Local Groups

September 2019

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Our last meeting at the Village Hall before our August break was scheduled for members to have some musical entertainment, but at the last minute this was not possible. Therefore we called on Joe Blewitt, a Club member who has become our regular Quizmaster, to fill the gap.

Joe organised three interesting quizzes, one of which was to name television personalities and their programmes from photographs. His quizzes are always interesting and challenging and members find them very enjoyable as most seem to have a very competitive spirit. 

The last get-together in July was a coach trip to Weston-Super-Mare, which seems to have become a regular outing each year and is very popular. Members spent time in various ways on what turned out to be a very warm day. Most opted for "elevenses" on arrival, then either went shopping, later enjoying a leisurely lunch, or spent time on the pier/promenade - or all three! Some members took a trip out of Weston to surrounding towns. Back on the coach it seemed that everyone had had a most enjoyable time. 

We meet at Quedgeley Village Hall on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 1.30 p.m. If you are over 60 years of age and would like to become a member please come along. Further details from Terry Prosser (Vice Chairman) - Tel No. 01452 725331 or Sue Lovell - Tel No. 01452 24620. 


22 August 2019


Meet your local firefighters at open days


Open days are being held at Gloucestershire’s fire stations so the public 

can meet the crews and watch some exciting demonstrations.


The free family-friendly events are being held at the following Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue stations:

  • Coleford Community Fire Station – Saturday 31 August, 11am-3pm
  • Stroud Community Fire Station – Sunday 1 September, 12pm-4pm
  • Cheltenham Community Fire Station (Keynsham Road) – Sunday 15 September, 12pm-4.30pm
  • Nailsworth Community Fire Station – Sunday 22 September, 9am-3pm
  • Gloucester South Community Fire Station & SkillZONE community open day – Sunday 29 September, 11am-3pm
  • Tewkesbury Community Fire Station – Saturday 5 October, 10am-4pm

You can come along to watch operational demonstrations by firefighters, find out information on how to keep you and your family safe in the home and outdoors, see the equipment and appliances used by the crews and your children could even climb aboard a fire engine to have their picture taken.

If you would like to join your local fire station as an on-call firefighter, there will also be a chance to speak to the team and find out more information.

The open day at Gloucester South Community Fire Station is being combined with an open day at the safety education centre SkillZONE, which offers prevention and safety education for all ages. The centre in Tuffley has an interactive, life-size indoor village with home, community, road and cyber zones.

Visit https://skillzone.glosfire.gov.uk for information about booking a group session for schools and community groups.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “These open days are a great opportunity to visit your local fire station to watch some demonstrations and gain some invaluable safety advice. We hope the open day at SkillZONE will also be popular as it’s an excellent facility that does vital work for the county.”

Wayne Bowcock, chief fire officer, said: “Gloucestershire fire stations are ‘Community’ stations so these open days are a great opportunity for our residents to see what we do. We look forward to them every year and enjoy talking to our local residents. If you’re interested in becoming an on-call firefighter, we’d love to speak to you so we hope you will come along to meet us.”

September 2019

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August is generally a quiet month with holidays etc, but on 14th July our annual trip to Weston, was a great success and as usual we had a warm sunny day. 

At the end of July the Tuesday Club held its 13th Birthday party. We always welcome new members to the Tuesday Club held on the last Tuesday of the month. We have a two course hot meal, with tea or coffee and cakes. If anyone would like further information please ring me on 279960. 

This is an early reminder for our AGM on October 9th (Wednesday).

 If you would like to stand for Officers

or Committee please make yourself known at the Branch meeting. The next Branch meeting will be on 11th September when we will hopefully have a speaker. 


Carol Bratty B.E.M

Branch President


June 2019

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New Knit and Natter Group 

To Knit or not to knit, that is the problem 

To Crochet or not to crochet, that is the question 

To Natter in good company, that is the answer 

Come and join our Knit and Natter tea party at Quedgeley Library every Tuesday afternoon 2—3.30. 

July 2019

 2nd Hardwicke Brownies


2nd Hardwicke Brownies have been very busy over the past few months. 

Back in February, they took part in a traditional District Thinking Day Service, performing the Brownie Promise in sign language. The girls learnt to do this as part of their ‘Communicate’ badge work. The service was attended by Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section, Leaders and the Trefoil Guild. VIPS at the event also included our Division Commissioner and our Division President. The service was held at Hardwicke Church and was attended by over 100 members of Girlguiding from 13 local units. It was a wonderful event, celebrating Girlguiding locally and across the world. 

Additionally, Brownies from our unit attended the Mothering Sunday service at Hardwicke Church that was led by Bishop Rachel. The girls enjoyed parading in with our unit flag and meeting the Bishop in person. 

The Brownies have been working towards their ‘Explore’ badge this term. They have made bug mansions, been for a scavenger hunt up Robinswood Hill and have made their own compasses. They have also been Tubing and are making final preparations for their exciting summer pack holiday this August. 

We have had 4 girls achieve the new Gold Award since March. This is the highest award available as a Brownie. We would like to congratulate them for their achievements. These girls have now moved onto Guides and we wish them all the best as they continue their Guiding adventure.


We are looking forward to lots more exciting adventures over the summer. 

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.org.uk website or email:-severndistrictguiding@gmail.com 

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Hardwicke Village Hall


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


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

Registered Charity No.: 279925


September 2019

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Walking for Health in Severnside

The walk in Sept will take place on Monday 16th September, from at 9.45 for a start at 10.00 am from outside The Church in Moreton Valence. Please park with care on the grass. 

