal seepage.
P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs now on order.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 ft per min. decent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on the ground.
P: Evidence of leak on main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.
P: Friction locks cause throttles to stick.
S: That’s what they are supposed to do.
P: Suspected crack in windscreen.
S: Suspect you’re right.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Number 3 engine located on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

How’s your German? 

A “portmanteau” word, common in German, is a coined word that is a combination of two or more other words in form or meaning. An example: 

The Hottentot tribe (Hottentotten) chases opossums (Beutelratten) which are caught and kept in closed wicker baskets (Lattengitter) . This kind of cage is called, in German, Lattengitterkoffer, and if it contains an opossum, it is called a Beutelrattenlattengit-terkoffer. 

One day, some Hottentots captured a murderer (Attentater) who was thought to be the killer of one of the mothers (Mutter) from the Hottentot tribe (Hottentottenmutter), who was the mother of a backward, stuttering son (ein Stottertrottel) .This type of mother in German is known as a Hottentottenstottertrottelmutter. 

When the Hottentotts capture a criminal, they put him in an opossum cage 

(Beutelrattenlattengitterkoffer). Unfortunately, the murderer escaped so they searched for him. After a while, one of the Hottentott warriors ran up to the chief to report the capture of the escaped murderer (Attentater). "Yes, which one?" asked the chief. 

"The Beutelrattenlattengitterkofferattentater" replied the warrior. "Do you mean the murderer who was kept in a cage for opossums made of wicker material?" asked the chief. "Yes, the Hottentottenstottertrottelmutterattentater (the murderer of the mother of the backward and stuttering Hottentot) replied the warrior. 

"Ah" said the chief "you should have said in the first place that you had caught the 


It makes us appreciate English, doesn’t it? 

 July 2018




The most recent visit to the Somme and the Ypres Salient saw 48 people travel many of whom had relatives buried in various cemeteries and wreaths were laid. Also visited was the Hill 62 Museum with its great selection of pictures of the era and many souvenirs.


The highlight of the visit was the Menin Gate Ceremony held every day of the year (including Christmas Day) where our group laid 12 wreaths from their groups and organisations and the Guest for the night was the Mayor of Le Touquet in France.


We took (as we always do) some youngsters with us; this year the Police Cadets, Fire Service Cadets and an Army Cadet who also laid wreaths at the Menin Gate.


The weather was the best I have ever experienced there with the temperature exceeding 90 degrees each day and so sun tans were also the order of the day. We have already arranged a date for next year and some 18 names on the list so far.


Steve Smith-Chairman of Help if we Can

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Steve Smith, Mike Skidmore and Graham Smith at the Menin Gate.


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July 2018

Fundraising Quiz Night

On Friday 27th April, Hardwicke Scout Group held a Quiz Night to help raise some much needed funds for the group. Months of planning and organising all paid off as the night was a huge success! We had a fantastic turnout on the night and were bowled over by the support.
Father Andrew kindly agreed to be our quizmaster and he provided a great evening of entertainment with some very weird and wonderful questions! He engaged everybody and had everybody laughing and in high spirits! We couldn’t have asked for a better quizmaster!

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As well as the quiz, we had a bottle tombola which proved very popular and cooked burgers and hot dogs for people to purchase – all of which helped us to raise more money. We also had a raffle with some amazing raffle prizes from places such as; Gloucester Rugby, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Forest Green Rovers, Gifford Circus and Generation Events, to name a few.

The total amount raised from the quiz night was £1264.47!! This is an amazing amount and has helped us raise some much needed funds which will enable us to carry on doing all of the exciting activities we do in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

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Hardwicke Scout Group would like to thank Father Andrew and his wife for being quizmaster and keeping track of the scores, Hardwicke British Legion for letting us hold the event in their function room, local businesses for donating some brilliant raffle prizes, Freeman’s for donating the food and all of the families and friends who came along on the night and supported the event.


June 2018

St Nicholas Parish Church, Hardwicke

The month of JUNE 2018

Saturday June 23rd – Open Church 12 noon - 2.00pm
Refreshments including Bacon Rolls, Bring & Buy, time for quiet.
Drop in… you are very welcome!