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. 

Future walks will take place on, Tuesday 15th Oct. Wednesday 13th Nov and Monday 2nd Dec. 


For more information, please call Nick on 01452 740265 or Keith on 07811 123700 alternatively email Nick on nandanailsworth@yahoo.co.uk or Keith on kparry61@icloud.com." 


Keith Parry & Nick Peters - Walk Leaders  

September 2019


At Hardwicke Village Hall meets every Friday morning 

10—11.30 am, term time only. 

Cost—£2.50 per session or £3.00 for families. 

Enjoy Arts and Crafts along with a cuppa and a snack. 

Come along and let your little ones have fun! Open to ‘bumps’ to preschool age children. everyone is welcome.

August 2019

Residents are being reminded to put waste out by 6am on the day of collection.  

This will be particularly pertinent in the coming weeks, as a new recycling collection round is being introduced to cater for the growth in property numbers.  

Whilst residents will not experience any change to their scheduled collection day, recycling may be collected at a different time than previously.  

Putting refuse and recycling out by 6am, which is our standard guidance, will ensure there is no disruption.


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Michael Towson

Community Services Manager

Stroud District Council

Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf
Stroud, Gloucestershire. GL5 4UB

   01453 754336

M  07976 314583
W  www.stroud.gov.uk


Working together to make Stroud district a

better place to live, work and visit

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September 2019

St. Nicholas Parish Church in Hardwicke

Services in September 2019

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During the vacancy at Hardwicke Church, the Church Office will continue ot be available on 01452 720015 and via email at our new address church-office@gmx.com




1st September - Parish Eucharist 

8th September - Storyteller Service 

15th September - Parish Eucharist 

22nd September - Simply Worship 

29th September - Café Church at Hardwicke School - Lay Lead service 



Dear Friends 

Where has the summer gone? Where has the year gone? Before we know it, we shall be hurtling towards 2020 and then on to a new decade. 

Some of us will clearly remember sometime at the turn of the millennium hearing people talk about 2020 and thinking why bother about giving it any thought as it’s too far off. It's a common phrase now - even in cricket where this month sees the 20/20 (or T20 competition reach an exciting conclusion) 

Now it’s also a frequently heard phrase ‘having 20/20 vision’, is very pertinent and useful as a tool for reflection and planning. ‘20/20 vision’ in optometry (mainly a scale used in USA) is a term used to judge the sharpness and clarity of our sight. Across 20 feet if someone sees letters clearly then they might have what is described as 20/20 vision. Someone with 20/40 vision can see clearly at 20 feet what a person with better clarity of vision may be able to see at 40 feet. Of course, with the addition of lenses, we can improve our vision. 

When it comes to the saying ‘seeing with 20/20 vision’ we often use that to describe how well we can envisage the future and importantly how well we can plan, adapt and create a strategy for being successful both in the present and the future. 

Over the summer we have continued thinking about our own 2020 future for Hardwicke as we complete our profile ready to advertise for a new vicar. What vision do we continue to follow? How well are we doing with our aim to be a ‘Church with a heart for the Community’ and a ‘Church at the heart of the Community’? What are our strengths, weaknesses and objectives? What community are we talking about if plans for further housing are approved and the Community we serve expands and becomes very different even though the core missional objective remains the same? 

We are sure in the coming months we will all reflect more on a ‘20/20 vision’, talk it through with others and share thoughts. It’s important to take an objective look at this as we believe a Church that doesn’t operate with a continuing model of reflection is one that can too easily become out of touch and ultimately fail in what God wants for the Church in a particular generation. 

The good news is we have been given a lens to help us with our vision - in fact more than one. The Bible, as the Word of God, is the vision aid that God has given us to help us make sense of purpose and evaluate the appropriateness of our work and focus. The Holy Spirit is a second lens that God makes available to us to use for determining our patterns of work and energising it as we follow God’s will. 

The future looks good and we are excited about it – no matter the challenges. 

God Bless 

Andrew & Neil 


St. Nicholas Hardwicke 

September 2019

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English Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley Gloucester GL4 ONX 

covering Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway 

English Martyrs Catholic Church is the Catholic Church with pastoral responsibility for Roman Catholics in the area. 

Our Sunday Mass is at 9am and includes Children's Liturgy of the Word and beautiful music and singing. 

The mass is followed by tea and coffee in our parish hall. 

Normally there is also a Mass on Tuesday at 12 Noon and on Saturday at 10am but please check the latest newsletter which also includes details of other activates at https://gloucesteremaoc.com/

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September 2019


 Quedgeley Methodist Church 

Welcomes You 

Sunday Services 10.30-11.30am 

Tea, Coffee and biscuits  after the service 

Mondays 2pm-3.30pm Womens Fellowship 

Lively Discussions and varied speakers

Refreshments to finish

Come along to make new friends and catch up with old ones 

Tuesdays 10am-11.30am Sunbeams Baby & Toddler Group 

Plenty of toys, songs and crafts to keep the little ones busy

Carers have time to enjoy a chat with a cup of tea or coffee

Snacks for little ones as well

Tuesday 17th Noon Drop-in Coffee Morning 


Tea, Coffee and Toasted Teacake £1.50 in aid of John Hopkins Trust 

Come and browse our extensive book stall; 40p each, 3 for £1

Everyone welcome

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Grace Church Quedgeley

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



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