Sunday June 24th – The Birth of John the Baptist
“The Rule of Christ”
“Simply Worship” Eucharist 11.00am 

(with our worship group and contemporary worship songs)
Holy Baptism 1.00pm

The month of JULY 2018

Sunday July 1st – Trinity 5
“Jesus heals on a busy day!”
Parish Eucharist 11.00am
Also Sunday School at the Church 11.00am
Senior Citizens’ Service & Afternoon Tea 3.00pm

Sunday July 8th – Trinity 6
“On earth as in heaven”
“Storyteller” Eucharist with our Junior Choir 11.00am
(All ages very welcome)
Holy Baptism 1.00pm

Sunday July 15th – Trinity 7
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!”
Parish Eucharist 11.00am Also Sunday School at the Church 11.00am
Holy Baptism 1.00pm
Saturday July 21st – Open Church 12 noon - 2.00pm
Refreshments including Bacon Rolls, Bring & Buy, time for quiet.
Drop in… you are very welcome!

Sunday July 22nd – Mary Magdalene
“The Journey of Faith”
“Simply Worship” Eucharist 11.00am (with our worship group and contemporary worship songs)
Holy Baptism 1.00pm

Sunday July 29th – Café Style Church

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Café Church at Hardwicke Primary 10.45am
(informal service, all are very welcome)


Vicar’s Viewpoint 

Weird and Wonderful Celebrations


July is a month with an amazing variety of observances; Independence Day in the USA, May Day for Socialists, Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, International Free Hugs Day (!), Tynwald Day in the Isle of Man, System Administrators Appreciation Day (someone should appreciate them or the internet would buckle and fail) and, I really couldn’t resist this, International Chocolate Day!


It all goes to show that we need time to celebrate throughout the calendar year.


But the keeping of times and seasons goes deeper than just “party time”.


Teams from the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh have discovered that cells in a structure called the ‘pars tuberalis’- respond according how much daylight there is, providing an internal genetic calendar for mammals including humans.


The activity of these “calendar cells” changes dramatically over the year, with different proteins produced in winter or summer months. This drives the seasonal cycle in mammals and even seasonal variation in protection against infectious disease.

We have an inbuilt sense of time and season.


Also, socially rather than biologically, there is a need for humans to identify with a particular community group or tribe. One way of bonding social groups and families together is by keeping their own special festivals and commemorations. This is like glue which reinforces a sense of belonging and loyalty.


Religious groups have always been strong on festivals, often according to the rhythm of nature and seasons of the moon rather than artificial calendar dates. The most familiar in England include; Christian Christmas and Easter, Hindu Diwali, Islamic Ramadan, Jewish Passover and Hanukkah, Sikh Birthday of Guru Nanak and so on..


Even for non-religious and secular groups there are national days and celebrations; Burns Night, Remembrance Day, Eisteddfod,. Father’s Day, World Pride Days, Founders Days, National Leaders days and many more.


OK here is the punch line; if this need to celebrate the passing seasons and our social networks is a core part of being human, which group celebrations do you take part in?


The observance of Sunday is the most obvious weekly celebration - Christians say that every Sunday is, in some way, a remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus commanded his friends, through all generations, to take bread and wine and remember Him in a regular shared celebration. Is this your tradition too?


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A warm welcome awaits you at St Nicholas, Hardwicke

Vicar and Parish Priest of Hardwicke and Elmore with Longney

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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

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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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July 2018


Now that Summer has officially begun we look forward to welcoming
old friends old and new to any of the following activities

8th July our informal Bacon Church will take place 9 - 10 am
Bacon roll, Cereal, Tea, Coffee and Juice before our main service
10.30 - 11.30 with Tea Coffee and Biscuits after the Service

SUMMER FAYRE Sat 14th July
10 - 12 Noon with all the favourite stalls

Women's Fellowship is taking a break until September

Every Tuesday 10 -11.30 am
Sunbeams Parent and Toddler group continue over the summer tots from
birth to pre-school welcome to socialize and have space to run about.
snacks for the little ones and the adults have tea coffee and biscuits too.

Drop-in Coffee Morning Tuesday 17th July still only £1.00
Tea or coffee and toasted Teacake or Fruit loaf
wide choice of books for your holiday reading 10.30 -12 noon

Its always a pleasure to see new faces so why not pop in and see us
our charity this year has been CHARLIES CANCER SUPPORT
we will be choosing a new local charity soon so if you know of a small
Local charity that could benefit from our efforts come and let us know.

Sunday 29th July 10.30 am will be our Songs of Praise Service
much loved Hymns suggested by the congregation